Variety and PBS SoCal Announce New Season and Talent Line-up for Variety Studio: Actors on Actors

Fifth season of actor on actor conversations will premiere on PBS SoCal January 3; clips will stream on in November

LOS ANGELES, Calif, NOVEMBER 10, 2016 – Variety and PBS SoCal KOCE announced today the actor lineup and schedule of the fifth season of the LA Area Emmy Award-winning Variety Studio: Actors on Actors, a series co-produced by PBS SoCal. The new season of the series will include exclusive one-on-one conversations with top talent from the year’s most notable films, who are expected to contend this awards season. Clips will appear on starting at the end of November. Full episodes will premiere on PBS SoCal KOCE on January 3, 4, and 5, 2017 at 7 p.m., and stream on

The series features interesting pairings of acclaimed actors talking to each other about their lives, their craft and their careers. This season’s actor pairings will include: Viola Davis (Fences) with Tom Hanks (Sully), Natalie Portman (Jackie) with Michelle Williams (Manchester by The Sea), Amy Adams (Arrival, Nocturnal Animals) with Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge), Nicole Kidman (Lion) with Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals) with Adam Driver (Paterson), Emma Stone (LaLa Land) with Molly Shannon (Other People), Dev Patel (Lion) with Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures), Matthew McConaughey (Gold) with Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures) with Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) with Greta Gerwig (20th Century Women), Annette Bening (20th Century Women) with Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Hugh Grant (Florence Foster Jenkins) with Colin Farrell (The Lobster), Hailee Steinfeld (Edge of Seventeen) with Sally Field (Hello My Name is Doris).

“Once again Variety is excited to showcase outstanding film talent in the 2017 award season race with our two-time Emmy winning series, Actors on Actors. We are proud to partner with PBS SoCal to illuminate these fresh and candid conversations,” said Michelle Sobrino-Stearns Variety CRO & Group Publisher.

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors delivers a unique look into one of our region’s most cherished creative industries – and the people who make it special,” said Andrew Russell, President & CEO of PBS SoCal. One great value of our Variety partnership is it helps us to bring the West Coast voice to the PBS schedule.”

Variety Studio Actors on Actors will be distributed to PBS stations across the nation starting in January (check local listings).

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Variety remains the seminal voice of the entertainment industry for 111 years and counting. Featuring award-winning breaking news reporting, insightful award-season coverage, must-read feature spotlights and intelligent analysis of the industry’s most prominent players, Variety is the trusted source for the business of global entertainment. Read by a highly engaged audience of industry insiders, Variety’s multi-platform content coverage expands across digital, mobile, social, print and branded events and summits. In 2014 and 2015, Variety Studio: Actors on Actors was awarded a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award for Best Entertainment Programming. “Actors on Actors,” which is an interview special that features pairings of prominent actors discussing their craft, was produced by PBS SoCal in partnership with Variety Media, LLC. Follow Variety on Facebook; Twitter, @variety; Instagram, @Variety; Pinterest and Snapchat. The Variety Group – Variety,, Variety Insight, IndieWire, LA 411, NY 411 – is owned by Variety Media, LLC, a division of Penske Media Corporation.

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