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Get To Know Ethan William Childress, in Mixed-ish on ABC

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Today, I had the pleasure of  interviewing Ethan William Childress from the TV series, Mixed-ish on ABC. Here is the inside scoop.

SOME BACKGROUND ABOUT ETHAN WILLIAM CHILDRESS

  1. How did you first know you wanted to act?

 My parents took on this audition for the chance to participate in this showcase put on by Adrian R’Mante. I went really to see what it was all about. But the minute I stepped into the room to perform, something just clicked in me and I was so anxious that night waiting to see if I got picked or not. It’s probably one of the times I was really nervous.

  1. When did your career take off once you began acting?

I am actually super blessed in that I was able to be cast in Mixed-ish within my first year of acting. My mom had me do background work just so I’d understand what it was like to be on set.  The expectation, the pace. Then I was able to do a couple of short films which were fun and a different experience.  I did go on a lot of auditions in that first year which because I still was living in Las Vegas all the time, meant a lot of road trips. When I got cast on Mixed-ish it really was a dream come true because it just doesn’t really happen like that for actors.

  1. In your free time, what do you enjoy doing?

Right now, I can only really play video games.  I play on my PC, online. I have a few friends that I play with.  Before Covid, I liked being able to go home and play soccer and flag football. I had to give up playing competitively when I was started acting so I miss it. But I’ll go play around with my friends when I can.  And I really like when we get into Nerf gun wars with my brothers and sister. There’s bullets flying everywhere as there’s no teams. We’re all 4 against each other.  I don’t enjoy having to clean up all the bullets when we’re done. And we never find them all. 

  1. What actors and or actresses do you look up to?

Daveed Diggs, Kevin Hart, Will Smith, Michael B Jordan, Dwayne Johnson. I think they’re all very accomplished in what they do and how versatile they are. I’ve also heard really great things about them from other people who have worked with them. I want to be the type of actor that people like to work with and people say nice things about me to other people.

  1. Can you give us a sneak peak into what this season of Mixed-ish will look like?

Well because of Covid things for the Johnson family look a little different. Like you won’t see any school scenes this season. I did think it was really great that they brought back Rainbow’s friends in a very unique way with the phone calls. All the kids are growing up so they are facing different challenges and have new experiences. Johan is of course having himself all kinds of new adventures like the whole skateboarding thing.

  1. Is there a memorable moment that you remembered happening while being on set of Mixed-ish?

 There have been a couple of scenes with Mykal-Michelle and Christina and myself that left the whole crew cracking up.  Like when we were filming tag for the Spades episode.  Anytime they allow Christina to go off script laughter is sure to follow.  Or one scene where they filmed the whole scene, it was like the perfect take and then someone noticed that Christina still had her face shield still on. It was a lot different this year though as we didn’t get to just hang out with everyone.

  1. What is your characters role on Mixed-ish?

I play Johan, Rainbow’s little brother. He’s a fun loving, adventurous kid. He can be a little gullible at times too. But he tends to see the best there is to see in things. 

  1. What do you have in common with your character, Johan Johnson on Mixed-ish?

I would say that we are both adventurous and like to have fun. We both don’t always get along with our siblings but family is everything so we will always be there for each other. And we’ve both been mistaken for being Mexican. My mom has a friend that when she’s with us, everyone thinks she’s my mom.

  1. What is a big challenge you might of had to overcome being an actor?

Getting in touch with certain emotions is a challenge for me. I’m still young so I don’t have all these life experiences to draw from.  But that’s why you have to take classes and work on being able to bring something to life whether you can relate to it or not.

WHAT IS NEXT FOR ETHAN WILLIAM CHILDRESS?

  1. Being a young actor like yourself, what will you hope to accomplish in the near future?

The next thing I’d like to experience is being in a feature film, to see how that differs from TV. I really want to be able to experience all aspects of being in front of the camera. And then as I get older I may like to start looking at the behind the camera stuff. But right now I’m really just enjoying what I am doing and still being a kid.

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Why You Should be Watching The Bay on Amazon Prime

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There was a time when daytime television in the United States was appointment television for so many people, especially for stay-at-home moms and housewives. It flourished with countless talk shows and soap operas such as All My Children and One Life to Live. Fast-forward to 2019, where there are now just four daytime soap operas to watch. But even so, we are also living in a time when traditional television viewing is declining, and more people are turning to streaming sites such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime as alternatives to catch their favorite shows.

In 2010, director, producer, and writer Gregori J. Martin began production for a new digital drama series called The Bay. The show stars a number of well-known actors in the daytime soap opera world, such as Days of Our Lives star Mary Beth Evans, as well as a number of prime time stars and even several newcomers, like Karrueche Tran (pictured below). It takes place in the very posh seaside town of Bay City, where “the privileged residents find themselves entangled in a series of dilemmas involving rape, blackmail, sordid lovers, and vindictive arch rivals. Their lives riddled with forbidden love, malicious lies, and never-ending scandals, the town’s privileged tangle with those who confuse obsession for love, vengeance for justice, and power for success.” Starting in the Summer of 2016, the show moved to Amazon Prime, after initially being shown on the now-defunct Blip.tv. It is now in its fourth season.

A scene from The Bay, featuring Karrueche Tran as Vivian Johnson along with costar, Kristos Andrews as Peter Garrett

The show has been critically acclaimed for its acting, visuals, production values, writing, directing, and storytelling, In 2015, Entertainment Weekly named the show “one of the 4 best soap operas on the web.” Because of this, the show has won over 20 awards, including several Daytime Emmy Awards. The show is also known for its large, interconnected, racially diverse cast. It feels like an actual community, leaning on each other during times of need. If you loved Dynasty, Melrose Place, and Desperate Housewives, you will most likely enjoy binge watching The Bay. It has everything you ever need and want in a good, juicy, compelling drama. A murder mystery, a dramatic court case, and all the twist and turns you could possibly imagine. Need I say more?

Click here to watch The Bay on Amazon Prime

 

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Freeform Confirms ‘Party of Five’ Reboot, Orders a Pilot

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Joining the list of small screen reboots, Party of Five is officially in the works. Freeform greenlit the series this week and ordered a pilot episode for a Party of Five reboot. The original Party of Five premiered on Fox in 1994 and ran for six seasons. Matthew Fox, Lacey Chabert, Scott Wolf, Neve Campbell and Jennifer Love Hewitt all starred in the series as the orphaned Salinger siblings. The reboot has been in development since January. The ’90s Fox drama follows the Salinger kids after losing their parents in a drunk driving accident. From there on, the show deals with difficult life issues like drug abuse, cancer and death. But will the new drama just be an updated take on the same story? Probably not.

Freeform Confirms ‘Party of Five’ Reboot, But What Will Change?

As with any series that is signed on for a reboot some years later, the new Party of Five will take a more modern focus. Instead of the Salingers, the family will be the Buendias children. Like the Salingers, the Buendias will lose their parents, but not due to a car accident. The new Party of Five will shift focus to the current deportation issues, as the kids struggle to keep the family going after their parents are deported. Executive producers Amy Lippman and Christopher Keyser discussed the reboot recently, stating “this new iteration of Party of Five isn’t a retread of the original; it’s a whole new look at kids trying to parent each other in the wake of circumstances beyond their control, yet learning a similar lesson: that families persist no matter how great the obstacles.” With this modern, relevant twist, odds are the new Party of Five might have a chance at becoming as successful as the original series. After all, Party of Five won a Golden Globe in 1996 for Best Television Drama.

 

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American Horror Story In A Decline?

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With four seasons and an amazing cast of characters, American Horror Story has forced viewers to take notice of it. It is true that a series like American Horror Story can be very polarizing. Some will love it while others would rather tune it out. So, we won’t be looking at the series from a love it or hate it angle. We will look at how it is structured and written. For instance, the stories and themes used are different, but are they handling themselves in the right way? Have they been working to better the series as a whole or vainly trying to keep their hold on viewers? Or is American Horror Story in a decline?

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American Horror Story season 2. Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rade) and Dr. Arthur Arden (James Cromwell)


Since season two, it has become plainly clear that the series overdoes it with needless storylines. Aliens, serial killers, war criminals, human experimentation, and demons crammed into 13 episodes hasn’t been the best idea. A great deal had to fall to the wayside in order to get to the finale, and it felt like the story was confused with itself. Yet, that could have been taken as nothing but trying too hard to improve from the first season if they hadn’t done something similar in the next one.
Overall, Coven, better known as season three, had a lot of good elements that were lost to a poorly thought-out story. The saving grace was that many viewers saw the seasons as one offs. Who was really going to stress about how the witch hunters arc was never finished or talked about more when it didn’t really affect the events of the next season. Now that the co-creator of American Horror Story Ryan Murphy has publicly stated that all the seasons are connected and a clear link has been made between seasons two and four, the writers have to be very careful not to just ignore huge plot holes. Because the witch hunters looked like a highly organized, widely branched group, there was no way it would have been over that quickly, nor should the ending of season three just ignore that the threat of them was over.
American Horror Story season 3. Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange), Madison Montgomrty (Emma Roberts), Nan (Jamie Brewer), Zoe Benson (Taissa Farmiga) and Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe)

American Horror Story season 3. From left to Right, Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange), Madison Montgomrty (Emma Roberts), Nan (Jamie Brewer), Zoe Benson (Taissa Farmiga) and Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe)


This leads to what I believe has been their biggest mistake. I do not think it was wise to have all the seasons connected.  What drew me in was the idea that each season could stand alone. If I didn’t like one storyline, it didn’t really affect the next season. I could pick and choose which seasons to watch instead of forcing myself to sit through a horrible storyline. Connecting all the seasons was nothing more than a fan service that may do more harm than good. Much like having Marvel’s television and movie universes coexisting, having all the seasons of American Horror Story linked limits their writers creativity. There will be a strong push in future seasons to show clear links, or even vague ones, about how they all come together. This may even lead to having a season, or at least part of a season, dealing with how all the pieces come together in a messy, poorly thought-out end.
Though as a possible upside, we may get a chance to see Kit’s (season two) alien/human hybrid grandchild (season two) fight Tate’s weird demon child (season one), while he leads a group of witch hunters to destroy the coven and all traces of witches in the world.
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