*Seasoned actor Russell Hornsby (“Lincoln Heights”) stars as Lt. Hank Griffin in the new NBC “drama meets fantasy” series “Grimm,” which premiers Friday, October 28, 2011 at 9:00 pmET. One of only a few black actors in the new fall season, Hornsby’s world on “Grimm” is filled with mysterious creatures from the Grimm world.
The series is inspired by the classic “Grimm” fairy tales.
“I’m the straight guy…guest stars morph into creatures… we just ask questions and try to look as normal as possible,” Russell laughed about his character and his partner Nick Burckhardt played by David Giuntoli.
With the NBC “Playboy Club” series being canceled not to far from the “starting line,” Hornsby says he still feels positive about the new drama series.
“The most that I can so is do my best…then I’ve done my job,” he said with conviction.
Russell has been doing his job for a long time with 120 television episodes under his belt. One of his noticeable roles is that ofLos Angelescop Eddie Sutton on “LincolnHeights.”
Hornsby has also performed on stage in the August Wilson play “Fences” with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.
‘It’s the size of it,” Russell said about the difference in acting on stage than on television. “When you’re on stage it’s big and loud, and you use your voice. I approach theater as a sport. Its eight shows a day, six days a week. You got to be in shape. Television is more about the ‘window’ of your soul.”
Russell has also appeared on “Law and Order,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Good Wife.”
For more on the NBC mystery drama, “Grimm,” log onto www.nbc.com/grimm.
Emmy Award nominee James Reynolds celebrates 30 years on ‘Days Of Our Lives’
*“I don’t like being stereotyped. There are difference types of black people,” said Emmy Award nominee actor James Reynolds about being known as “the black guy” on the 45 year-old NBC daytime drama “Days of Our Lives,” where he plays Chef Abe Carver of theSalem police department.
NBC is “re-launching” the daytime series with new characters and storylines. In fact, Tamara Tunie, star of the night-time drama “Law & Order: SVW,” will appear in a special story “arc.”
“I don’t get tired (of his character),” Reynolds said. “He has his ups and downs.”
Also a NAACP Image Award nominee, James has been on contract with the show since 1981. For about nine years James also starred on “Generations” in 1991.
Grammy Award winning composer Charles Fox brings ‘Killing Me Softly: My Life in Music’ tour to Rockville, Maryland November 2, 2011
*Emmy and Grammy Award winning composer Charles Fox brings his “Killing Me Softly: My Life in Music” tour toRockville,Marylandat the JCC of Greater Washington Wednesday, November 2, 2011. The tour is to promote the soft-back edition of his “Killing Me Softly: My Life in Music” book that details his legacy in music. Fox’s songs are a part of American history now and include such television theme songs as “Happy Days,” “Wonder Woman,” “The Love Boat,” “LaVerne and Shirley,” “Get Smart,” and “Monday Night Football’ – just to name a few.
It’s a 16 city tour,” Charles Fox pointed out about the concert series. “I speak about the book and perform the songs.”
Charles said the theme song for the “Wild World of Sports” was the first song he wrote that propelled him down the road to becoming one of the greatest television and film score composers.
“I’ve written songs for 50 shows and ‘some’ are long lasting,” he said about his legacy.
Charles is not only a television theme song composer, but he has also recorded and released a Spanish album.
“I just got back fromItalyandPeru,” he said about his travels as a popular composer. “I also do classical, country and ballet.”
Charles, who has composed over 100 motion picture songs, said he’d like to take a trip to Poland to “bring music” to that part of the world. A two-time Academy Award nominee, Fox is also a Smithsonian and Bronx Hall of Fame inductee.
For more information on Charles Fox’s book and tour log onto www.KillingMeSoftly.com.
(Eunice Moseley is a syndicated entertainment columnist, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)