Few lights for the TV Summer Doldrums
TV FALL PREVIEW
For the most part, TV this summer is as boring as watching an ice berg melt and wish there were some hot shows worthy of spending time indoors watching TV, or having eyes glued to a tablet, or cell phone. However, I’m glad to see EXTANT return on CBS and flashback Tuesdays still air one of the best shows on television, THE FLASH on the CW. Another great show that has stood the test of time is SUPERNATURAL [the Winchester brothers’ dad (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is now on EXTANT], and that show is still in reruns. Another arresting show is ARROW that is also in reruns. Noteworthy newer shows are WHISPERS and PROOF.
By Sean Black
Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Bethany Mayfair stands her ground in BLINDSPOT.
Marianne Jean-Baptiste is a Powerful Woman in BLINDSPOT
Marie Moore September 20, 2015
Renown stage, screen and TV actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste is the heavy hitter FBI chief Bethany Mayfair in the most talked about new TV series this season, “Blindspot.” In an exclusive interview, Jean-Baptiste gave some insight into why there is so much talk and what the public should expect.
How does it feel being a part of one of the most anticipated shows this season?
MARIANNE JEAN-BAPTISTE: It’s great. But more importantly than the talk is the quality of the work, and doing the best that you can.
What was most appealing to you when you were asked?
MJB: For me, I love a good old mystery. The whole premise of this woman being covered with tattoos, not knowing whom she is, and trying to discover her identity. And at the same time discovering that these incidents are actually clues that are revealing certain crimes and predicting disasters that are about to happen was really interesting to me. Discovering this treasure map [on Jane Doe], trying to work out where it’s leading, and who is responsible for it were all draws.
I think it’s a good show. It’s blended very well, the mystery, the action and the character development. You’re going to find out a lot about these characters.
You are a veteran of crime dramas, spending seven year on “Without a Trace,” even directing a segment. How does Blindspot differ?
MJB: Obviously, I’ve done a lot of research previously with the FBI, etc. So it was working out what is different about these two women. How much weight does this one have, the likeness, the pressure, and picking up the different nuances, those sort changes.
What else should we expect that’s different about your character?
MJB: Basically, she’s the deputy director for the FBI, and this team of agents. She is a very powerful woman within that context, and with that comes a lot of pressure and a lot of weight. It’s revealed in the pilot that she might know more about this character Jane Doe, the tattooed woman than she’s revealing so we don’t quite know whether she’s on the good side or the bad.
Writing, performing, how do you have time to pursue your musical endeavors?
MJB: [Laughs] I don’t know. I mean I just do it. It’s like when we have a few days off, I’m either painting, drawing, reading, writing or playing music.
Jean-Baptiste received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for her feature-film debut in Mike Leigh's "Secrets and Lies." She recently co-starred on the hit ITV drama "Broadchurch," playing a role written especially for her by the show's writer and creator, Chris Chibnall. For “Without a Trace,” she and her cast were nominated for a SAG Award, and she was nominated for a NAACP Award for three years in a row.
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Above, Bethany Mayfair (Marianne Jean-Baptiste is at work supervising her staff at the FBI in BLINDSPOT.