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Interview: The Calling’s Karen Robinson and Michael Mosley

by Leora Heilbronn

Superproducer David E. Kelley’s latest series The Calling stars Schitt’s Creek‘s Karen Robinson playing Captain Kathleen Davies, and Michael Mosley (Ozark) who plays Detective Earl Malzone. The pair sat down over Zoom video to chat with Brief Take into why they loved working together on the thrilling new police procedural. They also discussed how Karen Robinson saw a lot of Broadway shows while filming the show in New York, and yes, filming this series in New York features prominently into its aesthetic. Also, Mosley and Robinson revealed which one of their co-stars stole their fruit cups on set and would be eating fruit at every single occasion (hint, it may be the lead of the series, although we are not entirely sure if this anecdote was based in reality or was just the team attempting to rile up their fellow police officer from the show). Lastly, the pair gushed about the series Abbott Elementary, the performance of Austin Butler in Elvis, and the film Everything Everywhere All At Once.

In a separate junket interview, The Calling‘s executive producer Matthew Tinker also chatted with Brief Take about how this particular Peacock series happens to be different than any other cop show out there. Tinker revealed details about his collaboration with the legendary Barry Levinson on the show, as Levinson happens to direct a few episodes of the “quiet thriller”. Tinker also boasted about having Hans Zimmer to score the show and then discussed his longtime collaboration with producing partner David E. Kelley and his experience of seeing Ryan Phillippe (Big Sky), Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies) and Elizabeth Olsen (of upcoming Love and Death, which features Tom Pelphrey) play villains on his shows while also being the sweetest people in real life.


All episodes of The Calling will be released tomorrow on Peacock

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