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Press | Photos | Video: Peyton List talks Frequency

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Press | Interview: Why Riley Smith Spends Hours on Auditions

Press | Interview: Why Riley Smith Spends Hours on Auditions

A self-described journeyman actor, Riley Smith has been in everything from “True Blood” to “Nashville.” This season he’s taking on a brand-new series: the CW’s highly anticipated adaptation of the 2000 film “Frequency.” In this version, a father and daughter (played by Smith and Peyton List) reconnect over a ham radio separated by 20 years—and inadvertently create a new tragedy that they must fight to rectify. We spoke to Smith about working with List on the series (premiering Oct. 5) and why he works so hard on auditions.

Tell us about ‘Frequency.’
I’m really excited about it. It’s a story about an ordinary father and his daughter, and they’re bound together in extraordinary circumstances nobody knows about but them. Through the season you’ll see them reconcile and work together over this 20-year time period to stop a horrible event that was triggered by their reconnection. At the heart of it, it’s a show about second chances. It’s a cool story and it’s got a lot of layers to it. I couldn’t be more proud of it, the way it turned out.

Have you ever used Backstage in the past?
I was telling a friend I was doing this interview, and back in the day I had an agent but you had to hustle. And me and my group of actor buddies would look at Backstage every single day. We used Backstage as our tool to find independent films, student films, anything.

How did you get your SAG-AFTRA card?
With a Wendy’s 99-cent chicken nugget commercial. It was my very first audition ever, and my very last commercial I ever did. I probably went on 300 commercial auditions after that, thinking it was so easy.

What advice would you give your younger self?
I would say enjoy the journey. It’s really about the journey and not the destination. I did a good job of that, I think. I’ve been a journeyman actor and I like that about myself. Now! At the beginning and the middle, you just want it to happen faster. But looking back on it, I wouldn’t want it to happen any other way. Those years of other jobs and the pilots that I wish went but didn’t go, I kept thinking that was a negative thing, but really [it was] a positive thing for my development as an actor.

How do you typically prepare for an audition?
Time. I spend so much time with auditions. Peyton List, who plays my daughter in the series, and I have been acting partners for over a decade and we put in so many hours together. I had a friend over one day when Peyton came over to work with me for her test on the pilot, and we probably worked three hours just on her network test. And that was after we’d worked with her on the other rounds it took to get her there. Afterward, my buddy said, “God, you practice this long every time?” If you practice that hard, you don’t have to audition too often. In the last three or four years I haven’t had to audition as much, but when I do get them I drop everything.

What movie should every actor see?
On the way home from the upfronts a couple of months ago I came across “Glengarry Glen Ross” on the plane, and I just stopped on it because I’ve loved that movie ever since I saw it. I thought, I could watch this movie every week, it just never gets old. The acting in that from everybody… All the greats in that movie. That thing just holds up.

How did you get your first agent?
I got my first agent because I moved to New York the minute I graduated high school, and there was an acting coach there who came up to me who said, “I know an agent who I think would be perfect for you.” And he wrote down an address and I showed up and the agent basically just laughed at me because I’d walked in with a suit on. She had me read one commercial side and signed me. And she was my agent for more than a decade.
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Press | Review: 15 Most Promising Series of 2016: No. 6 Frequency

Press | Review: 15 Most Promising Series of 2016: No. 6 Frequency

While the trend of adapting movies into TV shows isn’t slowing down anytime soon, the CW’s Frequency adaptation feels fresh in a way that other adaptations usually lack. That’s why the show made Hidden Remote’s list for one of its most promising series of 2016.

Usually I can’t help but roll my eyes when I hear of another movie being made into a TV show. For every one that manages to be successful, the TV graveyard is littered with dozens of others that failed to catch on the way its source of inspiration did.

When I first heard about the plan to bring Frequency to the small screen, I was cautiously intrigued. By the time they released the first trailer, I was excitedly counting down the days till the premiere.

Frequency is an adaptation of a 2000 movie of the same name that starred Jim Caviezel and Dennis Quaid in the lead roles. The TV version stars Peyton List and Riley Smith in those roles. The premise: Detective Raimy Sullivan discovers that she can speak with her estranged father Frank, a detective who died twenty years earlier, via ham radio. They must work together to try to stop the tragic events that are about to happen in the past. Any of us who have spent any time watching Doctor Who know, changing the past always has consequences on the present. This gives the writers plenty of ways to keep the show going for potentially many seasons.

How closely the show follows the movie will be interesting to see unfold. They also have the ability to change the past so the show has endless roads to open up new story lines. Due to the flexibility this offers, Frequency has a better chance of breaking out of the shadow of its inspiration than most shows based on movies ever would.

What I like about what I’ve seen so far is it’s about a women who misses her father and when she gets the opportunity to save him, she takes it. If you had the chance to save someone you’ve lost wouldn’t you jump at it? I know I would. Shows that deal with high concepts need to find ways to ground it and make viewers relate to its characters. Frequency already has that built into the narrative. It’s a story about a girl trying to connect with her father, one of the most basic stories of all. It just has the added bonus of coming with some interesting time bending concepts.

The CW is increasingly becoming the network for all things DC, which isn’t a bad thing necessarily. Frequency provides viewers with something a little fresher, not every hero you root for needs to wear a cape. I for one can’t wait for the show finally debut and see exactly where they take us this season.

Frequency will premiere Wednesday, October 5 at 9/8c on The CW.

Remember, if you’re looking for a great new series to check out this fall, we’ve got the low-down on 15 of the most promising new series that deserve a spot toward the top of your must-see list:

No. 15: MacGyver
No. 14: The Great Indoors
No. 13: Bull
No. 12: Notorious
No. 11: Better Things
No. 10: Atlanta
No. 9: The Exorcist
No. 8: Designated Survivor
No. 7: Conviction
No. 6: Frequency
No. 5: TImeless
No. 4: The Good Place
No. 3: Luke Cage
No. 2: This Is Us
No. 1: Pitch
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Press | Review: E! Our Final Rapid-Fire Reviews – How We Really Feel About the CW’s Frequency and No Tomorrow

Press | Review: E! Our Final Rapid-Fire Reviews – How We Really Feel About the CW’s Frequency and No Tomorrow

Frequency (The CW)
Premiere Date: Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 9 p.m.
Time-Slot Competition: Modern Family/Black-ish (ABC), Criminal Minds (CBS), Empire (Fox), Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
Stars: Peyton List, Riley Smith, Mekhi Phifer, Alexandra Metz, Daniel Bonjour
Premise: Based on the 2000 sci-fi film, Peyton List plays a young police detective who discovers she can talk to a young version of her dead father via ham radio, and they have to work together to change history, or prevent history from changing at all.

Tierney Bricker:
I’ve never seen the Dennis Quaid film that it’s based on, but holy crap, was I blown away by this one. Knowing the premise (girl connects with dead father via old radio), I thought it sounded more like a movie rather than a full series. I was SO wrong and am happy to be, because I was into every part of Frequency and got chills multiples times throughout my multiples viewings. The mystery, the relationships, the ’90s nostalgia…in, in, in.

Chris Harnick: This was fine, but I can’t see myself getting too into it. Although by the end of the episode I was asking questions that I assume will get answered if I continue watching…

Jean Bentley: Ludicrous aging makeup aside, this pilot (which is based on a movie I have never seen) was fully intriguing, thanks to the charisma of star Peyton List.

Lauren Piester: I like detectives, I like time travel, I like multiple universes, and based on this pilot, I like Peyton List, so this is clearly a show meant for me and I will happily accept it. I have no idea what future episodes could look like but I’ll watch it anyway!

Billy Nilles: I enjoyed this one, but I admit I have no idea what the heck it’s going to be like week to week. There’s a reason why Frequency was a movie to begin with. Some stories are meant to have an end in sight. That said, Peyton List is believable here in a way I haven’t seen in her other work. She’s more than capable of carrying the show. I just worry the show might collapse around her. Still, I’ll give it a few more weeks to suss it out.
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Press | Review: Fall TV preview 2016: ‘Pitch’ and ‘Frequency’ among best of networks’ 20 new shows

Press | Review: Fall TV preview 2016: ‘Pitch’ and ‘Frequency’ among best of networks’ 20 new shows

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Hope is a good thing, we’re told at the conclusion of “The Shawshank Redemption” – maybe the best of things. But hope must be rooted in possibilities.

Reasonably speaking, does the fall TV season offer any reason for hope? The answer is a resounding yes, uh-huh, absolutely.

The five broadcast networks seem to finally be doing a slightly better job of adapting to an ever-changing television environment. Sure, there are quite few clunkers among the 20 new shows the networks will introduce this fall. The rankest of the rookies include ABC’s “Notorious,” CBS’ “The Great Indoors” and NBC’s “Timeless.”

But a few of these rookies get off to impressive starts, including the CW’s “Frequency” and two Fox dramas: “Pitch” and “The Exorcist.” And a handful of others show a great deal of promise: NBC’s “The Good Place” and “This Is Us,” ABC’s “Designated Survivor” and CBS’ “Kevin Can Wait.”

They show possibilities mostly because network programmers are on that elusive path that leads to some solid ground between what cable channels and streaming services are offering. The best of these fledgling shows are different, but not in a way that is an embarrassing attempt to clone a hot cable success.

They also embrace diversity, in theme and casting, in ways that aren’t always successful, yet do give us more reason for hope, which is a good thing.

“Frequency” (The CW): Tune in. The reception should be excellent. Peyton List stars in this immediately intriguing mix of police drama and fantasy. She plays Raimy Sullivan, a police detective who gets transmissions from the past on her deceased father’s long-broken ham radio. The CW has stepped up the frequency of its quality offerings, and this is another slickly produced addition to an increasingly strong lineup.

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Press | Photos: Peyton List & Mekhi Phifer for ‘Rogue’ Magazine

I’ve added a couple scans of Peyton and Mekhi for Rogue magazine. They look stunning! No other word for it. Please credit our site if you repost these as it was hard to track down this issue.

Press | Photos | Video: Lenny Jacobson talks Frequency

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Press | Photos | Video: Mekhi Phifer talks Frequency

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Press | Show News: See What’s Happening In The First 2 Episodes Of Frequency

Frequency is coming to the CW on October 5th with Peyton List and Riley Smith as the leads. The story will take place in two different timelines – the past and the present. According to the press release for the pilot episode, Detective Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) has always wanted to prove that she is nothing like her father. In 1996, when Raimy was 8 years old, NYPD Officer Frank Sullivan (Riley Smith) left Raimy and her mother, Julie (Devin Kelley), behind when he went deep undercover, got corrupted, and got himself killed. Or so the story has always gone.

Few people knew about the secret undercover sting operation Frank was really charged with, led by Stan Moreno (Anthony Ruivivar), who has now risen to Deputy Chief of Police. Frank’s former partner, Lieutenant Satch Reyna (Mekhi Phifer), is now Raimy’s mentor and friend, and he has urged her to let go of the hurt and anger she still feels about Frank’s disappearance and death, but the old pain still lingers. Raimy can barely bring herself to discuss Frank, even with her devoted boyfriend, Daniel (Daniel Bonjour), or her childhood friend, Gordo (Lenny Jacobson).

Now, twenty years later, Raimy is stunned when a voice suddenly crackles through her father’s old, long-broken ham radio – it’s Frank, somehow transmitting over the airwaves and through the decades from 1996. They’re both shocked and confused, but Raimy shakes Frank to the core when she warns him that the secret sting he is undertaking will lead to his death. Armed with that knowledge, Frank survives the attempt on his life. But changing history has dramatically affected Raimy’s life in the present – and there have been tragic consequences.

Separated by 20 years, father and daughter have reunited on a frequency only they can hear, but can they rewrite the story of their lives without risking everyone they love?

As for the second episode, “Signal and Noise,”which is set to air October 12th, when Raimy (Peyton List) and Frank (Riley Smith) speak over the ham-radio and she lets him know that her mom will be murdered unless Frank can figure out a way to warn her, she also delivers devastating news regarding Stan Moreno (Anthony Ruivivar).

Meanwhile, in 2016, Raimy follows a lead in the Nightingale case, and in 1996, Frank and Satch (Mekhi Phifer) work together to follow the same lead.
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Press | Photos | Video: Devin Kelley talks Frequency

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Press | Photos | Video: Daniel Bonjour talks Frequency

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Press | Photos: Peyton List & ‘Frequency’ Cast Star in New Character Images!

Check out these new promo images for the upcoming show Frequency!

The series follows Detective Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List), who has always wanted to prove that she is nothing like her father.

In 1996, when Raimy was eight years old, NYPD Officer Frank Sullivan (Riley Smith) left Raimy and her mother, Julie (Devin Kelley), behind when he went deep undercover, got corrupted, and got himself killed. Or so the story has always gone.

Few people knew about the secret undercover sting operation Frank was really charged with, led by Stan Moreno (Anthony Ruivivar), who has now risen to Deputy Chief of Police.

Frank’s former partner, Lieutenant Satch Reyna (Mekhi Phifer), is now Raimy’s mentor and friend, and he has urged her to let go of the hurt and anger she still feels about Frank’s disappearance and death, but the old pain still lingers. Raimy can barely bring herself to discuss Frank, even with her devoted boyfriend, Daniel (Daniel Bonjour), or her childhood friend, Gordo (Lenny Jacobson).

Now, twenty years later, Raimy is stunned when a voice suddenly crackles through her father’s old, long-broken ham radio – it’s Frank, somehow transmitting over the airwaves and through the decades from 1996. They’re both shocked and confused, but Raimy shakes Frank to the core when she warns him that the secret sting he is undertaking will lead to his death.

Armed with that knowledge, Frank survives the attempt on his life. But changing history has dramatically affected Raimy’s life in the present – and there have been tragic consequences. Separated by twenty years, father and daughter have reunited on a frequency only they can hear, but can they rewrite the story of their lives without risking everyone they love?
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We already had most of the photos with the exception of one which I added to the gallery. Working on getting HQ versions.

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