Tom Cullen

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Soapsynops­es -

How much phys­i­cal train­ing was there for you?

We have to do a lot of train­ing to get phys­i­cally pre­pared for the show, be­cause I work about be­tween 12 and 15 hours a day, and it’s all phys­i­cal. I think in to­tal in the en­tire show, I think I did four days in­te­rior. Ev­ery­thing else was ex­te­rior. So you’re ex­posed to all el­e­ments – rain, cold – and in Prague, the Czech Repub­lic, it goes from boil­ing heat to freez­ing cold ... . We have a phrase, which is, “Just an­other day on ‘Knight­fall,’ ” which is like we’ll be fight­ing and jump­ing over fire or fall­ing off a horse or leap­ing off a cas­tle or just get­ting punched con­tin­u­ally in the face. ... And then there’s also the side of things that you have to look like you’ve been train­ing for six hours a day for the whole of your life, which is what the Tem­plars used to do. So, there’s a lot of chicken and a lot of broccoli. We have a gym on set, and ev­ery­one tries to look as good as pos­si­ble. Some peo­ple suc­ceed more than oth­ers but, yeah, it’s gru­el­ing, and we fin­ished the show in De­cem­ber and I’m only just start­ing to feel nor­mal again af­ter the ex­haus­tion of the show.

Buddy Valas­tro of “Buddy vs. Duff” on Food Net­work

“I’m re­ally ex­cited about ‘Bil­lions’ com­ing back on the air . ... I al­ways watch ‘Shame­less.’ My wife got me into ‘The Masked Singer.’ That was pretty funny. I watch ‘Flash’ with my kids ev­ery week. That’s kind of like our lit­tle rit­ual, so we watch ‘The Flash.’ And then I just fin­ished up ‘Ray Dono­van,’ which is a great show, too.”

Rachael Ray of “Rachael Ray” in syn­di­ca­tion and “30 Minute Meals” on Food Net­work

“Thurs­days and Fri­days, it’s ‘Law & Or­der.’ Satur­day and Sun­day morn­ings, it’s ‘Columbo.’ ”

Michaela McManus of “The Vil­lage” on NBC

“You know what I re­cently got re­ally into?’ ‘Younger.’ It’s so fun, I in­stantly got sucked into that one. It’s so easy to watch, and I’m a huge fan of Sut­ton Fos­ter.”

Ian McShane of “Amer­i­can Gods” on Starz

“First of all, when An­thony Bour­dain died I went back and I watched all the An­thony Bour­dain shows. ... I en­joyed the first se­ries of ‘Mrs. Maisel.’ I thought it was great . ... I love ‘High Main­te­nance.’ Its sto­ry­telling is very orig­i­nal, I think, and he’s a charm­ing link, the guy who plays the part of the dealer (Ben Sin­clair). He’s a re­ally sym­pa­thetic guy, sort of like a mod­ern guy you re­ally iden­tify with . ... ‘Crash­ing’ is quite funny from time to time. It’s charm­ing. It’s a lit­tle dif­fer­ent but I think it’s re­ally good.”

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