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Hale Cast in Season 2 of AppleTV+’s “Truth Be Told”

Posted by Cole in News, Television

As per Deadline, AppleTV+ has rounded out the ensemble cast of season two of their drama, Truth Be Told, starring Octavia Spencer (as Poppy Parnell) and Kate Hudson (as Micah Keith). The show is a quasi-anthology series that follows a central protagonist, but each season is a new story with new characters. Season two provides a glimpse into America’s obsession with true crime podcasts.

Hale Appleman plays Lachlan, the slick head of business operations behind Micah’s empire.

For more information on the show, its second season, and the casting, check out the full article Deadline.


Wizard World Virtual Experience: The Magicians

Posted by Cole in Hale, News

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 18! Due to the mass shelter-in-places put upon a lot of the world, Wizard World has been hosting virtual conventions for fans to meet actors online. They have just announced a The Magicians panel featuring Hale Appleman, Summer Bishil, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor-Dudley, Harvey Guillen, and Trevor Einhorn!

Since Virtual conventions are a relatively new thing, this is the information about what is offered:

FREE Live Q&A: Take part in this free, interactive and moderated live video Q&A with the cast of The Magicians! Livestream will be viewable on the Wizard World Virtual Twitch channel, Facebook Live, and YouTube.

Live Video Chats: An exclusive, 2-minute private video chat with the cast of The Magicians. After purchasing, a Wizard World representative will reach out to you with more information on how to redeem your Live Video Chat.

Recorded Video Message: After purchasing, a Wizard World representative will reach out to collect the content you would like recorded in your Video Recorded Message. 250 character limit.

Autographs: Includes your choice of an 8″x10″ photo or 11″x17″ lithograph (that will be a custom designed exclusive for this event). This item will be mailed to your address of choice, shipping is included. During checkout, complete the form to choose your item and fill in your shipping address. After purchasing, a Wizard World representative will reach out to you with more information. There is a 9.5% sales tax applied during checkout.

The following packages are available for Hale Appleman fans:

  • Hale Appleman Video Chat – $65
  • Hale Appleman Video Recorded Message – $65
  • Hale Appleman Autograph – $75

You can either wait for the day of to watch the panel for free, or if you would like to make additional purchases, you can do so on the official Tixr.com site!

Hale will be donating all proceeds to queercovidrelief.com, a group dedicated to helping out queer people in need who have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.


“The Magicians” To End at Season 5

Posted by Cole in Articles & Interviews, News, Television, The Magicians

As many Syfy shows before it, The Magicians has been cancelled at season 5. The show’s final episode, titled “Fillory & Further” will air on April 1. TVInsider had an excellent interview with creators and showrunners Sera Gamble and John McNamara, which you can read here: “Syfy, Sera Gamble & John McNamara Address the End of ‘The Magicians'”.

In light of the news, Hale posted a screencapture from The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman, highlighting a quote from Eliot that says, “I know I said I didn’t need a family to become who I was supposed to be, but it turned out that I did. And it was you. We’ll meet again.” Hale included a caption that reads:

This is a heartfelt Thank You to all you kids ( and grown-ups ) out there for your continued love and support over the years. Your dedication to each other and to the world inspired by Lev’s books helped keep us alive for 5 Seasons, and served as a constant reminder that family can be found, chosen, and nurtured in the most surprising and serendipitous ways. Meeting so many of you and hearing your stories has been a highlight of my life. Thank you for your love and attention through this very unusual and beautiful evolution. I’m eternally grateful to our creator @levgrossman, my show Dads @johnthemcnamara and @seragamble, our incredible cast, crew, producers and @audinkle: Thanks for giving me a shot at a character and show I’ll love forever. I’m so proud to be your Eliot. Only Love. —H

Will The Magicians be picked up elsewhere?
That’s hard to say. Very few cancelled shows have been picked up at another network or platform. In the past, Amazon Prime has picked up formerly cancelled Syfy show The Expanse and Netflix picked up the Sera Gamble show You from Lifetime. However, McNamara stated shopping it to other platforms, adding, “none of them seemed in the end like a perfect financial or creative fit.” The season 5 finale was written to double as a series finale just in case it isn’t picked up. All the fans can do is make sure a potential network can see The Magicians as a good investment to renew.

What does this mean for Hale?
In the case The Magicians is not picked up elsewhere, Hale will have to audition for pilot season if he’d like to stick to TV (we certainly would love to see him continue doing television, and we would also like to see some music from him). He does now have The Magicians on his acting resume, a project that allowed him to show off a range of talent one would expect many shows to want. We hope the best for Hale’s journey and we will continue to be here, supporting this extraordinary talent.


Hale to Attend San Diego Comic-Con 2019!

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Hale will be attending San Diego’s big Comic-Con this year!

The Magicians will have a panel on Saturday, July 20 at 6:00PM – 6:50PM in the Indigo Ballroom. We can’t wait for new photos! For more information, you can visit the page on the official SDCC Schedule.

Calling all Fillorians! Magic is back at Comic-Con with your favorite spellbinding millennials. Cast members Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, Rick Worthy, Jade Tailor, Brittany Curran, and Trevor Einhorn, alongside executive producers Sera Gamble, John McNamara, and Henry Alonso Myers give you the exclusive scoop on the upcoming fifth season.


Hale to Attend the Wizard World Philadelphia Convention

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Good news to The Magicians fans who live in or around Pennsylvania! Hale Appleman and co-star Stella Maeve will be attending the Wizard World convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA on the weekend of June 15 and 16.

Hale will be at the convention on Saturday and Sunday, doing photo-ops and autographs. For more information about the event, visit the Wizard World official website. You can buy admission passes, photo-ops and autographs on the official Tixr website.

The following packages are available for Hale Appleman fans:

  • Hale Appleman Photo Op – $55
  • Hale Appleman Autograph – $45
  • Hale Appleman Selfie – $40
  • Hale Appleman Combo (Autograph & Selfie) – $75

Hale’s Panel will be on Saturday, June 15 at 2:00 PM EDT in Room 118.
Click here to view the full guest schedule.
More news and updates regarding the convention will be edited into this post.

UPDATE 06/06: Stella is no longer going to be attending Wizard World Philadelphia, this means there is no dual photo-op as previously announced.

I hope the convention is a good experience for Hale and the fans! We’d love the see him attend more local conventions.


BriefTake: Interview with Hale Appleman

Posted by Cole in Articles & Interviews, Hale, News, Television, The Magicians

Hale did an interview with BriefTake during which he discussed The Magicians season 4 and his new role, the Monster, as well as mentioned a new film! The Magicians season 4 will premiere on Syfy in just 3 days. Even though we’re going to miss Eliot, based on what Hale had to say about the Monster, we’re ecstatic! Here is an excerpt of the interview, with a link to the rest of it below.

BriefTake: What is it like playing a new character on the same show?
Appleman: I can’t say that it was as easy as playing Eliot, in the sense that I had all of this material to source and actual novels, that is a rare gift that you have as an actor. For me, as the Monster, I just saw it as a huge opportunity to change up the expectations of the audience and gave me permission to explore something completely different. I ultimately settled on this idea of the dark shadow of your inner child, someone who has been neglected and left alone for thousands of years. He’s finally able to explore the world around him, which has changed and of which he has no understanding. He has been so neglected that he is without a true understanding of human empathy, and his headspace operates around his need for attention and his need to follow through on the mission he set out to accomplish. So he has a hit list of people that he has taken revenge on and also has this amnesia kind of child-like view of the world. He cannot remember who he is truly or from where he came. So there’s this element of him piecing it together. He’s been living in darkness for so many thousands of years and he’s finally able to start to piece it all back together.

BriefTake: So it is like a shadow figure?
Appleman: I think about it as the dark shadow of a child. Inspirations that I could draw from were the great monsters of cinema such as Frankenstein’s Monster and the idea of a monstrous spirit living in a human body somehow, and needing to learn how to live within a new body. Something that I thought about playing with a little bit is how he speaks and how he forms words, the things that he encounters in the sort of every day human life around him — What’s an ice cream cone and what’s a t-shirt and how do I eat a bowl of cereal? [laughs] So there’s a lot of humor in it. I hope that people enjoy it; I definitely took a chance and it was really exciting to take an opportunity to change it up, especially in terms of what people expect from me. This show spans so many different genres and has influences from across the board. I like that there’s a meta-quality to The Magicians in which we can sometimes wear our references on our sleeves—whether it is pop culture or tropes within horror and fantasy.

BriefTake: What types of roles would you like to play in the future?
Appleman: I love that The Magicians has given me an outlet for comedy, although I see myself probably as a more dramatic actor. Not that I can’t play across genres, but I would love to do some work that is more grounded—not that The Magicians can’t be. I feel like part of my joy on the show is to ground material that could be very whimsical, and that’s the beauty of a show that has a swirl of influences around it. That’s an unusual opportunity, so I will continue to seize that opportunity for as long as I am a part of The Magicians. But I also love working on stage; I love theatre. I came from the theatre, so I would love to do some more serious work on stage. I’m doing a film in the next few months which I’m very excited about, but I can’t really talk about it. But it is character-based, and it is a movie about a relationship and it’s just a movie about a relationship between one human and another. So that’s really focused and it’s a huge departure from what I am doing on the show because it’s so single-focused in its central [pauses] there’s no plot [laughs]. The plot is the relationship. Anyway, I probably shouldn’t say anything. [laughs]

Read the rest of what Hale had to say in the full BriefTake interview.


Hale to Attend the Wizard World Portland Convention – Cancelled

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Good news to The Magicians fans who live in or around Oregon! Hale Appleman was just announced to be attending the Wizard World convention at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR on February 23 and 24.

UPDATE 02/14: Hale and Stella will not be able to make the convention. Hopefully they will be able to do other conventions in the future!


“The Magicians” Season 4 Premiere Date Announced

Posted by Cole in News, Television, The Magicians

It was announced at New York Comic-Con that The Magicians season 4 will be premiering on SYFY on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 9/8c. We’re so excited for the new season and to see Hale in his new role.

At NYCC, a new sneak-peek clip featuring Janet (Summer Bishil) and Ember (Dominic Burgess) was also shared. You can watch the clip here on SYFY’s YouTube.