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March 15, 2019

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Former prosecutor Marcia Clark is a prime force behind a new law drama, but its star stresses that she's not playing Clark. After her long run on "The Mentalist," Robin Tunney returns to series work as ABC's "The Fix" premieres Monday, March 18. Not unlike the result for Clark (an executive producer and writer of the show) in the O.J. Simpson trial, Tunney's Maya Travis suffers a defeat in trying to make a murder case against a celebrity ("Lost" alum Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). She then goes off the grid for several years ... until the same actor becomes a murder suspect again, and Maya is brought back into the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office to pursue justice once more. The pleasant Tunney says of Clark, "Playing her would just be too stressful. As an actor, it doesn't give you any freedom if you're just being the person who's sitting on the set with you. You feel like you can't own it properly. This is (Clark's) origin story, but she has two children and has been married three times. This character has no children and has never been married." For any differences between fact and fiction, "The Fix" does draw a bead on today's American legal system and what its flaws might be. "Maya is very much about right and wrong, and she cannot believe that the system failed the victim," explains Tunney. "If you have enough money and have a fancy legal team, you can buy yourself out of a murder (charge), and that's really depressing for her." Additional "Fix" cast members include Adam Rayner ("Tyrant"), Merrin Dungey ("Alias"), Breckin Meyer ("Franklin & Bash") and two veterans of "Necessary Roughness," Marc Blucas and Scott Cohen. However, Tunney admits she's still adjusting to her new experience of being No. 1 on a series call sheet. "I learned so much from (star) Simon Baker on 'The Mentalist,' " she reflects. "He has such a strong work ethic, and he would give tiny little hints along the way, and I listened ... things like, 'When you do a walk-and-talk, you have to walk quickly if you want to give the scene urgency.' I feel like I was so lucky to get paid to watch somebody who was really good at it at work." 'The Fix' is in: Robin Tunney stars in ABC's Marcia Clark-inspired law drama BY JAY BOBBIN Robin Tunney stars in "The Fix," premiering Monday on ABC. March 16 - 22, 2019 2 KINGSPORT (TN) TIMES NEWS cover story this week "The Quiet Man" (1952) The ultimate Ireland movie in the eyes of many, director John Ford's classic stars John Wayne as a returnee to Ireland who's determined to capture the heart of a lass (Maureen O'Hara) despite her brother's (Victor McLaglen) interference. "Darby O'Gill and the Little People" (1959) This Disney treat may be best-remembered for giving an early screen showcase to someone who would establish an iconic character several years later ... Sean Connery, pre-James Bond. "Far and Away" (1992) Though the locale shifts to America, director Ron Howard's vehicle for Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman captures the essence of turn-of-the-century Ireland quite effectively early on. "The Crying Game" (1992) Even these many years later, no one should give away the big twist of writer-director Neil Jordan's drama about an IRA member's (Stephen Rea) relationship that has a background in tragedy. "Michael Collins" (1996) Liam Neeson has the title role of the revolutionary who led forces against the British. "Bloody Sunday" (2002) Paul Greengrass used many of the techniques that since have made him a top action director ("Jason Bourne") in this unsettling dramatization of Ireland's civil war. "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" (2006) Two Irish brothers (Cillian Murphy, Padraic Delaney) literally fight for their country's independence in director Ken Loach's drama. "P.S. I Love You" (2007) A sizable chunk of this romantic comedy-drama is a flashback to the heroine's (Hilary Swank) first meeting with her late husband (Gerard Butler) during an overseas trip. "Michael Collins" "Far and Away" BEST IRELAND MOVIES BY JAY BOBBIN Cable Conversion Guide Charter Dish Network Direct TV WETP PBS 2 WCYB NBC 5 5 5 WATE ABC WBIR NBC WJHL CBS 11 11 11 WKPT MNT 6 20 19 WAPK MNT 182 36 36 WEMT FOX 10 39 39 WSBN PBS WLFG IND 8 68 68 AMC Am. Movie Classics 58 131 254 A&E Arts & Entertainment 46 118 265 BET Black Entertainment 60 124 329 BRAVO BRAVO 62 129 237 CMTV Country Music TV 68 166 327 CNBC CNBC 39 208 355 COM Comedy Central 65 107 249 CYB-CW WCYB-DT2 CW 4 28 6 DISC Discovery Channel 47 182 278 E! E! Entertainment TV 23 114 236 ESPN ESPN 31 140 206 ESPN2 ESPN2 32 143 209 FOOD Food Network 50 110 231 FOXFX FX 30 136 248 FOXSS FOX Sports South 37 420 646 FREE FreeForm 53 180 311 H&G Home & Garden 51 112 229 HIST History 44 120 269 ION ION Satellite 16 250 305 LIFE Lifetime 25 108 252 NICK Nickelodeon 55 170 299 PARMT Paramount Net. 64 241 241 SYFY SYFY 63 122 244 TBN Trinity Broadcast Net. 21 260 372 TBS WTBS 27 139 247 TLC The Learning Chan. 26 183 280 TOON Cartoon Network 56 176 296 TNT Turner Network TV 28 138 245 USA USA Network 29 105 242 WGN-A WGN America 18 239 307 DISN Disney Channel 54 172 290 HBO Home Box Office 518 300 501 HBO2 Home Box Office 2 520 301 502 MAX Cinemax 549 310 515 MAX2 More Max 551 312 517 SHOW Showtime 578 318 545 TMC The Movie Channel 598 327 553

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