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Variety Studio: Actors on Actors, Season 12

Airs across two nights, Monday, Aug. 3 and Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 11 p.m.

Paul Rudd and Chris Evans speaking on Zoom.

Variety and PBS SoCal, Southern California’s home for the premieres of new PBS programs, announced today the schedule for the twelfth season of the Emmy® Award-winning series VARIETY STUDIO: ACTORS ON ACTORS. Co-produced by PBS SoCal, the newest season of half-hour specials will offer audiences exclusive, one-on-one virtual conversations between top acting talent from this year’s most notable television shows who are expected to contend this Emmy season. The first two episodes of the new season will premiere back-to-back on Monday, Aug. 3 at 11 p.m. and episodes three and four will premiere on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 11 p.m. All episodes will stream on the Southern Oregon PBS Video app.

“We’re pleased to be working closely with our partners at Variety on a remarkable new season of Variety Studio: Actors on Actors,” said Andrew Russell, President and CEO, PBS SoCal. “Nationwide, PBS stations continue their support and appreciation of ‘Actors on Actors’ because our viewers are interested in its special, behind-the-scenes view into Southern California’s entertainment industry and the people who make it so unique. The new lineup of actors is sure to please as these in-depth conversations are relevant now more than ever.”

“Variety is excited to debut the 2020 ‘Actors on Actors’ Emmy Edition directly from the safety of the homes of this season’s top Emmy-award contending talent,” said Variety Group Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer, Michelle Sobrino-Stearns. “Our partnership with PBS SoCal on Variety’s three-time Emmy winning series, takes our viewers inside the biggest television shows of the past year through these candid one-on-one conversations.”

VARIETY STUDIO: ACTORS ON ACTORS will be airing on Southern Oregon PBS at the following times:

Episode 1 (Monday, Aug. 3 at 11 p.m.)


This episode features Regina King (Watchmen) with Reese Witherspoon (Little Fires Everywhere), Anne Hathaway (Modern Love) with Hugh Jackman (Bad Education) and Kieran Culkin (Succession) with Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek).

Episode 2 (Monday, Aug. 3 at 11:30 p.m.


This episode features Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) with Kerry Washington (Little FiresEverywhere), Tessa Thompson (Westworld) with Ramy Youssef (Ramy) and Russell Crowe (The Loudest Voice) with Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies).

Episode 3 (Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 11 p.m.)


This episode features Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show) with Lisa Kudrow (Space Force), Daveed Diggs (Snowpiercer) with Anthony Mackie (Altered Carbon) and Henry Cavill (The Witcher) with Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: Picard).

Episode 4 (Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 11:30 p.m.)


This episode features Claire Danes (Homeland) with Damian Lewis (Billions), Zendaya (Euphoria) with Mj Rodriguez (Pose) and Chris Evans (Defending Jacob) with Paul Rudd (Living with Yourself).

In May 2019, Variety’s“Actors on Actors” on PBS took home a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy award and has been awarded the Emmy for best entertainment programming at the 2015 and 2016 Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards. “Actors on Actors,” an interview special that features pairings of prominent actors discussing their craft, is produced by PBS SoCal in partnership with Variety Media, LLC.