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Joshua Maloni's 10 favorite celebrity interviews of 2014

by jmaloni
Mon, Dec 29th 2014 08:25 pm
`Psych` `1967: A Psych Odyssey`: Pictured are Maggie Lawson as Juliet O'Hara and Timothy Omundson as Carlton Lassiter. (USA Network photo by Alan Zenuk)
"Psych" "1967: A Psych Odyssey": Pictured are Maggie Lawson as Juliet O'Hara and Timothy Omundson as Carlton Lassiter. (USA Network photo by Alan Zenuk)
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What's better than fruitcake and just as plentiful this time of year?

Why, it's top 10 lists, of course.

Heck, if Aunt Sue can cram assorted fruits, nuts and sticky stuff into one festive yule log, then we can condense 365 days worth of articles, photos and interviews into two handfuls of short, easy-to-read bullet points.

No ingredient guessing necessary.

I'm counting down my 10 favorite celebrity interviews of 2014. (Insert New Year's Eve noisemaker sound here.)  Click on a name to find a full article.


No. 10: Artpark stars Ann Wilson of Heart, Michael McDonald, Phillip Phillips, John Oates, Emilie Renier and John Barsoian.

It was a grand summer, and these stars made it the most successful season to date.

Ann Wilson of Heart. 


No. 9: Steve Lukather of Toto and Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band.

He's one of the most in-demand guitarists in the world, and he visited Lewiston twice in 2014.

Steve Lukather


No. 8: Ari Stidham of "Scorpion."

A star is born on one of the few successful rookie series on primetime.

Ari Stidham stars as Sylvester Dodd in "Scorpion" on the CBS Television Network. (CBS photo by Sonja Flemming)


No. 7: John Ratzenberger. Cliff from "Cheers" was so funny on the phone. And this dude is smart, too. Check it out.



No. 6: Dylan Dreyer of "Today." She braved the "Snowvember" storm and made Western New York look good in a bad situation.

NBC News and "Weekend Today" meteorologist Dylan Dreyer. (NBC photo by Heidi Gutman)


No. 5: Echosmith.
I spoke with Sydney right before the sibling band became a household name and tour headliner.
Echosmith (photo by Jonathan Weiner)


No. 4: Jacqueline Toboni and the stars of "Grimm."
NBC's Friday night sorta-sci-fi, action-adventure series has become one of my favorite programs. This year, I was fortunate to speak with stars David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell and Reggie Lee. I was especially jazzed about a phoner with Jacqueline, who starred as the Wesen-whooping Trubel.
"Grimm": Pictured, from left, Jacqueline Toboni as Trubel, David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt and Bitsie Tulloch as Juliette Silverton. (NBC photo by Scott Green)


No. 3: Christina Grimmie.
A runner-up in the spring edition of "The Voice," Grimmie has landed a record deal, scored assorted TV appearances and released a solid first single. She's a real dynamo with a powerful voice and an easy-going personality.

Christina Grimmie


No. 2: Timothy Omundson and Maggie Lawson of "Psych."
"Psych" is one of my favorite shows of all time and, on occasion, my favorite USA Network rep would put me on the phone with two of the show's breakout stars: Timothy Omundson, who played sweet and sour Det. Carlton Lassiter, and Maggie Lawson, who broke hearts (and cracked skulls) as Det. Juliet O'Hara.
Bonus article: http://bit.ly/1fNLenC 

"Psych" "1967: A Psych Odyssey": Pictured are Maggie Lawson as Juliet O'Hara and Timothy Omundson as Carlton Lassiter. (USA Network photo by Alan Zenuk) 


No. 1: The stars of "24: Live Another Day":
Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Yvonne Strahovski.

"24: Live Another Day": Pictured, from left, are stars Michael Wincott, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Giles Matthey, Benjamin Bratt, Yvonne Strahovski, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Kiefer Sutherland, William Devane, Kim Raver and Tate Donovan. "24: Live Another Day" is set to premiere Monday, May 5, on FOX. (FOX photo by Greg Williams) 

In an unexpected, amazing turn of events, FOX decided to bring back the iconic series "24" for a special limited run.
Added bonus: I chatted with Kiefer Sutherland about Jack Bauer, the greatest TV crime fighter of all time, and Mary Lynn Rajskub about super sidekick Chloe.
What made this No. 1 was the addition of Yvonne Strahovski (Kate Morgan) who was the only star of "Chuck" I failed to work with during that incredible show's five-season run. "24" and "Chuck" are in my top 10 all-time favorite shows, so you can imagine I was pretty jazzed to speak with Yvonne.

"24: Live Another Day": Yvonne Strahovski as Kate Morgan. Watch her each Monday at 9 p.m. on FOX. (photos by Daniel Smith/FOX)


Honorable mention:
  • Vanessa Ray of "Blue Bloods"
  • AJR
  • 3 Doors Down
  • Megadeth
  • Ian Ziering, Tara Reid and Vivica A. Fox of "Sharknado 2: The Second One" and "The Celebrity Apprentice"
  • Max Charles ("Mr. Peabody and Sherman," "The Neighbors")
  • Singer Will Champlin
  • Assorted conference calls with James Spader ("The Blacklist"), James Roday and Dulé Hill ("Psych").

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