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The Big Interview

The Big Interview

Photo Credit:  AXS TV
  • Premiered: 
    September 16, 2013
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  • Network: AXS TV
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Talk
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Entertainment
  • Tags: celebrity

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Plot Synopsis

Host Dan Rather talks with celebrities and entertainment icons to explore their lives, careers, and outside interests, while learning about their passions and what they're really about. Each one-hour episode, filmed in a different and fitting location, features an interview with one or two celebrities, including these stars in Season 1: Aaron Sorkin, the creator of THE NEWSROOM and THE WEST WING, who opens up about his inspirations and his writing process, tackles criticisms about his projects regarding left-wing propaganda and sexism, and reveals his first choice to play the President on THE WEST WING; Roger Daltrey, the front man of The Who, who talks about his work with teens who have cancer, while talking with Rather at the Gibson Guitar Center in New York, where he is joined by Australian pop singer Cody Simpson, who talks about his role in Teen Cancer America; Merle Haggard, the country-music legend, who speaks with Dan before a performance at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in North Carolina, where he speaks candidly about everything form his time in prison to his politics, touring with Bob Dylan, and his biggest fear in life; and Daryl Hannah, the famous Hollywood actress and activist, who talks about her relationships with JFK Jr. and RFK Jr. and life around the Kennedys, offers insights into challenges faced by older women in Hollywood, and reveals why she's an environmental activist with several arrests. THE BIG INTERVIEW returned for its second season on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 8pm ET/5pm PT on AXS TV with 10 consecutive weeks of new episodes. In the Season 2 opener, Dan Rather sat down with controversial filmmaker-and three-time Academy Award-winner-Oliver Stone, who opened up about his distinguished career, discussed the work of some of his contemporaries, and revealed details about his latest project: a 10-part Showtime series focusing on the history of the United States following World War II. In subsequent episodes in Season 2, Rather talked with: Edward Norton; David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash; Jane Lynch; Carol Burnett; Alan Alda; David Simon; Darius Rucker; and more. AXS TV aired the Season 3 premiere of THE BIG INTERVIEW on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 8pm ET/5pm PT, as Dan Rather chatted with Wynonna Judd. Subsequent guests in Season 3 include: Carlos Santana (Jan. 20); Marty Stuart (Jan. 27); 'Weird Al' Yankovic (Feb. 3); Daryl Hall (Feb. 10); and Don Rickles (Feb. 17); Trisha Yearwood (Apr. 14); Vince Gill (Apr. 21); Lindsey Buckingham (Apr. 28); Josh Groban (May 5); Florida Georgia Line (May 12); Paul Haggis (May 19); Frankie Valli (May 26). On Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 8pm ET/5pm PT on AXS TV, Dan Rather returned with six all-new interviews with some of entertainment's biggest names: Emmylou Harris (July 7); John Leguizamo (July 14); Pat Benatar (July 21); Rascal Flatts (July 28); Dwight Yoakam (August 4); and Bob Weir (August 11). THE BIG INTERVIEW returned with the first of seven new episodes on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 8pm ET/5pm PT on AXS TV. In the Season 3 Fall premiere, Rather sits down with trailblazing rock n' roll pioneers Ann and Nancy Wilson, beloved front women of the band Heart, whose signature vocals and guitars have crafted a catalogue of hits such as "Crazy On You," "Alone," and "Barracuda," selling over 35 million records worldwide. Also appearing on THE BIG INTERVIEW this fall is R&B Queen Patti LaBelle on October 27; prolific Allman Brothers Band founder Gregg Allman on November 3; rock hero Bryan Adams on November 10; groundbreaking country music star Charley Pride on November 17; legendary filmmaker Quentin Tarantino on November 24; and supermodel-turned-super-mogul, leading lifestyle designer and activist Kathy Ireland on December 1. Season 4 of THE BIG INTERVIEW premiered on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 8pm ET/5pm PT on AXS TV. This season's lineup presents even more intimate discussions with some of the industry's biggest names, kicking off on January 12 with GRAMMY-winning singer, songwriter, and acclaimed Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty, as he talks about the early days of CCR, the creative process behind "Born On The Bayou" and "Proud Mary," and much more. Then, on January 19, Rather sits down with Oscar-winning actor Benicio Del Toro, the fan-favorite leading man whose acclaimed filmography includes unforgettable roles in hits such as TRAFFIC, SIN CITY, THE USUAL SUSPECTS, and the upcoming blockbuster STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII. And, on January 26, Rather welcomes beloved Country music hero Willie Nelson, the celebrated author, poet, actor, and activist whose trademark vocals have powered a library of classics such as "Always On My Mind," "On The Road Again," "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain," and "Whiskey River," among others. Iconic Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons sat down with Dan Rather (February 9) and gets personal about America's flawed food industry, his passion for veganism, Donald Trump's presidential run and the impact that yoga has had on his life. One week later (February 16), country stars John Rich and Big Kenny (aka Big & Rich) open up about the trials and tribulations of creating their own label, their musical influences, the creation of the MuzikMafia, and how to determine what qualifies as real country music. On Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 8pm ET/5pm PT, AXS TV premiered the 18-episode fifth season of THE BIG INTERVIEW. Season 5 kicks off with Dan Rather having a candid conversation with Kid Rock, the musician, actor, and activist whose unique blend of country, hip-hop, and rock has earned him five Grammy nominations, over 35 million records sold worldwide, and a legion of fans. The season also includes chart-topping sensation Sheryl Crow; singer Kix Brooks, formerly of Brooks & Dunn -- the highest-selling duo in Country music history; influential ZZ Top axeman Billy Gibbons; and groundbreaking Country queen Crystal Gayle, the first female Country artist to have an album go platinum. Complete dates and additional guests will be announced at a later date. "For over 60 years, Dan Rather has been one of the most respected names in journalism," said Michele M. Dix, AXS TV's senior vice president, programming and development. "His unprecedented ability to connect and get his subjects to candidly speak about their lives and careers adds a new depth to his interviews, giving viewers a chance to see a side of their favorite artists that isn't often made visible to the public." Subsequent guests include: Ice Cube (Feb 21); Kix Brooks (Feb 28); Crystal Gale (March 7); Billy Gibbons (March 14); Norah Jones (March 21); Clint Black (March 28).
On Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 8pm ET/5pm PT, AXS TV premiered the Season 5 spring finale of THE BIG INTERVIEW, as Dan Rather sat down for a conversation with Sheryl Crow at her Nashville recording studio, where the talk is about a new album and old times. Plus, Crow shared some of the challenges that women face in the music industry, especially in an era where many female performers feel pressure to incorporate sexuality into their music.


Other Titles

  • Also known as: The Big Interview with Dan Rather