James Lipton has taken his tall pile of blue index cards and bounced, leaving a host of celebrities to fill his chair for the venerable celebrity interview series “Inside the Actors Studio,” returning Sunday, Oct. 13 at 10pm ET on Ovation.
Lipton announced his retirement in 2018, leaving a vacancy that will be filled this season by the likes of Alec Baldwin (interviewing Henry Winkler), Jane Lynch (interviewing David Oyelowo) and Kelsey Grammer (interviewing James Burrows), and “Game of Thrones” star Pedro Pascal (interviewing Willem Dafoe).
Watch a clip of Winkler’s chat above, and pics from the upcoming season below:
Ovation will air classic episodes of Inside the Actors Studio leading to the new season premiere on October 13. Throughout August and September, the network will air one legacy episode every Sunday at 12pm ET, starting on August 11. Lipton’s interview with Paul Newman, the first guest of the long-running series which debuted on June 12, 1994, will be the first episode to air.
The full lineup is below:
Sunday, August 11 at 12pm ET – Paul Newman (season 1)
Sunday, August 18 at 12pm ET – Halle Berry (season 13)
Sunday, August 25 at 12pm ET – George Clooney (season 18)
Sunday, September 1 at 12pm ET – Robin Williams (season 7)
Sunday, September 8 at 12pm ET – Jennifer Lopez (season 11)
Sunday, September 15 at 12pm ET – Jim Carrey (season 17)
Sunday, September 22 at 12pm ET – Bradley Cooper (season 17)
Sunday, September 29 at 12pm ET – Will Smith (season 8)
These episodes will also be available on VOD and on the Ovation NOW app.