‘Reverie’ star doesn’t trust virtual reality
Wednesday, 10 p.m., NBC
With many people in the real world already embracing virtual reality, “Reverie” star Sendhil Ramamurthy said his new series, which shines a light on the pitfalls of VR, may not be so far-fetched. “What exists in “Reverie” doesn’t exist now but it’s not too far out. In 10, 15 years max it’s totally in the realm of possibility,” he told The Post. Ramamurthy, 44, plays Paul Hammond, a dreams specialist and the caretaker of Mara Kint (Sarah Shahi), a former hostage negotiator who’s trying to rescue people who’ve overstayed their welcome in the pleasurable virtual world of the show’s title. Her mission each week is to reunite comatose players with their families and friends.
Ramamurthy — best known for playing scientist Mohinder Suresh on the 2006-10 NBC drama “Heroes” and its 2015-16 sequel, “Heroes Reborn” — spoke by phone from Manhattan, where he lives with his wife, actress Olga Sosnovska, and their two children, Halina, 13, and Alec, 10.
The Reverie program is meant to be a positive thing, but will Paul grapple with darker aspects of it?
There have been so many instances where intentions were clearly good — Mark Zuckerberg wanted to connect people around the world [with Facebook], not influence elections. Paul is so gung-ho about the program because he struggled with panic attacks and Reverie helped him to address issues. He wants others to experience it. But there are negative effects.
Do you see Paul as a good guy?
Absolutely. But he’s also the guy who’s dying to push the boundaries. That’s been one of the fun things to play, Paul’s push and pull.
What worries him?
His biggest fear is that Reverie is meant for one person and we don’t know what happens when you put a second person in. We can’t just put somebody’s life at risk. It’s one of the show’s themes: Is technology always a good thing? It’s very clearly not. In real life, I’m not even getting into a self-driving car.
Time to blush: You’ve been called a heartthrob since “Heroes.” An Entertainment Weekly writer recently said about your show, “My Reverie would be me discovering how handsome Sendhil Ramamurthy still is, over and over again.”
I hadn’t read that [laughs]. I literally am blushing. If you could see the mirror right now, you’d see a brown man blushing.
And last week you made Huffington Post’s list of “The 50 Best Celebrity Hairstyles To Try Right Now”? They love its “curl and texture.”
That’s hilarious — I had no idea. I remember the first year of “Heroes” I came in second for the sexiest man mane. First was Patrick Dempsey. I never heard that term before but always refer to my mane now.
Would your wife agree?
She’s a fan of the hair, for sure. She’s got a thing for Omar Sharif — that’s why she chose me. So that says something.
And here’s what else to watch this week:
Tuesday, 10 p.m., TV Land
Season premiere. Liza (Sutton Foster) shares the good news with Kelsey (Hilary Duff, below center) that their book, “Marriage Vacation,” is a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick. Josh (Nico Tortorella) joins the conversation and is greeted by Liza for the first time since his wedding in Ireland.
Monday, 10 p.m., CBS
Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) enter the world of nuclear security while hunting the killer of a Yakuza gang member. Also, Captain Gregson (Aidan Quinn) is blindsided by a confession from his daughter, a cop (Liza J. Bennett).
Monday, 9 p.m., AMC
Series premiere. Plus-sized Plum Kettle (Joy Nash, below) answers the letters to the editor at a fashion magazine run by the zero-sized Kitty Montgomery (Julianna Margulies).Kitty keeps Plum in the background, but subversive forces at the magazine recruit her for a mutiny. Meanwhile, a series of deaths prompts a cop (Adam Rothenberg) to take action.
Sunday, 10 p.m., HBO
Series premiere. Media mogul Logan Roy (Brian Cox) has made a killing in the entertainment business but he wants to step back from the controls and have his four children run the company. Let the power games begin. Co-starring Alan Ruck and Kieran Culkin.
Gotti: God-father & Son
Saturday, 9 p.m., A&E
Series premiere. In this docudrama, John Gotti Jr. visits his father, John Gotti Sr., in a Springfield, Mo., prison to ask for his blessing in order to quit one of the last major Mafia dynasties in the US.
Thursday, 10 p.m., Paramount
Series premiere. Inspired by the life of “Real Housewife” Kyle Richards, this drama follows Bonnie (Alicia Silverstone), a single mom of two in LA. Her friends Kathleen (Mena Suvari) and Diana (Jennifer Bartels) provide a support system.
Sunday, 9 p.m., FX
Series premiere. After being kicked out of his house in Allentown, Pa., for being gay, 17-year-old Damon Richards (Ryan Jamaal Swain) heads to New York to become a dancer. Uptown, Blanca Rodriguez (M.J. Rodriguez, below) takes in runaways and teaches them to vogue in wild drag balls presided over by MC Pray Tell (Billy Porter).
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