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'All My Children' creator Agnes Nixon dies at 93(9/29/16) Agnes Nixon, the creative force behind the edgy and enduring TV soap operas "One Life to Live" and "All My Children," died Wednesday. She was 93.
Nixon died at a Haverford, Pennsylvania, physical rehabilitation facility close to her Rosemont home, said her son, Bob Nixon. She had checked in to gain strength for a planned book tour, he said.
She had just completed her memoir, "My Life to Live," on Sunday, a week before it was due to publisher Penguin Random House for publication in early 2017, her son said.
"She was really a great wife, mother and human being — but above all, a writer. She was writing up until last night," he said, and had called him with a few changes for the book.
The cause of death was not immediately known, he said.
Nixon suffered a stroke four years ago with serious complications, her son said, but she fought to regain her health. He confirmed her birthdate as December 1922, despite media reports that she was 88.
"I am devastated to learn that we have lost Agnes. I adored her and admired her and I am forever grateful to her!" Susan Lucci, who starred as Erica Kane on "All My Children," said in a statement.
Nixon created, wrote and produced the long-running ABC daytime serials, which were canceled in 2011 as the network bowed to the reality that soaps had faded as a daytime TV force. (Both subsequently had short-lived online runs.)
"All My Children" aired for nearly 41 years, while "One Life to Live" made it to 44 years. They were set in the fictional Philadelphia-area towns of Pine Valley and Llanview.
Social issues including child abuse, AIDS, alcoholism and gay rights made their way into the series' story lines. Erica Kane was the first regularly appearing TV character to undergo a legal abortion, in 1973.
In a 2003 episode of "All My Children," Bianca, who was Erica's daughter, and the character Lena shared what was billed as daytime TV's first same-sex kiss.
"The theme of 'All My Children' from the beginning is the belief that, as God's children, we are all bound to each other by our common humanity, despite our many personal differences," Nixon told The Associated Press at the time. "The Bianca story is our latest effort to dramatize that belief."
Nixon, a native of Chicago, was mentored by the grande dame of the soap opera genre, Irna Phillips, back in the radio age.
She was writing for a TV soap, "Search for Tomorrow," as early as 1951. In the late 1960s, while raising a family and serving as head writer for "The Guiding Light," Nixon created a "bible" detailing "All My Children."
The show was rejected by CBS, but after Nixon breathed new life into NBC's flagging "Another World," she was approached by ABC to create a new serial. That was the start of "One Life to Live," which earned such solid ratings in its first year that ABC asked for another.
"I said to my husband, 'I can't think of another one,'" Nixon told the AP in 2013. "He said, 'How about "All My Children"?' So I opened the desk drawer and took out the 'bible' and sent it to ABC. They said, 'Boy, that was fast work!'"
The stories and characters of Nixon's fictional worlds never ended for her, Bob Nixon said: "It might not have been on the air but it was in her head."
Agnes Nixon was married to the late Robert Nixon, and the couple's four children are among her survivors. Services were planned for Saturday in Rosemont, with a private burial to follow.
Agnes Nixon, Creator of All My Children and One Life to Live, Dead at 93(9/29/16) (tvline.com) Agnes Nixon, creator of long-running soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live, died Wednesday morning. She was 93.
Nixon’s daytime-television writing/producing credits include stints at As the World Turns, Search for Tomorrow, Another World and Guiding Light. The first soap she created, ABC’s One Life to Live, premiered in 1968. Two years later, her All My Children also bowed on ABC. Both AMC and OLTL would run until 2011 on ABC (and then for a brief time after online).
Nixon also co-created Loving and was involved in that series’ spinoff, The City. She was a multiple Daytime Emmy winner and took home the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.
Nixon’s son, Bob Nixon, told the Associated Press that his mother had just finished her memoir, My Life to Live, and had checked into a Philadelphia physical rehabilitation facility in order to gain strength for an upcoming book tour.
As news of Nixon’s death spread Wednesday, those who worked with her her shared their memories.
Susan Lucci played AMC‘s Erica Kane for the soap’s entire ABC run. On Wednesday, via her Instagram account, she said she was “forever grateful” to Nixon.
Cameron Mathison, who played AMC‘s Ryan for the better part of 13 years, tells TVLine, “Most of my memories of her are from when I had the opportunity to travel with her for different events and appearances. I just remember how incredibly sharp and witty she was for being in her 80s. She constantly cracked me up and yet at the same time so elegant and sweet. She will be missed.”
Alicia Minshew portrayed AMC‘s Kendall Hart Slater from 2002 to 2011. “I would like to say that she was always such a beautiful class act when I saw her, with a great sense of humor!” the actress tells TVLine. “I think she put all of that into her stories. I was honored to be able to tell her stories for 10 years and am grateful for the time I got to spend with her.”
Susan Lucci: All My Children Creator Agnes Nixon 'Was All I Hoped to Be'(9/29/16) (tvline.com) When Susan Lucci first read for the role of All My Children‘s Erica Kane — a part she’d eventually play for more than four decades and which would become emblematic of daytime television — she had no idea that the strong, flawed, brave, gutsy heroine pulled strongly from creator Agnes Nixon‘s own experiences.
Lucci just knew the character was good.
“I didn’t know for a long time that the story [Nixon] was telling through Erica was so close to her own,” Lucci told TVLine. “When I found that out, I felt so honored to be doing it. All I knew was that the writing I was seeing on the page was so rich and full of conflict and history and character — and also humor. She had such a great sense of humor, and it was all there.”
In an exclusive interview Wednesday evening, hours after Nixon’s family confirmed the news of her death, Lucci shared some memories of her 40-plus-year friendship with Nixon.
TVLINE | Can you remember your first impression of Agnes?
Absolutely. And actually, I didn’t meet her; I saw her in the distance. It was my final callback audition for Erica Kane and I was put on tape that day. Fra Heflin and I were paired, always, as mother and daughter until that day. Fra was put on tape at a different time. But I was put on tape that day. And when I finished, I saw a very pretty blonde woman in an Yves St. Laurent pantsuit which I recognized from magazines [Laughs]. She was the first woman I ever saw wearing the designer clothes that I had seen in magazines. And she had a beautiful satchel with her, and she was running down the hallway. As she ran down the hallway in the opposite direction from me, into what I think was the control room, the producer at that time Bud Kloss said to me, “Do you know who that was?” I said no. He said, “That’s Agnes Nixon.” I just had been so taken with the appearance of her. She was the first up-close I ever had to a professional woman who was a working, professional, successful woman in New York. She looked like everything I would have imagined such a woman would look like. I learned later that she was so much more than her appearance, which was beautiful and chic and modern. But she, herself, was all these things and more.
TVLINE | Talk to me about how your relationship with Agnes progressed as your time on the show went on.
The first time I was in her company outside of the studio was for an appearance that we were both asked to do early on in my career, early on with All My Children — certainly in the first year — down near where she lived. Her main house was in Rosemont, Penn. We rode the train down from New York, and that was just a thrill to be with her on the train and she told me about her Irish superstitions. I was just all ears. I was so thrilled she spoke to me that way. She asked me to come to her house to have some lunch, so I did… To go to her house, I saw a home. I knew that she had four children and she was also a very successful professional woman. And those were the things — I had no children at the time — but it was what I had always dreamed of. I wanted to be an actress and she was a writer, but I wanted to have it all. I wanted to have the career and raise the children beautifully, as she did. She was a mentor to me, as well. She was a role model. Her house was a home. And she was really part of that home. She had family traditions and love, and you could just feel all of it. And she was also a great success in her chosen field. That was all I had hoped to be, my whole life. She embodies it all.
TVLINE | Do you remember any times that she bucked you up? Or you talked about where Erica was going? Or that you celebrated with her?
Oh sure, we celebrated many times together. You know, I never really spoke to her about the writing of the character. I just felt so lucky. She would say to me, “You’ve got it.” She was so generous in her comments to me about what I brought to Erica. It was an amazing bond, because it was on the page. It was in her writing. Even before I knew Agnes, I would just think when I read it, “My god, how does someone know this?” It just made me fly. Made me soar. It was her writing. We were very much on the same page. [Laughs] I didn’t mean that as a pun, but yes, there it is.
TVLINE | All My Children taped its last ABC scene in 2011. There was a ceremony and cake, and Agnes was there. She was frail, but from all accounts, it seems like she was holding court, telling stories, still very sharp.
Absolutely she was. Our producer who was producing the show at that time in Los Angeles, Julie [Hanan] Carruthers, said that Agnes was the youngest voice in the room. Whatever room. And she was! She was modern. She was forward-thinking. She fought for storyline that was groundbreaking, that had never been done before anywhere on television. And she prevailed. It took a while, but she prevailed. When she had the opportunity and the greenlight to go ahead and write those storylines, they were rich, they were full and they were full of humanity. There are no words. She really was all that.
TVLINE | Were you in communication with her recently?
Oh yes, constantly. I’m so happy for her, and for all of us, that she finished her book. She finished her book. That will be out I don’t know exactly when, but I’m guessing very soon. In fact, last night, her son Bobby was saying that she asked him please to read the book jacket. She was supposed to sign off on it. That was last night.
TVLINE | Oh, wow.
Yeah. Yes, as you mentioned, she had become more fragile, certainly in the last few years. But she still went to speech therapy and physical therapy and was always looking forward and ahead. She would still tell jokes! We would go out to dinner and she would still tell jokes. [Laughs] She was just spunky and fantastic in the best sense of the word… One of the loveliest women, ever.
TVLINE | Is there anything you think I need to know before we go?
Yes, one more thing. Because this is Agnes. When Bobby spoke to me, I wanted to personally put a small tribute to her on my personal [Instagram] account. So I had my autobiography with me today — I was in meetings — and I knew there was a wonderful picture of Agnes and me in there together. During one of those meetings, we had spoken of it… I knew when I got back in the car, I was going to take my phone out and take a picture of the picture so I could post whenever Bobby told me that it would be OK to do that. So I got in the car and I took my book in my hand and it fell open to the picture of Agnes and me. And that is Agnes. That was Agnes smiling on me, Agnes and her Irish superstition and her spirit and the little elf in her. That was Agnes, letting me know she was still with me.
Agnes Nixon Dies: Creator Of ‘All My Children’ & ‘One Life To Live’ Was 88(9/29/16) (deadline.com) One of the all-time giants of American soap operas is gone. Agnes Nixon, creator of the landmark ABC daytime dramas All My Children and One Life to Live, was an instrumental figure in making soaps a socially conscious medium and created Susan Lucci’s iconic AMC character Erica Kane, died today. She was 88. No details of her death were provided.
Born in Chicago in 1927, Nixon started out as a writer in the postwar early days of TV as a protege of legendary writer-producer Irna Phillips, who created many of the earliest American soaps. Nixon became a writer on the Phillips-created shows Woman in White and As the World Turns and would serve as head writer on Phillip’s iconic Guiding Light — then titled The Guiding Light — from 1958-66.
Nixon was highly in-demand early in her career, serving as co-head writer on Search for Tomorrow from 1951-56. She later would serve as sole head writer on Another World for 300 episodes from 1965-69, before creating her first series.
As a writer, she pioneered the use of soap operas to discuss real-world issues, penning what is widely believed to be the first medical-related narrative in the genre’s history. Inspired by a friend who had died of cervical cancer, Nixon wanted to educate women to get regular pap smears and subsequently penned a 1962 storyline in which Guiding Light lead character, Bertha “Bert” Bauer had a cancer scare.
Because of content restructions of the day, Nixon was forced to find creative ways to discuss the topic, as she was forbidden from using the words “cancer,” “uterus” or “pap test.” Despite these limitations, the storyline popularized the pap smear significantly among American women and for this Nixon was recognized as a pioneer in 2002 by Sentinel for Health.
Nixon made the jump from writer to show creator in 1968 with One Life to Live, a series on which she was specifically given the mandate to incorporate a more contemporary tone — not only examining class divisions but also racial and ethnic diversity, among them Jewish and Polish-American characters and most notably the first African-American soap opera leads played by Ellen Holly and Al Freeman Jr.
Thanks to the success of One Life, Nixon then was allowed to bring All My Children to television, premiering the series in 1970. The show was known for frequently incorporating real-life controversies and social issues, including the anti-war movement, the AIDS crisis and abortion. Nixon served as head writer on the series several times throughout its long tenure, and still was shaking things up well into the twilight years of her career. In 2000, notably, Nixon would be personally responsible for the first time the series saw a major character come out, with Bianca Montgomery revealing she was a lesbian.
Nixon also created the series Loving, which ran from 1983-95 on ABC but never managed to catch on like her other series.
In addition to her groundbreaking storylines, Nixon also created some of the most famous and iconic characters in soap opera history, most notably All My Children‘s Erica Kane. Introduced in 1970, Kane was portrayed for more than 40 years by Lucci, whose name became synonymous with consistently being nominated for, but not winning, Daytime Emmys. She earned 18 nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series before finally taking home the statuette in 1999. She was nommed again twice after that.
Nixon’s survivors include her son, Robert Nixon, a conservationist and filmmaker who among his other credits was co-producer on 1988’s Gorillas in the Mist.
'All My Children' creator Agnes Nixon dies at 93(9/29/16) (usatoday.com) Another TV titan is gone.
Agnes Nixon, the "Queen of Modern Soap Opera" best known for creating the critically acclaimed soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live, died Wednesday at The Quadrangle, a senior living community in Haverford, Penn. She was 93.
A luminary in the world of daytime serials, Nixon also enjoyed writing credits on a score of other shows, including Studio One in Hollywood; Cameo Theatre; Somerset Maugham TV Theatre; Another World;Guiding Light;Search for Tomorrow; and Loving, which was later rebooted as The City.
Nixon first demonstrated an interest in writing while studying at Northwestern University, a passion which she channeled on One Life to Live and All My Children, which were heralded for their racial and social diversity. Nixon would go on to garner six Daytime Emmy Awards and five Writers Guild of America Awards. She was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Television Hall of Fame in 1993 and took home the Lifetime Achievement honor at the 37th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in June 2010.
Ahead of the 2010 tribute, All My Children star Susan Lucci, who played Erica Kane on the show, said Nixon "helped create the very fabric of the daytime drama. With her vision, words and sensibility, she has created a legacy of characters and socially relevant stories that have made and indelible mark upon the lives of those who have and continue to watch her shows."
Following the news of her passing, Disney CEO and chairman Robert A. Iger also paid homage to the pioneer, telling USA TODAY in an emailed statement: "It is with a heavy heart I mourn the passing of television pioneer Agnes Nixon, someone I was proud to call a friend. Agnes’ impact on daytime television and pop culture is undeniable. She was the first to champion socially relevant topics, and the towns and characters Agnes brought to life leave an indelible imprint on television that will be remembered forever."
Agnes Nixon, Who Injected Social Ills Into Soap Operas, Dies at 93(9/28/16) (nytimes.com) Agnes Nixon, a celebrated creator and writer of television soap operas, who introduced uterine cancer, venereal diseases, child abuse, AIDS and other societal terrors into the weekday fantasy worlds of millions of daytime viewers, died on Wednesday in Rosemont, Pa. She was 93.
The cause was pneumonia resulting from Parkinson’s disease, her family said.
In a career that paralleled the rise, enormous popularity and gradual decline of soap operas in the last half of the 20th century, Ms. Nixon fashioned many of television’s most popular daytime shows, drawing on a rich imagination to find the great and small human dramas lurking just below the surface of American life.
To a 1950s audience mostly composed of women who were at home doing housework and raising children, Ms. Nixon’s early scripts for “The Guiding Light” and “Search for Tomorrow” provided an escape: a glimpse of dashing lives, handsome cads, passions run amok, dark secrets and terrible betrayals.
But in the 1960s and ’70s she virtually reinvented soaps, creating for the ABC network “One Life to Live,” “All My Children” and other shows infused with social relevance and politically charged topics like racism, abortion, obscenity, narcotics, the generation gap and protests against the Vietnam War.
Like their predecessors, the new Nixon soaps were disturbing, fascinating and addictive. Because she presented various sides of a controversy, they were more complex. But she tried to avoid preachy dialogue, letting action and plot speak for themselves. The conundrum was no longer simply whether Tara was pregnant, but whether Phil, home from Vietnam and scarred by the horrors of war, could still love her.
Many Nixon stories were based on reality. In 1964, after a friend died of cancer, she created a “Guiding Light” character who was found, after a Pap smear, to have cervical cancer. Despite misgivings by the sponsor, Procter & Gamble, the character appeared onscreen, though the words “cancer,” “uterus” and “hysterectomy” were never uttered. Even so, thousands of women wrote in to express gratitude for the information that a simple test might save their lives.
On “One Life to Live,” which began in 1968 and ran for 43 years, Ms. Nixon created a tale that reflected the nation’s changing social structures and attitudes. It had many ethnic characters, including Jews, Polish-Americans and African-Americans. A woman assumed to be white was revealed after months to be a light-skinned black, turning the story, and the audience, sharply to questions of racial prejudice.
Ms. Nixon’s revolutionary changes were widely copied by other soaps and other networks, and helped capture new audiences at a time when the traditional base of daytime viewers — 20 million to 30 million daily, the vast majority of them homemakers — was being eroded by women entering the work force. Increasingly, men and college students drawn by their topicality were tuning in.
“It was a kind of first,” Lewis Antine, a graduate student at the City University of New York, told The New York Times after watching a 1974 episode of “All My Children” featuring a Vietnam War veteran. “It was a sense of your stuff being on TV for the first time, like, ‘Hey, they’re talking about us on Mom’s show.’”
Ms. Nixon was an unlikely source of tales of infidelity and divorce, let alone racial and antiwar conflicts. The mother of four children, she was married to the same man for 45 years. And she wrote not in the caldron of New York or glitzy Hollywood, but in her suburban home in Rosemont, on the Philadelphia Main Line. (She died in a nursing facility in Rosemont.)
Rosemont and adjoining Bryn Mawr, Pa., were the prototype for Pine Valley, the setting for “All My Children,” which had its premiere in 1970 and ran for 41 years. (For that entire time, its best-known cast member was Susan Lucci, one of daytime TV’s best-known and highest-paid stars, as Erica Kane.) In 1973, a character on the show was the first on television to have a legal abortion after the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. The show also tackled drug addiction, depression, child abuse and AIDS. In 2000, it introduced a lesbian character, who shared the first lesbian kiss on a soap opera. In 2007, a transgender character appeared.
“Life is fascinating,” Ms. Nixon told The Milwaukee Sentinel in 1983, “and if you look at your family and your friends and you have a writer’s viewpoint, you can see each person’s life as a soap opera in itself. The really amazing thing is they are basically similar.”
She was born Agnes Eckhardt in Chicago on Dec. 10, 1922, the only child of Harold and Agnes Dalton Eckhardt. Her parents were separated when she was an infant. She and her mother moved to Nashville, where she attended St. Cecilia Academy, a Roman Catholic prep school. She studied writing at St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Ind., and attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
Her father, who manufactured burial garments and paid for her education, wanted her to join his firm. He tried to dissuade her from a writing career by arranging a talk with Irna Phillips, a well-known creator of radio soaps and serials. The tactic backfired. After reading a script she had written, Ms. Phillips offered her a job in New York. She began in 1948, writing radio scripts for a hospital drama, “Woman in White.”
In 1951, she married Robert Henry Nixon, an auto dealer who later gave up his business to join his wife in a television production company. He died in 1996.
She is survived by their three daughters, Cathy Chicos, Mary Nixon and Emily Nixon; their son, Robert; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
In the early 1950s, Ms. Nixon wrote for major dramatic programs, including “The Philco Television Playhouse,” “Robert Montgomery Presents” and “The Hallmark Hall of Fame.” She eventually succeeded Ms. Phillips as lead writer for “The Guiding Light.” She was the head writer for the NBC soap opera “Another World” from 1965 to 1967.
For decades, the lucrative advertising revenues of Ms. Nixon’s best-known creations, “One Life to Live” and “All My Children,” helped support ABC’s evening programming. But in the 1990s, the popularity of all soaps fell steadily as cable networks and the internet provided new sources of entertainment, and after 2000 their audiences and revenues went into steep declines.
In 2008, Ms. Nixon appeared on the 40th-anniversary episode of “One Life to Live,” and the 10,000th episode of “All My Children.” Both shows, with only 2.5 million viewers a day each, were canceled in 2011.
Fans bombarded ABC with protests and petitions and picketed network affiliates. An online production company, Prospect Park, offered a reprieve, announcing plans to continue both programs, with Ms. Nixon’s participation, online. The plans were delayed, suspended and revived as union and financing problems arose and were resolved. Both shows went into production in 2013 and were available via Hulu and iTunes, but they lasted only a few months before being canceled last November.
Because of both her success and her longevity, Ms. Nixon was often called the queen of the modern soap opera. From the premiere of “One Life to Live” in 1968 to the finale of “All My Children” in January 2012, shows she had created or had a hand in writing, producing or shaping as a consultant were on the air every weekday for 43 years — more than 11,000 days.
The recipient of many awards, including a Daytime Emmy for lifetime achievement in 2010, Ms. Nixon often spoke of soap operas as ensembles and would share credit with actors, directors, producers, camera crews and other writers. Her own contributions, she said, had no unrealistic objectives.
“On the social issues, whether the Vietnam War or abortion or racism, I never thought I could change the way most people felt,” she told the Catholic magazine America in 2002. “I just wanted to show the unfairness of it, the inequality, the injustice.”
Gossip Girl's Sam Page Is a Dad! Actor Welcomes First Child With His Wife Cassidy(9/27/16) Welcome to the joys of fatherhood, Sam Page.
The actor known for his roles in Gossip Girl, Desperate Housewives and more projects shared good news with his followers on social media Tuesday afternoon. As it turns out, he just became a dad.
"The newest, best and brightest part of my life hanging out with the chillest and hairiest part," he shared on Instagram as his newborn smiled next to the family's golden retriever. "These two are going to learn a lot from each other."
He added, "Welcome to the world, my son Logan."
The announcement caught many fans by surprise especially because his last Instagram post was nearly 38 weeks ago.
And while he's been a bit more active on Twitter, the Hollywood star tries to keep his private life pretty darn private.
Back in November 2014, the Mad Men star married Cassidy Boesch just outside Santa Barbara, Calif. "Making it official," he wrote on Instagram with a photo from Villa Sevillano.
Family and friends including groomsman Jonathan Bennett watched the couple exchange vows below a beautiful canopy covered in white roses.
Since the magical wedding day, the actor has gone on to star in Switched at Birth and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Before then, fans may recognize the star from Mad Men, Greek and American Dreams.
Congratulations to the couple!
Lindsay Price Says Older Son Hudson Is ‘Constantly’ Annoyed By His Brother: ‘I’m Really Hoping They Start to Bond’(9/27/16) Lindsay Price‘s sons are working toward a loving sibling dynamic.
“Brothers, I think, innately have a competition in them and he is fully in that,” she told PEOPLE of her almost-5-year-old son Hudson as an older brother to Emerson, 2, at the Alliance of Moms Presents Raising Baby event in Los Angeles, California, on Saturday.
“He loves his brother, but he’s just a bit annoyed with him at all times.”
Price, 39, who shares her boys with her husband, chef Curtis Stone, is optimistic about her sons’ relationship improving with time.
“I’m really hoping that at some point, they start to really bond,” she says. “Emerson loves him and copies everything he says and Hudson’s just constantly annoyed. Constantly.”
One thing that never annoys her oldest son? Music.
“Hudson is in his second year at preschool and it’s like he’s a kid. He’s no longer a baby,” she says. “He’s into songwriting. It’s unbelievable. He’ll ask if we want a rock and roll song or a jazz song or whatever it is, he’ll write one on the spot. It’s pretty funny.”Hudson’s music isn’t the only new sound echoing through their household: Price says Emerson is quite the talker.
“Emerson just turned 2 and he’s now fully communicative,” she says. “He’ll say, ‘Where are you going?’ and ‘I don’t want that.’ So now we’re like — there’s no ignoring. It’s all happening.”
And despite the tension between her growing boys, the family is coming together when it comes to dressing up for Halloween.
“Hudson chooses our Halloween costumes every year so far and it’s scary because we have to do what he says,” she says. “But fortunately, this year he wanted us to go as the Peter Pan characters. So I will be Tiger Lily, he will be Peter Pan, Curtis will be Hook and Emerson is going to be a parrot on Hook’s shoulder.”
Cady McClain Shares Details of Her Exciting New Project!(9/26/16) Daytime veteran Cady McClain is well known for her roles as Dixie on ALL MY CHILDREN, Rosanna on AS THE WORLD TURNS, and Kelly on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. But she has also directed a couple of short films, and in doing so, discovered just how difficult it can be for women to break into directing.
To help bring awareness to the issue, as well as hopefully find a solution, McClain is working on a documentary titled Seeing Is Believing: Women Direct, and launched an Indiegogo campaign to help bring it to fruition.
“The bias is systemic,” she wrote, “So there’s no point in blaming or calling out the offenders. Nothing but a revolution is going to change the way things are.”
McClain has conducted many interviews with female directors, including fellow daytime alum Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin, GENERAL HOSPITAL). “I’m so honored to be a part of this project,” McCullough shared on Twitter. “And so happy to call Cady my friend. This gorgeous human cares about other people’s work as much as her own. I have to say, I know nobody else like her.”
McClain hopes to raise enough money to finish production on her five-hour serialized documentary as well as creating online classes to help other women realize their creative dreams. As rewards to fans who donate to the cause, she’s offering up everything from signed photos to a pair of glitter pumps she wore to the 2010 Daytime Emmys! With two months to go, McClain is already well on her way to achieving her goal.
Kelly Ripa Reveals Her Secret Romantic Past with EMPIRE's Terrence Howard!(9/26/16) (Video) Kelly Ripa (Hayley, ALL MY CHILDREN) revealed on a recent episode of LIVE WITH KELLY her unexpected romantic connection with EMPIRE star Terrence Howard!
Her co-host for the show that day was Jussie Smollett, so she shared a secret that years ago, his EMPIRE co-star asked her out on a date!
“I screen-tested him for ALL MY CHILDREN, I’m gonna say 26 years ago,” she recalled. “And in the middle of the screen test, he asked me out on a date! To the point where I looked down at the script, I was like, ‘Did I forget my lines?’”
Smollett cracks up at the idea, realizing that Howard hasn’t changed at all over the years, then does a serviceable impression of what he thought it sounded like when the Academy Award-nominated actor asked out the AMC star!
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'Misery' actress Kathy Bates gets Walk of Fame star(9/20/16) US actress Kathy Bates, best known for her portrayal of an obsessed fan in "Misery", accepted a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and dedicated the honor to a young girl battling an illness.
The 68-year-old actress spoke emotionally at the ceremony, recounting how she believed her career was over several years ago until she was offered a role on the series "American Horror Story".
She said the award-winning show created by Ryan Murphy had "literally brought me back to life," coming at a time when she was dealing with health issues and the cancellation of her NBC show "Harry's Law".
She also recalled her big breakout in Hollywood at age 42 thanks to her memorable Oscar-winning performance as a deranged nurse obsessed with an author played by James Caan in the 1990 film "Misery", based on the Stephen King novel.
"Sixty years ago I stood not far from this very spot with my beloved aunt Lee," she recalled, speaking in front of the TLC Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. "We were going to see 'The King and I'. And then 34 years later I came back to this very theatre with another king by the name of Stephen with a movie called 'Misery' that changed my life."
Shirley MacLaine and Billy Bob Thornton -- who will share the screen with Bates in the upcoming "Bad Santa 2" -- also spoke at the ceremony praising Bates for her talent and charity work.
"She is the type of actor who is not only loved by the public, the fans and the critics but also actors who know how good she is and what she can do," Thornton said.
"I'm gonna keep this short and tell you that if I could be a woman, I'd be Kathy Bates."
The actress who has survived both ovarian and breast cancer dedicated her star on Tuesday to an eight-year-old girl named Emma, whom she said was like her battling lymphedema, a condition often associated with cancer patients and which causes swelling of the limbs.
Single Mom A Go Go: Episode 7 - WILL DEVRY(9/20/16) (Video) Michelle and Will Devry of "General Hospital" discuss single parenting, Botox, sex, his very challenging childhood, Julexis, and the greatest sport ever... HOCKEY!
‘Gotham’ Casts New Grown-Up Poison Ivy For Season 3 Of Batman Backstory Series(9/19/16) When we last saw her on Season 2 of Gotham, the foliage focused orphan who would become Batman villainess and eco-terrorist Poison Ivy was played by Clare Foley. Well, that’s about to change for Season 3 of the Fox series as Ivy has grown up and will now be portrayed by Maggie Geha (ex-Susan, All My Children).
Transformed to a 19-year old, Ivy “Pamela” Pepper isn’t playing Selina Kyle’s sidekick anymore. With the Ted 2 actress now taking on the role, a newly confident and empower Pepper will be moving towards her poisonous persona and Bruce Wayne.
Of course, as fans of the Bruno Heller developed show know, Season 2 ended not just with a hoard of Prof. Hugo Strange’s strange Indian Hill experiments on the streets of Gotham but a Bruce Wayne look-a-like. So, with a grown up Poison Ivy after David Mazouz young Bruce and more, Season 3 of the Ben McKenzie led Gotham could make Season 2’s Rise of The Villains motif look like child’s play – and Batfans will like that indeed.
Heller EPs the WBTV series based on DC Comics characters with Danny Cannon and John Stephens.Featured in the upcoming thriller The Harrow, Geha is repped by INSURGE-Ent, Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management and attorney Neil Meyer.
How Freddie Prinze Jr. Knew Wife Sarah Michelle Gellar Was ‘Legit’ on Their Very First Dinner Date(9/15/16) (Video) They’re one of Hollywood’s cutest and longest-lasting couples but how did Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar, who’ve been together for 17 years (!), hit it off so quickly?
Well, according to Prinze Jr., the actor knew the Buffy actress was one-of-a-kind on their very first date at a Los Angeles restaurant.
“A lot of girls back then in Hollywood as far as the actresses, they didn’t eat, they ate salad,” said Prinze Jr., who joined his wife in a Facebook Live interview on Wednesday. “And I had gone on a date with a handful of them; they would never eat what I would eat. You have to have that in common with me if we’re going to get along.”
Not surprisingly, a passion for food is of utmost importance for the pair. The She’s All That star is currently promoting his cookbook Back to the Kitchen, while his wife is the founder of lifestyle company Foodstirs.
Prinze Jr. continued: “And so Sarah came to dinner with me, and we sat down and she ate everything, including a crab that they let walk across the counter, then kill while it was alive in some oil and said, ‘It’s popcorn, try.’ And she ate it without even blinking, and I was like, ‘Yo, my girl is legit.'”
And thus, a Hollywood love story was born, providing ’90s kids everywhere with the ultimate #relationshipgoals.
Cameron Mathison Running a Triathlon For a Very Important Cause(9/14/16) Cameron Mathison (Ryan, ALL MY CHILDREN) is participating in a triathlon to raise money for the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, and he has a very special reason why that particular cause is near and dear to his heart.
“On the left, me at around five years old, wearing the leg brace I wore for four years day and night because of a degenerative bone disease,” he wrote, sharing a side-by-side photo of himself as a child and an adult. “On the right, me showing off my hops around 25 years old.”
The actor suffered from Legg-Perthes disease as a boy, and credits the doctors and nurses who helped him recover with making him the man he is today.
“Point is,” he added, “if it wasn’t for the incredible care of a children’s hospital, I may not even be walking today never mind dunking a basketball.”
Now, not only can Mathison walk and dunk basketballs, but he’s running the Nautica Malibu Triathlon on Saturday, Sept. 17. If you would like to help him reach his fundraising goal of $500, you can click here to visit his donation page. “The work they do at LACH is worth every penny,” Mathison declared. “Thank you.”
Michael B. Jordan leaves $800 tip on $400 bill(9/14/16) Seeing the Giants win clearly puts Michael B. Jordan in a generous mood.
We’re told the actor left an $800 tip on a $400 tab at the Ainsworth Midtown on Sunday as he watched Eli Manning and the G-Men beat the Dallas Cowboys. Jordan, who grew up in New Jersey, is a huge Giants fan.
The “Creed” star, dressed down in a hoodie and hat, was at the bar-restaurant with a group of eight. They ordered wings, salads, burgers, sundaes for dessert, and beer and whisky to drink.
The next day, Jordan was spotted at Fashion Week, posing alongside Courtney Love and Chloë Grace Moretz at the Coach 1941 party.
Cady McClain Narrates The Girls(9/14/16) (Order Here) Cady McClain (Dixie, AMC/Roseanna, ATWT/Kelly, Y&R) narrates the audiobook of The Girls by Emma Cline. In Audiobook magazine McClain says “Ms. Cline’s insights into human nature, and the nature of a young woman are staggering. It a profound and important book, and one I am grateful to have been asked to read.
About The Book: Girls - their vulnerability, strength, and passion to belong - are at the heart of this stunning first novel for audiences of Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides and Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad.
Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie it is exotic, thrilling, charged - a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence - and to that moment in a girl's life when everything can go horribly wrong.
Emma Cline's remarkable debut novel is gorgeously written and spellbinding, with razor-sharp precision and startling psychological insight. The Girls is a brilliant work of fiction - and an indelible portrait of girls and of the women they become.
Chuck Pratt Named New Showrunner of Lee Daniels' Star(9/13/16) When Lee Daniels’ Star stars shooting this month, it’ll be with a daytime TV vet at the helm.
Chuck Pratt Jr., who most recently served as headwriter on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, has been named showrunner and executive producer of the upcoming Fox series, filling the void left by departing producer-writer Charles Murray.
In early September, Murray left the show after he and Star co-creators Daniels and Tom Donaghy amicably parted ways over creative differences.
Pratt’s TV resumé includes The Lying Game, Desperate Housewives, Melrose Place and Ugly Betty, as well as soap staples All My Children, General Hospital and Santa Barbara.
The Atlanta-set Star follows three young women (Ryan Destiny, Jude Demorest and Brittany O’Grady) who form a musical group and experience the music business’ highs and lows on their road to fame. The cast also includes Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt and Nicholas Gonzalez.
Star, which is slated to premiere in early 2017, will air Wednesdays at 9/8c.
Amanda Seyfried Engaged to Last Word Costar Thomas Sadoski(9/13/16) Amanda Seyfried is a bride-to-be!
The actress is engaged to her Last Word costar Thomas Sadoski, a rep for Seyfried confirms to PEOPLE.
Earlier this month, Seyfried, 30, was pictured wearing a silver band on her left ring finger while out and about with her beloved dog Finn in New York City.
She and Sadoski, 40, first met while working together on the off-Broadway show The Way We Get By last year, and began their romance when they reunited on the set of their upcoming film The Last Word. PEOPLE confirmed their relationship in March.
This will be Seyfried's first marriage and the actor's second. Sadoski was previously married to Kimberly Hope, from whom he divorced in October 2015 after eight years.
The SAG-nominated star previously dated Justin Long and Dominic Cooper.
Talk Show Appearance(9/11/16) THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON, NBC
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‘Mean Girls’ star Lacey Chabert welcomes a baby girl(9/9/16) This news is so fetch.
Lacey Chabert revealed via social media Thursday that she welcomed a baby girl named Julia Mimi Bella on Sept. 1.
“And then my soul saw you and it kind of went, ‘Oh, there you are. I’ve been looking for you,'” the “Mean Girls” star, 33, wrote alongside a snap of her adorable new baby. “#TBT to the best day of my life. One week ago I became a mom to this precious angel.”
She continued, “Julia, you are my heart’s deepest dream come true. I love you more than I could ever say. Welcome to this big beautiful world sweet girl!”
It’s the first baby for the “Party of Five” actress and husband David Nehdar.
Rebecca Budig Celebrates Daughter Charlotte's Second Birthday(9/9/16) (Photo) Rebecca Budig (Hayden, GENERAL HOSPITAL) can’t believe how fast her baby girl Charlotte is growing!
“Happy second birthday to my sweet baby girl,” she wrote on Instagram. “Even when you like to say you are four!”
“I can’t believe she’s two,” Budig added on Twitter, marveling at how quickly her daughter with husband Michael Benson has grown up.
Talk Show Appearance(9/7/16) THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON - NBC
Wednesday, September 14: Michael B. Jordan
ABC promoted Kelly Ripa to make up for Strahan exit drama(9/5/16) Following her standoff with executives over Michael Strahan’s exit from ABC’s “Live With Kelly and Michael,” Kelly Ripa has been named an executive producer on the show, Page Six has learned.
Ripa was made EP alongside Michael Gelman a few months ago in response to the drama over Strahan’s exit.
Back in April, Ripa went on a ministrike after she was blindsided by the news that Strahan — who had been her co-host since 2012 — was being given a full-time gig on “Good Morning America,” which also airs on ABC.
She later announced on-air that the brass had apologized for the slight, and we’re told that Disney boss Bob Iger personally stepped in to smooth things over with Ripa when she got the new title.
But in spite of the happy news, we’re told those who remained behind after Strahan split for “GMA” still have a case of the summertime blues. Insiders say that Strahan’s sudden exit and the revolving cast of stand-ins that have replaced him have left a heavier workload for Ripa and the crew.
“The team had fewer days off this summer than they usually do,” said a source close to production. “Most shows are on hiatus in August and [the ‘Live’ team] ended up working.
They did more shows in August than they normally would have.”
As the search goes on for a regular co-host to join Ripa, Strahan’s seat has been filled by stars including Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper and Jerry O’Connell.
But the insider explains that when there are just two regular hosts there is a rhythm that is disrupted when there’s a different co-host every morning. “The whole staff has to do preparation differently because when you have a regular co-host, their own team does it,” they said, “but when it’s different every day, it is more work.”
The source said there’s “definitely more pressure in general on the show because they’ve had to work more, and it’s been more challenging work.”
‘Devious Maids’ Canceled: No Season 5 For Lifetime Series(9/1/16) Lifetime has opted not to renew Devious Maids for a fifth season. The decision comes a couple of weeks after the series ended its Season 4 run on the network.
Devious Maids, developed by Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry based on a telenovela format, migrated to Lifetime after being developed and piloted at ABC. It got off to a strong start, with its freshman season peaking at 3 million Live+same day viewers for the season finale. The ratings have slipped in each consecutive season, with the most recent fourth season averaging 0.923 million viewers (L+SD), but the show has been consistent, with virtually no drop-off throughout Season 4. Its average still was twice the viewership of Lifetime’s other original scripted series, the critically praised UnReal.
Wrapping a respectable four-season run, Devious Maids, from ABC Studios, was the first all-Latina ensemble on English-speaking television. It was Lifetime’s only established returning series the last couple of years, used to help launch UnReal.
Devious Maids also is left over from the old regime at Lifetime. The network has been changing creative direction, signaled by UnReal. In the pipeline, the network has two drama pilots in contention for a series pickup, the supernatural Sea Change and anthology A Midsummer’s Nightmare.
Devious Maids was executive produced by Eva Longoria and starred Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez and Judy Reyes.
Sarah Michelle Gellar Shares Sweet Anniversary Shoutout for Freddie Prinze Jr.: 'You Stole My Heart ... I Took Your Last Name!'(9/1/16) Happy anniversary to one of Hollywood's cutest couples!
Sarah Michelle Gellar took to Instagram Thursday to celebrate her 14th wedding anniversary to Freddie Prinze Jr.
"Happy anniversary @realfreddieprinze," she captioned an adorable throwback picture of the two. "You stole my heart, so I got my revenge and took your last name!!"
The adorable duo, who share daughter Charlotte Grace, 6, and son Rocky James, 3, tied the knot in Mexico in 2002.
The Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum, 39, opened up to PEOPLE earlier this year about her secret to a loving and lasting marriage.
"In this busy world, sometimes we forget to tell people [we love them] – make the most of the moments you have," she advised. "Take the 10 minutes – put the phone down. Have a cup of coffee together. Walk the dog at the end of the night. Read a story with your kids."
"Make the most of the time that you have," she continued. "We are all pulled in so many directions, so make sure that, whichever one you are focusing on, you're present.”
Susan Lucci gets in character at celeb autobiography event(8/31/16) Susan Lucci channeled Ivana Trump in the Hamptons.
The actress read from a Trump tome at the Celebrity Autobiography event at Guild Hall on Friday.
Lucci put on Ivana’s Czech accent, after “she practiced for weeks.”
Lucci even picked this timeless passage from Trump: “All my kids play tennis and ski beautifully. At the age of 2, I took each of them to the top of a hill and told them, ‘Ski down!’ They would wail, ‘I don’t like it!’ ‘Tough honey,’ I’d tell them. ‘Get to the bottom of the mountain.’”
Brittany Underwood Previews Her New Movie!(8/30/16) (Trailer) A quartet of soap alums are starring in the brand new movie, Backstabbed, premiering Saturday, Sept. 3 on Lifetime! ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Brittany Underwood (Langston) plays a young housewife who gets mixed up with a devious real estate agent played by Josie Davis (ex-Grace, Y&R) who will do anything to make her fortune — even murder!
ALL MY CHILDREN’s Micah Alberti (Jamie) plays Underwood’s husband. “He was a total sweetheart,” she tells Soaps In Depth. “His character is very skeptical of Josie’s character and I’m like, ‘No, you’re wrong.’
“And lo and behold, she starts asking me to do some questionable things,” Underwood continues, “and then I’m forced to make the decision of how far am I willing to go to get what I want. You can have it, but here’s your deal with the devil!”
Kevin Spirtas (ex-Craig, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) plays a wealthy real estate investor the women lure into their scheme. “He was great to work with and a great storyteller,” Underwood enthuses. “He’s so funny and unpredictable and energizing.”
'Saying Goobye to Big Bro': Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos' Eldest Son Heads to College(8/28/16) Kelly Ripa is one step closer to being an empty-nester!
Ripa took to Instagram on Saturday to share a photo of her three children with husband Mark Consuelos, 19-year-old Michael, 15-year-old Lola and 13-year-old Joaquin. Michael is heading to college – and Ripa appears to have mixed emotions about her oldest leaving the house.
"Saying goodbye to big bro, the college freshman. (Whilst conspiring to take over his bedroom.)," the mother of three wrote in the post.
In June, the family hosted a graduation party for Michael, and Ripa and Consuelos could not believe their eldest was heading to college. She posted a photo from the graduation and wrote, "We are so proud."
"How are we old enough to have a kid that's going to college?" Ripa asked, according to ABC.
"I don't know," Consuelos said.
And Ripa talked about her plans for revamping her son's bedroom.
"I've got big plans for his bedroom," she said in June. "That bedroom is going to be turned into a mega closet."
Justin Hartley Challenges Fiancée Chrishell Stause — See Her Amazing Response!(8/26/16) (Videos: Hartley, Stause) Justin Hartley (Adam) challenged fiancée and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS castmate Chrishell Stause (Bethany) to do 22 pushups, and she killed it!
Hartley was challenged by his THIS IS US co-star Sterling K. Brown to do 22 push ups as part of a viral campaign to bring awareness to the military veterans who commit suicide. The actor not only did them all with ease, he showed off by clapping in between each one and doing extra after losing count!
But when Hartley challenged his bride-to-be, she not only met the challenge, she did it in heels! You go, girl!
Stause passed the challenge on to her former DAYS OF OUR LIVES castmates Eric Martsolf (Brady) and Kate Mansi (ex-Abigail), so we look forward to seeing their videos in the future!
Susan Lucci Celebrates Son’s Wedding(8/22/16) Congratulations are in order for Susan Lucci (Genevieve, DEVIOUS MAIDS; ex-Erica, AMC), whose son, Andreas Huber, tied the knot on August 21 with Courtney Velasco. “Perfect wedding!” Lucci proclaimed on Instagram. Liza Huber (ex-Gwen, PASSIONS) also chimed in about her brother’s marriage on Instagram, gushing of her new sister-in-law, “She’s as gorgeous inside as she is outside. Blessed to have @holding_court as a sister. I couldn’t imagine our family without her.”
Mischa Barton ordered to pay $200K for skipping movie role(8/22/16) Mischa Barton owes a screenwriter a lot of money.
A judge ordered the actress, 30, to pay screenwriter Daniel Lief a whopping $200,000 plus interest after she failed to show up for production on a film in which she was slated to star, TMZ reports.
Lief filed a suit in September 2015, alleging that Barton missed the March 4 start date of his film “Promoted,” and that he found out from an email from Barton’s mother that the starlet was vacationing in Europe and wouldn’t be available for at least two weeks.
Lief’s claims are corroborated by Barton’s own Twitter account, which boasts photos in Rome during the period in question.
Lief claims that the delay in production, as well as Barton’s re-casting, cost him more than $300,000.
A rep for Barton didn’t return a request for comment.
Aww! Matt Bomer Says His Grandparents are His 'Model' for a Long-Lasting Marriage(8/21/16) Matt Bomer's inspiration for a long-lasting marriage? HIs grandparents.
"Well, we have three kids right now, so you've got to fit the romance in when you can," the 38-year-old actor told PEOPLE on Friday night at the onePULSE Foundation benefit in support of the tragic nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. "I sort of take cues from my grandparents."
The Last Tycoon star added that he and husband Simon Halls take it "one day at a time" to ensure their relationship remains strong. But they have a great template that started years ago.
"[My grandparents] just celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary, so I always look to them and I see how every day they express their love for each other and I try to follow. They've set a pretty good model for me to follow."
Bomer and Halls were married in a quiet ceremony with their "nearest and dearest" friends and family in 2011. The couple has three sons together: Kit, Walker and Henry.
Last year, Bomer told PEOPLE that the key to successful parenting is keeping everything as normal as possible – despite their dad's Hollywood fame.
"I don't want anybody out on stage any time soon," he said. "I want them to have a nice, normal childhood."
Eva LaRue Shares Daughter Kaya's Huge Milestone(8/18/16) (Photo) Eva LaRue (Maria, ALL MY CHILDREN) shared a sentiment all parents can relate to when she confessed her daughter was growing up too fast!
The actress shared a photo of Kaya, her daughter with ex-husband John Callahan (Edmund, AMC), marveling, “First day of high school. Starting the four year countdown to a 2020 graduation — OMG!”
LaRue and Callahan have raised a beautiful young woman.
Susan Lucci Performs in ‘Celebrity Autobiography’ at Guild Hall on 8/26(8/17/16) (danspapers.com) “I’m Erica Kane!”
Fans of ABC’s now-defunct soap opera All My Children know that line well. East Ender Susan Lucci played the larger-than-life Erica for the entirety of the show’s 41-year run (she wasn’t involved in the short-lived, less-than-stellar web continuation). The character—a small-town girl who grows up to become a movie star, model, makeup mogul, mother, grandmother and more—is the quintessential soap diva, with a sharp tongue and calculating personality that’s never satisfied.
Lucci couldn’t be more different from Erica Kane. With self-awareness and graciousness, Lucci is happy to speak candidly about her career and roles, including Celebrity Autobiography at Guild Hall on Friday, August 26.
It should perhaps come as no surprise that Lucci is going to be reading about one of Hollywood’s most famous and mythical love triangles. “I am reading Elizabeth Taylor, while Dayle [Dayle Reyfel, producer/performer] is going to be reading from a Debbie Reynolds’ memoir,” Lucci explains.
In Celebrity Autobiography, celebrities present dramatic readings of other celebrities’ actual memoirs and autobiographies. Lucci and Reyfel will be reading passages detailing the iconic Hollywood star’s love affair with Richard Burton. Eugene Pack, who created the show, will read passages from Burton’s memoir.
“I’m also going to be reading from Ivana Trump’s biography,” Lucci teases. While the autobiographies and memoirs are used for humor, it’s never mean-spirited. “You’re seeing humor that the author didn’t see at the time,” Lucci says. “Mario Cantone once read from mine! It’s gentle poking fun.”
Lucci has kept busy since All My Children wrapped in 2011. She stars as Genevieve Delatour on Lifetime’s Devious Maids, a comedic primetime soap about a group of Latina maids and the wealthy people who employ them. The show often takes aim at the rich characters, but Genevieve is a bit different: Her maid Zoila (Judy Reyes) is also her lifelong best friend. Zoila frequently has to save Genevieve from romance or money-related hijinks, but in last year’s Season 3 finale Genevieve rescued Zoila—who was going into premature labor—from a stalled elevator. Genevieve single handedly climbed up into the elevator shaft and saved the day, but things took a tragic turn when the doctors asked her to choose: Save Zoila, who wouldn’t survive giving birth, or save the baby.
“That decision has driven the story all season,” says Lucci, noting that she’s impressed with the show’s ability to be funny one scene and sad the next. “We all feel like there’s a humanity to the show. Genevieve may sound like a similar character to Erica Kane, but Lucci disagrees. “Genevieve may be a ‘cousin’ to Erica, but Genevieve is not street-smart, she’s not as day-to-day manipulative. There are petty rivalries she has, but there’s a sweetness that we didn’t really see in Erica. The challenge for me was to make sure they were different. I wanted to play her authentically, without any ‘Erica’ there.”
It seems to have worked. Lucci says, “Devious Maids is loved around the world. I get [a lot of mail], though I have to say they still tell me how much they miss Erica Kane. And then there’s a group of girls, around 13 years old, that talk to me about Devious Maids. They all watch on Monday nights. Much like All My Children and Erica Kane, it’s multigenerational. It’s a joy to be involved.”
See Susan Lucci in Celebrity Autobiography on Friday, August 26 at Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton. For more information call 631-324-0806 and visit guildhall.org. You can also see her Celebrity Autobiography in NYC on Monday, August 29. For more information, visit celebrityautobiography.com.
Sam Page Joins Freeform Pilot ‘Issues’(8/16/16) Sam Page has been tapped for a series regular role in Freeform pilot Issues, from Universal Television and The District.
Created by Sarah Watson (Parenthood) Issues was inspired by the life of Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. It follows three young career women, who have set out to conquer New York City together. All three work at Scarlet Magazine, and they try to balance their ambition and their drive to find love with the realities of life.
Page will play Richard, a member of the Board of Directors of Scarlet Magazine, and lawyer for the publishing group, a man with great looks and charm, who is catnip to women and knows it.
Page’s credits include stints on Mad Men, House of Cards, and Switched at Birth. He’s repped by UTA, Inphenate and Jackoway Tyerman.
Maurice Benard Celebrates 26th Wedding Anniversary(Video) Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Maurice Benard (Sonny) and his wife, Paula, who are celebrating their 26th wedding anniversary!
The actor took to Instagram to publicly share his love for his wife, declaring, “I wouldn’t be where I’m at if it wasn’t for you. You have given me a beautiful family, a beautiful life that brings me so much joy and so much happiness. I just want to say that I love you so much.”
The Benards married on August 11, 1990, and have four children: Heather, Cailey, Cassidy, and Joshua.
Josh Duhamel Is Ready to Be a Sports Dad After First Baseball Game with Son Axl(Pic) With his son Axl Jack just about to turn 3, Josh Duhamel admits he’s eager to become a full-on sports dad if the youngest Duhamel ends up as into athletics as the rest of his family.
“I’ll be that guy probably coaching,” Duhamel, who plays the legendarily colorful ’70s-era Major League Baseball pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee in the upcoming film Spaceman, tells PEOPLE.
Although Axl is still a few years away from organized sports, the actor thinks he may have a soccer player in the making at home.
“Right now it’s soccer, but it could be baseball. Who knows?” says Duhamel, 43.
Prior to arriving at the premiere of his new film, Duhamel had spent a special day with the Los Angeles Dodgers with his pop-star wife Fergie and their son, where the actor got to throw out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium.
“It was a perfect day at the Dodgers game,” he says, noting that after first meeting Vin Scully, the venerable Dodgers announcer advised him not to throw from the pitcher’s mound.
“I couldn’t do that!” Duhamel says with a laugh. “Playing a pitcher in a baseball movie, you’ve got to throw it from the mound, right? We went down to the field and threw the ball — and I threw a strike, which was the best part!”
Sharing his first big baseball outing with Axl was special, Duhamel admits — for a unique reason.
“It was great because he didn’t care about any of it, other than he got to eat an entire Dodger Dog,” the actor jokes. “He literally ate up the whole hot dog. He never does that. So if he’s going to remember anything, he’s going to remember that.”
As a former football player, the All My Children alum is unsure if he wants his son to take up that particular full-contact sport.
“Whether or not he plays football, I’m not sure,” he says. “I played football, and my dad and Fergie’s dad all played football, but I don’t know, man. It’s a pretty brutal game.”
As an undergrad, Duhamel played quarterback for Minot State University in his home state of North Dakota, while Fergie’s father was a high school football coach (and she was a high school cheerleader).
“It makes life a lot easier when your wife is into sports,” the actor admits with a chuckle. “She’s not nearly as into them as I am, but she tolerates my love of sports. It’s a bit of an addiction.”
The couple also enjoy a bit of marital competition when it comes to their favorite teams.
“She’s a Dolphins fan and I’m a Vikings fan, but I’m NFC and she’s AFC so it’s amicable,” Duhamel says. “But intense — especially when they’re playing each other.”
How Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa Make It Work While Working on Different Coasts(Pic) It's no surprise that Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa have exemplified #relationshipgoals throughout their 20-year marriage, and now the actor opens up on how they make it work with their hectic and now distant schedules.
During the Fox panel for his new series Pitch at the 2016 TCAs, Consuelos told a group of reporters that the couple have been able to make their current bicoastal situation work mainly because their kids are a bit older now.
"It's easy. The kids are older now, the kids are older, no more changing diapers, there's no midnight feeding, so it's easy. In the past, maybe I wouldn't take a job so far away, but it's good. It's really, really good," he said.
While mama Ripa holds down the fort in New York City, Consuelos took his kids with him to Los Angeles! And it's been pretty cool so far.
"[My daughter] is 15, our oldest is 19, and we're like roommates," he said. "We're very much like roommates. She's awesome. We get to spend some quality time we wouldn't get to share otherwise, it's really nice. She loves Los Angeles. She wants to figure out a way to live here permanently. I told her there's UCLA, USC, and to look for that opportunity in a few years to get out here."
Pitch, which also stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Ali Larter, tells the story of Ginny Baker, the first female Major League Baseball player, and director Dan Fogelman says he believes this is something that could actually happen in coming years.
"I think this is going to happen in my lifetime," he said. "I think the right young woman is going to come along, I think it's going to happen sooner than later...When it happens, that young woman becomes the biggest story in the country overnight."
Josh Duhamel Accidentally Got High on the Set of Spaceman: "Nobody Told Me It Was Real Weed"Oops!
Josh Duhamel got more than he bargained for while filming Spaceman. The actor opened up to E! News at the premiere of his new movie and opened up about his accidental encounter on the first day of production. "The truth is the first day, the first shot of the movie, I was rolling a joint. Normally they make fake weed, but nobody told me it was real weed," he said, "so I smoked it and for the next several hours I was high and wasn't supposed to be."
The Safe Haven star eventually recovered and continued his filming, but couldn't help but laugh at recalling the accidental incident. Since then, he has been busy promoting his new project, as well as supporting wife Fergie's music career.
"I'm incredibly proud of her," he gushed. "She's got some amazing stuff coming out in the next couple of months that I'm excited for people to hear. It's the best stuff she's ever done."
Even though Fergie is back in the studio focusing on her new music and Duhamel is busy filming, both stars make their adorable son, Axl Jack Duhamel, their main priority. Axl Jack turns three at the end of the month, so they'll be celebrating his birthday then. But in the meantime, these two parents are watching their son slowly but surely becoming interested in sports.
"I'm not going to push him into anything so we'll see. If he wants to play, he'll play something," Duhamel said. "I think it's good for him to play something. What he plays I don't know. Right now he just likes to chase bad guys."
The Life as We Know It actor did share that his son has been leaning toward soccer and tee ball, so we'll just have to keep our eyes out for him on the baseball diamond or soccer field!
Spaceman releases in theaters and On Demand Aug. 19, 2016.
Sarah Michelle Gellar Praises ''Brave'' Friend Shannen Doherty During Her Breast Cancer Battle(Pic) Sarah Michelle Gellar is right by her pal Shannen Doherty's side as she bravely battles breast cancer.
On Instagram, in honor of #MondayMuse, SMG posted a photo of her alongside the former Beverly Hills, 90210 actress and wrote a poignant message about their friendship.
"My #MondayMuse (and really every day #Muse) is my brave friend @theshando. I've always said she is one of the most loyal friends I've ever known, and now while she is facing the toughest journey of her life, she is sharing it with friends she has never met in the hopes of helping other people who are going through the same struggle."
The mother of two added one final powerful note, "That's a true friend."
Doherty revealed earlier this summer that she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the same time that she sued her business manager for neglecting to pay her medical insurance.
Then, just a few weeks ago, the 45-year-old took to Instagram to document her shaving her head after receiving chemotherapy treatment.
The Charmed actress posted six images detailing the heartbreaking process and at the end of the photo series she captioned the final image with two hashtags that truly said it all: #cancersucks and #thankgodforfriends.
Fergie and Josh Duhamel Hit a Home Run During Baby Axl's First Baseball Game(Pic, Video) Fergie is showing the true meaning of "L.A. Love."
Before the summer weekend came to a close, the singer and husband Josh Duhamel took their son Axl to Dodger Stadium for his very first baseball game.
In a video posted onto Instagram, fans got a glimpse into all the fun the family-of-three had from their special seats behind home plate.
From delicious Dodger Dogs and cracker jackets to meeting legendary sportscaster Vin Scully, Axl got the full baseball experience. But wait, there's more!
The family got to head out onto the field before the game began where Josh threw out the first pitch. "Strike, right down the middle," the Transformers star added in the aww-worthy video.
Fans attending today's game against the Boston Red Sox were also treated to a performance from Tinashe as well as free Dodgers socks. In other words, it pays to bleed blue.
Baseball games aside, Josh recently opened up to us about his son's interests. While the growing boy loves his share of sports, he also has an adventurous side to him.
"He is a fully formed two and a half year old, about to be three at the end of August," he shared with E! News' Zuri Hall. ""He's talking, running, jumping…It's all about trucks and swords."
And while mom continues working on new music including her single "M.I.L.F. $," Axl is already showing signs of a powerful voice.
"He was actually singing Flo Rida 'This Is My House' on the way over here today," Josh shared with us at a recent event. "I was like, 'He's actually singing!' He's heard it enough to where he can actually sing it now!"
J.R. Martinez Shares Passionate Message Defending Military Veterans(Pic) J.R. Martinez (Brot, ALL MY CHILDREN) wrote an open letter to presidential candidate Donald Trump in response to his recent disrespectful behavior towards military veterans.
After a vet gave him the Purple Heart he'd been awarded and Trump joked how he’d always wanted the medal but this was an easier way to get it, Martinez was compelled to respond, posting a passionate message on mic.com.
“In April 2003, the Humvee I was driving outside of Karbala Iraq, ran over a roadside bomb,” Martinez wrote. “I was trapped inside the burning vehicle for five minutes. I can tell you without equivocation that the one award I did not want to receive was a Purple Heart, but I got one anyway. And I’ll tell you now, I didn’t get mine the easy way.
“So far you seem to have denigrated a prisoner of war,” he mused, “disparaged a four-star general who devoted his life to service, and disrespected the faith and the grief of a Gold Star family. Any one of these actions alone would otherwise disqualify a person auditioning for the role of our Commander in Chief.”
Martinez also confides that his four-year-old daughter, Lauryn, has more empathy than Trump. “When I take her to the park and other children stare at the scars that cover my face and arms,” he wrote, “she takes my hand and encourages me to talk to those young children and explain why I look the way I look.”
Having met Trump before, and feeling as though he genuinely cared about his service and sacrifice for America, Martinez has found it difficult to reconcile that man with the one spouting his current rhetoric. “I respectfully suggest you get a primer on the word sacrifice,” he concluded, “as well as a lesson in human decency.”
‘Incorporated’: Denyse Tontz Joins Syfy Thriller From Matt Damon & Ben AffleckDenyse Tontz (The Fosters) has booked a series regular role on Incorporated, Syfy’s upcoming futuristic thriller series from Matt Damon, Ben Affleck & Jennifer Todd’s Pearl Street Films, CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Prods.
Created by David & Alex Pastor, who wrote and directed the pilot, Incorporated is set in a near future where corporations have unlimited power. It centers on Ben Larson (Sean Teale), a young executive who conceals his true identity to infiltrate a very dangerous corporate world to save the woman he loves.
Tontz will play Elena, the love of Ben’s (Teale) life, who is forced to sell herself into servitude to pay off her family’s debts. In addition to Teale, Tontz joins Allison Miller, Eddie Ramos, Dennis Haysbert, and Julia Ormond in the series, set to premiere this fall. Ted Humphrey (The Good Wife) is showrunner.
Tontz, an actress and musician, currently recurs on Jennifer Lopez-produced family drama, The Fosters, on Freeform. As a singer/songwriter, Tontz’s original song, “Parachute,” earned a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Song in a Drama Series (All My Children). She’s repped by Paradigm Talent Agency, Underground and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.
Celebrities spotted at Hamptons restaurantsSaturday night at Manna in Water Mill, Susan Lucci of Lifetime’s “Devious Maids” and ABC’s “All My Children” ordered the beet salad and crabcakes. The night before, she sat on the patio for dinner at Jean-Georges’ new restaurant, Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, where she tweeted, “Beautiful leisurely dinner with my handsome Helmut last night in Bridgehampton at Topping Rose!!!] Perfect summer evening!!!
Cruel Intentions Update: NBC Considering 'Alternative Platform' for Sarah Michelle Gellar RevivalCruel Intentions may be headed online.
At the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday, NBC president Jennifer Salke confirmed to reporters that the revival — which failed to score a series pickup last May — remains alive at the network. And all options are being explored, including a streaming-only rollout.
“It was really a space issue,” Salke said of the decision to hold off on formally ordering the project for fall. “We had a spot for a big, great soap, and This Is Us seemed to fit better. So we started looking for opportunities in midseason, possibly summer for the show. We [also] started talking about the OTT [streaming] platform that you heard was looming. So we right now we wanted to make sure we have the show, because I’m determined to find a place to put it.”
NBC’s decision to extend its contractual options on Sarah Michelle Gellar and the rest of the cast is evidence the network still believes in the project, Salke maintained. “We wouldn’t have held that talent if we didn’t have every intention of finding an opportunity for the show,” she said.
Regarding the show’s boundary-pushing content, Salke noted, “I think there would be two versions of the show, and, of course, if it ends up on some alternative platform, we would have more leeway. But it is designed to be dishy and fun and sort of push the envelope as far as sexuality. It’s not something we’re inviting kids in to watch.”
‘Queens Of Drama’ Canceled By Pop After 1 SeasonThe writing has been on the wall — the first season of Pop’s series Queens of Drama finished its run a year ago — but the unscripted show has been officially cancelled by the cable network.
Queens of Drama followed former soap stars who form a production company to develop and produce of a new soapy drama series. Lindsay Hartley, Crystal Hunt, Vanessa Marcil, Chrystee Pharris, and Hunter Tylo starred, along with Donna Mills.
The 10-episode first season debuted on POP on April 26, 2015.
Real-Life Daytime Duo EngagedChrishell Stause (Bethany, Y&R) and Justin Hartley (Adam, Y&R) are engaged, the actress revealed on Instagram. They first confirmed their romance in January 2014. Congrats to the happy couple!!!
Gloria DeHaven Dies: Singer-Actress & Star Of MGM Musicals Was 91Gloria DeHaven (Bess Shelby, Ryan’s Hope/Emma Mallory, All My Children/Sara Fuller, As The World Turns), one of the last surviving stars from Hollywood’s golden age who made her screen debut in the Charlie Chaplain Modern Times and went on to be featured in several hit MGM musicals and numerous television roles, has died in Las Vegas. She was 91.
Born in 1925, DeHaven was the daughter of actor and director Carter DeHaven and actress Flora Parker DeHaven, former Vaudevillians who transitioned to film in the 1910s. Growing up in Los Angeles and began her career with a bit part in 1936 with Modern Times, playing the younger sister of Paulette Goddard’s Gamin. Her next role came in 1940 with Susan and God, based on the successful play and starring Joan Crawford and Fredric March. She made three more films before being signed as a contract player with MGM, for which she appeared in several films alongside some of the biggest stars of the day.
Her first picture for MGM was the 1943 Lucille Ball musical comedy Best Foot Forward. Other films from her years with MGM include Thousands Cheer (1943) with Gene Kelly; Step Lively (1944) with Frank Sinatra; Summer Holiday (1948) with Mickey Rooney; The Doctor and the Girl (1949) with Glenn Ford and Nancy Reagan; and The Girl Rush (1955) with Rosalind Russell.
DeHaven notably portrayed her mother, Flora, in the 1950 film In Three Little Words, which tells the story of Tin Pan Alley songwriters Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. Fred Astaire portrayed Kalmar in the film, with Red Skelton playing Ruby. DeHaven sang “Who’s Sorry Now?” in Three Little Words, which Astaire later said was one of his favorite films.
In addition to her acting career, DeHaven also worked as a singer in her own right, performing with Bob Crosby’s band and at one point hosting her own nightclub act, along with gigs in New York, Las Vegas, and London. In 1955 she debuted on Broadway, starring in the musical version of Seventh Heaven alongside Ricardo Montalban.
Later in her career, DeHaven moved to television, appearing as a regular on the soap operas Ryan’s Hope, As the World Turns, and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman as well as the short-lived police drama Nakia. She also guest starred on numerous other shows including Robert Montgomery Presents, Appointment with Adventure, Johnny Ringo, Marcus Welby, M.D., Gunsmoke, Hart to Hart, The Love Boat, Mama’s Family, Highway to Heaven, Murder, She Wrote and Touched by an Angel.
DeHaven continued to work sporadically in television and film through the 1990s with her final film role in the Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau comedy Out To Sea.
She was married four times, first to The Restless Gun star John Payne, from 1944 to 1950. The couple had two children, daughter Kathleen Hope and son Thomas John Payne. Real estate developer Martin Kimmel was her second husband; they married in 1953 and divorced the next year. She was twice married to Richard Fincher, first from 1957 until 1963, and again from 1965 1969. They had two children, son Harry, and daughter Faith.
‘It’s Actually Something We’re Quite Good At’: Kelly Ripa Talks About Living on the Opposite Coast of Her Husband and KidsKelly Ripa is 3,000 miles from her two kids and husband, actor Mark Consuelos, this summer.
“Both my son [Michael, 19] and my daughter [Lola, 15] are with Mark in California,” the Live with Kelly host tells PEOPLE at the 19th Annual NY Super Saturday, a fashion sale benefiting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance on Saturday in Water Mill, New York.
“They’re all working out there. The two teens are doing internships. They’re working at film houses, and Mark is working on a TV show for Fox called Pitch. It’s going to be the hottest show of the fall.”
But Ripa does have one New York partner in crime: her 13-year-old son, Joaquin.
“I’m here in New York with our youngest son,” she says. “And then when I go on vacation, we’ll meet up with them. We’ll go out there, because that is where they are.”
Ripa probably hasn’t had too much vacation time lately. The star has been busy (but tells PEOPLE she’s “loving”) looking for a new co-host after the sudden departure of her former co-host Michael Strahan, but she says her long-distance relationship with her husband is part of the job.
“We’re actors,” she replies when asked whether the bicoastal lifestyle has been difficult. “We’ve done it for years. It’s not hard. It’s actually something we’re quite good at.”
She is, however, very grateful to her son Joaquin, whom she calls her “constant companion.”
“He’s come to work with me every day,” she says. “We’ve been thinking about putting him to work. He’s going to, I think, interview some kids for a ‘back to school’ segment for our show. So, why not? It’s an employment summer for the Consuelos kids.”
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Reunions make Marvel's 'Black Panther' especially personalTwo reunions make "Black Panther" an especially personal chapter in the Marvel cinematic universe.
The movie, set to begin filming in January, will mark the third time director Ryan Coogler has worked with actor Michael B. Jordan. They teamed up previously on "Creed" and "Fruitvale Station."
They're joined by Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira, the star and writer, respectively, of the Tony-nominated play "Eclipsed," which concluded its run on Broadway last month. Chadwick Boseman stars as T'Challa, also known as Black Panther.
"They've been doing a really good job of keeping this a secret — even from the cast," Jordan said after his role was revealed to fans at Comic-Con over the weekend. "I'm really excited to get back to working with Ryan Coogler."
Jordan plays the villain in the movie, set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda.
"I'm really, really curious to start diving into a side of my personality that a lot of people don't get a chance to see. It's always cool to show a different side," the 29-year-old actor said.
Coogler, 30, is still polishing the script for the movie, which features the first black superhero in comics, at a time of turmoil in the U.S. over police killings of black men.
"I feel fortunate and excited to be making a film like this. No time better than now," he said.
Though best known for her role in "The Walking Dead," Gurira's "Eclipsed," about five women caught in Liberia's civil war, garnered six Tony nominations. She grew up in Zimbabwe.
"To see an epic story like this told with the Marvel engine, the Marvel abilities — through the personhood, really, of African people — is really, really thrilling," she said. "It's a dream come true for a little African girl who spends her life watching other folks do those types of stories — and gets to see Africans do that story. I mean, that's pretty amazing."
The Oscar-winning Nyong'o credited "God's good grace" with reuniting her with Gurira, "because I had no say in the matter."
"We did a secret jump up-and-down while we were working on 'Eclipsed,'" she said. "I don't mind carrying on the rest of my life with her."
"Black Panther" is set for release in 2018.
Cameron Mathison Celebrates 14th Wedding Anniversary With Wife Vanessa(Pic) Happy anniversary to Cameron Mathison (Ryan, ALL MY CHILDREN) and his wife, Vanessa, who are celebrating 14 years together — even if they’re not together on their special day!
“Fourteen years ago I married the love of my life, “Mathison wrote. “As exciting as it was then, today our love and connection is stronger than ever. I’m so grateful. Enjoy Paris and then hurry home!”
As a correspondent for ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, Mathison travels frequently himself, so hopefully he and Vanessa can spend some quality time at home together very soon to celebrate their anniversary! Check out the gallery below for some of their romantic times they shared on social media!
‘The Last Tycoon’ Drama Picked Up To Series By AmazonWith a well-known title and formidable lead cast, Amazon’s The Last Tycoon pilot has been a strong contender for a series pickup. Now the project, toplined by Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer, Rosemarie DeWitt and Lily Collins, has been ordered to series by the streaming service, I have learned. It comes from Sony TV’s TriStar Television. I hear Amazon’s other drama pilot from the batch, The Interestings, is not going forward.
Written and directed by Billy Ray based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon was inspired by the life of film mogul Irving Thalberg, on whom the book’s protagonist Monroe Stahr was based. The project centers on Stahr (Bomer), Hollywood’s first wunderkind studio executive in the 1930s as he climbs to the height of power pitting him against his mentor and current head of the studio, the brawny, imposing, charming and vain Pat Brady (Grammer), a character based on Louis B. Mayer. Having come from the streets, Brady has no intention of returning to his misfortune, and is determined to make sure his studio is successful, no matter what personal morals he compromises. Dewitt plays Pat Brady’s wife, Rose Brady, who may be involved with Stahr.
In The Last Tycoon‘s 1976 big-screen adaptation directed by Elia Kazan and written by Harold Pinter, the roles of Stahr and Brady were played by Robert De Niro and Robert Mitchum, respectively.
Bomer, Grammer and DeWitt all have toplined TV series before, USA’s White Collar (Bomer), Frasier and Boss, among others (Grammer) and Standoff (DeWitt). This marks Emmy winner Grammer’s return to drama series following his Golden Globe-winning turn on Boss. Bomer also won a Golden Globe, for HBO’s The Normal Heart, and recently co-starred on American Horror Story: Hotel. DeWitt has been focused on movies for the past few years, recently starring in Poltergeist. Collins comes from feature background, with starring roles in Mirror Mirror and The Mortal Instruments.
Ray executive produces The Last Tycoon alongside Chris Keyser, who serve as showrunners, as well as Josh Maurer, David Stern and Alix Witlin. Pulitzer-winning author and F.Scott Fitzgerald scholar A. Scott Berg served as consulting producer on the pilotThis marks TriStar TV’s second series at Amazon, joining Good Girls Revolt.
Thinking Pink! Inside Lacey Chabert’s Chic and Sweet Baby Shower(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4, Pic5, Pic6, Pic7, Pic8, Pic9, Pic10, Pic11, Pic12, Pic13) On Sundays, they wear pink!
Mom-to-be Lacey Chabert was the guest of honor at a baby shower hosted by Good Carma Studio on Sunday, July 17. The event, which was held at Ocean Prime Beverly Hills, channeled the same blush-and-cream theme Chabert’s soon-to-arrive daughter will enjoy throughout her nursery.
Among the shower’s attendees were Chabert’s friends, including fellow moms Beverly Mitchell, Amy Davidson, Ali Fedotowsky, Haylie Duff and expectant Willa Ford.
“I was overwhelmed with joy to have been surrounded by so much love at my shower,” Chabert, 33, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “When I look around at my group of friends, I realize how blessed I am to have such wonderful people in my life to support me as I become a mother.
“My daughter is fortunate to have these individuals influence her life as well,” the Party of Five alum adds.
The actress, who is still known for her hilarious turn as Gretchen Wieners in Mean Girls, really committed to the pink influence throughout the party.
Although Chabert herself stood out by donning a purple dress that showcased her bump, everything from the stationery, to the décor, to the floral arrangements by The Bashful Rose and the desserts were influenced by the feminine blush hue.
Although the actress’s sweets table didn’t include Toaster Strudels, guests were treated to caramel apples, Rice Krispies Treats, mini naked cakes and much more by Polkatots — the center of the spread being a pull-apart cupcake creation in the shape of a pretty pink bow.
Michaels craft tables were set up around the space for guests to create memorable items for Chabert’s little girl, who will be the first child for the actress and her husband Dave Nehdar.
Among the creative-outlet options? Writing wishes for her daughter and hanging them on a wishing tree, decorating scrapbook pages in the shape of onesies and an area where Chabert’s friends could take mini Polaroids to document the day.
And of course, the expectant mom‘s friends didn’t go home without a few goodies. As the shower was ending, guests were gifted with party favors provided by LaCroix sparkling water, Mabel’s Labels, USANA My Smart shakes, Nine Naturals, Pixi Beauty and Emma J.
“The shower was such a fun day filled with lots of laughs, love and an overabundance of cake! What could be better than that?” Chabert says. “It’s a day I’ll always remember.”
While the shower likely ensured Chabert has everything she needs for her baby girl, the love and support of her fellow moms and moms-to-be seems to be what she cherishes and appreciates even more dearly.
“It’s really nice to go through pregnancy with friends because your body is just changing in so many ways and so many things are happening that cause concern,” she told PEOPLE in April. “To be able to turn to my friends and ask for advice has been really, really nice.”
For more from Lacey Chabert’s baby shower, pick up the newest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
Whoa! Michael B. Jordan Is Getting Huge for Black Panther, Even Bigger Than He Was in CreedJust when you thought Michael B. Jordan couldn't get any hotter, he's taking it up a few notches.
The actor tells me he's doing some "extreme" training to get in shape for his work in the upcoming Black Panther. "I'm in the process right now, about six months out," he said while promoting the superhero flick at Comic-Con. "I'm eating tons of carbs, lifting. When we get close to the date I'll start to shred down a little but the goal is to be bigger than Creed."
Chadwick Boseman, who blew us away when he made his debut as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, filled us in his not-so-comfy skintight suit. "You have to go to a place where it's sort of Zen place where you can deal with it at first and then you find your peace," he said. "It's also exhilarating."
The film, the first solo movie for a black superhero, begins shooting in January and will be directed by Creed director Ryan Coogler.
The cast also includes Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o and The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira.
"I haven't read the script yet, but from what I know the story is going to be pretty good," Jordan said.
Coogler said he's feeling more pressure than he did with Creed because "the history of who the character is, what he represents and all the good will that's out there towards him.
"With Creed it was met with, 'Oh, man do we need another Rocky movie? What is this?'" he continued. "There was a little apprehension which actually takes some of the pressure off. With this, most people are excited about it. You have positive feelings towards it. You want to let that pressure motivate you but at the same time you don't want it to knock you over to the point that you can't focus what's in front of you."
Well, Ryan, we have total confidence in you. Can't wait to see your Black Panther.
The movie is slated to be released on Feb. 16, 2018.
Maurice Benard is Shooting for a Social Media Milestone!The actor is attempting to attain a social media trifecta, the “Triple G,” which is a hundred thousand followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. “I have two out of the three,” Benard tells Soaps In Depth. “It’s a science. I let my assistant deal with that part of it!”
Currently, Benard is at 99.6 thousand followers on Instagram, where he posts fun photos like these selfies of himself with castmates Bryan Craig (Morgan), Chad Duell (Michael) and Laura Wright (Carly) on the GH set!
In addition to backstage shots at GH and personal family photos, Benard has also discovered the fun of ridiculous Snapchat filters!
“I like having fun with social media,” Benard says. “I post a lot of funny stuff. The only thing I have to promote is Ghost and the Whale or any movie that I do. You have to do your job, but I don’t want to sound like I’m selling out or anything.”
So if you haven’t already, click on over to Benard’s Instagram page to follow him and help him reach his goal!
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Deserve Gold Medals for Their "Synchronized Wrestling" Routine(Video) Hey Olympics committee, is it too late for these two to join the team?
As Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos enjoyed a weekend getaway, the Hollywood couple took time to savor the great outdoors with some quality pool time.
Instead of simply dipping their feet into the shallow end or relaxing on a giant inflatable swan, the pair decided to get physical with an innocent game of wrestling.
"Synchronized wrestling is going to be the hottest sport at this years Olympics," Kelly joked on Instagram as video captured the duo having some fun. "Participants must be over 45 and have protective eyewear. #rio here we come."
With the Rio games just 11 days away, Kelly and Mark likely have a better chance of being spectators than competitors during this year's competitions.
But we'd be lying if the Instagram didn't give us another reason to be excited for the weeks ahead.
From Gabby Douglas in gymnastics to Michael Phelps in swimming, plenty of returning (and new) faces are set to represent Team USA in Rio.
Back home in New York City, meanwhile, the guessing game continues as to who will fill Michael Strahan's role on LIVE! Anderson Cooper, Rob Lowe, Fred Savage and Jeff Gordon are just some of the names that continue to float around. Who will come out on top? Stay tuned!
The 2016 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies air Friday, August 5 on NBC.
Y&R’s Bergman Recalls AMC PastIn the new issue of Digest, four stars recall memorable experiences about their first soap roles. Y&R’s Peter Bergman (Jack) says he will never forget the first piece of advice he got from a soap vet: “Kay Campbell played Grandma Kate Martin,” he relays. “She was sitting in the makeup chair when I was introduced to her and she said, ‘May you have a long and troubled life here.’ I thought that was fantastic advice for a soap opera.” For more from Bergman, and Rebecca Budig (Hayden, GH; ex-Michelle, GL), Vincent Irizarry (Deimos, DAYS; ex-Lujack, GL) and Heather Tom (Katie, B&B; ex-Victoria, Y&R), pick up the new Digest, on sale now.
FIRST LISTEN: Hear The Fosters Star Denyse Tontz's Debut Single, 'United States of Anxiety'(Listen) Denyse Tontz is urging people to relax and remember the good stuff in this time of stress and turmoil.
On her debut single, "United States of Anxiety," the multi-talented Emmy-winning star of The Fosters, 21, reflects on the fact that there "seems to be something hazardous in everything these days."
"I can’t figure out if it's still okay to drink milk or eat bread, or if buying a pair of jeans is supporting unlawful labor, or if I should even leave the house for fear of slipping in a puddle and dying," the Disney star tells PEOPLE exclusively. "With all of the political turmoil, rampant hate crimes, crippling terrorism and tragedies, I needed to remind myself that there's still so much to be thankful for."
Her new song urges people to "chill out for a second this summer and remember the good stuff," she adds.
As a singer-songwriter, Tontz feels it's her duty to shed light on issues, but also remind her fans to be appreciative of what they do have in this "absolutely amazing country."
"I can't remember another summer where people were so anxious," says Tontz.
She continues, "I'm a songwriter, not a policy maker, so I try not to get too heavy into life and death issues that are infinitely complicated, but I hope the song can bring a small dose of humor and levity to listeners and remind us that we are blessed in so many ways."
The star is staying busy this summer working on her music.
"A lot of deejays have remixed the song and delivered some killer tracks, so I'll be launching those in the next few weeks. The plan is to release an EP with all new material by the end of the year."
Kelly Ripa Talks Vision for Home Design Collection: Did Anderson Cooper Provide the Inspiration?Talk show host, comedienne extraordinaire and now designer?
According to Kelly Ripa, her latest venture into the world of interiors came fairly naturally to the Live! star. She recently sat down with E! News to discuss her latest home collection collaboration with Macy's, revealing that her inspiration for the line came from her own experience raising three children with hubby Mark Consuelos.
"We've moved several times in our lives as our family grew and expanded and changed. So we found that our needs grew and expanded and changed. So I really had a very well-rounded idea how my family lived and certainly I don't think we live differently than any other family," the 45-year-old dished.
Keeping in mind the art of balancing function and style, Ripa admitted, "I know that I want my things to be beautiful and welcoming and comfortable. I don't want to sit on an uncomfortable sofa, but I also don't want to die of a heart attack if something spills on it."
When asked if Ripa sought after famous pal Anderson Cooper for any advice on the collection (given his luxurious Brazilian vacation home making the August cover of Architectural Digest), she couldn't help but describe the pair's similarities in tracking serious design forecasts.
"We were pouring over [the issue]," Kelly recalled to textile designer Nancy Fire. "Before it had come out he sent me some advanced photos and I said to Nancy, because we were going over trend boards for next year, and I said, ‘Oh my gosh. You're not going to believe this.' Her trending ideas and Anderson's home are so similar that I couldn't get over it."
Great minds sure do think alike! But as for Ripa's penchant for interior design rubbing off on her kids, she joked, "My kids became teenagers and decided they had to have total autonomy when it came to designing their rooms."
Mischa Barton finally unloads her Beverly Hills mansion“The O.C.” starlet Mischa Barton has finally gotten out from under her grand Beverly Hills, CA, home, which she sold for $7.05 million, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The actress bought the seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom home for $6.4 million in 2005, when she was the red-hot star of “The O.C.,” the Fox show about a troubled teen who falls in with a group of wealthy teens in Newport Beach in Orange County.
The British-born star, who was a recent “Dancing With the Stars” contestant, however, has had trouble keeping up with mortgage payments on the estate and found herself $100,000 behind in 2014 and on the brink of foreclosure, reports said.
Barton has been trying to sell the house since 2010, when she originally listed it for $8.7 million. The 1.22-acre property, a stone’s throw from Rodeo Drive, includes a main house featuring a Tuscan-style kitchen with beamed ceiling and distressed cabinetry, a lavish master suite with wood-burning fireplace, and canyon and water views. There’s also a spacious guesthouse.
Logo Greenlights Docuseries ‘Fire Island’RuPaul’s Drag Race, which just scored its host an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Host for a Reality of Reality-Competition Program, has been renewed for a ninth season at Logo. The network also said today it has given a greenlight to Fire Island, a docuseries from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Productions that will premiere next year.
The news comes on the heels of Logo ordering the dating series Finding Prince Charming, which will feature a cast of gay men competing to win the favor of America’s Most Eligible Gay Heartthrob. Lance Bass is hosting the show from Brian Graden Media which is in production for a fall premiere.
Fire Island will follow a group of young New York City professionals who leave behind the stress of their big-city lives and escape to the magical sun-soaked oasis that is Fire Island Pines. Milojo Productions produces with Albert Bianchini and Lenid Rolov. For Logo, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola are executive producers and Jen Passovoy is producer.
“Fire Island is an exciting new addition to Logo’s slate and perfectly complements the stories our audience craves,” said Post, Logo’s SVP Original Programming. “We’re thrilled to give it a home alongside yet another incredible season of intense competition on RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race wrapped its eighth season in May, with Season 2 of spinoff RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race to bow August 25. The series is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Steven Corfe, Mandy Salangsang and RuPaul Charles as executive producers. McCarthy, Post and Palazzola executive produce for Logo.
Michael B. Jordan Teases Creed Sequel: "You Kind of Want to See How They Turned Out"Grab your boxing gloves because there's (hopefully) going to be another Creed movie!
E! News caught up with Michael B. Jordan at the reveal of Piaget's newest timepiece where he dished all about the possibility on a follow up to his hit blockbuster. "I think we're definitely going to see a Creed 2. I'm not sure when or the time frame, but you're definitely going to see a Creed 2," he told us. "The way those characters kind of left off and the way you want to see how they turned out—that new family between Adonis and Rocky formed with Bianca—you kind of want to see how that plays out."
Kind of? More like most definitely. The Parenthood alum also teased his potential involvement with Black Panther, which stars Chadwick Boseman as the title role. "I can't really comment on that one too much," he answered when asked if he has started filming. But he didn't totally deny it. Jordan joked that we should wait a "few more weeks" but then added, "We try to keep things close to the vest so people can kind of get the information out how it's supposed to be."
So we'll just have to wait and see what Jordan has to say in a few weeks! In the meantime, Jordan is going to have to work to get back into boxing shape! He previously told Marc Malkin that he took a much-needed hiatus from all that training to enjoy food after Creed wrapped. "Let me not lie. It was about four or five of straight months rebounding—Krispy Kreme donuts, fast food. It was hardcore," he admitted. "But now I'm getting back into shape for a couple of projects coming up."
Once again, he wouldn't confirm whether one of those "projects" was Black Panther, which is helmed by his Creed and Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler. But the Friday Night Lights alum did open up about his directorial debut, a short film about two brothers, one of whom uses chess skills to navigate through life.
"I grew up playing a lot of chess," said Jordan, who will also co-star in the project. "I think it really helped me think and strategize and it gave me some focus and discipline so I'm trying to put that back into some art."
DAYS Star Welcomes Baby(Pic) Jordi Vilasuso (Dario, DAYS) and wife, Kaitlin, welcomed a new addition to their family today, shares the actor on Instagram: “All of us in awe of this miracle! Welcome to the family Everly Maeve Vilasuso. Love you @kaitlinriley86! #grateful #life#realmiracle” Congratulations!
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Rebecca Budig Enjoys Vacation With Her Daughter, Charlotte(Pic) Daytime star Rebecca Budig (Hayden, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has been enjoying her vacation from Port Charles, but all good things must come to an end!
The actress, also known to soap fans as ALL MY CHILDREN’s Greenlee and GUIDING LIGHT’s Michelle, shared a photo of herself riding in a boat with Charlotte, her nearly-two-year-old daughter with husband Michael Benson. “Goodbye, Minnesota,” she wrote.
It looks like mother and daughter had an absolute blast on vacation, but we’re sure her fans are looking forward to Budig returning to work so they can see what trouble Hayden will get up to next!
Netflix, Chuck Lorre and Kathy Bates Team Up for a Marijuana ComedyIf there's one constant in this crazy, meaningless world, it's Netflix throwing money at new projects like they can't give the dough away fast enough.
On Wednesday, the streaming giant ordered to series Disjointed, a new comedy from The Big Bang Theory's Chuck Lorre set at an L.A.-based pot dispensary. Oscar and Emmy winner Kathy Bates (American Horror Story) will star as the dispensary's proprietor. The order is for 20 episodes.
The series, which was originally shopped around to the networks before landing at Netflix, is a multi-camera comedy co-written by Lorre and David Javerbaum (The Daily Show). In addition to Bates' pot-shop owner, the workplace comedy will feature the shop's three budtenders, Bates' character's 20-something-year-old son and the shop's security guard. Netflix points out that all characters will be "more or less constantly high."
Disjointed is Netflix's third multi-cam series, the first two being the Ashton Kutcher-led series The Ranch and the wildly successful Fuller House.
There is no premiere date set.
Josh Duhamel and Son Axl Spend the Day at Legoland(Pic1, Pic2) It was quite the Sunday Funday for Josh Duhamel and his mini me!
The 11.22.63 star and 2½-year-old son Axl Jack spent the day at Legoland California Resort. One stop on their tour? The new NINJAGO World, which houses five interactive attractions — including NINJAGO The Ride, which allows visitors to defeat villains using just their hand motions to launch elements like fire, ice, and lightning.
At one point, Duhamel, 43, cheered Axl on as he played a game within the NINJAGO World section of the park.
The father-son team paired their fun with a bit of somber history, too. Duhamel took Axl to see the renovated Miniland New York City, which just reopened recently. Its latest addition is a replica of the new One World Trade Center, weighing more than 1,000 lbs., containing more than a quarter million LEGO bricks and standing 26 ft. tall — large for your average LEGO structure, to complement the real version’s 1,776 ft.
The replica also contains smaller versions of the memorial’s reflecting pools — one for each tower, whose real versions display the names of the thousands who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.
Axl is the only child for Duhamel and wife of seven years Fergie, 41. And the actor seems to take every chance he can get to spend some quality time with his son.
“It’s pretty amazing to watch a newborn baby turn into an almost-3-year-old,” he told PEOPLE in May. “It’s like, wow. You hear everybody talking about that but to see it — and everyone says it just keeps getting better and better, and it truly does. Every day he’s blossoming right in front of us. It’s really beautiful.”
In 2014, Duhamel also told PEOPLE that it’s integral for his son to understand and appreciate his status in life.
“I want my son to understand that he is very fortunate and it’s important to appreciate that and give back,” he said.
Olivia Birkelund on Braindead - August 1“The Power of Euphemism: How Torture Became a Matter of Debate in American Politics” – Laurel comes under investigation about her potential involvement with the bug infestation. Also, Gustav and Rochelle discover a unique way to communicate with those infected by the bugs, on BRAINDEAD, Monday, August 1 (9:59-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST Includes: Olivia Birkelund (Norah Moody), Alana Arenas (Red’s Receptionist), Glenn Fleshler (FBI Agent Aaron Blades).
‘MAYA & MARTY’ CELEBRATES SEASON FINALE ON TUESDAY, JULY 12 WITH SPECIAL GUEST KELLY RIPA“Maya & Marty” concludes its six-episode run on Tuesday, July 12 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) with appearances by Sean Hayes, Steve Martin and Emma Stone. Kelly Ripa will be interviewed for this week’s edition of “Jiminy Glick’s Celebrity Sensations.”
From executive producer Lorne Michaels, the incomparable Maya Rudolph and Martin Short join forces for an all-new comedy show jam-packed with music, stars and the unique characters and charisma of two of the biggest icons in “SNL” history. Stars of stage and screen, Rudolph and Short are beloved by audiences of all ages. With Kenan Thompson and a dream team of surprise celebrity guests joining them each week, this dynamic duo is ready to unleash the full range of their talents and bring down the house like never before. Previous episodes of the new summer series have had star studded guest lineups including John Cena, Miley Cyrus, Larry David, Drake, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Will Forte, Ricky Gervais, Tom Hanks, Kevin Hart, Sean Hayes, Nick Jonas, Eva Longoria, Steve Martin, Amy Poehler, Jerry Seinfeld and Cecily Strong.
Emmy Award-nominated actress Maya Rudolph is most widely known for her turn on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” where she was one of the show’s regular players for over seven years, as well as her various television projects and film appearances. Rudolph was most recently seen in the hit comedy movie “Sisters” opposite her former “SNL” co-stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as well as the critically acclaimed “Maggie's Plan,” and recently lent her voice to Sony Pictures’ animated film, “The Angry Birds Movie.”
Martin Short is both a two-time Emmy and Tony Award winner (leading actor in a musical for the Broadway revival of “Little Me”) and one of the most beloved actor-comedians of his generation. He first gained prominence as a writer and performer on the legendary Canadian skit-comedy series “SCTV” before moving on to “SNL” for the 1984-85 season. Short’s TV resume is filled with memorable comedic roles and on the big screen, Short has co-starred in such iconic comedies as the “Father of the Bride” franchise and “Three Amigos.”
“Maya & Marty” is executive produced by Lorne Michaels. Matt Roberts, Erin David, Dave Becky and Marc Gurvitz produce along with Rudolph and Short.
For full episodes, embeddable clips and more, please visit NBC.com’s official show site: http://www.nbc.com/maya-and-marty.
Star Maurice Benard Takes a Selfie With Cinderella(Pic) There’s a new woman in Maurice Benard’s (Sonny, GENERAL HOSPITAL) life, and she’s a real princess!
While visiting Disneyland with his family, the actor took a moment to grab a selfie with Cinderella herself!
It almost looks as if Cinderella is just as excited to be meeting the Emmy-winning actor — and Benard makes a fine Prince Charming!
Fall TV First Impression: Fox's Pitch(Trailer) THE SHOW | Fox’s Pitch (Thursdays at 9/8c, premiering Sept. 22)
THE COMPETITION | CBS’ Thursday Night Football (then starting Oct. 20, Mom/Life in Pieces), NBC’s Chicago Med, ABC’s Notorious (new) and The CW’s Supernatural
THE CAST | Kylie Bunbury (Twisted), Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Franklin & Bash), Ali Larter (Heroes), Mark Consuelos (All My Children), Michael Beach (Third Watch), Mo McRae (Sons of Anarchy) and Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years)
THE SET-UP | Bunbury stars as Ginny Baker, who after five-plus years in the San Diego Padres’ farm system gets called up to The Show for a spot start. Cheers — and jeers — ensue as MLB history is made.
THE FIRST IMPRESSION | Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love, TV’s Galavant) is on a crusade this fall to make you feel, shepherding this roller coaster of emotions as well as NBC’s This Is Us (previewed here). Ginny’s journey is a complicated one — this isn’t the stadium lights-shattering, goosebump-raising finale of The Natural by any means — and the pilot makes a point to loll in the lows as much as cut to the hurrahs of idolizing little girls in the stands.
Bunbury gets a lot of notes to play, whether arriving at Petco Park with the focus of a laser, putting the butt-slapping team captain in his place (and then fielding the brunt of his valid retort) or working through a breakdown. Larter and Consuelos hint at an amusing rapport, as Ginny’s stone-cold publicist and the Padres’ wannabe-charming GM, while Beach brings a lot of heart to the story as Ginny’s father, a onetime ballplayer who in unexpected ways pushes her to greatness. Gosselaar, though…. As I tweeted, he dares you to recognize him through a brunette neck beard, a wad of perpetually chewed gum and an engaging mix of swagger and seen-it-all weariness.
On the technical side, the ballpark scenes are spectacular — thanks to a landmark partnership with the MLB, and viewed through the “lens” of (overt) Fox Sports coverage) — but the editing of Ginny’s pitching is cheat-y, often cutting from windup to the “thump!” in the catcher’s mitt. Moving forward, I’ll need more of the continuous, center-field camera POV.
THE TVLINE BOTTOM LINE | Will sports fans be occupied by Thursday football (or actual MLB games)? Is this the sort of family friendly fare that puts a surprising amount of fannies in the seats? Pitch could go so many ways. This much is certain: As one of four (4) dramas in the time slot, and with a soft lead-in that previously benefited from the Empire halo effect, it will need every syllable of its sure-to-be-glowing word of mouth to not get knocked out of the game early.
Ava DuVernay & Oprah Winfrey’s ‘Queen Sugar’ Gets Fall Premiere Date On OWNOWN has set a two-night premiere for its new drama series Queen Sugar, from filmmaker Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey. The series will debut at 10 PM Tuesday and Wednesday, September 6-7 on OWN. It then will air regularly at 10 PM Wednesdays for the remainder of its 13-episode first season. Led by Selma helmer DuVernay, who directed the first two episodes, all episodes in the series’ debut season are directed by women. Warner Horizon Television is the studio.
Inspired by Natalie Baszile’s book, the contemporary drama chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Saint Josephine, LA: Nova (Rutina Wesley), a world-wise journalist and activist; Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), the savvy wife and manager of an NBA star; and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe), a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption. After a family tragedy, the Bordelons must navigate the triumphs and struggles of their complicated lives in order to run an ailing sugarcane farm in the Deep South.
The series regular cast also includes Tina Lifford, Omar J. Dorsey, Dondré Whitfield, Timon Kyle Durrett, Nicholas L. Ashe, Greg Vaughan and Ethan Hutchison.
Cruel Intentions Far From Dead as Cast Options Are Extended at NBCCruel Intentions still has a pulse.
Sources confirm to TVLine that NBC has extended its contractual options on Sarah Michelle Gellar and her fellow cast members through December, a clear indication that the network still has faith in the project.
The buzzy remake failed to secure a series order last month, although entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told reporters at the time that the project remains in consideration. “It goes under the heading of embarrassment of riches,” he said. “There’s just so many shows that we have [already] scheduled or ordered.” The exec also conceded that Cruel Intentions is “a bit of an outlier for us, because there’s no other show like it in our list of genres.
“But we like it,” he concluded, “and we’re still discussing it and trying to figure it out.”
Sources tell TVLine that NBC is mulling a possible Summer 2017 launch for Cruel Intentions, a move that would likely require some some budget-tinkering.
Lady Gaga, Connie Britton and 47 Other Stars Honor Orlando Shooting Victims in Ryan Murphy-Produced Tribute Video(Video) A full list of the participants is: Lady Gaga, Chris Pine, Cuba Gooding Jr., Connie Britton, Matt Bomer, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Lea Michele, Colton Haynes, Sophia Bush, Jane Fonda, Harry Shum Jr., Denis O’Hare, Rob Reiner, Melissa Benoist, Caitlyn Jenner, Édgar Ramírez, Max Greenfield, Chaz Bono, Cheyenne Jackson, Emma Roberts, Kerry Washington, George Lopez, Evan Rachel Wood, Sofia Vergara, Diego Boneta, Nina Jacobson, Demi Lovato, Tyler Oakley, Yeardley Smith, Kid Cudi, Kaitlin Olson, Kevin McHale, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lee Daniels, Chace Crawford, Evan Peters, Gerard Butler, Katey Sagal, John Stamos, Laverne Cox, Jordana Brewster, Wes Bentley, Finn Wittrock, Darren Criss, Kathy Bates, Anna Paquin, Guillermo Díaz and Joe Mantello.
Amanda Seyfried Opens Up About How Her Rescue Dog Changed Her Life — and Inspired Her to Stand Up for Homeless Pets(Video) Amanda Seyfried is hopelessly in love with her 7-year-old rescue dog, Finn.
They do pretty much everything together: take hikes, cuddle, nap. Whenever Seyfried is feeling scatterbrained, she scratches him behind the ears and looks into his eyes, she tells PEOPLE.
“Finn has made me more present,” she says. “He's always so sensitive and in-the-moment — it's all he has. He feels deeply. I love just randomly going upstairs and falling asleep next to him. It's my favorite thing in the world.”
Seyfried, a lifelong animal lover, has teamed up with Best Friends Animal Society, a no-kill animal welfare organization, to help inspire thousands of animal lovers to participate in Strut Your Mutt. The event encourages pet parents and friends to strut 9,000 steps to raise money and awareness for the more than 9,000 dogs and cats killed every day in America's shelters. Each year, 4 million pets in shelters are killed.
“It doesn't need to be this way,” she says. “We don't need commercial breeding — we just don't.”
The actress recognizes that many misconceptions about rescue animals stand in the way of more people adopting.
“People think that behaviorally, it won't be easy to train them, or that they're emotionally unstable, but that can be true for any animal,” she says. “'People also say, 'But I want a puppy!' You can still rescue puppies. And there's nothing wrong with an adult dog, either — often you don't even have to train them.”
To Seyfried, having a dog in her life is a no-brainer, despite the large responsibility (and having to put shoes on in the morning to run out and walk him.)
“It's so worth it in the grand scheme,” she says. “You have this incredible connection to this beautiful bundle of love. There's nothing like it.”
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SOAP VET ALLA KOROT JOINS DAYSIn the latest issue of Digest, Alla Korot (ex-Jenna, ANOTHER WORLD et al) previews her new DAYS role as Janet Bernard. “Janet is on a mission to find out what happened to her brother,” says Korot of Clarke, Summer’s cohort who she accidentally killed in May. “She’s strong and she knows what she wants. She can see through a lie quickly and and is somebody who doesn’t mess around.” For more, pick up the new issue of Digest!
Fall TV First Impression: Timeless(Trailer) THE SHOW | NBC’s Timeless (Mondays at 10/9c, premiere date TBA)
THE COMPETITION | CBS’ Scorpion and ABC’s Conviction (new)
THE CAST | Abigail Spencer (Rectify), Matt Lanter (90210), Malcolm Barrett (Better Off Ted), Goran Visnjic (Extant), Paterson Joseph (Law & Order: UK), Sakina Jaffrey (House of Cards) and Claudia Doumit
THE SET-UP | One of several time-travel dramas bound for your living room this TV season, Timeless — from Eric Kripke (Revolution) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield) — sends a history professor (Spencer), a soldier (Lanter) and a scientist (Barrett) in pursuit of a criminal (Visnjic) who has stolen a state-of-the-art time machine for mysterious, surely nefarious purposes. Their first destination: May 1937, just in time for (what should be) the Hindenburg disaster.
THE FIRST IMPRESSION | Though the fast-moving pilot doesn’t spend much time with Visnjic’s Garcia Flynn, we instead get a very good sense of the heroes’ strengths (Lucy’s a walking encyclopedia) and weaknesses (tough guy Wyatt has a soft spot), plus just a hint of hidden agendas. Versus ABC’s midseason entry Time After Time (which adopts a wink-winkier, Sleepy Hollow feel) or The CW’s superhero-charged Legends of Tomorrow, Timeless makes clear that it will have some fun with the “butterfly effect” by assigning curious (and/or soul-crushing) consequences to the team’s actions.
Among the cast, Spencer imbues history geek Lucy with an infectious joy of discovery and fuss over details, while Barrett is a highly amusing assemblage of neuroses. Jaffrey, Joseph and Doumit populate the government agency for which the trio (begrudgingly) travel time.
THE TVLINE BOTTOM LINE | Timeless is launching from a primo time slot that has bore the Peacock a series of freshman hits, from Revolution to The Blacklist to (the Wednesday-bound) Blindspot. Boasting a buzzy premise and exciting visuals, and with ABC’s stalwart Castle gone from the equation, the future looks promising — as well as thrilling — for this sci-fier. (Bonus points for having a great title logo.)
The Path Adds Leven RambinLeven Rambin (True Detective, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) is following Hulu’s path to a new TV gig.
The actress has joined Season 2 of The Path as a series regular, per The Hollywood Reporter.
Rambin will play Chloe, an intriguing figure from Eddie’s (Aaron Paul) past — and future. Their shared history sparks a complicated new relationship.
The Path is slated to return to the streaming service in 2017.
Susan Lucci and daughter Liza Huber open up about family’s battle with Cerebral Palsy(Video) A life-changing moment for Liza Huber, watching her 7-year-old son, Brendan, walk after intense surgery.
"Brendan can now walk up the stairs, what we call reciprocal motion," Huber described. "I was sobbing the first time I saw it."
Brendan has cerebral palsy, a neurological disease that affects muscle movement.
"He is thriving, the decision that Liza made on Brendan's behalf will give him such an improved quality of life," Susan Lucci said.
Huber, Founder/CEO of Sage Spoonfuls, is the daughter of 'Devious Maids' star, soap opera legend, Susan Lucci. Both women are passionate about their support of United Cerebral Palsy of New York.
"United Cerebral Palsy of New York provides critical services and programs for people with disabilities in New York City and as a mother of a little boy that has Cerebral Palsy I really know first hand how important these services are," Huber said.
"There is so little known about CP, that’s why Liza and I wanted to step up to the plate and shine a light on it and the amazing work UCP is doing," Lucci explained. "It's to give them the technology, the whole world is about technology now, and the simple things to brush their teeth, to put on their shoes, the things you take for granted."
This powerhouse mom and daughter duo is teaming up to host this year's 'Women Who Care' luncheon, to honor female role models, who are caregivers, philanthropists and business leaders in the community.
"We honor and acknowledge the people and what they do day to day,"
Along with their commitment to UCP, both women are always on the go and paying it forward is always at the top of their minds.
"My heart just goes out to everyone at UCP, it is so important because without these services [those with CP] cannot have the quality of life that they deserve," Huber said.
Liza Huber, Founder & CEO, Sage Spoonfuls.
Stepping Out! Susan Lucci's Grandson with Cerebral Palsy Walks First-Ever Red Carpet After Undergoing Life-Changing Surgery(Photo) When Susan Lucci's daughter Liza Huber first found out in 2010 that her son Brendan had cerebral palsy, she could not have imagined he would walk a red carpet just six years later.
But Brendan got just that chance when he attended Monday's 15th Annual Women Who Care awards luncheon, which his mother and grandmother co-hosted.
Lucci, 69, proudly told PEOPLE at the New York event: "For the first time he can stand up straight. His feet are flat on the floor."
Brendan's big debut comes just months after he underwent a selective dorsal rhizotomy, which involved cutting some sensory nerves in the lower spinal cord in order to make it easier for him to walk.
"It's just really changed his life," Huber, the Founder & CEO of Sage Spoonfuls, told PEOPLE of her son, now 7. "It's his first time at any kind of event like this, and he's doing a great job."
Huber, 41, first opened up last fall about Brendan's cerebral palsy. The former Passions star had planned to return to TV after Brendan's birth, but Brendan "was born two months premature and was in intensive care for six weeks," Huber told PEOPLE.
"I knew right then and there that it was going to be a game-changer for me. Life throws you surprises," she said.
With many years and several steps behind her son (both on and off the red carpet), Monday's event called to mind the vow Huber told PEOPLE she made to herself – and to Brendan: "I don't ever want him to feel bad about himself. I want him to feel good and proud and celebrate the way he overcomes challenges."
New Twist In Prospect Park Lawsuit!In a new court motion, Prospect Park Networks has asked to convert its Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan to a Chapter 7 because they have been unable to pay the fees owed to their legal counsel, Jones Day, in the breach of contract suit against Disney/ABC over ONE LIFE TO LIVE. PPN had hoped that selling $6 million in tax credits it had received for filming the OLTL and ALL MY CHILDREN reboots in Connecticut would pay for the law firm to represent them in the $95 million lawsuit, but the proceeds weren't enough to keep Jones Day as their counsel or find a suitable replacement once PPN had paid off their largest claim holder.
"The best hope for a meaningful recovery to creditors is successful prosecution or settlement of the ABC litigation," reads the motion. "The debtor and the debtor's counsel have done everything to keep the ABC litigation alive for the benefits of creditors."
Under the Chapter 11 filing, PPN would have liquidated the estate, but the company's creditors bashed that plan, claiming that the disclosure statement failed to provide information about how the production company valued the contract suit with ABC (its primary asset) or how that litigation would be handled under the plan. Switching to Chapter 7 bankruptcy would effectively allow PPN to have their debts canceled. (However, PPN is requesting that a trustee be appointed as quickly as possible to oversee the ongoing ABC litigation.) Explaining in the motion that their revenue stream from Hulu is set to expire on July 31, rendering the estate "administratively insolvent because the outstanding and unpaid fees awarded to estate professional exceeds the amount of cash the Debtor has on hand."
Visit SOUTH BEACH Today!The sexy new digital drama SOUTH BEACH is now available for streaming on Hulu, featuring THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL star Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy), and daytime vets Jordi Vilasuso (Griffin, ALL MY CHILDREN; Tony, GUIDING LIGHT) and Marc Menard (Boyd, AMC). The six-episode series is set in the trendy Miami neighborhood — where some secrets refuse to stay buried in the sand.
Wood plays nightclub owner Samantha Lear, Vilasuso is drug lord Isaac Santero and Menard is Vincent York. "It's about two record labels, one of which owns a nightclub. And they're competing for the top acts in Miami," explains Vilasuso. "In the midst of all this, there's a murder — which may or may not be a serial killer who disappeared 20 years ago. My character comes from the other side of the tracks. He's very Machiavellian and he's profiled you before you've met him."
To watch SOUTH BEACH, head over to Hulu.com.
ALICIA MINSHEW BOOKS YEAR ROUNDERSAlicia Minshew (ex-Kendall, AMC et al) is the first actor to officially join sudsvilletv.com’s new soap, YEAR ROUNDERS, playing Georgina Phillips, who is described as a "slightly tarnished trophy wife with a bad prenup.” Look for her to have a different look than she’s sported on other shows, says Creator Meg Kelly. "That's where makeup comes in," winks Kelly. "Nothing like a blond wig and an orange tan to age a woman.” YEAR ROUNDERS will air on Thursdays on the web series, beginning in December. The official description of the show reads: "Welcome to St. George, a once-upon-a-time New England fishing village that has become a summer playground for the wealthy."
DARNELL WILLIAMS TO SUDSVILLETV.COM?(soapoperadigest.com) AMC favorite Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse), has been in discussion with Emmy-winning scribe Meg Kelly about joining her new soap, YEAR ROUNDERS, on SudsvilleTV. "I've talked to Meg about SudsvilleTV and am really excited," Williams enthuses. "The pilot script for YEAR ROUNDERS is amazing. Fans should definitely sign up at SudsvilleTV.com and be a part of revitalizing a great industry." Once fans sign up, they're automatically entered into multiple chances to win great prizes. More entries will be awarded to fans who share SudsvilleTV via their social networks. So sign up and you might just wind up having dinner with Darnell!
Agnes Nixon Fast Facts(erietvnews.com) (CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of Agnes Nixon, creator of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live."
Personal: Birth date: December 10, 1927
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Birth name: Agnes Eckhardt
Father: Harry Joseph Eckhardt, owner of Perfection Burial Garment Company
Mother: Agnes Patricia (Dalton) Eckhardt, bookkeeper
Marriages: Robert Nixon (April 6, 1951-November 22, 1996 his death)
Children: Catherine Agnes, Mary Frances, Robert Henry, Emily Anne
Education: Attended Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1940-1944
Agnes Nixon grew up in Nashville, Tennessee.
Known as the "Queen of Soap Opera writing," she has nine Daytime Emmy writing nominations and four wins between her two shows "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," and a Lifetime Achievement award.
Her storylines often included socially conscious topics of the time, such as uterine cancer and Pap smears, racial identity, interracial relationships, abuse and abortion.
She created roles specifically for these actors: Laurence Fishburne, Tommy Lee Jones, and Tom Berenger on "One Life to Live".
She patterned her soap opera cities after an area in Philadelphia known as the "Main Line."
Nixon was one of the early writers on "The Guiding Light" (1953-2009), the longest running soap opera in history.
The character Agnes Eckhardt appeared on both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" played by Nixon. She also played the characters Agnes Dixon on "One Life to Live" and Aggie on "All My Children".
The production company Prospect Park teamed up with Apple and Hulu, to save "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" by making both shows available online.
1944 - After college Nixon begins writing for the radio soap opera, 'Woman in White."
1950 - She relocates to New York and begins freelancing for live television prime-time broadcasts.
1951 - Writes for 13 weeks for daytime television as head writer for the soap opera "Search for Tomorrow."
1952-1954 - Writes for prime-time drama "Robert Montgomery Presents."
1957-1959 - Nixon writes for the soap "As the World Turns."
1959-1965 - Head writer on "The Guiding Light."
1965-1967 - Becomes head writer for "Another World"
July 15, 1968 - Nixon's creation "One Life to Live" debuts. She is the head writer.
January 5, 1970 - Another Nixon creation debuts, "All My Children," also with Nixon as head writer.
June 26, 1983 - The soap opera "Loving" premieres. Nixon is co-creator with Douglas Marland.
1988 - Wins Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for "All My Children."
June 25, 1994 - Nixon becomes the first female writer to be inducted into the Soap Opera Hall of Fame.
November 1995 - The storyline of "The City," created by Nixon, James H. Brown and Barbara Esensten, picks up where "Loving" left off.
1996-1998 - Wins Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for "All My Children".
May 12, 2010 - The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announces Nixon as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
April 14, 2011 - ABC announces the cancellation of "One Life to Live" as of January 2012. "All My Children" is also being canceled.
June 30, 2011 - ABC announces "All My Children" will air its final episode on television on Friday, September 23, 2011.
January 13, 2012 - "One Life to Live" airs its final episode on television.
April 29, 2013 - "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" come back to life, airing twice weekly online at Hulu and Apple's iTunes. Nixon is the creator of the new "All My Children."
Fall 2013 - The first online seasons of "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" end. Further production is then put on indefinite hold, due to legal proceedings between ABC and Prospect Park, which produces the shows.
Y&R Star Needs Your Help For A Good CauseAmelia Heinle (ex-Mia, AMC) recently launched a fashion and lifestyle Web site called Dear March, and in addition to the articles and peeks into the actress' personal life is an on-line store where a percentage of the sales are donated to the American Cancer Society in honor of Heinle's sister, Jane, who is currently battling cancer.
Now, Heinle is hosting a special charity event for BelieveBig.org on Sunday, December 14, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy located at The Grove in Los Angeles, CA. Her husband, Thad Luckinbill (ex-J.T.) will be on hand as one of the special guests, and there will be a limited number of tickets available for a VIP meet and greet with the actors. Tickets are available exclusively at DearMarchShop.com, and money raised by the event will be donated to the cancer charity Believe Big in Jane's name.
AMC ALUM RELEASES MUSIC VIDEOAMC 2.0 alum Denyse Tontz (ex-Miranda; Nikki, DOG WITH A BLOG) debuted her first music video for "Use It" on her YouTube Channel, Denyse Tontz Music. Check out the video here!
ABC Fails To Trim Prospect Park Soap SuitABC took a hit this morning in Prospect Park’s multimillion-dollar legal action over licensed soaps All My Children and One Life To Live. The network was denied its motion to strike the part of the production company’s amended complaint in which Prospect Park asked to have the license agreement for the online shows extended and payments to ABC “excused” while the nearly year-old breach of contract suit for more than $100 million moves forward. The ruling came after a 50-minute hearing in LA Superior Court before Judge Robert Hess. Trial lawyer James Edward Maloney of Texas’ Andrews Kurth represented Prospect Park, while Susan Klein and Nuritsa Ksachikyan of LA’s Valle Makoff were there for ABC. “Prospect Park exercised its option — it produced an entire season of the series,” Klein argued early in the hearing. “It can’t ask the court to rewrite what the parties have negotiated.” Hess saw it differently: “After hearing the arguments from them and you, I’m going to let them leave it in,” he told Klein.
Prospect Park's Jeff Kwatinetz Takes Company To Court Over Non-Compete Clauses(deadline.com) Prospect Park’s multi-million dollar legal battle with ABC over licensed soaps All My Children and One Life To Live isn’t the only courtroom drama the production company is now facing. Co-Founder Jeff Kwatinetz has filed a complaint against the company and ABRY Senior Equity IV, L.P., ABRY Investment Partnership, L.P., and ABRY Senior Equity Co-Investment Fund IV. The producer and talent manager is seeking a declaratory judgment over non-compete clauses in a December 31, 2012 employment agreement he signed with Prospect Park when the Boston-based investors came on board late last year. Long story short, Kwatinetz wants a judge to decide if the “unenforceable non-competition and non-solicitation provision” would actually prevented him from working for another company for 5 years and if Prospect and ABRY could get an injunction to force him to work for them for 5 years if he attempted to leave. “In addition, the Guarantee contains what is essentially a $5,000,000 liquidated damages penalty for a ‘breach’ of the unenforceable non-competition provision and employment term requirements in the Agreement,” the 10-claim complaint filed on November 21 in LA Superior Court adds (read it here).
The catalyst of the complaint was a difference of opinion that Kwatinetz has with ABRY over the direction of the company, sources tell me. Specially, that disagreement has to do with the future of AMC and OLTL and whether they will continue or not. Kwatinetz was advocating the continuation of the two series. Having said that, the producer had his lawyer Michael Taitelman file the complaint not because he intends to leave Prospect Park, I’m told, but because he wants to explore his options in what is a very complicated and multi-tiered agreement. Otherwise, all parties seem to be in sync right now at the busy Prospect Park and Kwatinetz continues to work there. Besides the online soaps, whose legal machinations could drag on for years, PP currently has Wilfred on FX and Royal Pains on USA with drama Salem debuting on WGN America in the spring of 2014. The company also has 10 sold scripted pilots in various states of development on both cable and broadcast TV and a music management and label revenue stream. Kwatinetz formed PP with ex-Walt Disney Studios president Richard Frank in 2008. A spokesperson for Kwatinetz declined to comment on the November 21st complaint when contacted by Deadline.
For the most part, non-compete clauses are redundant in California unless the individual in questions is an owner of a company and even then they can be voided. That is distinctly not the case in other states such as New York. Hence, Kwatinetz’s complaint notes its disagreement with PP and ABRY’s desire to have the Empire State and its laws used as a venue for the non-compete provisions. “Furthermore, the Agreement and the Guarantee attempt to impose New York law and venue on the parties even though the Agreement was negotiated in California, with a California resident, for his employment in California at two California-based companies, and none of the parties are based in New York,” the 109-page filing notes. By filing in LA Superior Court, the complaint seeks a judicial determination that the Golden State’s laws and jurisdiction will apply in the matter.
Attorney Michael Taitelman’s firm Freedman & Taitelman have also served as outside counsel to Deadline’s parent company PMC.
What Really Happened At AMC?In her newest blog, Soap Opera Digest columnist Carolyn Hinsey talks to AMC Supervising Producer Sonia Blangiardo (executive producer of the upcoming web series TAINTED DREAMS) about the behind the scenes goings-on at the reboot that has now been shelved. "All I can say is that every effort was made to make this show a success, but there were obstacles that could not be overcome," says Blangiardo. To find out the obstacles - and a lot more dish - go to: carolynhinsey.tainteddreamstheseries.com.
Jill Larson Speaks Out On AMC's EndJill Larson (Opal) released a statement about the end of AMC on her Facebook page. Wrote the longtime star, "Greetings all, well I finally got the official call, saying PP is not going forward with AMC 'at this time', left the door open a crack, hmmm! As disappointing as that news is, it was not a surprise. Just as they did the first time, PP chose to remain silent regarding their activities, and now that I've had some experience with them, I do believe that it was because Jeff [Kwatinetz, PP's co-chief] just kept on beating the bushes trying to raise the money, never willing to cry uncle. I am sad for all of us, from Jeff to all of you, but gosh I'm grateful for the chance we had to make something new and wonderful from our beloved shows. Maybe when more fans are computer-savvy, and go online for content as a regular habit, investors will feel comfortable putting money into what was a grand experiment, perhaps ahead of its time, and only time will tell. Take care of yourselves, my lovelies, sending love to you all!"
Prospect Park Now Seeking $125M In ABC Soap Lawsuit(deadline.com) The on-going multi-million legal drama between Prospect Park and ABC over licensed soaps All My Children and One Life To Live looks poised to get much rougher and much pricier. Nearly seven months after Jeff Kwatinetz and former Walt Disney Studios president Rich Frank’s company first filed a breach of contract lawsuit against ABC, their lawyers Wednesday entered an amended complaint in LA Superior Court. One big change is how much money the plaintiffs are seeking. “As a direct and proximate result of ABC’s breaches, Prospect Park has been damaged in an amount to be determined at trial, but including at least $30 million in out-of-pocket losses and/or at least $95 million in lost profits,” says today’s filing. That’s way up from the $25 million the plaintiffs were looking for in April. Claims that ABC called “baseless” then. The now amended suit also includes claims of promissory fraud and declaratory relief and seeks Prospect Park’s continued licensing fee payments to be waived and an extension of that agreement while the case goes on – which could be years.
In addition to previous allegations of dirty dealing on ABC’s part, today’s filing says that the network inked long term agreements with OLTL actors behind the production company’s back. in the hope of creating a new property of its own. “Unbeknownst to Prospect Park, at the same time the ink was drying on the Licensing Agreement granting Prospect Park an exclusive license for OLTL through January 31, 2013, ABC insiders were developing a plan to create a mega-soap through the amalgamation of OLTL and GH, intentionally disregarding Prospect Park’s rights,” the amended complaint adds. This comes on top of the April filing’s claims that ABC has been breaking the licensing agreement, killing off OLTL characters on loan to General Hospital and deliberately attacking Prospect Park’s efforts to continue AMC and OLTL online.
This latest legal move comes amidst speculation that at least one of the shows is going down. AMC cast members recently said on social media that they were told not to anticipate a return from their current hiatus.
Prospect Park is represented in the case by a plethora of LA and Houston-based attorneys led by trial lawyer James Edward Maloney of Texas’ Andrews Kurth. ABC is represented by Jeffrey Valle, Susan Klein and Nuritsa Ksachikyan of LA’s Valle Makoff.
Soap opera 'All My Children' washed up?(latimes.com) It appears to be curtains again for "All My Children," the soap opera that ran four decades on ABC before being canceled, then resurrected as an Internet series.
An actor on the series, Debbi Morgan, announced on Twitter that the show was "officially done" after one season on the Internet. "Thanks for the memories," Morgan tweeted late last week.
Prospect Park, the production company behind the effort to keep the show alive, this week refused to discuss the situation or confirm Morgan's comment.
On Wednesday, lawyers representing Prospect Park filed an amended lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against ABC. The suit claims that the Walt Disney Co.-owned television company undermined its efforts to produce "All My Children" and a second ABC soap, "One Life to Live," for the Internet.
Prospect Park spent $30 million in the last 18 months to re-create "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" after ABC ended long-running daytime dramas in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
Lack of money, the legal battle with ABC and collateral damage to the shows will make it nearly impossible to proceed, people close to the production said.
"At this point, the whole franchise is irreparably damaged," said Jim Maloney, a partner in the Houston, Texas, law firm Andrews Kurth, which is representing Prospect Park.
"Life has become very difficult for Prospect Park, and ABC has done everything that it could to see that Prospect Park failed," Maloney said.
Prospect Park's 33-page suit accuses ABC of promissory fraud and breach of contract. In addition to borrowing "One Life to Live" characters for use on "General Hospital" and then killing some of them in a car crash, ABC also refused to accept advertising from Prospect Park or let the production company use social media or websites to help market the shows, the suit contends.
ABC went so far as to forbid soap stars from appearing on ABC talk shows, Maloney said.
ABC countered that it did nothing wrong, saying in a court filing it had "acted reasonably and in good faith at all times."
On Wednesday, ABC declined to comment further, saying it had not been served with the updated complaint.
Prospect Park had figured that half the TV audience would follow the shows to the Internet, but fewer than one-fifth of the viewership did.
The shows were intended to be used as part of Prospect Park's ambitious effort to create a next-generation online network.
In the summer of 2011, several months after ABC announced it would kill the shows, Prospect Park's chief Jeff Kwatinetz and business partner Rich Frank, a former Disney executive, stepped in and acquired the licensing rights for "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," as well as an option on a third ABC-owned soap, "General Hospital," should ABC cancel the show.
ABC's surviving soap, "General Hospital," remains on the ABC schedule and is enjoying some of its best ratings in years. Maloney contends that ABC turned "General Hospital" into a "mega soap," signing popular actors and borrowing elements from the other shows to boost the show's appeal.
"ABC decided to literally strip-mine the shows for the benefit of 'General Hospital,'" Maloney said. "This happened after ABC came to the conclusion that its new daytime shows were not working."
Prospect Park's Web productions almost didn't get off the ground.
After struggling to get financing in 2012 and tussles with labor unions, Prospect Park received the green light from investors in December 2012, allowing it begin production on the two shows early this year.
Cast and crew members were hired, sets were quickly built and "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" lurched back in to production in February, just in time to meet an ABC-mandated deadline.
The two shows debuted online in April, but then writers struggled to adapt to the new format and speed the pace of the shows to engage online audiences. Late this summer, Prospect Park said it would suspend production on "One Life to Live" while the lawsuit against ABC moved through the courts.
Prospect Park had planned to keep "All My Children" in production in a Connecticut sound stage -- but money apparently ran out.
The news of the apparent demise of "All My Children" comes after ABC's parent company, the Walt Disney Co., alerted cable distributors that it was pulling the plug on SOAPnet, a cable channel it created in 2000 to rerun soap episodes at night when women were home from work.
Instead, Disney has turned its attention on building a replacement channel for preschoolers, Disney Junior, which launched in 2012 and has become a profitable vehicle for the Burbank giant to create new toy franchises.
The End Of AMC & OLTL (Again)(abc.soapsindepth.com) Fans of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE were on pins and needles last week as rumors were flying that Prospect Park was due to make a big announcement regarding the future of the two soaps. Unfortunately, while there has been no official word from the company, a source close to actors from the shows tells Soaps In Depth, "It's over." Debbi Morgan (Angie, AMC) essentially confirmed as much when she responded to upset fans on Twitter. "Well we're all pretty much sad now for real since we've definitely been told it's a wrap," she posted. "My manager was given the news that we were officially done by PP's lawyer. Yeah, we've been canceled."
Prospect Park originally bought the rights to AMC and OLTL following their cancelations on ABC, but struggled to bring them to air online immediately following their network runs as originally planned. Fans were elated when financing was eventually secured, cast and crew were hired, sets were built in a studio in Stamford, CT and Hulu.com was set to air the episodes. The OnLine Network originally planned to broadcast daily half-hour episodes, but within weeks, that number was cut back to just two episodes of each soap a week, leading to rumors of production difficulties. Still, both AMC and OLTL were regularly among the top ten most-watched shows on Hulu.com, and many viewers were thrilled to watch as many shows as they were willing to broadcast.
However, while fans assumed the soaps would again be ongoing series, Prospect Park announced in August that both AMC and OLTL would instead have season finales after which production would take a break before beginning a second season. Viewers immediately worried the shows would never return, and after production of OLTL was shelved indefinitely due to the ongoing lawsuit with ABC, it seemed those fears were justified.
And now it seems that this grand experiment to bring the soaps back to life online has come to an unfortunate end. And sadly, because there was no notice or time to plan for the grand finales these venerable soaps deserve, this time they will not be ending with a bang, but with a whimper. And despite returns from the dead being commonplace on soaps, another resurrection for AMC and OLTL seems highly unlikely.
All My Children Dead (Again), Cast Members Say(tvguide.com) All My Children has been reportedly been canceled for a second time.
The long-running soap ended its first online season more than two months ago in the middle of a legal battle between ABC and Prospect Park, the production company which resurrected both All My Children and another recently axed ABC daytime drama, One Life to Live.
Cast member Debbi Morgan was the first to reveal All My Children's sad fate on Nov. 9, when she said her manager was told the show was done by a lawyer representing Prospect Park. "I'm so very sorry 2c U disappointed yet again & believe me we feel the same!!!," she tweeted.
Cast member Cady McClain confirmed Morgan's story and said that, until recently, all involved had been reassured that the show would return. "[We were] very recently contacted and told that, with great regret, AMC won't be going back online this year, or in this particular incarnation," McClain wrote Monday on her Facebook page. "Certainly hope springs eternal that we will yet again, spring from the dead." Soaps In Depth also confirmed the end of All My Children — as well as One Life to Live — with "well-placed" sources. A rep for the series could not immediately be reached for comment.
All My Children, which most famously starred Susan Lucci, was on the air for 42 years before ABC pulled it in September 2011. Prospect Park bought the rights shortly before the broadcast series finale and, after one failed attempt, successfully premiered new episodes of All My Children online in April 2013. The half-hour episodes were available online via YouTube and Hulu, and later began airing on OWN. Although Lucci did not return, many longtime cast members reprised their roles for the series.
Overall, 43 episodes of the resurrected series were produced before the first season via The Online Network ended in September.
This is just one of several hits for soaps fans. The Los Angeles Times reports that cable channel SOAPnet, which is known for airing recent episodes of currently airing daytime dramas such as General Hospital, as well as episodes of now-canceled dramas like Beverly Hills, 90210, will shut down on Dec. 31 after 14 years.
Will you miss All My Children?
Cady McClain Confirms AMC's EndProspect Park still has offered no comment or official statement regarding the fate of AMC, but hot on the heels of Debbi Morgan's (Angie) statements on Twitter revealing that the show will not go on, Cady McClain (Dixie) is speaking out, too. On her Facebook page, the actress released the following statement: "If you aren't hearing anything about the ending of AMC as we know it, it's really out of shock. I am also trying to allow PP to have the moment to contact all the actors and explain what is and has been going on with AMC, and then gather themselves to try and explain it all to you, the fans.
I can confirm what Debbie [sic] Morgan has shared already, that we were given assurances that we would be continuing with the series and then were very recently contacted and told that, with great regret, AMC won't be going back online this year, or in this particular incarnation. Certainly hope springs eternal that we will yet again, spring from the dead.
I do feel confident in sharing my opinion that PP and all 'the powers that be' involved in making AMC and OLTL truly loved the shows and did their utmost to make continuing them possible. The premiere in NYC was one of the most exciting moments I have had the privilege to be a part of in my career. I am not privy to the behind the scenes decisions, however. Like you, I can only experience those choices second hand and guess at the reasons why this is happening now.
Instead of going into the 'What Went Wrong' question, I think I'd rather focus on the gratitude I feel for having been asked to continue with the show. If I am still wanted as an actor on daytime, it is all because of YOU, the FANS.
I am so very grateful for your support. To have had the opportunity to be a part of an innovative experience that strived to keep American soaps alive via a new medium, to be a part of the continuing fabric of your lives through daytime storytelling, and to be able to work with dear friends who I've known all my life was a very special experience for which I have you to thank.
So THANK YOU for all the cheering, love, and support, daytime family. You've been AWESOME."
Debbi Morgan On AMC's Fate: "I'm So Very Sorry"While no official word has come from Prospect Park regarding whether AMC will return for a second season, Debbi Morgan (Angie) has tweeted several comments that seem to support the rumor that the show is done. "I guess what really hurts my gut R all the positive proclamations I gave 2 all of U that we'd definitely [be] coming back," she wrote. "Bcuz those were the earnest proclamations we'd been given! I'm so very sorry2 2c U disappointed yet again & believe me we feel the same!!! Thanks 4 all the support & luv U gave hoping this would work. We never know what's in God's plan. I do know there's always a bigger picture! Thanks For The Memories..."
Susan Lucci: My New York(nypost.com) Susan Lucci grew up in Garden City, Long Island, but she fell in love with Manhattan when she got the job of a lifetime in 1970: playing the iconic Erica Kane on the long-running soap opera “All My Children.” Lucci would study her lines in the car on the way to the show’s Upper West Side studio only putting down her script to gaze at the skyline through Central Park. Today, she’s back living in Garden City and filming in Manhattan — her Investigation Discovery series “Deadly Affairs,” which just premiered its second season. This is her New York.
1. Cafe Sabarsky in the Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Ave., between 85th and 86th streets
“My husband is Austrian, so when he’s feeling a little homesick, we go here, and it’s like being in Vienna for the afternoon. The quark is very authentic — it’s like a cheesecake, but that does not begin to do it justice. It’s so light and has a lemon taste to it. Last November, we were trying to squeeze in a trip to Paris, but we had so many commitments and we couldn’t get away. So we checked into the St. Regis — we didn’t tell anyone except our children. We went to a French restaurant to feel like we were in France and Cafe Sabarsky to feel like we were in Austria. It was like being in Europe for the weekend, and we had the best time.”
2. The Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302. W. 45th St., between Eighth and Ninth avenues
“We try to see a Broadway show a couple times a month. We mostly go to musicals. I grew up loving Broadway musicals. I’d put on my parents’ cast albums and stand on the stool and sing in the mirror. One of the first ones was ‘Damn Yankees.’ I was about 3 years old. The last show I saw was ‘Kinky Boots.’ Oh, I thought it was fabulous.”
3. Central Park, 110th Street and Central Park North
“For most of my adult life, I drove through Central Park every morning going to work. I’d enter at the North Drive, at 110th Street. I was always studying on my way in, but the minute we turned into the park, no matter where I was in the script, I’d put it down. Central Park is one of the treasures of this country — the light, the landscaping, the people. I just can’t say enough about it. My very favorite season there is spring. After the long winters in New York, you see green buds and weeping willows, forsythia coming out and daffodils poking through. I’ve also filmed in the park, and my husband and I have gone on a gondola ride in the lake. It’s just magical.”
4. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., at 82nd Street
“I have great memories of taking my children to the Met. They would say, ‘Can we take a later train home?’ They love the Egyptian wing and all the mummies. And I love the café. I’m looking forward to going there for jazz nights this fall.”
5. Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave., at 58th Street
“Bergdorf’s has it all! I go to the seventh floor for inspiration. I just walk around and look at the table settings and accessories — they’re so beautiful. I bought a fabulous black-and-white photograph there for my husband for our anniversary. It’s from a Harper’s Bazaar layout in the ’60s. It’s a man and woman, and he’s lighting her cigarette with his. I thought it was sexy and fabulous. It reminded me of when we first met.”
6. Campagnola, 1382 First Ave., at 74th Street
“If a Martian came from outer space and wanted to experience a real New York Italian restaurant, they would go to Campagnola. You’ve got Freddie (below) playing the piano when you walk in, they’re four deep at the bar, there’s a wooden floor — it’s so cozy. We’ve taken our son, and now he takes his friends. For us, it’s more of a dinner place, and they serve late, so we’ve gone after the theater, on the way home. There are so many colorful characters there: politicians, ballplayers, Wall Street bankers and actors.”
7. Barneys, 660 Madison Ave., at 61st Street
“There’s a very New York vibe, and you feel that the minute you’re in the store. They curate their collection of jewelry so well. Everything is cutting-edge, and I love that about Barneys. I have done some damage in that shoe department, too — my husband will tell you! He is not a shopper, he hates to shop. So he ushers me through as quickly as possible, then we go for lunch at Fred’s.”
8. The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St., between Madison and Fifth avenues
“I went for the first time two years ago with my college roommate and her husband when they came up from Washington, DC. The fact that it was a private home, it feels so accessible and personal — you get to see the Monets and the Rembrandts in an environment that feels like a home. We had the best time and then, after that, we went Christmas shopping for our daughters and stopped at a pashmina cart, and bought a bunch of them.”
9. Gramercy Tavern, 42 E. 20th St., at Park Avenue South
“When I was getting ready to appear in ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ in 1999, my voice teacher was on 16th Street. After my lessons, my husband and I started going to Gramery Tavern quite often, and we just love it. The pastry chef is fantastic. I try everything she makes!”
Maiden season of Internet soap operas yields vital lessons, says company co-founder Jeffrey Kwatinetz(nydailynews.com) The pioneering first online seasons of the soaps “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” are wrapping up, with the producers saying that, as expected, they learned some lessons.
The season’s last original episode of “One Life to Live” airs Monday, with the season’s last original “All My Children” on Sept. 2.
The Prospect Park production company’s The Online Network (TOLN) says both will return at an unspecified date for a second season. The network says both have been successful enough for to justify continuing.
“We have tackled more business, creative and logistical challenges than most shows experience in a lifetime of production,” said Prospect Park co-founder Jeffrey Kwatinetz.
Reviving two canceled soaps with most of the casts intact was unprecedented — as was the gamble in producing them only for the Internet.
Kwatinetz and his partner Rich Frank said they expected to make adjustments on the fly, and the biggest one came a couple of weeks into the season, when the number of shows per week for each program was cut from four to two.
Since the shows run a half hour, this means only an hour a week of new programming.
In a statement, Frank and Kwatinetz said that’s all that most of the online audience had time to watch.
“We are finding that asking most people to regularly watch more than a half hour per day online seems to be too much,” they said.
They promised next season will have extra content and more interactivity.
As for this season’s wrapups, “One Life to Live” ends with the whole town of Llanview attending the Man of the Year dinner. “All My Children,” the producers say, will end by “wrapping up many of the season’s burning questions.”
Susan Lucci Cried Tears Of Joy Over 'All My Children' Lesbian Storyline(ontopmag.com) Susan Lucci has said that she cried tears of joy when she learned of a lesbian storyline involving her television daughter on the ABC soap All My Children.
On the show, Bianca Montgomery (played by Eden Riegel) came out gay to her mother, Erica Kane (Lucci), in late 2000.
Appearing on cabler Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, Lucci was asked how she felt about the storyline.
“The storyline was presented to me by our executive producer at that time. She called me into her office and we both just sat there with tears because it sounded like it was going to be such a great storyline, and it was,” Lucci said. “She told me that a lot of gay kids, and even gays in their 20s, they would rather commit suicide than come out to their parents. And I thought to myself, 'Oh my god, if I can be part of a storyline here that would help one person feel good about themselves, and be who they really are, and know that their parents can love them anyway – they just have to be themselves. I was thrilled to be part of it.”
“That storyline really had a lot of impact, I'm very proud and happy to say,” she added.
Agnes Nixon Fast Facts(CNN) Here's a look at the life of Agnes Nixon, creator of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live".
Birth date: December 10, 1927
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Birth name: Agnes Eckhardt
Father: Harry Joseph Eckhardt, owner of Perfection Burial Garment Company
Mother: Agnes Patricia (nee Dalton) Eckhardt, bookkeeper
Marriages: Robert Nixon (April 6, 1951-November 22, 1996 his death)
Children: Catherine Agnes, Mary Frances, Robert Henry, Emily Anne
Education: Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (1940-1944)
Agnes Nixon grew up in Nashville, Tennessee.
Known as the "Queen of Soap Opera writing", she has nine Daytime Emmy writing nominations and four wins between her two shows "All My Children" and "One Life to Live", and a Lifetime Achievement award.
Her storylines often include socially conscious topics of the time, such as uterine cancer and Pap smears, racial identity, interracial relationships, abuse and abortion.
She created roles specifically for these actors: Laurence Fishburne, Tommy Lee Jones, and Tom Berenger on "One Life to Live".
She patterned her soap opera cities after an area in Philadelphia known as the "Main Line."
Nixon was one of the early writers on "The Guiding Light" (1953-2009), the longest running soap opera in history.
The character Agnes Eckhardt appears on both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" played by Nixon. She also played the characters Agnes Dixon on "One Life to Live" and Aggie on "All My Children".
The production company Prospect Park teamed up with Apple and Hulu, to save "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" by making both shows available through the internet.
1944 - After college Nixon begins writing for radio soap opera, 'Woman in White".
1950 - She relocates to New York and begins freelancing for live television primetime broadcasts.
1951 - Writes for 13 weeks for daytime television as head writer for the soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" (1951-1986)
1952-1954 - Writes for primetime drama "Robert Montgomery Presents" (1950-1957)
1957-1959 - Nixon writes for the soap "As the World Turns" (1958-1978)
1959-1965 - Head writer on "The Guiding Light".
1965-1967 - Becomes head writer for "Another World" (1964-1999) another soap opera.
July 15, 1968 - Nixon's creation "One Life to Live" debuts and she's head writer.
January 5, 1970 - Another Nixon creation debuts, "All My Children" also with her as head writer.
June 26, 1983 - The soap opera "Loving" (1983-1995) premieres. Nixon is co-creator with Douglas Marland.
1988 - Wins Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for "All My Children".
June 25, 1994 - Nixon, the first female writer, is inducted into the Soap Opera Hall of Fame.
November 1995 - "The City" (1995-1997), created by Nixon, James H. Brown and Barbara Esensten, picks up where "Loving" left off.
1996-1998 - Wins Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for "All My Children".
January 11, 2005 - Agnes Eckhardt's first appearance on "All My Children".
July 21-22, 2008 - Agnes Eckhardt's first appearance on "One Life to Live".
May 12, 2010 - The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announces Nixon as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
April 14, 2011 - ABC announces the cancellation of "One Life to Live" as of January 2012. "All My Children" is also being canceled.
June 30, 2011 - ABC announces "All My Children" will air the final episode on Friday, September 23, 2011.
January 13, 2012 - "One Life to Live" airs its final television episode.
April 29, 2013 - "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" come back to life airing twice weekly online at Hulu and Apple's iTunes. Nixon is the creator of the new "All My Children"
June 6, 2013 - Labor union problems with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) forces both shows into summer hiatus two weeks early.
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