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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.
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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.
Final Month on ABC RecapRecap of the final month of All My Children on ABC: Read it here!
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