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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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SUSAN LUCCI HITS PEOPLE'S LISTSusan Lucci (Genevieve, DEVIOUS MAIDS; ex-Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN) will be featured on the ABC show PEOPLE’S LIST on Saturday, June 25. The soap icon will recreate her famous 1999 People cover, which celebrated her daytime Emmy win. “So honored to be named one of their People of the Week!” she enthused on Instagram.
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!
Pretty in Pink! Inside Lacey Chabert’s ‘Feminine and Romantic’ Nursery(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4, Pic5, Pic6, Pic7) One of Lacey Chabert‘s most famous roles may have been as a Mean Girl, but judging from just the look of her soon-to-arrive daughter‘s sleep space, you’d never know it.
From shades of pink, cream and gray to florals, faux fur and crystal, one message is clear: This little lady — who will be the first child for Chabert and husband Dave Nehdar — will be starting off on the sweetest, and chicest, foot.
“I love that the room feels peaceful,” Chabert, 33, tells PEOPLE exclusively, adding that she hopes the couple’s daughter loves the room as much as they do.
The space, which was designed by Vanessa Antonelli, features hardwood floors and healthy amounts of pink in both linens and décor.
“Lacey is one of the sweetest and kindest people I have ever met and I wanted to give her a nursery that reflected that,” Antonelli tells PEOPLE. “She is so excited to be having a baby girl and the furthest thing from her mind was gender neutral. So I created a feminine and sweet space that exudes warmth and a lot of love.”
She adds, “At first glance it seems like a traditional space, but the clean lines, nailheads on the wall and gray mouldings make it a fusion of modern and traditional.”
Wall art by Lezlee Elliott — which hangs above the Everly Crib by Franklin & Ben — daintily depicts delicious sweets and heavenly scents.
Bella Notte bedding and pink bows add a soft, youthful touch to the crib, while the faux fur stool next to the accompanying Delta glider offers a more vintage vibe. The stuffed animals next to the crib tack on a playful edge that gives the area the perfect balance.
“I’m so excited to think that soon she will be sleeping in the crib,” Chabert says.
Featured in another corner is a cream-colored Amelia dresser to match the crib, complete with a coordinating gray changing pad by Nook. A silver and crystal chandelier hangs above a gray rug, while a matching silver mirror and pink-and-white floral wallpaper complete the area.
“There are so many special touches that make [the nursery] feminine and romantic,” Chabert adds, noting that the room also includes a pink knit blanket made by her own grandmother.
Chabert has been blogging for PEOPLE, taking readers along in her journey from discovering she was pregnant, to learning she was having a girl to figuring out clever ways to conceal her baby bump on movie sets.
But the former Party of Five star has always wanted to be a mom, so getting to be a part of putting together a nursery for her baby girl is something she’ll always cherish.
“Having a baby is a dream come true for us, so we are so happy to be able to give her this beautiful room to grow up in!” she says.
Maurice Benard Reveals the True Story Behind That Sexy Instagram Photo(Pic) Fans of Maurice Benard (Sonny, GENERAL HOSPITAL) were thrilled by a recent Instagram post shared by his wife and daughters!
“Happy Father’s Day from all your girls!” they wrote. “Enjoy your bath, Daddy!”
And while Benard himself had nothing to do with posting the photo, he's been enjoying the attention it's received. “What is the thing about that Father’s Day post?” he says to Soaps In Depth with a laugh. “People have been making fun of me or asking me what’s up… but everyone seems to like it!
“They took a picture of me and my wife snuck it on there,” he explains. “I like having fun with social media. I post a lot of funny stuff.”
For more from Benard, don’t miss the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth magazine going on sale Monday, July 4 — just look for the one with Benard himself on the cover!
Michael B. Jordan Wants a Friday Night Lights Reunion!Can someone please hit the switch to turn Friday Night Lights back on again?
Michael B. Jordan has joined the list of other cast members from the beloved sports drama who hope to see a reunion of some sort.
"It has be the right way," the Creed star told me at the other day the Maui Film Festival, where he received the Rainmaker Award.
We totally understand that.
"It'll be cool to get together with the Dillon Panthers and the East Dillon Lions and just kind of see that," Jordan said. "That'll be pretty cool."
Where does he think his character Vince Howard would be today?
"Vince is probably coaching," Jordan said, but then suggested, "Maybe Vince went pro. Vince was pretty good. Let's say Vince went pro, got his mom the house, took care of his mom the way he wanted to. Dad kind of came back around, you know what I'm saying? Got his family together...Maybe plays a couple years and just decides not to get hurt and just decides to coach and try to pass on that knowledge to the next generation. That'll be kind of cool to see."
The Emmy winning FNL ran for five seasons before it ended in 2011. It was inspired by H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger's book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team and a Dream. The series launched a year after the 2004 movie adaptation.
The series also starred Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Zach Gilford, Minka Kelly, Taylor Kitsch and Adrianne Palicki, among many others.
Kelly Ripa and hubby host star-studded grad party for sonKelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos threw a high-school graduation party for son Michael at Locanda Verde in Tribeca Thursday.
Sources told Page Six the glitzy guests toasting Michael included Bravo host Andy Cohen and “Elementary” star Lucy Liu. Consuelos also joined his wife on her show, ABC’s “Live With Kelly,” on Friday to talk about the milestone.
“How are we old enough to have a kid that’s going to college?” well-preserved Ripa asked.
“I don’t know,” Consuelos said, adding that he hoped their son would take a “gap year” before heading to college.
Ripa jokingly disagreed, saying, “I’ve got big plans for his bedroom — that bedroom is going to be turned into a megacloset!”
Sweeney And Mathison Team Up AgainMURDER, SHE BAKED: A DEADLY RECIPE, starring Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami, DAYS) and Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, AMC) will premiere on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries on Sunday, June 19 at 9 p.m. “This MURDER SHE BAKED was such a blast!” enthuses Sweeney. “It’s always fun but I’m especially proud of the behind-the-scenes efforts that went into A DEADLY RECIPE. Everyone really pulled together to make it happen and it’s our best one!”
Has Michael B. Jordan Lost His Hot Creed Body?! And What's This About Him Getting Ready to Direct For the First Time?Get ready for Creed 2!
Michael B. Jordan says he's not sure when the follow-up to his 2015 hit Rocky reboot will hit theaters, but "hopefully soon."
The storyline is still being worked out. "I think when we left off, Adonis and Rocky were in this weird place of starting their own family, their own little nucleus," Jordan told me last night at the Four Seasons Resort in Maui during the Maui Film Festival, where he was honored with this year's Rainmaker Award. "It will be very interesting to see how that family evolves. And Adonis hasn't won a pro fight. He's not champ yet so I think we've got some places to go."
Jordan says he still has his hot Creed body, but he added, "Let me not lie. It was about four or five of straight months rebounding—Krispy Kreme donuts, fast food. It was hardcore. But now I'm getting back into shape for a couple of projects coming up."
One of those projects is reportedly The Black Panther supehero movie with his Fruitvale Station and Creed director Ryan Coogler. However, Jordan politely declined to confirm his participation in the flick, which will star Chadwick Boseman in the title role.
Also coming up for Jordan is his directorial debut with a short film he's co-writing about two brothers, one of whom uses his chess skills to navigate through life. "I grew up playing a lot of chess," said the New Jersey native, 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."
Honorees at the 2016 Maui Film Festival also include Viola Davis, Bryan Cranston, Wyatt Russell and Kelly Rohrbach.
James Patrick Stuart To GHSoap Opera Digest has learned that James Patrick Stuart, who memorably played ALL MY CHILDREN baddie Will Cortlandt from 1989-92, is headed to GH. Since exiting Pine Valley, the prolific actor has appeared in prime-time projects ranging from SEINFELD and CSI to ANDY RICHTER CONTROLS THE UNIVERSE and SUPERNATURAL and feature films including It’s Complicated. According to setsiders, Stuart is already shooting, and will debut on-screen in July.
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.)
Greg Rikaart Teases Rebecca Budig on Twitter(Photo) Greg Rikaart (Kevin, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) and Rebecca Budig (Hayden, GENERAL HOSPITAL) are good friends who love teasing each other publicly on Twitter, but Rikaart took things to a new extreme with his recent post!
“It’s a shame that 45 years later, your fashion sense is still abysmal,” he wrote, admitting that Y&R castmate Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) helped him dig up the embarrassing photo!
@gregrikaart: @RebeccaBudig, it's a shame that 45 yrslater, ur fashion sense is still abysmal. @MClaireEgan helped me w this one.
Egan apologized for aiding and abetting Rikaart, but simply couldn’t resist.
@MClaireEgan: I'm sorry @RebeccaBudig, i couldn't help myself??U gave us too much material.And by material I mean clothing material
Budig took it all in stride, naturally!
@RebeccaBudig: Um, that would make me 61, geniuses. What. You don't like the matching shoes? @gregrikaart @MClaireEgan
The whole exchange is hilarious, but if we were Rikaart, we’d be worried about how Budig is going to retaliate for this one!
Theresa Saldana Dies: ‘Commish’ & ‘Raging Bull’ Actress Who Survived Stalker Knife Attack Was 61Theresa Saldana, who co-starred on The Commish and in Raging Bull but whose most lasting legacy might be the victims’ advocacy work she undertook following a near-fatal stalking incident in 1982, has died. He was 61. Two friends confirmed her death in Facebook posts Monday. She had been hospitalized in Los Angeles, but no cause of death was given.
Brooklyn native Saldana had appeared in a number of films in the late 1970s and early ’80s, including as the wife of Joey La Motta (Joe Pesci) in Best Picture Oscar nominee Raging Bull, when she was the victim of a horrific assault. In March 1982, she was stabbed several times outside her West Hollywood home by a mentally disturbed fan who had stalked her. She barely survived the attack — which took place two years after the assassination of John Lennon and seven years before the murder of My Sister Sam actress Rebecca Schaeffer — but went on to resume her acting career and provide both a face and a voice to the then-new issue of celebrity stalking.
Saldana became a devoted victims’ advocate, founding the Victims for Victims organization that fought for the establishment of anti-stalking laws and playing herself in the 1984 TV movie Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story, directed by Karen Arthur. Her memoir, Beyond Survival, was published in 1987.
She first gained attention in Robert Zemeckis’s 1978 film I Wanna Hold Your Hand and, after her recovery, became a familiar presence on episodic TV. Saldana guested on a number of popular series including T.J. Hooker, Cagney & Lacey and Simon & Simon and continued to work in TV and film through the 1980s. Her big break came in 1991, when she was tapped to star opposite Michael Chiklis in ABC’s crime drama The Commish. She played the supportive wife of the title character, a tough-but-kind NYC police commissioner. Saldana earned a Golden Globe nom for her role on the series, which aired 90-plus episodes from 1991-96.
She also co-starred with Charles Bronson in the 1984 thriller The Evil That Men Do and continued to work in TV into the early 2000s, appearing on such series as Law & Order, Diagnosis Murder, Martial Law, All My Children and most recently Bernie Mac.
Olivia Birkelund on Braindead“Goring Oxes: How You Can Survive the War on Government Through Five Easy Steps” – When a bizarre and deadly incident takes place on live television, Agent Onofrio’s (Charlie Semine) investigation into it causes Laurel, Gustav and Rochelle to dig deeper into the bug mystery. Also, Luke attempts to cover up his affair with his Chief of Staff, Scarlett (Paige Patterson), before his opponent for the minority whip position, Senator Ella Poundstone (Jan Maxwell), can make it public, on BRAINDEAD, Monday, June 27 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
Guest Cast Includes: Nikiya Mathis (Stacie Zara), Beth Malone (Claudia Monarch), Olivia Birkelund (Norah Moody).
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.
Melissa Claire Egan Shares an Embarrassing Early Job — See the Awesome Video!(Video) Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) shared a real blast from the past — her very first TV commercial!
The actress posted a video of an ad for Surprise Shampoo and joked, “also a surprise I had a career after this!”
Friend Rebecca Budig (Hayden, GENERAL HOSPITAL), who played Greenlee opposite Egan’s Annie on ALL MY CHILDREN, responded, “This is everything. I may have to pull some out to top you. Not!”
While the product (shampoo with a prize inside for kids?!) might be a little odd, Egan is adorable in the commercial, and most importantly, her hair looks fabulous!
‘Queen Kelly’ rules ‘Live’ with an iron fist to avoid another betrayalKelly Ripa — who was blindsided by an ABC move to send her former “Live” co-host Michael Strahan to “Good Morning America” — is making damn well sure she’s not left in the dark again on any further big decisions.
“They are now calling her ‘Queen Kelly’?” backstage, said a source. “It’s like her royal court,” and everyone is being loyal and falling in line.
The insider added that the buzz at the show is that Ripa wants to be consulted on all moves at “Live” these days. “From the bookings to the comedy bits .?.?. It all has to be approved or suggested by Kelly,” said a source.
Page Six previously reported that Ripa had a “total meltdown” after it was announced by ABC that Strahan would leave and the network had waited till the eleventh hour to inform Ripa and the show’s staff.
Spies told us pictures and signage of Strahan were scrubbed from the “Live” lobby just hours after his departure. Another source further said that “there was a celebratory atmosphere” at the show. Rumors have run rampant over who will replace Strahan — with buzz surrounding Rob Lowe, Anderson Cooper and Sherri Shepherd (who has shot down the possibility).
But a spokesperson for “Live” said of Ripa’s new demand to approve everything and anything after Strahan left: “The hosts of ‘Live’ always have had major input with regard to the production of the show. This report is completely false.” Ripa’s rep didn’t get back to us.
Meanwhile, with Strahan’s arrival on “GMA,” the ratings-hungry show launched a new regular segment this week called “The Big Board” — which features three guest “experts” weighing in on three big stories of the day via video. The panelists have so far included People’s Kate Coyne and ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.
“It’s still sort of evolving as the summer goes on,” said an insider. “As it finds its rhythm, they’ll see who works best.”
“GMA” was No. 1 in total viewers in the most recent ratings, but rival “Today” won the key 25-to-54-year-old demographic.
Susan Lucci on Life at Age 69 — "It Doesn't Get Better Than This"(closerweekly.com) In an exclusive interview with Closer Weekly, Susan Lucci opens up about how much she's enjoying life at age 69 by spending quality time with her family — especially with her four grandchildren.
“Since I was a girl, I wanted to be an actress, but I also wanted a family,” she shares with Closer. “I feel so blessed that we’re all intact and happy. To me, it doesn’t get any better."
Susan talks to Closer about her seven-year-old grandson Brendan, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy in 2010 and recently had surgery enabling him stand up straight.
“Brendan’s surgery has been a complete success,” Susan tells Closer at the 15th Annual Women Who Care Awards, benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of New York. “He’s walking so beautifully!”
She may have played cutthroat Erica Kane for more than 40 years on All My Children, but Susan is really a big softie when it comes to her four grandkids.
“I love the hugs and kisses!” she gushes. “And Hayden running to me in her tutu shouting, ‘Grammy! Grammy!’ This warmth from the children is the best.”
To read the full story on Susan Lucci, pick up the new issue of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now!
Susan Lucci Previews the New Season of DEVIOUS MAIDSThe actress, best known to daytime fans as ALL MY CHILDREN’s legendary Erica Kane, offered up some tidbits during an appearance at the AOL Build interview series. “We adored last season,” she declared. “But we think season four is even that much better!”
Lucci revealed that when the new season premieres on Monday, June 6, at 9 p.m. on Lifetime, viewers will the fallout from her character's devastating choice. “The doctor said that Genevieve had to decide between Zoila’s life and the unborn baby’s life,” she said. “And we pick up season four with what that decision was and how that decision was made and the effect it has.”
This season also introduces a brand new mystery. “There’s always humor, there’s always humanity, and there’s always a mystery,” Lucci said of the series. “And this mystery this year, is so incredibly woven in and very topical.”
She also revealed that her wealthy alter ego is extremely lonely as the primetime soap returns. “She’s looking at an ex-husband,” Lucci previewed, “she’s looking at a new friend, and missing Zoila. We’ll see where it goes. There are some shocking surprises!”
There’s going to be plenty of drama on the new season of DEVIOUS MAIDS, but behind the scenes, the stars are clearly having a blast. Browse Lucci’s personal backstage pics in the gallery below, and for more on what your favorite stars of AMC are up to now, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!
Talk Show AppearanceThe Talk - CBS
Tuesday, June 7
“Top Talker” Cameron Mathison (“Entertainment Tonight”)
Josh Duhamel and Fergie's Son Axl Loves Trucks, Swords and Testing His Parents' LimitsJosh Duhamel and Fergie's son Axl Jack Duhamel isn't in the terrible twos—more like the adventurous, testing-things-out twos.
"He is a fully formed two and a half year old, about to be three at the end of August," Josh told E! News' Zuri Hall at an event for #GMC's #EnlistMe campaign to support Military Appreciation Month. "He's talking, running, jumping..."
"What they do is they test your limits," Josh explained. "They test their limits trying to do whatever they can, and it's usually pretty dangerous."
Axl's quite "a little dude," said his dad. "It's all about trucks and swords..."
The little guy is taking on quite a mind of his own, too! "They go from these helpless little infants to these little humans that say and think things, that you're like, 'Where did he learn that?' He certainly didn't learn that from me...unless it's something really brilliant, and then I take all the credit."
Axl isn't the only opinionated fella putting Josh to work—director Michael Bay is eager to "test my limits" in the next Transformers movie, too! Watch the clips above to see what Josh had to say about that and more.
America’s Sweetheart Susan Lucci Opens Up About Love, Fans and the Little Boy Who Won Her HeartAmerica’s Sweetheart Susan Lucci Opens Up About Love, Fans and the Little Boy Who Won Her Heart: Read the Huff Post Article here
GUIDING LIGHT STARS REUNITE FOR NEW PROJECTGUIDING LIGHT alum Michael O’Leary (ex-Rick) will debut his original play, Breathing Under Dirt, at the Ella Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center in Princess Anne, MD on August 13 and 14, 2016. The cast features GL alums Cynthia Watros (ex-Annie), Grant Aleksander (ex-Phillip) and Tina Sloan (ex-Lillian). O’Leary will also lead an Actor’s Workshop on August 14. In addition to the show, there is an exclusive Meet and Greet opportunity after each performance. To purchase tickets, call (443) 614-0830 or (757) 894-0833 or visit www.lowershorepac.com. To register for the limited space Actor’s Workshop, led by Michael O’Leary on Sunday, August 14, 2016 from 10:30am-12:00pm, call (443) 614-0830 or (757) 894-0833 or visit www.lowershorepac.com.
The show is also seeking a young girl between the ages of 8-14, and holding an open casting call on June 16. Register online at www.lowershorepac.org or arrive at 11:30 pm to sign up. For more information, contact Kathryn at (443) 614-0830 or Beth Sharpley (757) 894-0833.
Susan Lucci visits Windy City Live'All My Children' star Susan Lucci visits Windy City Live: Video.
ALL MY CHILDREN REUNION ON LIVE WITH KELLYSusan Lucci (Genevieve, DEVIOUS MAIDS; ex-Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN) reconnected with former Pine Valley pal Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley, AMC) on LIVE WITH KELLY on May 26. Co-hosting with Ripa was Bravo host and soap fan Andy Cohen, who got to fulfill his lifelong dream of acting in a soap opera with Lucci. The actresses reprised their roles of Erica and Hayley, and Cohen made his debut as Clark Fletcher Martin. See the sketch here.
ONE LIFE TO LIVE's David A. Gregory and ALL MY CHILDREN's Eric Nelsen Face Off in New Movie!(Pic) Daytime alums David A. Gregory (Ford, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and Eric Nelsen (A.J., ALL MY CHILDREN) are co-starring in the new film, Chasing Yesterday!
In the upcoming dramedy from writer/director Joseph Pernice, Nelsen plays Junior, a high-school track star whose life has fallen to pieces. When he hits a woman with his car and ruins her dreams of running a marathon, she blackmails Junior into racing in her place.
Gregory plays Matthew, his teenage nemesis who actually made a name for himself as he grew up. “There’s sort of that rivalry that never went away,” Gregory tells Soaps In Depth. “When I find out that he’s in town and trying to pull his life back up, I sort of challenge him again.”
The two soap actors had a blast working together on the low budget production. “I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard in my life,” Gregory confides. “We just had a great time together. Everybody was wanting to come together to make the best product possible.”
Although Gregory is naturally athletic, he’s not a runner in real life, which meant doing more than just learning his lines to prepare for this particular role. “I actually started training to run,” he reveals. “My character is quite fast, and doing take after take, you can’t really fake it!”
Chasing Yesterday will have a theatrical premiere in New York on Friday, June 3, and will be available on iTunes and Amazon one week later on Friday, June 10.
Matt Bomer's The Last Tycoon Gets Amazon Premiere DateBroadcast-TV’s Upfronts might be over, but Amazon’s pilot season is just around the corner, featuring new projects starring Matt Bomer, Lauren Ambrose and Kelsey Grammer.
Bomer (White Collar) Last Tycoon Grammerheadlines The Last Tycoon, a Great Depression-era drama adapted from the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel about a Hollywood golden boy battling his father figure and boss (played by four-time Emmy winner Kelsey Grammer) for the soul of their studio; Lily Collins (The Blind Side) co-stars.
Ambrose (Six Feet Under) meanwhile Interestings Lauren Ambroseplays an aspiring actress who lacks glamour, money and talent in The Interesting, a drama adapted from Meg Wolitzer’s critically acclaimed New York Times best-seller. David Krumholtz (Numb3rs), Jessica Pare (Mad Men), Matt Barr (Sleepy Hollow), Gabriel Ebert (Ricki and the Flash), Jessica Collins (Rubicon) and Corey Cott (Public Morals) co-star.
Both pilots will debut on Friday, June 17, alongside the pilot for the reimagined Sigmund and the Sea Monsters.
As with previous Amazon pilot seasons, a green light for any of the aforementioned projects will come if the programs generate positive viewer feedback. Prior success stories include the Emmy-winning Transparent, Golden Globe winner Mozart and the Jungle and historical fantasy Man in the High Castle, which was recently renewed for Season 2.
Teen Choice Awards 2016 NominationsChoice Movie Actor: Drama
Jacob Tremblay – Room
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
Matt Damon – The Martian
Michael B. Jordan – Creed
O'Shea Jackson Jr. – Straight Outta Compton
Taron Egerton – Eddie The Eagle
Choice TV Actress: Drama
Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Choice TV Actress: Comedy
Alicia Minshew Shares Amazing ALL MY CHILDREN Flashback Photo!(Photo) Alicia Minshew (Kendall) brought back a blast from the past when she posted a photo of her with her old ALL MY CHILDREN girlfriends!
“Going through old boxes of photos, and look what I found!” she wrote. “One of my favorite moments ever with Rebecca Budig (Greenlee; now Hayden, GENERAL HOSPITAL), Terri Ivens (Simone) and Amelia Heinle (Mia; now Victoria, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS)! Fusion girl slumber party!”
Budig responded on Twitter, “Such an incredible time of my life. I miss you girls!”
For AMC fans, this photo brings back fond memories of watching these actresses light up the screen together, but it’s also bittersweet knowing we’ll never see them in Pine Valley again.
What It’s Like to Be a Character Actor During Peak TV(vulture.com) Who can blame Matt Servitto for thinking back often to his experience on The Sopranos? After all, he had the chance to spend several years appearing regularly — as Tony’s nemesis-cum-FBI insider, Agent Dwight Harris — on a series the 50-year-old actor says he and his fellow actors refer to simply as “The Show.” Eight years since its final episode aired, Servitto — enjoying a hot toddy spiked with Irish whiskey to complement his beet salad and smoked trout at Manhattan’s trendy Maysville bar-eatery — still tells time by the leather-strapped watch his late co-star James Gandolfini had engraved for him and the cast. And even as our conversation passes over numerous stops and starts across his 27-year onscreen career, it frequently wends its way back to HBO’s pioneering mob drama. On the topic of today’s oversaturation of scripted series, he nostalgically cites how The Sopranos singularly rallied viewers’ interest, and how on Monday mornings, he’d encounter people on the train who would shout at him, “What the hell was that bullshit? Where is the Russian?”
But in the blink of a decade, those days of watercooler common ground have given way to what Servitto himself describes as a “cultish” atmosphere surrounding even the most prestigious TV. It’s required that he and other character actors remain nimble and not too discouraged at some of the paradoxes therein.
“As my agent says, ‘We’re all working twice as hard to make half the money,’” says Servitto, who now appears in a featured part as a small-town cop on Cinemax’s hyper-violent drama Banshee, which ends its four-season run tonight. Careful to avoid naming names, he shares, “I was talking to one actress, and she’s got like three recurring roles — a premium-cable show, a cable show, and a network show. That’s kind of the deal now.” What that boils down to in terms of dollars and cents for an ostensible freelancer is, as Servitto lays out, “They don’t want to contract you. They’ll give you a good recurring rate so you’re not beholden to them, they’re not beholden to you, and they’ll just check and see if you’re available and write story lines around it. So it’s an embarrassment of riches as far as the amount of work that is out there for the legitimate actor, but we all only have so much time. I don’t know what this explosion of content means.”
Some would argue that Servitto’s insinuated himself into the pop-culture consciousness nonetheless. And not just on account of his tenure as Agent Harris, but thanks to steady gigs on the big and small screen (in addition to occasional theater work), spanning from his start on soap opera All My Children circa 1989 up through Banshee and the devil incarnate on Adult Swim’s satirical Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell. In between, there have been wide-ranging stints as a sketchy politician on Showtime’s fan-favorite crime saga Brotherhood; one-episode tours through Suits, Sex and the City, The Mentalist, Grey’s Anatomy, and myriad other prime-time shows; supporting roles in indie flicks like Woody Allen’s Melinda and Melinda and The Wrestler writer Robert Siegel’s Big Fan; not one, but three films under the directorship of infamous Cannon Films head Menahem Golan (“Menahem seemed to always find me at these financially vulnerable moments,” he laughs); and as the most irrefutable validation of his working-actor credentials, repeated turns as different characters on Law & Order.
“Instead of a SAG [Screen Actors Guild] card, every New York actor should have a Law & Order card,” he suggests. “That was the stamp of approval on your career. Then it was all about trying to complete the trifecta, cause you’ve done Law & Order, then they added SVU, then they added Criminal Intent. The thing that supports more hard-working actors in New York is [Law & Order creator] Dick Wolf.”
Servitto, who recently moved from Manhattan’s Upper West Side to suburban New Jersey with his wife and three children, says that more than just geography has isolated A-list opportunities. Shortly after breaking through on the soap-opera circuit, the handsomely featured Midwestern Italian upstart began losing his hair, all but dashing his leading-man aspirations overnight.
“All of a sudden, you look in a mirror in the makeup room, and you’re like, ‘What the hell? I can see the light shining through my hair,'” he explains. “It takes your breath away. And then you have to come to terms. Am I gonna try and hold on to this or start embracing it and shave my head a little bit?”
His mother actually offered to help pay for transplants, but Servitto immediately recognized his altered look was more blessing and curse. “I said to my mom, ‘Will you accept that the best thing to ever happen to my career was losing my hair?’” he recounts. “I looked very Italian with a full head of hair. It didn’t help that I had a bit of a mullet. But once it started to go, I looked like an Everyman. I could be Hispanic, Jewish, Italian … I just looked like a guy. I began to realize those smaller roles were far more interesting.”
His thinning hair availed him of what he describes as every drama-school student’s “delusion of, ‘I’m a leading man.’” (Unless, he clarifies, “that lead is a put-upon, frustrated, 40-year-old suburban dad.”) “There are moments in time where I look at number one on the call sheet of a TV show or movie and think, ‘Damn, that’s a lot of the work,’” he continues. “I don’t mind being number three, number five, very often getting the jokes, not having to carry the cross of the show on your back.”
Still, he concedes that, after Sopranos, there was a natural assumption that he’d rarely have to audition again, and superlative scripts would be beckoning for his involvement. To be sure, Servitto stayed busy, as his resume bears out, but for every Brotherhood, there was the necessary trade-off of ad campaigns for Campbell’s or NyQuil (he no longer does commercial work) to help support a growing family.
“There is the actor in me that feels like, ‘I’m on the iconic TV show. And now that’s in my back pocket,’” he says of his mindset after Sopranos wrapped in 2007. “You fall in the habit of checking your IMDb star meter. At the end of Sopranos, it rose higher than it ever had. You begin to want that currency to be cashed.”
Between his own personal cult renaissance via Your Pretty Face and Banshee’s final season, Servitto might finally be able to bank on that equity. Where his Banshee alter ego, Deputy Brock Lotus, has thus far by definition been second-in-command, and on the aforementioned call sheet, to Antony Starr’s Sheriff Lucas Hood, the final episodes put Brock — and Servitto — front and center. And after so much time somewhat out of focus, he’s more than ready for his close-up.
“It’s the best work I’ve done in television,” he declares. “We have such good writers, and they came to me at the beginning of this season and said, ‘We’re gonna funnel almost every story line through your eyes and let the audience see Banshee — both good and bad — through your character.’ Is that be careful what you wish for? No, man, I wanted that.” Though harkening back to the contemporary windfall of quality TV, he cautiously reiterates, “You just gotta hope people see it.”
Josh Duhamel Joins #EnlistMe Campaign to Help Injured Veterans Find HomesWhen it comes to helping injured veterans find homes, Josh Duhamel is on board.
"I've always sort of been tied to the military in some form," Duhamel, 43, exclusively tells PEOPLE of why he chose to join the #EnlistMe campaign. "Whether it's through family, I lived right near an Air Force base growing up. My aunt was a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard, my grandfather was a Marine. It was just always part of my life."
He adds, "Just as an American, I feel like we want to try do whatever we can to help. When these men and women are coming home, they will make life accommodating or just to help them get acclimated back to regular life as much as possible."
The campaign, in partnership with Building for America's Bravest and GMC, will raise funds and awareness to provide severely injured veterans with homes that are designed to meet their needs.
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"What we're trying to do is raise awareness and raise as much money as we can to build more houses," explains Duhamel. "Right now, there's 44 houses that have been built or are in the process of being built. There's over 200 service men and women who are on the list. We're trying to enlist people to un-list, to take names off that list so that all of these severely injured veterans have a smart home or have a place to live a normal life."
In celebration of the campaign, Duhamel attended as injured veterans – including Todd Love and Stephen K. Valyou – completed a skydive in Paris, California, on May 5.
"It's truly inspiring to see how somebody who has been through so much, I mean can you imagine loosing three of your limbs and still having a positive outlook?" the actor said. "These guys do. There's something really inspiring about hanging around these guys. It's really been an honor for me."
Though Duhamel said he has never skydived before, he admitted that he was "thinking about" the idea and that wife Fergie would "probably be fine with it!"
As parents, Duhamel said he and Fergie think it's "imperative" to teach their 2-year-old son, Axl Jack, the importance of getting involved and giving back.
"We want to raise a kid who has compassion and kindness in his heart and who wants to do the right thing," he said. "I would rather show him than tell him what to do and hopefully someday he'll give back."
With Duhamel working on a couple films and Fergie on tour, the duo has quite the summer ahead.
"This will be the first time we've dealt with her touring and me working and having a child, but you know, if there's anything that we're good at, especially Ferg, it's organizing and scheduling stuff," he said. "So we'll be fine. So it's going to be a busy summer but it'll be exciting."
Watch GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard in 'The Ghost and the Whale'(Order Here) At long last, fans can see GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Maurice Benard (Sonny) starring in The Ghost and the Whale!
With the film’s release on Digital HD, On Demand and other platforms like Amazon and iTunes, Benard tells Soaps In Depth that “finally, now people will be able to see me in this very different role.”
The emotional drama follows the spiritual journey of Benard’s bipolar character, Joseph Hawthorne, who is accused of murder after his wife mysteriously dies at sea. The film was co-produced by his wife, Paula, and the actor couldn’t be more proud.
“If it wasn’t for Paula, this film would not have been made,” Benard declares. “I’m sure of it. I couldn’t be more proud of her. The entire cast and crew worked very hard and should all be proud.”
To see what he means, check out this preview and then then rent or purchase The Ghost and the Whale for yourself!
Jacob Young Shares His Amazing Singing Voice(Watch the Video) Jacob Young (Rick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) decided to remind his fans what a fantastic singer he is!
The actor took advantage of the longer video limits on Instagram to repost a video of himself belting out a snippet of “Where Rainbows Never Die,” by bluegrass band The SteelDrivers!
Soap fans know the actor from B&B as well as his roles as ALL MY CHILDREN’s JR and GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Lucky, but they may not be aware that he is also a talented musician. Young released a self-titled CD back in 2001, and in 2006, starred as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway!
Young has a fantastic voice full of passion, and this little taste makes us hungry for more — hopefully a new album is in the works!
Josh Duhamel Returning For ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’Not much has been revealed since Paramount bowed Transformers: Age of Extinction in 2014 and then gathered a cream-of-the-crop group led by Michael Bay and Akiva Goldsman to craft a new Transformers Universe of sequels and spinoffs for the lucrative franchise. A new piece came today though when the newest film, now titled Transformers: The Last Knight, took to social media to reveal an old face returning: Josh Duhamel, who appeared as Lt. Col. Lennox in the first three pics but skipped Age of Extinction, is coming back:
@joshduhamel : Lieutenant Colonel Lennox reporting for duty. Let's do this. #transformers https://twitter.com/transformers/status/732601607670616064 …
In February, Paramount said that Transformers 5 will open on June 23, 2017, while Transformers 6 has been dated for June 8, 2018, followed by Transformers 7 on June 28, 2019. The current plan is for T6 to be a Bumblebee stand-alone movie. In a Rolling Stone interview recently, Bay said that he was helming Transformers 5, but that it would be his last.
Across four titles, the Transformers franchise based on the Hasbro toy line has generated $3.77 billion at the global box office.
Bay and Mark Wahlberg, who also is returning to the franchise, tweeted their approval of Duhamel.
Mark Consuelos Answers Whether He'll Co-Host on Live! With KellyMark Consuelos has quite a bit on his plate right now with his new Fox show starting soon, but will he find time to guest host beside Kelly Ripa on Live! now that Michael Strahan has left?
The 46-year-old chatted with E! News a bit at the Upfronts in New York this week, and though he was quick to dodge any more questions regarding the show, he did answer whether we can expect to see him sitting beside Kelly sometime soon.
"I think a couple times," he responded, short and sweet.
One thing he wasn't short on discussing, however, is his new TV show, Pitch, which he describes as "inspiring, motivating, transcendent."
"The show that I did made it through a long list of hurdles," he explains (a comment we couldn't help but relate to his wife's current situation on Live!). "It's about the first female baseball pitcher in the major leagues. I watched the pilot today. I think it's fantastic! It's very inspirational."
He continued, "I think the message is that certain things shouldn't stop you from achieving your dreams. That's very, very true and representative in this pilot."
The pitcher, Ginny Baker, will be played by Kylie Bunbury, and Mark will play the General Manager of the baseball team who calls her up to play.
Banus & Borlenghi on Mistresses - May 30Based on the hit UK television series of the same name, “Mistresses” returns for a fourth season with a one-hour premiere , MONDAY, MAY 30 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. The provocative and thrilling drama continues to focus on the scandalous lives of a sexy and sassy group of girlfriends, each on their own path to self-discovery.
In “The New Girls,” it’s a year from the night Joss encountered a dangerous Wilson and has to relive the painful memory while testifying in court in his murder trial. Despite moving in together, Marc hasn’t found a steady job, and April worries Lucy is growing up too fast. Karen is adjusting to motherhood while her attractive male nanny (guest star Jerry O’Connell) makes a seemingly unwarranted advance. Meanwhile, Harry and Joss take the next step in their relationship, but trouble may be ahead as Joss isn’t quite healed from her past.
“The New Girls” was written by Josh Reims and directed by Christopher Misiano.
“Mistresses” stars Yunjin Kim as Karen Kim, Rochelle Aytes as April Malloy, Jes Macallan as Josslyn “Joss” Carver, Brett Tucker as Harry Davis, Rob Mayes as Marc Nickleby and Tabrett Bethell as Kate Davis.
Guest starring is Jerry O’Connell as Robert, Tia Mowry-Hardrict as Barbara Rutledge, Corinne Massiah as Lucy, Brian Gattas as Randy, Niles Fitch as Noel, Camila Banus as Kylie, Lisa Canning as Prosecutor, Matthew Borlenghi as Defense Attorney, Adam Tucker as Court Clerk, Nick Toth as Judge, Ary Katz as Jonah, Jarod Joseph as Wilson and Robert Fukuzaki as Reporter.
Fox Trailer: Pitch(Video) ‘Pitch’ - Drama
From executive producer Dan Fogelman (“Crazy, Stupid, Love.”), “Pitch” is the dramatic and emotional story of Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury, “Under The Dome”), who becomes the first woman to play Major League Baseball – under the glare of a white-hot media spotlight. The inspiring series also stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar (“Franklin & Bash,” “NYPD Blue”), Ali Larter (“Legends,” “Heroes”), Mark Consuelos (“Kingdom,” “All My Children”) and Dan Lauria (“The Wonder Years”).
Kim Delaney, Jordin Sparks Join ‘God Bless The Broken Road’Actresses Lindsay Pulsipher, Kim Delaney and Jordin Sparks have just been cast in the latest film from God’s Not Dead director Harold Cronk. The faith-based film God Bless The Broken Road is about a grieving widow named Amber whose husband was killed during combat in Afghanistan and now faces financial and spiritual challenges while raising her young daughter, Bree.
Lindsay Pulsipher (True Blood, The Hatfields & McCoys, and Justified) has signed on to the film in the leading role. Makenzie Moss, who previously played Steve Jobs’ daughter in Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs, has signed on as nine-year-old Bree. God Bless The Broken Road will mark the second time Moss has worked with 10 West Studios, having previously starred in Do You Believe?
Delaney (Army Wives, NYPD Blue) will play Amber’s mother-in-law, Patti, with whom Amber has a rocky relationship
Multi-platinum recording artist and actress Sparks will play the role of Bridgette, one of Amber’s best friends. Sparks made her cinematic acting debut in the Sony’s Sparkle, playing the lead role opposite Whitney Houston in what was her final film. Sparks has also been featured in the films The Grace of Jake, Left Behind, and The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete.
Cronk’s 10 West Studios, Great Basin Entertainment, and A Really Good Home Pictures are producing God Bless the Broken Road. Production is taking place in Michigan—Manistee and Grand Rapids. The film is slated for a theatrical release either in fourth quarter 2016 or in first quarter 2017.
‘Cruel Intentions’: NBC Confirms Discussions For Possible Pickup Of SequelDuring NBC’s upfront press call today, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt confirmed that the network is keeping its pilot Cruel Intentions alive. The project, a sequel to the cult movie which has original star Sarah Michelle Gellar reprising her role, was not picked up to series, but not passed on either.
“It goes under the heading of embarrassment of riches,” Greenblatt said. “There’s just so many shows that we have scheduled or ordered.”
Greenblatt called the soapy Cruel Intentions “a bit of an outlier for us, because there’s no other show like it in our list of genres.”
That statement was interesting as one of NBC’s goals going into the 2015-16 development season was to add a primetime soap — genre that is not on the network right now — to its lineup. NBC ordered two such pilots, Cruel Intentions and legal soap Miranda’s Rights, which is dead.
Still, “we like it, and we’re still discussing it and trying to figure it out,” Greenblatt said of Cruel Intentions, which comes from Sony TV, the studio that produces NBC’s The Blacklist and the upcoming spinoff as well as hot new time-travel drama Timeless.
As we reported, among the possible scenarios discussed for Cruel Intentions are a summer order at a lower licensee fee or redevelopment. The latter is hard to imagine as it may be difficult to secure Gellar again, and she is a main draw to the sequel.
Michael B. Jordan Joins Cast Of Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’Marvel’s Black Panther will reunite the team behind the Oscar-nominated Creed, as Michael B. Jordan has joined the cast of the Ryan Coogler-directed film. Marvel declined to comment, but we’re hearing the deal is set with Jordan possibly playing a villainous role in the film that will star Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, who serves as King and protector of the fictional African nation of Wakanda.
Jordan’s hiring comes amid rave reviews for Boseman over his portrayal of Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, and it follows yesterday’s news that Lupita Nyong’o is in talks to play an as-yet unrevealed love interest in the film. It also caps off a big week of Marvel-adjacent news for Jordan. As Deadline exclusively reported yesterday, Captain America: Civil War directors The Russo Brothers have come aboard as producers on Jordan’s upcoming remake of The Thomas Crown Affair for MGM.
As for the role itself, Black Panther’s rogues gallery is a diverse group of men and women, but two possibilities stand out based on Jordan’s age. M’Baku, otherwise known as Man-Ape, was once one of Wakanda’s greatest soldiers until he rebelled against T’Challa and attempted to overthrow him. Joining the outlawed White Gorilla cult, M’Baku gains superpowers and has since his introduction to Marvel comics in 1969 served as a frequent antagonist to Black Panther and aside from Ulysses Klaw might be his biggest arch enemy.
Of course, a name like “Man-Ape” seems to me like a very difficult sell – it’s impossible to ignore how loaded those words are, and Marvel is already catching a little flack over casting on Iron Fist and Doctor Strange. Given the impressive (to say the least) casting for Black Panther, Marvel is clearly dead serious about getting this one right. Which brings us to Erik Killmonger (you have to love that name), introduced in 1973.
A Wakandan warrior originally called N’Jadaka, Killmonger’s family was exiled from the country after his father was kidnapped and forced to work for the supervillain Ulysses Klaw. Changing his name and relocating to the U.S., he nursed a burning desire for revenge against Klaw, and a serious grudge against T’Challa for his exile. He’s less a true villain, more someone with a justified crusade, the kind of opponent that makes for an uneasy ally under the right circumstances, possibly providing the MCU with another Loki in terms of ability to use the character in multiple ways. Andy Serkis has already portrayed Ulysses Klaw in Avengers: Age of Ultron and is widely assumed to be returning for Black Panther, making Killmonger seem a very logical choice.
Black Panther will be the third collaboration between Jordan and Coogler. Along with last year’s Creed, the duo first teamed for the 2013 biographical drama Fruitvale Station. Jordan is represented by WME, MGMT Management, and Bloom Hergott. Black Panther is set to begin filming in 2017 and hit theaters February 2, 2018.
NBC Orders Timeless Drama to Series(Trailer)Nearly 24 hours after ABC gave a green light to Time After Time, NBC has ordered to series its own time travel drama, which is now titled Timeless (fka Time).
From Eric Kripke (Revolution), Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and the producers of The Blacklist, Timeless is described as an action-adventure series in which a mysterious criminal (ER alum Goran Visnjic) steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. Our only hope is an unexpected team: a scientist (Better Off Ted‘s Malcolm Barrett), soldier (90210‘s Matt Lanter) and history professor (Rectify‘s Abigail Spencer) who must use the machine’s prototype to travel back in time to critical events.
While this intrepid trio must make every effort not to affect the past themselves, they must also stay one step ahead of this dangerous fugitive.
The cast also includes Paterson Joseph (The Leftovers), Sakina Jaffrey (House of Cards) and Claudia Doumit.
‘Captain America’ Helmers Joseph & Anthony Russo Join Michael B. Jordan To Produce New ‘Thomas Crown Affair’Though they will be busy as directors on back-to-back sequels of The Avengers, Captain America: Civil War helmers Joe and Anthony Russo have joined Michael B. Jordan as producers of The Thomas Crown Affair, the MGM remake of the 1968 Norman Jewison-directed remake that is being refashioned as a star vehicle for Jordan following his stellar turn in the MGM/Warner Bros film Creed.
Jordan will take on the role of a master thief that was first played by Steve McQueen, and then later by Pierce Brosnan. He’s a debonair, adventuresome bank robber who believes he has pulled off the perfect multimillion-dollar heist, until forced to match wits with a sexy insurance investigator who’ll do anything to get her man. He becomes smitten with her. Faye Dunaway played that role in the original, and Rene Russo played it opposite Brosnan.
I’m told that the Russos have come aboard with Mike Larocca from their Getaway Productions banner, and they will help Jordan and MGM shape the vehicle and find a director. The remake will have a contemporary political resonance, and they sparked to Jordan playing that role.
The Russos are repped by WME.
Emily Alyn Lind on Rush Hour“Prisoner of Love” – Detectives Carter and Lee hunt an escaped prisoner searching for his estranged wife and daughter who are in witness protection. When the pair goes missing, the Detectives must find how their location was compromised, on RUSH HOUR Thursday, May 26 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Guest Cast Includes: AJ Buckley (Steven), Sprague Grayden (Pam Sanders), Emily Alyn Lind (Cristin Sanders).
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Major Cold Front On 'Live with Kelly and Michael' Set Before His Last DayExpect a snowstorm for Michael Strahan's last day on 'Live' -- that's how frigid things are right now with Kelly Ripa, and there's one obvious sign every morning.
Sources connected to production tell us prior to Kelly's protest a few weeks ago, she would sit in her makeup room with the door open and Michael would greet her as he arrived ... but that's all changed.
We're told Kelly's door is shut every morning ... delaying any "good morning" salutations, and Strahan believes she's sending a clear message. Although they're putting on a good face on the air -- we're told the tension between them is palpable.
As for Strahan's last show, airing this Friday, we're told he's asked for it to be low key. One source says Michael would be happy with "a few flashback" segments and he just wants out of what's become an unfriendly environment.
Why Kelly Ripa Won't Ever Join The View ... or Good Morning AmericaKelly Ripa's Live cohost Michael Strahan may be leaving soon to take on an expanded role at Good Morning America – but don't expect her to follow suit.
Amid the drama surrounding Strahan's exit, speculation swirled that Ripa, 45, might eventually want to leave for a show such as GMA or The View, but Ripa insists Live is her daytime TV home.
"Our show is very different than your standard television program that has hosts on air. We do everything out in the open," Ripa tells PEOPLE in an interview for this week's cover story. "If we need to know something it's usually written on a card. If we need to talk to the director we yell up to the director and he yells down over a PA system."
Early in her Live tenure, she was asked to fill in temporarily for Meredith Vieira on The View – and she ended up making a faux pas on air that she still recalls with laughter.
"I have this earpiece in," says Ripa. "We're talking to – and I can't for the life of me remember who the celebrity was, because I freaked myself out so much – but [the producers in my ear] said, 'Kelly?' And on the air I say out loud, 'Yes?' And they say, 'Okay, don't answer us out loud.' And I say, 'Okay, I'm sorry, I won't [still out loud].' "
Ripa eventually got the hang of it, but says she still prefers the environment she has cultivated at Live.
"Live is my daytime home. That is where I am the most comfortable, that allows me the freedom to do other projects, and raise my children, and be able to show up for all of their practices, and all of their extra curricular stuff," says Ripa, who shares three children with husband Mark Consuelos. "It's been a blessing for me as a working mother to be able to have stability, to be able to raise my children in one place their whole lives."
Strahan's final episode of Live is Friday, and the hunt for a replacement is underway. In the meantime, Jimmy Kimmel will co-host alongside Ripa on Monday. Other guest co-hosts coming up include Fred Savage, Seal and Andy Cohen.
Live With Kelly and Michael airs weekdays (check local listings).
Kelly Ripa sends message with ‘Freedom’ jacket day before Strahan’s exit(Photo) Freedom has never looked so good.
On Thursday, Kelly Ripa made quite the fashion statement as she emerged from her apartment in a varsity jacket with “Freedom” etched on the back, one day ahead of Michael Strahan‘s final show on “Live! With Kelly and Michael.”
Ripa, 45, who paired the telling piece with dark jeans sans a smile, toted what looked to be a script as she made her way into a waiting SUV.
While Strahan, 44, and girlfriend Kayla Quick, 27, looked ready to toast his impending departure Wednesday night, it also happened to be the same day Ripa’s take on the daytime drama hit newsstands.
“There’s part of me that can say, ‘OK, I understand. This may have been an oversight.’ And again, after 26 years, at this point we are like a family,” she told People. “And sometimes when you’re so comfortable with somebody, you may not give them the same consideration as somebody you’re not as comfortable with — a certain formality falls away.”
Kelly Ripa Defends Her Live Walkout: 'I Didn't Just Not Show Up'Kelly Ripa would like to clear a few things up.
Let’s start with her (sudden) week-long absence from Live, just one day after co-host Michael Strahan announced to the world — and to Ripa, mere moments earlier — that he’s leaving the show for a new gig at Good Morning America. Speaking to her critics, via People, Ripa stands by her decision to step back and clear her head.
“I think what people need to understand about the entire situation is that I didn’t just not show up,” Ripa tells the magazine. “I said, in the room, ‘I am going to take the day off.’ I needed to actually sit and gather information. I needed to make sure I said the appropriate things on TV and didn’t just come out and say whatever. … In that moment there were [staff members] looking at me, saying, ‘Tell us this is going to be OK. Are we going to be OK?'”
As for Strahan’s replacement, Ripa acknowledges that finding someone with whom she has “chemistry and camaraderie and trust” will be no easy feat: “It doesn’t fall out of the sky. It takes a lot of work, and it takes a group discussion.”
Still, Ripa bears no ill will towards her departing co-host, saying, “People make mistakes, and we’re all human. … We all have these moments, and it’s about how you move forward and how you begin again.”
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Could Kelly Ripa Take Live to L.A.? Find Out Why She's Considering a MoveCould Kelly Ripa one day bring Live to sunny California? The co-host has at least one person at home who is likely pulling for that idea – her 14-year-old daughter, Lola.
"Lola, I am certain, will go to college in California," Ripa tells PEOPLE in an interview for this week's cover story. "She's been wanting to live in California since she saw that Hannah Montana movie a thousand years ago."
That could potentially make moving Live from New York to Los Angeles an attractive option. And on Wednesday's episode, Ripa, 45, joked about potentially moving the show to L.A. down the road after Michael Strahan's exit.
"My daughter was like, 'OMG, are we moving to L.A.? Should I start applying to schools now? Because I know all the schools out there!'" Ripa said.
Asked by Strahan if she would seriously consider moving the show, she responded, "Eventually I would have to go, right? And then I could be a Hollywood wife."
But there is one family reason a potential L.A. move might not be in the cards, at least for the next few years. Ripa's son Michael, 18, will attend college in New York, and she tells PEOPLE she and husband Mark Consuelos would like to remain close to him. Her youngest, Joaquin, 13 will soon be applying to high schools.
Ripa is currently on the hunt for a new co-host to replace Strahan, whose final day on the show is Friday. A move to L.A. could potentially open up a whole slew of California-based candidates for the position (unless of course, her New York-based friend Anderson Cooper were tapped for the role).
In the meantime, Jimmy Kimmel will co-host alongside Ripa on Monday, the first show following Strahan's exit. Other guest co-hosts coming up include Fred Savage, Seal and Andy Cohen.
Live With Kelly and Michael airs weekdays (check local listings).
How Mark Consuelos Supported Kelly Ripa During the Live! DramaKelly Ripa didn't have to face the recent drama surrounding Michael Strahan's exit from Live! alone.
Ripa's husband Mark Consuelos offered the co-host much-needed support following the announcement last month that Strahan, 44, would be leaving the talk show after four years to expand his role at Good Morning America.
"Mark is such a smart guy and is always in the face of business very dispassionate," Ripa tells PEOPLE in an interview for this week's cover story. "He looks at it like a business decision, and he says to me, 'There's nobody better at this than you,' spoken like a supportive spouse."
After the news of Strahan's exit broke, Ripa, 45, and her husband, 46, jetted off to an already-planned 20th anniversary getaway, along with children Michael, 18, Lola, 14 and Joaquin, 13.
She says Consuelos was able to put the Strahan incident in perspective by noting that the network's decision not to include her in discussions about her co-host's exit was a vote of confidence – not a slight.
"He said, 'They trust you. There's a reason that it's sort of taken for granted that you're going to prevail and find another incredible host, because they've seen you do it in the past,' " says Ripa, who last faced replacing a co-host when Regis Philbin exited Live! in 2011.
Says Ripa, "He just put it together in a beautiful package for me and made it very palatable, very matter-of-fact and very sensible."
Live! With Kelly and Michael airs weekdays (check local listings).
Kelly Ripa Explains Why the Search for a Live! Co-Host Needed to Begin Right AwayKelly Ripa's search for a new Live! co-host is starting four months earlier than previously announced – and for a reason.
Ripa's morning talk show costar Michael Strahan will end his nearly four years on Live! this Friday, despite initial plans for him to stay on through September before beginning a new role at Good Morning America.
The 45-year-old tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story that she and Live! staff members – whom she affectionately refers to as "family" – served as the impetus behind the decision to speed-up Strahan's departure.
"What we've explained to them is, 'Well, if you had asked us, we would have told you, Guys, we need to start looking, because we have summer hiatus, we have vacation time. We need to find people. If we're going to have this list narrowed down at least to a manageable size by the fall, we need to start now,' " Ripa explains, noting, "nobody consulted us initially."
News of Strahan's plans to leave the long-running ABC show broke publicly in mid-April – the same day the Ripa, herself, found out. Despite the immediate fallout, Strahan and Ripa continued on, side-by-side, just a week later, with the star calling the situation a prime example of why workplace communication is crucial.
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Now, the task at hand is finding a replacement for Strahan, 44, that matches the pair's "chemistry and camaraderie." Numerous stars have had their hats thrown in the ring, with a source previously telling PEOPLE that Ripa would "love" for pal Anderson Cooper to join her behind the Live! desk.
Cooper, 48, has insisted that he's "very happy at CNN," but Ripa sheepishly grinned while telling PEOPLE of getting the star on board: "Stay tuned ... "
"We just keep doing it one show at a time," she says of the keeping the show afloat amid the hunt. "We always try to remind ourselves it's never as good as we think it is and it's never as bad as we think it is. We just keep marching forward. That's what we've done for years. It's not a formula I invented. This is a formula that Regis [Philbin] created, and we're sticking to it."
Until a decision is made, Live! already has several interim co-hosts signed on. First up to the plate? Jimmy Kimmel, who will join Ripa for the show on Monday.
Live! With Kelly and Michael airs weekdays (check local listings).
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."
Maurice Benard Lip Syncs an '80s Classic — Watch the Awesome Video!(Video) Viewers of GENERAL HOSPITAL who only know Maurice Benard as gruff mobster Sonny Corinthos might be surprised by the lighthearted video the actor shared on Instagram!
While sitting in his car — don’t worry, it’s parked! — Benard filmed himself lip syncing to Keith Sweat's ‘80s hit “I Want Her!”
Any chance we’ll get to see Sonny showing off some moves at the Nurses Ball this year?
Josh Duhamel’s Mother’s Day Plans for Fergie Will Be ‘Low-Key’: ‘We’re Just Going to Be a Family’Josh Duhamel and Fergie know how to enjoy a night out, but this Mother’s Day, it’s going to be a cozy night in.
“Ferg is right in the middle of shooting a video, so it’s going to be a pretty low-key Mother’s Day,” Duhamel, 43, told PEOPLE while attending the Kentucky Derby Saturday with G.H. Mumm champagne.
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Between both of their schedules, the actor says he and his pop star wife have been “crazy busy” for the last couple of weeks and are looking forward to enjoying some quiet family time with son Axl, 2.
“I [asked her], what do you want to do? We got the whole day off,” said Duhamel, 43. “She said: ‘I just want to order some food in, and be with you and Axl.’ We’re just going to sit at home and just be a family.”
“It’s going to be nice just to have a very low-key, at home, Mother’s Day,” Duhamel said. “We’ll probably order in from someplace fancy, but that’s about as extravagant as we’ll get.”
Of Axl, who will turn 3 in August, the actor marveled at how special it’s been to watch his son grow up before his very eyes.
“It’s pretty amazing to watch a newborn baby turn into an almost-3-year-old,” he said.”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. He’s a happy kid, too. He’s a happy boy and that’s really what we want.”
And hopefully, Axl will be growing up with a little brother or sister by his side at some point.
“That’s the plan,” Duhamel said of expanding his family with Fergie. “It all depends on when we get a window of opportunity, you know. And it’ll happen. It’s definitely been our plan.”
In the meantime, Fergie, 41, is busy working on her upcoming album, while Duhamel is enjoying the big race in Louisville, Kentucky, for the first time in person.
“It’s crazy here,” he said. “It’s just endless, endless people everywhere you look, all dressed up to the nines, giant hats and flower dresses and dudes in suits.”
“I watch it every year on TV, and to see it in person and to see all the extravagant outfits and hats, all the pomp and circumstance that goes with it, is quite a sight to see,” he added.
And while he’ll “put a little money on a horse,” what he’s most excited about is all the people-watching: “It’s as much about people-watching as it is about watching the horses race! That’s my favorite pastime, people-watching.”
As for whether they might make it a family trip next year? Duhamel says he “would love to take [Fergie and Axl] to see this.”
“Ferg is jealous that I got to come and see it while she was working, but I told her next year we’ll come,” he said. “I think my boy would love it, too.”
Matt Borlenghi Previews His Appearance on CASTLE!Daytime fans remember Matt Borlenghi as Brian on ALL MY CHILDREN, Ziggy on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, or Anthony on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, and now the actor is in primetime again with a new guest spot on CASTLE!
In the episode, “Hell to Pay,” airing on Monday, May 9, at 10 p.m. ET, Castle and Beckett suspect that the death of an axe-wielding escaped psychiatric inmate could be the work of the Antichrist!
“I play Rollins, the head of security for a wealthy man Castle suspects of being the Antichrist and a murderer,” Borlenghi tells Soaps In Depth. “It was an amazing experience. They’re all very talented and generous actors.”
Naturally, he bonded with CASTLE’s star, fellow daytime alum Nathan Fillion (Joey, ONE LIFE TO LIVE). “Great guy,” Borlenghi declares. “We spoke quite a bit about fond memories of working on soaps. I could not have imagined a better experience.”
Talk Show AppearanceLIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL, syndicated
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Daniel Cosgrove Returns to DAYS OF OUR LIVES!Aiden makes a shocking return from the dead on DAYS OF OUR LIVES when Daniel Cosgrove reprises his role on Monday, May 9!
Last seen back in November, Aiden attempted to strangle Hope on their wedding night, and was shot to death when Bo rescued her. How is he alive, and where has he been? Trust us — the mystery is only just beginning!
Tom Wiggin & Christina Bennett Lind on Persons of Interest“A More Perfect Union” – The Machine sends Reese and Finch to a wedding to protect a pair of POIs before their nuptials. Also, Fusco becomes angry at being kept in the dark by the team and takes it upon himself to investigate a string of missing person reports, on PERSON OF INTEREST, Monday, May 23 (9:59-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Guest Cast Includes: Purva Bedi (Maggie), Christina Bennett Lind (Karen), Tom Wiggin (Kent).
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Matthew Borlenghi on Castle“Hell to Pay” – When an axe-wielding, escaped psychiatric inmate drops dead in Castle’s P.I. office, Castle and Beckett’s investigation leads Castle to suspect the victim’s death could be the work of the Antichrist, on “Castle,” MONDAY, MAY 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.
“Castle” stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Captain Kate Beckett, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle with Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers. For season eight, Toks Olagundoye (“The Neighbors”) joined the series as Hayley.
Guest cast: Ronnie Steadman as Gabriel Shaw, Emanuel Loarca as Guard, Michael Chieffo as Dr. Brock Martin, Anne-Marie Johnson as Sondra Kramer, Matthew Borlenghi as Rollins.
“Hell to Pay” was written by Jim Adler (story) and Adam Frost & Nancy Kiu (teleplay) and directed by John Terlesky.
Kelly Ripa shocks Michael Strahan with on-air divorce digTalk about an awkward moment.
Kelly Ripa finished out her dramatic week back at “Live” by bringing up an uncomfortable subject for Michael Strahan: his divorces.
During the opening host chat, Ripa took an apparent dig at her soon-to-be-departing co-host by telling him enthusiastically, “There’s a great article in the paper and I want to get your take on it because I don’t have a take on it. But I want yours. So you’ve gotten divorced …”
Strahan looked taken aback at the mention of the word “divorce” and his face contorted into one of apparent shock and annoyance.
Ripa then launched into a bit about a story in The Post on the trend of “birdnesting” — where children live in one home and their divorced parents rotate in and out every couple of days.
Needless to say, Strahan didn’t like the idea. He also quipped that his ex-wife has a bigger house than he does.
The twice-divorced former NFL star was married to Wanda Hutchins from 1992 to 1996 and Jean Muggli from 1999 to 2006, which ended in a bitter, very public way. He shares two children with each woman.
Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.
Strahan’s last day on the show is May 13, four months earlier than previously planned, before he heads to “Good Morning America” full-time in the fall. After she was blindsided by the news of Strahan’s departure, Ripa took a few days to collect her thoughts and returned to the show on Tuesday.
Kelly Ripa takes an on-air jab at ABCDid a screaming, hairy armadillo just amble into the middle of reported tensions between Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan?
Toward the end of Thursday’s “Live with Michael and Kelly,” Mutual of Omaha’s Peter Gros brought out the mammal as part of an animal segment, noting its size and lack of teeth forces it to scare off predators by shrieking.
“He’s about to scare me away!” chimed in Strahan, as the creature continued its noisy protests.
Seconds later, Ripa declared that “something just flew off of [the armadillo] and into my mouth.” When Gros asked if she’d like a napkin, Ripa exclaimed, “I want to take him into contract negotiations with me!” before breaking up with laughter.
“He always gets his way with a predator!” joked Gros, in response.
Strahan, for his part, didn’t even crack a smile, then scrunched up his nose as he and Ripa caught a whiff of the pungent beast. “He’s got a nice smell to him,” Strahan observed sarcastically.
Also smelling peculiar? Over the past two days, neither Strahan nor Ripa has uttered a word on air about Strahan’s significantly moved-up exit date.
Indeed, when ABC first announced on April 19 that Strahan would jump ship from “Live” to “Good Morning America,” it was reported that he would continue on with the former program through the end of summer. Shortly after the Tuesday, April 26 “Live” telecast, however, word surfaced that Strahan’s last appearance on the show would be May 13.
Ripa, blindsided by news of Strahan’s exit, called in sick on April 20, then took some previously scheduled vacation time right after, only returning to the show on April 26, when she addressed the controversy head-on.
“I needed a couple of days to gather my thoughts. After 26 years with this company, I earned the right,” she said, adding, “What transpired over the course of a few days has been extraordinary, in the sense that it started a much larger conversation about communication and consideration and most importantly respect in the workplace. And since we’re being honest, I don’t consider this just a workplace. This is my second home.”
Ripa at the time added she was “thrilled” for Strahan, and had been assured by ABC brass that “’Live’ is a priority” — an important factor considering that Ripa was reportedly vexed by rumors that ABC was looking to add an extra hour to “GMA,” which would bump “Live” from its 9 a.m. perch on most ABC stations.
Strahan will continue to appear on “GMA” throughout the summer, where he has made regular appearances since 2014. He will also serve as host of ABC’s upcoming “$100,000 Pyramid” reboot (debuting Sunday, June 26 at 9/8c).
Additionally, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Seacrest is being eyed as a possible replacement for Strahan in the wake of the “American Idol” host re-upping with ABC to host four more years of “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.”
Kelly Ripa Returns to Live, Addresses Strahan Exit Dustup: 'Our National Nightmare Is Over'(Video) All’s well that ends… with Kelly Ripa back in her rightful place at the Live With Kelly and Michael hosting table?
Daytime TV’s most riveting drama seemingly came to a close on Tuesday when Ripa returned from a nearly week-long absence from her morning talk show, a break she’d said she needed to “process” news of co-host Michael Strahan’s upcoming move to ABC’s Good Morning America.
Strahan’s exit announcement, made after last Tuesday’s Live, reportedly blindsided Ripa when she found out shortly before the general public, prompting her to skip work on Wednesday and Thursday, and according to the network, take a planned vacation Friday and Monday. As a result, Strahan was forced to awkwardly address his looming exit opposite guest co-host Ana Gasteyer last Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Ripa took the stage hand-in-hand with Strahan and immediately addressed the elephant in the room, while standing alone, to the right of the table, the audience on their feet and cheering wildly: “Our long national nightmare is over,” she said, kiddingly. “I first want to honestly, sincerely thank you for welcoming me back to the show. The show of support in this bizarre time has been overwhelming.”
“I needed a couple of days to gather my thoughts. After 26 years with this company, I earned the right,” the All My Children vet said, before joking that half the audience had probably called in sick to attend Live as well. “So, we get each other.”
Ripa said she wanted to speak from the heart — but not say anything she’d later regret. “What transpired over the course of a few days has been extraordinary, in the sense that it started a much larger conversation about communication and consideration and most importantly respect in the workplace. And since we’re being honest, I don’t consider this just a workplace. This is my second home.”
“This is a place that I’ve devoted myself to, not just because of you, our loyal viewers, but because of all of the producers and the crew who work on this show. We have an incredible team. We are incredibly devoted to one another. We are family.”
The best thing to come out of the controversy? “Our parent company has assured me that Live is a priority,” Ripa said, before looking offstage to fellow staffers and adding, “Guys, calm down they didn’t say anything about Christmas bonuses.”
“I am thrilled for Michael. I am thrilled for you. This is a tremendous opportunity and I couldn’t be, and we couldn’t be, prouder of you and everything we’ve accomplished together,” the embattled host continued, before concluding that “this is entertainment, it’s supposed to be entertaining, so let’s get back to what we do best and start the show.”
With that, Ripa joked that, “My dad, who was a bus driver for 30 years, thinks we’re all crazy. And I think he’s right!”
As Ripa took her seat at the Live table, Strahan took the opportunity to address Ripa directly: “One thing I know about you is you love this show, you love the fans, you love the staff,” Strahan said, smiling. “I love you and I’m so happy you’re here because you brought me here with Gelman and this show has been transforming for me, and I know this show lives on because you’re the queen of morning television and will continue [to be].”
Ripa’s cheeky response? “Oprah’s the real queen. How dare you.”
Ripa went on to add that while she did indeed take a day to “process,” the rest of her absence was scheduled. “People think we’re making all of that up, [but] it’s true we had a trip planned for a long time,” she added, noting she and husband Mark Consuelos got out of town to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary.
ABC has no idea what Kelly Ripa will say during ‘Live’ returnKelly Ripa and Michael Strahan didn’t see each other — but did swap amicable texts — in a bid to clear the air ahead of her return to their show.
While the co-hosts didn’t meet or talk by phone before their “Live With Kelly & Michael” reunion Tuesday, a source said they “did exchange some cordial texts.”
They started communicating after Ripa had cooled down from her anger about being left in the dark about Strahan’s departure from their ABC-produced show “Live” after four years to join “Good Morning America” full-time.
Ripa had been furious that neither Strahan nor ABC execs had told her about the ex-Giant’s exit until after she got off the air around 30 minutes before last week’s big announcement.
TV insiders said that, despite all the drama, Tuesday’s show will be broadcast live, and Kelly “is going to say what she wants to say. ABC will want to vet her comments, but there will be nothing scripted and no vetting. What she wants to say has not been submitted for approval.”
Outraged Ripa didn’t show up for work last Wednesday, canceled a planned vacation to Turks and Caicos, and headed off to another secret location with her husband, Mark Consuelos.
The shocked star went radio-silent for a few days, refusing to take calls from ABC execs and her co-host. But, since then, a source said, “ABC execs have gone out of their way to make up for it. Ben Sherwood [president of Disney-ABC TV] did reach out and personally apologize and stress their commitment to Kelly and the show.”
The source added, “The way things were handled was very surprising, upsetting and demoralizing for Kelly, but going away helped her put things in perspective. She’ll get through this.” Internal talks are already underway about who could be Ripa’s next co-host.
Meanwhile, Ripa’s friend Andy Cohen thinks Strahan is crazy to leave. “Your name is in the freakin’ title! .?.?. [At ‘GMA’] he is now one of five people sitting at that crowded anchor desk .?.?. I just don’t see how you leave the greatest team in TV to be one of five people,” he said on his SiriusXM show Monday.
Report: Kelly Ripa Gets Apology From ABC Execs for Strahan Live Exit SnafuKelly Ripa‘s imminent return to the Live With Kelly and Michael hosts’ table was eased by a mea culpa from ABC and Disney executives, according to a new report.
CNN’s Brian Stelter cites several sources who say that Disney-ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood and his associates reached out to Ripa and her departing co-host Michael Strahan — and both hosts’ agents — to apologize for the way news of Strahan’s exit from the daytime chatfest was handled last week.
As previously reported, Ripa sent an email to the staff of the show on Friday, thanking them for giving her time to “process” news of Strahan’s upcoming move to ABC’s Good Morning America, which reportedly blindsided her when she found out not long before the general public did on Tuesday.
At the end of Wednesday’s broadcast, Strahan — who hosted alongside fill-in Ana Gasteyer (Saturday Night Live) — addressed the absent Ripa and her effect on his time at Live.
“I really want to thank of course Kelly Ripa because Kelly welcomed me here and I’ve learned so much from her,” he said. “She’s been an amazing influence on me and it has truly changed my life to be here with her. I know that the show will continue to be strong and great because of Kelly and Michael Gelman and the staff here. Everybody is so talented and this show has not been around for over 30 years by mistake… Kelly, I thank you and I love you and everyone else here at Live.”
CNN also reports that Ripa would like to put the controversy behind her.
FULL CAST FOR TWIN PEAKS REBOOT REVEALEDShowtime released the full cast list for its hotly anticipated TWIN PEAKS reboot, which features returning stars like Kyle McLachlan (Special Agent Dale Cooper), Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey), Ray Wise (Leland; Y&R's Ian), Sheryl Lee (Laura/Maddy), Madchen Amick (Shelly) and David Duchovny (Agent Dennis) and a host of new hires, including several with soap ties: Bailey Chase (ex-Chris, ATWT), Amanda Seyfried (ex-Joni, AMC); Matt Battaglia (ex-J.L., DAYS) and Nafessa Williams (ex-Deanna, OLTL). Other notable names include Eddie Vedder, Naomi Watts, Michael Cera and Ashley Judd. Click here to see full chart.
Chrishell Stause Teased By Pal Melissa Claire Egan — See the Hilarious Video!(Video) Chrishell Stause has reported to work at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS where she will be playing bad girl Bethany, and has run into some old friends on the soap’s set!
“Lots of friendly, familiar faces here at Y&R!” Stause posted with a hilarious video of new castmate Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) giving her the brush off!
The two actresses are just playing for the cameras, of course, having been friends since their days on ALL MY CHILDREN where Stause played Amanda alongside Egan's Annie! We can’t wait to see these two on screen together again!
Kelly Ripa Back Tuesday After Tough Talk With DisneyKelly Ripa will be back Tuesday on 'Live' ... TMZ has learned ... this after her people jawboned it with Disney over the fate of her show and the tenure of co-host.
Our ABC sources say Kelly's people made it clear she would come back if they could get assurance the show wasn't getting the ax. As we reported, ABC honchos are noodling whether to add a third hour of 'GMA,' which would displace 'Live.'
From what we can gather, the brass gave Kelly enough assurance to end her boycott. Based on what we know, even Disney doesn't know if they'll expand 'GMA.' A lot depends on morning show ratings and the performance of 'Live' over the next year.
Even if 'GMA' moves to 9 ... ABC could save 'Live' by moving it to 10 or 11 AM.
Our ABC sources say Kelly made it clear she'd be a happy camper if Michael Strahan leaves before his scheduled September departure. Our sources say both Kelly and Michael are extremely uncomfortable about sitting together under the circumstances, and they'd both like to stop the bleeding STAT.
As we reported, the 2 have not gotten along for 2 years ... various sources say they don't like each other.
We're told Kelly has a little more than a year left on her contract. Makes for good TV.
Kelly Ripa Says She Will Be Back At Work Tuesday, Thanks ‘Live’ StaffKelly Ripa tonight promised to be back to work on Tuesday. Ripa went MIA from Live with Kelly and Michael this week after learning Tuesday her co-host Michael Strahan would be leaving the show in September to join Good Morning America full time.
“I wanted to thank you all for giving me the time to process this new information,” Ripa said in an email to Live staff sent late Friday, which has been obtained by Deadline. “Your kindness, support, and love has overwhelmed me. We are a family and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday morning,” she added.
Ripa trended on Twitter Wednesday after she was a no-show for the broadcast; sources said she was miffed at the company’s handling of of the news. She was informed of the plans only after they’d finished Tuesday’s Live broadcast and just minutes before the media began publishing its reports. Her absence Wednesday fueled that Ripa had been blindsided by the development, though Strahan had been contributing to GMA twice a week for about two years; and there was more media eyebrow-raising when Ripa also failed to issue any statement wishing him well.
In going MIA from their syndicated daytime talker the morning after Strahan’s news, Ripa stole the spotlight from her co-host the next morning. He opened Live awkwardly with “I’ve been in the news lately,” directed at fill-in co-host Ana Gasteyer — but the SNL alum’s presence in Ripa’s chair was what made that day’s headlines.
Snatching opportunity, ABC announced Ripa would be off the rest of this week and Dancing With the Stars co-host Erin Andrews would guest-host the rest of this week’s broadcasts with Strahan. On Monday’s show, Strahan will be joined by Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell; her show airs on Freeform — which, like ABC, is owned by Disney.
Kelly Ripa Was Courted by GMA in the Past but Declined Because 'Her Loyalty Is to Her Show': SourceMichael Strahan isn't the only Live! With Kelly and Michael co-host to have been sought after by Good Morning America. Kelly Ripa was offered jobs at the ABC morning show in the past, but declined them, according to a source.
"Do you think Kelly has never been approached by GMA? Of course she has," a source with knowledge of the situation tells PEOPLE. "She's been offered GMA gigs in the past and she's turned them down, because she loves the job she had and her loyalty is to her show."
News broke Tuesday that Strahan would be leaving Live! for GMA after this season. Ripa, 45, has been absent for the last two episodes of Live!, leaving early for a pre-planned vacation with her family after learning of Strahan's departure without advance notice.
"Here she is trying to celebrate her 20th wedding anniversary, a trip she's had on the books for months, and everything explodes, right before she was due to go," a source previously told PEOPLE, adding: "She's really hurt, in part because now this is hanging over her as she goes to celebrate this milestone."
Strahan has continued with the show this week with stand-in co-host Ana Gasteyer on Wednesday, and Erin Andrews filling in on Thursday.
"I'm very thankful for her, to her, because I've learned so much from her," Strahan said on-air Thursday. "And [producer] Michael Gelman showed me the ropes. I was so new to all of this and if it weren't for her and it weren't for Michael Gelman and the staff there that really boosted me up and made me look a lot better than I really am, I never would have had a chance to be here and I'm grateful that I'm here. We're on the same team, same family, same network."
Live! With Kelly and Michael airs weekdays (9 a.m. ET) on ABC.
Ripa, Strahan feud no surprise: ‘They couldn’t stand each other’Kelly Ripa sent a loud-and-clear message to her bosses at ABC on Thursday — by flashing a book about “David and Goliath” for the news cameras.
Ripa clutched her not-so-subtle paperback of choice — “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants” — as she left her Upper East Side town house with hubby Mark Consuelos for a Caribbean getaway.
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Thus began the scorned “Live With Kelly and Michael” star’s second day of hooky-playing protest over Tuesday’s sudden, blindsiding news that co-host Michael Strahan was ditching their show for “Good Morning America.”
The 5-foot-3 Ripa is still livid that Strahan and network brass waited until just after taping Tuesday morning to tell her he would be leaving the show in September — alerting her mere minutes before announcing the move publicly, sources said.
But the tension between the pair is hardly a surprise. For all their on-air chemistry, Ripa, 45, and Strahan, 44, were far from the closest of colleagues, insiders dished.
The pair “did not get along. It was all for the show,’’ a Ripa source said. “They could not stand each other, and whenever they communicated off-camera, it was always through their reps.”
Strahan was already doing two days a week at “GMA” on top of co-hosting “Live,” and the stress wore on the 6-foot-5 Hall of Fame Giants defensive end, sources said.
“He was having temper tantrums. He’d lose it, yelling at [Ripa] and [“Live” executive producer Michael] Gelman.
“He acted like he was in a locker room, not a dressing room.”
Another source noted that Ripa helped get Strahan the job.
“She got [Strahan] started, he stepped over her without an FYI, and now a nice morning show has become ABC’s newest drama,” quipped the source.
But a Strahan source defended the former Giants star, insisting that he had been under strict orders not to tell anyone — even his co-star — until Tuesday that he was moving to GMA.
“They said, ‘Don’t tell her,’ ” one source said.
Another source added, “It’s 100 percent not true that they only talk through their reps. I’ve seen them together chatty a million times. But is there tension? Sure.”
It was just after 8 a.m. Thursday when Ripa — who makes a reported $20 million a year hosting “Live” — wordlessly slipped into a waiting SUV with Consuelos and sped off to the airport for a long weekend trip to Turks and Caicos.
Meanwhile, Strahan, who earns half that, was hosting “GMA.” Ripa’s no-show hissy fit has left him holding the bag with a succession of stand-ins for her on “Live.’’
“Saturday Night Live” alum Ana Gasteyer filled in on nearly no notice Wednesday. Fox sports reporter Erin Andrews was pitching in Thursday and Friday, and “Pretty Little Liars” star Shay Mitchell is slated for Monday.
Strahan gave a rambling shout-out to Ripa on “GMA’’ Thursday, saying: “I’m very thankful for her, to her, because I’ve learned so much from her.
“And Michael Gelman showed me the ropes. I was so new to all of this, and if it weren’t for her and it weren’t for Michael Gelman and the staff there that really boosted me up and made me look a lot better than I really am, I never would have had a chance to be here and I’m grateful that I’m here.”
Then, at 9 a.m., he took the helm at “Live” with Andrews, who showed up in a clingy, cleavage-baring peach dress.
Andrews, 37, teased Strahan on air by asking, “So what else has been going on here?”
“Too soon! Too soon!” Strahan laughed.
Ambyr Childers on CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS“The Ballad of Nick and Nat” – When American victims are found in different locations throughout Cuba, the International Response Team heads to the island nation to search for possible spree killers, on CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS, Wednesday, May 11 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Guest Cast Includes: Lombardo Boyar (Cedro Pena), Ambyr Childers (Natalie Knox), Michael William Freeman (Nick Jamison).
Kelly Ripa Won't/Can't Leave 'Live': It's a Money ThingKelly Ripa may be saber-rattling -- boycotting the show and even threatening to leave -- but sources connected with the production don't believe she's going anywhere, because of her paycheck and her spending habits.
As we reported, Kelly has been beside herself with anger after getting blindsided by ABC's announcement that Michael Strahan is leaving 'Live' for 'GMA.' If she's not back in the chair Thursday, she won't be back until Tuesday at the earliest.
Our sources say ABC brass isn't worried that Ripa will bail on the show. We're told she makes just shy of $15 million a year, and her lifestyle eats up most of it. Kelly and hubby Mark bought a big townhouse on the Upper East Side of NYC a year ago, and they have a mansion in The Hamptons.
As one source put it, "She makes a lot of money, but she spends a lot of money, and so does he."
The Live! Drama Continues: Kelly Ripa 'Is Not on Good Terms' with Show's Producer Michael Gelman, Says SourceKelly Ripa is still reeling from the news that her Live! cohost Michael Strahan is leaving their morning talk show for Good Morning America – but it seems Strahan isn't the only coworker Ripa is having issue with.
"Kelly is actually is not on good terms with Gelman," an industry source tells PEOPLE of Ripa and the show's longtime producer Michael Gelman, who is often referred to by only his last name.
The source says Ripa and Gelman "haven't gotten along for years" because of the way the producer treats her.
"Gelman doesn't treat Michael bad and doesn't talk to him the way he talks to Kelly," says the source. "Michael had become the go-between for them, so that's part of why Kelly is really pissed Michael is leaving."
With Ripa being a no-show for Wednesday's live taping, the source says producers "don't know when she is going to return as of now."
Live! With Kelly and Michael airs weekdays (9 a.m. ET) on ABC.
Kelly Ripa and Family Head to Turks and Caicos on Vacation Amid Live! DramaVacation is starting unexpectedly early for Kelly Ripa after the bombshell news that that her Live! cohost Michael Strahan is leaving their morning talk show for Good Morning America.
Ripa surprised viewers by not appearing on-air for Wednesday's broadcast, and sources have confirmed to PEOPLE that she will not be returning the rest of the week, and is en route to Turks and Caicos Islands for a vacation with her family .
The host was already scheduled to be off the air on Friday and Monday to go on a "long-planned" 20th anniversary trip with husband Mark Consuelos, a source tells PEOPLE.
"It's fortuitous that she had this trip planned with her husband and it wouldn't be surprising if it started early," the source says.
A second source adds that Ripa, 41, will "definitely" return to the show, but it's unclear when.
"She's being very mature about this and choosing not to talk a lot and to wait and see how this plays out," says the source, who adds that she feels "blindsided" by not being given a heads up about Strahan's departure.
"She's dedicated everything to the program, it was the primary focus in her career, she has been dedicated to maintaining the show for both the staff and viewers – and then all of a sudden the entire program is changed without them being decent enough to give her any notice."
A source previously told PEOPLE that Ripa is already eyeing potential replacements for Strahan, including longtime friends Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen.
Live! With Kelly and Michael airs weekdays (9 a.m. ET) on ABC.
Amid Tensions with Live!, Kelly Ripa Launches Her First Home Collection for Macy’s(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) Kelly Ripa is the latest celebrity getting into the lifestyle game.
Joining the likes of Sofia Vergara, Cindy Crawford and Reese Witherspoon, the Live! With Kelly and Michael host is set to debut her own home furnishings line, Kelly Ripa Home, which launches exclusively at Macy’s this summer.
“Home is where personal style truly comes to life, so I think a well-loved home is where great design counts most,” Ripa said in a press release. “This collection is designed to inspire and light up a room with truly versatile pieces that change up a room effortlessly.”
Her home collection announcement coincides with news that Ripa’s Live! cohost Michael Strahan will be departing the show in September for Good Morning America. Ripa was “completely blindsided” by the news, a source told PEOPLE. She was absent from Wednesday’s episode, and a different source told PEOPLE it’s unclear when she’ll return.
“Kelly told ABC she wasn’t coming in last night,” said the source. “They don’t know yet when she’ll be back.”
Despite the tensions between the talk show host an, promotion of her Macy’s home collection will continue.
The line will first launch with a collection of 10-piece bedding sets featuring bright hues and floral patters, and contemporary and traditional area rugs in timeless colors such as navy, grey and ivory. Bedroom, dining and living room furniture including dressers and sofas in crisp neutrals, will follow.
Kelly Ripa Reportedly Protesting Michael Strahan's Exit From Live with Kelly and Michael(Video) Kelly Ripa is reportedly in full revolt against Disney/ABC executives.
On Tuesday, ABC announced that Michael Strahan will be leaving his 9 a.m. show Live with Kelly & Michael for a hosting gig on Good Morning America. It was a surprising announcement -- but it seems no one was more surprised than Ripa: TMZ reports that Ripa was not informed ahead of time that Strahan would be leaving, and she's mad about it. Not only that, but rumors are there's talk of extending Good Morning America into the 9 a.m. timeslot, which could mean Ripa would be out of a job.
Uproxx reports that Ripa didn't show up for work on Wednesday as an act of protest against the network's treatment of her and her show, leading to the show bringing Ana Gasteyer in to co-host with Strahan.
"Kelly is off today," an uncomfortable-seeming Strahan announced at the beginning of the show, before talking about his impending departure, saying "I'm not going anywhere," since he'll still be on morning TV, on the same network. He thanked fans and the show's crew for being good to him, but didn't mention Ripa.
Strahan acknowledged Ripa at the end of the show, though, saying, "I really want to thank, of course, Kelly Ripa, because Kelly welcomed me here, and I've learned so much from her.
"She's been an amazing influence on me and it has truly changed my life to be here with her," Strahan added.
TVGuide.com has reached out to ABC for comment.
The Young and the Restless Casts Chrishell Stause as Wild ChildHere comes trouble, Genoa City.
TVLine has learned exclusively that All My Children and Days of Our Lives alum Chrishell Stause will next heat things up on CBS’ The Young and the Restless.
Stause will recur as Bethany Bryant, a young woman who relishes the chance to push things to the limit and live dangerously as long as she’s not the one who gets burned. The wild child will find herself immersed in a prominent family’s juicy drama when she first appears on Wednesday, May 25.
In addition to her runs as AMC‘s Amanda Dillon and Days‘ Jordan Ridgeway, Stause’s credits include guest spots on ABC’s Mistresses and Body of Proof and the web series Youthful Daze and Luke 11:17.
Christian Slater: I Know My Dad's Mentally Ill ... He Almost Killed Me Before I Was BornChristian Slater doesn't need a medical degree to know his father is suffering from manic depressive schizophrenia -- he says he's gotten all the evidence he needs from his mother.
The "Mr. Robot" star just filed docs to get his dad Thomas Knight Slater's defamation lawsuit tossed, and in the docs he says his mother first told him about his father's diagnosis. He says she told him Thomas was taken to Bellevue Hospital in a straitjacket in 1972 after threatening to kill her and Christian.
He adds his father also pushed his mom into a busy street when she was pregnant with Christian ... according to her.
And there's this -- Christian included copies of rambling postcards he says his dad sent ... telling Christian he'd be nothing without him. For instance, one read ... "I take FULL CREDIT: I'm the vital ingredient."
We broke the story, Thomas sued his son for talking about his diagnosis in an interview.
Christian says his dad, an actor, hasn't worked since 1988 due to his mental health issues.
Lacey Chabert: ‘It’s Really Nice to Go Through Pregnancy with Friends’Lacey Chabert is ready to be a party of three: The actress is thrilled to be expecting her first child with husband Dave Nehdar.
“It’s just so exciting. We feel so blessed to be going through it,” she told PEOPLE at Milk + Bookies Story Time Celebration event in Los Angeles on Sunday.
After a few “challenges” in her first trimester, Chabert, 33, is now “feeling great” and is busy indulging in her pregnancy cravings — albeit not the stereotypical pickles and ice cream.
“I crave everything with lemon or vinegar and salty foods so it’s bizarre,” she says.
While she may not follow the pack with her cravings, she’s not alone in joining the first-time mommy club. Chabert’s close gal pals include Ashley Jones, who’s set to deliver her son next month,Ali Fedotowsky, who’s expecting a baby girl, and Amy Davidson, who recently gave birth to her baby boy.
“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 explains. “To be able to turn to my friends and ask for advice has been really, really nice.”
Chabert is getting lots of advice not only from her close circle, but from plenty of other people too.
“People give you tons of unsolicited advice on how to raise your child and birthing methods,” she says. “I appreciate all of the advice [but] you have to take some of it with a grain of salt and just figure out what’s best for you.”
Most of all, Chabert is looking forward to this new life experience. “I just want my child to be happy. I feel like children teach us so much about life and I’m curious to see what this baby will teach me,” she says.
As for her career, the actress plans to slow things down. “I’ll just have to see what happens once the baby is here,” Chabert, who will next star in June’s Still the King on CMT, says. “I really plan on going back to work as quickly as possible, but it’ll be different now.”
While acting may have been her first love, it’s clear she’s turning her focus on her growing family.
“The decisions I make will definitely be different because I want to take jobs where I could have the baby with me,” Chabert explains. “I just don’t want to miss my child growing up.”
Here's Why Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Are Freaking Out Before Their 20th Wedding AnniversaryMark Consuelos' 20th wedding anniversary to Kelly Ripa may only be weeks away. But the actor has another family milestone that can't seem to escape his mind.
"Right now, we're concentrating on our oldest going to college and he has to pick a school in a couple of weeks," he shared with E! News at the All We Had premiere in New York City. "So right now we're more focused on where our son's going to go to college. That's freaking us out more than being married 20 years."
Besides, these two don't need a specific day to celebrate their love. Whether co-hosting together on Live With Kelly and Michael or sharing candid selfies on Instagram, these two can't hide their affection for one another.
Need more proof? Look no further then when the pair attended the film's after party sponsored by Bai beverages at Vandal. An eyewitness painted a picture of a duo crazy about each other from beginning to end.
"Since he was in the movie, he was talking and mingling a bit on his way in, and she totally let him shine and be the star," our source shared. "She kept whispering things to him and they'd laugh…You could tell with her body language that Kelly is his biggest fan."
Before his son Michael Consuelos decides on the perfect university, Mark will simply enjoy his latest role that had the one and only Katie Holmes sitting in the director's chair.
As the film screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, the actor shared what propelled him to have a part in the buzzworthy project.
"I loved the script, the script was great. I thought after hearing how Katie read the book, had it adapted into a script, then took it to Jane Rosenthal and Deniro's company to have it made and that she was going to be the director, I was really impressed," he shared with E! News. "So then I went in and read for it and talked to her about the role. And I get to play a bad guy, which was a lot of fun."
Empire Costars Trai Byers and Grace Gealey Are MarriedEmpire costars Trai Byers and Grace Gealey have a new role off-screen: husband and wife!
The couple, who were engaged in July, are married, PEOPLE has confirmed.
Byers and Gealey wed Thursday at a beach-side ceremony on Grand Cayman island, surrounded by 50-plus friends and family, according to TMZ.
And though TMZ reports no Empire actors were in attendance, costar Gabourey Sidibe previously gushed about the couple, telling PEOPLE in November, "I love both Trai and Grace so much, they are such good people."
While Byers and Gealey have generally kept quiet about their coupling, she did open up about their romance in October.
"I think that if two people are mature and they're able to understand that if this doesn't work out – cause first, I'm not a fan of flings when you work, cause that's where it gets a little dangerous," Gealey said on FABLife.
"I think that if you do get involved – I keep wanting to say on set – I think that if you do get involved at your workplace you have to know that this is something that you want to be invested in, and this is just not just something that is frivolous and fleeting," she continued.
Lindsay Hartley Previews Her New Movie, 'Dying To Be Loved'Lindsay Hartley (Cara, ALL MY CHILDREN) stars as mother who will stop at nothing to protect her daughter in the new movie Dying to be Loved, premiering Saturday, April 16, at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime!
Hartley admits to Soaps In Depth that her character, Jill, is an overprotective mom by necessity. “[Her daughter] Emily is clinically depressed and has to stick to her medication,” she explains. “Jill can’t risk anything bad happening to Emily, but at the same time she has to be a mother that Emily can confide in and trust.”
But that proves difficult when Emily brings home an older boyfriend, Gary, her parents do not approve of. And their worst fears come true when the older man involves Emily in a road rage incident that leaves a man dead! After the lovers go on the run, Jill is horrified to learn that the pair have apparently jumped to their deaths in a double suicide!
Refusing to believe Emily is really dead, Jill is determined to find her daughter and bring her safely home — no matter what the cost!
“This movie deals with the quintessential emotions of family,” Hartley previews, “and what a mother would do for a daughter’s love.”
Jordi Vilasuso Gets Photobombed by DAYS OF OUR LIVES Castmate!Pic) Jordi Vilasuso (Dario) was trying to take a nice photo when his DAYS OF OUR LIVES co-star Vincent Irizarry (Deimos) jumped in! “So hard to look cool when this guy photobombs you!” he wrote.
We think Irizarry just makes the photo better — you'd have to work really hard to make Vilasuso look bad in any photo!
This is the second soap these two jokers have worked on together, having previously been castmates on ALL MY CHILDREN. Irizarry and Vilasuso were also both on GUIDING LIGHT, but not at the same time!
LINDSAY HARTLEY STARS IN LIFETIME MOVIELindsay Hartley (ex-Cara, AMC) headlines the Lifetime movie DYING TO BE LOVED on Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Hartley plays Jill Yates, a successful lawyer whose teen daughter gets involved with a much older — and dangerous — guy. Also starring are Dan Payne, Paloma Kwiatkowski and Jedidah Goodacre.
Rebecca Budig's Daughter Meets OLTL Star Erin Torpey's Son — See the Cute Pic!(Pic) Rebecca Budig (Hayden, GENERAL HOSPITAL) brought her 19-month-old daughter Charlotte Jo over to the home of good friend Erin Torpey (Jessica, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) to meet her four-month-old son, Asher — and the results were simply precious!
“Asher can’t take his eyes off his first play date,” Torpey posted with the pic of her son staring at his visitor. “I don’t blame you, kid. She’s an angel.”
Budig was equally enamored of her friend’s child, replying, “He’s so sweet! I can’t wait to come out there again, and I know my girl can’t wait, either!”
Maurice Benard Shares Selfie With Famous Co-Star in New Movie(Pic) Maurice Benard (Sonny, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is having a blast shooting the new indie film Hold On, especially because he recently got to work with a performer he’s long admired!
“Worked today with a great actor, John Savage,” he posted to Instagram, “who was in two of my favorite movies: The Deer Hunter and Salvador.”
And if you would like to appear in Benard’s new movie, here's your chance! If you’re in LA, they will be shooting at The Grove on Saturday, April 30. Simply E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the guest list and they'll send you more information!
Finola Hughes Directing New Series CYPRESS BAYOU — See the Trailer!(Video) In addition to playing Anna on GENERAL HOSPITAL, Finola Hughes has been hard at work as the director a new TV series called CYPRESS BAYOU, and you can finally see the results in this fantastic new trailer!
In this moody series, the small Louisiana town of Cypress Bayou is home to ancient beings, dark forces, voodoo and other magic. It stars Chase Coleman, who daytime fans may remember as Garrett on ONE LIFE TO LIVE.
According to the show’s official Facebook page, CYPRESS BAYOU is expected to premiere later this year, although a network has yet to be announced.
Ricky Paull Goldin Hosts New Reality Series SAVE OUR SHED(Video Sneak Peek) Daytime vet Ricky Paull Goldin has an exciting new gig with The Design Network’s new series SAVE OUR SHED!
The actor — best known as GUIDING LIGHT’s Gus and ALL MY CHILDREN’s Jake among his many soap credits — is teaming up with Michael Murray as the co-hosts of this new reality series that helps families turn their ugly storage sheds into something amazing in just 48 hours!
SAVE OUR SHED premieres Tuesday, April 12, on The Design Network, and you can watch it on their website by clicking here! But until then, check out this preview!
‘Toast’: Frankie Faison Joins Shondaland ABC PilotBanshee’s Frankie Faison (Ralph, EON/Richard, OLTL/Frank, AMC) has booked a series regular role on Toast, ABC’s hybrid comedy pilot from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondaland, Scott Foley and Greg Grunberg.
The project revolves around the engaged couple Max (Jono Kenyon) and Page (Jerrika Hinton), who, over their wedding rehearsal dinner, have their eclectic family and friends give toasts recalling anecdotes about the couple – but flashbacks reveal that the toasts don’t always get it right, as we watch the true story of their complicated, funny and relatable road to marriage. Faison will play Big Earl, the self-made and energetic father of Page, who is funding her over-the-top wedding with the fortune he’s made with the family auto business.
Known for his roles in HBO’s The Wire and the Hannibal Lecter franchise, Faison currently plays Sugar Bates in Cinemax’s Banshee. He’s repped by Vanguard Management.
Cameron Mathison Shows Off His Amazing Swimmer's Body(Video) Longtime fans of ALL MY CHILDREN know what a hunk Cameron Mathison was when he played Ryan on the soap, but the actor just shared a video that reminds everyone that nothing has changed — he’s still in amazing shape!
“I used to swim all the time back in the day,” he posted. “Loving getting back into it. Incredible workout. When I’m traveling a lot, I plan ahead and find a pool to hit as I pass through each city.”
Mathison looks incredible — and it’s making us feel guilty about the pastries we ate this morning!
DAYS STAR IN NEW FILMJordi Vilasuso (Dario, DAYS) has a new film being released in theaters Friday April 7. In The Invitation, Vilasuso plays Miguel, an EMT. "It is a very eerie film, but I had a great time working on it,” enthuses the actor. "It is a psychological thriller and we are all supposed to be intimate friends reuniting after a tragic affair that happened in this house [where the film takes place].” Tammy Blanchard (ex-Drew, GL) also stars in the film. To see the trailer for the film, click here.
Tribeca Film Festival Announces Jurors In 11 CategoriesThe Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) today announced members of juries in 11 competitive categories for its upcoming 15th stand. The group includes actors, filmmakers, writers, entrepreneurs, artists and cultural leaders. The jury will be divided among eleven competitive Festival categories. Winning films, filmmakers, actors and storytellers in each category will be announced at the TFF Awards Night ceremony on April 21. The 2016 Festival runs April 13 –24.
The eight juries in the film and experiential storytelling categories will award $155,000 in cash and prizes. As announced last month, 10 of the winners will also receive a work of original art by an acclaimed artist as part of the Tribeca Film Festival Artists Awards program. “The Festival’s goal is to bring diverse minds together to spark conversation,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder, Tribeca Film Festival, and Executive Chair, Tribeca Enterprises. “Our jurors are as unique and multi-faceted as the films they will judge.”
In addition to the main competition juries, the Festival announced the five jurors for the new Tribeca X Awardm for “branded storytelling” and recognizes the intersection of advertising and entertainment. Seven jurors will choose the winners of the first ever Tribeca Snapchat Shorts program spotlighting the best Snapchat stories from across the U.S. Those winners will be announced on Sunday, April 17.
Below are the 2016 Festival juries and jurors
LADIES OF THE LAKE CAST UNVEILEDLADIES OF THE LAKE, the new digital series based on the novel by DAYS’s Executive Producer Ken Corday of the same name, has announced its cast. In addition to Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady, DAYS et al), Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS), John-Paul Lavoisier (Philip, DAYS), Martha Madison (Belle, DAYS), Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS/Ned, GH), Marie Wilson (Summer, DAYS), Gordon Thomson (ex-Adam, DYNASTY et al), John Callahan (ex-Edmund, AMC et al), Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, DAYS), Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily, GH), Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, OLTL) and Jillian Clare (ex-Abby, DAYS) will appear in the new sudser from WINTERTHORNE creator Michael Caruso. Follow the show on Twitter @LOTLSERIES1.
Lifetime Sets UnREAL Season 2, Devious Maids Premiere DatesStart prepping your Everlasting betting pool.
Season 2 of Lifetime’s critical darling UnREAL will premiere Monday, June 6 at 10/9c, following the return of Devious Maids, TVLine has confirmed.
UnREAL stars Shiri Appleby (Rachel), Constance Zimmer (Quinn), Craig Bierko (Chet), Josh Kelly (Jeremy) and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (Jay) will be back for the 10-episode sophomore run about the behind-the-scenes drama on a Bachelor-type program. They will be joined by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. alum B.J. Britt as a professional football player who becomes the first black suitor on the series’ fictional dating show, Everlasting.
Lifetime also announced the debut of The Faith Diaries, available now on mylifetime.com. The web series — written by UnREAL co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro — follows Season 1 Everlasting hopeful Faith (played by Breeda Wool) and her girlfriend Amy as they travel to Los Angeles to pursue their Hollywood dreams and learn about their relationship along way.
Season 4 of Devious Maids kicks off the night at 9 pm with a guest appearance from executive producer Eva Longoria.
Sam Keeley, Melissa Leo & Kal Penn Join ‘The Ashram’ From ‘The Lunchbox’ ProducerFrom The Lunchbox and Gangs of Wasseypur producer Guneet Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment, The Ashram is an English-language spiritual fantasy thriller set in the mystical world of Himalayan yogis. Production is just starting on the project, which has been kept under wraps in northern India. Ben Rekhi is directing Sam Keeley (Burnt, In the Heart of the Sea), who stars alongside Melissa Leo, Kal Penn, Hera Hilmar (Da Vinci’s Demons), and India’s Radhika Apte (Badlapur).
After receiving a cryptic message, American skeptic Jamie travels to the Indian Himalayas to pick up on the trail of his disappeared girlfriend. There he discovers a secretive community led by a guru with strange powers who may or may not be involved in her disappearance. As Jamie travels deeper down the rabbit hole, he quickly realizes he may have uncovered more than he bargained for, and that this mysterious mountain may contain the secrets of reincarnation — and a portal to another dimension.
Monga, whose The Lunchbox and Gangs of Wasseypur are among pioneers of recent non-Bollywood movies to break out of India, is producing. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Insidious) is executive producing, and Mali Elfman (Before I Wake) is co-producer.
Second-time feature filmmaker and former IM Global executive Rekhi (Waterborne) is helming from a script he co-wrote with Binky Mendez. Shooting is scheduled from today through May 18 in Manali, India.
“After the enthusiastic response globally to The Lunchbox, we are excited to continue bringing together some of the best and brightest talent from both sides of the world to India for The Ashram, a unique cinematic experience that will surprise and dazzle audiences,” says Monga.
Says Rekhi: “India is known to the West for its mysticism and spirituality, but the country’s rich and ancient philosophies have yet to be fully explored in cinema. With The Ashram we aim to take audiences to a far corner of the planet where magic is still possible, where the ancient collides with the modern and the unexplainable happens every day. We couldn’t be more fortunate to be working with such a talented and diverse group of people to bring this unseen world to the screen.”
Keeley is repped by CAA and 42; Leo is with CAA and Untitled Entertainment; and is repped by UTA, Industry Entertainment and Fuller Law.
Josh Duhamel Reveals His Son Axl's Favorite Things Right Now: ''He's Just a Rowdy Little Boy''(Pic) If you thought Josh Duhamel was super hot already, hearing him gush about his two-year-old son takes the cuteness level up about ten notches.
E! News met up with the 43-year-old actor at the TOMS x Oceana Partnership Celebration at Au Fudge restaurant on Thursday where he showed up with a towheaded little Axl on his arm.
Chatting about his son's big milestones and interests lately, he said, "He loves costumes—fireman, space man, Power Rangers, literally like three or four a day. He [also] loves trucks!"
He added, "He's just a rowdy little boy!"
In fact, Duhamel laughed about the fact that their favorite thing to do together right now is wrestle.
With a mom like Fergie, we also couldn't help but ask if the toddler is showing an musical talents yet. "He was actually singing Flo Rida 'This Is My House' on the way over here today," Duhamel explained. "I was like, 'He's actually singing!' He's heard it enough to where he can actually sing it now!"
Speaking of talents that run in the family, Duhamel says his wife is more than just musically inclined—she's also a master planner.
"She's an excellent scheduler," he said of making time to enjoy date nights. "Yeah, we make sure we get that done."
Carrie Genzel Previews Her Two New Movies!It’s a great time for Carrie Genzel (ex-Ali, Days, Nursa, B&B/Skye, AMC), the actress who originated the role of Skye on ALL MY CHILDREN!
On Friday, March 25, her film They’re Watching will be released to select theaters nationwide, and to Video On Demand. In the comedic horror thriller, Genzel plays the producer/host of an international home renovation show that takes her American crew on location to an Eastern European village, only to become unexpectedly stranded.
“Let’s just say that the locals are NOT happy that we’re there,” Genzel laughs of the film that also stars Brigid Brannagh (ARMY WIVES). “It’s really, really fun… My character’s a ball-buster, and she’s very frustrated [and pretty foul-mouthed!] through the film.”
Then on Saturday, April 9, at 9 p.m. EST, Genzel can be seen in the new Hallmark Original, Hearts Of Spring. “It’s about a single woman [Lisa Whelchel, THE FACTS OF LIFE] who owns a flower shop and blogs about parenting,” Genzel reveals. “She attracts some people who aren’t necessarily down with her opinions, including pediatrician Andy Summers (played by Michael Shanks, SAVING HOPE; STARGATE SG-1), who posts using a different handle.” As luck would have it, the gal falls for the good doctor in real life, not realizing that he’s her online nemesis. Her “rival” for his attentions? None other than Genzel!
“I play another woman whose six-year-old son is the biggest brat on the planet, and I think he walks on water,” she laughs. “I’m after Andy in a big way… I’m just throwing myself at him throughout.” For Genzel, the movie was a chance to reunite with Shanks, the fellow Canadian with whom she starred in Lifetime’s The Pastor’s Wife.
“We laughed so hard making this movie,” she says. “The soap fans are gonna love it. It’s a great romance that has some fun, quirky characters in it.”
For more on what the stars of AMC are up to now, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!
B&B STAR WELCOMES DAUGHTERB&B’s Jacob Young (Rick) announced on Instagram that he and his wife Christen welcomed their third child, a girl, on March 20. “Last night at 1:51 a.m. this beautiful woman @christenyoung4 gave birth to our beautiful baby girl. Grace Elizabeth Young entered the world Palm Sunday weighing in at 6 pounds 11 ounces. 18 1/2” she is a beauty like her mother. I’m so proud of you Christen. I’m a blessed man.” Baby Grace joins big brother Luke, 7, and big sis Molly, 2. The couple married on May 13, 2007. Congratulations!
Sarah Michelle Gellar's Latest Photo From the Cruel Intentions Set Will Leave You Wanting Even More(Photo) The more things change, the more they stay the same.
It's hard to believe that it's been nearly 17 years since Cruel Intentions hit the big screen and fans fell in love with Kathryn, Sebastian and Annette.
Lucky for loyal fans, the box office success is heading to the small screen where things are starting to look a whole lot familiar on set.
In a new Instagram post shared on Monday evening, Sarah Michelle Gellar took us back to a classic scene from the 1999 movie. At the same time, she gave us a delicious tease of what's to come.
"'Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.'(Or in my case lucky to repeat it)," she wrote online. "#Crueltv"
Just last month, E! News confirmed that Sarah was signed on to reprise her role as Kathryn in NBC's Cruel Intentions sequel. The series will follow Kathryn's quest to control Bash, the son of Annette Hargrove (originally played by Reese Witherspoon), and the deceased Sebastian Valmont (originally played by Ryan Phillippe), as he leaves his small Kansas town to learn more about his family's legacy at Brighton Preparatory Academy.
Ever since her days on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sarah has starred opposite the late Robin Williams in the sweet but short-lived comedy The Crazy Ones. She also and starred opposite herself in the short-lived but not quite as sweet drama, Ringer.
And for those wondering if any other cast members from the original series are coming back for appearances, nothing has been announced just yet.
That won't stop us from crossing our fingers and toes!
Michael Nouri on Blue Bloods“Town Without Pity” – Frank and Danny work together to help Nick Constantine (Michael Nouri), a rehabilitated ex-con who Frank put away years ago, when Constantine becomes involved in the murder of an old enemy. Also, as Erin prepares for a murder trial, she learns the prosecutor who previously handled the case is withholding the location of the alleged killer so she can interview him on her popular podcast, on BLUE BLOODS, Friday, April 1 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Matt Bomer on His Planned Biopic of Hollywood Gay Icon Montgomery Clift: 'I Saw Myself in Him'When Matt Bomer signed on to play Montgomery Clift in the upcoming biopic Monty Clift, he immediately felt as though his connection to the Hollywood icon was more than skin-deep.
"I kind of saw myself in him," Bomer told PEOPLE on the red carpet for the PaleyFest tribute to his series American Horror Story.
Of course, their physical resemblance is uncanny – something even Bomer noticed long ago.
"Even as a young kid – before obviously I knew anything about him, or even myself – I saw him on screen and I thought, 'Oh wow he actually looks a lot like my brother,' " said Bomer.
But it was Clift's story away from the big screen that really captivated Bomer.
"He was one of those really early screen icons for me to start with," Bomer, 38, said. "Then once I learned the circumstances of his life, I realized how he was someone who did not want to be relegated to the times he lived in and was so progressive in so many ways."
One of the earliest and best-known proponents of the immersive, naturalistic "Method" school of acting alongside Marlon Brando and James Dean, Clift quickly went from Broadway sensation to Hollywood leading man, headlining now-classic films like A Place In the Sun, From Here to Eternity and Raintree County.
But Clift’s movie star good looks were marred by a 1956 car accident that, despite cutting-edge plastic surgery at the time, altered facial features and left him with chronic medical conditions as well as drug and alcohol dependencies.
Emotionally, Clift also struggled with his sexual orientation during the repressive era, compounded by his place in the spotlight and an intense desire to keep his personal life private.
Even as he wrestled with personal demons and his emotional conflicts, he added more compelling performances – including Judgment at Nuremberg and The Misfits, which marked the last screen appearances of both Clift and his friend and costar Marilyn Monroe – before his death of a heart attack at age 45 in 1966.
"He had to deal with so many things that we don't have to deal with as much these days," explained Bomer. "So I thought it was an important story for people to remember."
The White Collar actor said he wants another generation to know just how much of a pioneer Clift was in his own era.
"It's crazy how many people I talk to, especially under 30, who don't know who Montgomery Clift is. What?" he revealed. "I feel like someone is responsible for letting people know how important he was – culturally, socially, but most importantly as an artist."
Bomer reveals that the long-gestating screenplay is still underway, with the project having found a home at HBO last year.
"It's a hard story to tell, which is why we haven't had his biopic yet," he said. "But it's going great. It's in development. We're just not going to make that movie unless it's the right movie and it's told right and done right."
Adam Mayfield on NCIS“Charade” – After Tony’s identity is stolen by multiple perpetrators, the fake Special Agent DiNozzos begin blackmailing Senators, on NCIS, Tuesday, April 5 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST: Virginia Williams (Leah Ramsey), Matt McCoy (Senator Thomas Bransfield), Adam Mayfield (Tall Tony).
SOAP VET LANDS PRIME-TIME ROLESDespite working as a successful sales specialist at Mercedes-Benz of Beverly Hills, Matt Borlenghi (ex-Brian, AMC/ex-Anthony, DAYS/ex-Ziggy, B&B) hasn't retired from acting altogether. In fact, Borlenghi recently booked guest-starring roles on three different prime-time shows. He has just completed work on MURDER IN THE FIRST, plus is set to start filming appearances on CASTLE and MISTRESSES.
Soaps Hunks relive the '80s! Stephen Nichols! Don Diamont! A Martinez! Michael E. Knight!Soaps Hunks relive the '80s! Stephen Nichols! Don Diamont! A Martinez! Michael E. Knight!: Video.
Amanda Seyfried Boarding Andrew Niccol & K5’s ‘Anon’ With Clive OwenAmanda Seyfried is re-uniting with her In Time director Andrew Niccol to star in Anon opposite Clive Owen. K5 Film is producing. Seyfried and Niccol previously worked together on the director’s 2011 dystopian thriller opposite Justin Timberlake. She most recently starred in Ted 2 opposite director-star Seth MacFarlane and Mark Wahlberg, and Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young opposite Adam Driver, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts.
In psychological thriller Anon, Owen, so good recently as the drug-addled doctor in Cinemax’s The Knick for director Steven Soderbergh, plays a detective in a world with no privacy, ignorance or anonymity. All our lives are transparent, traceable and recorded by the authorities. It’s the end of crime, it seems. However, when Owen’s character stumbles on a young woman (Seyfried) with no digital footprint and invisible to the police, he discovers it may not be the end of crime but the beginning.
Seyfried also recently received critical praise for her starring role in her play The Way We Get By opposite Thomas Sadoski. She is currently in production on Mark Pellington’s The Last Word opposite Shirley MacLaine.
Owen is next starring in Luc Besson’s sci-fi epic Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, currently shooting. Anon is produced by Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur at K5 Film. Niccol also produces. K5 Media Group is financing. CAA, which arranged the financing, will rep the film’s domestic rights.
K5 has been ramping up its production activities of late, with Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson starring Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Golshifteh Farahani (About Elly) on its slate. The company also has Chekhov adaptation The Seagull starring Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss and Annette Bening.
Seyfried is repped by Innovative Artists.
2016 MTV Movie Award nominationsFan voting is now open http://www.mtv.com/ontv/movieawards/. The awards, hosted by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, air Sunday, April 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
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Talk About a '90s Flashback! Sarah Michelle Gellar Goes Brunette for Cruel Intentions Reboot(Pic) Blondes don’t have more fun?
Sarah Michelle Gellar has traded in her honey-colored locks for a darker ‘do.
The actress debuted her brunette color job on Instagram Friday, and we’re loving the darker look.
“#brownhairdontcare (actually kind of love it!!) thank you everyone @andylecomptesalon,” Gellar, 38, captioned the photo.
Although she didn’t specify what prompted her color swap, the actress announced in February that she would be returning to the small screen for a television reboot of the 1999 film Cruel Intentions — and the new hair is very reminiscent of Gellar’s character Kathryn Merteuil.
“How I am spending the 17 anniversary of the release of #cruelintentions #Crueltv,” Gellar captioned another photo of the pilot script she shared on Instagram on Saturday.
Castle: GH's Maurice Benard, Jonathan Silverman Cast in Non-Murder Mystery(Pic) General Hospital vet Maurice Benard will guest-star with Jonathan Silverman (The Single Guy) in an upcoming, murder-less (?) episode of ABC’s Castle.
TVLine has learned that in the 19th episode of Season 8, Silverman plays Alan Masters, the miraculous survivor of an attempted murder who subsequently helps Castle and Beckett solve the case.
Daytime Emmy winner Benard guest-stars in the same episode, as revealed by a photo he shared via Instagram, though details on his role are thus far unknown. Unless ABC’s Monday-night drama did not cast him against type, Imma gonna spitball that he who plays soapdom’s Sonny Corinthos had a role in Silverman’s on-screen scare.
In other Castle casting news, as previously reported in Ask Ausiello, True Blood alum Courtney Ford will make a cameo appearance in this Monday’s L.A.-based episode, playing an actress named Courtney.
Castle is among a handful of ABC fall series that did not score an early renewal for the 2015-16 TV season, as announced on Thursday.
Susan Lucci to Host MY MUSIC: FAVORITE LOVE SONGS on PBSActress Susan Lucci, best-known for her role of Erica Kane on All My Children, hosts MY MUSIC: FAVORITE LOVE SONGS, a heartwarming special devoted to sentimentalstandards ofthe1970s and 1980s that were staples on the radio and remain enshrined in the hearts of listeners and lovers.
These are balladsstill in style including Through The Years, I Honestly Love You, If You Leave Me Now, Always On My Mind and I'll Never Love This Way Again.Grammy-winning songwriter Paul Williams also offers insights on the emotional appeal of these hits that havespanned generations.
Viewers who pledge support to their local PBS stations will receive an exclusive 5 CD set featuring dozens of digitally-remastered romantic hits from the 1960s-1980s by the original artists including ballads by the Bee Gees. MY MUSIC: FAVORITE LOVE SONGS from TJL Productions beginsairing nationwide on PBS stations the weekend of March 5, 2016(check local listings).
Amanda Seyfried and Her Last Word Costar Thomas Sadoski Are Dating!(Pic) Amanda Seyfried is officially off the market.
The Love the Coopers actress has recently started dating Thomas Sadoski, PEOPLE has confirmed. The couple are currently costarring together in the upcoming film The Last word.
Seyfried was spotted holding onto Sadoski as they walked back to their trailers on set in Pasadena, CA on Wednesday.
The duo became friendly while working together on the off-Broadway show The Way We Get By last year, and things began to heat up when they were recently reunited on set.
Seyfried had previously dated Justin Long for over two years, before the pair split up last fall.
"They both tried very hard to make it work because they each wanted to eventually have a family but ultimately they weren't compatible and decided to split up. They are still on good terms and friends," a source told PEOPLE at the time.
Sadoski, meanwhile, split from his wife, Kimberly Hope, in October 2015 after eight years of marriage.
In The Last Word, Seyfried stars as a local writer assigned to work on the obituary of a one-time highly successful business woman, played by Shirley MacLaine.
ALL MY CHILDREN Star Susan Lucci Reveals Her Beauty Secrets!(Video) Daytime legend Susan Lucci (Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN) shared her secrets to looking good at any age!
During a recent appearance at the AOL Build interview series, Lucci discussed a variety of topics, including how the actress stays looking so amazing at age 69. “I work out just about every day,” she admitted. “I always say I’m gonna take a day off, but then I miss it, so I’ll do something. But it’s all pilates-centric.”
In fact, the actress is the spokesperson for the Pilates Pro Chair, which she sells on QVC. “I really believe in it,” she insisted. “You can sculpt long, lean, toned, flexible, strong, sexy dancer muscles. And when you get that cardio-blast at the same time, you burn fat faster. And you can get to your goals faster.”
Lucci recalled a recent trip to St. Barts, where she knew she would have to put in a little more work to be ready for the beach. “It was this Pilates Pro Chair that got me in shape, and got my confidence up so that I could at least put a bikini on and walk on that beach," she proudly declared. "I faced my fears!”
Lucci also admitted to watching what she eats, although she confessed her diet isn’t always super-healthy. “I don’t have a big sweet tooth, but I do love pasta,” she smiled. “I could eat spaghetti and meatballs until it comes out of my ears!”
She believes that instead of depriving yourself of the things that might be bad for you, it’s important to balance them out with the healthier options. “I eat organic as much as I can,” she revealed. “Basically I eat the Mediterranean diet, which is fresh fish and green vegetables like kale salad — which my husband is never going to eat… but I do!”
Mark Consuelos Nabs Key Role in Fox Baseball Drama 'Pitch'(hollywoodreporter.com) He'll play the team's general manager in the Dan Fogelman pilot about the first female Major League Baseball player.
Fox's Pitch has cast its team GM.
Mark Consuelos has been tapped for the key role in the drama pilot from Dan Fogelman, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The project hails from prolific producer Fogelman (Grandfathered, Galavant) and centers on Ginny, a young female pitcher who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues. Kylie Bunbury (Under the Dome, Tut) stars as Ginny.
Mean Girls Star Lacey Chabert Is PregnantLacey Chabert isn’t going to be a regular mom, she’s going to be a cool mom.
The Mean Girls star revealed on Twitter Saturday that she is expecting her first child with husband Dave Nehdar.
Sharing a photo of her dog wearing a t-shirt that reads “My mom is having a baby and all I get is this silly shirt,” the actress, 33, wrote.
“Kitty doesn’t seem as excited as we are about this … I’m pregnant!!!! My husband and I are thrilled & so thankful.”
Earlier this month, Chabert was celebrating a different baby when she attended friend Amy Davidson‘s baby shower.
Chabert and Nehdar tied the knot a little over two years ago.
“Over the holidays, my best friend and love of my life … we became husband and wife,” Chabert wrote on Twitter when she announced the news.
Lawsuit Against Christian Slater by His Father Is Part of a 'Long and Difficult Situation' Says Family SourceThe $20 million lawsuit filed by Thomas Knight Slater against his son Christian Slater has a complicated back story.
Slater's father, 80, acted using the stage name Michael Hawkins. He appeared on the soap opera Ryan's Hope in the 1970s.
The elder Slater claims his son "ruined" his acting career because the Mr. Robot star said his father was "suffering from manic-depressive schizophrenia" in a December 2015 interview — years after the elder Slater's last credited role on IMDB, a small part in the 1988 action film Midnight Run.
But a family source says Slater's father a has long history of personal struggle.
"His father has had his troubles," says the source. "Christian has done what he can for him financially by supporting him for many years, but eventually had to distance himself because of his erratic behavior."
Thomas Knight Slater previously claimed in a Dec. 2015 National Enquirer interview that Slater's mother, his ex-wife Mary Jo Slater, a casting agent, had "poisoned" his son against him.
"It's been a long and difficult situation," says the source. "The lawsuit is baseless."
Susan Lucci Celebrates Daughter Liza Huber's Birthday(Photo1, Photo2) Happy birthday to Liza Huber (Gwen, PASSIONS), who turned 41 this week!
Susan Lucci (Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN) shared a photo of her beautiful daughter toasting with a glass of wine over the elaborate cake her husband, Alexander George Hesterberg III, had made for her!
therealsusanlucci (https://www.instagram.com/therealsusanlucci/): Happy Birthday to my beautiful daughter Liza! Celebrating her birthday this week--here with the amazing cake her husband had made for her!!! #love #pride #delight @cakesbychristineny ????????????????????????@liza_huber
Sarah Michelle Gellar back as Kathryn for NBC’s ‘Cruel Intentions’(Photo) It’s official. Sarah Michelle Gellar has signed on to reprise her role as Kathryn Merteuil in NBC’s revival of “Cruel Intentions.” The actress posted the news Wednesday (Feb. 24) night on her Instagram.
Should the pilot get picked up, Gellar will be a series regular — in fact, she’s first on the call sheet.
NBC’s “Cruel Intentions” series kicks off 15 years after the film ended, centering around Gellar’s all-grown-up Kathryn, as she vies for control of Valmont International, as well as the soul of Bash Casey (newcomer Taylor John Smith), the son of the late Sebastian Valmont (the character that was played by Ryan Phillippe in the ’90s film) and Annette Hargrove (the character played by Reese Witherspoon). Upon discovering his late father’s legacy in a hidden journal, Bash is introduced to a world of sex, money, power and corruption he never could have imagined.
For the modern-day revival, Kathryn’s character is described as a “smart, sexy, cruel, charismatic, powerful” master manipulator. The woman behind the scandal involving Bash’s mother, Annette, Kathryn is now married to the wealthy Pascal Barrett and spearheads an inspiring youth rehabilitation movement, as well as being involved in a local private school. She is privately shaken by the arrival of Sebastian’s son, Bash, and the re-appearance in her life of the girl she wronged years ago, Annette.
Roger Kumble, the original writer and director of “Cruel Intentions,” will direct the pilot, which was likely appealing to Gellar, knowing she’ll be in good hands, reuniting with the film’s original visionary. Her Instagram post tonight included a photo of her with Kumble and exec producer Neal Moritz from the original production juxtaposed to one in present day, gearing up for the new NBC production. “I am happy to say that I will be joining them,” she wrote.
Kumble co-wrote the pilot with Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross, who were behind L.A.’s “Cruel Intentions” musical last year, which drew Gellar — plus Witherspoon and Selma Blair — to a show this past summer. At that show, Gellar told the duo how much she liked their adaptation of “Cruel,” though the TV project had not yet been put into development. Kumble, Rosin and Ross will all exec produce the potential series, along with Moritz and Pavun Shetty of Original Film. Sony Pictures Television is the studio.
Though Witherspoon’s character is still alive in the world of “Cruel Intentions,” the Oscar-winner was not approached to reprise her part, and the role of Annette is currently being cast.
Unlike many stars who have returned to recent reboots of their former projects for guest roles, such as Bradley Cooper in “Limitless,” NBC’s “Cruel Intentions” reboot is centered around Kathryn, the character made famous by Gellar, and though the part was not written specifically for her, the show’s team had been courting the actress to sign on ever since the pilot was ordered.
“Cruel Intentions” marks a major return to TV for Gellar, who has starred in two network shows since “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” went off the air: “The Crazy Ones” with Robin Williams in 2013 on CBS and “The Ringer” in 2011 on the CW. Both series only lasted one season. Gellar starred on “Buffy” for seven seasons, starting in 1997. Shortly after, she became the “it” girl of the ’90s, landing lead roles in teen cult favorites “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and then “Cruel Intentions” in 1999.
Christian Slater Sued by His Dad ... I Don't Have SchizophreniaChristian Slater destroyed his father's acting career by going public with allegations his dad is suffering from mental illness ... according to a new defamation lawsuit.
Thomas Knight Slater -- who's acted under the name Michael Hawkins -- says his son did an interview last year where he described his father as suffering from "manic-depressive schizophrenia."
Hawkins denies the comment and points out his son has no medical creds to make such a diagnosis.
In the suit -- filed Wednesday in L.A. and obtained by TMZ -- Hawkins says the article resulted in him being "blacklisted" in Hollywood. He says he was hoping to land more roles in the "autumn of his life," but that won't be possible after Christian's lies.
Hawkins had roles in soap operas like "Ryan's Hope" and "As the World Turns" in the '70s. He's also had small roles in some big movies -- 'Amityville Horror,' "Midnight Run" and "Mommie Dearest."
Dad is suing for at least $20 million.
MGM Attaching ‘Creed’s Michael B. Jordan To ‘Thomas Crown Affair’ RedoMGM wants more of its Creed star Michael B. Jordan. The company has attached him to star in a remake of The Thomas Crown Affair, the 1968 Norman Jewison-directed film that starred Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. It’s early days, but what a step up for Jordan, who has grown up onscreen in The Wire and Friday Night Lights, and really came of age in the Ryan Coogler hit boxing film opposite Sylvester Stallone. The film got a remake back in 1999, one that starred Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo. A debonair, adventuresome bank executive believes he has pulled off the perfect multi-million dollar heist, only to match wits with a sexy insurance investigator who will do anything to get her man. WME, MGMT Entertainment and attorney Gregory Slewett rep Jordan.
Susan Lucci Recalls the Emotional End of ALL MY CHILDRENIn 2011, ABC announced that it was canceling AMC after 41 years on the air, and the news hit the cast and crew like a ton of bricks. "We really all were blindsided," Lucci confesses. "We didn't expect it. And it was like the loss of a loved one."
Revealing that the swirl of emotions that went through her were like the stages of grief, going from disbelief to sadness to anger, the actress says that the hardest part was leaving her friends in the crew, with whom she had worked every day.
"Experiences like that, over the course of time, really, you're very close to them," Lucci says of her AMC co-workers. "It was really a second family. So you lose the people, you lose a family."
However, she admits that playing Genevieve on Lifetime's DEVIOUS MAIDS has introduced her to a new family that has helped her to heal. "You know what else helped a lot with the loss?" Lucci adds. "People stop me and tell me how much they love Erica and what an influence she had on their lives. Those things are very gratifying."
Rectify's Abigail Spencer to Star in NBC's Time Travel Drama Pilot From Eric Kripke and Shawn RyanAbigail Spencer is making Time for one of pilot season’s hottest properties.
The Rectify actress has landed the female lead in NBC’s time travel-themed sci-fi drama from The Shield‘s Shawn Ryan and Supernatural‘s Eric Kripke, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Time follows an unlikely trio who travel through (wait for it… ) time to battle a brilliant criminal intent on altering the fabric of human history with potentially catastrophic results.
Spencer, who is heading into the fourth and final season of Rectify, will play Lucy Preston, a brilliant, sharp and warm history professor who gets whisked away by the government for the aforementioned top-secret mission.
Ryan and Kripke will pen the script and serve as exec producers alongside The Blacklist‘s John David and John Fox, and Marney Hochman (Last Resort).
Dondré Whitfield Joins OWN’s ‘Queen Sugar’Tina Lifford (Parenthood), Dondré Whitfield (Mistresses), Timon Kyle Durrett (Single Ladies) and Nicholas L. Ashe (The Lion King – National Tour) have signed on as series regulars on OWN’s new original drama series Queen Sugar, from Ava DuVernay and Warner Horizon Television.
The series chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings – Nova (Rutina Wesley), Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) – who come together after a family tragedy to run an ailing sugarcane farm in the Deep South. Production begins this month in Lousiana and Los Angeles.
Lifford plays Violet Bordelon, the aunt to the Bordelon siblings, a spunky woman involved in a long-term relationship with the younger Hollywood Desonier (Omar Dorsey). Whitfield is Remy Newell, a trusted friend working on the Bordelon land as a water irrigation specialist. Durrett plays Davis West, a charismatic and respected professional basketball player married to Charley Bordelon West (Gardner) who becomes embroiled in a public scandal with his teammates. Ashe plays Davis and Charley’s 15-year-old son Micah, who despite a privileged life, is grounded and has a great relationship with his parents.
The series is executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay. DuVernay developed Queen Sugar for television, wrote its pilot episode and will direct multiple episodes of the show’s first season. Neema Barnette also has boarded the series as a director and producer.
Lifford is repped by Pakula/King & Associates. Whitfield is with Don Buchwald & Associates and Alchemy Entertainment. Durrett is repped by Susan Fincham, at David Shapira & Associates.
DAYS STAR EXPECTING BABY NO. 2Jordi Vilasuso, who will make his DAYS debut next week as Dario Hernandez, has some other good news to celebrate: He and wife, Kaitlin, are expecting their second child. "We are so so overjoyed to share that our little family will be growing in July," she posted. "We cannot wait to see our little Riley's heart grow as she becomes a big sister. This little ladybug has so much love to give. Happy Valentines Day weekend from ours to yours, friends. Wishing you full and happy hearts, today and always!" Congratulations!
Kelly Ripa Celebrates Her Live Career with a 'Sweet 15' – and Surprise from Husband Mark ConsuelosKelly Ripa looks amazing for 15!
Michael Strahan honored his co-host's 15th year on ABC's talk show – both beside the Giants legend and, for a decade, Regis Philbin – with a special "Sweet 16" episode Friday. Or as Ripa, 45, put it, a a quinceañera.
With the set decorated pink and the champagne flowing, Ripa was presented with a diamond "Live" necklace and montages of her most memorable segments – plus congratulatory videos from stars like Oprah Winfrey, Judge Judy and Jimmy Kimmel, along with surprise stop-ins from Neil Patrick Harris, Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen and Bryan Adams, who performed a medley with lyrics altered in her honor. (And yes, Ripa was indeed conceived around the "Summer of '69."
But the cutest moment came when Ripa's husband of 19 years, actor Mark Consuelos, walked on set with a bouquet of gardenias to introduce a pre-taped message from their three children.
"My baby daddy!" she squealed as he came on stage.
"Hey, congratulations – 15 years. I've been kicking you out of bed for 15 years, 'go to work!' " he said as the audience laughed.
Live with Kelly and Michael airs weekdays at 9 a.m. ET on ABC.
Vincent Irizarry Reunites With GUIDING LIGHT Co-Star — See the Pic!(Photo) Vincent Irizarry’s past collided with his future on the set of DAYS OF OUR LIVES!
The Emmy-winning actor joined the cast of DAYS as Deimos last month, and found himself working with Judi Evans (Adrienne) three decades after the two shared the screen as Beth and Lujack on GUIDING LIGHT! So naturally, he had to share his joy with fans via social media!
In a follow-up tweet, Irizarry added that he recalls the first scene he ever did on a soap was with Evans on GL in November of 1983! How time flies!
The time Sarah Michelle Gellar was completely starstruck(Pic) When Sarah Michelle Gellar visited Martha Stewart‘s offices this week she never expected to come face-to-face with the domestic goddess herself.
“We were going up and they told me Martha was in the kitchen,” Gellar told us at Swiffer’s “Yes to the Mess” event Wednesday in NYC. “I [couldn’t believe] Martha Stewart [was actually] in the kitchen. This can’t be real. But she was! It was very surreal.”
The “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star, 38, was visiting the media mogul’s headquarters to promote Foodstirs, her culinary lifestyle brand that she co-developed with a former Stewart staffer.
“Martha said she knew about [the company] and I don’t know if that’s good or bad, but she asked if I brought her a cookie,” continued Gellar.
As the pair posed for a photo, it was the well-seasoned Stewart, 74, who recommended moving to an area that provided better lighting.
“Creative people really impress me and it was also that [I met her] in her natural habitat. It’s not like I saw Martha Stewart on the subway. I saw Martha Stewart in her kitchen. That’s sort of what blew my mind,” added the mother of two.
Earlier this week NBC announced plans to develop a TV pilot based on 1999’s feature film “Cruel Intentions,” which starred Gellar alongside Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon. Although no cast choices have been announced, the wife of Freddie Prinze, Jr. isn’t ruling out the option of taking on a role.
“I’m definitely too old to play a teenager,” quipped Gellar. “But never say never!”
Sarah Michelle Gellar Shares the Secret to Her 13-Year Marriage with Freddie Prinze Jr.(Pic) Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. could be the poster children of lasting love in Hollywood.
After 13 years of marriage, Gellar says she and her hubby know exactly how they want to celebrate Valentine's Day – as a family with children Charlotte Grace, 6, and Rocky James, 3.
"When you have kids, [Valentine's Day] really just becomes an expression of love," she tells PEOPLE at Swiffer's Say Yes to the Mess event on Wednesday. "In this busy world, sometimes we forget to tell people [we love them]."
And the family has been extra busy lately: Gellar, 38, has her own line of kid-friendly baking and food decorating kits, FoodStirs, while Prinze, 39, has his own cookbook, Back to the Kitchen (out June 7).
With work and their little ones, Gellar has one guideline for herself (and others): "Make the most of the moments you have."
She also credits being mindful and present as contributing factors to her successful marriage.
"Take the 10 minutes – put the phone down. Have a cup of coffee together. Walk the dog at the end of the night. Read a story with your kids," she suggests. "Make the most of the time that you have. We are all pulled in so many directions, so make sure that, whichever one you are focusing on, you're present."
William deVry Shares a Wild Fan Encounter!As part of GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Fan February promotion, the soap is asking the stars questions about their fans — and we can’t believe what one fan asked GH star William deVry (Julian) to do to her!
In this video (Here), deVry relates the strangest request he’s ever received from one of his fans — and it’s a doozy!
We understand a fan wanting deVry to act like sexy bad boy Julian instead of himself, but wouldn’t a kiss be a lot better than a slap? Ah well, to each their own!
Susan Lucci and Daughter Liza Huber Make an Emotional Appearance on DR. OZALL MY CHILDREN star Susan Lucci (Erica) will be appearing on DR. OZ with her daughter, Liza Huber (Gwen, PASSIONS) to discuss a serious family health issue they’ve been dealing with for years.
The daytime legend will be sitting down with host Mehmet Oz and her daughter to open up about her grandson’s condition. She will also discuss the horrifying accident that nearly left her disfigured just as her career was taking off!
The appearance was also emotional for Lucci because DR. OZ tapes in the same studio where AMC once called home. “First time I shot in the AMC home of Pine Valley since our beloved AMC left!” she wrote on Instagram.
Lucci and Huber’s segment will air during the episode of DR. OZ airing Wednesday, Feb. 3. Check your local listings to see when it airs in your area.
TAMARA BRAUN ON CHARITABLE CAUSEDAYS’s Tamara Braun (Ava) has collaborated with artist Ben Levy to create a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork, which was unveiled during Art Basel in Miami, and whose sale proceeds will go to the Tanzanian Children’s Fund. “I am in love with TCF and The Rift Valley Children’s Village,” explains the actress, who recently spent time volunteering in Africa. "I feel so blessed to be a part of experiencing first-hand what an incredible organization and family it is. ‘Family is Forever’ is their motto and they have created a beautiful, loving environment where the children here are thriving.” Adds the artist, “I was introduced to The Tanzanian Children’s Fund by Tamara, who was heading out to volunteer at the organization. Once she was there and experiencing first-hand the amazing work they were doing, we decided to collaborate on a piece of art. She took an image of one of the children, a cheeky lad called Ema, and sent it over to me. I knew I wanted to create something personal to them so I created 'Tender, Caring, Fun' based on the TCF initials of the organization and using the national flag colours of Tanzania. TCF is a home for orphaned children giving them a stable home for life while providing food, clothing, shelter, education and much more. It’s an amazing organization and I felt compelled to help in the way I know best, by creating a work of art and using my voice to spread the word.” For more, go to http://www.tamarabraun.com/tcf/. Also, stay social with the actress on Twitter (@TamaraBraun) and on Instagram (tamarabraun).
Petticoat Junction Star Mike Minor DiesMike Minor (Brandon Kingsley, All My Children/Royal Dunning, Another World/Lennie Small, The Edge Of Night/Norman Garrison, As The World Turns), best known for playing Petticoat Junction‘s Steve Elliott, diedof cancer on Jan. 25, Programming Insider reports. He was 75.
Minor first appeared on the CBS comedy in 1964 as a minor character named Dan Plout, who was around for one episode. In 1966, he debuted as Steve, a crop duster originally intended to be Billie Jo’s love interest. His storyline later changed to pair him romantically with Linda Kaye Henning’s Betty Jo; he and Henning later were married in real life.
His other TV credits include My Three Sons, The Beverly Hillbillies and L.A. Law.
Jordi Vilasuso Stars in New Movie With Former Co-Star — See the Preview!(Video) Jordi Vilasuso (Tony) is appearing with another GUIDING LIGHT alum in a new movie!
The Invitation stars Tammy Blanchard (Drew) as Eden, who throws a very unusual dinner party that takes a disturbing turn. Vilasuso plays Miguel, one of her guests.
“I’ve worked with Tammy twice in the past year,” he tells Soaps In Depth. “She did HOKE, [a pilot for FX with Paul Giamatti that wasn’t picked up], and The Invitation.”
Naturally, while on set, the pair reminisced about their experiences in Springfield. “We discussed GL, living in New York…” Vilasuso recalls. “She’s awesome. Big fan. Really enjoyed working with her.”
The Invitation has already debuted at the South By Southwest Film Festival to great critical acclaim, and is set to release in theaters and VOD on Friday, Mar. 25. But you can watch a trailer for the eerie film right now!
Vilasuso, who has also appeared on ALL MY CHILDREN as Griffin, is set to join the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Dario Hernandez in the coming months.
Susan Lucci & Liza Huber to Co-Host 15th Annual Women Who Care AwardsEdward R. Matthews, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC), and Loreen Arbus, Founder & Chair of Women Who Care, announced today that Susan Lucci, now in her fourth season as star of the hit series "Devious Maids," Emmy award-winning actress from "All My Children," and New York Times best-selling author, will return for the fourth consecutive year as host of The 15th Annual Women Who Care Awards Luncheon.
For the first time, Liza Huber, Founder & CEO of Sage Spoonfuls and past star of the hit TV series "Passions," will co-host the awards luncheon with her mother Ms. Lucci, for the event taking place May 9th, the day after Mother's Day. This will mark the first time a mother and daughter team have co-hosted Women Who Care. Ms. Huber has a son, Brendan, with Cerebral Palsy, and was recently featured in People Magazine and on TV shows including "The Dr. Oz Show," "The Meredith Vieira Show," and "Entertainment Tonight" to help raise awareness for Cerebral Palsy and the work of UCP of NYC.
The luncheon, to be held Monday, May 9th, at Cipriani 42nd Street, benefits United Cerebral Palsy of New York City and celebrates the accomplishments of extraordinary women as professionals, philanthropists, and caregivers, who have broken glass ceilings and inspired others through their professional and charitable endeavors. The event has raised nearly $8 million during its fourteen years.
Ms. Lucci is a former Women Who Care award honoree and a longtime celebrity supporter of UCP of NYC. "I am very touched by United Cerebral Palsy of New York City's impact as a lifeline for thousands of children, families, and adults with disabilities," says Susan Lucci. "I am particularly impressed by the comprehensive nature of their ongoing programs and services which encompass so many different aspects of health, education, assistive technology, and the arts."
In addition to narrating a video for UCP of NYC and Susan G. Komen to help raise breast health awareness for women with disabilities, Ms. Lucci's charitable work is wide-ranging. Her commitment to helping children has taken her to Africa in support of Feed the Children. She has served as the March of Dimes National Ambassador in 2000, and as a celebrity spokesperson for AMDeC (Academic Medicine Development Company) and The New York Cancer Project. She has also been involved with Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids and is the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the prestigious New York City Gracie Award, and the Muse Award for Women in Film & Television. She was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame and in 2005 she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was inducted into the American Academy of Achievement Awards and presented with the Italian Board of Guardians Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015, Ms Lucci was honored with the Disney Legends Award and the Arthur Ashe Leadership Award. In addition, she currently can be seen in Joy, the Academy Award nominated film for Best Motion Picture.
"From the point-of-view of a mother of a child with Cerebral Palsy, I am so honored to help bring awareness to the crucial work being done by UCP of NYC in providing resources for children and adults with disabilities to move forward and live active and independent lives, not just with hope, but with true confidence in themselves," says Liza Huber, Founder and CEO of Sage Spoonfuls.
Ms. Huber is an award-winning author, television personality, public speaker, wife, mother of four and the CEO & Founder of the homemade baby-food company Sage Spoonfuls. She was recently profiled by Forbes as a "Woman Entrepreneur Rocking The World" and has been featured on Good Morning America, Good Day New York, PIX 11 News, People Now and Martha Stewart Radio, among others. She is a featured contributor for The Huffington Post, Green Child Magazine and Big City Moms.
Liza also speaks at national events designed to inspire and empower female entrepreneurs, such as the National Association for Professional Women, Atlanta's Dare 2 Aspire Conference and as the keynote speaker for the Town of Hempstead's 2015 Pathfinder Awards. Liza has been the recipient of the Mom's Best Literary Gold Award, an Independent Publisher's Award, a Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal and a Cribsie Award, and has been honored with the John J Byrne Community Center's Hero of the Community Award, and the Little Flower Children and Family Service's 2015 Humanitarian Award. In addition to the charitable organizations UCP of NYC and UCP of Nassau County, she is a Parent Ambassador for Healthy Child, Healthy World, and has worked extensively with Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York's Parent Youth Program.
Writer, producer, author and activist Loreen Arbus, the first woman to head programming for a US television network, is Founder and Chair of Women Who Care. Among her many awards, Ms. Arbus was presented The Heart of Giving Award by President Bill Clinton in 2001 and the Ms. Foundation for Women Woman of Vision and Action Award by Gloria Steinem in 2011. She is the daughter of Leonard and Isabelle Goldenson, Co-Founders of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP). Mr. Goldenson was Founder and Chairman of ABC. This will mark Ms. Arbus' final year as Chair of Women Who Care.
Tamsen Fadal, Emmy award-winning Anchor of PIX 11 News; Robin Givens, actress/director/author; Donna Hanover, journalist/radio personality and former First Lady of New York City; Ali Stroker of "Glee Project" and "Glee" fame; and Emmy award winner Paula Zahn, host of "On the Case with Paula Zahn," will serve as Co-Chairs of the event. In addition to Ms. Lucci, previous Women Who Care honorees include Robin Roberts, Judith Light, Cyndi Lauper, Diane Sawyer, Gayle King, Lynda Carter, Lauren Bush Lauren, Judy Woodruff, Amy Lee, Ann Curry, Marlo Thomas, China Machado, Roxanne Mankin Cason, Francine LeFrak, Anne Sweeney, Patricia Duff, Terrie Williams, Dr. Pamela Gallin, Maysoon Zayid, Linda Kaplan Thaler, and many other extraordinarily accomplished women.
Past celebrity presenters for Women Who Care include: Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer, Diane Von Furstenberg, Jimmy Smits, America Ferrara, Cynthia Nixon, Ivanka Trump, David Muir, Danny Glover, Meredith Vieira, Alan Rickman, Nicole Miller, Deborah Norville, Charlie Rose, Alex Witt, Cynthia McFadden, Deborah Roberts, Dr. Oz, Maurice DuBois, Mike Woods, Regis Philbin, Alan Alda, Michelle Bachelet, the former President of Chile, and many other VIPs.
Mark Consuelos Joins ‘Queen Of The South’ As RecurringMark Consuelos (Kingdom) has been tapped for a recurring role on USA Network’s upcoming drama series Queen Of The South.
Based on best-selling book La Reina Del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Queen Of The South tells the story of Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga). When her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, Teresa is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America, where she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. The series, which hails from Fox 21 Television Studios and Universal Cable Prods., is currently shooting in Dallas for premiere later this year.
Consuelos will play Teo Aljarafe, a lawyer hired by Camila Vargas (Veronica Falcón) to organize financial affairs. Attracted to the life and power that the cartel world brings, Teo will soon realize that he is in too deep with the cartel.
A busy Consuelos, who can currently be seen on DirecTV’s MMA drama Kingdom, also is set for a guest role on Hulu’s Difficult People. He’ll play Joey, a hot guy from New Jersey. On the film side, Consuelos recently wrapped a starring role in the Barry Sonnenfeld-directed Nine Lives, and he also has joined the cast of All We Had, helmed by Katie Holmes in her directorial debut. He’s repped by Management 360 and CAA.
Daytime Stars Come Together For a Good CauseSoap Stars from GUIDING LIGHT, AS THE WORLD TURNS, ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE are gathering together once again for the 12th Annual Daytime Stars And Strikes Event!
The event, hosted as always by Elizabeth Keifer (Blake, GL) and Jerry verDorn (Ross, GL), lets fans spend the afternoon with their favorite daytime actors and actresses to raise money to help people with autism.
The bowling event will be held on Saturday, Apr. 23, at 1 p.m. ET at Bowler City Lanes in Hackensack, NJ. You can choose to purchase a ticket just to watch, or bowl alongside your favorite stars. There will also be auctions and prizes as well as plenty of autograph and photo opportunities!
But you can warm up for the main event at the Sing It For Autism Karaoke Event hosted by Lauren B. Martin (Camille, ATWT) on Friday, Apr. 22. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., you can bid to sing along with the stars at The Residence Inn Secaucus Meadowlands.
For more information on the events and to purchase tickets, click here to visit their website. The list of stars scheduled to attend the 2016 event has not been posted yet.
ABC Buys Comedy From Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos, Andrew LeedsABC has put in development a multi-camera comedy from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Prods and Andrew Leeds.
Written by Leeds, the untitled project centers on husband and wife Marty and Florie, who are trying to fend off the gentrification of their neighborhood in Brooklyn. When each of their three daughters announce they are romantically involved with the very people who irritate Marty and Florie so much, they are forced to finally let these people into their lives. Leeds executive produces with Ripa, Consuelos and Albert Bianchini.
Milojo and Leeds previously teamed on another multicamera comedy project, Poor Pam, which also was set up at ABC. Milojo’s Secret Guide To Fabulous aired its second season this past summer. The company also has gotten into the digital space. Their latest online series Cheerleaders NJ is available on YouTube’s Awesomeness TV. The company currently has additional non-scripted and digital projects in the early stages of development and production.
Leeds has written pilots for NBC, ABC, Fox, USA, and Showtime. As an actor, Leeds is known for his three-season run on Bones as demented serial killer Christopher Pelant. He also was a series regular on ABC’s Cristela.
Milojo Prods is repped by CAA and attorney Steve Warren. Leeds is with CAA, Principato Young, and attorney Jared Levine.
Melissa Leo's I'm Dying Up Here Ordered to Series at ShowtimeMelissa Leo‘s new gig is a laughing matter.
I’m Dying Up Here, the dark comedy starring the Oscar-winning actress, has been greenlit at Showtime.
The network announced the series order Tuesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena.
Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by WIlliam Knoedelseder, the hour-long Dying examines the “inspired and damaged psyches” of stand-up comedians in Los Angeles in the 1970s.
Leo (Treme, Louie) will be a series regular, a “brassy” comedy-club owner named Goldie. Sebastian Stan (Once Upon a Time, Political Animals) will play Clay, a comic on the rise; Clark Duke (The Office) will play Larry, a Boston funnyman trying to hit it big in L.A.
The cast also includes Ari Graynor (Bad Teacher), Andrew Santino (Mixology), RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Erik Griffin (Workaholics) and Stephen Guarino (Happy Endings).
I’m Dying Up Here is written and executive produced by Dave Flebotte (Masters of Sex, Will & Grace, Desperate Housewives), and executive produced by Jim Carrey and Michael Aguilar (The Departed), and Christina Wayne (Copper).
Fire Starter(newyorker.com) Forbes March wasn’t always in the firewood business. He spent three seasons on the ABC soap opera “One Life to Live,” playing the doomed winery owner Nash Brennan, who falls to his death through a skylight window. Soon after, in 2009, March quit acting, moved to Jeffersonville, New York, and established the New York Firewood Company. The firm now supplies kiln-dried, plastic-wrapped bundles of logs to seventy-five restaurants and hundreds of private residences in and around New York City.
“I’ve fallen into everything,” March said on a recent Saturday morning, as he navigated his forty-foot delivery truck through Manhattan traffic. March and a helper, a burly man with tattooed shoulders named Ronald Stickle, had set out from Jeffersonville at 4:30 a.m. They had fourteen stops to make: a house in Westchester County, seven restaurants in Manhattan, one in Williamsburg, one on Staten Island, and four houses in New Jersey. “We got college kids, we got professors, we have old families on the Upper East Side—I’ve delivered firewood to the Roosevelts—we have Irish pub owners,” March said.
At Bella Blu, a restaurant on Lexington Avenue that serves wood-fired pizza, Stickle wheeled twenty-five bundles into the kitchen on a dolly while March sized up a honey locust outside. “In another forty years, that would be a gorgeous tree,” he said. “You got a nice long straight section with no branches.” March, who is forty-two, and from Nova Scotia, still appears more or less camera-ready, though his dirty-blond hair and pale-blue eyes have begun to compete with some crow’s-feet. Back in the truck, he explained how, after nearly two decades of acting and modelling, he decided to go into business. He first considered opening a winery, to trade on his old character’s name. “I had a huge following,” he said, as he double-parked around the corner from La Tarte Flambée, on East Thirty-third. “I could have sold wine up the ying yang.” But firewood was closer to his Canadian heart. On his right forearm, there is a long dark scar he got when he was eight, while cutting wood with a bow saw.
The delivery truck held more than five hundred bundles, mostly fine-split ash, but also large-split “regular” mix, plus hickory, cherry, and apple. “They have different smells,” March said. “Some people get into it like wine.” Hickory will make a house smell like a ski lodge. Cherry is prized for the way it crackles and pops in a fireplace.
March estimates that his company cuts, splits, dries, packages, and ships about three thousand “Manhattan cords” (some forty cubic feet of wood, or fifty bundles) a year. Prices range from two hundred and fifty to four hundred and twenty-five dollars per Manhattan cord, depending on the species. Then there are special orders. “There’s an axe community in Brooklyn,” March said. “They always want us to bring them logs, to practice their axe-swinging prowess.”
Several of the day’s deliveries were to wood-fired pizza restaurants, which have been crucial customers ever since March got the stamp of approval from Roberto Caporuscio, the owner of Don Antonio and Kesté, in 2012. Outside Eataly, off Madison Square Park, March and Stickle watched as a man driving a forklift carted off an entire pallet of their fine split.
Pizza chefs are finicky. March once had a client who burned only white birch for his pizza. Another guy was partial to the red cores of beech trees. “If you change their wood, you change the way their oven behaves, and they can’t cook in it,” March said. On Houston Street, Stickle hopped out to make a delivery, while March stayed in the truck, which was parked illegally. He watched several police cars drive by. “If I get one more moving violation, I lose my license,” he said. “Then I’ll have to move back to the city.”
Last year, as part of an effort to protect the city’s air quality, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a law prohibiting the installation of any new wood-burning fireplaces, and mandating that wood burned in a preëxisting fireplace have a moisture content of twenty per cent or less, by weight. (Drier wood burns cleaner.) These changes don’t much bother March, who has all the clients he needs. Plus, he already brings the moisture content of his logs down to eight per cent, drying them in a giant kiln that’s long enough for their ends to carbonize. “That’s very dry,” March said. “It’s ready to burn.”
Alicia Minshew Stars In New TV Pilot HOLIDAY SHELTERALL MY CHILDREN star Alicia Minshew (Kendall) is starring in the new television pilot HOLIDAY SHELTER!
Minshew will be playing a young widowed teacher with two teenagers who takes in a homeless family during the Christmas holidays following the recent death of her husband. Naturally, the two families struggle with living together and learn and grow in the process.
“This is going to be a super sweet and fun show,” Minshew declared on Twitter.
A dramedy based on a true story, HOLIDAY SHELTER begins shooting on Monday, January 11, in a small-town in New York. It is written and directed by Pat Denson and executive produced by Gary Denson.
William deVry Wants To Help Rescue Animals(Video) GENERAL HOSPITAL’s William deVry wants you to join him to support a cause that is very close to his heart!
The animal lover is appearing on Saturday, March 12, at Point Vecchio in Brooklyn, NY, for a special event hosted by Nicole Napolitano and Teresa Aprea of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY to benefit Hope For Paws.
“If I see a dog on the side of the road, I stop and get them,” deVry confides. “I raise money for foundations and charities and rescue groups.”
While he also admits that he likes to change up the organizations he supports, this one is of particular importance to him. “I like to switch it around,” deVry says, “but Hope For Paws does great work. They film everything so they can document the rescues. You pretty much see every rescue they do."
Tickets are $200 and include a delicious Italian dinner and an open bar with plenty of photo and autograph opportunities with deVry, Napolitano and Aprea as well as lots of fun! If you’re interested in helping the actor support one of his “pet” charities, you can click here for more information.
Check out this video of an actual animal rescue from Hope For Paws, and the gallery of photos of deVry with some rescue dogs, girlfriend Rebecca Staab (Elizabeth, PORT CHARLES), GH executive producer Frank Valentini and Lisa Arturo from Hope For Paws.
SOAP ALUMS IN NEW PLAYEric Nelsen (ex-AJ, AMC) and Corbin Bleu (ex-Jeffrey, OLTL) will be featured in the Los Angeles production of The Dodgers, beginning January 30 at the Hudson Theatre. According the the show’s official website, the play is about “four boys in a band who expect to play music, do drugs and make love must face a lottery that will send at least one of them to Vietnam, propelling them to take daring and dangerous steps to dodge the draft.” For more information and to buy tickets, click www.thedodgersplay.com/.
Michael E. Knight Remembers The Late David CanaryThe daytime community was devastated when ALL MY CHILDREN legend David Canary (Adam/Stuart) passed away on November 16, and now they’re sharing their memories of the late star in our new issue.
Michael E. Knight (Tad) reveals that Canary was the first person he ever shared a dressing room with when he joined AMC in 1982. “We only had a certain number of dressing rooms on 67th Street when I first started,” he recalls.
He also remembers Canary’s skills shining through during the period when the soap introduced Adam’s twin. “Stuart was initially supposed to be one thing, but he became another one because of David’s choices,” Knight recalls. “He was the most talented person.
“I remember thinking that if I was ever half the person that David was, I would probably die with a smile on my face,” he continues. “He was the best of us. I don’t think I can define it better than that. His passing makes me aware that I was part of something at a time that was so incredibly special, and I didn’t know it.”
For more from Knight as well as touching remembrances from other AMC castmates, don’t miss the special memorial section in the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth.
Michael B. Jordan co-writing superhero comic bookMichael B. Jordan, the young star who rebounded with Sylvester Stallone in “Creed” after his ballyhooed Marvel movie “Fantastic Four” flopped, hasn’t given up on superheroes just yet.
Jordan, 28, is co-creating a comic book called “North,” about a soldier turned into a superspy, with Marvel, DC Comics and Image Comics writer Nathan Edmondson.
The Hollywood Reporter said the team has completed two issues, to be published next year, and that Jordan hopes to produce a screen version.
David Canary, Star of ‘All My Children,’ Dies at 77(nytimes.com) David Canary, who played the Chandler twins — evil Adam and guileless Stuart — on the soap opera “All My Children” for nearly 30 years, died on Nov. 16 in Wilton, Conn. He was 77.
His family confirmed the death but did not specify the cause.
Mr. Canary had earlier made his mark in westerns, appearing in the film “Hombre” with Paul Newman and in a regular role in the television series “Bonanza,” but he was most widely known for his work in “All My Children.” He first appeared in the show as the conniving Adam Chandler, one of Pine Valley’s wealthiest citizens, in 1984. Meek and mild Stuart, an artist, made his debut a year later. Over the next decade and a half, Mr. Canary won five Daytime Emmy Awards and received 16 nominations in the outstanding lead actor category.
David Hoyt Canary was born on Aug. 25, 1938, in Elwood, Ind., and grew up in Massillon, Ohio. He was a star offensive and defensive end at Washington High School there and won a football scholarship to the University of Cincinnati, where he studied voice and earned a bachelor’s degree in music in 1960.
He turned down the opportunity to play for the Denver Broncos, which drafted him in its first year as a team.
“I thought they were out of their minds,” he said in a 2004 interview for the Archive of American Television. “I was 172 pounds, I wasn’t very fast, and I couldn’t catch a pass. They called me stone fingers.”
He moved to New York to pursue an acting career, appearing as the lead in the Off Broadway musical “Hi, Paesano!” and making his Broadway debut in 1961 with a small role in “The Happiest Girl in the World,” a musical directed by Cyril Ritchard, who also played multiple roles. A year later he appeared in “Great Day in the Morning,” a short-lived comedy-drama with Colleen Dewhurst, before being called up by the Army.
After completing his military service, Mr. Canary was cast in the San Francisco production of “The Fantasticks” and, after being spotted by an agent in a Los Angeles production of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” landed a film contract with 20th Century Fox. Steady work in film and television followed.
In 1967 he played Lamar Dean, one of Richard Boone’s gang, in “Hombre” and the mobster Frank Gusenberg in “The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre,” which starred Jason Robards as Al Capone.
His work in “Hombre” and a two-part episode of “Gunsmoke” caught the eye of David Dortort, a producer of “Bonanza,” who hired him in 1967 (the show had its premiere in 1959) to play Candy Canaday, one of the Ponderosa’s ranch hands. Mr. Dortort described the character to The New York Times as “an independent strong-willed loner who doesn’t waste words when a fist will do the job.” He remained with the series until its end, in 1973.
Mr. Canary’s first taste of soap-opera drama came in 1965, when he was cast as Dr. Russ Gehring, Mia Farrow’s physical therapist, in “Peyton Place.” Ms. Farrow’s character was in a coma at the time, so their interaction was minimal.
In 1981 he took the role of Steve Frame, a businessman, on the NBC soap opera “Another World.” After his character died in a car crash two years later, he joined “All My Children.” In 1980 he had a small role in the Broadway production of the Tennessee Williams play “Clothes for a Summer Hotel,” with Geraldine Page.
Mr. Canary’s first marriage ended in divorce. He is survived by his wife, the former Maureen Maloney; a brother, John; a daughter, Kathryn; a son, Christopher; and a grandson.
Susan Lucci on David Canarytherealsusanlucci: I just learned the news that the wonderful David Canary has passed away--I saw it posted on Kelly Ripa"s site. My deepest and heartfelt sympathy to his wife Mo and his children, Christopher and Katie. Rest in peace, David--you warm and generous, talented and fabulous man, actor and friend! I am so grateful to have known you--and to have had the privilege of sharing the AMC stage with you! I will never forget you. ??
Veteran soap actor David Canary dies at age 77WILTON, Conn. (AP) — Longtime soap opera actor David Canary, best known for his role as twin brothers on "All My Children" has died at age 77.
Canary died of natural causes on Nov. 16 at his home at The Greens at Cannondale in Wilton, Connecticut, Paul Pyrch of the Bouton Funeral Home said Wednesday.
Canary's career spanned more than five decades, with appearance in the film "Hombre" and "Saint Valentine's Day Massacre" before earning recurring roles on "Peyton Place" and "Bonanza." In December 1983, he joined the cast of "All My Children" as twins Adam and Stuart Chandler. Playing the brothers — one evil and the other good-hearted — brought Canary his greatest fame and five Daytime Emmy Awards.
"For more than two decades David Canary defined daytime drama on ABC," the network wrote in a statement Tuesday. "Our hearts go out to his family and we mourn his passing."
Despite his popularity on the show, Canary shunned the spotlight and preferred to live in a small town in Connecticut with his wife and family.
"At the risk of being misunderstood, I'm a real private person," Canary told The Associated Press in an interview in 1993. "I don't make appearances. I don't do fan magazine interviews. My wife and our two children live in a little town in Connecticut, where most of the people don't watch the show and, if they do, don't make a big deal out of it."
The actor was at first reluctant to take a role on a daytime soap opera. But after getting a chance to play a madman on "The Doctors," Canary spent two years on the soap "Another World."
Then came the opportunity to join "All My Children," but Canary wasn't sure it was a good idea.
"I was reluctant to even sign a two-year contract," he said in 1993. "That seemed like a long, long time."
Canary remained on the show until 2011.
In addition to onscreen roles, Canary also performed on the stage, appearing in on and off Broadway productions, according to an obituary published in the Wilton Bulletin.
Born in Indiana, Canary grew up in Massillon, Ohio, and went on to play football at the University of Cincinnati, where he graduated with a major in music.
Canary is survived by his wife, two children and a grandchild.
David Canary dies at 77(wiltonbulletin.com) Emmy Award-winning actor and Wilton resident David Hoyt Canary died of natural causes at the age of 77 on Nov. 16 at The Greens at Cannondale.
He was as well known here for his generosity to the community as for his acting career.
Canary and his wife, Maureen, raised two children, Christopher and Kathryn, in Wilton and became very involved in the community after realizing “how much local organizations could benefit from their talents,” and participated in many fund-raisers involving music and acting, according to a March 2005 Wilton Bulletin article. That year, the couple were named Distinguished Citizens of the Year by the Wilton YMCA.
His volunteer efforts included performing in a production of Love Letters to benefit A Better Chance (ABC) of Wilton and emceeing and singing in the Wilton Kiwanis Club’s annual holiday concert. He was also an active volunteer with the Friends of Wilton Library.
Canary participated in Middlebrook School’s first-ever Career Day in 1997, when he told students his work was “wonderful but tough.”
The couple opened the Wilton Education Foundation’s 1997 spelling bee, served as celebrity hosts of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center’s annual Safe & Sound Race/Walk in 2000 and 2001, and narrated Wilton’s Bicentennial in 2002.
Canary regularly participated in Wilton’s annual CROP walks and was also a spokesperson for NRFTD, formerly the Wilton Task Force on Lyme Disease. He was the NRFTD’s guest of honor in 2002.
He also sang with the Wilton Singers and was a fan of the Wilton Children’s Theater, crediting the theater and its alumni during a 2001 speech for “accolades bestowed upon the high school’s drama department” the previous year, when the department was recognized as having one of the top acting programs in the country.
Canary performed Clarence Darrow: A One-Man Show at the Wilton High School Little Theater in 2001 to raise money for Wilton Library and served as master of ceremonies of ABC of Wilton’s 2006 Food for the Soul benefit concert.
Canary starred in soap operas like All My Children and One Life to Live, and was well known for his role as the ranch foreman Candy Canaday on Bonanza, which he played from 1967 to 1970 and 1972 to 1973.
He also made guest appearances on two of the longest running prime time dramas in U.S. television history, Gunsmoke and Law & Order.
Canary was born in Elwood, Ind., on Aug. 25, 1938, and grew up in Massillon, Ohio, where he attended Washington High School.
He earned a football scholarship to the University of Cincinnati, which is where he developed a passion for the performing arts. According to IMDB.com, Canary trained as a singer at the school and graduated with a degree in music.
Canary turned down an offer to play professional football for the Denver Broncos and instead decided to head to New York City to become an actor.
There he performed in summer stock, regional theater, and in on- and off-Broadway productions before being drafted into the U.S. Army. During his two years of service, Canary entered and won the All-Army Entertainment Contest in 1963.
After being honorably discharged, Canary moved to Los Angeles to continue his acting career. He landed a role in the musical The Fantasticks in San Francisco. According to Jean M. Peck’s “Interview with an ‘All My Children’ star” article in the University of Cincinnati’s UC Magazine, Canary’s experience in The Fantasticks “led to his first break in television” — playing Russ Gehring on Peyton Place in 1965 and 1966.
During that time, Canary’s film roles included Lamar Dean in Hombre (1967) and Frank Gusenberg in The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967). In addition to his roles on Bonanza and Peyton Place, some of Canary’s television roles included George McClaney in Gunsmoke (1967) and Charlie Montana on Dundee and the Culhane (1967).
Canary returned to New York City in 1975 and met his second wife, Maureen, with whom he moved to Wilton in 1983. That same year, Canary started his 27-year run on All My Children as Stuart and Adam Chandler — roles that would earn him 16 daytime Emmy nominations and five wins.
Canary is survived by his wife; his son Christopher and his wife, Amy, of Philadelphia; his daughter Kathryn and her fiancé, John Rotheimer, of New York City; his grandson, Donovan Canary, of Philadelphia; and his brother John and wife Paula of New York City.
Funeral services will be privately held for immediate family at Bouton Funeral Home in Georgetown, and a memorial tribute is being planned, with a date to be determined.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, ALZ.org.
Obituary: David Canary, 77, actor(wiltonbulletin.com) Actor, David Hoyt Canary, beloved husband of Maureen Canary for over 33 years, passed away of natural causes on November 16, 2015, at The Greens at Cannondale in Wilton, Conn.
David was born on August 25, 1938 in Elwood, Indiana to the late Hillary Canary and Lorena Heal. Growing up in Massillon, Ohio, David played football for the famed Massillon Tigers of Washington High School before earning a football scholarship and playing varsity at the University of Cincinnati, graduating with a major in music. After turning down an offer to play professional football for the Denver Broncos in the first year of their existence, David took off for New York City to pursue his passion for acting. He was met with much success in theatre, doing summer stock, regional theatre, on and off Broadway productions, both musicals and straight plays. During his Broadway debut of Great Day in the Morning, with Colleen Dewhurst, David was drafted into the United States Army. After two years of service, David resumed his acting career and soon found himself in Los Angeles, where he began to work in film and television. He appeared in Hombre with Paul Newman, The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre with Jason Robards and Shark’s Treasure with Cornel Wilde to mention but a few.
Television soon beckoned with a stint as Mia Farrow’s physical therapist in the hugely successful night-time soap,Peyton Place. David was seen in a two-part Gunsmoke episode called Nitro, by David Dortort, Bonanza producer, who tapped him to play the role of Candy Canaday, ranch foreman of the Ponderosa, on the iconic western series. He remained there until the show’s finale in 1972.
In 1975, David returned to New York City to continue his pursuit of theatre, and appeared in numerous plays including Tennessee Williams’ final play, Clothes for a Summer Hotel, opposite Geraldine Paige. Soon he met and married his wife, Maureen. Just 10 days after the birth of their first child, David began a 26-year stint on the classic daytime drama, All My Children, creating the dual roles of Adam and Stuart Chandler, which garnered him five Outstanding Actor Awards and 16 nominations between 1983 and 2001. David retired from full-time acting in 2010.
In addition to his wife, Maureen, David is survived by his son, Christopher and his wife, Amy of Philadelphia, his daughter, Kathryn and her fiancé, John Rothmeier of New York City, his grandson, Donovan Canary of Philadelphia, and his brother John and wife Paula, of New York City. He was predeceased by his brother, Glenn, in 2008.
Funeral services will be private for immediate family. A memorial tribute is planned for a date to be determined.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bouton Funeral Home, 31 West Church Street, Georgetown, Conn. 06829.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Go to alz.org “David Canary Memorial Fund.”
David Canary, Star of 'All My Children' for Decades, Dies at 77(hollywoodreporter.com) He masterfully played the twin brothers Stuart and Adam Chandler, one good and the other evil, on the ABC soap opera.
David Canary, who for nearly three decades played the twin brothers Adam and Stuart Chandler on the ABC soap opera All My Children, has died. He was 77.
Canary, who earlier portrayed Candy Canaday, the ranch foreman of the Ponderosa, on the iconic NBC Western Bonanza, died Nov. 16 of natural causes at an assisted living facility in Wilton, Conn., his family announced.
The blue-eyed Canary first appeared on All My Children as Adam in 1984 and received five outstanding actor Emmy Awards and 16 nominations through 2001. He retired from acting in 2010 but returned to play the Chandler brothers for several days before the show’s emotional September 2011 finale.
Adam was underhanded, evil and one of Pine Valley's wealthiest men, while Stuart — who was introduced to the show a year after Adam — was his meek, traumatized twin brother. Adam often impersonated Stuart to get what he wanted, once locking up Stuart in the Chandler mansion for years.
Adam also used blackmail to manipulate several people, targeting Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) so that she would marry him again and forcing Leo du Pres (Josh Duhamel) to help break up Marian (Jennifer Bassey) and Stuart’s marriage. He also convinced Gloria Marsh (Teresa Blake) to leave Stuart and marry him instead, later imprisoning her in an abandoned building.
And when drugged by David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry), Adam accidentally shot and killed his brother — but, it turns out, he wasn’t dead at all!
A native of Elwood, Ind., Canary played offensive and defensive end for Ohio’s famed Massillon Tigers of Washington High School before earning a football scholarship to the University of Cincinnati. He graduated with a major in music.
Instead of accepting an offer to turn pro with the American Football League’s Denver Broncos in its first year, Canary went to New York to pursue acting, and he made his Broadway debut in Great Day in the Morning in 1962 opposite Colleen Dewhurst.
After two years in the U.S. Army, Canary came to Los Angeles and appeared in Hombre (1967) with Paul Newman, as a mobster in The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967) with Jason Robards and in Sharks' Treasure (1975) with Cornel Wilde. He also drew attention for playing Mia Farrow’s physical therapist Russ Gehring in the hugely popular ABC nighttime soap Peyton Place.
Producer David Dortort saw Canary shine in Hombre and in a two-part Gunsmoke episode in 1967 and hired him to play Canaday soon afterward. The handsome actor left briefly in a contract dispute but was with the series until it ended in 1973.
When Leonard Nimoy and the producers of Star Trek were locked in a contract dispute of their own, Canary was one of the top candidates to play Mr. Spock, according to the 1996 book Inside Star Trek — The Real Story.
Canary also played shrewd businessman Steve Frame on the NBC soap opera Another World from 1981 until 1983, when his character was killed off in a car crash, before joining All My Children.
Canary also appeared on Broadway in 1980 in Tennessee Williams’ final play, Clothes for a Summer Hotel, opposite Geraldine Page.
Survivors include his wife of more than 33 years, Maureen; children Christopher and Kathryn; brother John; and grandson Donovan.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association’s David Canary Memorial Fund.
David Canary, ‘All My Children’ soap star for three decades, dies at 77(zap2it.com) David Canary, a veteran star of ’60’s cowboy series who parlayed his career into a three-decades-long stint as cunning Adam Chandler on “All My Children,” has died at age 77.
Born in Elwood, Indiana in 1938, Canary served in the U.S. Army. The Denver Broncos gave him an offer to play for them, but he turned it down, instead catching the acting bug with a small role on the ’60’s serial “Peyton Place,” his leading-man-chin and piercing blue eyes led to success in the popular Westerns of the period. He appeared opposite Paul Newman in the classic film “Hombre,” guest-starred on “Gunsmoke” and filmed nearly 100 episodes of “Bonanza” as Candy Canaday — in 2002, he appeared in a TV special from the Ponderosa Ranch, his last time as the beloved character.
Canary would find his greatest success, however, a decade after he left the Ponderosa.
Following short stints on other daytime soaps including “Search for Tomorrow,” “The Doctors” (playing a character inspired by cult leader Jim Jones) and “Another World,” Canary joined “All My Children” on New Year’s Eve, 1983.
Playing confident, classically-handsome Adam Chandler (and, at times, his timid brother Stuart), Chandler embraced the soap trappings. One career highlight came in May 2009, when Adam accidentally killed Stuart — allowing the actor to play a tragic scene with himself. In April 2010, the 72-year-old actor officially retired, filming his final “All My Children” scenes as his character left Pine Valley to live happily ever after with his ex-wife.
Outside of the soap world, Canary found time for appearances on everything from “Curb Your Enthusiasm” to “Touched by an Angel” to the obligatory “Law & Order” appearance.
Canary also had a great ability to laugh at himself. In 2005, the beloved soap star presented an award at the 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards alongside another daytime icon: Oscar the Grouch from “Sesame Street.” Presenting at Radio City Music Hall in New York, Canary appeared on-stage with Oscar to hand out the award from the Muppet’s turf: A pair of side-by-side garbage cans.
Canary is survived by his wife Maureen, son Christopher and daughter Kathryn. Private funeral services have been arranged in Connecticut. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that people make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association under the “David Canary Memorial Fund.”
@SarahMGellar : #rip #DavidCanary You were the epitome of class. It was a joy and an honor to call you a colleague. #AllMyChildren
David Canary Dies: ‘All My Children’ Star Was 77(deadline.com) David Canary, known for his nearly three-decade stint on the ABC soap All My Children, died November 16 from natural causes, his family has announced. He was 77.
Born in Elwood, Indiana in 1938, Canary’s acting career began with a recurring role as Dr. Russ Gehrig on Peyton Place in 1965. He would soon go on to portray ranch manager Candy Canaday on the long-running NBC Western Bonanza, a role he held off and on from 1967 to 1973. A string of appearances on television shows from the era followed, including guest roles on Hawaii Five-0, Alias Smith And Jones, and S.W.A.T..
In the early 80s, Canary joined the soap opera world, portraying Steve Frame for two years on NBC’s Another World. But it was his next job, as diametrically opposite twins Adam Chandler and Stuart Chandler on ABC’s All My Children, that he was best known for. Canary played the roles from 1984 until 2011, including in a guest spot as Adam Chandler on One Life To Live. He won five Daytime Emmy outstanding actor awards and 16 nominations for the roles.
He largely retired in 2010 but continued to act sporadically, including several post-retirement appearances on All My Children. In addition, Canary continued to associate himself with his Bonanza role well into his career, making several appearances at the Lake Tahoe site of the show’s Ponderosa ranch between 1967 and 2004, and reprising the role for a PAX-TV special in 2002. Other TV appearances include Law & Order, Touched By An Angel, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
He was married to Maureen Maloney; the couple had two children, son Chris and daughter Kate.
AMC Vet David Canary Dead at 77(tvline.com) Soap legend David Canary, who won five Daytime Emmy Awards for playing All My Children twins Adam and Stuart Chandler, died on Nov. 16 of natural causes. He was 77.
Canary was primarily a theater actor before breaking into TV in the ’60s, first as Mia Farrow’s physical therapist in Peyton Place and next as Ponderosa ranch foreman Candy Canaday in Bonanza. In 1978, he kicked off his daytime soap career with a role on Search for Tomorrow. He followed that up with stints on The Doctors and Another World, before kicking off his 27-year run on All My Children in 1983.
Canary left AMC — and the acting profession — in 2010, although he returned to the soap in 2011 for a few series-ending episodes.
A memorial tribute will be held at a later date.
Many of Canary’s former AMC co-stars took to Twitter on Tuesday to pay their respects.
@KellyRipa : So sad to learn of the passing of the great David Canary. A incredibly talented actor. A wonderful man. I was lucky to know you.
All My Children Star David Canary Dies at 77(tvguide.com) All My Children icon David Canary has passed away at age 77, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. He died of natural causes in an assisted living facility in Wilton, Conn., on Nov. 16, according to his family.
Canary began his decades-long tenure on the soap opera as Adam Chandler in 1984. A few years later he would start pulling double duty playing both Adam, one of the most fiendish and wealthy residents of Pine Valley, as well as his mild-mannered, sweet twin brother Stuart.
Canary played the twins for 26 years and racked up five Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Actor along with 16 more nominations.
Before becoming a legendary member of the All My Children cast, Canary played Candy Canaday, the foreman of the Ponderosa, on NBC's Bonanza.
Prior to moving to New York to pursue acting, Canary came very close to becoming a professional football player. Canary was offered a spot on the American Football League's Denver Broncos in their first year of existence.
His family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association's David Canary Memorial Fund.
He is survived by his wife Maureen; children Christopher and Kathryn; brother John and grandson Donovan.
All My Children Star David Canary Has Died Aged 77(people.com) Television soap star David Canary has died, multiple reports confirm. He was 77.
The actor, who starred in All My Children, died on Nov. 16 of natural causes at an assisted living home in Wilton, Connecticut, the Wilton Bulletin reports.
Canary began his acting career in theater in New York before working in television and in film. His first role in a soap opera was as a physical therapist on Peyton Place.
In the eighties, he began his 26-year tenure on All My Children in which he racked up 16 Emmy nominations and won five Outstanding Actor Awards for his roles as Stuart and Adam.
Canary leaves his wife of 33 years, Maureen, as wells as a son, Christopher, and a daughter, Kathryn.
Former co-star, Kelly Ripa – who played Canary's daughter in All My Children – tweeted her sadness at the news.
"So sad to learn of the passing of the great David Canary," she wrote. "A incredibly talented actor. A wonderful man. I was lucky to know you."
All My Children Star David Canary Dead at 77(eonline.com) The soap opera family has lot one of their beloved members.
David Canary, best known for his 27-year run as twins Adam and Stuart Chandler on All My Children, died of natural causes on Nov. 16 at The Greens at Cannondale in Wilton, Conn. He was 77.
"So sad to learn of the passing of the great David Canary. A incredibly talented actor. A wonderful man. I was lucky to know you," his co-star Kelly Ripa tweeted after learning of the news. Sarah Michelle Gellar also took to Twitter to share her condolences, writing, "#rip #DavidCanary You were the epitome of class. It was a joy and an honor to call you a colleague. #AllMyChildren."
The five-time Emmy award winner turned down an offer to play for the Denver Broncos during their first year in the NFL to pursue a career in acting. Canary began his journey as a theater actor before breaking into television in the '60s.
He made his small screen debut as Mia Farrow's physical therapist in Peyton Place and then as Ponderosa ranch foreman in Bonanza. In 1978, he kicked off his daytime soap career with a role on Search for Tomorrow, and then continued his soap run with appearances on The Doctors and Another World, before joining All My Children in 1983.
In addition to his wife of 33 years, Maureen, Canary is survived by his son, Christopher, his daughter, Kathryn, his grandson, Donovan Canary, and his brother John.
Funeral services will be private for immediate family. A memorial tribute is planned for a date to be determined, however, the family has requested that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association by visiting alz.org "David Canary Memorial Fund."
Matt Bomer To Star In ‘The Last Tycoon’ Amazon Pilot, Lifting ContingencyMatt Bomer, coming off a starring role in American Horror Story: Hotel, has been tapped as the lead in The Last Tycoon, Amazon Studios’ drama pilot based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel. The project, from Sony’s TriStar Television, was quietly ordered earlier this month as cast-contingent. The casting of Bomer lifts the contingency, clearing the pilot for production.
The Last Tycoon, which Sony TV set up at Amazon a year ago, was written by Captain Phillips scribe Billy Ray who is set to direct the pilot.
Inspired by the life of film mogul Irving Thalberg, on whom the book’s protagonist Monroe Stahr was based, The Last Tycoon 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 Pat Brady, a character based on Louis B. Mayer. With Stahr as a focal point, the series delves into the true violence, sex and towering ambition of Hollywood in the ’30s. Ray executive produces alongside Party Of Five co-creator Chris Keyser, who serves as showrunner, as well as Perri Kipperman, Josh Maurer, David Stern and Alix Witlin.
In The Last Tycoon 1976 big-screen adaptation directed by Elia Kazan and written by Harold Pinter, the role of Stahr was played by Robert De Niro.
Following his six-season stint as star of USA’s crime drama White Collar, Bomer is playing one of the leads in the latest installment of FX’s American Horror Story, Hotel. His role in HBO Films’ The Normal Heart earned him a Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination. In features, Bomer co-stars in the Magic Mike franchise and will next be seen in The Nice Guys and The Magnificent Seven. He is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content and attorney Steve Warren.
In My Library: Susan Lucci(nypost.com) The last time Susan Lucci read aloud from Elizabeth Taylor’s autobiography, Alec Baldwin played Richard Burton. “It was fantastic!” recalls the erstwhile queen of daytime TV. She’s not sure who’ll play Burton Nov. 23 — when she, Tony Danza and others send up the stars in the “Celebrity Autobiography” show at the Triad Theatre (158 W. 72nd St., 7 p.m.), but promises the results will be “hilarious!”
The longtime Erica Kane of “All My Children” — a role she played for 18 Emmy nods before finally winning, in 1999 — wrote a memoir of her own, the best-selling “All My Life.” In fact, she says, Mario Cantone had fun reading from that at an earlier “Celebrity Autobiography.” “He must have done a great job!” she laughs.
Here’s what’s in her library:
Life of the Party: The Biography of Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward Harriman by Christopher Ogden
When I was playing Erica Kane, I thought it could be a great source book for me. Pamela had been much married and had a reputation for being a courtesan. There’s a story about her meeting Churchill in wartime, showing up in a Range Rover with a silver bar service in the trunk. They were fighting a war and she had a picnic!
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
I was on vacation with my husband in Mexico when I read this and couldn’t put it down! It’s a coming-of-age story set in the South and very evocative — I could feel the Southern heat, and the characters were so rich and fully drawn. It just spoke to me. Who’s to say why?
I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, With a Twist by Betty Halbreich
Betty is a personal shopper to end all personal shoppers. She’s been at Bergdorf Goodman for many years. I have a long history with her, because our show’s costume designer worked with her in choosing Erica’s clothes. She’s an icon. Betty will also tell you the truth, and I love that. She’s not a yes girl!
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
A friend gave this book to me, and I’m in the middle of it right now. This is the first in the trilogy about two girls growing up in Naples. My dad is a first generation Italian-American, and while he’s not Neapolitan, the writing here lets me see the dust and dirt around the railroad tracks in Naples. Wonderful!
‘ANTM’ contestant Yaya DaCosta files for divorce“America’s Next Top Model’’ contestant-turned-actress Yaya DaCosta has filed for divorce from her movie-director husband — and it could get nasty.
DaCosta filed papers for a contested divorce against ex Joshua Bee Alafia in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday.
The filing is sealed, so it’s unclear why the couple split. They were married for two years and have a son named Sankara.
DaCosta was the second-place finisher in the reality-TV fashion show’s third season. She then turned to the big screen, acting in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and landing a starring role in Whitney Houston’s Lifetime biopic. Neither side returned calls.
James Franco's Hulu Thriller 11.22.63 Gets Presidential Premiere DateThis is a fitting premiere date: Hulu has announced that its time-tripping JFK assassination thriller 11.22.63, starring James Franco, will bow on February 15, 2016 — AKA Presidents Day.
The nine-hour limited series, based upon Stephen King’s 2011 novel and produced by J.J. Abrams, revolves around high school history teacher Jake Epping (Franco), who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, falling in love and the past itself (which doesn’t want to be changed).
Chris Cooper, Josh Duhamel, T.R. Knight, Cherry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Lucy Fry, George MacKay and Daniel Webber also star.
Bridget Carpenter and Bryan Burk serve as EPs alongside Abrams and King.
The Behind-the-Scenes Drama Susan Lucci Never Revealed on Dancing with the StarsWhen Susan Lucci was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars back in 2008, the glamorous soap opera star never let on, that behind the scenes, her newborn grandson Brendan was fighting for his life.
Back home in Garden City, New York, Brendan – the son of her daughter, Liza Huber and her husband Alex Hesterberg – had just been born nine weeks early, weighing just 4 lbs., 10 oz.
But Lucci, the star of All My Children (and more recently Devious Maids) and always a fan favorite, never revealed that her grandson was hooked up to a ventilator, unable to breathe on his own.
"It was always Liza's story to tell," says Lucci, 68. "This is her child, this is her little boy."
In this week's PEOPLE, Lucci and Huber, the founder and CEO of Sage Spoonfuls, a line of products designed for parents to make healthy food for their kids, open up about how Brendan was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 2 years old. "I don't want to hide it," says Huber, 40, a mom of four. "I want him to feel good and proud. That was my light bulb."
Huber will never know exactly the cause of her son's cerebral palsy. (The neurological disorder is often caused by a brain injury in utero or during birth.)
After he was born, Brendan stayed in the neonatal intensive care unit for six weeks before he was able to come home. At the time, Lucci was flying back and forth cross country to comfort her daughter and be there for her grandson. "I didn't want to leave her," recalls Lucci. "When I would come back from L.A. on the red eye on a Tuesday night after the show, I'd take a brief nap and then go to the hospital with Liza and stay with her and then dance with Tony [Dovolani] in the evening. With Dancing with the Stars, they miraculously send your dance teacher with you wherever you need to be. So Tony and I and my husband [Helmet Huber] were The Three Musketeers, on the plane all the time together."
Lucci did her best to focus. "I tried to deal with each thing I needed to do at the moment," she recalls. "As much as I thought I was hopefully dealing with it the best I could, I was worried about the steps."
Meanwhile, her family was rooting her. "It was surreal," recalls Huber. "Whenever Brendan would be unplugged [from the monitors], we'd wheel him into the parents room [of the neonatal intensive care unit] and watch TV. By the fifth week, even the nurses were like 'Stop voting for her! She needs to come home!' We were beside ourselves."
"My poor mother was also beside herself," says Huber laughing. "Even she was saying 'Stop voting for me!' We were all so happy when she was voted off. We needed her home!"
Now a 7-year-old first grader, Brendan is an inspiration for both his mom and grandmother. "When you look at this little boy who is living his life, it's a reminder to never give in to adversity," says Lucci.
Her daughter agrees. "I told him everyone has something, that this is something he will have for the rest of his life but it doesn't define him," says Huber. "We came up with this saying: 'My legs are tight, so what?' He is just as smart and just as handsome and just as kind. He's sweet, but he's also very tough. He is my hero."
For more revelations from Susan Lucci, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
Susan Lucci's Daughter Liza Huber Reveals Her Son Has Cerebral Palsy(people.com) When Liza Huber was told her son Brendan had cerebral palsy in 2010, she says she "just froze."
"I broke down in tears," Huber tells PEOPLE. "I felt sadness that he would deal with cerebral palsy for the rest of his life, but I also felt gratitude that he could walk. Many others cannot."
Huber, the daughter of soap opera legend Susan Lucci, exclusively reveals the courageous story of her 7-year-old son, Brendan, in this week's issue of PEOPLE. Her candid interview comes after years of keeping silent about her son's condition.
"If I am trying to hide it, how does it look to him?" asks Huber, 40. "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."
Huber's mom, the iconic star of All My Children, supports her decision.
"I am very proud of her," says Lucci, 68. "Good for Brendan, for his mom to speak about him with such pride publicly, as well as to open up a conversation about cerebral palsy. It can only have positive impact and how wonderful for Brendan to know his family is proud of him."
Huber, who has four children (Royce, 8; Brendan, 7; Hayden, 4; and Mason, 2) with her husband, tech executive Alex Hesterberg, will never know the exact cause of her son's cerebral palsy. (Cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that affects muscle movement, is often caused by a brain injury in utero or during birth.) Even though she had a normal pregnancy, she recalls "a gnawing feeling that something was wrong." Then, on the evening of Aug. 16, 2008, when she was 31 weeks pregnant, she felt "the most excruciating pain I've ever had," she says. Doubled over in pain, she nearly passed out and was rushed to the emergency room, where Brendan was born nine weeks early.
Weighing just 4 lbs., 10 ounces, he was immediately sent to neonatal intensive care unit.
Six days later, Brendan stopped breathing and was immediately put on a ventilator. Says Huber: "I was afraid he wouldn't make it."
After five weeks, he came home and Huber focused on his care. She eventually left her acting career to launch her own company Sage Spoonfuls, a line of products to help parents make healthy kids' food. The career move allowed her to work from home, close to her kids.
At 10 months, she began to notice Brendan was unable to sit up by himself.
"I knew something was wrong but I was in denial," she says.
At 19 months, when he couldn't stand, she took him to a doctor, where an MRI revealed he had cerebral palsy.
The first few years were challenging. Brendan has stiffness and pain in his muscles, walks with an uneven gait and will require physical therapy for the rest of his life. When he was in kindergarten, Huber recalls, "He was tripping and falling in school and didn't understand why." That's when she told him about his condition.
"I told him about why his legs are the way they are and that this is something he has to deal with the rest of is life," she says, "but it doesn't define him."
The 50-lb first grader is a newly minted Cub Scout, a baseball pitcher (thanks to his older brother, Royce, who taught him how to throw) and a very empathetic little boy.
"If anyone falls, he is the first to say, 'Are you okay?' " says his Mom.
Now, she says, "I want to shout his accomplishments from the rooftop. Walking up two stairs of our home without holding on when he gets home from school is the biggest deal ever! I want to celebrate him and for him to celebrate himself."
His proud grandmother, a longtime supporter of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City says he's also her inspiration.
"He's taught me that you have to go forward forward and that life is a gift," she says. "He's a spectacular little boy."
‘Devious Maids’ Renewed For Season 4 By LifetimeA month after Devious Maids finished airing its third season, the soapy mystery drama has been picked for Season 4. It joins recently renewed freshman Unreal as Lifetime’s only current scripted series.
The renewal comes after a stable Season 3 performance, which Lifetime EVP Liz Gateley summed up as, “Devious Maids is a steady hit that continues to deliver for us. It has found a loyal audience that is socially engaged with the show.” Indeed, Devious Maids‘ third season launched with 1.47 million viewers in Live+Same Day and ended with a 1.53 million. What’s more, the series wrapped the season with an uptick, hitting season highs with the last two episodes (1.52 million, 1.53 million). In addition to total viewers, the August 24 finale also logged season highs among adults 25-54 and women 25-54.
Devious Maids, from ABC Studios and executive producers Marc Cherry and Eva Longoria, stars Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramírez, Roselyn Sánchez, Judy Reyes, Rebecca Wisocky and Susan Lucci. It is set in a world where murder and mayhem collide in the mansions of Beverly Hills’ wealthiest and most powerful families.
Inspired by the hit telenovela, Ellas son… la alegría del hogar, Devious Maids was created by Cherry and is executive produced by Cherry, Sabrina Wind, Longoria, Brian Tanen, Larry Shuman, David Lonner, John Mass, Ric Swartzlander and Televisa USA’s Paul Presburger and Michael Garcia.
New Twist In Prospect Park Lawsuit!In a new court motion, Prospect Park Networks has asked to convert its Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan to a Chapter 7 because they have been unable to pay the fees owed to their legal counsel, Jones Day, in the breach of contract suit against Disney/ABC over ONE LIFE TO LIVE. PPN had hoped that selling $6 million in tax credits it had received for filming the OLTL and ALL MY CHILDREN reboots in Connecticut would pay for the law firm to represent them in the $95 million lawsuit, but the proceeds weren't enough to keep Jones Day as their counsel or find a suitable replacement once PPN had paid off their largest claim holder.
"The best hope for a meaningful recovery to creditors is successful prosecution or settlement of the ABC litigation," reads the motion. "The debtor and the debtor's counsel have done everything to keep the ABC litigation alive for the benefits of creditors."
Under the Chapter 11 filing, PPN would have liquidated the estate, but the company's creditors bashed that plan, claiming that the disclosure statement failed to provide information about how the production company valued the contract suit with ABC (its primary asset) or how that litigation would be handled under the plan. Switching to Chapter 7 bankruptcy would effectively allow PPN to have their debts canceled. (However, PPN is requesting that a trustee be appointed as quickly as possible to oversee the ongoing ABC litigation.) Explaining in the motion that their revenue stream from Hulu is set to expire on July 31, rendering the estate "administratively insolvent because the outstanding and unpaid fees awarded to estate professional exceeds the amount of cash the Debtor has on hand."
Visit SOUTH BEACH Today!The sexy new digital drama SOUTH BEACH is now available for streaming on Hulu, featuring THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL star Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy), and daytime vets Jordi Vilasuso (Griffin, ALL MY CHILDREN; Tony, GUIDING LIGHT) and Marc Menard (Boyd, AMC). The six-episode series is set in the trendy Miami neighborhood — where some secrets refuse to stay buried in the sand.
Wood plays nightclub owner Samantha Lear, Vilasuso is drug lord Isaac Santero and Menard is Vincent York. "It's about two record labels, one of which owns a nightclub. And they're competing for the top acts in Miami," explains Vilasuso. "In the midst of all this, there's a murder — which may or may not be a serial killer who disappeared 20 years ago. My character comes from the other side of the tracks. He's very Machiavellian and he's profiled you before you've met him."
To watch SOUTH BEACH, head over to Hulu.com.
ALICIA MINSHEW BOOKS YEAR ROUNDERSAlicia Minshew (ex-Kendall, AMC et al) is the first actor to officially join sudsvilletv.com’s new soap, YEAR ROUNDERS, playing Georgina Phillips, who is described as a "slightly tarnished trophy wife with a bad prenup.” Look for her to have a different look than she’s sported on other shows, says Creator Meg Kelly. "That's where makeup comes in," winks Kelly. "Nothing like a blond wig and an orange tan to age a woman.” YEAR ROUNDERS will air on Thursdays on the web series, beginning in December. The official description of the show reads: "Welcome to St. George, a once-upon-a-time New England fishing village that has become a summer playground for the wealthy."
DARNELL WILLIAMS TO SUDSVILLETV.COM?(soapoperadigest.com) AMC favorite Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse), has been in discussion with Emmy-winning scribe Meg Kelly about joining her new soap, YEAR ROUNDERS, on SudsvilleTV. "I've talked to Meg about SudsvilleTV and am really excited," Williams enthuses. "The pilot script for YEAR ROUNDERS is amazing. Fans should definitely sign up at SudsvilleTV.com and be a part of revitalizing a great industry." Once fans sign up, they're automatically entered into multiple chances to win great prizes. More entries will be awarded to fans who share SudsvilleTV via their social networks. So sign up and you might just wind up having dinner with Darnell!
Agnes Nixon Fast Facts(erietvnews.com) (CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of Agnes Nixon, creator of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live."
Personal: Birth date: December 10, 1927
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Birth name: Agnes Eckhardt
Father: Harry Joseph Eckhardt, owner of Perfection Burial Garment Company
Mother: Agnes Patricia (Dalton) Eckhardt, bookkeeper
Marriages: Robert Nixon (April 6, 1951-November 22, 1996 his death)
Children: Catherine Agnes, Mary Frances, Robert Henry, Emily Anne
Education: Attended Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1940-1944
Agnes Nixon grew up in Nashville, Tennessee.
Known as the "Queen of Soap Opera writing," she has nine Daytime Emmy writing nominations and four wins between her two shows "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," and a Lifetime Achievement award.
Her storylines often included socially conscious topics of the time, such as uterine cancer and Pap smears, racial identity, interracial relationships, abuse and abortion.
She created roles specifically for these actors: Laurence Fishburne, Tommy Lee Jones, and Tom Berenger on "One Life to Live".
She patterned her soap opera cities after an area in Philadelphia known as the "Main Line."
Nixon was one of the early writers on "The Guiding Light" (1953-2009), the longest running soap opera in history.
The character Agnes Eckhardt appeared on both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" played by Nixon. She also played the characters Agnes Dixon on "One Life to Live" and Aggie on "All My Children".
The production company Prospect Park teamed up with Apple and Hulu, to save "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" by making both shows available online.
1944 - After college Nixon begins writing for the radio soap opera, 'Woman in White."
1950 - She relocates to New York and begins freelancing for live television prime-time broadcasts.
1951 - Writes for 13 weeks for daytime television as head writer for the soap opera "Search for Tomorrow."
1952-1954 - Writes for prime-time drama "Robert Montgomery Presents."
1957-1959 - Nixon writes for the soap "As the World Turns."
1959-1965 - Head writer on "The Guiding Light."
1965-1967 - Becomes head writer for "Another World"
July 15, 1968 - Nixon's creation "One Life to Live" debuts. She is the head writer.
January 5, 1970 - Another Nixon creation debuts, "All My Children," also with Nixon as head writer.
June 26, 1983 - The soap opera "Loving" premieres. Nixon is co-creator with Douglas Marland.
1988 - Wins Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for "All My Children."
June 25, 1994 - Nixon becomes the first female writer to be inducted into the Soap Opera Hall of Fame.
November 1995 - The storyline of "The City," created by Nixon, James H. Brown and Barbara Esensten, picks up where "Loving" left off.
1996-1998 - Wins Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for "All My Children".
May 12, 2010 - The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announces Nixon as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
April 14, 2011 - ABC announces the cancellation of "One Life to Live" as of January 2012. "All My Children" is also being canceled.
June 30, 2011 - ABC announces "All My Children" will air its final episode on television on Friday, September 23, 2011.
January 13, 2012 - "One Life to Live" airs its final episode on television.
April 29, 2013 - "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" come back to life, airing twice weekly online at Hulu and Apple's iTunes. Nixon is the creator of the new "All My Children."
Fall 2013 - The first online seasons of "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" end. Further production is then put on indefinite hold, due to legal proceedings between ABC and Prospect Park, which produces the shows.
Y&R Star Needs Your Help For A Good CauseAmelia Heinle (ex-Mia, AMC) recently launched a fashion and lifestyle Web site called Dear March, and in addition to the articles and peeks into the actress' personal life is an on-line store where a percentage of the sales are donated to the American Cancer Society in honor of Heinle's sister, Jane, who is currently battling cancer.
Now, Heinle is hosting a special charity event for BelieveBig.org on Sunday, December 14, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy located at The Grove in Los Angeles, CA. Her husband, Thad Luckinbill (ex-J.T.) will be on hand as one of the special guests, and there will be a limited number of tickets available for a VIP meet and greet with the actors. Tickets are available exclusively at DearMarchShop.com, and money raised by the event will be donated to the cancer charity Believe Big in Jane's name.
AMC ALUM RELEASES MUSIC VIDEOAMC 2.0 alum Denyse Tontz (ex-Miranda; Nikki, DOG WITH A BLOG) debuted her first music video for "Use It" on her YouTube Channel, Denyse Tontz Music. Check out the video here!
ABC Fails To Trim Prospect Park Soap SuitABC took a hit this morning in Prospect Park’s multimillion-dollar legal action over licensed soaps All My Children and One Life To Live. The network was denied its motion to strike the part of the production company’s amended complaint in which Prospect Park asked to have the license agreement for the online shows extended and payments to ABC “excused” while the nearly year-old breach of contract suit for more than $100 million moves forward. The ruling came after a 50-minute hearing in LA Superior Court before Judge Robert Hess. Trial lawyer James Edward Maloney of Texas’ Andrews Kurth represented Prospect Park, while Susan Klein and Nuritsa Ksachikyan of LA’s Valle Makoff were there for ABC. “Prospect Park exercised its option — it produced an entire season of the series,” Klein argued early in the hearing. “It can’t ask the court to rewrite what the parties have negotiated.” Hess saw it differently: “After hearing the arguments from them and you, I’m going to let them leave it in,” he told Klein.
Prospect Park's Jeff Kwatinetz Takes Company To Court Over Non-Compete Clauses(deadline.com) Prospect Park’s multi-million dollar legal battle with ABC over licensed soaps All My Children and One Life To Live isn’t the only courtroom drama the production company is now facing. Co-Founder Jeff Kwatinetz has filed a complaint against the company and ABRY Senior Equity IV, L.P., ABRY Investment Partnership, L.P., and ABRY Senior Equity Co-Investment Fund IV. The producer and talent manager is seeking a declaratory judgment over non-compete clauses in a December 31, 2012 employment agreement he signed with Prospect Park when the Boston-based investors came on board late last year. Long story short, Kwatinetz wants a judge to decide if the “unenforceable non-competition and non-solicitation provision” would actually prevented him from working for another company for 5 years and if Prospect and ABRY could get an injunction to force him to work for them for 5 years if he attempted to leave. “In addition, the Guarantee contains what is essentially a $5,000,000 liquidated damages penalty for a ‘breach’ of the unenforceable non-competition provision and employment term requirements in the Agreement,” the 10-claim complaint filed on November 21 in LA Superior Court adds (read it here).
The catalyst of the complaint was a difference of opinion that Kwatinetz has with ABRY over the direction of the company, sources tell me. Specially, that disagreement has to do with the future of AMC and OLTL and whether they will continue or not. Kwatinetz was advocating the continuation of the two series. Having said that, the producer had his lawyer Michael Taitelman file the complaint not because he intends to leave Prospect Park, I’m told, but because he wants to explore his options in what is a very complicated and multi-tiered agreement. Otherwise, all parties seem to be in sync right now at the busy Prospect Park and Kwatinetz continues to work there. Besides the online soaps, whose legal machinations could drag on for years, PP currently has Wilfred on FX and Royal Pains on USA with drama Salem debuting on WGN America in the spring of 2014. The company also has 10 sold scripted pilots in various states of development on both cable and broadcast TV and a music management and label revenue stream. Kwatinetz formed PP with ex-Walt Disney Studios president Richard Frank in 2008. A spokesperson for Kwatinetz declined to comment on the November 21st complaint when contacted by Deadline.
For the most part, non-compete clauses are redundant in California unless the individual in questions is an owner of a company and even then they can be voided. That is distinctly not the case in other states such as New York. Hence, Kwatinetz’s complaint notes its disagreement with PP and ABRY’s desire to have the Empire State and its laws used as a venue for the non-compete provisions. “Furthermore, the Agreement and the Guarantee attempt to impose New York law and venue on the parties even though the Agreement was negotiated in California, with a California resident, for his employment in California at two California-based companies, and none of the parties are based in New York,” the 109-page filing notes. By filing in LA Superior Court, the complaint seeks a judicial determination that the Golden State’s laws and jurisdiction will apply in the matter.
Attorney Michael Taitelman’s firm Freedman & Taitelman have also served as outside counsel to Deadline’s parent company PMC.
What Really Happened At AMC?In her newest blog, Soap Opera Digest columnist Carolyn Hinsey talks to AMC Supervising Producer Sonia Blangiardo (executive producer of the upcoming web series TAINTED DREAMS) about the behind the scenes goings-on at the reboot that has now been shelved. "All I can say is that every effort was made to make this show a success, but there were obstacles that could not be overcome," says Blangiardo. To find out the obstacles - and a lot more dish - go to: carolynhinsey.tainteddreamstheseries.com.
Jill Larson Speaks Out On AMC's EndJill Larson (Opal) released a statement about the end of AMC on her Facebook page. Wrote the longtime star, "Greetings all, well I finally got the official call, saying PP is not going forward with AMC 'at this time', left the door open a crack, hmmm! As disappointing as that news is, it was not a surprise. Just as they did the first time, PP chose to remain silent regarding their activities, and now that I've had some experience with them, I do believe that it was because Jeff [Kwatinetz, PP's co-chief] just kept on beating the bushes trying to raise the money, never willing to cry uncle. I am sad for all of us, from Jeff to all of you, but gosh I'm grateful for the chance we had to make something new and wonderful from our beloved shows. Maybe when more fans are computer-savvy, and go online for content as a regular habit, investors will feel comfortable putting money into what was a grand experiment, perhaps ahead of its time, and only time will tell. Take care of yourselves, my lovelies, sending love to you all!"
Prospect Park Now Seeking $125M In ABC Soap Lawsuit(deadline.com) The on-going multi-million legal drama between Prospect Park and ABC over licensed soaps All My Children and One Life To Live looks poised to get much rougher and much pricier. Nearly seven months after Jeff Kwatinetz and former Walt Disney Studios president Rich Frank’s company first filed a breach of contract lawsuit against ABC, their lawyers Wednesday entered an amended complaint in LA Superior Court. One big change is how much money the plaintiffs are seeking. “As a direct and proximate result of ABC’s breaches, Prospect Park has been damaged in an amount to be determined at trial, but including at least $30 million in out-of-pocket losses and/or at least $95 million in lost profits,” says today’s filing. That’s way up from the $25 million the plaintiffs were looking for in April. Claims that ABC called “baseless” then. The now amended suit also includes claims of promissory fraud and declaratory relief and seeks Prospect Park’s continued licensing fee payments to be waived and an extension of that agreement while the case goes on – which could be years.
In addition to previous allegations of dirty dealing on ABC’s part, today’s filing says that the network inked long term agreements with OLTL actors behind the production company’s back. in the hope of creating a new property of its own. “Unbeknownst to Prospect Park, at the same time the ink was drying on the Licensing Agreement granting Prospect Park an exclusive license for OLTL through January 31, 2013, ABC insiders were developing a plan to create a mega-soap through the amalgamation of OLTL and GH, intentionally disregarding Prospect Park’s rights,” the amended complaint adds. This comes on top of the April filing’s claims that ABC has been breaking the licensing agreement, killing off OLTL characters on loan to General Hospital and deliberately attacking Prospect Park’s efforts to continue AMC and OLTL online.
This latest legal move comes amidst speculation that at least one of the shows is going down. AMC cast members recently said on social media that they were told not to anticipate a return from their current hiatus.
Prospect Park is represented in the case by a plethora of LA and Houston-based attorneys led by trial lawyer James Edward Maloney of Texas’ Andrews Kurth. ABC is represented by Jeffrey Valle, Susan Klein and Nuritsa Ksachikyan of LA’s Valle Makoff.
Soap opera 'All My Children' washed up?(latimes.com) It appears to be curtains again for "All My Children," the soap opera that ran four decades on ABC before being canceled, then resurrected as an Internet series.
An actor on the series, Debbi Morgan, announced on Twitter that the show was "officially done" after one season on the Internet. "Thanks for the memories," Morgan tweeted late last week.
Prospect Park, the production company behind the effort to keep the show alive, this week refused to discuss the situation or confirm Morgan's comment.
On Wednesday, lawyers representing Prospect Park filed an amended lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against ABC. The suit claims that the Walt Disney Co.-owned television company undermined its efforts to produce "All My Children" and a second ABC soap, "One Life to Live," for the Internet.
Prospect Park spent $30 million in the last 18 months to re-create "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" after ABC ended long-running daytime dramas in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
Lack of money, the legal battle with ABC and collateral damage to the shows will make it nearly impossible to proceed, people close to the production said.
"At this point, the whole franchise is irreparably damaged," said Jim Maloney, a partner in the Houston, Texas, law firm Andrews Kurth, which is representing Prospect Park.
"Life has become very difficult for Prospect Park, and ABC has done everything that it could to see that Prospect Park failed," Maloney said.
Prospect Park's 33-page suit accuses ABC of promissory fraud and breach of contract. In addition to borrowing "One Life to Live" characters for use on "General Hospital" and then killing some of them in a car crash, ABC also refused to accept advertising from Prospect Park or let the production company use social media or websites to help market the shows, the suit contends.
ABC went so far as to forbid soap stars from appearing on ABC talk shows, Maloney said.
ABC countered that it did nothing wrong, saying in a court filing it had "acted reasonably and in good faith at all times."
On Wednesday, ABC declined to comment further, saying it had not been served with the updated complaint.
Prospect Park had figured that half the TV audience would follow the shows to the Internet, but fewer than one-fifth of the viewership did.
The shows were intended to be used as part of Prospect Park's ambitious effort to create a next-generation online network.
In the summer of 2011, several months after ABC announced it would kill the shows, Prospect Park's chief Jeff Kwatinetz and business partner Rich Frank, a former Disney executive, stepped in and acquired the licensing rights for "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," as well as an option on a third ABC-owned soap, "General Hospital," should ABC cancel the show.
ABC's surviving soap, "General Hospital," remains on the ABC schedule and is enjoying some of its best ratings in years. Maloney contends that ABC turned "General Hospital" into a "mega soap," signing popular actors and borrowing elements from the other shows to boost the show's appeal.
"ABC decided to literally strip-mine the shows for the benefit of 'General Hospital,'" Maloney said. "This happened after ABC came to the conclusion that its new daytime shows were not working."
Prospect Park's Web productions almost didn't get off the ground.
After struggling to get financing in 2012 and tussles with labor unions, Prospect Park received the green light from investors in December 2012, allowing it begin production on the two shows early this year.
Cast and crew members were hired, sets were quickly built and "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" lurched back in to production in February, just in time to meet an ABC-mandated deadline.
The two shows debuted online in April, but then writers struggled to adapt to the new format and speed the pace of the shows to engage online audiences. Late this summer, Prospect Park said it would suspend production on "One Life to Live" while the lawsuit against ABC moved through the courts.
Prospect Park had planned to keep "All My Children" in production in a Connecticut sound stage -- but money apparently ran out.
The news of the apparent demise of "All My Children" comes after ABC's parent company, the Walt Disney Co., alerted cable distributors that it was pulling the plug on SOAPnet, a cable channel it created in 2000 to rerun soap episodes at night when women were home from work.
Instead, Disney has turned its attention on building a replacement channel for preschoolers, Disney Junior, which launched in 2012 and has become a profitable vehicle for the Burbank giant to create new toy franchises.
The End Of AMC & OLTL (Again)(abc.soapsindepth.com) Fans of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE were on pins and needles last week as rumors were flying that Prospect Park was due to make a big announcement regarding the future of the two soaps. Unfortunately, while there has been no official word from the company, a source close to actors from the shows tells Soaps In Depth, "It's over." Debbi Morgan (Angie, AMC) essentially confirmed as much when she responded to upset fans on Twitter. "Well we're all pretty much sad now for real since we've definitely been told it's a wrap," she posted. "My manager was given the news that we were officially done by PP's lawyer. Yeah, we've been canceled."
Prospect Park originally bought the rights to AMC and OLTL following their cancelations on ABC, but struggled to bring them to air online immediately following their network runs as originally planned. Fans were elated when financing was eventually secured, cast and crew were hired, sets were built in a studio in Stamford, CT and Hulu.com was set to air the episodes. The OnLine Network originally planned to broadcast daily half-hour episodes, but within weeks, that number was cut back to just two episodes of each soap a week, leading to rumors of production difficulties. Still, both AMC and OLTL were regularly among the top ten most-watched shows on Hulu.com, and many viewers were thrilled to watch as many shows as they were willing to broadcast.
However, while fans assumed the soaps would again be ongoing series, Prospect Park announced in August that both AMC and OLTL would instead have season finales after which production would take a break before beginning a second season. Viewers immediately worried the shows would never return, and after production of OLTL was shelved indefinitely due to the ongoing lawsuit with ABC, it seemed those fears were justified.
And now it seems that this grand experiment to bring the soaps back to life online has come to an unfortunate end. And sadly, because there was no notice or time to plan for the grand finales these venerable soaps deserve, this time they will not be ending with a bang, but with a whimper. And despite returns from the dead being commonplace on soaps, another resurrection for AMC and OLTL seems highly unlikely.
All My Children Dead (Again), Cast Members Say(tvguide.com) All My Children has been reportedly been canceled for a second time.
The long-running soap ended its first online season more than two months ago in the middle of a legal battle between ABC and Prospect Park, the production company which resurrected both All My Children and another recently axed ABC daytime drama, One Life to Live.
Cast member Debbi Morgan was the first to reveal All My Children's sad fate on Nov. 9, when she said her manager was told the show was done by a lawyer representing Prospect Park. "I'm so very sorry 2c U disappointed yet again & believe me we feel the same!!!," she tweeted.
Cast member Cady McClain confirmed Morgan's story and said that, until recently, all involved had been reassured that the show would return. "[We were] very recently contacted and told that, with great regret, AMC won't be going back online this year, or in this particular incarnation," McClain wrote Monday on her Facebook page. "Certainly hope springs eternal that we will yet again, spring from the dead." Soaps In Depth also confirmed the end of All My Children — as well as One Life to Live — with "well-placed" sources. A rep for the series could not immediately be reached for comment.
All My Children, which most famously starred Susan Lucci, was on the air for 42 years before ABC pulled it in September 2011. Prospect Park bought the rights shortly before the broadcast series finale and, after one failed attempt, successfully premiered new episodes of All My Children online in April 2013. The half-hour episodes were available online via YouTube and Hulu, and later began airing on OWN. Although Lucci did not return, many longtime cast members reprised their roles for the series.
Overall, 43 episodes of the resurrected series were produced before the first season via The Online Network ended in September.
This is just one of several hits for soaps fans. The Los Angeles Times reports that cable channel SOAPnet, which is known for airing recent episodes of currently airing daytime dramas such as General Hospital, as well as episodes of now-canceled dramas like Beverly Hills, 90210, will shut down on Dec. 31 after 14 years.
Will you miss All My Children?
Cady McClain Confirms AMC's EndProspect Park still has offered no comment or official statement regarding the fate of AMC, but hot on the heels of Debbi Morgan's (Angie) statements on Twitter revealing that the show will not go on, Cady McClain (Dixie) is speaking out, too. On her Facebook page, the actress released the following statement: "If you aren't hearing anything about the ending of AMC as we know it, it's really out of shock. I am also trying to allow PP to have the moment to contact all the actors and explain what is and has been going on with AMC, and then gather themselves to try and explain it all to you, the fans.
I can confirm what Debbie [sic] Morgan has shared already, that we were given assurances that we would be continuing with the series and then were very recently contacted and told that, with great regret, AMC won't be going back online this year, or in this particular incarnation. Certainly hope springs eternal that we will yet again, spring from the dead.
I do feel confident in sharing my opinion that PP and all 'the powers that be' involved in making AMC and OLTL truly loved the shows and did their utmost to make continuing them possible. The premiere in NYC was one of the most exciting moments I have had the privilege to be a part of in my career. I am not privy to the behind the scenes decisions, however. Like you, I can only experience those choices second hand and guess at the reasons why this is happening now.
Instead of going into the 'What Went Wrong' question, I think I'd rather focus on the gratitude I feel for having been asked to continue with the show. If I am still wanted as an actor on daytime, it is all because of YOU, the FANS.
I am so very grateful for your support. To have had the opportunity to be a part of an innovative experience that strived to keep American soaps alive via a new medium, to be a part of the continuing fabric of your lives through daytime storytelling, and to be able to work with dear friends who I've known all my life was a very special experience for which I have you to thank.
So THANK YOU for all the cheering, love, and support, daytime family. You've been AWESOME."
Debbi Morgan On AMC's Fate: "I'm So Very Sorry"While no official word has come from Prospect Park regarding whether AMC will return for a second season, Debbi Morgan (Angie) has tweeted several comments that seem to support the rumor that the show is done. "I guess what really hurts my gut R all the positive proclamations I gave 2 all of U that we'd definitely [be] coming back," she wrote. "Bcuz those were the earnest proclamations we'd been given! I'm so very sorry2 2c U disappointed yet again & believe me we feel the same!!! Thanks 4 all the support & luv U gave hoping this would work. We never know what's in God's plan. I do know there's always a bigger picture! Thanks For The Memories..."
Susan Lucci: My New York(nypost.com) Susan Lucci grew up in Garden City, Long Island, but she fell in love with Manhattan when she got the job of a lifetime in 1970: playing the iconic Erica Kane on the long-running soap opera “All My Children.” Lucci would study her lines in the car on the way to the show’s Upper West Side studio only putting down her script to gaze at the skyline through Central Park. Today, she’s back living in Garden City and filming in Manhattan — her Investigation Discovery series “Deadly Affairs,” which just premiered its second season. This is her New York.
1. Cafe Sabarsky in the Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Ave., between 85th and 86th streets
“My husband is Austrian, so when he’s feeling a little homesick, we go here, and it’s like being in Vienna for the afternoon. The quark is very authentic — it’s like a cheesecake, but that does not begin to do it justice. It’s so light and has a lemon taste to it. Last November, we were trying to squeeze in a trip to Paris, but we had so many commitments and we couldn’t get away. So we checked into the St. Regis — we didn’t tell anyone except our children. We went to a French restaurant to feel like we were in France and Cafe Sabarsky to feel like we were in Austria. It was like being in Europe for the weekend, and we had the best time.”
2. The Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302. W. 45th St., between Eighth and Ninth avenues
“We try to see a Broadway show a couple times a month. We mostly go to musicals. I grew up loving Broadway musicals. I’d put on my parents’ cast albums and stand on the stool and sing in the mirror. One of the first ones was ‘Damn Yankees.’ I was about 3 years old. The last show I saw was ‘Kinky Boots.’ Oh, I thought it was fabulous.”
3. Central Park, 110th Street and Central Park North
“For most of my adult life, I drove through Central Park every morning going to work. I’d enter at the North Drive, at 110th Street. I was always studying on my way in, but the minute we turned into the park, no matter where I was in the script, I’d put it down. Central Park is one of the treasures of this country — the light, the landscaping, the people. I just can’t say enough about it. My very favorite season there is spring. After the long winters in New York, you see green buds and weeping willows, forsythia coming out and daffodils poking through. I’ve also filmed in the park, and my husband and I have gone on a gondola ride in the lake. It’s just magical.”
4. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., at 82nd Street
“I have great memories of taking my children to the Met. They would say, ‘Can we take a later train home?’ They love the Egyptian wing and all the mummies. And I love the café. I’m looking forward to going there for jazz nights this fall.”
5. Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave., at 58th Street
“Bergdorf’s has it all! I go to the seventh floor for inspiration. I just walk around and look at the table settings and accessories — they’re so beautiful. I bought a fabulous black-and-white photograph there for my husband for our anniversary. It’s from a Harper’s Bazaar layout in the ’60s. It’s a man and woman, and he’s lighting her cigarette with his. I thought it was sexy and fabulous. It reminded me of when we first met.”
6. Campagnola, 1382 First Ave., at 74th Street
“If a Martian came from outer space and wanted to experience a real New York Italian restaurant, they would go to Campagnola. You’ve got Freddie (below) playing the piano when you walk in, they’re four deep at the bar, there’s a wooden floor — it’s so cozy. We’ve taken our son, and now he takes his friends. For us, it’s more of a dinner place, and they serve late, so we’ve gone after the theater, on the way home. There are so many colorful characters there: politicians, ballplayers, Wall Street bankers and actors.”
7. Barneys, 660 Madison Ave., at 61st Street
“There’s a very New York vibe, and you feel that the minute you’re in the store. They curate their collection of jewelry so well. Everything is cutting-edge, and I love that about Barneys. I have done some damage in that shoe department, too — my husband will tell you! He is not a shopper, he hates to shop. So he ushers me through as quickly as possible, then we go for lunch at Fred’s.”
8. The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St., between Madison and Fifth avenues
“I went for the first time two years ago with my college roommate and her husband when they came up from Washington, DC. The fact that it was a private home, it feels so accessible and personal — you get to see the Monets and the Rembrandts in an environment that feels like a home. We had the best time and then, after that, we went Christmas shopping for our daughters and stopped at a pashmina cart, and bought a bunch of them.”
9. Gramercy Tavern, 42 E. 20th St., at Park Avenue South
“When I was getting ready to appear in ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ in 1999, my voice teacher was on 16th Street. After my lessons, my husband and I started going to Gramery Tavern quite often, and we just love it. The pastry chef is fantastic. I try everything she makes!”
Maiden season of Internet soap operas yields vital lessons, says company co-founder Jeffrey Kwatinetz(nydailynews.com) The pioneering first online seasons of the soaps “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” are wrapping up, with the producers saying that, as expected, they learned some lessons.
The season’s last original episode of “One Life to Live” airs Monday, with the season’s last original “All My Children” on Sept. 2.
The Prospect Park production company’s The Online Network (TOLN) says both will return at an unspecified date for a second season. The network says both have been successful enough for to justify continuing.
“We have tackled more business, creative and logistical challenges than most shows experience in a lifetime of production,” said Prospect Park co-founder Jeffrey Kwatinetz.
Reviving two canceled soaps with most of the casts intact was unprecedented — as was the gamble in producing them only for the Internet.
Kwatinetz and his partner Rich Frank said they expected to make adjustments on the fly, and the biggest one came a couple of weeks into the season, when the number of shows per week for each program was cut from four to two.
Since the shows run a half hour, this means only an hour a week of new programming.
In a statement, Frank and Kwatinetz said that’s all that most of the online audience had time to watch.
“We are finding that asking most people to regularly watch more than a half hour per day online seems to be too much,” they said.
They promised next season will have extra content and more interactivity.
As for this season’s wrapups, “One Life to Live” ends with the whole town of Llanview attending the Man of the Year dinner. “All My Children,” the producers say, will end by “wrapping up many of the season’s burning questions.”
Susan Lucci Cried Tears Of Joy Over 'All My Children' Lesbian Storyline(ontopmag.com) Susan Lucci has said that she cried tears of joy when she learned of a lesbian storyline involving her television daughter on the ABC soap All My Children.
On the show, Bianca Montgomery (played by Eden Riegel) came out gay to her mother, Erica Kane (Lucci), in late 2000.
Appearing on cabler Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, Lucci was asked how she felt about the storyline.
“The storyline was presented to me by our executive producer at that time. She called me into her office and we both just sat there with tears because it sounded like it was going to be such a great storyline, and it was,” Lucci said. “She told me that a lot of gay kids, and even gays in their 20s, they would rather commit suicide than come out to their parents. And I thought to myself, 'Oh my god, if I can be part of a storyline here that would help one person feel good about themselves, and be who they really are, and know that their parents can love them anyway – they just have to be themselves. I was thrilled to be part of it.”
“That storyline really had a lot of impact, I'm very proud and happy to say,” she added.
Agnes Nixon Fast Facts(CNN) Here's a look at the life of Agnes Nixon, creator of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live".
Birth date: December 10, 1927
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Birth name: Agnes Eckhardt
Father: Harry Joseph Eckhardt, owner of Perfection Burial Garment Company
Mother: Agnes Patricia (nee Dalton) Eckhardt, bookkeeper
Marriages: Robert Nixon (April 6, 1951-November 22, 1996 his death)
Children: Catherine Agnes, Mary Frances, Robert Henry, Emily Anne
Education: Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (1940-1944)
Agnes Nixon grew up in Nashville, Tennessee.
Known as the "Queen of Soap Opera writing", she has nine Daytime Emmy writing nominations and four wins between her two shows "All My Children" and "One Life to Live", and a Lifetime Achievement award.
Her storylines often include socially conscious topics of the time, such as uterine cancer and Pap smears, racial identity, interracial relationships, abuse and abortion.
She created roles specifically for these actors: Laurence Fishburne, Tommy Lee Jones, and Tom Berenger on "One Life to Live".
She patterned her soap opera cities after an area in Philadelphia known as the "Main Line."
Nixon was one of the early writers on "The Guiding Light" (1953-2009), the longest running soap opera in history.
The character Agnes Eckhardt appears on both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" played by Nixon. She also played the characters Agnes Dixon on "One Life to Live" and Aggie on "All My Children".
The production company Prospect Park teamed up with Apple and Hulu, to save "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" by making both shows available through the internet.
1944 - After college Nixon begins writing for radio soap opera, 'Woman in White".
1950 - She relocates to New York and begins freelancing for live television primetime broadcasts.
1951 - Writes for 13 weeks for daytime television as head writer for the soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" (1951-1986)
1952-1954 - Writes for primetime drama "Robert Montgomery Presents" (1950-1957)
1957-1959 - Nixon writes for the soap "As the World Turns" (1958-1978)
1959-1965 - Head writer on "The Guiding Light".
1965-1967 - Becomes head writer for "Another World" (1964-1999) another soap opera.
July 15, 1968 - Nixon's creation "One Life to Live" debuts and she's head writer.
January 5, 1970 - Another Nixon creation debuts, "All My Children" also with her as head writer.
June 26, 1983 - The soap opera "Loving" (1983-1995) premieres. Nixon is co-creator with Douglas Marland.
1988 - Wins Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for "All My Children".
June 25, 1994 - Nixon, the first female writer, is inducted into the Soap Opera Hall of Fame.
November 1995 - "The City" (1995-1997), created by Nixon, James H. Brown and Barbara Esensten, picks up where "Loving" left off.
1996-1998 - Wins Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for "All My Children".
January 11, 2005 - Agnes Eckhardt's first appearance on "All My Children".
July 21-22, 2008 - Agnes Eckhardt's first appearance on "One Life to Live".
May 12, 2010 - The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announces Nixon as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
April 14, 2011 - ABC announces the cancellation of "One Life to Live" as of January 2012. "All My Children" is also being canceled.
June 30, 2011 - ABC announces "All My Children" will air the final episode on Friday, September 23, 2011.
January 13, 2012 - "One Life to Live" airs its final television episode.
April 29, 2013 - "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" come back to life airing twice weekly online at Hulu and Apple's iTunes. Nixon is the creator of the new "All My Children"
June 6, 2013 - Labor union problems with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) forces both shows into summer hiatus two weeks early.
Final Month on ABC RecapRecap of the final month of All My Children on ABC: Read it here!
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