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  • Debuted on ABC: January 5, 1970
  • Final ABC Tape Date: August 30, 2011
  • Final ABC Episode: September 23, 2011
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  • Created by: Agnes Nixon
  • Takes place in: Pine Valley, PA

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    (News section last updated November 26, 2015)

    David Canary, Star of ‘All My Children,’ Dies at 77

    ( 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 Canary

    therealsusanlucci: 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 77

    WILTON, 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.

    Michael B. Jordan Covers Men's Fitness Shirtless, Gained 24 Pounds of Muscle for Creed

    (Cover) Michael B. Jordan trained hard for his role in Creed—and it shows.

    The 28-year-old actor, who plays Apollo Creed's son opposite Sylvester Stallone in the Rocky spinoff, tells Men's Fitness he packed on 24 pounds of muscle for the role.

    "Man, he's come a long way," his trainer, Corey Calliet, tells the mag. "When we first started he could barely bench 20 pounds, his legs were flailing everywhere...he had nothing."

    The Friday Night Lights alum starts to protest, before conceding, "No, he's right…I hated it. You know, at first you feel like s--t, you're hurting. When things start getting a little easier, when you start lifting weight you never lifted before, when you start bench-pressing 225 pounds 10 times and it ain't nothing, and then you start giving hugs to girls and they're, like, feeling you up a little and you think, 'What's this?'—then it's, 'This is all right.'"

    "So I learned to love it when I started seeing results," he tells Men's Fitness.

    And while Jordan tells the mag he allowed himself the occasional indulgence and "did cheat days right," his intense discipline and "supercompetitive" nature helped him stay the course when it came to his grueling workouts.

    Jordan's focus extends beyond the physical, too, and into his professional life. "I always told myself I'd sacrifice all of my 20s—every day—to my career," he tells Men's Fitness. "Once I turn 30, I'll start to live a little bit more. I can honestly say I'm not living to my full ability right now. Do I sacrifice a lot? Yeah. Do I stay in the house probably more than I would if I were a lot more comfortable financially and had my family set up? Yep. I'd probably go out a lot more. But right now, what do I gotta go out for?"

    Fair point. Jordan's full interview with Men's Fitness is on stands now, and Creed is in theaters now.

    David Canary dies at 77

    ( 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.

    Professional career

    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, 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,

    Obituary: David Canary, 77, actor

    ( 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 “David Canary Memorial Fund.”

    David Canary, Star of 'All My Children' for Decades, Dies at 77

    ( 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

    ( 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

    ( 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

    ( 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

    ( 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

    ( 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

    ( 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 "David Canary Memorial Fund."

    'Creed' recasts Rocky as a familiar mentor

    BEVERLY HILLS — In Creed, Rocky Balboa reluctantly emerges from the shadows as a mentor.

    In this hotel room, the Italian Stallion is animatedly advising Michael B. Jordan on what kind of grass to buy for his new house (his vote is for synthetic).

    It's an amusing conversation to eavesdrop on, particularly since Creed, their modern Rocky reboot (in theaters Wednesday), looms over today's chat. "How big is your yard?" Stallone, still a hulking figure, asks Jordan.

    "Don't ever fall for this one," advises Stallone, 69. " 'Yeah, this chandelier, it's an art object, too.' Forget it. I want a light. The 'art object' is $30,000 and doesn't work and there's only one bulb that is in Ireland where it was made." Jordan is laughing, as Stallone's arms stretch wide. "Who's going to fix it?" he demands.

    Creed fixes a problem that moviegoers didn't know they had. (Millennials needed their own Rocky?) The adrenaline-boosting new installment introduces Adonis Johnson (Jordan) as the illegitimate son of Apollo Creed, who is failing at following in his father's footsteps while fighting in anonymity. Desperate for help, he heads for the City of Brotherly Love, where Rocky, redemption and a killer soundtrack await.

    It's no secret that Stallone was hugely resistant to bringing Rocky back to the big screen. But he was ultimately swayed by the passion displayed by director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), who co-wrote the film in honor of his ailing father, a Rocky die-hard.

    In Creed, Rocky is older now, running his restaurant, retired from boxing and beset by illness. Stallone says he's curious about whether the boxing movie will resonate with young fans the way the original Rocky did in 1976. All Rocky wanted then, he says, was a little respect, and opportunity. "Today there are so few opportunities, it seems like society is shutting down," Stallone says. "Is (Adonis) speaking for people who feel the same thing? That's what's going to be interesting. I think yes."

    There are key throwback moments for the fans, including a training routine that has Adonis catching chickens.

    Jordan allows it took a few takes for him to catch one. "The chickens got tired!" Stallone laughs. "But that's the one scene that I step into Mickey's shoes (Rocky's trainer, played by the late Burgess Meredith). And I think, wow, (Rocky) really is a callback. He is an old G. I thought, 'OK, I've got to do this for the fans.' Plus, a lot of kids today have not seen Rocky II or III. They've never seen a guy chase chickens. But some of the old fans will get it."

    The movie could finally be Jordan's starmaker. The 28-year-old actor, who paid his dues for years on TV series such as The Wire and Friday Night Lights, broke out in 2013's Fruitvale Station. A few months ago, many predicted his Fantastic Four reboot would turn him into a household name. But the film flopped.

    Jordan says that experience gave him "a sense of expectations when it comes to certain things, which is invaluable and I'll take with me the rest of my career, the rest of my life."

    But Creed is a different ballgame.

    "The weight of Rocky, the worldly kind of impact that his story had is something totally different than that other franchise," he says.

    "I wish there was a guide to life, to kind of transition me through this period," says Jordan, who admits he struggled with rampant criticism on social media, whether it be for speaking inarticulately about women in a GQ profile (he later apologized) or the crash and burn that was Fantastic Four. "With the Internet, you can see everybody's opinion, no matter how small it is. …It puts an importance on other people's opinions that normally you would never hear."

    He came prepared for Creed: Jordan got ripped, packing on pounds of muscle to be worthy of Rocky's ring, and eating "a lot of brown rice and protein and a lot of water."

    But what made Jordan's Rocky experience legit was the day he hit the ring with Amateur Boxing Association of England heavyweight champion Tony Bellew. With cameras rolling, Stallone, pork pie hat in place, told Jordan to lose the acting.

    "He goes: 'All right, listen, this is what you've got to do. You've got to take a punch.' I'm like, what?!" recalls Jordan, who whips out his iPhone and presses play on a video.

    Bellew, a massive boxer, hits him straight to the head. Jordan's body noodles onto the mat. He's out cold.

    "Goodnight, Irene!" Stallone bellows. "On every Rocky movie, I love when you put the slow-motion camera on and you see the saliva and the lips, and you go, 'Oh, my God, they took it,' " he says. "So I said, 'Mike, you're not a real player until you step up and take one.' " Stallone nods. "He took it."

    Jordan grins. "This is your initiation to the world of Rocky."

    With 'Creed,' Rocky will roll on

    BEVERLY HILLS — Rocky Balboa was busy riding off into the sunset. And then Creed showed up.

    It took director Ryan Coogler years to persuade Sylvester Stallone to bring the Italian Stallion out of retirement for Creed (in theaters Wednesday), a Rocky spinoff focused on a young fighter, Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), Apollo Creed's illegitimate son, who is on his own gritty quest for glory.

    "This movie is such a big experiment for me," says Stallone, 69, who wonders, "Will the kind of sentimentality, that underdog aspect of Rocky I, be valid today in the form of Creed's son?"

    Coogler is betting on it. He last directed Jordan in the lauded indie Fruitvale Station, and he concocted Creed's story based on his relationship with his ailing father, a Rocky fanatic.

    "I have a relationship with the Rocky movies that's probably similar to a lot of people's," says Coogler, who was born after Rocky IV came out. Then his father got sick, suffering from a neuromuscular disease. "His skeletal muscles were atrophying, so he literally was becoming weaker," Coogler says. "He was losing the things that he associated with his masculinity and independence."

    A new take on Rocky's post-fighting years emerged in the director's mind. "That was when I came up with this story of this hero kind of dealing with his own mortality," he says.

    Problem was, Stallone had put the franchise he created, wrote and mostly directed to bed in 2006 with Rocky Balboa. The sixth film had been a victory lap, a solid sendoff after a disappointing return on 1990's Rocky V.

    "It was very nerve-wracking in the beginning; that's why it took a little while to commit to it," Stallone says. "I knew Michael's sincerity, Ryan's sincerity, but no one starts out (and) sits around a table with a screenplay and the director goes, 'I've got a great idea — let's make a real bomb!' "

    Creed, Coogler's second feature, begins its story in Los Angeles, introducing Adonis, who never met his famous heavyweight champion father. Raised in foster homes in California, he's tough and hot-tempered. No one will train him. So Adonis sets off for Philadelphia seeking out the one man who has access to his legacy.

    "He's going through pretty much what Rocky went through in a different way," Stallone says. "Rocky had given up on life. (Adonis) hasn't given up on life. He's on a voyage. He's seeking. Rocky didn't seek anything. Things came to him as a joke. But in the end, he's looking for validation, and eventually Rocky was, too."

    Creed is finding a Thanksgiving feast of validation from the critics. "With apologies to Clubber Lang and Ivan Drago, Ryan Coogler's rousingly emotional new film is the best installment since the 1976 original," raves Entertainment Weekly. Variety heralds Stallone for "digging deeper as an actor than he has in years." The Chicago Tribute begrudgingly acknowledges: "Turns out we really did need another Rocky movie."

    But taking over a bedrock American franchise is no small feat. It helped, Jordan says, that Stallone and Coogler kept reminding him Creed isn't Rocky VII.

    "Sly took the pressure off me, Ryan took the pressure off of me," says Jordan, 28, who piled on muscle to convincingly play a fighter whose name spurs heavyweight champion "Pretty" Ricky Conlan (played by three-time former Amateur Boxing Association of England heavyweight champion Tony Bellew) to dangle a big-ticket fight. "That was the biggest relief ever. Like, I got the guy who created the character (in my corner)."

    And as for Stallone's transition to the coach standing outside the ring, no longer the focal point of the cameras, a bystander of his own making?

    Stallone cocks an eyebrow. "Should I say it was liberating and slightly horrible?"

    Review: Yo Rocky! Gritty, soulful 'Creed' goes the distance

    Admit it. When you heard another "Rocky" movie was coming out — a seventh — you thought, really? How many "Rocky" movies do we need?

    Well, it turns out we needed seven. At least.

    From its very beginning in 1976, the "Rocky" story has been about proving you belong in the ring — not winning, necessarily, but showing you have the cred to be there in the first place. That's why Rocky told Adrian: "All I wanna do is go the distance."

    And so "Creed," directed by the talented Ryan Coogler and starring a fairly irresistible team of Michael B. Jordan and (of course) Sylvester Stallone, shows it belongs in the ring from the first moments. With a deftly crafted blend of smarts and corn — of course there's corn, people, this is Rocky! — it earns our trust: It's gonna go right to the edge with the heartstring-tugging, but it won't go over. And so we can relax. We won't hate ourselves in the morning. And when the old "Rocky" music starts playing, as it inevitably will at a key moment, we'll be able to laugh — happily, and not scornfully. The movie's earned it.

    Stallone is now 69, and "Creed" wisely doesn't attempt to get Rocky Balboa back into the boxing gloves. This film's about another fighter: young Adonis Johnson, whom we first meet as a child in a LA juvenile detention center. Life has been hard; he's the secret illegitimate son of boxing great Apollo Creed — Rocky's former nemesis, of course — who died before Adonis was born. But fate smiles on the boy when Creed's widow (Phylicia Rashad) takes him in.

    Some 17 years later, Adonis (Jordan, exuding charisma and star power at every turn) is living in a mansion with mom and thriving at a finance job. But he can't shake his passion for boxing. He heads to Philadelphia to find the Italian Stallion. Adonis wants to train with the best.

    Rocky, now gray, grizzled and weary, declines at first. "Why," he wants to know, "would you pick a fighter's life when you don't need to?" (Adonis' mother's response was even more forceful: "Do you want brain damage?") But Adonis wins Rocky over.

    The clash between Rocky's old-school ways and Adonis' modern existence is immediately apparent. When Rocky gives Adonis a written list of training routines, Adonis snaps a shot on his iPhone and waves away the paper, saying it's safely on "the cloud." Rocky stares skyward: "The cloud?" Stallone plays it just right; like much here, it could be hokey, but it's not.

    Of course, being a "Rocky" movie, it all comes down to a climactic fight. The opponent is a tough British champion, "Pretty" Ricky Conlan (real-life champion Anthony Bellew). But the British camp poses a condition: Adonis needs to use the Creed name. It's Adonis' new musician girlfriend (an appealing Tessa Thompson) who convinces Donnie, as she calls him, that he can. "Take the name," she says. "It's yours."

    There's still the matter of getting in shape. As Adonis and Rocky begin training, an unexpected challenge comes in the form of a serious health scare for the older man.

    But back to that fight: If the finale in a "Rocky" movie isn't gangbusters, you're sunk, and Coogler (who co-wrote the screenplay) saves his best moves for last, staging a match (kudos also to cinematographer Maryse Alberti) that should have you on the edge of your seat — even though you know, already, that there's no way Adonis is going to go gently into that good night.

    Jordan deserved a good movie after the terrible "Fantastic Four," and he gets one here; he remains on course to become Hollywood's Big New Thing. Stallone gives a moving turn as a fading legend with one last big fight in him. (Or will there be more?) Together with director Coogler, you could say this trio knocks it outta the ring.

    "Creed," a Warner Bros. release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America "for violence, language and some sensuality." Running time: 132 minutes. Three stars out of four.

    MPAA definition of PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

    Review: Exciting 'Creed' pulls no punches

    The Rocky film franchise is in better shape than it has been in years, thanks to a couple of new guys with the eye of the tiger and the elder statesman who’s still got punch.

    Directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), Creed (***½ out of four; rated PG-13; in theaters Wednesday nationwide) adds an exciting, emotional and often funny chapter to the iconic legacy of cinematic boxing champ Rocky Balboa — played for the seventh time by Sylvester Stallone — and new blood in the form of Michael B. Jordan. He has the best all-around performance of his young career as Adonis Johnson, the embattled and bitter son of Rocky pal/rival Apollo Creed.

    Adonis has literally been fighting all his life, from a rough childhood as an orphan to mixing it up in underground matches in Tijuana, though he's constantly haunted by his father, who died in the ring (see: Carl Weathers’ swan song in Rocky IV) before the kid was born. He watches old bouts between Apollo and Rocky from YouTube projected on a big screen, shadowboxing his late pops —the film is laden with metaphor, but it’s a nicely done visual pulled off by Coogler.

    Wanting to be his own man in the ring and not just “Baby Creed,” Adonis ditches a good financial job in Los Angeles for the mean streets of Philadelphia, where he seeks out Rocky to train him. The old pugilist is feeling the loneliness of aging, with loved ones passed and his son living his own life far away, but after initially spurning Adonis, the “Italian Stallion” finally agrees to get him ready to take on cocky light heavyweight champion “Pretty” Ricky Conlan (Tony Bellew).

    Although it never delves into a parody of the storied franchise (the original 1976 movie won three Oscars, including best picture), one knock against Creed is that it relies on the Rocky model a little too much. The movie does avoid the over-the-top aspects — there are none of the hulking wrestlers and Soviet supermen that tussled with Rocky — but much of the template is here, from running the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the Big Fight at the end.

    But therein lie its strengths, too. Coogler mines Rocky and Apollo's relationship from the older films to give Creed its needed gravitas. The old Rocky musical anthems — ring bells and all — are mixed with hip-hop as a rousing symbol of the central generational mash-up. And the director manages to conjure the magic of a mid-fight moment, as all great Rocky films do, that gives audiences goosebumps and puts them solidly in the character’s corner, win or lose.

    Jordan showcases an impressive acting range as Adonis goes from angry kid to a man who cares as much for his musician girlfriend (Tessa Thompson) and an ailing Rocky as he does for winning matches. His chemistry with Stallone is especially key to Creed’s success, as Rocky goes “old-school” in training the up-and-comer (speedy chickens are involved) and Adonis manages to teach the old man some stuff, too.

    Of his many movie characters — Marion Cobretti, Lincoln Hawk and John Rambo, among them — Stallone will always be best known as Rocky. And for the first time in decades, he’s amazing in the role, giving heartfelt speeches and adding a pathos not seen since the early films. It's a reminder that Stallone at his core is much more than the macho action hero Millennial moviegoers grew up watching.

    Equally powerful and feel-good, Creed is an entertaining reminder that this franchise isn’t down for the count yet.

    Matt Bomer To Star In ‘The Last Tycoon’ Amazon Pilot, Lifting Contingency

    Matt 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.

    The ‘Murder She Baked’ love triangle continues in ‘A Peach Cobbler Mystery’

    Did you enjoy “Murder She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery,” Hallmark Movies & Mysteries fans? Well, you’re in luck because Alison Sweeney, Cameron Mathison and the whole Lake Eden gang are back in January for another Hannah Swensen mystery.

    “I absolutely love working on these. It’s something I look so forward to,” Mathison tells Zap2it, adding that the January movie, “Murder She Baked: A Peach Cobbler Mystery,” will have a wonderful surprise twist.

    “All I can say about that [‘A Peace Cobbler Mystery’] is you will not believe who the number one murder suspect is!” teases the actor. “It’s a shocker and throws the whole town a huge curveball.”

    Speaking of curveballs, Hannah thrown for a curveball at the end of “A Plum Pudding Mystery” when both her paramours, Mike (Mathison) and Norman (Gabriel Hogan) were at her mother’s Christmas dinner. Mathison says that while Mike and Hannah’s kiss is a positive sign, the love triangle is far from over.

    “[The kiss] puts Mike in a good place! But no, there is more work for him to do to try and win Hannah over fully. Lots more to come with this triangle!” says Mathison, adding that viewers will “have to wait and see” if Mike fights for Hannah should she choose Norman.

    “Murder She Baked: A Peach Cobbler Mystery” premieres Sunday, Jan. 10 on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

    Kelly Ripa Goes Without Makeup Again, During Stroll in New York

    (Pic) Kelly Ripa opted for a natural look as she set off for a leisurely stroll in New York City recently.

    The 45-year-old Live With Kelly and Michael co-host appeared with no makeup and was dressed in a cozy looking navy turtleneck, beige skinny rolled-up jeans and white sneakers. She listened to music on earbuds as she strolled along.

    Ripa has occasionally been spotted in public without makeup over the years and even hosted an episode of Live With Kelly and Michael fresh faced after losing a Super Bowl bet to co-host Michael Strahan.

    "Calm down, we'll all get through this together," Ripa joked to the audience. "Don't adjust your dials. There's nothing wrong with your TV."

    "You look great," Strahan said. "And really fresh."


    DAYS alums Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami) and Farah Fath (ex-Mimi) will appear together in MURDER SHE BAKED: A PLUM PUDDING MYSTERY on Sunday, November 22, on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. “It was super-fun,” enthuses Fath. “[Ali is] so interesting to be around because she just does it all and your mind is just blown to be in her presence. Not only is she in every scene and she has a ton of dialogue and she never messes up, but she’s also bossing everyone around because she’s the executive producer [laughs].” Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, AMC) also stars in the film. For more from Fath, check out the new issue of Digest, on sale now.


    On THE FAB LIFE on Monday, November 23, Finola Hughes (ex-Alex/Anna, AMC) surprises GH super-fan, co-host Joe Zee, for his birthday with an offer to guest star on the soap. The program airs on ABC; check local listings for times.

    Talk Show Appearance

    Tavis Smiley - PBS

    Tue 11/24 Actor Michael B. Jordan.

    Talk Show Appearance


    Monday, November 23: Guests include Kelly Ripa

    Jamie Luner on Code Black

    “Cardiac Support” – Leanne is rattled at the thought of losing Jesse as he fights for his life after suffering a massive heart attack. Also, Mario asks the residents to cover for him when he searches the city for a patient’s son, disobeying Neal’s direct order not to leave the hospital, on CODE BLACK, Wednesday, Dec. 2 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Cress Williams returns Cole Guthrie.

    Guest Cast Includes: Cress Williams (Cole Guthrie), Gabrielle Carteris (Amy), Jamie Luner (Candace).

    In My Library: Susan Lucci

    ( 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!

    Sleepy Hollow Casts NYPD Blue Vet James McDaniel as Papa Mills

    Sleepy Hollow‘s Abbie won’t need that long lens for much longer, because her dad is about to get a lot closer.

    The Fox series has cast James McDaniel (NYPD Blue) as Ezra Mills, Abbie and Jenny’s long-absent father, the network announced Friday.

    Viewers of the supernatural drama know that Abbie has been keeping tabs on her dad — whom she tracked down earlier in the year — and even going as far as photographing him from afar. But she has yet to make contact.

    Per the network, Ezra has a sudden, renewed interest in his daughters’ lives and will appear in at least one episode, which will air during the second half of the season.

    In addition to playing NYPD Blue‘s Arthur Fancy, McDaniel’s many TV roles include Detroit 187, Limitless, Madam Secretary, Numb3rs and The Following. He recently recurred on Orange Is the New Black.

    Talk Show appearance

    Steve Harvey - Syndicated

    Fri 11/20

    Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (``Buffy the Vampire Slayer'')

    ‘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.

    Eric Nelson on NCIS

    “Blood Brothers” – In the hopes of sparing a family further tragedy, the Secretary of the Navy calls on NCIS to help a sailor battling leukemia locate a bone marrow transplant after his two Marine siblings are killed in the line of duty. Also, Bishop returns home to Oklahoma for the Thanksgiving holiday, on NCIS, Tuesday, Nov. 24 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Lindsay Wagner guest stars as Barbara Bishop, Special Agent Bishop’s mother.

    Guest cast Includes: Lindsay Wagner (Barbara Bishop), Eric Nelson (Sean Quinn).

    Talk Show Appearance


    Wednesday, November 18: Guests include Michael B. Jordan

    Bevy Of Actresses Test For ‘Baywatch’ Lead; Dwayne Johnson & Zac Efron Star

    Paramount Pictures is ready to dive in with its long-gestating movie transfer of the global hit TV series Baywatch. It already set Seth Gordon to direct and Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron to play the male leads. Now, they’ve set a short list of actresses who will test for the female lead. Here are the names I hear: Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas, Percy Jackson), Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars, Elvis & Nixon), Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries), Alexandra Shipp (Straight Outta Compton, X-Men Apocalypse), Shelley Hennig (Teen Wolf), Bianca Santos (The Duff) and Denyse Tontz (Big Time Rush).

    Now, it’s possible they will expand the search, and it’s also possible some of these young actresses will play other roles in the film, but we’ll know soon as they lock in for an early 2016 production start.

    In the film, a hotshot former Olympian butts heads with the leader of an elite team of lifeguards. Damian Shannon & Mark Swift wrote the latest draft. Beau Flynn and Ivan Reitman are producing. Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions will also produce in some capacity.

    Kelly Ripa Reveals Her Fitness Routine: ‘I Have to Work Out for My Body Type’

    Kelly Ripa hardly ever skips a workout.

    “There are a lot of people that don’t have to work out, and I am so happy for them, but I have to work out for my body type,” she tells PEOPLE. “It’s part of my routine. It’s part of my ritual. It doesn’t just make me look better, but it makes me emotionally feel better.”

    Ripa likes to mix up her regimen with a combination of activities, including the dance-cardio class AKT four days a week, SoulCycle two days a week and running one day a week.

    “I love the dance class,” says the Live! with Kelly and Michael host, who has three children with husband Mark Consuelos. “Because I think I’ve aged out of going clubbing, really, that’s my nightclub. Everybody there is my age, so it’s like a bunch of us old ladies working out.”

    The daytime TV star, who’s now the face of the My Unstoppable Mom Campaign from Children’s MOTRIN, also pays serious attention to what she eats, which she revealed in May had completely changed her life. Ripa swears by her high-alkaline diet, a low-acid meal plan that she says is “responsible for [her] not being in pain.” “I actually eat much more on this cleanse than I do in my actual life, but it’s what you eat and how you eat it,” she said at the time.

    Ripa tells PEOPLE she still follows the diet, though she has made a few adjustments.

    “I like to drink coffee. I occasionally will have fish. The alkaline diet is primarily a vegan diet, but I like cream in my coffee. I like to have a glass of wine. So I don’t adhere to it strictly, but when I do a cleanse, it will be seven days, and then I go back to my normal life. But my normal life, like I said, is not that different than the alkaline cleanse.”

    That doesn’t mean it’s easier for her to be vigilant about health and fitness than it is for the rest of us. “I think it’s a problem for everybody,” she says. “I just do it. It becomes like any habit. You can make a habit of anything.”

    “My sister-in-law told me this a long time ago when I wasn’t working out, and she was running, and I was like, ‘How do you do that? Why do you do that?’ And she said, ‘If we wore our insides on our outside, everybody would exercise.'”

    Ripa tries to make a habit out of cooking, too, though admits she has a long way to go.

    “I do make a lot of Italian food. My husband likes when I make a roasted, slow-cooked pork with hot chile peppers,” she says. “But I’m not particularly good at it! I think [my family] is just being nice to me. I think they’re trying to encourage me to keep trying.”

    “Lucky for me, we have a lot of friends that are still single, like unmarried, and they come over; I think because single men or women are so malnourished…that they walk in and are like ‘Oh my God! It smells amazing in here! What are you making?!’ Like… I just burned a chicken breast. I can’t believe you’re saying that.”

    Sarah Michelle Gellar Isn’t Worried About Wrinkles—Plus, Actress Shares Advice for Her Younger Self

    It's been a while since we've seen Sarah Michelle Gellar grace the small screen as our favorite vampire-fighting badass, but the Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been up to other things, like raising an adorable family with Freddie Prinze Jr., starring in different projects like The Crazy Ones and becoming the next Betty Crocker!

    Yep, SMG has taken on a new venture, food. The 38-year-old star has created a new company Foodstirs, which offers convenient and healthy ways to bring families together in the kitchen, and while talking to The New Potato all about it, the gorgeous celeb also offered some words of wisdom.

    For example, when it comes to beauty, it's evident Gellar knows her stuff. After all, it seems like the stunning star hasn't aged a day since we were first introduced to her nearly 20 years ago. So what is her beauty mainstay?

    "Honestly, I don't care what they say about smiling causing wrinkles, happiness is my key to everything," she tells the website. "Glowing definitely works from the inside out. That being said, water, keeping yourself moving, and sleep are definitely important."

    Another important lesson to note? Take some time to enjoy the moment.

    Gellar—who believes there is no such thing as bad advice, because "it's all about what you do with the information"—shared what advice she'd give her younger self.

    "I think that no matter what, my advice would definitely fall on deaf ears, but it would be to appreciate the little moments, to stop and enjoy life a bit more," she explains.

    "I think in my twenties I kept thinking I had my whole life ahead of me, and things could wait. But the truth is, you never know how life can change in an instant; the people that you thought would always be there may not. Now having kids, when they stop on a walk for twenty minutes to look at a leaf, I try and take that time too."

    Speaking of her kids, Gellar shared a rare photo of her children, Rocky and Charlotte, on Instagram in September, which not only showed the family hanging out together (although FPJ was noticeably absent...darn!) but finally revealed their adorable faces!

    "Today is an important day #kidsinthekitchen," the private star captioned the pic. "In my household cooking is family time, time to #unplug and connect. I treasure these moments #foodstirs #foodcrafting."

    Too cute!

    Plus, have you heard about SMG's kids' clothing line?!

    Susan Lucci Channels Liz Taylor

    ( Daytime TV legend Susan Lucci is prepping for a role that was “Taylor” made for her.

    "When I began on 'All My Children' in my first meeting with (show creator) Agnes Nixon, she thought that Erika Kane was young version of Elizabeth Taylor and that's the direction she wanted to go," said Lucci, who will read excerpts from Taylor's autobiography at an ensemble performance of "Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words" when the travelling comedy show hits the Upper West Side's Triad theater on Nov. 23.

    "Certainly Erika married a lot," Lucci joked to Confidenti@l.

    The 68-year-old Scarsdale native starred on the ABC soap opera "All My Children" for nearly 42-years before the show finally went off the air in 2011. During that time, she was famously nominated for 19 Emmy Awards before finally taking home the statue in 1999. Lucci tells us that when she takes the stage alongside fellow performers Tony Danza, Tate Donovan and Marsha Mason to read Taylor's bio at the cheeky comedy show, she plans to play it straight.

    "I think the way to do it is to read it with as much earnestness as the person who wrote it was meaning at the time and to try and capture that character," she said.

    Lucci herself was once the subject of a Celebrity Bio reading that spoofed her 2011 memoir "All My Life: A Memoir," a few months after it was released. Lucci admits that she would have been nervous to sit through that light-hearted roasting, but fortunately she missed it.

    "I actually heard that Mario Cantone read from my memoir," she said. "Somebody told me (it covered) my recapping of the night I won the Emmy. At the time I hadn't seen 'Celebrity Autobiography,' but I burst out laughing because I love Mario Cantone and I'm sure he did a great job."

    Josh Duhamel Says His Son Tells Him, ‘Daddy, You’re a Good Guy’

    Guy is to grown man as boy is to, well, Josh Duhamel‘s 2-year-old son, Axl Jack.

    “[Axl] looked at me the other day and he goes, ‘Daddy, you’re a good guy,’ and I go, ‘Thank you, Axl. You’re a good guy, too!’ ” Duhamel told PEOPLE about his and Fergie‘s hilarious offspring at the Los Angeles press day for Lost in the Sun on Tuesday. “And he goes, ‘No, I’m Axl. I’m a boy.’ ”

    Duhamel, 42, continues, “He sees a guy as a grown man and he doesn’t see himself as that, so he’s still a boy.”

    Luckily for the actor and his songstress wife, Axl’s terrible twos have been quite the breeze, thus far.

    “He’s pretty good,” says Duhamel of Axl, who celebrated his second birthday in August. “He’s got his moments, but like I said, he’s a very sweet natured, kind, happy little guy.”

    While Duhamel has been watching football with Axl since he was a newborn, the Vikings fan admits his son is having to double up his love for the Miami Dolphins, too.

    “It’s a constant struggle in our house because my wife is a Dolphins fan, so I have to make sure he wears the Vikings stuff as much as he wears the Dolphins stuff,” Duhamel explains.

    But even they may have some competition.

    “One of my friends, who is a big Packers fan, was at the house [with Axl and the nanny while I was in Toronto and Fergie was out of town] and I come back and all he wants to talk about is the Packers,” Duhamel jokes. “I was like, ‘Go Vikings’ and he was like, ‘No, go Packers.’ I was like, ‘What?!’ ”

    Considering Duhamel and Fergie, 40, have quite the handful with their spunky little boy, the pair is in no rush to have another baby, especially with the singer’s sophomore album in the works.

    “We definitely plan on it. It’s going to be a minute because she’s about to release this album, and it’s going to be really good,” Duhamel says about Fergie’s new album, which will be released later this year. “I’m really, really proud of her.”

    Kelly Ripa wants to be frozen and dead … for Halloween

    Kelly Ripa‘s creepy Halloween transformation starts at home.

    “[My son Michael] took a special effects makeup course over the summer — I really do want him to make me a frozen corpse,” she told Page Six at Thursday’s launch party for fitness studio AKT NoMad.

    “I always knew he was artistic, but I did not know he had this kind of talent,” she said of her 18-year-old son with husband Mark Consuelos.

    The “Live! with Kelly and Michael” host, 45, has disguised herself on-air as everyone from Kim Kardashian to Donald Trump, but admits her best costume look might be better off dead.

    “I think I’ll look good frozen and dead – we don’t age when we’re frozen or when we’re dead,” she joked. “I love Halloween because I love to be scary-looking and creepy. It’s very natural to me – my resting attitude is scary, so I like that.”

    Emily Alyn Lind Joins ‘The Babysitter’

    McG’s The Babysitter has added another charge, with Emily Alyn Lind (Emma, All My Children) joining the cast of the film. Based on a blacklist script written by Brian Duffield that sparked a bidding war earlier this year, the film follows a 12-year old boy and his babysitter during a crazy night when things go horribly wrong. Lind’s role is still being kept under wraps, but we’re told she’ll be playing the character “Melanie,” the boy’s wise-beyond-her-years friend whose interest in the babysitter’s personal life plays a role in the night going belly up.

    Duffield is Executive Producing, along with newly promoted Wonderland Vice President Steven Bello. McG and Mary Viola will produce. The film is being co-financed through a partnership between Zack Schiller of Boies/Schiller Film Group and Wonderland, with New Line execs Richard Brener, Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter overseeing. Lind is repped by Coast to Coast Talent, and legal rep Harris Hartman. Production on The Babysitter began this week in Los Angeles.

    James Franco's Hulu Thriller 11.22.63 Gets Presidential Premiere Date

    This 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.

    Talk Show Appearance


    Tuesday - November 3, 2015

    Susan Lucci & Liza Huber

    Josh Duhamel's Latest Role in Lost in the Sun Takes Him Back to His North Dakota Road Tripping Roots

    Josh Duhamel plays a crook embarking on a cross-country adventure in Lost in the Sun, and the actor says the fictional road trip actually reminds him a lot of his childhood in North Dakota.

    "I think growing up in North Dakota, you have to road trip to get anywhere and everything is a road trip – a lot of big, open roads," the actor, 42, tells PEOPLE at the Los Angeles press day for the film.

    Perhaps because of his upbringing, Duhamel says he has a thing for "music and wind" when it comes to signing on for a film.

    "I guess I have an affinity for those kinds of movies because Scenic Route was kind of like that, this one is kind of like it and there's another one I have coming out that's called Spaceman where he's on the road in his VW bug a lot."

    As a father to 2-year-old son Axl with wife Fergie, Duhamel says he can't wait to make some special memories in the car with him in the future.

    "We'll go all over – probably go up to Big Sur and to Mammoth," he says.

    Duhamel related to the road trip aspect of the film, but less so to playing full-on robber. Fortunately, he was easily able to get some guidance on breaking the law 101.

    "I talked to one of the producers who was a lifetime criminal in and out of jail. We all went to dinner one night – I'm sitting there with this dude who was pretty dangerous – and picked his brain about what he was thinking when he did these things," Duhamel says. "His mindset was a little bit different than mine [because he] kind of got off on the thrill of breaking the law and I don't think this character ever did that."

    He continued about his role as John: "I think he was just really looking for peace and just trying to get out from underneath a really pressurized system where he had to do things that were just against the rules."

    Lost in the Sun hits theaters Nov. 6.

    Talk Show Appearance


    Fr 10/30: Josh Duhamel

    The Behind-the-Scenes Drama Susan Lucci Never Revealed on Dancing with the Stars

    When 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

    ( 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."

    Stars pay tribute to Anne Meara at memorial

    Ben Stiller told the crowd at Monday’s memorial for his mother, Anne Meara, at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre how much he missed discussing current affairs with her.

    “Like Donald Trump,” Stiller said to a crowd that included Larry David, Susie Essman, Chris Matthews, Cynthia Nixon and Bob Saget (who filled in for an ill Whoopi Goldberg as MC). “Ever since Trump closed the 72nd Street ramp to the West Side Highway, the word she used the most was ‘putz.’?”

    Anne’s widower, Jerry Stiller, flanked by kids Ben and Amy, said that when he balked at starting a family, Meara told him, “We have kids or I’m leaving you.”

    Liam Neeson — who worked with Meara in the 1992 production of “Anna Christie” (where he fell in love with his late wife Natasha Richardson) — recalled they were both paralyzed with stage fright.

    “Sex and the City” director-producer Michael Patrick King said Meara once told him, “I’m 64 years old, but my teeth are 10.”

    Everyone then joined Peter Yarrow in singing “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

    Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health Honors Susan Lucci, Tim Morehouse and More at SPORTS BALL 2015 Tonight

    The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health will host Sports Ball 2015, their 21st annual black tie & sneakers gala, tonight, October 21st at Guastavino's, 409 East 59th Street in New York City.

    Susan Lucci, star of DEVIOUS MAIDS Emmy award-winner for ALL MY CHILDREN, New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur; Tim Morehouse, Olympic Medalist, Fencing, & Founder, Fencing in the Schools; Dr. Gary A. Puckrein, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Minority Quality Forum; Ivan D. Smith, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP; and Dr. John F. Williams, President, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, will each be honored at Sports Ball with the Leadership Award. Biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is also being honored for their global commitment to health and well-being.

    Budd Mishkin, NY1 News Host and Cheryl Wills, award winning NY1 News Anchor and author, will host the gala.

    "Our 21th annual gala is a milestone occasion and we are honored to celebrate it by honoring the legacy of our founder Arthur Ashe - the late tennis champion and humanitarian," says Ruth C. Browne, CEO of The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. "Like Arthur, each of our honorees is a trailblazer and they exemplify their commitment to making the world a healthier and more equitable place."

    The funds raised at Sports Ball support the Institute's innovative community health education programs and research initiatives. Arthur Ashe founded the Institute in 1992, in partnership with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, just two months before his death from AIDS and in response to the disproportionate amount of illness and death in urban communities from preventable causes. Arthur knew that many diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, are the result of inadequate health care delivery, late detection and insufficient health education.

    Leading sponsors for Sports Ball 2015 (list in formation) include American Express, AstraZeneca, BNY Mellon, Healthfirst, Korn Ferry, MetLife and SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Each guest will receive a pair of Reebok sneakers compliments of the Institute. The evening includes interactive games, dinner, dancing, entertainment, an awards ceremony, and a silent auction.

    Individual Sports Ball tickets are $1000 per person and tables are available for $10,000-$50,000. For additional information about Sports Ball and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, call 718-222-5953 or visit

    Lifetime’s 2015 Very Merry Christmas holiday movie schedule

    ‘Tis almost the season!

    Lifetime’s Very Merry Christmas kicks off Nov. 28, with world premiere holiday movies every Saturday and Sunday for a whole month. Get ready to put logs in the fireplace, marshmallows in your hot chocolate and practice making fresh baked cookies to put near the chimney, because Santa and the holiday season are coming soon.

    ‘A Gift Wrapped Christmas,’ Saturday, Nov. 28, 8 p.m. ET/PT

    Starring Meredith Hagner, Travis Milne and Beverley Mitchell, “A Gift Wrapped Christmas” chronicles personal shopper Gwen’s newest client, Charlie, a high-rolling, workaholic, single father. When Gwen meets his 8-year-old son during a package drop, she is saddened to see just how little time Charlie spends with him. Determined to get Charlie to appreciate his family, Gwen makes it her Christmas mission to get him into the festive spirit. As she gets closer to Charlie and Owen, she also discovers what she wants for the holidays.

    ‘The Christmas Gift’ Sunday, Nov. 29, at 9 p.m.

    Starring Michelle Trachtenberg and Rick Fox, “The Christmas Gift” is about ten-year-old Megan, who upon receiving a Secret Santa gift, is touched by its contents which end up having a huge impact on her life. Now a driven young journalist, Megan can’t shake her desire to thank the person who sent her that heartfelt gift over a decade ago. Determined to prove herself to her editor, she goes on the search for the perfect Christmas story, and in doing so, she finally discovers who her Secret Santa is. Inspired by a true story.

    ‘The Flight Before Christmas’ Saturday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m.

    Starring Mayim Bialik, Ryan McPartlin (Chuck) and everyone’s favorite parents from “Family Matters,” Reginald VelJohnson and Jo Marie Payton, “The Flight Before Christmas,” introduces Stephanie, who’s excited to take the next step in her relationship and move in with her boyfriend, but is then crushed when he drops the bombshell that he wants to break up. Faced with spending the holidays heartbroken and homeless, she decides to fly home to Connecticut. On a red-eye the day before Christmas, Stephanie finds herself seated next to Michael, who is planning to propose to his college girlfriend. The two get off to a rocky start but things get even worse when the pilot announces that a huge, unexpected snowstorm is crossing the country. Their flight is diverted to a small town in Montana where Stephanie snags the last available room at the town’s bed and breakfast. Despite their differences, she offers to share the room with Michael and try their best to get along.

    ‘Last Chance Christmas’ Sunday, Dec. 6, at 9 p.m.

    Starring Hilarie Burton, Gabriel Hogan and Tim Matheson, “Last Chance Christmas” is about when Prancer injures his hoof, and Santa’s stable hand, John, must find a fill in to ensure Christmas deliveries go off without a hitch. His mission gets complicated when he discovers that Frankie, the perfect substitute reindeer, belongs to a precocious 8-year-old girl and her mother Annie. As he races to get Frankie up to the North Pole, he realizes that he’s actually falling in love with Annie and has to find a way to win her over and save Christmas at the same time.

    ‘Becoming Santa’ Saturday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m. ET/PT

    Starring “Family Ties” Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter, the two reunite in “Becoming Santa” as Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The film also stars Laura Bell Bundy, Tony Calero and Jesse Hutch. The movie follows Holly, who has never introduced her toy designer boyfriend Connor to her family and has only revealed that they live “up north.” As their relationship intensifies, Holly knows she can’t wait any longer and decides to bring Conner to meet her parents for Christmas. Connor is in for a shock when he discovers he’s actually headed to the North Pole and Holly’s parents are none other than Santa and Mrs. Claus! Connor embraces his time there despite running into Holly’s ex, Jack Frost. Will Conner be ready to take their relationship to the next level – especially when it means he would be next in line to be Santa.

    ‘Wish Upon a Christmas’ Sunday, Dec. 13, at 9 p.m. ET/PT

    Starring Larisa Oleynik (Pretty Little Liars, Mad Men), Aaron Ashmore (Smallville), and Alan Thicke (Growing Pains), “Wish Upon a Christmas” is about business executive Amelia, who returns home to help a family-run ornament company, the employees see her as their savior who is coming in to rescue the company. They are heart-broken and shocked to learn that her plan to get the company on track involves massive layoffs. As Amelia prepares for the holiday ‘trimmings’, she finds herself rekindling an old romance with her high school boyfriend Jesse, who is also the company’s owner. She also soon begins to see the charm of the local business – but will she be able to save it in time?

    ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ Saturday, Dec. 19, at 8 p.m.

    Starring Jen Lilley, Thomas Beaudoin and Bates Wilder, “The Spirit of Christmas” follows ambitious young lawyer Kate, who with a promotion on the line, heads to Vermont to broker the sale of an old inn. Kate has her work cut out for her when she learns its haunted and she meets Daniel Forsythe – a handsome man who died 95 years ago! Each year, Daniel takes human form exactly twelve days before Christmas, unable to move on with the mystery of his death unsolved. Determined to help Daniel, Kate finds herself in an unlikely romance with the dashing Christmas spirit.


    Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Griffin, AMC et al) has a new movie called Circle that was just released on iTunes. The film, describes the actor, is "a thriller where we are all trapped in one place and people die within this circle. It is a really dark film. I play a Marine. It is like 12 Angry Men on Death Row. Everybody is fighting for their life." You can purchase it here.

    Talk Show Appearance

    The Chew – ABC

    October 22

    Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Melissa Leo To Star In Showtime Pilot ‘I’m Dying Up Here’

    Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Louie), Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine) are set for Showtime’s dark comedy pilot I’m Dying Up Here.

    Written and executive produced by Dave Flebotte and executive produced by Jim Carrey, I’m Dying Up Here is set in L.A.’s infamous stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s and delves into the inspired and damaged psyches that inhabit the complex business of making an audience laugh.

    Leo will play the lead role of Goldie, a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist and nurtures her comedians with tough love. In his first TV series gig since his arc on Once Upon A Time, Stan will play the recurring role of Clay, a funny, charming comedian on the rise, who declares irrelevancy as his biggest fear. He is idolized by his ex and fellow comedian Cassie (Ari Graynor). Duke is a regular, playing Larry, a ballsy young comedian from Boston who moves to L.A. with the hopes of making it big. They join previously cast RJ Cyler, Erik Griffin and Stephen Guarino.

    The pilot, based on the nonfiction book of the same name by William Knoedelseder, will be directed by Jonathan Levine. Also executive producing are Michael Aguilar and Christina Wayne for Endemol Shine Studios and Assembly Entertainment.

    The Oscar- and Emmy-winning Leo’s upcoming film projects include Oliver Stone’s Snowden portraying documentarian Laura Poitras, The Fixer, The Most Hated Woman In America, London Has Fallen and The Big Short opposite Brad Pitt and Christian Bale. On TV, she can next be seen opposite Bryan Cranston in HBO’s All The Way portraying Lady Bird Johnson.

    Stan has been busy in features, making him virtually unavailable for TV. (He was courted by ABC to headline its Once Upon A Time In Wonderland spinoff based on his standout performance as the Mad Hatter on the mothership series.) The Captain America actor currently co-stars in Ridley Scott’s The Martian.

    Duke is best known for his roles in the films Hot Tub Time Machine and Hot Tub Time Machine 2, as well series regular roles in Greek and The Office.

    Leven Rambin's Wedding Dress Details: 'I Felt Like a Bride from a Cake Topper!'

    (Photo1, Photo2) True Detective actress Leven Rambin tied the knot to True Blood‘s Jim Parrack [insert your own “true love” joke here] on October 11. Her strapless lace-detailed gown was so classically beautiful, we needed to hear the entire wedding dress shopping story — and luckily, the new bride was happy to share.

    The newlywed said it took some time to find her ultimate dream dress. “I searched high and low for something that was classic, classy, but still flattering and sexy,” the bride tells PEOPLE. “Not until I found this Suzanne Neville dress did I find a perfect combination of all the things I was looking for.”

    There were three things in particular that drew her to the design. “The neckline was unlike any I had seen on a wedding dress, and the corset was exquisite. I soon realized Suzanne Neville is known for her corset-making,” she explains. “The lace, silk and tulle bunching at the hip gave it a high-fashion feel to me that was unique [from] all the other dresses I’d seen. I just loved how all three fabrics draped on top of one another in the front of the dress. Even with the beautiful details, over all, it was simple and elegant and the quality of design and execution spoke for itself.”

    But what really sealed the deal was that feeling she got when she stepped into it. “When I put it on, I felt like a bride from a cake topper, and knew immediately it was the one.”

    She made the wedding announcement on Instagram with a intimate snap of their wedding bands. She showed off her cutout Lara’s Jewelry band design saying it reminded her “of a wreath or a crown.” To compliment Leven’s ring, Parrack’s IV Karats band actually has his bride’s married initials engraved inside.

    The couple are definitely still in that honeymoon phase, posting adorable (can’t-keep-their-hands-off-each-other) photos together on Wednesday.

    “It was the most fun, beautiful, spiritual experience we’ve ever had,” says Rambin about her wedding day. Added Parrack, “All the people we love immediately loved each other and danced the night away.”

    Rambin shared a shot of the “mosh pit of love and joy” (and yes, if you thought you spotted Shia LaBeouf dancing, your eyes aren’t deceiving you — he served as a groomsman).

    Soap Vets Team Up For Gritty Film

    Former soap stars and longtime friends Robert Fontaine, Jr. (Rafe, SANTA BARBARA; Frankie, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Ray, AS THE WORLD TURNS) and Michael Brainard (Ted, SANTA BARBARA, Joey, ALL MY CHILDREN) have joined forces for the daunting new film, Mi America. "It's reminiscent of an early 1970s police film like Serpico," Brainard suggests. "It's very hard hitting."

    In the murder mystery, Fontaine directs and stars as a Rolando Ramirez, a detective whose investigation of a hate crime against five Hispanic migrant laborers leads him to question his own identity and beliefs. Brainard stars as a contractor whose beef against the local immigrants providing competition to his business puts him on Ramirez's radar. "These people know each other from youth; it's a small town," Brainard offers. "But they've all gone in various ways — some nefarious and some heroic — and they end up meeting at this sort of crossroads of the crime."

    Filmed in Newburgh, a historic but now crime-ridden town upriver from New York City, the timely movie is sure to fuel conversation about what it means to be an American. "Migrant workers have moved to almost to every corner of the United States, and judging by what's happening in the news and in the [current] political climate," Brainard observes, "There are people that don't want this kind of change." Mi America opens Friday, October 16, at the Village East Cinema in New York City, and Friday, October 23, at the Laemmle Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills, CA.

    Kelly Ripa Thanks ''Love of My Life'' Mark Consuelos at Walk of Fame Ceremony

    (Pic) Kelly Ripa has officially cemented her place in Hollywood.

    The Live! With Kelly and Michael host was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday in honor of her illustrious career, which includes a lengthy stint on the soap opera All My Children as well as multiple Emmy wins for her work on the widely popular ABC talk show.

    The 45-year-old mother of three, who has been married to husband Mark Consuelos since 1996, thanked her family and paid homage to those who have influenced her career after being introduced by close friends Jimmy Kimmel and Joel McHale.

    "It all began with All My Children. And All My Children is where I met the man that I've been married to for almost 20 years, the love of my life, the man who taught me how to be a person…and we have three of the most beautiful children that I am so proud of on the planet, Joaquin and Lola and Michael," she gushed.

    Ripa, who has charmed viewers with her bubbly personality and kindhearted spirit later added, "I am certain that there are so many more people who are deserving of this honor, but you will never find anyone who is more appreciative."

    Was Matt Bomer Strong Enough to Be Sheryl Crow's Fan?

    With his, ahem, impressive body of on-screen work, one could safely assume that Matt Bomer has had his fair share of intense fan interactions. While there may be a growing list, it's not something the actor likes to discuss – and for good reason.

    "There's been several strange ones," the actor admitted to PEOPLE while attending The Hammer Museum's 13th Annual Gala in the Garden this weekend. "I don't want to give them any credence. I really don't want to bring them out into the spotlight for fear that they may happen again."

    What the square-jawed 38-year-old failed to mention was the fact that he had been on the opposite side of fandom gone awry. Fortunately his husband, Simon Halls, was happy to throw Bomer under the bus. The tour bus to be more exact.

    "He's been an odd fan," Halls said. "I remember hearing a story of him climbing up a wall, a fence, to watch Sheryl Crow do a Today show concert."

    While the first cut may truly be the deepest, to his credit the American Horror Story: Hotel star did little to distance himself from his fence-scaling, Crow-loving past.

    "Listen," Bomer said. "It was the early aughts, okay! It was a different time in my life."

    Matt Bomer: I Want My Kids to Have a ‘Normal Childhood’

    Whatever you do, don’t call Matt Bomer a stage dad.

    While he and husband Simon Halls do everything they can to enrich the lives of their three children, the couple are content to keep their kids out of the spotlight.

    “I don’t want anybody out on stage any time soon,” the American Horror Story: Hotel star told PEOPLE while attending The Hammer Museum‘s 13th Annual Gala in the Garden Saturday. “I want them to have a nice, normal childhood.”

    In fact, the father of Kit, 10, and 7-year-old twins Henry and Walker, is hoping his children’s upbringing mirrors his own.

    “When I was 8 years old, I asked my parents to get me head shots, and they were like, ‘What are you talking about?! Go outside and play!’ I’m so glad they did,” the 38-year-old actor says.

    “I had a normal childhood where I was able to cultivate my own creativity, and I don’t think I would have been ready for this crazy business at 8 years old.”

    So for now, as far as his sons are concerned, it’s a steady and loving immersion into exploring their creativity.

    “[We go] to art museums [and read] art books,” Halls says. “We’ve got a lot of photography books and art books.”

    Adds Bomer, “We try to select schools for them over the course of their lives that encourage them.”

    But could the brothers already be showing signs of a successful future in Hollywood? “It’s a little early to say that,” Bomer jokes.

    “All little boys are little hams,” Halls says with a laugh. “That’s not a genetic thing. It’s a gender thing.”

    Leven Rambin and Jim Parrack Are Married

    (Photo) Leven Rambin and Jim Parrack tied the knot on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Le San Michele in Buda, Texas, PEOPLE can confirm.

    The True Detective actress, 25, announced the news on Instagram, sharing a shot of the couple's wedding rings with the caption "#married." The photo showed Leven's diamond band paired with her beautiful Monique Pean Mineraux engagement ring alongside Parrack's classic wedding band.

    "It was the most fun, beautiful, spiritual experience we've ever had," Rambin told PEOPLE exclusively of her wedding day.

    "All the people we love immediately loved each other and danced the night away," Parrack said.

    "My band is from Lara's Jewelry in L.A. and I like that it reminded me of a wreath or a crown," Rambin said of her wedding ring. Meanwhile, Prrack's band is from IV Karats and have Rambin's married initials engraved inside.

    Parrack's best man was actor Scott Haze and Shia LaBeouf served as a groomsman. Other guests included Perry Reeves and designer Timo Weilan.

    On Saturday, Parrack shared a picture of a sunset, writing, "Oh happy day."

    The True Blood actor's rep confirmed their engagement to PEOPLE in August 2014. The pair began dating in the spring of 2014.

    True Blood's Jim Parrack Marries Actress Leven Rambin

    (Ring Photo) Now this is true love!

    True Blood star Jim Parrack officially became a husband when he married his fiancée Leven Rambin over the weekend in Austin, Texas.

    On Sunday afternoon, the new bride gave fans a special look at the brand-new bling both parties will be wearing for many years to come.

    "#Married @Parrack120," the True Detective star shared while holding her main man's hand.

    In the days leading up to the ceremony, the couple dropped plenty of hints that their special ceremony was coming sooner rather than later.

    On Saturday, Rambin's dog got all blinged-out for the big day with a 70-carat diamond bracelet by Tacori. In comparison, Parrack shared a stunning sunset from Austin while cryptically captioning the photo, "oh happy day."

    To put the cherry on top of a special week, the actor also called Rambin his "Women Crush Wednesday" when sharing a cute picture on social media. "My soon to be wife and forever #WCW @LevenRambin," he wrote. "Right where we belong." Aww!

    Back in August of 2014, Parrack decided to take the plunge and pop the all-important question to his leading lady. While the moment surprised some fans because of their short romance, one look at their respective social media accounts quickly proved these two were the real deal.

    Congratulations to the couple on their big day!

    Kelly Ripa and Co-Stars Recall Her Time on ‘All My Children’

    ( It’s fitting that Kelly Ripa made her “All My Children” debut on Thanksgiving Day in 1990. After all, the fan-favorite actress has been nothing but effusively grateful for the opportunities she received from being cast as heroine Hayley Vaughan Santos on the now-defunct ABC soap opera.

    Ripa arrived in Pine Valley, the soap’s fictional setting, wearing an Elvira-like black wig, playing the niece of Trevor Dillon (James Kiberd), whom she affectionately called “Uncle Porkchop.” The rambunctious teen had a smart mouth, but it was all a defense mechanism given her rough upbringing. Soon, “Children” viewers learned that Hayley was the result of a fling her alcoholic mother, Arlene, had with mainstay mogul Adam Chandler.

    Sparks flew between Hayley and love interest Brian Bodine — and not just on-camera.

    “The first year, we couldn’t really be in the same area together,” says Matt Borlenghi, Brian’s portrayer. “I was in my early 20s asking, ‘How do I bring “Brando” to daytime?’ I saw Kelly as this young girl with way too much energy. One time, a reporter on set heard screaming and furniture crashing down the hall. A makeup guy said, ‘Oh, that’s just Kelly and Matt rehearsing.’ In reality, we were in her dressing room having an argument. I was taking myself way too seriously and I asked Kelly how did you get so lucky to be on this show?”

    “It turns out it would have been a lot easier on me if I had followed her path and just had more fun at work,” he adds. “But if I hadn’t left (in 1993) maybe she never would have met Mark (Consuelos, her husband).”

    Today, Borlenghi happily reports the two are good friends. “People occasionally say to me, ‘Hey, I was watching “Live With Kelly & Michael” today and she just mentioned what a great guy you are.’ Who does that in an age when everyone is seemingly out for only themselves? Kelly’s a class act.”

    One of Hayley’s husbands was Alec McIntyre, played by Grant Aleksander, who had sex with his mother-in-law, Arlene, on the night he and Hayley wed. The clueless bride can be a thankless role, but Ripa delivered the dramatic goods big time after the adulterous affair was exposed.

    “Kelly’s beautiful, funny and full of energy, and it’s easy to not look past that,” Aleksander says. “But I was taken early on with just how good an actress she is. One of the great joys of working with her is that you could do anything in a scene and she’d respond. I never remember her being in a bad mood or bitching about her storyline.”

    Additionally, Aleksander says, “The nicest thing you can say about anybody is what you can say about Kelly — she’s just a great person. What you see is what you get.”

    Carrie Genzel played Ripa’s half-sister Skye, the raven-haired bad girl to Ripa’s golden girl — actually, make that platinum.

    “We came back to the studio one morning to shoot a continuous day and Kelly showed up with platinum blond hair,” says a chuckling Genzel. “We were all like, ‘Oh, you are so getting fired!’ But she wasn’t, of course. She bent the rules, but she represented the show so well and always gave them what they needed. When I joined, she and Mark were both so welcoming to me.”

    Cameron Mathison also recalls being embraced by Ripa after being cast.

    “She has a way of putting you at ease,” he says. Fans are especially devoted to soap duos once they know the pair is romantically involved in real life so when a script called for Mathison’s Ryan to lock lips with Hayley, he knew it was going to be a challenge. “The director said, ‘You’ve got to go for it!’ I told Mark, ‘Blame the director!’”

    Ripa received perhaps her meatiest storyline on “Children” when Hayley mistakenly believes she killed her mother and suffered a break from reality, assuming her mother’s identity in the process. “That was fun,” Ripa recalls. “I got to play this horrible, alcoholic, promiscuous version of Arlene. It’s so much fun to play a disaster.”

    The actress juggled her duties on both the sudser and on “Live!” Once she became the show’s new host alongside Regis Philbin in 2001 she was written off “Children.” Hayley became host of a talk/fashion show on the West Coast. Ripa returned to “Children” in 2010 for the show’s 40th anniversary when Hayley narrated a documentary on Pine Valley.

    “‘All My Children’ was home to her,” says Eva LaRue, who played Hayley’s sister-in-law Maria and is, in real-life, godmother to Ripa and Consuelos’ son, Michael. “He’s a great kid. All three of her kids are great. Kelly’s the quickest person in the room and a great hostess. As lovable as she is on TV, she’s even more lovable in person.”

    “The training ground that ‘All My Children’ provided me was second to none,” Ripa says. “It taught professionalism. When I started to work on ‘Hope & Faith,’ they said to me, ‘Stop memorizing your lines! They’re going to change!’ But I couldn’t help it. Pat Fields (“Hope & Faith’s” costume designer) said to me, ‘I can tell you worked on a soap because you hang up your wardrobe at the end of the day. That’s the soap opera girls.’”

    Talk Show Appearance

    Rachael Ray – Syndicated

    Mon 10/12

    Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar prepares easy baking treats for children


    Cady McClain will spend her upcoming birthday in a meaningful way. "On October 13th at 9 a.m., I'm introducing the Los Angeles Mayor at City Hall in downtown LA for Domestic Violence Awareness Day, with a focus on elder abuse," she reports. "The police chief will also be present, as well as members of the Domestic Violence Task Force. The idea of the event is to honor those who work in the field and bring more awareness to the issue."

    Sarah Michelle Gellar: Freddie Prinze Jr. Has More ‘Cred’ with Kids, I ‘Drive Carpool’

    Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. are both starring on the upcoming season of Disney’s animated Star Wars Rebels — but according to the actress, her husband gets way more credit for his role with their children’s friends than she does.

    PEOPLE caught up with Gellar at the Mamarazzi event celebrating Foodstirs, the actress’ new baking kit venture, in New York City on Wednesday, and she revealed what their 6-year-old daughter Charlotte‘s pals think of her and Prinze’s roles.

    “My joke is that — it’s not a joke, it’s kind of sad actually, because Freddie is on [Star Wars Rebels] and so all the kids at school are like, ‘That’s Charlotte’s daddy. He’s a Jedi,’ ” Gellar tells PEOPLE. “‘And that’s her mom, she drives carpool.’ ”

    She jokes, “I was like, ‘I’ve got to get come cred with these kids!’

    Prinze, 39, has voiced the character of Kanan the Cowboy Jedi since the first season of Star Wars Rebels.

    Gellar, 38, signed onto the show’s second season in March. She will be voicing the Seventh Sister, an Inquisitor working for the Galactic Empire.

    In addition to Charlotte, Gellar and Prinze are also parents to son Rocky, 3 — and according to the actress, the youngster has quite the sweet tooth.

    Recently, Gellar was testing out a recipe for brownie popsicles — which happen to be Charlotte’s favorite dessert — for her new baking kit.

    “My son kept asking for them and Charlotte was like, ‘No, no, no,’ ” Gellar shares. “Then I think she went to the bathroom — man, he climbed up on her chair and grabbed and ate the whole thing before she came back!”

    Gellar adds that a lot of her ideas for recipes come from her children.

    “It’s great because it’s a great experience to test them,” Gellar explains. “They’re experts now, they know best, they’re always telling us how to do stuff. But that is where inspiration comes from.”

    Mark Consuelos Reveals How Madonna Helped Kelly Ripa Celebrate Her 45th Birthday

    Kelly Ripa had so much fun celebrating her 45th birthday that she partied right into the next day, her husband Mark Consuelos reveals.

    "We danced and danced until 5:30 in the morning," Consuelos, 44, told PEOPLE at Tuesday's season 2 premiere of Kingdom in Los Angeles. "I'm not joking – 5:30 am! We were with friends, just listening to music and drinking a bit."

    Despite the late hour, the couple went mostly low-key for Ripa's big 4-5 on Friday, opting not to hit the clubs of New York City but instead dance the night away at home to their favorite hits. "There was a lot of Madonna of course because my wife loves her. We had some house music going too," said Consuelos, who costars alongside Nick Jonas on this season of the DirectTV MMA drama.

    The next day, however, both Ripa and he were feeling the effects of all that partying the night before. "We were pretty hungover. The next morning included a lot of bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches and Coca Cola," laughed Consuelos.

    Though the couple's three children – Michael, 18, Lola, 14, and Joaquin, 12 – were not invited to the party because "this was not a kid thing," Consuelos tells PEOPLE fatherhood has never been better.

    "It's amazing," he said. "I've got a kid about to graduate high school! I can't believe it."

    So, are they ready for empty nest syndrome to set in once the kids leave the house and go to college? "Not really," revealed Consuelos. "I like taking my wife out and just hanging out the two of us. I like our us time."

    Toni Braxton’s Lifetime bio pic adds soap stars Debbi Morgan and Gavin Houston

    Lifetime has announced the full cast for “Un-Break My Heart,” its movie based on singer Toni Braxton’s memoir about her struggles with illness, financial troubles and divorce while navigating her son’s autism and family struggles.

    Debbi Morgan (“Power,” “All My Children”) will play Braxton’s mother, Evelyn, while Gavin Houston (“Guiding Light”) will play her frequent collaborator, producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. Cortney Scott Wright, Skye P. Marshall (“Public Morals”) and LaToya Franklyn (“Subways”) have also been cast as Braxton’s sisters and fellow singers, Traci, Towanda and Trina Braxton.

    It was previously announced that Tiffany Hines (“Devious Maids”) would play Braxton’s other sister, singer Tamar Braxton, and that Lex Scott Davis would play Braxton herself.

    As opposed to other Lifetime projects like TV movies about cult TV series like “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Melrose Place,” “Un-Break My Heart” is an authorized life story with Braxton exec producing and guest-starring in the film. Other exec producers are Craig Baumgarten, Erik Kritzer and Marcus Grant. Written by Susan McMartin and directed by Vondie Curtis Hall, “Un-Break My Heart” is produced by Link Entertainment.

    The WE tv series “Braxton Family Values,” a reality series centered around the five Braxton sisters and their mother, recently wrapped its fourth season.

    Kelli Giddish Gives Birth! Law & Order: SVU Star Welcomes Her First Child With Lawrence Faulborn

    (Pic) Congratulations are in order for Kelli Giddish!

    The Law & Order: SVU star has welcomed her first child with husband Lawrence Faulborn.

    As to who was able to spill the beans, it was none other than her famous co-star Ice-T. "At the hospital with the newest SVU member 'Ludo,'" he shared on Twitter. "Congrats @TheKelliGiddish and Larry."

    In the candid photo, a pregnant Coco is seen holding her close friend's newborn. Meanwhile, Giddish is all smiles just hours after delivering a newborn. As if we expected anything less from Detective Amanda Rollins.

    "#auntiecoco #babyLudo," Faulborn later wrote on Instagram with a shot of the meeting. "#svubaby #welcome."

    Loyal fans of the SVU star were pleasantly surprised to find out back in July that the actress wasn't just expecting a baby. She was also secretly married!

    According to Paradise Beach Weddings, the couple exchanged vows steps away from the ocean in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., earlier this summer. A rep for NBC later confirmed Giddish was pregnant.

    Ever since the pregnancy news broke, Giddish was often seen hanging out with Coco who is expecting her first child this December. In fact, the pair were comparing baby bumps just last weekend and documenting their journey on Facebook.

    "Kelli Giddish & me..How cute! Our babies are kissing! #kissingtummies," Coco wrote on social media. "Kelli is 36 weeks preggers now & I'm 29 weeks."

    And if there wasn't enough stars in the SVU universe expanding their family, E! News recently learned co-star Peter Scanavino is also expecting a second child with his wife.

    What are the odds of three cast members expecting all at once?!

    When asked about the baby boom, SVU showrunner Warren Leight couldn't help but acknowledge his unique surroundings. "Yes, @PeterScanavino @FINALLEVEL @TheKelliGiddish ALL infanticipating," he tweeted. "#SVUMostFertileDramaThereIs."

    Congratulations, Kelli Giddish, on your happy news!


    BethAnn Bonner (ex-Talia, OLTL) and wife Maria Fuenmayor welcomed twins on September 22. “God helped us bring Ruby Colette & Simon Lucas n2 this beautiful world! We are SO HAPPY!” Bonner tweeted. And On October 3, Aiden Turner (ex-Aidan, AMC) announced on Twitter that he and girlfriend Jessica Miller have welcomed their first child together, son Tristan. He has a daughter, Ciella, 6, from his previous marriage. Congratulations all around! See the sweet announcements here and here.

    Star Wars Rebels: Sarah Michelle Gellar Will 'Mess With the Jedi'

    (Video) Sarah Michelle Gellar is aiming to hunt down the rebels and, you know, “kill them all,” as revealed in this first look at her Star Wars Rebels character, the Seventh Sister Inquisitor.

    Debuting in Season 2 (which premieres Oct. 14 on Disney XD), the Seventh Sister is tasked by Darth Vader to track down the rebels and capture any surviving Jedi. She is described as conniving, manipulative and deadly with a lightsaber.

    “All Inquisitors want to mess with the Jedi,” TV’s erstwhile Buffy notes in the video above. “That’s why we’re put on this Earth. Galaxy, I should say!”

    Prior to Star Wars Rebels‘ return, Gellar will be a part of the animated series’ panel at New York Comic-Con on Thursday, Oct. 8.

    Former All My Children Star Debbi Morgan Visits Oprah: Where Are They Now? and Recounts Witnessing Horrific Abuse by Her Father

    (Video) Debbi Morgan is opening up about living under the threat of domestic violence for much of her life, and she hopes her honesty will help others escape abuse.

    The former All My Children star sits down with Oprah Winfrey on Saturday's Oprah: Where Are They Now? to discuss chilling experiences going as far back as her childhood.

    In an exclusive clip from the episode, Morgan recounts the worst incident of violence her mother endured at the hands of Morgan's father, who was ultimately removed from their lives.

    Though Morgan's mother had replaced the locks on the door of the family's home, Morgan recalls, "My father came home that night, he gave the door one kick, the whole thing just came apart."

    During his brutal attack, Morgan's father used a pole attached to the lock he'd just dislodged – the very thing her mother had hoped would provide safety – against her: "I can remember so vivid," she says. "My mother, it was like she was trying to scream but it was like she could hardly get anything out. And he had the pole up against her neck and was choking her. You know, as a little girl, to see that was just so terrifying."

    Morgan, now 59, has written her memoir The Monkey on My Back to confront the abuse against both men and women that has cast a shadow over her family for generations – in fact, Morgan was previously married to three abusive men (though she has broken the cycle in her current marriage).

    Morgan tells Winfrey she wrote the book because "I really want parents to understand the traumatic effect that domestic violence has on children."

    Oprah: Where Are They Now? airs Saturdays (10 p.m. ET) on OWN.

    Talk Show Apearances


    We 10/7: Sarah Michelle Gellar

    LIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL, syndicated

    Tu 10/6: Sarah Michelle Gellar


    Bryan R. Dattilo (Lucas, DAYS), Sean Kanan (Deacon, B&B), Cady McClain (ex-Kelly, Y&R et al), Melissa Archer (ex-Serena DAYS et al) and Andrew Trischitta (ex-Jack, OLTL) have all been tapped to appear in the upcoming season of the web soap YOUTHFUL DAZE. While details of their roles have not been released, the actors have tweeted the names of their characters. Dattilo will be playing Eric, Kanan will be playing cult leader Richie Kingsly, McClain will be playing Aunt Kathy, Archer will be playing Monica Reynolds and Trischitta will be playing Travis. The new season of YOUTHFUL DAZE will be available on their website, beginning February 20, 2016.


    Brian Gaskill (ex-Dylan, GL et al) and his girlfriend, Ambika Leigh, were involved in a car accident over the weekend, when a car being pursued by police in a high speed chase crashed into their vehicle. Both Gaskill and his girlfriend are doing okay, but his car was totaled. "Thankful to be alive after being hit in the climax of a high speed chase.... It was even televised .... And I thought Castle was gonna be my return to TV ...ha (sorry for the humor)," he posted on Facebook. "Ambika Leigh was with me and I'm so grateful we are still to you all. here's the video"

    Why Kelli Giddish Keeps a Chipmunk on Her Law & Order: SVU Desk (Yes, a Chipmunk!)

    (Photo) Look closely the next time you see Kelli Giddish at her desk on Law & Order: SVU and you just might see something…furry. Yes, sitting on top of Detective Rollins' desk is a little chipmunk that may not be visible to the untrained eye. I spotted it on set during recent interviews. So…

    What's the deal with the most famous TV chipmunk since Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers?

    "That's some weird Kelli Giddish thing," Mariska Hargitay said with a laugh when asked about the new set decoration.

    "She's from Georgia," executive produce Warren Leight quickly added.

    "Let's just leave it at that. He's not hurting anybody," Hargitay said.

    But it couldn't just be left it at that, because why on earth is there a stuffed chipmunk in a glass jar in a fictional police precinct? Was this chipmunk part of the recent set renovations? Did it come from the set decorator? Was it a gift? You need answers. I need answers. We now all have the answer:

    "I thought Rollins needed some more 'Georgia' represented in her life. My father in real life is like Elmer Fudd with chipmunks, because they destroy his garden," Giddish told E! News in an exclusive statement. "So I got a taxidermied chipmunk. It makes me laugh!"

    And get this: the chipmunk was named by none other than Ice-T. "I asked Ice to name him, and he said 'DC,'" Giddish recalled. "Stands for Dead Chipmunk."

    Doink doink.

    Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.

    Christopher Kennedy Lawford to speak about his addiction, sobriety at O’Brien House fundraiser

    ( Christopher Kennedy Lawford describes himself as the product of an “addictive perfect storm.”

    The eldest child and only son of Patricia Kennedy (sister of slain President John F. Kennedy) and actor Peter Lawford, the 60-year-old says addiction runs in both sides of his family. He’ll talk about his battles and his sobriety at the O’Brien House breakfast fundraiser on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

    Lawford was only 8 when his uncle, President Kennedy, was assassinated in Dallas in 1963. In 1968, another uncle, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated in Los Angeles.

    “We had to relive those events over and over,” says Lawford on a call from his home in Hawaii. “That’s brutal PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) by the way.”

    “In 1969, when it began for me, we had an entirely different culture,” he says of his first foray with drugs. “It was a time of experimentation, permissiveness and, frankly, ignorance of what this disease is. I remember doing cocaine because everyone said it wasn’t addictive.”

    Over the years, people tried to help Lawford but intervention was unheard of back then.

    “If it had been, I would have been OK,” he adds. “Now, we’re free to talk about it and act, to help determine whether someone’s life is a tragedy or success.”

    In 1984, Lawford’s cousin, David Kennedy, who also battled substance abuse issues and with whom Lawford had a close relationship, died of a drug overdose. David’s death prompted Lawford to seek professional help for his issues.

    “I’m in recovery now for 30 years,” says Lawford, who had a 15-year career as an actor (including three years on the hit soap opera “All My Children”), lawyer, executive and producer. “For about 20 of those, I was anonymous, speaking in church basements and other 12-step programs. In 2005, I wrote a book, ‘Symptoms of Withdrawal,’ a New York Times bestseller. There was such an avalanche of response that I began speaking publicly … It was important for me to give back, to be a part of the solution.”

    That response led to his second book, “Moment of Clarity: Voices From the Front Lines of Addiction & Recovery,” another New York Times bestseller. It’s a collection of stories from 44 people who share the spiritual epiphanies that enabled them to move from addiction to recovery.

    “Addiction costs this country $500 billion a year,” says Lawford. “It’s the No. 1 public health issue.”

    So what do we do?

    “I don’t know,” says Lawford frankly. “I believe the recovery community is really going to have to effect change. We can’t expect government to deal with this. If we want to get a handle on addiction, we have to make a serious commitment. We don’t have the money or the focus right now, but I believe it will happen in increments.

    “It’s a really complicated problem,” he continues. “Can we (government) actually make a difference? Yes, but we have to change the focus from source eradication to one of treatment, prevention and education. Those are things that will make a difference.”

    Lawford is starting to investigate other opportunities. He’s letting cousin Patrick Kennedy, founder of the Kennedy Forum, which unites the mental health community, and co-founder One Mind for Research, whose mission is to track research in traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress, take the spotlight in speaking out on addiction and mental health. Both are taking part in UNITE To Face Addiction in Washington, D.C., Oct. 4. Organized by an independent coalition of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, the mission is to “produce a collaborative and unifying event to collectively raise awareness and reduce the human and social costs of addiction.”

    “We know addiction and mental health issues run in families … those who know best about this issue are the ones who’ll drive the conversation toward a solution,” says Lawford, who plans to continue sharing his story. “I enjoy speaking and writing and I have a brand that people trust.”

    O’Brien House fundraiser

    WHAT: Breakfast featuring Christopher Kennedy Lawford

    WHEN: 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30

    WHERE: Renaissance Hotel, 7000 Bluebonnet Blvd.

    INFORMATION: (225) 344-6345

    Oprah: Where Are They Now? (OWN)

    Sun 10/4


    The Mom Who Nearly Shopped Her Family Broke, Debbi Morgan, GMA's Amy Robach

    ‘Devious Maids’ Renewed For Season 4 By Lifetime

    A 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.

    Kelli Giddish on Her Law & Order: SVU Baby Surprise and What's Ahead for Rollins

    Seventeen years in and Law & Order: SVU is doing something it's never done before when it writes in Kelli Giddish's real-life pregnancy in as the character's pregnancy. Yup, no character has never been pregnant before.

    "[Mariska Hargitay] had somebody come in…I looked it up—I looked up when I first got pregnant what other TV shows did and…I guess on The X-Files, she went away. She got abducted by aliens," Giddish said with a laugh. "So I was like, 'That can't happen on SVU. Can't pitch that idea.'"

    So Giddish's Amanda Rollins, a dedicated detective with a gambling addiction that has caused her quite a few problems, will be pregnant. "I feel so comfortable in their hands," Giddish said of the writers.

    Rollins learned she was pregnant in the two-hour season 17 premiere. Dallas Roberts' Dr. Yates said he smells it, the pregnancy, on her. "It's creepy, right?" Giddish said. Last season, her character revealed she was a survivor of sexual assault and took some time off. With the gambling addiction and her haunted past, Rollins has had quite a journey, the baby is just another leg.

    "Well, now she's got another challenge. This one is more natural, or better, I guess, than the gambling addiction," she said. "What's going to be really fun is getting to see who the father is—I do know. I got to pick…I kind of did, yeah. I was like, it can't be Danny [Pino], that would mean he would have three baby mamas. He's got two kids from two different mamas!"

    In the premiere, Rollins tells Benson her mom will come to town, along with her troubled sister. Oscar nominee Virginia Madsen will play her mother in episode six of the season. Will the pregnancy sideline Rollins? Eventually, Benson told her in the premiere.

    "Look, I know you're going to fight me on this, but as soon as the department hears, they're going to put you on restricted duty," Benson told Rollins.

    "Can we wait to tell them? I just want to work until the last minute," Rollins asked.

    "I know what a hard worker you are. That's a really good thing because being a single mom is, is not easy," Benson said.

    "Well, I may not be on my own. My mom, actually, might move up to New York," Rollins revealed.

    "Good! Good. I want you to know I'm really happy for you. If you want or need to talk about anything, I'm here," Benson said.

    Hargitay's Benson recently became a single mom to baby Noah, officially adopting her foster son at the end of season 16. The two women, who have had their differences before, have formed a tighter bond, something Giddish said she's "absolutely" looking forward to exploring. "Two women don't always have to be at each others throats. They can get along every now and then," she said.

    And there's been more bonding going on off-screen too. Giddish revealed her baby news to Ice-T's wife Coco Austin. The couple is also expecting.

    "They had the secret. They knew the secret before anybody knew," Ice said. "Those two, she shared with Coco first and then slowly started to seep out."

    As for what she's hoping for, Giddish summed it up succinctly: "Health. I hope he's healthy," she said. "And in real life. That's all you care about."

    Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesdays, 9 p.m. on NBC.

    ‘Emotionally unavailable’ Michael B. Jordan isn’t dating Kendall Jenner

    (GQ Cover) Michael B. Jordan won’t be keeping up with Kendall Jenner anytime soon.

    “Kendall’s a friend of mine, you know. I don’t know her, like, that well, but I know her enough,” the actor told GQ magazine following reports that he had been romancing the model of the moment. “A lot of black fans were feeling like, ‘Oh, my God, he should have been with a black woman’ and that whole thing. I don’t live my life to make other people happy.”

    With a few flicks in the works, including a potential sequel to this summer’s “Fantastic Four,” Jordan, 28, is focusing more on his career and less on his love life.

    “I told myself at a young age that I would sacrifice all my twenties for work. I’m 28. I’ve got a year and a half left,” he said. “I understand what females want and need, you know. I’m good at that. I don’t know if I’m the guy to give it to them right now. I’m emotionally unavailable. Until I find something that’s so undeniable that I can’t help myself.”

    “The females, they’ll always be there,” Jordan continued. “Like honestly, bro, oh my God. Female-wise now? I ain’t got to do too much work. And it’s weird, because I’m the same guy. I haven’t f–king changed, right? I haven’t done anything different.”

    Give or take a blockbuster, the California native hasn’t forgotten his roots and how it’s shaped his perception of people in Hollywood.

    “I come from nothing. I come from sleeping in the kitchen with my family with the oven open to keep us warm during winter, you know,” Jordan explained. “When you come from that background, all this extra stuff is just … extra stuff, you know? If somebody’s not real with you, you can tell.”

    Elizabeth Hendrickson ON “NCIS: NEW ORLEANS,” TUESDAY, OCT. 13

    “I Do” – The NCIS team must determine why a murdered Navy drone pilot was using a black market drone to obtain military surveillance, and whether the drone’s footage is linked to his death, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, Oct. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.

    Guest Cast Includes: Elizabeth Hendrickson (Beth)


    Soap Opera Digest is thrilled to announce that B&B's Jacob Young (Rick) and his wife, Christen, will be welcoming their third child in February 2016. The new addition will join brother Luke, 7, and Molly, 2. Our warmest congratulations to the entire Young family!

    ‘Empire’ star lands modeling deal

    “Empire” star Trai Byers, who plays Lucious Lyon’s son Andre Lyon on the hit Fox soap, has just signed a modeling deal with Wilhelmina.

    Byers, who also appeared in “Selma,” will be joining a roster that includes singer Nick Jonas, models Armando Cabral, Cindy Bruna and Soo Joo Park, actor RJ Mitte, actress and Rolling Stone offspring Alexandra Richards and “Boyhood” star Ellar Coltrane.

    In July, Byers was engaged to “Empire” co-star Grace Gealey.

    Season 2 starts on Wednesday.

    Finn Wittrock Isn't Holding Back About Lady Gaga and Those American Horror Story: Hotel Sex Scenes

    When American Horror Story returns on Oct. 7 with its latest installment, Hotel, star Finn Wittrock promises it will not let devotees down.

    "It's going to be really insane. In some ways, it's returning to the classic horror genre like the first season. Freak Show was more outside and sprawling, this is more tight and scary. The sex and the blood are really amped up too and outdoing themselves," Wittrock, 30, told PEOPLE at the 67th Emmy Award Performers Nominee Reception in Los Angeles this weekend.

    Wittrock has already starred on AHS, but he says Hotel has him doing things he never expected. "There's a little homoerotica. My character's not gay, but he does what he's got to do to get by. That entails a few things. There's also a few intimate moments with The Lady herself which has been a lot of fun," revealed Wittrock, whose character will engage in a love triangle with Lady Gaga and Matt Bomer.

    Though Gaga just joined the franchise this season, Wittrock says she brought her A game.

    "She's the real deal," he said. "Everyone's like, 'God, she's so approachable, like I can just go up to her and talk.' She's taking it very seriously as an actor. I think people are going to be very impressed."

    For Wittrock, whose work in Freak Show was nominated for an Emmy on Sunday night, the best part of filming this season in Los Angeles was proximity to his wife of nearly a year, Sarah Roberts.

    "It's really good," Wittrock said about newlywed life. "It's nice to come home at night. You realize that home is an important place."

    But home is not where the couple will be celebrating their one-year anniversary on Oct. 18 – they'll actually be headed to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. So, will it be a relaxing type of anniversary or a party-heavy holiday? "A little bit of both," Wittrock said with a smile.

    American Horror Story: Hotel premieres Oct. 7 on FX.

    Sarah Michelle Gellar Shares a Rare Photo of Her Kids, Rocky and Charlotte—See the Adorable Pic!

    (Pic) Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. were once Hollywood's hottest couple, dominating the spotlight and the headlines. But they've since traded their public personas in for a life of intimate privacy, so we love it when they choose to share a little bit of their lives!

    The Crazy Ones alum shared a rare photo of her children, Rocky and Charlotte, on Instagram Sunday, which not only showed the family hanging out together (although Dad was missing) but also revealed her kids' faces. Gellar rarely posts pictures of her kids, but when she does they hardly ever feature their mugs.

    "Today is an important day #kidsinthekitchen," she captioned the pic. "In my household cooking is family time, time to #unplug and connect. I treasure these moments #foodstirs #foodcrafting."

    The mom of two previously opened up to E! News about her family life at the launch of her Crazy 8 kids' fashion line and said that she and her hubby "split everything pretty fairly."

    "I mean, I think that that's how you have to raise children today, as you want them to be independent and want them to see in our society that there is no difference between men and women and go from there."

    Even though this couple will stay forever young in our minds, Gellar joked that her husband often shows his age—he's 39—with out-of-date pop culture references. "He wants to know when we're buying our Trapper Keepers," Gellar recalled. "I was like, 'Sweetheart, you're old, we don't have Trapper Keepers anymore.' We're showing our age."

    Although this summer has had its ups and downs in terms of romance, these two will constantly remind us that there is still hope for love! In honor of their 13th anniversary, Gellar posted a romantic photo from their wedding day and wrote, "13 years #happyanniversary I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me."


    Mark Consuelos Is In ‘All We Had’

    Mark Consuelos has joined the cast of All We Had, the directorial debut of Katie Holmes. He’ll play “Vic”. Stefania Owen, Luke Wilson, Richard Kind, Judy Greer also star in the film about a young mother and her teenage daughter who relocate to a small midwestern town during the height of the worldwide economic crisis in hopes of making a better life. Josh Boone & Jill Killington wrote the script, based on the novel by Annie Weatherwax.

    OWN Megachurch Drama Series ‘Greenleaf’ Rounds Out Cast

    Lamman Rucker (Meet The Browns), Kim Hawthorne (Rake) and Deborah Joy Winans (Whitney) have landed the last three series regular roles on OWN’s megachurch drama Greenleaf. The series, from Craig Wright and Lionsgate TV, focuses on the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful.

    Rucker will play Jacob Greenleaf, the eldest, ne’er-do-well son of the Bishop (Keith David), heir apparent to the Greenleaf empire. Hawthorne is Kerissa Greenleaf, Jacob’s ambitious, controlling wife. Winans plays Charity Greenleaf-Satterlee, youngest daughter of the Bishop and also the church’s angel-voiced Minister of Music. They join previously cast Lynn Whitfield (Bishop Greenleaf’s wife Lady Mae) Merle Dandridge (Lady Mae’s estranged daughter Grace), and Desiree Ross (Grace’s daughter Sophia). Oprah Winfrey and Wright are exec producing.

    All My Children Alum Michael E. Knight Joins The Young and the Restless

    ( Look who’s back in the suds! Longtime fan fave Michael E. Knight—a three-time Emmy winner as Tad Martin on All My Children—is joining CBS’s The Young and the Restless in the recurring role of Dr. Simon Neville, a Genoa City doctor with mysterious intentions. Knight, whose primetime credits include NCIS, Drop Dead Diva and Hot in Cleveland, begins shooting at Y&R on Wednesday and will hit the air October 15. Whose lives will be impacted by this doctor of questionable repute? Look for details in the September 28 issue of TV Guide Magazine.

    Sarah Michelle Gellar Launches Line of Baking and Food Decorating Kits

    (Pic) Surprise! Sarah Michelle Gellar has started a new cooking and lifestyle brand called Foodstirs!

    The kid-friendly line, which will be sold online starting in October, includes three signature baking mixes (for brownies, cupcakes and cookies), frostings and specialty curated food crafting kits that come complete with decorative supplies and tools. The products also contain non-gmo ingredients that are free of artificial preservatives, flavors and colors. (A portion of the proceeds from each sale will also go to charity.)

    So, what inspired the mom-of-two to launch the line? Pinterest and a playdate, Gellar tells PEOPLE.

    After setting up a day of baking with their daughters, Gellar and Foodstirs co-founder Galit Laibow (“mom friend” Gia Russo is the third co-founder) went in search of an artificial-free mix. “We went to the supermarket to get a mix and were really surprised that there was no better-for-you baking option,” says Gellar. “I thought baking included butter, sugar and water and I couldn’t even pronounce half the ingredients in these mixes. So, we did some research and made our own from scratch.”

    And Gellar — who had looked to Pinterest for fun, food crafting projects — wanted to offer other busy moms a line that made it easy to actually buy and make the treats like the ones found on the site. “Our whole idea is to bridge the gap between inspiration and execution,” says Gellar.

    And to also inspire more family time.

    “There’s really a great connection you only truly get when you unplug for a bit,” Gellar says of spending time in the kitchen with her kids. “And you realize cooking is so much more than just cooking — [it’s learning] math skills, language skills, motor skills, life skills and it’s confidence building because kids start to believe they can accomplish this stuff. The pride and confidence I see in my daughter [5-year-old, Charlotte] when she’s baking with me, is exciting.”

    Cooking has also created more bonding time in her own household. “It doesn’t hurt that my husband [Freddie Prinze Jr.] when to culinary school and is an amazing chef. But I’m not, so it’s great to have this experience alongside my kids,” she says. “He was always the chef and I was always the creative one. I’ll paint anything! It’s really brought our family together.”

    As for Gellar’s goals for the brand, she’s hoping to eventually launch a line of kitchen tools for kids and “ultimately have DIY crafting stores.”

    The star is also set to release a new book (to be published by Hachette Book Group) described as “a comprehensive, fun and inspiring guide to the art of food crafting from concept to execution” in the spring of 2017.

    Finn Wittrock got whiplash going from ‘My All American’ to ‘Freak Show’

    Finn Wittrock burst onto the TV scene a year ago when he took on the part of the murderous, psychotic Dandy Mott in “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” Now as he shoots another season of the FX horror anthology series, the actor talks about how crazy it was to go from filming football movie “My All American” to something like “AHS.”

    “Yes [it was like whiplash]. To go from that to ‘Freak Show’ was pretty different,” Wittrock tells Zap2it, though he adds that he’s been fortunate not to be typecast in a certain type of role. “I’ve been very luck that way, I feel like I haven’t had the chance to get typecast — I’ve kind of been able to do a bunch of things before anybody knew who I was and now they’re all starting to come out. But it’s definitely a very different character and a very different part of myself.

    “My All American” tells the true story of Freddie Steinmark, a football player at the University of Texas who found out he had a cancerous tumor in his leg two days after beating Arkansas in the “Game of the Century” in 1969. A week later, Steinmark had his leg amputated at the hip but was still able to cheer on the Longhorns New Year’s Day when they beat Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl.

    Steinmark sadly passed away in 1971 at the age of 22 after battling cancer for two years, but his fight is part of what sparked Congress and President Nixon to pass the National Cancer Act of 1971. Wittrock tells Zap2it that it’s a moving story, written and directed by Angelo Pizzo (“Rudy,” “Hoosiers”), that he was humbled to be a part of.

    “I think Angelo did a really good job of sticking close to the real story, because the real story is very moving,” says Wittrock. “For people [in Texas], it’s still very present. The team at [the University of Texas] still touches Freddie Steinmark’s picture before every game. He’s like their spiritual mascot kind of. So that story isn’t so prevalent everywhere, but you go down to Austin and it’s very close to the pulse. So it was a very humbling story to get immersed in.”

    Wittrock has to laugh about the timing of the movie, which filmed in summer 2014 but is being released smack in the middle of “Hotel’s” season on FX.

    “The timing is kind of cool, the ‘Freak Show’ DVD [comes out Oct. 8] and then ‘Hotel’ premieres around then and then ‘My All American,’ so people will see some very different sides of me,” he says with a laugh.

    Plus, he says it was a big educational experience for him, as someone who was not a rabid football fan prior to filming the movie.

    “I like football. I love the sport of it, but it was definitely a huge education to learn how to play and to learn the history of that side of college football. I had a lot of learning to do.”

    “My All American” is due out Nov. 13, 2015.

    Fergie and Josh Duhamel's Son Axl Is the Cutest "Little Maverick" on His Second Birthday

    (Pic) Terrific or terrible twos? Whatever it is, Fergie is about to find out!

    As the former Black Eyed Peas singer continues to work on her new solo album, Mrs. Josh Duhamel made plenty of time to celebrate her son's second birthday Saturday afternoon.

    In a rare Instagram post, the "L.A. Love" crooner showed just how stylish her son has become as she shared a candid shot of Axl.

    "Happy 2nd bday to my little maverick Axl Jack Duhamel," she wrote on social media. "#imtwofoo."

    Whether it's his United States army jacket, bold-face sunglasses or killer mohawk, Axl may just be the coolest kid on the block as he turns another year older.

    And for those wondering who we can give credit to for that sharp fashion sense, it turns out Josh himself is quite the dresser for his son.

    "Well, he's a boy," he recently joked to E! News when asked which parent picks out Axl's clothes for the day. "I want to make sure he looks like a boy, and not a member of a boy band."

    That's not all! Josh already has high hopes that his little one can follow his lead and perfect his golfing skills.

    Until then, it's all about the small steps like counting to ten or cheering on the Minnesota Vikings every Sunday.

    Get ready, Axl! Game day returns sooner rather than later!

    Sarah Michelle Gellar's Pledge of Love to Freddie Prinze Jr. on Their 13th Anniversary

    (Pic) Thirteen years ago on Sept. 1, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. were married in Mexico. And on Tuesday, Gellar celebrated their anniversary with some heartfelt words for Prinze.

    Posting a photo on Instagram of herself and Prinze, 39, dancing at their wedding, Gellar, 38, included the quote, "I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me."

    The words aren't Gellar's; they're most often attributed to the poet Roy Croft. But they say a lot about Gellar's feelings about her husband, 13 years after they tied the knot. (By Hollywood standards, they're one of the longer-lived '90s "it" couples.)

    Gellar and Prinze met on the set of the 1997 thriller I Know What You Did Last Summer. They began dating in 2000, and have since appeared together in the Scooby Doo movies. They have two children, Charlotte Grace, 5, and Rocky James, 2.


    Soap fave Vincent Irizarry, whose last soap gig saw him reprising his Emmy-winning ALL MY CHILDREN role, David Hayward, on the show's 2013 Internet reboot, broke his silence about joining the cast of DAYS on Twitter. "I honestly couldn't be happier to be working with such wonderfully gifted people, all of whom who have been so warm and welcoming. I'm equally thrilled to be playing a character I've already loved playing these past weeks, with scripts that have been so wonderful, I'm excited each time I open a new one ," he posted. "Can't wait to see you all in Salem!!!" Look for the actor to debut in early 2016.

    The actor also took to Facebook to share his exciting news with his fans. "Finally!" he posted. "I'm able to share with all of you what I've been excitedly holding in for over a month now, that I've joined all the incredibly talented people in Salem over at DAYS! I honestly couldn't be happier to be working with such wonderfully gifted people, all of whom who have been so warm and welcoming. I'm equally thrilled to be playing a character I've already loved playing these past weeks, with scripts that have been so wonderful, I'm excited each time I open a new one to find out what the writers have in store for me next, and alongside actors I have so much respect for. What a true, absolute pleasure it's all been!

    "Thank you so much, all of you, for your tireless support of me and my work throughout all these years together," he continued. "I'm truly, truly touched by the overwhelming expressions of kind thoughts and well wishes by so many of you throughout all the social media outlets. As it has been throughout so many times in my life working on shows such as this, because of you all, my cup truly runneth over... Can't wait to see you all in Salem!"

    All My Children Vet Vincent Irizarry Joins Days of Our Lives — Get Details

    Soap opera vet Vincent Irizarry will next hang his hat in Salem, USA.

    TVLine has learned that the Daytime Emmy-winning All My Children alum (Libidozone, anyone?) is joining NBC’s Days of Our Lives as Deimos, a new character who has strong ties to the Kiriakis family.

    Irizarry’s other previous TV credits include The Young and the Restless, Guiding Light, NCIS: Los Angeles and Homeland.

    His Days episodes will start airing in mid-January 2016.


    According to multiple online sources and setsiders, DAYS has hired ALL MY CHILDREN alums Vincent Irizarry (ex-David, et al) and Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Griffin) to play roles connected to established characters in Salem. Time will tell if Irizarry will cross paths on-screen with GUIDING LIGHT co-star Judi Evans (Adrienne; ex-Beth, GL).

    Colossal Catch! Josh Duhamel Reels In a 'Whopper' of a Fish in North Dakota

    (Pic) As if Josh Duhamel isn't the perfect catch himself.

    The Battle Creek actor, 42, visited his home state of North Dakota over the weekend to participate in a video shoot to promote tourism when he caught a colossal fish.

    Rest assured that this fish proves traveling to the state for fishing alone is sure worth it.

    "Caught a whopper in Devil's Lake. Whoops! #NDLegendary," Duhamel posted proudly on his Instagram.

    In 2010, Fergie's husband chatted with PEOPLE about taking his father-in-law ice fishing. While he noted it wasn't necessarily "the most adventurous fishing," he admitted "it's one of the best excuses to drink a beer."

    North Dakota decided to bring Duhamel back for Round 2, following a successful 2014 advertising campaign.

    Inside Fergie and Josh Duhamel's Vegas Date Night

    Fergie and Josh Duhamel stepped out in true Vegas fashion to celebrate a special birthday this week.

    On Thursday, the couple enjoyed dinner at Hakkasan in Las Vegas to celebrate Duhamel's sister Ashlee's birthday.

    According to an onlooker, the intimate group of family and friends sipped on specialty cocktails and tucked into a number of the restaurant's signature dishes.

    "They were laughing with one another and toasting throughout the evening," says the source.

    After a few hours of feasting, the group made their way to TAO Nightclub, where they danced and took photos with each other at a VIP table.

    At one point, Fergie made her way to the DJ booth with DJ Five and had him pause the music so she could lead the crowd in singing "Happy Birthday" to her sister-in-law, says a fellow partier.

    This won't be the only birthday celebration the couple will mark this month. Their one-year-old son, Axl, will be turning 2 at the end of the month.

    Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health to Honor Susan Lucci

    The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health will host Sports Ball 2015, their 21st annual black tie & sneakers gala, on Wednesday, October 21st at Guastavino's, 409 East 59th Street in New York City.

    Susan Lucci, star of DEVIOUS MAIDS Emmy award-winner for ALL MY CHILDREN, New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur; Tim Morehouse, Olympic Medalist, Fencing, & Founder, Fencing in the Schools; Dr. Gary A. Puckrein, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Minority Quality Forum; Ivan D. Smith, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP; and Dr. John F. Williams, President, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, will each be honored at Sports Ball with the Leadership Award. Biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is also being honored for their global commitment to health and well-being.

    Budd Mishkin, NY1 News Host and Cheryl Wills, award winning NY1 News Anchor and author, will host the gala.

    "Our 21th annual gala is a milestone occasion and we are honored to celebrate it by honoring the legacy of our founder Arthur Ashe - the late tennis champion and humanitarian," says Ruth C. Browne, CEO of The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. "Like Arthur, each of our honorees is a trailblazer and they exemplify their commitment to making the world a healthier and more equitable place."

    The funds raised at Sports Ball support the Institute's innovative community health education programs and research initiatives. Arthur Ashe founded the Institute in 1992, in partnership with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, just two months before his death from AIDS and in response to the disproportionate amount of illness and death in urban communities from preventable causes. Arthur knew that many diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, are the result of inadequate health care delivery, late detection and insufficient health education.

    Leading sponsors for Sports Ball 2015 (list in formation) include American Express, AstraZeneca, BNY Mellon, Healthfirst, Korn Ferry, MetLife and SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Each guest will receive a pair of Reebok sneakers compliments of the Institute. The evening includes interactive games, dinner, dancing, entertainment, an awards ceremony, and a silent auction.

    Individual Sports Ball tickets are $1000 per person and tables are available for $10,000-$50,000. For additional information about Sports Ball and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, call 718-222-5953 or visit

    Sarah Michelle Gellar: How I Teach My Daughter About Childhood Hunger

    Becoming a mother to daughter Charlotte Grace, 5, and son Rocky James, 3 next month, renewed Sarah Michelle Gellar‘s drive to give back.

    “You realize when you become a parent that it’s not just your children you’re responsible for, it’s everybody’s children,” the actress, 38, tells PEOPLE. “I really looked for something that I could do on a local and national level that involved children, and also someplace that I could introduce my children to social awareness.”

    That’s why Gellar got involved with No Kid Hungry, which aims to end childhood hunger in America.

    “It can’t just be me saying to my daughter, ‘There are hungry children out there,’ ” she says. “I need her to understand that those hungry children are next door, and that this is a real problem. I think the most important thing about No Kid Hungry is that they don’t just say there’s a problem — they have a solution.”

    The organization works to ensure that every child in the United States has access to healthy food in schools and at home through several different initiatives. Gellar has seen firsthand the positive effects of a pilot program that brings breakfast into first period in local elementary schools, and the Cooking Matters program, which teaches families how to choose healthy and affordable meals at their local supermarkets.

    “[These programs provide] education and understanding, not just that food tastes good and has a purpose, but how it fills you up and what it does long-term for brain cells and development,” she explains.

    Gellar hopes to impart the same lessons No Kid Hungry teaches upon her own daughter.

    “I want her to love food, and to learn that not everything comes out of a box or a vending machine,” she says.

    “I think if you involve kids in the process [of choosing healthy foods], and you make them understand where it comes from and how it’s grown, they take ownership. That’s what you want them ultimately to do — take ownership of their bodies and their world.”

    Curtis Stone and Lindsay Price heat up food event

    Curtis Stone makes time for romance, even when he’s working.

    Stone’s wife, the actress Lindsay Price, joined him at an event for his new at-sea restaurant, SHARE by Curtis Stone aboard Princess Cruises.

    We’re told the couple looked adorable as they hugged and kissed throughout the event, held in Los Angeles Monday night. He even whipped up a special dish for her: a chicken liver parfait with pomegranate marmalade.

    Price, 38, stunned in an off-the-shoulder floral-print dress 11 months after giving birth to the pair’s second child, a son named Emerson Spencer. The celebrity chef, 39, and the former “Lipstick Jungle” star also share a toddler son named Hudson.

    Kelly Ripa & Michael Strahan Will Host Lincoln Center Dance Telecasts

    The Live With Kelly And Michael stars will host Lincoln Center At The Movies: Great American Dance, a new fall 2015 cinema series partnering Lincoln Center with Fathom Events. The monthly showcase will offer presentations by four leading American troupes: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico, New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. The series launches on September 24 in some 600 theaters with San Francisco Ballet’s production of Romeo And Juliet.

    Ripa and Strahan will introduce each performance and discuss the inspiration behind the works. The Emmy-winning talk-show hosts have taped segments at the famed performing arts complex on Manhattan’s West Side. Ripa hosted New York City Ballet’s George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker LIVE, produced by Lincoln Center for Fathom’s live broadcast in movie theaters in December 2011.

    The presentations are taped in HD by the multi-Emmy Award-winning team responsible for Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts on PBS, Andrew C. Wilk, Executive Producer. Each screening will include interviews with the companies’ principal dancers and inside looks at the productions. See

    Eden Riegel & Khary Payton Among Voice Cast For Disney Channel’s ‘The Lion Guard’ Movie

    The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar TV movie, a precursor to The Lion Guard TV series, is set to premiere in November on Disney Channel with Rob Lowe, Gabrielle Union, Max Charles, Atticus Shaffer and Sarah Hyland among the voice cast. James Earl Jones and Ernie Sabella reprise their roles from The Lion King as Mufasa and Pumbaa, respectively.

    The movie, a continuing of The Lion King tale, follows Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, as he assumes the role of leader of the Lion Guard, a team of animals tasked with preserving the Pride Lands. The movie previews The Lion Guard TV series, premiering in early 2016 on Disney Channels and Disney Junior channels around the globe. A special preview of The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar will be presented at Disney’s D23 Expo on Sunday, August 16.

    Cast includes Rob Lowe (The Grinder) as Simba and Gabrielle Union (Being Mary Jane) as Nala. Max Charles (The Strain) stars as Kion. The voice cast also includes Joshua Rush (The Adventures of Puss in Boots) as Kion’s best friend Bunga, a fearless honey badger; Atticus Shaffer (The Middle) as Ono, an intellectual egret; Diamond White (Sofia the First) as Fuli, a confident cheetah; and Dusan Brown (Blaze and the Monster Machines) as Beshte, a friendly and good-spirited hippo.

    Set in the African Savanna, The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar follows Kion as he assembles the members of the Lion Guard. While traditionally the Lion Guard has been comprised of lions known to be the fiercest, bravest, fastest, strongest and keenest of sight in the Pride Lands, Kion breaks tradition by instead calling upon some of his friends who he believes best exemplify these heroic qualities. Throughout the movie and the series, the diverse team of young animals will learn how to utilize each of their unique abilities to solve problems and accomplish tasks to maintain balance within the Circle of Life, while also introducing young viewers to the vast array of animals that populate the prodigious African landscape.

    The Education and Science experts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park serve as consultants,. Ford Riley (Special Agent Oso) developed the movie and series and serves as executive producer. Howy Parkins (Jake and the Never Land Pirates) is the director.

    Additional cast members include: Eden Riegel, Sarah Hyland, Madison Pettis, Jeff Bennett. Andrew Kishino, Vargus Mason, Greg Ellis, Khary Payton and Kevin Schon. Disney TV Animation is the producer.

    Sarah Michelle Gellar's Tribute to Robin Williams on One-Year Anniversary of His Death

    (Photo) Sarah Michelle Gellar took to Instagram on Monday night to pay tribute to her former TV dad Robin Williams on the one-year anniversary of his death.

    Sharing a photo of the Boston park bench that Williams sat on in an iconic scene from Good Will Hunting, Gellar, who starred with the Oscar winner in the CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones, quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson.

    "To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here," she wrote. "This is to have succeeded."

    "You succeeded RW," she added.

    Williams committed suicide at the age of 63 at his home in Tiburon, California, on Aug. 11 last year.

    The actor left a deep impression on Gellar – she described him to PEOPLE last year as "the Father I had always dreamed of having."

    "There are not enough adjectives to describe the light he was, to anyone that ever had the pleasure to meet him," she said in a statement shortly after his death. "I will miss him everyday, but I know the memory of him will live on."

    Kingdom Season 2 Gets Premiere Date

    Season 2 of the dysfunctional family/MMA drama Kingdom will premiere Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 9/8c on the DirecTV Audience Network, it was announced Sunday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills.

    Kingdom‘s sophomore run begins with Ryan “The Destroyer” Wheeler (Friday Night Lights‘ Matt Lauria) defending his title and Jay (Parenthood‘s Jonathan Tucker) finding a new obsession, while Alvey’s (Frank Grillo) improved fortune has led to a bigger gym, but also a bigger appetite for risk.

    Elsewhere, Lisa focuses on managing a female fighter (new series regular Natalie Martinez, Under the Dome), Nate’s determination to get back in the cage causes rifts with his family, while Christina gets a taste of the sober life.

    In addition to Martinez joining the cast, Mark Consuelos (All My Children) and Jessica Szohr (Complications) will recur as an old friend of Alvey’s and a Jay’s aforementioned obsession, respectively.

    Debbi Morgan shines in one-woman show

    ( Many people know actress Debbi Morgan for her role as Dr. Angie Hubbard on the ABC soap opera, “All My Children,” so much so that when fans see her out in the street, they call her Angie. But in her one-woman show, “The Monkey on My Back,” Morgan opened up about her own life’s journey, from fear and abuse to empowerment and self-love.

    The proverbial “monkey on my back” refers to the cycle of physical and emotional abuse that her grandmother and her mother went through. That cycle continued in Morgan’s own relationships, starting with the drug-dealing boyfriend of her youth and continuing through four marriages, with her fourth marriage to Jeffrey Winston being the charm.

    An Emmy-award winning actress, Morgan gives her own story as much gusto, vulnerability and energy as she gives to her film, theatrical and television roles. She plumbs the dark emotions of her painful past. But she also brings a sharp and biting sense of humor.

    Directed by Denise Dowse, the show is simple, with old family pictures and moments from Morgan’s past projected on the screen. There are happy moments, as she describes the impact of her mentor, Jim Mendenhall, who encouraged her to become an actress after he saw her in a high school production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream, where she played the role of Puck.

    And there are not-so-happy moments, such as when she heard her mother being abused as a child and wished her father would die, or the mean things her second husband said and did to her (though she never says his name, she provides enough details that you can figure out who he is just by Googling him).

    But Morgan owns all of her life, the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, because in the end, she dug her way out and found her path to her own joy.

    Jeff Kwatinetz To Relaunch The Firm Management & Production Company

    Jeff Kwatinetz is bringing back The Firm. Almost seven years after the management and production company folded following the exit of CEO Kwatinetz, the brand is making a comeback. Kwatinetz, who went on to launch Prospect Park with ex-Walt Disney Studios president Richard Frank, will be relaunching The Firm, which he originally established nearly two decades ago. Like its original incarnation, The Firm, based in Santa Monica, will work in music, film and television, and sports.

    Kwatinetz said he made the decision to relaunch The Firm after getting feedback from the creative community in recent years. “In the years since we shuttered The Firm, the industry has consolidated to the point where it’s hard to find a top management company that isn’t a division of a larger entertainment conglomerate,” Kwatinetz said. “This consolidation has created an industry rife with conflicts of interest, where the artist often loses. The Firm solves that problem by making creative success the top priority.”

    The management operations of Prospect Park will move to The Firm. All existing television projects will remain under Prospect Park, including series Royal Pains and Salem and projects in development in broadcast, cable and digital including Black Heart at ABC, Tough Love (Amazon), Hard Foul (Showtime), A Midsummer’s Nightmare (Lifetime) Relics (Sony International Networks), and the Christina Aguilera co-produced ABC Family dramedy tentatively titled Hearts and Clubs. Moving forward, all film and television projects will be developed under The Firm banner. They will continue to be shepherded by Prospect Park TV partner Josh Barry who will be a partner at The Firm.

    Ice Cube, who has worked with Kwatinetz for the past 18 years, and his production company CubeVision, will now come under the purview of The Firm. CubeVision’s upcoming projects include Universal’s Straight Outta Compton and Ride Along 2 and MGM’s Barbershop 3.

    The Firm’s client roster also includes Dead Sara, Five Knives and P.O.D. The newest signing is the National Basketball Players Association, for which the company is developing non-basketball related revenue and marketing opportunities. Last month the company produced the first-ever Players Awards, which was broadcast on BET.

    In addition to CEO Kwatinetz, The Firm’s senior management team includes General Manager Jeremy Summers, a 20-year record label veteran who was most recently EVP/Chief Marketing Officer of Interscope/Geffen/A&M, and Angelica Cob-Baehler, who was EVP at EMI and Epic Records.

    Kwatinetz and Summers will continue to oversee the Prospect Park Records label. Its roster includes Five Finger Death Punch, whose new record is released September 4.

    Prospect Park hit a bump with its online venture, Prospect Park Networks, which filed for Chapter 11 last year after a dispute with ABC over licensing soaps All My Children and One Life to Live.

    Kelly Ripa Weighs in on Resting Bitch Face, Says She Got Botox Because People Thought She Looked ''Angry''

    Kelly Ripa has made no secret of the fact that she's a fan of Botox.

    So, the 44-year-old talk show host was quick to weigh in on the subject during Friday's edisode of Live! With Kelly and Michael during a candid conversation about resting bitch face.

    "They are saying that women are going to seek plastic surgery to have their resting b-faces corrected," Ripa, who censored the word for the morning show, revealed. "I say don't be such a B and maybe you won't have an RBF. Am I wrong or am I right?"

    Co-host Michael Strahan then chimed in and said, "Some people always have the face where you have to say ‘What's wrong? Are you ok?'"

    Ripa's honest response?

    "That's why I got Botox! I got Botox here [pointing to her forehead] because people kept saying ‘Are you OK' and I'm like ‘I'm fine why?' ‘You look like you're angry.' I was like, ‘Then it's time to get Botox.'

    "Now even when I am angry, people don't know," she continued before admitting, "I've been yelling at [executive producer Michael] Gelman for three weeks…Now I just look happy all the time."

    This isn't the first time the mother of three has boasted about the miracles Botox. She previously told Andy Cohen during a July 2014 episode of Watch What Happens Live that it completely changed her morning routine.

    "It's cut my getting ready time in half," she revealed. "I'm not advocating for it one way or the other. I'm just saying Botox changed my life."

    Ouch! Now Kelly Ripa’s husband is injured, too

    (Photo) Kelly Ripa and hubby Mark Consuelos have matching boots — and not the fashionable kind.

    Just a week after Ripa broke her left foot during a dance class, Consuelos suffered a small calf tear, nabbing him a clunky medical boot on his left foot, too.

    He shared a pic of the injured twosome on Instagram Thursday afternoon, captioning it, “Can’t make this sh#! Up.”

    Ripa then tweeted, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW??????????? WTF?????”

    The funny-not-funny twist? The “Live! With Kelly and Michael” host says her husband, 44, poked fun at her broken foot, and even went so far as to videotape her trip to the hospital.

    “Mark is at the hospital with me and has never in 21 years felt the need to photograph me, videotape me, when I have full hair and makeup,” Ripa, 44, said on the July 30 episode of “Live!” “But yesterday, he followed me around with a camera, he was never more alive, he loved this moment of suffering.”

    Ripa’s slated to be in the boot for a total of six weeks.

    Robin Strasser finds new scenery in Thousand Oaks

    (Photo) Robin Strasser of “One Life to Live” fame has cast herself as a bicoastal resident with the purchase of a home in Ventura County.

    The actress and native New Yorker recently paid $975,000 for a two-story home in the Newbury Park area of Thousand Oaks.

    Set on half an acre in a gated community, the house features a brick-lined walkway, a fire pit, a barbecue island and a swimming pool with raised spa and a waterfall.

    Within the nearly 3,000 square feet of space is a step-down living room with vaulted ceilings and a fireplace that opens to a formal dining room. Other areas include a family room with a fireplace, an eat-in kitchen, four bedrooms and three bathrooms.

    Large picture windows take in grounds containing mature oaks and views of the surrounding hillsides.

    The house came on the market last year for $1.15 million and was more recently priced at $1.119 million, property records show.

    Linda Hutchings of White House Properties had the listing. G.R. Arnold of First American Real Estate represented Strasser in the sale, according to the Multiple Listing Service.

    Strasser, 70, has had a prolific television career, with appearances on such shows as “Knots Landing,” “Coach” and “All My Children." She is best known for her role as Dorian Lord on the long-running daytime soap opera “One Life to Live,” for which she won a Daytime Emmy.

    Michael B. Jordan Opens Up About Working With Bill Cosby: "He Demanded a Professionalism From Everyone"

    (Pic) Michael B. Jordan has been popping up everywhere, and his rise to mega-stardom shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

    The Fantastic Four star has been toiling at acting since he was a kid, so with major roles such as Fruitvale Station and That Awkward Moment now under his belt, Jordan finds himself reflecting on those early days. In a recent interview with Dujour magazine, he talks about working at the age of 12 opposite a then-revered Bill Cosby.

    Describing the sitcom star as intimidating and motivating, Jordan says Cosby taught him a lot on set. (It appears that the mag didn't grill Jordan about his thoughts on Cosby now.)

    "He commanded that set; that was his show," Jordan says, referring to the late-'90s sitcom Cosby. "He demanded a professionalism from everyone." Cosby taught him to how to embody his character, a trick that taught him about unparalleled dedication, no matter the cost.

    "He gave me a tick," Jordan recalls in Dujour. "[He said], 'You care about your hair. You love your hair. You brush your hair nonstop all day. That's what you do.' And I was like 'alright, got it.' So I brushed my hair. And you're shooting this thing for hours. Imagine brushing your hair until your scalp is raw."

    Jordan walked away learning how far he'd go for a role, no matter how small or large his part might be. Seeing as he played a struggling addict on Parenthood and a troubled teen on All My Children and The Wire, the lesson stuck with him. But while he has played rough-and-tumble characters in the past, he doesn't want his fans to confuse him with his onscreen characters.

    "It's so weird, people think they know me based on my character, and I've played some pretty good guys," he says. "I think I'm a good guy, but I have my moments—I'm not a saint at all."

    He might say he's "not a saint," but girls everywhere would probably swoon at his stance on relationships! Looking to his parents as role models, Jordan says, "My family environment growing up is very much what I want eventually. It gives me hope and a longing for something more than the surface kind of relationships that you have so much. I always use them as a gauge."

    He also tells Dujour, "They were 28 or 29 when they got married. So I have a year… But unless something dramatic goes down, I don't see that happening."

    You never know!

    For more photos, plus more from Michael's interview, check out

    ‘Fantastic Four’ cast bonds over dinner and drinks

    (Pic) The cast of “Fantastic Four”— Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell — had dinner at Bond St in Noho Sunday night.

    The group were seen walking into the Asian restaurant arm -in-arm along with Teller’s girlfriend Keleigh Sperry.

    Spies said the actors sat near ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov, who dined with four other guests at a separate table.

    The cast members downed a few bottles of sake, short ribs, sushi and dessert and stayed until the restaurant closed.

    The cast said “it wasn’t hard to build .?.?. chemistry” on set during their appearance on “Today” Monday.

    Stars Mara and Bell are rumored to be dating, although they haven’t confirmed their relationship.

    Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara Field Racist and Sexist Fantastic Four Press Tour Questions Like Pros

    (Video) Another week, another awkward interview.

    This time, three of the stars of Fantastic Four were fielding uncomfortable questions, courtesy of shock jock Steven J. Rickman. The radio host, known as Southside Steve on the Rock 100.5 Morning Show in Atlanta, began by asking Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara what he thought was an "obvious" question, as he plays Johnny Storm/Human Torch and she plays Susan Storm/Invisible Woman.

    "Am I missing something?" Rickman asked.

    "You're white and you're black," he said. "How does that happen?"

    "They could be raised as brother and sister," Jordan said of the Storm siblings, who are white in Marvel's comic books. "There's a whole bunch of family dynamics that could be without the 'obvious adoption.'"

    The conversation took another sharp turn when Rickman became seemingly obsessed with Mara's appearance—particularly in relation to her hair. "You're way, way hot," he told her. "Why'd you cut the hair? Your hair was beautiful."

    "I'm sorry," Mara said. "I know you don't like it. I can tell."

    "This is a great interview," she said sarcastically before exchanging glances with Jamie Bell and Jordan. Rickman told her, "You look great with short hair or long hair, but the long hair was excellent. So, did you cut your hair for this?"

    "I cut my hair for a movie I just did," Mara replied.

    "What would you cut your hair for?" Rickman asked.

    "They asked me to," Mara explained. "I'm an actress. I have to be a chameleon."

    For whatever reason, Rickman couldn't let it go.

    "So, this could be a three or four movie run for you guys," he said.

    "We hope so," Mara told him.

    "And you're going to grow your hair back, hopefully?" Rickman asked.

    A publicist stepped in to wrap up the interview at that point.

    Co-host Jason Bailey sympathized with Mara after Rickman's line of questioning. "Is that weirding you out that he's doing that?" he asked. "It's creeping me out."

    "Which part?" Mara asked.

    "The hair thing," Bailey said.

    "I mean..." Mara said.

    Before she could finish her sentence, Rickman became even creepier.

    "I'm a toe guy," Rickman said. "Your toes are fine."

    "Wow," Mara said.

    After the interview, Rickman tweeted that the interview was the "3rd most awkward moment in my life." In another tweet, he wrote, "They weren't sexist remarks really.. I love long hair and her's for sure.. She looked fine w/short too..just being me." Amid backlash, he tweeted, "Doing morning radio for 25 years in major market..playing to my audience giving some love and your topless.. & i'm the perv."

    Bailey defended Rickman via e-mail, telling BuzzFeed that he's "not a huge fan of these controlled 5-7 minute interview junkets," but he "was curious about the brother and sister thing. You have a white sister and black brother. Wouldn't you want to know how that happened? I did. The other Fantastic Four franchises explain the relationship so I figured with this new hipster version they'd have some different backstory." Rickman asked Mara about her hair when Jordan took a phone call, "so I think they were kind of just going back forth in a playful way. As for him complimenting her toes and why people are upset about idea. Steve likes girl's toes. People should be appreciative when they get complimented. Those that are upset on Twitter I guess don't get enough of them. Who knows?"

    Speaking on-air Monday, Bailey said, "It's blown way out of proportion." Regarding Rickman's comments about Mara's toes, he said, "If I had a nickel every time Steve said that to a man or a woman… I would be very, very wealthy. It's just a Steve thing." Rickman also clarified, "I don't do anything weird with feet."

    Rickman didn't understand why people were bothered by questions related to Mara's current hairstyle. "I guess it was the time frame or her mood that it came across as sexist," Rickman said in a text message (via "I was just shocked to see that she cut 22 inches off her head, but she looked fine with short hair too."


    Stacy Haiduk will be back to reprise the role of Paul’s screwy sister, Patty Williams, a spokesperson for Y&R confirms exclusively to Digest. The actress will report to the studio next week and begin airing in September. Haiduk first started playing the role in 2009; Patty was last seen in 2012.

    Mark Consuelos Responds to Justin Bieber's Crush on Wife Kelly Ripa on Watch What Happens Live

    No one was more surprised than Kelly Ripa to find out 21-year-old Justin Bieber has a "huge crush" on her.

    The pop star recently posted an epic throwback of the 44-year-old Live! With Kelly and Michael host in a bikini, captioning it, "Wow Kelly makes me feel some type of way no disrespect I know she's married! #bigcrush." But Ripa joked on-air the next day that she thought something might be wrong with him!

    "Justin, I love you, you know that I've taken my daughter to 400 Justin Bieber concerts," she explained to the audience. "I do believe this is a cry for help. I'm worried about him."

    She also explained that her husband, Mark Consuelos, couldn't even imagine where the "Boyfriend" singer could have even stumbled across a picture like that. "Mark literally said, 'Where did they find that picture?'" Ripa dished. "And I said, 'A dentist's office from 1980.'"

    But while appearing on Watch What Happens Live Sunday, Mark was asked by a caller how he felt about Bieber's crush.

    "I thought it was fantastic," he confessed. "I agreed with what he said; she makes me feel a certain way as well."

    While host Andy Cohen and co-guest Christina Applegateanticipated a different response, Mark kept it light.

    "I know, but what are you going to do? Be angry at Justin Bieber?"

    Applegate and Consuelos both agreed that being—and staying—mad at Bieber is probably unlikely, so they joked that they would have shirts made that say, "Don't Be Angry at Justin Bieber."

    Although Mark and Kelly were able to have a good laugh over the tween sensation's crush, their teenage daughter, Lola Grace, had something else to say about it. Ripa confessed that the "Home to Mama" crooner's Instagram made her that much cooler in her household.

    "Thank you, Justin, though! You really gave me tremendous street cred with my daughter," she said on Live!.

    Sylvester Stallone gives ‘Rocky’ advice to sequel’s star

    Sylvester Stallone had just two words of advice for actor Michael B. Jordan on the set of the new “Rocky” sequel “Creed” on how to recover from physically demanding boxing scenes — “ice baths!”

    “They’re the devil,” Jordan, 28, admitted of Sly’s freezing remedy.

    But on dry land, “Working with Sly was awesome,” he said. “He let me and [director] Ryan [Coogler] kind of do our thing with these characters he developed and created 40 years ago.”

    Jordan recalled at a Sports Matter Summer Panel: “I ate six times a day and worked out two to three times a day — a lot of boxing.” The Newark native who’s also starring as the Human Torch in Fox’s rebooted “Fantastic Four” franchise this month, wants to be a real hero in his home state of New Jersey, too.

    “I love kids because they are .?.?. the ones who are going to help fix this morally bankrupt world we live in,” the ernest actor told us, “so I want to do as much as I can to help them.”

    He’s even “secretly working on a couple of programs myself,” that he’ll announce.

    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."

    Debbi Morgan to perform one-woman show at National Black Theatre Festival

    ( Debbi Morgan portrayed a successful physician and half of the first African American super-couple on a soap opera in “All My Children.”

    Yet in real life, the Emmy Award-winning television and movie actress still suffered from the pain and fears of a child who had witnessed domestic violence.

    Morgan tells her life story and how she conquered those insecurities in a one-woman show and a newly-released memoir, “The Monkey on My Back,” that she will bring next week to the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem.

    “It was a long and arduous journey writing this book, writing the play,” Morgan said last week from her Maryland home. “But it turned out to be a very rewarding journey, because it was a catharsis that freed me to become the woman I am today — strong, confident, secure, happy. I can do my happy dance now.”

    Morgan will do double-duty at the festival.

    Not only will she perform, but she will lead the festival as co-chairwoman with actor Darnell Williams, who played her husband on “All My Children.”

    “He is probably one of my best friends on the entire planet,” Morgan said of Williams. He even gave her away when she married her husband, Jeffrey Winston, in 2009.

    That will make for a hectic festival week, Morgan said. To prepare, she is taking vitamins, eating a vegan diet and exercising.

    “Performing my one-woman show takes a lot of stamina,” she said. “It’s going to be a lot, but I’m also very excited about it.”

    Morgan has North Carolina connections. She was born 58 years ago in Dunn. Her family moved to New York City when she was three months old.

    She still has relatives in Dunn, whom she visited over the July Fourth holiday. She also has an aunt in Greensboro, Elvira Turner, whom she expects to see at her show next week.

    Since 2013, Morgan has brought her show to several cities, including one performance at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival.

    “The response couldn’t have been more wonderful,” Morgan said. “I got a lot of people saying, ‘I want to see your show.’

    At this year’s festival, Morgan will perform it four times. She hopes to find sponsors and backing to tour it around the country.

    In her play, she portrays 22 characters from her life. Although it deals with domestic violence, there’s also a lot of humor.

    “When you go through things like that in your life, if you can’t somehow find the humor, I don’t know if you would make it through,” she said. “So you will not sit in the theater for two hours and 15 minutes just being down.”

    Although she doesn’t want to give much away, there is a humorous episode when she was bullied as a teenager by a girl who towered over her.

    Other parts of her story aren’t so funny.

    Her maternal grandmother was beaten by her husband as they struggled through the Great Depression.

    Her mother became pregnant as a teen and suffered the same abuse when her husband came home drunk on weekends.

    Although her father never physically abused her, young Debbi saw and heard and internalized the abuse that he inflicted on her mother. She only saw it once, but she was terrified by the sounds that she could hear from her bedroom — glass crashing, furniture knocked over, her mother’s screams.

    “I always walked around on egg shells,” she recalled. “I wet the bed until I was 7 or 8 years old. Even just the sound of my father walking down the hall, coming into the apartment and his key turning in the lock would just turn my stomach into knots.”

    “It made me very afraid to ever be in any kind of confrontation,” she said. “Because I didn’t want to ever have to confront anybody, I would let people take advantage of me.”

    It led her to bad choices. Some men that she thought would protect her became physically abusive boyfriends or emotionally abusive husbands, she said.

    Her first three marriages ended in divorce.

    The change in her life started with the break-up of her second marriage. She entered therapy and began writing her book.

    “It was almost like I had an out-of-body experience,” she recalled. “I was looking at this person that wasn’t me, and how this person was living their life, and all of the things I saw looking at this person that they didn’t see.”

    For six years, she has been happily married to Jeffrey Winston.

    When she began writing her book, she didn’t plan to take it to the stage.

    But at a 2012 speaking engagement for the organization, Girls Inc., she read a passage of her book about a violent episode between her parents.

    After she spoke, a young woman came up with tears in her eyes.

    “She said, ‘Miss Morgan, I just want you to know that I have two teenage daughters. They have been watching their father beat me since they were very little. After listening to you tonight, whatever it takes, I’m not keeping them in that house one more day.’ "

    “If it affects just one person like it did with this woman,” Morgan said, “then it’s so worth me trying to do this as a one-woman show.”

    Kelly Ripa breaks foot during dance lesson gone awry

    (Video, Pic) Get well soon, Kelly Ripa.

    The “Live with Kelly and Michael” co-host, 44, hobbled onto the set of her morning show Thursday, sporting crutches and a walking boot on her left leg. Before beginning the regularly scheduled segment with co-host Michael Strahan, 43, Ripa, detailed the lengths of her injury.

    “I was in a dance class, like I typically, usually am, and somebody had left a weight on the floor,” Ripa explained of the regime, which includes both dancing and weights. “Somebody, I guess, either left it not on their mat or maybe kicked it when they were dancing. I did a jump and I landed on the weight, and my foot went over and under the weight.”

    While Ripa’s injury doesn’t require surgery, she admits that she’ll be in the boot for the next six weeks. And though it’s suggested to wear a special shoe along with the boot, the high-heel fanatic proudly protests that she’ll be ignoring the doctor’s orders.

    “I’m not wearing that on TV,” said the determined blond. “I think the boot is enough suffering. I don’t plan on being in this thing that long.”

    Though Strahan has offered to ease her suffering by bedazzling the boot’s companion shoe, Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, 44, is getting a laugh out of the situation, even videotaping her trip to the ER.

    “Mark is at the hospital with me and has never in 21 years felt the need to photograph me, videotape me, when I have full hair and makeup,” she noted. “But yesterday, he followed me around with a camera, he was never more alive, he loved this moment of suffering.”

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    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."

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar's Daughter Shows Off Buffy-Level Strength While Fighting Freddie Prinze Jr.

    (Pic1, Pic2) Sarah Michelle Gellar has officially passed the torch on to the next generation of vampire slayers.

    Her next Buffy protégé? Naturally, Gellar and husband Freddie Prinze Jr.'s 5-year-old daughter Charlotte Grace. The doting dad recently shared photos on Twitter of the adorable little one showing off her crime fighting skills, and it's safe to say Charlotte inherited some (or all) of her mom's feisty attitude.

    "she controls the arm and executes the trap and roll," Prinze Jr. wrote, adding the hashtags #TuffChix and #BullyProof. In one pic, the 39-year-old actor appears to have the upper hand in the martial arts match, but it isn't long before Charlotte takes back the reins and ends up on top.

    Gellar even retweeted the awesome mini-me moment, writing "#FutureSlayer?"

    Unfortunately for Buffy fanatics, this might be as close as anyone gets to a role reprisal for Gellar. Back in March, the 38-year-old mom of two told E! News there won't ever be a reboot.

    "We have [reunions] all the time; they're just not televised," she shared. "I joke at this point that I'd have to have a walker and my walker would be made of wood, and that would be how I stake people. I think at this point, I'm a little old."

    For now, Gellar is focusing on her role as spokesperson for No Kid Hungry and raising charitable children at the same time.

    "I didn't have much growing up and so I'm in a fortunate position where I can provide my daughter with dolls or toys," Gellar said. "But to see her really wanna give back for those other children is the best gift as a mom that I could ever receive."

    Saving lives and kicking butt?

    Actress Susan Lucci on the Joys of Staying Put

    ( (Photo) Susan Lucci, 68, is an Emmy-winning actress who starred in TV’s “All My Children” from 1970 to 2011. She currently stars in the Lifetime TV series “Devious Maids” and is author of “All My Life: A Memoir.” She spoke with Marc Myers.

    I was a shy little girl. Growing up, I was often content being alone in my room, making up stories and acting out all the parts. I became so good at it that with the door closed, my parents thought I had friends over. Overcoming my shyness has been a lifelong struggle.

    In 1949, when I was 2, my family moved from Yonkers, N.Y., to a development of brick houses in Elmont, a Long Island suburb of New York City. What I remember most about the house was the glider on our porch. I used to sit there evenings close to my father, Victor, as he talked about the moon and the stars. He taught me to dream big.

    When I was 7, we moved to a bigger house on Whitehall Boulevard in Garden City, about 20 minutes away. My father was an ironworker who eventually co-founded a construction business. My mother, Jeanette, was a stay-at-home mom who had been an operating-room nurse until my older brother, Jimmy, was born.

    My parents wanted to provide the best education for their two children, and the schools in Garden City were terrific. I went to parochial school for elementary school and then public high school.

    Our house was a Dutch Colonial, and my father loved to plant tomatoes and take care of the landscaping. My mother had a great eye for interior design. In Elmont, she had chosen gray flannel Modern furniture. In Garden City, she decorated in French Country. I had a canopy bed, and while the walls were ivory, the color scheme was sage green and cranberry. My mother had designed the room so I would grow into it.

    Despite my shyness, performing fascinated me and came naturally. In Elmont, after I went to bed, I used to sneak down and watch TV behind my parents until my shadow gave me away. In Garden City, I took my pillow and put it outside their room and watched their TV on the far wall. They didn’t realize I was there.

    Garden City was a little difficult for me at first. Everyone I knew had blond hair and blue eyes. It was intimidating. My father was Italian, and even though my mother was Swedish, I had dark curly hair, brown eyes and olive skin. Yet, I still got along with everyone and had no trouble performing in the school plays. I loved seeing audience reactions.

    Rose, my grandmother on my mother’s side, lived with us. She divorced after her husband returned to Sweden in the 1930s and wrote to say he didn’t want to be married any longer. She didn’t take child support, even though my mother was 5. Instead, Nana started an orchestra that played at hotels in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains.

    Nana was the first to get up and the last to go to bed. She was a fabulous cook and baker, and always had something delicious prepared for after school. We had a lot of fun together, and she introduced me to American Songbook standards. She had played piano for tryouts when Broadway shows came to the area.

    One night when I was 11, something terrible happened. I awoke after everyone had gone to sleep and heard Nana moaning. She was calling out to my mother from her room in the finished basement. I was paralyzed with fear. After a while, I finally jumped ran to my parents’ room.

    My mother rushed downstairs and called for an ambulance. Nana was taken to the hospital but died of a heart attack on the way. That night has haunted me ever since. If only I had acted sooner, maybe things would have been different. After Nana died, I started coming out of my own egocentric self. I began to understand that people have needs and are vulnerable, and that it’s important to be aware of them.

    After high school, I attended Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y., where I majored in drama. I met my husband, Helmut, at a restaurant in a historic hotel in Garden City, where he was the executive chef. We married a year after I graduated in 1969, and I began working in television in New York in 1970.

    Today, we live in Garden City, a five-minute drive from the house where I grew up. Helmut wanted us to live here because it was beautiful and a great place to raise our children. He was right. We live in a six-bedroom 1927 Georgian Colonial.

    I must confess that early on I didn’t want to live where I grew up. I just assumed the grass was greener someplace else. But I did love Garden City. It’s still wonderful seeing people I’ve known for years in town.

    Fuller House: CSI: Miami's Eva LaRue Joins as [Spoiler]'s Wife

    ( Eva LaRue, we hope you’re good with Swiffers and handy with lemon Pledge.

    The CSI: Miami alum has been cast as Teri, the new wife of Bob Saget’s clean freak Danny, in Netflix’s Fuller House.

    LaRue tweeted the news Monday:

    @ImEvaLaRue : Playing Danny Tanner's new wife Teri :-) #fullerhouse #fullhouse …

    In an early character description, Teri was described as “attractive, vivacious… and youthful” and as having “quite an appetite for Danny and isn’t afraid to shower him with affection.” Then again, back then Teri was also described as African-American, so… some details clearly have changed.

    Netflix’s 13-episode Full House continuation is expected to premiere in 2016.

    LaRue, who played Natalia Boa Vista on the CBS procedural, has also had roles on series including All My Children, Third Watch, Soul Food and Santa Barbara.

    Surprise! Law and Order: SVU Star Kelli Giddish Is Married and Pregnant—Get the Scoop!

    Step aside, Ice-T! You're not the only Law and Order: SVU star with big family news to share!

    E! News can confirm actress Kelli Giddish married Lawrence Faulborn in a beach wedding ceremony earlier this summer.

    According to Paradise Beach Weddings, the couple exchanged vows steps away from the ocean blue water in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Family and friends witnessed the bride say "I Do" in a stunning white dress with a floral crown.

    Perhaps Giddish's spring shoot with Sophisticated Weddings where she walked the streets of New York City in a wedding gown provided some serious marriage fever.

    While the wedding news could provide enough joy for loyal fans, there's even more happy news to share.

    A rep for NBC confirmed to E! News that Giddish is also pregnant and expecting her first child with Faulborn.

    The announcement comes just a few short hours after co-star Ice-T announced he was expecting his first child with wife Coco.

    "@FINALLEVEL and @cocosworld having a baby. @TheKelliGiddish and L Faulborn having a baby," showrunner Warren Leight joked on Twitter. "#SVU -- most fertile show on Earth. Congrats all!!"

    Despite all the exciting family news, filming for Law and Order: SVU remains on schedule with season 17 returning this fall. While Danny Pino has left the series as a regular, Ice-T, Giddish, Peter Scanavino and Mariska Hargitay are all returning for another year on the force.

    Designer sale raises funds for ovarian cancer research

    (Photo) Celebrities offered their star power and top designers offered their clothes to a sale benefiting ovarian cancer research.

    Dubbed by organizers as the Rolls-Royce of garage sales, Saturday's event — in a field in Water Mill, New York — featured items by more than 100 designers.

    Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren and Diane von Furstenberg, among others, donated clothes, shoes and accessories to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

    Karan helped start the event 18 years ago with her friend Liz Tilberis, the editor of Harper's Bazaar, who died of ovarian cancer.

    Last year, they took in $3.5 million.

    Kelly Ripa, who co-hosted, and Brooke Shields were among the celebrities at the Super Saturday sale. The new Miss U.S.A., Olivia Jordan, says it's important for women to advocate for women's causes.

    Michael B. Jordan Shows ‘Just Mercy'

    Michael B. Jordan has been cast in Broad Green Pictures’ adaptation of Just Mercy: A Story Of Justice and Redemption, the best-selling memoir by author Bryan Stevenson. Like the book, the film will recount renowned civil rights defense attorney Stevenson as fought to free a condemned death row prisoner. The true story is one of redemption, passion and mercy set contrasted against a corrupt judicial system that favors the death penalty and unfairly targets the poor. Jordan will star as Stevenson.

    Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton from a script Cretton wrote with Andrew Lanham, Just Mercy will be produced by Gil Netter. Michael B. Jordan, Bryan Stevenson, and Arthur Spector will executive produce with Broad Green Pictures in association with Gil Netter Productions. Victor Moyers and Asher Goldstein will oversee the project at Broad Green Pictures.

    Jordan (Fruitvale Station) is hot right now with Fantastic Four coming in August and Creed in November. He is repped by WME, MGMT and Bloom Hergott.

    Sarah Michelle Gellar's Adorable Daughter Is a Rapping Disney Princess: Watch the Video!

    (Video) Don't let the insane adorableness of Sarah Michelle Gellar's daughter Charlotte Grace fool you—she can spit some mighty vicious rhymes!

    Dressed as Princess Jasmine of Aladdin, Charlotte very ungracefully roasts her Disney colleague, "Oh Cinderella, you think you're fine. Your shoe may fit, but you're running out of time!"

    Ohhh snap!

    She then lays down an equally nasty burn, "My boy Ali, he's got my back—maybe a whole new world is what you lack!"

    Oh no she didn't!

    Mommy captioned the smackdown, "Clearly I am not the only rapping princess in our house."

    The Buffy the Vampire Slayer star is alluding to her guest appearance on Whitney Avalon's popular Princess Rap Battle series as Cinderella.

    The 38-year-old geared up in a gown and glass slippers to spar against Avalon as Belle, star of (as rapping Cinderella puts it) "The Stockholm Syndrome: Beauty and the Bestiality."

    Gellar has a ton of clever verses, but it's the young MC Charlotte who does the real slaying on the mic, ripping her mommy's princess to shreds with some of the meanest, coldest bars you've ever heard.

    Watch the adorable video!

    Sarah Michelle Gellar Honors TV Dad Robin Williams on His Birthday: 'Smile, Though Your Heart Is Aching'

    (Photo) Nearly a year after Robin Williams' tragic death, his onscreen daughter Sarah Michelle Gellar is honoring the iconic comedian for his birthday.

    Gellar, 38, played his character's child and business partner on CBS's The Crazy Ones, which ran for one season in 2014. Williams would have been been 64 on Tuesday.

    "Smile, though your heart is aching. Smile, even though it's breaking," Gellar captioned a black-and-white portrait of the co-stars hugging and laughing. "Happy Birthday RW."

    Williams, who battled addiction and depression throughout his life, committed suicide Aug. 11, 2014.

    "My life is a better place because I knew Robin Williams," Gellar told PEOPLE in a statement last August. "To my children he was Uncle Robin, to everyone he worked with, he was the best boss anyone had ever known, and to me he was not just an inspiration but he was the Father I had always dreamed of having. There are not enough adjectives to describe the light he was, to anyone that ever had the pleasure to meet him. I will miss him everyday, but I know the memory of him will live on. And to his family, I thank them for letting us know him and seeing the joy they brought him. Us crazy ones love you."

    Fear The Walking Dead First Look: Elizabeth Rodriguez Relocates From Prison to Apocalypse

    (Photo) Orange Is the New Black‘s Elizabeth Rodriguez (ex-Carmen, All My Children) barely appears in Fear The Walking Dead‘s premiere, but have no, ahem, fear: The actress — whose haunting cast photo is exclusively embedded below — figures much more prominently in subsequent episodes.

    Rodriguez’ no-B.S. alter ego, Liza Ortiz — the ex-wife of leading man Cliff Curtis’ Travis and mom to Lorenzo James Henrie’ Chris — is, per the official character description, “working to put herself through nursing school. For many years she was trapped in an unhappy marriage, but now that she’s on her own she’s finally chasing her dream. Liza is a multi-tasking whirlwind that doesn’t give herself any breaks when it comes to her future or raising her son.” (For a glimpse of how Liza gets embroiled in the show’s A-story, check out the recently released trailer.)

    Fear the Walking Dead‘s abbreviated first season bows Sunday, Aug. 23 at 9/8c.

    Carol Burnett Set For SAG Life Achievement Award

    SAG-AFTRA is giving a tug of its ear to one of TV most popular funny people. Carol Burnett has been tapped to receive the union’s highest tribute, the SAF Life Achievement Award, which will be presented January 30 at the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. She led the riotous variety hit The Carol Burnett Show, which aired from 1967-78 on CBS and a few months at the end on ABC. The chemistry among and regulars including Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner kept the sketch comedy comin’ in an era when the variety format was waning and shows typically lasted only a few seasons.

    She will be the 52nd recipient of the award, which is present each year to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession.” Burnett’s crowded trophy case already includes a half-dozen Emmys, multiple Golden Globes, a Tony, a Peabody, a Kennedy Center Honor and its Mark Twain Prize for Humor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2013, the City of Los Angeles named the intersection of Highland & Selma as Carol Burnett Square.

    Since her variety show wrapped, Burnett has continues to work, mostly in TV. Recent roles include recurring on Hot In Cleveland, Glee and as Steve McGarrett Aunt Deb on Hawaii Five-O. She also appeared on such series as the successful Burnett Show spinoff Mama’s Family, Mad About You — winning an Emmy for her guest gig — and All My Children along with toplining a pair of short-lived variety shows in the early 1990s.

    “Carol Burnett is a creative dynamo and a comedic genius,” SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard said in a statement today. “She embodies the generosity and courage that the greatest actors use in creating enduring and memorable characters. From her heartbreakingly hilarious Starlet O’Hara to the adorably inept Eunice and alarmingly funny Miss Hannigan, Carol has delighted and inspired millions of viewers and thousands of comedic actors. She took risks as a performer and through her courage, encouraged fellow actors to try new things and always, always reach for the sky. Her innate love of actors led to the creation of an ensemble cast that made The Carol Burnett Show a masterpiece of variety programming.”

    Denyse Tontz & Duane Henry Board USA’s ‘Paradise Pictures’ Pilot

    Denyse Tontz (Curse Of The Fuentes Women) and Duane Henry (The Cut Series II) have passed the audition for USA’s Old Hollywood pilot Paradise Pictures, written and executive produced by Suits scribe Rick Muirragui and executive produced by Suits creator/executive producer Aaron Korsh. The period drama revolves around ambitious people striving to get to the top in 1940s Hollywood, when the dream factory was at its peak. Little do they know the challenges they’re about to face: the end of the studio monopolies, the blacklist and the disruptive new technology of television.

    Tontz, repped by Paradigm and Underground, will play Luciana Delgado, a young aspiring actress who arrives in Hollywood from the small town of Marfa, Texas. The bright-eyed Latina has grand ambitions but quickly learns that the people behind the camera aren’t as noble as the characters in her favorite movies. Henry is Aldo Boyd, an actor and jazz player who performs in the nightclub at the Dunbar Hotel, a hotspot for African-American culture in mid-’40s Los Angeles. Despite his talent, Aldo has been relegated to bit parts in movies because of the color of his skin. He’s frustrated at his inability to be the lead in a studio picture and is determined to make it happen.

    Tontz most recently wrapped Curse Of the Fuentes Women on NBC. Her other TV credits include Big Time Rush and All My Children. In addition to The Cut Series II, Henry’s TV credits include Doctors, West 10 LDN, Dream Team and Doctor Who. Feature work includes The Dark Knight Rises and The Oxford Murders. He’s repped by Gersh and manager Brian Ferrantino.

    2015 Emmy nominations list

    Lead Actress in a Drama Series
    Claire Danes – “Homeland”
    Robin Wright – “House of Cards”
    Viola Davis – “How to Get Away With Murder”
    Taraji P. Henson – “Empire”
    Tatiana Maslany – “Orphan Black”
    Elisabeth Moss – “Mad Men”
    Robin Wright – “House of Cards”

    Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie
    Richard Cabral - "American Crime"
    Denis O’Hare - "American Horror Story: Freak Show"
    Finn Wittrock - "American Horror Story: Freak Show"
    Michael Kenneth Williams - "Bessie"
    Bill Murray - "Olive Kitteridge"
    Damian Lewis - "Wolf Hall"

    American Horror Story's Finn Wittrock Talks 'Surprise' Emmy Nod and Battling Matt Bomer for Lady Gaga in Hotel

    Read the interview here:

    Susan Lucci Is A Legend!

    Soap legend Susan Lucci (Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN) is now being honored as a Disney Legend! The Disney Legend Awards is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the D23 Expo provides fans the opportunity to be part of the prestigious event. Lucci is being feted alongside fellow honorees like Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, Disney animator Andreas Deja and others.

    "The Disney Legend Award is our highest honor, and we are incredibly proud to recognize these eight talented individuals who have contributed so much to the world of entertainment and the Disney legacy," said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. "Their vision and dedication to their work have brought joy to audiences around the globe and earned them a place in Disney history."

    Each honoree receives a bronze Disney Legends sculpture that signifies the imagination, creativity and magic they have brought to the company. They will also participate in a handprint ceremony at the end of the event and their bronzed prints will be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at the company's Burbank headquarters. The D23 Expo 2015 will be held on Friday, August 14. For more information on the expo and how you can purchase tickets for the Disney Legend ceremony, visit!


    Cady McClain (ex-Kelly, Y&R et al) revealed on social media that she met with the team at QUEENS OF DRAMA, which, as Digest reported last week, is in the process of casting for season 2. "So I just had a meeting with the folks from @QueensofDrama,” she wrote on Facebook. "I thought they were really cool people, and I enjoyed talking about their show and what I might have to offer. No matter what happens, I really hope that the women are successful in making their created show a hit. I think that would be so great for them and for all of daytime. I guess I always root for the underdog and I probably always will. @poptv."

    Matt Bomer Confirms He Almost Got to Play Superman

    Imagine what could have been!

    Before Henry Cavill was cast as Superman in 2013's Man of Steel—a role he is reprising opposite Ben Affleck in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice—there was another actor in the running for the hottest role in Hollywood: Matt Bomer. As the 37-year-old star himself recently revealed in Josh Horowitz's Happy, Sad, Confused podcast, "I had screen tested with Amy Adams in the tights. I think at that session it was Paul Walker, myself and...I can't remember who the other person was. Some other big star. Thankfully [Brett Ratner] chose me for the project. Of all the parts! I mean, talk about just like...Brendan Fraser was the other person! It was a very lengthy process to get the role. I think it was three months."

    Bomer said he "went in on a cattle call and it sort of evolved from there...It was a month of, 'OK, it looks like this is going to happen,' and then it slowly fell apart." Bomer didn't divulge details, but added, "It's OK. I have zero regrets about that."

    Bomer, whose six-season stint as con-artist Neal Caffrey on USA's White Collar ended last year, insisted, "I feel like I've gotten to do such a rich array of roles and so many different things and I haven't been locked too into one [role]."

    As the late Christopher Reeve could attest, Bomer explained, "That's a very iconic role to portray and suddenly be that character in everyone's forever."

    While Adams stayed on as Lois Lane, the Superman movie Bomer had auditioned for was "completely different" than director Zack Snyder's version. "It was written by J.J. Abrams," the actor told Horowitz. "It focused on him when he was younger and he was in college. It was very lighthearted in many ways."

    This isn't the first time Bomer has spoken about the project.

    In 2010, he opened up to MTV about nearly playing the DC Comics hero.

    "I actually screen-tested for Superman, and there was a time when Brett Ratner and I were going to work together on it," he recalled. "That particular incarnation of that franchise sort of fell apart, and then it became a whole different beast."

    His audition included wearing Superman's iconic red and blue suit. "I was in full tights," Bomer told MTV. "I was rocking the rights, the Speedo, all of it."

    Kelly Ripa Debuts Bright Blue Hair

    (Pic) Kelly Ripa revealed a radical new look on Wednesday. The Live! With Kelly and Michael host ditched her typically blonde locks for a bold blue hue.

    "Shady's back, tell a friend," Ripa joked on Instagram, showing off her new look.

    Last month, Ripa experimented with pale pink hair and it seems she isn't done yet. In an Instagram post, Ripa's stylist Ryan Trygstad mused, "What color is next???" Trygstad punctuated the post with pink, purple, yellow, green and black hearts, possibly hinting at options for Ripa's next makeover.

    What do you think of her blue hair?

    Scandal: Cornelius Smith Jr. Returning as a Series Regular in Season 5

    ( Cornelius Smith Jr.’s acting career has taken a Scandalous turn.

    TVLine has learned exclusively that the actor is not only set to reprise his role as activist Marcus Walker in Season 5, but he’ll do so as a full-fledged series regular.

    The All My Children alum previously appeared in two Season 4 episodes of Shonda Rhimes’ D.C.-based drama, most notably the powerful Ferguson-esque March 5 outing “The Lawn Chair.”

    Details on Smith’s return — including his first episode back — are being kept under wraps.

    Scandal‘s fifth season bows Thursday, Sept. 24 at 9/8c on ABC.


    Looks like QUEENS OF DRAMA is coming back for season 2. The show released a casting call for two name soap actresses of any ethnicity in their early 20s-early 60s to join Donna Mills (Madeline, GH) and Co. on POP's reality series. The show is scheduled to begin filming in mid to late fall for 6-10 episodes, and the pay rate is listed at approximately $40,000.

    Days' Ava Returns

    ( One of Salem’s most unpredictable residents is popping back in for a visit.

    Tamara Braun, who portrayed Mafia princess Ava Vitali on Days of Our Lives in 2008, will return for the soap’s upcoming 50th anniversary.

    According to TVInsider, Braun will make her entrance in the Dec. 9 episode.

    The actress, who won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2009 for her portrayal of Ava, has also appeared on the series as Taylor Walker, estranged sister of Nicole Walker.

    Melissa Leo To Play Lady Bird Johnson In HBO's LBJ Movie 'All The Way'

    (Photo) Melissa Leo will star opposite Bryan Cranston in All The Way, HBO’s adaptation of the Tony-winning Robert Schenkkan play. Directed by Jay Roach and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, the film covers LBJ (Cranston) from the moment the assassination of John F. Kennedy made Johnson the 36th president of the United States, and through a turbulent first year that included leveraging his power to pass Civil Rights legislation in Congress, up to his landslide re-election victory. Oscar winner Leo will play LBJ’s wife, First Lady Claudia Alta Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson. In the play, the part was played by Betsy Aidem. (Cranston is reprising his Tony-winning role from the Broadway production.)

    Schenkkan adapted his play for the screen. Spielberg, Schenkkan, Roach, Cranston, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey are executive producing. Earlier this week, the film tapped Anthony Mackie to play Martin Luther King Jr.

    Leo, repped by CAA and Untitled, co-stars on the Fox limited series Wayward Pines and will next be seen in Oliver Stone’s Snowden.

    'Creed' Trailer: Latest 'Rocky' Sequel Enters The Ring And This One Has Punch

    (Video) This is two minutes and forty three seconds of just pure sublime. Arguably, this trailer is as good, if not better than the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser: Ryan Coogler’s Creed, which Warner Bros./New Line & MGM are releasing this fall. This ain’t no Rocky reboot, no way. When Fruitvale Station director Coogler was signed by WME, he mentioned Creed as his dream project which follows the late Apollo Creed’s son Adonis Johnson stepping into the boxing ring, a profession which killed his father in Rocky IV when he battled Russian fighter Drago. “Your Daddy died in the ring,” a trainer reminds the young Creed who retorts, “That got nothin’ to do with me.” The young Creed turns to Rocky Balboa to train him — who is completely out of the boxing game. The film reportedly clicks into the first three titles. Michael B. Jordan, who broke out in Fruitvale Station, reteams with Coogler. WME teamed Coogler with Sylvester Stallone; the duo then approached MGM’s Gary Barber and Jon Glickman. Mike Fleming broke the story about Creed back in July 2013.

    Best part here that will raise hairs, is when the young Creed meets Rocky:

    “I heard about a third fight between you and Apollo behind close doors, is that true?,” asks the fighter.

    “How do you know all this?” asks Rocky.

    Declares Johnson: “I’m his son”.

    Sneak peek: 'Creed' gives Rocky new life

    (Photo) After six movies, Sylvester Stallone thought he'd finally retired Rocky Balboa's boxing gloves. Then Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan came into his life and helped put the pop-culture icon back in the ring like never before.

    Written and directed by Coogler (Fruitvale Station), the drama Creed (in theaters Nov. 25) switches the spotlight from "the Italian Stallion" to Adonis Johnson (Fantastic Four's Michael B. Jordan), the son of Rocky's rival Apollo Creed. Adonis never knew his dad — played by Carl Weathers in the first four Rocky films — before he died in the ring but now is on a quest to find himself as well as his father.

    Adonis reaches out to Rocky to train him to compete, yet Rocky rebuffs him at first. "There's a tremendous guilt factor, too, because Apollo died in his arms," Stallone says. However, Rocky also sees a hint of that same "eye of the tiger" in Adonis that Apollo instilled in him that helped save Rocky professionally and emotionally.

    "He's not at peace with himself and the specter of his father looms large over him," Stallone adds. "So he wants to get out of that shadow, and Rocky's there to help him do that."

    The first Oscar-winning Rocky picture in 1976 put Stallone, 68, on the map in Hollywood, but he decided that the sixth installment, 2006's Rocky Balboa, would be when he would finally put the Philadelphia puncher aside. "I said, 'This is it. Say goodbye to the best friend you ever had.' It was bittersweet."

    Coogler, a Rocky aficionado from childhood, reached out to Stallone with an idea not for Rocky VII but instead a movie focusing on a supporting character in his world.

    "Sly's many things but he's definitely not an easy sell," says Coogler, who ultimately convinced him that this radical departure from the franchise was worthy and wouldn't tamper with the Rocky legacy.

    Adds Stallone: "It was a matter of just buying into the concept totally."

    Creed finds both Rocky and Adonis at a time of intense loneliness, Coogler says. The retired boxer's son has moved away and there's no one left. "Rocky's kind of like the older guys you see at the park playing chess, except he's got nobody to play chess with."

    Instead of Clubber Lang or Ivan Drago, this time Rocky is fighting his own mortality. "There is no ring involved — this is reality," Stallone says. Yet he gets a new lease on his boxing life as a father figure to Adonis the same way his trainer Mickey (the late Burgess Meredith) was to Rocky early in his championship career.

    "It makes sense in this theme of fathers and sons," Coogler says. "Our movie is very much based around (the idea) that Rocky would basically become Mickey."

    However, whereas Mickey was bitter and never achieved anything in his lifetime, "Rocky had achieved far beyond his dreams," Stallone says. "He's sitting in his mental rocking chair, waiting for his time to come. The last thing he expected was this young man to come in and turn his world upside down."

    Michael B. Jordan dons 'Creed' gloves

    (Photo) To play a boxer on the rise, Creed star Michael B. Jordan decided against going the tried-and-true Rocky Balboa route of downing raw eggs by the carton and sparring with giant slabs of frozen meat.

    "Nah, that's old school, man," Jordan says, laughing. "We did things a little new school."

    Reteaming for the movie (out Nov. 25) with his Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler, the 28-year-old actor lifted weights, ran, swam, stuck to a restricted diet and was very disciplined about chiseling his body into the best possible shape to play Adonis Johnson.

    Adonis wants to take after his legendary father Apollo Creed (played in the Rocky movies by Carl Weathers) in the ring, a mythic figure who died before his son's birth. He's conflicted in that he wants to be out from his famous dad's shadow but is also spurred by the same passions that come genetically.

    Adonis' backstory "isn't what you would expect," Coogler says, and when audiences meet him he has a complicated relationship "with his father and with the world of boxing."

    The up-and-coming pugilist reaches out to his pop's old friend Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) to train him. There's definitely an adjustment period for the two.

    "They come from two different worlds, two different generations," says Jordan. "A lot of baggage on both ends, as you would imagine from Rocky IV."

    Coogler's father, a major inspiration for the director in tackling this passion project, introduced him to the Rocky films when he was a kid, and the filmmaker says he was "gutted" by Apollo's death in Rocky IV at the hands of Russian powerhouse Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).

    "That was a character who was built up as almost invincible and when that happened, it sucked for real," says Coogler, 29. What he wanted to know was what happens to a guy's family when he dies like that in such a profound and public way. "They still very much have a relationship with this person, even though they're not necessarily around physically. And in Adonis' case, it's magnified because his dad was this titan in his sport."

    Coogler sees boxing as all-consuming for its competitors, even more than other sports, which is why it has attracted so many method actors — from Stallone and Robert De Niro (Raging Bull) to Jake Gyllenhaal (the upcoming Southpaw) and Jordan.

    "Even if you aren't a fan of the violence of it, it's something everybody can appreciate because it takes so much dedication," Coogler says. "And Mike definitely got into it."

    Throughout production, Jordan worked with real-life pro boxers to perfect his movements and in-ring performance. One of them, former British champ Tony "The Bomber" Bellew, plays Adonis' primary nemesis, "Pretty" Ricky Conlan.

    After all the training, Jordan acknowledges that he's not too shabby. "I could handle my own, for sure. I can go to amateurs and do all right."

    Stallone is suitably impressed with his in-ring work, but the older actor considers Jordan's acting chops as sharp as his jabs.

    "Michael is a very ambitious kid, a hard worker, and I know he's going to be the next big thing," says Stallone.

    He may be the newcomer, but Jordan respects the legacy of the Rocky movies.

    Putting on Apollo Creed's signature red, white and blue boxing trunks "was incredible, man," he says. "It was one of those moments where you're like, 'Wow, I'm really doing it.' "


    AMC alum Sal Stowers (ex-Cassandra, AMC) has joined DAYS in a new contract role and will make her Salem debut in September. Michael Fairman ( first reported the news.

    Susan Lucci Salary: Actress Sells Hampton Home for Whopping Nearly $20M

    ( Susan Lucci, the "Daytime's Leading Lady," has just listed her 11,000-square-foot Hamptons home in the marketplace under Douglas Elliman Real Estate. To be exact, the "Deadly Affairs" actress is selling her estate for $19,995,000.

    The residence in Quogue was built in 1989 by popular Hamptons architect Eugene Futterman. Lucci and her husband Helmut Huber shared the love nest for 25 years.

    Also called "Four Winds," according to Hamptons, Lucci's empire is designed with seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, an office and gym with vaulted ceiling, two-story library, several private decks and balconies, and a master's bedroom with a steam shower. "When we were building, I had some special requests," Huber said.

    "When you walk in the door, I wanted to be able to see the ocean immediately. Everywhere I look, I see happy memories of my children and my husband," said Lucci during her interview with People in 2013.

    Susan Lucci has been known for her "bitchy" role as Erica Kane on ABC's top-rated series "All My Children." She has been nominated 18 times before she won an Emmy award in 1999. Lucci's net worth is estimated at $45 million, the Celebrity Net Worth reports. Lucci's salary is reportedly higher than her contemporaries after she has been tagged the "highest paid actor in daytime television."

    In the succeeding years, the soap opera star appeared in a number of TV series including "Fantasy Island"(1978-1984), "The Fall Guy" (1981-1986), "Dallas" (1978-1991), and "Army Wives" (2007).

    The veteran daytime soap opera actress has been married to her husband for 46 years. They share four grandchildren from their kids, Liza, 40, and Andreas, 35.

    In 1991, Susan Lucci's salary was reported to reach $1 million yearly in "All My Children" while she received $30,000 per episode on "Devious Maids," according to Soap Opera Network.

    AHS's Finn Wittrock: Killing Matt Bomer and Patti LaBelle (On Screen) Was 'Trippy'

    When Finn Wittrock signed on to play Dandy Mott on American Horror Story: Freak Show, he wasn't exactly sure what he was getting himself into.

    "The writers kind of had the idea of a general arc, but we were all just kind of figuring it out as we went along," Wittrock tells PEOPLE of playing the coddled mama's boy turned killer on season 4 of the FX series.

    But Wittrock dove into the role with abandon and soon found himself in, as he calls them, "trippy" situations.

    "Killing Patti LaBelle was pretty surreal. But I'm glad it came at the end of our scenes together so I had gotten to know her beforehand. I'm glad I didn't have to break the ice by stabbing her in the throat," says the actor, who was also involved in the gruesome end of a character played by Matt Bomer. "Matt was having a good experience all around, so being caked in blood and getting your arms cut off was kind of like icing on the cake."

    But Wittrock – who will also have role in the upcoming fifth season of the anthology series, American Horror Story: Hotel – says the most outrageous scene he was involved in during the season freaked out even the experienced crew on the set.

    "The random sound guy said, 'I've never in all my years seen that.' I think it was the day I bathed in my mother's blood," Wittrock says. "I think I have to say that today really took the cake on the crazy shit I've seen. A lot of the crew isn't exactly informed beforehand what is involved in the scene so they are very surprised when all of a sudden I'm just naked talking to Gabby Sibide."


    Alicia Minshew (ex-Kendall, AMC et al) is the first actor to officially join’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."


    ( 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 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!

    Jennifer Bassey From All My Children Kicked Off Plane After Flight Attendant Confrontation-Find Out What She Said

    All My Children alum Jennifer Bassey was removed from a Delta Air Lines flight by police this week after getting into a profanity-laced confrontation with a flight attendant before the plane ever took off.

    The 72-year-old actress told E! News that the ordeal was "undignified, embarrassing and beyond stressful." A rep for Delta confirmed the actress was removed from the flight, operated by subsidiary Endeavor Air, and said the airline is currently investigating the incident, which took place on Tuesday at JFK Airport in New York City. Police had no immediate comment.

    Bassey, who played Marian Colby on the now-defunct soap opera for more than 25 years, was flying to Indianapolis to visit her boyfriend and his family. While the plane was still on the tarmac, delayed about an hour, she used one of its restrooms and did not wash her hands. The actress told E! News that she prefers Purell over the provided soap.

    She said she opened the door to leave and that a flight attendant then addressed her.

    "She asked me loudly three times, 'Ma'am did you wash your hands?'" Bassey told E! News.

    She said she told the flight attendant that she did not, but that she would be using a hand sanitizer instead. She then returned to her seat. The plane was delayed. The actress took out her laptop to prepare for an audition. She said the flight attendant she had spoken to then came over and yelled at her.

    "She stood there next to me waiting for me until I put it away," Bassey told E! News.

    She said the flight attendant stood over her as she put her computer away and then backed into her hand and started screaming, "Don't touch me! Don't ever touch me!"

    Bassey said she responded with, "Go f--k yourself!"

    She said another flight attendant then came over and told her she should not be arguing with a flight attendant and also said she had used foul language near a child. The actress told E! News that the plane then returned to the gate and that police officers escorted her off the jet.

    Bassey says Delta Airlines deemed her a "risk to the carrier" and maintains she assaulted a flight attendant, which she denies.

    "It was all unfortunate, but I am a senior citizen who is petite and tiny. How could I assault someone?" she said.

    The actress said she spoke to police at the airport about the incident and that they laughed about it. She said she is seeking an apology from Delta and is considering legal action.

    As for the first flight attendant, Bassey told E! News she isn't sure she wants the person to be fired, adding, "Maybe she was having a bad day, but if something bad is happening to you, you don't take it out on someone else."

    In addition to All My Children, Bassey is also known for her guest role as Nancy Dawson on Grey's Anatomy and has also appeared in Falcon Crest, L.A. Law, 30 Rock and also played Katherine Heigl's character's aunt in the romantic comedy movie 27 Dresses.

    'All My Children' Star Kicked Off Plane ... Tells Flight Attendant 'Go F**K Yourself!'

    ( "All My Children" star Jennifer Bassey got tossed off a plane for being a "risk to the flight" -- but not before the 72-year-old was able to give a flight attendant a big ole F-U.

    Jennifer tells TMZ the whole mess started when she used the restroom as she boarded her Delta flight from NYC to Indy. When she walked out of the lav she says a female flight attendant loudly asked, "Aren't you going to flush?" ... and also berated her about washing her hands.

    Jennifer says she planned to use her own hand sanitizer -- and the flight attendant followed her back to her seat and hovered because her laptop was open. This was all before takeoff.

    Then she says the attendant bumped her hand and said, "Don't touch me, don't you ever touch me." Jennifer responded by mouthing, "Go F**k yourself."

    That sparked a quick huddle of all the flight attendants, and then the plane turned back to the gate, and two police officers removed Jennifer ... but she wasn't arrested. Cops tell us they were called for an assault but they found no sign the 72-YEAR-OLD had assaulted anyone.

    Delta tells us they're looking into the incident. Jennifer says she hopes the attendant gets fired.

    Jonathan Bennett Joins MTV's 'Awkward'

    Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls) has been cast in a multi-episode arc for the second half of the fifth and final season of MTV’s comedy series Awkward. Bennett will play Ethan, who works with Jenna (Ashley Rickards) at her summer job. With high school ending and everyone heading in different directions, the second half of Season 5 will jump forward to one year later, summertime back in Palos Hills. In addition to Rickards, Bennett joins cast members Beau Mirchoff, Molly Tarlov, Jillian Rose Reed, Brett Davern, Nikki DeLoach, Desi Lydic and Mike Faiola. Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler executive produce. Bennett is repped by Primary Wave and TalentWorks.

    The Walking Dead Spinoff Casts OITNB Actress Elizabeth Rodriguez

    What’s scarier: prison politics or the zombie apocalypse? Orange Is the New Black‘s Elizabeth Rodriguez is about to find out.

    Rodriguez has been cast in AMC’s Walking Dead spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead, reports.

    Details about Rodriguez’s character reportedly are being kept under tight wraps. What we do know: The companion series stars Cliff Curtis (Gang Related), Kim Dickens (Deadwood), Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey (The 100) as Los Angeles residents in the early days of the walker takeover.

    In addition to playing Daya’s mom, Aleida, on the Netflix prison drama, Rodriguez also has appeared on Grimm, Power, All My Children, ER and New York Undercover, among other series.

    Fear the Walking Dead is slated to debut this summer. The timing of Rodriguez’s casting seems to indicate that she will not appear in the pilot, which already has been shot.

    Nickelodeon Star Denyse Tontz, All Grown Up, Talks Music & Mark Salling Romance

    (Music Video) Denyse Tontz has fallen in love with a hipster.

    And we're not talking about Glee actor Mark Salling, whom she briefly dated last summer.

    Tontz, 20, a singer-songwriter and actress best known for her roles on Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush and on the Disney Channel's Dog with a Blog, is enjoying a burgeoning music career – she just released the single and video for "Mr. Hipster," a tongue-in-cheek ode to the counter-culture guy so many girls seem to end up dating.

    "I definitely want to try something a little different," she tells PEOPLE about her music. "I'm getting older now, and it's been kind of a struggle juggling my fan base with what I am naturally inclined to write."

    She adds, "I definitely want to surprise people. I think that [my fans] will be pretty surprised by what's coming next – I hope in a good way!"

    Still, she says she won't compromise on her "weird, quirky, kind of sarcastic" style. "It's just my personality. My music is going to have that same lyrical quality to it. I definitely like to insert a wink and a smile."

    Beginning as a child model, Tontz got her first big break when she booked a campaign for Mattel's Barbie. Later, she made her TV debut on E-Ring before landing her Nickelodeon and Disney roles.

    Still, music remained her first love, and her songwriting skills are now so well-honed that Tontz earned a Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding original song for a drama series. She was only 19 years old.

    As for her love life, over the summer Tontz met Glee actor Mark Salling through her producer for a collaboration and they dated for a few months, before busy schedules ended their romance.

    "But you never know what could happen down the road," she says.

    When it comes to Salling's own music in his band, Camp Coyote, Tontz gushes: "That's one thing that Mark will never let people down on – he's incredible live. Honestly, as an artist, I have so much respect for him because he is the most talented musician."

    Their relationship happened to coincide with the one-year anniversary of Cory Monteith's death in July 2013 at the age of 31, a "touchy subject" for Salling and the rest of the Glee cast. As Salling said earlier to PEOPLE: "I still think about him all the time."

    "It wasn't something he talked about much, but it definitely took a toll on him. … It left everybody shocked, and especially [Salling]," Tontz says.

    That said, 2015, it seems, looks to be Tontz's year.

    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."

    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

    Other Facts:

    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 Cause

    Amelia 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 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, and money raised by the event will be donated to the cancer charity Believe Big in Jane's name.

    'One Life to Live' Producer Plans to Liquidate

    ( Plus, the role of Apple Inc. in the ongoing story of an alleged "mega soap" fraud.

    Anyone want a piece of soap opera history?

    Prospect Park Networks, the company that attempted to re-launch One Life to Live and All My Children as web-only series, has announced its intention to liquidate assets in its ongoing bankruptcy case. The prize might be a front-row seat at a trial against ABC that could be coming soon.

    The producer is suing ABC, alleging a fraud, wherein the network allegedly asked to "borrow" OLTL characters for use on General Hospital, then changed storylines, killed some characters and began scheming "in its quest for a mega soap." The claimed interference is estimated to have caused tens of millions of dollars in damage for Prospect Park.

    When Prospect Park filed for bankruptcy last March, the pending dispute in Los Angeles Superior Court was put on hold. But the judge in the case is conducting a case management conference next week, and in recent papers lodged in the bankruptcy proceedings, an attorney representing the debtor states, "It is anticipated that the LA Court will terminate the 'dark period' and allow the ABC Litigation to proceed expeditiously to trial."

    ABC has noted in prior legal filings that Prospect Park didn't complain while it used OLTL characters and even renewed a license agreement. ABC is also counter-suing Prospect Park for $5 million in claimed breach-of-contract damages.

    The cost of litigation is undoubtedly expensive. According to more documents in the bankruptcy case, the law firm of Andrews Kurth says it is owed more than $700,000 in unpaid fees. The law firm of Lavely & Singer says it is owed more than $120,000.

    If or when Prospect Park goes to trial against ABC, the bankrupt company will likely be represented by a new law firm. There were at least three firms that were interested in picking up the "mega soap" fraud case, and the firm of Jones Day emerged as the one to take the reigns.

    And what will Jones Day be getting? Secured by a $400,000 retainer, the law firm will see 33 percent of any settlement money and 40 percent of any money recovered if the case goes to jury.

    Meanwhile, on the road to liquidation and in need of paying its creditors, Prospect Park came to an arrangement with Apple, Inc.

    The soaps producer was eligible for a 30 percent tax credit for shooting OLTL in Connecticut, and racked up production expenditures of nearly $20 million. With tax money then due from Connecticut -- nicknamed the "Provisions State" -- the debtor entered into a loan and security agreement with EP Financial Solutions, which concurrently sold the tax credit to Apple for $5 million. Yes, Apple not only runs the iTunes store, which once carried the OLTL web-only series, but it apparently bails out producers of soap operas at a modest price.


    AMC 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 Suit

    ABC 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

    ( 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:

    Jill Larson Speaks Out On AMC's End

    Jill 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

    ( 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?

    ( 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)

    ( 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 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, 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

    ( 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 End

    Prospect 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

    ( 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

    ( 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

    ( 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 Recap

    Recap of the final month of All My Children on ABC: Read it here!


    1. Zach's Poem about Myrtle:

      (Zach's voice) Now who will lead our carnival?
      And who will make us stronger?
      Who will mend our broken sleep when she is here no longer?
      For who's part do we stand and bow?
      What stories do we tell?
      And will we memorize the day when great and greatness fell?
      Say will this valley overcome, and will these shadows fade?
      And will we lift our eyes to see the beauty that she made?
      The disappearing last of her that leads to worlds unknown,
      has left a path to softly tread when sadness wanders home.
      I'll meet thee where the highland winds divide wild mountain tyne,
      where I will be forever yours and you, forever mine.
      (Myrtle's voice) And, trust me, the angels are on your side.
      Watch the clip on Youtube at this link.

    2. January 5, 1970: Pine Valley and all its residents were introduced to the world when the serial debuted on ABC.

    3. January 29, 2001: Vanessa was shot by Adam’s private investigator, who mistook her for Arlene, who was really Hayley.

    4. January 1977: Mark Dalton, a promising composer, came to Pine Valley and discovered that the woman he was attracted to was his half sister, Erica.

    5. January 2000: Susan Lucci (Erica, AMC) played Annie in the Broadway hit Annie Get Your Gun!

    6. February 14, 1984: Greg Nelson and Jenny Gardner were married.

    7. February 1985: Tad and Hillary were married at Wallingford Mansion.

    8. February 1988: Erica gave birth to a baby girl, Bianca.

    9. March 2, 1988: Mark Dalton wed Ellen Shepard.

    10. March 8, 1984: Erica Kane and Adam Chandler wed for the first time.

    11. March 11, 1994: Edmund Grey and Dr. Maria Santos were wed in a fairy-tale ceremony.

    12. April 12, 1985: Daisy was found standing over Zach’s dead body, holding a bloody knife. Later, it came out that Marian had killed the pimp/gigolo.

    13. April 16, 1998: Erica was shocked when she came face to face with her presumed-dead ex, Mike Roy.

    14. April 28, 1993: Gloria Marsh wed Adam Chandler.

    15. April 1972: Dr. Joe Martin wed Ruth Brent.

    16. May 3, 1999: While trapped in Adam’s cabin during a storm, Liza went into labor.

    17. May 15: In 1989, Nico Kelly and Cecily Davidson first wed as a result of a business arrangement to gain access to her trust fund.

    18. May 21: Erica and Travis wed again, on this date in 1990, but this time for the sake of their daughter, Bianca.

    19. May 23, 1997: With the bride lying on a hospital bed, Hayley Vaughan wed Matéo Santos.

    20. May 26: On this day in 1988, Stuart wed Cindy after revealing she had been diagnosed with HIV.

    21. May 1984: Jenny died in a jet-ski explosion, which was rigged by her jilted fiancé, Tony.

    22. June 2, 1980: Langley Wallingford and Phoebe Tyler wed.

    23. June 7, 1996: Noah Keefer and Julia Santos had a Cinderella-style fairy-tale wedding.

    24. June 16, 2001: Hayley and Matéo wed.

    25. June 22, 1993: Erica wed the dashing Count Dimitri.

    26. June 25, 2001: Ryan watched as Gillian’s heart was given to Laura.

    27. June: In 1982, Jesse Hubbard and Angie Baxter shared their first kiss.

    28. June: In 1997, Erica finally returned baby Sonya to biological mother Maria.

    29. June: Frances Heflin, who portrayed Erica’s understanding mother Mona, passed away in 1994.

    30. June: Cindy, who passed away in 1989 of AIDS, appeared to son Scott as a ghost during the AIDS Day Of Compassion in 2000.

    31. July 4, 1996: Maria decides to flee the country so she doesn’t have to give up baby Sam.

    32. July 15, 2002: Ditching their lavish Pine Valley Inn wedding, Greenlee and Leo instead exchanged vows privately at the boathouse.

    33. July 15, 1998: Holidays, Hayley and Matéo’s bar, burned down due to Lee having tampered with the boiler to get even with Adam.

    34. July 27, Eden Riegel first aired as Erica Kane’s daughter, Bianca, in 2000.

    35. July 1994, A tornado tore through Pine Valley and leveled the Martin house, nearly killing Tad, who was crushed by the rubble.

    36. July: Chris saved Bianca when a fire broke out at SOS in 2001

    37. August 28, 1986: Wade Matthews conned Phoebe Wallingford into marriage.

    38. August 1999: Dixie suffered a miscarriage.

    39. September 3, 1980: Cliff and Nina Warner wed on the grounds of Cortlandt Manor.

    40. September 6, 1978: Erica married former football hero Tom Cudahy on the rebound from her affair with Nick Davis.

    41. September 28, 1999: Joan Rivers made a guest appearance in Pine Valley when David and Erica had a rendezvous in New York City.

    42. November 21, 1988: Jeremy Hunter wed Natalie Cortlandt while his presumed-dead ex-lover, Marissa, sat undetected in the back of the church.

    43. December 16, 2004 marks All My Children's 9000th show

    44. December 22, 1986: In a ritzy, black-and-white ceremony at NYC’s Tavern On The Green, Dr. Cliff Warner, for the third time, wed Nina Cortlandt.

    45. December 23, 1999: Susan Lucci (Erica, AMC) began her Broadway run as Annie in Annie Get Your Gun.

    46. December 25, 1976: Phil and Tara wed.

    47. December 26, 1988: Nico Kelly (Maurice Benard) and Julie Chandler (Lauren Holly) were wed in a simple, country wedding. However, the wedding turned out to be invalid because the mayor who officiated at the ceremony was not authorized to perform marriages.

    48. December 29, 1989: Tad and Dixie first walked down the aisle to become man and wife. However, the groom had a difficult time getting to the church — he arrived dirty and disheveled!

    49. December 1976: Paul and Anne struggled to make future plans for their mentally handicapped daughter, Beth.

    50. December 1979: Ruth, while over the age of 40, gave birth to a healthy son, Joey.

    51. The location of Wildwind is Coe Hall at the Planting Fields in Oyster Bay, Long Island.

    52. Thorsten Kaye (Zach) just like his character is a fan of the Detroit Red Wings

    53. Bobbie Eakes (Krystal, AMC) was in the 1980's all girl band Big Trouble.

    54. Mischa Barton played Lily in 1993

    55. According to Jesse, Tad's sister Jenny said that you need three things in life to be happy: Something to do, someone to love and something to believe in.

    56. Jake Martin: Through the Years: Jake -- born Joey Martin on Christmas Day -- has a long and tortured history (It's Pine Valley; who doesn't?). Need a quick catch-up on Jake? Who he is, where he's been -- or been with? Here's a Jake Martin timeline!

      1979: Born to Pine Valley pillars Ruth and Joe. Ruth's advanced age caused some health worries, but Jake's birth was kidnappings or comas involved!

      1990-1991: Joey married Emily Ann Sago. Too bad Emily went mental after she found out her real parents were a pimp and his hooker! Joey left Pine Valley, divorced Emily Ann and went to med school.

      1996: Joey, now calling himself Jake, had a fling with Tad's ex, Liza. Liza freaked when she realized who Jake was and rebounded by marrying Adam Chandler. He got over her fast, and tried to push Jake and Liza into an affair to divorce Liza. It didn't work.

      1998: Jake agreed to be Liza's sperm donor. He was psyched when young Colby was born, but didn't realize Adam was the true dad; he switched sperm samples!

      2000: When the truth about Colby came out, a furious Jake left town.

      2000: Jake, doing aid work in Chechnya, was rescued by Gillian and Ryan. Jake's injuries and guilt kept Gillian and Jake married, but Ryan was too hot for Gillian to resist.

      2001: Jake started dating Greenlee Smythe. She couldn't get over her ex, Leo, so Jake dumped her.

      2002-2003: Jake went off to do some Doctors Without Borders work. Months after leaving town, Jake married fellow aid worker Carolyn.

      2008: Charity work has Jake captured in Sudan (what's with this guy and war-torn regions?) and needing rescue.

    57. Erica Kane's Rap Sheet: What makes a star? In today's world, charisma, money and talent are only pieces of the puzzle. Trouble with the law is the benchmark for celebrity and if Erica Kane's rap sheet is any indication, she's at the top of the A-list. Erica is facing insider trading charges (just like Martha Stewart did), but she's no stranger to jail cells. Take a look back at her ever thickening file with the Pine Valley police department:

      1977: Erica wanted Nick Davis for herself, but faced competition from the–as she saw it–gauche and inferior Claudette Montgomery. Naturally, Erica decided to frame Claudette for marijuana possession to get her out of the way. Too bad Nick turned the tables on Erica by planting the drugs on her instead.

      1982: "At the pinnacle of my beauty," as Erica once put it, she faced murder charges. She had discovered her lover and boss, Kent Bogard, was having an affair with her sister, Silver Kane. Furious, Erica confronted Kent with a gun and it went off in a struggle. Kent was killed, but Silver claimed she witnessed Erica murder him in cold blood. Erica was arrested, but went on the run disguised as a nun. Later, it was revealed Silver wasn't Erica's sister—she was a con artist—so Erica was cleared of all charges.

      1993: Erica was arrested for stabbing her husband Dimitri Marick. She wasn't intentionally homicidal, just a victim of her long lost daughter from hell, Kendall Hart. Kendall falsely accused Dimitri of raping her, sending Ms. Kane over the edge. A rape survivor herself, Erica flashed back to her own assault, saw Dimitri as her attacker and plunged a letter opener into his chest. To dig the knife in further (so to speak), Kendall perjured herself by denying any rape claim, making Erica's attack seem premeditated. Kendall's lies were exposed and Erica was acquitted—but she started opening mail the old fashioned way.

      1997: Warning: No man cheats on Erica Kane without consequences! Dimitri found this out the hard way after he slept with his sister-in-law, Dr. Maria Grey, and she found herself pregnant. Everyone, including Erica, wrongly assumed the child was Dimitri's. Stranded with Maria, Erica delivered the baby and rushed it to the hospital, only to drive off a bridge (oops). Never one to let ideal circumstances pass by, Erica allowed the world to think the baby had died. Erica believed the child would never be accepted because of her scandalous conception, so she kept the baby for herself. A true trendsetter, Erica helped start the celebrity adoption craze when she told the world that Maria's little girl was Sonya, a Russian infant. Erica eventually realized her wrongs and confessed. She was sent to prison, but paroled months later.

      1998: Erica found herself in the middle of a love triangle with Jack and Mike Roy, her presumed dead husband (sort of–the marriage was invalid). When Jack kidnapped Erica to shake some sense into her, she called Mike to rescue her. The resulting madness got the three arrested for disturbing the peace.

      2000: Adam begged Erica to speak on his behalf in his custody hearing for his daughter, Colby. Despite the judge's protests for order, Erica demanded to be heard and was arrested for contempt of court.

      2001: Erica's maternal instinct went into overdrive after the murder of Mary Frances "Frankie" Stone. Erica's daughter, Bianca, had nursed a longtime crush on Frankie. Since Frankie rejected Bianca, Erica assumed that Bianca must have murdered her. Ms. Kane confessed to the crime to divert suspicion away from Bianca, and even paid Kendall to return to Pine Valley as a negative character witness. When Bianca learned what was going on, she was able to clear up any suspicion, and the Kane women were cleared.

      2002: Erica was on a roll: Two arrests in one year! Erica was arrested for perjury and obstructing justice in her efforts to make herself appear guilty of Frankie's murder. Months later, Erica broke into Kendall's hotel room to try to dig for evidence that Trey Kenyon burned down her posh home, Linden. She was arrested for breaking and entering, and spent Thanksgiving in prison. Opal Cortlandt, Myrtle Fargate and Bianca spent the holiday in the cell with her.

      2008: Erica was arrested for insider trading, amidst claims that she unjustly used a stock tip from Adam Chandler. Samuel Woods, an attorney with eyes on a Senate seat, wants to make a high-profile example of Erica. But Erica Kane is nobody's victim. She's volunteered to go to prison to keep Samuel from getting the best of her. And just like Martha, she intends to come out a winner.

    58. All My Children celebrated the taping of the 10,000th episode of 'All My Children,' Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008, in New York. The 10,000th episode, featuring show creator Agnes Nixon playing the character of a ghost named Aggie will air on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

    59. Angie and Jesse 101: Angie and Jesse Hubbard are coming back to All My Children! Need a quick refresh on their history?

      1982: Angie and Jesse's burgeoning romance was put on hold when Liza Colby falsely accused Jesse of raping her. When the charges were dropped, Angie and Jesse faced a bigger obstacle: Her father, Les.

      1983: The two eloped and Angie got pregnant. Fearing rejection, Angie kept the pregnancy secret and divorced Jesse. Angie gave birth to a boy just as Jesse found out about the pregnancy. He told Angie he wanted to raise their son together, but Les already gave the baby up for adoption. Angie and Jesse tracked down their son and kidnapped him from his adoptive parents. They named their boy Frankie. The couple remarried and went on the run.

      1984: The lovebirds were found and Jesse was arrested. Despite this, the couple sued for custody of Frankie and won. To make ends meet, Jesse began singing with a rising star, Yvonne Caldwell. Yvonne had eyes for Jesse, while his half-brother Eugene longed for Angie.

      1985: Eugene and Yvonne schemed to split up Angie and Jesse. They managed to dissolve the trust between them enough so the couple separated. Soon their manipulations were exposed and Angie and Jesse reunited. Angie prepared for medical school and was sexually harassed by her instructor, Dr. Voight.

      1986: Angie reported Dr. Voight, but he managed to dodge any charges. With Jesse's help, they took the dirty doc down.

      1987: Jesse discovered the head of a baby trafficking ring, "Mr. Big," was actually his father-in-law, Les! Jesse confronted Les, they struggled and Les accidentally plummeted to his death in time for Angie to witness all. Distraught, Angie separated from Jesse but when she thought Jesse had been killed, they reconciled.

      1988: Jesse was shot in the line of duty. He died in Angie's arms.

      2008: Jesse and Angie return to Pine Valley. Yes, Jesse's coming back, too. How? Their story starts on January 18.

    60. The Littlest Bird: The littlest bird peers over the nest and says, "What if I fall?" And Mama Bird says, "You'll fly when you're ready. You'll fly before long. You're little, my son, but you're oh so strong." He ruffles his feathers and puffs up his chest. Mama Bird says, "you can just do your best." Then the littlest bird looks up to the sky. "Please, oh please, allow me to fly." Then Mama bird says, "Don't look to the blue. All that you need is inside of you." "With that and a squeeze of his eyes so tight, the littlest bird makes his leap -- and takes flight."

    61. Q. What was the name of the song that Bianca sang at Myrtle's memorial service on All My Children? It was beautiful.
      A. The song is called "Once Upon a Time." Eden Riegel's (Bianca) recording of it is not commercially available, but other versions of the song are.

    62. Q. Wasn't Susan Lucci on Dallas?
      A. Yes! Susan Lucci guest starred in the 1990-91 season of Dallas as Sheila Foley, a woman who kidnapped Bobby Ewing's wife, April, and was ultimately responsible for her death.

    63. Q. Can you tell me where I can get the lavender sweater Greenlee wore on the October 13, 2008 episode of All My Children?
      A. The sweater is actually pale peach and was purchased from Nanette Lepore. It is available at Nanette Lepore boutiques as well as retail stores such as Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus and is available online at

    64. Q. Where can I find the red plaid dress All My Children's Greenlee wore with the blue sweater on Oct. 3, 2008?
      That multi-colored plaid dress is by LAMB and was purchased at Saks Fifth Avenue. The sweater is by Hoss and can be purchased as part of a two piece set online or in Hoss stores worldwide.

    65. Q. Taylor's dress at the Bella party on All My Children was so pretty. Where is it from?
      A. Taylor's dress is by Lodice, and was purchased at Saks Fifth Avenue.

    66. Q. I loved Erica's dress on the 8/6 episode of All My Children when Erica visited Adam. Can you tell me who designed it?
      The designers were Tom and Linda Platt.

    67. Q. What was that song used during the Mardi Gras explosion episode of "All My Children?"
      A: It's called "How High The Moon." It was written by Nancy Hamilton and Morgan Lewis, arranged by Jerry Pilato and sung by Sophie Michalitsianos. Originally, when the song was written in 1940, it was a ballad. Interestingly enough, the song is now most often played as an up-tempo number -- but All My Children's arranger, Jerry Pilato, says, "We decided to arrange this as originally intended, to underscore the mood of the tragedy at the end of the Mardi Gras as the lyrics played against the destruction."

    68. Q. Where did the show get the beautiful red halter dress with flowers around the neckline that Angie wore on 7/18/08's AMC?
      A. Angie's silk twill halter dress is by Catherine Malandrino and can be purchased at Saks Fifth Avenue.

    69. Q. Where did Babe get the tanktop she wore on AMC's 7/8/08 episode?
      A. It is by Marc Jacobs and was purchased at Saks.

    70. Q. What was the song that Ne-yo sung during Angie and Jesse's wedding on AMC?
      A. Ne-Yo performed two songs: "Stop This World" and "Closer." You can watch his performance of "Closer"

    71. Q. I'm getting married soon and would like to know how can I get the poems/quotes that AMC's Angie and Jesse read to each other as vows during their wedding? Can you give us the words?
      A. It's a series of quotes from Marc Chagall, Germaine De Stael, Victor Hugo and Adam Lang. Here's the dialogue from the show:

      In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning in life and art. It is the color of love. Love is the emblem of eternity. It confounds all notion of time, effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.

      Separated lovers find countless mysterious ways of corresponding. By sending each other the song of birds, the scent of flowers, the laughter of children, the light of the sun, the sighing of the wind, and the gleam of the stars–all the beauties of creation. Love is never-ending, nor is it ever begging.

      A man is born. A woman is born for him. In the fight to find each other, the perfect moment awaits its destiny. When they meet they know. That's why love is never-ending, nor begging. It is always and forever.

    72. Q. On the April 28th episode of AMC, Amanda had on a white dress with flowers. It was absolutely beautiful. Can you tell me where I can purchase that dress?
      A. The white satin empire dress with oversized violet print and flutter sleeves is by Porridge. Porridge has their own website ( where you can locate a store in your area.

    73. Q. What was the song playing when Aidan got ready to leave and was kissing Greenlee goodbye on AMC?
      A. The song, "Tomorrow May Be Never," is from the ABC background library and not available for commercial release.

    74. Q. What song did B5 perform on AMC on April 25 at the Free Erica rally?
      A. The song performed by B5 is called "Erika Kane" (they took creative license with the spelling) and is from their album Don't Talk, Just Listen

    75. Q. On AMC's March 27th and March 28th episodes, Greenlee was wearing a black and white blouse with big fuchsia colored flowers, along with a black pencil skirt. Who is the designer and where can we purchase it?
      A. The seafoam and magenta vintage swirl pattern silk blouse is by Nanette Lepore. It was paired with a deep aubergine tweed pencil skirt, also by Nanette Lepore. It can be purchased at the namesake boutique on Broome Street in New York City.

    76. Q. What was AMC's Erica wearing on Valentine's Day 2008? It was a yellow dress and just perfect for spring!
      A. Erica's canary and lime print silk belted chiffon dress with Bakelite buckle is by Versace and was purchased at Bergdorf Goodman.

    77. Q. There was a beautiful white eyelet blouse with ruffled cuffs that AMC's Babe wore on February 21 or 22, 2008? Where can I get that?
      A. Babe's white embroidered cotton eyelet blouse is by Bell and was purchased at Anthropologie.

    78. Q. I loved the dress that Colby wore for Tad and Krystal's reception/wedding on AMC. Can you tell me where I can buy the dress Colby was wearing that night?
      A. Colby's royal blue and white watercolor print silk strapless dress is from Betsey Johnson, available at the namesake boutiques and major department stores.

    79. Q. The train station scene between Angie and Jesse on AMC was incredibly touching. Where was it filmed?
      A. Angie and Jesse's reunion was shot in New Hope, PA.

    80. Q. I loved all the red dresses that came out from AMC's Go Red fashion show, especially Colby and Amanda's. Who are the designers?
      A. Colby wore a custom dress by Betsey Johnson while Amanda's dress was made by Eric Gaskins.

    81. Q. What song was used in the AMC TV ad for Angie and Jesse's return?
      A. The song is called "Like You'll Never See Me Again" and it's by Alicia Keys. Watch out for it in future AMC episodes.

    82. Q. What kind of hat was Kendall wearing on the 11/21/2007 episode of All My Children and where can I buy it?
      A. Kendall's chocolate 1960s retro style cap was purchased at Club Monaco.

    83. Q. I loved the black and white dress that AMC's Erica wore on 11/30/07. Who is the designer and where can I find it?
      A. Erica's black, white and navy dress is designed by Narcisco Rodriguez and was purchased at Saks Fifth Avenue.

    84. Q. Please tell me where I can buy that darling pink baby doll shirt Amanda on AMC was wearing on Nov. 26, 2007 when she visited Janet for Thanksgiving!
      A. Amanda's pink and vanilla chiffon floral print blouse is by Odille and was purchased at Anthropologie.

    85. Q. On the Wednesday, November 14, 2007 episode of AMC, Erica wore a black turtleneck dress with cut-outs at the shoulder. Can you tell me where I can buy it?
      A. Erica's "cold shoulder" wool turtleneck top was purchased from the Dolce and Gabbana boutique.

    86. Q. What is the name of the song Krystal sang to Tad at the surprise party on the Aug 31 episode?
      A. The song Krystal sang was a cover of the Gershwin piece "Our Love Is Here to Stay."

    87. Q. What is the name of the children's book that Lily gave Zach for Ian? Is it a real book?
      A. It's called the "The Littlest Bird," and no, it isn't a real book.

    88. Q. What is the name of the song played on Monday, July 30 episode of AMC, while Kendall's baby was having surgery?
      A. The song is called "Crossroads" by Don McClain.

    89. Q. I perform weddings and like the saying that Ryan said to Annie on the beach about sand.
      A. Here it is: "Each grain of sand is hard, scratchy. It's rough. Not so pretty. But put all those grains together, all those rough parts, and you have this beautiful beach. This smooth, soft, great beach. When it gets crazy, we have to put the sand together. Take back our own beach. I love you. We'll keep ourselves on the shore, even when the water's rough."

    90. Q. On the July 10, 2007 episode at the end of AMC, they played a beautiful song. Can you tell me the name or artist?
      A. It was "The Way Back Down" by Fooling April.

    91. Q. I really loved the song that played at the end of AMC on Thursday, May 24. Any info? A. The song is called "Closer" by Travis. The Album is The Boy with No Name.

    92. Q. Can you tell me how many times one person has played two characters on (AMC) and who they were?
      A. For anyone who missed it...Regularly appearing characters: Kitty and Kelly Cole (Francesca James), Adam and Stuart Chandler (David Canary), Natalie Dillon and Janet Green (Kate Collins), Lily Montgomery and Ava Benton (Leven Rambin), Cindy Chandler and Karen Parker (Ellen Wheeler), Elizabeth Hendrickson playing "Maggie" and "Frankie", Michael E. Knight has played both Tad Martin and Ted Orsini, and Finola Hughes played both "Alex" Devane Marirck and Police Chief Anna Devane Scorpio.

    93. Q. What is the name of the beautiful song that Zoe sang at Dixie and Babe's funeral?
      It was "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban.

    94. Q. I loved the dress that Erica was wearing on the 6/28//2006 episode of AMC. Could you please tell me where it was purchased?
      A. Erica's white cotton pique strapless dress with coral beaded trim is by Michael Kors and was purchased at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.

    95. Q. On Friday, July 7th 2006, Erica was wearing a beautiful green & white sundress... Where can I find that dress?
      A. Erica's white and celadon print sundress is by Luca Luca and is available at the Luca Luca boutique on Madison Avenue in NYC.

    96. Q. What was the name of the song that was playing while Jonathan and Lily were in the park and exploring Manhattan on 5/26?
      A. The song is "On the Ride" by Aly and AJ, from their latest album "Into the Rush."

    97. Q. JR (on AMC) had on a t-shirt that had wings on it. Can you tell me where that shirt is from?
      A. JR's shirt is by Just Cavalli and was purchased at Bloomingdales.

    98. Q. Where can I find the sheer v-neck top Di was wearing at the bowling alley during the March 16th episode? She was wearing it over a black tube top and it's gorgeous!
      A. Di's top is designed by Rozae Nichols. Store locations can be found at

    99. Q. Where can I find and buy the print above Kendall's fireplace?
      A. The painting over the mantle in Kendall's condo is an original work of art purchased from the Carrie Haddad Gallery which is located in Hudson, New York at 622 Warren Street (518) 828-1915. It was purchased several years ago. The artist's name is Stevan Jennis. He is still represented by the gallery. There are five examples of his work which are available and which can be seen on the gallery's site

    100. Q. Who is the designer and where can I buy the pink coat worn by Kendall (AMC) on the 1/23/06 episode?
      A. Kendall's coat was by Tracy Reece. It was purchased at Bloomingdales.

    101. Q. I love the pink frilly scarf that Babe (on AMC) was wearing in the beach scenes with JR during the first week of January. Can you tell me where to buy it?
      A. It was from the Bloomingdales accessories department in New York. The tag has been removed, but we believe it was by BCBG.

    102. Q. What song was playing in the New Year's Eve 2005 episode in the scenes between Kendall and Zach (on AMC)?. The name of the song is "The Loneliest Star" by Seal.

    103. Q. Where did Greenlee's cute outfit for the Thanksgiving 2005 episode come from?
      A. Greenlee's outfit was by Tufi Duek, head to toe. That designer is a bit difficult to find, except for in NY and LA, but you could try doing a web search.

    104. Q. I was wondering where I could find the dress that Babe was wearing on the Thanksgiving 2005 episode?
      A. Babe's dress was by BCBG. The line is sold in many department stores as well as their own stores nationally.

    105. On the heels of the controversial Roe v. Wade decision, All My Children’s Erica underwent TV’s first legal abortion in 1973. The daring plot of a married woman ending a pregnancy for the sake of her career didn’t hurt ratings, which climbed from 8.2 to 9.1.

    106. AMC introduced daytime’s first lesbian character in 1983 with Dr. Lynn Carson, played by Donna Pescow (Gertrude, General Hospital). Devon McFadden developed a crush on the doc and proposed having an affair. But Lynn realized that lonely Devon was straight and declined.

    107. 1996, AMC became the first soap opera to begin each episode with a recap of the previous day and to end the show with a preview

    108. Approximately 400 to 500 lights are needed each day to tape an episode of AMC.

    109. Erica Kane is the character who has the largest number of wardrobe pieces.

    110. Pine Valley's laundry is done in the basement of the ALL MY CHILDREN studio. Two washing machines are in constant use all day long!

    111. Michael Nader (Dimitri Marick) spent three years on As the World turns, where he played Kevin Thompson.

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