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Gaskill Goes Deep!Brian Gaskill stole our hearts playing emotional characters like GUIDING LIGHT's Dylan, AS THE WORLD TURNS' BJ, and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Ozzy, PORT CHARLES' angel Rafe and ALL MY CHILDREN's Bobby. Since then, he's been pouring his own emotions into a considerable body of poetry, which he's been recording to share with the world. "When I compiled this new group of poems together, I found that they were much more cohesive and thematic than what was on my last album (Make It Real)," he says. "With this new one, every single piece really did become -- either on purpose or inadvertently -- a reflection of the title, Giving Up Time Travel For The Rain."
In the just-released collection of spoken word recordings, Gaskill shares his thoughts on the everyman quest for personal peace and life acceptance. "It's about living in the moment and not focusing on that pain in the past or your expectations of the future," the poet offers. "It's about just being present -- even if it's raining -- because as we all know, the rain cleanses things and helps them grow."
The artist has also been sharing his insightful thoughts and moving poems about this topic and more via a blog, http://givinguptimetravel.blogspot.com. "There's this 31-day journey that I started in conjunction with this album coming out," he explains. "It's about working to find something new each day that brings me closer to a place of believing -- in the magical, fairytale sense -- in life's possibilities."
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NBR Honors JordanThe National Board Of Review has honored fromer All My Children star Michael B. Jordan with the award for Breakthrough Performance.
Prospect Park's Jeff Kwatinetz Takes Company To Court Over Non-Compete Clauses(deadline.com) Prospect Park’s multi-million dollar legal battle with ABC over licensed soaps All My Children and One Life To Live isn’t the only courtroom drama the production company is now facing. Co-Founder Jeff Kwatinetz has filed a complaint against the company and ABRY Senior Equity IV, L.P., ABRY Investment Partnership, L.P., and ABRY Senior Equity Co-Investment Fund IV. The producer and talent manager is seeking a declaratory judgment over non-compete clauses in a December 31, 2012 employment agreement he signed with Prospect Park when the Boston-based investors came on board late last year. Long story short, Kwatinetz wants a judge to decide if the “unenforceable non-competition and non-solicitation provision” would actually prevented him from working for another company for 5 years and if Prospect and ABRY could get an injunction to force him to work for them for 5 years if he attempted to leave. “In addition, the Guarantee contains what is essentially a $5,000,000 liquidated damages penalty for a ‘breach’ of the unenforceable non-competition provision and employment term requirements in the Agreement,” the 10-claim complaint filed on November 21 in LA Superior Court adds (read it here).
The catalyst of the complaint was a difference of opinion that Kwatinetz has with ABRY over the direction of the company, sources tell me. Specially, that disagreement has to do with the future of AMC and OLTL and whether they will continue or not. Kwatinetz was advocating the continuation of the two series. Having said that, the producer had his lawyer Michael Taitelman file the complaint not because he intends to leave Prospect Park, I’m told, but because he wants to explore his options in what is a very complicated and multi-tiered agreement. Otherwise, all parties seem to be in sync right now at the busy Prospect Park and Kwatinetz continues to work there. Besides the online soaps, whose legal machinations could drag on for years, PP currently has Wilfred on FX and Royal Pains on USA with drama Salem debuting on WGN America in the spring of 2014. The company also has 10 sold scripted pilots in various states of development on both cable and broadcast TV and a music management and label revenue stream. Kwatinetz formed PP with ex-Walt Disney Studios president Richard Frank in 2008. A spokesperson for Kwatinetz declined to comment on the November 21st complaint when contacted by Deadline.
For the most part, non-compete clauses are redundant in California unless the individual in questions is an owner of a company and even then they can be voided. That is distinctly not the case in other states such as New York. Hence, Kwatinetz’s complaint notes its disagreement with PP and ABRY’s desire to have the Empire State and its laws used as a venue for the non-compete provisions. “Furthermore, the Agreement and the Guarantee attempt to impose New York law and venue on the parties even though the Agreement was negotiated in California, with a California resident, for his employment in California at two California-based companies, and none of the parties are based in New York,” the 109-page filing notes. By filing in LA Superior Court, the complaint seeks a judicial determination that the Golden State’s laws and jurisdiction will apply in the matter.
Attorney Michael Taitelman’s firm Freedman & Taitelman have also served as outside counsel to Deadline’s parent company PMC.
Macaulay Culkin Steps Out with Jordan Lane Price(Photo1, Photo2) When it comes to romantic getaways, it's hard to beat the City of Light. And it looks like Macaulay Culkin has found a Paris match with Jordan Lane Price.
The actors spent Thanksgiving at the Center Pompidou in Paris, looking at the museum's modern art collection and dining at Chez Georges, a restaurant boasting panoramic views from the building's top floor.
Culkin, 33, was spotted kissing his new love interest and dancing with her in the street.
On Nov. 22, the former child star was also spied affectionately greeting the All My Children actress at the French capital's Orly airport – welcoming her with a single red rose in a … plastic water bottle.
Four days later, the couple got cozy at the historic Café de Flore on the Boulevard Saint-Germain.
The pair spent two hours at a table with four friends as they smoked cigarettes and sipped Champagne at the nightspot where famed lovers such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir once rendezvous'd. (More recently, the café has attracted the likes of Blake Lively and Quentin Tarantino.)
"They were very animated and talked together a lot," says an observer. "They kissed at the table and were very comfortable. They have the air of being very much in love."
But what really turned heads was how much the unidentified beauty looked like Culkin's ex Mila Kunis, whom he dated for eight years before splitting in 2011. (Kunis has since found love with Ashton Kutcher, who just finalized his divorce from Demi Moore.)
"She really resembles Mila," says the eyewitness. "You could easily mistake one for the other."
And Culkin, who was married to Guiding Light actress Rachel Miner from 2000 to 2002, has clearly moved on, too.
The actor, who recently lent his voice to the animated series Robot Chicken, is now focused on creating artwork and has been living in New York City and Paris.
His brightly colored paintings of pop culture figures such as Kurt Cobain, Super Mario and a nude Jerry Seinfeld were recently exhibited in Manhattan.
Let's hope his new love makes for an inspiring muse.
Jordan Wins at Gotham AwardsAwards season officially began tonight (December 2) at the 2013 IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards, and a former soap star took home an award.
Michael B. Jordan (ex-Reggie, All My Children) won 'Breakthrough Actor' for his role in Fruitvale Station.
AMC's Morgan Out Of Emmy ContentionDebbi Morgan (ex-Angie, AMC) announced on Twitter that she will not be entering this year's Daytime Emmy race. "I've decided not 2 have my name submitted 4 emmy consideration this year cuz I just really, really want 2 move on," she explained. "The many months of being told we're on hiatus but wld B coming bck & then snatching the rug from under us & the fans has been very emotional, So right now the head space I'm in is just completely distancing myself from AMC w/regards of an Emmy consideration. I will 4 ever B grateful 4 the years of playing "Angie" beautifully created by our beloved Agnes Nixon… & our most amazing cast will always hold a special place in my heart…Darnell, Mickey, Sal, Cady, Thorsten, Vincent…just to name a few! However, with the end happening in the way that it did, for right now, I just want to remove any reminders of our untimely end…& to be honest I don't need an Emmy 2 recognize how much U all loved the work I was able 2 bring 2 U…Your tweets said it all & that's "Emmy" enough for me…Smile!" In 1989, Morgan tied for Outstanding Supporting Actress with Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GH; ex-Julia, SANTA BARBARA).
Macaulay Culkin dating actress Jordan Lane Price, spotted out together in Paris(Photo) Macaulay Culkin isn't staying home alone anymore.
The 33-year-old former child actor was spotted canoodling in Paris with a new brunette, soap opera actress Jordan Lane Price.
The two were swanning about the city of love, later spotted holding hands and kissing at Café de Flore. Price is an actress, best known for her role as Celia Fitzgerald in the soap opera "All My Children."
"She's a cool chick — based in New York," an insider told Us Weekly, confirming the match. "She's into good music and they hang out in the same parts of New York. They have tons in common."
Culkin's new love is blossoming at the same time that his ex-girlfriend Mila Kunis' match with Ashton Kutcher is sparking enagement rumors.
Culkin and Kunis dated for eight years, splitting up in 2011.
Josh Duhamel Shares Adorable Thanksgiving Card With Fergie and Baby Axl-Check it Out!(Photo) This is too cute for words!
Josh Duhamel shared a hilarious family photo in honor of Thanksgiving on his Twitter Thursday.
The card shows his face along with Fergie, baby Axl and their pet pooch Zoe superimposed on cartoon drawings of the Village People making their famous "YMCA" dance moves.
Josh is the police officer, while his little one is a muscly construction worker.
Fergie was shown as the Indian chief while the tiny dachshund appeared as a pilgrim.
"Lots to be thankful for. Have a great ‘my pants don't fit' day!!" he wrote as a caption to the funny image.
And truth be told, the new papa definitely has a lot to be grateful for this holiday season.
The now family of three is getting ready for their first holiday season with little baby Axl.
According to a recent interview with HuffPost Live on Wednesday, Nov. 20, the new parents are loving their new roles as parents—even if it means getting a little down and dirty sometimes.
"My husband, he got, sharted on, I guess you could say," the singer revealed with a huge laugh when asked about the best thing her boy has done during the past few months. "And I watched it happen and it was pretty amazing."
But all jokes aside, the 38-year-old is "back to working out" and settling into a new routine with the "light of her life."
She added, "he's first priority."
Paula Garces Introduces Son Antonio(Photo, Photo 2, Photo3) Paula Garces (Lea, All My Children/ex-Pilar, Guiding Light) got a great present just in time for the holidays — her baby boy, Antonio Andres.
One week after giving birth to her second child, the Devious Maids star, 39, is sharing her son’s first photos exclusively with PEOPLE.
“We are so thankful to finally have him home. I just want to eat him up,” Garces tells PEOPLE. “As my daughter says, our family is now complete and all of our dreams have come true!”
In the series of snapshots taken in the couple’s New York home by Garces’ husband Antonio Hernandez, the actress and her family — including daughter Skye Mahoney, 21 — can be seen cuddling up with their bundled baby boy.
In another photo, the new mom stares at her sleeping son while Antonio – who’s already sporting a full head of hair! — enjoys a relaxing nap.
Garces gave birth to Antonio via c-section on Nov. 20 after a 14-hour labor. “My brother was born beautiful and healthy, thank God, and Mom is doing well also,” Skye told PEOPLE at the time.
Aiden Turner -- Emotional After Dom. Violence Arrest ... 'I Love You, Monkey'(tmz.com) (Video) Former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Aiden Turner wasted no time trying to patch things up with his GF last night -- sending an emotional message to the woman he's accused of attacking, right when he was released from jail.
We broke the story ... Aiden was arrested for domestic violence Monday after allegedly chucking a TV remote at his girlfriend ... giving her a black eye in the process.
Turner didn't have much to say about the incident when he left the Hollywood Police Station last night ... but the ex-"All My Children" star got super emotional when he turned to our camera and delivered a message to his GF ... complete with a pet nickname.
"BLUE BLOODS," FRIDAY, DEC. 20 - CBS"Ties That Bind" — Danny’s loyalty is tested when he is assigned to the case of a childhood friend, Mickey, who is under investigation for having ties to an infamous mob family. Meanwhile, Frank gets word that crime is on the rise due to a recent judicial ruling about the legality of the “stop and frisk” policy, on BLUE BLOODS, Friday, Dec. 20 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Tom Cavanagh guest stars as Mickey, Danny’s old friend and Rebecca Budig guest stars as Connie, Mickey’s wife. GUEST CAST: Tom Cavanagh (Mickey), Rebecca Budig (Connie)
Jordan Nominated For Spirit AwardThe nominees for the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards include former All My Children star Michael B. Jordan (ex-Reggie). The 2014 Spirit Awards will be handed out on March 1.
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‘Deadly Affairs’, Hosted by Susan Lucci, Renewed for Season Three by Investigation DiscoveryInvestigation Discovery has greenlit real-life soap opera DEADLY AFFAIRS for season three. Hosted by daytime TV queen, Susan Lucci, DEADLY AFFAIRS was one of ID’s top five shows during 3Q 2013 in delivery for W25-54, W18-49, and P25-54. The series continued to entice fans with titillating stories all season long reaching over 9.7 million unique viewers P2+. The new season promises to deliver stories of passionate love affairs turned crimes of passion when it premieres summer 2014.
“We just can’t get enough of Susan Lucci -- our affair with her is out in the open and we couldn’t be happier to continue for a third season,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President, Investigation Discovery, Military Channel and Destination America. “Our viewers are often tempted by the suspense of ‘will they or won’t they?’ -- and with DEADLY AFFAIRS, we already know they did -- and they probably shouldn’t have!
“I am so excited to be going into Season three with DEADLY AFFAIRS,” said Susan Lucci. “And I’m even more excited that so many fans are telling me that they are ‘addicted’ to the show!”
DEADLY AFFAIRS tells real-life tales of love gone terribly wrong – from wandering eyes at the workplace leading to adulterous romps in the supply closet to bible-study couples tempted by lust to commit the ultimate sin – proving affairs can be murder on the heart. Episodes feature stories interlaced with expert commentary from local authorities and true-crime experts, as well as first-person accounts from friends and family of the victims.
DEADLY AFFAIRS is produced for Investigation Discovery by Sirens Media. For Sirens Media, Valerie Haselton Drescher, Rebecca Toth Diefenbach, and Anne Rothwell are executive producers. For Investigation Discovery,Pamela Deutsch is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, and Henry Schleiff is group president.
Aiden Turner -- Arrested for Remote Control Domestic Violence(tmz.com) Aiden Turner -- who appeared on "Dancing with the Stars" -- has been arrested for felony domestic violence ... TMZ has learned.
Turner got into a beef with his girlfriend at their Hollywood apartment and he allegedly threw a remote control at her and hit her eye, cutting it slightly and giving her a souvenir -- a shiner.
Law enforcement sources say Turner -- who was a regular on "All My Children" -- will very likely dodge the felony bullet. We're told it's highly probable the case will be filed as a misdemeanor because the injuries were minor.
AMC Alum Lands Feature FilmAlicia Minshew (ex-Kendall, AMC) is hard at work in Lansing, MI filming her latest project, The Funeral Guest. The romantic comedy follows Emily (Julianna Robinson), a socially isolated woman, who spends her time attending stranger's funerals. Minshew plays Robin, a recently divorced lawyer who fights to win back her ex before Emily takes his heart. "I am thrilled to be playing the role of Robin in The Funeral Guest," Minshew tells Digest. "When I read this script months ago, I knew I wanted to be a part of it! It's such a wonderful story. It is just a bonus that I get to play a fun character! Robin is a strong, feisty, take no prisoners kind of woman. A lawyer who is used to getting what she wants. But when she doesn't -- her insecure (and possibly bitchy) side comes out! Fun! I just love both the director [Matthew Kohnen] and his brother writer/producer [Sean Kohnen]. They are hilarious and insanely talented! I am also really enjoying working with the lead actress -the beautiful Julianna Robinson. She is also such a talent. I am having a blast here in Michigan (freezing my doodles off!)!" Check out a still from the movie here.
Susan Lucci Talks Legacy, Acting And Life After Erica KaneSusan Lucci Talks Legacy, Acting And Life After Erica Kane: Video.
Kelly Ripa Takes a Tumble on the Red Carpet as Girls' Allison Williams Rushes to Her Side(Photo) Watch out!
Kelly Ripa had some trouble with her sky-high stilettos while on the red carpet for the annual CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute in New York City.
The talk-show host lost her balance and took a tumble while posing for photos. But fret not, the fall only last for a split second and Ripa walked away like a champ!
And while she may have recovered swiftly from the blind-and-you-missed-it moment, Allison Williams did rush to Ripa's side to lend a helping hand.
The Girls actress, who looked stunning in a leather L'Wren Scott dress, couldn't help but giggle as she assisted Ripa.
But the bubbly blond didn't let the snafu get in the way of her evening.
She later tweeted a picture of herself posing with longtime friend Anderson Cooper and cohost Michael Strahan.
Sarah Silverman, Alan Cumming, Jason Biggs and Melissa George also joined the special event, which was held at the American Museum of Natural History earlier this week.
Britney Spears' Ex Jason Trawick and Hunger Games' Leven Rambin Go on a Few Dates, "It's Extremely Casual"Not so fast!
Britney Spears' ex, Jason Trawick, is not exactly dating Hunger Games hottie Leven Rambin, despite reports to the contrary.
According to an insider, the two "have been on a few dates, but there is nothing official going on."
And even though the two seem to be spending time together, that's not entirely unusual for the duo.
"They have been friends for years," the source exclusively tells E! News. "I certainly wouldn't go as far as to say that they are dating. That's an exaggeration, but they have been on a couple of dates."
In fact, the two haven't even hung out at all in the recent weeks.
But last month, the agent posted an Instagram pic of the actress sipping from a cup and wrote, "Hanging with an old friend. Still so cute."
Rambin later posted the same photo on her Twitter account. Adorbs!
You may recall (ahem, how could you forget?) that Trawick was engaged to Spears before the couple split in January of this year.
The pop princess has since moved on from the four-year relationship and began dating her current flame David Lucado in March.
Spears and Lucado were last spotted showing off some serious PDA while watching her son Sean play at a soccer match in Los Angeles.
The "Perfume" singer wrapped her arms around her man as they watched her little one from the sidelines.
BritBrit recently told Germany's RTL network that she would "like to have more kids, settle down…have kids—maybe twins—and get married."
Hmmm…perhaps that's in the near future!
Paula Garces Welcomes Baby BoyDevious Maids star Paula Garces (Lea, All My Children/ex-Pilar, Guiding Light) gave birth to a baby boy on Wednesday, People reports.
Garces, 39, and her husband Antonio Hernandez welcomed Antonio Andres Hernandez, who weighed in at 7 pounds and 5 ounces.
"After a difficult 14-hour labor, my mom had to have an emergency c-section," Garces' daughter Skye told the magazine. "My brother was born beautiful and healthy, thank God, and Mom is doing well also."
This is Garces' first child with Hernandez, whom she married in 2002. Skye is from a previous relationship.
In addition to her current role as Flora on Devious Maids, Garces is known for her work on The Shield, All My Children and the Harold and Kumar films.
Fergie, Duhamel make beautiful baby music togetherFergie and her husband, Josh Duhamel, are writing songs together, but they're for an audience of one: their son, Axl.
"We have own little home-written songs," Fergie said in an interview Monday, noting their 3-month-old loves their "little ditties."
"We harmonize and we sing together," the Black Eyed Peas songstress said before singing part of one tune that began with "Baby you're my baby" and adding: "We can be quite corny."
She usually sings "Silent Night" to put Axl to sleep because it "sounds like a lullaby."
Fergie also said she and Duhamel play Rockabye Baby! CDs with music from artists like Bob Marley and Led Zeppelin and "mommy's rap music" from artists like Kendrick Lamar.
As for curse words in rap, she said: "I have to figure out how I'm going to deal with that 'cause mommy loves her rap."
Axl is the couple's first child. She and Duhamel say they want a second child and Fergie says she wants to stop at two.
The 38-year-old singer said being in "mommy mode" is what prompted her to partner with Unilever's Project Sunlight campaign that launches Wednesday in conjunction with Universal Children's Day. She said the initiative is about making the planet a better place for children.
"I have an urge to help children everywhere," she said.
Project Sunlight encourages individuals to take steps "to live more sustainably." As part of the initiative, UNICEF, the World Food Programme and Save the Children are providing school meals, safe drinking and hygiene education to 2 million children worldwide on Wednesday.
Fergie said she and Duhamel are taking steps to "create a brighter future for our children" by driving a hybrid vehicle, recycling and planting an organic garden at their home.
She said she's thinking about returning to work on a solo album at some point in the future. "I've got my notebooks, I've got my iPhone and I've got ideas."
Will any of the songs she and Duhamel co-wrote be included? "You never know," she said with a laugh. "Maybe we'll put them on as interludes."
Susan Lucci honored with Gray Line(monstersandcritics.com) (Photo1, Photo2) This afternoon, Emmy Award-winning television icon Susan Lucci was inducted into Gray Line New York’s prestigious Ride of Fame™ campaign at Pier 78 in New York City.
We love Susan, the iconic daytime soap actress also was a great addition to the ABC Dancing with the Stars cast a few years back too.
Gray Line New York, the city’s premier sightseeing and tourism company, honored Lucci for her decades of work in television, including her current role in the Lifetime hit series “Devious Maids”.
Ms. Lucci who was on-site to receive this honor, participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the custom decal featuring her likeness on the front of one of Gray Line New York’s iconic double-decker busses, along with a permanent seat on the bus as well.
Ms. Lucci is the latest to be inducted into the Ride of Fame™, joining a strong group of New Yorkers who have been honored with their own Gray Line New York bus, including: Carol Alt, LL COOL J, Joan and Melissa Rivers, Donald Trump, Mariano Rivera, Vanessa Williams, Miss USA, Kenneth Cole, Joe Namath, Marc Anthony, Rachael Ray, Whoopi Goldberg, Bernadette Peters and more. Ride of Fame™ recognizes and celebrates legendary, current A-List celebrities from around the world who have influenced New York City with its “Immortal” and “IT” ceremonies.
Sarah Michelle Gellar Is All Bloody and Banged Up-Find Out Why(Photo) Ouch, Sarah Michelle Gellar!
The 36-year-old blond beauty shared a photo of herself via her Twitter account where she appears to be all bloody and banged up, but the subtle grin on the actress' face seems to tell a different story.
And sure enough, Freddie Prinze Jr.'s missus was in character, sporting gory makeup on the set of her new CBS series The Crazy Ones.
"Boy is it rough at the #theCrazyOnes before vacation," the mother of two playfully captioned the twitpic. (Photo)
The Emmy-award winning actress stars opposite Robin Williams and James Wolk in the David E. Kelley-created comedy series. She was recently nominated for a People's Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series for her role as Sydney Roberts, in addition to Williams, who was also nominated in the category of Favorite Actor in a New TV Series.
And it appears that the actress was back on set rocking her banged-up look again today, tweeting another photo of herself posing with her makeup artists while all scratched up.
".@Deleonmakeup 17 years, and I already miss you two days on hiatus #lovemyglamsquad," Gellar tweeted on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
Can't wait to see what's coming up on The Crazy Ones!
Blue Bloods Scoop: Tom Cavanagh Cops Role, All My Children Alum to Play His Wife(tvline.com) Fresh off visiting The Goldbergs, Tom Cavanagh will next surface on CBS’ Blue Bloods.
TVLine has learned TV’s erstwhile Ed will guest-star on the family drama/procedural as Mickey, a longtime pal of Danny’s who comes into town harboring ties to a crime family.
Meanwhile, All My Children alum Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee, AMC/ex-Michelle, GL) has been tapped to play Mickey’s wife Connie, a lovely woman who has moved back East with her family, ostensibly to be near her ailing parents.
Since bidding Stuckeyville adieu, Cavanagh has recurred on such shows as Royal Pains, Eli Stone and Scrubs (playing bro to Zach Braff) and co-headlined the TNT drama Trust Me.
Budig played AMC‘s Greenlee on and off for more than a decade. Her other TV work includes appearances on Castle and CSI.
Cavanagh and Budigs’ Blue Bloods episode is scheduled to air Friday, Dec. 20 at 10/9c.
What Really Happened At AMC?In her newest blog, Soap Opera Digest columnist Carolyn Hinsey talks to AMC Supervising Producer Sonia Blangiardo (executive producer of the upcoming web series TAINTED DREAMS) about the behind the scenes goings-on at the reboot that has now been shelved. "All I can say is that every effort was made to make this show a success, but there were obstacles that could not be overcome," says Blangiardo. To find out the obstacles - and a lot more dish - go to: carolynhinsey.tainteddreamstheseries.com.
NCIS: Los Angeles Scoop: Michelle Trachtenberg Cast in Action-Packed Holiday EpisodeA Gossip gal will have the NCIS: Los Angeles team all abuzz when Michelle Trachtenberg (ex-Lily, All My Children) guest-stars in a holiday episode of the CBS drama.
TVLine has learned that in NCIS: LA‘s Dec. 17 outing, Trachtenberg will play Lily, a smart, witty, charming and physically capable environmentalist-slash-private chef. When a scary home invasion turns Lily’s life upside down, she does her best to keep a brave face, despite dangerous and uncertain circumstances.
“We’re very excited to have Michelle guest on the show,” says NCIS: LA showrunner Shane Brennan. “It’s a very intense episode which pairs Michelle with Callen and Sam (played by Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J), in what is probably one of our biggest action shows so far this season.”
Trachtenberg this past weekend turned in an acclaimed performance in the record-breaking National Geographic Channel TV-movie Killing Kennedy, as Lee Harvey Oswald’s wife. Her previous TV credits include runs on Weeds, Six Feet Under and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and a memorable January 2013 episode of Criminal Minds.
Jill Larson Speaks Out On AMC's EndJill Larson (Opal) released a statement about the end of AMC on her Facebook page. Wrote the longtime star, "Greetings all, well I finally got the official call, saying PP is not going forward with AMC 'at this time', left the door open a crack, hmmm! As disappointing as that news is, it was not a surprise. Just as they did the first time, PP chose to remain silent regarding their activities, and now that I've had some experience with them, I do believe that it was because Jeff [Kwatinetz, PP's co-chief] just kept on beating the bushes trying to raise the money, never willing to cry uncle. I am sad for all of us, from Jeff to all of you, but gosh I'm grateful for the chance we had to make something new and wonderful from our beloved shows. Maybe when more fans are computer-savvy, and go online for content as a regular habit, investors will feel comfortable putting money into what was a grand experiment, perhaps ahead of its time, and only time will tell. Take care of yourselves, my lovelies, sending love to you all!"
Prospect Park Now Seeking $125M In ABC Soap Lawsuit(deadline.com) The on-going multi-million legal drama between Prospect Park and ABC over licensed soaps All My Children and One Life To Live looks poised to get much rougher and much pricier. Nearly seven months after Jeff Kwatinetz and former Walt Disney Studios president Rich Frank’s company first filed a breach of contract lawsuit against ABC, their lawyers Wednesday entered an amended complaint in LA Superior Court. One big change is how much money the plaintiffs are seeking. “As a direct and proximate result of ABC’s breaches, Prospect Park has been damaged in an amount to be determined at trial, but including at least $30 million in out-of-pocket losses and/or at least $95 million in lost profits,” says today’s filing. That’s way up from the $25 million the plaintiffs were looking for in April. Claims that ABC called “baseless” then. The now amended suit also includes claims of promissory fraud and declaratory relief and seeks Prospect Park’s continued licensing fee payments to be waived and an extension of that agreement while the case goes on – which could be years.
In addition to previous allegations of dirty dealing on ABC’s part, today’s filing says that the network inked long term agreements with OLTL actors behind the production company’s back. in the hope of creating a new property of its own. “Unbeknownst to Prospect Park, at the same time the ink was drying on the Licensing Agreement granting Prospect Park an exclusive license for OLTL through January 31, 2013, ABC insiders were developing a plan to create a mega-soap through the amalgamation of OLTL and GH, intentionally disregarding Prospect Park’s rights,” the amended complaint adds. This comes on top of the April filing’s claims that ABC has been breaking the licensing agreement, killing off OLTL characters on loan to General Hospital and deliberately attacking Prospect Park’s efforts to continue AMC and OLTL online.
This latest legal move comes amidst speculation that at least one of the shows is going down. AMC cast members recently said on social media that they were told not to anticipate a return from their current hiatus.
Prospect Park is represented in the case by a plethora of LA and Houston-based attorneys led by trial lawyer James Edward Maloney of Texas’ Andrews Kurth. ABC is represented by Jeffrey Valle, Susan Klein and Nuritsa Ksachikyan of LA’s Valle Makoff.
Soap opera 'All My Children' washed up?(latimes.com) It appears to be curtains again for "All My Children," the soap opera that ran four decades on ABC before being canceled, then resurrected as an Internet series.
An actor on the series, Debbi Morgan, announced on Twitter that the show was "officially done" after one season on the Internet. "Thanks for the memories," Morgan tweeted late last week.
Prospect Park, the production company behind the effort to keep the show alive, this week refused to discuss the situation or confirm Morgan's comment.
On Wednesday, lawyers representing Prospect Park filed an amended lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against ABC. The suit claims that the Walt Disney Co.-owned television company undermined its efforts to produce "All My Children" and a second ABC soap, "One Life to Live," for the Internet.
Prospect Park spent $30 million in the last 18 months to re-create "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" after ABC ended long-running daytime dramas in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
Lack of money, the legal battle with ABC and collateral damage to the shows will make it nearly impossible to proceed, people close to the production said.
"At this point, the whole franchise is irreparably damaged," said Jim Maloney, a partner in the Houston, Texas, law firm Andrews Kurth, which is representing Prospect Park.
"Life has become very difficult for Prospect Park, and ABC has done everything that it could to see that Prospect Park failed," Maloney said.
Prospect Park's 33-page suit accuses ABC of promissory fraud and breach of contract. In addition to borrowing "One Life to Live" characters for use on "General Hospital" and then killing some of them in a car crash, ABC also refused to accept advertising from Prospect Park or let the production company use social media or websites to help market the shows, the suit contends.
ABC went so far as to forbid soap stars from appearing on ABC talk shows, Maloney said.
ABC countered that it did nothing wrong, saying in a court filing it had "acted reasonably and in good faith at all times."
On Wednesday, ABC declined to comment further, saying it had not been served with the updated complaint.
Prospect Park had figured that half the TV audience would follow the shows to the Internet, but fewer than one-fifth of the viewership did.
The shows were intended to be used as part of Prospect Park's ambitious effort to create a next-generation online network.
In the summer of 2011, several months after ABC announced it would kill the shows, Prospect Park's chief Jeff Kwatinetz and business partner Rich Frank, a former Disney executive, stepped in and acquired the licensing rights for "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," as well as an option on a third ABC-owned soap, "General Hospital," should ABC cancel the show.
ABC's surviving soap, "General Hospital," remains on the ABC schedule and is enjoying some of its best ratings in years. Maloney contends that ABC turned "General Hospital" into a "mega soap," signing popular actors and borrowing elements from the other shows to boost the show's appeal.
"ABC decided to literally strip-mine the shows for the benefit of 'General Hospital,'" Maloney said. "This happened after ABC came to the conclusion that its new daytime shows were not working."
Prospect Park's Web productions almost didn't get off the ground.
After struggling to get financing in 2012 and tussles with labor unions, Prospect Park received the green light from investors in December 2012, allowing it begin production on the two shows early this year.
Cast and crew members were hired, sets were quickly built and "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" lurched back in to production in February, just in time to meet an ABC-mandated deadline.
The two shows debuted online in April, but then writers struggled to adapt to the new format and speed the pace of the shows to engage online audiences. Late this summer, Prospect Park said it would suspend production on "One Life to Live" while the lawsuit against ABC moved through the courts.
Prospect Park had planned to keep "All My Children" in production in a Connecticut sound stage -- but money apparently ran out.
The news of the apparent demise of "All My Children" comes after ABC's parent company, the Walt Disney Co., alerted cable distributors that it was pulling the plug on SOAPnet, a cable channel it created in 2000 to rerun soap episodes at night when women were home from work.
Instead, Disney has turned its attention on building a replacement channel for preschoolers, Disney Junior, which launched in 2012 and has become a profitable vehicle for the Burbank giant to create new toy franchises.
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The End Of AMC & OLTL (Again)(abc.soapsindepth.com) Fans of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE were on pins and needles last week as rumors were flying that Prospect Park was due to make a big announcement regarding the future of the two soaps. Unfortunately, while there has been no official word from the company, a source close to actors from the shows tells Soaps In Depth, "It's over." Debbi Morgan (Angie, AMC) essentially confirmed as much when she responded to upset fans on Twitter. "Well we're all pretty much sad now for real since we've definitely been told it's a wrap," she posted. "My manager was given the news that we were officially done by PP's lawyer. Yeah, we've been canceled."
Prospect Park originally bought the rights to AMC and OLTL following their cancelations on ABC, but struggled to bring them to air online immediately following their network runs as originally planned. Fans were elated when financing was eventually secured, cast and crew were hired, sets were built in a studio in Stamford, CT and Hulu.com was set to air the episodes. The OnLine Network originally planned to broadcast daily half-hour episodes, but within weeks, that number was cut back to just two episodes of each soap a week, leading to rumors of production difficulties. Still, both AMC and OLTL were regularly among the top ten most-watched shows on Hulu.com, and many viewers were thrilled to watch as many shows as they were willing to broadcast.
However, while fans assumed the soaps would again be ongoing series, Prospect Park announced in August that both AMC and OLTL would instead have season finales after which production would take a break before beginning a second season. Viewers immediately worried the shows would never return, and after production of OLTL was shelved indefinitely due to the ongoing lawsuit with ABC, it seemed those fears were justified.
And now it seems that this grand experiment to bring the soaps back to life online has come to an unfortunate end. And sadly, because there was no notice or time to plan for the grand finales these venerable soaps deserve, this time they will not be ending with a bang, but with a whimper. And despite returns from the dead being commonplace on soaps, another resurrection for AMC and OLTL seems highly unlikely.
All My Children Dead (Again), Cast Members Say(tvguide.com) All My Children has been reportedly been canceled for a second time.
The long-running soap ended its first online season more than two months ago in the middle of a legal battle between ABC and Prospect Park, the production company which resurrected both All My Children and another recently axed ABC daytime drama, One Life to Live.
Cast member Debbi Morgan was the first to reveal All My Children's sad fate on Nov. 9, when she said her manager was told the show was done by a lawyer representing Prospect Park. "I'm so very sorry 2c U disappointed yet again & believe me we feel the same!!!," she tweeted.
Cast member Cady McClain confirmed Morgan's story and said that, until recently, all involved had been reassured that the show would return. "[We were] very recently contacted and told that, with great regret, AMC won't be going back online this year, or in this particular incarnation," McClain wrote Monday on her Facebook page. "Certainly hope springs eternal that we will yet again, spring from the dead." Soaps In Depth also confirmed the end of All My Children — as well as One Life to Live — with "well-placed" sources. A rep for the series could not immediately be reached for comment.
All My Children, which most famously starred Susan Lucci, was on the air for 42 years before ABC pulled it in September 2011. Prospect Park bought the rights shortly before the broadcast series finale and, after one failed attempt, successfully premiered new episodes of All My Children online in April 2013. The half-hour episodes were available online via YouTube and Hulu, and later began airing on OWN. Although Lucci did not return, many longtime cast members reprised their roles for the series.
Overall, 43 episodes of the resurrected series were produced before the first season via The Online Network ended in September.
This is just one of several hits for soaps fans. The Los Angeles Times reports that cable channel SOAPnet, which is known for airing recent episodes of currently airing daytime dramas such as General Hospital, as well as episodes of now-canceled dramas like Beverly Hills, 90210, will shut down on Dec. 31 after 14 years.
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Cady McClain Confirms AMC's EndProspect Park still has offered no comment or official statement regarding the fate of AMC, but hot on the heels of Debbi Morgan's (Angie) statements on Twitter revealing that the show will not go on, Cady McClain (Dixie) is speaking out, too. On her Facebook page, the actress released the following statement: "If you aren't hearing anything about the ending of AMC as we know it, it's really out of shock. I am also trying to allow PP to have the moment to contact all the actors and explain what is and has been going on with AMC, and then gather themselves to try and explain it all to you, the fans.
I can confirm what Debbie [sic] Morgan has shared already, that we were given assurances that we would be continuing with the series and then were very recently contacted and told that, with great regret, AMC won't be going back online this year, or in this particular incarnation. Certainly hope springs eternal that we will yet again, spring from the dead.
I do feel confident in sharing my opinion that PP and all 'the powers that be' involved in making AMC and OLTL truly loved the shows and did their utmost to make continuing them possible. The premiere in NYC was one of the most exciting moments I have had the privilege to be a part of in my career. I am not privy to the behind the scenes decisions, however. Like you, I can only experience those choices second hand and guess at the reasons why this is happening now.
Instead of going into the 'What Went Wrong' question, I think I'd rather focus on the gratitude I feel for having been asked to continue with the show. If I am still wanted as an actor on daytime, it is all because of YOU, the FANS.
I am so very grateful for your support. To have had the opportunity to be a part of an innovative experience that strived to keep American soaps alive via a new medium, to be a part of the continuing fabric of your lives through daytime storytelling, and to be able to work with dear friends who I've known all my life was a very special experience for which I have you to thank.
So THANK YOU for all the cheering, love, and support, daytime family. You've been AWESOME."
Debbi Morgan On AMC's Fate: "I'm So Very Sorry"While no official word has come from Prospect Park regarding whether AMC will return for a second season, Debbi Morgan (Angie) has tweeted several comments that seem to support the rumor that the show is done. "I guess what really hurts my gut R all the positive proclamations I gave 2 all of U that we'd definitely [be] coming back," she wrote. "Bcuz those were the earnest proclamations we'd been given! I'm so very sorry2 2c U disappointed yet again & believe me we feel the same!!! Thanks 4 all the support & luv U gave hoping this would work. We never know what's in God's plan. I do know there's always a bigger picture! Thanks For The Memories..."
Disney's SOAPnet channel headed for the drain(latimes.com) SOAPnet's bubble has finally burst.
On Dec. 31, Walt Disney Co. will pull the plug on the cable channel it created 14 years ago to squeeze extra life from its popular daytime dramas.
But like all great soap opera characters, this one didn't go down without a fight.
Disney announced three years ago its plan to fold SOAPnet to make space for Disney Junior, a channel for toddlers. That channel launched in early 2012, but cable and satellite TV operators weren't ready to give up SOAPnet. They didn't want to risk legions of vocal soap opera fans getting into a lather, or worse, moving to a rival service.
So, for nearly two years, the Burbank entertainment giant has provided programming for both channels, including the one it doomed long ago.
"SOAPnet had a great run," Ben Pyne, president of global distribution for Disney Media Networks, said in an interview Friday. "It served an audience of super-soap fans. And when given the opportunity, all of our affiliates kept the channel up and running."
In the end, SOAPnet was a casualty of a shift in corporate priorities for Disney — and technology.
The channel, which launched in January 2000, was created to give working women the opportunity to catch up on their favorite soaps — "General Hospital," "All My Children," "The Young and the Restless" — at night after work. Other soaps were brought back from the dead for a second run, including "Ryan's Hope" and prime-time dramas "Falcon Crest" and "Knots Landing."
The channel became a big moneymaker, allowing Disney to boost profits through additional runs of soap episodes, which brought in new viewers and advertisers, and programming fees from cable operators. Programming costs were modest. In 2010, its peak year, SOAPnet threw off $111 million in cash flow, according to consulting firm SNL Kagan.
"When SOAPnet launched, it was back in the videocassette-recorder days and you really could only record one episode at a time and you had to deal with all those cassette tapes," said Ed Martin, a soap opera expert and editor at large of the independently owned site MediaPost. "SOAPnet made it easy to follow multiple soap operas at the same time."
But the digital video recorder changed all that. Instead of the VCR hassles, it became easy for viewers to record multiple shows and watch the episodes at a more convenient time. Now nearly 50% of all homes with pay television have DVRs, according to Nielsen. Soap fans were among the earliest adopters, using the device to record and quickly watch multiple soaps by fast-forwarding through commercials.
The shift in consumer behavior made soaps less profitable for the networks. Audiences dribbled away, and advertisers migrated to other platforms.
Now only four soaps remain on the broadcast networks: "General Hospital" on ABC, "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful" on CBS and "Days of Our Lives" on NBC. ABC ended the long runs of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" nearly two years ago, and independent producers have struggled to remake the pair into shows for the Internet.
"I think SOAPnet also helped contribute to the decline in the ratings for soaps on the broadcast networks," said Linda Marshall-Smith, founder of the website Soapdom.com. "With SOAPnet, people didn't have to watch the shows during the day, they could watch them at night. And now, with all of these second screens, you can see the shows any time."
SOAPnet is still available in 66 million homes. But in recent months, Disney has notified cable operators that it will no longer provide programming for the channel after Dec. 31.
The company stopped charging distributors a fee for SOAPnet months ago, as programming on the channel dwindled and programmers focused more attention on Disney Junior.
To fill the empty hours, SOAPnet ran reruns of old network shows, "Gilmore Girls," "One Tree Hill" and "Beverly Hills 90210."
"Our company has been very strategic and thoughtful in how we use the networks we have," Pyne said. "We want the programming we put on the air to be impactful."
Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger, in an earnings call with analysts this week, sang the praises of replacement channel Disney Junior. The channel has been No. 1 for preschoolers since Nielsen began reporting its ratings in April, he said.
"Retail sales for Disney Junior products exceeded $1.8 billion in fiscal 2013, more than double the year before," Iger said. "Going into the critical holiday season, Disney Junior toys are prominently featured on the retailers' hot toy lists, and our top four retail partners are planning to double Disney Junior shelf space compared to last year."
DEVELOPING: Prospect Park Shelving AMC, Too?Soap Opera Digest is awaiting official confirmation from Prospect Park, but insiders report that the company is officially shelving its plans to bring AMC back for a second season. (The show has been on production hiatus since August.) Staffers reportedly got word from PP today, and one behind-the-scenes player posted on Facebook, "It was fun while it lasted..." TV Guide's Michael Logan tweeted that a Friday announcement from PP is expected.
ABC Buys Comedy From Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos, Andrew Leeds & David LampsonProducing duo Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos have teamed with writing duo Andrew Leeds and David Lampson, creators of last season’s pilot Brenda Forever, for another half-hour comedy project with a female protagonist. Poor Pam, which has been set up at ABC through ABC Studios, centers on Poor Pam, that friend everyone feels bad for. Single, unemployed, almost broke, living in the shadow of her famous sister — everyone has it better than Pam. But that doesn’t get her down. Poor Pam always looks on the bright side of life, and she’s always ready to go another round, no matter how many times she gets dropped on her ass. Leeds and Lampson will write the script and executive produce with Ripa and Consuelos. The project was developed internally at Ripa and Consuelos’ Milojo Prods with Albert Bianchini, who oversees the company’s projects. This marks Milojo’s second sale to ABC in the past month. The company, repped by CAA and Joe Dapello, also has a multi-cam mom comedy written by former General Hospital: Nightshift head writer Sri Rao. Poor Pam marks Leeds and Lampson’s return to multi-camera comedy, where they got their start when their multi-camera comedy spec was selected to be filmed as a part of the Bravo reality show Situation: Comedy, produced by Sean Hayes. Lampson and Leeds’ single-camera comedy spec Brenda Forever landed a rare January sale last season with a pilot order at NBC through Sony and Ellie Kemper as the star. The duo, repped by CAA and Jared Levine, previously wrote NBC’s legal drama pilot Rex is Not Your Lawyer starring David Tennant.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar Dresses as Madonna for Halloween(Photo) Long live the Material Girl!
Almost 20 years after Madonna's first album was released to the world, stars in and around Hollywood can't stop dressing up as the pop music goddess.
This Halloween, Sarah Michelle Gellar whipped out her pearl necklaces and arm warmers in honor of the superstar singer.
"#happyhalloween #theoriginalmaterialgirl," Gellar tweeted with a picture of her sexy costume. Guess Buffy the Vampire Slayer was out of the picture this year. Oh, shucks!
The 36-year-old actress wasn't the only star celebrating the "Holiday" as Madonna.
AMC Alum In Lifetime MovieAMC alum Natalia Cigliuti (ex-Anita) stars in the Lifetime Original Movie THE PREACHER’S MISTRESS, which debuts this Saturday, November 2, on LMN. The role is a stark departure for the actress, who is usually cast as the good girl. “I never really played anyone who isn’t super-nice,” Cigliuti points out. “In this film, I play [the title character’s] best friend, whose intentions are definitely not all good!” For more on the actress’s life post-Pine Valley, check out an upcoming issue of Digest and for more on THE PREACHER’S MISTRESS, go to www.mylifetime.com.
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Fergie and Josh Duhamel Dress Up Twice for Halloween-See Their Costumes!(Photo1, Photo2, Photo3) Fergie and Josh Duhamel sure love Halloween.
The new parents left baby Axl Jack at home, and dressed up not once, but twice to revel in the spooky holiday this weekend.
For their first costume, the Black Eyed Peas singer and the Safe Haven actor decided to commemorate Halloween and The Day of the Dead (or Dia De Muertos) together.
Celebrating the festitivites a few days early, the duo used the Mexican tradition (as well as honoring Fergie's heritage) as their inspiration and donned lots of intricate skull-like makeup on Friday, Oct. 25. The new mama sported a black dress with plenty of cleavage and wore a red flower headdress while her hubby wore a sombrero and a black and white jumpsuit featuring (what else) bones.
"Hasta la muerte," Duhamel captioned a snapshot of the duo, which means "until death."
The disguises for night No. 2 on Saturday, Oct. 26, were well coordinated and both from notable horror films, but not totally matchy matchy. The duo attended Kate Hudson's big star-studded bash.
Fergie went as Elvira and rocked a revealing long black dress with a high slit, which flaunted her post-baby body to perfection. She completed the look with the notable character's hairdo, a long bouffant-style black wig, and bright red lips.
Duhamel was Riff Raff from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, wearing a seemingly normal black costume tuxedo. He applied plenty of white makeup and a longhaired blond balding wig to portray the frightening role in the cult classic.
Fergie shared a cute snapshot with Duhamel on Instagram with the message, "Happy Halloween. #Halloween #Elvira #RiffRaff."
Will there be a third appearance in interesting costumes in the not-so-distant future for this fun couple? Halloween is a few days away after all.
AMC & OLTL Eligible For Daytime Emmys!The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that there would be two new categories added to the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.
The first is Entertainment News, which encompasses shows like ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and EXTRA. But it's the second category that is of the most interest to soap fans! It's called Outstanding New Approaches Drama Series, which will include any drama series with less than 35 original episodes during the calendar year. So Web series like VENICE and THE BAY would be eligible for their own Daytime Emmy.
But more importantly, this means that shows that produced more than 35 episodes can compete in Outstanding Drama series, and that includes the Prospect Park productions of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE! That's right, AMC and OLTL will still be able to compete against GENERAL HOSPITAL, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and DAYS OF OUR LIVES! And that includes all of the actors and crafts people!
"I am very pleased to include these new categories in the Daytime Emmy® contest," said David Michaels, Senior Executive Director, Daytime Emmy® Awards. "I strongly believe that every broadcast entity should have a chance to compete for an Emmy® Award in a true peer to peer competition."
Thorsten Kaye Cast as the New Ridge on The Bold and the Beautiful(tvguide.com) Soap news doesn't get much bigger — or cooler — than this! All My Children great Thorsten Kaye (Zach) has been cast as the new Ridge Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful and will hit the CBS soap Dec. 13. Details about the character's return are few at this time but it would seem that Ridge (previously played by Ronn Moss) will be returning from more than a year away in Paris to quite a surprise — his sexpot soulmate Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) is now engaged to badass Bill Spencer (Don Diamont). Kaye got quite a surprise of his own when he entered into conversations with B&B executive producer Bradley Bell a few days ago and agreed to do an unnamed role on the soap, only to later find out that the character he'll be playing is Ridge. The actor gave TV Guide Magazine the exclusive scoop.
TV Guide Magazine: This is wild! How did the deal fall into place?
Kaye: When this came up with B&B I was very excited and didn't even care what the part was. I didn't know what kind of character Mr. Bell wanted me to do but he sounded so confident that he and I could work well together and do something interesting that I just bought into it. He's a great salesman! Then not more than 20 minutes before I got on the phone with you, I found out that I'm the new Ridge, who was a cornerstone of the show. [Laughs] So that's a whole other can of worms, isn't it? They needed someone to step up and I guess I'm the guy. I met Ronn a couple of times and he's a stunning man. And I got a face for radio! So I guess the viewers are in for a hell of a surprise! Maybe during his time away Ridge turned into an ugly European guy. [Laughs] You can't even say that he went and had plastic surgery — unless he went to Serbia for the procedure and now he wants his money back!
TV Guide Magazine: So I guess we can assume that you are no longer legally bound to Prospect Park?
Kaye: I don't have a contract there anymore. It's sad, you know? And I hope it all works out for them. But when you have a solid opportunity on a show that's so highly regarded, you just gotta take it. [Laughs] This may come as a surprise to you, but I wasn't sitting around with 10 other offers on the table.
TV Guide Magazine: Wasn't All My Children supposed to start production again very soon — like next week? Is it dead?
Kaye: That's an interview we'll need to do in a few weeks when we see what happens. There are a lot of talented and caring people over there and I wish them all luck. And I certainly hope that my leaving will not affect the show in some bad way. There is just so much uncertainty in this business, especially in what we've been trying to do with AMC. I do believe it's going to work out for them, but I gotta be doing something. It's so different out there for an aging actor than it is for the 20-year-olds. When you're young you can take your chances, you can live on somebody's couch and survive on Doritos, but there comes a point where you have to say, "What's best for my family?"
TV Guide Magazine: Will your partner [former One Life to Live star] Susan Haskell and the kids remain in New York?
Kaye: Yeah, I just have to bite the bullet and fly back and forth to L.A. for B&B and then if it works out — if I don't get tarred and feathered in the first few weeks — we'll decide from there.
TV Guide Magazine: So no qualms or concerns about this?
Kaye: Look, I'm an actor, so of course I get insecure, especially now that I know who I'm replacing. Ronn is an icon and people really loved him in the role but he's not there anymore, so I'll do what I can. People get replaced on soaps all the time. It was his choice to move on. He'd had enough. It was time. So I don't feel I'm taking food away from anybody. I can't be Ronn, and whoever will next play Zach on AMC won't be me, either. I won't bring the same tools to the role as Ronn did, but I do have a couple of my own. I just hope the audience will let me play with this for a bit and try to get my footing. Hopefully, I can help the show in some way. [Laughs] And, if I can't, then Ridge will go get lost on a desert island somewhere!
AMC's Vasi Weds!Congratulations to ALL MY CHILDREN's Denise Vasi (ex-Denise), who married fiance Anthony Mandler on Sunday, October 13. And it was a star-studded event, with Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson singing Vasi down the aisle! "I had chills walking down the aisle," the actress tweeted to Hudson afterwards. "You are a beautiful person inside and out."
AS THE WORLD TURNS' Alexandra Chando (Maddie) was also tweeting Instagram pics from the wedding alongside friend and fellow guest Stephanie Gatschet (ex-Madison, AMC; Tammy, GUIDING LIGHT), and it looks like a good time was had by all!
"So much gratitude for our family and friends who contributed to making this weekend every bit the fairy tale," Vasi tweeted. "Anthony and I love you dearly!"
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Michael B. Jordan Confirms Audition for Star Wars 7If you ask Michael B. Jordan (ex-Reggie, All My Children), he wouldn't mind making the jump to light speed like most everybody else in Hollywood.
The former Wire star, who's earning Oscar buzz for his breakthrough role in the Sundance-winning drama Fruitvale Station, is the latest actor to confirm he auditioned for the new Star Wars movie being directed by J.J. Abrams.
In a recently published interview, the 26-year-old Jordan confirmed that following in the footsteps of Atonement star Saoirse Ronan before him, he tried out for an unspecified part in the highly anticipated seventh installment in the space opera series.
Alas, he didn't get to brandish a lightsaber, so he's no Jedi—at least not yet.
But the thespian does have a connection to Star Wars mastermind George Lucas, having had a role in 2012's Red Tails, the war film about the Tuskegee Airmen, which the latter produced.
Since Fruitvale Station's release, Jordan's powerful performance has put him on the list of Tinseltown's most-sought after talents.
He's currently attached to star opposite Sylvester Stallone as Apollo Creed's grandson in a Rocky spinoff entitled Creed. There's also talk of him stepping into Roland Emmerich's Independence Day sequel now that Will Smith has passed on the project. And Chronicle director Josh Trank is supposedly eyeing him as the Human Torch in a Fantastic Four reboot.
But Star Wars would be a dream come true for the California native.
"I mean, everybody's going in on this project," Jordan said. "They're trying to figure out what they want. That's another incredible franchise. It's pretty crazy!...We'll see how it happens. I don't know how I can do everything."
Post-'Fruitvale,' Michael B. Jordan wants it allMichael B. Jordan (ex-Reggie, All My Children) wants it all — from a "Rocky" spinoff to a role in the next "Star Wars" movie.
The 26-year-old actor is in discussions for key roles in several big-budget studio movies after his star turn in this summer's indie "Fruitvale Station," which won both jury and audience awards at the Sundance Film Festival. His role as Oscar Grant, killed by transit police in 2009 at an Oakland train station, is expected to lead to acting honors as Hollywood's movie awards season begins in coming months.
"You win Sundance, you pop up on a lot of peoples' radar. So it's been incredible. It's a different conversation. Studios, producers, writers, directors — getting to know a lot of people in the industry," Jordan said in an interview Wednesday night at People magazine's "Ones To Watch" party.
He's set to work alongside Sylvester Stallone in a "Rocky" spinoff film, saying: "That's amazing, I can't wait to do it. ... That definitely is going on."
"Chronicle" director Josh Trank is considering him for the Human Torch in a "Fantastic Four" reboot currently in development. "Definitely interested in the project. Josh Trank is a buddy of mine," Jordan said.
And Jordan may be filling Will Smith's shoes in a long-in-the-works sequel to Roland Emmerich's 1996 alien invasion hit "Independence Day." He says he's a "big fan" of Smith and the original film, so "if that came true, that would be cool, too."
Finally, there's "Star Wars: Episode 7," to be directed by J.J. Abrams. Jordan, who met George Lucas through "Red Tails," says he auditioned for an unspecified part but didn't wield a lightsaber.
"I mean, everybody's going in on this project. They're trying to figure out what they want," he said. "That's another incredible franchise. It's pretty crazy! ... We'll see how it happens. I don't know how I can do everything."
Susan Lucci, ‘Reno 911's’ Thomas Lennon to Guest on TV Land’s ‘Hot in Cleveland’(thewrap.com) The actors join a growing list of Season 5 guest stars, including Max Greenfield, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Dave Foley.
It’s about to get hotter in Cleveland.
TheWrap has learned that “Devious Maids” star and “All My Children” legend Susan Lucci is returning to guest star on the fifth season of TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.” She’ll play herself as Victoria Chase’s (Wendie Malick) long-time nemesis. On the episode titled “The Undead,” Lucci speaks on Victoria’s behalf at Victoria’s fake funeral, getting the last laugh in their rivalry. Lucci has previously appeared four times on the comedy.
We’ve also learned that “The State’s” Thomas Lennon will guest star on the Season 5 premiere episode airing in Spring 2014. He plays a by-the-book FBI agent investigating the disappearance of Victoria’s husband. During his investigation, he’s forced to spend a lot of time with the other ladies and they have a profound effect on him.
Lennon most recently appeared on NBC’s “Sean Saves the World,” TNT’s “Franklin & Bash” and on the web series, “Burning Love.”
Lucci and Lennon join Season 5's new and returning guest stars, including Max Greenfield, Angela Kinsey, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Craig Ferguson, John Mahoney, Michael McMillian, Jay Harrington, Dave Foley and Georgia Engel.
TV Land renewed “Hot in Cleveland” in March for 24 additional episodes, which brings the series above the 100-episode mark typically treated as the minimum for syndication.
Lucci is represented by WME. Thomas Lennon is repped by CAA and Principato-Young Entertainment.
AMC Alum Aiden Turner's New VentureAiden Turner (ex-Aidan, AMC) is one of the driving forces behind Ty, a device designed to keep track of frequently lost items. Says Turner, "All my life, I have been told, 'You'd leave your head if it wasn't screwed on,' mostly by my mom. Six years ago, I finally had enough of losing my things. I thought, 'If only we could tie a piece of string to the things we carry around with us that we don't want to lose — wallet, keys, umbrella, purse, etc. I joined up with some friends and worked really hard researching and developing a disc that we could attach to our things and connects to our phones via bluetooth. We created an app for the iPhone and Android phones and a clever disc that we called Ty. The idea is that we could Ty our belongings to our phone invisibly so that in case we leave them behind, we would be reminded within minutes that we have left them. The Ty disc battery lasts up to six months and is rechargeable and it comes with a free App and an accessory." Intrigued? "We are pre-selling Ty on indiegogo.com and have 50 days to sell 10,000, as that is our minimum order requirement by the factory in China," he reports. To check out the project and get a Ty for yourself, click here.
The Complete Season One of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" Are Now Available on soapoperadigest.comPRNewswire/ -- American Media, Inc.'s Soap Opera Digest has partnered with Prospect Park's The OnLine Network (TOLN) to bring Season One of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" to soapoperadigest.com, the industry's No. 1 soap source. After going off the air on ABC, the beloved soaps were resurrected and made available online in April, 2013 and not only consistently ranked in the top 10 on Hulu and iTunes but then made history by airing on Oprah Winfrey's OWN Cable Network in a second window syndication. Now, Soap Opera Digest readers can have easier and more convenient access to these popular shows on the magazine's homepage.
"We are thrilled to have these amazing shows on soapoperadigest.com," says Editorial Director Stephanie Sloane. "The fan outcry when they were canceled was overwhelming and now, thanks to TOLN, they have the opportunity to watch the groundbreaking first season of the re-boot along with their favorite characters in this fresh new format on our website."
"The cast and crew of 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' have worked tirelessly to bring these shows back to life and our commitment to them is that season one reach the largest audience possible. We appreciate Soap Opera Digest's help in reaching even more fans via their trusted brand and platform." said TOLN/Prospect Park CEO Jeff Kwatinetz.
McClain Goes Behind The Camera!You know Cady McClain (Dixie, ALL MY CHILDREN) as one of daytime's most talented actors. Now, she's stepped behind the camera to create Flip Fantasia, her own short film. "I wrote, directed, and produced it," she says proudly. "It's an urban love story: a dark comedy about friendship, letting go, and growing up." It's Napoleon Dynamite crossed with The Pineapple Express... except even quirkier!
We won't spoil the fun by revealing the story, but McClain does hope to share a message with the movie. "Kids today are partying harder than ever — the pressure to partake and be wild is pretty intense," she observes. "I think it's something that's worth having a nod to. It's part of our culture now, and maybe it's not so cool."
Visit this link starting on Tuesday, September 17, to be among the first to view the piece. "I made this film for real people and an online audience," McClain offers. "I want them to be able to see it." For more from the actress, including her thoughts about the next season of AMC, check out her upcoming feature in Soaps In Depth.
Budig's New Gig!Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee, All My Children/ex-Michelle, Guiding Light) has a new gig as co-host of THE BETTER SHOW! The talk show will begin its seventh season on Monday, September 9, with Budig joining co-host J.D. Roberto, and during her first week on the job, she will interview guests like country musicican Tim McGraw, supermodel Janice Dickinson, actress Jennifer Love Hewitt and even former AMC co-star Josh Duhamel (ex-Leo)!
THE BETTER SHOW airs in syndication across the country, so check the official Web site to find the station and time it airs in your particular area. And if you can't find it on one of your local stations, you only have to wait until Monday, September 30, when THE BETTER SHOW debuts on The Hallmark Channel!
Ravenswood Adds Grey's Medic(tvline.com) Soap stud-turned-primetime scene-stealer Justin Bruening is putting down roots in Ravenswood.
The All My Children/Grey’s Anatomy alum has landed a mutli-episode arc on the upcoming Pretty Little Liars spin-off, per The Hollywood Reporter.
Bruening joins as the titular town’s high school teacher, a kind and generous educator who enjoys a close relationship with his students.
AMC's Cady McClain Takes On Thorsten KayeIn the latest installment of her web series, Suzy Fcking Homemaker, Cady McClain's (Dixie, AMC) martini-swilling alter ego sits down with Thorsten Kaye (Zach) — and hilarity ensues. Check it out here!
Susan Lucci: My New York(nypost.com) Susan Lucci grew up in Garden City, Long Island, but she fell in love with Manhattan when she got the job of a lifetime in 1970: playing the iconic Erica Kane on the long-running soap opera “All My Children.” Lucci would study her lines in the car on the way to the show’s Upper West Side studio only putting down her script to gaze at the skyline through Central Park. Today, she’s back living in Garden City and filming in Manhattan — her Investigation Discovery series “Deadly Affairs,” which just premiered its second season. This is her New York.
1. Cafe Sabarsky in the Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Ave., between 85th and 86th streets
“My husband is Austrian, so when he’s feeling a little homesick, we go here, and it’s like being in Vienna for the afternoon. The quark is very authentic — it’s like a cheesecake, but that does not begin to do it justice. It’s so light and has a lemon taste to it. Last November, we were trying to squeeze in a trip to Paris, but we had so many commitments and we couldn’t get away. So we checked into the St. Regis — we didn’t tell anyone except our children. We went to a French restaurant to feel like we were in France and Cafe Sabarsky to feel like we were in Austria. It was like being in Europe for the weekend, and we had the best time.”
2. The Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302. W. 45th St., between Eighth and Ninth avenues
“We try to see a Broadway show a couple times a month. We mostly go to musicals. I grew up loving Broadway musicals. I’d put on my parents’ cast albums and stand on the stool and sing in the mirror. One of the first ones was ‘Damn Yankees.’ I was about 3 years old. The last show I saw was ‘Kinky Boots.’ Oh, I thought it was fabulous.”
3. Central Park, 110th Street and Central Park North
“For most of my adult life, I drove through Central Park every morning going to work. I’d enter at the North Drive, at 110th Street. I was always studying on my way in, but the minute we turned into the park, no matter where I was in the script, I’d put it down. Central Park is one of the treasures of this country — the light, the landscaping, the people. I just can’t say enough about it. My very favorite season there is spring. After the long winters in New York, you see green buds and weeping willows, forsythia coming out and daffodils poking through. I’ve also filmed in the park, and my husband and I have gone on a gondola ride in the lake. It’s just magical.”
4. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., at 82nd Street
“I have great memories of taking my children to the Met. They would say, ‘Can we take a later train home?’ They love the Egyptian wing and all the mummies. And I love the café. I’m looking forward to going there for jazz nights this fall.”
5. Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave., at 58th Street
“Bergdorf’s has it all! I go to the seventh floor for inspiration. I just walk around and look at the table settings and accessories — they’re so beautiful. I bought a fabulous black-and-white photograph there for my husband for our anniversary. It’s from a Harper’s Bazaar layout in the ’60s. It’s a man and woman, and he’s lighting her cigarette with his. I thought it was sexy and fabulous. It reminded me of when we first met.”
6. Campagnola, 1382 First Ave., at 74th Street
“If a Martian came from outer space and wanted to experience a real New York Italian restaurant, they would go to Campagnola. You’ve got Freddie (below) playing the piano when you walk in, they’re four deep at the bar, there’s a wooden floor — it’s so cozy. We’ve taken our son, and now he takes his friends. For us, it’s more of a dinner place, and they serve late, so we’ve gone after the theater, on the way home. There are so many colorful characters there: politicians, ballplayers, Wall Street bankers and actors.”
7. Barneys, 660 Madison Ave., at 61st Street
“There’s a very New York vibe, and you feel that the minute you’re in the store. They curate their collection of jewelry so well. Everything is cutting-edge, and I love that about Barneys. I have done some damage in that shoe department, too — my husband will tell you! He is not a shopper, he hates to shop. So he ushers me through as quickly as possible, then we go for lunch at Fred’s.”
8. The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St., between Madison and Fifth avenues
“I went for the first time two years ago with my college roommate and her husband when they came up from Washington, DC. The fact that it was a private home, it feels so accessible and personal — you get to see the Monets and the Rembrandts in an environment that feels like a home. We had the best time and then, after that, we went Christmas shopping for our daughters and stopped at a pashmina cart, and bought a bunch of them.”
9. Gramercy Tavern, 42 E. 20th St., at Park Avenue South
“When I was getting ready to appear in ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ in 1999, my voice teacher was on 16th Street. After my lessons, my husband and I started going to Gramery Tavern quite often, and we just love it. The pastry chef is fantastic. I try everything she makes!”
AMC Alum Lands Jolie Flick!ALL MY CHILDREN graduate Finn Wittrock -- who played Tad's son, Damon -- will be calling Angelina Jolie "boss" on the set of his new project! The actor has been cast in the upcoming film Unbroken, being directed and produced by Brad Pitt's lady love and based on the true story of American Olympic track star Louis Zamperini, who survived a plane crash only to become an Air Force POW who was tortured in a Japanese prison camp during WWII. Wittrock will play Mac, and Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson (aka Bill Weasley from Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2) has been cast as Phil, fellow Airmen who are stranded at sea with Zamperini on a life raft after their plane is gunned down.
Production on Unbroken is set to begin this fall, with an anticipated release date of Christmas 2014.
Martinez Gets SAF3J.R. Martinez (ex-Brot, ALL MY CHILDREN) has landed a role on the new syndicated TV series SAF3 (pronounced "safe") set to debut in September. He'll be playing Alfonso Rivera, a Los Angeles paramedic firefighter and member of the US Air Force Pararescue team. From the production team that brought us BAYWATCH, SAF3 chronicles the adventures of an elite division of the Malibu Fire Department and co-stars Dolph Lundgren and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Texas Battle (Marcus).
Martinez will also be making an appearance with Elmo on the Thursday, October 17 episode of SESAME STREET, so check your PBS station for that, too!
Maiden season of Internet soap operas yields vital lessons, says company co-founder Jeffrey Kwatinetz(nydailynews.com) The pioneering first online seasons of the soaps “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” are wrapping up, with the producers saying that, as expected, they learned some lessons.
The season’s last original episode of “One Life to Live” airs Monday, with the season’s last original “All My Children” on Sept. 2.
The Prospect Park production company’s The Online Network (TOLN) says both will return at an unspecified date for a second season. The network says both have been successful enough for to justify continuing.
“We have tackled more business, creative and logistical challenges than most shows experience in a lifetime of production,” said Prospect Park co-founder Jeffrey Kwatinetz.
Reviving two canceled soaps with most of the casts intact was unprecedented — as was the gamble in producing them only for the Internet.
Kwatinetz and his partner Rich Frank said they expected to make adjustments on the fly, and the biggest one came a couple of weeks into the season, when the number of shows per week for each program was cut from four to two.
Since the shows run a half hour, this means only an hour a week of new programming.
In a statement, Frank and Kwatinetz said that’s all that most of the online audience had time to watch.
“We are finding that asking most people to regularly watch more than a half hour per day online seems to be too much,” they said.
They promised next season will have extra content and more interactivity.
As for this season’s wrapups, “One Life to Live” ends with the whole town of Llanview attending the Man of the Year dinner. “All My Children,” the producers say, will end by “wrapping up many of the season’s burning questions.”
Criminal Minds Recruits CSI: Miami's Eva La Rue(Photo) A CBS crimesolver will return to the fold this fall when CSI: Miami alum Eva La Rue shows up on Criminal Minds.
The actress formerly known as Natalia Boa Vista will guest-star as Minds‘ Agent Mays, TVLine has confirmed.
LaRue tweeted the news to her followers Wednesday, when she also posted a photo (see right) of her with series stars Shemar Moore and A.J. Cook. to Instagram; she noted she’d had a “great day” on set.
@evalaruecappoo: Wish I were still playing Natalia on CSI Miami,but playing Agent Mays on Criminal Minds is the next best thing! @CrimMinds_CBS
La Rue portrayed CSI: Miami‘s lovely lab rat-turned-investigator for seven seasons, though daytime fans will recognize her as All My Children‘s Maria Santos, as well. Her other TV credits include Soul Food and Third Watch.
Criminal Minds‘ ninth season bows Sept. 25 at 9/8c.
Alan Arkin and Phyllis Lyons to Divorce: ReportSons of Anarchy star Adam Arkin is heading for divorce court.
TMZ reports that his wife of nearly 15 years, Phyllis Lyons, has filed divorce documents in L.A. County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences.
The couple, who wed in 1999, have an 8-year-old son.
They reportedly split on Monday, and Lyons, 52 (an actress best known for her role in All My Children, has filed to block the court from awarding spousal support to 56-year-old Arkin, well-known from his Chicago Hope days and range of TV and movie roles.
Susan Lucci Cried Tears Of Joy Over 'All My Children' Lesbian Storyline(ontopmag.com) Susan Lucci has said that she cried tears of joy when she learned of a lesbian storyline involving her television daughter on the ABC soap All My Children.
On the show, Bianca Montgomery (played by Eden Riegel) came out gay to her mother, Erica Kane (Lucci), in late 2000.
Appearing on cabler Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, Lucci was asked how she felt about the storyline.
“The storyline was presented to me by our executive producer at that time. She called me into her office and we both just sat there with tears because it sounded like it was going to be such a great storyline, and it was,” Lucci said. “She told me that a lot of gay kids, and even gays in their 20s, they would rather commit suicide than come out to their parents. And I thought to myself, 'Oh my god, if I can be part of a storyline here that would help one person feel good about themselves, and be who they really are, and know that their parents can love them anyway – they just have to be themselves. I was thrilled to be part of it.”
“That storyline really had a lot of impact, I'm very proud and happy to say,” she added.
'Fruitvale Station' Duo Ryan Coogler And Michael B. Jordan Team With Sly Stallone On MGM 'Rocky' Spinoff 'Creed'(deadline.com) MGM is setting Ryan Coogler to direct Creed, and the studio is in early talks with Coogler’s Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan (ex-Reggie, All My Children) to play the grandson of Apollo Creed in a continuation of the Rocky saga that Coogler is going to write with Aaron Covington. Sylvester Stallone will reprise Rocky Balboa as a retired fighter-turned-trainer. This comes in the wake of a strong summer platform opening for Fruitvale Station, the film that won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Awards at Sundance, and captured Prize Of The Future at the Cannes Film Festival, where Coogler and Jordan were the toast of the Croisette. Coogler intends for this to be his directorial follow-up to Fruitvale Station so the intention is to make it happen quickly.
Now, I know the knee-jerk reaction is to say it’s hard to get excited about what amounts to the seventh film in the Rocky series. This feels different to me, mostly because of how it came together. Much the same way that Coogler burned with the desire to tell the tragic story of Oscar Grant in his feature debut and begged Jordan to play the role in the $900,000 budget film, this whole idea also came from Coogler. When he signed with WME, Coogler identified Creed as a dream project. While Coogler already had the relationship with Jordan, the agency put him together with Stallone. Stallone, who is right now heavily involved in a stage musical transfer of his original Oscar-winning 1976 film Rocky, loved the idea and felt it was strong enough for him to bring back his signature screen character. Stallone and Coogler then approached MGM’s Gary Barber and Jon Glickman, and they flipped for it. The film will be produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, who produced the original, along with Stallone and Kevin King.
The intention is for Jordan to play the grandson of Apollo Creed (played in the early movies by Carl Weathers). Raised in an upper-crust home thanks to the ring riches earned by his grandfather, the young man doesn’t have to box and his family doesn’t want him to. Yet, he has the natural instinct and gifts and potential that made his grandfather the heavyweight champion until Rocky Balboa took his crown in 1979's Rocky II. Creed’s grandson needs a mentor and turns to Balboa, who is out of boxing completely and not eager to return.
Balboa was Creed’s father’s greatest opponent and later his best friend until that fateful moment when Balboa heeded Creed’s wishes and didn’t stop the fight against the Soviet fighter Drago (played by Dolph Lungdren in 1985's Rocky IV) before the giant delivered what proved to be a fatal beating.
What is intriguing is how Coogler intends to plug back into the mythology of the first three Rocky films, which were the best ones, and then move the story forward. Jordan seems perfect for the role, given his charisma and intensity, and the fact he’s a natural athlete and was a most convincing quarterback in the final seasons of Friday Night Lights. Coogler played college football on a scholarship as a wide receiver, so he has a background in jock culture. The deal is being finalized by WME, which reps Coogler, Jordan and Stallone. Jordan is managed by The Schiff Company and lawyered by Gregory Slewett.
Agnes Nixon Fast Facts(CNN) Here's a look at the life of Agnes Nixon, creator of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live".
Birth date: December 10, 1927
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Birth name: Agnes Eckhardt
Father: Harry Joseph Eckhardt, owner of Perfection Burial Garment Company
Mother: Agnes Patricia (nee Dalton) Eckhardt, bookkeeper
Marriages: Robert Nixon (April 6, 1951-November 22, 1996 his death)
Children: Catherine Agnes, Mary Frances, Robert Henry, Emily Anne
Education: Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (1940-1944)
Agnes Nixon grew up in Nashville, Tennessee.
Known as the "Queen of Soap Opera writing", she has nine Daytime Emmy writing nominations and four wins between her two shows "All My Children" and "One Life to Live", and a Lifetime Achievement award.
Her storylines often include socially conscious topics of the time, such as uterine cancer and Pap smears, racial identity, interracial relationships, abuse and abortion.
She created roles specifically for these actors: Laurence Fishburne, Tommy Lee Jones, and Tom Berenger on "One Life to Live".
She patterned her soap opera cities after an area in Philadelphia known as the "Main Line."
Nixon was one of the early writers on "The Guiding Light" (1953-2009), the longest running soap opera in history.
The character Agnes Eckhardt appears on both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" played by Nixon. She also played the characters Agnes Dixon on "One Life to Live" and Aggie on "All My Children".
The production company Prospect Park teamed up with Apple and Hulu, to save "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" by making both shows available through the internet.
1944 - After college Nixon begins writing for radio soap opera, 'Woman in White".
1950 - She relocates to New York and begins freelancing for live television primetime broadcasts.
1951 - Writes for 13 weeks for daytime television as head writer for the soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" (1951-1986)
1952-1954 - Writes for primetime drama "Robert Montgomery Presents" (1950-1957)
1957-1959 - Nixon writes for the soap "As the World Turns" (1958-1978)
1959-1965 - Head writer on "The Guiding Light".
1965-1967 - Becomes head writer for "Another World" (1964-1999) another soap opera.
July 15, 1968 - Nixon's creation "One Life to Live" debuts and she's head writer.
January 5, 1970 - Another Nixon creation debuts, "All My Children" also with her as head writer.
June 26, 1983 - The soap opera "Loving" (1983-1995) premieres. Nixon is co-creator with Douglas Marland.
1988 - Wins Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for "All My Children".
June 25, 1994 - Nixon, the first female writer, is inducted into the Soap Opera Hall of Fame.
November 1995 - "The City" (1995-1997), created by Nixon, James H. Brown and Barbara Esensten, picks up where "Loving" left off.
1996-1998 - Wins Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for "All My Children".
January 11, 2005 - Agnes Eckhardt's first appearance on "All My Children".
July 21-22, 2008 - Agnes Eckhardt's first appearance on "One Life to Live".
May 12, 2010 - The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announces Nixon as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
April 14, 2011 - ABC announces the cancellation of "One Life to Live" as of January 2012. "All My Children" is also being canceled.
June 30, 2011 - ABC announces "All My Children" will air the final episode on Friday, September 23, 2011.
January 13, 2012 - "One Life to Live" airs its final television episode.
April 29, 2013 - "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" come back to life airing twice weekly online at Hulu and Apple's iTunes. Nixon is the creator of the new "All My Children"
June 6, 2013 - Labor union problems with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) forces both shows into summer hiatus two weeks early.
Final Month on ABC RecapRecap of the final month of All My Children on ABC: Read it here!
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