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Maggie helps Melanie work out the mystery around the attacks; Will intends to write an article exposing a secret about Paul; Sonny learns information about Paul; Adrienne and Lucas butt heads.
J.J. confesses to Daniel; Eve and Cole make a move to keep J.J. and Paige apart; Sonny thanks Paul for saving his life.
Marlena makes a discovery on Will's tablet; Stefano is happy to hear how Chad has manipulated Abigail; Melanie realizes how she can prove her theory about Theresa.
Sonny and Paul share a sexually charged moment; Lucas and Adrienne make love; Ben and Abigail reconcile.
Will begs Marlena to keep quiet about Paul; a secret causes all hell to break loose; Clyde has a request for Victor.
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42nd ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY AWARD NOMINATIONS REVEALED!See the list of Daytime Emmy Nominations here.
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WALLY KURTH EXITS GH, BACK TO DAYS FULL-TIMEWally Kurth, who has been on recurring status on both DAYS (as Justin) and GH (as Ned) will be wrapping up his time in Port Charles, as he has inked a contract to remain in Salem full-time. Kurth tells Digest, "I was flattered that DAYS offered me a contract. My first in 10 years. Justin is a character I created in 1987 and I am really excited to be given the opportunity to be even more featured on the show. They have big things planned for him. Obviously, it is bittersweet, since I also consider Ned my own and was really enjoying being back in the Q family. I did try to keep them both going but it wasn't meant to be." No word yet on when or how GH will wrap up Ned's storyline.
FIRST REACTION! ALISON SWEENEY ON EMMY NOM"I will be honest; I wanted this so much. I really, really wanted this,” admits Alison Sweeney, who received her first-ever Emmy nomination — as Lead Actress — after a 21-year run as DAYS’s Sami.
"I feel giddy. It’s very exciting. I am thrilled, obviously. And speechless,” she tells Digest. "I have a perma-grin that I haven’t taken off my face. To have gotten this in this year in particular means so much to me." The actress reveals that the nod means more to her than people may realize. "It’s really special to be acknowledged by your peers,” she says. "I’ve been very lucky at DAYS — and certainly with my character — that I’ve had tremendous fan reaction that always made me feel supported and encouraged that I was on the right track and doing things people liked and hated [laughs], but it is different from your peers. I don’t know if it’s appropriate to say, but I’ll be honest: It was always hard. I always felt let down that I wasn’t in that category and I would always admire the groups that would get to go and be nominated and celebrated by their peers. It was always bittersweet to watch it knowing that I wasn’t a part of that group.”
Now she is, and she’s not the only one excited about the milestone. “It’s really amazing to see the support and the friends who have texted and called already! It’s been non-stop and that’s awesome, too."
REACTIONS FROM DAYS'S DAYTIME NOMINEESWith 16 Daytime Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, DAYS is a festive set today. Digest spoke exclusively with nominees Camila Banus (Gabi), Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Peggy McCay (Caroline) to get their reaction. “It’s kind of surreal,” shares Smith, who is in the Outstanding Younger Actor category. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet. I am super-excited and getting lots of love from everyone.” Banus, on the list for Outstanding Younger Actress, revealed, “I was so excited I started jumping up and down. The scenes that I submitted [Gabi confesses to killing Nick] meant so much to me. It felt like so many people were behind them, and I put so much into those scenes, so when I heard I was nominated I was very happy.” Outstanding Lead Actress nominee McCay submitted Caroline’s speech at Will and Sonny’s wedding. “The whole episode of Will and Sonny’s wedding was groundbreaking,” she shares. “I was pleased and thrilled to be a part of it and to receive a nomination.”
DAYTIME EMMY NOMINEE REACTIONSLead Actress Gina Tognoni (Phyllis, Y&R) nominee reports, "I had a dentist appointment and ran home after that. Then I turned on the TV and heard the nomination. I’m really psyched and I’m just so grateful!” Tognoni says she was taken aback by severl omissions. "I was surprised that about Cady [McClain, Kelly] because she’s so good. And of course Peter [Bergman, Jack]. He’s so celebrated and he really is a big part of what I submitted. He’s so incredible to work with and I couldn’t do this without him."
Supporting Actor nom Kristoff St. John (Neil) tells us, "It’s a wonderful feeling. You take these things with a grain of salt but it’s a great feeling to be part of the pack.” Former Y&R star and Supporting Actress nominee Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) says, "I was gardening and then I picked up my phone and there was a text that said, ‘Congratulations!’ It was a very pleasant surprise. I’m so excited to see all my Y&R friends again." She wishes that co-star Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) had made the cut. "I was eally bummed not to see Missy up there. Her work was really bold and interesting.”
GH's first-time Supporting Actress nominee Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) says, "I found out from Frank [Valentini, executive producer] calling to congratulate me. It's such a huge honor. And speaking of huge [the pregnant actress is close to beginning her maternity leave], you will not miss me on the red carpet!" "Super Excited!!!!! Thank you guys!!! And Woo Hoo to all the nominees!!!!" tweeted Laura Wright (Carly, GH), who is up for Lead Actress. "Thank you everyone for your support and @DaytimeEmmys for my second nomination, very grateful," tweeted Wright's on-screen son Bryan Craig (Morgan, a Younger Actor contender). "GUYS I CANT STOP CRYING IM SO HAPPY," exulted Haley Pullos (GH's Molly, a first-time nominee for Younger Actress). DAYS's Guy Wilson (Will) tweeted about his Younger Actor-nominated on-screen husband, Freddie Smith (Sonny), saying, "Massive congrats to my spirit animal @freddiesmith for his daytime Emmy nomination!!! So, so deserved!!!"
PATSY PEASE BACK TO DAYS!On Facebook, Patsy Pease revealed that she will return to Salem for shows airing in April. "There are 5 shows airing in April (I taped already last Dec.) They are not part of "Day"s 50th anniversary." Hope that clears things up! Thank you everybody!” she posted. Pease last returned in December, 2014.
DEVIOUS MAIDS RETURNS JUNE 1Lifetime’s DEVIOUS MAIDS will return for a third season on June 1 on a new night — Monday. The series, from executive producers Marc Cherry and Eva Longoria (ex-Isabella, Y&R) features a host of soap alums, including Susan Lucci (Genevieve; ex-Erica, AMC), Roselyn Sanchez (Carmen; ex-Pilar, ATWT) and Grant Show (Spence; ex-Ryan, RYAN’S HOPE). Former daytimers John O’Hurley and Nathan Owens (ex-Cameron, DAYS) join the series this season.
ERIC MARTSOLF TO HOST INDIE SERIES AWARDSOn Wednesday, April 1st, Emmy winner Eric Martsolf will be hosting the Indie Series Awards at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, CA. Other daytime faves slated to attend and present include Sarah Brown (ex-Carly, GH et al), Colleen Zenk (ex-Barbara, ATWT), Walt Willey (ex-Jackson, AMC), Jillian Clare (ex-Abby, DAYS), Jen Lilley (Theresa, DAYS), Martha Madison (ex-Belle, DAYS), Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily, GH) and more. Among this year’s nominated actors are Gordon Thomson (ex-Mason, SB), Crystal Chappell (ex-Carly, DAYS et al), Tuc Watkins (ex-David, OLTL) and Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH). Fans who want to attend can advantage of a generous discount (more than 1/2 off the regular price), by contacting the box office directly to purchase, 818-508-4200, or go to the website. Use the code SPECIAL for the discounted price. It can only be applied to seats on the side sections (in red on the website). The special discount applies only to the show, and does not include the after party.
Days Casting NewsDAYS is casting the role of Lani, an African-American woman in her late 20s/early 30s, who is described as “stunning, strong and savvy.” It’s a major recurring part that could become contract and will start filming mid-April. Y&R is seeking a sexy, beautiful actress between the ages of 25 and 28 to play Isabel in two episodes, beginning April 7. Isabel is described as a young professional who is also kind and caring.
ALEX TREBEK AND FLORENCE HENDERSON TO HOST 42ND ANNUAL DAYTIME CREATIVE ARTS EMMY AWARDSThe National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced today that “Jeopardy!” game show icon, Alex Trebek and Florence Henderson, stage and television star of “Oklahoma” and “The Brady Bunch,” will host the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy® Awards on Friday, April 24, 2015. The reception and presentation will take place at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles beginning at 5:30 p.m.
In addition, this year’s Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement will be presented to producer, director, Michael Gargiulo, who in his over 50-year career has had a hand in many television classics such as “Password,” “I’ve Got A Secret,” “The Tell the Truth,” The Thanksgiving Day’s Parade,” the “Tournament of Roses,” plus many variety specials for CBS, including the “New Year’s Eve Celebration” for more than 30 years.
“I feel like we have garnered two icons of television royalty in having Alex Trebek and Florence Henderson as co-hosts for our grand celebration of the best in the craft of television at this year’s Daytime Creative Arts gala,” said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. “Adding Producer/Director Michael Gargiulo as our lifetime achievement honoree to the evening’s festivities with his over-half a century of Emmy-Award winning work guarantees a terrific evening as we honor the best in daytime television.”
“Michael Gargiulo is a behind the camera pioneer who goes back to his days with television legends Bob Stewart and Mark Goodson,” said David Michaels, Senior Vice President, Daytime. “From his historic recording of the Nixon Khrushchev “kitchen debate” to the “$10,000 Pyramid,” Michael Gargiulo has produced and directed just about everything in a career that includes game shows, variety specials and news. We’re delighted to be honoring him with this well-deserved lifetime achievement award.”
The Devil Made Her Do It: Deidre Hall Picks Her Most Memorable Days of Our Lives SceneThe Devil Made Her Do It: Deidre Hall Picks Her Most Memorable Days of Our Lives Scene. Read the article here.
DAYTIME EMMY AWARD NOMINATIONS TO BE ANNOUNCED ON "THE TALK"The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and THE TALK today announced that the daytime talk show will exclusively reveal the “42nd Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards” nominations live on Tuesday, March 31 (2:00-3:00 PM, ET; 1:00-2:00 PM, PT/CT) on the CBS Television Network.
NATAS will release the full nominations list immediately following the program online at www.emmyonline.org/daytime.
Encores of this special episode of THE TALK will air on Pop on Tuesday, March 31 (8:00 PM and 11:00 PM, ET/PT) featuring the nominations of the Daytime Emmy Awards. The “42nd Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards” ceremony airs live exclusively on Pop on Sunday, April 26 (8:00 PM, ET/5:00 PM, PT).
THE TALK will continue the celebration following the Daytime Emmys with its fourth annual “After Party,” honoring some of the night’s biggest winners on Monday, April 27. Guest names to be announced following the Daytime Emmy Awards early Monday morning, April 27.
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DAYS SNEAK PEEKPaul Telfer, who premieres next week as DAYS’s Xander, tweeted a photo of how he’ll look as the character and posted it on Instagram. Telfer teased, “Prepare yourself America. You are just a week away from meeting this guy.” In late January, Telfer played the short term role of Damon, a hit man hired by Victor.
KATE MANSI UPDATEKate Mansi (Abigail, DAYS), who had emergency laproscopic surgery for internal bleeding, which forced her to miss scheduled performances of the play If All The Sky Were Paper and some episodes of the soap, is on the mend. The actress says that she got a pick-me-up from on-screen mom Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), who visited her on March 14th, which was also Reeves’s birthday.
“Missy insisted on visiting when I returned home to my family’s house to recover,” Mansi tells Digest exclusively. “She said, ‘I have to see at least one of my children on my birthday’ since her family was out of town. We made sure Missy had a birthday wish and a piece of her country home with some apple pie and candles. Missy’s visit was the first time I really felt like the worst was over — she made me laugh so much that night. I am now focusing on positivity and progress. The healing power of a mother’s love is really somethin’.”
Because of the show’s filming schedule, Mansi will not be absent on-screen.
The Nanny's Fran Drescher and Charles Shaughnessy Reunite 16 Years Later!(Pic1, Pic2) Fran Fine and Maxwell Sheffield are back together again!
Last night, The Nanny co-stars Fran Drescher and Charles Shaughnessy reunited at the opening of the 57-year-old actress' play Cinderella in Los Angeles.
Drescher, who plays the character of wicked stepmother Madame in the stage production, was all smiles while posing for epic reunion pics with her former TV hubby. The funnylady looked great in an off-the-shoulder green dress and tan heels. Meanwhile, the 60-year-old British actor channeled his small screen alter-ego in a fancy dark suit and tie.
The duo hugged it out while flashing giant grins for the cameras backstage.
But Drescher and Shaughnessy weren't the only Nanny co-stars who reunited last night. The actress also took pics with Renée Taylor, who played Drescher's overbearing mother Sylvia on the hit show. Taylor, now 82, looked great in a navy top and sparkly coat.
It's hard to believe that The Nanny has been off the air for 16 years! The CBS sitcom ran from 1993 to 1999. Nice to see the former co-star's are still friends.
Days' Bo & Steve Return(Cover) Two Days of Our Lives favorites are booking return trips to Salem, just in time to celebrate the NBC soap’s 50th anniversary.
Stephen Nichols (as Steve “Patch” Johnson) and Peter Reckell (as Bo Brady) will appear later this year, some time before Days turns the big 5-0 on Nov. 8, Soap Opera Digest reports.
Nichols was last spotted in Salem in 2009, while Reckell bid the town adieu in 2012.
DIGEST CELEBRATES DAYS’S 50TH!(Cover) In honor of DAYS’s upcoming 50th anniversary on November 8, Soap Opera Digest takes a comprehensive look at all things Salem. With over 40 new interviews, rarely seen vintage photos, backstage dish and so much more, this collector’s edition is a must-have for all fans. Look for it on sale this weekend!
EMERGENCY SURGERY FOR KATE MANSIKate Mansi (Abigail, DAYS) underwent emergency surgery that forced her to pull out of a scheduled performance in If All The Sky Were Paper this weekend. "so sad to say I won't be performing #skypaper this wknd due to minor emergency surgery.Sorry to those who bought tkts." To the fans who sent positive messages, she added, "Thanks for all the well wishes! I'm gonna be back in action in no time hopefully XXOO"
Queens of Drama Unites All My Children, Days of Our Lives Vets for the Ultimate Soapy Show(usmagazine.com) (Video Preview) (Photo) Girl power! Some of your favorite soap opera legends are uniting on Pop's new reality series Queens of Drama, which will follow actresses from One Life to Live, All My Children, Knots Landing, Melrose Place (and many more juicy drama vets) as they develop, pitch, produce, and star in a brand new drama series.
Us Weekly has the first photo from the set of the new show, which will feature Lindsay Hartley (All My Children, Days of Our Lives), Crystal Hunt (Guiding Light, One Life to Live), Vanessa Marcil (Las Vegas, General Hospital), Chrystee Pharris (Passions, General Hospital), and Hunter Tylo (The Bold and the Beautiful) — along with special appearances from the legendary Donna Mills (Knots Landing, Melrose Place) and Joan Collins.
Queens of Drama premieres Sunday, April 26 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, immediately following the premiere of Pop's live broadcast of the 25th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and moves to its regular Wednesdays at 8 p.m. time slot beginning April 29.
A Martinez on NCIS“Patience” – The murder of a petty officer sparks a lead in a 40 year old airport bombing cold case that Gibbs and DiNozzo have been assigned to for the past two years. Also, McGee is jealous that he was not previously briefed on the cold case, on NCIS, Tuesday, March 31 (8:00-9:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
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DAYS STAR IN POWERFUL PLAYKate Mansi (Abigail, DAYS) will join an all-star cast in a production of If All The Sky Were Paper at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles on March 14 and 15. The play, a moving, dramatic reading of real wartime letters by soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen, as well as their family members at home, will also feature, among others, Laura Dern, Annette Bening, Common and Gary Cole.
"I am deeply honored to participate,” says Mansi. "The production has an undeniable power that reaches you to your core — I feel it every rehearsal. It just carries a weight that extends beyond history, to the universal themes of humanity. To connect, to find meaning, to try and understand the randomness of life, to express yourself, to feel a little less alone, to find yourself ... to be heard, to be remembered.”
To order tickets, go to www.lexikatartists.com or call 213-972-4488. For more information on the production, visit www.warletters.usa. A portion of ticket proceeds will support United States Veterans' Artists Alliance (USVAA), The Soldiers Project and the Wounded Warrior Project. The performance will be followed by a reception with the director, writers and actors.
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PETER RECKELL IN TALKS TO RETURN TO DAYS!On Twitter, Peter Reckell, who last aired as Bo in October 2012 revealed that he is having discussions about returning to DAYS. "We are talking again, trying to work out a deal for the 50! I need your love, support and police energy!!!" he wrote earlier today.
Lindsay Price: Curtis Stone Is the 'Diaper Master'Turns out Curtis Stone’s skills are not only limited to the kitchen.
The Top Chef Duels host and his wife actress Lindsay Price welcomed their second child Emerson Spencer only five months ago and Stone has taken his fathering duties in stride.
“He’s a really hands-on dad,” Price tells PEOPLE at the Raising The Bar To End Parkinson’s event at Public School 818 in Sherman Oaks, California, on Saturday night. “He’s the diaper master."
Stone wasn’t willing to take any of the credit for his wife’s hard work though.
“She does all the heavy lifting,” the chef says. “I do night duty in the restaurant and she does night duty with the kids.”
And to make sure he doesn’t miss time Emerson or three-year-old Hudson, Stone leaves his mornings free to spend time with his family.
“We all come together in morning,” he explains. “It’s a bit unconventional but it’s nice. I make breakfast, we hang out. Hudson and I usually get in the swimming pool too.”
And it’s not just the kids who benefit from daddy’s cooking. Price claims the slim figure she’s sporting just five months after giving birth is due to her husbands home cooked meals.
“I’m lucky because I have a very healthy cook in the house and he’s very mindful,” Price says. “I’m breastfeeding so I eat every three hours, but its like whole grains, proteins and salads. He’s the salad master these days!”
From office worker to soap starRead an interview with Days' Billy Flynn (Chad) here.
NADIA BJORLIN BACK TO DAYS!In an interview with Westlake magazine, Nadia Bjorlin reveals that she is headed back to DAYS to film a couple of episodes as Chloe, last seen in 2013. “It’s been so great. That show has been so good to me," she tells the magazine. "I’m not always certain what I’m heading back to do, but hopefully something funny, stir up some trouble." In the cover story, Bjorlin also dishes about her upcoming May 15 wedding to Grant Turnbull. To see the full story, go here.
TEEN CASTING AT DAYSIs Steve and Kayla's son growing up fast? DAYS is seeking a rebellious, 16-year-old hottie to play Joey, who struggles with resentment and abandonment issues. The role is contract. The soap is also looking for a 16-year-old to play the contract role of sweet Elijah.
Jon Cassar To Executive Produce Brazil-Set Comedy Series 'Rio Heat'; Victor Webster To StarAction comedy series Rio Heat, produced under a co-production treaty between Brazil and Canada, is described as a cross between Hawaii 5-0, Miami Vice, Magnum PI and Moonlighting. Emmy-winning 24 producer/director Jon Cassar will executive produce and direct multiple episodes of the 13-episode series, which will be filmed entirely in Brazil. Rio Heat was co-created by Canadian TV producer Ken Gord and Dean Borenstein. Gord is the writer and executive produces with Borenstein. Antonio de Andrade, Raul Geyer Aguinara, and Eduardo Villela executive produce for Brazilian co-producer Filmes de Serro.
Innovative Artists-repped Webster has worked on such series as Continuum, Mutant X and Charmed and the feature film franchise The Scorpion King. Stephen Campanelli will direct the two-hour pilot, which begins production March 7 in Rio de Janeiro. Campanelli just wrapped feature Momentum.
The two-hour pilot will be launched theatrically by 20th Century Fox Brazil in multiple Latin American countries, starting with Brazil and Mexico. Fox Pay-TV Latin America has licensed the pay TV window in Latin America for the first 13 episodes. Global Genesis Group is the worldwide distributor outside of Latin America.
MORE BEHIND THE SCENES MOVES AT DAYSA DAYS spokesperson confirms that Lisa de Cazotte is out as co-executive producer and Director/Producer Albert Alarr has been tapped to take her place. Additionally, Janet Spellman-Rider has been upped to producer. The changes come on the heels of the appointment of Josh Griffith and Dena Higley as the soap's new head writers.
RHOBH's Lisa Rinna on Kim Richards: 'If You Poke a Hornet's Nest, You Are Going to Get Stung'Glasses – and rumors – will be flying on Tuesday night's episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, when Kim Richards and Lisa Rinna go head-to-head over Rinna's husband, Harry Hamlin, during a drama-filled dinner.
Rinna, who is ever-protective of her husband of 17 years and their two daughters, explodes when Richards threatens to reveal a secret about Hamlin.
"Let's talk about the husband," Richards says to Rinna and the other Housewives during a dinner in Amsterdam.
Shocked, Rinna says, "Don't you touch my husband!" and throws a glass at Richards – chaos ensues.
Rinna tells PEOPLE exclusively about the altercation, "If you poke a hornet's nest, you are going to get stung."
The trouble started when Rinna expressed her concern about Richards' behavior at a poker party after her ex-husband gave her one of his pain pills. In last week's episode, the two share an uncomfortable exchange during a private plane ride to Calgary, Canada, when Richards tells Rinna to stop talking about her and her sobriety.
Rinna apologized. But when Richards stirs the pot at the dinner, the normally even-keeled Rinna loses her cool – and all hell breaks loose. "I am fiercely protective of my family," she tells PEOPLE.
Rinna wouldn’t go into detail about how she and Hamlin respond to Richards' threat, but says, "Our response isn't what you might expect. All I can say is our response will surprise people."
Tune into RHOBH on Bravo Tuesday night at 9 p.m. EST to see what happens.
Daytime Emmy Awards Return To TV With Multi-Year Deal At PopAfter decades as a staple on the Big 4 broadcast networks, the Daytime Emmy Awards went to the CW and, after two consecutive airing on HLN, dropped off TV completely last year when they were only broadcast online.
Now the 24-year-old telecast is back on TV through a multi-year deal between the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and Pop (formerly TVGN and TV Guide Network). It starts with the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which will be broadcast live across the country on Sunday, April 26 at 8 PM. The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards gala will take place two days earlier, April 24 at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles.
This marks the first time the Daytime Emmys have been held in April (they have taken place in May or June). The goal is to make all daytime players more easily available to attend while they shows are still in production. The Daytime Emmys also are making a debut in a new home, — stage 16 of Warner Bros. Studios lot as organizers were looking to get away from the ballroom setting into a place, like soundstage, where all participants would feel comfortable. Michael Levitt, who originated the TV Land Awards, is executive producing.
Bob Mauro said that returning the Daytime Emmys to their former glory was a main priority when he rook over NATAS as new president in November. “Our new partnership with the Pop network is an ideal platform to present our signature gala,” he said.
Daytime TV has a strong presence on Pop, which is airing same-day repeats of CBS’ daytime dramas to strong ratings. Additionally, Pop’s other co-owner, Lionsgate, is behind several daytime programs, including The Wendy Williams Show.
“As a network that celebrates talent, we are thrilled to bring the Daytime Emmy Awards back to television for the fans,” said Brad Schwartz, President of Pop. “Adding premium live events to our schedule is just another exciting way we are building Pop. We’re going to have a lot of fun with this.”
The Daytime Emmys is expanding Pop’s live TV footprint, which also includes ET-branded red carpet coverage.
Days Aussie Actor SearchArena is looking for a male to play the role of ‘Finn’, a handsome and rugged 20-30 year old Australian doctor who has come to do his residency in Salem, specifically to gain skills as a surgeon, working under the supervision of Doctor Jonas – only to find things shaken up the first day he arrives.
Three finalists will be flown to LA where they will participate in a fun 5-day audition process, with the eventual winner receiving a 13 week paid role in ‘Days of our Lives’. For more info visit: http://daysofourlives.arenatv.com.au/.
Teen Wolf Season 5: Shelley Hennig on Stalia 'Changes,' New Faces and MoreThe Teen Wolf cast has returned to Beacon Hills High to film the MTV drama’s fifth season, and star Shelley Hennig (ex-Stephanie, Days) couldn’t be happier to be back in its hallowed halls.
“It feels like home,” Hennig tells TVLine. “We go off, we do our movies [during the hiatus] and we come back thinking, ‘This is where we’re meant to be.'”
Below, Hennig talks (as much as she can) about Teen Wolf Season 5, including new challenges for Stiles and Malia, the lingering question of Malia’s lineage and whether or not we should trust newcomer Cody Christian (Pretty Little Liars).
TVLINE | This being your second full season on the show, it must be nice to not be the “new girl” anymore.
You know, I never really felt like the new girl. It’s felt right since the beginning, and I’m so grateful to the cast and crew for making me feel that way. Nobody did any sort of initiation with me, which I appreciated — but we are doing them to Dylan Sprayberry.
TVLINE | Ah, so he’s the new girl now.
Yeah, he’s the new girl now, so we torture him.
TVLINE | And how far into Season 5 have you guys filmed?
We’re kind of filming all over, different episodes, but we’re definitely in the first quarter.
TVLINE | Does the premiere feel like a totally new story, or does it pick up where we left off?
It does feel like we picked up where we left off, but there are a lot of new things to be excited about — and plenty of new things to be afraid of. We also haven’t forgotten the past, which is what I love about the show; it’s not like everybody suddenly forgets about characters that die.
TVLINE | Malia still doesn’t know who her mom is. Is that a focus for her moving forward?
One of the last things said in the last episode of Season 4 was about the Desert Wolf. As an actress, I read that and assumed it would be a part of this next season. I do think it’s important for Malia to figure out who that is, and I think we do start to explore that. It’s important to the character, so I hope we see a lot of that.
TVLINE | Can you give us a Stiles-Malia update?
They ended really well in Season 4, but they’re going to be seniors this year, and there are a lot of things that happen when you’re a senior in high school. There are big decisions you have to make, including the whole “high school sweethearts thing,” even though I wouldn’t use the word “sweetheart” for Malia; it just doesn’t feel appropriate. But I’m sure there are going to be some real-life changes and decisions that need to be made in order to move onto the next phase of their lives. I’m looking forward to exploring the reality of these teenagers so people can really relate to them. This is Teen Wolf, and there’s never smooth sailing, so I’m going to make a pretty good assumption that something will test Stiles and Malia’s relationship.
TVLINE | Malia and Kira also had a great friendship last season. Will we see more of that?
Oh, I’m almost certain. We love working with each other, and I think it’s a great pairing; two girls kicking ass, not being the damsels in distress. Arden [Cho] and I really enjoy playing that, and I got so much feedback about that at Comic-Con. I wasn’t even thinking about it — to me, girls are kick-ass. It wasn’t like, “Oh my gosh, I get to play a character who gets to kick some ass!” To me, it was normal, but I’ve realized it’s a rarity in television and film. I love that Reese Witherspoon at the Oscars made a point of saying that her production company is looking for material where females can, first of all, have an interesting part, but also play a strong female lead.
TVLINE | I also enjoyed that video Teen Wolf posted on Tumblr. Something about you loving Malia’s shorts?
[Laughs] Oh my God, that was so embarrassing. I had just been at the Grammys a few hours before we filmed that, and I was still delirious. But I do love that Malia wears shorts all the time because it’s super comfortable. This is one of the best jobs I’ve ever had, simply because Malia’s wardrobe is full of the most comfortable outfits ever. Malia’s also an animal. She needs to be ready at any moment. If she’s wearing a skirt, how will she go running through the woods? The shorts are practical.
TVLINE | Lastly, let’s talk about Cody Christian’s character. Should we trust him?
He’s definitely new to Malia; she has no idea who he is. He’s going to stir up some questions about who we can actually trust. We’ll wonder what he’s here for, and there will be a search to figure out if he can be of use to us or if he can’t be trusted.
Teen Wolf fans, time to weigh in: What are you hoping to see in Season 5? Any dream castings for Malia’s mom?
Kirsten Storms Joins WINTERTHORNE!GENERAL HOSPITAL star Kirsten Storms (Maxie) has joined the cast of the new Web soap WINTERTHORNE! She'll be playing Selene, the younger sister of Martha Madison's Miranda. (Interestingly, both actresses have played the part of DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Belle). The stylish, sexy, wicked and witty Selene has been away from her family for a long time, but is coming home to take back what she feels is hers!
"Kirsten has been so lovely and excited to join the project," series creator Michael Caruso, who is also behind the Web soap DEVANITY, tells Soaps In Depth exclusively. "She's going to bring a really fun and sassy quality to the character of Selene. It's wonderful to see how excited the team is to work with her."
WINTERTHORNE is set to begin three weeks of production next month, both in and outside the Los Angeles area. Other cast members include Linda Grey as matriarch Joanna Winterthorne, and Kathleen Gati (Obrecht, GH) as Joanna's sister, Valentina.
Harry Hamlin Nearly Divorced Lisa Rinna When She Signed on for Real Housewives of Beverly HillsLisa Rinna came very close to not joining the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after her husband, Harry Hamlin, threatened to divorce her if she appeared on the reality TV show.
While appearing on Live! With Kelly and Michael, the reality star dished that her successful gig almost cost her marriage.
"I went to Harry and said I'm thinking about [doing RHOBH] and he looked at me and said, 'If you do this show, I'll divorce you.'"
Thankfully, the two are still married after 18 years because her husband and Veronica Mars alum changed his mind about the strong ultimatum he gave his Melrose Place-starring wife. At first, however, she took Hamlin's words seriously and considered backing out of the project.
"I walked away and was done with it," she told host Kelly Ripa. "Actually, I was done with the show idea."
After sitting on the idea for a short while, Hamlin approved of his wife's new (and now successful) venture.
"He comes to me a day later and he goes - and you've met him, he's very mellow, very low-key - and he said, 'I've thought about this and I think it'll be a good idea if you did it.' He went through it. And I was like 'OK.' And there you are!" she explained.
Although Hamlin seldom appears in the show, Rinna and her castmates will discuss her relationship with the Golden Globe nominee. She opened up on this week's episode about her husband's sobriety and his struggle with addiction to co-star Yolanda Foster.
"Harry's been sober, um, three years," she revealed on the show.
"After two brothers dying, that's probably when he said, 'No more,'" said Foster.
"I think it just woke him up, and in his mind he said, 'You know what? I have to stop this,' because, you know, it goes back hundreds of years," said Lisa.
"It's a true illness, you know?" Foster responded.
Rinna revealed that her husband lost both of his brothers to alcoholism within six months of each other.
DAYS STARS FUNDRAISERDAYS OF OUR LIVES’s Shawn Christian (Daniel) and Arianne Zucker (Nicole) are hosting a fundraiser on Friday, March 27 in Sacramento, CA to benefit teen mentorship Arrow-Heart Adventure Camps. It will take place at The Mix Downtown. On March 28 and 29, the duo will host events in Folsom, CA. The Saturday event is at Lockdown Brewing Company. The family event will include live music, raffle prizes and a chance to sample a one-of-a-kind speciality Arrow-Heart theme brew. On Sunday, Christian and Zucker host an intimate VIP breakfast at Land Ocean Restaurant. Event ticketing is limited. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.arrow-heart.com/category/news-and-events/.
Christopher Sean Previews What's Next On "Days" and Keeping That Six-PackRead the interview here: thebacklot.com.
Ellen's parody of 'The Slap' may actually be the show you were expecting(Video) Everyone's talking about "The Slap" -- at least that's what NBC wants you to believe. But now, Ellen DeGeneres will have you all talking about "The Slaps."
Have you heard about "The Slap"? Of course you have. It's a Very Serious Drama starring critically acclaimed actors -- a fact which surprised many people who tuned in to the premiere expecting a Jackass-type show about people slapping each other.
Don't worry if you were disappointed though, because as always, Ellen DeGeneres has your back.
On yesterday's episode of "The Ellen Show," she featured a hilarious video cutting together all of the times she has fake-slapped people in her comic sketches ... and we're not gonna lie, we thought the actual "The Slap" would have been a little more like this:
NBC's actual "The Slap" is a four-episode miniseries, which stars Zachary Quinto, Melissa George, Peter Sarsgaard and Uma Thurman. The show explores how a family deteriorates after a father is taken to court for slapping another person's child.
The series is a remake of the Australian show of the same name, and that in turn was based on a novel. The first episode aired on Feb. 12, with the second airing Feb. 19 on NBC.
Freddie Smith loses license in vehicular assault case(19actionnews.com) ASHTABULA, OH (WOIO) - Soap star Frederick M, Smith Jr. was sentenced Wednesday in Ashtabula County Common Pleas court.
Smith was leaving a wedding reception in October 2014 when he and his girlfriend Alyssa Tabit crashed on SR 84.
Police say Smith's blood alcohol level was .093. Tabit was seriously injured. She continues to recover.
"She is doing absolutely fantastic. She has a couple more weeks of physical therapy and she will be back good as new," Smith told our Scott Taylor outside the courtroom.
Smith pleaded guilty to vehicular assault.
"It was very selfish and I am very sorry for doing it," said Smith.
Prosecutors recommended two years of community control and driver's license suspension. The judge agreed. Smith was also sentenced to three days in jail, but that is suspended if he completes DUI school in Ohio.
Part of Smith's probation includes lectures to local high school students about the dangers of driving drunk.
"Today was very nerve racking and to hear all the support from fans, friends and family has really helped me stay strong and I really appreciate it," said Smith.
If he violates any laws, Smith will have to serve a 12 month jail sentence.
The 26-year old Smith plays Sonny Kiriakis on the daytime soap Days of Our Lives.
Christopher Sean on HAWAII FIVE-0“Pono Kaulike” – McGarrett enlists Joe's help after Danny and Chin are arrested for deadly past transgressions, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, March 6 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Terry O'Quinn and Jimmy Buffett return. (*Pono Kaulike is Hawaiian for “Justice For All”)
RECURRING CAST INCLUDES:
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – LISA RINNA Show 12036**
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 – JOSH DUHAMEL Show 12037**
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We 2/25: Josh Duhamel, Lisa Rinna
Th 2/26: Ryan Phillippe
Fr 2/27: Jason Biggs
Scott Reeves on Nashville“That’s the Way Love Goes” – Rayna’s anniversary of her induction into the Grand Ole Opry is cause for celebration and guest starring cameos by country stars Vince Gill and Lorrie Morgan as themselves. Rayna reaches out to Deacon and her daughters to perform with her, prompting the girls’ hopes of the couple reuniting romantically. Will is uncomfortable when he’s paired with an out gay man to collaborate on songwriting. Sadie is interviewed by Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” and goes public about her private battle, on “Nashville,” WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Nashville” stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Will Chase as Luke Wheeler, Eric Close as Teddy Conrad, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Oliver Hudson as Jeff Fordham, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad and Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad.
Guest starring are Aubrey Peeples as Layla Grant, David Alford as Bucky Dawes, Laura Benanti as Sadie Stone, Moniqua Plante as Natasha, Scott Reeves as Noel Laughlin, Lorrie Morgan as herself, Kyle Dean Massey as Kevin Bicks, Vince Gill as himself, Robin Roberts as herself and Nick Jandl as Dr. Caleb Rand.
“That’s The Way Love Goes” was written and directed by Callie Khouri.
Nathan Owens Joins 'Devious Maids' As RegularDays Of Our Lives alum Nathan Owens is making his foray into primetime. He’s been cast as a regular in the upcoming third season of Marc Cherry’s Lifetime series Devious Maids. Owens will play Jesse, a handsome military vet who returns stateside to settle back into civilian life. He is repped by TalentWorks, Mosaic and attorney Jeremy Tenser.
Alison Sweeney Poses Braless for Health, Talks About Her ''Big Change'' After Days of Our Lives(Cover) Alison Sweeney is still getting used to things after ending her 21-year stint playing Sami Brady on Days of Our Lives.
"This is the first really big change I've had in a long time," she shared with Health magazine. "Change makes me a little nervous."
The mother of two stuns in an all-white outfit—sans bra!—on the cover of the mag, and opens up further about how she's been spending her days since leaving the soap last May.
Sweeney dished that she's getting used to being "able to sleep in once in a while" after having 6 a.m. call times for over two decades.
The Biggest Loser star also shared that playing her, ahem, dramatic character took an enormous amount out of her.
"I miss the challenge of trying to make sense of Sami's crazy behavior," she added. "I worried that it would be weird not to experience all those dramatic emotions every day. But in some ways, I've relaxed because I don't have to keep them so close to the surface all the time."
Sweeney also revealed how she and her husband, Dave Sanov, keep their 15-year marriage going strong.
"Every year on our anniversary, we have a dinner date and talk about how our relationship is going. We kind of give each other a job evaluation, which sounds a little embarrassing!"
She continued, "We talk about our three favorite things about the other person and then three things that we could work on."
Clearly the Sweeney-Sanov tradition has been working!
Alison Sweeney: My Husband and I 'Give Each Other a Job Evaluation' on Our Anniversary(Photo1, Photo2) Alison Sweeney is used to seeing contestants reach major milestones as host of The Biggest Loser and a PEOPLE.com blogger, but she has a few of her own coming up.
"I love birthdays," Sweeney, who turns 40 next year, tells Health. "I'm down for any excuse to celebrate and be with friends."
Continues Sweeney, who appears on the March cover of Health, on newsstands Friday: "On Days of Our Lives, my character became a mother when I was 18. Two years ago, I became a grandmother on the show, and people teased me about that. So there goes that milestone, too!"
(Sweeney retired from Days in 2014 after 21 years on the soap.)
The next milestone for Sweeney is her 15-year wedding anniversary to Dave Sanov, a California highway patrol officer, when the two plan to give each other a "job evaluation."
"Every year on our anniversary, we have a dinner date and talk about how our relationship is going," Sweeney says. "We kind of give each other a job evaluation, which sounds a little embarrassing! We talk about our three favorite things about the other person and then three things that we could work on."
No doubt two of the couple's favorite things are their children, Ben, 10, and Megan, 6, the driving reason behind the actress's retirement from Days, so she could spend more time with them and put family first.
She also opened up about the joys of hosting The Biggest Loser.
"We had a contestant this season [on The Biggest Loser] who said she was going to love herself when she got to her target weight," Sweeney tells Health. "I almost started to cry."
These days, Sweeney is keeping a packed schedule: She's busy completing her third novel, directing episodes of General Hospital and starring in TV movies for the Hallmark Channel.
"As a mother of a daughter, I couldn't lose the opportunity to explain that there will always be something," she continues. "You need to learn to love yourself no matter what your situation is. Body image is an issue very close to my heart."
Concludes Sweeney: "I struggle with [negative thoughts]. There's something human in that. … But if you let it bring you down, you're allowing that feeling to take over. Acknowledge the thought and let it move on. That's something you have to practice, and you can get good at it."
MAJOR WRITER SWITCH AT DAYS!Big behind the scenes news at DAYS: Head Writers Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell are out and Dena Higley and Josh Griffith will be replacing them, effective February 16. Griffith, who has extensive soap credits, including GH, ATWT, OLTL, SANTA BARBARA and HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS, last served as Y&R’s head scribe from 2012-13; Higley is no stranger to Salem, having served as the show’s head writer twice, in 2003, and from 2008-11.
Aniston Rebelled Against Her Father's Pleas To Not Become An Actress(ischoolguide.com) Because of that act of resistance by the 45-year old stunner, the world was given Rachel Greene, the fashionable waitress whom Aniston played perfectly. Her hairstyle, "The Rachel" would also become the most asked-for haircut by women in all of hairstyling history.
Apparently, the actress' father, John Aniston, who is best known for starring in the daytime soap opera "Days of Our Lives" is not such a big fan of the industry that he was in. He reportedly "begged" his daughter to not set a foot in the entertainment business, according to a report by NDTV.
The "Friends" alum reportedly shared that her father had wanted her to become something else other than be in front of the camera. The daytime drama actor had reportedly asked his daughter to be a lawyer instead. He feared that the "Break-Up" star would not be able to handle the pain of rejection that happens so immensely in Hollywood.
"I was hell-bent because my dad was just begging me not to be in the industry. He said, 'I do not want your heart broken. The rejection is brutal. Please, please, please don't do that. Become a lawyer'," the "Bruce Almighty" star revealed in an interview.
"That was my one rebellion. I was hoping that I was going to make it, so that I could prove him wrong. I just kept going. I'm happy he made that claim that he didn't want me to do it," the award-winning actress shared.
Jennifer was hooked on being in the entertainment industry as soon as she saw the musical "Annie." However, her dreams of appearing in a musical were quickly cut short because she realised she couldn't sing.
"The Most Beautiful Woman" according to People magazine started to dream about being an actress as soon as caught "Annie" the musical. Her dreams of starring in a musical were cut rather abruptly upon the realization that she couldn't, in fact, carry a tune.
She revealed, "I grew up in New York City, and I was born into a family of actors. I remember going to see my first play, which was "Children of a Lesser God," on Broadway. And then, I saw "Annie" and forget about it."
"It was me, my hairbrush and my record player, for hours on end. But I couldn't sing, so that wasn't going to happen," she added.
Though the much talked about "Friends" reunion has very little chance of happening this year, there is still plenty to be thankful about. One of those is that the "Marley and Me" star did not give in to her father's wishes.
How glad are you that Jennifer Aniston decided to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress?
Lindsay Price, Chris Klein & Jared Gertner Cast In 'How To Live' NBC Comedy PilotLindsay Price, Chris Klein and Jared Gertner have been cast as three of the leads in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot How We Live, written/executive produced by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley (Happy Endings) and executive produced by David Janollari. Inspired by Cragg and Bradley’s personal observations of their own family lives, the project centers on Russell, a blogger, and his wife Holly who move to the suburbs where he begins writing about marriage and the family lives of his suburban friends and neighbors, in the style of an anthropologist who’s stumbled on an undiscovered tribe.
Klein, repped by ICM Partners and Brillstein, plays Russell’s best friend Matt, a former brat guy who loves sports and red meat and helps Russell navigate the pitfalls of his new environment. Gertner, repped by Luedtke Agency and Untitled, plays Matt’s friend Dennis, a sweet, nerdy, emotional guy who likes cooking. Price, repped by UTA and Untitled, plays Dennis’ sweet, quirky and a little scattered wife Claudia.
Soap stars will return to Greenville this weekend(greenvilleonline.com) It has been a few years since the cast of "Days of Our Lives" visited Greenville, but the actors who play Lucas, Jennifer, Brady and others will return this weekend for a good cause.
The "Days Into Night" event will be held Feb. 6-7 at the Greenville Marriott at One Parkway East in Greenville to benefit A Parallel Life, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people with disabilities.
Cast members attending include Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Eric Martsolf (Brady), Arianne Zucker (Nicole), Casey Moss (JJ), Daniel Cosgrove (Aiden), Patsy Pease (Kimberly) and Shawn Christian (Daniel).
For decades, stars from the popular soap opera visited Greenville for an annual celebrity softball game to benefit youth sports.
This weekend's event will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday with a reunion party for fans. Celebrities are not scheduled to appear during that event but might make an appearance if their flights allow, said Miranda Cushman, founder of A Parallel Life. Events continue Saturday with a cast party and auction at 10:30 a.m. where the actors will answer questions from those in attendance, an autograph party at 2:30 p.m., and a dance at 8 p.m. Fans can get autographs, take photos and bid on auction items from the set.
Ticket prices vary by event and are still available, Cushman said. Cost ranges between $10 and $125 per event.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.daysintonight.com.
DAYTIME EMMY PRENOMINATIONS REVEALED!See the list of Emmy Prenominations here.
Google Hangout w/ Freddie Smith, Guy Wilson, and Christopher SeanGoogle Hangout w/ Freddie Smith, Guy Wilson, and Christopher Sean: Video.
Alison Sweeney Wants to Help You Stay on Track with Weight-Loss GoalsAs the host of The Biggest Loser, Alison Sweeney has heard her share of weight-loss advice.
But she also knows how hard it can be to remember any of it before the end of January, just weeks after setting those health and fitness resolutions.
To keep you on track, here are three tips from the actress/author/host/mom to help you move past the hurdles that may be preventing you from reaching your new goals.
Tip 1: Take Small Steps
"You have to focus on it being a lifestyle change – it's not just about weight loss," Sweeney tells PEOPLE. And don't think you have to make huge fixes, either. "Start with trading out that fancy coffee drink for a glass of water," she suggests. "Or rinse off some blueberries and put them in your fridge so they're ready when you need a snack or want to make a smoothie."
Tip 2: Write Down – and Mix Up – What You Eat
"A food diary makes you be honest with yourself about what you are eating," says Sweeney.
Not that you should have the same baked chicken breast and steamed spinach every day.
"You don't want to get tired of what you're eating," she says. "I always like trying new things and putting twists on the things we make at home all the time. Right now, I'm loving this Thai shrimp coconut curry soup I found on Pinterest."
Tip 3: Don't Make Resolutions
"In my experience, 'resolutions' are doomed to fail," says Sweeney. "Instead, I make positive affirmations and focus on how I can take better care of myself. It's much more important to smell the roses along the way." The Biggest Loser Season 16 finale airs Thursday, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. E.T.
Jonah Carver on 'Days of Our Lives': 'Memba Him?!Thyme Lewis is best known for playing the dreamy Jonah Carver for three seasons in the early '90s on the long-running NBC daytime drama "Days of Our Lives." Guess what he looks like now! See the before and after pics here.
Scott Joins TBS Deserted Island Comedy Pilot 'Wrecked'TBS pilot Wrecked, a single-camera comedy from up-and-coming writers Justin Shipley & Jordan Shipley and producer Jesse Hara, has set its ensemble cast. Described as Lost meets It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Wrecked follows a group of extremely diverse survivors of a plane crash on a remote island who must adjust to life in a dangerous new world that poses unique threats — mostly brought upon themselves. No longer plugged in, the group must navigate this new society and learn to live without the comforts of 2015 like social media, Wi-Fi, indoor plumbing and Chipotle.
Zach Cregger will play the lead role of Owen, a flight attendant who only took this job out of college to travel and avoid starting his life. Ginger Gonzaga (Ted) will play Emma, who’s on her way to Thailand with her friend, Florence, after having decided to drop out of medical school. Jessica Lowe plays Florence, intellectually pretentious and a feminist in theory, she spouts complex, forward-thinking social ideas on which she’s too lazy or scared to act. Asif Ali, plays Pack, a sports agent who’s tied to his iPhone like it’s an umbilical cord. Ally Maki, plays Jess, who is traveling to Thailand with her handsome douchebag boyfriend Todd, with whom she struggles to get along. Will Greenberg plays Jess’ boyfriend Todd. Brooke Dillman is Karen, a vice president of Google competitor Bing, who’s a passenger on the plane. James Scott is Liam, seemingly the most handsome man in the world (even after a plane crash), Liam’s done 10 years with British Special Forces before that and now campaigns for human rights for child war refugees. George Basil is Chet, a drunk guy who’s passed out on the plane and doesn’t even realize when it crashes. Rhys Darby plays Steve, a cheerful, good-natured guy who’s traveling on the plane with his enormous dog Brimlow. Filming on the pilot has started in Puerto Rico.
Cregger is with WME and Principato Young; Ali is with David Shapira & Associates, Aligned Entertainment and Chad Christopher; Scott (Days of Our Lives) is with Haven Entertainment; Maki is with Abrams Artists and Sweeney Entertainment.
2015 GLAAD Media Award NominationsOutstanding Daily Drama
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CSI Casts Real Housewives Star Lisa Rinna - and You'll Never Guess Who She'll PlayLooks like Lisa Rinna gets to play another drama queen in primetime.
The 51-year-old actress and star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills – who played the shrewy Taylor McBride on Melrose Place – will show up in a guest-starring role on CSI, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.
Rinna will play Cindy, an immature and irresponsible parent whose two daughters go missing.
Her episode is expected to air in February.
Rinna has made a terrific career out of playing high-strung vixens on the small screen. Before Melrose Place, she famously played Billie Reed on Days of Our Lives.
This season, she's been a regular cast member of Real Housewives and manages to get along with everybody (unlike, say, the wine-hurling Brandi Glanville).
Blast Off!It's not often that you can see three of your favorite daytime stars in one film, so if you missed the theatrical release of 23 Blast [http://23blast.com] last fall, now's your chance to make up for it! The inspirational picture, which stars DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Mark Hapka (ex-Nathan) and features ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Kim Zimmer (Echo) and Crystal Hunt (Stacy), will become available on DVD at Walmart beginning Tuesday, January 20.
"It's the true story of Travis Freeman, a high school football player from Kentucky who was at the height of his game when he was struck by bacterial meningitis and lost his sight," Hapka offers of his starring role. "He had to readjust to life afterwards and went through a bout of depression, but eventually his coach convinced him to come back to the team."
Look for Hunt to play the cheerleader who breaks Travis' heart, and for Zimmer to bring the heat as his emotional mom in this film produced by former OLTL director Gary Donatelli. For Hapka, who rose to the challenge of playing blind, the best part of the film was getting to do some of the football training he recalls from his own youth. "It was really nice to put the gear back on," he confirms, "and get back out there!"
Greg Plitt, Reality Star And Fitness Instructor, Dead At 37 In Train AccidentGreg Plitt, who had starred in two Bravo reality series and worked as a model, carpenter and fitness instructor, died Saturday afternoon after being struck by a Metrolink train in Burbank. He was 37.
Plitt appeared in Bravo’s Work Out between 2006 and 2008, and was in another just-premiered reality show for the network, Friends to Lovers, with his long-time friend, the fitness star Melanie Marden.
According to police, Plitt and several friends were apparently shooting video at the train station by Burbank airport when he was struck by a passing Metrolink commuter train.
George Gregory Plitt Jr. was born in Baltimore, and was a graduate of West Point Military Academy. Plitt was perhaps best known in Los Angeles as a fitness instructor. He had a number of acting roles, most notably in the 2013 boxing film Grudge Match, The Good Shepherd and Terminator Salvation. He also appeared as himself on the reality show Designed to Sell, and in three episodes of Days of Our Lives.
He recorded commercials for MTV, Under Armour and Gold’s Gym, and worked as a model for Calvin Klein, Thierry Mugler and Under Armour among other brands and media outlets.
The History and Influence of Soap Operas(Listen) Earlier today, Julianne Moore got an Oscar nomination for "Still Alice." She is by far the betting favorite to win the best actress award. But you may remember her better as Franny Hughes Crawford on "As The World Turns." And four or five years before Ellen said "I'm gay," Bill Douglas came out as a gay teenager on One Life to Live. That character was played by Ryan Philippe. In fact, Leo DiCaprio, Maria Tomei, Tommy Lee Jones, Parker Posey, Kevin Bacon, Meg Ryan, they all worked on soaps before they moved on.
Now there are only four soap operas left – drawn out, dramatic stories that used to be sponsored by soap manufacturers, and now are struggling to maintain relevance to house wives who have a lot more options in the middle of the day. We'll talk about this slice of Americana with those in the industry, and a professor who co-directs “Project Daytime.”
Barbara Irwin - Professor of Communication Studies at Canisius College, co-director of Project Daytime
Genie Francis Reveals 30-Lb. Weight Loss(Photo) Genie Francis has felt the pressure to be thin since she was a teenager starring on General Hospital.
"I started working when I was 14 years old," Francis tells PEOPLE. "The first thing they did after I had been there for three or four months is put Laura on a diet," she says, referring to her character Laura Spencer, one half of soap opera supercouple Luke and Laura. "I totally freaked and it was very hard on me."
Francis spent the next 30-plus years going from one crash diet to the next. Until now.
The 52-year-old teamed up with Nutrisystem after gaining weight due to menopause and the stress of her two kids leaving the nest. In seven months, she has shed 30 lbs.
"I wanted something different this time," says Francis, who plans to lose an additional 20 lbs. on the program. "A lot of the diets I've been on have been extreme and taught me how to starve myself. But this has taught me how to feed myself."
Now the actress never feels deprived. A typical day on Nutrisystem could be pancakes and eggs for breakfast, a half cup of yogurt as a snack and pizza with a big salad for lunch. Dinner might be a chicken breast with one cup of broccoli and half a cup of brown rice, followed by an ice cream sandwich for dessert.
But Francis did not slim down due to diet alone; the actress hit the gym five times a week. She still spends an hour, three days a week weight lifting with a personal trainer and two days doing cardio, like the elliptical machine and fast walking.
"The first five weeks I dragged myself to that gym, I didn't want to do it," she admits. "But then something flips and you want to go."
"The weight loss and toning up is almost secondary to me now because I need it just to feel good."
Make that great. Because with her weight-loss success has come a newfound confidence.
"More important than anything, I feel positive," she says. "I am able to look at the future with some sort of hope and excitement now. And really there was none of that when I was overweight."
H. Wesley Kenney Dies; TV Producer & Director Of Soaps, 'All In The Family'(deadline.com) H. Wesley “Wes” Kenney, a producer-director who won seven Daytime Emmys and directed two dozen episodes of All In The Family, died Tuesday of cardiac arrest at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, family friend Jodie Mann told Deadline. He was 89.
Kenney was a producer on hundreds of episodes of soap operas Days Of Our Lives, The Young And The Restless, The Doctors and General Hospital. During a 35-year career starting at the DuMont Television Network, he directed for such series as My Favorite Martian, Big John Little John, Flo and the pilot for All In The Family spinoff The Jeffersons, which aired an episode of Norman Lear’s landmark series starring Carroll O’Connor.
“I was an average guy, who with great luck was able to be successful,” he said in a 2008 interview with the Archive of American Television. “I think that’s as much as I can say. I love people. I love actors. I love doing the dramatic shows. So that’s how I’d like to be remembered, working with terrific people, great talented people.”
He was born Harry Wesley Kenney Jr on January 3, 1926, in Dayton, Ohio. After a stint in the Navy, he joined the DuMont Network, directing as many as a dozen live broadcasts a day. He helmed numerous episodes of the early ’50s series Rocky King, Detective, starring Roscoe Karns, and was at the control board for Mike Wallace’s 1950s interview programs Night Beat and The Mike Wallace Interview. Decades later, he taught at UCLA.
Kenney is survived by his wife, actress Heather North Kenney; sons Wesley and Kevin; daughters Nina and Kara; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
VETERAN SOAP PRODUCER PASSES AWAYOn Twitter, Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Doug and Julie, DAYS) expressed their condolences over the passing of Wes Kenney, DAYS’s executive producer from 1968-79 and Y&R’s co-executive producer from 1982-87.
"Just heard the sad news that Days Producer/Director Wes Kenney went to his rest yesterday,” Seaforth Hayes posted on their @DaysHayes account. "Wes was SO important to DOOL and our lives! My relationship to Wes Kenney goes back to the mid-50s when he was in NYC directing a TV series called MY TRUE STORY. We did one together! Wes Kenney was an Emmy Award winner who directed hundreds of Days episodes in the 60s and 70s. He directed Doug's first appearance. Wes Kenney was not only talented, he was an energetic, creative, loving man. He was one of the 16 people at our wedding; to us he's an icon! Wes Kenney produced the first Doug/Julie wedding (in 1976); Al Rabin was the Director. Wes asked us to use our own wedding vows. Wes Kenney produced the wonderful DOOL Variety Show; Al Rabin directed, Ann Marcus was the Head Writer, Jack Bunch staged the numbers."
He is survived by his wife, Heather North; the duo met on DAYS when she played Sandy Horton.
Lisa Rinna Recycles 10-Year-Old Dress (and Looks Exactly the Same in It)(Photo) She may be 51, but Lisa Rinna can still slip into the same gowns she was wearing 10 years ago. The reality star proved just that, pulling a vintage dress from her closet for HBO’s Golden Globes afterparty.
Rinna dusted off a black-and-nude lace Alaïa design with a sheer hemline for the soiree, the same look she wore to the 12th Annual Race to Erase MS back in 2005 (left). And the plastic surgery advocate looks almost exactly the same, especially that signature haircut. Actually, we think she wore the dress better in 2015 (ditching the bracelet and leopard shoes, plus, pulling up the neckline were the right moves).
Arrow to Bring Back Felicity's MomMom’s (again) the word on The CW’s Arrow, now that Charlotte Ross has booked an encore as Donna Smoak.
TVLine has learned exclusively that the NYPD Blue alumna will reprise her role as Felicity’s flashy mother in this season’s 18th episode.
Ross received a warm reception from viewers with her first appearance on the hit action-drama, which aired in early November and revolved around a dark piece of Felicity’s past coming back to haunt her.
Arrow resumes Season 3 on Wednesday, Jan. 21, with Episode 10, which is titled “Left Behind.”
John Aniston of 'Days of Our Lives' sells Bell Canyon house(Photos: latimes.com) Inside, a two-story entry, topped by a beamed ceiling, contains a floating-style staircase. Among living spaces in the 4,466 square feet are a formal dining room with a coffered ceiling, an entertainment room with arched windows and a family room with a wet bar and fireplace.
The master suite includes a sitting room with fireplace and a built-in entertainment center for a total of five bedrooms and five bathrooms. French doors open to a wrap-around balcony.
The grounds include waterfalls, a grotto-style swimming pool and a stone deck.
Aniston, 81, started on the daytime soap opera in the mid-1980s. He is the father of actress Jennifer Aniston.
Katherine Stark of Coldwell Banker was the listing agent. Lisa Gutman of Keller Williams represented the buyer.
SAG-AFTRA Members Ratify Netcode Deal(hollywoodreporter.com) SAG-AFTRA members have approved an agreement previously reached with broadcast television networks and producers for a renewal of the Network Television Code (Netcode) pact.
The contract, which was approved with 96.5 percent of members voting in favor, covers syndicated dramatic programs, daytime serials (soap operas), promotional announcements, variety, quiz, game, reality, talk, news, sports and other non-dramatic programs.
The deal was reached Nov. 14 and approved by the board Dec. 8.
"I congratulate our members on ratifying this excellent agreement. Our members will benefit from increased wages and overtime rates, expanded residuals and stronger protections,” said SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard.
Key terms of the deal include:
* Wage increases for most program categories of 2.5 percent in the first year and 3 percent in each of years two and three. For soap opera performers, increases are 2, 2.5 and 2.5 percent, respectively, and for network news, the increases are 2 percent in each of the three years.
* A reduction in streaming windows and increases in the streaming residuals rate consistent with the industry pattern.
* Language that helps facilitate the merging of the SAG and AFTRA benefit plans.
* Expanded ability for stunt coordinators to work under the Netcode.
* An increase to background rehearsal rates in year two, from $11 per hour to $15 per hour, and an increase for principal rehearsal rates in year two, from $25 per hour to $28 per hour.
* Increases in the overtime rate from $37.50 per hour to $42 per hour, and $16.50 per hour to $22.50 per hour, respectively.
* An increase in the stand-in rate for non-dramatic programming, from $24 per hour to $25 per hour in year one, and from $25 per hour to $26 per hour in year three.
* For the first time, a premium payment for solo/duo singers for multitracking and sweetening.
* Agreement that a bulletin will be issued to producers of content under the agreement to help ensure adequate warm-up space for dancers.
Hallmark Launching 'Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder' Movie Franchise Starring Alison SweeneyHallmark Channel is looking to repeat the success of its Good Witch films with another original movie franchise, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. Alison Sweeney has been tapped to star in the franchise for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, with the first movie set to premiere this spring. Based on the New York Times bestselling series of books by Joanne Fluke, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder centers on Hannah Swensen (Sweeney), shop owner of the Cookie Jar where much of the town’s gossip percolates along with the strong coffee. When a mysterious murder occurs, Hannah turns into a culinary detective and finds herself trying to solve the crime while getting caught in an unexpected romantic mystery of her own.
The casting comes on the heels of Sweeney’s starring role in one of Hallmark’s highest-rated original movies ever, Second Chances. She’s also set to star in and executive produce previously announced Radio Hype, which is currently in development for at the channel.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder marks Sweeney’s first major acting gig following her October exit from Days Of Our Lives after almost 22 years as Sami Brady. Sweeney would continue her 13-season run as host of The Biggest Loser if the veteran NBC reality series is renewed.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder is produced by Brad Krevoy Television and Stephanie Germain Prods. Brad Krevoy, Stephanie Germain and Eric Jarboe are the executive producers.
Jen Lilley & Eric Martsolf sing Baby It's Cold Outside on Home & FamilyJen Lilley & Eric Martsolf sing Baby It's Cold Outside on Home & Family: Video.
'Days of Our Lives' actor pleads guilty to vehicular assaultSoap opera actor Freddie Smith has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the car crash that seriously injured his girlfriend in northeast Ohio.
The 26-year-old “Days of Our Lives” actor from Los Angeles lost control of a vehicle Oct. 7 in Ashtabula County. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony vehicular assault and misdemeanor driving under the influence.
The Star-Beacon in Ashtabula reports Smith told a judge he fell asleep because he’d been drinking. His blood-alcohol level was .093, above Ohio’s legal limit of .08.
Actress Alyssa Tabit, 27, of North Hollywood, Calif., was seriously hurt but is recovering. They had returned to Smith’s hometown for a wedding.
Smith’s attorney said Wednesday that Smith acknowledged in court that he’d made a terrible mistake.
His sentencing is scheduled Feb. 18.
Writers Guild TV NominationsThe WGA has unveiled its nominations in TV, new media, news, radio, and promotional writing for its 2015 Writers Guild Awards, to be unveiled February 14 simultaneously in LA and NY.
Days of Our Lives, Written by Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Janet Iacobuzio, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons, Christopher Whitesell; NBC
General Hospital, Written by Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Elizabeth Page, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten; ABC
FARAH FATH ENGAGED(Photo: Ring) Farah Fath (ex-Gigi, OLTL; ex-Mimi, DAYS) is headed down the real-life altar after becoming engaged to Phil Galfond, her boyfriend of two years. Galfond, a professional poker player who is the CEO of RunItOnce.com, surprised the actress at the kitchen table of their Vancouver home with a 12-page handwritten love letter and the same bottle of wine that they had on their first date. He then presented her with a 3-carat, pear shaped ring set in rose gold that Galfond’s jeweler, Stephen Ben-Oliel of Canadian Noble House Diamonds Ltd., hand-picked in Belgium.
“Well, I’ve had three manicures in one week,” an excited Fath tells Digest. "The ring is beyond my wildest dreams and I’m so incredibly honored to become Mrs. Phil Galfond.”
They plan to wed next year in the Las Vegas home that they have designed together. Congratulations to the happy couple!
CD Single Cover Art(Photo) Brad Everett Young @BradEYoung: Here's your FIRST LOOK at the CD single cover art I shot & designed for @Jen_Lilley & @EricMartsolf's New Christmas single 'Baby It's Cold Outside!' Set to be released this week just in time for the holiday season to begin the @NBCDays dynamic duo recorded the single w/ #FrankSinatra's legendary drummer #GreggField & #ChuckBerghofer & Produced by #RobChristie! Check out Jen's & Eric's twitter accounts this week for the official release! / Photographed By @Bradley206 #BradEverettYoung / #JenLilley #EricMartsolf #DaysOfOurLives #DOOL #Salem #Holiday #Christmas #BabyItsColdOutside #Sony / Photo taken w/ the @SONY #A3000
Eileen Davidson's 'Days Of Our Lives' Return!(accesshollywood.com) (Photo) Soap actress Eileen Davidson is the new girl on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” and now she is returning to Salem!
Access Hollywood has learned that Eileen is heading back to “Days of Our Lives” to reprise the role of legendary daytime villainess Kristen DiMera – and Access has your exclusive look at her first day back on the set!
Earlier this year on the NBC soap, fans last saw Kristen kidnapping her former fiance’s pregnant girlfriend, followed by a cryptic conversation that left fans with many unanswered questions.
In June, Eileen won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress for her portrayal as Kristen, having previously been nominated for her work in the role in 1998.
Eileen and fellow “Days Of Our Lives” alum Lisa Rinna (who played Billie Reed) are the new ladies on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” which premieres for a new season Tuesday at 9 on Bravo.
As for her “Real Housewives” tagline, Eileen says “I’m not a bitch, but I’ve played one on TV.”
It looks like we will be seeing more of that next year!
DAYS ALUM HEADLINES NEW WEB SOAP(Photo) Martha Madison (ex-Belle, DAYS) will star in the new web soap, WINTERTHORNE, set to begin production in spring of 2015. The series, the latest from DEVANITY Creator Michael Caruso, tells the story of Miranda Winterthorne, who is described as seductive, loving and ruthless, and her determination to control her family’s multi-million dollar candy business.
"Women are complicated!” noted Madison in a press release. "We have complex thoughts and emotions. We can be smart, loving, angry and powerful all at the same time for a hundred different valid reasons! Michael understands this and knows how to write for that kind of woman. I can't wait to play her.”
The series will also feature Gordon Thomson (ex-Mason, SANTA BARBARA et al) and will be directed by TAINTED DREAMS creator Sonia Blangiardo.
The 2015 Daytime Emmys Are In April!Mark your calendars: The ceremony for the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards has been scheduled for Sunday, April 26! The deadline for performer pre-nomination clips to be submitted will be Friday, November 28, and the final nominations will be announced on Tuesday, March 26.
There have been some new categories added, one of which is Guest Performer in a Drama Series, which should include high-profile-but-short-term actors like GENERAL HOSPITAL's Donna Mills (Madeline) and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Ray Wise (Ian).
At this time there have been no details released regarding how the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast, but it will likely be via the Internet as they were this year. (Although hopefully with a better pre-show!)
150 ICONS: Sioux City's Macdonald Carey enjoyed long acting career in Hollywood(siouxcityjournal.com) SIOUX CITY | “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.”
Millions know Sioux City native Macdonald Carey for just those words, the introduction to the long-running soap, “Days of Our Lives.”
But Carey was more than just patriarch Tom Horton on the NBC drama.
Long before he became one of the first big names to try daytime television, he had an illustrious career in films.
Born in Sioux City in 1913, Carey first caught the performing bug at Central High School where he sang in the school choir and appeared in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. He parlayed that interest into a degree in drama at University of Iowa.
Like so many stars during World War II, Carey juggled acting and military service. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943 but also managed to make some of his biggest films – Alfred Hitchcock’s “Shadow of a Doubt” among them – during the same time.
Carey then launched a career in television. Juggling both films and television, he played “Dr. Christian” on a syndicated television series and Herb Maris in “Lock-Up.” During television’s golden age in the 1950s, he was a regular on such anthologies as “Zane Grey Theater.”
And then? Daytime television came calling. Carey signed on in 1965 as Dr. Tom Horton in “Days of Our Lives” and played the role until his death in 1994. He won the first two Daytime Emmys ever given for an actor in a soap opera. As a tribute to his contributions to the show, producers continue to use his voice to introduce each episode of the series.
Carey’s autobiography, “The Days of My Life,” was released in 1991.
Carey died March 21, 1994, less than a week after his 81st birthday. He is buried in Culver City, Calif., and remembered with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
CHRISHELL STAUSE OFF DAYSChrishell Stause, who first aired as DAYS’s Jordan Ridgeway in August, 2013, is leaving the show. "Sadly I have wrapped up my time over at @nbcdays. It's been an amazing journey & the best is yet to come for Jordan. I taped scenes in Nov I'm really proud of and I will air into March. I've made great friends and memories in my time there. I would like to thank NBC/Corday for the opportunity. I love my daytime family & am looking forward to what the future has in store :)” she tweeted in announcing the news. With the show’s production schedule, look for her air well into 2015. The popular actress previously played AMC’s Amanda.
NEW PROJECT FOR DAYS’S CORDAYCorday Productions is partnering with the digital TruLOVE Network (which is owned by BroadLit, Inc.), to develop original television properties based on TruLOVE's extensive library of romance stories.
“Our new projects with TruLOVE are sure to capture the hearts and fantasies of our viewers and we are thrilled to be in business with such trailblazing women as TruLove Network/BroadLit partners Cynthia Cleveland, Nancy Cushing-Jones, and Barbara Weller, and we look forward to unveiling more details soon, in true dramatic fashion,” said Ken Corday, CEO of Corday Productions/DAYS’s executive producer, in a statement. The first co-produced project is slated to be announced at the end of 2014.
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THAAO PENGHLIS RELEASES BOOKToday marks the release of Thaao Penghlis's (Victor, GH; ex-Tony/Andre, DAYS) book, Places: The Journey of My Days, My Lives. "It’s really about how I got here, who crossed my path, what were the signposts, who were my mentors, and the diversity and knowledge that I gained in my 20s that I still apply now at this stage of my life," he tells Digest. "It’s also about the travel journeys I have taken, the environment, the history, the people, the language, the food — all those things." DAYS also gets its own chapter."The good thing is, I never left with a bitter taste. There is no blame game because there was more great than there wasn’t in that experience," he says. To get your copy — paper or ebook — go to amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com.
'Days of Our Lives' Producer Launches Digital Soaps Venture(variety.com) (Logo) Corday Productions, which produces NBC’s ”Days of Our Lives,” is teaming up with digital-media firm All Screens Media to launch Net Soaps/Net Novelas — a venture aiming to create and distribute original “interactive” soap operas online that let fans, thesps and advertisers participate in the shows’ development.
The venture will focus on multilingual soaps for the U.S., Latin America and Brazil. Net Soaps/Net Novelas also is making a branded-content pitch to advertisers to integrate their products or services directly in the new digital series.
“This new venture is about taking the passion consumers have for soaps and novelas into a new era,” said Ken Corday, CEO of Corday Productions, who has been exec producer of “Days of Our Lives” since 1985. “This will be original content that the fans will play a role in green lighting and casting, delivered in a form that can build devoted communities of fans in the digital space.”
Launch of Net Soaps/Net Novelas comes after another online-soaps project has gone belly-up: Prospect Park Networks, which last year launched new versions of ABC soaps “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” online before becoming embroiled in a legal dispute with the Alphabet net, last month filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The principals behind Net Soaps/Net Novelas say their approach is very different. “Prospect Park was taking existing shows and platform-shifting them,” said All Screens Media founder Peter Heumiller, a former VP of content acquisition for Comcast Cable. “We are creating content in a forward-thinking way that gives us a unique platform to connect with people in multiple ways.”
The sponsorship model is key for Net Soaps/Net Novelas, which has launched its website at netsoapstv.com. Advertisers can get involved to the point of making casting decisions for the shows, according to Heumiller. “It’s really coming full circle – soap operas were originally sponsored by the detergent companies,” he said.
Net Soaps/Net Novelas plans to launch the digital soaps in the third quarter of 2014 quarter, via its own websites and distribution partners. Net Soaps is the English-language version targeted at American auds, while Net Novelas will encompass in-language programming for LatAm and Brazil.
Corday Productions’ executive in charge of production Greg Meng will lead development of online portals that will engage consumers and actors in the creation of the content, via online casting and acting auditions, voting on show concepts and ongoing narrative turns. Actors will be able to upload video reels to Net Soaps/Net Novelas as part of the development process.
“We do have a lot of access to amazing talent, not only daytime but primetime,” Meng said. “We are looking at creating these shows as hyperlocal location-based shows, appealing to local sponsors that have national appeal as well.” For example, a show set in Las Vegas might attract a casino sponsor, he said.
The JV has seed funding from the partners, which are in discussions with potential sponsors and distribution partners, Heumiller said. In addition to original shoes, the venture will look to acquire programming.
The Net Soap/Net Novelas team includes independent producer Rose Ganguzza, who has worked with Brazil’s TV Globo on international distribution and also served as president of Revlon/Latin America. Ganguzza will work with her sister, Patricia Ganguzza, whose AIM Productions provides product placement and sponsorship for corporate clients, on international promotional, talent, sponsorship and distribution deals for Net Soaps/Net Novelas.
Also on board is soap-opera actress Crystal Chappell, who’s had prominent roles on “Days of our Lives,” “The Guiding Light,” “All My Children” and “Santa Barbara.” Chappell created and stars in subscription-based online soap, “Venice,” a short-form series now in its fourth season. She will work with Net Soaps / Net Novelas to vet concepts, produce and direct original shows and mentor new talent.
Corday Productions’ “Days of Our Lives” has been a staple of daytime TV since 1965. The company has produced more than 12,000 episodes of the series with distribution in markets worldwide. In January, NBC announced the renewal of the sudser through September 2016.
“The audience for soaps on TV has dropped, but it’s holding,” Meng said. The new venture, reaching digitally savvy soaps fans, “is an organic fit for us as daytime producers for more than 40 years… This takes us several steps ahead as far as watching when you want, where you want and how you interact with the show.”
History of Advertising No 89: Irna Phillips' soap operas(mediaweek.co.uk) If Irna Phillips can’t be called the mother of the soap opera, she was without doubt its midwife who could see daytime drama’s potential for advertisers – and delivered massively on her vision.
She was in the right place at the right time. It was 1930 and US radio networks and advertisers – particularly household-product manufacturers – were beginning to see the opportunities in marketing to housewives at a time when their husbands were working and their children at school.
Phillips, then 29, was an unemployed schoolteacher and part-time radio actress when she was asked by WGN in Chicago to write and act in radio’s first serial drama, Painted Dreams.
It was the story of a mother and her unmarried daughter and, although it began without sponsorship, Phillips included an engagement and a wedding in the plot to maximise product tie-ins.
Painted Dreams marked the start of what proved to be a prodigious output. Over the next 43 years, she created or co-created 18 radio and TV serials, four of which were still on air when she died in 1973.
One was The Guiding Light, centred on a minister and his church community in a Chicago suburb. Another was As The World Turns, featuring the residents of the fictional town of Oakdale, Illinois.
Phillips, who introduced soap-opera conventions such as linking scenes with music and cliffhanger endings, was excited about transferring daytime drama to TV.
In a 1948 letter to a Procter & Gamble senior executive, she envisioned sponsors’ products not only endorsed by her characters but used by them. However, she feared that women who had enjoyed radio drama while doing the housework would not be able to do so while watching TV.
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Phillips dictated her stories to secretaries for up to eight hours a day, producing an estimated two million words a year and earning more than $250,000 a year during the 40s.As The World Turns, the last daytime serial to be associated with P&G, was axed in 2010 after 54 years.
Ma Perkins, one of the most successful US soap operas ever, ran from 1933 to 1960 promoting P&G’s Oxydol. It was created by Anne Hummert and her ad executive husband, Frank.
NBC RENEWS ACCLAIMED DAYTIME DRAMA 'DAYS OF OUR LIVES' THROUGH 2015-16 SEASONNBC has extended its long-running daytime drama "Days of our Lives" for an additional two years, taking the show through September 2016. ‘Days’ will celebrate its 50th year on television in November 2015, continuing its tradition of passion, intrigue and adventure and cementing its place in television history.
The extension was announced today by Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment.
“‘Days of our Lives’ continues to be a fan favorite for the daytime audience and we are thrilled to keep it going through its 50th season,” said Salke. “‘Days’ has shown year-to-year increases in key female demographics and remains both relevant and fresh creatively due to the hard work of the producers, writers, cast and crew who have worked tirelessly to make ‘Days’ the ratings success it is today.
“Having won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama, “Days of our Lives” continues to deliver on its legacy of quality storytelling,” said Steve Kent, Senior EVP, Programming, Sony Pictures Television. “We appreciate NBC’s continued support and are excited to celebrate the show’s 50thanniversary with our generations of dedicated fans.”
“We are thrilled to continue being a part of the NBC family and to have the support of our incredible network and studio executives who work tirelessly to allow us to continue telling our stories and share the ‘Days’ legacy with our devoted family of fans," said Ken Corday, executive producer "Days of our Lives."
“Days of our Lives” currently is delivering its best season in women 18-49 viewers in three years and biggest season in total viewers in four years. Executive producer Ken Corday follows in the tradition of his parents, Betty and Ted Corday, who co-created "Days of our Lives" and helmed the series for many years. “Days” (Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m. ET) first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour 10 years later.
In its 48-plus years, “Days of our Lives” has garnered 232 Daytime Emmy nominations and 36 wins, including a recent Emmy win for Outstanding Daytime Drama. The show's success derives from its consistent commitment to excellence in writing and storytelling -- supported by a diverse ensemble of performers -- and an uncanny knack for anticipating viewer interests. "Days” is set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem. The core families are the Bradys, the Hortons and the DiMeras. The multi-layered storylines involve elements of romance, adventure, mystery, comedy and drama.
“Days of our Lives” is produced by Corday Productions Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. Corday is executive producer with co-executive producers Greg Meng and Lisa De Cazotte. Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell are the head writers.
DAYS Stars Create Rap VideoMeredith Scott Lynn (Anne) and Jen Lilley (Theresa) have created a rap video riffing on the show, stars and behind the scenes crew. The video includes appearances from Alison Sweeney (Sami) and several other Salemites, along with clips from the show. “Jen Lilley [Theresa] is hilarious, on and off camera,” enthuses Lynn. “She’s a very funny, funny person. We connected with our humor in the hair and makeup room. So we created something together. It’s a surprise for the fans, the crew, the show, and all of the people who love DAYS. When you watch it you’ll get a whole other layer of the Anne and Theresa experience!” Watch the clip here: Video.
DAYS Star Launches WebsiteDAYS’s Shawn Christian's (Daniel) new website launches today. “My web site is shawnchristianofficial.com,” he states. “People stole my name and I can’t get it back, so shawnchristianofficial.com is now my official website. You can find clips and pictures. There is also news on everything I’m doing, from Arrowhead Adventure Camps [Arianne Zucker’s new organization] to the web series, ADDICTS ANONYMOUS. Anything I’ve done from AS THE WORLD TURNS [where he played Mike] to DAYS is also on the site. It’s a whirlwind of information.
Book: Days of our Lives Better LivingDays of our Lives Better Living: Cast Secrets for a Healthier, Balanced Life. Order your copy right here.
The Star Attraction by Alison SweeneyThe Star Attraction by Alison Sweeney (Author): Paperback, Kindle Edition.
Days is on PinterestThe Official DOOL Pinterest account is up and running at pinterest.com/nbcdool
Tell-All Tome About Y&R And B&B!Soaps In Depth editor Michael Maloney, along with Lee Phillip Bell, has written an authorized biography of Bell's late husband, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL creator William J. Bell. The Young and Restless Life Of William J. Bell is set to hit bookstores on June 1 and is available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.
The book details the Chicago native's pre-soap opera life as an advertising executive in the era just before MAD MEN to his unparalleled career as television's most prolific writer. Bell not only is the mastermind behind the two surviving CBS soaps, but he also wrote for suders GUIDING LIGHT, AS THE WORLD TURNS (for nine years), and ANOTHER WORLD, which he co-created along with his mentor, soap opera legend Irna Phillips. In 1966, Bell left Phillips and took over as headwriter of DAYS OF OUR LIVES, saving the show from cancelation.
The Young And Restless Life Of William J. Bell offers insights into Bill's creative process -- how he felt about recasting, publicity, spoilers, sweeps, stunt casting and, of course, storytelling! The tome contains backstage dish and never-before-seen photos from the Bell family's personal albums. Lee's successful career as a broadcast journalist in the days of live television in Chicago is also covered, and the book contains information from the "bibles" for AW, Y&R and B&B that any soap fan will want to read!
Over 65 people -- including family members, actors, writers, producers, network executives and other notables from the soap opera world -- were interviewed for this book that every soap fan will want to have! So pre-order your copy today!
Daytime Soap Opera Stars Release Epic Historical NovelDecadent Publishing is excited to announce the release of TRUMPET, by Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes, stars of daytime television’s Days of Our Lives. Their debut novel, full of fascinating facts researched on site, is a historical romp through the theatrical world of the Regency Era. The adventures of heroine Elizabeth Trumpet, from innocence to experience, include famous characters of the time. Trumpet’s conflicts with love and fame in history’s most elegant yet brutal age mirror women’s struggles in our own turbulent times.
Hayes and Hayes enthusiastically spent their lives acting; this wealth of wit and experience colors every page. Their enticing fiction moves from 1803 London to Egypt, the blossoming America and beyond with heartfelt emotion and adventurous fun - just like the romantic scenes Bill and Susan love to play.
Decadent Publishing co-owner Heather Bennett states, “Bill and Susan’s television fans will be ecstatic with Trumpet’s colorful cast of characters and the actors’ famous sense of humor that shines through in the story. Historical fiction aficionados will find the depth of research and rich characterization impressive.”
Trumpet is now available in ebook format at Decadent Publishing, Bono Books and Amazon. The print version will be released in May.
Arianne Zucker and LifeCHANGEArianne Zucker (Nicole Days Of Our Lives) has worked with a number of different charities over the years, including as an ambassador for Habitat for Humanity of the San Fernando Valley and on a number of trips with the USO. She has also worked with the St. Bernard Project in New Orleans. Now, she has started LifeCHANGE, a project dedicated to making a difference by creating opportunity.
LifeCHANGE the show will take six young adults, ranging in age from 18-25, on a journey that will seek to change their lives, as well as the lives of those around them, through volunteering. "Why we picked that age is because I know for me, personally, I was a little lost," Arianne shared. "I didn't have a lot of direction myself at that age. I didn't go straight to college. I went off and modeled because luckily I was born 5'9" but not because that's what I wanted to be when I grew up. I know that to me that was a very important time."
Arianne continued, telling us that she believes those years are "a very vital time in your life. We picked that time so that young adults could see what is out there, whether it be difficult situations or whether it be opportunities for them to maybe become a philanthropist. Maybe all of a sudden they meet someone and they decide they want to be a mathematician! Who knows? Somebody that will affect them to become something more. That's how my brother and I envisioned this."
Arianne began working on this project with her older brother in 2007; they brought in former Days castmate Jason Cook because he has done a couple of documentaries. And she sees this most definitely being in the style of a documentary, not the reality television that most of us have become so accustomed to. LifeCHANGE will be "done in such a way where it's heartfelt without having to manipulate a situation. We have enough issues of our own and to capture that on television, that's enough. We don't need to manipulate anything. We want to educate and just be able to relate. I know even for my character, people will relate to her when she goes through certain things, through the miscarriage especially, or being torn in relationships or being with men who you don't really want to be with, just because."
People relate to the character of Nicole and she can affect them through her many trials and tribulations, but through LifeCHANGE, Arianne hopes to affect people in a much more positive manner. "You do affect people, more than you know," she avers. "You affect people when you're standing in line at the grocery store... But no matter what, I'm taking six kids a year. And I'm going to make a difference in their lives. And I'm not only making a difference in their lives; it really almost changes you more as a person. And everybody benefits, from the trip and from the journey. You reach the destination but the journey just begins. It's so beautiful."
What if you're not one of the lucky six chosen for this first round? How can your life be changed? "What we've done, too, what we've made available on our LifeCHANGE website and our blog area are organizations that we have worked with, will be working with, will be continuing to work with, because not one thing is near and dear to everyone's heart," Arianne told us. "I feel like if you're not one of the six people who we've chosen to go on this trip, that doesn't mean that you can't change your life on your own. Or be motivated to do it yourself. Or find a group of friends that say, hey, you know what? Our friend so-and-so is going through a tough time right now. Let's make a difference. Those are the things that we want to inspire."
"Let's start this whole butterfly effect," Arianne continued. "Because the more positive we are – and I'm kind of corny spiritual in that way – but the more positive we are, the more positive energy we'll put into the air. Think about it. When your boss comes in angry or your teacher comes in angry, who's the next one to get it? It goes down, down, down. Then your mom comes home mad because she was yelled at at work. Now the kids are affected. If you don't believe in that, or if that's not proof enough in the pudding right there, I don't know what is. What if that boss gave you a bonus today? And it rippled down to your employees. Now your mom comes home in the best mood and you got a cake for dinner!"
And who doesn't want cake for dinner?!
To learn more about how you can get your own cake and make a positive difference in people's lives, please visit www.lifechangetheshow.com.
Set to begin in Summer 2012, LifeCHANGE will offer its six participants the opportunity to travel, build new relationships and experience the warmth that results from helping others in need, while overcoming challenges, tests and obstacles on their path to self-discovery. Participants will be carefully selected upon review of their two-minute online video submission and questionnaire explaining why they would like to take this chance. Episodes will be made available to the general public on the LifeCHANGE website.
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