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Y&R: Grace Is Coming Back Again!Jennifer Gareis (Donna, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) is once more returning to Genoa City as Grace Turner! The actress, who reprised her role as Nick's naughty ex-lover in August, will pop back up on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS on Thursday, November 13. The buzz is that Gareis' summer appearance on Y&R was so successful that the show extended another invitation to the actress, who currently recurs on sister soap B&B. "I love playing bad girls," Gareis has told In Depth. "It's just so much fun because you never know what they're going to do next! They're always conniving and manipulative." No word on how long Gareis will be on the scene this time, but don't be surprised if she continues to reprise Grace on occasion!
ABC Buys Bookclub Comedy From Patti Carr, Lara Olsen & Eva LongoriaIn a competitive situation, Bookclub, a half-hour comedy from former 90210 showrunners Patti Carr and Lara Olsen, Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Universal TV, where the company has a first-look deal, has landed at ABC with script commitment plus penalty. Said to be in the vein of ensemble comedies Bridesmaids and The Hangover, Bookclub revolves around four female friends who escape the pressures and responsibilities of adult life by pretending to be in a book club. Carr and Olsen will write the script based on their original idea and will executive produce with UnveliEVAble’s Longoria and Ben Spector. Bookclub reteams UnveliEVAble with Carr and Olsen after developing together Tinseltown several seasons ago. It also reunites Carr and Olsen with ABC — they most recently served as co-executive producers on the network’s ensemble comedy Mixology.
This is the seventh sale for UnbeliEVAble this season, including Texas politics drama Pair Of Aces at ABC. The network also is developing a comedy with the Trophy Wife team of Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky as a potential starring vehicle for Longoria. All parties are repped by CAA. Longoria is also with Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Meet the stars: Famed soap actors head to Jersey venues(app.com) The straightforward, no-nonsense attitude of the people. A home away from home. The culture. And who can forget the huge fan base?
They're all parts of New Jersey that keep soap opera stars coming back for more.
"I feel such a connection with East Coast people, especially people from Jersey and areas like that, because I just feel they're so much more 'what you see is what you get,' " says Vanessa Marcil, known to daytime fans as the feisty Brenda Barrett on "General Hospital."
"I'd rather just have someone tell me exactly how you feel."
Eleven soap star favorites — of "General Hospital," "All My Children," "One Life to Live" and more — will unite Oct. 25 and 26 at Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club in Point Pleasant Beach, FairBridge Hotel & Conference Center in East Hanover, and Sutton Place in Long Beach, New York, to meet some of their biggest fans.
It's all part of Soap Fantasy Reunion, an event organized by Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club and Coastal Entertainment Productions.
In addition to Marcil, current and former soap stars scheduled to appear include Cameron Mathison, Tamara Braun, Bradford Anderson, Kelly Sullivan, Darnell Williams, Natalia Livingston, Scott Reeves, Alicia Minshew, Vincent Irizarry and Gina Tognoni.
"I love New York and I love New Jersey," says Reeves, who portrayed Steve Webber on "General Hospital" and Ryan McNeil on "The Young and the Restless." "It feels kind of like a home away from home."
When "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" went off the air in 2011, Dino Ibelli, owner of Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, knew fans would be devastated.
"A lot of fan base started scattering," Ibelli explains. "(I thought) 'Let's try to bring back the favorites.' We decided to give it a shot."
Ibelli went through his roster of soap opera guests — nine of the 11 stars participating in Soap Fantasy Reunion have been to Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club before.
"It brings me joy to see the people who would never meet these people," Ibelli says. "They get to see them off the TV and see that they're real people."
The soap favorites discuss their excitement to meet their loyal fans.
"New Jersey is probably my favorite place to be," says Sullivan, who lived in Hoboken. "There is such a big fan base in New York and New Jersey, and to be able to just hang out and spend some time, and be around all that support and love, I think it's very important to be a part of that."
Their take on Jersey
Reality shows such as "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," and "Jersey Shore" have zeroed in on the state, and arguably shown a distorted view on the area.
"I have firsthand knowledge of the Jersey Shore," says Irizarry, who lived in Montclair for 12 years. "I can imagine if it has distorted the great majority of the people's in the country — a lot of them are not familiar with (the Shore). So, they're being given something, a false impression of what it really is."
Irizarry is known to soap fans as Dr. David Hayward on "All My Children," Dr. Scott Clark on "Santa Barbara," Lujack on "Guiding Light" and David Chow on "Young and the Restless."
"Montclair, I think, is one of the nicest places in New Jersey," says Irizarry, who currently lives in Calabasas, California. "It had wonderful restaurants, culture and a museum and a light opera house. I was like, 'Wow, this place is fantastic.' I really fell in love with the state."
Irizarry has memories of visiting family in Jackson to taking trips to Long Beach Island.
"I've watched the growth there over the years," Irizarry says. "I know that there were areas that were really depressed — and it's been great over the years to see some of them coming back."
But what has always baffled Irizarry about the Garden State?
"In all those years, there was never a direct express train from New York City to Atlantic City," says Irizarry, who attended the opening of the now-closed Revel Casino Hotel in 2012.
Irizarry, 54, was even in the area the night of superstorm Sandy to perform at B.B. King's in New York City. He spent the next two days in Montclair with family, and recalls his failed attempts to find an open gas station.
For Reeves, 48, the Jersey Shore is a beloved place to be. His wife, Melissa Reeves, who stars on "Days of Our Lives" as Jen Horton, grew up in Eatontown.
"We love going down to Point Pleasant — we go down there often and walk around the boardwalk in the summertime," says Reeves, who lives in Nashville. "We love going around and walking around Red Bank."
Marcil, who enjoys Jenkinson's Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, calls herself a fanatical fan of "Jersey Shore" and "Snooki and JWoww."
"Everybody has done all of those things, but most people just hide it or don't admit it or not talk about it," says Marcil of the cast's partying ways. "I think it's really admirable to (watch people) who have enough guts to let the world see every part of them."
Over the last decade, Sullivan, 36, says reality television was "the big thing," but people are hooking onto fictional dramas such as "House of Cards" and "Scandal." Reality television is not art, says Sullivan, who portrayed the kooky Connie/Kate on "General Hospital" and recently joined "The Young and the Restless" as Sage.
"They force these situations to have a beginning, middle and an end because they're finding out that you can't sit there and watch ... someone brush their teeth or fight with their sister or have a hot mess breakdown," says Sullivan, a native of Seattle, Washington.
Marcil, 45, last appeared on "General Hospital" in 2013 for the show's 50th anniversary.
"I always said, 'This is the place that put me on the map, the people that allowed me to live out my dreams,'" Marcil says. "So basically, I'll help 'GH' hide a dead body at 3 a.m. with no explanations needed."
Even as someone addicted to "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," Marcil says reality shows are not replacing soaps.
"First of all, everything is a soap opera," Marcil says. " 'Breaking Bad' was a soap opera. Soap opera means that the story is ongoing, that's it. I think there's room for everybody, and I think the daytime shows have proven that.
"I think the (daytime soaps) have been nothing but successful because what other show can you tell me has been on the air for 50 years? Even if all ended tomorrow, I don't see it as a genre dying. I see it as one of the biggest successes that we've ever seen in our lives."
SOAP FANTASY REUNION
Featuring soap stars Tamara Braun, Vanessa Marcil, Bradford Anderson, Darnell Williams, Natalia Livingston, Alicia Minshew, Kelly Sullivan, Vincent Irizarry, Scott Reeves, Gina Tognoni and Cameron Matthison
WHEN: Oct. 25 and 26; four separate events
WHERE:11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25: Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, 520 Arnold Ave., Point Pleasant Beach; tickets are $130 and include VIP and sit-down lunch
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 25: Sutton Place, 124 W. Park Ave., Long Beach; tickets are $283 and include three-course sit-down dinner, autographs and photo opportunities
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (platinum), 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. (show) Oct. 26: FairBridge Hotel & Conference Center, 130 Route 10, East Hanover, tickets are $206 for platinum which includes meet and greet, $88 for show only
3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26: FairBridge Hotel Conference Center, 130 Route 10, East Hanover; All Star Music Jam, tickets are $105
FOR MORE INFO: 732-899-3900 or www.eventbrite.com.
Victoria Rowell Heads a Sudsy Cast in The Fright Night FilesGirls just wanna have fun — with voodoo potions, satanic séances and good old-fashioned murder! The Fright Night Files (Saturday, Oct. 18,8/7c), a TV One film aimed primarily at African-American women, stars Victoria Rowell (The Young and the Restless), Harry Lennix (The Blacklist), Lynn Whitfield (Without a Trace), Elise Neal (The Hughleys) and Sean Blakemore (General Hospital) in three tales of deadly romance and supernatural vengeance. It's about damn time.
"Scary movies are hugely popular with black audiences even though there usually aren't any black characters in them — except the ones who die first," notes executive producer Susan Banks. Decades ago, campy shockers like Blackenstein and Scream Blacula Scream were all the rage and the Wayans family has had a goofy blast spoofing the genre in recent years. "But nobody takes black horror seriously," says Banks. TV One intends to change that — if Fright Night Files scores well, it'll be back as a weekly series.
And that will mean lots of work for daytime soap stars. Banks, who previously served as director of on-air promotion for CBS Daytime, has a healthy respect for suds talent — in addition to Rowell and Blakemore, the trilogy also features former Y&R stars Eva Marcille and Davetta Sherwood. "If there's one thing black audiences love even more than horror films, it's the soaps!" Banks says with a laugh. "To combine them is killer!"
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Y&R: Nick's Ex Returns!(Photo) THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS will bring back a familiar face in November when Julianne Morris returns to Genoa City as Amy Wilson. (Soap fans might also remember the actress as DAYS OF OUR LIVES' "Swamp Girl" Greta.) In the late '90s, Amy was a friend of Sharon's who dated Nick and then went a little bit crazy after Matt raped her and she shot him. What brings Amy back to town, and how will she affect Nick and Sharon's lives now?
Diamont's Son Takes The Field!Don Diamont (ex-Brad, Y&R) will be in Bloomington, Indiana this weekend to cheer on his son, Alexander, when he takes the field as starting quarterback for the University of Indiana Hoosiers in a game against eighth-ranked Michigan State!
The actor says his son's college football debut took everyone completely by surprise. The team had hoped to "redshirt" Alexander (who goes by "Zander") this season [meaning not playing him to ensure that the freshman would be eligible for four subsequent years], but recent injuries to two other Hoosier quarterbacks forced coach Kevin Wilson's hand.
"Here we go, it's batter up, as they say," notes Diamont, jokingly mixing his sports metaphors. "Alexander is now the starting quarterback for the Hoosiers as a true freshman."
Though it's undoubtedly a lot of pressure to step in for the first time against a team that's ranked number one, defensively, in the Big Ten, Diamont says he knows his son will more than rise to the challenge. "I have a belief in my son, and I get emotional even saying it," Diamont tells In Depth with a faltering voice. "I just know he's going to go out there and compete his heart out. I think he'll show flashes of greatness, and he may make some mistakes, but he's going to be fiercely competitive. He will leave it all out there and give it everything he's got."
The game will be televised on Saturday, October 18, at 3:30 p.m. EST on ESPN, and you may even catch a glimpse of the actor in the broadcast if things go well for the rookie quarterback. "I cry every time I say this," says Diamont, "but Alexander did say to me 'Daddy, when I throw a touchdown, make sure you get down by the railing — because I'm going to hand the ball to you.'"
ALL CBS DAYTIME SHOWS POST YEAR-TO-YEAR GROWTH“The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” Post Double-Digit Growth in Women 25-54 and Women 18-49
All CBS daytime programs posted year-to-year growth, with the Network's two daytime dramas up double-digits in key women demographics, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Oct. 12.
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS was up +5% in viewers (4.74m from 4.52m), +12% in women 25-54 (1.9/13 from 1.7/11) and +18% in women 18-49 (1.3/09 from 1.1/08) compared to the same week last year.
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL was up +9% in viewers (3.68m from 3.38m), +23% in women 25-54 (1.6/10 from 1.3/08) and +38% in women 18-49 (1.1/08 from 0.8/06).
LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 was up +7% in viewers (3.00m from 2.80m), +13% in women 25-54 (0.9/07 from 0.8/06) and +17% in women 18-49 (0.7/05 from 0.6/04). LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 was up +10% in viewers (3.57m from 3.23m), +11% in women 25-54 (1.0/07 from 0.9/06) and +33% in women 18-49 (0.8/06 from 0.6/05).
THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 was up +5% in viewers (4.75m from 4.53m), +8% in women 25-54 (1.3/09 from 1.2/08) and +13% in women 18-49 (0.9/07 from 0.8/06). THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 was up +4% in viewers (5.49m from 5.31m) and even in both women 25-54 (1.4/10) and women 18-49 (1.0/08).
THE TALK was up +2% in viewers (2.63m from 2.58m), +17% in women 18-49 (0.7/05 from 0.6/04) and even in women 25-54 (1.0/06).
Video: Sharon Case & Joshua Morrow LiveChatConnect Chat/LiveChat from October 3rd: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvbXHj5N4gw.
Rowell Finds Deadly RomanceTHE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla) had a frightfully good time making her upcoming film, Mirror, Mirror for TV One. "It's three movies -- a trilogy called The Fright Night Files -- and I'm in one of them," she tells Soaps In Depth. "I star opposite THE BLACKLIST's Harry Lennix as his love interest."
Actually, Rowell portrays one of two ladies in the charismatic man's life. He already had a live-in girlfriend named Jessica (played by Rowell's former Y&R daughter, Davetta Sherwood, ex-Lily) who's more than a bit unhappy with him. Upon arriving home to find Jessica performing a strange ritual with a friend, the creeped out guy will have a decision to make. Will the unique mirror that she gives him change his outlook? Tune in on Saturday, October 18, at 8 p.m. EST to find out!
If the chemistry between Rowell and Lennix seems easy, there's a good reason for it. "This is like our fourth project. He was my love interest [Agent Ron Wagner] on DIAGNOSIS MURDER," Rowell reveals. "And I starred in a movie last year that he's producing -- it's still being edited."
What else is ahead for the popular star? Also on Saturday, October 18, she'll be the keynote speaker at the St. Agnes Home's [http://stagneshome.org] Centennial Celebration at the Marriott hotel in Hartford, CT. For tickets or sponsorship information, click here. After that, she has a starring role in the holiday film Marry Us For Christmas, the sequel to UPtv's 2013 ratings juggernaut, Marry Me For Christmas. And keep an eye out for our Keeping Track feature with Rowell in an upcoming issue of Soaps In Depth!
NBC Nabs Comedy Starring Monica PotterAs Parenthood is wrapping its six-season run on NBC, the network is looking to keep series co-star Monica Potter (ex-Sharon, The Young & The Restless) in the fold with a new project. A half-hour comedy, toplined by Potter and executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, has received a pilot production commitment from the network. Written by I Hate My Teenage Daughter creators Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer, the untitled multi-camera comedy hails from Warner Bros TV and DeGeneres’ studio-based company A Very Good Production. Details about the premise are not being revealed, but I hear the series is loosely based on Potter’s life.
Bilsing-Graham and Kreamer executive produce with A Very Good Production’s DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman. In addition to being attached to star, Potter serves as producer.
Potter’s co-starring role on Parenthood has earned her a Critics’ Choice TV Award last year and a Golden Globe nomination this year. She is with ICM Partners, The Schiff Co. and Patti Felker.
ICM Partners-repped A Very Good Production has another multicamera comedy at NBC with midseason series One Big Happy.
Before creating/executive producing I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Bilsing-Graham and Kreamer served as executive producers on The New Adventures Of Old Christine, both multi-camera comedy series produced by WBTV.
Wilson Bethel To Co-Star On ABC's 'Astronaut Wives Club', Pen Drama For CWHart Of Dixie co-star Wilson Bethel (ex-Ryder, The Young & The Restless) is expanding his relationship with the series’ executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage as well as the network and studio behind the small-town drama series, the CW and Warner Bros. TV, with two new gigs.
As an actor, Bethel has joined ABC’s 10-episode drama series The Astronaut Wives Club, written/executive produced by Savage and executive produced by Schwartz, as a regular. Based on Lily Koppel’s book, the series tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. Bethel will play Scott Carpenter, the most laid-back of the astronauts and husband to Rene Carpenter (Yvonne Strahovski). Because Astronaut Wives Club is a 10-episode limited series, with Bethel expected to appear in eight, and Hart Of Dixie has a 10-episode order, Bethel can successfully juggle both regular roles, filming the ABC drama while the CW series is on hiatus.
As a writer, Bethel has closed a blind script deal with Warner Bros. TV to pen a drama project for the CW. He has writing experience — Bethel wrote, produced and starred in the CW digital series Stupid Hype and L.A. Rangers. Additionally, he penned the viral Funny or Die video Call Me Doctor starring Hart Of Dixie leading lady Rachel Bilson.
'The Price Is Right' and CBS' soaps to take over Zap2it's Instagram"The Price Is Right" is giving away a bunch of sweet cars starting Monday (Oct. 13) with the help of soap stars Matthew Atkinson, Hunter King and Karla Mosley. As they come on down to Dream Car Week, they're taking over Zap2it's Instagram too.
Visit Zap2it's Instagram on Monday (Oct. 13) for behind-the-scenes photos from "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and The Beautiful" as they visited Drew Carey for "The Price Is Right's" big giveaway, and don't forget to check your local listings and watch the show when it airs in your area.
"Y&R" stars Atkinson and King will guest model on Monday and Tuesday, and "B&B's" Mosley will take over modeling duties from Wednesday to Friday.
Live Chat with Egan, Jenkins & RikaartLive Chat with Melissa Claire Egan, Burgess Jenkins & Greg Rikaart from Y&R. October 14 at 12:30pn ET/ 9:30am PT #YR www.cbs.com.
David Letterman's "The Young and The Restless" AuditionDavid Letterman's "The Young and The Restless" Audition: Video.
Eva Longoria Producing NBC Supernatural Anthology Drama With Hispanic TwistNBC has put in development an anthology series from Chicago Fire co-executive producer Andrea Newman, Eva Longoria’s UnbelieEVAble Entertainment and Universal TV. The project is described as a supernatural thriller in a realistic tone. Inspired by the rich world of Hispanic folklore and myth, each season will explore a different legend and be set in the present-day Southwest.
The first season is based on the ancient Hispanic tale of La Llorona, the “weeping woman,” and follows a troubled Detective investigating a young mother accused of trying to drown her child in a small town hiding a supernatural secret. In the legend, a woman drowns her children for a man and is destined to search for them for eternity, sometimes abducting wandering children who resemble her own. The tale is familiar to NBC viewers as it was retold in an episode from the second season of the network’s popular supernatural drama Grimm (photo above). La Llorona also was the first villain on the CW’s long-running drama Supernatural.
Newman will write the script and will executive produce with Longoria, who is of Mexican descent and holds a Master’s degree in Chicano studies, as well as UnbeliEVAble’s Ben Spector. The project stems from Universal TV’s overall deal with Newman and first-look pact with UnbeliEVAble.
Newman, repped by ICM Partners and Jeff Frankel, has worked on such series as The Secret Circle, Human Target, Private Practice, Cold Case, 24 and Felicity. This is the fifth sale for UnbeliEVAble this development season. Longoria and UnbelEVAble are with CAA and Brillstein.
Y&R ADDING NEW CHARACTERY&R is on the lookout for a “charactery” actor to play Tobias, described as a lab technician in his mid 20s to early 30s. The character will be quirky but “have a cold, calculating energy about him.” The role is non-contract but still considered to be a major one. The role begins taping on October 24.
It's Tea Time Again!THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Kate Linder (Esther) is preparing another one of her high teas, this one to be held in Toronto on Sunday, December 7. Benefiting March Of Dimes Canada, the Third Annual Opportuniteas For Independence High Tea will also feature her daytime co-stars Sean Carrigan (Stitch), Bryton James (Devon) and Mishael Morgan (Hilary) as well as Y&R hair and makeup experts Patti Denney and George Guzman.
The even will be held at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, Canada, on Sunday, December 7, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. with an autograph session to follow. There will be a Q&A session, a raffle, live auction and gift bags. For more information, to purchase tickets or to simply donate to the worthy cause, click here!
Y&R CASTING NEW ROLEY&R is seeking a sexy, accent-free Latina or Asian actress in her 20s to play the recurring role of Gwen. She is described as a shy accountant who is the exact opposite by night. The role starts taping October 22.
ROWELL AND ST. JOHN REUNITE!Although it won’t be in Genoa City, the popular Y&R duo (she played Dru, he plays Neil) will be co-starring in a holiday movie for the UP channel called MARRY ME FOR CHRISTMAS. The flick is set to premiere on December 7.
ABC Buys Mother-Daughter Comedy From Kat Coiro & Eva LongoriaSplitting The Difference, a comedy created by filmmaker Kat Coiro (And While We Were Here, A Case Of You), has sold to ABC with penalty. It hails from Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Universal TV, where the company is under a first-look deal. The project is based on Tré Miller-Rodriguez’s memoir Splitting the Difference, which chronicles her life in New York as a 34-year-old widow who reunites with the daughter she gave up for adoption at 18.
The ABC show, written by Coiro, centers on a buttoned-down 17-year-old who reunites with her recently widowed 36-year-old biological mom and they become the heart of a patchwork family bound by more than blood. Coiro and UnbeliEVAble’s Longoria and Ben Spector executive produce.
Longoria and Spector were introduced to Miller-Rodriguez by IPG’s Amy Schiffman and sparked to her book. The two brought the project to writer-director Coiro through her manager Oly Obst.
This is the fifth sale for UnbeliEVAble this development season. Longoria and UnbelEVAble are with CAA and Brillstein; Coiro’s with WME and 3 Arts and Bloom Hergott; Miller-Rodriguez with Intellectual Property Group.
Owen and Henry Leark debut as Connor on Tuesday, 10/14
Seana Kofoed first appears as Madame Isadora on Tuesday, 10/17
Kelly Sullivan joins the cast as Sage Warner on Tuesday, 10/28
Scott Paulin appears as Dr. Botnik on Tuesday, 10/28
Justin Hartley joins the cast as Adam Newman on Wednesday, 11/5
Y&R: Sally Kellerman joins the cast as Constance Bingham on Thursday, 11/13
Hobnob With The Stars!Spend an intimate eventing with your favorite daytime and Broadway stars at the annual Jane Elissa Extravaganza For Lukemia And Cancer Research! The event will be held at the Time Square Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on Monday, November 17.
Numerous soap stars are slated to attend, including honorary chairperson Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie, GENERAL HOSPITAL), Gina Tognoni (Phyllis, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), Alicia Minshew (Kendall, ALL MY CHILDREN), Sean McDermott (Hart, GUIDING LIGHT), Sonia Satra (Lucy, GL), Kevin Spirtas (ex-Craig, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and David Andrew Macdonald (Edmund, GL).
There will be special performances, auctions, a raffle and goodie bags. Tickets range in price from $125 to $500. For more information and ticket purchase, call Jane Elissa at 917-732-1085 or Lauri Landry at 646-732-9397.
Stars Strike Out Child AbuseJen Lilley (Theresa, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is hosting a star-studded bowling tournament to benefit Childhelp, America's largest and longest-running nonprofit dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. The event will be held on Sunday, October 19, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at PINZ Bowling in Studio City, CA.
Amongst the celebrity guests are daytime stars like Chrishell Stause (Jordan, DAYS), Kelly Sullivan (Sage, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; ex-Connie, GH), Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, DAYS), Ian Buchanan (Duke, GH), Finola Hughes (Anna, GH), Billy Flynn (Chad, DAYS), Judi Evans (Adrienne, DAYS), Casey Moss (JJ, DAYS), Kassie DePaiva (Eve, DAYS; Blair, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Kristian Alfonso (Hope, DAYS), Robert Scott Wilson (Ben, DAYS; Pete, ALL MY CHILDREN), Camila Banus (ex-Gabi, DAYS), True O'Brien (Paige, DAYS) and Lauren Koslow (Kate, DAYS).
For more details about the event, order tickets or simply contribute to the cause, click here.
LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian -- Our Ex-Maid Is Trying to Shake Us DownLeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian claim their former maid is a serial suer who concocted a ridiculous story of abuse in order to fleece her employers.
Gloria Cevallos sued the couple after she got canned, claiming members of the staff went on a terror campaign against her, calling her "fat" and "old." She says Eddie's mom also had a thing against Salvadorians and ultimately fired her.
Sources close to LeAnn and Eddie say the couple is scoffing at the maid, saying they were always nice to her. In fact, even in the maid's lawsuit she never accuses them of mistreatment.
LeAnn and Eddie say this is a shameless money grab, pointing to a prior claim the maid lodged against 2 other employers.
Fact is ... Cevallos also filed a worker's comp claim against LeAnn and Eddie but it was thrown out. So now the maid has filed a lawsuit claiming it was a hostile work environment in the Rimes/Cibrian homestead.
Eddie and LeAnn say the suit is a last ditch effort to get quick cash, and they will fight her to the end.
Luckinbill's Good LieTHE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' fans who have missed seeing J.T. on their small screens can see his portrayer, Thad Luckinbill, on the big screen when The Good Lie hits movie theaters on Friday, October 3.
While the hunk has only a small part in the Reese Witherspoon movie, Luckinbill actually had a much larger role behind the scenes. He, along with his brother, Trent, and Molly Smith (executive producer of the Oscar-nominated The Blind Side), helped produce the film. "We started a company called Black Label Media (BLM) a little over two years ago, and this is our first project," says the actor/producer. "We're really happy with it, really proud. It's been very well received. When we had a premiere in Toronto, it got a standing ovation. It's really a special movie, and has an amazing message."
The Good Lie is based on the real-life hardships of the children orphaned by the brutal civil war in Sudan who became known as The Lost Boys. The young refugees walked thousands of miles in search of safety, and were involved in a humanitarian effort that would bring 3,600 lost boys (and girls) to the United States. In the film, Oscar winner Witherspoon plays Carrie Davis, an employment agency counselor in Kansas City, MO, given the task of finding employment for several of the now-grown young men.
Luckinbill says that when they read the script by Margaret Nagle, which had made the rounds in Hollywood for 10 years, "we just fell in love with it. It was not a no-brainer from a financing standpoint — we had to think long and hard how we were going to make this movie — but the question was never, 'Can we make this movie?' It was, 'How can we make this movie?' Because this is a story that really needs to be told.
"It's a tragic story, but it's told with sensitivity," he adds. "The audience needs to know what these guys went through to understand their emotional journey. That said, the story is also very entertaining. It's done with good balance. There are funny moments, when you laugh really hard. And there are moment when you cry really hard. It's got the whole thing."
In addition to collaborating with Imagine Entertainment (the production company founded by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer), BLM brought on board French-Canadian director Philippe Falardeau. "He has a very personal connection to the Sudan, and The Lost Boys, so we knew it was the right thing. It was the right fit,," says Luckinbill. "Then we got Reese Witherspoon. The tricky part was casting the Sudanese. We agreed with Philippe's suggestion that they needed to be authentic, but who could pull off the acting. We got lucky, because these guys were just great."
As a producer, Luckinbill says that he wants audiences to be entertained. Yet he believes The Good Lie takes it even a level of above that, which is why his company set up thegoodliefund.org, where people can donate to philanthropic programs involving the Sudanese refugees. "This is an emotional movie," he shares. "People feel very moved by what they've seen, so we wanted to give them a place where they can go if they want to do something."
Check out The Good Lie at theaters near you starting on Friday, October 3.
CBS DAYTIME GAME SHOWS, DRAMAS AND "THE TALK" POST GAINSCBS daytime game shows, dramas and THE TALK all notched viewer increases compared to the same week last year, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Sept. 29.
LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 was up +8% (2.88m from 2.65m), LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 gained +6% (3.43m from 3.22m), THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 was up +3% (4.65m from 4.52m), THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL gained +2% (3.64m from 3.57m) and THE TALK grew +3% (2.70m from 2.62m).
THE TALK also tied “The View” in women 25-54 (1.1).
B&B MEETS THE REAL HOUSEWIVES IN AMSTERDAM(Photo) The cast of B&B ran into the cast of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS in Amsterdam, as both shows are taping episodes in the Netherlands. Of course, new HOUSEWIVES cast member Eileen Davidson (Kristen, DAYS; Ashley, Y&R, second from r.) has both shows in common, as she took Y&R's Ashley over to B&B in 2007. Also pictured, from l.: Lisa Rinna (ex-Billie, DAYS), Lisa Vanderpump, B&B Executive Producer/Head Writer Bradley Bell and Heather Tom (Katie, B&B).
"Young & Restless" Loses 180,000 Viewers in 1 Week, Gains Unpopular Headwriter(showbiz411.com) CBS’s former powerhouse soap opera “The Young and the Restless” is in trouble. For the week of Sept 15-19 the show lost 180,000 viewers from the prior week. That’s a huge drop considering 42,000 of those viewers were ages 18-49. In the same week, the ever-crazy but fun “General Hospital” was up 6,000 in 18-49. And “GH” lost only 9,000 total viewers. That 180,000 drop is alarming. They were also down 94,000 from the same week in 2013. “GH” was up 219K.
“Y&R” has been destabilized for some time, with a parade of bad executive producers dictating crazy story lines to headwriters. Last year CBS and Sony brought in Jill Farren Phelps, known for taking shows to their deaths. She almost got “General Hospital” cancelled. Now she’s hired a new headwriter named Chuck Pratt, reviled among soap fans for destroying “All My Children.”
Is CBS setting the stage for a “Y&R” finale? They did the same thing to “As the World Turns” and “Guiding Light,” turning viewers off with unpopular stories until the audience was small enough to kill them. I know Les Moonves would have rather have cheap reality programming, talk shows or game shows. If the combination of Pratt and Phelps really murders “Y&R” ratings, we may be seeing “The Match Game” again.
Morrow & Case on Home & FamilyJoshua Morrow and Sharon Case from The Young & the Restless on Home & Family: Video.
"CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15Eden Riegel Guest Stars as Shelley Hicks, the Co-Pilot’s Wife
“A Thousand Suns” – When a passenger jet crashes in Colorado, the BAU team is called to build a profile around the suspicious circumstances. Also, the case hits close to home for Kate, who is reminded of a family tragedy, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 15 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Eden Riegel (“All My Children”) guest stars as Shelley Hicks, the co-pilot’s wife.
LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian -- They Called Me Fat Old Bitch, Then 86'd Me ... Claims HousekeeperOne of LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian's ex-housekeepers doesn't take kindly to being called a fat old lady, or being fired just for being from El Salvador ... so she's suing the couple.
Gloria Cevallos says things started to go South in the Rimes-Cibrian household when 2 other female employees started beefing with her. According to Gloria's lawsuit, the women called her a vieja gorda (fat old lady) ... and a pinche vieja salvadorena (old Salvadoran bitch).
Gloria cops to being Salvadoran ... not the other stuff.
Cevallos says she overheard Eddie's mom bitching about problems around the house ... and demanding he fire someone over it. She says Eddie's madre eventually showed her la puerta.
We've called Eddie and LeAnn's camp for comment ... so far no word back.
Their ex-maid is suing for back pay, and this is kinda unique ... she also wants "front pay." Basically, she wants them to pay her until she finds another job.
CBS DAYTIME MARKS 28 CONSECUTIVE YEARS AT #1CBS Daytime ended the 2013-2014 broadcast year #1 for the 28th consecutive year with LET'S MAKE A DEAL and THE TALK both finishing with their largest audiences ever, while THE PRICE IS RIGHT, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS delivered their largest audiences in years, according to Nielsen most current ratings for the 2013-2014 television year.
LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 averaged 2.93 million viewers and LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 averaged 3.39m viewers, both up +9% from a year ago to series bests.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 averaged 4.83m viewers, increasing +8% and delivering its largest audience since 2004-2005. Meanwhile, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2, daytime's #1 program, averaged 5.60m viewers, was up +5%, marking its largest audience since 2006-2007.
THE TALK delivered its largest-ever audience with 2.67 million viewers, up +10% from last year.
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL averaged 3.84m, up +7%, scoring the daytime drama's largest audience since the 2006-2007 year.
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS delivered 5.10m, a +5% jump from a year ago, delivering its largest audience since the 2009-2010 year.
The Young and the Restless Live ChatThe Young and the Restless Live Chat with Gina Tognoni and Jessica Collins. Fri, Sep 26 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT: cbs.com/connect/events/1000320/.
GH's Sonny & Jason Reunion!GENERAL HOSPITAL's Sonny and Jason are reuniting, and you can be there... without leaving your home! On Sunday, October 5, Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Steve Burton (ex-Jason, now Dylan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) will be participating in a live on-line Webinar to relive their days as GH's biggest bromance. They will also take questions from the fans participating in the live on-line streaming event, so make sure you think of good ones!
This special reunion event will be held on Sunday, October 5, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. PDT and reservations are $25 a seat (a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the actors' favorite charities, ourbravest.org and IBPF.org). For more information and to reserve your own seat, click here to visit the WebinarsOnAir Web site.
Eva Longoria Eyes TV Return As Star On NBC Comedy Series As ABC Project Also Vies For HerEva Longoria became a household name as a breakout star on ABC’s Desperate Housewives. Two years after the hit dramedy ended its eight-season run, Longoria is looking to return to the small screen as star of a half-hour, single-camera comedy series. In an unusual situation that underscores how sought after Longoria is as a TV leading lady, two projects are vying for her at two different networks – Telenovela at NBC and an untitled comedy at ABC. Originally, the script she was to choose was going to go to pilot.
But NBC stepped up in a big way. The network has deep ties with the actress, helping her launch her production company UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, which is based at Universal Television, and doing projects with her as a producer.
I’ve learned that Telenovela, from Cougar Town co-executive producers Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein and Universal TV, will get a 13-episode order if Longoria commits to star and a pilot order if she doesn’t. The project is expected to hire a casting director shortly. Additionally, since Telenovela is set behind the scenes of a telenovela, NBC is in discussions with sister network Telemundo to make episodes of the fictional telenovela that would air on the Spanish-language net.
The ABC project, from ABC Studios and the Trophy Wife team of Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, is being fast-tracked as a script that will go to pilot with 13-episode penalty for Longoria attached if she commits to star.
Longoria had been developing Telenovela through UnbeliEVAble with Universal TV and NBC for some time. Based on an idea by Longoria, it centers on an ambitious telenovela star — a character created for her — who struggles to stay on top in a world where the drama on-camera is nothing compared to the drama off-camera.
Last season, NBC developed the project as a one-hour with writer Robert Harling. The new, half-hour incarnation is being penned by Pietrosh and Goldstein under the overall deal with Universal TV they entered earlier this summer after a three-year stint at ABC Studios. The two exec produce alongside UnbeliEVAble’s Longoria and Ben Spector.
The untitled ABC comedy will be written by Trophy Wife creators Halpern and Haskins, who will exec produce with fellow Trophy Wife exec producers Stupnitsky and Eisenberg.
Longoria and Spector would executive produce if Longoria stars in it. The comedy centers on Mia, a character written for Longoria. She is a successful home renovator who can’t stop problem solving when she leaves the job site – especially when it comes to her boyfriend, her family, a random delivery guy, and basically everyone she comes into contact with. The project was taken out by ABC Studios, where Halpern & Haskins and Stupnitsky & Eisenberg are based, sparking a bidding between ABC and NBC and ultimately landing at ABC. Longoria, of course, has a long history at ABC and ABC Studios, which cast her in Desperate Housewives.
It is not unusual for a network to commission two scripts for an actor it has a talent deal with, which is what CBS did for Martin Lawrence two years ago. But for two big projects at two different networks to be developed for the same actor is very rare.
Since the end of Desperate Housewives, Longoria had been focused on producing through her UnbeliEVAble banner. She executive produces Lifetime’s Devious Maids and her company has sold several projects this development season, including medical drama Critical at NBC and Texas political/family drama Pair of Aces at ABC.
Longoria is repped by CAA. Halpern and Haskins are with UTA and Mosaic. Eisenberg and Stupnitsky are repped by WME and Mosaic. Pietrosh and Goldstein are with ICM Partners.
Y&R Signs Atkinson To Contract!When THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS turned Austin from Avery's cameraman to her on-line stalker who shot Paul and went on the run with Summer, it seemed like the character didn't have much of a future (even if he and Summer did get hitched!). But a rep for the soap reveals to Soaps In Depth that Matthew Atkinson is now on contract, so Austin will be around for quite a while!
Do you think that Austin is redeemable? Are you excited he's sticking around Genoa City?
Eva Longoria To Produce Texas Political Drama For ABC With Conde NastThe colorful and cutthroat world of Texas politics will serve as backdrop of a Latino family drama from Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Conde Nast Entertainment, which has landed at ABC with penalty. The project is loosely inspired by a 2003 Vogue article that profiled Democratic rising-star twins Julián Castro, mayor of San Antonio, and Joaquin, then-newly elected U.S. congressman.
Created and written by Meredith Lavender & Marcie Ulin (ABC’s Nashville), Pair Of Aces, described as an operatic family drama, revolves around brothers Chris and Alex Reyes, Latino golden boys who are both best friends and rivals. They are rising stars in Texas politics whose destiny is engineered by their manipulative mother Maria. She is determined to turn the Reyes family into the most powerful dynasty modern politics has ever seen. The drama explores the American dream and the lies, blackmail and manipulation it takes to rise to the top of power in Texas — and perhaps someday D.C. Universal TV, where UnbeliEVAable Entertainment has a first-look deal, is producing, with UnveliEVAble’s Longoria and Ben Spector executive producing alongside Conde Nast’s Dawn Ostroff and Gina Marcheschi.
Pair Of Aces reunites Longoria and Conde Nast. Last season, they teamed for drama project based on an another article from a Conde Nast magazine, Glamour‘s Real Deal, which sold to CBS with penalty. This season, UnbeliEVAble also has sold medical drama Critical to NBC. All parties are repped by CAA.
New Headwriter for Y&R!(cbs.soapsindepth.com) THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has made some on-screen changes recently with some high-profile recasts, and now there's going to be a major change behind the scenes. An insider at Y&R has confirmed that executive producer Jill Farren Phelps has hired Chuck Pratt as the new headwriter of the soap. He will also receive an executive producer credit, although Phelps will still reportedly be in charge.
Pratt is known for his scripting of primteime soaps MELROSE PLACE, TITANS and MODELS, INC., but is best known in daytime circles for his work on SANTA BARBARA (also with Phelps as executive producer), SUNSET BEACH, GENERAL HOSPITAL and ALL MY CHILDREN.
At this time, we don't know exactly when Pratt is scheduled to start writing scripts for Y&R so we can't be sure when his work will be seen on screen. What do you think? Does Y&R need a new headwriter? Do you think Pratt is the right man for the job?
Y&R DELIVERS ITS LARGEST WEEKLY AUDIENCE AND BEST WOMEN 18-49 RATING SINCE MARCHTHE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, featuring the return of CBS Daytime veteran and CRIMINAL MINDS star Shemar Moore for two episodes, delivered its largest weekly audience and best women 18-49 rating since March, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Sept. 14.
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS averaged 4.70 million viewers (up +3% from the prior week), 1.3/09 in women 18-49 (up +8%) and 2.0/13 in women 25-54 (up +5%). It was THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS’ best viewer and women 18-49 deliveries since the week ending March 28.
Moore, who appeared as series regular on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS for 11 years (1994-2002 and 2004-2005), reprised his role as the charismatic Malcolm Winters, a portrayal that earned him a Daytime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2000.
Will Psychic Predict Trouble?(Photo) The future may not be a blank slate after all when it comes to a few Genoa City residents! Soaps In Depth has learned exclusively that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has cast Seana Kofoed in the role of Madame Isadora, a psychic who has some predictions to share. Will she offer an ominous warning of death and destruction... or a more hopeful outlook that could include romance? Fans will be able to find out when the actress brings the character to Genoa City, beginning on Friday, October 17, for a few episodes. You might remember Kofoed from her role in primetime's MEN IN TREES, or from her guest appearances in RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, SUBURGATORY or RAISING HOPE.
JOIN THE STARS TO STRIKE OUT CHILD ABUSEDAYS's Jen Lilley (Theresa), Chrishell Stause (Jordan), Y&R's Kelly Sullivan (Sage), and a host of other faves will be at Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City, CA on October 19 to raise awareness about child abuse — and you can join the celebrity bowling tournament.
"I thought this would be a fun way to raise awareness about child abuse going on in the United States without getting into the gruesome details," explains Lilley. "You don't have to be a good bowler to participate. Just come as you are with an open heart! I personally plan on bowling granny-style. 100 percent of the ticket costs will go to Childhelp and helping American children. Every celebrity is donating his or her own time; no one is getting paid. Everyone is volunteering their time because we care about our kids and this amazing organization!"
For more information, and to get tickets, go here. Also, follow the actress on Twitter @Jen_Lilley.
Take Two? Michael Muhney Rallies For Shocking Return To 'Y&R' After Groping Claims, But Cast Threatens Boycott! Why Producers Backed Down(radaronline.com) Almost eight months after The Young & The Restless star and fan favorite, Michael Muhney was fired for allegedly groping the breasts of co-star, Hunter Tyler King, RadarOnline.com has learned that producers secretly began talks to bring him back. However, the cast rallied around King and threatened to stop working if Muhney reprised the role of Adam Newman!
“Informal talks between producers of Y & R and Michael Muhney’s camp began earlier this summer,” an insider told Radar. “Michael really wanted to come back and play the role he loved. Willing to do whatever it took to make everyone comfortable, Michael promised to be on his best behavior.”
“It really looked like it was going to happen, until the cast found out,” the source continued. “Led by veteran Doug Davidson, the cast felt betrayed by the move. Everyone had moved on from the difficult time, so for this to be happening was shocking. The cast said if Muhney was re-hired, they would essentially boycott and not film.”
Producers got the message and decided not to bring Muhney back, the source said. Instead, they’ve cast Mistresses hunk Justin Hartley as the new Adam Newman.
Hartley has been filming for the last several weeks, and viewers will see him on the small screen beginning in November.
But Muhney wasn’t totally without his supporters: Radar has learned Sharon Case, who plays the role of Sharon Newman, is disappointed he’s gotten the boot for good.
“Sharon was truly looking forward to working with Michael again,” the source said. “She didn’t like the storyline of her character, and thought Muhney would spice up her scenes once again. She is very isolated from the rest of the cast because she firmly stands in Michael’s corner.”
Y&R's Walton is Getting A New Grandbaby!THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Jess Walton (Jill) shares with Soaps In Depth that she's going to become a grandmother again! Her son, Cole, and his wife, Ashley, are expecting their second child. "It's a boy," Walton happily reveals. The two-time Emmy winner's first grandson, Wyatt, was born in 2012. Congratulations!
GH FAVE JOINS Y&R!Kelly Sullivan (ex-Connie, GH) has been hired for a new role on Y&R. She will play Sage, who is described as “intelligent, competent, discreet, and reserved. However, that reserve masks a well of passion and fire beneath the surface. She’ll do anything for those she loves.” Enthuses Sullivan, “I’m incredibly honored and flattered to even be considered to be part of the YOUNG AND RESTLESS family. I’m also thrilled to be working with [Executive Producer] Jill Farren Phelps again like we did on GH."
For now, the role is recurring, and Sullivan starts taping on September 24. Her first air date is set for October 28. For the full interview with Sullivan, check out the issue of Digest on sale 9/22.
Tom Hallick Returns to The Young and the Restless(tvguide.com) (Pic) What's 36 years between appearances? Tom Hallick, an original cast member of The Young and the Restless, is returning to the CBS soap but not as Brad Eliot, the heartthrob neurosurgeon turned news reporter he played from 1973 to '78. Instead, Hallick will be seen as a kindly truck driver who helps an on-the-lam Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) find her way back to Genoa City. The setup is a trippy homage to the premiere episode of Y&R — in fact, the soap's very first scene — which had Brad getting a lift from a truck driver heading to GC.
"They found the same kind of truck and dug out the old script — only now I have the truck driver's dialogue and Gina has mine," Hallick tells TV Guide Magazine. "It was weird recreating the scene that way, but really pretty wonderful."
It wasn't exactly old-home week. "Y&R still shoots at CBS on Stage 43 and they gave me Jeanne Cooper's old dressing room, so that much was familiar, but so much time has passed that the cast and the crew were all new to me," says Hallick, who left Y&R even before the show's longest-running vets, Doug Davidson (Paul) and Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki), came onboard.
Hallick still regrets his decision to exit the soap. "I was winning 'best actor' awards from TV by Day and Daytime TV — the big fan magazines of the time — and it all went to my head," he says. "NBC kept coming to me with these offers to work for them for a lot more money and I was very brash and impatient so I left Y&R. In retrospect, it was a very bad idea."
Hallick says he got caught in a reshuffling of execs at NBC and his development deal went pretty much nowhere. Eventually, as a consolation prize, the network put him on Days of Our Lives, where he played banker Maxwell Hathaway. "The experience was awful," he says with a laugh. "I won't even go into why. You had to be there."
Still looking good, Hallick says he was asked to return to Y&R without an audition or even a meeting. "I'd been away for a hundred years, so they were really taking a chance," cracks the actor. "I could have shown up with no teeth."
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Nikita's Lyndsy Fonseca Joins Amazon Comedy Pilot Down Dog(tvline.com) Lyndsy Fonseca will soon be stretching her boundaries as an actress — quite literally, at that.
The Nikita and How I Met Your Mother alumna has signed on to Amazon’s comedy pilot Down Dog, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Penned by Robin Schiff (Almost Perfect), the series centers on Logan (One Life to Live vet Josh Casaubon), a charming surfer who is left in charge of his ex-girlfriend’s yoga studio. Fonseca will play Winter, an instructor who becomes a love interest for Logan.
The series also stars Paget Brewster as Logan’s ex, Amanda.
Shemar Moore InterviewWinters Tale: Shemar Moore Returns to The Young and the Restless. Read the TV Guide interview here.
Talk Show AppearanceThe Talk - CBS - Tuesday, Sept. 9
Actors Shemar Moore (CBS’s CRIMINAL MINDS) and Kristoff St. John (CBS’s THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) discuss Moore’s return to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
Sneak Peek: Malcolm Returns To Y&R!(Video) Can't wait for Wednesday, September 10, for Shemar Moore to reprise his role as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Malcolm? Well, you're in luck, because we've got this fun little sneak preview direct from CBS featuring clips from his return, classic clips, and some behind the scenes peeks! Enjoy!
Y&R's Murphy Goes Primetime!Katherine Chancellor's TV widower, Michael Fairman (Murphy, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) guest stars in a special holiday episode of THE FOSTERS set to air later this year (most likely early December) in the show's regular time slot on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC Family.
A show rep tells Soaps In Depth that Fairman will play Mr. Nesbit, the Fosters' widowed next door neighbor. His character is described as "a lonely, somewhat cranky man," who usually wins the annual Christmas house decorating contest. This year, however, that victory may be snatched away after Mr. Nesbit accuses some local kids of ruining his decorations. Will the vandals be exposed? Will Mr. Nesbit emerge victorious? Tune in to find out in the episode titled "Christmas Past." (We'll let you know when we get a solid airdate!)
Y&R ACTOR TO PRIME-TIMEChris McKenna (Harding, Y&R) reports that he has booked another gig but isn't leaving the soap. "I'm so excited to have joined the cast of #StateOfAffairs opposite @KatieHeigl with @AlfreWoodard among others. Airing Nov. 17 on NBC," he tweeted. "For those concerned NBC and CBS have been working together and so far good on working out both schedules. Harding is still here #YR."
BILLY MILLER TO JOIN THE CAST OF GENERAL HOSPITALBilly Miller, the three-time Emmy® Award-winning actor and Daytime favorite, will be joining the cast of ABC’s “General Hospital,” taking over the role of Jason Morgan, it was announced today by Frank Valentini, Executive Producer, “General Hospital.”
“I am really excited to be working with such a talented and acclaimed actor as Billy,” Mr. Valentini said. “Our cast is thrilled that he will be joining our “General Hospital” family, and I know that he will be an amazing addition to our talented cast.”
As Mr. Miller steps into the role of Jason, his character is presumed to be dead but his body was never found. With his imminent return, fans can look forward to an exciting new story that will be full of the twists & turns along with shocking revelations that have made “General Hospital” infamous for over five decades.
Mr. Miller has received three Daytime Emmy Awards. In 2010 and 2013, he won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, and in 2014, he won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
“General Hospital,” which celebrated its 51st anniversary on April 1, 2014, is the longest running American soap opera currently in production and the longest running scripted drama on television currently in production. “General Hospital” has received the prestigious Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama a record eleven times. “General Hospital” was created by Frank and Doris Hursley. Frank Valentini is the executive producer and Ron Carlivati is the head writer . “General Hospital” airs weekdays on the ABC Television Network.
Broadway Vet Victoria Mallory Dies at 64BroadwayWorld.com has confirmed the sad news this morning that actress Victoria Mallory died on August 30, 2014 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She leaves behind her husband (and former A Little Night Music co-star) Mark Lambert, and daughter Ramona Mallory Lambert, also an actress.
Victoria Mallory made her Broadway debut when Richard Rodgers chose her to star as Maria in the first revival of West Side Story at Lincoln Center. She then went on to play Lili in City Center's revival of Carnival. Ms. Mallory originated the role of Young Heidi in the Harold Prince/Stephen Sondheim production of Follies as well as the starring role of Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music, the winner of 9 Tony awards including "Best Musical of the Year."
Throughout her career, Victoria has graced the stages of the nation's major summer stock and regional theatres. The Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, the Pittsburgh CLO, the St. Louis Muny Opera, Atlanta's Theater Of The Stars, Kansas City Starlight, Dallas Summer Musicals, Utah's Pioneer Theatre Company, The Irish Repertory Theatre in NYC, and others have presented her in virtually every Leading Lady role in musical theater. Among these, she has appeared as Christine/Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera, Magnolia inShowboat, Kate in Kiss Me Kate, Marian in The Music Man, Lili in The Secret Garden, Sarah in Guys and Dolls, Maria in The Sound of Music, and ABIGAILin 1776.
In addition to her numerous stage credits, Ms. Mallory is also well known for her work on television, where she is probably best known for her role as Leslie Brooks on the soap opera The Young and the Restless, which she played for six years. She left the series in 1984. Later, she played Dr. Denise Foxworthy on NBC's Santa Barbara. Other television credits include guest starring roles on Everwood, Touched By An Angel, Promised Land, the female lead in the made-for-television movie The Unabomber, and three CBS musical specials,The Emperor's New Clothes, Aladdin, and After Hours: Singin', Swingin', And All That Jazz, for which she received an Emmy Nomination.
Victoria continued to perform in recent years, while teaching professionals, adults and youngsters at The Voice Studio in New York City.
"THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS" POSTS ITS BEST WOMEN 18-49 RATING SINCE APRILDaytime's #1 Drama Also Delivers Its Largest Weekly Audience in More Than a Month
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, daytime's #1 drama, posted its best women 18-49 rating since April and its largest weekly audience in more than a month, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Aug. 24.
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS scored a 1.2/09 in women 18-49, up +9% from last week, and its best rating since the week ending April 4. Among women 25-54, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS averaged 1.9/13, up +6% from last week and best rating since the week ending July 18.
Among viewers, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS averaged 4.47 million viewers, up +2% from last week and its largest weekly audience since the week ending July 25.
Amazon Pilot 'Man In The High Castle' Adds CastLuke Kleintank (ex-Noah, The Young & The Restless) has been cast in Amazon pilot The Man In The High Castle from X-Files alum Frank Spotnitz and Scott Free. Based on Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Award-winning novel, the project set in 1962 explores an alternative reality in which Nazi Germany and Japan won World War II and occupy the United States, with the East Coast controlled by the Nazis and the West Coast owned by Japan, and a chunk of the Midwest still up for grabs. Kleintank, repped by Robert Stein Management and Innovative, will play Joe Blake, an all-American guy living in New York who has joined the clandestine American Resistance.
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Black Star Boutique Gold Triangle Necklace Worn by Young and the Restless' Lily Winters Ashby (Christel Khalil)(etsy.com/shop/theblackstarboutique) (Photo) Canada-based Black Star Boutique recently had its Gold Triangle Necklace make a small screen appeared on the neck of long-time Young and the Restless character Lily Winters Ashby (portrayed by Christel Khalil). The necklace appears in the Wednesday, July 30th episode of the long running soap operas 41st season. The necklace was selected by the Young and the Restless' stylist, a situation made possible by Black Star Boutique's owner/designer Tina Marine's inclusion in the invite-only Artisan Group.
Black Star Boutique also participated in Earth Day 2014, when the Artisan Group gifted some of their most popular green/organic products to high-profile, environmentally conscious celebrities in the form of special gift bags. Tina Marie and BSB's contribution to the cause were bracelets made of eco-friendly beads crafted from acai seeds. Celebrities who received these green gift bags include Drew Barrymore, Lisa Kudrow, Emma Watson, Ian Somerhalder, Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Robert Redford, Will i am, Edward Norton, Cameron Diaz, Alicia Silverstone, and more.
All Black Star Boutique jewelry is handcrafted by Tina Marie, who ethically sources all materials to ensure they're at their best. Marie is a Canadian Reiki Master, believing in the power of gemstones to enhance their wearer's life. Reiki (pronounced RAY-KEY) is a non-invasive, natural method of healing using an ancient hands-on technique that, when used in conjunction with other therapy methods, speeds recovery time by accessing energy to mend the mind, aid the spirit, and heal the body. Concerning her jewelry creation, Marie said, "I use only the best materials and make each piece by hand. I believe in the metaphysical and holistic properties of the gemstone jewelry I make."
Visit Black Star Boutique or get in touch with creator Tina Marie at tinaguenthner(at)gmail(dot)com to create a custom design.
Real-Life Soap Couple Welcomes DaughterIt's a girl! ABC Daytime alums Terrell Tilford (Greg, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and wife Victoria Platt (Corinne, ALL MY CHILDREN) are parents! "She arrived... Our baby girl, Marley, was born Sunday eve, 24 August," the proud pop, who currently plays THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Barton, shared in a Twitter announcement complete with an adorable photo.
The couple met on the set of GUIDING LIGHT -- he played David and she played Vicky -- and married on September 29, 2001, in New Orleans in a ceremony that was documented for the TLC series A WEDDING STORY. Congratulations to the new parents!
'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' books Eva Longoria for Season 2 role(deadline.com) Medical drama continues to be the hottest genre this buying season. NBC has put in development Critical, produced by Devious Maids executive producer Eva Longoria and John Glenn (Identity). Written by Katie Lovejoy (Dracula), the drama is described as ER meets House and tells the story of a perfectionist Latina doctor who returns to her hometown to take a job at a prestigious hospital. But when a secret from her past, a mistake she made early in her career, comes back to haunt her, it will threaten to put the very fabric of her life in critical condition.
Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment is producing with Universal TV where the company has a first-look deal. Lovejoy executive produces with Glenn and UnbeliEVAble’s Longoria and Ben Spector. For Lovejoy, this marks a return to her roots as a TV writer — she came out of the USC screenwriting program after winning the Humanitas Prize’s Student Drama Fellowship for a House M.D. spec. Lovejoy, repped by CAA and Bob Myman, went on to pen a rewrite on Disney’s Prom and was the highest-ranked woman writer on the 2010 Black List for her script The Arsonist’s Love Story. Critical also marks a reunion for Lovejoy and CAA-repped UnbeliEVAble, who developed together an adaptation of telenovela Pura Sangre at ABC last season.
Critical joins several other high-profile medical dramas set up so far this season. Three have received put pilot commitments: The Cure at Fox, from Malcolm Gladwell and Glenn Gordon Caron; an untitled project from the Parenthood duo of Jason Katims and Sarah Watson at CBS; and Code Black, based on Ryan McGarry’s feature documentary, from Michael Seitzman and Marti Noxon, also at CBS. Meanwhile, ABC committed a significant penalty to a medical drama from Amy Holden Jones.
Eileen Davidson Pulls a Daytime Double on Young and the Restless, Days of Our Lives(tvguide.com) When you have this much talent, you just have to spread it around. This fall, Emmy-winning soap sensation Eileen Davidson will find herself in the enviable and unprecedented position of playing juicy, front-burner roles on both NBC's Days of Our Lives and CBS's The Young and the Restless. Why such generosity of spirit on the part of rival networks? It's all about survival — and we don't mean Davidson's.
"This kind of acting opportunity would never have happened back when the daytime-drama world was really healthy," says Davidson. "Now times have changed. Soaps are trying to stay relevant. They want to stay on the air. They're willing to set aside that old competitiveness to help each other out." Besides, audiences can't possibly be confused, Davidson says. "My characters are 180 degrees apart — from the way they look to the level of their sanity."
And how. The actress recently returned to Days for a four-month run as Kristen DiMera, a psycho sexpot who is facing criminal charges for drugging and raping a Roman Catholic priest — every scandalous moment of it caught on video. (How will she redeem herself? By saving the life of one of Salem's most beloved citizens!) Davidson's double duty officially begins September 3, when she returns to Y&R with a two-year deal to play good-hearted Ashley Abbott, a brilliant cosmetics chemist with the absolute worst luck in men.
If that's not enough Davidson for you, this mother of three — married to former actor/tennis pro Vince Van Patten — has also signed on to the next season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for a reported $750,000, the highest salary ever paid to a new hausfrau in the Bravo franchise. "I don't know what you are talking about," says a not very convincing Davidson when asked about the reality-show gig. "I'm not paying much attention to anything that's been written." Maybe not, but sources say a Bravo crew has already followed Davidson to work at Y&R, with her costars asked to sign confidentiality agreements to keep it all hush-hush.
"Eileen is a phenomenal talent, and no one wants to lose her," says Y&R executive producer Jill Farren Phelps. "We fought hard to bring her back on contract because she is a huge part of our history." Adds Peter Bergman, who plays Ashley's brother, Jack. "It's just not the Abbott family without her. Who could blame Days for loving Eileen — she has a showcase there that's off the f---ing charts — but we really need her over here."
Word is Ashley will return to Genoa City having developed an erotic wonder fragrance that'll drive the world mad and, for a piece of the action, she wants to share CEO duties at Jabot Cosmetics with Jack. The soap will also toy with a romantic quadrangle involving Ashley; her daughter, Abby; hunky Stitch; and pregnant Victoria.
But let's get real here. Davidson originated her role on Y&R in 1982, moved to Days in 1993, and has been back and forth a few times, not always with the best results. She consistently scores awesome material on Days — at one point, she was playing five wildly different roles, one male — while Y&R has often failed to write well for her. In fact, she was twice dropped by the CBS show, most recently in 2012. Why take the chance it'll happen again?
"It's always a crapshoot, and I'm OK with that," says Davidson, whose new agreement with Y&R stipulates that she can still appear on Days on a limited basis. "There's a big burnout factor with Kristen, who is always full-throttle. How many times can she be horribly vile and get away with it?" Ashley, on the other hand, is "more rooted, more real, someone I can play on a daily basis. Y&R said they have a great story for me. I assume it's the truth."
If not, no big deal. "I've had really good times in this business and really slow times, and it all works out," she says. "I've had a fantastic career, but I came to a big, wonderful realization a long time ago: None of this defines me."
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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' books Eva Longoria for Season 2 roleEva Longoria, a Golden Globe nominee for her work on "Desperate Housewives," is returning to the airwaves this fall on FOX's hit new comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," the network announced Tuesday (Aug. 19).
Longoria will play Sophia, a defense attorney who catches the eye of Det. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) when they face off against each other in court. She joins an ever-growing list of Season 2 guest stars that includes Kyra Sedgwick, Jenny Slate and former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens appearing as himself.
Season 1 of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" ended with Peralta "quitting" the NYPD in order to go undercover for the FBI. When Season 2 picks up, viewers will get to see how that operation is going for Jake, while Capt. Holt is busy facing off with his longtime nemesis (Sedgwick).
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" returns Sunday, Sept. 28 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
Justin Hartley Joins The Young and the Restless(tvguide.com) (Photo) The Young and the Restless has finally found its Adam Newman! TV Guide Magazine can exclusively report that, after an extensive casting search, the part of the presumed-dead Genoa City troublemaker has gone to former Smallville and Revenge star Justin Hartley. The actor will report for work at the CBS soap in late September and is scheduled to hit the air during November sweeps.
"I'm so pumped about joining Y&R — I watch it all the time and can't wait to get in there and get my hands dirty!" says Hartley, who kicked off his career in 2002 with the daytime serial Passions. "I have great respect for daytime drama. I love the branding. I love the style. What can I say? I love good soap!"
And he doesn't see this Y&R gig as a step back. After a string of terrific performances in primetime — he was Green Arrow on Smallville, Victoria Craig's illegit gay son Patrick on Revenge, and Scott, the kinky plastic surgeon on Mistresses — Hartley says, "It's all about story and character with me and I don't care if the job is on daytime or primetime or the web. Hey, give me a good character and someone to listen and I'll do my acting on a street corner."
Hartley says he met with Y&R exec producer Jill Farren Phelps and CBS Daytime czarina Angelica McDaniel to talk about the Adam role and "came away feeling very excited. The powers that be are smart, lovely people with kind hearts. It'll be wonderful going to work knowing I'm really wanted." Bonus perk: The L.A.-based job keeps Hartley near 10-year-old Isabella, his daughter from his former marriage to actress Lindsay Hartley.
Truth be told, he is a little nervous. "Y&R is the No. 1 show and the acting company is exceptional," Hartley says. "There's no period of adjustment with these people and that's daunting. I don't just have to be fantastic, I have to be fantastic right now!"
Michael Muhney, the fan-favorite actor he is replacing, is urging fans to give him a shot. "I really like Justin Hartley," he tweeted. "He's a good guy. We really get along well. I wish him the best. Be kind to him."
SHOCKING RETURN ON Y&ROn August 19, Sharon’s former BBF, Grace Turner, played by Jennifer Gareis (Donna, B&B), will make an appearance on Y&R. The top-secret return, which was promoted at the end of today's episode, was a fun gig for the actress, who played the conniver on and off after being cast in 1996, but was last seen in 2004.
“That was my first role, when I came to L.A. I got that probably a month after I moved here,” she points out. “Y&R was like my home away from home. Being able to go back to that was awesome. It was the best.” But also something she couldn’t talk about, even to real-life pal Sharon Case (Sharon). “I didn’t say anything to anyone because they asked me not to,” she reveals. “I felt like, ‘Here I am keeping this secret and I can’t even tell my best friend!’ Then I thought, ‘She’ll know when she sees the script!’ When I have to keep a promise, whether it be work, my friends or family, I take it to the grave.”
With B&B taping just across the hall, Gareis was ready for questions from her co-stars on the day of her Y&R shoot. “I saw B&B people in the hallway and they asked, ‘What are you doing here?’ ” she chuckles. “I was like, ‘You never saw me here!’ It was kind of funny and I think that made them more suspicious, like, ‘What in the world? Why is she acting so weird?’ ” Don't miss tomorrow's episode featuring Gareis, where life-altering secrets are revealed. For more for the actress, pick up the issue on Digest on sale August 29.
Who Is Y&R's Grace Turner?As viewers of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS saw at the end of today's episode, Grace Turner, played by Jennifer Gareis (Donna, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), will be popping up on tomorrow's show. Will she be able to give Nick some info about Mariah, who's a dead ringer for Sharon's late daughter, Cassie? If anyone has answers, it'd be Grace!
As longtime Y&R viewers know, Grace was Sharon's best pal in high school. When it looked like Sharon and Nick's newborn son, Noah, wasn't going to survive, Grace and her boyfriend Tony went searching for then five-year-old Cassie, hoping that bringing her back to Sharon would help ease the loss of Noah. After Noah ended up living (yay!), Grace, who convinced Cassie's adoptive grandmother Millie to relinquish custody, opted not to disrupt Sharon's life by reuniting her with Cassie for quite some time. When she did, Sharon and Nick welcomed Cassie into their lives.
Along the way, Grace fell for Nick and seduced the inebriated hunk (who thought he was making love to his wife)! Grace's obsession with Nick led to the end of her relationship with Tony and temporarily caused Nick and Sharon to split. Grace went on to have a dalliance with Michael Baldwin. When Victor found out about Grace's role in Nick and Sharon's marital woes, he arranged for her to get a job at one of Newman's divisions in New York.
Later, Grace returned to Genoa City, revealing her relationship with Cameron Kirsten, a man who was obsessed with Sharon. Nick's wife got the shock of her life when Cameron, whom she thought she had killed, turned up alive and began threatening her. It turned out that Grace was in cahoots with calculating Cameron. Grace tried to make amends for her dastardly deeds by helping Nick and Sharon bring Cameron to justice, and later returned to New York where she presumably has been living ever since.
Y&R'S MAX EHRICH MAKES CBS PRIME-TIME DEBUT TONIGHTTonight marks Max Ehrich's (Fen) first on-air appearance on CBS's UNDER THE DOME. His character of Hunter was heard in a previous episode, but will now air in the flesh for the remainder of the season. UNDER THE DOME airs Monday at 10 PM EST on CBS.
MICHAEL MUHNEY: "I WILL NOT BE RETURNING TO Y&R"Fans holding out hope that Michael Muhney would eventually return to the role of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Adam were disappointed when the actor dashed those hopes via Twitter. "Just got an official call," he posted on Wednesday, August 13. "Although things got very close, I will not be returning to Y&R. That part of my life is over. Moving on..."
However, according to Y&R insiders there were never any negotiations going on between the show and Muhney about him returning to play Adam.
The actor also tried to offer his fans some comfort by posting a quote from Dr. Seuss: "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
While Adam has been seen on screen lately, his face has never been shown because the soap still has yet to cast an actor in the role. And unfortunately now it appears that whoever fills Adam's shoes, it won't be Muhney. "I was hopeful for a return," he also tweeted, "but now I'm hopeful for the future. Now you'll just have to promise to tune in to my future projects!"
One of his future projects is the upcoming TV movie Correcting Christmas, co-staring Gloria Loring (ex-Liz, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), which we'll have more information about as it comes in.
Y&R's Braeden Opens His Home To You!Check out the current issue of Soap Opera Digest's sister publication Closer Weekly — on newsstands now! — for a massive at-home feature with THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Eric Braeden (Victor) full of gorgeous pictures of his spectacular home in the Santa Monica Mountains and behind-the-scenes Hollywood dish!
Michael Gross In FX's 'Anger Management'Michael Gross (Family Ties, Tremors) has booked a recurring role on FX’s Charlie Sheen comedy Anger Management. Gross, repped by Richard Kerner of Kerner Management and Stone Manners Salners, will play a psychic therapist who Charlie (Sheen) goes to for relationship advice. Gross recently recurred on USA’s Suits and FX’s Partners.
Arlene Martel, T'Pring on Star Trek, Dies at 78Actress Arlene Martel (ex-Mavis, The Young & The Restless), who guest-starred on Star Trek and The Twilight Zone, died Tuesday of complications from a heart attack in Santa Monica, California, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 78.
Born Arline Sax in The Bronx, New York, Martel attended the High School for the Performing Arts and starred on Broadway in the late 1950s before transitioning into screen acting.
Often credited as Arline Sax, Arlene Sax or Tasha Martel, she also played Tiger on Hogan's Heroes, the witch Malvina on Bewitched and had guest spots on The Twilight Zone. Her other credits include guest-starring roles on The Untouchables, The Young and the Restless, Battlestar Galactica and Brothers & Sisters.
She also dated actor James Dean for years, and was married three times, including once to Young and the Restless star Jerry Douglas.
Martel appeared as T'Pring in the 1967 Star Trek episode "Amok Time" as the prospective bride of Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy). "Saying goodbye to T'Pring, Arlene Martel. A lovely talent," Nimoy tweeted Tuesday.
Martel is survived by two sons, a daughter, and two grandchildren.
INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY'S SOAP BLOC RETURNSInvestigation Discovery celebrates the return of its ID Daytime programming bloc on August 25, with daytime faves as hosts. Lynn Herring and Kin Shriner (GH's Lucy and Scott) will host "Sinful Secrets" the week of August 25; Mary Beth Evans (Kayla, DAYS) and Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS; Ned, GH) introduce "Poisonous Love" the week of September 8, and beginning September 15, Lamon Archey (Mason, Y&R) and Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse, AMC) will be in the spotlight for "Evil Enemies" week.
Monica Potter Remembers Patch Adams Co-Star Robin Williams As a Wonderful, Loving ManThere were countless movies starring Robin Williams that had us laughing out loud no matter where we watched them.
One of those treasured films was the 1998 classic Patch Adams, featuring Williams as a medical student who always treated patients with a healthy dose of humor.
Monica Potter is finally speaking out about her co-star's tragic death that left her nothing short of devastated.
"This loss has left me truly heartbroken," Potter said in a statement to E! News. "Robin Williams was one of the brightest, most loving & wonderful people I've ever been blessed to know."
She added, "I'll miss him more than I can ever express in words."
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
First Look: Shemar Moore Returns to The Young and the Restless(Photo) Hold onto your hats, baby girls: Malcolm Winters is returning to Genoa City!
PEOPLE was on the set of CBS's The Young and the Restless to see Shemar Moore, who affectionately refers to his female fans as baby girls, reprise the classic role that catapulted him to stardom. After a decade-long absence, Moore – who is about to begin his 10th season on Criminal Minds – will return to the daytime drama Sept. 10 and 11.
"There is not a 20-year career without Malcolm Winters," Moore told PEOPLE. "This is my second family. I don't take any of it for granted. I've been wanting to do this since I left."
Moore first joined the sudser in 1995 and gave up the role in 2005 to star as Derek Morgan in Criminal Minds. His Y&R role was eventually recast with Darius McCrary (Family Matters) from 2009-11.
For Malcolm's comeback, Moore will appear in scenes with Kristoff St. John, a longtime star of Y&R who plays Malcolm's older brother, Neil. Moore won't spoil why his alter-ego is back in town, other than to say it is for family reasons.
But longtime Y&R fans will love this little detail: Malcolm and Neil discuss Drucilla, the popular character played by Victoria Rowell. (For the uninitiated, Drucilla was married to Neil but slept with Malcolm). Sadly, the actress won't be there to join in on the fun.
"I ran into her a couple weeks ago," Moore said of Rowell. "I told her I'm sorry we won't be all together. That would be pretty great, but as far as I know, Dru has passed away."
"She's in the river somewhere," St. John deadpanned.
As for Moore's return to Y&R, St. John added, "He eclipsed so many people on this show. His supernova was huge."
Now, for the bad news, baby girls: There will be no undressing by Moore for this special guest appearance.
"There are two wardrobe changes and none of them expose the six pack, which is more like a two or three pack," Moore told PEOPLE. "If you want to see me half-bucky naked, go on the Internet."
Soap opera star returns home to star in 'Vivien'(greenvilleonline.com) For Judith Chapman, actress Vivien Leigh was irresistible: ambitious and hugely talented, though plagued by mental illness.
“I’m fascinated by brilliant damaged women,” said Chapman, a Greenville native and Los Angeles-based actress.
“Vivien Leigh was so beautiful and gifted and yet she had these horrific demons.”
Chapman is bringing Rick Foster’s one-woman show “Vivien: A Journey into the Triumph and Madness of Vivien Leigh” to Greenville’s Centre Stage for three performances this weekend.
It’s a play that Chapman premiered in Los Angeles in 2011 and has performed dozens of times throughout the country.
Chapman has enjoyed a long career in TV and film and is best known as the scheming Gloria Fisher Bardwell in “The Young and the Restless.”
Foster’s drama spotlights the two sides of Leigh: a woman with an indomitable will who starred in “Gone With the Wind” but also suffered debilitating bouts of manic depression that prompted electroconvulsive therapy and forced hospitalization.
“She said, ‘Nobody knows me but I willbe Scarlett O’Hara. I will marry Laurence Olivier,’” Chapman said, speaking by phone from her home near Palm Springs, Calif. “Vivien Leigh was powerful and a ground-breaker in a man’s world. She had so much personal strength.”
Yet despite her success, Leigh was tortured throughout much of her life by bipolar disorder.
“Now we call it bipolar disorder but back in the day it was called manic depression,” Chapman said. “She started manifesting her manic depression during ‘Gone With the Wind.’ As time went on, the swing of her moods became more violent. All of this is played out on stage: her electric shock treatments, her rages, her being in the insane asylum and being so apologetic and so fearful of what she had become.”
“Vivien” opens in a darkened theater, with Leigh reflecting on her tumultuous 20-year marriage to actor Laurence Olivier.
Olivier starred with Leigh in stage productions of several Shakespeare plays but when it came time to film the same plays, Olivier, as director and star, often snubbed his wife in favor of other actresses.
It was a cause of lasting resentment, Chapman said.
“She was so angry with Olivier for betraying her, and he was so jealous of her for winning an Oscar at such an early age for ‘Gone With the Wind,’” Chapman said.
The very English Leigh reveals deep insecurities despite winning two Academy Awards for “Southern Belle” performances in “Gone With the Wind” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
The play also offers Leigh’s frank and often humorous “conversations” with people who touched her the most, including friend and confidante Katherine Hepburn, Winston Churchill, Noel Coward, Olivier, co-star and lover Peter Finch and critic Kenneth Tynan, whose harsh stage reviews haunted the actress throughout her career.
Her story particularly resonates with audiences for its portrait of an enormously talented woman who was undermined by illness.
“She was so brilliant yet so frail and human,” Chapman said. “I think that strikes a chord.”
Leigh, who battled not only depression but also tuberculosis, died in 1967 at the age of 53.
“She died so tragically and so young,” Chapman said.
The Los Angeles Times praised Chapman’s performance in “Vivien,” saying, “It’s hard to imagine anyone inhabiting the role (of Vivien Leigh) more convincingly than soap opera veteran Judith Chapman. Her mastery of Leigh’s mannerisms ... is uncanny.”
Chapman previously tackled the role of Vivien Leigh in the West Coast premiere of Austin Pendleton’s play, “Orson’s Shadow,” at the Globe Theatre in San Diego.
In addition to playing Gloria Fisher Bardwell in “The Young and the Restless,” Chapman previously starred as Natalie Bannon Hughes in “As the World Turns,” Charlotte Greer in “Ryan’s Hope,” Ginny Blake Webber on “General Hospital,” Sandra Montaigne on “One Life to Live” and Anjelica Deveraux Curtis on “Days of Our Lives.” She has appeared in dozens of other TV shows and feature films.
Chapman, the daughter of a retired Air Force general, was born in Greenville but spent most of her childhood living outside the United States. Her mother’s family has ties to Greenville that go back several generations, Chapman said.
YOU CAN GO
What: “Vivien: A Journey into the Triumph and Madness of Vivien Leigh” by Rick Foster, starring Judith Chapman
When: 8 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Aug. 17 (Saturday’s performance will be followed by a Meet and Greet)
Where: Centre Stage, 501 River St.
Tickets: $30 (Tickets to Saturday’s Meet and Greet are $15 extra, benefiting Centre Stage)
Information: 864-233-6733 or www.centrestage.org.
Soap Opera Star Rivals Lisa Rinna & Eileen Davidson - Bringing The Drama To 'RHOBH'(radaronline.com) Soap star rivals Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson are already bringing the 90210 as they have begun filming for the upcoming season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Rinna and Davidson have known each other for years because of their work on Days of Our Lives.
“There is absolutely no love lost between Lisa and Eileen. Eileen can be very cold and aloof towards other women, and Lisa doesn’t like that at all. Lisa is very outgoing and says whatever is on her mind,” a source exclusively told RadarOnline.com. “The ladies have already had some heated exchanges during the onset of filming.”
“The ladies have already had some heated exchanges during the onset of filming.”
Rinna takes issue with Davidson’s decision to leave the popular soap opera, claiming to wanting to spend more time with her family, but ultimately deciding to join the cast of a reality show doesn’t make sense to the actress.
“Eileen said she quit DOOL to spend more time with family, but then invites reality cameras into her house? There is a lot going on with Eileen’s personal life, and just doesn’t seem like the best decision to join a reality show,” the insider added.
“This will be one of the best season’s for RHOBH, ever.”
Interview: Bell, Davidson & ScottBattle of the Blondes on The Young and the Restless. Read TV Guide's interview with Lauralee Bell, Doug Davidson and Melody Thomas Scott here.
Meredith Baxter Joins The Young and the Restless(tvguide.com) Hmmm...wonder if she'll have any family ties? TV Guide Magazine can exclusively confirm that TV icon Meredith Baxter is heading to daytime's No. 1 soap, The Young and the Restless. The juicy gig will have her character, Maureen, kicking back a few cocktails — make that lots of cocktails — with troubled socialite Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott).
According to a rep for the CBS soap, Maureen is a "charming, intelligent, middle-class woman who has always aspired to a more privileged life than she's had. She appears kind and sympathetic, but can be quite manipulative. She is skilled at getting people to do the things she wants them to do by making them think it's their idea!" Adds the rep: "When not hitting the sauce with her new drinking-buddy, Nikki, Maureen will be crossing with several key players on the Y&R canvas."
A member of sitcom royalty, Baxter starred from 1982 to 1989 as mom Elyse Keaton on Family Ties. She earned two Emmy nods in the landmark '70s series Family, and a third for the 1992 movie A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story. She took home a Daytime Emmy for the 1993 CBS Schoolbreak Special Other Mothers. Baxter's most recent TV appearances include Family Guy, Switched at Birth, The Neighbors, Glee and Finding Carter. Oh, and if you haven't read her terrific 2011 memoir Untied, do.
Baxter will hit Y&R on Monday, Sept. 8 and will be prominent throughout the fall because, word is, boozy Maureen has connections in town!
Y&R STAR’S SIS TO APPEAR ON SHOWOlivia Capogna, who is the little sister of Y&R's Jessica Collins (Avery), will appear as an extra on the Crimson Lights coffeehouse set on September 8. "Just made an album of my sister's big debut on #YR!” tweeted a proud Collins. To see those photos, check it out here.
KELLY KRUGER LAUNCHES BLOGKelly Kruger (ex-Mac, Y&R), real-life fiancée of Darin Brooks (Wyatt, B&B), who is set to appear on B&B as a publicist named Eva on August 8, has launched a beauty and lifestyle blog. The actress shares her favorite products, DIY projects, as well as photos of her and Brooks. Check it out at http://madisoncharles.com.
Y&R STAR WEDS(Photo) Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R) married Matt Katrosor yesterday and tweeted a photo of the beautiful ceremony. "Best. Day Ever." is how she captioned the following shot here
Congratulations to the happy couple!
SHEMAR MOORE RETURNS TO THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESSMoore Set to Guest Star on Television’s #1 Daytime Drama On Wednesday, Sept. 10 and Thursday, Sept. 11
For the first time in nearly a decade, CBS Daytime veteran and CRIMINAL MINDS star Shemar Moore will return to television’s #1 Daytime Drama, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, for a special two-day guest appearance, Wednesday, Sept. 10 and Thursday, Sept. 11 (12:30-1:30 PM, ET; 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Moore, who appeared as a series regular for 11 years (1994-2002 and 2004-2005), will reprise his role as the charismatic Malcolm Winters, a portrayal that earned him a Daytime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2000. During his two-day return, Moore will reunite with longtime friend and co-star Kristoff St. John, who portrays his on-screen brother, Neil Winters. In the episodes, Malcolm returns to Genoa City after leaving town years before without a proper goodbye. Now, he’s back for an important visit with the Winters family to make amends and catch up on everything he’s missed.
“I am excited about returning to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS as a special guest,” said Moore. “This is where I got my start, and I am looking forward to reuniting with my soap opera family.”
Eileen Davidson Is Joining RHOBH, Says Source(people.com) One way to add more drama to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Throw in a couple of former soap opera stars.
Just a week after PEOPLE learned that Days of Our Lives alum Lisa Rinna will appear in the Bravo series, a source says that Eileen Davidson is now set to join her soap opera star pal next season on the reality show.
The new additions will take the place of former housewives Carlton Gebbia and Joyce Giraud.
While Davidson, 55, and Rinna, 51, might be newbies when it comes to the Housewives franchise, this won't be the first time they've appeared together on television.
Davidson first got her start on the daytime soap Days of Our Lives in 1993 when she starred as the villainous Kristen DiMera alongside Lisa Rinna, who played Billie Reed from 1992 to 1995. Both actresses later returned to reprise their roles on the NBC series.
Bravo has yet to officially confirm whether Davidson is joining the cast.
'Finding Carter's' Cynthia Watros: 'You have to know how to hold a gun'Zap2it: "Finding Carter's" premise is that a 3-year-old was kidnapped from her front yard. As a mom do these stories just chill you to the heart?
Cynthia Watros: Yes, once I had twins myself. They're almost 13. Before I had children, you can listen to horrible things that happen in the world but you kind of go on. This strikes inside of your heart. It changes you. For example last night I wanted to watch this documentary about the end of life stuff. Maybe I can watch this and on the cover one of the stories showed it's going to be a child and I can't do it. I remember watching 'Titanic' and the water is rising and she is about to go under, and she says, 'My son is going to miss me.' [I thought then], 'Are you kidding me?' You are about to die!" And then I have kids, and you can completely get it. And it is about your kids.
Zap2it: Your character is a detective. Did you talk to cops, to learn the proper way to hold a gun, to move?
Cynthia Watros: I have. I have been around cops and with this role you want to look the part and you don't want to make a fool out of yourself on camera. You will get one point of view to do something then the other. You definitely should do your research so you know what you are doing how, to enter a room, how to hold a gun.
Tricia Cast and Michael Fairman Return to The Young and the Restless(tvguide.com) Hard to believe but it's been nearly a year since The Young and the Restless said goodbye to Katherine Chancellor, the divinely salty doyenne played by the late Jeanne Cooper. On Aug. 26-27, the CBS soap will mark the one-year anniversary of Katherine's death with a remembrance ceremony in Chancellor Park that brings back actors Tricia Cast (Nina) and Michael Fairman (Murphy).
According to a Y&R rep, the gathering is Katherine's idea, adamantly requested in a letter to Jill (Jess Walton) that mysteriously arrives on Aug. 13, and it will result — finally! — in some resolution to the soap's maddening music box mystery. Katherine's widower, Murphy, who has been living in a Lake Michigan cabin she bequeathed to him, also receives a letter from his late wife, prompting him to return to Genoa City for the memorial. Meanwhile, Katherine's dear friend Nina flies in from Los Angeles, where she's now a successful author.
What's Nina going to think when she finds out Cricket (Lauralee Bell) is already having trouble in her marriage to Paul (Doug Davidson)? Can she resist the opportunity to gloat? And here's the kind of bad news Y&R fans will love: The homage to Katherine is going to coincide with yet another tragic setback for Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott). Our girl falls off the wagon — again! More scoop soon.
SOAP ALUM IN LIFETIME MOVIEFormer soap stars Erin Sanders (ex-Eden. Y&R) and Michael Woods (ex-Kent, AMC et al) will play daughter and father on the Lifetime TV movie, GUILTY AT 17. Airing on July 20 at at 7 p.m./6 central, the thriller is about a teen (Sanders) who falsely accuses a teacher of sexually assaulting her friend.
'LeAnn and Eddie' unveil their reality on 'Wendy Williams'(Video) After many years of being tabloid fodder, LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian are ready to show the world their reality on their new VH1 show " LeAnn & Eddie."
The couple made an appearance on "The Wendy Williams" show (July 17), to promote the show and dish on all things their show would and wouldn't include as well as to have a little fun.
When the host inquired about their decision to put their lives on TV when the public already get their fill from the magazines, Cibrian defended their choice saying, "Tabloids, while they provide great sensational headlines and great hot topics for you to discuss, they aren't always accurate, so we just kind of wanted to poke fun at that."
The interview wouldn't have been complete without Williams bringing up Cibrian's ex-wife, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star, Brandi Glanville and the social media sparring she does with his current spouse.
When Williams said to the actor, "Why don't you tell you wife to get off Twitter and stop engaging [with Brandi]?" Cibrian was quick to defend Rimes saying, "Well my wife doesn't engage, I think that's the thing to, that the media has made a feud out of this, a Twitter feud."
The couple also revealed despite being open to having a child of their own, Cibrian's two sons with Glanville will not be shown on "LeAnn & Eddie." The two boys also do not appear on "Housewives."
Y&R's Special Guest!(Photo) Longtime THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS fan Connie Knight will be making an appearance in Genoa City in the episode slated to air Wednesday, August 13. But she's not just any ordinary soap fan — she's the mother of sports superstar Deion Sanders! The athlete visited the Y&R set with his mother and his girlfriend, Tracey Edmonds, as part of the taping of his reality series, DEION'S FAMILY PLAYBOOK. Daniel Goddard (Cane) is a big fan, and posted this photo of them with Bryton James (Devon) to his Facebook page, writing, "What a super nice guy! It goes to show, you can be a legend and still be down to earth."
So after you've seen Knight's appearance on Y&R, you can see the flip side of their visit when DEION'S FAMILY PLAYBOOK returns to the air this fall on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network!
Y&R STAR LANDS PRIME-TIME GIGJessica Collins (Avery, Y&R) will be guest-starring on TNT's PERCEPTION and will share scenes with the show's lead, Eric McCormack (formerly of WILL & GRACE). The episode is set to air August 5.
West Gets Scary!Maura West (ex-Diane, Y&R) is featured in a new horror movie called Come Back To Me, but she may not make it to the end credits alive! The film tells the story of a woman who begins suffering memory lapses and blackouts, then discovers that she's pregnant — but her husband is sterile! She sets up a hidden camera to keep track of what she's doing during her fugue states, and is shocked by what she discovers!
From the trailer, which you can see here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-isZwofD9_Y), it seems that West's character, Eileen, has some kind of psychic abilities. Not that they seem to help save her life, if these clips are any indication! The film is adapted from the book The Resurrectionist by Matthew Guinn, and is written and directed by West's former AS THE WORLD TURNS co-star, Paul Leyden (Simon). Look for it in theaters, on iTunes, DirecTV and iN-Demand starting Friday, July 25... if you dare!
LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian Reveal Why They Decided to Do a Reality Show (It Wasn't to "Fire Back" at Brandi Glanville)The best way to deal with the tabloids and public constantly talking about your relationship? Do a reality show.
Sure, it might not make much sense at first, but it's exactly what Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes decided to do with their new unscripted VH1 series, LeAnn & Eddie, which debuts Thursday, July 17.
With LeAnn citing the eight-episode series as a way to "take our life back and have fun with our story and where we are now" at the 2014 Summer TCA Press Tour on Friday, Eddie acknowledged the irony of turning to reality TV as a way to stop tabloid fodder.
"Come on, we're all realistic," Eddie answered when asked if he really thought doing the show would get the press to stop the tabloid's coverage of the show.
"Ultimately, we wanted to do a show and I think that this format and this genre, unscripted, gave us an opportunity to do something fun and work together," he continued. "What's really real about the show is our relationship juxtaposed by everything the public reads and is fed by the tabloids…ultimately, this is a comedy and that's how we go about our life as well, is we laugh and it really helps."
LeAnn added to that point, saying, "I think people think we take ourselves super seriously and we don't at all."
But is the couple looking at this show as their way to fire back at Eddie's outspoken ex-wife Brandi Glanville, star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, in a major (and public) way? "This show is not an opportunity to fire back at anybody," Eddie insisted. "If anything, it's very much a satire and you'll see that."
And like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, LeAnn & Eddie will not feature appearances by the former couple's two children, who are 11 and 7. "They are not in the show and that was a decision that we made together, that it's not about that," Eddie explained. "Keep them out of it as much as possible. My kids are not in my ex-wife's show and they're definitely not going to be in ours, and that's that."
LeAnn expanded a bit, saying, "We do talk about the kids in the show. We do discuss Eddie's ex-wife when it needed to be discussed..…you can't really do a show without talking about that." (And the duo definitely discusses Brandi in the first trailer for the show.)
And LeAnn and Eddie are not looking to other couples who've turned to reality TV, specifically Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott, who aired their recent relationship troubles on True Tori, for guidance on how to handle their time in front of the cameras.
"That's obviously not what we're doing at all," Eddie said, while LeAnn added, "We're together. Still." She then joked, "We wanted to ruin our marriage so that's why we went into this!"
While there are currently no plans on doing another season, Eddie joked, "That's up to the tabloids. If they want to stop writing about us..." But LeAnn hinted that she would be open to filming more episodes, saying, "If this goes past a first season, I think it will just evolve into the next phase, whether that's tabloid fodder or music."
LeAnn & Eddie premieres Thursday, July 17 at 10:30 p.m. on VH1.
VH1's 'LeAnn & Eddie' is 'very much a satire,' say stars Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn RimesA new reality show is launching on VH1 on Thursday (July 17) called "LeAnn & Eddie," which follows the everyday happenings of singer LeAnn Rimes and her husband actor Eddie Cibrian, who tell the 2014 summer TV press tour that the show is meant to be humorous and light-hearted.
"[This show] gives us an opportunity to have fun and work together and ultimately, this is a comedy. That's kind of how we go abou tour life as well -- we laugh," says Cibrian.
"Eddie and I really have coped with [our struggles] by laughing," adds Rimes. "We're smart a**es, we give each other a lot of crap. People think we take ourselves super seriously and we don't at all. It's time to have fun and take that story back, because it is ours, it isn't anyone else's to twist and turn and spread lies about. This is our first chance for you to see who we really are."
Rimes is speaking of how prevalent she and Cibrian have been in the tabloids in recent years, which she says will be addressed on the show.
"We definitely hit on the tabloid fodder because that's what has surrounded our lives so much for the last five years," says Rimes. "Everyone has used our lives for entertainment, so we kind of wanted to take our life back and have fun with our story, with where we are now."
But they won't be using the show to fire shots back at Cibrian's ex-wife, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Brandi Glanville.
"This show is not an opportunity to fire back at anybody other than to kind of make fun of the fodder that has surrounded us. If anything, it's very much a satire," says Cibrian. "As far as the kids are concerned, they are not in the show and that was a decision that we made together. It's not about that, we keep them out of it as much as possible. My kids are not in my ex-wife's show and they're definitely not going to be in ours."
Rimes adds, "We do discuss Eddie's ex-wife when it needed to be discussed ... you can't really do a show without talking about that. But I always say the whole show, we joke about ourselves, we make fun of ourselves. ... We both realize to do a show like this you can't take yourselves seriously."
"LeAnn & Eddie" premieres Thursday, July 17 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.
LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian Wanted to Do VH1 Reality Show to "Take Our Life Back"LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian have been in the public eye for pretty much their entire relationship thus far thanks to paparazzi and tabloids. So the two were not only well-trained for the ups and downs of documenting their daily lives, they actually wanted to do it.
"Everyone's used our lives as entertainment and so we wanted to actually kind of take our life back," Rimes told reporters Friday at VH1's Television Critics Association fall previews.
The end result is LeAnn & Eddie, a new reality series about the everyday lives of the Grammy-winning singer and the CSI: Miami alum. Premiering on Thursday, July 17 at 8/7c on VH1, the series promises to show a different, more honest, side of the couple compared to the duo splashed across tabloid covers and gossip websites. "We definitely hit on the tabloid fodder because that's what surrounded our lives so much in the past five years," Rimes said. "I think we're really kidding ourselves with the illusion of a private life because it's very hard."
Rimes is of course referring to the intense media scrutiny that has followed the two since they first began a romantic relationship in 2009 when they were both married to other people. Both subsequently divorced their respective partners and eventually tied the knot in 2011. Cibrian admits the intense coverage of their relationship was a major motivating factor in wanting to do the show, which they pitched to VH1. "If [the tabloids] want to stop writing about us, then we won't have to set the record straight anymore," he said. "[It] gave us an opportunity to do something fun, work together and at the same time, what's really real about the show is our relationship. You'll see how we interact with one another."
From the executive producers of Duck Dynasty, LeAnn & Eddie will have a similarly light tone, according to its stars. "We've both gone through a lot of private things with the public eyes watching. ... Eddie and I really have coped with it all by laughing," Rimes said. "People think we take ourselves super seriously and we don't."
"Ultimately, this is a comedy. That's kind of how we go about our life as well; we laugh, and it really helps," Cibrian added. "It's a show not about real dysfunction or exploitation. It's a fun show to watch and you laugh and that's kind of the area we wanted to explore."
And those jokes also extend to others within the couple's orbit, such as Cibrian's ex-wife, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville, who has not shied away from talking about her ex-husband and his wife on the hit Bravo reality series. "We do discuss Eddie's ex-wife when it needed to be discussed," Rimes said. "Any situation, any tabloid fodder that might have come from her ... you can't really do a show without talking about that."
However, Cibrian stressed "we're not taking shots."
As with the Real Housewives, this show will not feature Cibrian's two sons with Glanville. "We keep them out of it as much as possible. My kids are not in my ex-wives' show and they're definitely not going to be in our show and that's that."
Aside from exercising creative control to keep his sons off the air — Rimes and Cibrian serve as executive producers on their show — the couple say that viewers will get an honest and relatively unfiltered representation of them on the show. "We thought we were going to be more protective of the final cut but we kind of let the final product breathe on its own," Cibrian said. "There are some things that are kind of embarrassing that we left on the show because we thought it was funny. We really didn't censor ourselves that much."
But will these moments be loud enough and uproarious enough to cancel out their bad press? Rimes is optimistic. "There's nothing to hide," she said. "There is, I feel, only great things to gain by being who we are and allowing people to see that."
LeAnn & Eddie premieres on Thursday, July 17 at 8/7c on VH1.
LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian's Reality Show Debuts: Check Out the 5 Most Memorable Moments!After months of buzz, the first episode of LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian's new show, aptly named LeAnn & Eddie, has made its debut online.
Didn't catch it yet? Don't worry, we already took care of it for you and are here to provide you with the five weirdest moments from the premiere show.
But before we get into the nitty gritty of the couple's latest foray into the world of reality television, let's get one major subject out of the way: Cibrian's ex, Brandi Glanville.
So is the show really all about the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star?
Well, not entirely, but the married duo do make mention of the outspoken blonde a whopping eight times throughout the 22-minute program. (Translation: she's the topic of discussion roughly every three minutes. Good times!)
But back to the most memorable moments from the famous couple's highly anticipated show…
1. She's Not the Only Singer in the Family: The Grammy-winning crooner reveals that her hubby once tried his hand at a musical career (there's even a hilarious throwback clip to boot!). Cibrian seemed wholly embarrassed by the subject, and admitted that he'll be sticking to his day job.
2. It's All About Perspective: At the red carpet premiere of The Best Man Holiday, the couple plans to kiss a certain way to throw off reporters. Rimes even bets that the awkward kiss would end up in a tabloid—and sure enough, she was right!
3. Rime-isms: The country superstar sure had a few quotable moments throughout the premiere, but the most jarring one was none other than this gem: "Tattoos and boobs are like bank accounts, they can never be too big." Yep, she said that.
4. Babies on the Brain: When Mario Lopez asks her if she's planning on having any kids in the near future, she replies, "We work on it often!"
5. Ah, Unconditional Love: Rimes and Cibrian joke (we think?!) about being with one another through thick and thin. "I'd love you even if you [only] had $10 million," he tells his wife. She then turns to him to say, "And I'd love you even if you were fat and ugly." And then, in that sweet little moment, they both start giggling and say, "No we wouldn't, who are we kidding?"
Former Men in Trees Star Scott Elrod Joins The Young and the Restless(tvguide.com) (Photo) It's a recipe for disaster! Heartthrob Scott Elrod is heading to CBS's The Young and the Restless in the contract role of Joe Clark, the ex-husband of Julia Child wannabe Avery Clark (Jessica Collins). As fans know, the marriage went south when Avery began her affair with war vet Dylan McAvoy (Steve Burton), but she has always felt guilty for betraying her husband and has privately hoped he's found happiness.
But what are the chances of that? According to a show rep, "Viewers can expect Joe to have more than a few tricks up his sleeve as he crosses paths with several key Y&R characters." Look for Elrod to hit the air in early October.
Elrod's film credits include Lone Survivor and the 2012 Best Picture Oscar winner Argo. Fans of the ABC romantic comedy series Men in Trees will remember him as Cash, the sexy, free-spirited handyman who went to work for Marin (Anne Heche) and repaired much more than her rundown mountain cabin. The big question: Which Genoa City gal will benefit from Joe's handiwork?
Has Y&R Cast Mariah's Mom?(Photo) Karina Logue has been cast as Helen Copeland on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, and will first air on Thursday, August 14. The actress has appeared in several TV series, including SONS OF ANARCHY (starring her brother, Donal Logue), CSI: NY, BONES, TRUE BLOOD, NCIS and ARMY WIVES, and films such as Argo, Zodiac and When A Stranger Calls.
Details about her character are being kept under wraps, but seeing as how she shares a last name with Mariah, there's obviously some kind of connection there, and the soap has confirmed that Logue will first appear in scenes with Joshua Morrow's Nick. The casting notice describes Helen as a trained nurse who was in and out of jobs, and she was a young mother... but an unwilling parent.
So who do you think Helen is?
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Joshua Morrow InterviewTwenty Years on The Young and the Restless: Joshua Morrow's Five Favorite Moments. Read the TV Guide interview here.
Y&R CASTING NEW ROLEY&R is looking for a Caucasian woman in her 50s to play the role of Maureen, which starts shooting at the end of the month, and will be around for about two months. She is described as someone who has always wanted more from life than she's been given, but has a strong sense of self.
NEW PROJECT FOR EX-Y&R STARShawn Christian (Daniel, DAYS) has cast Eric Roberts (ex-Vance, Y&R) in his latest project, SPANNERS. Christian, who stars as Dr. Adam Parr, an 8000-year-old immortal, shares, “Eric plays Adam’s brother, who leaves clues on a videotape right before he’s murdered. He’s also an immortal. So Peter has to solve the mystery of his immortal brother’s death.” Christian is also executive producer of SPANNERS. To view a trailer, visit http://www.spannersthemovie.com/.
Finding Carter Stars Preview 'Intense,' 'Fun' New MTV Kidnapping DramaYou’ve never seen a mother-daughter relationship quite as complicated as on MTV’s Finding Carter, premiering Tuesday (June 8) at 10/9c — and that’s exactly what stars Kathryn Prescott and Cynthia Watros love about their new gig.
Here’s the drama’s plot in a nutshell: After discovering that her “mom” is actually just a woman who kidnapped her as a young girl, Carter Stevens (Prescott) is reunited with her biological family, including her biological mother Elizabeth (Watros).
“This lovely rainbow tornado comes into our lives again, and we welcome her, but it shakes everything up,” Watros tells TVLine. “Elizabeth tries desperately to reconnect with this daughter that she hasn’t seen in 13 years. I think they’re more alike than they both want to admit, so they definitely clash.”
But while this all sounds heavy — and, to be fair, it is — Prescott insists that Finding Carter isn’t all gloom and doom.
“The first episode is really intense, because it’s like the rug is pulled out from under her, but after that … there a lot of fun moments,” Prescott explains.
For Elizabeth, however, the abduction drama consumes nearly every aspect of her life.
“Not only is Elizabeth a detective that wants to get this criminal, but more importantly, she’s a mom who lost years with her child,” Watros says. “She has to reconnect with Carter, who was essentially brainwashed. [The abduction] is always circulating with Elizabeth.”
Elizabeth will gradually become closer to her estranged daughter, but don’t expect Carter to start calling her “mom” anytime soon.
“Carter is grieving her mom, or the woman she’s always called ‘mom,’” Prescott says. “It’s like torture. The closer she lets Elizabeth get to her, the more she feels she’s like [her kidnapper] Lori get away.”
(Stockholm Syndrome doesn’t even begin to describe it.)
Y&R Casting News!(Photo) Character actor Joel Brooks has landed a three-episode arc on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS to play Judge Ramsey. The showbiz veteran first airs on Thursday, July 24, and will share exciting scenes with several Genoa City characters. Might Judge Ramsey have something to do with Ian's threat to sue Nikki for emotional distress?
Y&R'S STEVE BURTON IS A DAD AGAIN!(Photo) Congratulations to Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R/ex-Jason, GH) and his wife, Sheree, who welcomed their third child this morning! Daughter Brooklyn Faith was born via a scheduled C-section earlier today.
"Thanks for your prayers," the actor tweeted in making the announcement. "Momma and baby are doing great. Much love." Brooklyn joins the couple's two older children, McKenna, 10, and Jack, 8.
Y&R Live TweetsMatthew Atkinson and Hunter King will live tweet on Tuesday, 7/15/14 at 9:30AM PST.
Serricchio Gets A Witchy Woman!On Lifetime's WITCHES OF EAST END, Ignacio Serricchio (Alex, Y&R/ex-Diego, GENERAL HOSPITAL) could be just the thing to make Wendy's ninth and final life count... if she lets him! "She meets him in the [season premiere] episode," offers Executive Producer Maggie Friedman. "He's just a regular, salt of the earth guy, but he totally challenges her." Look for the duo to share sparks from the start, but can she get over her fear of mortality enough to enjoy it?
If the hot EMT can't heal what ails her, at a minimum, he could be quite the distraction! "He's so good and so sexy!" Friedman enthuses of the former soap star. "Mädchen Amick (Wendy) was kind enough to come in and read with different actors who were auditioning for the role, and she and Ignacio just had so much chemistry that we had to snatch him up. They're great together!"
Serricchio will appear for a multi-episode arc beginning Sunday, July 6, at 9:00 p.m. EST. There's a wickedly fun season ahead on WITCHES OF EAST END — for more details, catch Friedman's upcoming Primetime Preview interview in the ABC Soaps In Depth issue that goes on sale Monday, August 8.
Mishael Morgan InterviewMishael Morgan Dishes Her Sizzling Young and the Restless Triangle. Read the TV Guide interview here.
Lyndsy Fonseca To Lead 'The Escort'(deadline.com) Romantic comedy The Escort has found its lead in Lyndsy Fonseca, the Kick-Ass actress who’s coming off a four-season run on The CW’s Nikita. Pic tracks a sex-obsessed journalist (Michael Doneger) who throws himself into the world of high class escorts when he starts following a Stanford-educated prostitute. Will Slocombe (Cold Turkey, Crime Fiction) is directing from a script by Doneger and Brandon A. Cohen, with Doneger, Bruce Campbell, Tommy Dewey, Rumer Willis, Rachel Resheff, and Sonya Walger rounding out the cast. Filming on the Cloverhill Pictures production is underway in LA. Blake Goza is producing and Tyler Konney is executive producer on the project. Taylor & Dodge is repping the film worldwide. Fonseca, who also played Daughter on CBS’s hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother, is repped by ICM Partners and Management 360. Doneger is repped by APA, Underground, and Lev Ginsburg.
Y&R's Stitch Will Keep You In Stitches!You may know Sean Carrigan (Stitch) as a hunky romantic lead on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, but the guy has quite the talent for stand-up comedy, too! And if you're in the San Diego area you can see for yourself later this month!
On Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19, Carrigan will be performing in two shows each evening, at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at The Comedy Store in La Jolla, CA. He'll be joining national headliners Cort McCown and Eleanor Kerrigan on stage, and the show will also feature Comedy Store favorite Willie Hunter. For more information and to order tickets, click here!
Sip Tea With The Stars Of Y&R!It's time for another afternoon tea date with THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Kate Linder (Esther)! The actress will be hosting her annual Afternoon Tea In Vancouver to benefit the Canadian Cancer Society on Saturday, July 19, at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver from noon to 2:00 p.m., with a cast autograph session to follow.
Linder will be joined by castmates Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael), Christel Khalil (Lily) and Tristan Rogers (Colin) and Redaric Williams (Tyler) as well as Y&R hair and make-up experts Patty Denny and George Guzman. Guests of the event will enjoy high tea, delicious edibles, a raffle, an auction, and more.
For more details and to purchase tickets, visit www.katelinderafternoontea.com.
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Phyllis Is Back In August!THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS fans (and Genoa City residents!) should mark Monday, August 11, on their calendars, because that's when Phyllis is coming back! Of course, she's been in a coma, so it'll probably take a little while before she's fighting fit again. And she'll look a little different as soap vet Gina Tognoni (Dinah, GUIDING LIGHT; Kelly, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) is taking over the role from Michelle Stafford (who is now playing Nina over on GENERAL HOSPITAL)!
Are you excited that Phyllis is waking up? What do you think she'll do first?
B&B CASTING NEWSY&R Alum Kelly Kruger (ex-Mackenzie), the real-life fiancée of B&B star Darin Brooks (Wyatt), will appear on the soap on Friday, August 8, during the upcoming Paris remote. Kruger will play Eva, a chic and savvy Forrester publicist. For the exclusive scoop about the couple’s incredibly romantic Parisian engagement, pick up the 7/21 issue of Digest, on sale 7/14.
Y&R CASTING NEW ROLEY&R is looking for a Caucasian actress, age 40-45, to play the two-day role of Helen Copeland, a trained nurse who was a young mother, had an unsettled life and is slightly bitter.
B&B STAR ENGAGED!(Photo) Darin Brooks (Wyatt, B&B) revealed on social media that he and longtime love Kelly Kruger (ex-Mac, Y&R) got engaged on their recent trip with the show to Paris. "Well, I asked her..." he captioned a shot underneath the Eiffel Tower. Congratulations!
REAL-LIFE DUO WELCOMES BABY GIRLA baby girl arrived for Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, B&B) and her fiancé, Robert Adamson (Noah, Y&R) on Saturday, June 12th. The actress tweeted, "For all those asking, Robert and I welcomed our daughter Aleda Seren Adamson into the world last week!” Here’s the couple with their bundle of joy: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=319251144903965.
Revenge of the Soap Opera: Ratings Up 15 PercentAfter a depressing run that saw many dramas get axed, soaps are seeing a resurgence in this year's Daytime Emmys race.
This story first appeared in the June 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
When Peter Bergman began his career as a soap opera star more than 30 years ago, it seemed the public's -- and The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' -- appetites for daytime dramas were insatiable. He earned the first of his 19 Emmy nominations for playing Dr. Cliff Warner on All My Children and in 1989 moved on to play Jack Abbott on CBS' stalwart contender The Young & the Restless, which then was (as it is now) the top-rated U.S. soap opera. Then, around the mid-'90s, daytime dramas slowly were pushed into the Daytime Emmy shadows as talk shows, game shows, reality and other programming grabbed the spotlight.
Three years ago -- in the wake of the cancellation of two long-running soaps -- something unexpected happened. Interest in soaps, and their ratings, began to rise again -- up nearly 15 percent in the past year.
The rebound has been reflected in this year's race of the 41st Daytime Emmy Awards, where soaps once again have the most nominations: Y&R has 26, followed by The Bold and the Beautiful (both on CBS) with 18 and ABC's General Hospital with 16.
After ABC canceled All My Children and One Life to Live in 2011, there were only four soaps left on broadcast TV, compared with 19 at the height of their popularity in 1970. Then things turned around. "Yes, we've reduced the number of soaps, but there are still enough people who think, 'That's my kind of entertainment; let's see what's left,' " says Bergman of the shift.
Soap viewership started to take a dive around 20 years ago largely because millions of women joined the work force and no longer were at home watching TV. The rising popularity of the DVR has countered that trend, making it possible for all those fans to watch. Also, it has been easier for them to engage with one another through social media, where they can discuss the genre's ever-edgier storylines, such as gay-bullying on NBC's Days of Our Lives and a character deciding whether to get an abortion on CBS' The Bold and the Beautiful.
Jill Phelps, executive producer of Y&R who has the distinction of having held that title on six soaps over the past three decades, says the shows have been made over for a cooler audience. "The stories have more edge, there are quicker editing cuts and newer music," says Phelps. "The pace, tone and sophistication have changed. We have smarter viewers, and I think that's true of all the soaps. It's an overall hipper viewing audience."
Melissa Egan, who plays Chelsea Lawson on Y&R and is nominated for a Daytime Emmy for the fifth time in six years, says she hears from fans who have remained loyal but also finds that a new generation is tuning in. And the writing has gotten so much better, says Egan, who joined Y&R in 2011 after spending five years on All My Children. "It's a shame that soaps get a bad rap [critically]. Many of the actors are amazing. It's like doing a new play every day."
No one knows better than Bergman. On the day he spoke with THR, he had 30 pages of dialogue to memorize and another 30 the next day. There are no teleprompters or cue cards, and most scenes on Y&R shoot in one take.
"He has an unbelievable energy and theatricality that makes him delicious to watch," says Phelps. Bergman is humbled but also quick to defend his peers and fellow soap contenders: "To me, good acting is simply good acting."
DANIEL POLO READY FOR EMMYSY&R alum Daniel Polo (ex-Jamie), who is nominated as Outstanding Younger Actor, is looking forward to Sunday night. "I’ll be there," he says. "I’m bringing my mom and my grandfather because they've been my biggest supporters. They're about excited about this as I am.” Polo says when get got the news about his first nom, “I think basically everyone in the neighborhood found out because I was so loud," he recalls. "I still had to go to school that day but when I got out, I celebrated with a nice big bowl of Ramen from my favorite Japanese restaurant with my family and friends.” The 41st Annual Daytime Emmys are set for Sunday night. Watch them live online at DaytimeEmmys.net.
The Best Soap Opera Moments of 2013(variety.com) There may be only four broadcast soaps left but the folks at “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of Our Lives,” “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless” served up plenty of sudsy, sensational moments in 2013 — many of which will earn gold statues June 22 at the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards.
“Bold’s” most combustible moment last year was Katie ripping into her husband, Bill, and her sister, Brooke, over the affair they had while she battled post-partum depression.
“We submitted that for Outstanding Drama Series,” says Bradley Bell, nominated as “Bold’s” executive producer and head writer. “The storyline’s a timeless classic, and there were so many great performances.”
“Bill and Katie had been married for four years, which in daytime is an eternity,” notes Heather Tom, a five-time Emmy winner and a nominee this year for lead actress. “People are really invested in them so when it unraveled it was heartbreaking.”
Among “Days’” highlights was Kristen and Brady’s wedding, which came to an abrupt halt after the groom’s mother played footage of the bride’s sexy romp with Eric — the priest officiating at the ceremony!
“That was the culmination of a long story arc,” says nominee Greg Meng, “Days’” co-executive producer. “Eileen Davidson (a lead actress nominee for her perf as Kristen) gave a brilliant performance. We also had Will and Sonny’s romance, and some dark comedy moments with Kate, Sami and Gabi disposing of Nick’s ‘body.’”
Fans of “Restless” ran through several boxes of tissues during the storyline in which young Delia was unintentionally struck dead by Adam’s car after her father left her unsupervised for just a few fatal moments. “It was a very difficult story to tell,” says nominee Jill Farren Phelps, “Restless’” executive producer. “The primary source of the story was to tell the journey of two fathers — and all that happens with them and the people who were affected by this.”
Another standout for “Restless” was the tribute to the late Jeanne Cooper, who played matriarch Katherine Chancellor on the show for 40 years.
“That episode was a love letter to Jeanne,” says Angelica McDaniel, senior vice president, CBS Daytime. “We had 25 cast members on set to share their emotions. Jeanne’s last moment had her going up the stairs as (her rival) Jill asked if she could help. It was written for Katherine to say no. Jeanne added a ‘good night.’ And that was the last time we saw Katherine.”
The tribute program earned a Special Class nomination.
However, not all the memorable moments of soaps from last year are up for accolades. While eight “GH” actors were nominated, the show itself was surprisingly shut out in series, writing and directing categories.
The most polite word that could be used about the glaring snubs is “ironic” since “GH’s” dream team, executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati, delivered one memorable moment after another last year. The pair resurrected the Nurses Ball (which featured Rick Springfield performing “Jessie’s Girl”), staged a deadly confrontation between Luke and Laura and evil Helena Cassadine, revisited the classic Lesley/Monica feud, and brought back veteran Rachel Ames as Audrey to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary episode.
Finola Hughes, strangely absent from the lead actress category, briefly played a dual role in which she brought to life both Anna and evil Dr. Obrecht, masquerading as Anna. “Finola gave just enough so that you knew something was off,” Carlivati says. “She was brilliant.”
“One of the real highlights (from 2013) is that our ratings are so strong,” says Valentini. “ ‘GH’ is vital and alive. That’s our most important accomplishment.”
"THE TALK" CELEBRATES "THE 41st ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS" ON MONDAY, JUNE 23CBS’s Daytime Emmy Award-nominated talk show THE TALK will salute “The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards” with a special show dedicated to daytime television’s biggest night, Monday, June 23, 2014 (2:00 PM, ET/1:00 PM, PT), on the CBS Television Network. THE TALK hosts, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood, along with guest co-host Marie Osmond, will be joined live in-studio by some of the night’s biggest winners for a post-Emmy celebration. This year marks the third time THE TALK has paid tribute to Daytime Emmy winners from across the daypart by inviting them to appear live on the show the following day. Guest names to be announced following the Daytime Emmy Awards early Monday morning, June 23.
EILEEN DAVIDSON SIGNS CONTRACT WITH Y&RAlthough Eileen Davidson has been jumping between Y&R and DAYS to play two very popular characters (Ashley and Kristen, respectively), the actress has decided to stay put on the soap where she got her start by signing a contract with Y&R. “They has been reaching out for quite a while and wondering what I wanted, so the deal we made suits my life very well,” she reports. "I’m really happy. I’ve put in a lot of years in this medium, which I don’t take for granted, so I’m very grateful." Davidson will start airing in early September, while her 12-week story arc on DAYS is playing out.
Hang With Y&R's Egan And Help A Good Cause!THE YOUNG & THE RESLTESS fans can spend a little time with Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) and contribute to a worthwhile cause, too! The actress is raising money for The Riedel & Cody Fund (RCF), a non-profit organization that helps with the treatment of pets stricken with cancer, by participating in an on-line auction, where Egan will take the winner and a guest out to lunch or, if they can't make it to Los Angeles, will do a Skype session for a personal chat!
The auction is currently running and will continue until Wednesday, July 9. Check it out by clicking this link!
Cast AppearancesLauralee Bell, Sean Carrigan and Jess Walton will present at the Creative Art Emmy Awards on Friday, 6/20.
CAMERON MATHISON DENIES Y&R RUMORSAcknowledging the speculation that he has been cast as Y&R's new Adam, Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, AMC) tweeted, "Just to clear up some rumors... There is absolutely NO indication that I am going to Y&R to play Adam Newman. Thanks for all the support tho."
Steve Burton InterviewSteve Burton on His Young and the Restless Daddy Bombshell. Read the TV Guide interview here
E! NEWS CELEBRATES "SOAP WEEK" ALL THIS WEEK STARTING TONIGHT AT 7:00PM ET/PTMonday, June 16th – What better way to gear up for the 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards than by celebrating one of our favorite categories, Soap Operas! Beginning TONIGHT, E! News is pulling back the curtain and exposing all of the lies, mysteries and cover-ups that go on behind-the-scenes of E! each day. Well, not quite. BUT you will see your favorite E! News correspondents testing out their acting chops for a DRAMA-FILLED week of hilarious skits, appropriately titled, “All My Anchors.”
Each night during the week of June 16th, E! News will feature a different over-the-top and ridiculous spoof of your favorite soaps. Don’t miss the cat fights and “who done its” when E! News “Soap Week” kicks off TONIGHT, Monday, June 16th, and airs all this week at 7:00pm and11:30pm ET/PT.
Casting CornerD.C. Douglas returns as Colin’s cohort, Kurtz on Tuesday, 7/1.
Robert Gant returns as David Sherman on Friday, 7/11.
Is Miller GH's New Jason?Ever since Billy Miller left the role of Billy at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, there has been speculation that the fan favorite would be snatched up by GENERAL HOSPITAL to take over the part of Jason (previously played by Steve Burton, who is now Y&R's Dylan!). And last night, TV Guide's Michael Logan added some fuel to that particular fire by posting to Twitter: "Billy Miller. General Hospital. Done deal? This is what I'm hearing."
When contacted for comment on the possible casting coup, a rep for GH replied simply, "We don't have any info on that." Could the rumor be true? Is Robin going to succeed in saving Jason and bring him back to Port Charles with a slightly different face? Or could Miller be playing someone else? What do you think?
Comic Kathy Griffin to host Daytime Emmys onlineKathy Griffin is taking her comedy online as host of the Daytime Emmy awards as the event heads to a new home on the Internet.
The 41st annual awards will be presented June 22 from the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills.
Griffin joked that her only regret is that the epic evening will distract millions of viewers from enjoying this year's World Cup.
The awards were televised on the HLN cable network the past two years. But when the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and various cable outlets couldn't strike a deal, the academy decided to move the show online.
Awards will be handed out in 25 categories, including several new ones, during the live stream.
The academy hopes to attract more worldwide fans through social media sites such as YouTube, Facebook, Google Hangout, Twitter, Vine and Instagram.
SIX DAYS OF SPECIAL TWITTER CHATSCBS DAYTIME CELEBRATES “THE 41st ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY® AWARDS” WITH SIX DAYS OF SPECIAL TWITTER CHATS WITH ITS STARS LEADING UP TO DAYTIME'S BIGGEST NIGHT
Talent and Producers From CBS’s Daytime Emmy Award-Nominated Dramas, Game Shows and “The Talk” Will Participate In Live Chats Each Weekday, Beginning June 13
CBS Daytime will celebrate “The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards” with a special multi-day live Twitter chat event featuring stars and producers from across the Network’s Daytime Emmy Award-nominated lineup. Beginning Friday, June 13, talent and producers from LET’S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and THE TALK will live-tweet every weekday, Friday, June 13 - Friday, June 20, leading up to daytime’s biggest night on Sunday, June 22.
Actor Sean Kanan from THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL will kick off the live Twitter event on Friday, June 13. THE TALK hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood will jump-start Daytime Emmy Week with a live group chat on Monday, June 16. Model Tiffany Coyne (LMAD), actors Steve Burton, Doug Davidson and Christian Le Blanc (Y&R), actors Heather Tom and Scott Clifton (B&B), Executive Producer Mike Richards (TPIR) and CBS Daytime Senior Vice President Angelica McDaniel are scheduled to participate in chats throughout the week (see below for full schedule).
CBS leads the 2014 Daytime Emmy nominations with 60 nods, more than any other network. The #1 daytime drama, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, received 26 nominations, more than any other show. In addition, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL received 18 nominations, THE TALK received five, LET’S MAKE A DEAL received three and THE PRICE IS RIGHT received two nominations.
CBS Daytime’s entire entertainment lineup was honored, with THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL both receiving nominations for Outstanding Drama Series. THE TALK was nominated for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment as well as Outstanding Talk Show Host, THE PRICE IS RIGHT and LET’S MAKE A DEAL were both nominated for Outstanding Game Show, and LET’S MAKE A DEAL host Wayne Brady was nominated for Outstanding Game Show Host.
Following is the schedule for the live Twitter chats:
FRIDAY, JUNE 13
1:30 PM, ET/ 10:30 AM, PT: THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (#BoldandBeautiful)
o Sean Kanan (@Seankanan)
MONDAY, JUNE 16
4:00 PM, ET/1:00 PM, PT: THE TALK (#talklivechat)
o Julie Chen (@JulieChen)
o Sara Gilbert (@THEsaragilbert)
o Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne)
o Sheryl Underwood (@sherylunderwood)
TUESDAY, JUNE 17
12:30 PM, ET/ 9:30 AM, PT: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (#YR)
o Steve Burton (@1SteveBurton)
o Doug Davidson (@DougDavidsonYR)
o Christian Le Blanc (@CJLeBlanc)
1:30 PM, ET/ 10:30 AM, PT: THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (#BoldandBeautiful)
o Heather Tom (@BBheathertom)
o Scott Clifton (@CliftonsNotes)
10:00AM, ET, 7:00AM, PT: LET’S MAKE A DEAL (#LMAD)
o Tiffany Coyne (@TiffanyCoyne)
THURSDAY, JUNE 19
11:00 AM, ET/ 8:00 AM, PT: THE PRICE IS RIGHT (#PriceIsRight)
o Mike Richards (@MRichTV)
FRIDAY, JUNE 20
4:00 PM, ET/1:00 PM, PT: Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime
o Angelica McDaniel (@AngelicaMcD)
CBS Daytime has been #1 in the daypart for 27 consecutive years, featuring a balance of dramas, game shows and talk. The Network’s daytime lineup includes television’s #1-rated daytime program and network television’s longest-running game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, the #1 daytime drama THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, daytime talk show THE TALK as well as THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and LET’S MAKE A DEAL.
Eva Longoria: Having Kids Is 'Just Not in My Future'(Photo) Though Eva Longoria loves kids, she isn't rushing to have her own.
"It's just not in my future," the actress told PEOPLE at Wednesday's Brita Burbank YMCA special event, which celebrated the company's donation of water filtration pitchers and dispensers to YMCA locations across the country.
As children played and made their own fruit-flavored water at the outdoor event, Longoria, 39, explained what drew her to the cause.
"With kids, I love their energy and spirit and innocence," she said. "It's really important for us to be here today to talk to them about water because that stays with them. Water's the original energy drink. Water is really good for you. Water can be fun."
The Devious Maids producer – who's dating Mexican businessman Jose Antonio Baston – also shared her secrets for staying in shape.
"I run a lot. I'm a big runner. And I do yoga," she said. "So, I just alternate. Run, yoga, run, yoga. I do weight training as well."
And though she's all about staying hydrated, you won't find Longoria sipping from a disposable water bottle after a workout.
"So many end up in the ocean so I've banned them from the house," she said.
Chat And Cook With Y&R's CollinsTHE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Jessica Collins (Avery) was a guest on the Wednesday, June 11, episode of HOME & FAMILY, but if you missed that episode of the Hallmark Channel talk show, we've got you covered!
First we've got her entire interview segment where she dishes about her co-stars, working in soaps and learning all the jargon to play a lawyer! Then we've got the cooking segment where the skilled chef demonstrates how to make a delicious-looking blueberry cobbler!
Y&R CHARACTER RETURNS(Photo) Robert Gant, best known for his role as Ben on QUEER AS FOLK, will reprise attorney David Sherman on Y&R. Gant, whose character is the son of longtime Chancellor lawyer, Mitchell Sherman, first debuted in September, 2013 for the reading of Katherine's will. David’s return air date is set for July 11, followed by several episodes of a major storyline that involves the Newman family.
Sip Tea With The Stars Of Y&R!It's time for another afternoon tea date with THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Kate Linder (Esther)! The actress will be hosting her annual Afternoon Tea In Vancouver to benefit the Canadian Cancer Society on Saturday, July 19, at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver from noon to 2:00 p.m., with a cast autograph session to follow.
Linder will be joined by castmate Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael), Y&R hair and make-up experts Patty Denny and George Guzman, as well as additional cast members of the soap to be named in the coming month. Guests of the event will enjoy high tea, delicious edibles, a raffle, an auction, and more.
For more details and to purchase tickets, visit www.katelinderafternoontea.com.
Daytime Emmy Awards To Livestream OnlineAfter clinching last-minute deals with the CW, CBS and HLN the last few years, the Daytime Emmy Awards couldn’t do it again this year. With two weeks left before the June 22 ceremony, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will not air on TV. Instead, they will be livestreamed, the first time that has been done with the long-running awards show. The Daytime Emmy Awards, which will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, will be streamed live at www.daytimeemmys.net beginning at 5 PM PT on June 22. “We are confident that the expert team we’ve brought on will flawlessly execute an evening that celebrates the outstanding talent being honored and allows fans to be a part of the action,” said Malachy Wienges, Chairman of NATAS.
A Legendary Return!THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Judith Chapman (Gloria) will be stepping back on stage as the legendary actress Vivien Leigh in her one-woman show, Vivien, Saturday, June 7 at Theatre In The Square in Marietta, GA. The soap vet has wowed theatergoers from coast to coast portraying the troubled star of Gone With The Wind, who suffered from manic depression. For more information on Vivien, check out facebook.com or twitter.com. Also, tickets are available by calling 777-794-5576.
Y&R Casting Corner
Corbin Bernsen returns as Father Todd Williams on Thursday, 6/19.
Burgess Jenkins debuts as Billy Abbott on Tuesday, 6/24.
Aly Lind returns as Faith Newman on Thursday, 6/26.
Beth Maitland returns as Traci Abbott on Friday, 6/27.
Y&R Cast AppearancesCady McClain will appear on Entertainment Tonight on Friday, 6/30/14.
Lauralee Bell will appear on HALLMARK: Home & Family on Tuesday, 6/17 with a repeat airing on Wednesday, 6/18.
Tom Speaks Out On Y&R Exit(cbs.soapsindepth.com) With the shocking news that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is replacing the recently-returned David Tom with daytime newcomer Burgess Jenkins as Billy Abbott, Soaps In Depth reached out to the actor to get his perspective on the unexpected recast.
"It was such a great experience to have been a part of the Y&R family again," Tom tells In Depth. "It was wonderful to see so many old friends and people I know that I used to work with and enjoy so much like Jess Walton (Jill) and Peter Bergman (Jack). I got to do some scenes with Eric Braeden (Victor), finally."
The Emmy winner admits that he didn't see Y&R's decision coming. "I think I was definitely well-liked there," Tom muses. "As far as I knew, nobody knew about this. Not even the cast." Was he given a reason for his termination? "One of the reasons they said they let me go is that I obviously looked too young when they placed me with [the new] Kelly. Well, she was hired after I was. I don't understand why they didn't think about that [when they were casting her]. We don't really have a storyline [anyway]; She's with Jack. I thought I looked fine with Missy [Claire Egan, Chelsea]. I really loved working with her."
The actor is already making plans for the future, including putting together a demo reel out of his best scenes from this last trip to Genoa City. Is he up for another daytime gig? "Hell, yeah. I'd go in a heartbeat to another soap opera," he says. "I love to work.
"The worst thing you can do is mull about it," continues Tom, who adds that what he'll miss most is working alongside his fellow Y&R actors. "The whole cast is wonderful. I felt like they were a part of my family."
Look for more of our exclusive interview with Tom in our CBS issue on sale June 16!
ALL CBS DAYTIME SHOWS FINISH THE SEASON WITH YEAR-TO-YEAR GROWTH IN VIEWERSTHE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, LET'S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT and THE TALK all finished the 2013-2014 season and the May sweep with year-to-year growth in viewers.
Compared to last season in viewers, LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 was up +13% (3.03m from 2.69m), LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 grew +12% (3.50m from 3.11m), while THE TALK posted growth of +16% (2.78m from 2.40m), according to Nielsen most current ratings. The 2013-2014 season was the best season in viewers ever for LET’S MAKE A DEAL 1 LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 and THE TALK.
Other viewer increases included THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1, which grew by +12% (5.02m from 4.48m); THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2, which was up +9% (5.81m from 5.33m); THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, which posted a +10% gain (3.89m from 3.52m); and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, which rose +8% (5.24m from 4.82m).
This season was also THE TALK’s best season in women 25-54 (1.1/06, +10% from last year), while both THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 (+8%) AND THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 (+7%) also grew in the demographic.
For 2013-2014, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 & 2 both posted their best women 25-54 deliveries since 2009-2010. THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 also posted its largest audience for a season since 2003-2004, while THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 posted its largest audience for a season since 2006-2007.
Additionally, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL posted its largest audience since the 2007-2008 season, while THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS posted its largest audience since the 2009-2010 season.
This was also the best May Sweep ever, live plus same day, in viewers for LET’S MAKE A DEAL 1, LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 and THE TALK. LET’S MAKE A DEAL 2 and THE TALK also posted their best May Sweep ever in households.
Meanwhile, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 & 2 posted their best May Sweep viewer deliveries since 2007.
Finally, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS posted its best household rating and its largest audience in a May Sweep since 2011, while THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL posted its best household rating and its largest May Sweep audience since 2008.
Eva Longoria's Las Vegas Strip steakhouse closesEva Longoria's female-focused steakhouse closed over the weekend, less than two years after opening in a swanky shopping center on the Las Vegas Strip.
Officials with parent company Landry's said SHe by Morton's shut down effective Sunday. The restaurant had opened in late 2012 with a theatrical nightclub on the upper floor, but the club portion closed in early 2013.
"The restaurant was looking into alternatives to repurpose the space to enhance its dining experience," said Scott Marshall, SHe's chief operating officer. Unable to agree with the landlord on an overhaul after the club closed, "we were left with no alternative other than to sell the space back."
The restaurant was located inside the Crystals shops at the Aria casino and featured a catwalk and smaller portion sizes for female customers. Mirrors on the back of the dessert menus were designed for patrons reapplying lipstick after their dinner.
The steakhouse ran into trouble last month when the Southern Nevada Health District temporarily closed the restaurant. Health inspectors gave the restaurant numerous demerits, mostly related to keeping food at proper temperatures and maintaining accurate thermometers.
The eatery quickly reopened with a grade "A'' from the health district.
Y&R’S NEW BILLY ON SNAGGING ROLEIn an exclusive interview with Soap Opera Digest, Y&R’s newest addition, Burgess Jenkins, who replaces the recently ousted David Tom as Billy Abbott, shares how the part became his. "My managers contacted me and said the folks from the show had reached out about the role,” explains the actor. “So, I talked with the producers about it and they filled me in on the role and it was apparent to me from the get-go that this was a wonderful character with interesting layers. I met some of the cast and we clicked right away. Not only are they terrific people, but I can tell we’re going to have a great time. I was taken with this opportunity right away.” Check out the Soap Opera Digest issue on sale June 16 for the rest of the interview.
Y&R'S NEW BILLY CONFIRMS CASTING!(Photo) Burgess Jenkins has confirmed that he will succeed David Tom in the role of Y&R's Billy. "So excited to be joining the Y&R family!" he tweeted. "Thanks so much for the outpouring of warm welcome from all the fans!
Y&R'S DAVID TOM OUT?(Photo) Daytime Confidential is reporting that David Tom (Billy) is out and has been replaced by Burgess Jenkins. Tom, who first played the from from 1999-2002, returned in February after Billy Miller left. Some of Burgess's previous credits include ARMY WIVES, NASHVILLE. He is expected to begin airing in late June. For more, go to daytimeconfidetial.com.
MICHELLE STAFFORD SPEAKS OUT ON Y&R'S NEW PHYLLISY&R's original Phyllis, Michelle Stafford (Nina, GH), took to Twitter to throw her support to Y&R's decision to recast the role with Gina Tognoni (ex-Dinah, GL; ex-Kelly, OLTL). "Thx 4 the #GH [love] 2day Tweeps!" she wrote. "Now I want u 2 give [love] 2 @ginatognoni who will now b playing the role of #phyllis on #YR she will be awesome!!!"
GINA TOGNONI SPEAKS OUT ON Y&R GIGIn a statement on her Facebook page, Gina Tognoni (ex-Dinah, GL; ex-Kelly, OLTL) has offered her excited reaction to landing the recast role of Phyllis on Y&R, made famous by Michelle Stafford (Nina, GH). "I am beyond blessed to play this incredible role of Phyllis Newman at Young and the Restless," she wrote. "I am thrilled to be back on CBS. Thank you for your support I feel it in my HEART. So excited to work with is Amazing cast and crew. I am grateful To my beautiful Husband, my family, friends and The best FANS in the world."
Y&R SWITCHES FAITHS(Photo) Aly Lind (who played Faith before McKenna Grace stepped in last summer) is back at Y&R playing the role of Nick and Sharon's daughter. Grace has been cast in a movie called Russellmania and will be shooting in Vancouver. She will last air on May 29. Lind, who will first appear again on June 26, can be seen in Blended, starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, which opens today.
Gina Tognoni Joins The Young and the Restless(Photo) Look who's coming out of her coma! Suds goddess and two-time Emmy winner Gina Tognoni has won the hotly contested role of Phyllis Summers on CBS's The Young and the Restless. The character, originated by Michelle Stafford, has been hospitalized and off the show for a year. A rep for Y&R tells TV Guide Magazine that Tognoni's audition and take on the character was "flawless."
The actress arrived on the soap scene in 1995 as Kelly Cramer on One Life to Live and followed that with her Emmy-annointed stint as Dinah Marler on Guiding Light. She has also appeared in Crystal Chappell's big-buzz web sudser Venice. Look for Tognoni to hit Y&R in late summer.
Y&R Star Goes UNDER THE DOMEMax Ehrich (Fenmore, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is joining the cast of UNDER THE DOME, which returns for its second season on Monday, June 30, at 10 p.m. on CBS. He'll play Hunter, who will first appear "digitally" in the third episode says executive producer Neal Bauer.
What does the new gig mean for Fen's future in Genoa City? Since Ehrich is not on contract with Y&R, the moonlighting shouldn't affect his position with the soap. Baer tells Soaps In Depth that Ehrich is set to appear in about six DOME episodes.
Y&R CASTS NEW ROLE(Photo) Y&R has filled the part of the much-talked about character of Stitch’s wife, Jenna, with soap newcomer Stephanie Lemelin.
The actress, @StephyLems on Twitter, shows up for duty on May 13, with her debut slated a month later on June 13.
Eva Longoria dines in Brooklyn before Frieze art fairEva Longoria enjoyed a low-key dinner in Williamsburg before checking out art fair Frieze over the weekend.
On Friday, Longoria was dining with Lake Bell and her tattoo artist husband, Scott Campbell, at Antica Pesa.
On Sunday, she was dressed in all white on the arm of beau Jose Antonio Baston as she perused art.
Also at the fair, James Franco was seen with his arms around two women at once.
A spy said Franco looked relaxed, even though he had to get to his show, “Of Mice and Men,” at 3 p.m.
'The Young And The Restless', 'Days Of Our Lives' Renewed In CanadaSony Pictures Television and Shaw Media have inked a deal to extend the Canadian run of veteran daytime dramas The Young And The Restless and Days Of Our Lives on Shaw-owned Global Television through the 2015-16 TV season. Now in its 41st year on air, The Young And The Restless has amassed 123 Daytime Emmy Awards and leads this year nominees with 26. It is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company in association with Sony Pictures Television. Days of our Lives, in its 49th year, has garnered 36 Daytime Emmy Awards and has 14 nominations this year. it is produced by Corday Productions Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television.
IT'S OFFICIAL - Y&R RECASTING PHYLLISWith Michelle Stafford signed on to play GH's Nina, Y&R has put out a casting call for Phyllis. The show is seeking a 35-40 year old actress to fulfill the following description: "Phyllis is beautiful, smart and conniving. She is confident in her own sexuality and is unafraid to use it to get what she wants. She knows she has power over men and many times has used it, both to her benefit and to her detriment. She definitely has an edge." The character has been in a coma since Stafford's exit last August. With Jack moving on with Kelly, and Sharon's secret seemingly safe, the timing is perfect for a Phyllis comeback.
NEW CONTRACT FOR Y&R’S GRIMESLooks like Y&R’s Camryn Grimes will be sticking around for a while to play the mischievous Mariah, now that the actress has signed a contract. "I’m having so much fun and at this point, there’s no reason for me to go anywhere else,” she smiles. "I’m happy where I am.
B&B And Y&R Stars Engaged!Congratulations are in order for Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and Robert Adamson (Noah, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS)! Not only are they expecting a baby girl in June, but the couple recently became engaged!
"We were such slackers about it," Godfrey admits. "We actually got engaged on New Year's Eve. We told our family and friends, but we didn't make a huge formal announcement about it. We weren't sure we were going to make one and then we decided against it and just started calling each other 'fiancée.' We want the baby to get here and be a little bigger and then do all the official stuff!"
Best wishes to the happy couple!
Y&R STAR’S FILM GRABS TOP PRIZEDuring the recent Beverly Hills Film Festival, the documentary A Man Called God, produced by Kristoff St. John (Neil, Y&R), received two awards, including Best Documentary. This marks the third time that the movie, which chronicles the actor's real-life experience in a cult with his family as a young boy, has won in this category on the film festival circuit. You can check out www.mancalledgodmovie.com for more on St. John’s effort.
HAVE LUNCH WITH Y&R’S ERIC BRAEDENWant to have lunch with Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R)? To help raise money for the Robert F. Kennedy Center Spring Auction for Human Rights, the actor has offered to dine with the highest bidder at a Los Angeles restaurant. The annual auction is now open for bidders at www.rfkauction.com until May 13.
B&B Exec Leads Important CrusadeWhen he's not overseeing the production of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL for his day job, supervising producer Ed Scott is trying to save the world — literally. The TV exec and husband of Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is the CEO of the Save The Earth Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to helping raise both awareness and funding for environmental research in collaboration with major universities.
The organization has planned several exciting events for Earth Week this week. On Tuesday, April 22, Chicago's No. 1 rock station, The Drive 97.1 will auction off a Candy Apple Red Fender Standard Stratocaster signed by Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler. For more information check out the STE auction site. The foundation is also sponsoring a major symposium on Saturday, April 26th featuring the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the focus of which will be the problem of marine debris.
"There are three huge garbage patches in our oceans right now, one of which is in the North Pacific and covers an area the size of Texas," Scott explains. "The fish eat the plastic, and god only knows what it does to us when it gets into our system. The other major problem is container ships dropping big containers. Every year hundreds fall off of ships in rough seas, and they're really fouling up the water."
Scott points to a new book called Emotion For The Ocean by Chet Forrest, which explains, in layman's terms, the devastation being done to our oceans and marine life. "The oceans are our lifeblood," says Scott. "I don't think enough people understand the severity of what is happening, but we have to get it resolved. We can't keep destroying the oceans like we're doing."
For more information about Scott's efforts on behalf of Save The Earth, visit www.savetheearth.org.
Murdering My Youth: A Memoir by Cady McClain(Order here!) (Book Cover) Cady McClain is a two-time Emmy award winning actress for her roles on "All My Children" and "As the World Turns." Previous books include "Conversations with the Invisible" and "Licked-poems of Love (sort of)." Her first short film as a director/writer/producer, "Flip Fantasia," was accepted into the Macon Film Festival in 2014. She also writes articles for the Internet and keeps a blog on her website: www.cadymcclain.com. She is currently starring on the CBS daytime series as "Kelly" on "The Young and the Restless." Paperback: 270 pages - April 16, 2014 (Order here!)
Greg Vaughan and Touriya Haoud SeparateGreg Vaughan and his wife are splitting after nine years together, the soap opera actor announced on his Instagram.
Vaughan, 40, and Dutch model Touriya Haoud, 36, wed in 2006. They have three sons together, Jathan James, 6½, Cavan Thomas, 4, and Landan Reid, 2.
"As we open our hearts full of love & sadness, 9 years together and 3 beautiful children, we have decided to amicably separate," Vaughan wrote Monday, adding a photo of the couple cuddling.
"With dear love for each other and our family, as parents first and foremost, we kindly ask our space and privacy be respected at this difficult time."
Vaughan gained fame as Lucky Spencer on General Hospital. He also appeared in The Young and the Restless and has played Eric Brady on Days of Our Lives since 2012.
Daytime Soaps Enjoy a New Surge in Popularity(variety.com) The soap bubble that was supposed to burst is still very much intact.
A couple of years after “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” brought to five the number of daytime dramas axed by the networks over a five-year stretch, the genre is flourishing.
Ratings are up at the four remaining soaps — “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” on CBS, “General Hospital” on ABC and “Days of Our Lives” on NBC — and, in this DVR era, any kind of gain is cause for celebration.
One reason for the increases could be the simple fact that there are fewer shows to compete for the pool of fans. Today’s soaps live alongside game and talkshows such as CBS’ “Let’s Make a Deal” and ABC’s “The Chew,” and a bigger variety of programming for viewers to choose from seems to be helping all the networks.
But if it were simply the same viewers moving from one show to another, the gains would be only among the core, older soap opera fan base — and that’s not the case. It’s clear that some new blood is being pumped into the genre.
“General Hospital,” for example, has grown from last year by 9% in total viewership (to 3.32 million) but it’s also up by 19% in women 25-54 and by 11% among those 12-34, according to Nielsen. As a result, its median age of 55.5 for the current season is down from 56.1 a year ago.
“Days of Our Lives” is up 10% (to about 3 million viewers), but its biggest gains are among females 12-34; its median age of 57.8 is nearly one full year lower than last year.
It’s this expansion of the audience that most encourages Michael Maloney, a contributing editor for Soaps in Depth magazine and the author of “The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell.”
“The grandmother used to pass it down to the mother and so on, so one of the reasons (that soaps) took a hit is because mom is out there working,” Maloney says. “But that seems to be coming back, and audiences are responding to a multiple-generation canvas of characters. Any soap that has just young people isn’t going to make it.”
Maloney thinks the recent shuttering of some soaps created a surplus of good actors out of work. And this has resulted in some all-star rosters.
Indeed, turn on a soap you remember watching years ago, and there’s a good chance you will see a lot of familiar faces.
“Soap is the only genre with that kind of throughline, and the shows are taking good advantage of that,” Maloney says.
The CBS soaps skew older, but they’re also the most popular overall. “Young and the Restless” averages 5.3 million viewers daily and “The Bold and the Beautiful” bags nearly 4 million.
Maloney credits Angelica McDaniel, head of Daytime at CBS, who is active in social media and “a great cheerleader for the genre.”
He also notes that Vicki Dummer, an exec VP of series and specials at ABC Media Group, has been supportive of the strong vision of “GH” exec producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati. And Sony Pictures Television, NBC and Corday Productions have kept “Days” vital even though it is on a daytime island at the Peacock.
“What the soaps seem to have is terrific support from the network,” Maloney says. “The right people are running them, and each of the remaining shows are doing a great version of their show for their core audience.”
Maloney thinks it’s unlikely we’ll see a new daytime soap anytime soon, but he doesn’t rule it out entirely.
“There are Web soaps out there like ‘The Bay,’ and with ‘Beacon Hill,’ Crystal Chappell has a handle on a Web series that can make a profit,” he says. “People in broadcast are definitely keeping an eye on the Web.”
'America's Next Top Model' Eva Marcille & Baby Daddy All Smiles ... After Restraining Order(tmz.com) (Photo) "America's Next Top Model" star Eva Marcille can't make her mind up -- days after she accused her baby daddy of violently kicking down several doors in their home and trying to snatch their child from her arms ... she posed in a smiley photo with him.
Eva obtained a restraining order against rapper BF Kevin McCall on March 28th, claiming he went ballistic during an argument and chased her around their home, trying to take their 2-month-old daughter.
Eva claims Kevin kicked down 4 doors during his rampage and even threatened to punch her.
But clearly, something changed -- days later on April 4th, Eva was all smiles again, posing for a photo with Kevin and their daughter on Instagram with the ironic hashtag #familyfirst.
According to the restraining order, Kevin's required to stay 100 yards away from Eva.
To each their own.
B&B And Y&R Co-Creator HonoredTHE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS co-creator, Lee Phillip Bell, is being honored by The Guild Of Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Greater Los Angeles at its annual Accessories For Success Spring Luncheon And Fashion Show. The event will be held on Friday, April 11, at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Heather Tom (Katie, B&B) will be hosting, and the award will be presented to Bell by Doug Davidson (Paul, Y&R) and John McCook (Eric, B&B).
Before the luncheon, luxury accessories will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters LA. The luncheon itself features a fashion show from Kyle By Alene Too. If you would like to attend this gala event, tickets are available to the public. Just click here for more information!
Y&R RECASTING ADAM?Y&R has put out a casting call for a character named Aaron Newton, who sounds a lot like Adam Newman, last played by Michael Muhney, who left the show in late January. The contract role would begin taping in May, and the description reads: "Caucasian Male. MID 30s to LATE 30s. A very handsome, very SEXY, very appealing, very charming LEADING MAN. Aaron is a smart businessman, loves women, and can out maneuver even the shrewdest. NOTE: Actor must be AT LEAST 5'10 and have NO ACCENT PLEASE. This actor will carry major storylines. ONLY actors with strong acting experience will be considered."
Watch Soap LifeSoap Life, the documentary chronicling the rise and fall of the American soap opera is being released worldwide today on a host of platforms like iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu. The feature features interviews from fans, directors, producers and actors like Rick Hearst (Ric, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Whip, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Macy, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and more! (See the full cast list here.)
For a preview, you can watch the trailer here.
Kristoff St. John: Still Young, Still Restless [INTERVIEW](ebony.com) (A Man Called God Trailer) The veteran soap star opens up about 20+ years on ‘The Young & the Restless,’ and his dad’s directing effort, ‘A Man Called God’
It’s been 25 years since the popular CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless became daytime’s top drama, and Kristoff St. John has been there for the better part of its reign. As Neil Winters, the New York City native has been flexing his thespian muscle as one of the most compelling characters on television for 23 years: a divorced (and believed to be widowed) recovering alcoholic who’s a loving father and grandfather and also a respected pillar of the community.
In Winters’s imperfection, he’s also had romances with two sisters, become embroiled in a paternity scandal, and then—years later—fathered a child with his brother’s wife and taken the blame for the sudden death of a one night stand. He’s helped his daughter battle cancer and also bedded all types of women in between.
Yes. Believe it or not, that layered image of a Black man can be seen on network television almost every single day (even via a work of fiction).
“I feel comfortable playing the character,” says St. John. “I cannot find the role of Neil Winters on any other program on television, or movies for that matter. This is the role of roles.
“It’s a funny parallel that life has, real life and my stage life—things that have mirrored throughout the years,” he adds. “But in no way, shape or form could I find the role of a Black corporate executive who has been the CEO of several companies, a thriving force in the corporate world commanding millions of dollars.
“We do not see Black men forging business deals necessarily on television or in the movies. Shall we go to the stereotypical pimp, hustler, drug dealer, detective? These roles that have been plentiful, that my father had to audition for and procure as a young man beating the streets of New York in the ’60s and ’70s?”
Unbeknownst to some, the 25-year soap veteran’s father is the groundbreaking Blaxploitation actor Christopher St. John, who also wrote, directed and produced the controversial 1972 film Top of the Heap (which subsequently caused him to be banished from Hollywood for its critical themes about the U.S. government).
“He called the entire NASA program a sham,” the junior St. John explains about the movie’s plot, which revolved around a Washington D.C. cop struggling with family woes and career stress, while also having a very vivid imagination. (He dreamed of becoming the first Black astronaut). “He dared to be different; he showed things of Hollywood and they didn’t like that at all,” St. John says of the obscure film.
“They called him subversive and they removed his film from the movie theaters and he faded away.” While Top of the Heap won an award at the Berlin Film Festival and was invited to screen at the Cannes Film Festival, it could be considered a tough trivia nugget—even for a staunch Blaxploitation fan.
“It’s really because of his blacklisting and his film being pulled and him not being able to get work, [that my] career was borne,” the son acknowledges of his father’s sacrifice. “God works in mysterious ways. His exit was my entrance.”
Though Kristoff St. John, who started off in soap operas with the groundbreaking serial Generations in 1989, is not recognized as a pioneer in the field, his character is arguably the longest-running, African-American character in the history of television. (S. Epatha Merkerson as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren is commonly referred to as that—with her 17 seasons on Law & Order.)
“It’s interesting that I’ve been on this show so long. I was a kid when I got there and certainly felt like one,” he says. “In a lot of ways I still feel like a kid, but I have three of my own now, and that’s a testament of the 23 years that I’ve been doing the show and a testament of the show itself.”
Though television genres like ratchet reality shows and celebrity-driven talk shows seem to have grown exponentially and garner most of the attention these days, St. John—who also appeared on Happy Days and Roots—is very aware of the impact the unsung daytime drama still has on its viewers. “I can’t think of a show that’s run as long as our show has,” he says. “You know, we’ve heard about shows like The Simpsons as the longest-running series primetime show, and we don’t get enough press, strangely enough, about CBS’s number one daytime drama for all these years. Why is that? I don’t know.
“It’s phenomenal that it has been that long. In fact, it’s probably a record that will never be broken.”
Outside of The Young and the Restless, St. John is also celebrating the release of a film he produced that’s currently making the rounds on the festival circuit. Titled A Man Called God and directed by his father, the full-length documentary started filming 30 years ago and chronicles the St. John family’s spiritual journey to Southern India to search for God. “We filmed a documentary that sat in a vault for many, many years because we lost our faith. And I took the material recently [and] spun a whole different story I knew would work.”
A Man Called God will next be screened March 31 at the American Documentary Festival in Palm Springs, California.
Y&R Fan EventThere will be a Y&R 40th Anniversary Fan Club Dinner on Saturday, August 24th at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, California. Fans wishing to attend should contact Cathy Tomas for reservations and information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CADY MCCLAIN IS Y&R'S NEW KELLY!(tvguide.com) One Emmy winner is out, another is in. CBS's The Young and the Restless has been forced to recast the role of grieving mom Kelly Andrews, currently played by Cynthia Watros, who has moved on to the upcoming MTV series Finding Carter. The new Kelly is former All My Children and As the World Turns great Cady McClain.
A rep for the top-rated soap tells TV Guide Magazine that Watros will shoot her final scenes March 14 and will last air April 16. McClain shows up for work March 26 and will first be seen April 24.
The switch isn't unexpected. Watros, known for her gigs on Guiding Light and Lost, went to Y&R without a contract well aware she might need to drop out if the Finding Carter pilot got a series order. (Carter films in Atlanta, Y&R in Los Angeles.) Yesterday she tweeted: "I LOVED being on Y and R. A big hug to the cast and crew! You guys rock! My fans and my not fans. I love you. I hope I didn't let you down."
Word is, a Kelly recast was mandatory because Y&R plans to romantically team the character with Peter Bergman's kingpin character, Jack Abbott.
'Young & the Restless' producers reportedly auditioning actors to replace Michael Muhney(radaronline.com) Two months after Michael Muhney was fired from The Young and the Restless for alleged sexual misconduct, producers are currently holding auditions to find a new actor to play the popular Adam Newman role, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
Muhney, 38, was dumped after co-star, Hunter King, 20, reportedly complained he’d fondled her breasts on two occasions — both of which she protested were unsolicited and unwanted advances.
“Benjamin Franklin said it best, ‘Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see,’” Muhney said in his first public comments after the alleged incident on Twitter.
He later added, “…and that quote doesn’t only apply to what is being said about ME. It also applies to others. Please be kind to everyone. #respect.”
Muhney’s soap character was involved in a fiery crash at the beginning of Jan., and scenes have hinted that his character is still alive.
“I saw it coming, and I didn’t see it coming,” he explained. “I suspected it could happen, but I didn’t think that it really would — at least not now; maybe down the line.”
“There are active auditions going on to replace Michael Muhney’s character as Adam Newman. Producers haven’t found the best actor yet to fill the role. It’s important that the role be filled by someone the audience will grow to love,” an insider told Radar.
“There are storylines being written about Adam and the character is central to the show.”
In the aftermath of Muhney’s demise, tales of bitter on-set fighting, backstabbing and cast cliques emerged.
Veteran actor Eric Braeden — best known for his role as Victor Newman on the soap since 1980 — previously came to Radar in a bid to set the record straight about rumors that he played a role in the termination of Muhney.
According to Braeden, Muhney had openly waged a “campaign” to get him kicked off the show which, he stunningly confessed, which led to an epic “shouting match” between the pair.
“I was prompted to get into ‘fisticuffs’ with him because he wanted me off the show, if you want to know the truth,” the Emmy Award-winner admitted.
Sources tell Radar, “One thing is certain, the next actor that will portray Adam Newman, won’t have the ego or chip on the shoulder that Michael had.
“If there is even a hint of diva behavior, or drama, the role won’t go to that person. Period. Everyone wants to move on from that disaster.”
ABC Drama Pilot 'Sea Of Fire' Adds To CastKevin G. Schmidt (The Young And The Restless) has been cast in ABC’s drama pilot Sea Of Fire. It chronicles the fallout from three teenage girls starring in a pornographic film, which tears their families apart and leads to a disappearance and a murder. Schmidt, with ICM Partners and Cammerata Management, will play Zander Harper, who’s dating Jane and becomes a suspect in her disappearance.
Y&R'S BURTON TICKLED PINKSteve Burton (Dylan, Y&R) revealed via Twitter that he and his wife, Sheree are expecting a girl, due in July. The couple are already parents to Makena, 10 and Jack, 7. To see how the actor made his announcement, check out pic.twitter.com/9DN0tdFMcJ.
Graziadei Series Picked Up By LifetimeLifetime has completed a deal for a 10-episodes order to conspiracy thriller pilot The Lottery. As expected, it will join Lifetime’s recently picked up new drama Un-Real, from A+E Studios, which also received a 10-episode order. The Warner Horizon-produced Lottery is set in a dystopian future when women have stopped having children, threatening extinction of the human race. When 100 embryos are successfully fertilized, a national lottery is held to decide the surrogates. “The Lottery is one of the most provocative and original concepts we’ve ever seen,” Lifetime’s general manager Rob Sharenow said. “Tim Sexton’s unique dystopian thriller represents an exciting new direction for Lifetime and continues cable’s position on the leading edge of bold, high-quality scripted drama.” The project, written by Sexton, stars Marley Shelton, Michael Graziadei, David Alpay, Martin Donovan, Lesley Ann Brandt and Louise Lombardi. Sexton, serves as executive producer with Dawn Olmstead. Danny Cannon directed and executive produced the pilot, from Grady Girl Prods in association with Warner Horizon TV.
Buy Eileen Davidson's ClothesEileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R) is going from fashion forward to paying it forward by partnering with Evolution Vintage for charity. The actress is selling several of her own dresses that she previously wore on the red carpet, with most of the proceeds going to No Kid Hungry. "I’m really excited about the fans being able to purchase these dresses," enthuses Davidson. "I'm really excited about this." To find out what's available for purchase, go to www.evolution-vintage.com/CuratedCloset.html. Also visit them on Facebook — www.facebook.com/EvolutionVintage) and Twitter @EvolutionVtg.
Cooper's A Bestseller!THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) has had quite a storied career as an actress in Hollywood, but now she can add best-selling author to her crowded resume! The memoir Cooper penned with Lindsay Harrison, Not Young, Still Restless, has entered the New York Times Bestseller List for Hardcover Nonfiction at number 25!
You can read all about Cooper's experience putting her memories down on paper in the new CBS issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now.
Y&R is on PinterestThe Official Y&R Pinterest account is up and running at pinterest.com/officialyandr!
Not a Pinterest user yet? Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that lets you organize and share things you find on-line, such as favorite fashions, decorating ideas and recipes. You can also check out boards created by other people who share your interests.
A "pin" is an image you add to Pinterest. Your pin can be added from a website using the "Pin it" button, or you can upload images from your computer. A board is a set of pins.
Current Y&R boards focus on "super couples," fashion, and some of Genoa City's favorite citizens. Have fun and happy pinning!
Bill Bell Authorized Biography Hits StoresThe Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell: Creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful is a must-read for Y&R fans. The authorized biography, written by veteran soap journalist Michael Maloney, along with Lee Phillip Bell, who co-created the shows with her late husband, goes on sale June 1 but is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com.
Maloney began his television career working as a page at CBS Television City, spending as many shifts as he could on the set or in the control booth, where he could see Bill Bell's words brought to life. He subsequently worked for two years as Lee's assistant on The Bold and the Beautiful before becoming a full-time member of the media and, for the last 20 years or so, has reported and written extensively about television and soap operas. So, when Lee approached him about writing Bill's biography, he could draw not only on a personal library of tapes and notes, but he already had relationships with a number of the nearly 70 actors, writers, producers and Bell family members he interviewed for the book. Although Maloney had spoken to quite a few of his subjects before, he said he still learned a lot and "asked things he might not ask for a magazine article!"
It took about three years, Maloney said, to complete the book, which details Bill's pre-soap career as a Chicago ad man (shades of Mad Men - there's a chapter with that title) as well as Lee's broadcasting career. Lee, with her groundbreaking talk show, was a beloved Windy City media icon long before Phil Donahue and Oprah made their marks there.
Join the Y&R Fan Club!Fan Club members receive exclusive gifts such as cast photos, an autographed birthday card, and much more! Stay in touch with other fans and get the latest news on future Fan Club events, including the Fan Club Luncheon where you can dine with your Y&R favorites, participate in a Q&A session and bid on unique auction items. The application is quick and easy. Join today!
Soap Opera 451Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments: The first enhanced e-book of its kind, “Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama’s Greatest Moments” by New York Times bestselling author and soap opera insider Alina Adams, features actor interviews, insider information, fans and fan favorites looking back on 45 of the most memorable moments in daytime television history, as well as links to view the selected scenes, and to the star-studded contributors’ personal sites, so that readers may interact with them personally. (An Internet connection is required and availability will vary depending on your viewing device).
“Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama’s Greatest Moments” includes interviews with: “All My Children’s” Eden Riegel on her character Bianca coming out as a lesbian to her mother, Erica Kane; “Another World’s” Linda Dano on her character Felicia's alcohol intervention; “Dark Shadow’s” Kathryn Leigh Scott on Barnabas bringing Josette back from the dead; “One Life to Live’s” headwriter Michael Malone on Marty's gang rape; “General Hospital’s” headwriter Thom Racina on scripting Luke and Laura's wedding; “Generations” creator Sally Sussman Morina on the show’s groundbreaking racial housing discrimination story; and dozens of other stars, writers, insiders and stories from “The Young and the Restless,” “As The World Turns,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Guiding Light”, “Passions,” “Texas,”“The Bold and the Beautiful,” “The Doctors” and many more.
“Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama’s Greatest Moments” may be experienced via a tablet, iPad, cell-phone, lap-top or desk-top computer. All of the text may be read on the Kindle or Nook devices.
Victoria Rowell NovelFormer Y&R star Victoria Rowell's novel, Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva, will be released May 4.
May 4 - New York City - Hue Man Book Signing
May 6 - New York City - Borders Books Columbus Circle Book Signing
May 7 - New Orleans - Book Signing at Octavia Books
May 8 - Baton Rouge, LA - Scotlandville Library Book Signing
May 9 - Baton Rouge, LA - Barnes & Noble Book Signing
May 11 - Los Angeles - Grove Barnes & Noble BIRTHDAY Book Signing
May 13 - Atlanta - Book Signing at Buckhead Barnes & Noble
May 15 - New York City - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 18 - Somerset, NJ - Franklin Township Public Library
May 22 - Atlanta - Camp Creek Barnes & Noble Book Signing
June 4-6 - Atlanta - Victoria's One Woman Show at Southwest Arts Center
The Man Who Came BackThe Man Who Came Back starring Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R)- is on DVD
Death In DaytimeEileen Davidson (Ashley) has written the new book 'Death In Daytime: A Soap Opera Mystery' which hits bookstores on Oct. 7. In the novel The Yearning Tide’s biggest diva, Alexis Peterson is accused of killing her head writer. She tells Soap Opera Weekly, “it’s only very loosely based on real people and events. The stuff that goes on behind the scenes at a soap… people wouldn’t believe.”
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