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Shemar Moore Shares His Mother's Battle with Multiple Sclerosis: 'She's My Super Woman'(Photo) When Shemar Moore's mother, Marilyn, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the Criminal Minds actor told himself she just needed to take it easy.
"I went through the whole denial thing for a couple of years," the actor, 45, tells PEOPLE of learning of his mother's diagnosis in 1999. "I was like, 'Take a couple aspirin and go to sleep...You'll be fine. You'll be fine. Go get a massage and slow down.' "
But after some time passed, Moore began to realize just how much the debilitating disease was affecting his mother – but also what he could do to help her.
"I just had to check myself and say, 'Listen, she's scared and asking for help, so let's help her turn in the right direction,' " says the only-child, who had his mother move from San Francisco to Los Angeles so she would be close by. "I've just been learning about the meds and learning about how it affects different people. Five years ago, we thought she was going to be wheelchair bound. Then, by just doing some homework and really seeing what MS was all about, we learned that MS is affecting her, but not entirely. We were able to be specific about the MS and other factors in her life."
Moore admits his mother, now 72, still has her "down days." But other days, "she's bouncing around and trying to do a little dance in the kitchen, going down to the beach or to a ballgame or goes out with friends to a play or a dinner."
Moore has also turned his attention to raising awareness about the disease. He's raised significant funds through his self-described "fun, cute, silly, sexy" clothing line Baby Girl and cycles 100-miles annually for the Bike MS: Coastal Challenge.
"People may see me as an advocate, and I guess I am, but I just don't see myself that way," Moore says. "I'm gonna ride that bike every year, as long as my body will allow it, and it will because I'm healthy, I don’t have MS, and I'm gonna continue to hug my mother."
And his mother couldn't be more grateful.
"My quality of life is totally determined by Shemar's generosity," says Marilyn, who will be honored alongside her son at the Southern California and Nevada Chapters of the National MS Society at the organization's Dinner of Champions on Thursday. "You take care of your parents, you put your kids through college, and then it's kind of you. I wasn't expecting this."
"She drives me crazy and she's a pain in my ass, but she's my mother and I wouldn't have the life I have without her and how strong she was to give me the life that I have," Moore counters. "My love for my mom is real and I want her to beat this damn thing. She's my Super Woman and she needs to know that someone is out there fighting for her at all times."
Major Crimes Books Young and Restless Vet Greg Rikaart for Pivotal ArcMajor Crimes‘ Alice Herrera mystery has taken a soapy twist.
The Young and the Restless‘ Greg Rikaart is joining the TNT drama for a multi-episode arc in the role of Bobby G. Monroe, a confident young lawyer and anti-death penalty activist who is currently defending Slider (Garrett Coffey), the young man awaiting trial for the murder of Alice Herrera.
Rikkart, who will juggle his Major Crimes stint with his ongoing Y&R duties, will first appear during the second half of the show’s recently-expanded fourth season (which resumes November 2).
Coincidentally, among the Emmy winner’s primetime credits is a 2005 guest stint on Major Crimes‘ sister series The Closer.
Eva Longoria & Jesse Metcalfe Have Desperate Housewives Mini Reunion() Sadly, Jesse Metcalfe kept his shirt on for this beautiful moment.
Eva Longoria, 40, recently reunited with the 36-year-old actor, her former Desperate Housewives co-star. The two were photographed together on Saturday at the LG Electronics Farm-to-Table: ProBake Edition Series charity event, which the actress hosted in Los Angeles.
Longoria played housewife Gabrielle Solis on the ABC show, which ended in 2012 after eight seasons. Metcalfe (aka John...Tucker), made his debut in season 1 as her character's family gardener, teenager John Rowland, with whom she has a steamy extra-marital affair.
"Look who I ran into today!" Longoria wrote on Instagram, alongside a pic of the two. "My favorite gardner!!!! #DesperateHousewives #OneOfMyFavPeople."
Metcalfe arrived with his girlfriend, actress Cara Santana, 31.
Longoria attended wearing a gorgeous, semi-sheer, white, over-the-knee shift dress.
The event helped benefit the No Kid Hungry campaign and included cooking activities, games and culinary demonstrations, including some featuring recipes from Longoria's cookbook, Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends. Executive chef Angel Estrada from the Los Angeles restaurant Beso, which the actress co-owns, helped prepare the food.
"One of my greatest passions is being able to cook with those I love and create warm memories together over food," Longoria said. "I come from a tight-knit family where we value the importance of gathering for meals and celebrations, and I'm thrilled to join LG to encourage families to do the same, all while benefitting such a fantastic cause."
Other celebrity attendees included Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and husband Ryan Sweeting as well as married couple Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott, who brought their four children.
Wilson Bethel Joins ABC’s ‘Blood & Oil’Wilson Bethel (The Astronaut Wives Club) has joined ABC’s new fall drama series Blood & Oil in a recurring role. Written by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne and executive produced by Tony Krantz, Blood & Oil centers on a young working-class couple (Chace Crawford, Rebecca Rittenhouse) who move to “The Bakken” in North Dakota, booming after the biggest oil discovery in American history, where they are pitted against a ruthless tycoon (Don Johnson) who forces them to bet big and put everything on the line, including their marriage. Bethel will play Finn, a charismatic but poor businessman, who owns a food truck, and partners up with Kess (Keston John) and Ada’ (Yaani King). Bethel,repped by WME, LINK and Zero Gravity, most recently played astronaut Scott Carpenter on ABC’s The Astronaut Wives Club and previously was a regular on CW’s Hart Of Dixie.
CBS'S DAYTIME LINEUP POSTS WEEK-TO-WEEK AND YEAR-TO-YEAR GROWTHCBS daytime lineup posted week-to-week and year-to-year growth, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Aug. 14.
THE TALK was up +6% in viewers (2.45m from 2.31m) and +14% in women 25-54 (0.8/05 from 0.7/05) compared to last week, topping "The View" in viewers (vs. 2.29m) and women 25-54 (vs. 0.7/06). Compared to a year ago, THE TALK was up +5% in viewers (from 2.33m).
Daytime's number one Network television show THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 gained +3% in viewers (4.82m from 4.69m) and +10% in women 25-54 (1.1/08 from 1.0/08) while THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 was up +2% in viewers (5.54m from 5.40m) and +8% in women 25-54 (1.3/09 from 1.2/09) from last week. Versus a year ago, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 delivered a gain of +9% in viewers (from 4.43m) while PRICE 2 was up +7% (from 5.16m).
LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 was up +3% in viewers (2.94m from 2.87m) from last week and +5% (from 2.81m) from last year. LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 gained +3% in viewers (3.89m from 3.30m) compared to last year.
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS increased +2% in viewers (4.82m from 4.74m) from last week and +9% from last year (from 4.43m). THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL notched increases of +9% in viewers (3.82m from 3.45m) and +8% in women 25-54 (1.4/09 from 1.3/09) versus last week and +10% in viewers (from 3.46m) compared to a year ago.
Kate Linder Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge(Video) Actress Kate Linder, who plays the role of Esther Valentine on daytime television's top soap, "The Young and the Restless," takes the 2015 Ice Bucket Challenge at her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As the celebrity spokesperson for Trish's Angels, an ALS fundraising non-profit, as well as The ALS Association, she lends her time and talents to raise awareness of the incurable illness, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Nia Peeples Files for Divorce from Husband Sam GeorgePretty Little Liars actress Nia Peeples has filed for divorce from her husband, pro surfer and filmmaker Sam George.
Peeples, 53, submitted the paperwork in the Los Angeles County Courthouse on Aug. 11, just 20 days short of the couple's eighth wedding anniversary.
The papers obtained by PEOPLE cite irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. Peeples is seeking to keep the couple's home, a Malibu, California, mobile home with an ocean view that's valued at $875,000. Also listed among the couple's community assets is a Las Vegas condo worth $91,000.
In 2013, Peeples' mobile home was featured in an episode of Celebrity Wife Swap that showed the actress trading homes with '80s pop singer Tiffany.
Peeples, who rose to fame on the TV series Fame, has been married three times before. She and George have no children, but Peeples has two children from previous marriages.
Helgenberger & Ehrich Continue on “UNDER THE DOME,” THURSDAY, SEPT. 3“Incandescence” – When the Dome’s calcification process accelerates, Chester’s Mill has 24 hours before the barrier’s breakdown will suffocate everyone inside. While the new deadline puts added pressure on Joe to bring the Dome down, Barbie and Julia race to save his child from The Kinship. Also, Big Jim tries to manage the increasingly volatile Hektor (Eriq La Salle), who is adamant that infected townspeople never escape the Dome, on UNDER THE DOME, Thursday, Sept. 3 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Marg Helgenberger (Christine Price), Eriq La Salle (Hektor Martin), Max Ehrich (Hunter).
Y&R STAR GIVES BIRTHMishael Morgan (Hilary, Y&R) and her husband welcomed a son, Niam, on August 9. "She was supposed to have her boy on my birthday [August 17] but he came early," says her co-star, Bryton James (Devon).
'Gunsmoke' cast members to reunite in Dodge CitySix decades after "Gunsmoke" debuted on television, several actors who appeared in the show, including Burt Reynolds, are scheduled to reunite in Dodge City.
The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1JWXTW3 ) the actors will attend Wild West Fest on Sept. 25-27. The event is hosted by the Boot Hill Casino & Resort, the Wild West Heritage Foundation and the Roundup Rodeo.
Besides Reynolds, who portrayed blacksmith Quint Asper from 1962 to 1965, also attending are Bruce Boxleitner, Buck Taylor, Jess Walton, Lane Bradbury and Merry Florene.
"Gunsmoke" ran on CBS from 1955 through 1975 and was nominated for more than a dozen Emmys.
Other key actors from the show have died, including James Arness, who starred as Matt Dillon; Amanda Blake, who played Miss Kitty; and Milburn Stone, who was Doc Adams.
Eden Riegel & Khary Payton Among Voice Cast For Disney Channel’s ‘The Lion Guard’ MovieThe Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar TV movie, a precursor to The Lion Guard TV series, is set to premiere in November on Disney Channel with Rob Lowe, Gabrielle Union, Max Charles, Atticus Shaffer and Sarah Hyland among the voice cast. James Earl Jones and Ernie Sabella reprise their roles from The Lion King as Mufasa and Pumbaa, respectively.
The movie, a continuing of The Lion King tale, follows Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, as he assumes the role of leader of the Lion Guard, a team of animals tasked with preserving the Pride Lands. The movie previews The Lion Guard TV series, premiering in early 2016 on Disney Channels and Disney Junior channels around the globe. A special preview of The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar will be presented at Disney’s D23 Expo on Sunday, August 16.
Cast includes Rob Lowe (The Grinder) as Simba and Gabrielle Union (Being Mary Jane) as Nala. Max Charles (The Strain) stars as Kion. The voice cast also includes Joshua Rush (The Adventures of Puss in Boots) as Kion’s best friend Bunga, a fearless honey badger; Atticus Shaffer (The Middle) as Ono, an intellectual egret; Diamond White (Sofia the First) as Fuli, a confident cheetah; and Dusan Brown (Blaze and the Monster Machines) as Beshte, a friendly and good-spirited hippo.
Set in the African Savanna, The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar follows Kion as he assembles the members of the Lion Guard. While traditionally the Lion Guard has been comprised of lions known to be the fiercest, bravest, fastest, strongest and keenest of sight in the Pride Lands, Kion breaks tradition by instead calling upon some of his friends who he believes best exemplify these heroic qualities. Throughout the movie and the series, the diverse team of young animals will learn how to utilize each of their unique abilities to solve problems and accomplish tasks to maintain balance within the Circle of Life, while also introducing young viewers to the vast array of animals that populate the prodigious African landscape.
The Education and Science experts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park serve as consultants,. Ford Riley (Special Agent Oso) developed the movie and series and serves as executive producer. Howy Parkins (Jake and the Never Land Pirates) is the director.
Additional cast members include: Eden Riegel, Sarah Hyland, Madison Pettis, Jeff Bennett. Andrew Kishino, Vargus Mason, Greg Ellis, Khary Payton and Kevin Schon. Disney TV Animation is the producer.
Y&R CASTS NEW ROLE() Miles Gaston Villanueva has been cast in the role of Luca Santori, who is described as "strong-willed, confident and charismatic” on Y&R. Villanueva previously appeared on the soap in September 2013 as Father Martin, who helped Nikki and Paul in the search for her long-lost child. The actor has also had a short run on DAYS as Russ and has credits that include MELISSA & JOEY, NCIS and BONES. Luca will make his Genoa City debut on September 16.
Beverly Hills and New York ‘Housewives’ film in HamptonsIt was a “Housewives” takeover in the Hamptons on Saturday.
“Real Housewives” from Beverly Hills and New York headed to the Hamptons over the weekend to celebrate Bella magazine’s White Party at Beautique at the Capri Hotel in Southampton — and to film an episode of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”
The party — hosted by Lisa Vanderpump — had guests dressed to the nines in white attire.
Vanderpump wore a flowing white strapless Isabelle Armstrong Couture gown and donned a large white hat. She was spotted filming by the pool with co-stars Lisa Rinna, Kyle Richards and Eileen Davidson, plus New York’s Countess LuAnn de Lesseps.
Of course the party wouldn’t have been complete without Vanderpump’s famously well-dressed pup, Jiggy, who was floating around the party taking pictures with Vanderpump’s husband Ken Todd.
Former New York “Housewife” Jill Zarin was also in attendance, chatting with “Glee” actress Jenna Ushkowitz, but both missed the memo that it was a white party. Ushkowitz showed up in a black dress with nude stilettos, while Zarin wore a colorful print look.
Former New York “Housewife” Aviva Drescher made a quick appearance, as did de Lesepps’ current castmate Dorinda Medley.
No sign of the rumored new Beverly Hills castmate, Erika Jayne, at the party, although on Monday Jayne posted a photo of herself at the hotel where the party was held. “Rise and shine everyone!” she captioned the picture, shared two days after the soiree.
Who Is Emma?Soaps In Depth has learned exclusively that Alice Greczyn will be joining THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Emma, a young woman who works at Genoa City Memorial Hospital. While details surrounding the recurring character are strictly hush-hush, we can tell you this one tidbit: Greczyn's alter ego will share an interesting connection to a Genoa City resident! The actress' past credits include THE LYING GAME, MAKE IT OR BREAK IT, and PRVILEGED. Y&R fans can look for the hottie to make her first appearance in early September.
Casting CornerTim Meinelschmidt appears as “Judge Gates” on Tuesday, 9/1
Robert Gant appears as “David Sherman” on Thursday, 9/3
Keltie Knight (“Insider” correspondent) appears as a “Reporter” on Friday, 9/4 and Wednesday, 9/16
Is Kimberlin Brown Returning To Y&R? Might Kimberlin Brown be returning to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS? Two posts that Sheila's former portrayer made on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter today certainly seem to indicate that a comeback is in the future!
First, the actress posted a photo with a graphic saying "I'll be back!" -- and then a few hours later tagged Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren) in a photo of their two characters that included the graphic "The Best Enemies."
REAL-LIFE DUO SPLITSLinsey Godfrey (Caroline, B&B) and Robert Adamson (Noah, Y&R), parents to daughter, Aleda, 1, have split. "Actress Linsey Godfrey and her fiancé, actor Robert Adamson, have made the difficult decision to call off their engagement and separate,” a B&B spokesperson confirms to Digest. "They will always remain connected as they are committed to co-parenting their daughter Aleda in a loving and amicable environment and her needs will always be their common priority. They thank their fans for their support and ask that their privacy regarding this matter be respected."
STACY HAIDUK BACK TO Y&RStacy Haiduk will be back to reprise the role of Paul’s screwy sister, Patty Williams, a spokesperson for Y&R confirms exclusively to Digest. The actress will report to the studio next week and begin airing in September. Haiduk first started playing the role in 2009; Patty was last seen in 2012.
Braeden Staying With Y&R!Apparently some fans got it into their heads that Eric Braden (Victor) would be leaving THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, so the actor used Twitter to nip that particular rumor in the bud!
"For all my my friends on Twitter: I am not leaving the show!" he posted, adding, "I just signed an extension, so kindly don't ask me that question again!"
We don't know how long the extension might be, but Y&R fans can breathe a sigh of relief that the Emmy winner will keep Victor in Genoa City for the foreseeable future! Are you excited by this news?
GH'S MICHELLE STAFFORD EXPECTING BABY NO. 2!Huge congratulations are in order! Michelle Stafford (Nina, GH) confirmed on Instagram that she is expanding her family, which already includes daughter Natalia, 5. The actress, who welcomed Natalia via surrogate, posted:"#babynumber2 #yepitstrue #noimnotkidding #imthinkingthesamething #yepimcrazy #butyepimlucky #SOlucky #trulygrateful #trulyamiracle I may not be certain of many things in my life but the one thing I am certain of is that I'm a good mother... I am SO grateful to have more love in my life..."
NBC Casts Alyvia Lind As Young Dolly Parton For ‘Coat Of Many Colors’(Video) NBC has cast Alyvia Lind as a young Dolly Parton in its upcoming movie, Coat of Many Colors. NBC this morning described the project as a “family-oriented faith-based story about the incidents in [Parton’s life] and her family’s life” in the Tennessee hills; it’s set in 1955 when Parton was 9.
Lind, who will turn 8 on July 27, has two sisters who also are actresses; her mother, Barbara Alyn Woods, was a regular on One Tree Hill. Lind most recently had a role in the Lifetime movie spoof A Deadly Adoption, with Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig. She also has appeared as Jenny in Masters of Sex and Grace in Transparent.
Back in May, NBC announced it had greenlit Coat of Many Colors, based on Parton’s song of same name, as the first original movie under its development deal with the singer/songwriter/actress. During NBC’s Upfront Week presentation, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said the deal to dramatize some of Parton’s tunes fills an underserved family viewing niche. Parton took the stage at that presentation and wowed the crowd as she described her childhood growing up in a family of “horny hillbillies” in which “my mamma had one on her and one in her” for many years. Parton then sang Coat of Many Colors, after which Greenblatt accompanied her on the piano as she sang I Will Always Love You which, she wanted media buyers to know, Whitney Houston can have the credit for, but “I just want the cash.” While the buyers gave her a standing ovation, Parton joked, “Get that money out!”
No premiere date has been announced on Coat of Many Colors, with Parton exec producing, as are Sam Haskell and Pamela K. Long. Production companies: Magnolia Hill Entertainment and DP Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
'Young & The Restless' Star Victoria Rowell -- Soap Opera Is Racist But I Still Want Back On(tmz.com) Former ‘Young & The Restless’ star Victoria Rowell is trying to get back on the soap opera even though she says the show's honchos and co-stars are racist.
Rowell, who played Drucilla Winters for 14 seasons on the CBS soap opera, says she left the show in 2007 because of discrimination.
Among her allegations: she says she was ...
-- mocked for her Afro-style wig by Melody Thomas Scott
-- spit on by co-star Michelle Stafford, who also called her a "freak"
-- told she was mentally unstable and physically threatened by fellow actor Peter Bergman.
She says she wanted a writing/producer position, but says it wasn't in the cards, because up until 2010, no black writer worked on the show in its 37 year history.
What’s interesting ... producers haven’t killed Rowell’s character off … they've actually been using stock footage to tease the audience with the possibility of her return.
Something tells us it's not happening.
They're Having A Baby!(Video) Soap opera veteran Adrienne Frantz (ex-Amber, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL/THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) and her husband, Scott Bailey (Sandy, GUIDING LIGHT) have announced that they are expecting, and they did it in the cutest way, with a candid YouTube video. "Yes, I'm pregnant!" Frantz confirms excitedly.
But what prompted the video? "I was watching a commercial," Frantz explains. "It was about what you should know before becoming a parent and I started sobbing profusely." Bailey was so taken by his wife's intense reaction that he couldn't resist recording it. "After the struggle we've had trying to have a child, we thought we might just post the video as our way of showing people that yep, we're gonna have a baby."
"At first, I wasn't too thrilled because I thought he was making fun of me," Frantz admits. "But at the same time, you've gotta be able to laugh at yourself, and it was funny. Life is an adventure that way." Now safely into her second trimester, Frantz says that she's feeling well and that they are both eagerly anticipating their daughter's December 1 due date. For more from the happy couple, including news about the upcoming Lifetime movie they made, check out their joint Keeping Track feature this summer in Soaps In Depth.
'Young and the Restless' hunk selling LA-area home for $6M(Photo) On screen in the dreamy (and dramatic) soap opera world of Genoa City, actor Joshua Morrow is no stranger to the finer things in life. As Nicholas Newman, son of tempestuous tycoon Victor Newman, Morrow lives in the Tack House on the sprawling Newman ranch.
Off screen, “The Young and the Restless” star’s actual home is just as impressive as anything the fictional Newmans might own. Listed for sale at just under $6 million, the six-bedroom home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., features an impeccable interior design.
On the first floor, the formal dining room comfortably holds a table for 12 under a candle chandelier. A fireplace provides warmth, and a bay window adds natural light.
Off the formal dining room is an ample den with a tray ceiling and recessed lighting. Currently, the room houses a collection of sports memorabilia and three flat-screen TVs. (“The Young and the Restless” is on five days a week, after all.)
The recently remodeled kitchen is large with top-of-the-line appliances and plenty of cabinet space. The room also features an arched range hood, coffered ceiling and glass-paned accent cabinetry. The massive island and eat-in breakfast nook can comfortably seat the entire family for casual meals.
The master suite offers a vaulted ceiling, fireplace and sitting area, while the master bath is big enough to fit most of the spurned women of Genoa City. The double vanity has plenty of storage space, including a welcome set of upper cabinets. There’s also a walk-in shower and a freestanding bathtub, complete with a chandelier.
While Morrow may be moving on from this home, we doubt he’s leaving the Newman ranch anytime soon. The hunky 41-year-old celebrated his 20th anniversary on the long-running soap in 2014.
Kristoff St. John Suing Mental Health Facility Over Son's Suicide(people.com) The Young and the Restless actor Kristoff St. John has filed a lawsuit against the mental health center that was treating his son Julian St. John, who died in the facility Nov. 23, for negligence and wrongful death.
Court papers obtained by PEOPLE allege that nurses discovered Julian, 24, face down on the floor of his bathroom with a plastic bag over his head less than three weeks after he attempted to kill himself in the "same place in the same fashion."
The suit also states that nurses and staff member "regularly skipped mandatory check-ins and regularly falsified documents in order to cover up their neglect."
Julian was admitted to La Casa Mental Health Rehabilitation Center in Long Beach, California, on Sept. 10, 2014, and was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Las Casa responded to the suit in a statement.
"The California Department of Health Care Services reviewed the case and on May 5, 2015 found that La Casa was in compliance with all applicable licensing laws and regulations," the center said. "Similarly, the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health concluded that Mr. St. John’s treatment and care at La Casa was reasonable and in line with clinical procedures, given his mental condition."
Sony, CBS: Actress Can't Sue for Retaliation Because She Never Applied for Job(hollywoodreporter.com) On Wednesday, CBS Corp. and Sony Pictures filed a pair of motions in a California courtroom that aims for the soap opera equivalent of throwing Victoria Rowell's lawsuit off of a cliff.
The former Young and the Restless star filed her lawsuit in February with allegations that despite widespread public interest that she revive her role as Drucilla Barber Winters, the defendants wouldn't re-hire her because of her outspokenness about increasing the presence of African-Americans both in front of and behind the camera in soap operas. The broadcaster and producers have not only thrown up an anticipated First Amendment challenge to such a claim, but have also cast doubt on the idea of an actress who is so popular, she doesn't need to go through the formality of applying to support a legal claim of retaliation under the Fair Employment and Housing Act.
Rowell's lawsuit "describes the numerous attempts of Plaintiff and those acting on her behalf to ask Defendants if she could 'return to Y&R,' but she never alleges she actually applied for any position," states a motion to dismiss (read here: scribd.com).
CBS and Sony tell the judge there's no requirement under FEHA that employers create new positions when asked. They say it would "open the floodgates" to lawsuits against employers.
Then, in a noteworthy footnote, they address the "anticipated argument" from Rowell that she should be excused from actually applying or auditioning "because she is a 'star' or because 'sometimes' actors with 'known characters' get jobs without actually applying for them."
A star in Hollywood might not equate to a star in the eyes of labor law. CBS and Sony say that the requirement of a job application is important lest courts be forced to measure the "stature or popularity" of particular plaintiffs to determine if they have been retaliated against for an "open position."
Besides a motion to dismiss, CBS and Sony have also filed an anti-SLAPP motion that aims to defeat the lawsuit — and potentially make Rowell pay their legal costs — on free speech grounds. The motion (read here: scribd.com) repeats the same argument above as well as the one that casting decisions are creative expression protected by the First Amendment. The defendants put special emphasis on a 2012 decision that rejected a discrimination lawsuit against ABC for failing to feature non-white cast members on The Bachelor.
What makes that decision according to the defendants the "most on-point federal court decision on this topic" — besides featuring some of the same attorneys on the plaintiffs' side —is that a federal court ruled that to inject itself in casting decisions "would actually affect the particular show's message" and "embroil courts in questioning the creative process behind any television program."
"This lawsuit seeks to wrest control of that decision from Defendants, and to invoke California’s anti-discrimination law in an attempt to force two television soap operas to alter their story lines to accommodate the wishes of one actress," states the anti-SLAPP motion from attorneys at Davis Wright Tremaine. "There can be little doubt that such governmental interference invites First Amendment scrutiny."
One quick and timely note on procedure: The lawsuit was originally brought in New York. CBS and Sony raised a jurisdictional challenge before Rowell agreed to bring the lawsuit over to California. One of the big differences between the two states is that California has a much more expansive anti-SLAPP statute as it covers free speech whereas New York doesn't. The California law is aimed at deterring frivolous lawsuits at very early stages by examining whether they address First Amendment activity and whether the plaintiff has a likelihood of prevailing. This isn't to say that Rowell will necessarily lose and be forced to pay CBS/Sony's legal bill. We merely mention this because on Wednesday, several lawmakers introduced a bill that would establish a federal anti-SLAPP law with potentially big ramifications if passed. The bill would impact where lawsuits are adjudicated and influence the course of lawsuits touching free speech activities, which would mean a great deal for media and entertainment companies, and as seen here, might even make labor claims tougher for certain plaintiffs.
Rowell's lawyer Dan Stormer isn't impressed by the motions from CBS and Sony.
"This is a standard practice that defendants use to try and escape from their responsibilities," he says. "CBS/Sony is afraid to address the important underlying issues of their racial discrimination and retaliation. They are hoping to find some obscure technicality that might allow them to escape the justice that Victoria Rowell so richly deserves”
Rowell's Lawyer Responds To CBS ClaimOne of the attorneys representing former THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla) in her lawsuit against CBS and Sony argues that the corporations' claims that the actress' case is unconstitutional is... well, false.
"CBS and Sony's position is no surprise, but it's certainly misguided," says Dan Stormer of Hadsell & Stormer, co-counsel for Rowell. "Nothing in the Constitution exempts Hollywood from adhering to this country's laws prohibiting retaliation against employees who oppose racial discrimination. The core of this case is Ms. Rowell's free speech -- her right to speak out about the lack of diversity at her workplace without reprisal."
Victoria Rowell’s ‘Young and the Restless’ Lawsuit Is Unconstitutional, CBS and Sony TV Argue(thewrap.com) Actress claims she wasn’t rehired on the soap in retaliation for her diversity complaints.
Former “The Young and the Restless” star Victoria Rowell’s lawsuit against CBS and Sony Pictures Television is beginning to take dramatic turns worthy of a soap opera.
Sony Pictures Television and CBS have moved to dismiss Rowell’s lawsuit, filed in February, contending, among other things, that Rowell’s demands violate the First Amendment.
In a sharply worded memorandum in support of the motion filed in U.S. district court in New York, attorneys for CBS and Sony claim that Rowell’s suit is “a blatant attempt by Plaintiff to force her way back onto a daytime television soap opera, after she voluntarily resigned from her role in 2007.”
The memo goes on to claim that Rowell’s claims “are barred as a matter of law.”
“Plaintiff boldly asks this District Court to order Defendants to put her back on television, and she complains about why she believes Defendants have not already done so. Her allegations, however, fail to state a cognizable claim against both Sony Pictures and CBS and are barred as a matter of law. Thus, Plaintiff’s claims fail in their entirety and should be dismissed,” the memo reads.
The lawyers argue that casting and script decisions are protected free speech, and ordering CBS and Sony to make those decisions for Rowell’s benefit would run contrary to the First Amendment.
“Plaintiff’s claims are barred by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and the California Constitution. Casting and script-writing decisions, such as those Plaintiff now complains, constitute protected free speech,” the motion reads. “Indeed, any order ‘directing’ Defendants to create a role or story line on either Y&R or B&B for Plaintiff and cast Plaintiff, as she requests … would constitute the Court compelling Defendants’ speech, in clear violation of the First Amendment.”
Rowell’s lawsuit contends that the actress, who played Drucilla on “The Young and the Restless,” wasn’t re-hired in retaliation for her “public and private complaints regarding the lack of diversity in front of and behind the camera on the show.”
She claims that she also attempted to join “Y&R’s” sister soap “The Bold and the Beautiful,” but was denied.
In the memo, lawyers for Sony and CBS contend that Rowell fails to state a claim under both the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and federal law, because she cannot show “that there was any open position for which Plaintiff actually applied in the period relevant to this Complaint.” They also argue that she never “exhausted administrative remedies” with CBS, which FEHA requires before filing a lawsuit claiming FEHA violations.
Rowell, who joined “Y&R” in 1990, claims she “reluctantly left the show in 2007 after facing years of racial discrimination.”
CBS and Sony are also asking that the case be moved to California, where “The Young and the Restless” films.
CBS RESPONDS TO ROWELL SUITIn a statement, CBS responded to Victoria Rowell’s (ex-Dru, Y&R) lawsuit claiming that Y&R refused to rehire her in retaliation for her speaking out about the lack of employment of African-Americans on daytime's top-rated drama, noting, “We were disappointed to learn that, after leaving the cast of The Young and the Restless on her own initiative, Ms. Rowell has attempted to rewrite that history through lawyers' letters and a lawsuit that has no merit. We harbor no ill will toward Ms. Rowell, but we will vigorously defend this case.”
Ex-'Young And The Restless' Star Hits CBS & Sony Pictures TV With Retaliation Lawsuit(deadline.com) Eight years after leaving the long running soap opera, Victoria Rowell is taking the network and the producers to court today for not letting her back – and she directly blames Les Moonves. In a just filed lawsuit in federal court in NYC, the actress who played Drucilla Winters on The Young And The Restless from 1990 to 2007 claims CBS, Sony Pictures Television, Bell Dramatic Serial Company and Bell-Phillip Television Production Inc. are distinctly not allowing her back on Y&R or The Bold And The Beautiful. Why? Because of her public advocacy of greater diversity on the soaps, she says. That’s a violation of federal law and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, today’s jury seeking complaint claims (read it here). It alleges that Rowell was being “impoverished and blackballed because she had chosen to speak out against the discrimination and injustice that she had endured and witnessed happen to other African Americans.”
“We were disappointed to learn that, after leaving the cast of The Young and the Restless on her own initiative, Ms. Rowell has attempted to rewrite that history through lawyers’ letters and a lawsuit that has no merit,” said CBS in a statement today. “We harbor no ill will toward Ms. Rowell, but we will vigorously defend this case.”
Trying unsuccessfully to get back on the soap as the popular character since 2010, the actress says that “the Defendants have disregarded their own self-interest in their efforts to retaliate against Ms. Rowell.” In her claims of retaliation complaint, Rowell now wants a variety of unspecified damages, including back pay, front pay and benefits. She also wants “an order directing Defendants to re-employ Ms. Rowell on Y&R, or at least to consider her seriously for re-employment on Y&R without regard to her prior efforts to address the discrimination that she perceived at Defendants.”
In fact, deep within the filing’s details of Rowell’s efforts to increase diversity on the soap, her desire to get back on it and meetings with the likes of SPT’s Steven Mosko and bigger boss Michael Lynton, is this odd gem involving CBS boss Moonves. “Sensing from both Bradley Bell’s and Steven Kent’s comments that the decisions were being made at a higher level, meaning at CBS, in March 2011, Ms. Rowell exchanged emails with Leslie Moonves, CBS’s President and Chief Executive Officer, about her desire to return to Y&R or start a new role on B&B,” the 48-page document claims. “Mr. Moonves responded that he no longer was involved in programming or casting for those shows, and suggested that she seek help elsewhere. The suggestion that CBS was not involved in decision-making was not true.”
“After many months of advocacy with CBS and Sony officials on behalf of Ms. Rowell, National Urban League President Morial told Ms. Rowell that in his opinion Mr. Moonves opposed Ms. Rowell’s return to any CBS show, likely because of her advocacy for increased African American employment in front of and behind the camera,” the suit later alleges. There’s also an exchange where Congresswoman Maxine Waters supposedly tries to “advocate” with Moonves to put Rowell back on the show. “Mr. Moonves responded that if Ms. Waters contacted him again on behalf of Ms. Rowell, he would report her to the House Ethics Committee,” says today’s filing. “It is unclear what Mr. Moonves thought was unethical about Ms. Waters advocating for a constituent, but his response certainly showed Mr. Moonves’ hostility.”
Rowell’s views on the diversity in the soaps world is nothing new – at least not on social media. On the 41st anniversary of Y&R in 2014, she posted a series of tweets chastising the show.”Young & Restless on air for 40 years, loyally watched by their absolute competitive-edge audience (blacks) & not ONE black Exec PRODUCER?,” the also former Diagnosis: Murder actress wrote. Just last week on Twitter, the 2-time Daytime Emmy nominee reiterated that long held stance:
@victoriarowell : #BlackHistoryMonth NOT BlkMysteryMonth. NO blk exec producers hired in soap opera industry though advertisers/producers depend on AAspending.
Mehri & Skalet, PLLC out of D.C. plus NYC-based Valli Kane and Vagnini LLP and Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP are representing the actress in this action.
Y&R ALUM VICTORIA ROWELL SUES CBS AND SONY!Daytime Confidential broke the news that Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla, Y&R) is suing CBS and Sony (and other defendants) on the grounds that Y&R refused to rehire her in retaliation for her speaking out about the lack of employment of African-Americans on daytime's top-rated drama. In the suit, Rowell alleges that she left the show in 2007 in the wake of racial discrimination, which she describes in her complaint. Rowell claims that since 2010, she has sought to return to the show, or to join BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL, and that Sony and Bell-Phillip Television Production, Inc., acting in concert with CBS's CEO, have rejected her bid because of her public and private comments about the show's lack of diversity both in front of and behind the camera.
Y&R Star Needs Your Help For A Good CauseTHE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Amelia Heinle (Victoria) recently launched a fashion and lifestyle Web site called Dear March, and in addition to the articles and peeks into the actress' personal life is an on-line store where a percentage of the sales are donated to the American Cancer Society in honor of Heinle's sister, Jane, who is currently battling cancer.
Now, Heinle is hosting a special charity event for BelieveBig.org on Sunday, December 14, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy located at The Grove in Los Angeles, CA. Her husband, Thad Luckinbill (ex-J.T.) will be on hand as one of the special guests, and there will be a limited number of tickets available for a VIP meet and greet with the actors. Tickets are available exclusively at DearMarchShop.com, and money raised by the event will be donated to the cancer charity Believe Big in Jane's name.
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!)
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.
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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.”
Restless StyleWebsite: RestlessStyle.com
A Memoir by Victoria RowellBook: The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir by Victoria Rowell
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