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Grandfathered Casts Nikita VetSorry, Christina Milian: Your Grandfathered baby daddy is setting his sights on someone new.
The freshman Fox comedy has cast Nikita‘s Lyndsy Fonseca as a potential love interest for Josh Peck’s Gerald.
According to EW.com, Fonseca will guest-star as Frankie, a party girl Gerald meets at a nightclub with John Stamos’ Jimmy. But when the one-night stand begins to bloom into something more, Jimmy worries his son is falling for a bad girl.
Grandfathered airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on Fox; Fonseca’s first episode is slated for November.
Eva Longoria To Produce Interracial Family Comedy For ABCEva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment has set a half-hour project at ABC with veteran comedy writer Bobby Bowman. The untitled interracial family comedy centers on an ambitious and meticulous Latino chef who runs a cafe with his unpredictable white father-in-law. Bowman executive produces with UnbeliEVAble’s Longoria and Ben Spector. Universal TV, where the company is based, is the studio.
This marks the return to ABC for former Desperate Housewives star Longoria and Family Tools creator Bowman. Last year, ABC and ABC Studios developed a half-hour comedy as a starring vehicle for Longoria before she committed to NBC’s Hot & Bothered. That series, which UnbeliEVAble produces with Universal TV, debuts in midseason.
In addition to Hot & Bothered, UnbeliEVAble has Bonita & Mechelle in development at NBC with Will Packer Prods. as well as projects at HBO Films and NBC International. The company is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment.
Bowman also is writing comedy How To Speak American, about a coddled millennial who teaches ESL to immigrants, at CBS, with Greg Garcia executive producing. Bowman has a long history with Garcia and has worked as co-executive producer/executive producer on all of Garcia’s series: Yes, Dear and The Millers on CBS, My Name Is Earl on NBC and Raising Hope on Fox. He is repped by ICM Partners.
Toni Braxton’s Lifetime bio pic adds soap stars Debbi Morgan and Gavin HoustonLifetime has announced the full cast for “Un-Break My Heart,” its movie based on singer Toni Braxton’s memoir about her struggles with illness, financial troubles and divorce while navigating her son’s autism and family struggles.
Debbi Morgan (“Power,” “All My Children”) will play Braxton’s mother, Evelyn, while Gavin Houston (“Guiding Light”) will play her frequent collaborator, producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. Cortney Scott Wright, Skye P. Marshall (“Public Morals”) and LaToya Franklyn (“Subways”) have also been cast as Braxton’s sisters and fellow singers, Traci, Towanda and Trina Braxton.
It was previously announced that Tiffany Hines (“Devious Maids”) would play Braxton’s other sister, singer Tamar Braxton, and that Lex Scott Davis would play Braxton herself.
As opposed to other Lifetime projects like TV movies about cult TV series like “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Melrose Place,” “Un-Break My Heart” is an authorized life story with Braxton exec producing and guest-starring in the film. Other exec producers are Craig Baumgarten, Erik Kritzer and Marcus Grant. Written by Susan McMartin and directed by Vondie Curtis Hall, “Un-Break My Heart” is produced by Link Entertainment.
The WE tv series “Braxton Family Values,” a reality series centered around the five Braxton sisters and their mother, recently wrapped its fourth season.
Let The Bidding Commence!THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS's Tracey Bregman (Lauren) want you to have their bras. Or rather, a Rhonda Shear Ahh Bra they personally designed as part of an online charity auction benefiting breast cancer research! Go to www.Rhondashear.com from now through Friday, October 30, to bid on one of ten celebrity-designed bras as part of the Rhonda Shear Celebrity Ahh Bra Breast Cancer Auction.
Lang and Bregman joined Hollywood names like EXTRA's Mario Lopez (ex-Christian, B&B), model Charlotte Lambert, and actress Marilu Henner in putting their special spin on the bestselling comfort bra. Lang's design features autographs from many of her B&B co-stars. "Anything I can do to help support the fight against breast cancer," says the actress, who is also an ambassador for the Breakaway From Cancer foundation. Bregman designed a zipper-covered bra in honor of her grandmother, who passed away from breast cancer. All money raised in the auction will be donated to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research.
Y&R'S MISHAEL MORGAN RETURNS TO WORKMishael Morgan (Hilary) reports on Twitter that she is back on set filming at Y&R. The actress, who welcomed son, Niam, on August 9, says, "Someone's back in Genoa City! Thx everyone 4 being so patient, now it's time to resurrect Hil #YR."
Former All My Children Star Debbi Morgan Visits Oprah: Where Are They Now? and Recounts Witnessing Horrific Abuse by Her Father(Video) Debbi Morgan is opening up about living under the threat of domestic violence for much of her life, and she hopes her honesty will help others escape abuse.
The former All My Children star sits down with Oprah Winfrey on Saturday's Oprah: Where Are They Now? to discuss chilling experiences going as far back as her childhood.
In an exclusive clip from the episode, Morgan recounts the worst incident of violence her mother endured at the hands of Morgan's father, who was ultimately removed from their lives.
Though Morgan's mother had replaced the locks on the door of the family's home, Morgan recalls, "My father came home that night, he gave the door one kick, the whole thing just came apart."
During his brutal attack, Morgan's father used a pole attached to the lock he'd just dislodged – the very thing her mother had hoped would provide safety – against her: "I can remember so vivid," she says. "My mother, it was like she was trying to scream but it was like she could hardly get anything out. And he had the pole up against her neck and was choking her. You know, as a little girl, to see that was just so terrifying."
Morgan, now 59, has written her memoir The Monkey on My Back to confront the abuse against both men and women that has cast a shadow over her family for generations – in fact, Morgan was previously married to three abusive men (though she has broken the cycle in her current marriage).
Morgan tells Winfrey she wrote the book because "I really want parents to understand the traumatic effect that domestic violence has on children."
Oprah: Where Are They Now? airs Saturdays (10 p.m. ET) on OWN.
Casting CornerAnthony Traina appears as a “GCAC Valet” on Tuesday, 10/13
Michael E. Knight debuts as “Dr. Neville” on Thursday, 10/15
Maggie McCollester appears as “Nurse Susan” on Thursday, 10/15
Paul Mabon appears as a “Newman Security Guard” on Monday, 11/2 and Tuesday, 11/3
Terrell Tilford appears as “Dr. Barton Shelby” on Friday, 11/6
DAYTIMERS JOIN YOUTHFUL DAZEBryan R. Dattilo (Lucas, DAYS), Sean Kanan (Deacon, B&B), Cady McClain (ex-Kelly, Y&R et al), Melissa Archer (ex-Serena DAYS et al) and Andrew Trischitta (ex-Jack, OLTL) have all been tapped to appear in the upcoming season of the web soap YOUTHFUL DAZE. While details of their roles have not been released, the actors have tweeted the names of their characters. Dattilo will be playing Eric, Kanan will be playing cult leader Richie Kingsly, McClain will be playing Aunt Kathy, Archer will be playing Monica Reynolds and Trischitta will be playing Travis. The new season of YOUTHFUL DAZE will be available on their website, http://www.youthfuldaze.com/ beginning February 20, 2016.
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Y&R ACTRESS LANDS IN PRIME-TIMEHunter King (Summer, Y&R) will make a guest appearance on the CBS freshman comedy, LIFE IN PIECES. “I don't want to give too much away but I really got to work with almost everyone and they were all sweet and so funny,” the actress tells Digest. "I had to bite my tongue a few times to keep the laughter from bursting out.” The episode is set to air on October 19.
Soap star Eric Braeden puts on his game face(Video) Victor Newman is sitting on a sofa in The Dunhill Hotel’s Parlor Dining Room, and given the fact that he built his multibillion-dollar fortune by putting power and profits ahead of people, it’s strange to hear these words coming out of his mouth:
“The corporate world makes a huge mistake by de-personalizing business. Two things are important in business: service, and a good product. Period. The rest is bull----.”
Or these: “Cam Newton, your quarterback, is a hell of an athlete.”
Of course, this sturdy, handsome, refined-looking gentleman isn’t really Victor Newman. It’s actor Eric Braeden, who merely plays a ruthless businessman on TV.
But Braeden has been in the role of Newman on CBS daytime soap opera “The Young & The Restless” for so long – since 1980, when Jimmy Carter was still in the White House – that it actually can be a bit of a challenge to keep from slipping and calling him Victor in casual conversation.
And so when Twitter lit up on Sunday in Charlotte with sightings of Braeden, they often included his alias:
? “Victor Newman and the Carolina Panthers, doesn’t get any better than that!!” (@ladybugnc67)
“Victor Newman is a Panthers fan?? Where’s Jack Abbot when u need him” (@BryanInNolaEast)
“I know your mom is a Y&R fan. Tell her Victor Newman himself (Eric Braeden) was at the Panthers game today.” (@KSchwabenlender)
Braeden, a “huge football fan,” was invited to attend the game against New Orleans as a guest of Panthers communications director Steve Drummond. During his trip, the 74-year-old actor also attended a Lowcountry Boil, dined at The Palm in SouthPark and visited CBS affiliate WBTV to promote the soap. (He recently signed a new three-year contract and says “I don’t intend to retire. Retirement to me is death.”)
In his interview with The Observer at The Dunhill on Friday, Braeden was refreshingly laid-back and affable. He’d provided his private cellphone number in advance, just in case (celebrities almost never do this); he seemed genuinely curious about his guests, asking numerous personal questions of his own before the first was asked of him; and over the course of “one of the longest interviews I’ve ever done” – his words, with a chuckle and in his native German accent – Braeden never looked at his watch.
He also gave dozens of colorful quotes. Here are six of our favorites:
1. Continuing that train of thought about Corporate America: “This morning, I flew US Airways from LA to Charlotte, first-class. Dismal. Dismal food. Now they merged with American Airlines. Why? To save. So the executives who instigated the merger (could make) a lot of money. That’s why.”
2. Asked if he’s ever thrown out the first pitch at a baseball game: “No. I would love to do that. Give me about two weeks of practice. Certainly I’m better than most of the spastics who try that (expletive). It’s a joke sometimes. Some politicians go out there and you think, ‘Have you ever thrown a baseball? Have you ever done a throwing motion?’ ”
3. Lamenting the decline of celebrity tennis tournaments (years ago he played in them often, in doubles matches against George Bush Sr., Chevy Chase and others): “Now they mostly play celebrity golf. Golf bores me, sorry to say. Bores the (expletive) out of me. You don’t get a workout. I have a lot of friends who play golf, so I don’t want to say anything (too bad). But watching golf, just to quote George Carlin, is to watch two flies (expletive).”
4. “Our show was more successful than others over the last 29 years because we have tried to make it as real as possible. I hate this phantasmagoric bull----. Life is so interesting. Real-life is so interesting. My God. Just ask a person about their lives, and you say, ‘Whoa.’ So why come up with all these bull---- storylines?”
5. “I don’t give a s--- about getting older. I really don’t. I feel (great). And that’s why working out is so important. That’s why this is still important: boom-boom-boom. (Braeden throws three quick jabs as he talks). ... I’m 74, I’m proud of it – very proud of it – and will compete along a lot of lines with a lot of people. The only pain in the a-- about getting older is your hips. I have one resurfaced hip.”
6. “I have met so many actors over the years who’ve said, ‘Without me, this show would be nothing.’ ... And where are they now? Don’t ever assume that without you, the show will go down the drain. Bull----. It doesn’t. Are you kidding? ‘Oh, this can’t be done without so-and-so playing the part. Then they leave and we say, ‘Well, not quite the same, but oh well.’ ”
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The Mom Who Nearly Shopped Her Family Broke, Debbi Morgan, GMA's Amy Robach
Goddard Is Through Surgery!As Soaps In Depth reported, Daniel Goddard (Cane, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) underwent surgery to fix the elbow he broke during the filming of a fight scene for the soap. The social media-savvy actor has been regularly updating fans on his condition, and here's the latest!
"Surgery is done," Goddard reported alongside a photo on Facebook, "but I'm bed-ridden because I have to keep my elbow and arm above my heart to control all the swelling and internal bleeding from the break.
"Right now my arm looks like it got frostbite while climbing Mount Everest," he added. "Now there would have been a story!"
We will continue to keep you updated with new information as his condition improves, and hopefully Goddard will be fighting fit in no time!
Will Packer & Eva Longoria To Produce ‘Bonita & Mechelle’ Comedy For NBCWill Packer is known for producing movies featuring African American characters, including the hit Ride Along and Think Like a Man franchises. Eva Longoria is producing two series with Latino protagonists, Devious Maids and NBC’s upcoming Hot & Bothered, in which she stars. Now Packer and Longoria have teamed for Bonita & Mechelle, a multi-camera comedy for NBC, which centers on two women, one Hispanic and one African American. The women find themselves living together while conquering the ups and downs of single life and parenting.
Written by Kriss Turner Towner (The Soul Man), Bonita & Mechelle hails from Will Packer Prods. and Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment. Universal TV, where both companies are under deals, is the studio. Towner executive produces with Packer and UnbeliEVAble’s Longoria and Ben Spector. Will Packer Prods.’ Korin D. Huggins co-executive produces.
This marks the third sale for Will Packer Prods. this season, joining the hourlong Under Her Thumb and Buckhead, which also went to NBC. The company, which started its expansion into TV last year, has two new series for this coming season, Truth Be Told on NBC and Uncle Buck on ABC. Packer, repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham, also executive produces the Roots remake for A+E Networks. In features, he recently executive produced hit Straight Outta Compton and his next film is the Ride Along sequel, which comes out in January.
In addition to Bonita & Mechelle, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment has a comedy penned by Hot and Bothered writer-producer Rob Sudduth set at NBC as well as projects in development at HBO Films and NBC International. The company is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment.
Update On Y&R Star's Injury!THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Daniel Goddard (Cane) was scheduled to undergo surgery today to repair his left elbow, which the actor broke while filming a fight scene last Friday. He gave an update to his fans in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
"My elbow is still broken and hasn't been fixed yet because it's still too swollen to operate," Goddard explained. "The break is still bleeding out as you can see by the color of my fingers... but I'm at Y&R today filming because we have so much to do for our huge November sweeps storylines! I have surgery scheduled for tomorrow morning where they will screw and wire my elbow back together."
The star also told his fans that he's been touched by all of the get-well messages he's received. "I wanted to say thank you! You have been such a source of comfort, support and strength over the last few days and I truly and dearly appreciate every single message wishing me well," he wrote. "You have no idea how much it means to me. I love you!"
Elizabeth Hendrickson ON “NCIS: NEW ORLEANS,” TUESDAY, OCT. 13“I Do” – The NCIS team must determine why a murdered Navy drone pilot was using a black market drone to obtain military surveillance, and whether the drone’s footage is linked to his death, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, Oct. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
Guest Cast Includes: Elizabeth Hendrickson (Beth)
McKenna Grace on “CSI: CYBER,” SUNDAY, OCT. 11“Heart Me” – When Raven's friend, Tracey (Lyndon Smith), is fired, evicted and her bank accounts emptied as a result of being hacked by a man she met on a dating app, Raven helps to locate the culprit. However, Raven asks for her team's help when the hacker is found dead and Tracy wakes up in a motel room with the murder weapon and no memory of what happened, on CSI: CYBER, Sunday, Oct. 11 (10:00 PM-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Guest Cast Includes: Christopher Cousins(Mason Lynne), Lyndon Smith (Tracy Jacobs), McKenna Grace (Michelle Mundo)
Eva Longoria Has 'Never Been Happier' Thanks to Boyfriend Jose Antonio Baston, Says Pal Ana OrtizEva Longoria has dated on and off since her divorce from basketball player Tony Parker back in 2011, but according to her friend and Devious Maids star Ana Ortiz, Longoria may have finally found the one in current boyfriend Jose Antonio Baston.
"They're a gorgeous couple, and I've never seen her happier," Ortiz, 44, told PEOPLE at the National Women's History Museum brunch in Los Angeles this weekend.
Former Desperate Housewives star Longoria, 40, and Mexican businessman Baston, 46, started dating in 2013, and, despite recent rumors of a new ring on her finger (that turned out to be one of her own), they are not engaged … yet.
"I am so thrilled that she has someone who is not intimidated by her and who is not afraid by her power, her beauty, her friendship and her drive," Ortiz revealed. "He's just as driven and he's so supportive."
The "drive" that Ortiz is referring to is in Longoria's career, which currently consists of acting in film and TV, producing projects including Devious Maids and engaging in political activism to fight for the rights and voices of Latinos everywhere.
And according to Ortiz, it's not too unrealistic that Longoria's passion could one day lead her to a political office. "I push her all the time to do it," said Ortiz. "She has brilliant ideas. She really walks the walk. I think she would be an incredible politician and people would want to listen to her. She's gorgeous, she's smart she's funny. She has my vote!"
Longoria for President in 2020, perhaps?
Y&R ACTOR HURT ON SET(Pic) According to his Facebook page, Y&R's Daniel Goddard (Cane) sustained an injury on the set. "I broke my elbow on Friday at work while filming a fight scene," he posted. "I am just so bummed out..." Here's a photo of the actor right after being treated. We wish him a speedy recovery!
'Young and the Restless' stars coming to Horseshoe Casino(baltimoresun.com) Soap operas have been disappearing from daytime television airwaves in recent years, but CBS series "The Young and the Restless" is still alive and (dramatically) kicking in its 42nd season.
And now, you can meet some of your favorite cast members as Horseshoe Casino hosts a Q&A session from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. on Sept. 26.
The actors scheduled for the fan chat: Amelia Heinle (who plays Victoria Newman Abbott), Bryton James (Devon Hamilton Winters), Daniel Goddard (Cane Ashby) and Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters).
The event is free and open to the public. Registration starts at noon at the casino.
Five guests will receive a meet-and-great with the actors following the Q&A session.
For more information, go here.
Eva Longoria Producing Texas Ranger Comedy For NBCEva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment has sold its first series project under the rich three-year TV and film production deal the company inked in January in conjunction with NBC’s straight-to-series order to UnbeliEVAble’s comedy Hot and Bothered starring Longoria. The new project — a comedy penned by Hot and Bothered writer-producer Rob Sudduth — has landed at NBC where UnbelEVAble has multiple pilot commitments as well as a series penalty on the TV side.
Set against the world of Texas Rangers, the comedy follows train wreck Texas Ranger “Cathy Cruz,” who after inadvertently catching a serial killer, is recruited by the rough-and-tumble Texas Rangers. Cruz butts heads with her straight-laced macho partner at work as well as her judgmental Mexican family at home, and the biggest question that remains is: which world does she fit into less? Longoria is executive producing with her UnbelEVAble partner Ben Spector.
Sudduth won “Best Comedy” in the Page International Screenwriting Awards for Going to Gunn, and has written for GCB, The New Normal, The Crazy Ones, and Red Band Society. He is repped by UTA and Metamorphic Management.
In addition to Hot and Bothered, which is in production for a midseason premiere, UnbeliEVAble has projects in development at HBO Films and NBC International. The company is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment.
Stephen Nichols Short FilmsThere are a couple short films by Stephen Nichols (Patch, Days/ex-Tucker, Y&R/ex-Stefan, GH) available to watch on his website stephennichols.net.
Get The Dime: https://vimeo.com/89706426.
I See: https://vimeo.com/107762867.
Y&R Live ChatGet excited #YR fans! @1SteveBurton is doing a Live Chat on 9/16 & you don't want 2 miss it! http://bit.ly/1LnZoc1
'The Young and the Restless' star to greet Colorado Springs fans, talk shoe line that benefits domestic violence survivors(gazette.com) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday , Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center, 3650 N. Nevada Ave.; $7, womenslivingexpo.com/ColoradoSprings2015.
Gina Tognoni's character on "The Young and the Restless" has weathered her share of wild dramas - affairs, love triangles, a coma - but one thing about bad-girl-gone-good(ish) Phyllis Abbott holds true no matter what the soap plot roller coaster throws her way.
"Phyllis is such a strong character and it does take a strong energy to play her. She's a fighter, and what's fantastic about that is I get to portray that energy and entertain people with it," said Tognoni, who took over the role on the CBS daytime soap opera last year.
"A lot of people like it and say she's tough. I would never classify her as a victim."
Tognoni also shares a message about strength and resilience in her other work, as the creator of Sole9 footwear. A portion of proceeds benefit U.S. women's charities, including the Denver-based National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
"I love the idea of helping other people through something I can stand behind. It just gives another way for me to meet people and for them to share their stories with me," said Tognoni, who will greet fans and present the collection Saturday at the Colorado Springs Women's Living Expo.
Sole9's message comes in the form of nine "power, high-vibration" words written inside each shoe, said Tognoni, who set out to design a line of flats and sandals that weren't just comfortable but also uplifting to the spirit.
"Sometimes we forget the joy, the peace and love. When we focus on those things and cultivate them, we can walk in love," Tognoni said. "They're your happy shoes. When you look down at them, you know you're purchasing something good."
Now in its 10th year, the two-day expo, sponsored by KKTV, features exhibitors, vendors, workshops and special events, such as a runway fashion show, that focus on topics and trends relevant to women's lives.
PRIME-TIME GIG FOR Y&R STARScott Elrod (Joe, Y&R) will make a guest appearance on an upcoming episode of the ABC hit, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. While shooting the series, the actor was reminded of the difference between a prime-time show and the swift pace of soaps. “I can't believe how quick everything runs behind the scenes [on Y&R],” Elrod notes. "On HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, I was on the set all day but they still hadn’t shot my five pages. I was like, ‘Really [laughs]?’ ”
Vivica A. Fox In ‘Empire’Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill) has signed on to Fox smash Empire for Season 2, playing Cookie’s (Taraji P. Henson) older sister. She joins a killer list of recurring/guest stars for the hip-hop drama’s sophomore year that includes Marisa Tomei, Chris Rock, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz.
All My Children Alum Michael E. Knight Joins The Young and the Restless(tvinsider.com) Look who’s back in the suds! Longtime fan fave Michael E. Knight—a three-time Emmy winner as Tad Martin on All My Children—is joining CBS’s The Young and the Restless in the recurring role of Dr. Simon Neville, a Genoa City doctor with mysterious intentions. Knight, whose primetime credits include NCIS, Drop Dead Diva and Hot in Cleveland, begins shooting at Y&R on Wednesday and will hit the air October 15. Whose lives will be impacted by this doctor of questionable repute? Look for details in the September 28 issue of TV Guide Magazine.
Octavia Spencer & 9-Year-Old McKenna Grace Join Marc Webb’s ‘Gifted’Director Marc Webb is building a great cast for his Fox Searchlight drama Gifted. Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and 9-year-old McKenna Grace have joined Chris Evans in the film. The addition of Grace came after an extensive search.
Scripted by Tom Flynn, the drama tells the story of Frank Adler (Evans), a deliberate underachiever who is raising his niece Mary (Grace) in rural Florida. When he enrolls her in school for the first time, she is labeled as “gifted.” All Frank wants is for Mary to have a normal life, but standing in his way is her grandmother Evelyn and the dilemma that he doesn’t have custody of the child. He decides to take legal action.
Spencer plays Roberta Taylor, the outspoken landlord of Frank and a good friend to both him and Mary. In the vein of Kramer vs. Kramer, the child is one of the lead roles in this film.
In addition, Lindsay Duncan (Alice Through The Looking Glass, Birdman) is playing the role of Evelyn, described as Frank’s mother who is aristocratic and proper who took over the custody of Mary after her daughter committed suicide.
Producing Gifted is FilmNation’s Karen Lunder and Andy Cohen.
Spencer’s upcoming films include The Divergent Series: Allegiant Part 1, the anticipated faith-based drama The Shack, and The Great Gilly Hopkins. Grace most recently wrapped the 20th Century Fox feature Independence Day: Resurgence opposite Liam Hemsworth.
Spencer is represented by WME and Jackoway Tyerman. Grace is represented by Paradigm and Perlman Management Group. Duncan is repped by Paradigm and U.K.-based Dalzell and Beresford.
Ignacio Serricchio On “SCORPION,” MONDAY, SEPT. 28“Cuba Libre” – Team Scorpion heads to Cuba when a woman from Cabe’s past pleads for him to help catch a Serbian war criminal, on SCORPION, Monday, Sept. 28 (9:00-9:59 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Alana De La Garza returns as the new head of Homeland Security and Kevin Weisman guest stars are Walter’s new friend, Ray, whom he meets doing his court-mandated community service.
GUEST CAST INCLUDES: Alana De La Garza (Adriana Molina), Kevin Weisman (Ray), Ignacio Serricchio (Alfonso)
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Ramirez Protects And ServesOn THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, Marisa Ramirez did her best as cosmetic executive Carmen Mesta to try to straighten out the troubles at Newman Enterprises' Beauty Of Nature. Now she's working to eliminate a big problem in the city where her current show, CBS' BLUE BLOODS, is produced.
"Trying to provide affordable and safe housing in New York City is not easy," she says. "So there are about 25 teams of 10 women each raising $250,000 to $500,00 to build homes for local single mothers [via a Women Build project for Habitat for Humanity]." Amongst those teams is a seven-member one from BLUE BLOODS, The Bricks & Sticks Chicks, which the actress is a part of.
"We have a make-up artist, someone from the wardrobe department, our script supervisor, and also myself and fellow castmembers Amy Carlson (Josie, ANOTHER WORLD), Vanessa Ray (Teri, AS THE WORLD TURNS) and Abigail Hawk," Ramirez says proudly. "I've gotta get some steel-toed shoes! We have no idea what we'll actually be doing, but we are excited and looking forward to it." With just weeks left until the Saturday, September 26, build day, the actress is fundraising for the BLUE BLOODS team. Click here to pledge your support.
For more from Ramirez, whose TV series returns Friday, September 25, at 10:00 p.m. EST, keep an eye out for her Keeping Track feature in an upcoming issue of Soaps In Depth.
MEET Y&R’S MILES GASTON VILLANUEVAMiles Gaston Villanueva, who will make his debut as Luca Santori on September 16, is no newcomer to Y&R, having played Father Martin in 2013. He reports that the casting call for Luca described the character as strong-willed, confident, and charismatic, and he looks forward to taking on the challenges that the role will bring. “My hope is to find the nuances they want and make them come through,” he says. "He does have a lot of complexities. There’s a danger about him, but there’s also a playfulness as well. There’s a lot of potential moving forward.” For more from the actor, pick up the new issue of Digest, on sale now.
STACY HAIDUK ON Y&R RETURNY&R’s Patty Williams, played by Stacy Haiduk, is back in Genoa City, and the actress is elated. “I was with my daughter in New York and I got the email from my agent,” she recalls of getting news that the show wanted her to return. "I responded right away with ‘Yay?, followed by 20 exclamation points. I was thrilled. I knew that playing Patty is going to be fun. It always is.” Haiduk has already started taping and is excited to see what will happen with her character. “There are really no limits on what you can do with Patty. It really depends on the mood. Is she in a good place or a bad mood? She’s very unpredictable, but she never intends to hurt anyone. In the past, she’s been manipulated by the wrong people. It will be interesting to see if that happens again.” For more, pick up the new issue of Digest, on sale now.
JESS WALTON RETURNS TO Y&RBe sure to tune in to Y&R today, as Jill, played by Jess Walton, make her official reentry in Genoa City. “I’m ready to be back,” the actress declares. “I feel re-energized and it’s so nice to be with my Y&R family again. I really missed them." The Oregon-based actress reveals she requested the time away from the show. “I asked to take break,” she says. “Where I live, the winters are so long and the summers are very short, so I just wanted time off to relax and really enjoy my beautiful home. It was wonderful.” Look for her to stick around. "As far as I’m concerned, Jill is back for good and ready to deal with whatever comes!” assures Walton.
Y&R Casts A New Doctor!THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has a new doctor in the house! Soaps In Depth has learned exclusively that the show has cast Elizabeth Bogush in the recurring role of Dr. Anderson. Described as "kind and sympathetic," the doc will be assigned to care for a Genoa City denizen. Who? Find out by tuning in on Friday, September 18, when the beauty makes her first appearance!
The actress herself might be a familiar face to fans. While she's new to daytime, Bogush has an extensive resume on primetime, including such shows as NCIS: LOS ANGELES, MASTERS OF SEX, SCRUBS and OCTOBER ROAD, to name a few.
Casting CornerKeltie Knight (“Insider” correspondent) appears as a “Reporter” on Friday, 9/4 and Wednesday, 9/16
Nadine Nicole returns as “Gwen Randall” on Wednesday, 9/9
Alice Greczyn debuts as “Emma Randall” on Wednesday, 9/9
Miles Gaston Villanueva debuts as “Luca Santori” on Wednesday, 9/16
Stacy Haiduk returns as “Patty Williams” on Monday, 9/21
John Griffin appears as a “Pilot” on Friday, 9/25 and Tuesday, 9/29
Soap Opera Writers Forced By Producers To Get WGA Waivers For Less Work & Pay(deadline.com) More and more soap opera writers are being “bullied” by producers into requesting waivers from the WGA to take pay cuts, according to guild sources, one of whom described it as a “particularly insidious” problem that’s “cropping up regularly on daytime TV.” The guild, however, has been powerless to do anything about it because the writers are afraid that they’ll lose their jobs if they speak up. WGA sources say that veteran CBS soaps The Bold And The Beautiful and The Young And The Restless are the ones the guild has received the most complaints about. “Writers have told the guild this is happening,” said a WGA source.
The guild’s contract requires a show’s soap writers to be given one assignment a week, but writers can ask for a waiver to cut back on the workload if they have a legitimate reason, such as illness or a family emergency. Some crafty producers, however, allegedly have been gaming the system by bullying less-favored writers into asking the guild for waivers to reduce their assignments by one or more a month, even though they actually want to continue working full time. Sources say that some writers have been forced to give up a script or two a month so that an actor or a line producer can write a show or so a new writer can be brought in at no extra cost.
The contract language governing these waivers was meant to protect writers by mandating that the request come from the writer. If it does, the contract requires the guild to grant the waiver, but if the guild determines that it originated from the company, it can refuse. The guild, however, has yet to deny such a waiver requested by a soap writer.
Guild records show that from June 2014 through June 2015, the guild granted 23 such waivers to soap writers – 16 on CBS’ The Bold And The Beautiful, six to writers on the network’s The Young And The Restless, and one to a writer on NBC’s Days Of Our Lives. In the previous year, writers on B&B requested another 11 waivers, and Y&R writers asked for two. A spokesperson for Bell-Phillip Television Productions, which produces both CBS daytime dramas, declined comment “at this time.”
“The number of waiver requests have multiplied over the last decade,” said Karen Harris, a WGA board member and former chair of the guild’s Daytime Writers Committee who sits on the guild’s Waiver Committee. “Hardly a month goes by when we don’t have a waiver request or two.”
Harris, a former soap writer, has been one of those leading the charge against the practice. Contacted by Deadline, she said that she knows of one writer who actually wanted the waiver but said that “the vast majority are being told to request a waiver to accept less than what the Minimum Basic Agreement requires.”
Harris said that she has seen soap writers’ personal service agreements that “memorialize a reduced guarantee along with the condition that the writer seek a waiver every 13 weeks.” This, she believes, “demonstrates coercion on the part of the company and establishes that the waiver requests are often not truly ‘initiated’ by the writers as required by the MBA.”
Soap operas have been in a steady decline during the past 15 years. Ratings have fallen precipitously, and there now are fewer daytime serials airing on the networks – only four – than at any time in the past half-century. No new daytime soap has been created in this millennium, and many of the old favorites have fallen by the wayside, including Guiding Light, which ended its 72-year run (on radio and television) in 2009; As The World Turns, which ended its 54-year run in 2010; One Life To Live, which was cancelled in 2012 after 43 years; and All My Children, which was cancelled after 41 years in 2011. The latter two had post-network runs online and on OWN.
“Daytime has contracted,” Harris said. “The pool of available writers is large, and in order for any given writer to continue working in their genre, they’re finding themselves in a position of having to accept what the producers demand.”
She added: “The producers do it because they can. It gives them more flexibility to pick and choose and let the writers pay the price.”
Contacted by Deadline, Dan Wilcox, who raised the issue in his campaign for election to the WGA board of directors, called it an “unfair labor practice. It’s a way to hire people at below the contracted minimum.”
In his campaign statement, Wilcox noted: “Over the last few years, a couple of the companies have begun using the reduced-load waivers to punish some writers and reward others. The companies tell the writers in disfavor to apply for a ‘half-deal’ waiver or be fired. Given a choice between some income and none, the writers request the waiver.”
Wilcox, a member of the committee that reviews the waivers, wrote that sometimes the committee “learns discretely that a writer is lying and doesn’t really want fewer assignments. But so far those writers have declined to say anything in public, lest they offend the company. Without proof something’s amiss, the guild can do nothing.” He wrote that the contract language that allows the request for the waiver to appear voluntary “has taken the guild’s negotiating power out of the mix, leaving the writers to negotiate one-on-one with the company. We’ve set them up to be bullied.”
Guild records show that there is growing concern that the companies are pressuring writers to request these waivers, and that several members of the Waiver Committee continue to be frustrated by the waivers, which they view as pay cuts being unfairly imposed by the producers. Guild records also show that the guild’s staff and a majority of the board recognize that the daytime writers are facing increasing pressure to accept these deals, but that the guild believes the solution, if any, does not lie in denying the requests of these particular writers.
“Until some brave writer risks company disfavor and goes public, this is a problem without a solution,” Wilcox wrote, “Perhaps it is. But there are tweaks we can make to shift the balance a little. I’d like to see the Waiver Committee attach conditions to every one of these reduced-workload waivers making the arrangement non-exclusive, leaving the writer free to look elsewhere for more lucrative work. And if the new job would make it difficult to complete the old one, the writer should be permitted to terminate the waiver deal on one day’s notice.”
Max Ehrich ON THE SERIES FINALE OF “UNDER THE DOME,” THURSDAY, SEPT. 10“The Enemy Within” – As the Dome in Chester’s Mill comes down, The Resistance, led by Barbie, Julia and Big Jim, makes a final attempt to protect the outside world from the infected townspeople in The Kinship, including Sam and Junior, and their new queen, Dawn, on the series finale of UNDER THE DOME, Thursday, Sept. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Max Ehrich (Hunter)
Molly Burnett & McKenna Roberts on Season Premiere of CSI: Cyber“Why-Fi” – Avery welcomes D.B. Russell to the team as they investigate a burglary/homicide committed by someone who hacked the home’s security system remotely, on the second season premiere of CSI: CYBER, Sunday, Oct. 4 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Also, Avery considers moving to a new position within the hierarchy of the FBI, Krumitz is a witness in his sister’s trial, Elijah deals with a delicate family situation and more is revealed about Nelson’s and Raven’s backgrounds. Ted Danson joins the cast as D.B. Russell, the new Director of Next Generation Forensics, who transfers to Washington, D.C. from Las Vegas.
GUEST CAST: McKenna Roberts (Rae), Molly Burnett (Nina)
All My Children Vet Vincent Irizarry Joins Days of Our Lives — Get DetailsSoap opera vet Vincent Irizarry will next hang his hat in Salem, USA.
TVLine has learned that the Daytime Emmy-winning All My Children alum (Libidozone, anyone?) is joining NBC’s Days of Our Lives as Deimos, a new character who has strong ties to the Kiriakis family.
Irizarry’s other previous TV credits include The Young and the Restless, Guiding Light, NCIS: Los Angeles and Homeland.
His Days episodes will start airing in mid-January 2016.
Brandy Norwood’s BET Comedy Series ‘Zoe Ever After’ Sets CastSouthland alum Dorian Missick, Tory Devon Smith (The Get Down), Haneefah Wood (Freedomland), Ignacio Serricchio (The Wedding Ringer) and Jaylon Gordon (The Good Book) round out the cast of BET Networks’ multi-camera comedy series Zoe Ever After (fka Zoe Moon), starring and co-executive produced by Brandy Norwood. Production is underway in Atlanta for premiere in January.
Zoe Ever After centers on Zoe Moon (Norwood), a newly single mom stepping out of the shadow of her famous boxer ex-husband Gemini Moon (Missick) while trying to balance dating, motherhood, a complicated relationship with her ex and finally fulfilling her career dream of starting a cosmetics line. Gordon plays her 8-year-old son Xavier; Smith is Valenté, her fashion-forward and fun assistant; Wood plays Pearl, her publicist and best friend; and Serricchio is sexy contractor Miguel.
Zoe Ever After comes from executive producers Debra Martin Chase, Danny Rose, Scooter Braun, executive producer/writer Erica Montolfo-Bura and co-executive producers Norwood and Elaine Aronson. Missick is repped by Innovative Artists.
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.”
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A Memoir by Victoria RowellBook: The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir by Victoria Rowell
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