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Melody Thomas Scott Shares Her Delicious Candied Yam Recipe(CBS.com) Family, friends, and lots of food—it's finally the holiday season!
This Thanksgiving, say goodbye to the stress of finding the perfect side dish, and say hello to the most perfect candied yams courtesy of a Y&R superstar. Melody Thomas Scott, who plays the sweet and supportive Nikki on The Young and the Restless, shared her go-to party dish that's guaranteed to satisfy everyone around the table.
Melody's Yams Richard
3 pounds canned yams
Preheat the oven to 350°.
Sharon Case's Roasted Vegetable Recipe Adds Color To The Table(CBS.com) From pies to warm family embraces, the holiday season is certainly sweet—and, while we're not ones to say no to another dessert, we like something healthy to balance out our meals.
If you're looking for a way to add some greens to your table this Thanksgiving without sacrificing big, savory flavor, you're in luck. Sharon Case, who plays Sharon Newman on The Young and the Restless, shared the perfect vegetable side that will leave even the biggest carnivores wanting more.
Sharon's Roasted Vegetable Recipe
4 medium carrots (3/4 pounds), peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick on the bias
Preheat the oven to 425°.
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EMERGENCY SURGERY FOR Y&R STARDaniel Goddard's (Cane, Y&R) tweeted that he has suffered a setback in the rehabilitation of his elbow, which he broke at work in September. "Emergency surgery scheduled for today,” he tweeted. "My body is rejecting the metal in my elbow and I have get it out ASAP :(“ Best wishes to the actor for a speedy recovery!
Better Together!Kristoff St. John (Neil) and Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla) were once magical together on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. Now the dynamic duo is working together on a series of original films about the tight-knit Chandler family for the UP network. Their next, A Baby For Christmas, premieres Sunday, December 13, at 7 p.m. EST and will move their characters' romance forward. "I was more than surprised," St. John admits of learning that he'd be reunited with Rowell in the films. "It had been so long since we took the stage together."
In the last film, UP's ratings juggernaut Marry Us For Christmas, Rowell's character, Stephanie Chandler, was scrambling to plan her daughter's (Malinda Williams) wedding while trying to maintain the family's treasured holiday traditions. This year, she's got a pregnant daughter to look out for, a new romance of her own to balance, and a continued desire to keep their holiday on track. "She's competing with everyone else's lives and new interests and circumstances," Rowell previews, "and also dealing with the digital age... she doesn't like that."
Live tweet with the stars during the premiere at @victoriarowell and @kristoffstjohn1. For more details on the film and the actors' reunion, check out their exclusive joint interview in ABC Soaps In Depth on sale now, and in the next issue of CBS Soaps In Depth on sale Monday, November 30!
Elizabeth Bogush on NCIS: LOS ANGELES“Cancel Christmas” – When a suspected North Korean spy is poisoned and hit by a truck carrying Christmas trees, the team must search for who is responsible for smuggling spies into the country. Also, Deeks and Kensi try to find a way to include their mothers in their Christmas plans, and Hetty notices that Granger isn’t feeling the holiday cheer, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Monday, Dec. 14 (9:59-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
Guest Cast Includes: Lenny Jacobson (Mike Hobbs), Malese Jow (Jennifer Kim), Elizabeth Bogush (Joelle Taylor).
Hunter King on Life In Pieces“Lice Stealing College Caroling” – Colleen joins John and his Air Force buddies for his annual tradition of dirty Christmas caroling. Also, Joan tries to hijack Lark’s first Christmas from Jen and Greg, Samantha gets lice from a mall Santa, and Tyler announces his plans for college, on LIFE IN PIECES, Thursday, Dec. 17 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Hunter King (Clementine).
Meet the Little Girl Playing a Young Dolly Parton, Alyvia Alyn LindPlaying a young Dolly Parton in the upcoming TV movie Coat of Many Colors was an opportunity of a lifetime for the film's young star, 8-year-old Alyvia Alyn Lind.
"I learned from Dolly to never give up on a dream," Lind tells PEOPLE. "And because of what Dolly has accomplished when all she had in the beginning was love, I learned that with love anything is possible."
In addition to imparting a major life lesson, the project, which follows Parton's poverty-stricken upbringing in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, also came with another very big perk: the opportunity to meet the country icon.
"She told me, 'I loved your little eyes," says Lind of auditioning in front of Parton.
"My favorite movie ever is 9 to 5!" she adds. "The best thing about playing Dolly Parton is playing Dolly Parton! She's a legend. Everyone knows Dolly."
So is there anyone else Lind has her heart set on playing?
"Drew Barrymore," she says. "I love her attitude. She always has a smile on her face."
The film also stars Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder and Gerald McRaney. Coat of Many Colors airs Dec. 10 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
CBS’S DAYTIME DRAMAS SURGECBS’s daytime dramas – THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL – posted their best week of the season in both viewers and key women demographics, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Nov. 15.
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS averaged 5.02m, up +3% from last week and its largest weekly audience since the week ending April 10. In key women demographics, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS averaged 1.9/12 in women 25-54, up +6% from a week ago and best since the week ending July 24 and 1.3/09 in women 18-49, up +8% and best since the week ending July 31.
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL averaged 3.70m, up +5% from last week and its largest weekly audience since the week ending Aug. 14. Among women 25-54, the daytime drama averaged 1.5/09, up +7% and 1.0/07 in women 18-49, up +11%, highest in both demos since the week ending July 24.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 averaged 5.07m, its largest average weekly audience since the week ending April 10.
"MAJOR" Role For Rikaart!Greg Rikaart (Kevin, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) did a little moonlighting recently with a role on TNT's law series MAJOR CRIMES. He debuts tonight (Nov 16) in the show's regular time slot at 9:00 p.m. ET as Bobby G. Monroe, an anti-death penalty attorney who is defending Slider, the young man awaiting trial for the murder of Alice Herrera.
"Unlike Kevin, [Bobby] has a very clear moral compass and has very black and white ideas about right and wrong," Rikaart tells Soaps In Depth. "It's been really fun to play a departure from Kevin who has moral and ethical fluidity to him."
The Emmy-winner had been in to read for a role during a previous season of MAJOR CRIMES, but while that one didn't work out, producers kept Rikaart in mind and felt he was right for the role of Bobby. "It's extremely flattering," he says. "I've never just been offered a role in my life [without specifically reading for it]. It's pretty cool."
For now, Rikaart is set for four episodes. Might we see more of Bobby? "That I don't know," the actor responds. "My character doesn't go away or die or anything like that."
Thanks to some fortuitous timing and cooperative scheduling between the two shows, Rikaart was able to complete his primetime role without having to take any time away from Genoa City. "It's been a great year for Kevin at Y&R," the actor says. "I had a busy year and have been heavily involved in a bunch of different stories. I'm incredibly grateful."
BETH MAITLAND RETURNS TO Y&R!The holidays will be even brighter for the Abbott family when Traci comes home for a visit. Her portrayer Beth Maitland, who originated the role in 1982, will first show up in Genoa City on December 24 and will be seen for multiple episodes.
Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia Justin Hartley, Lead Cast Of Dan Fogelman NBC PilotMandy Moore (Red Band Society), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Justin Hartley (Smallville), Sterling Brown, and Ron Cephas Jones (Mr. Robot) are the first to be cast in Dan Fogelman’s pilot set at NBC. Written on spec by Fogelman, the untitled dramedy is made up of a unique ensemble of characters all born on the same day.
Moore, repped by Gersh and Untitled Entertainment, is Rebecca, the lovely wife and best friend to Jack (Ventimiglia). She’s on the verge of giving birth to their triplets, after having just moved into their new home in Pittsburg. Hartley, repped by Innovative Artists, is Kevin, a handsome and successful television actor with an underlining boredom in his ultimate bachelor life. Brown plays Randall, a sharply dressed corporate businessman and family man, based in New York. It’s a team effort to raise two young daughters with his wife Beth. Jones plays William, Randall’s biological father who abandoned him at a fire station soon after Randall was born.
Moore will next be seen in a starring role in Dimension Films’ 47 Meters Down, and was recently seen in Dermot Mulroney’s Love, Wedding, Marriage opposite Kellan Lutz and James Brolin. In addition to her role in Fox’s Red Band Society, her other credits include Disney’s Tangled, Christmas In Conway opposite Mary-Louise Parker and Andy Garcia, and a stint last year on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. She performed at the 2011 Academy Awards, singing the Oscar-nominated song from Tangled, “I See the Light,” alongside Zachary Levi. Other film credits include Saved!, License To Wed, Because I Said So, Dedication, The Princess Diaries and A Walk To Remember.
John Requa & Glenn Ficarra are directing the pilot. Fogelman, Requa & Ficarra executive produce with Jess Rosenthal and Charlie Gogolak. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio.
Max Ehrich Joins Hulu’s ‘The Path’Max Ehrich (Under The Dome) has landed a recurring role in Hulu’s original drama series The Path from Jason Katims’ True Jack Prods. Created by Jessica Goldberg, The Path examines Eddie (Aaron Paul) and Sarah Lane (Michelle Monaghan), a couple at the center of a controversial movement struggling with relationships, marriage and power, with each episode taking an in-depth look at what it means to choose between the life we live and the life we want. Ehrich will play Freddie Ridge, the drug-addicted teenage son of a wealthy family, whose parents offer to make a donation to the cult in exchange for his rehabilitation. Ehrich is repped by Gersh, Anonymous Content and Bloom Hergott.
CBS & Sony Win Dismissal Of Ex-‘Young & The Restless’ Star’s Retaliation ClaimsVictoria Rowell isn’t getting her old job back on the long-running soap, and she’s not getting far with her retaliation lawsuit against CBS, Sony Pictures Television and producers. “Plaintiff’s first and second causes of action for failure to rehire on Y&R are dismissed, with leave to amend, if Plaintiff can do so in good faith and in conformance with the analysis in this Order,” a federal judge told the former The Young & The Restless actress yesterday (read it here).
This doesn’t mean Rowell’s 9-month legal pursuit of the network and the producers for not putting her back on the show she “reluctantly” left in 2007 is completely over. For instance, Judge John Kronstadt rejected CBS and Sony’s First Amendment and anti-SLAPP moves against her case. However, the actress got a hard amended road ahead in terms of the retaliation claims in trying to prove she was punished because of being outspoken about the need for greater diversity on Y&R and other soaps. Attempting to re-join the show since 2010, Rowell has claimed that not only has CBS and Sony refused to heed fans’ demands and bring her back to Y&R, but that they have “worked behind the scenes” to hamper her ability to appear at paid speaking events and conferences. The judge disagreed on the latter allegations and dismissed them too.
But the return to Y&R is the real heart of this case, which Rowell first filed in NY in February.
The actress’ first amended complaint, filed subsequently this year, “does not allege that Plaintiff applied for an open position on Y&R after she left the program,” wrote the U.S District Judge on November 10. “Indeed, it does not allege that there ever was an open position on Y&R for which she was qualified.”
“Plaintiff cites no case law that supports her position that a prima facie retaliation claim can be made due to an alleged failure to rehire as a result of a refusal to create a new position or reopen an old one,” Judge Kronstadt adds. Part of Rowell’s multi-headed argument is that a return to the Drucilla Barber Winters role she played for 17 years on Y&R should be no big deal because characters are killed off or leave soaps and come back all the time.
Rowell “claims that there is always a position that is constructively open,” said the judge. “This alone is not a sufficient basis to state a claim. Indeed, such an approach has the potential to open the door to vast number and wide variety of claims in many industries in which those who did not pursue open positions claimed that employers should have created them.”
So, in true soap style, now it’s all a question of what further filing walks through the courtroom door.
Dan Stormer and Mohammad Tajsar of Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP represent Rowell with Cyrus Mehri and Michael Lieder of Mehri & Skalet PLLC plus Robert John Valli Jr., Sara Wyn Kane and Sumantra Tito Sinha of Valli Kane & Vagnini LLP.
John Lecrone, Elizabeth Carroll and Matthew Peterson of Davis, Wright & Tremaine LLP are handling things for CBS and Sony Pictures TV. Fellow defendants Corday Productions, Bell-Phillip TV Productions and Bell Dramatic Serial Company have their own representation.
SEAN CARRIGAN ADDRESSES Y&R EXIT RUMORSThough Internet rumors have speculated that as out at Y&R as Stitch, the actor took to Twitter to assure fans that he is not going anywhere. "Hey everybody... Happy to say... Stitch survives and is staying in Genoa City for awhile," he tweeted.
Nikki Toscano Sets Dramas At Fox & ABC Produced By Johnny Depp & Eva LongoriaWriter-producer Nikki Toscano has set up two drama projects with big-name auspices attached. At Fox, Toscano has Designated Survivor, produced by Johnny Depp and his company Infinitum Nihil. At ABC, Toscano has an untitled project produced by Eva Longoria and her UnbeliEVAble Entertainment as well as Conde Nast Entertainment. Both shows come from Universal TV where Toscano has an overall deal.
In Designated Survivor, when the President, VP, and Cabinet all meet in one location for an event such as the State of the Union, one Cabinet member is conspicuously missing: the Designated Survivor. Hidden away in an undisclosed location with Presidential-level security, the Designated Survivor is ready to take the reins of the President should the unthinkable happen and the rest of the government is wiped out in an attack. Toscano is writing the project, which stems from a blind script deal Depp’s Infinitum Nihil had with Fox. Toscano and Depp will executive produce with Infinitum Nihil’s Christi Dembrowski.
The ABC drama is a Texas-sized soap about an ambitious political family with differing agendas loosely inspired by a 2013 Vogue article Pair Of Aces, which profiled Democratic rising-star twins Julián Castro, mayor of San Antonio, and Joaquin, then-newly elected U.S. congressman. UnbeliEVAble and ABC first took a stab at developing a Texas political family drama using the article as source material last season with a different writer. Toscano is writing and will executive produce with UnveliEVAble’s Longoria and Ben Spector and Conde Nast’s Dawn Ostroff. This marks Toscano’s return to ABC where she worked on another primetime soap, Revenge.
Toscano landed her first pilot order in 2014 with CBS’ Red Zone. Her series credits also include A&E’s Bates Motel. She is repped by UTA, manager Carel Cutler and attorney Patti Felker.
UnbeliEVAble has midseason NBC comedy series Hot & Bothered, starring Longoria, as well as four other broadcast projects in development: genre drama Zone Of Silence at NBC with Blumhouse and writer Rashad Raisani, comedy Bonita & Mechelle at NBC with Will Packer Prods and writer Kriss Turner Towner, a comedy at ABC with veteran comedy writer Bobby Bowman and drama Casino with East Los High co-creator Carlos Portugal. The company is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment.
Depp’s Infinitum Nihil recently teamed with Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced and City Entertainment’s Joshua Maurer and Alixandre Witlin to produce a TV series based on the award- winning feature documentary Muscle Shoals. As an actor, Depp stars in Black Mass. He is repped by UTA.
‘God’s Not Dead 2’ Trailer: First Look At Sequel To Faith-Based Hit(Video) A new trailer just dropped for the sequel to God’s Not Dead, the faith-based film which came out of nowhere last year to make more than $60 million on a budget of $2 million. The film, which looks like it was made for a higher budget, stars Melissa Joan Hart as a school teacher who ends up in a Scopes-type lawsuit for answering a student’s question about the similarities between Jesus’ teachings to those of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi.
The film also stars a bigger lineup than the first installment which was anchored by Kevin Sorbo. Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas), PureFlix CEO David A.R. White (God’s Not Dead), Hayley Orrantia (The Goldbergs), Sadie Robertson (Duck Dynasty), Robin Givens (Head of The Class), Maria Canals-Barrera (Cristela) and the late Fred Thompson (Law & Order) in one of his final film appearances star alongside cameos by Pat Boone and Ray Wise (Robocop). It will be released on April 1, 2016.
This is also a PureFlix film and was also directed by Harold Cronk and scripted by Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon. The first film ended up in a lawsuit after John Sullivan and Brad Stine sued PureFlix Entertainment and its CEO White, seeking at least $10 million in damages and alleging that God’s Not Dead was based on a “faith-based Dead Poets’ Society” concept called Proof that they came up with back in 2009.
Check out the trailer for God’s Not Dead 2 above.
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PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS 2016 NomineesWinners will be revealed during the live broadcast of PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS 2016 from the Microsoft Theatre L.A. Live, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.
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BURGESS JENKINS OUT AT Y&RBurgess Jenkins, who joined Y&R in June of 2014 as Billy Abbott, is leaving the show. In a statement, the actor wrote: "It’s been a terrific time, but after a lot of thought I have made the difficult decision to leave The Young and the Restless. Commuting back and forth from the East Coast, where my home and family are based, has been challenging. I've had a great ride in Genoa City and I will miss our talented cast and crew tremendously. I would like to thank all of the amazing fans for their support, Jill Farren Phelps [executive producer] and Chuck Pratt [head writer/executive producer] for their excellent leadership, and everyone at Sony and CBS for this opportunity."
‘Superstore’ & ‘Telenovela’ NBC Comedies Get Premiere Date, ‘The Voice’ Previews(Poster) NBC has set January premiere dates for new comedy series Telenovela, which is reverting to its original name after being titled Hot & Bothered for the past few months, and Superstore. Once again the network will use its top reality series The Voice to get sampling for the two newbies.
Ahead of Telenovela and Superstore’s Monday January 4 premieres, each will air back-to-back original episodes behind Monday’s The Voice from 10-11 PM on November 30 (Superstore) and December 7 (Telenovela). They will succeed in the timeslot of new drama Blindspot, which will have aired its fall finale. The Voice will wrap its season the week of December 14.
NBC recently trimmed the orders for both Telenovela and Superstore from 13 to 11 episodes. Given their regular Monday time slots, 8 PM (Superstore) and 8:30 PM (Telenovela), the comedies will serve as bridge between the two cycles of The Voice, which explains the network’s need for fewer episodes. It is unclear yet what will air in the Monday 9 PM hour while The Voice is on hiatus.
NBC plans to use the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and live musical The Wiz Live! (December 3) to promote the comedy previews. Telenovela stars and is produced Eva Longoria, while Superstore is toplined by America Ferrera.
Here is NBC’s Monday schedule for the nights of the comedy series previews and their Monday debuts:
Monday, Nov. 30
10-11 p.m. ”Superstore” preview
Monday, Dec. 7
8-10 p.m. ”The Voice”
Monday, Jan. 4
8:00 p.m. ”Superstore”
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Candis Cayne Joins The Young and the Restless(people.com) Candis Cayne is already a successful actress, but now the transgender advocate is adding soap star to her résumé.
PEOPLE can exclusive reveal that Cayne will guest-star as Nona Richards, a wedding planner as of Dec. 2.
"I am incredibly excited to join The Young and the Restless family!" Cayne tells PEOPLE. "Everyone, from the casting team to the producers and network executives, have been so welcoming and gracious."
Cayne, who previously starred as William Baldwin's mistress on the primetime soap Dirty Sexy Money, adds, "I look forward to working with the wonderful cast and crew, and I hope the viewers enjoy my character."
And just a day before announcing the news of her latest role, the actress helped close friend Caitlyn Jenner mark a major milestone as Jenner celebrated her first birthday living publicly as woman.
"I've been at this for 20 years, you know what I mean? And when I first started there was no conversation at all," says Cayne, 44. "We were a back-alley conversation or a Jerry Springer conversation. Caitlyn has changed it in the fact that everyone in the world knows her name and knows that she is transgender. Seeing the way that she has embraced that means a lot me."
The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS (check local listings).
TRISTAN ROGERS UPDATEYes, Tristan Rogers (Colin, Y&R) is set to reprise his iconic GH character, Robert Scorpio, but he is not leaving Y&R to do it. "Tristan is only visiting Port Charles for a very short time,” states a rep for the actor. "Tristan will continue with Y&R as Colin. Tristan and I do not want the fans to be misguided in any way.” Rogers tweeted, "I am delighted to be visiting my friends in PC. Stand by for some fun stuff."
TRISTAN ROGERS BACK TO GH!Tristan Rogers, who has been ensconced in Y&R's Genoa City as Colin, is making his way back to Port Charles this December! Said Executive Producer Frank Valentini in a statement, "Scorpio is such a beloved legacy character who evokes a sense of nostalgia and I know the fans have been patiently waiting for Tristan’s return. I share their sentiments and enthusiasm and that of our entire GH team in welcoming him home. It’s been a fantastic week of casting announcements for GH, but it’s not over yet."
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Y&R'S BUCHANAN BUMPED TO RECURRINGLachlan Buchanan (Kyle) has been taken off contract, but will remain with the show on a recurring basis, a Y&R spokesperson confirms to Daytime Confidential. The actor joined the show in February 2015.
Kelli Goss In Netflix’s ‘The Ranch’Kelli Goss (The Young & The Restless, Big Time Rush) has been cast in a recurring role opposite Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson in the Netflix comedy The Ranch. Created by Don Reo and Jim Patterson, The Ranch centers on the son of a Colorado rancher (Kutcher) who returns home from a semi-pro football career to run the family business. Goss, repped by Global Artists Agency and Luber/Roklin, will be playing Kutcher’s love interest.
GH'S MICHELLE STAFFORD WELCOMES SONGH star Michelle Stafford (Nina) announced the birth of her second child, son Jameson Jones Lee Stafford, with a sweet Instagram shot of the baby with his big sister, Natalia. Congratulations to the growing family! To see the photo, click here.
See Jennifer Nettles and Ricky Schroder as Dolly Parton's Parents in NBC's Coat of Many Colors(Poster) Dolly Parton's colorful life is coming to the small screen in December and PEOPLE has the first look at the film.
The movie is based on the inspiring true story of Parton's upbringing as one of 12 children living in poverty in rural Appalachia.
And Parton herself was very hands on in the making of the film – especially in regards to the casting. Alyvia Alyn Lind, 8, stars as a young Dolly, while Jennifer Nettles plays her mom Avie Lee Parton and Ricky Schroder plays her dad Robert Lee Parton. "Dolly told me I reminded her so much of her father," Schroder tells PEOPLE. "I was honored to play him." (Gerald McRaney rounds out the cast, as the Rev. Jake Owens.)
"I had an incredible time making this movie," Nettles tells PEOPLE. "It's such an incredible story."
Coat of Many Colors airs Dec. 10 on NBC at 9 p.m.
Darius McCrary In ‘Minority Report’Family Matters alum Darius McCrary has been tapped for a recurring role in Fox’s drama series Minority Report, a follow-up to the hit Steven Spielberg-Tom Cruise 2002 movie. McCrary, repped by Abrams Artists Agency and The Cartel, will play Aman Shale, a tall, dashing African man with the Department of Homeland Security. McCrary is coming off a recurring role on HBO’s The Leftovers.
It's Tea Time Again!THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Kate Linder (Esther) is hosting her fourth annual Opportuniteas For Independence High Tea in Toronto on Sunday, December 6, to benefit March Of Dimes Canada. The event will be held at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, Ontario, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with an autograph session to follow.
This time, Linder is scheduled to be joined by co-stars Camryn Grimes (Mariah), Melissa Ordway (Abby) and Robert Adamson (Noah). Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael) will emcee the event, which will include a Q&A session, raffle, auction and gift bag. Tickets can be purchased here, and include regular, preferred seating, and VIP access that includes a meet-and-greet with the cast before the High Tea!
SCARY TIMES FOR Y&R’S MELODY THOMAS SCOTTTune in October 22 to watch Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, Y&R) on the Lifetime Movie Network docuseries, THE HAUNTING OF… Each episode will explore a celebrity’s real-life experience with the paranormal and include a meeting with a psychic medium.
DAYTIME EMMY DATES ANNOUNCEDThe 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016, NATAS announced today. The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony will take place on Friday, April 29, 2016. Venues are still to be determined. “Daytime television continues to evolve and each year I am humbled by the depth of talent and production that takes place day in and day out in our industry,” said David Michaels, Senior Executive Director, Daytime Emmy Awards in a statement. “With the proliferation of new programming and the continuous innovations in how, where and when we watch Daytime television, I am looking forward to another year of growth and excellence for the Daytime genre.”
Lifetime’s 2015 Very Merry Christmas holiday movie schedule‘Tis almost the season!
Lifetime’s Very Merry Christmas kicks off Nov. 28, with world premiere holiday movies every Saturday and Sunday for a whole month. Get ready to put logs in the fireplace, marshmallows in your hot chocolate and practice making fresh baked cookies to put near the chimney, because Santa and the holiday season are coming soon.
‘A Gift Wrapped Christmas,’ Saturday, Nov. 28, 8 p.m. ET/PT
Starring Meredith Hagner, Travis Milne and Beverley Mitchell, “A Gift Wrapped Christmas” chronicles personal shopper Gwen’s newest client, Charlie, a high-rolling, workaholic, single father. When Gwen meets his 8-year-old son during a package drop, she is saddened to see just how little time Charlie spends with him. Determined to get Charlie to appreciate his family, Gwen makes it her Christmas mission to get him into the festive spirit. As she gets closer to Charlie and Owen, she also discovers what she wants for the holidays.
‘The Christmas Gift’ Sunday, Nov. 29, at 9 p.m.
Starring Michelle Trachtenberg and Rick Fox, “The Christmas Gift” is about ten-year-old Megan, who upon receiving a Secret Santa gift, is touched by its contents which end up having a huge impact on her life. Now a driven young journalist, Megan can’t shake her desire to thank the person who sent her that heartfelt gift over a decade ago. Determined to prove herself to her editor, she goes on the search for the perfect Christmas story, and in doing so, she finally discovers who her Secret Santa is. Inspired by a true story.
‘The Flight Before Christmas’ Saturday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m.
Starring Mayim Bialik, Ryan McPartlin (Chuck) and everyone’s favorite parents from “Family Matters,” Reginald VelJohnson and Jo Marie Payton, “The Flight Before Christmas,” introduces Stephanie, who’s excited to take the next step in her relationship and move in with her boyfriend, but is then crushed when he drops the bombshell that he wants to break up. Faced with spending the holidays heartbroken and homeless, she decides to fly home to Connecticut. On a red-eye the day before Christmas, Stephanie finds herself seated next to Michael, who is planning to propose to his college girlfriend. The two get off to a rocky start but things get even worse when the pilot announces that a huge, unexpected snowstorm is crossing the country. Their flight is diverted to a small town in Montana where Stephanie snags the last available room at the town’s bed and breakfast. Despite their differences, she offers to share the room with Michael and try their best to get along.
‘Last Chance Christmas’ Sunday, Dec. 6, at 9 p.m.
Starring Hilarie Burton, Gabriel Hogan and Tim Matheson, “Last Chance Christmas” is about when Prancer injures his hoof, and Santa’s stable hand, John, must find a fill in to ensure Christmas deliveries go off without a hitch. His mission gets complicated when he discovers that Frankie, the perfect substitute reindeer, belongs to a precocious 8-year-old girl and her mother Annie. As he races to get Frankie up to the North Pole, he realizes that he’s actually falling in love with Annie and has to find a way to win her over and save Christmas at the same time.
‘Becoming Santa’ Saturday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Starring “Family Ties” Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter, the two reunite in “Becoming Santa” as Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The film also stars Laura Bell Bundy, Tony Calero and Jesse Hutch. The movie follows Holly, who has never introduced her toy designer boyfriend Connor to her family and has only revealed that they live “up north.” As their relationship intensifies, Holly knows she can’t wait any longer and decides to bring Conner to meet her parents for Christmas. Connor is in for a shock when he discovers he’s actually headed to the North Pole and Holly’s parents are none other than Santa and Mrs. Claus! Connor embraces his time there despite running into Holly’s ex, Jack Frost. Will Conner be ready to take their relationship to the next level – especially when it means he would be next in line to be Santa.
‘Wish Upon a Christmas’ Sunday, Dec. 13, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Starring Larisa Oleynik (Pretty Little Liars, Mad Men), Aaron Ashmore (Smallville), and Alan Thicke (Growing Pains), “Wish Upon a Christmas” is about business executive Amelia, who returns home to help a family-run ornament company, the employees see her as their savior who is coming in to rescue the company. They are heart-broken and shocked to learn that her plan to get the company on track involves massive layoffs. As Amelia prepares for the holiday ‘trimmings’, she finds herself rekindling an old romance with her high school boyfriend Jesse, who is also the company’s owner. She also soon begins to see the charm of the local business – but will she be able to save it in time?
‘The Spirit of Christmas’ Saturday, Dec. 19, at 8 p.m.
Starring Jen Lilley, Thomas Beaudoin and Bates Wilder, “The Spirit of Christmas” follows ambitious young lawyer Kate, who with a promotion on the line, heads to Vermont to broker the sale of an old inn. Kate has her work cut out for her when she learns its haunted and she meets Daniel Forsythe – a handsome man who died 95 years ago! Each year, Daniel takes human form exactly twelve days before Christmas, unable to move on with the mystery of his death unsolved. Determined to help Daniel, Kate finds herself in an unlikely romance with the dashing Christmas spirit.
Eva Longoria Producing ‘Casino’ Drama For NBC From ‘East Los High’ CreatorEva Longoria’s company UnbeliEVAble Entertainment has sold another project, drama Casino, to NBC. Written by East Los High creator Carlos Portugal, Casino centers on the aftermath of a mogul’s mysterious death when his ambitious young widow and his illegitimate son have to join forces to save his famed casino, while circumstances surrounding his death come to light and threaten to take them both down. Portugal executive produces with InveliEVAble Entertainment’s Longoria and Ben Spector. Universal TV, where the company is based, is the studio.
Casino stems out of efforts by Longoria — who is of Mexican descent and holds a master’s degree in Chicano Studies — to bring Hispanic voices to television.
Born in Cuba, Portugal began his career at San Francisco local PBS station, KQED, where he produced the Emmy Award-winning documentary Frida Kahlo: Portrait of an Artist. For the past three seasons, he has served as creator, showrunner, head writer and director of Hulu’s original drama series, East Los High, directing 42 of the 48 produced episodes to date. Before East Los High, which has been renewed for a fourth season, Portugal worked on Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns and House of Payne for TBS. He is repped by APA.
UnbeliEVAble has midseason NBC comedy series Hot & Bothered, starring Longoria, as well as three other broadcast projects in development, genre drama Zone of Silence at NBC with Blumhouse and writer Rashad Raisani, comedy Bonita & Mechelle at NBC with Will Packer Prods. and writer Kriss Turner Towner, and a comedy at ABC with veteran comedy writer Bobby Bowman. The company is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment.
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Michael Graziadei on Hawaii Five-0“Na Pilikua Nui” – It’s Halloween in O’ahu, and Five-0 must track down a serial killer inspired by Frankenstein. Also, Jerry calls Five-0 for help when an armed gang raids a blood bank, and Danny must track down Grace who lied and snuck out to a Halloween party, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Oct. 30 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (*”Na Pilikua Nui” is Hawaiian for “Monsters”)
Guest cast includes: Mike Miller (Makoa), Michael Graziadei (Mark Shepperd).
Y&R’S JOSHUA MORROW IN NEW MOVIE(DVD) The family film, GOLDEN SHOES, which includes Joshua Morrow (Nick, Y&R), is now on sale on DVD on Amazon.com. The soap fave plays the father of an 8-year-old boy who gets involved in playing soccer. "They asked me to do it and I said, ‘Of course,’ “ Morrow smiles. "It was a chance for me to do something other than Nick and obviously I love anything to do with sports, especially kid-related.” For his scenes, Morrow went on a week-long location shoot in Michigan. "I brought two of my sons, Cooper and Crew, with me and they even got to be extras,” he shares. “I even flew in my dad and we had a lot of fun." In the story, Morrow’s character is deployed to Afghanistan. “His name is George and he's stuck in a bunker, trying to get home to his family,” Morrow explains. “There’s a serious fire fight and you wonder if he’ll get out of there or not. You see that it’s a real rough situation and that he’s in peril. I got to be dirty and there’s gun play. It was a real cool experience and a different pace from Y&R.” After viewing GOLDEN SHOES recently with his sons, Morrow gives the project two thumbs up. “It’s got a great message about chasing your dreams and not giving up,” he assesses. “It’s a really great movie for the whole family."
Y&R’S JOHSUA MORROW AND EVA LARUE IN NEW PROJECTJoshua Morrow (Nick, Y&R) tweeted that he’s using his one-week break from the soap to work with another daytime fave. The actor posted, "Shooting the film Knowing with Eva LaRue [ex-Maria, AMC] this week. She's a pro!" There are no further details about the feature or when it will be released.
Eva Longoria, Jason Blum & Eric Winter Producing ‘Zone Of Silence’ Paranormal Drama For NBCAfter co-starring in Blumhouse’s horror movie Visions, Eva Longoria has re-teamed with Jason Blum to executive produce together a genre-themed drama project, which has been set up at NBC. Zone Of Silence, which also is executive produced by actor Eric Winter (The Mentalist), is based on a phenomenon/urban myth in the Mapimí desert area of Mexico where radio signals supposedly don’t travel, making for a total communications blackout.
Zone Of Silence, written by Rashad Raisani (NBC’s Allegiance), focuses on the area acting like a domestic Bermuda Triangle, an invisible interference which appears in the southwest and not only wreaks havoc on communications but is central to key myths, folklore and legends. When a group of ICE agents go missing under odd circumstances within the “zone”, a task force is formed to find them. Science clashes with the unexplained on a weekly basis while the larger search to explain the disappearance continues.
The project hails from Universal TV, where Longoria and Ben Spector’s UnveliEVAble Entertainment is under an overall deal and Blum’s Blumhouse has a deal as part of the company’s 10-year first-look agreement with NBCUniversal. Zone Pf Silence also stems from Raisani’s overall deal at Uni TV that came out of his stint as an executive producer on NBC/Uni TV’s drama Allegiance. He previously worked on Burn Notice and White Collar.
Raisani, Longoria, Spector, Blum and Blumhouse’s Jessica Rhoades executive produce alongside Winter, who have had long-time interest in the “zone of silence” phenomenon. There are no plans for him to act in the project.
Blumhouse is coming off winning an Emmy for HBO’s The Jinx after also earning a trophy for HBO’s The Normal Heart last year.
UnbeliEVAble has midseason NBC comedy series Hot & Bothered, starring Longoria, as well as two other broadcast projects in development, Bonita & Mechelle at NBC with Will Packer Prods. and a comedy at ABC with veteran comedy writer Bobby Bowman. The company is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment. Raisani is repped by UTA and the Shuman Co.
JENSEN BUCHANAN JOINS Y&RSoap fave Jensen Buchanan (ex-Vicky/Marley, AW et al) is returning to daytime, thanks to a new gig with Y&R. The actress will play Elise Moxley, who is described as a member of Genoa City’s social set. “I was really honored that YOUNG AND RESTLESS would come to me and say, ‘Do you want to do this part?’ “ Buchanan tells Digest. “I wasn’t exactly playing hard to get. I was just kind of retired and was sort of finished with that chapter in my life, but then I found myself beginning a new place in my life, and my children are both grown now — which is amazing because I had them on ANOTHER WORLD — and found myself now saying, ‘I have the time, and I definitely have the passion again.’ ” She will first air on November 13. Be sure to check out her full interview in the new Digest, on sale Friday.
Hunter King On Life In PiecesHunter King Guest Stars as Clementine, Tyler’s Girlfriend, and Ken Marino Guest Stars as Will, Matt and Colleen’s Obnoxious Co-Worker.
“Babe Secret Phone Germs” – Tim and Heather unintentionally make things incredibly awkward for Tyler when he brings his gorgeous new girlfriend, Clementine (Hunter King), to meet the family. Also, Matt and Colleen are caught canoodling at the office by their obnoxious co-worker, Will (Ken Marino), Jen and Greg vow not to become germaphobes, and John buys Sophia a cell phone behind her parents’ backs, on LIFE IN PIECES, Monday, Oct. 19 (8:31-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Chloe's Back!On today's episode of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS (October 12), Elizabeth Hendrickson will be reprising her role as Chloe, who is returning to Genoa City to face Adam — the man who was responsible for the hit-and-run of her little girl, Delia. Since it's been over a year since the character has been on the canvas, Soaps In Depth is here to provide you with a refresher on the storyline that sent the beauty out of the town in the first place!
Two years ago, Chloe found herself in the middle of every parent's nightmare — the death of her child. After donating Delia's corneas to baby Connor (who was on the verge of going blind), the grieving mom grew emotionally attached to Chelsea's baby, even kidnapping Connor and flying off to Paris! Thankfully, Chelsea and Victor managed to rescue Connor and convince Chloe to take a step back from the emotional ledge. Alas, that mental stability was only temporary.
Back in Genoa City, the fashionista began to fantasize about re-creating Delia by becoming impregnated by her ex — and Delia's dad — Billy. Realizing that Chloe had gone off the deep end, her family and friends held an intervention. Although she was annoyed by their good intentions, Chloe eventually agreed to seek therapy... in California! Before leaving, though, she had good-bye sex with her soon-to-be ex, Kevin and then stole Billy's sperm!
Chloe snuck back into town in October 2014 for the anniversary of her daughter's tragic death. While she'd hoped for her visit to go unnoticed, she encountered Kevin at the roadside memorial devoted to Delia. There, she took the opportunity to apologize for how she'd treated him. He promised to keep her Genoa City stopover a secret... unaware that Chloe had an even greater secret — a baby bump that she kept hidden as she flew back to her new home in California!
CADY MCCLAIN'S SPECIAL BIRTHDAY PLANCady McClain will spend her upcoming birthday in a meaningful way. "On October 13th at 9 a.m., I'm introducing the Los Angeles Mayor at City Hall in downtown LA for Domestic Violence Awareness Day, with a focus on elder abuse," she reports. "The police chief will also be present, as well as members of the Domestic Violence Task Force. The idea of the event is to honor those who work in the field and bring more awareness to the issue."
CBS'S ENTIRE DAYTIME LINEUP POSTS WEEK-TO-WEEK GROWTHCBS's entire daytime lineup posted week-to-week growth, while THE TALK topped “The View” in viewers and key women demographics for the second straight week, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Oct. 2.
LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 averaged 2.97m and LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 averaged 3.52m, up +9% and +16% respectively from the same week last year. LMAD 2 was also up +13% in women 25-54 (0.9/07 from 0.8/06) and +17% in women 18-49 (0.7/06 from 0.6/05).
PRICE IS RIGHT 1 was up +3% in viewers (4.72m from 4.57m), +10% in women 25-54 (1.1/08 from 1.0/07) and +14% in women 18-49 (0.8/06 from 0.7/06). PRICE IS RIGHT 2 saw increases of +10% in viewers (5.46m from 4.97m), +18% in women 25-54 (1.3/09 from 1.1/08) and +29% in women 18-49 (0.9/07 from 0.7/06).
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS gained +5% in viewers (4.61m from 4.40m) and +7% in women 25-54 (1.6/11 from 1.5/10).
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL posted increases of +5% in viewers (3.63m from 3.45m), +17% in women 25-54 (1.4/09 from 1.2/08) and +13% in women 18-49 (0.9/06 from 0.8/06).
THE TALK was up +9% in viewers (2.57m from 2.36m), +11% in women 25-54 (1.0/06 from 0.9/06) and +17% in women 18-49 (0.7/05 from 0.6/04). THE TALK outrated “The View” in viewers (vs. 2.43m), women 25-54 (vs. 0.9/06) and women 18-49 (vs. 0.6/07) for the second straight week.
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.
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.
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.’ ”
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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).
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.
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."
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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