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NBC’S BELOVED NEW TUESDAY DRAMA ‘THIS IS US’ RECEIVES FULL-SEASON ORDER(9/27/16) NBC has ordered an additional five episodes of the network’s critically beloved new drama series “This Is Us,” bringing the full season order to 18.
“It’s a rare moment in this business when a show so instantly delivers both critical acclaim and hit ratings, but ‘This Is Us’ is just such an extraordinary achievement,” said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. “Creator Dan Fogelman, along with co-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and the gifted producers, cast and crew, has delivered the kind of heart and depth that resonates with every segment of the audience, and we’re proud to extend its presence on our schedule.”
“We are thrilled. This order for a complete first season of 18 episodes is exactly what we'd wanted and hoped for,” said executive producer Dan Fogelman. “We’d carefully mapped out an 18-chapter story for the first year of the show, and this allows us to follow through with our exact initial intent. And to get the order so early on is a tremendous show of confidence and a boost for our entire cast and crew. I'm starting to sound like a broken record but I have to thank Dana, Gary, Jonnie, Howard and my amazing partners at 20th as well as Bob and Jen and the fine folks at NBC for continuing to do absolutely everything right by me and this show. I’d gush more but I have to go back to work.”
Last week’s “This Is Us” series premiere generated a 4.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 14.3 million viewers overall in L+5 averages from Nielsen Media Research — an increase of 1.7 rating points going from live plus same day to L+5. The 4.5 makes it the #1 series premiere of the fall season to date, while the show’s L+SD rating makes it NBC’s highest-rated scripted program in that Tuesday 10-11 p.m. time period in more than six years.
On digital platforms, it’s NBC’s most-viewed series premiere on record, more than doubling the network’s previous record for most one-day views of a debuting series across NBC digital platforms.
“This Is Us” was the most anticipated new series heading into fall with its trailer viewed more than 127 million times following the show’s announcement at the May upfronts.
Critics have raved about “This Is Us,” with the Huffington Post saying, “Dan Fogelman’s new show harkens back to the glory days of feel-good TV. Get ready to fall in crazy, stupid love with NBC’s ‘This Is Us.’” USA Today added: “…even if the season was crowded with great series, ‘This Is Us’ would stand out as a welcome and increasingly rare addition.” The New York Times called it “heartwarming” and Entertainment Weekly said the series is “brilliantly cast.”
“This Is Us” is a refreshingly honest and provocative series that follows a unique ensemble whose paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways. We find several of them share the same birthday, and so much more than anyone would expect. From the writer and directors of “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” is a smart, modern series that will challenge your everyday presumptions about the people you think you know.
The cast includes Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan and Ron Cephas Jones.
Dan Fogelman serves as writer and executive producer with Don Todd. Jess Rosenthal, Charlie Gogolak and directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra also executive produce. “This Is Us” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.
Justin Hartley Reveals What's Next For His Character on THIS IS US!(9/27/16) If you haven’t jumped in to one of the fall’s hottest new shows, THIS IS US, you’ve still got time to catch up before the second episode airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET on NBC! And series star Justin Hartley (ex-Adam, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) shares a sneak peek of the latest plot twists coming up for his character!
First off, Hartley was thrilled to discover that this episode introduces Katey Sagal as his character’s agent, Lanie, and Brad Garrett as Wes, a network executive. “When I found out that they were going to be taking those roles, of course I was happy for the show,” he confides to Soaps In Depth. “But then to find out that I’m the one working with them, it’s like ‘Wow, I won the lottery.’
“Katey is the master,” he adds. “She’s a brilliant actor. And Brad is maybe the funniest human being I’ve ever been around in my entire life.”
Hartley previews that his alter ego, Kevin, has put his acting career in jeopardy after his on-set outburst in the first episode, and must face the repercussions of his actions. “Kevin’s agent is like, ‘Let’s smooth this whole thing over,’” he teases. “Kevin’s not sure he wants to, but she convinces him that this is sort of what you have to do.
“So you see how that unfolds,” Hartley continues. “Will Kevin melt down again? Will he grow up? What’s going to happen?”
Be sure to tune in for the new episode of THIS IS US, and for more from Hartley on his exciting new primetime career, don’t miss his interview in the new CBS issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale Friday, Sept. 30!
Cady McClain Shares Details of Her Exciting New Project!(9/26/16) Daytime veteran Cady McClain is well known for her roles as Dixie on ALL MY CHILDREN, Rosanna on AS THE WORLD TURNS, and Kelly on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. But she has also directed a couple of short films, and in doing so, discovered just how difficult it can be for women to break into directing.
To help bring awareness to the issue, as well as hopefully find a solution, McClain is working on a documentary titled Seeing Is Believing: Women Direct, and launched an Indiegogo campaign to help bring it to fruition.
“The bias is systemic,” she wrote, “So there’s no point in blaming or calling out the offenders. Nothing but a revolution is going to change the way things are.”
McClain has conducted many interviews with female directors, including fellow daytime alum Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin, GENERAL HOSPITAL). “I’m so honored to be a part of this project,” McCullough shared on Twitter. “And so happy to call Cady my friend. This gorgeous human cares about other people’s work as much as her own. I have to say, I know nobody else like her.”
McClain hopes to raise enough money to finish production on her five-hour serialized documentary as well as creating online classes to help other women realize their creative dreams. As rewards to fans who donate to the cause, she’s offering up everything from signed photos to a pair of glitter pumps she wore to the 2010 Daytime Emmys! With two months to go, McClain is already well on her way to achieving her goal.
Tatyana Ali's Baby Boy's Name Revealed! Find Out What the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Star Named Her Newborn(9/26/16) Ladies and gentlemen, the wait is finally over!
Just three days after E! News exclusively confirmed that Tatyana Ali welcomed her first child into the world, we now have the name of her baby boy.
E! News has exclusively learned that the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star and husband Dr. Vaughn Rasberry named their son Edward Aszard Rasberry.
The happy news comes after the actress chose to keep the sex of her baby a secret throughout her pregnancy. But she also couldn't hide the excitement surrounding her baby's arrival.
"Being pregnant is a magical time. I've discovered pregnancy brain is a true phenomenon—and for those who don't know, it's a mental fog, sometimes rearing its funny little head as forgetfulness or absentmindedness probably caused by all of the extra blood flow in the body and the huge doses of hormones I'm producing," she joked in a pregnancy blog with People. "I should probably make my disclaimer here: I am NOT a doctor."
While a pregnancy journey is enough to keep any mom-to-be busy, Tatyana also enjoyed a romantic wedding ceremony in July when she exchanged vows with Dr. Vaughn in front of 120 guests at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills.
"It was truly a magical and heartfelt ceremony," Tatyana's wedding planner Michael Russo shared with Entertainment Tonight. "Tatyana was glowing as she walked down the aisle."
While the actress has yet to post on social media since the birth of her child, it's safe to say both mom and dad are a tad busy enjoying the first days of parenthood.
"For us, the joy of parenting will be to discover who we have been given the privilege to care for, protect, nurture and guide," she wrote to People. "We'll wait for our baby to show us who they are, starting on their birth day. Until then, we're happy to live in the fertile soil of dreamland, where anything is possible."
Lamon Archey on “2 BROKE GIRLS,” OCT. 17(9/26/16) “And the 80’s Movie” – Max and Caroline’s plans to attract a more sophisticated clientele to their dessert bar take a turn when Max befriends a bouncer whose team of arm wrestlers becomes their latest patrons. Also, Max and Randy continue to text each other, but when she runs out of sexy messages to send him, Oleg offers to be her ghost writer, on 2 BROKE GIRLS, Monday, Oct. 17 (9:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Dot Marie Jones (“Glee”) guest stars as arm wrestler Big Reba.
Guest Cast Includes: Dot Marie Jones (Big Reba), Lamon Archey (Jake).
Tatyana Ali Welcomes a Son(9/25/16) It’s a Fresh Prince for Tatyana Ali!
The actress and singer gave birth to her first child, a son, on Friday, Sept. 16, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.
The baby boy is the first child for Ali, 37, and her new husband, Dr. Vaughn Rasberry.
The couple were married in an intimate Beverly Hills ceremony on July 16.
Rasberry and Ali, who have been together about two years, announced their engagement and pregnancy news in March.
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“We’re reading the books, imagining, dreaming out loud,” the actress told PEOPLE in April. “A lot of just wondering who this person is going to be, who this person is, and you don’t really know until they’re here. We’re ready for the adventure!”
Ali has also blogged for PEOPLE throughout the later stages of her pregnancy — first by sharing why she wanted to keep her first child’s sex a mystery until her delivery day.
“Friends and family have so much to say about our choice, but we wouldn’t have it any other way,” she wrote in May. “It is so much fun to have people guessing and betting when they are around us.”
Ali has also been generous about the details of the journey she and Rasberry have been on during her first pregnancy — including her newfound sense of superhero-mom intuition.
“It’s so overwhelming, the responsibility, the transformation, preparing for childbirth,” she wrote in June. “How would my life change?
“I can actually feel my superhuman gene switching on,” she added. “Senses heightened, split awareness, nesting in full effect, achieving bra sizes and levels of organization I have never reached before, a drive to put the needs of my child before myself??!! This is just the beginning!”
Y&R/B&B Alum On DAYS Role(9/25/16) In the new issue of Digest, Aaron Lustig (ex-Dr. Reid, Y&R/B&B) talks about his new DAYS gig as Chloe’s doctor. “I was in Cuba when my agents called and asked if I’d be interested in doing this role,” says Lustig. “I was pleasantly surprised and happy to get that call.” To read more from the actor, pick up the latest issue of Digest.
Lachlan Buchanan on “CRIMINAL MINDS,” WEDNESDAY, OCT. 12(9/23/16) “Taboo” – The BAU welcomes back Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster) as they are called upon to investigate the disappearance of three women, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 12 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Sherilyn Fenn guest stars as Gloria Barker.
GUEST CAST: Lachlan Buchanan (Stuart Baker), Sherilyn Fenn (Gloria Barker), Hector Hugo (Detective Sam Ogilvie).
Hayley Erin on “NCIS,” TUESDAY, OCT. 11(9/23/16) “Love Boat” – After the body of a navy lieutenant is discovered aboard a destroyer during a tiger cruise, when civilian guests are allowed to spend the night on the ship, Gibbs, Quinn and Palmer travel out to sea to investigate. Also, McGee contemplates the perfect proposal for Delilah Fielding (Margo Harshman), on NCIS, Tuesday, Oct. 11 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Margo Harshman (Delilah Fielding), Andrea Grano (Navy Commander Eleadora Rey), Hayley Erin (Kasey Powers).
Y&R’s Former Head Writer Returns(9/21/16) Hot on the heels of Sally Sussman taking over the reins as head writer of Y&R comes news from Daytime Confidential that Kay Alden, who assumed the top scribe post in 1998 when co-creator William J. Bell retired, then left in 2006, is coming back as story consultant. CBS Daytime and CBS Entertainment Executive Vice-President Angelica McDaniel commented, “Welcoming Kay back to The Young and the Restless, joining Sally Sussman and Mal Young [executive producer], continues our commitment to telling the most powerful stories while honoring the legacy of daytime’s No. 1 drama.”
Melissa Ordway Celebrates GENERAL HOSPITAL Alum Emily Wilson's Bachelorette Party(9/20/16) (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) Melissa Ordway (Abby, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) spent the weekend in Palm Springs at the bachelorette party of her good friend, Emily Wilson (ex-Ellie, GENERAL HOSPITAL), and shared some of the fun with fans on social media!
“Flower crowns and dresses,” she wrote. Love celebrating Emily!” Happy ‘bachella’ weekend!”
Ordway also shared a snap of herself cooling off in the pool hanging tight to a donut tube to keep from ruining her crown of flowers!
Flowers were clearly the theme as you can see in the final shot Ordway shared of the girls in their snazzy pajamas made by Wilson’s sister, Kristene. “How adorable are these PJ’s?” she gushed.
It looks like everyone had an absolutely wonderful time, and we look forward to some beautiful wedding photos after Wilson and her fiancé, Adhir Kalyan, tie the knot on Saturday, Oct. 1!
CBS DAYTIME MARKS 30 CONSECUTIVE YEARS AT #1(9/20/16) CBS Daytime ended the full 52-week 2015-2016 broadcast year at #1 for the 30th consecutive year, one of the longest winning streaks in television history, which began in 1986.
Highlighting the year were largest-ever audiences for THE TALK and LET'S MAKE A DEAL, according to Nielsen most current ratings released today for the full 2015-16 television year.
“This winning streak is an incredible source of pride for all of us at CBS,” said Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, Daytime Programs, CBS Entertainment. “It speaks to three decades of great storytelling from the best creative artists in front of and behind the camera, and the amazing support from a very passionate and loyal fan base.”
CBS Daytime’s 52-Week Full Broadcast Year Highlights
CBS Daytime averaged 4.13 million viewers, its largest audience since the 2006-07 broadcast year.
THE TALK averaged 2.70 million viewers, up +4% over last year and its most watched season in its six-year history.
LET’S MAKE A DEAL 1 (3.29m, up +1%) earned a record audience for any season while LET’S MAKE A DEAL 2 (3.55m, even with year ago) matched its record audience from last season. LET’S MAKE A DEAL 1 (0.9) and LET’S MAKE A DEAL 2 (1.0) both matched its best women 25-54 ratings.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 averaged 4.97m, up +3% from last year and its most watched season since 2003-04. THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2, daytime’s most-watched program, averaged 5.70m, up +2% from a year ago and its most watched season since 2006-07.
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS remained daytime’s most watched drama (5.20m) and highest rated in women 25-54 (1.8) and women 18-49 (1.2).
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL ranked second among daytime dramas in viewers (3.96m) and women 25-54 (1.5).
CBS Daytime programs reached 117.6 million viewers (who watched at least six minutes) and 57.4 million women 18+, more than any other network. THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 (70.9m) and THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 (66.5m) led all daytime programs.
This Is Us: Justin Hartley Offers Odds You'll Ugly-Cry ('For Sure'), Talks Sitcom Bonding With Alan Thicke(9/19/16) (tvline.com) By the end of This Is Us‘ first episode, characters we’ve barely met (yet already care about) experience quite a few extremes of the human condition. There’s budding love. Sibling bonds. A terrible loss. A life-affirming reconnection.
And then there’s Kevin, a very attractive and often shirtless Los Angeles actor who’s unhappy that his lucrative sitcom role is a waste of his time, talent and purpose.
Smallville alum Justin Hartley plays Kevin, and he’s highly aware that his character’s woes may seem a trifle less relatable than, say, those of Chrissy Metz’s Kate (who’s battling obesity) or Sterling K. Brown’s Jack (who’s just found his birth father). “But being frustrated at work? Everyone has had that. Having that work frustration carry over to your personal life? Everyone has also had that,” Hartley says good-naturedly.
Add in that Kevin is feeling the pressures of age — the premiere takes place on his 36th birthday — in an industry obsessed with youth, and “it’s like this perfect storm,” adds the TV vet, who has had memorable roles on Passions, Revenge, Emily Owens, M.D. and most recently The Young and the Restless. “You have the age, unhappy at work and lonely at home. Really, the only thing he has in his life worth anything — besides a paycheck, but who really gives a damn about that? — is his sister [Kate].”
The premiere finds Hartley sharing a scene with Growing Pains dad Alan Thicke, who plays himself, as they prepare to tape an episode of Kevin’s show The Manny. (For spoiler reasons, we can’t tell you exactly what goes down. We can tell you that if ever there were a poster boy for chiseled ennui, Hartley’s Kevin is it.) “We worked together one day, and at the end of the day, I feel like we’re best friends. The guy is awesome,” he says, laughing. “He’s just unbelievable, and so gracious and kind. What a nice guy.”
We also won’t reveal the big twist at the end of the hour; make sure to check in with TVLine immediately following the East Coast airing for a post mortem with series creator Dan Fogelman. But we got Hartley to tease a bit about how Kevin’s life gets a little less lonely — though probably even less comfortable — when Salem’s Janet Montgomery shows up as an acerbic theater actress/potential love interest named Erin.
“She doesn’t take Kevin very seriously as an actor or an artist,” he says, “and she has her opinions about him based on what she thinks he’s all about, what he must be all about because he puts hair product in his hair.”
He adds: “She’s not this warm person right off the bat, but she may warm up to him later.”
As TVLine pointed out in our review, the feelings-laden This Is Us has serious ugly-cry potential; Hartley certainly backs that up when we ask which episodes will reduce us to a pile of emotional destruction.
“[Episode] 2 for sure… 3, 4, 5 and — I just read 6 — also 6,” he says, laughing.
Melissa Ordway Reveals How Her Baby Girl Has Changed Her Life!(9/17/16) Big changes can come in small packages — something that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Melissa Ordway (Abby) knows very well, since she and her hubby, Justin Gaston (ex-Ben, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), brought home daughter Olivia last April.
“Having a child definitely changes you,” says the actress. “You look at the world differently. You want the world to be a better place!”
Pick up the latest Soaps In Depth for all the other ways being a parent has changed Ordway’s life… including a different attitude for her alter ego! It’s on sale now!
Pitch: Rita Wilson, Lyndsy Fonseca to Guest-Star on Fox Baseball Drama(9/16/16) Don’t worry, Pitch‘s Ginny: Backup is on its way.
Rita Wilson (Girls) and Lyndsy Fonseca (Agent Carter) will guest-star on the Fox baseball drama as two crucial supports for lead character — and Major League Baseball’s first female player — Ginny Baker, our sister site Deadline reports.
Wilson’s Andra is a psychiatrist hired by Ginny’s team, the San Diego Padres, to counsel her. Fonseca’s Cara is a “carefree waitress who befriends Ginny” and opens her eyes to the world of normal 20-somethings.
In addition to her current stint as Marnie’s mom on Girls, Wilson’s TV credits include Full Circle, The Good Wife, Body of Proof and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Fonseca’s resumé includes Nikita, Desperate Housewives and How I Met Your Mother.
Pitch premieres Thursday, Sept. 22, at 9/8c.
Up Close With Y&R's Jason Thompson And Gina Tognoni(9/16/16) Their characters may be the pariahs of Genoa City, but Y&R’s Jason Thompson (Billy) and Gina Tognoni (Phyllis) sure had fun playing the complexities of the taboo affair that turned into a huge scandal. In their first Soap Opera Digest interview together, the actors talk honestly about their first impressions of each other, working together and their reactions to finding out that Billy and Phyllis would be getting involved (“I am not a big lover of infidelity and it’s hard for me to watch sometimes,” says Tognoni). For more, pick up the new issue of Digest, on sale now.
Tristan Rogers Staying on Y&R(9/15/16) Since tweeting that he’s off of Y&R for the time being, Tristan Rogers (Colin) has followed up with a more upbeat Twitter message. “Remember this,” he posted. “The character is still in town, he hasn’t left. Soooo the chances of his being re-included in a SL [storyline] are quite good.”
Y&R Headwriter Switch Made Official: Sally Sussman Returns to CBS Soap(9/15/16) On the heels of celebrating its 11,000th broadcast, CBS’ The Young and the Restless has completed a headwriter change, tapping soap vet Sally Sussman to succeed Chuck Pratt, Jr.
In her first Y&R stint, Sussman served as story consultant and associate headwriter, helping the daytime drama’s writing staff collect three Emmy noms. During her more recent visit to Genoa City, she won both an Emmy and her second Writers’ Guild of America Award, serving as story consultant and co-headwriter.
Sussman’s credits also include creating NBC’s Generations, serving as headwriter at Days of Our Lives (winning the show’s first ever WGA Award) and headwriting MTV’s Spyder Games.
“Sally was part of the team that first brought Y&R to its long-standing position as America’s No. 1 daytime drama and brings with her years of experience writing serialized storylines,” Sony Pictures Television EVP Steve Kent said in a statement. “Her long-standing familiarity with the citizens of Genoa City and her great storytelling make her a perfect choice to take the reins at Y&R.”
“We are thrilled to have Sally return to The Young and The Restless, both as an award-winning writer and someone who is passionate about honoring the legacy of the series with character driven story,” added Angelica McDaniel, EVP of Daytime Programs for CBS Entertainment. “The powerhouse partnership of Sally and Mal Young, our talented new executive producer, sets an even brighter course for daytime’s No. 1 drama.”
Exited Y&R headwriter Pratt was recently named showrunner of Fox’s Lee Daniels-helmed Star, where he replaced producer-writer Charles Murray.
Y&R Names New Head Writer(9/15/16) With Charles Pratt, Jr. tapped to be show runner and executive producer of the upcoming FOX series, STAR, Y&R has brought back Sally Sussman as the show’s new head writer. “Sally was part of the team that first brought Y&R to its long-standing position as America’s #1 daytime drama and brings with her years of experience writing serialized storylines,” said senior executive vice president of programming for Sony Pictures Television Steve Kent. “Her long-standing familiarity with the citizens of Genoa City and her great storytelling make her a perfect choice to take the reins at Y&R.” Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, Daytime Programs and Syndicated Program Development, CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Distribution, “We are thrilled to have Sally return to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, both as an award-winning writer, and someone who is passionate about honoring the legacy of the series with character driven story. The powerhouse partnership of Sally and Mal Young, our talented new Executive Producer, sets an even brighter course for daytime’s #1 drama.” Sussman has been on the writing staff of the soap on and off; during her 2006 stint, she won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing. She has also toiled at DAYS, GH, ANOTHER WORLD and KNOTS LANDING. And She created the short lived soap Generations.
Tristan Rogers Out At Y&R?(9/14/16) Just when it looked like Y&R’s Colin was getting resettled in Genoa City, his portrayer, Tristan Rogers, posted a surprising announcement on his Twitter page. “Well todays show is the last for me. For how long I dont know,” he wrote. “But I sure had fun.” A source at Y&R notes, “Colin is a recurring character and he could show up at any time.”
Y&R Alum Welcomes Baby No. 2(9/14/16) On September 13, Clementine Ford (ex-Mackenzie, Y&R) and her husband, Cyrus Wilcox, welcomed their second child, a daughter they named Welles. “And now we are four,” Ford posted on Facebook. The couple also has a son, Elijah, 2.
Adrienne Frantz and Scott Bailey Enjoy Family Time With Daughter Amelie(9/14/16) (Photo) Adrienne Frantz (ex-Amber, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) and Scott Bailey (Sandy, GUIDING LIGHT) enjoyed a day out with their nine-month-old daughter, Amelie, and shared a beautiful family photo on Instagram!
“Family day ended with a walk to Alfred Coffee & Kitchen, a great new place in Studio City!” she wrote. “Love from the Baileys!”
We’re sure mom and dad enjoyed their coffee while little Amelie had some milk or another delicious treat. And we absolutely love her hoodie with the ears!
Cady McClain Narrates The Girls(9/14/16) (Order Here) Cady McClain (Dixie, AMC/Roseanna, ATWT/Kelly, Y&R) narrates the audiobook of The Girls by Emma Cline. In Audiobook magazine McClain says “Ms. Cline’s insights into human nature, and the nature of a young woman are staggering. It a profound and important book, and one I am grateful to have been asked to read.
About The Book: Girls - their vulnerability, strength, and passion to belong - are at the heart of this stunning first novel for audiences of Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides and Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad.
Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie it is exotic, thrilling, charged - a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence - and to that moment in a girl's life when everything can go horribly wrong.
Emma Cline's remarkable debut novel is gorgeously written and spellbinding, with razor-sharp precision and startling psychological insight. The Girls is a brilliant work of fiction - and an indelible portrait of girls and of the women they become.
Jessica Collins Took Daughter Jemma on a Day Out(9/14/16) (Photo) Jessica Collins (ex-Avery, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) had a grand day out with husband Michael Cooney and their seven-month-old daughter, Jemma, and shared a beautiful family photo of the fantastic time on Twitter!
“My heart and happiness,” the actress wrote.
Collins and Cooney took Jemma to The Coop, a play and party space for kids and adults on Ventura Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA, and it looks like everyone had a fantastic time!
Chuck Pratt Named New Showrunner of Lee Daniels' Star(9/13/16) When Lee Daniels’ Star stars shooting this month, it’ll be with a daytime TV vet at the helm.
Chuck Pratt Jr., who most recently served as headwriter on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, has been named showrunner and executive producer of the upcoming Fox series, filling the void left by departing producer-writer Charles Murray.
In early September, Murray left the show after he and Star co-creators Daniels and Tom Donaghy amicably parted ways over creative differences.
Pratt’s TV resumé includes The Lying Game, Desperate Housewives, Melrose Place and Ugly Betty, as well as soap staples All My Children, General Hospital and Santa Barbara.
The Atlanta-set Star follows three young women (Ryan Destiny, Jude Demorest and Brittany O’Grady) who form a musical group and experience the music business’ highs and lows on their road to fame. The cast also includes Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt and Nicholas Gonzalez.
Star, which is slated to premiere in early 2017, will air Wednesdays at 9/8c.
Y&R: Jack Finds Out About The Affair!(9/11/16) Next week is can’t-miss on Y&R when Jack finally finds out that Phyllis and Billy have been sleeping together behind his back. “The explosion of this secret, the affair, will blow everyone out of their ruts, spinning out of control, with new paths created,” previews Executive Producer/Head Writer Charles Pratt, Jr. “All about as surprising as you can get.” We have the scoop from Pratt, Gina Tognoni (Phyllis) and Jason Thompson (Billy) in the new issue of Digest on sale now, so be sure to pick up your copy today and tune into Y&R next week for the fireworks!
Court Case For Soap Opera Actress Jensen Buchanan Continued to Oct. 14(9/11/16) (noozhawk.com) A Santa Barbara County Superior Court arraignment hearing for a soap opera actress accused of driving while drunk and causing an injury accident on Highway 154 has been continued to Oct. 14.
Jensen Buchanan, 54, was not in the Santa Maria courtroom for Friday morning’s brief hearing before visiting Judge Barry Hammer.
Defense attorney Meryl Chambers asked for the continued arraignment hearing on behalf of her client.
Deputy District Attorney Tiffany Dix told the judge she did not object to the request, adding that she believes the next hearing will involve either a disposition of the case or the defendant entering a not-guilty plea.
She also requested the judge order Buchanan to attend the next hearing, which Hammer did.
With a blood-alcohol level allegedly more than four times the legal limit, Buchanan faces several charges, including felony driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and felony driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or greater.
She also is charged with causing great bodily injury to Bradley Asolas, 56, of Camarillo, and an allegation her blood-alcohol level exceeded .15 percent.
Court documents allege Buchanan was driving with a blood-alcohol level of .34 when the crash occurred about 6:20 a.m. May 18 on Highway 154.
Buchanan was driving a Mercedes S550 east on Highway 154 when her vehicle drifted across the double yellow line directly into the path of a westbound Ford C-Max near the Live Oak Camp entrance, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Firefighters had to extricate Asolas, the driver of the other vehicle, from his wrecked Ford after he received critical injuries in the head-on collision, the CHP said.
At the request of the prosecution, the defense attorney agreed to stipulate to the release of Buchanan’s medical records.
Buchanan appeared on numerous soap operas in nearly three decades, including most recently on The Young and the Restless in 2015, and previously on One Life to Live, General Hospital and Another World.
Teresa Castillo Reunites With Former Castmate Jason Thompson!(9/9/16) (Photo) Their romance on GENERAL HOSPITAL was ill-fated, but Sabrina and Patrick had a reunion of sorts in real life when Teresa Castillo caught up with former castmate Jason Thompson, who is now playing Billy on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!
The actress shared a selfie she took with Thompson and her two-year-old daughter, Victoria. “Look who we ran into today!” she wrote. “Victoria was smitten.”
Who can blame her? The little girl’s got great taste! Thompson tweeted back, “Great to see you. And the kids! So cute.”
Heather Tom Took Her Son Out to the Ball Game(9/7/16) (Photo, Video) Heather Tom (Katie, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) had a blast rooting for the Dodgers with her three year old son, Zane, at a recent ballgame!
It looks like mother and son had a blast at the game, and Tom captured her son’s enthusiasm in this delightful video of him cheering for his favorite team!
And in the end, the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2 in that game, so Tom and Zane had every reason to be excited!
‘This Is Us’ a ‘dream come true’ for Chicago’s Justin Hartley(9/7/16) (chicago.suntimes.com) (Trailer) Chicago’s Justin Hartley couldn’t believe his luck when learned he was up for a part in NBC’s highly anticipated dramatic series “This Is Us.”
“When I read the pilot, I was like, ‘Man, if I could be a part of something like this, this would be like a dream come true for an actor,’ ” Hartley explained. “It’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime scripts you read. This role spoke to me in so many ways: I think he leads with his heart, he’s always got good intentions and he’s very driven.”
“This Is Us,” premiering at 9 p.m. Sept. 20, connects the stories of a varied cast of characters, including a married couple expecting triplets, a depressed woman struggling to lose weight and a successful businessman who tracks down his biological father. Hartley’s character, Kevin, is a television sitcom actor who has grown bored of his glamorous bachelor lifestyle and yearns for more serious roles.
Hartley is best known for his work on soap operas “Passions” (as Fox Crane), “Revenge” (Patrick Osbourne), “Mistresses” (Scott Thompson) and “The Young and the Restless” (Adam Newman) as well as the superhero fiction series “Smallville” (Oliver Queen/Green Arrow). He first heard about “This Is Us” from a fellow actor in L.A. who mistakenly thought the show’s writer and executive producer, Dan Fogelman, wrote the character Kevin specifically for Hartley.
“He sends [the script] over to me and I read it, and immediately I was like, ‘Oh, OK, that’s fantastic, that’s right in my wheelhouse right there,’ ” Hartley explained. “I called my agent and my agent was already on it.”
According to Hartley, the show’s blend of dramatic tension and bursts of comedic relief sets it apart from the past shows he has worked on.
“The way that Dan sort of mixes the tone of the show, the way he will literally have you crying and then all of a sudden something will happen and you’ll sort of start laughing through the misery that you’re experiencing in these characters,” Hartley said, pausing. “I don’t know if I’ve ever had a job like that before.”
Anticipation for “This Is Us” clearly is high, with its trailer drawing nearly 15 million Facebook views in the first 48 hours of its release in May. That set a record for a TV show.
In early screenings, Hartley said, “you literally can look around the room and you can see these people get lost in the show. You can tell that this show is affecting people. I truly do believe that it will move people to maybe make better decisions in their life. That’s been the most fulfilling part of a show like this.”
While growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Hartley was introduced to acting in a theater class at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, but didn’t truly fall in love with the art and view it as a realistic career path until attending Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
“I was sort of a sports guy, but when I went to college I caught the acting bug,” he said, describing an English literature class in which the students performed scenes from books they read. “It really opened up my eyes — you can actually do this for a living, if you’re lucky. I think it gave me the guts to move out here.”
Despite moving to L.A. shortly after college, Hartley remains a “huge, huge fan of Chicago.”
“It’s a really wonderful place,” Hartley said. “The architecture; the skyline; the people, how friendly they are and helpful they are; how clean the city is … I just love it.”
Hartley is recently engaged to Chrishell Stause, a fellow soap opera veteran who was a series regular in “Days of Our Lives” and “All My Children.” On a recent visit to the city, Hartley said he introduced Stause to Chicago-style pizza despite her insisting a preference for New York’s thin crust version.
“I said, ‘I don’t think you’ve ever had real Chicago pizza — it’s a completely different experience,’ ” Hartley said. “So she tried it, and I think it’s like her favorite dish on the planet. I think it’s not only her favorite pizza, I think it’s her favorite dish. Chicago has got it down pat, for sure.”
Traveling is among the actor’s favorite hobbies. Chicago aside, Hartley has visited Hawaii, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and Paris in the past few years, despite “The Young and the Restless” and “This Is Us” taking up most of his time.
“I’m concentrating on ‘This Is Us.’ That’s basically an every-day-all-day job,” Hartley said. “It’s a labor of love, for sure. We have a ball.”
For now, Hartley is content to focus on the show’s upcoming premiere and spend time with his fiancée and 12-year-old daughter from a previous marriage.
“I’m just so lucky to be on this show, I feel like someone’s going to wake me up and be like, ‘We were just kidding, dude,’” he said with a laugh.
McKenna Grace on Designated Survivor(9/6/16) “Pilot” – Kiefer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the U.S. Capitol during the State of the Union, on the highly anticipated ABC series “Designated Survivor,” airing WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (10:00—11:00 p.m. EDT). In this dramatic thriller, Kirkman will struggle to keep the country and his own family from falling apart, while navigating the highly volatile political arena and while leading the search to find who is responsible for the attack.
“Designated Survivor” stars Kiefer Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, Natascha McElhone as Alex Kirkman, Adan Canto as Aaron Shore, Italia Ricci as Emily Rhodes, LaMonica Garrett as Mike Ritter with Kal Penn as Seth Wright and Maggie Q as Hannah Wells.
Guest starring Tanner Buchanan as Leo Kirkman, McKenna Grace as Penny Kirkman, Kevin R. McNally as Harris Cochrane, Malik Yoba as Jason Atwood, Arjay Smith as Nolan, Alex Quijano as Lawrence, Richard Bekins as President Richmond, Elias Zarou as Ambassador Ahmed Fayad, Peter Outerbridge as Charlie Langdon, Rothaford Gray as Acting Defense Secretary, Krista Morin as Acting FBI Director, Catherine Tait as Acting Health & Human Resources Secretary, Matthew Olver as Acting Transportation Secretary, Michael Kinney as Acting Treasury Secretary, Dan MacKay as Air Force Major, Doug MacLeod as Acting Secretary of State, Robin Cunningham as Major Scott Cameron, Darlene Cooke as DC Appellate Judge and Tyler Burton as Caleb West.
“Pilot” was written by David Guggenheim and directed by Paul McGuigan.
NBC Buys ‘Big Of Me’ Comedy From Will Packer, Eva Longoria & Lauren Iungerich(9/6/16) NBC has nabbed Big of Me, a half-hour comedy from Awkward creator Lauren Iungerich and producers Will Packer and Eva Longoria. The project hails from Universal TV where Packer’s Will Packer Prods. and Longoria’s UnveliEVAble Entertainment have deals.
Created and written by Iungerich, Big of Me centers on two women from different walks of life who start an unlikely friendship after their mutual husband dies.
Iungerich and Packer executive produce alongside UnbeliEVAble Entertainment’s Longoria and Ben Spector. Will Packer Prods.’ head of TV Korin D. Huggins co-executive produces.
Big of Me reunites Longoria and Parker who also partnered last year to produce a comedy project about two women for NBC, the multi-camera Bonita & Mechelle, written by Kriss Turner Towner. Additionally, Big of Me expands Longoria and UnveliEVAble’s relationship with Iungerich. The company recently sold Iungerich’s feature pitch My Daughter’s Quinceañera to Universal under a first-look pact with a studio.
Iungerich created MTV’s comedy Awkward, which was a breakout for the network when it debuted in 2011 and recently aired its fifth season. She is repped by CAA and Madhouse Entertainment. Packer has produced eight No. 1 films at the box office, including both Ride Along and Think Like a Manfranchise films, as well as No Good Deed, Takers, Stomp the Yard and Obsessed. His next film, Almost Christmas, comes out Nov. 11 from Universal Pictures. Parker is repped by CAA and Ziffren Brittenham. Longoria recently executive produced NBC comedy series Telenovela, in which she also starred, and Lifetime’s Devious Maids. She is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Justin Hartley Confirms Y&R Exit(9/3/16) (Y&R Preview Video) In what will go down as one of the least surprising exit announcements in soap history, Justin Hartley has confirmed that his two-year stint on CBS’ The Young and the Restless has come to an end. The news comes in the wake of his character Adam Newman’s presumed death and two weeks ahead of the premiere of Hartley’s buzzy new NBC drama This Is Us.
In a letter on his Facebook page addressed to “the wonderful fans of Y&R,” Hartley wrote, “After many weeks of having to keep quiet in order not to spoil [Adam’s ‘death’] for all of you, the time has finally come that I’m able to write you this letter. Although I am saying goodbye to Y&R, this is not a goodbye letter. I felt it was more important to write a thank you note. Each and every one of you helped make my time on the show enjoyable.
“Although I’m leaving the show, you haven’t gotten rid of me,” he continued. “I’m beyond thrilled and proud of my new series, This Is Us, premiering September 20th on NBC.”
Hartley joined Y&R in August 2014, succeeding fan fave Michael Muhney.
The Young And The Restless Stars Describe The Cast In One Word(9/1/16) The Young And The Restless Stars Describe The Cast In One Word: Video.
Good Day Sacramento Video(9/1/16) Y&R Celebrates 11,000 Episodes: Video.
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Eric Braeden Reflects On 11,000 Episodes Of The Young And The Restless(9/1/16) (cbs.com) For 36 years, fans all over the world have come to know and love Eric Braeden as Genoa City's most notorious businessman, Victor Newman. Although he's one of the longest-running members of The Young and the Restless, even Braeden could hardly believe that the beloved soap had already reached the incredible 11,000-episode mark.
To celebrate the monumental milestone, Braeden spoke with CBS.com about his experience on Y&R.
"I think the most immediate thing that comes to mind [about the 11,000th episode] is that one loses all sense of chronology," Braeden said. "You lose your sense of time when you're here. I am deeply grateful to audiences who have stayed with us for as long as they have; and, secondarily, I'm grateful to the writers and to the crews, who have turned this into a show."
Among the incredible writers Braeden's worked with over the years is show creator William J. Bell, who served as Y&R's head writer for 25 years. Though Bell passed away in 2005, his memory lives on through the efforts of the actors who work hard to uphold the characters he lovingly crafted.
"Let's just say I miss him, and I miss his leadership," Braeden said. "Of course, I'm deeply grateful that he created this character."
Bell's leadership fostered an environment where actors felt they could be creative and take risks. After decades of experimenting with his character, Braeden said he's learned a lot about the art of storytelling and about who he is as a performer.
"I've grown as an actor, certainly, because of all of the many facets of the character," Braeden said. "In nighttime television, if you play the bad guy, you play the bad guy. Period. There's never a side to those characters that explains who they are or softens who they are. It's really black and white. In daytime, it is not. For that, I am deeply grateful to this medium. Have I learned? Yes, of course. The daily practice makes you better."
But, Braeden's learning didn't stop with character development. In fact, one of the most remarkable lessons he's learned through daytime TV, specifically, has little to do with plot lines and everything to do with his commitment to his role and his fans.
"I think the most valuable lesson I've learned as an actor is that what you do obviously affects people's lives," Braeden said. "That is not something you learn in film or nighttime television because you're almost never in contact with the audience you play to. In daytime, because we make public appearances, we see so many fans, and suddenly you realize, 'Oh my God! What I do does make a difference to people.'"
While his work as Victor Newman has impacted millions of people from all over the world, Braeden clarified that he's not like his character at all in the real world. Instead of scheming, there's love; and instead of back-and-forth betrayals, there's a strong sense of loyalty.
"I would never have the kind of relationship Victor has with his family with my children or grandchildren," Braeden said. "I would be horrified by that ... I'm a totally different person with my family than Victor is to his."
Though Braeden's home isn't as full of conflict as it is on Y&R, it isn't without excitement. The former athlete has lived a life of adventure and is writing an autobiography, which will be published in February.
"I hope it's entertaining," he said. "I've certainly had an interesting life."
Yes, you have, Mr. Braeden. Thank you for sharing so much of it with us.
Melissa Claire Egan's Dog Gets the Mail(9/1/16) (Video) Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) shared a crazy video of how her dog, Sophia, reacts every day when the mail arrives!
“Now do you believe me that the dog ate my homework? “the actress joked. In the video, you can hear her trying to reassure her dog, "It's just the mailman," but Sophia isn't listening!
Sophia clearly saw the mailman coming, and does not like whatever that stuff is coming through the slot in the door! Hopefully there wasn’t anything important in there — it would be a shame if she shredded Egan’s next Y&R script!
Corbin Bernsen Sheds Light On Faith-Based Films, Pacts With Pat Robertson’s Regent University On Movie(9/1/16) (Trailer) Several years ago, after the death of his father, Corbin Bernsen — well-known for his role in L.A. Law — wrote, directed and starred in Rust, a feature that he created to explore his own faith. The 2010 film follows a man of the cloth who loses his faith but eventually finds his way back. Bernsen has continued to produce faith-based films, most recently partnering with Pat Robertson’s Regent University on his latest — a romantic comedy, In-Lawfully Yours.
With the success of low-budget films in the genre and the failure of big studio films such as Ben-Hur, Bernsen talked about why he got into the faith-based movement, why he thinks they succeed or fail and the film students they have helped along the way.
His latest outing in this genre came out of a partnership with Regent University where he tapped 73 students — all of whom will graduate with a film credit under their belts. “Here are kids who really want to make movies so it was a way to help them. By doing this, we’ve let kids in film school know what it’s really like to be part of a movie that has distribution. And they come out of film school with a real credit on a film. And these kids were doing real jobs — hair and make-up, AD, art department, transportation – all aspects of filmmaking. They had real responsibilities. I actually praised our crew as it’s hard enough to make a film, but they mentored the kids underneath them while also keeping on schedule.”
The film school itself, surprisingly, has won about 418 film awards — and includes two student Emmy awards (which they won last year) and two student Academy Awards as well. They also won first place for comedy in the 2016 College Television Awards.
The Dean of the school who has been in the job for five of those award-winning years, said that after Bernsen had appeared on the 700 Club with Pat Robertson, the preacher asked the professor to do a film with the actor that would involve the college. Robertson is the founder, chancellor and CEO f Regent University, which is an accredited college. He is also the liaison between the Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc. and school which was founded in 1978 in Virginia Beach, VA.
“So we figured out how to match the curriculum with the film,” said Dr. Mitch Land, the Dean of Regent’s School of Communications & the Arts. Land is also an executive producer on the film.
Bernsen was sent three scripts from Dr. Land, and one was written by Sean Gaffney, one of the school’s professors who previously worked at Warner Bros. as a story administrator in the feature story department from 2007 to 2013.
“The original film was called Jesse and Naomi and was loosely based on the Story of Ruth in the Bible. So that’s the story we picked to do our feature film. We lined up our courses to help facilitate the production, and we started working with Corbin’s film company and together co-produced this film,” said Dr. Land.
The romantic comedy stars Chelsey Crisp (Fresh off the Boat), Marilu Henner, Bernsen, Phillip Boyd (Tyler Perry’s The Have and the Have Nots) and Joe Williamson (Grey’s Anatomy) and begins with a husband cheating on his wife (Crisp) who becomes involved with the town pastor and they find a new life with each other. Also, two professors from the college have speaking roles and one professor is a casting agent on the side.
One of Regent University’s alumni is Tony Hale who has won two Emmy Awards himself for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Veep. Another is Cheryl McKay who adapted The Ultimate Gift in 2006 which starred James Garner; she is still working in the business.
“There is clearly a market for these films,” said Dr. Land, citing the success of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ and Alex Kendrick’s War Room. “Doing a feature film that is commercially available and sold and has their names on it propels our students’ careers. We don’t have a lot of money to do a lot of feature films, but we will keep doing them. There is no way to learn this craft better than actually doing them. And having mentors helping them with on-the-job training really catapults their learning curve. The more we can connect our curriculum to these kinds of projects, the better. I wish we had millions so we could do this constantly, but we are grateful to God for this opportunity.”
The entire cost of the film was $625K and the University fully financed it. In-Lawfully Yours, produced also by Bernsen and Chris Aronoff through their Los Angeles-based Home Theater Films, was shot between the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015. It is being distributed via Cinedigm on Sept. 6 on VOD and Digital HD.
In-Lawfully Yours, is about broken lives “and they don’t get fixed the way you think it will be done,” said Dr. Land. “It’s about judgmental people and it is not overly sentimental, but it is about second chances, and it’s still a faith-based film.”
Bernsen and Aronoff previously produced the 2014 film Christian Mingle, which had a small theatrical release before it was distributed in VOD and DVD. It was when Bernsen was promoting that film that he came upon Regent University and the film school. But, the actor/filmmaker has been producing faith-based films for about seven years now.
“After my Dad died, it struck me holding his bag of ashes, I thought what does this mean? Where has this great guy gone? I wrote a movie that basically wanted to explore faith and it was called Rust,” said Bernsen. “The next thing you know, I was drawn to making movies that were, for the lack of a better term, faith-based. I did this to explore my faith and my own relationship with God and Christ. I’m a Christian. In the middle of that, with the world getting darker and darker and stranger and stranger, there is now a growing demand for this kind of (product) so that sort of built on what I was doing on a personal level, and then we decided to do this as a business.” He added: “I’ve been writing these films and is not motivated by money and it just so happens to be that the faith-based films became popular.”
Bernsen said as the world grows darker, he is trying just to bring some balance to people. “I think it’s important to put some light in and let people know there is good out there. It’s not that I’m trying to push religion on them, I’m not trying to do that. All I’m trying to do is to shed some light.”
Of course, once the big studios realized that faith-based films could make money — for instance, God’s Not Dead came out of nowhere three years ago and grossed $62.6M on a budget of only $2M — there was a number of them that looked for projects immediately. Since then, the industry has seen the $100M+ budgeted Ben-Hur from Paramount bomb at the box office while the modestly budgeted Randall Wallace film Heaven is for Real (based on the best-selling book of the same name) succeed from Sony. War Room also was highly profitable with a $67.7M take but, once again, had a teeny budget of only around $3M.
Other films, not coming from the studios but from those in the faith, seem to work well overall with the core audience of moviegoers and there are a number of films to prove that: Fireproof (2008), Courageous (2011) come immediately to mind. All these films have kept budgets low and, in doing so, have become very profitable.
“I think the future is bright as long as they are writing truthful movies,” said Bernsen. “You have to look at the motivation for making it. When you redo or pander, it can blow up in your face. I want everyone to succeed. I know a lot of work goes into it, and I don’t want anyone to fail. People can tell the difference in films made for the art and for the heart. I can also sniff out films made for the dollar, and I think audiences feel that, too. It’s a very tricky business to say, let’s go make them. Those of us who understand God’s presence and God’s grace, understand that there are stories that need to be told. There are 100 stories to tell. The darker (society) gets, the greater the opportunity. I think there are going to be people that rise above and shine. I hope to be one of them but I can’t count that. I just do what I have to do.”
Tyler Perry’s ‘Too Close To Home’ Renewed For Second Season By TLC(9/1/16) Coming off strong ratings for its series premiere, TLC has ordered a second season of its first scripted series, Tyler Perry’s Too Close to Home for premiere in 2017.
Launched in partnership with corporate cousin OWN, the drama series reached 4.2 million viewers in its premiere airings across TLC and OWN. The August 22 premiere showed a nearly 50% increase among women in L+3, according to Nielsen, and propelled TLC to its highest-rated Monday in more than a year in all key women demos. On Twitter, Too Close to Home was the #3 drama series in primetime.
Too Close to Home centers on the story of Anna (Danielle Savre), a young woman who comes face-to-face with her checkered past after an alleged affair with the president.
“Our audience was ready for a move into the scripted space, and Too Close To Home has whet their appetite to see more. More twists, more heartbreak and certainly more of Tyler Perry’s notoriously dramatic writing,” said Nancy Daniels, President and General Manager, TLC.
Coming up this season, Anna (Savre) must face the past that she so eagerly left behind, and her new reality may prove too much for her to handle. Back in Happy, Alabama, Anna reunites with her controlling mother, Jolene (Trisha Stahl); her sweet yet overburdened sister, Bonnie (Kelly Sullivan); and her drug-addicted sister, Shelby (Brooke Anne Smith). Although she’s left behind a mess in D.C., there are serious problems brewing in Happy, and Anna is quickly thrown into the drama. She also has to confront unfinished business with her high school sweetheart, Brody (Brock O’Hurn). Broken and battered, Anna must ultimately seek help and forgiveness from the same people she abandoned for a “better” life.
Too Close To Home airs Mondays at 9 PM on TLC.
Lauralee Bell Discusses Growing Up On The Iconic Y&R Set(9/1/16) (CBS.com) In the weeks leading to The Young and the Restless' impressive 11,000 episodes, the show's stars reflected on their extensive histories in Genoa City and the meaningful relationships they've formed on set. While some of the cast members have been on for a few decades, there might be no one who knows the show quite like actress Lauralee Bell.
As the daughter of the show's creators, Bill and Lee Phillip Bell, Lauralee has been around Y&R since it premiered 43 years ago. In honor of the show's huge accomplishment, the talented actress shared some of her favorite memories with CBS.com.
Before she was on The Young and the Restless, Lauralee was already an avid fan who never missed an episode or an opportunity to get an inside look into the production—even if that meant breaking her parents' rules.
"I pretended I was sick for about a month in the fifth or sixth grade so I could sit with my dad," she said. "My favorite part of the day was when he'd watch the show and, afterward, when he'd make a direct call to the producer. I would listen to him say what he would have changed about each episode—it was so fascinating."
While her parents eventually caught onto her faux-flu and made her return to school, those afternoons spent by her father's side changed Lauralee's life. Over the next few years, her passion for acting, producing, and writing grew as her family relocated from Chicago to Los Angeles to work more intimately with the show.
"My dad loved what he did, and he loved the cast and crew and was so grateful to them for giving up so much of their time and lives," she said.
According to Lauralee, it was her family's commitment to the show's employees and her father's devotion to his characters that shaped the show into what it is today.
"People keep asking what's the magic of Y&R—and it's for sure the actors and the whole company—but, really, it's the foundation of the characters," she said. "Fans knew who the characters were, what they liked, who they would and wouldn't marry because people would talk about them like they were family friends. My dad laid an incredible groundwork for fascinating characters."
Watching her parents interact with the cast and crew and seeing how much time they poured into their storylines helped Lauralee realize what a profound impact the show had on both the people behind the scenes and those tuning in at home. So, when her dad wrote a role specifically for her, she knew her parents and the fans would expect a lot from her performance.
Thankfully, Lauralee had one of the best mentors in the business to help guide her.
"[My dad] was very adamant that I learn everything I needed to get to the next place as an actor," she said. "I'm so glad he didn't say, 'That was so great,' no matter what. He helped me grow and learn, and I'm so grateful that he pushed me to that level."
Of course, the process wasn't always an easy one. During her first years of playing Cricket on the show, Lauralee sometimes struggled with her confidence on set. That all changed when her dad gave her an important tip: "Don't be afraid."
Bill Bell encouraged all of his actors to let go of their fears and to find their inner confidence, which Lauralee credits as one of the reasons the cast and the fans have stuck around for so long.
"I think my dad set a happy tone on set, and I believe that it's a bright environment where people want to be," Lauralee said. "It's such a comfortable, great family."
Aside from the welcoming atmosphere, Lauralee believes that her parents' dedication to fostering storylines and letting the characters evolve kept viewers coming back for more—even if they weren't always on board with the changes.
"[My parents] believed in seeing things through to the end," she said.
A prime example, she said, was her character's love triangle with Danny Romalotti and Paul Williams.
"The audience was very involved in Cricket and Danny's relationship," she said. "One day we found out Michael Damian was going to leave, and my dad had a master plan that Cricket and Danny would break up, and my character eventually would go with Paul. [Actor] Doug Davidson and I thought, 'People are very set on who they like, how are we going to make this happen?' But, this incredible thing of Danny leaving, and Cricket and Paul's friendship and romance growing super slowly, eventually turned the audience from one twosome to another. That, to me, was amazing to watch."
Just as her father took the time to craft Paul and Cricket's relationship, Lauralee and Doug spent years creating an unshakable bond and trust that ultimately lead to a Daytime Emmy nomination for their emotional miscarriage scene.
"This year, when I was lucky enough to get nominated for an Emmy, people kept talking about that scene, and I'd say, 'We didn't fake any of it.' I was so grateful to have gotten that nomination because that was as real as we could be."
But, even after growing up with the show and celebrating its countless accolades, Lauralee can hardly believe the show's reached 11,000 episodes—and she's not the only one! According to Lauralee, her mother, Lee Phillip Bell, is amazed the show she helped create has lasted this long.
"My mom is 88, and she's going to have the tiniest part in the 11,000th episode, and I said to her, 'I'm going to come over to tape a little clip with you,... You're going to be on the 11,000th show,' and she just looked at me. It's hard to comprehend because some shows don't make it three episodes. It's just amazing."
Don't miss the incredible 11,000th episode when it airs on Thursday, Sept. 1.
Miles Gaston Villanueva Off Y&R(8/30/16) Miles Gaston Villanueva has wrapped his run on Y&R as the devious Luca Santori. Once his alter ego was arrested after confessing to the sabotage of the Newman oil rigs, fans quickly took to Twitter to express their sadness that Luca would be exiting the canvas. Villanueva responded with gratitude but didn’t refute that he was let go. “The future is bright,” he replied to one of the tweeters. “not to worry. thanks for the vibrant luca love. love & gratitude.”
Brittany Underwood Previews Her New Movie!(8/30/16) (Trailer) A quartet of soap alums are starring in the brand new movie, Backstabbed, premiering Saturday, Sept. 3 on Lifetime! ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Brittany Underwood (Langston) plays a young housewife who gets mixed up with a devious real estate agent played by Josie Davis (ex-Grace, Y&R) who will do anything to make her fortune — even murder!
ALL MY CHILDREN’s Micah Alberti (Jamie) plays Underwood’s husband. “He was a total sweetheart,” she tells Soaps In Depth. “His character is very skeptical of Josie’s character and I’m like, ‘No, you’re wrong.’
“And lo and behold, she starts asking me to do some questionable things,” Underwood continues, “and then I’m forced to make the decision of how far am I willing to go to get what I want. You can have it, but here’s your deal with the devil!”
Kevin Spirtas (ex-Craig, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) plays a wealthy real estate investor the women lure into their scheme. “He was great to work with and a great storyteller,” Underwood enthuses. “He’s so funny and unpredictable and energizing.”
Melissa Ordway Takes Daughter Olivia to the Beach(8/29/16) (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) Melissa Ordway (Abby, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) and husband Justin Gaston (ex-Ben, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) took their three-month-old baby girl, Olivia, to the beach for a fun day out and shared some absolutely adorable photos of the little one’s adventure!
It looks like everyone had a great time, especially Olivia!
Justin Hartley Challenges Fiancée Chrishell Stause — See Her Amazing Response!(8/26/16) (Videos: Hartley, Stause) Justin Hartley (Adam) challenged fiancée and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS castmate Chrishell Stause (Bethany) to do 22 pushups, and she killed it!
Hartley was challenged by his THIS IS US co-star Sterling K. Brown to do 22 push ups as part of a viral campaign to bring awareness to the military veterans who commit suicide. The actor not only did them all with ease, he showed off by clapping in between each one and doing extra after losing count!
But when Hartley challenged his bride-to-be, she not only met the challenge, she did it in heels! You go, girl!
Stause passed the challenge on to her former DAYS OF OUR LIVES castmates Eric Martsolf (Brady) and Kate Mansi (ex-Abigail), so we look forward to seeing their videos in the future!
Y&R Celebrates 11,000 Episodes(8/26/16) The new issue of Digest, on sale now, celebrates Y&R hitting the 11,000th episode milestone on September 1. In a salute to the soap’s longest-running cast member, Doug Davidson (Paul), his co-stars rave about what makes this guy so special. Find out who enthuses, “I love his laugh! It’s infectious!” and which alum, no longer on the show, shares, “He was so kind and showed me the ropes.” Also be sure to check out stars’ memories of their first day on set. Check out who Melissa Ordway (Abby) had to stop herself from staring at, what Lauralee Bell (Christine) really thought of Christian J. LeBlanc (Michael) and more. On top of that, there are vintage backstage photos from the show’s early years. Pick up your copy today!
GH’s Emme Rylan: Injury Update(8/24/16) Emme Rylan (Lulu, GH) provided Twitter updates on her recent injury (a broken nose). The injury occurred, she reported, when “my son [Levi] was running to jump on a cushion I was on & I sat up just as he jumped, his head broke my nose! Taken down by 4yr old!” Her operation will take place this week. “I have surgery Thursday morning but because of already scheduled dark weeks i will not be taking time off from work,” she explained.
Jane the Virgin: Eva Longoria Will Bless Us With Her Presence This Season(8/24/16) It's a match so perfect we're mad we didn't think of it first.
Former Telenovela actress Eva Longoria will guest-star in an upcoming episode of Jane the Virgin's third season (Monday, Oct. 17 at 9/8c). The totally awesome news -- which we're sure has Rogelio freaking out -- was announced Wednesday, when star Jaime Camil posted a photo to Instagram.
"Guess who is checking into the Marbella Hotel this season?" he captioned the photo.
Camil's costar Andrea Navedo also posted the same photo with the caption, "Guess who is checking into the Marbella Hotel this Season? #JaneTheVirgin Can"t wait to share with you all!" Both photos were then shared by the official Jane the Virgin Twitter account.
Though there's currently no news regarding Longoria's storyline and how she fits into the dramatic world of Jane, it's possible that, like Britney Spears, Charo and Paulina Rubio before her, she could be playing herself.
We can't wait!
Jane the Virgin returns for Season 3 Monday, Oct. 17 at 9/8c on The CW.
Melissa Ordway Shows Off Her New Hair Color — See the Stunning Pic!(8/23/16) (Photos: Before, After) Melissa Ordway (Abby, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) had her hair colored by stylist Ashley Grace Ruiz, and shared a gorgeous photo of the results!
“When Ashley makes you blonde again, you take a picture!” she posted on Instagram.
It may not seem like much of a change at first, but it’s definitely a brighter blonde than what Ordway was sporting just last week when she was celebrating the birthday of her husband, Justin Gaston (ex-Ben, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) with their three-month-old daughter, Olivia.
Either way, Ordway looks gorgeous. We’re pretty sure she could rock any color hair — even hot pink!
Real-Life Injury For GH’s Emme Rylan(8/23/16) Emme Rylan (Lulu, GH) announced on Twitter that she broke her nose during a play session with her sons, Jackson and Levi. “So it finally happened.. The price of playing outside with my boys.. They broke my nose. #mylifewithboys #theyarebiggerthanme #needsurgery,” she wrote. We wish her a speedy recovery!
Eddie Cibrian -- Ditches Last Trace of Brandi Glanville(8/22/16) (Photos) Eddie Cibrian is washing his hands clean of ex Brandi Glanville by getting rid of their L.A. starter home.
Eddie got $635k for the 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath townhouse in Toluca Lake, CA. He'd originally listed it for $100k more than that back in February -- but we're guessing LeAnn Rimes is just thrilled to unload the tie to his ex.
Eddie and Brandi shared the pad in happier times ... aka before the bitter divorce.
The pad is 1,800 square feet with a rooftop patio overlooking the Hollywood Hills. Alex Galuz of Crescent Realty Corp closed the deal for Eddie.
Y&R Promo Video(8/22/16) In honor of its 11,000th episode, set to air on September 1, Y&R released a promo video with all of your favorite Genoa City stars. Check it out below. Congrats to the No. 1 show!: Video.
Jerry Douglas Returns to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!(8/19/16) Soaps In Depth has learned exclusively that Jerry Douglas is scheduled to reprise his beloved role of John Abbott in the episode of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS airing Monday, Sept. 26!
In a recent episode, Jack and Ashley were reminiscing about their late father and wishing his ghost would make another appearance. Well, they may have to wait a little while for his spiritual advice, but they’ll probably still need it even then!
David Faustino on Y&R(8/19/16) Married… With Children vet David Faustino will appear on the Sept. 27 episode of The Young and the Restless, Soap Opera Digest reports, playing a GC BUZZ producer who ruffles the feathers of a powerful resident.
Steve Burton and Doug Davidson Fly Cross-Country — See Their Hilarious Video!(8/18/16) (Video) Steve Burton (Dylan) and Doug Davidson (Paul) traveled all the way from California to Pennsylvania to represent THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS at an open casting call for fans of the soap, so Burton shared a hilarious video of their journey!
“Oh dad!” he wrote. “On the road to Philly!”
Davidson was a good sport for going along with his on-screen son’s joke! Burton produced a rather elaborate video there — maybe the actor has a future behind the camera as well?
‘American Gods’: Corbin Bernsen Cast As Vulcan(8/18/16) Psych alum Corbin Bernsen has been tapped for a potentially recurring role as Vulcan in Starz’s upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed fantasy novel American Gods.
Vulcan is one of Mr. Wednesday’s (Ian McShane) oldest allies. He’s created a comfortable life for himself by harnessing his powers for the modern world, which makes him resistant to Wednesday’s plans.
The plot of American Gods posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday (McShane), a conman who in reality is one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.
Bernsen appeared on all eight seasons of USA Network’s hit series Psych in the role of Henry Spencer. His breakout TV role came as lawyer Arnie Becker in the long-running LA Law, which earned him multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. He’s also known for the role of Roger Dorn in the Major League film franchise. He’s repped by Randy James Management and Innovative Artists.
American Gods is produced by FremantleMedia North America.
Shemar Moore Reveals His Cryptic 'Karma' Comments Weren't About Former Criminal Minds Costar Thomas Gibson(8/17/16) Former Criminal Minds star Shemar Moore is shutting down speculation that a cryptic video he posted recently was about Thomas Gibson, who was let go from the show last week.
In the since-deleted video, Moore said, "Lot of birdies chirping out there. The gossip is real. I hear it. I see it. I'm sure a lot of you do too, so I'll just say this: I believe in karma."
He continued, "Good things happen to good people, honest people, hardworking people, humble people. People who believe in basic goodness, people who believe in themselves, people who believe in others."
Fans speculated that the actor was referring to Gibson, 54, but Moore has squashed those theories, telling TMZ: "Oh no. They spun that all wrong.”
It wasn't an entirely off-base theory, of course, plenty of behind-the-scenes drama was revealed in a 2014 breach-of-contract lawsuit filed by Gibson's ex-manager Craig Dorfman, who alleged that Moore "verbally attacked" Gibson on at least one occasion and Dorfman "talked Gibson out of physically attacking Moore." (A source told PEOPLE on Tuesday that Moore's tardiness to set was also "a frequent point of contention" for Gibson.)
But getting to the bottom of that deleted video: Moore addressed whether the bad karma he cited this past weekend might have been racked up by "that other guy in the lawsuit," a.k.a. Criminal Minds guest actor Keith Tisdell, against whom Moore filed a lawsuit on Friday alleging that Tisdell had stolen more than $60,000 from Moore in 2013.
Just as cryptically as ever, the 46-year-old actor said simply: "It could've been."
While Moore left Criminal Minds this past spring, Gibson will appear in the first few episodes of the CBS procedural, which is slated to return Sept. 28.
Tristan Rogers Returns To GH!(8/17/16) It will be double duty for Tristan Rogers when he returns to GH on August 26, two days after his Y&R alter, Colin, is spotted in Genoa City. “I had no idea this was on the map,” the actor says. “All of a sudden, it was on. It’s a rather unique situation that I’m doing both shows at the same time.” His first day back at GH, he was thrilled to work with Genie Francis (Laura). “We have such a lot of history to trade on that we can use,” he notes. For more on the actor’s joint comebacks, see the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale Friday.
Sean Carrigan Gets a Makeover(8/16/16) (Photo) Sean Carrigan teased that Stitch may have a very different look when THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS celebrates its upcoming anniversary!
“In anticipation of our 11,000th episode of Y&R, I’ve decided to grow out my hair,” he joked. “I call it ‘The Spicoli.’ And in case you can’t tell, my TV wife loves it!”
Melissa Ordway (Abby) does seem to love the look, and so do we! Although it might make it hard to tell the actors apart if they both have the same flowing manes of beautiful blond hair!
CBS Daytime Summer Sizzle: Sean Carrigan(8/16/16) (cbs.com) You know Sean Carrigan as the handsome Dr. Ben "Stitch" Rayburn on The Young and the Restless, but did you know he loves standup comedy? When he's not healing people in Genoa City, Sean can be found traveling and making people laugh.
Sean chatted with CBS.com about his summer plans, his favorite travel destination, and what's in store for Stitch this summer. Read on for all the details.
What have you been up to this summer?
Sean Carrigan: I’ve been doing lots of standup comedy. I started an improv team—I’m on a few different improv teams. One of them I started with Christian LeBlanc. I kind of just bury myself in standup work when I’m not working on the show.
I also just took a trip to Orlando a couple of weeks ago. My high school wrestling coach was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall Of Fame. It was incredible. I saw guys that I haven’t seen since high school. I was so thankful that I went because you didn’t realize until you were there just what an impact both our coaches—our head coach and our assistant coach—had on so many lives. They made us men and they gave us goals to strive to accomplish. I think a lot of the success that I have I owe to them at an early age.
Do you have any other trips planned?
Sean: I’ve got a trip coming up in Washington D.C. I’ve got a night of comedy in Arlington, Virginia, and it’s going to be a good show. I lived there for a while when I was a professional boxer, so there are still a lot of people I know who used to come to my fights, and now, they’re going to come see me do comedy.
What was it like going to Kate Linder’s tea event this year?
Sean: I’ve done a number of these, and it’s always such a great time because you’re away in a different city, seeing new things, new culture—it’s always a little bit different in every city—and you’re there with people you work with all the time and never get to spend this much time with. You don’t really get to see them that much outside of work. The Young and the Restless moves so fast, and everybody comes in prepared, and they do their jobs, and you don’t get a lot of social time. So, it’s nice to go on these trips where everybody can hang out.
What’s one of the best vacations you’ve ever been on?
Sean: I think Prague is probably my favorite. I went in August one year, and Prague in August is just beautiful. You go over the Charles Bridge where the sun is setting, and there are people out playing music. It’s amazing.
What are some of your favorite ways to stay active during summer?
Sean: I try to run as much as I can, and I’m in the boxing gym every day. I’ve actually started training a couple people from the show!
What can you tease about what’s in store for Stitch?
Sean: I think he and Abby are still trying to pick up the pieces from losing their child and from the fallout of the situation with Max. They’ve got to see if they can pull through this and continue their relationship. I think when any couple loses a child, it’s hard. People handle grief differently. Some people hold onto it more than others. You want the other person to feel better, and you want to feel better, and it’s very complicated, intricate, and painful.
Y&R Star Guests on Jane The Virgin(8/16/16) Miles Gaston Villanueva (Luca, Y&R) announced on Twitter that he will be guest starring on The CW’s JANE THE VIRGIN this fall. Villanueva posted a photo with the show’s lead, Gina Rodriguez (ex-Beverly, B&B), on Twitter, and captioned it, “miles villanueva meets “jane villanueva” of @CWJaneTheVirgin. @HereIsGina: you are pure light & magic. #cloud9“
Melissa Ordway and Daughter Olivia Were Celebrating(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) Melissa Ordway (Abby, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) made her husband, Justin Gaston (ex-Ben, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) feel like a king on his birthday weekend!
“Thank you for being a wonderful dad to Olivia, a great husband, and my best friend!” the actress wrote on Instagram on Aug. 12. She then shared a gorgeous photo of their daughter all dressed up for daddy’s birthday.
Then, on Aug. 13, Ordway shared a photo of the entire family all ready to go out to dinner at Morton’s The Steakhouse for Gaston’s birthday.
And rounding out the birthday weekend, Ordway shared a photo of Gaston and Olivia posting at his big party on Aug. 14 writing, “My heart. So thankful for these two and for all our amazing family and friends who came out to celebrate tonight.”
We’ll say one thing for Ordway — she doesn’t do anything halfway! Gaston is a very lucky guy!
Eva Longoria Makes First-Look Universal Deal With Lauren Iungerich Pitch ‘Quinceanera’Universal Pictures has staked Eva Longoria and her UnbeliEVAble Entertainment banner to a two-year, first-look deal. Universal president of production Peter Cramer made the pact. First up is Universal’s acquisition of rights to My Daughter’s Quinceañera, a pitch from Lauren Iungerich, creator of the MTV series Awkward. Longoria and producing partner Ben Spector will produce. It’s the first crack at features for Iungerich, who’s attached to write, direct and co-produce the film that centers on an overwhelmed single father who is faced with the prospect of planning the quinceañera of his daughter’s dreams.
On the Universal deal, Cramer said: “While audiences have identified with Eva through her iconic television roles, she is also an extremely savvy producer with a keen eye for projects that appeal to a broad range of diverse audiences. We are fortunate that Eva has a found a home with Universal, sharing with us her creative instincts and passion for storytelling.”
Longoria has named Will Rack as Vice President, in conjunction with the new deal. Rack joins UnbeliEVAble Entertainment from Shawn Levy’s Fox-based 21 Laps Entertainment, where he was an associate producer on Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and The Internship and was an executive on Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. He oversaw development on the New York Times young-adult bestseller Steelheart, which was adapted by Carter Blanchard. He helped shepherd Substitute Teacher at Paramount with Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele.
Longoria, whose deal was made by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, is filming BBC Two’s high-end comedy miniseries Decline and Fall, an adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s classic social satire. She next will be seen in Ricardo de Montreuil’s Lowriders, which premiered at this year’s LA Film Festival. The film is produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Blumhouse Production’s Jason Blum.
“Building upon our continued success as producers in television, we were seeking a home to expand the UnbeliEVAble brand into features,” said Longoria. “There’s simply no better place I could think of than Universal Pictures, whose diverse portfolio of releases is inspirational. Jeff, Donna and Peter’s passion was instrumental in keeping us in the Comcast family, and, beginning with My Daughter’s Quinceañera, we look forward to a long relationship with all our partners at the studio. Lauren’s pitch was so brilliant and funny, and to bring this experience to life is like reliving my 15th birthday.”
Iungerich is repped by CAA, Madhouse Entertainment and attorney Rob
Criminal Minds Vet Shemar Moore Talks 'Karma' After Thomas Gibson's FiringCriminal Minds vet Shemar Moore has seemingly weighed in on the firing of onetime co-star Thomas Gibson.
In a video which has since been deleted from his Instagram account (but can be seen here), Moore — without directly addressing Gibson, who was fired on Friday after allegedly assaulting writer Virgil Williams during a heated dispute — stressed the importance of knowing “that you’re not better than anybody.”
“Lot of birdies chirping out there; the gossip is real,” Moore said. “I hear it, I see it. I’m sure a lot of you do too, so I’ll just say this: I believe in karma. Good things happen to good people. Honest people. Hard-working people. Humble people. People who believe in basic goodness. … Good things will happen to you. … Treat people how you expect them to treat you. Celebrate yourself and celebrate your blessings — as you should — but just know that you’re not better than anybody.”
Both being original cast members, Moore worked with Gibson for 11 seasons before exiting the CBS drama in March. Per our sister site Variety, the duo had a contentious relationship, with Gibson oft frustrated by Moore’s well-known pattern of arriving late to set.
As reported on Saturday, Gibson has hired a pair of top Los Angeles litigators to determine whether it would be in his interests to pursue legal action against Criminal Minds producers for his dismissal.
It is not known at this time how the series will address Gibson’s abrupt departure in Season 12 (premiering Wednesday, Sept. 28).
Shemar Moore Takes Former Co-Star to Court Over $60,000Shemar Moore was in a Los Angeles court yesterday to testify against his former Criminal Minds co-star, Keith Tisdell.
Moore claims that Tisdell owes him approximately $60,000 and demands that his former colleague and friend repay him, E! News can confirm.
The two first became close after they met on the hit CBS show back on season two of Criminal Minds.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Tisdell's attorney paid over $5,000 worth of money orders and Tisdell is set to pay off the remaining amount.
"We became friends…We went into business together," Moore explained to Judge Hayden Zacky yesterday.
Moore started a charity organization to help those who battle Multiple Sclerosis, a disease that plagued his mother. Tisdell was involved in the charity, titled Baby Girl LLC.
According to court documents, Tisdell was arrested in January on suspicion of embezzlement but he subsequently admitted to grand theft.
Moore told the judge that the theft went unnoticed on his part for a long time, however, an audit revealed that cash from Baby Girl LLC was missing.
As a result, Moore confronted Tisdall about the missing money and Tisdell—according to Moore—vehemently denied any wrongdoing.
"In my mind, he wasn't man enough to look me in the eye and fess up. I've done a lot for him because he had me, my friends fooled. I'm not here for money. I'm here because he betrayed a friendship. This is not OK. You don't do this to people."
The two actors reached an agreement at the end of the hearing which stipulated that Tisdell would repay the actor a total of $61,084 in an effort to avoid having to serve any jail time.
Vivica A. Fox Gets ‘Kinky’ For Patriot Pictures And ‘Chocolate City’ FilmmakerFresh off of Fox’s Independence Day: Resurgence, Vivica A. Fox has just signed on to star in the indie feature Kinky from Chocolate City writer/director Jean Claude LaMarre. The project is described as “a racy, African-American sex drama, which is being positioned as counter programming to 50 Shades Darker.” The film is currently in pre-production and will roll in Los Angeles on Sept. 15.
The story, however, is set in the affluent community of Buckhead, Atlanta and follows Dr. Joyce Richardson (Fox), a talented, yet introverted surgeon at Sinai Hospital, who is struggling with the fact that she is still single despite all her professional successes. Her strict Christian upbringing is a constant source of internal conflict, and limits the kind of men she dates. However, upon a chance encounter with handsome Investor Darrin Wethington, she immediately begins a whirlwind romance with the wealthy businessman and entrepreneur. It isn’t long before she begins to explore her own sexual fantasies, and convinces Darrin to join her in S&M sex. This leads them into further exploration into that world.
Kinky is being financed by Patriot Pictures with LaMarre’s Nulite Entertainment serving as co-producers on the project. Producers include Michael Mendelsohn, Jessie LeVostre and Eurika Pratts.
Fox is repped by agent Sheila Lagette at Media Artist Group.
The Flash Season 3: Vampire Diaries Vet Susan Walters Cast as Caitlin's MomThe Flash is poised to shed some light on the frosty relationship between Caitlin Snow and her mother, with the casting of Susan Walters.
The alum of Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf and Star-Crossed will guest-star and potentially recur during Season 3 of the CW hit as Caitlin’s mom, Dr. Carla Tannhauser, a world-class biomedical engineer, EW.com reports.
In the Season 2 episode “Back to Normal,” an Earth-Two chit-chat between Caitlin (played by Danielle Panabaker) and her dastardly doppelganger Killer Frost (again, Danielle Panabaker) revealed that both young women had a chilly relationship with mom. In the latter’s case, the estrangement stemmed from the death of her brother Charlie — a sibling Caitlin never had over on Earth-One.
Walters’ other previous TV credits include The Young and the Restless, the TV adaptation of The Big Easy, Melrose Place, Dear John and Loving.
The Flash opens Season 3 on Tuesday, Oct. 4, kicking off the return of The CW’s superhero slate (which now also features Supergirl).
Justin Hartley Addresses Y&R StatusIn an interview during the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Y&R star Justin Hartley (Adam) addressed his future with the show now that he’s been cast on the much-buzzed about NBC series, THIS IS US, set to premiere this fall. “There’s a definitely a break [at Y&R],” he reveals. “I don’t know if I can [do both shows]. I try to stay out of that, and gladly don’t wear that hat.” He also addressed his recent engagement to Chrishell Stause (Bethany, Y&R), noting, “We don’t have a date [for the wedding]. It just happened…. I proposed on one knee like you’re supposed to. It was my right knee, and I was lucky enough to have her say, ‘yes’…. It was perfect. ”
Young and The Restless Star Justin Hartley Opens Up About Engagement To Chrishell Stause(fame10.com) There are quite a few soap opera stars that have found love with fellow soap stars off-screen, and the most adorable couple lately has been Justin Hartley and Chrishell Stause.
After getting engaged last month, The Young and the Restless star, Hartley, is opening up about the special moment in an interview with TooFab.
While promoting his newest NBC series This Is Us debuting this fall, Hartley gushed about proposing to the love of his life, without getting too specific. “Chrishell and I have a relationship story between the two of us that I incorporated. I thought it was touching. I meant every word of it and she means the world to me. I could not be happier. And she said yes, I don’t know if that makes me lucky or her sort of… I’m kidding. I’m thrilled!”
Hartley and Stause, who is best known for her roles on All My Children, Days of Our Lives and now The Young and the Restless, have been dating since 2014 and Hartley admitted he never second guessed asking her to marry him and the nerves didn’t really hit him until later. “I don’t think I realized how nervous I was until afterwards and then I was like, ‘That’s a lot, that’s heavy.’ But at the time, it just felt right. We’ve been together for a while, it was time.”
Eric Braeden Sings Adele(Video) Eric Braeden (Victor, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) left fans in stitches with his own version of “Carpool Karaoke” that saw him singing along with Adele!
The actor shared a video to Twitter of himself listening to “Rolling In The Deep” in his car — don’t worry, he pulled over and parked first! — and singing along with the hit song!
When a fan joked that Braeden shouldn’t quit his day job, he agreed, responding, “Ha ha ha! I sound like a dog in heat!”
We love these fun glimpses into Braeden’s personal life that prove he’s nothing like his daytime alter ego — Wonder if he takes requests!
Rick Hearst Cast on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES!Fans missing Rick Hearst as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Ric can look forward to finally seeing more of the actor in primetime — he just announced an upcoming appearance in an episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES!
“So stoked!” he tweeted. “Just booked an episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES. Will there be blood? Wait and see…” He also included a hilarious animated GIF from the classic episode of THE MUPPET SHOW where Kermit the Frog put the bite on Vincent Price!
Hearst isn’t the first GH actor to appear on the supernatural drama — Sebastian Roché (ex-Jerry) had a recurring role as Mikael on both THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and its spinoff, THE ORIGINALS, which starred Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan) as Jackson; Annie Wersching (ex-Amelia) portrayed Damon and Stefan’s mother, Lily; and Stephen Martines (ex-Nikolas) appeared as Frederick in a few episodes of the series’ first couple seasons.
The eighth season of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is slated to premiere on Friday, October 21. As soon as we have more information about Hearst’s role and an air date for his episode, we’ll be sure to let you know!
Chicago Fire Enlists Grey's Anatomy Doc as Severide's 'Fast-Paced' PalHow do you top a playboy like Chicago Fire‘s Severide? Give him a new friend who’s possibly even more wild!
Scott Elrod, who played Meredith’s army doc love interest on Grey’s Anatomy, has booked a multi-episode arc on Season 5 of the NBC drama as “lifestyle” celebrity Travis Brenner, TVLine has learned.
Elrod’s character is drop-dead gorgeous, with a million Instagram followers to boot. He and Severide cross paths on a fire call, after which the rescue squad lieutenant is tempted to join Brenner’s fast-paced inner circle.
In addition to his Grey’s role as Dr. William Thorpe, Elrod’s TV credits include The Young and the Restless and Men in Trees.
Chicago Fire Season 5 premieres Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 10/9c.
Santa Maria Court Hearing Continued For Soap Actress Jensen BuchananA soap opera actress accused of driving with a blood alcohol level more than four times the legal limit and causing a crash that critically injured a man returned to a Santa Maria courtroom on Friday.
Jensen Buchanan, 54, appeared before Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge James Iwasko, who set further arraignment for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 9 in Department 9.
On Friday morning, Buchanan did not enter a plea to the charges, which include felony driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and felony driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or greater.
She also is charged with causing great bodily injury to Bradley Asolas, 56, of Camarillo, and an allegation her blood-alcohol level exceeded .15 percent.
Court documents allege Buchanan was driving with a blood-alcohol level of .34 when the crash occurred about 6:20 a.m. May 18 on Highway 154.
Buchanan was driving a Mercedes S550 east on Highway 154 when her vehicle drifted across the double yellow line directly into the path of a westbound Ford C-Max on Highway 154 near the Live Oak Camp entrance, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Firefighters had to extricate Asolas, the driver of the other vehicle, from his wrecked Ford after he received critical injuries in the head-on collision, the CHP said.
Deputy District Attorney Tiffany Dix is the prosecutor for the case.
The defendant was accompanied by two attorneys, Alan Eisner and Meryl Chambers who have offices in Van Nuys and Century City, for Friday’s hearing.
Buchanan continues to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet, her attorney said.
After the crash, the woman spent 60 days in a residential facility and is continuing to receive treatment, Eisner told the judge.
Iwasko said the woman did not have to appear at the next hearing as long as she continues to wear the electronic monitoring bracelet and remains in treatment.
How Y&R Honored Show’s CreatorsChloe’s daughter being named Bella is no coincidence: It was specifically chosen as a homage to Y&R co-creators, William J. Bell and his wife, Lee Phillip Bell. In the issue of Digest on sale now, CBS Daytime Exec Angelica McDaniel, who suggested the name, explains. “We were approaching the 11,000th episode, a milestone made possible thanks to the vision of Bill Sr. and Lee Bell, so Bella was born as a tribute to our origins, and an expression of gratitude to the Bells and the fans who have made Y&R daytime’s most watched soap.” For more behind the scenes dish, check out the new issue, on sale now.
‘Shameless’ Adds Four To Cast & Reveals The Scoop On Season 7Showtime has added four new cast members and revealed some new details for upcoming Season 7 of its hit drama series Shameless. Alicia Coppola (National Treasure: Book of Secrets), Arden Myrin (MADtv, Orange is the New Black), Pasha Lychnikoff (Deadwood) and Ruby Modine have joined in recurring roles.
Could things finally be looking up for the Gallaghers? They’ve always scraped by, but the new season finds some of them finally getting a leg up. Picking up a month after last year’s season finale, we find Frank (William H. Macy) declaring war on the family after awakening from a coma to learn that this loved ones tossed him in the river. But Fiona (Emmy Rossum) is too busy improving her own life to worry about Frank’s. Though she ended season six with a devastating betrayal, she’s now moved on, a warrior, and nothing is getting in the way of her new life as manager of Patsy’s – including her family. Gallagher golden boy Lip (Jeremy Allen White) finishes up his time in rehab, and emerges with a new outlook on alcoholism and a grim vision of his future, whereas the once-unstable Ian (Cameron Monaghan) is now thriving as an EMT and in a comfortable relationship. Debbie (Emma Kennedy) is still figuring out how to be a good mom to young Franny, while Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) has some big decisions to face as he enters manhood. With Fiona’s new determination to make something of herself, will the rest of the Gallaghers fall apart without Fiona there to pick up the pieces?
Coppola will play Sue, a blue collar, no-nonsense woman who works with Ian Monaghan as the supervisor of a group of EMTs. Myrin is New Monica/Delores, a homeless woman who hooks up with Frank (Macy). Lychnikoff will play Yvan, Svetlana’s (Isidora Goreshter) father. Modine is Sierra, one of the new waitresses at Patsy Pies managed by Fiona (Rossum).
Coppola, best known for her role on the cult favorite Jericho, just finished shooting a role opposite Bailee Madison in Cowgirl’s Story. She’s repped by Leslie Allan Rice Management, APA and attorney Dave Feldman. Myrin is repped by Innovative Artists and LINK Entertainment.
Shameless Season 7 premieres Sunday, October 2 at 9 PM.
Grimm Season 6 Taps State of Affairs' Chris McKenna to Play Portland CopThere’s lots of movement in the Portland Police Department these days: In addition to Grimm‘s Capt. Renard leaving the force to become mayor, State of Affairs star Chris McKenna is joining the NBC supernatural drama as a “formidable” lieutenant, TVLine has learned.
McKenna will play Lt. Grossante, a “formidable and driven” an “military-type” cop, per the official character description. McKenna, who announced his casting via Twitter on Tuesday, is officially signed on for one episode but will probably appear in more.
No word yet on whether or not Grossante is Wesen, but this is Grimm, so… you do the monster math.
McKenna’s extensive TV resumé includes stints on One Life to Live, 90210, Castle, NCIS: Los Angeles, Private Practice and The Young and the Restless. He most recently appeared as Dr. Hayden on The Boldy and the Beautiful.
NBC has not yet announced when Grimm’s upcoming sixth season — which was trimmed to 13 episodes in April — will premiere. “There may or may not be more episodes. It may or may not be the last season. These are things we don’t yet know,” executive producer David Greenwalt told TVLine after the season finale. “We’re certainly thinking of arcs for next year, and then [the episode order] will determine how long it takes to do that.”
CBS Daytime Casting CallDo you want the chance to appear on either Y&R or B&B? Well, here’s your opportunity! CBS Daytime is partnering with television stations affiliated with or owned by CBS to conduct a national casting call. Each participating station will conduct a live open casting call and submit their finalists to CBS for the national casting call. One person will be flown to Hollywood to appear in an episode of either Y&R or B&B! Here’s a list of stations taking part:
KELO TV / Sioux Falls, SD
WKRG-TV / Pensacola, FL
WNCN / Raleigh, NC
WTAJ-TV / Altoona, PA
WABI-TV / Eastern and Central Maine
CBS3 Philly / Philadelphia, PA
New Project For Victoria RowellVictoria Rowell (ex-Dru, Y&R) is turning her novel, The Rich And The Ruthless, into a TV movie, which is co-written by Daytime Confidential’s Jamey Giddens. The project, which Rowell is directing and executive producing via Days Ferry Productions, LLC, will also feature Brenda Epperson (ex-Ashley, Y&R) and Mykel Shannon Jenkins (ex-Det. Baker, B&B), and is currently filming in Los Angeles and Jamaica. “In a time of breathtaking discord around race, gender and economic inclusion, I am proud as executive producer, director and co-writer to present The Rich and the Ruthless, which embodies all that entertainment and media can and should be,” said Rowell to DC. For more, click here.
Chris McKenna Lands a Role on MOM!Chris McKenna (ex-Harding, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is going to be appearing on the CBS sitcom, MOM!
Fans have been missing the actor since his character was killed off of Y&R, and it’s been a while since he’s been on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL as Katie’s therapist, Dr. Hayden. So they’re sure to be thrilled that he’ll be on the hit primetime comedy!
“My home for the week,” he captioned a photo of himself holding up his script for MOM in front of the water tower on the Warner Bros. lot.
(Photo) Details on his role have not yet been revealed, but as soon as we have more information — especially an air date so you know when to tune in — we’ll be sure to let you know!
‘Too Close To Home’: Tyler Perry TLC Drama Series Gets Premiere Date(Pic) TLC has slotted August 22 for the premiere of its first scripted series, Tyler Perry’s Too Close To Home. The eight-part drama will kick off with a two-hour premiere at 9 PM on Monday, August 22. TLC also released a cast photo above.
Too Close to Home tells the story of a young woman from a modest upbringing who discovers she may have a bright future in Washington D.C.’s fast-paced political scene. When Anna (Danielle Savre) leaves her trailer park home in Alabama in a cloud of dust, she cuts all ties with her family and buries every element of her checkered past. Her friends in Washington think she comes from a wealthy family and know nothing of her real upbringing. Suddenly, the real Anna is exposed when she causes a major political scandal and makes national headlines for her part in an affair with one of the nation’s most powerful players. With nowhere to turn, she’s forced to find sanctuary in the only place she has left – home.
Heather Locklear and Matt Battaglia join the cast as guest stars. Cast in other leading roles are Brock O’Hurn, Kelly Sullivan, Brad Benedict and Brooke Anne Smith. Series regulars include Alpha Trivette, Trisha Rae Stahl, Robert Craighead, Annie Thrash, and Curran Walters. Recurring cast members are Ashley Love-Mills, Nick Ballard, Charles Justo, Christian Ochoa and Justin Gabriel.
Kruger Books FilmKelly Kruger (Eva, B&B/ex-Mac, Y&R) has booked a new film, Girls Night Out, which she is currently filming in Canada. “It’s a fun bachelorette party gone a little out of control,” she teases. Her co-star in the film is former B&B starlet Mackenzie Mauzy (ex-Phoebe), and Kruger’s husband, Darin Brooks (Wyatt), is with her on the shoot. “We haven’t been back there together since BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE, so it’s really fun to have him there with me,” says Kruger. “A lot of the beginning of our relationship was there, so to be back as a married couple is really special.”
GENERAL HOSPITAL Stars Announce Port Chuck Tour Dates!Port Chuck has reunited, and GENERAL HOSPITAL actors Steve Burton (ex-Jason; Dylan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny), Bradford Anderson (ex-Spinelli), and Scott Reeves (ex-Steve) will be hitting the East Coast for live shows in November!
After announcing last week that they were getting the band back together, Port Chuck will be kicking off their reunion with a show at Jack and Jameson’s in Franklin, TN, the restaurant Burton owns with Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky)!
Following that, the band will head north to New York and New Jersey, and in addition to the shows there will also be a special cocktail reception and a private dinner for special ticket holders! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit PortChuck.com.
The Young and the Restless Celebrates 11,000 Episodes and 43 Years on Air!(Pic) The Young and the Restless has already been on the air for more than 43 years, but the daytime drama isn't slowing down any time soon!
On Sept. 1, the CBS series set in a fictional Wisconsin town will celebrate its 11,0000th episode, and there's plenty of drama leading up to the milestone moment.
Gina Tognoni's character Phyllis' life spirals out of control when her secret affair with her brother in law is discovered, while Summer's (Hunter King) family pulls out all the stops to get Luca (Miles Gaston Villanueva) out of her life once and for all.
Both Michael Graziadei (Daniel Romalotti) and Tristan Rogers (Colin Atkinson) will return for episodes leading up to the 11,000th, and viewers can also watch a special scene on July 25 with the late Jeanne Cooper, who played series matriarch Katherine Chancellor.
Despite being daytime's No. 1 drama for the last 27 straight, there are still plenty of twisted plot lines to come from the cast.
Above, check out the, 11,000th episode cast!
1st Row (left to Right): Hunter King, Miles Gaston Villanueva, Melissa Ordway, Sean Carrigan, Michael Morgan, Amelia Heinle, Jason Thompson, Eileen Davidson, Gina Tognoni, Peter Bergman, Eric Braeden, Melody Thomas Scott, Steve Burton, Sharon Case, Joshua Morrow, Justin Hartley, Melissa Claire Egan, Jess Walton, Tristan Rogers, Christel Khalil and Daniel Goddard
2nd Row (left to Right): Robert Adamson, Sofia Pernas, Michael E. Knight, Beth Maitland, Tracey Bergman, Christian Le Blanc, Doug Davidson, Lauralee Bell, Kristoff St. John, Camryn Grimes, Greg Rikaart, Mara McCaffray, Catherine Bach and Kate Linder
The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS.
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Star Tatyana Ali Marries Dr. Vaughn RasberryHere comes the bride!
Tatyana Ali married Dr. Vaughn Rasberry during an intimate ceremony in Beverly Hills, California, on Sunday, PEOPLE can exclusively confirm.
"I'm just excited," Ali, 37, told PEOPLE before the ceremony. "All of our family is coming into town!"
The actress and her now-husband, who met on eHarmony a little less than two years ago, announced their engagement – and that they were expecting their first child together – in March.
"It's pretty amazing," she previously told PEOPLE. "There's so much good. We feel so blessed. We're just having fun enjoying our family and our friends and that's what we want the wedding to be about – just have a good celebration."
The daytime wedding, which Ali described as an "upscale Caribbean vibe," was kept relevantly small.
"It's just a little over a hundred people," she said. "It's our closest friends and family and that obviously includes a lot of people that I worked with over the years."
The bride, wearing an off-white, fitted, silk Amsale gown walked down the aisle carrying white peonies and cream garden roses. Her bridesmaids wore tea length, raspberry-colored Amsale dresses.
During the ceremony, Ali and Rasberry shared their heartfelt, written vows with one another all while trying to cherish every moment.
"What I've heard from a lot of friends and people that have gone through weddings, is that it goes by fast," she said. "I hope that we really get to savor every moment – just talking about all the things that we experienced and got to see and what people did and what they talked about. I hope that we don't feel like, 'Oh my god, it happened and now it's done.' I hope that we're relaxed and kind of centered enough to really experience it."
Though the actress said she wasn't at all stressed in the days leading up to the wedding (thanks to her fabulous wedding planner, Michael Russo, and the spa day that her bridal party hosted), she admitted that she and Rasberry, did, in fact, disagree on one thing: the cake!
"I love chocolate and Vaughn loves Vanilla so we're having a tiered cake," she said. "I'm not into his cake and he's not into mine! So, we get to share!"
As the couple danced to a mixture of tropical house music, hip-hop, and afropunk, they took home the best gift they could ask for.
"We're doing a wishing tree," said Ali. "We saw it up in northern California. It'll have ribbons on it and people can put wishes on it. We did that because it's a tree that we can bring with us."
Now husband and wife, the couple is looking forward to the next chapter of their lives: the arrival of their little one.
"I just want to see my baby," she said. "I can't wait to smell the baby! That's what I think about."
'Fresh Prince’ Actress Sues Warner Bros Claiming It Used Her Idea For ‘The Real’Now this is a story all about how a life got twisted upside down. Well, not really, but a star of ’90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air claims in a new lawsuit that Warner Bros and Telepictures swiped her idea for the daytime talk show The Real.
Tatyana Ali says she came up with the concept for the show and eventually pitched to execs in 2012 but was told they “decided to decline.” The Real debuted about six months later as “a direct production” of the concept she hatched, according to the suit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here). “With a great deal of disappointment and complete disbelief,” the suit says, Ali “witnessed [her] concept come to life on major network television at the hands of the Defendant Corporations.”
Warner Bros did not respond to Deadline’s request for comment.
The suit claims Ali came up with an idea for a reality-based daytime talk show with “a unique and innovative format, which featured an eclectic group of engaging female celebrity hosts, each aged within their 20’s and 30’s … designed to pique the interest of the younger side of the mid-life/mid-career female population and featured a variety of contemporary discussion topics in a relaxed and informal setting.” The Real premiered in July 2013 for a test run on Fox-owned stations, featuring co-hosts Adrienne Bailon, Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamara Mowry.
“The five female host panel cast members very closely embody and mirror the personal and professional profiles of the specific and potential female celebrity hosts openly proposed in writing and in discussion by the Plaintiff during ‘pitch’ meetings she held with the Executives,” the suit says. “The Defendant Corporations did not at any time, directly or indirectly, acknowledge the use of the Plaintiff’s Concept.” The show later was greenlighted for national syndication that fall and remains on the air and in renewed through 2018 in the spring.
The execs who were at that meeting in December 2012 were Hilary Estes McLoughlin, then-president of creative affairs at CBS Television Distribution, and Sheila Bouttier, who was SVP Development at Telepictures Productions. Both are named as defendants along with Warner Bros Entertainment, Warner Bros Domestic Television Distribution and Telepictures.
The suit seeks unspecified damages from “all rightful gains, profits, and advantages derived by the Defendants” and the formation of a collective trust for Ali of “designated percentages of the proceeds resulting from past, current and future production and airing of The Real television program.”
Los Angeles-based attorney James Leonard Brown is representing Ali in the case.
Rosewood Update: Eddie Cibrian Tapped to Replace Brian Austin GreenEddie Cibrian to the rescue!
Fox’s Rosewood has tapped the Third Watch/CSI: Miami to take over the new Season 2 series regular role abruptly vacated by Brian Austin Green, TVLine has learned exclusively.
As we reported, Green left the Fox drama in the middle of shooting his first episode, aka the Season 2 premiere.
Cibrian assumes the role of Aaron Slade, East Miami Police’s enigmatic newest member who will both challenge and complicate an already messy situation between Rosewood (Morris Chestnut) and Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz). He doesn’t trust anyone and hates the idea of partnerships and teams – which will keep Rosewood and Villa on their toes as they go to great lengths to figure him out.
As the team begins to investigate and uncover the real Aaron Slade, the twosome learn of his storied past.
Cibrian is coming off of a recurring gig on Freeform’s Baby Daddy.
Rosewood returns with Season 2 on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 8/7c.
Victoria Rowell Stars in 'Merry Christmas, Baby'(Pic1, Pic2) Victoria Rowell (ex-Dru, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is back as Stephanie in UP TV’s latest installment in their Christmas movie franchise, Merry Christmas, Baby!
The actress appeared in the first three movies, Marry Me for Christmas, Marry Us for Christmas, and A Baby for Christmas, and tweeted out a couple pictures from the set of the latest film, set to premiere in December 2016. “A blast!” she declared.
Unfortunately, as the Chandler family gathers to celebrate the holidays this year, Stephanie is missing her boyfriend, who is out of the country. So it looks like her Y&R co-star Kristoff St. John (Neil) will not be reprising his role of Lawrence in this film.
Look for Rowell in Merry Christmas, Baby this holiday season on UP TV!
CORDAY, LONGORIA TO RECEIVE HOLLYWOOD STARSThe Hollywood Walk of Fame Honorees for the “Class of 2017” were announced today in Hollywood and DAYS’s Executive Producer Ken Corday and DEVIOUS MAIDS EP/Y&R alum Eva Longoria (ex-Isabella) are among the recipients. To see the full announcement, click here.
ROWELL LAWSUIT TO MOVE AHEADVictoria Rowell’s (ex-Drucilla, Y&R) lawsuit against CBS and Sony, which she claims has prevented her from resuming her soap role, has taken another step forward in the legal system. The actress’s original complaint was stalled in November, 2015, but after an amended version was filed, a judge has ruled that the lawsuit can proceed. In the latest version, Rowell charges that when she expressed interest in a role on DAYS, also owned by Sony, her name was omitted from the audition list. Rowell played Drucilla from 1990 to 2000, then returned in 2002. She left on her own accord in 2007 but claims her desire to come back has been intentionally blocked, which she alleges is in response for advocating for more diversity in soaps.
Victoria Rowell to Appear on MANN & WIFE!(Pic) Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is getting a chance to show off her comedic chops in a new role!
The actress shared some photos from the set of Bounce TV’s MANN & WIFE, revealing that she'll be appearing on the sitcom that stars real-life couple Tamela and David Mann as newlyweds who blend their families together.
“OMG, laughed so much!” the actress tweeted. “Loved every second!”
MANN & WIFE’s second season finale aired earlier in June, so the third season in which Rowell is going to appear won’t air for a while. But we’ll keep you informed as more information regarding her role and when the episode will air is released.
Soap Opera Actress Faces Felony Charges Stemming From Highway 154 Head-On CrashThe Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office announced on Tuesday that "One Life to Live" soap opera actress Jensen Buchanan will face felony charges stemming from a May 18 head-on crash on Highway 154.
Buchanan is charged with felony driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, and felony driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or greater. District Attorney Joyce Dudley says Buchanan is also being charged with causing great bodily injury to Bradley Asolas.
Asolas is recovering at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and is listed in fair condition.
The formal complaint alleges Buchanan's blood alcohol level was over .15% at the time of the collision.
Life in Pieces Promotes ClementineLife just got really busy for Hunter King.
The Life in Pieces actress, who plays newlywed Clementine, has been promoted to series regular on the CBS comedy, Deadline reports.
As a result, King’s role on The Young and the Restless — for which she has earned four Daytime Emmy nominations and two wins — has been scaled back to recurring.
HOLIDAY SEQUEL ‘DOLLY PARTON’S CHRISTMAS OF MANY COLORS: CIRCLE OF LOVE’ SET FOR 2016 RETURNComing off the phenomenal performance of last year’s holiday special and looking to recapture the enthusiasm of the nearly 16 million viewers who tuned in, NBC is announcing the sequel “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.”
“Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” is the next chapter in the life of young Dolly Parton. The film delivers Christmas joy and peril as an unexpected blizzard threatens the Parton family, while at the same time Dolly’s father (and his kids) make sacrifices to raise enough money to finally buy his loving wife the wedding ring he could never afford to give her. Meanwhile, an important person in little Dolly’s life begins to see that her amazing voice and musical gift might just be made for something bigger than rural Tennessee.
The original cast will return for the sequel: Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, Ricky Schroder as Robert Lee Parton, Gerald McRaney as Rev. Jake Owens and Alyvia Alyn Lind as young Dolly Parton. Other members of the cast, as well as a premiere date, will be announced in the coming months.
Stephen Herek, who directed the original film, is also back to direct the sequel.
“It’s no secret that everyone loves Dolly Parton and the response to our first movie was overwhelming, both in terms of the size of the audience and outpouring of love for a film with family values and faith,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “So it felt like a no-brainer to bring this talented cast back together and tell another compelling holiday story culled from Dolly’s own life growing up in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Her spirit and belief in God — and her music — will infuse this movie with the true spirit of Dolly Parton.”
“I was so overwhelmed and touched by how many people watched ‘Coat of Many Colors’ and their reaction to it,” Parton said. “The song ‘Coat of Many Colors,’ of course, has always been my favorite and has touched so many people through the years, especially me. It is a true story from a very special time in my childhood. I am so happy to share this story with the viewers and to say there is so much more to tell because mine truly has been a life of many colors. I hope the viewers will fall in love all over again.”
In L+7 results from Nielsen Media Research, the Dec. 10 telecast of “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” generated a 2.45 rating in adults 18-49 and 15.9 million viewers overall, making it the most-watched film on broadcast or cable in nearly seven years. The film’s increases from live plus same day to L+7 Nielsens are the largest L+7 time-shifted increase ever for a primetime movie on the broadcast networks.
“Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” is written by Pamela K. Long. She executive produces with Sam Haskell and Dolly Parton. The film is a production of Magnolia Hill Entertainment and Dixie Pixie Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
McKenna Grace Joins ‘How To Be A Latin Lover’Up-and-coming actress McKenna Grace has joined Lionsgate’s Pantelion comedy How to Be a Latin Lover. Directed by The State alum and Wet Hot American Summer co-star Ken Marino, the Bad Teacher-esque pic follows an aging Latin lover forced to return to live with his estranged sister and her young son after being dumped by his sugar mama. Grace is set to play Arden, the granddaughter of a very wealthy woman who bonds with her classmate Hugo. Written by Chris Spain and Jon Zack, How to Be a Latin Lover stars Eugenio Derbez, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, Raquel Welch and Rob Riggle.
Grace will next be seen in Independence Day: Resurgence actress, and has a starring role opposite Chris Evans and Octavia Spencer in Fox Searchlight’s Gifted, directed by Mark Webb. Other credits include Mr Church, which premiered during the Tribeca Film Festival. She’s repped by Perlman Management Group and Paradigm.
Lachlan Buchanan Featured in Keith Urban's New Music Video!While watching the music video for Keith Urban’s new single, “Wasted Time,” THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS fans might notice a familiar face — Lachlan Buchanan (ex-Kyle)!
The actor appears as one of the teenage revelers enjoying the summertime as Urban sings his new hit from his upcoming album, Ripcord. “It was a great time,” Buchanan tweeted of his experience on the shoot. “Lovely bunch of people!”
You can check out Buchanan in the music video here.
Y&R'S BRAEDEN TO RELEASE MEMOIREric Braeden (Victor, Y&R) will be releasing his memoir, titled I’ll Be Damned, next year. The biography, scheduled to be released on February 7, 2017 is available for pre-order on Amazon here.
CBS RENEWS ITS ENTIRE DAYTIME LINEUP FOR THE 2016-2017 SEASONCBS, the #1 rated network in daytime for 29 years, has renewed its entire Daytime schedule for the 2016-2017 season. The lineup, nominated for an industry-leading 60 Daytime Emmy Awards collectively, includes LET’S MAKE A DEAL; THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, which received a two-year pickup; THE TALK; and THE PRICE IS RIGHT and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, which both previously received multi-year pickups through the 2017 season. This season, CBS Daytime saw its viewers increase +2% over a year ago.
“Each year, CBS Daytime produces more than 1,000 episodes of programming – the most for any broadcast network – which is only possible due to the incredible passion of the industry’s best creative talent, both in front of and behind the camera,” said Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, Daytime Programs and Syndicated Program Development, CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Distribution. “Our loyal audience has made CBS Daytime the #1 daily destination for millions of viewers and we thank them for contributing to this phenomenal success. Next year will be even bigger and bolder!”
LET'S MAKE A DEAL, with Daytime Emmy Award-nominated host Wayne Brady, will return for its eighth season. LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 is averaging 3.33 million viewers, up +3% from last season while LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 is averaging 3.72 million viewers, up +2%. Produced by FremantleMedia North America, the show is broadcast weekdays (check local listings) on the CBS Television Network. Mike Richards, Dan Funk and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers. LET'S MAKE A DEAL is currently nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Game Show and Outstanding Game Show Host.
The 44th season of THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 is up +4% from a year ago with an average of 5.13 million viewers while THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 is up +3% with an average of 5.88 million viewers. Daytime television’s most watched daytime program, hosted by Drew Carey and produced by FremantleMedia North America, the program is broadcast weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Mike Richards and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers. THE PRICE IS RIGHT is currently nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Game Show.
The #1 daytime drama for 27 consecutive years, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, is averaging 5.28 million viewers, up +1% from last season. The series is broadcast weekdays (12:30-1:30 PM, ET/11:00 AM-12:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network and is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company, in association with Sony Pictures Television. THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS is currently nominated for 27 Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series.
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, which recently celebrated its 29th anniversary, is averaging 3.94 million viewers. The most-watched dramatic serial in the world, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL is a Bell-Phillip Television production, broadcast weekdays (1:30 PM-2:00 PM, ET/12:30-1:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL is currently nominated for 23 Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series.
Currently in its sixth season, THE TALK is network television’s #1 daytime talk show, averaging 2.77 million viewers, up +2% from last year while remaining even in women 25-54 (1.0/06) and women 18-49 (0.7/05). Recently, the series won the 2016 People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Daytime TV Hosting Team” and the 2016 NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Talk Series.” THE TALK, hosted by Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood, broadcasts weekdays (2:00 PM, ET/1:00 PM, PT/CT). Produced by CBS Television Studios, the show was developed by Gilbert, who also serves as executive producer along with executive producer John Redmann. THE TALK is currently nominated for six Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment and Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host.
This month, CBS Daytime announced the launch of NOT SAFE FOR DAYTIME, an edgy new series of digital videos on its YouTube channel that highlights and promotes CBS Daytime’s popular programs. The webisodes include inventive original skits, pop culture parodies and viral video spoofs, and feature stars from across the entire CBS Daytime lineup.
VICTORIA ROWELL CONTINUES WITH LEGAL ACTIONThough Victoria Rowell’s (ex-Drucilla, Y&R) lawsuit against CBS and Sony for not rehiring her on the soap was dismissed last month, the judge allowed a future filing under certain conditions. The actress has opted to pursue the matter further. "On my behalf, my counsel filed an amended complaint to strengthen and clarify my claims of retaliation and discrimination against Sony, CBS and other defendant,” shares Rowell in a statement to Digest. "We intend to vigorously prosecute these claims."
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°.
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.
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.
Bill Bell Authorized Biography Hits StoresThe Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell: Creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful is a must-read for Y&R fans. The authorized biography, written by veteran soap journalist Michael Maloney, along with Lee Phillip Bell, who co-created the shows with her late husband, goes on sale June 1 but is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com.
Maloney began his television career working as a page at CBS Television City, spending as many shifts as he could on the set or in the control booth, where he could see Bill Bell's words brought to life. He subsequently worked for two years as Lee's assistant on The Bold and the Beautiful before becoming a full-time member of the media and, for the last 20 years or so, has reported and written extensively about television and soap operas. So, when Lee approached him about writing Bill's biography, he could draw not only on a personal library of tapes and notes, but he already had relationships with a number of the nearly 70 actors, writers, producers and Bell family members he interviewed for the book. Although Maloney had spoken to quite a few of his subjects before, he said he still learned a lot and "asked things he might not ask for a magazine article!"
It took about three years, Maloney said, to complete the book, which details Bill's pre-soap career as a Chicago ad man (shades of Mad Men - there's a chapter with that title) as well as Lee's broadcasting career. Lee, with her groundbreaking talk show, was a beloved Windy City media icon long before Phil Donahue and Oprah made their marks there.
Join the Y&R Fan Club!Fan Club members receive exclusive gifts such as cast photos, an autographed birthday card, and much more! Stay in touch with other fans and get the latest news on future Fan Club events, including the Fan Club Luncheon where you can dine with your Y&R favorites, participate in a Q&A session and bid on unique auction items. The application is quick and easy. Join today!
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.”
A Memoir by Victoria RowellBook: The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir by Victoria Rowell
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