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Debbi Morgan to perform one-woman show at National Black Theatre Festival(greensboro.com) Debbi Morgan portrayed a successful physician and half of the first African American super-couple on a soap opera in “All My Children.”
Yet in real life, the Emmy Award-winning television and movie actress still suffered from the pain and fears of a child who had witnessed domestic violence.
Morgan tells her life story and how she conquered those insecurities in a one-woman show and a newly-released memoir, “The Monkey on My Back,” that she will bring next week to the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem.
“It was a long and arduous journey writing this book, writing the play,” Morgan said last week from her Maryland home. “But it turned out to be a very rewarding journey, because it was a catharsis that freed me to become the woman I am today — strong, confident, secure, happy. I can do my happy dance now.”
Morgan will do double-duty at the festival.
Not only will she perform, but she will lead the festival as co-chairwoman with actor Darnell Williams, who played her husband on “All My Children.”
“He is probably one of my best friends on the entire planet,” Morgan said of Williams. He even gave her away when she married her husband, Jeffrey Winston, in 2009.
That will make for a hectic festival week, Morgan said. To prepare, she is taking vitamins, eating a vegan diet and exercising.
“Performing my one-woman show takes a lot of stamina,” she said. “It’s going to be a lot, but I’m also very excited about it.”
Morgan has North Carolina connections. She was born 58 years ago in Dunn. Her family moved to New York City when she was three months old.
She still has relatives in Dunn, whom she visited over the July Fourth holiday. She also has an aunt in Greensboro, Elvira Turner, whom she expects to see at her show next week.
Since 2013, Morgan has brought her show to several cities, including one performance at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival.
“The response couldn’t have been more wonderful,” Morgan said. “I got a lot of people saying, ‘I want to see your show.’
At this year’s festival, Morgan will perform it four times. She hopes to find sponsors and backing to tour it around the country.
In her play, she portrays 22 characters from her life. Although it deals with domestic violence, there’s also a lot of humor.
“When you go through things like that in your life, if you can’t somehow find the humor, I don’t know if you would make it through,” she said. “So you will not sit in the theater for two hours and 15 minutes just being down.”
Although she doesn’t want to give much away, there is a humorous episode when she was bullied as a teenager by a girl who towered over her.
Other parts of her story aren’t so funny.
Her maternal grandmother was beaten by her husband as they struggled through the Great Depression.
Her mother became pregnant as a teen and suffered the same abuse when her husband came home drunk on weekends.
Although her father never physically abused her, young Debbi saw and heard and internalized the abuse that he inflicted on her mother. She only saw it once, but she was terrified by the sounds that she could hear from her bedroom — glass crashing, furniture knocked over, her mother’s screams.
“I always walked around on egg shells,” she recalled. “I wet the bed until I was 7 or 8 years old. Even just the sound of my father walking down the hall, coming into the apartment and his key turning in the lock would just turn my stomach into knots.”
“It made me very afraid to ever be in any kind of confrontation,” she said. “Because I didn’t want to ever have to confront anybody, I would let people take advantage of me.”
It led her to bad choices. Some men that she thought would protect her became physically abusive boyfriends or emotionally abusive husbands, she said.
Her first three marriages ended in divorce.
The change in her life started with the break-up of her second marriage. She entered therapy and began writing her book.
“It was almost like I had an out-of-body experience,” she recalled. “I was looking at this person that wasn’t me, and how this person was living their life, and all of the things I saw looking at this person that they didn’t see.”
For six years, she has been happily married to Jeffrey Winston.
When she began writing her book, she didn’t plan to take it to the stage.
But at a 2012 speaking engagement for the organization, Girls Inc., she read a passage of her book about a violent episode between her parents.
After she spoke, a young woman came up with tears in her eyes.
“She said, ‘Miss Morgan, I just want you to know that I have two teenage daughters. They have been watching their father beat me since they were very little. After listening to you tonight, whatever it takes, I’m not keeping them in that house one more day.’ "
“If it affects just one person like it did with this woman,” Morgan said, “then it’s so worth me trying to do this as a one-woman show.”
Helgenberger, Ehrich Continue on "Under The Dome" August 13“Plan B” – Big Jim and Julia devise plans to end Christine’s (Marg Helgenberger) control over the town by initiating a life-or-death plot involving Barbie and Eva, while Joe and Norrie conduct research to better understand the Dome’s ultimate agenda. Meanwhile, Hunter finds more information about the true head of Aktaion, the nefarious private corporation that wants to harness the Dome’s energy, on UNDER THE DOME, Thursday, August 13 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Eriq La Salle, who guest stars this season, directed the episode.
RECURRING CAST: Marg Helgenberger (Christine), Max Ehrich (Hunter)
GH'S MICHELLE STAFFORD EXPECTING BABY NO. 2!Huge congratulations are in order! Michelle Stafford (Nina, GH) confirmed on Instagram that she is expanding her family, which already includes daughter Natalia, 5. The actress, who welcomed Natalia via surrogate, posted:"#babynumber2 #yepitstrue #noimnotkidding #imthinkingthesamething #yepimcrazy #butyepimlucky #SOlucky #trulygrateful #trulyamiracle I may not be certain of many things in my life but the one thing I am certain of is that I'm a good mother... I am SO grateful to have more love in my life..."
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Helgenberger, Ehrich Continue on “UNDER THE DOME,” THURSDAY, AUGUST 6“Breaking Point” – Big Jim, Julia, Joe, Norrie and Hunter join together to form a resistance against Christine (Marg Helgenberger), who is mobilizing residents to work on a massive excavation project in the caves underneath the town. Also, Hunter uses his tech skills to contact the outside world, on UNDER THE DOME, Thursday, August 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Marg Helgenberger (Christine), Max Ehrich (Hunter)
JESSICA COLLINS DISHES HER Y&R EXITIn the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale today, Jessica Collins gives a no-holds-barred account of her exit from the role of Y&R's Avery. "I’ve been disappointed with the story and the direction and integrity of my character for quite some time, but I was still hopeful we might all be able to turn it around," she admits. "Then my contract was up for renewal and I wasn’t happy with their offer. I was told there was no room for discussion, which made me realize there wouldn’t be much discussion for the character, either." Her candid discussion includes her thoughts on Avery's recent personality shift, what really happened with Y&R's plan to have Avery lie about Joe raping her, and much, much more.
Helgenberger & Max Ehrich Continue To Recur on “UNDER THE DOME,” THURSDAY, JULY 23“Caged” – When Big Jim is captured by Aktaion, the dangerous private corporation that’s descended on Chester’s Mill to harness the Dome’s energy capabilities, he’s forced to manipulate Christine (Marg Helgenberber) for information about her agenda. Also, when Joe and Norrie question the town’s new rules, they find themselves in a dangerous face-off with the increasingly unstable residents, on UNDER THE DOME, Thursday, July 23 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Marg Helgenberger (Christine Price), Max Ehrich (Hunter)
Casting CornerAri Blinder appears as “James” on Friday, 8/7
Renee-Marie Brewster appears as a “Hotel Concierge” on Thursday, 8/20 and Friday, 8/21
Asante Jones appears as a “Tour Guide” on Thursday, 8/20
CADY MCCLAIN TO QUEENS OF DRAMA?Cady McClain (ex-Kelly, Y&R et al) revealed on social media that she met with the team at QUEENS OF DRAMA, which, as Digest reported last week, is in the process of casting for season 2. "So I just had a meeting with the folks from @QueensofDrama,” she wrote on Facebook. "I thought they were really cool people, and I enjoyed talking about their show and what I might have to offer. No matter what happens, I really hope that the women are successful in making their created show a hit. I think that would be so great for them and for all of daytime. I guess I always root for the underdog and I probably always will. @poptv."
NBC Casts Alyvia Lind As Young Dolly Parton For ‘Coat Of Many Colors’(Video) NBC has cast Alyvia Lind as a young Dolly Parton in its upcoming movie, Coat of Many Colors. NBC this morning described the project as a “family-oriented faith-based story about the incidents in [Parton’s life] and her family’s life” in the Tennessee hills; it’s set in 1955 when Parton was 9.
Lind, who will turn 8 on July 27, has two sisters who also are actresses; her mother, Barbara Alyn Woods, was a regular on One Tree Hill. Lind most recently had a role in the Lifetime movie spoof A Deadly Adoption, with Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig. She also has appeared as Jenny in Masters of Sex and Grace in Transparent.
Back in May, NBC announced it had greenlit Coat of Many Colors, based on Parton’s song of same name, as the first original movie under its development deal with the singer/songwriter/actress. During NBC’s Upfront Week presentation, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said the deal to dramatize some of Parton’s tunes fills an underserved family viewing niche. Parton took the stage at that presentation and wowed the crowd as she described her childhood growing up in a family of “horny hillbillies” in which “my mamma had one on her and one in her” for many years. Parton then sang Coat of Many Colors, after which Greenblatt accompanied her on the piano as she sang I Will Always Love You which, she wanted media buyers to know, Whitney Houston can have the credit for, but “I just want the cash.” While the buyers gave her a standing ovation, Parton joked, “Get that money out!”
No premiere date has been announced on Coat of Many Colors, with Parton exec producing, as are Sam Haskell and Pamela K. Long. Production companies: Magnolia Hill Entertainment and DP Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Eva Longoria: 'I Want to Be the Female George Clooney'She may be getting Hot & Bothered in her upcoming NBC show, but Eva Longoria has a cool head when it comes to her career goals.
"I want to be the female George Clooney," Longoria, 40, says in the August issue of InStyle. "He directs, produces and stars. I want to be in charge of the final product."
The Desperate Housewives alum and self-proclaimed "control freak" also wants to clear up a misconception about her rise to fame: "Everyone goes, 'Oh, she's an actor–turned–director,' and I'm like, 'No, I was always a director and a producer who happened to become an actor.' "
Just last month, Longoria revealed her passion for life beyond the camera when she told PEOPLE that she would be in corporate America if she weren't in Hollywood.
"I love quotas and budgets, and I like barometers of success. I like measurements of success," said Longoria. "Tell me what to do, and I will exceed it."
Though the former beauty queen is adamant about channeling her inner Clooney, there's one secret weapon she has over the two-time Sexiest Man Alive: false eyelashes.
"I've been using individual false eyelashes since my pageant days," Longoria told InStyle. "Squeeze the glue out and let it dry for a minute before applying lashes. If you put them in the glue right away, they slide like crazy."
Savvy and stunning? Watch out, George.
Hot & Bothered premieres on NBC in 2016.
"The Bold and the Beautiful" Notches Best Second Quarter in Viewers Since 2006LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 averaged 3.08m while LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 averaged 3.53m, both up +10% from last year and scoring their biggest second quarter audiences since premiering in 2009. Among women 25-54, LET'S MAKE A DEAL averaged 0.9/06 and 1.0/07 respectively, matching its best delivery.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 averaged 4.71m, its largest second quarter audience since 2004, while THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 averaged 5.41m, its best since 2007. Both editions registered +2% increases from a year ago.
Among the daytime dramas, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL delivered its biggest second quarter audience since 2006, averaging 3.95m, up +5% from last year, while THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS notched its largest second quarter viewer delivery since 2010 with 5.16m, up +6%.
THE TALK topped “The View” in viewers (2.54m vs. 2.52m) for the first time in any quarter. THE TALK also out-rated “The View” for the first time in women 25-54 (0.9/06 vs. 0.8/06) and tied in women 18-49 (0.6/05).
Holy Abs! Shemar Moore, 45, Shows Off His Sexy Shirtless Bod in South Beach(Pic) It's official—Shemar Moore doesn't age.
The 45-year-old actor showed off his impressive and super-sexy bod while parading his washboard abs on South Beach in Miami today. Moore wore patriotic swim trunks, a fedora and shades while keeping cool in the ocean while soaking in the sun's rays in Miami.
If you find yourself staring, don't feel bad. If you find yourself drooling, don't feel bad. Seriously, you're only human, and have you seen that picture! Goodness gracious.
As if the beach pic wasn't hot enough, Moore took his sex appeal to Instagram and posted another abtastic photo of himself shirtless while still wearing his jeans over his trunks.
Shemar captioned the photo, "Miami!!!! BLESSED!!!.. THANKFUL!!! DETERMINED!! Soooooooo NOT finished!!! IN IT TO WIN IT!!!!"
He followed with another shirtless pic from his day of fun under the sun (because we can never have enough of those) on Instagram and wrote, "I will NEVER stop Smiling!!! I will NEVER stop being a GOOFBALL!!! Work Hard... PLAY n SMILE HARDER!!!"
Yes, please never stop smiling (or posing shirtless) Shemar. Thanks in advance.
Eva Longoria to Donald Trump: "Expect This Backlash"Eva Longoria is speaking out against Donald Trump.
The actress and political activist weigned in on the presidential candidate's controversial remarks about Mexicans during my keynote interview with her at the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Media Summit luncheon.
"What I don't think he understands and what people don't understand is words create emotional poison," Longoria said. "That's what they do, they create emotional poison.
"Hitler moved a nation with words, just words," she continued. "So you have to expect this backlash. If you say something like that, as he has said, you must expect a backlash."
Longoria said she has been hesitant to comment on Trump because she didn't want to give him any more attention.
"It struck a cord within our community that touched our emotions so deep that I don't want to contribute to that poison being spread because if I contribute, it's just going to bring even more attention to the orginal comments," she said.
NBCUniversal announced yesterday they were dumping their relationship with Trump because of his brash commentary and beliefs.
Earlier today, Cheryl Burke and Thomas Roberts announced they were pulling out as co-hosts of the upcoming Miss Universe pageant.
'Young & The Restless' Star Victoria Rowell -- Soap Opera Is Racist But I Still Want Back On(tmz.com) Former ‘Young & The Restless’ star Victoria Rowell is trying to get back on the soap opera even though she says the show's honchos and co-stars are racist.
Rowell, who played Drucilla Winters for 14 seasons on the CBS soap opera, says she left the show in 2007 because of discrimination.
Among her allegations: she says she was ...
-- mocked for her Afro-style wig by Melody Thomas Scott
-- spit on by co-star Michelle Stafford, who also called her a "freak"
-- told she was mentally unstable and physically threatened by fellow actor Peter Bergman.
She says she wanted a writing/producer position, but says it wasn't in the cards, because up until 2010, no black writer worked on the show in its 37 year history.
What’s interesting ... producers haven’t killed Rowell’s character off … they've actually been using stock footage to tease the audience with the possibility of her return.
Something tells us it's not happening.
Eileen Davidson And Lisa Rinna Spotted Filming Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills?(realitytea.com) (Pic1, Pic2) Despite Lisa Rinna‘s ‘Will she or won’t she?’ charade on twitter about whether or not she’s returning for Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills season 6, we all know our favorite high-class hustler will do anything for a buck – even Bravo!
Lipsa was spotted in some twitter photos posing with Eileen Davidson, who has also been signed to return. Eileen’s father-in-law just passed away and a celebration of his life included Lipsa and Harry Hamlin as guests, which presumably was filmed for RHOBH, although Lisa and Eileen are long-time friends.
Eileen’s close friend (the director of the infamous Stranger At The Pentagon!!) shared a photo on twitter, writing, “Celebrating Dick Van Patten’s incredible life today!” Eileen replied, “@CraigCampobasso @lisarinna wonderful and unforgettable day with great family and friends. xoxo,” she tweeted.
Eileen also shared another photo of herself and Lispsa from that day, above.
It’s rumored that Lipsa will be playing the crazy card for this season and we’ve seen snippets that it’s there, just simmering under the surface. Reacting to last season – including the glass throw heard round the reality TV world – Lisa is still “surprised” by all the drama. But hey, she’s a gung-ho type of girl and is ready to go for another round!
“I’d say breaking the glass was probably the biggest moment of my life,” Lipsa revealed to People. “I would have never thought that would happen in a million years. I didn’t even know I had that in me.”
“I tried to go in saying, you know, ‘I’m not going to react. I’m just not going to react,’ and then you end up reacting,” Lisa acknowledges. “It’s been really interesting.”
In fact, for Lipsa the entire process of RHOBH was unlike any other. “It’s not like I don’t know what I’m doing, but you get in there and you have no idea,” she elaborated. “I don’t think anything can prepare you for what ends up happening.”
As for why she’d consider another season, Lisa chalks it up to a “tremendous” learning process. “about other people and about myself.”
Bravo is reportedly casting 2 new women to replace Brandi Glanville and Kim Richards.
They're Having A Baby!(Video) Soap opera veteran Adrienne Frantz (ex-Amber, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL/THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) and her husband, Scott Bailey (Sandy, GUIDING LIGHT) have announced that they are expecting, and they did it in the cutest way, with a candid YouTube video. "Yes, I'm pregnant!" Frantz confirms excitedly.
But what prompted the video? "I was watching a commercial," Frantz explains. "It was about what you should know before becoming a parent and I started sobbing profusely." Bailey was so taken by his wife's intense reaction that he couldn't resist recording it. "After the struggle we've had trying to have a child, we thought we might just post the video as our way of showing people that yep, we're gonna have a baby."
"At first, I wasn't too thrilled because I thought he was making fun of me," Frantz admits. "But at the same time, you've gotta be able to laugh at yourself, and it was funny. Life is an adventure that way." Now safely into her second trimester, Frantz says that she's feeling well and that they are both eagerly anticipating their daughter's December 1 due date. For more from the happy couple, including news about the upcoming Lifetime movie they made, check out their joint Keeping Track feature this summer in Soaps In Depth.
'Young and the Restless' hunk selling LA-area home for $6M(Photo) On screen in the dreamy (and dramatic) soap opera world of Genoa City, actor Joshua Morrow is no stranger to the finer things in life. As Nicholas Newman, son of tempestuous tycoon Victor Newman, Morrow lives in the Tack House on the sprawling Newman ranch.
Off screen, “The Young and the Restless” star’s actual home is just as impressive as anything the fictional Newmans might own. Listed for sale at just under $6 million, the six-bedroom home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., features an impeccable interior design.
On the first floor, the formal dining room comfortably holds a table for 12 under a candle chandelier. A fireplace provides warmth, and a bay window adds natural light.
Off the formal dining room is an ample den with a tray ceiling and recessed lighting. Currently, the room houses a collection of sports memorabilia and three flat-screen TVs. (“The Young and the Restless” is on five days a week, after all.)
The recently remodeled kitchen is large with top-of-the-line appliances and plenty of cabinet space. The room also features an arched range hood, coffered ceiling and glass-paned accent cabinetry. The massive island and eat-in breakfast nook can comfortably seat the entire family for casual meals.
The master suite offers a vaulted ceiling, fireplace and sitting area, while the master bath is big enough to fit most of the spurned women of Genoa City. The double vanity has plenty of storage space, including a welcome set of upper cabinets. There’s also a walk-in shower and a freestanding bathtub, complete with a chandelier.
While Morrow may be moving on from this home, we doubt he’s leaving the Newman ranch anytime soon. The hunky 41-year-old celebrated his 20th anniversary on the long-running soap in 2014.
Ehrich, Helgenberger Continue on "UNDER THE DOME," THURSDAY, JULY 9“The Kinship” – Under the guise of helping Chester’s Mill rebuild, Christine (Marg Helgenberger) urges the townspeople towards specific individuals and projects that remind them of their experience in the tunnels. Also, Julia and Big Jim make shocking discoveries that reveal a new threat within the Dome, on UNDER THE DOME, Thursday, July 9 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Marg Helgenberger (Christine Price), Max Ehrich (Hunter).
Bergman Facebook ChatMark ur calendars! #PeterBergman is doing a Facebook Chat on 6/24! Visit our #YR page 4 more: http://on.fb.me/1CoTJis
Tony Longo Dies: Veteran Character Actor Was 53Veteran character actor Tony Longo (ex-Carmine, Days/Fred Caffey, Y&R/ex-Ray - Private Investigator, Y&R), whose imposing physique helped him land dozens of roles as the big tough guy in TV and film, died in his sleep at his home in Marina del Rey, CA. He was 53. His manager, Bohemia Group’s Susan Ferris, told Deadline she received word of his death on Sunday.
Born in New Jersey, Longo moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980s and began working in TV and film. One of his earliest roles was Artie opposite Linda Lavin on the TV series Alice. Over a 30-plus-year career he has appeared in films including The Last Boy Scout, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, Mulholland Drive, Feds (see photo above), The Takeover, Living In Peril, 16 Candles, Splash, and Fletch among others.
His most recent credits included features Pizza With Bullets and Base. According to IMDB, he also had several projects currently in development.
“When the team at Bohemia met with Tony they instantly feel in love with his natural charm and charisma, but also each of the managers had their own special memories of Tony’s performances from his vast career,” said Ferris. “He had the excitement and willingness to do anything. There is some comfort in knowing that he died peacefully in his sleep. Hollywood has lost a great actor.”
Longo is survived by his daughters Chloe, Danielle and Alexis.
Y&R Fan Events: Double The Fun!This August, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' fans will be able to get a double dose of good, sudsy entertainment — show vet Doug Davidson (Paul) will be holding his first-ever fan event at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, CA, at 8 p.m., on Friday, August 14, while Y&R will be holding its biannual fan event at the same spot at 5 p.m., on Saturday, August 15.
For his own meet-and-greet, Davidson says that he wanted to do something special for "those people that have hung around for 37 years or 30 years, or even 20 years. They have been with us in the darkest days and the brightest hours."
In fact, after decades of correspondence, the Emmy winner regards many fans as friends. "My house is filled with things that they've sent," he shares. "The latest example is with my dad's passing, I've got pictures that they've taken off of the Internet of me and my dad, and the lyrics of Rick Springfield's song, 'My Father's Chair,' in a beautiful presentation...They share in your pain and they share in your joy, and for that I feel compelled to walk the extra mile!"
To purchase tickets or for more information on both events, please email Cathy Tomas at email@example.com.
Ehrich, Helgenberger Recurring on Under The Dome 7/2/15“Redux” – The residents of Chester’s Mill try to move on with their lives in the aftermath of their mysterious experience in the tunnels beneath town. Meanwhile, Big Jim suspects new residents Christine (Marg Helgenberger) and Eva (Kylie Bunbury) are keeping secrets concerning the Dome, on UNDER THE DOME, Thursday, July 2 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Marg Helgenberger (Christine Price), Grace Victoria Cox (Melanie Cross), Max Ehrich (Hunter), John Elvis Lara (Ben)
SightingsLeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian at Artichoke Basille’s Pizza in Chelsea ...
Stevie Wonder, Cody Simpson and Avril Lavigne to open Special Olympics gamesStevie Wonder, Cody Simpson and Avril Lavigne are some of the stars who will perform during next month's opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games, organizers announced Thursday.
The July 25 ceremony will also feature appearances by actress Eva Longoria, comedian Jimmy Kimmel and athletes Yao Ming and Michael Phelps in a ceremony created by the production company that crafted the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in London and Sochi.
Lavigne is planning to perform her song "Fly" publicly for the first time at the ceremony, which will be held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The ceremony, to be broadcast on ESPN, will also feature performances by Colombian reggaeton artist J. Balvin and former Pussycat Dolls frontwoman Nicole Scherzinger.
Simpson, the band O.A.R. and two Special Olympics athletes will perform the games' anthem, "Reach Up LA," according to a news release announcing the lineup. It will include elements familiar to other Olympic opening ceremonies, such as a parade of athletes and torch-lighting ceremony.
This year's Special Olympics World Games features 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities competing in a variety of sporting events. It is the first time the World Games have been hosted in the United States since 1999, and organizers say it is expected to draw 60,000 spectators.
"I am touched to be a part of this celebration of determination, courage, joy and skill," Wonder wrote in a statement. "Throughout my own journey of overcoming the odds, it's truly an inspiring moment to join these incredible athletes as they come to Los Angeles to compete and accomplish so many victories."
Tickets to the opening ceremony range from $30 to $120, but there is no charge for competition events being held during the games, which will be located around Los Angeles between July 25 and Aug. 2.
JESSICA COLLINS WRAPS Y&R RUNAfter a four-year run, Jessica Collins marked her last day as Y&R’s Avery on June 16, treating the cast and crew to food from a BACON MANia food truck. "Classy, generous, and ALWAYS with the fabulous food! Thank you @JessicaCollins!” tweeted @YRInsider, the show’s official account. Co-star Steve Burton (Dylan) tweeted, "We had an amazing ride @JessicaCollins & I am forever gr8ful for our time together. You are one of the greatest. I will miss you. :( “ Joshua Morrow (Nick) added, "I will miss you @JessicaCollins so much!! absolutely loved our story together....yur a class act and I hope to work with u again someday.” Collins tweeted, "One of the happiest times of my life playing this role. Thank you all for your love and support. xoJ #LastDay #YR.” Her Genoa City pals gathered for drinks after work, which featured specialty Avery-themed beverages.
'The Escort' Acquired By The Orchard Ahead Of L.A. Film Festival BowThe Orchard has nabbed North American distribution rights to The Escort in a deal made just before the comedy world-premieres tonight at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The plan is to give it a VOD release beginning July 28. The pic centers on Mitch (Michael Doneger, who also penned the script with Brandon Cohen), a sex-crazed writer, and Natalie (Lyndsy Fonseca), a Stanford-educated prostitute, who form a mutually beneficial partnership in a world of high-class escorts. Bruce Campbell, Tommy Dewey, Rumer Willis and Rachel Resheff also star. Will Slocombe directs.
Tyler Konney executive produced the pic with Blake Goza, Mark DiCristofaro, and Doneger serving as producers. Taylor & Dodge handled sales for the film, which has a spot in the LA Film Festival’s LA Muse section.
GH'S STAFFORD DEBUTS NEW WEB SERIESBeginning on Monday, June 15, four episodes of Michelle Stafford's (Nina, GH) newest Web endeavor, THE SECRET MIND OF A SINGLE MOM, will be available on www.nickmom.com.
"I'm really excited!" beams Stafford, who wrote, directed and stars in the series (alongside real-life daughter Natalia, 5). Nickolodeon reached out to the actress after catching her first Web show, THE STAFFORD PROJECT. "For me, the start of this was from social media and particularly Instagram," Stafford reports. "I would put stuff up about being a single mom and I had a barrage of women respond to things regarding being a mom — a single mom in particular, but married women said, ‘I feel like I’m doing this all alone, too!’ I think anything that a single mom does, a non-single mom can relate to, as well, because so much regarding the children falls to the mother."
Meanwhile, "The guys at Nickolodeon were creating this new channel, Nick Mom, and they wanted edgy mom shows, things that women could relate to. They wanted to do a show that represented single moms. They, too, realized that there is a whole group of women out there that are not being spoken to by any particular show. They saw THE STAFFORD PROJECT and they really liked the self-deprecation aspect of it. They said, ‘Would you create a comedy show for us for single moms? We love how you make fun of yourself and we would love something like that for our channel.’ So I created, along with them, THE SECRET MIND OF A SINGLE MOM, which is just a funny show about the minutiae of being a mom. They are short shows, like two minutes, and I have four of them right out of the gate, so you can easily binge-watch, just like you do ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK or HOUSE OF CARDS, but in a seven-minute time span. They’re all being released on Monday morning on www.nickmom.com. I’m in them with my daughter, Natalia, and I wrote and directed them. Natalia, of course, steals the show, but that's okay — I knew going in that that was going to happen!"
As for a second season of THE STAFFORD PROJECT, she assures, “We’re still working on it! It will be back.”
B&B’S SEAN KANAN BOOKS FILMB&B’s Sean Kanan (Deacon) has booked a new film role. “It’s called Limelight,” Kanan shares with Digest. “It’s filming now in Los Angeles. One of the actors in it is Jonathan Lipnicki from Jerry Maguire. He’s all grown up now and he is not a little kid anymore.” Rounding out the cast are David Chokachi (BAYWATCH), Bruce Vilanch, Paul Vandervort (THE JANICE DICKINSON MODELING AGENCY) and DAYS vet Jason Brooks (ex-Peter). “The story has to do with a kid who is a social media sensation from Colorado, and he is convinced he’s going to be the next big thing so he packs up for the bright lights of Hollywood. I play a very successful, slimy film producer who leads this kid down a very dark path. It’s a sizeable part, so it’s going to be fun.” Kanan reports that Deacon will not be off-screen while the actor is busy shooting the film. “Talk about perfect timing and getting lucky,” he adds. “The show is dark next week and I shoot for seven days. It completely coincided with our week off! I’m so happy about that.”
DARNELL WILLIAMS TO SUDSVILLETV.COM?(soapoperadigest.com) AMC favorite Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse), has been in discussion with Emmy-winning scribe Meg Kelly about joining her new soap, YEAR ROUNDERS, on SudsvilleTV. "I've talked to Meg about SudsvilleTV and am really excited," Williams enthuses. "The pilot script for YEAR ROUNDERS is amazing. Fans should definitely sign up at SudsvilleTV.com and be a part of revitalizing a great industry." Once fans sign up, they're automatically entered into multiple chances to win great prizes. More entries will be awarded to fans who share SudsvilleTV via their social networks. So sign up and you might just wind up having dinner with Darnell!
Kristoff St. John Suing Mental Health Facility Over Son's Suicide(people.com) The Young and the Restless actor Kristoff St. John has filed a lawsuit against the mental health center that was treating his son Julian St. John, who died in the facility Nov. 23, for negligence and wrongful death.
Court papers obtained by PEOPLE allege that nurses discovered Julian, 24, face down on the floor of his bathroom with a plastic bag over his head less than three weeks after he attempted to kill himself in the "same place in the same fashion."
The suit also states that nurses and staff member "regularly skipped mandatory check-ins and regularly falsified documents in order to cover up their neglect."
Julian was admitted to La Casa Mental Health Rehabilitation Center in Long Beach, California, on Sept. 10, 2014, and was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Las Casa responded to the suit in a statement.
"The California Department of Health Care Services reviewed the case and on May 5, 2015 found that La Casa was in compliance with all applicable licensing laws and regulations," the center said. "Similarly, the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health concluded that Mr. St. John’s treatment and care at La Casa was reasonable and in line with clinical procedures, given his mental condition."
Collins is leaving Y&RThe Young and the Restless star Jessica Collins is leaving the CBS soap, Daytime Confidential reports. She joined the daytime drama in 2011.
It's Tea Time!No one manages to combine having a fabulous time with a great cause quite like THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Kate Linder (Esther) -- who will be hosting her 17th Annual Afternoon Tea at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver, Canada, on Sunday, July 19th. Y&R actors scheduled to attend will be: Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael) -- who will also be emceeing the event -- Sean Carrigan (Stitch), Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), Scott Elrod (Joe) and Justin Hartley (Adam), as well as the sudser's top makeup artist, Patti Denney.
For more information or to purchase tickets for the event go to www.katelinderafternoontea.com or call, (604) 836-7929. All proceeds will benefit the Canadian Cancer Society.
Send Me An "Angel"Frank Runyeon (Steve, AS THE WORLD TURNS) makes his THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS debut as a helpful character named Angel on Thursday, May 28 . The soap vet says he received an invitation to play the spiritual force who interacts with Nikki and Victor from Y&R's executive producer/headwriter, Charles Pratt, Jr., who was his former boss on SANTA BARBARA, where he played Michael.
"It's always fun to come in and do this stuff," Runyeon tells Soaps In Depth. "Chuck comes up with something and says 'How am I going to get anyone to do this? Then he goes, 'Oh, I bet Frank can do this!' It's always fun."
Ironically, Runyeon was given the dressing room belonging to his former ATWT co-star Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael; Kirk, ATWT) during his brief visit to Genoa City. "I knew Eric Braeden (Victor) from the Daytime Emmys, and I knew Peter Bergman (Jack) back in New York from ALL MY CHILDREN [where he played Cliff]."
In addition to touring across the country in religious shows, Runyeon is writing his autobiography that has the working title Escape From Hollywood: An Actor's Journey to Faith. "It's the story of my life," he says. To learn more about Runyeon's work, check out his Web site www.frankrunyeon.com.
Kristoff St. John -- My Son Didn't Have to Die ... Hospital Could Have Prevented Suicide(TMZ) Kristoff St. John is suing the hospital where his son committed suicide -- blasting the mental facility for giving him access to the plastic bag he used to kill himself.
The "Young and the Restless" star's 24-year-old son Julian St. John killed himself in November while getting treatment at La Casa Mental Health Hospital in Long Beach. He was found dead in a bathroom with a plastic bag over his head.
The reason for Kristoff's wrongful death lawsuit -- he says his son did the same thing less than 3 weeks before his death ... attempting to asphyxiate himself with a trash bag from his room. In the wrongful death suit, Kristoff says after that failed attempt ... the hospital never removed the trash bags from his room.
In his lawsuit, Kristoff says there's evidence the nurses were falsifying records. He says staffers were supposed to check on Julian every 15 minutes because he was a high suicide risk -- but records show they were logging welfare checks before they even happened.
For instance, Julian was pronounced dead at 1:44 PM, but nurses had already logged 6 welfare checks between 2 PM and 3:15 PM.
Kristoff feels the facility was negligent in its supervision of his son -- and if the staff had "acted with even the slighted regard for Julian's safety, he would still be alive today."
We've reached out to the hospital. No word back yet.
Kristoff St. John Talks Lawsuit Against Mental Facility Over Son's Death(etonline.com) Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John and his ex-wife Mia tragically lost their son Julian last November, and are now claiming in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday that the mental health facility he was staying in at the time of his death was "widespread and pervasive" in their negligence. Julian, an artist, had been suffering from schizophrenia for years. His death was reported as a suicide.
Kristoff and Mia talked exclusively to ET's Kevin Frazier on Tuesday, about their son’s death and the suit.
Kristoff broke down in tears when he recalled getting a call from Mia that Julian had passed away. "That call was the worst call I had ever gotten in my life," he said. "It's every parent's nightmare. When I heard her screaming he had died, I knew."
The lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges that nurses and staff members at La Casa Psychiatric Health Facility in Long Beach, Calif. regularly skipped mandatory check-ins and observations of Julian, and that employees falsified documents in order to cover up the claimed neglect -- including allegedly fraudulently writing numerous reports on the day he died to make it appear they had been checking in on him more than they actually were.
"There was a point in Julian's history, in the last three years, where he got worse and worse and so Mia and I were desperate to locate a facility to put him in," Kristoff told ET.
"He attempted suicide two and a half weeks prior to when he actually completed it," Mia said, "and he was supposed to be on suicide watch."
But on the day he died, the St. Johns allege that surveillance footage shows that nobody had checked on Julian for almost an hour before they found him with a bag over his head in a bathroom, though they were supposed to check on him every 15 minutes.
"There was really no emergency there," Kristoff said about the staff's alleged reaction to finding Julian unconscious. "We see on surveillance people walking around very slowly."
"How do you not call 911 immediately?" Kristoff also asked passionately. According to the lawsuit, the facility stated that staff had called 911 at 12:51 p.m. after discovering Julian unconscious at 12:50 p.m. -- however, the lawsuit also claims that the Long Beach Emergency Responders' Incident Report states they did not receive a call from La Casa until 1:17 p.m., 26 minutes later than the time listed in the document.
"Had Defendents acted with even the slightest regard for Julian's safety, he would still be alive today," the lawsuit states.
ET has reached out to La Casa Psychiatric Health Facility, but has received no comment at this time.
"This lawsuit is to shed light on the inefficiency and the incompetency that happens in mental hospitals nationwide," Kristoff told ET. "We have a bad health care system. ... People should never die in the hospital for lack of care."
The soap star vowed to continue to fight "to bring justice" for his late son.
"My son died because there are millions of people suffering from the mental disabilities of schizophrenia, bipolar, and being depressed," he said. "And so at the end of the day his life will not be in vain. His life will be vindicated, and I will campaign until the day that I die to bring justice to my son."
Soap opera star sues Long Beach mental hospital following son's death(presstelegram.com) LOS ANGELES >> Six months after actor Kristoff St. John’s son took his own life in a bathroom at a Long Beach mental health hospital, “The Young and The Restless” star and his ex-wife filed a wrongful death/negligence lawsuit Tuesday against the parent company of the facility where their son died.
Julian St. John, 24, was found dead with a bag over his head in a bathroom at La Casa Mental Health Rehabilitation Center on Nov. 23, less than three weeks after he attempted to kill himself in the same way, according to the lawsuit filed against Alameda-based Telecare Corp.
“The facility was aware of Julian’s history of suicidal ideation, but only placed him under one-on-one observation for approximately two weeks following his most recent suicide attempt,” the suit states.
Kristoff St. John, 48, and his 47-year-old former spouse, boxer Mia St. John, are seeking unspecified damages.
A Telecare representative did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The suit alleges nurses and staff members regularly skipped mandatory checks and observations of Julian St. John, and that facility employees regularly falsified documents to cover up their alleged neglect of the patient.
“Moreover, defendants’ employees made no attempt to prevent Julian from obtaining plastic bags after he tried to take his own life with one,” the suit says.
Julian St. John would still be alive if the employees followed the proper procedures, according to the lawsuit, which says he battled mental illness his entire life and had signs of autism at a young age.
He tried to kill himself by running into oncoming traffic last September, the suit says.
ABC's 'Oil' To Replace Yani GellmanUPDATE WEDNESDAY: There has been a change, and one of the two young actors in the Oil pilot earmarked for recasting, Yani Gellman, may continue on the show. A final decision will be made in the next few weeks.
PREVIOUS TUESDAY: Add Sunday drama Oil to the list of newly picked-up ABC/ABC Studios drama series that will be undergoing recasting. Toplned by Don Johnson and Chace Crawford, the series examines the biggest oil discovery in American history, which has triggered a geopolitical shift and an economic boom in North Dakota on a scale not seen since the 1849 California Gold Rush. The series will be recasting two series regular characters played in the pilot by Caitlin Carver and Yani Gellman (ex-Rafe, Y&R).
Carver portrayed Lacey Boyd, the younger daughter of Hap (Johnson). Gellman played A.J. Menendez, Hap’s personal driver who leads a triple life: He’s not only Lacey’s clandestine lover, he’s a spy for the reigning family of Saudi Arabia as a member of its royal family. And Lacey’s pillow talk gets passed along to the Middle East as soon as she falls asleep.
In addition to Oil, new ABC/ABC Studios drama series that are recasting series regulars include The Catch, which is replacing Damon Dayoub and Bethany Joy Lenz, Quantico (Dougray Scott) and Wicked City (Adam Rothenberg, Darrell Britt-Gibson). Additionally, the ABCS-produced new CBS series Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders is recasting the female lead, originally played by Anna Gunn in the planted spinoff episode of Criminal Minds.
Her Outfit Costs What?! Eva Longoria's $23,621 All-White Ensemble(Photo) Eva Longoria set the style bar sky-high upon landing at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. As per usual, the actress looked flawless in an all-white ensemble even after a lengthy flight from Los Angeles to Nice. Seriously, the girl gives new meaning to the term "arriving in style," but that doesn't mean her impeccable look didn't cost a pretty penny—let's review.
Tight and white is not a combo many are brave enough to chance, but Longoria did so effortlessly. Showing off her perfect curves and toned midriff, the 40-year-old actress donned a body-hugging white laser cut cropped top and matching pencil skirt by Twenty, with each piece ringing in at $138.
Sticking with the monochromatic theme, the brunette beauty added a few inches to her pint-size frame with white Christian Louboutin court shoes, which make a great summer alternative to your trusty nude pump. But with a price tag of $675, they're not exactly the most budget-friendly kicks.
Now the pièce de résistance: her awe-inducing Hermes Birkin bag. This bag qualifies as some serious arm candy, and with a price tag of $22,500, it's every inch as luxe as it looks.
Finishing off her look, Eva opted for a sleek pair of shades. It seems that almost every celeb has this pair of Ray-Bans in their rotation, and Eva's $170 oversized mirrored aviators are no exception.
There you have it: Eva's $23,621 airport style.
Breaking it down piece-by-piece:
SightingsEva Longoria accepting her humanitarian award at Monaco’s Better World Awards in front of Formula 1 greats Jenson Button and Eddie Jordan ...
Chris Pine and Vail Bloom Kiss During PDA-Packed Lunch: See the Sweet Photos(Photo1, Photo2) Has Into the Woods' Prince Charming found his princess?
Chris Pine was spotted Sunday in Hollywood enjoying a PDA- and Pellegrino-packed lunch with TV star Vail Bloom.
The two were snapped leaning in to share a sweet kiss while dining al fresco for lunch.
The couple also took a leisurely stroll while doing some shopping, with Pine, 34, looking relaxed in a white T-shirt, jeans and black cap. Meanwhile, Vail, 32, kept things casual in a breezy white jumpsuit. They were seen heading to American Rag, where Pine walked out carrying a couple of bags of clothing.
Pine's rep has not commented on the couple's relationship status.
The actor can be seen next in the film adaption of the cult sci-fi novel Z for Zachariah, and earlier this year, he stopped by the Sundance Film Festival to promote the movie, which was a hit at the festival.
Vail most recently appeared on Vanderpump Rules and has starred in Cold Case and Castle, among several TV gigs. She also received a Daytime Emmy nomination for her role as Heather Stevens on The Young and the Restless.
Mr. WriteGiven the fact that Y&R is the No. 1 soap in daytime — and has been in that spot for decades — it's not surprising that the decision to hire Charles Pratt Jr. six months ago as Y&R's executive producer/headwriter came with a lot of scrutiny. And some negativity.
"Right away when I came in, I got the usual hate stuff," admits the scribe. "For a second, it kind of affects you! People don't realize it, but they're attacking my confidence. And if I start doubting myself on day four, we're in real trouble! The viewers that have watched Y&R every day for years are entitled to a strong opinion, but I don't like the personal stuff about other shows. Quite frankly it [ticks] me off. This shouldn't be about other shows, it's about this show. And if I do a good job, and please [the fans], ratings will go up. If I don't do a good job, I won't be doing the job long."
Pick up Soaps In Depth for more of this candid Q&A!
Sony, CBS: Actress Can't Sue for Retaliation Because She Never Applied for Job(hollywoodreporter.com) On Wednesday, CBS Corp. and Sony Pictures filed a pair of motions in a California courtroom that aims for the soap opera equivalent of throwing Victoria Rowell's lawsuit off of a cliff.
The former Young and the Restless star filed her lawsuit in February with allegations that despite widespread public interest that she revive her role as Drucilla Barber Winters, the defendants wouldn't re-hire her because of her outspokenness about increasing the presence of African-Americans both in front of and behind the camera in soap operas. The broadcaster and producers have not only thrown up an anticipated First Amendment challenge to such a claim, but have also cast doubt on the idea of an actress who is so popular, she doesn't need to go through the formality of applying to support a legal claim of retaliation under the Fair Employment and Housing Act.
Rowell's lawsuit "describes the numerous attempts of Plaintiff and those acting on her behalf to ask Defendants if she could 'return to Y&R,' but she never alleges she actually applied for any position," states a motion to dismiss (read here: scribd.com).
CBS and Sony tell the judge there's no requirement under FEHA that employers create new positions when asked. They say it would "open the floodgates" to lawsuits against employers.
Then, in a noteworthy footnote, they address the "anticipated argument" from Rowell that she should be excused from actually applying or auditioning "because she is a 'star' or because 'sometimes' actors with 'known characters' get jobs without actually applying for them."
A star in Hollywood might not equate to a star in the eyes of labor law. CBS and Sony say that the requirement of a job application is important lest courts be forced to measure the "stature or popularity" of particular plaintiffs to determine if they have been retaliated against for an "open position."
Besides a motion to dismiss, CBS and Sony have also filed an anti-SLAPP motion that aims to defeat the lawsuit — and potentially make Rowell pay their legal costs — on free speech grounds. The motion (read here: scribd.com) repeats the same argument above as well as the one that casting decisions are creative expression protected by the First Amendment. The defendants put special emphasis on a 2012 decision that rejected a discrimination lawsuit against ABC for failing to feature non-white cast members on The Bachelor.
What makes that decision according to the defendants the "most on-point federal court decision on this topic" — besides featuring some of the same attorneys on the plaintiffs' side —is that a federal court ruled that to inject itself in casting decisions "would actually affect the particular show's message" and "embroil courts in questioning the creative process behind any television program."
"This lawsuit seeks to wrest control of that decision from Defendants, and to invoke California’s anti-discrimination law in an attempt to force two television soap operas to alter their story lines to accommodate the wishes of one actress," states the anti-SLAPP motion from attorneys at Davis Wright Tremaine. "There can be little doubt that such governmental interference invites First Amendment scrutiny."
One quick and timely note on procedure: The lawsuit was originally brought in New York. CBS and Sony raised a jurisdictional challenge before Rowell agreed to bring the lawsuit over to California. One of the big differences between the two states is that California has a much more expansive anti-SLAPP statute as it covers free speech whereas New York doesn't. The California law is aimed at deterring frivolous lawsuits at very early stages by examining whether they address First Amendment activity and whether the plaintiff has a likelihood of prevailing. This isn't to say that Rowell will necessarily lose and be forced to pay CBS/Sony's legal bill. We merely mention this because on Wednesday, several lawmakers introduced a bill that would establish a federal anti-SLAPP law with potentially big ramifications if passed. The bill would impact where lawsuits are adjudicated and influence the course of lawsuits touching free speech activities, which would mean a great deal for media and entertainment companies, and as seen here, might even make labor claims tougher for certain plaintiffs.
Rowell's lawyer Dan Stormer isn't impressed by the motions from CBS and Sony.
"This is a standard practice that defendants use to try and escape from their responsibilities," he says. "CBS/Sony is afraid to address the important underlying issues of their racial discrimination and retaliation. They are hoping to find some obscure technicality that might allow them to escape the justice that Victoria Rowell so richly deserves”
Y&R STAR GETS HITCHEDCongratulations to Greg Rikaart (Kevin, Y&R), who married his partner, writer Robert Sudduth. Rikaart’s co-stars, like Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), Jessica Collins (Avery) and Melissa Ordway (Abby) took to Twitter to offer warm wishes. To see a photo of the happy couple exchanging vows on the beach, go here. Rikaart had earlier tweeted that Sudduth landed a writing job on the new series, HOT AND BOTHERED, which will star Y&R alum Eva Longoria (ex-Isabella).
NEW ROLE FOR Y&R ALUM EDEN RIEGELEden Riegel, best known for her Emmy-winning run as Y&R's Heather, has been cast as Seven in the upcoming web series CLUB 5150. "We are beyond thrilled to have Eden join the fun," said Creator Steve Silverman. "She's someone I've been wanting to work with for years. And I think the audience is really going to enjoy seeing her in a role that's kind of a change-up in pace from what they're used to." The show will begin shooting in August.
ABC Picks Up Yani Gellman Pilot“Untitled Pate & Fishburne Project” (formerly Boom)
Billy and Cody Lefever dream of a new life beyond their working class roots and move to “The Bakken” in North Dakota, booming after the biggest oil discovery in American history. They’re soon pitted against a ruthless tycoon who forces them to bet big and put everything on the line, including their marriage.
Starring Don Johnson as Hap, Chace Crawford as Billy, Rebecca Rittenhouse as Kelly, Delroy Lindo as Tip, Amber Valetta as Carla, Scott Michael Foster as Wick, India De Beaufort as Jules, Yani Gellman as AJ and Caitlin Carver as Lacey.
Written by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne. Executive producers are Tony Krantz, Josh Pate, Rodes Fishburne, Drew Comins, and Don Johnson; produced by ABC Signature.
The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards TelecastWatch the entire show online here - Video
Y&R SCRIBE CONFIRMS STATUSAccording to her own post on Twitter, Y&R’s former head writer, Jean Passanante, who shared the title with Shelly Altman until they were replaced by Charles Pratt, Jr. last year, is no longer with the show. Unlike Altman, who had shifted over to another capacity on the writing staff, Passanante tweeted to a follower, "I'm no longer with Y&R so I'm glad you're still with me!” Passanante has an established career in daytime, which includes writing stints on AMC, ATWT, OLTL and GH.
PRAYERS FOR MOM OF B&B’S HEATHER TOMOn Twitter, B&B’s Heather Tom (Katie) revealed that her beloved mother, Marie, is facing a health crisis. "Please pray for my mother-she's in the hospital with heart failure-waiting to hear if #Medicare with approve life saving surgery,” she wrote. "Thank you to everyone at @KeckMedUSC for taking such good care of her.” Tom also asked her followers for support. "Thank you so much for whatever good thoughts you can spare-I haven't posted a lot lately but I feels so good to feel supported.” We’re wishing Marie and the Tom family the best.
FRANK RUNYEON JOINS Y&RFrank Runyeon (ex-Steve, ATWT et al) is set to join Y&R as Angel, who happens to actually be an angel, and will appear on May 28 and June 2, reports TV Insider. For more, click here.
Spice GirlY&R's Mishael Morgan says that her alter ego, Hilary, has always led a dual life, so to speak (presenting a public face that was different than her personal side.) However, it was a lot more confusing to her to play the vixen when she first came on, because Y&R refused to tell her anything about her character's background!
"I was completely blind!" laughs the actress. "I tried to get some stuff out of them, but they never told me anything. But my mother and sisters watched Y&R diligently, and they were like, 'I think you're Rose's daughter!' I jumped into the deep-end of that storyline, and made a choice that I was probably Rose's daughter and I was probably in town for revenge!"
Soaps In Depth caught up with the beauty to talk about the highs and lows of portraying such a complex character. Pick up the magazine for the interview!
The Leftovers Season 2: Family Matters Alum Among 3 New AdditionsHungry for more Leftovers scoop?
The HBO drama continues to flesh out its revamped Season 2 ensemble, adding three more actors — including a Family Matters grad — to the cast, TVLine has learned exclusively.
The fresh blood includes new series regulars Kevin Carroll (Law & Order: SVU) as John Murphy (husband to Erika, played by Regina King), the Garvey’s new neighbor and head of the town’s volunteer fire department, as well as newcomer Jovan Adepo as John and Erika’s son Michael, a teenager actively involved in his church.
Additionally, Darius McCrary (AKA Family Matters‘ Eddie) is set to guest star/recur as Isaac Rayney, a local palm reader and childhood friend of John’s.
As TVLine previously reported, The Leftovers is undergoing a creative overhaul after exhausting nearly all of its source material in Season 1 (the series is created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta and based on Perrotta’s 2011 novel of the same name). In addition to relocating from New York to Texas, the acclaimed drama is dropping roughly half of its cast; however, leads Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Christopher Eccleston and Carrie Coon are expected to return.
Production on Season 2 started last month.
CHRISTIAN LEBLANC NOT LEAVING Y&RA rumor gaining traction online has Y&R’s Christian J. LeBlanc, who plays Michael Baldwin, leaving the show to take over the role of Kevin on GH. (Kevin was last seen earlier this year in the form of Anthony Starke, who pinch-hit for Jon Lindstrom while Lindstrom was shooting TRUE DETECTIVE.) But a Y&R spokesperson emphatically states, “No. That isn’t true.” Whispers that LeBlanc would exit Y&R have been circulating since Michael was diagnosed with cancer last year and the actor mingled with the GH cast at the Daytime Emmys. Shrugs a Y&R setsider, "He’s still very good friends with Billy Miller [ex-Billy; Jason, GH] and Michelle Stafford [ex-Phyllis; Nina, GH]. Maybe that’s where the confusion began."
CADY MCCLAIN RELEASES FACEBOOK STATEMENTOn her public Facebook fan page, Cady McClain offered an update to fans as to her Y&R status — as well as a heartfelt plea to viewers for their kindness.
"It's like nothing I've ever acted or been involved with story-wise before," she said of her upcoming material, adding, "I totally understand that the character of 'Kelly' drives some people crazy. But please remember, I am just the actress. I'm glad to occasionally be given the opportunity to entertain you, whether it's on Y&R or elsewhere. And if you love the character or hate her, it's all good. Maybe just don't tag me when you hate on her, please, because my work means something to me. I hold the characters I get to create close to my heart." Seeming to address rumors that she will be departing Y&R, she wrote, "I don't wanna lie to you about anything but I also don't want to jump the shark and ruin a cool storyline."
For her complete statement, go to www.facebook.com/CadyMcClain.
MCKENNA BACK ON THE BEAT AT Y&RAccording to his recent tweets, Chris L. McKenna has returned to Y&R to reprise the role of brash cop Mark Harding. "Great seeing everyone today,” the actor posted about being back on the Y&R set."As usual @gregrikaart [Kevin] and I struggled to keep a straight face through our scenes.” A spokesperson confirms that McKenna will begin airing on June 2.
McClain Is Out At Y&R!Cady McClain is done as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Kelly. This afternoon (April 28), the actress updated the "work" section on her Facebook page to indicate that she had left her job on the soap.
NEW Y&R ROLE CAST(Photo) Y&R has cast Sofia Pernas in the recurring role of Marisa, a mysterious beauty, who will arrive in Genoa City and interact with key characters. Pernas will make her debut on June 1.
Y&R STAR PREGNANTY&R’s Mishael Morgan (Hilary) and her husband are expecting a baby in August. A spokesperson for the show has confirmed that the pregnancy will not become part of Hilary’s storyline.
David Hasselhoff Rides a Dinosaur in 'True Survivor' Music Video(Video) Fiery special effects, a classic sports car, the hero wearing a leather bomber jacket and rocking a mullet – so far it sounds like classic David Hasselhoff. But The Hoff's new music video has all that and more, much more. It has dinosaurs.
In the video released Thursday, the former Knight Rider and Baywatch star, 62, sings "True Survivor," the theme song for a film called Kung Fury.
The movie is a mashup of '80s cop movies, kung-fu action, comedy and time travel, and the money to make it was raised on Kickstarter. All $630,019.
The catchy, synth-heavy song was shared on Twitter by Jared Leto who wrote, "Say THANK YOU for putting this in your life."
We have to agree with him.
Kung Fury will be released at the end of May.
Michelle Stafford Has a "Secret" New ProjectMichelle Stafford (Nina, GH) is the creator and star (alongside daughter Natalia, 5) of a new Web series, SECRET LIFE OF A SINGLE MOM, for NickMom.com. She gave the scoop to TV Guide's Michael Logan — check it out here.
The Unsung Legacy of Black Characters on Soap OperasThe Unsung Legacy of Black Characters on Soap Operas: Read the article here.
Corbin Bernsen Recurs In 'Living On Video'Corbin Bernsen has joined the cast of Living On Video, David Fincher’s HBO comedy pilot. Set in 1983 Los Angeles, it revolves around the players of the then-exploding music video industry — directors, record executives and crew members, many of them dabbling in drugs — through the eyes of a newcomer, Robby (Charlie Rowe). Robby is a wide-eyed guy who drops out of college and drives to Hollywood with dreams of directing a sci-fi epic and lands a job as a PA for a company making music videos. Bernsen, repped by Greene & Associates and Randy James Management, will play Bill White, a successful Hollywood commercial director. The actor starred on USA’s Psych, and other recent credits include The Young & The Restless, NCIS: New Orleans and Anger Management. He next appears on the big screen in Jesse & Naomi and Sensory Perception.
Michelle Stafford Lands A Movie Gig!Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL's Michelle Stafford (Nina), who has landed a role in the Kickstarter-funded film Durant's Never Closes!
The indie movie stars Tom Sizemore as ladies' man Jack Durant, and tells his story over a single day at the mysterious restaurateur's steakhouse. Stafford is playing Suzie, the love of Jack's life. Pam Grier, Peter Bogdanovich and Michael Richards also appear in the film, which began production this week.
Rowell's Lawyer Responds To CBS ClaimOne of the attorneys representing former THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla) in her lawsuit against CBS and Sony argues that the corporations' claims that the actress' case is unconstitutional is... well, false.
"CBS and Sony's position is no surprise, but it's certainly misguided," says Dan Stormer of Hadsell & Stormer, co-counsel for Rowell. "Nothing in the Constitution exempts Hollywood from adhering to this country's laws prohibiting retaliation against employees who oppose racial discrimination. The core of this case is Ms. Rowell's free speech -- her right to speak out about the lack of diversity at her workplace without reprisal."
Victoria Rowell’s ‘Young and the Restless’ Lawsuit Is Unconstitutional, CBS and Sony TV Argue(thewrap.com) Actress claims she wasn’t rehired on the soap in retaliation for her diversity complaints.
Former “The Young and the Restless” star Victoria Rowell’s lawsuit against CBS and Sony Pictures Television is beginning to take dramatic turns worthy of a soap opera.
Sony Pictures Television and CBS have moved to dismiss Rowell’s lawsuit, filed in February, contending, among other things, that Rowell’s demands violate the First Amendment.
In a sharply worded memorandum in support of the motion filed in U.S. district court in New York, attorneys for CBS and Sony claim that Rowell’s suit is “a blatant attempt by Plaintiff to force her way back onto a daytime television soap opera, after she voluntarily resigned from her role in 2007.”
The memo goes on to claim that Rowell’s claims “are barred as a matter of law.”
“Plaintiff boldly asks this District Court to order Defendants to put her back on television, and she complains about why she believes Defendants have not already done so. Her allegations, however, fail to state a cognizable claim against both Sony Pictures and CBS and are barred as a matter of law. Thus, Plaintiff’s claims fail in their entirety and should be dismissed,” the memo reads.
The lawyers argue that casting and script decisions are protected free speech, and ordering CBS and Sony to make those decisions for Rowell’s benefit would run contrary to the First Amendment.
“Plaintiff’s claims are barred by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and the California Constitution. Casting and script-writing decisions, such as those Plaintiff now complains, constitute protected free speech,” the motion reads. “Indeed, any order ‘directing’ Defendants to create a role or story line on either Y&R or B&B for Plaintiff and cast Plaintiff, as she requests … would constitute the Court compelling Defendants’ speech, in clear violation of the First Amendment.”
Rowell’s lawsuit contends that the actress, who played Drucilla on “The Young and the Restless,” wasn’t re-hired in retaliation for her “public and private complaints regarding the lack of diversity in front of and behind the camera on the show.”
She claims that she also attempted to join “Y&R’s” sister soap “The Bold and the Beautiful,” but was denied.
In the memo, lawyers for Sony and CBS contend that Rowell fails to state a claim under both the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and federal law, because she cannot show “that there was any open position for which Plaintiff actually applied in the period relevant to this Complaint.” They also argue that she never “exhausted administrative remedies” with CBS, which FEHA requires before filing a lawsuit claiming FEHA violations.
Rowell, who joined “Y&R” in 1990, claims she “reluctantly left the show in 2007 after facing years of racial discrimination.”
CBS and Sony are also asking that the case be moved to California, where “The Young and the Restless” films.
David Hasselhoff Joins ‘Sharknado 3'Baywatch star David Hasselhoff (ex-Snapper, Y&R) will be treading familiar waters. He’s been tapped to play Fin’s (Ian Ziering) father in the third installment of Syfy’s highly successful B-movie franchise. Premiering on Syfy in July, Sharknado 3 will cause mass destruction in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., than roar down the Eastern Seaboard. Anthony C. Ferrante will once again direct, based on an original screenplay by Thunder Levin. Sharknado 3 is a production of The Asylum. In addition to Ziering, Hasselhoff joins returning stars Tara Reid and Cassie Scerbo, along with Bo Derek, Ryan Newman and Jack Griffo. Additional cameo roles include Mark Cuban, Ann Coulter, Jerry Springer, NSYNC singer Chris Kirkpatrick and Chris Jericho.
Save The Date!THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Fan Club has announced that the 2015 Fan Club Event will be held the evening of Saturday, August 15, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, CA. You must be a current Y&R Fan Club member in order to purchase tickets to attend, but there's still time to join because reservation packets will not be mailed out to members until Sunday, March 15. (Fan Club members will also be able to purchase one additional ticket for a non-member.) You can find an application to join the Y&R Fan Club by clicking here.
The Sheraton Universal will be offering a special rate on hotel rooms, and a block of rooms has been set aside. But the discount code will not be available until March 15, so don't book your reservations until then, or you won't get the special rate. Most of the cast of Y&R is slated to be in attendance, and additional smaller events are being planned for Friday, August 14, and Sunday, August 16, so you'll want to keep those days open as well.
CBS RESPONDS TO ROWELL SUITIn a statement, CBS responded to Victoria Rowell’s (ex-Dru, Y&R) lawsuit claiming that Y&R refused to rehire her in retaliation for her speaking out about the lack of employment of African-Americans on daytime's top-rated drama, noting, “We were disappointed to learn that, after leaving the cast of The Young and the Restless on her own initiative, Ms. Rowell has attempted to rewrite that history through lawyers' letters and a lawsuit that has no merit. We harbor no ill will toward Ms. Rowell, but we will vigorously defend this case.”
Victoria Rowell Speaks Out!(Photo) Soaps In Depth was present this morning when former THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla) held a press conference in New York City to discuss her lawsuit against CBS and Sony.
"This is a profound moment for me," the actress shared, "as an African-American woman who wishes to continue to live the American dream. I've always advocated for myself, and was taught to do so after 18 years in foster care. And I advocate for others, and was taught to do so. So this is not about me. This is about myself and the many, many other African-Americans who have been denied the right to perform in front of and behind the camera. Specifically on Y&R."
In her suit, Rowell claims that CBS and Sony have refused to rehire her in retaliation for her being outspoken about the lack of diversity in the daytime community, and particularly on her former show, the top-rated daytime drama. "It is an incestuous industry, and it has retaliated against me," the actress told In Depth at this morning's conference.
Soaps In Depth will have more on Rowell's case in an upcoming issue.
Ex-'Young And The Restless' Star Hits CBS & Sony Pictures TV With Retaliation Lawsuit(deadline.com) Eight years after leaving the long running soap opera, Victoria Rowell is taking the network and the producers to court today for not letting her back – and she directly blames Les Moonves. In a just filed lawsuit in federal court in NYC, the actress who played Drucilla Winters on The Young And The Restless from 1990 to 2007 claims CBS, Sony Pictures Television, Bell Dramatic Serial Company and Bell-Phillip Television Production Inc. are distinctly not allowing her back on Y&R or The Bold And The Beautiful. Why? Because of her public advocacy of greater diversity on the soaps, she says. That’s a violation of federal law and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, today’s jury seeking complaint claims (read it here). It alleges that Rowell was being “impoverished and blackballed because she had chosen to speak out against the discrimination and injustice that she had endured and witnessed happen to other African Americans.”
“We were disappointed to learn that, after leaving the cast of The Young and the Restless on her own initiative, Ms. Rowell has attempted to rewrite that history through lawyers’ letters and a lawsuit that has no merit,” said CBS in a statement today. “We harbor no ill will toward Ms. Rowell, but we will vigorously defend this case.”
Trying unsuccessfully to get back on the soap as the popular character since 2010, the actress says that “the Defendants have disregarded their own self-interest in their efforts to retaliate against Ms. Rowell.” In her claims of retaliation complaint, Rowell now wants a variety of unspecified damages, including back pay, front pay and benefits. She also wants “an order directing Defendants to re-employ Ms. Rowell on Y&R, or at least to consider her seriously for re-employment on Y&R without regard to her prior efforts to address the discrimination that she perceived at Defendants.”
In fact, deep within the filing’s details of Rowell’s efforts to increase diversity on the soap, her desire to get back on it and meetings with the likes of SPT’s Steven Mosko and bigger boss Michael Lynton, is this odd gem involving CBS boss Moonves. “Sensing from both Bradley Bell’s and Steven Kent’s comments that the decisions were being made at a higher level, meaning at CBS, in March 2011, Ms. Rowell exchanged emails with Leslie Moonves, CBS’s President and Chief Executive Officer, about her desire to return to Y&R or start a new role on B&B,” the 48-page document claims. “Mr. Moonves responded that he no longer was involved in programming or casting for those shows, and suggested that she seek help elsewhere. The suggestion that CBS was not involved in decision-making was not true.”
“After many months of advocacy with CBS and Sony officials on behalf of Ms. Rowell, National Urban League President Morial told Ms. Rowell that in his opinion Mr. Moonves opposed Ms. Rowell’s return to any CBS show, likely because of her advocacy for increased African American employment in front of and behind the camera,” the suit later alleges. There’s also an exchange where Congresswoman Maxine Waters supposedly tries to “advocate” with Moonves to put Rowell back on the show. “Mr. Moonves responded that if Ms. Waters contacted him again on behalf of Ms. Rowell, he would report her to the House Ethics Committee,” says today’s filing. “It is unclear what Mr. Moonves thought was unethical about Ms. Waters advocating for a constituent, but his response certainly showed Mr. Moonves’ hostility.”
Rowell’s views on the diversity in the soaps world is nothing new – at least not on social media. On the 41st anniversary of Y&R in 2014, she posted a series of tweets chastising the show.”Young & Restless on air for 40 years, loyally watched by their absolute competitive-edge audience (blacks) & not ONE black Exec PRODUCER?,” the also former Diagnosis: Murder actress wrote. Just last week on Twitter, the 2-time Daytime Emmy nominee reiterated that long held stance:
@victoriarowell : #BlackHistoryMonth NOT BlkMysteryMonth. NO blk exec producers hired in soap opera industry though advertisers/producers depend on AAspending.
Mehri & Skalet, PLLC out of D.C. plus NYC-based Valli Kane and Vagnini LLP and Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP are representing the actress in this action.
Y&R ALUM VICTORIA ROWELL SUES CBS AND SONY!Daytime Confidential broke the news that Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla, Y&R) is suing CBS and Sony (and other defendants) on the grounds that Y&R refused to rehire her in retaliation for her speaking out about the lack of employment of African-Americans on daytime's top-rated drama. In the suit, Rowell alleges that she left the show in 2007 in the wake of racial discrimination, which she describes in her complaint. Rowell claims that since 2010, she has sought to return to the show, or to join BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL, and that Sony and Bell-Phillip Television Production, Inc., acting in concert with CBS's CEO, have rejected her bid because of her public and private comments about the show's lack of diversity both in front of and behind the camera.
See Who's Returning to Mistresses!Even though Mistresseslast showed Scott getting ditched at the altar, he's not done just yet! Justin Hartley will return to the ABC summer soap for two episodes, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
In the final moments of the second season, Joss (Jes Macallan) and Harry (Brett Tucker) finally got together on the beach outside of Joss and Scott's wedding. The episode ended with Savi (Alyssa Milano) walking down the steps to possibly find her sister and her ex-husband together. However what Savi saw or didn't see could be complicated by the that Milano is exiting the show.
"A lot of where Season 3 starts is dealing with what the massive repercussions that choice will bring," Macallan said. "We know it's going to be wrapped up, but we don't know how they're going to handle it."
Regardless of how the show handles Savi's off-camera reaction to the major development, it's clear Scott's handling of the rejection will play a big part in the beginning of the season. As for Joss and Harry's future, both Macallan and Tucker are just glad their characters finally got together - a plotline that wasn't exactly planned from the beginning.
"[The writers] allowed the progression of what was happening on-screen to happen and influence their writing," she said. "They were like, 'There's something going on there' and they ran with it. I don't think we thought it was going there, but they [said to us], 'Are you feeling that under the subtext?' And we said, 'Totally, that could happen.'"
Are you happy Joss and Harry got together? Are you glad Scott is coming back?
Mistresses returns this summer to ABC.
Y&R ALUM’S INVITATIONElizabeth Hendrickson (ex-Chloe, Y&R) is encouraging her fans to stay in touch and even interact with her by checking out the personal videos she posts on http://peeppl.com/feeds/theehendrickson (the latest footage features the actress asking for requests for her to play on the ukulele). "I love PEEPPL because it lets me stay in direct contact with my fans, who have been wonderful to me since I left YOUNG AND RESTLESS,” Hendrikson tells Digest. "I can make exclusive videos based on what my fans suggest and how they vote for their favorites. It's a really creative way for us to collaborate that I've never seen anywhere else. It's as much fun for me as it is for my fans."
Y&R STAR AND WIFE SPLITSean Carrigan (Stitch, Y&R) shares exclusively with Soap Opera Digest that he and actress Suzanne Quast are ending their 7-year marriage. "My wife and I jointly filed for divorce at the Santa Monica courthouse today,” he reveals. “It’s amicable and we’re citing irreconcilable differences. It’s been really sad for us but we both agree it’s the right thing at this time."
Y&R’S TRISTAN ROGERS REUPSTristan Rogers (Colin) reports on Twitter that he is sticking around Genoa City. "I am at Y&R for another year,” he posted. "Doesn’t mean I won't do other stuff. But my mind is there and I want to make it prominent in daytime.” Rogers originated the role in 2010, left the following year, then came back in 2012 just long enough for Colin to get arrested and carted off to prison in Australia. Colin regained his freedom and returned to Genoa City in February, 2014.
Y&R Star Needs Your Help For A Good CauseTHE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Amelia Heinle (Victoria) recently launched a fashion and lifestyle Web site called Dear March, and in addition to the articles and peeks into the actress' personal life is an on-line store where a percentage of the sales are donated to the American Cancer Society in honor of Heinle's sister, Jane, who is currently battling cancer.
Now, Heinle is hosting a special charity event for BelieveBig.org on Sunday, December 14, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy located at The Grove in Los Angeles, CA. Her husband, Thad Luckinbill (ex-J.T.) will be on hand as one of the special guests, and there will be a limited number of tickets available for a VIP meet and greet with the actors. Tickets are available exclusively at DearMarchShop.com, and money raised by the event will be donated to the cancer charity Believe Big in Jane's name.
Murdering My Youth: A Memoir by Cady McClain(Order here!) (Book Cover) Cady McClain is a two-time Emmy award winning actress for her roles on "All My Children" and "As the World Turns." Previous books include "Conversations with the Invisible" and "Licked-poems of Love (sort of)." Her first short film as a director/writer/producer, "Flip Fantasia," was accepted into the Macon Film Festival in 2014. She also writes articles for the Internet and keeps a blog on her website: www.cadymcclain.com. She is currently starring on the CBS daytime series as "Kelly" on "The Young and the Restless." Paperback: 270 pages - April 16, 2014 (Order here!)
Buy Eileen Davidson's ClothesEileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R) is going from fashion forward to paying it forward by partnering with Evolution Vintage for charity. The actress is selling several of her own dresses that she previously wore on the red carpet, with most of the proceeds going to No Kid Hungry. "I’m really excited about the fans being able to purchase these dresses," enthuses Davidson. "I'm really excited about this." To find out what's available for purchase, go to www.evolution-vintage.com/CuratedCloset.html. Also visit them on Facebook — www.facebook.com/EvolutionVintage) and Twitter @EvolutionVtg.
Cooper's A Bestseller!THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) has had quite a storied career as an actress in Hollywood, but now she can add best-selling author to her crowded resume! The memoir Cooper penned with Lindsay Harrison, Not Young, Still Restless, has entered the New York Times Bestseller List for Hardcover Nonfiction at number 25!
You can read all about Cooper's experience putting her memories down on paper in the new CBS issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now.
Y&R is on PinterestThe Official Y&R Pinterest account is up and running at pinterest.com/officialyandr!
Not a Pinterest user yet? Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that lets you organize and share things you find on-line, such as favorite fashions, decorating ideas and recipes. You can also check out boards created by other people who share your interests.
A "pin" is an image you add to Pinterest. Your pin can be added from a website using the "Pin it" button, or you can upload images from your computer. A board is a set of pins.
Current Y&R boards focus on "super couples," fashion, and some of Genoa City's favorite citizens. Have fun and happy pinning!
Bill Bell Authorized Biography Hits StoresThe Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell: Creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful is a must-read for Y&R fans. The authorized biography, written by veteran soap journalist Michael Maloney, along with Lee Phillip Bell, who co-created the shows with her late husband, goes on sale June 1 but is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com.
Maloney began his television career working as a page at CBS Television City, spending as many shifts as he could on the set or in the control booth, where he could see Bill Bell's words brought to life. He subsequently worked for two years as Lee's assistant on The Bold and the Beautiful before becoming a full-time member of the media and, for the last 20 years or so, has reported and written extensively about television and soap operas. So, when Lee approached him about writing Bill's biography, he could draw not only on a personal library of tapes and notes, but he already had relationships with a number of the nearly 70 actors, writers, producers and Bell family members he interviewed for the book. Although Maloney had spoken to quite a few of his subjects before, he said he still learned a lot and "asked things he might not ask for a magazine article!"
It took about three years, Maloney said, to complete the book, which details Bill's pre-soap career as a Chicago ad man (shades of Mad Men - there's a chapter with that title) as well as Lee's broadcasting career. Lee, with her groundbreaking talk show, was a beloved Windy City media icon long before Phil Donahue and Oprah made their marks there.
Join the Y&R Fan Club!Fan Club members receive exclusive gifts such as cast photos, an autographed birthday card, and much more! Stay in touch with other fans and get the latest news on future Fan Club events, including the Fan Club Luncheon where you can dine with your Y&R favorites, participate in a Q&A session and bid on unique auction items. The application is quick and easy. Join today!
Victoria Rowell NovelFormer Y&R star Victoria Rowell's novel, Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva, will be released May 4.
May 4 - New York City - Hue Man Book Signing
May 6 - New York City - Borders Books Columbus Circle Book Signing
May 7 - New Orleans - Book Signing at Octavia Books
May 8 - Baton Rouge, LA - Scotlandville Library Book Signing
May 9 - Baton Rouge, LA - Barnes & Noble Book Signing
May 11 - Los Angeles - Grove Barnes & Noble BIRTHDAY Book Signing
May 13 - Atlanta - Book Signing at Buckhead Barnes & Noble
May 15 - New York City - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 18 - Somerset, NJ - Franklin Township Public Library
May 22 - Atlanta - Camp Creek Barnes & Noble Book Signing
June 4-6 - Atlanta - Victoria's One Woman Show at Southwest Arts Center
The Man Who Came BackThe Man Who Came Back starring Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R)- is on DVD
Death In DaytimeEileen Davidson (Ashley) has written the new book 'Death In Daytime: A Soap Opera Mystery' which hits bookstores on Oct. 7. In the novel The Yearning Tide’s biggest diva, Alexis Peterson is accused of killing her head writer. She tells Soap Opera Weekly, “it’s only very loosely based on real people and events. The stuff that goes on behind the scenes at a soap… people wouldn’t believe.”
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A Memoir by Victoria RowellBook: The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir by Victoria Rowell
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