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Michael Roark Announces He's Leaving THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(12/7/16) The casting changes at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS continue, with Michael Roark (Travis) announcing his exit from the soap!
“I made the decision to move on to the next challenge in my career,” the actor posted to Instagram. “Thank you fans for your support and for welcoming me. This has been an unexpected and special chapter for me.
“Special thanks to Amelia Heinle (Victoria) for being everything she is,” Roark continued, “and to the CBS family, past and present, for allowing me to bring Travis Crawford to the canvas. We hope you enjoyed our #Tricky story.”
The pairing of Travis and Victoria was immediately successful with many Y&R fans, and he apologized for the turn the couple’s storyline has taken recently. “Travis loves Victoria,” he assured fans. “Always has. But he never took the care to look inward and address his demons after his life crashed the first time. He ran away to a bar and then to a boat and life humbled him again, as it does.”
Roark first appeared on Y&R back in April of this year, and after a few months, took a break that led viewers to speculate he’d left the soap. Travis returned to Genoa City soon enough, so could another comeback be in the future? “You never know if Travis may return one day,” the actor teased. “Maybe a wiser man.”
THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Recasts Reed With Teen Actor Tristan Lake Leabu!(12/6/16) Victoria and J.T.’s little boy is about to hit a major growth spurt as sources say that teenage actor Tristan Lake Leabu has been cast as Reed on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!
Leabu’s first role was as Lois Lane’s son in 2006’s Superman Returns, and he has also appeared in HAWAII FIVE-0 as well as other film and TV. This is his first daytime role, but the young actor/musician is clearly excited about it as he shared a photo of himself at the CBS studio!
Reed hasn’t been seen since 2015, when he was being played by Max Page. Although the little boy has been living with J.T. and Mac in Washington DC, he has made the occasional visit to Genoa City and as a teenager, could be about to make it his permanent home!
Although the soap hasn’t revealed any more details about the casting, such as when Leabu will first air or what storylines he’ll be involved in, we’ll keep you up to date as more information comes in!
Kelly Kruger and Mackenzie Mauzy Star in a Thrilling New Movie — See a Preview and a Peek Behind the Scenes!(12/4/16) The first trailer for Girls’ Night Out, starring THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s Kelly Kruger (ex-Eva) and Mackenzie Mauzy (ex-Phoebe) has been released, and it’s a shocker!
“I know a lot of you thought were were shooting a comedy, but…” Kruger joked on Twitter when she shared the first look at their upcoming film. In the thriller, a group of girls sees their bachelorette party turned into a night of terror when the bride-to-be’s ex torments them by kidnapping her fiancé and forcing them into horrific acts!
“We seriously had the best time making this movie,” Kruger insisted on Instagram. “I hope you guys have as much fun watching it as we did making it!
Check out the trailer right here.
A release schedule for Girls’ Night Out has not been announced, but we’ll be sure to let you know when you can watch this deadly thriller!
Audio Book Read By Cady McLain(12/1/16) The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian (Read by Cady McLain and Grace Experience)
(Order here) Release date January 10
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest Room comes a spine-tingling novel of lies, loss, and buried desire—the mesmerizing story of a wife and mother who vanishes from her bed late one night.
When Annalee Ahlberg goes missing, her children fear the worst. Annalee is a sleepwalker whose affliction manifests in ways both bizarre and devastating. Once, she merely destroyed the hydrangeas in front of her Vermont home. More terrifying was the night her older daughter, Lianna, pulled her back from the precipice of the Gale River bridge. The morning of Annalee's disappearance, a search party combs the nearby woods. Annalee's husband, Warren, flies home from a business trip. Lianna is questioned by a young, hazel-eyed detective. And her little sister, Paige, takes to swimming the Gale to look for clues. When the police discover a small swatch of fabric, a nightshirt, ripped and hanging from a tree branch, it seems certain Annalee is dead, but Gavin Rikert, the hazel-eyed detective, continues to call, continues to stop by the Ahlbergs' Victorian home. As Lianna peels back the layers of mystery surrounding Annalee's disappearance, she finds herself drawn to Gavin, but she must ask herself: Why does the detective know so much about her mother? Why did Annalee leave her bed only when her father was away? And if she really died while sleepwalking, where was the body?
Conjuring the strange and mysterious world of parasomnia, a place somewhere between dreaming and wakefulness, The Sleepwalker is a masterful novel from one of our most treasured storytellers.
Talk Show Appearance(12/1/16) HARRY (syndicated)
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Talk Show Appearance(12/1/16) Steve Harvey (syndicated)
Shemar Moore and Bill Bellamy (``The Bounce Back'')
Alyvia Alyn Lind and Hannah Nordberg Co-Star in 'Christmas of Many Colors'(11/30/16) Get in the holiday spirit with THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Alyvia Alyn Lind (Faith) and GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Hannah Nordberg (ex-Josslyn) as they co-star in the new movie Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, airing Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 9 p.m. ET on NBC!
According to NBC, “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.”
As a sequel to last year’s Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, the cast returns to their same roles, with Lind as Young Dolly Parton, Nordberg as her friend, Judy Ogle, and Jennifer Nettles and Ricky Schroder as Dolly’s parents, Robert and Avie Lee Parton.
Don’t miss the heartwarming holiday family drama!
Win A Gift From Kelly Kruger(11/29/16) Kelly Kruger (Eva, B&B/ex-Mac, Y&R), who writes Kelly’s Cache for Digest, has curated a holiday skincare basket and is giving one away to a lucky follower! The actress has partnered with Karine Joncas Cosmetiques to create a limited edition gift basket of her favorite products from the line. There will only be 10 baskets available for purchase through her blog www.MadisonCharles.com but one lucky follower will win one for free ($178 value). Folllow @kellylkruger on Instagram to enter to win!
Preview the "Intense" Second Season of THE BAY — And the Stars Joining the Cast in Season Three!(11/29/16) Season two of the THE BAY will be released on Amazon Prime beginning Tuesday, Nov. 29! “We pick up with the fact that Sara Garrett (played by DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Kayla, Mary Beth Evans) has been arrested, and she’s suck in a treacherous jail,” previews co-executive producer, Kristos Andrews, who also plays Pete. “So season two is focused on figuring out: what’s it gonna take to get her out?”
Pete’s bright idea is to get his hands on his trust fund, but the legalese says that he’ll first have to get hitched. “A love triangle develops between Pete, Janice (played by GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Lily, Lilly Melgar), and Vivian (Karrueche Tran). “The question is: Who does he get married to?” Andrews offers. “It’s pretty intense.”
The second half of season two is also where the emotional material by story consultant Wendy Riche (formerly of GH) debuts. Viewers will also learn — via a series of artfully cast flashback scenes — how John Blackwell (played by Ronn Moss, ex-Ridge, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) came to be a vigilante. Look for Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH) to debut as his mom, who has a surprising journey to take with her ailing ex, Mayor Madison (played by SANTA BARBARA’s Lionel, Nicolas Coster).
In the wake of winning their second Emmy for Outstanding Digital Drama, THE BAY has attracted new talent for its third season, which is now in production with Riche at the helm. Current B&B scribe Michele Van Jean joins as story consultant, alongside veteran soap scriptwriters Karen Harris, Julie Poll and Anne Schoettle. And joining the cast in season three are Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) and Emmy Award-winning costume designer, Bob Miller (GH).
THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Recasts Lily and Cane's Son, Charlie, With Brandin Stennis!(11/24/16) (Pic) Lily and Cane’s family on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is going to look a little different when Christmas rolls around — Brandin Stennis has been cast in the role of Charlie Ashby, making his debut on Thursday, Dec. 22.
He takes over for Aidan Alexander, who was just seen in the Thanksgiving episode. Alexander and his family are moving away, which required the role to be recast. “I am moving to Hawaii!” Alexander tweeted.
After the boy’s last episode of Y&R aired, his on-screen dad, Daniel Goddard (Cane) asked fans on Twitter to show him some love. “Gonna miss you, mate, so very much!” he wrote. “I wish you greatness!”
Jason Thompson's Family Trip to Japan Was Interrupted by an Earthquake!(11/23/16) (Pic) Jason Thompson (Billy, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) celebrated his birthday this past weekend, and jetted off with his wife Paloma and their nearly six-month-old son, Bowie, on a trip to Japan! Luckily, after the earthquake in the Fukushima Prefecture on Nov. 21, the actor reported that he and his family are fine.
“Love the wake up call in Japan!” he tweeted. “7.3 earthquake. 40 floors up. Nothing like starting the day with a good dose of rock’n’roll… and a ton of sway.”
Former GENERAL HOSPITAL castmate and friend Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin) expressed surprise that he was in the Land of the Rising Sun, and Thompson responded, “Yup. First family Japan trip. Bowie’s first real earthquake shake. Apparently, the Japanese are very used to it. Not a worry. So sweet.”
The actor also shared a photo of Bowie taking in the foggy-but-still-spectacular view from their room to show the tot isn't the least bit bothered.
We’re glad that Thompson and his family are safe, and we hope they enjoy the rest of their trip to Japan! We’re looking forward to seeing even more photos of Bowie enjoying his first overseas adventure!
GENERAL HOSPITAL Stars Share a Peek at the Port Chuck Tour(11/22/16) (Video) The GENERAL HOSPITAL actors who make up the band Port Chuck just finished up a big East coast tour, and documented their adventure on social media! Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny), Scott Reeves (ex-Steven), and Steve Burton (ex-Jason; Dylan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) were joined by musician Dicki Fliszar as they played classic rock for their fans.
If you weren’t able to attend their shows, Anderson Periscoped a little of one of their rehearsals at a stop in Tennessee, so you can hear them wrap up some “Sweet Home Alabama” before doing some introductions and launching into Johnny Cash’s classic “Folsom Prison Blues.”
THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Recasts Neil's Son With Child Actor Dax Randall!(11/21/16) (Pic) Neil is going to have a very special Thanksgiving on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS because his son, Moses, is coming to spend it with him! However, he'll look a little different as the soap confirms that Dax Randall will be taking over the role of the little boy when he reappears on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
Sadly, Moses’ mom, Sofia, played by Julia Pace Mitchell, will not be with him. And Y&R hasn’t said yet whether Moses will be sticking around for Christmas, but we’re sure Neil would love to spend more time with his son, so hopefully he will!
Y&R’s Tristan Rogers: More Colin Ahead!(11/18/16) Tristan Rogers is poised to make another set of appearances on Y&R as Colin, the actor reported on Twitter. “Back in Dec on Y&R for 4 shows. Loving it. Jan for longer,” he posted.
How Eva Longoria Is Celebrating Her First Thanksgiving With New Husband Jose Bastón(11/18/16) Eva Longoria is still a newlywed, and that means the upcoming holiday season is extra cause for celebration!
The Desperate Housewives alum caught up with E! News during Wednesday evening's L'Oréal Paris Women of Worth Awards, revealing her plans to ring in her very first Thanksgiving with hubby Jose Bastón. "We have felt married for so long that I forget everything's the first," Longoria dished in her Noon By Noor ensemble. "We've only been married six months; we're actually celebrating six months this weekend. It's been great!"
Longoria and Bastón got tied the knit in Mexico in late May. They later embarked on a magical honeymoon through Hong Kong, Cambodia, and Thailand, seemingly riding the wave of wedded bliss ever since.
And as it turns out, it's not only Jose's inaugural Turkey Day with the actress, but his first ever!
Eva explained, "This is going to be our first Thanksgiving married and my stepkids and my Mexican husband don't celebrate Thanksgiving so this is the first time they're coming to the United States for Thanksgiving."
Like most hungry Americans, Longoria shared that her main man and rest of the fam are "very excited about turkey and I'm cooking up a storm."
The Mexican-born media mogul has four children of his own from a previous marriage, but that doesn't mean Eva's ruled out welcoming even more little ones into their bunch.
THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Did the Best Mannequin Challenge Ever(11/16/16) (Video) It seems like everyone is doing a mannequin challenge video and sharing it online, so why should the stars of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS be any different? While at the Paley Center for Media celebrating CBS Daytime’s three decades at the top of the ratings, Eric Braeden (Victor), Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki), Sharon Case (Sharon), Kristoff St. John (Neil), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), Greg Rikaart (Kevin), Eileen Davidson (Ashley), Peter Bergman (Jack), Lauralee Bell (Christine) and Christian LeBlanc (Michael) all did an amazing job holding still in their outrageous poses as the camera moved around them!
See the results of their hard work right here! (Wonder how many takes it took to get it this perfect?)
Justin Hartley Celebrates THIS IS US Receiving a Critics' Choice Awards Nomination!(11/16/16) Congratulations to Justin Hartley (ex-Adam, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) and the cast of his new primetime series, THIS IS US, on their Critics’ Choice Awards nomination for Best Drama Series!
“This is pretty cool!” Hartley tweeted when he shared the exciting news. “Pretty amazing list of shows right there. Wow!”
THIS IS US is up against BETTER CALL SAUL, GAME OF THRONES, MR. ROBOT, STRANGER THINGS, THE CROWN, and WESTWORLD, so it’s in very distinguished competition! The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards will be held on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 8 pm. ET and will air live on A&E.
Good luck to Hartley and his new show!
Colony Adds Three(11/16/16) Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls), William Russ (Girl Meets World) and Paolo Andino (The Last Ship) will recur during Season 2 of USA Network’s Colony. Agena will play someone who works with Will Bowman (Josh Holloway) and Jennifer (Kathleen Rose Perkins) at Homeland Security, while Russ and Andino will portray a seen-it-all ex-spy and a Redhat, respectively.
Melissa Ordway Celebrates World Adoption Day(11/15/16) (Pic) Melissa Ordway (Abby, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is celebrating World Adoption Day by celebrating her six-month-old baby girl, Olivia!
“Olivia is the greatest thing to ever happen to our family,” Ordway said on Instagram. “She is our heart. She is our soul. She is our live. Adoption is the greatest, most selfless gift. Happy National Adoption Day!”
Olivia is just beautiful, and you can see just how happy Ordway and husband Justin Gaston (ex-Ben, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) are now that she is in their lives.
Mal Young Interview(11/15/16) Y&R Executive Mal Young Dishes About His Big Plans For Genoa City. Read the Soap Opera Digest interview here.
People’s Choice Awards Nominees Feature Former Saop Stars(11/15/16) Here’s another election America must undertake: Voting opens today for the People’s Choice Awards 2017. Nominees were unveiled this morning at Paley Center in Los Angeles, with online voting set to run through December 15 and winners announced during a ceremony January 18 at Microsoft Theater L.A. Live and broadcast on CBS.
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Dana Walden, Gary Newman & Eva Longoria Among Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award Honorees(11/15/16) Dana Walden, Gary Newman, Josh Sapan, Susanne Daniels, Randy Falco, and Eva Longoria are recipients of NATPE’s 14th Annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award. The six will be honored at a special reception on Wednesday, January 18 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
The 2017 Tartikoff Legacy Award recipients are recognized for exhibiting their extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision through the process of creating compelling content. Named in honor of esteemed television programmer Brandon Tartikoff, the Award was created to acknowledge a select group of television professionals who have demonstrated a high degree of excellence in their field.
“Each of this year’s inspiring honorees shares Brandon Tartikoff’s passion and vision for excellence in television. Dana, Gary, Susanne, Randy, Eva and Josh have each earned the respect of the industry and rightly deserve to have their achievements celebrated in Miami,” said Andy Kaplan, Chairman of the Board, NATPE.
Here’s a look at the 2017 honorees:
Dana Walden and Gary Newman are the Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, overseeing a consortium of media and content creation companies which includes the broadcast network Fox Broadcasting Company (FBC); the broadcast and cable production studios 20th Century Fox Television (TCFTV) and Fox 21 Television Studios; the licensing division, Fox Consumer Products; and syndication supplier of off-network programming, Twentieth Television. Their recent projects include Empire, This is Us, Speechless, The Last Man on Earth, Grease: Live as well as The X-Files. Their upcoming projects include Star from Lee Daniels and a new take on the classic 24 franchise, 24: Legacy.
Susanne Daniels is the global head of original content for YouTube where she oversees original programming that provides subscribers with access to exclusive content through YouTube Red, featuring stars that became famous on the media platform. Current programming includes Scare PewDiePie, Dance Camp, A Trip to Unicorn Island, Lazer Team and an upcoming Lionsgate-produced series based on the Step Up franchise. Prior to joining YouTube, Daniels held the position of president of programming at MTV, the WB and Lifetime.
Randy Falco is president and CEO of Univision Communications Inc., overseeing a media portfolio that reaches an estimated 89 million average monthly unduplicated monthly media consumers, and includes 17 broadcast, cable and digital networks and partnerships; 126 local television and radio stations; an array of online and mobile apps and products and content creation facilities across the United States. Falco has received numerous recognitions including 10 Emmy awards for Olympics coverage, a Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame induction and a recipient of the Frank Stanton Award, the Ballet Hispanico Gala Honor, Museum of Moving Image Honor, the MALDEF Legacy Leader Award, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Board of Trustees’ Award, and the Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Champion Award, among many others.
Josh Sapan is the president and CEO for AMC Networks Inc., overseeing television networks AMC, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, and BBC America (operated through a joint venture with BBC Worldwide); feature film labels IFC Films and Sundance Selects; and AMC Networks International, the company’s international programming and distribution division. Under Sapan’s leadership, AMC Networks has created some of the most popular, acclaimed, and awarded television series and films, including AMC’s The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Preacher, Better Call Saul, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad; SundanceTV’s Rectify and Top of the Lake; IFC’s Portlandia; and IFC Films’ Boyhood. Sapan is on the Executives Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) and serves on numerous boards, including the American Film Institute, The Paley Center for Media, The Cable Center, the Museum of the Moving Image, People for the American Way and WNYC Radio.
Eva Longoria is a Golden Globe-nominated, Screen Actors Guild and ALMA Award-winning actress, director, producer and activist, and Desperate Housewives alum. She filmed Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx’s directorial debut film All-Star Weekend, and stars alongside Academy Award nominee Demian Bichir in the Lionsgate feature film Lowriders as well as the BBC miniseries Decline and Fall, with the latter two premiering Spring 2017. Additionally, Longoria is the executive producer of Devious Maids, Lifetime’s hit one-hour dramedy, and recently directed episodes of the Golden Globe nominated Jane the Virgin and Emmy Award nominated Black-ish. In addition to founding “The Eva Longoria Foundation,” she is also co-founder of “Eva’s Heroes” which enriches the lives of adolescents with developmental disabilities; and is the national spokesperson for “Padres Contra el Cancer,” a nonprofit committed to improving the quality of life for children with cancer.
Single Mom A Go Go: Episode 11 - CHRISTIAN LE BLANC(11/15/16) Michelle talks to her close friend and former co-worker Christian LeBlanc of "The Young and the Restless". They talk big families, New Orleans and how Christian is always ready for a party. Their brush with Sydney Pollock, wine, chocolate, traffic, bravery, The Daytime Emmys and workmen doing #2's. (Video)
Former Y&R Extra Arrested For Child Molestation(11/14/16) Actor Corey Sligh was arrested and booked for child molestation in his home state of Georgia.
The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office says Sligh -- who was an extra on 'Young and the Restless' -- was busted last month after the child's parents reported the alleged molestation on Sept. 24. We're told the alleged victim is a girl who was under 10 at the time.
According to docs ... the alleged acts of molestation occurred between April and September. It's unclear how many times Sligh is accused of molesting the child.
Deputies arrested him on October 14 and released the same day on a $22k bond.
Corey tells TMZ, "I am innocent and fighting this until the end, and the truth will prevail."
Melissa Claire Egan Shares a Freaky Backstage Photo(11/11/16) (Pic) Sometimes when actors share backstage photos, they can be fun, but Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) shared one with her THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS “baby” that’s kind of creepy!
“Our stunt baby is giving me all sorts of feels…” she wrote.
Creepy feels, we're sure — that thing is pretty unsettling! Now we’re gonna have nightmares about it coming to life!
Eva Longoria Reveals That She Paid for Her Own Quinceañera(11/11/16) Redbook is calling Eva Longoriaa "real-life Hollywood unicorn" and after learning more about her you might just agree.
The 41-year-old actress wears many hats, she's a director, cookbook author, documentary filmmaker, political activist, fashion powerhouse and founder of her own well-respected charity.
How has she achieved so much? The actress says that the key is not feeling sorry for yourself when things don't go as planned.
"I remember losing auditions or being let go from a job and I'd say, 'That must mean there's something amazing ahead for me!' My friends would laugh and look at me like I was crazy. I have never, ever had a personal pity party," she said.
Longoria revealed to the magazine that she didn't always have it so easy while growing up, but that never stopped her from working hard for what she wanted.
"I wanted to have a Quinceañera when I was 15 and my family didn't have the money, so I got a job at Wendy's and paid for it myself. I couldn't wait to get to work and make my own money," she said, before adding. "There was never any resentment, because I saw how hard my mother worked and all she did for my sister [with special needs], and I wanted to do whatever I could to help. We all did."
This May, the actress married José Bastón, who is president at Grupo Televisa. Longoria says that long before their wedding, they felt like husband and wife.
"Even before we got engaged, we just felt married. We called one another 'my husband' and 'my wife,'" she said. "It didn't take either one of us very long to know that "this is the one." In my case, it only took 40 years to find him!"
After being legally married, the star decided to change her name to Eva Longoria Bastón, which seems wasn't a difficult decision to make.
"I love him, I love his last name, and I love that tradition. It's a choice I made, but I realize it's not for everybody. I was thrilled to take his name," she said.
Victoria Rowell and Other Daytime Stars to Appear in Holiday Movies — Get the Details!(11/9/16) With Thanksgiving approaching, it’s time to get into the holiday spirit! And both UP TV and ION Television have a slate of seasonal movies featuring some of your favorite soap stars from THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, GENERAL HOSPITAL, GUIDING LIGHT, and ALL MY CHILDREN!
Y&R alum Victoria Rowell (ex-Dru) stars in Merry Christmas, Baby, airing Sunday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. ET on UP. The Chandler family is back in a new installment in the Marry Me for Christmas franchise, and their perfect Christmas could become a perfect disaster!
In Girlfriends of Christmas Past, Tammin Sursok (ex-Colleen, Y&R) and Lindsey McKeon (Marah, GL) star as two of three women looking for revenge on their cheating ex at his holiday retreat. OLTL’s John Brotherton (Jared) also stars, and it airs Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. ET on UP.
Laura Bell Bundy (Marah, GL) stars in Season’s Greetings on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. ET, as a greeting card writer out of touch with her fellow generation… until a handsome gentleman enters her life! AMC’s Carrie Genzel (Skye) co-stars.
Ion Overman (ex-Gabriela, GH) stars in Christmas With the Andersons, airing Saturday, Dec. 10, at 9 p.m. ET on ION. When a family known for their epic holiday parties falls on hard times, they throw a different type of bash and learn what’s really important.
Y&R alums Vivica A. Fox (ex-Stephanie) and Eric Roberts (ex-Vance) star in A Husband For Christmas, where a woman agrees to a loveless marriage of convenience with a co-worker to upstage her sister’s engagement, but could find a genuine spark. It airs Sunday, Dec. 11, at 9 p.m. ET on ION.
Michelle Stafford Celebrates Her Son's Major Milestone!(11/9/16) As the internet was blowing up with politics on the evening of Nov. 8, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Michelle Stafford (Nina) shared some absolutely wonderful news about her one-year-old son, Jameson!
“On a different note,” the actress tweeted, “my son took his first steps tonight, if anyone is interested.”
GH castmate Laura Wright (Carly) shared her joy at the major milestone.
@TheRealStafford ohhhh yay!!!! Xoxox- Laura Wright (@lldubs) November 9, 2016
Stafford is going to have her hands full keeping up with this little guy now that he’s on the move! Hopefully her six-year-old daughter, Natalia, will be able to help out!
Chrishell Stause Gives Herself a Makeover(11/7/16) (Pic) Actress Chrishell Stause (ex-Bethany, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; ex-Jordan, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; Amanda, ALL MY CHILDREN) was already gorgeous, but she somehow found a way to make herself even more stunning with a fabulous new makeover!
“It was time for a hair change!” she tweeted. “I went super dark with huge, chunky caramel highlights and three inches off!”
It’s certainly an edgier color than she was sporting before, but honestly, Stause would look beautiful no matter what!
THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Alum Chris McKenna Announces New Primetime Role(11/7/16) Chris McKenna (ex-Harding, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is joining the cast of the new CW series FREQUENCY!
The actor first teased fans by tweeting out a photo of a glass of wine writing, “It’s a lovely night to solo-brate good news. Details tomorrow.”
Then the next day, he wrote, “1996 was a real good year for me. Looking forward to visiting it again. I’m so excited to be joining the cast of FREQUENCY.”
Inspired by the 2000 film of the same name, FREQUENCY stars AS THE WORLD TURNS alum Petyon List (Lucy) as an NYPD detective who discovers she’s able to communicate with her dead father in 1996 via an old ham radio. Her attempts to save his life in the past trigger unforeseen changes in the present, and the two work together to solve a decades-old murder case.
At this time, McKenna has only just started shooting, so there’s no details yet on his character or when his first episode will air. But we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop!
Eileen Davidson Welcomes RHOBH Castmate To Y&R(11/7/16) Erika Girardi, who appears alongside Eileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R) on THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS, will be joining Davidson in Genoa City, reports ew.com. Girardi will play Farrah Dubose, a no-nonsense businesswoman, on December 15. To see photos, go to: http://www.ew.com/article/2016/11/07/real-housewives-erica-jayne-eileen-davidson. The REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS returns on Bravo on December 6.
Y&R at Paley Center(11/7/16) Catch your fave #YR cast members at the @paleycenter this Thursday, 11/10 in L.A.! RSVP for FREE today: https://invtd.to/kk9j
Soap opera fest welcomes 'Young and Restless' stars(11/6/16) When it comes to soap operas, CBS' "The Young and the Restless" ranks as a longtime dispenser of juicy plots.
To celebrate that history, the "Soap Opera Festival" will salute the show at 4 p.m. EST Nov. 12 at Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, Mich.
The event, which kicks off at 4 p.m. local time, will give fans question-and-answer time with stars of the daytime drama. The cast members are set to interact with followers and offer tidbits about what goes on behind the scenes of their popular series.
"The Young and the Restless" has run for more than 40 years on CBS.
During that time it has cultivated more than one generation of followers who are eager for an in-person experience with the likes of Jason Thompson, who portrays Billy Abbott.
"It's always fun to kind of meet new people," Thompson said in a phone interview this month. "I'm really excited to kind of get out there and meet the people that support our show.
"It's a time to kind of sit up there and just be ourselves and tell funny stories from behind the scenes. It's just a great opportunity to hear what people are feeling and how they're thinking."
A 39-year-old Los Angeles resident, Thompson has a character with colorful traits in Abbott.
"He's a little bit reckless in a way, but I think deep down he's got a heart of, like, tarnished gold," Thompson said.
Although he has only been part of the cast for less than a year, Thompson can sense what has made "The Young and the Restless" a consistent ratings king.
He likens the program to a "well-oiled machine" which has "focused and professional" people working on it.
"They're just having a good time doing it," the actor explained.
Premiering in March of 1973, "The Young and the Restless" centers on friction, romance and dreams in Genoa City, a fictional Midwest metropolis.
The lives and loves of various families are well known to Y&R fans.
Abbott, Newman, Baldwin, Chancellor and Winters are clans that have provided the delectable twists and turns over the decades.
Saturday's soap fest affords a way of "promoting what's coming up," according to Thompson, who is scheduled to be joined by fellow cast members Kristoff St. John, who plays Neil Winters; Gina Tognoni, who plays Phyllis Abbott; and Amelia Heinle, who portrays Victoria Newman.
"She's got a couple of sides to her personality that people might enjoy watching," Heinle said. "She's a businesswoman. She's feisty sometimes."
Heinle noted that her character is the "love interest of Billy Abbott," whom Thompson plays.
"They sort of have a Romeo and Juliet story going on," said Heinle, who played Mia Saunders on ABC's "All My Children," another venerable soap opera which ended its tales of Pine Valley in 2011 after premiering in 1970.
Heinle has guest-starred in the prime-time series "CSI: Miami" and "Ghost Whisperer," while also notching feature-film work, but acting in daytime dramas is a much different experience.
"It's a totally different ballgame," the 43-year-old New Jersey native said. "It's a very fast pace. They challenge us that way to get a lot taped in one day. We usually do a show, if not two, in a day."
A 12-year veteran of "The Young and the Restless," Heinle said she was amazed at colleague memorization abilities during her early days with the show.
"I couldn't believe how quickly they could get something memorized," the actress recalled.
'Soap Opera Festival'
Where: Silver Creek Event Center at Four Winds Casino Resort, 11111 Wilson Road, New Buffalo, Mich.
When: 4 p.m. EST time Saturday, Nov. 12
Tickets: $40; minors must be accompanied by an adult 21 or older; minors younger than 5 not permitted
Information: 866-494-6371, www.fourwindscasino.com.
Talk Show Appearance(11/4/16) LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY
Monday, November 7: Guests include Justin Hartley
Big Changes At Y&R!(11/4/16) In the new issue of Digest, Executive Producer Mal Young talks about the changes he is making in Genoa City. “When I looked at the history of Y&R, I realized that it was the first to do certain things, like it was the first to go to full HD, so it was leading the way technically, as well as in its storytelling, in its characters, in its acting and in the types of stories that it would do,” explains the exec. “So, I felt that I wanted us to keep that tradition going and to be at the forefront so that we would remain No. 1 and be seen as the market leader. That’s why I brought in a lot more location shooting, to make the show look as slick as possible, and to not look like any of the other shows, so that you could be flipping through the networks and you would know, ‘Oh, this is Y&R.’ ” For the full scoop from Young — and who will be getting more story — pick up the new issue of Digest, on sale now.
Y&R CASTING NEWS(11/4/16) It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Genoa City. Aileen Quinn (best known for her title role in the 1982 film, Annie) is making a cameo musical performance on the No. 1 soap’s Christmas Eve episode airing on Friday, December 23.
Y&R Casting New Role(11/4/16) Y&R is searching for an actor 18 and over to play the 15- or 16-year-old Wes. Described as a good-natured, willful and sensitive, he takes solace in playing his guitar. The contract role will begin taping on November 15.
Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash, Steve Burton, and Scott Reeves Share a Port Chuck Rehearsal(11/2/16) Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) recorded a clip of his GENERAL HOSPITAL castmates Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny), Scott Reeves (ex-Steven), and Steve Burton (ex-Jason; Dylan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) as they performed the classic tune “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.”
“It’s good to be back with the boys,” Burton says in the video before joking, “We’re gonna play a little song Brandon wrote.”
(Video) The guys of Port Chuck are gearing up for another show, and decided to share some of their rehearsal with fans in a special video!
Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) recorded a clip of his GENERAL HOSPITAL castmates Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny), Scott Reeves (ex-Steven), and Steve Burton (ex-Jason; Dylan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) as they performed the classic tune “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.”
“It’s good to be back with the boys,” Burton says in the video before joking, “We’re gonna play a little song Brandon wrote.”
The guys sound great! Port Chuck will be appearing at RewindCon in Chicago, IL, on Saturday, Nov. 12, and Sunday, Nov. 13. Other daytime stars will also be appearing at the con, including GH faves Tristan Rogers (ex-Robert), John J. York (Mac), and Carolyn Hennesy (Diane). Click here for more information!
Beth Maitland Brings Traci Abbott Back to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!(11/2/16) Beloved fan favorite Beth Maitland (Traci) is coming home to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!
As fans celebrate the recent news that Judith Chapman (Gloria) is on her way back to Genoa City TV Insider reports that Maitland is set to reprise her role on Thursday, Nov. 17!
“She’s here to be peacemaker,” Maitland said. “It’s time to knock off the crap and be a family. These people need to sort things out and love each other, and Traci is the person to make it happen.”
The actress is also featured in the episode slated to air on Wednesday, Dec. 7, which happens to be the first script from new Y&R headwriter Sally Sussman. So hopefully while Traci will apparently be back for the holidays, she may remain on screen for more than just a brief visit!
Matiland joined Y&R in 1982, and won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 1985.
Y&R’s Judith Chapman Returns(11/2/16) Judith Chapman is heading back to Y&R as Gloria next month, when the character arrives to celebrate the holidays with her sons, reports tvinsider.com. Chapman has not been seen on screen since 2014. To read the full article, click here.
Single Mom A Go Go: Episode 10 - KRISTOFF ST JOHN(11/1/16) (Listen) My most personal Single Mom a Go Go thus far. I talk to Kristoff St. John about his documentary "A Man Called God". We speak about our brush with thievery in our early years. How much we loved working with each other on "The Young and the Restless". How we love a free fall as actors! His floors, his biceps, bologna, tuna and how we love living life... He bravely and openly speaks about the death of his beautiful son Julian and #julian4justice
Sean Kanan Gets Star On Palm Springs Walk Of Fame(11/1/16) (Pic) Soap vet Sean Kanan (Deacon, B&B/Y&R; ex-A.J., GH) received the 400th star on the Palm Springs Walk of Fame on October 28, in Palm Springs, CA. Among Kanan’s soap pals present to cheer him on were Tristan Rogers (Colin, Y&R; ex-Scorpio, GH), Judith Chapman (Gloria, Y&R et al), Patrika Darbo (Nancy, DAYS) and Bobbie Eakes (ex-Macy, B&B et al). “This is really emotional for me,” Kanan told the crowd. “I am humbled and inspired to be among so many talented artists, entertainers, philanthropists and humanitarians.” The honor coincided with the actor’s 50th birthday celebration. “Life is pretty fantastic!” he acknowledged. Kanan’s star is located in front of the restaurant, Eigh4Nine, in Palm Springs.
Alicia Coppola on MacGyver(11/1/16) “Chisel” – With only a chisel and matchbook, MacGyver and team must defend themselves the U.S. embassy workers in Latvia from extremists who are attempting to retrieve their leader. Also, Bozer faces a big decision now that he knows who Mac really is, on MACGYVER, Friday, Nov. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Tobias Jelenek (Janis), Garrett Kruithof (Valdis), Alicia Coppola (Ambassador Roberts).
Eileen Davidson and Lisa Rinna Return For the New Season of REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS!(10/30/16) Fans who love watching Eileen Davidson as Ashley on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS will be delighted to learn that they will also be able to continue watching her off-screen life in the new season of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS!
Lisa Rinna (ex-Billie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) had already been announced as joining Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump for the upcoming season seven, but now Bravo has announced that Davidson will be returning to the series.
“I’m back for another wild ride, people!” the Y&R star tweeted.
“Lisa R. and Eileen have always been such a nice support system for one another,” shared Bravo, “and it looks like these two besties aren’t going anywhere.”
Bravo has only just started shooting season seven, but we’ll let you know as soon as a premiere date is scheduled so you can set your DVR’s for all the juicy drama!
Jason Thompson's Baby Boy is so Excited it's Friday(10/30/16) (Video) Jason Thompson (Billy, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) just shared the most adorable video of his five-month-old baby boy, Bowie!
Bowie seems super interested in the camera, even if Thompson is trying to make it appear like his son is just really excited that it’s finally Friday!
Bowie is just the cutest little thing, and we can’t get enough of him!
This Is Us' Justin Hartley on 'Gratuitous' Shirtless Scenes: 'It's a Touch Much Sometimes'(10/29/16) (Video) This Is Us star Justin Hartley is mindful of his 12-year-old daughter when he’s acting, especially when asked to take his shirt off for a role.
The physically fit NBC star, who plays an actor on the new drama series, says that being shirtless or “eye candy” has bothered him at times — similar to his character, Kevin.
“Yeah it has to be honest with you. I have no problem doing that kind of stuff when it’s necessary. You know for the show, especially in the pilot episode, we were telling that story, you know of this guy who is being objectified and sort of sick of taking his shirt off for no reason at all. It doesn’t matter what he’s doing, they want his shirt off,” Hartley, 39, told Access Hollywood on Friday.
He continued: “So the interesting thing about that is in order to tell that story you have to sort of show it in that story, right? So I then had to have my shirt off quite a bit in the pilot. That I don’t mind at all, you know storytelling. But the gratuitous stuff it does, it gets a little old sometimes, right? And, raising a daughter, I see this stuff all the time. It’s a touch much sometimes.”
Hartley proceeded to gush about his daughter Isabella Grace who gets “straight As” and wants to be an actor — just like her dad.
“I don’t know where she gets it from. She’s just like smart,” Hartley said. “I don’t know what happened, but she’s really really brilliant and really well-adjusted and kind and nice and gentle and forgiving. She’s a dream.”
Of allowing her to enter into the industry to become an actress, Hartley said, “I would, I would — cautiously.” He further explained that he wants her to recognize the “the thankless no no no for years is the job of an actor,” and is encouraging her to go to school to pursue the craft.
Hartley previously told PEOPLE about his daughter, “I don’t know if this is going to be the one child in the history of the world that doesn’t have any problems, but I’m hoping that she is.” He added jokingly, “Maybe she’s an alien. I’m not sure.”
Eva Longoria on Having a Baby: “If It Happens, It Happens"(10/29/16) We can't believe it's already been five months since Eva Longoriamarried José Bastón in a gorgeous ceremony in Mexico. Recently, the Telenovela star sat down with Ocean Drive to discuss everything from past relationships, babies and being on social media.
When it comes to becoming a mother, Longoria isn't dismissing the idea.
"It if happens, it happens—if it's meant to be it would be a blessing," she said.
Longoria's private life has always made headlines and even after going through two previous marriages and other public relationships, the star admits that she doesn't regret any of them.
"No, I think every relationship is a path to where you are today. Every wrong turn led you to the spot where you are, so it wasn't necessarily the wrong turn at the time. I wouldn't change anything—never," she said.
Longoria's Snapchat account is all sorts of amazing. The star is funny, real (doesn't wear makeup half of the time) and gives us some great behind-the-scenes exclusives.
"Luckily, I've never been on the receiving end of something really horrible, but a younger actor could be destroyed by the comments that you read online. I'm glad that there was no Twitter or Instagram when Housewives started, for sure. It was a different world back then. Social media can be overwhelming. I don't really have rules for myself—it's just common sense," the 41-year-old actress explained. "I have a very private husband, so I don't really post with him, and of course I don't post the kids for security reasons. But I share a lot, and I use it for charity and my clothing line. It's a great tool when used correctly."
We couldn't agree more, Eva!
Facebook LIVE Chat(10/29/16) Facebook LIVE Chat w/ @sharonlcase & @camryngrimes on Tues. 12/1 at 1 PM PT! #YR
Eva Longoria says she’s ‘more American’ than Trump(10/27/16) Hillary Clinton supporter Eva Longoria says, “I’m way more American than Donald Trump!”
“The fact that he uses the word ‘Latino’ to be synonymous with ‘illegal’ is a mistake,” she tells Ocean Drive magazine. “I’m ninth-generation American — I’m way more American than Donald Trump! I have to turn my offense and anger into a vote, not just complain about it.”
The actress and director also says of Clinton, “I have no idea why people don’t find Hillary likable. I know her on a personal level, and she is one of the most likable [people] .?.?. I don’t want to go have a beer with Obama — I want him to run the country. I look for quality in a leader.”
Y&R Casting News(10/27/16) (Pic) Abhi Sinha has been cast in the role of Ravi Shapur, a new employee at one of Genoa City’s most successful companies. Sinha’s past credits include a series regular role on the Freeform series CHASING LIFE, as well as guest appearances on SCORPION and NCIS:LA. He will appear in multiple episodes, beginning on Monday, December 12.
Soaps Alums Boost THE BAY Cast(10/27/16) The digital drama series, THE BAY, has been busy casting for season 3, which will premiere in spring 2017. Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla, Y&R) will guest star as Iris Hopkins, a hard-nose judge presiding in Sara’s (Mary Beth Evans) murder trial. Amelia Marshall ( ex-Gilly, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Liz, PASSIONS et al) will play Yolanda, who has past ties to Sara and Pete. Ilene Kristen (ex-Roxy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE et al) will return as Sara’s aunt. THE LYING GAME alum Randy Wayne will portray Matthew Johnson, a nurse. Brian Gaskill (ex-Bobby, ALL MY CHILDREN et al) is out as Bay City’s terrorizing rapist’s Chase. Season 2 of the series will be release on Amazon Prime at the end of November.
Justin Hartley and Chrishell Stause Get Emotional Watching THIS IS US(10/27/16) (Pic1, Pic2) Chrishell Stause (ex-Bethany, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) doesn’t just love watching the new NBC drama THIS IS US because her fiancé, Justin Hartley (ex-Adam, Y&R) is one of its stars — she genuinely loves the show!
Hartley was live-tweeting along with the East Coast airing of the most recent episode, and signed off with a teary-eyed photo of his lady love, admitting, “She’s gonna kill me, but here’s Chrishell watching THIS IS US.”
Stause also retweeted his photo, adding, “I’ll admit it. I’m in the middle of an ugly cry.” She then shared her own snap of the two of them watching the tear-jerking episode. “This is us watching THIS IS US,” she wrote. “I am a mess.” (Justin looks okay, but then again, as one of the stars of the series, he knew what to expect!)
Spooky Soirée! Inside Michelle Stafford's Halloween-Themed Bash for Son Jameson's First Birthday(10/26/16) (people.com) (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4, Pic5, Pic6) It’s a monster bash!
On Sunday, two-time Emmy-winning soap star Michelle Stafford threw her 1-year-old son Jameson Jones Lee the party of a lifetime to mark his first birthday. The theme? Halloween, of course.
The family of three, which includes Stafford’s 6½-year-old daughter Natalia Scout Lee, really got into the spirit by dressing as a vampire family, complete with fangs and gothic costumes that would make The Munsters jealous.
“It was an amazing party. We had to celebrate Jameson in style!” the General Hospital actress, 51, tells PEOPLE exclusively of her son’s big day, which was held at her Los Angeles home.
Stafford tells PEOPLE that the party is a nod to a favorite family tradition she had growing up, when her parents would decorate their home to be a haunted house during the Halloween season.
Family and friends in attendance included Stafford’s fellow soap stars Finola Hughes, Tracey Bregman, Maura West, Nadia Bjorlin and Christian LeBlanc, who were treated to a spine-tingling selection of sweets.
Los Angeles bakery Whisk and Whittle provided a creepy crawlers cake, skeleton cookies, caramel apples and vampire bat cookies for the bash.
The dessert table itself was designed by Marlan Willardson and Laurén LaRocca of Twink + Sis.
Decked out in kid-friendly décor, the spooktastic spread included a toddler-sized piano, spiderweb tablecloth, “bones,” gray pumpkins from Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch and #MakeMealtimeMatter gold plates from Cheeky.
Although former PEOPLE blogger Stafford has opened up in the past about her struggles, including challenges of considering adoption and her sister’s cancer diagnosis, the mom of two says she’s now celebrating a fantastic time in her life.
“It’s been a wild and crazy and spectacular year,” she says. “I am the luckiest woman on the block!
Eva Longoria, Jeremy Piven & Jessica Szohr Star In Jamie Foxx’s Directorial Debut Pic(10/26/16) All-Star Weekend, the first film written and helmed by Jamie Foxx, has tapped Eva Longoria, Jeremy Pivens, and Jessica Szohr to star alongside Foxx. Production began today on the pic, which features cameos from Snoop Dogg, The Game, DJ Khaled, and Floyd Mayweather Jr..
The comedy centers on two tow-truck drivers, Malik (Foxx), and Danny (Piven), who are basketball fanatics and would take a bullet for their respective favorite players, LeBron James and Steph Curry. Danny’s girlfriend Abby (Szohr) is reconsidering the relationship as she does not want to take a back seat to his obsession. The two drivers finally get a break from their dead-end job when they win tickets to the NBA All-Star Game. En route to the big game, Malik and Danny meet the beautiful and mysterious Asia (Longoria), who might have her own hidden agenda. After many twists and turns, the guys find themselves and their heroes in a precarious life-or-death situation.
Chuck Pacheco is producing with Deon Taylor and Butch Kaplan. Front Row Center Films and Sijma Equity Group are producing and financing.
Longoria, repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, recently signed a two-year first look deal with Universal and has many projects in the works including the Magnum P.I. sequel and My Daughter’s Quinceañera. Piven won an Emmy for his role as Ari Gold on HBO’s Entourage and starred in the period drama Mr. Selfridge. He is repped by UTA. Szohr, who’s with ICM, recently was seen in Ted 2 and the TV series Kingdom.
Greg Rikaart Mourns the Death of His Dog, Fred(10/26/16) (Pic1, Pic2) Greg Rikaart (Kevin, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) shared sad news on Instagram when he reported that he and his husband, Robert Sudduth had to say goodbye to their much-loved dog, Fred.
“Our sweet Fred put up a strong and courageous battle against an aggressive cancer,” Rikaart wrote. “This weekend he let us know that it was time for him to rest. We filled his last days with all of his favorite things: sushi, walks, tennis balls, and tons of time with Rob, Monte, and me.
“Our hearts are heavy with sadness but also filled with gratitude for how lucky we were to be picked by Fred and to have 11 years of great memories with our little boy,” he continued. “Thank you for enriching my life in countless ways, Fred. I’m gonna miss our lunch dates and the smell of your head most.”
Rikaart’s Y&R castmates, including Hunter King (Summer) and Chrishell Stause (Bethany), were quick to offer their condolences to Greg, Rob, and their son, Montgomery.
@HunterHaleyKing: @gregrikaart I'm so sorry Greg thinking of you and sending love to you and the family
@Chrishell7: @gregrikaart This is so heartbreaking. I am SO very sorry for your loss. Sending you lots of love to the whole family.
It’s a heartbreaking loss, but Rikaart’s words are just beautiful, and Fred was very clearly loved a tremendous amount.
Justin Hartley Got Half-Naked and Wet For Charity(10/24/16) (Video) Justin Hartley (ex-Adam, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) showed some skin for a very good cause! The actor appeared on ELLEN and participated in the “Oops! My Water Broke” challenge with actress Rachel McAdams to raise money for breast cancer research, and host Ellen DeGeneres announced that sponsor Ulta Beauty would donate an extra $10,000 if Hartley did it shirtless!
The star of NBC’s new hit series THIS IS US happily agreed, and peeled off his tank top before DeGeneres and McAdams took turns removing sticks from a contraption to slowly drop water balloons on his head!
In just a few short minutes, Hartley was completely drenched, but had helped collect $20,000 for breast cancer research. So it was well worth any minor discomfort!
Ashley Jones & Eden Riegel on NCIS: Los Angeles(10/24/16) “Crazy Train” – Callen goes undercover as a patient in a mental health hospital to search for an NSA agent who disappeared while tracking an ISIS cell trying to cross the Mexican border, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, Nov. 6 (8:30-9:30 PM, ET/8:00-9:00 PM,PT), on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Ashley Jones (NSA Analyst Jolene Townsend), Eden Riegel (Doctor Iris Miller).
Talk Show Appearance(10/22/16) THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW, syndicated
Th 10/27: Eva Longoria
Digest Exclusive With Eric Braeden(10/21/16) In a rare interview, Y&R’s Eric Braeden (Victor) gives Digest the scoop on his upcoming memoirs, his future in Genoa City and his thoughts on that sensational Twitter karaoke video. He also weighs in on his controversial alter ego. “To be frank with you, I think that over the last few years, the scales tipped toward [Victor] being a bad guy,” Braeden states. “And, I have asked them to kindly not pull back on it but to remember that Victor always justifies his actions because something preceded it.” For more from the actor, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale now.
Soap Star Victoria Rowell Speaks Out About Her Discrimination Lawsuit(10/21/16) (huffingtonpost.com) For 17 years, Victoria Rowell played Drucilla Winters on “The Young and the Restless,” until her character tumbled off a cliff in a scuffle and was presumed dead. But, as with many things soap-opera related, the story of Rowell’s real-life departure from “Y&R” is anything but cut-and-dried.
Rowell, who is African-American, left the show in 2007. During her time in Hollywood, Rowell has dedicated herself to advocating for the inclusion of more diverse characters in daytime television. Then, in 2015, she filed a lawsuit against CBS, Sony Pictures and “Y&R” producers, alleging that they have refused to allow her to return to “Young and the Restless” as retaliation for her advocacy. Rowell’s suit was dismissed without prejudice later that year, but she has since refiled an amended claim that is due to advance to federal court in the spring.
The actress opens up about these legal proceedings on “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”, explaining that she has continuously fought for the employment of diverse characters.
“Here in Hollywood, I have long championed diversity,” Rowell says. “Not only for African-Americans, but for all minorities, for gender bias, et cetera.”
The upcoming trial is set to take place on April 17, 2017, and Rowell is confident that she’ll be pleased with the outcome.
“I believe that I will prevail,” she says.
Ultimately, Rowell hopes that all of Hollywood will take notice of the important issue of inclusion.
“I want to see hiring practice changes,” she says. “I want to see the inclusion of more stories that show the full breadth and depth of our stories across the board.”
Cheri Oteri Visits THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(10/21/16) (Pic) The cast of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS had a very special guest on set when SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE star Cheri Oteri took a trip to Genoa City to visit cast members like Eric Braeden (Victor), Christian LeBlanc (Michael), and Joshua Morrow (Nick)!
“Loved visiting the set of my favorite soap!” Oteri gushed on Twitter. “Watched since the ‘70s!”
Sharon Case (Sharon) was stunned that Oteri was on set watching her film her scenes. “She says she’s been a lifelong fan of the show,” Case wrote on Instagram. “Cheri, ditto! I’m a lifelong fan of yours and SNL!”
Oteri can currently be seen as the new school principal in season two of TruTV’s THOSE WHO CAN’T.
Revenge's Justin Hartley Recalls Patrick and Victoria's 'Creepy' Vibe(10/21/16) Forget “Who shot Emily Thorne?” The real question hanging over Revenge‘s third season was, “Um, what’s the deal with Victoria and her hunky son?”
We’d learned in Season 2 that Victoria Grayson, regally played by Madeleine Stowe, had given a child up for adoption years before. And when reappeared in Queen V’s life as an adult, he looked a lot like Justin Hartley (This Is Us).
Their relationship, especially in the beginning, repeatedly sounded an odd note: Were Patrick and Victoria flirting with each other?! (Or, as TVLine editor in chief Michael Ausiello put it in Spoiler Alert! at the time, “They’re sexy together, the two of them.”) The fact that Hartley spent a good amount of time in his first episode wearing nothing but a towel added to the so-wrong-it’s-right feel.
When we recently raised the issue with Hartley, the This Is Us star knew exactly what we were talking about — and said he missed the Oedipal feel when it disappeared from the scripts later that season.
“I don’t know if it was dropped on purpose or not,” Hartley said, laughing. “When I read those and talked to Madeleine about this in depth — she’s one of my favorite human beings, I love Madeleine — we were reading it and I thought, ‘Am I reading something into this?’ Then she said it separately… she goes, ‘That’s definitely a weird sort of thing.'”
As it turns out, Hartley has given the matter a deal of thought over the years.
“I mean, here’s the mother who sent her son away and then found him again. Her children at the time didn’t like her, so she’s looking for something. She hadn’t been with him his entire childhood so she only knows him as a man,” he said. “So that’s kind of a weird dynamic. I thought it was in there a little bit. Maybe [the writers] didn’t realize it was in it, and they were like ‘Oh, s–t. We better stop writing this.'”
For the record: “I thought it was fantastic,” Hartley says, chuckling. “I was like, ‘This is creepy and excellent.’ I loved it.”
‘Pretty Little Liars’ Tammin Sursok & Sean McEwen Team With Astronauts Wanted For Scripted Comedy Series(10/21/16) Australian actress Tammin Sursok and writer/director Sean McEwen (And Punching the Clown) have partnered with Astronauts Wanted, the youth-focused content development and production company, to develop and produce a new scripted comedy series Aussie Girl.
Loosely based on Sursok’s life circumstance, the story takes place at the exact moment when her career in Australia takes a wickedly-delicious-but-horrific turn for the worse and she is forced to get the hell outta Dodge and try to make it in the selfie-obsessed world of Los Angeles.
The series is written and directed by McEwen and Sursok and exec produced by Cassidy Lunnen. Nick Shore and Kim Rosen will oversee the project for Astronauts Wanted. Sursok, perhaps best known for her recurring role as Jenna Marshall on Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars, is repped by Michael Szewczyk at Grandview and Emma Lewis at Paradigm. McEwen is repped by Brett Etre at Primary Wave.
Vivica A. Fox inks book deal(10/20/16) Vivica A. Fox is following in the footsteps of her “Empire” co-star Taraji P. Henson by inking a book deal, we can exclusively reveal.
The actress was seen at Mr. Chow toasting with Henson’s lit agent Albert Lee of Kuhn Projects.
An insider told us the St. Martin’s Press book will be “part memoir, part inspirational. The intention is to tell a story to inspire women. What she’s learned from her career, relationships.” That could include dish on her past relationship with 50 Cent, our source said.
Heather Tom Joins Sister Nicholle Tom on HOLLYWOOD DARLINGS!(10/20/16) (Photo) Heather Tom (Katie, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) has some new co-stars that will be very recognizable to fans who grew up on ‘90s TV series! The actress shared a photo of herself and her sister Nicholle with FULL HOUSE’s Jodie Sweetin, STEP BY STEP’s Christine Lakin, and 7TH HEAVEN’s Beverley Mitchell!
“Worked today on HOLLYWOOD DARLINGS,” Tom wrote. “So much fun!”
The unscripted docu-series follows three lifelong friends who grew up in show business, and premieres on POP in early 2017. Other celebrities will be making appearances in the episodes, which is likely where Heather and Nicholle come in!
ABC Developing Family Comedy From Eva Longoria & ‘Telenovela’ Creators(10/20/16) Eva Longoria is reuniting with Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein, creators of her NBC comedy series Telenovela, for a new single-camera comedy project, which has been set up at ABC.
The comedy, tentatively titled 940 Saturdays, hails from Universal TV and Longoria & Ben Spector’s studio-based UnbeliEVAable Entertainment.
Written by Pietrosh and Goldstein, here is what 940 Saturdays refers to. There are 940 Saturdays between the day your child is born and the day they turn eighteen. In this single-camera series, three families band together to enjoy… and survive them all.
Pietrosh and Goldstein executive produce with Longoria and Spector.
This is the second sale at ABC for UnbeliEVAble this season, along with the Magnum P.I. sequel, with Leverage creator John Rogers, which follows Magnum’s daughter. The company also has NBC comedy project Big Of Me, written by Awkward creator Lauren Iungerich, on which it is collaborating with Will Packer Productions.
Pietrosh and Goldstein’s Telenovela was one of two high-profile single-camera comedy projects vying for Longoria to star during the 2014-15 development season. She went with Pietrosh and Goldstein’s Telenovela, and the comedy, set behind the scenes of a telenovela, was picked up to series by NBC. It launched last midseason, with Longoria starring and Pietrosh, Goldstein, Longoria and Spector executive producing. It did not draw wide enough audience for a second-season renewal but garnered solid reviews.
UnbeliEVAble is repped by CAA. Pietrosh and Goldstein, who previously worked as co-executive producers on Cougar Town, are with ICM Partners.
Eric Roberts & Meredith Baxter on Code Black(10/19/16) “Landslide” – The Angels Memorial doctors treat victims caught in a landslide, and a group of children come in from a camping trip with measles putting the entire ER at risk, on CODE BLACK, Wednesday, Nov. 2 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Meredith Baxter guest stars as Joanna, the grandparent of one of the campers. Eric Roberts returns as Vince Savetti, Mario’s father.
GUEST CAST includes: Meredith Baxter (Joanna), Eric Roberts (Vince Savetti)
Seeing Is Believing: Women Direct by Cady McClain(10/18/16) (Support Seeing Is Believing here) (Pitch Video) (Trailer) “Seeing is Believing: Women Direct” is a documentary series about women directors.
Audiences will hear from women who are on the front lines of the field: from major award winners and those in the vanguard of television and feature films, to graduated students and frustrated auteurs. Considering all aspects of the directing experience for women, we will learn how they drive through obstacles creative, cultural, and professional.
The film is also intended to serve as “peer to peer mentorship” for anyone (of any gender) looking for guidance and real world experience as they pursue their dreams of becoming a visual storyteller.
The nearly 50 interviewees include Sarah Gavron (Suffragette, Brick Lane), John Wells (ER, West Wing), Meera Menon (Equity), Lesli Linka Glatter (EP/Director, Homeland), Deborah Del Prete (Producer, Ender’s Game, The Spirit),Betty Thomas (the highest grossing female director, The Brady Bunch Movie, John Tucker Must Die) Bethany Rooney (directed 200+ hours primetime TV & co-author of Directors Tell the Story) and trailblazers like Lizzie Borden (Born In Flames, Working Girls), Oscar-winner Sarah Kernochan (Marjoe), Emmy-winner Anne Makepeace (I. M. Pei: Building China Modern, Robert Capa in Love and War), plus many more.
The film is fiscally sponsored by The Film Collaborative (“Cameraperson,” “Armor of Light,” “Tab Hunter Confidential”) so any donation you feel inspired to give is fully tax deductible through their not-for-profit status.
We’d love to stay in touch! Please fill out the form below and we will keep you in the loop on every step of this project. Meanwhile, join us on Facebook or join director Cady McClain on Twitter!
“Seeing is Believing: Women Direct” is proud to be fighting alongside The Directors List and The Chimaera Project, a not-for-profit offering funding and support for emerging women directors.
Cady is a proud member of the Alliance for Women Directors, Film Fatales, and Women in Film LA. https://seeingisbelievingwomendirect.com/.
Soap Actress Jensen Buchanan Pleads Not Guilty In DUI Crash Case(10/15/16) (noozhawk.com) A veteran soap opera actress on Friday pleaded not guilty to driving while drunk and causing a crash on Highway 154, leaving a man with critical injuries in the spring.
Jensen Buchanan, 54, appeared in Santa Barbara County Superior Court before Judge Patricia Kelly for a further arraignment hearing.
Buchanan’s attorney, Meryl Chambers, entered the not-guilty plea on behalf her client, who attended Friday's hearing after missing the previous one with permission.
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 at 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.
After privately talking to the defense attorney and Deputy District Attorney Tiffany Dix, the judge ordered Buchanan to remain in a sober-living program and continue to wear an electronic alcohol monitor.
She was told to return to court on Nov. 30, when another judge is expected to set a date for the preliminary hearing.
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 and Another World.
Doug Davidson Addresses the Rumors That He's Leaving THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!(10/13/16) With Steve Burton (Dylan) leaving THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, some fans were upset about a rumor flying around that his on-screen dad, Doug Davidson (Paul), would be exiting as well!
“I’m not leaving,” Davidson assured his fans on Twitter. “Unless you know something I don’t! I love the show. No plans or thoughts to leave.”
Having joined the cast in 1978, Davidson is currently the soap’s longest-running current cast member. He has been nominated for Daytime Emmy Awards five times, taking home the trophy for Outstanding Lead Actor in 2013.
Y&R fans can rest easy that Davidson isn’t going anywhere, and Paul will continue to keep the peace in Genoa City.
Lee Daniels’ ‘Star’ Casts Darius McCrary(10/12/16) Lee Daniels series is adding cast another cast member to ‘Star’. Veteran actor Frank Whaley has booked a recurring role on Season 3 of Fox’s hit Empire, co-created and executive produced by Daniels. He’ll play Edison Cruz, a talented, brilliant, and relentless right-wing blogger who poses an unforeseen threat to Angelo’s rising popularity in the NYC mayoral election with his vicious attacks and rhetoric. Whaley can currently be seen in a recurring role on Netflix’s Luke Cage and will next be seen in Paramount’s Monster Trucks. He’s repped by Karen Forman Management.
Melissa Claire Egan and Her THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Castmates Miss Justin Hartley — See Just How Much!(10/12/16) (Video) Fans of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS aren’t the only ones who miss Justin Hartley (ex-Adam) — his former co-stars do, too!
“These are the videos we send Justin from work,” posted Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) with a clip of Greg Rikaart (Kevin), Joshua Morrow (Nick), and Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) on one of the Y&R sets desperately missing Hartley's Adam… until the truth is revealed!
That was absolutely hilarious and we can’t stop laughing — namely because we can’t stop watching it! More, please!
Oprah: Where Are They Now?(10/11/16) Oprah: Where Are They Now?
October 23, 2016 – OWN
Aaron Carter reveals plans for his new album; breakout Too Close For Comfort star Jim J. Bullock on touring the U.S. in Kinky Boots; soap star Victoria Rowell shares about life after Y & R and her passion for working with foster children.
CBS Launches Daymoji App(10/11/16) In celebration of its 30th year as No. 1 in daytime, CBS Daytime has released Daymojis, with fun icons from its daytime lineup (a Forrester Creations tag! A coffee cup from Crimson Lights!) and GIFs of B&B’s Bill, Y&R’s Sharon and more. Download it in the App Store or get it on Google Play now!
24: Legacy: Carlos Bernard to Reprise His Role as Tony Almeida in Fox Reboot(10/9/16) Tick, tock, tick, tock… Tony!
Carlos Bernard (Sunset Beach; The Young & The Restless) has signed on to reprise his signature role as Tony Almeida on a recurring basis in Fox’s forthcoming 24: Legacy reboot, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Tony was killed off in Season 5, only to be resurrected — and rebranded as a villain — at the start of Season 7. He was last seen being carted off to jail in the Season 7 finale, although he popped up two years ago in a special feature in the Live Another Day Blu-Ray set. The quasi-short film, 24: Solitary, chronicled Tony’s life in prison, including his efforts to break out.
“Tony Almeida is one of the most indelible personalities in the 24 universe, at times loyal and loving, other times an utterly amoral, ruthless mercenary,” said Legacy‘s co-showrunners Manny Coto and Evan Katz in a statement. “Carlos Bernard has done an amazing job portraying this dark and conflicted character, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with his return to the show.”
Bernard is the first (but probably not the last) 24 vet to make time for Legacy, which centers on a former Army Ranger (played by The Walking Dead‘s Corey Hawkins) who, upon returning to the U.S., turns to the CTU for help in saving his life. “The premise of the season is based on a real story about the guys who took out Osama bin Laden,” Coto previously explained to TVLine. “It struck us as a fascinating [introduction] for a character who participated in a huge mission to take out a terrorist leader and then had to go back to his normal life. And then what would happen if [someone] started killing off the members of his team one by one?
“It was a way to start fresh [with a] brand new character — a character that is not Jack Bauer,” Coto added. “Jack Bauer was a seasoned agent. This character is not. This character is soldier who is not used to this world of espionage.”
24: Legacy will debut after Super Bowl 51 on Sunday, Feb. 5, before settling into its regular Monday-at-8 pm time slot the following night.
Phyllis's New Plan For Jack(10/7/16) Y&R’s Phyllis hatches a new scheme to keep tabs on Jack and we have the scoop in the new Digest. Portrayer Gina Tognoni notes, “She needs to redeem herself.” In her quest, Phyllis slips into Jack’s office, where he finds her fiddling with his computer. “Yes, she is spying on him,” previews Tognoni. For more, pick up your copy today and be sure to tune into Y&R next week.
Price Is Right Crossover To Y&R(10/7/16) In the new Digest, PRICE IS RIGHT announcer George Gray talks about his trek to Genoa City to play George, a GC BUZZ employee. Gray previews, “I have a snarky streak in me that I get to air out a bit for my character. Boy, I really had a good time.” For more, pick up the latest issue of Digest.
Y&R Casting New Role(10/7/16) Y&R is seeking an Indian/South Asian actor in his mid-to-late 20s to play the role of Ravi, a super-intelligent, creative engineer who is an “attractive nerd” and isn’t so smooth when it comes to the ladies. The recurring role will begin taping on October 25.
Young and the Restless: Steve Burton to Exit CBS Soap(10/7/16) Steve Burton is putting another daytime drama in his rearview mirror.
The soap vet will leave CBS’ The Young and the Restless when his contract is up in December, he tweeted Thursday evening.
@1SteveBurton: Hey everyone, with lots of reflection, I have decided to move on from @YandR_CBS at the end of my contract in Dec. I've had an amazing
@1SteveBurton: 2/2 time, but it feels right to move on to new adventures in my life. I can't say enough about the AWESOME cast and crew. Much respect!
@1SteveBurton : 3/3 Much luv to @CBSDaytime for the great ride. Great peeps. And thank YOU all for your support. Always! #positivityrules
Burton made a name for himself — and won a Daytime Emmy — as General Hospital‘s Jason. He moved to Y&R, where he played Dylan, in 2012. At the time, he told the hosts of The Talk that the network had accommodated his requests for a work schedule that would allow him to maximize his time in Tennessee, where his family lived.
“Young and Restless” stars appear at Mohegan Sun(10/7/16) What, no Victor Newman?
Nah, but while Eric Braeden, the iconic actor who plays The Mustache, might not be at Mohegan Sun on Sunday, a bevy of sterling "The Young and the Restless" stars will convene at the Sun for a meet-and-greet and Q&A.
We're talking Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin), Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters), Sean Carrigan (Stitch Rayburn) and Christel Khalil (Lily Winters Ashby).
In addition to the aforementioned question-and-answer and meet-and-greet periods, the stars will take pictures with fans.
This is part of the Sun's Reality Check series, presented in combination with Soap Opera Festivals, Inc.
"The Young and the Restless" stars, 4 p.m. Sunday, Convention Center and Uncas Ballroom, Mohegan Sun; $25 (includes Q&A, photo op, and meet and greet); mohegansun.com.
Michael Muhney Shares Post-Surgery Selfie!(10/7/16) (Photo) One week after having surgery to remove skin cancer from his face, Michael Muhney (ex-Adam, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is already on the mend and looking just as handsome as ever!
“Stitches removed five minutes ago!” he tweeted with a selfie on Oct. 5. “Feels good! Yay!”
Muhney was also touched by the outpouring of support from his fans. “So, so, so many kind tweets sent to me from you all,” he posted. “Every day. Constantly. So uplifting. So encouraging. Really just want to say thanks.”
We’re glad Muhney is all healed up, and we’re sure we’ll see him back on our screens before too long!
Talk Show Appearance(10/7/16) The Talk – CBS
Wednesday, Oct. 12
In honor of CBS Daytime being #1 for 30 years, “The Talk” welcomes stars from “The Young and the Restless” including Christel Khalil, Christian LeBlanc, Melody Thomas Scott and Jason Thompson and “The Bold and the Beautiful” with Scott Clifton, Don Diamont, Katherine Kelly Lang and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood and also reunites actors from legacy series, “Guiding Light” with Grant Aleksander, Beth Chamberlin, Robert Newman and Kim Zimmer and from “As the World Turns” Martha Byrne, Ellen Dolan, Elizabeth Hubbard and Collen Zenk (n)
Chris McKenna on Mom(10/7/16) “High-Tops and Brown Jacket” – Bonnie and Adam’s relationship is tested when he moves in with her and Christy for a few weeks. Also, Christy learns the hard way that it may be a mistake to try and meet men with Jill, on the fourth season premiere of MOM, Thursday, Oct. 27 (9:01-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST Includes: Chris L. McKenna (Derek), Monica Young (Cheryl).
Soap Reunions On CBS(10/5/16) CBS is celebrating 30 years at No. 1 with a host of soap faves and events. GUIDING LIGHT alums Kim Zimmer, Robert Newman, Grant Aleksander and Beth Chamberlin (ex-Reva, ex-Josh, ex-Phillip and ex-Beth) will air on THE TALK on October 12, as will AS THE WORLD TURNS’s Martha Byrne, Colleen Zenk, Ellen Dolan and Elizabeth Hubbard (ex-Lily, ex-Barbara, ex-Margo and ex-Lucinda). On October 10, THE PRICE IS RIGHT will welcome appearances by Y&R stars Peter Bergman (Jack), Joshua Morrow (Nick) and Jason Thompson (Billy), as well as B&B’s Pierson Fodé (Thomas), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) and Heather Tom (Katie). On October 13, THE TALK’s Sheryl Underwood reprises her role as Emmy on B&B. Finally, on October 14, PRICE model Amber Lancaster will play a model on Y&R who stars in a Bare by Brash & Sassy commercial. EW.com first reported the news.
Nikita Co-Stars Lyndsy Fonseca and Noah Bean Are Married(10/5/16) It was a match made in TV heaven.
Nikita co-stars Lyndsy Fonseca and Noah Bean are officially Mr. and Mrs. The couple married at Saltwater Farm in Connecticut and the actress announced the happy news on social media.
"Best. Day. Ever," she tweeted to fans along with a photo of the pair walking and laughing through the vineyard where their nuptials was held. Fonseca even revealed on social media that Bean put together their Chuppah himself.
"My wonderful @noahthebean cut down the trees from the forest and built this Chuppah to embrace us as we became husband and wife," she captioned a photo of the platform.
The bride wore a lace gown designed by Sabrina Dahan with lilac flowers in her hair while the groom opted for a three-piece charcoal suit with a blue tie.
Before meeting Bean on the set of the CW action series, which wrapped in 2013, Fonseca was previously married to artist Matthew Smiley for three years. The couple called it quits in July 2012.
The co-stars announced their engagement in February. "Watch out for my fiancé on #vinyl," the actress announced on Instagram at the time. "Super excited to finally see this show!!!!!!"
Now, she has a new title for her leading man—husband! Congratulations to the happy couple!
Eva Longoria Gushes Over Husband José Bastón: ‘We Were Always Married in Our Hearts and Souls’(10/5/16) Eva Longoria is living her happily ever after.
After marrying the man of her dreams, the actress says she and husband José ‘Pepe’ Bastón are without a doubt still living on cloud nine.
“People ask us how it is being married now, but we were always married in our hearts and our souls, so the wedding was just a beautiful party to celebrate with everyone, but marriage wise we just are still floating from three years of being together,” the actress tells PEOPLE during an exclusive celebration with JCPenney to showcase the new Eva Longoria Home bedding and bath designs in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
“It’s amazing,” she continues of celebrating their sixth-month wedding anniversary. “Our wedding didn’t change our relationship.”
Longoria and media mogul Bastón, 48, tied the knot during a “really small,” fairytale wedding in Mexico in May. Dating since 2013, Bastón popped the question in Dubai in December 2015 with a ruby and diamond engagement ring.
It was love at first sight.
“He was the most handsome man I’d ever seen,” Longoria previously gushed to PEOPLE about first meeting her husband. “He was so charismatic, charming, sweet and funny. I thought, ‘Who is this guy?!'”
Fresh Off the Boat Ups Ray Wise(10/4/16) Prepare to see more of Honey’s other half on Fresh Off the Boat.
The ABC comedy has promoted Ray Wise — who plays the Huangs’ neighbor and Honey’s hubby Marvin — to series regular for Season 3, our sister site Deadline reports.
The ubiquitous Wise also has a part in Netflix’s Gilmore Girls revival and will reprise his role as Leland Palmer in Showtime’s Twin Peaks continuation.
Fresh Off the Boat returns Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 9/8c on ABC.
Single Mom A Go Go: Episode 8 - TRACEY BREGMAN(10/3/16) (Listen) Michelle and Tracey completely tell it like it is in this podcast. Both mothers of two, both single, both actresses in Hollywood. This is a very real, very adult version of "Single Mom a Go Go". Very VERY "Sex and the City"... I'd say Tracey is Charlotte and Michelle is... You guessed it, Samantha. Girls, get out your martinis and headphones. Guys, get ready to learn something...
Kristoff St. John Holds Emotional Protest at the Hospital Where His Son Died(10/2/16) (Photos) As part of his ongoing quest for justice in his son Julian’s untimely death, Kristoff St. John (Neil, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) led a protest on Sept. 29 outside of the La Casa Mental Health Rehabilitation Center.
St. John and his family are suing the center for not giving Julian the level of care he required which ultimately led to the young man taking his own life in 2014. The trial is scheduled to begin in November, but before then, the actor took to the streets with supporters to draw attention to the need for better mental health care systems.
“Today’s protest was life-affirming,” St. John shared on Instagram. “As I stood outside of La Casa Hospital, I was flooded with a myriad of emotions. It reaffirmed my purpose. My mission is clear. Never bending, never wavering. I am a soldier of righteousness, with my sword in my sheath, ready to do battle. Julian my boy, I will avenge your death. Lead the way.”
Our thoughts are with St. John and his family during this difficult time.
Maura West Shows Off Son Joe's Musical Talent(10/2/16) (Video) Maura West (Ava, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Carly, AS THE WORLD TURNS) shared her son Joe’s musical talent with fans who were just blown away by his acoustic performance of Florence + the Machine’s “St. Jude!”
“Lucky Momma to have such music in my home,” she wrote about the video of her son with husband Scott DeFreitas (Andy, ATWT)
Such an amazing voice! Of course, to some fans, Joe’s musical talent will come as no surprise, since the young performer was featured as one of the von Trapp children in NBC’s live production of The Sound of Music. Joe also made his Broadway debut back in 2012 as Ralphie in A Christmas Story, The Musical and also appeared in Sleepless In Seattle: The Musical.
We can’t wait to see what Joe does next! An album, perhaps?
Talk Show Appearance(10/1/16) Steve Harvey - syndicated
Shemar Moore (``Criminal Minds''); Steve and Shemar assist women who are frustrated by bad dating experiences and are ready to call it quits on dating.
Spotlight On Soap Stunt Coordinator(9/30/16) In the new issue of Digest on sale now, movie/TV stuntman extraordinaire Terry James talks about his death-defying career, as well as coordinating fights, falls and fires for Y&R and DAYS. The fall guy also discusses the complexities about planning those stunts. “I think on my feet so fast; it just comes natural,” says James. Find out more about his storied background and memorable on-the-job injuries in Digest now.
James Westmoreland Passes Away(9/30/16) Actor James Westmoreland, who played Teddy Holmes on GENERAL HOSPITAL, died on Sept. 14 at the age of 80.
Using the stage name Rad Fulton, the actor landed a contract with Warner Bros. and appeared in numerous films and television programs. In 1972, he landed the role of Vietnam vet Teddy Holmes on GH.
“I was put into a hospital bed,” Westmoreland recalled on his website, “because I was brought to the hospital ward because I had Serum Hepatitis that my character had picked up in Vietnam for shooting up with dirty needles.
“GH was fun for me and the cast were all professionals and easy to get along with,” he continued. “Unfortunately after working on at least 140 shows, I came down with a serious illness and I had to leave the show and the most wonderful part I ever had came to an end.”
Westmoreland also played Decker on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS in the early ‘80s.
Our thoughts are with Westmoreland’s friends and loved ones during this difficult time.
CBS DAYTIME CELEBRATES 30 YEARS AT #1(9/30/16) CBS Daytime is commemorating 30 years at #1 with a variety of celebrations throughout the year, and wants its audience to join the fun. From special programming to can’t-miss events, many opportunities are planned for fans to experience even more of the series they love. Also, viewers can explore classic video moments, photo galleries and promotions on each show’s website and CBS Daytime’s social media platforms.
“CBS Daytime’s schedule of top-rated, award-winning programs has been a daily destination for viewers for more than three decades, becoming part of the fabric of America in the process,” said Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, Daytime Programs, CBS Entertainment. “We have the best fans in television who join us every day to laugh, love, chat and cheer. Our celebration of 30 years at #1 honors the hard work of our cast, staff and crew and thanks our audience for their passion and loyalty.”
The Network kicks off the celebration Monday, Oct. 10, when talent from its five award-winning series, LET'S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and THE TALK appear on each other’s shows.
Following is the schedule:
Monday Oct. 10: THE PRICE IS RIGHT (11:00 AM, ET; 10:00 AM, PT) features CBS Daytime talent including THE TALK’s Julie Chen and Sharon Osbourne; Peter Bergman, Joshua Morrow and Jason Thompson from THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; Pierson Fodé, Katherine Kelly Lang and Heather Tom from THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; and Tiffany Coyne and Jonathan Mangum from LET'S MAKE A DEAL.
Tuesday Oct. 11: LET'S MAKE A DEAL (check local listings) celebrates #1for30 with a special appearance from THE TALK’s Sheryl Underwood.
Wednesday Oct. 12: THE TALK (2:00 PM, ET; 1:00 PM, PT) welcomes talent from CBS Daytime past and present, including actors from THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, AS THE WORLD TURNS and GUIDING LIGHT.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT’s George Gray appears on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (12:30 PM, ET; 11:30 AM PT) as a GC Buzz employee.
Thursday, Oct. 13: THE TALK’s Sheryl Underwood reprises her role as “Emmy” on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1:30 PM, ET; 12:30 PM, PT).
Friday, Oct. 14: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS features THE PRICE IS RIGHT’s Amber Lancaster who will model in a “Bare by Brash and Sassy” commercial.
In addition, CBS Daytime is unveiling the special exhibit, “CBS Daytime #1 For 30 Years,” at Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Calif., honoring the Network’s five current shows, as well as legacy programs, including “As the World Turns” and “Guiding Light.” The exhibit, which runs Oct. 12 – Nov. 27, includes original set pieces, one-of-a-kind memorabilia and interactive elements to give fans a unique, hands-on experience. Also, four consecutive weeks of special panels are planned, featuring talent and producers from the CBS Daytime lineup. More details will be available shortly.
Thursday, Oct. 20: THE PRICE IS RIGHT and LET'S MAKE A DEAL
Wednesday, Oct. 26: THE TALK
Thursday, Nov. 3: THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
Thursday, Nov. 10: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
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. The lineup features a balance of dramas, game shows and talk, including television’s #1 daytime program and longest-running game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, the #1 daytime drama THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Daytime Emmy-winning THE TALK, the world’s most-watched serial THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, and LET’S MAKE A DEAL, which has awarded $50 million in cash & prizes.
Scott Porter & Michael Graziadei on Scorpion - Oct 17(9/30/16) “Little Boy Lost” – Team Scorpion must find a boy from Ralph’s class who goes missing on a field trip after he accidentally has a run-in with a deadly criminal. Also, Toby gets closer to finding out the identity of Happy’s husband, on SCORPION, Monday, Oct. 17 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST inlcudes: Scott Porter (Tim Armstrong), Michael Graziadei (Ronen).
Y&R Alum Muhney’s Cancer Drama(9/29/16) Michael Muhney (ex-Adam, Y&R) tweeted a selfie showing one side of his face bandaged after undergoing a procedure to remove skin cancer. The actor stated, “Wear your sunscreen kids. #NoSkinCancer Had surgery today. 10 stitches. Yikes.”
Justin Hartley Interview(9/29/16) This Is Us Star Justin Hartley on Shirtless Scenes and His Soap Opera Past. Read the Glamour interview here.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Victoria Rowell NovelFormer Y&R star Victoria Rowell's novel, Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva, will be released May 4.
May 4 - New York City - Hue Man Book Signing
May 6 - New York City - Borders Books Columbus Circle Book Signing
May 7 - New Orleans - Book Signing at Octavia Books
May 8 - Baton Rouge, LA - Scotlandville Library Book Signing
May 9 - Baton Rouge, LA - Barnes & Noble Book Signing
May 11 - Los Angeles - Grove Barnes & Noble BIRTHDAY Book Signing
May 13 - Atlanta - Book Signing at Buckhead Barnes & Noble
May 15 - New York City - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 18 - Somerset, NJ - Franklin Township Public Library
May 22 - Atlanta - Camp Creek Barnes & Noble Book Signing
June 4-6 - Atlanta - Victoria's One Woman Show at Southwest Arts Center
The Man Who Came BackThe Man Who Came Back starring Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R)- is on DVD
Death In DaytimeEileen Davidson (Ashley) has written the new book 'Death In Daytime: A Soap Opera Mystery' which hits bookstores on Oct. 7. In the novel The Yearning Tide’s biggest diva, Alexis Peterson is accused of killing her head writer. She tells Soap Opera Weekly, “it’s only very loosely based on real people and events. The stuff that goes on behind the scenes at a soap… people wouldn’t believe.”
A Memoir by Victoria RowellBook: The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir by Victoria Rowell
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