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Chris Pine and Vail Bloom Kiss During PDA-Packed Lunch: See the Sweet Photos(Photo1, Photo2) Has Into the Woods' Prince Charming found his princess?
Chris Pine was spotted Sunday in Hollywood enjoying a PDA- and Pellegrino-packed lunch with TV star Vail Bloom.
The two were snapped leaning in to share a sweet kiss while dining al fresco for lunch.
The couple also took a leisurely stroll while doing some shopping, with Pine, 34, looking relaxed in a white T-shirt, jeans and black cap. Meanwhile, Vail, 32, kept things casual in a breezy white jumpsuit. They were seen heading to American Rag, where Pine walked out carrying a couple of bags of clothing.
Pine's rep has not commented on the couple's relationship status.
The actor can be seen next in the film adaption of the cult sci-fi novel Z for Zachariah, and earlier this year, he stopped by the Sundance Film Festival to promote the movie, which was a hit at the festival.
Vail most recently appeared on Vanderpump Rules and has starred in Cold Case and Castle, among several TV gigs. She also received a Daytime Emmy nomination for her role as Heather Stevens on The Young and the Restless.
Mr. WriteGiven the fact that Y&R is the No. 1 soap in daytime — and has been in that spot for decades — it's not surprising that the decision to hire Charles Pratt Jr. six months ago as Y&R's executive producer/headwriter came with a lot of scrutiny. And some negativity.
"Right away when I came in, I got the usual hate stuff," admits the scribe. "For a second, it kind of affects you! People don't realize it, but they're attacking my confidence. And if I start doubting myself on day four, we're in real trouble! The viewers that have watched Y&R every day for years are entitled to a strong opinion, but I don't like the personal stuff about other shows. Quite frankly it [ticks] me off. This shouldn't be about other shows, it's about this show. And if I do a good job, and please [the fans], ratings will go up. If I don't do a good job, I won't be doing the job long."
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Sony, CBS: Actress Can't Sue for Retaliation Because She Never Applied for Job(hollywoodreporter.com) On Wednesday, CBS Corp. and Sony Pictures filed a pair of motions in a California courtroom that aims for the soap opera equivalent of throwing Victoria Rowell's lawsuit off of a cliff.
The former Young and the Restless star filed her lawsuit in February with allegations that despite widespread public interest that she revive her role as Drucilla Barber Winters, the defendants wouldn't re-hire her because of her outspokenness about increasing the presence of African-Americans both in front of and behind the camera in soap operas. The broadcaster and producers have not only thrown up an anticipated First Amendment challenge to such a claim, but have also cast doubt on the idea of an actress who is so popular, she doesn't need to go through the formality of applying to support a legal claim of retaliation under the Fair Employment and Housing Act.
Rowell's lawsuit "describes the numerous attempts of Plaintiff and those acting on her behalf to ask Defendants if she could 'return to Y&R,' but she never alleges she actually applied for any position," states a motion to dismiss (read here: scribd.com).
CBS and Sony tell the judge there's no requirement under FEHA that employers create new positions when asked. They say it would "open the floodgates" to lawsuits against employers.
Then, in a noteworthy footnote, they address the "anticipated argument" from Rowell that she should be excused from actually applying or auditioning "because she is a 'star' or because 'sometimes' actors with 'known characters' get jobs without actually applying for them."
A star in Hollywood might not equate to a star in the eyes of labor law. CBS and Sony say that the requirement of a job application is important lest courts be forced to measure the "stature or popularity" of particular plaintiffs to determine if they have been retaliated against for an "open position."
Besides a motion to dismiss, CBS and Sony have also filed an anti-SLAPP motion that aims to defeat the lawsuit — and potentially make Rowell pay their legal costs — on free speech grounds. The motion (read here: scribd.com) repeats the same argument above as well as the one that casting decisions are creative expression protected by the First Amendment. The defendants put special emphasis on a 2012 decision that rejected a discrimination lawsuit against ABC for failing to feature non-white cast members on The Bachelor.
What makes that decision according to the defendants the "most on-point federal court decision on this topic" — besides featuring some of the same attorneys on the plaintiffs' side —is that a federal court ruled that to inject itself in casting decisions "would actually affect the particular show's message" and "embroil courts in questioning the creative process behind any television program."
"This lawsuit seeks to wrest control of that decision from Defendants, and to invoke California’s anti-discrimination law in an attempt to force two television soap operas to alter their story lines to accommodate the wishes of one actress," states the anti-SLAPP motion from attorneys at Davis Wright Tremaine. "There can be little doubt that such governmental interference invites First Amendment scrutiny."
One quick and timely note on procedure: The lawsuit was originally brought in New York. CBS and Sony raised a jurisdictional challenge before Rowell agreed to bring the lawsuit over to California. One of the big differences between the two states is that California has a much more expansive anti-SLAPP statute as it covers free speech whereas New York doesn't. The California law is aimed at deterring frivolous lawsuits at very early stages by examining whether they address First Amendment activity and whether the plaintiff has a likelihood of prevailing. This isn't to say that Rowell will necessarily lose and be forced to pay CBS/Sony's legal bill. We merely mention this because on Wednesday, several lawmakers introduced a bill that would establish a federal anti-SLAPP law with potentially big ramifications if passed. The bill would impact where lawsuits are adjudicated and influence the course of lawsuits touching free speech activities, which would mean a great deal for media and entertainment companies, and as seen here, might even make labor claims tougher for certain plaintiffs.
Rowell's lawyer Dan Stormer isn't impressed by the motions from CBS and Sony.
"This is a standard practice that defendants use to try and escape from their responsibilities," he says. "CBS/Sony is afraid to address the important underlying issues of their racial discrimination and retaliation. They are hoping to find some obscure technicality that might allow them to escape the justice that Victoria Rowell so richly deserves”
Y&R STAR GETS HITCHEDCongratulations to Greg Rikaart (Kevin, Y&R), who married his partner, writer Robert Sudduth. Rikaart’s co-stars, like Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), Jessica Collins (Avery) and Melissa Ordway (Abby) took to Twitter to offer warm wishes. To see a photo of the happy couple exchanging vows on the beach, go here. Rikaart had earlier tweeted that Sudduth landed a writing job on the new series, HOT AND BOTHERED, which will star Y&R alum Eva Longoria (ex-Isabella).
Casting CornerNoel Arthur appears as an “Island Cop” on Friday, 5/22
Christopher May appears as “Walt” on Monday 5/25 and Wednesday, 5/27
Amy Stewart appears as “Dr. Weston” on Tuesday, 5/26
Frank Runyeon appears as “Angel” on Thursday, 5/28 and Tuesday, 6/2
Philip Anthony-Rodriguez debuts as a cargo ship Captain on Friday, 5/29
Robert Gant appears as “David Sherman” on Monday, 6/1
Sofia Pernas debuts as “Marisa Sierras” on Monday, 6/1
Tess Munro appears as a “Mediator” on Monday, 6/1
Laura Niemi appears as “Dr. Green” on Monday, 6/1 and Wednesday, 6/3
Chris McKenna returns as “Detective Mark Harding” on Tuesday, 6/2
Andrew T. Lee appears as “Dr. Eilbaum” on Wednesday, 6/10
NEW ROLE FOR Y&R ALUM EDEN RIEGELEden Riegel, best known for her Emmy-winning run as Y&R's Heather, has been cast as Seven in the upcoming web series CLUB 5150. "We are beyond thrilled to have Eden join the fun," said Creator Steve Silverman. "She's someone I've been wanting to work with for years. And I think the audience is really going to enjoy seeing her in a role that's kind of a change-up in pace from what they're used to." The show will begin shooting in August.
#SaveTheDate #YR Fans! Live Chat w/@HunterHaleyKing & @lachlanbuchanan#SaveTheDate #YR Fans! Live Chat w/@HunterHaleyKing & @lachlanbuchanan on Monday May 18th! http://bit.ly/1P6lvva
ABC Picks Up Yani Gellman Pilot“Untitled Pate & Fishburne Project” (formerly Boom)
Billy and Cody Lefever dream of a new life beyond their working class roots and move to “The Bakken” in North Dakota, booming after the biggest oil discovery in American history. They’re soon pitted against a ruthless tycoon who forces them to bet big and put everything on the line, including their marriage.
Starring Don Johnson as Hap, Chace Crawford as Billy, Rebecca Rittenhouse as Kelly, Delroy Lindo as Tip, Amber Valetta as Carla, Scott Michael Foster as Wick, India De Beaufort as Jules, Yani Gellman as AJ and Caitlin Carver as Lacey.
Written by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne. Executive producers are Tony Krantz, Josh Pate, Rodes Fishburne, Drew Comins, and Don Johnson; produced by ABC Signature.
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Y&R SCRIBE CONFIRMS STATUSAccording to her own post on Twitter, Y&R’s former head writer, Jean Passanante, who shared the title with Shelly Altman until they were replaced by Charles Pratt, Jr. last year, is no longer with the show. Unlike Altman, who had shifted over to another capacity on the writing staff, Passanante tweeted to a follower, "I'm no longer with Y&R so I'm glad you're still with me!” Passanante has an established career in daytime, which includes writing stints on AMC, ATWT, OLTL and GH.
PRAYERS FOR MOM OF B&B’S HEATHER TOMOn Twitter, B&B’s Heather Tom (Katie) revealed that her beloved mother, Marie, is facing a health crisis. "Please pray for my mother-she's in the hospital with heart failure-waiting to hear if #Medicare with approve life saving surgery,” she wrote. "Thank you to everyone at @KeckMedUSC for taking such good care of her.” Tom also asked her followers for support. "Thank you so much for whatever good thoughts you can spare-I haven't posted a lot lately but I feels so good to feel supported.” We’re wishing Marie and the Tom family the best.
FRANK RUNYEON JOINS Y&RFrank Runyeon (ex-Steve, ATWT et al) is set to join Y&R as Angel, who happens to actually be an angel, and will appear on May 28 and June 2, reports TV Insider. For more, click here.
SoapFest benefit May 22-25 features TV soap-opera actors(marcoislandflorida.com) SoapFest charity weekend kicks off with A Night of Stars, Saturday, May 23, at 7 p.m. at Bistro Soleil at the historic Old Marco Inn, 100 Palm St.
The evening's meal will be created by French-born and trained, award-winning chef Denis Meurgue, well known for his unique and celebratory dinners.
This VIP event will offer several opportunities for up close and personal time with the TV soap opera actors. Celebrity guests from today's most popular daytime shows will join "old favorites," and be available for autograph signings, photos, Q&A, and live auctions.
A newly added feature to A Night of Stars is "SoapFest Game Night," in which guests vie for prizes based upon answering trivia questions about their favorite soap stars and stories. This evening event is always a sell-out.
A Night of Stars tickets (including dinner) are $125 per person. A limited number of VIP tickets is available for $200; VIP tickets guarantee seating with your favorite celebrity guest.
SoapFest runs May 22-25 -- the annual weekend festival featuring daytime actors at fundraisers for local children's charities.
The fun continues on Sunday, May 24, aboard the Marco Island Princess yacht for the afternoon "Cruisin' Boozin' & Schmoozin with the Stars" from noon-3 p.m., departing from Marco River Marina. The three-hour boat ride is a perfect opportunity to mix and mingle with your favorite soap celebrity, while sightseeing Marco Island's coastal beauty as dolphins frolic in the water. Guests meet with actors for additional photographs and autographs. Raffles will be held for one-of-a-kind daytime drama memorabilia (signed scripts, iconic clothing, signed paintings, among others). Tickets are limited to 150 and are $130 per person and includes a luncheon buffet.
Tickets are now on sale for the 16th annual charity weekend that will benefit Camp Able and the Island Theater Company Kids Program, said SoapFest founder Pat Berry.
Camp Able provides a program for local special needs children.
"You don't have to be a soap fan to have a great time and support the kids," said Berry. "SoapFest is a great weekend that showcases Marco Island's innate hospitality amidst its white sandy beaches and waterways nearby the Gulf of Mexico to daytime drama actors and fans from around the world."
More than a dozen actors from daytimes shows "General Hospital," "Days Of Out Lives," "Young and the Restless" and "Guiding Light" are expected to attend, many for return visits, said Berry.
"These actors generously donate their time and talents to raise money for our kids" said Berry.
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Spice GirlY&R's Mishael Morgan says that her alter ego, Hilary, has always led a dual life, so to speak (presenting a public face that was different than her personal side.) However, it was a lot more confusing to her to play the vixen when she first came on, because Y&R refused to tell her anything about her character's background!
"I was completely blind!" laughs the actress. "I tried to get some stuff out of them, but they never told me anything. But my mother and sisters watched Y&R diligently, and they were like, 'I think you're Rose's daughter!' I jumped into the deep-end of that storyline, and made a choice that I was probably Rose's daughter and I was probably in town for revenge!"
Soaps In Depth caught up with the beauty to talk about the highs and lows of portraying such a complex character. Pick up the magazine for the interview!
The Leftovers Season 2: Family Matters Alum Among 3 New AdditionsHungry for more Leftovers scoop?
The HBO drama continues to flesh out its revamped Season 2 ensemble, adding three more actors — including a Family Matters grad — to the cast, TVLine has learned exclusively.
The fresh blood includes new series regulars Kevin Carroll (Law & Order: SVU) as John Murphy (husband to Erika, played by Regina King), the Garvey’s new neighbor and head of the town’s volunteer fire department, as well as newcomer Jovan Adepo as John and Erika’s son Michael, a teenager actively involved in his church.
Additionally, Darius McCrary (AKA Family Matters‘ Eddie) is set to guest star/recur as Isaac Rayney, a local palm reader and childhood friend of John’s.
As TVLine previously reported, The Leftovers is undergoing a creative overhaul after exhausting nearly all of its source material in Season 1 (the series is created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta and based on Perrotta’s 2011 novel of the same name). In addition to relocating from New York to Texas, the acclaimed drama is dropping roughly half of its cast; however, leads Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Christopher Eccleston and Carrie Coon are expected to return.
Production on Season 2 started last month.
CHRISTIAN LEBLANC NOT LEAVING Y&RA rumor gaining traction online has Y&R’s Christian J. LeBlanc, who plays Michael Baldwin, leaving the show to take over the role of Kevin on GH. (Kevin was last seen earlier this year in the form of Anthony Starke, who pinch-hit for Jon Lindstrom while Lindstrom was shooting TRUE DETECTIVE.) But a Y&R spokesperson emphatically states, “No. That isn’t true.” Whispers that LeBlanc would exit Y&R have been circulating since Michael was diagnosed with cancer last year and the actor mingled with the GH cast at the Daytime Emmys. Shrugs a Y&R setsider, "He’s still very good friends with Billy Miller [ex-Billy; Jason, GH] and Michelle Stafford [ex-Phyllis; Nina, GH]. Maybe that’s where the confusion began."
CADY MCCLAIN RELEASES FACEBOOK STATEMENTOn her public Facebook fan page, Cady McClain offered an update to fans as to her Y&R status — as well as a heartfelt plea to viewers for their kindness.
"It's like nothing I've ever acted or been involved with story-wise before," she said of her upcoming material, adding, "I totally understand that the character of 'Kelly' drives some people crazy. But please remember, I am just the actress. I'm glad to occasionally be given the opportunity to entertain you, whether it's on Y&R or elsewhere. And if you love the character or hate her, it's all good. Maybe just don't tag me when you hate on her, please, because my work means something to me. I hold the characters I get to create close to my heart." Seeming to address rumors that she will be departing Y&R, she wrote, "I don't wanna lie to you about anything but I also don't want to jump the shark and ruin a cool storyline."
For her complete statement, go to www.facebook.com/CadyMcClain.
MCKENNA BACK ON THE BEAT AT Y&RAccording to his recent tweets, Chris L. McKenna has returned to Y&R to reprise the role of brash cop Mark Harding. "Great seeing everyone today,” the actor posted about being back on the Y&R set."As usual @gregrikaart [Kevin] and I struggled to keep a straight face through our scenes.” A spokesperson confirms that McKenna will begin airing on June 2.
McClain Is Out At Y&R!Cady McClain is done as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Kelly. This afternoon (April 28), the actress updated the "work" section on her Facebook page to indicate that she had left her job on the soap.
NEW Y&R ROLE CAST(Photo) Y&R has cast Sofia Pernas in the recurring role of Marisa, a mysterious beauty, who will arrive in Genoa City and interact with key characters. Pernas will make her debut on June 1.
Daytime Emmy Awards Nabs 900,000 Viewers On PopThe 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards logged nearly 900,000 viewers on Pop last night. That’s a small number for the trophy ceremony that clocked 14-22 million viewers back in the ’90s, and 5.5 million as recently as 2011. But it’s the most-watched live event on Pop in eight years, dating back to when the network premiered Live On The Red Carpet With Joan And Melissa at the Academy Awards.
The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards did well on social media, becoming the second highest ranked show in Nielsen’s Twitter TV Ratings for the night, just behind Game Of Thrones. The live awards show out-ranked the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards, WWE Extreme Rules and Keeping Up With The Kardashians in the Nielsen Twitter TV rankings.
Pop aired two telecasts of the awards ceremony last night, including a live broadcast at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT with a repeat at 11 PM ET/ 8 PM PT.
After decades as a staple on the Big 4 broadcast networks, the Daytime Emmy Awards went to the CW and, after two consecutive airings on HLN, dropped off TV completely last year when it was only broadcast online.
In March, Pop announced the ceremony would return to TV through a multi-year deal between the network (formerly TVGN and TV Guide Network) and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Daytime TV has a strong presence on Pop, which is airing same-day repeats of CBS’ daytime dramas to solid ratings. Additionally, Pop’s other co-owner, Lionsgate, is behind several daytime programs, including The Wendy Williams Show.
Get Up-Close & Personal With LeBlanc!THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael) is going to be up in the Great White North in May, and if you're in the area, you can stop on by and meet him!
Then, on Sunday, May 10, LeBlanc will be making an appearance at the OLG Slots at Woodbine in Toronto, Ontario, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please note that for the two OLG Slots events you must be over 19 to attend.
Eva Longoria Designs Her First Home Bedding Collection(Pic1, Pic2) Eva Longoria is an actress, producer, cookbook author—and now she’s diving into something she’s always had her heart set on: home décor.
“This is a natural extension of what I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve always wanted to do a home line,” Longoria told PEOPLE at the Eva Longoria Home Collection launch for JCPenney in L.A. on Thursday. “My mom always told me, ‘Make a house a home’ and that’s a very big difference.”
Longoria’s first-ever collection includes four different bedding styles with complementary window treatments and decorative pillows to complete the looks—all of which Longoria made sure were very family-friendly.
“Sometimes you go to people’s homes and you don’t want to sit on the couch and you don’t want to use the throw and you don’t want to touch the throw pillows,” she said. “This is a very functional line you can really use it and beat it up.”
So, what’s Longoria’s favorite design? The Solana, which combines warm grey and lavender shades. “It’s so calming to me and whenever I look at it. It invites me to lay in it!”
The Devious Maids producer says making over your bedroom can be easy and fun. She suggests starting by changing up the bedding because, as she points out, it’s “the center piece of the bedroom.”
“You can easily put a pop of color to brighten it in the summer, do a black-and-white in the winter to be a little bit more modern,” she said.
A quick makeover trick: Decorative pillows. “I really love beading on pillows that is delicate and not overdone because the pillow has to be functional,” the actress said. “I have some throw pillows in my house that you can’t sit on because you may get cut, but they’re pretty. They have this Indian silver beading. I’m always like ‘Ow! I think I just cut myself.’ I love light beading, light embroidery—just enough to give the pillows a pop.”
Whipclip Adds Pop with Daytime Emmys, 'Schitt's Creek,' 4 More SeriesMobile app Whipclip has signed a deal with the Pop network to provide easy video clipping and sharing for this Sunday’s Daytime Emmy Awards and five series, including Eugene Levy‘s Schitt’s Creek and Alan Thicke‘s Unusually Thicke.
Whipclip is designed to make it easy, and legal, for viewers to grab bits of video from network TV shows and quickly share them on social media, email and text message. The free app launched several weeks ago, giving users access to video from about 90 series on ABC, CBS, Fox, several cable networks plus music videos from Universal Music Group. It since has added about 30 more network shows, Rosenblatt said, and Sony Music videos.
The Pop deal to carry video from the Daytime Emmys is the app’s first live event, though it already carries ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, a show Whipclip CEO and co-founder Richard Rosenblatt said “feels like it’s live” because of the competition aspect.
“This partnership is really exciting,” Rosenblatt said. Segments of the awards show, to be hosted by Tyra Banks, will be “short, they’ll be funny. I think there will be a lot of very social moments.”
The app debuted with the Justin Bieber roast on Comedy Central, which proved a big hit on social media, but the nature of the awards show should make it even more likely to be shared widely.
Nicole Sabatini, Pop’s SVP of Marketing, said the deal is well timed because immediately after the Emmys, the network will debut reality show Queens of Drama, featuring former soap stars such as Donna Mills, Hunter Tylo and Joan Collins. That show, which normally will run on Wednesday nights, is also part of the Whipclip deal.
“For these rabid fans of soap operas, we’ll be able to provide three hours of clippable moments,” Sabatini said. “I see the benefit of being on Whipclip (for Pop) in two ways: It gives fans a really seamless way to share and because Pop is a new network, it needs as many people as possible talking about it. As a network that celebrates fandom, it’s a natural extension of our brand to make sharing digital content easy for our viewers,””
Other shows covered under the deal include Sing It On, a new reality competition featuring collegiate a cappella choirs, executive produced by John Legend’s production company with co-producers of American Idol; and Impress Me, featuring celebrity impressionists Ross Marquand and Jim Meskimen.
Pop, which reaches 80 million U.S. homes as a basic cable network, is jointly owned by CBS and LionsGate. It was rebranded with its current name earlier this year after several years as TVGN and TV Guide Network.
Eva Longoria on Her Boyfriend: 'There's Just So Much Happiness and Joy In My Life'(Pic) Eva Longoria couldn't be happier about life with boyfriend Jose Antonio Baston.
"I'm just in a happy place in my life that it's easy to be open and in love because I am in a complete place in my life," Longoria, 40, told PEOPLE at the Eva Longoria Home Collection launch for JCPenney in Los Angeles on Thursday.
"Whether it's personally, career, new projects, going back to television, there's just so much happiness and joy in my life and I think you know that transmits to everything," the Devious Maids producer – who has been dating the Mexican businessman since the end of 2013 – added.
Although Longoria's most recent project is her own home décor line, she admits Baston, 46, is "definitely [the] frustrated interior designer" out of the two.
"He's all about furniture and architecture, and I'm all about towels and comforters," the Desperate Housewives alum explained.
But it doesn't come as too much of a surprise that her man has a sharp eye for design. "He's a good dresser, too. I always have to step it up," Longoria shared in April 2014. "It's exhausting."
Darius McCrary -- Busted for Taking Son Too Long ... Warrant Costs Him $15kDarius McCrary should just leave a credit card on file with the Michigan court system -- he just paid dearly again ... this time for allegedly keeping his son too long on a Spring Break trip.
A bench warrant was issued for McCrary last week after baby mama Elizabeth Alanoly filed an emergency motion claiming McCrary didn't return their kid on time.
According to court records, McCrary had to post a $15,000 bond to clear the warrant. We're told their 7-year-old son is back with Mom now.
Darius had to pay $5,500 just last month to Alanoly for back child support.
We've reached out to Darius' reps ... but no word back.
More Emmy Announcements!The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences has already announced many of the actors who are slated to present at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and now they've revealed some more surprises!
Look for Eileen Davidson (Ashley, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Kristen, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and Mario Lopez (ex-Christian, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) will be joining the ranks of presenters, as will the cast of the new reality series QUEENS OF DRAMA (which premiers directly following the ceremony), Donna Mills (ex-Madeline, GENERAL HOSPITAL), Lindsay Hartley (Cara, ALL MY CHILDREN), Crystal Hunt (Lizzie, GUIDING LIGHT; Stacy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and Chrystee Pharris (Simone, PASSIONS).
As a special tribute to the fans of daytime drama, the ceremony will also feature some special fan awards, including Favorite Daytime Hottie, Most Romantic Duo and Favorite OMG! Moment. You can vote on those by clicking here.
Producers are also promising many surprises and star appearances, including teasing that the evening will reunite two soap star legends! So be sure not to miss this year's Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony live on Sunday, April 26, at 8:00 p.m. ET on Pop!
Y&R STAR PREGNANTY&R’s Mishael Morgan (Hilary) and her husband are expecting a baby in August. A spokesperson for the show has confirmed that the pregnancy will not become part of Hilary’s storyline.
Kleintank & Ilonzeh on Person Of Interest“YHWH” – Finch and Root race to save The Machine, which has been located by the rival AI, Samaritan, while Reese is caught in the middle of the final showdown between rival crime bosses Elias and Dominic, on the fourth season finale of PERSON OF INTEREST, Tuesday, May 5 (10:01-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST INCLUDES: Luke Kleintank (Caleb), Annie Ilonzeh (Harper).
Trini lands Young and Restless gig: Arthur hopes to make mark(guardian.co.tt) T&T-born US-based actor Noel Arthur, 38, originally from Vistabella, was a student at St Benedict’s College in La Romaine and while in school he and his friends would often talk about what was going on in the popular United States-based daily soap opera Young and the Restless. At the time, Arthur could not have known that he himself would one day, in fact 24 years later, would be enrolled in the cast. Today, he can say he is living that dream.
“My friends and I would be talking about what was going on with Nina and Cricket. Now I get to have a role on the show,” an elated Arthur said. “This would mark my first job where I get to use my original accent on camera. One of my dreams has always been to play a character on American TV who is specifically from T&T.”
Speaking exclusively with the Sunday Guardian, Arthur, who can’t legally spill the beans on the plot, only revealed that he got cast as an “island cop.” “Work on turning this island cop into a character with a name like, Lexton or Dexter, and get more than five episodes... That’s going to happen when I confidently represent T&T and everybody writes in to the show to say that they loved my performance and want more. Then we hopefully get a whole ‘island cop’ family up in there,” Arthur said.
His first episode airs on May 6. Grabbing at an opportunity to campaign for support, Arthur urged: “Tweet them, mail them, comment on their official Facebook page after it airs.” He admitted, however, that he was a bit surprised to have landed the job. “I’d never done a daytime soap before. So I asked one of my friends who was a star on Passions what to expect. She said speed, one to two takes, and pressure.
“People get fired if they mess up too much and I thought it was like theatre so I was excited,” he recalled. “She was right. But she didn’t tell me how much jokes go on behind the scenes. How much of a family these folks are. Many of the cast and crew have worked together for more than twenty years. It’s a family I’m privileged to come hang out with for a little bit. “Peter Bergman, who plays Jack Abbott, pulled me aside on my first day of shooting and said to me, ‘Thanks for being good.’ That always feels great to hear from a talented peer.”
Arthur got his first gig in about his first four months in Los Angeles. It was in the Brian De Palma movie, The Black Dahlia. The shoot took place in Bulgaria and marked his first time working in Europe. “You can see me for a split second shooting a gun out a window in that movie. That’s when I really caught the movie business bug. I got flown to Europe, got paid good money, put up in a hotel for two weeks, for like two seconds on screen,” he said.
“So my first gig was directed by Brian De Palma, who also directed Scarface, so that was an amazing start.”
Some of Arthur’s other career highlights have been working with the German Werner Herzog, an iconic director who has done groundbreaking documentaries and films going back to the 70s, in My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done? and Bad Lieutenant Port Of Call: New Orleans, where he worked alongside one of his idols, Nicolas Cage.
Arthur left T&T for the US in 1990 at the age of 14. He left with his mother, a retired district nurse, to join his elder siblings there. His father, now a retired police inspector, remained in T&T. The transition for Arthur was not easy. “We had gone to Harlem because one of my sisters had a job there working as a social worker. So at one point there were five of us living in her small one-bedroom apartment. My bed was a sleeping bag in the living room next to my mom and two other sisters,” he recalled.
“I remember hating the cold, the attitudes of people in the hood, the noise, the smell of mice, the feel of mice which would occasionally run over me at night. It was miserable. “My introduction to Harlem was seeing a kid my age get beat up by about 30 kids on the basketball court on my second day in the neighbourhood. I was teased a lot and it made me stick to myself. I read comic books and watched a lot of TV, which is why I started doing early imitations of actors I liked.”
Arthur initially wanted to be an inventor or a scientist. By the time he got accepted to college at Fordham University, however, her had no idea what he wanted to do. But he said that changed after meeting one of his freshman year roommates, Michael, known as “Mr Theatre,” acting in a play called Three Penny Opera.
His mind was made up then, but it took Arthur two more years of knocking about school and taking non major acting classes before he decided to become a professional actor. “By the time I graduated, I was Mr Theatre too, writing and directing plays, acting on the mainstage and in the black box. I even tried to direct Playboy of The West Indies by Trini-born Matura Mustapha, but we didn’t have enough Black and Indian descent actors in the department,” Arthur said.
When Arthur graduated from Fordham he got cast in a small touring theater company that did educational plays in schools across America. Moving to LA, Arthur had to hustle up day job work, find an agent to get him auditions, and find a way to get into the acting union. At one point he had about six jobs at once.
During his career, Arthur has worked with the likes of Kevin Mckidd, when he did an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, Katy Bates, Patricia Arquette, Zach Braff and Charisma Carpenter. He has also won a 2013 NAACP best theatre ensemble award for Lower Depth Theatre’s production of Kwame Kwei Armah’s Elmina’s Kitchen - a play about West Indians living in a tough neighborhood in Britain.
“My dreams have always been very clear about making a living as an actor. Every job I get I cherish because I’m getting paid to do what I love. “I did it for free for so many years that getting paid is icing on the cake. Though, like in any career, it is a hustle, and you have to accept that to survive, and thrive,” Arthur said.
Arthur’s next dream is to stand on the stage at the Academy Awards with an Oscar in his hand and to thank his homeland for its support. He hopes too to work with some of his acting idols - Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr, Idris Elba and Arnold Schwarzenegger to name a few - and directing idols Steven Spielberg, Danny Boyle and Louis Leterrierk.
Arthur said he would also love to collaborate/create some original programming in T&T with local talent. “I know there’s some great web content already on the internet, but with all the violence and strife going on we need many more positive images and role models in entertainment on Caribbean television.”
Arthur is currently a career coach and is getting ready to launch a website soon to be able to coach internationally. His advice: “Believe 100 per cent in yourself to realise your dreams while staying humble and positive as you do it. Focus on the passion for your work and developing your unique voice. And also think about accomplishing at least one goal outside of just serving yourself. Something that helps others.”
He also urged artists and actors to continue to create their own content and use the internet to spread their work. “We have so much technology at our hands now that we don’t need to wait for someone else to make our own starring vehicles or speak out on something we feel passionate about.” He, along with one of his business partners, have an environment friendly web series which was recently launched on YouTube called “Zero Impact Home.”
The series is about an Eco nerd who has zero impact on the environment, and on women. “No one’s talking about Eco issues in a funny, inviting way, so we are.”
More Info: To see more of Noel Arthur, his acting reel is up on my YouTube page under “Noel Arthur Acting Reel 2015” and everyone can follow him on Twitter, his FB fan page, and Instagram under NoelActor.
Soap Stars Head To Florida!Pack your bags and head on South with GENERAL HOSPITAL hunks Ryan Carnes (Lucas) and Ryan Paevey (Nathan)! The guys are just some of the daytime stars scheduled to attend the Southwest Florida Soapfest Charity Weekend, taking place from Friday, May 22, through Monday, May 25, on beautiful Marco Island. The other celebrities appearing are THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Sean Carrigan (Stitch) and Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael); DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Melissa Archer (Serena), Molly Burnett (Melanie) and Christopher Sean (Paul); and daytime alums Jeff Branson (ex-Ronan, Y&R; Shayne, GUIDING LIGHT; Jonathan, ALL MY CHILDREN) and John Driscoll (ex-Chance, Y&R; Coop, GL).
Some of the weekend events include a kick-off dinner, a karaoke sing-along at a local watering hole where the celebrities will be playing bartender, a cruise onboard the Marco Island Princess and much more! For a full list of events and ticket information, visit www.theateronmarco.com.
CBS ENTIRE DAYTIME LINEUP POSTS GROWTH IN VIEWERS AND KEY WOMEN DEMOS VERSUS LAST WEEKCBS's entire daytime lineup posted week-to-week growth in viewers and key women demographics, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week of April 6.
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David Hasselhoff Rides a Dinosaur in 'True Survivor' Music Video(Video) Fiery special effects, a classic sports car, the hero wearing a leather bomber jacket and rocking a mullet – so far it sounds like classic David Hasselhoff. But The Hoff's new music video has all that and more, much more. It has dinosaurs.
In the video released Thursday, the former Knight Rider and Baywatch star, 62, sings "True Survivor," the theme song for a film called Kung Fury.
The movie is a mashup of '80s cop movies, kung-fu action, comedy and time travel, and the money to make it was raised on Kickstarter. All $630,019.
The catchy, synth-heavy song was shared on Twitter by Jared Leto who wrote, "Say THANK YOU for putting this in your life."
We have to agree with him.
Kung Fury will be released at the end of May.
SightingsEva Longoria with boyfriend Jose Antonio Baston at Makoto in Bal Harbour…
Michael Graziadei on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS“You’ll Do” – With no memory of the night before, Lasalle’s brother, Cade, turns to NCIS for help when he finds his girlfriend’s body in the trunk of his car. Despite a mountain of evidence that implicates Cade, and the case being under Captain Jim Messier and Jefferson Parish jurisdiction, Lasalle is determined to prove his brother’s innocence, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, April 28 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Dylan Walsh guest stars as Captain Jim Messier of the Jefferson Parish Police Department.
Guest Cast Includes: Dylan Walsh (Captain Jim Messier), Clayne Crawford (Cade Lasalle), Gillian Alexy (Savannah Kelly), Shalita Grant (Sonja Percy), John Livingston (Paul Jenks), Oliver Kieran Jones (Reid Gorie), Michael Graziadei (Kai Bryant)
Lindsey McKeon on Y&RGuiding Light alumna Lindsey McKeon will guest-star on two May episodes of The Young and The Restless, Soaps In Depth reports, playing a powerful businesswoman who meets with a very important Genoa City resident.
Her first episode airs Thursday, May 7.
Kelli Goss on THE BIG BANG THEORY“The Communication Deterioration” – When Raj is asked to create a message in case a NASA mission discovers alien life, the guys fight over what he should do. Also, Penny is torn between auditioning for a movie or keeping her successful pharmaceutical sales job, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, April 16 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST: Sara Erikson (Gwen), Kelli Goss (Chelsea), Phoebe Neidhardt (Casting Assistant), Mark Maitre (Alien), Jeff Jingle (Alien #2).
JOHN O’HURLEY JOINS DEVIOUS MAIDSDaytime staple John O’Hurley (ex-Jim, Y&R/Greg, EON/Douglas, ATWT/Greg, GH/Keith, SB, Jonathan, SB/Stephen, SB/Kit, AMC) has joined the cast for season three of DEVIOUS MAIDS, which kicks off June 1. O’Hurley tweeted a photo of him on set with Susan Lucci (Genevieve; ex-Erica, AMC) and Rebecca Wisocky (Evelyn), along with the question, "What do you think of my leading ladies?” This isn’t the first time the actor has appeared opposite Lucci. Besides his 1988 AMC role of Prescott and his 2011 gig on the show as Kit Sterling, the pair starred opposite one another in the 1998 TV movie BLOOD ON HER HANDS.
Ellsworth & Luckinbill on Criminal Minds“Mr. Scratch” – When three people implicated in murders claim they were attacked by a “clawed shadow monster” at the moment each crime occurred, the BAU searches for an UnSub who is controlling their minds. Also, the search for the culprit puts one of the team in jeopardy, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, April 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series star Matthew Gray Gubler directed the episode. Guest stars include Bodhi Elfman as mathematician Peter Lewis, and Thad Luckinbill as Larry Merrin and Kiko Ellsworth as Daniel Karras, two of the people implicated in the murders.
GUEST CAST INCLUDES: Bodhi Elfman (Peter Lewis), Thad Luckinbill (Larry Merrin), Kiko Ellsworth (Daniel Karras).
BILLY MILLER SUPPORTS CAUSE CLOSE TO HIS HEARTGH's Billy Miller (Jason) has mounted a GoFund Me campaign to support his inspirational young niece, Savannah Strain, a member of the Benton Louisiana Tigers Archery Team, which just made the National Archery School Program National Competition. What makes Savannah's achievement all the more remarkable is that she was born without a left hand due to a congenital abnormality. When Savannah expressed an interest in the sport, Miller writes, "At first we were worried that she would be disappointed that she could not effectively use a bow and arrow. As it turned out, she proved us all wrong and not only did Savannah overcome her perceived physical limitation, but she quickly excelled in the sport by using her own flair and ingenuity." The team needs to raise $15,000 to participate in the competition. "My goal here is not only to fund this team, but to help Savannah realize just how special she truly is," says her proud uncle on his fundraising page. For more information on Savannah and to make a donation (Miller and his co-star Kelly Monaco, Sam, were among the first to contribute), please visit http://www.gofundme.com/SavannahStrain.
Michelle Stafford Has a "Secret" New ProjectMichelle Stafford (Nina, GH) is the creator and star (alongside daughter Natalia, 5) of a new Web series, SECRET LIFE OF A SINGLE MOM, for NickMom.com. She gave the scoop to TV Guide's Michael Logan — check it out here.
The Unsung Legacy of Black Characters on Soap OperasThe Unsung Legacy of Black Characters on Soap Operas: Read the article here.
Darius McCrary -- Ex-Wife Perjures Herself ... Retracts Claim of Violence Against SonDarius McCrary's ex-wife says she lied when she swore under oath he beat his kid.
Karrine "Superhead" Steffans filed legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- admitting she perjured herself when she joined forces with Darius' baby mama in a child support war over their young son. Karrine claimed she saw her ex beat the boy with a spoon.
But Karrine had a change of heart, and filed new legal docs saying she lied because she was "hurt and upset" over their divorce. Tell that to a judge in a perjury case.
Sometimes allies can shoot you in the foot.
Y&R's King Gets Nasty!On THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, Summer continues to be tormented by the mysterious murder of her hubby Austin, but her portrayer, Hunter King, takes on the role of tormentor in the big screen movie, A Girl Like Her, which opens nationwide in select theaters on Friday, March 27.
King portrays Avery, a teenager viciously bullying a former friend, Jessica (played by Lexi Ainsworth, GENERAL HOSPITAL's ex-Kristina.) "It was a really difficult role [because of the subject matter], but most of the film was improvised, which was a really different way to shoot a film," shares the Emmy winner. "The director [Amy S. Weber], who also wrote the film, gave us an outline and an idea of what she wanted in the scene. We'd brainstorm about what she wanted for us to achieve and portray, and then we'd go into the scene and improvise. It really added a different element to it, and was something that I've never done before. It made the film so real!"
So real, in fact, that King admits she had a hard time letting the role go when she left the studio. "It was very difficult and upsetting," she concedes. "But it's also so important. Everybody, of course, wants to solve bullying. What's so different about this film is that it doesn't just show [bullying] from the victim's point of view, or the bully's side or the bystander's side. As the director explained it, people who were [emotionally] hurt end up hurting other people because that's their defense mechanism. They don't want to feel the pain, so they wind up hurting other people to make themselves feel better. That's why we need to promote dialogue about it."
Hear more from the actress about the challenging role in the issue of CBS Soaps In Depth on sale now, and check out the film by clicking here.
Corbin Bernsen Recurs In 'Living On Video'Corbin Bernsen has joined the cast of Living On Video, David Fincher’s HBO comedy pilot. Set in 1983 Los Angeles, it revolves around the players of the then-exploding music video industry — directors, record executives and crew members, many of them dabbling in drugs — through the eyes of a newcomer, Robby (Charlie Rowe). Robby is a wide-eyed guy who drops out of college and drives to Hollywood with dreams of directing a sci-fi epic and lands a job as a PA for a company making music videos. Bernsen, repped by Greene & Associates and Randy James Management, will play Bill White, a successful Hollywood commercial director. The actor starred on USA’s Psych, and other recent credits include The Young & The Restless, NCIS: New Orleans and Anger Management. He next appears on the big screen in Jesse & Naomi and Sensory Perception.
Michelle Stafford Lands A Movie Gig!Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL's Michelle Stafford (Nina), who has landed a role in the Kickstarter-funded film Durant's Never Closes!
The indie movie stars Tom Sizemore as ladies' man Jack Durant, and tells his story over a single day at the mysterious restaurateur's steakhouse. Stafford is playing Suzie, the love of Jack's life. Pam Grier, Peter Bogdanovich and Michael Richards also appear in the film, which began production this week.
ALEX TREBEK AND FLORENCE HENDERSON TO HOST 42ND ANNUAL DAYTIME CREATIVE ARTS EMMY AWARDSThe National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced today that “Jeopardy!” game show icon, Alex Trebek and Florence Henderson, stage and television star of “Oklahoma” and “The Brady Bunch,” will host the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy® Awards on Friday, April 24, 2015. The reception and presentation will take place at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles beginning at 5:30 p.m.
In addition, this year’s Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement will be presented to producer, director, Michael Gargiulo, who in his over 50-year career has had a hand in many television classics such as “Password,” “I’ve Got A Secret,” “The Tell the Truth,” The Thanksgiving Day’s Parade,” the “Tournament of Roses,” plus many variety specials for CBS, including the “New Year’s Eve Celebration” for more than 30 years.
“I feel like we have garnered two icons of television royalty in having Alex Trebek and Florence Henderson as co-hosts for our grand celebration of the best in the craft of television at this year’s Daytime Creative Arts gala,” said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. “Adding Producer/Director Michael Gargiulo as our lifetime achievement honoree to the evening’s festivities with his over-half a century of Emmy-Award winning work guarantees a terrific evening as we honor the best in daytime television.”
“Michael Gargiulo is a behind the camera pioneer who goes back to his days with television legends Bob Stewart and Mark Goodson,” said David Michaels, Senior Vice President, Daytime. “From his historic recording of the Nixon Khrushchev “kitchen debate” to the “$10,000 Pyramid,” Michael Gargiulo has produced and directed just about everything in a career that includes game shows, variety specials and news. We’re delighted to be honoring him with this well-deserved lifetime achievement award.”
Darius McCrary Arrested ... Child Support Scofflaw(Pic) Darius McCrary was arrested and jailed because he was way behind in child support.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, "The Family Matters" star was in family court Wednesday in Oakland County, Michigan when the judge had him arrested and taken to jail.
Darius was given 2 options -- pay $5,500 in back support, or unpack and relax for 14 days behind bars. Darius chose door number 1.
McCrary was only in for a couple of hours and released later in the day.
The actor has a son ... looks like he's 5 or 6 years old.
Rowell's Lawyer Responds To CBS ClaimOne of the attorneys representing former THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla) in her lawsuit against CBS and Sony argues that the corporations' claims that the actress' case is unconstitutional is... well, false.
"CBS and Sony's position is no surprise, but it's certainly misguided," says Dan Stormer of Hadsell & Stormer, co-counsel for Rowell. "Nothing in the Constitution exempts Hollywood from adhering to this country's laws prohibiting retaliation against employees who oppose racial discrimination. The core of this case is Ms. Rowell's free speech -- her right to speak out about the lack of diversity at her workplace without reprisal."
ATWT Alum Engaged!Congratulations are in order for Vanessa Ray, who currently stars on CBS's primetime drama BLUE BLOODS, but soap fans will remember as AS THE WORLD TURNS' Teri — she recently became engaged to boyfriend Landon Beard!
According to Hello Magazine, Beard proposed to the actress at one of their favorite spots in New York City, Pier 84 on the Hudson River, despite the frigid East Coast temperatures. And photos of the actual proposal were taken by a conveniently-placed tourist who was revealed to be Ray's good friend Kelly Sullivan (Sage, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS)! "Totally unbeknownst to me, he had Kelly fly out from L.A.," she confided to the magazine. "She was disguised in a black wig pretending to be a tourist taking pictures during the whole thing."
Best wishes to the happy couple for a lifetime together!
Vivica A. Fox reprises role for 'Independence Day' sequelVivica A. Fox has joined the cast of the much-anticipated Independence Day sequel.
Roland Emmerich, who directed the original sci-fi blockbuster in 1996, confirmed the news on Twitter on Monday, posting a photo of himself with Fox.
The actress also shared the news with her followers, writing, “I am so excited n blessed 2 be part of this journey w u again! U opened the doors 2 my career!”
Fox is expected to reprise her role as Jasmine Dubrow in the sequel, and she’ll join fellow returning actors Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman, while The Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth and Jessie Usher have been added to the cast.
Will Smith, who starred in the original, is not expected to appear in the sequel.
Independence Day 2 is scheduled to hit cinemas in June, 2016.
NBC's Monica Potter Comedy Pilot RolledNBC and Warner Bros. TV have opted not to proceed with production on their multi-camera comedy pilot starring Parenthood alumna Monica Potter. The project, from creators Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer, has instead been pushed to next season.
The decision was made after the comedy had undergone a table read and a run-through as it was gearing up for taping. I hear the consensus between the studio and the network was that the project in its current form didn’t live up to its potential and that it would benefit from redevelopment. The pilot has been pushed to next season, though it is possible to be made off-cycle. As the comedy is reworked, it likely will undergo casting changes, though all that is TBD at the moment.
Loosely based on Potter’s life, the untitled project stars the actress as Bridget, a woman who juggles her busy family life as well as her three ex-husbands — which proves to be difficult when she starts dating again. In the scrapped pilot, Bridget’s three exes were to be played by Eddie Cibrian, Donald Faison and Rory Scovel, with Josh Hopkins playing her current love interest. WBTV produces with Ellen DeGeneres’ studio-based A Very Good Production.
Victoria Rowell’s ‘Young and the Restless’ Lawsuit Is Unconstitutional, CBS and Sony TV Argue(thewrap.com) Actress claims she wasn’t rehired on the soap in retaliation for her diversity complaints.
Former “The Young and the Restless” star Victoria Rowell’s lawsuit against CBS and Sony Pictures Television is beginning to take dramatic turns worthy of a soap opera.
Sony Pictures Television and CBS have moved to dismiss Rowell’s lawsuit, filed in February, contending, among other things, that Rowell’s demands violate the First Amendment.
In a sharply worded memorandum in support of the motion filed in U.S. district court in New York, attorneys for CBS and Sony claim that Rowell’s suit is “a blatant attempt by Plaintiff to force her way back onto a daytime television soap opera, after she voluntarily resigned from her role in 2007.”
The memo goes on to claim that Rowell’s claims “are barred as a matter of law.”
“Plaintiff boldly asks this District Court to order Defendants to put her back on television, and she complains about why she believes Defendants have not already done so. Her allegations, however, fail to state a cognizable claim against both Sony Pictures and CBS and are barred as a matter of law. Thus, Plaintiff’s claims fail in their entirety and should be dismissed,” the memo reads.
The lawyers argue that casting and script decisions are protected free speech, and ordering CBS and Sony to make those decisions for Rowell’s benefit would run contrary to the First Amendment.
“Plaintiff’s claims are barred by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and the California Constitution. Casting and script-writing decisions, such as those Plaintiff now complains, constitute protected free speech,” the motion reads. “Indeed, any order ‘directing’ Defendants to create a role or story line on either Y&R or B&B for Plaintiff and cast Plaintiff, as she requests … would constitute the Court compelling Defendants’ speech, in clear violation of the First Amendment.”
Rowell’s lawsuit contends that the actress, who played Drucilla on “The Young and the Restless,” wasn’t re-hired in retaliation for her “public and private complaints regarding the lack of diversity in front of and behind the camera on the show.”
She claims that she also attempted to join “Y&R’s” sister soap “The Bold and the Beautiful,” but was denied.
In the memo, lawyers for Sony and CBS contend that Rowell fails to state a claim under both the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and federal law, because she cannot show “that there was any open position for which Plaintiff actually applied in the period relevant to this Complaint.” They also argue that she never “exhausted administrative remedies” with CBS, which FEHA requires before filing a lawsuit claiming FEHA violations.
Rowell, who joined “Y&R” in 1990, claims she “reluctantly left the show in 2007 after facing years of racial discrimination.”
CBS and Sony are also asking that the case be moved to California, where “The Young and the Restless” films.
'Plan 9 From Outer Space' Actor Gregory Walcott Dies Age 87(Photo) Gregory Walcott (ex-Ralph, The Young & The Restless), a prolific character actor whose career was often overshadowed by a starring role in Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space, has died. He was 87. The news was made public earlier this weekend on his son’s Facebook page.
Born Bernard Mattox in North Carolina in 1928, he began his acting career with an appearance as a drill instructor in the 1955 World War II drama Battle Cry, made while he was still serving in the US Army. This led to several other roles as military characters, including the Henry Fonda drama Mister Roberts, The Outsider, and Midway (in which he played Captain Elliott Buckmaster).
Appearing on both television and film, a recurring role on Rawhide led to a long working relationship with Clint Eastwood. Walcott appeared with Eastwood in Joe Kidd, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, The Eiger Sanction, and Every Which Way But Loose. In addition to Rawhide, Walcott found frequent work in the 1950s and 60s on tv westerns, including Bonanza, Maverick, and The Rifleman. Among his later roles, he had notable appearances on The Six Million Dollar Man, Kojack, Land of the Lost, and recurring roles on Dallas, and Murder, She Wrote.
But it was for Plan 9 From Outer Space that he would be most widely remembered. As he related in a 1998 interview, he took the role as a favor to a friend despite severe misgivings. Walcott considered the film to be “trash,” and was uncomfortable with the way footage of Bela Lugosi was used; subsequently, he would spend decades distancing himself from it.
However, Walcott eventually came to terms with, and even tentatively embraced his place in popular culture. His final film role was a cameo as a film producer in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood. 6 years later, in an interview with the LA Times, he remarked that “[i]t’s better to be remembered for something than for nothing, don’t you think?”
ANGELL CONWELL BACK TO Y&R!After a short break from Y&R, Angell Conwell (Leslie) will be back again to reprise her attorney alter.
“This is a little bit like déjà vu and I’ve learned to just enjoy the YOUNG AND RESTLESS journey,” the actress tells Digest. “I’m actually very fortunate to be the kind of character who may be kind of forgotten, but then out of the blue, she shows up again. So, it’s a good feeling to know that there’s still love there for Leslie.”
Conwell joined the show in 2010, and the character was the go-to whenever a Genoa City citizen needed to lawyer up. Leslie eventually faded away, but in 2012, Michaelson was called back for a bigger story. Conwell, who also appears on the sitcom FAMILY TIME and recently completed a film, Message from a Mistress, was happy to fit the soap into her busy schedule.
“I’m really fortunate to be a working actress, but YOUNG AND RESTLESS will always be a priority whenever they call,” she says.
For more, pick up the new issue, on sale this weekend.
'Perfect Strangers' Star Bronson Pinchot -- The Bank Took My HomesBalki may be moving back in with cousin Larry ... a Pennsylvania bank has foreclosed on two of Bronson Pinchot's homes after he missed more than $270k in mortgage payments.
According to the court docs, the "Perfect Strangers" star stopped making payments on 2 of his homes 2 years ago, and apparently the bank had it and foreclosed. The homes were featured on his now-defunct DIY Network show, "The Bronson Pinchot Project."
Pinchot owed $186k on one, and more than $85k on the other. The bank now owns both properties.
We reached out to Bronson ... he had no comment.
Days' Bo & Steve Return(Cover) Two Days of Our Lives favorites are booking return trips to Salem, just in time to celebrate the NBC soap’s 50th anniversary.
Stephen Nichols (as Steve “Patch” Johnson) and Peter Reckell (as Bo Brady) will appear later this year, some time before Days turns the big 5-0 on Nov. 8, Soap Opera Digest reports.
Nichols was last spotted in Salem in 2009, while Reckell bid the town adieu in 2012.
Y&R's Summer Visits HOME & FAMILYTHE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Hunter King (Summer) drops by Hallmark Channel's HOME & FAMILY today, Tuesday, March 10, to talk about the soap and her new movie A Girl Like Her. In the movie, King plays a bully who torments a former friend, and the actress discusses her own experiences being bullied and how difficult it was to play the bully in the film.
You can see a clip of the interview here.
Soap opera duo to lead National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem(myfox8.com) WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The biennial National Black Theatre Festival, scheduled for Aug. 3-8 on stages throughout Winston-Salem, will be co-chaired by actors Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan, festival officials announced Monday.
Williams and Morgan, who have extensive careers in theater, film and television, are best known as Jesse and Angie Hubbard on the ABC daytime drama “All My Children.”
The Winston-Salem event is the only national black theater festival in the U.S. that offers six consecutive days of professional theater, film, poetry, workshops, seminars and shopping.
“This year’s co-chairs are two ground-breaking actors immediately recognized for their extensive work in theater, film and television,” said Sylvia Hamlin, the president of the board of directors of the N.C. Black Repertory Company and executive producer of the theater festival. “Their iconic roles cemented them in television history. Their participation promises to attract a broad-based audience.”
Aaron Lustig on NCIS: LOS ANGELES“Blaze of Glory” – When a missile test is hijacked and sent off course, the team searches for the hacking group responsible for the attack with the help of a young computer specialist Hetty brings in to assist the team. Also, Nell sees the bond between the tech guru and Eric and she becomes jealous, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Monday, March 30 (9:59-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST INCLUDES:
David Hasselhoff Joins ‘Sharknado 3'Baywatch star David Hasselhoff (ex-Snapper, Y&R) will be treading familiar waters. He’s been tapped to play Fin’s (Ian Ziering) father in the third installment of Syfy’s highly successful B-movie franchise. Premiering on Syfy in July, Sharknado 3 will cause mass destruction in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., than roar down the Eastern Seaboard. Anthony C. Ferrante will once again direct, based on an original screenplay by Thunder Levin. Sharknado 3 is a production of The Asylum. In addition to Ziering, Hasselhoff joins returning stars Tara Reid and Cassie Scerbo, along with Bo Derek, Ryan Newman and Jack Griffo. Additional cameo roles include Mark Cuban, Ann Coulter, Jerry Springer, NSYNC singer Chris Kirkpatrick and Chris Jericho.
Is It The End For Y&R's Michael?Fans took to the Internet months ago to share their fear that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Christian Jules LeBlanc might soon be leaving the show after his alter ego, Michael, was diagnosed with cancer.
"That had a lot to do with the show losing Billy [Miller, ex-Billy] and Michelle [Stafford, ex-Phyllis]," says the Emmy winner. "I went up to [executive producer] Jill [Farren Phelps] and said, 'Oh, you're gonna get hell for this! But that's the nature of social media. It morphed into where [former Y&R hairstylist] George Guzman, a good friend of mine, walked in and said, 'Do you know what they're saying now? That I'm quitting the show because you've been fired!'"
While that's not true, what is true? CBS Soaps In Depth talked to LeBlanc about dealing with such a challenging storyline so near when he lost his own father to cancer. Pick up the magazine for the interview!
Video: 6 Things You Never Knew About Switched at Birth's Vanessa Marano(Video) What is Switched at Birth star Vanessa Marano's most bizarre talent? She actually learned it while recurring on Gilmore Girls!
"I can remember half of the chemical elements from having to learn them in song," she shares in our video. "That's a weird thing that I can still do."
Check out our video for more of Marano's secrets including her first celebrity crush and why a certain Real Housewives star is her spirit animal.
The Switched at Birth finale airs on Tuesday at 9/8c on ABC Family.
Daytime Emmy Awards Return To TV With Multi-Year Deal At PopAfter decades as a staple on the Big 4 broadcast networks, the Daytime Emmy Awards went to the CW and, after two consecutive airing on HLN, dropped off TV completely last year when they were only broadcast online.
Now the 24-year-old telecast is back on TV through a multi-year deal between the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and Pop (formerly TVGN and TV Guide Network). It starts with the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which will be broadcast live across the country on Sunday, April 26 at 8 PM. The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards gala will take place two days earlier, April 24 at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles.
This marks the first time the Daytime Emmys have been held in April (they have taken place in May or June). The goal is to make all daytime players more easily available to attend while they shows are still in production. The Daytime Emmys also are making a debut in a new home, — stage 16 of Warner Bros. Studios lot as organizers were looking to get away from the ballroom setting into a place, like soundstage, where all participants would feel comfortable. Michael Levitt, who originated the TV Land Awards, is executive producing.
Bob Mauro said that returning the Daytime Emmys to their former glory was a main priority when he rook over NATAS as new president in November. “Our new partnership with the Pop network is an ideal platform to present our signature gala,” he said.
Daytime TV has a strong presence on Pop, which is airing same-day repeats of CBS’ daytime dramas to strong ratings. Additionally, Pop’s other co-owner, Lionsgate, is behind several daytime programs, including The Wendy Williams Show.
“As a network that celebrates talent, we are thrilled to bring the Daytime Emmy Awards back to television for the fans,” said Brad Schwartz, President of Pop. “Adding premium live events to our schedule is just another exciting way we are building Pop. We’re going to have a lot of fun with this.”
The Daytime Emmys is expanding Pop’s live TV footprint, which also includes ET-branded red carpet coverage.
'State of Affairs' Star -- Katherine Heigl's a Great Kisser ... Just Ask Her Husband(Video) Katherine Heigl is a great kisser ... is probably something Chris McKenna shouldn't say, because she's married!
Katherine's "State of Affairs" co-star jumped at our question with excitement and you can see the lightbulb go off when Chris remembers she's married.
So, Chris gives a shout out to Katherine's hubby Josh Kelley.
Chris was leaving The D Casino Hotel in Vegas, where he had just hosted a Date-A-Thon with 500 horny single chicks all over him.
Who said being an actor isn't hard?
Is Y&R's Austin Dead Or Not?For a dead guy, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Austin sure seems to be getting around! Which always begs the question: Is the hunk really dead? Or, given the many lookalikes and twins (Caleb/Cane, Mariah/Cassie, Jeffrey/William) that have sauntered through Genoa City, could fans soon be getting a double dose of Austin with a doppleganger?
"I don't know what's going to happen," admits his portrayer, Matthew Atkinson. "From Day One, Austin has been a very mysterious character, and we haven't figured out much about him. There's a lot of questions we could ask, but no answers just yet! I can't give anything specifically away, I would say you will learn a lot about Austin in the coming weeks."
Right now, viewers are learning a lot in flashbacks, including the stunning revelation that Austin and Abby were having a hot and heavy affair! "When I first came on the show, Melissa [Ordway, Abby] and I talked about how her character is related to everyone, so we thought at some point we were going to have a relationship!" laughs the actor. "I guess that kind of ended up happening! I enjoy working with her; she's such a sweetheart!
"Keep watching," Atkinson adds with a grin. "This is not a predictable storyline at all!"
For more on Austin and Atkinson's future, don't miss our in-depth feature interview in the CBS Soaps In Depth issue on sale Monday, March 23!
Victoria Rowell at Miles College today; to host Ala. Majesty Awards Fri.(al.com) Actress and author Victoria Rowell -- best known for her roles on the TV soap opera, "The Young and the Restless," and the 1990s crime drama, "Diagnosis Murder" -- will make three appearances at Miles College in Fairfield today and Friday.
The actress -- who played the popular character Drucilla Winters on "The Young and the Restless" for 14 years -- will speak today in Brown Hall Auditorium on campus immediately following a Black History Month address by civil rights leader Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. that begins at 11 a.m., according to a news release from the school.
Today at 1:30 p.m., Rowell will speak to female students at the George T. French Jr. Student Activity Center on campus. She will seek to inspire them as they pursue their education and careers, according to the news release.
On Friday at 7 p.m., Rowell will serve as the host of the Alabama Majesty Awards to be held in Pearson Hall Auditorium. The event is described as "a salute to African American living legends" that have had a positive impact on the community.
The honorees are Dr. Richard Arrington Jr., Birmingham's first African-American mayor; Miles College President George T. French Jr., Dr. Claude Brunson, an anesthesiologist; and Earl Hilliard, who served as Alabama's first African-American Congressman since Reconstruction.
Rowell is often credited with using the part of Drucilla on 'The Young and the Restless" to create a positive role model for young African-American women.
But Rowell -- who has won 11 NAACP Image Awards -- left the show in 2007 after claims of racial discrimination. She recently filed a lawsuit against CBS, Sony Pictures Entertainment and others, saying she was blocked from being rehired on the show in 2010 because she has often spoken out regarding a lack of racial diversity in both casts and crews on daytime TV.
The actress, who has been in the entertainment business since the mid-1980s, has appeared in numerous TV shows and movies and has published several books, including the memoir, "The Women Who Raised Me."
For more information about the Alabama Majesty Awards, go to www.alabamamajestyawards.com or call 205-335-9455.
Miles College is located at 5500 Myron Massey Blvd. in Fairfield. For more information, call 205-929-1000 or go to www.miles.edu.
CBS DAYTIME SHOWS HIT VIEWER MILESTONESAll of CBS's daytime shows posted year-to-year growth in viewers, with several delivering their biggest audiences in more than a year, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Feb. 22.
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL averaged 4.18 million viewers, up +10% from a year ago, and its largest average weekly audience since the week ending Feb. 16, 2007. It was also up +13% in women 25-54 (1.7/09 from 1.5/08) from a year ago.
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS averaged 5.58 million viewers, up +7% from last year, and its largest audience since the week ending Jan. 31, 2014. Among women demographics, it was up +5% in women 25-54 (2.2/12 from 2.1/12), +15% in women 18-49 (1.5/09 from 1.3/09) and +17% in women 18-34 (0.7/05 from 0.6/05), all best since the week ending Jan. 31, 2014.
LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 averaged 4.25 million viewers, its largest audience ever, and was up +13% in women 18-49 (0.9/06 from 0.8/06) from a year ago.
LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 averaged 3.66 million viewers, up +14% from a year ago.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 averaged 5.71 million viewers, up +7% from last year.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 averaged 6.65 million viewers, a gain of +9% from the same week a year ago in both viewers and women 18-49 (1.2/08 from 1.1/07).
THE TALK averaged 3.01 million viewers, up +7% from last year and its largest weekly audience since the week ending Feb. 14, 2014.*
Save The Date!THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Fan Club has announced that the 2015 Fan Club Event will be held the evening of Saturday, August 15, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, CA. You must be a current Y&R Fan Club member in order to purchase tickets to attend, but there's still time to join because reservation packets will not be mailed out to members until Sunday, March 15. (Fan Club members will also be able to purchase one additional ticket for a non-member.) You can find an application to join the Y&R Fan Club by clicking here.
The Sheraton Universal will be offering a special rate on hotel rooms, and a block of rooms has been set aside. But the discount code will not be available until March 15, so don't book your reservations until then, or you won't get the special rate. Most of the cast of Y&R is slated to be in attendance, and additional smaller events are being planned for Friday, August 14, and Sunday, August 16, so you'll want to keep those days open as well.
Eva Longoria: 'I Am the Underachiever in My Family'(Pic) Eva Longoria may have starred in a top-rated television program for eight seasons, but as the last member of her family to receive a Master's degree, she was considered an "underachiever" in her household.
"When I was on Desperate Housewives, it was the number-one show in the world, and I was ranked really high [on the] Forbes list," she told a crowd gathered at Harvard University on Saturday. "I said to my mom, 'Look,' and she said 'Right, when are you getting your Master's?' "
Longoria said the importance her family placed on education has stayed with her and is evident in her philanthropic work (including the Eva Longoria Foundation and for Eva's Heroes), for which she was honored with the Artist of the Year Award at Harvard University on Saturday.
In addition to urging the Ivy League students to use the opportunities they have been given and the knowledge they possess to make the world a better place, Longoria, 39, applauded Harvard for embracing cultural diversity.
"I've kind of lived my life straddling the hyphen of being Mexican-American. I kind of just sit on that hyphen, you know – navigating loving enchiladas and apple pie, loving mariachi music and Britney Spears," she said. "But there are so many moments in my life that were memorable to that experience of being a hybrid, of being a hyphen."
Longoria, who grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, would often take day trips with her family to Mexico and wondered why they were able to get in the shorter line when entering back into the U.S. while others had to wait in a much longer line.
"[My dad] said they were born on the other side – el otro lado – and I said, 'Dad, why were we born on this side?' and he said, 'Luck,' and I never forgot that. And I never forgot how important it was to be an American."
As for that Master's degree, Longoria made her mom proud when she got a MA in Chicano Studies at Cal State Northridge in 2013.
Interview: Keith Hamilton Cobb's Performance Of A Lifetime!For the past two years, Keith Hamilton Cobb (ex-Damon, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Noah, ALL MY CHILDREN) has been fine-tuning a one-man play, American Moor, which he wrote and stars in. After performing the piece in smaller theaters and workshops, the actor will soon be taking his show back to where he began his career: the New York stage! "That's a big deal," he shares with Soaps In Depth. "It will be the show's Manhattan debut. That's exciting to me, to be doing some of my own work on a stage in the big city where I started to do this theater stuff!"
Although the 90-minute show focuses on the experience and perspective of an African-American actor -- through the metaphor of Shakespeare's Moorish prince, Othello -- Cobb says that the play's themes run much deeper. "It's about an actor -- for all intents and purposes, me -- auditioning for the role of Othello. If you know the play Othello, Othello is a large, dark-skinned man. The voice-overed auditioner, who is white, is looking for a certain image of what he thinks that man should be," Cobb explains. "The actor is trying to give the auditioner what he's after, but there's this inner monologue going on. 'I know more about being a big, black guy than you do. You should be listening to me. Can you trust that I know things you don't know? Can we have that discussion?'
"More broadly, it's about the American theater, the nature of love, our ability to see or not to see one another," he continues. "Not just across racial lines but in general. No one sees us wholly for who we are and what we have to offer. In that respect, the play seems to have a great crossover appeal. That takes its toll on personalities."
Following each performance, Cobb opens up the floor for feedback from the audience. "It stirs people to speak. They have these very visceral reactions, from college girls to older men and everybody in between," he notes, adding that he's pleased to see his show sparking such discussions. "We're all sort of entrenched in our positions or perspective. We can't move forward and grow as a culture until we can get past the stuff that keeps us in our spaces."
Cobb will bring American Moor back to Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ, from Friday, February 28, through Sunday, March 1. For tickets and showtimes, visit www.lunastage.org. Then from Tuesday, April 21, through Saturday, April 25, and Tuesday, May 5, through Sunday, May 10, Cobb will perform at the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble in Manhattan. For more information on those dates, click here.
Eddie Cibrian, Josh Hopkins, Rory Scovel & Donald Faison Join Monica Potter PilotEddie Cibrian (Third Watch), Cougar Town‘s Josh Hopkins, The Exes‘ Donald Faison and Rory Scovel (Ground Floor) have been cast as the male leads in NBC’s multi-camera comedy pilot starring Parenthood alumna Monica Potter.
The project, from creators Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer, Warner Bros. TV and DeGeneres’ studio-based A Very Good Production, is loosely based on Potter’s life and stars the actress as Bridget, a woman who juggles her busy family life as well as her three ex-husbands, which proves to be difficult when she starts dating again.
Cibrian will play Jason, Bridget’s first ex-husband, a slick professional gambler. Faison plays Bridget’s second ex-husband, the very earnest Kevin, who is positive and upbeat at all times, and a staunch protector of the environment who is also “accidentally” extremely wealthy. Scovel plays Robert, Bridget’s third ex-husband. A pompous writer and college professor, Robert went to Harvard and can’t wait to let everyone know it. Hopkins plays Tom, a veterinarian in the midst of mutual attraction with Bridget, an animal lover.
I hear that the NBC pilot is in first position for The Exes star Faison, so he would be leaving the TV Land sitcom if the Monica Potter project goes to series. The Exes is currently filming its fourth season and there had been no official decision yet beyond that.
The castings underscore how stretched the talent pool has been this broadcast season. Of the four actors, two, Cougar Town‘s Hopkins and Ground Floor‘s Scovel, just became available as their previous comedies only recently ended their runs, and one, Faison, is still on another show.
Bilsing-Graham and Kreamer executive produce with DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman. Potter serves as producer.
Hopkins is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners; Scovel is with Mosaic, CAA and attorney Isaac Dunham.
Ellen's parody of 'The Slap' may actually be the show you were expecting(Video) Everyone's talking about "The Slap" -- at least that's what NBC wants you to believe. But now, Ellen DeGeneres will have you all talking about "The Slaps."
Have you heard about "The Slap"? Of course you have. It's a Very Serious Drama starring critically acclaimed actors -- a fact which surprised many people who tuned in to the premiere expecting a Jackass-type show about people slapping each other.
Don't worry if you were disappointed though, because as always, Ellen DeGeneres has your back.
On yesterday's episode of "The Ellen Show," she featured a hilarious video cutting together all of the times she has fake-slapped people in her comic sketches ... and we're not gonna lie, we thought the actual "The Slap" would have been a little more like this:
NBC's actual "The Slap" is a four-episode miniseries, which stars Zachary Quinto, Melissa George, Peter Sarsgaard and Uma Thurman. The show explores how a family deteriorates after a father is taken to court for slapping another person's child.
The series is a remake of the Australian show of the same name, and that in turn was based on a novel. The first episode aired on Feb. 12, with the second airing Feb. 19 on NBC.
CBS RESPONDS TO ROWELL SUITIn a statement, CBS responded to Victoria Rowell’s (ex-Dru, Y&R) lawsuit claiming that Y&R refused to rehire her in retaliation for her speaking out about the lack of employment of African-Americans on daytime's top-rated drama, noting, “We were disappointed to learn that, after leaving the cast of The Young and the Restless on her own initiative, Ms. Rowell has attempted to rewrite that history through lawyers' letters and a lawsuit that has no merit. We harbor no ill will toward Ms. Rowell, but we will vigorously defend this case.”
Victoria Rowell Speaks Out!(Photo) Soaps In Depth was present this morning when former THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla) held a press conference in New York City to discuss her lawsuit against CBS and Sony.
"This is a profound moment for me," the actress shared, "as an African-American woman who wishes to continue to live the American dream. I've always advocated for myself, and was taught to do so after 18 years in foster care. And I advocate for others, and was taught to do so. So this is not about me. This is about myself and the many, many other African-Americans who have been denied the right to perform in front of and behind the camera. Specifically on Y&R."
In her suit, Rowell claims that CBS and Sony have refused to rehire her in retaliation for her being outspoken about the lack of diversity in the daytime community, and particularly on her former show, the top-rated daytime drama. "It is an incestuous industry, and it has retaliated against me," the actress told In Depth at this morning's conference.
Soaps In Depth will have more on Rowell's case in an upcoming issue.
Y&R' Collins Is Cooking!(Video) Jessica Collins cooks on Home & Family: The Young & The Restless star Jessica Collins stops by with her recipe for Creme Brulee French Toast and to dish up what's happening this month on Y&R.
CTD Prez Hilary Estey McLoughlin Steps Down, CBS Consolidates Daytime & Syndi Programming Under Angelica McDanielRising star CBS executive Angelica McDaniel is getting a bigger playground. CBS has folded development of syndicated series into the broadcast network’s daytime programming operation. CBS’ head of daytime, SVP Angelica McDaniel, will now oversee both the network’s daytime programming and new series development for first-run syndication. In her new role creating programming across all genres including talk, court, newsmagazines and game shows, McDaniel will continue to report to CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler for CBS’ daytime programming, while reporting to both Tassler and Armando Nuñez, President and CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group, on syndication matters.
CTD’s President of Creative Affairs Hilary Estey McLoughlin, who had been overseeing development of syndicated series, is stepping down and will segue into a production deal with the company. Elaine Bauer Brooks will remain as EVP of Development at CTD, becoming a member of McDaniel’s team. Joe Ferullo, EVP of Current Programming at CTD, will continue to oversee the division’s portfolio of 8 current first-run series, now reporting directly to Nuñez.
McDaniel, who also oversees CBS’ Saturday morning educational/informational teen-targeted programming block, is credited with launching the network’s successful daytime talk show The Talk. She joined CBS in August 2010 as VP, current daytime programming and was promoted to SVP in February 2012, also overseeing daytime dramas The Young And The Restless and The Bold And The Beautiful and game shows The Price Is Right and Let’s Make A Deal. McDaniel has a syndication background — she was a creative executive in the Telepictures/Warner Bros. program development department and served as the current executive on the fifth season of The Tyra Banks Show.
“Angelica is an executive force of nature who brings incredible energy to everything she touches,” said Tassler. “She has a non-stop creative mind, is never afraid to think big and she is always in tune, if not a step ahead, with the audience who watches our shows.”
McLoughlin, who was Telepictures president before moving to rival CDT in October 2013, oversaw the final stages of development of Judge Judy’s court show Hot Bench, the highest-rated new syndicated strip this season. CDT developed and piloted talk show Man In The Middle starring Jerry O’Connell this season, but it couldn’t secure stations for next fall in a very crowded marketplace.
Ex-'Young And The Restless' Star Hits CBS & Sony Pictures TV With Retaliation Lawsuit(deadline.com) Eight years after leaving the long running soap opera, Victoria Rowell is taking the network and the producers to court today for not letting her back – and she directly blames Les Moonves. In a just filed lawsuit in federal court in NYC, the actress who played Drucilla Winters on The Young And The Restless from 1990 to 2007 claims CBS, Sony Pictures Television, Bell Dramatic Serial Company and Bell-Phillip Television Production Inc. are distinctly not allowing her back on Y&R or The Bold And The Beautiful. Why? Because of her public advocacy of greater diversity on the soaps, she says. That’s a violation of federal law and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, today’s jury seeking complaint claims (read it here). It alleges that Rowell was being “impoverished and blackballed because she had chosen to speak out against the discrimination and injustice that she had endured and witnessed happen to other African Americans.”
“We were disappointed to learn that, after leaving the cast of The Young and the Restless on her own initiative, Ms. Rowell has attempted to rewrite that history through lawyers’ letters and a lawsuit that has no merit,” said CBS in a statement today. “We harbor no ill will toward Ms. Rowell, but we will vigorously defend this case.”
Trying unsuccessfully to get back on the soap as the popular character since 2010, the actress says that “the Defendants have disregarded their own self-interest in their efforts to retaliate against Ms. Rowell.” In her claims of retaliation complaint, Rowell now wants a variety of unspecified damages, including back pay, front pay and benefits. She also wants “an order directing Defendants to re-employ Ms. Rowell on Y&R, or at least to consider her seriously for re-employment on Y&R without regard to her prior efforts to address the discrimination that she perceived at Defendants.”
In fact, deep within the filing’s details of Rowell’s efforts to increase diversity on the soap, her desire to get back on it and meetings with the likes of SPT’s Steven Mosko and bigger boss Michael Lynton, is this odd gem involving CBS boss Moonves. “Sensing from both Bradley Bell’s and Steven Kent’s comments that the decisions were being made at a higher level, meaning at CBS, in March 2011, Ms. Rowell exchanged emails with Leslie Moonves, CBS’s President and Chief Executive Officer, about her desire to return to Y&R or start a new role on B&B,” the 48-page document claims. “Mr. Moonves responded that he no longer was involved in programming or casting for those shows, and suggested that she seek help elsewhere. The suggestion that CBS was not involved in decision-making was not true.”
“After many months of advocacy with CBS and Sony officials on behalf of Ms. Rowell, National Urban League President Morial told Ms. Rowell that in his opinion Mr. Moonves opposed Ms. Rowell’s return to any CBS show, likely because of her advocacy for increased African American employment in front of and behind the camera,” the suit later alleges. There’s also an exchange where Congresswoman Maxine Waters supposedly tries to “advocate” with Moonves to put Rowell back on the show. “Mr. Moonves responded that if Ms. Waters contacted him again on behalf of Ms. Rowell, he would report her to the House Ethics Committee,” says today’s filing. “It is unclear what Mr. Moonves thought was unethical about Ms. Waters advocating for a constituent, but his response certainly showed Mr. Moonves’ hostility.”
Rowell’s views on the diversity in the soaps world is nothing new – at least not on social media. On the 41st anniversary of Y&R in 2014, she posted a series of tweets chastising the show.”Young & Restless on air for 40 years, loyally watched by their absolute competitive-edge audience (blacks) & not ONE black Exec PRODUCER?,” the also former Diagnosis: Murder actress wrote. Just last week on Twitter, the 2-time Daytime Emmy nominee reiterated that long held stance:
@victoriarowell : #BlackHistoryMonth NOT BlkMysteryMonth. NO blk exec producers hired in soap opera industry though advertisers/producers depend on AAspending.
Mehri & Skalet, PLLC out of D.C. plus NYC-based Valli Kane and Vagnini LLP and Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP are representing the actress in this action.
Y&R ALUM VICTORIA ROWELL SUES CBS AND SONY!Daytime Confidential broke the news that Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla, Y&R) is suing CBS and Sony (and other defendants) on the grounds that Y&R refused to rehire her in retaliation for her speaking out about the lack of employment of African-Americans on daytime's top-rated drama. In the suit, Rowell alleges that she left the show in 2007 in the wake of racial discrimination, which she describes in her complaint. Rowell claims that since 2010, she has sought to return to the show, or to join BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL, and that Sony and Bell-Phillip Television Production, Inc., acting in concert with CBS's CEO, have rejected her bid because of her public and private comments about the show's lack of diversity both in front of and behind the camera.
See Who's Returning to Mistresses!Even though Mistresseslast showed Scott getting ditched at the altar, he's not done just yet! Justin Hartley will return to the ABC summer soap for two episodes, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
In the final moments of the second season, Joss (Jes Macallan) and Harry (Brett Tucker) finally got together on the beach outside of Joss and Scott's wedding. The episode ended with Savi (Alyssa Milano) walking down the steps to possibly find her sister and her ex-husband together. However what Savi saw or didn't see could be complicated by the that Milano is exiting the show.
"A lot of where Season 3 starts is dealing with what the massive repercussions that choice will bring," Macallan said. "We know it's going to be wrapped up, but we don't know how they're going to handle it."
Regardless of how the show handles Savi's off-camera reaction to the major development, it's clear Scott's handling of the rejection will play a big part in the beginning of the season. As for Joss and Harry's future, both Macallan and Tucker are just glad their characters finally got together - a plotline that wasn't exactly planned from the beginning.
"[The writers] allowed the progression of what was happening on-screen to happen and influence their writing," she said. "They were like, 'There's something going on there' and they ran with it. I don't think we thought it was going there, but they [said to us], 'Are you feeling that under the subtext?' And we said, 'Totally, that could happen.'"
Are you happy Joss and Harry got together? Are you glad Scott is coming back?
Mistresses returns this summer to ABC.
Y&R ALUM’S INVITATIONElizabeth Hendrickson (ex-Chloe, Y&R) is encouraging her fans to stay in touch and even interact with her by checking out the personal videos she posts on http://peeppl.com/feeds/theehendrickson (the latest footage features the actress asking for requests for her to play on the ukulele). "I love PEEPPL because it lets me stay in direct contact with my fans, who have been wonderful to me since I left YOUNG AND RESTLESS,” Hendrikson tells Digest. "I can make exclusive videos based on what my fans suggest and how they vote for their favorites. It's a really creative way for us to collaborate that I've never seen anywhere else. It's as much fun for me as it is for my fans."
Y&R STAR AND WIFE SPLITSean Carrigan (Stitch, Y&R) shares exclusively with Soap Opera Digest that he and actress Suzanne Quast are ending their 7-year marriage. "My wife and I jointly filed for divorce at the Santa Monica courthouse today,” he reveals. “It’s amicable and we’re citing irreconcilable differences. It’s been really sad for us but we both agree it’s the right thing at this time."
Y&R’S TRISTAN ROGERS REUPSTristan Rogers (Colin) reports on Twitter that he is sticking around Genoa City. "I am at Y&R for another year,” he posted. "Doesn’t mean I won't do other stuff. But my mind is there and I want to make it prominent in daytime.” Rogers originated the role in 2010, left the following year, then came back in 2012 just long enough for Colin to get arrested and carted off to prison in Australia. Colin regained his freedom and returned to Genoa City in February, 2014.
Y&R Star Needs Your Help For A Good CauseTHE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Amelia Heinle (Victoria) recently launched a fashion and lifestyle Web site called Dear March, and in addition to the articles and peeks into the actress' personal life is an on-line store where a percentage of the sales are donated to the American Cancer Society in honor of Heinle's sister, Jane, who is currently battling cancer.
Now, Heinle is hosting a special charity event for BelieveBig.org on Sunday, December 14, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy located at The Grove in Los Angeles, CA. Her husband, Thad Luckinbill (ex-J.T.) will be on hand as one of the special guests, and there will be a limited number of tickets available for a VIP meet and greet with the actors. Tickets are available exclusively at DearMarchShop.com, and money raised by the event will be donated to the cancer charity Believe Big in Jane's name.
Murdering My Youth: A Memoir by Cady McClain(Order here!) (Book Cover) Cady McClain is a two-time Emmy award winning actress for her roles on "All My Children" and "As the World Turns." Previous books include "Conversations with the Invisible" and "Licked-poems of Love (sort of)." Her first short film as a director/writer/producer, "Flip Fantasia," was accepted into the Macon Film Festival in 2014. She also writes articles for the Internet and keeps a blog on her website: www.cadymcclain.com. She is currently starring on the CBS daytime series as "Kelly" on "The Young and the Restless." Paperback: 270 pages - April 16, 2014 (Order here!)
Buy Eileen Davidson's ClothesEileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R) is going from fashion forward to paying it forward by partnering with Evolution Vintage for charity. The actress is selling several of her own dresses that she previously wore on the red carpet, with most of the proceeds going to No Kid Hungry. "I’m really excited about the fans being able to purchase these dresses," enthuses Davidson. "I'm really excited about this." To find out what's available for purchase, go to www.evolution-vintage.com/CuratedCloset.html. Also visit them on Facebook — www.facebook.com/EvolutionVintage) and Twitter @EvolutionVtg.
Cooper's A Bestseller!THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) has had quite a storied career as an actress in Hollywood, but now she can add best-selling author to her crowded resume! The memoir Cooper penned with Lindsay Harrison, Not Young, Still Restless, has entered the New York Times Bestseller List for Hardcover Nonfiction at number 25!
You can read all about Cooper's experience putting her memories down on paper in the new CBS issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now.
Y&R is on PinterestThe Official Y&R Pinterest account is up and running at pinterest.com/officialyandr!
Not a Pinterest user yet? Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that lets you organize and share things you find on-line, such as favorite fashions, decorating ideas and recipes. You can also check out boards created by other people who share your interests.
A "pin" is an image you add to Pinterest. Your pin can be added from a website using the "Pin it" button, or you can upload images from your computer. A board is a set of pins.
Current Y&R boards focus on "super couples," fashion, and some of Genoa City's favorite citizens. Have fun and happy pinning!
Bill Bell Authorized Biography Hits StoresThe Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell: Creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful is a must-read for Y&R fans. The authorized biography, written by veteran soap journalist Michael Maloney, along with Lee Phillip Bell, who co-created the shows with her late husband, goes on sale June 1 but is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com.
Maloney began his television career working as a page at CBS Television City, spending as many shifts as he could on the set or in the control booth, where he could see Bill Bell's words brought to life. He subsequently worked for two years as Lee's assistant on The Bold and the Beautiful before becoming a full-time member of the media and, for the last 20 years or so, has reported and written extensively about television and soap operas. So, when Lee approached him about writing Bill's biography, he could draw not only on a personal library of tapes and notes, but he already had relationships with a number of the nearly 70 actors, writers, producers and Bell family members he interviewed for the book. Although Maloney had spoken to quite a few of his subjects before, he said he still learned a lot and "asked things he might not ask for a magazine article!"
It took about three years, Maloney said, to complete the book, which details Bill's pre-soap career as a Chicago ad man (shades of Mad Men - there's a chapter with that title) as well as Lee's broadcasting career. Lee, with her groundbreaking talk show, was a beloved Windy City media icon long before Phil Donahue and Oprah made their marks there.
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Victoria Rowell NovelFormer Y&R star Victoria Rowell's novel, Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva, will be released May 4.
May 4 - New York City - Hue Man Book Signing
May 6 - New York City - Borders Books Columbus Circle Book Signing
May 7 - New Orleans - Book Signing at Octavia Books
May 8 - Baton Rouge, LA - Scotlandville Library Book Signing
May 9 - Baton Rouge, LA - Barnes & Noble Book Signing
May 11 - Los Angeles - Grove Barnes & Noble BIRTHDAY Book Signing
May 13 - Atlanta - Book Signing at Buckhead Barnes & Noble
May 15 - New York City - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 18 - Somerset, NJ - Franklin Township Public Library
May 22 - Atlanta - Camp Creek Barnes & Noble Book Signing
June 4-6 - Atlanta - Victoria's One Woman Show at Southwest Arts Center
The Man Who Came BackThe Man Who Came Back starring Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R)- is on DVD
Death In DaytimeEileen Davidson (Ashley) has written the new book 'Death In Daytime: A Soap Opera Mystery' which hits bookstores on Oct. 7. In the novel The Yearning Tide’s biggest diva, Alexis Peterson is accused of killing her head writer. She tells Soap Opera Weekly, “it’s only very loosely based on real people and events. The stuff that goes on behind the scenes at a soap… people wouldn’t believe.”
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A Memoir by Victoria RowellBook: The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir by Victoria Rowell
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