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Eva Longoria Joins ‘Overboard’ Remake From MGM & Pantelion Films(5/25/17) Desperate Housewives alum Eva Longoria is set to co-star opposite Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez in Bob Fisher and Rob Greenberg’s romantic comedy Overboard, the MGM/ Pantelion Films re-imaging to the 1980s pic that starred Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.
The role-reversal adaption follows a spoiled playboy (Derbez) from one of Mexico’s wealthiest families who falls overboard off his yacht and comes down with amnesia only to be convinced by Kate (Faris), a single, working class mom that he is her husband. Longoria will play Theresa, Kate’s employer at the pizza restaurant as well as her closest family friend and trusted confidant.
Fisher is producing with Ben Odell and Derbez via their 3Pas Studios banner. MGM’s Cassidy Lange is overseeing the project, which is slated to begin production this week in Canada.
Repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Longoria can currently be seen on the big screen in BH Tilt/Universal’s Lowriders opposite Demian Bichir. On the TV side, she recently guest-starred Fox’s musical drama Empire, which just wrapped its third season, and co-starred in the BBC/AcornTV miniseries Decline and Fall.
‘Wonder Woman’ Promo Features ‘Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, Lynda Carter & Teri Hatcher(5/22/17) (Video) We’re getting a look at an extended version of a Wonder Woman promo that aired tonight during Supergirl‘s season finale, with Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist and Chyler Leigh, along with recurs Lynda Carter and Teri Hatcher.
Set to a version of “These Boots Are Made For Walking”, the promo features the four, all wearing pretty amazing boots, unexpectedly meeting up in National City’s alien bar. A 30-second version aired during the final, but Warner Bros. TV released an extended 45-second version that you can watch above.
Directed by Patty Jenkins, Warner Bros’ long-awaited DC Comics adaptation stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, along with Robin Wright and David Thewlis. It hits theaters June 2.
ABC Pilots Update: ‘Household Name’ Comedy Still In Play, Marc Cherry-Reba McEntire Drama Shopped(5/12/17) With drama Deception and comedy Splitting Up Together just landing the last two spots at ABC, here is a look at what ABC pilots are still alive. Not very few.
As I reported exclusively, ABC sibling Freeform is close to picking up the Black-ish spinoff pilot starring Yara Shahidi to series.
While the Marc Cherry small-town drama pilot starring Reba McEntire is not going forward at ABC, I hear it also is being shopped around by ABC Studios. Cherry and ABC Studios have a successful track record. In 2012, ABC also passed on Cherry’s Devious Maids pilot, which ABC Studios sold to Lifetime where the series had a successful four-year run.
There are possibilities for the new Cherry pilot — set in the colorful small town Oxblood, KY — at Lifetime or a network like CMT, which also aires Nashville, co-produced by ABC Studios. But while its setting and lead, country star McEntire, would feel right at home on the Viacom network, its storyline, about a local sheriff and and FBI agent, may be a bit off-brand as CMT has been focusing on music-driven projects. And the series may prove too expensive.
While the multi-camera comedy pilot Household Name starring Carol Burnett is not getting picked up to series in its current form, the project is very much alive with discussions underway about its future. Different scenarios are considered that would likely involve some retooling.
American Crime Cancelled at ABC(5/11/17) American Crime is no longer paying at ABC: The network has cancelled John Ridley’s Emmy-winning anthology drama after three seasons.
The series was never a ratings powerhouse for ABC, but its Season 3 ratings were particularly woeful; it wrapped its run on April 30 with an anemic 2 million viewers and a 0.4 demo rating. But Crime was arguably ABC’s most acclaimed drama of the past few years, snagging consecutive Emmy nominations for Best Limited Series and back-to-back wins for star Regina King.
Last month at Deadline‘s The Contenders Emmy soiree in Los Angeles, franchise vet Felicity Huffman seemed prepared for the worst, saying, “If there isn’t a Season 4, I’m so honored that this is our last season. I think ABC has changed the face of network TV and what network TV can do. … They are beyond what cable can do. Sometimes those things have a short shelf life, but the ripple effect is great.”
At the same event, exec producer Michael McDonald revealed that a fourth season would’ve centered on “women in the workplace,” before citing the recent sexual harassment scandals enveloping Uber and Fox News (Bill O’Reilly specifically) as examples.
Eva Longoria Talks Marriage, Pregnancy Rumors and More(5/10/17) Eva Longoria and José Bastón's one-year wedding anniversary is just around the corner on May 21.
"We can't believe it," Longoria told me while promoting her new indie drama Lowriders before adding with a laugh, "You know some days it feels like 40 years, and some days it feels like we met yesterday."
And sometimes they have to deal with pregnancy rumors. The most recent being last month when paparazzi snapped pics of Longoria in a bikini while they were on vacation.
She usually ignores the gossip, "but this time my mom called me because I actually really did look pregnant," Longoria said. "So I was like, 'Oh yeah, I could see why you were questioning that.'"
She blamed the "baby bump" on some extra cheese she ate during lunch.
Funny enough, she appears on the cover of the new issue of Health in a bikini. The photo shoot took place just before "cheese-gate." "I am trying to get back to this because this was pre-vacation," Longoria said.
As for baby planning with Bastón, Longoria said, "I don't know. Right now I am a step mom to three amazing kids, and I've had my hands full, and they are amazing and wonderful...It's been a lot of fun, a lot of fun being a step mom."
Lowriders tells the story of a young man (Gabriel Chavarria) who is torn between his distant father (Demián Bichir) and an older brother (Theo Rossi) who has just gotten out of prison after eight years behind bars. The film takes places in L.A.'s lowrider community with Longoria playing the young man's step mom.
The movie is in theaters on May 12.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Nathan Fillion's Faux Cop Will Give You Grinder Flashbacks(4/18/17) (Promo Video) Somewhere, Rob Lowe’s old legal briefs are bunching up.
In tonight’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine (8/7c, Fox), Castle‘s Nathan Fillion guest-stars as a TV sleuth who thinks his experience catching perps on the small screen qualifies him to solve actual crimes. In other words, he’s basically playing the P.I. version of Lowe’s late, great Grinder “lawyer” Dean Sanderson — and we are here for it.
As previewed in the exclusive clip above, the episode finds Jake and Rosa investigating a burglary case on the set of their favorite Law & Order-esque series. Their initial excitement about being in the presence of Fillion’s Mark Devereaux quickly gives way to utter disdain when the wannabe sleuth assumes the role of chief interrogator.
Marcia Cross & Henry Czerny on Quantico - May 1(4/18/17) “GLOBALREACH” – Risking it all, Alex works with Owen to infiltrate the Collaborators. When they begin to test her loyalty, Alex realizes she’s become a pawn in their plan to take down both the President and the task force, on “Quantico,” MONDAY, MAY 1 (10:01–11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
“Quantico” stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish, Blair Underwood as Owen Hall, Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda Shaw, Jake McLaughlin as Ryan Booth, Johanna Braddy as Shelby Wyatt, and Yasmine Al Massri as Nimah and Raina Amin.
Guest starring Hunter Parrish as Clay Haas Jr., Dennis Boutsikaris as Henry Roarke, Jon Kortajarena as Felix Cordova, Marcia Cross as President Claire Haas, Henry Czerny as Matthew Keyes, Todd Alan Crain as Peter Theo, Elisabeth Waterston as Alice Winter, and Fredric Lehne as Maxwell Fletcher.
Acorn TV Acquires BBC One Comedy ‘Decline And Fall’ Starring Eva Longoria(4/12/17) (Video) Acorn TV has acquired BBC One comedy Decline and Fall, starring Jack Whitehall, David Suchet (Poirot) and Desperate Housewives alumna Eva Longoria in the first TV adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel. The three-part miniseries will make its U.S. premiere Monday, May 15, on Acorn TV. You can watch the trailer above.
RLJ Entertainment’s Acorn brand, in partnership with Endemol Worldwide Distribution, also acquired North American rights to Season 1 of the British drama Delicious, starring Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), Dawn French (The Vicar of Dibley) and Emilia Fox (Silent Witness). The four-part drama about food, love and infidelity in Cornwall premieres on Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 26.
Other May premieres include the return of top Australian dramedy 800 Words Series 2, Part 2, on May 29, and veterinarian documentary series The Yorkshire Vet in Spring, Series 2.
Additional Acorn TV offerings in May include the 1979 BAFTA-nominated Royal Shakespeare Company production of Macbeth; BAFTA-winning BBC series Criminal Justice, Emmy-winning Edward & Mrs. Simpson, Rake Series 3, family drama The Flame Trees of Thika and Lorna Doone.
“Acorn TV is off to another record year, and May just might be our best schedule yet,” said Mark Stevens, President of Acorn Brands at RLJ Entertainment. “We’re thrilled with the subscriber response to our first 2017 Acorn TV Originals — Agatha Christie’s The Witness for the Prosecution and Irish drama Striking Out — and Decline and Fall is a perfect addition to our Originals slate. This new BBC One comedy has been getting rave reviews in the UK for its witty script and stellar cast led by Jack Whitehall, David Suchet, and Eva Longoria, so we know U.S. fans will love it as much as we do.”
Margaret Avery, Xander Berkeley & More Join Taraji P. Henson In ‘Proud Mary’(4/5/17) Margaret Avery, The Walking Dead‘s Xander Berkeley and Neal McDonough have been cast in Screen Gems’ upcoming thriller Proud Mary, starring Taraji P. Henson as hit woman Mary Goodwin. Danny Glover (Almost Christmas) has also officially joined the film along with Jahi Di’Allo Winston (The New Edition Story), Rade Serbedzija (Taken 2), and previously announced Billy Brown.
Babak Najafi is directing from a script by John Stewart Newman and Christian Swegal, with production scheduled to being this month in Boston. The film follows Mary who, working as for an organized crime family in Boston, is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes bad.
Paul Schiff and Tai Duncan are producing.
Avery, who is reuniting with her The Color Purple co-star Glover in this pic, is repped Ideal Talent Agency. McDonough (DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow) is with Paradigm, Matt Luber, and attorney Stuart Rosenthal. Berkeley is repped by Paradigm, Affirmative Entertainment and SMGSB. Winston is with Abrams Artists Agency and Jackoway Tyerman. Serbedzija is repped by Innovative Artists and United Agents in the UK.
Eva Longoria to deliver commencement speech(3/28/17) Award-winning actress Eva Longoria will deliver Knox College’s 2017 commencement address.
Longoria is best known for playing Gabrielle Solis in “Desperate Housewives.” The Illinois school announced Monday the actress, producer and philanthropist will speak at the June 4 graduation ceremony.
Knox College President Teresa Amott says Longoria’s accomplishments embody key liberal arts college values like appreciation for the arts and commitment to social justice.
Longoria has starred in feature films including “The Sentinel” and directed episodes of acclaimed shows like “Jane the Virgin.” She created The Eva Longoria Foundation to help Latinas build strong futures through education and entrepreneurship and co-founded Eva’s Heroes to support individuals with special needs.
Knox College was founded in 1837 and enrolls 1,400 students. Previous commencement speakers include comedian Stephen Colbert and then-Senator Barack Obama.
Nathan Fillion on Modern Family 3/29(3/24/17) “Five Minutes” – So much can happen to the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan in five minutes! Mitch and Cam have five minutes to catch a new flight while fighting the effects of sleeping pills they took prematurely. Then at Rainer’s birthday dinner, Haley and Rainer are forced to reevaluate their entire relationship in the five minutes before the birthday cake arrives. Meanwhile, Phil and Claire pay a surprise visit to Alex and are given a five-minute surprise introduction to her new boyfriend. Finally, with only five minutes to catch a movie, Manny has to find the perfect parking space and endure Jay and Gloria’s backseat argument.
“Modern Family” airs WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29 (9:00-9:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
“Modern Family” stars Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy, Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily Tucker-Pritchett and Jeremy Maguire as Joe Pritchett.
Guest starring are Nathan Fillion as Rainer Shine and Joe Mande as Ben.
“Five Minutes” was written by Elaine Ko and directed by Gail Mancuso.
Ricardo Chavira Joins Mission Control Pilot, Replacing Nestor Serrano(3/21/17) Houston, we have a recast.
Ricardo Chavira (Desperate Housewives) has joined CBS’ NASA-inspired drama pilot Mission Control, taking the place of 24 alum Nestor Serrano, our sister site Deadline reports. The part was reportedly recast after the first day of shooting.
Written by Andy Weir (The Martian), Mission Control follows a group of NASA scientists and astronauts struggling to balance their personal and professional lives. Previously announced cast members include David Giuntoli (Grimm), Poppy Montgomery (Without a Trace), Peyton List (Frequency) and Levi Fiehler (The Fosters).
Chavira’s character, Diaz, serves as the director of the Johnson Space Station. And this casting is just the latest in a hot streak for the actor, who recently recurred on The CW’s Jane the Virgin, ABC’s Scandal and Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet.
Eva Longoria to Play 'Brutally Honest Consultant' in Fox's Type-A Pilot(3/16/17) Eva Longoria will be the bearer of bad news on (potentially) a weekly basis as the star of Type-A, Fox’s comedy pilot about a team of corporate consultants hand-picked to do the dirty work most professionals can’t handle (i.e. layoffs, downsizing, etc.).
The Desperate Housewives vet has signed on to play Axler, an ambitious, brutally honest consultant who is at war with her inner “nice girl.”
Penned by Life in Pieces scribe Lesley Wake-Webster, the project is loosely based on the book Assholes: A Theory by Aaron James. Jason Winer (The Crazy Ones, Modern Family) is set to direct the pilot.
Longoria’s most recent stab at sitcom success, NBC’s Telenovela, was cancelled after one season. Next month, she begins a recurring stint on Fox’s Empire as Charlotte Frost, the formidable director of the all-powerful state gaming commission who has the power to make-or-break Lucious’ (Terrence Howard) dreams of expanding Empire’s reach to Las Vegas.
Marcia Cross on Quantico - March 20(3/11/17) “LNWILT” – In the wake of the G20 hostage crisis, President Claire Haas assembles an illegal and clandestine joint task force, bringing together Alex and her friends from both the FBI and CIA to unmask a global conspiracy, on “Quantico,” MONDAY, MARCH 20 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
“Quantico” stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish, Blair Underwood as Owen Hall, Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda Shaw, Jake McLaughlin as Ryan Booth, Johanna Braddy as Shelby Wyatt, Yasmine Al Massri as Nimah and Raina Amin, Russell Tovey as Harry Doyle and Pearl Thusi as Dayana Mampasi.
Guest starring Hunter Parrish, Aaron Diaz as Leon Velez, Jenna Leigh Green as Emily Meyers, Karolina Wydra as Sasha Barinov, with Henry Czerny as Matthew Keyes and Marcia Cross as President Claire Haas.
‘Twin Peaks’ Star Kyle MacLachlan To Appear At Showtime’s SXSW Event(2/24/17) We’re getting a few more details about the Twin Peaks experience at next month’s South By Southwest Conference and Film Festival in Austin, TX.
Series star Kyle MacLachlan will make a special appearance Thursday night March 16 at The Showtime House at Clive Bar on Rainey Street. Showtime will also host a special two-day musical lineup March 16 and March 17, with afternoon and evening sessions, featuring music inspired by Twin Peaks. Performers will include Neko Case, Real Estate, M. Ward, Agnes Obel, Holly Macve, Julie Byrne, Alex Cameron, Aldous Harding, Alexandra Savior, Cameron Avery and Annie Hart (of Au Revoir Simone), Tim Darcy, L.A. Salami and Let’s Eat Grandma.
Twin Peaks, the follow-up to David Lynch’s cult ABC series, will debut on Showtime on May 21 at 9 PM with a two-hour premiere.
Directed entirely by Lynch, the new 18-part limited event series picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town were stunned when their homecoming queen Laura Palmer was shockingly murdered. Twin Peaks is written and executive produced by series creators Lynch and Mark Frost, and is executive produced by Sabrina S. Sutherland.
Hand of God Gets Final Season Premiere Date at Amazon(2/15/17) (Video) The long-awaited final season of Hand of God will finally see the light of day in March.
Amazon on Wednesday announced that Season 2 of the Ron Perlman/Dana Delany drama will drop on Friday, March 10. In the final batch of episodes, Judge Maximum fights to restore his sanity and regain his freedom after spending much of Season 1 (which premiered back in September 2015) haunted by visions and the ghost of his son. Linda Gray (Dallas) and Nia Long (Lifetime’s Beaches) join the cast, which also features Andre Royo (The Wire) and Garret Dillahunt (Justified).
The Hand of God pilot was initially released by Amazon all the way back in August 2014, while Season 1 dropped 13 months later. It quickly received a second season order, but was later cancelled by the streaming video service last summer.
Vanessa Williams proud of daughter’s singing career(2/11/17) Vanessa Williams is proud her daughter Jillian Hervey has been making a name for herself as part of the indie R&B duo Lion Babe — but says she wouldn’t be against helping Hervey’s career if needed.
“I love that Jillian is doing her thing on her own,” Williams told us at New York Fashion Week.
“I have never heard anyone say she reached where she is because of me — or nepotism.”
The proud mom added, “But if needed I would be ready.” Williams said of her own career, “I am still doing my thing.”
Vanessa Williams used a pet psychic to find her dog(2/9/17) Vanessa Williams has twice enlisted the help of a pet psychic when her beloved Yorkie Enzo went missing — with mixed results. The actress revealed on Pet Life Radio’s “Tails of the City,” hosted by Paul Shaffer’s daughter, Victoria, that the first time Enzo was gone the psychic theorized he was abducted, which wound up to be true.
The next time, in 2011, the guru believed he’d fallen down a ravine, but was able to escape and was then picked up by someone on the street. Williams never saw Enzo again.
Meet AMC Alum In NYC(2/8/17) Sam Page (ex-Trey, ALL MY CHILDREN) will be meeting fans as part of Hallmark’s Countdown to Valentine’s Day event on February 9. Page, who co-stars with Jennifer Finnigan (ex-Bridget, B&B) in the Hallmark movie WALKING THE DOG, will be at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Station in New York City between 12:30-1:30 p.m. and then again from 6-7 p.m. Also performing are country music Brett Young and artist Robert Vargas. For more information, click here.
Nathan Fillion Cops Brooklyn Nine-Nine Role, Playing a Fictional TV Detective(2/7/17) Nathan Fillion is getting meta with his next TV gig.
The Castle vet will guest-star on Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine as Mark Devereaux, the star of a Law & Order-type series titled Serve & Protect, EW.com reports.
Mark thinks playing a detective on TV makes him qualified to help Jake (Andy Samberg) and Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) investigate a crime that occurred on the set of his crime drama.
Since Castle‘s end last year, Fillion has done guest spots on Modern Family — he reappears on the ABC comedy this Wednesday — and Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet. He also stars in the web-based Con Man, created by Alan Tudyk.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine resumes its fourth season Tuesday, April 11, at 8/7c on Fox; Fillion’s episode will air this spring.
Marcia Cross & Henry Czerny on Quantico(2/6/17) “EPICSHELTER” – The recruits learn how to burn everything down if they are ever exposed. Meanwhile, a mysterious death leads to an FBI investigation at the Farm. In the fut3ure, Alex heads back into the crisis zone and exposes the true traitor within the CIA, on “Quantico,” MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.
“Quantico” stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish, Blair Underwood as Owen Hall, Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda Shaw, Jake McLaughlin as Ryan Booth, Johanna Braddy as Shelby Wyatt, Yasmine Al Massri as Nimah and Raina Amin, Russell Tovey as Harry Doyle, and Pearl Thusi as Dayana Mampasi.
Guest starring Marcia Cross as President Claire Haas, Henry Czerny as Matthew Keyes, Aaron Diaz as Leon Velez, David Lim as Sebastian Chen, Tracy Ifeachor as Lydia Bates and Jay Armstrong Johnson as Will Olsen.
“EPICSHELTER” was written by Beth Schacter & Marisha Mukerjee and directed by Constantine “Gus” Makris. Executive producers are Joshua Safran, Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper, Robert Sertner and Jorge Zamacona. “Quantico” is produced by ABC Studios.
‘Survivor’s Remorse’: Isaiah Washington & Vanessa Bell Calloway Set To Recur; Neal McDonough To Guest Star On Season 4(2/4/17) Grey’s Anatomy alum Isaiah Washington and Saints & Sinners’ Vanessa Bell Calloway are set for recurring roles on Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse, executive produced by LeBron James and Mike O’Malley (Glee, Yes, Dear). In addition, Neal McDonough (Arrow, Justified) is set for a guest role on the upcoming fourth season.
Survivor’s Remorse follows the life of Cam Calloway (Jessie T. Usher), a hard-working, young basketball star who is thrust into the limelight after signing a huge contract with a pro basketball team in Atlanta.
Washington will play Rodney Barker, the estranged and incarcerated father of Cam (Usher) who is on a journey of forgiveness and redemption as it relates to the sins of his past. Calloway will play Missy Vaughn’s (Teyonah Parris) mother, Camille Jordan, a business executive and DC civil rights activist who wants more for her daughter. McDonough is Brian Powers, a Bostonian business man from Cam’s (Usher) old neighborhood.
Survivor’s Remorse is executive produced by Mike O’Malley, Tom Werner, LeBron James and Maverick Carter for SpringHill Entertainment, Paul Wachter, Victor Levin, Hilton Smith and Ali LeRoi. Season 4 is set to premiere this summer.
In addition to her lead role as Lady Ella Johnson in Saints & Sinners, Calloway’s other credits include Shameless and feature Southside With You. She’s repped by Zero Gravity Management.
Washington, best known for his role as Dr. Preston Burke on long-running series Grey’s Anatomy, can currently be seen as Thelonious Jaha on the CW’s The 100. He’s repped by Amy Weiss at Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
McDonough’s credits include Arrow, Justified, Band of Brothers and Rogue. He’s repped by Paradigm Agency, Luber Roklin Entertainment, and Bloom Hergott Diemer.
Supergirl Meets Lois Lane? Teri Hatcher Joins CW Series as [Spoiler](1/31/17) Supergirl now has a Lois to go with its & Clark.
The CW superhero series has cast Teri Hatcher in Season 2, TVLine has learned.
Hatcher, who played Lois Lane to Dean Cain’s Clark Kent in ABC’s 1990s Superman series, will appear in multiple episodes of Supergirl; character details are scarce, but she’ll eventually become the season’s big villain.
Cain, of course, also has a recurring role on the show — he plays Kara’s adoptive father, Jeremiah Danvers.
In addition to Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Hatcher’s TV credits include Desperate Housewives, Seinfeld, The Love Boat and Jane By Design. She also recently recurred on CBS’ The Odd Couple.
“No offense to any of the wonderful actresses who have also played the part, but Teri Hatcher is my all time favorite Lois Lane,” Supergirl executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said in a statement. “To have her come back to the SuperWorld in a completely different part is an unbelievable gift to me, [EP] Greg [Berlanti], and the fans.”
Empire Enlists Eva Longoria as Villainous Foil for [Spoiler](1/30/17) Eva Longoria is looking to have Cookie’s ex for lunch.
The Desperate Housewives vet is joining Empire‘s current third season for a multi-episode arc.
She’ll play Charlotte Frost, the formidable director of the all-powerful state gaming commission who has the power to make-or-break Lucious’ (Terrence Howard) dreams of expanding Empire’s reach to Las Vegas. The twist? Beneath Charlotte’s alluring facade, lies a force of darkness and corruption.
Longoria most recently starred in the short-lived NBC comedy Telenovela.
Empire — which has already been picked by Fox up for an 18-episode fourth season — resumes its third season on Wednesday, March 22 at 9/8c.
NBCU Telemundo Launches Film Division, Sets Eva Longoria Starrer ‘Lowriders’ As First Project(1/27/17) NBCUniversal Telemundo is launching its first feature film operation geared towards the growing U.S. Hispanic market and has set Eva Longoria starrer Lowriders as its first project to kick off the new venture.
Dubbed Telemundo Films, the new business strand will be led by Luis Silberwasser, president of Telemundo network, and will operate under Telemundo Studios. The aim will be to develop, produce and market feature films in English and Spanish for Hispanic audiences.
Lowriders will see Telemundo Films team with Imagine Entertainment, Blumhouse Productions’ BH Tilt and Universal Pictures. Longoria stars in the pic alongside Demian Bichir, Melissa Benoist, Theo Rossi, Tony Revolori and Gabriel Chavarria.
Richard de Montreuil directs the project, which is set against the vibrant backdrop of East Los Angeles’ near-spiritual car culture. It follows the story of Danny, a talented young street artist caught between the lowrider world inhabited by his old-school father and ex-con brother and the adrenaline-fueled outlet that defines his self-expression. Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Blumhouse’s Jason Blum produce.
“Telemundo Films will allow us to leverage our expertise to expand our entertainment business into a new genre of storytelling,” said Cesar Conde, Chairman of NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. “We are excited to kick off this new venture in partnership with Imagine, Blumhouse and Universal Pictures and look forward to working with them to serve the vibrant movie-going Hispanic market.”
Lowriders is set for a May 12 U.S. release date.
‘There’s … Johnny!’: Tony Danza, Ian Nelson, Jane Levy & Roger Bart Join Seeso Series(1/23/17) Seeso has set the cast for There’s … Johnny!, its eight episode comedy series set behind the scenes at The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Tony Danza (Don Jon, Taxi) stars along with Ian Nelson (The Hunger Games, Teen Wolf), Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe, Suburgatory), and Roger Bart (Desperate Housewives). Also joining are T’keyah Keymah, Nate Smith, David Hoffman, Daniel Strauss and Andrew Schulz.
Danza plays Freddie de Cordova, the executive producer of The Tonight Show. He’s old-school Hollywood (think martinis and cigarettes) and the reigning authority — the bearer of good news and certainly bad news. Danza has a special connection to the role. He was a frequent guest of Carson’s on The Tonight Show and even guest-hosted multiple times.
Nelson will play bright, sweet-faced, innocent Andy Klavin. An average kid from Valentine, NE, who, along with his mother and father, is a huge Johnny Carson fan. To make his beloved dad proud, Andy gets himself to Burbank and on the set of The Tonight Show, mistakenly believing he has a job there. He’s thrust into an exciting new world he’s barely even dared to dream about — and to his surprise, he quickly finds he might have a place there.
Levy is Joy Greenfield, the assistant talent coordinator for The Tonight Show. While Andy initially is smitten with Joy, she feels more like a big sister toward him, guiding and mentoring him through this strange new world.
Bart will recur as Angelo, the show’s affable wardrobe guy who subtly serves as the moral compass for the rest of the Tonight Show crew.
Written by Reiser and David Steven Simon (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Mad About You), the coming-of-age story is set in 1970s Los Angeles, when The Tonight Show first moved from New York to Burbank. Reiser and Simon executive produce. David Gordon Green (Red Oaks, Vice Principals) directs.
Danza has been pursued aggressively lately by networks with several projects eyeing to mark his return to television. He starts shooting There’s Johnny this week and will complete filming in time for pilot season this year. He has no exclusivity or commitment to future seasons, so he will be free to do a network show if he chooses. Last year he starred in NBC/CBS Studios half-hour comedy pilot Sebastian, exec produced by Greg Garcia. He most recently starred in the critically praised Broadway musical comedy Honeymoon in Vegas and also co-starred in indi hit Don Jon. Danza is repped by CAA and manager Dan Farah.
Nelson’s credits include The Deleted, The Boy Next Door and The Judge. He’s repped by UTA, 3Arts, Jordan Gill and Morris Yorn.
Produced in conjunction with the Carson Estate and with unprecedented access to the full Carson archives, the comedy will intertwine live action with authentic footage of Carson and his guests on screen. The series will focus on the people behind the scenes of the legendary late-night show, while Carson will be portrayed as a looming presence. Carson’s nephew Jeff Sotzing also will executive produce.
The series will premiere in 2017, 55 years after Carson’s first Tonight Show appearance and 25 years after his last show. He died in 2005.
Executive producers include Paul Reiser, David Steven Simon, Brian Volk-Weiss, Michael Pelmont, Cisco Henson, and Matt Ochacher. Seeso’s Evan Shapiro and Kelsey Balance will also Executive Produce the series, and Craig Knizek will serve as Producer. The series will be co-produced by Nuance Productions, Comedy Dynamics, and Rough House, in partnership with the Carson Estate.
Nicollette Sheridan’s ‘Desperate Housewives’ Case Gets Tossed – Again(1/20/17) Nearly five years after her first Desperate Housewives trial collapsed due to a hung jury, Nicollette Sheridan has suffered another loss as a judge tossed out her latest case.
“The Court finds that the Defendant has presented substantial undisputed evidence of the creative decision to kill off Sheridan’s character, developed over several seasons of the show,” said a January 12 ruling by Judge Holly Kendig granting the motion for summary judgment by Touchstone TV in the actor’s her claim of retaliation against the ABC unit.
“Thus, …Touchstone’s legitimate reasons for killing off Sheridan’s character would have resulted in the same decision,”the LA Superior Court judge added in the just released ruling (read it here) “Sheridan has not presented a triable issue of fact showing that retaliatory animus was a ‘substantial motivating factor’ of the employment decision,”.
Not that this latest loss is going to stop Sheridan says her main lawyer. “We look forward to winning in front of the court of appeal, again,” Mark Baute told Deadline.
As is evident from the Baute Crochetiere & Gilford LLP attorney’s remarks and as any one who has been watching the past few years recalls, Sheridan’s legal pursuit has seen a series of victories and losses in a variety of jurisdictions.
Most recently, the actor’s efforts looked to see a new trial get a June 5, 2017 start date after the 2nd District Court of Appeal revived the matter in October 2015. The unanimous opinion penned by Justice Thomas Willhite jilted the October 2013 ruling by Judge Michael Stern denying Sheridan another trial. This was based on a 2013 amendment to the California Labor Code that altered the process so that “there is no requirement that an individual exhaust administrative remedies or procedures” – which had previously proved a hurdle to high for Sheridan.
In the 2012 trial, which was filed two years beforehand, Sheridan claimed that DH creator and EP Marc Cherry had intentionally struck her on set in 2008 while the two were disagreeing, to put it mildly, over a scene. The actor insisted that her complaining about the incident to network execs was what resulted in her being tossed from the once ratings dominating show – which ended its run in May 2012. Later released as a defendant from that case, Cherry testified that discussions of getting rid of Sheridan’s Eddie Britt character preceded the incident and her termination had zero to do with it. He was backed up by former ABC executives like current CW boss Mark Pedowitz and then programming chief Steven McPherson.
It is unlikely that Cherry would have been called as a witness if the new trial had gone forward. However, a witness list did have Sheridan’s DH co-stars Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman, Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross are on it – though that didn’t ensure they actually would be taking the stand.
Adam Levin of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP has been since almost Day 1 and continues to represent ABC and Touchstone in the matter.
Jesse Metcalfe Series To Start Season 2(1/20/17) Season 2 of Chesapeake Shores starts shooting for Hallmark Channel on Vancouver Island in March for a summer premiere. Season 1 shot in Nanoose, Parksville, Quallicum, and Nanaimo.
Marcia Cross on Quantico 1/30/17(1/17/17) “JMPALM” – At the Farm, Owen teaches the recruits a lesson on the necessity of betrayal, with a mission of getting the Venezuelan Consul Gabriel Carrera (Javier Muñoz, “Hamilton”) to turn on his country. In the future, Alex is forced to team up with Miranda to save the hostages, while President Claire Haas has a plan to end the crisis once and for all, on “Quantico,” MONDAY, JANUARY 30 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.
“Quantico” stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish, Blair Underwood as Owen Hall, Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda Shaw, Jake McLaughlin as Ryan Booth, Johanna Braddy as Shelby Wyatt, Yasmine Al Massri as Nimah and Raina Amin, Russell Tovey as Harry Doyle, and Pearl Thusi as Dayana Mampasi.
Guest starring Marcia Cross as President Claire Haas, Aaron Diaz as Leon Velez, Tracy Ifeachor as Lydia Bates, David Lim as Sebastian Chen, Jay Armstrong Johnson as Will Olsen, Paige Patterson as Carly Klapp, Jeff Leaf as Adam Elling, Javier Muñoz as Gabriel Carrera and Nick Westrate as Robbie Robertson.
“JMPALM” was written by Braden Marks and directed by David McWhirter. Executive producers are Joshua Safran, Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper, Robert Sertner and Jorge Zamacona. “Quantico” is produced by ABC Studios.
Eva Longoria’s tomato-red villa goes for $1.4M(1/17/17) Actress, activist, and new bride Eva Longoria has found a buyer willing to shell out nearly $1.4 million for her home in the Hollywood Hills, says the Los Angeles Times.
The tomato-red villa with three bedrooms and three baths sits on a 3,700-square-foot lot just south of the Hollywood Bowl. The 2,011-square-foot home features a large living room, canyon and city vistas, and chef’s kitchen. A second-floor master suite has french doors that open to a terrace.
The 41-year-old Longoria listed the Mediterranean-style property in August for $1,395,000; it was sold for a smidge under her asking price, at $1,374,500. Records show she purchased the home in 2005 for $1.15 million. The current median list price for a home in the 90068 ZIP code is $1.5 million.
Longoria played the sexy and saucy Gabrielle Solis on “Desperate Housewives,” ABC’s long-running prime-time soap. She has since become a philanthropist and activist for Latino causes.
In May, the actress gave marriage a third try when she wed businessman Jose “Pepe” Baston.
ABC Orders Reba McEntire Southern Cop Drama Pilot From Marc Cherry(1/10/17) Reba McEntire is eyeing a return to ABC — and this time, she’s packing heat.
The network has given its first pilot order of the 2017–2018 season to Marc Cherry‘s untitled drama about a southern sheriff (McEntire) who teams up with a Middle Eastern FBI agent to fight “horrific” crimes in small-town Kentucky.
No, really, it’s happening. Here’s the official logline in all its southern-fried glory:
Ruby Adair, the sheriff of colorful small town Oxblood, Kentucky, finds her red state outlook challenged when a young FBI agent of Middle Eastern descent is sent to help her solve a horrific crime. Together they form an uneasy alliance as Ruby takes the agent behind the lace curtains of this southern gothic community to meet an assortment of bizarre characters, each with a secret of their own.
–“I am thrilled to be coming back home to ABC,” Cherry said in a statement. “What makes it all the sweeter is Reba McEntire is coming with me. And we can’t wait to share with our fans this wonderful Southern Gothic soap opera we’ve been cooking up for them.”
In addition to Desperate Housewives, which ran on ABC from 2004 to 2012, Cherry also created Devious Maids, which wrapped its four-season run on Lifetime last year. Cherry will executive-produce this new project, along with McEntire, Sabrina Wind, Mindy Schultheis and Michael Hanel.
McEntire also has a brief history with ABC, having starred in the short-lived comedy Malibu Country (2012–2013).
Teri Hatcher Recurs on The Odd Couple 1/30/17(1/10/17) “Conscious Odd Coupling” – After a heated argument, Oscar and Felix decide it might be best to change their living arrangement and find new roommates, on the third season finale of THE ODD COUPLE, Monday, Jan. 30 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Teri Hatcher returns as Oscar’s girlfriend, Charlotte.
Teri Hatcher on The Odd Couple - Jan 16, 2017(12/29/16) “Batman vs. The Penguin” – Murph gets Oscar to agree to participate in a regular TV segment where he competes with a penguin at the zoo to predict the winners of hockey games. Also, Emily and Felix take their first steps to becoming just friends, on THE ODD COUPLE, Monday, Jan. 16 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Former professional hockey player Luc Robitaille guest stars as himself.
RECURRING CAST: Teri Hatcher (Charlotte), Geoff Stults (Murph).
Teri Hatcher Returns To The Odd Couple - Jan 9(12/20/16) “Should She Stay or Should She Go?” – Felix meets a fun-loving woman, Natasha (Busy Phillips), in a bar and takes her home for what is meant to be a one-night stand, and Oscar takes things to the next level with Charlotte (Teri Hatcher), on THE ODD COUPLE, Monday, Jan. 9 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
SAG Awards Nominations(12/14/16) The 2017 SAG Awards will be handed out January 29 live on TNT and TBS.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
Marc Cherry Southern Gothic Soap Opera Starring Reba McEntire In Works At ABC(12/12/16) Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry is back at ABC with a new hourlong series project toplined country star Reba McEntire, in her return to TV series and to ABC. Written by Cherry, the untitled project has received a script commitment plus penalty in a competitive situation.
Described as a Southern Gothic soap opera, the show is set in motion after a horrible, suspected act of terrorism happens at a 4th of July parade in the small town of Oxblood, Kentucky. The FBI sends a cocky agent of Middle Eastern descent to investigate. He teams up with the mercurial local Sheriff (McEntire) to uncover secrets far darker than either could have ever imagined.
In addition to writing, Cherry will serve as showrunner on the ABC Studios series, which he executive produces with Sabrina Wind via their own Cherry-Wind Productions, McEntire, as well as Mindy Schultheis and Michael Hanel of Acme Productions. Shultheis and Hanel are long-time McEntire collaborators and served as executive producers on her previous TV series, the WB comedy Reba and ABC/ABC Studios comedy Malibu Country.
Besides the ABC Studios-produced Desperate Housewives, one of ABC’s biggest hits of the past decade, Cherry also created the studio’s dramedy Devious Maids, which just wrapped a successful run on Lifetime. He is repped by Paradigm and attorney Jon Moonves. Wind is repped by Paradigm and attorney Michael Gendler. Acme and McEntire are repped by attorney Jim Jackoway. McEntire is also repped by WME.
74th Annual Golden Globe Nominations(12/12/16) The Golden Globes ceremony is set for Sunday, January 8 at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET live on NBC hosted by Jimmy Fallon.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Felicity Huffman-Courtney B. Vance Comedy Snags ABC Pilot Order(12/6/16) It’ll be politics as unusual for Felicity Huffman and Courtney B. Vance: The Emmy-winning duo’s very timely punditry comedy has scored an official pilot order at ABC.
Titled Libby & Malcolm, the potential series — from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and co-executive producer Vijal Patel — explores how today’s “politics of division” plays out between two opposing pundits who also happen to be husband and wife. (Think James Carville and Mary Matalin.) Bitter work rivals on their show Black & Wright, the couple has to turn conflict into compromise at home when it comes to raising their kids.
Huffman will shoot the pilot after completing work on American Crime Season 3, which is currently in production. Vance, meanwhile, is coming off his Emmy-winning turn as Johnnie Cochran in American Crime Story: The People Vs O.J. Simpson.
Teri Hatcher Reutrns to The Odd Couple Dec 12(11/21/16) “My Best Friend’s Girl” – To avoid a night of boredom, Oscar suggests that Charlotte (Teri Hatcher) take Felix out on their artsy cultural dates in his place. Also, Emily enlists Dani, Teddy and Murph’s help when she has to produce 100 necklaces for an event, on THE ODD COUPLE, Monday, Dec. 12 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
How Eva Longoria Is Celebrating Her First Thanksgiving With New Husband Jose Bastón(11/17/16) Eva Longoria is still a newlywed, and that means the upcoming holiday season is extra cause for celebration!
The Desperate Housewives alum caught up with E! News during Wednesday evening's L'Oréal Paris Women of Worth Awards, revealing her plans to ring in her very first Thanksgiving with hubby Jose Bastón. "We have felt married for so long that I forget everything's the first," Longoria dished in her Noon By Noor ensemble. "We've only been married six months; we're actually celebrating six months this weekend. It's been great!"
Longoria and Bastón got tied the knit in Mexico in late May. They later embarked on a magical honeymoon through Hong Kong, Cambodia, and Thailand, seemingly riding the wave of wedded bliss ever since.
And as it turns out, it's not only Jose's inaugural Turkey Day with the actress, but his first ever!
Eva explained, "This is going to be our first Thanksgiving married and my stepkids and my Mexican husband don't celebrate Thanksgiving so this is the first time they're coming to the United States for Thanksgiving."
Like most hungry Americans, Longoria shared that her main man and rest of the fam are "very excited about turkey and I'm cooking up a storm."
The Mexican-born media mogul has four children of his own from a previous marriage, but that doesn't mean Eva's ruled out welcoming even more little ones into their bunch.
Dana Walden, Gary Newman & Eva Longoria Among Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award Honorees(11/15/16) Dana Walden, Gary Newman, Josh Sapan, Susanne Daniels, Randy Falco, and Eva Longoria are recipients of NATPE’s 14th Annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award. The six will be honored at a special reception on Wednesday, January 18 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
The 2017 Tartikoff Legacy Award recipients are recognized for exhibiting their extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision through the process of creating compelling content. Named in honor of esteemed television programmer Brandon Tartikoff, the Award was created to acknowledge a select group of television professionals who have demonstrated a high degree of excellence in their field.
“Each of this year’s inspiring honorees shares Brandon Tartikoff’s passion and vision for excellence in television. Dana, Gary, Susanne, Randy, Eva and Josh have each earned the respect of the industry and rightly deserve to have their achievements celebrated in Miami,” said Andy Kaplan, Chairman of the Board, NATPE.
Here’s a look at the 2017 honorees:
Dana Walden and Gary Newman are the Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, overseeing a consortium of media and content creation companies which includes the broadcast network Fox Broadcasting Company (FBC); the broadcast and cable production studios 20th Century Fox Television (TCFTV) and Fox 21 Television Studios; the licensing division, Fox Consumer Products; and syndication supplier of off-network programming, Twentieth Television. Their recent projects include Empire, This is Us, Speechless, The Last Man on Earth, Grease: Live as well as The X-Files. Their upcoming projects include Star from Lee Daniels and a new take on the classic 24 franchise, 24: Legacy.
Susanne Daniels is the global head of original content for YouTube where she oversees original programming that provides subscribers with access to exclusive content through YouTube Red, featuring stars that became famous on the media platform. Current programming includes Scare PewDiePie, Dance Camp, A Trip to Unicorn Island, Lazer Team and an upcoming Lionsgate-produced series based on the Step Up franchise. Prior to joining YouTube, Daniels held the position of president of programming at MTV, the WB and Lifetime.
Randy Falco is president and CEO of Univision Communications Inc., overseeing a media portfolio that reaches an estimated 89 million average monthly unduplicated monthly media consumers, and includes 17 broadcast, cable and digital networks and partnerships; 126 local television and radio stations; an array of online and mobile apps and products and content creation facilities across the United States. Falco has received numerous recognitions including 10 Emmy awards for Olympics coverage, a Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame induction and a recipient of the Frank Stanton Award, the Ballet Hispanico Gala Honor, Museum of Moving Image Honor, the MALDEF Legacy Leader Award, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Board of Trustees’ Award, and the Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Champion Award, among many others.
Josh Sapan is the president and CEO for AMC Networks Inc., overseeing television networks AMC, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, and BBC America (operated through a joint venture with BBC Worldwide); feature film labels IFC Films and Sundance Selects; and AMC Networks International, the company’s international programming and distribution division. Under Sapan’s leadership, AMC Networks has created some of the most popular, acclaimed, and awarded television series and films, including AMC’s The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Preacher, Better Call Saul, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad; SundanceTV’s Rectify and Top of the Lake; IFC’s Portlandia; and IFC Films’ Boyhood. Sapan is on the Executives Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) and serves on numerous boards, including the American Film Institute, The Paley Center for Media, The Cable Center, the Museum of the Moving Image, People for the American Way and WNYC Radio.
Eva Longoria is a Golden Globe-nominated, Screen Actors Guild and ALMA Award-winning actress, director, producer and activist, and Desperate Housewives alum. She filmed Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx’s directorial debut film All-Star Weekend, and stars alongside Academy Award nominee Demian Bichir in the Lionsgate feature film Lowriders as well as the BBC miniseries Decline and Fall, with the latter two premiering Spring 2017. Additionally, Longoria is the executive producer of Devious Maids, Lifetime’s hit one-hour dramedy, and recently directed episodes of the Golden Globe nominated Jane the Virgin and Emmy Award nominated Black-ish. In addition to founding “The Eva Longoria Foundation,” she is also co-founder of “Eva’s Heroes” which enriches the lives of adolescents with developmental disabilities; and is the national spokesperson for “Padres Contra el Cancer,” a nonprofit committed to improving the quality of life for children with cancer.
Critics’ Choice TV Nominations(11/14/16) Hosted by TJ Miller, the 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards airs on A&E live on December 11 at 8PM ET, 5 PM PT.
BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES
Olivia Colman – The Night Manager – AMC
Felicity Huffman – American Crime – ABC
Cynthia Nixon – Killing Reagan – National Geographic
Sarah Paulson – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX
Lili Taylor – American Crime – ABC
Kerry Washington – Confirmation – HBO
Jesse Metcalfe & Fiancée Cara Santana Kiss in Sweet Engagement Party Video(11/13/16) (Video) John Tucker is one step closer to being officially off the market!
E! News learned in August Jesse Metcalfe, 37, and longtime girlfriend Cara Santana, 31, were engaged after dating for more than eight years and on Saturday, the two celebrated their upcoming nuptials at Hills Penthouse West Hollywood, a luxury club.
The two posted on their Instagram pages Sunday morning a short time-lapse video of the two sharing a sweet kiss at the bash. The bride-to-be looked gorgeous in a glittering gold backless dress, while the John Tucker Must Die and former Dallas reboot actor looked dapper in a gray suit and plum shirt.
"Such an awesome evening celebrating our engagement!!!" he said. "Thank you so much to all of our family and friends for sharing this moment with us! Love you all!!!"
"Such A Fun Night // Thank You To All Our Family And Friends For Celebrating With Us," Cara wrote.
Earlier that day, Jesse shared on Instagram a throwback pic of him and Santana making out on a sailboat on the Hudson River in New York City.
He had proposed to Cara there, with a 5.5-carat emerald shaped diamond ring.
"Woot woot! We are SO excited to celebrate our engagement with our family and friends this evening!!!" he wrote.
On Sunday morning, Cara and Jesse enjoyed a hearty post-engagement party breakfast consisted of bagels and lox, as well as doughnuts, as seen in a video she posted on Snapchat.
"Last night was made real," she wrote.
Eva Longoria Reveals That She Paid for Her Own Quinceañera(11/11/16) Redbook is calling Eva Longoriaa "real-life Hollywood unicorn" and after learning more about her you might just agree.
The 41-year-old actress wears many hats, she's a director, cookbook author, documentary filmmaker, political activist, fashion powerhouse and founder of her own well-respected charity.
How has she achieved so much? The actress says that the key is not feeling sorry for yourself when things don't go as planned.
"I remember losing auditions or being let go from a job and I'd say, 'That must mean there's something amazing ahead for me!' My friends would laugh and look at me like I was crazy. I have never, ever had a personal pity party," she said.
Longoria revealed to the magazine that she didn't always have it so easy while growing up, but that never stopped her from working hard for what she wanted.
"I wanted to have a Quinceañera when I was 15 and my family didn't have the money, so I got a job at Wendy's and paid for it myself. I couldn't wait to get to work and make my own money," she said, before adding. "There was never any resentment, because I saw how hard my mother worked and all she did for my sister [with special needs], and I wanted to do whatever I could to help. We all did."
This May, the actress married José Bastón, who is president at Grupo Televisa. Longoria says that long before their wedding, they felt like husband and wife.
"Even before we got engaged, we just felt married. We called one another 'my husband' and 'my wife,'" she said. "It didn't take either one of us very long to know that "this is the one." In my case, it only took 40 years to find him!"
After being legally married, the star decided to change her name to Eva Longoria Bastón, which seems wasn't a difficult decision to make.
"I love him, I love his last name, and I love that tradition. It's a choice I made, but I realize it's not for everybody. I was thrilled to take his name," she said.
Portlandia Pushes Kyle MacLachlan's Mayor for President(11/5/16) (Video) Portlandia has a last-minute third-party candidate to endorse: Vote Mr. Mayor!
This new election-themed promo for IFC’s sketch-comedy series asks us to consider the show’s wacky mayor (played by the inimitable Kyle MacLachlan) when we’re casting our ballots for president next Tuesday. According to the campaign ad, Mr. Mayor is courageous, enthusiastic, sensitive and experienced in foreign affairs — which he demonstrates by banging a tiny gong. (Of course.)
He rides a bike, he plays in a reggae band, he admires indigenous art — he can even sing, people! The ad concludes by imploring us to “make America weird again” and vote for Mr. Mayor. Hey, he doesn’t seem like such a terrible option right now, does he?
Portlandia returns for Season 7 on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 10/9c on IFC — with Kyle MacLachlan in tow, we’re hoping.
Nathan Fillion Returns To Modern Family 11/16(11/1/16) “Thanksgiving Jamboree” – It’s going to be a Thanksgiving jamboree at the Pritchett-Tucker home this year and Cameron has spared no expense. While Phil tries to get used to Rainer Shine (Nathan Fillion) dating his daughter, Hayley has to break it to her dad that she would rather spend the rest of her holiday with her new boyfriend than stay for the traditional family football game. Meanwhile, Jay has to figure out a way to keep his blood pressure down on one of the most stressful days of the year as Gloria tries to show Joe that animals are our friends. Finally, Alex and Dwight get to know each other a little better than her Uncle Cam would like while Mitchell has to stop clowning around and tell Cam the truth.
“Modern Family” airs WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 (9:00-9:30 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.
“Modern Family” stars Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy, Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily Tucker-Pritchett and Jeremy Maguire as Joe Pritchett.
Guest starring are Nathan Fillion as Rainer Shine, Winston Duke as Dwight and Matt Besser as Jerry.
“Thanksgiving Jamboree” was written by Jon Pollack and Chuck Tatham and directed by Steven Levitan.
Melina Kanakaredes & Doug Savant on Notorious 11/17(11/1/16) “Choice” – Jake furiously works different angles of the murder case against Maya Hartman (Haley Ramm), daughter of disgraced news anchor Dana Hartman (Melina Kanakaredes). He thinks Dana could help by pleading her daughter’s case on LHL, even though Louise hijacked a previous interview by showing a sex tape of Dana with Maya’s boyfriend. Max (Adam Rayner) is against Louise and Julia’s dangerous and clandestine trip to Mexico to get the LHL exclusive with drug kingpin Carlos Mora aka “El Toro,” on “Notorious,” airing THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.
“Notorious” stars Piper Perabo as Julia George, Daniel Sunjata as Jake Gregorian, Kate Jennings Grant as Louise Herrick, Aimee Teegarden as Ella Benjamin, J. August Richards as Bradley Gregorian, Sepideh Moafi as Megan Byrd, Ryan Guzman as Ryan Mills, Kevin Zegers as Oscar Keaton.
Guest starring are Melina Kanakaredes as Dana Hartman, Adam Rayner as Max Gilford, Haley Ramm as Maya Hartman, Adalgiza Chermont as jail guard, Theresa June-Tao as inmate #1, Leslie Miller as inmate #2, Maiara Walsh as Willow Ferrera, Doug Savant as Paul Weston, Carlos Sanz as Eduardo Nogales, Matt Walton as Darin Mills, Chris Brochu as Preston Mann, Rogelio Ramos as Officer Martinez, Matt Kaminsky as reporter #2.
“Choice” was written by Tyler Bensinger and directed by Miller Tobin.
Eva Longoria on Having a Baby: “If It Happens, It Happens"(10/29/16) We can't believe it's already been five months since Eva Longoriamarried José Bastón in a gorgeous ceremony in Mexico. Recently, the Telenovela star sat down with Ocean Drive to discuss everything from past relationships, babies and being on social media.
When it comes to becoming a mother, Longoria isn't dismissing the idea.
"It if happens, it happens—if it's meant to be it would be a blessing," she said.
Longoria's private life has always made headlines and even after going through two previous marriages and other public relationships, the star admits that she doesn't regret any of them.
"No, I think every relationship is a path to where you are today. Every wrong turn led you to the spot where you are, so it wasn't necessarily the wrong turn at the time. I wouldn't change anything—never," she said.
Longoria's Snapchat account is all sorts of amazing. The star is funny, real (doesn't wear makeup half of the time) and gives us some great behind-the-scenes exclusives.
"Luckily, I've never been on the receiving end of something really horrible, but a younger actor could be destroyed by the comments that you read online. I'm glad that there was no Twitter or Instagram when Housewives started, for sure. It was a different world back then. Social media can be overwhelming. I don't really have rules for myself—it's just common sense," the 41-year-old actress explained. "I have a very private husband, so I don't really post with him, and of course I don't post the kids for security reasons. But I share a lot, and I use it for charity and my clothing line. It's a great tool when used correctly."
We couldn't agree more, Eva!
Eva Longoria says she’s ‘more American’ than Trump(10/27/16) Hillary Clinton supporter Eva Longoria says, “I’m way more American than Donald Trump!”
“The fact that he uses the word ‘Latino’ to be synonymous with ‘illegal’ is a mistake,” she tells Ocean Drive magazine. “I’m ninth-generation American — I’m way more American than Donald Trump! I have to turn my offense and anger into a vote, not just complain about it.”
The actress and director also says of Clinton, “I have no idea why people don’t find Hillary likable. I know her on a personal level, and she is one of the most likable [people] .?.?. I don’t want to go have a beer with Obama — I want him to run the country. I look for quality in a leader.”
Eva Longoria, Jeremy Piven & Jessica Szohr Star In Jamie Foxx’s Directorial Debut Pic(10/26/16) All-Star Weekend, the first film written and helmed by Jamie Foxx, has tapped Eva Longoria, Jeremy Pivens, and Jessica Szohr to star alongside Foxx. Production began today on the pic, which features cameos from Snoop Dogg, The Game, DJ Khaled, and Floyd Mayweather Jr..
The comedy centers on two tow-truck drivers, Malik (Foxx), and Danny (Piven), who are basketball fanatics and would take a bullet for their respective favorite players, LeBron James and Steph Curry. Danny’s girlfriend Abby (Szohr) is reconsidering the relationship as she does not want to take a back seat to his obsession. The two drivers finally get a break from their dead-end job when they win tickets to the NBA All-Star Game. En route to the big game, Malik and Danny meet the beautiful and mysterious Asia (Longoria), who might have her own hidden agenda. After many twists and turns, the guys find themselves and their heroes in a precarious life-or-death situation.
Chuck Pacheco is producing with Deon Taylor and Butch Kaplan. Front Row Center Films and Sijma Equity Group are producing and financing.
Longoria, repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, recently signed a two-year first look deal with Universal and has many projects in the works including the Magnum P.I. sequel and My Daughter’s Quinceañera. Piven won an Emmy for his role as Ari Gold on HBO’s Entourage and starred in the period drama Mr. Selfridge. He is repped by UTA. Szohr, who’s with ICM, recently was seen in Ted 2 and the TV series Kingdom.
ABC Developing Family Comedy From Eva Longoria & ‘Telenovela’ Creators(10/20/16) Eva Longoria is reuniting with Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein, creators of her NBC comedy series Telenovela, for a new single-camera comedy project, which has been set up at ABC.
The comedy, tentatively titled 940 Saturdays, hails from Universal TV and Longoria & Ben Spector’s studio-based UnbeliEVAable Entertainment.
Written by Pietrosh and Goldstein, here is what 940 Saturdays refers to. There are 940 Saturdays between the day your child is born and the day they turn eighteen. In this single-camera series, three families band together to enjoy… and survive them all.
Pietrosh and Goldstein executive produce with Longoria and Spector.
This is the second sale at ABC for UnbeliEVAble this season, along with the Magnum P.I. sequel, with Leverage creator John Rogers, which follows Magnum’s daughter. The company also has NBC comedy project Big Of Me, written by Awkward creator Lauren Iungerich, on which it is collaborating with Will Packer Productions.
Pietrosh and Goldstein’s Telenovela was one of two high-profile single-camera comedy projects vying for Longoria to star during the 2014-15 development season. She went with Pietrosh and Goldstein’s Telenovela, and the comedy, set behind the scenes of a telenovela, was picked up to series by NBC. It launched last midseason, with Longoria starring and Pietrosh, Goldstein, Longoria and Spector executive producing. It did not draw wide enough audience for a second-season renewal but garnered solid reviews.
UnbeliEVAble is repped by CAA. Pietrosh and Goldstein, who previously worked as co-executive producers on Cougar Town, are with ICM Partners.
Doug Savant on Pure Genius(10/19/16) “It’s Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider Silk Surgery” – When a young boy’s legs are crushed after being pinned by a car, Malik is determined to use a revolutionary procedure using spider silk to save his limbs, while Zoe lobbies in favor of the safer route of amputation. Also, James, Walter and Talaikha care for Amelia (Laura Seay), a young woman in dire need of a liver transplant, but they’re puzzled by her resistance when they tell her the donor is her estranged father, Simon (Doug Savant), on PURE GENIUS, Thursday, Nov. 3 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Wendy Moniz (Julianna Wallace).
GUEST CAST inlcudes: Michael Johnston (Luke Wallace), Doug Savant (Simon Monroe).
Twin Peaks Cast, Old and New, Talk Up 'Freshness' of Showtime Revival(10/18/16) (Video) Grab yourself a damn fine cup of coffee and check out this first video of the Twin Peaks cast — Special Agent Cooper, sheriff’s office receptionist Lucy and bad boy James included— talking up Showtime’s upcoming revival.
In the above featurette, Kyle MacLachlan and other returning cast share their reactions to the early revival rumors, as well as the official announcement. Cast members familiar and new then preview the revisiting to come, as well as reflect on the impact Twin Peaks originally made on the TV landscape some 25 years ago.
Other Twin Peaks alumni on board for the revival include Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey), Madchen Amick (Shelly), Sheryl Lee (Laura/Maddy), Dana Ashbrook (Bobby), James Marshall (James), David Duchovny (Agent Dennis), Miguel Ferrer (Agent Rosenfield), Grace Zabriskie (Sarah), Peggy Lipton (Norma), Ray Wise (Leland), Wendy Robie (Nadine), Russ Tamblyn (Lawrence) and the late Catherine E. Coulson (the Log Lady). New additions include Jim Belushi, Robert Knepper, Ashley Judd, Michael Cera, Trent Reznor, Jessica Szohr, Jane Levy and Richard Chamberlain.
Picking up 25 years after the original series left off, the new Twin Peaks episodes will premiere “sometime in 2017.”
Teri Hatcher on The Odd Couple - Oct 31(10/15/16) “I Kid, You Not” – Oscar tries to prove to Charlotte (Teri Hatcher) that he can be responsible when he volunteers to take her son, Evan (Caleb Brown), trick-or-treating on Halloween. Also, Felix celebrates the holiday for the first time by giving the kids a haunted history tour of their apartment building, on THE ODD COUPLE, Monday, Oct. 31 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
The Odd Couple Is All About the "Couple" in Season 3(10/14/16) The Odd Couple kicks off its third season Monday night with more mismatched roommate antics from Oscar Madison (Matthew Perry) and Felix Unger (Thomas Lennon). Fans can expect the show's classic, traditional sitcom stylings to continue as Season 3 follows the ups and downs in Oscar's relationship with his girlfriend Charlotte (Teri Hatcher) and Felix's with his girlfriend Emily (Lindsay Sloane).
"Spoiler alert: it's going to be rocky," jokes Odd Couple executive producer Bob Daily.
As of now, The Odd Couple's third season will consist of 13 episodes, with the potential for more if CBS picks up the option. Which it might, if The Odd Couple continues to perform like it did in Season 2, which got better-than-expected ratings.
The show was rewarded with a slot on the network's fall schedule -- the first two seasons premiered in the spring -- so it's getting to do some seasonal things it didn't get to do before, including Halloween and Christmas episodes, Daily tells TVGuide.com. Daily is particularly excited for the Halloween episode, which will be a good parallel character-development episode for the two of them -- Oscar will try to prove that he can be a responsible grown-up by taking Charlotte's son trick-or-treating, while Felix will try to lighten up and prove to Emily that he has any sense of childlike fun.
The other big change was the loss of Garry Marshall during the season's production cycle. The TV icon, who died in July at age 81, developed the original Odd Couple series starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman back in 1970 and created many other series, including Happy Days. Marshall was an executive consultant for the new Odd Couple's first two seasons, pitching story ideas and jokes and entertaining the studio audience at tapings. He even played Oscar's father in one Season 2 episode.
"He made us so much better," says Daily. "It really was a blow. He was sort of our mascot/guiding light/the guy that always made us laugh."
There will be an episode that pays tribute to Marshall at some point in Season 3, Daily says.
Season 3 picks up three months after the action of the finale. Oscar and Charlotte are happy after getting back together, but Felix is in an emotional tailspin because Emily has been away in London on an internship. He's so distraught that his fastidiousness is slipping -- he's grown a beard. Things get even worse when Emily tells him she might be extending her stay to go on a business trip to Paris with her boss, a man named Fergus who Felix suspects is trying to steal Emily away from him. Felix and Emily's relationship could be in trouble, and Oscar is forced to choose between being a good, romantic boyfriend on his and Charlotte's three-month anniversary or helping his freaking-out friend.
Guest stars this season will include R&B group Boyz II Men -- who appeared at the behest of Odd Couple cast member Yvette Nicole Brown, who pulled some strings to make it happen -- and NBA star Chris Bosh, who will be a guest on Oscar's radio show, among others.
Eva Longoria Gushes Over Husband José Bastón: ‘We Were Always Married in Our Hearts and Souls’(10/5/16) Eva Longoria is living her happily ever after.
After marrying the man of her dreams, the actress says she and husband José ‘Pepe’ Bastón are without a doubt still living on cloud nine.
“People ask us how it is being married now, but we were always married in our hearts and our souls, so the wedding was just a beautiful party to celebrate with everyone, but marriage wise we just are still floating from three years of being together,” the actress tells PEOPLE during an exclusive celebration with JCPenney to showcase the new Eva Longoria Home bedding and bath designs in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
“It’s amazing,” she continues of celebrating their sixth-month wedding anniversary. “Our wedding didn’t change our relationship.”
Longoria and media mogul Bastón, 48, tied the knot during a “really small,” fairytale wedding in Mexico in May. Dating since 2013, Bastón popped the question in Dubai in December 2015 with a ruby and diamond engagement ring.
It was love at first sight.
“He was the most handsome man I’d ever seen,” Longoria previously gushed to PEOPLE about first meeting her husband. “He was so charismatic, charming, sweet and funny. I thought, ‘Who is this guy?!'”
Danny Trejo And Jesse Metcalfe Join ‘In Stranger Company’(10/3/16) Danny Trejo and Jesse Metcalfe have come aboard In Stranger Company, an indie film based on the book The Loyalty Treasures by Dr. Mark Smith. Phillip Abraham is directing and adapted the screenplay along with Patrick Werksma.
The feature follows Mia Stone, a young wife, mother, and workaholic entrepreneur. She is faced with an eerie supernatural opportunity to reset her future when a strange encounter with an eccentric man (Trejo) gives her a second chance at saving her company, marriage, family, and future. Metcalfe plays her charming and questionable family friend and business partner.
Rounding out the cast are T.C. Stallings (War Room), Jaci Velasquez, Jules Willcox, Jaime Gallagher, and Jeff Grace. The film is produced by Werksma, James Simmons, and Josh Norman.
Trejo, known for his role in the Machete film series, can up next be heard in Warner Bros’ animated pic Storks. He is repped by AEFH. Metcalfe’s film credits include John Tucker Must Die, God’s Not Dead 2, and Dead Rising: Endgame. He is repped by Untitled Entertainment and Gersh.
Teri Hatcher on “THE ODD COUPLE,” MONDAY, OCT. 17(9/30/16) “London Calling” – Oscar is forced to choose between his romantic plans with Charlotte (Teri Hatcher) and helping to save Felix’s relationship as Emily decides to extend her stay in London and Felix starts to fall apart, on the third season premiere of THE ODD COUPLE, Monday, Oct. 17 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Musical group Boyz II Men guest star as themselves.
‘Jane The Virgin’ Adds Ricardo Chavira As New Love Interest For Xo In Season 3(9/29/16) As if Xo’s life was not already complicated after she discovered in the Season 2 finale that she was pregnant and not sure about the father, it is about to gett even more entangled in the romance department with the return of an old flame.
Desperate Housewives alum Ricardo Chavira is set for a recurring role on the upcoming third season of Jane The Virgin, playing Xo’s (Andrea Navedo) ex-boyfriend who dated her when he was married.
In one of several cliffhangers in the Season 2 finale of the CW series, Xo, who had just slept with ex-husband Rogelio’s nemesis Esteban, was seen holding a positive pregnancy test for a baby that could be any of the two men’s.
Chavira starred as Carlos Solis opposite Eva Longoria on all eight seasons of ABC’s Desperate Housewives and has been recurring as Presidential candidate Francisco Vargas on ABC’s Scandal. He’ll next be seen opposite Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant on Netflix’s new comedy series Santa Clarita Diet. He’s repped by Innovative Artists and Gilbertson Entertainment.
Felicity Huffman to Headline Political Family Comedy from black-ish Duo(9/29/16) Felicity Huffman isn’t content to have just one ABC show.
The American Crime actress is attached to a star in an untitled political family comedy from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and co-executive producer Vijal Patel, which has earned a big commitment from the Alphabet network.
Per our sister site Deadline, the potential series explores how today’s “politics of division” plays out between two opposing pundits who also happen to be husband and wife. (Think James Carville and Mary Matalin.) Bitter work rivals on their show Black & Wright — one’s black, one’s white; one’s left, one’s right — the couple (Huffman plays the wife) has to turn conflict into compromise at home when it comes to raising their kids.
Should the project go to series, it is not expected to impact Huffman’s ability to star in a theoretical fourth season of American Crime.
Gossip Girl's Sam Page Is a Dad! Actor Welcomes First Child With His Wife Cassidy(9/27/16) Welcome to the joys of fatherhood, Sam Page.
The actor known for his roles in Gossip Girl, Desperate Housewives and more projects shared good news with his followers on social media Tuesday afternoon. As it turns out, he just became a dad.
"The newest, best and brightest part of my life hanging out with the chillest and hairiest part," he shared on Instagram as his newborn smiled next to the family's golden retriever. "These two are going to learn a lot from each other."
He added, "Welcome to the world, my son Logan."
The announcement caught many fans by surprise especially because his last Instagram post was nearly 38 weeks ago.
And while he's been a bit more active on Twitter, the Hollywood star tries to keep his private life pretty darn private.
Back in November 2014, the Mad Men star married Cassidy Boesch just outside Santa Barbara, Calif. "Making it official," he wrote on Instagram with a photo from Villa Sevillano.
Family and friends including groomsman Jonathan Bennett watched the couple exchange vows below a beautiful canopy covered in white roses.
Since the magical wedding day, the actor has gone on to star in Switched at Birth and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Before then, fans may recognize the star from Mad Men, Greek and American Dreams.
Congratulations to the couple!
Hand of God Cancelled at Amazon(9/15/16) Barring some deus ex machina action, Hand of God is done at Amazon.
The Ron Perlman-Dana Delany drama will end after its upcoming second season, per The Hollywood Reporter.
“We’re wrapping up the storyline in Season 2, which debuts next year, and are excited to bring it to customers,” an Amazon rep tells TVLine.
The streaming video service will release Season 2 sometime in 2017. Hand of God was renewed for a sophomore run in December.
Chuck Pratt Named New Showrunner of Lee Daniels' Star(9/13/16) When Lee Daniels’ Star stars shooting this month, it’ll be with a daytime TV vet at the helm.
Chuck Pratt Jr., who most recently served as headwriter on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, has been named showrunner and executive producer of the upcoming Fox series, filling the void left by departing producer-writer Charles Murray.
In early September, Murray left the show after he and Star co-creators Daniels and Tom Donaghy amicably parted ways over creative differences.
Pratt’s TV resumé includes The Lying Game, Desperate Housewives, Melrose Place and Ugly Betty, as well as soap staples All My Children, General Hospital and Santa Barbara.
The Atlanta-set Star follows three young women (Ryan Destiny, Jude Demorest and Brittany O’Grady) who form a musical group and experience the music business’ highs and lows on their road to fame. The cast also includes Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt and Nicholas Gonzalez.
Star, which is slated to premiere in early 2017, will air Wednesdays at 9/8c.
NBC Buys ‘Big Of Me’ Comedy From Will Packer, Eva Longoria & Lauren Iungerich(9/6/16) NBC has nabbed Big of Me, a half-hour comedy from Awkward creator Lauren Iungerich and producers Will Packer and Eva Longoria. The project hails from Universal TV where Packer’s Will Packer Prods. and Longoria’s UnveliEVAble Entertainment have deals.
Created and written by Iungerich, Big of Me centers on two women from different walks of life who start an unlikely friendship after their mutual husband dies.
Iungerich and Packer executive produce alongside UnbeliEVAble Entertainment’s Longoria and Ben Spector. Will Packer Prods.’ head of TV Korin D. Huggins co-executive produces.
Big of Me reunites Longoria and Parker who also partnered last year to produce a comedy project about two women for NBC, the multi-camera Bonita & Mechelle, written by Kriss Turner Towner. Additionally, Big of Me expands Longoria and UnveliEVAble’s relationship with Iungerich. The company recently sold Iungerich’s feature pitch My Daughter’s Quinceañera to Universal under a first-look pact with a studio.
Iungerich created MTV’s comedy Awkward, which was a breakout for the network when it debuted in 2011 and recently aired its fifth season. She is repped by CAA and Madhouse Entertainment. Packer has produced eight No. 1 films at the box office, including both Ride Along and Think Like a Manfranchise films, as well as No Good Deed, Takers, Stomp the Yard and Obsessed. His next film, Almost Christmas, comes out Nov. 11 from Universal Pictures. Parker is repped by CAA and Ziffren Brittenham. Longoria recently executive produced NBC comedy series Telenovela, in which she also starred, and Lifetime’s Devious Maids. She is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
The Affair Taps Desperate Housewives Alum as [Spoiler]'s New Love Interest(9/6/16) The Affair‘s Whitney (Julia Goldani Telles) will spend at least a portion of Season 3 dipping her pen in company ink.
Desperate Housewives alum Jonathan Cake is joining the Showtime drama in the recurring role of Whitney’s boss and love interest, TVLine has learned exclusively. Cake’s character, Furkat, is a Brooklyn-based photographer whose brashness is polarizing. (Whitney is, of course, the daughter of Maura Tierney’s Helen and Dominic West’s Noah.)
Additional Season 3 guest stars include Brendan Fraser and Jennifer Esposito.
The Affair returns Sunday Nov. 20 at 10/9c.
Jesse Metcalfe revels in real-life romance, music on TV(8/26/16) Jesse Metcalfe is stretching himself artistically as a musician and, on the side, as a jewelry designer.
When he proposed to actress Cara Santana this month on a sailboat in New York's Hudson River, the diamond ring he slipped on her finger was one he helped create. The couple have been together for a decade.
"Don't they say it's a carat for every year you're together?" Metcalfe said. "I couldn't quite afford that, but I think I did pretty well."
Their engagement crowns a busy year for the "John Tucker Must Die" and "Dallas" actor. He plays opposite Meghan Ory in Hallmark Channel's new series "Chesapeake Shores" (airing 9 p.m. EDT Sunday through Oct. 9) and stars in an upcoming big-screen movie "The Ninth Passenger" as a thief involved in corporate espionage.
"Chesapeake Shores," based on Sherryl Woods' novels, opened with driven working woman and divorced mom Abby O'Brien (Ory) pondering a move from New York City to her Maryland hometown to improve life for her daughters. Metcalfe brings the romance as Trace, Abby's high school sweetheart. He's a country singer who's beaten his own path home to Chesapeake Shores after leaving his Nashville career under a mysterious — for now — cloud.
Metcalfe talked with The Associated Press about the drama, including the chance to work his musical muscles in it, and when he and Santana will tie the knot.
Associated Press: Many actors yearn to front a band. Is playing a musician the next best thing?
Metcalfe: At the risk of sounding cliched, I have been playing and singing and writing music for a decade now. It was just something I always kept to myself. ... But this is a nice opportunity, and I wrote two original songs to the themes and the tone of the show. It's not necessarily the style in which I normally write (indie singer-songwriter). ... But I get to live out my dream a bit and be a successful country music artist in the series.
AP: How much does Trace's Nashville past figure in his story?
Metcalfe: I definitely wanted him to be layered and I wanted him to have a secret, a dark past, a reason he came back to Chesapeake Shores. In a lot of Hallmark shows and films, a major theme is coming back home, having the realization that success in the big city isn't as satisfying as the comfort you feel back home (with family). That theme rings true in this series as well, but the characters are a lot more layered, a lot more complicated. ... Hallmark said they wanted to push the envelope a little, attract a younger audience and do something different, and I think we've done that.
AP: How far can you stretch the boundaries on a family friendly channel?
Metcalfe: I think it's about keeping a little bit of edge in the show. If we're going to write and play compelling characters, sometimes they have to make mistakes. Not small mistakes, but relatively big mistakes. And you have to trust that in their pursuit of redemption, the audience will also find them redeemable as well.
AP: How did you go about designing the engagement ring?
Metcalfe: I had a close friend, (jewelry maker) Adam Campbell, walk me through the process. We knew that Cara wanted an emerald shape. ... I wanted a really feminine, delicate low-profile setting and band with diamonds all the way around the band and the basket, and really small prongs holding the diamond. I enjoyed it and Cara deserved it.
AP: Has the wedding date been set?
Metcalfe: Still to be determined. We're roughly talking about a two-year plan: a year to enjoy our engagement and a year to start planning.
Felicity Huffman Fashion Biz Dramedy Back In Development At ABC(8/25/16) House of Moore is back in development at ABC. The network originally bought the darkly comedic one-hour project, executive produced by Felicity Huffman, last season with a put pilot commitment. The dramedy, set in the fashion world, was rolled and is now ramping up again with Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain (The 100) joining as executive producers/showrunners The gig stems from the duo’s overall deal at ABC Studios.
House of Moore, from Daniel and Ben Barnz, ABC Studios and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, has been designed as a starring vehicle for American Crime leading lady Huffman, which would not interfere with her commitment to the acclaimed John Ridley drama series. Said to be similar in tone to The Devil Wears Prada and focused on plus-size fashion, House of Moore centers on the lives of an iconic fashion family, looking at our beauty-obsessed culture through a darkly comedic lens. Daniel Barnz, who penned the original script, is also writing the revision under Craft and Fain’s supervision.
ABC has been looking for a family drama set in the fashion industry. Three years ago, the network ordered one such project, Americana, to pilot which starred Anthony LaPaglia.
At ABC, Kapital Entertainment has new comedy series American Housewife and returning drama Secrets & Lies.
Craft and Fain, repped by WME, recently served as writers/consulting producers on the ABC/ABC Studios drama The Family.
Jane the Virgin: Eva Longoria Will Bless Us With Her Presence This Season(8/24/16) It's a match so perfect we're mad we didn't think of it first.
Former Telenovela actress Eva Longoria will guest-star in an upcoming episode of Jane the Virgin's third season (Monday, Oct. 17 at 9/8c). The totally awesome news -- which we're sure has Rogelio freaking out -- was announced Wednesday, when star Jaime Camil posted a photo to Instagram.
"Guess who is checking into the Marbella Hotel this season?" he captioned the photo.
Camil's costar Andrea Navedo also posted the same photo with the caption, "Guess who is checking into the Marbella Hotel this Season? #JaneTheVirgin Can"t wait to share with you all!" Both photos were then shared by the official Jane the Virgin Twitter account.
Though there's currently no news regarding Longoria's storyline and how she fits into the dramatic world of Jane, it's possible that, like Britney Spears, Charo and Paulina Rubio before her, she could be playing herself.
We can't wait!
Jane the Virgin returns for Season 3 Monday, Oct. 17 at 9/8c on The CW.
Jesse Metcalfe and Longtime Girlfriend Cara Santana Are Engaged(8/16/16) John Tucker must get ready to do some serious wedding planning.
E! News has confirmed that actor Jesse Metcalfe has proposed to longtime girlfriend Cara Santana during a getaway in honor of her birthday this weekend."She loves her ring and is thrilled to be engaged to the love of her life," a source tells E! News.
The John Tucker Must Die star popped the question with a stunning 5.5-carat emerald shaped diamond ring (that he designed, of course) while aboard a 50-foot sailboat in the middle of the Hudson River in New York, according to Us Weekly, who first reported the engagement.
The romantic gesture comes during a special weekend for the lovebirds, who have been together for 10 years.
Posting a selfie of the couple enjoying a river ride in New York City, Metcalfe captioned the sweet snapshot, "What a weekend! Meant to get this up yesterday, but was too busy celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my baby!!!"
"I wouldn't say it was love at first sight," Metcalfe told Your Tango in 2013 of meeting his future bride. "It was more of a slow burn, which I think is a better start for a relationship. I think if it comes on fast and furious, it generally fizzles out just as fast. We were slow and steady."
"We took the time to get to know each other," Santana added at the time. "We've known each other for, like, 10 years."
Congratulations to the happy couple!
Sam Page Joins Freeform Pilot ‘Issues’(8/16/16) Sam Page has been tapped for a series regular role in Freeform pilot Issues, from Universal Television and The District.
Created by Sarah Watson (Parenthood) Issues was inspired by the life of Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. It follows three young career women, who have set out to conquer New York City together. All three work at Scarlet Magazine, and they try to balance their ambition and their drive to find love with the realities of life.
Page will play Richard, a member of the Board of Directors of Scarlet Magazine, and lawyer for the publishing group, a man with great looks and charm, who is catnip to women and knows it.
Page’s credits include stints on Mad Men, House of Cards, and Switched at Birth. He’s repped by UTA, Inphenate and Jackoway Tyerman.
Eva Longoria Makes First-Look Universal Deal With Lauren Iungerich Pitch ‘Quinceanera’(8/15/16) Universal Pictures has staked Eva Longoria and her UnbeliEVAble Entertainment banner to a two-year, first-look deal. Universal president of production Peter Cramer made the pact. First up is Universal’s acquisition of rights to My Daughter’s Quinceañera, a pitch from Lauren Iungerich, creator of the MTV series Awkward. Longoria and producing partner Ben Spector will produce. It’s the first crack at features for Iungerich, who’s attached to write, direct and co-produce the film that centers on an overwhelmed single father who is faced with the prospect of planning the quinceañera of his daughter’s dreams.
On the Universal deal, Cramer said: “While audiences have identified with Eva through her iconic television roles, she is also an extremely savvy producer with a keen eye for projects that appeal to a broad range of diverse audiences. We are fortunate that Eva has a found a home with Universal, sharing with us her creative instincts and passion for storytelling.”
Longoria has named Will Rack as Vice President, in conjunction with the new deal. Rack joins UnbeliEVAble Entertainment from Shawn Levy’s Fox-based 21 Laps Entertainment, where he was an associate producer on Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and The Internship and was an executive on Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. He oversaw development on the New York Times young-adult bestseller Steelheart, which was adapted by Carter Blanchard. He helped shepherd Substitute Teacher at Paramount with Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele.
Longoria, whose deal was made by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, is filming BBC Two’s high-end comedy miniseries Decline and Fall, an adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s classic social satire. She next will be seen in Ricardo de Montreuil’s Lowriders, which premiered at this year’s LA Film Festival. The film is produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Blumhouse Production’s Jason Blum.
“Building upon our continued success as producers in television, we were seeking a home to expand the UnbeliEVAble brand into features,” said Longoria. “There’s simply no better place I could think of than Universal Pictures, whose diverse portfolio of releases is inspirational. Jeff, Donna and Peter’s passion was instrumental in keeping us in the Comcast family, and, beginning with My Daughter’s Quinceañera, we look forward to a long relationship with all our partners at the studio. Lauren’s pitch was so brilliant and funny, and to bring this experience to life is like reliving my 15th birthday.”
Iungerich is repped by CAA, Madhouse Entertainment and attorney Rob Goldman.
Eva Longoria -- Newlywed Dumping Bachelorette Pad(8/2/16) (Pics) It's in with the new husband and out with old house for Eva Longoria ... who just put her Hollywood villa on the market.
Eva's hillside crib was home during her marriage with Tony Parker and during her single years. Now after tying the knot in May, she's unloading the gated 3 bed, 3 bath Mediterranean-style property ... which was built in 1924.
She bought it for $1.15 million and is now listing it for $1.395 mil.
Eva and media mogul Jose Baston will be just fine -- she dropped $11.5 mil on one of Tom Cruise's old Hollywood Hills pads.
Jeffrey Nordling Joins Jim Carrey-Produced ‘I’m Dying Up Here’(8/1/16) Desperate Housewives alum Jeffrey Nordling and The Bold And The Beautiful‘s Obba Babatundé have joined the ensemble cast of Showtime’s new hourlong comedy series I’m Dying Up Here in recurring roles.
Executive produced by Jim Carrey, I’m Dying Up Here follows up-and-coming comedians in Los Angeles in the 1970s, who are mentored by “Goldie” (Melissa Leo), a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist and nurtures her comedians with tough love. Ari Graynor, Andrew Santino, RJ Cyler, Al Madrigal, Erik Griffin and Stephen Guarino star as the main stand-ups at the club.
Nordling will play Eli Goldman, a member of Goldie’s inner circle. Babatundé will portray Barton Royce, a comedy manager.
Michael Angarano and Clark Duke play ballsy young comedians from Boston who move to L.A. with the hopes of making it big. Alfred Molina, Sebastian Stan, Robert Forster, Jon Daly, Dylan Baker, Brianne Howey, Ginger Gonzaga and Cathy Moriarty guest star.
APA-repped Nordling will be seen in HBO’s upcoming limited series Big Little Lies, starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, He was a series regular on Desperate Housewives and recurred on Killer Women, Rake and Arrow, and also will be seen opposite Tom Hanks in Clint Eastwood’s upcoming feature Sully.
Babatundé won a 2016 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Performer In a Drama Series for The Bold And The Beautiful and also received a supporting actor Primetime Emmy nomination for Miss Evers’ Boys. He’s repped by Stone Manners Salners Agency and Margie Weiner Management.
Connie Britton, Jane Fonda Join Rachel Platten in Pitch Perfect-Inspired 'Fight Song' for Hillary Clinton(7/27/16) (Video) Rachel Platten was joined by the stars of Nashville, Modern Family and Pitch Perfect on Tuesday in support of presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Connie Britton, Julie Bowen and Jesse Tyler Ferguson were among the many celebrities to partake in an a capella music video for “Fight Song” that debuted during the Democratic National Convention.
The video, which was produced by Pitch Perfect alum Elizabeth Banks, also featured the likes of Jane Fonda (Grace & Frankie), Kristin Chenoweth (American Gods), Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives), America Ferrera (Superstore), Mandy Moore (This Is Us), Idina Menzel (Frozen), Aisha Tyler (The Talk), Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight), Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Kathy Najimy (Veep), Jamie King (Hart of Dixie), Rob Reiner (All in the Family) and John Michael Higgins (Pitch Perfect), among others.
Eva Longoria Dishes on Her New Clothing Line and Marriage to Jose Antonio Baston(7/26/16) Eva Longoria has been busy this summer.
The 41-year-old Telenovela actress not only married Jose Antonio Baston in May, but she's about to launch her very own clothing line with The Limited on Aug. 15. Longoria's new collection will feature 250 pieces, including stretch denim, body con dresses, office-ready pencil skirts and blazers, and plenty of graphic tees for a more relaxed look.
E! News caught up with the actress to find out just how she was feeling about her foray into fashion. "I'm really excited. This has been a long, long time in the making," Longoria said. "The thing that people don't know about me is that I sew, and so I am really involved in the construction and the seams and the textiles and materials that we use."
"I want this line to have my DNA," Longoria emphasized. "It has been two years in the making, and we're finally here and finally launching at The Limited, and we're so excited about it."
The project will be an ongoing collaboration, and Longoria is already at work designing the Spring/Summer 2017 collection.
In the meantime, Longoria will continue to enjoy the honeymoon phase. "Love it," she said. "We just celebrated two months. Yes, only 50 more to go!" And far as the actually honeymoon goes, the actress told E! News, "It was amazing."
Longoria and Baston tied the knot in a sunset ceremony in Valle de Bravo, Mexico, a lakeside town roughly 88 miles from Mexico City. The wedding was a beautiful affair, much like the dress Victoria Beckham designed for her BFF. Beckham created a beautiful silk crepe gown that fit Longoria like a glove.
"She's an allover inspiration to me," Longoria said. "She's an amazing human being, an amazing woman, an amazing mom. I mean, she brought out everything in her arsenal to make that day perfect for me, so it was a really special dress."
Eva Longoria Takes Aim at Trump During DNC Speech: 'My Family Never Crossed a Border, the Border Crossed Us'(7/25/16) Eva Longoria was among many at day one of the Democratic National Convention to deliver a heartfelt and personal speech.
Offering up an energetic speech on Monday in Philadelphia, the actress spoke on her experiences as a Mexican-American, calling out stark contradictions between her upbringing and GOP candidate Donald Trump's earlier comments about Mexican immigrants.
"I'm from a small town in South Texas, and if you know your history, Texas used to be part of Mexico," Longoria, 41, said. "I'm ninth generation American. My family never crossed a border; the border crossed us."
Continuing on, Longoria made obvious references to Trump addressing immigrants as "rapists" who are "bringing drugs" and "crime" to America, as the former Desperate Housewives star pointed to her own family to disprove the billionaire businessman's claims.
"When Donald Trump calls us criminals and rapists, he's insulting American families. My father is not a criminal or a rapist, in fact, he's a United States veteran," Longoria said. "When Trump cruelly mocked a disabled reporter, he was also mocking my special-needs sister Lisa and many like her."
She added: "When he said that a wife who works is a very dangerous thing, he not only insulted me, he insulted my mother who worked as a special-education teacher for 40 years and raised four children while being a wife."
Despite a rocky start at the DNC, which saw a struggle for unity, Longoria's oration – similar to First Lady Michelle Obama's and Senator Bernie Sanders' speeches – rallied the crowd as they cheered for her honest and personal account of why she'll be casting her ballot in Hillary Clinton's favor come November.
Eva Longoria and Husband José Antonio Bastón Enjoy Sweet Embrace During Beach Getaway in Spain(7/21/16) (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) Eva Longoria and her husband José Antonio Bastón make one adorable couple.
The two were spotted enjoying a day at the beach during their getaway in Formentera, Spain. Longoria, 41, stunned in a turquoise bikini and aviator sunglasses.
The happy couple, who recently celebrated their one-month wedding anniversary, stayed close to one another while splashing around in the water and embracing.
At one point, the two posed for an epic mid-air jump shot with a few pals.
The former Desperate Housewives star also took to Instagram to document her celebrity run-in whilst in Ibiza: Cristiano Ronaldo!
"Oh hello @cristiano #NoBigDeal #EuropeCupChampion #Portugal," she captioned a pic of the two posing with Bastón and a few other friends.
Longoria and media mogul Bastón, 48, tied the knot with a fairy tale wedding in Mexico in May. The two have been together since 2013, and Bastón popped the question with a ruby and diamond engagement ring in Dubai in December.
"There were so many memorable moments," Longoria recently told reporters of the wedding. "Then the tequila kind of blurred it all! But he surprised me throughout the night – a surprise singer, a surprise video, a surprise this. So every half hour there was another surprise that I was like, 'I can’t handle any more! My heart is going to explode!' "
"It was actually a really small wedding," added the actress. "It looked huge on social media because everyone was posting, but it was actually like 80 people. Super small."
Eva Longoria Dishes on Her Wedding Dress, Her Clothing Line and the 'Dated' Shoes She'll Keep Forever(7/20/16) (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) Eva Longoria may clean out her closet monthly (giving away pieces to her sisters, friends and charities like Dress for Success), but she’s going to need to make even more room soon: Her line for The Limited (which ranges from $49 to $160) is set to debut July 25, and she wants to wear everything. “I won’t make it if I won’t wear it,” Longoria tells PeopleStyle.
So to create a range of pieces she’s sport, the star says, she was involved in “everything: From design to storyboards of what story to what’s our color palette. I feel like we’re constantly in a meeting where we’re like, This has to be ordered now!” she says, adding that she constantly was looking for inspiration while creating her line. “I cut things out of magazines, I sketch. I was in Cambodia and I bought a little dress on the side of the street that was $2 from this woman — I brought it back and said, What is this, because this is something I want to have in my line! I will take pictures of people on the street going, I love that. I love the feeling of that outfit. How can we make that feeling in a garment?”
Longoria, 41, describes her own personal style ethos as “wanting to be comfortable all day long” and “classic,” and says she’s long loved fashion — after all, she’s been sewing her entire life. “I sew dresses. I sew blouses. I sew Halloween costumes — I’ve made all my nieces’ and nephews’ Halloween costumes since they were born!”
And while she does religiously give things away, there are a few things she keeps for sentimental value. “I archive gowns from awards shows, stuff like that,” she says. “I have a vintage 1930s dress from a movie I did, Cristiada, which is just a piece of art. My Lucille Ball dress from when I did SNL and I played Lucy.” And of course, there are a few pieces from her Desperate Housewives years. “Oh my gosh, I have so many Gabby clothes. Of course now A) it probably doesn’t fit or B) I am like, Oh my God, that is a little much!”
She also has a pair of shoes from her first Desperate Housewives premiere that will stay in her collection no matter what. “The first pair of shoes that were gifted to me — I was in a photo shoot and they were like, You can keep those if you like them. I was like, Whaaat?! And I wore them to our first premiere ever. I just thought that was the most generous thing ever,” she says. “They’re pretty dated — the’re so not me now, but years ago they were!”
Longoria says she was determined to be involved in every facet of the line, and she had an excellent example in her best friend (and fellow designer) Victoria Beckham. “She’s the ultimate example,” Longoria says. “She’s a true designer. She’s lived and breathed fashion her entire life. She was born to do her line.”
And that extends to creating a wedding dress for Longoria when she walked down the aisle with José Baston in May. “Victoria took such care into making it. We had so much fun,” she says. “I went to her London studio twice — I thought for sure someone was going to see me. She pulled out literally every dress she’s ever made and was like, Do you like this top? That bottom? This material? That color? That strap? That zipper? And we just went through everything and she had pulled so many different white fabrics: What about this one? What about that one?”
Her Victoria Beckham fashion parade didn’t stop there: “She wanted to make the after dress to change into and I was like, Oh, great! I love that dress. And then the night before, the civil ceremony, I needed another dress for the civil ceremony. I was going to wear pants and then at the last minute I actually had a simple white dress in my closet, and I was like I’m just going to wear this! My assistant was like, It’s Victoria Beckham, and I’m like, Oh my gosh! She’s just a genius. I think she is just amazing.”
Though Longoria took a honeymoon, she’s back in the swing of things and so excited to have people see her “from work to wine”-appropriate designs. “This has been years in the making. I’ve been really looking for a true partner in developing my vision for a clothing line. I didn’t want it to be celebrity clothing line that somebody makes some clothes, and you throw your name on a label,” she says. “There’s really affordable pieces that you can mix and match, for a lot of those young professionals who don’t have the largest budget for wardrobe but still have enough to want to invest in themselves. You are worth it.”
Shop the first pieces at TheLimited.com starting July 25.
Nicollette Sheridan -- Files for Divorce ... Who Knew She Was Married?!(7/20/16) Nicollette Sheridan pulled a fast one -- on us, anyway. Turns out she tied the knot, the marriage fizzled and Nicollette just filed for divorce.
The former "Desperate Housewives" star and Aaron Phypers are dunzo just 6 months into their marriage ... this according to legal docs obtained by TMZ.
According to the docs, they separated a month ago.
Rumors swirled they had been mulling over marriage ... but there was never a clue they tied the knot.
Nicollette is asking the judge to reject any claim Aaron might make for spousal support.
As for kids ... the marriage didn't last long enough for a proper gestation period.
Emmys 2016 Nominations(7/14/16) LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Audra McDonald, Billie Holiday: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson
Lili Taylor, American Crime
Kerry Washington, Confirmation
Sightings(7/3/16) Kyle MacLachlan at Bar SixtyFive to celebrate his new rosé label Blushing Bear .?.?.
Eva Longoria Honors Selena Quintanilla: "She Was the Reason I Even Dared to Dream"(6/30/16) We didn't see this powerful connection, until the actress pointed it out.
It's been 20 years in the making, when Eva Longoria moved to Los Angeles she walked on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and vowed to one day have a star of her own. Well, she got it!
Yesterday, they announced the celebrities that will be given their own stars in 2017 and the Telenovela star made the list of future honorees.
Longoria took to her Snapchat to announce the news to her fans in a very nonchalant manner, "Oh my God, you guys, I forgot to tell you…I'm getting a star!"
She continued, "and I'm so excited about it. I've dreamt of this day my whole life. This is so exciting. And I just couldn't wait to tell you guys, I'm on a plane right now, and I'm getting a star with Selena Quintanilla."
This is a big deal for Longoria, because both stars share almost identical roots. "With her, she was also selected, and she's from Corpus Christi like I am," she said. "So we're two Texas girls from the same hometown getting a star."
Fans rejoiced at the news of Selena receiving a star 21 years after her death. The Grammy Award winning singer was shot and killed by the president of her first fan club in 1995. She was 23.
Longoria then shared this touching post on Instagram, of herself and the Bidi Bidi Bom Bom singer, "I could never have dreamed that one day I would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But even more ironic is that the same year I receive my star, so does my idol, my inspiration, my fellow Tejana, my fellow Corpus Christi native, Selena Quintanilla. She was the reason I even dared to dream that a better life was possible. And that that life didn't have to distance you from where you came from," she said. "So many people become famous and leave a place without ever crediting it with the role it played in shaping their lives. Selena was proud of being from Corpus Christi, Texas. And that made me proud to be from Corpus."
She continued, "She blazed the way for all of us and I will be forever grateful to her for not only that but for the pure joy I felt when I got to see her perform. Her smile, her charisma, her beauty put every single person who watched her under a spell. Thank you Selena. I know I will receive my star on the Walk of Fame because you dared to dream it first."
Once Longoria shared the connection, we felt all sorts of fuzzy feelings inside. If you take a step back, you realize that this recognition will mean a lot to so many different people. The people of Corpus Christi will be having a double celebration next year.
These are two Latinas that have helped paved the way for many, and that's quite an accomplishment in itself.
American Crime: Felicity Huffman to Return for Season 3 of ABC Drama(6/29/16) Felicity Huffman will once again return to the scene of American Crime, our sister site Deadline reports.
Huffman has re-upped for Season 3 of the ABC anthology series, joining castmate Regina King, whose return was cemented earlier this month.
No word yet on a deal for co-star Timothy Hutton, who also is expected to return for the North Carolina-set third season. The subject of the upcoming episodes: labor conflicts and economic disparity, as well as individual rights.
Tejano star Selena among celebs getting Walk of Fame stars(6/29/16) Tejano star Selena Quintanilla (keen-tah-NEE'-yah) is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame more than two decades after she was killed by her fan club president.
Quintanilla is among the newest group of entertainers to receive stars, which includes Goldie Hawn, Chris Pratt, Hugh Laurie and Mark Ruffalo.
The Walk of Fame Selection Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the new class Tuesday, selected from hundreds of nominations.
The honorees include movie and television stars like Dwayne Johnson, Amy Adams, Jason Bateman, Tyra Banks and Eva Longoria.
Recording artists Hall & Oates, Ice Cube and John Legend are also on the list.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce says recipients have two years to schedule star ceremonies.
Longoria asks film grads to use Rita Moreno as guiding light(6/15/16) Eva Longoria has some advice for the new graduates of the American Film Institute: Use Rita Moreno as a guiding light to use myriad points of view.
Longoria presented the legendary stage and screen actress with an honorary doctorate of fine arts Wednesday in Los Angeles.
"As you go on to write and direct and produce ... rise above caricature, as she does. Create complete and complicated characters, as she does," Longoria told the audience of students and their family members — including Denzel Washington, whose son was graduating. She stressed how important it was to her as a young Latina girl to see Moreno lighting up the big screen in "West Side Story."
Moreno took the podium with a little spin and a kick after the "America" song and dance scene from "West Side Story" played on the big screen behind her at the TCL Chinese Theatre.
"All I can figure is that the powers that be are giving me credit for 70 years of not giving up," Moreno said. "The trick is just to live for 84 years and wear them the hell down."
Moreno recalled her discouraging early days in Hollywood where she was called on by studios to play any and every ethnicity — and how she'd use the same accent for all. She called them "dusky maiden roles," and usually they would involve her character ending up devastated after being rebuffed by white men.
"I had to deliver lines to my white lover like, 'why you love Ula no more?'" Moreno said, referring to the 1955 film "Seven Cities of Gold."
And yet, Moreno said, that those directors and studios "could not succeed in drowning this Puerto Rican." She of course would rise above that early stereotyping, winning Emmys, a Grammy, Tony and Oscar.
Quentin Tarantino was also on hand to pick up an honorary doctorate, laughing about the fact that he never even graduated high school.
"I actually did try to enroll in AFI in the early 80s," he said. "I actually tried to get a job at Grauman's Chinese Theatre and that didn't work out either."
He urged the graduating students to use their work to contribute to the conversation "on race ... on culture ... on America ... on the world ... on politics."
"We need you," he said.
Nicollette Sheridan Gets New ‘Desperate Housewives’ Trial Date; Eva Longoria & Other Cast Could Testify(6/13/16) It’s going to start over five years after her last Desperate Housewives trial ended in a mistrial but Nicollette Sheridan will be back in court on June 5, 2017, a L.A. Superior Court judge decided today. Given new legal life by the 2nd District Court of Appeal last October, the actress can pursue her claim of retaliation against ABC/Touchstone for her firing from the hit show in 2009.
The just over two-week trial will certainly see Sheridan take the stand, though likely not former DH EP Marc Cherry, who was released from the original case before it went to the jury back in 2012. However, fellow ex-DH stars Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman, Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross are on the defense witness list – though they may not actually appear say attorneys. Of course, with all the starts, stops, mistrials and motions this matter has seen over the past six-years, it could all go off the rails again anyway if dismissals sought by ABC/Touchstone lawyer Adam Levin get a green light later this year.
As she did back in 2012, Sheridan claims that DH creator and EP Cherry struck her on set in 2008 while the two were in dispute over a scene. Sheridan has argued that her complaining about the matter to ABC execs resulted in her being suddenly let go from the show, which ended its run in May 2012. Cherry and ex-ABC execs like current CW boss Mark Pedowitz and then programming boss Steven McPherson testified that discussions of getting rid of Sheridan’s Eddie Britt character preceded the incident and her termination had nothing to do with it.
A hung jury resulted in the first more sprawling trial being tossed in March 2012. After numerous attempts to resurrect the matter, Sheridan and her main lawyer Mark Baute succeeded last year in getting the Appeals Court to overturn the October 2013 ruling by Judge Michael Stern denying Sheridan another trial. That setback was based on Stern noting that Sheridan didn’t filed a complaint with the California Labor Commission within six-months of the alleged assault by Cherry in September 2008.
Judge Holly Kendig will proceed over the new trial – if and when it happens.
Eva Longoria Eyed to Star in BBC Miniseries Decline and Fall(6/7/16) Former Wisteria Lane resident Eva Longoria is relocating to 1920s Wales.
The onetime Desperate Housewife is in negotiations to star alongside British comedian Jack Whitehall (Bad Education) in a small-screen adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Decline and Fall, our sister site Deadline reports.
The three-part miniseries is described as a social satire that follows Paul Pennyfeather (Whitehall), a hard-partying man sent by Oxford to serve as headmaster at a boys’ private school in Wales. There, he meets a wealthy South American woman, Margot Beste-Chetwynde (Longoria), with whom he is instantly smitten.
The comedy, which is set to air in the UK on BBC Two, has not yet been acquired by a U.S. network or streaming service. Production begins in mid-July.
Longoria’s recent TV credits include NBC’s one-and-done Telenovela and a cameo in the Season 4 premiere of Lifetime’s Devious Maids.
Nicollette Sheridan: End of an Era in Bel-Air ... Sells Pad for $2.7 Million(6/4/16) (Pic) Nicollette Sheridan's ready to put down roots elsewhere after unloading her longtime Bel-Air crib.
The former "Desperate Housewives" star raked in $2,724,650 for the 3 bedroom, 3 bath pad ... which sits on one acre and features a chef's kitchen, walk-in closets, sauna and massive pool.
Nicollette -- who bought the home in the mid '90s -- listed it in October for $2.95 mil.
It's a sweet location, but the buyer might have to drop a few bucks to upgrade the '90s look.
Devious Maids EP Explains the Origin of Eva Longoria's 'Mean' Desperate Joke(6/3/16) There are plenty of gasp-worthy moments in Monday’s Devious Maids season premiere (Lifetime, 9/8c), the first — and most meta — of which comes courtesy of special guest star Eva Longoria.
As revealed in promos for Season 4, Longoria appears as herself — she’s playing Flora, opposite Peri Westmore as Evelyn Powell, in the movie based on Marisol’s true-crime novel — and has these biting words for her co-star, “You are the meanest person I’ve ever met. And I worked on Desperate Housewives!”
Before you continue, take a minute to enjoy that moment in full: Video.
“[Creator] Marc Cherry pitched it,” executive producer Sabrina Wind tells TVLine. “I think it was just a fun way to showcase the pretend Eva Longoria that we have there. The real Eva is a delight, and this person she’s playing is sort of a faux version. We just thought, ‘Why not play off all the rumors and fun and scandal that we had for eight years on the air?’ And Eva is such a great comedian. She sells that whole opening scene like nobody’s business.”
But Longoria’s tongue-in-cheek jab at the ladies of Wisteria Lane isn’t the only reason that scene will go down as “one of [Wind’s] favorite days ever on set.”
“I loved seeing Mariana [Klaveno] playing Peri playing Evelyn,” Wind recalls. “It’s so spot on and so delightful. I actually taped it on my cell phone because we were going out with a few cast members that night, and for anyone who wasn’t on set that day, I wanted them to see how great Mariana was.”
Bonus scoop: This isn’t the only Housewives allusion in Monday’s premiere! A key moment between [someone] and [someone else] will remind die-hard fans of a particularly pivotal moment for Susan and Mike. (And, no, the allusion has nothing to do with Housewives alum James Denton guest-starring in the serious premiere, though he does.)
Eva Longoria Reveals Sister-In-Law Planned Her Wedding: 'I Didn't Have to Do Anything!'(6/3/16) Eva Longoria Reveals Sister-In-Law Planned Her Wedding: 'I Didn't Have to Do Anything!'
Eva Longoria being a bridezilla could not be further from the truth. In fact, the newly-married actress had some major assistance in planning her wedding.
"I didn't have to do anything. There was no wedding planning, it planned itself," Longoria, 41, told PEOPLE at Thursday's premiere of Devious Maids, which she executive produces.
The Lowriders star and José "Pepe" Bastón tied the knot in Mexico on May 21, five months after he proposed during their Dubai vacation in December.
Longoria credits her sister-in-law Rosalia Baston for keeping the planning of her nuptials under the radar.
"Pepe's sister did it. She's an event planner in Mexico. We automatically used her and that's how we're kind of able to keep it quiet, because we kept it in the family. She really did everything," the newlywed said to PEOPLE.
The former Desperate Housewives star also explained that the wedding process was more stress-free than she anticipated. "I loved it because I was so busy. Plus when you have such a small amount of people, there's not a lot to worry about," Longoria shared. "I kept going like, 'Isn't there more I should be worried about?' and it was never the case."
Though she chose to have a destination wedding, the Texas-born bride wanted to make sure there were some "American" touches to her big day.
"We had my dear friend Troy Williams who's a wedding planner here to kind of put the American touch on it because, if not, we're going to be having dinner at 11!" Longoria said. "I'm like 'Troy, please help Americanize a little bit, cause I'm Mexican American.' So, Troy did that and helped out on that side."
This is the third marriage for Longoria, who was previously married to actor Tyler Christopher and NBA star Tony Parker. Baston has three children from his previous marriage to actress Natalia Esperón.
‘Good Witch’ Renewed For Third Season By Hallmark Channel(6/2/16) Ahead of the Season 2 finale on June 19, Hallmark Channel has ordered a 12-episode third season of its original series Good Witch. Production on Season 3 is scheduled to begin in August in Toronto for a 2017 premiere, including a Halloween special to air in October.
Through the first seven episodes, Season 2 of Good Witch is averaging a solid 2.3 household rating and 2.5 million total viewers in Live+3.
Based on the network’s successful movie franchise, Good Witch is set in the fictional town of Middleton and centers on Cassie Nightingale (Catherine Bell) and her bright, teenage daughter Grace (Bailee Madison), who shares her mom’s special intuitive charm. Sam (James Denton), a doctor, and his teenage son (Rhys Matthew Bond) live next door and are charmed by the “magical” mother-daughter duo and wonder is it really magic, a lucky coincidence or just a special intuitive insight only this family possesses?
“Fans are enchanted by the magical adventures of Cassie, Sam and Grace – charming characters who have inspired our viewers to believe in the magic that can be found in our everyday lives. We’re excited to see the captivating adventure continue with a third season,” said Michelle Vicary, EVP Programming and Network Publicity at Crown Media Family Networks. “Our original series have performed outstandingly well on a very competitive night, and we will continue to bring quality entertainment to Sundays with the August debut of our newest series Chesapeake Shores.”
Whizbang Films is the producer. Orly Adelson, Jonathan Eskenas, Frank Siracusa, and Craig Pryce executive produce. Bell is co-executive producer. ITV Studios America controls distribution rights outside of North America.
Good Witch airs at 9 PM Sundays.
Sequel To Cult Sci-Fi Pic ‘The Man From Earth’ A Go With Vanessa Williams, Sterling Knight Among Cast(5/28/16) A decade after the original film’s release, a sequel to the critically acclaimed cult sci-fi film The Man From Earth is in the works, with Vanessa Williams, Sterling Knight, Brittany Curran, Carlos Knight, and Akemi Look joining the cast. To be titled The Man From Earth: Holocene, the film sees the return of David Lee Smith in the lead role, and William Katt. The Man From Earth director Richard Schenkman is returning as well, with shooting set to begin in June and release scheduled TBD 2017. The original film focused on John Oldman (Smith), a man who has lived for millennia, always moving on after ten years to hide his secret. The story told over the course of an intense evening conversation between Oldman and his acquaintances. Details about the sequel are being kept under wraps, but the term “Holocene” describes the historical period stretching from the end of the most recent ice age to the current day. Schenkman is co-writing the script alongside Emerson Bixby, son of of the late Jerome Bixby who wrote the original film. Schenkman also produces alongside Eric D. Wilkinson, with Bixby aboard as executive producer through his Falling Sky Entertainment Banner. The Man From Earth: Holocene is based on a story by Schenkman & Wilkinson.
Eva Longoria and José Antonio Bastón Are Married!(5/21/16) Eva Longoria' and José Antonio Bastón have tied the knot in Mexico!
According to local reports, the couple got married in Valle de Bravo, Mexico, a lakeside town roughly 88 miles from Mexico City. According to previous reports, the couple hosted roughly 200 guests at a private residence and planned to finish off the big day with fireworks.
In photos posted by Al Rojo Vivo, a Telemundo news program, Longoria and Baston can be seen exchanging their vows in front of a giant white cross overlooking the lake. Longoria wears a strapless white gown with a long white veil.
Ahead of the ceremony, a source told PEOPLE that the star-studded guest list was expected to include David and Victoria Beckham, Penélope Cruz, Ricky Martin, Katy Perry, Mario Lopez, Prison Break alum Amaury Nolasco and Jane the Virgin's Jaime Camil.
The Desperate Housewives actress, 41, and her new husband, 47, first stepped out as a couple in November 2013. Bastón, president of Latin American media brand Televisa, proposed during a vacation in Dubai in December with a stunning ruby engagement ring.
Longoria, previously gushed to PEOPLE about Bastón.
"He was the most handsome man I'd ever seen. He was so charismatic, charming, sweet and funny. I thought, 'Who is this guy?!' " she said.
This is the third marriage for Longoria, who was previously married to actor Tyler Christopher and NBA star Tony Parker.
Eva Longoria and José Antonio Bastón Are Getting Married(5/18/16) Eva Longoria will soon be a married woman!
Longoria, 41, and José "Pepe" Bastón, 47, are set to say "I do" this weekend after dating for nearly three years, PEOPLE has learned.
A source confirms to PEOPLE that the wedding will be held this weekend in Acapulco, Mexico, and the guest list will be glittering because the couple is "expecting half of Hollywood to be there."
David and Victoria Beckham, Penélope Cruz, Ricky Martin, Katy Perry, Mario Lopez, Prison Break alum Amaury Nolasco and Jane the Virgin's Jaime Camil are on the high-wattage invite list.
Longoria and Bastón first stepped out as a couple in November 2013, and Bastón, who is president of Latin media brand Televisa, popped the question to the actress while on vacation in Dubai in December by presenting Longoria with a stunning ruby engagement ring.
The former Desperate Housewives actress previously opened up to PEOPLE about her relationship with Bastón, saying, "He was the most handsome man I'd ever seen. He was so charismatic, charming, sweet and funny. I thought, 'Who is this guy?!' "
This is Longoria's third marriage. She was previously married to actor Tyler Christopher and NBA star Tony Parker.
Nathan Fillion Makes a Special Request to Fans for his Life After Castle(5/13/16) Nathan Fillion is already preparing for life after Castle less than 24 hours after ABC canceled the 8-season procedural.
In response to the news, the actor tweeted a specific request to his fans asking for their help as he looks for his next role. "Dear Fans, In whatever project I do next, loudly notice how unlike Castle and fresh and versatile I am. Thanks," he said in hopes of convincing future casting directors he can be more than the self-assured police consultant.
@NathanFillion : Dear Fans, In whatever project I do next, loudly notice how unlike Castle and fresh and versatile I am. Thanks.
Fans aren't the only ones getting put on notice. Fillion also sent out a tweet informing directors that he's available for casting.
@NathanFillion : Dear Every Director, It appears I have an opening in my schedule.
It wasn't all jokes and sarcasm though. Fillion also sent out a heartfelt thanks to the cast and crew of Castle for all of the hard work they put into the show to make it a success for the past eight years.
@NathanFillion : All things must end. It has been an honor working with the men and women of Castle. I am truly amazed at what we’ve done. Thank you all.
ABC announced Thursday night that the show would be ending after its current season. The news came as a bit of a shock after it was revealed that Fillion's co-star Stana Katic wasn't invited back for the potential ninth season. Executive producers had prepared for the scenario though, by filming an alternative ending to the planned season finale in case the episode became their last.
Castle's series finale airs Monday at 10/9c on ABC.
Telenovela Cancelled at NBC(5/13/16) That’s a wrap on Telenovela.
NBC has cancelled the Eva Longoria-starring comedy after one season, TVLine has confirmed.
The low-rated series featured the Desperate Housewives alumna as the star of a Spanish-language soap.
Eva Longoria Reveals Whether or Not Victoria Beckham Will Design Her Wedding Dress(5/13/16) Eva Longoria may have gotten engaged to her longtime beau, Jose Antonio Baston, in December of last year, but she tells E! News that she's in no rush to walk down the aisle.
We caught up with the L'Oreal spokesperson, was in Cannes for the annual film festival, to find out how her wedding planning is coming along.
"We haven't even started to plan, we've kind of just been so busy and enjoying the engagement…we just got engaged!" Longoria told us.
"Everyone's asking us, but we're just enjoying the moment that we're in."
So maybe wedding planning hasn't begun, but has Longoria thought about her wedding dress at all? It appears not, and the bride-to-be hasn't even mentioned it to her designer pal (and fellow Cannes Film Festival attendee) Victoria Beckham.
"I haven't talked about the dress, to her or to anybody." Well, that settles that!
The brunette beauty also dished about becoming a stepmom to Baston's three children, telling us, "I love them, they're really a great gift to me."
The 41-year-old also gushed to us about her beauty secrets and her love for "serums and oils and facial oils."
"Lots of sleep and water and I find that when I'm working out a lot, my skin looks better," she shared.
"Just when you're all around releasing these endorphins and it kind of manifests in your face sometimes. And love…I tell people all the time, fall in love as much as you can because it's good for your skin!"
American Crime Renewed at ABC(5/13/16) Incredibly written/directed/acted crime does pay: ABC has renewed its critically-adored, Emmy-winning anthology drama American Crime for Season 3, TVLine has learned.
Per the network, the third season will focus on “a new crime committed in a different setting, as told through the eyes of those affected.”
At an Emmy-themed event hosted by TVLine’s sister site Deadline last month, exec producer Michael McDonald hinted at the premise for a then-potential third season. “There a huge disparity in this country that we can tap into, which is that people who are working very, very hard can barely put food on the table while there are many millionaires and billionaires being tapped into the politics as you can see,” he said. “I think that’s is something we would like to explore, the vast differences of how Americans live.”
Immediately following American Crime‘s polarizing Season 2 finale in March, series creator John Ridley expressed uncertainty about the low-rated show’s future. He nonetheless spoke highly of ABC. “What ABC has allowed us to do has been absolutely special, in front of and behind the camera,” he marveled. “This has been one of the most special moments of my career. It’s pretty much been defining, and this is after three years that have really defined me as a person and as a storyteller. If this is the last thing I did, people would mention American Crime when they think of me, and that’s pretty special. It really is.”
Castle Cancelled After 8 Seasons(5/13/16) Holy, backlash: Castle will not be moving forward without its leading lady after all.
In the wake of the firestorm that has erupted following leading lady Stana Katic’s confirmed ouster, ABC has cancelled the venerable procedural, TVLine has learned. The axing comes despite ABC Studios closing new one-year deals with star Nathan Fillion and several supporting players, including Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever.
Katic’s exit — which was reportedly a budgetary move on ABC’s part — was announced last month. Longtime co-star Tamala Jones was similarly let go. At the time, Katic said in a statement, “Rather then distract from what was an amazing experience, I would just like to say that I’m very grateful to ABC for giving me the opportunity to be a part of a much beloved show. Thank you to the fans.”
Several days later, Fillion released a statement of his own in which he thanked Katic “for creating the character of Beckett,” before adding, “I wish her well, and have no doubt she will succeed in everything she pursues. She will be missed.”
Exec producer Alexi Hawley previously told TVLine that if Castle was renewed then next Monday’s finale would end in a “dynamic” way that allowed the show to move forward in a slightly altered incarnation — meaning, sans Katic and Jones. However, if Castle was cancelled, an alternate, closure-filled ending would be swapped in.
Supergirl Moves to The CW for Season 2(5/13/16) Supergirl has been cleared for takeoff for Season 2 — though from a new launch pad.
The CW will take over as the new home for the superhero drama, which in October debuted on CBS to 13 million total viewers and a 3.1 demo rating, tying NBC’s Blindspot as the 2015-16 TV season’s top-rated drama launch.
And speaking of new homes, TVLine can confirm that Supergirl will move production to Vancouver, after setting up shop in Los Angeles for its maiden voyage. At this very early stage, sources say there is nothing to report yet, either way, on Calista Flockhart‘s participation in the relocation away from L.A.
Starring Glee grad Melissa Benoist in the title role, Supergirl averaged 7.7 million viewers and a 1.7 rating, numbers which with Live+7 DVR playback swell to 10 mil/2.5. Its freshman finale last month did 6.1 mil and a 1.3 in Live+Same Day numbers.
One of Supergirl‘s most popular outings featured a crossover from the star of The CW’s The Flash, Grant Gustin, which boosted the CBS series to a 7-week high in the demo.
Ricardo Chavira Cast In ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ Netflix Comedy Series(5/9/16) Desperate Housewives alum Ricardo Chavira, who has a high-profile recurring role on Scandal this season, is set to co-star opposite Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant in Santa Clarita Diet, Netflix’s upcoming single-camera comedy series from creator Victor Fresco, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Tracy Katsky’s Kapital-based KatCo, which is set for 2017 debut.
In Santa Clarita Diet, Joel (Olyphant) and Sheila (Barrymore) are husband and wife Realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita, until Sheila goes through a dramatic change sending both their lives down a road of death and destruction — but in a good way. Chavira will play their neighbor, a law-enforcement officer who loves his work.
Fresco, who will serve as showrunner, executive produces with Barrymore through her Flower Films banner, Olyphant, Kaplan, Katsky, and Flower Films’ Chris Miller and Ember Truesdell. Flower Films’ Nancy Juvonen is a producer.
Chavira, who plays presidential candidate Senator Vargas on ABC’s Scandal, is repped by Gordon Gilbertson Management and Innovative Artists.
Eva Longoria Does Her Own Makeup for the Red Carpet (and Slays It!)(5/5/16) (Pic) Eva Longoria may have a personal glam team to get her red carpet-ready, including her hairstylist and BFF Ken Paves, but lately, she’s taking makeup into her own hands. The 41-year-old actress showed off her beauty skills at an event earlier this week.
For the Ninth Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic in Burbank, California, on Monday, the actress went for a pretty pink makeup look to match her sleeveless A-line mini (which is actually a piece from her new eponymous collection for The Limited!).
Longoria, who is a longtime brand ambassador for L’Oréal Paris, opted for a monochromatic makeup look including a shimmery pink smoky eye, flushed cheeks and a gorgeous rose to pink ombré lip. And now we’re dying to know: Why hasn’t she been doing her makeup from the beginning? She’s that good.
As for her hair, Longoria left her long tresses in the hands of a pro (Paves), who gave the star a voluminous blowout with tousled waves.
Longoria isn’t the only star who has dabbled in the art of red carpet makeup. Fellow celebs including, Lauren Conrad, Zendaya and Ashley Tisdale have all opted out of getting ready with a pro and put their contouring skills to the test for the cameras.
Perhaps this signals a new DIY trend among the stars, or maybe celebrity makeup artists are just too busy now.
TV Producer Ian Sander Dies At 68(5/4/16) Veteran TV producer Ian Sander died yesterday, May 3. He passed away peacefully at his home, with the cause of death still undetermined. Sander was 68.
Partnered with his wife, Kim Moses, in their Sander/Moses Prods., Sander executive produced CBS’ long-running drama Ghost Whisperer starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, on which he also served as in-house director. Sander’s death comes as he and Moses were wrapping their ABC pilot, drama Spark, which the duo executive produce. Simultaneously, he was executive producing YouTube’s first longform documentary on the life of YouTube personality Gigi Gorgeous, directed by Oscar winner Barbara Kopple. Additionally, Sander/Moses has a first-look deal with NBC Universal International TV Studios.
New York-born Sander executive produced more than 600 hours of primetime drama series including the 2014 CBS summer series Reckless. His other series producing credits include All Fly Away (ABC), for which he was named Producer of the Year by the PGA; Profiler (NBC); The Beast (ABC); New York News (CBS); Brimstone (Fox); and For The People (Lifetime) — all of which he also directed.
Sander’s TV movie credits include Ali: An American Hero, the Emmy Award-winning Stolen Babies, Kansas, Chasing the Dragon, and I’ll Fly Away: Then And Now. He directed both Chasing The Dragon and I’ll Fly Away, the latter earning him a DGA nomination.
Additionally, Sander produced the features Everybody’s All-American and D.O.A. He also recently produced French Kiss, a branded content film for Marriott International Studios produced in Paris.
For the past 10 years, under his SLAM digital media shingle, Sander co-created and produced entertainment event programming including all digital media IP for Ghost Whisperer, the content for feature films Happy Feet Two (Warner Bros) and Hotel Transylvania (Sony), as well as Desperate Housewives (ABC), Ugly Betty (ABC) and Comic-Con. He co-authored the book Ghost Whisperer: Spirit Guide and created and wrote the award-winning Ghost Whisperer: The Other Side webseries.
Additionally, Sander co-created with Moses the Total Engagement Experience, a creative model for television that uses each show as a component of a broader multi-platform entertainment experience. Using Internet, mobile, publishing, music, DVDs, video games, Audience Outreach Program and more, TEE establishes an infinity loop that helps to drive ratings, increase revenue streams, and create viewer loyalty.
Sander is survived by his wife, Kim Moses Sander; and sons, Aaron Sander and Declan Sander.
Vanessa Williams Joins Librarians(5/4/16) Vanessa Williams is slipping back into the familiar role of “no-nonsense boss,” this time to keep TNT’s Librarians in line.
The Emmy-nominated actress will recur on Season 3 of the action-comedy series as the brilliant-but-tough General Rockwell, our sister site Variety reports.
Head of the top-secret black ops government agency known as DOSA — the Department of Statistical Anomalies — Rockwell sets out to apprehend the Librarians and get her hands on the magical artifacts inside the Library.
The Librarians returns later this year.