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Jesse Metcalfe, Bruce Willis, Chad Michael Murray Star In Emmett/Furla’s ‘The Fortress;’ Two Films Of Trilogy Shoot Back To Back(5/3/21) Emmett/Furla Films has set The Fortress as a trilogy, with Jesse Metcalfe, Bruce Willis, Chad Michael Murray and Kelly Greyson starring for director Cullen Bressack. The first installment began production today in Puerto Rico, and EFF has set a back-to-back shoot. The franchise has been constructed as a trilogy, and the third film will shoot in the future.
The Fortress was developed by EFF co-CEO Randall Emmett and Emile Hirsch and the scripts were written by Alan Horsnail. The story revolves around a top secret resort for retired US intelligence officers. A group of criminals led by Balzary (Murray) breach the compound, hellbent on revenge on Robert (Willis) forcing the retired officer and his son (Metcalfe) to save the day.
The Fortress and The Fortress 2 are produced by Emmett and George Furla, Luillo Ruiz, and Chad A. Verdi. Tim Sullivan Nick D’Angelo, Caesar Richbow, and Danny Chan are exec producers. Highland Film Group is handling international sales.
Bressack recently directed Killing Field for Emmett/Furla, and he will helm both films. EFF just wrapped Wash Me In The River, which Emmett directed with Robert De Niro, John Malkovich and Jack Huston starring, and is in pre-production on the Jamie Marshall-directed Hair of the Dog starring Gerard Butler.
Chesapeake Shores: Jesse Metcalfe Exiting Series During Season 5(3/31/21) Jesse Metcalfe is putting Chesapeake Shores in the rearview: The actor will exit Hallmark Channel’s family drama in its upcoming fifth season.
“A new season of Hallmark Channel’s highly popular scripted series Chesapeake Shores is returning this summer. Jesse Metcalfe, who plays Trace Riley, has decided to leave the show,” a rep for the cabler told our sister site Deadline, who broke the news. “His character’s storyline will wrap up early in Season 5. Jesse is a valued member of the Crown Media family; we look forward to continuing to work with him on projects, including original movies on Hallmark Channel, as well as his Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie series, Martha’s Vineyard Mysteries, the next installment of which premieres on May 16. In addition, we are currently in development on another movie in the series.” Metcalfe has starred on Chesapeake Shores since its debut in 2016, playing the former flame of Meghan Ory’s Abby O’Brien. Per Deadline, he is currently in Canada to film his final scenes; the show resumes production in early April and is tentatively slated for an August return, according to Sherryl Woods, who penned the novels on which the series is based. Season 5 will consist of 10 episodes.
Chesapeake Shores marked Metcalfe’s first series-regular role since TNT’s Dallas revival. He’s also appeared in Desperate Housewives and Passions, among other series, and recently competed on Season 29 of Dancing With the Stars, where he and pro partner Sharna Burgess were eliminated fourth.
‘Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.’: Jon Hamm To Voice Iron Man, Nathan Fillion Is Wonder Man On Hulu Animated Series(3/27/21) Hulu’s upcoming adult animated series, Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., had key reveals today at a WonderCon@Home panel, including the voice casting for some guest roles.
The show premieres May 21 on Hulu. Today at WonderCon, Jordan Blum (cocreator) and Patton Oswalt (cocreator and voice of M.O.D.O.K.) answered fan-submitted questions alongside cast members Melissa Fumero, Aimee Garcia, Ben Schwartz and Jon Daly.
The big news included reveals of guest stars Jon Hamm doing the voice of Iron Man, Nathan Fillion voicing Wonder Man, Whoopi Goldberg talking for Poundcakes, and Bill Hader speaking as Angar the Screamer and the Leader. The full Zoom session and a trailer for the show can be seen here.
In Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., the megalomaniacal supervillain M.O.D.O.K. has long pursued his dream of one day conquering the world. But after years of setbacks and failures fighting the Earth’s mightiest heroes, M.O.D.O.K. has run his evil organization A.I.M. into the ground.
Ousted as A.I.M.’s leader, while also dealing with his crumbling marriage and family life, the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing is set to confront his greatest challenge yet. The series stars Patton Oswalt (M.O.D.O.K.), Melissa Fumero (Melissa), Aimee Garcia (Jodie), Ben Schwartz (Lou), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Monica), Beck Bennett (Austin Van Der Sleet), Jon Daly (Super-Adaptoid) and Sam Richardson (Gary).
Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. is created and written by executive producers Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt. Brett Crawley, Robert Maitia, Grant Gish, Joe Quesada, Karim Zreik and Jeph Loeb also serve as executive producers.
Morgan Freeman, Alfre Woodard, Trevor Jackson, Common & More Set For Revelations’ ‘Hate To See You Go’(3/25/21) Morgan Freeman, Alfre Woodard, Trevor Jackson, Common and Bill Burr are set to star in Revelations Entertainment’s Hate to See You Go.
The Ben Tishler directed feature, which he co-wrote with Rob Stone, tells the story of Sonny Bell (Freeman), an aging Chicago Blues musician, who refuses to retire and defiantly hits the road with his band for one last long-shot to keep doing the only thing that makes them all feel truly alive––play Blues. The story is inspired by Stone’s experiences touring and playing harmonica with many of blues music’s most revered artists.
Freeman will produce with his longtime Revelations Entertainment partner Lori McCreary and Gary Lucchesi of Revelations along with Shelby Stone and Derek Dudley of ID8 Multimedia and Jon Levin of Sustainable Imagination. Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa of Bona Fide Entertainment have also joined forces to executive produce.
Tishler is a Sports Emmy Award-winning doc director of 2008’s Calzaghe/Jones 24/7 and he’ll be making his feature directorial debut here. He is repped by manager Jon Levin.
Freeman won an Oscar for his Supporting Actor turn in Clint Eastwood’s 2004 movie Million Dollar Baby. He counts five Oscar nominations overall, a Golden Globe Best actor drama win for Driving Miss Daisy, as well as the 2012 Cecil B. DeMille Award and is two-time Primetime Emmy nominee. Freeman is repped by CAA and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.
Woodard, who is repped by ICM, Circle of Confusion, and Gochman Law, received a Supporting Actress nomination for 1983’s Cross Creek. She’s a three-time Golden Globe nominee who won for 1997’s Miss Evers’ Boys in the Best Actress TV Miniseries/Movie category, and a 17 Emmy nominated and four-time winner. Recent feature credits include Clemency, Disney’s $1.65 billion-grossing The Lion King, Captain America: Civil War, Annabelle, 12 Years a Slave, Sony/Netflix’s upcoming Fatherhood and on the TV side Marvel’s Luke Cage and Fox’s Empire.
Trevor Jackson plays Aaron Jackson on the comedy series Grown-ish and Black-ish. He starred in such movies as Burning Sands, Superfly, and Juveniles. He is repped by CAA, Management 360, and Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light.
Common won an Oscar for his song “Glory”, which he shared with John Legend, from the 2014 movie Selma. His recent feature credits include Ocean’s Eight, Girls Trip, Suicide Squad, John Wick: Chapter 2, The Informer, and he’ll star in the upcoming movies El Tonto, Alice, and Nine Lives. He is repped by UTA, Grandview, and Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light. Stand-up comedian, podcaster and actor Bill Burr created and stars in the Netflix animated comedy series F Is For Family, played Patrick Kuby in AMC’s Breaking Bad and bounty hunter Migs Mayfeld in Disney+ hit series Star Wars: The Mandalorian. He starred in Judd Apatow’s King of Staten Island last summer and can be seen next in Antoine Fuqua’s The Guilty.
Freeman and McCreary’s Revelations Entertainment produced the hit CBS Sunday night series Madam Secretary, starring Tea Leoni and Tim Daly.? Revelations’ film credits include the Award-winning Invictus, 5 Flights Up and the groundbreaking documentary film about cancer, The C Word.? Recent accolades include an Emmy nomination for?The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, three Emmy award nominations for Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, a Peabody Award for the ESPN 30 for 30 episode The 16th Man and two Oscar nominations for Invictus.
TV Academy Foundation Adds Eva Longoria And Facebook’s Ivana Kirkbride To Board(3/23/21) Eva Longoria and Facebook executive Ivana Kirkbride have been appointed to the board of directors at the Television Academy Foundation, the nonprofit organization said Tuesday.
The foundation’s programs include an annual internship program, a media faculty conference and the College Television Awards in addition to its extensive archive of oral histories of TV legends, The Interviews. Longoria and Kirkbride will work alongside foundation chair Cris Abrego and the board to further the group’s work promoting inclusion in the TV industry and providing educational and professional development programs for students with diverse backgrounds.
“We are thrilled to welcome two exceedingly accomplished, inspiring and engaged trailblazers to the foundation’s board,” Abrego said in a release announcing the appointments. “As leaders in their respective fields, their expertise and thought leadership will help drive the Foundation’s initiatives and champion the advancement of aspiring professionals from underrepresented communities to ensure a more inclusive, next-generation television talent pool.”
Longoria has been has been leading the charge of diverse and female representation in the industry since her role on ABC’s Desperate Housewives, both in front of the camera and via her production company UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, which recenlty pacted with ViacomCBS’ Entertainment & Youth Group for their First Time Directors program highlighting BIPOC and women filmmakers to produce 50 films across the group’s portfolio of networks and streaming services.
Kirkbride is the Global Director of Content Strategy and Programming at Facebook and its apps including Facebook Watch, Instagram Video and Messenger Watch Together. She previously served as general manager for OTT Entertainment at Verizon Media and was chief content officer for Verizon’s video platform go90, which hosted Kobe Bryant’s Oscar-winning short film Dear Basketball. She also served as Head of Content for Vessel and held several executive roles at YouTube and has authored several articles on the Asian American experience, including an op-ed on the recent events surrounding violence against Asian American communities.
Rachel Boston & Steven Culp guest on Seal Team 4/7/21(3/16/21) “Limits of Loyalty” – Jason is put on trial with a potential career-ending outcome, without knowing if his closest friend, Ray, has his back. Also, Stella moves in with Clay, and Sonny visits Hannah to help her prepare for the arrival of their baby, on SEAL TEAM, Wednesday, April 7 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST: Rachel Boston (Hannah Oliver), Natasha Hall (LT. CMDR Williams), Steven Culp (Judge Bixby).
BAFTA Nominations 2021(3/9/21) The awards themselves will be held virtually on Sunday, April 11. Two shows will be broadcast virtually from London’s Royal Albert Hall across that weekend. The first show, celebrating the craft of film, will be broadcast on Saturday, April 10 on BBC Two and BBC Two HD. The show on Sunday, April 11 will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC One HD. Both programs will also be broadcast in major territories around the world.
Dishing with Digest - 3/5/21 - Richard Burgi(3/5/21) (Listen/download) TV vet Richard Burgi discusses his new role as Y&R’s Ashland Locke, his many daytime and prime-time roles, including ANOTHER WORLD, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we look at soaps’ hottest stories and stars.
Eva Longoria To Direct & EP ‘The Gordita Chronicles’ HBO Max Comedy Pilot From Producers Josh Berman & Zoe Saldana(3/3/21) Eva Longoria is set to direct and executive produce The Gordita Chronicles pilot at HBO Max. The single-camera family comedy hails from Josh Berman’s Osprey Productions, Zoe Saldana’s Cinestar Pictures, and Sony Pictures TV, where Berman’s Osprey Prods is under a deal.
Written by Claudia Forestier, In The Gordita Chronicles, a willful, chubby, 12-year-old Dominican struggles to fit into hedonistic 1980s Miami as her family pursues the American dream.
Brigitte Munoz Liebowitz serves as executive producer and showrunner. Berman, Chris King and Jennifer Robinson executive produce for Osprey Productions. Longoria executive produces via her UnbeliEVAble Entertainment. Zoe Saldana, Mariel Saldana and Cisely Saldana executive produce for Cinestar Pictures. Forestieri is co-executive producer. Sony Pictures TV is the studio.
Longoria is gearing up to make her film directorial debut with Searchlight’s Flamin’ Hot, an inspiring biopic about the janitor turned executive who created the flaming hot cheetos snack. She will also direct the workplace comedy 24/7 and star alongside Kerry Washington for Universal and direct the action comedy Spa Day for Sony. For Longoria, the three feature directing jobs and The Gordita Chronicles come amid advances for female directors, who landed historic three nominations at the Golden Globes. But, as DGA’s recent TV Inclusion report revealed, Latinos and women of color are still “severely underrepresented.”
The former Desperate Housewives star made her TV directing debut on Devious Maids in 2014. Her television producing/directing credits also include ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Versus, and episodes of Black-ish, The Mick and Telenovela. Longoria made her pilot directing debut with the CW’s Glorious. She is repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.
‘Bridgerton’ Star Regé-Jean Page, Billy Bob Thornton And Alfre Woodard Join Ryan Gosling In The Russo Brothers’ ‘The Gray Man’ For Netflix and AGBO(3/3/21) Billy Bob Thornton, Alfre Woodard and Bridgerton breakout star Regé-Jean Page have rounded out cast of the Russo Brothers’ The Gray Man starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana De Armas. Wagner Moura, Jessica Henwick, Dhanush and Julia Butters are also on board.
Joe and Anthony Russo have been developing the project for some time at Sony, and when the package went back on the market over the summer, Netflix was quick to acquire it and set Gosling and Evans to star. The Gray Man will be the biggest-budget feature film in Netflix’s history.
The production is starting in two weeks in Los Angeles. The film is a piece of the strong partnership Netflix and AGBO have garnered in the past year starting with Extraction, which premiered last April to some of the biggest viewing numbers in streamer history. They also worked on the critically acclaimed Mosul, which bowed in November on Netflix.
The Russos penned the script, with a recent polish by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The Russos and Mike Larocca will produce on behalf of AGBO along with Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Chris Castaldi through their Roth Kirschenbaum banner.
Joe & Anthony Russo Reveal Why They Were So Sweet On ‘Cherry’ As First Adult Turn For Tom Holland – Contenders Film
The Gray Man is based on the debut novel by Mark Greaney, published in 2009 by Jove Books. It also is the first novel to feature the Gray Man, freelance assassin and former CIA operative Court Gentry. The action thriller will follow Gentry (Gosling) as he’s hunted across the globe by Lloyd Hansen (Evans), a former cohort at the CIA. The film is based on the first installment of the book series.
Thornton recently wrapped production on the fourth season of his Amazon series Goliath.was He also recently seen in the Sam Taylor-Johnson drama A Million Little Pieces. He is repped by WME, Media Talent Group and Myman Greenspan.
Page is best known for his breakout role in the Netflix series Bridgerton, which earned him a SAG and an NAACP Image Award noms for his individual performance, and recently signed on to star in the Paramount’s untitled Dungeons & Dragons pic. He also appeared in the Amazon pic Sylvie’s Love. He is repped by CAA, Mosaic, The Artists Partnership and Ziffren Brittenham.
Woodard recently received rave reviews for the drama Clemency. She can be seen next in Sony’s Fatherhood opposite Kevin Hart. She is repped by ICM Partners, Circle of Confusion and Gochman Law.
The Russos and AGBO’s next film Cherry stars Tom Holland and bows March 12 on Apple TV+. They are repped by CAA.
'The Young And The Restless’: Richard Burgi To Recur On CBS Daytime Drama(3/1/21) Desperate Housewives and General Hospital alum Richard Burgi is joining CBS’ daytime drama The Young and the Restless in a recurring role.
Burgi will play Ashland Locke, an uber successful tycoon with a reputation for being a shrewd businessman. His character arrives in Genoa City to oversee a bidding war with the Y&R’s high powered Newman and Abbott families and will also expose some secrets during his visit. He’ll be introduced in the episode on Thursday, March 11.
Created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, The Young and the Restless, the No. 1 daytime drama for 31 consecutive years, revolves around the loves, enmities, hopes and fears of the residents of the fictional Midwestern town of Genoa City.
The series is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company in association with Sony Pictures Television. Anthony Morina is executive producer. Josh Griffith is co-executive producer and head writer. John Fisher and Lisa DeCazotte are supervising producers. Matthew J. Olsen and Jonathan Fishman serve as producers.
Burgi is known for his recurring role as Karl Mayer on ABC’s Desperate Housewives. He also portrayed Paul Hornsby on General Hospital from 2014-2016. His other recent television credits include The Oath and Grand Hotel. Burgi is repped by Innovative Artists and Leslie Allan-Rice Management.
Good Witch Season 7 Premiere Date Set(2/11/21) Hallmark Channel will return to Middleton this spring.
The cable network has announced that Good Witch Season 7 will premiere on Sunday, May 16, at 9/8c. In addition, Hallmark has provided the following tease:
The velvet pouches of soil discovered by Cassie, Abigail and Joy at the end of last season mark the start of a new Merriwick mystery for the cousins to unravel that leads them reflecting on their pasts and how learning how certain life events have impacted who they are now. Alongside the usual Middleton fun viewers have come to love, new relationships, personal challenges and romance are in store, making Season 7 one fans will never forget.
For the uninitiated: The Good Witch franchise began 12 years ago as a series of seasonal films. Seven made-for-TV movies were produced before Hallmark commissioned a full-fledged series, which bowed in 2015. The cast includes Catherine Bell (JAG), James Denton (Desperate Housewives), Sarah Power (Killjoys), Catherine Disher (Abby Hatcher), Kylee Evans (The Strain), Katherine Barrell (Wynona Earp), Marc Bendavid (Murdoch Mysteries) and Scott Cavalheiro (Carter).
“More than a decade after first meeting Cassie and the colorful characters of Middleton, viewers continue to be enchanted by their stories,” Michelle Vicary, EVP of Programming at Crown Media Family Networks, said in a statement. “The new season has more magic, love and adventure in store for viewers than ever before and we’re excited to share it with fans.”
Prior to Good Witch‘s return, Hallmark enthusiasts can look forward to Season 8 of When Calls the Heart (premiering Sunday, Feb. 21). Meanwhile, over on sister station Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Candace Cameron Bure returns with Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: How to Con a Con (on Sunday, March 14), and Jill Wagner headlines Mystery 101: Killer Timing (airing Sunday, March 21).
BAFTA Unveils Longlists For 2021 Film Awards(2/4/21) Nominations will be unveiled on March 9. The ceremony is scheduled for April 11, with its exact form still being decided as the pandemic situation rolls on.
Cara Delevingne, Eva Longoria, Jacqueline Fernandez, Marcia Gay Harden, Catherine Hardwicke & More To Tell ‘Women’s Stories’(1/25/21) Cara Delevingne, Eva Longoria, Margherita Buy, Marcia Gay Harden, Leonor Varela and Jacqueline Fernandez are among the all-star cast for anthology feature Women’s Stories, whose segments will be directed by filmmakers including Catherine Hardwicke.
The film will be comprised of six segments directed by female directors from different parts of the world, shot in Italy, India and the U.S. They will range in genre from drama to comedy, docu-drama to animation. Cast will be all female.
The first four segments have been mapped out: Unspoken will be directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi (Me, Myself & Her) and star decorated Italian actress Margherita Buy (My Mother), the seven-time David di Donatello award-winner; Lagonegro will be directed by Lucia Puenzo (La Jauria) and star Desperate Housewives and Overboard actress Longoria; Elbows Deep will be directed by Twilight filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke and star model and actress Delevingne (Suicide Squad), Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock) and Jasmine Luv (Starter Pack); and Sharing A Ride will be directed by Leena Yadav (Three Cards) and feature Bollywood star Jacqueline Fernandez and transgender model Anjali Lama.
Producing are Iervolino Entertainment (Waiting For The Barbarians) and non-profit production company We Do It Together, which campaigns for gender equality. Producers will be Chiara Tilesi, Andrea Iervolino, Lucas Akoskin and Monika Bacardi. Executive producer is Carol Polakoff.
Chiara Tilesi, founder and President of We Do It Together, said of the project: “At We Do It Together, our mission is to enhance and change the image of women in films and media, from object to subject. We are dedicated to telling stories of women, both in front of and behind the camera. That’s why Women Stories is so important to us – we have brought together female directors, from all over the world, who collaborate and share personal stories from their own point of view. We are telling the stories of these heroines and their aspirations: from health workers to mothers, artists and business women, to name a few. We also want to be inclusive and have as many different perspectives as possible, which is why connecting globally is so important to us. Now more than ever, especially after the latest UN policy brief The Impact of Covid-19 On Women, it has emerged that gender inequality is still a very present reality and, unfortunately, we remain far from a solution. Some of the achievements that were made, are at risk of being erased once again. This is why it is so important for us to continue to tell stories about women, by women, but for everyone. Only together can men and women finally change these paradigms.”
Andrea Iervolino, President and founder of Iervolino Entertainment, added: “It gives me tremendous pride to collaborate with such an astounding ensemble, and to help deliver a message larger than the film itself. It’s important for us that this be done on a global scale, which is why we’re shooting, very carefully and safely, in Italy, India and the US.”
The project was initially announced five years ago in different form as Together Now.
Eva Longoria To Participate In US Inaugural Festivities(1/15/21) Today, the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) announced additional performances and American heroes who will be highlighted during CELEBRATING AMERICA, the capstone prime-time program for the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Kamala D. Harris to celebrate the beginning of a new national journey toward an America united.
Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington will introduce segments throughout the night, ranging from stories of young people making a difference in their communities to musical performances. Foo Fighters, John Legend and Bruce Springsteen will perform from iconic locations across the country, joining Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Ant Clemons and Jon Bon Jovi, with additional performances to be announced ahead of January 20.
CELEBRATING AMERICA will be hosted by Tom Hanks on January 20 from 8:30-10:00 pm. ET/PT and will showcase the American people’s resilience, heroism and unified commitment to coming together as a nation to heal and rebuild. The program will feature remarks from President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris and include remarks, performances that represent the rich diversity and extensive talent America offers, and the American heroes who are helping their fellow Americans through this crisis.
The program will be carried live by ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC and PBS. It will be streamed live on PIC social media channels: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch. The PIC’s streaming partners, including Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft Bing, NewsNOW from Fox, and AT&T DIRECTV and U-verse, will also be carrying the program live.
Over the course of five days of programming, “America United” activities will honor our traditions while safely allowing more Americans than ever before to participate from their own homes. These activities include, “United We Serve,” a National Day of Service on January 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day; a nationwide COVID-19 Memorial to Lives Lost on January 19; and the official Inaugural Ceremonies, a wreath laying on Arlington National Cemetery, and a “Parade Across America” on January 20. The events will culminate with the “Celebrating America” program. The PIC will also install an extensive public art display — a “Field of Flags,” which will cover the National Mall up to 13th Street — to represent the American people who are unable to travel to Washington, DC.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) 2021 is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization and separate entity from the Biden-Harris Transition charged with planning and executing activities surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Celebrity Wheel of Fortune: Drew Carey, Teri Hatcher, and Chrissy Metz (1/14)(12/29/20) “Drew Carey, Teri Hatcher, and Chrissy Metz” – “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” takes a new spin on the iconic game show “Wheel of Fortune” with the primetime debut of America’s Game® on America’s network, THURSDAY, JAN. 14 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. Hosted by pop-culture legends Pat Sajak and Vanna White, this week “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” welcomes celebrity contestants Drew Carey (playing for Greater Cleveland Food Bank), Teri Hatcher (playing for The People’s Concern) and Chrissy Metz (playing for Blessings in a Backpack) as they compete for a chance to win up to $1 million for their chosen charity. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.
‘Yellowstone’ Actor Neal McDonough To Star, Produce & Co-Write ‘Red Stone’ Sequel ‘Boon’(12/15/20) Neal McDonough has signed on to star in, produce and co-write Boon, the sequel to the actor’s movie Red Stone.
In Red Stone, McDonough plays Boon, a henchman for Southern crime lord Jed Haywood (Michael Cudlitz). Boon is assigned to track Motley (Dash Melrose), who is on the run from Jed. However, Boon has just lost his brother, and only has 10 hours to bring Motley in and get to the cemetery. Over the course of one day, both Motley and Boon go on a spiritual journey as their fate brings them together for a climatic showdown.
Red Stone director Derek Presley is returning to helm Boon and will co-write with McDonough. Red Stone producer Jason Starne is also returning for Boon.
McDonough is shooting Resident Evil for Sony/Screen Gems. His features include Monsters of Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Warrant, Captain America, Minority Report and Game Over, Man! His TV credits include Robert Zemeckis’ Project Blue Book and Netflix’s Altered Carbon.
McDonough is repped by Buchwald and Stuart Rosenthal of Goodman, Genow, Schenkman.
Celebrity Wheel of Fortune Contestant Lineup Includes Stars of This Is Us, Grey's Anatomy, Community and More(12/14/20) An OG Grey Sloan surgeon, one of the Pearson family’s Big 3, a pair of Greendale CC grads and Pee-wee Herman himself are among the two dozen boldfaced names circling Celebrity Wheel of Fortune.
ABC on Monday unveiled the contestant list for the starry Wheel offshoot — which premieres Thursday, Jan. 7 at 8/7c — and in addition to Grey’s Anatomy‘s Chandra Wilson, This Is Us‘ Chrissy Metz, Community alums Joel McHale and Yvette Nicole Brown, and actor-entertainer Paul Reubens, the lineup includes Saturday Night Live vets Kevin Nealon, Leslie Jones and Rob Riggle, Desperate Housewives‘ Teri Hatcher, Beverly Hills, 90210‘s Jennie Garth and Bachelor host Chris Harrison.
The roster of celebs also includes Karamo Brown (Queer Eye), Nicole Byer (Nailed It!), Drew Carey (The Price is Right), Rachael Leigh Cook (Perception), professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, Robert Herjavec (Shark Tank), Jeannie Mai (The Real), E! News vet Maria Menounos, Patton Oswalt (A.P. Bio), Alfonso Ribeiro (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, America’s Funniest Home Videos), Sherri Shepherd (Trial & Error), ESPN’s Joe Tessitore and Constance Zimmer (Unreal).
Iconic Wheel of Fortune duo Pat Sajak and Vanna White are on board to headline the spinoff, which will find the above celebs competing for the chance to win $1 million for the charity of their choice.
Vanessa Williams recalls death threats as first black Miss America(12/3/20) Vanessa Williams made history as the first black Miss America in the ’80s, but the beauty queen- turned-entertainer recalled that not everyone wanted her to wear the crown.
“I won [Miss Syracuse], Miss New York State and Miss America all within six months, so I went from my junior year [at Syracuse University] to all of a sudden, I was the first Black Miss America in 1983. And I had death threats because we’re talking 37 years ago,” she said on “The Fat Joe Show.”
“A lot of people don’t like to be confronted with diversity, and I was the symbol of that, so I had to prove that I was smart enough. I was talented enough,” she said.
Williams gave up her crown near the end of her reign, after Penthouse infamously published nude photos of her that had been shot in 1982.
“After being Miss America, there was an issue with some pictures I had done, which did not have a release and they were sold behind my back. Six weeks before I was finishing my year [as Miss America], I resigned,” she said.
Williams would eventually launch a pop career and act in movies, TV and on Broadway.
“I never wanted to be a beauty queen — and, of course, I never wanted to be a scandalized beauty queen. So, I had so much judgment from a very early age against me,” she said. “I heard a lot of noes, and all the people thought I would just disappear. And I thought, ‘Once the dust settles, you’ll get to know who I really am.’ And, that’s how I live my life,” she said.
Felicity Huffman To Headline Baseball TV Comedy In Acting Return; ABC Nabs Project Co-Starring Zack Gottsagen From Becky Hartman Edwards & Kapital(12/1/20) Felicity Huffman is returning to acting — and to ABC — with a single-camera comedy that has landed a big pilot production commitment at the network. The Peanut Butter Falcon‘s Zack Gottsagen co-stars in the project from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.
Written by Becky Hartman Edwards, the untitled comedy is inspired by Susan Savage, the real-life owner of the Triple-A baseball team the Sacramento River Cats. It marks the first project Huffman has taken on since the 2019 college admission scandal.
The Emmy-winning actress has been heavily courted for TV series and pilots since she completed her short prison sentence after pleading guilty to fraud more than a year ago. Kaplan approached Huffman with the idea about a series inspired by Savage, which she responded to. He brought on Hartman Edwards as a writer, and Gottsagen, who has a talent deal with Kapital, came on board to co-star opposite Huffman. The project was taken out, attracting multiple offers and ultimately landing at ABC. It was then laid off at ABC Signature.
A funny, surprising and occasionally heartbreaking half-hour about love, loss, family and Triple-A baseball, the project stars Huffman as the unlikely owner of a minor-league baseball team. After suddenly losing her husband and inheriting his beloved team, she is forced to navigate her new normal with the help of her dysfunctional family, including her oldest son (Gottsagen), a baseball devotee with Down syndrome, her work family and the Sacramento community at large. This is the story of a woman navigating grief, local politics and the business of sports and learning not just to adjust, but to thrive.
Hartman Edwards, Huffman and Savage executive produce alongside Kapital’s Kaplan and Dana Honor and Artists First’s Joel Zadak. Gottsagen is a producer. ABC Signature is the studio.
Huffman and Kaplan both have long history at ABC.
All three TV series Huffman has been a lead of have been on ABC and all have garnered critical acclaim: comedy Sports Night, dramedy Desperate Housewives and drama anthology American Crime. All three roles earned Huffman major award nominations; she won an Emmy for Desperate Housewives.
Kaplan’s first pilot as a producer, comedy Funny In Farsi, was at ABC. He currently has three series on the network: drama A Million Little Things, comedy American Housewife and the upcoming limited series Women of the Movement.
In TV, Huffman most recently co-starred on Ava DuVernay’s award-winning Netflix limited series When They See Us. On the feature side, the Oscar-nominated Huffman’s most recent credits include Netflix’s The Otherhood and indie Tammy’s Always Dying. She is repped by ICM Partners.
Peanut Butter Falcon marked the feature acting debut for Gottsagen. His role as aspiring wrestler Zak in the buddy comedy-drama earned him accolades, including the Rising Star Award at the 2020 Palm Springs Film Festival and the 2020 Newcomer Award from the Hollywood Critics Association. He is repped by KMR’s Gail Williamson, Zadak and attorney Priya Verma at Morris Yorn.
Hartman Edwards recently served as executive producer on ABC’s The Baker and the Beauty and Freeform’s The Bold Type. She is repped by UTA, Literate and Del Shaw Moonves.
In 1999, the Pacific Coast League’s Triple-A Vancouver Canadians were purchased by a group led by Art Savage who moved the team to West Sacramento, renaming it the River Cats. Savage was the majority owner of the team until his death in November 2009 at age 58. His widow, Susan, became majority owner upon her husband’s death, leading the franchise to success. In 2016, the River Cats were named minor-league baseball’s most valuable franchise with a value of $49 million. The team is the reigning Triple-A national champion having won the championship game last year.
Snoop Dogg, Kyle McLachlan, Lisa Vanderpump Place In Celebrity Wine Competition(11/14/20) He usually prefers Gin and Juice, but Snoop Dogg makes a pretty good red wine as well.
The rapper/game show host’s “19 Crimes” red was among the wines sampled and evaluated in a virtual competition held yesterday. Wine expert Mark Oldman staged the competition, called the “Celebrity War of the Red Wines.”
Staged via Zoom, Oldman instructed the assembled audience on how to evaluate red wine, and then presented the six contenders to be sampled. Participants voted through Zoom’s online polling system.
Ex-NFL defensive back Charles Woodson won the title with 32 percent of voters supporting his 2017 “Intercept” Pinot Noir.
Twin Peaks and Dune star Kyle McLachlan’s “Bear Cub” Red Blend 2016 was second with 21% of the votes. Snoop’s “19 Crimes” Cali Red 2018 won support from 16%, with former Denver quarterback John Elway’s 7 Cellars “The Farm” Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2018 winning 11% of the votes.
Tied for sixth was former Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade, whose Wade Cellars Three By Wade Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 had 10%. That was matched by Vanderpump Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, the wine of Lisa Vanderpump of Vanderpump Rules.
Oldman praised the celebrity grapes. “The quality and likability of this particular cohort of celebrity wines were impressive. Even the lower-ranked wines would make for an excellent holiday gift.”
The next celebrity wine competition, “Celebrity War of the Luxury Red Wines,” happens December 9, with luxury-level bottles from Ayesha Curry, Kurt Russell, Josh Groban, Sting, John Legend, and Yao Ming.
Registration for these tastings is free, but seats are limited.
Eva Longoria apologizes for remarks about Latinas versus black women in election(11/10/20) Eva Longoria has apologized for comments she made saying Latina women were the “real heroines” of the 2020 presidential election.
The “Desperate Housewives” star said she was “so sorry for the confusion and lack of context on my part!” after getting flak for telling MSNBC, “The women of color showed up in big ways. Of course, you saw in Georgia, what Black women have done, but Latina women were the real heroines here, beating men in turnout, in every state, and voting for Biden-Harris at an average rate close to three-to-one.”
People on social media criticized Longoria, 45, for “downplaying” the black women’s vote with her remarks, citing exit poll statistics that reported roughly 90 percent of black women voted for President-elect Joe Biden versus about 69 percent of Latina women. According to the Associated Press, many black women were motivated by President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for vice president, Kamala Harris, who is half black.
After receiving backlash, Longoria responded in an Instagram post, “Black women have long been the backbone of the Democratic Party, something we have seen played out in this election as well as previous ones. Black women absolutely should be applauded and lifted up! They brought this victory home in a BIG way!”
She also said that her comments were misconstrued, adding, “I was comparing Latinas to Latino men. Not black women. I meant Latinas were the ones who showed up for our LatinX community. Finally, Black women don’t have to do it alone. Latina women and other women of color are standing with them and growing their voice and power. Together we are Unstoppable!!!”
Actress Kerry Washington, who is black, then spoke out in Longoria’s defense, tweeting, “I know Eva like a sister. We have been in many trenches together. She is a fighter for all women. Read below. This is what she meant. This is how she truly feels.”
Eva Longoria, Lea Thompson & Nicole Byer Join ‘Veep’s Matt Walsh In ‘Unplugging’ Comedy(10/29/20) Eva Longoria has signed on to star opposite Matt Walsh in the comedy Unplugging, replacing previously attached actress Isla Fisher. Lea Thompson, Keith David, Nicole Byer and Al Madrigal have also been added to the cast of the film, which will mark the feature directorial debut of film editor Debra Neil-Fisher.
Walsh and Brad Morris co-wrote the film, which is currently shooting in Oklahoma. The plot: After the death of a friend, Dan (Walsh) is inspired to whisk his wife Jeanine (Longoria) away to a remote town for a “digital detox.” Their romantic weekend quickly turns disastrous with unearthly encounters, strong edibles and bizarre locals. With no cell or Internet service, they’re lost, but end up reconnecting with each other along the way home.
Producers are Debbie Liebling, Kevin Matusow and Carissa Buffel for The Traveling Picture Show Company, with Morris and Walsh. William G. Santor’s Productivity Media Inc. is financing, with Three Point Capital providing tax-credit financing. Radiant Films International is handling foreign sales.
Longoria will next be seen in Amazon’s Sylvie’s Love opposite Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha, and soon she begins production on Universal’s untitled sci-fi film opposite Ice Cube. Repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Jackoway Austen, Longoria is set to make her feature directorial debut with the biopic Flamin’ Hot for Searchlight.
Thompson, best known for her roles in the Back to the Future trilogy and ABC’s Switched at Birth, is repped by Innovative Artists and Gilbertson Entertainment. Byer, the Emmy-nominated host of the Netflix competition show Nailed It!, is repped by WME and Artists First. Artists & Representatives and Silver J Management rep David, who is the star of OWN’s hit megachurch drama Greenleaf. Madrigal, whose credits include The Daily Show and Warner Bros’ The Way Back with Ben Affleck, is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Felicity Huffman Lemme Travel Again, Judge ... All Done w/ My Sentence!!!(10/21/20) Felicity Huffman can see the light at the end of the tunnel in the college admissions scandal, and the first right she wants back ... the ability to leave the U.S.
The 'Desperate Housewives' actress' legal team filed new docs, asking a judge to order the return of her passport -- which her lawyers say is currently in the possession of the probation department.
She had to give it up as part of her punishment, but now that she'll be wrapping up her supervised release in the next few days ... she's looking to get that puppy back in her hands.
Felicity's attorneys say she's completed all other aspects of her sentence -- including 250 hours of community service and her 2-week prison stint in the Bay Area.
The docs say federal prosecutors do not object to Felicity getting her passport ---- so, it's just a matter of time before she gets it. Once she does, though, she'll be just like most of us ... wondering where the hell she can realistically travel during the pandemic!
Felicity's finishing her sentence right before Lori Loughlin's is set to begin. She has to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons by Nov. 19, but she's expected to turn herself in and begin her 2-month sentence behind bars sometime before then.
Eva Longoria Joins Ice Cube In Untitled Patrick Aiello/ Timur Bekmambetov Sci-Fi Pic For Universal(10/19/20) Eva Longoria is set to join Ice Cube in the untitled grounded sci-fi movie for the studio with Patrick Aiello and Timur Bekmambetov producing. Rich Lee will direct from a script by Kenneth Golde.
Plot details are vague other then it being described as a grounded sci-fi film in the vein of District 9already that touches on themes of privacy versus surveillance. Universal has greenlighted the film and has fast tracked it by having it go into production this month.
Universal landed the package last month and what really sealed the deal was the technology that Bekmambetov has been fine-tuning ever since signing his five-picture deal with the studio. The idea behind this format that was part of the presentation is a production that had the look of commercial event film but at the budget of a contained thriller. This new technology will allow for a fully remote production with all actors and crew working from their individual separate locations. So basically if Cube or Longoria wanted his part of the shoot to be done from his home, it could be done without a problem and with crew working from somewhere else.
The shoot would be a first of its kind at this scope and is not only done at a lower budget but also provides the safe working environment every studio is trying to achieve during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Longoria, who recently signed with WME, was most recently seen Dora And the Lost City Of The Gold and Slyvie’s Love. She also has Flamin’ Hot for Searchlight, 24/7 for Universal, and the recently announced Spa Day for Sony
She is also repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners andJ ackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.
Morgan Freeman, Laurie Metcalf, Ellen Burstyn, Laura Linney, Matthew Broderick Among All-Star Lineup For Virtual Broadway Play Series(10/8/20) Morgan Freeman, Laurie Metcalf, John Malkovich, Zachary Quinto, Vanessa Williams, David Alan Grier, Elizabeth Ashley, Matthew Broderick, Lucas Hedges and Paul Mescal are among the actors who’ll take part in a benefit series of new, livestreamed stage reading productions of works by such major playwrights as Gore Vidal, David Mamet, Kenneth Lonergan and Donald Margulies.
Producer Jeffrey Richards announced the new line-up of the weekly Spotlight On Plays, a web series at the recently launched Broadway’s Best Shows website. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to The Actor’s Fund, with the livestreamed events available for a strictly limited amount of time.
Productions are all-new and performed remotely, with directors including Mamet, Phylicia Rashad and Daniel Sullivan given leeway in how to present their shows.
The series, which follows last May’s production of Love Letters with Bryan Cranston and Sally Field, will run from Oct 14 – December 10, with a new show premiering weekly. Tickets are sold at a “Pay What You Can” rate starting at $5.
First up is Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, directed by Michael Wilson and featuring an all-star ensemble headed by Freeman, Broderick, Malkovich, Quinto, and Phylicia Rashad.
Next is Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth, starring Hedges, Normal People‘s Mescal and The Meyerowitz Stories’ Grace Van Patten. Lila Neugebauer directs.
Week #3 brings David Mamet’s Race, with David Alan Grier and Richard Thomas returning from the original Broadway 2009 cast. Also starring will be Ed O’Neill and Alicia Stith, with Phylicia Rashad directing.
Mamet’s Boston Marriage follows the next week, with the playwright directing Patti LuPone, Rebecca Pidgeon and Sophia Macy.
Next up is Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, adapted by Neil LaBute, headed up by Alan Cumming, Constance Wu and Ellen Burstyn. Directed by Danya Taymor.
The series continues with Donald Margulies’ Time Stands Still, with Daniel Sullivan directing a reunion of the original 2010 Broadway cast: Eric Bogosian, Brian d’Arcy James, Laura Linney, Alicia Silverstone.
The final show in the series is Robert O’Hara’s Barbecue, headed up by Metcalf, David Morse, S. Epatha Merkerson, Carrie Coon and Colman Domingo, with Robert O’Hara directing.
The Spotlight on Plays series is created and Executive Produced by Jeffrey Richards and Produced by Patty Baker/Good Productions, Rebecca Gold, Jayne Baron Sherman, Iris Smith with Jim Glaub and Jacob Soroken Porter. Select productions in the series are also produced by Ken Greiner, Louise L. Gund, Terry Schnuck, Ted Snowdon and The Shubert Organization.
Here’s the complete line-up. All performances begin at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT.
Gore Vidal’s THE BEST MAN
Kenneth Lonergan’s THIS IS OUR YOUTH
David Mamet’s RACE
David Mamet’s BOSTON MARRIAGE
Anton Chekhov’s UNCLE VANYA
Donald Margulies’ TIME STANDS STILL
Robert O’Hara’s BARBECUE
‘Resident Evil’ Reboot: Kaya Scodelario, Robbie Amell, Hannah John-Kamen & More To Star In Origin Story Adaptation(10/6/20) Constantin Film has set in motion a new adaptation to add to the ever-expanding Resident Evil movie franchise. Constantin and writer-director Johannes Roberts said Tuesday that have conceived an official origin story adaptation with faithful ties to Capcom’s classic survival horror games. This story is set in 1998 on a fateful night in Raccoon City.
Starring in the roles of the iconic game characters will be Maze Runner‘s Kaya Scodelario as Claire Redfield alongside Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and the Wasp) as Jill Valentine, Robbie Amell (Upload) as Chris Redfield, Tom Hopper (The Umbrella Academy) as Albert Wesker, Avan Jogia (Zombieland: Double Tap) as Leon S. Kennedy, and Neal McDonough (Yellowstone) as William Birkin.
“With this movie, I really wanted to go back to the original first two games and re-create the terrifying visceral experience I had when I first played them whilst at the same time telling a grounded human story about a small dying American town that feels both relatable and relevant to today’s audiences, said Roberts, the filmmaker behind shark thriller 47 Meters Down and its sequel.
Franchise producer Robert Kulzer will produce again on behalf of Constantin with James Harris from Tea Shop Productions and Hartley Gorenstein.
Said Kulzer, “After a dozen games, six live-action movies and hundreds of pages of fan fiction, we felt compelled to return to the year 1998, to explore the secrets hidden in the walls of the Spenser Mansion and Raccoon City.
Sony Pictures’ Screen Gems will once distribute the film domestically, with Constantin handling German-speaking territories, Elevation distributing in Canada, Metropolitan in France, and Sony Pictures Releasing International handling much of the remaining territories.
Constantin Film’s CEO Martin Moszkowicz and Victor Hadida of Davis Film will serve as executive producers. Alex Westmore and Colin Scully of Constantin Film are overseeing the project.
Paul W.S. Anderson wrote and directed the previous six films, which were led by Milla Jovovich and made a combined $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office. It’s among the highest-grossing film series ever based on a video game. Deadline recently broke the news of a Resident Evil series adaptation, which is set up at Netflix.
Scodelario is repped by CAA, Curtis Brown, and Ziffren Brittenham; John-Kamen by Paradigm, Luber RoklinEntertainment and Scott Marshall Partners; Amell by WME, Protégé Entertainment, Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson; Hopper by The Gersh Agency, Management 360, Waring and McKenna, Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer; Jogia by ICM, The Characters Agency and LINK Entertainment.
Eva Longoria Moves From CAA To WME(9/22/20) Actress, director, and producer Eva Longoria has joined WME for representation. The Desperate Housewives alum, who was previously repped by CAA, will next be seen in Eugene Ashe’s Sundance drama Sylvie’s Love, co-starring opposite Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha, which will be available on Amazon.
Longoria has a number of projects in the works via her UnbeliEVAble Entertainment banner including the Searchlight biopic Flamin’ Hot, which will serve as her feature directorial debut, Tias, a female-driven Latina ensemble drama, as well as workplace comedy 24/7, which she’ll direct and star in opposite Kerry Washington. UnbeliEVABle, which recently renewed a three-year first-look deal with 20th Television, is developing Before I Forget at Amazon, with Marc Webb directing as a potential starring vehicle for Longoria, as well as Chicano, a multi-generational drama centering on a Mexican-American family that immigrates to Los Angeles in pursuit of the American Dream, with ABC, and the HBO film A Class Apart, about a group of Mexican Americans fighting for their civil rights during a landmark case that leads all the way to the Supreme Court.
In addition, it was recently announced that Longoria was part of a group of the biggest names in Hollywood and women’s soccer to bring a National Women’s Soccer League team to Los Angeles in spring 2022.
Longoria continues to be repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.
‘The Boss Baby: Family Business’: Jeff Goldblum, James Marsden, Eva Longoria, Ariana Greenblatt & Amy Sedaris Join Alec Baldwin In DreamWorks Animation Sequel(9/17/20) The Boss Baby is back and this time it’s a family affair. DreamWorks Animation has added Jeff Goldblum, James Marsden, Eva Longoria, Ariana Greenblatt, and Amy Sedaris to the voice cast of the upcoming Boss Baby sequel, which has officially been titled The Boss Baby: Family Business. Alec Baldwin is returning as Boss Baby Ted, with Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow also reprising the roles of Ted’s parents.
Tom McGrath, who directed the 2017 installment, which earned more than $500 million worldwide and was nominated for an Oscar, is back to direct the sequel with producer Jeff Hermann.
The new chapter sees the Templeton brothers — Tim (Marsden) and his Boss Baby little bro Ted (Baldwin) — as adults now who have drifted away from each other. Tim is now a married dad and Ted is a hedge fund CEO. But a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach and a can-do attitude is about to bring them together again and inspire a new family business.
Longoria plays Tim’s wife and mother to super-smart 7-year-old daughter Tabitha (Greenblatt), and super-cute new infant Tina (Sedaris). Tabitha, top of her class at the prestigious Acorn Center for Advanced Childhood, wants to become like her Uncle Ted but Tim worries that she’s working too hard and is missing out on a normal childhood.
Baby Tina reveals to be a top-secret agent for BabyCorp on a mission to uncover the dark secrets behind Tabitha’s school and its mysterious founder, Dr. Armstrong (Goldblum). This reunites the Templeton brothers in unexpected ways, leading them to re-evaluate the meaning of family and discover what truly matters.
Universal will release The Boss Baby: Family Business on March 26, 2021.
“We are so fortunate to work with such a talented ensemble of actors, all of whom possess tremendous imaginations,” said director Tom McGrath. “The everyday joy for me is not only watching our actors make a line hilarious or heartfelt through subtle adjustments but the process they all share of improvisation and character creation. They are the heart and soul of the characters they bring to life.”
“We are so thrilled to welcome these new additions to our Boss Baby family,” said producer Jeff Hermann. “James, Amy, Ariana, Eva, and Jeff each bring so much depth, wit, and charm to combine with Alec, Lisa, and Jimmy to form an incredibly rich ensemble, one which expands upon the world of the first movie in unexpected and exciting ways.”
Goldblum is repped by ICM, Industry Entertainment and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman; Marsden by CAA, Authentic Talent and Literary Management and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; Longoria by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; Greenblatt by Paradigm, Mosaic and Schreck Rose Dapello; Sedaris by UTA and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham LLP..
‘The Boys In The Band’ Trailer: First Look At Ryan Murphy’s All-Star Film Adaptation Of 1968 Gay Classic(9/2/20) (Video) Let the games begin. Netflix has released the official trailer for its upcoming Ryan Murphy-produced The Boys in the Band, director Joe Mantello’s film adaptation of his hit Tony-winning Broadway staging. Starring the Broadway cast – including Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer and Andrew Rannells – this Boys is both faithful to Mart Crowley’s 1968 play while offering a subtle and fresh perspective.
With a co-writing credit given to Ned Martel, Boys includes some brief scenes you wouldn’t have seen in the 2018 Broadway production nor William Friedkin’s 1970 film version. No spoilers here, but you can catch glimpses of the new material in the trailer, above. The logline: A group of gay men gather for a birthday party in 1968 New York City, only to find the drinks and laughs interrupted when a visitor from the host’s past turns the evening upside down.
In addition to Parsons, Quinto, Bomer and Rannells, Boys also stars Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesús, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington and Tuc Watkins.
Producing are Murphy, David Stone, Joe Mantello, Ned Martel and Alexis Martin Woodall.
The Boys in the Band launches Sept. 30 on Netflix.
Anne Heche, Jesse Metcalfe and Vernon Davis Confirmed for ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 29(8/29/20) The ballroom awaits! Us Weekly can exclusively confirm that Anne Heche, Jesse Metcalfe and Vernon Davis are all set to compete on the upcoming 29th season of Dancing With the Stars. According to sources, the three celebs will compete for the Mirrorball trophy when the season premieres on Monday, September 14.
Heche, 51, is best known for films include Donnie Brasco, Seven Days, Seven Nights and a recent role on Chicago P.D. Metcalfe, 41, for his part, has starred on Desperate Housewives and in the film John Tucker Must Die among others. Former NFL player Davis, 36, played with the San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos, with whom he won the Super Bowl in 2015. He finished his pro career in Washington, D.C.
The celebrities join Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean who first teased the news via Instagram when he alluded to his strict eating regimen. “I’m on a very strict diet, grain-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, no sodas of any kind, and completely sober for almost nine months,” he said wrote. “This amazing, but rigorous, workout is all due to my amazing trainer, Mr. Bobby Strong. He’s been a huge asset in my transformation, trying to get myself prepared and ready for what’s to come in the next few weeks. A lot of surprises coming from me.”
Days later, the “I Want It That Way” crooner, 42, confirmed the news via Twitter: “We’re going for the mirrorball, baby!! I am so grateful to @dancingabc and @abcnetwork for the opportunity to be joining this season’s cast of #DWTS,” he captioned a selfie from a dance studio on August 27. “I also want to thank my wife and my two girls for letting Daddy go on this new adventure. I’m doing it ALL for you!”
Former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe is also confirmed to compete. Months before announcing any other celebrities, Chris Harrison asked Bristowe — who has voiced her hopes to do the show — during an episode of The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever in June. Bristowe previously claimed that Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss didn’t allow her to dance on the show.
Tyra Banks is set to host after Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews were axed. Dancing With the Stars premieres on ABC Monday, September 14 at 8 p.m. ET.
The Boys in the Band: Ryan Murphy's Film Adaptation to Hit Netflix in September(8/21/20) (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4) Consider this your formal invitation to the year’s most dramatic birthday party: Netflix’s film adaptation of The Boys in the Band will drop on Wednesday, Sept. 30, the streamer announced Friday.
Produced by Ryan Murphy and directed by Joe Mantello (Hollywood), The Boys in the Band is based on the 1968 play by late writer Mart Crowley, who passed away in March. The film is set in New York City, where a group of gay men gather for a friend’s birthday party and are faced with uncomfortable truths throughout the course of the evening.
The play ran for a limited engagement on Broadway in 2018, and many of the actors from that revival — which was also directed by Mantello — will reprise their roles for Netflix’s adaptation. The cast includes Matt Bomer (White Collar), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Zachary Quinto (Heroes), Andrew Rannells (Black Monday), Charlie Carver (Teen Wolf), Brian Hutchison (Madam Secretary), Michael Benjamin Washington (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Robin de Jesús (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Tuc Watkins (Desperate Housewives).
This will be the second time The Boys in the Band has been turned into a movie. It was previously adapted into a film in 1970, which starred the same cast from the play’s initial off-Broadway run in 1968.
Eva Longoria, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington And Julia Louis-Dreyfus Added To Convention Lineup(8/17/20) Democrats will intersperse their lineup of speakers and musical acts at this week’s convention with four entertainment figures who long have been active in party politics: Eva Longoria, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington and Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Longoria will appear on Monday, Ross on Tuesday, Washington on Wednesday and Louis-Dreyfus on Thursday.
Monday’s lineup includes Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former First Lady Michelle Obama. The convention will run from 9-11 p.m. ET each night.
Louis-Dreyfus will appear on the same night that Joe Biden accepts the Democratic nomination. She already has headlined a fundraiser for the former vice president, having appeared with him in a parody video during the run of Veep. Longoria spoke at the 2012 Democratic convention in Charlotte, NC.
The convention also will feature performances from Leon Bridges, The Chicks, Common, Billie Eilish, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Billy Porter, Maggie Rogers, Prince Royce and Stephen Stills. Other speakers and celebrities will be announced in the coming days.
In addition to the lineup of speakers, Democrats plan to feature testimonials from everyday Americans who will appear from locations across the country. Convention organizers also announced that the keynote address, traditionally delivered by one up-and-coming party figure, will instead feature 17 different speakers.
Marc Cherry Signs With A3 Artists Agency(8/4/20) Desperate Housewives and Women Who Kill creator Marc Cherry has has signed with A3 Artists Agency. This marks the highest-profile showrunner signing for A3, which last month brought in four former Paradigm agents to reestablish a literary division, led by Andy Patman and Adam Kanter, Co-Heads of Television Content and Motion Pictures, respectively.
Cherry was one of Patman’s longtime clients at Paradigm who is now following him to the new agency. Patman has been guiding Cherry’s career for about two decades and sold Cherry’s breakout series, Desperate Housewives, to ABC.
Cherry executive produced and ran Desperate Housewives for its eight-season run, which earned 7 Emmys, 3 Golden Globes, as well as 33 additional awards. Cherry also was the creator, exec producer and showrunner of Lifetime’s Devious Maids, inspired by the telenovela Ellas son la Alegri´a del Hogar.
Cherry is currently executive producing and running his latest series, CBS All Access’ anthology Why Women Kill, which has been renewed for a second season and is awaiting a go-ahead to start production. His writer/producer credits also include The Golden Girls and the sequel The Golden Palace.
Cherry continues to be repped by attorney Jon Moonves at Del Shaw Moonves.
A3 signed an agreement with the WGA in November 2019, which allows it to represent writers. Two other longtime clients of Patman at Paradigm, Michelle and Robert King, recently signed with UTA.
Nathan Fillion Reflects On ‘Firefly’ And ‘Castle’ With Co-stars, Tries To Convince Gina Torres To Guest Star On ‘The Rookie’(7/26/20) (Video) Nathan Fillion has been a mainstay at Comic-Con and other cons for years. In fact, during a Comic-Con@Home panel dedicated to the actor and moderated by The Rookie showrunner Alexi Hawley, a mustachioed Fillion recalls his first Comic-Con being in 2002 when he was a guest of Joss Whedon’s after he first signed on to do the cult Western sci-fi series Firefly.
As one of the last panels of the first virtual iteration of the fanboy/fangirl confab came, “A Conversation with Nathan Fillion” was a retrospective on Fillion as he reflected on his career — with a lot of talk about Firefly, Castle, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and, of course, The Rookie.
From the comfort of his own kitchen and with his cute doggie, Hawley kicked things off with one of Fillion’s most popular movies: Waitress. After doing a deep dive on the quirky comedy, the two waxed poetic on The Rookie.
“Firefly has been my favorite job I’ve ever had until The Rookie,” Fillion admits before guests from his past started being introduced into the pre-recorded panel.
Firefly’s Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk and Joss Whedon “Zoom’d” into the conversation to talk about the fandom behind the series while Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever and Molly Quinn phoned in to talk about Castle. The Rookie‘s Mekia Cox also joined him to talk about the ABC show. Fillion and Whedon also discussed working on Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.
Torres and Tudyk agreed with Fillion about the lasting legacy of Firefly. “Once a ‘browncoat’, you’re locked in,” said Fillion.
Tudyk “Firefly is such a staple,” said Tudyk, adding that if you’re into fandom, it’s a requirement. Torres points out that Firefly is like any great book that touched had an impact on you when you first read it but when you revisit it later, it speaks to you different place to your heart and psyche. She continues to say that she is excited to see the series continue to grow with existing and new fans.
It is clear that Fillion loves his Firefly and Castle fam — so much so that many of them have appeared on his other shows. Tudyk, Huertas and Dever enjoyed guest-starring with him on The Rookie while Torres popped up in Castle. Fillion wants to continue this tradition with hopes of getting Torres on The Rookie. Torres agreed to be on The Rookie with one important stipulation.
“You have to promise you’ll actually be there!” Torres exclaimed. “When I came on to Castle you bailed!”
Fillion turned to Hawley who said, “There’s no way I would put you on the show and not write you into Nathan’s story — I promise you that!”
Family Drama ‘Chicano’ From Natalie Chaidez, Eva Longoria & Forest Whitaker In The Works At ABC(7/22/20) ABC has put in development family drama Chicano, inspired by Richard Vasquez’s novel, from Queen of the South showrunner Natalie Chaidez, Eva Longoria and Forest Whitaker.
20th Century Fox Television is the studio on the project, which is being produced in association with Longoria and Ben Spector’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi’s Significant Productions. Doug Pray, who exec produced Apple doc Home and HBO’s The Defiant Ones, is also an exec producer.
Written by Chaidez, who has also worked on 12 Monkeys, Hunters and The Sarah Connor Chronicles, the drama is a multi-generational saga of the Sandovals, a Mexican-American family that immigrates to Los Angeles in pursuit of the American Dream. It will follow the struggles and triumphs of the Sandovals from 1920 through present and explores the question of what it means to be American
ABC has handed the project a script and additional development material plus penalty commitment. Chaidez, Longoria, Spector, Whitaker, Yang Bongiovi and Pray exec produce.
It is the latest ABC project for UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, which is currently under a deal at 20th Century Fox Studios Television. The company previously produced Grand Hotel. Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi, who run Significant Productions, which has a first-look deal at Amazon, currently serve as exec producers on Epix drama Godfather of Harlem.
Development of the project began with Pray working with Sylvia Vasquez, daughter of Chicano author Richard Vasquez, while Chaidez is a third generation Mexican-American whose own family’s immigration journey closely parallels the story told in Chicano.
“Chicano is just the first of many projects that we expect from Eva and Ben as we look to ramp up our slate of Latinx programming. As part of our studio family, they are valuable partners in helping us expand our commitment to compelling stories for underrepresented communities,” said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. “With Forest, Nina, Natalie and Doug also at the helm of this project, we know we have the perfect powerhouse team to bring this Mexican-American family’s story to life and cultivate the next generation of Latinx storytelling.”e
‘The Baker and the Beauty’s Nathalie Kelley, Eva Longoria, Gloria Calderón Kellett Lament Cancellation Of Latinx Series: “Representation Matters On Television!”(6/18/20) As The Baker and the Beauty Save the Show campaign continues to gain momentum, ABC’s decision to cancel the romantic comedy-drama also has mobilized the Hollywood Latinx community who are voicing their support for efforts to find a new home for the show.
In an open letter alongside a link to a petition in support of the show finding a new home, The Baker and the Beauty star Nathalie Kelley spoke of the cancelation of the rare series with a Latinx cast, its legacy of representation and its timeliness as the type of show that is “necessary during these times.”
Now more than ever, the world is waking up to the importance of diversity and representation on our televisions. We want networks to commit wholeheartedly to ensuring that BIPOC, LATINX and LGBTQ+ people, and other marginalized groups, get a chance to tell our stories. Baker and The Beauty was a show that embodied the themes of unity, empathy, and compassion, all of which are so needed in our national discourse right now.
For years, Latinx stories were limited to drug cartels, maids and the ‘spicy latina’ sex object. I credit ABC for letting us tell the story of a loving, wholesome and hilarious Cuban-American family on network TV. I praise them for allowing the youngest daughter Natalie’s LGBTQ storyline be central to our show. I am also forever grateful to them for casting me, an Indigenous woman, as the lead female role. Noa Hamilton was not written for a woman of color, but they cast me anyway. And I could not be prouder of what we all did and the show we created.
These stories create empathy, and there is nothing that we need more in these times than unity, empathy and compassion. That is why it was especially sad to not see them follow through on their support for our beloved series. Nevertheless I remain hopeful that there is a platform out there that will jump on the opportunity to give this show a new home. A chance to send a meaningful message to our communities that they hear our passion, our voices coming from our streets, demanding visibility and justice. The Baker and the Beauty is a beautiful show, one that means so much to so many people. It’s full of love, laughter, inspiration, and comfort. And I cannot think of anything more necessary during these times.
Kelley’s co-star Lisa Vidal also has been vocal on social media about the void in Latnx representation that the cancellation of The Baker and the Beauty leaves, rallying fans to sign the petition, while also posting encouraging updates about ongoing outreach to streamers to pick up the series.
Among those landing their support to The Baker and the Beauty has been Eva Longoria, who executive produced last year’s ABC drama series Grand Hotel, which also had a Latnx cast. Like The Baker and the Beauty, it had a late spring/early summer launch and was canceled after one short season.
“Well I’m sure you heard that @abcnetwork cancelled @bakerandthebeauty yet another show with an entire Latino cast!,” Longoria wrote on Instagram. “This is bad news for the Latino community! Why doesn’t @abcnetwork give it more of a chance for our gente to find the show?! And ‘gente’ where are you guys? Show up and get loud. Representation matters on television! This was a sweet show about a good family! And one of the only Latino shows out there! We need this show to find another home!”
One Day at a Time co-creator Gloria Calderon Kellet knows very well what it takes for a show with a Latinx cast to find a new home after getting her comedy picked up Pop TV after it was canceled by Netflix.
“Disappointed to hear that the very charming @BakerBeautyABC was cancelled,” she wrote, linking to The Baker and the Beauty petition. “One of the few positive portrayals of a Latinx family on network tv @thelisavidal is the Latina mom America deserves on their networks! Networks DO BETTER!”
Others in the industry, including Zoe Saldana and Gabrielle Union also have voiced criticism of The Baker and the Beauty‘s cancelation their support for the efforts to find a new home.
The Baker and the Beauty petition has amassed more than 100K signatures. The series’ producers at Keshet Studios and Universal Television have been reaching out to potential buyers, which, per the show’s team, have included NBCU’s Peacock, Netflix and Amazon.
In an interview with Deadline, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said that the show’s soft ratings performance “unfortunately and primarily” led to its cancellation.
“The Baker and the Beauty is a show I was personally very fond of, it’s a very sweet and hopeful and inspired and optimistic show that I wish we had been able to find a bigger audience for,” she said.
Starring Victor Rasuk and Kelley in the title roles, the Notting Hill-esque Baker and the Beauty, from creator Dean Georgaris, Keshet Studios, Universal TV and ABC Studios, centers on Daniel Garcia (Rasuk), who is working in the family bakery and doing everything that his loving Cuban parents and siblings expect him to do. But on a wild Miami night he meets Noa Hamilton (Kelley), an international superstar and fashion mogul, and his life moves into the spotlight. Will this unlikely couple upend their lives to be together and pull their families into a culture clash?
Cast also includes Carlos Gomez, Dan Bucatinsky, Vidal, Belissa Escobedo, Michelle Veintimilla and David Del Rio.
Neal McDonough To Star In & Executive Produce ‘Red Stone’ Indie(6/18/20) Neal McDonough, who has recently been seen on shows like Yellowstone, Altered Carbon and the Robert Zemeckis series Project Blue Book, has signed on to star in Red Stone, an indie thriller written and directed by Derek Presley. McDonough, who also serves as an executive producer on the film, will star alongside Dash Melrose (Little Fires Everywhere), Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead), Dominic Scott Kay (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), Jason Douglas (The Walking Dead), Allie DeBerry (A.N.T. Farm), and Mike Dopud (The Predator).
Filming is currently underway in Texas. The story follows Motley (Melrose), whose life spirals out of control as he’s forced to go on the run from southern crime lord, Jed Haywood (Cudlitz). Boon, Haywood’s best henchman and close friend, is tracking Motley and over the course of one day, both Motley and Boon go on a spiritual journey as their fate brings them together for a showdown.
Robert Johnson, Jason Starne, and Austin Williams are producing the pic with McDonough and Alex Blackmon as EPs.
McDonough, who presently can be seen in The Warrant on Amazon and appeared in Paramount’s hit feature Sonic the Hedgehog, is repped by Buchwald and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson, and Christopher.
Marc Cherry On His Return To Suburbia With ‘Why Women Kill’ & How He’d Work With Felicity Huffman In A Heartbeat – Crew Call Podcast(6/10/20) On today’s Crew Call podcast we speak with Marc Cherry who after a long-running streak with ABC’s Desperate Housewives and Lifetime’s Devious Maids returns to the underbelly of Americana bourgeoisie in CBS All Access’ Why Women Kill.
Working with a streamer is bliss for Cherry, free from the fences erected by a network’s standard and practices department. The freedom allowed Cherry to swing for the fences in regard to how bawdy he could be in this limited anthology series about three generations of housewives –portrayed by Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste, who’ve lived in the same big house in Pasadena over three different eras, only to see their lives impacted by murder.
Goodwin plays a housewife during the 1960s who after learning that her husband (Sam Jaeger) is cheating, befriends his mistress (Sadie Calvano). Lucy Liu portrays an upscale gallery owner during the 1980s, who learns that her husband is cheating…with another man. And Baptiste plays an attorney, who along with her screenwriter husband (Reid Scott) decide to embrace an open relationship lifestyle with another a woman (Alexandra Daddario) much to their own peril.
We also speak with Cherry about how he’d gladly work with his former award-winning Desperate Housewives alum Felicity Huffman following the “Varsity Blues” scandal.
Mary Pat Gleason, Prolific Character Actress With 100+ TV Roles, Dead at 70(6/4/20) Mary Pat Gleason (ex-Doris, Texas/ex-Jane. Guiding Light/ex-Mother Superior, General Hospital), a character actress with a huge list of credits and who most recently played Mom‘s Mary, has died. She was 70.
Per a post on Gleason’s official Facebook page, she passed away after a long illness from cancer.
Though you may not have known Gleason’s name, it’s likely that her face is familiar: Her acting resume contains more than 100 television credits, usually for one-off-but-memorable roles on popular broadcast series in the past 40 years. She was Madame Oeuf, Saved By the Bell‘s French teacher. She was Lucille, the stern yet kindly dressing-room attendant who hugged a grieving Miranda in Sex and the City. She was Mrs. Butters, the no-nonsense elementary school teacher who dealt with Lynette and Susan’s kids in Desperate Housewives. She was Sally, the homeless woman who may or may not have known the president on NBC on Will & Grace.
Her list of TV appearances also includes roles on Quantum Leap, Highway to Heaven, Night Court, Blossom, ER, NCIS, Bones, Grey’s Anatomy, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, How to Get Away With Murder, NCIS and The Blacklist.
In 2014, she started the recurring role of Mary, an Alcoholics Anonymous member, on CBS’ Mom. Gleason appeared on the comedy a number of times over the years, and her character was killed off in Season 7 when Mary died of a brain aneurysm during an AA meeting.
Video: One Life To Live Reunion(5/22/20) (Video) The Locher Room reunited former One Life To Live stars including: Emmy Award-winning actors Robert S. Woods and Hillary B. Smith (Bo and Nora Buchanan), real-life couple Kassie and James DePaiva (Blair Cramer and Max Holden) and Tuc Watkins (David Vickers Buchanan) on Thursday, May 21st.
Reunion - The Men Of Desperate Housewives(5/21/20) (Watch here) Friday 5/22 8PM ET - The Men Of Desperate Housewives with James Denton, Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Kevin Rahm, Tuc Watkins with more TBA
Video: Melrose Place Reunion Chat(4/28/20) (Video) Melrose Place cast reunion including Josie Bissett, Thomas Calabro, Marcia Cross, Laura Leighton, Heather Locklear, Doug Savant, Grant Show, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Daphne Zuniga
‘Melrose Place’ Cast Sets Remote Reunion For ‘Stars In The House’ Tomorrow(4/27/20) Cast members from the 1990s prime time soap Melrose Place – Josie Bissett, Thomas Calabro, Marcia Cross, Laura Leighton, Heather Locklear, Doug Savant, Grant Show, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith and Daphne Zuniga – will reunite for tomorrow’s Stars in the House benefit series for The Actors Fund.
Hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, the Stars in the House YouTube series has been hosting special reunion episodes for weeks, welcoming casts from Frasier, Glee, Desperate Housewives, SCTV and Taxi, as well as original Broadway casts from Spring Awakening and Les Misérables, among others.
The Tuesday, April 28 episode, airing at 8 p.m. ET, will featuring the Melrose cast reminiscing about their years in West Hollywood’s most iconic apartment complex. The reunion supports The Actors Fund, with viewers able to donate while they watch. Viewers also can ask questions and interact with with the cast in real time during the show.
“Seth and I believe that in this time of social distancing and isolation, much happiness can be found by seeing familiar faces from shows beloved by the whole world,” said Wesley. “We call these shows comfort TV. And we plan on having even more every week, along with our beloved theatre pals – all for The Actors Fund.”
Felicity Huffman’s daughter admitted to college with her own SATs(4/27/20) Felicity Huffman didn’t believe her oldest daughter had what it took to get into her first-choice college, so she tried to cheat on her behalf by paying $15,000 to have her SAT answers covertly corrected. Huffman served 11 days in jail for the plot.
But Sophia Macy — who had no idea about Huffman’s scheme — has triumphantly proven that she could do it all by herself.
A source told Page Six that Sophia, 19, retook her SAT — and that she’s been accepted to prestigious Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. On Sunday, the young actress posted the school’s logo and two smiley heart emojis to Instagram Stories. She also added “CMU Drama ’24” to her bio.
In a letter to the judge for her part in the notorious cheating scandal, Huffman wrote, “When my daughter looked at me and asked with tears streaming down her face, ‘Why didn’t you believe in me? Why didn’t you think I could do it on my own?’ I had no adequate answer for her. I could only say, ‘I am sorry.’?”
Sophia — whose father is William H. Macy — has appeared in Jordan Peele’s “The Twilight Zone.” The couple’s younger daughter, Georgia, 18, is going to Vassar in the fall.
Video: China Beach Reunion Chat(4/23/20) (Video) Description: Cast reunion of “China Beach” including: Michael Boatman, Dana Delany, NancyGiles, Marg Helgenberger, Jeff Kober, Robert Picardo and Concetta Tomei.
‘Dallas’, ‘China Beach’, ‘Difficult People’ & Pop’s ‘One Day At A Time’ Actors Set For ‘Stars In The House’ Virtual Get-Togethers(4/17/20) Cast members from the original Dallas, China Beach, Pop’s One Day at a Time and Hulu’s Difficult People will zoom into next week’s livestream Stars in the House series to raise money for The Actors Fund’s COVID-19 efforts.
The series, hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, has been featuring TV reunions in recent weeks, with cast members from SCTV, Glee, Desperate Housewives and Taxi and more joining in the remote free-for-alls.
Next week will see the likes of Dallas‘ Patrick Duffy and Charlene Tilton (and others – see the complete line-up below) together again, China Beach‘s Marg Helgenberger and Dana Delany coming ashore, Difficult People‘s Julie Klausner, Andrea Martin and Billy Eichner making nice and Rita Moreno and Norman Lear heading up the One Day at a Time virtual get-together.
The episodes are available at the Stars in the House website and on YouTube.
Since the first Stars in the House episode on March 16, the series has raised approximately $209,600 to benefit The Actors Fund.
The schedule and guest line-up for next week’s Stars in the House are:
Monday, April 20, 8 pm ET: Difficult People cast members confirmed to show are Julie Klausner, Andrea Martin, Billy Eichner, James Urbaniak, Gabourey Sidibe, Derrick Baskin, Shakina Nayfack and Cole Escola.
Tuesday, April 21, 8 pm ET: One Day at a Time confirmed guests cast members Rita Moreno, Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz and Stephen Tobolowsky, along with executive producers Norman Lear, Brent Miller, Mike Royce and Gloria Calderón Kellett.
Thursday, April 23, 8 pm ET: China Beach reunion episode will welcome Marg Helgenberger, Dana Delany, Robert Picardo, Jeff Kober, Nancy Giles, Concetta Tomei and Michael Boatman.
Friday, April 24, 8 pm ET: Dallas – and it’s not a dream. Patrick Duffy is confirmed, as are Linda Gray, Charlene Tilton and Steve Kanaly.
Video: #StarsInTheHouse #53 Sunday 4 12 8PM Desperate Housewives(4/14/20) (Video) Join Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley as they welcome #DesperateHousewives with Eva Longoria, Marcia Cross, Brenda Strong, Dana Delany, and Vanessa Williams (and surprise guest Harriet Harris) as they take a stroll down Wisteria Lane. All for the Actors Fund!
Reunited ‘Desperate Housewives’ & ‘Jessie’ Casts, ‘Young Sheldon’ & ‘Barry’ Stars Set For Livestreamed ‘Stars In The House’ COVID-19 Fundraisers(4/4/20) (Videos) The casts of Young Sheldon, Desperate Housewives, Jessie and Barry will reunite for next week’s livestream episodes of Stars in the House, the series hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley to raise donations for The Actors Fund’s COVID-19 efforts.
Among the stars taking part are, among others, Henry Winkler, Iain Armitage, Annie Potts and Peyton List. From Desperate Housewives: Marcia Cross, Vanessa Williams, Brenda Strong, Dana Delaney and Eva Longoria (it’s anyone’s guess whether they’ll talk about you-know-who).
The episodes follow this past week’s cast reunions of Taxi, This is Us and Frasier, and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt the week prior.
The popular Stars in the House series itself already has a spin-off of sorts: Earlier this week, Rudetsky and Wesley announced they’d be adding Plays in the House to their line-up, matching performers and plays for one-time-only livestream readings.
Since the first Stars in the House episode on March 16, the series has raised in excess of $130,000 to benefit The Actors Fund.
The schedule and guest line-up for next week’s Stars in the House are:
Tuesday, April 7, 8 pm/ET
BARRY with Emmy Award winner Henry Winkler and other cast members from the show to be announced
Wednesday, April 8, 8 pm/ET
YOUNG SHELDON with Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Annie Potts, Montana Jordan, Raegan Revord and Lance Barber
Friday, April 10, 2 pm/ET matinee
Disney’s JESSIE with Peyton List, Skai Jackson, Karan Brar, and Kevin Chamberlin
Sunday, April 12, 8 pm/ET
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES with Marcia Cross, Vanessa Williams, Brenda Strong, Dana Delaney, Eva Longoria
Neal McDonough Signs With Buchwald(4/2/20) Multi-hyphenate actor-writer-producer Neal McDonough has signed with Buchwald. He was previously with Paradigm.
Currently, McDonough stars in Robert Zemeckis’ UFO drama series Project Blue Book for History and had a major arc on season 2 of Yellowstone for Paramount. Additionally, he’s recently recurred on Netflix’s Altered Carbon, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as uber villain Damien Darhk, along with Syfy’s Van Helsing, and USA’s Suits.
On the film side, McDonough is presently starring in The Warrant which is streaming on Amazon and most recently appeared in Paramount’s hit feature Sonic the Hedgehog and in Game Over, Man! for Netflix.
McDonough continues to be repped by attorney Stuart Rosenthal at Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson, and Christopher.
Felicity Huffman Movie ‘Tammy’s Always Dying’ Lands At Quiver Distribution With VOD Bow Planned(3/30/20) Quiver Distribution has picked up the North American rights to Tammy’s Always Dying, the dark comedy directed by Amy Jo Johnson (best remembered as the original pink ranger on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as well as Julie Emrick on WB’s Felicity). Felicity Huffman stars as the titular character in the film, which will mark the first time the Desperate Housewives alumna will be seen onscreen since her release from an 11-day federal prison stint her role in the college bribery scheme last October.
The pic, which shot in 2018 and had its world premiere at last year’s Toronto Film Festival, is set to roll out on digital platforms May 1. Additional co-stars include Anastasia Phillips, Clark Johnson, Lauren Holly, Aaron Ashmore, and Kristian Bruun.
Joanne Sarazen penned the screenplay. It revolves around Tammy, a charismatic, yet self-destructive mother to 35-year-old Catherine (Phillips), whose role as a caregiver changes when Tammy is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Catherine eventually recruits a talk show agent to help profit from her mother’s miserable life story. But as Tammy’s death becomes her daughter’s only way out, one problem stands in her way: Tammy just won’t die.
Jessica Adams and Harry Cherniak produced the project.
“We are thrilled to be releasing Tammy’s Always Dying as it contains a stellar performance from Felicity Huffman that was lauded by audiences at TIFF” said Berry Meyerowitz, co-president of Quiver.
'Desperate Housewives’ Alum Andrea Bowen In ‘Sinister Sister’(3/11/20) Andrea Bowen (Desperate Housewives) will star opposite Brando Eaton (Dexter) in Sinister Sister, a dramatic thriller written and directed by Jake Helgren. Rounding out the cast is Diora Baird (Cobra Kai) and Lydia Hearst (Z Nation). The film, which hails from The Ninth House, revolves around Haley (Bowen) and Nick (Eaton) Downes, a fun-loving, mid-30’s couple who are on top of the world as they approach their 5-year wedding anniversary. Not only is Nick being groomed to take over his father’s highly successful architectural firm, but his wife Haley is a burgeoning photographer, and they have just found out they are pregnant with their first child. Their lives are turned upside down, however, when Nick’s father suddenly dies in a tragic construction accident, leaving Nick and his half-sister Zara (Hearst) as dual heirs to their father’s firm and estate. Rounding out the cast are Diora Baird (The Virtuoso, Cobra Kai, Stan Helsing) and Lydia Hearst (The Haunting of Sharon Tate, Z Nation). Production is currently underway in Los Angeles with an aim for a theatrical release in the winter. Ninth House partner Autumn Federici is producing.
‘Maverick’: Mark Moses & Pete Ploszek Cast In the CW Pilot(3/9/20) The CW’s Washington, DC-set pilot Maverick has found its U.S. President in Desperate Housewives alum Mark Moses. Pete Ploszek (Teen Wolf) also has been cast opposite Reina Hardesty in the drama, from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire and CBS TV Studios.
Maverick is written by Merigan Mulhern, and directed by Larry Tang. In a present day America that finds itself under authoritarian rule, the President’s daughter, Kit (Hardesty) –- raised to believe her father is moral and benevolent -– has her worldview rocked on her first day at Georgetown. Challenged by her fellow students, and under the watchful eye of Secret Service agents, she’ll have to decide if her loyalties lie with her family or with a growing resistance as she navigates her freshman year.
Moses plays Charles Price, Kit’s father and the President of the United States who has a devoted following and a soft spot for his daughter. He commands the country with dignity and charm, but his plans for keeping his citizens safe are more nefarious than they seem.
Ploszek plays Sebastian, Kit’s easygoing and intelligent older half-brother. He is Kit’s rock after the death of her mom and her most trusted confidante. As a member of his father’s administration, he may know more about his father’s dark goals than he lets on.
In addition to Hardesty, Moses and Ploszek join previously cast Nandy Martin and Zainne Saleh.
Schwartz, Savage and Lis Rowinski executive produce via Fake Empire. Warren Hsu Leonard also executive produces. Mulhern co-executive produces with Teng.
This would mark the second series Moses has played the U.S. President on; he portrayed President Jeff Mitchener on TNT’s The Last Ship. Moses was recently seen in Bombshell and played Jerry London on the Fox series Deputy. He is repped by Innovative Artists.
Ploszek was recently seen in Terminator: Dark Fate and Captain Marvel. He also played the role of Leonardo in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films and was a series regular on the Go90 comedy Liberty Crossing. Ploszek is repped by Principal Entertainment LA.
Doug Savant guests on S.W.A.T 3/18/20(2/28/20) “Gunpowder Treason” – The SWAT team’s search for an abducted teen leads them to a member of the Witness Protection Program and a decades-old political extremist group. Also, Hondo and his girlfriend disagree over a guest speaker at her community center; Luca worries he’s not physically ready to return to the field; and Commander Hicks reconnects with his estranged son, on S.W.A.T., Wednesday, March 18 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Doug Savant (Mark), Sterling Beaumon (J.P.).
Orson Bean Dies: TV, Stage And Film Comedian/Actor/Activist Killed In Accident At Age 91(2/8/20) (Video: I Ate the Baloney – comedy bit) Orson Bean, whose subtle wit made him a staple on television in the 1950s and 1960s, was killed in a pedestrian traffic accident Friday in Venice, Calif. He was 91 and his death was confirmed by the Los Angeles County coroner.
Bean was struck by a car and killed while crossing Venice Boulevard in Venice at 7:35 PM. A “car coming westbound did not see him and clipped him,” Los Angeles Police Department Captain Brian Wendling told ABC7.
A second driver, who “was distracted by people trying to slow him down” then struck Bean, Wendling said.
Bean was crossing the busy street to get to the Venice Resident Theatre. His wife of 27 years, actress Alley Mills, was reportedly already at the location.
Both drivers remained at the scene and cooperated with police. Investigators have initially said they believe the crash was an accident.
Many remember Bean from his appearances on game and talk shows, making frequent appearances on The Tonight Show and other networks as a storyteller par excellence. He was also a game show staple (he was a frequent guest on To Tell The Truth and others).
But Bean was more than a glib guest. He also starred on and off Broadway, was part of many drama anthology shows, and once hosted his own CBS variety show, The Blue Angel.
There was also a politically active side to him. He was briefly blacklisted as a suspected Communist, and was a not-infrequent sight at political and environmental protests. He also founded the progressive 15th Street School in the 1960s, and once gave away his possessions to wander America in hippie-style fashion, exploring the turbulent times in a personal way.
For a time, he dropped out, moving to Australia and exploring the concepts of Austiran psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich, writing a book about the experience. He returned to the US in 1971, but didn’t immediately return to show business. Instead, he followed a nomadic, hippie lifestyle, admitting in a memoir it was filled with psychedelic drugs, communal sex and other indulgences in a quest for self-discovery. He supported the family with commercial work and voice-overs in animated films.
By 1980, he decided to ramp up his show business activity. He again took to television movies, soap operas, game shows and film work. In his later career, he took recurring roles in such shows Murder, She Wrote, Normal, Ohio and Desperate Housewives. One highlight of his career was appearing in Being John Malkovich, a cult classic in which Bean was the owner of a mysterious company.
Bean was born Dallas Frederick Burrows on July 22, 1928, in Burlington, Vt.. After graduating from high school in 1946, he was drafted and served with Japan occupation forces.
Upon his discharge, he changed his name to Orson Bean and became a stage magician, working Boston-area nightclubs. Eventually, he evolved into comedy, and he began working bigger rooms in New York in a comedy era that saw such giants as Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl and Woody Allen working.
From there, he evolved into television, becoming such a ubiquitous presence on The Tonight Show that he was often a vacation host for Jack Paar and Johnny Carson. In between episodic TV stints, he also appeared on Broadway in the 1955 comedy Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? and in the 1967 musical Illya Darling.
Bean lived in Venice for many years and married three times, the last to actress Alley Mills. Survivors include his wife and his four children. No memorial plans have been announced.
Orson Bean, of Dr. Quinn and Desperate Housewives, Dead at 91(2/8/20) Veteran actor and comedian Orson Bean died on Friday night after being struck by a car while crossing a street in Venice, Calif. He was 91.
An Army vet who was stationed in postwar Japan in the mid-1940s, Bean (born Dallas Frederick Burrows) began his entertainment career as a magician, before segueing into stand-up comedy. Starting in the 1950s, he was a regular panelist on To Tell the Truth. He also appeared on other game shows as well as Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show (on which he would be a guest more than 200 times).
Bean’s TV acting credits include (but are by no means limited to) Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and its spin-off Fernwood 2Nite, The Facts of Life, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Normal Ohio, 7th Heaven and Desperate Housewives. Most recently, he appeared in a November 2018 episode of Superstore and the latest season of Grace and Frankie (which dropped Jan. 15).
Among his many stage credits, he earned a Tony Award nomination in 1961 for the musical Subways Are for Sleeping and enjoyed a long run in the comedy Never Too Late. His film roles included Being John Malkovich and The Equalizer 2.
Bean’s survivors include his third wife/Dr. Quinn co-star Alley Mills, whom he wed in 1993.
Brenda Strong guests on All Rise 2/17/20(2/6/20) “My Fair Lockdown”– Lola’s world spins out of control when she presides over the trial of Emily’s client who rejects the rule of law and seizes control of the courtroom, on ALL RISE, Monday, Feb. 17 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Joe Williamson (Kevin Harris), Ben Browder (Ephraim Bowles), Brenda Strong (Jean Rubenstone-Frost).
Will Packer & Eva Longoria Developing Latina Drama ‘Tias’ At Universal(1/23/20) Universal is in development on Tias, a female-driven Latina ensemble drama based on an original pitch by TV scribe Rob Sudduth. He will also write the script.
Will Packer and James Lopez will produce under Packer’s eponymous production company, Will Packer Productions. Eva Longoria and Ben Spector will also produce under their UnbeliEVAble Entertainment banner.
Sudduth is a Texan native who cut his teeth in acting with parts on such series as Felicity, Alias, The Young and The Restless, Veronica Mars and Desperate Housewives to name a few. He segued to writing and was accepted into the National Hispanic Media Coalition TV Writers Program, his first feature being Going to Gunn, which won Best Comedy in the Page International Screenwriting Awards. His TV writing career took off as a producer on ABC’s The Real O’Neals, Netflix’s On My Block, a supervising producer on Lifetime’s American Princess, and as a writer on NBC’s Telenovela, the latter which Longoria served as EP, starred in and also directed an episode.
Sylvie’s Love, which Longoria stars in opposite Tessa Thompson, is here at Sundance, making its world premiere on Monday. Upcoming for her is the Jamie Foxx-directed comedy All Star Weekend starring Robert Downey, Jr. Gerard Butler, Benicio Del Toro and Foxx. Longoria is also in pre-production on her feature directorial debut, 24-7, which she’ll star in opposite Kerry Washington. The comedy follows a group of accountants who band together against their firm’s male colleagues to solve a fraud case that will save their jobs.
Packer’s next feature for Uni is the romantic drama The Photograph opening on Feb. 14. The movie, directed and written by Stella Meghie, and starring Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield, is a series of intertwining love series set in the past and the present.
Universal Production SVP Sara Scott and Creative Executive Christine Sun will oversee the project on behalf of Uni. Sudduth is repped by MetaMorphic Entertainment and Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman, Inc. Longoria is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Jesse Metcalfe and fiancée Cara Santana break up(1/23/20) It’s over for Jesse Metcalfe and his fiancée Cara Santana.
The “John Tucker Must Die” star, 41, and Santana, 35, went their separate ways three weeks ago, a source confirmed to People.
News of their breakup comes after photos surfaced of Metcalfe looking cozy with a blonde woman at a bar in California over the weekend. The woman appeared to be actress Jade Albany, according to the Daily Mail.
He was also seen holding hands with Hungarian model Livia Pillmann, the site reported.
Metcalfe and Santana were together for more than 10 years.
Page Six previously reported they got engaged aboard a 50-foot sailboat in the Hudson River in New York in August 2016.
“It’s been a long time coming, but we couldn’t be happier,” the actor told Us Weekly at the time.
Metcalfe’s rep did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.
Mehcad Brooks admits he ‘used women for sex’ back in his 20s(1/14/20) Mehcad Brooks — who plays an exploitative husband in Tyler Perry’s Netflix thriller “A Fall From Grace” — admits that he “used women for sex” when he was younger.
“I never used women for money” the way his character in the movie does, he told us at the premiere at Metrograph. “But I used women for sex. In your 20s, you don’t know any better, and I was wrong. At 23 years old, you don’t know s?-?-?t. It’s like, ‘Let me get that!’ You trying to get everything.”
Felicity Huffman’s daughter lands role in 'The Twilight Zone'(1/13/20) The daughter at the centre of Felicity Huffman’s college admissions scandal is following her parents into acting after landing a role in the revamped The Twilight Zone.
Sophia Macy, whose father is Shameless star William H. Macy, has been cast in the second season of Jordan Peele’s online reboot, joining the likes of Morena Baccarin, Billy Porter, Tony Hale, Joel McHale, Chris Meloni, and Jimmi Simpson.
The 19-year-old, who graduated high school over the summer, will appear in an episode titled Among the Untrodden, co-starring with actress Abbie Hern.
“Been wanting to talk about this for a MINUTE!” Sophia shared on Instagram. “I’m so so grateful @abbiehern_ I love you and I love acting with you.”
The news of Sophia’s first big acting gig emerges months after her mother served 11 days of a 14 day jail sentence for paying to fix her eldest daughter’s college admission exam scores in an effort to secure her a spot at a top university.
Spirit Award Nominations(11/22/19) BEST FEMALE LEAD
Karen Allen – COLEWELL
Hong Chau – DRIVEWAYS
Elisabeth Moss – HER SMELL
Mary Kay Place – DIANE
Alfre Woodard – CLEMENCY
Renée Zellweger – JUDY
Felicity Huffman wants to help female inmates after spending time in prison(11/19/19) Felicity Huffman was so moved by the “harsh” conditions during her time at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, that she now wants to work with incarcerated women as part of her community service program, Page Six has exclusively learned.
“Her experience is that these women are left behind,” a source close to the family told us. “They’re abandoned. There’s no support for them either in the institution or when they leave the institution, and that broke her heart.”
Scott Taylor, a spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, told Page Six in response, “Although it is the BOP’s philosophy that release preparation begins the first day of incarceration, focus on release preparation intensifies at least 18 months prior to release.”
Taylor noted the facility provides programs like the Release Preparation Program, which include classes in “résumé writing, job search, and job retention.” He also said certain inmates are placed in halfway houses prior to release to “help them adjust to life in the community and find employment.”
The FCI Dublin’s orientation handbook also notes that inmates who are nearing release “may be referred for placement at a Residential Reentry Center” for help finding a new job or home.
The insider also slammed multiple reports that categorized the facility as “Club Fed.” In 2009, Forbes ranked it at No. 7 on its “America’s 10 Cushiest Prisons in America” list.
Our source said any claims the prison is “kind of easy” are “totally wrong,” claiming, “It’s a very dysfunctional environment.”
A Bureau of Prisons official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to The New York Times said last month that yoga and Zumba classes are permitted and that inmates sometimes sunbathe even though Dublin’s online handbook states “sunbathing is prohibited in all areas.”
Inmates are expected to be at their work assignments for five to six hours a day.
According to The New York Times, Dublin FCI has a low-security facility that houses more than 1,000 inmates, and a separate minimum-security satellite camp that houses around 175 inmates. Huffman spent her time in the camp.
A 2018 New York Times investigation into federal prisons discovered a memo written by a warden at Dublin in 2017 that detailed a staffing shortage, which can reportedly lead to safety issues.
Huffman, who is married to fellow actor William H. Macy, pleaded guilty in May to paying a $15,000 bribe to William “Rick” Singer, who was the mastermind behind the college admission scandal.
In a statement to the court, the “Desperate Housewives” star, 56, tearfully opened up about her 19-year-old daughter Sophia Grace’s learning disability, which is why she says she helped rig her daughter’s SAT scores.
“She knew she had done something really wrong,” our source said. “She felt bad about it immediately.”
In September, a judge sentenced Huffman to 14 days in prison starting Oct. 25, and ordered her to pay a $30,000 fine and complete 250 hours of community service. She only served 11 days because her release date fell on a weekend.
Huffman did not begin her community service program until last month, but on Sept. 16, Huffman and her younger daughter, Georgia, were photographed visiting nonprofit The Teen Project.
Our source told us Huffman and Georgia were volunteering that day because they had been already been working for two years with the organization, which helps young women who were homeless and sex-trafficking victims receive services such as therapy, counseling and medical attention.
“Her younger daughter wants to work in public policy and wants to go to law school one day, so she was very interested in the issue,” the close family source said. “I don’t know how they came upon the organization, but it’s something that she and her daughter wanted to do together.”
The young women at the facility have reportedly not treated the convicted star differently since her sentencing.
“She’s gotten very close to the young women there,” the source said. “The organization is about second chances, and the board and the organization were very supportive about continuing to do the work with Felicity. They had seen her in action for so long there, so they knew this was very authentic.”
Huffman’s community service hours should be completed in early 2020, but the actress reportedly wants to continue to work with The Teen Project and women’s incarceration reentry organizations long after that.
“She really wanted to double up on her community service work anyway, and this is an opportunity for her to continue to do some of that,” the source said. “This case really affected her in a big way.”
‘Project Blue Book’ Season 2 Trailer & Premiere Date For History’s Robert Zemeckis UFO Drama(11/19/19) (Video) History will turn the page on Project Blue Book in two months. The cable net has set Season 2 of the UFO drama from executive producer Robert Zemeckis for 10 p.m. Tuesday, January 21. Watch the new trailer above.
David O’Leary created the series and serves as writer and executive producer alongside writer-showrunner Sean Jablonski, Zemeckis, Jackie Levine and Barry Jossen.
Produced by A+E Studios and Compari Entertainment, Project Blue Book is inspired by the personal experiences of Dr. J. Allen Hynek (Aidan Gillen), a brilliant college professor recruited by the U.S. Air Force to spearhead this clandestine operation — Project Blue Book — that researched thousands of cases, more than 700 of which remain unsolved to this day. The 10-episode sophomore season will find Dr. Hynek and Capt. Michael Quinn (Michael Malarkey) on a dangerous quest for the truth and delve deeper into themes of global conspiracy, touch on how UFOs have impacted the evolution of our nation’s military practices and technology and lean into the nostalgia of the 1950s.
Season 2 will also kick off with a deep dive into two of the most well-known UFO cases in US history: Roswell, New Mexico, where a rancher claimed to have found mysterious wreckage on his property thought to be a UFO, and Area 51, a government-run location in Nevada historically rumored to be a magnet for paranormal events and UFO-related activity.
Neal McDonough, Michael Harney, Laura Mennell and Ksenia Solo also star, with Keir O’Donnell and Jerod Haynes joining this season in recurring roles.
9 Hallmark Christmas Movies to Watch This Holiday Season(11/19/19) There are tons of other networks and streaming services delivering holiday cheer this year, but Hallmark still takes the crown when it comes to Christmas content. The network's annual Countdown to Christmas series is now in full swing, with a bunch of your teen crushes starring in this year's film sleigh slate, and there are a few films in particular that seem to deserve prime placement on our nice list.
Here are some of this year's Hallmark Christmas movies that we think are the must-sees of the season (all times are Eastern).
1. Write Before Christmas
2. Christmas Under the Stars
3. Christmas at Graceland
4. Merry & Bright
5. A Christmas Duet
6. Christmas in Rome
7. Christmas Town
8. A Christmas Love Story
9. Double Holiday
Latinx Family Comedy Inspired By Chef Aarón Sánchez’s Memoir In Works At ABC With Eva Longoria Producing(11/15/19) ABC has put into development a family restaurant comedy inspired by the memoir by celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez. The project hails from The Real O’Neals writer-producer Rob Sudduth, Eva Longoria and Ben Spector’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and 20th TV, where the company has a first-look deal.
Penned by Sudduth, the untitled Where I Come From project centers on divorced chef Zoila Sanchez, who has always told stories through her food. And that food’s got some explaining to do: she uprooted her fraternal twin sons Alex and Rafael from El Paso to New York so she can fulfill her dream of opening a restaurant. As they all struggle to make sense of their odd new world, they must lean on each other like never before and use the family business to forge a new community — one meal at a time.
The story is inspired by Sánchez’s memoir Where I Come From: Life Lessons From a Latino Chef, which was published last month. The characters Zoila Sanchez and her fraternal twin sons, Alex and Rafael, were inspired by Aaron’s mother, Zarela Martinez, who was also a famous chef, and Aaron and his fraternal twin brother, Rodrigo.
Sudduth, who was born and raised by a Latino family in Texas, executive produces alongside Longoria and Spector through UnbeliEVAable and Sanchez.
The Food Network staple and James Beard winner Sánchez also co-stars on Fox’s MasterChef and MasterChef Jr, and in 2016 founded a scholarship fund for aspiring chefs from the Latin community, providing mentorship opportunities and scholarships to the International Culinary Center in New York.
UnbeliEVAble is coming off the soapy summer drama Grand Hotel, which ran on ABC for one season. It featured a strong Latinx presence in front of and behind the camera. The company also produced the Emmy-nominated Netflix documentary Reversing Roe which premiered this fall at Telluride.
Sudduth’s writing credits include the upcoming Netflix comedy series Slutty Teenage Bounty Hunters, Lifetime’s American Princess, and Netflix’s On My Block.
UnbeliEVAable is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Sánchez is repped by CAA.
Syndicated ‘Dr. Oz Show’ Spinoff Series ‘The Good Dish’ Eyed For Fall 2020 Launch By Sony TV(10/29/19) Sony Pictures Television is moving ahead with The Good Dish, a new syndicated daytime series from The Dr. Oz Show producers, which is on track for a fall 2020 launch.
Hosted by Daphne Oz (MasterChef Junior), Vanessa Williams, Gail Simmons (Top Chef) and Jamika Pessoa (The Next Food Star), The Good Dish spinoff grew out of weekly cooking segments featured on The Dr. Oz Show. It will provide simple shortcuts, everyday recipes and trends that will make life easier, bring families together, save money and most importantly…figure out what’s for dinner, according to producers. The series hails from five-time Daytime Emmy-winning executive producers, Amy Chiaro and Stacy Rader, the team that oversees The Dr. Oz Show and ZoCo productions, Dr. Mehmet Oz’s production company. This is the third new syndicated program announced for fall 2020, joining a Drew Barrymore talk show, from CBS TV Distribution, and a Nick Cannon talker from Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury. Of the three, only the Drew Barrymore show has officially secured station clearances yet.
“We have experienced overwhelming feedback from our audiences on “The Dish on Oz” cooking segments, which have been recently featured on The Dr. Oz Show,” said John Weiser, President First Run Television, SPT. “When Daphne Oz and this all-star ensemble were available, we recognized the opportunity for viewers, advertisers, and local broadcast stations. We have on-air tested this format and talent for two years perfecting this show we are now bringing to market. Spinoffs have the highest success rate of converting into multi-year franchises. In fact, spinoffs gave us the great Dr. Oz straight from Oprah!”
The Good Dish is produced by ZoCo Productions and distributed by Sony Pictures Television.
Felicity Huffman Released From Prison After 11 Days In College Bribery Scheme(10/26/19) Felicity Huffman has been released from a federal prison in Dublin, CA, three days short of a 14-day sentence for her role in the college bribery scheme, a prison spokesperson confirmed to Deadline.
Huffman was released early Friday morning. She began her 14-day sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin on Oct. 15, but was released early as is normal prison policy for inmates who are set to be released on weekends.
The Desperate Housewives actor also is ordered to serve a year’s probation, perform 250 hours of community service and pay a $30,000 fine.
Having plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud back in May, Huffman was the first to be sentenced among the more than 30 parents indicted in the nationwide effort of wealthy families to get their children into top schools using underhanded methods.
Backed by letters of character reference and support from Desperate Housewives co-star Eva Longoria and creator Marc Cherry among others, Huffman threw herself at the court’s mercy at her sentencing last month in Boston in front of Judge Indira Talwani.
“In my desperation to be a good mother I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot,” the When They See Us co-star stated of her entanglement with ex-call center manager William Singer and his phony Key Worldwide Foundation used to get Huffman’s eldest daughter into a top college with faked test scores.
“I honestly didn’t and don’t care about my daughter going to a prestigious college,” Huffman noted in the letter delivered to the court September 6. “I just wanted to give her a shot at being considered for a program where her acting talent would be the deciding factor.”
Unlike Huffman, Full House star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli rejected a plea deal from the U.S. Attorney and are fighting their case with strident not-guilty declarations. As a result of the “Operation Varsity Blues” sting operations, the couple faces 40 years behind bars, with a trial likely next year.
Felicity Huffman Behind Bars; Surrenders To Authorities For Prison College Admissions Scandal Sentence(10/15/19) Just over a week before Felicity Huffman was expected to report to the Bureau of Prisons to serve her sentence in the college bribery scheme, the Oscar nominee slipped behind bars today.
“Felicity Huffman reported today for sentencing to the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, CA,” a representative for the American Crime actor said in a statement Tuesday.”
“Ms. Huffman is prepared to serve the term of imprisonment Judge Talwani ordered as one part of the punishment she imposed for Ms. Huffman’s actions,’ the rep added of the 14-day sentence handed down to Huffman on September 13 in Boston after her guilty plea in the nationwide Operation Varsity Blues operation. “She will begin serving the remainder of the sentence Judge Talwani imposed—one year of supervised release, with conditions including 250 hours of community service—when she is released.”
Based on good behavior and other circumstances, Huffman could actually be out in less than two weeks, under standard protocol. As well as the probation and community service, the Desperate Housewives actor has been ordered to pay Huffman was given a year’s probation, 250 hours of community service and told to pay a fine of $30,000 – which is double what she paid out to juice her daughter’s college test scores.
Having plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud back in May, the high-profile Huffman was the first to be sentenced among the more than 30 parents indicted in the nationwide effort of wealthy families to get their children into top schools using underhanded methods. Unlike Huffman, Full House star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli rejected a plea deal from the U.S. Attorney and are fighting their case stemming from the “Operation Varsity Blues” sting operations with strident not-guilty declarations. Facing 40 yers behind bars, the duo look to be headed for trial next year.
Once looking at 20 years incarceration for having “made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter,” according to the lengthy March 6 indictment, Huffman saw prosecutors last month trim their recommended jail time to a month. As Huffman’s lawyers sought probation, the feds also tacked on “12 months of supervised release and a fine of $20,000” to their wish list.
Backed by letters of character reference and support from Desperate Housewives co-star Eva Longoria and creator Marc Cherry among others, Huffman threw herself at the court’s mercy in a correspondence of her own leading up to the hearing in front of Judge Talwani.
“In my desperation to be a good mother I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot,” the When They See Us co-star stated of her entanglement with ex-call center manager William Singer and his phony Key Worldwide Foundation to get her eldest daughter into a top college using faked test scores.
Praised by as “classy” and taking responsibility “almost immediately,” by U.S Attorney for of Massachusetts Andrew Lelling earlier this month, Huffman was heavily criticized online as a prime example of white privilege by ex-Housewives co-star Ricardo Chavira following her admittedly light sentence.
Having received a very fair shot from the courts, Huffman will be home well in time for Halloween the way things stand now – trick or treat.
Felicity Huffman’s ‘Desperate Housewives’ Co-Star Ricardo Chavira Rips 14-Day Sentence As “White Privilege”(10/8/19) Ricardo Chavira, who co-starred with Felicity Huffman on Desperate Housewives, is fuming about the 14-day prison sentence the actress received for her role in the college admissions scandal.
Chavira, who played Carlos Solis for eight seasons on the ABC drama, suggested race was a factor in the short sentence the actress received last month from a federal judge in Boston.
“White Privilege. And I saw Eight years worth of it, so I know what I’m talking about. Accountability and Responsibility don’t mean shit to these people,” Chavira tweeted, along with a link to a news article about the case.
He followed it up with a second tweet, claiming he witnessed “privilege” and experienced “bias” during his run on the series.
“I saw eight years worth of it working on Housewives. I’ve seen a lifetime of it being a halfbreed, and I’ve struggled with the intricacies of it on a daily basis with all the cultural bias I’ve received on both ends. But whatever. Slap on the wrist. Sorry, but this shit,” he wrote.
Chavira posted the tweets on September 13, the day U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani ordered Huffman to spend 14 days in federal prison, pay a $30,000 fine, perform 250 hours of community service, and spend a year on supervised release. Yet, his comments went seemingly unnoticed until they began to go viral today.
The actor’s on-screen wife, Eva Longoria, was one of 27 people to write letters of support asking the judge to show Huffman leniency. In her remarks, Longoria described Huffman as a “good friend” who welcomed her to the ABC series in 2004, when she was still an up-and-coming actress. She noted that Huffman stood up for her when she was “bullied” at work.
Huffman is scheduled to report to prison on October 25.
Grand Hotel Cancelled at ABC(10/2/19) ABC’s Grand Hotel is no longer taking reservations. The primetime sudser has been canceled after one season, TVLine has confirmed.
Executive-produced by Eva Longoria, Grand Hotel starred Demian Bichir and Roselyn Sanchez as Santiago and Gigi Mendoza, owners of Miami’s famed Riviera Grand hotel. The cast also included Denyse Tontz and Bryan Craig as Alicia and Javi, Santiago’s children; Lincoln Younes as Danny, a waiter working undercover to find his missing sister; Wendy Raquel Robinson as Helen, the hotel’s head of staff; Feliz Ramirez and Justin Adorno as Caroline and Yoli, Gigi’s daughters; and Anne Winters as Ingrid, one of the hotel’s scheming housekeepers.
Grand Hotel wrapped its first season on Sept. 9 with a finale full of soap-tastic reveals: Danny discovered that his sister was killed by Helen’s husband, who died of cancer shortly thereafter; Javi made a hot new friend with benefits, who turned out to be none other than Ingrid’s mother; and Santiago learned the truth about Jason’s paternity, shortly before being shot in the basement of the Riviera Grand by a masked assailant.
Grand Hotel averaged just under 2.8 million total weekly viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, ranking ninth among all ABC summertime programs (but besting Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., What Would You Do?, something called Family Food Fight and Reef Break).
‘Black Monday’: Tuc Watkins Joins Season 2 Of Showtime’s Don Cheadle Comedy(9/20/19) Tuc Watkins (Desperate Housewives) is set for a season-long guest-star arc on Season 2 of Black Monday, Showtime’s 1980s Wall Street comedy starring and executive produced by Don Cheadle.
Written by David Caspe and Jordan Cahan, the series takes viewers back to October 19, 1987, aka Black Monday. No one knows who “caused it” — until now. It’s the fictional story of how a group of outsiders took on the blueblood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world’s largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine, and the glass ceiling. Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall and Paul Scheer also star.
Watkins will play Congressman Harris, a Republican and leader of the Moral Majority.
It’s a return to Showtime for Watkins, who played Malcolm Laffley on Beggars and Choosers. He also starred or recurred on such TV series as Desperate Housewives, Major Crimes, Awkward, Parks and Recreation, Sisters, C16: FBI and One Life to Live. Repped by Artists & Representatives and Karen Forman Management, his recent guest-star work includes Ballers, Castle, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Maron.
Black Monday is created by executive producer/showrunner David Caspe (Happy Endings), and Jordan Cahan (My Best Friend’s Girl). Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg also are EPs. The 10-episode sophomore season of the series — a co-production of Showtime and Sony Pictures TV Studios — will premiere next year on the premium cabler.
Felicity Huffman Sentenced to Two Weeks in Jail, Community Service for Role in College Admissions Scandal(9/13/19) Actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced on Friday to 14 days in jail and 250 hours of community service, after she pleaded guilty to her involvement in the college admissions scandal.
Huffman also will pay a $30,000 fine and spend one year on supervised release, per BuzzFeed News reporter Julia Reinstein.
Huffman’s sentence differs from an earlier recommendation made by federal prosecutors, who suggested the actress serve one month in jail and pay a $20,000 fine. Huffman’s attorneys had asked that she instead be sentenced to a year of community service, and 27 individuals — including Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry and co-star Eva Longoria — wrote the judge letters of support on Huffman’s behalf.
In March, Huffman was one of more than 30 people to be indicted for allegedly taking part in a nationwide scheme through which parents paid hefty bribes to get their kids accepted to elite universities. The actress later pleaded guilty to committing mail fraud and honest services fraud in connection with paying $15,000 to have someone take the SAT in place of her older daughter, which ultimately resulted in a 1420 score for her.
In other cases, college entrance-exam administrators were allegedly bribed to allow cheating on the tests, and university athletic coaches were paid to designate school applicants as athletic recruits, regardless of the student’s athletic ability or experience playing a sport. The money for the payments was allegedly funneled through a charity to disguise the wrongdoing.
“I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions,” Huffman said in April when she entered her plea. “I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.”
Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, who also was indicted for her alleged involvement in the scheme, pleaded not guilty back in April. She and husband Mossimo Giannulli are currently facing charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Felicity Huffman to appear in court for sentencing(9/13/19) “Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman is expected to learn her fate Friday in Boston federal court, where she’ll be sentenced for her role in the college admissions scandal that rocked the nation.
Prosecutors want the mother of two to spend a month in jail and pay a $20,000 fine, while her attorneys are begging a judge to sentence her to probation, a $20,000 fine and 250 hours of community service.
She’ll be the first parent sentenced as part of what the feds have said is the largest admissions scam ever prosecuted — ensnaring some 50 parents, coaches and testing administrators across the nation.
Huffman admitted earlier this year to paying admissions fixer William “Rick” Singer $15,000 in order to inflate her elder daughter’s SAT scores. She pleaded guilty in May to charges of mail fraud and honest services fraud.
Her husband, actor William H. Macy, was not charged. He and former cast member Eva Longoria wrote letters in support of Huffman.
In a letter submitted to the judge last week, the 56-year-old actress herself said she found motherhood “bewildering,” and was “haunted” by her decision to enlist Singer.
“In my desperation to be a good mother I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot,” she wrote.
Yet prosecutors want her to do at least some time, saying her conduct was “deliberate and manifestly criminal.”
Her sentencing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
Felicity Huffman Probation Dept. Says No One Was Hurt ... So No Big Deal(9/11/19) We just got the Probation Dept's sentencing report, and the reason the Department thinks no time behind bars is fine is because there is NO VICTIM. The report is clear ... no one lost a penny as a result of Felicity hiring someone to rig the SAT test. The Dept. repeatedly rebuffed prosecutors who claim various forms of loss, including emotional distress, harm to the reputation of the schools, etc.
This may be the most important sentence, especially for defendants like Lori Loughlin -- "There was no actual or intended loss." The word "intended" is significant, because presumably Felicity wanted to get her daughter into a university -- something that could displace another applicant -- yet the Probation Dept. didn't feel that was an INTENDED loss. This could help Lori argue there was no loss in her case as well.
Ricardo Chavira & Gabriel Chavarria To Star In Netflix’s Selena Series(9/11/19) Desperate Housewives alum Ricardo Chavira and Gabriel Chavarria (The Purge) are set as leads opposite Christian Serratos in Netflix’s upcoming scripted series about the iconic Mexican-American pop star, sources close to the project tell Deadline.
Announced last December, Selena: The Series is dubbed as “the official story of Tejano music legend, Selena Quintanilla.” It is a coming-of-age story following Selena (Serratos) as her dreams come true and all the heart-wrenching and life-changing choices she and her family have to make as they navigate success, family, and music.
Chavira will play Abraham, Selena’s father, a savvy businessman determined to achieve the American dream. Chavarria will portray A.B. Quintanilla, Selena’s brother aka the mastermind behind the music; playing bass guitar, producing and writing songs for Selena, we hear.
Netflix would not comment on any Selena castings. Deadline had previously reported that The Walking Dead actress Serratos was in talks to play the title role.
Moisés Zamora is the writer/executive producer. Jaime Dávila, Rico Martinez, Suzette Quintanilla, Abraham Quintanilla Jr., and Simran A. Singh executive produce; Campanario Entertainment is the production company.
Selena Quintanilla was one of the biggest Latino crossover artists. The singer-songwriter, model, actress and fashion designer was tragically killed in 1995 at age 23 by her former fan club president. Her posthumous crossover album Dreaming of You debuted atop the Billboard 200 later that year, a first for a Latin artist.
Selena’s story was previously brought to the screen in the 1997 feature biopic starring Jennifer Lopez.
Chavira is best known for his role as Carlos Solis on all eight seasons of Desperate Housewives. His other recent credits include the role of Francisco Vargas on Scandal and guest/recurring roles on Rise, Kevin Can Wait and Jane the Virgin among others. He’s repped by Innovative Artists and Gilbertson Entertainment.
Chavarria was most recently seen as the lead in USA Network/SyFy’s The Purge based on the popular film franchise, and was the lead in the Emmy nominated Hulu series East Los High. He has also appeared in the feature films War For the Planet of the Apes, Lowriders, and Freedom Writers. Chavarria is repped by Paradigm and Momentum.
One Desperate Housewives Star Had 'Behavioral Problems' That Went 'From Bad to Worse,' Marc Cherry Confirms(9/10/19) On the heels of Eva Longoria’s revelation that she was bullied by a Desperate Housewives co-worker, series creator Marc Cherry has also shed insight on the primetime sudser’s off-camera drama.
Cherry recently penned a letter of support for Housewives actress Felicity Huffman, who is currently awaiting sentencing for her role in the college admissions scandal. In his letter, which was obtained by Us Weekly, the EP recalled Huffman’s unfailingly polite interactions with a “big star” who displayed “big behavioral problems” on set.
“Everyone tried their darndest to get along with this woman over the course of the show. It was impossible,” he wrote without naming the actress in question. “And things went from bad to worse. Felicity still insisted on saying, ‘Good morning’ to this actress, even though she knew she wouldn’t get a response. I found out about this and asked Felicity about it. She smiled and said, ‘Just because that woman’s determined to be rude, doesn’t mean she can keep me from being polite.'”
Cherry also described Huffman’s patience with an older actress who appeared on Housewives in a guest role and repeatedly had trouble remembering her lines.
“It moved me to tears — this formerly great performer was struggling with practically every word,” he went on. “But Felicity Huffman was right next to her, treating her with so much kindness… Felicity remained patient, supportive and helped this old woman through the day, turning what could have been a very tense situation into a master class on human compassion.”
Cherry was one of 27 individuals who wrote a letter to the judge in Huffman’s case, as was Longoria, who recalled how Huffman put a stop to the bullying that Longoria was experiencing on set. Longoria wrote that she “dreaded” working with the unnamed colleague, “until one day, Felicity told the bully ‘enough’ and it all stopped. Felicity could feel that I was riddled with anxiety even though I never complained or mentioned the abuse to anyone.”
Huffman pleaded guilty earlier this year to committing mail fraud and honest services fraud in connection with paying $15,000 to have someone take the SAT in place of her and husband William H. Macy’s older daughter, which ultimately resulted in a 1420 score for her. Federal prosecutors have recommended the judge sentence Huffman to a month in jail and fine her for $20,000. Huffman’s attorneys are asking Huffman instead be sentenced to a year of community service.
Eva Longoria Details Being 'Bullied' By Desperate Housewives Co-Worker on Set: 'It Was Pure Torture'(9/7/19) Eva Longoria experienced some desperate times on the Desperate Housewives set, and her embattled former co-star Felicity Huffman proved to be her savior.
Longoria was one of 27 individuals who penned a letter of support to a judge on behalf of Huffman as she awaits sentencing for her role in the college admissions scandal.
“There was a time I was being bullied at work by a co-worker,” Longoria wrote to the judge, without naming the alleged perpetrator. “I dreaded the days I had to work with that person because it was pure torture. Until one day, Felicity told the bully ‘enough’ and it all stopped. Felicity could feel that I was riddled with anxiety even though I never complained or mentioned the abuse to anyone.”
Longoria also recalled how Huffman consoled her after she was the only Housewives leading lady not nominated for a Golden Globe in Season 1. “I wasn’t devastated but the press made it a bigger deal than it was between the four of us actors and that did affect me a bit,” she wrote. “Felicity came to my trailer and said, ‘It’s just a piece of metal, that and $1.50 will get you a bus ticket.’ She then proceeded to tell me how talented I was and how I never needed an award to know that. I know I would not have survived those 10 years if it wasn’t for the friendship of Felicity.”
The actress’ full letter, obtained by NBC News, can be read here.
Huffman pleaded guilty earlier this year to committing mail fraud and honest services fraud in connection with paying $15,000 to have someone take the SAT in place of her and husband William H. Macy’s older daughter, which ultimately resulted in a 1420 score for her. Federal prosecutors have recommended the judge sentence Huffman to a month in jail and fine her for $20,000. Huffman’s attorneys are asking Huffman instead be sentenced to a year of community service.
Felicity Huffman gets letters of support from William H. Macy, Eva Longoria(9/7/19) Star power!
Felicity Huffman had twenty-seven people writing letters to the judge as character witnesses as she faces prison time in her college admission cheating scandal, including her A-list Hollywood friend Eva Longoria and her husband William H. Macy.
In the letters obtained by RadarOnline.com, Huffman’s Desperate Housewives co-star and her husband shared personal anecdotes about her for the case.
Macy’s letter described what a wonderful mother Huffman was to their two daughters, Olivia and Sophia, and explained the traumatic affect her arrest has had on them.
“It’s been about six months since the FBI came in the early hours to arrest Felicity,” Macy wrote in the letter filed in the United States District Court of Massachusetts.
“Our oldest daughter Sophia has certainly paid the dearest price,” he said, detailing that her college interviews were cancelled as the story became public.
Macy wrote about Sophia, saying: “She still doesn’t like to sleep alone and has nightmares from the FBI agents waking her that morning with guns drawn.”
He wrote lovingly about Felicity rearing their daughters but said that the family has been in therapy and “some of the hurt and anger will take years to work through it but we are making progress.”
Longoria wrote glowingly of Huffman in her letter, detailing how the veteran actress welcomed her on Desperate Housewives.
“There was a time I was being bullied at work by a co-worker,” Longoria wrote.
“I dreaded the days I had to work with that person because it was pure torture. Until one day, Felicity told the bully ‘enough’ and it all stopped. Felicity could feel that I was riddled with anxiety even though I never complained or mentioned the abuse to anyone.”
Longoria also said Huffman was a key reason she was able to negotiate a higher salary as she was the lowest paid main actress on the show. Huffman wanted all of the main women to negotiate a raise together.
“Well needless to say, that did not go over too well with the others,” Longoria wrote.
“But Felicity stood up for me, saying it was fair because the success of the show depended on all of us, not one of us. This fight lasted weeks, but Felicity held strong and convinced everyone this was the right thing to do.”
Longoria gushed about Huffman, writing: “To a young, naive, Mexican girl who felt like I didn’t belong, those gestures meant the world to me.”
Huffman wrote her own letter to the judge, where she revealed her oldest daughter had a sensory issue that was determined at a young age.
She wrote that she was guilty of the crime she committed, and knew she could have said “no,” to the process but in her “desperation to be a good mother, I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot.”
“I see the irony in that statement now because what I have done is the opposite of fair,” Huffman wrote to the judge. “I have a deep and abiding shame over what I have done.”
The government recommended that Huffman receive one month in prison, a $20,000 fine and 12-months probation in the case.
She will be sentenced on Friday, Sept. 13.
Felicity Huffman tells judge she wanted daughter to have 'fair shot'(9/7/19) Felicity Huffman told a judge on Friday that she arranged to cheat on her daughter’s SAT exam out of a misguided belief that she was giving her daughter a “fair shot” at college acceptance.
Huffman pleaded guilty in April to paying US$15,000 to consultant Rick Singer in order to boost her daughter’s SAT result, as part of a much broader federal probe into corruption in college admissions. She is due to be sentenced next Friday in Boston.
Federal prosecutors had initially sought a term of at least four months in prison. But in a submission to the court on Friday, they lowered that request to one month in custody. Huffman’s defense is asking that she be sentenced to probation and community service.
The prosecution argued in a sentencing memo that a one-month sentence is warranted because Huffman clearly knew she was committing a crime.
“Her efforts weren’t driven by need or desperation, but by a sense of entitlement, or at least moral cluelessness, facilitated by wealth and insularity,” the prosecution wrote. “Millions of parents send their kids to college every year. All of them care as much as she does about their children’s fortunes. But they don’t buy fake SAT scores and joke about it… along the way.”
In a letter to Judge Indira Talwani, Huffman explained the reasons for her actions, saying they were motivated by her insecurity as a mother and her concern that her daughter’s learning disabilities would prevent her from attending college to study acting.
“I honestly didn’t and don’t care about my daughter going to a prestigious college,” she wrote. “I just wanted to give her a shot at being considered for a program where her acting talent would be the deciding factor.”
Huffman said Singer told her that her daughter’s scores would be too low to get into college, and suggested that she allow him to have a proctor correct the girl’s answers. She said she was initially shocked that such an arrangement existed, and thought about it for six weeks.
“I felt an urgency which built to a sense of panic that there was this huge obstacle in the way that needed to be fixed for my daughter’s sake,” she wrote. “As warped as this sounds now, I honestly began to feel that maybe I would be a bad mother if I didn’t do what Mr. Singer was suggesting.”
Huffman also said she had always found motherhood “bewildering.”
“I so desperately wanted to do it right and was so deathly afraid of doing it wrong,” she said. “I was always searching for the right book or the right piece of advice that would help me help my daughters or keep me from making the mistakes that might damage their lives.”
She said she ultimately talked herself into the idea that all she was doing by cheating was giving her daughter a fair shot.
“I see the irony in that statement now because what I have done is the opposite of fair,” she wrote. “I have broken the law, deceived the educational community, betrayed my daughter, and failed my family.”
She said when her daughter found out about the cheating, she looked at Huffman with tears streaming down her face and asked, “Why didn’t you believe in me? Why didn’t you think I could do it on my own?”
“In my blind panic, I have done the exact thing that I was desperate to avoid,” she wrote. “I have compromised my daughter’s future, the wholeness of my family and my own integrity… I have deep and abiding shame over what I have done.”
The defence has asked that Huffman be allowed to serve her community service at the Teen Project and the Community Coalition, two Los Angeles non-profits that work with at-risk youth.
“If approved, Ms. Huffman would tutor young people, assist with financial aid applications, answer phone calls at the front desk, and help with the organization’s outreach efforts,” the defence wrote.
Felicity Huffman Should Serve One Month In Jail For College Bribery Case, Feds Recommend(9/6/19) A week before Felicity Huffman is set to be sentenced for her role in the elite schools admission scandal, prosecutors on Friday told a federal judge exactly what they think the American Crime actor’s punishment should be.
“The government recommends a sentence of one month of incarceration for Huffman, who agreed to pay $15,000 for the exam cheating scheme for her older daughter, and considered doing it again for her younger daughter, but ultimately chose not to do so,” reads a sentencing memorandum from U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Andrew Lelling ahead of the September 13 sentencing hearing in Boston.
In what is ultimately a great deal for Huffman if the judge agrees, the feds also want to see the actor’s “term of one month of incarceration” to be “followed by 12 months of supervised release and a fine of $20,000” for the now single count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud to which she pleaded guilty.
As the Lelling noted in a supplemental memo (read it here), “under the Sentencing Guidelines, Huffman’s advisory Guidelines range is zero to six months of incarceration, in addition to supervised release and a fine.” Under those terms, its means Huffman is getting the minimum in jail time the feds think they can achieve.
Huffman was arrested in Los Angeles on March 12 for dropping dough to ex-call center manager William Singer and his phony Key Worldwide Foundation to get her eldest daughter into a top college surreptitiously using faked test scores.
“Some period of incarceration is the only meaningful sanction for these crimes,” Lelling’s office said of the need for jail time, in a more persuasive mode than the usual stern recommendation. “Not because the defendants’ relative wealth has generated public resentment, but because jail is a particularly meaningful response to this kind of offense,” added the “Operation Varsity Blues” prosecutors about the widespread conspiracy that saw more than 30 parents indicted in March, including former Fuller House star Lori Loughlin and other Hollywood parents.
“For wrongdoing that is predicated on wealth and rationalized by a sense of privilege, incarceration is the only leveler: in prison everyone is treated the same, dressed the same, and intermingle regardless of affluence, position or fame,” the government asserted before adding the written equivalent of a jailhouse shiv. “Millions of parents send their kids to college every year. But they don’t buy fake SAT scores and joke about it (“Ruh Ro!”) along the way.”
Compared to a number of the indicted wealthy parents and the $500,000 that Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli paid out to get their two non-rowing daughters into USC as recruits to the university’s crew team, Huffman’s payout was on the low end of the spectrum – and hence the relatively easy recommendation by the feds today.
Also informing that relatively light punishment is the fact Huffman made a deal with the government back in April to plead guilty in exchange for a reduced sentence. Initially, the feds seemed to be pushing for something like a year of prison time.
Hoping for greater credit for their cooperation, Huffman and her legal team have been angling for a sentence of zero months plus that year of probation, 250 hours of community service and a $20,000 fine.
In their own filed paperwork, the defense say that the When They See Us actor has suffered enough as she now can’t get roles and her children are “deeply angry” at the underhanded tactics she used.
“I honestly didn’t and don’t care about my daughter going to a prestigious college,” Huffman wrote in a letter sent to the court Friday. “I just wanted to give her a shot at being considered for a program where her acting talent would be the deciding factor.”
According to the dense March 6 indictment that followed the nearly year-long investigation by the U.S. Attorney and the FBI, Huffman “made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter.”
The CAA-represented Huffman additionally paid an undisclosed sum to an individual who “controlled” a Los Angeles SAT testing center to fix her daughter’s incorrect exam answers. That effort led to what should have been a red-flag-waving 400-point increase in the daughter’s test score and consequently admission to a top college.
At the time of her arrest and before entering a plea, Huffman was looking at up to 20 years of possible jail time from the charges.
With un-indicted husband and Shameless star William H Macy sitting in a downtown L.A. courtroom on March 12, U.S. Magistrate Judge Alexander F. MacKinnon released Huffman on $250,000 bail bond and restricted her travel. As part of coming to those specifics, a detailed list of the couple’s personal financial information was openly discussed and revealed in the courtroom.
Unlike Huffman and clearly with bigger fish to fry, Loughlin and Giannulli rebuffed the government’s offer of a plea deal and pleaded not guilty on April 15 in court. Looking at as much as more than 40 years each in prison if found guilty on charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, honest services fraud and money laundering, the couple were in court in Boston last month in a successful bid to share lawyers in their defense.
Loughlin and Giannulli have an October 2 status conference in their case, which should find Huffman halfway through her incarceration if the actor heads off to jail directly after next week’s sentencing.
Marc Cherry’s ‘Why Women Kill’ Heads To France’s M6 Via CBS Studios International(9/3/19) Marc Cherry’s Why Women Kill is heading to France after CBS Studios International closed its second major deal in the country in less than a week.
The CBS All Access drama, which marks the return to television of the Desperate Housewives creator and exec producer, will launch on French commercial broadcaster M6. The series, which stars Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin and Kirby Howell-Baptiste, tells three stories, across three different time periods, about married women who are driven to kill by the infidelity of their husbands.
Produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios, creator Marc Cherry serves as executive producer alongside Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo and Acme Productions’ Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis. Marc Webb also serves as executive producer and directed the series premiere as well as one additional episode.
As part of the deal, M6 will also license the second window rights for The Good Fight and Dynasty. This comes on top of deals for some of CBS’ biggest hits including NCIS, Bull and Hawaii Five-0.
It comes after the international sales division of the Hollywood studio closed a package deal with M6 rival TF1 last week that includes BH90210, the Beverly Hills 90210 reboot, FBI: Most Wanted and Evil.
“This agreement showcases the depth and versatility of CBS programming; Why Women Kill is a series produced for our own streaming platform and is equally at home on a traditional linear broadcast channel,” said Barry Chamberlain, President of Sales for CBS Studios International. “It also expands on our longstanding relationship with M6 as we work together to bring Marc Cherry’s razor sharp dialogue and captivating characters to audiences across France.”
Will Forte & Kaitlin Olson To Headline Quibi Comedy Series ‘Flipped’, Eva Longoria, Arturo Castro & Andy Garcia Also Star(8/26/19) Will Forte (The Last Man On Earth) and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Kaitlin Olson are set to star in Flipped, a new comedy series, from Groundlings alums Steve Mallory and Damon Jones, and Funny or Die, for Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s short-form video platform Quibi. Desperate Housewives alumna Eva Longoria, Arturo Castro (Alternatino) and Andy Garcia (Mama Mia: Here We Go Again) also star in the series which begins production today.
Written by Mallory and Jones, Flipped centers around chronically underemployed couple Jann (Forte) and Cricket Melfi (Olson), self-proclaimed home renovation “experts” who are more than confident they are television’s next great home design celebrity duo. Flipped follows the clueless pair as their dreams of basic cable fame and glory are derailed when they get themselves kidnapped by members of a drug cartel, (Garcia, Longoria, and Castro) and are forced to renovate their sprawling homes.
Mallory and Jones executive produce with Ryan Case, who also directs, Joe Farrell and Jim Ziegler. Steve Burgess co-executive produce. Adrien Finkel and Whitney Hodack serve as producers. Funny or Die is the studio.
Forte created and starred in The Last Man On Earth, which ran for four seasons on Fox. He was most recently seen on the big screen in Booksmart and Extra Ordinary.
Olson can currently be seen as Dee Reynolds in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. She previously starred and executive produced The Mick, which aired for two seasons on Fox.
Longoria co-stars in the live-action feature film Dora and the Lost City of Gold and will next be seen in the feature film Sylvie opposite Tessa Thompson. She is an executive producer on ABC’s summer drama Grand Hotel.
Castro is the creator, writer, executive producer, and star of Comedy Central’s Alternatino. He’s known for his breakout role as Jaimé on Broad City, which aired for five seasons on Comedy Central and will soon be seen in the live action version of Lady and the Tramp which will be released on Disney+.
Garcia recently filmed Brian Petsos’ upcoming feature Big Gold Brick, Words on Bathroom Walls, directed by Thor Freudenthal and Redemption Day, a feature film directed by Hicham Hajji. On the television side, Garcia will next be seen in Amazon’s Modern Love based off NPR’s popular podcast.
Case recently directed half of the last season of Divorce for HBO as well as the premiere of the upcoming season of Atypical for Netflix.
Mallory’s spec script Super Intelligence sold to New Line and is being released this December starring Melissa McCarthy and James Corden. He is currently writing a Lebron James-starring body swapping movie for Paramount Players.
Forte is repped by UTA and Rise Management. Olson is represented by UTA. Longoria and Garcia are repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Ryan is with CAA, Mosaic, and Ziffren Brittenham. Mallory is represented by MGMT Entertainment and Lichter Grossman.
Eva Longoria To Direct Cheetos Movie ‘Flamin’ Hot’ For Fox Searchlight & Franklin Entertainment(8/26/19) Multi-hyphenate Eva Longoria has landed the directing job for Flamin’ Hot, the Fox Searchlight biopic about Richard Montanez who created the spicy Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. DeVon Franklin will produce the pic under his Franklin Entertainment label, which is currently under a production deal at Fox.
Longoria reportedly beat out multiple directors for the job after impressing Franklin and Fox with her authentic approach to portraying Richard and Judy Montanez inspiring story. Richard rose from humble beginnings to achieve the American Dream. The son of a Mexican immigrant, Richard was a Janitor at Frito Lay when he came up with the idea for Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. His creation, inspired by the flavors of his community, revitalized Frito-Lay and disrupted the food industry, creating a pop culture phenomenon that continues today.
Charlie St. Cloud and October Sky scribe Lewis Colick penned the script. Zahra Phillips is overseeing the project for Franklin Entertainment, while Taylor Friedman will represent the studio. Samuel Rodriguez is the executive producer.
Longoria is also attached to direct and produce Universal’s 24/7, which she stars in with Kerry Washington, and is producing My Daughter’s Quinceañera also at Universal. She has several projects in development under her production banner Unbelievable Entertainment, including A Class Apart at HBO and Lucky Boy, which has Nisha Ganatra attached to direct.
She can currently be seen on the big screen starring in Paramount’s live-action Dora the Explorer.
Franklin Entertainment’s forthcoming slate includes a Kirk Franklin biopic, which is set up at Sony, and a remake of the 1975 coming-of-age drama, Cooley High.
Longoria is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners; Franklin by WME and Hansen Jacobsen. Montanez by Paradigm; Colick by Paradigm and Industry Entertainment.
Eva Longoria Guests on Grand Hotel 9/2/19(8/19/19) “Dear Santiago” – Alicia and Javi continue their mission to figure out what really happened to their mother. Santiago still finds himself bound to Mateo, as startling secrets from his past come to light on a new episode of “Grand Hotel,” airing MONDAY, SEPT. 2 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.
“Grand Hotel” stars Demián Bichir as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sánchez as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes as Danny, Shalim Ortiz as Mateo, Anne Winters as Ingrid, Chris Warren as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina and Justina Adorno as Yoli.
Guest stars include Eva Longoria as Beatriz.
“Dear Santiago” was written by Curtis Kheel and directed by Barbara Brown.
America Ferrera & Eva Longoria Among A-Listers To Pen Letter In Support Of Latino Community(8/16/19) America Ferrera and Eva Longoria are among the A-list stars that have signed a letter to support the Latino community in light of recent deadly attacks and political targeting.
The Superstore star and the Desperate Housewives star were among 200 actors, musicians, artists, activists, and labor and civil rights leaders that have signed the letter, which has been published in newspapers including The New York Times, El Nuevo Herald, La Opinión, and El Diario.
Other top names include Diane Guerrero, Alex Martinez Kondracke, Mónica Ramírez, and Olga Segura, along With Jennifer Lopez, Gina Rodriguez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Carmen Perez, Anthony D. Romero, Wilmer Valderrama, Zoe Saldana, Salma Hayek Pinault, Ricky Martin, Rosario Dawson, Diego Luna, Dolores Huerta and Sandra Cisneros.
This comes amid a raft of incidents including the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas that killed 22 individuals and injured 24 others, the sweeping ICE raids that took 680 individuals into custody in Mississippi, the continued separation of families, and the inhumane living conditions of those detained.
“As a Latina, my heart breaks with every attack on our dignity, humanity and lives. And as an American, I fear for the future of my country when our culture and policies lack a basic decency and respect for human life,” said Ferrera. “We all have a responsibility to show up in this moment and demand decency for one another and for our country.”
“We’re facing a moral crisis in our country, and we chose to use this moment to raise our voices, and speak up,” said Longoria. “Integrity starts with looking in the mirror and this letter calls on everyone, not just our community, to choose humanity and decency over hate and violence.”
“This piece is to remind us of our shared humanity,” added Orange Is The New Black star Diane Guerrero. “We don’t have to look far to see what family separation and hateful rhetoric is doing to the people in our country. If we do not act, we will be complicit in one of history’s greatest tragedies.”
Eva Longoria would need no convincing for 'Desperate Housewives' reboot(8/16/19) Eva Longoria would love to reprise her role as CEO and Talk Show host Gabby Solis in Desperate Housewives — and she insisted the salary wouldn’t be an issue.
The new mother spoke with Fox News about the possibility of fronting a reboot of the hit comedy-drama, which ran from 2004-2012. And when asked what it would take for her to reprise her famous role, Longoria claimed she’d return in a heartbeat.
“It would take nothing,” she shared. “I love Gabby Solis, I miss Gabby Solis. I miss Wisteria Lane. … I always said I’d be the first to sign onto a reboot.”
The 44-year-old actress welcomed her son Santiago with husband Jose Baston last June, and while she admitted she’s loving the experience, the star insisted she’s doing it on her terms.
“I don’t read comments, so I usually avoid all that negativity and mom-shaming if there has been any,” she confessed. “That’s probably my biggest pet peeve about motherhood, is other mothers who judge other mothers.”
Despite having her hands full, the star swiftly returned to work after giving birth and is currently starring in the live-action Dora the Explorer movie, Dora and the Lost City of Gold.
“I didn’t realize she was globally famous until it was announced I was doing this movie, and my friends from all over the world were calling,” she admitted. “(Then) I realized how important she was in so many people’s childhoods!”
Dora and the Lost City of Gold is in cinemas now.
Eva Longoria Guests on Grand Hotel 8/26/19(8/12/19) “Art of Darkness” – Teresa hosts a charity auction at the hotel. Meanwhile, Alicia and Javi learn more about Beatriz and the unmarked room, bringing back confusing childhood memories, on a new episode of “Grand Hotel,” airing MONDAY, AUG. 26 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-PG, V) Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.
“Grand Hotel” stars Demián Bichir as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sánchez as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes as Danny, Shalim Ortiz as Mateo, Anne Winters as Ingrid, Chris Warren as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina and Justina Adorno as Yoli.
Guest stars include Eva Longoria as Beatriz, Adrian Pasdar as Felix and Katey Sagal as Teresa.
“Art of Darkness” was written by Bob Daily and directed by Nicole Rubio.
‘Grand Hotel’: ABC Will Make Renewal Decision After Summer Run Although Karey Burke “Wished” Ratings Were Stronger – TCA(8/5/19) Grand Hotel fans will have to wait until the soapy drama’s summer run is over before discovering whether there will be a second season.
ABC’s President of Entertainment Karey Burke revealed that the network hadn’t made a renewal decision on the Eva Longoria-exec produced show.
Burke did, however, point to the show’s soft ratings, which may not be a great sign for its future.
“We’re going to wait until the end of its run. It’s a show we like a lot. It’s a show that I wish the ratings were a bit stronger but we’ll make that decision after its run,” she said.
Written by Brian Tanen based on a Spanish format, Grand Hotel is a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel, centering on the family who owns the business, the staff who run it and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior.
The Demian Bichir and Roselyn Sanchez-fronted series is a contemporary adaptation of a “period piece” format from Spain with an Upstairs/Downstairs tone. Katey Sagal is among the celebrity guests who show up to visit the family-owned hotel.
‘Desperate Housewives’ Revival Ruled Out By Series Creator Marc Cherry – TCA(8/2/19) If you’re hoping for a Desperate Housewives revival — even if it doesn’t include all the original cast members — don’t count on it.
We asked series creator Marc Cherry today at TCA whether he’d even consider one, and he said: “I did 180 episodes of Desperate Housewives, unlike a Sex and the City, which was on cable and didn’t do as many. I feel like I’ve done that, and in a weird way, I found a new way to do it because so many of themes that I get to deal with are on this show.” And by show, we mean Cherry’s new 10-episode CBS All Access series Why Women Kill. It’s about three different women in three different decades — a housewife in the ’60s (Ginnifer Goodwin), a socialite in the ’80s (Lucy Liu) and a lawyer in 2018 (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) — who deal with infidelity in their marriages. And, of course, this being Cherry’s world, there’s murder involved.
Also, if he were to revive Desperate Housewives, he’d have to contend with another challenge.
“[With Why Women Kill] it’s streaming and I do 10 episodes and it’s over,” he said. “The thing I went through [with Desperate Housewives] that was so difficult was cliffhangers. ‘OK, I got to do a cliffhanger every year and their lives have to change completely’ — and, oh, God, that’s so hard.”
Creating a streaming series also gives Cherry independence — not just with foul language (“I have so much fun using the word F*ck!”) but also not to be shackled from executing certain storylines. During his days on Desperate Housewives, Cherry was forbidden from writing certain dicey plots and themes, ones that are OK in the current network-verse.
Specifying one of the Desperate Housewives plots that ABC killed, Cherry says, “I was not allowed to do an abortion storyline, and I’ve seen many people do it — and on ABC, interestingly enough.”
Cherry added more detail on which character it would have impacted. “It was going to be a new character, and it was going to be a new thing,” he said,. “That was swatted away so quickly.”
Why Women Kill Trailer Features Sex, Death Wishes and… More Sex(7/24/19) (Video) Netflix has vetoed Designated Survivor‘s hope for a fourth season, cancelling the ABC cast-off after a 10-episode try-out on the streaming service.
“We are proud to have offered fans a third season of Designated Survivor, and will continue to carry all three seasons for years to come,” reads a statement from Netflix. “We’re especially thankful to star and executive producer Kiefer Sutherland, who brought passion, dedication and an unforgettable performance as President Kirkman. We’re also grateful to showrunner/executive producer Neal Bear for his guiding vision and steady hand, creator/executive producer David Guggenheim and EPs Mark Gordon, Suzan Bymel, Simon Kinberg, Aditya Sood and Peter Noah along with the cast and crew who crafted a compelling and satisfying final season.”
The Sutherland-led political drama was cancelled by ABC in May 2018, after its sophomore run (averaging 3.9 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating) dropped 30 and 40 percent from its freshman season. Then-ABC chief Channing Dungey explained at the time, “We were less confident with the creative path forward than the other shows we brought back.”
Designated Survivor underwent three backstage shake-ups during its first two seasons. Amy B. Harris (Wicked City) originally served as showrunner on the series (which was created by David Guggenheim), only to be replaced in May 2016 upon its official pickup, with Jon Harmon Feldman (Blood & Oil). Feldman left in December 2016, and was succeeded by Jeff Melvoin (Army Wives). And then The Good Wife grad Keith Eisner stepped in to run Season 2.
Four months after ABC gave the series the hook, Netflix stepped in to “save” Season 3, with ER vet Neal Baer at the helm.
The Code Cancelled at CBS(7/24/19) The verdict is in: CBS has cancelled the military legal drama The Code after just one season.
Star Dana Delany shared the news via Twitter on Tuesday, writing, “Thank you to all you wonderful people who watched @TheCodeCBS. Last night was our finale and sadly, no more. I’ll never make General. But I loved this cast of stellar actors & know we’ll meet again. Semper Fidelis.”
“While I’m disappointed that I don’t get to continue this particular adventure with these stellar humans, I feel very grateful for, and proud of, the show we made,” co-star Luke Mitchell added. “Thank you so much to everyone who watched!!”
The Code explored the toughest legal challenges facing the U.S. Marine Corps. At the center of the show were Marines who work together as prosecutors, defense lawyers and investigators to serve their country with integrity while often putting aside their personal ideals for the sake of justice.
In addition to Delany and Mitchell, the stacked ensemble included Anna Wood (Falling Water), Phillipa Soo (Broadway’s Hamilton), Raffi Barsoumian (The Vampire Diaries) and Ato Essandoh (Chicago Med).
The Code premiered in April to 8.1 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, in a special post-NCIS outing, but its ratings declined in its regular Monday time slot. Last night’s series finale hit and held onto series lows with 2.9 million total viewers and a 0.3 demo rating.
Eva Longoria Baston Guests on Grand Hotel 7/1/19(6/19/19) “Curveball” – Danny discovers a new piece of information in Sky’s disappearance, Alicia and Gigi disagree on how to best run the hotel, and Gigi gives her a glimpse into her mother’s past, on a new episode of “Grand Hotel,” airing MONDAY, JULY 1 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app or Hulu.
“Grand Hotel” stars Demián Bichir as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sánchez as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes as Danny, Shalim Ortiz as Mateo, Anne Winters as Ingrid, Chris Warren as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina and Justina Adorno as Yoli.
Guest stars include Eva Longoria Baston as Beatriz.
Brian Tanen is the writer and executive producer. Eva Longoria and Ben Spector (UnbeliEVAble) are executive producers, in addition to Bob Daily. Bill D’Elia is a director and an executive producer. Ramón Campos and Teresa Fernández-Valdés are executive producers of the series, as well as executive producers of the original Spanish version. The series is produced by ABC Studios.
“Curveball” was written by Bob Daily and directed by Eva Longoria Baston.
Jason Biggs, Vanessa Williams on Match Game 6/26/19(6/12/19) “Joel McHale, Rachael Ray, Jason Biggs, Caroline Rhea, Donald Faison, Vanessa Williams” – We’ve got actors, comedians, a singer and a chef … oh my! Alec Baldwin hosts an all-new hilarious episode of “Match Game,” airing WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. Produced by Fremantle, “Match Game” features four contestants each week vying for the chance to win $25,000, as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in-the-blank.
Celebrity panelists for June 26 include the following:
Joining the celebrity panelists are contestants Rutger McKenna (hometown: Brooklyn, New York), Alex Shumway (hometown: Dedham, Massachusetts), Khary Hobbs (hometown: Harper Woods, Michigan) and Rochelle Hall (hometown: Carson, California).
Marcia Cross claims anal cancer caused by same HPV strain as husband’s throat cancer(6/5/19) Marcia Cross, who bravely battled and defeated anal cancer less than a year ago, has revealed her disease was most likely the same strain of HPV that caused her husband’s throat cancer years earlier.
Cross, 57, is now in remission, and speaking out about the dangers of the STD. The former Desperate Housewives star appeared on CBS This Morning to promote early prevention against HPV and encourage people to get the HPV vaccine.
“I know there are people who are ashamed. You have cancer! You have to then also feel ashamed? Like you did something bad, you know, because it took up residence in your anus? I mean, come on, really. There’s enough on your plate.” Cross said.
“Even for me, it took a while. Anus, anus, anus. Ha. You just have to get used to it.”
According to the CDC, HPV causes more than 90% of anal cancers, and can spread from one person to another through sex or just by skin-to-skin contact. Back in 2009 her husband, Tom Mahoney, was diagnosed with throat cancer and underwent treatment. Little did the couple know the cancers would end up being related.
In September 2018, after a grueling battle of her own, including six weeks of radiation then two weeks of chemo, Cross finally revealed she was cancer-free.
“I am POST cancer. All good now. Hard journey, but I am HEALTHY, happy, and more present and grateful than ever,” she shared on Instagram. Thank you from the bottom of my ever expanding heart for all of your LOVE.”
Now well-educated on the disease and its dangers, Cross highly recommends early immunization. She said her daughters are up for their first shot at the end of the school year.
As for her own recovery, Cross told CBS she’s doing great.
“I’m feeling back to normal though it’s a new normal,” she said. “I don’t think I’ll ever take it for granted. I’m the girl who goes to the bathroom now and I go ‘Yes! It’s great what my body can do! I’m so grateful.’”
Roselyn Sánchez, Denyse Tontz & Bryan Craig in Grand Hotel 6/17/19 produced by Eva Longoria(6/4/19) “Pilot” – Eva Longoria executive produces this bold, provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach. Charismatic Santiago Mendoza owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi, and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success. The hotel’s loyal staff round out a contemporary fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior on the premiere episode of “Grand Hotel,” airing MONDAY, JUNE 17 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
Brian Tanen is the writer and executive producer. Eva Longoria and Ben Spector (UnbeliEVAble) are executive producers, in addition to Bob Daily. Bill D’Elia is a director and an executive producer. Ramón Campos and Teresa Fernández-Valdés are executive producers of the series, as well as executive producers of the original Spanish version. The series is produced by ABC Studios. ABC Studios is a part of Disney Television Studios, a collection of studios comprised of 20th Century Fox Television, ABC Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios.
“Pilot” was written by Brian Tanen and directed by Ken Olin.
Why Women Kill: Marc Cherry Dramedy Gets August Premiere at CBS All Access(6/4/19) CBS All Access will tell us Why Women Kill before summer is over: The upcoming dramedy will premiere on Thursday, Aug. 15, TVLine has learned.
New episodes will drop on a weekly basis, with installments getting released every Thursday. The show’s first season spans 10 episodes.
Created by Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives, Devious Maids), Why Women Kill follows the lives of three women living in three different decades: a housewife in the ’60s, a socialite in the ’80s and a lawyer in 2019, each dealing with infidelity in their marriages. Per the project’s logline, the show “will examine how the roles of women have changed, but how their reaction to betrayal… has not.”
Once Upon a Time‘s Ginnifer Goodwin, Elementary‘s Lucy Liu and The Good Place‘s Kirby Howell-Baptiste will star as the central trio. Goodwin plays Beth Ann, a seemingly cheerful housewife in 1963; Liu plays elegant socialite Simone; and Howell-Baptiste plays the fiercely intelligent attorney Taylor.
“Oh my gosh, I’m doing [Why Women Kill] now and it is kicking my ass in the best way,” Goodwin recently teased to TVLine. “It’s brain-hurting fun. A creative playground, for sure… [Cherry] is a master of words. Everything is a bit more theatrical and heightened and stylized and poetic and juicy.”
The cast also includes Jack Davenport (Smash), Sam Jaeger (Parenthood), Reid Scott (Veep), Alexandra Daddario (True Detective), Sadie Calvano (Mom), Leo Howard (Kickin’ It), Alicia Coppola (The Young and the Restless) and Katie Finneran (Bloodline).
Alfre Woodard Joins Kevin Hart In ‘Fatherhood’ Drama At Sony(5/23/19) Alfre Woodard has signed on to play Kevin Hart’s mother-in-law in Fatherhood, the Sony Pictures film adaptation based on the memoir Two Kisses For Maddy: A Memoir Of Loss & Love by Matt Logelin. Paul Weitz is directing the motion picture from a screenplay by Dana Stevens. Weitz penned the current draft.
Logelin’s novel details his life after his high school sweetheart, Liz, passed away after giving birth to their daughter Madeline. There was little time to grieve a life-shattering loss for Logelin: his wife bore the brunt of their impending jump into parenting and suddenly he was the sole caretaker for a newborn daughter, his link to his beloved wife.
Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen, David Beaubaire, Free Association’s Peter Kiernan and HartBeat’s Hart are producing the project
Woodard, an Oscar nominee and four-time Emmy winner, was last seen in Clemency, the Sundance film that picked up the Grand Jury Prize, making director Chinonye Chukwu the first black woman to win the award. Neon picked up the film and will release it in December. Furthermore, she stars opposite Jason Momoa in Apple’s original drama series See, and lends her voice to Jon Favreau’s highly anticipated The Lion King revamp, which Disney will release in July.
Woodard is repped by ICM, Circle of Confusion, and Gochman Law Group.
Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scam(5/13/19) “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty Monday in the college admissions bribery scheme, the biggest name to do so in a scandal that has exposed the lengths to which some wealthy parents will go to get their children into top universities.
The Emmy-winning actress, 56, could face prison time after she admitted to participating in the nationwide scam, in which authorities say parents bribed coaches, rigged entrance exams or both to game the admissions system.
Huffman pleaded guilty in federal court to paying an admissions consultant $15,000 to have a proctor correct her older daughter’s answers on the SAT. She also considered going through with the plan for her younger daughter before ultimately deciding not to, authorities say.
The consultant, Rick Singer, arranged for the cheating by having students obtain permission for extra time on the exams through diagnoses for things like learning disabilities, and then taking the exams at his testing centre, prosecutors say.
In court, Huffman explained her daughter had been seeing a neuropsychologist for years and getting extra time on tests since she was 11 — an apparent attempt to explain that her daughter’s doctor had no part in the scheme.
“I just didn’t want to create the impression that neuropsychologists have any part in this,” a tearful Huffman said before stopping to collect herself.
Sentencing was set for Sept. 13. Because she agreed to plead guilty, prosecutors said they would recommend four months in prison, but the judge could also choose not to put her behind bars at all.
She arrived at court holding the hand of her brother Moore Huffman Jr. and did not say anything to journalists. In court, she wore a grey dress and a sweater and sat flanked by her attorneys while her brother watched from the front row. Her husband, actor William H. Macy, didn’t attend.
Huffman had apologized in a statement last month and said she will accept the consequences. She said she “betrayed” her 18-year-old daughter, who was not aware of her plan.
“This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty,” Huffman said.
Investigators have said Macy, 69, was with her when admissions consultant Rick Singer explained how he could arrange for the cheating because he “controlled” a test centre. Both Huffman and Macy agreed to the plan, authorities say, but Macy has not been charged. Prosecutors have not explained why.
California businessman Devin Sloane also pleaded guilty Monday to paying $250,000 in bribes to get his son into the University of Southern California as a fake water polo recruit. Officials say he bought athletic gear online and worked with a designer to create a bogus photo of his son playing the sport for the application.
Huffman and Sloane are among 14 parents who agreed to plead guilty in the biggest admissions scandal ever prosecuted in the U.S., known as “Operation Varsity Blues.” The scandal involving prestigious schools across the country has also embroiled prominent college coaches.
The parents are accused of paying Singer to bribe coaches in exchange for helping their children get into schools as fake athletic recruits. Singer also paid off entrance exam administrators to allow someone else to take tests for students or fix their answers, authorities say.
Some parents and coaches who have agreed to plead guilty are co-operating with prosecutors against current or future co-defendants, but Huffman is not known to be among them.
Singer has pleaded guilty to charges including racketeering conspiracy. He began working with authorities last year and secretly recorded his conversations with actress Lori Loughlin, Huffman and other parents in the hopes of getting a lenient sentence.
Some parents have decided to fight the charges, including Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, who have pleaded not guilty to paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits even though neither of them is a rower.
Loughlin and Giannulli, who are also charged with money laundering conspiracy, have not publicly commented on the allegations.
Huffman was a star of the popular ABC series “Desperate Housewives,” which won her an Emmy Award in 2005. She was nominated for an Oscar for playing a transgender woman in the movie “Transamerica.”
Experts differ on whether Huffman’s swift acceptance of responsibility will leave her with an acting career.
After she agreed to plead guilty, Netflix officials said a film starring her, “Otherhood,” would not be released as planned in April and a new date would be determined. A limited series featuring Huffman on the Central Park Five case is expected to debut this month.
The Rookie Renewed for Season 2(5/11/19) The Rookie will report back for duty next TV season.
ABC announced on Friday that the Nathan Fillion-led series has been renewed for Season 2, following a run of steady ratings in the network’s infamously vexing Tuesday “death slot.”
Across its 20-episode freshman run, the “light procedural” (tell that to Zoe!) averaged a 0.73 demo rating and about 4.2 million total weekly viewers, ranking fifth out of ABC’s nine dramas in both measures. When DVR playback is factored in, it has been one of ABC’s strongest gainers, trailing only The Good Doctor and A Million Little Things.
The Rookie‘s Season 1 finale saw the rookie exam interrupted by a bio-terrorism threat. Along the way, Nolan witnessed Russo engage in a bad shooting, while Bradford collapsed after being cooped up with a man who had been exposed to and died brutally from the weaponized virus.
Pauley Perrette Sitcom Broke and Patricia Heaton's Second Act Among 4 Comedies Ordered to Series at CBS(5/10/19) A quartet of comedy pilots just landed a spot on CBS’ schedule for the 2019-20 season. The Eye Network has ordered to series Bob ?? Abishola, Broke, Carol’s Second Act and The Unicorn, TVLine has learned.
Here’s the breakdown of each new project:
Hailing from EP Chuck Lorre, Bob ?? Abishola (or Bob Hearts Abishola, for the emoji-averse) stars Mike & Molly‘s Billy Gardell as a middle-aged sock businessman from Detroit who suffers a heart attack. When he unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant (played by Folake Olowofoyeku), he sets his sights on getting her to give him a chance. Lorre also penned the pilot, along with EPs Eddie Gorodetsky and Al Higgins.
Broke centers on an outrageously wealthy trust fund baby who is cut off by his father, prompting him and his wife to move into her estranged sister’s Reseda home — and the two siblings are forced to reconnect. Jane the Virgin‘s Jaime Camil and NCIS vet Pauley Perrette lead the cast, while Jane showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman serves as an executive producer.
Sitcom veteran Patricia Heaton stars in Carol’s Second Act, which follows Carol Chambers as she embarks on a unique path after raising two children and retiring from teaching: pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor. Kyle MacLachlan, Ito Aghayere, Jean-Luc Bilodeau and Sabrina Jalees round out the cast. Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins (Good Girls, black-ish) wrote the pilot script, and Pamela Fryman (How I Met Your Mother) directed the episode.
Last but not least, The Unicorn — the lone single-cam project in this batch of comedies — follows a recent widower (played by Walton Goggins) as he navigates the most difficult year of his life. A tight-knit group of friends and family helps him move on as he raises two daughters and takes the major step of dating — only to find, to his shock, that he’s a hot commodity. The cast also includes Rob Corddry and Michaela Watkins.
‘T.O.T.S’ Renewed For Season 2 Ahead Of Toon’s Disney Junior Premiere; Vanessa Williams & Megan Hilty Join Voice Cast(5/9/19) (Video) T.O.T.S. doesn’t premiere until next month, but Disney Junior today ordered a second season of the children’s toon and added Vanessa Williams and Megan Hilty to the voice cast.
Aimed at ages 2-7, the comedy follows the adventures of best friends Pip and Freddy, a tenacious penguin and a kind-hearted flamingo who are the only non-stork delivery birds in-training at Tiny Ones Transport Service, or T.O.T.S. Produced by Titmouse in association with Disney Junior, its stories suggest themes of positively interacting with and nurturing others while celebrating one another’s differences. Every half-hour episode has an original song and the recurring delivery anthem “Bringing This Baby Home.” Watch a video of the song below.
Premiering on June 14, T.O.T.S. features two 11-minute stories that highlight the use of creative thinking, teamwork and problem solving to model for young viewers that there is more than one way to achieve a goal.
Jet Jurgensmeyer (Last Man Standing) voices Pip the Penguin, and Christian Simon (Sydney to the Max) as Freddy the Flamingo. Williams will play Captain Beakman, and Hilty voices K.C. the Koala.
Travis Braun (Vampirina) created T.O.T.S. and serves as co-executive producer along with Chris Gilligan, who also is supervising director. Vic Cook executive produces.
This Close Season 2(5/9/19) The dramedy This Close will return for Season 2 with two back-to-back episodes on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 9 pm PT/midnight ET on SundanceTV. The rest of the eight-episode season will unspool with double installments on Friday, Sept. 13, Thursday, Sept. 19 and Friday, Sept. 20. Guest stars include Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives), Camryn Manheim (The Practice), Steven Weber (iZombie), Austin Nichols (The Walking Dead), Lisa Rinna (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Margaret Cho (Drop Dead Diva) and Millicent Simmonds (A Quiet Place).
When They See Us Trailer(4/19/19) (Video) Felicity Huffman in When They See Us Trailer: Netflix Takes a Searing (and Star-Studded) Look at the Infamous Central Park Five Case.
Felicity Huffman’s Guilty Plea Hearing In College Bribery Case Set For Next Month – Update(4/11/19) A guilty-pleading Felicity Huffman will soon have what could be one of her final days in court in the elite schools admission scandal.
A May 21 plea hearing has been set for the Desperate Housewives actor in the wide spread and ongoing probe into wealthy parents paying to get their kids into top colleges under false athletic pretense or false exam scores.
Having declared that she is guilty of the conspiracy charge that federal prosecutors hit the Emmy winner with last month, Huffman expressed “shame” and “deep regret” earlier this week. Now, the actor will stand in front of U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani next month in Boston in clear hopes of avoiding the maximum sentence of 20 years she’s facing.
As Deadline reported last week, the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Massachusetts are pretty stuck on seeing Huffman and other parents snared in the Operation Varsity Blues investigation serve some time behind bars.
The timing of Huffman’s upcoming hearing has been set in part because the actor’s top lawyer Martin Murphy couldn’t make it on the originally considered date of May 24.
Felicity Huffman Netflix Pic ‘Otherhood’ Streaming Date Pushed Amid College Scandal; Central Park Five Miniseries Keeps Air Date(4/9/19) The Netflix comedy movie Otherhood starring Felicity Huffman, originally set to stream on April 26, has been pushed after the Emmy winning actress and Oscar nominee pleaded guilty yesterday in a college bribe scheme in which she is accused of shelling out $15K to boost her daughter’s SAT score.
When we reached for comment, Netflix did not provide any, with no specific future streaming date mentioned for Otherhood. Otherhood which also stars Angela Bassett and Patricia Arquette, will stream in August Deadline hears. The pic follows three mothers (Huffman, Bassett, Arquette) who are empty nesters and decide to drive to New York City to reconnect with their adult sons. In the process, they realize their sons are not the only ones whose lives need to change.
That said, Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five Netflix miniseries When They See Us which stars Huffman as Linda Fairstein, the former sex crimes chief in the Manhattan D.A.’s office, will still stream on May 31. Fairstein prosecuted five teenagers who were wrongfully convicted in the rape of a young woman who was jogging through Central Park when she was attacked on April 19, 1989.
It is also reported that Lori Loughlin, who was also charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud, won’t be returning to her guest-starring role on Netflix’s Fuller House. Loughlin is out on $1 million bail and has surrendered her passport. She has not entered a plea, yet.
During the fall of 2017, Netflix had to contend with the fallout from the multiple sexual assault allegations made against House of Cards star Kevin Spacey. He was fired from the streaming giant’s flagship series and the studio shelved the Gore Vidal biopic he had finished at the time.
After pleading guilty yesterday, Huffman apologized saying “I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions.”
Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty In College Bribery Case(4/8/19) Facing a potential sentence of five years behind bars, Felicity Huffman today has entered a guilty plea in the college bribery scheme.
Law enforcement plans to push for some prison time for the American Crime actor, sources tell Deadline, as we exclusively reported last week.
While Full House star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband have not yet entered at plea, the the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts also unveiled on Monday that Beverly Hill-based marketing boss Jane Buckingham put a guilty plea in the federal docket too.
In total, 14 of the 33 parents indicted in the nationwide conspiracy on March 12 entered pleas today, say the feds. Like Loughlin and spouse Mossimo Giannulli, Huffman was last in court on April 4 in Boston for a preliminary hearing. Neither entered a plea then nor were expected too. Unlike the initial arraignment in L.A. on March 12, which saw the arrested Desperate Housewives star released on bail of $250,000 and stringent travel restrictions, Huffman’s husband William H. Macy did not attend the Beantown hearing.
The indictments, made public on March 12, saw 50 people charged in the nationwide $25 million scam by William Singer and his phony Key Worldwide Foundation. They promised to fast-track the kids of the wealthy like Huffman and Loughlin to top schools with fake athletic credentials or phony SAT scores.
Among the well-heeled parents arrested, Huffman and Loughlin are being charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud, according to the unsealed indictment.
Huffman “made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter,” according to the lengthy March 6 indictment. The CAA-repped Huffman also paid an undisclosed sum to an individual who “controlled” a Los Angeles SAT testing center to fix her daughter’s incorrect exam answers. That effort led to a massive increase in the daughter’s test score and consequently admission to a top college.
Singer and several coaches from top schools entered guilty pleas last. The former call center manager is said to be cooperating fully with authorities in a on-going probe that is expected to see more high-profile indictments and perhaps even charges from the IRS.
Mark Moses on The Code 4/29/18(4/8/19) “Back on the Block” – When a dying Marine confesses his involvement in covering up the murder of an Iraqi civilian more than a decade ago, Abe and Trey are assigned to prosecute the accused killer – a sitting U.S. congressman. Also, Maya helps her brother prepare for his state senate race, on THE CODE, Monday, April 29 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST inlcudes: Aaron Tveit (Matt Dobbins), Mark Moses (Col. Wesley Riggle)
‘Desperate Housewives’ Eva Longoria and Marcia Cross to ‘lose millions’ in royalties after college scam(4/3/19) Desperate Housewives alum Eva Longoria and Marcia Cross — who stand to lose a small fortune.
“Each cast member earns a fat royalty every time ‘Housewives’ airs anywhere around the world. Eva and Marcia planned on cashing those checks for years, and now Felicity has messed that up,” a spy dished to Straight Shuter.
“We’re talking millions of dollars lost. They’re steaming mad and nothing Felicity can say or do will help.”
As RadarOnline.com readers know, Huffman and Fuller House star Lori Loughlin were the most famous names in the landmark college admissions scam case that led to 50 people being charged in the criminal investigation involving wealthy parents, coaches and college prep executives who have been accused of carrying out a nationwide fraud to get students into prestigious universities, according to a federal indictment.
Huffman, 56, who’s an Academy Award nominee, has been charged with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, according to court paperwork filed Monday, March 11 in federal court in Massachusetts. The star allegedly paid a proctor $15,000 to take the SAT for her older daughter, Sofia.
Loughlin, 54, and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, were also charged after allegedly agreeing to pay $500,000 in bribes to have their two daughters accepted to the University of Southern California as a recruited crew athletes, even though they didn’t row competitively.
She was arrested and released from jail on $1 million bond.
Since appearing in a federal court in Los Angeles March 12 and released on $250,000 bond, Huffman has been “inconsolable” and “distraught,” the source said.
Lori Loughlin & Felicity Huffman Face Judge in College Bribery Case(4/3/19) Felicity Huffman ?has just arrived to face a judge for her involvement in the massive college bribery scandal.
The "Desperate Housewives" actress appeared in a federal courthouse in Boston Wednesday where she -- along with other parents including Lori Loughlin -- will reportedly know more about the conditions of their release.
11:03 AM PT -- Lori Loughlin just showed up to the Boston courthouse, and was quick to get inside. She avoided answering any questions from reporters, but was also met by some fans cheering, waving, and carrying Lori cutouts with them.
Lori gave a quick wave before marching into court.
12:01 PM -- Lori and Mossimo have just appeared before a judge and both have surrendered their passports. The actress reportedly said hi to the prosecuting team, smiled and shook their hands. Lori and Mossimo are now done with their part of Wednesday's hearing.
12:11 PM -- Felicity's also gone up before a judge and said she understood the seriousness of the charges. She had already surrendered her passport. So with that, she's also done. That was fast.
Prosecutors want jail time for Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin(4/3/19) Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman could cut plea bargains if they want 'em -- but they wouldn't be getting off easy ... because prosecutors want prison time, TMZ has learned.
Federal law enforcement sources tell TMZ, any plea would come with a recommendation by prosecutors that the actresses serve some time behind bars. The official told us, "You can't have people being treated differently because they have money. That's how we got to this place. Every defendant will be treated the same."
Prosecutors will not have the final word if the cases are plea bargained. The U.S. Attorney would make a recommendation to the judge, but the judge has the final word.
Lori and Felicity each face a maximum of 5 years in prison if convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
Our sources say it is "likely" plea bargain discussions will begin, but we're told no plea deal has been made.
Lori and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have been accused of paying ringleader Rick Singer $500,000 to get their daughters into USC by falsely claiming they would participate in the crew team.
Felicity is accused of paying Singer $15,000 to rig her daughter's SAT test.
50 people have been charged in the alleged scams, and we're told more indictments are expected.
Marcia Cross Is 'Really Glad' Her Hair Fell Out After Anal Cancer Treatment: 'It Was Humbling'(3/29/19) (people.com) Marcia Cross is a survivor.
When doctors told the Desperate Housewives alum, 57, that she had anal cancer in November 2017, the actress prepared for the fight of her life. “You have moments of terror but it’s beyond tears,” the actress tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s issue. “You’re in fight mode.”
Knowing her six-week treatment would be “gnarly,” Cross was comforted when she was told the type of chemotherapy she was given did not usually result in hair loss. She also relied on humor to help her through the process. “In the beginning, I just sort of lay down for the parting of the cheeks and I would float away,” she says, laughing. “Because what are you going to do?”
Several months after completing treatment, Cross noticed her hair starting to fall out. “It was disconcerting,” says the actress, whose doctor suspected the loss was a result of a condition called telogen effluvium brought on by stress rather than her chemo. “I was really trying to be okay about it shedding, but it didn’t stop.”
Truthfully, “I’m really glad it fell out,” she insists. “It was totally humbling and heart-opening. I am shocked at how many people struggle with hair issues. It widened and opened my compassion for the whole ride.”
The actress first revealed her diagnosis last September when she posted a photo on Instagram bemoaning her hair loss and asking her followers if they could relate. The deluge of support she received prompted her to share her story to help others who are dealing with the disease.
“I want to help put a dent in the stigma around anal cancer,” Cross says. “I’ve read a lot of cancer-survivor stories, and many people, women especially, were too embarrassed to say what kind of cancer they had. There is a lot of shame about it. I want that to stop.”
Now cancer-free for almost a year (her doctor says the probability of recurrence is very low), Cross — who has been busy shooting the pilot for a spin-off of Jane the Virgin for the CW — is also “much kinder and a million times more loving to herself” after her diagnosis.
“I got a clear scan, and then I heard my critical voice start to attack myself, which it has done my whole life,” she adds. “I thought, ‘So you’re going to get to live and then you’re going to do that?’ And for the first time I thought, ‘No. That critical voice is no longer acceptable. It is no longer allowed. That is the real cancer.’ “
Doug Savant on NCIS 4/16/19(3/29/19) “Hail & Farewell” – NCIS investigates the murder of a Marine Major believed to have been killed in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon after human remains are discovered at a construction site. A personal history with the victim drives Gibbs to solve her crime, on NCIS, Tuesday, April 16 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Garrett M. Brown (Retired Marine General James Wallace), Doug Savant (Marine Brigadier General Daniel Kent), Erin Cummings (Marine Major Ellen Wallace)
Mark Moses In ‘Deputy’(3/29/19) Desperate Housewives alum Mark Moses has booked a series regular role opposite Stephen Dorff in Fox drama pilot Deputy, from David Ayer, Will Beall and eOne. Written by Beall and directed by Ayer, Deputy centers on Deputy Bill Hollister (Dorff), a career lawman who’s very comfortable kicking down doors and utterly lost in a staff meeting. But when the L.A. County sheriff drops dead, Bill becomes acting sheriff, in charge of 10,000 sworn deputies policing a modern Wild West. Moses will play Jerry London. This overbearing bureaucrat is a “political apex predator” who is openly contemptuous of Hollister and itching to drive him off the force. Moses is known for his role as Paul Young on ABC’s Desperate Housewives. He recently recurred on The Last Ship, Berlin Station and Salvation. Moses is repped by Innovative Artists.
Felicity Huffman Deletes Social Media Accounts In Wake Of College Bribery Scandal(3/15/19) Mocked mercilessly on social media, actress Felicity Huffman today deleted her Instagram and Twitter accounts.
The former Desperate Housewives star is out on $250,000 bail for her alleged involvement in a college admissions cheating scandal. Huffman used the social media accounts mostly for inspirational posts, and had almost 600,000 Instagram followers; her Twitter count isn’t known.
Professional comedians had a field day with Huffman’s dilemma, and regular posters were just as vicious toward her.
Huffman is one of 50 people, including actress Lori Loughlin, accused of bribes to various officials to get their children into select colleges. Huffman has been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin & Bill McGlashan Hit With $500M Suit Over Elite Colleges Bribery Scheme(3/14/19) As the fallout from the nationwide elite college bribery scheme continues, the indicted Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin and STX Entertainment co-founder Bill McGlashan have all been hit today in a multi-million dollar lawsuit from one very angry mother.
That’s “no less than $500,000,000.00” angry to be specific
“Joshua applied to some of the colleges where the cheating took place and did not get in,” says award winning former Oakland school teacher Jennifer Kay Toy of her 4.2 graduating son. “Joshua and I beleived that he’d had a fair chance just like all other applicants but did not make the cut for some undisclosed reason,” Toy adds in the multi-claim fraud class action filed in a San Francisco court (read it here), with a hard tone that not even the filing can hide.
Filed yesterday, the class action doesn’t just go after the American Crime star, the Fuller House actor and the managing partner of TPG Growth but all the 30 other parents and more indicted and arrested this week in the “Operation Varsity Blues” bust. Like the other parents, Huffman, Loughlin, the Garage Sale Mysteries actor’s fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli and now ex-STX board member McGlashan are being charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud, according to the unsealed indictment.
The Desperate Housewives and Fuller House actors were named among a well-heeled group who paid millions in bribes to to a William Singer-topped Key Worldwide Foundation fake non-profit and coaches at top schools like UCLA, USC, Yale Georgetown and Stanford, so their children could gain admission as recruited athletes – even if they weren’t actually athletes.
Posing as “donations” from the parents, the money allegedly funded illegal activity at the nonprofit included hiring other individuals to write admission exams for the potential students and bribing officials to alter SAT and ACT test scores. Revealing everything to prosecutors, Singer pleaded guilty on March 12 to racketeering and other charges in the RICO Act fueled investigation. A number of top college coaches also entered guilty pleas.
Huffman, Giannulli and McGlashan were among the LA-locals arrested and arraigned on March 12 too. Though he appears in the indictment, Huffman’s Shameless star husband William H. Macy was not named as a defendant in the matter.
Out of town filming a now-defunct Hallmark Channel project on the day of the initial arrests and court appearances, Loughlin was before a federal judge yesterday. Like her husband, the actor was granted $1 million bail bond and set to appear in a Boston federal court on March 29. As Macy looked on from the public gallery, Huffman was released on a $250,000 bail on March 12.
The other schools mentioned in the fed’s March 6 indictment are the University of San Diego, the University of Texas at Austin and Wake Forest University. In announcing the indictments, Andrew Lelling, U.S. District Attorney of Massachusetts, noted that, “The schools are not considered co-conspirators.” But some college coaches and one administrator — USC senior associate athletic director Dr. Donna Heinel — have been indicted.
“I’m now aware of the massive cheating scandal wherein wealthy people conspired with people in positions of power and authority at colleges in order to allow their children to gain access to the very colleges that Joshua was rejected from,” Toy says in language that is much kinder than many parents have been using since the the FBI and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts made the indictments of 33 parents, college coaches and administrators public on March 12.
“I’m not a wealthy person, but even if l were wealthy l would not have engaged in the heainous and dispicable actions of defendants, the ex-public school teacher declares in the paperwork placed in the court docket by LA lawyer Daniel King. “I’m outraged and hurt because I feel that my son, my only child, was denied access to a college not because he failed to work and study hard enough but because wealthy individuals felt that it was ok to lie, cheat, steal and bribe their children’s way into a good college.”
Unlikely to be the last such lawsuit to be filed in the coming week and months out of this sprawling conspiracy, Jennifer Kay Toy’s action is in parallel with one kicked off by others too.
Claiming the top college admission’s system is”warped and rigged by fraud,” a group of parents and students have launched a class action suit (read it here) against Singer himself, USC, UCLA and other schools named in “Operation Varsity Blues.” Stanford student Kalea Woods, community college student Tyler Bendis and his mother, Julia, Erica Olsen, Rutgers student Nicholas James Johnson and his father, James, Lauren Fidelak and her mother Keri want “compensatory damages in an amount which is fair and reasonable to compensate the Plaintiffs and the Class Members.”
Get ready for more.
William H. Macy ‘disagreed from day one’ with Felicity Huffman over alleged scam: Source(3/14/19) Felicity Huffman’s husband William H. Macy looks like he’s playing the role of devoted husband by showing up to his actress wife’s court hearing, but RadarOnline.com learned exclusively he never agreed with her scheme to advance their daughter’s academic career.
“He knew she was up to something, but he disagreed with it from day one,” said a source of the Shameless star, who has not been charged with a crime.
Huffman and Fuller House star Lori Loughlin are the most famous names in the landmark case that led to 50 people being charged in the criminal investigation involving wealthy parents, coaches and college prep executives who have been accused of carrying out a nationwide fraud to get students into prestigious universities, according to a federal indictment.
Huffman, 56, who’s an Academy Award nominee, has been charged with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, according to court paperwork filed Monday in federal court in Massachusetts. The star allegedly paid a proctor $15,000 to take the SAT for her older daughter, Sofia.
Prior to the December 2017 SAT, a cooperative witness allegedly met with the American Crime actress and William in their home and explained how the scheme works. Macy was not named in the complaint, but referred to as a “spouse.”
“He advised Huffman and her spouse that he ‘controlled’ a testing center, and could arrange for a third party to proctor their daughter’s SAT and secretly correct her answers afterwards,” the court papers alleged. “(The cooperative witness) has advised investigators that Huffman and her spouse agreed to the plan.”
But according to the source, the 69-year-old actor was not on board with the scam, which his famous wife also tried to use for their younger daughter, but didn’t follow through with it.
“He (Macy) didn’t know the details, but he knew she (Huffman) was trying to do something,” added the source. “He wasn’t fully aware of what she was planning.”
The complaint claims that Macy was on a Dec. 12, 2018, call with Huffman and the cooperating witness to discuss their younger daughter possibly taking the SAT over a two-day period.
“Do we want two days?” Macy allegedly asked the witness, later saying, “She’ll score higher. Just her base score will be higher if we did it over two days.”
“He was against it and all the pressure. Instead, he wanted his daughter to take some time off and enjoy life for a bit to figure out what she wanted to do.”
“But Felicity was manic about it. She was insistent, but he didn’t want any pressure for his daughter to go to school.”
Loughlin, 54, and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, were also charged after allegedly agreeing to pay $500,000 in bribes to have their two daughters accepted to the University of Southern California as a recruited crew athletes, even though they didn’t row competitively.
Since appearing in a federal court in Los Angeles March 12 and released on $250,000 bond, Huffman has been “inconsolable” and “distraught,” the source said.
But she isn’t getting any shoulders to cry on.
“Friends don’t feel sorry for her. They think she deserves it,” continued the source.
“She knew about the investigation, so it shouldn’t have been shocking. People close to Felicity and William don’t think she deserves sympathy.”
“Her children didn’t know what was going on, and now it’s breaking up the family.”
Felicity Huffman deletes Instagram post about being ‘good enough’ mom(3/13/19) Felicity Huffman deleted an Instagram post about the struggles of motherhood she put up just days before she was charged for her alleged role in a nationwide college admissions scam.
On Saturday, the 56-year-old “Desperate Housewives” actress had posted a photo of a notebook and a “Good mom” coffee mug, according to Us Weekly.
“To all the moms out there, you’re all superheroes and you’re all good enough,” she reportedly captioned the photo, adding: “Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Treat yourself today…”
The post was no longer on her account following her arrest on Tuesday, the magazine reported.
The star is one of at least 13 people, including actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, who have been arrested as part of the alleged scam thus far. In total, 50 people – including more than 30 parents and nine coaches – have been charged in the scheme, which involved bribing insiders to get clients’ children into top schools, authorities said.
The nearly decade-long scam was allegedly commanded by William Rick Singer, founder of for-profit college prep business Edge College & Career Network, also known as “The Key.” The 58-year-old California man purportedly helped parents get their children’s college admission through bribes, according to court documents.
Officials had been investigating the case, referred to by its code name “Operation Varsity Blues,” for more than a year.
Huffman was arrested Tuesday after FBI agents showed up at her Los Angeles home around 6 a.m. She posted a $250,000 bond after an appearance in an L.A. federal court. Her husband, actor William H. Macy, has not been charged, though an FBI agent stated in an affidavit that he was in the room when Huffman first heard the pitch from a scam insider.
David Mamet Defends Felicity Huffman For “Unfortunate” Role In Elite College Bribery Scandal(3/13/19) David Mamet is defending longtime friend Felicity Huffman and her husband, Shameless actor William H. Macy, following the actress’ indictment Tuesday in a wide-reaching college admissions bribery scandal.
In an open letter, the Oscar-nominated writer of Wag the Dog and The Verdict wrote that he’s known Huffman for 35 years and is “crazy” about the former Desperate Housewives star and her husband, with whom he started the off-Broadway Atlantic Theatre Company.
Huffman and Full House actress Lori Loughlin and 48 other high-profile individuals were indicted in connection with a federal college admissions cheating investigation. They allegedly participated in a nationwide conspiracy to get students admitted to top colleges including Georgetown, Stanford, USC and Yale, according to a federal indictment.
Mamet blamed Huffman’s alleged role in the admissions scheme on “a parent’s zeal for her children’s future” and called the situation “unfortunate.” He added that he’s worked “in and around our Elite Universities” for many years and their admissions policies are a “corrupt joke.”
Here’s Mamet’s full letter:
I worked for very many years in and around our Elite Universities. I am able to report that their admissions policies are an unfortunate and corrupt joke.
Harvard was once sued for restricting the admission of qualified Jews; a contest currently being waged by Asians.
The unqualified may be accepted for many reasons, among them, as Legacies, and on account of large donations made by their parents. I do not see the difference between getting a kid into school by bribing the Building Committee, and by bribing someone else. But, apparently, the second is against the Law. So be it.
I’ve known and worked with Bill Macy for nearly fifty years. We started two theatre companies together, one of which, THE ATLANTIC is still in operation in New York, after 35 years. I’ve known Felicity Huffman for those 35 years, she was my student, my colleague, worked in many of my films, and created roles on stage in three of my plays.
I’m crazy about them both.
That a parent’s zeal for her children’s future may have overcome her better judgment for a moment is not only unfortunate, it is, I know we parents would agree, a universal phenomenon.
If ever there were a use for the Texas Verdict, this is it. For the uninitiated, the Texas Verdict is: “Not Guilty, but Don’t do it Again.”
Felicity Huffman Arrested by FBI with Guns Drawn, Loughlin to Surrender Wed(3/12/19) 5:28 PM PT -- Multiple law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Lori Loughlin will turn herself in to federal authorities Wednesday morning. The FBI showed up at her doorstep early Tuesday morning, and she was going to receive the same treatment as Felicity. Turns out, Lori was shooting in Vancouver and wasn't there. FBI agents arrested her husband in the college bribery scam, and then made arrangements with Lori's people for her to surrender when she returns to L.A.
Felicity Huffman knew she was a target of the federal investigation into bribery in the college admissions process ... but she had no idea 7 feds would show up at her door Tuesday morning with guns drawn.
Sources familiar with the arrest tell TMZ, 7 FBI agents showed up at Felicity's Hollywood Hills home at 6 AM and drew their weapons as they ordered Felicity to come out and surrender.
We're told Felicity, her husband William H. Macy and their 2 daughters were asleep when the agents ordered her out. Our sources say she knew the arrest was looming and would have gladly surrendered on her own, but the feds saw it differently.
An FBI source familiar with the arrest tells TMZ guns were drawn as a precaution. It's always left to the agents' discretion whether to draw a firearm during an arrest.
The agents took Huffman to a federal building where she was processed by federal marshals.
As we reported, Huffman was indicted for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. The indictment claims Huffman made a charitable contribution of $15,000 to participate in a college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter. The indictment claims the daughter was given twice the amount of time to take the SAT as other students and the paid proctor agreed to secretly correct her answers afterward.
The docs claim the girl got a 1420 score ... approximately 400 points over her PSAT.
Felicity Huffman Released On $250K Bail, Surrenders Passport At Elite College Bribery Hearing(3/12/19) UPDATED with more details: Felicity Huffman didn’t have to enter a plea Tuesday as part of the elite college bribery scheme for which she was indicted earlier in the day, but the actor had to hand over a chunk of change and her passport in Los Angeles federal court. Her release has been ordered pending a $250,000 bond.
Huffman is next expected in appear in Boston court March 29 for a preliminary hearing.
Standing before the judge and with a cracked voice, the noticeably drawn and casually dressed Huffman responded with a “yes” several times during today’s hearing when asked whether she understood the charges before her.
With guards by their sides, Huffman and the other 10 or so Los Angeles locals arrested in the sting this morning stood in a glassed-off area at the far end of the courtroom. Also in the room was Huffman’s husband and Shameless star William H. Macy, who sat among the families of other defendants with his head down staring at the floor or reading documents. He only really looked up to raise his hand when asked by the judge whether he was in the courtroom, and to hand over his driver’s license and other ID for verification as part of the bail co-signing.
Huffman, the Emmy-winning former Desperate Housewives star, and 45 others were indicted in a multimillion-dollar scheme by wealthy parents to get their children into top schools with the aides of bribes and false athletic qualifications.
Her appearance in federal court this afternoon comes hours after the American Crime actor was arrested. Fuller House star Lori Loughlin also faces the same charges but was not taken into custody this morning; she was out of town and flew into LAX this afternoon. Her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, was arrested and was also in court Tuesday.
Although today’s multi-defendant hearing started two hours after it was scheduled, Huffman’s time in front of the judge was relatively quick, starting at 4:18 PM PT and ending around 4:30. Besides the actor’s short answers, the bulk of that time was spent with Huffman’s attorney and federal prosecutors bickering over her bail and what other conditions should be imposed.
Huffman’s lawyer promised that her client would not become “an international fugitive” and argued she should be released on her own recognizance. Saying Huffman had real estate assets in excess of $20 million and other investments of up to $4 million, the government strongly argued for a bail that would at least be 1% of Huffman’s resources.
While the judge agreed with the feds on the bail amount, he did not agree that Huffman couldn’t discuss the case with Macy, rejecting the government assertion it considered him “a witness to her conduct.”
As a result of today’s hearing, Huffman’s travel is restricted to the continental U.S. However, as is often the case with high-profile defendants, the judge said international travel would be allowed if the court grants permission.
Discovered through taped conversations and more in a year-long investigation by the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office, Huffman specifically “made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter,” according to the indictment read this morning in Boston by Andrew Lelling, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. The CAA-repped Huffman also paid an undisclosed sum to an individual who “controlled” a Los Angeles SAT testing center to fix her daughter’s incorrect exam answers. That effort led to a massive increase in the daughter’s test score and consequently admission to a top college.
Tipped off in the pursuit of another case, the feds found a $25 million scam run by the William Singer-topped Key Worldwide Foundation. The money, collected by the nonprofit as “donations” from parents, allegedly funded illegal activity including hiring other individuals to write admission exams for potential students, paying officials to alter test scores, and bribing coaches so their children could gain admission as recruited athletes even if they had never played the sport. Singer and several coaches from top schools entered guilty pleas earlier Tuesday.
Among those charged in the March 6 indictment, Huffman could be looking at up to five years behind bars if found guilty.
Although mentioned in the grand jury indictment, Macy was not charged in the nationwide case. Lelling, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, called the case “the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.”
Felicity Huffman Arrested In Elite College Bribe Scheme; Lori Loughlin & Others Charged – Update(3/12/19) 2nd UPDATE with more details, 12:30 PM: Felicity Huffman was arrested this morning by law enforcement for her involvement in a bribery scheme to get her and William H. Macy’s daughter into elite colleges.
When Calls the Heart star and Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin and her spouse, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, also are charged in the nationwide indictment.
Andrew Lelling, U.S. District Attorney of Massachusetts, called the case “the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.”
American Crime and Desperate Housewives actor Huffman and Giannulli were taken into custody with 11 other Los Angeles locals today, I’ve learned, as a scathing indictment was unsealed in federal court in Boston. Huffman and the others are expected to appear in downtown L.A. court this afternoon on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.
Despite earlier indications, Loughlin — who also was a regular on such TV series as 90210, Summerland, Hudson Street and Full House — was not arrested this morning.
Among 33 parents and 17 others under indictment, the charges could see Huffman and Loughlin behind bars for up to five years.
Maenwhile, at least two other people with ties to the entertainment industry also were caught up in today’s FBI indictments: Jane Buckingham, founder and CEO of the Beverly Hills-based boutique marketing firm Trendera, and Elisabeth Kimmel, owner and president of Midwest Television, which sold the CBS-affiliated San Diego radio and TV outlets KFMB to Tenga last year. Kimmel also worked as a litigation associate at Mitchell, Silberberg and Knupp, the law firm whose specialties include movie, TV and music deals.
PREVIOUSLY, 8:37 AM: (UPDATED with information from law enforcement press conference): Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin knowingly broke the law trying to get their kids into top-tier colleges, according to the FBI and the U.S Attorney’s office for the district of Massachusetts.
The Desperate Housewives and Fuller House actors were named among a group of 33 parents who paid millions in bribes to coaches at top schools like UCLA, USC, Yale Georgetown and Stanford, so their children could gain admission as recruited athletes – even if they weren’t actually athletes.
The other schools mentioned in the indictment are the University of San Diego, the University of Texas at Austin and Wake Forest University. In announcing the indictments, Andrew Lelling, U.S. District Attorney of Massachusetts, noted that, “The schools are not considered co-conspirators.” But some college coaches and one administrator — USC senior associate athletic director Dr. Donna Heinel — have been indicted.
The just-unsealed March 6 indictment (read it here) notes that with the exception of a single USC administrator, the schools themselves were not part of the $25 million scam run by the William Singer-topped Key Worldwide Foundation. Posing as “donations” from the parents, the money allegedly funded illegal activity at the nonprofit included hiring other individuals to write admission exams for the potential students and bribing officials to alter SAT and ACT test scores.
Singer and a number of school coaches are scheduled to plead guilty today to racketeering and other charges in the year-long elite “Operation Varsity Blues” bust.
“Today we have charged 33 parents nationwide,” Lelling said. “These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege. They include, for example, CEOs of private and public companies, successful securities and real estate investors, two well-known actresses, a famous fashion designer and the co-chairman of a global law firm.”
Officially, Huffman and Loughlin are being charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud, according to the unsealed indictment. It is unclear at this juncture whether the actors have officially been arrested, though warrants have been issued.
The charges hold as much as five years jail time. However, based on their past records or lack thereof, and what their lawyers will try to get in a plea deal, how much actual time behind bars Huffman and Loughlin could see in sentencing is unclear.
The 200-page indictment unsealed Tuesday said Huffman and William H. Macy, her husband and Shameless star, “made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter.” That fraud included paying an individual who “controlled” a Los Angeles SAT testing center to fix her daughter’s incorrect exam answers. That effort led to a massive increase in the daughter’s SAT score.
Noting that there are RICO Act obtained tape recordings of the actor participating in the scheme, the filing damningly goes on to note that “Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so.”
Macy has not been charged by the feds.
“This should be a warning to others, you can’t pay to play, you can’t lie and cheat to get ahead because you will get caught,” said the Boston FBI Special Agent Joseph Bonavolonta in a press conference this morning. U.S, Attorney Andrew Lelling called the matter a “conspiracy nationwide in scope” during the same media appearance.
“These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege,” the federal prosecutor added. “They include, for example, CEOs of private and public companies, successful securities and real estate investors, two well-known actresses, a famous fashion designer and the co-chairman of a global law firm.”
“There are more than that, but I’m not prepared to give you a total,” Lelling said too of the ongoing investigation, noting “it remains to be seen whether we charge any of the students.”
Loughlin and her spouse Mossimo Giannulli “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC,” asserts the grand jury indictment.
Giannulli has been charged.
Reps for Huffman and Loughlin did not return request for comment. Huffman is next expected to be seen on screen in Netflix’s When They See Us. The four-part series formerly known as Central Park Five will be going global on the streamer May 31.
Netflix had no comment on the matter. Deadline also has reached to out When Calls the Heart network Hallmark Channel.
USC released this statement on the probe today:
We are aware of the ongoing wide-ranging criminal investigation involving universities nationwide, including USC. USC has not been accused of any wrongdoing and will continue to cooperate fully with the government’s investigation.
We understand that the government believes that illegal activity was carried out by individuals who went to great lengths to conceal their actions from the university. USC is conducting an internal investigation and will take employment actions as appropriate.
USC is in the process of identifying any funds received by the university in connection with this alleged scheme. Additionally, the university is reviewing its admissions processes broadly to ensure that such actions do not occur going forward.
Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin Indicted in Alleged Ivy League Bribery Scheme(3/12/19) Desperate Housewives vet Felicity Huffman and Fuller House‘s Lori Loughlin have been indicted for allegedly taking part in a large scheme involving parents who paid bribes of up to $6 million to get their kids into elite colleges, including Harvard and Yale, TVLine has confirmed. It remains unclear if both actresses are currently in custody. Loughlin’s husband, Mossimo Giannulli, has also been charged.
The indictment — filed by the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts and obtained by TVLine — alleges that Huffman, Loughlin, Giuannulli and 29 other people were involved in the scheme, which bribed college entrance-exam administrators to allow cheating on the tests and university athletic coaches to designate school applicants as athletic recruits, regardless of athletic ability or experience playing a sport. The money for the payments allegedly was funneled through a charity to disguise the wrongdoing.
Per the indictment, Huffman and husband William H. Macy (who is not referenced by name) paid $15,000 to have someone take the SAT in place of their older daughter, which ultimately resulted in a 1420 SAT score for her. They also allegedly pursued doing the same for their younger daughter, but eventually decided against repeating their involvement in the scheme.
Loughlin and Giannulli allegedly paid a total of $500,000 so that their two daughters would be designated as recruits to the USC crew team. Neither girl participated in the sport. Athletic recruits have a much better chance of admission than students who are not recruited.
Other schools involved include Stanford and Georgetown.
Huffman most recently appeared in Season 2 of Epix’s Get Shorty, and she’ll next be seen in Ava DuVernay’s Netflix miniseries When They See Us, which drops May 31. Loughlin currently stars in Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart, which is airing its sixth season on Sundays at 8 pm. She also recurs on Fuller House.
TVLine has reached out to reps for Huffman and Loughlin for comment.
‘Jane The Novela’: Marcia Cross To Co-Star In The CW’s ‘Jane The Virgin’ Spinoff Pilot(3/7/19) Former Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross has been tapped as a lead opposite Jacqueline Grace Lopez in Jane the Novela, the CW’s Jane the Virgin spinoff pilot. The telenovela anthology series project hails from Jane the Virgin creator/executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman, star Gina Rodriguez, exec producers Ben Silverman and director Brad Silberling, as well as studio CBS TV Studios.
Written by Jane scribe Valentina Garza and directed by Silberling, Jane the Novela is envisioned as a soapy, telenovela-inspired anthology series in the tradition of Jane the Virgin, where each season is based on a different fictional novel “written by” Jane Villanueva and narrated by the author herself.
The first installment takes place at a Napa Valley vineyard, where family secrets (and family members) don’t stay buried for long. It centers on Estela (Lopez), an up-and-coming art curator who has spent years playing it safe and coloring within the lines. But a shocking secret changes everything and forces her to live a double life.
Being “in the tradition of Jane the Virgin,” Jane the Novela mirrors the setup of the original series. It too follows a driven, imaginative twentysomething Latina woman (Lopez) who is torn between her boyfriend, Luen, and Felix, a handsome, rich guy. Felix co-owns a winery with his manipulative and glamorous mother Renata (Cross), who will stop at nothing to secure her son’s legacy, even if it means standing in the way of his happiness.
Cross starred as conservative housewife Bree Van de Kamp on ABC’s hit soapy dramedy series Desperate Housewives, which earned her an Emmy nomination. She previously starred on Melrose Place and several daytime dramas, giving her strong credentials to tackle a series in the tradition of telenovelas, the Latin American version of American soaps. Most recently, Cross recurred on ABC’s thriller series Quantico as well as on YouTube Red series Youth & Consequences.
She is repped by Gersh and John Carrabino Management.
Kyle MacLachlan Joins Patricia Heaton Sitcom(3/7/19) Kyle MacLachlan is trading in his FBI badge for a stethoscope: The Twin Peaks veteran will co-star alongside Emmy winner Patricia Heaton in the CBS comedy pilot Carol’s Second Act, our sister site Variety is reporting.
The pilot stars Heaton as a woman who, after raising two kids and retiring as a teacher, decides to pursue a new career as a doctor. MacLachlan will play Dr. Frost, a senior attending physician who takes an immediate liking to Carol. In addition to returning to star in Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival, MacLachlan has recently appeared on Portlandia, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Good Wife.
Dynasty Shocker: Nicollette Sheridan Out as Alexis — Find Out Why(2/26/19) Perhaps it’s time for the Carrington mansion to get fitted for a revolving door?
TVLine has learned exclusively that Nicollette Sheridan is exiting Dynasty after a little over a year of playing Alexis Carrington. In a statement to TVLine, The CW and CBS Television Studios said, “Nicollette Sheridan will be leaving Dynasty in order to focus on some personal family responsibilities. She was a valuable asset to the show and we wish her continued success in the future.”
Sheridan will make her final appearance as Alexis in March and, per an insider, the role may be recast.
Sheridan’s departure represents the third major cast shake-up to rock the reboot in less than a year, following the exits of series regulars Nathalie Kelley (as the original Cristal) and James Mackay (as Steven).
Sheridan joined Dynasty midway through Season 1 as the mother of all troublemakers, succeeding Joan Collins, who popularized the iconic role in the original ABC series. It marked Sheridan’s first major TV gig since her stormy exit from Desperate Housewives in 2009. Prior to her five-season stint on the ABC drama, Sheridan was a series regular on the primetime soap Knots Landing.
Despite modest-at-best ratings, Dynasty has already been renewed for a third season at The CW.
Brooke Shields Joins CW Pilot About Gender Non-Conforming Beauty Intern, Longoria To Direct(2/22/19) Brooke Shields has joined the cast of The CW’s Glamorous drama pilot, with Eva Longoria set to direct.
Penned by Jordon Nardino (Desperate Housewives, Quantico), Glamorous follows a yet-to-be-cast gender non-conforming high school graduate who lands the gig of a lifetime — interning at a cosmetics company whose products he panned on YouTube.
Shields will play Madolyn, a former supermodel (natch) who is no stranger to the covers of Vogue and now is the founder and CEO of one of the industry’s most respected cosmetics companies. A canny businesswoman, Madolyn is described as being at the top of the game and will stop at nothing to stay there, including making a strategic hire to be her eyes and ears within the company.
In turn, iZombie‘s Jade Payton has been cast as Venetia, an ambitious young clotheshorse who serves as Madolyn’s trusted personal assistant. Cool, smart and savvy, she is deeply connected with Chicago’s queer community and nightlife, with her finger on the pulse of who and what is happening in the underground scene.
Shields’ previous TV credits include Suddenly Susan, Lipstick Jungle, The Middle, SVU and, most recently, episodes of Jane the Virgin and Murphy Brown. Former Desperate Housewife Longoria’s previous directing turns include black-ish, Jane the Virgin and The Mick.
Vanessa Williams Nabs Lead Role in ABC Comedy Pilot Happy Accident(1/29/19) Vanessa Williams is reuniting with ABC for her next TV gig: The Ugly Betty alumna is set to co-star in the Alphabet net’s comedy pilot Happy Accident, TVLine has learned.
The potential series centers on two Pittsburgh families: a father with three adult daughters and a hotel lounge singer with her med student son, who are forced together after a decades-old secret is revealed.
Williams will co-star as Sheri, the aforementioned lounge singer. She joins a cast that also includes Veep‘s Matt Walsh as central dad Bud and JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Once Upon a Time) as his eldest daughter, Eleanor. The single-camera comedy hails from Modern Family executive producers Abraham Higginbotham and Jon Pollack.
Though she is best known for her work as Ugly Betty‘s Wilhelmina Slater, Williams’ TV credits also include Daytime Divas, The Good Wife and Desperate Housewives.
Ava DuVernay To Host Day Of Racial Healing Event With Eva Longoria & Judd Apatow(1/18/19) Much of Hollywood will be locked in on the Oscar nominations Tuesday, but some A-listers will be focusing on a bigger picture late that day.
One day after the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY will host a National Day of Racial Healing event to examine efforts to end discrimination and injustice.
Centered at the Filipinotown campus the A Wrinkle in Time director opened for her collective last spring, the gathering will feature DuVernay, Judd Apatow and Eva Longoria among the participants. Livestreamed starting at 1 PM PT, the conversations and performances also will see Emmy winner Laverne Cox, Wrinkle star Storm Reid, Melissa Etheridge and ex-Georgia House Minority Leader and almost Peach State governor Stacey Abrams participating in the event, on which ARRAY is partnering with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “There’s a lot of talking and tweeting these days,” DuVernay said to Deadline today. “A lot of pontification about where we are as a country and how we arrived here. When Kellogg approached ARRAY about working together on furthering and deepening those conversations, I was all in.
“The responsibility of fighting inequality and injustice is all of ours,” the Oscar-nominated Selma helmer added. “But it’s particularly important that those of us with certain visibility and influence use our platforms to urge bold conversations. We can never give up on pushing this nation to live up to its promise.”
Founded in 1930 by breakfast mogul William Keith Kellogg, the foundation focuses on providing tools for children nationwide to grow and learn. With events all over America next week, the Kellogg Foundation started its Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation initiative, of which the National Day of Racial Healing is but one component.
This actor refuses to kiss actresses on screen(1/8/19) He played a soldier who once killed a German with a perfect grenade lob to the head, but don’t ask him to — gasp! — kiss gorgeous actresses for the cameras.
“Band of Brothers’’ and “Desperate Housewives’’ actor Neal McDonough says his religious beliefs — and undying devotion to his ex-model wife, Ruve Robertson — keep him from getting up close and personal with co-stars on screen, even if it costs him jobs and the hefty paychecks that go with them.
“I won’t kiss any other woman because these lips are meant for one woman,” the Catholic actor recently told Closer Weekly.
McDonough admitted that his no-lip-service stance has lost him work in the past — including an estimated $1 million gig on the set of ABC TV’s “Scoundrels’’ in 2010.
At the time, the father of five refused to participate in sexy scenes with actress Virginia Madsen.
“I was [surprised], and it was a horrible situation for me,” the actor said about getting the boot after just three days of shooting. “After that, I couldn’t get a job because everybody thought I was this religious zealot. I am very religious. I put God and family first, and me second. That’s what I live by. It was hard for a few years.
“But I was not going to lose the fight. And it worked. My career has been phenomenal.”
The actor played the husband of Nicollette Sheridan’s character on “Desperate Housewives.’’
“When [creator] Marc Cherry signed me, I said, ‘I’m sure you know, but I won’t kiss anybody,’?” McDonough said. “He was like, ‘But this is ‘Desperate Housewives!’ I said, ‘I know.’ He paused for about 5 seconds and said, ‘All right, I’m just going to have to write better.’ And we had a great time.”
The 6-foot actor has been married to Robertson, a 6-foot-3 former bikini model from South Africa, since 2003.
The pair met on the street in London in 2001 and it was love at first sight, he shared.
“It was St. Patrick’s Day and we literally bumped into each other on the street, locked eyes, and that was it,” the actor said. “The next morning, I called the woman I was dating at the time and said, ‘I’m sorry, it’s not going to work out with us anymore — I just met the woman I’m going to marry.’?”
McDonough is starring in the History Channel’s “Project Blue Book” about the US military and UFO sightings.
Gale Harold on Criminal Minds 12/5/18(11/17/18) “Broken Wing” – A professor from Lewis’ past tips off the BAU to an alarming number of overdose deaths of patients who just completed rehab, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Dec. 5 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series star Aisha Tyler directed the episode.
GUEST CAST includes: Gale Harold (Dr. Daryl Wright), Katie Amanda Keane (Mary Wright).
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 4 Guest Judges Include Ellen Pompeo, Kid Flash(11/13/18) RuPaul has assembled an all-star panel of judges to critique her latest cast of all-star queens. VH1 on Monday revealed the roster of names appearing as guests on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4, which includes one of the finest doctors that Seattle Grace — or whatever they’re calling that hospital these days — has to offer.
This season’s guest judges are: Jenifer Lewis (black-ish), R&B singer Ciara, country singer Kacey Musgraves, Olympic athlete Gus Kenworthy, Keiynan Lonsdale (The Flash), Zoë Kravitz (Big Little Lies), Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live), British singer Rita Ora, event producer Susanne Bartsch, Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy), musician Frances Bean Cobain, Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), designer Jason Wu and Erica Ash (Survivor’s Remorse).
As previously reported, the queens returning for All Stars 4 include: Monét X Change, Latrice Royale, Trinity Taylor, Farrah Moan, Valentina, Monique Heart, Jasmine Masters, Naomi Smalls, Gia Gunn and Manila Luzon. They’ll reunite for one last shot at drag glory when the season premieres Friday, Dec. 14 at 8/7c on VH1. (A special holiday competition, RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular, also airs on Friday, Dec. 7 at 8/7c.)
Teri Hatcher runs with daughter for charity in NYC Marathon(11/5/18) Former “Desperate Housewives” TV star Teri Hatcher and her daughter joined the throng of New York City Marathon runners Sunday.
Hatcher, 53, finished in 5 hours, 51 minutes and 21 seconds, while her 20-year-old daughter, Emerson Tenney, clocked in 5 seconds behind Mom.
The pair ran to raise money for the international charity Save the Children.
“I love the mother-daughter journey of it,” Hatcher told The Post after the race. “It really allowed us to have a lot of conversations about being there for each other.”
The actress added, “I have to say, the random kindness that you get offered from the fans that line the race is just, it could bring you to tears, it’s so amazing.”
‘False Profits’ Not Going Forward At ABC, Shopped To Other Buyers(11/1/18) ABC has opted not to proceed with comedic drama pilot False Profits. I hear the project, starring Bellamy Young and Vanessa Williams, is being shopped by ABC Studios to other outlets.
False Profits was among ABC’s buzzy hourlong pilots last season. It narrowly missed the cut for a series order but remained in priority development for midseason consideration. The network in May authorized the opening of a writers room to generate three additional scripts, and ABC Studios also extending the cast of the pilot.
“I just received a new script on False Profits, we’ll see where we go on that,” ABC’s President of Entertainment Channing Dungey told Deadline in August.
Written by former Code Black writer-producer Kayla Alpert, False Profits is described as Desperate Housewives meets Glengarry Glen Ross. It follows a team of down-and-out women in suburban Arizona as they fight their way to the top of the cutthroat world of a multi-level marketing cosmetics business.
Alpert executive produces with Jason Reed and former Desperate Housewives exec producer Sabrina Wind via Jason T. Reed Productions. ABC Studios, where Jason T. Reed Prods is under an overall deal, is the studio.
ABC Studios has been able to find homes for pilots that did not go to series at ABC, including Devious Maids, which had a successful run on Lifetime, and All About the Washingtons, which aired on Netflix for one season.
ABC Nabs ‘Maybe You Should Talk To Someone’ Therapist Drama From Maggie Friedman & Eva Longoria Based On Book(11/1/18) ABC has handed a script commitment with penalty to Maybe You Should Talk To Someone, a drama series project based on writer and therapist Lori Gottlieb’s upcoming memoir, from Maggie Friedman (No Tomorrow), Eva Longoria and 20th Century Fox TV where Longora’s UnbeliEVAble has a deal.
Penned by Friedman, Maybe You Should Talk To Someone is described as an addictive character drama about a gifted therapist, accustomed to helping other people navigate their messy lives, who finds herself facing a crisis in her own life. We follow her, her family and her diverse slate of clients as they confront the often poignant and at times hilarious ups and downs of family, friendship, romance, work, parenting, growing up, growing old, and what it means to be human.
Friedman executive produces with Longoria and Ben Spector via UnbeliEVAble. Gottlieb serves as producer.
This is UnbeliEVAble ‘s second sale at ABC this season via 20th TV. In a major bidding situation, ABC landed the company’s hourlong drama The Ambassador, written by former Empire showrunner Ilene Chaiken, with a big put pilot commitment. At ABC, UnbeliEVAble also has upcoming midseason drama series Grand Hotel, from ABC Studios, which stars Roselyn Sanchez and Demián Bichir. The company and Longoria are repped by CAA and Brillstein.
Friedman recently served as executive producer on the CW’s No Tomorrow. She previously created and executive produced Eastwick and Witches of East End. She is with CAA, Ensemble Entertainment, and attorney Joel McKuin.
Gottlieb’s memoir will be released in April 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She also is repped by CAA.]
Eva Longoria and Gina Rodriguez to be honored at 2018 ALMA Awards(10/29/18) Eva Longoria and Gina Rodriguez will be among those honored at next month’s ALMA Awards.
Wilmer Valderrama will host the celebration of Latino achievements in American entertainment and media.
Activists Samantha Fuentes and Jamie Margolin also will be honored. Fuentes survived the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, and Margolin founded the Zero Hour movement to address climate change.
Rodriguez, star of TV’s “Jane the Virgin,” will share the awards spotlight with the show’s cast.
The Nov. 4 ALMA ceremony is airing live at 8 p.m. Eastern on sibling TV channels Fuse and FM. Performances by Ally Brooke and Amara La Negra will be featured.
In a statement Friday, host Valderrama said Latino achievements and contributions need to be spotlighted more than ever at what he called a “critical” time.
The ALMAs — American Latino Media Arts Awards — are back after a three-year hiatus in time for the 50th anniversary of UnidosUS, previously known as National Council of La Raza.
UnidosUS is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. In 1995 it created the ALMAs as a way to promote fair, accurate and balanced portrayals of Latinos in the entertainment industry.
Fuse Media made a multi-year agreement to become the exclusive multiplatform media home of the ALMAs.
AOL Build Interview: Nathan Fillion(10/17/18) Nathan Fillion Talks ABC's "The Rookie": Video.
ABC's new series, "The Rookie," follows small-town guy John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being an LAPD officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis. If he can’t keep up with the young cops and the criminals, he’ll be risking lives including his own. But if he can use his life experience, determination and sense of humor to give him an edge, he may just become a success in this new chapter of his life.
Teri Hatcher details her sexual assault in letter to Donald Trump(10/4/18) Former “Desperate Housewives” actress Teri Hatcher, who revealed in 2006 she was sexually abused by her uncle at age five, detailed her assault in an open letter to Donald Trump shared to social media.
“Mr. President @realDonaldTrump, I’d like to take this opportunity to weigh in on the process of recalling a sexual assault. #metoo #believe #survivor,” she wrote, after Trump mocked Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s Senate testimony at a rally earlier this week.
Hatcher, 53, went on to detail what she could remember and what she couldn’t from the horrifying assault.
“Here’s what I remember: His erect penis, that he was stroking as he sat behind the wheel of the car,” she wrote. “‘Do you want to touch it?’ he asked. I said, ‘No.’ He took my hand to touch it anyway. It was pink. There were tissues. I didn’t know what they were for, but then I did.”
She continued, “I was face down on the seat looking at the floor as he violated me. He said, ‘Do you like how this feels?’ I said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘Someday you will.'”
She went on to write that she didn’t remember the address of where it happened, how she got there, how she got home, what day or month it was or if anyone was drinking beer.
“Sadly, myself and then decades later, teenager Sarah Van Cleemput, were abused by the same man. She committed suicide. I battled demons,” Hatcher wrote.
According to People, after 14-year-old Van Cleemput passed away in 2002, Hatcher came forward with her story, helping put Richard Hayes Stone behind bars.
She finished her note, directly addressing the President.
“I am a survivor, who stands available to help you understand the way the memories of a trauma like that work. It might be hard for you to understand,” she wrote. “I can readily explain in detail that ‘I don’t remember’ is often the most honest response surrounding questions of an assault. It does NOT mean it didn’t happen. Please do not add ‘Mocked by President’ to the injury list of a sexual survivor. It’s just plain wrong.”
Former Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross winning secret battle with cancer(9/27/18) Former Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross has gone public with her anal cancer battle by revealing all her hair fell out during treatment.
The 56-year-old actress posted a selfie on Instagram on Sept. 15 and gave fans a health update.
“So grateful and happy to be alive but sad that my hair fell out and is about 1 inch long now and looks cra cra,” she wrote. “Anyone else have #hairloss due to #cancer? Talk to me. I feel you.”
She added, “I am POST cancer. All good now. Hard journey, but I am HEALTHY, happy, and more present and grateful than ever. Thank you from the bottom of my ever expanding heart for all of your LOVE.”
Marcia returned to social media a day later and explained the previous post had really empowered her.
“After posting a picture of myself here and uttering the words #cancer and #hairloss, I felt liberated, deliriously free and completely me,” she wrote. “How or why this simple act gave me such a powerful lift I did not question, but I thanked God or whatever gave me the internal push to move forward and expose myself.
“I certainly wasn’t expecting the response of love and kindness that flowed to me. My capacity to receive requires a massive expansion! I am ecstatically alive and what interests me post-cancer is #AUTHENTICITY. #VULNERABILITY. #TRANSPARENCY. And of course #LOVE.”
It’s not the first time Cross has faced and beaten cancer – her husband, Tom Mahoney, was diagnosed in 2009, and, like his wife, is now healthy.
Marc Cherry's Multi-Timeline Infidelity Drama Lands at CBS All Access(9/25/18) Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned — or so Marc Cherry will prove in his newest female-centric project.
The Desperate Housewives creator is behind Why Women Kill, a darkly comedic drama ordered to series at CBS All Access.
The series will follow three women living in three different decades: a housewife in the 1960s, a socialite in the ’80s and a lawyer in 2018, each one dealing with infidelity in their marriages. According to the official logline, Why Women Kill will “examine how the roles of women have changed, but how their reaction to betrayal… has not.”
“As much as we like to think that the institution of marriage has evolved over the past few decades, infidelity still has the ability to rock us to our core,” Cherry said in a statement. “Why Women Kill will explore what happens when women’s primal instincts are unleashed with unexpected and twisted consequences. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with two exceptional companies to bring this series to life. Both Imagine [Television Studios] and CBS All Access are wonderful partners, and I’m looking forward to an amazing collaboration.”
Cherry, who also created the Lifetime sudser Devious Maids, will executive-produce with Brian Grazer (Arrested Development) and Francie Calfo (Empire), among others.
A timetable for Why Women Kill‘s premiere has not been announced.
#DearProfessorFord: Actresses Support Christine Balsey Ford As Brett Kavanaugh Hearings Loom(9/20/18) (Video) As the hearings for Brett Kavanaugh are on the horizon, Professor Christine Balsey Ford’s sexual assault accusations against the SCOTUS hopeful has taken center stage on Twitter with the trending hashtag #DearProfessorFord.
Julianne Moore, Gabrielle Union, Eva Longoria, Marisa Tomei, America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn, and women from all walks of life are featured in a video reading the same letter supporting Professor Ford and protesting Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
“You are strong and you are not alone,” they say in a supportive chorus. “You are a survivor. Millions of us have your back. You and your testimony are credible.”
They end by saying, “We believe you.”
Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist living in northern California, came forward publicly saying that Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her back in their 1980s high school days. She said, “I thought he might inadvertently kill me.” Kavanaugh has since denied the claims.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has rejected Democrats calls to delay the hearing in which the Supreme Court nominee was scheduled to debate Ford. Grassley said he will not ask the FBI to investigate the allegations, as Ford has requested. Kavanaugh’s confirmation was originally set for Thursday but has been postponed due to the debate.
Ford has been getting death threats due to the accusations and has moved to an undisclosed location. Kavanaugh, who accepted the committee’s invitation to testify, has been spending time with White House experts, prepping for Monday.
‘Yellowstone’ Casts Neal McDonough(9/15/18) Legends of Tomorrow‘s Neal McDonough is set for a recurring role on the second season of Paramount Network’s critically praised drama series Yellowstone, starring Kevin Costner. Yellowstone chronicles the Dutton family, led by John Dutton (Costner), who controls the largest contiguous cattle ranch in the United States. Amid shifting alliances, unsolved murders, open wounds, and hard-earned respect – the ranch is in constant conflict with those it borders – an expanding town, an Indian reservation, and America’s first national park. McDonough plays Malcolm Beck, a wealthy business mogul who runs an area casino with his brother, Teal. They are power players, down and dirty fighters who know how to work the system to get what they want. McDonough plays Arrowverse uber villain Damien Darhk on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and recently wrapped animated feature Sonic the Hedgehog with Jim Carrey. He’s repped by Paradigm Talent Agency.
Eva Longoria to guest-star on ABC's Grand Hotel(9/11/18) Eva Longoria is returning to the small screen in ABC’s upcoming drama Grand Hotel.
Longoria is already on board the new drama as both an executive producer and a director, but EW can exclusively reveal that the former Desperate Housewives star will also act in the upcoming show. Grand Hotel, which is based on the Spanish series Gran Hotel, tells the story of a family-owned hotel in Miami, the people who run it, and all of the secrets they keep from one another.
As for Longoria, she will guest-star as Beatriz, the former owner of the hotel and the first wife of Santiago (Demian Bichir). Beatriz is described as a shrewd businesswoman, a devoted mother, and a loyal friend. But secrets from her past continue to haunt her family.
Grand Hotel doesn’t yet have a premiere date but is slotted as a midseason show for ABC.
13 Reasons Why: Brenda Strong, Timothy Granaderos Promoted to Series Regulars for Season 3(9/8/18) Hannah Baker’s trial may be over, but Liberty High School’s Bryce-related drama will linger throughout the third season of 13 Reasons Why — at least if this latest casting update is any indication. Brenda Strong (who plays Bryce’s mom Nora) and Timothy Granaderos (Bryce’s buddy Montgomery) have both been promoted to series regulars.
Despite raising the monster known as Bryce Walker, Strong’s character actually has a refreshingly strong moral compass. She was disgusted by the man her son had become, even giving him a well-deserved slap when he finally admitted — with pride — to raping Hannah in the hot tub.
As for Granaderos, his character’s storyline isn’t solely tied to Bryce. He stepped out of his friend’s shadow and took on a dark persona all his own in Season 2, culminating in the series’ most disturbing moment to date: Tyler being assaulted and raped with a broken mop handle, a heinous act carried out by Montgomery and several other jocks.
13 Reasons Why‘s third season — which will not include Katherine Langford (aka Hannah) — will pick up where its sophomore outing left off, with Clay holding the gun Tyler intended to use on his bullies at the spring fling. With police sirens blaring in the background, Jessica and Justin stand helplessly beside him and ask, “What do we do now?”
The 33rd Annual Imagen Award Winners(8/26/18) The Imagen Awards are presented by the Imagen Foundation, an organization which encourages and champions the positive portrayal of Latinos in entertainment.
Best Actress – Feature Film: Eva Longoria, Overboard (3Pas Studios and Pantelion, Lionsgate MGM)
Dana Delany Joins CBS Drama The Code in Recast, Replacing Mira Sorvino(8/22/18) CBS will see Dana Delany in court. The former Body of Proof star is joining the cast of legal drama series The Code, replacing Mira Sorvino, our sister site Deadline reports. Premiering midseason, The Code finds some of the brightest minds in the military tackling some of the country’s most difficult challenges, both in and out of the courtroom, “where each attorney is trained as a prosecutor, a defense lawyer, an investigator — and a Marine.”
Delany’s character, Colonel Eisa Turnbull, is the Commanding Officer of the Marine Corps’ Judge Advocate Division. Elsa has high expectations, both for herself and her staff, inspiring those under her command to remain fiercely loyal. In addition to being one of the Corps’ highest-ranking female officers, Elsa has also has two sons serving overseas.
This marks the second time The Code has undergone a significant recast ahead of its 2019 premiere. Luke Mitchell (Blindspot, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) was recently cast in the role of Capt. John “Abe” Abraham, a prosecutor for whom becoming a Marine is a longstanding family tradition. Mitchell replaced Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters, Red Band Society) in the role.
The CBS legal drama’s cast also includes Anna Wood (Falling Water), Ato Essandoh (Elementary, Chicago Med), Phillipa Soo (Smash, Broadway’s Hamilton) and Raffi Barsoumian (The Vampire Diaries).
Nicollette Sheridan's Divorce with Denise Richard's BF Finalized(8/21/18) Nicollette Sheridan's officially done being a housewife ... her divorce is now final, so it clears the way for her ex's relationship with Denise Richards.
According to new legal docs obtained by TMZ ... the 'Desperate Housewife' and actor Aaron Phypers are going on their merry ways after a judge signed off on their divorce settlement. It wasn't a messy divorce ... she gets to keep the Hidden Hills crib and a horse named Leo.
Nicollette also won't have to pay any spousal support, and same goes for Aaron. He gets to keep his personal belongings and any bank accounts and cars under his name. While the divorce just became final, Aaron moved on from his 6-month marriage a long time ago.
Aaron and Denise Richards started dating back in September 2017. No word if he'll make an appearance on 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' but chances seem pretty good. As for Denise's ex, Charlie Sheen, Kyle Richards hints it could happen.
TMZ broke the story ... Nicollette filed for divorce in July 2016, much to our surprise.
As we reported ... there were rumors swirling Nicollette and Aaron were mulling over marriage but there was ZERO clue they had actually tied the knot. We found out, but by then they had already been well on the outs.
Eva Longoria Joins Paramount’s ‘Dora The Explorer’(8/20/18) Eva Longoria has been cast in Paramount Players’ live-action feature of Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer, playing Elena, Dora’s mother.
The James Bobin-directed movie hits theaters on Aug. 2, 2019 and is already in production over in Australia with castmembers Isabela Moner (as Dora), Eugenio Derbez, Micke Moreno, Nicholas Coombe, Madeleine Madden, Adriana Barraza, and Temuera Morrison.
In the movie, the young explorer takes on high school, and with her new pack of friends as well as her sidekick the monkey Boots and her cousin Diego, leads them on a Goonies-esque quest to save her parents and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost Inca civilization.
Longoria recently starred in LD Entertainment’s Dog Days and Pantelion/MGM’s Overboard. The former Desperate Housewives star via her production company UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, is executive producing the ABC drama series Grand Hotel scheduled for a midseason release as well as the recently announced series Ambassador which received a big put pilot commitment from ABC. She was also the EP on Lifetime’s Devious Maids and NBC comedy Telenovela in which she also starred. Shonda Rhimes Sued Over Sidewalk Slip and Fall (8/18/18) Shonda Rhimes hasn't had a misstep in her career, which is more than can be said about a world-renowned physician who tripped and fell in front of her house, and now the good doc is suing her.
Dr. Kuo Chao claims in a new lawsuit, he was jogging past Shonda's Hancock Park mansion in L.A. back in June 2017, when he tripped over a buckling sidewalk in front of the 8,400 square foot home.
He says he broke his wrist, damaged cartilage and lost range of motion and function in his wrist and arm, which has caused limited mobility and loss of strength and stamina. He also says he has lost "fine motor skills." He says he was unable to work for a long time and it still affects his ability to work.
Dr. Chao says he is a prestigious interventional neuroradiologist -- he treats stroke and aneurysm patients. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Yale.
As for why Dr. Chao says Shonda's responsible, he says she had an obligation to fix the sidewalk, which buckled due to pipes, tree roots and botched repairs. He's also suing the City of L.A.
Dr. Chao is asking for unspecified damages.
We reached out to Shonda's rep .. so far, no word back.
‘The Ambassador’ Drama From Ilene Chaiken & Eva Longoria Lands At ABC With Big Commitment(8/8/18) In one of the first major bidding situations this broadcast buying season, ABC has landed hourlong drama The Ambassador from former Empire showrunner Ilene Chaiken, Eva Longoria and Ben Spector’s UnbelieEVAble Entertainment, 3 Arts Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV. The project has received a big put pilot commitment.
The Ambassador, which was pursued by multiple networks, is based on the Spanish series The Embassy (La embajada). In the adaptation, written by Chaiken, when the thrice married, very rich and politically connected US Ambassador to France is killed in a freak speedboat accident, his much younger and arguably unqualified third wife is appointed to replace him. Ambassador Roxanne Eagleton takes on the challenges of her new position as she also navigates the drama and intrigue of her late husband’s family while beginning to suspect that his death was not an accident. The Ambassador takes us behind the curtain of the US Embassy in France – the glamorous but treacherous “upstairs” of the Ambassador’s life in Paris, and the “downstairs” lives of the career diplomats that are there to serve their Ambassador and their country.
Chaiken executive produces with Longoria and Spector via their UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and 3 Arts’ Oly Obst. 20th Century Fox TV, where Chaiken is under an overall deal and UnbeliEVAble is under a pod deal, is the studio.
The original series The Embassy was created by Ramon Campos and his company Bambu Productions, where Campos is partnered with Teresa Fernandez-Valdez. Bambu is behind a number of series, including Grand Hotel, which UnbeliEVAble optioned two years ago for a U.S. adaptation, which made it to series at ABC for midseason.
The Embassy format was the first idea UnbeliEVAble brought to 20th TV under the company’s deal there, with Longoria and Spector taking their time to get the right writer for it.
“When I first saw The Embassy, I binge watched the entire season in one sitting. I told Ramon and Theresa we MUST do this together,” Longoria said. “Ilene Chaiken is the gold standard for character driven dramas. After getting to know her on Empire there was no one else we could envision adapting this. Ilene took the original and reinvented it with such brilliance and panache. I can’t wait to produce this show alongside her.”
The setting of The Ambassador is somewhat similar to a London-based comedy starring Salma Hayek, which is in development at Amazon from Paul Feig and Imagine.
Grand Hotel, from UnbeliEVAble and ABC Studios, stars Roselyn Sanchez and Demián Bichir. UnbeliEVAble previously produced Lifetime’s Devious Maids, which also starred Sanchez. Longoria is with CAA and Brillstein.
Chaiken, who created and executive produced the Showtime series The L Word, was executive producer/showrunner on the first 3.5 seasons of Empire. She also is an executive producer on the Emmy-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale. Chaiken is repped by WME and 3Arts.
Eva Longoria Officially Introduces Her Baby Boy to the World—Meet Santiago Enrique Bastón(7/31/18) (Cover) Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to meet Eva Longoria's baby boy.
Less than two months after welcoming her first child into the world, the Hollywood actress and activist decided to introduce her son on the cover of HOLA! USA's latest issue.
"Here he is! Santiago Enrique Bastón is waving hello at the whole world! Couldn't wait to share this picture with y'all!" the proud mom shared on Instagram. "Thanks to @usahola and @bernardodoral for capturing these beautiful moments with my newborn son! #BabyBaston #HOLAUSA."
In the cover image, Eva smiles from ear to ear as she cradles her son. As for her glam look, the actress was happy to give credit where credit is due for those who helped make the shoot so beautiful.
Ken Paves helped with hair, Elan Bongiorno assisted with makeup and Charlene Roxborough handled all things fashion.
"So beautiful!!! X So many kisses from us all! XXXX," close friend Victoria Beckham shared in the comments section. Holly Robinson Peete added, "Omgggggg Santiago."
Additional photos from the September 2018 issue are expected to be released early next week.
Since welcoming her first child with husband Jose Bastón on June 19, Eva has tried to enjoy the first weeks of motherhood in private. At the same time, the Telenovela star has hinted that a special reveal was in the works.
"The gang is back together! I'm technically still on maternity leave and this is the only work I had scheduled during this time," she previously wrote on Instagram. "But so happy to see my crew again!! Ken and Elan you make it all so fun and easy! #WorkingMama #3WeeksPostPregnancy."
And in between asking Chrissy Teigen for some mommy advice on social media, Eva found some time to enjoy the summer sun at an undisclosed location.
"It's magical. I feel like I've known him my whole life," Eva shared about her son in HOLA! USA's upcoming issue.
Congratulations again Eva on your exciting family news.
‘Central Park Five’: Felicity Huffman, Jharrel Jerome & Jovan Adepo Join Ava DuVernay’s Netflix Series(7/25/18) Felicity Huffman (American Crime), Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight) and Jovan Adepo (Fences) have joined the cast of Central Park Five, Netflix’s limited series from A Wrinkle in Time and 13th director Ava DuVernay.
Based on a true story that gripped the nation, Central Park Five will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The four episode limited series will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray (Adepo), Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise (Jerome). The series will span from the spring of 1989, when each were first questioned about the incident, to 2014 when they were exonerated and a settlement was reached with the city of New York. The series will premiere on Netflix in 2019.
Huffman will play Linda Fairstein, the prosecutor who headed the Manhattan district attorney’s sex crimes office during the case. Jerome’s Korey Wise is one of the wrongfully convicted five who was charged as an adult in the case and served 12 years in prison before being exonerated. Adepo’s Antron McCray, another member of the wrongfully convicted five, was later exonerated and released after serving six years in a New York State prison.
They join previously announced Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, and John Leguizamo. DuVernay will write and direct all four episodes of the narrative series. Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey/Harpo Films, Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh from Tribeca Productions and DuVernay will executive produce.
Desperate Housewives alum Huffman recently starred in ABC’s limited series American Crime, receiving three consecutive Emmy nominations for her performance. She also is partnering with ABC on House of Moore, a dark hour-long comedy, which is currently in development at the network and which Huffman is executive producing.
Jerome made his feature film debut in Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-winning film Moonlight. His other film credits include Anthony Mandler’s Monster and First Match, currently streaming on Netflix and can next be seen in Tyarisha Poe’s independent film Selah and the Spades. On the TV side, he is a series regular on AT&T Audience Network’s drama series Mr. Mercedes. He’s repped by Kipperman Management and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.
Adepo is next set to star opposite Wyatt Russell in Bad Robot/Paramount’s Overlord set for release in October. He also will be seen this fall starring opposite Elizabeth Olsen and Kelly Marie Tran in Facebook Watch’s original series Sorry For Your Loss.
Alfre Woodward Joins Jason Momoa in Futuristic Apple Series See(7/25/18) We See what Alfre Woodard did there.
The Luke Cage star has signed on to Apple’s upcoming drama See, our sister site Deadline reports.
The forthcoming show is described as a “world-building drama” set in a future where humans have lost the sense of sight; the new, sightless world order is thrown into chaos, then, when a set of sighted twins are born. Earlier this year, the drama got a 10-episode, straight-to-series order from Apple.
Woodard will play Paris, a priestess and advisor. She’ll star opposite Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones), who’ll play warrior/leader/guardian Baba Voss.
The series hails from Peaky Blinders executive producer Steven Knight; Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games) will direct the premiere and serve as an EP, as well.
In addition to her most recent gig as Luke Cage‘s ruthless crime boss Mariah, Woodard’s other TV work includes Empire, A Series of Unfortunate Events, State of Affairs, True Blood and Desperate Housewives.
Imagen Awards Nominations(7/10/18) The nominations are out for the 33rd annual Imagen Awards, which celebrate positive portrayal and creative excellence of Latinos and Latino cultures in TV and film.
Best Actress – Feature Film
VANESSA WILLIAMS on THE $100,000 PYRAMID(6/27/18) The Pyramid is back! As part of ABC’s “Sunday Fun & Games,” the Emmy® Award-winning pop-culture phenomenon is reimagined and better than ever with a cast of all-star celebrities who take center stage and partner with contestants from across the country with hopes of making it to the winner’s circle and the ultimate prize of $100,000, on “The $100,000 Pyramid,” SUNDAY, JULY 15 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
This week’s hour-long episode features two separate celebrity couples. First up, Kathy Najimy competes against Yvette Nicole Brown. Next, actress Vanessa Williams and actor Gary Cole compete with hopes of making it to the winner’s circle and the ultimate prize of $100,000.00.
Felicity Huffman Joins Angela Bassett And Patricia Arquette In ‘Otherhood’ At Netflix(6/22/18) Felicity Huffman, Jake Lacy and Jake Hoffman have joined Angela Bassett and Patricia Arquette in the romantic comedy feature Otherhood for Netflix. The project is being produced by Cathy Schulman and Jason Michael Berman (The Birth of a Nation). The movie is currently underway in New York with helmer Cindy Chupack.
Huffman, who most recently appeared in the ABC anthology series American Crime, earning Emmy nominations for each of its three seasons, is coming aboard the comedy about three Moms who leave their suburban life to reconnect with their estranged sons in NYC. The script is from Chupack and Mark Andrus (Oscar nominee for As Good As It Gets with James Brooks) and based on the William Sutcliffe novel Whatever Makes You Happy.
Jake Lacy (Carol, Girls (TV)) and Jake Hoffman (The Irishman, The Wolf of Wall Street) also join the Mandalay and Welle Entertainment production.
Huffman, who recently acquired rights to The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats, the 2009 novel by Hesh Kestin, is repped by CAA; Lacy by UTA and Beth Rosner Management; Hoffman by WME.
Eva Longoria gives birth to baby boy(6/20/18) (Photo) Eva Longoria has welcomed her first child.
The Desperate Housewives actress and her husband Jose ‘Pepe’ Baston confirmed in late December that they were expecting a baby after several months of speculation.
And on Wednesday, Longoria announced in a statement to HOLA! USA that she had given birth to a baby boy on Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Eva and Pepe shared that their son weighed 6 lbs and 13 oz and that they have decided to name him Santiago Enrique Baston.
“We are so grateful for this beautiful blessing,” they said.
The couple also shared a photograph of Longoria holding the tiny infant on her chest and another one of her sporting a necklace featuring his name.
Longoria celebrated the impending arrival of her son at a star-studded baby shower in May, with the likes of Elizabeth Banks, Sophia Bush, Melanie Griffith, and her former Desperate Housewives co-star Marcia Cross, in attendance.
She also recently revealed how excited she was to welcome her first child but added she’s more intrigued to see how much hair her baby boy would have.
“I can’t wait to meet him. I just can’t wait to see what his personality is like, what he looks like, how much hair he’s going to have,” the 43-year-old told E! News. “There’s so much to look forward to, and it’s becoming more real every day.
“I’m like, ‘Oh, he’s going to have to come out eventually, right? It’s not just like, ‘Oh, pregnancy is so great’… He’s eventually gonna be here.”
Eva and Jose, 50, met on a blind date arranged by a mutual friend and married in Mexico in May 2016. Jose has three adult children from a previous marriage.
The Fosters Spinoff Good Trouble Adds Riverdale Alum, Five More to Cast(6/11/18) Callie and Mariana are getting some new neighbors: Freeform’s upcoming Fosters spinoff Good Trouble has added six actors to its cast, led by Riverdale‘s Tommy Martinez. (A new love interest for one of the girls, perhaps?)
Martinez, who played Ghoulie gang leader Malachi in three episodes of Riverdale last season, will be a series regular as Gael, a socially conscious graphic designer who lives in Callie and Mariana’s apartment complex. (The spinoff sees the two sisters living together in L.A. as they take their first steps towards adult independence.) Also moving in as series regulars: Zuri Adele (Under the Dome), who’ll play former foster kid Malika, and Sherry Cola (I Love Dick), who’ll play apartment complex manager Alice.
Roger Bart (Revenge, Desperate Housewives) will be a series regular as well, playing Judge Wilson, the conservative judge who Callie is clerking for. Two more new cast members will appear on a recurring basis: Emma Hunton (Sonny With a Chance), as Davia, a teacher who lives in the apartment complex; and Ken Kirby (Famous in Love), as Benjamin, a fellow clerk who works with Callie.
Production on the 13-episode freshman season of Good Trouble gets underway this week; no premiere date has been set. The Fosters just wrapped up its five-season run last week with a three-part series finale.
Chesapeake Return(6/7/18) Chesapeake Shores (with Jesse Metcalfe) will return for Season 3 on Sunday, Aug. 5 at 9/8c on Hallmark Channel.
MACRO, Lena Waithe, Eva Longoria & The Black List Unveil Episodic Lab For People Of Color(6/7/18) MACRO founder and CEO Charles D. King, Emmy winner Lena Waithe, Eva Longoria, and The Black List’s Franklin Leonard are paying it forward. The Hollywood movers have teamed to launch The MACRO Episodic Lab Powered by The Black List, which will cater specifically to episodic storytellers of color. The mission stated is to discover, support, and empower these creatives with tools and resources to help launch their careers for who typically do not have access to the traditional Hollywood system.
“We are elated to partner with Franklin Leonard of the Black List, Lena, and Eva to further our mission of bolstering fresh voices of color. They are all leaders of the current shift towards equitable representation and we are thrilled to join forces as MACRO continues to produce and champion work that is rooted in authenticity, creativity, and excellence,” said King and Aaliyah Williams, Chief Content Officer of MACRO Digital Studio.
The organization is currently accepting applications through August 6. Ideas will be reviewed by MACRO and the Black List team and semi-finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their projects to a group of reps from MACRO, The Black List, Waithe, and Longoria. Up to three winners will receive development support and a pilot presentation or sizzle at a budget of up to $30K each.
“I am a longtime fan of everyone involved in this process, from Charles D. King and Aaliyah Williams at MACRO to Lena Waithe and Eva Longoria, whose commitment to replicating their success for others speaks for itself at this point. It is a true joy to partner with them in a process that will identify the next generation of Lenas, Evas, Charles, and Aaliyahs. I look forward to sitting back on my couch in the not too distant future and enjoying the episodic fruits of their labor,” said Leonard.
“I’m super excited to find some fresh new voices. By working with MACRO and The Black List it’s a great way for me to find scripts that otherwise wouldn’t reach my desk,” said Waithe.
“UnbeliEVAable’s mandate and mission has always been to nurture and foster diverse voices so, when MACRO and The Black List presented us with the opportunity to participate in the episodic lab, we knew this was the perfect partnership. Discovering emerging voices is one of the most thrilling parts of producing and we can’t wait to bring these stories to screen alongside Lena and the team,” said Longoria.
The winners will be announced in December 2018.
Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Gets Entertainment Industry Boost(5/25/18) Pharrell Williams, Cindy Crawford, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Stevie Wonder are among the talents that will participate in a year-long celebration of the Special Olympics 50th anniversary.
The stars and celebration leaders including Special Olympics’ Global Ambassadors’ John C.McGinley, Brooklyn Decker, Apollo Anton Ohno, Nancy O’Dell, and Vanessa Williams plan to actively promote the organization’s Inclusion Revolution campaign. The movement touts the idea that everyone can be engaged, involved, and inspired by sports for people with intellectual disabilities.
Also adding their congratulations and support to the Special Olympics are Ellen Degeneres, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Cookie Johnson, Ed Asner, Rachael Ray, Rita Wilson, Joe Mantegna, Toni Braxton, Gary Cole, Holly Robinson Peete, Gabrielle Carteris, Jenny McCarthy, Max and Charlie Carver, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Alfie Allen, Jack Huston, Gunnar Peterson, Tim Gunn, and Greg Grunberg. “Through sports, health, school and youth engagement, the Special Olympics Movement has dramatically transformed lives by unifying and empowering people with and without intellectual disabilities to end discrimination and create inclusion,” said Timothy Shriver, Special Olympics chairman. “We are reaching out to everyone to join us as we shape a more accepting and inclusive future and I am proud to announce that the Hollywood community is galvanizing for this critically important mission and milestone.”
Among the organizational supporters are The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, SAG-AFTRA, The Los Angeles Film Commission, Film Independent, Penske Media Corporation, GLADD, Levity Live, The Hollywood Improv, John Varvatos, Barry’s Boot Camp, Variety and the Hollywood Teamsters.
Felicity Huffman Takes On A New Role: Girl Boss(5/22/18) Felicity Huffman has portrayed overwhelmed mom Lynette Scavo on Desperate Housewives, the bigoted mother of a young war veteran who was brutally killed in a home invasion robbery in American Crime, and an astute headmaster Leslie Graham dealing with troubling allegations concerning the school’s basketball team in American Crime: Season 2.
Now she’s taking on a new role: “girl boss.”
Huffman acquired rights to The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats, the 2009 novel by Hesh Kestin in which 20-year-old Russell Newhouse, a quick-witted scholar and womanizer, is thrust into New York’s organized crime scene by a man called Shushan “Shoeshine” Cats.
“My brother called me and said, ‘I found this book, you have to make it.’ I read it and I thought, ‘I have to make it,’ ” Huffman told Deadline. Huffman, in turn, recruited Aaron Kaplan to join her in the project, which she is developing as a series through Warner Bros Television.
The Emmy-winning actress announced the project from the stage today at the Women in Television Summit, where she talked about all of the amazing writers she’s worked with over the course of her acting career: David Mamet, Aaron Sorkin, Marc Cherry and John Ridley.
She also issued a challenge to the women in the room.
“Create your own work. Write it. Direct it. I need more girl bosses,” Huffman said. “That’s how we’re going to change it.”
Dynasty Promotes Nicollette Sheridan to Series Regular for Season 2(5/15/18) Despite her reputation for being — shall we say — flighty, Alexis Carrington is sticking around for the foreseeable future.
Nicollette Sheridan, who made her debut as Dynasty‘s mom-ster midway through the CW drama’s first season, has been promoted to series-regular status for Season 2, TVLine has learned exclusively.
“She is a force to be reckoned with,” Sheridan told TVLine of her character when she first showed up in March. “Dear God, nobody’s safe! She annihilates common boundaries of decency to obtain what she needs. She’s this matriarch of a family that’s cutthroat, crippling and riddled with dirty politics. It’s great television.”
Time will tell what fresh hell Alexis will raise in Season 2, but at least we know one thing for now: She survives the fire!
Eva Longoria lowers price of Hollywood Hills home before baby(5/15/18) Eva Longoria has slashed $500,000 off the price of her Los Angeles home in Hollywood Hills East ahead of the impending birth of her first child.
The actress and producer, who starred in the hit series “Desperate Housewives,” is now asking $3.3 million for the three-story Mediterranean-style home with a pool, according to the listing.
Longoria, 43, listed the gray stucco house in March but is apparently pricing it to sell as soon as possible. The star is reportedly in her third trimester.
The hillside home spans more than 8,500 square feet and has six bedrooms. The main living spaces, including an open kitchen and great room, sit on the second level, with French doors out to a wraparound balcony, according to images of the home, which is listed with Loren Judd and Michael Fitzgerald of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. The listing agents did not immediately return a request for comment.
The ground level has a full wet bar and a home theater that Longoria has lined in posters from her biggest TV and movie roles, including “Desperate Housewives” and the series “Telenovela,” which she produced.
She bought it in 2006 for $3.6 million, according to property records.
The actress has been rearranging her real estate portfolio. This is the third home she’s looked to offload in the past 18 months.
She sold a quirky pink hacienda in Hollywood Hills for $1.37 million last year. And in November, she listed a $14 million compound — also in Hollywood Hills — that she bought from Tom Cruise in 2015, Mansion Global previously reported.
Amid the selling spree, Longoria picked up a contemporary Beverly Crest mansion, which she reportedly bought for $13.5 million.
A publicist for Longoria declined to comment.
‘False Profits’: ABC Drama Pilot Gets Order For More Scripts, Extends Cast(5/12/18) When the dust settled on ABC’s new drama series today, all of ABC’s buzzy hourlong pilots had been picked up to series with the exception of False Profits.
I hear that the comedic soap, from ABC Studios, is very much alive and remains in priority development. I hear the project is opening a writers room to generate three additional scripts and the cast of the pilot — led by Bellamy Young and Vanessa Williams, who I hear both tested very well — are being extended. False Profits would be in consideration for a midseason pickup.
Meanwhile, all other ABC drama — as well as comedy — pilots that did not get orders yesterday and today are dead.
Written by former Code Black writer-producer Kayla Alpert, False Profits is described as Desperate Housewives meets Glengarry Glen Ross. It follows a team of down-and-out women in suburban Arizona as they fight their way to the top of the cutthroat world of a multi-level marketing cosmetics business.
Alpert executive produces with Jason Reed and former Desperate Housewives exec producer Sabrina Wind via Jason T. Reed Productions. ABC Studios, where Jason T. Reed Prods is under an overall deal, is the studio.
Castle Vet Nathan Fillion Returns to ABC in The Rookie — Watch First Teaser(5/9/18) (Video) Nathan Fillion is back on the ABC beat — and we’ve got a first look at his first full-time TV gig since Castle ended two years ago. Ahead of its “Upfront” presentation next Wednesday, ABC unveiled the first image and teaser promo for The Rookie, the police procedural starring Fillion that scored a straight-to-series order last October.
The network also released the following, slightly-tweaked logline for the show:
Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being an LAPD officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis. If he can’t keep up with the young cops and the criminals, he’ll be risking lives including his own. But if he can use his life experience, determination and sense of humor to give him an edge, he may just become a success in this new chapter of his life.
Fillion’s former Castle boss Alexi Hawley serves as Rookie‘s showrunner. The cast also includes Alyssa Diaz, Richard T. Jones, Titus Makin, Mercedes Mason, Melissa O’Neil, Afton Williamson and Eric Winter.
Nicollette Sheridan On Her ‘Desperate Housewives’ Lawsuit: “I Was A Victim Of Assault”(4/27/18) Actress Nicollette Sheridan opened up today about her years-long legal battle against Desperate Housewives and various executives affiliated with the show, saying she regretted not speaking up sooner.
Appearing on the CBS show The Talk, Sheridan – who now is a part of the Dynasty series on the CW – talked about her years of legal entanglements in her wrongful dismissal suit. Sheridan has contended that her character was suddenly killed off in early 2009 because of complaints she made over an alleged head-hitting incident on the Desperate Housewives set involving executive producer and series creator Marc Cherry.
The original case ended in a mistrial when the jury deadlocked. The various appeals and motions for retrials have since wound their way through the legal system on various matters. The most recent ruling in 2017 tossed the suit, claiming there was ample evidence Sheridan’s dismissal was a creative decision.
On today’s The Talk, Sheridan said the case was still difficult to talk about. “I was a victim of assault and battery by my boss on the set,” she claimed, “and I reported him and was retaliated against and fired off the show. All of which is illegal. There was nobody to stand up for me. I felt like I needed to stand up for myself.”
Sheridan praised the #metoo movement and its participants for their courage. “It’s a wonderful time for women, I feel. People are speaking out…and I would like to say that it takes a lot of courage because it is very scary. And my biggest regret was I didn’t speak out earlier and I just relied on the legal system because when I heard people coming out about the sexual abuse, it was such a relief for me to feel that others were speaking up for themselves and they’re being heard and they’re not be vilified because I was definitely being vilified… it took a long time to heal, but I’m back.”
Nathan Fillion on Modern Family 5/9/18(4/24/18) “The Escape” – Haley meets Arvin’s parents (“Grey’s Anatomy”’s Kate Burton, Jim Piddock) but when things don’t go as planned, fate leads to an unexpected reunion with all of her ex-boyfriends. Meanwhile, the family seizes on a nursing home visit with Jay’s mean sister, Becky, to settle old scores. But as Jay, Claire and Mitchell compete for her time, Phil, Cam and Gloria end up getting trapped in the home’s basement with no way out, on “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 (9:00-9:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. Chris Geere guest stars as Arvin; Adam Devine, Reid Ewing and Nathan Fillion all reprise their roles. Mira Sorvino returns as Nicole Rosemary Page.
“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 Chris Geere as Arvin, Mira Sorvino as Nicole Rosemary Page, Kate Burton as Iris Fennerman, Adam Devine as Andy, Reid Ewing as Dylan, Nathan Fillion as Rainer Shine, Mary Louise Wilson as Aunt Becky, Ashleigh Hairston as Nurse Cami, Jessica McKenna as Nurse Tami, Jim Piddick as Malcolm Fennerman and Michael Churven as Jarvis.
“The Escape” was written by Jack Burditt & Danny Zucker. Steve Levitan directed.
Nathan Fillion on American Housewife 5/9/18(4/24/18) “Finding Fillion” – In order to impress the other moms at school, Katie, Taylor and Oliver travel to New York to track down Nathan Fillion at a “Firefly” convention, so Katie can convince him to attend the school’s spring gala, on an all-new episode of “American Housewife,” airing WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 (9:31-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
“American Housewife” stars Katy Mixon as Katie Otto, Diedrich Bader as Greg Otto, Meg Donnelly as Taylor Otto, Daniel DiMaggio as Oliver Otto, Julia Butters as Anna-Kat Otto, Carly Hughes as Angela and Ali Wong as Doris.
Nathan Fillion guest stars as himself.
“American Housewife” is written by Sarah Dunn (“Spin City,” “Bunheads”) and produced by Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios. Sarah Dunn, Aaron Kaplan, Rick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz are executive producers.
“Finding Fillion” was written by Bill Callahan, Rick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz, and directed by David Bertman.
Eva Longoria Showered With Love From Famous Friends During Walk of Fame Ceremony(4/16/18) Hollywood is coming out for Eva Longoria's big day.
In the middle of preparing for the birth of her first child, the actress and activist celebrated a special career milestone Monday morning.
As it turns out, it was time for Eva to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
"What a dream come true today! Receiving my star on the Walk of Fame is an honor I can't even believe I'm going to experience!" she wrote on Instagram. "Can't wait to join all the legends and even more so, can't wait for all of y'all to go and visit it!"
A few famous friends were able to see the star up close and personal already when they attended the revealing today.
Ricky Martin, Anna Faris and Victoria Beckham were in attendance to support their close pal. And yes, fans were treated to a mini Desperate Housewives reunion when Felicity Huffman showed her support with husband William H. Macy.
"Hemming my pants with boob tape," Felicity shared on Instagram Stories before the event. "Almost ready for @EvaLongoria's ceremony."
And while many of Eva's friends were unable to make it, that didn't stop them from sending their best wishes on social media.
"I wish I could be there cheering you on!!! There in spirit! So so so proud," Gina Rodriguez shared in the Instagram comments section. Eiza González added, "Get it girl. You are a pioneer and you deserve the world." Maluma, Holly Robinson Peete, LaLa and others also showed their support.
Later in the day, Eva also enjoyed a luncheon with more friends including Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon.
"Congrats @EvaLongoria for your star on the Hollywood #WalkofFame," Reese shared on Twitter. "This woman is a superstar actress, producer, and director (not to mention soon-to-be-mama!), who is changing Hollywood w/everything she touches! Making pure gold, baby!"
Vanessa Williams honored by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce(4/14/18) The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce presented Vanessa Williams with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award Thursday at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, Calif.
The event, co-sponsored by Variety and the Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building, honored Williams and unveiled her portrait to mark the occasion. Leron Gubler, president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, explained that the luncheon was created in 2000 to “recognize celebrities who’ve made a difference in Hollywood.” Steve Allen, the original host of “The Tonight Show,” was the first to be honored at the event.
“I ended up doing musical theater in high school and some theater in college and Broadway was the tangible goal for me,” Williams said as she accepted her award. “Hollywood was never on the radar because it was one of those things that was unattainable.”
She said how she went on to exceed her expectations by singing at the Oscars in 1996 and getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010 and much more throughout her career spanning over 30 years. Williams said, “Even though I feel like an outsider because this is all a dream, the fact that I can look at my life and see my achievements and know that Hollywood was such an integral part of what made me, me and what’s helped my career, I thank you.”
Prior to Williams’s acceptance speech, Steven Gaydos, vice president and executive editor at Variety, introduced a video highlighting the success Williams has had in film, television, music, and theater. The montage included scenes from “The Pick-Up Artist,” “Ugly Betty,” “Desperate Housewives,” and her singing the Oscar-winning song “Colors of the Wind” and from Disney’s “Pocahontas.”
In addition to giving Williams her award and portrait, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce also ushered in its new 2018-2019 chair, Donelle Dadigan, and swore in new directors and officers.
Eva Longoria still friends with all the ‘Housewives’ except one(4/12/18) They may have been “Desperate Housewives,” but they’re certainly not desperate to stay friends.
Pregnant actress Eva Longoria appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” this week and revealed that she remains close with co-stars Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross, who will attend her Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony next week.
“We’re very good friends,” Longoria told host Jimmy Kimmel, who then asked, “All of you?”
“No,” Longoria said with a laugh. “But 99 percent of us are.”
The 43-year-old notably failed to name Teri Hatcher, whom she previously described as a “loner.”
The ABC series ran from 2004 to 2012.
Aunjanue Ellis and Vanessa Williams Join ‘Miss Virginia’; Christopher Egan, Hanna Griffiths Cast In ‘Brokers’(4/10/18) Aunjanue Ellis (The Help) and Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty) are joining Emmy-winning actress Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black) and Matthew Modine in the independent production of Miss Virginia. Also, Australian actor Christopher Egan, known for his work in Letters to Juliet and Resident Evil, has joined Hanna Griffiths (Macbeth, Underbelly Rush) in the new Warren Zide and James Wallace-produced romantic drama Brookers.
First, for Miss Virginia: Niles Fitch, Nadji Jeter, Amirah Vann and Michael Beasley also round out the cast in the film which is being directed by R.J. Daniel Hanna (Shelter) and produced by Erin O’Connor, Rob Pfaltzgraff, and Maurice Black of the Moving Picture Institute, Stacey Parks of Media Sparks Films and M. Elizabeth Hughes. Miss Virginia is set to commence production later this month in Los Angeles.
Inspired by a true story, Miss Virginia follows a struggling inner-city single mother who moves her at-risk son from his dangerous neighborhood school to a safe — but expensive — one. Sacrificing everything but still unable to make the tuition payment, she launches a movement that could save her son’s future and that of many other children in the community.
Ellis is known for her roles in feature films The Help, Ray as well as Men of Honor and Undercover Brother. She will next be seen in If Beale Street Could Talk from Annapurna Pictures, directed by Barry Jenkins. Williams is best known for her roles in the ABC TV hit Ugly Betty, and feature films Erasure and Shaft. She will next be seen in the TV film False Profits with Shelley Hennig and Bellamy Young from ABC Studios.
Now for Brokers: Australian actor Christopher Egan, known for his work in Letters to Juliet and Resident Evil, has joined Hanna Griffiths (Macbeth, Underbelly Rush) in the new Warren Zide and James Wallace-produced romantic drama Brookers.
Set in 1994 Sydney, Australia and New York, the film is based on a true story, written by Wallace, about the rise and fall of Kingsley Walker (Christopher Egan), the currency trading prodigy from Sydney. Walker, who was determined to prove himself in the big leagues, accepts an opportunity to move to Manhattan to run the largest currency trade ever for a reclusive American billionaire nicknamed “The Whale”.
With constant temptation from his extravagant brokers, a love triangle which takes him well out of his comfort zone and a fierce battle of wits with his arch nemesis, Kingsley has everything on the line: his job, his relationship, his values and his sanity.
Other cast members attached to the project include AFI Award Winner Gyton Grantley (The Dressmaker). Principal photography begins August 2018, with distribution into China, India and Australia already secured.
Egan is repped by Anonymous Content and UTA. Griffiths is repped by Bohemia Group and Maverick Artists Agency.
Dynasty's Nicollette Sheridan Previews Alexis Carrington's Splashy Return: 'Dear God, Nobody's Safe!'(3/30/18) (Video) “Sorry I’m late. Traffic was a bitch.”
Those seven words, spoken in the final moments of last week’s Dynasty, introduced viewers to the new Alexis Carrington, now played by Nicollette Sheridan. And she’s only begun to steal the show.
“She is a force to be reckoned with,” Sheridan tells TVLine of the iconic character, played by Joan Collins during Dynasty‘s original run (1981–1989). “Dear God, nobody’s safe! She annihilates common boundaries of decency to obtain what she needs. She’s this matriarch of a family that’s cutthroat, crippling and riddled with dirty politics. It’s great television.”
Ironically, Sheridan says she never saw Collins’ portrayal of Alexis back in the day, as she was busy starring on Knots Landing, a spinoff of Dynasty‘s rival drama Dallas. “I’m actually kind of glad,” she admits, “because I get to give my own fresh take on who she is.”
And it “didn’t take long” for Sheridan to accept the role, following an “incredible” meeting with CW boss Mark Pedowitz and the Dynasty producers.
“We decided Alexis needed a big splashy comeback,” Sheridan says, though she had no idea how literal that concept would become. Speaking of her big pool fight with Fallon in tonight’s episode, she says, “It was good fun — but it was freezing outside. And I wanted to do my own stunts, so that really is me going upside into the water with my legs in the air. Luckily we got it in one take.”
On the topic of Alexis vs. Fallon, Sheridan says, “To me, there’s no more complicated relationship than the one between a mother and a daughter. That’s what really attracted me to the role. Fallon is a powerhouse, and you’ll finally see where she gets it — and why she’s as screwed up as she is. Sure, she’ll want to drive a wedge between Blake and Cristal, but right now it’s so much about Alexis and Fallon. Alexis honestly wants Fallon to blossom and not be so riddled with anger.”
As a bonus, TVLine also has an exclusive sneak peek of Sheridan in action (above), which offers a glimpse into Alexis’ issues with her ex-husband’s new bride. (Those hoping for more physical friction between Alexis and Cristal, Sheridan simply says, “Don’t you fear. It’s coming.”)
Suzanne Patmore Gibbs Dies: Head Of Sony’s TriStar Television Was 50(3/30/18) This is very sad news for the TV community — Suzanne Patmore Gibbs, the head of Sony Pictures TV’s TriStar Television, died suddenly this morning. She was 50. The respected veteran TV executive, who also held top executive posts at Sony TV, ABC and Touchstone TV, passed away unexpectedly at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of complications from minor surgery.
“Today we lost an amazing and wonderful member of the SPT family. This is a shock to all of us, and we are heartbroken,” SPT president Jeff Frost and co-presidents Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter wrote in a note to the company staff announcing Patmore Gibbs’ passing. “All of us at Sony Pictures Television were touched by Suzanne’s passion and friendship. She was a wonderful colleague and friend to all who worked with her. She will be greatly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time.”
Patmore Gibbs most recently relaunched TriStar Television as a division of SPT. She led the unit for the past three years, gradually building it into a label focused on female-driven projects, in front and behind the camera, as exemplified by the Amazon series Good Girls Revolt. Patmore Gibbs was passionate about providing more opportunities for female showrunners and directors, about championing projects with strong female roles and about encouraging new voices and diversity. The exec, who also shepherded TriStar TV’s series Shut Eye and The Last Tycoon, is leaving behind a slate of a slew of high-profile projects set up at cable and streaming networks.
Before taking over TriStar TV, Patmore Gibbs served as EVP drama development for SPT, where her team developed NBC’s The Blacklist, The Night Shift and The Player; Outlander on Starz; Bloodline and The Get Down on Netflix; Houdini and Doyle on Fox; and Powers on PlayStation.
Before joining Sony TV, Patmore Gibbs served as EVP scripted programming for ABC Entertainment Group, where she was instrumental in the development of hits Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy, which she championed, and also shepherded such series as Lost, Revenge, Once Upon a Time, Scandal, Suburgatory and Ugly Betty. She also worked as SVP drama development at Touchstone Television, as SVP development at Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz’s Bedford Falls and acted as an adjunct professor of screenwriting at the USC film school from 1999-2002.
Patmore Gibbs is survived by her husband, Stuart; children Dashiell and Violet; her brother, Alan; and her parents, Barry and Carole.
“She was a mentor, a guiding light, and a tastemaker for multiple studios including ABC, Sony and most recently TriStar Television,” the family said. “She was kind, thoughtful and supportive to everyone she worked with — and in return, she was respected and admired throughout Hollywood. While she was justifiably proud of her many career accomplishments, she felt that her greatest success was her loving family and friends. She will be greatly missed.”
Details regarding arrangements and services will be be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, her family has asked to make a donation to the Children’s Institute or Girls, Inc.
Eva Longoria Lists $3.8 Million Hollywood Mansion Ahead of Baby's Birth(3/20/18) (Photo) Eva Longoria is starting a new chapter of her life in more ways than one.
With her and husband José Antonio Bastón baby boy on the way, E! News can also confirm she's listed her stunning Hollywood mansion. The Desperate Housewives alum is asking $3.795 million for the lavish estate, which is three stories tall and spans 8,603-square-feet.
The not-so humble abode boasts six bedrooms (each with its own fireplace!), nine bathrooms and a slew of amenities fit for any A-lister.
In addition to an expansive kitchen and cozy living areas, the lucky purchaser of Eva's home can look forward to plenty of movie nights in the state-of-the-art theater and separate family room complete with a wet bar. The master bedroom also includes a massive bathroom and two separate walk-in closets.
Moving outside, lush landscaping wraps around a private pool, spa, dining area and outdoor kitchen.
The 43-year-old actress announced she was pregnant with her first child in December 2017.
Matt Dillon, Linda Cardellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Katherine Narducci Join Al Capone Biopic ‘Fonzo’(3/17/18) The Josh Trank written and directed Al Capone biopic, Fonzo, is boosting its cast with the addition of Matt Dillon (Crash, Wayward Pines), Linda Cardellini (Bloodline, Daddy’s Home), Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Desperate Housewives), and Katherine Narducci (The Sopranos, HBO’s Wizard Of Lies) joining previously announced Tom Hardy as the title character.
Capone (Hardy) was the most infamous and feared gangster of American lore. A ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron fist. At the age of 47, following nearly a decade of imprisonment, dementia rots Capone’s mind and his past becomes present as harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life.
Cardellini will play Capone’s long-suffering wife Mae; Dillon is his closest friend Johnny; MacLachlan plays his doctor Karlock; Narducci plays Rosie, one of his sisters.
Bron Studios and Creative Wealth Media are backing the pic, which will begin shooting next month in New Orleans. Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert is producing alongside Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder from Addictive Pictures, and Lawrence Bender for A Band Apart. Jason Cloth of Creative Wealth will serve as exec producer.
CAA and Endeavor Content are repping North American rights, while BLOOM is handling international sales.
Dillon by Untitled Entertainment and UTA; Cardellini is repped by Mosaic and ICM Partners; MacLachlan by UTA and Management 360; Narducci by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Bret Adams Ltd.
Jason Gedrick & Gail O'Grady Guest on Criminal Minds 3/28/18(3/12/18) “The Dance of Love” – The BAU travels to Chicago to investigate an unsub who leaves red roses on each victim. Also, Rossi gets an unexpected visit from his ex-wife, Krystall Richards (Gail O’Grady), on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, March 28 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Linn Bjornland(Cheryl Kaline), Jason Gedrick (Craig Kaline), Gail O’Grady (Krystall Richards).
Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge, Richard Schiff To Star In Indie Drama ‘Clemency’ From Chinonye Chukwu(3/9/18) Alfre Woodard has signed on to topline prison drama Clemency, opposite Aldis Hodge and Richard Schiff. The pic hails from writer/director Chinonye Chukwu (alaskaLand) and centers on a prison warden (Woodard) who confronts her own psychological demons as she develops an emotional connection to the death row inmate (Hodge) she is scheduled to execute.
Wendell Pierce and Danielle Brooks (Orange Is The New Black) also co-star.
This marks the second feature for Chukwu, who is known for her work on the clemency campaign for Tyra Patterson, who was wrongfully accused of murder and was recently released from prison after serving almost 23 years. Chukwu also created the Pens to Pictures program in an Ohio women’s prison.
Bronwyn Cornelius and Julian Cautherley are producing the project via ACE Pictures Entertainment.
“We were thrilled to discover the incredibly moving screenplay by writer/director Chinonye Chukwu, and with participation of the outstanding lead actress Alfre Woodard, multi-talented composer Kathryn Bostic and the highly experienced production team, led by producer Bronwyn Cornelius, our decision to come on board was very easy,” said Johnny Chang, Managing Director of ACE Pictures Entertainment.
Woodard will reprise her role on Season 2 of Netflix/Marvel’s Luke Cage, and also executive produced and stars in the Netflix film Juanita, as well as lends her voice in Disney’s Jon Favreau-directed live-action Lion King.
Hodge, best known for his role in WGN’s Underground, is set to star in the Brian Banks biopic from director Tom Shadyac. Schiff currently stars in the ABC drama The Good Doctor, which was recently picked up for a second season.
Woodard is repped by ICM, Circle of Confusion, and Gochman Law Group; Hodge by Paradigm, manager Jason Priluck and attorneys Benjamin Rubinfeld and P.J. Shapiro; Schiff by Paradigm and Leverage Management.
Teri Hatcher: I'm not broke and homeless(3/9/18) Actress Teri Hatcher has threatened legal action over an “absurd” tabloid report suggesting she is broke and homeless.
The former Desperate Housewives star found herself hitting headlines on Wednesday after a Star magazine story alleged the 53-year-old was so poor, she had been forced to live in her vintage Volkswagen camper van.
Dismissing the false gossip in a TV interview for KTLA 5 Morning News on Thursday, she said, “It’s totally absurd…
“It’s categorically false. I’m not broke, I’ve done very well investing my money. I’m not homeless, and I’m not living out of my van.”
Instead, Teri explained she has been busy filming a new show: “I am shooting my YouTube series, Van Therapy, in my van,” she shared.
According to TMZ, the star is now considering filing a lawsuit against the tabloid publishers over the article.
The actress, a mother of one, also took to Twitter to shut down the unfounded claims as she acknowledged International Women’s Day.
“On #internationalwomensday It’s important that we speak up for ourselves & speak up for what’s right,” she tweeted. “#VanTherapy is a series that was created for people to have a safe place to come & talk, not an opportunity for tabloids to spread false rumors.”
Just last month, Teri discussed her new project with HauteLiving.com, explaining she is enjoying travelling around Los Angeles for the show because it gives her an opportunity to connect to people from all walks of life.
“I’m learning and sharing so much, but one thing that seems so common and simple is that people just want to be seen and heard,” she said. “I think they are really valuing having a place to tell their story, to share a problem or a frustration even if the outcome isn’t a resolution.
“At this point, even with all our technology, I think many of us feel more alone than ever, which is ironic. Through these interviews, I’m learning that I’m not alone in my struggles and neither are they. The human experience is more common and similar than our media may make us feel sometimes. We all want to be accepted, loved, safe, and just okay. So it’s a bit cliche, but I think my experience with this project is really validating the saying, ‘You can’t judge a book by its cover.’”
Teri Hatcher Wants a Desperate Housewives Revival(3/8/18) Teri Hatcher is ready for a Desperate Housewives revival, but she doesn't know if it will ever actually happen.
The actress, who played Susan on the ABC series, appeared on ITV's Loose Women on Wednesday and talked to the co-hosts about the TV series and whether there's a possibility of a revival.
"We all miss Desperate Housewives, if there was ever a chance for that to come back, would you go back?" Hatcher was asked on the show.
"I would be the first person, yeah, I never wanted it to be over, I loved those characters," Hatcher shared, before admitting that she doesn't think the chances of a revival are "very good."
"Well just because of the creators, I mean it's not the women, I think the women would probably all do it," Hatcher said. She later shared that while she's "not so much" in touch with the other women, she's "supportive" of what everyone's doing in their lives, mentioning Eva Longoria's pregnancy.
"Very excited that Eva's about to have her first baby," she told the co-hosts.
Longoria, who played Gabrielle on the series, also spoke out about a Desperate Housewives revival in December.
"I wish! I love that show. I miss it every single day. I miss being Gaby. I miss being on set. I miss everything about it. But our creator [Marc Cherry] has said many times he wouldn't bring it back," Longoria told NewBeauty. "Plus, we're all so busy. Felicity [Huffman] is always off doing some Emmy award-winning show. I'm busy with my projects. I don't know if it will ever happen, but I'm all for the idea!"
After eight seasons, Desperate Housewives went off the air in May 2012. Would you like to see a revival or do you like how the show ended?
‘False Profits’: Vanessa Williams Joins ABC Comedic Soap Pilot(3/6/18) Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty alumna Vanessa Williams is returning to ABC with a co-starring role in another comedic soap. She has signed for a major role opposite leads Bellamy Young, Shelley Hennig and Kosha Patel in the hourlong pilot False Profits, set in the world of cosmetics marketing, from former Code Black writer-producer Kayla Alpert, Jason Reed and ABC Studios.
Written by Alpert, False Profits is described as Desperate Housewives meets Glengarry Glen Ross. It follows a team of down-and-out women in suburban Arizona as they fight their way to the top of the cutthroat world of a multi-level marketing cosmetics business.
Williams will play Suzanne, chief of a highly successful “tribe” of Brava Natural saleswomen, and she wants to add Laura (Young) to her cluster of money-making devotees. The cast also includes Kapil Talwalka.
Alpert executive produces with Reed and former Desperate Housewives exec producer Sabrina Wind via Jason T. Reed Productions. ABC Studios is the studio.
Williams, who received three Emmy nominations for playing Wilhelmina Slater on ABC’s, Ugly Betty, co-starred in the final season of Desperate Housewives as Renee Perry and headlined ABC’s 666 Park Avenue and VH1’s Daytime Divas. She also co-starred in the TV movie The Trip to Bountiful opposite Cicely Tyson. Williams is repped by UTA and GEF Entertainment.
Dana Delany Guests on Bull 3/27/18(3/6/18) “Bad Medicine” – Bull helps a doctor who crossed state lines to purchase a marijuana-derived oil to treat her patients in Virginia, where the oil is illegal. But the case is complicated when Assistant U.S. Attorney Sylvia Banner (Dana Delany) has the DEA arrest her for possession with intent to distribute, on BULL, Tuesday, March 27 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Eva Longoria Is Going to 'Live in Leggings' for the Remainder of Her Pregnancy(3/1/18) Eva Longoria isn’t letting her pregnancy slow her down.
From poolside photo shoots to launching a new clothing collection with HSN, the mom-to-be tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s issue that she’s feeling “amazing” now that she’s six months along.
“I’m in the golden months right now,” explains the actress, 42. “I’m full of energy, and the hard part of the first trimester is over.”
Longoria and her husband, media mogul José “Pepe” Bastón, will welcome their first child together, a son, in May. She says Bastón, who has three children from a previous marriage, is “ecstatic” about their new addition and that she’s ready to “embark” on this new journey.
“I don’t know anything about the mom world even though I have a lot of nieces and a lot of girlfriends with kids,” she says. “I’ve been reading, and it’s a lot of information and things to absorb.”
She adds of her baby boy on the way, “I can’t wait for him to be here!”
Though Longoria, who next stars in the April 13 movie Overboard, admits she’s going to “live in leggings” and dresses for the rest of her pregnancy, there’s one thing she can’t wait to wear after her son’s arrival: jeans.
“I think everybody looks forward to the jean moment when you go, ‘It fits!’ ” she says. “I’m resistant to buying maternity wear just because I’ve been wearing my stuff and now I’ve gotten to a point where I’m like, ‘I’m so uncomfortable!’ ”
“So I have broken down and bought some pregnancy leggings and mostly bottoms because it’s just impossible now to wear my old clothes.”
Longoria feels “lucky” that most of her pregnancy occurred over the winter months because she had no trouble layering and hiding her bump under coats and big sweaters.
“Now that we’re getting into spring and I’m going to be getting bigger, I’ll have to have a new approach,” she says.
While creating the Eva Longoria Collection — which launched Wednesday on HSN — Longoria recalls that she was “very” hands-on.
“[I was] involved in everything from designing different styles, grabbing different influences, reading trend books, reading trend colors and working with our design house here in L.A.,” she says. “It’s a long process from fittings, to models, to stitching, to textiles and to shooting the lookbooks.”
On March 22, Longoria will appear on the network to sell her line to viewers.
“I love talking about why I chose that silhouette, why I chose that textile, how you should wear it … what woman this is for, and you can’t do that with garments hanging on a rack in a store,” she says.
“With HSN, you can just speak to each garment, you can talk about the emotion you want women to feel when they put it on. I want them to feel power, and I want them to feel beautiful.”
Another thing she loves about HSN is that it gives her access to one of her guilty pleasures. “I am a kitchen gadget person, so don’t throw a kitchen gadget in front of me on HSN because I will buy it,” Longoria says.
The styles in her line range in price from a $29 graphic tee with a wine slogan to a $99 jumpsuit, and she says the fabrics and ruffles “scream feminine.”
Longoria’s love of design is deep-rooted in her childhood and dates back to when she started sewing at age 7.
“That was the main inspiration for this,” she says. “I’ve always sewn, I’ve always been obsessed with the construction of a garment, I’ve always looked at the seams and looked how they are put together and at the quality. It’s why I wanted to create the line because I’m so interested in creation.”
And while her sewing skills might’ve come in handy for the baby, she jokes, “Well since I’m not having a girl, I only know how to make dresses!”
The Eva Longoria Collection is available now on HSN.com.
For more on Eva Longoria, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
Mark Moses Joins Ilene Chaiken & Melissa Scrivner Love’s Fox Drama Pilot(2/28/18) Desperate Housewives alum Mark Moses is set as a series regular opposite Katie Holmes in Fox’s FBI drama pilot from former Empire showrunner Ilene Chaiken and Melissa Scrivner Love, 20th Century Fox TV and 3 Arts. Written by Chaiken and Love, the untitled drama (fka Mrs. Otis Regrets) centers on FBI Special Agent Hazel Otis (Holmes), who’s in the midst of investigating a domestic terrorism threat when a personal indiscretion – an affair with a prominent general – shatters her life and threatens her career at the FBI. Now labeled “the mistress,” Hazel Otis – wife, mother, patriot – begins to rebuild her personal life and professional reputation. Moses will play Chase, the FBI assistant Director and Hazel’s boss. Moses is known for the roles of Paul Young on Desperate Housewives and Duck Phillips on Mad Men, along with recurring roles on Homeland, The Last Ship, and Manhattan, among others. He is repped by Innovative Artists.
Ricardo Chavira on Kevin can Wait 3/19/18(2/26/18) “Delivery Guy” – Vanessa convinces Kevin to go on a TV talk show with the “baby boy” he helped deliver years ago as a cop, but her plan to promote Monkey Fist backfires when Kevin runs into his arch-nemesis, Frank Munson (Ricardo Chavira), at the appearance, on KEVIN CAN WAIT, Monday, March 19 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Michael Yo returns as Tom, a morning show host.
Empire: Alfre Woodard Joins Cast as Cookie's Mother(2/16/18) An ax-wielding Demi Moore is going to be the least of Cookie Lyon’s problems when Empire returns this spring. TVLine has learned exclusively that Alfre Woodard has been tapped to play Renee, the estranged (and extremely formidable, natch) mother of Taraji P. Henson’s leading lady.
Woodard — a four-time Emmy winner — will appear on a recurring basis during the second half of Empire‘s current fourth season, which resumes on Wednesday, March 28 at 8/7c. The actress began shooting her arc earlier this month.
The gig marks a reunion for the two Oscar-nominated powerhouses: They co-starred together in the 2008 pic Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys.
Woodard’s recent TV credits include series-regular stints on Netflix’s Luke Cage (which is returning for Season 2) and NBC’s ill-fated State of Affairs.
Vanessa Williams: Warmth comes before fashion(2/13/18) Vanessa Williams sat front row at the Pamella Roland fashion show on Thursday and told Page Six how comical it is to see girls dress for fashion rather than the cold weather.
“They want to look cute but .?.?. you can see that they are cold.”
And with all the TV classics coming back, Williams said, “I would love to reboot ‘Ugly Betty.’ We had a great time .?.?. I only got to keep a few dresses. A lot of the stuff was tailor-made to fit me. I do not know who’s got it, but it all fits my body, so good luck with that.”
‘Desperate Housewives’ Star Teri Hatcher To Battle It Out In Celebrity ‘Bake Off’ Special(2/8/18) Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher is among the celebrities to have signed up for a charity version of The Great British Bake Off.
Hatcher, who also starred in James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, is joined by the likes of Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp and Not The Nine O’Clock News star Griff Rhys Jones in The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off for Channel 4.
The show, which airs later this year, forms part of a range of programming by the British broadcaster to raise funds and awareness of the cancer charity. It will air five episodes of the Love Productions format, which will see the celebrities battle it out over three rounds in a bid to be crowned Star Baker.
Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood will be judging the delicious delights and devastating disasters, and Bake Off hosts Noel and Sandi will also be back to provide tea and sympathy for the celebrity bakers.
Other stars appearing in the show include musical comedian Tim Minchin, presenter Stacey Solomon, Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party Ruth Davidson, comedian, writer and actress Roisin Conaty, Kaiser Chiefs’ frontman Ricky Wilson, Diversity’s Perri Kiely, TV presenter Nick Hewer, broadcaster Melanie Sykes, comedian Lee Mack, Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox, comedian Joe Lycett, Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing, comedian Harry Hill, pop star Ella Eyre, journalist and presenter Bill Turnbull, comedian Alan Carr and comedian and actor Aisling Bea.
Felicity Huffman Joins Epix's Get Shorty(2/8/18) Ooh, good Get.
Felicity Huffman will join the cast of Epix’s Get Shorty in its second season, TVLine has learned.
The Desperate Housewives alum will recur as Clara Dillard, a maternal, high-level FBI special agent who is described as “hippie therapist meets J. Edgar Hoover” and who will oversee the Bureau’s investigation of Amara and the crime organization.
The comedy, which loosely is based on the Elmore Leonard novel of the same name, was renewed for a 10-episode sophomore season in August. Season 2 will find Chris O’Dowd’s Miles Daly meeting various obstacles on his path to be a filmmaker; these include his former partner, Ray Romano’s Rick, cooperating with the Feds.
In addition to her long run as Housewives‘ Lynette Scavo, Huffman’s TV career includes shows like Sports Night, Frasier, American Crime and BoJack Horseman.
In related news, Sarah Stiles — who recurred as Gladys in Season 1 — has been promoted to series regular for Season 2.
Eva Longoria-Produced Drama ‘Grand Hotel’ & Comedy ‘Three Rivers’ Get ABC Pilot Orders(2/3/18) ABC has picked up two more pilots, soapy drama Grand Hotel based on the Spanish format, from former Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria and the hit ABC/ABC Studios dramedy’s writer Brian Tanen, and single-camera comedy Three Rivers from I Hate My Teenage Daughter creators Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer. Both hail from ABC’s sister studio ABC Studios.
Written by Tanen, Grand Hotel is a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel, centering around the family who owns the business, the staff who run it, and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior.
Longoria and Ben Spector executive produced via UnveliEVAble Entertainment alongside Tanen as well as Oliver Bachert and Christian Gockel of Beta Film, which distributed the original series.
UnveliEVAble, ABC and ABC Studios also developed a Grand Hotel adaptation last season with a different writer. Televisa USA previously took a stab at an English-language adaptation of the series set in pre-Castro Havana.
Gran Hotel (aka Grand Hotel) was created and produced by Bambu Producciones and ran on Spain’s Antena 3 for three seasons, with its first season reaching a 18.5% share. Dubbed “a Spanish Downton Abbey,” the original series, set in 1905 Spain, has been a top international seller for Beta Films.
Written and executive produced by Bilsing-Graham and Kreamer, Three Rivers centers on Rebecca who left her family’s Texas ranch years ago to work at an upscale hotel in New York, but after being promised ownership of the ranch by her smooth-talking cowboy dad Beau, she’s back and ready to utilize her big city tactics to turn their rustic ranch into a destination spot oozing Southern hospitality. Getting her siblings to fall in line with her vision will be the real thorn in Rebecca’s side. And that’s going to be even harder once Beau reveals a life-changing family secret.
This is the fifth ABC comedy pilot this season from female creators vs. only one, untitled Tim Doyle, from a male creator. (The network also has straight-to-series Kenya Barris/Alec Baldwin sitcom).
Bilsing-Graham and Kreamer co-created, wrote and executive produced I Hate My Teenage Daughter, which aired on Fox from 2011-2013. The duo most recently served as consulting producers on NBC’s Trial & Error.
Eva Longoria Visits Jane(1/20/18) Onetime Jane the Virgin director Eva Longoria is returning to the CW dramedy in an onscreen role.
The Desperate Housewives actress will appear as herself in the March 2 episode, in which Rogelio seeks out Longoria to co-star in the American adaptation of The Passions of Santos, ETOnline.com reports. The two will then discover that they have a “surprising connection.”
Jane returns with new episodes on Friday, Jan. 26 at 9/8c.
Reese Witherspoon and Eva Longoria to Walk 2018 Golden Globes Red Carpet Together(1/4/18) Women in Hollywood are preparing to make a statement at the 2018 Golden Globes.
As the countdown continues for the start of award season, two beloved actresses are teaming up for Sunday's big show.
E! News has learned Reese Witherspoon and Eva Longoria will walk the red carpet together Sunday night in support of Time's Up.
The movement launched on New Year's Day aims to promote equality and safety in the workplace. The initiative also addresses legislation, corporate policy and hiring practices.
"Thank you to @nytimes for helping us shine a light on ALL people silenced by abuse and harassment within their own industry," Reese wrote on Twitter when the movement was announced. "I'm very proud to be part of this group of over 300 women & men who are determined to take this moment to help others. @timesupnw."
Eva added, "I stand with women across every industry to say #TIMESUP on abuse, harassment, marginalization and underrepresentation. @TIMESUPNW."
According to the New York Times, Time's Up has also been urging women to wear black at the Golden Globes to use the red carpet as an opportunity to raise awareness about the initiative.
"This is a moment of solidarity, not a fashion moment," Eva shared with the publication. "For years, we've sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colors and our beautiful faces and our glamour. This time the industry can't expect us to go up and twirl around. That's not what this moment is about."
Jennifer Aniston, Shonda Rhimes, Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone and Rashida Jones are just some of the many Hollywood stars also supporting the initiative in various ways.
The Blast was first to report Eva and Reese's red carpet news.
Watch E!'s Countdown special Sunday, Jan. 7, starting at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT followed by the two-hour Live From the Red Carpet: 2018 Golden Globes special at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT! The 2018 Golden Globes air on NBC starting at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT. After, recap the night during E!'s After Party starting at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. For complete Golden Globes coverage, watch E! News Monday at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m
Soccer legend Ronaldo, Eva Longoria celebrate 2018 in Miami together(1/2/18) Soccer legend Ronaldo ended up partying with pregnant Eva Longoria in Miami on New Year’s Eve, we’re told.
A spy at the Seaspice restaurant tells us that the Brazilian superstar — once considered the best player in the world — and the actress began in the evening in separate groups but “their two parties ended up joining together for drinks of Rosé Piscine and Barceló rum cocktails after dinner.”
Meanwhile, Dsquared2 designers Dean and Dan Caten were spotted having dinner at the Forte dei Marmi’s private FDM Arts Club.
We’re told the twin brothers dropped into the kitchen to compliment the chef, Antonio Mellino.
Eva Longoria shows off baby bump(12/26/17) (Photo) Eva Longoria has been celebrating Christmas in Miami with her husband, José “Pepe” Antonio Bastón, and the mom-to-be has been proudly showing off her baby bump.
Longoria and Bastón were seen strolling along Miami Beach early on Monday, and also shared a Christmas Eve celebration with Olivia Munn. Munn shared a photo of the pair indulging in tacos and drinks on Instagram, writing, “Christmas in Miami.”
Longoria has been with 49-year-old Bastón — the president of Televisa — since 2013. They married last year. The actress, 42, recently confirmed she was expecting her first child, a boy.
Eva Longoria Sets Up Two Projects At Fox: Hollywood Women Drama & Father-Daughter Police Drama With Penalty(12/21/17) Fox has put in development two hourlong dramas from former Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria — an untitled LA Women drama with Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce executive producer Emily Fox and Queen of the South EP David Friendly, and father-daughter police drama with writer Tracy McMillan (Ready for Love) and Fox’s 24: Legacy co-creator Evan Katz, which has received a script commitment plus penalty. 20th Century Fox TV co-produces both with Longoria and Ben Spector’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment.
The untitled LA Women project, written by Fox, centers on longtime friends Reza, June, Amelia, and Indie who have climbed to the top of the Hollywood ladder together as a lawyer, an actress, a writer-producer, and an entrepreneur. It all looks pretty enviable from the outside, and they all enjoy the many perks of their high-flying lifestyles – but there’s no such thing as having it all, at least not all at the same time. Each of them has made significant sacrifices to get where they are. When a face from their past resurfaces in the pilot, they have to confront some ugly buried secrets and protect their lives from being destroyed.
Fox also executive produces with UnbeliEVAble’s Longoria and Spector along with Friendly.
Written by McMillan, Sidekicks is about ambitious young Detroit Police detective Shay Kendricks who is forced to team up with a newly-paroled criminal informant — who also just happens to be her dad. While Benny Kendricks quickly becomes a secret weapon solving cases, he also shakes up Shay’s emotional life, pushing her to reconcile with the past — and the feelings — she’d rather avoid. A character procedural that is centered around the love that exists between a father and daughter.
These are the latest sales for UnbeliEVAble under its overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Longoria and Spector also are executive producing comedy Bell Heights with Bobby Bowman and Peter Murrieta, which is in development at Fox. UnbeliEVAble also has soapy drama Grand Hotel set at ABC with writer Brian Tanen. Longoria also recently teamed with another former Desperate Housewives writer, David Schulner, for immigrant drama Lucky Boy, with Nisha Ganatra directing. Unbelievable also is in post on a documentary feature at Netflix with Lincoln Square Productions slated for a 2018 release.
McMillan’s writing credits include Good Girls Revolt, Mad Men, United States of Tara, and Satisfaction. She’s written three books – a memoir, I Love You and I’m Leaving You Anyway; a novel, Multiple Listings; and a relationship book, Why You’re Not Married… Yet. She also wrote the viral blog Why You’re Not Married.
Katz also was an executive producer on Fox’s 24: Live Another Day, ABC’s Body of Proof and NBC’s The Event.
Fox recently served as showrunner on Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce and was a writer and co-executive producer on A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Friendly is currently an executive producer on USA’s Queen of the South, which was recently renewed for a third season.
Longoria and UnbeliEVAble Entertainment are repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Eva Longoria Pregnant with Baby Boy(12/20/17) Eva Longoria has her first bun in the oven ... and it's gonna be a boy.
Eva and media mogul husband, Jose Baston, are expecting after getting married last year outside Mexico City. Eva's been married twice, but never had any kids with Tyler Christopher or NBA superstar Tony Parker. Jose already has 4 from a previous relationship.
Reps confirmed the baby news, which, we guess, means the honeymoon stage is officially over for 49-year-old Jose and 42-year-old Eva. Time to start making nursery plans.
Eva Longoria Producing Family Comedy ‘Bell Heights’ In Works At Fox(12/20/17) Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to Bell Heights, a single-camera family comedy from former Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria, David Miner’s 3 Arts Entertainment, ABC Studios and 20th Century Fox TV.
Bell Heights was developed at ABC last season and 20th Century Fox TV has boarded the ABC Studios project to co-finance the project for re-development at Fox.
Written by Bobby Bowman (My Name Is Earl) and Peter Murrieta (Superior Donuts), Bell Heights is about an Eastside LA family with three very different adult siblings who are all held together by the baby, who is a dutiful son.
Bowman and Murrieta executive produce with Longoria and Ben Spector for UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, along with 3 Arts’ Miner and Greg Walter. ABC Studios co-produces with 20th Century Fox TV, 3Arts, and UnbeliEVAble.
UnbeliEVAble also has soapy drama Grand Hotel set at ABC with writer Brian Tanen. Longoria also recently teamed with another former Desperate Housewives writer, David Schulner, for immigrant drama Lucky Boy, with Nisha Ganatra directing.
Murrieta recently worked as a writer and producer on CBS’ Superior Donuts and Netflix’s One Day At A Time.
Longoria and UnbeliEVAble Entertainment are repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Bowman is repped by CAA and 3Arts. Murrieta is repped by CAA, 3Arts, and attorneys Warren Dern and Lon Sorenson.
Eva Longoria and Ricky Martin Join Forces for Puerto Rico at Global Gift Gala(12/8/17) Ricky Martin and Eva Longoria teamed up last night for an extraordinary cause!
The American Crime Story star and the former Desperate Housewives actress joined forces at the Global Gift Gala at the Nobu Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach. The hurricane relief event was held to support victims in Puerto Rico.
Longoria sported an all-cream-colored outfit, and her blazer is from her Eva Longoria collection. Martin hit the carpet in a suit and brought his Fiancé Jawn Yosef as his date.
Serena Williams, Loren Ridinger, and Miguel Bose also attended the event.
In October, Martin also went live on Facebook to raise funds for his beloved island.
"A dollar that you give to me is a dollar that will go straight to the victims. I cut the middle man because I am the middle man. You give me, and I give to the victims," Martin explained. "I will be posting through my social media everything that I'm doing with the money that you're donating."
"On our way to The Global Gift Gala Miami. Thank you @lyft for your support and the free rides for#BetterTomorrows. We are #AllIn4PR#GGGMIA17 #GGFUSA," the 42-year-old actress captioned the photo of herself and Martin on the way to their big night.
"Global Gift is almost ten years old. It's an initiative and a platform that we use to help a lot of people around the world. This year, Ricky called me and asked me, he said, ‘We need to make the entire night for Puerto Rico,'" Longoria explains to Univision's Alan Tacher.
"She gives me all the credit, but it's really her. You don't understand the heart that this woman has, you don't know," Ricky says with a smile. "I had the opportunity to do this type of gala on various occasions in different countries like she said, but now we…well, I want to focus on my people. Sadly, we're going on 77 days and a lot of people in my land don't have light, they don't have power, and they don't have drinkable water."
Dynasty Casts Nicollette Sheridan as Alexis Carrington — First Look(11/28/17) (Photo) The CW’s Dynasty reboot has found its Alexis Carrington — and she comes direct from Wisteria Lane.
Nicollette Sheridan, who famously portrayed Edie Britt on ABC’s Desperate Housewives, is joining the cast of Dynasty as the mother of all troublemakers, TVLine has learned. Per the network, Alexis “will return unexpectedly to [Blake, Fallon and Steven’s] world, challenging Blake’s marriage to Cristal, seeking to reunite with her children and fighting to claim what is hers.” (In other words, lots of drama.)
This marks Sheridan’s first gig on a TV show since she departed Desperate Housewives in 2009. Prior to her five-season stint on the ABC drama, Sheridan was a series regular on the primetime soap Knots Landing.
“There are certainly Easter eggs along the way until her grand entrance,” executive producer Sallie Patrick recently told TVLine of Alexis, a role made famous by Joan Collins in the original series. “What we like is that we know when she’s coming. I’m not sure they knew their timing of her [on the original Dynasty], so she was really absent from the first year. When she did show up, it was a huge twist and a great surprise. Since we live in a world that already knows about Alexis and knows about Joan Collins, we thought it’d be fun to build up that wonderful, delicious character before her grand entrance. We can only bring her in once, so we’re taking our time to figure it out.”
The question is: Was that time well spent?
Eva Longoria Producing ‘Grand Hotel’ Soapy Drama Based On Spanish Format In Works At ABC(11/22/17) ABC is developing Grand Hotel, a soapy drama from former Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria and the hit ABC/ABC Studios dramedy’s writer Brian Tanen. The project, from Longoria and Ben Spector’s UnveliEVAble Entertainment and ABC Studios, is based on the the popular Spanish series.
Written by Tanen, Grand Hotel is a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel, centering around the family who owns the business, the staff who run it, and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior.
Tanen, Longoria and Spector executive produce alongside Oliver Bachert and Christian Gockel of Beta Film, which distributing the original series.
UnveliEVAble, ABC and ABC Studios also developed a Grand Hotel adaptation last season with a different writer. Televisa USA previously took a stab at an English-language adaptation of the series set in pre-Castro Havana.
Gran Hotel (aka Grand Hotel) was created and produced by Bambu Producciones and ran on Spain’s Antena 3 for three seasons, with its first season reaching a 18.5% share.
Dubbed “a Spanish Downton Abbey,” the original series, set in 1905 Spain, has been a top international seller for Beta Films.
Longoria recently teamed with another former Desperate Housewives writer, David Schulner, for immigrant drama Lucky Boy, with Nisha Ganatra directing. Longoria is repped by CAA.
Eva Longoria Teams With David Schulner & Nisha Ganatra For ‘Lucky Boy’ Immigrant Drama Series Based On Book(11/18/17) Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment is developing family immigrant drama Lucky Boy, based on Shanthi Sekaran’s book, as a TV series, with Do No Harm creator David Schulner penning the adaptation. Nisha Ganatra (Transparent, Dear White People) is on board to direct. The project, from Universal TV, will be shopped to streaming and premium cable outlets.
Lucky Boy, which was published in January by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, follows the conflict between two immigrant mothers, one undocumented, one first generation, as they fight to love and protect the same small American boy.
Schulner executive produces with UnBeliEVAble’s Longoria and Ben Spector as well as Ganatra. Sekaran is co-executive producing. The project stems from a deal UnbeliEVAble had with Universal TV where Schulner also has been based.
On the feature side, UnbeliEVAble is teaming with Charles D. King’s MACRO on an American-set remake of Sin Filtro, the Chilean film by Nicolas Lopez, with an eye toward a 2018 production start. Longoria also is set to star in Dog Days, Ken Marino’s next comedy for LD Entertainment. Longoria and UnbeliEVAble are repped by CAA.
Lucky Boy reunites Longoria and Schulner who worked together on Desperate Housewives, in which Longoria starred. Schulner served as writer and co-producer on the first season. He most recently served as executive producer of Emerald City. He is repped by UTA.
Ganatra was a co-executive producer on You Me Her and Better Things, and also has directed episodes of Red Oaks, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Fresh Off the Boat. She is next helming the Mindy Kaling-Emma Thomson feature Late Night. She is repped by ICM Partners.
Sekaran is repped by UTA and Lindsay Edgecombe at Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency.
Eva Longoria lists secluded compound for $14M(11/17/17) Actress and producer Eva Longoria has put her Hollywood Hills home on the market for $14 million.
The star purchased the place from none other than Tom Cruise for $11.4 million in 2015. At the time, she had just become engaged to José “Pepe” Bastón, now her husband.
She told Us magazine that when she saw the L.A. property, it was love at first sight. “I know Tom; he’s a lovely person. He did a very, very good job on this house because it was stunning and beautiful, and the minute we walked in I was like, ‘This, this is a home.'”
After a short stint living there, she decided to move to another spot in nearby Beverly Crest. Multiple reports note the actress paid $13.5 million for a more contemporary build. So the “Desperate Housewives” actress must be just a bit desperate to unload her real estate.
Not that this place should be a hard sell.
The one-of-a-kind “celebrity compound” is designed for the paparazzi-averse set, according to the listing. As we noted in 2015, when Cruise was selling the house: “Set back from Mulholland Drive on its own knoll, the home has a long, private driveway that separates prying eyes from the home’s occupants.” This home is for lovers of extreme privacy. So A-list celebs, step right up.
The 2.5-acre lot is filled with trees and walkways and has 180-degree views. The property includes two houses: a three-bedroom European-style villa and a four-bedroom country-style guesthouse. There is also a small stone cottage that could be a wine room. Two small studios lie just off the main pathways.
The main house features a country-style kitchen, a living room with fireplace, and large picture windows. The gated grounds include a lagoon-style pool and spa, fountains, gardens, and trellises.
Perhaps one reason Longoria decided to decamp to Beverly Hills was the same problem noted in our earlier story of the possible downside of the location. While you do get serenity and privacy, the property is rather secluded and inconvenient should you want to grab a cup of coffee or a drink.
Longoria’s acting credits include most recently the TV show “Empire.” She has produced shows “Telenovela” and “Devious Maids.”
Loren Judd holds the listing.
Judith Light, Vanessa Williams and More Join RIGHT BEFORE I GO. Benefit for Suicide Awareness(11/15/17) (broadwayworld.com) Producers announced today that two-time Emmy and Tony Award-winner Judith Light, multiple Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award nominee Vanessa Williams, stage and screen star Lois Smith, and Wilson Bethel will join the cast of the New York City premiere of Stan Zimmerman's Right Before I Go. Ms. Williams will serve at the host for the evening.
Directed by Michael Wilson, Right Before I Go. will be performed as a one-night-only benefit on Monday, December 4, 2017 at Town Hall (123 W 43rd Street). A student panel / talkback will take place at 6:30 PM; a VIP pre-show cocktail reception will begin at 7:00 PM followed by an 8:00 PM performance.
Proceeds will benefit prominent suicide awareness and prevention charities, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (afsp.org) and JED Foundation (JEDFoundation.org). Additional casting will be announced shortly.
The previously announced cast for Right Before I Go. includes Elizabeth Ashley, Ellen Burstyn, Maggie Lacey, Jennifer Lim, Maulik Pancholy, and Raviv Ullman.
Judith Light is known for her extensive body of work on stage, in television, and film. She currently stars in Amazon Prime's Gold Globe-winning series, "Transparent," for which she has received two Emmy nominations. On stage she received a Tony nomination for the play Lombardi, followed by two consecutive Tony Award wins for the plays Other Desert Cities and The Assembled Parties. Light starred in the television series "Who's the Boss," and received two consecutive Emmy Awards for her work on "One Life to Live." She has been a longtime advocate in the fight to end HIV/ Aids and has been a champion for LGBTQ & human rights.
Vanessa Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in the entertainment industry today. Having sold millions of records worldwide, Vanessa has also scored numerous #1 and Top 10 hits on various Billboard Album and Singles charts. Her critically acclaimed work in film, television, recordings and the Broadway stage has been recognized by every major industry award affiliate including 4 Emmy nominations, 11 Grammy nominations, a Tony nomination, 3 SAG award nominations, 7 NAACP Image Awards and 3 Satellite Awards. Her platinum single "Colors of the Wind," from the Disney film Pocahontas, won the Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe for Best Original Song.
Lois Smith recently appeared in both the feature film and Playwrights Horizons production of Marjorie Prime, and can also currently be seen in the feature Lady Bird. She appeared at the Signature in Annie Baker's John, for which she received a Lucille Lortel nomination; Tony Kushner's The Illusion; and Horton Foote's The Old Friends and The Trip to Bountiful, winning many awards for the latter. Other favorite stage roles include The Grapes of Wrath and Buried Child (Tony nominations for both). Smith has been seen in countless films, including East of Eden, Minority Report, Fatal Attraction, and Four Friends. Television credits include "Sneaky Pete," "Younger," "Blacklist," "Grace & Frankie," and "True Blood."
Wilson Bethel is best known for his roles as Wade Kinsella on "Hart of Dixie" and as Ryder Callahan on the CBS daytime soap opera "The Young and the Restless." He is also the star and creator of the web series "Stupid Hype" on the The CW's new online platform CWD.
A student panel will take place prior to the performance, starting at 6:30 PM at Town Hall. Open to high school and college student groups attending the performance, the panel will include representatives from each of the beneficiary organizations (AFSP.org and JEDFoundation.org) along with a trained representative from the Traumatic Loss Coalition (TLC) and Wendy Sefcik of Remembering TJ. Please email RightBeforeIGo@gmail.com for more information and to reserve tickets.
Right Before I Go. brings to life the last words of those lost to suicide, including the heartsick, bullied, veterans, mentally ill and the achingly lonely. This poignant, deeply moving, and surprisingly light play invokes a raw and authentic approach to storytelling in an effort to help broaden public perspective of suicide, eliminate the stigma associated with depression, and strengthen the relationship between survivors and those struggling every day.
Right Before I Go. made its world premiere as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2015, where it received rave reviews.
Proceeds from the evening will benefit American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the JED Foundation.
Tickets for Right Before I Go. are available starting at $52 and can be purchased online at RightBeforeIGo.com or TicketMaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or in person at the Town Hall Box Office (123 W 43rd Street). Tickets purchased at the $252 level and above come with admission to an exclusive VIP pre-show cocktail reception.
Right Before I Go. is produced by R. Erin Craig, La Vie Productions, Amy Blavin, Diane Orley, Jane Dubin, Ryan Ratelle, Melissa Chusid, Fireplay and One Company.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. If you, or someone you love, is in crisis call 1-800-273-8255.
The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week support and information via the medium people already use and trust: text. Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the U.S., anytime, about any type of crisis.
Fore more information, visit RightBeforeIGo.com.
Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, and with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. AFSP celebrates 30 years of service to the suicide prevention movement. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. www.afsp.org
JED is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation's teens and young adults. We're partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems. We're equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We're encouraging community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health. www.jedfoundation.org.
Daytime Divas Cancelled at VH1(11/1/17) Time has run out for the ladies of The Lunch Hour, with VH1 canceling Daytime Divas after just one season.
The dramedy starred Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty) as Maxine Robinson, the host and creator of a View-esque talk show, though her scandalous personal life — which included a sordid love affair, a murder cover-up, etc. — frequently overshadowed her on-air persona.
Maxine was joined at The Lunch Hour table by a parade of diverse co-hosts: war correspondent Nina Sandoval (played by Happyland‘s Camille Guaty), former child star Kibby Ainsley (Pretty Little Liars‘ Chloe Bridges), conservative icon Heather Flynn-Kellogg (Wilfred‘s Fiona Gubelmann), and off-the-wall comedian Mo Evans (Everybody Hates Chris‘ Tichina Arnold).
The show’s first (and only) season concluded with a two-hour finale on July 31, during which Maxine was arrested for copping to her husband’s murder — even though it was really the work of her son Shawn (Hit the Floor‘s McKinley Freeman).
“[Maxine is] very resourceful, and I think it’d be interesting to see a woman like that in prison, where her resources and access and influences are limited — at least initially,” executive producer Chris Alberghini told TVLine in July. “It’d be fun to see what she could make out of that situation.”
Vanessa Williams on Me Myself & I 11/20/17(10/31/17) “Thanksgiving” – Darryl and Wendy set up Mid-life Alex on a blind date during Thanksgiving dinner. Also, Young Alex and Justin compete to impress Nori’s brother when Nori and her brother join their family for Thanksgiving, and Older Alex goes to the diner to see Eleanor on Thanksgiving Day and is surprised when Kelly (Vanessa Williams) shows up, on ME, MYSELF & I, Monday, Nov. 20 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Sarah Burns recurs as Lisa, Mid-life Alex’s date.
Doug Savant on Seal Team 11/15/17(10/31/17) “Borderlines” – Jason and the SEAL Team must rescue an undercover CIA operative after she is captured by radical terrorists to be used as a bargaining chip. Also, Clay undergoes the final harrowing exercise for his candidacy into Tier One, on SEAL TEAM, Wednesday, Nov. 15 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Kai Daniels (10 Year Old Clay), Danny Pardo (Vargas), Doug Savant (Malcolm).
More Join Eva Longoria In ‘Dog Days’ For LD Entertainment, Director Ken Marino(10/25/17) The ensemble cast has been pulled together for Ken Marino’s next comedy Dog Days for LD Entertainment, the company that brought Megan Leavey and the three-time Oscar-nominated Jackie to the big screen. Eva Longoria, who was in talks on the pic is officially in. This marks Marino’s second feature film, his first being How To Be A Latin Lover starring Eugenio Derbez.
Joining Longoria in the film is Tig Notaro (One Mississippi), Rob Corddry (Ballers), Michael Cassidy (Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice), Jasmine Cephas Jones (Hamilton), Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us), John Gemberling (Broad City), Ryan Hansen (Party Down), Thomas Lennon (The Odd Couple), Lauren Lapkus (Jurassic World), Jessica Lowe (Wrecked), Toks Olagundoye (Castle), Jessica St. Clair (Playing House), and David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later).
The film follows a group of interconnected people in Los Angeles who are brought together by their loveable canine counterparts. The script is written by Elissa Matsueda, with current revisions by Erica Oyama. It is filming in Los Angeles.
LD Entertainment is fully financing the comedy. It is being produced by Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, and Jennifer Monroe. Previously announced cast include Jon Bass (Baywatch), Tone Bell (Disjointed), Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries), Vanessa Hudgens (Spring Breakers), Adam Pally (Band Aid), and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things).
Vanessa Williams will recur on Me, Myself & I as(10/25/17) Ugly Betty alumna Vanessa Williams will recur on CBS’ freshman comedy Me, Myself & I as Kelly Frasier, the arch business rival-turned-love interest to John Larroquette’s older Alex Riley.
Eva Longoria In Talks To Join Comedy Film ‘Dog Days’(9/28/17) Eva Longoria is in negotiations to join Nina Dobrev, Finn Wolford and Tone Bell in director Ken Marino’s sophomore feature Dog Days, from LD Entertainment (Megan Leavey, Jackie). Written by Elissa Matsueda and Erica Oyama, the film is slated to go before cameras next month.
Dog Days follows a group of humans brought together by their canine pets as they work through hardships in life. Longoria is in talks to play Grace, a loving wife and mother who can’t bear to disappoint her adopted daughter Amelia when the girl falls in love with a lost dog.
Scott Holoryd, Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon and Jennifer Monroe are producing the project.
Longoria just wrapped on the MGM/Pantelion remake Overboard with Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez. Recently, she was tapped to star in workplace comedy film 24-7, along with Kerry Washington, based on a pitch by screenwriter Sarah Rothschild, which Universal acquired. Longoria will also produce the project via her UnbeliEVAble Entertainment company.
She’s repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and CAA.
Kyle MacLachlan Joins Amblin’s ‘The House With A Clock In Its Walls’(9/26/17) Kyle MacLachlan has found a new gig after Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival. He has joined Jack Black and Cate Blanchett in the cast of The House With a Clock in Its Walls, the Universal/Amblin adaptation of the 1973 John Bellairs horror book illustrated by Edward Gorey. Eli Roth is directing.
Eric Kripke wrote the script based on the novel, which tells the tale of a recently orphaned 10-year-old boy who discovers a world of hidden passageways, magic and danger in his uncle’s old house. MacLachlan will play Isaac Izard, the sinister original owner of the house. Deadline reported in August that Blanchett was landing a co-starring role.
Mythology Entertainment’s Brad Fischer and James Vanderbilt are producing with Kripke. The exec producers include William Sherak, Tracey Nyberg and Laeta Kalogridis.
MacLachlan, who reprised his role as FBI Agent Dale Cooper in David Lynch’s recent Twin Peaks revival, also just reprised his role in IFC’s Portlandia, whose eighth season premieres in 2018. He also is aboard with Maria Bello and Josh Wiggins in the indie high school drama G.L.O. (The Giant Little Ones).
He is repped by UTA, Management 360, Special Artists Agency, and Jackoway Tyerman.
Vanessa Williams on Modern Family - 10/4(9/18/17) Vanessa Williams Guest Stars
“The Long Goodbye” – Phil and Claire realize that Alex may be more self-sufficient in college than they give her credit for when they drop in for a quick visit. Meanwhile, Manny is determined to avoid a long tearful goodbye after Gloria and Jay move him into his college dorm. Finally, Mitch may have accidentally accelerated a planned renovation, and Hayley gets an unexpected opportunity when she befriends a wealthy female member at the country club.
Felicity Huffman's 20th Anniversary Tribute to William H. Macy Will Make Your Heart Sing(9/6/17) (Pic) Sparks are still flying for Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy!
The beloved Hollywood pair celebrates 20 years of wedded bliss today, a major milestone for any couple—famous or otherwise. Felicity took to Instagram on Wednesday with a heartwarming tribute to the Shameless star, and yes it includes an epic set of vintage photo booth snapshots.
"You took me home in 1985," the Desperate Housewives alum penned. "You married me in 1997. You give me a thrill every time you walk through the door. Thank you for marrying me 20 years ago today."
Macy also tweeted, "Twenty years ago today I did the best thing I've ever done in my life. I married Felicity Huffman."
We aren't crying, you are!
A walk down the aisle wasn't always in the cards for Felicity and William, who dated off and on for 15 years before the actress decided he was the One.
"I was so scared of marriage that I thought I would've preferred to step in front of a bus," the actress, 54, told Tribune News in 2015. "Bill Macy asked me to marry him several times over several years. And I was finally smart enough to go: ‘I'm going to marry this guy or really lose him for good.'"
She continued, "And it was after we broke up for four or five years when he asked me again, I knew I couldn't say no. It was the work I had to do in order to bring myself to the marriage and then the work that I did to be able to trust another person and see what comes out of that comfort and that safety. I was able to blossom out of that."
The lovebirds ultimately became husband and wife in 1997, welcoming their first child, daughter Sophia Grace, three years later. Their second daughter, Georgia Grace, was born in 2002.
In 2009, Macy and Huffman became only the second couple to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame together. And seven years later, both found themselves among the nominees at the 2016 Emmys.
Here's to 20 more years of achievements and love! Happy anniversary, you two.
ABC Nabs FBI Darkly Comedic Drama From Regina Corrado, Felicity Huffman & NBCU International Studios As Put Pilot(8/17/17) In a competitive situation, ABC has landed Kristy Kottis, a comedic hourlong drama, from The Strain executive producer Regina Corrado, American Crime alumna Felicity Huffman, Dallas Buyers Club producer Rachel Winter and Working Title. NBC Universal International Studios is the studio.
Written by Corrado, Kristy Kottis is inspired by the real-life Vespa riding, shit kicking, former New York City public school teacher-turned-FBI agent, Kristy Kottis. The is a darkly comedic drama seen through the eyes of a real woman — not a super hero, not first in her class, but fiftieth, who found her calling in a place she never imagined; as the first female supervisor in charge of the Guardian Squad, the division responsible for uniting the NYPD, Homeland Security, Secret Service, Amtrack and Port Authority Police in New York City.
Corrado executive produces with Working Title’s Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Andrew Stearn and Liza Chasin as well as Huffman and Winter. There are no current plans for Huffman to star.
Three years ago, Winter and Huffman teamed for another FBI drama project that was set up at ABC with a put pilot commitment, which had Huffman attached to star as a special agent leading the New York City Joint Terrorism Task Force. At ABC, Huffman starred in the series Desperate Housewives and American Crime and also headlined the comedy pilot Libby & Malcolm this past season.
Corrado, who adapted the 2016 financial thriller feature Equity as a TV series for ABC last development season with Amy Pascal producing, is coming off a three-year stint on FX’s The Strain, last two as an executive producer, working alongside executive producer/showrunner Carlton Cuse who also recruited her as a writer-producer on his A&E drama series The Returned. Corrado started her career on David Milch’s Deadwood and John Fran Cincinnati and also worked on FX’s Sons of Anarchy for four seasons. She is repped by CAA and Zero Gravity Management.
Eva Longoria loves tacos(8/12/17) Eva Longoria recently joked that she was “not pregnant, just bloated” after bikini pictures sparked baby rumors.
She told us that tacos and other Latin food is to blame. “I love tacos .?.?. I can’t get enough of tacos,” she told Page Six.
“Mostly in Cannes and before red carpets, I just have to work out a little harder. In Cannes, there are a lot of gowns and a lot of red-carpet events, so I have to watch my figure.”
She received the Style Ambassador Award from Robert Verdi at Monday night’s ACE Awards at Ciprani 42nd Street.
‘13 Reasons Why’: Jake Weber, Brenda Strong, Meredith Monroe & RJ Brown Join Season 2 Cast(8/10/17) 13 Reasons Why has added four more actors to its Season 2 cast. Jake Weber (Medium), Brenda Strong (Supergirl), Meredith Monroe (Criminal Minds) and The Carrie Diaries alum R.J. Brown have signed on for recurring roles in the new season of Netflix’s adaption of the bestselling 2007 YA book by Jay Asher.
Executive produced by Selena Gomez, 13 Reasons Why deals with teen suicide, bullying, drunk driving and rape in graphic detail. Season 1 follows teenager Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker (newcomer Katherine Langford) — his classmate and crush — who had committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are 13 reasons why she decided to end her life.
Weber will play Barry Walker, father of Bryce (Justin Prentice), a successful hedge fund manager and pillar of the community. Strong will play Nora Walker, Barry’s husband and Bryce’s mother. Monroe will play Carolyn, Alex’s mother, a hardworking nurse and devoted mother. Brown, is Caleb, Tony’s boxing trainer, a fierce competitor and dedicated coach, but out of the ring he has a warm smile and a wry sense of humor.
Weber, known for his role as Joe Dubois on Medium, recently recurred on Homeland and Secrets and Lies. His recent film credits include Learning to Drive opposite Patricia Clarkson. He’s repped by APA and Frameworks Entertainment.
Two-time Emmy nominee Strong most recently was seen as Lex’s mother Lillian Luthor on the CW’s Supergirl and also as a recurring on Fear the Walking Dead. She’s also known as the voice of Mary-Alice Young, the departed narrator, on all eight seasons of ABC’s Desperate Housewives.
Monroe has recurred on Criminal Minds and Hart of Dixie and played Chloe Metz on Californication, along with other guest spots. On the feature sidem she most recently was seen playing Woody Harrelson’s girlfriend, Greer, on The Edge of Seventeen. She’s repped by Abrams Artists Agency.
Brown has recurred on Tycoon, The Carries Diaries and Girls and recently guest-starred on The Blacklist and Blue Bloods. His feature credits include starring roles in thriller The Heart Machine and Home of the Giants. He’s repped by Gersh.
Serena Williams hosts ‘50s-themed baby shower(8/7/17) (Photo) Serena Williams is prepping for the arrival of her little one.
On Saturday, Williams, 35, hosted a ’50s themed baby shower from the aptly named “Baby O Diner” with all of her famous gal-pals.
“When you and your crew go so far back to the 50’s. Even then they had your back,” Williams captured the snaps.
Williams, who is due this fall, wore a yellow poodle skirt with black and white polka dots ruffles underneath. She let her bump shine through in a crop top that came off the shoulders. She completed her ‘50s ensemble with a top-knot, red scarf, chunky white pearls and black and white saddle oxfords.
The tennis champ was joined by Ciara, La La Anthony, Eva Longoria, Kelly Rowland and sister Venus Williams for the party.
The girls also jammed with a juke box and posed with a retro red pick up truck.
While Williams and fiancé Alexis Ohanian have yet to formally announce the baby’s sex, he believes they’re having a girl.
“We have our hunches,” the Reddit co-founder beamed to Jimmy Kimmel in early August. “She put it really well – she won the Australian Open while pregnant, and she remarked that she feels like it has to be a girl because everything that little baby went through and handled like a champ, only a woman could be strong enough to take on.”
Jesse Metcalfe On The Hallmark Channel's "Chesapeake Shores"(8/3/17) (Video)Based on the novels of the same name by New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods, the family drama of “Chesapeake Shores” follows Abby O’Brien, a high-powered career woman, divorcee and mother of two young daughters, who makes a trip from New York City to her hometown of Chesapeake Shores. Her visit home brought Abby face to face with her past, including her high school sweetheart Trace, her uncompromising father Mick and her esteemed grandmother Nell. Jesse Metcalfe stops by BUILD to speak on the new season of the Hallmark Channel series.
'The Good Witch’ Renewed For Season 4 By Hallmark Channel(7/29/17) The Good Witch will be back. Hallmark Channel confirmed the series has been renewed for a fourth season.
Based on the network’s successful movie franchise, Good Witch is set in the fictional town of Middleton and follows 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?
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.
Kyle MacLachlan Joins Maria Bello In YA Film ‘Glo’(7/17/17) Kyle MacLachlan has joined Maria Bello and Josh Wiggins in the new young adult drama Glo from writer/director Keith Behrman (Flower & Garnet). Glo, which is currently shooting in Canada, is also known as The Giant Little Ones and is a drama about the lives of two popular teenage boys and best friends since childhood whose lives and families are surprisingly upended after an unexpected incident occurs on the night of a 17th birthday party.
Darren Mann (Let the Right One In, Hello Destroyer), Taylor Hickson (Aftermath, Deadpool, andEverything, Everything) and Peter Outerbridge (Orphan Black) round out the cast.
GLO reunites the creative team from Mean Dreams (Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight selection and TIFF Special Presentation). The film is produced by Allison Black with executive producers Bello, Patrice Theroux, Storyboard Entertainment’s Richard Blumenstein, Jason Potash and Paul Finkel, euclid431’s Nathan Morlando, Mongrel Media’s Hussain Amarshi, Daniel Bekerman, and Mark Gingras and John Laing of Urban Post. Susan Wrubel and Tom Spriggs will co-executive produce.
Financing for the production provided by Telefilm Canada, Storyboard Entertainment, OMDC, NOHFC, Mongrel Media, CBC, Urban Post, Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund, and TMN.
UTA is handling U.S. sales. Mongrel Media will distribute the film in Canada and will handle international sales.
MacLachlan, Bello, and Wiggins are all repped by UTA. MacLachlan is also managed by Management 360 and Wiggins by Loch Powell of Power Entertainment Group.
2017 Emmy Awards Nominations(7/14/17) LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Carrie Coon - Fargo, FX Networks
Felicity Huffman - American Crime, ABC
Nicole Kidman - Big Little Lies, HBO
Jessica Lange - Feud: Bette And Joan, FX Networks
Susan Sarandon - Feud: Bette And Joan, FX Networks
Reese Witherspoon - Big Little Lies, HBO.
Teen Choice Awards 2017 Nominations - Final Wave(7/13/17) The ceremony airs Sunday, Aug. 13 on Fox.
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American Remake Of Chilean Comedy ‘Sin Filtro’ Set By Eva Longoria & Charles D. King(7/11/17) Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Charles D. King’s MACRO will team on an American-set remake of Sin Filtro, the Chilean film by Nicolas Lopez. They hope to get into production in 2018 a comedy that follows a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Her life spirals out of control after an acupuncture treatment renders her unable to filter herself. King’s MACRO will finance the film, and he will produce with Kim Roth and Poppy Hanks along with UnbeliEVAble’s Longoria and Ben Spector. The exec producers are the original’s writer-director Lopez and Miguel Asensio Llamas, who produced the original through Sobras International. Sin Filtro was the top-grossing live-action film in Chile in 2016, and becoming the second highest grossing film of all time in that country.
Lopez won’t direct the remake. His next film, Hazlo Como Hombre releases in Mexico on August 11 and in the US on Labor Day by Pantelion/Lionsgate, and No Estoy Loca bows in Chile on January 4.
The producers will look to quickly set a writer and director for the remake, with Will Rack overseeing for UnbeliEVAble Entertainment. Both of those companies have been busy. UnbeliEVAble, with a first-look deal with Universal Pictures, most recently teamed with Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street Productions to sell 24/7, a pitch being written by Sarah Rothschild for the studio as a potential star vehicle for Longoria and Washington. Led by former WME partner King, MACRO is coming off co-financing and producing the Best Picture nominee Fences, and financing the Dee Rees-directed Sundance hit Mudbound; the company launched in 2015 to create content for African American, Latino and multicultural audiences, hatched with funding that included lead investor Laurene Powell Jobs’s Emerson Collective.
CAA repped the remake deal and Lopez, and also reps Longoria, who’s managed by Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Charlize Theron once punched Teri Hatcher and apologized with beer(6/27/17) Watch out for Charlize Theron.
The fierce actress, 41, used to have a bit of a temper, both on set and off. Unfortunately, fellow actress Teri Hatcher experienced it firsthand, as Theron recounted in the August issue of W magazine.
“The fight was between me and Teri Hatcher. I hit her really bad,” Theron confessed of filming the 1996 movie “2 Days in the Valley.” “… I think she was bruised. And because it was Teri Hatcher, who was a star, and I was this bleached-blonde-Amazonian, catsuit-wearing nobody who was punching her in the face, I was like a wild animal. Back then I didn’t know how to hone in my energy and I was knocking over lights.”
She continued, “I had no concept of a set. I connected right with Teri Hatcher’s face. I felt terrible about it. I had no money and sent her some cheap beer the next day. Sorry, Teri.”
Theron admitted that her run-in with Hatcher wasn’t her only violent moment.
“But other than Teri Hatcher, I had only connected my fist with a girl’s face once in my entire life, so I had to do a lot of training for [new thriller ‘Atomic Blonde’],” she said. “I was working in Milan as a model, and this girl got very aggressive with me at a bar. She pushed me and started talking smack, and that was it. My body just took over, and I thought, ‘I didn’t just do that, did I?'”
Even though the Oscar winner doled out some punches in her heyday, Theron also sustained injuries while filming “Atomic Blonde.”
“I remember it was day two, my body was hurting, and my face was all bruised up, and my eye was swollen shut,” Theron said in an interview with the New York Times. “I remember thinking to myself, Really?”
A Lois & Clark Reunion! Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain Stage 'Soaring' Selfie 20 Years After Series Finale(6/20/17) (Pic) They reached the heights of fame together on their four-season run of 1993’s Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. And on Tuesday, Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain reunited over 20 years later for a high-flying selfie snapped from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
“Soaring together again,” Hatcher, 52, wrote on both Twitter and Instagram. “So fun to reunite. Thanks to #bridgeclimbsydney.”
Hatcher was all smiles as her arms wrapped around her 50-year-old former costar, similar to what her character, Lois Lane, had so often done with Superman.
Cain, meanwhile, remained serious — raising his fist in a typical Superman pose, ready to leap tall buildings in a single bound (or, in this case, complete the rest of the popular tourist attraction with the help of a safety harness).
Cain and Hatcher — who was also decked out in safety gear — are currently touring Australia for the Supernova Comic Con and Gaming Expo.
The pair’s sweet reunion comes nearly 20 years to the date after their popular ABC show had its series finale. That episode aired June 14, 1997.
While it’s been awhile since they flew together as Man of Steel and Lois, both are no stranger to Metropolis.
Previously, Hatcher and Cain had roles on The CW’s Smallville and Supergirl — the latter where Hatcher had the chance to tap into her villainous side as Queen Rhea of Daxam. Cain, meanwhile, played M.I.A. Danvers patriarch Jeremiah.
Nathan Fillion, Tony Hale, Others Join A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 2(6/9/17) Castle alum Nathan Fillion and Veep‘s Tony Hale are among the cast additions for Season 2 of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Additionally, Sara Rue (Impastor), Lucy Punch (Ben & Kate) and Roger Bart (Desperate Housewives) are on board for the Netflix series’ sophomore run, our sister site Variety reports.
No character details were revealed as producers announced the castings at a Friday night FYC event, though The Wrap is reporting that Fillion will play the brother of Patrick Warburton’s title character.
Based on the series of novels, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events was renewed for Season 2 in March, and weeks later saw that renewal extended through Season 3.
Universal Lands ‘24-7’ With Eva Longoria & Kerry Washington To Star(6/7/17) Universal has acquired 24-7, a pitch by Baltimore-based screenwriter Sarah Rothschild that will be developed as a star pairing of Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington. The actresses will produce what is described as a workplace comedy, Longoria through her UnbeliEVAble Entertainment banner and Washington through her Simpson Street banner. UnbeliEVAble’s Ben Spector also will produce.
Rothschild is a writer on Love, Unscripted for Awesomeness TV; the Universal comedy The Gauntlet; and The Dog Walker, which has Alison Eastwood attached to direct. The writer is represented by Verve and attorney Kim Stenton.
Longoria is with CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Group and Washington with CAA, Washington Square Films and attorney Gretchen Rush.
Longoria most recently was seen in Ricardo de Montreuil’s Lowriders as well as the BBC Two miniseries Decline and Fall, an adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s classic social satire. Simpson Street is developing feature films based on the books The City of Saints and Thieves with Will Packer and Universal; The Perfect Mother, which is set up at TriStar; and The Mothers at Warner Bros.
VP Production Sara Scott will oversee development on 24-7 for Universal. VP Will Rack will oversee development for UnbeliEVAble, and VP Pilar Savone for Simpson Street.
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.