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News, Cast Updates and Scoop(News section last updated February 25, 2020)
Melissa Leo & Zazie Beetz To Star In ‘Shelter’ For Mandalay Pictures & Exec Producer Sam Rockwell(2/25/20) Oscar winner Melissa Leo and Joker and Atlanta actress Zazie Beetz have been set to star in drama pic Shelter.
Jen Gerber is directing from a script by David Rysdahl, who is also in the cast as a troubled father who reconnects with his estranged daughter after they find themselves homeless in the middle of a winter storm. Desperate for shelter, the duo returns to his mother’s (Leo) home in rural Minnesota, where they fake an illness in hopes of quickly getting back on their feet. Hala Finley (Man With a Plan) stars as the daughter.
Producers are Jason Michael Berman (Mediterranea) of Mandalay Pictures and Mark Berger of Play Hooky Productions, along with Bradley Pilz and Datari Turner. Executive producers are Sam Rockwell, Beetz and Will Raynor. The movie will shoot in New Ulm, MN.
“At a time when this country is so politically divided, I’m thrilled to be working with such an incredible cast and crew to deliver a timely story about forgiveness and hope,” said director Gerber.
“Shelter is a screenplay that has deep emotion and universal themes, and it takes us to a part of the country that is not shown often on film,” producers Berman and Berger added. “When we read the script we knew it was a special project that we had to be involved with.”
Leo is represented by CAA and Untitled Entertainment, Beetz and Rysdahl are with CAA and Grandview, and Finley is repped by Paradigm Talent Agency and Doss Talent.
The Latest on Reviving AMC and OLTL — an ABC Exec Speaks Out(2/22/20) (soapsindepth.com) Soaps In Depth had the chance to sit down and chat with ABC’s entertainment president, Karey Burke. Naturally, we asked the exec for an update on potential reboots of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE — and how the network really feels about GENERAL HOSPITAL!
Between Alex leaving GREY’S ANATOMY and the latest drama surrounding THE BACHELOR and The Oscars, there was plenty for reporters and network executives to dish about at the Television Critics Association press tour. But In Depth had only one question for ABC chief Burke: Have there been further talks about resurrecting OLTL and AMC as part of the network’s daytime lineup — or perhaps even for streaming site Disney+?
After the network axed AMC in late 2011 and OLTL in early 2012, production company Prospect Park launched online reboots of both sudsers in 2013. The short-lived experiment folded amid a host of behind-the-scenes legal battles, with the rights to the shows ultimately reverting back to ABC in 2016. At last winter’s press tour, Burke teased that there “might be some conversation” about another reboot. And what about now? “There have been more discussions,” she confessed to In Depth, “but I can’t tell you more than that.”
As for ABC Daytime’s sole remaining drama, GH seems to be in very good standing with the network. “GH is doing great!” Burke exclaimed. “It’s one of our great performers. It’s a successful business for us. The fact that they have perfected that model is, frankly, an example to other producers in our midst.”
The explosion of streaming services has caused a massive shift in the TV industry and the way that networks look at programming, but Burke points out that GH is handling itself well in this era of change. “To me, they are the sort of gold standard in that kind of storytelling, and we have no reason to ask them to change what they’re doing,” she told In Depth. “We’re proud of it.”
Andrea Bogart, Michael Nouri & Lawrence Pressman on Hawaii Five-0 3/13/20(2/21/20) “He puhe‘e miki” – While Five-0 investigates a scheme to rob tourists, Tani helps Girard Hirsh (Willie Garson) prove the innocence of his elderly uncle when he’s suspected of murder. Also, Tani and Junior work on the nuances of being in a new relationship, on HAWAII FIVE-0 Friday, March 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
(“He puhe‘e miki” is Hawaiian for “A Gripping Cuttlefish”)
GUEST CAST nicludes: Michael Nouri (Oscar Hirsch), Lawrence Pressman (Stanley), Patty McCormack (Tabitha), Andrea Bogart (Cynthia).
Reach High Media Group Will Celebrate Retro Day 2020 By Releasing Subscriber-Based Interactive Platform For The Doctors(2/18/20) Reach High Media Group invites fans of the iconic soap opera The Doctors to join them in celebrating National Retro Day 2020 on Feb. 27 with the debut of WatchTheDoctors.com, the subscriber-based, video-on-demand platform which includes interactive experiences dedicated to the classic series.
With the new platform launch, WatchTheDoctors and Reach High Media Group television network Retro TV will be the exclusive homes of the beloved daytime drama.
Joel Wertman, president of Reach High Media Group says, “Streaming options give us the opportunity to engage our audience more than ever before.
Our fans have the ability to watch, share and interact with the programming that they love in new, exciting ways.”
Beginning Feb. 27, viewers can subscribe online at WatchTheDoctors.com, through OTT (over-the-top) devices like Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and through their Android or iOS App Store. Subscriptions will include hosted trivia games on Wednesday and Saturday nights that will create opportunities to unlock exclusive original interview content.
Set in the fictional New England city of Madison, The Doctors was known for featuring cutting-edge storylines and received 17 Emmy Award nominations. The series ran for 20 seasons with cast alums including Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), daytime stars Kim Zimmer (Guiding Light) and Anna Stuart (Another World), Ted Danson (Cheers), Kathleen Turner (Peggy Sue Got Married) and Emmy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Hubbard (As the World Turns).
Tonya Pinkins guests on God Friended Me 5/8/20(2/18/20) “The Atheist Papers” – Miles is crushed when Daryl Watkins (Kevin Carroll), a renowned author and atheist, criticizes Miles’ podcast. But he must put aside his wounded pride to help Daryl when the God Account sends Miles his name. Also, Ali tests the waters of a new relationship as she deals with her cancer treatments, on GOD FRIENDED ME, Sunday, March 8 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Kara Royster (Emily), Tonya Pinkins (Marsha).
Melissa Leo To Headline Fox Pilot ‘Blood Relative’, Lifting the Cast-Contingency(2/18/20) Oscar winner Melissa Leo will play the lead in Fox’s drama pilot Blood Relative, lifting the cast-contingency on the pilot order.
Originally picked up as cast-contingent, Blood Relative is a forensic genealogy-themed crime drama from writer-producer Chris Levinson and producer Liza Chasin, Paramount Television Studios and Anonymous Content, which will co-produce with Fox Entertainment.
Blood Relative is based on James Renner’s 2018 article “Beyond the Jungle of Bad: The True Story of Two Women from California Who Are Solving All the Mysteries,” about Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick and Dr. Margaret Press, who have combined their genealogy expertise to push the boundaries of forensic science and help law enforcement identify Joe and Jane Does and track down serial killers.
Written by Levinson and Renner and to be directe by Phillip Noyce, Blood Relative centers on genetic genealogy, the best new tool in crime scene forensics, and nobody knows it like Louise Kelly (Leo). Too bad she’s impossible to deal with.
Leo’s Lou Kelly is … difficult. With an IQ in the 190s, Lou wrote the book on genetic genealogy and can trace anyone if she has a viable tissue sample to play with – John and Jane Does, errant husbands, long-lost children, murderers in hiding, anyone with a secret life. But Lou has a habit of burning bridges as she goes. Sarcastic, sardonic, irritable and confrontational, she’s the smartest person in the room with no time to explain her methods to average folks. Except her little brother, John. It’s through working with her brother to solve the toughest of cases that secrets from their past will start to bubble to the surface. Threatening their relationship and their father’s legacy as a respected lieutenant, community leader and all around good guy. And maybe that’s exactly what will set Lou free.
Levinson and Renner executive produce with Noyce and Chasin via her 3 Dot Productions. The project stems from Levinson’s overall deal with Paramount TV, Chasin’s first-look TV deal with Anonymous Content and the first-look Anonymous and Paramount had for the past five years.
An Oscar winner for The Fighter, Leo recently starred on the Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here, which ran for two seasons. She co-stars in HBO’s upcoming limited series I Know This Much Is True, headlined by Mark Ruffalo. Leo, who is currently working alongside Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer in the Netflix superhero comedy feature Thunder Force, is repped by Untitled and CAA.
Ruth Wilson & Matt Bomer To Star In AIDS Activism Drama ‘The Book Of Ruth’ From Tony-Nominated Director Michael Arden & Independent – EFM(2/17/20) Ruth Wilson and Matt Bomer are attached to lead The Book Of Ruth, a feature based on the true story of Ruth Coker Burks, a devout Christian divorcée and single mother from Arkansas who became a champion and caregiver for AIDS sufferers in 1980s America.
Michael Arden, the two-time Tony Award nominated theater director who landed both those noms before the age of 35, will helm the pic, his feature film debut.
The screenplay comes from Rebecca Pollock and Kas Graham, whose 2019 script Betty Ford appeared on the Blacklist and was optioned by Ryan Murphy with Sarah Paulson attached.
Set in 1983, Ruth Coker Burks (Wilson) lives a busy life, devoted to her work, her six-year-old daughter Jessica, and her faith. When a handsome new neighbor (Bomer) turns out to be a gay New-Yorker who has fled the City and returned home after the death of his partner to AIDS, she decides to educate herself on the epidemic sweeping the country.
Scott LaStaiti, Dominic Tighe and Thomas Daley will produce. Cora Palfrey and Sarah Lebutsch will serve as Executive Producers. Shoot is scheduled to happen this year.
London-based Independent Film Sales will introduce the project to buyers at this week’s EFM in Berlin, with North American sales handled by CAA.
Director Arden said of the project: “It’s a great honor and privilege to tell this important story about the responsibility one human has to another, especially in a time of crisis. As a gay man, I feel that Ruth’s story of empathy in the face of great prejudice and adversary is one so needed in our modern time.”
“It is vital for us to remember that we lost an entire generation to the AIDS epidemic and that so many people, including Ruth, sacrificed their own comfort, station and livelihood to help those in need during this plague,” he added.
“This female-led story tells us that out of the deepest darkness can come the brightest light and the work of Ruth Coker Burks is a constant reminder of all that is best about humanity,” commented the producers.
“The Book Of Ruth is taking a look at recent history, showing us what a person can achieve if they put their prejudices aside and do the right thing. It is a truly inspirational story that buyers and audiences undoubtedly will respond to,” aded Sarah Lebutsch, Independent’s head of sales.
Wilson is repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Troika and Relevant.
Bomer is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content, Viewpoint and Steve Warren at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman.
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 2/17/20 - Where Have All The Himbos Gone?(2/17/20) (Listen / download) The phrase “They don’t make ’em like that anymore” might well have been invented for characters like ALL MY CHILDREN’s Tad Martin. Who could forget the storyline in which the Pine Valley bad boy bedded both Liza and her mom? Today, soaps seem to think of bad boys and vixens in terms of insanity, rather than sex appeal. On this week’s show, Richard and Charlie look around the dial in an effort to figure out if himbos and vixens are gone for good… or simply in hiding!
Masters of the Universe Cast(2/14/20) The voice cast for Netflix’s Masters of the Universe: Revelation anime series includes Mark Hamill (Star Wars) as Skeletor, Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) as Evil-Lyn, Chris Wood (Supergirl) as Prince Adam/He-Man, Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as Teela, Diedrich Bader (American Housewife) as Trap Jaw, Tony Todd (The Flash) as Scare Glow and Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) as Mer-Man.
The Good Fight's Takeover-Themed Season 4 Gets Premiere Date(2/14/20) Let the record show that The Good Fight will return this spring.
CBS All Access has announced that Season 4 of the Christine Baranski-led legal thriller will premiere Thursday, April 9, with subsequent episodes dropping weekly on Thursdays.
The 10-episode fourth season finds Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart “navigating a very different landscape,” per CBS All Access’ mildly spoilery synopsis. “After they lost their biggest client, Chumhum, and their founding partner’s name was tarnished, Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart was forced to accept an offer by a huge multi-national law firm, STR Laurie, to become a small subsidiary. Suddenly, all of their decisions can be second-guessed by the giant firm that is literally on top of them. While STR Laurie initially seem like benevolent overlords, we find Diane Lockhart and her colleagues chafing at their loss of independence.”
Returning series regulars include the aforementioned Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Audra McDonald, Sarah Steele, Michael Boatman, Nyambi Nyambi and Delroy Lindo. As previously reported, franchise vet Zach Grenier (David Lee) is back as a series regular. Meanwhile, Night Court‘s John Larroquette and Hannibal‘s Hugh Dancy have joined the ensemble. Michael J. Fox is also set to reprise his Good Wife role of Louis Canning on a guest star basis.
Series co-creator Robert King recently revealed to TVLine that Season 4 will focus less on President Trump and more on the hell 45 hath wrought, legally speaking. “We’re going to comment more on what the current political situation is doing to the law, and some of that has to do with Trump directly but a lot of it has to do with the collateral damage of the dropping of present-day values and guidelines,” the EP previewed. “There’s a tendency that people have now of thinking subpoenas can be ignored, and we wanted to look at how it played out because so much of courtroom drama requires people following the rules. But what kind of courtroom drama do you have if [suddenly the rules don’t matter]?”
Josh Duhamel-Leslie Bibb Romantic Comedy ‘The Lost Husband’ Found By Quiver & Redbox(2/13/20) Quiver Distribution and Redbox Entertainment have co-acquired North American rights to The Lost Husband, the Vicky Wight romantic comedy starring Josh Duhamel and Leslie Bibb. A theatrical rollout beginning in the top 25 markets is set for April.
Directed and written by Wight based on the Katherine Center novel, the story centers on a woman (Bibb) attempting to put her life back together after the death of her husband. She moves with her children to her estranged aunt’s goat farm in central Texas, meeting and matching wills with the ranch’s cowboy (Duhamel). Nora Dunn, Isiah Whitlock Jr, Georgia King and Sharon Lawrence co-star along with Carly Pope.
The film is a Six Foot Pictures production. Bibb produced with Bridget Stokes along with Wight.
The deal comes as part of a broader strategic pact between Quiver, the indie film company launched last year by former eOne exec Berry Meyerowitz and ex-Lionsgate Films president Jeff Sackman, and Redbox Entertainment, the latter of which is looking to expand beyond its network of physical-disc kiosks and Redbox on Demand.
Recent Quiver releases include John Travolta starrer The Fanatic and the Nicolas Cage-led Running with the Devil.
Larry Greenberg and Stefania Monsalve negotiated the Lost Husband deal with ICM Partners.
Cornelius Smith, Jr. on God Friended Me(2/11/19) Cornelius Smith, Jr. (Scandal) will play a pivotal role during the final five episodes of God Friended Me Season 2, portraying the estranged son of Alphonse Jefferies (Carl Lumbly), who has a deep tie to the Almighty social media account, TVInsider.com reports.
Jonathan Bennett on Station 19 2/27/20(2/11/19) “Ice Ice Baby” – When a blizzard hits Seattle, Travis must take a difficult call and members of the crew are forced to face their truths. Meanwhile, Ben has rising suspicions about a colleague on a new episode of “Station 19,” airing THURSDAY, FEB. 27 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on ABC.
“Station 19” stars Jaina Lee Ortiz as Andy Herrera, Jason George as Ben Warren, Boris Kodjoe as Captain Robert Sullivan, Grey Damon as Jack Gibson, Barrett Doss as Victoria Hughes, Jay Hayden as Travis Montgomery, Okieriete Onaodowan as Dean Miller, Danielle Savre as Maya Bishop and Miguel Sandoval as Captain Pruitt Herrera.
Guest starring is Stefania Spampinato as Dr. Carina Deluca and Jonathan Bennett as Michael.
“Ice Ice Baby” was written by Rob Giles and directed by Tessa Blake.
Talk Show Appearance(2/7/20) TAMRON HALL, syndicated
Th 2/13: Ambyr Childers
Susan Lucci disagrees with Andy Cohen: ‘Real Housewives’ are not ‘modern-day soaps’(2/6/20) Sorry, Erika Jayne — there can only be one Erica Kane.
Legendary “All My Children” star Susan Lucci disagrees with Bravo honcho Andy Cohen that the “Real Housewives” shows have replaced soap operas.
“I don’t think they are the modern-day soaps,” Lucci, 73, told Page Six at the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection event in New York on Wednesday night. “There’s no storytelling. There’s a lot of editing. It’s, like, they cut to the chase all the time, and I think it’s different.”
While the Emmy-winning actress did say that reality stars are “great at entertaining,” she reiterated, “I don’t think they’re the same.”
In 2014, Cohen told “CBS This Morning,” “I think the ‘Housewives’ have replaced the modern-day soap opera in a weird way for a lot of people. Soap operas — scripted soap operas — there’s only a couple on the air right now, and truth is stranger than fiction.”
Lucci starred on “All My Children” on ABC for 41 years, from 1970 to 2011, and earned 21 Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She famously won her only Emmy after 19 nominations.
Although the series is no longer airing, Lucci told us that she is open to a reboot, as she still keeps in touch with most of the cast, crew and production team.
She said at the Red Dress Collection show, “We are hearing a little buzz. It’s just important to be in the right hands. Lorraine Broderick was the head writer and I know that she’s a beautiful writer, so if she was [on board] that would help a lot.”
Lucci, a longtime ambassador for the American Heart Association as a heart condition survivor, attended the Go Red for Women event at Hammerstein Ballroom as a guest.
Work Wife Sitcom, Based on Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest's Live Partnership, Scores Pilot Order at ABC(2/6/20) Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest’s morning-show rapport has inspired the sitcom Work Wife, which secured a pilot order at ABC on Thursday.
Per the official logline, Work Wife follows a platonic male-female team whose “professional success, personal friendship and ability to share deodorant makes their lives work.” The potential series will be set in the real estate world, where co-workers Dani and Scott have taken the leap to start their own team.
“Now feeling the stress of being the boss,” the description reads, Dani and Scott “have to rely on the yin-yang of their dynamic more than ever to keep their professional and personal lives afloat.”
Ripa and Seacrest, who have co-hosted Live together since 2017, are among the show’s executive producers. The Real O’Neals writers David Windsor and Casey Johnson — whose working relationship also inspired the show’s premise — will pen the pilot script, while Todd Holland (Go On, Malcolm in the Middle) will direct.
Work Wife is the third comedy project to receive a pilot order at ABC so far this year. It joins My Village, about an empty-nester mom who re-inserts herself into her kids’ lives, and Prospect, a comedic Western about an idealistic young woman who moves to the frontier to be a schoolteacher.
Chrishell Stause reveals mom’s terminal cancer diagnosis 2 months after Justin Hartley split(2/6/20) Chrishell Stause, who recently separated from Justin Hartley, revealed her mother is dying from cancer.
“I just found out today is #worldcancerday eerily on the same day I found out my mom has 1 to 2 months to live from the same lung cancer that took my dad on Easter,” the “Selling Sunset” star shared on Instagram this week. “I can’t make sense of what life is teaching me yet, but my heart is with every person fighting this horrible disease and every person that it robbed a loved one from.”
In April, Stause, 38, posted a tribute on Instagram to her father after he died.
“We lost you today but it was a long terrible battle with cancer that started taking you years ago,” she wrote. “I choose to remember you the way you were before it took it’s hold on you. You are at peace now, and ever the Catholic man at heart, I think you chose Easter for a reason.”
In November, Stause was seemingly blindsided when Hartley, 43, filed for divorce after two years of marriage.
Soon after the breakup, Stause posted a cryptic quote on Instagram that said, “It’s hard to watch people change right in front of you. But it’s even harder remembering who they used to be.”
According to TMZ, the exes disagree about the date of their actual split. Hartley claims they separated on July 8, 2019, but Stause argued in documents that they didn’t separate until Nov. 22, 2019.
Vincent Irizarry to grand marshal neighborhood Easter parade(2/6/20) (lakewood.advocatemag.com) Soap star Vincent Irizarry will be the grand marshal at this year’s Newellian Easter parade, bringing some celebrity notoriety to the neighborhood tradition.
The actor got his start in daytime television in the early 1980s with a recurring role in “Guiding Light.” Since then, he’s gone on to star in just about every soap opera you can think of: “One Life to Live,” “The Young and the Restless,” “All My Children,” “Days of Our Lives” and most recently “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
Irizarry is friends with neighbor Belynda Ortiz. When she told him about the parade, he expressed interest and agreed to serve as the grand marshal.
“It was that easy,” parade organizer Liz Simmons said.
Irizarry joins only a handful of celebrity grand marshals who have participated in the parade. In the past, Texas icon Kinky Friedman—a singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician, defender of stray animals and former Texas Monthly columnist—led the parade route.
“It’s a show up and do-your-thing event,” Simmons said. “I never know what we’re going to get. There’s no rules. It’s very creative and totally fun.”
The parade, in its 15th year, will start at 3 p.m. April 12.
Dr. Oz 1/31/20(1/29/20) Dr. Oz (Syndicated)
Celebrity Superfan Takeover: Susan Lucci
AIRING Jan 31, 2020
Actress Susan Lucci and Dr. Oz tackle hot health topics; how she is doing after her heart emergency; Dr. Oz looks inside her heart with a live scan; symptoms not to ignore; dangerous knock-off blow dryers and hair irons.
Stars Remember Marj Dusay(1/29/20) Stars took to social media to remember Marj Dusay (ex-Alexandra, GUIDING LIGHT et al), who passed away at the age of 83.
On-screen son, Vincent Irizarry (ex-Lujack/Nick, GL) posted, “Honestly, not enough words for me to share my love and respect for, and sadness in the passing of our now late, great Marj Dusay. She was a force of nature as an actress, courageously pulling out all stops in whatever role she was gracing us with. Not only did she play my mother on two different shows, 2 very different characters, but in one of those shows she was brought in to replace the ever brilliant, incomparable Beverlee McKinsey when she left the role of Alexandra Spaulding on GL; a feat practically no other actress could have been able to accomplish. But Marj was never just any other actress, as she proved by making the role her own; doing so while sharing her dynamic brilliance with us as well… I reached out to her a couple months back, having heard that she was having a difficult time with some physical challenges as of late. I’m grateful to have heard her voice one last time, to have heard her infectious laughter one last time…
RIP darling Marj. Your gift was our blessing.” Ron Raines (ex-Alan, GL) tweeted, “Heartbroken by the loss of my dear friend and colleague Marj Dusay. Marj was a dear friend to me and I will miss her greatly. I, with a couple of other GL colleagues, visited her last year here in New York and we all had a wonderful visit. She was, as always, in terrific spirits And made us laugh a lot. We all talked of specific memories we shared with her while on set. Marj lived with much physical pain the last decades of her life however, and this is what’s amazing, she never complained. I will miss her and glad she is pain free now.
RIP dear Marj.” Robin Strasser (ex-Dorian, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) wrote, “HUGELY TALENTED & Stunning looking #MarjDusay When she stepped on a set everything was better because she showed up-Classy & impeccable-never stuck on herself-A wonderful human being RIP.”
Tina Sloan (ex-Lillian, GL) tweeted, “Lost the wonderful Marj Dusay aka Alexandra Spaulding. Great actress. Great woman. She will be very missed. RIP MARJ.”
Carrie Genzel (ex-Skye, ALL MY CHILDREN) tweeted, “I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of #MarjDusay. We had mutual friends in NYC and she was always so welcoming and wonderful to me. My heart goes out to her friends and family, and,her many fans who appreciated her on and off camera.”
Lisa Whelchel (Blair on The Facts Of Life): Just heard about the passing of Marj Dusay who played Blair’s mom, Monica Warner. She was absolutely perfect for the part, a seasoned actress and a delightful woman. It was a privilege to call her Facts of Life family.
Soap Opera Vet Marj Dusay Dead at 83(1/29/20) Veteran soap opera actress Marj Dusay, whose long list of daytime-TV credits included stints on Guiding Light, Santa Barbara, All My Children and Days of Our Lives, has died. She was 83.
During Dusay’s decades-long daytime career, she established herself as one of the industry’s most reliable recasts. Dusay made her suds debut in 1983 when she replaced Carolyn Jones as Washington, D.C. matriarch Myrna Clegg on CBS’ Capitol. Following that show’s cancellation in 1987, Dusay jumped to NBC’s Santa Barbara, where she took over the role of Mason Capwell’s mentally unstable mother Pamela from actress Shirley Ann Field. In 1993, she temporarily filled in for Louise Sorel as villainess Vivian Alamain on NBC’s Days of Our Lives, after which she succeeded Beverlee McKinsey as Alexandra Spaulding CBS’ Guiding Light, a role she played on and off from 1993 to 2009 and one that earned her a 1995 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress.
It was in 1999 that Dusay finally originated her first soap role when she was cast as the evil Vanessa Bennett (mother to (Josh Duhamel’s Leo and Vincent Irizarry’s David) on ABC’s All My Children. She exited the soap in 2002.
Prior to making a name for herself in the soap world, Dusay made frequent guest appearances in primetime, most memorably on the original Star Trek (as alien Kara) and The Facts of Life (as Blair’s mother Monica).
Actress Susan Lucci Partners with American Heart Association To Encourage Women To Know Their Numbers(1/28/20) WOONSOCKET, R.I., Jan. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its continued support of the American Heart Association's (AHA) Go Red for Women movement during American Heart Month, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced it will be offering no-cost "Know Your Numbers" heart health screenings at MinuteClinic, the company's retail medical clinic, on select Thursdays in February. MinuteClinic locations can be found inside select CVS Pharmacy and Target stores in 33 states and the District of Columbia.
"Nearly half of adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure, which puts people at increased risk for major health problems including heart attack and stroke," said Lisa Bisaccia, Chief Human Resources Officer, CVS Health, and national volunteer chair for Go Red for Women. "Partnering with world-class organizations like the American Heart Association builds on our enterprise-wide efforts to prevent and manage chronic conditions like heart disease."
Additionally, CVS Pharmacy customers will once again have an opportunity to give the gift of heart health by making a $1, $3 or more donation to the AHA at the register at their local CVS Pharmacy stores through February 22. The funds raised will be used for life-saving cardiovascular research and education.
"I am thrilled to partner with CVS Health and the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement this February!" said EMMY Award-Winner and New York Times best-selling author Susan Lucci, who is a national ambassador for the AHA's Go Red for Women movement and is now teaming up with CVS Health to raise awareness about women's heart health in February. "I was so lucky to have narrowly missed a heart attack in 2018 and learned that it's so important that women all over this country and world put themselves and their health at the top of their to-do list. Awareness and education save lives!"
"We know that nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, yet most women don't know their personal health numbers that are critical to determining one's risk," said Angela Patterson, DNP, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, FAANP, Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer, CVS MinuteClinic and Vice President, CVS Health. "MinuteClinic provides an easy and convenient way to get this important health data, during February and all year long."
Consumers can visit their local MinuteClinic on February 6, 13, and 20 and receive a no-cost heart health preventive screening, supported by TYLENOL, to learn the five key personal health numbers that can help them determine their risk for heart disease: total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index.
MinuteClinic is a high-quality, convenient and affordable destination for preventive care all year long. For chronic conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, all of which can be risk factors for heart disease, MinuteClinic providers can screen, assess, treat and monitor these conditions, and educate patients about potential life style changes.
To receive a free screening, download the voucher, print a copy and bring it with you to scan at the MinuteClinic registration kiosk. Alternatively, you can use your mobile phone to show the voucher to the provider after you register at the kiosk. The voucher can be found at www.cvshealth.com/gored.
Lala Kent and Randall Emmett on coparenting with Ambyr Childers(1/28/20) Lala Kent, Randall Emmett and Ambyr Childers are finally one big, happy family.
“The Irishman” producer, 48, and the “Vanderpump Rules” star, 29, revealed that they’ve repaired their relationship with Emmett’s ex-wife, “You” star Ambyr Childers on Teddi Mellencamp’s podcast, “Teddi Tea Pod.”
Emmett and Childers were married from 2009 until 2017 and share two children, London and Rylee. Emmett began to date Kent while he was separated from Childers which led to Kent’s “Vanderpump Rules” costars declaring that she was dating a married man during her first seasons on the show. Childers and Kent later fought over Kent posting photos and videos of her daughters on social media.
“We did not have a very smooth start and you know we did everything we could to make sure that the babies did not know that,” Kent said on the podcast of the beginnings of her relationship with Childers. “And now we’re all in such a good place, myself, their mom, we’re, it’s just the happiest time in the entire world. It was like a Christmas miracle. It truly was. It’s a breeze now. The kids are happy and that’s all you want.”
“Co-parenting obviously is the most important thing when you have children and they’re a product of divorce,” Emmett explained. “But I’ll tell you this, the best thing that ever happened to children of a divorced home is that everybody works together and Lala Kent, God bless her soul has taken on that role of stepmother with a vigor and with passion and with love.
“Just yesterday, just to give you a little snapshot, we were saying goodbye to my kids yesterday at Sundance and they were heading back to LA and we were heading off to work and Lala and my 9-year-old were bawling tears of just leaving each other because Lala was leaving for a few weeks, etcetera,” he continued. “So of course I started crying like a little baby. But that’s the love that Lala has for my kids and she works hard to be a great stepmother to them and work alongside their mother Ambyr, so they’ve worked hard to put differences aside and put the kids first and that’s it.”
Kent joked that London and Rylee, 5, first “sensed weakness” with her so that she was “their most favorite person.” But now, things are different in their home as Kent and Childers talk regularly to co-parent the girls together.
“Ambyr and I were not in a good place and when we had the meeting before Christmas,” she said. “There were tears that were shed, there were apologies … I just basically thanked her because those girls that she brought into the world, my life is forever changed, forever better for them.”
“Honestly Lala has a better relationship with Ambyr,” Emmett joked. “I have to go through Lala now!”
The couple is set to tie the knot on April 18, and are already thinking about their own family.
And as for having their own brood, Kent wants to start sooner rather than later while Emmett would rather “play husband and wife” before welcoming a baby.
Talk Show Appearance(1/17/20) A LITTLE LATE WITH LILLY SINGH - NBC
Wednesday, January 22: ABIGAIL SPENCER
2020 Oscar Nominations(1/13/20) Winners to be unveiled February 9 at the 92nd Academy Awards live on ABC from the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland.
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Dishing with Digest - 1/10/20 - Alicia Minshew(1/11/20) (Listen / download) Fifty years after the debut of ALL MY CHILDREN, Alicia Minshew reflects on her time as Kendall, her relationship with Susan Lucci (ex-Erica), her favorite “Zendall” moments, reveals who she is still friends with and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky.
NAACP Image Awards Nominees(1/10/20) Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
• Chadwick Boseman – “21 Bridges” (STX Films)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
• Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC)
‘Purge 5’: ‘True Detective’ Actress Leven Rambin Joins Universal-Blumhouse-Platinum Dunes Sequel(1/8/20) Count Hunger Games and True Detective actress Leven Rambin in for Blumhouse/Platinum Dunes/Universal’s untitled Purge 5 which is being directed by Everado Gout.
Universal is releasing the next chapter on July 10; the franchise having clocked well over $456M worldwide. The last movie, 2018’s The First Purge, became the highest grossing in the series, earning $137M WW. Series creator James DeMonaco is writing the fifth movie centering around America’s annual 12-hour lawless rampage. The Purge series on the USA network is in its second season.
Rambin recently starred opposite Chris Noth on WGN’s series Gone with previous appearances on Hulu series The Path and HBO’s 2015 edition of True Detective as Athena Bezzerides. Her feature credits include The Dirt, Lost Child, Hunger Games, Two Night Stand and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.
Jason Blum, Man In A Tree duo DeMonaco and Sébastien K. Lemercier, Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form are producing.
Rambin is represented by Paradigm, Management 360, and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.
‘All My Children’ Turns 50(1/5/20) (forbes.com) Today marks 50 years to the day that ABC daytime drama All My Children premiered. Created by Agnes Nixon, the long-running soap, which aired on broadcast television for 41 years (through September 23, 2011) was set in Pine Valley, Pennsylvania, a fictional suburb of Philadelphia. It began as a weekday half-hour on January 5, 1970 and officially expanded to one-hour on April 25, 1977.
Initially, Agnes Nixon offered her idea for All My Children to Procter & Gamble in the mid-1960s, but they passed. After her success with One Life to Live, beginning in 1968, ABC asked for another series and Nixon offered All My Children.
At its inception, the center of All My Children was Ruth Warrick as Phoebe Tyler, the self-professed “Queen of Pine Valley.” Then there was the Martin family, led by patriarch Joe (Ray MacDonnell), that was the stable element. But it was Susan Lucci as young Erica Kane, the spoiled daughter of divorced Mona Kane (Frances Heflin), who was the immediate attraction.
After 18 failed Emmy nominations as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Lucci finally won in 1999.
ABC wanted a soap opera that would bring in young viewers, and eventually All My Children rose to the top-rated daytime drama on any network. The series made history in daytime on a number of occasions, including...
In 1973, Lucci, then as Erica Kane Martin, had daytime television's first legal abortion. This was one year after Bea Arthur as Maude Findlay on Norman Lear’s Maude had her controversial abortion in primetime.
In 1978, the show covered Erica and Tom's (Richard Shoberg) honeymoon in Saint Croix, which was the first U.S. soap opera to take its cameras off of the U.S. mainland.
In 2003, the characters of Lena Kundera (Olga Sosnovska) and Bianca Montgomery (Eden Riegel) shared the first same-sex kiss in an American soap opera.
In October 2008, the series debuted the couple of Reese Williams (Tamara Bruan) and Bianca Montgomery, which resulted in the first same-sex marriage proposal, as well as the first legal same-sex wedding and marriage, on an American soap opera. In addition, the pairing's family is the first onscreen family made up of same-sex parents also in the history of daytime.
Like any long-running daytime drama, All in the Children was a breeding ground for up and coming young talent. Included was Sarah Michelle Gellar, Josh Duhamel, Michelle Trachtenberg, Kelly Ripa, Melissa Leo, Amanda Seyfried, Christian Slater and Eva La Rue. Kelly Ripa met her husband, Mark Consuelos, on the series.
Carol Burnett, a long-time fan of the show, debuted as Verla Grubbs, the long-lost daughter of Langley Wallingford (Louis Edmonds), in 1983. She returned for the 25th anniversary of All My Children, and again in 2005 to mark the soap's 35th year on the air. In September 2011, shortly before its demise on ABC, she made her final appearance.
Ultimately, the unthinkable happened when ABC announced they were cancelling both All My Children and One Life to Live. Plans were also to end its sole remaining daytime drama, General Hospital, but the immediate outcry from the fans has kept General Hospital on the air.
All My Children aired its final episode on ABC on September 23, 2011, and One Life to Live on January 13, 2012. Both were revived digitally, albeit briefly, by production company Prospect Park on The Online Network. But, this was before Netflix demonstrated the relevance of consuming content online.
While rumors of a revival for both daytime dramas are ongoing, nothing has officially surfaced and today we wish All My Children a Happy 50th Birthday! Daytime television has not been the same without the residents of Pine Valley!
Talk Show Appearance(1/3/20) THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW, syndicated
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Matt Bomer, Zoë Kravitz added as Golden Globes presenters(1/3/20) The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is rolling out its list of presenters for Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, announcing big names including Kit Harington, Zoë Kravitz and Christian Bale on Friday.
The HFPA also announced the addition of Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Jason Bateman, Jason Momoa, Jennifer Lopez, Matt Bomer, Helen Mirren, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Gwyneth Paltrow, Wesley Snipes, Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
These stars join the previously announced group of presenters including Charlize Theron, Octavia Spencer, Daniel Craig, Sofia Vergara, Kerry Washington, Tiffany Haddish, Glenn Close, Will Ferrell, Kate McKinnon and Ted Danson.
Ricky Gervais is set to host the show, which will air on NBC on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.
Josh Duhamel getting paid $175K to be the face of North Dakota(12/31/19) North Dakota will again enlist the help of Hollywood actor Josh Duhamel to help promote tourism in his home state.
North Dakota’s tourism department confirmed Tuesday to The Associated Press that the star of several “Transformers” movies will be paid $175,000 to be the face of the state’s tourism campaign for the next two years. The state has had a contract with Duhamel since 2013 to help lure visitors to North Dakota.
The contract extension that expires on Dec. 31, 2021, brings to more than $1 million Duhamel has received from the state.
Duhamel is from Minot, a city in the northern part of the state that’s about an hour’s drive from the United States border with Canada.
The advertising campaign featuring Duhamel is a continuation of the North Dakota Legendary brand that was established in 2002 to help create more awareness of the state.
Although North Dakota is one of the least-visited states in the US, tourism is the state’s third-largest industry, behind energy and agriculture. The biggest draw is Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota’s badlands.
State Tourism Division Director Sara Otte Coleman is scheduled to unveil the new two-year advertising campaign next week, said Heather LeMoine, the agency’s marketing manager.
The previous $2.9 million campaign featured Duhamel doing everything from fishing and biking to attending college football and hockey games. Some also include his 6-year-old son Axl, whose mother is Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie. The campaign included TV and print ads, as well as travel and hunting guides.
Duhamel “has spotlighted the state that not many people know about,” LeMoine said. “It has definitely paid off.”
Ads featuring the 47-year-old actor have mostly appeared in the neighboring states of Minnesota, Wisconsin and the nearby Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, LeMoine said.
“We don’t have the money to do a national campaign,” LeMoine said.
North Dakota had 22.6 million visitors in 2018, up more than 5% from the previous year, agency data show. Visitor spending totaled $3 billion that included $300 million in state and local taxes, the agency said.
LeMoine said the advertising campaign featuring Duhamel has resulted in more than $100 for every dollar in state funding spent.
The tourism industry provides about 42,000 jobs in the state, LeMoine said.
Finola Hughes Joins the Directors Guild of America(12/31/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL star Finola Hughes (Anna) who is now a proud card-carrying member of the Directors Guild of America! "This happened," the actress-turned-director shared on Instagram along with a snapshot of her membership card. "I cannot tell you how proud I am to be a new member! I have many people to thank for making this happen. Please look out for my TV directorial debut on GOOD TROUBLE in February! (Will post the date when I know)."
Becoming a DGA member is not easy. First, you must prove yourself by directing independent projects, then your application has to be approved, and you need to be endorsed by three DGA members before you can be accepted. In 2016, Hughes took some time off from GH to helm the pilot for a potential TV series titled CYPRESS BAYOU. In 2013, she also directed the independent feature The Bet and her IMDb credits list the indie movie Byrd and the Bees — featuring former castmate and good friend Ian Buchanan (ex-Duke) — as in production.
GOOD TROUBLE is the spinoff of THE FOSTERS currently airing on Freeform, and we will keep you updated on when Hughes' episode is scheduled to air so you can be sure to tune in. Fellow actress-turned-director Kimberly McCullough, who played Hughes' TV daughter, Robin Scorpio, was also excited by the news. "YAS!" she posted to Instagram. "Congrats. There's something about that card that makes you feel like you've arrived. Welcome to the club!"
Hughes To Direct GOOD TROUBLE(12/31/19) Finola Hughes (Anna, GH) announced on Twitter that she will be directing an episode of GOOD TROUBLE, which airs on Freeform. “I am so proud to say that I am a new member of @thedirectorsguildofamerica & will be making my TV directorial debut on @goodtrouble @freeformin February (date to follow) Many people to thank for this #goodtrouble #joannajohnson #bradleybredewig #frankvalentini,” the actress posted.
Season 5 Of THE BAY Available Now(12/31/19) All new episodes of THE BAY are available now at www.thebaytheseries.com, free for a limited time, with Amazon Prime to follow. To end the year with a bang, an additional two new bonus episodes will stream tomorrow, New Year’s Eve, on the official THE BAY website! The actions picks up where season 4 left off: Pete Garrett (Kristos Andrews) and Commissioner Lex Martin (Tristan Rogers) were inching closer to finding a missing Sara Garrett (Mary Beth Evans), who was being held hostage by her blackmailing husband, Steve Jensen (Matthew Ashford). Meanwhile, Lianna Ramos (Jade Harlow) was accused of intentionally shooting her fiancée and sought guidance from her abuelo Nardo (special guest star A Martinez) and psychiatrist Dr. Angela Foster (special guest star Vivica A. Fox}. After help from his father John “Blackwell” (Ronn Moss), Evan Blackwell (Brandon Beemer) and Tamara Garrett (Celeste Fianna) returned home from Europe amid the ongoing chaos, Daniel Garrett (Eric Nelsen) continued his search for love.
Mark Consuelos Gets Heated ... At Son's Wrestling Match(12/22/19) (Video) Mark Consuelos is just like all those parents out there getting a little too involved in their kids' sporting events ... because he caused a scene at his son's wrestling match.
Check out this video of the "Riverdale" star getting heated at a wrestling tournament on Long Island ... you see Mark coming out of the crowd and onto the mat, seemingly incensed with his son's opponent.
Mark makes his move after his 16-year-old son, Joaquin, gets his headgear ripped off by his foe. You hear other concerned parents yelling for Consuelos to get off the mat, and another adult has to push him back towards the stands.
Folks who were there tell us Mark's wife, Kelly Ripa, was also there and kept her cool while her husband rushed to their son's defense.
While the parents were getting riled up, the kids showed some serious sportsmanship ... shaking hands and resuming their match.
We're told Joaquin's opponent won the match and Mark was vocally and visibly upset, leaving the gym for a few hours to cool off before eventually returning to the all-day tournament.
We reached out to Mark ... no word back, so far.
Josh Duhamel and Fergie to split custody of son Axl Jack(12/20/19) Fergie and Josh Duhamel, who finalized their divorce in November, agreed to share custody of their 6-year-old son, Axl Jack Duhamel, 50/50, according to the settlement obtained by The Blast.
The singer, 44, and the actor, 47, also agreed not to pay child support, as they’re both self-supporting. Neither star asked the other for any other type of financial support. They opted to settle their finances in private.
Fergie and Duhamel separated in September 2017 after eight years of marriage but didn’t officially file for divorce until two years later.
“With absolute love and respect we decided to separate as a couple earlier this year,” the couple said in a joint statement to People at the time. “To give our family the best opportunity to adjust, we wanted to keep this a private matter before sharing it with the public. We are and will always be united in our support of each other and our family.”
Duhamel has been dating 25-year-old Miss World America Audra Mari.
Réal Andrews Undergoes Cancer Surgery(12/18/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Please join us in sending love and healing thoughts to daytime alum Réal Andrews, who is undergoing cancer surgery at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. "Ready for the big day," he declared confidently on Instagram. "It's go time." The actor is best known to soap fans for playing Marcus Taggert on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but he has also played Agent Trumbull on ALL MY CHILDREN, Walker Daniels on AS THE WORLD TURNS, and Hal Michaels on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Andrews is clearly keeping his spirits high as he entered the hospital wearing a Santa Claus sweatsuit and hat!
Andrews had turned his life around this year, entering alcoholics anonymous, being diagnosed and treated for bipolar disorder, and getting back in shape. The day before his surgery, the actor posted a selfie from the challenging Pico Stairs admitting it would be "our last workout for a while… 24 hours, 49 minutes 'til it is on. Let's go."
Just one week earlier, Andrews was at the doctor's for routine tests to get ready for the procedure and reported he was in "the best shape ever. Test results don't lie. I am ready for the fight."
We will continue to keep you updated on Andrews' condition as soon as he posts more updates about his recovery, so keep checking back.
Kelly Ripa And Mark Consuelos Recall AMC Days(12/17/19) On this morning’s LIVE! WITH KELLY AND RYAN, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley, ALL MY CHILDREN) and her real-life husband, Mark Consuelos (Hiram, RIVERDALE; ex-Mateo, ALL MY CHILDREN), who was subbing for Ryan Seacrest, shared memories of working together on the soap and their early days as a duo. You can watch the clip below.
Dishing with Digest - 12/13/19 - Wally Kurth(12/13/19) (Listen / download) Wally Kurth talks about airing as both DAYS’s Justin and GH’s Ned, the ALL MY CHILDREN role he didn’t get, his early years on daytime and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also look at the Best and Worst on soaps in 2019.
Justin Hartley's Wife Chrishell Thinks Money Grab Triggered Divorce(12/11/19) (tmz.com) Justin Hartley's estranged wife thinks the almighty dollar destroyed her marriage.
Sources connected with Chrishell Stause tell TMZ, the "Selling Sunset" star is privately calling BS on the date of separation Justin listed in his divorce filing. TMZ broke the story ... Justin claims in his docs he and Chrishell separated July 8, 2019. By contrast, she says they were together right up until the day he filed ... November 22, 2019.
We know the 2 were seen out in public together multiple times between July and November, so the early separation date is puzzling. We're told Chrishell doesn't think it's all that puzzling ... that the tea leaves point to some sort of deal Justin may have and she believes he just doesn't want her to get a piece.
As we reported, both Justin and Chrishell acknowledge they were having problems, but she says they never called it quits until she learned from TMZ he filed to end the marriage.
And, as we reported, Chrishell's lawyer, Samantha Spector, is asking Justin to pay her client spousal support ... something he made clear he does not want to pay.
We're told Justin is making big bucks in the wake of his success on "This Is Us." Unclear how the spoils will be divided.
Talk Show Appearance(12/10/19) THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON
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2020 Golden Globes Nominations(12/9/19) Golden Globes ceremony, which returns Ricky Gervais as host for a fifth time, is set for January 5, 2020 at the Beverly Hilton.
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Lisa de Cazotte Dies: Emmy-Winning Daytime Producer Was Age 58(12/9/19) Lisa de Cazotte, an Emmy Award-winning daytime television producer died Saturday, December 7, after a long illness, Deadline has learned. She was 58.
Born Lisa Smith in Westchester, New York in 1961, she graduated from Fordham University and began her television career as an intern on ABC’s One Life to Live. She quickly moved up the ranks to associate, then coordinating producer.
Later positions included working as a producer then supervising producer on NBC’s Santa Barbara and ABC’s All My Children before she was named supervising producer of Aaron Spelling’s Sunset Beach.
In 1999, de Cazotte partnered with writer James E. Reilly and was named EP of NBC Studio’s Passions. She served as EP for the run of the show until 2008; then went on to executive produce General Hospital: Night Shift, a primetime spinoff of GH that ran on cable, before returning to All My Children. In 2012, de Cazotte was named co-executive producer of Days of Our Lives where she won two Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding drama series. In 2017, she became supervising producer of The Young and the Restless, where she won her third Emmy. She was still producing the Sony/CBS show at the time of her death.
In 2002, de Cazotte married French filmmaker and Oscar winner Antoine de Cazotte. They divided their time between Los Angeles, New York and Paris.
Lisa de Cazotte is survived by her husband Antoine, her brothers Michael Patrick Smith, Robert Terence Smith, and Brian Charles Smith, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Critics' Choice Awards Nominations 2020(12/9/19) The 25th annual Critics Choice Awards will be broadcast live on the CW on January 12.
Best Actress in a Drama Series
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Best Actor in a Comedy Series
BEST ACTOR - Film
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Film
‘The Bay’s Kristos Andrews, Vivica A. Fox & Michael Copon Set For ‘yA’ Spinoff In The Works By Lany Entertainment(12/6/19) yA (working title), a spinoff of Amazon’s multiple Emmy-winning digital daytime drama series The Bay, which is in development from original series creator Gregori J. Martin, former General Hospital showrunner Wendy Riche and producer LANY Entertainment, is rounding out its cast.
Co-written by Martin and Riche, the coming of age young adult series will follow teens Frankie Sanders and Regan Sanders (played by twins, Bianca D’Ambrosio and Chiara D’Ambrosio) as they relocate to sunny California and a sometimes cruel new social environment of Bay City High. Crossing over from The Bay season 1 are series star Kristos Andrews as Pete Garrett, Vivica A. Fox (Empire, Independence Day) as Dr. Angela Foster, and Michael Copon (One Tree Hill, Power Rangers) as Officer Colton Kurosaki.
The series regular cast of the spinoff also will include Dante Aleksander, who plays Xander Castro, with newcomers Damoni Burkhardt, Logan Garretson, Brady Gentry, Tyler C. Lofton, and Bella Martinez. Several social media influencers will recur throughout the season, including Tessa Brooks as resident mean girl Evelyn, and Indiana Massara as troubled teen Lindsay.
Cast also includes Melrose Place alum Jamie Luner, Ian Buchanan (Twin Peaks), Galadriel Stineman (Until Dawn), Mark Famiglietti (Terminator 3), Eltony Williams (Tyler Perry’s If Loving You is Wrong), Jacob Young (Bold & the Beautiful), Fiona Hutchison (One Life to Live) and Alla Korot (Grimm), and as previously reported, Wanda De Jesus (Sons of Anarchy) and Devious Maids’ Gilles Marini.
Other season 1 recurring/guest stars include Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th) as the school security guard Pooch, Emmy winner Brad Maule (General Hospital) as Mr. Ford, Eileen Fogerty (Better Call Saul) as Principal Wu, as previously reported Mike C. Manning (Teen Wolf) as Mr. McKinnon, and Lane Davies (Santa Barbara) as Police Captain Johnson. Twins Chloe Frizzi and Sophia Frizzi (Young Judith, The Walking Dead) will appear in a flashback sequence as young Frankie and Regan. Additional cast members for this season to be announced.
Andrews also directs yA with creator and showrunner Martin. The Bay’s Wendy Riche, who co-wrote the 10-episode first season of yA with creator Martin, serves as executive producer along with Martin and Andrews. Riche also executive produced General Hospital and MTV’s Laguna Beach.
The series, which is currently being shopped, is in production with a release date scheduled for winter 2020.
Justin Hartley Divorce Wife Chrishell's Moving Out(12/4/19) Chrishell Stause is making the next big move in her divorce from "This Is Us" star Justin Hartley ... by packing up her stuff and leaving their home.
The "Selling Sunset" star was seen talking to movers at her L.A. residence Wednesday, and it looks like she's staying positive through the rough situation. A moving truck was also parked in front of the house she's shared with her recently estranged husband.
We broke the story ... Chrishell filed her response to Justin's divorce petition, and strongly suggests she was totally blindsided by it. According to the docs, she lists their separation date as Nov. 22, 2019 -- the day Justin filed for divorce -- but he claims they separated on July 8, 2019.
As we've pointed out ... that's a bit odd, considering the couple was seen out together multiple times after that date, including a week before his divorce filing.
The separation date isn't the only thing the 2 don't agree on -- Chrishell wants Justin to pay spousal support and her attorney's fees ... but he wants the opposite.
Chrishell also took a thinly veiled shot at Justin on social media by sharing a quote about it being difficult to watch people change, and now ... she's changing her address.
The National Board of Review Award Winners(12/4/19) Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
Best Supporting Actress: Kathy Bates, RICHARD JEWELL
'This Is Us' Star Justin Hartley Wife Responds in Divorce Strongly Hints She Was Blindsided!!!(12/4/19) (tmz.com) Chrishell Hartley and "This Is Us" star Justin Hartley see a huge 5-month difference in when their marriage fell apart and, according to her, his divorce filing was a total blindside.
Chrishell just filed her response to Justin's divorce petition and, according to the docs -- obtained by TMZ -- she's listing their date of separation as Nov. 22, 2019 ... literally the day Justin ran to court and filed his petition.
Meanwhile, he says they separated on July 8, 2019 ... which seemed crazy because we'd seen them out together multiple times since then, most recently in November -- just a week before his divorce filing.
Besides the separation date -- Chrishell and Justin don't see eye to eye on a couple of other issues. According to her docs, filed by celeb attorney Samantha Spector, Chrishell says she wants him to pay spousal support ... and he doesn't want to pay.
She also wants him to cover her attorney's fees, but -- you guessed it -- Justin wants her to cover her own legal expenses.
Chrishell seemed to indicate the breakup was bitter with a not-so cryptic post on Monday about watching people change.
Oh, and speaking of change ... Chrishell has one other request in her docs. She's going back to her maiden name ... Stause.
Justin Hartley’s soon-to-be ex-wife posts cryptic quote(12/2/19) Justin Hartley‘s estranged wife, Chrishell Stause, shared a cryptic message that seemingly took aim at their impending divorce.
“It’s hard to watch people change right in front of you. But it’s even harder remembering who they used to be,” read a quote by Nishan Panwar posted to her Instagram on Monday.
In November, Hartley, 42, filed to divorce Stause, 38, citing irreconcilable differences. He filed the documents without an attorney, according to TMZ.
The former couple met during their soap opera days, with Chrishell on “Days of Our Lives” and Hartley in “Passions” and “The Young and the Restless.”
The two dated for three years before Hartley popped the question in summer 2016, and they tied the knot the following October. They have no children together; Hartley has one daughter, Isabella, from a previous relationship.
Hartley currently stars on hit NBC series “This Is Us,” and Stause appears on Netflix’s “Selling Sunset.”
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