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Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society Teams With HBO Max For Comedy ‘Fashionably Black’; Robin Thede And Christa Gatewood Writing Script(11/22/19) Michael B. Jordan is heading to HBO Max…with some style. The Black Panther actor and Alana Mayo are developing the comedy Fashionably Black (wt) under their Outlier Society production banner alongside HBO Max, which is set to launch their streaming service in 2020. The feature film will be penned by Christa Gatewood and Robin Thede (A Black Lady Sketch Show), who will also serve as executive producer. Outlier Society’s Khaliah Neal is also set to executive produce.
Set in the world of haute couture, the comedy explores what happens when you actually put a black woman at the top spot in fashion. The film will follow viral sensation Zoe Bankole who, after becoming the industry’s first and only black woman creative director for a French haute couture house, must contend with short deadlines, petty rivals and attempts at whitewashing her style in order to create the collection of her dreams.
Considering the history of appropriation and racist actions of certain fashion houses, the film seems is on point with its plan to address the relationship of race and the fashion industry. Earlier this year, Dior was put on blast for using Native American culture and imagery for their fragrance Sauvage. In addition, Gucci was also called out for a blatantly racist blackface turtle neck — but that wasn’t the first instance of blackface in the fashion industry. Prada created blackface keychains and Moncler used blackface on their coats. H&M was also dragged for using a black child to model a monkey sweater. Since then, Ava DuVernay was called in by Prada to head their Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council while legendary designer Dapper Dan was called upon by Gucci (who he has worked with before on a capsule collection) to right their wrongs. That said, Fashionably Black should be interesting.
Outlier Society’s first big studio feature Just Mercy bowed at the Toronto International Film Festival in September to awards season buzz and is set for wide release on December 25. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and starring Jordan and Jamie Foxx, the Warner Bros. film is based on the memoir by attorney and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson.
The production company recently signed a first-look film deal with Warner Bros Studios and a first-look television deal with Amazon Studios. They recently acquired Kingdom of Souls, the first installment of a fantasy novel trilogy by Rena Barron. In addition to Fashionably Black, their slate of upcoming projects include Paramount Pictures’ Without Remorse, based on the Tom Clancy series; an untitled original monster movie from Jordan Vogt-Roberts; the Warner Bros. thriller Methusaleh; an adaptation of the fantasy novel Black Leopard, Red Wolf; and WWII action drama The Liberators.
Jordan and Outlier Society are repped by WME, attorney Greg Slewett, and Rogers & Cowan. Thede and Gatewood are represented by WME and Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano.
Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ Adds ‘Mindhunter’s Holt McCallany To Fox Searchlight Flick With Cate Blanchett & Bradley Cooper(11/21/19) Holt McCallany’s (Bruce Emory, All My Children) Christmas looks like it’s coming a little early this year
The Mindhunter star is already before the cameras on the other side of the Atlantic for Guy Ritchie’s Cash Truck with Jason Statham, as Deadline revealed last month. Now I hear that the actor is joining Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Williem Defoe and Bradley Cooper in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley.
The deal for the Buchwald, Atlas Artists and attorney Rick Genow repped McCallany to get on board with the del Toro, J. Miles Dale and TSG Entertainment produced drama just came together.
As a part of that cast, which also includes Toni Collette and David Strathairn, McCallany will play Anderson, a get-the-job-done bruiser with more going on that is first apparent from his tough guy persona.
Based on William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel revolving around an ex-carnival con-man turned spiritualist, played by Cooper, who teams up with a female psychiatrist to scoop cash out of the wallets and lives of their wealthy marks with some less than holy moves – until things turn. The del Toro and Kim Morgan penned Fox Searchlight flick is the director’s first time back behind the camera since The Shape of Water won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Which is longish way of saying, it’s a pretty powerful bundle with a top tier cast.
BTW – if you think you’ve heard some of this before late one night on TV, you’re correct. Tyrone Power and Coleen Gray starred in a 1947 adaptation of Gresham’s book that was directed by Edmund Goulding. This Nightmare Alley is looking at a Toronto shot next year with a possible 2021 release.
Previously known for his bare- knuckled stint with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in David Fincher’s Fight Club, McCallany has found all new horizons as FBIAgent Bill Tench opposite Jonathan Groff in Netflix’s magnetic serial killer drama Mindhunter. The acclaimed Fincher and Charlize Theron EP’d series is waiting for a Season 3 green light from the streamer after the show’s second season debuted in August (see my review here). The actor’s more recent big screen performances include Sully, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back , a blink and you’d miss him turn in Justice League and Shot Caller and is next up in the French-language film Le Dindon.
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
Tonya Pinkins on Madam Secretary 11/24/19(11/15/19) “Ships and Countries” – When an American tech CEO goes missing in a foreign country, Elizabeth navigates complicated diplomatic terrain to get him back without triggering a regional conflict. Also, things get personal when Stevie and Henry testify at House impeachment proceedings, on MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, Nov. 24 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Spencer Garrett (Alan Canning), Tonya Pinkins (Susan Thomas).
Tonya Pinkins on Madam Secretary 12/1/19(11/15/19) “Carpe Diem” – Elizabeth faces a national security crisis when a military conflict in international waters spirals to the brink of nuclear confrontation. Also, with the imminent threat of impeachment looming over the McCord administration, Elizabeth and Henry make a wish-list of things to do while she’s still in office, on MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, Dec. 1 (10:30-11:30 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Spencer Garrett (Alan Canning), Tonya Pinkins (Susan Thomas).
Sarah Michelle Gellar-Led Limited Series Sometimes I Lie Lands at Fox(11/13/19) Sarah Michelle Gellar‘s TV return is inching closer to reality.
The previously-announced limited series Sometimes I Lie — starring the Buffy vet as a woman trapped inside her own body — has landed at Fox for development. Based on the novel of the same name by Alice Feeney, Gellar will star as Amber Reynolds, who wakes up in a hospital bed, paralyzed, mute and unable to open her eyes — but she can hear everything that’s going on. She doesn’t know what landed her there, and the action skips around among the present, her childhood and the recent past.
Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman (Splitting Up Together) are exec-producing alongside Gellar.
This is Gellar’s second project in development at Fox. As we previously reported, she is also reteaming with her former Ringer EPs on the prospective dramedy series Other People’s Houses. Described as a cross between Big Little Lies and Catastrophe, the project — based on Abbi Waxman’s 2018 novel — follows nine people living in the quiet, affluent Los Angeles neighborhood of Larchmont Village.
Should either project snag a series order, it would mark Gellar’s most significant TV gig since CBS’ The Crazy Ones, which was cancelled in 2014. She also voices characters in Robot Chicken and Star Wars Rebels.
Obba Babatundé & Claire Coffee Recur ob S.W.A.T. 11/20/19(11/11/19) “Lion’s Den” – The SWAT team engages in tense negotiations with a family that takes a local officer hostage when they’re evicted from their home due to eminent domain. Also, Hondo reflects on his personal life choices as he helps his father through a medical crisis and Chris’ relationship with Kira and Ty reaches a critical juncture, on S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Nov. 20 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST includes: Lou Ferrigno, Jr. (Rocker), Obba Babatundé (Daniel Harrelson, Sr.), Claire Coffee (Kira).
Tamara Braun Shares the Secret to Healing Her Back Pain(11/10/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Since discovering acupuncture ten years ago, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Tamara Braun (Kim) has had great success with the ancient Chinese medical treatment that involves putting needles, heat, and pressure on the skin. “I’ve done it on my knees, which can hurt sometimes, but it’s really been a lifesaver for my back,” she confessed to Soaps In Depth. “I threw my back out really bad last November, and I’m glad that’s feeling better. Now, I can just do acupuncture for wellness.”
After all these years, one of those wellness sessions recently left Braun’s head spinning. “I wasn’t dizzy, but I was really light and kind of whoo-whoo,” she shares. “It was bizarre, because I’d never had that experience getting up from the table. When people talk about what it feels like to get high? This must be what it feels like. But I wasn’t used to it. I wasn’t freaking out, but I couldn’t drive.” After a few mango slices, however, Braun was energized, ready to roll and, she reports, “I had the best sleep of my life that night!”
Talk Show Appearance(11/8/19) The Talk – CBS
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First Trailer For A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS(11/8/19) (Video) A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS, starring Kyle Lowder (ex-Rex, DAYS), Kathleen Gati (Obrecht, GH), Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS), and Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) will be available for rental and purchase on Amazon Prime Video beginning, November 26. “We are excited to team with California Pictures to bring A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS to all major domestic and international film markets to share the magic of the film worldwide,” said writer, director, and executive producer Michael Caruso. “So that our U.S. audience may enjoy A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS, WFL Productions are releasing it for a limited time this year during the holiday season exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. We hope that people everywhere enjoy watching the film as much as we enjoyed making it.” Adds Lowder, who also serves as executive producer, “From the moment Michael Caruso shared his vision of combining a mermaid and Christmas along with the heart-warming message that this film delivers, I have been excited to share it with the world. The work on display from everyone involved, both in front of and behind the cameras, is inspiring.” Filmed on location entirely in Los Angeles, CA, the additional cast includes Sheree J. Wilson, Cole Smith, Chadwick Armstrong, Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe, DAYS) and Emma Demirjian, with narration by Emmy award-winning actor Ian Buchanan (ex-Duke, GH et al).
Tonya Pinkins Guests on Madam Secretary 11/17/19(11/8/19) “Accountability” – When U.S. intelligence locates the mastermind behind a foreign country’s hack, Elizabeth must decide whether to risk war by extracting him from the country while she also prepares for the White House correspondents’ dinner. Also, Jason faces backlash after he confronts his school newspaper over its coverage of Elizabeth, on MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, Nov. 17 (10:30-11:30 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Tonya Pinkins (Susan Thompson), Amanda Warren (Olivia Mason)
‘Reprisal’ Trailer: Abigail Spencer Seeks Sweet Revenge In Hulu’s Noir Drama(11/5/19) (Video) “Revenge Is Sweet” says the tagline on this new video of Hulu’s upcoming Reprisal, to which star Abigail Spencer, if full-on noir femme fatale mode, whispers, “So I’ll be seeing you soon.”
And that pretty much is the tone of this action-packed revenge thriller from creator Josh Corbin. The set-up: Spencer’s character wants to get even with her brother and, as Hulu puts it, “his bombastic gang of gearheads.”
When someone asks the aggrieved sister why her brother’s gang would drag her through a field chained to the back of a truck, the perfectly Lauren Bacallish response is a sultry “I’m afraid that part’s a little more complicated.”
In addition to Spencer, Reprisal stars Rodrigo Santoro, Mena Massoud, Rhys Wakefield, Madison Davenport, Gilbert Owuor, David Dastmalchian, W. Earl Brown, Craig Tate, Wavyy Jonez, Shane Callahan and Rory Cochrane.
Showrunner Corbin also exec produces along with Warren Littlefield (Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale), Barry Jossen and Jonathan Van Tulleken. Ann Johnson and Graham Littlefield serve as co-executive producers. Reprisal is produced by A+E Studios in association with The Littlefield Company.
Reprisal premieres all episodes Friday, December 6 only on Hulu.
Watch the trailer above.
Ellen to Surprise People With Holiday Giveaways in 3-Night NBC Special(11/5/19) Ellen DeGeneres is taking a recurring gift-giving bit from her daytime talker and supersizing it, for a series of NBC holiday specials.
NBC has announced that Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways will air on three consecutive evenings — Tuesday, Dec. 10 through Thursday, Dec. 12 — airing an hour each night at 8/7c.
In the series of specials, DeGeneres — along with an celebrity friends such as Michelle Obama, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Timberlake, Robert Downey Jr., Melissa McCarthy, Michael B. Jordan, Jason Momoa, Sterling K. Brown and Chrissy Teigen — will go to “great lengths” to deliver “heartwarming” and “incredible gifts to unsuspecting people” in their homes, workplace, and in her studio audience.
“This show is something incredibly special. We took a little bit of what we do on my daytime show and we went a million times farther with it,” DeGeneres said in a statement. “I can’t wait for everyone to see what we give away and how we change lives. All I can say is: Get a hanky, and get it now.”
Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways will thus join NBC’s “Oh, What Fun” holiday lineup this season, alongside such annual specials such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Christmas in Rockefeller Center.
Dishing with Digest - 11/1/19 - Melissa Claire Egan(11/1/19) (Listen / download) Melissa Claire Egan discusses her return to Y&R as Chelsea, her ALL MY CHILDREN years and her new Hallmark movie with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we debate the merits of soaps' special episodes.
Soap Fave Welcomes First Grandchild(10/31/19) (Photo) Vincent Irizarry (Jordan, B&B et al) is showing off the new addition to his family, granddaughter Areli Jay, who was born on January 11. The actor, who shared photos on social media of his four children (daughters Siena and Aria and sons Ash and Alias), along with daughter-in-law Janine, gushed, “Without question, the highlight of my summer’s end, beginning of autumn, was finally having the opportunity to spend an extended time with each of my 4 beloved children, Ash, Siena, Aria, & Elias, and my wonderful daughter-in-law, Janine, while finally meeting my precious granddaughter, Areli. It’s been [way] too long, all of us living in different parts of the country, conflicting schedules and work commitments. I honestly couldn’t be more proud of each of them, of the young men and women of character and substance they’ve become, nor more grateful for how much they’ve enhanced my life in truly immeasurable, unimaginable ways. Additionally, my blessings have been multiplied even greater by the newest addition to my life, our family, in the form of my first grandchild, Areli Jay, who entered our world and grateful lives on Jan 11th off this year… Yes, my cup runneth over indeed. #proudfather.#proudgrandpa.#4evrgr8ful.”
Josh Duhamel isn’t a ‘fashion guy’ but knows it’s important to ‘look cool’(10/29/19) When it comes to his closet, Josh Duhamel knows what he likes.
“I’m not really known as a fashion guy necessarily, but I do want to look cool and I want my stuff to fit right,” the brand-new Lolë ambassador, 46, told Page Six Style over the phone.
Duhamel, 46, is an adventure seeker but also an outdoorsman — he’s building a cabin in Minnesota that he’ll eventually pass down to his 6-year-old son Axl, whom he shares with ex-wife Fergie — so it was important for the “Transformers” star to partner with a brand whose style matches his lifestyle.
And so far, his work with Lolë has certainly delivered on the promise of adrenaline, with activities that include skydiving and “jumping off that 50-foot cliff,” as Duhamel casually mentioned.
“I like to try things that sort of put me outside of my comfort zone,” the actor told us. “Anytime something scares me and I actually go through it and figure out a way to do it, I’m always happy for the experience and having gone through the journey.”
Duhamel also partnered with the Canadian brand because of its eco-friendly business model and its “more masculine” cuts; his favorite items include the camo “Elliot” hoodie pullover ($110) and the “Irving” packable jacket ($229).
“My taste is simple,” he explained. “I like to be able to pack things that I can wear for many occasions, especially if I’m traveling. I’m not trying to set any major trends, but I want to try to wear things that I feel comfortable in.”
Obba Babatundé Recurs on S.W.A.T 11/6/19(10/26/19) “Kingdom” – The Harrelsons engage in a tense family reunion when Hondo’s older sister, Winnie (April Parker Jones), begrudgingly arrives in Los Angeles to see their sick father for the first time in decades. Also, the SWAT team searches for an abducted Middle Eastern human rights activist; Luca’s food truck business hits a snag; and Street worries that dating Captain Hick’s daughter, Molly (Laura James), will negatively impact his career, on S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Nov. 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Lou Ferrigno, Jr. (Rocker), Obba Babatundé (Daniel Harrelson, Sr), Gabrielle Dennis (Brianna Harrelson), Laura James (Molly Hicks), Otis “Odie” Gallop (Sgt. Stevens)
Michael B. Jordan Animated Series ‘gen: LOCK’ Moves From Rooster Teeth To HBO Max For Second Season Premiere(10/26/19) Michael B. Jordan-voiced animated series gen:LOCK has been handed a second season via HBO Max.
The first season of the half-hour series premiered on Rooster Teeth, the WarnerMedia digital brand, but the second season will premiere on HBO Max before becoming available to subscribers of Rooster Teeth’s subscription service First 90 days later.
It is the latest example of WarnerMedia moving content to the HBO Max streaming service; earlier this week, it brought back Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time for four one-hour specials, and earlier today it commissioned four documentary projects from CNN.
gen:LOCK, which was created by Gray Haddock and focuses on a near-future dystopia undergoing a new, technologically driven world war, stars Creed and Black Panther star Jordan alongside Dakota Fanning (The Alienist), Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Golshifteh Farahani (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), and David Tennant (Jessica Jones, Dr. Who), who all return.
It tells the story of an oppressive authoritarian force that threatens to conquer the world. A daring team is recruited to pilot a new form of devastating mecha, but they must be willing to sacrifice everything to save the world.
gen:LOCK is executive produced by Michael B. Jordan and Alana Mayo of Outlier Society, along with Rooster Teeth’s Matt Hullum and Ryan P. Hall. The series is produced by Rooster Teeth’s in-house animation studio.
“We are proud to bring gen:LOCK’s bold vision, inventive style, and extraordinary cast to HBO Max, and to build on the success that our partners at Rooster Teeth and Outlier Society have crafted so skillfully,” said Billy Wee, senior vice president original animation, HBO Max.
“We’re beyond excited to be producing a second season of gen:LOCK for HBO Max,” said Matt Hullum, co-founder and Chief Content Officer at Rooster Teeth. “Billy Wee and the team at HBO Max have been incredibly supportive in the development process, and we’re thrilled to be working closely with them on this project. We were blown away by the response to the first season of this show, both by the Rooster Teeth community and the Adult Swim audience, and cannot wait to bring it to more fans of action, sci-fi, and mecha animation.”
Watch James Patrick Stuart's New Music Video Featuring Two GH Co-Stars(10/25/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Video) Have you listened to The Apple Tree, the debut album from GENERAL HOSPITAL star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin)? Well, if you haven't, you can check out one of the tracks, "Mr. Give," courtesy of this new music video directed by Jaime Bennington and edited by River Demson. Oh, and you might recognize a couple of familiar faces in the video as Stuart sings about Miss Take and Miss Trust — the multi-talented performer enlisted GH co-stars Cynthia Watros (Nina) and Chloe Lanier (Nelle) to appear alongside him!
"Mr. Give" is just one of the 12 songs available on Stuart's debut album, The Apple Tree. GH fans also heard another one, "My Dear," when Valentin sang it to Nina at their combined bachelor/bachelorette parties in the Oct. 2 episode.
You can stream The Apple Tree on major streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music and is available for download on iTunes and Amazon. You can also purchase a physical CD from Amazon, but for just about the same price, you can also order a CD directly from Stuart's website where not only will he autograph it for you, proceeds from the sale will go to the Alzheimer's Association. Which sounds like a win-win to us!
Susan Lucci, Tony Danza, Janeane Garofalo & More Set For Nov. 25 CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY(10/25/19) (broadwayworld.com) This November, Celebrity Autobiography will continue to celebrate its 10th anniversary as winner of the Drama Desk Award with a show on Monday, November 25 at 7pm in NYC at the show's original home, The Triad (158 West 72nd St). Last winter, Celebrity Autobiography enjoyed a residency at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway, and the 11/25 NYC show at The Triad will feature Susan Lucci, Tony Danza, Janeane Garofalo, John Fugelsang, and show creators, Emmy-nominated, Drama Desk-winners Eugene Pack & Dayle Reyfel. Tickets are $80, $60 and $40 (plus a two-drink minimum) and can be purchased at www.CelebrityAutobiography.com.
How does Vanna flip her panels? What does Stallone store in his freezer? Why did Justin Bieber get stuck in the trunk of a car? What does Hasselhoff reveal about the beauties of Baywatch? Get ready to find out. Running for 10 sold out years in New York and touring the world and seen on Bravo TV, Celebrity Autobiography features top performers bringing to life the actual memoirs of a wide range of celebrities. The passages run the gamut from the "poetry" of Suzanne Somers...to tips from the Kardashians...to the most famous Hollywood love triangle in history--Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds & Eddie Fisher--told from all sides! And what's remarkable and unforgettably hilarious - it's all "in their own words". From the words of CELINE, ZAYN, ELVIS, TIGER, ARNOLD, BRITNEY, MILEY, DOLLY, CHER, OPRAH, BIEBER, BEYONCE and BEYOND!
Created by Eugene Pack and developed by Pack & Dayle Reyfel, audiences at Celebrity Autobiography are treated to an entertaining evening of non-stop laughter as an eclectic mix of talented, hilarious performers act out classic excerpts from a range of celebrity tell-alls by Bieber to Barbra to Beyoncé and Beyond! This unique, no holds-barred show is unlike anything else in New York and has played for sold-out crowds all around the world including London's West End, Edinburgh, Australia's Sydney Opera House and Broadway (Marquis Theater). Celebrity Autobiography is produced by Angelo Fraboni, Peter Martin, EP Productions and Dayle Reyfel.
Kelly Ripa's Son Gave Her a Job on a Film School Project Assigned by a Professor She's Known for Years(10/22/19) (people.com) Michael Consuelos recently asked his mom Kelly Ripa to help out with his film school project — but it turns out the assignment was given by a professor who Ripa knows very well.
On Sunday, the Live with Kelly and Ryan co-host announced on Instagram that her 22-year-old son, who is currently a student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, had asked her to be a producer on his film project.
“When your son gives you a job……. #filmschool #tvshow #producer” Ripa, 49, captioned a photo of herself and Michael smiling.
The following day, Ripa discussed her new “gig” on her talk show and revealed that she actually had a very special connection to Michael’s professor — he was a director on All My Children for 11 years and was responsible for casting Mark Consuelos as her husband on the show!
“The professor of this class is the professor that directed — he wasn’t a professor at the time, he was a director — he directed the screen test between Mark and me at All My Children,” Ripa explained to her co-host, Ryan Seacrest.
“So when Michael was touring all the film schools … he got into several film schools and he was trying to make a decision and he kept waiting for a sign, something to hit him in the head,” she continued. “Because wherever he was, that’s what he liked, so he kept waiting for the sign.”
That sign finally came to Michael while he was touring New York University’s campus with his mom and ran into Christopher Goutman, who now works as an Academic Director and Assistant Professor at the Tisch School.
“We’re walking down the hallway and I hear a voice I know [say], ‘Consuelos!'” Ripa recalled. “He turns around and I see Chris Goutman, who was our director at All My Children … I worked with him for 11 years.”
“And he goes, ‘You have to come here because I am literally the reason you exist!'” Ripa went on. “And that’s how he made a decision!”
Ripa starred as Hayley Vaughan on All My Children from 1990 to 2002. Consuelos, 48, officially joined the soap opera’s cast as Hayley’s husband Mateo Santos in 1995. The pair then tied the knot a year later, in 1996.
The actress has previously admitted that the moment she first saw her now-husband, she knew he was the one.
“I saw my husband in a photograph before I saw him,” Ripa told Bruce Bozzi for his SiriusXM Radio Andy show “Lunch with Bruce” in Aug. 2018. “I knew when I saw his photograph.”
“They had been looking for this character for some time. They were looking really for a Latino actor,” Ripa recalled. “And so I had auditioned every Latino actor in the city and around the city and then California. And then all of a sudden, Judy Blye Wilson, who was the casting director at All My Children, said, ‘I found him.'”
At the time, Consuelos had just graduated from college and was a “green” actor who hadn’t done much work.
“[Judy] showed me his picture and … at that point, I was not a hopeless romantic. I never thought about getting married, it never occurred to me that I would grow old with someone. I just thought I would be living my single girl life in the city,” Ripa explained. “When I saw him, the photograph of him, I saw my entire future with him flash before — like I saw it. And I don’t believe in any of that and now I do because of that moment.”
More than two decades later, the couple are still blissfully in love and have three children together. (In addition to Michael, they also share son Joaquin, 16, and daughter Lola, 18, who is currently a first-year student at NYU.)
It appears Michael may be following in his parents’ footsteps, too. The NYU student landed a guest role on Riverdale in Aug. 2018 as the young Hiram Lodge — a perfect fit as the adult version of the scheming mobster is played by his father.
The film major is expected to graduate from NYU this coming spring.
Jordi Vilasuso Reflects Back on Lean Times(10/20/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) While they’re pounding the pavement for their next acting role, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Jordi Vilasuso (Rey) applauds performers who work outside of showbiz — such as Geoffrey Owens, a one-time COSBY SHOW star who was discovered to be working at a Trader Joe’s last year. “You do whatever you have to do to take care of your family,” Vilasuso reflected to Soaps In Depth. “I do not want to sit at home and twiddle my thumbs as an actor. This is the kind of job that has hills and valleys. There are times when it gets very slow between gigs, and I have picked up the odd job just for my own peace of mind. I might not have had to work, but I wanted to feel productive.” As for Owens, Vilasuso was thrilled to learn that the photo, originally intended to shame the actor, turned into something positive. “This guy got a gig from Tyler Perry! How great is that?”
Talk Show Appearance(10/20/19)JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, ABC
Tu 10/22: Kelly Ripa
Dishing with Digest - 10/18/19 - Michael E. Knight(10/18/19) (Listen / download) Three-time Emmy winner Michael E. Knight reflects upon his years as ALL MY CHILDREN’s Tad, his new role as GH’s Martin and why he’s not on social media with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we look at stars who started their career in soaps.
The Sinner Season 3 Trailer: Matt Bomer and Chris Messina Have a Secret(10/18/19) (Video) Chris Messina flashes a smile — and gives off some serious sociopathic vibes — in the first full-length trailer for Season 3 of The Sinner.
As previously reported, the third installment of the USA Network anthology (which is set to bow in 2020) follows Detective Harry Ambrose as he investigates a tragic car accident in upstate New York. As the case unfolds, Ambrose “uncovers a hidden crime that pulls him into the most dangerous and disturbing case of his career,” according to the official logline. Matt Bomer’s Jamie is the upstanding local resident at the center of it all, while Messina plays Nick, a college friend who pays Jamie a most unwelcome visit.
The sneak peek seems to implicate Jamie and Nick as the two men who were speeding toward a Dorchester home in the middle of the night. And there’s reason to believe that the victim whose hand we see in the wreckage is Nick, since it’s Jamie who’s brought in for questioning.
Regardless of the outcome, one thing is abundantly clear: Nick has dirt on Jamie, and Jamie doesn’t want it getting out.
Rounding out the Season 3 cast are Parisa Fitz-Henley (Midnight, Texas) as Leela Burns, Jamie’s wife; Jessica Hecht (The Affair) as Sonya, a painter who gets involved in the investigation after the accident occurs on her property; and Eddie Martinez (Orange Is the New Black) as Vic Soto, a former Marine-turned-detective who works alongside Ambrose to solve the case.
‘Into The Dark’: Kyle Howard, Julian Sands, Natalie Hall Among 6 Cast In Installment Of Hulu Event Series(10/17/19) Kyle Howard (My Boys), Julian Sands (What/If), Dustin Milligan (Schitt’s Creek), Angela Sarafyan (Westworld), Molly Hagan (Sully) and Natalie Hall (Only the Brave) have been cast in the December installment of Hulu’s Into The Dark, a monthly horror event series from Blumhouse Television.
The Into the Dark series includes 12 feature-length episodes, released each month over one year and inspired by a holiday, featuring Blumhouse’s signature genre/thriller spin on the story.
Howard, Sands, Milligan, Sarafyan, Hagan and Hall will appear in the A Nasty Piece Of Work installment set for premiere December 6 on Hulu.
A Nasty Piece of Work follows a mid-level employee at a large company who finds out he’s not getting the Christmas bonus or promotion he was expecting. But then his boss invites him over for dinner with a proposal for how he can climb the corporate ladder… by beating his professional rival in a violent competition.
Charles Hood directs the film, written by Paul Soter.
Howard is repped by Innovative Artists and Management 360. Sands is repped by TalentWorks and Seven Summits. Milligan is repped by Gersh and RED Management. Sarafyan is repped by Innovative Artists, Grandview and attorney Adam Kaller. Hagan is repped by Amsel, Eisenstadt, Frazier & Hinojosa Talent Agency and Patino Management Company. Hall is repped by Paradigm Talent Agency and Industry Entertainment.
Y&R’s Elizabeth Hendrickson: Officially Married(10/17/19) Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R) who recently announced that she and hubby Rob Meder are expecting their first child, a daughter, next March, has yet more reason to celebrate: She and Meder (who had a symbolic wedding earlier this year in St. Barts) are now officially married, after exchanging vows at the courthouse in Santa Barbara on October 15. “We made it official today. Just like the Bieber’s, but better,” she joked on Instagram. In an Instagram story, she explained, “our wedding in saint Barth’s was not ‘legal’. The marriage license/transfer to California was too much of a headache to deal with.” To see a wedding photo of the happy couple, click here.
Robin Strasser On DAYS: “They won’t be using me again”(10/17/19) On Twitter, Robin Strasser (ex-Vivian) revealed that she was informed last week that she wouldn’t be returning to DAYS. She posted, “so it’s clear to all who may overhear us: #Days Opens in New Window told me eve of #YomKippur Opens in New Window that they won’t be using me again as #VivianAllamain Opens in New Window To be clear: I’m AVAILABLE for other projects & maybe 100K peeps might come watch;-)” When a fan responded “Shame on #DOOL,” Strasser replied, “NO SHAME on anyone Kathy:) #DOOL Opens in New Window got a great pinch hitter when they got me-lol. Their ratings went up which is always a win for any TV show! I showed up when they said they needed me-win! Now they’ve got different point of view-OK-the way I see it-it’s still win/win all around:).”
Maurice Benard Launches an Inspirational New Website(10/16/19) Actor Maurice Benard has always used the fame he attained playing Sonny Corinthos on GENERAL HOSPITAL to promote worthy causes, and nothing is more important to him than mental health issues. So he has launched a brand new website called Maurice Benard State of Mind where he can focus on using his own experiences to help others. "State of Mind, to me, means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life, and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be," reads Benard's mission statement for the site.
He also explained that the website is a way for him to reach out and communicate with his fans. "It's a communion I have with my audience," he shared on Instagram. "I speak of my life living with mental illness, we talk, we laugh, sometimes we cry. In the end, I always feel like I've gone through something."
The website collects Bernard's "Sunday Sessions" that he's been doing since September, archiving his weekly Instagram videos where he speaks directly with his fans about whatever issues are on his mind at the time. There is also a store where you can purchase Benard's upcoming autobiography, Nothing General About It, as well as State of Mind T-shirts for men and women in a variety of colors and styles.
So click the link to visit www.MBStateofMind.com and follow the official MB State of Mind Instagram account. Plus, mark your calendars for Thursday, Oct. 17, because Benard is scheduled to do a live Instagram chat at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET! And for more on this GH star's new endeavor, don't miss his exclusive interview in the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine on sale Monday, Nov. 4!.
‘Mank’: Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, ‘Downton Abbey’s Tuppence Middleton & More Join David Fincher Pic(10/16/19) David Fincher is rounding out the cast for his upcoming Netflix feature, Mank, about the tumultuous development of Orson Welles’ classics Citizen Kane.
Joining previously announced Oscar winner Gary Oldman is Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tuppence Middleton, Arliss Howard (The Time Traveler’s Wife), Charles Dance (Game Of Thrones), Ferdinand Kingsley (Dracula Untold), Jamie McShane (Gone Girl), Joseph Cross (Milk), Sam Troughton (Chernobyl), Toby Leonard Moore (Billions), Tom Burke (The Souvenir) and Tom Pelphrey (Iron Fist).
The project is a longtime-in-the-making for the two-time Oscar-nominated director, who will shoot the film in black and white with production starting next month. Based on a screenplay by the Gone Girl filmmaker’s late father, Howard “Jack” Fincher, Mank follows famed Hollywood screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (played by Oldman), who co-wrote Citizen Kane with Welles and shared the Oscar win for best original screenplay.
Douglas Urbanski, Eric Roth, and Cean Chaffin are producing the project.
Mank reps Fincher’s first feature directorial since 2014’s Gone Girl. Fincher was nominated for directing 2010’s The Social Network and 2008’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
After Announcing Her Pregnancy, Elizabeth Hendrickson Opens up About Her Past Miscarriages(10/12/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Actress Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) recently announced her pregnancy, but a couple of days later, she revealed that this was not the first pregnancy she has experienced. "Two years ago in early October, I found out I was pregnant with our first child," she confided on Instagram. "I was in shock. It was not planned. I was excited, but also scared. I wasn't sure if I was ready but knew I was with the person I wanted to have a child with so I came around quickly. Shortly after, I experienced my first miscarriage. It was also a shock as it had all come and gone so quickly.
"A few months later, I was pregnant again," Hendrickson continued. "I was more prepared for the positive result and so thankful to get pregnant so quickly also for being in my late 30s. On the day of my first scheduled doctor's appointment at eight weeks, I started experiencing the same cramps as last time. It was awful. Painful. Emotionally and physically."
Experiencing two miscarriages led Hendrickson to question herself, but she soon found out she wasn't alone. "I felt discouraged, incompetent, and started having doubts in myself if I was ever meant to be a mother," she confessed. "I didn't know how common it was until I started talking about it more openly with my friends and even with women I wasn't that close with at my business. It helped immensely. The stories that other women shared made me realize I was not alone and at times I felt guilty talking about it when I heard about those who had miscarriages much later than I or had given birth to stillborns.
"Talk about your experiences," Hendrickson urged. "Good or bad. You will find a new tribe of support you never knew existed. It's what gave me the strength and courage to continue to try. We were meant to be parents when the timing was right. I couldn't at the time understand why that was our story but now looking back, I can see it all clearly. What's meant to be is meant to be. Trust the story being written no matter how it may unfold. It somehow always works out in the end. To all of those who have had similar experiences, I wrap my virtual arms around you and squeeze you tightly. I know how awful it feels. You have support. Please try to talk about it. It helps immensely."
Please join us in wishing Hendrickson a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery early next year when her child with husband Rob Meder is due in March.
Tamara Braun Previews Her New Play With GH Alum Ronnie Marmo(10/11/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Kim isn't exactly the picture of mental stability right now on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but portrayer Tamara Braun will be playing a psychiatrist in the new play Death With Dignity… Comes in a Milkshake! Written by Sam Henry Kass and directed by GH alum Ronnie Marmo (ex-Ronnie), the play opens at Theater 68 in North Hollywood on Friday, Oct. 18 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 16 with a preview held on Thursday, Oct. 17. "It's exciting!" Braun gushed to Soaps In Depth of the production.
Death With Dignity… Comes in a Milkshake centers around a therapy session that erupts into full-blown mental anarchy as a therapist must contend with an office commandeered by her patients and she questions her own training and qualifications as she attempts to reign in the chaos. Tackling politics, social issues, and show business, the play reveals the thin line that separates doctor and patient.
"Honestly, I had been thinking about doing a weekend of one-acts with soap actors," Braun confided. "I had been talking about that with a few people to gauge interest. Then, out of the blue, I got a text from Ronnie saying he was directing this new play by Sam Henry Kass and kept thinking of me for a role. I saw it as a gift."
Braun was thrilled to get back on stage and flex some different acting muscles than the ones she uses on GH, and has reveled in the challenges it has presented. "It's been an interesting process becuase we didn't have Ronnie for almost two weeks because he is putting his one-man show [I'm Not a Comedian… I'm Lenny Bruce] up in Chicago and had a retreat with his New York Theater group," she revealed. "So it's been a bit unusual. He Skyped into rehearsals a couple of times and always checked in with us. He is back now and extremely enthusiastic, energetic, and inspired by the piece and what the actors are finding in it."
Death With Dignity… Comes in a Milkshake will have performances on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. with two Sunday matinees. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.theater68.com.
Elizabeth Hendrickson Announces Pregnancy(10/10/19) Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R) announced on social media that she and husband Rob Meder are expecting their first baby. The actress posted a photo of her baby bump with the caption, “No that’s not a belly full of bagels it’s a belly full of bagels AND a BABY! We can’t wait to meet our baby GIRL, March 2020. Our journey to getting pregnant has not been easy and I’m looking forward to talk about it more publicly, hear your stories, share experiences and learn as much I can from all of you. I’m finally going to be a Mother and I can’t wait for what’s to come!!!” To see the photo of the mom-to-be, click here https://www.instagram.com/p/B3ZkwJDHHmt/
Facebook Live with Joshua Morrow and Melissa Claire Egan!(10/9/19) Facebook Live with Joshua Morrow and Melissa Claire Egan!: Video.
Tom Wopat Guests on Madam Secretary 10/27/19(10/9/19) “Valor” – Henry teams up with a Marine veteran to fight for legislation that helps Veterans Affairs provide better mental health care, but he encounters surprising resistance from Vice President Carlos Morejon (José Zúñiga). Also, Senator Hanson (Wentworth Miller) questions Daisy about an arrest in her past, on MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, Oct. 27 (10:30-11:30 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Tom Wopat guest stars as Senator Peoples, Chairman of the Veteran Affairs Committee.
Obba Babatundé Recurs on S.W.A.T. 10/30/19(10/9/19) “The LBC” – Street reconnects with his estranged foster brother, Nate (Cory Hardict), to help a joint investigation between SWAT and the Long Beach Police Department when criminals steal a mass arsenal of LAPD assault rifles. Also, Hondo finds himself at odds with his father over the elder man’s declining health, and Luca is overwhelmed when the entire team reconsiders becoming investors in his food truck, on S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Oct. 30 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Obba Babatundé (Daniel Harrelson, Sr), Deshae Frost (Darryl), Gabrielle Dennis (Brianna).
GH-ers Team Up For New Play(10/4/19) Ronnie Marmo (ex-Ronnie, GH) is directing Tamara Braun (Kim, GH) in the world premiere of Sam Henry Kass’s Death With Dignity…. Comes In A Milkshake. The show will run from October 18 to November 16 (with a preview show on October 17) at Theatre 68 in North Hollywood, CA. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.theatre68.com.
Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin - Guest Peter Bergman(10/3/19) (Listen / download) Soap opera superstar Peter Bergman has played two of the genre's most memorable characters. What's it like for an actor to go all-in on daytime TV?
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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).
‘Shameless’: Mary Kay Place, Elizabeth Rodriguez Join Season 10 Cast(10/2/19) Emmy winner Mary Kay Place and Orange Is the New Black‘s Elizabeth Rodriguez have been set to guest star in multiple episodes of Showtime’s Shameless, which returns for Season 10 on November 10.
Place will play Aunt Oopie, the irritatingly sweet aunt to Tami (Kate Miner), who is the girlfriend of Lip (Jeremy Allen White). Aunt Oopie is a lifesaving babysitter but has some complicated worldviews. Rodriguez will play Faye, a femme fatale who takes to Frank (William H. Macy) for reasons at first not understood.
They join Constance Zimmer, Chelsea Rendon, Rachel Dratch and Anthony Alabi, who have also joined the cast for the upcoming 10th season.
The series premiere picks up sixth months after last season’s finale, with Frank using his leg injury to collect as many prescription drugs as possible, leading him to an old friend. Debbie (Emma Kenney, meanwhile, has stepped in as the new Gallagher matriarch after the exit of Emmy Rossum’s Fiona, Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) returns home after finishing military school, Liam (Christian Isaiah) is committed to learning more about black history and culture, and Ian (Cameron Monaghan) and Mickey (Noel Fisher) rekindle their romance in prison as cellmates.
Place, an Emmy winner for Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, on the TV side most recently appeared on Imposters, Lady Dynamite, Grace and Frankie and Getting On. In film, she recently starred in the 2018 indie drama Diane. She is repped by Gersh.
Rodriguez, who plays Aleida Diaz on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, was also a series regular in Fear the Walking Dead and recurred for six seasons on Power. She was nominated for a Tony Award in 2011 for The Motherf*cker With the Hat. She is repped by Innovative Artists and Opus Entertainment.
Shameless is produced by Bonanza Productions in association with John Wells Productions and Warner Bros Television.
Regis Philbin and Susan Lucci in Cabaret comeback(10/2/19) Spunky Regis Philbin is cooking up a comeback, and the 88-year-old TV legend wants Susan Lucci. to join him, sources exclusively snitched to The National ENQUIRER.
The retired daytime yakker — who spent decades with ABC — has reached out to the 72-year-old soap opera diva to resurrect their nightclub act, which was a hit with fans from 2002 to 2011, insiders dished.
“Regis misses being on-stage!” a source squealed. “And he says he never had a better performing partner than Susan.”
After All My Children star Susan largely retired from live shows, Regis continued the act with longtime buddy Don Rickles. But the insult comic’s devastating death in 2017 left him without a stage partner.
Regis had reached out to his former Live! Opens a New Window. sidekick 66-year-old Kathie Lee Gifford. — who’s fresh off an 11-year stretch at Today — but she turned him down, sources reported.
“Kathie Lee just started her new life in Nashville and wasn’t ready to go right back out on the road,” the insider snitched.
So Regis is focusing on getting La Lucci back on-stage with him, according to sources.
But the actress is only a year removed from heart surgery. Though she’s feeling better, she has yet to commit to rejoining Reege on the road.
Still, insiders believe, it may just be a matter of time before she caves to his endless advances.
“Susan hasn’t said yes yet, but Regis is convinced he can wear his old friend down!” said another source.
‘Deputy’ Casts Natalia Cigliuti(10/2/19) Natalia Cigliuti (This Is Us) is set for a key recurring role on the upcoming Fox series Deputy, starring Stephen Dorff, from Entertainment One and Fox Entertainment. Created by Will Beall and directed by David Ayer, Deputy is a cop drama that blends the spirit of a classic Western with a modern-day attitude and gritty authenticity. When the Los Angeles County Sheriff dies, an arcane rule forged back in the Wild West thrusts the most unlikely man into the job: a fifth-generation lawman (Dorff) who’s more comfortable taking down bad guys than navigating a sea of politics. He leads a skilled team of ambitious and complicated people who won’t rest until justice is served. Cigliuti plays Teresa, the wife of Deputy Cade Walker (Brian Van Holt). She’s a prestigious law school graduate who turned her back on offers from top law firms to become a public defender in the Los Angeles Superior Court and represent the long-forgotten people in LA. Cigliuti most recently recurred as Josie Woods on NBC’s This Is Us. She previously was a series regular on Raising the Bar and All My Children and recurred on The Glades, among other TV credits. Cigliuti is repped by Sager Entertainment and KMR.
‘Madam C.J. Walker’: Cornelius Smith Jr., Keeya King & J. Alphonse Nicholson Join Netflix Limited Series(10/2/19) Scandal alum Cornelius Smith Jr, Keeya King (Van Helsing) and J. Alphonse Nicholson (P-Valley) are set for recurring roles opposite Octavia Spencer and Tiffany Haddish in Madam C.J. Walker, an eight-episode limited series starring and executive produced by Oscar winner Spencer and executive produced by LeBron James.
Written by Nicole Asher based on the book On Her Own Ground by A’Lelia Bundles, Madam C.J. Walker tells the untold and highly irreverent story of black hair-care pioneer and mogul Madam C.J. Walker (Spencer) and how she overcame hostile turn-of-the-century America, epic rivalries, tumultuous marriages and some trifling family to become America’s first self-made black female millionaire.
Smith will play W.E.B. Dubois, America’s foremost black intellectual and civil rights activist who is publisher of The Crisis and a co-founder of the NAACP, who befriends Walker.
King will portray Peaches, a stunning, tomboyish jazz singer who befriends Walker’s daughter Lelia (Haddish). King plays Violet in Syfy’s Van Helsing and has guest-starred on Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. She is repped by Play Management and The Characters Agency.
Nicholson will play John Robinson, Lelia’s musician husband who can’t seem to get on Madam Walker’s good side, no matter how hard he tries.
Spencer executive produces alongside James and Maverick Carter via SpringHill, Mark Holder, Christine Holder, as well as showrunners Janine Sherman Barrois and Elle Johnson.
Smith played Marcus Walker for four seasons on ABC’s hit series Scandal. His other recent credits include the Amazon Studios feature Seberg, opposite Anthony Mackie and Kristen Stewart, and a recurring role on the Lionsgate TV/Spectrum Originals anthology series Manhunt, among others. Smith is repped by APA, Grandview and Hansen Jacobson.
Nicholson is a series regular on Starz’s P-Valley. His other TV credits include Blue Bloods, Mr.Robot, Shots Fired, Marvel’s Luke Cage, Tales, The Blacklist and Chicago P.D. He’s repped by AC Management, CESD and Jackoway Austen.
Obba Babatundé on S.W.A.T 10/23/19(10/1/19) “Immunity” – Deacon’s family gets caught in the crosshairs of a drug cartel when he and the SWAT team aim to bring down its leader, a former foreign rebel force leader running drugs in plain sight via a local flower market. Also, Hondo receives troubling news regarding his father, and Tan is forced to go before an internal review board due to his girlfriend’s indiscretion, on S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Oct. 23 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Lou Ferrigno, Jr. (Rocker), Bre Blair (Annie Kay), Obba Babatundé (Daniel Harrelson, Sr), Deshae Frost (Darryl), Otis “Odie” Gallop (Sergeant Stevens)
Tonya Pinkins on Madam Secretary 10/20/19(10/1/19) “Killer Robots” – Elizabeth must decide whether to use autonomous unmanned weapons or send U.S. soldiers to bring the mastermind of the UN gas attack to justice. Also, Blake is questioned by Senator Hanson (Wentworth Miller) about potential campaign finance violations related to his love life, and Henry and Elizabeth search for the perfect dog, on MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, Oct. 20 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST: Tonya Pinkins (Susan Thompson), Amanda Warren (Olivia Mason).
Réal Andrews Opens up About His Bipolar Diagnosis(9/26/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Over the years, Réal Andrews has appeared on numerous daytime dramas, including DAYS OF OUR LIVES, ALL MY CHILDREN, AS THE WORLD TURNS, SANTA BARBARA, and of course, GENERAL HOSPITAL, where he played Detective Marcus Taggert. In the years since his stint on ATWT, the actor pressed pause on his career. “My dad got ill with Parkinson’s, and after he passed away, my mom got sick,” he explained to Soaps In Depth, “so my mind just wasn’t in it.” In addition to supporting them, Andrews also developed entrepreneurial enterprises and became a fitness/nutrition coach as well as a motivational speaker. But in his own life, “I had three hip surgeries, one of which wasn’t good,” he said. Consequently, “I was in chronic pain for four years and became addicted to opioids and alcohol.”
Today, the soap vet is sober and reprioritizing both his health and his passion for performing. However, he’s also had a revelation that was two decades in the making. “I was having crazy, dark thoughts. Then it hit me one day that for the first time in my life, I’m not masking it with drugs, alcohol or anything like that. It was right there in my face!” he admitted. That’s when he decided to see a physician and “got officially diagnosed with bipolar disorder.”
Now receiving treatment, Andrews feels like a new man and wants to encourage others in the same boat to seek help. “I want to be able to tell you that you’re not alone,” he said. “There’s a big difference between being depressed, sad or having a bad day and suffering from this sickness. When you don’t know where [those feelings] come from, you don’t know how to stop them.”
My ultimate [goal], and kind of what I’ve already started working towards,” he said, “is being on the big stage, talking to hundreds of thousands of people about depression.”
The actor currently plays Dr. Keith Campbell on Amazon’s THE BAY THE SERIES, but as he looks to the future, there’s another kind of character he’s eyeing. “I like to play heavies: bad guys and psychos. I’ve always been drawn to that,” he admitted. “I became an actor because I saw Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.” While he says that he would “absolutely do daytime again,” Andrews remains open to whatever the next leg of his journey brings. “I put a lot of faith in my representation, but my No. 1 representation is God,” he insisted. “So whatever He puts on my plate… my job is to show up with excellence.”
Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon to Star as Sisters in Downton Abbey Creator's HBO Drama The Gilded Age(9/26/19) HBO’s The Gilded Age is assembling quite a dazzling cast: Emmy winners Christine Baranski and Cynthia Nixon lead a quartet of cast additions to the upcoming drama from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, TVLine has learned.
Baranski — currently starring on CBS All Access’ The Good Fight — will play stubborn aristocrat Agnes van Rhijn, who managed to hook a husband just as her family’s plantation was collapsing and proudly resists change at every turn. (Kind of sounds like the new Dowager Countess, doesn’t she?) Nixon — returning to HBO after six seasons on Sex and the City — will play Agnes’ sister Ava Brook, who’s forced to rely on her sister’s charity when times get tough. Both Baranski and Nixon will be series regulars. Also joining the cast as series regulars: Amanda Peet (Togetherness, Brockmire), who plays Bertha Russell, who’s using her husband’s business success to infiltrate the upper crust; and Morgan Spector (Homeland), who plays Bertha’s husband George Russell, a ruthless robber baron who doesn’t like to lose.
Set in 1880s America, The Gilded Age centers on young Marian Brook, an orphaned daughter of a Southern general who moves in with her aunts in New York City and finds herself thrust into high society. Fellowes will serve as writer, creator and executive producer, with his Downton Abbey collaborator Gareth Neame serving as another EP. The series, originally developed at NBC, earned a 10-episode order from HBO back in May.
Finn Wittrock & Zoe Chao Topline Indie ‘Long Weekend’(9/26/19) Finn Wittrock and Zoe Chao are the leads of Long Weekend, a romantic dramedy penned and directed by Steve Basilone, whose credits included writing for The Goldbergs, Community and Happy Endings. The pic, from Fifty Seventh Street Productions and Rebelle Media along with Park Pictures and Invisible Pictures, just wrapped principal photography in Los Angeles. Damon Wayans Jr., Casey Wilson, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Jim Rash co-star.
The plot of the love story infused with magical realism centers Bart (Wittrock), a down-on-his-luck struggling writer, and the enigmatic woman (Chao) who enters his life at the right time. Wayans Jr. and Wilson, who worked with Basilone on Happy Endings, play Bart’s always supportive best friends, McLendon-Covey is his pesky landlord, and Rash as his new boss.
Deanna Barillari, Laura Lewis, Sam Bisbee, Theodora Dunlap, Jess Jacobs and Audrey Rosenberg are producers. Franklin Carson, Jackie Kelman Bisbee and Lance Acord are executive producers. CAA Media Finance and Lewis’ Rebelle Media are repping sales.
Wittrock is up next playing Mickey Deans in Judy and his recent credits include The Last Black Man in San Francisco and If Beale Street Could Talk. He’s repped by CAA, Weissenbach Management and Relevant.
Chao starred in the Facebook Watch series Strangers which ran for two seasons. Up next in Rash and Faxon’s Downhill, the Dakota Johnons-starring Covers and the Paul Rudd Netflix series Living with Yourself. She also is a lead in the new HBO Max series Love Life with Anna Kendrick. Chao is represented by CAA and B Company.
Wayans is repped by WME, Wilson by UTA and Rise Management, McLendon-Covey by UTA and manager Gladys Gonzalez, and Rash by CAA and Atlas Artists. Basilone is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
FB Live Q&A: Michael Easton & Rebecca Budig(9/26/19) FB Live Q&A: Michael Easton & Rebecca Budig: Video.
Debbie Allen & Obba Babatundé Recur on S.W.A.T. 10/16/19(9/24/19) “Funny Money” – The SWAT team bumps heads with Lt. Lynch when she signs them up for an off-book undercover operation to take down a local gang printing counterfeit money, without giving them enough time to prepare for the mission. Also, tensions rise at home for Hondo as his parents’ strained relationship becomes worse, on S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Oct. 16 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Debbie Allen (Charice Harrelson), Obba Babatundé (Daniel Harrelson, Sr), Deshae Frost (Darryl), Otis “Odie” Gallop (Sergeant Stevens)
Maurice Benard’s Memoirs Available For Pre-Order!(9/23/19) Nothing General About It: How Love (and Lithium) Saved Me On and Off General Hospital Hardcover – April 7, 2020 by Maurice Benard
The Emmy Award-winning star of General Hospital chronicles his astonishing and emotional life journey in this powerful memoir—an inspiring story of success, show business, and family, and his struggle with mental illness.
Maurice Benard has been blessed with family, fame, and a successful career. For twenty-five years, he has played one of the most well-known characters on daytime television: General Hospital’s Michael “Sonny” Corinthos, Jr. In his life outside the screen, he is a loving husband and the father of four. But his path has not been without hardship. When he was only twenty, Maurice was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
In Nothing General About It, Maurice looks back to his youth in a small town and his tenuous relationship with his father. He describes how his bipolar disorder began to surface in childhood, how he struggled to understand the jolting mood swings he experienced, and how a doctor finally saved his life. For years Maurice was relentless in his goal to be a successful actor. But even after he “made it,” he still grappled with terrifying lows, breakdowns, and setbacks, all while trying desperately to maintain his relationship with his wife, who endured his violent, unpredictable episodes. Maurice holds nothing back as he bravely talks about what it was like to be medicated and institutionalized, and of how he learned to manage his manic episodes while on the set of GH.
Nothing General About It is also an incredible love story about an enduring marriage that demonstrates what those vows—for better, for worse, in sickness and in health—truly mean. Maurice also pays tribute to the community that has been there for him through thick and thin, and ruminates on the importance of both inherited and created family.
A shocking, riveting, and utterly candid memoir of love, adversity, and ultimately hope, Nothing General About It offers insights and advice for everyone trying to cope with mental illness, and is a motivational story that offers lessons in perseverance—of the importance of believing in and fighting for yourself through the darkest times.
Nothing General About It includes a 16-page insert featuring approximately 50 photographs.
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Tonya Pinkins on MADAM SECRETARY 10/13/19(9/20/19) “The Strike Zone” – Elizabeth faces mounting protests over rising fuel costs as she prepares to throw out the first pitch at a New York Mets game. Also, Mike B. is questioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of the investigation into whether the McCord campaign conspired with Iran to steal the election, on MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, Oct. 13 (10:30-11:30 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 PM PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST: Tonya Pinkins (Susan Thompson), Amanda Warren (Olivia Mason), Brian Sutherland (Senator Armstrong)
Talk Show Appearance(9/20/19) WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN - Bravo
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TAINTED DREAMS Finds Another Streaming Platform(9/19/19) TAINTED DREAMS, the Emmy-nominated digital series based on the behind-the-scenes antics of a fictional hit TV soap opera, has announced that Seasons 1 and 2 of this hit series will stream on the new (and free) platform Popstar! TV beginning September 23. TAINTED DREAMS is a steamy dramedy following the cast and crew behind the scenes of a hit TV soap opera called PAINTED DREAMS, and features soap faves like Alicia Minshew (ex-Kendall, ALL MY CHILDREN), Austin Peck (ex-Austin, DAYS), Grant Aleksander (ex-Phillip, GUIDING LIGHT) and more. There will be a bonus episode on Popstar! TV that gives some background as to how all the characters came to be a part of the PAINTED DREAMS team. “I am beyond thrilled to introduce a younger generation to our iconic cast and a story that is so dear to my heart,” says Executive Producer/Creator Sonia Blangiardo. “We are thrilled that there is more life for the show and that the new exposure will attract new viewers for the series.” You can download the Popstar! TV’s mobile app or visit www.popstaronline.com to watch Tainted Dreams or for more info visit www.tainteddreams.com. The series is also available on Amazon.
General Hospital writers reveal whether Michael Knight will resurrect Tad Martin(9/19/19) (ew.com) (Photo1, Photo2) General Hospital will celebrate a real blast from the past on Sept. 30 when Michael Knight, the legacy soap actor who is best known for playing Tad Martin on All My Children, comes to Port Charles as a character who’s “capable of all manner of shenanigans.”
Sadly, head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor are revealing to EW that Knight won’t be resurrecting Tad the way Hilary B. Smith brought back her One Life to Live character Nora Buchanan on GH. Instead, he’ll create a new character for the ABC sudser. “There are a number of people in Port Charles who are in trouble and his character will have an impact on how their stories are solved or further complicated,” teases Van Etten.
EW has obtained a first look of Knight from the set. Is he an attorney? A mob boss? The CEO of Tinder?
Even though he isn’t bringing back his beloved AMC role, it wasn’t far back in the mind of Van Etten and O’Connor. “We have conversations when we have these actors come back about whether it’s more useful or not to resurrect their characters,” admits Van Etten. “We’ll continue to have these as the opportunity arises.”
Regardless of the mystery surrounding Knight’s role, the writers are thrilled about what he will bring to GH. He started filming on Sept. 10 on the show’s Los Angeles set.
“I knew he could bring a little zest to the General Hospital canvas. He’s his own special brand of zest!” says Van Etten. “I think the devotees of soap operas love seeing this callback to the rich history of ABC daytime shows.”
While the writers can’t say how long Knight’s character will stick around Port Charles, he is expected to cross paths with James Patrick Stuart, who played Will Cortlandt alongside Knight in the early ’90s on AMC. Stuart now plays Valentin Cassadine on GH.
“It’s a treat for the audience to see performers who have worked together in the past mix it up,” adds O’Connor.
Both writers said they zeroed in on Knight after knowing they had a particular role to fill on the daytime sudser. “As we were writing his character, we found out that oh, we have even more use for him!” says Van Etten. “It’s helpful to know who the actors are in this situation. We have lots of ideas on how we can expand his character and cross-pollinate his character.”
Lest you’ve been living in exile, Knight is best known for playing Tad Martin on AMC from 1982–1986, 1988–1990, and then from 1992 until the finale on ABC in 2011. He also popped up in the online version in 2013.
Raising Dion Trailer: Michael B. Jordan Netflix Drama Offers a Fresh Take on Superhero Origin Stories(9/19/19) (Video) With Raising Dion, Netflix is introducing us to a new kind of superhero — one who still has some of his baby teeth.
The drama stars Alisha Wainwright (Shadowhunters) as Nicole, a young woman left to raise her eight-year-old son after the death of her husband Mark, played by Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights). But everyday problems soon become super-sized dilemmas when Dion, played by newcomer Ja’Siah Young, begins to exhibit mysterious new abilities. With the help of Mark’s best friend Pat, played by Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Nicole must help Dion get his powers under control, while protecting him from a nefarious government organization with questionable intentions.
Raising Dion‘s cast also includes Jazmyn Simon (Ballers) as Nicole’s sister Kat, a surgical resident who can’t help but offer her two cents when it comes to parenting Dion. “All in all, she’s a wonderful and supportive aunt and sister, but has a hard time biting her tongue as she watches her sister make mistakes,” according to her official character description.
Dion will also get an assist from Esperanza — played by newcomer Sammi Haney — a young girl with brittle bone disease. “A brilliant artist wise beyond her years, she looks out for Dion in an endearing manner, and, though it takes a while, Dion grows to realize she is his best friend.”
Based on the comic book by Dennis Liu, Raising Dion‘s first season hits Netflix on Friday, Oct. 4.
The Sinner: Matt Bomer Makes Debut in First Promo for Delayed Season 3(9/19/19) (Video) Matt Bomer’s USA Network homecoming has been pushed to 2020.
The cable network has released a new promo for The Sinner Season 3, which reveals that the Bill Pullman-led crime anthology will not be back in 2019. Instead, the show will return next year at an as-yet-specified date. (The two previous seasons debuted a year apart, in August 2017 and 2018.)
The third installment of the Jessica Biel-EP’ed series will follow Detective Harry Ambrose (Pullman) as he investigates a tragic car accident in upstate New York. As the case unfolds, Ambrose “uncovers a hidden crime that pulls him into the most dangerous and disturbing case of his career,” according to the official logline.
Bomer, who previously headlined USA’s White Collar, stars here as Jamie, an upstanding local resident and expectant father who looks to Ambrose for support in the wake of the accident. In the teaser, which was first shared by E! Online, we get a glimpse of the wreckage, which includes a blood-soaked headlight and the hand of a potential victim. Jamie’s exact involvement in the accident remains unclear, but he does have a visible scar.
Rounding out the Season 3 cast are Chris Messina (The Mindy Project) as Nick Haas, a college friend who pays Jamie a surprise visit; Parisa Fitz-Henley (Midnight, Texas) as Leela Burns, Jamie’s wife; Jessica Hecht (Special) as Sonya, a painter who gets involved in the investigation after the accident occurs on her property; and Eddie Martinez (Orange Is the New Black) as Vic Soto, a former Marine-turned-detective who works alongside Ambrose to solve the case.
Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society & Warner Bros Acquire Rena Barron Novel Trilogy ‘Kingdom Of Souls’(9/19/19) After a strong Toronto premiere of its first big studio feature Just Mercy at Toronto, Michael B. Jordan’s Warner Bros-based Outlier Society is hungry for more. Warner Bros. has just acquired for Jordan Kingdom of Souls, the first installment of a fantasy novel trilogy by Rena Barron, in which a young woman must give up her own life, bit by bit, in a magical bargain to save her village–and the world. Outlier Society’s Michael B. Jordan and Alana Mayo are producing with Pouya Shahbazian. Misan Sagay is attached to write the screenplay.
Barron spins a darkly magical YA fantasy tale that blends tales of folk magic, voodoo, and Orisha from her own community. Kingdom of Souls centers on Arrah, a young woman born into a family of powerful witch doctors. She yearns for magic of her own, but each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval. When children begin disappearing, including a boy she’d befriended, Arrah is desperate to find the culprit. She tries a deadly last resort to cast the spell that will find the children: she trades years of her own life for scraps of magic. But she uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.
Barron grew up in small-town Alabama, where stories of magic and adventure sparked her imagination. Before HarperTeen acquired her young adult epic fantasy, Barron spent 10 years writing across multiple genres and age groups hoping to get published. In 2017, she entered Pitch Wars, an online mentorship program that included an agent showcase round. Barron’s entry (then titled The Last Witchdoctor) received more requests than any novel the service ever had. In addition to the Kingdom of Souls trilogy, Barron also has written a middle grade series: the first book, titled Maya and The Rising Dark, debuts in May 2020.
Cameron Mathison Shares the Latest on His Cancer Recovery(9/16/19) Following his surgery, ALL MY CHILDREN star Cameron Mathison (Ryan) is home from the hospital and on the mend! "Unbelievably grateful to be back home after a successful partial nephrectomy surgery," he reported. "It was an eventful four days in the hospital, and doing well at home now. Dr. Inderbir Gill is a miracle worker, and my whole family is indebted to him and everyone at Keck Medicine of USC. Thank you to everyone sending prayers, positive thoughts, flowers, cards, stuffed animals, food, love… and kidney beans. Love you guys."
AMC Alum Engaged(9/16/19) Jesse McCartney (ex-J.R., ALL MY CHILDREN) got engaged to his girlfriend, Katie Peterson, on Friday. The couple have been together for seven years. McCartney shared a shot of himself kissing his bride-to-be with the caption, “Locked it up!” He then followed it up with a photo of a shocked Katie with the ring on, posting, “Katie McCartney has a nice ring to it.” Congratulations to the happy couple!
Cameron Mathison Medical Update(9/13/19) Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, ALL MY CHILDREN) posted an update on his fight against kidney cancer this morning and shared a shot from his hospital bed surrounded by his children, Leila and Lucas. “Feeling loved and supported by my family and friends, including each and everyone of you,” he wrote on social media. “I’ve been very overwhelmed and so grateful for all of the supportive comments and prayers. The surgery went very well. The tumor is gone and I even got to keep 80% of my kidney?? We are all optimistic. Keep you updated. So grateful for all of you ??”
Amanda Seyfried In Talks To Star In ‘Things Heard & Seen’ Film For Netflix(9/13/19) Mamma Mia! star Amanda Seyfried is in negotiations to topline the Netflix film, Things Heard & Seen, which is being directed by American Splendor helmers Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman.
The pic is an adaptation of the book All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage. It follows recent transplants to a small town who find their new home is cursed by the tragic murders of its former owners. As one haunted secret peels away to uncover others, their marriage reveals itself to have a sinister darkness of its own.
Pulcini and Berman will adapt the screenplay, while Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman, Stefanie Azpiazu and Peter Cron will produce with Julie Cohen.
Production is slated to take place Hudson Valley, New York next month.
Tonya Pinkins on Madam Secretary 10/6/19(9/13/19) “Hail to the Chief” – Elizabeth must fend off a baseless investigation into her past that threatens to derail the first major legislation of her presidency, on the sixth season premiere of MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, Oct. 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Also, First Gentleman Henry squirms after his appearance on THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT (with guest star Stephen Colbert) results in heightened scrutiny of the romance in the First Couple’s marriage. Wentworth Miller guest stars as Senator Mark Hanson, a canny political operator.
GUEST CAST includes: Stephen Colbert (Himself), Wentworth Miller (Senator Mark Hanson), Tonya Pinkins (Susan Thompson).
AMC Alum Cameron Mathison Shares Cancer Diagnosis(9/11/19) Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, ALL MY CHILDREN) has been diagnosed with kidney cancer, he shared on his talk show, HOME & FAMILY, and on social media. In his post, Mathison reported, “About a month ago, I had an MRI for some gut issues I’ve been having, and during that MRI they found a tumor on my right kidney. It’s consistent with Renal Cell Carcinoma … or kidney cancer. The good news is that it hasn’t spread to any other organs???? They say my healthy lifestyle and diet has no doubt helped keep it from growing and spreading to other areas, as doctors think it’s been growing in me for minimum 10 years????. I am extremely lucky that we found it early.” He thanked his doctor and his family, saying, “[wife] Vanessa, [kids] Lucas and Leila have been absolutely amazing with their love and support… as have my mom, dad, brother, and everyone at Home and Family, Hallmark, and ET?? My surgery is scheduled on September 12th, I was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with, on 9/12 (my surgery is at 1pm PST) ????.” He concluded, “Feeling very grateful and optimistic!!
Dirty John Season 2: Amanda Peet and Christian Slater Set to Star, Succeeding Connie Britton and Eric Bana(9/10/19) Dirty John has found a new tainted love to embrace — and a new set of stars to bring it to life.
TVLine has learned that TV vets Amanda Peet (Brockmire) and Christian Slater (Mr. Robot) have been tapped to headline Season 2 of the USA Network-bound anthology thriller, succeeding Season 1 leads Connie Britton and Eric Bana. Additionally, we can confirm that the new season will be based on the sordid real-life tale involving suburban housewife Betty Broderick, who in 1989 was convicted of killing her ex-husband and his second wife.
Bearing the new title Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story, Season 2 will unpack Broderick’s “epic true tale of love gone wrong — a story that spans the 1960s to the ’80s, through the breakdown of a marriage that Oprah deemed one of ‘America’s messiest divorces’ even before it ended in double homicide,” per the official logline.
Peet will portray Broderick, described as the “perfect Southern California blonde wife and mother.” Slater, meanwhile, will play her immensely charming — and ill-fated — husband Daniel. The gig keeps Slater in the USA Network fold following his four-season run on Mr. Robot, which kicks off its final season on Oct. 6.
Back in May, shortly after Dirty John was renewed for a second season, it was announced that the series would shift from Bravo (its Season 1 home) to sister NBC Universal cabler USA Network. Dirty John was a breakout hit for Bravo, finishing its rookie run as one of last year’s top 10 cable scripted shows in the 18-49 demo.
‘Little Fires Everywhere’: Obba Babatundé To Recur In Hulu Series(9/10/19) Daytime Emmy winner Obba Babatundé (Dear White People) is set for a recurring role opposite Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Rosemarie DeWitt and Joshua Jackson in Little Fires Everywhere, Hulu’s upcoming limited series based on Celeste Ng’s bestselling book.
Developed and written by Casual‘s Liz Tigelaar, the series hails from Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, Washington’s Simpson Street and ABC Signature Studios. Little Fires Everywhere follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. The story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
Babatundé will play George Wright, a devoutly religious father of two who does his best to support his strong-willed daughter Mia (Kerry Washington) as she heads off to art school. But when his daughter’s decisions conflict with his morals, George finds himself having to make a choice that he was never prepared to.
Jade Pettyjohn (Lexie Richardson), Jordan Elsass (Trip Richardson), Gavin Lewis (Moody Richardson), Megan Stott (Izzy Richardson), and Lexi Underwood (Pearl Warren) also star.
Babatundé will be returning to Season 3 of the CBS drama series S.W.A.T. in his recurring role of Daniel Harrelson Sr., the father of Hondo (Shemar Moore). He also stars as Dean Fairbanks in Season 3 of Netflix’s drama Dear White People.
Babatunde’ won a 2016 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Julius Avant on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful and received a Supporting Actor Primetime Emmy nomination for his role in the HBO drama Miss Ever’s Boys. Babatundé is repped by Artists & Representatives.
Michael B. Jordan reveals his superhero at Toronto film fest(9/8/19) They may be two of the hottest names in Hollywood, but Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx bonded on playing mere mortals in the Q&A after their new movie, “Just Mercy,” at the Toronto Film Festival on Friday.
Jordan, who’s a sweat-glistened stunner as Adonis Johnson in the “Creed” movies and as antihero Erik Killmonger in “Black Panther,” talked about suiting up (literally) to play crusading Alabama lawyer Bryan Stevenson in the heartbreaking courtroom drama “Just Mercy,” directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (“Short Term Twelve”).
Clad in a glittering overcoat for the film’s premiere night at the film fest, Jordan cut a glam figure as he talked about getting into character to play Stevenson.
“He’s a real life superhero for me,” Jordan told the crowd at Toronto’s Elgin Theater. “It was very intimidating. I felt like I had a lot of pressure to get it right. I get emotional thinking about it. Because I think this is gonna help him fight the fight … I lost my words.”
In the film, Jordan-as-Stevenson forgoes a tony law career after a Harvard education to move to Alabama to defend men on death row he believes have been wrongly accused. One of them, Walter McMillian, is played in the film by Oscar winner Foxx.
“When they asked me to get into the skin of Walter McMillian, which any black man will tell you… I understand what it is to be called [N-word],” Foxx told the audience. “I come from a small town in Texas. In 2008 there was a young man named Barack Obama … in my town, the newspaper’s only six pages, and [his win] was not on the front page of our paper. So I understand what Walter was feeling.”
Foxx went on to say that despite his A-lister status, he still looks over his shoulder when he sees blue lights in the rearview mirror. “Even today. if I’m driving in my nice car, if I see a policeman — not to demonize all policemen — I still feel like something could happen,” he said.
Talk Show Appearance(9/7/19) Tamron Hall – Syndicated
AIRING Sep 13, 2019
Actress Susan Lucci
Dishing With Digest - 9/6/19 - Vincent Irizarry(9/6/19) (Listen / download) B&B’s Vincent Irizarry Chronicles Soap Journey.
Vincent Irizarry takes a deep dive into his daytime journey, from GUIDING LIGHT’s Lujack to B&B’s Jordan, recalls a memorable encounter with Marisa Tomei, his prime-time successes and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky.
‘A Mouthful Of Air’: Amanda Seyfried, Finn Wittrock, Paul Giamatti, Amy Irving & Jennifer Carpenter Set For Maven Pictures Drama(9/5/19) Production gets underway next week in the U.S. on feature drama A Mouthful Of Air, starring Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!), Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story), Amy Irving (Yentl), Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) and Paul Giamatti (Sideways).
Written and directed by Amy Koppelman (I Smile Back) and based on Koppelman’s novel of the same name, the script is a character piece examining the relationship between the creative process and mental illness. Seyfried will star as Julie, a new mom and children’s book author, who escapes into the bright Crayola colored world of her creation in order to leave behind the darkness caused by her post partum depression.
Wittrock will play Ethan, Julie’s husband. Irving will play Julie’s mother, Carpenter will play her sister in law and Giamatti will play her doctor.
The film is being produced by Mike Harrop, Koppelman, Seyfried, Lee Cohen MD and Maven Pictures’ Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler. Jenny Halper brought the project into Maven. Cinetic arranged financing and is repping North America.
Frankie DeMarco (All Is Lost) is the DP. Mark Samsonovich, who designed the animated segments for We The Animals, is working with Koppelman on the animation.
Maven is heading to TIFF this year the Marc Meyers’ remake Human Capital, scripted by Oren Moverman and starring Liev Schreiber, Marisa Tomei, Peter Sarsgaard, Maya Hawke, Fred Hechinger, Betty Gabriel and Alex Wolff.
Seyfried recently starred alongside Milo Ventimiglia in Simon Curtis’ adaptation of The Art Of Racing In The Rain. Next year, she will star opposite Kevin Bacon in David Koepp’s You Should Have Left. She will also lend her voice to the Warner Bros animated film Scoob. She is repped by Innovative and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein and Selz.
Wittrock will next be seen starring in Judy opposite Renee Zellweger, Semper Fi alongside Jai Courtney and Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series Ratched. He is represented by James Weissenbach and CAA.
‘Just Mercy’ Trailer: Real-Life Story Makes Case That “We Can Change This World For The Better”(9/4/19) (Video) Warner Bros has released the official trailer for Just Mercy, the uplifting awards-season drama starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.
Jordan plays young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and the pic follows Stevenson’s real-life battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, he had his pick of lucrative jobs but heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal (Tim Blake Nelson) with a motive to lie.
In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.
Cretton co-wrote the pic with Andrew Lanham based on Stevenson’s bestselling memoir. Rob Morgan, Rafe Spall, O’Shea Jackson Jr and Karan Kendrick also star.
Gil Netter and Jordan are producers on the pic, which Warner Bros will release in limited theaters on December 25 before taking it wide January 10, 2020. Stevenson, Mike Drake, Niija Kuykendall, Gabriel Hammond, Daniel Hammond, Scott Budnick, Jeff Skoll and Charles D. King are executive producers.
Check out the trailer above.
Kelly Ripa Opens Up About the Unexpected Emotional Impact of Dropping Off Daughter Lola at College(9/3/19) Kelly Ripa is reminiscing on her daughter Lola‘s first college drop-off — and the impact it had on their family.
During Tuesday’s episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, the mother of three, 48, opened up about helping Lola, 18, move into her dorm and leaving her at New York University for the very first time.
For the milestone event, which occurred over the Aug. 24-25 weekend, Ripa said she was joined by her husband Mark Consuelos and their youngest son Joaquin, 16. (The couple’s eldest son, Michael, 22, also attends NYU and was moving into his own apartment in the Big Apple.)
But while Ripa expected the drop-off to be emotional for her and Consuelos, she was particularly taken aback at how much it affected her younger two children, who are only 20 months apart.
“We moved Lola into her dorm and it’s one of those things that you don’t realize how close [the kids are],” Ripa admitted. “The younger two are really close in age. Like, I didn’t even know I was pregnant with the third one because I was still nursing the second one!”
“I just assumed that, you know, I was just gaining weight from nursing. I was that one person who was gaining weight from nursing,” Ripa continued. “So they really are very, very close and I didn’t realize how close they were until it was time to say goodbye.”
The talk show co-host went on to share a number of photos from the drop-off, including one of Lola in her new dorm — complete with ombre pink bedding and her “old school” refrigerator, which Ripa said “looks like it’s from the ’50s.”
“She has four roommates so it’s quite crowded in there,” Ripa shared of the room. “[They] all just met, it’s all brand new. Scary and exciting … The room is so tiny, you just forget how tiny it is!”
Other photos featured an “overwhelmed” Joaquin sleeping on his sister’s bed as the family continued to set up the “tiny” dorm room, a sweet group shot of Lola with her parents, and a touching snap of Joaquin and Lola hugging as they said goodbye.
Aside from the sentimental moments, Ripa said there were plenty of jokes to go around.
The mom of three revealed that her husband’s words of wisdom to his only daughter prior to leaving were: “Don’t forget to get the syllabus, the syllabus is your best friend! Let the syllabus be your guiding light [and] time management is your friend.”
As for whether or not Ripa and Consuelos shed any tears at the final goodbye?
“There weren’t real tears but there were lots of ‘Don’t think I’m gonna be home before Thanksgiving because I’m not. I’m not gonna be home before Thanksgiving. You won’t see me before Thanksgiving,'” Ripa said, mimicking Lola.
“To that, I said, ‘I’ll see you in four hours when you come home because you don’t know how to use the washing machine!'” the actress quipped.
From left: Mark Consuelos, Kelly Ripa, Lola, Michael, and Joaquin | Kelly Ripa/Instagram
This isn’t the first time that Ripa has opened up about leaving her daughter at college.
Late last month, Ripa and Consuelos helped Lola moved into her dorm and commemorated the moment with a sweet photo on Instagram.
“The nest is getting roomy…??,” Ripa captioned a heartwarming photo of herself giving her second-born a hug and kiss during the drop-off.
Consuelos, 48, also shared the same photo of his two ladies, writing, “2 down… 1 to go…????????.”
A few days prior to dropping Lola off at her new home, the mom of three shared an emotional throwback of her daughter.
In the Instagram post, a young Ripa and her husband cradle their then-newborn daughter at her christening in 2001 — both parents looking down lovingly at their baby girl.
She included the fitting Throwback Thursday hashtag, writing, “#tbt 2001 from your Christening to college. In the blink of an eye. I’m not crying. You’re crying ?? (actually Daddy’s sobbing) ??.”
The Riverdale star confirmed Ripa’s caption by commenting a crying face emoji on the post, accompanied by hearts.
Aside from her college departure, the proud parents have also recently shared moments from other big milestone events in Lola’s life, like her senior prom and graduation.
Ripa later revealed that Lola made alterations to her emerald prom dress designed by New York-based tailor Raza Wijdan “behind [their] backs,” adding, “That’s why the girls are fully on display.”
Dishing with Digest - 8/30/19 - Robin Strasser(8/30/19) Robin Strasser Previews DAYS Debut (Listen / download).
Robin Strasser talks about her new role as DAYS’s Vivian, her memories of playing ANOTHER WORLD’s Rachel and ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Dorian and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also preview the big soap stories coming for fall.
Christian Slater and wife welcome daughter(8/30/19) Christian Slater has welcomed a daughter with his wife of five years, Brittany Lopez, Page Six has confirmed.
This is the first child for the “Mr. Robot” star and his wife.
Slater, 50, is already a dad to 20-year-old Jaden Christopher and 18-year-old Eliana Sophia with ex-wife Ryan Haddon.
Slater and Lopez were married in December 2013 after three years of dating. They tied the knot in an impromptu ceremony at the Coral Gables, Fla. courthouse.
People was first to report the baby news.
Obba Babatundé Recurs On S.W.A.T. 10/2/19(8/28/19) “Fire in the Sky” – The SWAT team works with Lieutenant Piper Lynch (Amy Farrington), a senior LAPD Hollywood Division officer, when the mayor assigns her to oversee city departments joining forces to stop a serial bomber using drones as detonation devices. Also, just as Hondo settles into legal guardianship of his teen charge, Darryl (Deshae Frost), his home life becomes more complicated when his estranged father (Obba Babatundé) unexpectedly moves in, on the third season premiere of S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Oct. 2 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 8/26/19 - The Return Of AMC & OLTL?(8/26/19) (Listen / download) Could All My Children and One Life To Live really be making a second return from the great soap graveyard in the sky? On this week’s episode of the Soaps in Depth podcast, hosts Charlie Mason and Richard Simms ask that very question. From what form the shows might take to where they could wind up airing, they look at the rumors, the facts and throw in a little speculation of their own. Plus, what characters and stories they’d make central in a potential reboot, and what soap tropes they would try to put to rest! All this and more on the latest episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast.
Colin Egglesfield Opens Up About Facing Testicular Cancer 13 Years Ago(8/25/19) (people.com) Now that actor Colin Egglesfield is officially cancer-free, he wants to inspire others who may be going through health crises.
The All My Children star, 46, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2006 just months after he began his role as Josh Madden on the soap opera, he told Fox News in a new interview.
He admitted when he first started to notice his symptoms, it wasn’t something he wanted to open up about. “It’s not something that men normally like to talk about, and for the longest time, I didn’t want to talk about it because it’s something very personal,” said Egglesfield.
“I just noticed that my left testicle had swelled up, and I went to see the doctor and he said that we needed to do some tests, ultrasound, a blood test. And they discovered that it was at a pretty advanced stage, and did the surgery and found that some of the cancer cells had gone through the veins and arteries to the kidneys,” he continued to tell Fox News.
A year into his initial diagnosis, Egglesfield shared, the doctors found that the cancer had spread to his other testicle despite going through surgery to remove it.
Luckily, Egglesfield recovered — and has turned his story into a call to action, now volunteering with St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Egglesfield shared that he is able to easily relate to the children and families going through similar treatments.
His work also inspired him to write his new book, Agile Artist: Life Lessons from Hollywood and Beyond, which details his health journey and was released in June.
“This was 13 years ago, so thankfully I am cancer-free,” he told Fox News in the new interview. “I feel like at this point in my life, it made sense to put it down on paper.”
In the book, Egglesfield said he talks about “how to go after what really matters to you in life,” and also overcoming “challenges.”
Sarah Michelle Gellar to Headline Fox Dramedy Series From Ringer Creators(8/23/19) Fox could soon be staging a reunion (of sorts) for the one-and-done drama series Ringer. Sarah Michelle Gellar is reteaming with the show’s co-creators for Other People’s Houses, a dramedy currently in development.
Gellar is slated to star in and exec-produce the potential series, which is described as a cross between Big Little Lies and Catastrophe. Based on Abbi Waxman’s 2018 novel, the project follows nine people living in the quiet, affluent Los Angeles neighborhood of Larchmont Village. Through the lens of social media, the characters will navigate emotional ups and downs “as they try to figure out their lives as partners, parents, friends and neighbors,” the logline reads. Gellar will portray Anne Porter, a working mom and social media influencer who is at the center of the neighborhood’s drama. She’ll serve as an EP alongside Ringer bosses Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder, as well as Neil Meron, best known for NBC’s recent live musical productions.
Other People’s Houses would mark Gellar’s first regular primetime gig since the 2013 CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones, which was cancelled after one season. More recently, she’s lent her voice to Star Wars Rebels and Robot Chicken, and she made a brief cameo in The Big Bang Theory‘s series finale in May. Gellar was also attached to star in the limited series Sometimes I Lie, announced in January, though there’s currently no word on whether the project is moving forward.
Christian Slater, YaYa Gosselin, Akira Akbar, Pedro Pascal And More Join Robert Rodriguez’s ‘We Can Be Heroes’ At Netflix(8/22/19) Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming superhero pic We Can Be Heroes has justed added a flood of talent to their robust ensemble. Christian Slater (Mr. Robot, The Wife), YaYa Gosselin (FBI Most Wanted, The Purge), Akira Akbar (Captain Marvel, This Is Us) and Pedro Pascal (Narcos, Wonder Woman 1984) are set for the movie which is currently shooting in Texas.
The pic follows the children of Earth’s superheroes after their parents have been kidnapped by alien invaders. The children must team up and learn to work together if they want to save their parents and the world.
In addition to Slater, Gosselin, Akbar and the previously announced Priyanka Chopra-Jonas, the pic will also feature Andrew Diaz, Andy Walken (The Kids are Alright, A Christmas Story Live!), Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Hala Finley (Man with a Plan, Backroads) Isaiah Russell-Bailey (Family Reunion, SWAT), Lotus Blossom (Magic Max), Lyon Daniels (Patriot), Nathan Blair (Best. Worst. Weekend. Ever.), Sung Kang (Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift, Better Luck Tomorrow),Vivien Lyra Blair (Bird Box, Waco), Adriana Barraza (Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Babel, Cake, Penny Dreadful), Brittany Perry-Russell (13 Reasons Why) and Christopher McDonald (Mr. Iglesias, Wetlands).
Rodriguez, a genre-centric filmmaker, isn’t a stranger to action pics starring kids. He previously directed, wrote, and produced the Spy Kids franchise as well as the superhero pic The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. He also recently directed Alita: Battle Angel as well as Sin City and the follow-up Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
General Hospital Casts All My Children Vet Michael E. Knight in Mystery Role(8/21/19) Now this is more than a tad interesting: All My Children vet Michael E. Knight has been cast on ABC’s sole surviving sudser, General Hospital.
SoapOperaDigest.com first reported the news.
No details on Knight’s GH role are being made available; TVLine hears, though, that he will begin taping scenes when the soap returns from its mid-summer production hiatus.
A seven-time Daytime Emmy nominee — and three-time winner — during his AMC run, Knight first played Tad “the Cad” Martin in 1982, and save for the occasional break stuck with the soap through both its ABC and online revival finales. (He also played Ted Orsini on AMC, but… we don’t really talk about that.)
In addition to his time as AMC‘s Tad, Knight’s previous TV credits include The Young and the Restless (where in 2015-16 he played Dr. Simon Neville) plus episodes of NCIS, Drop Dead Diva and Hot in Cleveland (as himself).
Vincent Irizarry Opens up About Joining THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL(8/21/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) As the fallout surrounding the baby-switch storyline continues, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL has tapped veteran daytime actor Vincent Irizarry to lend a bit more intrigue in the recurring role of Dr. Jordan Armstrong. He will first air on Monday, August 26, and for the sake of the Forrester and Logan families, let’s hope his character is more ethical than Reese, the physician who originally set this storyline in motion! Then again, considering the last doctor Irizarry played (ALL MY CHILDREN’s David Hayward) was pretty treacherous, it’s anyone’s guess what we should expect from his new role! “I’m open to whatever they throw my way. We’ll leave it at that,” teased Irizarry, who also played SANTA BARBARA doctor Scott Clark.
Though the Emmy winner is a well-established face in daytime, he starts every new character he plays with a blank slate. “Even though I’ve played a doctor before, it’s not like Jordan is going to be exactly like David, because the backstory always informs who the character is,” he said. “I never worry about having to bring something different [to my portrayal] — it all stems from who the guy is and where he comes from.”
Meanwhile, Irizarry is thrilled to be back working with former AMC colleague Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) and regularly bumping into old castmates from THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, as the soaps tape across the hall from each other. “It’s like one huge repertory company with all of these shows at this point,” he mused. “I’ve been in this medium for nearly 40 years, so I’ve worked with so many people, not only the actors on the show but also people on the crew and production throughout all these years. It’s great!”
Stay tuned to see how Jordan impacts the canvas.
Randall Emmett’s ex slams Lala Kent for sharing pics of her kids on Instagram(8/21/19) There’s drama brewing between Lala Kent and her fiancé’s ex-wife, actress Ambyr Childers.
Childers, who shares two daughters with Kent’s soon-to-be husband, Randall Emmett, called out the 29-year-old “Vanderpump Rules” star for posting a batch of videos and photos of their girls on her Instagram story on Monday.
“Since you don’t want to answer my text messages, I’ll try here,” Childers wrote on her own Instagram story, strangely alongside a photo of her daughter. “LaLa, I appreciate your love towards my children but until you’re officially their stepmother please refrain from posting my children on social media! I hope [you] understand where I’m coming from. Many thanks.”
Kent who posted pics and videos of numerous activities with their daughters — London, 9, and Rylee, 5 — including hanging by the pool, working out and drawing, seemed undeterred by the warning as she was joined by the two girls in a selfie video on Tuesday.
The latest video was followed by another clip of Emmett talking to the camera — perhaps Kent has his approval to post.
The couple got engaged last year and have set a date to say “I do” in 2020.
Childers most recently starred in Netflix’s “You” and also has a jewelry company.
Réal Andrews Books an 'Amazing' New Role!(8/21/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Réal Andrews (ex-Taggert) on booking his first role in his "Hollywood comeback!" "Audition number one booked!" he announced on Instagram. "Boom! The comeback is happening. We are one for one, booked our first audition, a really cool feature." Unfortunately, details of exactly what his role is are not yet available. "We're not allowed to share the title," the actor admitted, "with the power of social media these days. But I can tell you this, it's a really, really amazing part."
Andrews also began getting back in shape a couple months ago, dropping the pounds and putting back on the muscle, so it's a full-on transformation for the daytime vet, who has also appeared on AS THE WORLD TURNS as Walker Daniels, ALL MY CHILDREN as Agent Trumbull, and DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Hal Michaels. Of course, GH fans remember him fondly as Detective Marcus Taggart, the role he played from 1998-2003. "So grateful to my amazing agent, Paula Benard at Embrace Real Artists, and my buddy, Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH), for his support and coaching," the actor added. "A special shout out to all of you for support and prayers. Next, on to the next audition."
And sure enough, the following day, the dedicated performer shared a photo of his new script pages from VisionFire Films perched on his workout equipment so he could study his lines while at the gym! "Working on my next two auditions," he revealed.
Naturally, we'll keep you updated as Andrews releases any further details about his upcoming projects, so you can be sure to watch him back in action! And for more on your favorite GH stars — past and present — keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.
Dishing with Digest - 8/16/19 - Eva La Rue(8/16/19) Eva La Rue On Y&R Present And AMC Past (Listen / download).
Eva La Rue talks about her latest role as Y&R's Celeste, shares her memories of All My Children, jokes about the book she'll write with Kelly Ripa and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the latest dual roles on daytime and how actors feel about playing them.
‘Coming 2 America’ Sequel: Shari Headley Officially Returning(8/13/19) Shari Headley rounds out core cast of the original Coming to America film set to return for Paramount’s sequel. She’ll reprise her role as Lisa McDowell, the love interest and eventual wife to Eddie Murphy’s Prince Akeem. Returning from the original in addition to Murphy and Headley are Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Paul Bates, and John Amos.
Wesley Snipes, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Rick Ross, and KiKi Layne also co-star in the Craig Brewer-directed pic.
Slated to hit theaters December 18 of next year, the plot follows former Prince Akeem who is set to become King of Zamunda when he discovers he has a son he never knew about in America – a street-savvy Queens native named Lavelle. Honoring his father’s dying wish to groom this son as the crowned prince, Akeem and Semmi set off to America. Murphy is producing with Kevin Misher and Kenya Barris.
Headley credits include OWN’s The Haves and the Have Nots, Fox’s Star, and Sony’s Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. She next appears in Showtime’s new dark comedy series, On Becoming a God in Central Florida, with Kirsten Dunst.
Michael B. Jordan stops for late-night tacos in Miami(8/13/19) Michael B. Jordan had a bad queso the munchies.
The “Creed” star was seen grabbing late-night tacos at Keith Menin’s joint Bodega Taqueria y Tequila on Saturday, an insider told Page Six.
We hear 32-year-old Jordan, dressed in shorts and a t-shirt, rolled up to the casual taco shack at around 1 a.m. in a black SUV accompanied by his bodyguard and four friends.
“He was hanging out like a regular dude with his friends,” and “chowed down on a plethora of tacos, burritos, guacamole, and, of course, frozen margaritas,” said the insider.
Meanwhile, a spy told us “a lot of girls noticed him,” and as they walked by, the actor “flashed each one his famous smile.”
“He was being friendly, smiling back saying hi,” said the spy. “Very low key. Very nice all around.”
Jordan made his exit at around 2:30 a.m.
That '70s Show Reunion! Debra Jo Rupp to Join Kurtwood Smith in ABC Pilot(8/11/19) We’re all alright after hearing this casting news: Debra Jo Rupp is reuniting with her That ’70s Show husband Kurtwood Smith for an ABC comedy pilot.
The untitled pilot stars stand-up comic Nate Bargatze and follows him and his wife Laura (played by The League‘s Katie Aselton) as they move with their six-year-old daughter from California to Nate’s hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. “They find the pursuit of a simple life to be much more complicated than they imagined,” according to the official description. Rupp and Smith will play Nate’s parents, who still live in Nashville.
Rupp and Smith, of course, already spent eight seasons as TV husband and wife on Fox’s That ’70s Show, playing Eric’s parents Kitty and Red Foreman. The hit sitcom went off the air in 2006.
Since then, Rupp has appeared on This Is Us, The Ranch (reuniting with Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson), NCIS: Los Angeles, Elementary and Hart of Dixie.
Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin & Christian Slater To Star In ‘Dr. Death’, UCP Limited Series Based On Podcast(8/9/19) “First do no harm.” Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater are set to star in Dr. Death, a limited drama series from UCP based on the Wondery podcast about a sinister doctor who treats his Hippocratic Oath about the same way he treats his patients.
With the high-caliber talent on board, UCP is shopping the project to networks and streaming platforms. The studio took the same approach with two other series based on podcasts, Homecoming, which was sold to Amazon with Julia Roberts attached, and Dirty John, which landed at Bravo with Connie Britton in negotiations to star. Both those projects scored two-season pickups.
Dr. Death explores the twisted mind of a sociopath and the gross negligence of the system designed to protect the most defenseless among us. It tells the disturbing true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Dornan), a rising star in the Dallas medical community. Young, charismatic and ostensibly brilliant, he was building a flourishing neurosurgery practice when everything suddenly changed. Patients entered his operating room for complex but routine spinal surgeries and left permanently maimed or dead. As victims piled up, two fellow surgeons (Baldwin and Slater) and a young Assistant District Attorney set out to stop him.
Baldwin plays Robert Henderson, a quiet, deliberative and methodical neurosurgeon who believes wholeheartedly both in the system in which he rose through the ranks and that anything worth doing shouldn’t be rushed. It should be gotten right. Slater is vascular surgeon Randall Kirby, who, on the other hand, is brash, impulsive and more than willing to burn that system to the ground in the name of justice. There’s a time and a place for deliberation and there’s a time and a place to just get things done.
Together, they form something of a Woodward-and-Bernstein duo who constantly will be at odds in terms of their personalities and their methods but on the exact same page as it relates to their endgame.
Dr. Death is executive produced by Patrick Macmanus (Happy!) under his overall deal with UCP, the studio behind The Act, Homecoming and Dirty John, which is shopping the project. Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch executive produce via Escape Artists, as well as Hernan Lopez and Marshall Lewy of Wondery, whose Dr. Death podcast has been heard by more than 50 million people.
UCP acquired the rights to Dr. Death before the podcast had premiered.
Dornan is repped by UTA, Troika and Sloane Offer; Baldwin with CAA and Cavalry Media; and Slater is repped by UTA. Wondery and Escape Artists are with UTA.
Netflix Orders ‘Tiny Pretty Things’ Ballet Drama Series Based On Book; Sets Main Cast(8/6/19) Netflix has given a 10-episode order to Tiny Pretty Things, an hourlong drama series based on the book by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, from writer Michael MacLennan (Bomb Girls,The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco), Insurrection Media, Mojo Films and Peacock Alley. The Internet TV network also has announced the series regular cast with shooting currently underway in Toronto for a 2020 premiere.
Cast includes Lauren Holly (Designated Survivor, Dumb and Dumber), Kylie Jefferson (Davido’s Fall, SchoolboyQ’s Chopstix), Casimere Jollette (Code Black, Dirty John), Daniela Norman (Cats), Brennan Clost (The Next Step, Creeped Out), Michael Hsu Rosen (Jessica Jones, Broadway’s Torch Song), Damon J. Gillespie (Rise, The Society), Bayardo De Murguia (Shooter, Hombre), Barton Cowperthwaite (Center Stage: On Pointe, Fosse/Verdon), Tory Trowbridge (Broadway’s The Cher Show, American in Paris) and Jess Salgueiro (The Boys, Letterkenny).
Written by MacLennan based on the book, Tiny Pretty Things is set in the world of an elite ballet academy and charts the rise and fall of young adults who live far from their homes, each standing on the verge of greatness or ruin. As Chicago’s only elite dance school, the Archer School of Ballet serves as the company school for the city’s renowned professional company: City Works Ballet. The Archer School is an oasis for an array of dancers: rich and poor, from north and south, and a range of backgrounds. Yet they all share a rare talent and passion for dance, a loyal sense of community… and when it comes to their dreams, no Plan B.
MacLennan also serves as showrunner and executive produces with Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, Jordanna Fraiberg, and Deborah Henderson of Insurrection Media, Gary Fleder, who directs the first episode, and Gabrielle Neimand of Mojo Films, and Carrie Mudd of Peacock Alley.
Insurrection had optioned the book through its strategic relationship with the publisher HarperCollins and spent a year developing the project before taking it to Netflix. Insurrection put together the creative team, including showrunner MacLennan and Fleder.
Holly portrays Monique, a former dancer turned The Archer School director. Driven by ambition and a true belief in ASB’s value, Monique holds unique power over the school, using her dark capacities not only to defend her institution, but also to bring about the best in her students regardless of her means.
Jefferson plays Neveah, the rebel with raw talent and fierce determination who looks to rise above her roots and find a future in the world of ballet laurent without losing her unique and fiery approach to dance. Neveah is staring down the greatest opportunity of her life – a chance to be a student of the Archer School of Ballet as a last-minute replacement.
Jollette is Bette, a ruthlessly perfect, supremely confident, ambitious “music box ballerina.” She’s rich but not entitled, works harder than anyone else –due in part to spending her life playing second fiddle to her older sister Delia.
Norman plays June, a sweet and petite dancer raised by a strict businesswoman mother. The Archer School of Ballet is the only place she feels like she belongs. After what feels like a lifetime playing back-up, she is ready to earn her time in the spotlight, proving to her mother that ballet is where she belongs.
Clost portrays Shane, stacked and fiery, from a small town, he grew up tormented for loving dance, and has become a hot-headed scrapper – and his family’s greatest hope.
Rosen is Nabil, a man with the swagger of Baryshnikov and the cold eyes of a potential killer. This new recruit is worldly, strange, and has a wicked technique. Born in Malaysia before moving to Paris, Nabil comes with intimidating levels of power and potential.
Gillespie plays Caleb, a lean and handsome dancer who uses his ready humor and undeniable talent, in order to mask his struggles with a profound loss — and a secret that could unravel the institution.
De Murguia portrays Ramon, a lean god with a deep baritone, Ramon is a former bad-boy dancer turned visionary choreographer. He’s not big on criticism, especially from students, which produces friction within the Archer School of Ballet and with his girlfriend and muse of the moment, Delia.
Cowperthwaite plays Oren, a strapping prince of a man, wealth and good looks gave him great roles, Bette as a girlfriend, and primed him for success, but beneath this veneer lies crippling anxiety, a dysfunctional obsession with his body, and a need for physical perfection.
Trowbridge is Delia, Bette’s older sister, and dancer of supreme caliber and beauty, Delia is the Whitlaw Family’s first prodigy, returning to Chicago after two years dancing abroad. With her newfound success, Delia relishes her new role as a diva, triumphantly returning to the school that scorned her when she was a student.
Salgueiro plays Isabel, a cop with a dancer’s ram-rod discipline from two tours of duty in Afghanistan before she traded in one uniform for another. With her ambition and keen moral compass, she’s uniquely qualified to search for the truth of what happened during a mysterious accident at the Academy.
De Murguia is repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment and GVA Talent. Gillespie is repped by Gray Talent Group. Salgueiro is repped by Echo Lake Entertainment and GGA. Cowperthwaite is repped by Lakey Wolff & Company and Peikoff Mahan. Trowbridge is repped by Bernard F. Bunye of Forte Artist Management and Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates. Holly is repped by Gilbertson Entertainment, The Characters Talent Agency and Mavrick Artists Agency. Jollette is repped by Luber Roklin and Management by Morgan. Rosen is with CESD and TMT Entertainment Group. Jefferson is repped by Julie Medeiros at GTA. MacLennan is repped by Kaplan/Perrone.
Rebecca Budig Reflects on Leo and Greenlee's Tragic End on ALL MY CHILDREN(8/5/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) It’s hard to think about ALL MY CHILDREN’s young Greenlee without also remembering the yin to her yang, Leo. “I really loved the sense of humor and passion in their relationship,” Rebecca Budig (Greenlee; now Hayden, GENERAL HOSPITAL) recalled to Soaps In Depth. “It was natural between them.” Having developed a friendly rapport while Greenlee was entangled with Jake and Leo remained in a marriage of mercy with a dying Laura, the lovelorn duo breathed a sigh of relief when they were finally free to be together.
Alas, more obstacles — amongst them, Leo’s maniacal mom, Vanessa — got in the way. In fact, it was in trying to save a kidnapped Greenlee from her that Leo died tragically. Rather than giving Vanessa the diamonds demanded in exchange for his lady love's release, Leo dropped them one by one over Miller's Falls. The day those scenes were taped remains burned in Budig’s memory. “Josh [Duhamel, Leo] came to my room to run lines, and he was like, ‘I can’t do this.’ We couldn’t even look at each other,” she confided. “I’d woken up that morning crying because it was so painful to think of saying goodbye to him, and I couldn’t stop. It was crazy!"
Summoning their courage, the actors took their places on the realistic outdoor set that had been built. Just as Leo’s instinct had been to protect Greenlee by struggling for Vanessa’s gun — inadvertently plunging over the falls with her as a result — Greenlee’s instinct was to protect her guy. The difference was, Leo’s brother, Trey, pulled her to safety. “I was really hanging from that thing, which was great because it helped,” Budig reflected. “It was high up enough that it felt like I was really watching someone go over a cliff. It was horrifying!” As it turned out, Greenlee wasn’t the only one left bereft in the aftermath. “Oh God, I was exhausted!” Budig shares. “When you cry, it doesn’t matter if you’re acting or not. You’re still crying, and your body is telling you that you’re sad. I was depressed for a week!”
Unlike her character, Budig got to keep Duhamel in her life beyond that fateful event, and, though he’s gone on to star in such movies as Transformers and Love, Simon, they remain connected to this day. “We text occasionally, and we met once with our kids,” she revealed. “He’s still lovely as can be. He’s still the same Josh!” The actress went on to be paired with one leading man after another during her 11 years of playing Greenlee. But there’s just something about that romance with Leo that stands out, she maintains. “With him, it was hot, fiery and passionate.”
‘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.
Morning Show Appearance(8/5/19) Today – NBC
Thursday, August 8
(9-10 a.m.) Heart Smarts with Susan Lucci.
Talk Show Appearance(8/2/19) LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS - NBC
Wednesday, August 7: Guests Amanda Seyfried
Melissa Leo, Michael K. Williams, Frank Grillo, Alice Englert And Jack Kilmer Set For Crime Thriller ‘Body Brokers’(7/31/19) John Swab’s forthcoming crime thriller Body Brokers has set an impressive roster for its cast including Academy Award-winning actress Melissa Leo (ex-Linda, All My Children), Emmy nominated actor Michael K. Williams (When They See Us, The Wire), Frank Grillo (ex-Hart, The Guiding Light) Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures, Them That Follow) and Jack Kilmer (The Nice Guys, The Stanford Prison Experiment).
Written and directed by Swab, Body Brokers is the true and untold story of the multibillion-dollar drug and alcohol treatment scheme where former drug addicts and dealers become millionaires as fly-by-night “body brokers”, recruiting other addicts to seek treatment and selling these patients off to facilities paying the highest price. Utah (Kilmer) and his girlfriend Opal (Englert) are drug addicts living on the streets in rural Ohio. After getting recruited by a body broker, Wood (Williams), and offered treatment in Los Angeles, Wood takes Utah under his wing and introduces him to treatment center mogul Vin (Grillo). Wood and Vin bring Utah in on their lucrative and illegal dealings, where saving lives comes second to the bottom line. Leo plays the treatment center’s resident shrink, Dr. White.
The film is being produced by Jeremy M. Rosen (Dog Eat Dog, Charlie Says), Robert Ogden Barnum (Margin Call, All Is Lost) as well as Swab for Roxwell Films.
Swab’s credits include Let Me Make You a Martyr starring Marilyn Manson which was released by FilmRise in 2017. His latest feature, Run with the Hunted starring Michael Pitt, Ron Perlman and Dree Hemingway is set for a fall festival run with domestic sales being handled by CAA Media Finance.
Leo is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment; Grillo is repped by CAA and Paul Hastings; Williams is repped by WME and Silver Lining Entertainment; Englert is repped by CAA and Kilmer is repped by CAA and Authentic Talent & Literary Management.
Body Brokers is set to commence principal photography in August 2019. CAA Media Finance will handle domestic sales on the film.
Catching up With ALL MY CHILDREN's Cady McClain(7/28/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) The glow on Cady McClain’s face says it all. The actress who spent the better part of three decades playing ALL MY CHILDREN’s beleaguered Dixie Martin has been totally fulfilled while pursuing a long-held dream: telling her own stories! “In my very early days with Michael E. Knight (Tad) on the show, most of the writing was really wonderful,” she shared with Soaps In Depth, “but Mike had a very particular sense of humor and sensibility, so he and I would often attack the scripts and rewrite them.”
Being able to successfully do that while also being mindful of the tale being told helped McClain determine that, in the future, she wanted to work behind the camera! “I’ve never been really that satisfied with only being an actor,” she admitted. “I learned things like ‘all glory to the story.’”
Now a director, she’s been touring film festivals while sharing the fruits of her labor. That’s how she connected with Artists For Change founder Julia Verdin and agreed to help turn her short film into a full-length feature. McClain says that Lost Girls: Angie’s Story, the movie she recently produced, is “about a teenager who is kidnapped into the sex-trafficking trade and how she meets other girls and fights her way out.” The goal is to use the gripping picture to help communities raise awareness.
Also coming soon is Paint Made Flesh, a film that McClain directed about a female artist who revisits an old relationship in order to rekindle her passion. “In the process, some very intense truths are revealed that they’ll have to wrangle with,” McClain offered. The twist to the production is that it’s based on a stage show. Explaining her interest, McClain said, “I’m really entranced by the idea of filming theater because it’s not that different from daytime, which we call doing ‘a play a day.’”
Next up is a noir mystery/thriller that the visionary is writing and planning to direct. Additionally, she said, “I’m working with my husband, Jon [Lindstrom, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Kevin/ Ryan], and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC) on a project as a producer.” But is she still interested in acting? “There are a couple things burbling on the horizon,” she teased, “that I might say yes to.”
In the meantime, the Emmy winner has been encouraging the next generation of filmmakers via speaking engagements. “One young woman came up to me and said, ‘I’ve been directing with my friends, but now I’m seeing that I could actually do this for a career!’” she confided. “I said, ‘Yes, you totally could.’”
Laura Wright Says She Always Knew Kelly Ripa Would Be a Star(7/28/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Since taking over as co-host of what’s now LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN in 2001, Kelly Ripa (Hayley, ALL MY CHILDREN) has gone from daytime starlet to morning talk show icon — and the transition was no surprise to GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Laura Wright (Carly). “Kelly’s a friend of mine from when I was [Ally] on LOVING and she was on AMC” in New York during the 1990s. “We were inseparable for the longest time.”
When Kathie Lee Gifford announced that she was leaving what was then LIVE! WITH REGIS & KATHIE LEE, Wright thought her pal would be perfect as Regis Philbin’s new co-host. “I just knew this was Kelly’s job. I had no idea she was even in the running. I was talking with a friend and said Kelly should have the part. There was no one else that quick and funny on the spot.” So when Ripa called to share the big news, Wright could have easily told mutual friends that she’d predicted the casting news. “It’s just so her!”
Sarah Michelle Gellar has been organizing meal deliveries for Selma Blair(7/24/19) No “Cruel Intentions” here — Sarah Michelle Gellar is just helping Selma Blair in her time of need.
In her cover story with People, Blair, 47, spoke candidly about her multiple sclerosis diagnosis and the support system she relies on since learning about her condition in August 2018.
One of her biggest champions is close friend and former co-star Gellar, who has organized a weekly “food train” for Blair and her eight-year-old son Arthur.
“I get weekend meal packs like I’ve never feasted on before from Reese Witherspoon, from Constance Zimmer and so many people I don’t even know through Sarah,” Blair said. “Her friends are just doing this to feed me and Arthur.”
Although her diet has changed to accommodate more lipids since her diagnosis and she admits she “feel[s] like throwing up all the time,” she appreciates the outpouring of support from others.
“They’ve stood up in ways I never would have been comfortable with before,” Blair said.
This isn’t the first instance of celebrity support Blair that has received since her diagnosis. The “Legally Blonde” actress has posted on Instagram how she has bonded with Michael J. Fox and Jack Osbourne over living publicly with nervous system conditions.
Gellar, 42, has been an advocate for Blair since her diagnosis. In addition to organizing her meal deliveries and joining her on a Disney outing with their children in March, she took to Instagram to express the pride she has for her co-star-turned-bestie.
“When I have a cold, I want to hide from the world under my covers,” Gellar wrote. “But not Selma. She is facing this diagnosis, the way she faces everything, with dignity, grace and head on.”
“I know the support and encouragement that she has received on this platform has truly been a source of strength for her,” she ended. “This is not an easy journey, but Selma will not let this define her.”
Dishing with Digest - 7/19/19 - Rebecca Budig(7/19/19) GH's Rebecca Budig (Hayden) Traces Her Career Path (Listen / download).
Rebecca Budig talks about coming back to GH as Hayden, her previous soap roles on GUIDING LIGHT and ALL MY CHILDREN, answers burning Qs from soap pals and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about how favorite characters coming back to a show affects the canvas as a whole.
Mario Van Peebles Signs With Buchwald(7/18/19) Actor, writer and director Mario Van Peebles, known for New Jack City and Heartbreak Ridge, has signed with Buchwald.
Van Peebles’s directorial credits include the Roots miniseries and episodes of Empire, Lost, and Sons of Anarchy. His acting resume lists feature films Ali, Panther, and Baadasssss!.
His television credits also include creating and starring in SYFY’s Superstition, along with major recurring arcs on Bloodline for Netflix and Damages on FX.
Up next, Van Peebles has teamed with Kip Konwiser and Christopher Miller to direct and star in Outlaw Posse, a follow-up to Posse, the 1993 film which he directed. Described as a cowboy drama set against the rolling hills and lawless towns of the American Wild West in the late 1800s, Van Peebles will play Chief, leader of a posse of black cowboys in search of truth and justice.
He will also continue to produce his own independent content under his MVP Films shingle. He continues to be managed by Matt Luber and Michael Adler at Luber Roklin.
Irizarry Joins B&B(7/17/19) Daytime Emmy winner Vincent Irizarry is joining the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful as Dr. Jordan Armstrong, TVInsider.com reports.
Irizarry makes his debut on the CBS soap on Monday, Aug. 26, and will play a pivotal role in the baby Beth/baby Phoebe storyline.
Irizarry’s many daytime credits include Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, One Life to Live, All My Children (for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 2009), Santa Barbara and Guiding Light.
Amanda Seyfried calls out Arielle Charnas for promoting ‘unrealistic’ body expectations(7/12/19) Amanda Seyfried took to Instagram on Wednesday to blast social media influencer Arielle Charnas, alleging that in “flaunting her lifestyle,” she endorsed unrealistic and harmful body expectations.
The spat began when Arielle, 32, posted a bikini photo of herself captioned, “Proud of my body after two kids.”
While she received some positive feedback from her followers, others felt she was promoting an unhealthy and unattainable body image goal to her 1.2 million Instagram followers.
An unnamed friend of Seyfried’s commented on the image, “Totally fine that you’re privileged and thin, good for you (I am too-ish!) BUT if you don’t acknowledge how your wealth made your workouts/body possible, you’re just perpetuating the patriarchal (totally unrealistic) notion that mothers should ‘bounce back’ after childbirth, an impossibility for anyone who can’t afford ample childcare (which is almost everyone in this country).”
Seyfried, 33, posted a screenshot of her friend’s comment and added her own commentary, writing, “If we’re ready to get paid for flaunting our lifestyle (and inspiring some in the meantime) we have to be open to the discussions surrounding what we’re promoting.”
“We have to back ourselves up- not run away from the issues it presents. There are gray areas everywhere,” the actress continued. “Each of us has a chance to back ourselves- especially on this platform. If you know who you are- take a second to decide if what you’re throwing out there is worth it- in the big picture.”
In a second Instagram post, Seyfried, a mom herself to 2-year-old Nina, posted a selfie captioned, “INFLUENCE = POWER. And if you’re taking advantage of that- EMPOWER.”
Earlier on Thursday, Charnas’ fiancé, Brandon, defended her on Instagram. He satirically wrote that Charnas’ body is “not attainable” regardless of one’s workout regiment, and that if one does attempt to do so, “you must have at least three nannys [sic] and be sure to not only pay them but also thank them in a minimum of 4 shoutouts a week on Instagram.”
“If you can’t afford a nanny, please do not attempt to have a very successful career in order to do so,” he continued. “Only ages 30 and older are allowed to view this post, youth must be accompanied by a therapist.”
Charnas did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Susan Lucci & John Fugelsang Chat About "Celebrity Autobiography"(7/11/19) (Video) The award-winning hit comedy show in which celebrities act out other celebrities' jaw-dropping memoirs verbatim. "Celebrity Autobiography" is the international smash-hit comedy (London's West End to the Sydney Opera House). Susan Lucci and John Fuglesang stopped by BUILD to talk about the show.
Melissa Claire Egan Previews Her New Movie 'Holiday for Heroes'(7/11/19) It may be almost Valentine’s Day but it’s still winter, so what better time to think about Christmas movies? Melissa Claire Egan (ex-Chelsea, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is starring in the upcoming Hallmark Christmas movie, Holiday for Heroes. “So excited I can announce this now!” she tweeted when the news broke. “It’s Christmas in February! So excited to be shooting Holiday for Heroes. And this guy’s pretty rad, too.”
The guy she’s referring to is her co-star in the seasonal romance, actor Marc Blucas, as she shared an on-set photo of them looking all ready to open some Christmas presents. "Audrey is a hard worker," Egan previews of her character. "She owns her own sweet little coffee shop with her best friend, Jade, and she starts writing love letters to First Sergeant Matt Evans." After she sends him some of her coffee, he writes a thank you note that starts off an exchange that eventually leads to a face-to-face meeting. "Audrey and Matt's relationship is really special because they got to know each other through letters and they got to know each other as people, as human beings, before they ever met face to face," the actress explains. "So it's a very rare, unique, beautiful, romantic story." You can watch a special behind the scenes look at Holiday for Heroes at Hallmark's official website.
Daytime fans first fell in love with Egan when she played Annie Lavery on ABC sudser ALL MY CHILDREN from 2006-11. She then joined the cast of Y&R as Chelsea Lawson, where she remained until 2018. Fans were thrilled when she returned to Genoa City in July of 2019, and they can now look forward to seeing even more of her in this romantic new movie. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be premiering on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel until probably November at the earliest!
Don’t worry — we’ll keep updating you as more information is released, including an air date.
Mario Van Peebles Saddling Up For ‘Outlaw Posse’(7/3/19) Last seen on horseback in a period film in the 1993 film Posse, Mario Van Peebles is set to direct and star in Outlaw Posse. He wrote the script. Peebles has teamed with Emmy-winning filmmaker Kip Konwiser and Christopher Miller’s The Money Pool on the cowboy drama. The film is in preproduction and Van Peebles has begun casting leads for early next year, with Konwiser and Miller producing.
Outlaw Posse is set against the rolling hills and the lawless towns of the American wild west in the late 1800s. Van Peebles plays Chief, leader of a posse of black cowboys in search of truth & justice.
Van Peebles aims to uphold the spirit of the earlier film, in which his character led a group of black infantrymen after the Spanish-American War to find the men who lynched his father.
“Folks have been after me to do another Baadasssss multi-cultural Western for years and the time is now,” says Van Peebles, son of Melvin Van Peebles, writer/director/star of Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. “This time we have badass and tough women riding tall in the posse alongside homages to notable real-life personages of the wild west. This is a posse of outlaws because “when the laws were unjust, sometimes the just were the outlaws. We are living in our version of the wild west, and these films represent the heroes who fight for our daily survival as individuals.”
Said Money Pool co-founders Konwiser & Miller: “At a time when African American cinema can expand its perspective, the barn doors are off the hinges for the most compelling filmmakers. Van Peebles is back in the saddle with another classic, and Outlaw Posse is exactly the project for which the Money Pool was created!”
The Money Pool was founded two years ago to produce content and provide equity, bridge, gap, mezzanine and tax credit lending to structured feature films, television, and new media. It has completed four films so far.
Van Peebles is repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment.
‘Sweet Magnolias’: Chris Klein, Jamie Lynn Spears & Justin Bruening Join Netflix Series(7/2/19) Chris Klein (The Flash), Jamie Lynn Spears (Zoey 101, All That) and Justin Bruening (Good Behavior) are set as series regulars opposite Monica Potter, Brooke Elliott and Heather Headley in Netflix’s upcoming series Sweet Magnolias.
Based on Sherryl Woods’ popular series of novels published by Harlequin imprint MIRA books, Sweet Magnolias is set in the charming small town of Serenity, South Carolina. It centers on three women (Potter, Elliott and Headley), best friends since childhood.
Klein will play Bill Townsend, Serenity’s leading pediatrician who struggles to navigate life in a small town after an unexpected fall from grace.
Spears will portray Noreen Fitzgibbons, a young woman who came to Serenity to work as a nurse. After a sequence of bad choices, she is determined to build a new life in her new city.
Bruening will play Cal Maddox, a former professional baseball player who arrived in Serenity looking for a fresh start.
Woods will executive produce with Sheryl J. Anderson, who also serves as showrunner. Dan Paulson, whose Daniel L. Paulson Productions is producing, also serves as executive producer. Norman Buckley serves as co-executive producer and will direct six episodes.
Klein, who most recently recurred as super villain Cicada on CW’s The Flash, is repped by ICM Partners and Sloane Offer Weber and Dern.
Known for her starring role in Zoey 101 and All That, Spears is repped by CAA and TriStar Sports and Entertainment.
Bruening’s credits include recurring roles on Good Behavior and Grey’s Anatomy. He’s repped by APA and Power Entertainment Group.
Jordi Vilasuso Reveals Why He Doesn't Like Reality TV(6/30/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) While unscripted television programs like THE BACHELOR still attract huge ratings, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Jordi Vilasuso (Rey) admitted that he hasn’t really watched much of it. “I like documentaries, but I don’t watch any reality TV. I think I’ve had an animosity towards that type of programming because they’ve taken so many jobs away from actors,” he shared candidly to Soaps In Depth. “And I grew up loving storytelling, so I haven’t been able to get behind unscripted shows.” That is not to say Vilasuso doesn’t enjoy competition-based shows such as THE VOICE or MASTER CHEF. “I thought Gordon Ramsay’s show was great, because there was a lot of creativity involved,” he grinned. “And we cook in my house, so that one was cool!”
Y&R Star Weds(6/30/19) Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R) and longtime love Rob Meder are married! The duo eloped to St. Bart’s and wed in front of close friends including celeb designer Jeremiah Brent.
Susan Lucci Talks 50th Wedding Anniversary With Her Husband Helmut Huber(6/28/19) (closerweekly.com) On September 13, 1969, Susan Lucci married Helmut Huber. Now, 50 years later, the iconic soap star and the Austrian-born chef are set to celebrate and look back on just how far they’ve come.
“It will be, if we play our cards right,” Susan, 72, told Closer Weekly exclusively at Broadway Sings’ yearly benefit for Pride on Monday, June 24, when asked about their big relationship milestone.
As for their big plans, Helmut, 81, hinted that they’re still figuring out how to commemorate the occasion. Susan was a little more specific and revealed that they’ll “probably be in Austria.”
“We’ve been there many times because he’s from there but there are places I haven’t been,” the All My Children star noted. “It should be a great trip.”
Just because these two have been together for quite some time doesn’t mean their admiration for each other has waned. In fact, Susan knows exactly why Helmut is her forever love.
“He always made me laugh and he still does,” she gushed. “Helmut doesn’t look like somebody who would make you laugh. He looks very imposing, but then he’s very funny. The combination is great.”
Susan and Helmut have welcomed two children into the world, daughter Liza Huber and son Andreas Huber. From those two kids, they have amassed five grandchildren to spoil and shower with affection.
“Everybody’s great,” the Devious Maids star said. When asked how she would describe her nature as a grandmother, Susan painted an oh-so-cute picture: “a kissing, hugging, feeding, tickling kind.”
It’s great to see Susan in such good spirits as just earlier this year she revealed that she was “lucky to be alive” after undergoing an emergency heart procedure. On top of that, Susan never told her mom about her health scare. Don’t worry, though, because Susan exclusively told Closer Weekly last year that she has no plans to retire because that word isn’t even in her vocabulary.
Soaps InDepth Podcast - 6/24/19 - The Stories Soaps Should Be Telling(6/24/19) The Stories Soaps Should Be Telling (Listen / download).
This week, Charlie and Richard discuss the hot-button topics which soaps of the past turned into major storylines… and why today’s daytime dramas seem afraid to tackle them. From Erica Kane’s abortion on All My Children to Christine’s sexual assault on The Young & The Restless, social issues have given soaps some of their most powerful moments. We look at how today’s most buzzed about topics could be woven into your favorite shows.
2019 BET Award Winners(6/24/19) Best Actor: Michael B. Jordan
Talk Show Appearance(6/21/19) The Talk – CBS
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Cast members from CBS’ THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS including Melissa Claire Egan, Mark Grossman and Michelle Stafford (n)
James Patrick Stuart Opens up About Making His First Album(6/20/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) As the son of a British folk-rocker, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s James Patrick Stuart has always loved making music. Now, Valentin’s portrayer is releasing his debut album to honor his father, Chad Stuart — known for being half of the hitmaking ’60s duo Chad & Jeremy. When not scheming as Valentin, Stuart has been busy writing, recording and producing The Apple Tree. “It’s taken over everything,” the actor admitted to Soaps In Depth. “It’s like an animal that got poked and woken up. The fun part was writing and playing the songs. Then the rest is all post-production. You’ve got to sweeten this, take the noise out of that, and, ‘How about if we put a sitar in there?’ I’ve been caught in the moment, deep in mixing and very outside of my comfort zone. There’s been a lot of sleepless nights!”
Stuart’s definitely not complaining, however, because this has been a labor of love. “This is a tribute, gift and salute to my father,” he explained. “He always wanted me to release an album… and I always thought I’d get around to it.” Once GH teamed Stuart up with cellist/violinist Christine Wu for the Nurses Ball, it all started to come together. They collaborated on a version of Nat King Cole’s “That’s All,” and, said Stuart, “Once my father got wind of that, I realized, ‘Oh no, here we go!’ I knew in that moment that time was not unlimited and that one day, it’ll be too late. So if not now, when? As soon as I realized that, all the musicians I knew in the world said, ‘It’s about freaking time. How can we help?’”
Stuart admitted making The Apple Tree "all started with me wanting to record a couple of my father's songs." (Photo Credit: Courtesy of James Patrick Stuart)
So late last year, Stuart dug into Chad & Jeremy’s music. “My father had a few hits in the ’60s, but he also had some songs I’ve always loved that didn’t make it to the top of the charts,” he said. “So I recorded my interpretations of them, and all of a sudden, we had three Chad & Jeremy songs, ‘That’s All’ and two of my own originals… and then we had eight songs! Well, here’s the record.” And Stuart does it all on his new album. “I sing, I do the bass and drums, I produce, I’ve written, and I play some of the piano and some of the guitar."
Stuart also called on some of his professional pals — including French horn and sitar players, Wu, and his father’s former partner, Jeremy Clyde. “I told him I was making an album called The Apple Tree, and he said he’d be happy to come climb a branch. It was amazing, because I have a voice very similar to my father. We did this great a cappella version of their final hit ‘You Are She,’ and we both got choked up. It was a nice moment.”
Stuart gets a thrill out of pressing play and hearing his own music, but seeing a new side of his father has been an unexpected highlight of this adventure. “It was like time-traveling and embracing him as a young man,” he marveled. “What I’ve loved was getting into his songs and breaking them apart. I would listen to guitar parts and learn them and realize how incredible he was. I took him for granted growing up. It didn’t matter that he was famous — he was just my dad. But I learned his brilliance.”
The song “Rest In Peace” left Stuart particularly awed. “My father was able to play it all in one take, just by pressing record and playing one guitar,” he explained. “I had to do it in three different tracks!”
Stuart has finally fed another of his passions, but that doesn’t detract one iota from his love of acting. “This is just another branch on the tree,” he maintained. “There are moments where certain branches get more sun and produce more fruit,” he suggested. “Now, the joy will be flying up to Sun Valley and putting this album in my father’s lap and telling him how much I love him.”
After that? “I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself,” admitted the Renaissance man. “I think I’ll have to reintroduce myself to my wife and my children!”
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos honored at TrevorLIVE gala(6/19/19) Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos were honored at the TrevorLIVE gala, which raised money to help end suicide among LGBTQ youth.
“I’m a little bit uneasy accepting this award,” Ripa revealed onstage. “What did we do really? We are two cisgender heteros married for 23 years. What could we possibly know about alienation from community or fear of having our rights taken away?”
Consuelos pointed out, “Well, you are a woman,” and Ripa replied, “And you are a Mexican.” (The crowd laughed.)
The pair have been supporters of the Trevor Project for more than a decade.
AMC Alum Releases Book(6/18/19) Colin Egglesfield (ex-Josh, ALL MY CHILDREN) just released a new book, Agile Artist: Life Lessons From Hollywood And Beyond. In the book, the actor writes about surviving cancer twice, his struggle to make a career in Hollywood, his Ground Zero experience on 9/11, and his time on ALL MY CHILDREN playing Susan Lucci’s (ex-Erica) on-screen son, Josh. The tome can be purchased on amazon.com or through his website.
Dishing with Digest - 6/14/19 - Stacy Haiduk(6/16/19) Stacy Haiduk Talks About Double Trouble On DAYS (Listen / download).
Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) dishes about her current DAYS tale, her past on Y&R and ALL MY CHILDREN, how she kept busy during her time in between acting gigs, and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss Caroline’s upcoming memorial on DAYS and recent recasts.
Susan Lucci, Rachel Dratch, & More Set For CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY in NY(6/16/19) For 2 special performances in July, Celebrity Autobiography will celebrate its 10th anniversary as winner of the Drama Desk Award. The show are Sunday, July 14 at 7pm at the Patchogue Theatre in Long Island (71 East Main St.) and Monday, July 15 at 7pm in NYC at the show's original home, The Triad (158 West 72nd St). Both shows will feature stars of stage & screen Susan Lucci, Rachel Dratch (Netflix's Wine Country), Ralph Macchio (YouTube's Cobra Kai) and his daughter Julia Macchio (who stars in the national tour of the musical Flashdance), comedian John Fugelsang, and show creators, Emmy nominee Eugene Pack & Dayle Reyfel. 5-time Emmy-winner Alan Zweibel will appear in the July 15 NYC show. This past November & December, Celebrity Autobiography enjoyed a residency at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway.
Tickets for the 7/14 Patchogue show are $29-$59 and can be purchased online at www.CelebrityAutobiography.com.
Tickets for the 7/15 NYC show are $80, $60 & $40 (plus a two-drink minimum) and can be purchased online at www.CelebrityAutobiography.com.
How does Vanna flip her panels? What does Stallone store in his freezer? Why did Justin Bieber get stuck in the trunk of a car? What does Hasselhoff reveal about the beauties of Baywatch? Get ready to find out. Running for 10 sold out years in New York and touring the world and seen on Bravo TV, Celebrity Autobiography features top performers bringing to life the actual memoirs of a wide range of celebrities. The passages run the gamut from the "poetry" of Suzanne Somers...to tips from the Kardashians...to the most famous Hollywood love triangle in history--Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds & Eddie Fisher--told from all sides! And what's remarkable and unforgettably hilarious - it's all "in their own words". From the words of CELINE, ZAYN, ELVIS, TIGER, ARNOLD, BRITNEY, MILEY, DOLLY, CHER, OPRAH, BIEBER, BEYONCE and BEYOND!
Created by Eugene Pack, and developed by Pack and Dayle Reyfel, audiences at Celebrity Autobiography are treated to an entertaining evening of non-stop laughter as an eclectic mix of talented, hilarious performers act out classic excerpts from a range of celebrity tell-alls by Bieber to Barbra to Beyoncé and Beyond! This unique, no holds-barred show is unlike anything else in New York and has played for sold-out crowds all around the world including London's West End, Edinburgh, Australia's Sydney Opera House and Broadway (Marquis Theater). Celebrity Autobiography is produced by Angelo Fraboni, Peter Martin, EP Productions and Dayle Reyfel.
Kathy Bates Joining Clint Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell’(6/14/19) We hear that the Misery Oscar winner is joining Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell.
Bates will play the role of Bobi Jewell, Richard’s mother who was an insurance claims adjuster.
The news follows yesterday’s announcement that I, Tonya actor Paul Walter Hauser will play the title role as the security guard whose life was turned upside down after he was believed to be a possible suspect in the Olympic Park bombing during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Sam Rockwell is playing Jewell’s defense attorney in the film.
Eastwood’s movie, scripted by Billy Ray, centers on Jewell, who discovered a suspicious backpack in the Olympics compound, cleared the area and saved lives that day, but after he was falsely accused he became a pariah. Even though the FBI cleared Jewell as a suspect three months later, the true American hero never fully got his reputation back or his confidence in himself, and his health was forever damaged. Jewell, who later became a police officer, died in 2007 of a heart attack at age 44.
Producing Richard Jewell are Tim Moore, Jessica Meier, Kevin Misher, Jonah Hill, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jennifer Davisson. Production companies are Malpaso, Misher Films, 75 Year Plan, and Appian Way.
Bates is repped by ICM.
Sylvia Miles Dies: ‘Midnight Cowboy’, ‘Farewell My Lovely’ Star Was 94(6/12/19) Sylvia Miles, who earned two Oscar nominations – one for her memorable role as a poodle-owning Upper East Side matron who hooks up with Jon Voight’s hustler in Midnight Cowboy and one for a five and a-half minute scene with Robert Mitchum in Farewell My Lovely – has died.
Her friend, publicist Mauricio Padilha, confirmed to The New York Times that Miles died Wednesday in Manhattan. Padilha said she died in an ambulance on the way to a hospital. She was 94.
Miles was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscars for her roles in Midnight Cowboy and in 1975’s Farewell My Love She also appeared in Wall Street and its sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, among numerous other movies, plays and TV series.
Miles was also a long-time fixture on the New York party scene, often carousing with Andy Warhol and his Factory crowd. She was notable for her continuing appearances at entertainment events and openings well into her 80s.
Miles began her career on stage in 1947 and segued to TV and film in 1954. In the early ’60s, she was the first to play the role of Sally Rogers in the pilot episode of what would become The Dick Van Dyke Show, a role later taken over by Rose Marie for the series.
Despite her being on-screen for only six minutes, Miles snagged her first Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for 1969’s Midnight Cowboy. In the unforgettable scene, she picked up hustler Joe Buck (Voight) – unaware he was a prostitute – and, when he asked to be paid up, she broke into tears.
She received her second Oscar nomination for her role as Jessie in Farewell, My Lovely in 1975. She co-starred with Factory regular Joe Dallesandro in director Paul Morrissey’s 1972 film Andy Warhol’s Heat. Her other film credits include 92 in the Shade, Critical Condition, The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday, Crossing Delancey, and the 1989 comedy She-Devil, in which she played the mother of Meryl Streep’s character.
On television, Miles guest-starred in numerous series including Sex & The City, The Equalizer, NYPD, and also appeared in daytime soaps One Life to Live and All My Children.
Over the years, Miles became a cult figure and beloved New York social figure, both for her ties to avant garde personalities, including Warhol and Morrissey, and her enthusiasm for attending nightlife events.
Maurice Benard Takes a Pie in the Face to Rase Awareness for ALS(6/12/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Video) Remember the ALS ice bucket challenge? Well, there’s a new version of that going around social media to raise awareness for the disease, and it involves getting a pie in the face! GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) shared a video of himself participating in the challenge to do his part. “You’re probably wondering why I’m in the shower,” the shirtless actor began. “It’s because Kelly Clark challeneged me to the ALS challenge which means throwing this pie in my face… that I’m looking at right now. It’s for my friend who passed away, Dwight Clark. Great man, great football player…”
Benard then hesitates as he prepares to smack himself in the face with a pie, and you can hear his wife, Paula, behind the camera giggle and say, “Now or never, baby!” He then declares: “For the awareness of ALS and for everybody who has this really terrible disease.” Benard then smushes the pie into his face a little gently, and it looks like it was a delicious lemon meringue.
Dwight Clark was a championship football player who spent nine season with the San Francisco 49ers, winning two Super Bowls. He then moved off the field, acting as the general manager for the 49ers and later the Cleveland Browns. In March of 2017, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and he passed away in June of 2018, survived by his wife, Kelly.
As with all of these social media challenges, when you do it, you have to challenge other people to do the same thing, and Benard selected his GH castmates, particularly singing out Steve Burton (Jason) and Ingo Rademacher (Jax). But only time will tell if any of them rise to the challenge and pie themselves as well!
Tamara Braun Responds to Online Haters(6/12/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Social media is a great way for fans to stay in touch with their favorite stars, but sometimes there are “fans” who use it to spread negativity and make rude comments. GENERAL HOSPITAL star Tamara Braun (Kim) was on the receiving end of such an attack on Twitter, and handed the situation with grace and class. The offending tweets are not viewable because the user — a Drew and Sam fan — has their posts protected so they are only visible to confirmed followers, but Braun’s responses give a pretty clear picture of the story.
“Hi there,” the actress replied. “I have a question for you. Why do you follow me on social media if you find me so irritating and want to write unkind things about me?” After the “fan” responded, Braun added, “Yes I did. ‘[barf emoji] and spastic squirrel’ are what you wrote. I think you have forgotten that I’m a person with feelings who plays Kim. You don’t have to like what I do but maybe think about the person at the end of the tweet before being mean. Just a suggestion.” She also added the hashtag “#BeKind.”
Clearly, this particular “fan” didn’t feel like apologizing. “Okay, sweetheart,” Braun tweeted later, “I see you’re not someone who can accept responsibility for your actions. It’s hard. My intention was to give you the benefit of the doubt and ask. Maybe you didn’t get it? You don’t. Think it’s best to end this. Have a good one. #BeKind”
Fans rallied to Braun’s defense online, as did some of her GH castmates. “Good for you for calling them out,” posted Laura Wright (Carly). “It’s crazy how people will tweet something so nasty. People need to stop.”
After blocking that particular “fan,” Braun shared a message to all her followers, one which she pinned to the top of her Twitter page so everyone would see it because it’s good advice. “Hey kind ones,” she wrote. “Thank you for your words. Thanks for the love and support. I appreciate you.” Let’s remember that we don’t have to be unkind back because someone else was. Ask honest questions, try to share something of value, and if there is no acceptance, then let it go.”
Back in August of 2018, Braun fired back at a fan who made fun of the glasses that she wore in an episode of GH as Dr. Nero, revealing that those particular specs were her own real-life pair and she loves them. Hopefully, one day all soap fans will learn how to behave properly on social media, but until then, these kind of reminders will continue to be necessary.
For more about Braun, don't miss her exclusive feature interview in the ABC issue of Soaps In Depth magazine on sale Monday, July 1!
Michael B. Jordan On Balancing Socially-Driven & Commercial Fare At His Outlier Society Studio(6/10/19) Making inclusive movies is organic for Black Panther and Creed II star Michael B. Jordan.
“It’s natural for me. Long before the word inclusion became a thing,” said the actor on developing movies at his new Outlier Society production company this afternoon during the Produced By session titled “Content With a Conscience: Social Impact Entertainment Across All Platforms.”
“I don’t want it to be just a Black film, but a high caliber piece of work that people don’t see that often,” Jordan explained.
Since his breakout role in Ryan Coogler’s 2013 drama Fruitvale Station, Jordan said that scripts revolving around “every historical black figure have come across my desk.”
“As much as I would love to play all of them, I can’t,” he said.
Jordan and his President of Production Development, Alana Mayo, who was also present on the panel, expounded on their decision-making process when it comes to socially-driven projects and pure entertainment ones.
Recently it was announced that Kung: Skull Island filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts would direct an original monster movie shot in Detroit produced by New Regency and Jordan’s Outlier Society.
“Starting in front of the camera, from the actor’s perspective, it’s all about the heart. It’s about wanting to create bodies of work and tell stories that will make people go home and think thoughts that will weigh heavily on their heart,” said the actor.
“We try to balance that as much as you can, to run a company where it’s not its entire identity but, at the same time it’s as an important silo and something that we care about,” he added.
“We struggle with the happy, mindless entertainment that doesn’t feel like it has some sort of substance to it,” Mayo added. “And sometimes we just want to hit an issue that I think the both of us we will continue to make content about until we feel like we start to see the impact and the change in the real world.”
Also sitting in on the session with Jordan and Mayo was ShivHans Pictures Founder & CEO Shivani Rawat, The Report filmmaker Scott Z. Burns; and Bonnie Abaunza, Founder Impact/Producer Abaunza Group.
AMC's Cornelius Smith, Jr. Stars in the Romantic New Movie "Love, Take Two"(6/5/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) The Hallmark Channel is celebrating brides (and grooms) with their annual “June Weddings” series of original movies. Cornelius Smith Jr., who soap fans will remember as ALL MY CHILDREN’s Dr. Frankie Hubbard, stars as Scott Meyers in the romantic romp Love, Take Two, which premieres on Saturday, June 15, at 9 p.m. ET. Heather Hemmens (ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO; GREY'S ANATOMY) is his gorgeous co-star and love interest in the movie, playing Lily Bellenger.
Shot on location in Squamish B.C, whose magnificent mountains and locale glow in the background of the dramedy, Love, Take Two tells the tale of a pair of exes who reconnect under unusual circumstances. Lily is the executive producer of THE WEDDING COUNTDOWN, a reality competition show; for each episode, three engaged couples go head to head vying for a cash prize of $50,000, and they’re judged by whose nuptials is the most spectacular and romantic of the three.
When one of the couples in the latest episode backs out, Scott and his fiancée are recruited to participate in the competition, but neither of them knew that Scott's old flame is the beautiful producer. Thrown together due to the show, will the two rekindle their long-lost love as they revisit memories from their shared past, and what will happen to Scott's fiancée? Come on, this is a Hallmark Movie — you know where this is going!
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.
“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.
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.
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