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Charlie Matthau Readying ‘The Book Of Leah’ With Armand Assante

(10/9/18) Filmmaker Charlie Matthau is close to finishing the independent feature The Book of Leah starring Armand Assante, which tells the story of a teenage rape victim who rebuilds herself as a karate fighter and seeks revenge on her attacker.

Brianna Joy Chomer plays Leah Gold, who after sneaking into a night club with her friends, is sexually assaulted in 1980s Chicago. The police do not take her case seriously, trying to blame Leah for being a minor, and the way she dressed. Her high-class family, embarrassed by the incident, sends Leah to a girls school, where she ultimately meets her uncle, played by four-time Golden Globe nominee Assante, who is a Holocaust survivor.

More than another female Karate Kid film, there are layers in The Book of Leah which echo a lot of what we’ve read lately about sexual assault; how alleged victims like Christine Blasey Ford and Patti Davis remained quiet about their incidents for several decades for many reasons. The Book of Leah puts a spotlight on the injustice that rape victim weather; the disbelief some face by those in authority after pointing a finger at their attackers.

In the film, Assante’s Adam Siegel forms a strong bond with Leah and builds her into a karate champ. Also starring in the pic is jazz singer and pianist Freddy Cole in his first feature role as a musical mentor to Leah, Kate Linder as Leah’s mother, Ty Olwin as the love interest, and Melanie Neilan as Leah’s friend.

Based on a true story, The Book of Leah was written by Leslie Neilan and Alan Roth. Neilan also produces with Kenneth Atchity. Matthau’s directorial credits include such pics as the 2012 feature take of Elmore Leonard’s Freaky Deaky starring Christian Slater, Billy Burke and Crispin Glover as well as 1995’s The Grass Harp based on the Truman Capote novel in which Matthau directed his Oscar-winning father Walter Matthau, Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie. The Grass Harp won best English Language Film at the 1996 Palm Springs Film Festival.

‘Drunk Parents’ Starring Salma Hayek & Alec Baldwin Lands Vertical & DirecTV Deal – Toronto

(9/17/18) Vertical Entertainment and DirecTV have picked up U.S. distribution rights to the Salma Hayek- and Alec Baldwin-starring comedy Drunk Parents from BRON Studios in a deal finalized at the Toronto Film Festival. The pic doesn’t have a release date, but distributors are aiming for a theatrical bow sometime in the first quarter of next year.

Directed by Fred Wolf, the film centers on the attempts of two parents to hide their ever-increasing financial difficulties from their daughter and social circle through elaborate neighborhood schemes that take their lives on a hilarious downward spiral. Jim Gaffigan, Joe Manganiello and Ben Platt also star.

Wolf and Peter Gaulke penned the screenplay for the film, which was produced by Rob Barnum and Aaron L. Gilbert; Jason Cloth, David Friendly and Nadine de Barros are exec producers. The film is a co-production from BRON Studios and Fortitude International, in association with Creative Wealth Media.

The deal was negotiated by Rich Goldberg and Peter Jarowey at Vertical with Anjay Nagpal of BRON.

Emmys Sets First Group Of Presenters: Alec Baldwin, Michael Douglas, Kit Harington, Tina Fey, More

(9/7/18) Alec Baldwin, Michael Douglas, Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown and Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harington are among the first batch of Emmy Award presenters set for the Sept. 17 telecast.

The initial roster, announced by the Television Academy and exec producer Lorne Michaels today, includes five presenters who are up for awards themselves: (Baldwin, Saturday Night Live), Rachel Brosnahan ?(The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Millie Bobby Brown ?(Stranger Things), Kate McKinnon ?(Saturday Night Live), Sandra Oh? (Killing Eve).

Hosted by SNL‘s Colin Jost and Michael Che, the 70th Emmy Awards will telecast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Monday, September 17, (8-11 PM ET/5:00-8:00 PM PT) on NBC. Exec producer is Lorne Michaels (SNL, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon).

Here is the complete first group of presenters announced today:

- Alec Baldwin? (Saturday Night Live, Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series nominee)
- Rachel Brosnahan ?(The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) – Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series nominee
- Millie Bobby Brown ?(Stranger Things) – Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series nominee
- Michael Douglas ?(The Kominsky Method)
- Tina Fey ?(Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
- Kit Harington ?(Game of Thrones)
- Taraji P. Henson ?(Empire)
- Kate McKinnon ?(Saturday Night Live) – Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series nominee
- Tracy Morgan ?(The Last O.G.)
- Bob Odenkirk ?(Better Call Saul)
- Sandra Oh? (Killing Eve) – Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nominee
- Constance Wu ?(Fresh Off the Boat).

Alec Baldwin Departs ‘The Joker’ Movie

(8/30/18) It’s no joke: Alec Baldwin at the last minute has dropped out of Todd Phillips’ The Joker movie at Warner Bros.

In an interview with USA Today just days after taking the supporting role, the 30 Rock actor cited scheduling conflicts.

Production begins September 10 for the DC title, and we hear that the talks went down to the five-yard line, given how close it is to cameras rolling. Warner Bros. had no comment. Baldwin was to play Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s father. “I’m sure there are 25 guys who can play that part,” the actor told USA Today,

The Joker is set for release on October 4, 2019.

Alec Baldwin Joins Todd Phillips’ ‘Joker’

(8/27/18) Alec Baldwin is boarding Todd Phillips’ Joker movie at Warner Bros in a supporting role, Deadline has learned. Cameras roll on September 10.

While Warner Bros has not confirmed what role, buzz is that Baldwin is poised play the role of Thomas Wayne, who in DC canon is Bruce Wayne/Batman’s father. Thomas Wayne was first introduced in Detective Comics #33 (Nov. 1939) and he is respected physician and philanthropist in Gotham City. Wayne and his wife are murdered exiting the theater, an incident which young Bruce witnesses. That becomes his m.o. for ultimately becoming a vigilante. In the early comics, Wayne’s murderer is mugger/hitman Joe Chill, but starting with the first Tim Burton 1989 Batman movie, it’s the Joker who is the culprit.

Baldwin joins a growing cast that includes Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, and Zazie Beetz as Sophie Dumond. As has been previously reported, Phillips’ take on the famed DC character will possess a grittier, ’80s sensibility.

Baldwin was recently nominated for his 19th Primetime Emmy. For the second consecutive year, he’s up for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for playing Donald Trump on Saturday Night Love, a role which delivered him a win in the category last September. Overall, Baldwin counts three Emmy wins, his other two being in 2008 and 2009 for outstanding lead comedy actor on 30 Rock. Baldwin was nominated for a supporting actor Oscar in 2004 for The Cooler and recently starred in this summer’s half-billion-plus grossing hit Mission: Impossible – Fallout as well as Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman which is taking off on the specialty circuit with north of $31M. Baldwin is already starring in another Warner Bros.’ feature, the Ed Norton-directed period drama Motherless Brooklyn due out next year.

Baldwin is repped by CAA. Joker opens on Oct. 4, 2019.

Kathy Bates on Big Bang Theory 9/24/18

(8/24/18) “The Conjugal Configuration” – Sheldon and Amy’s honeymoon runs aground in New York, while Penny and Leonard discover they are uncomfortably similar to Amy’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fowler (Teller and Kathy Bates). Also, Koothrappali insults physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and starts a Twitter war, on the 12th season premiere of THE BIG BANG THEORY, on a special night, Monday, Sept. 24 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

RECURRING CAST: Kathy Bates (Mrs. Fowler), Teller (Mr. Fowler), Neil deGrasse Tyson (Himself), Bill Nye (Himself)

Alec Baldwin To Exec Produce Indie ‘Beast Beast’ Based On ‘Krista’ Short Film

(7/26/18) Multiple Emmy awards winner Alec Baldwin has come on board as exec producer on the film Beast Beast, the feature adaptation of Krista, a short film which won the first annual Vimeo Staff Pick Award at this year’s SXSW. Danny Madden wrote Beast Beast and will be in the director’s chair when filming commences at the end of this summer in Georgia.

Set in a southern town, the film deals with the new and old issues of growing up and reaching for more. As the three main characters navigate changing masks of identity out in the world, at school, within their families and online, their lives hit a boiling point swirling with trauma, petty crimes, new love and gun violence.

Baldwin will EP with Casey Bader under their El Dorado Pictures banner. Producers are Jim Cummings, Matt Miller, Tara Ansley, and Benjamin Wiessner, the team behind Thunder Road, the SXSW Grand Jury prize-winning film. Madden, Cummings and Wiessner’s Ornana and Miller’s Vanishing Angle are the production companies behind the project.

Talk Show Appearance

(7/19/18) THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON - NBC

Wednesday, July 25: Guests include Alec Baldwin

2018 Primetime Emmy Nominations

(7/12/18) (Former soap stars in bold)

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus)
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Allison Janney, Mom
Issa Rae, Insecure
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
Lily Tomlin, Grace & Frankie

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Donald Glover)
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Bill Hader, Barry
William H. Macy, Shameless

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Alec Baldwin)
Louie Anderson, Baskets
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
Henry Winkler, Barry

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: SNL host Dave Chappelle)
Katt Williams, Atlanta
Sterling K. Brown, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Bryan Cranston, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Donald Glover, Saturday Night Live
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2017 winner: Laura Dern)
Adina Porter, American Horror Story: Cult
Letitia Wright, Black Mirror, “Black Museum”
Merrit Wever, Godless
Sara Bareilles, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Judith Light, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2017 winner: Alexander Skarsgård)
Jeff Daniels, Godless
Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Ricky Martin, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story<

Legendary Soap Scribe Dead At 96

(7/6/18) Harding “Pete” Lemay, passed away on May 26 at the age of 96. One of the genre’s most highly regarded writers, Lemay won Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on ANOTHER WORLD and GUIDING LIGHT. He head-wrote AW during what is hailed as its creative heyday, from 1971-79, head-wrote GL from 1980-81, and head-wrote THE DOCTORS from 1981-81. He also served as a story consultant on AS THE WORLD TURNS, ONE LIFE TO LIVE and AW, and was the co-creator and head writer of LOVERS AND FRIENDS in 1977.

Alec Baldwin bashes Peter King at Democratic fundraiser

(6/24/18) Actor Alec Baldwin played comedic attack dog at a campaign fundraiser Friday night — likening Long Island GOP Rep. Peter King to a crossing guard.

“He will do anything to hold onto power. The guy probably couldn’t get a job,” said Baldwin, who spoke at a Bridgehampton money raising bash for Democratic candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley, who hopes to challenge King.

Baldwin said King wouldn’t have “as much attention,and as much glory and as much ego stroking if he weren’t on the government dime.”

“This job is a job that completes him as a human being. If he was in the private sector, he’d probably be a crossing guard or something I don’t really know,” Baldwin said to laughter.

Grechen Shirley, who standing to the left of Baldwin, looked nervous for an instant when Baldwin compared King to crossing guards.

“No offense to crossing guards, by the way,” Baldwin quickly added.

Grechen Shirley then smiled.

“He’s a guy that’s held onto this job, gaming the current system, getting re-elected. Incumbency is a very, very powerful,” Baldwin said..

“His time is up. He’s got to go. He’s got to go,” said Baldwin, who won an Emmy award for his portrayal of President Trump on ‘Saturday Night Live.'”

Alec Baldwin To Howard Stern: “If I Ran For President, I Would Win – Hands Down”

(6/12/18) Alec Baldwin isn’t the American president, but he plays one on TV. And we’ve heard rumblings of a 2020 White House run for the 30 Rock alum and SNL‘s designated Donald Trump. So how about it?

“If I ran for president, I would win, hands down,” Baldwin said on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show today. “It would be the funniest, most exciting, most crazy campaign.” Watch the video clip above.

Funnier and crazier than that last GOP one, dude? Well maybe — seeing as Howard Stern suggested he “run for president as Donald Trump.”

The King of All Media, of course, teed it all up by bantering with Baldwin about the potential gig. Then the host realized a fact: “But you’re busy with Match Game.” Once the ensuing comedy jokes subsided, Baldwin appeared to get serious. Stern began, “If you’re the hope of the Democratic Party …” “I’m not,” the actor interrupted. “I’m only saying that [about running] because people really don’t have a sense of who is gonna come up. I mean, somebody great is gonna come up, I hope. But the only reason I say it is because I’d love to run for that kind of position — to have things be very common sense. There’s so many things this country needs to do that are so obvious.”

Maybe future Democratic National Committee chairman David Letterman could introduce the top two candidates at the 2020 convention: “Alec … Oprah. Oprah … Alec.”

Soap's Robert Mandan Dead at 86

(6/4/18) Robert Mandan, best known to TV audiences for his role as Chester Tate on the classic ABC sitcom Soap, has died at the age of 86.

Mandan passed away in Los Angeles on April 29 after suffering a long, undisclosed illness, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He is survived by his wife, Sherry Dixon.

The veteran TV actor got his start in soap operas, with stints on From These Roots (1959-1961), The Edge of Night (1963), The Doctors (1963) and Search for Tomorrow (1966-1970). He continued to work regularly throughout the 1970s, appearing on episodes of All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son, Mission: Impossible and The Streets of San Francisco, among other high-profile series.

Mandan’s star-making role came soon after, when he was cast on the aforementioned Soap as the philandering husband to Katherine Helmond’s Jessica from 1977 to 1981. The series ran for a total of four seasons and spawned the successful spinoff Benson, starring the late Robert Guillaume.

After Soap, Mandan starred as Col. Lawrence Fielding in the TV adaptation of Private Benjamin, which ran on CBS from 1981-1983. In 1984, he starred opposite John Ritter on the short-lived Three’s a Crowd, in a role he originated in the final episodes of Three’s Company. In 1986, he appeared on The Facts of Life as Dr. Bruce Gaines, a member of the Peace Corps who married Mrs. Garrett in Charlotte Rae’s farewell episodes. Then in 1991, he reunited with Soap spouse Helmond in two episodes of Who’s the Boss.

Mandan’s film credits include Hickey & Boggs, MacArthur and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Other notable TV gigs included episodes of The Love Boat, CHiPS, Highway to Heaven, Santa Barbara, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Married… with Children.

‘American Princess’: Lesley Ann Warren & Max Ehrich Set To Recur In Lifetime Series

(5/25/18) Lesley Ann Warren (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce) and Max Ehrich (Under the Dome) are set to recur opposite Georgia Flood in American Princess, Lifetime’s straight-to-series drama from Jenji Kohan, Jamie Denbo and Tara Herrmann.

Created, written and executive produced by Denbo (Ronna & Beverly), American Princess follows Amanda (Flood), an Upper East Side socialite who runs away from her own dream wedding when she realizes that the life she thought she wanted, wasn’t actually right after all. When she stumbles upon a Renaissance Faire, she experiences an unexpected awakening, leading her to leave everything she thought she cared about behind. While at the Faire, Amanda quickly develops new friendships, rivalries and romance that opens her eyes to new beginnings.

Warren will play Joanntha, Amanda’s (Flood) snobby Upper East Side mother from hell. Joanntha has a narcissistic personality disorder, a massive pill problem and never fails to drunkenly bulldoze every social event she attends. Ehrich is Brett, Amanda’s Manhattan lawyer groom and a bit of an Upper East Side prince. In addition to Flood, they join previously announced cast members Lucas Neff, Seana Kofoed, Rory O’Malley and Mary Hollis Inboden.

Production on the 10-episode series, from A+E Studios and Global Road Entertainment, is slated to begin this summer in Los Angeles. Kohan (Orange is the New Black, GLOW), Herrmann, (Orange is the New Black, GLOW) and Mark Burley (Orange is the New Black, GLOW) also executive produce.

Warren received a supporting actress Oscar nomination for her role as Norma Cassady in 1982’s Victor/Victoria. On TV, she was most recently seen in recurring roles on Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce and Starz’s Blunt Talk. She’s repped by Innovative Artists, Management Production Entertainment and Jackoway, Tyerman, Wertheimer, Austen, Mandelbaum, Morris & Klein.

Ehrich is known for his roles as Hunter May on CBS’ Under the Dome and Freddie Ridge in Hulu’s The Path. He’s repped by MGMT Entertainment and Abrams Artists Agency.

Alec Baldwin, wife welcome fourth child

(5/18/18) Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria Baldwin have become proud parents of four after welcoming a new son.

The Boss Baby star and his yogi other half announced the exciting news on Instagram on Thursday, sharing a photograph of the couple together in hospital with Hilaria holding the newborn in her arms.

“He’s here! He’s perfect! 8lbs 2oz #wegotthis2018,” she captioned the sweet image, posted on her profile.

The new mother and dad have yet to reveal their baby son’s name.

Alec and Hilaria are already parents to daughter Carmen, four, as well as sons Rafael, two, and Leonardo Charles, one.

Alec is also dad to 22-year-old model daughter Ireland from his first marriage to Kim Basinger.

The actor wed yoga instructor and TV presenter Hilaria in 2012 after meeting her at New York restaurant Pure Food and Wine in 2011, when Alec walked up to her and handed her his business card.

Just weeks ahead of the birth of her newborn son, Spanish beauty Hilaria revealed to HOLA! USA she wears the pants in the household.

“I am the boss at home and everybody knows that. They call me that,” she said. “You ask them (her children), ‘Who is the boss’, and they’ll say, ‘Mommy is the boss’.

“Alec lets me be the alpha parent, which is definitely our personalities and it works well,” she added of her husband. “That doesn’t mean that we don’t talk about things and I ask his advice and stuff like that. I’m just very clear about how I want things to be done.”

Eva Green, Ed Skrein, Kathy Bates To Star In Sci-Fi Thriller ‘A Patriot’

(4/29/18) Eva Green, Kathy Bates and Ed Skrein are attached to star in sci-fi thriller A Patriot, which Brian O’Shea’s The Exchange will launch world sales on in Cannes. Currently in pre-production, the movie’s screenplay comes from Dan Pringle (K-Shop) and Toby Rushton (Monsters) with Pringle also attached to direct. Project is being produced by Adam Merrifield (K-Shop) from White Lantern Film and John Giwa-Amu (The Machine) from Red & Black Films with Angus Finney (The Mother) executive producing.

The script takes place in a future authoritarian state that has walled itself away from a world ravaged by climate chaos and resource wars. The story follows the unquestioning Border Corp Captain Kate Jones (Green) as she fights to defend the purity of the population, until a chance discovery makes her doubt the authorities she has pledge her allegiance and life to protect.

The Exchange’s Cannes lineup includes Aja Naomi King’s A Girl From Mogadishu, Ethan Hawke’s Blaze and Jeremiah Zagar’s We The Animals.

Sin City and Penny Dreadful star Green is represented by Tavistock Wood Management and UTA, Oscar-winner Bates by ICM and Deadpool star Skrein by 42, CAA and Bloom, Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman.

American Horror Story: Kathy Bates Returning to Star in Season 8

(3/20/18) The latest chapter of American Horror Story will welcome back an old friend: Kathy Bates will return to play one of the lead roles in Season 8 of FX’s horror anthology, executive producer Ryan Murphy tells Entertainment Weekly.

“Kathy and Sarah Paulson have a lot of great stuff to get to do” in the upcoming season, Murphy teased. “So, with Evan Peters, the three of them are the leads this year.”

A veteran cast member of four previous AHS seasons, beginning with 2013’s Coven (which won her an Emmy), Bates skipped last season’s AHS: Cult to star in the Netflix weed-dispensary sitcom Disjointed. But that series was cancelled last month after one season, freeing Bates up to return to the AHS fold.

No word yet on the theme of AHS‘ eighth installment, but Murphy would “neither confirm or deny” to EW the online rumor that it’ll be subtitled Radioactive. The EP has hinted, though, that the new season will take place in the future, calling it “different from what we’ve done before.”

Alec Baldwin Talk Show Ordered; ABC to Air 'Preview' Episode After Oscars

(2/28/18) Alec Baldwin is getting the final word on Oscar Sunday.

Not only has ABC ordered eight episodes of Sundays With Alec Baldwin, a talk show modeled after the actor’s popular interview-based podcast, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, the network will air a special “sneak peek” immediately following the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday. This preview installment is not considered one of the official eight episodes that ABC ordered.

Baldwin’s guests on Night 1 will be friend Jerry Seinfeld and Saturday Night Live cohort Kate McKinnon, both of whom will be opening up in lengthy interviews about their lives, their careers and more.

“I’m excited about this show and grateful to ABC for taking a chance on me in what is, admittedly, a crowded field,” Baldwin said in a statement. “I’ve enjoyed doing my podcast for WNYC and look forward to the challenge of doing a show on camera.”

Additional information, including when ABC plans to air the other eight episodes, is not yet known.

Alec Baldwin making film on fake art after being scammed himself

(2/18/18) Alec Baldwin — who was ripped off in an art-forgery scam — is making a film about the sketchy world of fake art.

In 2016, the “30 Rock” actor sued a gallery for selling him a counterfeit of what he believed to be a 1996 painting, “Sea and Mirror” by Ross Bleckner, for $190,000.

Now Page Six is told that he’s working on a film based on a 2012 Vanity Fair story, “A Question of Provenance,” by Michael Shnayerson.

We’re told that Baldwin is teaming up with former Paramount exec and Jean-Michel Basquiat dealer and collector Andy Terner on the documentary.

The article addresses the $100 million scam involving fake Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock works. Baldwin bought the ­bogus Bleckner from dealer Mary Boone in 2010, paying her $15,000 in fees.

In the lawsuit, he claimed he immediately felt the painting “appeared brighter and smelled different than he would have expected,” but was told the odd odor was because the previous owner was a heavy smoker. His suspicions were eventually confirmed by a ­Sotheby’s expert, and he won a seven-figure settlement in November.

Disjointed Cancelled at Netflix

(2/14/18) Netflix has extinguished Disjointed. The streamer has pulled the plug on the Kathy Bates-fronted pot comedy after two buzz-deprived seasons, TVLine has learned.

Co-created by Chuck Lorre, the series found Oscar-winner Bates playing the owner of a Los Angeles marijuana dispensary. The cast also included Mozart in the Jungle‘s Aaron Moten, The Flash‘s Tone Bell and Another Period‘s Betsy Sodaro.

The show’s second season dropped last month. All told, 20 episodes were produced.

After years of renewing even its lowest-profile shows, Netflix has entered the cancellation business in a big way of late. Recent terminations include Lady Dynamite, Love, Haters Back Off!, Chelsea, Gypsy and Girlboss.

Alec Baldwin recovering from hip replacement surgery

(2/8/18) Alec Baldwin is recovering after undergoing hip replacement surgery Wednesday.

“Thank you for your kind wishes,” Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria, wrote on Instagram alongside a pic of her holding Alec’s hand at the hospital. “I know many of you are anxious to hear how he is doing. We have been here since very early…All went well in surgery and I am with him in recovery. ?? to all #wegotthis2018”

On Tuesday night, she revealed the 59-year-old “Boss Baby” star was to undergo the surgery the following day.

“Now we rest because tomorrow morning we are in the hospital bright and early for his hip to be replaced,” the 34-year-old yoga expert wrote. “Think good thoughts for us. We are gonna eat lightly, relax, and take deep breaths.”

The couple — who wed in 2012 — are currently expecting their fourth child together.

Alec Baldwin Exits ABC Comedy Series

(2/7/18) Alec Baldwin‘s sitcom comeback has hit a speed bump.

The 30 Rock alum and current Match Game host — who was slated to star in an untitled ABC family comedy co-created by Kenya Barris (black-ish) — will not be appearing in the project after all, TVLine has confirmed. Baldwin will, however, stay on as an exec producer.

Last December, ABC handed a straight-to-series order to the multi-cam comedy, which also counts Julie Bean (grown-ish) as an EP. The show follows an opinionated former TV star who moves in with his liberal daughter, her girlfriend and their child.

An ABC rep declined to comment.

Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin & More Board Edward Norton’s ‘Motherless Brooklyn’

(2/6/18) Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Alec Baldwin have signed on for thriller Motherless Brooklyn, written and directed by Edward Norton, who is also starring in it. Currently shooting in New York City, the film’s ensemble cast includes Cherry Jones, Ethan Suplee, Leslie Mann, Josh Pais, Fisher Stevens, Michael K. Williams, and Robert Wisdom as well as previously announced Willem Dafoe.

Inspired by Jonathan Lethem’s novel of the same name, the pic, set in 1950s NY, follows Lionel Essrog (Norton), a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the powerful engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely-guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance.

Norton is producing the project alongside his Class 5 Films producing partner Bill Migliore as well as MWM Studios’ Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane. Executive producers are Michael Bederman, Adrian Alperovich, Sue Kroll, Robert F. Smith, Brian Sheth, and Daniel Nadler. Warner Bros will release the film worldwide.

Alec Baldwin Responds To Dylan Farrow’s Woody Allen Accusations; Compares Her To Character From ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

(1/29/18) Alec Baldwin took to Twitter on Sunday to continue to defend Woody Allen against Dylan Farrow’s sexual assault accusations, comparing her “persistence of emotion” to the character of Mayella from To Kill A Mockingbird, who accuses a black man of rape with no substantial evidence.

In his tweet, Baldwin says said that like Mayella, Dylan Farrow’s “tears/exhortations [are] meant [to] shame [you into] belief in her story.” He adds, “But I need more than that before I destroy [someone], regardless of their fame. I need a lot more.”

He continued by tweeting a New York Times story blasting Dylan and Moses Farrow saying, “To say that [Dylan Farrow] is telling the truth is to say that [Moses Farrow] is lying. Which of Mia’s kids got the honesty gene and which did not?”

In one last tweet, Baldwin doesn’t mince words if you don’t agree with his stance on the director, who he has worked with multiple times, “If my defense of Woody Allen offends you, it’s real simple. Unfollow. Condemn. Move on.”

This isn’t the first time Baldwin has come to the defense of Allen. Earlier this month, he called the “renunciation” of the director “unfair and sad.” He said that he was “investigated forensically” and that “no charges were filed.

“Is it possible to support survivors of pedophilia and sexual assault/abuse and also believe that [Woody Allen] is innocent?” he said on Twitter. “I think so. The intention is not to dismiss or ignore such complaints. But accusing [people] of such crimes should be treated carefully. On behalf of the victims as well.”

Al1 of the most effective things Dylan Farrow has in her arsenal is the “persistence of emotion.” Like Mayella in TKAM, her tears/exhortations r meant 2 shame u in2 belief in her story.
But I need more than that before I destroy some1, regardless of their fame.
I need a lot more.

— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) January 28, 2018

To say that @RealDylanFarrow is telling the truth is to say that @MosesFarrow is lying.
Which of Mia’s kids got the honesty gene and which did not?https://t.co/vpPhe5VFcG

— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) January 28, 2018

If my defense of Woody Allen offends you, it’s real simple.
Unfollow.
Condemn.
Move on.

— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) January 28, 2018

Lin Bolen Dies: First Female VP Of Programming At A Network Was 76

(1/28/18) Lin Bolen, the first female VP of programming at a TV network and an influential force in daytime television fare, has died. She passed away on January 19 at the age of 76 in a hospital in the San Fernando Valley, according to friend and former game-show host Jim MacKrell.

Bolen worked for NBC in the 1970s and was responsible for commissioning the long-running game show Wheel of Fortune. She also is credited with bringing long-form narrative to soap operas, expanding them to hour-long formats.

It was long rumored that the ruthless Faye Dunaway character of Diana Christiansen in the 1976 satrical film Network was based on Bolen, something Bolen denied.

She was appointed VP of daytime programming at NBC in 1972, rising to become the VP of programming in Sept. 1975. NBC thrived under her leadership, becoming the No. 1 network in ratings.

Some of her moves were controversial. Bolen ended the 11-year run for Jeopardy!, citing its older demographics and stodgy host Art Fleming, and also killed the 15-year-old game show Concentration. Instead, she pivoted to a new concept from creator/producer Merv Griffin, a casino-like game called Wheel of Fortune that debuted in 1976. It became a huge hit.

Merv Griffin remembered Bolen in his Simon & Schuster memoir, Merv: Making The Good Life Last. He described her as a “hard-driving” and “difficult” woman, with whom he had many “bitter fights.” Still, he noted, “I developed a gruding respect for her talent and determination. She wanted to put her own stamp on NBC’s daytime lineup, and if that meant throwing out a few babies along with the bathwater, then so be it.”

Bolen left NBC in 1976 to form her own, self-named producion company focused on creating and developing game shows, movies of the week, and theatrical films for networks and studios. Among its show was Stumpers!, hosted by Allen Ludden (which lasted 13 weeks before cancellation), and W.E.B., a show that looked seriously at the men who ran network television. It, too, was canceled after 13 weeks, done in by its slot against the ABC hit Charlie’s Angels.

She fared better in television movies. The Christmas Coal Mine Miracle, starring Kurt Russell and Melissa Gilbert, was the highest-rated movie of the year for NBC.

Survivors include a son, Jason Wendkos. No details on memorial services have been made public.

Will & Grace Guest Stars

(1/19/18) Will & Grace‘s parade of returning guest stars continues.

The latest actors set to reprise their roles on the NBC comedy include Alec Baldwin (as Karen’s government-agent ex Malcolm Widmark), Blythe Danner (as Will’s mom Marilyn Truman) and Sara Rue (as Grace’s sister Joyce).

Additionally, Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight) and Robert Klein (The Mysteries of Laura) will appear in upcoming episodes.

Alec Baldwin Says Treatment Of Woody Allen Is “Unfair And Sad”

(1/17/18) As the backlash against working with Woody Allen gains momentum, Alec Baldwin has come forward to express his opinion calling the “renunciation” of the director is “unfair and sad.”

Baldwin took to Twitter to point out that Allen was “investigated forensically” and that “no charges were filed. He adds “I worked [with Woody Allen] 3 times and it was one of the privileges of my career.”

“Is it possible to support survivors of pedophilia and sexual assault/abuse and also believe that [Woody Allen] is innocent?” he continued on Twitter. “I think so. The intention is not to dismiss or ignore such complaints. But accusing [people] of such crimes should be treated carefully. On behalf of the victims as well.”

Baldwin’s response comes shortly after Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Hall, who both star in Allen’s upcoming A Rainy Day in New York, announced that they will donate their salary from the movie to charity. Their actions come in the wake of articles written by Dylan Farrow and Ronan Farrow about Allen’s alleged sexual misconduct.

@ABFalecbaldwin : Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed. The renunciation of him and his work, no doubt, has some purpose. But it’s unfair and sad to me. I worked w WA 3 times and it was one of the privileges of my career.

@ABFalecbaldwin : Is it possible to support survivors of pedophilia and sexual assault/abuse and also believe that WA is innocent? I think so. The intention is not to dismiss or ignore such complaints. But accusing ppl of such crimes should be treated carefully. On behalf of the victims, as well.

Alec Baldwin, Jeff Daniels Race to Stop 9/11 in Looming Tower Trailer — Watch

(1/12/18) (Video) Could the September 11th terrorist attacks have been prevented? That’s a provocative question that Hulu’s new drama The Looming Tower dives into without flinching.

The scripted docudrama, which premieres Wednesday, Feb. 28 on the streaming service, chronicles the FBI and CIA’s efforts to hunt down Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda in the years leading up to 9/11 — and the errors they made along the way. In the new trailer above, when Peter Sarsgaard’s CIA analyst is told there’s “too much risk” to aggressively going after al-Qaeda, he comes back with: “Someday, this administration will be remembered for the risks it didn’t take.”

Emmy winner Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) stars as FBI agent John O’Neil, who angrily points out that the bureau has only eight Arabic speakers out of 10,000 agents: “That’s how seriously our government takes this threat.” We see infighting between the FBI and CIA, and a number of high-ranking officials downplaying the threat of al-Qaeda, including Alec Baldwin as CIA director George Tenet, who urges Sarsgaard’s character to “use the chain of command. It exists for a reason.”

As we can see from the bloody carnage left by al-Qaeda’s bombings of African embassies, though, that threat was clearly underestimated. Later, we see Fargo‘s Michael Stuhlbarg as counter-terrorism expert Richard Clarke, testifying before Congress and telling the American people, “Your government failed you.”

Stephen Baldwin thinks Alec will vote for Trump

(12/21/17) It’s shaping up to be another interesting Christmas for the Baldwin family.

Stephen Baldwin is predicting that older brother Alec Baldwin — impersonator and vocal critic of Donald Trump — will be voting to reelect the president.

Stephen, an avid Trump supporter, told The Hollywood Reporter he believes his brother will be voting for Trump after the actor receives “this new tax cut” from the GOP tax bill.

“I’m calling it now: With the amount of money Alec is going to make with this new tax cut, I bet he votes for Trump for re-election. Just saying!” the 51-year-old actor said.

But Stephen, 51, may just have to text Alec, 59, his predicition, because he also revealed he hasn’t spoken to his brother, infamous for his impersonation of the president on “Saturday Night Live,” since the surprise 2016 results came in.

“I can’t get into it. I haven’t spoken to [Alec] since the election. That’s the truth,” Stephen said when asked about his brother’s Trump impression. “That is by his choice. We grew up in a dumb-jock, competitive, ‘Friday Night Lights’ kind of environment.”

Stephen said he is “absolutely” still a supporter of Trump because they are the “same kind of guy.” He added that he isn’t worried about being a vocal supporter of the president when most people in Hollywood criticize Trump.

“I’m a Baldwin brother, and that sends fear into anyone’s heart, instantly,” he said.

Alec Baldwin’s Trump impression could be headed to Broadway

(12/13/17) If Tina Fey can do it, why not her “30 Rock” co-star Alec Baldwin? And if their “SNL” commander-in-chief can honcho her Broadway show, why not his as well?

Those were the questions raised Monday when Baldwin told Howard Stern he has Broadway in his sights for a solo show based on his Emmy-winning impersonation of President Donald Trump, with Lorne Michaels producing. Michaels is also producing Fey’s musical adaptation of “Mean Girls,” slated to arrive on Broadway in the spring.

Baldwin was interviewed on Stern’s Sirius XM program to promote “You Can’t Spell America Without Me,” his new book, co-written with Kurt Andersen. The parody purports to tell the “really tremendous inside story” of the president’s first year in office.

“We may take the book and make it into a one-man show on Broadway,” Baldwin said, adding that the book was written with the blessing of Michaels, who controls the rights to the impersonation. “What Lorne did do is give me permission to write this book,” Baldwin said. “My rendering of [Trump] is his intellectual property.”

Baldwin added that “We’re all sick of the whole Trump as source of comedy thing, and I am too, but Kurt goes to another level.”

Baldwin has a lucrative model for the possible show: In 2009, Will Ferrell brought his “Saturday Night Live” impression of George W. Bush to the Cort Theatre in “You’re Welcome, America. A Final Night with George W. Bush.” The three-month stand was a smash hit.

Baldwin has had a celebrated stage career that includes five Broadway shows including “A Streetcar Named Desire,” in which he played Stanley Kowalski opposite Jessica Lange’s Blanche Du Bois and Amy Madigan’s Stella.

Kenya Barris/Alec Baldwin Family Comedy Gets Straight-To-Series Order By ABC

(12/12/17) In a competitive situation, ABC has landed a multi-camera comedy co-created and executive produced by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, Julie Bean (Grown-ish) and 30 Rock alum Alec Baldwin. The network has given a straight-to-series order to the project, which is being developed as a possible starring vehicle for Baldwin. ABC Studios, where Barris, Baldwin and Bean are under overall deals, is the studio.

Written by Barris and Bean, who will serve as showrunners, the untitled project is described as a classic dysfunctional family comedy series about a stuck-in-his-ways, opinionated, fading TV star who moves in with his progressive daughter, her girlfriend and the child they are raising together.

While ABC didn’t pick up to series any of its multi-camera pilots in May and opted not to renew its existing multi-camera series, the network nabbed a revival of classic 1990s multi-camera sitcom Roseanne, which will air later this season and has put a number of multi-camera projects in development for next season. The Barris/Bean/Baldwin comedy also is eyed for a premiere next season.

Under his ABC Studios overall deal, Baldwin, who hosts ABC’s Match Game revival, is in negotiations to headline a talk show for ABC based on his radio show and podcast Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin.

Baldwin won two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, and record-setting six SAG Awards for his role as Jack Donaghy on NBC’s 30 Rock. He is coming off a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy for his Donald Trump impersonation on Saturday Night Live. He is repped by CAA.

Barris is creator/executive producer on ABC/ABC Studios’ Black-ish on ABC and its upcoming spinoff series Grown-ish on Freeform. Black-ish this morning landed two more Golden Globe nominations, best comedy series and best lead actor in a comedy series for star Anthony Anderson. The acclaimed single-camera comedy won a Golden Globe last year for female lead Tracee Ellis Ross. Barris, who also co-wrote this year’s feature comedy hit Girls Trip, is repped by CAA, Principato Young, and attorney Gregg Gellman Yorn.

Under her ABC Studios deal, Bean serves as an executive producer on Grown-ish. She previously worked as a co-executive producer on ABC/ABC Studios’ American Housewife. Both she and Barris have multi-camera comedy experience. They worked together on The Game. Bean also has done stints on CBS’ Mike & Molly and NBC’s NewsRadio, Barris on Girlfriends.

ABC Studios and its cable/digital division ABC Signature received 5 Golden Globe nominations this morning, two each for Black-ish and Showtime’s SMILF, and one for ABC drama The Good Doctor, a co-production with Sony Pictures TV Studios.

Alec Baldwin defends tweet about late-night hosts

(12/8/17) Alec Baldwin took to Megyn Kelly’s “Today” hour to talk about his latest controversial tweet, this time reminiscing about the days when talk shows were “once promotional pit stops for some blithe chit chat about movies, etc.”

Now, Baldwin’s Wednesday tweet continued, owing to “the likes of” John Oliver and Stephen Colbert, the shows “have flipped that and they are beginning to resemble grand juries.”

“And a lot of people by the way, they endorse that,” Baldwin conceded, on “Megyn Kelly Today.”

“They think that those hosts of those shows are perfectly, not only within their rights, but it’s very attractive or very necessary for them to be pressing this cause. I just don’t want to see people who are innocent get into trouble…[Harvey] Weinstein, for example, is in a rehab hiding behind millions of dollars’ worth of lawyers. And I want to see the people who really did something get convicted. I want the people who are the wrong, I want them to be punished. But I don’t want to see innocent people get hurt either.”

Baldwin’s latest controversial tweet came after Oliver asked Dustin Hoffman about a former production assistant’s allegation he sexually harassed her on the “Death of a Salesman” set in the ’80s, while moderating a film fest anniversary screening of “Wag the Dog” at the 92nd St. Y.

Kelly, Thursday morning, described it as Oliver having “cross examined” Hoffman.

“For me, what is different, what is odd, this is no excuse, but like 40 years ago there was a kind of way that people had a kind of sexualized by-play, and a kind of fooling around that was wrong,” Baldwin argued.

“You look back and you say it was wrong then. But it seemed to be less problematic than it is now. Where we live now, there are a lot of things you just don’t do any more. [Women] put up with it more but now they don’t put up with it.”

“And there are people who say that if an entire television show and all very well paid crew and cast of that show lose their jobs , year ago that was used as means of leveraging the woman to keep quiet: you don’t want to put all those people out of work.” Now, Baldwin added, “that’s collateral damage.”

Kelly wondered into which category Baldwin would put his friend James Toback. Baldwin said he had not seen much of Toback lately but condemned “anyone who is guilty of this kind of predatory behavior.”

“Men that I know, and I think most women would agree with this, we don’t understand men who want a woman, her tears streaming down her face and she is begging you not to do the thing you are going to do, most men that I know would say, what’s with that?”

Alec Baldwin Slams John Oliver, Stephen Colbert for Turning Talk Shows into "Grand Juries"

(12/7/17) Alec Baldwin might be a fixture of the most recent seasons of Saturday Night Live as the show routinely lampoons Donald Trump, but that doesn't mean he appreciates all aspects of late night TV getting roundly political.

On Wednesday, Baldwin chided late night hosts John Oliver and Stephen Colbert — of Last Week With John Oliver and Late Night with Stephen Colbert, respectively — of turning their programs into "grand juries."

Baldwin wrote on Twitter, "Talk shows were once promotional pit stops for some blithe chit chat about movies, etc. Now the likes of @iamjohnoliver and @StephenAtHome have flipped that and they are beginning to resemble grand juries."

Baldwin's words closely follow Michael Rappaport's criticism of Oliver's decision (a video which Baldwin re-tweeted before making his own remarks) to bring up sexual misconduct allegations against actor Dustin Hoffman at an anniversary screening of Wag the Dog. Rappaport dinged the host for not discussing the matter privately and instead initiating the conversation during the cast panel.

As for why Colbert was included in Baldwin's criticism, well, some suspect the inclusion may have to do with Colbert's many segments covering the #MeToo movement, including asking Ben Affleck about accusations lobbied against him during what would've otherwise been a mere puff promotional interview for Justice League.

"I'm pro for people being punished through a due process of law. I'm against people asserting that the process begins and ends with accusations only," Baldwin added on Twitter.

Reactions to Baldwin's comments have been mixed, but many take issue with what he may or may not be advocating for, in terms of late show styles.

Considering Alec Baldwin himself is reportedly in contention for his own talk show at ABC, perhaps Baldwin was simply making a pitch for his own prospective program to steer clear of such weighty subjects.

Alec Baldwin Eyes Hosting ABC Talk Show Based On ‘Here’s The Thing’ Podcast

(12/5/17) Alec Baldwin — TV talk show host? Sources tell Deadline that the man who built a mini-career out of impersonating President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live has is negotiating a deal to do a talker for ABC based on his radio show and podcast Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin.

The show stems from the deal he made with ABC Studios in August to host the network’s primetime game show Match Game. No details yet on when the talk show will premiere or who would be involved with it.

Here’s the Thing launched in October 2011 as an outlet for other polarizing political firebrand Baldwin to interview public figures — from celebrities and athletes to politicians and economists.

Alec Baldwin gets seven-figure settlement in art-fraud lawsuit

(11/14/17) Alec Baldwin and art dealer Mary Boone have settled a lawsuit in which the actor alleged that Boone misled him over the sale of a Ross Bleckner painting for $190,000.

Baldwin gloats over the victory in an upcoming New Yorker piece, even joking, “Maybe I’ll have Ross paint a picture of the seven-figure check that Mary paid me to settle.” The settlement includes “several Bleckner paintings, including one commissioned to [Baldwin’s] specifications.”

According to the New Yorker, Boone’s “agreed to write [Baldwin] a seven-figure check” to settle the civil-fraud case over Bleckner’s 1996 painting “Sea and Mirror.” Baldwin’s suit alleged that, in 2010, the “30 Rock” star asked Boone about buying the work he coveted from another collector. Baldwin bought it but began to suspect the painting was a fake.

The actor’s suit claimed that when Boone could not procure the original, Bleckner reproduced it. When Baldwin asked why the work looked different, he says that Boone explained it was “cleaned” since the previous collector was a smoker. The New Yorker reports that before his 2016 suit, Baldwin “decided to confront Bleckner” and “the artist admitted that the painting was a copy, and later wrote, in an email to Baldwin, ‘I’m so sorry about all of this. I feel so bad about this.’?” Baldwin claims, “Mary cried on the phone. She said, ‘You caught me. I wanted to make you happy.’ ”

In April, a judge cleared the way for the case to head to trial. But with it now settled, the New Yorker says, “The reproduction of ‘Sea and Mirror’ is now crated up in the basement of Baldwin’s East Hampton house,” and he’ll donate half the proceeds to the Sag Harbor Cinema. The star even boasts that he’ll put the painting on a lecture series on “art fraud,” saying, “I’ll call it the Boondoggle Tour.”

Bleckner commented to the New Yorker, “It is resolved. I am sorry the whole thing happened.”

Boone commented to Page Six: “Words like ‘counterfeit’ and ‘fake’ are being used in a sensational fashion. No one is contesting that Ross Bleckner is the artist who made this painting; therefore, the work cannot be fake. The significant thing is that Alec Baldwin liked the painting that he bought from me so much that not only did he keep it, but he commissioned the artist recently to make him two more paintings for his collection. Just last week at the Paley Center, Alec Baldwin admitted to ‘bullying women’ and ‘treating women differently than men.’ This never would have happened the way it did if I was a male dealer.”

Alec Baldwin taking Twitter break after Weinstein comments

(11/5/17) Alec Baldwin announced Saturday morning that he would be stepping away from his Twitter account following backlash over his recent remarks regarding women settling sexual harassment suits in the context of Harvey Weinstein.

“It is w some degree of sadness that I will suspend posting on this a TWITTER account for a period of and in the current climate,” he wrote.

“It was never my intention, in my public statements, to ‘blame the victim’ in the many sexual assault cases that have emerged recently,” he continued.

“I simply posited that the settlement of such cases certainly delayed justice, though I am fully aware that those settlements were entered into w the understanding that settlement is wise, intimidated into believing so.”

He added that his heart goes out to all the victims of sexual assault and that his foundation will continue to post on the topic of its work with the arts and environment.

Baldwin faced backlash over comments regarding settlements that he made during an interview with PBS NewsHour, in which he pointed out that when women settle sexual harassment suits and are silenced in the process through NDAs, “the course of change” is delayed.

“When you talked about Harvey Weinstein in the business, you knew that he was highly intrusive in the process of making films … you knew that he was a very intense guy … and last but not least, you heard the rumor that he raped Rose McGowan. You heard that over and over — we heard that for decades. And nothing was done,” he began.

“Rose McGowan took a payment of $100,000 and settled her case with him,” he continued, after being asked why no one had come forward if they were aware of the alleged incident. “And it was for Rose McGowan to prosecute that case.”

He referenced a New York Times article and stated that many people had wondered, “Do the settlement of these cases hurt the cause of exposing and bringing us to a place of real change?”

“When women take money, and are silenced by that money – even though they took the money and were silenced because they were told beyond the money it was the right thing for them to do, keep quiet, don’t make too many waves, it’s going to hurt your career — when they do it, nonetheless, does it set back the course of change? That’s an issue, I think,” he finished.

Asia Argento, who accused Weinstein of raping her in a New Yorker piece following the original New York Times exposé, retweeted the PBS NewHour video, and wrote, “Hey, [Alec Baldwin] you’re either a complete moron or providing cover for your pals and saving your own rep. Maybe all three.”

She followed up with a second tweet: “Alec Baldwin mansplaining ‘the cause’ for women everywhere. That’s a good caption for that video.”

She also commented on Baldwin’s departure from Twitter, asserting, “We won’t miss you bully boy.”

Alec Baldwin Says He Had Heard a Rumor 'for Decades' About Harvey Weinstein Allegedly Raping Rose McGowan

(11/5/17) In an interview with PBS News Hour broadcast Friday, Saturday Night Live star Alec Baldwin claimed rumblings about Harvey Weinstein allegedly raping Rose McGowan have been discussed in Hollywood circles for years.

“I didn’t know anything,” Baldwin said when questioned about what he knew of Weinstein. “But I know that when you talked about Harvey Weinstein in the business, for example, for decades, you knew that he was highly intrusive in the process of making films. You know, his nickname was Harvey Scissorhands and he was very intrusive in the path of the directors who worked for him. Number two, you knew that he was a very intense guy and very bullying guy, and was shouting and screaming at people and exhorting them when he didn’t get his way. And, last but not least, you heard the rumor that he raped Rose McGowan. You heard that over and over. We have heard that for decades, and nothing was done.”

Last month, McGowan alleged via Twitter that “HW raped me.” The former Hollywood mogul denied “any allegations of non-consensual sex” in a statement issued through his representative, Sallie Hofmeister.

Speaking to PBS News Hour, Baldwin noted the initial New York Times report revealed Weinstein had paid a settlement to McGowan after an alleged incident at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997.

“It was for Rose McGowan to prosecute that case,” Baldwin said. “I don’t think you and I are working at a job, and we vet everybody we work for in terms of, not just sexual crimes, racism. Do I sit there and say to myself, I want to have a forensic psychiatrist come and examine the entire board of Warner Bros., and I will never take another paycheck from Warner Bros. until everybody on that board of directors that runs that company have been vetted that they’re not racist, sexist, homophobic, you name it, I need to have a report on that?”

The actor questioned where to draw the line. “Where this thing with Harvey Weinstein and Rose McGowan came along was, I had no idea, until now, that she had settled the case,” he said.

McGowan responded to Baldwin’s interview on Twitter by writing, “Told you everyone knew. No one cared. Men ran the show. Women toed the line. No more. #ROSEARMY.” She added in a response to another user, “It has been a truly lonely road.”

Asia Argento, an Italian actress and filmmaker who accused Weinstein of sexual assault, also took issue with Baldwin’s words. “Hey @AlecBaldwin,” she tweeted on Saturday, “you’re either a complete moron or providing cover for your pals and saving your own rep. Maybe all three.”

In the wake of the backlash online, Baldwin announced he was leaving Twitter for the forseeable future. “It is w some degree of sadness that I will suspend posting on this a TWITTER account for a period of and in the current climate,” Baldwin wrote in a series of tweets on Saturday.

The New York Police Department is currently gathering evidence against Weinstein after detectives interviewed actress Paz de la Huerta, who claims Weinstein raped her twice in 2010. (Weinstein has continued to deny allegations of non-consensual sex.) Los Angeles police are also probing for “lewd conduct” stemming from an incident in 2015, while a similar investigation is underway in Beverly Hills.

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin expecting their fourth child

(11/4/17) Alec and Hilaria Baldwin are expecting their fourth child.

“Our Baldwinitos are getting a new teammate this spring ??,” Hilaria captioned a family photo on Instagram Friday. “I’m gonna make them a special cake to tell them if it’s a boy or a girl…I’ll post it tomorrow midday ??. We are so excited!”

The Baldwins’ rep had no additional comment.

Hilaria, 33, and Alec, 59, are already parents to daughter Carmen and sons Rafael and Leonardo. They welcomed Leonardo a little over a year ago in September 2016.

The couple wed in 2012.

The “30 Rock” alum is also father to Ireland Basinger-Baldwin, whom he shares with ex Kim Basinger.

Alec Baldwin Admits He's Been 'Very Sexist' and 'Bullied' Women — While Calling for Change

(11/3/17) Alec Baldwin is admitting to his own past mistreatment of women while calling for a change in Hollywood and beyond.

The Emmy Award winner made the remarks while receiving a career honor from The Paley Center for Media on Thursday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Speaking about the sexual misconduct allegations that have permeated the film industry this month, Baldwin reportedly said, “I certainly have treated women in a very sexist way.”

He added, “I’ve bullied women. I’ve overlooked women. I’ve underestimated women. Not as a rule, [but] from time to time I’ve done what a lot of men do, which is … when you don’t treat women the same way you treat men. You don’t. I’m from a generation where you really don’t and I’d like that to change. I really would like that to change.”

Baldwin called for reform across all industries. “I think it’s important for us to try to make the workplace and beyond not only comfortable and right and fair and appropriate but as productive, as well,” he said. “I think a lot of what we’re dealing with within this issue is hurting our business. It’s making it less productive.”

As for the allegations that have been levied against Hollywood power players like Harvey Weinstein and James Toback, Baldwin said, “I knew of certain things that there were rumors of things happening to people, but I didn’t necessarily know the scope when you hear the hundreds and hundreds of women who are complaining about this.”

He added, “It’s been a very eye-opening experience for me personally. We’ve got to be vigilant in a new way to make sure that everybody is comfortable and that we get the job done together that we’re there to do.”

Baldwin previously spoke out about the sexual misconduct claims against Toback, who directed Baldwin in Seduced and Abandoned and The Private Life of a Modern Woman.

“In all the time I’ve known Jimmy, I never had one conversation about his sex life, which is not unusual for me because I’m not sitting down with some guy and he’s saying to me, ‘Man, you should have seen what I did last night with this girl in this hotel.’ I don’t go there,” Baldwin told The Los Angeles Times, which first broke the news of the Tobak scandal.

“I’d always heard Jimmy was peculiar,” he continued. “I remember years ago, with [the movie] The Pick-up Artist, Jimmy had this reputation 20, 25 years ago or more of hitting on [women], going up and saying provocative things to them. I’d heard of that. But in my time with Jimmy, it was absolutely, positively business.”

Toback was initially accused of sexual misconduct by 38 women in the Los Angeles Times story. The paper later reported that more than 300 women have come forward with similar allegations. In the days since, numerous famous actresses accused Toback of harassment, including Selma Blair, Rachel McAdams and Julianne Moore.

Alec Baldwin Says He Wasn’t Aware Of James Toback’s History With Women & Calls Trump “A Sexual Predator”

(10/31/17) In the wake of the Los Angeles Times‘ October 23 exposé on James Toback’s history of sexual harassment, reporter Glenn Whipp tried to get the filmmaker’s Seduced and Abandoned co-star and producer Alec Baldwin on the record. That finally happened Sunday night.

In sum, Baldwin told Whipp that in his time with Toback on the 2013 HBO Cannes Film Festival documentary, as well as his latest movie The Private Life of a Modern Woman, “I never had one conversation about his sex life” that “in my time with Jimmy, it was absolutely, positively business.”

“I don’t have any information firsthand about what I’m hearing. These are everybody else’s secondhand assertions about what he did,” the The Cooler Oscar nominee told the LAT. “I can’t assume that all these people are lying. And I feel terrible.”

Many believed Baldwin was sidestepping the media storm around Toback, largely remaining silent except for a tweet last Tuesday in which Baldwin said, “I cheered when Gawker lost its case to Hulk. So, of course The Decider wants to tar me w the Toback brush. Kayla Cobb, ur a dreadful writer.”

Baldwin told Whipp in a report published today that he had heard whispers years ago about Toback’s history of hitting on women, when the director was making the Robert Downey Jr-Molly Ringwald comedy The Pick-Up Artist. But Baldwin says he had no clue of the alleged severity of Toback’s encounters, especially the audition episode involving Selma Blair which the actress detailed last week for Vanity Fair.

In fact, the flood of sexual harassment allegations post-Harvey Weinstein has Baldwin’s head spinning: “It is overwhelming for people to grasp the magnitude of this. Daryl Hannah. Probably half the actresses I’ve ever heard of in my life have from these recent generations have come forth to talk about Harvey or this one or that one.”

Asking Baldwin his thoughts about the 325 women who’ve accused Toback of sexual misconduct, the actor said what this scandal is really about is President Donald Trump, who he impersonates on Saturday Night Live.

“There is some veneer to it of complexity because they can’t get the guy they really want to get,” he said. “[Donald] Trump is a sexual predator. On the record, there’s all kinds of evidence that Trump has behaved this way, and he’s the president of the United States and that being just one of the things that is horrifying people about Trump, his opinions, his behavior, his methodology and there’s nothing you can do about that. You cannot touch him.”

Alec Baldwin has drink-throwing meltdown on NYC street

(10/11/17) Explosive actor Alec Baldwin had another epic meltdown on the streets of New York this week.

A fellow pedestrian at University Place and 11th Street tells us that the “30 Rock” star was seen in a verbal exchange with a presumably reckless motorist that included insults and soft-drink throwing.

“Baldwin called the driver of a big black SUV ‘a meatball’ and kept asking him and the passenger to get out,” said the witness, who noticed the incident after it had already begun.

When the people in the car wouldn’t get out, “Alec got out his phone and started videotaping them. They pulled away right after, and he took a pic of their license plate and threw his extra-large drink in the street. Then he just went on his angry way.”

Baldwin’s rep had no comment.

In 2014, the actor was arrested in the same area for biking the wrong way down Fifth Avenue and reportedly becoming “belligerent and .?.?. arguing” with cops.

He also went on a Twitter tirade against an Upper West Side Starbucks barista in 2011, and delivered a homophobic rant against a Post photographer in 2013.

Alec Baldwin headlines Iowa Democrats event

(10/11/17) Strange as it seems, Iowa Democrats can expect to see Donald Trump at the state party’s annual marquee fundraiser next month.

That is, in the form of actor Alec Baldwin, the walking parody of the Republican president.

The actor who received an Emmy award last month for his running parody of Trump on “Saturday Night Live” is to be the keynote speaker at the state party banquet in Des Moines on Nov. 27.

It’s a role often reserved for presidential prospects in the leadoff presidential caucus state.

Whether or not Baldwin entertains the light-hearted urgings of former President Bill Clinton to run for president, Baldwin should certainly expect an audience hungry for lifted spirits.

Iowa Democrats are at a 20-year low, having reveled for the past eight years in first launching Barack Obama to the presidential nomination and twice delivering the state for him.

But today, Republicans control the Statehouse in Des Moines, both U.S. Senate seats and a majority of U.S. House seats.

“Heading into the 2018 midterm elections and beyond, I have decided to rededicate my efforts to helping the Democratic Party win across the country,” Baldwin said in a statement distributed by the Iowa Democratic Party. “That effort begins in earnest in Iowa.”

Iowa Democrats see the state’s governor’s race as a prime opportunity to recapture power in the state.

Eight candidates are seeking the 2018 nomination, a dynamic even some Republicans see as an opportunity for the out-of-power party.

Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds is finishing the final 18 months of veteran Republican Terry Branstad’s term. Reynolds is seeking the governorship next year, having served as lieutenant governor before Branstad was sworn in as U.S. ambassador to China in June.

‘On The Basis Of Sex’ Adds Justin Theroux & Kathy Bates To Round Out Cast

(10/2/17) Justin Theroux and Kathy Bates have joined the cast of On the Basis of Sex, the biopic about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg that stars Felicity Jones as Ginsberg and Armie Hammer as her husband. Participant Media unveiled the rest of the pic’s casting, which includes Sam Waterston, Jack Reynor, Stephen Root and Cailee Spaeny. Shooting is now underway in Montreal.

Mimi Leder is directing a script the pic penned by Daniel Stiepleman, Ginsburg’s nephew. It follows Ginsburg from when she a young lawyer who teamed with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the Supreme Court and overturn a century of gender discrimination.

Robert Cort is producing, and Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King as well as Karen Loop and Betsy Danbury are executive producers. Participant is also financing.

A 2018 theatrical release is planned to coincide with Ginsburg’s 25th anniversary on the High Court. As per Participant’s output arrangements via Amblin Partners, Focus Features is distributing domestically.

Adam Baldwin Cast In ‘The Kid’

(9/22/17) Director Vincent D’Onofrio The Kid has added Adam Baldwin to play Bob Orlinger in the film about infamous gunfighter Billy the Kid. He joins Ethan Hawke, Dane DeHaan as Billy and newcomer Jake Schur in title role of the Western told through the view of a young boy who reaches out to his outlaw hero to help save his kidnapped sister. The script is by Andrew Lanham with Jordan Schur producing under his Mimran Schur Pictures/Suretone Pictures banner, alongside Nick Thurlow and Sam Maydew. Exec producers are David Mimran, Carl Stubner, Dillon D. Jordan, Ricky Brickell, Mercuri, JoJo Chehebar, Samir Patel and Sejal Patel. Filming is slated to begin this month in Sante Fe, NM, and Lionsgate will release the pic in the U.S. and UK. Baldwin, who last worked with D’Onofrio in the Stanley Kubrick-directed war drama Full Metal Jacket, stars in the TNT series The Last Ship. He’s repped by APA and A Management Company.

Emmy Awards Winners

(9/17/17) Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Saturday Night Live
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Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump

Alec Baldwin Definitely Will Trump ‘Saturday Night Live’ Season Premiere

(9/14/17) Alec Baldwin will return as President Donald Trump on the September 30 season premiere of Saturday Night Live, the actor has confirmed.

“We’re going to do it until…”, teases Baldwin on today’s Ellen, leaving host Ellen DeGeneres hanging a bit as to exactly how long he’ll keep Trumping. Baldwin suggests he’ll do “a couple” episodes of SNL, without further detail.

The 30 Rock alum already had promised to resurrect the SNL character, telling CNN in June that he’d “fit that in,” but he tends to keep the appearances secret until the day of, tweeting out hints.

Baldwin appeared on Ellen to plug his new book You Can’t Spell America Without Me, a Donald Trump parody memoir.

Baldwin’s Trump impersonation revitalized the show last season, kicking off a string of political parodies that drew the attention of the real president and more recently helped earn Melissa McCarthy, aka SNL‘s Sean Spicer, an Emmy for guest actress on a comedy series. SNL returns for Season 43 on September 30, with host Ryan Gosling and musical guest Jay-Z.

Alec Baldwin To Play John DeLorean In Scripted Scenes For Docu About Famous Automaker

(9/13/17) Alec Baldwin is stepping into the driver’s seat for XYZ Films’ forthcoming documentary about John DeLorean. The docu will be fused with scripted scenes which will feature Baldwin will playing the iconic automaker.

To give him the look of the man who brought us the iconic, cutting-edge car of the ’80s, Baldwin has enlisted the help from his hair and makeup team from Saturday Night Live.

The film is directed by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce (The Art of the Steal, Last Days Here, Batman & Bill ) and produced by Tamir Ardon, XYZ Films, and 9.14 Pictures and backed by Ingenious. Sundance Selects is distributing the film domestically. Production is currently underway with a scheduled release date in 2018.

“Sheena Joyce and Don Argott are two of the most intelligent and creative filmmakers that I’ve come across over the last many years. Their documentary, The Art of the Steal, is among my favorites of all time and I look forward to collaborating with them on their inventive take on the life of John DeLorean,” said Baldwin.

The film will document DeLorean’s rise to stardom as well as his shocking fall from grace. In addition to the narrative scenes, the docu will include interviews with colleagues, employees, lawyers, friends, and family who knew him best.

“We are so honored to have the opportunity to explore the complex character of John Z. DeLorean with the legendary Alec Baldwin. As longtime fans, we cannot wait to see DeLorean through the lens of Alec’s immense talent and sharp intellect. We’re confident this collaboration will lead to an exciting film about a mysterious, misunderstood automotive icon,” said Argott and Joyce.

Baldwin is repped by CAA.

Talk Show Appearance

(9/7/17) THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW, syndicated

We 9/13: Alec Baldwin

Primetime Emmy Presenters

(9/6/17) Some of the biggest stars from television will take the stage to present at the 69TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS, to be broadcast LIVE from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 17 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/5:00-8:00 PM live PT) on the CBS Television Network. Set to present are Riz Ahmed, Anthony Anderson, Alec Baldwin, Jason Bateman, Jessica Biel, Edie Falco, Anna Faris, Allison Janney, Rashida Jones, Nicole Kidman, Debra Messing, Lea Michele, Shemar Moore, Kumail Nanjiani, Jim Parsons, Tracee Ellis Ross, Adam Scott, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon. More presenters will be announced at a later date.

As previously announced, Emmy Award winner Stephen Colbert, the multi-talented host of THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT, is set to host, marking his first time as master of ceremonies for the event.

The 69TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS is produced by White Cherry Entertainment. Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner are executive producers, Weiss is director and Chris Licht, executive producer of THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT, is a producer.

ALEC BALDWIN CAN HANDLE THE TRUTH IN NBC’S ‘A FEW GOOD MEN’

(7/18/17) Fresh off his remarkable two Emmy Award nominations last week, Alec Baldwin, a two-time Emmy winner and Tony Award and Oscar nominee who has been on top of the cultural zeitgeist with his performance as President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” has been cast as Col. Nathan Jessep in NBC’s upcoming live “A Few Good Men,” from esteemed playwright and Oscar and Emmy winner Aaron Sorkin, who will executive produce and adapt his own play for the broadcast.

Baldwin and Sorkin will join Craig Zadan and Neil Meron as executive producers of “A Few Good Men.” Zadan and Meron’s “Hairspray Live!” received seven Emmy nominations last week, including Outstanding Special Class Program.

“Alec Baldwin is the gift that keeps on giving at NBC, and we’re excited to have him starring in Aaron Sorkin’s towering work as we expand our live theater imprint beyond musicals,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “No stranger to live television, Alec is the most multi-faceted actor in the world and his range is incomparable. He will put his own inimitable stamp on the role of Col. Jessep in a play that is still as surprising and relevant as ever, from one of the most gifted writers working today.”

“Alec is one of our greatest actors. Having him play this role — live onstage for a television audience — is a dream come true. This will be a brand new take on Nathan Jessep and I expect that Alec is going to bust through TV screens and right into living rooms,” Sorkin said.

Sorkin will write the teleplay adaptation of “A Few Good Men,” which he penned at age 26 as a stage production that premiered on Broadway in 1989 at the Music Box Theatre to critical acclaim. Three years later he adapted the play as a feature film that went on to receive an Oscar nomination for best picture.

“A Few Good Men” marks NBC’s first live production of a Broadway drama in more than 50 years since the network began reinvigorating live programming in 2013 with the hugely popular production of “The Sound of Music Live!,” starring Carrie Underwood. That was followed by musicals “Peter Pan Live!” “The Wiz Live!,” and “Hairspray Live!” as well as next season’s live production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” on Easter Sunday.

Baldwin won two Emmys as well as three Golden Globes for his role as Jack Donaghy on NBC’s Emmy-winning comedy series “30 Rock,” co-starring Tina Fey. Nominated for 18 Emmys, 11 Golden Globes, a Tony (Best Actor in a Play for “A Streetcar Named Desire”) and an Academy Award (Best Supporting Actor for “The Cooler”), Baldwin is one of the most diverse actors of his generation, earning acclaim in a broad range of dramatic and comedic roles.

Prestigious or highly popular films on Baldwin’s resume include “Beetlejuice,” “Working Girl,” “The Hunt for Red October,” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “The Aviator,” “The Departed” (both from director Martin Scorsese) and “Blue Jasmine,” (from director Woody Allen and featuring Cate Blanchett in an Oscar-winning performance). On the TV side, Baldwin has hosted NBC’s iconic late-night franchise “Saturday Night Live” a record 17 times – more than any other host. Other TV projects over Baldwin’s career include “Knots Landing,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” the telefilms “Nuremberg” and “Path to War,” and “Will & Grace.”

Set in 1986 and taking place in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, “A Few Good Men” centers on newbie military lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee, who comes up against the formidable Col. Jessep when he is asked to defend three Marines on trial for murder. Tom Hulce (“Amadeus”) was nominated for a Tony for his portrayal of Kaffee on Broadway. The film adaptation starred Tom Cruise as Lt. Kaffee and Jack Nicholson as Col. Jessep.

“A Few Good Men” will air in the second quarter of 2018. A date will be announced soon.

2017 Emmy Awards Nominations

(7/14/17) LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Viola Davis - How To Get Away With Murder, ABC
Claire Foy - The Crown, Netflix
Elisabeth Moss - The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu
Keri Russell -The Americans, FX Networks
Evan Rachel Wood - Westworld, HBO
Robin Wright - House Of Cards, Netflix

LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Carrie Coon - Fargo, FX Networks
Felicity Huffman - American Crime, ABC
Nicole Kidman - Big Little Lies, HBO
Jessica Lange - Feud: Bette And Joan, FX Networks
Susan Sarandon - Feud: Bette And Joan, FX Networks
Reese Witherspoon - Big Little Lies, HBO

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Pamela Adlon - Better Things, FX Networks
Jane Fonda - Grace And Frankie, Netflix
Allison Janney - Mom, CBS
Ellie Kemper - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Netflix
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep, HBO
Tracee Ellis Ross - Black-ish, ABC
Lily Tomlin - Grace And Frankie, Netflix

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Anthony Anderson - Black-ish, ABC
Aziz Ansari - Master Of None, Netflix
Zach Galifianakis - Baskets, FX Networks
Donald Glover - Atlanta, FX Networks
William H. Macy -Shameless, Showtime
Jeffrey Tambor - Transparent, Amazon

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Vanessa Bayer - Saturday Night Live, NBC
Anna Chlumsky - Veep, HBO
Kathryn Hahn - Transparent, Amazon
Leslie Jones - Saturday Night Live, NBC
Judith Light - Transparent, Amazon
Kate McKinnon - Saturday Night Live, NBC

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Louie Anderson - Baskets, FX Networks
Alec Baldwin - Saturday Night Live, NBC
Tituss Burgess - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Netflix
Ty Burrell - Modern Family, ABC
Tony Hale - Veep, HBO
Matt Walsh - Veep, HBO

HOST FOR A REALITY/REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM
Alec Baldwin - Match Game, ABC
W. Kamau Bell - United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell, CNN
RuPaul Charles - RuPaul’s Drag Race, VH1
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn - Project Runway, Lifetime
Gordon Ramsay - MasterChef Junior, Fox
Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg - Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, VH1.

Kathy Bates was told cancer could harm her career

(7/13/17) Kathy Bates has been very public about her battles with both ovarian and breast cancer, but once upon a time she was told to keep it a secret from the public.

“Back in 2003, when I had ovarian cancer, my agent told me not to tell anyone about it,” she told WebMD. “Even my gynecologist, whose husband worked in the business, warned that I shouldn’t come out with it because of the stigma in Hollywood. So I was very careful.”

The 69-year-old “American Horror Story” star changed her mind as soon as she saw another famous figure take her battle with the disease public.

“But then I saw Melissa Etheridge doing a concert and just wailing on her guitar with her bald head, and I thought, ‘Wow, I wanna be her!’ So when the breast cancer diagnosis came, I knew I wanted to be honest about it,” she said.

Bates underwent a double mastectomy and never had reconstructive surgery, so she has no breasts — and wants to keep it that way.

“I’ve joined the ranks of women who are going flat, as they say,” she told WebMD, adding that she won’t even wear prosthetics for a role. “I don’t have breasts — so why do I have to pretend like I do? That stuff isn’t important. I’m just grateful to have been born at a time when the research made it possible for me to survive. I feel so incredibly lucky to be alive.”

Alec Baldwin Imagines Donald Trump As George Washington For ‘One Night Only’

(7/2/17) (Video) “Hello everyone. It’s me, George Washington, who made America great the first time,” Alec Baldwin/Donald Trump/George Washington begins in a promo for Spike TV’s One Night Only Baldwin roast.

“I come to you this Independence Day with a special message. First, you’re welcome, for your amazing freedoms, all this tremendous democracy. I grabbed so much freedom from those British losers – when you’re president they let you do it.”

“I won our nation’s first election, fair and square. Complete landslide. Nobody thought I could win all 13 colonies but I did.”

Baldwin this week told CNN he will continue playing President Donald Trump on the upcoming season of NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

Spike TV’s One Night Only: Alec Baldwin taped at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on June 25. Previous honorees have included Eddie Murphy and Don Rickles. Bill Clinton makes a surprise appearance at Baldwin’s roast; previous roasters have included David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld, Robert De Niro, Jon Stewart, and Martin Scorsese, among others.

Described as part This is Your Life, part Dean Martin Roast, One Night Only: Alec Baldwin premieres on Spike TV on Sunday, July 9 at 9 PM.

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin are renewing their vows

(6/30/17) Alec Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria, are celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary by renewing their vows in the Hamptons.

The actor and his yoga instructor wife plan to remarry in front of close family and friends at the scenic Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack on Friday night, Page Six has exclusively learned.

The two, who have three children, tied the knot in June 2012 in Manhattan.

In a recent interview, Baldwin said, “We’re getting remarried on Friday .?.?. if we make it to Friday.”

He continued, “I need reassurance, I need to know I still got you there. I need to know you’re not going anywhere.”

Hilaria told the AP that she thinks “once you get married, you’re done. But it’s really good to say, ‘Hey, I’m still in this.’?”

Alec Baldwin Confirms He'll Play Trump on SNL Again Next Season

(6/26/17) Better stock up on bronzer, SNL‘s makeup department: Alec Baldwin has confirmed he’ll be back playing President Donald Trump again next season.

The actor told CNN on Monday that he’ll reprise his impression of Trump on Season 43 of NBC’s late-night sketch show: “Yeah, we’re gonna fit that in. I think people have enjoyed it.” But he warns that his appearances may be more infrequent next season, likening it to “a couple celery sticks” rather than “a full meal.”

Baldwin debuted as Trump in SNL‘s October 1 season premiere, sparring with Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton. He went on to play Trump in 16 more episodes last season, including the February 11 episode, which he also hosted. He’s now the most frequent host in SNL history, with a record total of 17 hosting stints under his belt.

His lampooning of President Trump was very good for SNL‘s ratings: Viewership of the long-running sketch show soared last season, climbing more than 30 percent to its highest level in more than two decades. One famous viewer wasn’t a fan, though: President Trump tweeted about Baldwin’s impression of him back in October, saying it “stinks.”

Julianne Moore, Tracy Morgan, Kate McKinnon Join Alec Baldwin Tribute

(6/16/17) Julianne Moore, Tracy Morgan, Kate McKinnon, Jane Krakowski, and Jack McBrayer will be among Alec Baldwin’s friends and co-stars offering comedic tribute on Spike TV’s One Night Only: Alec Baldwin.

Additional names will be announced shortly, Spike says.

One Night Only: Alec Baldwin, described as part roast, part This Is Your Life, will include comedy, music, “candid personal stories and a few surprises for the superstar,” Spike said in announcing the headliners.

Set for taping at Harlem’s Apollo Theater on Sunday, June 25, the special is produced by Casey Patterson Entertainment and directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller. One Night Only: Alec Baldwin will premiere on Spike TV on Sunday, July 9, 9 pm ET/PT.

Alec Baldwin helps raise $5.1M for New Jersey Democrats

(6/3/17) Actor and “Saturday Night Live’s” resident President Donald Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin has helped raise $5.1 million for Democrats in New Jersey.

Philly.com reports about 1,000 people attended the Thursday night event in Collingswood.

According to the fundraiser’s organizers — a political action committee called General Majority PAC — the amount of money raised is believed to be the most ever raised by either major party at one event in the state’s history.

Tricia Mueller, the organization’s treasurer, says the fundraiser puts New Jersey Democrats in a good position to win races across the state. All 120 seats of the New Jersey Legislature are up for grabs in November, along with the governorship currently held by Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Alec Baldwin thought his Lyme disease would kill him

(5/23/17) Alec Baldwin believed his battle with Lyme disease would kill him.

Speaking at Sunday’s Bay Area Lyme Foundation LymeAid benefit, the actor opened up about his diagnosis after first being bitten by a tick nearly 17 years ago.

“I got the classic Lyme disease [symptoms] for each successive summer, for five years, every August, like this black lung, flu-like symptoms, sweating to death in my bed,” Baldwin described (via People). “The first round [was the worst], and then it diminished, at least that’s how I perceived it.”

Though Baldwin, 59, received treatment after the first bite, he was bitten again years later.

“The first time was the worst of all,” he said. “And I really thought, ‘This is it, I’m not going to live.’ I was alone, I wasn’t married at the time, I was divorced from my first wife. I was lying in bed saying, ‘I’m going to die from Lyme disease,’ in my bed and ‘I hope someone finds me and I’m not here for too long.'”

Baldwin first revealed his bout with Lyme disease six years ago to the New York Times, but has kept quiet about it publicly until now.

“I want my kids to grow up riding horses and bikes and enjoying themselves every day and not have to spend every day with us going over them with a magnifying glass to make sure they don’t have any ticks on their body or their dogs,” Baldwin shared of his three children with wife Hilaria, “but that is part of the lifestyle of where I live.”

Alec Baldwin sells Art Deco NYC apartment for $1.25M

(5/18/17) Alec Baldwin has finally found a buyer for a one-bedroom apartment in the Upper West Side’s El Dorado.

According to public records, the actor-slash-Trump-impersonator sold the one-bedroom apartment for $1.25 million on May 3.

Baldwin, 59, sold another apartment in the El Dorado in 2011, a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath that went for $9.5 million, according to records. He now lives with his wife, Hilaria, and their three children on East 10th Street, according to records.

Both apartments were put on the market in 2009, according to listings. The smaller, first-floor apartment in the Art Deco building on Central Park West was described as an “annex,” to be used as a library or office or as a separate living quarter for staff.

The one-bedroom looks out onto West 91st Street. It has 12-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, a large living room and an eat-in kitchen, according to the listing.

The El Dorado is one of the Upper West Side’s most recognizable buildings, with two soaring towers overlooking the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park. It was designed by Emery Roth, and completed in 1931. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

A host of celebrities have lived in the building, from late writer Sinclair Lewis to the likes of Moby and Faye Dunaway. Meredith Vieira still makes her home there, according to reports, and Ron Howard has his home on the 26th floor of the building on the market for $12.5 million.

Calls to Baldwin’s publicist were not returned.

Antonio Banderas, Alec Baldwin Set For Lamborghini Biopic With Michael Radford At Wheel

(5/12/17) Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin are getting behind the wheel for the Lamborghini biopic from Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Media Group. Michael Radford has signed on to direct. Banderas will star as Ferruccio Lamborghini, the founder of the famous car that bears his name while Baldwin will co-star as rival Enzo Ferrari. The film’s working title is Lamborghini – The Legend.

The film is based on a book from Lamborghini’s son, Tonino, and spans the long life of the entrepreneur, from the manufacturing of tractors to creating military vehicles during World War II. After that, came the designing and building the Lamborghini cars that ultimately defined his legacy and was a catalyst in pulling Italy out of its post-war slump. The plan is to shoot the film this summer in Italy and other worldwide locales. Baldwin will shoot for about a week in the film.

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Group optioned the rights to Ferruccio Lamborghini. La storia ufficiale (The official story) two years ago. They are financing and producing after hiring Oscar-winning writer/director/producer Bobby Moresco (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) to write the screenplay for the film.

AMBI Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of the AMBI Group, is handling global sales and will introduce the packaged project to buyers in Cannes.

Tonino Lamborghini, son of Ferruccio and writer of several books about his father, said in making the announcement: “My book Ferruccio Lamborghini. La storia ufficiale (The official story) is the only text perfectly respectful of the real life of my father, despite of numerous legends and anecdotes written or told by other people looking for a moment of celebrity. I really believe this film can translate into images and words the great humanity of Ferruccio and transmit to the viewers worldwide my father’s personality: a man full of energy, charisma and passion.”

This film will also include a love story. A lover of fast luxury cars, Lamborghini had one car for each day of the week however Lamborghini’s personal loves extended far beyond cars. His love of women, celebrity lifestyle, and the business of car making made for prodigious drama in Lamborghini’s life and these pursuits and experiences will be just as much a part of the movie as the cars themselves, they say.

Banderas is repped by Paradigm; Baldwin is repped by CAA., and Radford is repped Primary Wave Entertainment.

Alec Baldwin & Whoopi Goldberg Chat Up Plans For Global Leonard Bernstein Centenary Extravaganza

(5/10/17) Alec Baldwin and Whoopi Goldberg lent more than star power to Tuesday’s announcement of plans for a 2-year celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. Events beginning this summer will highlight a career that spanned conducting, composing (including, among his best-known works the score of On The Waterfront and the music for West Side Story and Candide), teaching and human rights activism, all of which held direct appeal to Baldwin and Goldberg.

“Though I never met him, we would have definitely been pals,” Baldwin – who is in his seventh year hosting the radio broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic – told a gathering at Lincoln Center. “We share similar passions, not least of which is for the music of Mahler and Tchaikovsky, and his beloved New York Philharmonic. I am in constant awe of musicians who use their art to raise us all. What a gift.” Given the range of Bernstein’s work in concert halls and theaters, universities, television and radio, Baldwin added, a single year was insufficient for ‘Leonard Bernstein At 100,” and festivities have been planned from this fall through August, 2019.

At present some 1,000 events are planned, kicking off in Washington at the Kennedy Center in September with a Grammy exhibition opening on the 21st and a concert, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma, presenting music from West Side Story and Candide. Film composer David Newman (Ice Age, Matilda) will conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic in November at Disney Hall in a live accompaniment to the film of West Side Story, and the LA Opera will present Francesca Zambello’s production of Candide, conducted by James Conlon.

The first New York City events begin in October, with conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin (who was present for the announcement) and pianist Lang Lang leading the Philadelphia Orchestra in a program of music from On The Waterfront and West Side Story. In November, trumpeter, composer and conductor Wynton Marsalis will lead the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra in concerts of Bernstein’s popular music, and on New Year’s Eve, Bramwell Tovey will conduct the New York Philharmonic in music from Bernstein’s Broadway shows, including On The Town, Wonderful Town, West Side Story and Candide.

“I was a kid when I first heard his name,” Goldberg said, “and my mother insisted that I should have other references for music than Bugs Bunny.” In fact, she added, she’d learned a lot about classical music from cartoons, which were often scored by serious composers. “Years later when I met him,” she said of Bernstein, “I think I might have tried to pick him up.” Bernstein’s Mass, she said “is the one thing that, in my house, by myself, I will sing at the top of my lungs. Because you feel like you’re closer to God, which may sound strange coming from me, but that’s how I feel.

“Bernstein lent his name and energy to causes that he believed would make the world a better place,” Goldberg continued. “In 1944, at the age of 26, he insisted on having a mixed-race cast on his very first Broadway production of On The Town. One would think they would have recognized that every time they’ve put it up, but sometimes they forget. But I digress. Black folks, Asian-American folks, Caucasian folks sang and danced side by side in major roles and held hands, my God, directly confronting Broadway’s habits of segregation at the time.”

She paid tribute to Bernstein’s continued activism through the decades. “In 1989, in perhaps his finest hour as a world humanitarian, he conducted a historic performance of Beethoven’s ninth symphony to celebrate the fall of the Berlin wall. It was broadcast live on Christmas Day and watched by millions around the world. For the occasion, he changed Schiller’s wording from ‘Ode to Joy’ to ‘Ode to Freedom.’ In this country, as you may or may not know, being outspoken can be a bitch. You can land in all kinds of trouble. So maybe it’s the greatest tribute of all, to his lifelong commitment to social justice, that his FBI file is 800 pages long.”

The announcement included recollections by Bernstein’s children, Jamie Bernstein, Alexander Bernstein and Nina Bernstein Simmons, all of them active in promoting their father’s multiple legacies. Soprano Julia Bullock, accompanied on the piano by Michael Barrett, sang two Bernstein songs, including a moving rendition of “Somewhere,” from West Side Story.

Noting Bernstein’s lifelong commitment to liberal causes, Baldwin lamented the fact that he wasn’t around today to comment on the state of the union. For that, one need only turn to Bernstein’s Bicentennial show 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, which, although a legendary 1976 flop, produced one of his loveliest – and timeliest – compositions, “Take Care of This House.” Sadly, it wasn’t mentioned during the proceedings.

Info at leonardbernstein.com.

Alec Baldwin's Hulu Gig

(5/4/17) Alec Baldwin has been the American president, and now he’ll head up the CIA.

The ubiquitous actor will guest-star in Hulu’s upcoming 9/11 drama The Looming Tower as the agency’s former director of central intelligence, George Tenet.

Based on Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning exposé, the 10-episode series chronicles the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda, and how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI may have set the stage for the 9/11 attacks.

Judge OKs Alec Baldwin’s art-fraud lawsuit

(4/22/17) Alec Baldwin — named a leading celebrity art collector by Architectural Digest — is a rube when it comes to detecting counterfeit paintings, his lawyer argued in court Thursday.

The argument persuaded a Manhattan judge, who ruled that Baldwin’s fraud case against gallerist Mary Boone over the sale of a $190,000 Ross Bleckner work can proceed to trial.

Baldwin’s attorney, Steven Feldman, said Boone tricked the actor into thinking he was purchasing a 1996 painting called Sea and Mirror, which he had been coveting for years, but then sold him a copy.

“He’s a noncollector, she’s one of the most prominent art dealers in the world,” Feldman said.

Boone’s lawyer, Ted Poretz, countered that Baldwin was a “sophisticated collector” who should have noticed the differences in the pieces.

Kathy Bates Pot Comedy Disjointed Gets Premiere Date

(4/21/17) (Video) Cough-cough-cough… Kathy Bates and Netflix sure know how to celebrate 4/20.

The streaming service announced a premiere date for the Emmy-winning actress’ new weed-themed comedy Disjointed on Thursday — aka April 20, the highest of high holidays. The first season will premiere on Friday, August 25, with Bates starring as Ruth, the owner of a L.A. marijuana dispensary. Along with her son, a security guard and three “budtenders,” Ruth provides herbal refreshments for her clientele — and yeah, she also gets high on her own supply.

Sitcom guru Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men) is onboard as a co-creator and executive producer. Netflix has already committed to 20 episodes.

Netflix also released a brief teaser for Disjointed —which you can watch above — with Bates in full hippie earth-mother mode, sporting long gray hair and a flowing robe. She emerges from her smoke-filled dispensary, Ruth’s Alternative Caring, with a joint in hand and takes a puff while a peppy jazz song about smoking reefer — “I’m so high/I’m so dry” — plays in the background.

Happy 4/20, everybody! (Now just write down that premiere date somewhere so you don’t forget it.)

Alec Baldwin Hosts Essentials

(4/18/17) Alec Baldwin will take over as host of TCM’s classic films showcase The Essentials, following the death of host Robert Osborne. Each Saturday at 8/7c, beginning May 6, Baldwin will be joined by one of three special guests: David Letterman, Tina Fey or filmmaker William Friedkin.

Hilaria Baldwin won’t let Alec act like a diva

(4/18/17) It takes a strong woman to deal with the self-righteous ego of Alec Baldwin.

But the actor, who’s been lampooning President Trump on “SNL” to acclaim, says he has met his match with wife Hilaria.

When asked how donning the orange makeup to play Trump has played into his career redemption, he told Gothamist that Hilaria won’t let him act the diva.

“My wife has a line, it’s a wonderful line. If I’m whining, kvetching about something, my wife will turn to me and she’ll say, ‘Nobody feels sorry for Alec Baldwin.’ She’ll turn literally to anybody on the street corner, ‘Do you feel sorry for Alec Baldwin? Anyone? Anyone?’?”

Alec Baldwin gripes about poor editing and ‘errors’ in memoir

(4/7/17) Alec Baldwin’s latest beef is with his publisher.

The actor’s memoir “Nevertheless” came out this week and he shared some complaints in a Facebook posting. Baldwin wrote that the finished work had typos and other errors and complained that HarperCollins had failed “to do a proper and forensic edit.”

He promised to compile a list of revisions, along with material that didn’t make it to print. One clarification, for those who wondered: When he said he was “in love” with Tina Fey and Kate McKinnon, he didn’t mean romantically. He is in love with their talent.

HarperCollins declined comment.

Alec Baldwin knew Nikki Reed was underage in risqué movie, producer claims

(4/5/17) Producer Dana Brunetti is speaking out against Alec Baldwin’s shocking claim printed in his new memoir, titled “Nevertheless.”

According to the 59-year-old actor, he didn’t know actress Nikki Reed was underage when they filmed a racy movie together in 2006, titled “Mini’s First Time.” The film depicts the now-28-year-old star playing a high school call girl who develops a love affair with a client: her stepfather, played by Baldwin.

“I was 47, and it never occurred to me to ask how old Nikki Reed was,” wrote Baldwin in his book. “When I found out, just as we finished, that she was 17, I flipped out on the producers, who had told me something different.”

Brunettti quickly took to Twitter and responded to the allegations, hinting that Baldwin lied in his book.

Both Baldwin and Reed have yet to comment on Brunetti’s claims.

Since “Mini’s First Time,” Reed has found fame with the “Twilight” film series, while Brunetti moved on to other films, like “The Social Network” and “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Alec Baldwin: Calling my daughter a pig gets ‘thrown’ in my face every day

(4/4/17) Alec Baldwin still has a hard time living down the infamous 2007 voicemail he left for daughter Ireland, in which he called her a “rude, thoughtless little pig.”

Baldwin recalled the incident in his memoir, “Nevertheless,” writing that it left a “permanent break” in their relationship.

“It’s thrown in your face every day,” Baldwin, 59, told George Stephanopoulos in a “Good Morning America” interview airing Monday. “There are people who admonish me or attack me and use that as a constant spearhead to do that.”

He added, “It’s a scab that never heals cause it’s being picked at all the time by other people. My daughter, that’s hurt her in a permanent way.”

Still, Alec and Ireland have mostly reconciled. In 2012, she told Page Six, “The only problem with that voicemail was that people made it out to be a way bigger deal than it was. He’s said stuff like that before just because he’s frustrated. For me it was like, ‘OK, whatever.’ I called him back I was like, ‘Sorry, Dad, I didn’t have my phone.’ That was it.”

They’ve also at least been able to poke fun at the incident: In 2015, she posted a photo with Alec on Instagram reading a book called “If I Were a Pig,” writing, “If I were a pig … I would be rude and thoughtless, of course!”

Alec Baldwin kept his drug overdose private for years

(3/31/17) Alec Baldwin got sober on Feb. 23, 1985 — but if he hadn’t, the “Boss Baby” star is confident he would have straightened out at some point.

Baldwin, 58, detailed his experiences with substance abuse, addiction, and recovery in his memoir, “Nevertheless,” hitting shelves Tuesday.

“I think I was one of the people who was lucky that it stuck, and therefore if I didn’t get it then, I would’ve got it eventually,” he told George Stephanopoulos in a “Good Morning America” interview airing Monday.

“I know that at that time, what I describe [in the book] — overdosing on drugs — which I’ve kept very private for years and years and years. I think I would have gotten it eventually, but, I’m glad I got it when I did ’cause not many people get sober when they’re young.”

He added, “I got sober when I was just about to turn 27, and those two years that I lived in that white, hot period, as a daily drug abuser, as a daily drinker, to my misery, boy, that was a tough time. There was really, really a lot of pain in there. A lot of pain.”

Tom Hanks, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin set for ACLU Telethon

(3/21/17) Tom Hanks, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and Amy Poehler are among the notables set to appear on a telethon to benefit the ACLU that will stream March 31 via Facebook Live.

“Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU” is billed as a modern-day telethon to raise funds for the venerable advocacy organization that has been working overtime with legal challenges to aspects of President Trump’s political agenda.

“Our work in the courts is essential right now to hold off the worst of the abuses,” said ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero. “But it is also the collective will and tireless actions of ‘we the people’ that serve as a bulwark against unconstitutional and wrong-headed policies and executive orders. By supporting our work through this telethon, we can fight even harder to defend the rights guaranteed by our Constitution.”

Actors Tracy Morgan, Padma Lakshmi, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Jon Hamm, Uzo Aduba, Josh Charles, Zosia Mamet and Ike Barinholtz are also on board to participate. More talent is expected to sign on in the coming days.

The live stream will originate from an undisclosed location in New York City starting at 7 p.m. ET via the Facebook pages for Stand for Rights 2017, the Huffington Post and Funny or Die. Funny or Die is producing original videos that will premiere throughout the telecast, which is expected to run at least three hours.

“Stand for Rights” will be produced by Friend of a Friend Productions in collaboration with The Huffington Post, Funny or Die and Maggie Vision.

Alec Baldwin Comedy Tribute Special Set On Spike

(3/15/17) Alec Baldwin, hot off SNL, will be honored in a night of comedic tributes from his closest friends and co-stars in Spike TV’s original special, One Night Only: Alec Baldwin.

Described as part This is Your Life, part Dean Martin Roast, One Night Only: Alec Baldwin is a black tie affair that will be taped at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater in New York City on Sunday, June 25, with Baldwin’s friends and luminaries from the worlds of comedy, film and television. The special will feature comedy, film packages, music, candid personal stories and a few surprises for Baldwin. It will premiere on Spike TV on Sunday, July 9 at 9 PM.

“I am dreading this. I am truly dreading this. But if Tracy Morgan is coming, it’ll be okay. Is Tracy coming?” said Baldwin.

Spike’s One Night Only previous honorees have included Eddie Murphy and Don Rickles with appearances by David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld, Robert De Niro, Jon Stewart, Martin Scorsese, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Jamie Foxx and Adam Sandler, among others.

Alec Baldwin On Playing Trump On ‘SNL’: “I’m Not Going To Do It Much Longer”

(3/7/17) Alec Baldwin may be receiving praise for his role as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, but the actor doesn’t plan on playing the president that much longer – and doesn’t know how much more viewers will be able to take.

“His policies aside, which you can hate, I thought he would have just relaxed,” Baldwin told Extra’s Mario Lopez. “The maliciousness of this White House has people worried, which is why I’m not going to do it much longer, the impersonation, I don’t know how much more people can take it.”

Baldwin’s impersonation has been a hit on SNL since he took on the temporary gig during the election. Yet with Trump’s unexpected win, Baldwin has continued to portray Trump over the last month, but, as mentioned, doesn’t see it lasting very long.

Baldwin also explained that Trump “just overwhelmingly lacks any sportsmanship,” called him “bitter, and angry,” and added, “you just want to look at him and go, ‘You won!’”

When asked if he would fill in for Trump at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, for which the president will be absent, he said it wasn’t likely.

“I don’t think it’s going to happen,” Baldwin replied “I honestly don’t think that they want that. I think that for their prestige and their integrity… I think a lot of people are thinking that if Trump himself doesn’t come and face the music, as it were, I don’t know what kind of program they’re going to have. If they wanted me to do it, I would probably do it, but I’m not quite sure they’ll do. I think they may have a whole other idea.”

Alec Baldwin pokes fun at Andrew Lloyd Webber

(2/15/17) Alec Baldwin, who’s been playing Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” impersonated another famous person off-camera this week.

Spies at that B’way show “Cats” said that Baldwin visited the cast backstage and “broke out into a flamboyantly British imitation of the show’s creator, Andrew Lloyd Webber.”

“After a few photos ... he donned a pink ‘kitty’ hat for one,” a spy said. “He FaceTimed his 3-year-old [Carmen], so she could ‘meet the kitties.’" She pointed at an actor and exclaimed, “I want that one!” we hear.

General Hospital Admits Hillary B. Smith — as OLTL's Nora Buchanan

(2/1/17) General Hospital boss Frank Valentini dropped a fun bombshell on Tuesday night, revealing in a video posted to twitter that two-time Daytime Emmy winner Hillary B. Smith will be appearing on ABC’s sole surviving sudser — and as her One Life to Live character, legal eagle Nora Buchanan.

The video is capped by a fun little wink from Rebecca Budig, who currently plays GH‘s Hayden but who used to work down the street from Smith, when she was All My Children‘s Greenlee.

Though several OLTL actors (including Roger Howarth and Kristen Anderson) migrated to GH after the East Coast-based soap left ABC’s airwaves, Smith’s casting as Nora marks the first time a One Life character has set foot in Port Charles since ABC and Prospect Park, the media group that (briefly) “saved” AMC and OLTL as online-only series, got entangled a legal quagmire, over character rights.

(Video) Smith’s previous daytime-TV credits include The Bold and the Beautiful (as Dr. Stacy Barton), As the World Turns (as Margo) and The Doctors.

SNL's Trump, Alec Baldwin, to Host for Record-Breaking 17th Time

(1/24/17) “Amazing, incredible” news: Saturday Night Live‘s resident Donald Trump impersonator, Alec Baldwin, is set to outright host the sketch series for a record-breaking 17th time (or 58th time, per #AlternativeFacts).

On the heels of the news that Kristen Stewart will host the show’s next outing, on Feb. 4, NBC has announced that Baldwin — who was conspicuously MIA from this weekend’s, post-inauguration telecast — will formally lord over Studio 8H the following week, on Feb. 11.

Making his second appearance as musical guest that night will be Grammy Award winner Ed Sheeran, whose third studio album, “÷,” will be released March 3.

Actors, mayors to join inauguration-eve Trump demonstration

(1/19/17) Robert De Niro, Sally Field and other celebrities plan to join the mayors of New York and Minneapolis to rally cities to chart their own course on health care, climate change and other issues during Donald Trump's administration, organizers said ahead of the inauguration-eve demonstration.

Aiming to energize and unite city dwellers concerned about the president-elect's plans, activists and dignitaries planned to gather Thursday evening in front of Trump International Hotel and Tower, about a half-mile from his Trump Tower home. Groups including Greenpeace, Planned Parenthood and MoveOn.org have signed on.

Organizers said they expect thousands of people, including stars Rosie Perez, Marisa Tomei and Alec Baldwin, whose Trump impression on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" has drawn barbs from the president-elect.

"Cities and towns across the country have the power to protect people and the environment by joining together," actor Mark Ruffalo said in a statement, adding that the rally would signal to Washington "that we will fight, at every step, discrimination and harmful policies."

New Yorkers, however, are split on how Mayor Bill de Blasio should deal with Trump, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

Forty-six percent said the Democratic mayor should try to get along with the Republican president-elect, while 45 percent said de Blasio should be a national leader in opposing the Trump administration's policies, the poll of 1,005 voters found. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Meanwhile, Trump left New York for Washington on Thursday morning.

Alec Baldwin's Trump May Show Up in 'Other Venues' Outside of SNL, He Says

(1/12/17) Alec Baldwin is taking his braggadocio on the road.

The 30 Rock alum and Match Game host says that his Donald Trump impression, heretofore seen only on Saturday Night Live, may show up in “other venues” in the future.

In an interview with ABC News, Baldwin says he’ll continue to appear on NBC’s weekly sketch-comedy series “as much as I can” while looking into other ways he can lampoon the president-elect in a public setting.

Or, as he puts it: “There’s discussions about other venues we might pursue to further express our gratitude and admiration for the Trump administration.”

Baldwin also jokes that PEOTUS should get a writing credit for some SNL sketches, given how closely they mine his real-life speech and tweets and how easy it is to craft them into sketches.

“We’re just gonna sit back and just let the good times roll,” Baldwin adds.

TVLine has reached out to SNL for comment.

Alec Baldwin wants to sing ‘Highway to Hell’ at inauguration

(12/23/16) Donald Trump’s most famous impersonator, Alec Baldwin, apparently wants a spot at the inauguration.

“We are not far from the day when the most reviled candidate in our history will become President,” Trump critic Baldwin tweeted Thursday night. “…Inauguration Day means the beginning of the countdown to when he will be gone. And he will be gone. January 20. The countdown begins.”

“I wanna perform at Trump’s inauguration,” Baldwin, 58, mockingly added. “I wanna sing HIGHWAY TO HELL.”

Baldwin famously impersonated the president-elect multiple times on “Saturday Night Live” for just $1,400 per appearance.

Trump may want to take Baldwin up on his suggestion as he’s had some difficulty finding performers.

As Page Six reported, a reality-TV booker is having difficulty finding stars to appear at the inauguration slated for Jan. 20. Opera singer Andrea Bocelli backed away from the idea of performing after receiving much backlash.

Trump has famously voiced distate for Baldwin’s impersonation.

Alec Baldwin only makes $1,400 playing Trump on ‘SNL’

(12/21/16) Alec Baldwin isn’t making big league money to play Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live.”

As the 58-year-old actor revealed in an interview with the New York Times published Tuesday, he earns just $1,400 per appearance. While it takes Baldwin just seven minutes in the makeup chair to transform into the president-elect, the actor knows that portraying Trump goes far deeper than donning his signature hair.

“I see a guy who seems to pause and dig for more precise and better language he wants to use, and never finds it,” Baldwin noted of Trump’s speech pattern. “It’s the same dish — it’s a grilled cheese sandwich rhetorically over and over again.”

While Baldwin works on mastering the 70-year-old’s mannerisms, he’s also been sparring with the future president on Twitter. Since Baldwin’s first appearance on Oct. 1, Trump has slammed both the Long Island native and the show.

With Trump’s inauguration a month away, Baldwin will likely pop up on late night again, as long as his schedule permits (he’s slated to film two movies).

Should Baldwin be promoted to a full-time cast member in the future — given that Trump’s inauguration is only a month away — he could be looking at a six-figure paycheck. As Forbes previously estimated, series regulars make around $500,000 per 21-episode season.

2016 Critics’ Choice Award Winners

(12/12/16) BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: Jane Krakowski – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix

BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A COMEDY SERIES: Alec Baldwin – Saturday Night Live – NBC

Days of Our Lives Star Joseph Mascolo, Who Played Stefano, Dead at 87

(12/9/16) (TVline.com) Joseph Mascolo, who played iconic villain Stefano DiMera on the NBC daytime soap Days of Our Lives, has died. He was 87 years old.

Mascolo passed away Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, the show said in a statement on Friday. He joined the Days cast in 1982 and made crime lord/business tycoon Stefano DiMera into one of the most hated (and most loved) bad guys in soap-opera history.

Mascolo left and returned to the role of Stefano several times over the years, even joining CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful for an extended stint from 2001 to 2006. But he always came back to Days, most recently for the character’s death earlier this year. He also made appearances on TV shows like All in the Family and Lou Grant, and in films like Jaws 2 and Sharky’s Machine.

“It is with great sorrow that I’m sharing the news of the passing of our dear friend and beloved member of the Days of Our Lives family, Joseph Mascolo,” Days executive producer Ken Corday said in a statement. “The smile on Joe’s face is something we’d all come to find comfort in, and he will be sorely missed. His larger-than-life presence, kind heart and unwavering positivity has impacted us all for decades, and will live on in the memories of his many fans. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.”

Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, Jena Malone & Che ‘Rhymefest’ Smith Join Emilio Estevez-Directed ‘The Public’

(12/9/16) Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, Jena Malone and musician Che “Rhymefest” Smith have signed on to co-star in the Emilio Estevez-directed socially conscious ensemble dramedy the public. Currently in preproduction, the film is set to begin principal photography in mid-January on location in Cincinnati.

Written by and co-starring Estevez, the public centers around a standoff with police and library officials during a brutal, life-threatening cold snap. Staging an Occupy-style sit-in, library patrons — many of whom are homeless and mentally ill — turn the Cincinnati Public Library into an impromptu shelter for one night. Drawing from the current political climate, the film strives to give equal voice to both sides as it examines the question of who will care for those who are unable to care for themselves?

Baldwin (Still Alice) will play a crisis negotiator attempting to de-escalate the standoff. Estevez and Malone (The Hunger Games trilogy) play librarians caught up in the crisis. Schilling (Orange Is the New Black) will play a character who helps expose the truth as a corrupt media spins the story for ratings. And Smith (who co-wrote the Oscar-winning song “Glory” from the Selma soundtrack) portrays one of the homeless Occupy patrons.

The public is produced by Estevez’s longtime producting partner Lisa Niedenthal alongside Alex Lebovici and Steve Ponce of Oriah Entertainment, with Michael Bien of Cedarvale Pictures serving as executive Producer. Casting is headed up by Mary Vernieu and Michelle Wade Byrd.

Estevez previously directed, wrote and co-starred in the Golden Globe- and SAG-nominated drama Bobby, which follows the hours leading up to the assassination of Robert Kennedy in 1968, and the acclaimed indie drama The Way, which follows a group of pilgrims traveling the Camino de Santiago.

Lebovici and Ponce’s recent credits include The Billionaire Boys Club with Kevin Spacey and Emma Roberts and The Clapper, starring Ed Helms, Tracy Morgan and Amanda Seyfried.

Baldwin is represented by CAA; Schilling and Malone are with Gersh; Estevez is repped by Primary Wave Entertainment.

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin Open Up About Raising Their Children: "Carmen's First Language Is Spanish"

(12/6/16) Hilaria and Alec Baldwin just make it look easy!

The couple and their kids, who are HOLA! USA's cover stars, open up about how they met, upcoming projects and raising their three beautiful children.

When it comes to the pair's three-year-old daughter, Hilaria reveals that teaching her daughter her native language is crucial and she's already speaking two languages at home.

"Carmen's first language is Spanish. I only speak Spanish with her...and with Alec she is smart enough to know that she needs to switch to English," Hilaria explains. "Alec's Spanish is getting better and better. His accent is very good."

We seriously applaud that!

Hilaria said that many people think that she and her husband met in a yoga class, but they didn't. Instead, they met because of yoga.

The yoga instructor, who was born in Majorca, Spain, has made Alec brush up on his Spanish among other things.

"My Spanish can only get better. It can only improve...maybe by the time I'm 90, I will nail it," he said before adding. "I love Madrid. I think it's one of my favorite cities in the world."

The actor, who is currently portraying President-elect Donald Trump on NBC's Saturday Night Live, admits that he's glad that people find the skits funny.

"But at the same time, I think people were very worried about the election," he said. "Both sides are very passionate so it's been a very, very difficult time in this country. I haven't felt like this in a long, long time."

When it comes to his wife, the star thinks that she offers more of a philosophy. "She wants to open up minds to allow to change," he explained.

Hilaria's The Living Clearly Method: 5 Principles for a Fit Body, Healthy Mind & Joyful Life will go on sale Dec. 27.

"It has been a very natural process...I've been teaching for 12 years now...you don't become a yoga teach for the teachings, you do it because you love it. Teaching is very fulfilling because every day I go home feeling like I helped people. Putting ideas into a book means I can help even more people by getting the book into everyone's hands," she said.

In her upcoming book, Baldwin reveals lifestyle secrets but admits that although sleeping is crucial, she isn't getting much of it because they are still co-sleeping with their newborn son Leonardo. The couple also has one-year-old son Rafael.

"It all comes down to eating right. Sleeping is also imperative, but I'm not able to really do that right now. Whatever you eat is what you see," she said.

Margaret Whitton Dies: ‘Major League’ Actress & Producer-Director Was 67

(12/5/16) Margaret Whitton, the actress, director and producer who is probably best know for playing the money-grubbing owner of the Cleveland Indians in two Major League movies, has died after a battle with cancer. She was 67.

Her film credits include The Secret Of My Success, 9 1/2 Weeks and Mel Gibson’s Man Without A Face. She began her career on the stage, with credits there including as director of the Public Theater’s production of Dirty Tricks, starring Judith Ivey as Martha Mitchell. She made her directorial debut with 2011’s A Bird On The Air, a Robert Towne adaptation of Joe Coomer’s novel.

Whitton was a highly regarded stage actress whose most notable performance on Broadway was as part of the memorable ensemble in Nell Dunn’s 1983 Steaming. The cast included Linda Thorson, Judith Ivey, Lisa Jane Persky, Polly Rowles and Pauline Flanagan, in addition to Whitton. She also was a regular at the Public Theater, where she was seen in Wallace Shawn’s 1985 Aunt Dan and Lemon, and Tina Howe’s 1980 The Art Of Dining, as well as in the classics, including Henry IV, Pt. 1, Othello and The Merry Wives Of Windsor.

Whitton most recently was a partner with Steven Tabakin in Tashtego Films, a New York-based film, TV and new media production company. She was an associate producer of the documentary Been Rich All My Life and co-exec producer of Casting By, a 2012 docu on casting directors.

In the Major League movies she played Rachel Phelps the Vegas dancer-turned-baseball owner who inherited the team from her late husband tried to make them awful enough to relocate them to warmer Miami. The 1989 original movie starred Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Wesley Snipes, Corbin Bernsen, Dennis Haysbert and Rene Russo and is considered one of the best baseball movies of all time. There was a 1994 sequel.

Whitton’s bio on the Tashtego website says she wrote about baseball for publications including the New York Times, The Village Voice, New York Newsday and The National.

Alec Baldwin compares buying faux art to a bank robbery

(11/19/16) Alec Baldwin is living up to his reputation as a hothead in a lawsuit against a prominent Manhattan art dealer — comparing his $190,000 botched purchase to a bank robbery.

In a new Manhattan Supreme Court filing, Baldwin pleads with the judge to punish gallery owner Mary Boone for ripping him off by making her pay him three times the value of the painting at issue.

“Dismissing [his] demand for punitive damages, and allowing defendants to pay nothing but compensatory damages (essentially a refund), would be akin to asking a bank robber to simply return the money if caught; it would tell New York’s art dealers that fraud pays,” court papers state.

Baldwin sued Boone in September, claiming she tricked him into buying a forgery of Ross Bleckner’s 1996 “Sea and Mirror.” Boone has denied the claims.

People’s Choice Awards Nominees Feature Former Saop Stars

(11/15/16) Here’s another election America must undertake: Voting opens today for the People’s Choice Awards 2017. Nominees were unveiled this morning at Paley Center in Los Angeles, with online voting set to run through December 15 and winners announced during a ceremony January 18 at Microsoft Theater L.A. Live and broadcast on CBS.

FAVORITE COMEDIC TV ACTRESS
Anna Faris
Gina Rodriguez
Kaley Cuoco
Sofia Vergara
Zooey Deschanel

FAVORITE DRAMATIC TV ACTOR
Jesse Williams
Justin Chambers
Scott Foley
Taylor Kinney
Terrence Howard

FAVORITE CABLE TV ACTRESS
Ashley Benson
Hilary Duff
Keri Russell
Lucy Hale
Vera Farmiga

FAVORITE TV CRIME DRAMA ACTOR
Chris O’Donnell
Donnie Wahlberg
LL Cool J
Mark Harmon
Tom Selleck

FAVORITE PREMIUM SERIES ACTOR
Aziz Ansari
Dwayne Johnson
Joshua Jackson
Kevin Spacey
Nick Jonas

FAVORITE SCI-FI/FANTASY TV ACTOR
Andrew Lincoln
Ian Somerhalder
Jensen Ackles
Sam Heughan
Tyler Posey

FAVORITE DAYTIME TV HOST
Dr. Phil
Ellen DeGeneres
Kelly Ripa
Rachael Ray
Steve Harvey

FAVORITE ACTRESS IN A NEW TV SERIES
Jordana Brewster
Kristen Bell
Mandy Moore
Minnie Driver
Piper Perabo

FAVORITE COMEDIC COLLABORATION
Conan O’Brien’s Ride Along with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart
Ellen DeGeneres and Britney Spears’ Mall Mischief
James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke with Adele
Lip Sync Battle with Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum
Saturday Night Live with Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon

Critics’ Choice TV Nominations Include Former Soap Stars

(11/14/16) Hosted by TJ Miller, the 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards airs on A&E live on December 11 at 8PM ET, 5 PM PT.

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Ellie Kemper – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep – HBO
Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live – NBC
Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish – ABC
Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag – Amazon
Constance Wu – Fresh Off the Boat – ABC

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Julie Bowen – Modern Family – ABC
Anna Chlumsky – Veep – HBO
Allison Janney – Mom – CBS
Jane Krakowski – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix
Judith Light – Transparent – Amazon
Allison Williams – Girls – HBO

BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alec Baldwin – Saturday Night Live – NBC
Christine Baranski – The Big Bang Theory – CBS
Larry David – Saturday Night Live – NBC
Lisa Kudrow – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix
Liam Neeson – Inside Amy Schumer – Comedy Central

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones – HBO
Kit Harington – Game of Thrones – HBO
John Lithgow – The Crown – Netflix
Mandy Patinkin – Homeland – Showtime
Christian Slater – Mr. Robot – USA Network
Jon Voight – Ray Donovan – Showtime

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Christine Baranski – The Good Wife – CBS
Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones – HBO
Lena Headey – Game of Thrones – HBO
Thandie Newton – Westworld – HBO
Maura Tierney – The Affair – Showtime
Constance Zimmer – UnREAL – Lifetime

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Caitriona Balfe – Outlander – Starz
Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder – ABC
Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black – BBC America
Keri Russell – The Americans – FX
Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld – HBO
Robin Wright – House of Cards – Netflix

BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES
Bryan Cranston – All the Way – HBO
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock: The Abominable Bride – PBS
Cuba Gooding Jr. – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX
Tom Hiddleston – The Night Manager – AMC
Tim Matheson – Killing Reagan – National Geographic
Courtney B. Vance – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES
Elizabeth Debicki – The Night Manager – AMC
Regina King – American Crime – ABC
Sarah Lancashire – The Dresser – Starz
Melissa Leo – All the Way – HBO
Anna Paquin – Roots – History
Emily Watson – The Dresser – Starz

Alec Baldwin On Trump Win: “Berlusconi Was Adlai Stevenson Compared To This”

(11/9/16) Alec Baldwin, who portrayed Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live in the recent weeks leading up to the election, expressed his disappointment at Trump’s presidential win Tuesday night and Wednesday morning on Twitter.

From his foundation’s account, he wrote last night: “Trump on his way to becoming President-Elect Trump: “The billionaire Republican businessman is close to winning the race and world markets are crashing. He’s all yours, America.”

He went on to say, “the thing to focus on now is our families. To love those that were put in our lives to care for.” That was followed by “The American political system is broken.” His most recent tweet: “Italy survived Berlusconi.” (Then again), “Berlusconi was Adlai Stevenson compared to this.”

Alec Baldwin accused of dodging taxes

(10/27/16) Hothead actor and “Saturday Night Live” Donald Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin is also a tax dodger, a Manhattan gallerist claims in response to a lawsuit the star filed against her in September.

Baldwin sued Mary Boone saying the gallery owner tricked him into paying $190,000 for a counterfeit version of a painting he’d long coveted.

But in a response to that suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court Thursday afternoon, Boone reveals that the “30 Rock” star allegedly used a complex maneuver to avoid paying $16,000 in New York state sales tax on the Ross Bleckner artwork “Sea and Mirror.”

“Mr. Baldwin was able to avoid paying sales tax by having the painting shipped from New York to California shortly after purchasing it, even though the true destination was New York all along,” according to a statement released by the gallery.

The filing cites bills and invoices tracing the alleged tax dodging trip the painting took.

“Mr. Baldwin’s efforts to bully Ms. Boone and his past failure to pay taxes suggest that he is even more like Donald Trump than what we have seen on ‘Saturday Night Live,'” Boone’s lawyer, Ted Poretz, quipped.

The response also says that Baldwin waited too long to sue since he bought the piece in 2010. It further argues that the suit is “frivolous” because the painting was an original, not a copy.

A lawyer for Baldwin called Boone’s response “remarkable in that she fails to deny that she sold Mr. Baldwin a counterfeit of the original painting that he long admired.”

“Ms. Boone’s diversionary tactics include that Mr. Baldwin waited too long to catch her deception. As for the desperate shipping and tax allegations, they do not merit a response,” said the lawyer, John Hueston.

Alec Baldwin Lawsuit -- It's Too Late to Bitch About 'Fake' Art ... Says Gallery Owner

(10/27/16) It's a case of too bad, so sad for Alec Baldwin ... according to the art gallery owner he's suing for selling him a "fake" painting.

Mary Boone responded to Baldwin's suit, saying the actor waited more than 6 years to file the suit over "Sea and Mirror" -- the Ross Bleckner painting Boone's gallery sold him for $190k. In docs, Boone's legal team says the statute of limitations has run out, so Baldwin's got no beef ... legally speaking.

Further, she claims Baldwin committed tax fraud. Boone's attorneys claim he should have paid $16,625 in NY city and state tax on the painting, but instead had it "shipped momentarily" to his Cali home, then back to his NYC pad.

Translation: He has unclean hands in this deal, and therefore shouldn't be pointing fingers at her in court.

Boone says she's not conceding Alec's counterfeit claims are true ... she's just not addressing it because his lawsuit's too late. She's asking the court to toss the case.

Michael Douglas, Alec Baldwin, Politicos Jump-Start Oscar Race For Anti-NRA Documentary ‘Making A Killing’

(10/19/16) Hollywood has begun lining up to help get the word out on Robert Greenwald’s documentary feature Oscar contender Making A Killing: Guns, Greed And The NRA. Michael Douglas, Alec Baldwin and Tony Goldwyn are lending their names and voices and have done videos to help promote the film, which was executive produced by Beasts Of No Nation exec prod Bill Benenson and his wife Laurie. But so has California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. And, Hillary Clinton’s running mate Sen. Tim Kaine — after seeing the film and meeting with the director — is also standing behind the film.

Newsom, who has been leading the charge in California for sensible gun legislation, has also advocated for the film on video as well. You can see all of the videos here.

The documentary about America’s gun issues comes after the fallout of Katie Couric’s editing debacle on Under The Gun. She and director Stephanie Soechtig are being sued for defamation to the tune of $12M after leaving out responses to questions from interviewees in the documentary.

Now that Under The Gun is unlikely to receive attention, Hollywood and political activists are putting their weight behind Making A Killing. The film got its Oscar-qualifying run courtesy of indie distributor Gravitas Ventures in August when it bowed in New York and Los Angeles. Last month, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) scheduled a congressional screening for House members in D.C.

Even Kaine is getting into the act, offering up this promotional quote for the film: “Making a Killing shines a light on the inordinate power that gun manufacturers and the NRA exert on our political system and the countless tragedies that occur because of politicians’ unwillingness to stand up to that power. The stories of the victims of firearm loopholes are instrumental in exposing what’s wrong with our gun laws. I hope my colleagues in Congress will hear the voices in this film and find the courage to side with citizens over the gun lobby.”

The documentary focuses on victims of gun violence while interspersing video and documents showing the amount of money that the NRA and gun manufacturers are amassing. Douglas, Baldwin, Goldwyn and Newsom are encouraging people to view the film and host screenings at their homes and churches.

Greenwald is a well-known documentary filmmaker that previously took on the Koch brothers (Koch Brothers Exposed), Walmart (The High Cost Of Low Price), the lead-up to the Iraq War (through several documentaries), the use of drones (Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars), the price of whistleblowing (War On Whistleblowers: Free Press And The National Security State) and Fox News (Outfoxed) through his Brave New Films moniker.

The filmmaker, who for decades has exposed the dark side of power via film, has yet to be nominated for an Oscar. However, his films have won other awards including a Peabody. Greenwald has also been honored with a DGA Award for his contribution to diversity, two NAACP Awards, and a TV Producer of the Year award from the American Film Institute for his body of work.

‘The Boss Baby’ Trailer: Alec Baldwin As ‘The Apprentice’ Host-In-Training?

(10/17/16) (Video) The first trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby comes at just the right time, with Alec Baldwin in the news for his current Donald Trump run on Saturday Night Live. In Tom McGrath’s 3D-animated pic that has a spring 2017 release date, Baldwin didn’t have to seem to have to stretch far from his current gig: he voices the newcomer to the Templeton family house that disrupts Tim’s perfect life — and this baby happens to wear a suit, has a ready stash of cash and an agenda beyond just learning to crawl.

McGrath (the Madagascar movies ) directs the family comedy from a script by Michael McCullers based on Marla Frazee’s kids book. Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow and Miles Bakshi as Tim also provide voices. Ramsey Ann Naito is producer.

DWA is prepping its November 4 movie Trolls, and Boss Baby will follow on March 31. Both are being released by 20th Century Fox before DWA starts producing at its new home Universal.

Check out the trailer above.

Martha Byrne Reunites Co-Stars Elizabeth Hubbard and Paolo Seganti

(10/12/16) (Pic) When Martha Byrne (Lily) traveled to Los Angeles with some of her AS THE WORLD TURNS co-stars for a special episode of THE TALK, she not only attended the opening of the special CBS Daytime exhibit at the Paley Center but also took the time to catch up with some old friends!

After walking the red carpet with Colleen Zenk (Barbara) and Elizabeth Hubbard (Lucinda) at the gala opening of the Paley Center exhibit, Byrne enjoyed a day out with her former on-screen mother and lifetime friend.

“Took Liz on an adventure today and found Paolo Seganti, aka Damian Grimaldi, at his restaurant La Pergoletta in Los Feliz,” she tweeted. “Amazing place!”

You’d never see Damian and Lucinda getting along that well on ATWT! But Hubbard looks delighted to be reunited with her former castmate. And Seganti has turned into quite the silver fox!

Alec Baldwin’s Trump gig makes for a very busy weekend

(10/11/16) Alec Baldwin pulled double duty over the weekend by playing Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” and serving as co-chair of the Hamptons International Film Festival.

We’re told that after the Hamptons fest kicked off Thursday, Baldwin was called by “SNL” guru Lorne Michaels on Friday and told he was needed in a sketch in the wake of Trump’s “Access Hollywood” tape scandal.

We hear Baldwin raced from the Hamptons to the NBC show, then rushed straight back before “SNL” ended on Saturday.

He made it in time for Sunday’s Chairman’s Reception, where, still in practice, “he did his Trump impersonation,” said a source.

“This stuff stays with you,” we hear Baldwin told the crowd.

He also dropped a left-field hint he wants to make his own film — a documentary on power p.r. maven Peggy Siegal, who was in the crowd.

(Many have floated the idea over the years.)

Later, at a dinner honoring Edward Norton, Baldwin and others huddled around a TV, watching the debate, when “Baldwin went up to the mike to do another impression of the Donald,” we hear.

Alec Baldwin is winning in new 'SNL' role as Donald Trump

(10/2/16) No debating: Alec Baldwin stole the show Saturday in his new role as Donald Trump when "Saturday Night Live" spoofed the recent presidential debate.

Facing off against Kate McKinnon as she impersonated Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton, Baldwin delivered an orange-faced, blustery impression of her GOP rival.

He railed about U.S. jobs fleeing to "Chi-naah."

He sputtered that "my microphone is broken," and pointed to his opponent, insisting, "She broke it with Obama."

"Wrong!" ''Wrong!" ''Shut up!" he interrupted repeatedly.

As the "debate" progressed, make-believe Clinton seemed increasingly encouraged.

"Can America vote right NOW?" she inquired.

"I get it: You hate me," she then summed up in her closing statement. "You hate my voice and you hate my face. But if you never want to see my face again, elect me president and I swear to God I will lock myself in the Oval Office and not come out for four years."

Baldwin's deal to play Trump for the remainder of the race was announced by NBC just days before "SNL" began its 42nd season and a little more than a month before voters choose between real-life Trump and Clinton.

Saturday's premiere featured Margot Robbie as guest host. In a "Family Feud" sketch, she impersonated the GOP candidate's daughter, Ivanka Trump, as a member of Team Trump, going up against Team Clinton, which included Larry David reviving his popular role as former Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.

Alec Baldwin's very big deal: playing Donald Trump on 'SNL'

(9/29/16) "Saturday Night Live" has made a YUGE decision: It has chosen Alec Baldwin to impersonate GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

NBC announced this deal Wednesday with a promo on social media, just days before "SNL" begins its 42nd season and little more than a month before voters choose between Trump and his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Baldwin, a veteran "SNL" guest host, will debut his Trump impression opposite cast member Kate McKinnon's continuing turn as Clinton. Trump had previously been played by announcer Darrell Hammond and by the now-departed Taran Killam.

Previously, "SNL" went over the heads of its cast to select Larry David to play former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.

Saturday's premiere features Margot Robbie as guest host, with musical guest The Weeknd. It airs at 11:30 p.m. EDT.

'Misery' actress Kathy Bates gets Walk of Fame star

(9/20/16) US actress Kathy Bates, best known for her portrayal of an obsessed fan in "Misery", accepted a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and dedicated the honor to a young girl battling an illness.

The 68-year-old actress spoke emotionally at the ceremony, recounting how she believed her career was over several years ago until she was offered a role on the series "American Horror Story".

She said the award-winning show created by Ryan Murphy had "literally brought me back to life," coming at a time when she was dealing with health issues and the cancellation of her NBC show "Harry's Law".

She also recalled her big breakout in Hollywood at age 42 thanks to her memorable Oscar-winning performance as a deranged nurse obsessed with an author played by James Caan in the 1990 film "Misery", based on the Stephen King novel.

"Sixty years ago I stood not far from this very spot with my beloved aunt Lee," she recalled, speaking in front of the TLC Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. "We were going to see 'The King and I'. And then 34 years later I came back to this very theatre with another king by the name of Stephen with a movie called 'Misery' that changed my life."

Shirley MacLaine and Billy Bob Thornton -- who will share the screen with Bates in the upcoming "Bad Santa 2" -- also spoke at the ceremony praising Bates for her talent and charity work.

"She is the type of actor who is not only loved by the public, the fans and the critics but also actors who know how good she is and what she can do," Thornton said.

"I'm gonna keep this short and tell you that if I could be a woman, I'd be Kathy Bates."

The actress who has survived both ovarian and breast cancer dedicated her star on Tuesday to an eight-year-old girl named Emma, whom she said was like her battling lymphedema, a condition often associated with cancer patients and which causes swelling of the limbs.

Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Welcome Baby No. 3

(9/13/16) (Photo) Hilaria and Alec Baldwin have welcomed their third child!

The famous duo just made the exciting announcement on Instagram by posting a photo of the newborn snuggled up with his mother.

"We are so pleased to introduce you to our new baby, Leonardo Ángel Charles Baldwin," Hilaria wrote alongside the sweet family pic. "It was such a special day bringing him into this world."

Back in March, the two shared the news that they were expanding their family in a similar fashion.

"Ireland, Carmen, Rafael, Alec, and I are excited to share with you that we are going to have another addition to our family," the mother of three captioned the post. "A little boy coming this fall #366daysoflivingclearly #HilariaLCM."

Congratulations to the Baldwin family on their latest arrival!

Alec Baldwin -- Sues Art Dealer ... You Sold Me a Fake!

(9/12/16) Alec Baldwin wants his money back after a prominent art dealer knowingly sold him a fake painting ... so claims the actor in a new suit.

Baldwin says Mary Boone passed off a copy of Ross Bleckner's "Sea and Mirror" as the real thing and took steps to make it look like the real thing ... this according to new legal docs obtained by TMZ.

Baldwin claims Boone went as far as fraudulently stamping the back of the painting with the inventory number of the original. He says Boone ultimately admitted to duping him out of $190k.

According to the docs ... Baldwin grew suspicious as soon as the painting arrived ... claiming the colors were brighter and the artwork smelled clean. Baldwin claims Boone told him she cleaned it prior to delivery cause the previous owner was a heavy smoker.

Still suspicious ... Baldwin had a Sotheby's art expert take a look ... who said it was a fake.

'One Life to Live' director, Great Neck resident dies at 91

(9/9/16) (theislandnow.com) Norman Hall, a Great Neck Estates resident and director of the popular ABC soap opera “One Life to Live,’’ died on Aug. 15. He was 91.

Hall was an avid supporter of Great Neck/North Shore Public Access Television and served on its Board of Directors from 1994 until this year.

“He shared all of his knowledge consistently,” said Erica Bradley, PATV’s executive director. “He brought us up so many notches. He was an amazing teacher, an amazing mentor and just a good person also.”

Hall found success in the late 1960s when he served as a director for the NBC daytime soap opera “The Doctors.”

His work as a director for “One Life to Live” saw him win a 1983 Emmy award for “Outstanding Direction for a Daytime Drama Series” along with fellow directors Allen Fristoe, Peter Miner and David Pressman.

Hall began serving on PATV’s Board of Directors the year after winning his Emmy, representing the Village of Great Neck Estates on the board.

In 1999, Bradley said, he began serving as president of the board, a position he held until 2007, when he stepped aside and served as the vice president in 2008.

Hall then served as the board’s secretary in 2009, a position he held until he died.

One of his most memorable contributions to PATV, Bradley said, was the creation of the “PATV Playwrights Showcase.”

She said the showcase is a contest that accepts 10-minute play submissions from playwrights across the country.

Two plays are chosen every year and made into a television production, Bradley said, which Hall directed himself.

The current PATV board president, Robert Schaufield, and the rest of the board recently agreed to change the name of the contest and dedicate it to Hall.

It is now called “The Norman Hall Memorial Playwrights Festival.”

PATV’s Studio A control room, which is located in the PATV facility at 1111 Marcus Ave., will be dedicated in his name as well.

Bradley, who worked for PATV as a technical director before taking the executive director’s position, said Hall often shared his experiences and expertise in directing.

“He brought so many talents,” she said. “I worked, personally, super close with him. He taught me how to edit and how to direct.”

This year, Hall finished directing a play called “The White Chalet” and, before his death, was preparing to direct his own play, “I Can See You.”

Bradley said that in honor of him, she would continue and complete the production of “I Can See You.”

“He’s wanted to do this play for well over a year now,” she said. “We know it’s something that was important to him and now it’s extremely important for us to do it and do it right.”

Charles Wagner IV, a longtime friend of Hall’s, will step in as the director for the play, Bradley said.

“Having him be a part of the team is amazing and it’ll just bring so much more to this production,” she said.

PATV will be cablecasting a special programming block in honor of Hall starting at noon on Sept. 25.

Hall’s wife, Helene, died on Nov. 28, 2011.

He is survived by his three children, Andrew, Stephen and Eve, and his grandchildren.

Alec and Hilaria peruse $16.5M penthouse as due date nears

(9/2/16) Alec Baldwin is eyeing a $16.5 million penthouse in West Chelsea as his wife, Hilaria, prepares to give birth to their third child together.

The actor has taken a liking to the penthouse at 470 W. 24th St., close to the High Line, which is said to be owned by “Sopranos” creator David Chase and has a stunning wrap-around terrace.

Witnesses tell us Baldwin has been a regular visitor to the building, “He has seen the apartment at least three times, and he has been hanging out in the lobby asking residents about the building and what it’s like to be there.”

One source added that in true Baldwin style, the “30 Rock” star even stood on the street corner asking passersby about the neighborhood. “People were like, ‘Sorry, dude, it’s nice here, but I can’t talk, I’ve got to go.’”

The apartment at the top of one of the pre-war London Terraces towers is nearly 5,000 square feet and boasts five bedrooms and 4½ baths. Its big selling point is the terrace that gives 360-degree views including of the High Line, Hudson River and Empire State Building.

But there is one snag, the source added: “What Alec may not realize is there is a communal roof terrace above that penthouse, so all the gays in Chelsea can look down and see him sunbathing naked on his terrace — should he choose to do so.”

Also the building is a co-op, which will require the hot-tempered star to put on a charm offensive and get approval from the board.

Hilaria, his yoga-instructor wife, is about to give birth to their third child any minute. They already have Carmen, 3, and Raphael, 1. And they need room for the help: Last year she was criticized after thanking their children’s five caregivers — some of whom, she explained, are nannies and others of whom are babysitters.

Baldwin currently owns a $12 million duplex penthouse in Greenwich Village’s Devonshire House, which at 4,137 square feet is smaller and features three bedrooms. He also owns another one-bedroom apartment next door.

A rep for Baldwin didn’t get back to us.

Alec Baldwin shows off his sweet side

Surly Alec Baldwin was downright sweet with some neighborhood kids over the weekend.

Said a Greenwich Village source, “Alec was buying lemonade for everyone on the block at this 8-year-old’s lemonade stand on University Place.”

At the adorable tyke’s table, with a Radio Flyer wagon nearby to haul supplies, Baldwin “bought everyone in line a lemonade” for 50 cents apiece, and “gave the kid a $20 tip!” Perhaps Baldwin was on cloud nine after Barbra Streisand released a clip of his new duet with her.

Alec Baldwin not happy with George Clooney’s tequila pal

George Clooney’s friend and partner Michael Meldman is trying to develop a golf resort in the Hamptons — and Alec Baldwin doesn’t like it.

The hot-tempered actor taped a public service announcement calling the Hills in East Quogue “the biggest and baddest development on Long Island.”

Clooney told me, “I’ve never heard of it,” although he is partners with Meldman in Casamigos Tequila, along with Cindy Crawford’s husband, Rande Gerber.

All three partners had houses in Meldman’s El Dorado Golf & Beach Club in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico — Clooney and Gerber sold each of theirs this year — and they often vacation together.

Baldwin claims the Hills, with its 118 houses, will pollute the water and increase traffic and local taxes. But Meldman disputes that, because the Hills buyers will be limited to stays of just 60 days per year at the resort.

Many locals are in favor of the project because it will help the local economy and invigorate a very sleepy hamlet. Maybe Clooney will buy a house and liven things up.

Guiding Light Star Is Mother of the Bride in It Shoulda Been You

(playbill.com) Actress Kim Zimmer, best-known for playing Reva Shayne on the long-running soap opera Guiding Light, stars as Judy (the role originated by Tyne Daly on Broadway) in the Gretna Theatre production of It Shoulda Been You.

Seen on Broadway last season, the musical comedy runs July 28-30 and August 4-6 at the Gretna Theatre in Mt. Gretna, PA.

Conceived by Barbara Anselmi, It Shoulda Been You has book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove, with music by Anselmi and additional lyrics by Jill Abramovitz, Carla Rose Fisher, Michael Cooper, Ernie Lijoi and Will Randall.

The cast also features Joe Briel, Jane Brockman and Mark Epperson, as well as Molly Tower, Tracy Bidleman, Luther Chakurian, Kayleen Seidl, Ryan Bloomquist, Chris Giordano, Drew Tildon, Tom Blaisse, and Kevin Toniazzo-Naughton.

The production is directed and choreographed by Dennis Courtney. Music direction is by Ryan Edward Wise.

Visit gretnatheatre.org.

Former Soap Stars on the 2016 Emmys Nominations List

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Robin Wright, House of Cards

GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Ellen Burstyn, House of Cards
Allison Janney, Masters of Sex

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY
William H Macy, Shameless

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Allison Janney, Mom
Judith Light, Transparent

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory

LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo

LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Bryan Cranston, All The Way

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Melissa Leo, All The Way
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel
Jean Smart, Fargo

Tommy Lee Jones, Alec Baldwin & Milla Jovovich In Talks For Rob Reiner’s ‘Shock And Awe’

In what is shaping up to be a killer lineup, Tommy Lee Jones, Alec Baldwin and Milla Jovovich are in talks to board Rob Reiner’s Iraq War pic Shock and Awe. If deals make with all three, they will join Woody Harrelson and James Marsden; Deadline broke the news of the latter’s involvement earlier this week.

Written by Reiner’s LBJ screenwriter Joey Hartstone, which also starred Harrelson, the politically-charged project centers around a group of journalists who asked the tough questions about Saddam Hussein’s alleged WMD’s (weapons of mass destruction) which was the way the Bush administration sold the Iraq War to the American public and around the world in 2003.

The pic follows Knight-Ridder reporters Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel, who after the events of 9/11, meet with their bureau chief John Walcott to get to the bottom of who was responsible. They find their sources telling them the Bush Administration is trying to tie Saddam Hussein to the terror attacks, even though there is no evidence to support the claim. As the push for war in Iraq increases, they bring in legendary reporter Joe Galloway to give them the high-level sources to help counter the false narrative of Hussein, al-Qaeda and WMDs. They find themselves one of the only media sources running stories countering the prevailing narrative. In the end, Iraq is invaded and their reporting is proven true.

While more iconic papers follow the administration line, the smaller-market Knight-Ridder papers try to get beneath the surface and serve the smaller markets where the military bases are, with the reporters believing the military troops in their markets were going to be the most affected by the decision to go to war. It is those troops whose lives would be risked and lost on the battlefield.

The film, which Reiner has had in development for several years, is scheduled for production this year, with financing from Savvy Media Holdings and Acacia Filmed Entertainment. The producers are Reiner, Matthew George and Michele Reiner.

Tommy Lee Jones has history with Iraq dramas, having starred in Paul Haggis’ terrific but underrated In the Valley of Elah. He next stars in Jason Bourne opposite Matt Damon. He is repped by CAA. Alex Baldwin has a slew of projects in various stages of completion, including Warren Beatty’s long-awaited Rules Don’t Apply. He, too, is repped by CAA.

Jovovich, currently in post on another battle against the undead in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.

Netflix, Chuck Lorre and Kathy Bates Team Up for a Marijuana Comedy

If there's one constant in this crazy, meaningless world, it's Netflix throwing money at new projects like they can't give the dough away fast enough.

On Wednesday, the streaming giant ordered to series Disjointed, a new comedy from The Big Bang Theory's Chuck Lorre set at an L.A.-based pot dispensary. Oscar and Emmy winner Kathy Bates (American Horror Story) will star as the dispensary's proprietor. The order is for 20 episodes.

The series, which was originally shopped around to the networks before landing at Netflix, is a multi-camera comedy co-written by Lorre and David Javerbaum (The Daily Show). In addition to Bates' pot-shop owner, the workplace comedy will feature the shop's three budtenders, Bates' character's 20-something-year-old son and the shop's security guard. Netflix points out that all characters will be "more or less constantly high."

Disjointed is Netflix's third multi-cam series, the first two being the Ashton Kutcher-led series The Ranch and the wildly successful Fuller House.

There is no premiere date set.

Lady Gaga, Connie Britton and 47 Other Stars Honor Orlando Shooting Victims in Ryan Murphy-Produced Tribute Video

(Video) A full list of the participants is: Lady Gaga, Chris Pine, Cuba Gooding Jr., Connie Britton, Matt Bomer, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Lea Michele, Colton Haynes, Sophia Bush, Jane Fonda, Harry Shum Jr., Denis O’Hare, Rob Reiner, Melissa Benoist, Caitlyn Jenner, Édgar Ramírez, Max Greenfield, Chaz Bono, Cheyenne Jackson, Emma Roberts, Kerry Washington, George Lopez, Evan Rachel Wood, Sofia Vergara, Diego Boneta, Nina Jacobson, Demi Lovato, Tyler Oakley, Yeardley Smith, Kid Cudi, Kaitlin Olson, Kevin McHale, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lee Daniels, Chace Crawford, Evan Peters, Gerard Butler, Katey Sagal, John Stamos, Laverne Cox, Jordana Brewster, Wes Bentley, Finn Wittrock, Darren Criss, Kathy Bates, Anna Paquin, Guillermo Díaz and Joe Mantello.

Alec Baldwin aims for retro game show glory with ‘Match Game’ reboot

Judging from the amount of red orange shag carpeting on the set of ABC’s “Match Game,” Alec Baldwin may have used a time machine to commute to work last week.

In front of an audience at a studio on Manhattan’s West Side, Baldwin was soliciting racy fill-in-the-blank answers from a panel of boozed-up celebrities who took advantage of a full bar backstage. With a long, skinny microphone made famous on the 1970s daytime hit, he breezily played his host role as if it was one long “Saturday Night Live” sketch. At one point, he introduced himself as “the love child of Charles Nelson Reilly” — a reference to the flamboyant panelist from “Match Game’s” past.

The Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor is bringing some marquee value to a genre that doesn’t get much critical respect, especially in an era when quality scripted TV is abundant. But when “Match Game” premieres Sunday (June 26), ABC will have four game shows on the air, the most of any prime-time broadcast network lineup since “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” first became a white-hot hit 16 years ago.

This summer’s game show wave is driven by revivals of classic titles such as “To Tell the Truth,” “$100,000 Pyramid” and “Celebrity Family Feud” filling a network need for recognizable, low cost and easy-to-launch first-run programming at a time when it’s tougher to get viewers to notice new shows.

“The audience’s options are endless, and these game shows are known commodities,” said Rob Mills, head of alternative programming at ABC. “They are known and loved. They are comfort food.”

Networks were once able to draw summer audiences with reruns of their hit shows once the official TV season ended in May. Those days are long gone as viewers can catch up on their favorite programs through online streaming, video-on-demand services or their DVRs.

Although complex serial dramas draw buzz and accolades, there is still a large segment of the TV audience with an appetite for programming they can just turn on and enjoy without requiring any binge-watching to catch up on plot points. And classic game shows fit the bill.

“At the end of the day, people like to see other people win,” said CBS Daytime President Angelica McDaniel. “When you turn on a game show, you have that inevitable opportunity to experience joy. It’s a great escape.”

Although game shows are cost-efficient to produce, as several episodes can be shot in one day on a single set, they are by no means cheap programming when a big name is attached. For “Match Game,” Baldwin’s talent fee is said to be more than $200,000 an episode.

But the license fee a network pays for a game show — typically $600,000 to $1 million for an hour — is well under the cost for a scripted series, making them an affordable option for the summer.

Three of ABC’s shows come from FremantleMedia North America, stewards of the classic game formats created by Goodson-Todman Productions during the first few decades of television. “To Tell the Truth” — hosted this summer by “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson — first showed up in 1956, while “Match Game” premiered in 1962. Both have been revived numerous times. “Celebrity Family Feud” with Steve Harvey as host, is a spinoff of the current syndicated “Family Feud,” which first appeared on ABC daytime in 1976.

CBS has tapped into Fremantle for summer programming as well, airing three prime-time episodes of its long-running daytime show “The Price Is Right,” with Drew Carey, late last month.

“The fact that there is a lot of demand for original programming in the summer definitely helps,” said Jennifer Mullin, co-chief executive of FremantleMedia North America, the U.S. arm of European broadcaster RTL Group’s production unit.

In recent years, RTL has increased its global investment in programming to offset the decline of Fremantle’s long-running franchise “American Idol,” which ended in May. Fremantle now has 24 other shows in production for various broadcast and cable networks — up from 16 in 2014 — including NBC’s perennial hit “America’s Got Talent.”

Mullin has been feeding Fremantle’s U.S. pipeline with established game show properties since 2008, when the company sold an updated version of “Password” to CBS for a summer run. She also brought back crazy-costumed traders of “Let’s Make a Deal,” with Wayne Brady as host, for CBS’s daytime lineup in 2009.

The original versions of Goodson-Todman shows became mass-appeal hits when viewers had fewer channel choices. As a result, Fremantle has found that the games have strong brand recognition spanning several generations.

“The audience might not remember exactly how to play the game, but they certainly remember the title,” Mullin said. “And generally speaking, these titles evoke warm memories. ‘I watched it with my grandmother’ or ‘I watched it when I was home sick.’ That’s what we hear all the time.”

The enduring appeal of the programs has also led Fremantle to launch Buzzr, an over-the-air retro TV network that features vintage episodes of the Goodson-Todman games from the 1950s through the early ’80s. A viewer can watch Buzzr for hours, and Betty White will be the only living celebrity seen on the screen. But the network has been gaining fans and affiliate stations, reaching 67 percent of the U.S. after a year on the air.

Even stars have a soft spot for the Goodson-Todman formats. Baldwin seemed like a long shot to host “Match Game” when Mills first suggested the idea to his agents. It turned out he was among the viewers who loved it when it was a bawdy, innuendo-filled daily cocktail party on CBS from 1973 to 1979.

“Alec said ‘I’m not doing this without Gene Rayburn’s microphone,'” recalled Mills, referring to the telescoping mic that the show’s original host wielded on the set.

ABC’s new “Match Game” has the same logo and wah-wah guitar-infused theme song that longtime fans will fondly recall. But game shows can’t make it on nostalgic appeal alone, especially among younger viewers. Having strong personalities — such as Baldwin, Anderson and Harvey — as hosts who are “invested” in the show is must, Mullin said.

McDaniel believes comedians Carey and Brady have brought new energy — and a lift in ratings — to her network’s shows. “They are not just hosts standing up there with a microphone delivering a line — they’re performers who give the shows an added dimension,” McDaniel said.

Alec Baldwin cracks Kardashian, Leo jokes at award show

Alec Baldwin brought down the house while hosting the Fragrance Foundation Awards on Tuesday night.

The crowd laughed as the often surly star took jabs at Hollywood royalty.

When Baldwin noted well-traveled Hearst exec Michael Clinton was at the show, he added, “He’s been in and out of more countries than Leonardo ­DiCaprio has been in and out of Victoria’s Secret models.”

The former “30 Rock” star also quipped of Kim Kardashian’s eponymous perfume: “It’s the only Armenian fragrance that isn’t found on the dashboard of a taxi cab.” And, “The top half of the bottle is beautiful. The bottom half looks like a mailbox. People keep stuffing envelopes in there. When you spray it, the smell does nothing, but it’s still very rich.”

Rihanna’s scent was up for best celebrity fragrance. “A lot of time and patience went into making this perfume, because it’s the only thing she actually wears,” he said.

Baldwin even went after his brother when he introduced Mary Elizabeth Winstead, saying of her new political TV series, “BrainDead,” “That’s about my brother Stephen campaigning for [Donald] Trump.”

Ironically, Victoria’s Secret was a big winner, and many of its Angels presented.

Also there were John Varvatos, Lionel Richie, Eric Dane, Nico Tortorella, Laverne Cox and Nacho Figueras.

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin on Kids Carmen and Rafael: They’re ‘Very Opinionated’

Zinging one-liners at the podium, Alec Baldwin was hilarious as the emcee of the 2016 Fragrance Foundation Awards in New York City on Tuesday.

He has also, on occasion, been known to have a strong opinion. And apparently, his children — daughter Carmen Gabriela, 2½, and son Rafael Thomas, 11 months — are following in their father’s footsteps.

“Carmen is very opinionated,” Hilaria Baldwin, 32, who’s expecting the couple’s second son, told PEOPLE of their daughter.

“[She’s] very verbal,” adds ebullient dad Alec, 58. “Just interesting phrases. This morning, I said, ‘Would you like to sit down and read a book with me?’ And she said, ‘Of course.’ She’s very sophisticated.”

“Our son is a moment away from walking,” Alec adds. “He’s tough, a tank. But happy — he’s a very happy child.”

“He’s almost walking,” interjects Hilaria of Rafael, “but he’s very interested in crawling because he likes his independence. He wants to smash everything.”

Though both kids obviously seem wise beyond their years — or in Rafael’s case, months — their penchant for conversation differs.

“Our daughter started talking at 5 months,” Hilaria says. “Compared to her, he doesn’t talk as much. His words are ‘Mama,’ ‘Dada.’ ”

But apparently when the Baldwins’ kids, including Rafael, do talk, they make their words count.

“We have very opinionated children,” Hilaria continues. “[Rafael] is very opinionated, too, but he only has five words. My kids are very smart, they say ‘Mama’ first. And ‘no,’ — he’s very good at ‘no.’ ”

” ‘Come, come,’ ” adds Alec, who is also dad to 20-year-old daughter Ireland with ex Kim Basinger.

“And ‘dog,’ ” Hilaria says.

Alec Baldwin Ballistic in Bev Hills ... SHUT UP!!!!

(Video) Alec Baldwin exploded in anger Tuesday, getting in a photographer's face and berating him for shooting Baldwin's wife.

Baldwin and Hilaria were in Bev Hills when he unleashed on the photog with ear-shattering volume, ordering him to "shut up."

It's unclear what preceded Baldwin's tirade, but he tells the photog in no uncertain terms his wife is out of bounds for the paparazzi ... interesting for sure, because Hilaria is a prolific Instagram user who chronicles her life on the app. She's also a correspondent for "Extra."

It's even more interesting ... Baldwin wrote an essay where he said he was moving from New York to California because he can't stand the paparazzi presence in the Big Apple. He wrote in New York Magazine, "L.A. is a place where you live behind a gate, you get in a car, your interaction with the public is minimal."

The incident occurred in a very public part of town ... Bedford Drive in Beverly Hills.

We reached out to Baldwin's rep ... so far no word back.

Match Game Revival Ordered at ABC, With Alec Baldwin to Host

Match Game fans will be so happy with this news, they may squirt ____ out their noses. [Cue funky thinking music…]

ABC has ordered a 10-episode revival of the 1960s/70s/80s game show, with 30 Rock grad Alec Baldwin set as host.

As first reported by Vulture, the upcoming reboot will debut as part of a Sunday-night programming block that already includes Celebrity Family Feud (hosted by Steve Harvey) and The $100,000 Pyramid (to be hosted by Michael Strahan). Much like the original program, Baldwin will serve as emcee while contestants try to guess how a celebrity panel will answer comical fill-in-the-blank questions.

Match Game first launched on NBC in 1962 with host Gene Rayburn and went on to spawn nearly a dozen revivals both in primetime and in syndication. This latest incarnation is set to debut June 26 at 10/9c.

Alec Baldwin & Scott Eastwood Take The Wheel For Cop Thriller ‘Crown Vic’

Alec Baldwin and Scott Eastwood have been set to star in Crown Vic, a gritty, futuristic cop thriller that Joel Souze wrote and will direct. Shooting begins May 1 in Los Angeles. Jim Valdez and Chris Barish are producing through their Brand Inc Group banner, along with Gregg Bello. The story revolves around two LAPD officers navigating through their own personal turmoil while hunting down a couple of vicious cop killers.

Baldwin is fresh off of Blind and Drunk Parents, while Eastwood just wrapped Live By Night for director Ben Affleck and Overdrive. Eastwood next will be seen starring in the ensemble of the David Ayer-directed Suicide Squad, which Warner Bros releases August 5, and the Oliver Stone-directed Snowden, which Open Road releases September 16. 13 Films is handling international sales on Crown Vic for Brand Inc Group.

Baldwin is repped by CAA and Eastwood by Joanne Horowitz Management and UTA.

GL ALUM TO STAR IN NEW PLAY

Four-time Emmy winner Kim Zimmer (Reva, GL/Echo, OLTL/Nola, Doctors/Jodie, Santa Barbara) will star in the world premiere of the play Old Love New Love, which will begin its run on Sunday, April 17. The beloved soap alum recently wrapped up a record-breaking tour with the first national company of Wicked. Old Love New Love, by Laura Brienza, is a funny and moving play about the challenges of caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease, and the lengths we go to in order to honor the lives of those we have loved. It will run Thursdays through Sundays from April 7th to May 8th at Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ. For information on tickets for opening night and a special meet and greet following the show, go to the event page here.

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin are moving to Los Angeles

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin are heading for the hills this spring — Beverly and Hollywood, to be exact.

The actor, 57, and his wife of nearly three years are packing up the family and relocating from NYC to LA for work from April until the summer, a source close to the couple told Page Six.

The 32-year-old brunette beauty — who is expecting her third child with the “30 Rock” star — couldn’t stop gushing about her growing family while teaching a yoga class in New York on Wednesday evening.

“Hilaria did most of the poses — many of which were really challenging — but faked the ab work because of her pregnancy,” a source explained.

“As a warm-up to the routine she played Gloria Estafan’s ‘Conga,’ saying it was her daughter’s favorite song,” the source continued. “She also played a Spanish tune that she wanted for the first dance at their wedding, but said Alec vetoed it.”

In addition to daughter Carmen, 2, the couple has a son, Rafael, 9 months. The “SNL” favorite is also father to model Ireland Baldwin, 20, with ex-wife Kim Basinger.

Benson's James Noble Dead at 94

James Noble (Don, ATWT/Vic, EON/Rev. Harris, AW/Bill, Doc/Dr. Morris, OLTL/Edward, A World Apart), best known for his role as Benson‘s Governor Eugene Gatling, died on Monday, The New York Times reports. He was 94.

The stage and screen actor passed away at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut after suffering a stroke.

Prior to his time on the long-running ABC sitcom, Noble was known for his work on Broadway, including a 1949 staging of The Velvet Glove and a later production of 1776 (which was adapted for film in 1972). His TV credits also included episodes of The Love Boat, Perfect Strangers, Law & Order and the soap operas One Life to Live and Another World.

Per IMDb, his last prominent role came in a 2008 episode of the British medical drama The Royal.

Noble is survived by his daughter, Jessica Katherine Noble Cowan.

James Douglas Dies: ‘Peyton Place’, ‘As The World Turns’ Actor Was 86

James Douglas (Marcus, OLTL/Grant, ATWT/Desmond, EON/Philip, Doc/Elliot, AW), a ruggedly handsome, intense actor who starred in ABC’s racy primetime drama Peyton Place and CBS’ soap opera As The World Turns, has died. He was 86. His family confirmed his death on March 5 in Bethlehem CT, where a wake in his honor was held on March 17 and 18. Douglas’ wife, Dawn, predeceased him.

During the five seasons (1964-69) that Peyton Place set the bar for timely, often risqué TV drama, Douglas played lawyer Steven Cord on some 400 episodes of the half-hour serial based on Grace Matalious’ scandalous 1956 novel. Cord had an intermittently fiery romance with Betty Anderson (played by Barbara Parkins), in which his rival was Ryan O’Neal’s Rodney Harrington, Cord’s half-brother. Having joined the cast early, Douglas stayed with the show until the end and returned for a 1985 reunion telefilm.

Douglas played another lawyer, Grant Colman, on As The World Turns from 1973-81 and a few times after, the last time in 1995.

In Connecticut, the Douglases were befriended by the starlet-turned-Benedictine nun Dolores Hart (famed for being the beneficiary of Elvis Presley’s first on-screen kiss in 1957 Loving You). Mother Dolores founded the Act Association, which performed Shakespeare, musical revues and other works at The Gary-The Olivia, a 200-seat open-air theater on the grounds of her abbey. In 1999, James Douglas appeared opposite another neighbor, Patricia Neal, in Oliver Goldsmith’s 1773 hit comedy of manners, She Stoops to Conquer.

Douglas is survived by three children, Kimberly, Taryn and Cort; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin expecting third child

Just nine months after welcoming son Rafael, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin have announced they’re expecting another baby boy this fall.

“Ireland, Carmen, Rafael, Hilaria and I are excited to share with you that we are going to have another little addition to our family,” the actor wrote on Instagram Wednesday.

Alec, 57, and Hilaria, 32, also have a daughter named Carmen, who will turn 3 in August. The “30 Rock” star is the father of 20-year-old model Ireland Baldwin with ex-wife Kim Basinger.

Alec Baldwin targets Trump at theater gala

Who do you think would win in a battle between hot-headed actor Alec Baldwin and Donald Trump?

We hear the “30 Rock” star took aim at the billionaire businessman and Republican front-runner during a speech at the Roundabout Theatre Gala at the Waldorf Astoria on Monday before guests including Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad, Liam Neeson and Dame Helen Mirren.

“If Trump wins it all and decides he wants to buy the American Airlines Theatre, tear it down and build a casino there, you know who will be there to stop it: all of us here,” Baldwin told the crowd, referencing the venue that houses some of the company’s plays.

Those attending reportedly booed Trump, but cheered at the mention of Hillary Clinton, whom Baldwin called one of the most “admired figures in the country.”

Jane Krakowski performed an aerial act while singing, and auctioned off dinner with herself to two separate people. Laura Benanti also performed. The event raised $3.8 million.

‘Late Night Snack’ With Alec Baldwin To Premiere On TruTV

TruTV has greenlighted short-form comedy series Late Night Snack, featuring Alec Baldwin and Esther Povitsky, among others. The 10-episode half-hour series premieres at 11 PM, March 3 on TruTV.

Alec Baldwin’s Love Ride: Renowned International Relationship Expert Alec Baldwin takes surprised but game couples for a ride in his office/limo, learning their stories and providing them with hilarious (and sometimes poignant) relationship advice. Alec’s famous & funny friends also join in the action, following the star and his “Love Ride” closely behind in a separate car and offering their own advice in Alec’s unending quest to save all relationships on Earth. Produced by Above Average and El Dorado Pictures.

Alec Baldwin, Richard Linklater join polar bear plunge

(Pic) EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Actor Alec Baldwin and director Richard Linklater have braved the chilly waters off New York's Long Island at the annual East Hampton Polar Bear Plunge on New Year's Day.

Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1Tvs34w ) reports that Baldwin and Linklater were among dozens who took part in Friday's plunge in the Atlantic Ocean. The event in the posh beach town raises money for a food pantry.

Baldwin is a Long Island native and a regular at glitzy charity events on the island's East End.

The Texas-based Linklater was vacationing in the area and decided to join the plunge. He said it was "really cool, so many people coming out for a good reason."

Baldwin has starred in numerous films as well as the NBC show "30 Rock."

Linklater's films include "Dazed and Confused," ''School of Rock" and "Boyhood."

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin rush to aid unconscious man

(Pic1, Pic2) Alec Baldwin and his wife played the roles of good Samaritans on Wednesday, rushing to the side of a man who fell unconscious in the East Village.

Yoga instructor Hilaria Baldwin took off her young son’s blanket and put it under the prone man’s head until paramedics arrived.

The drama unfolded at about 10:30 a.m. outside the Baldwins’ building — near East 10th Street and University Place — as they took their infant son, Rafael, for a walk.

Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore & Dylan McDermott Team For Michael Mailer-Helmed Indie ‘Blind’

Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott are starring in Blind, an independently funded drama that Michael Mailer is directing, and he’s producing with Diane Fisher, Jennifer Gelfer and Pamela Thur. John Mailer wrote the script from a story by Fisher. Baldwin and Mallory Schwartz are exec producers.

The film, just getting underway in New York, is the story of a novelist (Baldwin) who was blinded in a car crash that killed his wife. Several years later, he rediscovers his passion for life and writing when he embarks on an affair with the neglected wife (Moore) of an indicted businessman (McDermott).

“’Blind’ has been a long gestating project,” Mailer said. “But to have the superb cast that I have, my brother as the writer, and a very talented group of producers surrounding me I can say with true conviction it was worth the wait.”

Baldwin and Moore previously starred in 1996’s The Juror. Both are repped by CAA. Moore, who stars in the upcoming Wild Oats for The Weinstein Company, is managed by Jason Weinberg at Untitled.

Baldwin’s coming off Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and next co-stars in Warren Beatty’s Howard Hughes project and the Peter Landesman-directed hot-button drama Concussion.

ELIZABETH HUBBARD JOINS ANACOSTIA

Two-time Emmy winner Elizabeth Hubbard (ex-Lucinda, AS THE WORLD TURNS et al) has joined the cast of the web series ANACOSTIA in the role of Eva Montgomery. She will make her web series debut this fall in a role that was “custom made for her,” says series creator Anthony Anderson. “We are incredibly excited to have the amazing Elizabeth Hubbard join us for ANACOSTIA this year. It was so hard keeping such a huge secret from the loyal viewers of the series. Ms. Hubbard is a legend and is one of the true architects of daytime drama. This is a dream come true. The episodes are gripping and compelling and I am sure will be a treat for all of Ms. Hubbard’s fans to see her again doing what she loves, ” he adds. The casting reunites Hubbard with former Oakdale on-screen daughter, three-time Emmy Award winner Martha Byrne (ex-Lily). Byrne, who has appeared in ANACOSTIA since 2011 in the role of Alexis Jordan, wrote the story arc for Hubbard with Anderson, and will make her directorial debut in the scenes featuring the two actresses. "I've said it many times, Liz forever changed the course of my life with her willingness to treat me as a peer, even as a teenager,” Byrne notes. "To be able to write for her and guide her as a director is something I never thought possible in my career. Thanks to Anthony and Liz, I have another opportunity to work with one of the most influential people in my life. I can't wait for the fans to see what we have planned." Along with shooting ANACOSTIA with Hubbard, Martha is putting together a docustory about her life. "For years I've wanted to the world to see the Liz I've gotten to know throughout my life,” explains Byrne. "Her experiences in daytime are ones that everyone in our industry and beyond need to know. Who Liz is outside the world of soaps is filled with bravery, humanity, fearlessness and humor. Being a witness to her life, I'm a richer person for it and so are millions of others. I'm hoping our audience for this piece will learn more about Liz and walk away with a greater understanding of what drives her. She's amazing."

George Coe dies; ‘Archer,’ ‘West Wing’ actor was 86

George Coe (ex-Scott Conrad, The Doctors/ex-Leo Kurtz, Somerset), an actor with extensive credits and a longtime activist in the Screen Actors Guild, died Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif., after battling a long illness. He was 86.

Coe acted for more than 50 years of film, television, commercial and stage work. He had a lengthy career as a commercial performer both on camera and voiceover, including six years as the voice of Toyota.

He served more than a dozen years on the SAG national board of directors, having the vice president title for two years and creating the template for what became SAG’s first low-budget production contract.

Coe was born in Jamaica, Queens. His Broadway theater career began in 1957 and included performing as M. Lindsey Woolsey opposite Angela Lansbury in the original cast of Jerry Herman’s “Mame” and as Owen O’Malley in “On The Twentieth Century.”

Coe was also an original member of “Not Ready For Prime Time Players,” the original cast of “Saturday Night Live,” and was credited as a cast member for the first show in October, 1975.

He portrayed the head of an ad agency in “Kramer vs. Kramer” and was nominated for an Academy Award for the 1968 comedy short film “The Dove,” a parody of Ingmar Bergman’s films, which he co-directed as well as starred in.

Coe’s TV credits included “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Max Headroom,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Bones,” “Judging Amy,” “The King of Queens,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Columbo,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Gilmore Girls,” ” The Golden Girls” and “The West Wing.”

He voiced the character of Woodhouse in the FX animated series “Archer” and the Autobot Wheeljack in Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.”

The Hollywood Division of SAG awarded Coe with the Ralph Morgan Award for service to the guild in 2009.

Alec Baldwin Plots TV Return As NYC Mayor In HBO Series

In his first major episodic TV project since his Emmy-winning turn in 30 Rock, Alec Baldwin will star in and executive produce an untitled series for Universal Television and HBO. The series will be scripted by Wells Tower, and Baldwin will play Joe Byrne, a billionaire real estate developer philanthropist, and celebrated socialite/tabloid fixture, who is unexpectedly rocketed into NYC politics when tragedy strikes the incumbent mayor and he is drafted to replace him. Cary Brokaw and Baldwin will be executive producers.

The project had multiple bidders chasing it and it’s a put pilot deal with a substantial penalty if it runs anything less than a full season. The plan is to shoot in New York, most likely in September, and they are just beginning to figure out which major director will shoot the pilot. It will be an hour drama that explores celebrity and the political landscape in New York City, dark but not as pitch black as House Of Cards. The way it was put to me is the aspiration is to be most consistently hit the tone of the lightest and most entertaining episodes of The Sopranos. Baldwin, who has mulled a possible move into real politics, will play a larger-than-life divorced entrepreneur whose burst into the political spotlight is made interesting by his appetite for women and a dark past.

“Cary and I were going to do this together nine years ago, but I got detoured by Lorne Michaels and Tina Fey into 30 Rock,” Baldwin told me. Universal TV, which had been trying to get him to do another half-hour sitcom, sparked to this idea and it came together quickly. Both Baldwin and Brokaw were intrigued by the endless creative possibilities inherent in making HBO the home. They interviewed a slew of young writers before fixing on Tower.

“The character is a philanthropist, a big businessman and well-known tabloid fixture in New York,” Baldwin said. “He’s Trump without the baggage, Bloomberg but a Democrat, George Soros if he was in real estate, a left-leaning Democrat who is also a businessman who understands the reality of how the city has to be run to create the right climate for the business community. He’s drafted for this run because the alternative would be catastrophe. We’ve seen from shows like Kevin Spacey’s House Of Cards that you can go anywhere creatively. He throws Kate Mara’s character in front of a subway train and you think, what the hell is going on? You can create these Shakespearean character arcs, and pull the curtain back on how New York City is actually run and how political careers are made and lost in the city.”

Baldwin has a deal with Universal TV going back to 30 Rock, which trumped the overall deal Brokaw’s Avenue Pictures has at Warner Bros Television, where he is allowed a handful of exclusions. Tower, whose fiction and nonfiction writing has been published by The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays, is a correspondent for GQ magazine. He previously wrote the HBO pilot Paper, and adapted his short story into the HBO pilot Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned.

H. Wesley Kenney Dies; TV Producer & Director Of Soaps, 'All In The Family'

(deadline.com) H. Wesley “Wes” Kenney, a producer-director who won seven Daytime Emmys and directed two dozen episodes of All In The Family, died Tuesday of cardiac arrest at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, family friend Jodie Mann told Deadline. He was 89.

Kenney was a producer on hundreds of episodes of soap operas Days Of Our Lives, The Young And The Restless, The Doctors and General Hospital. During a 35-year career starting at the DuMont Television Network, he directed for such series as My Favorite Martian, Big John Little John, Flo and the pilot for All In The Family spinoff The Jeffersons, which aired an episode of Norman Lear’s landmark series starring Carroll O’Connor.

“I was an average guy, who with great luck was able to be successful,” he said in a 2008 interview with the Archive of American Television. “I think that’s as much as I can say. I love people. I love actors. I love doing the dramatic shows. So that’s how I’d like to be remembered, working with terrific people, great talented people.”

He was born Harry Wesley Kenney Jr on January 3, 1926, in Dayton, Ohio. After a stint in the Navy, he joined the DuMont Network, directing as many as a dozen live broadcasts a day. He helmed numerous episodes of the early ’50s series Rocky King, Detective, starring Roscoe Karns, and was at the control board for Mike Wallace’s 1950s interview programs Night Beat and The Mike Wallace Interview. Decades later, he taught at UCLA.

Kenney is survived by his wife, actress Heather North Kenney; sons Wesley and Kevin; daughters Nina and Kara; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Retro TV Announces Launch Date for "The Doctors"

Chattanooga, Tenn. (August 28, 2014) – Look for classic soap The Doctors to join Retro TV's afternoon lineup starting September 29th. Fans of the Emmy-winning series will find two episodes airing back-to- back every weekday at 12PM E/P.

Set in Hope Memorial Hospital in the fictional New England city of Madison, The Doctors' storylines center on the hospital's Chief of Staff Dr. Matthew Powers (James Pritchett) and his dedicated team. The soap opera ran for 19 years, spanned 5,280 episodes and won several Daytime Emmy Awards including Outstanding Drama Series (1971, 1972 and 1974), Lead Actor (James Pritchett, 1978) and Lead Actress (Elizabeth Hubbard, 1974).

Several well-known actors and actresses passed through the halls of Hope Memorial during its run, including Academy Award nominee Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Academy Award winner Kathy Bates (Misery), Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn (The Exorcist), Emmy Award winner Ted Danson (Cheers), Emmy Award winner Terry O'Quinn (Lost) and Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner (Peggy Sue Got Married).

Emily Bronze, Luken's Director of Affiliate Relations, said "The positive feedback we've received since Retro TV's initial announcement of The Doctors has been phenomenal. Classic soap fans are excited about Retro TV and we look forward to expanding our offerings with this genre and audience."

Luken Communications is a Chattanooga, TN-based broadcast group with networks including Retro TV, The Heartland Network, The Family Channel, PBJ, Frost Great Outdoors and TUFF TV. Luken Communications offers diverse, family-friendly programming on its networks reaching approximately 80 percent of all U.S. households via a blend of over-the-air, cable and satellite television. For more information about Retro TV, please visit www.WatchRetroTV.com or www.facebook.com/WatchRetroTV.

Classic Soap THE DOCTORS Returns In Reruns

Rerun rights to THE DOCTORS, which ran on NBC-TV from 1963-82, has been picked up by Lucen Productions and will air on Retro TV, which is available in most markets. Matthew Golden, Luken's Vice President of Production, said in a statement, "The Doctors is one of the greatest examples of the soap opera format in its prime, loved by critics and audiences alike. We're thrilled to return this classic series to the air, and bring its exciting, engaging storylines back to our audience's daily lives." Alec Baldwin, Kathy Bates, Ted Dansen, and Kathleen Turner, along with daytime vets including Elizabeth Hubbard (Lucinda, AS THE WORLD TURNS), Kim Zimmer (Reva, GUIDING LIGHT) and Hillary B. Smith (Nora, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) are among the well-known names that appeared on the soap. It is expected to begin running later this year.

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