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News, Cast Updates and Scoop(News section last updated July 20, 2018)
Jordi Vilasuso Joins Y&R(7/20/18) Daytime Emmy winner Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Dario, DAYS; ex-Griffin, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Tony, GUIDING LIGHT) has been cast on Y&R in a new role. The actor will play a mysterious stranger named Rey who quickly finds himself immersed in the drama of Genoa City. Vilasuso will make his Y&R debut on Friday, August 17.
Vampire Diaries' Paul Wesley Goes Very Dark in CBS All Access' Fairytale Drama Tell Me a Story: 'It's So Not Stefan'(7/20/18) (Video) CBS All Access’ upcoming fairytale-inspired drama Tell Me a Story reteams Kevin Williamson and Paul Wesley for the first time since their Vampire Diaries days. But one thing is not like the other.
“Thus far, there’s nothing supernatural about [this] series,” Wesley told me in TVLine’s Comic-Con interview suite on Thursday. “It’s grounded. It’s in New York City. It’s the real world. It’s modern day. So I’m working with Kevin in a different capacity.”
Another big difference between Vampire Diaries and Story: Wesley is not playing a hero. “He’s a complete derelict,” the actor explained. “He abuses substances, he obviously has a lot of trauma in his life… And his life takes a turn for the worse.”
And as Williamson tells it, Wesley has more than risen to the challenge. “It’s so not Stefan,” the EP shared. “It’s so different from anything he’s done. I’m very excited for everyone to see what an amazing actor he is beyond the Vampire Diaries.”
Williamson is also enthused for viewers to see co-star James Wolk (Zoo, The Crazy Ones) eschew his white knight persona in the series. “He looks like this nice guy,” Williamson noted with a chuckle. “But he’s going to go to a very dark place.”
Laura Wright Proves Age Is Nothing But a Number With Inspirational Message to Fans(7/16/18) Daytime star Laura Wright was in the middle of enjoying her summer vacation from playing Carly on GENERAL HOSPITAL but she took time out to celebrate getting older and issue a challenge to her fans! “To all my female friends of ‘age,'” she posted to Instagram. “Most of us are going through the next stage of our lives. We are at that age where we see the wrinkles, grey hair, extra pounds. Menopause has already shown up or just waiting around the corner. We see the pretty 25-year-olds and sigh. But we were 25, too, just like they will one day be our age.
“What they bring to the table with their youth and zest for life, we bring with our wisdom, experience, and good hearts,” she continued. “For all we’ve been through earning each grey hair… raising kids, bills and ills, and whatever else life throws at us, we are survivors. We are warriors. We are women. Like a classic car or fine wine. While our exterior may not be what it once was, it is traded for our spirit, our courage, and our strength to enter this chapter of our lives with grace and pride for all we’ve been through and accomplished. Never feel bad about getting older. It is a privilege denied to many.”
She then challenged her female fans to copy and paste her status with their own picture and age, proudly adding that she herself is turning 48 in September. And proving that age is nothing but a number, Wright has found a new lease on life happily finding love with GH castmate Wes Ramsey (Peter) after her divorce and continuing to raise her two beautiful children, Lauren and John. And don’t forget starring as Carly Corinthos on GH where she continues to earn critical acclaim and Daytime Emmy nominations (taking home the gold in 2011)! Wright is not only aging gracefully, but gorgeously. Such an inspiriation!
2018 Primetime Emmy Nominations(7/12/18) (Former soap stars in bold)
LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus)
LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Donald Glover)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Alec Baldwin)
GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: SNL host Dave Chappelle)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2017 winner: Laura Dern)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2017 winner: Alexander Skarsgård)
‘Halloweentown II’ actors Kimberly J. Brown and Daniel Kountz are dating(7/12/18) Seventeen years after “Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge,” Marnie Piper and Kal have gotten together in real life.
Kimberly J. Brown has been posting photos of herself with former co-star Daniel Kountz since last July, but finally sealed the deal with a kiss this week.
“#internationalkissingday you say? I’ll just leave this right here then,” Brown, 33, wrote alongside an adorable photo of the pair kissing.
In “Halloweentown II,” Brown’s character Marnie is trying to save the world from Kountz’s character Kal’s evil spell affecting both Halloweentown and the real world.
In October, Brown posted a photo with Kountz, writing, “It’s this handsome guy’s birthday today! You fill my life w/so much happiness and laughter. Happy Birthday Daniel.” They even dressed up as Superman and Wonder Woman for Halloween last year.
Now all we need is a new “Halloweentown” movie that follows these two as a couple and our DCOM dreams will be made.
Paul Anthony Stewart on Elementary 7/30/18(7/10/18) “Breathe” – Holmes and Watson investigate the poisoning of a relocation expert and discover the man led a decades-long secret career as a contract killer before his death. Also, Watson’s path to adopting a child suffers a setback as she prepares for a home visit from her agency case worker, on ELEMENTARY, Monday, July 30 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Joaquim de Almeida (Cal Medina), Lesli Margherita (Sherry Lennox), Paul Anthony Stewart (Gary).
Billy Dee Williams Set To Return To ‘Star Wars’ As Lando Calrissian – Report(7/10/18) It looks like the smooth space-age swag of Lando Calrissian is returning to help the Rebellion (or maybe the First Order?) in Star Wars: Episode IX. Billy Dee Williams, who originated the role in Empire Strikes Back, is set to don the cape as Lando in the forthcoming installment of the Disney/Lucasfilm franchise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Williams will be returning to Star Wars as Lando who was recently portrayed by Donald Glover in the Star Wars standalone prequel Solo. With many actors from the original Star Wars franchise reprising their role in the new movies, there have been rumors and speculations on fan sites about Williams’ return. No details have been given about how Lando will be involved in the ninth installment of the intergalactic saga.
Williams is the latest actor to join the J.J. Abrams-directed Episode IX. Last week, Keri Russell, a frequent Abrams collaborator also joined the cast in an undisclosed role. They will join Star Wars regulars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver. The movie is set to open Dec. 20, 2019.
Taye Diggs on The 100,000 Pyramid(7/10/18) The Pyramid is back! As part of ABC’s “Sunday Fun & Games,” the Emmy Award®-winning pop-culture phenomenon is reimagined and better than ever with a cast of all-star celebrities who take center stage and partner with contestants from across the country with hopes of making it to the winner’s circle and the ultimate prize of $100,000. “The $100,000 Pyramid” airs SUNDAY, JULY 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
This week’s hour-long episode features two separate celebrity couples. First up, Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”) competes against actor Taye Diggs. Next, the stars of “Barely Famous,” Sara and Erin Foster, compete with hopes of making it to the winner’s circle and the ultimate prize of $100,000.
“The $100,000 Pyramid” is the timeless word association game in which two celebrities and their partners face off in a race against the clock to make it to the winner’s circle and take home $100,000. “Good Morning America”’s Michel Strahan hosts “The $100,000 Pyramid.”
Imagen Awards Nominations(7/10/18) The nominations are out for the 33rd annual Imagen Awards, which celebrate positive portrayal and creative excellence of Latinos and Latino cultures in TV and film.
Best Actress – Feature Film
Best Actor – Television
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.
Karla Mosley Announces She's Taking a Break From THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL... to Have Her Baby!(7/5/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) (Video) The cast and crew of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL have left on their summer vacation, but while most of them will be returning to work in a month, Karla Mosley (Maya) will be taking a little bit more time off from work because she’s getting ready for her maternity leave! Back in April, the pregnant actress revealed that she and boyfriend John Rogers are expecting a baby this summer. “Last day before baby break!” she posted on Instagram.
In the video, Mosley brings fans up to date before giving them an inside peek at some of the cast photos on the walls of the studio. “Well, it’s super-quiet here at the B&B offices,” she smiled before laughing and adding, “And I am about the last person here! I think it’s probably because I’m so sad to leave. But I’ll be back! Everyone’s going on hiatus and then I’ll have a SUPER-long hiatus.” She then pans the camera around the room to show the images the soap uses in its opening credits. At the end, she turns the camera back on herself and says: “Thanks for an amazing year, and I’ll see you soon, B&B” before blowing a kiss.
Despite the fact that she and Rick are happily married, Maya has been seen more in recent episodes without her husband. That’s due to the fact that Rick Forrester’s portrayer, Jacob Young, has dropped to recurring status with the soap to pursue other opportunities on the side. But with Mosley about to take her maternity leave to welcome her new baby, what will happen to Maya while she’s gone?
Canadian actor Daniel Pilon dies at 77 after lengthy illness, talent agency says(6/28/18) Canadian actor Daniel Pilon, whose film and television career spanned nearly 50 years, has died following a lengthy illness. He was 77.
The actor known internationally for his role as Renaldo Marchetta in the American TV soap “Dallas,” died Tuesday in hospital surrounded by family, his talent agency said in a statement.
“Happiness is every moment; it’s living every moment,” Pilon said in a 2009 interview for Elephant, a project to restore and digitize Quebec’s cinematic history.
The Montreal-born actor had many opportunities to put those words into practice during a prolific film and television career in which he found success both in Canada and internationally.
Pilon began his film career in 1968 when he was cast as Capt. Allwood in the British war film, “Play Dirty.”
He would go on to appear in dozens of films and television shows, including the highly popular TV series, “Dallas,” in which he played a wealthy villain.
Pilon’s soap career included appearances in “Ryan’s Hope,” “Guiding Light,” and “Days of Our Lives.”
In Canada, he often worked with renowned Quebec filmmaker Gilles Carle, most notably in the films, “Red,” “The Death of a Lumberjack,” and “Le viol d’une jeune fille douce,” where he appeared alongside his brother, Donald.
Pilon also worked with a number of Canadian film directors including Jean Beaudin, Yves Simoneau, Jean-Claude Labrecque, Christian Duguay and Claude Fournier.
His more recent appearances were for the TV series, “La Galere,” and “March a l’ombre,” as well as the 2011 short film, “L’invite.”
Pilon’s funeral will be private, his agency said.
Ian Ziering on Celebrity Family Feud(6/27/18) “Sherri Shepherd vs. Ian Ziering and Tommy Chong vs. Derek Fisher & Gloria Govan” – The celebrity teams competing to win cash for their charities feature former co-host of “The View”
Sherri Shepherd and actor Ian Ziering, best known for his roles in “Sharknado” and “Beverly Hills, 90210.” In a separate game, family members of actor/comedian Tommy Chong (“Cheech & Chong”) and five-time NBA Champion Derek Fisher (Los Angeles Lakers) along with his fiancée, television host and actress Gloria Govan, will compete on an all-new episode, SUNDAY, JULY 15 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
Steve Harvey, the highly popular stand-up comedian, actor, author and Emmy® Award-winning game show host, will pit celebrities and their families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed to 100 people.
The celebrity teams who will try to guess what the “survey said” are:
Sherri Shepherd – former co-host of “The View”; playing for Summit View School
Lauren Mary Marshall – sister
Ian Ziering – actor known for “Sharknado” and “Beverly Hills, 90210”; playing for EB Medical Research Foundation
Erin Ziering – wife
In another game of “Celebrity Family Feud,” the two contesting teams are:
Tommy Chong – comedian and actor known for “Cheech & Chong”; playing for A Place Called Home
Paris Chong – son
Derek Fisher & Gloria Govan – playing for LA84 Foundation
Derek Fisher – five-time NBA Champion with the Los Angeles Lakers
Allison Janney In Talks To Join Hugh Jackman In Automatik and Sight Unseen’s ‘Bad Education’(6/16/18) Allison Janney is in talks to join Hugh Jackman in Automatik’s Bad Education, a feature based on a true story from I Think We’re Alone Now screenwriter Mike Makowsky and director Cory Finley (Thoroughbreds). The story, which is said to be based on Makowsky’s own high school experience, follows a superintendent of the school district who works for the betterment of the student’s education while embezzling public funds to live the life he wants.
Jackman is attached to play the superintendent while Janney portrays the school district business manager who is in on the scheme and enjoying the same living large lifestyle while helping him (and her) to cover their tracks.
Fred Berger (La La Land) and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Midnight Special) of Automatik are set to produce with Sight Unseen’s Eddie Vaisman, Julia Lebedev and Oren Moverman. Janney, who won an Oscar for her work as the controlling and abusive mother in I, Tonya, will first star in the Bert & Bertie-directed Troupe Zero with Jim Gaffigan. The seven-time Emmy winner can currently be seen on the CBS series, Mom, which was just picked up for a sixth season. Those dates would have to be worked out in order for Janney to join the project.
Janney is repped by The Gersh Agency, Thruline Management and law firm Nelson Davis.
Family Feud: Jeff Dunham vs. Ming-Na Wen and Taye Diggs vs. Caroline Rhea (7/8)(6/15/18) “Jeff Dunham vs. Ming-Na Wen and Taye Diggs vs. Caroline Rhea” – The celebrity teams competing to win cash for their charities feature comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and actress Ming-Na Wen (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Mulan”). In a separate game, family members of actor Taye Diggs and actress Caroline Rhea (“Caroline and Friends”) will compete on an all-new episode, SUNDAY, JULY 8 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
Steve Harvey, the highly popular stand-up comedian, actor, author and Emmy® Award-winning game show host, will pit celebrities and their families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed to 100 people.
The celebrity teams who will try to guess what the “survey said” are:
Jeff Dunham – comedian and ventriloquist; playing for Baby2Baby
Makenna Paige Dunham – daughter
Ming-Na Wen – actress known for “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Mulan”; playing for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Eric Zee – husband
In another game of “Celebrity Family Feud,” the two contesting teams are:
Taye Diggs – actor; playing for FosterMore
Marcia Berry – mother
Caroline Rhea – actress known for “Caroline and Friends”; playing for Hopeland
Cynthia Rhea – sister
Taye Diggs: I was wrongly fired for stealing from an ice cream parlor(6/14/18) Taye Diggs was once fired after he was wrongly accused of stealing — and he’s still mad about it.
Diggs, who stars in the comedy “Set It Up,” told Page Six: “I got fired from this ice cream place in Rochester, [NY].”
He added at the Netflix premiere, “[The owners] said I stole money from them. They knew I didn’t, but they fired me anyway. I wish I could remember their names. I was on the register and they blamed it on me.”
He fumed, “Damn, you made me mad just now!”
New Project For DAYS’s Judi Evans(6/13/18) Judi Evans (Adrienne, DAYS) has begun work on a new film, I’m not for Sale: The fight to end Human Trafficking. Evans tweeted, “Started work yesterday on a new film called ‘I’m not for sale’. It’s a gritty film about the horrors of human trafficking. Directed by Romane Simon….Thank you Simon for daring to tell this story and allowing me the opportunity to go WAY outside my comfort zone to play A virtually unredeemable character…..huge bonus! My son Austin Michael Luciano was cast as Brent in the film…..can’t wait to see him work his magic!!!! Thank you you Simon for making all of this happen….” The film currently has no release date.
Taye Diggs’ son doesn’t want him to have a girlfriend(6/13/18) There might be no bond stronger than the one shared by father and son.
But Taye Diggs says his relationship with his and ex-wife Idina Menzel‘s 8-year-old son, Walker, is really unique.
“He is now getting kind of more candid and honest,” Diggs, 47, told People. “He said the other day that he doesn’t want me to have a girlfriend. He said, ‘I want you to myself.’”
“Then he said, ‘Is that okay to say dad?’” the actor recalled. “I was like, ‘Yeah man! I want you to be able to tell me anything. Okay I get that.’”
Diggs and Menzel, 47, split in 2014 after 11 years of marriage. In 2017, Menzel remarried to Aaron Lohr.
B&B Star Expecting(6/12/18) Congratulations are in order for Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter, B&B). The star took to Instagram to announce that he and wife Shay are expecting! “@shaysaintvictor and I have been working on the biggest project of our lives!!!” Saint-Victor wrote, also announcing that “#itsaboy.”
Vampire Diaries' Paul Wesley Joins Cast of CBS All Access' Tell Me a Story, Reuniting With Kevin Williamson(6/12/18) The Vampire Diaries co-creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson has recruited one of the stars of the long-running CW drama, Paul Wesley, for his new series, psychological thriller Tell Me a Story on CBS All Access.
Wesley has been tapped for a lead role opposite The Originals alumna Danielle Campbell, Billy Magnussen and Kim Catrall in the straight-to-series drama, from Williamson and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.
Written by Williamson, Tell Me a Story takes the world’s most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Set in modern day New York City, the first season of this serialized drama interweaves “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Hansel and Gretel” into an epic and subversive tale of love, loss, greed, revenge and murder.
Wesley plays Eddie, a derelict and troubled individual whose petulance is fueled even more by his problems with drugs and alcohol. Although he works as a bartender, he also splits his time as a low-level drug dealer and part-time thief with his older brother Mitch, who never fails to treat Eddie as the lowly delinquent that he is.
Campbell plays Kayla. Catrall plays her grandmother.
Williamson executive produces with Kapital’s Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor. Liz Friedlander directs and executive produces the first two episodes.
Wesley played vampire Stefan on The Vampire Diaries for the series’ eight-season run. Since TVD ended in March 2017, he starred in two off-Broadway plays, Cal in Camo opposite David Harbour at The Rattlestick Theatre and Zurich at New York Theatre Workshop. He also has a featured role in Robert Zemeckis’s upcoming Netflix miniseries Medal Of Honor.
Wesley, whose production company Citizen Media has multiple TV series projects in development at various networks and studios, is repped by ICM Partners, Management 360, and attorney Marcy Morris.
Talk Show Appearance(6/7/18) WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN - Bravo
Thursday, June 14 – MATT BOMER and ANDREW RANNELLS Show 15098
‘Addams Family’ Movie Scares Up Charlize Theron, Bette Midler, Allison Janney & More For Voice Cast(6/6/18) MGM has set the voice cast for its Oct. 11, 2019 animated take on The Addams Family including Oscar winners Charlize Theron (Morticia), Allison Janney (arch nemesis Margaux Needler), two-time Oscar nominee Bette Midler (Grandmama), Chloë Grace Moretz (Wednesday), Finn Wolfhard (Pugsley), and Nick Kroll (Uncle Fester).
As previously announced, Oscar Isaac will play Gomez. Sausage Party director Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan are co-helming this brand new take on Charles Addams’ classic New Yorker cartoon series which has been adapted into various formats since its debut in 1938 including a black and white ABC TV series during the early 1960s, a Hanna-Barbera cartoon during the ’70s, two Paramount features which made over $240M WW during the early 1990s and a recent Broadway show.
Matt Lieberman wrote the script, which follows the kooky Addams family as they face-off against a crafty reality-TV host voiced by Janney while also preparing for their extended family to arrive for a major celebration, Addams-style.
Vernon is producing with Gail Berman, via her shingle The Jackal Group, and Alex Schwartz. Andrew Mittman, Kevin Miserocchi and Joe Earley are EPs. Tabitha Shick, MGM’s Executive Director, Worldwide Motion Pictures is overseeing the project on behalf of the studio. CG Animation and digital visual effects production is underway in Vancouver at Cinesite Studios.
Vernon said in a statement, “Greg and I have always been a fan of the Addams Family in past versions, so when we set out to make this movie, we were excited to do something new. With that in mind, I drew from the brilliantly original Charles Addams New Yorker cartoons for the look of the film and decided to tell the story of how Gomez and Morticia meet, find their house and start their family. This unique approach is what drew me in to direct the film. The reimagining also extends to the stellar cast we’ve put together who will each bring their own spin to our film that will appeal to longtime fans of the Addams and introduce them to a new generation.”
“Conrad and Greg are masters of animation with the keen ability to create something both kids and their parents will enjoy for different reasons. Adding to that a world class caliber of talent with Oscar, Charlize, Chloë, Finn, Nick, Bette and Allison – we can’t wait to bring their fresh and modern take on The Addams Family to the worldwide audience,” said Jonathan Glickman, president of MGM Motion Pictures Group.
FIRST ROUND OF PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED FOR “THE 72nd ANNUAL TONY AWARDS®,” SUNDAY, JUNE 10 ON CBS(5/30/18) Some of the biggest stars from stage, television, film and music will present at THE 72nd ANNUAL TONY AWARDS®, live from the historic Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Sunday, June 10 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. Set to appear are Uzo Aduba, Matt Bomer, Claire Danes, Armie Hammer, Tatiana Maslany, Leslie Odom Jr., Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Andrew Rannells.
As previously announced, Tony Award nominees Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban will host the show for the first time.
This year marks the 72nd anniversary of the Tony Awards, which were first held on April 6, 1947 at the Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Ballroom. The ceremony is presented by Tony Award Productions, which is a joint venture of the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, which founded the Tonys.
Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return as executive producers. Weiss will also serve as director for the 19th consecutive year.
Dishing With Digest Episode 9(5/25/18) Memorable summer stories and the importance of using veteran characters in today's storytelling plus we chat with DAYS stars Eric Martsolf (Brady) and Kassie DePaiva (Eve): Download / listen.
Talk Show Appearance(5/18/18) The Talk - CBS
Friday, May 25
Actor Taye Diggs discusses performing in “Beauty and the Beast in Concert” at The Hollywood Bowl and his upcoming film
‘City On A Hill’: Showtime Picks Up Drama From Ben Affleck & Matt Damon To Series(5/18/18) Showtime has handed a 12-episode series order to City On A Hill, its drama pilot starring Kevin Bacon (The Following) and Aldis Hodge (Underground). The series, executive produced by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Jennifer Todd, will premiere in 2019.
Written by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler) and based on an original idea by Affleck, City on a Hill is set in early 1990s Boston when the city was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm, until it suddenly all changed. The drama is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle.” Driving that change is assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward (Hodge), who comes from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran, Jackie Rhodes (Bacon). Together, they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to involve, and ultimately subvert, the entire criminal justice system of Boston.
“City On A Hill has the veneer of a classic Boston cops-and-robbers drama, but actually dives head first into challenging the very institutions it depicts,” said David Nevins, President & CEO of Showtime Networks. “In reality, the series is a penetrating look at the larger criminal justice system and those who operate within it, with mesmerizing performances by Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge anchoring the suspense.”
City On A Hill also stars Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom), Mark O’Brien (Halt and Catch Fire), Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan), Lauren E. Banks (Instinct), Amanda Clayton (Tyler Perry’s If Loving You Is Wrong), Kevin Chapman (Brotherhood) and Jere Shea (Passion), with Kevin Dunn (Veep) recurring.
The series is executive produced by Affleck, Damon and Todd for Pearl Street Films as well as James Mangold. MacLean wrote the pilot and executive produces; Michael Cuesta directed the pilot and executive produces. Bacon will serve as co-executive producer.
City on a Hill joins another upcoming Showtime series, comedy Kidding starring Jim Carrey.
Veteran Character Actor Joseph Campanella Dies at 93(5/17/18) (Video) Joseph Campanella, a character actor who appeared in more than 200 TV and film roles over his 50-year career, died at his Sherman Oaks, Calif., home on Wednesday, his daughter-in-law told Variety. He was 93.
Campanella appeared across five seasons of late ’60s and early ’70s crime drama “Mannix,” for which he earned a supporting actor Emmy nomination in 1968, and six seasons of ’70s sitcom “One Day at a Time.” He had a number of other co-starring roles on the small screen, including ’60s hospital drama “The Doctors and the Nurses,” the ’70s medical series “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” and ’80s primetime soap story “The Colbys.” In more recent years, the actor held a recurring role on daytime soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” from 1996 to 2005 and worked on “The Practice” and “That’s Life.”
Along with his on-screen roles, Campanella also built a career as a voice actor, voicing characters in ’90s animated shows “Spider-Man” and “Road Rovers,” along with narrating the “Discover” science series on Disney Channel. He appeared in three Broadway plays, with “The Captains and the Kings” in 1962, “A Gift of Time” in 1962, and “Hot Spot” in 1963. He was nominated for a Tony for his performance in “A Gift of Time.”
Campanella is the younger brother of fellow actor Frank Campanella, who died in 2007. He was born in New York City and attended Columbia University before moving to Hollywood. He is survived by Jill Campanella, his wife of 53 years, as well as his seven sons and eight grandchildren.
Naomi Watts, Frank Grillo To Star In ‘Once Upon A Time In Staten Island’ For Blumhouse(5/16/18) Naomi Watts and Frank Grillo have been tapped to star in Once Upon a Time in Staten Island, a coming of age family drama from Blumhouse Productions and Man in a Tree Productions. Bobby Cannavale will also co-star in the film, which Purge helmer James DeMonaco wrote and will direct with production slated to begin later this month.
Lucius Hoyos (Heroes Reborn), Jonah Hauer-King (Little Women, Howards End), River Alexander (The Way Way Back), and Chase Vacnin (The Little Rascals Save the Day) will also co-star in the film, set in the summer of 1982 on Staten Island, New York.
Jason Blum is producing with Sebastien K. Lemercier for Man in a Tree Productions will produce. Watts and Kate Driver will executive produce.
Jacki Weaver, Taye Diggs, Lucy Liu To Star In Drag Queen Comedy ‘Stage Mother’(5/1/18) Jacki Weaver (Silver Lining’s Playbook), Taye Diggs (Chicago) and Lucy Liu (Charlie’s Angels) are to lead cast in comedy Stage Mother, set in the drag queen world of San Francisco. Currently in pre-produciton, Film Mode, which handles world sales, will be shopping the movie in Cannes with shoot is due to get underway in Canada later this year.
Canadian director Thom Fitzgerald (Cloudburst) is helming the movie penned by San Francisco screenwriter Brad Hennig (The Hot Flashes). The cute story follows a conservative Texas church-choir director who inherits her recently deceased son’s San Francisco drag club. Following her heart, she surprises her closed-minded husband and everyone else she knows by moving on her own from Texas to San Francisco save the club from bankruptcy. In this raucous, racy new environment, she begins to open up and find new meaning for her life, even becoming a mother figure to the club’s flamboyant performers, until a surprise visit threatens to upend her new life.
J. Todd Harris is producing for Branded Pictures Entertainment alongside Idiot Savant’s Anne Clements, 4K Productions’ Laurie Lacob and Emotion Pictures’ Doug Pettigrew. Executive Producers are Clay Epstein, Brad Hennig and Thom Fitzgerald.
“Stage Mother has the sharp balance of humor and drama that characterize a number of films that focus on mature protagonists in unexpected new surroundings, like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel or Shirley Valentine, and especially those that focus on conservative straight characters coming to embrace the LGBTQcommunity, as in Pride and Kinky Boots,” Fitzgerald said.
Weaver is repped by ICM Partners and Elevate Management, Diggs by ICM Partners and Authentic Management and Liu by ICM Partners, Framework and Untitled.
Allison Janney & Jim Gaffigan To Co-Star In Amazon’s ‘Troupe Zero’(4/25/18) Allison Janney has set her next film project after winning the Oscar for I, Tonya. The West Wing alum has signed on to the Bert & Bertie-directed Troupe Zero. Jim Gaffigan also has been set to star. The two join previously announced stars Viola Davis and Janney’s I, Tonya co-star Mckenna Grace.
Lucy Alibar wrote the screenplay though plot details remain unknown. Amazon Studios is financing the film, with Fences producer Todd Black producing.
Janney cleaned house during the film award season for her portrayal of Tonya Harding’s mother LaVona Golden, winning the Spirit Award, the Golden Globe, the BAFTA, and the SAG Award in addition to the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. The seven-time Emmy winner can currently be seen on the CBS series, Mom, which was just picked up for a sixth season.
Gaffigan currently has two films out in theaters; the just-released Super Troopers 2 from Fox Searchlight and Ted Kennedy drama, Chappaquiddick. His upcoming pics include Brittany Poulton and Daniel Savage’s Them That Follow and the thriller American Dreamer directed by Derrick Borte.
Janney is repped by Gersh and Thruline Entertainment. Gaffigan is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Wes Ramsey Previews His Thrilling New Movie(4/21/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Viewers of GENERAL HOSPITAL aren’t yet sure if they can trust Wes Ramsey’s character of Peter August, and they’re going to feel the same way about his character in his thrilling new movie, Last Seen in Idaho. And coincidentally, he’s playing a shady guy named Franco! “I’m excited for my character,” Ramesy told Soaps In Depth, “because before this movie I’ve never had a chance to play a character like Franco.”
The story surrounds a young woman named Summer (played by the film’s writer and producer, Hallie Shepherd) who awakens from a coma after a car accident and begins having visions of her own future murder. But without knowing exactly who she can trust, can Summer prevent her visions from coming true? “It has an incredible story about someone who witnesses something they shouldn’t have seen and how their life is forever changed because of it,” Ramsey previewed. “From that one moment, a chain of events unfolds and it’s interesting, because it deals with time and memory in a very unique way. I don’t want to give away too much, because it’s really well done the way she created the story.”
Ramsey’s character of Franco is Summer’s love interest, but also a seasoned criminal who will leave you wondering which side he’s really on. Last Seen in Idaho also stars a couple of other faces that will be familiar to soap fans. “We shot all over the state of Washington,” the actor reported. “And some other awesome guys who spent time in daytime were me — Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel) from DAYS OF OUR LIVES and Casper Van Dien (Ty) was once on ONE LIFE TO LIVE.”
Last Seen in Idaho is being released on DVD and on demand on Tuesday, April 24, and Ramsey is thrilled his GH fans will finally be able to see his work. “It’s been a long time coming,” he admitted. “When you make a movie, you never know if it’s going to see the light of day in six months or a year or two years. This is certainly the longest I’ve ever waited for one of my movies to come out, so I’m excited for it!”
For more from Ramsey, don’t miss his feature interview in the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth magazine, on sale now!
Peter Hermann Guests on Instinct(4/20/18) “Owned” – Dylan and Lizzie are under pressure to deliver results when they investigate the death of Jasmine’s friend, the owner of a professional basketball team who died when her car went off a bridge, on INSTINCT, Sunday, May 6 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Stephen Sable (David Wu), Kate Arrington (Abby Wright), Peter Hermann (Russell Wright).
B&B’s Karla Mosley Pregnant!(4/17/18) Congratulations to B&B’s Karla Mosley (Maya), who is expecting her first child with boyfriend John Rogers. The actress, who is due in August, showed off her baby bump on the red carpet of the GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday, April 12. Since Maya is transgender, expect the actress to carry big purses and hide behind potted plants on-screen through the summer.
Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Bags Joe Carnahan’s ‘Boss Level’ For U.S. Bow(4/17/18) Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios has acquired distribution rights to the $45M action-thriller Boss Level from writer-director Joe Carnahan. The film starrng Frank Grillo, Ken Jeong, Mel Gibson, and Naomi Watts will get a U.S. theatrical release next year from the studio. Entertainment Studios released the controversial Chappaquiddick on April 6.
The company acquired Boss Level from The Fyzz Facility and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. The film is about a retired U.S. Army Special Forces veteran (Grillo) trapped in a never-ending loop that results in his death every day. In order to stop his endless suffering, he must figure out who is responsible and stop them.
The film was financed by Emmett/Furla/Oasis and is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian with Randall Emmett and George Furla; therefore, it is a co-production among Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Carnahan and Grillo’s War Party, and Scott Free. Jules Daly is the exec producer.
In making the announcement, Allen said all the action and thriller elements come together with a great cast. “We are thrilled to have director Joe Carnahan at the helm to deliver what we believe will be a blockbuster.”
Allen’s ESMP has a multi-year output deal with Netflix and recently released 2017’s highest-grossing independent movie, the Mandy Moore-Claire Holt shark thriller 47 Meters Down, which has taken in more than $44M to date. It also released the critically acclaimed Christian Bale western Hostiles. Upcoming releases include the Keanu Reeves sci-fi thriller Replicas and the John Krasinski-Emily Blunt animated feature Animal Crackers.
The deal was negotiated by Chris Charalambous who is ESMP’s head of acquisitions and Wayne Marc Godfrey of The Fyzz Facility on behalf of Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films.
WME Signs ‘The Purge’, ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Star Frank Grillo(4/17/18) Frank Grillo, who has appeared in super-successful film franchises such as Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War as well as The Purge pics, has signed with WME for representation in all areas.
In addition to starring in the aforementioned comic book blockbuster and the popular Blumhouse horror movies, Grillo recently appeared in Wolf Warrior II which earned $874 million, making it the second highest-grossing film of all-time at the Chinese box office. On the TV side, Grillo appeared in MMA drama Kingdom on the Audience Network.
Grillo worked with filmmaker Joe Carnahan to launched WarParty Films. Their debut film Wheelman was produced by and starred Grillo and was released on Netflix last year. They will partner with XYZ Films on reimagining of the hit Indonesian action film, The Raid which Grillo will star and produce. Other titles on their slate include sci-fi thriller Boss Level starring Grillo, Mel Gibson and Naomi Watts as well as El Chicano, which Grillo will executive produce alongside Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Grillo will also produce and star in Into the Ashes with Robert Taylor and James Badge Dale. And if he wasn’t busy enough, Grillo will produce and star in the forthcoming Netflix docuseries Fight World which will focus on fight culture all over the world.
He can also be seen in the upcoming movie Reprisal opposite Bruce Willis as well as Tim Sutton-directed Donnybrook starring Jamie Bell and Margaret Qualley.
Grillo is also repped by Management 360 and Paul Hastings.
GENERAL HOSPITAL's Laura Wright and Wes Ramsey Have a Blast in THE KITCHEN(4/12/18) Fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL already know that Laura Wright and Wes Ramsey are great actors from their work as Carly Corinthos and Peter August on the daytime soap, but now they’ll find out if they’re actually any good in the kitchen! The real-life couple are scheduled to appear on THE KITCHEN on the Food Network on Saturday, April 14 at 11 a.m. ET! “So fun!” Wright declared on Instagram, urging fans to tune in to see them.
Ramsey added: “Our first cooking show! LOL! So fun!” In the episode, titled “Let’s Do Lunch,” hosts Sunny Anderson, Katie Lee, Jeff Mauro, and Geoffrey Zakarian will be sharing some delicious new ideas for lunch. Wright and Ramsey will be acting as special sous chefs as Anderson makes a Lemon Teriyaki Chicken and Rice Bowl. (And if you miss that airing, it will be rebroadcast on Sunday, April 15, at 1 p.m. ET and Monday, April 16 at 12 p.m. ET!)
A sous chef is someone who is second in command in the kitchen, ranking just below the executive chef. Which is basically just a fancy way of saying that Wright and Ramsey will be acting as assistants to Anderson as she cooks up her dish. So make sure you tune in to see how they do!
Horror Story Adds Joan Collins, Monica Lewinsky's Crime Story Scrapped(4/5/18) Is the next American Horror Story about 1980s shoulder pads…?
Dynasty scene stealer Joan Collins has joined the Season 8 cast of the FX anthology series in an as-yet specified role, franchise creator Ryan Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter.
Collins, who currently recurs on The Royals, is of course best known for her role as (the original) Dynasty‘s Alexis Carrington. She joins a Horror Story cast that already includes returning faves Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters.
Murphy has revealed little else about the eighth installment, save for the fact that it takes place in the future (where shoulder pads make a comeback?!).
Meanwhile in American Crime Story news, Murphy has announced that an installment that was to be focused on President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky is no longer in development. Murphy in January 2017 optioned Jeffrey Toobin’s A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President, which was expected to provide the framework for Season 4.
“I told [Monica], ‘Nobody should tell your story but you,'” Murphy related to THR. “‘If you want to produce it with me, I would love that…. [Y]ou should make all the goddamn money.'”
From Broadway With Love Benefit Concert Planned For Parkland Victims Fund(4/3/18) Matthew Morrison, Rachel Bloom, Wayne Brady and cast members of Hamilton, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and The Band’s Visit will be among the Broadway and TV performers in a one-night-only Florida benefit concert for victims and survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Some of the songs have been written by MSD students in collaboration with pro composers.
From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Parkland, USA, announced today, is set for Monday, April 16 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. The benefit follows similar From Broadway With Love concerts held after the Pulse nightclub and Sandy Hook shootings.
This time, though, the concert will include some songs that were written by Stoneman Douglas students in collaboration with such pro composers as Joe Iconis, Bobby Cronin, Zoe Sarnak and Drew Gasparini. Additional songs were written solely by the students.
Also planned is a special performance by the dance troupe that once included Jaime Guttenberg, one of the victims of the February 14 shooting. The performance will be in her memory. Several Stoneman Douglas students will speak at the event. A CD and DVD of the concert is planned.
Approximately 10,000 tickets have been donated to the families of MSD students and staff. With royalties and artist fees waived, net proceeds raised will go to Marjory Stoneman Douglas Vicitims’ Fund and Shine MSD (to benefit arts advocacy in the Parkland community).
The list of performers – which is expected to grow in coming weeks – includes: Matthew Morrison (Glee), Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Deborah Cox (The Bodyguard), Wayne Brady (Chicago cast of Hamilton), Kirsten Maldonado (Pentatonix), Noah Galvin (Dear Evan Hansen), Justin Guarini (In Transit), Vincent Rodriquez III (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Ephraim Sykes (Hamilton), Erich Bergen (Madam Secretary), Christy Altomare (Anastasia), Laura Bell Bundy (Anger Management), Telly Leung (Aladdin), Jordan Donica (My Fair Lady, Hamilton), Donna Lynne Champlin (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Gabrielle Ruiz (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Etai Benson (The Band’s Visit), Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia), George Salazar (Godspell), Bryan Fenkhart (Waitress National Tour), Charity Angel Dawson (Waitress), Jessica Vosk (Wicked National Tour), Brandon Shapiro and Jake Wildhorn.
The performers will be accompanied by the South Florida Symphony.
Tickets for the event go on sale today. A crowdrise fundraising page has been set up, and ticket information will be available at http://www.FromBroadwayWithLove.org.
The benefit is being produced by Van Dean and Yael Silver (co-producer Once On This Island), both of Broadway Records, along with Joyce Arbucias, Kenny Howard, Andrea Canny and Chris Yakubchik. The performance will be co-directed by Michael Unger (Producing Artistic Director, NewArts in Newtown, CT) and Kenny Howard. Michael J. Moritz Jr. will music direct, and serves as co-music supervisor with Jeff Saver (Moritz and Saver will conduct with lead orchestrations by Kim Scharnberg).
From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Parkland, USA is presented in partnership with the BB&T Center and is also made possible by the generosity of JetBlue, Broward Center for the Performing Arts and It’s Sugar.
Orlagh Cassidy on Madam Secretary 4/22/18(4/3/18) “The Friendship Game” – Elizabeth’s negotiations for a security agreement combatting gang violence in South America becomes complicated when she attempts to free an American recently kidnapped there, on MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, April 22 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Justine Lupe (Captain Ronnie Baker), Matt Meinsen (DS Agent Matt), Orlagh Cassidy (Regina Boroumand).
Kevin Bacon, David Koepp Making ‘You Should Have Left’ For Blumhouse(3/26/18) David Koepp is writing and directing the feature adaptation of Daniel Kehlmann’s You Should Have Left for Blumhouse with Kevin Bacon set to star.
Book, akin to Stephen King’s The Shining, follows a screenwriter who is writing a sequel to his big hit film in a remote house in the Alps with his wife and daughter contending with his writer’s dilemma.
Bacon brought the source material to Koepp who directed the actor in 1999’s Stir of Echoes. Blumhouse acquired the project, following Koepp and Bacon’s pick up of the book’s film rights.
Matt Bomer buys out hometown theater for ‘Love, Simon’ screening(3/24/18) Matt Bomer and his husband, Simon Halls, bought out a movie theater in Bomer’s Texas hometown so that anyone who wants to see “Love, Simon” can watch it for free.
“This is an important movie, and a really good one,” Bomer wrote on Instagram Thursday of the coming-out story. “I know you’ll love it so come watch for free this Sunday! #loveislove.”
The 40-year-old actor bought out the AMC Spring 10 theater, located in the town of Spring, for the 4 p.m. screening on Sunday.
“Love, Simon” stars Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel as parents to high school student Simon, played by Nick Robinson, who struggles to come out as gay.
Bomer told Out magazine last year that coming out to his parents was incredibly difficult given their conservative Christian values.
“There was radio silence for a long, long time, at least six months,” he said. “And then I came home and we had the blowup that I’d always feared. But we got that out of the way, and we got down to the business of figuring out how to love each other. I would say within a matter of years we started to figure it out. It was a struggle.”
Talk Show Appearance(3/23/18) The Chew - ABC
Monday, March 26 – Nia Long (“Roxanne Roxanne”) is cooking with Clinton
Melina Kanakaredes To Co-Write & Produce Film Based On Life Of ‘On Death & Dying’ Author Elisabeth Kübler-Ross(3/22/18) Melina Kanakaredes (The Resident) has teamed with Das Films for an indie feature on the life of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, inspired by Kübler-Ross’ book The Wheel of Life: A Memoir Of Living and Dying.
Kanakaredes will co-write the project, with Immortals scribes Vlas and Charley Parlapanides, and will produce via her Melpa Productions shingle. Kanakaredes acquired the rights to the 1997 book The Wheel of Life, as well as Kübler-Ross’ life rights. The project has the support of the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Family Partnership, who continue to oversee the publishing of Kübler-Ross’ 23 books that have been translated into more than forty languages and sold over 10 million copies around the globe.
Kübler-Ross was a Swiss-born psychiatrist, a pioneer in near-death studies and the author of the groundbreaking book On Death and Dying (1969), where she introduced the world to the five stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.
Together with her partner, former Black Panther-turned-reverend, Renford Gaines, Kübler-Ross went up against all forms of discrimination, sexism and racism during the height of the civil rights movement. The indie movie will tell the true story of a woman’s fight to change the medical establishment’s treatment and care of dying patients. Her strength and courage as a women in the face of a male dominated profession led to the creation of Hospice here in America and across the globe.
Kanakaredes will produce alongside Siram Das producing and JJ Meyers executive producing for Das Films.
This is the second collaboration for Kanakaredes and writers Vlas and Charley Parlapanides. They previously teamed to co-write Stolen For Good, a TV drama series, which they were developing for indie production company Dynamic Television, with Kanakarides also attached to star.
Kanakaredes, who starred on CBS’ CSI:NY from 2004-2010, has also been writing consistently, having sold her first pilot script to CBS in 2005. She also wrote for CSI:NY and has developed several projects in partnership with Saving Grace creator Nancy Miller, with whom she worked on Stolen For Good. The two met on the 1997 series Leaving LA, which Miller created and in which Kanakaredes starred.
As an actress, Kanakaredes recently recurred on Extant and Notorious and can currently be seen recurring as Lane Hunter on Fox medical drama series The Resident.
Charley and Vlas Parlapanides most recently penned the Immortals sequel and the screenplay for Adam Wingard-directed Death Note. They also co-wrote spec Zero Footprint, about the Benghazi attack, which was acquired by Alcon. They previously wrote, directed and produced indie comedy Everything For A Reason, which was acquired by The Shooting Gallery.
‘Main Justice’: Aubrey Dollar To Co-Star In CBS Legal Drama Pilot(3/20/18) Aubrey Dollar has been tapped for a co-starring role opposite Bokeem Woodbine and Timothy Hutton in CBS’ legal drama pilot Main Justice.
Written by Sascha Penn and inspired by the life and work of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Main Justice centers on Miles Blair (Woodbine), the recently sworn-in Attorney General. The show takes us into the tumultuous world of the 5th floor of the Department of Justice, where he takes on the biggest legal and investigative cases in the country all while being the youngest person to ever hold such an esteemed position.
Dollar will play Ellis, the Chief of Staff to the Attorney General. Recently divorced from her wife, with whom she has a young son, Ellis is smart, shrewd, loyal, extremely organized and efficient, always honest. She was recommended to the job by President Whitbeck (Peter Gallagher), who all but insisted Miles hire her.
Main Justice hails from CBS Television Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer Television. Penn and Sunil Nayar executive produce alongside Holder, David Semel, who is directing the pilot, as well as Jerry Bruckheimer TV’s Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed.
This marks Dollar’s return to CBS, where she co-starred on the 2015 cop series Battle Creek. She is repped by Gersh and Industry Entertainment.
Terrell Tilford on Criminal Minds 4/4/18(3/20/18) “Ex Parte” – The BAU takes charge of a hostage situation at a law firm in D.C., where Matt Simmons’ wife, Kristy (Kelly Frye), works, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, April 4 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST: Kelly Frye (Kristy Simmons), Justin Eaton (Stunt Double Simmons), Terrell Tilford (Commander David Nash).
Peter Hermann Recurs on Blue Blood 4/6/18(3/16/18) “Friendship, Love, and Loyalty” – After a woman voices her outrage regarding the NYPD’s inability to find her son’s murderer, Danny reexamines the case, upsetting the original detective, Erin, and Anthony, who didn’t pursue the case due to lack of evidence. Also, Eddie is shot while on duty; Erin and her ex-husband, Jack (Peter Hermann), face off in court; and Frank contends with an angry police force when Mayor Dutton (Lorraine Bracco) fails to defend them at a press conference, on BLUE BLOODS, Friday, April 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Nia Long on The Talk 3/22/18(3/16/18) The Talk - CBS
Thursday, March 22
Actress Nia Long (ex-Kat, GL)
Orlagh Cassidy on Madam Secretary 4/1/18(3/16/18) “My Funny Valentine” – As the 20th anniversary of the American embassy bombing in Mali approaches, emotions run high among the State Department staff, who had personal connections to lives lost that day, including Elizabeth, who must decide if the U.S. should lift sanctions against the country deemed responsible. Also, Henry tries to help Jason break up with Piper, on MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, April 1 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Salena Qureshi (Piper), Skipp Sudduth (Petr Harriman), Orlagh Cassidy (Regina).
Laura Wright: "I Never Imagined I'd Be Living With My Boyfriend," Wes Ramsey(3/15/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) A year ago, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Laura Wright (Carly) wasn’t even thinking about romance, but everything changed when she was reintroduced to fellow actor Wes Ramsey (Peter) at a Daytime Emmy party in April of 2017! “This time last year, I certainly never imagined I’d be living with my boyfriend,” she confided to Soaps In Depth. “I couldn’t even imagine what having a boyfriend would look like!”
After going through a divorce a few years ago, Wright admitted she was “in a dark place” and fought to find happiness, and now she’s discovered new love with Ramsey, who she used to work with on GUIDING LIGHT where she played Cassie and he was Sam. In fact, the two lovebirds are now sharing a place together in West Hollywood!
“I’m not 25,” Wright laughed. “I didn’t need to sleep on it. And we know how lucky we are to have this, so there’s a lot of gratitude. There’s a lot of respect… and a lot of self-love. I don’t need him to complete me. So our time together is just about enjoying the moment and not trying to fix each other.”
The GH star also shares a house with her kids, John (17) and Lauren (19), in Santa Ynez, but loves spending quality time with her new beau. “We love to hike and we love the ocean, sunsets, and going to the movies,” she revealed. “And right now, we’re reading The Fountainhead — he reads to me every morning. Yeah, he’s that guy!”
With all the stress and drama of real life, including work, bills, and everything else, it’s important to find and appreciate those special moments together. “We still have hurdles, walls, and things life throws at us,” Wright declared. “When I have 10 other things I think I need to do, I make the decision — ‘I’m going to sit here and listen to you read me this story.’ To slow down, be in the moment, and be together is a choice Wes and I make every day.”
Matt Bomer on Making His Directorial Debut in American Crime Story: Versace: 'Can We Sympathize With a Monster?'(3/14/18) Wednesday’s episode of American Crime Story: Versace marks the directorial debut of actor Matt Bomer, who — at the risk of sounding “so 2018” — says he was “truly blessed” to get to work on the FX drama.
“When Ryan Murphy called and asked me to do this — after I passed out, regained consciousness and said yes — I knew that it was a serious responsibility,” the actor tells TVLine. “I’d been offered directing jobs before, but they were jobs I was also acting in, and I wanted my first directing experience to be the full-meal deal. I wanted to really do it, to be on the location scouts and design meetings and castings and really have the full experience.”
Before stepping behind the camera for his episode’s three-week shoot, Bomer says he read “more than 3,000 pages of material on directing,” met with film and TV directors for guidance, did an intensive at the Director’s Guild of America and shadowed two different directors on three episodes of Versace. To say that he did his homework would be an understatement.
“I wanted the producers to know I was taking this seriously, that they weren’t just putting the camera in the hands of somebody who was just hoping to cruise by,” he says. “I called my representatives who were talking about acting jobs, and I told them, ‘Put everything on hold. This is what I’m doing, this is it.'”
Bomer’s episode — which airs tonight at 10/9c — chronicles Gianni Versace and Andrew Cunanan’s radically different upbringings, showing how “success brought out the worst in Andrew and the best in Gianni.”
“We want to see [Andrew] as a three-dimensional human being,” Bomer says, “but the real challenge of this episode is: Can we sympathize with a monster and see that he was also a victim? We’re all ultimately responsible for the decisions we make and the actions we take, but this is someone who was near to violence at a very young age, who was treated like a spouse by both his mother and his father. The central question of this episode is: What makes one person a creator and one person a killer?”
Location proved to be another challenge, as the characters’ parallel stories take place in “three different countries and five different cities,” all of which had to be recreated in the Los Angeles area. “And I had two child protagonists for the first half of the episode,” Bomer notes. “I was thrown a lot of the challenges you could have as a director, which I’m actually grateful for, because now I can check those off. When someone says I have to work with a kid, I can say, ‘Been there, done that.'”
Bomer adds, “That’s one of the reasons I wanted to be present for everything. It was very clear in the room when I was casting that Edouard Holdener was the right person to play young Andrew.”
He also praises the work of Jon Jon Briones, the actor playing Andrew’s father, who was first brought to his attention by star Darren Criss and EP/writer Tom Rob Smith. “They’d seen him on Broadway in Miss Saigon,” he recalls. This was a guy who had been doing that show for over 20 years, but he was ready for this experience, and his audition was phenomenal. It’s a testament to Ryan Murphy that he’s willing to take a chance on new people who are ready for the experience and ready to serve the story in the best way possible.”
Speaking of exceptional performances, Bomer says he feels “spoiled” that he had a front-row seat to Criss’ take on Andrew almost from the very beginning. “I knew Darren was a brilliant actor and a great artist, but there were times where I would watch him on camera and it was like he just suddenly was this person,” Bomer recalls. “It was bone-chilling to watch.”
Still, it takes a village to put even a single episode of television together, and Bomer has a laundry list of people to thank: “The director of photography, Simon Dennis, was incredible; Jamie Walker McCall designed that incredible plantation set; Alexis Martin Woodall, what she does in the post department is phenomenal; and Shelly Westerman, who edited the episode, is one of my all-time editing heroes.”
“I was really so lucky to work with Ryan’s people,” Bomer adds. “I’d worked with him for so long [on projects like Glee, American Horror Story and The Normal Heart] that I knew most of the camera crew from other jobs. But the level of professionals you work with in his world are top notch.”
Purchase Emme Rylan’s Handmade Goods In Person(3/6/18) Emme Rylan (Lulu, GH), who will be selling her hand-crafted wares at a pop-up version of her Etsy shop at GH’s official fan convention on March 10 and 11 in Burbank. “I’ve been working 24 hours a day prepping for this!” reports the actress. “I am so excited about it. I am trying to make it like a boutique experience and I am going to have basically a little bit of everything that I make there — bracelets and necklaces and earrings, handbags, banners and wall hangings. I’m going to have some baby headbands and Dakota [her daughter] will be there modeling one. There aren’t going to be a lot of headbands or handbags, so if there’s something that people want, they should come to the booth the first day.” In addition, she’ll be raffling off a special piece. “Some of the stuff that I make is so time-consuming, like a knitted item or a more intricate piece where honestly, if I were going to sell it, I would have to sell it for a lot of money. So I have something special that’s not for sale, and every time someone makes a purchase, they’ll get a raffle ticket and then I’ll draw from that at the end of the weekend. If they’re already gone, I will call them and mail it to them.” With every purchase, fans will also get an autographed 8×10 picture of Rylan. “I also have the cutest little gift bags and jewelry boxes,” Rylan coos. “I’m so into them, Don [Money, her partner] is like, ‘You’ve lost your mind!’ “For convention tickets, click here https://www.creationent.com/cal/gh_burbank.html.
Allison Janney Wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar For ‘I, Tonya’: “I Did It All By Myself”(3/5/18) (Video) She’s won seven Emmys and a Golden Globe and tonight Allison Janney finally took home her first Oscar for playing Tonya Harding’s abusive and hysterically outspoken mom LaVona in I, Tonya.
Taking the stage tonight at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Janney quipped, “I did it all by myself” and after pausing, “That’s nothing farther from the truth.” (See the full speech above.)
Ever since the film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was quickly acquired by NEON/30 WEST, Janney has been considered a near-lock for the Best Supporting Actress. And while we’ve seen Janney play a mother before on CBS’ comedy series Mom, she takes flawed to a whole other level in I, Tonya: Not only was LaVona the tough love that propelled Harding to an Olympic figure skating career, she was a chain-smoking loudmouth who sewed minks out of squirrel fur for her young champion and had no qualms of getting her point across with a quick slap to the face.
“I love one of the first things that (screenwriter) Steven (Rogers) told me about this part when he said he wrote it for me was that I get to play this woman who lives in a trailer basically, wears a fur coat, and has a bird on her shoulder, I was like ‘I’m in! I’m in!’ I want to play this woman,” Janney told Deadline.
Janney said to Rogers tonight from the stage, “Thank you for the gift of LaVona…you saw this coming.”
It’s been quite a road for Janney: During her college days at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, she was directed by one of its noted alumni on stage: Paul Newman, who along with wife Joanne Woodward encouraged Janney to continue on with her pursuit of acting.
Prior to tonight Janney took home best supporting actress trophies from the Spirit Awards, the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards and Broadcast Film Critics for playing LaVona.
Here’s the backstage session after her win: Video.
Independant Spirit Awards Winners(3/4/18) BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Soap producer Jill Farren Phelps lists her scenic spot on Mulholland Drive(3/3/18) (sun-sentinel.com) Decorated television producer Jill Farren Phelps, whose work on the daytime soaps “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless” has won her scores of Emmys, has put her home on Mulholland Drive on the market for $2.5 million.
The ranch-style house, built in 1962 and full of colorful details, is secluded on more than half an acre above the Hollywood Hills and adjacent to protected land.
The 2,606-square-foot house features vibrant hues and wallpaper, crown molding and hardwood floors. A brick-surround fireplace anchors the living and dining rooms, which center on panoramic views through a row of French doors.
The brickwork continues in the family room, which has a wall filled with built-ins and doors opening to the patio. A skylight-topped breakfast nook sits off the updated kitchen. Four bedrooms and three bathrooms complete the floor plan.
Outside, a blue-tiled swimming pool and spa take in the city lights and mountains. Lush landscaping and lawn complete the grounds.
Emmanuel Xuereb and Salvator Xuereb of 360 Realty are the listing agents.
Farren Phelps, 67, got her start in television in 1974 as a production assistant on the show “Guiding Light” and won the first of 11 Daytime Emmys in the early ’80s as the music director for “General Hospital." Her other credits include such soap operas as “Santa Barbara,” “Another World” and “One Life to Live.”
Ava DuVernay, Billy Dee Williams, Jordan Peele, & ‘Insecure’ Among ABFF Honors Award Recipients(2/28/18) The American Black Film Festival Honors were handed out at the Beverly Hilton Sunday night. Honorees included director Ava DuVernay (Industry Visionary Award), legendary actor Billy Dee Williams (Hollywood Legacy Award), comedian and Girl’s Trip breakout Tiffany Haddish (Rising Star Award), Power star Omari Hardwick (Distinguished ABFF Alumni Award).
“I can tell you that my journey hasn’t always been smooth but ultimately a positive one,” said an emotional Willians while accepting his award. “If on that journey I have helped pave just a little bit of a way for Black talent… that will have more opportunities today than yesterday, then I can say that has been the greatest role of my lifetime.”
DuVernay, who got her start at ABFF, thanked founder Jeff Friday “for putting in good work for Black filmmakers in the independent space.” The director who is gearing up for the wide release of her Disney epic adventure film, Wrinkle In Time also gave props to Williams for his work in the sci-fi space with films like Return of the Jedi and Alien Intruder. “He broke boundaries that no one ever thought could be broken so I thank you”
Hosted by Cedric The Entertainer, the event also reunited the cast of Fox’s 90s sitcom Martin to accept the Classic Television Award. Titular star Martin Lawrence was accompanied by co-stars Tichina Arnold, Tisha Campbell, Carl Payne II, and showrunner Bentley Kyle Evans, all of whom remained mum on a possible reboot. “I know yall want to know about the #reboot but for us, the most important thing is the #reconnection,” said Arnold.
Other winners included ABC’s Black-ish and HBO’s Insecure in a tie for the award for comedy Television Show of the Year, while Queen Sugar (OWN) picked up the drama Television Show of the Year award for the second year in a row.
The marquee Movie of the Year trophy went to Jordan Peele’s blockbuster hit Get Out, which Peele was on hand to accept, joined by cast members Lil Rel Howery, Betty Gabriel, and Marcus Henderson.
“People ask me if I was surprised at the timing [of the film]. Referring to the fact that we are living in a country of heightened racism. This is the exact same country we have always been living in,” said Peele. “All these sentiments, hatred, and bigotry has been there, though sometimes it’s just a little bit under the surface. I feel honored to be a part of this renaissance.”
GH Stars On WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE(2/23/18) GH’s Donnell Turner (Curtis) and Laura Wright (Carly) will appear on WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE on Wednesday, February 28. Both are playing for worthy causes, Turner for Autism Speaks and Wright for One Simple Wish, an organization with the mission of spreading love, hope and joy to children affected by foster care, abuse and neglect. Check local listings!
Allison Janney was barefoot when she met Prince William and Kate(2/23/18) (Video) Allison Janney felt like a wimp following Sunday’s BAFTA Awards in London, having ditched her heels early in the evening.
After winning the prize for best supporting actress for “I, Tonya,” Janney, 58, recalled meeting Prince William and his pregnant wife, Kate Middleton, at the Royal Albert Hall.
“I did meet Kate and William and she was in her heels and pregnant, so I felt like a bit of a wimp that I was there in my bare feet,” Janney said on Wednesday’s “Late Late Show with James Corden.” “She was in full-on heels and she was my height, when I was in my bare feet. It was kind of extraordinary that she was that tall.”
Though Janney, who stands at six feet tall, said Middleton, 36, is “lovely,” she also shared another cringe-worthy moment of the exchange.
“I just told her that I was in bare feet and I felt — I told her she should take her shoes off cause she’s pregnant,” she said. “It was an awkward moment. As I did, I called her ‘honey’ and that might not have been royal etiquette.”
Regardless, the royal duo endorsed “I, Tonya” before parting ways.
“They loved ‘I, Tonya’ and it was a pretty cool thing to meet them,” the actress said.
Both Janney and “I, Tonya” are nominated for Academy Awards, for Best Supporting Actress and Best Picture, respectively.
New Project For GUIDING LIGHT Fave(2/19/18) Robert Newman (ex-Josh, GUIDING LIGHT) is joining the cast of Off-Broadway’s longest running play, Perfect Crime, replacing Richard Shoberg (ex-Tom, ALL MY CHILDREN) as Inspector James Ascher. The actor will make his debut on Tuesday, February 20 at the Anne L. Bernstein Theater. Newman has recently guest starred on several shows including HOUSE OF CARDS, CHICAGO FIRE, HOMELAND, CRIMINAL MINDS, NCIS and LAW & ORDER SVU. Tickets for Perfect Crime are available by calling the box office at (212) 921-7862 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com. Student rush tickets ($26) are also available by calling or visiting the box office. The Theater Center is located at 210 West 50th Street at Broadway.
BAFTA Award Winners(2/19/18) SUPPORTING ACTRESS: ALLISON JANNEY - I, Tonya
Highland Boards Mel Gibson & Frank Grillo’s Action Drama ‘Boss Level’(2/17/18) Highland Film Group has come on board to handle international rights to Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo action drama Boss Level.
The company, which is led by Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier, is launching the Joe Carnahan-directed picture at Berlin and joins its EFM slate, which also includes Tye Sheridan’s The Night Clerk, Morgan Freeman’s The Manuscript and Margot Robbie’s Terminal.
The film follows a retired special forces veteran, played by Grillo, who is trapped in a never-ending loop resulting in his death. In order to stop his endless suffering, he must figure out who is responsible and stop them. Gibson plays Colonel Clive Ventor, the powerful head of a shadowy program. Carnahan wrote the script.
Gibson is coming off the back of S. Craig Zahler’s Dragged Across Concrete, which he starred in alongside Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Carpenter as well as Paramount’s Daddy’s Home 2 with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. Grillo, who starred in Captain America and the Purge franchise, recently starred in Netflix’s Wheelman and Wolf Warrior 2. He is set to star in brawl thriller Donnybrook and Netflix doc Fight World.
The film is financed by Emmett/Furla/Oasis, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian, and Randall Emmett and George Furla. It is a co-production between EFO, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Carnahan and Grillo’s War Party, and Scott Free, whose Jules Daly will be exec producer.
Gibson is repped by CAA, Grillo by CAA and Management 360, and Carnahan by CAA.
Soap Vets Star In New Film(2/16/18) Kassie DePaiva (Eve, DAYS; ex-Blair, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and Nathan Purdee (ex-Hank, OLTL et al) are starring in a new film, Killian and the Comeback Kids. DePaiva and Purdee play husband and wife and parents of the title character, a struggling musician and college grad who returns to his hometown to find a job while putting his band together. Killian is played by Purdee’s son, Taylor. Killian and the Comeback Kids recently finished principal photography and the Karmic Release Ltd. is running an Indiegogo campaign to help finish and support the film. Donor perks include autographed CDs by DePaiva, a call from DePaiva, a walk-on role in the movie, instruments and other items. For more information and to donate, click here.
Thomas Gibson's Divorce is Finally Final(2/14/18) Thomas Gibson can officially kick it with the singles crowd -- the judge in his divorce case has signed off on it, making it a done deal.
According to new legal docs obtained by TMZ ... Thomas and his ex-wife Cristina Parker reached a deal in their divorce a while back, but for whatever reason it was collecting dust at the courthouse. The judge finally signed off last week.
According to docs, Thomas is shelling out $3k a month in support for their 3 kids, and he has to cover their private school and extracurricular activities. He gets to stay in the family's San Antonio home every other weekend when he has the kids. When he doesn't have 'em, it's the guest house for Tommy boy. Pretty sweet deal.
Thomas filed for divorce back in 2014, and also had a tumultuous 2016 when he got fired from "Criminal Minds." It's all behind him now.
Talk Show Appearance(2/8/18) WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN - Bravo
Wednesday, February 14 – TAYE DIGGS
Audiobooks Narrated By Soap Stars(1/30/18) Faithful by Alice Hoffmann
Read by Amber Tamblyn (ex-Emily, GH)
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Marriage of Opposites and The Dovekeepers comes a soul-searching story about a young woman struggling to redefine herself and the power of love, family, and fate.
Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend's future is destroyed in an accident while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt.
What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor filled with emotion, from dark suffering to true happiness - a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls - including an angel who's been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.
Here is a character you will fall in love with, so believable and real and endearing that she captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding yourself at last. For anyone who's ever been a hurt teenager, for every mother of a daughter who has lost her way, Faithful is a road map.
Alice Hoffman's "trademark alchemy" (USA Today) and her ability to write about the "delicate balance between the everyday world and the extraordinary" (WBUR) make this an unforgettable story. With beautifully crafted prose, Alice Hoffman spins hope from heartbreak in this profoundly moving novel.
Olivia Cole Dies: The Emmy Award-Winning ‘Roots’ Actress Was 75(1/24/18) Known for her role in Roots and the miniseries Backstairs at the White House, Olivia Cole died at her home in San Miguel Allende, Mexico on January 19, Deadline has confirmed. She was 75.
Susie Schwarz from SBD Partners, where Cole had been for over 35 years, told Deadline that, as far as they knew, she had not been ill. The New York Times said she died from a heart attack.
Cole was born in Memphis Tennessee on November 26, 1942. She attended Hunter College High School, Bard College in New York and then the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
She starred opposite Ben Vereen’s Chicken George as his wife Mathilda groundbreaking ABC 1977 miniseries Roots based on Alex Haley’s novel. The miniseries won her an Emmy for Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Series. She also received an Emmy nomination for her role in the aforementioned Backstairs at the White House, where she appeared as Maggie Rogers, the mother of Leslie Uggams’ Lillian Rogers Parks. The characters were real-life women who worked as maids in the White House for decades.
Cole also starred opposite Oprah Winfrey in the 1989 ABC miniseries The Women of Brewster Place and on the short-lived series that followed. Her other TV and film credits include Coming Home, Some Kind of Hero with Richard Pryor, Go Tell It on the Mountain, First Sunday, Guiding Light, L.A. Law, Szysznyk, and Murder, She Wrote.
On the stage, she appeared in Romeo and Juliet at the American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, Connecticut in 1964. Two years later she made her Broadway debut The School for Scandal. In 2016, she starred in the play Having Our Say at the Long Wharf Theatre and at Hartford Stage.
Cole was married to actor Richard Venture who died in December. The two met while starring in a play at the Arena Stage in Washington. They divorced after 1982 and she lived in Mexico for nearly 30 years.
2018 Oscar Nominations(1/23/18) ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
MARY J. BLIGE
John Conboy, Producer of ‘The Young and the Restless,’ ‘Guiding Light,’ Dies at 83(1/23/18) John Conboy, an executive producer known for his work on soap operas “The Young and the Restless,” “Santa Barbara,” “Guiding Light” and “Capitol,” died Friday in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 83.
Conboy won four Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on the soap operas: his first for “The ABC Afternoon Playbreak,” two for ABC’s “The Young and the Restless” and one for “Santa Barbara.”
After beginning his television career as an actor, he made the switch to producing in 1973 on “The Young and the Restless,” then one of TV’s top-rated daytime programs, for which he won Emmys in 1975 and 1983 for outstanding daytime drama. In 1982, he left the show to create and executive produce soap opera “Capitol” for CBS, which ran for five years.
Conboy went on to executive produce NBC’s “Santa Barbara,” winning his fourth Emmy in 1990 for daytime drama. He returned to CBS to produce “Guiding Light,” then the longest-running daytime drama in TV history. He also worked on a number of TV movies, including “Kiss of a Killer,” “The Solitary Man,” “After Hours: Singin’, Swingin’ and All That Jazz” and “After Hours: From Janice, John, Mary and Michael, with Love.”
Growing up in Binghamton, New York, Conboy graduated from Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts.
“The Young and the Restless” star Judith Chapman tweeted on Friday, “It is with heavy hart and a grateful smile that I called him my friend.”
A private memorial service is being planned.
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2018 Winners(1/22/18) TV Comedy Actor
William H. Macy, Shameless
TV Drama Ensemble
Film Supporting Actress
Former Executive Producer John Conboy Dead(1/21/18) Daytime icon John Conboy, who served as executive producer for several soaps during the genre’s most popular years, has died. “It is with a heavy heart and a grateful smile that I called him my friend,” tweeted Judith Chapman (Gloria, Y&R et al). Conboy started as a producer on LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING (1970-73), then became EP for the then-newly launched Y&R in 1973 and served in that capacity until 1982. That same year, he moved to another debuting sudser, CAPITOL, where he stayed until its cancellation in 1987. Cowboy was then top exec for SANTA BARBARA (1991) and GUIDING LIGHT (2002-04), but also produced several TV movies along the way. Conboy had even created his own soap called CASINO, which was set in Las Vegas, but it was never picked up. During his career, Conboy picked up four Daytime Emmys, three for for Outstanding Drama Series (Y&R, 1975 and 1983; SB, 1990) as well as a statuette for Outstanding Drama Special for THE ABC AFTERNOON PLAYBREAK’S THE OTHER WOMAN (1974).
‘I, Tonya’ Stars Margot Robbie & Allison Janney Set For Santa Barbara Film Fest Honors(1/20/18) A pair of I, Tonya stars will be skating into California’s Central Coast to accept some hardware next month. Margot Robbie and Allison Janney, who play Tonya Harding and her mother LaVona Golden in Neon’s awards contender, will receive the Santa Barbara Film Festival’s 2018 Outstanding Performers of the Year Award.
The Critics’ Choice Award winners will be honored February 8 during a tribute at the Arlington Theatre. The 33rd SBIFF runs January 31-February 10.
“Allison and Margot bring biting humor and an emotional resonance to their real-life characters in I, Tonya,” said Roger Durling, the festival’s executive director. “We are proud to celebrate them and their incredible contributions to cinema.”
Robbie and Janney are regulars on this season’s awards circuit. Both were nominated for Golden Globes — Janney won — and are up for Spirit, SAG and BAFTA awards. Their darkly comedic film is based on the true tale of Harding, who rises through the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Heading into the 1994 Winter Olympics, she was to face her American rival Nancy Kerrigan — until Harding’s husband tried to eliminate that threat.
This year’s festival will also honor Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) with the American Riviera Award, Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) with its Santa Barbara Award, Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) with its Maltin Modern Master Award, Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) with its Cinema Vanguard Award, and Daniel Kaluuya, Gal Gadot, Hong Chau, John Boyega, Kumail Nanjiani, Mary J. Blige, and Timothée Chalamet with its Virtuosos Award.
Natalie Portman, Viola Davis, Allison Janney join LA Women’s March(1/19/18) Viola Davis, Natalie Portman, and Allison Janney will be among the thousands of men and women participating in the Los Angeles Women’s March in downtown L.A. on Saturday.
Elizabeth Banks, Connie Britton, Sarah Hyland, Mila Kunis, Eva Longoria, Ellen Barkin, Rob Reiner, Kamala Harris, and Mary Steenburgen will also take the stage, Women’s March L.A. announced Wednesday. The actors and actresses will join performers Andy Grammer and Keala Settle to support the activist movement.
The group had previously announced that speakers will also include Scarlett Johansson, Sophia Bush, Laverne Cox, Lea DeLaria, Tony Goldwyn, Paris Jackson, Megan Mullally, Olivia Munn, Nicole Richie, Catt Sadler, Adam Scott, Olivia Wilde, Larry Wilmore, and Alfre Woodard, along with performances from Idina Menzel, Andra Day, Rachel Platten, Maxwell, and The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles with Melissa Etheridge.
Women’s March L.A. is part of a larger national movement for women’s rights, human rights, and social justice, with marches taking place all over the country on Jan. 20. The date marks one year that Donald Trump has been president. With midterm elections looming in November, the march will center on turning out the vote, offering on-site voter registration. The organization says speakers will focus on issues like voter turnout, access, restrictions, and intimidation and will discuss a plan of action leading up to November 2018 and beyond.
Last year’s inaugural march brought 750,000 people to the streets of downtown L.A. This year’s event, which includes music, art and community focused on the movement’s message, will kick off in Pershing Square at 8:30 a.m., with the speakers. The march itself will begin at 10 a.m., ending in Grand Park, with festivities lasting until 3 p.m. Women’s March LA is using Facebook Live on its social media page starting at 11 a.m. PT, streaming the presenters, speakers and performers on the main stage.
‘Tallulah’s Tammy Blanchard Joins Denzel Washington In ‘Iceman’ On Broadway(1/19/18) Tammy Blanchard (Tallulah, Into the Woods, Moneyball) has been cast in the upcoming Broadway revival of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, starring Denzel Washington and staged by George C. Wolfe. Blanchard will play Cora, one of three prostitutes who frequent Harry Hope’s grim Greenwich Village saloon and flophouse where a roomful of “pipe-dreamers” await the arrival of Washington’s reliably affable salesman Theodore Hickman, known to all as Hickey.
The Scott Rudin production begins previews March 22 at the Jacobs Theatre and is slated to open April 26. In 2001, Blanchard won an Emmy as outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie for Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows. Her New York stage credits include Broadway revivals of Gypsy (2003) and How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (2011), and Dada Woof Papa Hot (2015) at Lincoln Center Theater. She’s repped by The Gersh Agency and Soffer/Namoff Entertainment.
Frank Grillo, Luke Grimes & Robert Taylor Set For Crime Thriller ‘Into The Ashes’(1/19/18) Frank Grillo, Luke Grimes and Longmire star Robert Taylor will star in Into the Ashes, a crime thriller written and to be directed by Aaron Harvey. They join James Badge Dale and David Cade in the pic, which is now set to begin shooting next week in Alabama.
Jamin O’Brien and Daniel Blanc for The Film Community and Robert Ogden Barnum and Eric Binns will produce, as will Grillo via his and Joe Carnahan’s WarParty.
The pic centers on Nick (Grimes), an ex-con adjusting to a normal life in rural Alabama. When a past he thought he left behind comes back to haunt him, it forces him to come to terms with his current situation and rectify a relationship he has with his father-in-law (Taylor) — all the while dealing with the one person (Grillo) who threatens to pull his world apart.
Grillo, best known for the Captain America and Purge franchise, recently played Big Daddy in the China action hit Wolf Warrior 2. He’s next up in the film Donnybrook and the Netflix docuseries Fight World.
Grimes (American Sniper, Fifty Shades of Grey) is next up in Paramount Network’s Yellowstone. Taylor is next up in Jon Turteltaub’s shark thriller MEG.
AARP 17th Annual Movies for Grownups Award Nominations(1/17/18) Best Supporting Actress: Holly Hunter (The Big Sick), Allison Janney (I, Tonya), Melissa Leo (Novitiate), Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread), Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)
‘One Mississippi’, ‘I Love Dick’ & ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ Canceled By Amazon(1/17/18) Amazon is doing more clearing the decks with the cancelation of three comedy series, Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi, Jill Soloway’s I Love Dick, and Jean Claude Van Damme’s Jean-Claude Van Johnson.
One Mississippi was canceled after two seasons, while I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson were axed after one.
“This is part of a move towards bigger, wider-audience series,” an Amazon insider told Deadline.
Grey's Anatomy: Bethany Joy Lenz Is Playing [Spoiler]'s Fiancée(1/16/18) Since it was revealed in October that One Tree Hill alumna Bethany Joy Lenz had been tapped for an arc on Grey’s Anatomy, viewers have been dying to know more about her character than just her name (Jenny). Now, TVLine can tell you that the mystery woman is, according to a source, the fiancée of Jo’s abusive husband, Paul (returning guest star Matthew Morrison).
As you’ll see in these new photos from the ABC drama’s midseason premiere (Thursday, 8/7c), “1-800-799-7233” picks up right where “Out of Nowhere” left off, with Jo face to face with her worst nightmare. But you’ll also see that, apparently in that same scene, Paul charms Arizona and ultimately is joined by Jo’s unfortunate successor, Lenz’s Jenny.
Laura Wright Is "Obsessed" With a New Fitness Challenge!(1/16/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Viewers of GENERAL HOSPITAL are used to seeing Laura Wright looking amazing when she’s on screen as Carly Corinthos, and the actress has not been shy about sharing her fitness journey, and has now embarked upon the 80 Day Obsession challenge, urging her fans to join her! “Hell yeah!” she posted to her Instagram. “January 15, #TeamLaura is getting Obsessed!” She also added hashtags to remind that “you can have everything you want in life” and “it’s up to you.” Fans can reach out to the actress for coaching and advice by E-mailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the start of the 80-day challenge, Wright celebrated by sharing a very cheerful selfie. “Day one of 80 down!” she posted. “Clearly, I’m really happy about it! Food on point — meal prepping and answering your E-mails!”
The day before beginning the challenge, Wright opened up on Instagram about how you can’t let age get in the way of achieving your goals. “I have so many people asking me can they make huge changes,” Wright shared. “They say, ‘But I’m 42-44,’ ‘I’m over 50.’ Well, I’m 47, and Team Laura starts an 80-day nutrition and workout challenge tomorrow, so you know what I say. Hell yeah! You can have whatever you want.”
While the 80 days have already begun, we’re sure Wright wouldn’t mind adding a few more people to Team Laura. She’s been happily advocating the Beachbody programs for a while now, and just by looking at her, it’s clear that amazing results are achievable!
2018 BAFTA Nominations(1/10/18) SUPPORTING ACTRESS
ALLISON JANNEY I, Tonya
KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS Darkest Hour
LAURIE METCALF Lady Bird
LESLEY MANVILLE Phantom Thread
OCTAVIA SPENCER The Shape of Water.
Nia Long on The Goldbergs: 1990-Something (1/24)(1/9/18) This Goldbergs-inspired special event picks up where the Goldberg family leaves off at William Penn Academy in the 1990s as former teacher and now Head of School John Glascott leads a faculty of teachers with wildly different views on how to mentor students and recruits his tough-as-nails-sister Lucy to join his staff and enroll her teenage daughters Felicia and Gigi as new students. Lucy is desperate to ensure they avoid the social pitfalls of high school and finds herself torn between Glascott’s nurturing and communicative approach to parenting and Coach Mellor’s tough-guy belief that physical competition brings out the best in students. Even Beverly Goldberg comes to visit the school’s staff despite all her kids having already graduated and can’t help but meddle one last time, on “The Goldbergs: 1990-Something,” WEDNESDAY, JAN. 24 (8:00–8:30 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
The episode stars Tim Meadows as John Glascott, Bryan Callen as Coach Rick Mellor, Nia Long as Lucy Somers, Rachel Crow as Felicia and Summer Parker as Gigi.
Guest starring is Wendi McLendon-Covey as Beverly Goldberg, Ana Gasteyer as Miss Cinoman, Missi Pyle as Madame Charbenaux, Kevin Heffernan as Doc, Justin Tinucci as Meathead, William McMullen as Scrawny Kid, Stephen Tobolowsky as Principal Ball, Irene Roseen as Mrs. Cheevers, Michael Bunin as Cranky Customer, Miles Thomas Platt as Frosh Geek, Sean Marquette as Johnny Atkins and Octavia Spencer as voice-over of Felicia.
“The Goldbergs: 1990-Something” was written by Marc Firek, story by Adam F. Goldberg and Marc Firek, and directed by Jay Chandrasekhar.
Bethany Joy Lenz & Matthew Morrison on Grey's Anatomy 1/25/18(1/9/18) “Personal Jesus” – A young boy is admitted to Grey Sloan Memorial and his case has a profound impact on the doctors. Meanwhile, April is faced with a surprising patient, and Jo continues to deal with her estranged husband, on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, JAN. 25 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
Guest starring are Matthew Morrison as Paul Stadler, Bethany Joy Lenz as Jenny and Stefania Spampinato as Carina DeLuca.
“Personal Jesus” was written by Zoanne Clack and directed by Kevin Sullivan.
Bethany Joy Lenz & Matthew Morrison on Grey's Anatomy 1/18/18(1/9/18) “Four Seasons in One Day” – Jo finally faces her estranged, abusive husband Paul Stadler, while Grey Sloan continues to work with the FBI after a hacker has compromised the hospital’s computer system, on the midseason return of “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, JAN. 18 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
Guest starring is Matthew Morrison as Paul Stadler, Bethany Joy Lenz as Jenny and Stefania Spampinato as Carina DeLuca.
“Four Seasons in One Day” was written by Andy Reaser and directed by Bill D’Elia.
Golden Globes 2018 Winners(1/8/18) Best Actor — Comedy
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Best Supporting Actress
Australia’s International Awards Winner(1/6/18) AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Y&R Star, Soap Alums In New Film(1/4/18) LANY Entertainment recently released a new film by THE BAY creator Gregori J. Martin. The Intruders, written and directed by Martin, follows a man named Michael Foster as he invites a number of strange characters into his home following the death of his mother. His actions lead to the destruction of his marriage and everything he loves. The project stars Steven Bauer (Avi, RAY DONOVAN), Lisa Wilcox and daytime faves Bryton James (Devon, Y&R), Alla Korot (ex-Jenna, AW et al) and Brody Hutzler (ex-Patrick, DAYS et al). The film is available to view via Amazon Prime here.
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Recaps: The Last Weeks
August 31, 2009Buzz was excited about his date with Lillian and greeted her with a big kiss, telling Josh that they haven't had a chance to, ahem, be together since he got back into town. Meanwhile, James distracted Daisy from showing up to her shift at Company on time. She told James about her new relationship with Cyrus and pointed out how it's shaken up her family. He agreed to chill with her at the restaurant for the day.
Olivia was out for a jog and saw Matt, who was snacking on some Pringles. He was bummed about Vanessa's wedding plans. Liv tried to comfort him. Then she got a call from Natalia, who was still upset over Rafe enlisting in the army. She invited Liv along for a shopping spree later that day. Liv was hesitant, but agreed to go. Meanwhile, Vanessa and Billy decided to visit their family and friends to tell them the news about their engagement. Later, Josh also tried to console Matt. They made plans to go to the bar later and lament Matt's loss.
At Cross Creek, Reva put away more photos of Jeffrey. "Your brother is right," she told Colin. "We do have to get back out in the world because that's what your daddy would want." She grabbed Colin and got in her car but couldn't bring herself to leave. Meanwhile, Josh saw Olivia, who admitted she wants to be Nat's friend but she's still in love with her and it's tough. Josh was sympathetic and pointed out that he feels the same about Reva. "Sometimes the line get blurry," he nodded. Liv told him about her plans to go shopping with Nat. "Now I have an image of you and Natalia in a dressing room together," he smiled.
Billy and Vanessa showed up at Company to share their happy news and pick up cake to bring to their friends/family when they tell them about the wedding plans. Later, Buzz tried to rush Daisy and James, who were helping him bake cakes for Vanessa and Billy's wedding. They teased Buzz about dating Lillian. "What are your intentions with my grandmother?" James grinned. Natalia arrived and was pleased to inform Buzz that she's going shopping with a "friend."
Bill and Lizzie decided to take a day off from working on the house. Lizzie suggested they visit Reva and explained that she's worried about La Shayne. Later, Reva was surprised to see them arrive Cross Creek. She assured them that she's feeling better and appreciates them stopping by to check in on her. After they departed, Lizzie noted, "Something's not right."
At Lewis, Billy and Vanessa shared their good news with Josh, who feigned surprise. Later, Bill and Lizzie told Josh they're worried about Reva. Meanwhile, Billy and Vanessa came to Cross Creek to tell Reva about their engagement. She reluctantly invited them inside to share some cake. Reva was stunned but thrilled for the couple. They invited her to the nups and were happy that she agreed to come. Later, Reva tried to work herself up to leave the house with Colin. "It's now or never!" she said and got into her car. She saw Josh at the market and told him that she's making progress. Josh declined to join her and the rest of the Lewis clan for a celebratory toast to Billy and Vanessa.
At the Quickmart, Lillian ran into Olivia and pointed out that everyone should be happy. Later, Liv went home and panicked about spending the day with Nat and stressed about what to wear to go shopping. So, she called Matt and invited him out. She told Nat she has to cancel their shopping date and admitted that it's too difficult for her to just hang out with Nat as a friend. Later, Liv met Matt at Towers for dinner. They were happy to cheer each other up. Nat interrupted and demanded that she have a chat with Liv, who said she needs to move on and begged Nat to give her that chance. Nat, however, refused to give up and said she'll fight until she wins Liv back — even if it takes a long time. "I'm a patient woman!" she said and left. Meanwhile, Matt retreated to Lewis, where he told Josh what happened. Josh confirmed Matt's suspicion that there's something going on between the two women. Matt was floored. "And I've been trying to flirt with those two for months!" he chuckled.
Lillian and Buzz flirted at Company and they decided to go out on a date. Lill was surprised when she saw he'd set up a nice table for the two of them and suggested dancing afterward. Bill joked to Lizzie that they need to have their first fight as newlyweds, adding that he wants makeup sex. Daisy and James showed up with a cake just as Billy and Vanessa arrived to tell Lizzie and Bill about their wedding plans. Bill offered to plan his parents' wedding; Lizzie told him it was a bad idea and pointed out how they messed up their own big day. Reva showed up.
September 1, 2009Lizzie, Bill and Josh came up with a silly tradition for Billy and Vanessa's wedding involving pots and pans and ruining their wedding night. Lizzie put a kibosh on the idea and reminded them that Vanessa wouldn't think it's funny. Later, Lizzie told Beth about the wedding and hinted that it would be cool if her parents could reunite as well.
At the mansion, Alan told Alexandra about how much he enjoys spending time with James. She teased him about playing Frisbee. Alan explained that James understands him more than anyone else in the family. Meanwhile, at Company, Phillip informed Ed and Lillian that he's finally ready to tell his family the truth about his condition. Later, Phil asked Alex about James's whereabouts and brought up the lack of time he has. Then he asked Alex to play a game of pinochle.
Reva assured Billy she's doing fine. He asked her to be a bridesmaid at the wedding. She feared he was just doing it to cheer her up, but he assured Reva that she's an important part of their life and they want her there. Later, Billy invited Alan to his wedding but Alan wasn't interested in attending. "Oh, you old sourpuss!" Billy grinned.
At the Beacon, Vanessa summoned Lizzie and Reva to discuss what they should wear at the wedding. They opened a bottle of bubbly and joked about getting tulle dresses with big floppy hats and dying some pumps. Vanessa wasn't amused and said she doesn't need any more surprises, adding that she is marrying Billy, after all. Meanwhile, the men gathered to play horseshoes. Bill joked that his dad needs some booze and strippers for his bachelor party. Billy was happy just hanging out with the guys in the backyard.
Lillian told Alan that Phil is planning to gather the family later to tell everyone he's dying and begged Alan to be supportive. Phil lost his cool at Beth after she told him that he needs to back off from pressuring James to spend time with him and reminded him that he left his family and that it's not all about him. "Yes, Beth it is," he said and stormed off. Later, Lillian had a heart-to-heart with James, who said the only thing his father ever taught him was how to disappear. Meanwhile, Phil tangled with Alan when the elder Spaulding accused Phil of not making an effort to spend time with him. "If I'm not mistaken, you told me to go off and die!" Phil yelled, amazed that Alan didn't realize all the efforts he'd made to mend their fractured relationship.
Billy and Vanessa had dinner with their wedding party at Towers. Lizzie and Josh both gave a toast and then Reva said seeing Billy and Vanessa happy makes her happy and she's glad to be a part of their big day. Billy told Vanessa that he blew it with her the first few times but he's glad that she's giving him yet another chance and can't wait to grow old with her in Springfield. Reva was overwhelmed and excused herself; Josh followed. Later, Reva told Josh he's right and she needs to pull herself together. After she hung up, she looked at a photo of Jeffrey.
Phil tried one last time to get James to hang out with him, suggesting sports or video games. James refused and walked out. "Not okay!" Phil angrily said and ran after him, then collapsed on the lawn. Meanwhile, Ed told Lill that the bone marrow transplant is far too risky for both Phil and the donor so he can't suggest it to Phillip an option.
September 2, 2009After he collapsed on the mansion lawn, Phillip called Lillian for help. She came to his rescue and they went to Cedars. Phil told Ed and Lillian that he wants to tell Beth the truth first before the rest of the family arrives so she can help comfort the kids.
Daisy ran into Beth at the Quick mart. She pointed out that the teen has been spending a lot of time with James lately and he approves. Daisy left to meet James. They flirted and made out. At Company, Josh told Buzz that things are looking good for the Lewis clan. Frank was bitter about the stability of the Coopers. Josh surmised it's just the storm before the calm for them. Later, Frank and Rick bonded over their online dating adventures. Frank told Rick he probably hasn't had any luck because he lied about his age. Frank admitted he's just looking for fun to distract him from all the craziness with his family.
Phil met up with Beth in the park. She was concerned about James. Phil told her to be quiet and calmly informed her that he's sick and only has a few weeks to live. She was understandably floored and began to sob. Phil held her, told her that he loves her and explained that he didn't want her to be sad.
Mallet arrived at the agency and received his assignment in Germany. Meanwhile, Shayne told Marina that there's an opening at family court today and they can get joint custody of Henry. They decided it's best to tell their families the truth about Henry's paternity before heading to court. Later, Josh approached and they broke the news. He was shocked and thrilled. They went to Cross Creek and told Reva as well. She was excited and wondered what it all means. Shayne assured them that Marina is still Henry's mom, no matter what. Later, Marina summoned the Coopers to the courthouse and told them as well. They were floored. Shayne explained that Dinah learned the truth while in Bosnia. He promised to be a good dad to Henry and not take him from Marina. Frank checked to make sure Marina was holding up okay. She was emotional and pointed out how lucky Henry is to have such a loving family, and two daddies. Later, Frank called Mallet and apologized for his behavior before he left town, adding that Marina just told everyone the truth and he understands why he left town now.
Lillian broke down in tears as she revealed to Buzz that Phil is dying. He consoled her and promised that she's not alone in dealing with this. Back at Cedars, Rick, Alan and Alex arrived at Phil's behest. They were confused. Ed ushered them all into a room. Lizzie and Bill frantically showed up, as did James. When everyone was there, Phil shared the heartbreaking news. James was upset that Phil didn't tell them before and stormed out. Alex tearfully tried to comfort Alan who quickly excused himself from the room. Beth tried to persuade Phil to stay at the hospital, but he said he'd rather just be with his family. Meanwhile, James angrily went into Ed's office and trashed it. He saw Phil's file, opened it up and was shocked by what he saw. He confronted Ed about why he's keeping his secret cure from Phillip.
Jonathan and Jeffrey met up. Jon gave an update, adding that there's still no sign of Edmund and that Reva is "whack." When Jon asked Jeffrey about why he hasn't found Eddie, Jeffrey cracked, "Well, there was a CSI marathon and I got hooked." Then they found a letter from Eddie threatening to kill all the children of Springfield if Jeffrey doesn't continue to play dead and stay away from Reva. Later, Jonathan called Jeffrey to hurry up the Eddie situation. Jeffrey was in his car and saw that Edmund was following him. They began a high-speed chase. Meanwhile, at Cross Creek, Josh held Colin. They marveled about Henry being their grandson, then went to the courthouse to watch Shayne and Marina get joint custody of Henry. Everyone cheered when the judged announced it's a done deal.
September 3, 2009James was outraged and confronted Ed about why he's keeping Phil's cure a secret. He rushed in and announced what he found to the rest of the Spaulding clan. They were understandably confused. Ed explained the procedure would be experimental and include a massive blood transfusion, bone marrow transplant and would jeopardize the lives of the patient and the donor. Phil added that the chance of survival is less than 50 percent, which is why he didn't bring it up. Lizzie suggested they test the entire family to find a donor match. James demanded that Ed test him; Phil refused to allow it and said it's too dangerous. James told Rick he wants to help his father, regardless of how dangerous it may be. So, Rick let James have his blood taken on the sly.
Natalia asked Olivia to accompany her to her first sonogram. Liv declined, saying it would be too weird. Meanwhile, Cyrus was frantic to finish Coop's book after he found out the bank was trying to foreclose on Company. Ashlee and Blake said there is one more chapter to write to meet the publisher's deadline. They worked together to complete the project in time. Natalia showed up and was surprised to see the depressed Cooper clan lounging around lamenting the impending loss of their family business. She asked Frank to come to her appointment; he agreed.
Frank had a mini meltdown about the state of his family's affairs in front of an uninterested Olivia. Later, at Cedars, Alan ran into Nat and told her about Phil, adding that she should know because Rafe is a Spaulding. She broke the news to Alan that Rafe enlisted in the Army. "What a brave young man he is!" Alan proudly said. Lillian reminded Alan about his cardio test. Alan wanted to skip out on it. Meanwhile, Phil met with Olivia in the park and told her that he's dying. She was overwhelmed and began to cry. Emma ran up to greet her father and they took a walk. Liv tearfully watched as Phil told his little daughter the news. After, Emma wanted to bake cookies at Nat's place to help make her daddy feel better. Olivia took Emma to Natalia's but didn't come in herself.
At the Beacon, Doris arrived to see Blake, Ash and Cyrus frantically writing the final chapter. She was surprised and said that Ash should think about writing a book about her someday. "I can't, Mom, I don't know anything about you," Ash responded. With two minutes to spare, they finished the book. Cyrus hacked into the publisher's computer to submit it on time. Blake called to have the book advance delivered today so they could give it to Buzz and save Company. It was a success.
Ed looked over Phil's records for a possible match and was stunned to see there's a match in the family. Meanwhile, Rick told James he is a match. Phil interrupted them, blasted Rick for testing James without his permission and refused again to let James risk his life to save him. James left while Rick and Phil fought. Rick pointed out to Phil that James needed to prove to Phil that he's brave and wants to be a good son but Phil ruined it before he had the chance. Phil realized he was in the wrong (and acting just like Alan). Daisy was happy to share her good news with James, who had to tell her that his wasn't so joyous.
Blake, Ash and Cyrus happily informed the Coopers that they finished the manuscript; they created a corporation in the family's name and the money would arrive shortly. Buzz was floored. "Coop and Jenna saved the day!" Marina laughed. On the other side of town, Doris lamented to Olivia about not telling her daughter the truth about her sexuality and said she thinks now's the time to take the risk.
Back at Cedars, Ed informed Alan that he's a match and pointed out that it's amazing, especially considering he's not Phil's biological father. Alan was stunned.
September 8, 2009As Reva got Colin ready for Henry's first birthday party, Josh arrived with a gift for Henry: a wooden rocking horse. Turns out Reva purchased the same thing. They were soon arguing about who would return their gift but reached a compromise.
Shayne was amused by Marina's zeal for the party and assured her that it wasn't weird to be having a party for his bio kid at Marina and Mallet's house. Marina went to retrieve something from the drawer and spotted a painful reminder of her husband's absence: Mallet's badge. Meanwhile, Mallet was receiving his new assignment outside Austria. Mallet phoned the house to check on Marina and say happy birthday to Henry. Marina passed the phone to Henry before he was even done talking. Josh arrived and asked Shayne what he should give as a second gift. Taking note of the baseball-themed decorations, Shayne suggested a mitt, since it's never too soon to start. Shayne looked at Henry with his grandpa and confessed to feeling complete for the first time in a long time.
After revealing himself as a potential donor match, Alan insisted to Phillip that he wants to save his son's life, but Phillip argued that it's not about what Alan wants. Meanwhile, Lillian expressed her concern for James to Daisy and indirectly asked her to check on her ex-boyfriend. Phil popped into Bill and Lizzie's and urged his daughter to go to the party. Lillian caught up with Alan in the park, and commended him for offering to be Phillip's marrow donor. Daisy delivered sandwiches to Bill and Lizzie, and ran into Phillip outside as he was staining a board. "I'm sorry you're dying," Daisy offered, revealing that James is upset, no matter how he appears.
Buzz explained to Cyrus that as a Cooper, he must attend the kiddie birthday party. As Josh and Reva were loading the car with gifts, some of the helium balloons for the party escaped. Alan caught sight of them on his walkabout. Bill and Lizzie noticed how strange he was acting and asked if he needed help but he insisted he has to keep walking. Alan headed to the cemetery and poured his heart out to Phillip's grave, unaware that Phil was leaning against the other side of it. He lamented their strained father/son relationship and admitted to feeling that once Phil became a stronger person, Alan was threatened that Phil would somehow take power away from his father. He begged Phillip's grave to let him take the risk and be the father and the man that he always wanted to be. Phillip suddenly revealed himself and assured Alan that he has nothing to prove. After Alan practically begged, Phillip agreed to let Alan undergo the risky procedure and Alan gratefully hugged his son.
Frank arrived early to the bash and complimented Shayne on stepping up and being a dad to Henry, despite the difficult circumstances, noting his own situation with Natalia's baby and Olivia. On her way into the party, Lillian revealed to Josh and Reva the news about Alan's condition. They all somberly walked up to the house, where a clown was entertaining the partygoers. Marina admitted that she didn't know things could be this good, and Shayne said he wishes for nothing more in life. After the party, Lillian tearfully confessed to Buzz that she wishes Phillip would live.
In Germany, Mallet stumbled upon a fair-haired beauty laboring over a steaming car and was pleasantly surprised to come face-to-face with Dinah. He explained that he's on an agency assignment and is no longer with Marina. Mallet credited Dinah's actions with putting everyone where they're supposed to be, like baby Henry. When Mallet announced that he includes himself in that category, Dinah smiled. Mallet helped Dinah with her radiator and asked where she was headed. Her path was undefined, she explained. After he said good-bye and walked away, Mallet suddenly turned around and called out her name.
September 9, 2009Natalia was excited to start picking out baby names with Frank and Olivia, who wanted to move slowly. Olivia told Nat that she loves her and that showing up to the sonogram was her way of saying she wants back in the game. "You are so far ahead of me, I'm going to have to just catch up," she explained as she felt the baby kick. Nat told her that she's happy their baby girl will have a family and joked that Liv better not back out again after she's born. Meanwhile, at Company, Frank looked at the sonogram picture. Blake told him he'll be a fantastic father and will do right by the baby. He was worried. Reva arrived and they talked about spoiling their children and grandchildren. Blake told Reva she's looking well. Reva said she's slowly getting over Jeffrey's death.
Josh was confused when a little girl entered his office at Lewis. Then Jonathan arrived, saying that the child is his granddaughter. Josh was stunned. Later, Jon asked Josh if he thinks it's safe for him and Sarah to live in Springfield now. Josh said Alan has relaxed a bit and that everyone in town will make sure Sarah is safe. Later, Reva was at home in Cross Creek and trying to act normal. Josh arrived and surprised her with Jon and Sarah. She was thrilled to be reunited with her granddaughter.
The Spauldings rushed to Cedars where Rick informed them that they found a donor for Phillip and he's being prepped for surgery. Alexandra told them that Alan volunteered to save his son. Meanwhile, Phil told Alan he can still back out if he wants and thanked him; Alan promised that it's what he wants to do and told Phil that he loves him. Before they were wheeled into surgery, the rest of the family came in to say good-bye. Lizzie called Alan a hero. James entered and Alan admitted to him that he's scared he'll die. James urged him to be strong. Next, Alex came by and shared a sweet moment with her brother. Phil summoned Bill and asked him to take care of his family if he and Alan don't survive the surgery. Later, Phillip told Beth that he loves her and apologized for all the mistakes he's made through the years. "If I get through this, I hope we can find our way back to each other," he added. Beth was overwhelmed. After, Beth told Lillian she's angry at her for not telling her before that Phil was sick. Lill apologized and said that lying to Beth is the hardest thing she's ever done but she had to abide by Phil's wishes. James admitted to Lizzie that he's miffed that Phil wouldn't let him be the donor, instead.
An armed Jeffrey tailed Edmund near a warehouse. He took aim and shot his gun but missed. Eddie taunted him. "I'm not stalking you, I'm hunting you and I plan to kill you," Jeffrey said. Edmund asked about Reva and wondered if Jeffrey had told her about their arrangement. Edmund said he's manipulating everyone in Springfield as they speak. Later, Jon covered when Jeffrey called, claiming it's Aubry (from Jonathan's Story!). Jeffrey explained that he's close to Eddie; Jon urged him to hurry up.
Olivia ran into Alex at the Quickmart and was stunned to hear about the surgery. Later, Josh informed Liv that he's a new grandpa and explained that Shayne is Henry's biological pop. They began talking about Nat. Josh urged Liv to get back together with her. Later, Frank also helped Nat with the baby names. Liv arrived and was excited to help. Nat was thrilled when Liv agreed to move back into the farmhouse. Frank felt like a third wheel. Then he informed the women that the Chief of Police just quit and he's going to go for the job.
Back at Cross Creek, Josh, Jon and Reva bonded with Colin, Henry and Sarah. Jon was stunned to learn that Henry is Shayne's. Jon said he's happy to be back in town. Meanwhile, the Spaulding clan anxiously awaited news about the operation.
September 10, 2009Josh and Reva bonded with Sarah, Colin and Henry at Cross Creek. They shared a few sweet moments with their grandchildren and were thrilled about Jon's decision to stay in town. Reva was excited and called Lizzie but was shocked to hear about the procedure. Jon agreed to wait until afterward to tell Lizzie he's back in town.... James was stressed out about Alan and Phillip's surgery; Daisy comforted him. James admitted he's still angry at Phil for not letting him donate instead.... Doris was upset that Ashlee hasn't talked to her since she learned the truth. Olivia told her to give her time.
Daisy was thrown for a loop when she saw Rafe and Ashlee bonding over the fact that their mothers are lesbians. Ash explained that she just found out about Doris and is a little upset that she didn't reveal it sooner. Ash agreed she should go talk to her mom and clear things up.
Olivia and Nat told Emma that they're moving back in with Nat. The girl was thrilled. Then Liv told her that she and Nat are going to be together because they love each other. "She's already like my mommy!" Emma said and wondered if the baby will be her little sister. The women were happy that Emma took the news so well. Later, Rafe and Frank offered to help Liv move.
Ash went to go see Doris, who was getting emotional looking at Ash's childhood photos. Ash said she's angry that Doris didn't tell her the truth sooner but isn't upset at her for being gay. They agreed to start getting to know each other better. They then went over to help Daisy and the rest of the crew move Liv into the farmhouse. Nat was elated for so much assistance and offered to cook everyone dinner. They all decided on a family softball game first. Josh arrived and was recruited for the game as well. "You made us a family," Liv told Nat.
At the Quickmart, Olivia was surprised to see Jon. He explained he's staying in town; Liv said she's moving in with her girlfriend. Later, Jon asked Reva to come with him to see Lizzie. When they pulled up to the house, Lizzie was shocked when she saw Jon and Sarah. Jon introduced Lizzie to her daughter (again) and they were happily reunited. She went off to show Sarah the barn while Jon told Bill that he's hoping they can all come up with a plan to share Sarah. They shook hands. "That's what we'll do, then!" Bill smiled.
Buzz helped Billy write his wedding vows. They marveled at how Alan stepped up to do the right thing for Phillip. Meanwhile, Rick informed the Spaulding clan that the surgery went well but they're still closely monitoring Phil and Alan's recoveries. Alex came to check on Alan. "Surprise! I'm still alive!" he laughed. Alex was relieved. Alan thanked her for looking out for him. Meanwhile, Lizzie went to see Phil. She tearfully told him that she knew he would make it through. Then Beth entered. Phil said he was afraid he'd never get to look in her eyes again. James brought his iPhone to Alan and showed him some important apps, like how to check the stock market rates. Alan said he needs to get well so they can play Frisbee again.
Lillian came to tell Buzz and Billy about Alan and Phil's recovery. "We're all just so lucky!" she said. Billy agreed. Later, Phil and Alan were wheeled into the same room. Phil thanked his father. James went to tell Daisy that her family is fine and everyone is recovering well.
September 14, 2009It's the day of Billy and Vanessa's wedding. At Cross Creek, Reva told Jonathan that he needs to come to attend the nups. He was hesitant to make his presence known but Reva encouraged him to get settled so Sarah can have a home and told him to face his fears. So, Jon called Mel and asked her for a favor.
At Company, James told Daisy he'd like to take her to the wedding. Meanwhile, Blake chatted on online with her dating site pal (Frank) who was inspired to ask her to attend the wedding with him. She declined, explaining that she already has plans. Frank was bummed. Phillip, Natalia, Olivia and Beth got dressed and gathered at the mansion to depart for the ceremony. Nat was understanding when Rafe said he won't be going to the nups with her and Liv as a family. Beth was surprised when James said he has a date for the wedding; Phil added, "So do I!" and grabbed Beth's hand.
At Cedars, Ed advised Alan to take it easy. Alexandra was relieved. Alan said saving Phil's life was the biggest gift he could give and added that Phil also helped save him. Later, Jon showed up to check in on Alan just as Nat and Liv arrived. He watched, unnoticed, as Alan happily greeted Emma, who thanked him for saving her daddy's life. Liv was stunned when Alan didn't react to hearing that she and Nat are together and told Emma she has two great mommies. "Emma seems to be happy and that's all that really matters," he said. After they left, Alan told Alex that he's not going to run away from happiness anymore and realizes that it can all be taken away.
James went to the Coopers to pick up Daisy, much to Frank's chagrin. Meanwhile, Bridget and Nola arrived and happily greeted everyone. They lovingly looked at Company. Bridget explained Peter is at orientation at Springfield University. Meanwhile, at the Beacon, Mindy showed up for the wedding and greeted Vanessa. Lizzie presented a surprised Vanessa with a garter for her big day and joked that they were going to force her to wear it. At the lake, the Lewis men (including Dylan!) went fishing together to catch their breakfast, per wedding day tradition. Reva showed up and teased them about smelling like fish.
The Lewis men pulled up to the country club in an old truck and greeted Vanessa who also arrived with her bridal party in a limo. Billy and Vanessa kissed. Billy and Mindy shared a sweet moment. Ashlee was stunned to be introduced to Doris's girlfriend. Ash pointed out that her mom seems happy. Lizzie fretted to Bill that she worries Jon will take Sarah away from her again. He promised not to let that happen. Remy and Christina joked about getting divorced just so they can get hitched again. Nola greeted Vanessa and they shared a laugh about wearing the same dress. She gave Vanessa a stone from one of Quint's digs. Dylan and Bridget hugged, saying it was great to see each other. Buzz approached Lillian, told her that she's beautiful and got down on one knee and proposed. Everyone else watched from above. Lillian was delighted and said yes. Billy and Vanessa suggested they have a double wedding. "Two for the price of one, let's do it!" Buzz laughed. Josh told Reva that Nat and Liv are together. Reva was stunned. "Since Olivia couldn't have you, she went for the net best thing!" she told him.
Back at Cedars, Jon confronted Alan and threatened him, saying he still doesn't trust him. Spaulding explained that things have changed since Jon left town and that he's a different man now. "I hope so," Jon said and left.
Lillian excused herself and visited Maureen Bauer's grave. She apologized to her departed friend and admitted she's been too afraid to visit. "I made a mistake and you paid with your life for it." Lill said her guilt has kept her from moving forward with her life and now she wants to start over with Buzz. Later, the ceremonies began. Bill walked Vanessa down the aisle and lamented Dinah's absence. Lillian was also ushered down to Buzz. "You have made me the happiest man in the whole wide world today," Billy whispered to Vanessa. Father Ray started the ceremony and the couples said their touching vows. They exchanged rings and pronounced husbands and wives.
September 15, 2009After the double wedding, the guests moved inside for the reception. Lizzie was stunned when Jonathan showed up with Sarah in tow. He told her that he wants to stay in town and has asked Mel to draw up joint custody papers. Lizzie was thrilled and took Sarah off to the dance floor. Later, Jon asked Lizzie if he should introduce Sarah to the rest of the Spaulding clan. They approached Phil, Beth, Alan and Alexandra and his plan. "Don't make me regret it," he said. Then Phil got emotional as he met his granddaughter. Everyone was stunned when Alan apologized to Sarah and promised her that she'll always be safe now.
Little Maureen went to check on her dad, Matt who was sort of bummed about the day. Nola and Bridget approached and tried to cheer him up, too. They all decided to share a family dance. Josh congratulated Billy and marveled at how he married the love of his life. Josh revealed that he's thinking about leaving town for a while because it's his job to fix things and make people happy so there's really nothing left for him to do in Springfield anymore. He said good-bye to his brother. "I'll miss you," Billy smiled. Meanwhile, Vanessa greeted her old pals Cecilia and Justin (a special guest appearance by Y&R's Jeanne Cooper and Christian J. LeBlanc) and thanked them for coming to the wedding.
Beth found Phillip, who noted how happy and lucky he is. They shared a sweet moment and declared their love for each other. Meanwhile, Rafe told Alan he's shipping out for the Army later today. Spaulding said he's proud of his grandson and they hugged. Then Billy addressed the crowd, told everyone how Alan stepped up to save Phillip's life and called him a hero. They toasted to Alan.
Josh was surprised to see Olivia and Natalia approach holding hands. He pointed out how great it is to see them happy together. He then thanked Liv for being his friend and said that he's skipping town soon. After, Josh went to find Shayne who was happily checking up on Henry. Shayne said he's still not ready to be a baseball coach (the gig Josh tried to set him up with) and added that he's having fun getting to know Henry. Josh then said he's going to get the Lewis office back and running in Venezuela and he needs to do it, "For me," he added. Shayne found Marina and they laughed over the fact that both of them had called Henry's babysitter for an update. Shayne admitted he's very happy right now and they decided to leave to check on their son.
Cyrus found Mel on the balcony. They chatted about what she did for Lizzie and Sarah and then Cyrus pulled her into a passionate kiss. Daisy and James decided to split. They shared a picnic away from the group. James acknowledged that Alan is a pretty great guy and the star of the day.
On the dock, Phil saw Alan and they bonded over Lizzie's happiness. Then Phil thanked Alan for giving him a second chance. "I only did what any parent who loves their child would do," Alan said and urged Phil not to overanalyze. They linked arms and walked away together, smiling. Phil approached Beth on the beach. He struggled to tell her something and assured her that he'll be great if she lets him be with her for the rest of their lives. He apologized for making her life complicated in the past but said he wants things to be different now. "I'm in love with you. Marry me and I'll spend the rest of my life making you happy." Beth was overwhelmed and said yes. They kissed. Phil was excited to share the news with the family but said he wants to find Alan first.
Back at the party, Josh danced with Reva who assured him yet again that she's going to be okay. He told her that he's moving to Venezuela; she was surprised but supportive. "If that's what you need, go for it," she said and fought tears. Later, Josh and Frank said their humorous best man speeches. Frank got emotional as he brought up Coop.
Alan greeted Buzz and they congratulated each other for their amazing feats. Alan thanked his pal for his support and said he truly values their friendship and what they've gone through through the years. "You being happy for me right now means more than you'll ever know," he added. "Hey, you did it!" Buzz smiled and went back inside to dance; Alan decided to sit alone for a while. Phil found his dad sitting on a bench alone and started talking to him from behind. Phil gave a touching monologue about happiness and just wanting to live his life and spend it with Beth. "It took you saving me to learn that. I'll never be able to repay you," he added and wondered why Alan was so quiet. He touched Alan who was eerily still and realized that his father is dead. He grabbed Alan's face and broke down in tears.
September 16, 2009Phillip called Rick, who rushed over and confirmed that Alan's heart had stopped beating, likely from a heart attack. Then, Phil was tasked with informing the rest of the Spaulding family that Alan is dead. Alexandra was stunned but surprisingly maintained her composure. She started to make calls to far-flung family members and the media, but couldn't bring herself to do it. She fought tears as she looked at photos of Alan on the mantel. Later, she summoned Hilda and Bruno and told them to call the Spaulding PR department and try to stay calm."I just want you both to know that, in his own way, my brother loved you both," she added. Beth broke down, especially when she realized she would have to inform Peyton that her daddy is gone. She dutifully went to tell her. Meanwhile, Phil went to find Lizzie and told her.
At Company, the Coopers (along with Blake, Natalia and Olivia) were in the middle of throwing Rafe a farewell party over pizza. Someone called and asked for Liv, who told everyone that Alan died. They were stunned and Rafe worried about leaving town before the funeral; Buzz encouraged him to go anyway. Blake consoled Frank, who suddenly realized life is short. Rafe continued to say his good-byes and shared a sweet moment with Emma. They bonded over their grandfather's death. Buzz told Rafe he's proud of him and Alan would be, too.
At Cross Creek, Jonathan answered the phone and Bill told him to come pick up Sarah and broke the news about Alan. Jon informed Reva, who was floored by the news."It's just too much," she said "I can't lose any more." She removed the photographs of Jeffrey around the house.
Jon came to get Sarah and asked Bill about Lizzie, who was still in shock. She and Jon shared a hug and Lizzie asked him to watch Sarah while they step out. Later, Beth got emotional as she explained to Phil how complicated her relationship with Alan was and that she really can't imagine a world without him. A tearful James approached Phillip and gave him a big hug.
Josh, Reva and Billy decided to rally around Bill and Lizzie during their time of need. Meanwhile, at the mansion, the Spauldings gathered to discuss Alan's arrangements. Alex explained that she talked to her brother before the operation and he said he wanted to be cremated and didn't want a big funeral. Rick came to inform them that it was indeed a heart attack and gave his condolences to the family, then departed.
Rafe said good-bye to everyone at the bus station. He told Daisy he'll always love her. Natalia was overcome with emotion; Liv consoled her. Rafe asked Liv to take care of his mom for him. He saluted farewell and hopped on the bus to basic training. After, Daisy did her best to be there for James, who didn't feel like talking about what had happened.
A tearful Lillian greeted Buzz and Company and they said they're so glad to have each other in their lives. Alex went to view Alan's body at Cedars and finally broke down. Meanwhile, in the garden at the mansion, Phil got emotional. "You did it. You saved me, Dad. You saved all of us," he said.
September 17, 2009Bill brought Alan's ashes to Phillip, and together they examined the remains. "Gotta make the most of every single day," Phillip mused. He went to the mansion and collected Alexandra for the trip to the lake. There, Buzz, Lillian, Beth, James, Bill and Lizzie joined Phillip and Alex for Alan's beach funeral. Lizzie thought her grandfather would glad everyone is together. Buzz was pressed into service as speaker. He noted that he can still feel Alan's presence. "I can't imagine Springfield without you," he said. "None of us can." He acknowledged that Alan was a constant adversary, but the struggles helped everyone find a piece of themselves. Phillip passed the box around, and everyone (except Bill) took a handful of Alan's remains, then silently scattered it on the beach. Philip kissed his father goodbye, and Alex (with ashes smeared on her jacket) whispered, "Goodbye, my brother." Afterward, James approached Phillip, and they shared some time tossing a Frisbee and laughing. Then Beth checked on Phillip, who noted he is sad, but at peace. Alan was brave and "saved all of us," he sighed, and they embraced. Bill and Lizzie were attending to Alex at the Spaulding mansion when a visitor arrived: Fletcher! He had heard about Alan's death. Alex rushed into his arms, sobbing.
Daisy got a call saying she can have a spot in Berkley College's fall class, but she asked to mull it over. Buzz encouraged her to go, using the money from Coop's book, but she wanted to talk to James first. James also urged her to go, promising to visit her. Remy got word via his insurance company that he's not married to Christina — because he didn't file a marriage license. When he told her, she insisted they remarry right away — because she's pregnant. Meanwhile, Cyrus brought Mel cookies for her birthday. And then kissed her. And then they made love. Danny, Michelle, Robert and Hope arrived at Rick's in a truck, and announced they are moving back. Rick went to Company for food, where he found Frank online, asking his friend to coffee. His online pal, Blake, suggested meeting in the park. When Rick returned home, Ed was gone. He went to visit Holly, and told her he's going on an open-ended work tour. With her. "Life is very short," he reminded her. "How long do I have to pack?" she laughed.
Reva asked Jonathan to live at Cross Creek with her, but he declined. At Lewis, Josh told Billy that Alan's death made him realize life is short, and he wants Billy to help him kidnap Reva so he can marry her. "She's my life," Josh insisted. Billy balked, so Josh drove off alone. He found Reva having a picnic with Jon, Shayne, Marina, Sarah and Henry. Reva told Josh she's trying to pull her life back together. Jonathan secretly took a phone call from Jeffrey, who reported he's tracked down Edmund. Jeffrey took up a position on a rooftop, and drew a bead on Edmund on the next roof over. But Jeff was jumped by a thug. Jeffrey dropped his gun and they fought, until Jeff choked him out. Edmund laughed and taunted Jeffrey, who insisted he would kill Edmund and then go home. Josh returned to Lewis and told Billy that Reva isn't ready yet. "I still have to find some sort of life for myself," Josh mused. Meanwhile, Reva took a call from her sister Cassie, and told Jon she found a place for him and Sarah to live: the house Cassie had bought for Jon and Tammy, which has been sitting empty. Jon got weepy that Cassie wants him to live there. He asked Tammy if it's okay, then told Reva, "I'm movin' in!" They embraced, and cried. Josh visited Shayne, Marina and Henry to say his goodbyes. Josh embraced his son and said he's proud. Josh returned to Lewis and told Billy he's bound for Tulsa.
September 18, 2009Guiding Light: The final episode
At Company, the Coopers helped Natalia pick out a baby name. Olivia reminded Frank they have to meet with the nursery designer. Frank said he can't stay long because he has a hot date later. Marina and Buzz teased him. Daisy announced that a spot opened up at Berkeley and she's taking it, so she'll be leaving for California in a couple hours. Meanwhile, Ashlee was floored when Doris said she pulled a few strings to get her into the writing program at Berkeley so she and Daisy can go to school together.
Christina freaked out about not being married and told Remy she needs to be hitched before they have their baby. Remy assured her it will be okay. They went to see Mel, who was celebrating her birthday by hitting the sheets with Cyrus. They all rushed to the municipal building and Doris quickly wed Remy and Christina before leaving to say good-bye to Ash and Daisy.
At the Spauldings, Lizzie was apprehensive about Alexandra going off to travel around the world with Fletcher. Bill assured her that Fletch is a stand up guy. Alex was especially happy to have Fletch back in her life. Phil greeted him. Fletcher gave his condolences about Alan. Bill carried Alex's bags to Fletcher's car and they both mentioned missing Ben. Alex said her good-byes and assured them she'll be back for the wedding. Meanwhile, Reva told Jonathan she loves being surrounded by her grandkids. Josh called and told her to meet him at Cross Creek.
At the park, Liv and Nat shared a tender moment, saying how happy they are. Olivia said she feels bad for Frank being a third wheel. She suggested they do something important to show him how important he is to the them and the baby. Nat agreed and they walked off to find Frank and tell him about their plan.
Mindy announced to Billy that she's moving back home. Josh told Reva he's moving to Tulsa now to help open a new wing of the HB hospital because he wants to be with her and knows she's not ready. She was emotional. He admitted that he wanted to kidnap her and marry her, then he declared his love. Reva tearfully and said she's still not ready. So, Josh told her that he'll be at the light house waiting for her in a year and hopes that she'll be ready to be with him then. They shared a bittersweet good-bye and Josh drove away. Billy arrived and asked Reva what she'll do in a year. "I don't know," she said.
Outside Company, everyone gathered to see Daisy and Ashlee drive off to California. They gave their hugs and said farewell. James told Daisy he loves her and they kissed. After, both Blake and Frank rushed off in their separate ways, telling Buzz they have dates.
At the mansion, Phillip told Beth that things feel weird now without Alan. She gave him a journal and encouraged him to start writing again. They kissed and then Rick called to tell them to come to the park. Meanwhile, Frank and Blake were surprised to see each other on the bridge at the park and quickly (finally!) realized they've been chatting online and are a dating match. They walked hand in hand through the park and saw Liv and Nat, who revealed that they're naming the baby Francesca after Frank. Buzz took the Cooper clan to spy on Frank on his date and they were all stunned to see him with Blake. Phil and Beth arrived and were surprised to learn that Mindy is moving back to Springfield. Jon showed up with Sarah; Lizzie told Bill she wants to have babies with him. Marina told Shayne she signed him up for an assistant baseball coach position. Remy and Christina happily informed Mel and Cyrus that they're having a baby.
One year later in Springfield....
Everyone was happy and gathered for Shayne's baseball game. Jon showed up with Sarah, and Billy offered him a job; he accepted. Bill and Lizzie arrived. She's pregnant! Remy and Christina came by with their new baby in tow. Blake, holding baby Francesca, kissed Frank. Nat and Olivia went to the bus station to pick up Rafe. Meanwhile, in Europe, Dinah and Mallet watched a wedding. He picked her up and carried her out of the church. James went to visit Ashlee and Daisy. Phil, Beth, Danny and Michelle gave a champagne toast to Rick and Mindy, who were gearing up for their own wedding day.
Josh showed at the light house. Reva and little Colin arrived. Reva told Josh that he was right and she needed time to find herself again, which she did. Josh said he found himself, too, and he still wants to be with the woman he's loved his entire life. "I want you, Reva." Reva declared her love and said she's in. They kissed. Josh said they're going on an adventure together and leave Springfield. They grabbed Reva's things and hopped in HB's truck together. "You ready?" Josh asked. "Always," Reva smiled and they drove away.
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