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Brittany Snow & ‘Veep’s Sam Richardson To Topline Indie Film ‘Bailey And Darla’(3/9/19) Pitch Perfect alum Brittany Snow and Veep actor Sam Richardson have been tapped to lead the cast of Bailey and Darla, an indie film which is being directed by first-time helmer Nico Raineau. Raineau co-wrote the screenplay with Lauren Schacher. Snow will also produce the project alongside Yale Productions’ Jordan Yale Levine and Jordan Beckerman, and Highland Myst’s Jon Keeyes.
The film, which is currently in production, follows Darla (Snow), a cynical reporter whose sex addiction is getting in the way of her sex column, and her evolving relationship with Bailey, a well-meaning sweetheart who’s been dumped by his fiancé and learns he has testicular cancer (again). Together they embark on an impromptu cross country road trip, recreating Darla’s myriad trysts from state to state. She’s looking for a story and he’s looking for a last hurrah; what they find is something neither expected.
“I’m incredibly fortunate to work with such talented actors as Brittany and Sam on my debut feature,” said Raineau. “Their genius comedic gifts are well documented, but it’s their ability to bring heartfelt emotion and pathos to these characters that make them the ideal creative partners for this film.”
Highland Myst’s Matthew Tompkins and Yale Productions’ Russ Posternak will serve as co-producers. Film Mode Entertainment is handling sales.
Snow, who played Chloe in the Pitch Perfect movies, stars in the forthcoming Netflix romantic comedy, Someone Great, written and directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. She’s repped by Gersh and Principal Entertainment LA.
In addition to Veep, Richardson starred in the Comedy Central’s Detroiters, which he also co-created. Repped by UTA and Artists First, he has also appeared in films like Dave Need Wedding Dates, The House, and Game Over, Man!.
Murray Bartlett on Madam Secretary 3/24/19(3/8/19) “The Common Defense” – While Elizabeth is away on a retreat thinking about her presidential campaign, her staff tries to secure an international agreement to protect citizens who have been displaced due to global warming. Also, the staff works to contain a measles outbreak that threatens the life of Daisy’s daughter, Joanna, on MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, March 24 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Murray Bartlett (Australian Prime Minister Chris Lawson), Paton Ashbrook (Tara Davis), John Behlmann (Aaron Davis).
The Sinner: Matt Bomer Set as Season 3 Headliner, Clearing Way for Official Renewal at USA Network(3/7/19) White Collar vet Matt Bomer is headed back to USA Network via a starring role in The Sinner‘s just-ordered third season, TVLine has learned. Bomer follows in the footsteps of Jessica Biel and Carrie Coon, who headlined Seasons 1 and 2 of the anthology-esque crime drama, respectively.
Season 3 of The Sinner follows Detective Harry Ambrose (returning series regular Bill Pullman) as he begins what appears to be a routine investigation of a tragic car accident in upstate New York. However, Ambrose eventually “uncovers a hidden crime that pulls him into the most dangerous and disturbing case of his career,” per the official logline.
Bomer, who can currently be heard and (sometimes) seen in DC Universe’s Doom Patrol, will play Jamie, an upstanding (i.e. white collar?!) local resident and expectant father who looks to Ambrose for support in the wake of the aforementioned accident.
Derek Simonds is back as Sinner‘s showrunner and will serve as an EP alongside Biel, Michelle Purple, Charlie Gogolak, Willie Reale and Adam Bernstein.
‘Carol’s Second Act’: Bonnie Dennison & Ito Aghayere Cast In CBS’ Patricia Heaton Comedy Pilot(3/5/19) Bonnie Dennison (Third Watch) and Ito Aghayere (Logan Lucky) are set as series regulars opposite Patricia Heaton in CBS comedy pilot Carol’s Second Act, starring and executive produced by Heaton, from Trophy Wife creators Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, Heaton and David Hunt’s FourBoys Entertainment and CBS TV Studios.
Written by Halpern and Haskins, Carol’s Second Act centers around Carol Chambers (Heaton), who after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, embarks on a unique second act: she’s going to become a doctor.
Dennison will play Jenny, Carol’s big-hearted daughter who became a pharmaceutical rep because, as a pretty and charming young woman, it’s an easy job. Jenny loves and is supportive of Carol, and her practical and outgoing demeanor is a buoyant counterpoint to Carol’s neurotic medical colleagues.
Aghayere portrays Dr. Maya, the Chief Resident in charge of Carol and the other three interns. A type-A, high-achieving disciplinarian, Dr. Maya is all business. She’s instantly annoyed because Carol is a chatty maverick who hates authority — and Dr. Maya and her authority are not up for debate.
Halpern and Haskins executive produce with Heaton, Hunt and Rebecca Stay for FourBoys, Heaton’s manager, Adam Griffin, and Kaplan and Dana Honor for Kapital Entertainment. CBS TV Studios is the studio.
Dennison will next be seen in Jay Roach’s Untitled Roger Ailes Project with Margot Robbie and Charlize Theron. She’s repped by Buchwald, Rob Gomez Management and attorney Derek Kroeger.
Aghayere’s credits include Bernhardt/Hamlet on Broadway and in YouTube/ITV Studios America dramedy pilot It’s a Man’s World. She’s repped by Avalon Artists Group, Robyn Bluestone Management and attorney Matt Rosen.
E.J. Bonilla To Star In ABC Drama Pilot ‘Until The Wedding’(3/1/19) Unforgettable alum E.J. Bonilla is set as the male lead opposite Olivia Thirlby in ABC’s Until the Wedding, a romantic drama pilot from writer Becky Mode (Smash), producers Sarah Timberman & Carl Beverly (Elementary, SEAL Team), Alon Aranya (Betrayal, Hostages), Israel’s Reshet Media and ABC Studios.
Based on the Israeli series of the same name (Ad Hatuna in Hebrew), Until the Wedding is the story of how one couple’s decision to get married can affect everyone in their lives. The show will explore the intimate relationships of a group of friends/family as Adrienne (Thirlby) and Danny (Bonilla) are forced to reckon with their own romantic lives and come to terms with the realities of love and marriage.
Bonilla’s Danny Garcia is a serious mensch, warm, funny, wears his heart on his sleeve. He’s not afraid to say what he thinks or express emotion. He’s the kind of guy who was born 40, and then had to shoulder a lot of responsibility growing up. Super-smart and tech savvy, Danny came from nothing. He built an online fraud detection company that’s about to go public, but he’s a family guy first. He’s a romantic, and madly in love with his girlfriend Adrienne. Things get complicated when Adrienne’s ex-boyfriend shows up on the weekend Danny plans to propose.
The original series, created by Avner Bernheimer and Anat Weizman and produced by Ami Amir’s Matar Productions, aired on Israel’s Reshet 13.
Mode is executive producing the adaptation with Susannah Grant who also directs, Timberman and Beverly via Timberman-Beverly Prods.; Aranya via his new production company, Paper Plane Productions; and Bernheimer & Weizman as well as Avi Zvi of Reshet Media, which holds the format rights.
Bonilla most recently starred as Lt. Shane Aguero in Nat Geo’s critically praised miniseries The Long Road Home. On the film side, he just wrapped production on The Kitchen New Line‘s adaptation of the DC/Vertigo female-fronted crime comic book series, which stars Melissa McCarthy, Common, Elizabeth Moss, Tiffany Haddish and is set for release August 9. He previously played the series regular role of wisecracking Detective Denny Padilla on the final season of A&E’s Unforgettable, among other credits. Bonilla is repped by Innovative Artists and MKS&D Talent Management.
Jennifer Roszell on Blue Bloods 3/15/19(3/1/19) “Two-Faced” – Frank’s longtime friend Lenny (Treat Williams) reveals to him that an upcoming exposé will air some of the NYPD’s dirty laundry. Also, Erin must decide how to charge a doctor whose experimental treatments led to the death of his terminally ill daughter; Danny and Baez investigate the mysterious overdose of a promising artist; and Jamie follows a lead about a corrupt officer in his precinct, on BLUE BLOODS, Friday, March 15 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Treat Williams (Lenny Ross), James Riordan (Chris Johnson), Jennifer Roszell (Elaine Peterson).
Frank Dicopoulos Previews His New Show, 'Calling All Divas'(2/27/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Fans of GUIDING LIGHT remember Frank Dicopoulos as Springfield top cop Frank Cooper, but the actor is portraying a much different character in the new jukebox musical, Calling All Divas. As the owner of a struggling nightclub, Dicopoulos auditions four female singers in the hopes of turning things around. “We have one who’s a country western singer,” he previewed to Soaps In Depth, “one’s kinda rock, and one is a subway singer.”
Unable to pick just one of them, Mr. D merges the four of them into a group called the “Un4gettables.” “The show empowers women,” Dicopoulos explained. “Because initially, they’re kind of competitive, but then throughout the musical, they start helping each other. They’re a team and they’re gonna work together.” And as a group, the divas sing hit songs from artists as varied as Etta James, Carole King, Kelly Clarkson, Whitney Houston, and Tina Turner.
“I loved being on stage,” Dicopoulos confided of his turn as the beleaguered club owner. “The whole live element of immediate response from an audience and just the excitement of being on stage." But in addition to starring in the show, the GL alum is also a producer, helping to bring to the stage the vision of its creator, Franke Previte. “He’s very humble,” he alum said of the songwriter. “He wrote the song “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life” for the movie, Dirty Dancing. Won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for it. He’s just a great guy.”
Calling All Divas will have its world premiere performance on Saturday, March 2, at the Keswick Theater in Glenside, PA, at 8 p.m. ET. For more information and to purchase tickets to this one-of-a-kind musical experience, visit www.keswicktheatre.com.
“We did [a performance] for friends and family and one of industry and got rave reviews,” Dicopoulos revealed. “The investors were there and they loved it. They gave us the green light to develop it and take it further and that’s what we’ve done.” And if everything goes according to plan, Calling All Divas will be taking the show on the road so it may be coming to your neck of the woods! Keep an eye on www.callingalldivas.com for updates.
For more from Dicopoulos on the show and what else he’s been up to lately, don’t miss his interview in an upcoming CBS issue of Soaps In Depth magazine!
‘90210’ Event Series With Original Cast Members Lands At Fox For Summer(2/27/19) (Video) It’s official — Fox has closed a deal for the new series reuniting original Beverly Hills, 90210 cast members Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling. Titled 90210, the show, from CBS TV Studios, has received a six-episode order to air this summer (watch a teaser above.)
Fox, which aired the original Beverly Hills, 90210 series, had emerged as the frontrunner for the new 90210, which was taken out in December. The broadcast network was described as being “the most passionate” about the project, a serialized drama – with a dose of irreverence — inspired by the sextet’s real lives and relationships, in which Priestley, Garth, Ziering, Carteris, Green and Spelling will play heightened versions of themselves.
“Beverly Hills, 90210 left an indelible impact on pop culture and an entire generation,” said Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn. “Its powerful legacy is an important part of our network’s DNA – bold stories not told anywhere else and bigger-than-life-characters – and we’re honored to bring back the beloved original cast members for 90210.”
Last month, Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier told Deadline that 90210 and Melrose Place are among his favorite Fox series of all time and pieces of IP he would like to explore at the network.
In the new series, having gone their separate ways since the original series ended 19 years ago, Jason, Jennie, Ian, Gabrielle, Brian and Tori reunite when one of them suggests it’s time to get a Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot up and running. But getting it going may make for an even more delicious soap than the reboot itself. What will happen when first loves, old romances, friends and frenemies come back together, as this iconic cast – whom the whole world watched grow up together – attempts to continue from where they left off?
The series was conceived by Mike Chessler and Chris Alberghini, who worked on the CW’s 90210 reboot and on Spelling’s series So Notorious, along with with Spelling and Garth.
Alberghini and Chessler will write the series. They executive produce with Carteris, Garth, Green, Priestley, Spelling and Ziering. CBS TV Studios-based Ghen Maynard, who has a relationship with Spelling and Garth, developed the project.
Beverly Hills, 90210 premiered on Fox on October 4, 1990, when it became an instant pop culture sensation and one of the most popular programs in the network’s history. Centered on the tony Los Angeles community identified in its title, the show aired for 10 seasons, during which it documented the trials and tribulations of a group of friends from high school to college and into early adulthood, as they navigate a myriad of coming-of-age dramas and complex rivalries.
Coincidentally, 90210 alumna Spelling is one of the celebrities on Fox’s breakout reality competition The Masked Singer.
“It’s not technically a reboot, because I feel like everyone has seen the reboot. We don’t want to be the last ones like doing the reboot thing, and no one wants to see like old versions of ourselves, but they do want to see us playing our characters, so what we’re doing is the entire cast is playing heightened versions of themselves,” Spelling said of 90210 in one of the interviews after her exit from The Masked Singer. “Think Curb Your Enthusiasm episodes, in an hourlong show, and we’re all playing heightened versions, so it could be fictional, it could be non-fictional, people will have to guess. And then we will have pop-ins, because we’re behind the scenes trying to do the reboot.”
‘Filthy Rich’: Aubrey Dollar, Benjamin Aguilar, Corey Cott & Mark L. Young Cast In Fox Drama Pilot(2/26/19) Aubrey Dollar, Benjamin Levy Aguilar, Corey Cott & Mark L. Young are set to co-star opposite Kim Cattrall in Filthy Rich, Fox’s soapy drama pilot from The Help writer-director Tate Taylor, Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox TV.
Written and to be directed by Taylor based on the New Zealand series, Filthy Rich is described as a larger-than-life Southern gothic dramedy that revolves around two strong, sharp women, Margaret Monroe (Cattrall) and and Ginger Sweet, who will go to any length to protect their loved ones and get their due. When the wealthy CEO of the world’s largest Christian network dies in a plane crash, his wife and adult children are stunned to discover he has grown, illegitimate kids who are also in his will. When the steel azalea matriarch of the family tries to pay them to go away, these newly legitimized heirs have very different ideas and insist on not only staying in town but becoming part of the family empire.
Dollar plays Margaret’s daughter Rose Monroe, a sarcastic but kind-hearted clothing designer who yearns to be real and find her own voice apart from her family.
Cott plays her brother Eric Monroe. Married with two kids, he’s the Senior VP of Operations at the conservative Christian Sunshine Network, which was created by his powerhouse parents.
Aguilar plays Antonio Rivera, a tattooed, up-and-coming boxer and single dad who finds himself wondering if a life with his new family in New Orleans might be the best thing for his toddler.
Young plays Jason Conley, an attractive, loyal young man who runs a weed business at a ranch in Colorado.
Taylor is executive producing with his producing partner John Norris via Wyolah Films alongside Imagine’s Grazer and Francie Calfo. Overseeing for Imagine TV are Anna Culp and Jillian Kugler.
Dollar was last seen on Vince Gilligan’s CBS drama series Battle Creek. She is repped by Gersh and Industry Entertainment.
Born and raised in Guatemala, Aguilar was poised to move to Israel and honor his Jewish ancestry but instead moved to Los Angeles to follow his Hollywood dreams. This was his first pilot test. He is repped by Main Title Entertainment, HRI and Bloom Hergott Diemer.
Young’s credits include The Comeback and 10 Days in the Valley. He is repped by Haven Entertainment and Buchwald.
Brittany Snow To Star In Fox’s Drama Pilot From Annie Weisman & Jason Katims(2/26/19) Brittany Snow is set to lead the cast of Fox’s drama pilot based on the Endemol Shine Australia series Sisters. The untitled project (fka Sisters) hails from The Path duo of co-executive producer Annie Weisman and executive producer Jason Katims, as well as the original series’ co-creator Imogen Banks, Universal TV and Endemol Shine North America.
Written by Weisman based on the Australian series created by Jonathan Gavin and Banks, with Leslye Headland set to direct the pilot, the drama centers on Julia Bechley (Snow), an only child who finds her life turned upside down when her father is forced to reveal that over the course of his pioneering career as a fertility doctor, he used his own sperm to conceive dozens of children. As she dutifully begins to track down her emerging group of siblings, among a sea of brothers, Julia discovers only two sisters – both of whom quickly become a part of her now redefined family.
Weisman executive produces with Headland, True Jack’s Katims and Jeni Mulein, Banks and Endemol Shine North America president Sharon Levy. Universal produces in association with Endemol Shine North America.
Australian series Sisters, which starred Maria Angelico as Julia Bechly (the character’s last name was slightly tweaked for the U.S. version), premiered its seven-episode first season on Network Ten in October 2017 and launched as a Netflix Original Series on September 1, 2018.
Former American Dreams star Snow recently recurred on the CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. She also starred as Chloe in all three Pitch Perfect movies. Snow is repped by Gersh and Principal Entertainment LA.
Brittany Snow Is Engaged to Tyler Stanaland(2/25/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Congratulations are in order for daytime alum Brittany Snow (Susan, GUIDING LIGHT), who has just announced her engagement to boyfriend Tyler Stanaland! “A couple weeks ago, I said ‘yes’ about a million times to the man of my wildest and most beautiful dreams,” the actress shared on Instagram. “After celebrating with friends and family, we wanted to let a few more friends — you guys — know… this happened.”
Snow shared a lovely black-and-white snapshot of herself and Stanaland canoodling in a restaurant but revealed that wasn’t a photo of the magical moment itself. “I’m still pinching myself and thanking my lucky stars for the truest feeling I’ve ever felt. Thank you, Tyler, for the happiest day of my life and for not proposing in this creepy empty restaurant.”
Stanland shared his own photo of them in the same restaurant where they’re both admiring her ring, and shared his own perspective on the momentous day. “A few weeks ago, I asked Brittany one of the most important questions I may ever ask: Forever?” he related. “Luckily she said yes, and we’ve spent the last little while celebrating the old-fashioned way, together and with close friends and family. I don’t know how I got so lucky and I don’t know that I really understood what love is until you. Everything changed when we met. You are the most beautiful, intelligent, thoughtful, caring, incredible human and I couldn’t be more excited to do life with you. Here’s to forever and making our wildest dreams come true. Love you to the moon and back.”
Snow got her big break playing Susan “Daisy” Lemay on GL back in 1998, and after she left daytime in 2002, found continued success in primetime starring as Meg Pryor on NBC’s AMERICAN DREAMS. She’s also appeared on the big screen in films like Hairspray, Prom Night, and the Pitch Perfect series. Stanaland is a real estate agent who sells homes in California. He also shared a better shot of the gorgeous engagement ring he put on her finger!
Dishing with Digest - 2/22/19 - Emme Rylan(2/22/19) Emme Rylan On Why She Loves Playing GH’s Lulu (Listen / download).
GH’s Emme Rylan dishes Lulu’s current tale, Dominic Zamprogna’s return as Dante, working with Genie Francis (Laura) and Anthony Geary (ex-Luke) and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we discuss the latest casting news, and whether AMC and ONE LIFE will return to TV.
Oscars Update: Gary Oldman, Allison Janney To Present Best Actor; Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell Best Actress(2/20/19) After Deadline reported that the Academy planned to go against tradition and wasn’t planning to invite last year’s winners to present the Best Actor and Best Actress and Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress awards, it has changed its course and gone back to tradition, sort of. Deadline revealed that the Academy wanted higher wattage presenters for its host-less Oscars, as part of a report that the Academy rescinded its plan to feature only two of the five nominated song, after Lady Gaga told them she and Bradley Cooper wouldn’t perform their hit tune “Shallows” from A Star Is Born, if others were excluded.
I can report that last year’s Best Actor winner Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour and I, Tonya‘s Best Supporting Actress winner Allison Janney have now been set to present the Best Actor prize, together. The Best Actress prize will be presented by Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell, who won Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, respectively, for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
This still veers from the usual practice of having last year’s winners present all the acting prizes, and I have no information on who will give out the supporting trophies.
Joan Collins on Hawaii Five-0 3/8/19(2/20/19) “Ai no i ka 'ape he mane'o no ko ka nuku” – Tani and Junior go undercover at a gym to track down a deadly batch of steroids that’s killing users, before the drugs claim any more victims. Also, Danny and MacGarrett sub as bodyguards for Danny’s high maintenance ex-mother-in-law, Amanda Savage (Joan Collins), a wildly famous romance novelist with whom he has never gotten along, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, March 8 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (“Ai no i ka 'ape he mane'o no ko ka nuku” is Hawaiian for “He who eats ‘ape is bound to have his mouth itch”)
Joan Collins in talks for movie about her life(2/18/19) Joan Collins is in the discussion stages of bringing a movie about her gilded Hollywood life to the silver screen.
The American Horror Story actress has enjoyed a successful career spanning seven decades, landing her first major role as Norma Hart in the 1952 feature I Believe in You.
She went on to become a Hollywood staple, starring alongside Bette Davis in The Virgin Queen (1955) before becoming a household name as iconic ’80s character Alexis Carrington Colby in U.S. drama Dynasty starting, playing the role for eight years.
While Collins has revealed that discussions are ongoing for the film, she was reluctant to reveal further details.
“It is in deep discussion,” she revealed during her current Joan Collins: Unscripted tour. “But I can’t say more than that.”
The Benidorm star went on to discuss plans for the film to star two actresses in the leading role.
“There has to be two,” the 85-year-old said. “One to play me until I am 25, then another one.”
Collins, who began her stage career at the age of nine, also insisted that she wants “somebody from the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art (RADA)” to play her, having trained at the prestigious school in her early years.
She was also open to the suggestion that Emily Blunt could take the role.
When husband Percy Gibson, 54, proposed Catherine Zeta-Jones, however, Collins seemed less keen.
“I am not saying nothing,” she laughed. “Next question.”
Paul Wesley Inks Producing Deal With Kapital Entertainment, Sets 2 Drama Series Projects, Including Starring Vehicle(2/13/19) Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment has forged a production partnership with The Vampire Diaries alum Paul Wesley and his company Citizen Media.
The first two series projects Kapital and Citizen are rolling out together are a drama based on Jason Smith’s non-fiction article Confessions Of a Drug-Addicted High School Teacher, with Wesley attached to star and David Slade (Black Mirror) to direct, and supernatural crime drama Possessed, based on a Korean format.
Under the pact, Kapital will work with Wesley to build his company and its footprint in the market. The Kapital team and Wesley will jointly develop content for Wesley to produce. It will be aimed at broadcast, cable and streaming. Some — but not all — of the projects will be intended as starring vehicles for Wesley who recently co-starred on Kapital’s CBS All Access series Tell Me a Story.
“Paul and I found ourselves aligned in the kinds of stories we wanted to tell and in synch in how we wanted to share them,” Kaplan said. “I am so excited that Paul trusted Kapital to work with Citizen Media to develop and produce great content.”
Confessions Of a Drug-Addicted High School Teacher was one of the first projects Wesley put in development when he launched Citizen Media in 2016 with a deal at Warner Bros. TV. Smith’s article chronicles his two-year stint teaching public high school in northern California. Despite teaching while anesthetized by a heavy dose of prescription narcotics, Jason finds that his brokenness from addiction begins attracting broken students, and in a town obsessed with high school football, he’s not alone in his obsession to escape from himself.
Kapital is executive producing with Wesley, who will star, his former producing partner Bob Levy. as well as Slade, who will direct.
Based on the 2009 Korean series from MBC, Possessed centers on high school girl Ha-na who is always the first to come out and protect her introverted twin sister Doo-na. After Doo-na passes away in a fire, Ha-na finds that her body no longer completely belongs to herself. Doo-na’s angry spirit now lives in Ha-na, giving her special powers and monstrous strength. Genius criminal psychologist Shin Ryu is an expert profiler who is determined to see justice served. When he learns about Ha-na’s abilities, he uses her powers to eliminate criminals that are above the law, and to plan his revenge on the man who helped his family’s killer go free. (You can watch a trailer for the original series below.)
Craig Plestic (The Masked Singer) is executive producing Possessed alongside Kapital and Citizen Media.
This is the latest producing partnership for Kapital, which also has deals with directors Victor Gonzalez and David Semel.
“I’ve admired the work that Aaron and Kapital have been doing, and I’m very excited to team up with them to create content we can be proud of,” Wesley said.
Over the last few years, Wesley’s production company, Citizen Media, has set up multiple series projects for development at various networks and studios including ABC, Fox 21 TV TV Studios, Warner Bros TV/Warner Horizon and Freeform.
Wesley starred on The Vampire Diaries for eight seasons, directed multiple episodes throughout the series’ run, and served as a producer for the 8th and final season.
He recently appeared in Netflix’s docu-drama Medal Of Honor produced by Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke. He also did two off Broadway theater productions in 2018. Behind the camera, last year he directed episodes of Roswell, New Mexico and Legacies.
Wesley is repped by ICM, Management 360, and attorney Marcy Morris. Slade is with UTA. MBC is repped by Paradigm.
Kaplan currently has 11 series on the air, 10 of them through Kapital.
Beth Chamberlin on FBI 2/26/19(2/12/19) “Scorched Earth” – A serial bomber appears to be targeting Wall Street’s elite. Maggie and OA search for a suspect who seems dead-set on revenge, while Dana deals with Spencer Briggs (Paulo Costanzo), a cocky profiler brought in to consult on the case, on FBI, Tuesday, Feb. 26 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Rodney Richardson (Ray Stapleton), Marlene Ginader (Anna), Beth Chamberlin (Martina).
Surprise! The Vampire Diaries' Paul Wesley Is Married(2/9/19) Paul Wesley is officially off the market!
E! News has exclusively learned that The Vampire Diaries star and Ines de Ramon are married.
Speculation about the couple's relationship status was sparked earlier this week when photos surfaced of the pair wearing matching rings on that all-important finger.
As it turns out, the duo was able to take a big step in their relationship without anyone knowing—until now!
The pair has yet to walk a red carpet together. And if you think you're going to see the pair all over Instagram, you may be out of luck. Ines' profile is private.
That hasn't stopped Paul, however, from sharing a few special pictures of his leading lady.
"Throwback Thursday," he wrote this past September while sharing a snapshot of Ines. "Feast of San Gennaro, NYC."
As pop culture fans know, Paul appeared on The Vampire Diaries before starring in Tell Me a Story. He previously dated Phoebe Tonkin before calling things off in 2017.
And although fans may love seeing Paul on the big and small screen, the 36-year-old has remained humble about the praise he receives.
"To be honest, I think its endearing and sweet, but I don't really think about it too much," he told Parade when asked about his heartthrob status.
Congratulations to the happy couple on their big news.
‘Mom’ Renewed For Seasons 7 & 8 As Stars Anna Faris & Allison Janney Close New Deals(2/6/19) Chuck Lorre’s praised CBS comedy Mom has received a two-season pickup by CBS. The renewal follows the studio Warner Bros. TV securing new deals with stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney. After lengthy negotiations., the two actresses have inked new two-year contracts with major salary increases to continue on Mom, now in its sixth season.
The move mirrors the two-season (11 & 12) renewal for Lorre’s The Big Bang Theory when the series’ cast reached new two-year agreements with WBTV in 2017.
“We’re exceptionally proud to have Mom on our air; a high-quality, signature comedy with characters viewers love, that also brings strength and stability to our lineup,” said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment. “Under Chuck Lorre’s extraordinary leadership and with his outstanding writing and production team, we look forward to having Mom on CBS for many years to come.”
Added SEVP Thom Sherman, “We’re fortunate to have the gifted talents of Anna and Allison, with their wit, intelligence and incomparable comic skill, heading up such a brilliant cast on this noteworthy series.”
No one would comment on the terms but I hear Faris and Janney have parity and their new salaries are north of $350,000 an episode, doubling their current pay, believed to be under $200,000 an episode each. I hear the duo, whose initial contracts were up at the end of Season 6, also increased their backend participation.
Mom has been a strong performer for CBS and WBTV. The show is currently broadcast TV’s #3 comedy series among total viewers behind Lorre’s Big Bang and Young Sheldon.
In addition to its solid ratings on the network, Mom, which crossed the 100 episode mark last season, has been sold to TV Land and CMT in off-network syndication and to the Tribune stations in broadcast syndication.
Mom also is a rare sitcom that tackles important issues. Created by Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky and Gemma Baker, the comedy stars Faris and Janney as daughter/mother duo Christy and Bonnie Plunkett, who, after having been estranged for years while both were struggling with addiction, attempt to pull their lives and their relationship together by trying to stay sober.
Additionally, Mom is a rare comedy with female leads, and both of them are accomplished actresses. Mom was the first TV series for Faris who had built a formidable feature career before she was approached for it. Meanwhile, Janney, one of the most heralded TV actresses working today who has won seven Emmys, including two for Mom, is coming off an Oscar win for I, Tonya last year.
Mimi Kennedy, Jaime Pressly, Beth Hall and William Fichtner also star on Mom, which is executive produced by Lorre, Nick Bakay, Baker and Warren Bell for Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. TV.
On CBS’ 2019-20 schedule, Mom joins the recently renewed freshman series FBI, God Friended Me, Magnum P.I. and The Neighborhood, as well as veteran Criminal Minds, picked up for a final season. A renewal for Lorre’s other CBS comedy series, Young Sheldon, is fully expected.
Kevin Bacon Drama Gets Premiere Date at Showtime(2/1/19) (Video) Showtime has set a premiere date for Kevin Bacon’s City on a Hill. Launching Sunday, June 16 at 9pm, the ’90s-set crime drama stars Bacon as corrupt FBI veteran Jackie Rohr, who teams up with ADA Decoucy Ward (Underground‘s Aldis Hodge) to catch a family of armored car robbers. The case eventually exposes a massive scandal within Boston’s criminal justice system. Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom), Mark O’Brien (Halt and Catch Fire), Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan), Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest), Lauren E. Banks (Maniac), Amanda Clayton (If Loving You Is Wrong), Kevin Chapman (Person of Interest) and Jere Shea (Passion) co-star.
Grey's Anatomy: Michelle Forbes to Guest Star — Is She Jo's Mother?!(1/31/19) Michelle Forbes is fleeing Berlin Station for Emerald City. The TV vet has booked a guest appearance on Grey’s Anatomy, TVLine has learned exclusively.
An ABC rep confirmed Forbes’ casting but declined to provide details on her character, so naturally we are going to speculate that perhaps she could maybe-possibly be playing Jo’s estranged mother, whose imminent arrival was previously confirmed by Camilla Luddington herself. (If it’s not Forbes playing Jo’s mum then it’s gotta be Jennifer Grey, right?)
ABC recently announced that it ordered three additional Grey’s episodes, bringing the Seattle-set series’ current Season 15 tally to 25. As a result, Season 15 will mark the second-longest season in Grey’s Anatomy history, tying Season 3’s 25-episode haul but falling shy of Season 2’s record-setting run of 27 (which was boosted by a four-episode spillover from Season 1). As TVLine reported earlier this month, one of the three bonus episodes will be Amelia-centric.
Forbes’ lengthy TV resume includes stints on Guiding Light, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Homicide, The District, 24, Battlestar Galactica, Prison Break, In Treatment, True Blood, The Killing, Chicago Fire, Orphan Black, The Returned, Powers and the aforementioned Berlin Station (which just concluded its third season on Epix).
Spinoff ‘Pearson’ Is “Raw” & “Grittier” While Sharing ‘Suits’ DNA – TCA(1/30/19) USA Network at TCA unveiled a trailer for its upcoming series Pearson, a spinoff from the popular legal drama Suits, which stars Gina Torres and centers on her character, powerhouse lawyer Jessica Pearson, as she enters the dirty world of Chicago politics.
During a panel discussion for the show, the project’s creators, Suits creator and executive producer Aaron Korsh and executive producer Daniel Arkin, talked about how the offshoot will stand on its own in comparison to the mothership series.
“Jessica is the link between Suits and Pearson,” Arkin said. “It has Suits DNA but we wanted the show’s concept to be grittier, raw, more real, showing more facets of her personality and life.”
While Jessica was always calling the shots on Suits, “we are seeing her behind the ball, not knowing everything (on Pearson,)” Korsh said. “People reject her for a change.”
While Jessica’s position in the food chain changes, her status as a fashion icon does not.
“I think it will be tragedy if they didn’t see that part of the DNA carry over,” Torres said of her character keeping her sense of style and penchant for designer outfits though the producers noted that, since Pearson will chronicle both Jessica’s professional and personal life, she will be seen wearing more casual clothes than in Suits.
Torres, who came up with the initial idea for Pearson, said that she first thought about revisiting her Jessica Pearson character in a political setting following her exit from Suits after she “became obsessed with the 2016 elections.”
“I realized that that’s what she did in the world of Suits, not just walking the line but blurring the line and rewriting it,” Torres said, adding that she started asking herself “what would she do in that world (of Chicago politics).
Korsh and Torres talked about their “magical experience” attending the Royal wedding though Korsh laughed off questions about former Suits star Meghan Markle possibly visiting the spinoff or the mothership series’ final season. As I reported last week, there are no Suits characters crossing over on the first season of Pearson.
Pearson Trailer: Jessica Takes on Chicago Politics in Suits Spinoff(1/30/19) (Trailer) Jessica Pearson may be new to the Windy City, but her “killer” reputation is already the stuff of legend in the first trailer for the Suits spinoff Pearson.
“Some of you are well aware of my past,” Gina Torres’ disbarred lawyer greets the press, “but I am anxious to give something back.” However, her new job as right-hand fixer to Chicago’s mayor (Homeland vet Morgan Spector) gets her tangled up “in a crooked and dangerous new world where every action has far-reaching consequences,” per the official description. “With her compulsion to win, Jessica is forced to reconcile her unstoppable drive with her desire to do the right thing — two things very much at odds.”
Elsewhere in the trailer, city attorney Keri (One Tree Hill‘s Bethany Joy Lenz) isn’t very welcoming of the new hire. “You have a lot to learn about the way things are done around here,” Keri tells Jessica, who snaps back with, “And you still have a lot to learn about being a lawyer.”
Back at home, things aren’t much easier as beau Jeff Malone (Lucifer‘s D.B. Woodside) makes his feelings known about Jessica’s shady new colleagues.
The series — which does not yet have a premiere date — also stars Simon Kassianides (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as the mayor’s driver Nick, Chantel Riley (Wynnona Earp) as Jessica’s cousin Angela, Isabel Arraiza (The Oath) as Jessica’s assistant Yoli and Eli Goree (Ballers) as the mayor’s press secretary Derrick.
Nat Faxon And Jim Rash’s Next Pic: ‘The Heart’ Starring Sam Rockwell, Octavia Spencer, Allison Janney(1/30/19) Oscar winners Sam Rockwell, Octavia Spencer and Allison Janney have been set to star in The Heart, which will be the next film from writer-directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. The duo, who won the Adapted Screenplay Oscar with Alexander Payne for The Descendants, will also helm this one next and start shooting at year’s end after they wrap their current project, Fox Searchlight’s Downhill, now underway with Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus starring.
The Heart centers on Joe (Rockwell) and Lucy (Spencer) who, while desperate for cash, take the job of delivering a human heart from New York to Florida in 24 hours. When they realize their delivery is destined for a black-market buyer who illegally skipped the donor list, they attempt to reroute it to its rightful recipient, but they are soon hunted down by multiple insane criminals — including the greedy millionaire buyer, his scorned brother, and Lucy’s own drug-dealing ex-boss (Janney).
Manchester By the Sea producers Kevin Walsh and Ryan Stowell are producing via their The Walsh Company, and Sierra/Affinity is launching international sales next month at Berlin’s European Film Market. Sierra/Affinity also sold Faxon and Rash’s 2013 directing debut The Way Way Back, which also starred Rockwell, as well as 2016’s Manchester By the Sea, which won two Oscars and was nominated for Best Picture.
Rockwell is repped by Gersh and Untitled Entertainment, Spencer by WME and Jackoway Austen, and Janney by Gersh, Thruline Entertainment and Nelson Davis.
Faxon is repped by CAA, Artists First and Stone, Genow, and Rash by CAA, Atlas Artists and Stone, Genow.
Audiobooks Featuring Soap Actors(1/29/19) The American Agent by Jacquelyn Winspear (Order here)
(narrated by Orlagh Cassidy, ex-Doris, GL)
release date: March 26
Beloved heroine Maisie Dobbs, ""one of the great fictional heroines"" (Parade), investigates the mysterious murder of an American war correspondent in London during the Blitz in a page-turning tale of love and war, terror and survival.
When Catherine Saxon, an American correspondent reporting on the war in Europe, is found murdered in her London digs, news of her death is concealed by British authorities. Serving as a linchpin between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Robert MacFarlane pays a visit to Maisie Dobbs, seeking her help. He is accompanied by an agent from the US Department of Justice--Mark Scott, the American who helped Maisie get out of Hitler's Munich in 1938. MacFarlane asks Maisie to work with Scott to uncover the truth about Saxon's death.
As the Germans unleash the full terror of their blitzkrieg upon the British Isles, raining death and destruction from the skies, Maisie must balance the demands of solving this dangerous case with her need to protect Anna, the young evacuee she has grown to love and wants to adopt. Entangled in an investigation linked to the power of wartime propaganda and American political intrigue being played out in Britain, Maisie will face losing her dearest friend--and the possibility that she might be falling in love again. (Order here)
SAG Awards Reveals Presenters For Sunday’s 25th Anniversary Show(1/25/19) The 25th annual SAG Awards has revealed a second group of presenters for Sunday’s ceremony at the Beverly Hilton: Awkafina, Alex Baldwin, Matt Bomer, Laverne Cox, Richard Madden, Ricky Martin, Tracy Morgan, Chris Pine and Keri Russell.
Hawaii Five-0 Casts Joan Collins as [Spoiler]'s Mother(1/22/19) Grande dame Joan Collins is set to pop up on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, where she will echo her disapproval of one lawman while expressing her fondness for another.
TVLine has confirmed that the Dynasty icon will guest-star as Amanda Savage, the mother of Claire van der Boom’s Rachel and thus Danny’s ex-mother-in-law who has never liked him.
Appearing in the 18th episode of Season 9, Amanda will come to town on a book tour, where she will require Danny and Steve’s assistance as her last-minute security team. She, as many do, will take an immediate liking to her son-in-law’s better half — meaning, McGarrett.
The English actress tweeted about the guest spot over the long weekend. (Photo)
Collins’ more recent TV credits include American Horror Story: Apocalypse and The Royals.
Hawaii Five-0 continues Season 9 on Friday, Feb. 1, with Episode 14.
Peter Hermann Recurs On Blue Bloods 2/1/19(1/15/19) “Ripple Effect” – A medium approaches Danny and Baez claiming to know what happened to a woman who was found dead of an apparent suicide. Also, Jamie and Eddie help a woman who bought cheap insulin online that nearly killed her son; Frank goes against the wishes of the archbishop to take down a man he believes is laundering money from a charity; and Erin’s ex-husband asks her for help with an assault and robbery case, on BLUE BLOODS, Friday, Feb. 1 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Recurring Cast includes: Peter Hermann (Jack Boyle), Stacy Keach (Archbishop Kevin Kearns)
‘Black And Blue’: Frank Grillo, Reid Scott, Beau Knapp To Co-Star In Screen Gems Cop Drama(1/12/19) Frank Grillo, Reid Scott, Beau Knapp and Tyrese Gibson are set to join Naomie Harris in the Deon Taylor-directed cop thriller Black and Blue, which is set up under Sony’s Screen Gems label.
Written by Peter A. Dowling, the pic follows a rookie New Orleans cop (Harris) who rounds the corner just as corrupt narc officers are murdering a drug dealer, an event captured by her body cam. When they then fail to execute her and she escapes, the narcs pin the murder on her, and she is hunted both by the narcs who are desperate to destroy the incriminating footage and the drug dealers out for revenge.
Sean Sorensen of Royal Viking Entertainment is producing with Taylor’s Hidden Empire Film Group production shingle. Hidden Empire partner Roxanne Avent will serve as exec producer, while Eric Paquette is overseeing the project for Screen Gems.
Grillo, whose credits include Captain America, The Purge franchise and Kingdom, is repped by WME, Management 360 and attorney Erik Hyman. Up next, Gillo stars in the brawl-thriller Donnybrook, opposite Jamie Bell, and Boss Level, an action sci-fi thriller also starring Mel Gibson and Naomi Watts.
Veep star Scott, who is set to reprise his role in the seventh and final season of the HBO comedy, appears opposite Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling in the film Late Night, which will premiere at this month’s Sundance Film Festival. He’s repped by Impression Entertainment, Gersh and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher.
Knapp appeared in three films last year: Eli Roth’s Death Wish remake, in which he played the main villain opposite Bruce Willis; Annapurna’s Nicole Kidman starrer Destroyer; and Measure of a Man. Knapp, who also starred in the Netflix series Seven Seconds, is repped by CAA and Luber Roklin Entertainment.
Gibson reunites with Sony Pictures after making his screen debut in John Singleton’s Baby Boy. The Fast & Furious star is repped by APA and Joanne Horowitz Management.
Dishing with Digest - 1/11/19 - Gina Tognoni(1/11/19) Y&R’s Gina Tognoni (Phyllis) Reflects On Her Soap Career (Listen / download)
Y&R’s Gina Tognoni chats about her Genoa City leading men, her memories of GL and OLTL and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we talk about the importance of shows’ opening credits.
A First Look at Rebecca Budig's New Role on L.A.'S FINEST!(1/8/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Fans who miss seeing Rebecca Budig as Hayden Barnes on GENERAL HOSPITAL can take heart that they will soon be able to see her in a brand new series: L.A.’S FINEST! The drama series is slated to premiere this spring on Spectrum cable, and Budig is slated to appear as Carlene Hart. “I’m trying hard to stay off social media as an example to my daughter but checking in from time to time,” the actress tweeted back in November of 2018. “Loving L.A.’S FINEST. I’ll be in a few episodes. Can’t wait for you to see it next year!”
(Photo) The series stars Gabrielle Union as Sydney “Syd” Burnett, the character she played in the 2003 movie Bad Boys II, and Jessica Alba as Nancy McKenna, both LAPD detectives who don’t agree on much but find common ground when taking down dangerous criminals. The cast also includes actor Ryan McPartlin, who may be best known for playing Devon “Captain Awesome” Woodcomb on the NBC series CHUCK, but who soap fans will remember as Hank Bennett on the NBC soap PASSIONS. And Budig has shared some images from the L.A.’S FINEST set alongside her co-star.
(Video) Although Budig hasn’t said yet exactly what her role on the series is, she’s obviously sharing her scenes with McPartlin, and possibly playing his office co-worker, based on the Boomerang animation she shared (and taken by McPartlin) of her on set pretending to answer a call. “Answering phones,” she joked. “I do it all.”
(Video) Over on his own Instagram, McPartlin shared a cute little animation from the set where the two of them looked at each other and then at the viewer as they waited for their turn in front of the cameras. But he also hasn’t revealed any details about their roles, so we’ll just have to stay tuned.
Budig was already well known to soap fans for her roles as Michelle on GUIDING LIGHT and Greenlee on ALL MY CHILDREN when she made her GH debut as the mysterious Hayden in 2015. The character became a hit with fans, but was written out in September of 2017 leaving them waiting for her return, preferably with Finn’s baby in tow! Although Budig has told Soaps In Depth she would love to come back, and ABC executive Nathan Varni admitted Hayden’s return is “definitely a possibility,” there are currently no plans in the works. So fans will just have to keep an eye out for L.A.’S FINEST this spring. We will keep you up to date on a premiere date as well as any other projects Budig has in the works, so stay tuned!
Sharon Leal on The Good Doctor 1/21/18(1/8/19) “Aftermath” – In the aftermath of the quarantine, the staff of San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital tries to return to their normal routines as the Department of Public Health office decides they need to review what transpired to restore public confidence. Meanwhile, as Dr. Audrey Lim (Christina Chang) recovers from the virus, she and Dr. Neil Melendez (Nicholas Gonzalez) navigate their new personal and working relationship, while Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) and Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff) try to relax and visit Lea (Paige Spara) at work, on “The Good Doctor,” MONDAY, JAN. 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
The series stars Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy, Antonia Thomas as Dr. Claire Browne, Nicholas Gonzalez as Dr. Neil Melendez, Hill Harper as Dr. Marcus Andrews, Richard Schiff as Dr. Aaron Glassman, Tamlyn Tomita as Allegra Aoki, Christina Chang as Dr. Audrey Lim, Fiona Gubelmann as Dr. Morgan Reznick, Will Yun Lee as Dr. Alex Park and Paige Spara as Lea.
Guest starring is Sharon Leal as Breeze Brown, Jennifer Birmingham Lee as Mia Wuellner, Ricky He as Kellan Park, Cheryl White as Carmen Dunn and Garfield Wilson as Carnell Hunter.
“Aftermath” was written by Thomas L. Moran and directed by Dawn Wilkinson.
Emme Rylan Requests Help for Her Sister's Battle With Cancer(1/7/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) It may appear that GENERAL HOSPITAL star Emme Rylan (Lulu) shares basically everything with her fans on social media, but as with any person, there is still so much going on that you don’t see on Twitter or Instagram. “Although I share so much of my life with you, there has still been a very private side,” Rylan confided in a recent Instagram post. “My sister, Lara, is battling stage four cancer. My family would be so grateful if you could take a look at her page. Even a dollar helps.”
Lara Behrens’ family has set up a GoFundMe Page that details how she learned in October of 2018 that the back pain she had been suffering from was due to a cancerous mass on her sacrum, the bone at the base of the spine just above the tailbone. While exploring alternative options, the current treatments to bring the cancer under control and offer some relief have already depleted Lara’s savings, and she reluctantly allowed her family to set up the page to ask for donations to contribute towards her medical needs and living expenses. After just 20 days, the page was $25,815 towards its goal of $30,000.
Some of Rylan’s GH castmates also helped to get the word out. “Hey, beautiful ones,” posted Tamara Braun (Kim). “This is our dear Emme Rylan’s sister, Lara. She is battling stage four cancer. Please visit Emme’s page and click the link in her bio to learn more. I don’t know Lara personally, but she sure does sound like a kind and giving person who could use some help. Any contribution would help. Sending love and gratitude.” Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) also tweeted: “Please read Emme Rylan’s post and if you can spare a bit of healing love wrapped in a donation for her sister, Lara, we who love our Emme would be so grateful.”
Our thoughts are with Rylan’s entire family during this difficult time, and we wish them all the best as Lara continues her treatments and hopefully beats this thing.
Laura Wright Thanks Fans for Their Love as She Mourns Her Parents(1/7/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) The end of 2018 was challenging for GENERAL HOSPITAL star Laura Wright (Carly), but she’s determined to start 2019 on a positive note and also thank her loyal fans for their unwavering support as she mourned the loss of her parents. “I wanna thank you all for your condolences,” she posted to Instagram. “It’s been an interesting couple months (I refuse to use a negative label). Honestly, I’m just grateful. Taking deep breaths and being present. And I’m excited for what 2019 has to bring!” She also included the hashtags: “#lifeisbeautiful, #grateful, #itsuptoyou, #itsreallyuptoyou, and #2019Baby.”
GH fans have been flooding Wright’s social media accounts with heartfelt messages of love and support both when she lost her mother back in October of 2018 and again when her father passed away in December. The actress traveled home to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with boyfriend Wes Ramsey (Peter) to join her family and friends in memorializing both Betty and Rector Sisk.
Our thoughts continue to go out to Wright and her entire family during this difficult time.
Talk Show Appearance(1/5/19) THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW, syndicated
We 1/16: Allison Janney
Dishing with Digest - Linda Dano - 1/4/19(1/4/19) (Listen/download) Linda Dano Reflects On Daytime Career
Beloved soap vet Linda Dano looks back on her ANOTHER WORLD years as Felicia Gallant, her friendship with Stephen Schnetzer (ex-Cass), her jump to ABC and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss Ingo Rademacher’s upcoming departure from B&B and what it means for the canvas.
Taye Diggs Set As Critics’ Choice Awards Host(1/4/19) While the Academy Awards try to dig themselves out of a hole when it comes to finding a host, the Critics’ Choice Awards aren’t having a problem at all. The Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association announced today that TV, film and Broadway star Taye Diggs will host the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards, which will air live January 13 on the CW from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.
“I am truly honored and ridiculously excited to be hosting the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards, especially since, as an actor, I recognize what a vital role the critics play in the entertainment industry today,” said Diggs. “We are all looking forward to a big night celebrating the best of the best in TV and film!”
Diggs can be seen in the CW drama All American opposite Daniel Ezra. Diggs also starred in the Netflix rom-com Set It Up opposite Zoey Deutch and Lucy Liu. He can be seen in the forthcoming River Runs Red with John Cusack and George Lopez.
This year’s Critics’ Choice Awards will honor Best Supporting Actress nominee Claire Foy with the #SeeHer Award, while Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre will receive the Critics’ Choice Creative Achievement Award.
Wes Ramsey Expresses His Deep Love for Laura Wright(1/3/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) As 2019 began, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Wes Ramsey (Peter) shared a beautifully heartfelt message to his love, Laura Wright (Carly). “As I close out this powerful calendar year,” he posted to Instagram, “I’m reflecting continually on — and humbly moved by — the grace with which this strong woman moves through the world. We’ve been blessed with so much this year, yet she has lost so much more.”
Ramsey is referring to Wright having lost her beloved mother back in October, followed by the death of her father at the end of December. But throughout any hardships, the actress has remained grateful for the good things in her life, and it’s an attitude he is hoping to emulate himself. “Her unplanned, unprepared stoicism in spite of such loss is revering to my heart and inspiring to my spirit,” Ramsey declared. “She’s a tour de force — paving the road in spite of the path or its forced directions. I know this because I, too, am on that path. Her path. I am here to vouch that the road is smooth and placed with both intention and foundation, no matter the obstacle.
“So as I close out this year — one of the best of my life,” Ramsey concluded, “I’ve never thought less about my worried self and been more honored by this magical angel as her laughter (my distraction) keeps my dreams not just afloat, but out in front. I’m proud of you. I admire you. I thank you for letting me walk with you.”
For her part, Wright is also grateful to have Ramsey by her side. “I’ve had a beautiful January 1,” she shared on her own Instagram. “Reflection, tears, and gratitude for this view. I wrapped myself in love and memories and took deep breaths (and a quick dip in the hot tub), staying quiet with my thoughts on this new day. Thank you, Wes, for being by my side.”
The love these two share is an inspiration to everyone. All the best for a happy 2019 for the both of them!
Laura Wright Mourns the Death of Her Father(12/31/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Please join us in sending love to GENERAL HOSPITAL star Laura Wright (Carly), who is mourning the death of her father, Rector Sisk. She shared the heartbreaking news on Instagram with a series of photos of her dad with her mother, Betty, who passed away just two months earlier in October. “Together is a beautiful place to be,” Wright said of her parents’ passing. “RIP, Dad. I love you.” Her father was 75.
Wright, who began her daytime career as Aly on LOVING and THE CITY before playing Cassie on GUIDING LIGHT and then joining the cast of GH, has always enjoyed a warm, loving family. She has two children, Lauren, and John, and a brother, Jeffrey Sisk. Now her parents, Rector and Betty, are reunited in heaven to watch over all of them. Our thoughts are with Wright and her entire family during this difficult time.
'Beverly Hills, 90210’ Series Reboot With Original Cast Shopped To Networks(12/23/18) Hit 1990s teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210 is staging a comeback. A reboot featuring a number of original cast members including Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Jason Priestley, Ian Ziering, Brian Austin Green and Gabrielle Carteris is being pitched to broadcast and streaming networks with multiple buyers interested, sources said.
I hear the scripted project from CBS TV Studios features most of the original cast but is not a traditional reboot. I hear the new Beverly Hills, 90210 comes from writers/executive producers Mike Chessler and Chris Alberghini, who worked on the CW’s 90210 reboot and on Spelling’s series So Notorious, as well as CBS TV Studios-based Ghen Maynard, who has a relationship with Spelling and Garth and executive produces the new series.
It was Spelling who first let slip in March that a Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot was in very early stages of development at CBS TV Studios. She teased the news with an Instagram post, in which she unveiled that she had partnered with Garth on a 90210-related project, with a #donnaandkellyforever, a reference to the actresses’ Beverly Hills, 90210 characters.
At the time, it was reported that Spelling and Garth would be playing “exaggerated versions of themselves.”
Nine months later, the project has been taken to the marketplace, with word getting out when a TMZ photographer caught a glimpse of the actors and writers in-between meetings.
The original 1990-2000 series on Fox, created by Darren Star and produced by Aaron Spelling, featured Spelling, Garth, Priestly, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry, Ziering, Green, Carteris and others as students living, loving and spending at West Beverly Hills High School. It spawned multiple spinoffs including Fox’s fellow pop culture hit Melrose Place and the less successful Models, Inc.
More recently, the CW did a rebooted 90210 series, from CBS Studios, in which Spelling, Garth and Doherty reprised their roles during the first season. It aired for five seasons and ended in 2013.
Spelling and Garth also co-starred on 2014’s then-ABC Family comedy series Mystery Girls, which lasted one season.
‘Mom’: Season 7 Hinges On New Deals With Stars Anna Faris & Allison Janney As Duo Seeks Salary Increases(12/19/18) The Big Bang Theory is already set to end its run with its current 12th season. But could CBS lose both of Chuck Lorre’s long-running comedy series?
The Lorre-executive produced Mom is in the midst of its sixth season, the last under stars Anna Faris and Allison Jamey’s original contracts.
I hear CBS would like to get another season of the praised sitcom, which is currently the network’s #3 comedy series among total viewers and adults 18-49 behind Lorre’s Big Bang and Young Sheldon, and could move to #2 after the end of Big Bang. It finished last season as the third most watched comedy in broadcast TV and as a Top 5 comedy in 18-49 and 25-54.
In preparation for a possible renewal, I hear producing studio Warner Bros. TV over the past month or so reached out to Faris and Janney about new deals. I hear the two actresses went in together and there has been some initial back and forth but the two sides are still very far apart on the money as Faris and Janney are seeking significant salary increases. All parties involved declined comment.
Faris and Janney are believed to be currently making under $200,000 an episode each. That is well below the $1 million an episode the five main stars of Big Bang were getting by Season 8. Big Bang is one of those singular giant hits that are in a league of their own. But Mom has been a strong performer for CBS and WBTV. In addition to its solid ratings on the network, Mom, which crossed the 100 episode mark last season, has been sold to TV Land and CMT in off-network syndication and to the Tribune stations in broadcast syndication.
Mom also is a rare sitcom that tackles important issues. Created by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky and Gemma Baker, Mom stars Faris and Janney as daughter/mother duo Christy and Bonnie Plunkett, who, after having been estranged for years while both were struggling with addiction, attempt to pull their lives and their relationship together by trying to stay sober.
“Mom has been a lynchpin comedy for us over the last several years,” CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl said at the time of Mom’s Season 6 renewal earlier this year. “It’s a fearless series that tackles provocative social issues with laughter and grace, and a large, loyal audience has followed. With gifted talents like Anna and Allison leading a great ensemble cast, and a production team headed by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, Nick Bakay and Gemma Baker, this series just keeps getting better.”
The Mom negotiation may get extra scrutiny in light of the ongoing drive for gender equality as it is a rare comedy with female leads. Both Faris and Janney are accomplished. Mom was the first TV series for Farris who had built a formidable feature career before she was approached to do the comedy, bought by CBS with her on board. Meanwhile, Janney, one of the most heralded TV actress working today who has won seven Emmys, including two for Mom, is coming off an Oscar win for I, Tonya earlier this year.
Ziering Bedevils Swamp Thing(12/13/18) Having braved sharknados big and, well, bigger, Ian Ziering will next brave the bayous of Louisiana.
TVLine has learned that the Beverly Hills, 90210 vet has boarded DC Universe’s live-action Swamp Thing series in the recurring guest star role of Daniel Cassidy.
Swamp Thing follows Abby Arcane (Teen Wolf‘s Crystal Reed) as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana. She soon discovers, however, that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. And when unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.
Ziering’s Cassidy is a stuntman-turned-movie star who became semi-famous after playing the demonic Blue Devil. Now, eight years later, Cassidy finds himself living out his days in frustration, pining for his former fame… while on a collision course with destiny. (In comic book lore, he supernaturally bonds with his movie costume to become Blue Devil.)
Previously announced castings include Andy Bean (Power) as the Alec Holland to Derek Mears’ Swamp Thing; Will Patton (Falling Skies) and Virginia Madsen (Hell on Wheels) as businessman Avery Sunderland and his well-heeled wife Maria; Kevin Durand (The Strain) as scientist Jason Woodrue aka Floronic Man; and Jeryl Prescott (Ray Donovan) as the centuries-old sorceress Madame Xanadu.
Critics’ Choice Awards Nominations(12/12/18) The winners will be revealed at the star-studded Critics’ Choice Awards gala, broadcast live January 13 on the CW at 7 PM ET/PT.MOVIES
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
’47 Meters Down’ Sequel Adds Nia Long(12/12/18) Cast and release date have been set for 47 Meters Down – Uncaged, the sequel to box office breakout 47 Meters Down. Sophie Nélisse (The Book Thief), John Corbett (Sex And The City), Nia Long (Empire), Corinne Foxx, Sistine Stallone, Brianne Tju (Scream TV series), Davi Santos (Polaroid) and Khylin Rhambo (Teen Wolf) will star.
Principal photography is underway this week in the Dominican Republic with Byron Allen’s ESMP U.S. release in 3,500+ screens set for June 28, 2019. Johannes Roberts returns to direct the sequel from a script he co-wrote with his 47 Meters Down co-writer, Ernest Riera. Foxx and Stallone, the daughters of Jamie Foxx and Sylvester Stallone, respectively, will be making their film debuts.
The film will tell the story of four teens diving in a ruined underwater city, who quickly find themselves in a watery hell as their adventure turns to horror when they learn they are not alone in the submerged caves. As they swim deeper into the claustrophobic labyrinth of caves they enter the territory of the deadliest shark species in the ocean.
James Harris, Mark Lane and Robert Jones of The Fyzz are producing with Byron Allen, Carolyn Folks, and Jennifer Lucas executive producing. The breakout original took almost $60M global off a $5.5M budget.
“The sequel 47 Meters Down – Uncaged is well-positioned to be a big summer event movie,” said Byron Allen, CEO of Entertainment Studios. “The shark-filled psychological horror/thriller will once again have moviegoers overwhelmed and on the edge of their seats being terrorized by the world’s greatest predators!”
Stallone is repped by Brookside Artist Management.
GH’s Laura Wright In Lifetime Movie(12/7/18) Laura Wright (Carly, GH) will be starring in the Lifetime film STALKED BY MY PATIENT, which airs December 14 at 8 p.m. ET. Two of her co-stars in the film are familiar faces to Port Charles fans, Bree Williamson (ex-Claudette, GH) and Eddie Matos (ex-Ricky, PORT CHARLES). Wright posted the news on Instagram.
Philip Bosco, Tony-Winning Actor and ‘Working Girl’ Star, Dies at 88(12/7/18) Philip Bosco, a Tony and Emmy-winning character actor who also starred in such movies as “Working Girl,” died Monday at age 88, according to his grandson Luke Bosco.
Bosco received the first of his six Tony nominations for his Broadway debut, the 1960 drama “Rape of the Belt,” and his last for a 2004 revival of “Twelve Angry Men.” He won in 1989 for playing an outrageous opera company head in the comedy “Lend Me a Tenor.”
He also appeared in more than 50 Broadway productions over his storied career.
Though he told the New York Times in 1986 that he had turned down a seven-year contract with a Hollywood studio early in his career because he did not want to live in California, he did appear in many movies starting in the 1980s.
Bosco had small but crucial roles in films like Mike Nichols’ 1988 comedy “Working Girl,” where he played the corporate honcho who fires Sigourney Weaver’s scheming executive and hires Melanie Griffith’s ambitious secretary instead.
His other big-screen credits included Woody Allen’s 1997 film “Deconstructing Harry,” 1983’s “Trading Places,” the 1986 drama “Children of a Lesser God” and the 1997 rom-com “My Best Friend’s Wedding.”
He also made frequent appearances on TV, from soap operas like “Ryan’s Hope” and “As the World Turns” to “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in which he had a recurring role as a judge. In 1987, he won a Daytime Emmy for an “ABC Afterschool Special” called “Read Between the Lines.”
This $8M Chelsea townhouse has a soap opera past, a new renovation, and a flexible future(12/5/18) (Photos) Back in 2015, 6sqft featured this charm-filled brick townhouse for sale at 426 West 22nd Street; the 19-foot-wide beauty, built in 1843, was listed for $9.5 million by Emmy-winning soap opera actress Ellen Parker, best known for a long run as Maureen Reardon Bauer on “Guiding Light.” The West Chelsea home on a tree-lined block near Clement Clarke Moore Park was divided into three residences for lots of options. The home has been renovated since then, still-charming but updated and restored, with modern finishes and fixtures. It’s back on the market for $7.995 million–possibilities intact.
This 4,090 square foot, 3-family townhouse offers a great opportunity for townhouse living with rental income or as a grand single-family home. There’s also the possibility of creating boutique condominium units. The renovated ground floor duplex would make a perfect owner’s unit, with 2,404 square feet of living space.
The three-bedroom, two-bath space boasts four wood-burning fireplaces, a washer/dryer, and a gorgeous, modern-rustic kitchen with high-end appliances. A landscaped private garden lies just out back for a tranquil escape or an entertaining spot.
The remaining two units boast exposed brick, high ceilings and two working fireplaces each. Each of the two also features private outdoor space. There are also 2,260 square feet of unused air rights.
[Listing: 426 West 22nd Street by Candice Milano and Malessa Rambarran for Halstead]
Joan Collins says #MeToo victims should have kicked men 'in the groin'(12/4/18) Dame Joan Collins has risked incurring the wrath of #MeToo activists by insisting actresses complaining about sexual harassment should have done more to prevent it.
The veteran actress insists many of the women who have made allegations against the likes of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein could have avoided their ordeals with a swift “knee in the groin”.
The former Dynasty star, who tells The Observer she was drugged and raped by her first husband on their first date when she was 18, says, “When people ask why I wasn’t speaking out about this, I’ve been speaking out about it for 40 years.
“It seems to me actresses who are saying, you know, ‘I went up to this producer and he took his d— out and I froze’. I mean, I’m sorry, you don’t freeze; you go, ‘Stop that, I’m leaving’. I just gave them (harassers) a knee in the groin. It’s hardly suffering. You just didn’t put up with it.”
And Collins insists actresses should be doing more to help refugee women, who really are suffering: “My daughter Tara is a pioneer for women’s rights and these women in the refuges are having to hide their identities. They’ve got children and babies and then the husbands try to find them.
“I remember Tara was crying to me about a year and a half ago because one of the women had gone back and been murdered – that’s what happens. Women are abused all over the world. Everybody’s very adamant and strong and #MeToo here in Hollywood, but I don’t see them opening refuges for women who have been abused.”
Collins tells the British publication she only agreed to marry her rapist, Maxwell Reed, because she was so ashamed about losing her virginity to him.
“He took me to a place called the Country Club in Hanover Square,” she recalls. “We walked up lots of stairs to a small, candle-lit apartment, where he asked me what I wanted to drink and gave me a rum and Coke. It was a Mickey Finn. I was drugged. He said, ‘I am going to have a bath’, which I thought was very strange.
“He then said, ‘Take a look at this book, I think you will find it interesting’. Of course, it was full of disgusting, pornographic photographs. Any smart girl today would have got out of there and run down those stairs faster than a speeding bullet, but not little innocent, stupid Joan Collins, who stayed there and looked at the book. The next thing I knew, I was on the sofa and that was it. Then I was throwing up into a bucket.”
Wes Ramsey Previews His Thrilling New Movie(12/2/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Trailer) When Wes Ramsey first appeared on GENERAL HOSPITAL, viewers weren't sure if they can trus his 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 with 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 was released on DVD and on demand back in April, and premiered on Showtime Dec. 1. 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!”
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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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