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‘Doom Patrol’ Renewed For Season 4 At HBO Max – DC FanDome(10/16/21) Doom Patrol is sticking together.
The superhero drama series has been renewed by HBO Max for a fourth season.
The series, which is currently airing its third season, premiered exclusively on DC Universe in 2019, while HBO Max and DC Universe aired the second season and HBO Max took the show on exclusively for its third run (watch a mid-season trailer below).
The show follows a group of superheroes who all suffered a horrible accident that gave them superhuman abilities, but also left them scarred and disfigured. Part support group, part superhero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of superpowered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them.
In season three, the Doom Patrol is at a difficult crossroads and each member struggles to face who they are and who they want to be. And things get a whole lot more complicated when Madame Rouge arrives in a time machine with a very specific mission, if only she could remember it.
Season three stars Brendan Fraser, Matt Bomer, Diane Guerrero, April Bowlby, Joivan Wade, Timothy Dalton, Skye Roberts and Michelle Gomez.
Doom Patrol is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television with showrunner Jeremy Carver, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Chris Dingess and Tamara Becher-Wilkinson serving as executive producers. The series is based on characters created for DC by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani. (Video)
Anna Maria Horsford & Hector Elizondo recur on B Positive 11/4/21(10/15/21) “Baseball, Walkers and Wine” – Gina comes up with a plan to help a resident, Meredith (Priscilla Lopez), get some space from her overprotective husband. Also, Drew works up the courage to tell Gina he has feelings for her, on the CBS Original series B POSITIVE, Thursday, Nov. 4 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
RECURRING CAST includes: Hector Elizondo (Harry), Jane Seymour (Bette), Anna Maria Horsford (Mrs. Ludlum).
Soap Stars Terrell Tilford and Victoria Platt are Divorcing(10/12/21) (soapsindepth.com) After 20 years together, former GUIDING LIGHT stars and real-life married couple Terrell Tilford (David) and Victoria Platt (Vicky) have decided to divorce. “September 29, 20201,” Tilford shared on Instagram. “Today was our 20th anniversary and marks our final year of marriage. Victoria beat me to the idea that we should have dinner together to celebrate and honor us… and it was wonderful. And she ate everything… okay, we both did.”
The couple’s on-screen romance as David Grant and Vicky Spaulding on GL blossomed in real life and the pair were married on Sept. 29, 2001, the same year that they both exited the CBS sudser. They have a daughter, Marley, who was born on Aug. 24, 2014. “For y’all that know us,” Tilford wrote, “we love each other profoundly. 22 incredible, magical, crazy years together, culminating in the manifestation of our little Marley Tilford, who, well, I’ll let her tell her own story.
“Vic, I love you and always will,” he concluded. “Thank you for our marriage and now our friendship. God could not have given me a better partner to co-parent with. I love you, too. What a journey, huh?!”
During their years together, Tilford made appearances on soaps like ONE LIFE TO LIVE (as Dr. Greg Evans), THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS (as Dr. Barton Shelby), and on DAYS OF OUR LIVES (as Dr. Bob Carrington and also D.A. James Giddens). He also had roles on primetime shows like SWITCHED AT BIRTH, SINGLE LADIES, and THE PROTECTOR. Platt also appeared on DAYS where she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for her work as Dr. Raynor, and in primetime shows like THE GATES, STAR-CROSSED, and NCIS.
While it’s sad to see such a long marriage come to an end, it’s wonderful to know that Tilford and Platt have remained friends are will continue to co-parent their beautiful daughter.
Givens Joins New Head of the Class(10/12/21) (Video) A Head of the Class alum will return as a mom in HBO Max’s upcoming reboot: Robin Givens is set to reprise her role as honors student Darlene Merriman, which she played on the original ABC sitcom 35 years ago.
The forthcoming multi-cam series follows a group of overachieving high school students who meet their greatest challenge — a teacher (played by One Day at a Time‘s Isabella Gomez) who wants them to focus less on grades and more on experiencing life.
Now known as Darlene Hayward, Givens’ character is a single parent to one of the students. “She’s still Darlene Merriman, but her last name has changed,” the actress tells the site. “She’s become a lawyer, she’s a single mom and very close to her son and very much a mama bear. She’s Darlene Merriman, all grown up.”
The new Head of the Class (premiering Thursday, Nov. 4) comes from writers/executive producers Amy Pocha and Seth Cohen (American Vandal) and EP Bill Lawrence (Ted Lasso).
'Getaway’ Drama Pilot Not Going Forward At NBC, Freeing Up ‘Manifest’s Matt Long & ‘All Rise’s Marg Helgenberger(10/9/21) NBC has opted not to proceed with its drama pilot Getaway. Headlined by Annie Ilonzeh, it starred two leads of recently canceled broadcast series that have since been resurrected, Manifest’s Matt Long and All Rise‘s Marg Helgenberger. Both actors are now available to do other shows, including their old ones, which both have been picked up for 20 episodes. Meanwhile, NBC’s other drama pilot, Dangerous Moms, remains in contention.
I hear Long is in talks about rejoining Manifest as a series regular though it is unclear if a deal will be reached. The missing plane drama was picked up for a fourth season by Netflix in August following its cancellation by NBC.
“I will be back for some of it, we’re just trying to find out the maximum I can do,” Long said backstage at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards last month when he was still attached to Getaway. “After (Manifest) was canceled, it was heartbreaking. But then we got picked up by Netflix, it’s so much more than we ever could’ve dreamed of. I can’t wait to get back to it and see everybody and be part of the story again.”
Helgenberger was the only major All Rise cast member who was not signed on for the recently ordered Season 3 at OWN, with streaming windows on Hulu and HBO Max, as she had contractual obligations to Getaway. The door was left open for her and any other All Rise alums to appear on the new season subject to availability.
Written and executive produced by JJ Bailey and Moira Kirland, Getaway centered on a destination wedding at an isolated luxury resort that quickly descends into chaos after a group of dangerous criminals takes the island hostage. The small group of guests, led by a fearless female Army vet (Ilonzeh), will do everything they can to stay alive.
Jasmine Mathews and E.J. Bonilla also starred in the pilot, executive produced by John Davis and John Fox for Universal TV.
Soap Actor Patrick Horgan Dead at 92(10/7/21) Veteran actor Patrick Horgan has died at the age of 92, his wife, Susan Bedsow-Horgan sadly reported on Facebook.
Born in Nottingham, England, Horgan’s career began in the ‘50s with appearances on BBC Sunday Night Theatre and THE GENTLE FALCON. The ‘70s brought his career to soaps, where from 1970-74, he played Dr. John Morrison on THE DOCTORS, and from 1978-79, Thatcher Ross on RYAN’S HOPE. In the ‘80s, he played Neil Blake on GUIDING LIGHT and then Anton Cunningham on AS THE WORLD TURNS. His final daytime role was playing Andrew Berryman and Arthur Vandenburg on ONE LIFE TO LIVE in 1985 and 1995, respectively.
In addition to his daytime roles, Horgan could be found guest-starring in numerous primetime series over his decades-long career in acting. Viewers can see him in episodes of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, GREEN ACRES, STAR TREK, THE WILD WILD WEST, BEWITCHED, THE FACTS OF LIFE, and THE COSBY SHOW. He also appeared in films such as The Thomas Crown Affair, Zelig, and The Curse of the Jade Scorpion.
Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.
David Duchovny and Nia Long Join Jonah Hill In Netflix’s Untitled Kenya Barris Comedy(10/2/21) David Duchovny and Nia Long have rounded out the cast of a new untitled Netflix comedy starring Jonah Hill with Kenya Barris directing. They join an ensemble that already includes Lauren London, Eddie Murphy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sam Jay and Molly Gordon.
The film follows a new couple (Hill and London) and their families, who find themselves examining modern love and family dynamics amidst clashing cultures, societal expectations and generational differences.
Barris will produce through Khalabo Ink Society, Hill will produce through his Strong Baby banner and they will be joined by Kevin Misher who will produce through Misher Films. Mychelle Deschamps and Hale Rothstein will exec produce for Khalabo Ink Society along with Matt Dines and Ali Goodwin for Strong Baby; Andy Berman for Misher Films and David Hyman and Charisse Hewitt Webste.
Duchovny has been on a roll as of late recently wrapping production on Paramount Players’ new Pet Sematary prequel while also earning rave reviews playing himself in Netflix’s The Chair. Outside of his acting he also recently released another album and published his fourth book earlier this year. He is repped by WME and Mosaic.
This project marks a reteaming for Long and Barris who recently worked together on Barris series #BlackAF. On the film side she was also recently seen opposite Anthony Mackie in The Banker. She is repped by Verve and by attorneys Neil Meyer and Emily Downs.
Michael Tylo Dies: ‘Guiding Light’, ‘The Young And The Restless’ Actor Was 73(9/30/21) Michael Tylo, an actor who appeared on appeared on the soap operas All My Children, General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and, in his signature role of the wealthy, brooding archaeologist Quinton Chamberlainn on CBS’s Guiding Light, died Tuesday at Henderson Hospital in Henderson, NV, following an illness. He was 73.
His death was announced by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where Tylo was a film professor. A cause of death was not disclosed.
“Michael Tylo was a beautiful and caring human being — he was so special,” said Nancy Uscher, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, in a statement on the university’s website. “He was an exemplary friend, colleague, teacher, and artist. He had such a distinguished and rich career, but he was humble about his accomplishments. He loved his family dearly and lived a joyous life, but he left us way too soon. We will miss him greatly, but feel deep gratitude about all that Michael contributed to the College of Fine Arts, UNLV, and the world.”
Tylo broke into the soap world in 1980, with a short-term casting on Another World. In 1981 he began a three-year run on Guiding Light (he briefly returned in 1996), with his dashing Quinton Chamberlain eventually pairing with Lisa Brown’s Nola Reardon in what would become one of the series’ most popular romantic couples.
He took on an equally meaty role of soldier-of-fortune Matt Connolly on ABC’s All My Children in 1987, plunging into major storylines involving, among others, the show’s star Susan Lucci.
The late 1980s also brought appearances on primetime programs Lonesome Dove and A Man Called Hawk, and in 1989 he returned to daytime with a brief run on ABC’s General Hospital. In 1990 he became a cast member on the TV series Zorro, and in 1992 joined CBS’ The Young and The Restless. In 2000 he had a brief run on The Bold and The Beautiful, and in 2003 he accepted a position with UNLV as a visiting professor in theater and film. He later became the school’s assistant dean for the College of Fine Arts and taught acting.
On Wednesday, The Young and The Restless tweeted its condolences, writing, “Our deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of Michael Tylo who graced #YR with his talents as Blade and Rick.”
Tylo is survived by wife Rachelle, daughters Kollette, Izabelle and Katya. He was preceded in death by Michael Tylo Jr., his son from a previous marriage to The Bold and The Beautiful actress Hunter Tylo. Michael Tylo, Jr., known as Mickey, drowned while having a seizure in 2007.
Our deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of Michael Tylo who graced #YR with his talents as Blade and Rick. https://t.co/sttd5qwodD pic.twitter.com/cEGTEqW2Ae — Young & The Restless (@YRInsider) September 30, 2021
It is with tremendous sadness that the College of Fine Arts and Dean Nancy Uscher share the passing of beloved film professor, Michael Tylo. Read More: https://t.co/lnGCQwb6WA pic.twitter.com/N5BtfZ7GmQ — UNLV Fine Arts (@UNLVFineArts) September 29, 2021
Anna Maria Horsford recurs on B Positive 10/21/21(9/30/21) “Vermont, Switzerland and Connecticut” – Gina and Eli’s relationship is tested by Gina’s new wealth. Also, Drew gets a surprise visit from his long-distance girlfriend, Adriana, on the CBS Original series B POSITIVE, Thursday, Oct. 21 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. CBS Diversity Showcase alumnus Michelle Ortiz guest stars as Adriana.
RECURRING CAST: Anna Maria Horsford (Mrs. Ludlum)
Passing of Film and Theatre Professor Michael Tylo(9/29/21) It is with tremendous sadness that the College of Fine Arts and Dean Nancy Uscher share the passing of beloved film professor, Michael Tylo.
A native of Detroit, Michael Tylo came to UNLV as a visiting professor in theatre and film in 2003 after a long and distinguished stage and screen career as an actor and director that included motion pictures, television series, and major roles in popular soap operas. He served as an assistant dean for the College of Fine Arts and taught acting for UNLV Film. He performed with students at the Nevada Conservatory Theatre and in Stealing Las Vegas, a feature film produced by UNLV and Roger Corman.
Among his numerous soap opera roles, he was best known for his portrayal of Quinton Chamberlain on Guiding Light. He played the role from 1981 to 1985 and again from 1996 to 1997. He was half of the very popular supercouple Quint and Nola, with the role of Nola played by actress Lisa Brown.
Tylo also appeared on the soap operas All My Children (as Matt Connolly), General Hospital (as Charlie Prince), and The Young and the Restless as Blade Bladeson and Rick Bladeson. He also made a brief appearance in The Bold and the Beautiful (as Sherman Gale). In addition to soaps, Tylo has done several movie and television roles, including two seasons as Alcalde Luis Ramon in Zorro and as Dee Boot in Lonesome Dove.
For more details on his storied career, look for Michael Tylo on imdb.com.
"Michael Tylo was a beautiful and caring human being — he was so special," said Uscher. "He was an exemplary friend, colleague, teacher, and artist. He had such a distinguished and rich career, but he was humble about his accomplishments. He loved his family dearly and lived a joyous life, but he left us way too soon. We will miss him greatly, but feel deep gratitude about all that Michael contributed to the College of Fine Arts, UNLV, and the world.
Information for services forthcoming.
17th Annual Daytime Stars and Strikes Virtual Charity event for Autism(9/28/21) Don't miss the 17th Annual Daytime Stars and Strikes Virtual Charity event for Autism live in The Locher Room on Sunday, October 10th from 2:00 p.m. EST to 6:00 p.m. EST (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. PST). Joining me to host the show will be Guiding Light’s Liz Keifer (Blake Marler), Jerry verDorn (Ross Marler), and Michael O’Leary (Rick Bauer). (Watch Here)
We have an incredible line-up of guests to help us raise funds for The Autism Society of America including: Grant Aleksander (Phillip Spaulding), John Bolger (Phillip Spaulding), Jeff Branson (Shayne Lewis), Bryan Buffinton (Bill Lewis), Jean Carol (Nadine Cooper), Beth Chamberlin (Beth Raines), Crystal Chappell (Olivia Spencer), Jan Conklin (Producer), Ritchie Coster (Alfred), Kassie DePaiva (Chelsea Reardon), Mark Derwin (A.C. Mallet), Frank Dicopoulos (Frank Cooper), Aubrey Dollar (Marina Cooper), Beth Ehlers (Harley Cooper), Nicole Forester (Cassie Layne), Stephanie Gatschet (Tammy Winslow), Ricky Paull Goldin (Gus Aitoro), Melissa Hayden (Bridget Reardon), Rick Hearst (Alan-Michael Spaulding), Rebecca Hollen (Trish Lewis), Mart Hulswit (Ed Bauer), Crystal Hunt (Lizzie Spaulding), Maeve Kinkead (Vanessa Chamberlin), Jessica Leccia (Natalia Rivera), Kurt McKinney (Matt Reardon), Fran Myers (Peggy Fletcher), Robert Newman (Josh Lewis), Sonia Satra (Lucy Cooper), Tina Sloan (Littlian Raines), Rebecca Staab (Jessie Matthews), Nancy St. Alban (Michelle Bauer Santos), Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny Santos), Kimberley Simms (Mindy Lewis), Michelle Ray Smith (Ava Peralta), Krista Tesreau (Mindy Lewis), Gina Tognoni (Dinah Marler), Jordi Vilasuso (Tony Santos), Michael Woods (Dr. Jim Reardon) and Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne Lewis).
All funds donated go directly to The Autism Society of America which is a not-for-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by the law. TO DONATE: daytimestarsandstrikes.com
‘Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin’: Lea Salonga, Sharon Leal Among Five Cast In HBO Max Reboot(9/28/21) HBO Max has found the mothers for the latest generation of group of little liars. Lea Salonga (Yellow Rose), Sharon Leal (Dream Girls), and Elena Goode (Straight Outta Compton) are set as series regulars and Carly Pope (Demonic) and Zakiya Young (Orange is the New Black) join the Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin cast as recurring. They will appear opposite stars Chandler Kinney, Maia Reficco, Bailee Madison, Zaria, Malia Pyles, Alex Aiono, Mallory Bechtel and Eric Johnson.
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin is a present-day iteration of the popular 2010-17 series from Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa; Lindsay Calhoon Bring; Alloy Entertainment; and Warner Bros TV. Lisa Soper will direct the first two episodes.
Written by Aguirre-Sacasa and Calhoon Bring, the reboot based on the bestselling books by Sara Shepard will feature a new story and new characters. Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart. Now, in the present day, a group of disparate teen girls — a brand-new set of Little Liars — find themselves tormented by an unknown Assailant and made to pay for the secret sin their parents committed two decades ago…as well as their own. In the dark, coming-of-age, horror-tinged drama Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, we find ourselves miles away from Rosewood, but within the existing Pretty Little Liars universe — in a brand-new town, with a new generation of Little Liars.
Aguirre-Sacasa executive produces via his Muckle Man Productions, with Alloy’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo, as well as Michael Grassi and Caroline Baron. Calhoon Bring will co-executive produce. Muckle Man Productions and Alloy produce in association with WBTV. Lisa Soper will direct the first two episodes.
Salonga will play Elodie, Minnie’s (Pyles) mom. A bit overbearing, Elodie works overtime to keep her daughter safe following a trauma that occurred when Minnie was just a little girl.
Leal joins the cast as Sidney, Tabby’s (Kinney) mother and our main Pretty Little Liar matriarch. Sidney is a real estate agent and single mother, doing her best to provide for her daughter, as well as Imogen (Madison).
Pope will appear as Davie, Imogen’s (Madison) mother. Davie and Imogen have always been two against the world. But a chilling reminder from Davie’s dark past upends both of their lives. Goode will portray Marjorie, Noa’s (Reficco) mother, a nurse at Millwood General. Though she loves her daughter, Marjorie’s hiding a secret that threatens their relationship.
Lastly, Young will take on Corey, Faran’s (Zaria) mother. Once her marriage to Zeke dissolved, Corey sought greener pastures in Pittsburgh, PA, working as a paralegal, though she tells everyone she’s a lawyer.
Salonga is represented by Josh Pultz at Amplified Entertainment and Attorney Robert Perlstein. Leal is repped by Buchwald. Pope is repped by LINK, Gersh and Tyman Stewart of The Characters Agency. Goode is represented by Innovative Artists and Luber Roklin Entertainment. Young’s reps are Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin and Associates.
Jake Weary Interview 10/1/21(9/25/21) (Watch here) Join Animal Kingdom's Jake Weary (Deran Cody) live in The Locher Room on Friday, October 1st at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST. Jake will be here to discuss Season Five and the upcoming season finale airing Sunday, October 3 on TNT.
Born in Montclair, New Jersey, to an award-winning actress mother (Kim Zimmer) and an actor/director father (A.C. Weary), Jake Weary started following in their successful footsteps in his early teens. After booking a number of guest roles, he took a break from acting to focus on school, including time at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts.
Since then, Weary’s career has been an eclectic mix of memorable characters for prestigious and interesting filmmakers. Weary starred as the lead in Oscar nominated director Juanita Wilson’s Tomato Red. His other notable film credits include Film Independent Spirit nominee David Robert Mitchell's thriller, It Follows, an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival; Jordan Rubin's horror spoof Zombeavers, an official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival; and Message From the King for Fabrice Du Welz, an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival; Smartass for Jena Serbu; Brett Simon's Assassination of a High School President, an official Sundance Film Festival selection; and Kaare Andrews's Altitude.
Weary can be seen in the highly anticipated sequel It: Chapter 2 as well as starring opposite Melissa Leo in the thriller Leave Not One Alive. His film Finding Steve McQueen, for Mark Steven Johnson, was released in March of 2018.
Other recent television credits include multi-episode arcs on NBC's hit drama Chicago Fire and Freeform’s smash Pretty Little Liars, as well as notable turns in the Lifetime movies Escape from Polygamy and A Deadly Adoption with Will Ferrell and Kristin Wiig, both for Rachel Goldenberg. Weary made his television debut opposite his mother on Guiding Light in before joining the cast of As the World Turns as Luke Snyder.
Weary currently lives in Los Angeles, where he continues to pursue his other passion of writing and producing his own music.
Daniel Cosgrove guests on Bull 10/14/21(9/23/21) “Espionage” – TAC’s defense strategy for a client on trial for going public with classified governments under the Espionage Act is compromised when Bull experiences emotional turmoil following his daughter’s kidnapping. As Bull grows increasingly agitated, the team faces a difficult time in court when federal law leaves them unable to tell jurors their client’s motive for leaking the sensitive information, on the CBS Original series BULL, Thursday, Oct. 14 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
GUEST CAST includes: A.J. Shively (Jerry McConnell), Daniel Cosgrove (AUSA Carto), Stephanie Ittleson (Judge Rogers).
Kevin Bacon Boards Blumhouse John Logan LGBTQIA+ Empowerment Feature As Star & EP(9/22/21) Kevin Bacon is joining John Logan’s untitled horror project at Blumhouse and will also serve as an executive producer alongside executive producer Scott Turner Schofield. The movie is a LGBTQIA+ empowerment tale set at a gay conversion camp and stars Theo Germaine. The role marks a return for Bacon to the horror genre, a space he appeared in early on in his career with Friday the 13th.
Three-time Oscar nominee, Logan (Skyfall, Gladiator, The Aviator) will make his feature directorial debut with the film he also wrote. Jason Blum and Michael Aguilar are producing. Bacon will serve as an EP, alongside Scott Turner Schofield.
Golden Globe winner and Primetime Emmy nominee Bacon recently starred in season 2 of Showtime’s hit series City on a Hill which was renewed for a third season. We reported over the summer that Bacon is joining his wife Kyra Sedgwick’s second feature directorial Space Oddity. He also starred in and co-produced David Koepp’s You Should Have Left and can next be seen in the upcoming movies One Way and The Toxic Avenger. The Footloose and J.F.K. star won a Golden Globe in 2010 in the Actor Miniseries/Made for TV movie category for Taking Chance which also landed him an Emmy nom in the same category in 2009.
In 1996, Bacon made his feature directorial debut with Losing Chase, starring Kyra Sedgwick, Beau Bridges and Helen Mirren which received three Golden Globe noms. Bacon directed his second film, Loverboy, which he also produced. He has also directed several episodes of Sedgwick’s hit show, The Closer.
Bacon’s stage work includes off-Broadway productions such as Album, Poor Little Lambs and Getting Out. He made his Broadway debut in 1983 with Sean Penn in Slab Boys, and starred in the 1986 production of Joe Orton’s Loot. He also starred in Theresa Rebeck’s comedy Spike Heels. In 2002, he starred in the one-man show An Almost Holy Picture, written by Heather McDonald.
With his musician brother, Michael, Bacon is the other half of The Bacon Brothers, and have recorded eight CDs and a concert DVD.
Bacon is represented by MGMT Entertainment and Gaines Solomon Law Group. Schofield is represented by Lisa Evan Blumenthal of Momentum Talent Management.
Kevin Mambo Interview 9/23/21(9/17/21) (Watch here) Two-time Emmy Award-winning actor Kevin Mambo will be my guest live in The Locher Room on September 23rd at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST.
Mambo can currently be seen on the new Netflix drama, Hit & Run. The series tells the story of a man searching for the truth behind his wife's death who becomes caught up in a dangerous web of secrets and intrigue stretching from New York to Tel Aviv. Mambo plays an NYPD detective with a wry sense of humor who has seen it all and nothing can phase him. The series is streaming now.
He is no stranger to the small screen. Mambo had prime roles on hit series such as Luke Cage and High Maintenance. Daytime fans will remember him from his two-time Emmy winning role as Marcus Williams on Guiding Light. Other film and television credits include Cadillac Records, Nina, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Blacklist, and Elementary just to name a few.
Mambo has added to his repertoire with a very impressive list of on-stage roles. He played the title character in the Tony Award nominated Fela!, and brought his talent to the role of Mafala in Book of Mormon. He was also seen in the revival of The Color Purple and The Public Theater's Fortress of Solitude.
Christopher Goutman Interview 9/24/21(9/17/21) (Watch here) Celebrate The Locher Room's 200th episode with Emmy Award-winning producer and director Christopher Goutman who will chat live on Friday, September 24th at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m PST.
Chris has spent most of his career working as a director, producer, and writer. He started his career as an actor appearing on The Doctors, Search for Tomorrow, The Edge of Night and Texas. Chris served as the Executive Producer for Another World and As the World Turns as well as directed episodes from nine different daytime dramas.
He created and produced two web series, In Turn and L.A. Diaries, which he also directed, as well as promotional campaigns for network television, commercial movie theater trailers, and an award-winning Presidential campaign ad. For his work in television, he has shot on locations all over the world. He also wrote, produced, and directed two short films, The Square Root of Three and Visions of Joanna, both of which received extensive exposure on the independent film circuit. In theatre, he has directed in New York, Philadelphia and Florida, including productions at EST, NYC Fringe, the Harold Clurman Theatre and the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. His plays have been performed at L.A. Stage and Film Company, the Barrow Group and EST. He has five Emmy Awards for his work as a producer and director and a Directors Guild of America Award.
Chris currently serves as the Artistic Director, Associate Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Linda Dano Interview 9/22/21(9/16/21) (Watch here) The one and only Linda Dano will join The Locher Room on Wednesday, September 22nd at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST. The actress, author, and businesswoman will reminisce about her time playing Felicia Gallant on Another World, Rae Cummings on One Life to Live and her most recent role of Vivian Alamain on Days of Our Lives. Linda's One Life to Live character Rae also had a cross-over on Port Charles, All My Children and General Hospital. She has published books, hosted her own talk show Attitudes and supports many charitable organizations. Don't miss the chance to catch-up with Linda on September 22.
Fran Bennett, Actress and Longtime CalArts Voice and Acting Teacher, Dies at 84(9/15/21) (hollywoodreporter.com) Fran Bennett, a veteran actress who taught voice and acting at CalArts for 36 years, died over the weekend, the school announced. She was 84.
Known for her booming voice, Bennett was a member of the Linklater Voice faculty at CalArts from 1978 until her retirement in 2014. She also served as head of acting and director of performance from 1996 to 2003.
“Fran’s voice was unmistakable. She never shied away from using it. And she taught so many throughout the years to find and free their own,” Dean Travis Preston of the CalArts School of Theater said in a statement.
“Before there were diversity committees and personnel at CalArts, there was Fran. She unceasingly championed students, artists and innovators of all backgrounds and demanded that leaders do more to serve the left out and kept out.”
Born on Aug. 14, 1937, in Malvern, Arkansas, Bennett earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin.
She studied voice under Scottish actress Kristin Linklater at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and movement with Austrian actress Litz Pisk in London, then returned to the Guthrie to spend 12 years as its voice and movement director.
Bennett made her onscreen debut on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light in 1965 and went on to appear on Roots: The Next Generations, Lou Grant, St. Elsewhere, Cagney & Lacey, Dynasty, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Quantum Leap, In the Heat of the Night, Becker, Community and Scandal.
In 2019, she portrayed Mother Jefferson on The Jeffersons segment of Live in Front of a Studio Audience.
Her film résumé included Promises in the Dark (1979), Wes Craven’s Newest Nightmare (1994), Foxfire (1996), Leave It to Beaver (1997), 8MM (1999), The Next Best Thing (2000), Jessabelle (2014) and the upcoming The Manor.
For the stage, Bennett was a member of the classical theater company Antaeus, a founding member of the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company and an Ovation Award and NAACP Theatre Award winner.
‘Rust’: Travis Fimmel, Brady Noon And Frances Fisher To Ride With Alec Baldwin In His Western(9/14/21) Travis Fimmel, Brady Noon and Frances Fisher have been added to the cast of Rust, the feature Western that stars Alec Baldwin and is written and directed by Joel Souza (Crown Vic). The pic, originally set up in May 2020, now moves forward with a planned October start of principal photography in New Mexico.
CAA Media Finance handling domestic sales for the pic, with Highland Film Group repping international.
The logline: Infamous Western outlaw Harland Rust (Baldwin) has had a bounty on his head for as long as he can remember. When his estranged 13-year-old grandson Lucas (Noon) is convicted of an accidental murder and sentenced to hang, Rust travels to Kansas to break him out of prison. Together, the fugitives must outrun the legendary U.S. Marshal Wood Helm and bounty-hunter Fenton “Preacher” Lang (Fimmel) who are hot on their tail. Deeply buried secrets rise from the ashes and an unexpected familial bond begins to form as the mismatched duo tries to survive the merciless American Frontier.
Fisher plays Lucas’ great aunt.
Baldwin is producing via his El Dorado Pictures along with Cavalry Media’s Matt DelPiano, Thomasville Pictures’ Ryan Donnell, Brittany House Pictures’ Anjul Nigam, and Short Porch Pictures’ Ryan Winterstern and Nathan Klingher. Allen Cheney, Emily Hunter Salveson, Christopher M.B. Sharp and Jennifer E. Lamb are executive producers. Hunter Salveson and Donnell Smith’s Streamline Global are financing.
Fimmel, whose credits include History/Amazon’s Vikings and Universal’s Warcraft, just wrapped Season 2 of HBO Max’s Raised by Wolves. He is repped by Paradigm, Management 360 and Sloan, Offer. Noon, who was in Universal’s Good Boys and is in Disney+’s The Mighty Ducks series, is with Gersh and Marilyn Zitner Management.
Fisher, most recently in HBO’s Watchmen and up next in Season 4 of USA Network’s The Sinner, is repped by Greene Talent and attorney Jeff Bernstein.
Dishing with Digest - 9/10/21 - Laura Wright(9/10/21) (Listen / download) GH’s Laura Wright (Carly) chronicles her journey from soap fan to star, her runs on LOVING, GUIDING LIGHT and GH, and previews the drama that lies ahead at Carly and Jason’s wedding with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the success of BEYOND SALEM.
Louise Shaffer Interview Sept 15(9/9/21) (Video) Author and actress Louise Shaffer will join The Locher Room on Wednesday, September 15th at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST.
Louise has been an actress since the age of 15 and is a graduate of the Yale Drama School. She has appeared on numerous daytime soaps including The Edge of Night, Search for Tomorrow and on Ryan’s Hope playing Rae Woodard, a role that earned her a Daytime Emmy Award.
Louise returned to her first love of writing and began a successful second career when she found herself as an unemployed actress in her mid-forties. She began writing scripts for daytime soaps, but soon followed her dream and wrote her first novel, The Three Miss Margarets published by Random House. It was followed by The Ladies of Garrison Gardens, Family Acts, Serendipity and Looking For A Love Story.
Matt Bomer to Star in ‘Fellow Travelers’ Series in the Works at Showtime From ‘Philadelphia’ Writer Ron Nyswaner(9/7/21) (variety.com) Matt Bomer is attached to star in and executive produce a series adaptation of the Thomas Mallon novel “Fellow Travelers” that is currently in development at Showtime, Variety has learned exclusively.
Ron Nyswaner is adapting the book for the screen and will also serve as showrunner and executive producer on the series. “Fellow Travelers” is described as a political thriller and epic love story that unfolds in the era of McCarthyism and resolves in the age of AIDS. It follow the intertwined lives and volatile romance of two very different men, Hawkins “Hawk” Fuller (Bomer) and Tim Kovacs, through purges, wars, protests, and plagues, overcoming obstacles in the world and in themselves.
Along with Bomer and Nyswaner, Michael Grandage will executive produce in addition to directing. Robbie Rogers will also be an executive producer on the project. Fremantle will produce.
Bomer currently stars in the HBO Max-DC series “Doom Patrol” and also recently starred in Season 3 of the USA Network series “The Sinner.” He is perhaps best known for his starring role in the USA Network series “White Collar,” which ran for six seasons. He has also appeared in both “American Horror Story” and “American Horror Stories.” He was nominated for an Emmy in 2014 for best supporting actor in a TV movie for “The Normal Heart.” On the film side, he has starred in both “Magic Mike” films as well as “In Time,” “The Magnificent Seven,” and “The Nice Guys” among others.
He is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content, Viewpoint, and Hansen Jacobson.
Nyswaner, Grandage, and Rogers are currently partnering on the upcoming film “My Policeman,” starring Harry Styles and Emma Corrin, based on the 2012 Bethan Roberts novel of the same name.
Nyswaner is a noted gay rights activist who received an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay for his work on the Tom Hanks-Denzel Washington film “Philadelphia.” He is also known for writing films like “The Prince of Pennsylvania” and for his work on the Showtime shows “Ray Donovan” and “Homeland.”
He is repped by UTA and Anonymous Content.
“Fellow Travelers” marks the latest premium drama from Fremantle. The company currently produces shows such as “The Mosquito Coast,” “My Brilliant Friend,” and “We Are Who We Are.” Past productions include “The Salisbury Poisonings,” “The Sister,” and “The Young Pope.”
‘Trigger Warning’: Netflix Rounds Out Cast With Anthony Michael Hall, Mark Webber, More(9/2/21) Netflix’s action-thriller Trigger Warning rounds out its cast with Anthony Michael Hall (The Breakfast Club, Halloween Kills), Mark Webber (The Place of No Words), Alejandro De Hoyos (The Man from Toronto), Tone Bell (The Flash), Jake Weary (It Follows), and Gabriel Basso (Hillbilly Elegy).
The newly added actors join previously announced lead Jessica Alba in her first feature project since 2019’s Killers Anonymous.
Trigger Warning, directed by Mouly Surya, tells the story of Parker (Alba), an active-duty Special Forces officer described as a female John Wick. Parker takes ownership of her grandfather’s bar shortly after he dies, and soon finds herself at odds with the violent gang that killed him.
Filming is set to begin in New Mexico this fall.
Executive producers include Esther Hornstein for Thunder Road Pictures; Jeanette Volturno and Jason Clark for Catchlight Studios; and Alba. Trigger Warning is written by Josh Olson and John Brancato with current revisions by Halley Gross. Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee are producing.
Hall is repped by Untitled Entertainment. Webber is repped by Inphenate and attorney Ira Schreck. De Hoyos is repped by The Marlene Agency and Kontakto. Weary is repped by CAA and Black Box Management. Weary is repped by Gersh and Management 360. Basso is repped by WME and Sugar 23.
‘B Positive’: Linda Lavin, David Anthony Higgins, Darryl Stephens Upped To Series Regulars; Six Set To Recur(9/1/21) We’ll be seeing more of Norma, Jerry and Gideon on the second season of Chuck Lorre’s B Positive. Linda Lavin (Naked Singularity, Being The Ricardos), David Anthony Higgins (Mike & Molly, Malcolm in the Middle), and Darryl Stephens (Saved By The Bell, Noah’s Arc), who recurred as the characters in Season 1, have been promoted to series regulars for the upcoming season of the CBS comedy starring Annaleigh Ashford and Thomas Middleditch. Additionally, Hector Elizondo (Last Man Standing, Pretty Woman), Jane Seymour (The Kominsky Method, The War with Grandpa), Ben Vereen (The Good Fight, Sneaky Pete), Celia Weston (Dead Man Walking, Junebug), Jim Beaver (Deadwood, Supernatural), and Anna Maria Horsford (Hacks, Pose) have been added to the recurring cast.
Created by former Mom co-executive producer Marco Pennette inspired by personal experience, B Positive is about a therapist and newly divorced dad (Middleditch) who is faced with finding a kidney donor when he runs into a rough-around-the-edges woman from his past (Ashford) who volunteers her own. Together they form an unlikely bond and begin a journey that will change both of their lives. Izzy G, Sara Rue, Kether Donohue and Terrence Terrell co-star.
Lorre, who serves as executive producer, highlighted several big changes that will be happening in the new season. “Having donated a kidney and saved a man’s life, Gina (Ashford) has learned that happiness is in the giving, not the getting,” said Lorre. “She puts this principle to work by trying to improve the lives of the elderly residents of Valley Hills, the assisted living facility where she’s been working. In the meantime, Drew (Middleditch) is struggling with a strange new feeling. Post-surgery, he’s convinced he’s in love with Gina. It’s complicated.”
Lavin’s Norma is a sharp-tongued resident at Valley Hills, as well as a mother figure to Gina. She’s in a longstanding feud with her daughter and in denial about personal health issues.
Higgins’ Jerry is Drew’s friend from dialysis and a dentist. A sweet guy with a big heart, as well as heart problems.
Stephens is Gideon, Drew’s former dialysis nurse who now works with Gina as the Head of Nursing at Valley Hills. Always has an ear to lend, but not without a little attitude.
Elizondo recurs as Harry, a gruff, no-nonsense resident at Valley Hills, fighting to keep his terminally-ill wife, Meredith, comfortable.
Seymour is Bette, an aging beauty who is incapable of coming to terms with her senior status.
Vereen plays Peter, a brilliant, retired professor struggling with a failing memory.
Weston portrays Meredith, dealing with her terminal illness as best as she can while trying to help her husband, Harry, move.
Beaver is Spencer, former NYPD transit cop, was a 9/11 first responder. Politically and socially, he finds it difficult to behave appropriately.
Horsford plays Althea Ludlum, the no nonsense administrator of Valley Hills. She’s a thorn in Gina’s side, but Gina needs help running the place.
Jim Patterson serves as executive producer and co-showrunner alongside Pennette. The pair EP alongside Lorre and it is produced by Warner Bros Television in association with Chuck Lorre Productions.
Lavin is repped by Innovative Artists. Stephens is repped by Metropolitan Talent Agency & Steven Simon/Landis-Simon Productions and Talent Management. Elizondo is repped by Gersh and Mark Teitelbaum at Teitelbaum Artists Group. Seymour is repped by Innovative Artists and attorney Paul Mayersohn at Surpin, Mayersohn & Coghill, LLP. Vereen is reppd by Pamela Cooper. Weston is repped by Innovative Artists and Framework Entertainment. Beaver is repped by Artists & Representatives.
‘Ozark’s Tom Pelphrey Joins Carey Mulligan And Zoe Kazan In Weinstein Investigation Pic ‘She Said’(8/25/21) Tom Pelphrey, coming off his breakout role in the most recent season of Ozark, is set to join the ensemble cast of Universal, Plan B and Annapurna’s She Said, the film retelling of the investigation into sexual assault and harassment perpetrated by Harvey Weinstein. Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan are on board to portray New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, who broke the bombshell sex scandal report, with Andre Braugher and Patricia Clarkson also on board. Pelphrey will play Twohey’s husband.
Based on Twohey and Kantor’s bestseller She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement, the film will be directed by Unorthodox director Maria Schrader from a script by Oscar winner Rebecca Lenkiewicz.
In 2018, Annapurna Pictures and Plan B optioned rights to She Said under their co-production deal. Megan Ellison will executive produce for Annapurna with Sue Naegle. Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will produce for Plan B. Universal’s VP Production Lexi Barta will oversee the project for the studio.
Pelphrey is coming off his acclaimed role in Season 3 of Netflix’s Emmy-winning drama Ozark, on which he portrayed Wendy’s bipolar brother Ben. He was also recently seen in David Fincher’s Mank and just finished shooting the next season of Amazon’s series Outer Range. He was also recently tapped to star in HBO Max’s Love and Death.
He is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Micki Grant Dies: Trailblazing ‘Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope’ Creator, ‘Another World’ Actress Was 80(8/23/20) Micki Grant, who wrote and starred in Broadway’s groundbreaking 1972 Black musical revue Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, died Sunday at the age of 80.
With Don’t Bother Me, Grant became the first woman to write both the music and lyrics to a Broadway musical, and her collaborator Vinnette Carroll entered the history books as the first Black woman to direct on Broadway.
Grant, whose death was first reported by the Broadway World website and confirmed by licensing and publishing company Concord Theatricals, returned to Broadway in 1976 by contributing additional music and lyrics for Alex Bradford’s musical Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, a retelling of the Book of Matthew directed by Carroll.
Described by Broadway director Kenny Leon as “a brilliant, passionate writer who gave everything to our industry,” Grant had already broken new ground on television by the time she made her seminal stand on Broadway, having first appeared in 1965 in what would be her longtime role of attorney Peggy Nolan on NBC’s daytime soap opera Another World.
According to a memoir published by Black daytime actress Ellen Holly, Grant’s Another World role had originally been written as a white character but was changed when Grant was hired as daytime’s first Black contract player.
Grant’s tenure from 1965 to 1972 also is credited with being daytime’s first regular story line written specifically for a Black actress. She later had roles in The Edge of Night, Guiding Light and All My Children.
Don’t Bother Me, Grant’s musical take on such topical subjects as Black power, slumlords, feminism and student protests, made its debut at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., featuring an innovative mix of gospel, calypso, jazz, rock and funk music. Restaged by Carroll, with choreography by George Faison, Don’t Bother Me, with music, lyrics and book by Grant, opened at Broadway’s since-demolished Playhouse Theatre on April 19, 1972.
The production received four Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, Best Book, Best Original Score and Best Direction. Other accolades include an Obie Award, a Grammy Award and the NAACP Image Award.
A 1972 Los Angeles production starred actress Paula Kelly, and in 2018 Don’t Both Me was revived in New York by Encores!, directed and choreographed by Savion Glover.
Born Minnie Perkins in Chicago, Grant made her Broadway debut performing in a 1963 production of Langston Hughes’ Tambourines to Glory. She would later contribute music and lyrics to Broadway’s Working and Eubie, among others. Information on survivors and a cause of death were not immediately available.
Rest In Peace Madame Micki Grant, a brilliant , passionate writer who gave everything to our industry..#AmericanWriter#DontBotherMeICantCope#broadway
I am honored that I got to work with the legendary, ahead of her time, trailblazing, Micki Grant! May she Rest In Peace and may we continue to learn from her brilliant work! Love you always Micki! #dontbothermeicantcope #mynameisman
Rest in power to the magnificent Micki Grant. The theater is so much better because she was in it.
Equity was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Micki Grant. A three-time Tony Award nominee and 2009 Paul Robeson award recipient, Grant made history as the first woman to write and star in an original Broadway musical. She will be sorely missed. https://t.co/TXriaUATMU
Video Interview: Writers Carolyn and Richard Culliton(8/19/21) (Video) The Emmy Award-winning real-life husband and wife duo Carolyn and Richard Culliton were guests The Locher Room on Thursday, August 19th and looked back at their incredible careers in daytime.
Angela Bassett & Courtney B. Vance Producing ‘One Thousand Years of Slavery’ Docu-Series For Smithsonian Channel(8/18/21) (Video) ViacomCBS’ Smithsonian Channel is prepping One Thousand Years of Slavery, a four-part docu-series from Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance’s Bassett Vance Productions.
BAFTA-winning British-Nigerian director David Olusoga explores stories of survival and devastation that span across the globe – from Africa to the Caribbean, London to Washington DC, and more. Through preserved historical documentation and insight from experts, every story unfolds to chronicle how slavery frames the present and continues to act as a distinct force on the future. The series features interviews with public figures including Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III, Senator Cory Booker, and actor David Harewood. (Watch a trailer above)
“Slavery is not that long ago. It’s really recent. It’s painfully close to us, and it’s no surprise it’s still shaping our societies,” said Olusoga. “Our aim is to break away from just seeing the slave trade as a phenomena that exists after the conquest and discovery of the New World, but to look back. It’s to set what happened in the New World in context, that it came from somewhere.”
James Blue, Head of Smithsonian Channel and SVP of MTV News and Docs, and Pamela Aguilar, VP of Original Documentaries will oversee this project for MTV Entertainment Studios and Smithsonian Channel. One Thousand Years of Slavery is produced by Uplands Television for Smithsonian Channel and Channel 5. Bassett Vance Productions executive produces.
Bassett Vance Productions is repped by Darrell Miller at Fox Rothschild.
Lifetime Greenlights ‘Flowers In The Attic’ Prequel Miniseries With Jemima Rooper, Max Irons, Kelsey Grammer, Harry Hamlin, More(8/17/21) More Flowers of the Attic is coming to Lifetime. The network has greenlighted Flowers In The Attic: The Origin, a four-part prequel miniseries event starring Jemima Rooper (Gold Digger) and Max Irons (Condor), from Jennie Snyder Urman and Joanna Klein’s Sutton St. Productions and CBS Studios. Flowers in the Attic: The Origin is an A+E Studios production in association with Sutton St. and CBS Studios.
Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), Harry Hamlin (Mad Men), Kate Mulgrew (Orange is the New Black), Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries), Alana Boden (I Am Elizabeth Smart), Hannah Dodd (Harlots), T’Shan Williams (The Color Purple) and Callum Kerry (Four Weddings and a Funeral) also star in the miniseries which is based on the prequel novel, Garden of Shadows by Andrew Neiderman.
Author V.C. Andrews launched a pop culture sensation with the gothic tale Flowers in the Attic. Flowers in the Attic: The Origin peels back the curtain to reveal the twisted origins and dark secrets of the Foxworth family.
The miniseries greenlight follows on the success of Lifetime’s Flowers in the Attic and subsequent V.C. Andrews movie series franchises. The movie events Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind were cable’s top two movies of 2014 with women, while Flowers in the Attic has reached over 30.1M2 total viewers and Petals on the Wind seen by 23.4M3 total viewers.
Flowers in the Attic: The Origin tells the story of the headstrong and determined Olivia Winfield (Rooper) who is working alongside her beloved father (Hamlin) when she finds herself unexpectedly wooed by one of the nation’s most eligible bachelors, Malcom Foxworth (Irons). After a whirlwind romance, Olivia finds herself as the mistress of the imposing Foxworth Hall, where she soon discovers that the fairytale life she expected has quickly become a nightmare. Under Malcolm’s debonair exterior lies a dark heart, and a twisted evil lurks inside Foxworth Hall that will threaten Olivia’s happiness and that of her children. Her attempts to keep them all safe ultimately push Olivia to become to most terrifying version of herself, leading to her inevitable—and notorious—decision to lock her grandchildren in the attic.
Dodd stars as Olivia’s daughter, Corinne; while Williams portrays Foxworth’s longtime staff member and Olivia’s observant housekeeper, Nella. Mulgrew plays Mrs. Steiner, Malcom’s loyal house manager and head of the Foxworth Hall staff. Grammer portrays Malcom’s illustrious father Garland Foxworth, who is married to new wife Alicia, played by Boden. Wesley stars as John Amos, Olivia’s cousin whose revelations change her life forever and Callum Kerr stars as Christopher, a close relative of the Foxworth family whose life will be eternally intertwined with Corrine’s from the moment they set eyes on each other.
Additional talent includes Luke Fetherston, Buck Braithwaite, Jordan Peters, Evelyn Miller, Rawdat Quadri, Emmanuel Ogunjinmi, David Witts, Carla Woodcock and Peter Bramhill.
Paul Sciarrotta serves as executive producer. Urman and Klein serve as executive producers for Sutton St. Productions and CBS Studios. Zoë Rocha serves as executive producer for RubyRock Pictures, Gary Pearl executive produces for Aquarius Content and Dan Angel executive produces. Declan O’Dwyer also executive produces and directed part one and part two of the miniseries. Robin Sheppard serves as director for parts three and four. Scripts are from executive producer Sciarrotta, as well as Amy Rardin and Conner Good. The miniseries was made with support of the Romanian Government.
Karla Mosley Welcomes Her Second Child!(8/13/21) (soapsindepth.com) Well past her due date, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL alum Karla Mosley (ex-Maya) has given birth to her second child. The actress and her partner, John Rogers, already share daughter Aurora, who will turn 3 this month, and now they are a family of four!
The soap vet — who recently filled in as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Amanda and previously played GUIDING LIGHT’s Christina — announced around Mother’s Day that she was expecting again and that her family would welcome the new addition in early July. Well, that timeframe came and went, and Mosley was still pregnant! But on August 4, the actress revealed in a cryptic Instagram post that she had indeed finally given birth!
“Current Mood: I’d Rather Not. And yes, pictures coming soon,” Mosley wrote in her post, including a mother and baby emoji. “But for today… see caption above.)” The tired mom also included the hashtags “#4thTrimester” (referring to the post-partum period of a woman’s pregnancy) and the clever “#TheBirdHasLanded.”
While Mosley didn’t reveal any other details about her second child — like whether she welcomed a boy or another girl — she did share some more info in her replies to posters. She promised one commenter that she’d be posting pictures “in, like, a day” and that her sweet baby’s arrival “just took a little longer than was originally planned.”
Another well-wisher wrote, “I’m glad she finally made it,” indicating that Aurora has a little sister to dote on. And even though Mosley replied in the comments of the thread that she was “So. Tired,” she looked positively radiant in the photo she shared!
Soap Opera Writers Interview: Carolyn and Richard Culliton(8/13/21) (Watch here) The Emmy Award-winning real-life husband and wife duo Carolyn and Richard Culliton will be guests live in The Locher Room on Thursday, August 19th at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST to look back at their incredible careers in daytime.
This talented duo met when they were both students at Northwestern University. Carolyn grew up watching soaps and Richard had never seen one. Fate intervened in 1978 when a family friend offered to make some introductions to an executive Procter & Gamble Productions. The rest is history.
Carolyn’s first job in the daytime industry was working as Paul Rauch’s assistant at Another World and Richard’s first job was as a script writer on Texas. From that moment forward this duo worked non-stop as breakdown writers, script writers and as head writers on almost every soap opera on the air. Together this duo created the General Hospital spin-off Port Charles while serving as head writers for the first few months of the show’s run.
They are the recipient of numerous Daytime Emmy Awards and Writer’s Guild Awards for their work. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Emily who is an adjunct professor of creative writing at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn, and Kathleen a journalist. Emily published her first novel In 2017, "The Misfortune of Marion Palm" was published by Knopf.
Looks like the writing gene is a strong one in the Culliton family.
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart make rare outing with son in Croatia(8/9/21) (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart are flying casual in Croatia.
The couple, who have been summering in the European country, was spotted sightseeing in Dubrovnik with what appeared to be a tour guide. Their youngest son, Liam Flockhart, 20, joined the notoriously private couple for a rare public outing as a family.
One photo shows Ford, 79, receiving a shoulder massage while shirtless on the balcony of the villa where he and his family are staying. Flockhart — who at 56 is 23 years younger than Ford — and Liam were seated at a nearby table.
Ford is currently on hiatus from filming the fifth “Indiana Jones” film due to a shoulder injury. The actor was hurt while rehearsing a fight scene that left production on the film halted for at least three months, as The Post previously reported.
“The film’s bosses have come together to work out the scheduling and it’s chaos,” a production source told The Sun in June. “The earliest they think they can restart the production is September.”
The fifth installment of the “Indiana Jones” franchise is rumored to be Ford’s last time taking on the role.
Liam is Flockhart’s only child. She adopted him one year before she and Ford began dating in 2002, and Ford later formally adopted him as his own. The couple wed in 2010.
Ford has four more adult children from two previous marriages.
Keir Gilchrist, Elizabeth Marvel & Tom Pelphrey Join ‘Love And Death’ HBO Max True-Crime Limited Series(8/5/21) Atypical star Keir Gilchrist, Elizabeth Marvel (Homeland) and Tom Pelphrey (Ozark) are set as series regulars alongside Elizabeth Olsen, Jesse Plemons, Patrick Fugit and Lily Rabe in HBO Max’s Love and Death, a limited series about the true story of Texas housewife Candy Montgomery’s murder of Betty Gore in 1980.
Written by Kelley and directed by Homeland‘s Lesli Linka Glatter, Love and Death is inspired by the book Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs and a collection of articles from Texas Monthly (“Love & Death in Silicon Prairie,” Part I & II).
The series revolves around two churchgoing couples enjoying small-town family life in Wylie, until somebody picks up an ax. The couples are Candy (Olsen) and Pat Montgomery (Fugit) and Betty (Rabe) and Allan Gore (Plemons).
Gilchrist will play Pastor Ron Adams, Marvel will portray Pastor Jackie Ponder, and Pelphrey is Don Crowder.
Kelley executive produces via his David E. Kelley Productions, with Kidman and Per Saari via Blossom Films; Glatter; Scott Brown and Megan Creydt through Texas Monthly; Matthew Tinker; Michael Klick and Helen Verno. Lionsgate TV is the studio.
Gilchrist recently wrapped the fourth and final season of the Peabody-nominated Netflix dramedy Atypical. His film credits include Castle in the Ground, It’s Kind of a Funny Story from Captain Marvel helmers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, It Follows, and The Stanford Prison Experiment. He’s repped by ICM Partners; Thruline Entertainment; Lichter Grossman Nichols; and ART.
Marvel’s role reunites her with Glatter, with whom she worked on Homeland. Marvel has also booked a guest-starring role on Hulu limited series The Dropout. Her credits also include a starring role on Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories, and she most recently was seen in a recurring role on Law & Order: SVU. She’s repped by Innovative Artists and Viking Entertainment.
Pelphrey was a series regular on Ozark, which is heading into its fourth and final season on Netflix. He’s also known for his role as Ward Meachum on both seasons of Marvel’s Iron Fist on Netflix. On the big screen, he was most recently seen in the Netflix feature Mank. He’s repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Guiding Light Reunion: Paula Garces and Saundra Santiago(8/4/21) (Video) The Santos Women joined The Locher Room on Wednesday, August 4th. Don't miss the chance to catch up with Paula Garces (Pilar Santos) and Saundra Santiago (Carmen Santos). This on-screen mother and daughter duo will reminisce about their time working together on Guiding Light and fill us in on all the great projects they have been working on since those Springfield days.
New Amsterdam: Michelle Forbes Joins Season 4 in Pivotal Role(8/2/21) New Amsterdam may be getting ready to clean house, with a little help from Michelle Forbes.
The Killing and True Blood vet is joining the NBC medical drama’s upcoming fourth season in the recurring role of Dr. Veronica Fuentes, a calm, poised and fearless fixer who is brought in to “reconstruct” the failing hospital. TVLine has learned that Dr. Fuentes’ first order of business on her way to reversing New Amsterdam’s declining numbers will be to “wipe clean the inept board.”
Forbes most recently recurred on ABC’s Big Sky. A source close to the David E. Kelley drama confirms that Forbes’ role as Margaret Kleinsasser came to an end in the Season 1 finale.
New Amsterdam kicks off Season 4 on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 10 pm.
Frances Fisher’s Application To File Suit Against SAG-AFTRA Over Health Plan Changes Rejected By Judge, But Case Could Still Go Forward(7/30/21) A federal judge has denied actress Frances Fisher’s (Guiding Light/Edge of Night/Days of Our Lives) verified application to file a breach of fiduciary duty complaint against SAG-AFTRA over the raising of eligibility requirements for coverage under the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan. U.S. District Court Judge Christina Snyder dismissed Fisher’s application Friday without prejudice, however, meaning that she can refile a modified version of the application.
“We expect the claim to go forward with an additional claim being added,” said her attorney, Neville Johnson. “We’re working it out with the other side. We are coming to an agreement.”
The union said in a statement that “In the breach of fiduciary suit case which Frances Fisher was seeking to file against SAG-AFTRA officers and executive staff, the Court has denied her application to file the fiduciary lawsuit at this time. Should a breach of the duty of fair representation suit against the union or a renewed application for the court’s permission to file the fiduciary breach claims be filed, SAG-AFTRA will oppose those efforts to proceed, as all claims raised are without merit.”
SAG-AFTRA declined further comment.
In her June 25 application for leave to file a proposed complaint, Fisher identified the defendants as “the members of union leadership who are SAG-AFTRA Health Plan trustees; the members of union leadership who participated in the collective bargaining agreement negotiations and approvals with knowledge of the ongoing activity by the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan trustees to change the benefit structure, and the members of union leadership who approved the benefit cuts changes or who have used their union positions and the union to support the benefit cuts.”
Fisher, who is first vice president of the union’s Los Angeles Local and a member of the its national board of directors, named SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris, national executive director Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, former national executive director David White, chief contracts officer Ray Rodriguez and several other SAG-AFTRA officials as defendants.
Her case is separate but similar to a lawsuit filed last December against the trustees of the Health Plan, which claims that that the changes in its eligibility rules “illegally discriminate based on age” – a charge flatly denied by the plan’s trustees, who say the changes were necessary to keep the plan afloat. Like Fisher, two of the plaintiffs in that case – former SAG president Ed Asner and L.A. Local second vice president David Jolliffe – are aligned with MembershipFirst, the union’s opposition party.
Kyra Sedgwick Movie ‘Space Oddity’ Adds Kevin Bacon, Simon Helberg & Carrie Preston(7/29/21) Kevin Bacon, Simon Helberg and Carrie Preston are joining Primetime Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick’s second feature directorial Space Oddity from the 2016 Black List script.
Additionally, REI Co-op Studios has come on board as producers of the film alongside Sedgwick and Valerie Stadler’s Big Swing Productions.
Penned by Rebecca Banner, Space Oddity tells the story of Alex (Kyle Allen) who, after giving up on Earth and deciding to leave it all behind for a one-way mission to Mars, develops an unexpected romance with Daisy (Alexandra Shipp), the enigmatic town newcomer, which forces him to choose between an uncertain journey to the stars and an even more uncertain journey of the heart.
Bacon will play Jeff, Alex’s Father; Preston is Jane, Alex’s mother; while Helberg plays Dimitri, the love interest to Alex’s sister, Liz (played by Madeline Brewer, who we previously announced). Production is taking place in Rhode Island.
REI Co-op Studios is the retailer’s in-house content arm. Across films, podcasts, and editorial programs, the studio develops and produces stories that entertain, enrich and explore the power of time spent outside, while complementing the co-op’s broader climate and racial equity, diversity, and inclusion commitments.
Said Paolo Mottola, REI’s Director of Content and Media, “Space Oddity’s story is set in the context of our changing climate and how the connections we have to this planet, and each other, makes it worth saving. We hope audiences see themselves in these characters and are motivated to advocate for a healthier planet.”
Added Sedgwick, “One of the things we want to do with this movie is generate hope. There is so much information out in the world today, and it’s easy for things to seem bleak, but we need to stay optimistic so we can keep fighting because our planet is worth fighting for. We are thrilled to be partnering with REI Co-op Studios to amplify this message and to work with their talent team who have a lifetime of experience loving the outdoors and the Earth.”
REI Co-op’s last production was last year’s The Dark Divide, directed by Tom Putnam and starring David Cross and Debra Messing.
Also producing Space Oddity is Jack Greenbaum and Richard Arlook for the The Arlook Group and Mickey Schiff for Unique Features. EPs are Bob Shaye, Ibrahim AlHusseini, JL Pomeroy, Brent Emery, Susan Cartonis, Suzanne Farwell, Meredith Bagby and Anne Clements.
Golden Globe winner and Primetime Emmy nominee Bacon recently starred in season 2 of Showtime’s hit series City on a Hill which was renewed for a third season. He also starred in and co-produced David Koepp’s You Should Have Left and can next be seen in the upcoming films One Way and The Toxic Avenger. The Footloose and J.F.K. star was won a Golden Globe in 2010 in the Actor Miniseries/Made for TV movie category for Taking Chance which also landed him an Emmy nom in the same category in 2009. He is repped by MGMT Entertainment and attorney Fred Gaines.
Golden Globe and multi-SAG nominee Helberg will next be seen in Amazon’s Annette which made its world premiere at Cannes and also stars Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver; penned by the Sparks brothers and directed by Leos Carax. He recently wrapped production on the film As Sick as They Made Us, an upcoming drama directed and written by Mayim Bialik and stars Candice Bergen, Dustin Hoffman, and Dianna Agron. Across 279 episodes, Helberg played Howard Wolowitz on CBS/Warner Bros. TV’s The Big Bang Theory. He is repped by UTA, MGMT Entertainment, Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher.
Preston won a 2013 Primetime Emmy in the Guest Actress drama category for The Good Wife. She can now be seen as Polly in the hit TNT series, Claws, executive-produced by Rashida Jones. The drama continues to garner rave reviews and is currently in its fourth and final season. She also can be seen in Dr. Death with Joshua Jackson based on the true story of neurosurgeon Dr. Christopher Duntsch who permanently maimed and killed his patients. Her directorial career continuous to flourish, most recently directing an episode of The Good Fight to stream on Aug. 5. She is repped by Innovative Artists, Principal Entertainment.
Matt Bomer To Star In ‘Echoes’ Netflix Limited Series(7/29/21) Matt Bomer is set as a male lead opposite Michelle Monaghan in Echoes, Netflix’s psychological thriller limited series from 13 Reasons Why showrunner Brian Yorkey.
Created and written by Vanessa Gazy, Echoes is a mystery thriller about identical twins Leni and Gina, both portrayed by Monaghan, who share a dangerous secret. Since they were children, Leni and Gina secretly have swapped lives, culminating in a double life as adults: They share two homes, two husbands and a child, but everything in their perfectly choreographed world is thrown into disarray when one of the sisters goes missing.
Bomer will play Jack Beck, Leni’s husband. He is the boy-next-door who grew up to be the husband everybody wishes they had: soulful, a loving father and a valuable member of the community who runs a successful veterinary practice and horse farm on the land that has been in his family for generations. When his wife disappears mysteriously, it’s Jack who has the most to lose as her secret life comes to the surface.
Yorkey serves as executive producer and co-showrunner. Gazy executive produces, with Quinton Peeples serving as executive producer/co-showrunner alongside Yorkey. Also executive producing are Imogen Banks and Endemol Shine Banks Australia.
Bomer, who earned an Emmy nomination for HBO’s The Normal Heart, stars on the HBO Max series Doom Patrol and previously headlined the second season of USA’s The Sinner. The American Horror Story alum currently appears on spinoff series American Horror Stories. He is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content and Hansen Jacobson Teller.
Guiding Light Reunion: Paula Garces and Saundra Santiago(7/29/21) (Watch here) The Santos Women will be guests in the Locher Room on Wednesday, August 4th at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST. Don't miss the chance to catch up with Paula Garces (Pilar Santos) and Saundra Santiago (Carmen Santos). This on-screen mother and daughter duo will reminisce about their time working together on Guiding Light and fill us in on all the great projects they have been working on since those Springfield days.
‘Manifest’s Matt Long, Marg Helgenberger, Jasmine Mathews & E.J. Bonilla Cast In ‘Getaway’ NBC Pilot(7/27/21) Amid talks about a new season of Manifest, one of the canceled NBC series’ core cast members, Matt Long, has booked a new pilot at the network but fans of the missing plane drama should not be too worried about it. Long, CSI alumna Marg Helgenberger, Jasmine Mathews (The Rookie) and E.J. Bonilla (The Old Man) are set as series regulars opposite Annie Ilonzeh in NBC drama pilot Getaway, from The Blacklist duo John Davis and John Fox and Universal TV, a division of Universal Studios Group.
I hear Long was approached about Getaway after the options on the Manifest cast expired last month and studio Warner Bros. Television ended its efforts to find a new home for the show after conversations with Netflix did not yield an agreement. The series regulars on Manifest are free to take new jobs while talks about a Season 4 of Manifest recently resumed, with both Netflix and NBC interested in renewing the drama, which has found a large new audience on the streamer.
I hear Long’s deal for Getaway is for one year so if the Getaway pilot goes to series, he could still return to Manifest if the series gets resurrected, subject to synching up dates.
Additionally, Bonilla is a series regular on the upcoming FX on Hulu series The Old Man, whose Season 1 production is currently on hold while star Jeff Bridges undergoes cancer treatment. I hear Bonilla will be able to fulfill his obligation to the FX series before he segues to Getaway should the pilot go to series.
Written and executive produced by JJ Bailey (Echo) and Moira Kirland (Madam Secretary), Getaway centers on a destination wedding at an isolated luxury resort that quickly descends into chaos after a group of dangerous criminals takes the island hostage. The small group of guests, led by a fearless female Army vet (Ilonzeh), will do everything they can to stay alive.
Helgenberger will play Sen. Charlotte Pierce. As a senior Democratic senator from New York, Charlotte is used to calling the shots. She’s happy to see her son, Jack (Long), settle down with his bride, Grace (Mathew, but there are darker forces at play she has yet to fully understand. Charlotte will soon have to choose between her family and the political career for which she’s worked so hard.
Long’s Jack Pierce has always gotten everything he wanted. When he fell for Grace, he was determined to make her his wife, just as he was set on creating a professional career for himself that was separate from his mother, Sen. Charlotte Pierce, and the family name.
Mathews is Grace Rowland. When Grace met Jack Pierce she was swept off her feet, and their whirlwind courtship has gone from initial meeting to walking down the aisle in just over a year. As the hotel comes under attack, Grace and Jack’s fairy tale relationship will come under more pressure, exposing a side of Grace that no one has seen before.
Bonilla will play Rafi Salinas. Rafi claims to be a fisherman on the run with his friends from a gang of cartel members, but he’s hiding a dark secret that will put everyone at the resort in danger.
Davis and Fox executive produce via Davis Entertainment. Universal TV is the studio.
Like Long, Helgenberger only recently became available after co-starring on CBS’ recently departed series All Rise for the last two seasons. She starred for 12 seasons as Catherine Willows in CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. She then went on to star in two other CBS drama series, Intelligence and Under the Dome. On the film side, she was most recently seen in Universal/Amblin’s A Dog’s Journey. Helgenberger is repped by ICM Partners, Thruline Entertainment and Felker, Toczek.
Mathews can currently be seen starring in Amazon Prime Studios’ The Tomorrow War, alongside Chris Pratt and Yvonne Strahovski. Next up, she’ll be seen opposite Kevin Hart in Sony’s action-comedy The Man from Toronto. She previously was a series regular on Starz’s drama Sweetbitter, and also recurred on ABC’s The Rookie. She’s repped by Gersh and Red-Letter Entertainment.
Bonilla most recently appeared in Nat Geo’s miniseries The Long Road Home and was previously a series regular on the final season of A&E’s Unforgettable. He’s repped by Innovative Artists and MKSD Talent Management.
Long’s big break came with the starring role of Jack McCallister in the WB’s Jack & Bobby. He subsequently had recurring roles on Mad Men and on Private Practice. Long, whose series credits also include Helix, is repped by Innovative Arts and Authentic Talent and Literary Management.
Video: Laura Wright Interview - Celebrating 30 Years in Daytime Television(7/22/21) (Video) Emmy Award-winning actress Laura Wright joined The Locher Room on Thursday, July 22 to celebrate her 30 year career working in daytime television. Laura made her television debut as Ally Rescott on the ABC daytime drama Loving on June 25, 1991. Laura played that role on Loving up until the debut of The City in 1995. She played the role of Ally on The City until the show's demise in March of 1997. On August 1, 1997, Laura joined the cast of Guiding Light in the role of Cassie Layne Winslow, a role she played for eight years before moving to Port Charles and General Hospital. Laura took over the role of Carly Corinthos in November 2005 and has never left playing the role for the past 16 years. In 2011, Laura earned a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress.
Hayden Panettiere 'Trying to Forgive and Move Forward' After Ex Is Released from Jail(7/21/21) Hayden Panettiere hasn't completely shut ex Brian Hickerson out of her life.
The two were spotted together in West Hollywood over the weekend, according to E!, with Hickerson himself telling the outlet the duo were "not back together but are working on a friendship."
A source close to Hayden confirms they are in communication. "Brian is in intensive therapy treatment," the source tells TooFab. "She won't forget what he did but she's trying to forgive and move forward."
Our source added Hayden "is sober and doing very well."
That echoes what Hickerson told E!, telling the publication that Panettiere was "not drinking" during their hangout with friends. "We have a long history together, and the first step in my recovery as an abuser is making amends," he added. "That's exactly what Hayden has been gracious enough to allow me to do."
In April, Hickerson was sentenced to 45 days in jail after pleading no contest to two felony counts of injuring a spouse/cohabitant/girlfriend/child's parent. He was also sentenced to four years probation, received a five-year restraining order and was ordered to attend 52 domestic violence classes and pay a $500 fee.
Hickerson initially pleaded not guilty to eight charges brought against him after his July 2020 arrest -- including battery, corporal injury, assault with a deadly weapon and intimidating a witness, for incidents that allegedly took place during his relationship with Panettiere. All remaining charges against him were dropped after his sentencing.
He was previously arrested over allegations of abuse against Panettiere in February 2020 and May 2019, the latter also for felony domestic violence. He pleaded not guilty and the charges were dropped later that year.
"I am coming forward with the truth about what happened to me with the hope that my story will empower others in abusive relationships to get the help they need and deserve," Panettiere said in a statement to TMZ last July.
"I am prepared to do my part to make sure this man never hurts anyone again. I'm grateful for my support system, which helped me find the courage to regain my voice and my life," she added.
"For anyone affected by abuse and needing support, call 1-800-799-7233," she concluded, sharing the National Domestic Violence Hotline, "or if you're unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 1-866-331-9474."
Frank Grillo To Star In Action Pic ‘Hounds Of War’ For Electric Entertainment, Malta Shoot Slated For Late 2021(7/20/21) Captain America and The Purge star Frank Grillo is set to star in action movie Hounds Of War for Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment (Independence Day: Resurgence), which will sell the movie internationally.
The movie will follow a group of mercenaries who take on jobs that are considered impossible. After a mission goes wrong due to a shocking betrayal, only one of them is left alive to avenge his fallen brothers.
Filming is due to begin later this year on location in Malta. Lowell Dean (Wolf Cop) will direct from Jean Pierre Magro’s (Blood On The Crown) script.
Pic is a co-production between Trilight Entertainment’s Shayne Putzlocher and Jaggurnaught’s Jean Pierre Magro, Pedja Miletic and Aaron Briffa. It is also produced and co-financed by Sara Shaak of Anamorphic Media. Executive producers are Frank Grillo, Nika Finch and Polina Pushkareva.
The deal was negotiated by Nolan Pielak, Senior Vice President, International Distribution of Electric Entertainment, and Shayne Putzlocher, producer of the film.
Pielak commented: “Frank Grillo has become an international superstar, and with the continuous appetite for commercial action features, a project like Hounds of War will be highly sought-after in territories worldwide.”
Putzlocher added: “I can speak for the whole team and say we are absolutely thrilled to have Frank as the star of our film. His commitment to the script and his superior experience in the action genre are going to give audiences a real treat.”
Video: Murray Bartlett Interview(7/16/21) (Video) Catch up with actor Murray Bartlett in The Locher Room recorded on Friday, July 16th. Murray was there to discuss his new role as Armond on the limited HBO Max series, The White Lotus which premiered July 11th. Murray will also reminisce about his role as Dominic "Dom" Basaluzzo in the HBO comedy-drama series Looking and his role as Michael 'Mouse' Tolliver in the Netflix revival of Tales of the City. Daytime television fans will recognize Murray from his role as Cyrus Foley from the CBS daytime drama Guiding Light.
‘The Last Of Us’: Jeffrey Pierce, Murray Bartlett, Con O’Neill Join HBO Series Based On Video Game(7/15/21) Jeffrey Pierce, the voice of Tommy in The Last of Us video game series, is set to recur as a different character opposite Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey and Gabriel Luna in HBO’s high-profile series adaptation of the Sony Playstation franchise. Murray Bartlett and Con O’Neil also have joined the cast of The Last of Us, from Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann.
Based on the acclaimed video game The Last of Us, the story takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel (Pascal), a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie (Ramsey), a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.
Pierce will recur as Perry, a rebel in a quarantine zone. Bartlett guest stars as Frank and O’Neill is Bill, two post-pandemic survivalists living alone in their own isolated town.
In addition to Pascal, Ramsey and Luna, cast also includes Merle Dandridge and Nico Parker.
Kantemir Balagov is directing the pilot episode of The Last of Us, a co-production with Sony Pictures Television. PlayStation Productions, Word Games, The Mighty Mint and Naughty Dog produce the TV series, based on the video game developed by Naughty Dog exclusively for the PlayStation platforms.
Druckmann and Mazin write and executive produce; Carolyn Strauss also executive produces along with Naughty Dog president Evan Wells, Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan of PlayStation Productions as well as Rose Lam.
Pierce’s role marks his return to the franchise. He voiced the Tommy character in The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part II video games. Also is known for his roles Bosch and Castle Rock, he is repped by Buchwald.
Bartlett plays the role of Armond in The White Lotus from Mike White, now airing on HBO and HBO Max, and is also known for Tales of the City and HBO’s Looking. Bartlett is repped by Anonymous Content and Paradigm.
O’Neill recently was seen in HBO’s Emmy-winning limited series Chernobyl and next appears in Our Flag Means Death and The Batman. O’Neill is repped by Mosaic and Brecheen Feldman Breimer Silver Thompson LLP.
Laura Wright Interview: Celebrating 30 Years in Daytime Television(7/14/21) (Watch Here) Emmy Award-winning actress Laura Wright will join The Locher Room live on Thursday, July 22 at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST to celebrate her 30 year career working in daytime television. Laura made her television debut as Ally Rescott on the ABC daytime drama Loving on June 25, 1991. Laura played that role on Loving up until the debut of The City in 1995. She played the role of Ally on The City until the show's demise in March of 1997. On August 1, 1997, Laura joined the cast of Guiding Light in the role of Cassie Layne Winslow, a role she played for eight years before moving to Port Charles and General Hospital. Laura took over the role of Carly Corinthos in November 2005 and has never left playing the role for the past 16 years. In 2011, Laura earned a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress.
2021 Primetime Emmy Nominations(7/13/21) The Primetime Emmys will air live Sunday, September 19, on CBS and stream on Paramount+. The Neighborhood star Cedric the Entertainer was just set to host the ceremony, which after a virtual 2020 ceremony will be held in-person at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, featuring a limited audience of nominees and their guests.
Lead Actor in a Drama Series
This Is Us
Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
The Flight Attendant
Supporting Actress in a Limited/Anthology/Movie
Hamilton • Disney+ • Lin-Manuel Miranda and Nevis Productions LLC, Old 320 Sycamore, and RadicalMedia
Mare Of Easttown
Mare Of Easttown • HBO • HBO in association with wiip Studios, The Low Dweller Productions, Juggle Productions, Mayhem and Zobot Projects
The Queen’s Gambit
Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
The Kominsky Method • Chapter 20. The Round Toes, Of The High Shoes
Saturday Night Live • Host: Daniel Kaluuya
Saturday Night Live • Host: Dave Chappelle
Saturday Night Live • Host: Dave Chappelle
Saturday Night Live • Host: Dan Levy
Guest Actress In A Drama Series
The Crown • 48:1
The Handmaid’s Tale • Pigs
The Handmaid’s Tale • Testimony
Ratched • The Dance
This Is Us • I’ve Got This
Murray Bartlett Virtual Interview(7/8/21) (Watch here) The Locher Room will welcome Murray Bartlett (ex-Cyrus, GUIDING LIGHT) to the YouTube show live on Friday, July 16. The actor will be live at 3 P.M. ET to talk about his time on the show, as well as his other roles he has played.
Suzzanne Douglas Dies: ‘The Parent ‘Hood’, ‘When They See Us’ Actress Was 64(7/7/21) Suzzanne Douglas (Guiding Light), who starred in Robert Townsend’s WB ’90s sitcom The Parent ‘Hood and most recently appeared in Ava DuVernay’s 2019 Netflix miniseries When They See Us, died yesterday at the age of 64. A cause of death has not been disclosed.
Douglas’ death was announced on Facebook by her cousin Angie Tee.
“Suzzanne Douglas a beautiful and talented actress made her transition today,” Tee wrote. “She warmed our hearts on movie screens and television sets all over the world…The world will miss your talent but your soul will live on forever.”
DuVernay remembered Douglas as “a quiet, elegant force.”
“A gentlewoman,” DuVernay wrote on Twitter early this morning. “A gem of a lady. A confident, caring actor who breathed life into the words and made them shimmer. I’m grateful that our paths in this life crossed. May she journey on in peace and love.”
A Chicago native raised by a single mother in the city’s public housing, Douglas, who graduated from Illinois State University and would later earn a Master in Music degree from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, launched her career in 1989 with a starring role in the Gregory Hines-Sammy Davis Jr. dance-themed drama Tap. Douglas played the daughter of Davis’ character in what would be Davis’ final film performance.
“I can remember growing up, there weren’t very many black actresses who had starring roles but there was my cousin with the lead role in ‘Tap’ starring alongside great dancers such as Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr.,” Tee remembered. For her performance in Tap, Douglas won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.
Also that year, Douglas began a prolific career in television that would include appearances in such series as A Man Called Hawk, The Cosby Show, Against the Law, I’ll Fly Away, The Parkers, Bones and Bull. In 1995, she was cast as Jerri Peterson opposite Townsend in his WB comedy The Parent ‘Hood. The show ran for five seasons and co-starred Reagan Gomez-Preston as the Petersons’ teenage daughter. (The younger actress remembered Douglas yesterday by retweeting recent Mother’s Day posts.)
Douglas’ film credits include The Inkwell (1994), The Last Weekend (1998), How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998) and School of Rock (2003). In addition to her TV series work, she appeared in TV films such as 2003’s Sounder remake and, in 2015, Lifetime’s Whitney, in which she portrayed Whitney Houston’s mother, the singer Cissy Houston.
The actress also appeared frequently on stage, including a starring role as Jenny Diver in Broadway’s 1989 3 Penny Opera and 1983’s The Tap Dance Kid. She was an understudy in the 1987 Broadway production of Into The Woods.
Information on survivors was not immediately available, but Douglas reportedly leaves behind a husband and a daughter.
‘American Horror Stories’: Matt Bomer, Billie Lourd & John Carroll Lynch Among ‘AHS’ Alums To Return For Hulu Anthology Series, Danny Trejo Confirmed(7/7/21) American Horror Stories, Hulu’s American Horror Story spinoff anthology series, will welcome some fresh and returning faces. AHS alums Matt Bomer, Billie Lourd and John Carroll Lynch are set to return to the wicked world of Ryan Murphy’s horror franchise as they round out the cast.
On Wednesday Murphy unveiled a slate of actors set to join the series via a social media post. The video listed off the names of participating actors and their roles. Bomer, Lourde and Lynch are set to play Michael, Liv Whitely and Larry Bitterman, respectively. Naomi Grossman will also return to the American Horror Story franchise to take on Rabid Ruth.
American Horror Stories is a weekly hourlong anthology series that will feature a different horror story in each contained episode. The spinoff will premiere exclusively on Hulu July 15. Murphy’s social media post also revealed that Aaron Tveit, Paris Jackson, Madison Bailey and Virginia Garndner and many more will appear throughout the series. Murphy also confirmed that Danny Trejo will join the cast as Santa.
“And this isn’t even the half of it,” Murphy said about the packed cast.
The spin-off anthology series will premiere a little more than a month before American Horror Story returns for its tenth installment, Double Feature. American Horror Stories is set to conclude on Halloween.
American Horror Stories is executive produced by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Alexis Martin Woodall, John J. Gray and Manny Coto.
‘Batwoman’: Robin Givens Joins Season 3 Of CW Drama As Series Regular(7/6/21) Robin Givens (Riverdale) has been tapped for a key role in the upcoming third season of the CW’s Batwoman.
Givens, a new series regular on the DC drama, will play Jada Jet. A powerful CEO for Jet Industries, Jada isn’t bossy: she’s the boss. Passionate and hard working, a woman who has worked her way through life’s ups and downs to climb her way to the top — all while being extremely protective over her impetuous son. A woman with a deep past that forced her to give up her first-born child, Jada is a woman with a good heart, but will do whatever it takes to protect her family.
In the June 27 Season 2 finale, Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie) has fully taken up the mantle as Batwoman with Kate Kane leaving Gotham in a search for her long-missing cousin Bruce Wayne (aka Batman). It also was revealed that Ryan’s biological mother, who was believed to have died in childbirth, is actually alive.
In addition to Javicia Leslie as Batwoman, Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy, Nicole Kang, and Camrus Johnso also star; original cast member Dougray Scott recently left the series. Batwoman is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Givens is currently recurring in the upcoming HBO Max series Head of the Class, reprising her role as Darlene Merriman from the original series. In the followup series, Darlene is Terrell’s (Brandon Severs) mother.
Previously, Givens recurred as Sierra McCoy on the CW’s Riverdale, also from Berlanti Prods. and WBTV, and directed a couple of episodes of the hit series. She also directed the 2021 feature film Favorite Son. Her film credits include Head of State with Chris Rock, Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys and the upcoming Last Looks with Mel Gibson and Charlie Hunnam. Her recent television work also includes a recurring role on ABC’s The Fix and a series regular role on OWN’s Ambitions. Givens is repped by A3 Artists Agency.
Soap Writers Chat - Nancy Curlee and Stephen Demorest(7/1/21) (Video) The Emmy Award-winning and real-life husband and wife duo Nancy Curlee and Stephen Demorest joined The Locher Room on Thursday, July 1.
Nancy Curlee is a three-time Emmy winner and the recipient of one Writers Guild of America Award for Guiding Light and has written for All My Children and One Life to Live.
Stephen is a six-time Emmy winner and the recipient of two Writers Guild of America Award as a head writer of the CBS daytime dramas As the World Turns and Guiding Light. He has also written for All My Children, General Hospital, One Life to Live, and Another World. Last year Stephen released his first sport book, Larry Miller: The Story of the Lost Legend Who Sparked the Tar Heel Dynasty.
The couple have three daughters and make their home in North Carolina. Please don’t miss the chance to catch up with this talented duo.
Soap Writers: Nancy Curlee and Stephen Demorest Interview(6/24/21) (Watch Here) Join the Emmy Award-winning and real-life husband and wife duo Nancy Curlee and Stephen Demorest live in The Locher Room on Thursday, July 1 at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST. Nancy Curlee is a three-time Emmy winner and the recipient of one Writers Guild of America Award for Guiding Light and has written for All My Children and One Life to Live. Stephen is a six-time Emmy winner and the recipient of two Writers Guild of America Award as a head writer of the CBS daytime dramas As the World Turns and Guiding Light. He has also written for All My Children, General Hospital, One Life to Live, and Another World. Last year Stephen released his first sport book, Larry Miller: The Story of the Lost Legend Who Sparked the Tar Heel Dynasty.
The couple have three daughters and make their home in North Carolina. Please don’t miss the chance to catch up with this talented duo.
Rosanna Arquette, Taye Diggs, Gael Garcia Bernal, Maya Hawke To Star In ‘Playboy Interview’ Podcast(6/24/21) A slew of stars including Rosanna Arquette, Taye Diggs, Gael Garcia Bernal and Maya Hawke, are to portray famous figures across history in a new podcast series from Playboy and Audio Up.
The two companies are launching Playboy Interview, an audio series that features teleplay-style re-enactments of the most iconic Playboy interview conversations.
Other stars also include Shea Whigham, Michael Shannon, Kevin Corrigan and Gina Gershon.
The series, which is set to debut in September, will see Arquette voice feminist pioneer Betty Friedan, Diggs will portray Muhammad Ali, Garcia Bernal plays Salvador Dali, Shannon is Tennessee Williams, Shea Whigham is John Wayne, Maya Hawke is Helen Gurley Brown, Kevin Corrigan is Frank Sinatra and Gina Gershon is Oriana Fallaci.
The first two episodes will feature “conversations” with Friedan and Ali.
The series is based on the classic Playboy Interview, which started in 1962 with Alex Haley’s conversation with Miles Davis and has run for more than 500 interviews including the likes of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Fidel Castro, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Steve Jobs, Whoopi Goldberg and Maya Angelou.
“Working on the Playboy Interview was an incredible experience,” said Maya Hawke, who also portrays Ayn Rand in the second season, which is likely to launch in early 2022. “I got the rare opportunity to portray two of history’s most influential, controversial, and complicated women. I was allowed to inhabit the characters rather than being asked to impersonate them, which left me thinking about their respective perspectives for weeks after. And I felt inspired. Even if I don’t agree with them about everything, or anything – their strength, persistence, and insistence on being exactly who they are has reminded me to be exactly who I am.”
“Playboy is culturally iconic for many reasons, but their in-depth interviews and journalistic integrity is a large part of what has made the publication so cool,” said Gina Gershon. “I was so happy to work on a project that celebrates Playboy’s historic interviews with so many incredible individuals. I’ve always been fascinated by Oriana Fallaci, and was so excited to be able to take part in bringing her interviews to life. It was so much fun to explore this remarkable woman and share her point of view with the world.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to unveil the first season of the Playboy Interview podcast,” added Rachel Webber, Chief Brand Officer at PLBY Group and producer of the series. “Audio is the perfect format for these intimate and revealing conversations. Each brilliant performance by this incredible cast gives you chills, making you feel like you’re right there in the room as history unfolds.”
“This podcast is the culmination of a personal journey for me having spent seven years as Playboy’s editorial director,” added Audio Up’s Chief Creative Officer Jimmy Jellinek, who adapted, produced and directed all 10 episodes of season one. “Thanks to the explosion of audio as a medium, today we’re able to reintroduce these incredible conversations to a new generation. I have long thought the Playboy Interview would lend itself perfectly to formats off the page. In my wildest dreams I didn’t anticipate that something this magical would be the result.”
“We’ve paired the greatest conversations of the 20th century with the greatest actors of the 21st. Audio Up is in the business of pushing the boundaries of audio entertainment and this project exemplifies that mission in every way,” said Audio Up founder and Chief Executive Officer Jared Gutstadt.
Video: Jill Farren Phelps Interview(6/23/21) (Video) Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps joined The Locher Room on Wednesday, June 23. Jill has worked as an EP on six daytime dramas (Another World, General Hospital, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, Santa Barbara and The Young and the Restless). Phelps has been nominated for fifteen Daytime Emmy Awards and has won a total of 11 Emmys for her work on those soaps. Daytime fans are passionate about Phelps' work (the good and the bad) over the years and they discuss it all.
Douglas S. Cramer, producer of ‘Love Boat,’ ‘Wonder Woman,’ dies(6/22/21) Douglas S. Kramer, who produced top-notch television shows such as “Wonder Woman” and “Love Boat” and spent them on contemporary art at a blazing pace, had to buy a second home. He died at his home on Martha’s Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts.
In an era of comfortable and family-friendly programming, Cramer was the dominant player in ABC, 20th Century Fox, and Paramount TV in the 1960s and 70s. He then teamed up with Aaron Spelling, the then undisputed golden-time television emperor. Together they dominated the rating war with shows such as “Love Boat,” “Heart to Heart,” and “Dynasty.”
Television made Kramer wealthy and gave him the ability to indulge in his almost obsessive hobby of collecting paintings, drawings and sculptures. By the 1990s, Cramer had collected more than 500 works of art worth about $ 100 million, the Architectural Digest reported. His collection was listed 17 times by ARTnews as one of America’s Top 200 Collection.
“I always enjoy seeing and owning things,” he explained.
Kramer, a longtime centerpiece of the LA art scene and former director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, died of renal failure on June 4, at the age of 89, said her husband Hubert Bush.
Raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Kramer began his television career with Procter & Gamble, which oversees daytime standards such as “Search for Tomorrow” and “As the World Turns.” Over the next few years, he directed the golden-time soap opera “Payton Place,” and then helped direct a series of long-running television shows, including “The Brady Bunch,” “The Brady Bunch,” and “Dynasty.” .. ..
“We walk a thin line just here on the camp,” he told New York Magazine in 1985, explaining his approach to unraveling the story of a loveless, stinging family in the “dynasty.” Did.
He told the Louisville Courier Journal that his urge to collect art was likely facilitated by his grandmother, who ran an antique store. For reasons he couldn’t explain, he started collecting salt shakers, postcards, and posters. His first big splash was a black print purchased for $ 350 and paid off in monthly installments.
In LA, he grew up and bought the artwork crazy — Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Richard Erschwager, a seemingly endless list. He was so close to Andy Warhol that he persuaded the artist to make a guest appearance on “Love Boat” instead of asking for some of Warhol’s portraits.
The art collected was meditative instead of an enthusiastic work in the studio, Kramer said.
“There is a great freeze on art,” he told The New York Times in 1993. “At work, I spend a couple of hours watching movies and videos, but when I get home, the images stop.”
When Bel Air’s house was filled with art, he bought a 66-acre ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley to store the rest. And when it was full, he added some galleries to the property due to the overflow.
The 420-acre ranch was eventually sold to Firestone Vineyard, where much of the art was donated to MOCA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Cincinnati Art Museum.
Kramer was free to roam between his residences in Los Angeles, New York City, Martha’s Vineyard, Connecticut, St. Martin, and Miami, chasing the seasons and whims.
The marriage to Hollywood gossip columnist Joyce Haver divorced in the 1970s, and her two children, Courtney and Douglas, died in 2004 and 2015, respectively. He married Bush in 2006 after a long partnership. Besides his husband, he has survived by his brother, Peyton.
Joanne Linville Dies: ‘Star Trek’ Romulan Commander & ‘Twilight Zone’ Actress With Scores Of Screen Credits Was 93(6/21/21) Joanne Linville (Amy Sinclair, The Guiding Light), who played the Romulan commander in a memorable 1968 Star Trek episode and had scores of other screen credits, died Sunday. She was 93. CAA made the announcement but did not disclose a cause of death.
Linville began racking up TV guest roles in the mid-1950s, appearing on such series of the era as Studio One, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Kraft Theatre and Playhouse 90. She continued to guest on drama series throughout the ’60s, including such classics as Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The F.B.I., Route 66, Ben Casey, I Spy and a two-part Hawaii Five-0.
Of her work in that era, she might be most recognizable as Lavinia Gordon, the owner of a ruined Southern mansion in the Civil War-themed 1961 Twilight Zone episode titled “The Passersby,” which also starred James Gregory.
But despite her prolific active career from the mid-’50s to the late-’80s, and included a few latter-day roles, Linville is best remembered for her role in a 1968 episode of the original Star Trek. “The Enterprise Incident” is one of the few times Leonard Nimoy’s Spock character Spock romanced a woman. Linville played a powerful Romulan commander who is drawn to and ultimately seduced by the Vulcan’s charms. She discovers too late that Spock’s attentions are a ruse so that Captain Kirk can steal the fabled Romulan cloaking device, which renders ships invisible.
Linville continued to work steadily in TV throughout the 1970s and ’80s. While never a series regular, she appeared on some of those decades’ most popular shows: Columbo, Kojak, Charlie’s Angels, CHiPs, Dynasty and L.A. Law.
Born Beverly Joanne Linville on January 15, 1928, in Bakersfield, CA, she grew up in Venice, CA. The actress also had some film roles during her long career including A Star Is Born (1976), Scorpio (1973) and The Seduction (1982).
During the 1980s, she and her teacher Stella Adler started an acting conservancy under the latter’s name, and Linville also authored the 2011 book Seven Steps to an Acting Craft.
Linville was married to On Golden Pond director Mark Rydell from 1962-73 and was the great-grandmother of actress Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell’s son, Kingston. Along with the four of them, she is survived by her children Christopher and Amy, and grandchildren Ruby and Ginger.
Video: Guiding Light Reunion - Carolyn Ann Clark and Kristen Vigard(6/16/21) (Video) Carolyn Ann Clark (Lesley Ann Monroe) and Kristen Vigard (Morgan Richards) joined The Locher Room on Wednesday, June 16th. Don't miss the chance to catch up with these two talented Springfield residents as they share memories of that special time on Guiding Light.
Chat with Jill Farren Phelps(6/15/21) (Watch here) The Locher Room will welcome Jill Farren Phelps to the YouTube show on Wednesday, June 23 at 3 p.m. ET. Phelps has been the EP at ANOTHER WORLD, GH, GUIDING LIGHT, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, SANTA BARBARA AND Y&R and has won 11 Daytime Emmys for her works on soaps.
‘13: The Musical’: Rhea Perlman, Josh Peck & Peter Hermann Round Out Cast Of Netflix Pic(6/12/21) And the dance card is full. Rhea Perlman (Matilda, Cheers), Josh Peck (Turner & Hooch, The Wackness) and Peter Hermann (Younger, Law & Order: SVU) have joined 13: The Musical, rounding out the cast of Netflix’s feature adaptation of the Broadway show.
It follows 12-year-old Evan Goldman (Eli Golden) as he moves from New York City to small-town Indiana and must grapple with his parents’ divorce, prepare for his pending Bar Mitzvah and navigate the complicated social circles of a new school.
Production is underway on 13: The Musical, which is produced by Neil Meron with Tamra Davis directing and Tony winner Robert Horn adapting the script off the book he co-wrote with Dan Elish.
No details about Perlman, Peck or Hermann’s roles, but they join a cast that includes Gabriella Uhl, JD McCrary, Frankie McNellis, Lindsey Blackwell, Jonathan Lengel, Ramon Reed, Nolen Dubuc, Luke Islam, Shechinah Mpumlwana, Kayleigh Cerezo, Wyatt Moss, Liam Wignall, Khiyla Aynne and Debra Messing.
Three-time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown, who served as the composer and lyricist on the original musical, is also composing new music for the feature here. EPs are Davis, Brown, Horn, Mark Nicholson and Bob Boyett. Jamal Sims is choreographer, and Harvey Mason Jr. is executive music producer.
GUIDING LIGHT Virtual Reunion Scheduled(6/8/21) (Watch here) The Locher Room will welcome GUIDING LIGHT alums Carolyn Ann Clark (ex-Lesley Ann) and Kristen Vigard (ex-Morgan) to the YouTube show. The actresses will be interviewed live on Wednesday, June 16 at 3 p.m. ET, which can be viewed here.
Douglas S. Cramer, Exec Producer on ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Dynasty’ and ‘The Love Boat,’ Dies at 89(6/7/21) (hollywoodreporter.com) Douglas S. Cramer, the onetime head of Paramount Television and producing partner of Aaron Spelling who helped launch such series as Peyton Place, The Brady Bunch, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Love Boat and Dynasty, has died. He was 89.
Cramer died Monday in Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts of heart and kidney failure, his close friend and former The Hollywood Reporter columnist Sue Cameron announced.
“When I was a THR columnist, nobody knew it, but he was my secret ‘legman.’ He was a genius producer with style and taste. We had so much fun together. We were friends for over 45 years,” Cameron said.
A two-time Emmy nominee who was once married to powerful Hollywood columnist Joyce Haber, Cramer also worked for Procter & Gamble, ABC, 20th Century Fox and Screen Gems, where he executive produced Leon Uris’ QB VII, a six-hour-plus “novel for television” that amassed huge ratings for ABC in 1974.
Later, he forged a relationship with prolific author Danielle Steel, and he made more than 20 telefilms and/or miniseries out of her wildly popular novels before he quit show business to concentrate on his enviable art collection and real estate properties around the world.
In 1977, after Spelling and Leonard Goldberg went their separate ways after their producing partnership had fathered such hits as Charlie’s Angels, Fantasy Island, Hart to Hart and T.J. Hooker, each exec took Cramer out to dinner and offered him a job.
Spelling had a contract with ABC that guaranteed a certain number of his pilots had to be picked up, so Cramer went with him. He did so even though Goldberg had been his assistant at ABC and then his boss at Screen Gems.
Cramer would spend 14 years as executive vp of Aaron Spelling Productions, but as part of his deal, he “was not to give any interviews or do any press; that it was all Aaron, his company,” he said in a 2009 conversation for the Television Academy Foundation website The Interviews. “He’d seen other people get the press and the credit.”
Cramer entered the relationship with Spelling with the rights to The Love Boat after reading a newspaper review of a “tacky three-dollar paperback” written by Jeraldine Saunders about “how easy it was to get laid aboard a cruise ship,” he said.
Following two failed Love Boat pilots that were burned off as telefilms, Spelling wooed Gavin MacLeod to play Captain Merrill Stubing for a third pilot, and ABC ordered the series. It ran for nine seasons, from 1977-87.
While working as an ABC exec in 1964, Cramer had helped get the primetime soap opera Peyton Place off the ground. So when “Aaron kept saying to me, ‘What have you done in the past that worked? Let’s do it again,’ I said, ‘Let’s find the grounds to do a serial,'” he recalled.
Dallas was huge for CBS at the time, and Spelling and Cramer hit on the idea of another show about a rich oil family, this one living in Denver. That would be Dynasty, which bowed on ABC in 1981 and also lasted nine seasons.
At Spelling Productions, Cramer executive produced other series, some more successful than others. They included Vega$, starring Robert Urich; Matt Houston, starring Lee Horsley; Hotel — a landlocked version of The Love Boat — starring James Brolin; Life With Lucy, Lucille Ball’s final show; Glitter, starring David Birney; Aloha Paradise, starring Debbie Reynolds; and B.A.D. Cats, starring Michelle Pfeiffer.
In a 1993 interview with The New York Times, Spelling praised Cramer for his creativity and “immaculate taste in art direction and wardrobe.”
“I was very hands-on, there was nothing I wasn’t involved with. I worried about every performer, every extra, every piece of clothing that appeared on the set,” Cramer said in his TV Academy chat. “I [also] was crazed about music. There was always more music on in my shows than anybody else’s. Dynasty in its key days had 42 or 44 minutes of music in each 49 minutes. Dallas, I’ll bet, didn’t have 20.”
Born in 1931 in Louisville, Kentucky, and raised in Cincinnati, Douglas Schoolfield Cramer Jr. was the son of a businessman who claimed to have invented the folding bridge table. His mother, Polly, was an interior designer who wrote a syndicated newspaper column, “Polly’s Pointers,” that dispensed helpful tips to housewives.
Cramer had a Variety subscription by age 6 and a half-sister whose stepfather, David E. Rose, was an executive at Paramount, and both of those things nurtured his showbiz dreams throughout childhood. He graduated from Walnut Hills High School and, after a few months as a production assistant at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, the University of Cincinnati.
He earned his master’s degree at Columbia and then, with the help of an agent, Phyllis Anderson, the wife of Tea and Sympathy playwright Robert Anderson, had a couple of plays produced in stock and off-Broadway. Cramer soon realized, however, that he was “too young to have anything to write about.”
Returning to Ohio, he ran the Cincinnati Summer Playhouse for several years, booking touring companies of Broadway shows that starred the likes of Lois Smith, Maureen Stapleton and Ava Gabor, and taught drama and theater at Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh.
He got a job at Procter & Gamble as a supervisor in its daytime TV department, where he worked on the Irna Phillips CBS soap operas As the World Turns and The Guiding Light, before moving on to the ad agency Ogilvy & Mather.
In 1962, Cramer shifted to the network side of the business. At ABC in New York, he spearheaded the development of Peyton Place as a primetime soap that starred Mia Farrow, Ryan O’Neal and Dorothy Malone. (Based on Grace Metalious’ novel, it also had been the basis of a hit Lana Turner movie in 1957.)
He hired Phillips as the series’ “secret, uncredited adviser,” and the success of drama — which bowed in September 1964 and ran three times a week at the height of its popularity — helped ABC land a show that would air twice a week, Batman, beginning in 1966.
Cramer headed to Los Angeles to become vp television development for Batman producer 20th Century Fox, and his tenure there included work on Irwin Allen’s The Time Tunnel and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea at ABC and NBC’s ground-breaking Julia, starring Diahann Carroll.
Following three years at Fox, Cramer decided “the time had come to do it on my own. I wanted to do more,” he said. With an assist from Robert Evans, who was a neighbor and good friend, and Barry Diller, whom he had worked with at Fox, Cramer was hired by Paramount Television.
Joining a studio whose output at the time included Mission: Impossible, Star Trek — both of which were money losers, he said — and little else, Cramer cut costs (dumping Barbara Bain and replacing Martin Landau with Leonard Nimoy on the former, for example) and developed Love, American Style, The Brady Bunch and The Odd Couple, among other shows. (Each episode of the anthology series Love, American Style had the three-story format that he would reuse for The Love Boat.)
Cramer relished the control he earned at Paramount. “We had autonomy and authority, which is what always impressed me about television. I wanted to be like a director with final cut,” he said. “Ultimately, I wanted my word on shows that had my name on them to be reflected in what was onscreen.”
Cramer fought for that named credit and got it: At the end of his series, he was listed as “executive vice president in charge of production.”
In three years as an independent producer based at Screen Gems, he got Bridget Loves Bernie, starring Birney and real-life wife Meredith Baxter, on CBS and produced what he called “the thing I was proudest of,” the ABC Holocaust miniseries QB VII, starring Anthony Hopkins, Ben Gazzara and Leslie Caron.
Drawing on his Batman days, Cramer executive produced another series based on a comic book character, Wonder Woman, starring Lynda Carter.
“Doug Cramer was a gentleman and a friend,” Carter said in a statement. “He gave me the part of Wonder Woman, which changed my entire life. His legendary contributions to television will never be forgotten. I am so grateful to him, and I’ll miss him.”
Dynasty‘s first season, Cramer recalled, was “deeply boring” and on the verge of being canceled, but Spelling convinced ABC to renew the show by promising to deliver “either Elizabeth Taylor or Sophia Loren” to the cast.
Taylor said no, and talks with Loren broke down weeks before taping started. With time running out, Joan Collins — who had recently guest-starred on Fantasy Island — agreed to come aboard as Alexis, and Dynasty would top the Nielsen charts in 1984-85.
While at Spelling Productions, Cramer had first worked with Steel on a 1986 miniseries adaptation of her cruise ship-set novel Crossings, starring Cheryl Ladd. After he left, he pitched the idea of a series of Steel telefilms to NBC’s Brandon Tartikoff, who quickly signed on (his mom, it turns out, was a big Steel fan).
Cramer also produced three Family of Cops telefilms starring Charles Bronson before he exited TV in the late ’90s. “I had my flops and I had my hits,” he said. When he decided to retire, “I just stopped. I closed my office, I gave away the deals I had. … It was wonderful to say no.”
After he and Haber completed a bitter divorce in the ’70s, Spelling acquired the rights to her best-selling novel, the Hollywood-set The Users, and asked Cramer to exec produce a 1978 telefilm version adapted by Dominick Dunne. He said a character played by George Hamilton is based on him.
Actress Lucie Arnaz, who said Cramer hired her for her first real dramatic role (in the 1975 telefilm Who Is the Black Dahlia?) called him a “conscientious and classy producer [who] gave some of most warm and elegant parties in Hollywood. He was the consummate host.”
Survivors include his husband, artist Hugh Bush. His two children from his marriage to Haber, Courtney and Douglas III, preceded him in death.
Cramer, whose collection of Roy Lichtenstein paintings inspired the pop-art graphics used on Batman, co-founded the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and was a longtime board member of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Andy Warhol painted a portrait of him as part of the deal that led to the artist guest-starring on The Love Boat in 1985.
‘City On A Hill’ Renewed For Season 3 At Showtime(6/2/21) Showtime’s Boston crime drama City on a Hill is coming back for a third season.
The gritty drama, starring Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge, will return for another eight episode run with production set to resume in New York later this year for a 2022 premiere.
Tom Fontana returns as showrunner and exec producer. Chuck MacLean, who created the show, based on an original idea by Ben Affleck, will remain as an exec producer on the series but will not return as a writer for season three after becoming the subject of an internal investigation over alleged misconduct.
Season 2 of City on a Hill centered on a federal housing project in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston plagued with drug violence and a rightful distrust in local law enforcement. FBI agent Jackie Rohr, played by Bacon, works to exploit Boston’s defective criminal justice system in a desperate attempt to salvage his own career. Unfortunately for Jackie, assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward, played by Hodge, is onto his adversary’s latest misstep. In time, the personal antagonism between these two escalates to an all-out war between the offices of the U.S. Attorney and the Suffolk DA. No one is safe from the collateral damage. At the conclusion of Season 2, Decourcy pursues justice in and out of the courtroom and despite his maneuvering, Jackie discovers that he can’t escape his past and gets ousted from the FBI.
Season 2 also starred Lauren E. Banks, Mark O’Brien, Amanda Clayton, Matthew Del Negro and Jill Hennessy with guest stars Pernell Walker, Lucia Ryan, Keiko Elizabeth, Kameron Kierce, Shannon Wallace, John Doman, and Michael O’Keefe.
City on a Hill is exec produced by Fontana, Jennifer Todd, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jorge Zamacona, Barry Levinson, Chuck MacLean and Michael Cuesta. Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge and Michele Giordano serve as co-executive producers.
Hallmark Sets Christmas In July Slate With ‘Crashing Through The Snow’, ‘The Christmas Ring’ & More(6/2/21) Christmas in July will return to Hallmark bringing Crashing Through The Snow, starring Amy Acker and Warren Christie, to the lineup.
The annual summer movie celebration will kick off Friday, July 9 and will run until Sunday, July 31. Crashing Through The Snow will make its Hallmark debut Friday, July 10 at 9 p.m. The film centers on Maggie (Acker), who joins her ex-husband Jeff (Kristian Brunn) and his girlfriend Kate (Brooke Nevin) for a Christmas getaway in Aspen, where she meets Kate’s brother, Sam (Warren Christie).
Crashing Through the Snow is from Through the Snow Pictures Inc. Stan Spry, Eric Woods and Ryan M. Murphy are executive producers. Anthony Fankhauser is co-executive producer.
This year’s lineup will also include a 2020 Movie Marathon, Soap Sunday and Countdown to Christmas Greatest Hits, which will feature holiday movies including The Christmas Ring and Crown for Christmas.
See highlights from the Christmas In July lineup below.
2020 Movie Marathon (Saturday, July 10-Sunday, July 11)
Popular Christmas movies from 2020 will air from morning till night, including the original movie premiere of “Crashing Through the Snow,” (Saturday, July 10, 9 p.m., ET/PT).
Soap Sunday (Sunday, July 18)
Holiday films featuring soap stars will air throughout the day and into the night, including Cameron Mathison, Chaley Rose, Rome Flynn, Alison Sweeney, Jesse Metcalfe, Fiona Gubelmann, Bethany Joy Lenz, Victor Webster, and more.
Countdown to Christmas Greatest Hits (Saturday, July 24-Sunday, July 25)
Celebrate some of Hallmark Channel’s Christmas hit films of the past. Highlights include:
“Crown for Christmas” (Saturday, July 24, 7 p.m., ET/PT)
Stars: Danica McKellar (“Matchmaker Mysteries,” “Love and Sunshine,” “The Wonder Years”), Rupert Penry-Jones (“MI-5”)
“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (Saturday, July 24, 9 p.m., ET/PT)
Stars: Brooke Burns (“Christmas Connection,” “Melrose Place”), Henry Winkler (“Barry,” “Happy Days”), Warren Christie (“If I Only Had Christmas,” “Motive”)
“Christmas Under Wraps” (Sunday, July 25, 7 p.m., ET/PT)
Stars: Candace Cameron Bure (“If I only had Christmas,” “Full/Fuller House,” “Christmas Town”), David O’Donnell (“A Christmas in Vermont”) “The Nine Lives of Christmas” (Sunday, July 25, 10 p.m., ET/PT)
Stars: Brandon Routh (“The Rookie,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “Superman Returns”), Kimberley Sustad (“Sense, Sensibility & Snowmen,” “Morning Show Mysteries”)
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Friday, June 25-Thursday, July 8):
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries presents a Christmas gift of themed nights of Yuletide favorites to enjoy:
Blake Shelton Night! (Monday, June 28)
Blake Shelton proves that he’s more than just an award-winning musician by showing his skills at executive producing the following:
“Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas” (6 p.m., ET/PT)
Stars: Megan Park (“My Christmas Love,” “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”), Josh Henderson (“Dallas,” “Desperate Housewives”)
“Time for You to Come Home for Christmas” (8 p.m., ET/PT)
Stars: Alison Sweeney (“Murder, She Baked,” “Days of Our Lives”), Lucas Bryant (“The Angel Tree,” “Love Song”)
“Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas” (10 p.m., ET/PT)
Stars: Lacey Chabert (“The Christmas Waltz,” “Party of Five”), Stephen Huszar (“A Homecoming for the Holidays,” “My One & Only”)
Holiday Jam Session! (Friday, July 2)
Christmas films featuring music will include:
“Our Christmas Love Song” (6 p.m., ET/PT)
Stars: Alicia Witt (“Cybill,” “Nashville”), Brendan Hines (“Scandal”)
“The Christmas Bow” (8 p.m., ET/PT)
Stars: Lucia Micarelli (“Treme”), Michael Rady (“Two Turtle Doves,” “Love to the Rescue”)
“Christmas at Graceland” (10 p.m., ET/PT)
Stars: Kellie Pickler (singer/songwriter), Wes Brown (“Check Inn to Christmas,” “90210”)
Salute to Christmas! (Saturday, July 3)
A Yuletide salute to those who bravely serve our country. Some of these films include:
“The Christmas Doctor” (6 p.m., ET/PT)
Stars: Holly Robinson Peete (“Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy,” “American Housewife”), Adrian Holmes (“Arrow”)
“USS Christmas” (8 p.m., ET/PT)
Stars: Jen Lilley (“Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday,” “Days of Our Lives”), Trevor Donovan (“Nostalgic Christmas,” “90210”)
“Deliver by Christmas” (10 p.m., ET/PT)
Stars: Alvina August (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” “Nancy Drew”), Eion Bailey (“Switched for Christmas,” “Once Upon a Time”)
Family on the 4th! (Sunday, July 4)
Family Christmas movies also part of the annual event are:
“A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas” (6 p.m., ET/PT)
Stars: Rachael Lee Cook (“Cross Country Christmas,” “Perception”), Benjamin Ayres (“Cranberry Christmas,” “Saving Hope”)
“Holly & Ivy” (8 p.m., ET/PT)
Stars: Janel Parrish (“Pretty Little Liars”), Jeremy Jordan (“Supergirl”), Marisol Nichols (“Riverdale”)
“The Christmas Ring” (10 p.m., ET/PT)
Stars: Nazneen Contractor (“Star Wars Resistance”), David Alpay (“The Vampire Diaries”)
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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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