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Bryan Cranston on His Early Roles, Dealing With Rejection and His ‘Erasable Mind(5/26/19) (variety.com/) Following his 2014 Tony Award for best actor as President Lyndon B. Johnson in Robert Schenkkan’s play “All the Way,” Bryan Cranston is looking to add to his trophy collection this year with his performance as Howard Beale in “Network.” The deranged anchorman — who’s famously “mad as hell and not going to take this anymore” — is the latest in a string of iconic roles for the actor, best known for playing chemistry teacher-turned-drug lord Walter White in the AMC series “Breaking Bad” (earning him a Golden Globe and four acting Emmys along the way). On a more lighthearted note, Cranston starred as goofy father Hal in Fox family sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle.” He was first mentioned in Variety in an announcement on Jan. 13, 1982, when he signed with Leonard Grant & Associates for personal management.
Did you have any train-wreck auditions early in your career?
I was 22 years old, and the character was a cocky Southerner. I thought, “I’m just gonna go in character.” The casting director held out his hand, and I pretended I didn’t see it. I crossed my legs and put my boots on top of his desk. At that point he was done with me, and he was right because I was acting like an idiot. He goes, “Get your feet off my desk.” I had a moment of “Are you really this character, or are you going to acquiesce?” I just smirked. He said it again, and I realized we were done. The whole character dropped, and I took my feet off his desk. I said, “It wouldn’t really matter if we read the scene, would it?” He said no, and I left and apologized.
How did you deal with rejection?
I had an epiphany 10 years after that. It changed my life as an actor. I used to think that an audition was a job interview, but I realized I was giving up my power because I was going into an office wanting something from them. Whenever you want something from anyone, you have relinquished your power. Holding on to power in an audition is essential for an actor. You have to be able to do exactly what you want because that’s what’s required of you to impress someone with your uniqueness and what you could bring to a character. I was going in there to present an idea, an option for them. An audition became another opportunity for me to act.
What did you learn from your first major role?
I accepted a role on a soap opera called “Loving” on ABC in 1983. The challenge on a soap opera is how to be authentic with basically no rehearsal. You learn your lines the night before. With that kind of turnover, how do you get to a place that feels honest? That was hard for me. I think soap operas are unfairly judged as less valued acting experiences. They are indeed extremely challenging. It felt like I crossed a threshold from that point on.
Is there a line of dialogue that always sticks with you?
It’s funny; I have an erasable mind. Once I finish something, it pretty much goes. The line from “Breaking Bad” is pretty iconic. “You think you know me. You think that I’m the one who’s in danger. No, I am the danger.” I can’t remember it. Fans quote it back to me, but I don’t know it. They’re shocked. Some have said they’ve watched “Breaking Bad” six times all the way through, and that’s five more than I have.
Nick Choksi on Elementary 6/13/19(5/24/19) “Red Light, Green Light” – An explosion at a traffic stop puts Holmes and Watson on two separate tracks of investigation as they try to determine whether the attack was gang-related or a terrorist attack. Also, Holmes and Watson suspect there is more for them to discover regarding the recent attack on someone within their inner circle, on ELEMENTARY, Thursday, June 13 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Jonny Lee Miller directed the episode.
GUEST CAST includes: Rob Bartlett (Captain Dwyer), Jon Huertas (Halcon), Nick Choksi (Phil)
Hayden Panettiere's BF Charged with Felony Domestic Violence(5/23/19) Hayden Panettiere's boyfriend is in serious trouble following his arrest for domestic violence ... 'cause TMZ's learned he's now facing a charge that could land him in prison.
The L.A. County District Attorney's Office has charged Hayden's BF, Brian Hickerson, with 1 count of felony domestic violence. If he's convicted, Brian faces up to 4 years in prison.
TMZ broke the story ... Brian was arrested earlier this month after an argument with Hayden allegedly turned physical. As we told you ... the couple had been out drinking before an argument ensued at their pad. Law enforcement sources initially said the injuries were marks and redness, but we're now told the injuries were far more serious.
Hickerson appeared in court this morning and pled not guilty to the charge. His bail was set at $50k. The judge also issued a protective order that prohibits Hickerson from being 100 yards near Panettiere or contacting her. He'll be back in court next month.
Cops arrested Brian almost immediately after the altercation after determining he started the fight. Hayden and Brian have been dating since last summer.
The Rookie Renewed for Season 2(5/11/19) The Rookie will report back for duty next TV season.
ABC announced on Friday that the Nathan Fillion-led series has been renewed for Season 2, following a run of steady ratings in the network’s infamously vexing Tuesday “death slot.”
Across its 20-episode freshman run, the “light procedural” (tell that to Zoe!) averaged a 0.73 demo rating and about 4.2 million total weekly viewers, ranking fifth out of ABC’s nine dramas in both measures. When DVR playback is factored in, it has been one of ABC’s strongest gainers, trailing only The Good Doctor and A Million Little Things.
The Rookie‘s Season 1 finale saw the rookie exam interrupted by a bio-terrorism threat. Along the way, Nolan witnessed Russo engage in a bad shooting, while Bradford collapsed after being cooped up with a man who had been exposed to and died brutally from the weaponized virus.
Kip Niven Dies: ‘Magnum Force’ Rogue Cop & Actor In ‘Alice’, ‘The Waltons’ & Sensurround Films Was 73(5/9/19) Kip Niven (John Neale, Loving/Nat, OLTL), a veteran character actor whose career ranged from early-’70s TV and the first two Sensurround films to regional theater and starring in 2014’s Jayhawkers, has died. He was 73. Local media outlets in his native Kansas City, MO, said Niven died Monday of a heart attack.
Born on May 27, 1945, he got his start with guest roles in such 1970s TV dramas as Night Gallery, Escape and Emergency! before landing a key role in the first Dirty Harry sequel. In 1973’s Magnum Force, Niven played “Red” Astrachan, one of the vigilante rookie cops who terrorize San Francisco’s underworld — and eventually Clint Eastwood, who eventually gets his revenge. Astrachan’s comrades were played by future stars Robert Urich, Tim Matheson and David Soul.
After that, Niven would appear in dozens of TV shows and more than a dozen features including Earthquake (1974) and Midway (1976), the first two movies released in the Sensurround format that made theater seats shake at key moments. He had a key, if brief and ill-fated, role in Earthquake as a scientist who predicts that the Big One will hit Los Angeles within days.
As the “disaster movie” trend swept through Hollywood in the mid-’70s, Niven also would appear in Airport 1975 and The Hindenburg (1977),
He also continued to work on the small screen, appearing in multiple telefilms, miniseries including Blind Ambition and Once an Eagle and such drama series as Marcus Welby, M.D., S.W.A.T. and The Bionic Woman. He also did an arc as Rev. Tom Marshall on The Waltons and returned for the first two post-series telepics.
Niven also did a stint on the long-running CBS sitcom Alice, whose star Linda Lavin he married in 1982. Niven’s character had a key role in the two-part series finale as a country singer who whisks Lavin’s Alice away to Nashville to follow her musical dream.
Niven worked mostly in TV during the 1980s, guesting on shows including Falcon Crest, Hart to Hart, CHiPs, Simon & Simon, T.J. Hooker, Knight Rider, Kate & Allie and Spenser: For Hire and some 1990s series including Law & Order and Walker, Texas Ranger, along with multiple telefilms.
Among his other film credtis are Swashbuckler (1976), Damnation Alley (1977) and playing a masked homicidal maniac in the 1980 slasher pic New Year’s Evil.
He would go on to appear in indie films and shorts through 2018, with his last major as playing legendary University of Kansas basketball coach Forrest “Phog” Allen in Jayhawkers.
Niven also was a regular on the Kansas City theater circuit, where he found the Equity Actors’ Readers’ Theatre.
Stephan James & Lawrence Fishburne Lead Cast Of Antoine Fuqua’s “#Freerayshawn’ Quibi Series From Sony TV(5/8/19) Stephan James and Lawrence Fishburne are set to star and Jasmine Cephas Jones, Skeet Ulrich and Annabeth Gish will co-star in Antoine Fuqua’s short-form drama series #Freerayshawn, The drama, from Sony Pictures TV, will be featured on Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s Quibi, a short-form mobile streaming service which takes long-form content and breaks it into little bits, essentially one long story told in chapters.
#Freerayshawn, which has started production in New Orleans, is believed to be the first Quibi series from a major studio as indie Sony TV continues to embrace new entrants in the original scripted programming space. It originated as a feature penned by Marc Maurino, with revisions by Michael C Martin.
#Freerayshawn tells the story of a young, black Iraq War veteran named Rayshawn (James) who is set up by New Orleans police on a drug deal, runs for his life, and takes refuge inside his apartment building with his girlfriend and child. With New Orleans PD and the SWAT team outside ready to storm his home, a social media frenzy begins as community members and news outlets arrive at the scene. During this growing mayhem, a sympathetic cop named Steven Poincy (Fishburne) plays the role of negotiator, and, over the course of one brutally stressful day, Steven tries to get Rayshawn to calmly surrender in order to avoid an escalation of unnecessary violence.
Jones plays Tyisha, Ulrich is Sgt. Mike Trout and Gish portrays Detective Lincoln.
Fuqua executive produces with Fuqua Films’ David Boorstein and Kat Samick, Mann, and Justin Bursch. Fuqua Films and Sony Pictures TV co-produce.
#Freerayshawn was briefly referenced by Katzenberg at the official unveiling of Quibi in October when he mentioned that Fuqua was developing a project the former DreamWorks Animation CEO described as a modern-day version of Dog Day Afternoon.
Fishburne’s most recent film credits include Marvel’s Ant Man and The Wasp, The Mule and Where’d You Go Bernadette and he’ll next be seen reprising his role of Bowey King in John Wick 3.
James most recently starred in the Barry Jenkins-directed If Beale Street Could Talk and also stars in Sam Esmail’s Amazon Prime Video series Homecoming, receiving a Golden Globe nomination for his performance opposite Julia Roberts.
Ulrich co-stars as FP Jones on the hit CW series Riverdale. He also recently starred as infamous kidnapper David Mitchell in the Lifetime movie, I Am Elizabeth Smart opposite Alana Boden and Deirdre Lovejoy.
Jones will next be seen in a recurring role on HBO’s Mrs. Fletcher. Her most recent TV credits include a recurring role on the second season of NBC’s Midnight, Texas. Her upcoming films include Unt. Noah Baumbach for Netflix and Universal’s The Photograph opposite Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield.
Gish’s TV credits include The Haunting of Hill House and The X-Files and she will next be seen starring with Joseph Cross in indie film Stay at Condor Beach.
Fuqua is repped by CAA and Ziffren Brittenham. Mann is repped by CAA, Writ Large and Del Shaw Moonves. James is repped by CAA, Noble Caplan Abrams and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer. Fishburne is repped by Helen Sugland, Paradigm, and Del Shaw Moonves. Jones is repped by ATA Management, ICM Partners and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer. Ulrich is repped by Paradigm and Luber Roklin. Gish is repped by Innovative Artists and Thruline.
Dishing with Digest - 5/3/19 - Sal Stowers(5/3/19) DAYS's Sal Stowers Traces Her Soap Roots (Listen / download) Sal Stowers talks about her emotional year as DAYS's Lani, her first soap job as ALL MY CHILDREN's Cassandra, winning AMERICA'S TOP MODEL AND MORE with Soap Opera Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about the AMC and ONE LIFE reboots, and the comebacks of DAYS's Stephen Nichols and GH's Ingo Rademacher.
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Suits' Final Season, Spinoff Pearson Get Shared July Premiere Date(4/2/19) (Promo Poster) Suits and its spinoff Pearson are teaming up this summer: The ninth and final season of the flagship series will premiere on Wednesday, July 17 at 9/8c on USA Network, leading into the debut of the Gina Torres-led offshoot at 10 pm.
Suits‘ 10-episode swan song will explore Harvey and Donna as a romantic couple in the aftermath of his Season 8 finale epiphany. The realization that Donna is the one with whom he wants to share his wins and losses led Harvey to rush to her home, after which the pair had sex.
“We’re going to follow their growth,” showrunner Aaron Korsh told TVLine during a post mortem Q&A. “When you’re in a relationship with someone, learning how to communicate with them is probably the most important key to success. They’re going to have to learn how to handle their issues in a relationship the way people do, the way couples do, and we’re going to see that.” Pearson, also spanning 10 episodes, follows Torres’ disbarred lawyer Jessica Pearson as she gets involved in the dirty world of Chicago politics and becomes the mayor’s (Homeland‘s Morgan Spector) right-hand fixer. The cast also includes Simon Kassianides (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as a cop/the mayor’s driver, Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill) as the ambitious city attorney Keri Allen, Chantel Riley (Wynnona Earp) as Jessica’s cousin Angela, Isabel Arraiza (The Oath) as Jessica’s “intense” assistant Yoli and Eli Goree (Ballers) as the mayor’s press secretary Derrick. Suits EP Daniel Arkin serves as showrunner on the spinoff.
Brandon Routh on Blackish 5/14/19(4/30/19) “Is It Desert or Dessert” – Dre has concerns about Jack and Diane spending the weekend with their friends’ family in the desert. Meanwhile, Pops is forced to come to terms with how he treats women after he helps set Junior up on “black-ish,” TUESDAY, MAY 14 (9:00–9:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
ABC’s “black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, Laurence Fishburne as Pops, Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson Jr., Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson, Jenifer Lewis as Ruby, Peter Mackenzie as Mr. Stevens and Deon Cole as Charlie Telphy.
Guest starring is Jeff Meacham as Josh, Brandon Routh as Banner Copeland, Mandell Maughan as Amy Copeland and August & Berlin Gross as Devante.
“Is It Desert or Dessert” was written and directed by Kenny Smith.
Tika Sumpter in Blackish 5/7/19(4/23/19) “Becoming Bow” – After Dre and the kids question Bow’s unusual upbringing, we flashback to a young, 12-year-old Rainbow living in a commune with her family. When the commune is unexpectedly raided, they are upended and must move to the suburbs. The mixed-race family has difficulty acclimating to this new mainstream life, and the kids struggle with their biracial identity as they try to fit in at their new school on a special, all-new episode of “black-ish,” TUESDAY, MAY 7 (9:00–9:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
ABC’s “black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, Laurence Fishburne as Pops, Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson Jr., Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson, Jenifer Lewis as Ruby, Peter Mackenzie as Mr. Stevens and Deon Cole as Charlie Telphy.
Guest starring is Anders Holm as Paul, Tika Sumpter as Alicia, Gary Cole as Harrison, Arica Himmel as Rainbow, Christina Anthony as Denise, Ethan William Childress as Johan and Mykal-Michelle Harris as Santamonica.
“Becoming Bow” was written by Kenya Barris and Peter Saji; story by Kenya Barris, Peter Saji and Tracee Ellis Ross; and directed by Anton Cropper.
Tom Degnan in The Code 5/13/19(4/23/19) “1st Civ Div” – Abe and Harper try to track down a website owner who is inciting violence by having Marines confront and expose civilians who are publicly pretending to serve in the Corps. Also, Abe’s relationship with Alex (Justine Cotsonas) becomes more complicated; Rami faces a crisis of conscience when he and his wife, Nazil (Shazi Raja), go for their citizenship test; and Col. Turnbull anxiously awaits word on her son’s status after she approves an overseas airstrike, on THE CODE, Monday, May 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Nate Miller (James Dale), Joe Carroll (Lance Cpl. Gary Van Horn), Tom Degnan (Lt. Isaac Pfister).
Tuc Watkins Looks Back at the Wild Romance of ONE LIFE TO LIVE's David and Dorian(4/17/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) While some couples go together like peanut butter and jelly, that couldn’t be said of ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s David and Dorian. Rather, they were like best friends Lucy and Ethel: a little contentious and superb at double-teaming on their scheming! David’s portrayer, Tuc Watkins, recalled the pairing of the con man and the wealthy woman fondly to Soaps In Depth, saying, “I remember that David would do anything to make her angry.”
Watkins’ favorite storyline took place in 1994 when Dorian and David were trying to figure out how to convince Llanview that he was Victor Lord Jr. “There were tests we had to pass, and we had to sneak around, connive, lie, cheat and steal together to do that,” the actor reflected. “And we fell in love in the process!” One of their big tests was when Viki’s alter, Jean, emerged and forced David to marry Dorian, whom he despised at that time. Given their chemistry, it might’ve eventually worked out, but she caught him with her niece, Kelly! “As soon as things seemed to be going well, David would screw it up. Or Dorian would betray him, and they’d go back to zero,” Watkins laughed. “So they never got to the point where they were comfortable with each other, which is ironic because [Dorian’s portrayer] Robin Strasser and I had the exact opposite relationship in real life. It freed us to play the conflict between the two characters.”
Things took another crazy turn when Dorian asked her other niece, Blair, to seduce and blindfold David so that Dorian could slip in and change places with her. “I remember every moment of that scene because I was in underwear, Kassie [DePaiva, Blair] was in a corset, Robin was in a wig and a corset, and we were pouring syrup on each other and using silk ribbons to tie each other to a bed!” Watkins shared. “And I remember saying, ‘I’m your hotcake on the griddle of love!’”
While David and Dorian went on to bicker over stealing a diamond and makeup and break up over time — including when Dorian coupled up with a lesbian to boost her senatorial campaign and David left for Hollywood — they were a couple that viewers continued to invest in. “Dorian was the tree, and Da- vid was a branch of that tree... his real strength came from her,” Watkins suggested. “So when you had David out there being a silly movie producer, it was a little bananas on bananas. He needed to be grounded by someone like Dorian.”
The Boys in the Band Coming to Netflix From Ryan Murphy; Entire Broadway Cast of All-Gay Actors Set to Return(4/17/19) Following a successful limited engagement on Broadway last year, The Boys in the Band will bring the party to Netflix in 2020, Ryan Murphy announced Wednesday on Instagram.
“Last summer, THE BOYS IN THE BAND were on Broadway, breaking house records at The Booth,” Murphy wrote. “THIS summer, The Boys In the Band will be filming a Netflix movie event. The incomparable Joe Mantello, who directed the Broadway revival, will direct the film adaptation. The Broadway cast of BOYS was so important to me, and as equally groundbreaking as Mart Crowley’s seminal work. Everyone in the cast was out and proud…and feeling so blessed to mark the 50th anniversary of Mart’s landmark play. … I will be producing the film with David Stone and Ned Martel. Look for THE BOYS on Netflix in 2020.”
Reprising their roles from the 2018 Broadway production are Matt Bomer (White Collar), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Zachary Quinto (Heroes), Andrew Rannells (Girls), Charlie Carver (Teen Wolf), Brian Hutchison (Madam Secretary), Michael Benjamin Washington (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Robin de Jesús (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), and Tuc Watkins (Desperate Housewives).
Set in New York City’s Upper East Side, The Boys in the Band takes place over a single evening, as a group of gay men face uncomfortable truths at a friend’s birthday party.
This marks the second Broadway production Murphy intends to bring to Netflix. Last week, he announced that new musical The Prom will be turned into a “movie event” for the streaming giant. Other upcoming Netflix titles from Murphy include Ratched, a prequel series about the iconic nurse (played by Sarah Paulson) from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Hollywood, a “love letter” to Los Angeles; and The Politician, a new series starring Ben Platt.
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New Holiday Film For DAYS Faves And Alums(4/10/19) A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS, a new film from executive producers Kyle Lowder (Rex, DAYS), Michael Caruso and Barbara Caruso, has been officially greenlit and is in pre-production. “Filled with warmth, humor, whimsy, and just a touch of magic, A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS combines classic Christmas themes with an escapist fantasy element that only a mermaid can provide,” said the film’s creator, writer and executive producer Michael Caruso. The cast includes Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Lowder, Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS) Kathleen Gati (Dr. Obrecht, GH), Sheree J. Wilson (DALLAS) and newcomer Emma Demirjian. Michael and Barbara Caruso Productions, best known for the multiple Daytime Emmy® nominated drama WINTERTHORNE, as well as producing two seasons of the Daytime Emmy® nominated LADIES OF THE LAKE on Amazon Prime Video, will produce the feature film in association with WFL Productions. Principal photography will begin in spring for a 2019 holiday release.
'20/20' presents two-hour documentary on murdered actress Rebecca Schaeffer(4/9/19) ABC News uncovers details of her stalker’s fixation, how stalking laws have changed in aftermath of her death
As celebrity stalkers regularly make headlines, a two-hour “20/20” documentary takes a look at one of the first celebrity stalking cases almost 30 years ago. Rebecca Schaeffer, a promising young actress known for her role on the hit sitcom “My Sister Sam,” was preparing to audition for the movie role of a lifetime, a part in “The Godfather Part III,” when her longtime stalker, an obsessed fan named Robert John Bardo, trekked across state lines and shot her point blank at the door of her Los Angeles home, killing her.
“20/20” looks back at Rebecca’s life and budding career, and uncovers the details of Bardo’s fixation, exploring the startling truth behind what it’s like to have a stalker and how stalking laws have changed in the aftermath of Rebecca’s death.
“20/20” airs Friday, April 12 (9-11 p.m. EDT), on ABC.
The show includes new interviews with actress Pam Dawber, star of “Mork & Mindy” and Rebecca’s co-star in “My Sister Sam”; director Brad Silberling, Rebecca’s boyfriend at the time of her death; Benson Schaeffer, Rebecca’s father; actress Dyan Cannon, who directed Rebecca in the film “The End of Innocence”; Erika Slezak, former star on the soap opera “One Life to Live,” Rebecca’s first TV show; and Marcia Clark, former Los Angeles prosecutor who successfully prosecuted Bardo for Rebecca’s murder and later became well-known during the O.J. Simpson trial. The documentary also features a new interview with Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson, who opens up about what it’s like to come face-to-face with a stalker, 10 years after her stalker made headlines when he traveled across the country and broke into a Los Angeles studio lot to find her – with two loaded guns in his car.
On July 18, 1989, as Rebecca eagerly prepared to meet with director Francis Ford Coppola and audition for the highly coveted role of Mary Corleone, Bardo was en route to Los Angeles from Tucson, determined to find Rebecca. Using the address he received from a private investigator he had hired, he found himself face-to-face with her at her doorstep. After a brief conversation, Bardo left and Rebecca, who didn’t know Bardo was stalking her, continued on with her day. Tragically, when Bardo returned just a few hours later, he shot her in the chest when she answered the door. The news of Rebecca’s murder created shockwaves across Hollywood and eventually changed the precautions put in place to protect celebrities from stalkers.
Police became aware of Bardo’s involvement in the crime when he ran through the streets of Tucson while shouting that he killed Rebecca. When he was apprehended, they found a photo of Rebecca in his pocket. Bardo was convicted of first-degree murder and received life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The special on Rebecca Schaeffer is part of “20/20”’s two-hour documentary programming. The original eight-week two-hour programming lineup has been extended to 15 weeks and will run through April 12. Since the two-hour documentaries premiered on Jan. 4, “20/20” has been Friday’s No. 1 newsmagazine each week in all key demos: total viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54.
‘Desperate Housewives’ Eva Longoria and Marcia Cross to ‘lose millions’ in royalties after college scam(4/3/19) Desperate Housewives alum Eva Longoria and Marcia Cross — who stand to lose a small fortune.
“Each cast member earns a fat royalty every time ‘Housewives’ airs anywhere around the world. Eva and Marcia planned on cashing those checks for years, and now Felicity has messed that up,” a spy dished to Straight Shuter.
“We’re talking millions of dollars lost. They’re steaming mad and nothing Felicity can say or do will help.”
As RadarOnline.com readers know, Huffman and Fuller House star Lori Loughlin were the most famous names in the landmark college admissions scam case that led to 50 people being charged in the criminal investigation involving wealthy parents, coaches and college prep executives who have been accused of carrying out a nationwide fraud to get students into prestigious universities, according to a federal indictment.
Huffman, 56, who’s an Academy Award nominee, has been charged with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, according to court paperwork filed Monday, March 11 in federal court in Massachusetts. The star allegedly paid a proctor $15,000 to take the SAT for her older daughter, Sofia.
Loughlin, 54, and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, were also charged after allegedly agreeing to pay $500,000 in bribes to have their two daughters accepted to the University of Southern California as a recruited crew athletes, even though they didn’t row competitively.
She was arrested and released from jail on $1 million bond.
Since appearing in a federal court in Los Angeles March 12 and released on $250,000 bond, Huffman has been “inconsolable” and “distraught,” the source said.
ONE LIFE Fave Books New Role(4/2/19) Erika Slezak (ex-Viki, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) will be featured on an upcoming episode of BLUE BLOODS. A message was posted on the Slezak’s official website that reads, “I worked with Len Cariou, who plays retired NYC Commissioner Henry Reagan on the series and Tana Sirois, a wonderful young actress and a dream to work with. Tana plays my granddaughter (not a regular series character). It was a long but wonderful day and the entire crew, director, John Behring, and the writer, Daniel Truly, were all so terrific and easy and helpful. Just the nicest crew, made me feel so welcome and happy. It was as if I had been back with our lovely people at OLTL, the best ever.” The episode will air on May 3.
George R.R. Martin's Soapy New Adventure(4/2/19) Andrew Miller, real-life husband of Eden Riegel (ex-Bianca, ALL MY CHILDREN, et al), is the showrunner of Hulu’s upcoming WILD CARDS series, based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R.R. Martin. In a big reveal that just so happens to fall on April Fool’s Day, Riegel, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (ex-Leo, DAYS) appear in leaked footage from the set of the new shows, which can be viewed on Martin’s official site at http://georgerrmartin.com/notablog. Tweeted Riegel, “I think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”
Hillary B. Smith Returns To GH(3/29/19) Hillary B. Smith is popping back in to Port Charles as Nora Buchanan, her ONE LIFE TO LIVE role. She last appeared in 2017, representing Valentin and Olivia Jerome. This time around, she’ll have a new client. GH announced the news by posting a photo of the actress on set with James Patrick Stuart (Valentin).
Marcia Cross Is 'Really Glad' Her Hair Fell Out After Anal Cancer Treatment: 'It Was Humbling'(3/29/19) (people.com) Marcia Cross is a survivor.
When doctors told the Desperate Housewives alum, 57, that she had anal cancer in November 2017, the actress prepared for the fight of her life. “You have moments of terror but it’s beyond tears,” the actress tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s issue. “You’re in fight mode.”
Knowing her six-week treatment would be “gnarly,” Cross was comforted when she was told the type of chemotherapy she was given did not usually result in hair loss. She also relied on humor to help her through the process. “In the beginning, I just sort of lay down for the parting of the cheeks and I would float away,” she says, laughing. “Because what are you going to do?”
Several months after completing treatment, Cross noticed her hair starting to fall out. “It was disconcerting,” says the actress, whose doctor suspected the loss was a result of a condition called telogen effluvium brought on by stress rather than her chemo. “I was really trying to be okay about it shedding, but it didn’t stop.”
Truthfully, “I’m really glad it fell out,” she insists. “It was totally humbling and heart-opening. I am shocked at how many people struggle with hair issues. It widened and opened my compassion for the whole ride.”
The actress first revealed her diagnosis last September when she posted a photo on Instagram bemoaning her hair loss and asking her followers if they could relate. The deluge of support she received prompted her to share her story to help others who are dealing with the disease.
“I want to help put a dent in the stigma around anal cancer,” Cross says. “I’ve read a lot of cancer-survivor stories, and many people, women especially, were too embarrassed to say what kind of cancer they had. There is a lot of shame about it. I want that to stop.”
Now cancer-free for almost a year (her doctor says the probability of recurrence is very low), Cross — who has been busy shooting the pilot for a spin-off of Jane the Virgin for the CW — is also “much kinder and a million times more loving to herself” after her diagnosis.
“I got a clear scan, and then I heard my critical voice start to attack myself, which it has done my whole life,” she adds. “I thought, ‘So you’re going to get to live and then you’re going to do that?’ And for the first time I thought, ‘No. That critical voice is no longer acceptable. It is no longer allowed. That is the real cancer.’ “
Shunori Ramanthan, Victor Slezak Join Michael Keaton In ‘What Is Life Worth’(3/27/19) Shunori Ramanthan and Victor Slezak have joined the cast of the Michael Keaton-starrer What Is Life Worth. The true-life biographical drama is directed by The Kindergarten Teacher‘s Sara Colangelo and also stars Stanley Tucci. Principal photography is set to begin next month in New York.
The Black List script from Max Borenstein is based on Kenneth Feinberg’s memoir. It’s described as being in the vein of Erin Brockovich and the Oscar-winning Keaton- and Tucci-starrer Spotlight. The story centers on Feinberg, a powerful DC insider lawyer put in charge of the 9/11 Fund. In almost three years of pro bono work on the case, Feinberg fought off the cynicism, bureaucracy and politics associated with administering government funds to victims’ families — and in doing so, discovered what life is worth.
Ramanathan will play Anisha Dass, a young Ivy League-educated lawyer who had been preparing to work for a company with offices on the 98th floor of One World Trade Center. She joins the Feinberg firm and the team working on the fund. Ramanathan’s feature credits include The Big Sick and Jonathan. On television, she has recurred on Netflix’s Gypsy and TBS’ Search Party with guest roles on Crashing, Blindspot and Master of None. She is repped by Buchwald and Authentic Talent & Literary Management.
Slezak is playing Attorney General John Ashcroft, who gets the job of Special Master of the compensation fund. The veteran actor recently completed shooting Julie Taymor’s The Glorias: A Life on the Road. Other recent credits include Scott Z Burns’ The Report and Nicole Holofcener’s The Land of Steady Habits. Among many TV credits, he is an alum of The Americans and Blue Bloods. Slezak is repped by Artists & Representatives and Authentic Talent & Literary Management.
Spotlight‘s Michael Sugar is producing What Is Life Worth alongside MadRiver Pictures’ Marc Butan, Sean Sorensen, Borenstein, Bard Dorros and Keaton. Kim Fox will exec produce along with Riverstone’s Nik Bower and Deepak Nayar. Riverstone and Ingenious are financing, with Peter Touche and Andrea Scarso executive producing. IMR International is handling worldwide sales; UTA and ICM Partners are on domestic.
Judith Light And Bette Midler Join Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Politician’; Janet Mock To Direct Episode Of Netflix Series(3/24/19) During the Pose panel at PaleyFest, Ryan Murphy revealed tons of news for the hit FX series and he also spilled some casting news about his forthcoming Netflix series The Politician. He announced that Bette Midler and Judith Light will be joining the cast and Pose writer and director Janet Mock will helm an episode.
“That’s my diva update,” he said after making the announcement on the PaleyFest stage.
Last week, it was announced that The Politician is set to premiere on the streaming giant on Sept. 27. The darkly comic show stars Ben Platt as Payton Hobart, a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, CA, who has known since age 7 that he’s going to be president of the United States. But first, he’ll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School. To get elected student body president, secure a spot at Harvard and stay on his singular path to success, Payton will have to outsmart his ruthless classmates without sacrificing his own morality and carefully crafted image.
Light, who earned an Emmy nomination for her role in Murphy’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace, and Midler join an already stacked cast that includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Bob Balaban, David Corenswet, Julia Schlaepfer, Laura Dreyfuss, Theo Germaine, Rahne Jones and Benjamin Barrett.
Morning Show Appearance(3/23/19) LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, syndicated
Mo 3/25: Corbin Bleu, guest co-host Lisa Rinna
Tu 3/26: guest co-host Lisa Rinna
Tonya Pinkins & Brian Kerwin on Madam Secretary 4/14/19(3/22/19) “Carrying the Gold” – As Elizabeth prepares to officially declare her candidacy for president, she must deal with fallout from a news article alleging she had an affair with President Dalton during her CIA days. Also, Mike B. and Jay adjust to the growing pains in their expanded roles as campaign staffers, and Elizabeth calls for a UN criminal tribunal against Myanmar military leaders over their treatment of the Rohingya, on MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, April 14 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Jane Pauley guest stars as herself.
GUEST CAST includes: Skipp Sudduth (Peter Harriman), Tonya Pinkins (Susan Thompson), Brian Kerwin (Deputy Secretary Steven Bailey)
General Hospital Q&A: Rebecca Herbst & Roger Howarth(3/22/19) General Hospital Q&A: Rebecca Herbst & Roger Howarth: Video.
Ryan Phillippe to Headline CBS' Frankenstein Pilot, Arrow Vet Also Cast(3/20/19) TV’s latest attempt at a Frankenstein-inspired series has found its leading man: Ryan Phillippe (Shooter) will star in the CBS drama pilot.
Now titled Alive, the project is described as a modern interpretation of the classic tale in a cop procedural setting. Phillippe will play San Francisco homicide detective Mark Escher, who’s mysteriously brought back to life after being killed in the line of duty. As Mark and his wife realize he isn’t the same person he used to be, they zero in on the strange man behind his resurrection: Dr. Victor Frankenstein.
Arrow alumna Katrina Law will portray Mark’s spouse Elizabeth Lavenza, a pathologist/medical examiner who is stunned when her husband returns from the dead. Although she is thrilled to have him back, she knows there’s a secret behind his resurrection and new personality — and she thinks she knows exactly who’s responsible.
Meanwhile, Mad Men vet Aaron Staton will co-star as the brilliant, slightly odd and possibly obsessed Dr. Frankenstein, who is on the run from an ethics board in China. Oh, and he’s also Elizabeth’s ex!
The potential series hails from writer Jason Tracey (Elementary, Burn Notice), with Elementary showrunner Rob Doherty serving as executive producer.
black-ish Spinoff at ABC: Anders Holm and Tika Sumpter to Play Young Bow's Parents in '80s-Set Prequel Pilot(3/19/19) Bow’s got some rad ‘rents. Champions‘ Anders Holm and The Haves and the Have Nots‘ Tika Sumpter have been tapped to play mom and dad to a pre-teen version of Tracee Ellis Ross’ matriarch in ABC’s in-the-works Bow-centric, 1980s-set black-ish prequel/spinoff, TVLine has learned. The adult versions of her parents Paul and Alicia were previously played on black-ish by Anna Deveare Smith and Beau Bridges.
Additionally, up-and-comer Arica Himmel is set to star as Young Bow herself in the backdoor pilot, which will air as a regular episode of black-ish later this season. Veep and Good Fight vet Gary Cole is set to co-star as Paul’s father/Bow’s grandfather Harrison, while Ethan William Childress and Mykal-Michelle Harris will play Bow’s respective siblings Johan and Santamonica. Improv vet Christina Anthony rounds out the ensemble as Alicia’s sister/Bow’s aunt.
The prospective, untitled series — which would mark the second extension of the black-ish franchise, following Freeform’s Zoey-centric grown-ish) — follows a 12-year-old Bow, who is described as emotionally and intellectually brilliant but also clueless, confused and awkward.
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 3/11/19 - Could AMC & OLTL Be Returning?(3/12/19) Could AMC & OLTL Be Returning? (Listen / download) With rumors flying that “there are talks” about the possibility of All My Children and One Life To Live returning, Richard and Charlie -- hosts of the Soaps In Depth Podcast -- discuss what the latest reboot might look like. Plus, they look at primetime soaps like Dynasty and The Haves & The Have Nots to figure out what their daytime counterparts might "borrow" from them. All this and more on this week's episode of the Soaps In Depth Podcast.
‘Jane The Novela’: Marcia Cross To Co-Star In The CW’s ‘Jane The Virgin’ Spinoff Pilot(3/7/19) Former Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross has been tapped as a lead opposite Jacqueline Grace Lopez in Jane the Novela, the CW’s Jane the Virgin spinoff pilot. The telenovela anthology series project hails from Jane the Virgin creator/executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman, star Gina Rodriguez, exec producers Ben Silverman and director Brad Silberling, as well as studio CBS TV Studios.
Written by Jane scribe Valentina Garza and directed by Silberling, Jane the Novela is envisioned as a soapy, telenovela-inspired anthology series in the tradition of Jane the Virgin, where each season is based on a different fictional novel “written by” Jane Villanueva and narrated by the author herself.
The first installment takes place at a Napa Valley vineyard, where family secrets (and family members) don’t stay buried for long. It centers on Estela (Lopez), an up-and-coming art curator who has spent years playing it safe and coloring within the lines. But a shocking secret changes everything and forces her to live a double life.
Being “in the tradition of Jane the Virgin,” Jane the Novela mirrors the setup of the original series. It too follows a driven, imaginative twentysomething Latina woman (Lopez) who is torn between her boyfriend, Luen, and Felix, a handsome, rich guy. Felix co-owns a winery with his manipulative and glamorous mother Renata (Cross), who will stop at nothing to secure her son’s legacy, even if it means standing in the way of his happiness.
Cross starred as conservative housewife Bree Van de Kamp on ABC’s hit soapy dramedy series Desperate Housewives, which earned her an Emmy nomination. She previously starred on Melrose Place and several daytime dramas, giving her strong credentials to tackle a series in the tradition of telenovelas, the Latin American version of American soaps. Most recently, Cross recurred on ABC’s thriller series Quantico as well as on YouTube Red series Youth & Consequences.
She is repped by Gersh and John Carrabino Management.
Sherri Saum Touches Down in Roswell: What Will We Learn From Maria's Mom?(3/5/19) (Video Preview) Life is about to get a lot more complicated for Roswell, New Mexico‘s favorite bartender. Tonight’s episode (The CW, 9/8c) introduces viewers to Maria’s mother Mimi (played by The Fosters‘ Sherri Saum), whose arrival forces her to confront some difficult truths about her family.
“We find out why Maria has that warrior spirit, why it exists inside of her,” Heather Hemmens tells TVLine of the revealing hour. “Maria is always so positive for her friends’ sake, and she’s always helping them through their drama, being this source of strength for them. Now we finally get to see why she has that resilience.”
This is also a key episode for Maria and Liz, whose friendship is strengthened as a result of their shared experience with Mimi. “She doesn’t want people to feel sorry for her, and she doesn’t want the attention turned onto her struggles,” Hemmens says. “But this is a reminder to her that it’s OK to cry. It’s OK to be overwhelmed by your responsibilities and feel in despair. But it’s also really special when you have friends who can share that with you. It’s very important, and female friendship should never be overlooked.”
In addition to the unexpected truth bombs she drops on Maria’s friends tonight, Mimi’s actions also inspire her daughter to think more about her family’s psychic abilities. “She plays with it and she makes money off of it, but she hasn’t stared it in the face and asked, ‘What is this to me, and where does it come from?'” Hemmens says. “She’s beginning to realize that this is an inheritance. To just cast it aside would be a waste.”
Hemmens also enjoyed collaborating with director Paul Wesley, though it wasn’t the first time the two have worked together: “I did an episode of The Vampire Diaries years ago [Season 5’s ‘Man on Fire’], and most of my scenes were with Paul,” she recalls. “He was a generous, welcoming actor, and he was the same as a director. He’s somebody who really gets The CW and gets the show. He fit right in.”
“I’ve also been dying to work with Julie Plec [ever since that episode],” she adds. “I try to soak up every minute I get to spend with her. She’s such an incredible director, mentor and champion of all females on set, just a great leader for us.”
Robin Strasser Joins the Cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES!(2/27/19) An ABC daytime legend has landed a new role on an NBC sudser! ONE LIFE TO LIVE star Robin Strasser is joining the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES! “November 12, 2017, nixed rumor I’d be joining DAYS,” she tweeted. “Cut to Feb. 2019, they called, I jumped! You can’t say #supportthe4 and not let them in when they knock on your door. #DOOL, yes!”
Strasser is best known for playing Dorian Lord on OLTL and following the cancelation of the soap, has been a vocal supporter of the four remaining daytime dramas still on the air, hence the hashtag “#supportthe4.” And when fans began petitioning again for the return of OLTL and ALL MY CHILDREN to the ABC Daytime lineup, she was right there with them. “Wouldn’t it be wonderful?” she tweeted. “Would I be available to play Dorian again? Dang yes! I’ve never gotten over the loss of my TV family and friends — I miss them as much as you have.”
Of course Strasser is going to be busy working on DAYS right now, although there has been no information released yet as to what character she might be playing, when she’ll first air, or how long her stint is planned to be.
Strasser has enjoyed a long career in daytime, beginning with a role on THE SECRET STORM, followed by SUMERSET, ANOTHER WORLD, and AMC. She first appeared on OLTL beginning in 1979, and was one of the most popular Llanview residents right up until the end of the series. Back in May of 2018, the actress shared with Soaps In Depth her new life in real estate, and how she’d love to return to daytime for another turn. “I only want to do recurring,” she expressed at the time. “I’m 72 years old and cantankerous as a horndog in a beehive. I could not possibly [work more]. But to come in for a hotsy-totsy three months and goodbye? Or to come in twice a month? Enjoyable!”
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Renewed at NBC(2/27/19) Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s first season on NBC won’t be its last: The Andy Samberg comedy has been renewed for Season 7, TVLine has learned.
The Fox castoff made its NBC debut on Thursday, Jan. 10 with 3.6 million total viewers and a 1.2 rating, improving on time slot predecessor Will & Grace‘s fall average by 50 percent while hitting a two-year demo high. Versus its previous season opener, B99 was up 82 and 71 percent.
Season to date, B99 is averaging a 0.9 rating, making it NBC’s top-rated sitcom, while in total viewers (2.8 million) it trails Superstore and Will & Grace.
“It’s been one of our great joys as a network to give Brooklyn Nine-Nine a second life,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming at NBC, in a joint statement. “Cheers to Dan Goor, Mike Schur, Luke Del Tredici and David Miner, and our amazing cast and crew who each week turn New York’s finest into New York’s funniest.”
An NBC rep says an exact episode count for Season 7 has not been determined yet.
The Brooklyn Nine-Nine pick-up follows previous renewals for The Good Place (Season 4), Will & Grace (Season 11), Chicago Fire (Season 8), Chicago PD (Season 7), Chicago Med (Season 5) and New Amsterdam (Season 2).
‘Altered Carbon’: Renée Elise Goldsberry & Chris Conner To Return; Simone Missick & 3 Others Cast In Season 2 Of Netflix Series(2/24/19) (Video) Two Altered Carbon fan favorites are coming back for the second season of Netflix’s sci-fi series. Renée Elise Goldsberry and Chris Conner will reprise their roles as Quellcrist Falconer and Poe, respectively.
They will be joined by new cast additions Simone Missick, who played Detective Misty Knight in the Netflix Marvel universe; Dina Shihabi (Marvel’s Daredevil, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan); German actor Torben Liebrecht (Operation Finale) and veteran James Saito (The Terror) in Season 2, headlined by Anthony Mackie as the lead Takeshi Kovacs, a role originated by Joel Kinnaman in Season 1. (Watch the Season 2 cast reveal above.)
Mackie will be the new embodiment of Kovacs, as the series continues to delve into the themes of identity, mortality, and the human soul across longer periods of times and different worlds throughout the universe.
There had been a lot of speculation whether any Season 1 cast members would return for Season 2. In an interview at the release of the first season a year ago, series creator/executive producer Laeta Kalogridis had indicated that Poe (Conner) and Kovacs’ deadly sister Reileen (Dichen Lachman) might be seen again, despite their characters being killed off. In the world of Altered Carbon, death is not an issue as also illustrated by the return of Quellcrist Falconer who also was killed (though her cortical stack had been backed-up before her demise).
A former Protectorate CTAC soldier who became a revolutionary Envoy, and then a mercenary for hire, Kovacs (Mackie) swears allegiance to no man or woman except one: Quellcrist Falconer (Goldsberry). His undying quest to reconnect with her spans multiple centuries, planets and sleeves.
A fierce revolutionary leader with a deep bond to Takeshi Kovacs, Quell (Goldsberry) is driven by her desire to reset the balance between life and death.
A centuries-old, highly-evolved A.I. and loyal companion to Takeshi Kovacs, Poe (Conner) strives to understand what it means to be human. (Watch video announcing Quell and Poe’s return below.)
Mossick will play Trepp; Shihabi is Dig 301; Liebrecht is Colonel Ivan Carrera; Saito is Tanaseda Hideki.
An expert bounty hunter, Trepp (Missick) is known for her ability to track down anyone in the Settled Worlds, for the right price.
An out-of-work A.I. programmed to assist human archeologists, Dig (Shihabi) finds a new purpose when she meets Poe.
The dogged leader of a Protectorate Special Forces unit known as the “Wedge,” Colonel Carrera (Liebrecht) is on the hunt for Takeshi Kovacs.
A centuries-old Yakuza boss, Tanaseda (Saito) controls organized crime on the planet of Harlan’s World and shares a history with Takeshi Kovacs.
Based on the classic science fiction novels by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is from Skydance Television. Alison Schapker, who joined as co-showrunner in Season 2, co-showrunner Laeta Kalogridis and James Middleton serve as executive producers for the series, alongside David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross for Skydance.
Dishing with Digest - 2/22/19 - Emme Rylan(2/22/19) Emme Rylan On Why She Loves Playing GH’s Lulu (Listen / download).
GH’s Emme Rylan dishes Lulu’s current tale, Dominic Zamprogna’s return as Dante, working with Genie Francis (Laura) and Anthony Geary (ex-Luke) and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we discuss the latest casting news, and whether AMC and ONE LIFE will return to TV.
Andrea Evans Opens up About Her #MeToo Documentary 'Rocking the Couch'(2/21/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Trailer) (Order here) Amazon’s THE BAY THE SERIES has added yet another beloved soap veteran to its roster: ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Tina, Andrea Evans. In the just-released season, she plays Mickey’s kid sister, Patty Walker, whom Evans told Soaps In Depth, “has taken over Patrick’s Roadhouse.” While Mickey is a no-nonsense nurturer, Patty’s someone that people should hesitate to trust. “She hears all the gossip,” Evans explained. “As she’s going from table to table, she picks up this and that.”
While it’s yet to be revealed what Patty will do with all that information, Evans is pretty sure that it won’t be anything good. “Typically, if I’m playing [someone], she’s probably not a very nice person,” the actress admitted with a laugh. “That seems to be my thing, so I think we’ll see some surprises from Patty!” The OLTL alum was very proud of the growth that Tina showed over the years, especially when she turned over her inheritance to Todd during that last return to Llanview. “She became a much fuller, more interesting person, and her heart came through in the end,” Evans recalls, “making her much more grounded in that she realized what’s important.”
What’s important to Tina’s portrayer is helping the entertainment industry grow in such a way that it becomes a better place for women. To that end, she’s been working as an executive producer on a project called Rocking the Couch, which is currently available to watch in the US and UK on Amazon Prime and internationally on Vimeo. “I started talking to my friends in the [biz] — everyone has #MeToo stories — and generously, several soap stars were willing to come on camera and share theirs,” she revealed. “Tonja Walker (OLTL’s Alex) gave some really heart-wrenching details.”
While many recognizable names contributed, Evans confided that “the most horrible stories are from those who are people trying to get into the business.” However, the jumping-off point for everything is a look back at the 1992 case in which talent agent Wallace Kaye was arrested for numerous sexual assaults. “I spent six months researching and tracking down everyone involved,” Evans says, “and was present for each interview. Now we have distribution, so we’re debating whether it’s going to be a stand-alone documentary or perhaps a docuseries.”
Evans had thought long and hard about allowing her teenaged daughter, Kylie, to join the project as a production assistant before eventually deciding, “If she wants to be in the entertainment industry, she has to know how to protect herself. And the only real way to know how to protect yourself is to be aware of the problem.”
NAACP Image Awards Nominees(2/13/19) 50th NAACP Image Awards celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of TV, music, literature and film will be unveiled March 30 at the Dolby Theatre in a ceremony that will air live on TV One.
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
‘Limetown’: Sherri Saum To Recur On Facebook TV Series Based On Podcast(2/13/19) The Fosters alumna Sherri Saum is set for a major recurring role opposite Jessica Biel in Limetown, Facebook Watch’s 10-episode series based on the popular podcast, from Endeavor Content and Midnight Radio.
Written by Limetown podcast creators Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie, Limetown follows Lia Haddock (Biel), a journalist for American Public Radio (APR), as she unravels the mystery behind the disappearance of over 300 people at a neuroscience research facility in Tennessee.
Saum will play Gina, the head of programming at APR Studios and Lia’s boss. The character is described as sophisticated, intimidating, a journalists’ journalist. A workhorse who knows the value of a great story.
Biel executive produces via her Iron Ocean Productions banner alongside Michelle Purple as well as Akers and Bronkie. Midnight Radio’s Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg will executive produce and showrun, with the company’s Adrienne Erickson producing. Endeavor Content is the studio.
Saum played the lead role of Lena Adams Foster on all five seasons of The Fosters and recently reprised the role on spinoff Good Trouble. She’s also set for a key role on Netflix’s Locke and Key. Saum is repped by Abrams Artists Agency & MGMT Entertainment.
Obba Babatunde In ‘Miss Havisham’(2/12/19) Obba Babatunde (Dear White People), Ella Joyce (Set it Off), and Wesley Jonathan (The Soul Man) have joined indie drama Miss Havisham Effect, which stars Rochelle Aytes and Brian White. Directed by Leila Djansi, the Lawren Henderson-written screenplay deals with Aytes’ real-life account of the long-term damage caused by a drug addict father and the toll it takes on a family. Aytes, White, and Ryan Daly from Zero Gravity Management are producing the project. Lou Ariola, Jenny Alonzo, Dave Ross, and Taryn Sims serve as exec producers. Babatunde is repped by Stone Manners Salners; Joyce by Arthur Toretzky and Landmark Artists Management; Jonathan by Innovative Artists & Marsh Entertainment.
Gen-Z Studio Brat Hires ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Alum Jessica Klein As VP Programming(2/5/19) Jessica Klein, a writer and executive producer on the original Beverly Hills, 90210 who later worked on soaps One Life to Live and As the World Turns, has been hired as VP Programming at Brat, the digital network and studio that aims its programming at Generation Z.
The move is an interesting one for Brat, which has been ramping up its original film and TV content on its digital platforms. The company focuses on using social media stars to build teen-based programming; nearly 3 billion minutes of Brat content were consumed across YouTube, Facebook and Instagram in 2018, Brat says. It has 2.7 million subscribers to its YouTube channel.
“I’ve spent the majority of my career writing serialized dramas for and about teenagers,” Klein said. “Kids haven’t changed, but Brat has figured out how to reach them. I can’t wait to help this incredibly exciting company create dramatic and engaging stories for a whole new generation of viewers.”
Klein, who most recently oversaw production for Nickelodeon series Make it Pop and The Other Kingdom, will oversee creative development and original programming as one of Brat’s most senior execs.
“We’ve always aspired to make television shows that happen to air online, and not commoditized ‘digital’ media,” said Brat co-founder Rob Fishman, to whom Klein will report. “Bringing on Jessica is a tremendous step forward in becoming this generation’s must-see TV.”
Klein wrote and produced seven seasons of Aaron Spelling’s iconic teen hit Beverly Hills, 90210, eventually rising to executive producer. She also worked as creative VP of The Tom Lynch Co., which produced series for NBC, the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and Fox Kids.
Brat, meanwhile, has raised nearly $50 million to date from investors like MGM owner Anchorage Capital and Shari Redstone’s Advancit Capital. It most recently renewed and set release dates for five original series and ordered two new series, one featuring Anna Cathcart from To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before and Odd Squad and another starring up-and-coming pro boxer Ryan “Kingry” Garcia.
Dishing with Digest - 2/1/19 - Heather Tom(2/1/19) B&B’s Heather Tom Looks Back On her Daytime Run (Listen / download).
Heather Tom (Katie) talks about on her soap past, her five Emmy wins, her B&B leading men, becoming a director and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also look at the actors who made the cut to receive Emmy pre-nominations.
Bryan Cranston to Star in Showtime Limited Series From Good Wife Creators(2/1/19) Bryan Cranston is headed back to the small screen in a big way. The Breaking Bad vet has signed on to star in Your Honor, a Showtime Limited series exec produced by Good Wife/Good Fight creators Robert and Michelle King, TVLine has learned.
Written by The Night Of‘s Peter Moffat (who also serves as showrunner and EP), Your Honor is a New Orleans-set legal thriller that finds Cranston playing a respected judge whose son is involved in a hit-and-run. The crisis leads to “a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices,” per the official logline.
“Peter, Michelle and Robert have crafted an original thriller with gut-wrenching suspense, raw emotion and moral complexity,” Gary Levine, Showtime’s President of Entertainment, said in a statement. “And we are simply ecstatic that Bryan Cranston, one of the planet’s finest actors, shares our enthusiasm and has agreed to play the lead.”
Production begins later this year.
Sherri Saum Joins Netflix's Locke & Key(1/25/19) Sherri Saum has a whole new TV family to deal with: The Fosters actress will play a central role in Netflix’s upcoming Locke & Key adaptation, TVLine has learned exclusively.
In May, the comics-based drama nabbed a straight-to-series order at the streaming service. Carlton Cuse (Lost) will executive-produce alongside Joe Hill, creator of the original comic, and Meredith Averill (The Haunting of Hill House), among others. Cuse and Averill also will serve as co-showruneners.
The 10-episode Locke & Key tells the story of three siblings who move to Massachusetts after their father’s murder. They soon discover that their new home hosts a set of magical keys, each of which give the children a different ability. Here’s the problem: A demon wants the keys, too, and will do anything to obtain them.
Saum will play Ellie Whedon, a teacher at Matheson Academy who has a mysterious history with the Locke family. In addition to playing Fosters mom Lena, her TV credits include How to Get Away With Murder, Revenge, Gossip Girl, Rescue Me and One Life to Live.
Locke & Key does not yet have a release date. In December, Connor Jessup (American Crime), Emilia Jones and Jackson Robert Scott were cast as Locke siblings Tyler, Kinsey and Bode, respectively.
Lorraine Toussaint To Portray Activist Flo Kennedy In Gloria Steinem Biopic(1/24/19) Lorraine Toussaint, who currently stars in AMC’s Into the Badlands, has been cast as the feminist, civil rights advocate and activist Flo Kennedy in the upcoming biopic on iconic women’s rights leader Gloria Steinem which is being directed by Julie Taymor. The Glorias stars Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander who are both playing Steinem at various stages of her life. The film is based on Steinem’s memoir.
Flo Kennedy was a powerhouse and somewhat flamboyant civil rights activist who often showed up in her cowboy hat, false eyelashes and pink sunglasses. She said that she liked to make white people nervous. She organized the protest against the Miss America contest and was arrested more than once in standing up for the rights of women and blacks. She later went on the lecture circuit with Steinem.
Alex Saks is producing the project via her Page Fifty-Four Pictures, with Taymor and Lynn Hendee. Steinem and Amy Richards are serving as executive producers.
Toussaint is also the lead of the new NBC series The Village which will premiere March 12 right after the critical/ratings darling This is Us. Her film Fast Color releases at the end of March. In addition, Toussaint is a voice actor on Netflix’s She-Ra and The Princess of Power and is co-starring in the upcoming Aug. 8 release of Lionsgate’s Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark.
She is repped by Frontline Management and Innovative Artists.
Reiko Aylesworth on Bull 2/4/19(1/22/19) “Prior Bad Acts” – Bull’s new relationship with Diana, his on-again romantic rival, is complicated by his renewed feelings for his ex-wife, Isabella (Yara Martinez), when they’re reunited by the sudden death of her and Benny’s father. Also, a deceased tech billionaire’s brother comes to TAC for help in bringing suit against the doctor he holds personally responsible for the tycoon’s death, on BULL, Monday, Feb. 4 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Yara Martinez (Isabella Colón), Reiko Aylesworth (Carolyn Kelly), Josh Cooke (Kevin Weeks).
Talk Show Appearance(1/20/19) JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, ABC
Tu 1/22: Nathan Fillion
Jamie Lee Curtis, Tika Sumpter Wage ‘An Acceptable Loss’(1/18/19) January continues its slow roll on the Specialty side this weekend with very few anticipated limited releases. IFC Films has the headliner of the weekend with political thriller An Acceptable Loss starring Tika Sumpter and Jamie Lee Curtis. Chicago Fire director Joe Chappelle wrote and directed the title after finding inspiration from two documentaries by Errol Morris. Brooklyn-based Distrib Films believes it found an under-the-radar gem in last year’s Berlin Film Festival with The Heiress, which took two Silver Bears at the event in the German capital.
Dishing with Digest - 1/11/19 - Gina Tognoni(1/11/19) Y&R’s Gina Tognoni (Phyllis) Reflects On Her Soap Career (Listen / download)
Y&R’s Gina Tognoni chats about her Genoa City leading men, her memories of GL and OLTL and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we talk about the importance of shows’ opening credits.
Ryan Phillippe slapped with almost $800 fine in Elsie Hewitt suit(1/10/19) Ryan Phillippe will be paying up in his lawsuit with ex-girlfriend Elise Hewitt.
A judge ordered the actor to pay Hewitt’s lawyers $790 for failing to turn over his text messages with ex-wife Reese Witherspoon before the court-ordered deadline, The Blast reports. The judge previously sanctioned him $1,580 for not turning in the messages at an earlier date.
The model believes that the text messages will help her case against him.
Hewitt, 22, first sued Phillippe, 44, for $1 million in September 2017. She alleged that he punched and kicked her before throwing her down a flight of stairs in July of that year. She also claimed that he “repeatedly abused a panoply of legal and illegal drugs, including without limitation: cocaine, ecstasy, psychedelic mushrooms and steroids.”
He previously denied her allegations, saying that he believes he is being extorted.
Phillippe’s rep and lawyer did not return our request for comment.
Talk Show Appearance(1/5/19) The Talk – CBS
Wednesday, Jan. 9
Actress Judith Light discusses her upcoming television film
Dishing with Digest - Linda Dano - 1/4/19(1/4/19) (Listen/download) Linda Dano Reflects On Daytime Career
Beloved soap vet Linda Dano looks back on her ANOTHER WORLD years as Felicia Gallant, her friendship with Stephen Schnetzer (ex-Cass), her jump to ABC and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss Ingo Rademacher’s upcoming departure from B&B and what it means for the canvas.
Farah Fath Welcomes a Beautiful Baby Boy(1/3/19) (Photo) Congratulations to actress Farah Fath and husband Phil Galfond, who welcomed a beautiful baby boy in time for the new year! Fath, who soap fans remember as Gigi Morasco on ONE LIFE TO LIVE as well as Mimi Lockhart on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, originally announced her pregnancy back in June and at the time was expecting their bundle of joy to be the best Christmas gift ever. But instead, Spencer Keith Galfond was born on Dec. 31, weighing eight pounds, five ounces. “This came out of me, finally,” Fath tweeted. “Loving him lots.” She also shared the photo of her little miracle on Instagram, adding: “New Year’s Eve was a different kind of party this year.”
At the end of June, Fath was delighted to reveal that her first child was going to be a boy, but by the following month, among the photos of her growing baby bump, the expectant mom was also confessing how difficult this pregnancy had been for her. But Spencer is just gorgeous and well worth all the suffering she went through. All the best to the happy family, and we can’t wait for the proud parents to share even more beautiful photos of their baby boy as he grows up!
Donald Moffat Dies: Prolific Actor For Broadway, TV And Film Was 87(12/23/18) Donald Moffat, a character actor who appeared on Broadway, television and film, died Thursday in Sleepy Hollow, New York. He was 87 and passed from complications of a recent stroke, according to his daughter.
In a career that spanned close to 50 years, he appeared in 80 stage plays (directing 10 others), 70 Hollywood and television movies, and at least 60 television productions. His range extended from Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh on Broadway (where he played Larry Slade) to the film A Clear And Present Danger to episodes of the TV series Mannix, Ironside, Gunsmoke and The Defenders.
Moffat was born in Plymouth, Devon to parents who ran a boarding home while the father sold insurance. He later studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
He moved to the US at age 26 after serving in World War II and began his career in the Association of Producing Artists, a repertory company on Broadway. He was nominated for a Best Actor Tony for his 1967 roles in revivals of Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck and Pirandello’s Right You Are If You Think You Are.
That was the start of a career that ran from Off-Broadway to Broadway, playing roles as everything from an attorney to US President Ulysses S. Grant.
In film, Moffat appeared as President Lyndon Baines Johnson in The Right Stuff, as a corrupt US President in Clear And Present Danger, and later as a station commander in the horror classic, The Thing. His other film credits included Rachel, Rachel, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, Earthquake and Winter Kills.
On television, Moffat was Dr. Marcus Polk in the ABC soap opera One Life to Live and an android in the TV adaptation of Logan’s Run
He is survived by his wife, Gwen Arner, and daughters Lynn and Catherine Railton, as well as two children from his first marriage, Kathleen, known as Wendy, and Gabriel Moffat; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial details have not been revealed.
Lifetime Casts Leads For Jane Green Movies ‘Family Pictures’ & ‘To Have And To Hold’(12/14/18) Lifetime has its leads for a pair of movies based on internationally best-selling author Jane Green novels. The cable net said today that Justina Machado, Elisabeth Röhm and Matt Passmore will star in Family Pictures and Erika Christensen, Antonio Cupo, Andy Favreau and Carmel Amit are set for To Have and to Hold.
Both movies premiere next year, along with another based on Green’s Tempting Fate, which will star Alyssa Milano.
Family Pictures stars Machado (Jane the Virgin) and Sylvie and Röhm (Law & Order) as Maggie, strangers living on opposite coasts, leading very similar lives with husbands that travel for work too much and daughters about to leave the nest. But when their daughters befriend each other on a college tour, they soon discover a shocking secret that threatens to tear both families apart. Passmore’s (Jigsaw) role was not specified.
Manu Boyer is directing from a script by Ilene Rosenzweig.
To Have and To Hold centers on Alice (Christensen, Parenthood), who still can’t believe her high school crush — the dashing, wealthy and successful Joe (Cupo, Blood & Treasure) — would choose to marry her, and she willingly allows him to mold her into his ideal socialite wife. Despite Alice’s best efforts to be the woman of Joe’s dreams, he can’t help but be unfaithful to her. When Joe’s indiscretions impact his career, Alice’s life is further turned upside down. She unexpectedly finds herself falling for Harry (Favreau, Champions), the boyfriend of her best friend Emily (Amit, Ghost Wars), and begins to wonder if her fairy-tale ending could exist after all. Monika Mitchell directs from a script by Jennifer Maisel.
The exec producers on both pics are Green, Kim Raver, Boyer, Jocelyn Freid, David Fleming, Shane Salerno and Kara Feifer. Family Pictures and To Have and to Hold are in production in Vancouver.
Critics’ Choice Awards Nominations(12/12/18) The winners will be revealed at the star-studded Critics’ Choice Awards gala, broadcast live January 13 on the CW at 7 PM ET/PT.MOVIES
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Lifetime Unveils Premiere Dates For Winter Movie Slate(12/4/18) Lifetime has unveiled the premiere dates for their robust slate of winter movies. From music icons to deadly cheerleaders to the daughter of a notorious mob boss, the network isn’t holding back when it comes to the drama — some based on true stories, some not — for 2019.
Highlights of their slate include Love You to Death (January 26) starring Marcia Gay Harden, which is based on the true story of a mother and daughter who are nothing like they seem, their tumultuous relationship ending in a brutal murder. Also based on a true story is Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story (January 19) starring Christina Ricci. The movie is inspired by Nellie Bly’s undercover stay at the impenetrable Women’s Lunatic Asylum. For something a little lighter, there’s Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You (February 16) which follows the personal and professional journey of the titular Grease icon. Lifetime acquired the biopic for its U.S. premiere.
Other features on the slate include Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter (February 9) which is executive produced by the real-life Victoria Gotti. Lifetime will also bring back the cult classic Death of a Cheerleader (February 2). The remake will see the return of Kellie Martin, who starred in the 1994 original.
Lifetime has also acquired Best Friend’s Betrayal and My Mother’s Split Personalities for January. The network will feature five weeks of premieres every Saturday at 8 pm PT/ET, beginning January 19.
See the complete list and summaries of the features below.
Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story
The Lifetime feature is inspired by Nellie Bly’s undercover stay at the impenetrable Women’s Lunatic Asylum and stars Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress Christina Ricci (Monster), two-time Tony award-winner, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Judith Light (Transparent, The Assassination of Giannni Versace) as Matron Grady and Josh Bowman (Revenge).
On a mission to expose the deplorable conditions and mistreatment of patients at the notorious Women’s Lunatic Asylum, investigative reporter Nellie Bly (Ricci) feigns mental illness in order to be institutionalized to report from the inside. The movie delivers an intense and fictionalized account of actual events surrounding Nellie’s stay beginning after Nellie has undergone treatment, leaving her with no recollection of how she came to the asylum or her real identity. Nellie’s unwillingness to submit to authority results in unspeakable torture at the hands of the head nurse, Matron Grady (Light). When Nellie captures the attention of Dr. Josiah (Bowman) who tries to help her, Grady’s barbaric tactics only intensify, leading Nellie to questions if she actually does belong in the asylum after all.
A real-life hero, Nellie Bly’s expose was the first of its kind in America and inspired the global reformation of mental health care.
Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story is executive produced by Howard Braunstein along with Ricci of Grey Team Productions. Michael Tive, David Sigal, Peter Werner and Jonathan Baruch of StoryBy Entertainment also serve as executive producers with Karen Moncrieff as director (Petals on the Wind) with a screenplay by Helen Childress (Reality Bites).
Love You to Death
Inspired by a true story, Love You to Death is a shocking tale of a mother and daughter who are nothing like they seem, their tumultuous relationship ending in a brutal murder. Camile (Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden, Fifty Shades features, Code Black, Point Blank) and Esme (Emily Skeggs, Miseducation of Cameron Post, Mile 22) are well-known in their community – Esme as the sickly, child-like wheelchair-bound daughter, and Camile as the perfect caretaker and mother. They seem a perfect pair until Camile is found stabbed to death in her home, and Esme has vanished, believed to be kidnapped by the killer. But when Esme is found, a terrible secret emerges. Esme was not kidnapped. Instead she ran away with her boyfriend (Brennan Keel Cook) after working with him to murder Camile. More than that, Esme is perfectly healthy, mentally and physically, and has been a victim of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, forced to believe she was ill by her controlling, abusive mother.
Tate Donovan (The Man in The High Castle) plays Travis, Esme’s estranged father who tries to reconnect with his daughter, despite her mother’s objections.
Marcia Gay Harden is repped by ICM Partners and Framework Entertainment.
Love You to Death is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment Television. Executive producers are Jordan Davis and John Davis. Alex Kalymnios directs from a script written by Anthony Jaswinski.
Death of a Cheerleader
In a remake of the cult-classic, Death of a Cheerleader is inspired by Randall Sullivan’s Rolling Stone article of the same name about the real-life murder of a popular, affluent and beautiful Northern California high school cheerleader at the hand of a classmate. Bridget Moretti (Aubrey Peeples) is a shy outsider from a lower middle-class background who aspires to be beautiful, popular and perfect in everything. Believing that a friendship with rich and pretty Kelly Locke (Sarah Dugdale), leader of the school’s most prestigious clique, will get her all that she desires, Bridget tries to forge a friendship with her. When Kelly rejects Bridget’s attempts, it leaves her humiliated and feeling like a failure and ultimately fuels a jealous rage that will lead to murder. Death of a Cheerleader explores the events leading up to and after the shocking crime that took place in this upper-middle-class community.
Kellie Martin, who starred alongside Tori Spelling in the original, plays the FBI agent who cracks the case.
Death of a Cheerleader is produced by Just Singer Entertainment and Reunion Pacific Entertainment. Executive producers are Matthew O’Connor, Paddy Bickerton, Steve White and Sheri Singer. Paul Shapiro directs from a script written by Caitlin D. Fryers.
Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter
Executive produced by Victoria Gotti herself, the movie takes us deep into the world of what it was really like to grow up as the daughter of mob boss John Gotti, revealing the glamour, glitz and unique hardships of her world. Sharing never-before-revealed stories about her life, Victoria (played by Chelsea Frei) tells of a sensitive child growing up with a beloved father (Maurice Benard) she worried about constantly; the tragedy of her younger brother’s death; and her turbulent romance, forbidden by her father, with the man who later became her husband. Victoria had a front-row seat to a life the world became fascinated with, all while trying to reconcile the loving father she adored with a man the outside world was determined to bring down.
Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter is produced by Relevé Entertainment for Lifetime with Victoria Gotti, Jennifer Wachtell (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) and Holly Carter (Home is Where You Find It) executive producing. Catherine Cyran (The Prince & Me) directs from a script co-written by Victoria Gotti and David Schneiderman (Chasing Liberty). The film is based on Gotti’s book This Family of Mine: What It Was Like Growing Up Gotti. Victoria Gotti will appear on camera narrating her story.
Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You
Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You is the remarkable personal and professional journey of international superstar Olivia Newton-John, illustrated through her music. Covering her lasting power across more than five decades in one of the world’s toughest industries, the film delves into both Olivia’s public persona as well as the private woman behind-the-scenes, including her multiple battles with cancer and her intense fight to survive.
Australian singer, songwriter and actress Delta Goodrem (House Husbands, judge on The Voice, Australia) stars as Olivia Newton-John and re-records her classic hits for the film. Hugo Johnstone-Burt (San Andreas, The Wrong Girl) is Bruce Welch and Todd Lasance (The Flash, The Vampire Diaries) plays Lee Kramer. Richard Brancatisano (Chasing Life) is featured as Matt Lattanzi, Anthony Brandon Wong (The Matrix Revolutions) is Patrick McDermott, Morgan Griffin (San Andreas, The Sleepover Club) is young Olivia, and Georgia Flood (American Princess, Wentworth) is young Pat Carroll.
Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You is produced by Fremantle with the assistance of Screen Australia and Film Victoria for Channel Seven. Lifetime has acquired the film for the U.S. premiere.
JANUARY ACQUIRED MOVIES
Best Friend’s Betrayal
Best friends Katie (Mary Grill) and Jess (Vanessa Walsh) are inseparable and have always had each other’s backs. When Jess begins a new serious relationship with famous crime writer, Nick (Jaime M. Callica), Katie is unsure of this new seemingly perfect man. Katie wants to support her friend’s newfound happiness but is fiercely protective of her. But Katie’s obsession with Jess soon proves deadly and it is up to the recently vilified Nick to expose this supposed ‘best friend’ before it is too late. Best Friend’s Betrayal is produced by Reel One Entertainment.
My Mother’s Split Personalities
After her father dies of a heart attack, Julie Price (Kayla Wallace) has returned home after two years of living in estrangement from her mother Gail (Lindsay Hartley). But Gail is not herself these days, acting bizarrely and under the control of Warren (Jefferson Brown), a highly intelligent criminal, who has become Gail’s boyfriend and is plotting to get his hands on a vast amount of money left behind by her dead husband. As Julie investigates the cause of her mother’s strange behavior, she gets closer to the truth about Warren, and a deadly game of cat and mouse begins, in which the dark criminal operator will do anything to protect his payday. It’s up to Julie to save her mother from not only Warren but also from her own split personalities and get her the help she desperately needs. My Mother’s Split Personalities is produced by Reel One Entertainment
Free Buffy, Angel, Firefly(12/1/18) Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff Angel, plus creator Joss Whedon’s cult fave Firefly, are now available to stream for free in their entirety on Facebook Watch, per Variety.
Kristen Alderson Opens up About Her First Love, ONE LIFE TO LIVE Castmate Brandon Buddy(11/29/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Although some soap fans may only remember Kristen Alderson as the first Kiki Jerome on GENERAL HOSPITAL, most know her best as ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Starr Manning, the little girl viewers watched grow into a young woman. And the actress recently revealed that her first daytime role led to her very first real-life love story — she and OLTL castmate Brandon Buddy (Cole) were an item both on and off the show! “Procrastinating washing my face led me down a rabbit hole of Starr and Cole scenes on YouTube,” Alderson confessed on Twitter. So here I am at 2:30 a.m. still in my stage makeup watching myself at age 15 and 18 be in love with my first love. Life is weird and beautiful. So grateful for it all.”
When a fan asked her to confirm she’d read the tweet correctly, adding that she was a huge fan of Starr and Cole and the chemistry the pair shared together, Alderson revealed there was a very good reason that chemistry was so strong. “It was a secret,” she confided of their romance, “but yep. In real-life, too.”
Alderson joined the cast of OLTL back in 1998 and grew up on screen as Starr. Buddy first appeared as Cole Thornhart in the fall of 2006, and Starr and Cole quickly became a popular supercouple on the soap. As their relationship developed, the teens navigated the ups and downs of young love, and after finally deciding to sleep together, Star became pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl named Hope. Unfortunately, their future happiness was ruined when Cole wound up in prison for murder and Starr had to raise their daughter on her own.
When Alderson joined the cast of GH following OLTL’s cancelation, Cole and Hope were killed off in a car accident, leaving Starr completely on her own to build a new life in Port Charles. When Starr later went to Los Angeles and broke up with Michael Corinthos over the phone, many fans suspected that Cole and Hope had survived the crash and imagined that the three of them have been reunited and are living in California together. Hey, in soaps anything is possible, even happy endings!
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Cast Previews Amy's #MeToo Episode: 'You See a Side of Her That You've Never Seen Before'(11/24/18) Brooklyn Nine-Nine is moving forward with a #MeToo storyline in Season 6. The episode, which is focused on Melissa Fumero’s Amy, marks the directorial debut of Fumero’s co-star, Stephanie Beatriz.
“I’ve never done an episode like this,” Fumero tells TVLine. “You see a side of her that you’ve never seen before.”
For Fumero, having Beatriz at the helm was especially important given the material at hand. “I think it would have been nerve-wracking if it had been someone else, or someone I didn’t know,” she says. “It was really wonderful to have my friend directing, where we already have a shorthand… It was so amazing to just have that trust, to feel protected and safe.”
Back in August, series co-creator Dan Goor told reporters at the Television Critics’ Assoc. summer press tour that the producers were contemplating a #MeToo episode. At the time, fellow EP and series star Andy Samberg said that they wouldn’t move forward with the issue-oriented episode “unless we have the right take that does it justice.”
According to Beatriz, the writers ultimately came up with an “amazing script” for Fumero, adding, “I think she’s [an] underrated actress. I don’t think people understand the scope of her talent, and I am really thrilled I got to be witness to it on set that week. Melissa’s a star.”
Brooklyn Nine-Nine makes its NBC debut on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 9/8c. An airdate for the #MeToo episode has not yet been announced.
Soap opera veteran Jensen Buchanan is ready for a clean break in Brentwood(11/20/18) (latimes.com) Veteran soap opera actress Jensen Buchanan has listed a Brentwood home she owns through a trust for sale at $2.45 million.
The single-level Traditional, built in 1955, has an open floor plan, wood floors and vaulted ceilings. A fireplace anchors the living room. The kitchen has a beamed ceiling, stainless-steel appliances and an eat-at center island. There are four bedrooms and three bathrooms.
French doors at the back of the house open to a covered terrace, a pavilion and an outdoor kitchen. A stone bridge with a waterfall overlooks the pool and spa area.
Buchanan, 56, has appeared on such daytime soap operas as "Another World," "As the World Turns," "General Hospital" and "One Life to Live."
She bought the property in 2016 for $1.9 million, public records show.
Jade Mills and Johnny Schell of Coldwell Banker are the listing agents.
Fosse/Verdon Adds Cast(11/20/18) FX’s forthcoming limited series Fosse/Verdon, about the romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams), has added the following actors to its ensemble: Norbert Leo Butz (as Paddy Chayefsky), Margaret Qualley (as Ann Reinking), Aya Cash (as Joan Simon), Nate Corddry (as Neil Simon), Susan Misner (as Joan McCracken), Bianca Marroquin (as Chita Rivera), Kelli Barrett (as Liza Minnelli), Evan Handler (as Hal Price), Rick Holmes (as Fred Weaver) and Paul Reiser (as Cy Feuer).
Dishing with Digest - 11/16/18 - Ron Carlivati(11/16/18) Head Writer Ron Carlivati Talks About His Soap Past And Present (Listen / download)
DAYS’s Head Writer Ron Carlivati talks to Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about his Salem present, the highlights of his GH and ONE LIFE TO LIVE past, how he broke into the biz and more. We also discuss the challenges of being the top scribe in today’s soap climate.
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