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News, Cast Updates and Scoop(News section last updated November 22, 2019)
David A. Gregory Is Engaged to Jennifer Noble(11/22/19) Congratulations to ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum David A. Gregory (Ford), who is engaged to girlfriend Jennifer Noble! "Almost passed out on this hike," the actor joked as he shared a selfie with his new fiancée on the Bump N Grind Hiking Trail in Palm Desert, CA. And yes, he's also wearing an engagement ring of his own!
Although Gregory shared the happy pic on Nov. 20, the date stamp in the corner of the image reads 11/11, so he may have waited a week before sharing his news with the world. (All the better to bring family and friends into the loop before making it public!) Noble also shared the same pics to her own Instagram, and also joked about the life-changing event, drawing attention to her eyebrows and not her nails.
Soap fans remember Gregory from his popular role of Robert Ford on OLTL, which he played from 2009-2012. After the soap's cancellation, he went on to appear in primetime series like DECEPTION, CONSTANTINE, THE GOOD FIGHT, and BULL. Noble is an actress herself, but on stage, recently appearing in the Broadway production of King Kong.
Please join us in wishing the happy couple all the best for a lifetime of happiness together. Can't wait to see the wedding pics!
Renée Elise Goldsberry on Evil 12/12/19(11/21/19) “7 Swans a Singin’” – Kristen, David and Ben are called to investigate an insidiously addictive Christmas song that’s spreading among an increasing number of students, and the dangerous relationship between online influencers and their impressionable young followers, on EVIL, Thursday, Dec. 12 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST: Renée Elise Goldsberry (Renee Harris), Taylor Louderman (Malindaz), James Udom (Father Walsh).
Brittany Underwood Previews Her New Movie, '2nd Chance for Christmas'(11/19/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Video, Poster) In a fresh new spin on the traditional A Christmas Carol, Brittany Underwood (Langston, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) stars as the prettiest Scrooge yet in the new holiday film 2nd Chance for Christmas! "It's such a classic tale and told so many times, I loved this take on it being a pop star diva," the actress declared to Soaps In Depth. "And I got to write a song for it, so that was cool. I have a Christmas song now!" The movie is out now on digital platforms like AppleTV and Amazon, and will also be available on DVD starting on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
In 2nd Chance for Christmas, Underwood plays spoiled celebrity musician Chance Love who is visited by a series of ghosts who attempt to get her to change her ways and embrace love, family, and the Christmas spirit. You'd be forgiven for not recognizing the ghost of her grandfather, but under all that special effects makeup is Mark McGrath! "I love him," Underwood enthused. "It was cool that he played my grandfather. But I tell people that and they're like, 'What?!' And I'm like, 'No, a ghost of him. He's not actually old enough to be my grandfather!'" The cast also includes Vivica A. Fox (ex-Stephanie, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), Tara Reid, and Jim O'Heir (ex-Matt, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) among other familiar faces.
As she's playing a musician, Underwood also sings the song "Home for Christmas" in the film, a tune the talented performer co-wrote herself! "I wrote this song with a dear friend of mine who I've written some music with before," she revealed. "We had a lot of fun writing it. We kind of just started with Christmas themes in general and then we kind of went on being home for Christmas and it tied into the story so well. Because the story of her not going home for Christmas and choosing career over family but then realizing at the end of the day the true meaning of life and the value of the people that you love.
"I don't think that's ruining storyline," Underwood added with a chuckle. "It's a pretty popular story. I think it'll be really fun, a Christmas story told in a different way." Check out the trailer for 2nd Chance for Christmas below then click the links above to watch the entire movie!
A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS Available Now!(11/19/19) A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS, starring Kyle Lowder (ex-Rex, DAYS), Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS), Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and more is available now to stream on Amazon Prime Video. “EARLY RELEASE ALERT,” posted Lowder. “Christmas came early this year!” See more at https://www.instagram.com/p/B5DJX_JDHLV/.
'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' star Melissa Fumero reveals she's expecting baby No. 2(11/18/19) Melissa Fumero made a surprise announcement to fans Saturday night: In her own words, she's "hella pregnant."
The "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star shared a mirror selfie on Instagram showing off a clearly pregnant belly, the first indication she's given on social media that she and husband David Fumero are expecting a new addition to the family.
"To be honest, I haven't felt like posting about it because this pregnancy has been way harder and... I don't feel that cute?" Melissa revealed. "But yesterday I got a really intense massage, an awesome chiropractic adjustment, and my hair feels thicker... so I feel a little bit cute today."
Fumero met now-husband David on the set of soap opera "One Life to Live," which they both starred on through the 2000s. The couple welcomed their first child, Enzo, on March 24, 2016.
David kept his social media response short and silly: "Wait.... WHAT?!" he joked in the comments of his wife's announcement.
Renée Elise Goldsberry & Jennifer Ferrin on Evil 12/5/19(11/15/19) “Exorcism Part 2” – David is shocked to learn he is being sued for inflicting severe psychological harm on Caroline Hopkins (Karen Pittman), after he assisted in her exorcism. The accusation leads him to question his future as a priest, especially once he develops a very close connection with his defense attorney, Renée Harris (Renée Elise Goldsberry), on EVIL, Thursday, Dec. 5 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Peter Scolari guest stars as Bishop Marx.
GUEST CAST includes: Renée Elise Goldsberry (Renée Harris), Jennifer Ferrin (Judith Lemonhead).
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Snags Very Early Season 8 Renewal at NBC(11/15/19) Brooklyn Nine-Nine has copped a very early renewal at NBC, with the network commissioning an eighth season of the Andy Samberg comedy three months ahead of the series’ Season 7 launch.
Per NBC, Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s sixth season averaged a 1.2 rating and 3.2 million viewers (live-plus same day) — a double digit uptick vs. the sitcom’s Season 5 performance on Fox. After 35 days of linear and digital delayed viewing, B99 grew to a 3.1 rating in 18-49 and 6.4 million viewers overall.
Season 7 premieres Thursday, Feb. 6 at 8/7c, before airing in its regularly scheduled 8:30/7:30c time slot beginning Feb. 13.
The cast — which also includes Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Stephanie Beatriz, Joe Lo Truglio, Dirk Blocker and Joel McKinnon Miller — learned of the pickup from Tracey Pakosta, NBC’s co-president of scripted programming, early Thursday at a table read for a Season 7 episode.
Good things come to those who w8. The #Brooklyn99 squad will be coming back for Season 8 on NBC! pic.twitter.com/bQsGYA4oG9— Brooklyn Nine-Nine (@nbcbrooklyn99) November 14, 2019
Hayden Panettiere defends relationship with Brian Hickerson(11/14/19) Hayden Panettiere is defending her reunion with boyfriend Brian Hickerson, after a domestic violence case against him was dropped, insisting the pair’s much-publicized confrontations were never physical.
The real estate agent was arrested by Los Angeles police officers on May 2 after an argument between the two at Panettiere’s home allegedly turned physical. He pleaded not guilty to an abuse charge, and in September, the count was dropped due to a lack of witnesses, while a restraining order forcing him to stay away from Panettiere was also lifted.
Now the 30-year-old is maintaining all is well in her relationship, and that her spats with Hickerson never turned violent.
“Everything was totally OK,” she told TMZ.
It was initially reported that the pair’s relationship, which began in August 2018, came to an end following the dispute, but earlier this month, the couple was photographed together at a U.S. airport.
When asked how her family feels about the reconciliation, Panettiere revealed she has their support.
“My family knows that I’m smart enough to make my own decisions,” she added. “There was never a problem.”
Her folks previously urged the judge overseeing Hickerson’s assault case to hand him the maximum sentence for his alleged actions.
The former Nashville star was previously engaged to former boxing champ Wladimir Klitschko, the father of her four-year-old daughter, Kaya.
‘Your Honor’: Lorraine Toussaint, Chet Hanks & Jimi Stanton To Guest Star In Showtime Drama Series(11/13/19) Lorraine Toussaint (Orange Is the New Black), Chet Hanks (SHAMELESS) and Jimi Stanton (The Punisher) are set for guest star in Your Honor, Showtime’s limited series starring Bryan Cranston.
Produced by CBS TV Studios and King Size Productions based on the hot Israeli drama format Kvodo, the legal thriller hails from Peter Moffat, whose BAFTA-winning Criminal Justice was the basis for HBO’s Emmy-winning limited series The Night Of, and The Good Wife‘s Robert and Michelle King.
A legal thriller that rips through all strata of New Orleans society, Your Honor stars Cranston as a respected judge whose son is involved in a hit-and-run that leads to a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices. Carmen Ejogo, Hunter Doohan, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Sofia Black-D’Elia co-star with Hope Davis and Michael Stuhlbarg. Production is underway in the Big Easy.
Toussaint plays Sarah LeBlanc, the Chief Justice at the criminal court where Michael Desiato (Cranston) is a judge. She respects his methodical ways and his commitment to justice but often finds herself at odds with him as she tries to move cases quickly through the overloaded criminal justice system.
Stanton is Carlo Baxter, the eldest son of Jimmy Baxter (Stuhlbarg) who is destined to follow in his father’s criminal footsteps, and Hanks plays Carlo’s best friend, Joey Maldini, who has criminal plans of his own.
Moffat serves as showrunner and executive producer and has written multiple episodes of Your Honor, including the first one. Edward Berger is directing the first three episodes and executive producing. Alon Aranya and Rob Golenberg of Scripted World and James Degus of Moonshot Entertainment also serve as EPs. Ron Ninio and Shlomo Mashiach created the Israeli series on which Your Honor is based.
General Hospital Casts Amanda Setton as the New Brook Lynn — Get First Look(11/11/19) (Photo) General Hospital‘s Ned Quartermaine is getting a new daughter. Or, more accurately, his existing daughter is getting a new face.
TVLine has learned exclusively that One Life to Live alumna Amanda Setton has joined the cast of ABC’s lone remaining daytime drama in the role of Brook Lynn Ashton, and that she will make her debut on Monday, Nov. 18. A first photo of Ned (played by Wally Kurth) and his wife Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) welcoming Brook Lynn back to Port Charles appears above.
Born to Ned and his then-love, Lois Cerullo (Rena Sofer), back in 1996, Brook Lynn has previously been portrayed by Brooke Radding and then Adrianne Leon, each of whom earned Daytime Emmy nods for their performances.
Setton’s previous TV credits include Hawaii Five-0 (where she recurred as M.E. Dr. Mindy Shaw), The Crazy Ones, The Mindy Project, Gossip Girl and the aforementioned OLTL (as exotic dancer-turned-Mrs. Clint Buchanan Kimberly Andrews. Wait, what?).
Obba Babatundé & Claire Coffee Recur ob S.W.A.T. 11/20/19(11/11/19) “Lion’s Den” – The SWAT team engages in tense negotiations with a family that takes a local officer hostage when they’re evicted from their home due to eminent domain. Also, Hondo reflects on his personal life choices as he helps his father through a medical crisis and Chris’ relationship with Kira and Ty reaches a critical juncture, on S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Nov. 20 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST includes: Lou Ferrigno, Jr. (Rocker), Obba Babatundé (Daniel Harrelson, Sr.), Claire Coffee (Kira).
‘Into The Dark’: Augustus Prew, Scott Evans, Ayden Mayeri Among 6 Cast In New Year’s-Themed ‘Midnight Kiss’ Installment Of Horror Anthology(11/9/19) Hulu’s Into The Dark horror anthology continues with their New Year’s-themed movie Midnight Kiss which has set its cast that includes Augustus Prew (The Morning Show), Scott Evans (Grace and Frankie), Ayden Mayeri (Veep), Lukas Gage (Euphoria), Chester Lockhart (Glamorous), and Adam Faison (Everything’s Gonna Be OK). The series from Blumhouse Television will be directed by Carter Smith with a script from Erlingur Thoroddsen. It will premiere on December 27 — right in time for New Year’s Eve.
Midnight Kiss follows a group of longtime gay best friends and their resident fruit fly as they head to a beautiful desert home to celebrate New Year’s Eve. One of their annual traditions is to play a game called Midnight Kiss, a sexy but ultimately dangerous challenge to find that special someone to help you ring in the New Year. As friendships have grown strained with secrets, jealousy and resentment, the group faces another challenge when a sadistic killer wants in on the game. Relationships are put to the test and truths are revealed as the night turns into a fight for survival.
The Midnight Kiss installment of Into The Dark is part of Hulu’s monthly horror event series from Jason Blum’s independent TV studio. Each feature-length installment is inspired by a holiday and features Blumhouse’s signature genre/thriller spin on the story. Previous installments include the April Fools’ Day-themed “I’m Just F*cking With You”; the Mother’s Day-themed “All That We Destroy”; July’s “Culture Shock” and most recently “Pilgrim” for Thanksgiving.
Prew is repped by CAA and Authentic Talent & Literary Management; Evans is repped by CAA and Justice & Ponder; Mayeri is repped by Gersh, Mosaic Management and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein; Gage is repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Anonymous Content; Lockhart is repped by KMR Talent Agency and Select Management Group; and Faison is repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Avalon Entertainment.
First Trailer For A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS(11/8/19) (Video) A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS, starring Kyle Lowder (ex-Rex, DAYS), Kathleen Gati (Obrecht, GH), Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS), and Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) will be available for rental and purchase on Amazon Prime Video beginning, November 26. “We are excited to team with California Pictures to bring A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS to all major domestic and international film markets to share the magic of the film worldwide,” said writer, director, and executive producer Michael Caruso. “So that our U.S. audience may enjoy A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS, WFL Productions are releasing it for a limited time this year during the holiday season exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. We hope that people everywhere enjoy watching the film as much as we enjoyed making it.” Adds Lowder, who also serves as executive producer, “From the moment Michael Caruso shared his vision of combining a mermaid and Christmas along with the heart-warming message that this film delivers, I have been excited to share it with the world. The work on display from everyone involved, both in front of and behind the cameras, is inspiring.” Filmed on location entirely in Los Angeles, CA, the additional cast includes Sheree J. Wilson, Cole Smith, Chadwick Armstrong, Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe, DAYS) and Emma Demirjian, with narration by Emmy award-winning actor Ian Buchanan (ex-Duke, GH et al).
Hayden Panettiere back with Brian Hickerson month after his domestic abuse case dismissed(11/5/19) Hayden Panettiere and Brian Hickerson have reunited nearly a month after a domestic abuse case against him was dismissed.
The 30-year-old actress and the real estate agent were photographed dragging luggage through an airport together on Tuesday.
The pair were both dressed casually in sneakers and they each lugged backpacks and wore a similar-looking necklace.
Their travels together come shortly after Hickerson’s domestic violence case was dismissed at the end of September.
“The case against Brian Hickerson was dismissed without prejudice [Thursday,]” Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Greg Risling told Page Six in a statement at the time. “Our office was unable to proceed because we could not secure a material witness. The protective order also was dismissed.”
Hickerson was arrested for domestic violence by the LAPD in May after he and Panettiere got into a physical altercation at their home after a night of drinking. Cops saw that Panettiere had redness and marks on her body, TMZ reported.
Hickerson was ordered to stay 100 yards away from the “Heroes” star after their scuffle. He was arraigned in LA in July and pleaded not guilty.
Page Six previously reported that Panettiere had not seen Hickerson since from the time the squabble occurred until at least July and that they had split.
However, the “I Love You, Beth Cooper” actress was spotted holding hands with Hickerson’s brother, Zach, in September.
Panettiere’s rep did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.
Brian Tarantina Dies: ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Actor Was 60(11/2/19) Brian Tarantina (ex-Lucky Lippman / ex-Ray Castillo One Life To Live), a veteran actor who appeared on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, was found dead early Saturday morning at his apartment in New York City. He was 60.
The New York Police Department confirmed to Deadline that officers found Tarantina unresponsive at 12:40 a.m. His cause of death is under investigation.
“On Saturday, November 2, 2019 at approximately 0040 hours, police responded to a 911 call of an unconscious male inside of 353 West 51 Street, apartment 11,” the NYPD said in a statement. “Upon arrival, officers observed a 60-year-old male, unconscious and unresponsive, fully-clothed, on his couch. EMS responded to the location and pronounced the aided male deceased at the scene (his residence). The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation remains ongoing.” A rep for the actor did not immediately respond to Deadline’s request for comment. However, in a statement to People, a rep said Tarantina had recently been ill.
“He was recently in the hospital and was in the process of recuperating from what I believe to be a heart-related issue,” the rep stated.
Tarantina played “Jackie”, emcee of the comedy club where Rachel Brosnahan’s “Midge” performs. He took home a Screen Actors Guild Award with the rest of the cast earlier this year, in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series category.
He portrayed “Bootsy” on the Gilmore Girls from 2001- 2002, as well as in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life in 2016.
His many guest star credits included Law & Order, Blue Bloods, The Black Donnellys, The Sopranos, Heroes, and The Blacklist; and he had roles in the Spike Lee films BlacKkKlansman and Summer of Sam.
Tarantina was born in New York City on March 27, 1959.
Pearson Cancelled: Suits Spinoff Not Returning for Season 2(11/2/19) Pearson is saying goodbye to the Windy City: USA Network has cancelled the Suits spinoff after just one season, TVLine has learned.
The offshoot followed Gina Torres’ disbarred lawyer Jessica Pearson as she became involved in the dirty world of Chicago politics, taking on the role of right-hand fixer for the city’s mayor (Homeland‘s Morgan Spector). The cast also included 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 ambitious city attorney Keri Allen, Chantel Riley (Wynonna 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.
The first season concluded in mid-September with Jessica declaring to the mayor that she will fix his McGann problem, but after that, she’s done being his errand girl.
Pearson‘s 10-episode freshman run averaged 513,000 total viewers and a 0.1 demo rating (in Live+Same Day numbers) — or, exactly half of what sire/lead-in Suits did during its farewell season. Among all current or ending USA Network dramas, it ranked last in the demo and only drew a larger audience that Mr. Robot (which in its final season is averaging 360,000 weekly viewers).
Talk Show Appearance(11/2/19) LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, syndicated
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Stumptown, The Rookie, Mixed-ish Snag Full-Season Pickups at ABC(10/28/19) ABC is the latest network to jump on the back-nine bandwagon, issuing full-season orders to freshman series Stumptown and mixed-ish as well as sophomore drama The Rookie. Although the network did not reveal the exact number of addition episodes it has commissioned for the trip, an ABC insider confirms that mixed-ish has indeed secured a traditional nine-episode pickup. Precise episode counts for Stumptdown and The Rookie are still being finalized.
Regarding the fate of fellow freshman entry Emergence, a source confirms that Season 1 was always intended to conclude following the serialized drama’s initial 13-episode order; a decision on a possible second season will be made this spring.
Ever-so-slightly outperforming its sire and lead-out, mixed-ish thus far is averaging a 0.74 demo rating — the network’s highest rated fall launch — and 3.3 million total viewers. With Live+7 DVR playback factored in, those tallies rise to 5.1 mil and a 1.2.
Stumptown, meanwhile, is averaging 3.7 million total viewers and higher than a 0.6 demo rating; with DVR playback, those tallies more than double to almost 8 million and a 1.5.
In its new Sunday home, The Rookie is averaging a very steady 3.7 mil/0.6, down just a tick from its freshman run (which aired in Tuesday’s Death Slot) and more than doubling to 7.8 mil and a 1.3 with DVR playback.
In a statement, ABC’s entertainment president, Karey Burke, said, “This fall, Stumptown has delivered a rich, inventive and fun thrill ride each week with a stellar cast that features one of the most fearless female characters at the center; mixed-ish has established itself as one of the sharpest, funniest and most original new comedies of the season; and The Rookie has continued to bring compelling storytelling and powerful performances to its passionate and loyal fan base. Thanks to the brilliant creative teams behind these series, along with the phenomenal casts and crews, for delivering three incredibly entertaining and distinctive shows. We’re so proud of this great crop of shows that are all off to strong starts this fall, and we can’t wait to bring more fantastic episodes to our schedule this season.”
Obba Babatundé Recurs on S.W.A.T 11/6/19(10/26/19) “Kingdom” – The Harrelsons engage in a tense family reunion when Hondo’s older sister, Winnie (April Parker Jones), begrudgingly arrives in Los Angeles to see their sick father for the first time in decades. Also, the SWAT team searches for an abducted Middle Eastern human rights activist; Luca’s food truck business hits a snag; and Street worries that dating Captain Hick’s daughter, Molly (Laura James), will negatively impact his career, on S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Nov. 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Lou Ferrigno, Jr. (Rocker), Obba Babatundé (Daniel Harrelson, Sr), Gabrielle Dennis (Brianna Harrelson), Laura James (Molly Hicks), Otis “Odie” Gallop (Sgt. Stevens)
Robin Strasser On DAYS: “They won’t be using me again”(10/17/19) On Twitter, Robin Strasser (ex-Vivian) revealed that she was informed last week that she wouldn’t be returning to DAYS. She posted, “so it’s clear to all who may overhear us: #Days Opens in New Window told me eve of #YomKippur Opens in New Window that they won’t be using me again as #VivianAllamain Opens in New Window To be clear: I’m AVAILABLE for other projects & maybe 100K peeps might come watch;-)” When a fan responded “Shame on #DOOL,” Strasser replied, “NO SHAME on anyone Kathy:) #DOOL Opens in New Window got a great pinch hitter when they got me-lol. Their ratings went up which is always a win for any TV show! I showed up when they said they needed me-win! Now they’ve got different point of view-OK-the way I see it-it’s still win/win all around:).”
‘Evil’: Tony Winner Renée Elise Goldsberry Joins CBS’ Supernatural Drama Series(10/16/19) Renée Elise Goldsberry, a 2016 Tony Award winner for her much-lauded performance in Broadway’s Hamilton, is set for a multi-episode arc in CBS’ supernatural drama Evil, from The Good Wife‘s Robert and Michelle King.
Written and executive produced by the Kings, Evil is a series about the battle between science and religion. It focuses on a skeptical female clinical psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a blue-collar contractor as they investigate supposed miracles, demonic possessions, and other extraordinary occurrences to see if there’s a scientific explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work.
Goldsberry will play Renee Harris, a dynamic, hard-driving attorney who works for the Catholic Church. She has a past connection with David: She’s the sister of his late girlfriend Julia.
The Kings executive produce with Liz Glotzer, president of the Kings’ King Size Prods.
The actress broke big time onto the Broadway scene when she originated the role of Angelica Schuyler, sister-in-law to the title character in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash musical Hamilton. Goldsberry won the 2016 Tony Award for Featured Actress in a Musical, among other theater awards, and appeared on the Grammy-winning Hamilton cast album.
Goldsberry will be seen on the big screen next month with a role in Trey Edward Shults’ Waves, co-starring Sterling K. Brown, Lucas Hedges, Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Taylor Russell. The film had its premiere at this year’s Telluride Film Festival, and then screened at both the Toronto and BFI London fests. A24 releases theatrically Nov. 15.
On TV, Goldsberry is perhaps best known for playing Quellcrist Falconer in Netflix’s Altered Carbon (Season 2 is set for 2020), the sci-fi series based on Richard K. Morgan’s novel. Other film credits include The House With A Clock In Its Walls, Sisters, and Every Secret Thing, among others, while TV credits include The Good Wife, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Get Down and the “Original Cast Album: Co-op” episode of Documentary Now. She was twice Daytime Emmy-nominated for her role on the ABC soap One Life to Live.
Goldsberry is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment.
Watch soap vets Donna Mills and Crystal Hunt in trailer for new sitcom Mood Swings(10/12/19) (Video) What do you do if you’re a recently divorced woman dealing with an enormous mortgage on a Malibu mansion and in need of income? Rent out rooms, of course!
If you couldn’t tell, we’re dealing with sitcom logic here. That’s the setup of Mood Swings, a new series created by and starring soap opera vet Crystal Hunt (One Life to Live), premiering Oct. 24 on Christian studio Pure Flix‘s streaming platform. (They’re the company behind the God’s Not Dead films, among others.) The show also stars Hunt’s fellow soap stars Donna Mills (General Hospital) and Robin Riker (The Bold and the Beautiful), along with veteran, Oscar-nominated actress Dyan Cannon.
Mood Swings follows Farrah (Hunt) who takes on roommates to earn money to support herself and her eight-year-old son Ryder. Enter Coco (Riker), a disgruntled working woman, Dani (Bad Moms‘ Christina DeRosa), a Canadian-Italian “culinary wizard” and aspiring actress, and Emilia (Ballers‘ Sophia Gasca), a Dominican entrepreneur trying to secure U.S. citizenship. Comedic high jinks ensue.
Mills and Cannon play Farrah’s mom and aunt, respectively, with Jason Earles (Disney’s Hannah Montana) as her live-in, slacker handyman.
“We felt there was a need for a great female ensemble comedy,” Hunt said in a statement. “Right now, you can only watch reruns of shows like Golden Girls and Designing Women to enjoy a female-driven show. Our thinking was to embrace the legacy of these programs while adding a modern twist.”
Check out the Mood Swings trailer above for a taste of the show’s comedic stylings.
Ryan Phillippe settles assault lawsuit with ex-girlfriend(10/12/19) Ryan Phillippe has reached a settlement in his lawsuit with ex-girlfriend Elsie Hewitt, who claims the actor attacked her.
The settlement was filed on Oct. 10, according to E! News.
Hewitt, 23, sued the “Cruel Intentions” actor, 45, for $1 million in September 2017, claiming Phillippe assaulted her in a drunken rage. Hewitt claimed he punched and kicked her and threw her down a flight of stairs in his Los Angeles home following an argument in July of that year.
He vehemently denied her allegations, claiming she was trying to extort him.
In May 2019, Phillippe told his side of the story in a deposition with Hewitt’s lawyers.
“You know, this was an impasse. Nothing was changing. And she was refusing to leave until she got into the bedroom,” the actor stated in his deposition. “And at one point, I thought that I was going to try to remove her from the premises and set her outside and close the door. Because I didn’t know what else to do.”
He continued, “And at that point, it hadn’t occurred to me to call the cops. I’m a famous person. I didn’t want to bring that kind of attention to me and my house. And so I attempted to pick her up like a baby. Carrying. Like a child. With one arm under the back and one arm under the legs. And she was flailing. And I made it one step, and I fell back on my bottom, holding her. And that was it.”
Phillippe and Hewitt were scheduled to start their trial next Tuesday.
A rep for Phillippe didn’t immediately return Page Six’s request for comment.
Obba Babatundé Recurs on S.W.A.T. 10/30/19(10/9/19) “The LBC” – Street reconnects with his estranged foster brother, Nate (Cory Hardict), to help a joint investigation between SWAT and the Long Beach Police Department when criminals steal a mass arsenal of LAPD assault rifles. Also, Hondo finds himself at odds with his father over the elder man’s declining health, and Luca is overwhelmed when the entire team reconsiders becoming investors in his food truck, on S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Oct. 30 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Obba Babatundé (Daniel Harrelson, Sr), Deshae Frost (Darryl), Gabrielle Dennis (Brianna).
Soap Operas Taught Judith Light How to Own an Audition Room(10/4/19) (backstage.com) Soap operas, arguably, get a bad rap. Sure, you probably didn’t pursue an MFA in drama in order to churn out five episodes of melodrama a week. But that doesn’t mean you’re entitled to stick your nose up at the institution of daytime TV drama—nor should you.
You don’t have to take our word for it, though; take Judith Light’s instead. The Tony- and Daytime Emmy-winning star has all the prestige the industry could heap upon her these days, but it wasn’t so long ago that she was cutting her teeth on the soap opera scene because—say it with us!—it was a job.
Asked whether she felt limited in what she could do as an actor on soaps, specifically “One Life to Live,” Light shut down the notion immediately. “No I never felt that,” she tells the New Yorker. “There are constraints, there are boundaries. You have to learn to do something in one day. You have to learn a lot of lines the night before. There are a lot of challenges in getting it done so quickly. But, remember, all three of my directors on this show—David Pressman, Peter Miner, and Norman Hall—all came from the theater. And almost all of the actors were theater people.... It was like being in a company.”
That industrious mentality, ultimately, provided a seminal base from which Light’s entire career would grow. It also completely informed how she walked into the audition room in her post-soap days, although it took a while for her to arrive at that place.
“I called my manager, Herb Hamsher, and asked, ‘Why am I not getting work?’ Because I was auditioning like crazy,” she recalls. “And Herb said to me, ‘When you’re walking in the room, you’re really angry.’ ”
Light clarifies, however, what she was projecting wasn’t just anger but a desire to be doing more. “It was a sense of demand. It’s, like, Give me this, people. Anyway, I was angry. But I started to reframe the way I was going into a room,” she explains. “How about having some respect for the things that people have written and taken the time to do, instead of holding yourself disdainfully? And the first sitcom I got was ‘Who’s the Boss?’ I went into that audition room with a whole shift in perception. I don't mean that in some sort of New Agey way. ‘I have visions. I have dreams.’ I sit and listen to myself say things like that and I think, I’m not talking about ‘The Secret’... It’s not, If you do this, then this will happen. It’s, like, just stay open.”
You hear that, actors? Stay open—to soap operas, to what happens in the room, to any and every experience that just may make you a better and more present actor.
Timothy D. Stickney on Evil 10/24/19(10/4/19) “October 31” – On Halloween night, Kristen and David are sent to assess an exorcism, but once the pair analyzes the situation, they are at odds while trying to determine whether it is a supernatural demonic possession, or severe mental disease escalated by physical and mental distress. Also, Ben goes on his favorite show, “Demon Hunters,” where he debunks their supernatural finds with fellow unbeliever Vanessa (Nicole Shalhoub), on EVIL, Thursday, Oct. 24 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Timothy D. Stickney (William Hopkins), Karen Pittman (Caroline Hopkins), Scott Ian (Butcher).
Heather Tom Reveals Her New Directing Gig(10/4/19) Viewers of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL know that Heather Tom is an incredibly talented actress from her portrayal of Katie Logan. But unless they've been paying particularly close attention to the credits, they may not be aware that she's also a very talented director! She's helmed numerous episodes of B&B and is about to add an episode of GOOD TROUBLE to her resume! "First day of shooting tomorrow!" Tom revealed on Instagram. "This episode is insane! Everyone at GOOD TROUBLE has been amazing. I'm so grateful to be here! Almost time to play!"
GOOD TROUBLE is a spinoff of THE FOSTERS that follows Callie and Mariana from that series as they head out to live their adult lives and see what the world holds for them. Like THE FOSTERS, GOOD TROUBLE is executive produced by Joanna Johnson, who B&B fans will remember from her stints as both Caroline and Karen Spencer on the soap.
"I'm very excited for my B&B sister-in-law to direct GOOD TROUBLE!" Johnson enthused on Twitter. "She's gonna kill it!" Some of Tom's other castmates past and present offered their support as well. "Get it, HT!" cheered Darin Brooks (Wyatt). "Congrats!" Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter) and Ashley Jones (ex-Bridget) posted congratulations and Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) added: "So awesome!"
From the cover of her shooting script, Tom is directing episode 15 of the second season, which premiered in June of 2019. Although no air date has been announced yet, given that the episode is titled "Palentine's Day," it's likely it will air sometime in February of 2020.
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Get a First Look at GH's Mark Lawson and Alyshia Ochse in 'Killer Contractor'(10/3/19) (Trailer) Get ready to see a couple of familiar faces from GENERAL HOSPITAL in the new Lifetime thriller, Killer Contractor! Mark Lawson (Dustin) took to social media to alert fans to the movie's premiere to make sure everyone tunes in. "Set those DVR thingies for October 13!" he shared. "Had a blast working on this one. Worked with some wonderful actors and a great director. (And a crew that kept us safe and well-fed.) Looking forward to seeing what we made."
The film stars Alyshia Ochse, who GH fans will remember as The Woman in White who was later revealed to be Helena Cassadine's daughter, Cassandra during the actress' 2011-12 run on the soap. Ochse plays Kerry, a woman who returns home with her daughter to settle her father's estate after his death. But deciding to live in the house brings danger when the contractor she hires to fix up the place turns out to be an old childhood friend who harbors a deadly obsession! Thankfully, Lawson is not playing the titular "killer contractor," but a nice guy named Jason who hopefully, won't find himself one of the murder victims!
Check out the trailer for Killer Contractor right here, but be warned that it's long and could spoil some of the thrills of the full movie!
Be sure to watch on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m. on Lifetime Movies when Killer Contractor premieres and see if Ochse or Lawson's characters survive the full two hours!
Obba Babatundé on S.W.A.T 10/23/19(10/1/19) “Immunity” – Deacon’s family gets caught in the crosshairs of a drug cartel when he and the SWAT team aim to bring down its leader, a former foreign rebel force leader running drugs in plain sight via a local flower market. Also, Hondo receives troubling news regarding his father, and Tan is forced to go before an internal review board due to his girlfriend’s indiscretion, on S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Oct. 23 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Lou Ferrigno, Jr. (Rocker), Bre Blair (Annie Kay), Obba Babatundé (Daniel Harrelson, Sr), Deshae Frost (Darryl), Otis “Odie” Gallop (Sergeant Stevens)
Superman First-Look: Brandon Routh Suits Up Again For CW Crossover(9/27/19) (Photo) Brandon Routh is suited up for action as Superman in this first-look photo from The CW. The actor who starred in Superman Returns (2006) is back in the cape again to portray a greying-at-the-temples version of the Man of Steel for The CW’s upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earth crossover event.
The stylized logo emblazoned on Routh’s new costume marks this iteration of Superman as the compromised, world-weary version introduced in the landmark DC Comics saga Kingdom Come from 1996. Routh will portray both Clark Kent and Superman in the massive superhero crossover event that begins on Supergirl and then carries over through four other DC Comics-based series of the CW.
Routh is already familiar to Arrowverse fans as one of the characters on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow , which will host the finale of the Crisis crossover on Jan. 14. Routh portrays size-shifter Ray Palmer, aka the Atom, on Legends and he will be pulling double duty
Routh had the far tougher assignment 13 years ago of following in the boot-steps of Christopher Reeve as the big screen version of American pop culture’s original superhero. Superman Returns cost a colossal $270 million and closed its theatrical run with $370 million.
Routh won’t be the only Superman sharing airspace with Supergirl when the crossover event begins on Dec. 8. Smallville star Tom Welling, who portrayed the Kryptonian longer than any other live-action actor, will be part of the reality-bending epic, as will Tyler Hoechlin, who has been the “local” Superman for the Arrowverse shows on The CW.
The airdates of The CW’s crossover:
Jim Parsons to Star in Ryan Murphy's Hollywood at Netflix, 7 Others Join Cast(9/27/19) Ryan Murphy has amassed a roster of names befitting the title of his latest Netflix project, Hollywood.
In addition to those cast members previously announced — Darren Criss (American Crime Story) as Raymond, David Corenswet (The Politician) as Jack, Jeremy Pope as Archie and Patti LuPone (Pose) as Avis — the following have also been confirmed as series regulars: Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) as talent agent Henry Willson, Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story) as Ernie, Joe Mantello (The Normal Heart) as Dick, Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men) as Ellen Kincaid, Samara Weaving (SMILF) as Claire, Maude Apatow (Euphoria) as Henrietta, Jake Picking (Chasing Life) as Rock Hudson and Laura Harrier (One Life to Live) as Camille.
Described by Murphy as “a love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown,” the period drama will cover “several narratives from 1940s Hollywood.”
And Hollywood is just one of several Murphy projects currently in the works at Netflix. His Ben Platt-led dark comedy The Politician dropped today; he recently revealed that he cast Ewan McGregor to play iconic fashion designer Halston in a yet-untitled series; and Ratched, a One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest prequel starring Sarah Paulson as Nurse Ratched, has already received a two-season order. He’s also bringing us filmed versions of recent Broadway hits The Boys in the Band and The Prom — the latter of which boasts a cast that includes Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Ariana Grande.
Jessica Morris Charged for Allegedly Almost Biting Rib Hillis' Lip Off(9/26/19) Actress Jessica Morris -- best known for her roles on "One Life to Live" and several Lifetime movies -- has been hit with a felony charge for allegedly taking a bite out of her married boyfriend's face.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Morris and actor Rib Hillis (ex-Jake, Port Charles) got into a fight back in May, and at some point, she went on the attack and bit Rib's lip -- almost all the way off!!!
We're told Morris turned herself in earlier this month after the L.A. County District Attorney charged her with one count of felony domestic violence with great bodily injury.
Hillis tells TMZ ... Morris got into a heated argument with him over relationship issues, which makes sense, because PLOT TWIST -- Hillis is married to Elena Grinenko, one of the pro dancers on "Dancing with the Stars."
Rib says the fight got violent when Jessica viciously bit and mangled his lip, but claims he didn't lay a hand on her during the incident. He says he went to the hospital afterward and the nurse notified the police. A report was taken and the LAPD investigated, leading to the criminal charge.
Hillis claims he had no say in the matter, but if it were up to him he "just wants everyone to heal and get on with their lives." He adds that he hasn't spoken to Morris since that night, but hopes she gets the help she needs.
Rib says he's thankful to have the love and support of his wife and family ... and for his plastic surgeon. He needed 25 stitches to fix him up.
Morris' attorney, Anthony Salerno, tells us she's declining to make a public comment on the case, but he adds ... "This situation is difficult for everyone involved, and is complicated."
Along with dating, Jessica and Rib costarred in a few movies ... including Lifetime's "The Wrong Man." Hillis says he never thought he'd be living out a Lifetime storyline with her, though.
FB Live Q&A: Michael Easton & Rebecca Budig(9/26/19) FB Live Q&A: Michael Easton & Rebecca Budig: Video.
Lenny Platt on NCIS: New Orleans 10/15/19(9/24/19) “Overlooked” – The NCIS team uncovers a sinister plot by a private detention center contracted by the government to house undocumented immigrants. Also, Lasalle and Sebastian travel to Alabama to search for Lasalle’s missing brother, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, Oct. 15 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Angel Desai (Dr. Tanaka), Frederick Koehler (Elliot Whitman), Lenny Platt (Detective David Cabrera).
Debbie Allen & Obba Babatundé Recur on S.W.A.T. 10/16/19(9/24/19) “Funny Money” – The SWAT team bumps heads with Lt. Lynch when she signs them up for an off-book undercover operation to take down a local gang printing counterfeit money, without giving them enough time to prepare for the mission. Also, tensions rise at home for Hondo as his parents’ strained relationship becomes worse, on S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Oct. 16 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Debbie Allen (Charice Harrelson), Obba Babatundé (Daniel Harrelson, Sr), Deshae Frost (Darryl), Otis “Odie” Gallop (Sergeant Stevens)
‘Black Monday’: Tuc Watkins Joins Season 2 Of Showtime’s Don Cheadle Comedy(9/20/19) Tuc Watkins (Desperate Housewives) is set for a season-long guest-star arc on Season 2 of Black Monday, Showtime’s 1980s Wall Street comedy starring and executive produced by Don Cheadle.
Written by David Caspe and Jordan Cahan, the series takes viewers back to October 19, 1987, aka Black Monday. No one knows who “caused it” — until now. It’s the fictional story of how a group of outsiders took on the blueblood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world’s largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine, and the glass ceiling. Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall and Paul Scheer also star.
Watkins will play Congressman Harris, a Republican and leader of the Moral Majority.
It’s a return to Showtime for Watkins, who played Malcolm Laffley on Beggars and Choosers. He also starred or recurred on such TV series as Desperate Housewives, Major Crimes, Awkward, Parks and Recreation, Sisters, C16: FBI and One Life to Live. Repped by Artists & Representatives and Karen Forman Management, his recent guest-star work includes Ballers, Castle, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Maron.
Black Monday is created by executive producer/showrunner David Caspe (Happy Endings), and Jordan Cahan (My Best Friend’s Girl). Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg also are EPs. The 10-episode sophomore season of the series — a co-production of Showtime and Sony Pictures TV Studios — will premiere next year on the premium cabler.
Talk Show Appearance(9/20/19) WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN - Bravo
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TAINTED DREAMS Finds Another Streaming Platform(9/19/19) TAINTED DREAMS, the Emmy-nominated digital series based on the behind-the-scenes antics of a fictional hit TV soap opera, has announced that Seasons 1 and 2 of this hit series will stream on the new (and free) platform Popstar! TV beginning September 23. TAINTED DREAMS is a steamy dramedy following the cast and crew behind the scenes of a hit TV soap opera called PAINTED DREAMS, and features soap faves like Alicia Minshew (ex-Kendall, ALL MY CHILDREN), Austin Peck (ex-Austin, DAYS), Grant Aleksander (ex-Phillip, GUIDING LIGHT) and more. There will be a bonus episode on Popstar! TV that gives some background as to how all the characters came to be a part of the PAINTED DREAMS team. “I am beyond thrilled to introduce a younger generation to our iconic cast and a story that is so dear to my heart,” says Executive Producer/Creator Sonia Blangiardo. “We are thrilled that there is more life for the show and that the new exposure will attract new viewers for the series.” You can download the Popstar! TV’s mobile app or visit www.popstaronline.com to watch Tainted Dreams or for more info visit www.tainteddreams.com. The series is also available on Amazon.
Good Trouble Reunites Entire Fosters Family for Christmas Special(9/19/19) (Photo) Christmas is a time for family, so Good Trouble is very fittingly bringing together Callie and Mariana’s entire Fosters clan (and then some!) for its upcoming holiday special, TVLine has learned exclusively.
The two-hour event will feature the returns of Teri Polo and Sherri Saum (as moms Stef and Lena), plus David Lambert and Hayden Byerly (as siblings Brandon and Jude). And although Noah Centineo (Jesus) is not pictured in TVLine’s exclusive photo, rest assured that The Internet’s Boyfriend will be part of the festivities. While each family member already visited Callie and Mariana’s new digs during the spinoff’s first season, the special marks the first time all of the Adams Fosters will be reunited since the original series ended its run last year.
On top of that, the Christmas gathering will also include a number of in-laws who made their debut on The Fosters: Brandon’s wife Eliza, her parents Jim (Robert Gant) and Diane (Susan Walters), and her brothers Jamie (Beau Mirchoff) and Carter (Spencer List). Of course, Jamie is no stranger to Good Trouble, where he recurs as Callie’s boyfriend. As for Carter, he previously clicked with Jude on The Fosters, so this reunion could be quite interesting.
“Look who’s coming to town. It’s not Santa, but our beloved Adams Foster family will be bringing plenty of cheer,” co-creator Joanna Johnson tells TVLine. “Tune in to see who’s been naughty or nice and for all the drama and hijinks of a Foster family/Coterie holiday mashup!”
The holiday special — written by Johnson and directed by co-creators Bradley Bredeweg (Hour 1) and Peter Paige (Hour 2) — is slated to air this winter. Viewers can catch up on all episodes of Good Trouble on Hulu.
Lenny Platt on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS 10/8/19(9/18/19) “Bad Apple” – Pride travels to New York City after new DNA evidence links to 20-year-old cold case from his time at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s office, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, Oct. 8 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Shanley Caswell guest stars as Laurel Pride, Pride’s daughter.
GUEST CAST includes: Angel Desai (Dr. Tanaka), Frederick Koehler (Elliot Whitman), Lenny Platt (Detective David Cabrera).
Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell Set For ‘American Buffalo’ Broadway Revival(9/18/19) Laurence Fishburne and Sam Rockwell will return to Broadway this spring in a revival of David Mamet’s American Buffalo, lead producers Jeffrey Richards, Steve Traxler and Stephanie P. McClelland announced today.
Directed by frequent Mamet collaborator Neil Pepe, American Buffalo will begin previews in March 2020 with an official opening on Tuesday, April 14. The theater has not been announced.
Fishburne, last on Broadway in 2008’s one-man play Thurgood, will play the character Donny. Rockwell, returning to Broadway after 2014’s Fool For Love by Sam Shepard, will play Teach.
The duo’s casting leaves the play’s third character, Bobby, as yet unfilled or unannounced.
After Chicago and Off Broadway productions in 1975 and ’76, American Buffalo premiered on Broadway in 1977, with Ulu Grosbard directing Robert Duvall as Teach and Kenneth McMillan as Donny. John Savage played Bobby. In a 1981 Off Broadway production at Circle in the Square starred Al Pacino, Thomas Waites and Clifton James.
A 2008 Broadway revival starring Cedric the Entertainer, Haley Joel Osment and John Leguizamo flopped, closing after 20 previews and eight regular performances. A Tony-nominated 1984 Broadway revival starring Pacino, James Hayden and J.J. Johnston suffered an even more unfortunate fate when Hayden, a promising and well-reviewed young actor, died of a heroin overdose six hours after a standing ovation performance.
A 1996 film version directed by Michael Corrente starred Dennis Franz, Dustin Hoffman and Sean Nelson.
In addition to Thurgood, Fishburne’s stage credits include his Tony-winning performance (1992) in August Wilson’s Two Trains Running. Films include, among many others, The Matrix trilogy, Boyz in the Hood and John Wick: Chapter 2 and John Wick: Chapter 3.
Rockwell’s credits include his Oscar-winning performance in 2017’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and the Oscar-nominated role in Vice. Most recently he was Emmy-nominated for playing Bob Fosse on FX’s Fosse/Verdon.
Director Pepe, the Artistic Director of Off Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company since 1992, has staged Mamet plays Speed-the-Plow and A Life in the Theatre on Broadway, as well as the musical Hands on a Hardbody.
American Buffalo‘s preview date, full casting, design team and venue will be announced later.
Phyllis Newman Dies: Tony-Winning Broadway Legend Was 86(9/16/19) Phyllis Newman (Renee, OLTL), known for her Tony Award-winning role as the bath towel-clad Martha Vail in the musical Subways Are for Sleeping, has died. The star of stage and screen was 86.
The news was announced by her son Adam Green, a theater critic for Vogue, via Twitter. “My sister @amanda_green and I had to say goodbye to our beautiful mother today,” he tweeted. “I’ll miss her more than I can say.”
In addition to Subways Are for Sleeping, Newman appeared in numerous Broadway productions including Bells Are Ringing, The Apple Tree, On the Town, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Awake and Sing, Wish You Were Here and First Impressions. She also had her one-woman musical The Madwoman of Central Park West which was co-written by her and Arthur Laurents. She also received a Tony nom for her performance in Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound.
She received a Drama Desk nomination for her starring performance in the Off Broadway production of James Lapine’s The Moment When… Her other Off Broadway credits include Nicky Silver’s The Food Chain, the Naked Angels production of Shyster as well as the revival of A Majority of One.
She had multiple appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show and was the first woman to host The Johnny Carson Show. Her other TV credits include 100 Centre Street, Oz, Murder, She Wrote, thirtysomething and The Jury.
On the film side, she appeared in numerous features including The Human Stain, It Had To Be You, For the Time Being, Fish in the Bathtub, A Price Above Rubies, The Beautician and the Beast, Only You, Mannequin, To Find a Man, Bye Bye Braverman and Picnic.
Newman was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1983 as she detailed in her book Just in Time: Notes From My Life. This led to her bringing awareness to the disease as well as women’s health issues and needs in the entertainment industry. She started The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative of The Actors’ Fund of America in 1993.
She was married to the late composer and screenwriter Adolph Green for 42 years. They are survived by their children Adam and Amanda.
Talk Show Appearance(9/16/19) Tamron Hall - syndicated
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Susan Misner on God Friended Me 10/6/19(9/13/19) “The Lady – As Miles wonders what the God Account has in store for him, he and Rakesh help Joy (Jessica Lu) with her new friend suggestion, Teddy (Bryan Greenberg), an aspiring self-help guru. Also, Cara follows a God Account-related lead in Paris, and Ali reveals to Arthur that she’s left Harlem Episcopal for a progressive LGBTQ-friendly congregation, on GOD FRIENDED ME, Sunday, Oct. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Scenes from the episode were filmed on location in Paris.
RECURRING CAST: Adam Goldberg (Simon Hayes), Jessica Lu (Joy), Susan Misner (Annie).
Shipp returns To The Arrowverse(9/12/19) John Wesley Shipp will return for the Arrowverse’s upcoming “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover, TVInsider.com reports. It is not yet clear which character Shipp will portray.
Photos of Hayden Panettiere holding hands with alleged abuser ex’s brother shocks family(9/11/19) Friends and family are “disturbed” after Hayden Panettiere with her alleged abuser boyfriend’s brother, sources reveal exclusively to RadarOnline.com.
“It’s a very strange set of circumstances,” the insider said of the Nashville star’s rumoured new fling with Brian Hickerson’s brother Zach.
Panettiere, 30 — who as Radar first reported exclusively, is now living in New York City — showed PDA with the South Carolina-based pastor downtown in the Big Apple on Sept. 4, in exclusive photos revealed by In Touch.
“I don’t know if it’s better than the alternative,” said the concerned pal. “How strange it may be, the one positive thing about this is Zach is certainly not the violent temper that Brian is.”
Despite her family’s concerns, Panettiere appeared carefree as she strolled with Brian’s brother. “They were walking hand-in-hand, talking and laughing together,” an eyewitness told In Touch.
“She was jumping up and down making funny faces, and he was flexing his muscles and laughing. They looked happy together.”
Sources reveal to Radar the unlikely couple have “been involved for two months now.”
As Radar readers know, the actress’ bad new beau Brian faces a felony domestic violence charge for allegedly beating his famous girlfriend in a May 2 incident.
A responding officer testified Hayden suffered bruises on her arms and eyelids, and swelling on her face.
On May 23, a Los Angeles County judge issued a protective order against Brian, preventing him from coming within 100 yards of the actress.
The new pairing isn’t sitting well with her loved ones. “Those close to Hayden are not going to pretend to understand it or condone it,” but “there’s nothing anyone can do,” said the informant.
“She has been reluctant to talk about it because she knows how people feel — it’s definitely something she would not want to discuss. And she doesn’t want to share too much especially because of what’s going on with Brian and his legal issues.”
With high-powered attorney Shawn Holley by Brian’s side, a jury trial begins in Los Angeles court on Sept. 24.
Eddie Alderson Reports He Is Cancer Free(9/11/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) For the past three years, ONE LIFE TO LIVE star Eddie Alderson (Matthew) has been battling cancer, but the young actor finally had some good news to share. "Today is a good day. A damn good day," he posted to Instagram. "I've been quite private and selective about updating the status of my health the last few years. I've shared some of the down times and some of the good times. Today, I had a scan that showed no active disease in my body.
"For the first time in the past three years, I am done with chemo and treatments," Alderson continued. "To think of all the ups and downs I (we) have gone through, this day is worth celebrating. I've used the phrase 'No Surrender' these past three years to hopefully inspire some of you that nothing is worth giving up over. I was diagnosed with stage four cancer and look at where I am today. I am [freaking] proud of this day. I am proud of myself and all of the people who are fighting today or have fought. The impact that my family and friends and all of you've had on me has given me the drive to fight. I will always fight and spread awareness for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society."
Back in November of 2016, Alderson took to social media to let his fans know that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma cancer, and shared updates during his treatments, celebrating when he had finished in April of 2017 and then sharing the difficult return to the hospital later that year. And in December, his dream to meet Bruce Springsteen came true and the singer autographed "No Surrender" on Alderson's arm so he could have it tattooed forever.
"This may not be the end of my fight," he concluded, "but this is as damn close as you can get to shutting the damn door on cancer and saying goodbye. I will always be ready to fight. No surrender."
‘Little Fires Everywhere’: Obba Babatundé To Recur In Hulu Series(9/10/19) Daytime Emmy winner Obba Babatundé (Dear White People) is set for a recurring role opposite Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Rosemarie DeWitt and Joshua Jackson in Little Fires Everywhere, Hulu’s upcoming limited series based on Celeste Ng’s bestselling book.
Developed and written by Casual‘s Liz Tigelaar, the series hails from Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, Washington’s Simpson Street and ABC Signature Studios. Little Fires Everywhere follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. The story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
Babatundé will play George Wright, a devoutly religious father of two who does his best to support his strong-willed daughter Mia (Kerry Washington) as she heads off to art school. But when his daughter’s decisions conflict with his morals, George finds himself having to make a choice that he was never prepared to.
Jade Pettyjohn (Lexie Richardson), Jordan Elsass (Trip Richardson), Gavin Lewis (Moody Richardson), Megan Stott (Izzy Richardson), and Lexi Underwood (Pearl Warren) also star.
Babatundé will be returning to Season 3 of the CBS drama series S.W.A.T. in his recurring role of Daniel Harrelson Sr., the father of Hondo (Shemar Moore). He also stars as Dean Fairbanks in Season 3 of Netflix’s drama Dear White People.
Babatunde’ won a 2016 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Julius Avant on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful and received a Supporting Actor Primetime Emmy nomination for his role in the HBO drama Miss Ever’s Boys. Babatundé is repped by Artists & Representatives.
Dishing with Digest - 8/30/19 - Robin Strasser(8/30/19) Robin Strasser Previews DAYS Debut (Listen / download).
Robin Strasser talks about her new role as DAYS’s Vivian, her memories of playing ANOTHER WORLD’s Rachel and ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Dorian and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also preview the big soap stories coming for fall.
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 8/26/19 - The Return Of AMC & OLTL?(8/26/19) (Listen / download) Could All My Children and One Life To Live really be making a second return from the great soap graveyard in the sky? On this week’s episode of the Soaps in Depth podcast, hosts Charlie Mason and Richard Simms ask that very question. From what form the shows might take to where they could wind up airing, they look at the rumors, the facts and throw in a little speculation of their own. Plus, what characters and stories they’d make central in a potential reboot, and what soap tropes they would try to put to rest! All this and more on the latest episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast.
Nathan Fillion Boarding James Gunn’s ‘The Suicide Squad’(8/26/19) We’re hearing that Nathan Fillion will be starring in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad at Warner Bros.
The actor’s role is being kept under wraps. Fillion has a long history of working with Gunn: He played the voice of a monstrous inmate in Guardians of the Galaxy, Bill Pardy in Gunn’s 2006 horror comedy Slither and the Holy Avenger in the filmmaker’s 2010 pic Super.
Fillion stars in ABC’s The Rookie which starts its second season on Sept. 29. Prior to that, Fillion starred for eight seasons as mystery novelist Richard “Rick” Castle on ABC’s Castle. His credits also include a number of series such as Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet and A Series of Unfortunate Events. Fillion is renowned for his turn as Captain Malcolm ‘Mal’ Reynolds on Joss Whedon’s cult sci-fi series Firefly which also spawned the feature movie Serenity. The actor is no stranger to DC fare playing the voice of the Green Lantern in a number of DC animated features including Reign of the Superman and Justice League: Doom. Fillion received a SAG ensemble nomination for Desperate Housewives, and a Daytime Emmy acting nom for his work on One Life to Live. He is repped by CAA, Three 3 Three Management, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. Cast to date for The Suicide Squad includes Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag) as well as new castmembers Idris Elba, David Dastmalchian (Polka-Dot Man), Daniela Melchior (Ratcatcher), Flula Borg and Steve Agee (King Shark, reported exclusively by us yesterday).
Gunn wrote the script to The Suicide Squad. Chuck Roven and Peter Safran are producing. EP is Nik Korda. Pic opens on Aug. 6, 2021. Production starts on Sept. 23.
‘DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow’: Brandon Routh & Courtney Ford To Depart the CW Drama As Series Regulars(8/23/19) DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow will be bidding farewell to two series regulars during the superhero team-up drama’s upcoming fifth season, Brandon Routh, who plays Ray Palmer/Atom, and Courtney Fort who portrays Nora Darhk.
“Brandon and Courtney have been invaluable members of the Legends family,” series executive producers Phil Klemmer, Grianne Godfree and Keto Shimizu said in a statement to Deadline. “They have always brought a level passion and collaboration to their characters and to the show — both on and off the screen – that we deeply admire and for which we are eternally grateful.”
Routh was among the core group of fan-favorite recurring actors from Arrow and Flash who were recruited to anchor the third Arrowverse series, along with Victor Garber, Wentworth Miller and Caity Lotz, and has been a series regular from the start. Routh’s wife, Ford, joined Legends of Tomorrow as a recurring in Season 3 and was promoted to a regular at the beginning of Season 4.
“As one of the founding Legends of Tomorrow, Brandon is extremely beloved by the fans and everyone on the show.,” Klemmer, Godfree and Shimizu said.
Roth and Ford’s exits stem from a creative decision to wrap up their storyline. Because of the nature of the time-traveling Legends Of Tomorrow, there has been a natural character turnover, with series regulars leaving as their stories come to an end and new ones coming on board. Of the large regular ensemble cast that started in Season 1, only a couple will still be on the show by the end of this coming season.
But as is the case with most Legends, the producers are leaving the door open for Ray and Nora to pop back in for guest appearances.
“Of course, when we have had main characters in the past whose journeys take them away from the Waverider, it’s never truly goodbye,” Klemmer, Godfree and Shimizu said. “We love these characters and hope to check in with them in future seasons, to see how life off the ship has transformed them for better or worse.”
Routh and Ford are expected to film their final episode in October. It is unclear yet when it will air during Legends of Tomorrow‘s Season 5 run, slated to start in January.
“I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to bring the big-hearted and humorous Ray Palmer to life for our fans over the last 5 years, but unfortunately, his storyline is pointed in another direction,” Routh said in a statement to Deadline. ” I’m saddened to see Ray’s journey end for now but wish my Legends family well.”
Added Ford, “Nora Darhk is very close to my heart. If it were my choice, I’d play her for years to come. But I understand that stories run their course, and I’m grateful for the time I did have bringing Nora to life on Legends of Tomorrow.”
Routh will be pulling double duty in the upcoming Arrowverse crossover where he is also set to play Superman, a character he played in the 2006 Bryan Singer-directed feature Superman Returns.
Ryan Phillippe moves to block ex-wife Reese Witherspoon from testifying in assault case(8/21/19) Ryan Phillippe has asked a judge to prevent his ex-wife Reese Witherspoon from testifying about their marriage in an assault case involving his ex-girlfriend.
The Shooter actor is accused of assaulting his former flame Elsie Hewitt, who sued him for $1 million in damages alleging he pushed her down a flight of stairs twice while hurling expletives at her as she attempted to leave his house with her belongings in July, 2017.
Now Phillippe has asked a judge to block Witherspoon, the mother of two of his children who he divorced in 2007 after eight years of marriage, from testifying about their collapsed union in the case, insisting the information is completely irrelevant to the current proceedings.
“Although divorced, they maintain a pleasant relationship with each other and their child (sic),” his lawyer writes in new documents obtained by The Blast. “The nature of their marriage and its termination, as well as their ongoing relationship could only be used in this trial for improper purposes.”
Besides asking for the deposition requests for Witherspoon filed by Hewitt’s lawyers to be denied, Phillippe also wants evidence of previous police reports filed against him and information about his other past relationships to be kept out of the case.
A judge has yet to rule on his requests.
Phillippe has denied any wrongdoing with Hewitt, claiming he simply fell as he was trying to escort her out of his house and that the incident has been blown out of proportion.
Elisabeth Röhm Signs With Buchwald(8/16/19) Law & Order alumna Elisabeth Röhm has signed with Buchwald.
Röhm spent five seasons on Dick Wolf’s flagship series Law & Order portraying Serena Southerlyn. She then moved on to star in such notable projects as the WB’s Angel, TNT’s The Last Ship, Lifetime’s The Client List; The Oath, opposite Sean Bean; and Stalker, opposite Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q for CBS. She also had major arcs on hit series such as Will Arnett’s Flaked for Netflix and the CW’s Jane The Virgin.
Röhm recently wrapped production on the Lifetime feature Family Pictures and will next be seen in Lionsgate’s Roger Ailes biopic Fair And Balanced, directed by Jay Roach, as well as Ted Melfi’s The Starling, opposite Melissa McCarthy.
Additional film credits include David O. Russell’s American Hustle and Joy; The Tribes of Palos Verdes, opposite Jennifer Garner; Trafficked with Ashley Judd; and Going Under, opposite Bruce Willis and Jason Momoa.
She will continue to be managed by Luber Roklin.
Soap Opera Audiobook News(8/16/19) Dark Shadows by Marilyn Ross, narrated by Kathryn Leigh Scott (ex-Maggie Evans, Dark Shadows). These are from the original 1960’s paperbacks, there will be 32 titles released on audio.
(Order Here) Despite warnings from the townspeople, Victoria Winters accepts the offer to come to the strange Collinwood as Governess. For some curious reason, she feels the secret of her past may be uncovered in the bleak manor high on Widow's Hill.
From the Moment she arrives, Victoria becomes the target of someone in the house determined to destroy her. As the wind moans and the rain lashes around the isolated Collinwood, Victoria, without friends in the manor, feels death close in on her - a choking, frightening death.
The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman, narrated by Judith Light (ex-Karen, OLTL). Releases September 15.
(Order Here) From the New York Times best-selling author of The Dovekeepers and The Marriage of Opposites comes Alice Hoffman's darkly magical story of in a heartbreaking time of war when men became monsters, children navigated a world without parents, and women were willing to sacrifice everything for those they loved.
The Guest Book by Sarah Blake, narrated by Orlagh Cassidy (ex-Doris, GL).
"Orlagh Cassidy narrates Blake's beautifully written multigenerational story of love and lies with consummate skill. Elegant and clear, distant yet passionate, she helps listeners discover the quirks in characters' personalities and explore their motives, both evident and hidden." -AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner
How To Forget: A Daughter’s Memoir by Kate Mulgrew, narrated by Kate Mulgrew(ex-Mary, Ryan’s Hope).
In this profoundly honest and examined memoir about returning to Iowa to care for her ailing parents, the star of Orange Is the New Black and best-selling author of Born with Teeth takes us on an unexpected journey of loss, betrayal, and the transcendent nature of a daughter's love for her parents.
A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mr. Rogers by Fred Rogers, Luke Flowers, narrated by John Lithgow and Kate Mulgrew (ex-Mary, Ryan’s Hope).
(Order Here) For the first time ever, 75 beloved songs from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and The Children's Corner are collected in this charming treasury, sure to be cherished by generations of children as well as the millions of adults who grew up with Mister Rogers. The audiobook includes the iconic song "Won't You Be My Neighbor", music and lyrics by Fred Rogers.
‘Wander’: Tommy Lee Jones Joins April Mullen’s Conspiracy Thriller(8/16/19) Tommy Lee Jones has joined Katheryn Winnick, Aaron Eckhart and Heather Graham in April Mullen’s conspiracy thriller Wander.
The Men In Black actor, who won an best supporting Oscar for his role in The Fugitive, will play eccentric conspiracy theorist Jimmy Cleats in the feature, which was written by Tim Doiron.
Wander follows Arthur Bretnik (Eckhart), a mentally unstable private investigator, who, after being hired to probe a suspicious death in the town of Wander, becomes convinced the case is linked to the same ‘conspiracy cover up’ that caused the death of his daughter. Graham is set to play Shelley Luscomb, an attorney and close friend of Arthur. Shelley has known Arthur long before his world unraveled and acts a voice of reason in his life. Jones’ Cleats is confidant to Eckhart’s Bretnik. Winnick plays Elsa Viceroy, a mysterious authority figure who catches Bretnik’s attention as the investigation deepens.
Earlier this week, Deadline revealed that Breaking Bad’s Raymond Cruz and Roswell’s Brendan Fehr had also joined the film.
Wander is the follow-up to Mullen’s Below Her Mouth, which was shot by an all-female crew. The picture premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Mullen has been at the forefront of the movement towards equality on screen and behind the scenes, representing a strong female voice as a director in film & TV over the past decade.
Doiron and Mullen will produce alongside Andre Relis of VMI Worldwide, Chad A. Verdi of Verdi Productions, Mary Aloe of Aloe Entertainment and Doug Falconer of Falconer Picture. Funding provided by Ingenious Media. Production started last month and the feature will be shooting entirely in New Mexico.
Jones recently starred in Just Getting Started alongside Morgan Freeman and Rob Reiner’s Shock and Awe with Woody Harrelson and he is also set to star in Ad Astra alongside Brad Pitt. Winnick (left) recently wrapped Flag Day with Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Miles Teller and is set to star, and direct an episode of Netflix’s martial arts series Wu Assassins. She is best known for her role in Vikings.
“We’re honored to have legendary actor Tommy Lee Jones join us in Wander. He is a brilliant actor – truly unique, with a twist of eccentricity – all the elements needed to bring the unpredictable nature of Jimmy to life. Our dynamic conspiracy duo, Aaron Eckhart and Tommy Lee Jones, are perfectly matched to capture the heartbeat of the film,” said Mullen.
“Winnick is a powerhouse of talent. She’s intelligent, radiant and deeply committed. We’re thrilled to have her join our cast in Wander,” she added
“This is the film that everyone will be speaking about at Cannes 2020. The script and cast is mind blowing,” said producer Chad A. Verdi.
Jones is repped by CAA, Viewpoint, Jacobson, Russell, Saltz, Nassim & De La Torre. Winnick is repped by CAA, Alchemy Entertainment, Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.
OLTL's Patrick Gibbons Jr. Teases His Return to GENERAL HOSPITAL(8/13/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) A familiar face from ONE LIFE TO LIVE is returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL for another appearance! Young actor Patrick Gibbons, Jr. tweeted a couple photos of himself to announce: "Just got back from hockey camp and California. GH and OLTL fans, Wyatt is coming back. Look out for Wyatt soon on GH with a little surprise."
GH fans will recall Gibbons' appearances as Raging Racoon scout Wyatt Hoover back in June, 2018. The boy found himself caught up in Obrecht's kidnapping scheme when he stumbled upon Peter tied up in the cabin and was instrumental in getting the poor guy some help. OLTL fans will remember him as young Sam Manning from 2010-13, though he obviously looked a little different back then! Gibbons' GH stint reunited him with his former OLTL castmates Roger Howarth (Franco) and Michael Easton (Finn), who played Todd Manning and John McBain on the much-missed sudser.
Unfortunately, Gibbons didn't reveal exactly when Wyatt would be back on GH or in exactly what capacity, but we'll keep you up to date as more information is announced. Stay tuned!
New mixed-ish Trailer & Poster(8/11/19) (Trailer) (Poster) A whole new side of black-ish's Johnson family — the Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) side — gets explored when mixed-ish premieres this fall.
The spin-off takes place in 1985, when Bow was 12 years old, and begins with Bow's parents and siblings living a blissful life on a commune. Their peace shatters, however, when the elders at her commune are "detained for three to five years" for ATF violations, breaking up their utopia and sending Bow's family to her (rich) paternal grandpa's spare home. Suddenly, Bow and the rest of her family have to adjust to a world where race makes life complicated, and being mixed is definitely not the norm.
TV Guide has your first look at the official mixed-ish poster. Ross, who executive produces and narrates the series, is at the center with Bow's younger self (Arica Himmel) atop her flower-adorned head. Alongside her are her Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tika Sumpter, who play Bow's parents, Paul and Alicia; on her left are Ethan William Childress and Mykal-Michelle Harris as her siblings Johan and Santamonica.
Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo, Blair Underwood, More Join Netflix’s ‘Madam C.J. Walker’ Limited Series(8/6/19) Netflix’s upcoming limited series Madam CJ Walker is adding more star power to the cast.
Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo, Blair Underwood, Garrett Morris and Kevin Carroll have signed on to the project about legendary African-American entrepreneur and philanthropist, Madam C.J. Walker, Netflix announced today.They join previously announced lead Octavia Spencer.
The Oscar-winning Spencer stars as Sarah Breedlove, known as Madam C.J. Walker, the black hair care pioneer and mogul who overcame hostile turn-of-the-century America, epic rivalries, tumultuous marriages and family challenges to become America’s first black, self-made female millionaire. Spencer also executive produces alongside Christine Holder, Mark Holder, with LeBron James, Maverick Carter, and Jamal Henderson for SpringHill Entertainment.
Janine Sherman Barrois and Elle Johnson are set as showrunners on the Zero Gravity-produced series about the legendary African American entrepreneur and philanthropist, with Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou, Talk to Me) on board to direct the first episode. Warner Bros. TV is the studio via SpringHill’s Warner Bros. deal.
The series is written by creator Nicole Asher and inspired by the book On Her Own Ground by former ABC News executive A’Lelia Bundles, who is Walker’s great-great-granddaughter. The project is produced by SpringHill Entertainment and Zero Gravity in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Below are details on the roles Haddish, Ejogo, Underwood, Morris and Carroll will play.
Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) will play Lelia, the smart and feisty daughter of Sarah Breedlove and her late first husband. Raised by her single, hard-working mother, she is eager to be independent. After falling in love and marrying the feckless John Robinson, she frequently finds herself coming to her husband’s defenses.
Carmen Ejogo (Selma) will play Addie, a hairstylist and former friend of Sarah Breedlove. She is a savvy business woman herself, who parlays her good looks and social standing into a profitable African American hair care business. Fiercely competitive, when she quickly dismisses Sarah’s ambitions to be one of her sales women, charting a course to become Sarah’s nemesis and rival.
Blair Underwood (ex-Bobby, One Life To Live)) will play Chares James Walker, Sarah’s husband. He’s incredibly supportive and encouraging of his wife’s hair product business, which he helps her run. CJ has a way of calming Sarah down and soothing her worries, but he grows concerned about her increasing stress over the ups and downs of her business.
Garrett Morris (2 Broke Girls) will play Cleophus, CJ’s father, and a former slave who comes to live with CJ and Sarah. He gets along well with Sarah and helps in her hair product business.
Kevin Carroll (Snowfall) will play Ransom, a Pullman porter whose many degrees include law and patents from Columbia University. When he agrees to help Sarah with her hair product patents and becomes the company lawyer, he does his best to pull her back from what he feels is a risky expansion and efforts.
Transparent Musical Finale Gets Premiere Date — Watch the Full Trailer(7/28/19) (Video) Transparent is coming back for one final curtain call — literally.
The Amazon dramedy will wrap up its Emmy-winning run with a two-hour musical event, the Transparent Musicale Finale, which debuts Friday, Sept. 27 on the streamer and features the entire Pfefferman clan singing and dancing… minus Maura, played by Jeffrey Tambor, who was fired after facing a number of sexual misconduct allegations. Filming the finale was “our chance to heal together,” creator Jill Soloway told reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Saturday. “Making it into a musical rescued it from being overly serious… we had to find our way back to joy.”
As previously reported, Maura’s off-screen death will be revealed in the opening minutes of Transparent‘s finale, with her family going through a lengthy mourning process. (“Our characters are mourning Maura,” Soloway notes, “and as actors and as creators, we’re mourning what happened with our show.”) Shelly’s unique way of grieving? Writing and producing an elaborate musical based on her family’s life. Cast members Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Alexandra Billings, Kathryn Hahn and Trace Lysette all return to reprise their roles.
The finale doesn’t just wallow in sadness, though: Based on the just-released full trailer — which you can watch above — it’s a vibrantly colorful and joyful musical event, or “a dazzling movie fantasia inspired by the classic musicals that shaped a culture,” as the official description puts it. “When people turn to song instead of conversation, I think it’s because there are certain things that can’t be said with words,” Soloway added. “With what we went through the past couple years… we needed to find a new way to enter this story.”
Talk Show Appearance(7/20/19) THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH, Comedy Central
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‘The Hating Game’: ‘Pearson’ & ‘Suits’ Star Gina Torres Joins Lucy Hale & Robbie Amell In Rom-Com(7/19/19) Suits star Gina Torres is joining Lucy Hale and Robbie Amell in movie rom-com The Hating Game, which is due to get under way in New York in August.
As we revealed during Cannes, Peter Hutchings (Then Came You) will direct Christina Mengert’s adaptation of the bestselling novel by Sally Thorne.
The film is produced by Claude Dal Farra, Brice Dal Farra, and Brian Keady of BCDF Pictures. Mister Smith Entertainment is co-financing and handling sales.
Pic tells the story of kind-hearted Lucy Hutton (Hale) and her cold-efficient nemesis Joshua Templeton (Amell). Resolving to achieve professional success without compromising her ethics, Lucy embarks on a ruthless game of one-upmanship against Josh, a rivalry that is impossibly complicated by her growing attraction to him. Torres will star as a co-CEO of two recently merged publishing houses where Lucy and Josh work.
Torres currently stars in and co-executive produces USA Network’s Pearson, the Torres-pitched spinoff of the network’s hit series Suits.
BCDF’s slate of book adaptations includes The Language Of Flowers with Kiersey Clemons and Nick Robinson; The Storied Life Of A.J Fikry with Naveen Andrews; Marie Lu’s Legend; Ray Feist’s fantasy series Riftwar; Becca Fitzpatrick’s supernatural romance series Hush, Hush; and romance-comedy Can You Keep A Secret?, which was recently completed with Alexandra Daddario starring.
Mister Smith’s slate includes Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life and Max Minghella’s directorial debut Teen Spirit starring Elle Fanning.
Torres is repped by Domain Talent, Framework Entertainment, and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham.
Mario Van Peebles Signs With Buchwald(7/18/19) Actor, writer and director Mario Van Peebles, known for New Jack City and Heartbreak Ridge, has signed with Buchwald.
Van Peebles’s directorial credits include the Roots miniseries and episodes of Empire, Lost, and Sons of Anarchy. His acting resume lists feature films Ali, Panther, and Baadasssss!.
His television credits also include creating and starring in SYFY’s Superstition, along with major recurring arcs on Bloodline for Netflix and Damages on FX.
Up next, Van Peebles has teamed with Kip Konwiser and Christopher Miller to direct and star in Outlaw Posse, a follow-up to Posse, the 1993 film which he directed. Described as a cowboy drama set against the rolling hills and lawless towns of the American Wild West in the late 1800s, Van Peebles will play Chief, leader of a posse of black cowboys in search of truth and justice.
He will also continue to produce his own independent content under his MVP Films shingle. He continues to be managed by Matt Luber and Michael Adler at Luber Roklin.
Hayden Panettiere’s daughter living with ex Wladimir Klitschko in Ukraine(7/17/19) Hayden Panettiere has reportedly been apart from her 4-year-old daughter since splitting from the child’s father, Wladimir Klitschko, last August.
“[Hayden’s] life is in flux with her daughter living away, and she has other issues weighing on her mind,” a source told People.
The 29-year-old actress’s child, Kaya, has apparently been living in Ukraine with Klitschko, 43, since last summer.
Meanwhile, Panettiere’s current boyfriend, Brian Hickerson, is facing a felony domestic violence charge. Panettiere’s family is “begging” her to dump Hickerson, with a source telling People, “It is totally out of control and she has to get over this guy.”
The LAPD arrested Hickerson in May. Page Six reported that cops were called after the couple got into a physical altercation in their home after a night of drinking in Hollywood.
At the time, TMZ reported that police saw redness and marks on Panettiere’s body.
Hickerson was ordered to stay 100 yards away from the “Heroes” star. He pleaded not guilty.
The duo began dating last summer.
Hayden Panettiere’s family ‘begging’ her to dump allegedly abusive boyfriend(7/17/19) Hayden Panettiere‘s family is worried about her safety.
The “Nashville” star’s friends and family are “begging” her to dump allegedly abusive boyfriend Brian Hickerson, according to a new report from People.
Hickerson currently faces a felony domestic violence charge. A source told the outlet that as a result, those closest to Panettiere, 29, “are begging her to straighten up and move ahead.”
“It is totally out of control and she has to get over this guy,” the source said.
“Her friends and family have been worried about her for quite a while, and things seem to have gotten worse,” the source added. “She needs to do some soul-searching. For whatever reason, she continues this relationship, but it has done nothing but take her down lower. It’s a sad situation.”
Panettiere’s family broke their silence on the ongoing trauma that not only the “Heroes” star faces but also other victims of domestic violence as well.
“We are hopeful that the judge makes the right decision,” the family said. “It’s an important message in terms of domestic violence for all women.”
Page Six previously reported that LAPD arrested Hickerson after a night of drinking with Panettiere. They returned to their home — where the alleged attack occurred — in the early morning hours. Police saw redness and marks on Panettiere’s body when they arrived and took Hickerson into custody.
Hickerson was later ordered to stay 100 yards away from the actress after he pleaded not guilty to one count of felony domestic violence.
Irizarry Joins B&B(7/17/19) Daytime Emmy winner Vincent Irizarry is joining the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful as Dr. Jordan Armstrong, TVInsider.com reports.
Irizarry makes his debut on the CBS soap on Monday, Aug. 26, and will play a pivotal role in the baby Beth/baby Phoebe storyline.
Irizarry’s many daytime credits include Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, One Life to Live, All My Children (for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 2009), Santa Barbara and Guiding Light.
Richard Burgi on Grand Hotel 7/29/19(7/16/19) “Where the Sun Don’t Shine” – Santiago continues to be aggravated with the neighboring hotel and decides to take matters into his own hands. Meanwhile, Danny becomes jealous of Alicia’s new relationship, and Carolina reveals to Yoli that she has information on their father, on a new episode of “Grand Hotel,” airing MONDAY, JULY 29 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.
“Grand Hotel” stars Demián Bichir as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sánchez as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes as Danny, Shalim Ortiz as Mateo, Anne Winters as Ingrid, Chris Warren as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina and Justina Adorno as Yoli.
Guest stars include Richard Burgi as Michael Flynn and Freddie Stroma as Oliver.
“Where the Sun Don’t Shine” was written by Sara Saedi and directed by David Grossman.
Catching up With ONE LIFE TO LIVE's David Fumero(7/15/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, a young Cristian Vega was beloved for being both an artist and a romantic. Subsequently, his portrayer, David Fumero, showed another side of himself as a duplicitous attorney who tried — but eventually failed — to keep his head above water on Starz’s POWER. Now, the actor has re-invented himself as Lt. Jason Calloway, the by-the-book head of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Narcotics Division, in the Spectrum Original series L.A.’S FINEST available now on demand.
“I was a big fan of the Bad Boys movies, and in this spin-off, Gabrielle Union’s [former DEA agent] Sydney Burnett joins the LAPD,” the soap graduate explained to Soaps In Depth. “She and her partner, Nancy McKenna, played by Jessica Alba, are badass and have complicated histories in Los Angeles and within the whole smuggling world, so they end up doing things that Calloway doesn’t always agree with.”
While the dynamic duo work robbery/ homicide, when they wind up going after a drug smuggler, Fumero said, “our worlds [become] twisted together… I end up getting involved and leading a task force.” Although Calloway is a classic, straight arrow, Syd has a way of getting him to bend. “They had a thing at one point, a one-night stand, so he’s flirty with her in the beginning,” he revealed. “And that’s kind of the reason why when they go off track, he accepts it and helps her out. There’s something there.”
While he enjoyed taking on this good guy role, Fumero admits that casting directors usually see him now for nefarious characters. “I did a thing for Lifetime [Dating To Kill] where I was a really twisted guy, and last summer, my wife, Melissa [Fumero, OLTL’s Adriana], and I shot an indie [Stone In The Water] where I played her abusive boyfriend. And I just played a bad dude on CHICAGO FIRE. “It’s a lot of fun,” he added, “but these characters are nothing like Cristian, who was the hero of heroes.”
While the OLTL protagonist surely would’ve made a great dad, he never got that chance. Fumero, however, is enjoying raising his son, Enzo. “I’ve been as busy as a 3-year-old keeps you,” he laughed. “He’s very polite and says please, but when this kid wants something, or wants to do something, he gets hardheaded!”
Hayden Panettiere's family speaks out about boyfriend's alleged assault(7/12/19) Hayden Panettiere’s family members are speaking out about the felony domestic violence case where the actress was allegedly assaulted by her boyfriend.
Brian Hickerson was arrested by police on May 2 after an argument with the former Nashville star at her home reportedly turned physical.
His lawyers tried to fight the charges against him in court on Wednesday, arguing Panettiere was also to blame for the bust-up, but the judge ruled prosecutors had enough evidence to move forward with the case, and denied the defendant’s motion for dismissal.
Hickerson, who had previously pleaded not guilty, was also slapped with a restraining order, demanding he stay at least 100 yards (91 metres) away from Panettiere.
If convicted of the felony, he faces up to four years in prison and now Hayden’s family has released a statement, encouraging the judge to take a tough line.
“We are hopeful that the judge makes the right decision,” it reads. “It’s an important message in terms of domestic violence for all women.”
Panettiere and Hickerson were first linked in August, 2018, shortly after the actress split from her fiance, former boxing champ Wladimir Klitschko — the father of her four-year-old daughter, Kaya.
Mark Lawson Opens up About His GENERAL HOSPITAL Appearance(7/11/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Some ABC Daytime fans recognized Dustin Phillips, Lulu's date in the July 9 episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL, because they remember actor Mark Lawson from ONE LIFE TO LIVE, where he played Brody from 2008 to 2012. It seems he was a big hit, as many fans left upbeat and positive comments on his performance on social media. In response to the affectionate outpouring from GH viewers, Lawson let everyone know how much he appreciates the support with a personal video message.
(Video) "Good morning!" he said. "I just wanted to send out a little post of gratitude to everyone who tuned in, or has since watched GH yesterday, and posted comments and just spread the word that I got to be on yesterday. It was so much fun. I've had my eye on GH for a while, and was really glad that I got to do that. I just want to say everybody there is a consummate pro. It's a wonderful set to work on. It's fast, but it's fun, and it felt like a homecoming. So thank you very much, and all the love to everybody at GH."
While it initially appears that Lawson's GH appearance was just a guest shot, a lot of fans are hoping that the handsome actor will be back again to perhaps go on another date with Lulu... or any of the other beautiful bachelorettes in Port Charles! Naturally, we'll be sure to keep you up to date as any news regarding further appearances on the soap, so stay tuned.
Mario Van Peebles Saddling Up For ‘Outlaw Posse’(7/3/19) Last seen on horseback in a period film in the 1993 film Posse, Mario Van Peebles is set to direct and star in Outlaw Posse. He wrote the script. Peebles has teamed with Emmy-winning filmmaker Kip Konwiser and Christopher Miller’s The Money Pool on the cowboy drama. The film is in preproduction and Van Peebles has begun casting leads for early next year, with Konwiser and Miller producing.
Outlaw Posse is set against the rolling hills and the lawless towns of the American wild west in the late 1800s. Van Peebles plays Chief, leader of a posse of black cowboys in search of truth & justice.
Van Peebles aims to uphold the spirit of the earlier film, in which his character led a group of black infantrymen after the Spanish-American War to find the men who lynched his father.
“Folks have been after me to do another Baadasssss multi-cultural Western for years and the time is now,” says Van Peebles, son of Melvin Van Peebles, writer/director/star of Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. “This time we have badass and tough women riding tall in the posse alongside homages to notable real-life personages of the wild west. This is a posse of outlaws because “when the laws were unjust, sometimes the just were the outlaws. We are living in our version of the wild west, and these films represent the heroes who fight for our daily survival as individuals.”
Said Money Pool co-founders Konwiser & Miller: “At a time when African American cinema can expand its perspective, the barn doors are off the hinges for the most compelling filmmakers. Van Peebles is back in the saddle with another classic, and Outlaw Posse is exactly the project for which the Money Pool was created!”
The Money Pool was founded two years ago to produce content and provide equity, bridge, gap, mezzanine and tax credit lending to structured feature films, television, and new media. It has completed four films so far.
Van Peebles is repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment.
Jessica Tuck Reflects on Megan and Jake's Final Embrace on ONE LIFE TO LIVE(7/2/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Megan Gordon was the daughter that a teenaged Viki Lord and Roger Gordon had conceived in the underground city of Eterna on ONE LIFE TO LIVE. Sadly, that was only the start of the young woman’s fractured fairy tale. Not only was she dumped by a prince, but she was also erroneously tried for the murder of Michael Grande. And the twist that fate presented Megan with in 1991 turned out to be truly worthy of FRATERNITY ROW, the soap opera that she’d first come to Llanview to star in.
Soon after Megan married hunky ex-con Jake Harrison, he took a job as an arms dealer and left town on business. It was then that she was diagnosed with lupus. “I knew that I was going to leave the show, and I was not afraid of dying on camera,” portrayer Jessica Tuck, who more recently played GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Cassandra, admitted to Soaps In Depth. “I felt like they could use it as an opportunity to inform people about an autoimmune disease that wasn’t necessarily understood.”
Unfortunately, Megan didn’t follow precautions and wound up needing a kidney from Viki. “There was a mother/daughter dynamic at play there,” recalled Tuck, adding that the show “addressed the question of, ‘How does that get pushed on when one of the people in the dynamic is facing a deadly situation?’”
Sadly, the transplant didn’t take, and Jake made it back home to find Megan near death. “I remember saying, ‘Not only do I not want makeup, but I actually want you to put dark circles under my eyes, and I didn’t wash my hair,” Tuck shared. “I didn’t want to show a lip-gloss version of what it means to be at end of life, because I felt that would be disrespectful to those [viewers] who actually were suffering.”
Together, the lovers remembered their wedding day and the tree they’d planted outside the church. Jake had it transplanted to the hospital where he decorated it with Valentine’s Day hearts, and carried Megan to a window to see. “At every turn, it was expected that ‘Oh, this is what’s going to save her.’ Then ‘Oh God, this is what’s going to save her,’” Tuck said. “And the fact that Megan died in Jake’s arms… There was a finality to it. People were like ‘What?!?’”
Tuck remains proud of the impact that the story had and especially of the message it imparted. “I feel that the writers were good about clarifying that Megan wasn’t dying from lupus,” the actress maintains. “She got lupus and didn’t properly take care of herself, and that eventually led to her death.”
Talk Show Appearance(6/28/19) The Talk – CBS
Friday, July 5
actress Gina Torres (n)
Batman, Julia Roberts & Mahershala Ali Among 2020 Walk Of Fame Honorees(6/23/19) Batman, Julia Roberts and Mahershala Ali are among the 2020 class of honorees for the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In all, 35 people were chosen from hundreds of nominees during a selection meeting in June. In feature film, stars will be unveiled for Mahershala Ali, Batman, Ruth E. Carter, Laurence Fishburne, Chris Hemsworth, Spike Lee, Julia Roberts, Octavia Spencer and Lina Wertmuller.
In the television category, Christina Applegate, Andy Cohen, Cindy Crawford, Terry Crews, Harry Friedman, Kathie Lee Gifford, Nigel Lythgoe, Milo Ventimiglia, Burt Ward, Wendy Williams, Dr. Phil McGraw and, posthumously, Andy Kaufman will be honored.
Recording artists Elvis Costello, Sir Lucian Grainge, Billy Idol, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Alicia Keys, Andy Madadian, Mo Ostin, Bobby Rydell, Alejandro Sanz, Tanya Tucker, and Muddy Waters, posthumously, also will be honored with stars on the world-famous street.
Dave Chappelle and Billy Porter will represent the live theatre/ live performance category. Susan Stamberg is the sole inductee for radio.
In a statement, selection committee chair and Walk of Famer Vin Di Bona said, “This year’s choices were particularly unique. We were able to recognize the talents of 35 artists who have already built a legacy here in Hollywood. Also, we were able to celebrate many new talented artists who’ve touched our hearts in film, television, radio and a variety of musical categories.”
Dates for unveiling ceremonies for the stars have not yet been set.
Kathy Bates Joining Clint Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell’(6/14/19) We hear that the Misery Oscar winner is joining Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell.
Bates will play the role of Bobi Jewell, Richard’s mother who was an insurance claims adjuster.
The news follows yesterday’s announcement that I, Tonya actor Paul Walter Hauser will play the title role as the security guard whose life was turned upside down after he was believed to be a possible suspect in the Olympic Park bombing during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Sam Rockwell is playing Jewell’s defense attorney in the film.
Eastwood’s movie, scripted by Billy Ray, centers on Jewell, who discovered a suspicious backpack in the Olympics compound, cleared the area and saved lives that day, but after he was falsely accused he became a pariah. Even though the FBI cleared Jewell as a suspect three months later, the true American hero never fully got his reputation back or his confidence in himself, and his health was forever damaged. Jewell, who later became a police officer, died in 2007 of a heart attack at age 44.
Producing Richard Jewell are Tim Moore, Jessica Meier, Kevin Misher, Jonah Hill, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jennifer Davisson. Production companies are Malpaso, Misher Films, 75 Year Plan, and Appian Way.
Bates is repped by ICM.
'Orange is the New Black' Star Lorraine Toussaint Files for Divorce(6/14/19) "Orange is the New Black" star Lorraine Toussaint is bailing out of her marriage ... she's filed for divorce.
According to court records ... Lorraine filed her divorce petition Thursday in Los Angeles to make the split from her husband, Robert Michael Tomlinson, official, legally.
According to the docs they have no minor children together ... although there have been reports they have a teenage daughter. They were married on June 25, 2017.
Lorraine is asking the court to award her spousal support, and to block the court's ability to award support the other way around.
Lorraine played inmate Yvonne "Vee" Parker on season 2 on the hit Netflix show, 'OITNB.' She's also appeared on many other TV shows ... including "Where I Live," "Amazing Grace," "Law & Order," "Judging Amy," "Ugly Betty" and "Friday Night Lights."
But, Vee was definitely her breakout role -- she even won a 2015 SAG Award for it, along with her co-stars. Lorraine also garnered rave reviews from TV Guide and Vanity Fair.
She's also done several films, and got praise for her role in "Selma."
Sylvia Miles Dies: ‘Midnight Cowboy’, ‘Farewell My Lovely’ Star Was 94(6/12/19) Sylvia Miles, who earned two Oscar nominations – one for her memorable role as a poodle-owning Upper East Side matron who hooks up with Jon Voight’s hustler in Midnight Cowboy and one for a five and a-half minute scene with Robert Mitchum in Farewell My Lovely – has died.
Her friend, publicist Mauricio Padilha, confirmed to The New York Times that Miles died Wednesday in Manhattan. Padilha said she died in an ambulance on the way to a hospital. She was 94.
Miles was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscars for her roles in Midnight Cowboy and in 1975’s Farewell My Love She also appeared in Wall Street and its sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, among numerous other movies, plays and TV series.
Miles was also a long-time fixture on the New York party scene, often carousing with Andy Warhol and his Factory crowd. She was notable for her continuing appearances at entertainment events and openings well into her 80s.
Miles began her career on stage in 1947 and segued to TV and film in 1954. In the early ’60s, she was the first to play the role of Sally Rogers in the pilot episode of what would become The Dick Van Dyke Show, a role later taken over by Rose Marie for the series.
Despite her being on-screen for only six minutes, Miles snagged her first Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for 1969’s Midnight Cowboy. In the unforgettable scene, she picked up hustler Joe Buck (Voight) – unaware he was a prostitute – and, when he asked to be paid up, she broke into tears.
She received her second Oscar nomination for her role as Jessie in Farewell, My Lovely in 1975. She co-starred with Factory regular Joe Dallesandro in director Paul Morrissey’s 1972 film Andy Warhol’s Heat. Her other film credits include 92 in the Shade, Critical Condition, The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday, Crossing Delancey, and the 1989 comedy She-Devil, in which she played the mother of Meryl Streep’s character.
On television, Miles guest-starred in numerous series including Sex & The City, The Equalizer, NYPD, and also appeared in daytime soaps One Life to Live and All My Children.
Over the years, Miles became a cult figure and beloved New York social figure, both for her ties to avant garde personalities, including Warhol and Morrissey, and her enthusiasm for attending nightlife events.
‘Manhunt: Lone Wolf’: Judith Light, Gethin Anthony & Jay O. Sanders Join Spectrum-Lionsgate Series About Atlanta Bombing(6/10/19) Judith Light (Transparent), Gethin Anthony (Game of Thrones) and Jay O. Sanders (Sneaky Pete) are set for lead roles alongside Jack Huston, Cameron Britton and Carla Gugino in season 2 of Spectrum Originals’ anthology series Manhunt, from Lionsgate Television.
Spectrum parent Charter Communications last year made a deal with Lionsgate for new seasons of the Manhunt anthology series whose first installment, Manhunt: Unabomber, ran on Discovery Channel.
Season 2, Manhunt: Lone Wolf, will chronicle one of the largest and most complex manhunts on U.S. soil — the search for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Bomber, Eric Rudolph (Huston) — and the media firestorm that consumed the life of Richard Jewell (Britton) in its wake. The series is currently filming in Pittsburgh, PA.
Light plays “Bobi” Jewell, Richard’s mother who is astonished when her son is heralded in the national media as the hero of the Atlanta bombing. When Richard is unjustly accused of the bombing, Bobi finds herself at the center of the media maelstrom — with nowhere to turn, and no way out except to fight.
Anthony portrays Jack Brennan, the FBI lead agent in both the Richard Jewell case and manhunt for Eric Rudolph. Brennan begins as a true believer in the Bureau, but as both cases evolve in unexpected ways, he discovers that he may not be able to be loyal to both his institution and the truth.
Sanders is Watson Bryant, a semi-qualified real estate lawyer who becomes Richard’s fiercest advocate. Watson is out of his depth on this criminal case, but he won’t give up until he clears his friend’s name and makes both the Feds and media pay.
Light stars as Shelly Pfefferman in Amazon’s Transparent, for which she’s received two Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe nomination and three Critics’ Choice nominations, and will next be seen in the series’ musical finale. She most recently earned a supporting actress Emmy nom for Ryan Murphy’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story on FX, marking her fourth (primetime) Emmy nod. She stars with Alec Baldwin and Mandy Patinkin in Before You Know It, which premiered at the recent Sundance Film Festival, and Ms. White Light, which premiered at SXSW. She’ll be seen this fall with Bette Midler and Ben Platt in Murphy’s Netflix series The Politician and in the film Hot Air with Steve Coogan.
Gethin is best known for his role of Renly Baratheon in the first two seasons of Game of Thrones, and was last seen opposite David Duchovny in NBC’s Aquarius playing Charles Manson. Gethin is repped by United Agents in the UK, Management 360 and Paradigm.
Sanders, an accomplishd stage actor, most recently appeared in the title roles of Uncle Vanya (Hunter Theater Project) and Cyrano (the famed Guthrie Theater). His recent television credits include Sneaky Pete, The Sinner (season 2), The Good Wife, Chicago Med and The Blindspot, among others. He’ll next be seen in the feature DC Noir.
2019 Tony Awards Winners(6/10/19) Best Leading Actor in a Play
Bryan Cranston, Network
Best Revival of a Play
Isabelle Stevenson Award
Marcia Cross claims anal cancer caused by same HPV strain as husband’s throat cancer(6/5/19) Marcia Cross, who bravely battled and defeated anal cancer less than a year ago, has revealed her disease was most likely the same strain of HPV that caused her husband’s throat cancer years earlier.
Cross, 57, is now in remission, and speaking out about the dangers of the STD. The former Desperate Housewives star appeared on CBS This Morning to promote early prevention against HPV and encourage people to get the HPV vaccine.
“I know there are people who are ashamed. You have cancer! You have to then also feel ashamed? Like you did something bad, you know, because it took up residence in your anus? I mean, come on, really. There’s enough on your plate.” Cross said.
“Even for me, it took a while. Anus, anus, anus. Ha. You just have to get used to it.”
According to the CDC, HPV causes more than 90% of anal cancers, and can spread from one person to another through sex or just by skin-to-skin contact. Back in 2009 her husband, Tom Mahoney, was diagnosed with throat cancer and underwent treatment. Little did the couple know the cancers would end up being related.
In September 2018, after a grueling battle of her own, including six weeks of radiation then two weeks of chemo, Cross finally revealed she was cancer-free.
“I am POST cancer. All good now. Hard journey, but I am HEALTHY, happy, and more present and grateful than ever,” she shared on Instagram. Thank you from the bottom of my ever expanding heart for all of your LOVE.”
Now well-educated on the disease and its dangers, Cross highly recommends early immunization. She said her daughters are up for their first shot at the end of the school year.
As for her own recovery, Cross told CBS she’s doing great.
“I’m feeling back to normal though it’s a new normal,” she said. “I don’t think I’ll ever take it for granted. I’m the girl who goes to the bathroom now and I go ‘Yes! It’s great what my body can do! I’m so grateful.’”
Transparent Musicale Finale: First Trailer Teases Maura's Death, Epic Performance by Judith Light — Watch(6/5/19) (Video) Shelly Pfefferman takes center stage in the teaser trailer for the Transparent Musicale Finale.
Amazon on Wednesday released the first footage from the upcoming feature-length musical, a “dazzling music fantasia” that serves as a coda to the Emmy Award-winning dramedy.
As previously reported, the finale will center on the Pfefferman family’s grieving process following the loss of Jeffrey Tambor’s Maura. The off-screen death is revealed in the above video, when Davina calls Shelly to break the news. We then get glimpses of Shelly, Josh and Sarah’s initial reactions.
Scroll down for the official logline:
The Transparent Musicale Finale takes the beloved Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning series to new heights as a dazzling movie fantasia inspired by the classic musicals that shaped a culture. When the Pfeffermans face a life-changing loss, they begin a journey hilarious and melancholy, brazen and bold. As they face this new transition, they confront grief and come together to celebrate connection, joy, and transformation.
The Transparent Musicale Finale features returning cast members Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Alexandra Billings, Kathryn Hahn, Shakina Nayfack and Trace Lysette. It’s set for release this fall, though an exact premiere date has not yet been announced.
Another Round Of Tony Award Presenters Announced: Jake Gyllenhaal, Shirley Jones Join Roster(6/5/19) Jake Gyllenhaal, Shirley Jones, Sara Bareilles, Laura Benanti and Judith Light are among the latest round of confirmed presenters for this Sunday’s Tony Awards, hosted by James Corden on CBS.
Also joining previously announced presenters Darren Criss, Tina Fey, Samuel L. Jackson and Laura Linney, among others, will be Abigail Breslin, Kristin Chenoweth, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Josh Groban, Danai Gurira, Christopher Jackson, Jane Krakowski, Lucy Liu, Aasif Mandvi, Sienna Miller, Catherine O’Hara, Kelli O’Hara (Tony Nominee, Kiss Me, Kate), Anthony Ramos, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marisa Tomei, Samira Wiley and BeBe Winans.
The American Theatre Wing’s 73rd Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Corden, will air on CBS Sunday, June 9, 8-11 pm ET/delayed PT) live from New York’s Radio City Music Hall. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
Karen Olivo, Aaron Tveit and Danny Burstein will co-host the pre-telecast Creative Arts Awards. Hosting red carpet coverage will be Hamilton‘s Montego Glover and ET Live’s Denny Directo, beginning at 5 pm ET on Twitter at @CBS and on ET Live at ETonline.com/live.
Sherri Saum Guests on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 6/21/19(6/4/19) “Inescapable” – They’ve fought through space, time and alternate realities to find each other, and now, closer than ever, only their own demons can stop FitzSimmons’ reunion on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” airing FRIDAY, JUNE 21 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Henry Simmons, Natalia Cordova-Buckley and Jeff Ward.
Guest starring is Joel Stoffer, Sherri Saum and Christopher James Baker.
“Inescapable” was written by DJ Doyle and directed by Jesse Bochco.
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