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  • Debuted on ABC: July 15, 1968
  • Final ABC Tape Date: November 18, 2011
  • Final ABC Episode: January 13, 2012
  • Debut on Hulu / iTunes: April 29, 2013
  • Debuts on OWN: July 15, 2013
  • # of Episodes on ABC: 11,096
  • Original Network: ABC
  • Created by: Agnes Nixon
  • Takes place in: Llanview, PA



  • Current Online Cast

    • Melissa Archer as Natalie Buchanan Banks
    • Corbin Bleu as Jeffrey King
    • Alice Callahan as Kate Lane
    • Nick Choksi as Vimal Patel
    • Ryan Cooper as Bruce Hunter
    • Kassie DePaiva as Blair Cramer
    • Jenni "Jwoww" Farley as Nikki
    • Robert Gorrie as Matthew Buchanan
    • Laura Harrier as Destiny Evans
    • Roger Howarth as Todd Manning
    • Josh Kelly as Cutter Wentworth
    • Florencia Lozano as Tea Delgado
    • Kelley Missal as Danielle Manning
    • Amber Skye Noyes as Michelle
    • Ron Raines as Carl Petersen
    • Sean Ringgold as Shaun Evans
    • Marnie Schulenberg as Jo Sullivan
    • Paolo Seganti as Arturo Bandini
    • Erika Slezak as Victoria Lord Buchanan
    • Hillary B. Smith as Nora Buchanan
    • Trevor St. John as Victor Lord
    • Robin Strasser as Dorian Lord
    • Shenaz Treasury as Rama Patel
    • Andrew Trischitta as Jack Manning
    • Jerry verDorn as Clint Buchanan
    • Tuc Watkins as David Vickers
    • Robert S. Woods as Bo Buchanan
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    Special Thanks to Leo Logan (Willimantic, CT) for helping us keep this up to date

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    Agnes Nixon's mission for One Life to Live: "...stories about richly diverse people as their lives intertwined, as they interacted with one another... To explain the hopes and hardships, the goals, fights, and failures that are ultimately shared by all mankind no matter how disparate their lifestyles."

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    (News section last updated July 21, 2018)

    ‘Good Trouble’: ‘The Fosters’ Stars Teri Polo and Sherri Saum To Reprise Roles On Spinoff Series

    (7/21/18) Callie and Mariana will reunite with their moms on Good Trouble. The Fosters stars Teri Polo and Sherri Saum are set to appear on the upcoming spinoff series Good Trouble, toplined by Maia Mitchell and Cierra Ramirez. I hear Polo and Saum are booked for two episodes in the first half of Good Trouble‘s first season.

    Good Trouble follows Callie (Mitchell) and Mariana (Ramirez) as they embark on the next phase of their young adult lives in Los Angeles.

    Polo and Saum are the first Fosters cast members confirmed to guests star on Good Trouble, which had been designed to maintain ties with the mothership show. “We plan to have all characters from the original series make guest appearances,” Freeform EVP Karey Burke told Deadline at the time of the spinoff’s announcement in January.

    Good Trouble‘s producers had hinted that we likely will see Jude and Brandon from the original series the most as they also will live in Los Angeles.

    The Fosters centered on the Foster clan: lesbian couple Stef (Polo) and Lena (Saum), who have built a close-knit, loving family with Brandon (David Lambert), Stef’s biological son from a previous marriage; their adopted twins, Mariana (Ramirez) and Jesus (Noah Centineo); and adopted siblings Jude (Hayden Byerly) and his half-sister, Callie (Mitchell).

    Good Trouble hails from The Fosters’ three writing executive producers — Joanna Johnson, Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg — who exec produce alongside Gregory Gugliotta, Christine Sacani, Mitchell, Ramirez, Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina. The series is produced by Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions in association with Freeform. Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) is director and executive producer of the first episode.

    Production has begun in Los Angeles for premiere in 2019.

    Daytime Actress Farah Fath Galfond Opens up About Her Difficult Pregnancy

    (7/19/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Pregnant actress Farah Fath Galfond (Gigi, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Mimi, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) shared a beautiful photo of her growing baby bump, but a couple days later confessed that her pregnancy has not been an easy one so far. After announcing that she and husband Phil Galfond are expecting a new addition to their family this Christmastime, the actress showed off her beautiful bump in an Instagram selfie.

    However, Fath’s subsequent post thanked fans for their compliments on her photo and revealed the truth that the first few months of her pregnancy has been pretty rough. “Got a lot of compliments on my bump picture (thank you) that I felt the need to share some realness,” she wrote. “Even though I’m feeling better now at 16 weeks, pregnancy actually makes me feel quite horrible and I am not a fan of it. I am not glowing. My skin is a wreck. I’m suffering from migraines for the first time in my life and with this 110-degree heat, I often get lightheaded and feel faint. The nausea has subsided, so that I am grateful for. Here is a little taste of my first trimester.

    “First pic is from April 27th in a DAYS dressing room,” she said of the series of photos she shared. “ I know I’m pregnant but morning sickness has not fully struck yet and I am still skinny. Next is another dressing room shot taking on May 10th. Feeling gray in the face this day and requested a looser fitting sweater because the bloat had set in. Pic #3 was my dinner for many nights. Protein was not welcome. By the time I wrapped and came home my nails had grown out a lot and I couldn’t leave my couch so I ordered my own drill and acetone off Amazon and attempted to just remove the full set myself. I did the best I could with only a few cuts along the way. And yes, I lived in motion sickness wrist bands for a month. Lastly — and it’s something I’m still battling with — hormonal acne. My face is a hot mess. Makeup takes a little longer these days as I’m essentially spackling as opposed to applying.”

    Hopefully the remainder of Fath’s pregnancy is a lot smoother, and we’re sure once she and her hubby are happily holding their little boy or girl in their arms at the end of the year, all of this will be well worth the effort! We look forward to seeing pics of the baby as soon as he or she joins us!

    Nathan Fillion Plays Nathan Drake In ‘Uncharted’ Fan Film

    (7/16/18) (Video) The film adaptation of Uncharted has been in development purgatory for some time now, but that hasn’t stopped Nathan Fillion from taking matters into his own hands. The Firefly alum collaborated with filmmaker Allan Ungar to give a live-action fan film based on the popular video game series.

    Fans have said that Fillion would be the perfect person to play Nathan Drake because of their physical similarities and attitudes. By working with Ungar, it became a reality via a well-made 14-minute short which also stars Stephen Lang.

    Uncharted follows Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter and descendant of explorer Sir Francis Drake. He believes he knows the whereabouts of the South American city of El Dorado and embarks on a quest, competing with a rival hunter.

    Sony first announced the live-action film adaptation of the series at Comic-Con on June 10, 2016. Since then, it has switched hands like a game of hot potato until it landed in the lap of Joe Carnahan. Even so, Sony removed the project from its calendar in September 2016.

    About a year later, Deadline broke the news that Shawn Levy would direct with Tom Holland attached to play Nathan Drake. Holland is lovely, but maybe Fillion and Ungar’s short will make them reconsider Fillion for the project.

    Watch the short above.

    2018 Primetime Emmy Nominations

    (7/12/18) (Former soap stars in bold)

    LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus)
    Pamela Adlon, Better Things
    Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    Allison Janney, Mom
    Issa Rae, Insecure
    Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
    Lily Tomlin, Grace & Frankie

    LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Donald Glover)
    Anthony Anderson, black-ish
    Ted Danson, The Good Place
    Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Donald Glover, Atlanta
    Bill Hader, Barry
    William H. Macy, Shameless

    SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Alec Baldwin)
    Louie Anderson, Baskets
    Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
    Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
    Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta
    Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
    Henry Winkler, Barry

    GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: SNL host Dave Chappelle)
    Katt Williams, Atlanta
    Sterling K. Brown, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    Bryan Cranston, Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Lin-Manuel Miranda, Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Donald Glover, Saturday Night Live
    Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

    SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2017 winner: Laura Dern)
    Adina Porter, American Horror Story: Cult
    Letitia Wright, Black Mirror, “Black Museum”
    Merrit Wever, Godless
    Sara Bareilles, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
    Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
    Judith Light, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

    SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2017 winner: Alexander Skarsgård)
    Jeff Daniels, Godless
    Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
    Ricky Martin, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
    Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story<

    B99 Stars Visit ODAAT

    (7/11/18) Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars Stephanie Beatriz and Melissa Fumero will guest-star on One Day at a Time Season 3, executive producer Gloria Calderon Kellett announced via Instagram.

    Legendary Soap Scribe Dead At 96

    (7/6/18) Harding “Pete” Lemay, passed away on May 26 at the age of 96. One of the genre’s most highly regarded writers, Lemay won Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on ANOTHER WORLD and GUIDING LIGHT. He head-wrote AW during what is hailed as its creative heyday, from 1971-79, head-wrote GL from 1980-81, and head-wrote THE DOCTORS from 1981-81. He also served as a story consultant on AS THE WORLD TURNS, ONE LIFE TO LIVE and AW, and was the co-creator and head writer of LOVERS AND FRIENDS in 1977.

    Did You Recognize ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Patrick Gibbons as Wyatt on GENERAL HOSPITAL?

    (7/6/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Eagle-eyed viewers of GENERAL HOSPITAL who were also fans of ONE LIFE TO LIVE may have thought that the Raging Raccoon scout who discovered the shack where Peter was being held prisoner by Obrecht looked kind of familiar. Well, that’s because the character of young Wyatt Hoover is played by Patrick Gibbons, Jr., who used to play Sam Manning on OLTL!

    Gibbons took over the role of Sam back in December of 2010 and played the character right up through the end of the ABC soap,even appearing in the short-lived online reboot. Sam’s parentage was a bit complicated, though. He was the son of Victor Lord, Jr. and Margaret Cochran, but was adopted by Blair and Todd Manning. Unfortunately, while Wyatt has only interacted with Peter on GH, there's still a chance that Gibbons might share some scenes with Roger Howarth (Franco), who played his adopted dad on OLTL!

    Since taking over as executive producer of GH, Frank Valentini has tapped quite a few of the talented actors he worked with when he was running OLTL back in the day, including Hillary B. Smith (Nora), Ilene Kristen (Delia), Bree Williamson (Claudette), and James DePaiva (Dr. Bensch). Sometimes they reprise their OLTL roles, and other times play entirely new characters, like Gibbons is as Wyatt.

    By the way, the name Wyatt could be a sly reference to the character of Wyatt Halliwell from the CW series CHARMED, a role played by none other than Wes Ramsey (Peter)! Hopefully Wyatt can work his magic and help Peter get free of Obrecht’s trap — the poor guy has been tied up forever!

    MELISSA FUMERO on The $100,000 Pyramid

    (7/3/18) The Pyramid is back! As part of ABC’s “Sunday Fun & Games,” the Emmy® Award-winning pop-culture phenomenon is reimagined and better than ever with a cast of all-star celebrities who take center stage and partner with contestants from across the country with hopes of making it to the winner’s circle and the ultimate prize of $100,000. “The $100,000 Pyramid” airs SUNDAY, JULY 22 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    This week’s hour-long episode features two separate celebrity couples. First up, Bobby Moynihan (“Saturday Night Live”) competes against actress Melissa Fumero (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”). Next, actors Terry Crews (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) and Andre Braugher (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) compete with hopes of making it to the winner’s circle and the ultimate prize of $100,000.00.

    Dishing with Digest - Episode 14

    (6/30/18) (Listen / download) B&B star Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) about his four daytime roles, real-life fatherhood and more on the latest edition of Dishing With Digest.

    Deanna Lund Dies: ‘Land Of The Giants’ Star Was 81

    (6/26/18) Deanna Lund (Peggy Lowell, General Hospital) , who starred in the late-’60s sci-fi series Land of the Giants and went on to appear in dozens of films and TV shows, died Friday. She was 81.
  • Lund played the heiress Valerie Scott on Land of the Giants, the 1968-70 cult drama credited by pre-disaster movie producer Irwin Allen, who was coming off the science fiction series Lost in Space and Voyage to the Bottom of the Seas. It followed a group whose flight encountered a time warp and dropped them into mid-1980s London. The kicker was that they were normal size but everything they encountered was gargantuan: All of them could lounge on a breakfast plate, and a housecat was a hissing behemoth. The series didn’t really click with viewers, though it certainly gave its prop crew some enjoyable work.
  • Before her big break on network TV, the native of Oak Park, IL, had small sometimes uncredited role in film and TV starting in the mid-’60s. A look at her character names/descriptions reflect a different era: She was Honey Blond in Sting of Death (1965), Bikini Girl in The Oscar (1966), Tuff Bod in Out of Sight (1966), Redhead Beauty in Spinout (1966) — opposite Elvis Presley, with whom she also worked in 1966’s Paradise, Hawaiian Style — and played a robot in 1965’s Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine. She also appeared opposite Chad Everett in Johnny Tiger (1966).
  • By 1966 Lund had started to land guest shots on primetime network series, appearing on Westerns The Loner, The Road West and Laredo. Her most recognizable pre-Land of the Giants role was as Anna Gram, moll of the Riddler (John Astin) in a pair of 1967 Batman episodes. That year she also appeared with Frank Sinatra and Jill St. John in private-eye drama Tony Rome.
  • She went on to guest on such popular 1970s TV shows as The Waltons, The Incredible Hulk and Love, American Style and would appear on the big and small screens into the 2010s.
  • Lund was engaged to TV talk show host Larry King in the mid-1990s, but they never married.
  • Her survivors include daughter Michele Matheson, an author and actress whose credits include TV’s Life Goes On and Mr. Belvedere and the 1996 Farrelly brothers comedy Kingpin.

    Reiko Aylesworth on Salvation 7/16/18

    (6/26/18) “Indivisible” – Grace embarks on a dangerous mission, and Liam and Darius’ relationship is tested, on SALVATION, Monday, July 16 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST includes: Mike Li (Aide), Yuke Takenaka (D.O.D Tech), Reiko Aylesworth (Rhonda Cheng).

    De Niro, Lupita and Pink among 2019 Hollywood Walk of Fame honorees

    (6/25/18) The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the Walk of Fame Class of 2019 on Monday.

    For film honors, Alan Arkin, Kristen Bell, Daniel Craig, Robert De Niro, Guillermo del Toro, Anne Hathaway, Lupita Nyong’o, Tyler Perry and Gena Rowlands were selected.

    In the television category, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Candice Bergen, Guy Fieri, Terrence Howard, Stacy Keach, Sid and Marty Krofft, Lucy Liu, Mandy Moore, Dianne Wiest and Julia Child (posthumously) will receive stars along Hollywood Boulevard.

    Recipients in the recording group include Michael Bublé, Cypress Hill, the Lettermen, Faith Hill, Tommy Mottola, Pink and Teddy Riley. Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris will also receive a star together for “Trio,” and Jackie Wilson will be honored posthumously.

    Idina Menzel, Cedric the Entertainer, Judith Light and Paul Sorvino will be recognized in the live theater/live performance category.

    Television producer and Walk of Famer himself Vin Di Bona, chair of the Walk of Fame Selection Committee this year, revealed the honorees with Leron Gubler, president and CEO for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce as well as the emcee of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.

    “The Committee always tries to select a group of talented honorees that appeal in various genres of the entertainment world,” Di Bona said. “I feel the Committee has outdone themselves and I know the fans, tourists and the Hollywood community will be pleased with our selections. We are excited to see each and every honoree’s face as they unveil that majestic star on Hollywood’s most famous walkway.”

    Dates have not yet been scheduled for the star ceremonies.

    DAYS's Farah Fath Pregnant!

    (6/20/18) Farah Fath, who recently filmed again as DAYS’s Mimi, took to Instagram to announce that she and husband Phil Galfond are expecting their first child this December. In a lengthy post, the actress, who tied the knot with Galfond on May 15, 2015, revealed that she had previously suffered a miscarriage. “2.5 years ago, Phil & I lost our first baby at almost 13 weeks, we were thisclose to announcing just like we are today,” she wrote. “We took a little time to recover, live our lives, have some fun, & accomplish some goals. Once we got back in the saddle, getting pregnant again seemed to keep not happening. But at last we have found ourselves blessed with what the internet calls, our “rainbow baby”. I think it’s fitting because to me, rainbows are one of nature’s most beautiful occurrences. So even though our road to becoming parents was slightly bumpy (some women have it SO much worse!), we never once felt sorry for ourselves. Instead, we continued to feel extremely blessed no matter our destiny. Personally speaking, I was always at peace with whatever our future held because it’s Phil that is the most important thing in the world to me. Our relationship is all I truly need. But now that I know we are in fact meant to be Mom & Dad, I’m mostly just excited because I’m on this adventure with my BFF.” See the picture here that includes her beloved dog, Little Egg. Congratulations!

    Kristen Alderson Would Love to Return to GENERAL HOSPITAL — as Starr!

    (6/15/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Back in 2015, Kristen Alderson left GENERAL HOSPITAL and the role of Kiki Jerome was recast with Hayley Erin. But the actress would still love to come back to the soap, this time reprising the role she's best known for — Starr Manning! "It would be wonderful to have Starr come back," Alderson expressed to Soaps In Depth. "Especially because the relationship with Michael [didn't play out]. She just broke up with him over the phone, so that would be kind of interesting!"

    Alderson was cast as Kiki Jerome during the time when ABC no longer had the rights to the ONE LIFE TO LIVE characters it had crossed over to GH following the long-running soap's cancellation. (That's also why Roger Howarth went from playing Todd Manning to Franco and Michael Easton switched from John McBain to his other GH roles.) So it was difficult for the actress to say goodbye to the character she had been playing since she was six years old. OLTL fans literally watched Alderson grow up on camera. "I had my first kiss on television," she recalled. "It was with Connor Paolo — Starr and Travis had run away and we were shooting on location in Central Park. That was so exciting!

    Starr's final OLTL storyline where she and Cole became teen parents to baby Hope was a powerful experience for Alderson. "When I gave birth on the show, I literally cried," she confessed. "It felt like the end of something that had been such a beautiful experience. For nine months I'd walked around with a fake baby belly, so it felt real!"

    And that's why it was so difficult for her to film the scenes on GH where Cole and Hope were killed in a car crash, even though it earned her a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in 2013. "The [scene] where I had to walk over to their memorial, and Cole and Hope's cemetery plots were right next to each other. I cried and said that I had a dream about us all holding hands and being on the beach. That was really tough. I had so many wonderful memories of Starr and Cole. Just the thought of him not being there enabled me to cry in the cemetery scene."

    One thing's for sure — Michael could certainly use a good woman in his life, and Starr would be just the ticket! But as to whether or not the soap opts to bring Starr back to the canvas in the future, you'll just have to stay tuned!

    Tika Sumpter Joins Sonic the Hedgehog

    (6/15/18) Paramount Pictures is budgeting upwards of $7 million for a film shoot later this year that will set a computer-generated hedgehog with supersonic speed loose on the streets of Ladysmith.

    The animation/live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie brings the video game icon created by Sega in the early ’90s to the big screen and is anticipated to be in theatres Nov. 19 of next year.

    “We searched all over B.C. and have chosen Ladysmith as our hero town for our movie,” said Abraham Fraser, the location manager for the film.

    Filming will take place starting in mid-September for somewhere in the range of eight to 11 days along First Avenue, between Roberts Street and Gatacre Street.

    “For the majority of our filming we would require to close the block entirely … with the hopes of doing intermittent traffic control,” Fraser said, adding how there would be upwards of six days of shooting overnight.

    It’s unclear what Ladysmith’s fictional town name will be in the movie or how the plot lands Sonic – a blue anthropormorphic hedgehog that can reach the speed of sound – on Ladysmith’s streets.

    “I think it will really bring the town together,” said Fraser of the high-budget film.

    The Vancouver Island North Film Commission is seeking community support from local governments and has worked with the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to have scenes for the film shot on Highway 19 between Qualicum Beach and Courtenay in the fall.

    Sonic the Hedgehog will be the feature film directorial debut for Jeff Fowler, who received an Oscar nod for best director in the best animated short film category in 2015 for Gopher Broke. He also did the visual effects for Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are.

    It was announced late last month that actor James Marsden would also join the cast. Marsden’s acting bio includes roles in the Golden Globe-nominated musical film Hairspray, Disney’s Enchanted where he starred alongside Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey, as well as two X-Men films in which he played Scott Summers, aka Cyclops.

    Starring alongside Marsden will be Tika Sumpter, who played Michelle Robinson in a romantic drama that recounts the first date between the former first lady and president Barack Obama.

    Sumpter has also starred in the soap opera One Life to Live back in 2010, played the role of Raina Thorpe in Gossip Girl, or and was also in the musical drama Stomp the Yard: Homecoming.

    Trailer: The Tenth Year

    (6/13/18) (Video) "THE TENTH YEAR" #WorldPremiere #SOHO9 #SIFFNYC

    With Austin Peck & Terri Conn

    Official Selection at the 2018 SOHO International Film Festival Screening:

    June 17, 2018 at 11:00am

    Village Cinema East in New York City

    TICKETS: https://tinyurl.com/y7n8s4tg

    B&B’s Brown Advances In Congressional Race

    (6/7/18) Kimberlin Brown (Sheila, B&B) will advance to the next step of her congressional run, according to The Desert Sun. Based on preliminary returns, U.S. House member Raul Ruiz and challenging Republican Kimberlin Brown Pelzer are poised to advance to November’s midterm elections, where they will go head to head in the race to represent California’s 36th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ruiz garnered nearly 55 percent of the vote, as of 9 a.m. Wednesday, with all precincts reporting. Brown Pelzer got nearly 23 percent, coming in far above other Republicans, who each earned between 4 percent and 8 percent of the vote.

    Dishing With Digest Episode 9

    (5/25/18) Memorable summer stories and the importance of using veteran characters in today's storytelling plus we chat with DAYS stars Eric Martsolf (Brady) and Kassie DePaiva (Eve): Download / listen.

    The Chew Cancelled After 7 Seasons, GMA to Expand to Third Hour

    (5/23/18) ABC has had its fill of The Chew: The network announced Wednesday that its daytime lifestyle series will end after its current seventh season, to be replaced by a third hour of Good Morning America.

    “For seven years, The Chew has delighted audiences by delivering innovative food segments in an entertaining atmosphere,” Ben Sherwood, president of Disney-ABC Television Group, said in a statement. “We applaud and thank Gordon Elliott, Aimee Householder, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and the entire cast and crew for their great work and amazing run. And we wish them the very best.”

    New episodes of The Chew will air as planned through September, at which point Good Morning America will kick off its third hour at 1 pm ET each day.

    Sherwood continued: “Over the past six years, Good Morning America has solidified its place as America’s No. 1 morning show. We believe there is great opportunity for viewers and advertisers in expanding to a third hour. While this is the right decision for our business, it is also bittersweet.”

    Anchors for GMA‘s third hour will be announced at a later date.

    The Chew‘s cancellation comes five months after co-host Mario Batali was fired following allegations of sexual misconduct. Though ABC said it was “unaware of any type of inappropriate behavior” during Batali’s time on The Chew, the network ultimately severed ties with the chef, adding that “we are committed to a safe work environment and his past behavior violates our standards of conduct.”

    Melissa Fumero's Feelings About Losing the Baby Weight Are So Relatable

    (5/23/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Former ONE LIFE TO LIVE star Melissa Fumero (Adriana) opened up on Twitter about something that every mom can relate to — losing the baby weight after giving birth to your child! After THE MINDY PROJECT and ROSEANNE actress Xosha Roquemore, who just gave birth to her baby, tweeted about how awful “snapback” culture is expecting moms to just bounce right back to their pre-baby weight, Fumero quickly agreed.

    “Preach, girl!” she tweeted. “Took me 18 months to lose all the baby weight, and only because I was working crazy hours did the last bit come off. Grateful to work on a show where nobody cared, and that’s how it should be everywhere.” Fumero, who now stars as Amy Santiago on BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, gave birth to her and husband David Fumero’s (Cristian, OLTL) son, Enzo, in March of 2016.

    And when a fan replied to her on Twitter thanking Fumero for her comment because it made her feel better for not already having her pre-pregnancy body back two-and-a-half months after giving birth, the actress was seriously supportive. “Girl, no!” she declared. “You’re still healing! Be kind to yourself. You’re doing the hardest job ever and still in the weeds. It takes time. Do it on your own terms.”

    Fumero also agreed with Twitter user who also pointed out that it should also be okay if you just can’t lose the baby weight at all. And when another person admitted they had accepted that they were still carrying baby weight three years later but hate when people would point out her stretch marks, she responded: “Your body made a BABY. What did their bodies do?!”

    While we can’t enjoy Fumero’s feistiness as Adrianna Cramer on OLTL anymore, at least we can take heart that we can still see her on BROOKLYN NINE-NINE now that NBC has picked up the sitcom after it was canceled by FOX this year!

    ‘She-Ra And the Princesses Of Power’: Aimee Carrero, Karen Fukuhara, Sandra Oh Among Voice Cast

    (5/18/18) Aimee Carrero (Elena of Avalor) stars as Adora/She-Ra; Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad) as Glimmer; AJ Michalka (The Goldbergs) as Catra, Marcus Scribner (black-ish) as Bow; Reshma Shetty (Royal Pains) as Angella; Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black) as Shadow Weaver; Keston John (The Good Place) as Hordak; Lauren Ash (Superstore) as Scorpia; Christine Woods (Hello Ladies) as Entrapta; Genesis Rodriguez (Time After Time) as Perfuma; Jordan Fisher (Grease Live!) as Seahawk; Vella Lovell (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) as Mermista; Merit Leighton (Alexa & Katie) as Frosta; Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) as Castaspella; and Krystal Joy Brown (Motown: The Musical) as Netossa.

    Described as a modern take on the ’80s girl power icon, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is the story of an orphan named Adora (Carrero), who leaves behind her former life in the evil Horde when she discovers a magic sword that transforms her into the mythical warrior princess She-Ra. Along the way, she finds a new family in the Rebellion as she unites a group of magical princesses in the ultimate fight against evil.

    She-Ra and the Princesses of Power hails from Eisner Award-winning author and executive producer Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes, Nimona) and executive producer Chuck Austen (Dawn of the Croods, Steven Universe).

    Castle Vet Nathan Fillion Returns to ABC in The Rookie — Watch First Trailer

    (5/16/18) Castle Vet Nathan Fillion Returns to ABC in The Rookie: Video.

    ABC Fall 2018-19 Schedule

    (5/16/18) ABC FALL 2018-19 SCHEDULE (New programs in UPPER CASE)

    MONDAY
    8 PM — Dancing with the Stars
    10 PM — The Good Doctor

    TUESDAY
    8 PM — Roseanne
    8:30 PM — THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
    9 PM — black-ish
    9:30 PM — Splitting Up Together
    10 PM — THE ROOKIE

    WEDNESDAY
    8 PM — The Goldbergs
    8:30 PM — American Housewife
    9 PM — Modern Family
    9:30 PM — SINGLE PARENTS
    10 PM — A MILLION LITTLE THINGS

    THURSDAY
    8 PM — Grey’s Anatomy
    9 PM — Station 19
    10 PM — How to Get Away with Murder

    FRIDAY
    8 PM — Fresh Off the Boat
    8:30 PM — Speechless
    9 PM — Child Support
    10 PM — 20/20

    SATURDAY
    8 PM — Saturday Night Football

    SUNDAY
    7 PM — America’s Funniest Home Videos
    8 PM – DANCING WITH THE STARS: JUNIORS
    9 PM — Shark Tank
    10 PM — THE ALEC BALDWIN SHOW

    Amber Skye Noyes on Quantico 6/1/18

    (5/15/18) “The Blood of Romeo” – When a physics professor at a major U.S. university steals weaponized uranium, the team scrambles to find the professor and the missing uranium before it can be used against an important international summit meeting in New York City, on ABC’s “Quantico,” airing FRIDAY, JUNE 1 (8:00–9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    “Quantico” stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish, Jake McLaughlin as Ryan Booth, Johanna Braddy as Shelby Wyatt, Russell Tovey as Harry Doyle, Alan Powell as Mike McQuigg, with Marlee Matlin as Jocelyn Turner and Blair Underwood as Owen Hall.

    Guest starring are Jessica Hecht as Elizabeth Nutting, Vandit Bhatt as Jagdeep “Deep” Patel, Amber Skye Noyes as Celine Fox, Babak Tafti as Adnan Hamza and Rosa Arredondo as Director Carmella Gomez.

    “The Blood of Romeo” was written by Adam Armus and directed by David McWhirter.

    LADIES OF THE LAKE Season 2 Trailer Released

    (5/13/18) Check out the trailer for LADIES OF THE LAKE’s upcoming second season, subtitled RETURN TO AVALON. The four-episode season stars Marie Wilson (ex-Summer, DAYS), Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily, GH), Jillian Clare (ex-Abigail, DAYS), Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady, DAYS) and Arianne Zucker (ex-Nicole, DAYS), who has been promoted to series regular after guest-starring in the first season. The digital drama returns on June 19 on Amazon Prime Video. View the video here.

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine Rescued by NBC (!), Renewed for 13-Episode Season 6

    (5/12/18) In the immortal words of Captain Holt: Hot damn!

    NBC has picked up the cancelled Fox comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, ordering a 13-episode Season 6, TVLine has confirmed. The full cast, led by Andy Samberg, is set to return.

    Executive producer Dan Goor broke the news late on Friday via Twitter:

    @djgoor :Hey everyone, just wanted to say no big deal but.... NBC JUST PICKED #BROOKLYN99 UP FOR SEASON 6!!! Thanks in no small part to you, the best fans in the history of the world! Nine-nine!!!!!!!!!

    “Ever since we sold this show to Fox, I’ve regretted letting it get away, and it’s high time it came back to its rightful home,” NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. “Mike Schur, Dan Goor and Andy Samberg grew up on NBC, and we’re all thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and best cast comedies in a long time will take its place in our comedy line-up. I speak for everyone at NBC, here’s to the Nine-Nine!”

    Fox cancelled the cop comedy on Thursday, ending a five-season run. But fans — including famous names like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Hamill and Guillermo del Toro — raised such an uproar on social media that NBC took notice. The pick-up now gives EP Michael Schur three comedies on NBC: The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the new comedy Abby’s.

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine Cancelled at Fox

    (5/11/18) Well this is not noice: Fox has cancelled Brooklyn Nine-Nine after five seasons, TVLine has learned.

    Following a months-long hiatus, the Andy Samberg comedy returned in April to 1.9 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating, ticking up from its winter finale to deliver its second-largest audience of the season while marking a 14-1/2 month high in the demo. Its most recent episode netted 1.7 mil/0.7, which was on-par with fellow Sunday night bubble comedy The Last Man on Earth.

    As recently as April, series co-creator Dan Goor remained cautiously optimistic about Season 6, telling TVLine that the upcoming Season 5 finale — featuring Jake and Amy’s wedding — is not intended to be a series finale. However, “in the unlikely event that it does serve [as our final episode],” fans will be satisfied, he maintained.

    Thursday’s cancellation caps Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s run at 112 episodes. Its series finale airs Sunday, May 20 at 8:30/7:30c.

    Farah Fath Back To DAYS!

    (5/10/18) Farah Fath, who got her soap start on DAYS from 1999-2007 as fan fave Mimi Lockhart, is heading back to Salem. The actress, who is currently filming at the Burbank studios, will air again later this year. The character still has strong connections to the canvas: Mimi’s mother, Bonnie (Judi Evans), made a comeback last summer, and DAYS’s Head Writer Ron Carlivati previously wrote for Fath when she played ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Gigi Morasco from 2007-12. Fath also appeared in the E! reality series DIRTY SOAP. After leaving daytime, she wed professional poker player Phil Galfond on May 15, 2015.

    Castle Vet Nathan Fillion Returns to ABC in The Rookie — Watch First Teaser

    (5/9/18) (Video) Nathan Fillion is back on the ABC beat — and we’ve got a first look at his first full-time TV gig since Castle ended two years ago. Ahead of its “Upfront” presentation next Wednesday, ABC unveiled the first image and teaser promo for The Rookie, the police procedural starring Fillion that scored a straight-to-series order last October.

    The network also released the following, slightly-tweaked logline for the show:

    Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being an LAPD officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis. If he can’t keep up with the young cops and the criminals, he’ll be risking lives including his own. But if he can use his life experience, determination and sense of humor to give him an edge, he may just become a success in this new chapter of his life.

    Fillion’s former Castle boss Alexi Hawley serves as Rookie‘s showrunner. The cast also includes Alyssa Diaz, Richard T. Jones, Titus Makin, Mercedes Mason, Melissa O’Neil, Afton Williamson and Eric Winter.

    NBC Orders Drama The Village to Series

    (5/8/18) NBC is beefing up its slate for next season handing out a serie order to The Village.

    The Village centers on a Brooklyn apartment building that houses a diverse group of residents — a single mom who works as a nurse, a war veteran, an undocumented immigrant protecting her son from ICE — that’s more like a family. The ensemble cast include Michaela McManus (SEAL Team), Moran Atias (The Resident, Tyrant), Warren Christie (Chicago Fire), Daren Kagasoff (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Dominic Chianese (The Sopranos) and Lorraine Toussaint (Orange Is the New Black). Mike Daniels (Shades of Blue, The Brave) will write and serve as an EP.

    B&B Star Scott Clifton's Beautiful Birthday Message to His Son Brought Us to Tears

    (5/8/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Ford Clifton is turning two and his father, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL star Scott Clifton (Liam) has penned an absolutely beautiful message to his little boy that brought tears to our eyes. “Happy second birthday to the most beautiful soul I know,” he shared on Instagram. “I couldn’t have imagined how much would change after you took your first breath.

    “The point of my life, it turns out, is yours,” Clifton continued. “Self-interest consumes so much of my stupid, fleeting, fickle human existence; what a gift you are — to exhale, step off the stage, take my seat in the audience, and enjoy the Story of Ford. I won’t be here for the third act, little one, but I know you’ll get a standing ovation.”

    Cilfton then expressed feelings that every mother and father can understand and relate to. “It’s an experience shared by every parent, I’m sure, but you make it so easy for your mom and me,” the proud papa declared. “Your intelligence, your kindness, your sense of humor, your curiosity, your imagination, your perceptiveness, your focus, your warmth, your smile… God,that smile. There is so much I want to show you, so much I want to see again through your eyes, and so much to learn from you, when you’re ready to show me my own blind spots.

    “You’re better than I’ll ever be,” Clifton concluded. “What a privilege to claim you as my legacy. What a relief to know I left the world a better place than I found it, because I left it you. I love you.”

    Soap Alum Tobias Truvillion Is IN CONTEMPT

    (5/5/18) Tobias Truvillion (ex-Vincent, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) stars in BET’s new legal drama IN CONTEMPT. “It’s a great legal drama starring Erica Ash [Gwen] as a very outspoken public defender, who sometimes finds herself in contempt of court,” Truvillion teases. “But, the title also refers to the legal system itself, so there is a lot of drama that goes on in and outside of the courtroom.” Truvillion plays Gwen’s love interest. “Bennet was Gwen’s law professor in college and is now writing crime novels so their paths cross again, and there are sparks,” he smiles. For more on the actor’s new venture, along with his thoughts about a possible comeback as Jamal’s former love interest, D-Major, on EMPIRE, check out an upcoming issue of Soap Opera Digest.

    ONE LIFE TO LIVE Star Robin Strasser Shares Her New Life and Home

    (5/4/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Close your eyes for a moment and picture the always-elegant home of ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Dorian Lord. It’s easy, right? While her longtime portrayer, Robin Strasser, was in her element acting there, in real life, her style is more eclectic. And these days, she’s found a way to incorporate it into her other passion: real estate! “When I grew up, we moved every two years — my mother wasn’t in the Army, we were just always moving,” she shared with Soaps In Depth. “So it became very important to me, as soon as I had enough money saved, to buy a home.”

    The actress has now bought or remodeled more than 40 properties, and she proudly stages them for sale using warm, inviting decor. “I am a very devoted bargain shopper,” she declared. “Anybody can walk in to Bloomingdale’s or hire a stylist or designer. I do it myself, and I’m very proud of that fact.”

    Strasser’s current Ventura County, CA, canyon home is a testament to her talent: Each room is more warm and inviting than the last. It’s not a bad place for the star, who was admittedly upset after again losing her livelihood when the Prospect Park version of OLTL concluded five years ago, to contemplate her next move. “I was seriously scared about [losing] the security and what that would mean to my finances,” she confessed. “And then I went, ‘Oh, that addiction to real estate has served me well. Oh, thank you!’ See? That was a good addiction!”

    Today, she spends her free time visiting open houses — “call the EMS and say ‘Go check on her’ if I ever say no to an invitation to do that,” she joked — and putting pen to paper. Those words won’t be going into a soap, though. Rather, she’s writing about her own experiences, and won’t reveal more. “It’s a superstition,” Strasser explained. “If I talk about it, then I won’t do it.”

    Strasser is also eager to continue acting, be that with a wacky role like Hecuba, the witch she played on PASSIONS, the kind of sitcom work she did a lot of in the ’90s or perhaps even another turn as Dorian. “My fantasy is that ABC looks around at all its valuable real estate in the Lincoln Center area of New York City, and which it owns at the studio where GENERAL HOSPITAL is done, and they decide, ‘Let’s pull [insert the name of your least favorite talk or game show here] and instead put on an amalgamation show for a second hour of great storytelling [besides GH].’

    “And they pick the best of the best people for it. I only want to do recurring... I’m 72 years old and cantankerous as a horndog in a beehive,” she added. “I don’t... could not possibly [work more]. But to come in for a hotsy-totsy three months and good-bye? Or to come in twice a month? Enjoyable! That’s what I would do if I ran the zoo.”

    Soap Vets Star In Richard Barclay Tribute

    (5/4/18) Soap fans in NYC take note! Ilene Kristen (ex-Roxy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE et al) and Eileen Fulton (ex-Lisa, AS THE WORLD TURNS) are among the stars performing in a tribute to iconic singer/actor/producer/director Richard Barclay, who died in October after a battle with pancreatic cancer. The show will be at Don’t Tell Mama on May 26. For tickets and more information, click here.

    Nathan Fillion Guests on American Housewife 5/16/18

    (5/1/18) “The Spring Gala” – When things start to fall apart at the last minute, Katie figures out a new way to make the spring gala a success. Meanwhile, Greg attempts to be a “fun dad” and winds up adopting a dog while Katie is occupied with the gala, in the season two finale of “American Housewife,” airing WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 (9:31-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    “American Housewife” stars Katy Mixon as Katie Otto, Diedrich Bader as Greg Otto, Meg Donnelly as Taylor Otto, Daniel DiMaggio as Oliver Otto, Julia Butters as Anna-Kat Otto, Carly Hughes as Angela and Ali Wong as Doris.

    Nathan Fillion guest stars as himself.

    “American Housewife” is written by Sarah Dunn (“Spin City,” “Bunheads”) and produced by Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios. Sarah Dunn, Aaron Kaplan, Rick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz are executive producers.

    “The Spring Gala” was written by Sarah Dunn and directed by John Putch.

    Frankie Faison Joine Grudge

    (5/1/18) Sony is firming up the cast for its Grudge remake with the addition of two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver, Betty Gilpin, star of the Netflix series GLOW, William Sadler, and Frankie Faison. The group joins previously announced cast Andrea Riseborough, Demian Bichir, John Cho and Lin Shaye as filming is scheduled to start in May.

    Nicolas Pesce is attached to helm the piece, a reimagining to 2004 version (based on the 2002 Japanese original Ju-on) that starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as a nurse in Tokyo who is afflicted by a curse that created uncontrollable homicidal rage.

    Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has the worldwide distribution rights while Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert will produce for Ghost House with Romel Adam overseeing production for the company. Executive producers Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Erin Westerman alongside Schuyler Weiss, Roy Lee, Doug Davison, John Middleton, and Andrew Pfeffer. Also overseeing the project is Brady Fujikawa from Good Universe.

    Weaver plays Melissa McCarthy’s mother in the soon-to-be-released film Life of the Party and will appear in Steve McQueen’s New Regency thriller Widows opposite Viola Davis as well as the Netflix pic, Bird Box alongside Sandra Bullock. Gilpin, who returns for the second season of the female wrestler series GLOW, will also be seen in New Line’s Isn’t It Romantic, out in February 2019.

    Faison is known for his roles as Sugar Bates on Cinemax’s Banshee and Commissioner Ervin Burrell on The Wire. Sadler credits include Power (Starz), Our Cartoon President (Showtime) the upcoming Bill & Ted Face the Music film.

    Weaver is repped by ICM, Elevate Entertainment, and Felker, Toczek, Suddleson, Abramson; Gilpin by ICM, Anonymous Content, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman; Faison by Vanguard Management Group; Sadler by INSURGE.

    Amber Skye Noyes Guests on Quantico 5/17/18

    (5/1/18) “Spy Games” – Alex and McQuigg are assigned to protect a prince following the assassination of an emir, but the team soon realizes the killer is closer than they think, on ABC’s “Quantico,” airing THURSDAY, MAY 17 (10:00–11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    “Quantico” stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish, Jake McLaughlin as Ryan Booth, Johanna Braddy as Shelby Wyatt, Russell Tovey as Harry Doyle, Alan Powell as Mike McQuigg, with Marlee Matlin as Jocelyn Turner and Blair Underwood as Owen Hall.

    Guest starring are Vandit Bhatt as Jagdeep “Deep” Patel, Omar Maskati as Khaled, Amber Skye Noyes as Celine Fox, Alexander Sokovikov as Dmitri Ivanov, Piter Marek as Ali and Lara Wolf as Nora.

    “Spy Games” was written by Adam Armus and directed by Kevin Sullivan.

    Eva Green, Ed Skrein, Kathy Bates To Star In Sci-Fi Thriller ‘A Patriot’

    (4/29/18) Eva Green, Kathy Bates and Ed Skrein are attached to star in sci-fi thriller A Patriot, which Brian O’Shea’s The Exchange will launch world sales on in Cannes. Currently in pre-production, the movie’s screenplay comes from Dan Pringle (K-Shop) and Toby Rushton (Monsters) with Pringle also attached to direct. Project is being produced by Adam Merrifield (K-Shop) from White Lantern Film and John Giwa-Amu (The Machine) from Red & Black Films with Angus Finney (The Mother) executive producing.

    The script takes place in a future authoritarian state that has walled itself away from a world ravaged by climate chaos and resource wars. The story follows the unquestioning Border Corp Captain Kate Jones (Green) as she fights to defend the purity of the population, until a chance discovery makes her doubt the authorities she has pledge her allegiance and life to protect.

    The Exchange’s Cannes lineup includes Aja Naomi King’s A Girl From Mogadishu, Ethan Hawke’s Blaze and Jeremiah Zagar’s We The Animals.

    Sin City and Penny Dreadful star Green is represented by Tavistock Wood Management and UTA, Oscar-winner Bates by ICM and Deadpool star Skrein by 42, CAA and Bloom, Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman.

    Nathan Fillion on Modern Family 5/9/18

    (4/24/18) “The Escape” – Haley meets Arvin’s parents (“Grey’s Anatomy”’s Kate Burton, Jim Piddock) but when things don’t go as planned, fate leads to an unexpected reunion with all of her ex-boyfriends. Meanwhile, the family seizes on a nursing home visit with Jay’s mean sister, Becky, to settle old scores. But as Jay, Claire and Mitchell compete for her time, Phil, Cam and Gloria end up getting trapped in the home’s basement with no way out, on “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 (9:00-9:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. Chris Geere guest stars as Arvin; Adam Devine, Reid Ewing and Nathan Fillion all reprise their roles. Mira Sorvino returns as Nicole Rosemary Page.

    “Modern Family” stars Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy, Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily Tucker-Pritchett and Jeremy Maguire as Joe Pritchett.

    Guest starring are Chris Geere as Arvin, Mira Sorvino as Nicole Rosemary Page, Kate Burton as Iris Fennerman, Adam Devine as Andy, Reid Ewing as Dylan, Nathan Fillion as Rainer Shine, Mary Louise Wilson as Aunt Becky, Ashleigh Hairston as Nurse Cami, Jessica McKenna as Nurse Tami, Jim Piddick as Malcolm Fennerman and Michael Churven as Jarvis.

    “The Escape” was written by Jack Burditt & Danny Zucker. Steve Levitan directed.

    Nathan Fillion on American Housewife 5/9/18

    (4/24/18) “Finding Fillion” – In order to impress the other moms at school, Katie, Taylor and Oliver travel to New York to track down Nathan Fillion at a “Firefly” convention, so Katie can convince him to attend the school’s spring gala, on an all-new episode of “American Housewife,” airing WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 (9:31-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    “American Housewife” stars Katy Mixon as Katie Otto, Diedrich Bader as Greg Otto, Meg Donnelly as Taylor Otto, Daniel DiMaggio as Oliver Otto, Julia Butters as Anna-Kat Otto, Carly Hughes as Angela and Ali Wong as Doris.

    Nathan Fillion guest stars as himself.

    “American Housewife” is written by Sarah Dunn (“Spin City,” “Bunheads”) and produced by Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios. Sarah Dunn, Aaron Kaplan, Rick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz are executive producers.

    “Finding Fillion” was written by Bill Callahan, Rick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz, and directed by David Bertman.

    Amber Skye Noyes on Quantico 5/10/18

    (4/24/18) “Hell’s Gate” – The team must protect an ex-CIA agent to take down a cartel kingpin, an assignment that puts all of their lives in danger, on ABC’s “Quantico,” airing THURSDAY, MAY 10 (10:00–11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    “Quantico” stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish, Jake McLaughlin as Ryan Booth, Johanna Braddy as Shelby Wyatt, Russell Tovey as Harry Doyle, Alan Powell as Mike McQuigg, with Marlee Matlin as Jocelyn Turner and Blair Underwood as Owen Hall.

    Guest starring are Chris McKinney as Larry Reese, Amber Skye Noyes as Celine Fox, Frances Turner as Chelsea Lee, Vandit Bhatt as Jagdeep “Deep” Patel and Peter Rini as Joel Akers.

    “Hell’s Gate” was written by Tom Mularz and directed by Constantine Makris.

    DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Kevin Spirtas Previews His New Series, AFTER FOREVER

    (4/24/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) (Video) Although best known to soap fans for playing Dr. Craig Wesley on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Kevin Spirtas promises that viewers will see a whole new side of him in his new series, AFTER FOREVER, which premieres on Amazon on Tuesday, April 14. “The roles that I’ve always been given, they’re leading men, don’t get me wrong,” he admitted to Soaps In Depth with a hearty chuckle, “but some of my leading men have been a little… Snidely Whiplash. I want to be a good guy. I want to be the one who’s on the hero’s journey.”

    And as Brian, the lead character in AFTER FOREVER, Spirtas gets to do just that. “The story’s about two people coming together who have everything,” he previewed, “They have love, they have the greatest apartment, they have great friends, they have wonderful jobs. Nothing could be wrong. It was supposed to last forever, until one day… it didn’t. And then you watch these people and the people around them all have to deal with loss, love, and new beginnings.”

    Spirtas not only stars in the series, but also co-created it along with former daytime writer Michael Slade, who has penned scripts for ANOTHER WORLD, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, DAYS, and PASSIONS. They also enlisted Emmy-winning director Jennifer Pepperman, who helmed episodes of OLTL and AS THE WORLD TURNS, to direct.

    As a Broadway veteran of shows like A Chorus Line, Meet Me in St. Louis, Hairspray, and The Boy From Oz, Spirtas got a lot of stars from the stage to appear in AFTER FOREVER, including Michael Urie, Anita Gillette and Cady Huffman. Soap fans might remember Huffman as Dr. Paige Miller on OLTL. Also, ATWT fans will be able to see Colleen Zenk (Barbara) in there, too! “I won’t say where, I won’t say when,” Spirtas teases. “But Colleen appears and she brings it on!”

    Spirtas was also thrilled to have lured Mitchell Anderson out of “retirement” to play Jason opposite his Brian. “He moved away from California with his husband and they went to Atlanta and he opened a restaurant,” the actor revealed. “I said to him, ‘Hey, I want you to read this, and I want you to read it with you in mind doing it.’ He read it and he called me back in like, two days and said, ‘When do we start? I’m on board.’ This is a person who I think is extremely talented, he’s easy on the eyes, he’s my age, and we have a connection already because we’re friends. So that fell into place beautifully because it shows so much on the screen.”

    AFTER FOREVER is a series of eight episodes that run about 11 minutes each and is available on Amazon.com (free for Prime members!). “It’s hard to sit through 11 minutes and not go, ‘Oh, well, let me just see what the next one is,’” Spirtas jokes of binging the show like one long movie. He also urges fans to review it after they watch it. “Because that’s what Amazon is paying attention to,” he confided, adding that he and Slade have ideas for more episodes going forward. “There are stories that are already arced out for season two, three, and a little bit into four,” he revealed. “There’s a lot to tell you about this, I just can’t tell you about it!”

    Amber Skye Noyes on Quantico 5/3/18

    (4/22/18) “Fear and Flesh” – In tracking down the origin of a deadly strain of tuberculosis threatening Americans, Agent Ryan Booth must go undercover and infiltrate a white supremacist organization – an assignment that threatens the life of another member of the team, on ABC’s “Quantico,” airing THURSDAY, MAY 3 (10:00–11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    Alan Powell joins the cast of “Quantico” as Agent Mike McQuigg.

    “Quantico” stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish, Jake McLaughlin as Ryan Booth, Johanna Braddy as Shelby Wyatt, Russell Tovey as Harry Doyle, Alan Powell as Mike McQuigg, with Marlee Matlin as Jocelyn Turner and Blair Underwood as Owen Hall.

    Guest starring are Erik Jensen as Damon Grosch, Amber Skye Noyes as Celine Fox and Vandit Bhatt as Jagdeep “Deep” Patel.

    “Fear and Flesh” was written by Dave Kalstein and directed by Alex Kalymnios.

    New Gig For Soap Vet Kristen Alderson

    (4/13/18) Kristen Alderson (ex-Starr, OLTL; ex-Kiki, GH) announced that she will be joining the cast of the off-Broadway show The Marvelous Wonderettes in New York City starting April 18. The musical comedy focuses on the life experiences of four girls from prom night to their 10-year high school reunion and features some of music’s biggest hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s. “New York City stage, here I come!!! I am SO excited to be joining the extremely talented cast of The Marvelous Wonderettes! I’m on stage & singing the WHOLE show Wish me luck & come see me!! I want to meet you!” the actress exclaimed on Instagram.

    Bryan Cranston Wins Olivier Award

    (4/9/18) Best Actor went to Bryan Cranston after his first-ever Olivier nomination. He won for the iconic role of Howard Beale in the National Theatre’s revival of Network. Lee Hall wrote and Ivo van Hove directed this version of Paddy Chayefsky’s prescient satire.

    Soap actress Jensen Buchanan found not guilty during probation violation hearing

    (4/8/18) (santamariatimes.com) The veteran soap actress accused of violating the terms of her probation after a court-ordered ankle monitor detected a blood alcohol level of 0.18 between the weeks of Dec. 29 and Jan. 11 was found not guilty Friday in Santa Maria Superior Court.

    Jensen Buchanan, 55, was released from Santa Barbara County Jail after Judge James Voysey ruled the soap actress did not violate the terms of her probation, Deputy District Attorney Chrystal Joseph confirmed. Voysey reinstated the terms of her five-year probation and ordered Buchanan to report to the county's Probation Department on Monday.

    In 2016, Buchanan reportedly veered onto the wrong side of Highway 154 and into the path of an Arizona driver, nearly killing him. Her blood alcohol content level was 0.34 at the time of the crash.

    The prosecution pushed for prison time during her initial court proceedings, with the defense seeking probation. During her Oct. 6 sentencing, Buchanan was sentenced to jail and probation, with Voysey telling her one infraction would land her in prison due to the life-altering impact the crash had on victim Bradley Asolas.

    Buchanan was released in November after having served about a month and a half of custody time.

    On Jan. 12, 2018, Buchanan was reportedly arrested by Oxnard Police and booked into custody in Ventura County for an alleged probation violation. During her Jan. 18 court appearance, Buchanan was sent back to jail with no bail set for allegedly violating her probation.

    At the time, her attorneys argued Buchanan complied with all the terms of her probation even after being evacuated due to the Thomas fire. She was denied release Jan. 31 and ordered to remain in custody, pending her probation violation hearing.

    Brooklyn 99 'Reunites' OLTL Costars Melissa and David Fumero

    (4/6/18) (Video) It’s a One Life to Live reunion… sort of.

    TVLine has your exclusive first look at Sunday’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, 8:30/7:30c), which finds real-life marrieds Melissa and David Fumero back on screen together for the first time since playing Adriana Cramer and Cristian Vega on the aforementioned ABC soap.

    In the episode, Jake surprises fiancée Amy (Melissa Fumero) with an investigation into a series of arsons connected to her favorite crossword puzzle author, Vin Stermley (guest star David Fumero). Rather than ignore the chemistry between spouses, the show plays into it, making Vin and Amy two anagram-obsessed peas in a pod. Jake in turn gets jealous and begins to feel like a third wheel.

    Kamar De Los Reyes on MacGyver 4/20/18

    (4/6/18) “Wind + Water” – While MacGyver is in Puerto Rico helping his friend rebuild his hurricane-damaged home, he is taken hostage in the bank his friend manages when robbers attempt to steal $2 million, on MACGYVER, Friday, April 20 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST includes: Kamar De Los Reyes (Captain Delarosa), Diogo Morgado (Carlos), Marc Menchaca (Booth).

    David Fumero and Wife Melissa Share the Screen Again!

    (3/20/18) (Photo) Two ONE LIFE TO LIVE castmembers will be reunited on screen again when David Fumero makes a guest appearance on BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, which stars his wife, Melissa Fumero! David was best known to soap fans as Cristian Vega, a role he played from 1998-2012. Melissa played Adriana Cramer on the ABC sudser from 2004-11. The actor teased his guest appearance back in December of 2017 when he snapped a selfie on the set of the hit FOX sticom and commented: “Stepped into her world today.” But now we have more details!

    David will be playing Vin Stermley in the episode entitled “The Puzzle Master,” which is scheduled to air on Sunday, April 8. In the episode, Melissa’s character of Amy Santiago will be investigating a series of arsons connected to her favorite crossword puzzle author. How will the spouses cross paths on the show? You’ll just have to tune in and find out!

    After OLTL came to an end, David landed himself the role of Mike Sandoval on the Starz Network crime drama POWER, though his corrupt FBI agent alter ego met a tragic fate in 2017. Melissa has been starring in BROOKLYN NINE-NINE since its premiere in 2013. The couple married on December 9, 2007, and they have a son, Enzo, who turns two on March 24.

    Terrell Tilford on Criminal Minds 4/4/18

    (3/20/18) “Ex Parte” – The BAU takes charge of a hostage situation at a law firm in D.C., where Matt Simmons’ wife, Kristy (Kelly Frye), works, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, April 4 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST: Kelly Frye (Kristy Simmons), Justin Eaton (Stunt Double Simmons), Terrell Tilford (Commander David Nash).

    Dr. Horrible 'Revival': Neil Patrick Harris Talks Reuniting With Nathan Fillion in Unfortunate Events — First Look

    (3/20/18) (Photo) The quasi Dr. Horrible revival embedded within A Series of Unfortunate Events‘ second season was no happy accident. Neil Patrick Harris tells TVLine that he pushed to have onetime nemesis Nathan Fillion cast as Jacques Snicket, the younger brother of Patrick Warburton’s Lemony Snicket and a former schoolmate of Harris’ Count Olaf.

    “I was a big proponent of Nathan’s casting,” Harris shares. “I think [Patrick and Nathan] come from the same world actor-wise. I could totally see them being siblings. And Nathan [possesses] great style. He has great focus and force and intention, which is what you needed for [the role of Jacques].”

    Harris admits it was especially nice to be working with Fillion on such a technically demanding series as Unfortunate Events. “It’s really fun to work with actors who can play in a sandbox, but don’t toss sand everywhere,” he explains. “You still have to hit your marks every time and monitor the crew and respect schedules and be a worker. And Nathan’s a worker through and through.”

    Did the pair’s Unfortunate re-teaming get them thinking about a Dr. Horrible sequel? “Nothing would make me happier,” Harris enthuses. “But I have no information. I haven’t seen [Dr. Horrible co-creator] Joss in ages. And everyone’s wonderfully busy with other things. So unless the writers want to strike again, which is when we did the first one, I’m not sure when it would ever happen.

    “Plus, I’m no spring chicken,” he adds with a smile. “So, at a certain point, Dr. Horrible isn’t Billy the Internet geeky kid anymore. I’m a grown man. So they’ll probably have to cast Nick Jonas in it.”

    Unfortunate Events‘ second (and penultimate) season makes its Netflix debut on Friday, March 30.

    Nathan Fillion to Revisit Firefly Role in American Housewife Guest Spot

    (3/15/18) No, it’s not a full-on Firefly revival… but we’ll take it.

    Nathan Fillion is set to guest-star in a pair of episodes of ABC’s American Housewife later this season, and from the looks of the first-look photo posted on Wednesday, he’ll be paying tribute to his role on the cancelled-too-soon sci-fi cult hit: Photo.

    Eagle-eyed fans — which includes us — will notice that Fillion is wearing the distinctive coat and shirt worn by his Firefly alter ego: spaceship captain Mal Reynolds. (The Fox sci-fi adventure created by Joss Whedon infamously lasted just a single season before getting the axe in 2003, although its story did continue in the 2005 big-screen follow-up Serenity.)

    Fillion, of course, is no stranger to mining his Firefly past in new roles; as the star of Castle, he had multiple former Serenity crew members stop by as guest stars. But keep in mind: ABC says Fillion will be playing himself on Housewife, not Mal. So maybe the show’s version of Fillion actually is filming a Firefly revival? And why can’t that be our version of Fillion? The actor further teased his guest spot with another costume-related post on Instagram: Photo.

    An airdate for Fillion’s episodes hasn’t been set yet, but American Housewife is currently airing its second season Wednesdays at 9:30/8:30c on ABC.

    ‘Roswell’ Casts Trevor St. John

    (3/13/18) Containment alum Trevor St. John is set as a series regular opposite Jeanine Mason in the CW pilot Roswell, a reboot of the cult sci-fi series with an immigration twist. Written by The Originals scribe Carina Adly MacKenzie and directed by Julie Plec, the reimagined Roswell, like the original, is based on the Roswell High book series by Melinda Metz. It hails from Amblin TV, Bender Brown Prods and Warner Bros. TV. Reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, NM, Liz Ortecho (Jeanine Mason), a jaded biomedical researcher and the daughter of undocumented immigrants, is haunted by a tragic incident. She discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: He’s an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. St. John will play Master Sgt. Jesse Manes. Stubborn and set in his ways, Sgt. Manes inherited a military legacy of the alien cover up, but now plans to eliminate them entirely. St. John played the series regular role of Leo in the CW’s Containment. He’s repped by Global Artists Agency and Luber Roklin Entertainment.

    ONE LIFE TO LIVE Reunion Pics!

    (3/12/18) Alums from ONE LIFE TO LIVE, including Kristen Alderson (ex-Starr), her brother Eddie (ex-Matthew), Kassie DePaiva (Eve, DAYS; ex-Blair), James DePaiva (David, GH; ex-Max), Bree Williamson (ex-Jessica), Brittany Underwood (ex-Langston), Trevor St. John (ex-Todd/Victor), Gina Tognoni (Phyllis, Y&R; ex-Kelly), Kamar de los Reyes (ex-Antonio), David Fumero (ex-Cristian), Michael Easton (Finn, GH; ex-John), Tika Sumpter (ex-Layla), Josh Kelly (ex-Cutter) Brett Claywell (ex-Kyle) and John Brotherton (ex-Jared), got together for a reunion in Los Angeles. “It’s been 7 years since we all worked together, but it feels like just yesterday,” posted Underwood. Alderson shared some shots from the day. Check them out here!

    Erika Slezak Opens up About Her Return to Television

    (3/9/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) In the nearly five years since ONE LIFE TO LIVE concluded, fans have been missing heroine Viki (and her numerous alternate personalities) much like they would a longtime friend. Now her portrayer, six-time Emmy winner Erika Slezak, is returning to the small screen. “She’s just a fabulous character,” she enthused to Soaps In Depth of her guest role in the Monday, March 26, episode of Fox’s hospital drama, THE RESIDENT. “It was the most wonderful experience.”

    The actress worked opposite numerous doctor characters on OLTL. Might she portray one herself this time? “The answer is yes and no,” she teased. “I played most of my scenes with the lead, Matt Czuchry, who is such an interesting, good actor. I also had a wonderful scene with Shaunette Renée Wilson.”

    Having spent more than 40 years in the fast-paced world of soaps, Slezak says that primetime was a fascinating change. “I don’t think you forget how to act, but it’s different when you’re used to doing everything in one day,” she reflected, adding that she gave Viki’s emotional scenes her all in order to get them right in one take. “Here, they do it over and over... It’s such a different and pleasurable way of working.

    “There was no method, no nonsense,” Slezak says of the late Clint Richie (Clint). “He said what he meant and he said it the way he meant it.” (Photo Credit: ABC)

    Slezak was nervous when she first stepped onto the Atlanta set but says she was welcomed right away. “I was sitting in the makeup chair the first morning when one of the hairdressers came over and said, Melina [Kanakaredes, who plays Dr. Lane Hunter] asked me to say ‘Hi!’ I hadn’t seen Melina in [decades] — since she worked in daytime [as GUIDING LIGHT’s Eleni] — so it was so cute that she remembered me,” shared Slezak, adding that she was personally greeted by cast member Emily VanCamp. “It makes you feel good, being welcomed as the new person. It’s what I always tried to do for others on OLTL.”

    Slezak will also appear in Guest Artist, a film that’s based on Jeff Daniels’ successful play by the same name about playwright Lanford Wilson. “I play his agent,” she revealed. “We shot in New York City when it was zero degrees!”

    Although she enjoyed spending the last four years sleeping late, cooking and being home with her family, Slezak says that returning to work was “wonderful. There are so many roles available in television, film, and theater — you just need to be seen again,” she suggested. “Unfortunately, I think many people associated me just purely with OLTL, and I guess people can be a little narrow-minded. They think, ‘Oh she was on a soap, she can’t do anything else.’ Uh, wrong! I trained at the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Arts in London, and I did almost five years of repertory theater where I played many different parts...

    “Then I got that wonderful job on OLTL and it enabled me to come home and raise my kids,” she continued. “[But] I loved what I did. I went to work almost every day, and every day was interesting and a challenge.” Might the actress be up for someday bringing Viki to GENERAL HOSPITAL? “On a short-term basis, I might consider it,” she offers. “I love her. She was an awesome character!”

    GH’s Nancy Lee Grahn Hosts East Coast Fan Events

    (3/9/18) GH’s Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) has announced three dates for her upcoming meet-and-greets on the East Coast. Meet Grahn over dinner in New York City on Saturday, May 19; lunch in Red Bank, NJ on Sunday, May 20; and for lunch in Boston, MA on Saturday, May 26. Email NancyLeeGrahnEvents@gmail.com for tickets and more information.

    Olivier Awards Nominations

    (3/7/18) BEST ACTOR
    Paddy Considine for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre
    Bryan Cranston for Network at National Theatre – Lyttelton
    Andrew Garfield for Angels In America at National Theatre – Lyttelton
    Andrew Scott for Hamlet at Almeida Theatre.

    Florencia Lozano on Madam Secretary 3/25/18

    (3/6/18) “The Unnamed” – Elizabeth and the team are caught in an uncertain situation when they are about to award a foreign leader with the Medal of Freedom but learn he may have known that a minority group in his country is being persecuted. Also, President Dalton doubts his ability to return to office after being cleared by his doctor, and a past family grievance is brought to light when Henry’s sister pays a visit, on MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, March 25 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST: Bhavesh Patel (President U Khaing), Andrew Rothenberg (Ben), Florencia Lozano (Dr. Ruth Hubbard).

    Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter To Star In Tyler Perry’s New Movie ‘The List’ For Paramount Players

    (3/6/18) Tiffany Haddish has signed on to star alongside Tika Sumpter and Omari Hardwick in Tyler Perry’s The List, Perry’s next film which is in the works at Paramount Players. Perry wrote and is directing and producing, and the Paramount label has already set a November 2, 2018 release date.

    The pic’s logline: When her wild sister (Haddish) gets released from prison and re-enters her life, Danica (Sumpter) is forced to accept that she may be getting “catfished” by an online boyfriend whom she has never met in person.

    Haddish, who was all over the place at the Oscars last night and had one of the show’s best presenter moments with Maya Rudolph, most recently starred in Universal’s Girls Trip, which earned a Critics’ Choice nom this year. She’s been on a roll since, making Saturday Night Live history in November by becoming the first black female stand-up comic to host the show. She also will host the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards in June.

    Haddish is set to star opposite Tracy Morgan in the TBS sitcom The Last OG, and alongside Kevin Hart in Universal’s Night School, the later of which bows in September. She and Perry reteam from his OWN series If Loving You Is Wrong, on which she appeared during the 2014-2015 season.

    Sumpter, who also has Perry ties as a star on his OWN series The Haves and the Have Nots, previously played Michelle Obama in Southside With You and is next up in The Old Man and the Gun.

    Hardwick currently toplines the Starz series Power.

    For Haddish, word of the deal came after last month Deadline broke that Melissa McCarthy was finalizing a deal to star with her in The Kitchen — a female-focused drama, not a comedy project — on which Andrea Berloff will make her directorial debut. New Line Cinema and DC Entertainment are making the film, with a screenplay that Straight Outta Compton scribe Berloff wrote based on the 2014 comic book series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle for DC’s Vertigo.

    The Kitchen is an Irish mafia story set in Hell’s Kitchen, New York in the 1970s. An FBI sweep catches mob leaders, and while they are under arrest and their criminal enterprise is jeopardized, the mob wives take over. They end up running the illicit business in more vicious fashion than their husbands ever did.

    Paramount Players has been expanding its slate since AwesomenessTV founder Brian Robbins came aboard in June 2017. Devoted to producing films derived from the Viacom flagship brands, it has in the pipeline What Men Want starring Taraji P. Henson; Action Man, based on the Hasbro toy line; the horror pic Eli; a Dora the Explorer movie; and a 48 Hrs redo.

    Soap producer Jill Farren Phelps lists her scenic spot on Mulholland Drive

    (3/3/18) (sun-sentinel.com) Decorated television producer Jill Farren Phelps, whose work on the daytime soaps “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless” has won her scores of Emmys, has put her home on Mulholland Drive on the market for $2.5 million.

    The ranch-style house, built in 1962 and full of colorful details, is secluded on more than half an acre above the Hollywood Hills and adjacent to protected land.

    The 2,606-square-foot house features vibrant hues and wallpaper, crown molding and hardwood floors. A brick-surround fireplace anchors the living and dining rooms, which center on panoramic views through a row of French doors.

    The brickwork continues in the family room, which has a wall filled with built-ins and doors opening to the patio. A skylight-topped breakfast nook sits off the updated kitchen. Four bedrooms and three bathrooms complete the floor plan.

    Outside, a blue-tiled swimming pool and spa take in the city lights and mountains. Lush landscaping and lawn complete the grounds.

    Emmanuel Xuereb and Salvator Xuereb of 360 Realty are the listing agents.

    Farren Phelps, 67, got her start in television in 1974 as a production assistant on the show “Guiding Light” and won the first of 11 Daytime Emmys in the early ’80s as the music director for “General Hospital." Her other credits include such soap operas as “Santa Barbara,” “Another World” and “One Life to Live.”

    ‘The Village’: Lorraine Toussaint & Dominic Chianese To Star In NBC Drama Pilot

    (3/1/18) Lorraine Toussaint (Rosewood) has been tapped for a lead role and The Sopranos alum Dominic Chianese is set to co-star in NBC’s drama pilot The Village.

    Written/executive produced by Mike Daniels and directed by Minkle Spiro, The Village is a sprawling ensemble drama. Despite differences in age, race, culture and lifestyle, the residents of a Manhattan apartment building find that the more their lives intertwine, the more complex and compelling their connections become, thus proving that life’s challenges are better faced alongside family, even if it’s the one you make wherever you find it.

    Toussaint will play Patricia, a warm, vivacious grandmother figure and social worker who, unable to have her own children, became a caretaker for everyone else. Patricia embraces life to the fullest, and ironically, her journey is to make peace with losing that full life after she finds out she has cancer.

    Chianese will play Enzo, an opinionated Brooklyn native who sets his sights on moving out of the nursing home and in with the grandson he dotes on but frequently gives a hard time. Insisting on living life to the fullest, Enzo is irreverent, funny, liberal with advice and not above selling Viagra at the nursing home for extra cash.

    At 87, Chianese is one of the oldest — and maybe the oldest — actor cast as a series regular in a broadcast pilot. He is best known for his role as Junior Soprano on HBO’s The Sopranos, which earned him two Emmy nominations. He most recently recurred on CBS’ The Good Wife and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. He is repped by CornerStone Talent Agency and Liebman Entertainment.

    Toussaint, who was pursued by multiple pilots, is coming off a one-year series-regular role on the upcoming third season of AMC’s Into the Badlands. She recently co-starred on the Fox drama Rosewood and has recurred on Freeform’s The Fosters. Toussaint’s next film, Fast Color, premieres at SXSW in March. She is repped by Immovative and Frontline Management.

    FAITH FORD, JOE REGALBUTO AND GRANT SHAUD RETURN TO “MURPHY BROWN”

    (2/27/18) Faith Ford (Corky Sherwood), Joe Regalbuto (Frank Fontana) and Grant Shaud (Miles Silverberg) will reprise their original characters from the hit comedy when MURPHY BROWN returns to CBS for the 2018-2019 broadcast season.

    As previously announced, CBS has given a 13-episode, series production commitment to a current-day revival of the Network’s classic comedy MURPHY BROWN from Warner Bros. Television.

    Candice Bergen, who starred in the title role from 1988-1998, will reprise her role. As its 30th anniversary approaches, MURPHY BROWN returns to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate.

    Warner Bros. Television, producers of the original series, will produce the new multi-camera comedy with original creator Diane English serving as writer/executive producer through her Bend in the Road Productions banner. Bergen will also be an executive producer.

    During the show’s original 10-year run on CBS, MURPHY BROWN received 62 Emmy nominations (with 18 wins), 15 Golden Globe nominations (with three wins), three Screen Actors Guild awards, five Directors Guild nominations (with two wins) and four Writers Guild nominations (with two wins). Bergen won five Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.

    In 2010 TV Guide named Murphy Brown one of the “25 Greatest TV Characters of All Time.”

    Nathan Fillion Takes Leaf Out Of Joss Whedon Playbook For eOne’s ABC Cop Drama ‘The Rookie’

    (2/22/18) Firefly star Nathan Fillion wants his new TV series The Rookie to reach the same “high bar” as Joss Whedon’s fan favorite as he embarks on his debut exec producer role. Fillion, who also starred in ABC procedural Castle, tells Deadline that he is “certainly more invested” in the Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios-produced drama as a result of his behind-the scenes role.

    “I had an experience on Firefly where everybody that worked on that show considered it the bar to which we could compare all of our other jobs. That was the benefit of Joss Whedon, who said ‘I want great actors that can make this language sing and I want people I can potentially spend seven years with’ and I benefited from that. I want The Rookie to be similar,” he said.

    In The Rookie, which received a straight-to-series order from ABC, Fillion plays John Nolan, the oldest rookie in the LAPD. At an age where most are at the peak of their career, Nolan cast aside his comfortable, small town life and moved to L.A. to pursue his dream of being a cop. Now, surrounded by rookies twenty years his junior, Nolan must navigate the dangerous, humorous and unpredictable world of a “young” cop, determined to make his second shot at life count.

    Fillion is exec producing the light crime drama alongside his Castle executive producer/co-showrunner Alexi Hawley, recently installed eOne creative chief Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper, Michelle Chapman and Jon Steinberg.

    “I’m certainly more invested; it’s like getting on a train that’s already moving versus building an automotive. You’re trying to put together the right pieces, that will spell longevity. You see these wonderful actors in the room and then I get to be one of the people to call them up and say welcome. It’s a great phone call to make,” he adds.

    “This is the first time that I ever signed on to a project before there was a script. I had all the elements of a recipe for success. I’ve worked with Alexi Hawley before and I really enjoyed that. Mark Gordon’s resume speaks for himself and sitting down with the man and starting to get an understanding of who he is and the type of work environment he promotes is something I can get behind.”

    Fillion will star alongside Dark Matter’s Melissa O’Neil, who is thought to be playing Fillion’s love interest and fellow officer, Eric Winter (Rosewood, Secrets & Lies), Afton Williamson (The Night Of, The Breaks) and Wisdom of the Crowd’s Richard T Jones, who plays his nemesis.

    Fillion, who is about to turn 47, says he can relate to his character, who becomes a rookie officer after a number of life-changing moments. “I started out this gig as the youngest son in a rich family on a soap opera in New York, then I was somebody’s uncle, then I found myself playing a dad to a baby, then a dad to young adult now I find myself playing the oldest rookie. Life changes.”

    The producers, who are still looking to cast one role before moving into full production, are hopeful that it can have the same longevity as Fillion’s previous role as novelist-turned-crime fighter Richard Castle, which ran for eight seasons between 2009 and 2016. “I had never been on a show that was on so long. That’s the dream. But now it’s part of potential reality, it could happen so I want to prepare for that eventuality,” he adds.

    Fillion is an engaging character, who spent the morning at eOne’s annual Drama Preview , charming international buyers looking to acquire the drama. He laughs when he recounts a conversation with a Scandinavian buyer who told him she would only be interested in buying the show if it featured more palm trees than snow. “We don’t need any more snow,” she told him.

    When asked whether it had given him the bug to become more involved behind-the-scenes on future projects, he jokes: “I’ll let you know how it turns out.”

    ‘Marvel’s Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur’ Animated Series Produced By Laurence Fishburne In Works At Disney Channels

    (2/20/18) A new pint-size superhero is looking to join Marvel’s superhero TV universe. Disney Channels Worldwide is developing Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (working title), an animated series based on the popular comic book series. It hails from black-ish and grown-ish executive producers Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland via Cinema Gypsy Productions and Marvel Animation.

    Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur follows the adventures of nine-year-old super-genius Lunella Lafayette, an African-American girl who teams up with her crimson-colored dinosaur and uses her smarts to save the day.

    Marvel Animation is producing with Cinema Gypsy Productions, with visual development and animation production by Titmouse, Inc.

    The project is still in development and it has not been decided yet which of Disney Channels Worldwide’s domestic outlets — Disney Channel, Disney XD or Disney Junior — it would air on if it gets a green light.

    Marvel’s Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur falls under the overall deal Fishburne’s Cinema Gypsy Productions has with ABC Studios. Under the pact, Fishburne and his longtime manager and producing partner Sugland are developing new projects for the studio in addition to their duties as executive producers on praised comedy series black-ish at ABC, on which Fishburne also co-stars, and spinoff grown-ish at Freeform.

    Fishburne and Cinema Gypsy are repped by Paradigm and Del Shaw Moonves.

    Talk Show Appearance

    (2/18/18) THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW, syndicated

    Mo 2/19: Teri Polo, Sherri Saum

    Soap Vets Star In New Film

    (2/16/18) Kassie DePaiva (Eve, DAYS; ex-Blair, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and Nathan Purdee (ex-Hank, OLTL et al) are starring in a new film, Killian and the Comeback Kids. DePaiva and Purdee play husband and wife and parents of the title character, a struggling musician and college grad who returns to his hometown to find a job while putting his band together. Killian is played by Purdee’s son, Taylor. Killian and the Comeback Kids recently finished principal photography and the Karmic Release Ltd. is running an Indiegogo campaign to help finish and support the film. Donor perks include autographed CDs by DePaiva, a call from DePaiva, a walk-on role in the movie, instruments and other items. For more information and to donate, click here.

    Disjointed Cancelled at Netflix

    (2/14/18) Netflix has extinguished Disjointed. The streamer has pulled the plug on the Kathy Bates-fronted pot comedy after two buzz-deprived seasons, TVLine has learned.

    Co-created by Chuck Lorre, the series found Oscar-winner Bates playing the owner of a Los Angeles marijuana dispensary. The cast also included Mozart in the Jungle‘s Aaron Moten, The Flash‘s Tone Bell and Another Period‘s Betsy Sodaro.

    The show’s second season dropped last month. All told, 20 episodes were produced.

    After years of renewing even its lowest-profile shows, Netflix has entered the cancellation business in a big way of late. Recent terminations include Lady Dynamite, Love, Haters Back Off!, Chelsea, Gypsy and Girlboss.

    Florencia Lozano on Kevin Can Wait 3/5/18

    (2/13/18) “Pin Him Down” – After convincing Kevin to break things off with his neighbor, Wendy (Florencia Lozano), who had reeled him in with her delicious meals, Vanessa feels compelled to cook for him despite being culinarily challenged, on KEVIN CAN WAIT, Monday, March 5 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    Laurence Lau on Blue Bloods 3/9/18

    (2/13/18) “Tale of Two Cities” – Danny and Baez investigate the murder of a man who was living a double life with two separate families, and Anthony tries to resist when Erin asks him to help investigate his old partner, whom she suspects of stealing drug money. Also, Frank deliberates between two candidates for the chief of transit position, on BLUE BLOODS, Friday, March 9 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST includes: Sean Kleier (Bobby Jones), Lauren Patten (Officer Rachel Whitten), Laurence Lau (Wayne Green).

    Jan Maxwell Has Died; Five-Time Tony Nominee Praised ‘Law & Order’ In New York Times

    (2/12/18) Jan Maxwell, a supremely gifted comic actress whose five Tony Award nominations included two in the same season, died today of cancer, her son, William Maxwell-Lunny, confirmed. She was 61.

    Maxwell was both talented and beloved, known for her professionalism and timing, whether it was for a sly patrician snarl or a bit of business put over with minimum exaggeration for maximum effect. Her notable musical comedy performances included roles in Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s Follies (which also ran in Los Angeles), the Sherman brothers’ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. She most recently appeared as Hester Ferris in the Lincoln Center Theater production of Anthony Giardina’s The City of Conversation. Her many television series appearances included recurring roles on CBS’ Brain Dead and The Good Wife and WE’s The Divide.

    Maxwell earned Tony nominations for her performances in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2005), Coram Boy (2007), Lend Me a Tenor and The Royal Family (2010) and Follies (2012).

    Maxwell also was one of countless New York stage actors who found crucial employment and paychecks in Dick Wolf’s Gotham-based cop procedurals, beginning with Law & Order. In a 2010 Op-Ed for The New York Times, she wrote, “We claimed the show as our own; not only did it give us stage actors a temporary job, but it also employed old theater pros, like Jerry Orbach and Sam Waterston, in leading roles.” Some 700 speaking roles, she said, “played by actors from all walks of New York life, were doled out yearly by what we eventually called ‘the mother ship.’ “

    In the final paragraph, she described a scene with Waterston that had begun conventionally. “But then, he turns and walks away into one of the most beautiful New York snowfalls I’ve ever seen,” Maxwell wrote. “At that moment I fell in love with the city all over again, and with the show, too. It reminded me that for New York theater actors, Law & Order did more than just pay for dinner. It was a part of our family.”

    In addition to her son, Maxwell is survived by her husband, playwright and actor Robert Emmet Lunney.

    ‘The Village’: Michaela McManus, Frankie Faison & Jerod Haynes Cast In NBC Pilot

    (2/8/18) Michaela McManus (SEAL Team), Jerod Haynes (Southside With You) and Banshee alum Frankie Faison have booked series regular roles on NBC’s The Village pilot.

    Written/executive produced by Mike Daniels (Sons of Anarchy), The Village is a sprawling ensemble drama. Despite differences in age, race, culture and lifestyle, the residents of a Manhattan apartment building find that the more their lives intertwine, the more complex and compelling their connections become, thus proving life’s challenges are better faced alongside family, even if it’s the one you make wherever you find it.

    McManus will play Sarah, a caring nurse and mother of a pregnant teen who was a teen mom herself. Haynes will portray Ben, a local police officer and tenant of the apartment building. Faison will play Ron, a man who’s very caring and willing to help anyone.

    McManus played Grace Karn on Aquarius and recently appeared as Alana Hayes on SEAL Team. She is repped by UTA and Principato-Young.

    Chicago native Haynes most recently appeared in the feature Southside with You and has guest-starred on Chicago Med, Sense8 and Empire. He can currently be seen starring in Blueprint for The Orchard, which Haynes co-produced and co-wrote and was directed by Daryl Wein. He next will be seen in Netflix and Blumhouse Prods’ Benji. Haynes is represented by WME, Marsh Entertainment and Patti Felker at Felker Toczek.

    Faison, known for his roles as Sugar Bates on Cinemax’s Banshee and Commissioner Ervin Burrell on The Wire, most recently recurred on Grey’s Anatomy and guest-starred on The Good Fight. He is with Vanguard Management.

    Nominees Announced For The 9th Annual Indie Series Awards

    (2/1/18) The nominees for the 9th Annual Indie Series Awards were announced today, and LADIES OF THE LAKE, the series based on the book by DAYS’s Executive Producer Ken Corday, and helmed by DAYS alum Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady, who is also nominated for Lead Actor) and Writer Michael Caruso, led the pack with 18 nominations, followed by THE BAY with 16. Since 2009, the Indie Series Award has honored the most creative and progressive talent in independent web series. The nominated actors are:

    Best Drama Series
    Anacostia
    The Bay
    Giants
    L.A. Macabre
    Ladies of the Lake
    Riley Parra
    Running With Violet
    Teenagers

    Best Lead Actor – Drama
    Anthony Anderson, Anacostia
    Kristos Andrews, The Bay
    Aidan Bristow, L.A. Macabre
    Ryan Hellquist, L.A. Macabre
    Kyle Lowder, Ladies of the Lake
    Kyseem Roberts, Oldhead

    Best Lead Actress – Drama
    Tamieka Chavis, Anacostia
    Kate Conway, Out With Dad
    Marem Hassler, Riley Parra
    Jessica Morris, Ladies of the Lake
    Karrueche Tran, The Bay
    Corsica Wilson, L.A. Macabre

    Best Supporting Actor – Drama
    Raymond Ablack, Teenagers
    Brandon Beemer, The Bay
    Levi Jennings, At Bay
    Will Lash, Anacostia
    Eric Nelsen, The Bay
    Andreas Wyder, Or So the Story Goes

    Best Supporting Actress – Drama
    Olivia Baptista, Here We Wait
    Jillian Clare, Ladies of the Lake
    Jade Harlow, The Bay
    Lindsey Middleton, Out With Dad
    Maeve Quinlan, Riley Parra
    Brandy Redd, L.A. Macabre

    Best Guest Actor – Drama
    Tremayne Norris, Anacostia
    Thomas Calabro, The Bay
    Bruce Davison, The Bay
    Chad Duell, The Bay
    Ian Buchanan, Ladies of the Lake
    Paul Eiding, Riley Parra

    Best Guest Actress – Drama
    Jennifer Bassey, Anacostia
    Patrika Darbo, The Bay
    Patrika Darbo, Ladies of the Lake
    Dee Freeman, Anacostia
    Arianne Zucker, Ladies of the Lake
    Judi Blair, Anacostia

    Best Lead Actor – Comedy
    Andy Goldenberg, Bad Timing
    John Loos, John Loos: Too Big For This World
    Dan Pearlman, Flatbush Misdemeanors
    Wesley Taylor, Indoor Boys
    Pat Thornton, Filth City
    Alex Wyse, Indoor Boys

    Best Lead Actress – Comedy
    Lisa Ebersole, 37 Problems
    Meghan Heffern, How to Buy a Baby
    Alesha Reneé, The Rich and the Ruthless
    Paula Rhodes, The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy
    Natalie Smyka, ThreadBare
    Rachel B. Joyce, Royally

    Best Supporting Actor – Comedy
    Gastón Armagno The Amazing Hoolister Park
    Michael Colyar, The Rich and the Ruthless
    Tom Costello, ThreadBare
    Percy Daggs III, The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy
    Andy King, Filth City
    Michael Perrie Jr., F’d (another effing web series)

    Best Supporting Actress – Comedy
    Juliette Danielle, The Room Actors: Where Are They Now?
    June Diane Raphael, ThreadBare
    Kathleen Phillips, Filth City
    Victoria Rowell, The Rich and the Ruthless
    Medina Senghore, Friend Therapy
    Jacklyn Zeman, Misguided

    Best Guest Actor – Comedy
    Jim Beaver, The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy
    Devin Field, Doin’ It
    Frankie Grande, Indoor Boys
    Chris Kervick, John Loos: Too Big For This World
    Michael Litchfield, Valet
    Zac Titus, Bad Timing

    Best Guest Actress – Comedy
    Patrika Darbo, Indoor Boys
    Emma Hunter, How to Buy a Baby
    Becca Levine, John Loos: Too Big For This World
    Mindy Sterling, The Room Actors: Where Are They Now?
    Caryn Ward Ross, The Rich and the Ruthless
    Leslie Watkins, Doin’ It

    Brandon Routh Joins Live-Action ‘Anastasia’ Remake

    (1/30/18) Brandon Routh, who currently stars on CW’s Legends of Tomorrow, is set to co-star in the live-action remake of Anastasia, which has Blake Harris directing from his own script. Set in 1917, the family film follows Anastasia Romanov, who escapes through a portal when her family is threatened by Vladimir Lenin and finds herself in the year 1988, befriended by a young American girl, Emily Carey Wonder Woman) starts as the title character and Amiah Miller (War for the Planet of the Apes) plays Megan. Routh will portray Czar Nicholas, the Czar of Russia and the father of Princess Anastasia. Production began last summer in Lexington, KY with the young stars filming the 1988 portion of the film. Shooting on the 1917 portion of the film will commence in April. The original concept for the story hails from Harris and Armando Gutierrez, who is a producers on the project along with Eli Lipnik, Peter Lees and Bret Jones. Routh, repped by UTA and Main Title Entertainment, starred in Warner Bro’s Superman Returns.

    Jensen Buchanan To Remain In Jail for Alleged Probation Violation

    (1/20/18) (noozhawk.com) Veteran soap opera actress Jensen Buchanan, who pleaded guilty last year to driving with a blood-alcohol content more than four times above the legal limit and causing a crash that critically injured an Arizona man, will remain in jail for allegedly drinking alcohol while on felony probation.

    Buchanan, 55, of Montecito was arraigned on the probation-violation charge Thursday morning in Santa Maria Superior Court, and denied the allegation via her attorney Griselda Carreon, standing in for colleague Josh Lynn,.

    Judge Patricia Kelly rejected a defense request to set bail so that Buchanan could be released from Santa Barbara County Jail, saying the matter could be taken up during the next court date, set for Monday morning.

    At that time, Judge James Voysey, who originally sentenced Buchanan, will set a hearing date for the alleged violation, and could revisit the bail request, Kelly said.

    On Thursday, Kelly said she had to consider public safety and underlying allegations in deciding whether to set bail for a felony parole violation case.

    "I don't see extenuating circumances here," she said in ruling Buchanan should remain in jail with no bail set.

    Buchanan initially was arrested following a two-car crash on Highway 154 near Live Oak Camp, where she was driving the wrong way on May 18, 2016, the California Highway Patrol said.

    The driver of the other vehicle, Bradley Asolas, who now lives in Arizona, suffered major injuries and had to be extricated from his vehicle.

    He spent more than 30 days in Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, and continues his recovery from the various injuries more than a year later, he told the court.

    After the 6:20 a.m. collision, authorities said Buchanan was driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.34 percent. Any BAC over 0.08 percent is considered drunken driving under California law.

    In August, before the start of her preliminary hearing, Buchanan pleaded guilty to felony driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, and felony driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or greater.

    She also admitted to causing great bodily injury and driving with a blood alcohol level above .15 percent.

    The guilty plea came after the judge indicated what sentence she would face amid vehement objections from Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office representatives, who sought prison time.

    During the October hearing, the judge sentenced to Buchanan to spend 365 days in Santa Barbara County Jail and five years felony probation.

    He also suspended the 6-year prison term, but issued a stern warning after hearing from Asolas and his wife about their lives since the crash.

    Among many standard terms of her sentencing, Buchanan was ordered to avoid alcohol.

    “Should Ms. Buchanan violate the terms and conditions of her probation, every day of that six-year prison sentence is right there, and I would not hesitate to impose it,” Voysey said told the court during the sentencing hearing.

    Buchanan reportedly had been out of custody on alternative sentencing, which requires wearing an electronic alcohol monitoring device.

    The county jail periodically releases some inmates to alternative sentencing programs due to overcrowding.

    In the new allegation, probation officers allege the device registered alcohol use between Dec. 29 and Jan. 11, with a peak reading of 0.18, Chief Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Gresser said after reviewing the probation report.

    Buchanan reportedly was arrested by Oxnard police on Jan. 12 and booked into the Ventura County Jail, according to that facility's online records, which also said she was released from that jail early Wednesday. The jail website listed her manner of release as "other county."

    Buchanan was in custody in Santa Barbara County Jail as of Wednesday night, a records clerk said.

    On Thursday morning, Buchanan appeared in court wearing an orange jail uniform top and blue pants.

    In making the bail request, the defense attorney said her client has been sober since the crash and was deemed a good candidate for alternative sentencing when she was released Nov. 28.

    “What’s terribly frustrating here is Ms. Buchanan has been doing everything that’s been asked of her,” Carreon said.

    The defense attorney said that during the two-week period of the alleged violation Buchanan remained in contact with authorities despite the Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslide.

    “Once again throughout that time Ms. Buchanan did everything that was asked of her,” Carreon said, adding her client was evacuated to Oxnard.

    It was only after two disasters, Christmas and New Year’s, that electronic monitoring device representatives notified the Probation Department about the alcohol allegation, Carreon said.

    Probation officers never met with Buchanan, instead requesting that Oxnard police take the woman into custody and did not offer to conduct a urine test, Carreon added.

    The defense attorney said her client was not driving and had remained in contact with law enforcement officers during the two weeks authorities alleged she violated.

    “None of them suspected that she was drunk or had any reason to do so,” Carreon said, adding the electronic monitor had been unreliable in the past for Buchanan.

    Deputy District Attorney Jon Kawashima said the arraignment hearing was not the proper time to argue the matter, and the judge agreed.

    Peter Parros on Scorpion 2/5/18

    (1/20/18) “Nerd, Wind and Fire” – On Valentine’s Day, Team Scorpion must set aside their romantic plans to help a doctor and pilot trapped inside a helicopter that crashed atop a skyscraper. Also, Toby and Happy wait for news on their fertility results, and Sylvester realizes that he may have feelings for Florence, on SCORPION, Monday, Feb. 5 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST includes: Peter Parros (Chief Benavidez), Jennifer Say Gan (Dr. Alicia Miller).

    AARP 17th Annual Movies for Grownups Award Nominations

    (1/17/18) Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project), Laurence Fishburne (Last Flag Flying), Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water), and Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World)

    Watch B&B Star Heather Tom's Powerful Short Film, 'Serenity'

    (1/4/18) Fans of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL know that actress Heather Tom, who plays Katie on the soap, has also directed some episodes of the CBS sudser. But she has also directed a short film entitled Serenity, which will be available to watch online beginning on Monday, Jan. 8! “I’m really proud of this film,” Tom shared on Instagram. “It deals with the devastating effects of opioid addiction on a family — a subject that too many of us have a connection to.”

    Serenity will be premiering on Monday, Jan. 8 at 9 p.m. ET on the indievue.com, and signing up for a free account will allow you to view many different indie films including Tom’s, which will include a special interactive screening immediately following its premiere. “I will be doing a real-time, on-screen commentary of the film right after it airs,” she revealed. “along with a replay. I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences, so please join me.”

    The film stars Vince Nappo as a man who recounts his struggle with addiction and recovery at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting that is anything but ordinary. As he shares his powerful story, he is forced to confront the consequences of his drug abuse. “A very dear friend of mine, her daughter is a heroin addict and I had no idea,” Tom told Chicago Now. “It was so shocking to hear. She said, ‘I watched [Serenity] and I could see my child in that.’ The reaction has been kind of crazy across the board, just how many people have a connection to this subject.”

    Tom shot the film in July of 2016 with her crew inside a warehouse during one of the hottest weekends of the year. “There was no air conditioning and it was 110 degrees,” she recalled. “The whole city was on fire. I lost five pounds that weekend. But it was all good. I can’t really complain about anything. Everyone was amazing and really came through for me. I definitely owe them a big, big thank you.”

    You can see the results of Tom’s hard work when her film, Serenity, premieres on Jan. 8.

    The Fosters Cancelled — But There’s a (Very Promising) Twist

    (1/3/18) The fate of the Fosters family has been revealed: Freeform has cancelled the long-running drama after five seasons — but the clan’s journey is far from over!

    The show will wrap up Season 5B with a two-hour finale, which also will mark its 100th episode, before a three-episode summer event that will introduce a spinoff series centered around Maia Mitchell’s Callie and Cierra Ramirez’s Mariana.

    The untitled offshoot, which has been given a 13-episode order, is set several years in the future as Callie and Mariana begin their lives as young adults in Los Angeles. Callie will continue to be involved in social work, while Mariana will be immersed in the tech world. In addition, another member of the mothership series’ young ensemble may join the pair in LA, our sister site Deadline reports. Plus, the plan is “to have all characters from the original series make guest appearances,” Freeform’s EVP of programming and development Karey Burke told the site.

    The new series will be shepherded by Fosters executive producers Bradley Bredeweg, Peter Paige and Joanna Johnson.

    “Now that the kids are growing up, it’s time to take them out into the world, to see them make their way into adulthood, continuing their search for identity and love, and the pursuit of their dreams and purpose in this ever-changing world,” the trio said in a statement.

    The Fosters Season 5B premieres Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 8/7c on Freeform.


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    Facts

    1. Agnes Nixon's mission for One Life to Live: "...stories about richly diverse people as their lives intertwined, as they interacted with one another... To explain the hopes and hardships, the goals, fights, and failures that are ultimately shared by all mankind no matter how disparate their lifestyles."

    2. February 17, 1995: Todd married Blair in Florida.

    3. February 23, 1996: Dylan Moody and Marty Saybrooke tied the knot.

    4. March 3, 1998: Fiona Hutchison (Gabrielle, OLTL) and husband John Viscardi (ex-Tony, OLTL) welcomed son Trevor into the world.

    5. March 5, 1990: Bo disguised himself as Prince Raymond and married Sarah Gordon.

    6. March 29, 1996: Once Alex’s husband, Carlo Hesser, returned from the dead, she married Asa Buchanan again.

    7. March 31, 1977: Larry and Karen Wolek were married.

    8. March: In 2000, Ben found out that he was Asa’s son.

    9. April 10, 1998: Georgie lied to Hank when she fingered Bo as her attacker.

    10. April 27, 1990: Michael Grande wed Brenda McGillis

    11. April: In 2000, Viki said an emotional good-bye to her children as she headed off for breast-cancer treatment.

    12. May 10, 2000: Ty Treadway made his Llanview debut as Melanie’s husband (and Troy’s twin), Colin.

    13. May 12, 1987: Cord Roberts wed archaeologist Kate Sanders believing that his wife, Tina, had perished.

    14. May 14: Megan Gordon wed her true love, Jake Harrison, in 1991.

    15. June 1: On this date in 1984, Jenny and David finally tied the knot.

    16. June 2, 1995: Bo Buchanan and Nora Gannon tied the knot in a ceremony officiated by Little Richard.

    17. June: The emergence of Niki Smith interrupted Viki’s wedding to Joe Riley in 1969.

    18. June: Thanks to Blair’s truth serum, Skye revealed that Max was not Asa’s son in 2000.

    19. June: In 1976, Victor Lord died (or so everyone would long believe!).

    20. June: In 1988, Tom Dennison’s troubled young daughter, Mari Lynn, married Wade Coleman.

    21. July 15, 1968: OLTL first aired on ABC.

    22. July 15: On this date in 1993, the soap celebrated its 25th anniversary.

    23. July 15, 1997: Todd Manning and Téa Delgado married so the groom could keep custody of his daughter, Starr.

    24. July 16, 2001: Melissa Archer debuted on the serial as Natalie, a troublesome twentysomething.

    25. August 4, 1997: Antonio Vega and Andy Harrison were wed.

    26. August 8, 2001: Colin’s twin brother, Troy, arrived in Llanview.

    27. August 15, 2001: Allison Perkins returned to Llanview after a 14-year absence.

    28. August 16, 1996: Todd returned from the dead, and to Llanview, and found his “widow,” Blair, in a compromising position with Patrick.

    29. August: In 1986, Delila Ralston married her third Buchanan man: Rafe Garretson.

    30. August 1999: Dorian confessed to hitting Jessica with her car, which exonerated Lindsay.

    31. September 12, 1997: Patrick Thornhart wed Marty Saybrooke on a clearing high atop Llantano Mountain.

    32. September 30, 1999: Tonja Walker Davidson (ex-Alex) and her husband welcomed daughter Abrianna Elaine into the world.

    33. October 1, 1999: Rapist Brian Harris was shot and killed by Det. John Sykes after nearly assaulting Kelly Cramer.

    34. October 1999: Brian, the Llanview rapist, was shot and killed by Sykes.

    35. November 5, 2001: Al and Jen make love for the first time at the quarry.

    36. November 14, 1994: In Egyptian style, Asa and Alex tied the knot as Nora and Bo stood in as the maid of honor and best man.

    37. November 14, 1995: Todd and Blair were married and celebrated with each other and a thousand golden balloons.

    38. November 17, 1999: Grace died in Kevin’s arms and continued to haunt him in his dreams.

    39. November 27, 1991: Bo and Cassie were married for a brief time; shortly after the ceremony, the groom ran into his "late wife," Sarah.

    40. November 1999: Renée learned the truth — that Max was not her and Asa’s son.

    41. December 1, 1993: Max wed Luna Moody.

    42. December 1, 1999: Max awakened from his coma.

    43. December 31, 1999: After trying to rescue Nora after her car broke down, Bo spent New Year's Eve trapped inside an abandoned building with her.

    44. Evangeline sang at Michael and Marcie's wedding in May 2006. The song was "We'll Love Through," written and performed by Renee Elise Goldsberry herself.

    45. What was that beautiful song that Marcie (Kathy Brier) sang on Wed. 1/25/06 when she and Michael were alone in the church? A. It was called "Water's Edge" by Cyndi Lauper.

    46. Viki has had 6 alternate personalities: Niki Smith, Tommy (an angry teenage boy), Jean (cold, calculating, in control), Tori (more malicious version of Viki), Princess (young girl) and Victor Lord. Currently, all those personalities but Niki have been integrated.

    47. The bridesmaids dresses that Dorian had the girls wear for her wedding were by Teri Jon. They may be available at Saks Fifth Avenue or directly from the manufacturer.

    48. David Vickers: A Look Back: David Vickers is handsome, charming, and usually guilty as sin. Always good for a dry pun or a gratuitous shirtless shot, this con man is back on "One Life to Live." Let's look back at his past.

      1994: David claimed to be the son of Victor Lord, whom Dorian Lord was accused of killing. He produced a forged diary, clearing her -- and she paid him $50,000 for it. A beautiful partnership began. Meanwhile, Tina Lord fell hard for David but she thought he was her brother. The two couldn't resist each other ... and slept together.

      1995: David confessed to Tina they weren't related, so they decided to get hitched. Viki also found out David wasn't really her brother. Her alternate personality, prissy Jean, emerged -- and blackmailed David into divorcing Tina and marrying Dorian (who hated him).

      2001: David resurfaced to help Todd sell Blair's baby. Todd didn't realize little Jack was his son, and eventually got him back. When David blackmailed him, Todd sent David to a Moroccan prison!

      2003: David, fresh from prison, returned to town and started shacking up with Dorian again.

      2005: David and Dorian planned to wed for the second time. Spencer, David's brother, forced David to dump Dorian during the ceremony by threatening to tell the cops that David shot John's dad (which was lie).

      2007: Despite his innocence, David confessed to killing Spencer--but only because Asa promised him $10 million to off his bro. As Asa's illegitimate son, David's worth 10 times that! After that drama ended, David married man-eater Alex Olanov to get half her fortune. He didn't know she was marrying him to get HIS share of the Buchanan wealth. Nice try, Alex!

    49. Allison Perkins 101: Allison Perkins, an insane and murderous enemy of the Buchanans, is back on OLTL. She's armed with a secret that she says could destroy the family. Here's a recap on some of the havoc Allison has wrought:

      1986: Under cult leader Mitch Laurence's orders, his disciple Allison kidnapped newborn Jessica Buchanan from her parents, Viki and Clint. Weeks later, Allison was in a car accident and fell into a coma. Shortly after, baby Jessica was returned to the family.

      2001: Allison, now awake from her coma, dropped a bombshell on Viki, Jessica and the Buchanans: Jessica wasn't Clint and Viki's daughter! Natalie Balsom, Jessica's blue collar classmate, was. Allison explained how she stole infant Natalie from Llanfair shortly after birth—but infant Jessica was the one returned. Viki refused to believe it, but a DNA test between Viki and Natalie proved they were mother and daughter.

      Allison's plan was to get half of Natalie's money for reuniting mother and daughter. When Natalie actually started to feel a part of the Buchanan family, she told Allison her cash was off limits.

      2002: Allison went on the run. With the cops closing in, she took Viki (in her Niki persona) hostage. Allison was captured, but the shootout with the authorities left Ben Davidson, Viki's husband, in a coma. Allison was placed in St. Ann's, a mental institution.

      Some months later, the full extent of Allison's manipulations were revealed: Viki was actually the mother of Natalie AND Jessica. Natalie's father was Clint, while Jessica's father was Mitch, who had raped Viki. Allison had lied about Jessica not being Viki's child.

      2008: Allison is back with a new secret about Jessica and the Buchanans.

    50. Q. Who are Blair's parents on One Life to Live?
      A. Blair's mother is Addie Cramer, Dorian's sister. Addie lives with the Cramers but travels frequently. The identity of Blair's father is unknown. He was an orderly who raped Addie when she was a patient in a mental hospital.

    51. Q. How many times has Dorian been married?
      A. At last count, seven times -- to six different men. They are: Victor Lord (Viki's dad -- the start of their feud), Herb Callison, Manuel Santi, David Vickers (twice), Mel Hayes, and Mitch Laurence.

    52. Q. What is the name of the song that played during Starr's baby's funeral on "One Life to Live?"
      A. The song is called We All Fall Down by Kevin Briody.

    53. Q. What is the name of the song Marcie sang when she was putting together a crib on One Life to Live? It was from the September 29, 2008 episode.
      A. The song was called "In My Arms."

    54. Q. What is that song playing in the One Life to Live ads that feature Rex and Gigi kissing in bed and say "look how complicated love can be"?
      A. The song is called "Once in a Lifetime" by Keith Urban.

    55. Q. How many times have Todd and Blair been married on One Life to Live? What were the reasons they divorced?
      A. Todd and Blair have been married, and divorced, five times. Yes, five times! Reasons for the divorces, in brief: Todd learned Blair lied about a pregnancy (#1); Todd framed Patrick for murder (#2); Blair learned Todd lied about their baby dying (#3); Blair learned Todd lied about his identity (#4); Blair was angry with Todd's behavior during Starr's pregnancy (#5).

    56. Q. Who sang "I've Got a Crush on You" when Viki and Ben were in Heaven on One Life to Live's July 21, 2008 episode?
      A. Legendary recording artist Linda Ronstadt sang that ballad.

    57. Q. Who sings the song "Believe" that plays in the OLTL and GH ads?
      A. It's by a band called "The Bravery."

    58. Q. What is the breed of David Vickers, the dog on One Life to Live?
      A. David Vickers is a shitzu.

    59. Q. Can you please tell me where I can purchase that white lounging robe with flowers that Dorian wore on OLTL on 5/29/08 & 5/30/08?
      A. Dorian's caftan is from Saks in New York. Hope that helps!

    60. Q. Where did you find the gowns and accessories used at Rex and Adriana's beautiful wedding on OLTL? Where can I get Dorian's dress and necklace?
      A. Susan Gammie of OLTL's Wardrobe Department designed Adriana's wedding dress. The bridesmaid's dresses are by Catherine Regehr, and their necklaces are Swarovski. Dorian's dress is from Vivaldi Boutique in New York and her necklace is from Gale Grant (a jewelry store on Madison Avenue in New York).

    61. Q. What was the song playing during Monday, May 5th, 2008 OLTL? It was shown during a montage with several characters including Talia and Antonio.
      A. The montage featured is the song "When The Time Is Right" by Griffin House.

    62. Q. What is the name of the song that played during Starr and Cole's "first time" on OLTL? I really liked it. What is the name and who sings it?
      A. The song is called "Sweetest Kiss," made specifically for the show and sung by Michael Towber (He was the same singer for Todd's execution song, "Forsaken"). It's not yet commercially available but we hope to get it onto iTunes soon.

    63. Q. OLTL's Viki wore a long purple jacket when she visited Charlie in January 2008. Can you tell me where the show got it?
      A. Viki's jacket is from Eileen Fisher, and should be available in Eileen Fisher boutiques and department stores nationwide.

    64. Q. Where can I get the blouse/tunic that Jessica was wearing on Jan 4th's OLTL? It was a blue V neck with cut away shoulders which was absolutely beautiful!
      A. Jessica's dress came from Calypso in New York. The designer is Tufi Dufek.

    65. Q. Which Sam did Todd Manning (OLTL) name his son after?
      A. Todd renamed his son Sam Manning in honor of his deceased mentor and friend, Sam Rappaport. The child was previously called "Tommy" when he lived with Michael and Marcie McBain.

    66. Q. What's the history behind Dorian's house on OLTL? Why did she choose to name it "La Boulaie?"
      A. Dorian loves all things French so she translated the house's original name. The name is derived from the word for "birch tree." Literally translated, it means "birch plantation."

    67. Q. On "One Life to Live," Viki said grace before Thanksgiving dinner (2007) with the gang from the diner. What was it?
      A. That was a prayer written by Ralph Waldo Emerson called "Thanksgiving." It goes: "For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food,For love and friends, For everything thy goodness sends."

    68. Q. What was the song that Marcie said was her favorite?
      A. The song Marcie said was her favorite is an ABC-owned, non-commercially available song called FLY AWAY.

    69. Q. Where did you get the red outfit that Dorian had on the week of Oct. 15, 2007?
      A. Dorian's red outfit was a Givenchy suit purchased at Vivaldi Boutique in New York. Unfortunately, it was purchased last year.

    70. Q. Who sang after Timbaland's performance on OLTL and what is the song called?
      A. The group is called One Republic and the song is called Apologize.

    71. Q. What was the song played at the ending montage of One Life to Live's 9/28 episode?
      A. The 9/28 Montage featured the song Human by John McLaughlin.

    72. Q. Where did you get the lovely dress that Natalie was wearing on 9/14?
      A. Natalie's outfit is from Anne Taylor and should be available at their stores.

    73. Q. What brand is the cream colored top and long skirt that Blair was wearing on the 1st week of September (2007).
      A. Both top and skirt are made by Donna Karan.

    74. Q. Can you please tell me the song that was playing at the end of the September 5th episode of One Life to Live?
      A. That song is called "Captured," by Bic Runga.

    75. Q. I want to know the store that sold Jessica's dress that she wore during the BE Fundraiser, Monte Carlo night. It was worn on the episodes from Monday, 8/13 until Thursday, 8/16.
      A. Jessica's Monte Carlo dress is by Marc Bouwer from Saks.

    76. Q. Where can I purchase the flower tank top that was worn by Lulu on General Hospital weeks ago and then again by Sarah on One Life to Live?
      A. The flower tank top is by Lucky Brand and should be available at their stores.

    77. Q. The song that played at the end of One Life to Live's 10,000th episode was so beautiful. Can you tell me the name of the song and artist?
      A. The song is called "Gone" by Jessica Riddle.

    78. Q. Where did Starr's beautiful peach-colored prom dress come from?
      A. The dress is by Alyce Designs, a company located in Chicago. Their web address is www.alycedesigns.com.

    79. Q. Can you please tell me what the name of the song was playing on OLTL on 8/8/07 while Vincent & Layla were making love?
      A. Sure, that song is called "This Love" written by Bobby Hartry.

    80. Q. Where can I find Jessica's wedding dress (on OLTL)?
      A. Her dress was by Amy Michelson. Amy's dresses are available through a number of bridal salons. The headpiece was purchased at Kleinfeld's.

    81. Q. Heather Tom (Kelly on OLTL) has been sporting a white handbag since she came out of the hospital. Who makes it and where can I buy it?
      A. Kelly's purse is made by Gerard Darel.

    82. Q. On OLTL, Cristian wore t-shirts on the April 20, 2006 and May 15, 20006 episodes with a sword-like symbol on them. Where can I find these awesome shirts?
      A. The shirts are by Edun, a new clothing line started by U2 frontman Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson. The items are created from organic materials, and can be found at Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales in New York or by doing a search on-line.

    83. Q. Where can I purchase a shirt like Jess/Tess wore on March 31? It had leather around the neck and it was green and white.
      A. Jessica's top is from Saks Fifth Avenue and is currently available.

    84. Q. What was the name of the beautiful song that Marcie sang at Duke's funeral?
      A. The song was "Sand and Water" by Beth Nielsen Chapman.

    85. Q. Marcie (on OLTL) had on a brown sundress on the May 2, 2006 Can you please tell me where it was purchased and who the designer is?
      A. Marcie's dress was an Anne Klein Petite and was purchased at Lord and Taylor.

    86. Q. Who makes the bedding set in Jessica Buchanan's bedroom (yellow and green striped cover) on OLTL?
      A. The manufacturer is Dan River, Inc. and the designer is Lilly Pulitzer.

    87. Q. I've always liked the artwork of the spaghetti wrapped around a fork in Kelly's house (on OLTL). Now that she's redecorating, I am even more interested in knowing how I can get a print of that?
      A. The poster is an original Razzia Pasta poster created in 1986. It's still available on-line. Try Razzia-Posters.com or Goantiques.com. It will cost approximately $220.00.

    88. Q. What is the name of the song that Marcie sang at Jen's Memorial on OLTL and who sings it?

      A. The song is called "Borrowed Angels" by Kristen Chenoweth.

    89. When One Life to Live debuted on July 15, 1968, it only ran a half-hour. OLTL expanded to 45 minutes on July 26, 1976. It wasn’t until January 16, 1978 that it became a full hour.

    90. In June, 1971 OLTL was the first soap to use real-life drug users on camera, courtesy of Odyssey House in New York, as part of a teen drug storyline.

    91. Last-minute changes over the years have included the name of the show- OLTL almost aired as Between Heaven And Hell, and Clint’s name- it was supposed to be "Chris," but Clint Ritchie (Clint) convinced producers to make the change before his first taping.

    92. OLTL celebrated its 8,000th episode Oct. 22, 1999

    93. The song played when Grace died was "Say Good Night" by Beth Nielson Chapman

    94. ONE LIFE TO LIVE was the first original soap opera to air by Agnes Nixon, who also created ALL MY CHILDREN and LOVING, and co-created THE CITY.

    95. As a teen-ager, Kassie DePaiva (Blair Manning) worked at Nashville, Tennessee's Opryland as a singer and, at age 18, debuted as a soloist at the legendary Grand Ole Opry.

    96. The actors arrive at the studio between 7:00AM and 9:00AM. They rarely leave before 7:00PM.

    97. Roger Howarth (Todd Manning) was awarded the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actor in 1994. He also received a nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actor in 1995.

    98. Many music stars have made guest appearances on OLTL, including The Beach Boys, Rick James, Bryan White and The Chieftains

    99. The largest set ever created for a soap opera was the set for Eterna. It was so huge---over 32 feet high---that it had to be set up in a different studio from where OLTL usually tapes.

    100. In the late 1960's, OLTL used to air at 3:30PM, after General Hospital and before Dark Shadows.

    101. No teleprompters or cue cards are used on OLTL. Their use was discontinued back in 1988.

    102. OLTL's first acting Emmy was awarded to Al Freeman, Jr. (Lt. Ed Hall) in 1979.

    103. On May 10, 1993, Clint Ritchie (Clint) was critically injured in a tractor accident. The actor suffered broken vertebrae, crushed ribs and a punctured lung, forcing him to leave OLTL for almost five months. To deal with his absence, Head Writer Micheal Malone quickly scripted a plane crash. Upon his return, Ritchie publicly praised OLTL for their sensitive handling of his accident and privately thanked Robert S. Woods (bo) and Producer Frank Valentini for flying out to California to cheer him up in person. "All the way through, (OLTL) has been a great support system," he smiled.



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