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Dishing with Digest - 11/16/18 - Ron Carlivati(11/16/18) Head Writer Ron Carlivati Talks About His Soap Past And Present (Listen / download)
DAYS’s Head Writer Ron Carlivati talks to Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about his Salem present, the highlights of his GH and ONE LIFE TO LIVE past, how he broke into the biz and more. We also discuss the challenges of being the top scribe in today’s soap climate.
Elisabeth Röhm To Play Fox News Host Martha MacCallum in Roger Ailes Movie(11/16/18) Elisabeth Rohm and Spencer Garrett will both play respective champions of Roger Ailes, Fox News hosts Martha MacCallum and Sean Hannity, in Jay Roach’s upcoming Bron Studios movie about the network boss and the females who crusaded against his toxic corporate culture.
MacCallum, like Jeanine Pirro (who is being played by Alanna Ubach in the movie as we broke yesterday), was one who was quick to defend Ailes after news broke about his alleged sexual harassment tendencies and expressed shock when former colleague anchor Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) made claims against him. At FNC, MacCallum co-anchored election coverage with Bret Baier. Rohm’s feature credits include David O. Russell’s American Hustle and Joy and the Netflix series Flaked. She is repped by APA.
Hannity always considered Ailes to be a “second father” after the FNC host lost his own six months after starting at the cable news network back in March 1997. Ailes scooped Hannity up when he was a local Atlanta talk show radio host to be on FNC. The famed anchor expressed such thoughts in a statement following the network chief’s death in May 2017 extolling Ailes as one of America’s “great patriotic warriors” who “as his opponents played checkers in life, Roger was always the strategist, playing Chess 5 steps ahead at a whole other level.” Garrett appears in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood next summer, currently plays Bob Woodward in Jason Reitman’s current Gary Hart election pic The Front Runner and has starred in the HBO series Insecure. He is repped by Abrams Artists Agency.
Roach’s movie is currently shooting in Los Angeles. Lionsgate is selling overseas and finalizing a distribution deal to co-finance and distribute stateside.
Amber Skye Noyes on FBI 12/4/18(11/16/18) “Compromised” – After a key witness and a U.S. marshal are ambushed and killed, Maggie and OA must track down a man who leaked the information that led to their murders, on FBI, Tuesday, Dec. 4 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes : Michael Mosley (U.S. Marshal Paul Ackerman), Amber Skye Noyes (Amber Turner), David St. Louis (Jim Ruhde).
The Rookie: Nathan Fillion Procedural Scores Full-Season Order at ABC(11/6/18) Nathan Fillion‘s intense cardio regimen will continue well into the new year: ABC has decided to run with a full-season of The Rookie.
The network has ordered seven additional episodes of the freshman procedural, bring its Season 1 total to 20 episodes.
The Rookie debuted last month to 5.4 million total viewers and a 1.0 demo rating (in Live+Same Day numbers), and in subsequent weeks has held steady at 4.5 mil/0.8. Compared to Kevin (Probably) Saves the World‘s year-ago numbers, it is up 39 percent in viewers and 5 percent in the demo.
Addressing the physical toll a one-hour drama series grind can take, Fillion — who spent eight years on Castle — recently acknowledged to TVLine, “Some weeks are harder than others,” before adding, “But we have a big cast; we have a lot of people.”
Kathy Bates on The Big Bang Theory 11/8/18(11/3/18) “The Consummation Deviation” – Sheldon tries to bond with Amy’s father, but when Wolowitz lures Mr. Fowler (Teller) away with magic tricks, Sheldon has no choice but to bond with Mrs. Fowler (Kathy Bates). Also, Koothrappali and Anu try to get physical for the first time, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, Nov. 8 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Nathan Fillion Wants His ONE LIFE TO LIVE Co-Stars to Appear on THE ROOKIE(11/1/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) He may have come a long way from his early days as ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Joey Buchanan, but Nathan Fillion still lists the soap on his resumé and credits the experience for his success. “It was an incredibly safe, wonderful place to learn at an incredibly intense rate from people who have been in the business 35 years,” the former CASTLE star shared with Soaps In Depth. “I was bumping elbows with the best.”
In his new ABC series, THE ROOKIE (airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC), Fillion plays John Nolan, a middle-aged man who, as he puts it, is “looking for a way to matter.” When John is inadvertently caught up in a bank robbery, he finds it. “He is faced with a moment where he can sit and do nothing or actually try to help in the face of something that is actually terribly dangerous,” Fillion explained. “He discovers a calling to public service” that leads him to become the LAPD’s newest — and oldest... well, you know the title of the series!
If he can, Fillion, who also serves as an executive producer, hopes to bring his OLTL mentors along for the ride. “I want Bob Woods (Bo) on THE ROOKIE,” he says, adding that he’d love to have more Llanview friends appear, too. “I’m going to try my damnedest!” In some regard, that would be a way for Fillion to repay the guidance he’d received as a 22-year-old, soap-set newbie. “I wasn’t a bright kid. I didn’t really care about much,” he admitted. “I was kind of perfectly suited for the job I’m in.”
Fortunately, Llanview’s veterans were the ones who showed him the ropes and affirmed the value of taking chances that Fillion has since taken to heart. “My uncle said to me, ‘The longer you live, the more valuable firsts become,’” the actor reflects “I’m 47 years old and still experiencing firsts. I think I’m leading a life well lived.”
Laurence Fishburne To Star In & Exec Produce Sony Pictures Television’s UFO Drama ‘Rendlesham’(11/1/18) The Matrix and CSI star Laurence Fishburne is to star in and exec produce Sony’s anthology UFO drama series Rendlesham.
The series, which is a co-production between Sony Pictures Television and Eleventh Hour Films, the UK indie that the Hollywood studio owns a stake in, is an eight-part drama is inspired by a “real-life” UFO incident, which took place at a US air base close to the village of Rendlesham, Suffolk in 1980.
Several people in the village’s small forest including a number of air force servicemen claimed to witness a glowing object in the sky before it flew off into the trees. The sighting was recorded by Lieutenant Colonel Charles Halt in an official report that was made public in 1983 but was subsequently rubbished by other officers, leading to many conspiracy theories.
Written by Doctor Who director and Da Vinci’s Demons writer Joe Ahearne, the series, which will revolve around a family in the area, is played out against the Cold War. It will feature dual timelines, one during the time of the sightings in 1980 and one in 2020, the anniversary of the event.
Fishburne plays the lead role of Tyrone, a retired American airman previously stationed at the infamous US air base during the height of the Cold War. Alongside wife Carol and son Brock, Tyrone returns for the first time to visit Carol’s dying father and is forced to face events that have haunted him his whole life.
Fishburne will executive produce alongside his Cinema Gypsy Productions and producing partner Helen Sugland. Eve Gutierrez and Jill Green will serve as executive producers alongside Ahearne. SPT will handle distribution internationally.
“I’m beyond thrilled this phenomenal and iconic actor will be leading Rendlesham as Tyrone and facing down one of the most notorious UFO mysteries in history,” said Ahearne.
Fishburne, who was last seen in Marvel’s Ant Man and The Wasp and is to reprise his role as the Bowey King in John Wick 3, is represented by Paradigm, Landmark Artists and Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano.
Tika Sumpter To Produce & Likely Star In Robin Hood Reimagining Drama ‘Trader’ In Works At HBO(10/28/18) HBO is developing drama series Trader, with Tika Sumpter (Southside With You) set to executive produce and intended to star.
Written by Sonya Winton and Jonathan Kidd (Lovecraft Country), Trader is a contemporary re-imagining of the Robin Hood saga told through the perspective of a half-Nigerian and half-Black American female, Adefolke Girabaldi (a role earmarked for Sumpter), an investing wunderkind and trading forecast prodigy on Wall Street. As an activist short seller, Adefolke will wield her billion-dollar hedge fund as a sword to eviscerate predatory corporations that exploit the poor, all while navigating the unscrupulous world of the Girabaldi family who are the center of New York City’s black aristocracy where money, privilege, and racism intersect in sometimes insidious ways.
Winton and Kidd executive produce alongside Sumpter and her manager, Emily Gerson Saines, producer of HBO’s Temple Grandin and founder of Brookside Artist Management.
Sumpter can be seen starring in David Lowery’s The Old Man & the Gun opposite Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, and Sissy Spacek. She’ll next be seen in Tyler Perry’s Nobody’s Fool opposite Tiffany Haddish, as well as Joe Chappelle’s political thriller An Acceptable Loss, opposite Jamie Lee Curtis. Sumpter recently wrapped production on Jeff Fowler’s live-action/animation hybrid film Sonic the Hedgehog, starring alongside James Marsden and Jim Carrey.
Winton and Kidd serve as co-executive producers on HBO’s upcoming drama series Lovecraft Country. They previously have sold projects to Showtime, with Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal producing, and to Lifetime with Catherine Hardwick attached to direct. The GLAAD Award-nominated writers have worked on such series as NCIS: New Orleans and Wicked City.
Sumpter is repped by WME and Brookside Artist Management. Winton and Kidd are repped by WME, Madhouse Entertainment and Gang, Tyre, Ramer, & Brown.
Talk Show Appearance(10/26/18) LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY - NBC
Wednesday, October 31: Guests include Tika Sumpter
Ryan Phillippe ordered to hand over Reese Witherspoon texts in assault case(10/20/18) Ryan Phillippe’s text messages are fair game in his ex-girlfriend’s assault case.
Phillippe, 44, was ordered to hand over text messages between himself and ex-wife Reese Witherspoon regarding Elsie Hewitt, The Blast reports. The judge also sanctioned him $1,580 for not turning the messages in sooner, delaying the case.
Hewitt first sued Phillippe for $1 million last year, accusing him of assaulting her at his home. She claimed in her suit that he “grabbed [her] upper arm so tightly that his grip left heavy bruises on her arm hours later. He then braced his body and violently threw her down his staircase as hard as he could.”
He denied the 22-year-old’s allegations in his own court filing, and she fired back that he wouldn’t remember the incident because of his drug use. She claimed that he uses “cocaine, ecstasy, psychedelic mushrooms and steroids” among others.
Phillippe’s lawyer didn’t immediately return a request for comment.
Casper Van Dien’s former Topanga retreat is ready to wrangle a buyer(10/18/18) (mcall.com) A 10.5-acre spread that once belonged to actor Casper Van Dien is up for sale in Topanga at $2.795 million.
Van Dien, known for his role in the film “Starship Troopers,” sold the property more than a decade ago for $1.6 million. More recently, the estate changed hands in 2007 for $2.4 million.
Riding corrals, rolling lawns and courtyards set a bucolic tone for the property, which centers on a Spanish-vibe home built in 1993.
Tile touches up just about everything in the 3,008-square-foot interior, including the walls, floors, shelves and countertops. Dual-sided fireplaces make appearances in the master suite bathroom and the living room, which features walls of built-ins and sits under beamed and vaulted ceilings.
In the gourmet kitchen, there’s a wine cooler and stainless steel appliances. Four bedrooms and 3.25 bathrooms complete the one-story floor plan; the master suite opens to a perched patio and a landscaped lawn.
Outdoor highlights include a patio with a pizza oven, a large pavilion and a cozy gazebo. Views take in the surrounding mountains and canyons.
Tanya Starcevich of Keller Williams Pacific Palisades holds the listing.
Van Dien, 49, appeared on the soap opera “One Life to Live” and “Beverly Hills, 90210” before starring in “Starship Troopers.” The memorable performance propelled him to roles in “Tarzan and the Lost City” and Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow.”
AOL Build Interview: Nathan Fillion(10/17/18) Nathan Fillion Talks ABC's "The Rookie": Video.
ABC's new series, "The Rookie," follows small-town guy John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) 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.
Reiko Aylesworth on the Good Doctor 10/29/18(10/16/18) “Carrots” – When a patient suffering from anorexia can’t gain the necessary weight needed to survive heart surgery, Claire suggests they perform an experimental surgery which Melendez strongly opposes. Shaun worries Glassman’s refusal to walk the hospital floor will keep him from being discharged and tries to persuade him to ambulate. Meanwhile, Shaun and Lea change the terms of their current relationship on “The Good Doctor,” MONDAY, OCT. 29 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
The series stars Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy, Antonia Thomas as Dr. Claire Browne, Nicholas Gonzalez as Dr. Neil Melendez, Hill Harper as Dr. Marcus Andrews, Richard Schiff as Dr. Aaron Glassman, Tamlyn Tomita as Allegra Aoki, Christina Chang as Dr. Audrey Lim, Fiona Gubelmann as Dr. Morgan Reznick, Will Yun Lee as Dr. Alex Park and Paige Spara as Lea.
Guest starring is Lisa Edelstein as Dr. Marina Blaize, Sheila Kelley as Debbie Wexler, Reiko Aylesworth as Sam DeLeon, Jesse Downs as Graham DeLeon.
Talk Show Appearance(10/13/18) The Social - CTV
Airing Oct 16, 2018
Actor Nathan Fillion.
Roswell, New Mexico Welcomes The Fosters Star Sherri Saum(10/12/18) Lena's joining a new fam.
E! News can exclusively reveal that The Fosters star Sherri Saum, who played Lena Adams Foster on the Freeform series for all five seasons, has joined the CW's upcoming alien series as Mimi, the mother of Maria DeLuca (Heather Hemmens), former best friend to Liz (Jeanine Mason).
While Maria is described as an alien-oblivious socialite, her mother Mimi is "effervescent" and "charming."
"As a young single mom—and part of very few black families in Roswell—her focus has always been on raising her daughter to embrace everything that makes them "weird" to the small-town folks, be it the color of their skin, their unique dance moves, or their connection to spirituality. As both bartender and 'psychic,' Mimi is a vault of Roswell's deepest secrets," reads the official description.
"I was so inspired by the inclusivity of The Fosters while I was building our version of Roswell, so I'm incredibly excited to welcome Sherri Saum to our weird little alien family!" show creator Carina Adly Mackenzie said of the casting. "I'm a huge fan of her work, so I was just humbled that she even auditioned, and director Paul Wesley and I are loving the heart and gravitas she brings to a character that can be a little bit...out there."
Saum joins a cast led by Jeanine Mason (Grey's Anatomy) as Liz, a biomedical researcher and the daughter of illegal immigrants, Nathan Parsons (The Originals) as Max, a police officer and secret alien, Tyler Blackburn (Pretty Little Liars) as Alex, a gay military veteran , Michael Trevino (The Vampire Diaries) as Kyle, the son of the town sheriff, Lily Cowles as secret alien Isobel, and Michael Vlamis as Michael, another secret alien.
The show is a different take on the characters we met in the first series in 1999, and is based on the Roswell High series of books by Melinda Metz. It begins with Liz returning to her hometown of Roswell, New Mexico to discover that her teenage crush is a secret alien. She tries to keep his secret, but that might not last after a "violent attack" and the following politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him.
Saum is best known for her work on The Fosters, but she's also had recurring roles on Gossip Girl, In Treatment, and Rescue Me, to name a few. She has also won the Human Rights Campaign Ally for Equality Award.
Roswell, New Mexico will debut on the CW in spring 2019.
Dan Gauthier on Criminal Minds 10/31/18(10/11/18) “The Tall Man” – The BAU investigates a spooky local ghost story of the “Tall Man” and the clues it provides when two people go missing in the woods of East Allegheny’s Dead Man’s Conservatory, and a third mysteriously surfaces the following day with limited details as to what happened to her friends. To assist with the case, JJ reluctantly returns to her hometown, triggering emotional flashbacks to age 11 and her older sister’s tragic death, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 31 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series star Matthew Gray Gubler directed the episode.
GUEST CAST includes: Madeline Carroll (Ally Macready), Breana Raquel (Bethany Wilson), Dan Gauthier (Ethan Howard)
Timothy Adams on FBI 10/23/18(10/11/18) “Doomsday” – Special Agents Maggie Bell and OA Zidan investigate the death of a safety inspector and its possible connection to a leak at a nuclear power plant, on FBI, Tuesday, Oct. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Yul Vazquez (Bryce Miller), Hadi Tabbal (Jake Fletcher), Timothy Adams (Richard Cook).
Elizabeth Rohm on Magnum P.I. 10/22/18(10/11/18) “Sudden Death” – TC asks Magnum to take on a case to help acquit the father of one of his young football players who is accused of murder, on MAGNUM P.I., Monday, Oct. 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Cyndi Lauper guest stars as Vanessa Nero, a lawyer with questionable ethics.
GUEST CAST includes: Zion Junk (Makoa Iona), Elizabeth Rohm (Brooke Mason), Cyndi Lauper (Vanessa Nero).
Talk Show Appearance(10/11/18) The Talk – CBS
Tuesday, Oct. 16
Actor Laurence Fishburne
Eddie Alderson Thanks the Doctors and Nurses Who Saved His Life(10/11/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Video) On Oct. 9, Eddie Alderson (Matthew, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) marked the first anniversary of the end of his cancer treatments. “One year ago today I rang the bell after a month of grueling chemo, stem transplant, blood transfusions… you name it, I had it,” he shared on Instagram. “The people in these pix/videos have saved my life. I’ve been battling Hodgkins Lymphoma for almost two years now, and it’s because of the nurses and doctors and my amazing family and friends that I’m still here today. It was not easy, but the nurses and staff at 7 Scheidt made my time spent there go by fast and easy.”
Alderson shared some photos of himself with the doctors and nurses at the hematology/oncology unit at Pennsylvania Hospital who helped save his life when he recently returned to visit them. But before those pics, you can see the video of him on his way out of the clinic where he stopped to ring the bell that symbolized the end of his treatments. (The first video in the series is a nurse removing a tube from his arm, so it’s not for the squeamish!)
Soap fans have been watching Alderson grow up on-screen since he joined the cast of OLTL as Matthew Buchanan back in May of 2001, and have been following his journey offering their love and support as he underwent treatments for his cancer. After finishing his first chemotherapy treatment, the young man had to return to the hospital in April for more, but on October 9, he was finally able to go home.
“Life throws us insane curveballs that sometimes we’re not prepared for,” Alderson added, “but it’s how you respond that shows what kind of person you are. No matter what the hell you’re going through, nothing is unbeatable. Attack every single day like it’s your last and tell those around you that you love them and appreciate them. Because you never know what could happen. Thank you to all of you out there as well who continue to send me encouraging messages. I promise it doesn’t go unnoticed.”
Alderson signed off with his hashtag “#NoSurrender,” which has been his motto throughout his battle with cancer. He was inspired by the song with that title off of Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. album and even managed to get the musician to autograph it on his arm so that it could be his very first tattoo!
It’s wonderful to hear that Alderson is doing so well and continuing to share his inspirational message with the world. And we hope everyone will join us in sending best wishes for continued good health in the future.
‘L.A.’s Finest’: David Fumero & Jordan Rodrigues To Recur In ‘Bad Boys’ Offshoot Series(10/11/18) Power alum David Fumero and Jordan Rodrigues (Lady Bird) are set for recurring roles on L.A.’s Finest, Spectrum’s 13-episode series starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba. The spinoff from the Bad Boys movie franchise hails from writers Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier, Sony Pictures TV, Jerry Bruckheimer Television and 2.0 Entertainment.
It follows Burnett (Union), who last was seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel. She now has left her complicated past behind to become an LAPD detective. Paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna (Alba), a working mom with an equally complex past, Burnett is pushed to examine whether her unapologetic lifestyle might be masking a greater personal secret. These two women don’t agree on much, but they find common ground when it comes to taking on the most dangerous criminals in Los Angeles.
Fumero will play Lt. Jason Calloway, an LAPD lieutenant with the Narcotics Division. He and Syd had a one-night stand that colors their occasionally adversarial relationship around the office. A good cop and a total pro; not above arresting any cop who crosses the line.
Rodrigues will portray Arlo, a menacing figure who always appears cool, calm, and collected. He is a fun, modern entry into the pantheon of “Bad Boys” villains.
Union and Alba executive produce alongside co-showrunners Margolis, Sonnier, and Pam Veasey, 2.0’s Doug Belgrad, JBTV’s Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed, Primary Wave’s Jeff Gaspin as well as Jeff Morrone. Anton Cropper directed the pilot and is executive producer.
Fumero was a series regular on the Starz drama Power. He first began as an international fashion model for such fashion powerhouses as Versace, Armani, John-Paul Gauthier, and Dior. Fumero is repped by Global Artists Agency and Corner Booth Entertainment.
Rodrigues will next be seen as one of the leads in Hulu’s new horror series Light As A Feather, which premieres October 12. He is repped by Atlas Artists, Innovative and Stephen Harmon in Australia.
Nathan Fillion Cop Drama ‘The Rookie’ Sells To 160 Territories Including UK’s Sky & France’s M6 Via eOne(10/11/18) British pay-TV giant Sky and French commercial broadcaster M6 are among the broadcasters in 160 territories that have picked up Nathan Fillion cop drama The Rookie ahead of its ABC debut.
Producer and distributor Entertainment One (eOne) has closed the deals ahead of its TX on October 16.
NBCUniversal International Networks has picked it up across Latin America), while Italy’s Rai, Spain’s TNT, Africa’s M-Net, New Zealand’s Three, Greece’s Cosmote TV and Sony Pictures Television’s networks in Portugal, Russia and Central Europe have all signed on to the show.
In The Rookie, 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, Michelle Chapman and Jon Steinberg. All distribution rights are handled by eOne.
Fillion stars alongside Dark Matter’s Melissa O’Neil, who plays 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.
The former Castle and Modern Family star has been engaged in the process, helping out with international sales for the Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios show, including at an eOne sales event in London last year. He told Deadline an amusing story at the event that a Scandinavian buyer 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 recounted to him.
“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,” he added.
“The Rookie is a premium quality and accessible series that seamlessly weaves in drama, heart and humor,” said Stuart Baxter, eOne’s President of International Distribution. “The response to this series internationally has been brilliant as evident with these key early sales and a true testament to the quality of the show. From a global standpoint, The Rookie lends itself to a wide audience, is flexible for the schedule and features Nathan Fillion who brings with him a devoted international fanbase. This is truly a unique show with elements of Hill Street Blues meets Grey’s Anatomy that offers a fresh take on the cop genre.”
Anna Holbrook on Blue Bloods(10/9/18) “Blackout” – When New York City experiences a major blackout, cops scramble to contain the resulting chaos, and Frank uncovers some unpleasant truths about his department in the aftermath. Also, Jamie and Eddie question the line between work and their relationship, and Danny and Baez race to question the subject of a murder investigation before she gets tipped off by her ex-boyfriend, on BLUE BLOODS, Friday, Oct. 19 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Aasif Mandvi (Samar Chatwal), Kaley Ronayne (Shelly Dowd), Anna Holbrook (Lisa Dowd).
Obba Babatundé on S.W.A.T. 10/11/18(10/5/18) “Fire and Smoke” – The SWAT team is enlisted by Hondo’s new romantic interest, Deputy District Attorney Nia Wells (Nikiva Dionne), to protect the jurors of a high-profile bribery trial, after some of them are targeted by organized crime in a series of fire-bombings, on S.W.A.T., Thursday, Oct. 11 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes : Nikiva Dionne (Nia Wells), Joseph Lee Anderson (Tony), Obba Babatundé (Daniel Harrelson, Sr.)
Talk Show Appearance(10/5/18) LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, syndicated
Tu 10/16: Nathan Fillion
Video: Thorsten Kaye and Ingo Rademacher(10/3/18) Thorsten Kaye and Ingo Rademacher Facebook Live: Video.
Nathan Fillion, Sasha Pieterse and More Join #ChooseKindness Campaign(10/2/18) Take it from someone who literally works on the internet: Choosing to be kind is not always people's first instinct. Luckily though, Disney, Freeform and ABC TV are hard at work trying to make the world a better place with the #ChooseKindness initiative.
Throughout October, stars across the Disney, ABC and Freeform networks are rallying behind National Bullying Prevention Month and encouraging viewers to #ChooseKindness through personal testimonials, videos and photos that reinforce the importance of being kind. The initiative, now in its sixth year, aims to inspire kids, families and change-makers around the country to put an end to bullying in their communities and online.
All month long, ABC, Freeform and Disney Channel will roll out a series of customized PSAs with fan-favorite stars that call on audiences to end negativity, celebrate their differences, support love, and ultimately choose kindness. In addition to the PSAs, several stars offered honest testimonials of their personal experiences with bullying. From being called names, to being teased about their weight, to being judged by the color of their skin, these heartfelt videos offer audiences a glimpse into an epidemic that their favorite stars are not immune to, as well as uplifting messages on how to take a stand for those being bullied around them.
All of your favorite stars are chipping in, including Single Parents' Leighton Meester and Taran Killam, The Rookie's Nathan Fillion, Pretty Little Liars' Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish, A Million Little Things' James Roday and many, many more.
The Rookie: Pilot (10/16)(10/2/18) “Pilot” – Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being a police officer, on the premiere episode of “The Rookie,” airing TUESDAY, OCT. 16 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis. When you throw in a workplace romance, a hostage situation and some tough love from their new training officers, the latest Los Angeles police rookie class has an uphill battle ahead of them.
“The Rookie” stars Nathan Fillion as John Nolan, Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez, Richard T. Jones as Sergeant Wade Grey, Titus Makin as Jackson West, Mercedes Mason as Captain Zoe Andersen, Melissa O’Neil as Lucy Chen, Afton Williamson as Talia Bishop and Eric Winter as Tim Bradford.
Alexi Hawley is writer and executive producer; Mark Gordon, Nathan Fillion, Michelle Chapman and Jon Steinberg are executive producers on the series. Liz Friedlander directed and executive produced “Pilot.” Entertainment One (eOne) is the lead studio on “The Rookie,” a co-production with ABC Studios.
“Pilot” was written by Alexi Hawley and directed by Liz Fridlander.
'Jersey Shore' Star JWoww Files for Divorce(9/28/18) The next season of 'Jersey Shore' just got real interesting ... JWoww is divorcing her husband, Roger Mathews ... TMZ has confirmed.
JWoww -- aka Jenni Farley -- filed docs in Ocean County, NJ 2 weeks ago. The split comes just shy of the couple's third anniversary. She cites irreconcilable differences, and says their marriage has been on the rocks for at least 6 months.
Roger occasionally appeared on episodes of the original 'JS' run, but he has not been involved with the most recent tapings of the rebooted version of the show ... "Jersey Shore: Family Vacation."
It's unclear what's at the center of their marital strife -- but earlier this year Roger kinda poured his heart out on social media ... admitting he and Jenni went through several ups and downs. He said, "Some days it’s a struggle to stay together. Some days she calls me a f**king d**k head (cause I am). Some days the grass looks greener on the other side. We aren’t even close to perfect and I have no intention on pretending that we are."
JWoww and Roger have 2 kids -- a 4-year-old daughter, Melani, and a 2-year-old boy, Grayson.
The divorce was first reported by Jersey's Asbury Park Press.
Former Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross winning secret battle with cancer(9/27/18) Former Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross has gone public with her anal cancer battle by revealing all her hair fell out during treatment.
The 56-year-old actress posted a selfie on Instagram on Sept. 15 and gave fans a health update.
“So grateful and happy to be alive but sad that my hair fell out and is about 1 inch long now and looks cra cra,” she wrote. “Anyone else have #hairloss due to #cancer? Talk to me. I feel you.”
She added, “I am POST cancer. All good now. Hard journey, but I am HEALTHY, happy, and more present and grateful than ever. Thank you from the bottom of my ever expanding heart for all of your LOVE.”
Marcia returned to social media a day later and explained the previous post had really empowered her.
“After posting a picture of myself here and uttering the words #cancer and #hairloss, I felt liberated, deliriously free and completely me,” she wrote. “How or why this simple act gave me such a powerful lift I did not question, but I thanked God or whatever gave me the internal push to move forward and expose myself.
“I certainly wasn’t expecting the response of love and kindness that flowed to me. My capacity to receive requires a massive expansion! I am ecstatically alive and what interests me post-cancer is #AUTHENTICITY. #VULNERABILITY. #TRANSPARENCY. And of course #LOVE.”
It’s not the first time Cross has faced and beaten cancer – her husband, Tom Mahoney, was diagnosed in 2009, and, like his wife, is now healthy.
Soap Alum Sonia Satra Hosts Special Event In NY(9/13/18) Join Sonia Satra (ex-Lucy, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Barbara, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) on Saturday, September 29 for the NY Fit Fest Oceanfront Retreat. Satra, a mindset and fitness thought leader and founder/CEO of the wellness company Moticise, is a brand ambassador for this one-day retreat happening in Long Island, where she will be teaching a Moticise class at 3pm. In addition to trying out Moticise, other activities range From sunrise yoga to mindful media lectures, CrossFit, teen tent, and much more! NY Fit Fest brings together the best of the best for this one-of-a-kind fitness, wellness and beauty experience, all against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. Tickets are $75 for 1 all-day pass. For more, check out http://nyfitfest.com/sonia-satra/.
‘America 2.0’ Podcast Set With Patrick J. Adams, Kate Walsh, Laurence Fishburne & Others(9/13/18) For those who just can’t get enough politics these days, there’s a new podcast launching next week. The scripted America 2.0 stars Suits’ Patrick J. Adams as an idealistic first-term congressman, along with Kate Walsh (13 Reasons Why), Shanola Hampton (Shameless), Oscar nominee Laurence Fishburne and others. Listen to a trailer below.
Capitol Hill rookie Seth McGuire (Adams) comes get entangled in his first real controversy and finds himself ill-equipped to navigate D.C.’s treachery. His only hope comes from a big idea to give every American citizen $1 million. The cast also includes Ming-Na Wen (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Autumn Reeser (Entourage), Jack Coleman (Heroes), CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash, Gregory Itzin (24), Iqbal Theba (Glee), Steven Weber (Ballers) and others. Debuting on September 19 via all major podcast platforms, America 2.0 was co-created, written, directed and produced by J S Mayank. It also was co-created, co-written and produced by David Carlyle. Jeremy Gordon and Spencer Garrett also serve as are producers. Produced by Dax, it is distributed by the UK-based Global.
Here’s the audio trailer for America 2.0: Audio.
Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint Join ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’(9/12/18) Breaking Bad alum Dean Norris, Gil Bellows (Ally McBeal, The Shawshank Redemption), and Lorraine Toussaint (Into The Badlands, Selma, Orange Is The New Black) have signed on for Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark from CBS Films and eOne. The André Øvredal-directed adaptation based on Alvin Schwartz’s bestselling trilogy of books is being produced by Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro, who co-wrote the script with Kevin Hageman and Dan Hageman.
Currently in production, the pic follows a group of teens who must solve the mystery surrounding a wave of spectacularly horrific deaths in their small town.
The three join previously announced Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Austin Abrams, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur, and Natalie Ganzhorn.
“Lorraine, Gil, and Dean are exceptionally talented actors who also happen to be game for all of the creepy madness that this film entails,” said Øvredal. “We are thrilled to have them aboard our macabre little train.”
Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of Hivemind, J. Miles Dale, and Elizabeth Grave are also producing. Mark Ross and Alex Ginno are overseeing the project for CBS Films, which will distribute the film in the US as part of its ongoing partnership with Lionsgate.
Norris is repped by CAA and Industry Entertainment; Bellows by PTM, Untitled Entertainment, Verve, and attorney Jeff Bernstein; Toussaint by Innovative Artists and Frontline Management.
Carole Shelley Dies: ‘Odd Couple’ Star And Tony Award-Winning Actress Was 79(9/3/18) Odd Couple actress Carole Shelley died Friday from cancer at her home in Manhattan. She was 79.
Born in London, Shelley was a star of stage and screen. She made her Broadway debut in 1965 in the original cast of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple. In 1975, she received a Tony Award nomination for her role in Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular. In 1979, she received another nomination and a win for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in the original company of The Elephant Man.
Shelley went on to reprise her role of Gwendolyn Pigeon in the film and TV series adaptation of The Odd Couple. She and Monica Evans are the only two actors to appear in all three major iterations of Simon’s play as the same characters.
Shelley’s award streak would continue as she won an Obie Award in 1982 for her work in the Off-Broadway production of James Lapine’s Twelve Dreams and received a Tony nod for her role in Stepping Out.
It wasn’t until the late ’90s when she expanded her talent to the world of stage musicals, replacing Elaine Stritch as Parthy in Show Boat. In 1998, she stepped into the role of Fraulein Schneider in the Cabaret revival. She played the character of Madame Morrible in the original Broadway cast of Wicked in 2003 before opening Billy Elliot The Musical in 2008 where she played the Grandma, a role which earned her a fourth Tony nomination. Her final bow on Broadway was in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.
In addition to her role in the film and TV adaptation of The Odd Couple Shelley lent her voice talents to numerous animated Disney films including The Aristocats in 1970, Robin Hood in 1973, as well as Hercules in 1997. Her credits spanned across the decades and included The Boston Strangler in 1968, The Super in1991 as well as 1994’s Quiz Show and The Road to Wellville. In 2005 she starred opposite Nicole Kidman and her Broadway peer Kristin Chenoweth in the 2005 movie adaptation of the classic sitcom Bewitched. On the TV side, she appeared on All My Children, The Avengers, The Cosby Show, Frasier, and Law and Order: SVU.
Creative Arts Emmy Awards Sets Second Group Of Presenters: Tichina Arnold, James Corden, Bryan Cranston, More(8/30/18) The Television Academy and Executive Producer Bob Bain have announced the second group of presenters for the upcoming Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
Set to present on Saturday, September 8 are Tichina Arnold (The Neighborhood), Bryan Cranston, Justina Machado (One Day At A Time), Gerald McRaney (This Is Us), Bill Pullman (The Sinner) and Cedric Yarbrough (Speechless).
Slated to present on the second night, Sunday, September 9 are James Corden (The Late Late Show with James Corden), Heidi Klum (Executive Producer, Host of Project Runway), Lisa Kudrow (Executive Producer of Who Do You Think You Are?), Padma Lakshmi (Top Chef) and Patton Oswalt (Patton Oswalt: Annihilation)
The Bold and the Beautiful recruits former Dr. Quinn hottie to play a judge(8/24/18) (ew.com) The Bold and the Beautiful has found the actor who will mediate the acrimonious custody battle between Dollar Bill Spencer and Katie Logan.
Veteran actor Joe Lando (Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman) will recur as judge Craig McMullen, who presides over the court battle between the characters played by Don Diamont and Heather Tom. Complicating matters how Katie (Tom) has begun a new relationship with Thorne Forrester (Ingo Rademacher) who convinced her to sue Bill for custody. Since Thorne’s own wife and daughter died on the show, he’s looking for a new family.
Lando is best known for playing mountain man Byron Sully, Jane Seymour’s husband, on Dr. Quinn from 1993-1998. He’s also a soap vet, having played Jake on One Life to Live and Macauley West on Guiding Light.
His first episode will air Sept. 20.
The Bold and the Beautiful airs weekdays on CBS.
Dorothy Lyman on FBI 9/25/18(8/24/18) “Pilot” – After a bomb explosion devastates a residential apartment building, special agents Maggie Bell and Omar Adom “OA” Zidan of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigate a possible war between rival gangs – that is, until their prime suspects are discovered brutally murdered, on FBI, Tuesday, Sept. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
From Emmy Award winner Dick Wolf and the team behind the “Law & Order” franchise, FBI is a fast-paced drama about the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This elite unit brings to bear all their talents, intellect and technical expertise on major cases in order to keep New York and the country safe. Born into a multigenerational law enforcement family, Special Agent Maggie Bell commits deeply to the people she works with as well as those she protects. Her partner is Special Agent Omar Adom “OA” Zidan, a West Point graduate via Bushwick who spent two years undercover for the DEA before being cherry-picked by the FBI. Overseeing them is Special Agent in Charge Dana Mosier (Sela Ward), who operates under intense pressure 24/7/365 and has undeniable command authority. The team also includes Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jubal Valentine, the nerve center of the office whose ability to easily relate to and engage with both superiors and subordinates makes him a master motivator. Kristen Chazal is the team’s most valued resource, a brilliant analyst recruited straight out of university who can piece together the big picture faster than anyone. These first-class agents tenaciously investigate cases of tremendous magnitude, including terrorism, organized crime and counterintelligence.
GUEST CAST includes: Connie Nielson (Ellen Solberg), Dallas Roberts (Robert Lawrence), Dorothy Lyman (Jilly Peters)
Kathy Bates on Big Bang Theory 9/24/18(8/24/18) “The Conjugal Configuration” – Sheldon and Amy’s honeymoon runs aground in New York, while Penny and Leonard discover they are uncomfortably similar to Amy’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fowler (Teller and Kathy Bates). Also, Koothrappali insults physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and starts a Twitter war, on the 12th season premiere of THE BIG BANG THEORY, on a special night, Monday, Sept. 24 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Kathy Bates (Mrs. Fowler), Teller (Mr. Fowler), Neil deGrasse Tyson (Himself), Bill Nye (Himself)
Milo Gibson, Laurence Fishburne To Star In ‘Brother’s Keeper’ For Winter State(8/20/18) Milo Gibson — the son of Mel Gibson — and Laurence Fishburne have signed on to star in the sports drama Brother’s Keeper for Winter State Entertainment, an upstart production company out of Minnesota started by husbannd/wife indie film producing team of Hamid and Camille Torabpour.
Brother’s Keeper is described as an inspirational sports drama that follows the true story of West Texas’ 2009 Abilene High School football team — underdogs who rallied against odds to win their state championship and is said to be in the vein of Friday Night Lights. Production is underway, and the film is expected to wrap in November with its football scenes staged at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene, TX.
Directed by Todd Randall and adapted from the book by Al Pickett and Chad Mitchell, Brother’s Keeper is being produced by the Torabpours and Dr. Mark Smith.
Several major distributors are in talks with Winter State, with an eye toward a wide theatrical release in 2019.
Milo Gibson made his feature debut in his father’s Oscar-nominated feature Hacksaw Ridge, and also stars in Peter Facinelli’s directorial debut Breaking & Exiting, which opened Friday. Upcoming credits also include Rod Lurie’s The Outpost (now in pre-production) and David Blair’s World War II drama Hurricane (to release in September). Gibson’s other credits include Gangster Land and The Tribes of Palos Verdes opposite Jennifer Garner. He is repped by Paradigm and Alchemy Entertainment.
Fishburne, probably best known for playing Morpheus in The Matrix trilogy, Jason “Furious” Styles in Boyz N the Hood and Tyrone “Mr. Clean” Miller in Francis Ford Coppola’s classic Apocalypse Now, also is notable for a number of other roles. He became the first African American to portray Othello in a major-studio motion picture when he appeared in Oliver Parker’s 1995 film adaptation of the Shakespeare play. Fishburne also played Bill Foster/Goliath in superhero sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, released this year as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is repped by Paradigm, Landmark Artists Management and Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein Lezcano.
Kristen Alderson to Join Marvelous Wonderettes Off-Broadway(8/17/18) (playbill.com) The General Hospital actor will star as Cindy Lou in the show, which celebrates its two-year anniversary this month.
As The Marvelous Wonderettes prepares to celebrate its two-year anniversary Off-Broadway, the show will welcome Emmy winner Kristen Alderson in the role of Cindy Lou April 18. The revival of the 1950's-set high school musical comedy will celebrate two years at New York’s Theatre Row April 28.
“I am beyond excited to be joining the extremely talented cast of The Marvelous Wonderettes,” commented Alderson in a statement. “I’ve always had a huge passion for theatre and I’m so grateful that I get to be on stage again!”
Alderson is known for her 15-year portrayal of Starr Manning on the ABC's One Life to Live. She also originated the role of Kiki Jerome on General Hospital, and played Molly in the first Broadway revival of Annie.
Alderson joins current cast members Meg Lanzarone, Michelle Dowdy, Brie Cassil, and Amy Hilner Larsen.
The Marvelous Wonderettes, produced by Tom and Michael D’Angora, officially opened April 28, 2016. Created, written and originally directed by Roger Bean, the show is a musical trip down memory lane to the 1958 Springfield High School prom. There, we meet The Wonderettes, four girls whose hopes and dreams are recounted through 20 chart-topping hits of the era.
Tickets can be purchased at The Theatre Row box office, located at 410 West 42nd Street, Manhattan, or through Telecharge.com.
Alec Baldwin, Judith Light, Mandy Patinkin Shooting ‘Stupid Happy’(8/17/18) Alec Baldwin, Judith Light, Mandy Patinkin and Mike Colter are shooting the indie film Stupid Happy in New York. The film is being directed by Hannah Pearl Utt, who wrote the script with Jen Tullock. Utt and Tullock are part of the ensemble along with Oona Yaffe and Tim Daly.
After their playwright father’s death, sisters Rachel and Jackie discover that the mother they thought died when they were young is alive and starring on a soap opera.
Pic is produced by Mallory Schwartz alongside Josh Hetzler, James Brown and Baldwin. Pic’s a co-production between El Dorado Pictures, Lifeboat Productions, Ball & Chain Productions and Feracious Entertaiment.
Pic was supported by the Sundance Institute through the directing, writing and creative producing labs, as well as their new initiative Sundance Catalyst Women.
Hayden Panettiere and New Boyfriend Brian Hickerson Enjoy a Date Night at Movie Premiere(8/17/18) Hayden Panettiere has found happiness after her breakup.
The Nashville star and her new boyfriend, Brian Hickerson, enjoyed a night out on the town when they went to the Los Angeles premiere for the film Breaking and Exiting. Hayden could hardly contain her joy on their date night, with a source telling E! News, "Hayden was non-stop glowing with excitement. She looked really happy in general, and her and Brian were very cute while sitting together."
Just two weeks ago, news broke of the actress' split from former boxer Wladimir Klitschko, after which she promptly started dating the aspiring actor. But an insider says, "She definitely was not trying to hide the fact that she has a new boyfriend, and it seemed like everyone in her group of friends got along with him as well."
That being said, the source added, "They were not over-the-top affectionate, but everyone could tell they were a couple."
During the screening of the movie, "Her and Brian were sitting with a group of friends in the back of the theatre and she was laughing, smiling together."
Afterwards, the duo and their friends headed over to HYDE Sunset for the film's after party. With Hickerson by her side, Panettiere chatted and posed for pictures with the movie's director, Peter Facinelli, before introducing her beau to other party attendees. The source said, "Hayden was very social and was in a great mood."
Her positive attitude following her breakup from her boyfriend of nine years is no surprise considering the fact that the 28-year-old and her ex split amicably. "Hayden and Wladimir are on great terms and friendly. They are a big part of each other's lives and will continue to be. Hayden is back in Los Angeles and figuring out what's next," a source previously told E! News.
Meanwhile, the insider says her 3-year-old daughter, Kaya, is staying "with her dad and his family in Europe and Florida. They also spend time together as a family with Hayden."
Shooter Cancelled After Three Seasons(8/16/18) Shooter has fired off its final round; USA Network has opted to cancel the Ryan Phillippe drama after three seasons, our sister publication Variety reports. Shooter‘s third season is currently airing Thursdays at 10/9c, with five episodes still to run.
Shooter this season is averaging 740,000 total viewers and just under a 0.2 demo rating, down sharply from Season 2’s 1.25 mil/0.35.
Based on the book series by Stephen Hunter, Shooter starred Phillippe (Secrets and Lies) as highly-decorated Marine Corps sniper Bob Lee Swagger, a man who was pulled back into the fray when his former commanding officer Isaac Johnson (played by ER‘s Omar Epps) asked for his assistance in preventing an assassination plot against the President of the United States. But when Swagger realized the truth — that he’d been set up to take the fall for another murder — he set out on a new mission to clear his name and keep his family safe.
Subsequent seasons followed Swagger’s rivalry with a nefarious colleague and the search for answers about his father’s long-ago death, all while associates endeavor to uncover the truth about a cabal known as Atlas.
Shooter‘s cast also included Shantel VanSanten (One Tree Hill) as Swagger’s wife Julie, Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Arrow) as FBI Agent Nadine Memphis, Eddie McClintock (Bones) as nefarious figure Jack Payne, Josh Stewart (The Punisher) as a sniper named Solotov, Jesse Bradford (The West Wing) as Harris Downey, and Gerald McRaney (This Is Us) as Red Bama Sr.
Documentary Now! Musical(8/13/18) Documentary Now!‘s upcoming musical-inspired episode “Original Cast Album: Co-Op” — an homage to the 1970 D.A. Pennebaker doc about the cast recording of Stephen Sondheim’s Company — will feature guest stars Taran Killam (Saturday Night Live), John Mulaney (Mulaney), Renee Elise Goldsberry (Broadway’s Hamilton), James Urbaniak (Difficult People), Alex Brightman (Broadway’s School of Rock), Richard Kind (Red Oaks, Gotham) and Paula Pell (A.P. Bio). The comedy series returns Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 10 pm on IFC.
Timothy D. Stickney & Azita Ghanizada on Elementary(8/9/18) “The Worms Crawl In, the Worms Crawl Out” – Holmes and Watson investigate multiple motives for murder when a zoologist is killed because of his numerous love affairs or his trailblazing research. Also, Holmes finds himself the victim of identity theft after his medical records are stolen, on ELEMENTARY, Monday, August 20 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series star Jon Michael Hill makes his directorial debut for television with this episode.
GUEST CAST includes: Victor Williams (John Hoyt), Azita Ghanizada (Sepi Chamanara), Timothy D. Stickney (Zeke)
Hayden Panettiere selling home amid Wladimir split rumors(8/9/18) Now that her show “Nashville” has sung its final note, actress Hayden Panettiere is ready to move on. She’s listed her luxury home in Nashville, Tenn., for $1.6 million.
Located in the fancy Green Hills neighborhood, the house was built in 2012 and is relatively modest by celeb standards. Just under 5,000 square feet, it has four bedrooms and five bathrooms. What it lacks in grand spaces it makes up for with a show-stopping interior. Each room is uniquely styled — and could appear right at home on a Hollywood set or a Pinterest board.
According to a recent tour of the house provided by Panettiere, the dining room was designed with the motif of being underwater, topped with a light fixture that looks like a sea urchin. Another highlight is daughter Kaya’s paisley and pink room.
The house has the latest smart features, including iPad-controlled functions and Lutron lighting and audio. There’s also plenty of luxe amenities such as a heated pool and spa, sauna and fitness rooms.
Panettiere appears to be in a period of flux. Her show “Nashville” just aired its finale last month. She’s also rumored to be splitting with her fiance, Ukranian boxer Wladimir Klitschko, who’s Kaya’s father. E! recently reported a sighting of Panettiere with aspiring actor Brian Hickerson around Los Angeles.
“Think there are a lot of changes going on in her life. But I think they’re positive changes. And I think that she’s taking some time,” her mom, Lesley Vogel, told Radar, confirming Panettiere’s split from Klitschko.
Bryan Cranston Set For Mad-As-Hell Role With Broadway Transfer Of Ivo Van Hove’s ‘Network’(8/9/18) Bryan Cranston will bring his Olivier Award-winning performance of mad-as-hell Howard Beale to New York in November when director Ivo Van Hove’s acclaimed London production of Network transfers to Broadway.
The transfer, with Cranston intact, was announced today by producers David Binder, the National Theatre, Patrick Myles, David Luff, Ros Povey and Lee Menzies.
Adapted by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) from Paddy Chayefsky’s Oscar-winning 1976 film, Network will begin previews at the Cort Theatre Saturday, Nov. 10, with an official opening set for Thursday, Dec. 6. Additional casting will be announced soon, the producers said.
The production will mark the Broadway return of the Breaking Bad actor, who won a 2014 best actor Tony Award for his performance as Lyndon B. Johnson in the play All The Way.
Van Hove, whose Broadway productions include transformative interpretations of A View From The Bridge and The Crucible, will be joined on Network by video designer Tal Yarden (who worked with Van Hove on the David Bowie musical Lazarus), costume designer An D’Huys (A View From The Bridge), with music and sound by Eric Sleichim (Van Hove’s staging of The Damned).
And as customary for Van Hove, Jan Versweyveld will handle the scenic and lighting design, continuing a 30-plus year collaboration between the two.
“We are excited as hell to bring Ivo van Hove’s brilliantly innovative and electrifying production of Network to Broadway this fall,” said the producers. “The incomparable Bryan Cranston brings Howard Beale to brilliant life and we are so thrilled for American audiences to have the opportunity to experience his masterful performance and this spectacular new play.”
Beale, of course, is the anchorman crossing the verge of a nervous breakdown with an on-air mental collapse that brings high ratings, a populist following, a shocking climax and an enduring catchphrase in “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”
The film was directed by Sidney Lumet, and starred Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch and Beatrice Straight. Dunaway, Finch and Straight won Oscars – posthumously for Finch, who had performed what would become a classic Hollywood scene of defiance with the “mad as hell” speech.
The stage adaptation had its world premiere at the National Theatre in London from November 4, 2017 through March 24, 2018. Cranston won the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Actor for his Beale performance; the production was nominated for Best New Play, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design.
Soap Alumni Unite For New Project(8/8/18) A sudsy new half-hour drama that wraps its three-day shoot today in Manhattan features a bevy of soap alumni: Morgan Fairchild (ex-Anjelica, DAYS, et al), Robert Newman (ex-Josh, GUIDING LIGHT), Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse, ALL MY CHILDREN), Kristen Alderson (ex-Starr, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Ilene Kristen (ex-Roxy, OLTL, et al), Scott Evans (ex-Fish, OLTL), Diana DeGarmo (ex-Angelina, Y&R) and David A. Gregory (ex-Ford, OLTL) star alongside entertainment blogger Perez Hilton in the ensemble drama MÉLANGE, which Variety reports “will center on the fight over the ownership of an historic New York City gay bar, Mélange, after its proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.” Newman plays the late bar owner, Syd, and Fairchild plays his widow, Vivian.
Casper Van Dien Joins ‘Dead Water’(8/6/18) Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) has joined the military drama Dead Water, along with Griff Furst (Banshee), Brianne Davis (Six) and Judd Nelson (Breakfast Club). The pic is being directed by former Marine and combat veteran Chris Helton and centers on a Special Forces Marine (Furst) who must risk his life to save his wife (Davis) and longtime friend (Van Dien) from a modern-day pirate (Nelson). Producers are Mark Andrews, Chris Helton and Ritchie G Piert Sr.
Hayden Panettiere splits from boxer fiance(8/3/18) Hayden Panettiere has split from her fiance and baby daddy Wladimir Klitschko, RadarOnline.com can exclusively report.
The Nashville actress’ mother Lesley Vogel confirmed the news in an exclusive interview with Radar.
“Think there are a lot of changes going on in her life. But I think they’re positive changes. And I think that she’s taking some time,” Vogel told Radar.
Vogel also said her daughter, 28, has been taking a “break” from working after her hit show Nashville recently ended after six years.
Amid the split and her show ending, Panettiere has relocated from Nashville to her native Los Angeles, Vogel confirmed.
Panettiere and boxer Klitschko, 42, are still on good terms, and recently took a trip together with their daughter Kaya, 3.
“She just was in Greece with Wlad and her daughter,” Vogel said.
Radar can confirm that fans spotted the former couple together in Greece on July 30.
The co-parents also vacationed together in Barbados earlier this year.
The exes started dating in 2009, and announced their engagement in 2013 — but never tied the knot.
He stood by her through two bouts of rehab for her battle with postpartum depression.
Fortunately, “I think she is in a very good place,” Vogel assured.
Video: Gina Tognoni and Jason Thompson Facebook Live(8/3/18) Gina Tognoni and Jason Thompson Facebook Live: Video.
DAYS's Farah Fath: It's A Boy!(7/29/18) On Instagram, a pregnant Farah Fath (Mimi, DAYS) filmed the gender reveal of her and hubby Phil Galfond’s future bundle of joy. Niece Lola popped a balloon that revealed blue and white coneti for the boy they will welcome later this year. Check it out here.
Congratulations to the couple!
Bailey Chase, Alyvia Alyn Lind & More To Star In Netflix’s ‘Walk Ride Rodeo’ Biopic About Paralyzed Horse Racer Amberley Snyder(7/29/18) Missi Pyle (YouTude Red’s Impulse, The Artist), Spencer Locke (Insidious Last Key, Resident Evil: Afterlife), Bailey Chase (Longmire, 24: Legacy), and Sherri Shepherd (Trial & Error, 30 Rock) are set to topline Walk Ride Rodeo, a biopic of paralyzed rodeo champion Amberley Snyder (played by Locke) from Poke Prod and Netflix. Directed by Conor Allyn, the film follows the story of nationally-ranked barrel racer Snyder who, at 19-years old, barely survived a car accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Her doctors said she would never walk again, let alone ride. Snyder overcame her prognosis and was back on her horse 18 months after the accident.
Alyvia Alyn Lind (Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors), Corbin Bleu (High School Musical), Max Ehrich (The Path), Raleigh Cain (Only the Brave), Mitchell Hoog (The Spookies) and John-Paul Howard (Hell or High Water) will co-star.
Sean Dwyer and Greg Cope White wrote the screenplay, which is being produced by Poke Prod principals Elizabeth Cullen and Dwyer with White and Snyder serving as co-producers. The pic is currently shooting in New Mexico and will available on Netflix globally in 2019.
Judith Light has joined Queen America(7/26/18) Judith Light (Transparent, Who’s the Boss) has joined the cast of Facebook Watch’s Queen America in the recurring role of Regina, the former pageant coach who transformed Vicki (Catherine Zeta-Jones) from a trailer park girl into the pageant-circuit queen she is today.
Ryan Phillippe’s ex claims he won’t remember alleged attack because of drugs(7/25/18) Ryan Phillippe’s ex-girlfriend claims he won’t remember allegedly attacking her because of his alleged drug use.
Elsie Hewitt claimed in new documents that Phillippe uses drugs including “cocaine, ecstasy, psychedelic mushrooms, and steroids,” according to court records obtained by Page Six.
She demanded that he fork over all records relating to his physical training routine and workout schedule and “his use of any supplements or drugs” and all records “relating to any drugs and alcohol use” throughout 2017 in prior documents — but he has yet to turn anything in to the court.
Now Hewitt, 22, wants Phillippe, 43, fined $3,160 for failing to turn over documents in a timely manner as the documents “are directly relevant to demonstrate [his] ability before, during and after the alleged incident to recollect the incident correctly. They are also directly relevant to demonstrate [his] cognition, perception, judgment and decision-making abilities before, during and after the alleged incident.”
The Blast first reported the new development in the case.
Page Six reported that Hewitt first filed her $1 million suit in September 2017, alleging Phillippe assaulted her in July of that year.
Phillippe denied her allegations in his own court documents in November, saying she was trying to extort him.
“Ms. Hewitt is desperately grasping at straws,” Phillippe’s lawyer Shawn Holley told us of her new allegations. “Ryan remembers clearly what happened that night and fully cooperated with law enforcement in the hours following this incident. It bears repeating that criminal charges were NOT filed against Ryan, giving credence to our position that Ms. Hewitt’s claims are false.”
Heather Tom Shares the Terrifying Experience of When Her Son Was Missing(7/25/18) During a family trip to the beach, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL star Heather Tom (Katie) experienced every mother’s nightmare when her five-year-old son, Zane, went missing. The actress was wary about sharing her terrifying experience, but finally decided to share her story on Twitter as her fans have always been so supportive.
Tom related how her husband, James Achor, had taken Zane to the showers and after he turned around for two seconds, the boy was gone. “Like gone gone,” she confided. “I was on the beach and James came running up to me asking if he had run past me to the water. I said no and we started a frantic search for him. He was nowhere. I told the lifeguards my son is missing and every horrible thought flashed through my head in a single second.
“James went one way and I went the other screaming his name,” she continued. “A man and his wife said they’d seen a little boy who looked lost wandering down the beach. She was a school teacher and recognized his confusion. I ran that way and I found him. He had actually gone to a lifeguard station but was too shy to talk to the guard. He was looking for our rainbow umbrella. I had never felt such cold, feral fear. I held my boy until he insisted I let go and didn’t take my eyes off of him for the rest of the day.”
And after she regained her composure, Tom found herself reflecting on current events and empathizing with families who are currently without their children. “All I could think about were the women and men who had their kids taken away — sometimes without warning — at the border,” she mused. “I’ve thought it was horrific, but Zane was gone probably less than 10 minutes and I had police and kind people helping to look for him. I didn’t know where my child was, if he was safe, if he was being abused, if he was taken or worse for 10 minutes maybe. These mothers have gone weeks. I don’t know if any of you have experienced anything similar, and I hope you won’t judge me, but believe me, I didn’t feel like he was in summer camp. Thank God we found him.”
We’re just grateful that Zane was found so quickly because fearing for the safety of their child who has gone missing is a nightmare no parent should ever have to go through... for any length of time.
ABC Fall Premiere Dates: XL Grey's, Nathan Fillion's Rookie, The Conners (Minus Roseanne) and More(7/25/18) ABC is getting off to a slightly later start this fall, with no less than 12 shows — including its entire Tuesday lineup — being held until October.
That said, the network’s fall schedule is coming out swinging on Monday, Sept. 24 with the Season 27 (!) premiere of Dancing With the Stars at 8/7c, followed by the return of breakout hit The Good Doctor at 10 pm.
Also of note: Grey’s Anatomy begins its “season of love” with a two-hour premiere event on Thursday, Sept. 27 (8 pm), while Roseanne spinoff The Conners makes its Barr-less debut on Tuesday, Oct. 16 (8 pm).
Last but not least, 2018 officially marks the return of ABC’s TGIF comedy block — the former home of classics like Full House and Boy Meets World — with future classics like Fresh Off the Boat and Speechless, beginning on Friday, Oct. 5.
ABC is the fifth major network to reveal its fall premiere dates, following NBC, The CW and Fox. and CBS. Scroll down for a full rundown of ABC’s fall lineup, as well as what’s on tap for midseason — and a reminder of what’s already been cancelled.
MONDAY, SEPT. 24
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26
THURSDAY, SEPT. 27
SUNDAY, SEPT. 30
THURSDAY, OCT. 4
FRIDAY, OCT. 5
SUNDAY, OCT. 7
SUNDAY, OCT. 14
TUESDAY, OCT. 16
Held For Midseason
American Idol, The Bachelor, THE FIX, For the People (will replace HGTAWM after season ends), GRAND HOTEL, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., SCHOOLED and WHISKEY CAVALIER
Alex Inc., The Crossing, Deception, Designated Survivor, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, Marvel’s Inhumans, The Mayor, The Middle, Once Upon a Time, Quantico, Scandal,Ten Days in the Valley and The Toy Box
FATE TBD: Battle of the Network Stars, Boy Bands
PaleyFest Fall Lineup: The Rookie, Charmed, Last Man Standing and More(7/25/18) ABC’s Rookie cop, The CW’s Charmed sisters and Fox’s Last Man Standing will be among the characters highlighted at this fall’s PaleyFest events.
The Paley Center for Media on Tuesday announced the lineup for its annual Fall TV Previews series, which will include panels and screenings for both new and returning shows.
Other freshman fare that will appear at PaleyFest includes ABC’s A Million Little Things, Hulu’s Castle Rock and Lifetime’s You.
The 12th annual event will take place Sept. 6-16 at the Paley Center’s Beverly Hills location. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 27, at 9 am PT; you can purchase them here.
The full lineup and list of panelists is below.
Sept. 6: Netflix’s Atypical and BoJack Horseman (7 pm)
BoJack Horseman: Aaron Paul, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins, creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg, production designer Lisa Hanawalt and supervising director Mike Hollingsworth
Sept. 7: Hulu’s I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman, Castle Rock and The First (7 pm)
Castle Rock: Creator Sam Shaw
Sept. 8: ABC’s The Kids Are Alright, The Rookie and A Million Little Things (1:30 pm)
The Rookie: Nathan Fillion, Alyssa Diaz, Richard T. Jones, Titus Makin, Mercedes Mason, Melissa O’Neil, Afton Williamson, Eric Winter and creator Alexi Hawley
Sept. 8: The CW’s All American and Charmed (6:30 pm)
Charmed: Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery, Madeleine Mantock and EPs Jessica O’Toole, Amy Rardin and Jennie Snyder Urman
Sept. 9: Lifetime’s You and History’s Project Blue Book (1:30 pm)
Project Blue Book: Michael Malarkey
Sept. 9: Epix’s Get Shorty (6:30 pm)
Sept. 10: NBC’s I Feel Bad, Manifest and New Amsterdam (7 pm)
Sept. 12: CBS’ The Neighborhood, Happy Together and Magnum P.I. (7 pm)
Happy Together: Damon Wayans, Jr., Amber Stevens West and Felix Mallard
Sept. 13: Fox’s The Cool Kids, Last Man Standing and Hell’s Kitchen (7 pm)
Last Man Standing: Tim Allen, Nancy Travis, Jonathan Adams, Amanda Fuller, Christoph Sanders and Jordan Masterson
Sept. 16: Telemundo’s Nicky Jam: El Ganador (6:30 pm)
Nathan Fillion Talks Rookie Vs. Castle, Dr. Horrible Nostalgia and That Unexpected Firefly Spoof(7/23/18) (Video) Since Nathan Fillion is playing the LAPD’s oldest newbie cop in ABC’s fall drama The Rookie, he’s the butt of a lot of geezer jokes. And he’s fine with that. “It’s really hard to make people laugh,” he told Michael Ausiello during a visit to TVLine’s San Diego Comic-Con video suite Saturday. “It’s very easy to let people to laugh at you.”
Besides, the Castle vet isn’t hung up on age, at least not anymore. “I actually had a bit of an epiphany this weekend — a total flip,” he said. “I can list off 20 mistakes I can see everybody making that I won’t make anymore because I’ve lived through this, guys. I can tell you how that’s gonna end. I have wisdom.”
Fillion also has his work cut out for him in trying to make The Rookie as big a hit as Castle was, especially since the former’s John Nolan is so different from the latter’s Rick Castle. But divorcé John’s situation “is the new cultural norm,” he suggested. “When I was growing up, I feel like people stayed married. Now, divorce is the norm, and men my age… their life changes entirely. They’re no longer needed as a father figure [or] a breadwinner… careers sometimes halt, and they’re left without a job to do. So men start over.”
Also included in the Q&A are Fillion’s reactions to seeing Con-goers dressed as characters from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and his explanation for how he wound up spoofing Firefly on American Housewife.
Midnight, Texas Adds Nestor Carbonell, Jaime Ray Newman and Josh Kelly(7/22/18) The sleepy town of Midnight, Texas is about to get a little more crowded.
Nestor Carbonell (Lost), Jaime Ray Newman (The Magicians) and Josh Kelly (UnREAL) are joining NBC’s supernatural drama. The announcement was made Saturday during the show’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con.
Viewers will recall that Season 1 ended with developers invading Midnight, which Manfred & Co. worried would bring too many new people to town. Recurring guest stars Carbonell and Newman will play Kai and Patience Lucero, respectively, who own the haunted hamlet’s new hotel.
Carbonell’s Kai is a holistic energy healer of considerable skill — or is he a con artist, as some of the Midnighters suspect? — and Newman’s Patience is his savvy wife. They open Crystal Desert, lodging that doubles as a New Age healing center. Oh, and Patience is rather drawn to Manfred.
Kelly will recur as Walker Chisum, who is openly gay, hunts demons and has an “intense connection” (per the official character description) with Joe. “Driven by revenge and an undeniably intense attraction to one another,” the description continues, “Walker will get Joe into more trouble than either expect.”
In addition to Lost, Carbonell has appeared in Bates Motel, Ringer and Suddenly Susan, among other series. Newman’s TV resumé includes Grimm, Veronica Mars, Bates Motel and Drop Dead Diva. In addition to playing UnREAL cameraman Jeremy, Kelly will be familiar to viewers of One Life to Live and Army Wives.
Midnight, Texas returns for Season 2 on Friday, Oct. 26, at 9/8c.
‘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)
LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Donald Glover)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Alec Baldwin)
GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: SNL host Dave Chappelle)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2017 winner: Laura Dern)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2017 winner: Alexander Skarsgård)
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.
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
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.
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