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The Latest on Reviving AMC and OLTL — an ABC Exec Speaks Out(2/22/20) (soapsindepth.com) Soaps In Depth had the chance to sit down and chat with ABC’s entertainment president, Karey Burke. Naturally, we asked the exec for an update on potential reboots of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE — and how the network really feels about GENERAL HOSPITAL!
Between Alex leaving GREY’S ANATOMY and the latest drama surrounding THE BACHELOR and The Oscars, there was plenty for reporters and network executives to dish about at the Television Critics Association press tour. But In Depth had only one question for ABC chief Burke: Have there been further talks about resurrecting OLTL and AMC as part of the network’s daytime lineup — or perhaps even for streaming site Disney+?
After the network axed AMC in late 2011 and OLTL in early 2012, production company Prospect Park launched online reboots of both sudsers in 2013. The short-lived experiment folded amid a host of behind-the-scenes legal battles, with the rights to the shows ultimately reverting back to ABC in 2016. At last winter’s press tour, Burke teased that there “might be some conversation” about another reboot. And what about now? “There have been more discussions,” she confessed to In Depth, “but I can’t tell you more than that.”
As for ABC Daytime’s sole remaining drama, GH seems to be in very good standing with the network. “GH is doing great!” Burke exclaimed. “It’s one of our great performers. It’s a successful business for us. The fact that they have perfected that model is, frankly, an example to other producers in our midst.”
The explosion of streaming services has caused a massive shift in the TV industry and the way that networks look at programming, but Burke points out that GH is handling itself well in this era of change. “To me, they are the sort of gold standard in that kind of storytelling, and we have no reason to ask them to change what they’re doing,” she told In Depth. “We’re proud of it.”
Yasmine Bleeth looks dramatically different from ‘Baywatch’ days(2/19/20) (Pic1, Pic2) It’s been nearly 20 years since Yasmine Bleeth donned that iconic red swimsuit on TV’s “Baywatch,” and today she lives a dramatically different life out of the spotlight.
The 51-year-old former glamour gal was snapped walking her dog in Southern California earlier this week, looking nearly unrecognizable.
Bleeth, a New York City native, was already working by 10 months old when she shot a Johnson & Johnson No More Tears shampoo commercial. She landed spots on soaps like “Ryan’s Hope” as a teen, but rocketed to fame as Caroline Holden alongside Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff in “Baywatch.”
Bleeth sprinted through the sand from 1993 to 1997 before moving to TV hit “Nash Bridges” alongside Don Johnson, which she appeared on from 1996 to 2001.
She has said that recreational drug use escalated, triggered by a tempestuous relationship with “21 Jump Street” star Richard Grieco, and in 2000, she entered the ritzy Promises rehab clinic in Malibu to combat cocaine addiction. That’s where she met future husband Paul Cerrito, a strip club owner.
The next year, Bleeth was arrested in Detroit on cocaine-related charges.
Bleeth pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while impaired and to possession and was sentenced to two years of probation.
In a heartfelt essay published in Glamour (via People) in April 2003, Bleeth wrote openly about her drug addiction, revealing that she once collapsed at a photoshoot and went without sleep for five straight days.
“Consciously trying to stay off drugs is now part of my life and always will be,” Bleeth confessed.
Laurence Fishburne To Front ‘History’s Greatest Mysteries’ Strand For A+E Net Featuring New Investigations Into The Titanic, D.B. Cooper, Roswell & John Wilkes Booth(2/19/20) Laurence Fishburne is to host and narrate a new strand for History that will investigate a range of mysteries surrounding the Titanic, D.B. Cooper, Roswell and John Wilkes Booth.
The Matrix and Black-ish star is to front History’s Greatest Mysteries for the A+E Networks broadcaster, launching in summer 2020.
The strand will showcase new evidence and perspectives including never-before-released documents, personal diaries and DNA evidence including a 100+ year old box filled with the investigative findings of, Lord Mersey, the man charged with leading the official inquiry into the sinking of the Titanic, a personal diary from Major Jesse Marcel, the first person to investigate the wreckage in Roswell, NM believed to contain coded clues to what really happened that night in 1947 and 60 boxes of sealed from the family of John Wilkes Booth, which may hold the answers to whether he died in a fire following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln or if he faked his death as many believe.
Films come from producers including Blumhouse Television, eOne and Steve Michael’s The Content Group.
“I am excited to partner with the team at History again,” said Fishburne. “The details behind these epic historical events continue to be universally debated to this day and ‘History’s Greatest Mysteries’ will provide new clarity to these larger-than-life mysteries.”
“Our audience has an interest in the full story behind iconic historical moments,” said Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President and General Manager for History. “This new banner will change the way we look at history as we know it, while sparking new, compelling conversations.”
The initial projects under the History’s Greatest Mysteries banner include Titanic’s Lost Evidence, The Escape of John Wilkes Booth, Roswell: The First Witness, The Final Hunt For DB Cooper, Bermuda Triangle: Expedition to the Abyss, Endurance: The Hunt For Shackleton’s Ice Ship and Hunting Hitler’s U-Boats (all are working titles). Each project, which are all two-hour films apart from Roswell: The First Witness, which is a six-part series, will be distributed internationally by A+E Networks.
Titanic’s Lost Evidence investigates the personal notes of Lord Mersey, the respected British jurist and politician charged with investigating the sinking of Titanic in 1912, which were found in a British manor house and may contain evidence that will rewrite the most famous maritime disaster in history. History has secured permission to open the box, which contains information about Titanic’s voyage including new context on fatal mistakes allegedly made by the captain and crew, and perhaps signs of a cover-up. It is produced by Texas Crew Productions and TH Entertainment. David Karabinas, Mark Anstendig and Brad Bernstein serve as executive producers for Texas Crew Productions and Gregory Hall and Peter Leeds serve as executive producers for TH Entertainment. Mike Stiller serves as executive producer for History.
The Escape of John Wilkes Booth explores whether Booth escaped his death, which history records as suffering a fatal gunshot wound while resisting arrest two weeks after the assassination of President Lincoln. The Booth family believes he faked his death, reunited with his wife, going on to marry again under an assumed name, eventually revealing his true identity in a series of clues. Investigators now have access to 60 boxes of Booth family materials at Harvard University, marriage certificates, the will of John Wilkes Booth and other rare documents that could speak to the mystery, and for the first time, use DNA to prove or disprove the theory. It is produced by Big City TV and The Content Group. Lori Rothschild Ansaldi serves as executive producer for Big City TV and Steve Michaels serves as executive producer for The Content Group. Stiller serves as executive producer for History.
Roswell: The First Witness uses new advanced technologies, behind the mysterious 1947 Roswell, NM crash. The series follows the grandchildren of Major Jesse Marcel, the first person to investigate the wreckage. The investigation is being led by Ben Smith, a former CIA operative. The family believes Major Marcel was forced by the U.S. government to deny he ever saw a UFO. They possess Major Marcel’s diary, believed to contain coded clues about the truth of what happened at Roswell and clues and new evidence to where the alien wreckage might still lie buried. It is produced by Bungalow Entertainment and Blumhouse Television. Robert Friedman serves as executive producer for Bungalow Entertainment. Stiller serves as executive producer for History.
The Final Hunt For D.B. Cooper follows D.B. Cooper expert Eric Ulis, who has spent over 7,500 hours investigating the mystery including analyzing evidence, interviewing witnesses, reading 20,000+ pages of FBI case files and exploring important locations. Ulis believes that he’s found the true location where Cooper landed during his daring dive. He has assembled a team of specialists to explore the untouched Washington backcountry, federally restricted wildlife refuge land, to hunt for the missing evidence Cooper left behind. Armed with new information, the team will travel to parts of Washington state that have never been searched attempting to solve the only unsolved skyjacking in United States history. It is produced by Lost Arts Pictures in association with 3BMG. Grant Cross, Ross Weintraub, Myles Reiff and Eric Ulis serve as executive producers. Max Micallef serves as executive producer for History.
Bermuda Triangle: Expedition to the Abyss explores how on December 5, 1945, five American WW2 torpedo bombers took off from Florida with all men and planes disappearing without a trace. Hours later, the search plane dispatched to find them, also vanished, believed to be lost to the infamous Bermuda Triangle. The number of men tragically lost that day totaled 27 and 75 years later, it remains an unsolved mystery. No ship in history has searched the extreme depths of the Bermuda Triangle, thought to have claimed over 1,000 ships and planes, until now. The late Paul Allen’s ship, R/V Petrel, the most advanced search vessel of its kind, will deploy a wide array of cutting edge technology including deep-diving submersibles to investigate three miles down, in an effort, to find the lost squadron and solve the mystery that began the legend of the Bermuda Triangle. It is produced by Lone Wolf Media. Kirk and Lisa Wolfinger serve as executive producers for Lone Wolf Media. Mike Stiller serves as executive producer for History.
Endurance: The Hunt For Shackleton’s Ice Ship follows a new expedition heading back into the frozen seas to hunt down the last piece of the story: Ernest Shackleton’s lost ship, over a hundred years after Shackleton led an expedition to Antarctica, where his ship was destroyed by shifting glaciers and he was tasked with leading his 27 men across the frozen tundra, on an epic struggle for survival. The Endurance’s final resting ground is one of the greatest polar mysteries and a team of explorers and experts set out with the goal of being the first to break through the ice and uncover the wreck site. It is produced by Atlantic Productions. Anthony Geffen and Siobhan Mulholland serve as executive producers for Atlantic Productions. Oli Twinch serves as director. Zachary Behr serves as executive producer for History.
Hunting Hitler’s U-Boats looks at the rumour that after Hitler’s death, a secret fleet of German U-Boats were modified to make the long trans-Atlantic journey to South America with a mission to continue his dream of a global Fourth Reich and hidden within those boats was the illicit Nazi treasure to fund it. Newly uncovered documents could prove the existence of these ships. Professional wreck diver Mike Fletcher and his team, armed with never-before-seen materials, attempt to solve the WW2 mystery and locate a sunken treasure. It is produced by eOne and Fired Up Films. Executive producers are Tara Long, Geno McDermott and Mark Herwick for eOne; and Jon Barrie Waddell and Simon Howley for Fired Up Films. Max Micallef serves as executive producer for History.
Hayden Panettiere BF Arrested for Dom. Violence Again ... Allegedly Punched Her(2/18/20) Hayden Panettiere's boyfriend's been hauled off to jail again for allegedly putting hands on her -- this time in Wyoming ... on Valentine's Day.
The ex-"Nashville" star's BF, Brian Hickerson, was arrested around 2:30 AM on Valentine's Day, after the couple had a fight and he struck her "with a closed fist on the right side of her face" ... according to cops.
The Teton County Sheriff's Office was notified of a disturbance at a private residence in Jackson. The caller said an intoxicated male was locked out of the home because he punched his girlfriend in the face.
When deputies arrived, they found Brian in the driveway, and according to docs obtained by TMZ ... he allegedly told them Hayden was in the house "saying he beat the f*** out of me." Cops say he avoided answering if he had punched Hayden, but claimed he hired a private chef to stick around so he "wouldn't be accused of bulls**t."
Cops talked to the chef on the phone, and he said he left a little after 1 AM -- but claims he witnessed the couple arguing earlier in the night.
According to the docs, Hayden told cops she and Brian were in their bedroom when he started throwing her around and punched her. Cops say her face was red and swollen, and she also had a scrape and swelling on her left hand -- which she believed came from Hickerson's watch during the altercation.
The deputies heard enough to book Hickerson for domestic battery. He was also hit with a second charge of interfering with a police officer for allegedly refusing to identify himself.
When we last spoke with Hayden in November, she told us everything was well between Brian and her -- intimating they'd moved past his felony domestic violence arrest earlier in 2019.
We broke the story ... the couple allegedly got into an altercation at their L.A. home that left red marks on Hayden's body, and police arrested Brian for it. However, the case was later dismissed for not being able to secure a "material witness" -- AKA, Hayden.
Hickerson was also involved in a domestic incident in late 2018 ... with his father. Hayden was there for that one too. She's been dating Brian for about a year and a half.
Reach High Media Group Will Celebrate Retro Day 2020 By Releasing Subscriber-Based Interactive Platform For The Doctors(2/18/20) Reach High Media Group invites fans of the iconic soap opera The Doctors to join them in celebrating National Retro Day 2020 on Feb. 27 with the debut of WatchTheDoctors.com, the subscriber-based, video-on-demand platform which includes interactive experiences dedicated to the classic series.
With the new platform launch, WatchTheDoctors and Reach High Media Group television network Retro TV will be the exclusive homes of the beloved daytime drama.
Joel Wertman, president of Reach High Media Group says, “Streaming options give us the opportunity to engage our audience more than ever before.
Our fans have the ability to watch, share and interact with the programming that they love in new, exciting ways.”
Beginning Feb. 27, viewers can subscribe online at WatchTheDoctors.com, through OTT (over-the-top) devices like Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and through their Android or iOS App Store. Subscriptions will include hosted trivia games on Wednesday and Saturday nights that will create opportunities to unlock exclusive original interview content.
Set in the fictional New England city of Madison, The Doctors was known for featuring cutting-edge storylines and received 17 Emmy Award nominations. The series ran for 20 seasons with cast alums including Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), daytime stars Kim Zimmer (Guiding Light) and Anna Stuart (Another World), Ted Danson (Cheers), Kathleen Turner (Peggy Sue Got Married) and Emmy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Hubbard (As the World Turns).
‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ star Melissa Fumero gives birth to son on Valentine’s Day(2/17/20) (Photo) Valentine’s Day was extra special for Melissa Fumero this year.
On Saturday, the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star, who plays Amy Santiago on the NBC series, announced the birth of her second child with husband David Fumero.
“Welcome to the world, Axel You have made Valentine’s Day my new favorite holiday!” Melissa, 37, posted on Instagram.
David, who previously appeared in “Power,” also shared a sweet snap of the couple’s newborn son, revealing he was born on Friday, Feb. 14.
“I got the best #valentines #day Present!! Mama is a master at baking these! I’m a lucky dude! Welcome to the world Axel! 2/14/20,” David, 47, wrote.
Melissa and David have been married since 2007 and welcomed their first child, son Enzo, in 2016.
Talk Show Appearance(2/15/20) The View – ABC
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Laurence Fishburne Takes ‘The Ice Road’ With Liam Neeson; Shivhans To Co-Fi With Code Entertainment(2/11/20) Laurence Fishburne is set to join Liam Neeson to star in the upcoming action adventure film The Ice Road, which Jonathan Hensleigh will direct from his screenplay. Shivani Rawat’s ShivHans Pictures is boarding the action film as producer and co-financier alongside producer/financier CODE Entertainment. Pic is underway in Winnipeg, Canada.
Starring with Fishburne and Neeson will be Ray McKinnon (Ford V Ferrari) Marcus Thomas (The Forger), Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), and Amber Midthunder (Hell Or High Water).
The film tells the story of a rescue mission over a frozen ocean to save trapped miners in a collapsed diamond mine in the far northern regions of Canada. Fishburne will plays Goldenrod, the trucking company owner who hires driver Mike (Neeson), and accompanies him on the dangerous mission.
Hensleigh’s credits as a writer include Die Hard with A Vengeance, Armageddon and Jumanji, and he directed The Punisher and Kill The Irishman. Set for cinematographer is Tom Stern (Sully).
Said Rawat: “We are excited to partner with CODE Entertainment on the journey ahead for The Ice Road, a dynamic and thrilling story brought to life with renowned, stellar performers including Liam Neeson and Laurence Fishburne.”
CODE’s Bart Rosenblatt and Al Corley echoed: “We are thrilled to partner with Shivani Rawat and her talented team who have produced so many wonderful films. And we are incredibly fortunate to add such an extraordinary group of actors led by Laurence Fishburne to join Liam Neeson in the cast, and to have Tom Stern join us as director of photography.”
Rawat, Rosenblatt, Corley produce with Eugene Musso, Envision Media Arts’ Lee Nelson and David Tish. Jonathan Dana is exec producer along with Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel of The Solution and EMA’s David Buelow. Cary Davies and John Leonetti are co-producers. Solution Entertainment Group is handling international sales while CAA Media Finance is repping U.S. distribution rights.
Neeson is repped by CAA and attorney Mark Stankevich; Hensleigh by CAA and Oasis Media Group’s David Lonner; Fishburne by Paradigm, Landmark Artists Management, and attorneys Del Shaw Moonves.
Fishburne most recently reunited with The Matrix cohort Keanu Reeves in the John Wick films.
Orson Bean Dies: TV, Stage And Film Comedian/Actor/Activist Killed In Accident At Age 91(2/8/20) (Video: I Ate the Baloney – comedy bit) Orson Bean, whose subtle wit made him a staple on television in the 1950s and 1960s, was killed in a pedestrian traffic accident Friday in Venice, Calif. He was 91 and his death was confirmed by the Los Angeles County coroner.
Bean was struck by a car and killed while crossing Venice Boulevard in Venice at 7:35 PM. A “car coming westbound did not see him and clipped him,” Los Angeles Police Department Captain Brian Wendling told ABC7.
A second driver, who “was distracted by people trying to slow him down” then struck Bean, Wendling said.
Bean was crossing the busy street to get to the Venice Resident Theatre. His wife of 27 years, actress Alley Mills, was reportedly already at the location.
Both drivers remained at the scene and cooperated with police. Investigators have initially said they believe the crash was an accident.
Many remember Bean from his appearances on game and talk shows, making frequent appearances on The Tonight Show and other networks as a storyteller par excellence. He was also a game show staple (he was a frequent guest on To Tell The Truth and others).
But Bean was more than a glib guest. He also starred on and off Broadway, was part of many drama anthology shows, and once hosted his own CBS variety show, The Blue Angel.
There was also a politically active side to him. He was briefly blacklisted as a suspected Communist, and was a not-infrequent sight at political and environmental protests. He also founded the progressive 15th Street School in the 1960s, and once gave away his possessions to wander America in hippie-style fashion, exploring the turbulent times in a personal way.
For a time, he dropped out, moving to Australia and exploring the concepts of Austiran psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich, writing a book about the experience. He returned to the US in 1971, but didn’t immediately return to show business. Instead, he followed a nomadic, hippie lifestyle, admitting in a memoir it was filled with psychedelic drugs, communal sex and other indulgences in a quest for self-discovery. He supported the family with commercial work and voice-overs in animated films.
By 1980, he decided to ramp up his show business activity. He again took to television movies, soap operas, game shows and film work. In his later career, he took recurring roles in such shows Murder, She Wrote, Normal, Ohio and Desperate Housewives. One highlight of his career was appearing in Being John Malkovich, a cult classic in which Bean was the owner of a mysterious company.
Bean was born Dallas Frederick Burrows on July 22, 1928, in Burlington, Vt.. After graduating from high school in 1946, he was drafted and served with Japan occupation forces.
Upon his discharge, he changed his name to Orson Bean and became a stage magician, working Boston-area nightclubs. Eventually, he evolved into comedy, and he began working bigger rooms in New York in a comedy era that saw such giants as Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl and Woody Allen working.
From there, he evolved into television, becoming such a ubiquitous presence on The Tonight Show that he was often a vacation host for Jack Paar and Johnny Carson. In between episodic TV stints, he also appeared on Broadway in the 1955 comedy Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? and in the 1967 musical Illya Darling.
Bean lived in Venice for many years and married three times, the last to actress Alley Mills. Survivors include his wife and his four children. No memorial plans have been announced.
Orson Bean, of Dr. Quinn and Desperate Housewives, Dead at 91(2/8/20) Veteran actor and comedian Orson Bean died on Friday night after being struck by a car while crossing a street in Venice, Calif. He was 91.
An Army vet who was stationed in postwar Japan in the mid-1940s, Bean (born Dallas Frederick Burrows) began his entertainment career as a magician, before segueing into stand-up comedy. Starting in the 1950s, he was a regular panelist on To Tell the Truth. He also appeared on other game shows as well as Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show (on which he would be a guest more than 200 times).
Bean’s TV acting credits include (but are by no means limited to) Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and its spin-off Fernwood 2Nite, The Facts of Life, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Normal Ohio, 7th Heaven and Desperate Housewives. Most recently, he appeared in a November 2018 episode of Superstore and the latest season of Grace and Frankie (which dropped Jan. 15).
Among his many stage credits, he earned a Tony Award nomination in 1961 for the musical Subways Are for Sleeping and enjoyed a long run in the comedy Never Too Late. His film roles included Being John Malkovich and The Equalizer 2.
Bean’s survivors include his third wife/Dr. Quinn co-star Alley Mills, whom he wed in 1993.
Orson Bean Dead at 91 Struck by Car(2/7/20) Actor and comedian Orson Bean is dead after being struck by a car while crossing the street ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Bean was allegedly jaywalking in Venice Friday night when he was clipped by one vehicle and then struck by another. We're told Bean died at the scene and both vehicles stayed after the incident. Cops are currently investigating whether the collision was criminal or an accident.
Bean's career began in the 1950's ... he frequently made guest appearances on "The Tonight Show" with both Jack Paar and Johnny Carson.
Bean was a frequent guest on the game show "To Tell The Truth" and made appearances on versions of the show from the late 50's through 1991. He also made appearances on "Super Password" and "Match Game."
He also made regular appearances on TV ... with a role on two episodes of "7th Heaven" in 2003, "How I Met Your Mother" in 2007 and "Modern Family" in 2016. Bean was in the 2018 film "The Equalizer 2" as an elderly Holocaust survivor.
He has been married to actress Alley Mills (Pam on The Bold & The Beautiful) since 1993.
Orson was 91.
Kevin Conway Dies: ‘Gettysburg’, ‘Thirteen Days’ & ‘Invincible’ Actor Was 77(2/7/20) Kevin Conway (ex-Earl, OLTL/ex-Gordon, The Doctors), a veteran actor known for his work in Gettysburg, Thirteen Days and Invincible, among others, died Wednesday of a heart attack, his publicist told Deadline. He was 77.
New York City-born Conway worked as an IBM sales analyst before becoming an actor at age 24. He went on to a decades-long career with dozens of credits in film, television and on the stage. His first major screen role was playing Roland Weary in the 1972 film Slaughterhouse Five, based on the Kurt Vonnegut novel. He went on to play Crum Petree, the insane mailman in the 1988 film Funny Farm; Frank Papale in the 2006 Disney football drama Invincible; and General Curtis LeMay in the 2000 historical drama Thirteen Days. He also played the fictional Sgt. Buster Kilrain in Ron Maxwell’s 1993 epic Gettysburg (see photo above) and its 2003 follow-up Gods and Generals.
His television work included playing Roger Chillingworth in a 1979 TV production of The Scarlet Letter, a role later played by Robert Duvall in 1995’s The Scarlet Letter. Conway also had a memorable guest-starring role on NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street. In the 1995 episode titled “Heartbeat,” he played Joseph Cardero, the prime suspect in a cold-case murder who is obsessed with Edgar Allan Poe. Cardero ultimately meets his end in the same manner his victim did – and with a chilling nod to Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart.
Conway’s stage credits include a 1974 Drama Desk-winning Off Broadway performance in When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? and a 1970 Broadway debut in the play Indians starring Stacy Keach and Raul Julia. In 1975 he played George opposite James Earl Jones’ Lennie in Of Mice and Men, and in 1979 starred opposite Philip Anglim in the acclaimed The Elephant Man. His last Broadway credit was 2002’s Dinner at Eight opposite Joanne Camp, John Dossett, Marian Seldes and Christine Ebersole.
As a director, Conway helmed the 1987 independent film The Sun and the Moon.
His numerous other TV credits include the Control Voice for The Outer Limits revival series from 1995-2002. He guest-starred on Star Trek: The Next Generation as the clone of the legendary Klingon figure Kahless, as well as on The Good Wife, JAG, Law & Order, In the Heat of the Night and The Black Donnellys. Conway also recurred on HBO’s prison drama Oz as Seamus O’Reilly, the abusive father of Irish gang inmates Ryan and Cyril O’Reilly.
Talk Show Appearance(2/7/20) LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, syndicated
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Sean Ringgold guest on For Life 2/18/20 (Episode 2)(2/6/20) “Promises” – Aaron Wallace’s fight to overturn his conviction to a life sentence continues. Tensions rise between Aaron and his crew when he provides counsel to a white supremacist in order to repay his debt to inmate Wild Bill. District Attorney Maskins ups his game when Aaron sues the NYPD in an attempt to gain access to his case file. Meanwhile, his daughter’s boyfriend, Ronnie, braces for confrontation as he visits the prison to meet Aaron for the first time. “For Life” is a co-production from Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios and airs TUESDAY, FEB. 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-14, DL) Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.
“For Life” stars Nicholas Pinnock as Aaron Wallace, Indira Varma as Safiya Masry, Joy Bryant as Marie Wallace, Mary Stuart Masterson as Anya Harrison, Boris McGiver as DA Maskins, Glenn Fleshler as Frank Foster, Dorian Missick as Jamal Bishop, Tyla Harris as Jasmine Wallace and Timothy Busfield as Henry Roswell.
Guest starring in “Promises” is Brandon J. Dirden as Darius Johnson, Erik Jensen as Dez O’Reilly, Peter Greene as Wild Bill, Todd Susman as Judge Ira Wexler, Toney Goins as Ronnie Baxter, Sean Ringgold as Huey Cornell and Hassan Johnson as Bobby.
“Promises” is written by Hank Steinberg and directed by Russell Fine.
Vincent Irizarry to grand marshal neighborhood Easter parade(2/6/20) (lakewood.advocatemag.com) Soap star Vincent Irizarry will be the grand marshal at this year’s Newellian Easter parade, bringing some celebrity notoriety to the neighborhood tradition.
The actor got his start in daytime television in the early 1980s with a recurring role in “Guiding Light.” Since then, he’s gone on to star in just about every soap opera you can think of: “One Life to Live,” “The Young and the Restless,” “All My Children,” “Days of Our Lives” and most recently “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
Irizarry is friends with neighbor Belynda Ortiz. When she told him about the parade, he expressed interest and agreed to serve as the grand marshal.
“It was that easy,” parade organizer Liz Simmons said.
Irizarry joins only a handful of celebrity grand marshals who have participated in the parade. In the past, Texas icon Kinky Friedman—a singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician, defender of stray animals and former Texas Monthly columnist—led the parade route.
“It’s a show up and do-your-thing event,” Simmons said. “I never know what we’re going to get. There’s no rules. It’s very creative and totally fun.”
The parade, in its 15th year, will start at 3 p.m. April 12.
Sean Ringgold guests on For Life - Pilot(2/3/20) From creator Hank Steinberg (“Without a Trace”) and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, and inspired by the life of Isaac Wright Jr., “For Life” is a fictional serialized legal and family drama about an imprisoned man, Aaron Wallace, who becomes a lawyer fighting to reverse his own life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit. His quest for freedom is driven by his desperate desire to get back to the family he loves—his estranged wife and daughter—and reclaim the life that was stolen from him. ABC’s compelling new drama series “For Life” premieres TUESDAY, FEB. 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-14, DL) Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.
In the series premiere, “Pilot,” an incarcerated man (Aaron Wallace) becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own wrongful conviction. Aaron’s struggle and his complicated relationship with a progressive female prison warden, Safiya Masry, will explore the flaws in our penal and legal systems, and inspire by showing how one person can make a difference when fighting for the truth.
“For Life” stars Nicholas Pinnock as Aaron Wallace, Indira Varma as Safiya Masry, Joy Bryant as Marie Wallace, Mary Stuart Masterson as Anya Harrison, Boris McGiver as DA Maskins, Glenn Fleshler as Frank Foster, Dorian Missick as Jamal Bishop, Tyla Harris as Jasmine Wallace and Timothy Busfield as Henry Roswell.
Guest starring in “Pilot” is Brandon J. Dirden as Darius Johnson, Erik Jensen as Dez O’Reilly, Peter Greene as Wild Bill, Sean Ringgold as Huey Cornell, Hassan Johnson as Bobby, Andrew Casanova as Jose Rodriguez, Jade Wu as Judge Tanaka and Lizzy DeClement as Molly Davidson.
“Pilot” is written by Hank Steinberg and directed by George Tillman Jr. (“The Hate U Give”), in which he served as an executive producer.
THE OFFICIAL ‘BROOKLYN NINE-NINE: THE PODCAST’ IS HERE(2/3/20) Host Marc Evan Jackson takes listeners for a deep-dive conversation with one of television's biggest hit comedies. Each episode will cover one season with guests including co-creator Dan Goor, cast members Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio, Melissa Fumero, Stephanie Beatriz and more as they reveal behind-the-scenes stories, funny anecdotes, never-before-heard secrets and much more.
All six episodes are available now wherever you get your podcasts or by clicking here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/brooklyn-nine-nine-the-podcast/id1496689557.
Click to watch or embed the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Podcast” trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiUf2MlU0Ms.
Tune-in to NBC on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. for the season 7 premiere of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
Reiko Aylesworth guests on Tommy 2/20/20(1/30/20) “Lifetime Achievement” – Mayor Buddy Gray asks Tommy to personally oversee the investigation when a Hollywood producer is attacked during a party at his home by a woman who claims he tried to sexually assault her first. Also, Tommy prepares for the LAPD recertification process to demonstrate her fitness for her position, on TOMMY, Thursday, Feb. 20 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: David St. Louis (Michael), Susan Heyward (Keaton), Reiko Aylesworth (Sasha).
Barbara Garrick guests on Bull 2/10/20(1/27/20) “Quid Pro Quo” – Bull is hired by a doctor, Samir Shadid (Babak Tafti), who’s accused by the Manhattan U.S. attorney of bribing his way into college, just as Bull’s ex-wife, Isabella (Yara Martinez), is due to give birth. As Bull waits for Izzy to go into labor, he contends with the trial’s national news, due to its connection to a high-profile college admissions conspiracy case, on BULL, Monday, Feb. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Babak Tafti (Dr. Samir Shadid), Rebecca Wisocky (AUSA Lambert), Barbara Garrick (Cara Sutherland).
Judith Light To Be Honored At GLAAD Media Awards In New York, Lilly Singh Set To Host(1/23/20) Emmy- and Tony-winning actress Judith Light will be honored at the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York with the Excellence in Media Award in a ceremony hosted by Lilly Singh, executive producer and host of NBC’s A Little Late with Lilly Singh. The ceremony will take place at the Hilton Midtown in New York on Thursday, March 19
Light will be joining fellow honoree Ryan Murphy, who will receive the Vito Russo Award at the New York ceremony.
The Excellence in Media Award is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people. Light joins previous honorees including Ava DuVernay, Robert De Niro, Patti LaBelle, Debra Messing, Tyra Banks, Julianne Moore, Glenn Close, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, among others.
“Judith Light stood up for and with LGBTQ people when others in media and entertainment refused to speak up, and she has never left our side,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “When the GLAAD Media Awards first started and was a small event with little visibility, she was one of the few entertainers who would join us in calling for LGBTQ representation, so it is only fitting to now honor her advocacy on what has become the largest LGBTQ stage in the world. From standing alongside LGBTQ people during the AIDS crisis, to fighting for marriage equality, to now uplifting transgender people and issues, Judith advocates with a unique passion and an unending dedication that uplifts.”
An advocate of the LGBTQ community, Light has received numerous accolades for her body of work. Most recently she appeared in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series The Politician. She also starred in the Golden Globe-winning Amazon series Transparent and the Emmy-winning The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. The trio of projects garnered critical acclaim and have received GLAAD Media Award nominations. Light was honored with the 2019 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award for her extensive philanthropy work, especially in fighting to end AIDS and championing LGBTQ and human rights.
Singh is currently the only woman late-night talk show host. She is also the first bisexual and South Asian to host a late-night show. ?She is a leader in the digital world as she has amassed a global audience of over 32 million followers on YouTube and across her other social media channels, where she writes, produces and stars in comedic and inspirational videos.
In addition, Singh is nominated for her first-ever GLAAD Media Award this year for her segment “Lilly is Struggling to Date Women,” which is nominated for Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode.
The New York ceremony will precede the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles (April 16) where Taylor Swift will receive the Vanguard Award and Janet Mock will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award.
M.O.D.O.K. Voice Cast(1/22/20) Marvel has found the voices of its first animated comedy: Patton Oswalt (A.P. Bio) will lead the Hulu series Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. as the titular megalomaniacal supervillain who dreams of conquering the world.
“After years of setbacks and failures fighting the Earth’s mightiest heroes, M.O.D.O.K. has run his evil organization A.I.M. into the ground,” per the official synopsis. “Ousted as A.I.M.’s leader, while also dealing with his crumbling marriage and family life, the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing is set to confront his greatest challenge yet: a midlife crisis!”
The voice cast also includes Aimee Garcia (Lucifer) as M.O.D.O.K.’s wife, Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as M.O.D.O.K.’s 12-year-old son and Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) as M.O.D.O.K.’s 17-year-old daughter. Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs) provides the voice of a brilliant mad scientist at A.I.M. and M.O.D.O.K.’s work rival, with Beck Bennett (Saturday Night Live), Jon Daly (Big Mouth) and Sam Richardson (Veep) rounding out the ensemble.
2020 Oscar Nominations(1/13/20) Winners to be unveiled February 9 at the 92nd Academy Awards live on ABC from the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland.
Actor in a Leading Role
Actress in a Supporting Role
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NAACP Image Awards Nominees(1/10/20) Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
• Chadwick Boseman – “21 Bridges” (STX Films)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
• Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC)
Dishing with Digest - 1/3/20 - Scott Clifton(1/3/20) (Listen / download) B&B’s Scott Clifton (Liam) recalls his early soap days as GH’s Dillon, his stint as ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Schuyler, weighs in on Liam’s notorious waffling and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also examine the state of triangle tales in daytime.
Drama Desk Award Winner Pamela Payton-Wright Dies at 78(12/31/19) Pamela Payton-Wright, who won a Drama Desk Award for her performance as Lavinia Mannon in the 1972 Broadway revival of Mourning Becomes Electra, died December 14 at the age of 78.
Ms. Wright, who was born November 1, 1941, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was a graduate of both Birmingham-Southern College and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she received the Special Medal and the Edmund Gray Prize for High Comedy. She was crowned Miss Tuscaloosa in 1961 and was also a finalist in the Miss Alabama contest, where she performed a four-minute rendition of Peter Pan, playing all the characters.
Ms. Wright made her Broadway debut in 1967 as Amy in George Kelly's The Show Off under the direction of Stephen Porter. Her other Main Stem credits included Exit the King, Jimmy Shine, The Crucible, All Over Town, The Glass Menagerie, Romeo and Juliet, A Streetcar Named Desire, M. Butterfly, The Night of the Iguana, and Garden District. Her final Broadway appearance was as a replacement in the role of Mary Tyrone in the 2003 revival of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night.
Her work Off-Broadway was equally prolific, with credits including The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Jesse and the Bandit Queen, The Seagull, Hamlet, The Replacement, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Richard III, 'Til the Rapture Comes, The Orphans’ Home Cycle, Duet, and The Day Emily Married. She received Obie Awards for her work in Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds and Jesse and the Bandit Queen.
Ms. Wright began her television career in 1972, playing Rhonda on Corky. In 1979 she joined the cast of Another World in the role of Hazel Parker; however, she is better known for her work on the ABC soap One Life to Live as Agatha "Addie" Cramer, a role she played on and off for a 12-year period beginning in 1991. Her other television credits included PBS productions of The Prodigal, Brother to Dragons, and The Adams Chronicles, earning an Emmy nomination for her work in the last.
On the silver screen she was seen in In Dreams, The Freshman, My Little Girl, Ironweed, Starlight, Going In Style, Resurrection, and At the Dark End of the Street.
Ms. Wright is survived by her son Oliver Dickon Hedley Butler and his wife Cynthia Flowers, brother Gordon Trafford Payton Wright, sisters Brenda Payton-Wright Davies and Barbara Payton-Wright Quackenbush, and two nephews: Payton David Quackenbush and Peter Wright Quackenbush.
A memorial will be held in Brookville this spring and another in New York City for her theatre community. Contributions in celebration of her life may be made to The McKinley Health Center at Laurelbrooke Landing and Pupstarz Rescue.
Michael Easton Opens up About Working With Roger Howarth on GH(12/29/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) ONE LIFE TO LIVE transplants Michael Easton (McBain) and Roger Howarth (Todd) enjoy doing GENERAL HOSPITAL fan events together, but their Port Charles alter egos — Finn and Franco, respectively — rarely cross paths. “Somehow, whenever Roger and I start walking toward each other in a scene, someone comes in and breaks us apart,” Easton cracked. “And after you’ve seen us together at an event, you know why they keep us apart on the show — they can’t let the lunatics run the asylum!”
All joking aside, Easton’s not entirely sure of the reason why he’s shared so few scenes with his fellow former Llanview resident, admitting, “I always thought it was somewhat odd that Finn and Franco never double-dated since they were dating sisters [at one point, Hayden and Elizabeth]. That could have been good fun.”
Nancy Lee Grahn Announces She's Getting Married(12/29/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) Looks like congratulations are in order for GENERAL HOSPITAL star Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), who surprised fans by revealing that she's planning to get married to her boyfriend! The actress tweeted a photo of her planting a big kiss on him that she captioned: "With my soon-to-be husband in his hometown, Eugene, Oregon, right in the spot where he got his first kiss."
Grahn keeps her personal life rather private on social media and only refers to her boyfriend — now fiancé — as "my love." But she has shared a handful of photos of him and he has accompanied her on family vacations to Santa Ynez in August of 2019 as well as to France in July of 2018. "This guy is kinda dreamy and has good taste," she shared on Instagram. "That necklace I wear every day on GH was his Valentine's gift." Grahn's real-life love is also a very talented jazz musician who plays guitar.
Please join us in wishing the couple all the best for a lifetime of happiness together.
Dishing with Digest - 12/27/19 - Kassie DePaiva(12/27/19) (Listen / download) Kassie DePaiva traces her soap roots from GUIDING LIGHT’s Chelsea to ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Blair to DAYS OF OUR LIVES’s Eve with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the big stories for 2020.
Jacklyn Zeman Welcomes Her Beautiful Granddaughter, Kennedy(12/24/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) Sometimes life really does imitate art! On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Bobbie recently became a grandmother when daughter Carly gave birth to a baby girl, Donna, and in real life, Jacklyn Zeman just welcomed her own grandbaby when daughter Cassidy delivered her daughter on Dec. 20! "Cassidy and Cutter's beautiful little girl was born on Friday 10 days early!" the proud grandma reported on Instagram. "Kennedy Elise MacLeod. Welcome to the world. We love you. You are the greatest gift. Truly a Christmas blessing. We have so much to celebrate. Wishing everyone love, joy, and many blessings."
That little smile on the newborn Kennedy's face is just adorable and fans and friends congratulated Zeman on social media. "OMG, that sweet face!" shared Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS). "Congrats, Glamma!" Zeman's TV daughter, Laura Wright (Carly), gushed: "Ohhh, I love this!" And former TV daughter Tamara Braun (ex-Carly; ex-Kim) declared: "Ahh! Congratulations, grandma! I'm so happy for you! Please give Cassidy my love and you always have mine! Mazel Tov!" Y&R's Kate Linder (Esther) and GH's Parry Shen (Brad) and Theo and Erik Olson (Wiley) were also among the well-wishers.
A beautiful and healthy baby truly is the best gift. Please join us in wishing Zeman and her entire family all the best and we can't wait to see more photos of this little cutie!
Cameron Douglas, Elisabeth Röhm In ‘The Runner’(12/21/19) Cameron Douglas (son of Michael Douglas: Loaded, It Runs in the Family), Elisabeth Röhm (Bombshell, American Hustle ), Eric Balfour (Haven, Six Feet Under) and newcomer Edouard Phillipponnat will star in The Runner, directed by Michelle Danner. Written by Jason Chase Tyrrell, the thriller is about a troubled young high school student (Phillipponnat) who was charged with drug possession and who is forced to go undercover to expose a drug kingpin. Jessica Amlee, Kyle Jones, Nadji Jeter, and Kerri Medders co-star. Danner is producing the pic, her sixth directorial project to date. She’s also a well-known acting coach who has taught actors like Christian Slater, Salma Hayek, Gerard Butler, Seth MacFarlane, Penelope Cruz, Chris Rock, Gabrielle Union, and Zooey Deschanel.
Carl Weber’s ‘The Family Business’ Renewed For Season 2 By BET+(12/20/19) BET+ has ordered a second season of Carl Weber’s The Family Business, based on his bestselling crime drama book series. The 12-episode Season 2, up from the first season’s eight-episode order, recently started production under the helm of The Family Business Productions in Los Angeles. It’s slated to launch on the streaming service in 2020.
The Family Business follows the Duncans, an upstanding, tightknit family that, by day, owns and operates an exotic car dealership in New York. By night, their business activities are more illicit in nature.
Returning for Season 2 are cast members Ernie Hudson, Valarie Pettiford, Darrin DeWitt Henson, Javicia Leslie, Sean Ringgold, Tami Roman, Miguel A. Nunez, Arrington Foster, KJ Smith, Dylan Weber, Yadi Valerio and Emilio Rivera. Special guest appearances will include Michael Jai White, Christian Keyes, Eva La Rue, Robert Picardo, Anthony Montgomery and Franky G.
Season 2 will pick up where Season 1 left off, with the Duncans recovering in the aftermath of a rival faction’s assault on their home, new rivals, family drama and, of course, getting back to business.
“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Carl Weber’s The Family Business back for Season 2,” said Devin Griffin, General Manager of BET+. “We are thrilled to dig even deeper with Carl Weber and continue our amazing partnership to bring his best-selling book series to life for his fans. BET+ is committed to providing creators the freedom to tell unique Black stories that will resonate and entertain audiences; and this next season further demonstrates that commitment.”
Nikaya D. Brown Jones serves as showrunner and executive producer and Trey Haley as co-executive producer and director. Weber serves as showrunner and executive producer for Urban Books Media. Hudson also serves as executive producer.
“We are so happy for our entire cast and crew to join the BET+ platform,” Weber said. “Once again, BET has allowed us to bring the vision of the characters from The Family Business novels to life.”
New Character Alert For Y&R(12/19/19) Y&R has cast Chase Coleman (ex, Garrett, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) in the short-term role of popular recording artist Tanner Watts, who has a past connection to someone in Genoa City. The actor, who also appeared on THE ORIGINALS, has begun filming and tells Digest, “I’ve been having an absolute blast. I didn’t know I was going to have this much fun.” Barring preemptions, Coleman’s debut is scheduled for January 3.
Heather Tom Directs DYNASTY(12/11/19) Congratulations to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL star Heather Tom (Katie), who continues to spread her wings behind the camera, now directing an episode of the CW primetime soap DYNASTY! "I had an amazing time directing DYNASTY for the CW," she shared on Instagram with a photo of her nameplate and script cover. "Thank you to all the cast and crew — you rock! And thank you to the CBS diversity program — this never would have happened without you! More pics to come after the episode airs!"
Tom may be best known to soap fans for her starring roles on multiple soaps — B&B's Katie, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Victoria, and ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Kelly — but she has begun making a name for herself as a director, helming her own short film, Serenity, as well as multiple episodes of B&B and an episode of Y&R.
DYNASTY is currently in the middle of its third season, with episode 9, "The Sensational Blake Carrington Trial" airing on Dec. 6. The series is scheduled to return on Friday, Jan. 17, with the ninth episode of this season, so if they don't skip any weeks, Tom's episode, "You See Most Things In Terms of Black & White," should air on Friday, Feb. 7.
2020 Golden Globes Nominations(12/9/19) Golden Globes ceremony, which returns Ricky Gervais as host for a fifth time, is set for January 5, 2020 at the Beverly Hilton.
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Lisa de Cazotte Dies: Emmy-Winning Daytime Producer Was Age 58(12/9/19) Lisa de Cazotte, an Emmy Award-winning daytime television producer died Saturday, December 7, after a long illness, Deadline has learned. She was 58.
Born Lisa Smith in Westchester, New York in 1961, she graduated from Fordham University and began her television career as an intern on ABC’s One Life to Live. She quickly moved up the ranks to associate, then coordinating producer.
Later positions included working as a producer then supervising producer on NBC’s Santa Barbara and ABC’s All My Children before she was named supervising producer of Aaron Spelling’s Sunset Beach.
In 1999, de Cazotte partnered with writer James E. Reilly and was named EP of NBC Studio’s Passions. She served as EP for the run of the show until 2008; then went on to executive produce General Hospital: Night Shift, a primetime spinoff of GH that ran on cable, before returning to All My Children. In 2012, de Cazotte was named co-executive producer of Days of Our Lives where she won two Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding drama series. In 2017, she became supervising producer of The Young and the Restless, where she won her third Emmy. She was still producing the Sony/CBS show at the time of her death.
In 2002, de Cazotte married French filmmaker and Oscar winner Antoine de Cazotte. They divided their time between Los Angeles, New York and Paris.
Lisa de Cazotte is survived by her husband Antoine, her brothers Michael Patrick Smith, Robert Terence Smith, and Brian Charles Smith, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Talk Show Appearance(12/8/19) CONAN, TBS
Mo 12/9: Laurence Fishburne
‘The Bay’s Kristos Andrews, Vivica A. Fox & Michael Copon Set For ‘yA’ Spinoff In The Works By Lany Entertainment(12/6/19) yA (working title), a spinoff of Amazon’s multiple Emmy-winning digital daytime drama series The Bay, which is in development from original series creator Gregori J. Martin, former General Hospital showrunner Wendy Riche and producer LANY Entertainment, is rounding out its cast.
Co-written by Martin and Riche, the coming of age young adult series will follow teens Frankie Sanders and Regan Sanders (played by twins, Bianca D’Ambrosio and Chiara D’Ambrosio) as they relocate to sunny California and a sometimes cruel new social environment of Bay City High. Crossing over from The Bay season 1 are series star Kristos Andrews as Pete Garrett, Vivica A. Fox (Empire, Independence Day) as Dr. Angela Foster, and Michael Copon (One Tree Hill, Power Rangers) as Officer Colton Kurosaki.
The series regular cast of the spinoff also will include Dante Aleksander, who plays Xander Castro, with newcomers Damoni Burkhardt, Logan Garretson, Brady Gentry, Tyler C. Lofton, and Bella Martinez. Several social media influencers will recur throughout the season, including Tessa Brooks as resident mean girl Evelyn, and Indiana Massara as troubled teen Lindsay.
Cast also includes Melrose Place alum Jamie Luner, Ian Buchanan (Twin Peaks), Galadriel Stineman (Until Dawn), Mark Famiglietti (Terminator 3), Eltony Williams (Tyler Perry’s If Loving You is Wrong), Jacob Young (Bold & the Beautiful), Fiona Hutchison (One Life to Live) and Alla Korot (Grimm), and as previously reported, Wanda De Jesus (Sons of Anarchy) and Devious Maids’ Gilles Marini.
Other season 1 recurring/guest stars include Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th) as the school security guard Pooch, Emmy winner Brad Maule (General Hospital) as Mr. Ford, Eileen Fogerty (Better Call Saul) as Principal Wu, as previously reported Mike C. Manning (Teen Wolf) as Mr. McKinnon, and Lane Davies (Santa Barbara) as Police Captain Johnson. Twins Chloe Frizzi and Sophia Frizzi (Young Judith, The Walking Dead) will appear in a flashback sequence as young Frankie and Regan. Additional cast members for this season to be announced.
Andrews also directs yA with creator and showrunner Martin. The Bay’s Wendy Riche, who co-wrote the 10-episode first season of yA with creator Martin, serves as executive producer along with Martin and Andrews. Riche also executive produced General Hospital and MTV’s Laguna Beach.
The series, which is currently being shopped, is in production with a release date scheduled for winter 2020.
The National Board of Review Award Winners(12/4/19) Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
Best Supporting Actress: Kathy Bates, RICHARD JEWELL
Chris McKenna's Family Survived a Serious Car Accident(12/3/19) Daytime alum Chris McKenna has revealed that his family was involved in a very serious car accident, but thankfully everyone survived. "For those concerned," he shared on Instagram. "My mom, brother, sister-in-law, and niece were in a head-on collision yesterday. Everyone lived. The baby is miraculously unharmed, Ry is very sore, Mal has a cracked sternum, my mother sustained serious injuries to her legs, arms, chest, and will require multiple surgeries and extensive rehab. I'll be going home to take care of her for a while. Coulda been worse. If you know Ry or Mal, feel free to drop them a line; They're pretty shaken up, but so thankful as well."
The actor, best known to CBS fans for his role as Detective Mark Harding on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and ABC fans for playing Joey Buchanan on ONE LIFE TO LIVE, also took to social media to thank the makers of the car seat that saved the life of his beautiful niece, Ripley. "To Chicco USA," McKenna tweeted, "My family was involved in a head-on collision. Though many serious injuries were sustained and both cars were destroyed, everyone will eventually recover. Thanks to your car seat, our precious six-month-old baby Ripley was completely unharmed. Forever grateful."
As fans took to social media to express their love, McKenna was touched by the outpouring of emotion. "Thank you, everyone, for all your support and warmth," he tweeted. "We're very moved and appreciative. I'll update with good news as it arrives. For now, this one is still smiling and nothing matters more to Mom than that."
David A. Gregory Is Engaged to Jennifer Noble(11/22/19) Congratulations to ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum David A. Gregory (Ford), who is engaged to girlfriend Jennifer Noble! "Almost passed out on this hike," the actor joked as he shared a selfie with his new fiancée on the Bump N Grind Hiking Trail in Palm Desert, CA. And yes, he's also wearing an engagement ring of his own!
Although Gregory shared the happy pic on Nov. 20, the date stamp in the corner of the image reads 11/11, so he may have waited a week before sharing his news with the world. (All the better to bring family and friends into the loop before making it public!) Noble also shared the same pics to her own Instagram, and also joked about the life-changing event, drawing attention to her eyebrows and not her nails.
Soap fans remember Gregory from his popular role of Robert Ford on OLTL, which he played from 2009-2012. After the soap's cancellation, he went on to appear in primetime series like DECEPTION, CONSTANTINE, THE GOOD FIGHT, and BULL. Noble is an actress herself, but on stage, recently appearing in the Broadway production of King Kong.
Please join us in wishing the happy couple all the best for a lifetime of happiness together. Can't wait to see the wedding pics!
Renée Elise Goldsberry on Evil 12/12/19(11/21/19) “7 Swans a Singin’” – Kristen, David and Ben are called to investigate an insidiously addictive Christmas song that’s spreading among an increasing number of students, and the dangerous relationship between online influencers and their impressionable young followers, on EVIL, Thursday, Dec. 12 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST: Renée Elise Goldsberry (Renee Harris), Taylor Louderman (Malindaz), James Udom (Father Walsh).
Brittany Underwood Previews Her New Movie, '2nd Chance for Christmas'(11/19/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Video, Poster) In a fresh new spin on the traditional A Christmas Carol, Brittany Underwood (Langston, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) stars as the prettiest Scrooge yet in the new holiday film 2nd Chance for Christmas! "It's such a classic tale and told so many times, I loved this take on it being a pop star diva," the actress declared to Soaps In Depth. "And I got to write a song for it, so that was cool. I have a Christmas song now!" The movie is out now on digital platforms like AppleTV and Amazon, and will also be available on DVD starting on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
In 2nd Chance for Christmas, Underwood plays spoiled celebrity musician Chance Love who is visited by a series of ghosts who attempt to get her to change her ways and embrace love, family, and the Christmas spirit. You'd be forgiven for not recognizing the ghost of her grandfather, but under all that special effects makeup is Mark McGrath! "I love him," Underwood enthused. "It was cool that he played my grandfather. But I tell people that and they're like, 'What?!' And I'm like, 'No, a ghost of him. He's not actually old enough to be my grandfather!'" The cast also includes Vivica A. Fox (ex-Stephanie, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), Tara Reid, and Jim O'Heir (ex-Matt, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) among other familiar faces.
As she's playing a musician, Underwood also sings the song "Home for Christmas" in the film, a tune the talented performer co-wrote herself! "I wrote this song with a dear friend of mine who I've written some music with before," she revealed. "We had a lot of fun writing it. We kind of just started with Christmas themes in general and then we kind of went on being home for Christmas and it tied into the story so well. Because the story of her not going home for Christmas and choosing career over family but then realizing at the end of the day the true meaning of life and the value of the people that you love.
"I don't think that's ruining storyline," Underwood added with a chuckle. "It's a pretty popular story. I think it'll be really fun, a Christmas story told in a different way." Check out the trailer for 2nd Chance for Christmas below then click the links above to watch the entire movie!
A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS Available Now!(11/19/19) A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS, starring Kyle Lowder (ex-Rex, DAYS), Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS), Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and more is available now to stream on Amazon Prime Video. “EARLY RELEASE ALERT,” posted Lowder. “Christmas came early this year!” See more at https://www.instagram.com/p/B5DJX_JDHLV/.
'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' star Melissa Fumero reveals she's expecting baby No. 2(11/18/19) Melissa Fumero made a surprise announcement to fans Saturday night: In her own words, she's "hella pregnant."
The "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star shared a mirror selfie on Instagram showing off a clearly pregnant belly, the first indication she's given on social media that she and husband David Fumero are expecting a new addition to the family.
"To be honest, I haven't felt like posting about it because this pregnancy has been way harder and... I don't feel that cute?" Melissa revealed. "But yesterday I got a really intense massage, an awesome chiropractic adjustment, and my hair feels thicker... so I feel a little bit cute today."
Fumero met now-husband David on the set of soap opera "One Life to Live," which they both starred on through the 2000s. The couple welcomed their first child, Enzo, on March 24, 2016.
David kept his social media response short and silly: "Wait.... WHAT?!" he joked in the comments of his wife's announcement.
Renée Elise Goldsberry & Jennifer Ferrin on Evil 12/5/19(11/15/19) “Exorcism Part 2” – David is shocked to learn he is being sued for inflicting severe psychological harm on Caroline Hopkins (Karen Pittman), after he assisted in her exorcism. The accusation leads him to question his future as a priest, especially once he develops a very close connection with his defense attorney, Renée Harris (Renée Elise Goldsberry), on EVIL, Thursday, Dec. 5 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Peter Scolari guest stars as Bishop Marx.
GUEST CAST includes: Renée Elise Goldsberry (Renée Harris), Jennifer Ferrin (Judith Lemonhead).
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Snags Very Early Season 8 Renewal at NBC(11/15/19) Brooklyn Nine-Nine has copped a very early renewal at NBC, with the network commissioning an eighth season of the Andy Samberg comedy three months ahead of the series’ Season 7 launch.
Per NBC, Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s sixth season averaged a 1.2 rating and 3.2 million viewers (live-plus same day) — a double digit uptick vs. the sitcom’s Season 5 performance on Fox. After 35 days of linear and digital delayed viewing, B99 grew to a 3.1 rating in 18-49 and 6.4 million viewers overall.
Season 7 premieres Thursday, Feb. 6 at 8/7c, before airing in its regularly scheduled 8:30/7:30c time slot beginning Feb. 13.
The cast — which also includes Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Stephanie Beatriz, Joe Lo Truglio, Dirk Blocker and Joel McKinnon Miller — learned of the pickup from Tracey Pakosta, NBC’s co-president of scripted programming, early Thursday at a table read for a Season 7 episode.
Good things come to those who w8. The #Brooklyn99 squad will be coming back for Season 8 on NBC! pic.twitter.com/bQsGYA4oG9— Brooklyn Nine-Nine (@nbcbrooklyn99) November 14, 2019
Hayden Panettiere defends relationship with Brian Hickerson(11/14/19) Hayden Panettiere is defending her reunion with boyfriend Brian Hickerson, after a domestic violence case against him was dropped, insisting the pair’s much-publicized confrontations were never physical.
The real estate agent was arrested by Los Angeles police officers on May 2 after an argument between the two at Panettiere’s home allegedly turned physical. He pleaded not guilty to an abuse charge, and in September, the count was dropped due to a lack of witnesses, while a restraining order forcing him to stay away from Panettiere was also lifted.
Now the 30-year-old is maintaining all is well in her relationship, and that her spats with Hickerson never turned violent.
“Everything was totally OK,” she told TMZ.
It was initially reported that the pair’s relationship, which began in August 2018, came to an end following the dispute, but earlier this month, the couple was photographed together at a U.S. airport.
When asked how her family feels about the reconciliation, Panettiere revealed she has their support.
“My family knows that I’m smart enough to make my own decisions,” she added. “There was never a problem.”
Her folks previously urged the judge overseeing Hickerson’s assault case to hand him the maximum sentence for his alleged actions.
The former Nashville star was previously engaged to former boxing champ Wladimir Klitschko, the father of her four-year-old daughter, Kaya.
‘Your Honor’: Lorraine Toussaint, Chet Hanks & Jimi Stanton To Guest Star In Showtime Drama Series(11/13/19) Lorraine Toussaint (Orange Is the New Black), Chet Hanks (SHAMELESS) and Jimi Stanton (The Punisher) are set for guest star in Your Honor, Showtime’s limited series starring Bryan Cranston.
Produced by CBS TV Studios and King Size Productions based on the hot Israeli drama format Kvodo, the legal thriller hails from Peter Moffat, whose BAFTA-winning Criminal Justice was the basis for HBO’s Emmy-winning limited series The Night Of, and The Good Wife‘s Robert and Michelle King.
A legal thriller that rips through all strata of New Orleans society, Your Honor stars Cranston as a respected judge whose son is involved in a hit-and-run that leads to a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices. Carmen Ejogo, Hunter Doohan, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Sofia Black-D’Elia co-star with Hope Davis and Michael Stuhlbarg. Production is underway in the Big Easy.
Toussaint plays Sarah LeBlanc, the Chief Justice at the criminal court where Michael Desiato (Cranston) is a judge. She respects his methodical ways and his commitment to justice but often finds herself at odds with him as she tries to move cases quickly through the overloaded criminal justice system.
Stanton is Carlo Baxter, the eldest son of Jimmy Baxter (Stuhlbarg) who is destined to follow in his father’s criminal footsteps, and Hanks plays Carlo’s best friend, Joey Maldini, who has criminal plans of his own.
Moffat serves as showrunner and executive producer and has written multiple episodes of Your Honor, including the first one. Edward Berger is directing the first three episodes and executive producing. Alon Aranya and Rob Golenberg of Scripted World and James Degus of Moonshot Entertainment also serve as EPs. Ron Ninio and Shlomo Mashiach created the Israeli series on which Your Honor is based.
General Hospital Casts Amanda Setton as the New Brook Lynn — Get First Look(11/11/19) (Photo) General Hospital‘s Ned Quartermaine is getting a new daughter. Or, more accurately, his existing daughter is getting a new face.
TVLine has learned exclusively that One Life to Live alumna Amanda Setton has joined the cast of ABC’s lone remaining daytime drama in the role of Brook Lynn Ashton, and that she will make her debut on Monday, Nov. 18. A first photo of Ned (played by Wally Kurth) and his wife Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) welcoming Brook Lynn back to Port Charles appears above.
Born to Ned and his then-love, Lois Cerullo (Rena Sofer), back in 1996, Brook Lynn has previously been portrayed by Brooke Radding and then Adrianne Leon, each of whom earned Daytime Emmy nods for their performances.
Setton’s previous TV credits include Hawaii Five-0 (where she recurred as M.E. Dr. Mindy Shaw), The Crazy Ones, The Mindy Project, Gossip Girl and the aforementioned OLTL (as exotic dancer-turned-Mrs. Clint Buchanan Kimberly Andrews. Wait, what?).
Obba Babatundé & Claire Coffee Recur ob S.W.A.T. 11/20/19(11/11/19) “Lion’s Den” – The SWAT team engages in tense negotiations with a family that takes a local officer hostage when they’re evicted from their home due to eminent domain. Also, Hondo reflects on his personal life choices as he helps his father through a medical crisis and Chris’ relationship with Kira and Ty reaches a critical juncture, on S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Nov. 20 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST includes: Lou Ferrigno, Jr. (Rocker), Obba Babatundé (Daniel Harrelson, Sr.), Claire Coffee (Kira).
‘Into The Dark’: Augustus Prew, Scott Evans, Ayden Mayeri Among 6 Cast In New Year’s-Themed ‘Midnight Kiss’ Installment Of Horror Anthology(11/9/19) Hulu’s Into The Dark horror anthology continues with their New Year’s-themed movie Midnight Kiss which has set its cast that includes Augustus Prew (The Morning Show), Scott Evans (Grace and Frankie), Ayden Mayeri (Veep), Lukas Gage (Euphoria), Chester Lockhart (Glamorous), and Adam Faison (Everything’s Gonna Be OK). The series from Blumhouse Television will be directed by Carter Smith with a script from Erlingur Thoroddsen. It will premiere on December 27 — right in time for New Year’s Eve.
Midnight Kiss follows a group of longtime gay best friends and their resident fruit fly as they head to a beautiful desert home to celebrate New Year’s Eve. One of their annual traditions is to play a game called Midnight Kiss, a sexy but ultimately dangerous challenge to find that special someone to help you ring in the New Year. As friendships have grown strained with secrets, jealousy and resentment, the group faces another challenge when a sadistic killer wants in on the game. Relationships are put to the test and truths are revealed as the night turns into a fight for survival.
The Midnight Kiss installment of Into The Dark is part of Hulu’s monthly horror event series from Jason Blum’s independent TV studio. Each feature-length installment is inspired by a holiday and features Blumhouse’s signature genre/thriller spin on the story. Previous installments include the April Fools’ Day-themed “I’m Just F*cking With You”; the Mother’s Day-themed “All That We Destroy”; July’s “Culture Shock” and most recently “Pilgrim” for Thanksgiving.
Prew is repped by CAA and Authentic Talent & Literary Management; Evans is repped by CAA and Justice & Ponder; Mayeri is repped by Gersh, Mosaic Management and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein; Gage is repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Anonymous Content; Lockhart is repped by KMR Talent Agency and Select Management Group; and Faison is repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Avalon Entertainment.
First Trailer For A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS(11/8/19) (Video) A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS, starring Kyle Lowder (ex-Rex, DAYS), Kathleen Gati (Obrecht, GH), Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS), and Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) will be available for rental and purchase on Amazon Prime Video beginning, November 26. “We are excited to team with California Pictures to bring A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS to all major domestic and international film markets to share the magic of the film worldwide,” said writer, director, and executive producer Michael Caruso. “So that our U.S. audience may enjoy A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS, WFL Productions are releasing it for a limited time this year during the holiday season exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. We hope that people everywhere enjoy watching the film as much as we enjoyed making it.” Adds Lowder, who also serves as executive producer, “From the moment Michael Caruso shared his vision of combining a mermaid and Christmas along with the heart-warming message that this film delivers, I have been excited to share it with the world. The work on display from everyone involved, both in front of and behind the cameras, is inspiring.” Filmed on location entirely in Los Angeles, CA, the additional cast includes Sheree J. Wilson, Cole Smith, Chadwick Armstrong, Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe, DAYS) and Emma Demirjian, with narration by Emmy award-winning actor Ian Buchanan (ex-Duke, GH et al).
Hayden Panettiere back with Brian Hickerson month after his domestic abuse case dismissed(11/5/19) Hayden Panettiere and Brian Hickerson have reunited nearly a month after a domestic abuse case against him was dismissed.
The 30-year-old actress and the real estate agent were photographed dragging luggage through an airport together on Tuesday.
The pair were both dressed casually in sneakers and they each lugged backpacks and wore a similar-looking necklace.
Their travels together come shortly after Hickerson’s domestic violence case was dismissed at the end of September.
“The case against Brian Hickerson was dismissed without prejudice [Thursday,]” Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Greg Risling told Page Six in a statement at the time. “Our office was unable to proceed because we could not secure a material witness. The protective order also was dismissed.”
Hickerson was arrested for domestic violence by the LAPD in May after he and Panettiere got into a physical altercation at their home after a night of drinking. Cops saw that Panettiere had redness and marks on her body, TMZ reported.
Hickerson was ordered to stay 100 yards away from the “Heroes” star after their scuffle. He was arraigned in LA in July and pleaded not guilty.
Page Six previously reported that Panettiere had not seen Hickerson since from the time the squabble occurred until at least July and that they had split.
However, the “I Love You, Beth Cooper” actress was spotted holding hands with Hickerson’s brother, Zach, in September.
Panettiere’s rep did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.
Brian Tarantina Dies: ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Actor Was 60(11/2/19) Brian Tarantina (ex-Lucky Lippman / ex-Ray Castillo One Life To Live), a veteran actor who appeared on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, was found dead early Saturday morning at his apartment in New York City. He was 60.
The New York Police Department confirmed to Deadline that officers found Tarantina unresponsive at 12:40 a.m. His cause of death is under investigation.
“On Saturday, November 2, 2019 at approximately 0040 hours, police responded to a 911 call of an unconscious male inside of 353 West 51 Street, apartment 11,” the NYPD said in a statement. “Upon arrival, officers observed a 60-year-old male, unconscious and unresponsive, fully-clothed, on his couch. EMS responded to the location and pronounced the aided male deceased at the scene (his residence). The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation remains ongoing.” A rep for the actor did not immediately respond to Deadline’s request for comment. However, in a statement to People, a rep said Tarantina had recently been ill.
“He was recently in the hospital and was in the process of recuperating from what I believe to be a heart-related issue,” the rep stated.
Tarantina played “Jackie”, emcee of the comedy club where Rachel Brosnahan’s “Midge” performs. He took home a Screen Actors Guild Award with the rest of the cast earlier this year, in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series category.
He portrayed “Bootsy” on the Gilmore Girls from 2001- 2002, as well as in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life in 2016.
His many guest star credits included Law & Order, Blue Bloods, The Black Donnellys, The Sopranos, Heroes, and The Blacklist; and he had roles in the Spike Lee films BlacKkKlansman and Summer of Sam.
Tarantina was born in New York City on March 27, 1959.
Pearson Cancelled: Suits Spinoff Not Returning for Season 2(11/2/19) Pearson is saying goodbye to the Windy City: USA Network has cancelled the Suits spinoff after just one season, TVLine has learned.
The offshoot followed Gina Torres’ disbarred lawyer Jessica Pearson as she became involved in the dirty world of Chicago politics, taking on the role of right-hand fixer for the city’s mayor (Homeland‘s Morgan Spector). The cast also included Simon Kassianides (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as a cop/the mayor’s driver, Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill) as ambitious city attorney Keri Allen, Chantel Riley (Wynonna Earp) as Jessica’s cousin Angela, Isabel Arraiza (The Oath) as Jessica’s “intense” assistant Yoli and Eli Goree (Ballers) as the mayor’s press secretary Derrick. Suits EP Daniel Arkin serves as showrunner on the spinoff.
The first season concluded in mid-September with Jessica declaring to the mayor that she will fix his McGann problem, but after that, she’s done being his errand girl.
Pearson‘s 10-episode freshman run averaged 513,000 total viewers and a 0.1 demo rating (in Live+Same Day numbers) — or, exactly half of what sire/lead-in Suits did during its farewell season. Among all current or ending USA Network dramas, it ranked last in the demo and only drew a larger audience that Mr. Robot (which in its final season is averaging 360,000 weekly viewers).
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