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News, Cast Updates and Scoop(News section last updated June 30, 2018)
‘This Is Us’ Star Justin Hartley Joins Universal’s Comedy Film ‘Little’(6/30/18) Justin Hartley is hitting the big screen once again. After recently appearing in STX’s A Bad Moms Christmas, the This Is Us star is set to co-star in the comedy Little, from Will Packer Productions and Universal Pictures. Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch and current cast member Mikey Day have also been cast in the pic, while Luke James and Tone Bell are in talks to join.
Black-ish actress Marsai Martin is starring, with Issa Rae and Regina Hall also part of the call sheet.
Tina Gordon is directing from a script by Camilla Blackett with an earlier draft by Gordon and Girls Trip scribe Tracy Oliver. It’s about a woman who gets the chance to relive the carefree life as her younger self when the pressures of adulthood become too much. Will Packer, James Lopez, and Kenya Barris are producing. Exec Producers are Josh Martin, Martin, and Hall. Erik Baiers and Mika Pryce are overseeing production for the studio.
Hartley will return for Season 3 of NBC’s highly acclaimed — and emotive — drama, This Is Us, this fall. He’s repped by CAA and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.
Justin Hartley’s Long Road to This Is Us(6/15/18) How the self-described ‘journeyman actor’ landed on NBC’s hit drama: vulture.com.
Chesapeake Return(6/7/18) Chesapeake Shores (with Jesse Metcalfe, ex-Miguel, Passions) will return for Season 3 on Sunday, Aug. 5 at 9/8c on Hallmark Channel.
Dishing With Digest Episode 9(5/25/18) Memorable summer stories and the importance of using veteran characters in today's storytelling plus we chat with DAYS stars Eric Martsolf (Brady) and Kassie DePaiva (Eve): Download / listen.
Talk Show Appearance(5/22/18) E!’S “DAILY POP”
Thursday, May 24 - Justin Hartley (“This is Us”)
'This Is Us' actor Justin Hartley: 'I was sexually harassed by fan'(5/15/18) This Is Us actor Justin Hartley once chastised an over-aggressive fan after she forced a kiss on him without his permission.
The actor was dining with friends at a Chicago restaurant recently when a fan approached him and made a scene by yelling at him and kissing him.
“I’m not afraid to say this, because I think she should be ashamed of herself,” he tells GoodHousekeeping.com. “This woman — who I don’t know, a stranger to me — recognized me and started screaming, going crazy. She ran over and started kissing me.”
Hartley immediately backed up from the woman and asked her step away before explaining to her that he felt offended.
“I said, ‘You do not walk up to people that you do not know and put your mouth on their face. If I did that to you, I would be in prison. Please do not do that’,” he adds, making it clear he was not trying to teach his fan “life lessons”, but urging her not to do anything like that to anybody ever again.
Justin reveals the woman seemed embarrassed by her actions and they ended up talking calmly about the situation. However, when she came back to ask for a picture, things went downhill fast again.
“I said, ‘I’m good’,” he recalls. “I’m usually really good with photos, but I’m, like, ‘I’m not taking photos with you after you sexually harassed me. I’m good without a photo’.”
“As she was leaving, she was, like, ‘Justin Hartley is a jerk’, but not really jerk — something more foul,” he continues. “I was, like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me’.”
Face Off Return Date(5/9/18) Syfy’s make-up effects competition series Face Off will return for its final season, featuring all-stars from the show’s past, on Tuesday, June 5 at 9/8c.
Talk Show Appearance(4/29/18) Today – NBC
Thursday, May 10
(10-11 a.m.) Justin Hartley on This Is Us. James Denton on Hallmark’s Good Witch.
DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Kevin Spirtas Previews His New Series, AFTER FOREVER(4/24/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) (Video) Although best known to soap fans for playing Dr. Craig Wesley on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Kevin Spirtas promises that viewers will see a whole new side of him in his new series, AFTER FOREVER, which premieres on Amazon on Tuesday, April 14. “The roles that I’ve always been given, they’re leading men, don’t get me wrong,” he admitted to Soaps In Depth with a hearty chuckle, “but some of my leading men have been a little… Snidely Whiplash. I want to be a good guy. I want to be the one who’s on the hero’s journey.”
And as Brian, the lead character in AFTER FOREVER, Spirtas gets to do just that. “The story’s about two people coming together who have everything,” he previewed, “They have love, they have the greatest apartment, they have great friends, they have wonderful jobs. Nothing could be wrong. It was supposed to last forever, until one day… it didn’t. And then you watch these people and the people around them all have to deal with loss, love, and new beginnings.”
Spirtas not only stars in the series, but also co-created it along with former daytime writer Michael Slade, who has penned scripts for ANOTHER WORLD, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, DAYS, and PASSIONS. They also enlisted Emmy-winning director Jennifer Pepperman, who helmed episodes of OLTL and AS THE WORLD TURNS, to direct.
As a Broadway veteran of shows like A Chorus Line, Meet Me in St. Louis, Hairspray, and The Boy From Oz, Spirtas got a lot of stars from the stage to appear in AFTER FOREVER, including Michael Urie, Anita Gillette and Cady Huffman. Soap fans might remember Huffman as Dr. Paige Miller on OLTL. Also, ATWT fans will be able to see Colleen Zenk (Barbara) in there, too! “I won’t say where, I won’t say when,” Spirtas teases. “But Colleen appears and she brings it on!”
Spirtas was also thrilled to have lured Mitchell Anderson out of “retirement” to play Jason opposite his Brian. “He moved away from California with his husband and they went to Atlanta and he opened a restaurant,” the actor revealed. “I said to him, ‘Hey, I want you to read this, and I want you to read it with you in mind doing it.’ He read it and he called me back in like, two days and said, ‘When do we start? I’m on board.’ This is a person who I think is extremely talented, he’s easy on the eyes, he’s my age, and we have a connection already because we’re friends. So that fell into place beautifully because it shows so much on the screen.”
AFTER FOREVER is a series of eight episodes that run about 11 minutes each and is available on Amazon.com (free for Prime members!). “It’s hard to sit through 11 minutes and not go, ‘Oh, well, let me just see what the next one is,’” Spirtas jokes of binging the show like one long movie. He also urges fans to review it after they watch it. “Because that’s what Amazon is paying attention to,” he confided, adding that he and Slade have ideas for more episodes going forward. “There are stories that are already arced out for season two, three, and a little bit into four,” he revealed. “There’s a lot to tell you about this, I just can’t tell you about it!”
Justin And Chrishell Hartley Star In Indie Film(4/12/18) Justin Hartley (ex-Adam, Y&R et al) and wife Chrishell (ex-Jordan, DAYS et al) star in Another Time, a time-travel romance that will screen at the Newport Beach Film Festival on April 28 as the fest’s Saturday Night Centerpiece. The film also features Mark Valley (ex-Jack, DAYS). Check out the trailer here.
Justin & Chrishell Hartley Mourn the Death of Their Dog, Memphis(4/5/18) Please join us in sending love to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS alum Justin Hartley (ex-Adam), who is mourning the loss of his dog, Memphis. The actor, who now stars as Kevin Pearson on NBC's hit primetime drama THIS IS US, shared a montage of pics of the cute little pup on Instagram with a heartfelt farewell message. “For Memphis,” he wrote. “One of the funniest, toughest and sweetest animals I ever had the pleasure of loving. Thanks for making our lives better. I really wish we had more time. Rest in peace, little dude.”
Hartley and then-fiancée Chrishell Stause (ex-Bethany, Y&R; Amanda, ALL MY CHILDREN) adopted Memphis along with Gracie at a rescue event on Dec. 28, 2016. Chrishell added some more details on her own Instagram. “Heartbroken to say Memphis went to heaven today,” she revealed. “His poor kidneys gave out and we are left with the love and memories he gave us in such a short time. He was 11 years old when we adopted him from Burbank Animal Shelter, so we didn’t know how long we would get to be his family but we know we would help make what time he had left the best we could. His personality was of a loving, sweet old man. He is dearly missed.”
Our hearts go out to the Hartleys and their family during this difficult time.
P&G’s new ‘One size’ ad campaign features NFL twins plus ‘This is Us’ star(3/24/18) Procter & Gamble Co. rolled out a marketing campaign for new and upgraded Gillette razors that featured identical twins who play in the NFL and actor Justin Hartley of the hit TV show “This is Us.”
The Cincinnati-based maker of shaving products (NYSE: PG) said the campaign focuses on the notion that one size doesn’t fit every man – even if they are genetically the same. Thus, there's a need for a variety of Gillette razors.
“Personal style tells the story,” said Hartley, who portrays Kevin Pearson on the NBC-TV drama “This is Us.”
P&G holds a 60 percent share of the $15 billion shave care category, which is growing by 2 percent. However, P&G is stepping up innovation at Gillette to stave off challenges from competitors such as Harry’s and Dollar Shave Club.
I previously reported that P&G planned to begin selling a slew of new razors, including several with affordable price points. Hartley helped introduce the Gillette Sensor3 Cool, the Gillette3 and the Gillette5 as well as the upgraded Gillette Mach3 and Gillette Fusion5.
Hartley, 41, previously starred as Adam Newman on the CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless” (2014-16), as Oliver Queen on the CW series “Smallville” (2006-11) and as Fox Crane on the NBC soap opera “Passions” (2o02-06).
He was joined at a P&G marketing event in New York City that featured New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty and his twin, Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty.
“The bond I share with my brother is powerful, and we’re similar in so many ways,” Devin McCourty said.
“But we also value the differences, like fashion and grooming style, that make us individuals,” Jason McCourty said. “We’re excited to work with a brand that understands the importance of celebrating all men’s uniqueness and offers products as varied as we are.”
Attributes such as skin and hair type as well as budget and lifestyle factor into how a man selects a razor, according to P&G. So, "One size razor does not fit every man."
That notion is supported by a recent Gillette survey that found nearly two-thirds of American men believe it’s important for razor brands to offer more than one blade option, according to P&G. The online survey of 884 adult men who shave at least once a month was conducted this month. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.07 at the national level with a 95 percent confidence level.
“Gillette knows that all men are unique,” said Pankaj Bhalla, P&G’s director for Gillette & Venus North America. “Each one has a very specific look, style, preference or budget, and that’s something to be celebrated and recognized.
“It’s our mission to design, build and offer every man options when it comes to his grooming choices, allowing him to prioritize the features he values most – be it convenience, experience, comfort, closeness, price or otherwise,” Bhalla said. “Gillette’s range of products means we have a razor for every guy, and variety that’s not offered by any other company or brand – and that’s something we’re proud of.”
The new P&G products include:
Gillette Sensor3 Cool, which is a disposable razor with what P&G called cooling technology. Designed for the 10 million men who prefer disposable razors, the Gillette Senor3 Cool includes proprietary cooling technology now found only on the Gillette Fusion5 ProShield Chill razors. Suggested retail price is $4.99 for a three-count pack and $5.99 for a five-pack.
Gillette3 and Gillette5 razors, which P&G said include a new soft Aqua Grip handle designed to provide strong grip and total control even when wet. Both were designed to deliver an ultra-close and comfortable shave. The Gillette5 features Atomic Carbon and Telomer coatings, which P&G said enhance blade durability after repeated shaves. The three- and five-bladed razors have a suggested retail price of $7.99, which includes a handle with two cartridges. A four-pack refill for the Gillette3 is $7.99, and a four-pack refill of cartridges for the Gillette5 is $9.99.
The upgraded Gillette products include:
The MACH3, which features low-cutting force blades that last for 15 shaves. MACH3 razors will continue to start at $5.99 for a razor and one cartridge. A pack of four cartridges will have a suggested price of $9.99.
The Fusion5, which now features five low-cutting force, anti-friction blades. Pricing starts at $6.99 for a razor and one cartridge. A pack of four cartridges will have a suggested price of $14.99.
Ryan McPartlin To Co-Star In Gabrielle Union’s ‘Bad Boys’ Offshoot NBC Pilot(3/16/18) Former Chuck co-star Ryan McPartlin is set as a series regular opposite Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba in NBC’s untitled Bad Boys spinoff drama pilot.
The project, from Bad Boys movies’ producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Doug Belgrad, Primary Wave Entertainment and Sony Pictures TV, centers on the Special Agent Syd Burnett character played by Union in 2003’s Bad Boys II.
In the NBC pilot, written by The Blacklist writers-producers Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier, the free-spirited former DEA agent Burnett has a fresh start in her new job as an LAPD detective. She’s partnered with Nancy McKenna (Alba), a working mom who can’t help but look at Syd’s freedom with some grass-is-greener envy. These two have totally different lifestyles and approaches, but they both are at the top of their fields in this action-packed, character-driven procedural.
McPartlin will play Dr. Patrick McKenna, Nancy’s husband. Formerly an Army medic, he is now a successful ER trauma doctor in Beverly Hills. In addition to Union and Alba, McPartlin joins previously cast Ernie Hudson, Zach Gilford and Duane Martin.
Best known for his series regular role as Captain Awesome on NBC’s Chuck, McPartlin recurred on Lifetime’s Devious Maids. He’s repped by Primary Wave Entertainment and Gersh.
Talk Show Appearance(3/3/18) The View - ABC
Wednesday, March 7 – Justin Hartley (“This Is Us”)
Morning Show Appearance(3/3/18) Today – NBC
Tuesday, March 6
(7-9 a.m.) Justin Hartley on This Is Us.
Talk Show Appearance(2/28/18) THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT - CBS
Tuesday, March 6 - Justin Hartley
‘This Is Us’ Star Justin Hartley Signs With CAA(2/14/18) CAA has signed Justin Hartley, one of the stars of the hit NBC series This Is Us.
Hartley plays one of the Big Three, Kevin Pearson, who had been battling alcohol addiction on the acclaimed family drama, currently in its second season and renewed through Season 3. It is the highest-rated drama series on broadcast TV, with its recent post-Super Bowl episode drawing 31 million viewers after one day of playback.
Hartley, who had been with Innovative Artists, shared a SAG Award ensemble nomination for This Is Us this year. He previously earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for his starring role on The Young and the Restless. Hartley’s TV series credits also include Revenge, Mistresses and playing Oliver Queen/Green Arrow on Smallville. On the feature side, he recently appeared in A Bad Moms Christmas.
Nominees Announced For The 9th Annual Indie Series Awards(2/1/18) The nominees for the 9th Annual Indie Series Awards were announced today, and LADIES OF THE LAKE, the series based on the book by DAYS’s Executive Producer Ken Corday, and helmed by DAYS alum Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady, who is also nominated for Lead Actor) and Writer Michael Caruso, led the pack with 18 nominations, followed by THE BAY with 16. Since 2009, the Indie Series Award has honored the most creative and progressive talent in independent web series. The nominated actors are:
Best Drama Series
Best Lead Actor – Drama
Best Lead Actress – Drama
Best Supporting Actor – Drama
Best Supporting Actress – Drama
Best Guest Actor – Drama
Best Guest Actress – Drama
Best Lead Actor – Comedy
Best Lead Actress – Comedy
Best Supporting Actor – Comedy
Best Supporting Actress – Comedy
Best Guest Actor – Comedy
Best Guest Actress – Comedy
Lin Bolen Dies: First Female VP Of Programming At A Network Was 76(1/28/18) Lin Bolen, the first female VP of programming at a TV network and an influential force in daytime television fare, has died. She passed away on January 19 at the age of 76 in a hospital in the San Fernando Valley, according to friend and former game-show host Jim MacKrell.
Bolen worked for NBC in the 1970s and was responsible for commissioning the long-running game show Wheel of Fortune. She also is credited with bringing long-form narrative to soap operas, expanding them to hour-long formats.
It was long rumored that the ruthless Faye Dunaway character of Diana Christiansen in the 1976 satrical film Network was based on Bolen, something Bolen denied.
She was appointed VP of daytime programming at NBC in 1972, rising to become the VP of programming in Sept. 1975. NBC thrived under her leadership, becoming the No. 1 network in ratings.
Some of her moves were controversial. Bolen ended the 11-year run for Jeopardy!, citing its older demographics and stodgy host Art Fleming, and also killed the 15-year-old game show Concentration. Instead, she pivoted to a new concept from creator/producer Merv Griffin, a casino-like game called Wheel of Fortune that debuted in 1976. It became a huge hit.
Merv Griffin remembered Bolen in his Simon & Schuster memoir, Merv: Making The Good Life Last. He described her as a “hard-driving” and “difficult” woman, with whom he had many “bitter fights.” Still, he noted, “I developed a gruding respect for her talent and determination. She wanted to put her own stamp on NBC’s daytime lineup, and if that meant throwing out a few babies along with the bathwater, then so be it.”
Bolen left NBC in 1976 to form her own, self-named producion company focused on creating and developing game shows, movies of the week, and theatrical films for networks and studios. Among its show was Stumpers!, hosted by Allen Ludden (which lasted 13 weeks before cancellation), and W.E.B., a show that looked seriously at the men who ran network television. It, too, was canceled after 13 weeks, done in by its slot against the ABC hit Charlie’s Angels.
She fared better in television movies. The Christmas Coal Mine Miracle, starring Kurt Russell and Melissa Gilbert, was the highest-rated movie of the year for NBC.
Survivors include a son, Jason Wendkos. No details on memorial services have been made public.
Talk Show Appearance(1/28/18) Harry – Syndicated
Jan 29, 2018
Jason Jones and Natalie Zea ("The Detour")
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2018 Winners(1/22/18) TV Comedy Actor
William H. Macy, Shameless
TV Drama Ensemble
Film Supporting Actress
Mary Elizabeth Winstead Joins Will Smith In ‘Gemini Man’(1/17/18) Mary Elizabeth Winstead is set to star as the female lead opposite Will Smith in Gemini Man from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media.
The Ang Lee-directed project has been in development for the past 20 years. The story follows an over-the-hill assassin who faces off against himself, a clone who is younger and in his prime.
Originally set up at Disney in 1997 from a pitch by Darren Lemke, the movie stalled due to the fact the VFX at the time wasn’t available for the same actor to play the same part. The film is slated to open in theaters on Oct. 4, 2019.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, DWAYNE JOHNSON, ‘THIS IS US’ CAST JOIN ‘THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON’ ON FEB. 4 LIVE POST-SUPER BOWL TELECAST(1/10/18) “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” will host a star-studded guest lineup in Minneapolis for its special post-Super Bowl episode on Sunday, Feb. 4, including Justin Timberlake, Dwayne Johnson and the cast of NBC’s hit series “This Is Us.”
Following his third Super Bowl halftime performance, Timberlake will appear as both talk and musical guest in support of his fourth solo album, “Man Of The Woods,” set for release on Feb. 2. Also joining Fallon during the special broadcast will be film star Dwayne Johnson and “This is Us” castmates Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley.
The show will air live from the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis following NBC’s broadcast of Super Bowl LII, an original episode of “This Is Us” and late local news.
From Universal Television and Broadway Video, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” is executive produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Gerard Bradford, Mike DiCenzo and Katie Hockmeyer. Jamie Granet-Bederman produces. “The Tonight Show” tapes before a live studio audience from Studio 6B in 30 Rockefeller Center.
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