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  • Debuted on NBC: July 5, 1999
  • Last air date on NBC: Sept 7, 2007
  • Debuted on DirecTV: Sept 17, 2007
  • Last air date on DirecTV: Aug 7, 2008
  • Last Tape Date: March 28, 2008
  • Created by: James E. Reilly
  • Takes place in: Harmony, New England



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    News, Cast Updates and Scoop

    (News section last updated March 19, 2019)

    Travis Schuldt on Splitting Up Together 4/2/19

    (3/19/19) “Go Out the Lights” – In an effort to connect with their kids and bring the family closer together, Lena and Martin plan a fun outing, only to be interrupted by a blackout. Elsewhere, Lena urges an overdue Maya to get induced but must succumb and honor her birthing plan. Meanwhile, Martin continues to try and figure out where his relationship with Lisa stands on ABC’s “Splitting Up Together,” TUESDAY, APRIL 2 (9:30-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    “Splitting Up Together” stars Jenna Fischer as Lena, Oliver Hudson as Martin, Bobby Lee as Arthur, Diane Farr as Maya, Lindsay Price as Camille, Olivia Keville as Mae, Van Crosby as Mason and Sander Thomas as Milo.

    Guest starring is Monica Barbaro as Lisa Apple and Travis Schuldt as Frank.

    Emma Roberts, ‘This Is Us’ Star Justin Hartley & Glenn Howerton Join Damon Lindelof’s Thriller ‘The Hunt’

    (3/13/19) Emma Roberts, Justin Hartley, and Glenn Howerton and have signed on for the Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse-penned politically charged action thriller The Hunt from Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions. Z for Zachariah helmer Craig Zobel, who previously collaborated with Lindelof and Cuse on HBO’s The Leftovers, is set to direct the film, which is being produced Jason Blum and Lindelof, under his White Rabbit banner. Cuse and Zobel will serve as executive producers.

    The Hunt is slated hit theaters October 18 via Universal. No word on the film’s plot but we hear it explores escalating aggressiveness between the political right and left in America.

    Universal execs Erik Baiers, Jay Polidoro, and Mika Pryce will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.

    Roberts is reprising her role as Madison Montgomery in the eighth season of FX’s American Horror Story: Apocalypse. On the film side, She most recently starred in Billionaire Boys Club, Little Italy, and Paradise Hills, which had its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. She can be heard in STX’s upcoming family animation film, UglyDolls. Roberts is repped by CAA and Sweeney Entertainment.

    Hartley currently stars on NBC’s #1 award-winning drama, This Is Us, and can next be seen on the big screen in the Universal/Will Packer-produced comedy, Little, out April 12. Repped by CAA and Jackoway, Austen, Tyerman, Wertheimer, he was also recently cast in CBS Films’ comedy, Lexi, opposite Rose Byrne, Adam Devine, and Wanda Sykes.

    Howerton toplines NBC’s comedy A.P. Bio, which is in its second season, and stars in the long-running FX sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which he developed with series creator Rob McElhenney. Other credits include The Mindy Project, Fargo, and Showtime’s House of Lies. He’s repped by WME, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.

    Robin Strasser Joins the Cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES!

    (2/27/19) An ABC daytime legend has landed a new role on an NBC sudser! ONE LIFE TO LIVE star Robin Strasser is joining the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES! “November 12, 2017, nixed rumor I’d be joining DAYS,” she tweeted. “Cut to Feb. 2019, they called, I jumped! You can’t say #supportthe4 and not let them in when they knock on your door. #DOOL, yes!”

    Strasser is best known for playing Dorian Lord on OLTL and following the cancelation of the soap, has been a vocal supporter of the four remaining daytime dramas still on the air, hence the hashtag “#supportthe4.” And when fans began petitioning again for the return of OLTL and ALL MY CHILDREN to the ABC Daytime lineup, she was right there with them. “Wouldn’t it be wonderful?” she tweeted. “Would I be available to play Dorian again? Dang yes! I’ve never gotten over the loss of my TV family and friends — I miss them as much as you have.”

    Of course Strasser is going to be busy working on DAYS right now, although there has been no information released yet as to what character she might be playing, when she’ll first air, or how long her stint is planned to be.

    Strasser has enjoyed a long career in daytime, beginning with a role on THE SECRET STORM, followed by SUMERSET, ANOTHER WORLD, and AMC. She first appeared on OLTL beginning in 1979, and was one of the most popular Llanview residents right up until the end of the series. Back in May of 2018, the actress shared with Soaps In Depth her new life in real estate, and how she’d love to return to daytime for another turn. “I only want to do recurring,” she expressed at the time. “I’m 72 years old and cantankerous as a horndog in a beehive. I could not possibly [work more]. But to come in for a hotsy-totsy three months and goodbye? Or to come in twice a month? Enjoyable!”

    Andrea Evans Opens up About Her #MeToo Documentary 'Rocking the Couch'

    (2/21/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Trailer) (Order here) Amazon’s THE BAY THE SERIES has added yet another beloved soap veteran to its roster: ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Tina, Andrea Evans. In the just-released season, she plays Mickey’s kid sister, Patty Walker, whom Evans told Soaps In Depth, “has taken over Patrick’s Roadhouse.” While Mickey is a no-nonsense nurturer, Patty’s someone that people should hesitate to trust. “She hears all the gossip,” Evans explained. “As she’s going from table to table, she picks up this and that.”

    While it’s yet to be revealed what Patty will do with all that information, Evans is pretty sure that it won’t be anything good. “Typically, if I’m playing [someone], she’s probably not a very nice person,” the actress admitted with a laugh. “That seems to be my thing, so I think we’ll see some surprises from Patty!” The OLTL alum was very proud of the growth that Tina showed over the years, especially when she turned over her inheritance to Todd during that last return to Llanview. “She became a much fuller, more interesting person, and her heart came through in the end,” Evans recalls, “making her much more grounded in that she realized what’s important.”

    What’s important to Tina’s portrayer is helping the entertainment industry grow in such a way that it becomes a better place for women. To that end, she’s been working as an executive producer on a project called Rocking the Couch, which is currently available to watch in the US and UK on Amazon Prime and internationally on Vimeo. “I started talking to my friends in the [biz] — everyone has #MeToo stories — and generously, several soap stars were willing to come on camera and share theirs,” she revealed. “Tonja Walker (OLTL’s Alex) gave some really heart-wrenching details.”

    While many recognizable names contributed, Evans confided that “the most horrible stories are from those who are people trying to get into the business.” However, the jumping-off point for everything is a look back at the 1992 case in which talent agent Wallace Kaye was arrested for numerous sexual assaults. “I spent six months researching and tracking down everyone involved,” Evans says, “and was present for each interview. Now we have distribution, so we’re debating whether it’s going to be a stand-alone documentary or perhaps a docuseries.”

    Evans had thought long and hard about allowing her teenaged daughter, Kylie, to join the project as a production assistant before eventually deciding, “If she wants to be in the entertainment industry, she has to know how to protect herself. And the only real way to know how to protect yourself is to be aware of the problem.”

    Travis Schuldt on Splitting Up Together 2/26/19

    (2/12/19) “Annie, Are You Okay?” – Lisa’s unexpected pregnancy causes more complications than what Lena and Martin anticipated. Without Martin’s knowledge, Lena decides to help Lisa despite her insistence about not wanting them involved in the baby’s life. Meanwhile, Mae and Mason try to force Lena to admit that she and Martin are back together. After Maya’s false labor scare, she returns from the hospital and is put on bedrest by Frank who insists on taking care of her on ABC’s “Splitting Up Together,” TUESDAY, FEB. 26 (9:30-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    “Splitting Up Together” stars Jenna Fischer as Lena, Oliver Hudson as Martin, Bobby Lee as Arthur, Diane Farr as Maya, Lindsay Price as Camille, Olivia Keville as Mae, Van Crosby as Mason and Sander Thomas as Milo.

    Guest starring is Kimberly Hebert Gregory as Sunshine, Monica Barbaro as Lisa Apple, Marc Evan Jackson as Gene, Geoff Pierson as Henry and Travis Schuldt as Frank.

    “Annie, Are You Okay?” was written by Ally Israelson, based on the Danish format by Mette Heeno, and directed by Michael McDonald.

    Talk Show Appearance

    (2/9/19) Talk Show Appearance

    THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW, syndicated

    Mo 2/18: Justin Hartley

    L.A.'s Finest: Bad Boys Spinoff Gets May Premiere Date, First Trailer — Watch

    (2/8/19) (Video) L.A.’s Finest will report for duty this spring. Cable provider Spectrum has announced that the Bad Boys spinoff will launch ad-free on Monday, May 13 via Spectrum On Demand, beginning with the first three installments; subsequent episodes will be released weekly.

    The logline for the 13-episode offshoot reads as follows:

    The one-hour series follows Syd Burnett (Gabrielle Union), last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel, who has seemingly left her complicated past behind to become an LAPD detective. Paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna (Jessica Alba), a working mom with an equally complex history, Syd is forced to confront how her unapologetic lifestyle may be masking a greater personal secret. Taking on the most dangerous criminals in Los Angeles while skirting the rules, and speed limits, Syd and Nancy become a force to be reckoned with – on the streets, and in each other’s lives.

    Rounding out the cast are Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) as Ben Walker, Duane Martin (The New Edition Story) as Ben Baines, Ryan McPartlin (Chuck) as Patrick McKenna, Sophie Reynolds (Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything) as Isabel “Izzy” McKenna and Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters) as Joseph Vaughn.

    Union and Alba serve as executive producers on L.A.’s Finest, alongside Bad Boys franchise producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Additional EPs include Jonathan Littman (CSI), KristieAnne Reed (Lucifer), Brandon Margolis (The Blacklist), Brandon Sonnier (The Blacklist), Pam Veasey (CSI: NY), Doug Belgrad (Peter Rabbit), Jeff Gaspin (To Tell the Truth), Jeff Morrone (Atomic Blonde) and Anton Cropper (Suits), who also directed the pilot.

    L.A.’s Finest marks the first original series for Spectrum. Additional upcoming projects include the anthology series Manhunt (previously on Discovery Channel) and street-racing drama Curfew.

    SAG Awards 2019 Winners

    (1/28/19) Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: This Is Us (includes Justin Hartley)

    Dishing with Digest - 1/18/19 - Galen Gering

    (1/18/19) DAYS’s Galen Gering (Rafe) Traces His Soap Roots (Listen / download)

    DAYS’s Galen Gering (Rafe) looks back on 10 years at DAYS, his PASSIONS roots and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we talk about the appeal of troublemakers on the soap canvas.

    Rose Byrne, Justin Hartley, Wanda Sykes & More Set To Co-Star In CBS Films Comedy ‘Lexi’

    (1/16/19) Rose Byrne (Spy, Instant Family), Justin Hartley (This Is Us, A Bad Moms Christmas), Wanda Sykes (Black-ish, A Bad Moms Christmas), Ron Funches (Trolls, Undateable), and Charlyne Yi (The Disaster Artist, Twin Peaks) have joined star Adam Devine as well as previously announced cast Michael Peña and Alexandra Shipp in Lexi, a comedy from Bad Moms helmers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.

    The film, which is currently in production, explores what can happen when you love your phone more than anything else in your life. Byrne will voice Lexi, an omnipresent AI assistant who takes her job of ‘making his life better’ much too seriously.

    “We are extremely grateful to have such an incredible cast,” said Lucas. “Clearly, they haven’t watched any of our prior work.”

    “Speaking for everyone perpetually enamored with, and increasingly terrified by, how well their phone knows them, I look forward to this extraordinary group of actors and filmmakers exploring the side effects of too much tech,” remarked CBS Films President Terry Press. “I think audiences will agree that some romances are better when you disconnect.”

    Suzanne Todd, the producer behind the Bad Moms films, is producing Lexi, while Mark Ross and Alex Ginno will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.

    Byrne is repped by CAA and by RGM in Australia; Hartley by CAA and Jackoway, Austen, Tyerman; Sykes by WME and attorney Roger Pliakas; Funches by Truhett Garcia Management, CAA, and attorney Lev Ginsburg; Yi by UTA, Mosaic and Lev Ginsburg and Ginsburg Daniels LLP.

    Lindsay Hartley Previews Her New Movie, 'My Mother's Split Personalities'

    (1/12/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Get ready to see a side of Lindsay Hartley you’ve never seen before — four of them, to be exact! She’s starring in the new movie, My Mother’s Split Personalities, premiering Saturday, Jan. 12, at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime! The daytime alum has appeared as Theresa on PASSIONS, Arianna on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, and Cara on ALL MY CHILDREN, but at no point in her soap career did she ever get to play multiple personalities! “And I never got to play twins, either,” Hartley admitted to Soaps In Depth. “But I did do a Lifetime movie last August and I did get to play twins. That was super fun. So that was kind of the next step and then this one is the step after that!”

    In the film, Hartley plays Gail Price, a woman who suffers from dissociative identity disorder and is under the control of her new boyfriend, Warren, who hopes to get his hands on the money Gail inherited from her late husband. When Gail’s daughter, Julie, returns home, she is shocked to learn of her mother’s condition, and struggles to save her from Warren and get her the help she needs. “This criminal boyfriend knows about Gail’s mental issues and that’s their angle to get the inheritance,” Hartley previews. “They’ve been casing her and stuff. And when Gail is threatened, that’s when the alpha personality comes out to protect the other ones.

    “The first one, the little girl, comes out when Julie leaves,” the actress explains. “And then Madeline, the sexy, fun, romantic chick comes out when she meets Warren. And then the third one comes out when Gail is in danger. That’s Sadie, the dominant personality. The one that is literally the most dangerous. She will kill to protect the other personalities.”

    Soap fans are used to multiple personality storylines, and Hartley is thrilled she’s finally getting to tackle that particular acting challenge. “I was super pumped when [executive producer] Pierre David asked me to join in on this projet because it’s really cool to be able to throw so many people into a role, right? I hope you get sucked into Gail’s trouble, because she’s really messed up. She’s a really screwed up character.”

    SAG Awards Nominations

    (12/13/18) MOTION PICTURES

    The SAG Awards are January 27 at the Shrine Auditorium, simulcast live by Turner’s TNT and TBS. As previously announced, Alan Alda will receive the guild’s Life Achievement Award during the ceremony.

    Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

    A STAR IS BORN (Warner Bros. Pictures)
    DAVE CHAPPELLE / George “Noodles” Stone
    ANDREW DICE CLAY / Lorenzo
    BRADLEY COOPER / Jack
    SAM ELLIOTT / Bobby
    RAFI GAVRON / Rez Gavron
    LADY GAGA / Ally
    ANTHONY RAMOS / Ramon

    BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios)
    ANGELA BASSETT / Ramonda
    CHADWICK BOSEMAN / T’Challa/Black Panther
    STERLING K. BROWN / N’Jobu
    WINSTON DUKE / M’Baku
    MARTIN FREEMAN / Everett K. Ross
    DANAI GURIRA / Okoye
    MICHAEL B. JORDAN / Erik Killmonger
    DANIEL KALUUYA / W’Kabi
    LUPITA NYONG’O / Nakia
    ANDY SERKIS / Ulysses Klaue
    FOREST WHITAKER / Zuri
    LETITIA WRIGHT / Shuri

    BLACKKKLANSMAN (Focus Features)
    HARRY BELAFONTE / Jerome Turner
    ADAM DRIVER / Flip Zimmerman
    TOPHER GRACE / David Duke
    LAURA HARRIER / Patrice Dumas
    COREY HAWKINS / Kwame Ture
    JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON / Ron Stallworth

    BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (20th Century Fox)
    LUCY BOYNTON / Mary Austin
    AIDAN GILLEN / John Reid
    BEN HARDY / Roger Taylor
    TOM HOLLANDER / Jim Beach
    GWILYM LEE / Brian May
    ALLEN LEECH / Paul Prenter
    RAMI MALEK / Freddie Mercury
    JOE MAZZELLO / John Deacon
    MIKE MYERS / Ray Foster

    CRAZY RICH ASIANS (Warner Bros. Pictures)
    AWKWAFINA / Peik Lin Goh
    GEMMA CHAN / Astrid Young Teo
    HENRY GOLDING / Nick Young
    KEN JEONG / Wye Mun Goh
    LISA LU / Ah Ma
    HARRY SHUM, JR. / Charlie Wu
    CONSTANCE WU / Rachel Chu
    MICHELLE YEOH / Eleanor Young

    TELEVISION

    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

    THE AMERICANS (FX Networks)
    ANTHONY ARKIN / Stavos
    SCOTT COHEN / Glenn Haskard
    BRANDON J. DIRDEN / Dennis Aderholt
    NOAH EMMERICH / Stan Beeman
    LAURIE HOLDEN / Renee
    MARGO MARTINDALE / Claudia
    MATTHEW RHYS / Philip Jennings
    COSTA RONIN / Oleg Burov
    KERI RUSSELL / Elizabeth Jennings
    KEIDRICH SELLATI / Henry Jennings
    MIRIAM SHOR / Erica Haskard
    HOLLY TAYLOR / Paige Jennings

    BETTER CALL SAUL (AMC)
    JONATHAN BANKS / Mike Ehrmantraut
    RAINER BOCK / Werner Ziegler
    RAY CAMPBELL / Tyrus Kitt
    GIANCARLO ESPOSITO / Gustavo “Gus” Fring
    MICHAEL MANDO / Nacho Varga
    BOB ODENKIRK / Jimmy McGill
    RHEA SEEHORN / Kim Wexler

    THE HANDMAID’S TALE (Hulu)
    ALEXIS BLEDEL / Ofglen/Emily
    MADELINE BREWER / Janine
    AMANDA BRUGEL / Rita
    ANN DOWD / Aunt Lydia
    O-T FAGBENLE / Luke
    JOSEPH FIENNES / Commander Waterford
    NINA KIRI / Alma
    MAX MINGHELLA / Nick
    ELISABETH MOSS / Offred/June
    YVONNE STRAHOVSKI / Serena Joy
    SYDNEY SWEENEY / Eden
    BAHIA WATSON / Brianna

    OZARK (Netflix)
    JASON BATEMAN / Martin “Marty” Byrde
    LISA EMERY / Darlene Snell
    SKYLAR GAERTNER / Jonah Byrde
    JULIA GARNER / Ruth Langmore
    DARREN GOLDSTEIN / Charles Wilkes
    JASON BUTLER HARNER / Roy Petty
    CARSON HOLMES / Three
    SOFIA HUBLITZ / Charlotte Byrde
    LAURA LINNEY / Wendy Byrde
    TREVOR LONG / Cade
    JANET McTEER / Helen Pierce
    PETER MULLAN / Jacob Snell
    JORDANA SPIRO / Rachel
    CHARLIE TAHAN / Wyatt
    ROBERT TREVEILER / Sheriff John Nix
    HARRIS YULIN / Buddy Dieker

    THIS IS US (NBC)
    ERIS BAKER / Tess Pearson
    STERLING K. BROWN / Randall Pearson
    NILES FITCH / Teenage Randall
    MACKENZIE HANCSICSAK / Young Kate
    JUSTIN HARTLEY / Kevin Pearson
    FAITHE HERMAN / Annie Pearson
    JON HUERTAS / Miguel Rivas
    MELANIE LIBURD / Zoe
    CHRISSY METZ / Kate Pearson
    MANDY MOORE / Rebecca Pearson
    LYRIC ROSS / Déjà
    CHRIS SULLIVAN / Toby Damon
    MILO VENTIMIGLIA / Jack Pearson
    SUSAN KELECHI WATSON / Beth Pearson
    HANNAH ZEILE / Teenage Kate

    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

    ATLANTA (FX Networks)
    KHRIS DAVIS / Tracy
    DONALD GLOVER / Earn Marks
    BRIAN TYREE HENRY / Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles
    LAKEITH STANFIELD / Darius

    BARRY (HBO)
    DARRELL BRITT-GIBSON / Jermaine
    D’ARCY CARDEN / Natalie
    ANDY CAREY / Eric
    ANTHONY CARRIGAN / NoHo Hank
    RIGHTOR DOYLE / Nick
    GLENN FLESHLER / Goran Pazar
    ALEJANDRO FURTH / Antonio
    SARAH GOLDBERG / Sally Reed
    BILL HADER / Barry
    KIRBY HOWELL-BAPTISTE / Sasha
    PAULA NEWSOME / Det. Janice Moss
    JOHN PIRRUCCELLO / Det. John Loach
    STEPHEN ROOT / Monroe Fuches
    HENRY WINKLER / Gene Cousineau

    GLOW (Netflix)
    BRITT BARON / Justine Biagi
    SHAKIRA BARRERA / Yolanda Rivas
    ALISON BRIE / Ruth Wilder
    KIMMY GATEWOOD / Stacey Beswick
    BETTY GILPIN / Debbie Eagan
    REBEKKA JOHNSON / Dawn Rivecca
    CHRIS LOWELL / Bash Howard
    SUNITA MANI / Arthie Premkumar
    MARC MARON / Sam Sylvia
    KATE NASH / Rhonda Richardson
    WYATT NASH / Phil
    SYDELLE NOEL / Cherry Bang
    VICTOR QUINAZ / Russell Barroso
    GAYLE RANKIN / Sheila the She-Wolf
    BASHIR SALAHUDDIN / Keith Bang
    KIA STEVENS / Tammé Dawson
    JACKIE TOHN / Melanie Rosen
    ELLEN WONG / Jenny Chey
    BRITNEY YOUNG / Carmen Wade

    THE KOMINSKY METHOD (Netflix)
    JENNA LYNG ADAMS / Darshani
    ALAN ARKIN / Norman
    SARAH BAKER / Mindy Kominsky
    CASEY THOMAS BROWN / Lane
    MICHAEL DOUGLAS / Sandy Kominsky
    ASHLEIGH LaTHROP / Breana
    EMILY OSMENT / Theresa
    GRAHAM ROGERS / Jude
    SUSAN SULLIVAN / Eileen
    MELISSA TANG / Margaret
    NANCY TRAVIS / Lisa

    THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL (Prime Video)
    CAROLINE AARON / Shirley Maisel
    ALEX BORSTEIN / Susie Myerson
    RACHEL BROSNAHAN / Miriam “Midge” Maisel
    MARIN HINKLE / Rose Weissman
    ZACHARY LEVI / Benjamin
    KEVIN POLLAK / Moishe Maisel
    TONY SHALHOUB / Abe Weissman
    BRIAN TARANTINA / Jackie
    MICHAEL ZEGEN / Joel Maisel

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

    JULIA GARNER / Ruth Langmore – “OZARK” (Netflix)
    LAURA LINNEY / Wendy Byrde – “OZARK” (Netflix)
    ELISABETH MOSS / Offred/June – “THE HANDMAID’S TALE” (Hulu)
    SANDRA OH / Eve Polastri – “KILLING EVE” (BBC America)
    ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

    Critics’ Choice Awards Nominations

    (12/12/18) The winners will be revealed at the star-studded Critics’ Choice Awards gala, broadcast live January 13 on the CW at 7 PM ET/PT.MOVIES

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    Mahershala Ali – Green Book
    Timothée Chalamet – Beautiful Boy
    Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
    Sam Elliott – A Star Is Born
    Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
    Michael B. Jordan – Black Panther

    BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
    Black Panther
    Crazy Rich Asians
    The Favourite
    Vice
    Widows

    TELEVISION

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
    Richard Cabral – Mayans M.C. (FX)
    Asia Kate Dillon – Billions (Showtime)
    Noah Emmerich – The Americans (FX)
    Justin Hartley – This Is Us (NBC)
    Matthew Macfadyen – Succession (HBO)
    Richard Schiff – The Good Doctor (ABC)
    Shea Whigham – Homecoming (Amazon)

    BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
    Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW)
    Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
    Allison Janney – Mom (CBS)
    Justina Machado – One Day at a Time (Netflix)
    Debra Messing – Will & Grace (NBC)
    Issa Rae – Insecure (HBO)

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
    Brandon Victor Dixon – Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)
    Eric Lange – Escape at Dannemora (Showtime)
    Alex Rich – Genius: Picasso (National Geographic)
    Peter Sarsgaard – The Looming Tower (Hulu)
    Finn Wittrock – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)
    Ben Whishaw – A Very English Scandal (Amazon)

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
    Ellen Burstyn – The Tale (HBO)
    Patricia Clarkson – Sharp Objects (HBO)
    Penelope Cruz – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)
    Julia Garner – Dirty John (Bravo)
    Judith Light – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)
    Elizabeth Perkins – Sharp Objects (HBO)

    Lifetime Unveils Premiere Dates For Winter Movie Slate

    (12/4/18) Lifetime has unveiled the premiere dates for their robust slate of winter movies. From music icons to deadly cheerleaders to the daughter of a notorious mob boss, the network isn’t holding back when it comes to the drama — some based on true stories, some not — for 2019.

    Highlights of their slate include Love You to Death (January 26) starring Marcia Gay Harden, which is based on the true story of a mother and daughter who are nothing like they seem, their tumultuous relationship ending in a brutal murder. Also based on a true story is Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story (January 19) starring Christina Ricci. The movie is inspired by Nellie Bly’s undercover stay at the impenetrable Women’s Lunatic Asylum. For something a little lighter, there’s Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You (February 16) which follows the personal and professional journey of the titular Grease icon. Lifetime acquired the biopic for its U.S. premiere.

    Other features on the slate include Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter (February 9) which is executive produced by the real-life Victoria Gotti. Lifetime will also bring back the cult classic Death of a Cheerleader (February 2). The remake will see the return of Kellie Martin, who starred in the 1994 original.

    Lifetime has also acquired Best Friend’s Betrayal and My Mother’s Split Personalities for January. The network will feature five weeks of premieres every Saturday at 8 pm PT/ET, beginning January 19.

    See the complete list and summaries of the features below.

    Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story
    Starring Christina Ricci, Judith Light and Josh Bowman
    January 19

    The Lifetime feature is inspired by Nellie Bly’s undercover stay at the impenetrable Women’s Lunatic Asylum and stars Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress Christina Ricci (Monster), two-time Tony award-winner, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Judith Light (Transparent, The Assassination of Giannni Versace) as Matron Grady and Josh Bowman (Revenge).

    On a mission to expose the deplorable conditions and mistreatment of patients at the notorious Women’s Lunatic Asylum, investigative reporter Nellie Bly (Ricci) feigns mental illness in order to be institutionalized to report from the inside. The movie delivers an intense and fictionalized account of actual events surrounding Nellie’s stay beginning after Nellie has undergone treatment, leaving her with no recollection of how she came to the asylum or her real identity. Nellie’s unwillingness to submit to authority results in unspeakable torture at the hands of the head nurse, Matron Grady (Light). When Nellie captures the attention of Dr. Josiah (Bowman) who tries to help her, Grady’s barbaric tactics only intensify, leading Nellie to questions if she actually does belong in the asylum after all.

    A real-life hero, Nellie Bly’s expose was the first of its kind in America and inspired the global reformation of mental health care.

    Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story is executive produced by Howard Braunstein along with Ricci of Grey Team Productions. Michael Tive, David Sigal, Peter Werner and Jonathan Baruch of StoryBy Entertainment also serve as executive producers with Karen Moncrieff as director (Petals on the Wind) with a screenplay by Helen Childress (Reality Bites).

    Love You to Death
    Starring Marcia Gay Harden, Emily Skeggs and Tate Donovan
    January 26

    Inspired by a true story, Love You to Death is a shocking tale of a mother and daughter who are nothing like they seem, their tumultuous relationship ending in a brutal murder. Camile (Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden, Fifty Shades features, Code Black, Point Blank) and Esme (Emily Skeggs, Miseducation of Cameron Post, Mile 22) are well-known in their community – Esme as the sickly, child-like wheelchair-bound daughter, and Camile as the perfect caretaker and mother. They seem a perfect pair until Camile is found stabbed to death in her home, and Esme has vanished, believed to be kidnapped by the killer. But when Esme is found, a terrible secret emerges. Esme was not kidnapped. Instead she ran away with her boyfriend (Brennan Keel Cook) after working with him to murder Camile. More than that, Esme is perfectly healthy, mentally and physically, and has been a victim of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, forced to believe she was ill by her controlling, abusive mother.

    Tate Donovan (The Man in The High Castle) plays Travis, Esme’s estranged father who tries to reconnect with his daughter, despite her mother’s objections.

    Marcia Gay Harden is repped by ICM Partners and Framework Entertainment.

    Love You to Death is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment Television. Executive producers are Jordan Davis and John Davis. Alex Kalymnios directs from a script written by Anthony Jaswinski.

    Death of a Cheerleader
    Stars Kellie Martin, Aubrey Peeples and Sarah Dugdale
    February 2

    In a remake of the cult-classic, Death of a Cheerleader is inspired by Randall Sullivan’s Rolling Stone article of the same name about the real-life murder of a popular, affluent and beautiful Northern California high school cheerleader at the hand of a classmate. Bridget Moretti (Aubrey Peeples) is a shy outsider from a lower middle-class background who aspires to be beautiful, popular and perfect in everything. Believing that a friendship with rich and pretty Kelly Locke (Sarah Dugdale), leader of the school’s most prestigious clique, will get her all that she desires, Bridget tries to forge a friendship with her. When Kelly rejects Bridget’s attempts, it leaves her humiliated and feeling like a failure and ultimately fuels a jealous rage that will lead to murder. Death of a Cheerleader explores the events leading up to and after the shocking crime that took place in this upper-middle-class community.

    Kellie Martin, who starred alongside Tori Spelling in the original, plays the FBI agent who cracks the case.

    Death of a Cheerleader is produced by Just Singer Entertainment and Reunion Pacific Entertainment. Executive producers are Matthew O’Connor, Paddy Bickerton, Steve White and Sheri Singer. Paul Shapiro directs from a script written by Caitlin D. Fryers.

    Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter
    Executive Produced and Narrated by Victoria Gotti and
    Starring Chelsea Frei and Maurice Benard
    February 9

    Executive produced by Victoria Gotti herself, the movie takes us deep into the world of what it was really like to grow up as the daughter of mob boss John Gotti, revealing the glamour, glitz and unique hardships of her world. Sharing never-before-revealed stories about her life, Victoria (played by Chelsea Frei) tells of a sensitive child growing up with a beloved father (Maurice Benard) she worried about constantly; the tragedy of her younger brother’s death; and her turbulent romance, forbidden by her father, with the man who later became her husband. Victoria had a front-row seat to a life the world became fascinated with, all while trying to reconcile the loving father she adored with a man the outside world was determined to bring down.

    Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter is produced by Relevé Entertainment for Lifetime with Victoria Gotti, Jennifer Wachtell (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) and Holly Carter (Home is Where You Find It) executive producing. Catherine Cyran (The Prince & Me) directs from a script co-written by Victoria Gotti and David Schneiderman (Chasing Liberty). The film is based on Gotti’s book This Family of Mine: What It Was Like Growing Up Gotti. Victoria Gotti will appear on camera narrating her story.

    Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You
    Starring Delta Goodrem
    February 16

    Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You is the remarkable personal and professional journey of international superstar Olivia Newton-John, illustrated through her music. Covering her lasting power across more than five decades in one of the world’s toughest industries, the film delves into both Olivia’s public persona as well as the private woman behind-the-scenes, including her multiple battles with cancer and her intense fight to survive.

    Australian singer, songwriter and actress Delta Goodrem (House Husbands, judge on The Voice, Australia) stars as Olivia Newton-John and re-records her classic hits for the film. Hugo Johnstone-Burt (San Andreas, The Wrong Girl) is Bruce Welch and Todd Lasance (The Flash, The Vampire Diaries) plays Lee Kramer. Richard Brancatisano (Chasing Life) is featured as Matt Lattanzi, Anthony Brandon Wong (The Matrix Revolutions) is Patrick McDermott, Morgan Griffin (San Andreas, The Sleepover Club) is young Olivia, and Georgia Flood (American Princess, Wentworth) is young Pat Carroll.

    Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You is produced by Fremantle with the assistance of Screen Australia and Film Victoria for Channel Seven. Lifetime has acquired the film for the U.S. premiere.

    JANUARY ACQUIRED MOVIES

    Best Friend’s Betrayal
    Starring Mary Grill, Vanessa Walsh, Jaime M. Callica
    Premieres January 13

    Best friends Katie (Mary Grill) and Jess (Vanessa Walsh) are inseparable and have always had each other’s backs. When Jess begins a new serious relationship with famous crime writer, Nick (Jaime M. Callica), Katie is unsure of this new seemingly perfect man. Katie wants to support her friend’s newfound happiness but is fiercely protective of her. But Katie’s obsession with Jess soon proves deadly and it is up to the recently vilified Nick to expose this supposed ‘best friend’ before it is too late. Best Friend’s Betrayal is produced by Reel One Entertainment.

    My Mother’s Split Personalities
    Starring Lindsay Hartley, Kayla Wallace, Jefferson Brown
    Premieres January 12

    After her father dies of a heart attack, Julie Price (Kayla Wallace) has returned home after two years of living in estrangement from her mother Gail (Lindsay Hartley). But Gail is not herself these days, acting bizarrely and under the control of Warren (Jefferson Brown), a highly intelligent criminal, who has become Gail’s boyfriend and is plotting to get his hands on a vast amount of money left behind by her dead husband. As Julie investigates the cause of her mother’s strange behavior, she gets closer to the truth about Warren, and a deadly game of cat and mouse begins, in which the dark criminal operator will do anything to protect his payday. It’s up to Julie to save her mother from not only Warren but also from her own split personalities and get her the help she desperately needs. My Mother’s Split Personalities is produced by Reel One Entertainment

    NBC Nabs Drama ‘3,000 Hours’ From Erin Cardillo, Richard Keith & Berlanti Prods. As Put Pilot

    (11/28/18) Life Sentence creators Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith are the most prolific writers this broadcast developing season, selling a third high-profile project. NBC has given a put pilot commitment to 3,000 Hours, a drama from Cardillo, Keith, Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Prods. and Warner Bros. TV, where Berlanti Prods. is based. The sale gives Berlanti Prods. at least one project with a big commitment at each of the five broadcast networks this season.

    Penned by Cardillo and Keith, 3,000 Hours revolves around a group of master’s psychology candidates who embark on the 3,000 clinical hours they must spend in the field with patients to get their degrees — all while balancing their education, friendships and messy personal lives. Along the way, they’ll not only find unique and surprising ways to help their patients, they’ll also learn how to help each other and, ultimately, themselves.

    Cardillo and Keith executive produce via their In Good Company production banner alongside Berlanti Prods.’ Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. Berlanti Prods.’ Ryan Lindenberg serves as producer.

    Cardillo and Keith also are writing and executive producing adoption drama The Family Practice, which has a put pilot commitment at Fox, and are co-writing/exec producing with songwriters/screenwriters Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner musical comedy Nobody’s Princess at the CW, produced by Fulwell 73. The duo created Life Sentence, which aired for one season on The CW. They also created the CW’s Significant Mother and served as co-executive producers on Fuller House. They are repped by UTA.

    In addition to 3,000 Hours at NBC, Berlanti Prods. has The Secret to a Good Marriage at CBS with a pilot production commitment, Untitled Nkechi Carroll project at ABC and Prodigal Son and Kung Fu at Fox, both with put pilot commitment, and Batwoman at the CW, which has Ruby Rose attached to star. Berlanti is repped by WME.

    ‘Nobody’s Princess’ Musical Comedy In Works At the CW From ‘Life Sentence’ Creators, ‘First Date’ Duo & Fulwell 73

    (11/14/18) As Crazy Ex Girlfriend is coming to an end, the CW is setting its sights on a new musical comedy series, which puts a contemporary spin on classic fairytale princesses. The network has put in development Nobody’s Princess, from Life Sentence creators Erin Cardillo (Esme, Passions) and Richard Keith, songwriters/screenwriters Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (First Date musical), Fulwell 73 (Late Late Show with James Corden) and CBS TV Studios where Fulwell 73 is under a deal.

    Written and executive produced by Cardillo, Keith, Zachary and Weiner, Nobody’s Princess is a musical comedy that reimagines the stories of four classic fairy tale princesses for today’s generation. Instead of being set “once upon a time, in a land far away” where princesses were waiting around for true love to find them, the time is now, the setting is New York City, and the princesses are a group of friends in their twenties who are setting out to change the world and create their happily-ever-afters on their own terms.

    Fulwell 73 partners James Corden, Jeff Grosvenor, Ben Winston and Leo Pearlman executive produce. CBS TV Studios produces with Fulwell 73 and Keith and Cardillo’s In Good Company.

    This is the second sale for Keith and Cardillo this season, along with adoption drama The Family Practice, which has a put pilot commitment at Fox. The duo created Life Sentence which aired for one season on The CW. They also created the CW’s Significant Mother and served as co-executive producers on Fuller House.

    Zachary and Weiner have been a songwriting and screenwriting team since their high school days as drama jocks at Oakwood in North Hollywood. The first song they sold was for Hanna-Barbera’s A Flintstone Family Christmas, which ultimately led to other projects such as their musical First Date on Broadway. They most recently penned the songs for the musical episode for ABC’s Once Upon A Time, “The Song In Your Heart.”

    Fulwell has a track record in music-based shows, in part because of Corden’s music background. That includes Late Late Show viral segments Carpool Karaoke Drop the Mic and Crosswalk the Musical, the first two of which were turned into successful standalone series. In May, Fulwell 73 landed its first scripted series order for comedy Happy Together on CBS, which debuted this fall. This development season, the company also has a family comedy Tommy Johnagin in the works at CBS.

    Keith and Cardillo are repped by UTA. Zachary and Weiner are repped by CAA, Kraft-Engel Management and attorney Michael Schenkman. Fulwell 73 is also repped by CAA.

    Date Night | Justin & Chrishell Hartley

    (11/2/18) (Video) “Our lives can get a little crazy and hectic. And sometimes we just need to escape for some alone time.” - Justin Hartley Watch what happens when we send Justin Hartley and his wife, Chrishell off-the-grid for an unconventional date night. Shop the collection here: https://www.columbia.com/testedtough

    Brady Bunch Kids Reunite for HGTV Renovation of Real-Life Brady House

    (11/2/18) Here’s the story of a TV renovation we can’t wait to see: Six original stars of The Brady Bunch came together to help HGTV launch a new series that aims to fix up the real-life Brady Bunch house.

    The series, A Very Brady Renovation, will see HGTV stars like Jonathan and Drew Scott (Property Brothers) and Lara Spencer (Flea Market Flip) fix up the Los Angeles house that served as the exterior of the Bradys’ TV home during the beloved show’s 1969-74 run on CBS. The renovators will give the property “a ’70s-inspired rehab” that adds 2,000 square feet to the original footprint while maintaining the iconic street view and recreating the show’s kitschy interior design.

    All six Brady kids — Barry Williams (Greg), Maureen McCormick (Marcia), Christopher Knight (Peter), Eve Plumb (Jan), Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Susan Olsen (Cindy) — joined the renovators on Thursday for a walk-through of the property, marking the first time all six actors had been together in nearly 15 years. (Their TV parents Robert Reed and Florence Henderson have both passed away, as has Ann B. Davis, who played housemaid Alice.)

    HGTV promises “additional surprise celebrity guests” when A Very Brady Renovation makes its debut in September 2019. (Davy Jones is no longer with us, unfortunately… but maybe Joe Namath is available?)

    Travis Schuldt on Splitting Up Together 10/23/18

    (10/11/18) “Asking for a Friend” – Afraid that the answer could ruin his chances with Lena, Martin finds every way he can to avoid asking Lisa Apple if she is pregnant, while the potential pregnancy makes Lena more and more distant. At the same time, Lena worries Mason is changing himself to please his new girlfriend and finds parallels to her own relationship with Martin. Elsewhere, Maya tells Frank a pretend story about her “friend” who is dating someone new and pregnant to gauge what his honest reaction will be, on ABC’s “Splitting Up Together,” TUESDAY, OCT. 23 (9:30-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    “Asking for a Friend” stars Jenna Fischer as Lena, Oliver Hudson as Martin, Bobby Lee as Arthur, Diane Farr as Maya, Lindsay Price as Camille, Olivia Keville as Mae, Van Crosby as Mason and Sander Thomas as Milo.

    Guest starring is Monica Barbaro as Lisa Apple, Travis Schuldt as Frank and Marc Evan Jackson as Gene.

    “Asking for a Friend” was written by Sierra Ornelas, based on the Danish format by Mette Heeno and directed by Michael Engler.

    Travis Schuldt on Splitting Up Together

    (10/2/18) “Sign Language” – The morning after Lena and Martin sleep together, Lena searches for signs that they are or aren’t meant to be a couple. Their relationship is put to the test after she organizes a romantic beach getaway and it becomes apparent what’s meant to be. Meanwhile, Arthur and Camille trail Lisa Apple, hoping to determine if she is pregnant with Martin’s baby. Elsewhere, Maya struggles to decide if she should tell her new boyfriend, Frank, about her pregnancy, on the season premiere of ABC’s “Splitting Up Together,” TUESDAY, OCT. 16 (9:30-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    “Splitting Up Together” stars Jenna Fischer as Lena, Oliver Hudson as Martin, Bobby Lee as Arthur, Diane Farr as Maya, Lindsay Price as Camille, Olivia Keville as Mae, Van Crosby as Mason and Sander Thomas as Milo.

    Guest starring is Geoff Pierson as Henry, Monica Barbaro as Lisa Apple, Trent Garrett as Wes, Milly Shapiro as Emma Rebecca and Travis Schuldt as Frank.

    Talk Show Appearance

    (9/28/18) THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW, syndicated

    Tu 10/2: Justin Hartley


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    Facts

    1. June 10, 2003 Passions aired its 1000th episode

    2. Lindsay Korman (Theresa) & Mark A. Provert co-wrote "Kiss Me" the song she sang on the show

    3. That's ALAN OPPENHEIMER providing the voice of sinister patriarch Alistair Crane on Passions. The veteran thespian boasts a wide and impressive range of credits, including the Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard, where he played Cecil B. DeMille opposite Glenn Close's Norma Desmond; Murphy Brown, where he spent several seasons as retired FYI honcho Gene Kinsella; and the feature film Little Big Man, with Faye Dunaway and Dustin Hoffman. Among his television guest-starring appearances are stints on Hogan's Heroes, I Dream of Jeannie, Bonanza, The Partridge Family, Bewitched, Knight Rider, Happy Days, Murder, She Wrote, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Touched by an Angel.

      Oppenheimer has also enjoyed a prolific voiceover career, no surprise to anyone who has been intimidated just by the sound of him on Passions. His vocal incarnation of the despotic Alistair is doubtless influenced by his past portrayals of power-hungry Skeletor in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, the self-confident Vanity Smurf in The Smurfs, and the charismatic crooner/crusader Mighty Mouse.

    4. A Passions spokesperson reports that the music and lyrics for the song, entitled "Breathe", were written by John Henry and Jane French and performed by Jane French. NBC Productions commissioned the team to compose the ditty and were obviously thrilled with the results


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