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News, Cast Updates and Scoop(News section last updated September 4, 2019)
The Detour Cancelled at TBS(9/4/19) The Parker family’s road trip is officially over: TBS has cancelled The Detour after four seasons.
The twisted family comedy starred Jason Jones and Natalie Zea as parents Nate and Robin, who embark on an innocent road trip from New York to Florida with their three kids. The trip, of course, went horribly wrong, with the family running into trouble at every stop; subsequent seasons saw the Parker family move to New York City (with James Cromwell and Laura Benanti joining the cast), then Alaska, and then travel around the globe to locate missing child Delilah.
Co-created by Jones and his real-life wife Samantha Bee, The Detour debuted in April 2016 and scored a Season 2 renewal ahead of its series premiere. The fourth — and now final — season premiered in June and averaged 722,000 total viewers and a 0.26 demo rating (in Live+Same Day numbers), down about 30 percent from its previous cycle. The Aug. 20 finale will now serve as a series finale; the cancellation caps the show’s run at a total of 42 episodes.
Dishing with Digest - 8/30/19 - Robin Strasser(8/30/19) Robin Strasser Previews DAYS Debut (Listen / download).
Robin Strasser talks about her new role as DAYS’s Vivian, her memories of playing ANOTHER WORLD’s Rachel and ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Dorian and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also preview the big soap stories coming for fall.
Inside Salem - 8/19/19 - Eric Martsolf, Camila Banus, Galen Gering(8/19/19) (Listen / download) Eric Martsolf Talks About How Often He Suspends His Disbelief for Storylines; Camila Banus Joins Galen Gering in His Dressing Room.
Eric Martsolf talks about how often he suspends his disbelief for storylines and looks back on Brady's long list of exes. Then, in two can't-miss clips, "Nicole" and Brady hit the sheets and "Nicole" and Gabi get in a catfight. And later, we go behind the scenes to Galen Gering's dressing room with Camila Banus.
‘Love Me’ Drama Based On Swedish Format From ‘Life Sentence’ Creators & Elizabeth Banks Set At ABC As Put Pilot(8/11/19) In a competitive situation, ABC has landed Love Me, a one-hour drama based on a Swedish format, with a put pilot commitment. The project, one of the first significant pitch sales this broadcast development cycle, hails from Life Sentence creators Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith; Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman’s Brownstone Productions; Welcome to Sweden co-creator/star Josephine Bornebusch; and Warner Bros. TV, where Brownstone and Cardillo and Keith’s In Good Company are based.
Written by Cardillo and Keith, Love Me follows the stories of a multi-generational family in Chicago as they search for love in our increasingly detached digital world and explores how their unconditional love for one another helps them navigate the highs and lows of it all.
Cardillo and Keith executive produce for In Good Company, with Brownstone’s Banks and Handelman. Bornebusch, who stars in, writes and directs the Swedish series, also executive produces. Brownstone’s Dannah Shinder is co-executive producer.
The Swedish series — original title Älska Mig — starring Bornebusch and Sverrir Gudnason, examines how friendship, grief and romance intersect with love in the lives of three generations of people living in the Swedish capital Stockholm. The six-part comedy-drama series, from Nordic Entertainment Group, is set to air this fall across the Nordic region on NENT Group’s streaming service Viaplay. You can watch a teaser with no English subtitles below.
Love Me is Cardillo and Keith’s first sale under a multi-year overall deal they have at WBTV. The duo have sold four other broadcast projects with the studio over the past five years, two of which went to series, Significant Mother (2015) and Life Sentence (2018), both on The CW. Cardillo and Keith also worked together as co-eps on the second season of Netflix/WBTV’s Fuller House.
Cardillo and Keith have been collaborating since the mid-2000s when they met in acting class at Warner Loughlin Studios. They won the New York Television Festival in 2013 with spec script We’re Not Your Parents. Cardillo is repped by Velocity Entertainment Partners and Bloom Hergott. Keith is repped by Lichter Grossman.
Brownstone also is producing the Hulu comedy series Shrill as well as an adult animated series reboot of The Flintstones in the works at Warner Bros. Animation. Banks currently is directing, producing, co-writing and starring as Bosley in her continuation of Charlie’s Angels (November 15) for Sony Pictures. Banks and Handelman are repped by UTA, Untitled, Ziffren Brittenham.
Swedish actress-writer Bornebusch is repped by Paradigm and Agentfirman Planthaber/Kilden/Mandic.
Hogestyn & Stewart Married(7/28/19) Ben Hogestyn (ex-Lucas, GH) tied the knot with Danica Stewart (ex-Jessica, PASSIONS; ex-Maxie, GH) yesterday. Ben’s father, Drake Hogestyn (John, DAYS) posted a wedding shot on Twitter, enthusing, “Woohoo Ben!! Congratulations Son…and WELCOME TO THE FAMILY Danica! We love you!” In the beachside pic, Drake’s daughters Alexandra, Whitney and Rachael, are standing under the canopy with the bride and groom, performing the ceremony. Drake later posted a short video from the reception, adding, “Cheers to the first page of an amazing new chapter in your life kids! Let the party begin…” Congratulations to the happy couple!
Hulu Picks Up All Seasons Of ‘Designing Women’; Will Launch Classic Sitcom On Women’s Equality Day August 26 – TCA(7/28/19) Hulu has acquired classic 90s sitcom Designing Women and will launch all seven seasons of the Linda Bloodworth-Thomason-created show on August 26, Women’s Equality Day.
The digital platform will air all 163 episodes of the series, which was produced by Bloodworth/Thomason Mozark Productions in association with Columbia Pictures Television for CBS, after striking a deal with Sony Pictures Television.
The series, which ran from September 29, 1986, until May 24, 1993, centers on the lives of four women and one man working together at an Atlanta interior design firm. Designing Women starred Dixie Carter (The Edge Of Night/The Doctors), Annie Potts, Jean Smart (Another World), Delta Burke, Meshach Taylor, Alice Ghostley (Passions), Julia Duffy (The Doctors/Passions/Love Of Life), Jan Hooks and Judith Ivey.
The pick up comes after a reboot of the show, written by original creator Bloodworth-Thomason, was developed last year by ABC.
Hulu’s head of originals Craig Erwich said that the show was “ahead of its time” when it launched. “We saw these four fabulous women balancing work and home lives, running businesses, handling setbacks and dating. But the show never shied away from tough topics like domestic abuse, homophobia, racism and women’s rights and its themes and storylines continue to have revelance today,” he added.
In terms of other holidays, Erwich claimed that The Act, starring Patricia Arquette and Joey King, was the “most watched original” on Mother’s Day. The anthology series follows Gypsy Blanchard (King), a girl trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective mother, Dee Dee (Arquette).
Erwich said, “I guess after the disturbing scenes between Patricia Arquette and Joey King, we all feel better about our relationships with our moms.”
The Detour's Natalie Zea Spills on Her Dual Role, Including Working the Pole(7/8/19) TBS’ The Detour (Tuesdays at 10:30/9:30c) has embarked on one its more unexpected side trips, with the reveal that Robin has a twin, named Bluejay. “BJ,” as she is called (and for which she is regarded?), at first came off as just a wilder child, then later revealed herself to be downright bats—t.
When last we tuned in, BJ was at “husband” Nate’s side, having chopped her locks to match her twin’s and left an unconscious Robin shackled inside a barn. So if you’re a fan of Natalie Zea, this uproarious arc is truly twice as nice. What turns will the case of the duplicitous doppelgänger take? TVLine invited Zea to tease what’s to come — as well as weigh in on her real-life husband’s “idiotic” role in it all.
TVLINE | As I said on Twitter last week, I was not expecting two of you.
Yeah, well, me neither. [Laughs] I mean, obviously I was, but prior to that, I wasn’t.
TVLINE | Was the dual role any kind of a secret about this season that you weren’t able to share with people?
It’s funny, because I did a few interviews before the season started, with people who had seen [screeners], and everybody asked me about it, so I guess it wasn’t a huge secret. I guess it depends on who you ask, because I thought it would be a great little surprise. I think it was a nice little twist.
TVLINE | How much time did you get to prepare for BJ?
Well, we get scripts for, like, the first three-quarters of the season before we start shooting. So, I had it, but I’m not big on preparation, so I didn’t do a lot. A lot of that was, like, game-day stuff, but I think it’s OK, because again, a lot of it’s just in the…
TVLINE | So much of it is her language.
Totally, yeah. I really don’t have to do much.
TVLINE | Did you get to do any evil twin stuff over on Passions? I was trying to remember….
No. No, there were a couple people who got to be evil twins. I wasn’t one of them. I wasn’t quite important enough!
TVLINE | So, no chance to pick up any of the tricks about how to act opposite yourself, to have the right eyeline and everything….
No, but when I did The Following, Sam Underwood played twins, so I was prepared for how tedious it can be. I mean, it wasn’t tedious for us, because our schedule is so unrealistic, to be honest. There was no tedium, but there’s a lot of repetition, because you have to do everything twice. I was prepared for that, because I had watched Sam do it, and the guy they had hired to play Sam’s double was so great. He really put a lot of effort into it. [Co-star/series co-creator] Jason [Jones] and I we were on the same page with making sure that my doubles, the BJ double and the Robin double, were actors instead of just [stand-ins].
TVLINE | I hear that all the time, that it’s really important.
Really important, and they were incredible. One of them went onto YouTube and watched interviews of me so that she could get my cadence and gestures down. Crazy, right? They were honestly two of the hardest-working people on the show this season, they were just so present. I mean, there were very, very, very long days, and sometimes one of them wasn’t doing anything except standing off-camera and watching my gestures, aping me as I’m doing the scene, so that when it comes back around, she can make sure that she’s in sync.
TVLINE | That is the one thing that drives me nuts with doubles, is when you can tell they’re just standing there, and I’m like, “Natalie’s more animated than that! She gesticulates! She would cock her head there!”
Yeah. They really, really had it down, and what was crazy is they both were very specific about who they were playing. They weren’t just being me playing these characters. One was very specifically BJ and one was very specifically Robin. They went all-out. It was great.
TVLINE | What’s going to be hardest for BJ passing herself as Robin?
[Her eventual downfall] ends up being something really stupid, of course, a slip that should’ve been a gimme. She fouls it up at the last minute.
TVLINE | I guess the question might actually be: Does she even try?
Yes. I will say yes, in her own way.
TVLINE | And what’s it going to take for Robin to get out of her predicament? We last saw her knocked out and chained up in a barn.
Well, she has to be dependent on some real idiots. [Sarcastically] She’s really super-patient with that kind of stuff, too. So, it should be “fine.”
TVLINE | One of those idiots is played by Mr. Travis Schuldt (Zea’s husband of nearly five years).
Indeed. He wasn’t going to come to location, because our daughter was starting school and he was actually working a lot on Splitting Up Together during the same time. He was like, “Look, you’re on your own, we’re not coming to see you.” So, I asked Jason if he could hire him for an episode or two, just to get my family out to Vancouver. He ended up getting to come out for two weeks, and then another two weeks later on, and it all happened to land on my daughter’s birthday, so it couldn’t have worked out better.
TVLINE | Objectively speaking…. How did he do as an idiot?
That’s kind of his niche, so…. had he f—ked this one up, it would’ve been really embarrassing. It’s, like, his forte, so he really had no excuse to not nail it.
TVLINE | Knowing this storyline was coming up, did you make any effort to make Robin a little more, not “nerdy,” but….
Not crazy? More subdued? No. That would’ve been a really good acting note, so thanks for that after the fact. [Laughs]
TVLINE | Because when BJ remarks on what a drip Robin is, I’m like, “She’s not, though. She’s cool.”
I know, she’s not that bad. But BJ’s also f—king insane, so… you can’t really trust anything she says.
TVLINE | Have you ever spoken more coarsely for a character?
Yes, because I’ve done two Tom Kapinos shows (Californication and White Famous). But minus the Tom Kapinos shows, that would be a no. BJ definitely doesn’t hold much back with her language.
TVLINE | I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that one of your characters does some pole-dancing in this week’s episode. Surely there are some anecdotes from that experience.
Well, as with everything on The Detour, there was no real rehearsal or discussion of what was going to happen. We just basically let the cameras roll, and I went for it, and Jason does what he does best — he just reacted. It was not a sexy dance. Nothing is sexy about this dance…
TVLINE | But it looked tricky, some of the stunt-y moves, like when you get your foot stuck in a [spoiler].
Yes, thank you. No easy feat, right? But my stunt double did the big stunt [at the end of the routine].
TVLINE | I screamed when that happened.
Yeah, that was not me, even if I wanted to.
TVLINE | You guys are so brave on this show with physical humor.
Honestly, when I look at it on the page, I usually don’t understand, and then once we get to set, it starts making a bit more sense. It’s very much all inside [Jason’s] brain.
TVLINE | This show keeps reinventing its premise. Will the finale hint at what Season 5 might be about, if you get renewed?
The last few scenes of the season finale will not make any sense until/unless there’s another season. So, talk to the boys upstairs!
TVLINE | Speaking of finales, as part of TVLine’s End of Decade roll-out, we named Justified one of the best series finales of the 2010s.
Yeah, everybody kind of got their happy ending…. It’s funny, because when you’re a little further removed from it, you’re like, “Well, that’s the only way that could’ve ended.” I think it was really bold and brave of them to make it a sort of blood-free episode, you know? Like, not blood-free literally, but there was no sort of comeuppance for anyone in that sort of sense, and I think that that was sort of, ironically, the biggest twist of all. Everybody came out relatively unscathed.
TVLINE | You had Raylan and Winona enjoying some ice cream, watching the kid romp around. It was downright domestic.
How unexpected, and great! I just remember, in the weeks and months leading up to that, there was a lot of speculation about how Justified was going to end, and who was going to die. It was very Game of Thrones, like, “OK, who’s going to make the kill list? Because obviously it’s going to be a blood-bath”….
TVLINE | But even Wynn Duffy survived!
Yeah, everybody did. Yeah.
Talk Show Appearance(6/23/19) LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, syndicated
Th 6/27: Justin Hartley
2019 Teen Choice Award Nominations(6/20/19) Choice Drama TV Actor
Adam Huber – Dynasty
Cole Sprouse – Riverdale
Justin Hartley – This Is Us
K.J. Apa – Riverdale
Oliver Stark – 9-1-1
Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us
Choice Comedy TV Actress
Eric Martsolf To Host New Podcast(5/29/19) (dummies.com/podcast/) DAYS’s Eric Martsolf (Brady) will host the new weekly series, FOR DUMMIES: The Podcast. With over 250 million books in print and countless topics covered, the iconic For Dummies brand has revolutionized learning by making complex subjects easy to understand. From cryptocurrency to wine, sex to cybersecurity, forensics to Fortnite, and everything in between. Starting June 17th, each week FOR DUMMIES: The Podcast will explore one of the For Dummies titles in its trademark approachable, fun, and entertaining style. The show is a joint venture of TWA Podcast Studio and Wiley & Sons, publishers of the For Dummies book series.
Inside Salem - 5/13/19 - Arianne Zucker, Lauren Koslow, Galen Gering and More(5/13/19) (Listen / download) Arianne Zucker Reflects on Nicole's Most Intense Scenes; Lauren Koslow, Galen Gering and More Join Us from the Red Carpet of the Daytime Emmy Awards.Nicole Walker has gone through quite the evolution over the course of almost 20 years on Days of our Lives. In this episode, Arianne Zucker reflects on Nicole's most memorable scenes and gives us some insight into her return story. Then, Lauren Koslow, Galen Gering, Ken Corday and more join host Michael Fairman on the red carpet for the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.
THIS IS US’ PICKED UP FOR THREE SEASONS(5/12/19) One of the most celebrated TV series on any platform since its launch in 2016, ratings powerhouse “This Is Us” has been renewed by NBC for the next three seasons.
The unprecedented three-year pickup signifies the network’s utmost confidence in the series that has become part of the pop culture zeitgeist.
The announcement was made by Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Presidents of Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment.
“In a television landscape with nearly 500 original scripted series, there are very few, if any, that have the critical and cultural impact of ‘This Is Us’ and we couldn’t be more proud to bring fans three more seasons of a show that so well represents the NBC brand,” said Katz and Pakosta. “A huge thank you and congratulations to our executive producers, cast and crew who reach new heights every week with the show’s inventive and compelling storytelling.”
For the 2018-19 season, “This Is Us” averaged a 3.79 rating in adults 18-49 and 13.8 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” Nielsens, making it currently the season’s #1 entertainment series on any broadcast network in 18-49, as well as the #2 drama in total viewers.
In addition, “This Is Us” generated television’s biggest lift going from “live plus same day” to L+7 Nielsens, growing by 1.78 rating points. When 35 days of linear and projected non-linear viewership are added, “This Is Us” more than triples its 2.01 L+SD rating, increasing to a 6.94.
“This Is Us” and its cast have won many top awards, including two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, an Emmy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Awards for Sterling K. Brown for Best Actor in a Drama Series and three AFI Awards for Program of the Year.
'This Is Us' star Hartley on INDYCAR GP: 'This is fantastic!'(5/12/19) He may star on NBC’s “This Is Us,” but after experiencing life at 200 mph around Indianapolis Motor Speedway, actor Justin Hartley felt more like “This is fantastic!”
On his path to wave the green flag to start the INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday, Hartley was schooled on what it might be like to pilot an Indy car at speed by none other than racing legend Mario Andretti.
Harley, who portrays Kevin Pearson on NBC’s hit show “This Is Us,” took a thrill ride as a passenger in the Indy Racing Experience two-seat Indy car driven by Andretti, watched the NTT IndyCar Series morning warmup practice from pit lane and took a tour of INDYCAR Race Control. He also met several stars of Indy car racing – including Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly of Andretti Autosport in the photo above – and stopped to pose for selfies with dozens of excited “This Is Us” fans.
“It’s a historic place,” Hartley said as he took in the view from the sixth floor of the IMS Pagoda. “I’m a race fan and, you know, to get to watch these incredible machines do these incredible things – this is fantastic! It’s engineering at its best.”
Climbing out of the two-seater ride with Andretti, Hartley summed up the experience simply: “That’s cookin’!”
Later, Hartley climbed to the flag stand at the IMS start/finish line – hovering above the iconic yard of bricks – to perform his honorary starter duties, waving the green flag to begin the race on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile permanent road course.
Hartley’s counterpart in honorary celebrity roles Saturday was Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, who drove the Chevrolet pace car ahead of the field on the parade and pace laps before the green flag. Crawford, a noted performance car buff, took a two-seater ride with Andretti, too, and thrilled hockey fans as he took in sights around the track.
Actor Hartley to wave green flag for IndyCar Grand Prix(5/9/19) Television star Justin Hartley will be the honorary starter for Saturday afternoon's IndyCar Grand Prix.
Hartley plays Kevin Pearson in the NBC series ''This Is Us'' and was part of the cast that earned the Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in 2018 and 2019.
It will be the first IndyCar race since mid-April. Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford will be the pace car driver for the race.
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