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News & Cast Updates(News section last updated August 30, 2018)
Jane Krakowski Joins Dickinson(8/30/18) Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) will co-star opposite Hailee Steinfeld in Apple’s recently ordered comedy Dickinson. She will play Emily Dickinson’s mother in the series, which will tell the titular poet’s coming-of-age story.
Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon urge voters to show up for midterms(8/10/18) (Video) WASHINGTON D.C. — The waning months before the 2016 presidential election saw a flood of videos featuring celebrities urging people to vote and volunteer.
That is now happening again for the upcoming midterm elections this November.
On Thursday, Swing Left debuted a new video featuring Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, urging viewers to sign up for one of the progressive group’s projects, the Last Weekend. Swing Left has organized a coalition of 30 progressive groups aiming to line up volunteers for a final push before the Nov. 6 elections.
In the video, Sedgwick called the election “the most important midterms of our lives,” and tells viewers that “even if you live in a progressive stronghold, there are races all over the country near you.”
Swing Left also produced a video last month that featured Jane Fonda, Rashida Jones and Lily Tomlin.
“I am just terrified of where our country is headed,” Sedgwick said in an interview. She worked on the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama but said that she and other progressives were probably “lulled into a false sense of security” that much of his agenda could not be rolled back.
“I just feel we have gotten far off the path of what our forefathers — and women — meant for us,” she said.
She cited a host of issues, including the environment and abortion rights, as well as the rollback of business regulations, that have been of major concern for her, but also that “there has been no check on the power” that President Donald Trump now has in the White House. She also cited the Trump administration’s effort to roll back California auto emission standards, despite the support that the standards have from car companies.
Republicans have already been hammering Democrats for their links to Hollywood, trying to characterize the industry as the very cultural elite that Trump ran against in 2016. A recent Republican National Committee video, called “Unhinged,” featured a number of celebrities, including Kathy Griffin and Madonna, railing against Trump.
Sedgwick said that she understands why some entertainment figures are reluctant to get into the political fray. She does get some backlash comments when she tweets something political, but “I don’t care.”
“My business is to do what is right for this country,” she said.
The goal of the Last Weekend is to get commitments for 1 million volunteer hours in the last four days before the election.
“I feel like you sit around and feel really terrible and hopeless, or you can be part of the solution,” Sedgwick said.
Soap Alumni Unite For New Project(8/8/18) A sudsy new half-hour drama that wraps its three-day shoot today in Manhattan features a bevy of soap alumni: Morgan Fairchild (ex-Anjelica, DAYS, et al), Robert Newman (ex-Josh, GUIDING LIGHT), Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse, ALL MY CHILDREN), Kristen Alderson (ex-Starr, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Ilene Kristen (ex-Roxy, OLTL, et al), Scott Evans (ex-Fish, OLTL), Diana DeGarmo (ex-Angelina, Y&R) and David A. Gregory (ex-Ford, OLTL) star alongside entertainment blogger Perez Hilton in the ensemble drama MÉLANGE, which Variety reports “will center on the fight over the ownership of an historic New York City gay bar, Mélange, after its proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.” Newman plays the late bar owner, Syd, and Fairchild plays his widow, Vivian.
Anthony Ray Dies: ‘Shadows’ Actor, Son Of Director Nicholas Ray Was 80(7/21/18) Anthony “Tony” Ray, the actor-producer son of Rebel Without a Cause director Nicholas Ray, died June 29 in Saco, Maine, following a long illness, his family has announced. Ray, who lived in Saco for the last 10 years, was 80.
A graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse and a member of the Actor’s Studio, Ray was on the producing teams of such 1970s hits as The Rose, An Unmarried Woman, Harry and Tonto, and Freebie and the Bean. He was an assistant director throughout the 1960s and into the ’70s on TV series The Iron Horse and Bewitched, films Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Cactus Flower, and, according to his family, Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus and John Huston’s The Misfits, among other credits.
Ray, who often went by the name Tony Ray, also worked as an actor, his credits starting in 1957 with Men In War and an uncredited appearance in his dad’s 1957 film The True Story of Jesse James. Later, he’d appear in John Cassavetes’ Shadows (as pictured, above, with co-star Lelia Goldoni), soap opera Search for Tomorrow, and primetime TV’s The Twilight Zone and The Untouchables.
According to his family, Ray Cape retired to Cape Neddick, Maine, in the late 1980s, and subsequently created a film program at Emerson College and directed the International Film and Television Workshop in Rockport, Maine. He was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Director’s Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild.
Though born in Washington, D.C. to Nicholas Ray and writer Jean Evans, Ray grew up in New York City and later lived among Hollywood’s biggest stars. In 1948, his father married actress Gloria Grahame, divorcing four years later. In 1960, the 23-year-old Anthony Ray married the 37-year-old Grahame, his former stepmother, in Tijuana, Mexico, scandalizing Hollywood when the news went public and damaging the actress’ career. They divorced in 1974.
Ray is survived by his wife Eve; daughter, Kelsey; and son, Tony Jr. A service to celebrate his life will be held in the autumn.
Christina Ricci & Jane Krakowski on Match Game(7/10/18) “309” – A hilarious hour of non-stop BLANK is in store as Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin hosts an all-new episode, THURSDAY, JUNE 28 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. “Match Game” features four contestants each week vying for the chance to win $25,000 as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in-the-missing-blank. “Match Game” is produced by FremantleMedia North America.
Celebrity panelists for June 28:
Joining the celebrity panelists are contestants Star Mitchell (hometown: Akron, Ohio), Amanda Morris (hometown: Merrimack, New Hampshire), Chris Capuano (hometown: Queens, New York) and Kristy D’Amelio (hometown: Sparta, New Jersey).
Executive producers include Alec Baldwin, FMNA’s Jennifer Mullin, Scott St. John and Mallory Schwartz.
Talk Show Appearance(7/3/18) WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN - Bravo
Tuesday, July 10 – JANE KRAKOWSKI
Susan Sarandon: I was arrested during immigration protest in DC(6/30/18) Susan Sarandon said she was arrested Thursday after participating in a protest on Capitol Hill against the Trump administration’s approach to illegal border crossings and the separation of immigrant children from their parents.
“Arrested. Stay strong. Keep fighting,” the actress tweeted without offering any further details.
Capitol Police did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
However, Sarandon was back on Twitter a mere three hours after she said she was arrested.
“Powerful, beautiful action with hundreds of women saying we demand the reunification of families separated by immoral ICE policy. This is what Democracy looks like. #WomenDisobey,” the 71-year-old tweeted.
The actress joined hundreds of women in the protest, which was organized by the Women’s March and the Center for Popular Democracy. They demanded for migrant families who had been separated at the border to be reunited.
Prior to her arrest, Sarandon retweeted other women who attended a sit-in style protest held at the Hart Senate Office building.
Women at the protest wrapped themselves in foil blankets to mimic the silver blankets that were seen in photographs of migrant children taken at detention centers.
Soap's Robert Mandan Dead at 86(6/4/18) Robert Mandan, best known to TV audiences for his role as Chester Tate on the classic ABC sitcom Soap, has died at the age of 86.
Mandan passed away in Los Angeles on April 29 after suffering a long, undisclosed illness, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He is survived by his wife, Sherry Dixon.
The veteran TV actor got his start in soap operas, with stints on From These Roots (1959-1961), The Edge of Night (1963), The Doctors (1963) and Search for Tomorrow (1966-1970). He continued to work regularly throughout the 1970s, appearing on episodes of All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son, Mission: Impossible and The Streets of San Francisco, among other high-profile series.
Mandan’s star-making role came soon after, when he was cast on the aforementioned Soap as the philandering husband to Katherine Helmond’s Jessica from 1977 to 1981. The series ran for a total of four seasons and spawned the successful spinoff Benson, starring the late Robert Guillaume.
After Soap, Mandan starred as Col. Lawrence Fielding in the TV adaptation of Private Benjamin, which ran on CBS from 1981-1983. In 1984, he starred opposite John Ritter on the short-lived Three’s a Crowd, in a role he originated in the final episodes of Three’s Company. In 1986, he appeared on The Facts of Life as Dr. Bruce Gaines, a member of the Peace Corps who married Mrs. Garrett in Charlotte Rae’s farewell episodes. Then in 1991, he reunited with Soap spouse Helmond in two episodes of Who’s the Boss.
Mandan’s film credits include Hickey & Boggs, MacArthur and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Other notable TV gigs included episodes of The Love Boat, CHiPS, Highway to Heaven, Santa Barbara, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Married… with Children.
Kimmy Schmidt's Final Episodes(6/1/18) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s journey won’t come to an end until next year: Netflix has announced that the second half of the comedy’s fourth and final season will debut on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.
The show’s last six episodes may be followed up by a movie to wrap up any loose ends, it was reported earlier this month.
The first half of Kimmy‘s fourth season hit the streaming service on Wednesday.
Kimmy Schmidt Ending With Season 4; Finale Movie in the Works — Report(5/4/18) Kimmy Schmidt has apparently reached her breaking point.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will end its run on Netflix after its fourth season, TVLine’s sister site Deadline reports, with a finale movie in the works to wrap up any loose ends.
The movie will reportedly be written by Kimmy co-creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock following production on Season 4, which releases its first six (of 13) episodes on Wednesday, May 30. (The second half arrives later this year.)
TVLine has reached out to Netflix for comment.
Are you ready to say goodbye to Kimmy and the gang (keeping in mind that you still have a season and a potential movie left to enjoy)?
Kimmy Schmidt Gets a New Job (and Song!) in Season 4 Premiere — Watch(5/4/18) (Video) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is no longer unemployable.
Netflix has released a first look at the opening minutes of the comedy’s Season 4 premiere (debuting Wednesday, May 30), and in it, Ellie Kemper’s Kimmy is starting her first day at work to the tune of an energetic, Mary Tyler Moore-style theme song — sung by co-star Jane Krakowski, naturally. Kimmy even tosses her hat in the air, just like Mary Richards… but alas, it gets stuck in a tree, along with a dozen others.
Kimmy’s the new HR manager at Giztoob, a hip tech start-up where she hands out unwanted high-fives and hugs to her fellow co-workers — including a robot named C.H.E.R.Y.L. But her job isn’t easy: Her boss Zach informs her she’ll have to fire an employee for being late — and fix that scratchy record player, while she’s at it.
Jane Krakowski Guest Stars on Modern Family(5/1/18) “Clash of Swords” – Mitchell sneaks out to “Hero-Con” with fanboy Phil, dressed as their favorite characters from the show “Clash of Swords.” It’s great until Phil commits the ultimate fan faux pas. In a clash of another kind, Gloria’s dinosaur party for Joe is ruined when her nemesis, Dr. Donna Duncan (Jane Krakowski), upstages her with a far bigger and better party right next door, on the season finale of “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 (9:00–9:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
“Modern Family” stars Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy, Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily Tucker-Pritchett and Jeremy Maguire as Joe Pritchett.
Guest starring are Jane Krakowski as Dr. Donna Duncan, Christian Barillas as Ronaldo, Ben Schwartz as Nick and Dylan Bay Kleckner as Cal.
Susan Sarandon is fine with being underpaid under one circumstance(4/27/18) Susan Sarandon is willing to take a lower paycheck for one reason.
“I’ve worked with five women directors lately, and they’re all on low-budget films because that’s the way they’ll get their shot,” she explained to InStyle’s financial column Money Talks. “I had an incredible part when I did ‘The Meddler,’ for instance. Am I going to turn down a great part and a woman director because I’m not getting my quote? No. It’s the process that’s important to me and the people I’m working with.”
Sarandon, 71, who won an Oscar in 1996 and has been nominated for the award four other times, says actors are sometimes offered mountains of money for movies that have little chance of being good.
“If you really need to buy that house or send your kid to college, then maybe you’ll take that job,” she added. “But I’ve always maintained a rather low standard of living so that I don’t get in the position of having to do that.”
While detailing her spending habits, the “Thelma & Louise” legend revealed she’s pretty frugal with her coins. Sarandon said her business partner once told her, “You never spend any money.”
It’s for that reason that she’ll skip a trip to the salon when she can.
“I still cut my own hair, badly,” she quipped. “I just hold it up and trim it. It’s a mess.”
Ray Donovan: Susan Sarandon Returns as Series Regular for Season 6(4/13/18) Susan Sarandon will be following Ray Donovan to the Big Apple. Showtime announced Thursday that the Oscar winner will reprise her role as studio head Sam Winslow for the drama’s NYC-set sixth season, which is slated to bow this fall.
Sarandon — who presumably will attempt to fill the void left by former leading lady Paula Malcomson, whose Abby succumbed to cancer last season — will be a series regular.
Back in October at the conclusion of Season 5, Ray Donovan showrunner David Hollander hinted at Sarandon’s return, telling us, “We’re all very interested in Susan’s character and we’re all hoping that there’s a place for her [in Season 6].”
Jane Krakowski & Tituss Burgess Set To Announce Drama Desk Award Nominations(4/10/18) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt duo Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess will announce the nominations for the 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards on Thursday, April 26, the organization announced today.
The awards ceremony, as previously announced, will be hosted by Michael Urie at Manhattan’s The Town Hall on Sunday, June 3.
“What an honor to have Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess announce this year’s Drama Desk Nominations,” said Gretchen Shugart, President of Arts and Culture of AudienceView, parent company of TheaterMania.com, producer of the awards ceremony. “With their unique theatrical backgrounds, we are so pleased that they will be on hand to celebrate the New York theater community.”
The nominations will be announced at 10 a.m. ET on April 26 from Feinstein’s/54 Below and livestreamed on the TheaterMania site. The Drama Desk Awards honor outstanding achievement on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway.
Kevin Bacon, David Koepp Making ‘You Should Have Left’ For Blumhouse(3/26/18) David Koepp is writing and directing the feature adaptation of Daniel Kehlmann’s You Should Have Left for Blumhouse with Kevin Bacon set to star.
Book, akin to Stephen King’s The Shining, follows a screenwriter who is writing a sequel to his big hit film in a remote house in the Alps with his wife and daughter contending with his writer’s dilemma.
Bacon brought the source material to Koepp who directed the actor in 1999’s Stir of Echoes. Blumhouse acquired the project, following Koepp and Bacon’s pick up of the book’s film rights.
Susan Sarandon: Paul Newman shared salary to bridge gender pay gap(3/9/18) Susan Sarandon has praised the late Paul Newman for tackling pay inequality sharing his salary with her when they starred in a film together.
Hollywood’s gender pay gap has been a hot topic since 2014, when leaked documents revealed Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams, the female stars of American Hustle, were paid less than their male counterparts.
Susan said that she faced the problem when filming the 1998 neo-noir thriller Twilight, but that Paul gave up a portion of his salary to help bridge the pay gap.
“Emma Stone once came forward and said she got equal pay because her male stars insisted upon it and gave up something of theirs,” she told BBC Radio 5 Live in an interview marking International Women’s Day. “That happened to me with Paul Newman at one point, when I did a film with him ages ago.”
She explained that Newman had, “stepped forward and said ‘Well, I’ll give you part of mine’. So yeah – he was a gem”.
Figures across the movie industry have vowed to stamp out mistreatment of women in the wake of the scandals surrounding movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who is alleged to have sexually harassed or assaulted actresses starring in his films, and other filmmakers and stars.
But Susan, 71, believes the “casting couch” culture which involves actresses having to sleep with movie executives to win roles will never disappear entirely.
“I don’t think it will ever go away,” she explained. “I think what will go away is the unwanted exchange, but I think that giving yourself sexually, or being drawn to power and wanting to have sex with someone that’s in power is also a choice.
“What we don’t want to have is (people) being exploited and to have the Harvey Weinsteins of the world holding it over your head and holding it over your project – that is the most despicable.”
Kimmy Schmidt Season 4 Gets May Premiere Date, Will Be Split in Half(2/14/18) Kimmy Schmidt may be unbreakable, but her show is apparently a different story.
Netflix on Wednesday announced that it’s breaking the comedy’s upcoming fourth season into multiple parts, with the first half (six episodes) premiering on Wednesday, May 30. The second half will premiere sometime in 2018.
This makes at least half of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s fourth season eligible for Emmy consideration, as episodes must air or be released by May 31 in order to qualify.
The announcement, naturally, came equipped with this fun little video of Kimmy being… Kimmy:
STOP… in the naaaame of Season 4! Part 1 streams May 30th! pic.twitter.com/ey0mHQ5DDM — Kimmy Schmidt (@KimmySchmidt) February 14, 2018
‘The Village’: Michaela McManus, Frankie Faison & Jerod Haynes Cast In NBC Pilot(2/8/18) Michaela McManus (SEAL Team), Jerod Haynes (Southside With You) and Banshee alum Frankie Faison have booked series regular roles on NBC’s The Village pilot.
Written/executive produced by Mike Daniels (Sons of Anarchy), The Village is a sprawling ensemble drama. Despite differences in age, race, culture and lifestyle, the residents of a Manhattan apartment building find that the more their lives intertwine, the more complex and compelling their connections become, thus proving life’s challenges are better faced alongside family, even if it’s the one you make wherever you find it.
McManus will play Sarah, a caring nurse and mother of a pregnant teen who was a teen mom herself. Haynes will portray Ben, a local police officer and tenant of the apartment building. Faison will play Ron, a man who’s very caring and willing to help anyone.
McManus played Grace Karn on Aquarius and recently appeared as Alana Hayes on SEAL Team. She is repped by UTA and Principato-Young.
Chicago native Haynes most recently appeared in the feature Southside with You and has guest-starred on Chicago Med, Sense8 and Empire. He can currently be seen starring in Blueprint for The Orchard, which Haynes co-produced and co-wrote and was directed by Daryl Wein. He next will be seen in Netflix and Blumhouse Prods’ Benji. Haynes is represented by WME, Marsh Entertainment and Patti Felker at Felker Toczek.
Faison, known for his roles as Sugar Bates on Cinemax’s Banshee and Commissioner Ervin Burrell on The Wire, most recently recurred on Grey’s Anatomy and guest-starred on The Good Fight. He is with Vanguard Management.
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.
‘One Mississippi’, ‘I Love Dick’ & ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ Canceled By Amazon(1/17/18) Amazon is doing more clearing the decks with the cancelation of three comedy series, Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi, Jill Soloway’s I Love Dick, and Jean Claude Van Damme’s Jean-Claude Van Johnson.
One Mississippi was canceled after two seasons, while I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson were axed after one.
“This is part of a move towards bigger, wider-audience series,” an Amazon insider told Deadline.
Jane Krakowski & Jason Biggs on Match Game 1/31/18(1/17/18) “Episode 312” – Fun, laughs and BLANKS! are all in store, on “Match Game,” WEDNESDAY, JAN. 31 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC, streaming and on demand. Produced by FremantleMedia North America, Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin hosts the third season of the bawdy and hilarious game show. “Match Game” features four contestants each week vying for the chance to win $25,000, as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in-the-missing-blank.
Celebrity Panelists for Jan. 31:
Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”)
Joining the celebrity panelists are contestants Jondelle Jardine (hometown: Troy, New York), Joe Schmidt (hometown: Bedminster, New Jersey) Alexis Vitetta (hometown: Nutley, New Jersey) and Barry Rosenblum (hometown: White House Station, New Jersey).
Executive producers include Alec Baldwin, FMNA’s Jennifer Mullin, Scott St. John and Mallory Schwartz.
SAG Awards Nominations(12/14/17) Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET / Elio – “CALL ME BY YOUR NAME” (Sony Pictures Classics)
JAMES FRANCO / Tommy Wiseau – “THE DISASTER ARTIST” (A24)
DANIEL KALUUYA / Chris Washington – “GET OUT” (Universal Pictures)
GARY OLDMAN / Winston Churchill – “DARKEST HOUR” (Focus Features)
DENZEL WASHINGTON / Roman J. Israel, Esq. – “ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ.” (Columbia Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
THE CROWN (Netflix)
GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
THE HANDMAID’S TALE (Hulu)
STRANGER THINGS (Netflix)
THIS IS US (NBC)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (HBO)
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)
LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
GENERAL HOSPITAL and ALL MY CHILDREN Actress Jennifer Bassey Joins the Cast of ANACOSTIA!(12/10/17) Daytime veteran Jennifer Bassey is joining the cast of ANACOSTIA, the Daytime Emmy Award-winning digital series. The actress most recently appeared as Quinn Danvers on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but is perhaps best known for her role as Marian Colby on ALL MY CHILDREN. “Just like I do during ever visit to Port Charles, I couldn’t feel more at home in ANACOSTIA!” Bassey enthused. “There is always an abundance of love and lies — so I do my best to give them life!”
Bassey will be playing Beverly, the close friend of the villainous Eva’s long-suffering husband, Henry, in the fifth season of the online soap when it resumes on Tuesday, Dec. 26. Her character will be at the center of the drama when Dominique seeks her out looking for information that could lead to the missing Alexis (played by AS THE WORLD TURNS star Martha Byrne (Lily)) and her son. “Dominique and our audience will get far more than they bargained for when Beverly starts to tell what she knows,” promises ANACOSTIA’s executive producer and writer, Anthony Anderson.
Byrne joining the cast of the series years ago was just the first of many familiar daytime faces that Anderson was able to bring to his series. “The next year, I had to pinch myself when we welcomed Elizabeth Hubbard,” he added. “Today I’ve just hit the jackpot, no two ways about it. Jennifer Bassey is a true professional and we are honored she brought her special blend of talent and powerful screen presence to ANACOSTIA.
“Jennifer plays a huge part in the twists and turns that will mark the end of this season,” he continued, “but trust me — both Jennifer and Beverly are just getting started!”
ANACOSTIA took home the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding New Approaches — Drama Series in 2015, the same year that Byrne took home the trophy for Outstanding Performer in a New Approaches Drama Series. It follows the lives of the residents of a small residential community in Washington D.C. as they navigate a web of love, betrayal, sex, and murder. You can catch up on all the drama in the first four seasons to prepare for season five on its YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/ANACOSTIASERIES
Former Soap Stars In The 75th Golden Globes Nominations(12/12/17) BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
STEVE CARELL, BATTLE OF THE SEXES
ANSEL ELGORT, BABY DRIVER
JAMES FRANCO, THE DISASTER ARTIST
HUGH JACKMAN, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
DANIEL KALUUYA, GET OUT
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN ANY MOTION PICTURE
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge to Star in Showtime Drama Pilot City on a Hill(11/14/17) Aldis Hodge is moving several degrees closer to Kevin Bacon: The Underground breakout is set to star opposite Bacon in Showtime’s Boston-based drama pilot City on a Hill, TVLine has learned.
From exec producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and writer Chuck MacLean, the prospective series is a fictional account of what was referred to as the “Boston Miracle.” In the early ’90s, corruption and racism was the norm in Boston, until an African-American district attorney (Hodge) from Brooklyn arrives in the city, advocating change. He forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran (Bacon) who is invested in maintaining the status quo. Together they take on a family of armored car robbers in a case that eventually upends the city’s criminal justice system.
“Kevin Bacon radiates intelligence and mystery with every role he plays,” Showtime president David Nevins said in a statement. “He is a gifted, mesmerizing actor who will be the perfect partner and foil to Aldis Hodge, one of Hollywood’s rising talents and someone primed to stand at the center of this powerful drama.”
Bacon recently signed on to reprise his role as Valentine McKee in Syfy’s in-the-works revival of Tremors. Should Tremors and City on a Hill earn series orders, sources confirm that The Following alum would be able to juggle both. It’s unclear what all of this means for Bacon’s in-limbo Amazon comedy I Love Dick, which reportedly remains in consideration for a second season.
Obit: Harry R. Eggart, 79(11/9/17) (westportnow.com) Harry R. Eggart of Wellfleet, Massachusetts, a former longtime resident of Westport, died Oct. 23 after a long illness. He was 79.
He spent his life in the theater, starting out as an actor and advancing to directing and producing. He was director of CBS’s “Guiding Light” for 18 years as well as many other soap operas.
Born in Florida, he attended Auburn University and Tulane University. A veteran, he served in the U.S. Army in Ethiopia.
He was a member of theatrical unions AEA, SAG, AFTRA and DGA. He directed more than 2,000 hours of network television that also included episodes of “Search for Tomorrow,” “Another World,” and “Santa Barbara.” He also directed touring legit shows, dinner theater performances, industrials, and specials.
He was director of the daytime Emmy Awards for 12 years for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
In 2003, he appeared as a panelist at the Westport Historical Society discussing soap operas with fellow Westporters (see WestportNow Oct. 19, 2003). In 2004, he and wife Roberta sold their home on Spicer Road.
He loved to paint, never met a book he didn’t like and wrote in his spare time. He loved hot weather, his family, a good joke, his dogs and cornbread. He had a great smile.
Married to Roberta B. Eggart for 50 years, he was father of Jesse, Casey, and Kat Eggart and proud Papi to Kai McCready. Survivors also include nieces Linda Dunn and Suzzie Akins of Florida, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Judy and Steve Penn, and niece, Joanna Shober of California, and son-in-law Michael McCready of Stratford.
There will be a military graveside service on Wednesday Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Connery Avenue, Bourne, Massachusetts.
Morning Show Appearance(10/20/17) Today - NBC
Wednesday, November 1
(10-11 a.m.) Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Susan Saradon and Cheryl Hines on Bad Moms Christmas. Trim Before Turkey. Kip Moore performs on Today.
Fox's Christmas Story: Jane Krakowski, Chris Diamantopoulos Join Live Musical(10/19/17) We triple-dog dare you not to get excited about this casting: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s Jane Krakowski and Silicon Valley‘s Chris Diamantopoulos have joined the cast of Fox’s live musical production of A Christmas Story.
Krakowski is set to play Miss Shields, teacher to nine-year-old Ralphie (played by relative newcomer Andy Walken). Diamantopoulos, meanwhile, will play Ralphie’s father. (He better brush up on his Italian!)
Fox’s A Christmas Story Live! is a new rendition of the classic 1983 holiday film, based on the Broadway musical with new songs written by Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Krakowski and Diamantopoulos join an all-star ensemble, with Matthew Broderick playing an older version of Ralphie and serving as the musical’s narrator, and Saturday Night Live alum Maya Rudolph playing Ralphie’s mom.
A Christmas Story Live! is set to ring in the holiday season on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7/6c.
The worst advice Susan Sarandon ever received(10/13/17) Susan Sarandon has no regrets about having had three kids — or the timing.
When asked by Good Housekeeping what the worst advice she ever received was, the actress didn’t hesitate.
“I think it was ‘Don’t have the baby,’ as though it would ruin my career, and I was so old anyway,” she told the magazine (via People). “I had my first baby at 39 and my third at 45, and with each child, [people were] like, ‘Are you crazy? Don’t!’”
Sarandon, 71, who is a mom to Miles Robbins, 25, Jack Robbins, 28, and Eva Amurri Martino, 32, is also now a self-described “silly grandmother.”
“All my kids have a sense of humor,” Sarandon added. “I even have a clown nose for having serious conversations — it stops you from getting emotionally loaded.”
The Oscar winner also makes it a priority to relax because she found that “perfection requires too much energy,” so she “gave it up a while ago.”
“It comes in handy when you age because there is this idea of beauty being perfection,” Sarandon explained. “Embracing what it is about you that makes you an individual goes hand in hand with that.”
Our history: P&G put the ‘soap’ in 'soap opera'(10/5/17) (cincinnati.com) Count soap operas among Procter & Gamble’s many successes. P&G was one of the first companies to sponsor daytime serial dramas on the radio in the 1930s to advertise their products to housewives. The shows were associated with sponsors such as P&G’s Oxydol, Duz and Ivory soaps and were dubbed “soap operas.”
P&G was prolific, producing several long-running soap operas for radio and television.
The company first dipped into radio in 1927, underwriting NBC’s “Radio Beauty School” to advertise Camay perfumed soap.
Then, in 1930, Chicago radio station WGN hired Irna Phillips of Dayton to write “Painted Dreams,” a domestic serial drama. The format was appealing to P&G, as research suggested women would prefer to be entertained while they did housework.
P&G had a top-notch radio studio in its own backyard with WLW, broadcasting from the Crosley Building in Camp Washington.
After trying out “The Puddle Family Radio Show” in 1932, P&G sponsored “Ma Perkins” at WLW, starting Aug. 14, 1933. The 15-minute serial was picked up for a nationwide rollout on NBC on Dec. 4, 1933, and production moved to Chicago.
“Ma Perkins,” sponsored by Oxydol laundry soap, starred Virginia Payne of Price Hill as the venerable widow who ran a lumberyard in the small Southern town Rushville Center and raised her three children. “The mother of all soap operas” was produced by Anne and Frank Hummert, the leading soap opera creators in the 1930s and ’40s.
The connection to Oxydol was so strong that the show was often called “Oxydol’s Own Ma Perkins.”
Although Oxydol dropped its sponsorship in 1956, “Ma Perkins” continued until Nov. 25, 1960, when all the remaining radio serials were canceled. The date became known as “the day radio drama died.”
Payne played Ma Perkins in all 7,065 episodes over 27 years. She later performed on Broadway, then moved back to Cincinnati and often appeared in productions for Playhouse in the Park. Payne died in her Clifton home in 1977, at age 67.
P&G sponsored numerous radio shows, including “Perry Mason,” “The Red Skelton Show,” “Truth or Consequences,” “The Road of Life,” “Dreft Star Playhouse” and “Against the Storm,” the only radio drama to win a Peabody Award.
Their most successful production was “The Guiding Light,” a soap opera created by Irna Phillips in 1937, and sponsored by P&G White Naphtha Soap. The series transitioned to television in 1952, but continued to also be broadcast on radio until 1956.
Procter & Gamble Productions produced several soap operas for television:
» “Guiding Light” (1952 to 2009) is listed in the “Guinness Book of World Records” as the longest-running TV drama, running 57 years. Including radio, it ran 72 years, a total of 18,262 episodes.
» “Search for Tomorrow” (1951-86) advertised P&G’s Joy dishwashing liquid and Spic and Span household cleaner.
» “The Brighter Day” (1954-62) was created by Phillips for radio in 1948, and was the only soap with an overt religious theme.
» “The Edge of Night” (1956-84) was conceived as a daytime version of “Perry Mason,” but Mason creator Erle Stanley Gardner had a fight with CBS and backed out. Instead, “Edge” was a thinly veiled copy with John Larkin, who portrayed Mason on radio. The show was set in the fictional Midwestern town Monticello, but the opening credits showed the Cincinnati skyline.
» “As the World Turns” (1956 to 2010), Phillips’ sister show for “Guiding Light,” debuted the same day as “The Edge of Night” and became the second-longest running show, lasting 54 years.
» “Another World” (1964-99) was supposed to be a spinoff of “As the World Turns,” thus the name, but it was picked up by a different network.
“As the World Turns” ended its run on Sept. 17, 2010, the last P&G-owned soap opera.
Susan Sarandon & Gideon Adlon Join Focus Features Drama ‘Mustang’(10/4/17) Susan Sarandon and Gideon Adlon have come aboard the Focus Features drama Mustang, from French actress and first-time director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, who also co-wrote the screenplay. The two join a cast that includes Matthias Schoenaerts, Jason Mitchell and Bruce Dern, production slated to begin this month in Nevada.
Schoenaerts stars as Roman, a convict who is given the chance to participate in the rehabilitation-therapy program training wild mustangs. Roman forms a strong bond with a particularly difficult horse, which forces him to confront his harsh past and innermost demons.
Sarandon will play the prison therapist, and Adlon is Roman’s daughter.
Mona Fastvold and Brock Norman Brock co-wrote the screenplay with de Clermont-Tonnerre. Alain Goldman is producing through his company Legende, while Molly Hallam will serve as executive producer.
Sarandon is coming off an Emmy-nominated role in the FX anthology series Feud: Bette and Joan and recurs on Showtime’s Ray Donovan. On the big screen, she co-stars in STX’s holiday sequel A Bad Moms Christmas, which hits theaters November 3.
Gideon next will be seen in Universal’s Seth Rogan-produced comedy The Pact. Other credits include Dustin Lance Black’s When We Rise and John Ridley’s American Crime.
Sarandon is repped by UTA, and Adlon is with UTA and Main Title Entertainment.
‘Neo Yokio’ Trailer: Jaden Smith, Susan Sarandon & Jude Law Star In Netflix Anime Series(9/8/17) (Video) “Neo Yokio is the greatest city in the world. It is a diverse labyrinth of cultural and architectural innovation. Of course, whenever a city becomes the envy of the world, problems are bound to arise.”
We’re getting the first look at Neo Yokio, Netflix’s new six-episode anime series from creator, writer and executive producer Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), writer/executive producer Nick Weidenfeld and his Friends Night banner.
Jaden Smith stars as lovesick Kaz Kaan, the youngest member of a family of “magistocrats” – pink-haired demon slayers who once liberated the city of Neo Yokio. Today, his demon-slaying is barely more than a side-hustle coordinated by his Aunt Agatha (Susan Sarandon) – Kaz himself would rather concern himself with shopping, field hockey and – of course – mending his broken heart.
Always by Kaz’s side are his faithful mecha-butler, Charles (Jude Law), and his inseparable friends Lexy and Gottlieb (The Kid Mero and Desus Nice) as he navigates the complexities of life in Neo Yokio and tries to stay one step ahead of his arch-rival, Neo Yokio’s number one most eligible bachelor, Arcangelo Corelli (Jason Schwartzman.)
Things take a mysterious turn when Kaz is drawn into the turbulent world of ex-fashion blogger Helena St. Tessero (Tavi Gevinson), setting in motion a sequence of events that force him to question everything he knows about Neo Yokio.
The series is a collaboration between Netflix and Japanese anime studios Production IG and Studio Deen, along with Seoul-based animation studio MOI.
All six episodes of Neo Yokio will launch globally on Friday, September 22 exclusively on Netflix.
‘Bad Moms Christmas’ Trailer: Santa Lap Dancing, Susan Sarandon & Naked Justin Hartley(9/6/17) (Video) Summertime wasn’t easy on raunchy comedies, but Christmas is for dreaming, right? STX Entertainment has unwrapped a new – and restricted – trailer for A Bad Moms Christmas, the not-yet-rated comedy that sends a group of mothers and their adult daughters off to the mall and other holiday destinations for some bad mom adventures.
The logline: “A Bad Moms Christmas follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. And if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers. By the end of the journey, our moms will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers.”
Expect Santa lap dances. And stripper Kringles.
Cast includes Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines, Jay Hernandez, Wanda Sykes, Peter Gallagher, Justin Hartley and Oona Laurence. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore direct from their screenplay.
Producers are Bill Block, Mark Kamine and Suzanne Todd.
The raunchy trailer boasts a strong, cross-generation cast, including a very nude Hartley (This Is Us), that could help put a big ribbon over that summer crop of disappointing rude comedies, like Rough Night, The House, Baywatch, and Snatched.
STX Films takes Bad Moms Christmas to theaters November 3. Check out the NSFW trailer above, and happy holidays.
Susan Sarandon Hits Kaepernick Rally, 'I Stand With Colin'(8/23/17) Hundreds of people rallied in support of Colin Kaepernick in NYC Wednesday -- including Susan Sarandon -- who said proudly, "I'm With Kaep."
The "United We Stand" rally went down in front of the NFL headquarters in New York -- stars like Kurtis Blow, ex-NFL player Willie Colon and rapper Mysonne were all there.
Sarandon tweeted about the rally -- saying, "Together we win. I stand with Colin."
Members of Kaepernick's college fraternity -- Kappa Alpha Psi (a historically black fraternity) -- were also marching for the QB.
Several people gave speeches applauding Kaep for taking a stand -- and imploring NFL owners to sign him.
Susan Sarandon to be honored at Woodstock Film Festival(8/15/17) Susan Sarandon will receive the Maverick Award at an annual film festival in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Organizers of the Woodstock Film Festival say the star of such films as “Thelma and Louise” and “Bull Durham” will receive the award during the Oct. 11-15 event. She also will screen “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” for which she was executive producer.
Sarandon will receive the award Oct. 14 during a ceremony at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, one of the host communities of the festival.
Previous recipients include Steve Buscemi and the late movie director Jonathan Demme.
Sarandon won an Academy Award in 1996 for best actress for her role in “Dead Man Walking.”
Besides Kingston, the festival is hosted by nearby Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Rosendale and Saugerties.
Ellie Kemper and Jane Krakowski Are Singing Dragons—Yes, You Read That Right(7/19/17) It's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Ellie Kemper and Jane Krakowski as you've never seen them before: Singing together. In animated dragon form. Yes, they're singing animated dragons.
The two costars made their way over to Disney Junior's Sofia the First to play dragons, Kemper is the recurring character of Crackle, and Krakowski plays Crackle's childhood rival Sizzle. In the episode, Sofia (Ariel Winter) disguises herself as a dragon to attend the annual Dragon Roast n' Toast picnic with her pal Crackle. There, they meet Sizzle and another familiar-voiced dragon, Orange Is the New Black star Kimiko Glenn's Cinder.
And then they sing, of course. And spoiler alert, it's kind of a catchy song. For those missing 30 Rock, you can just pretend it's Krakowski's Jenna Maroney singing and that'll take things to a whole new level.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was nominated for three Emmys for the 2017 ceremony. Kemper, Tituss Burgess and the series itself picked up nominations. Netflix renewed the comedy from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock for a fourth season, which is likely a year away. So, let this Sofia the First clip give you a little Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Sofia the First has won Daytime Emmys in the past, maybe this original song done by the Unbreakable duo will get it another?
Sofia the First airs Friday, July 21 at 9 a.m. on Disney Channel.
2017 Emmy Awards Nominations(7/14/17) LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Viola Davis - How To Get Away With Murder, ABC
Claire Foy - The Crown, Netflix
Elisabeth Moss - The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu
Keri Russell -The Americans, FX Networks
Evan Rachel Wood - Westworld, HBO
Robin Wright - House Of Cards, Netflix
LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
HOST FOR A REALITY/REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM
PBS: GREAT PERFORMANCES “She Loves Me”(7/13/17) (Friday, October 20, 9 pm-12 am ET) Two feuding clerks in a 1930s Budapest parfumerie unwittingly find solace in each other as anonymous romantic pen pals—not realizing their respective correspondents are in fact each other. Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, Jane Krakowski and Gavin Creel star.
Tales of the City Revival Eyed at Netflix(6/29/17) Revival-enamored Netflix is looking to resurrect another beloved television tale.
TVLine has learned that the streamer is developing a 10-episode, present-day continuation of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. Sources confirm that original cast members Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis (Barbara, Search For Tomorrow) are attached to star, with other Tales vets expected to join them.
Netflix declined to comment.
This would mark the fourth TV chapter of the LGBT-themed, San Francisco-set Tales, following the landmark 1993 version (which aired stateside on PBS) and the “sequels” More Tales of the City and Further Tales of the City, which ran on Showtime in 1998 and 2001, respectively.
Maupin would return as an exec producer and, per Variety, Michael Cunningham (The Hours) has already penned the first script.
‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ Redband Trailer: It’s The Mother Of All Holidays(6/29/17) (Video) Bad Moms pounced on an unsuspecting box office last year, pulling down $113M from a $20M budget. It was the first $100M domestic hit for STXfilms, which quickly greenlighted a sequel. And with late-June thermometers redder than a Utah primary map, here’s the first redband trailer for A Bad Moms Christmas.
Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn are reprising their roles as fed-up mothers who tend to the children, wrestle with the PTA hierarchy and stray to commit random acts of debauchery. Now the setting is the holidays, the time when families come together to share in the joy of the season. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Right? Enter Cheryl Hines, Christine Baranski and Susan Sarandon ? the bad moms’ moms.
“Do you know the secret behind what makes Christmas so special? Moms. Moms working their asses off ? cooking, wrapping decorating and shopping.” No argument there. “Remember when the holidays were actually fun?” Kunis’ Amy asks. “Let’s take Christmas back.” Cue the previous-gen mothers, along with male strippers, a lapdance-happy Santa, destructive giant tree and shots. Lots and lots of shots.
Jay Hernandez, Peter Gallagher, Justin Hartley, David Walton co-star in the film, with Bad Moms writer-directors Jon Lucas & Scott Moore back for more. Suzanne Todd again produces, with Bill Block executive producing. STXfilms will open A Bad Moms Christmas on November 3. Have a look at the NSFW trailer, and tell us if you plan to spend the holidays with the Bad Moms and their moms.
‘Tremors’ Reboot Starring Kevin Bacon From Blumhouse Gets Syfy Pilot Order(6/26/17) The long-gestating Tremors reboot, headlined by original star Kevin Bacon, is a go, Syfy has given a pilot order to the project, from Universal Cable Productions and Blumhouse Television, with Kevin Bacon reprising his role from the 1990 cult classic film of the same name.
In the new Tremors written by Andrew Miller (The Secret Circle), the killer Graboid worms that nearly destroyed Perfection, Nevada 25 years ago are back, and the town’s only hope for survival is Valentine McKee (Bacon) who beat them once. But to do it again he’ll have to overcome age, alcohol and a delusional hero complex.
Miller, who serves as showrunner, executive produces along with Bacon and David Schiff (Southpaw).
“This is the only character I’ve played that I’ve ever thought about revisiting. I just got to thinking, where would this guy end up after 25 years?” said Bacon. “Andrew Miller has a fantastic take on it and we hope to create a show that will be fun and scary for fans of the movie and folks that have yet to discover it. Let’s kick some Graboid ass!”
Bacon signaled his interest in revisiting Tremors in a May 2015 interview. He teamed with Miller, Blumhouse and UCP for a reboot series later that year, with Syfy as a possible home.
“We are so pleased to continue our partnership with Syfy and UCP in reviving this cult classic with none other than Kevin Bacon as Valentine McKee; we look forward to thrilling original fans and new audiences alike,” said Jason Blum, who also has the high-profile Purge series at UCP, which will be shared by Syfy and USA Network.
The 1990 film from Universal Pictures, directed by Ron Underwood and also starring Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross, and Reba McEntire, grossed a modest $16.6 million domestically but developed a cult following. It spawned a previous TV spinoff, Tremors: The Series, which aired for one season in 2003, on then-Sci-Fi Channel.
Julianne Moore, Tracy Morgan, Kate McKinnon Join Alec Baldwin Tribute(6/16/17) Julianne Moore, Tracy Morgan, Kate McKinnon, Jane Krakowski, and Jack McBrayer will be among Alec Baldwin’s friends and co-stars offering comedic tribute on Spike TV’s One Night Only: Alec Baldwin.
Additional names will be announced shortly, Spike says.
One Night Only: Alec Baldwin, described as part roast, part This Is Your Life, will include comedy, music, “candid personal stories and a few surprises for the superstar,” Spike said in announcing the headliners.
Set for taping at Harlem’s Apollo Theater on Sunday, June 25, the special is produced by Casey Patterson Entertainment and directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller. One Night Only: Alec Baldwin will premiere on Spike TV on Sunday, July 9, 9 pm ET/PT.
Talk Show Appearance(6/16/17) WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN - Bravo
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 – JANE KRAKOWSKI
Daytime Emmys Agnes Nixon Tribute (Extended Version)(6/16/17) (Video) The iconic creator of All My Children and One Life to Live, Agnes Nixon, is honored in this tribute to her career, her legacy, and the soap operas she made famous by many of the actors who played beloved characters within them including: Erika Slezak, Thorsten Kaye, Michael E. Knight, Peter Bergman, Kim Delaney, Eden Riegel, Robert S. Woods, Darnell Williams, Cameron Mathison, Brynn Thayer and Andrea Evans.
Produced by Michael Fairman, with deep respect, appreciation, and love for Agnes, the cast of AMC and OLTL, and the fans, The Michael Channel brings you this one-of-a-kind special retrospective.
The shorter version of this retrospective appeared on the 44th Annual Daytime Emmys Ceremonies this past April.
‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Renewed For Season 4 By Netflix(6/13/17) It is another quick renewal for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt at Netflix. The streaming service has ordered a fourth season of the comedy series, from the 30 Rock duo Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, less than a month after the release of the show’s third season.
The Emmy-nominated series starring Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski and Carol Kane follows the travails of Kimmy (Kemper) who, after living in a cult for fifteen years, decides to reclaim her life and start over in New York City. She quickly finds a new job (working for Krakowski), a new roommate (Burgess), and a new beginning.
Recurring guest stars have included Anna Camp, Josh Charles, David Cross, Amy Sedaris, Tina Fey, Daveed Diggs and Jon Hamm.
Kimmy started with a straight-to-series order at NBC, moving to Netflix before the premiere with a second-season order tacked onto the first. The series received a third-season renewal from Netflix in January 2016, ahead of the April 2016 debut of its second season.
Fey and Carlock serve as executive producers with fellow 30 Rock alums Jeff Richmond and David Miner. The series, from Universal Television, Little Stranger, 3 Arts Entertainment and Bevel Gears, has amassed 11 Emmy nominations, including two in the Outstanding Comedy Series category for each of its first two seasons. Like the first two, Season 3 also has been well received by critics.
Talk Show Appearance(5/25/17) The Talk - CBS
Thursday, June 1
Actor Kevin Bacon discusses his new television series
Angela Bassett Boards ‘Mission: Impossible 6’(5/19/17) Angela Bassett (Search for Tomorrow / Ryan’s Hope) has signed on to Paramount’s Mission: Impossible 6 in which she’ll play the C.I.A. director. The Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner for What’s Love Got to Do With It starts work next week and joins Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirky and Alec Baldwin in the Christopher McQuarrie-directed sequel.
On April 8, McQuarrie announced on social that he lit the fuse, and kicked off production on M:I 6. The movie comes out July 27, 2018.
Following her work on M:I 6, Bassett heads straight to 20th Century Fox’s upcoming 911 series in which she stars and serves as executive producer alongside Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The 13-episode series centers around 911 operators. Bassett recently wrapped work on Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther, due out Feb. 18, in which she plays Ramonda, the stepmother of lead protagonist T’Challa. Last season on FX’s American Horror Story: Roanoke, Bassett directed the episode “Chapter 6”.
Bassett is repped by Gersh, Lighthouse Entertainment and Fox Rothschild.
Ryan Murphy's 911, Starring Angela Bassett, Nears Series Order at Fox(5/12/17) Angela Bassett (Salina, Search For Tomorrow) will continue to answer the call for Ryan Murphy.
The American Horror Story alum is set to star in 911, a new drama series created by Murphy and Brad Falchuk. A formal 13-episode, straight-to-series order is expected to be announced as part of Fox’s upfront presentation on Monday.
Per our sister site Deadline, 911 revolves around the lives of 911 operators, and is described as similar in vein to ER — a show on which Bassett was a series regular during its final season. She has since gone on to appear in four of six AHS seasons (Coven, Freak Show, Hotel and Roanoke).
911 joins a long list of Murphy series currently on TV or in development, including FX’s American Crime Story, FEUD and Pose, as well as Fox’s stillllll-on-the-bubble Scream Queens.
911 is expected to launch in midseason, indicating an early 2018 premiere.
Morgan Fairchild To DAYS!(5/12/17) Soap vet Morgan Fairchild (ex-Sydney, THE CITY et al) has been tapped to play Anjelica Deveraux on DAYS and will begin airing this summer. “I was thrilled to get to work with great folks like Deidre Hall [Marlena] and Judi Evans [Adrienne] on an iconic show like DAYS OF OUR LIVES,” she tells Digest exclusively. “What a joy and what fun to come into work each day! We had a great time, I now have 2 new best friends and I hope the audience loves our storyline!” The character, previously played by Jane Elliot (ex-Tracy, GH) and Judith Chapman (Gloria, Y&R), as well as Shelley Taylor Morgan (ex-Lorena, GH), was last seen in Salem in 1991. Anjelica shares a son, Alexander, with Justin, and was Jack’s stepmother.
Talk Show Appearance(5/12/17) THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT - CBS
Monday, May 15
Kevin Bacon still struggles with handling money(5/11/17) After bringing home the bacon, Kevin Bacon has trouble handling his earnings.
“My parents weren’t wealthy, and they didn’t really teach us much about money,” the “I Love Dick” actor told Wealthsimple, the automated investment company.
In an interview on the firm’s website, Bacon tells how he moved to New York City with no money and had various jobs — busboy, waiter and working in a warehouse — before making it big.
“It took me a long time to come around to the idea that you have to have a kind of responsibility with money, to keep an eye on it. To a certain extent, I still kind of struggle with it.”
He doesn’t lie. Bacon and his wife, Kyra Sedgwick, were victims of Bernie Madoff.
Sedgwick didn’t lose her sense of humor and joked at the time, “I always thought, ‘We’re so boring. We should be in the tabloids more. C’mon honey, let’s have a scandal.’?”
Talk Show Appearance(5/5/17) Today – NBC
Wednesday, May 17
(7-9 a.m.) Jane Krakowski on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Talk Show Appearance(5/5/17) The Chew - ABC
WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 – “WEEKNIGHT WOWS” – The incredible Kevin Bacon (“I Love D*ck”) teams up with Mario Batali to make a dish that dazzle
Susan Sarandon, Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines & Peter Gallagher Join ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’(5/3/17) Susan Sarandon, Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Peter Gallagher are joining STXfilms‘ comedy sequel A Bad Moms Christmas. The three actresses are playing the moms of the bad moms — Sarandon will play Kathryn Hahn’s character’s mom, Baranski for Mila Kunis and Hines for Kristen Bell as the clash of the female titans happens this time over the holidays.
Bad Moms writer-directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, producer Suzanne Todd and executive producers Bill Block and Mark Kamine all are rejoined on this one. Also starring are returning cast members Jay Hernandez, David Walton and Wanda Sykes along with the previously reported Justin Hartley.
The logline: “A Bad Moms Christmas follows the under-appreciated and over-burdened young moms as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. And if creating a more perfect holidays for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers. By the end of the journey, our moms will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers.”
Last year’s banked $113.2 million domestic last year and added $70.1 million overseas. Filming on the sequel is already underway in Atlanta. The film will be released by STXfilms on November 3.
Talk Show Appearance(5/3/17) Talk Show Appearance
THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN - CBS
Thursday, May 11 - actor Kevin Bacon
Morning Show Appearances(4/29/17) Today – NBC
Monday, May 8
(7-9 a.m.) Kevin Bacon on I Love Dick
Today – NBC
Tuesday, May 9
(10-11 a.m.) Kevin Bacon on I Love Dick
I Love Dick Trailer(4/11/17) Amazon has released a trailer for Transparent creator Jill Soloway and Sarah Gubbins’ new series I Love Dick, debuting Friday, May 12 on the streaming service. The drama, based on Chris Kraus’ 1997 novel, stars Kathryn Hahn (Transparent) as a New York filmmaker who follows her academic husband (House of Lies‘ Griffin Dunne) to Texas for a writing residency, where she meets a legendary artist named Dick (The Following‘s Kevin Bacon). (Video)
Inside the life of 'All My Children' creator Agnes Nixon(3/22/17) (abcnews.go.com) For over four decades, murder, deceit, kidnappings and all kinds of hysteria ensued. It was small-town America portrayed in a sensational way against the backdrop of a more innocent time.
It was pre-social media, before skyrocketing divorce rates, and before bad behavior was celebrated or rewarded.
All across America, people were glued to their television sets, living vicariously through someone else’s naughty or scandalous lives on the soap operas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." The muscle and brains behind these shows? A devout Catholic, wife and mother of four: creator Agnes Nixon.
Nixon completed her memoir, "My Life to Live," in September 2016 but it is just being released today. In her heartfelt book, she opened up about her Irish roots and the lessons she learned about working outside the home from the women in her family. Those lessons would help Nixon forge ahead during a time in television when men ruled the airwaves.
Nixon also revealed where many of her characters and plots came from; one in particular came out of the heartbreak of losing her first love in World War II.
Two days after writing the final words in her book, Nixon died peacefully in her sleep. She was 93.
“Agnes lived beyond the boundaries of the norm,” Judith Light, who won two Daytime Emmys for her role on "One Life to Live," told ABC News. “She was one of the relatively few of that era who was leading the way and changing the dynamic in the world for women. When I was in her presence she exuded self-confidence and was the personification of grace and gentility with an unmistakable power surging beneath.”
Before Nixon created "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," she worked as a writer at the soap opera "Guiding Light." According to her memoir, Nixon wrote a storyline in the early-1960s surrounding early detection of uterine cancer with a Pap test after she lost a friend to cancer.
"Guiding Light" executives were outraged, but Nixon stood her ground. She was eventually granted permission to write the storyline, but was forbidden from using the words cancer, uterus or hysterectomy in her scripts. Nixon’s story, one the first involving cancer on television, resonated with millions of women, who, after watching the show, scheduled Pap tests.
“Agnes changed the world for woman although I don’t think she set out to do that,” Light said. “She simply owned herself and knew she was good? She just happened to be a woman in a time when woman were generally not expected to create big things. I will always be grateful to Agnes Nixon for creating this place that changed not only my career, but also my life.”
In 1968, Nixon created her own soap opera, "One Life to Live," and after a year, ABC executives asked Nixon to develop another soap opera. Little did they know, sitting in the bottom drawer of Nixon’s desk was an outline for a show she had already written, she wrote in her memoir.
ABC quickly gave the show the green light, and "All My Children," which became one of the most popular soaps of all time, was born.
As the January 1970 "All My Children" premiere date approached, panic set in for Nixon, she wrote in her memoir. She still did not have an actress to play the determined, teenage bad girl, Erica Kane.
Casting directors went across the country looking for an actress, but were having no success until they met Susan Lucci, then 23. Immediately, a videotape of Lucci’s audition was sent to Nixon’s home. Nixon admitted in her memoir she had failed at conjuring up an image of who Erica Kane was, until she saw Lucci.
“She made such an impression on me because that was the first time I saw a woman with designer clothes on,” Lucci, now 70, told ABC News. “She embodied a successful woman in business in New York. You could clearly see she was the woman in charge, and an artist at the same time.”
After Lucci stepped into the role of Erica Kane, Nixon told a number of important stories through the character. One of those came in 1973, shortly after the Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade, affirming a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion, when Erica had television's first legal abortion. Audiences were divided, but Nixon didn't mind the criticism.
"There was no preaching," Lucci said of Nixon's stories. "She was too busy to preach. She told stories and told everybody's point of view. She was inclusive."
In addition to abortion, Erica also helped tell stories about rape and addiction. And, when Nixon wanted to tell the story of a lesbian "coming out," she wrote that she knew it had to be Erica's daughter, Bianca.
Nixon was praised for the honest portrayal of how a parent deals with their child's sexuality. The storyline eventually resulted in America’s first lesbian kiss on daytime TV.
Nixon said her storytelling philosophy was "make 'em laugh, make 'em cry, make 'em wait," something she credited to the days of vaudeville. While telling socially relevant stories on "All My Children," Nixon also infused glamour, adventure and a lot of romance.
One of the most popular love stories in the history of “All My Children” was the one of Angie Baxter and Jesse Hubbard, played by Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams.
Angie and Jesse were African-American teenagers from opposite sides of the tracks who fell in love. The audience rooted for them and could not get enough of their love story. It was another benchmark for Nixon. Angie and Jesse were daytime's first African-American “supercouple.”
The love between Angie and Jesse remained part of the "All My Children” fabric for decades. Through their story, the actor who played Jesse, Darnell Williams, formed a close bond with Nixon. From the time they met, Williams says he remembers Nixon’s being very helpful, supportive and warm.
"She was a perfect blend of corporate, arts and humanity," Williams said. "What I'll miss the most about Agnes is that warm, beautifully embracing Irish smile of hers. It was always like family."
In 1995, after thousands of episodes and countless cliffhangers, new characters captured the attention of daytime viewers: those associated with the O.J. Simpson trial. From January through October, the twists and turns of a real-life murder mystery, involving one of the most celebrated athletes of all time, kept viewers on the edge of their seats and eclipsed the popularity of the scripted soap opera.
In the first three months of 1995, at least a million fewer households tuned in to the soap operas from the previous year. Additionally, new talk shows were debuting at warp speed and an increasingly number of cable channels gave people more options for programming. Soap operas never recovered in the ratings.
Finally, after more than four decades, on April 14, 2011, ABC canceled "All My Children" and "One Life to Live."
Nixon wrote in her memoir that to distract herself from the painful news, she looked at the Lifetime Achievement Emmy statuette given to her in 1992. The base was inscribed: “Agnes Nixon introduced social relevance to Daytime, and at the same time changed traditional storytelling.”
Nixon suffered a stroke a year after the cancellations. While her body failed, Nixon’s son, Bob, a documentary film maker, says her mind was as sharp as ever.
“The shows may have been canceled, but all of those lives and characters were running through her head constantly,” he told ABC News. “Ag was determined to make the most of her time on Earth. She thought she had God-given gifts and worked tirelessly to benefit others. She always said life was like a brief candle.”
Lucci added: “She was an original. What I’m going to miss the most is being able to talk to her.”
It’s hard to believe so much scandal, impropriety and mischief came from a woman who attended mass regularly, lived a conservative life and was married only once for 45 years until her husband’s death in 1996. If Nixon thought life was simply a brief candle, her flame was one of the most illuminating of all.
Agnes Nixon’s memoir, "My Life to Live," is available now.
Susan Sarandon Joins Ray Donovan(3/14/17) Susan Sarandon — who’s currently starring as Bette Davis in FX’s FEUD: Bette and Joan — will remain in the showbiz world for her next TV gig.
The Oscar winner is joining Ray Donovan‘s upcoming fifth season as Samantha Winslow, the strong, focused head of a motion picture studio. Showtime is billing Sarandon’s stint a “season-long guest arc.”
Back in September, Ray Donovan showrunner David Hollander hinted at Season 5’s Tinseltown theme, telling TVLine, “I am very interested to see what happens when the Donovan family actually attempts to work together in more unison in the world of Hollywood. I would love to do a very grand Hollywood story.”
Ray Donovan is slated to return this summer.
Agnes Nixon’s upcoming memoir describes creation of Erica Kane(3/4/17) My Life to Live: How I Became the Queen of Soaps When Men Ruled the Airwaves: Hardcover, Kindle.
Agnes Nixon, the late creator of classic soaps “One Life To Live” and “All My Children,” describes creating the character Erica Kane and says Susan Lucci was born to play the role in an upcoming posthumous book.
She wrote in “My Life to Live: How I Became the Queen of Soaps When Men Ruled the Airwaves” that “Susan Lucci was Erica Kane. It wasn’t just her beauty; it was her ability to transmit to the screen the essence of the character.”
Carol Burnett writes in the foreword, “I became an ‘All My Children’ fan when Erica Kane was on her first marriage ... I was as sad and mad as everyone else when ‘AMC’ was canceled. It could’ve gone on for 42 more years!” The book, published by Crown Archetype, is out March 21.
From the Emmy-winning creator and writer of All My Children and One Life to Live, a memoir of her trailblazing rise to the top of the television industry, including behind-the-scenes stories from some of the most beloved soaps of all time
Before there was Erica Kane, Adam Chandler, or Victoria Lord, there was Agnes Nixon, a young girl who dreamed up stories for paper dolls. Those tales she imagined--ones filled with ambitions, rivalries, and romances--would soon parallel her own path to success. In a memoir filled with as much drama as the soaps she penned, Nixon shares her journey from Nashville to New York City, as she overcomes the loss of her fiancé in World War II, a father intent on crushing her writing dreams, and the jealousy of her male colleagues on her way to becoming one of the most successful names in television.
While fans will delight in Nixon’s own incredible life, they will also love her behind-the-scenes insight into her most popular shows. Inside, she shares the inspiration for Erica Kane and how she cast Susan Lucci in the role; an excerpt from the never-before-seen All My Children story bible; entertaining anecdotes about her shows’ beloved casts and special guests, including Carol Burnett, Kelly Ripa, Oprah Winfrey, and Warren Buffett; and more.
But My Life to Live is also a portrait of a pioneer. Driven to use her ratings power for good, Nixon fought and broke network taboos by wrestling with controversial social issues ranging from women’s health, interracial relationships, and the Vietnam War to drug addiction, LGBT rights, and AIDS. By infusing her characters with sensitivity, humor, and humanity, she enabled millions to examine an opposite point of view. And long before Shonda Rhimes launched a golden age of female showrunners, Agnes Nixon positioned ABC to become the media giant it is today. She is a true television legend, and her candid and inspiring glimpse behind the curtain of the television industry will charm soap fans and story lovers alike.
“I owe my career to Agnes Nixon, who was not only a brilliant creator and writer, but also my friend. My Life to Live is full of wonderful, evocative stories from her life and career that even I hadn’t heard. And in typical Agnes fashion, her storytelling is full of humanity, social relevance and delicious humor! I know that her legions of fans will treasure it as much as I do.” —Susan Lucci
"Aggie Nixon is the only person I've ever known whom I didn't say awful things about. And much to my dismay, her memoir did nothing to change that. Unforgivable." —Larry David
“[Agnes’s] career wasn’t easy to come by…. We know she won, but the story of her ups and downs make this book a true page-turner.” —Carol Burnett, from the foreword
Susan Sarandon had a ‘very loving affair’ with a gay man(2/17/17) Susan Sarandon doesn’t have a long dating history, but she sure has a colorful one.
“My sexual orientation is up for grabs, I guess you could say,” the “Feud” star told Pride Source in an interview published Tuesday.
Sarandon, 70, also revealed one big reason she isn’t into labels for one’s sexuality.
“I did at one point have a very successful and very loving and wonderful affair with a man who then wasn’t with another woman after me, and that worked out fine,” she said. “I don’t think you had to declare yourself as rigidly as you do now in terms of having to declare yourself almost politically about your sexual preference.”
The lucky guy was Philip Sayer, her co-star in 1980’s “The Hunger.”
“He was a wonderful actor,” Sarandon gushed. “He passed away, but yes, he was gay, and we had a great relationship in every way.”
“I’m a serial monogamist, so I haven’t really had a large dating career. I married Chris Sarandon when I was 20, and that went on for quite a while — each of my relationships have,” she continued. “I haven’t exactly been in the midst of a lot of offers of any kind. I’m still not! I don’t know what’s going on!”
Talk Show Appearance(2/17/17) Tinight Show – NBC
Susan Sarandon on Feud.
Talk Show Appearance(2/10/17) Today – NBC
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(10-11 a.m.) Susan Sarandon on Feud.
'Unabomber' Scoop(1/30/17) Michael Nouri is turning the page in his career.
The Damages alum is set to play Penthouse founder Bob Guccione Sr. in Discovery Channel’s forthcoming ‘Unabomber’ series Manifesto, TVLine has learned exclusively. Guccione famously offered to publish the manifesto written by Ted “Unabomber” Kaczynski (played by Paul Bettany).
Additionally, Ben Weber (Secret Life of the American Teenager) has joined the cast of the Greg Yaitanes-helmed project as Andy Genelli, the former head of the Unabomomber Task Force.
Soap Opera Writer Courtney Simon to Be Honored by Writers Guild East(1/18/17) (variety.com) The Writers Guild of America East has selected soap opera writer Courtney Simon as the recipient for its Richard B. Jablow Award for service to the guild.
Simon will be honored at the 69th annual Writers Guild Awards at New York’s Edison Ballroom on Feb. 19. The Jablow award was established in 1978 to recognize service and created in honor of Jablow, who helped found the WGA East, authored its constitution, and served as its first counsel.
Simon has been a WGA East member since 1980. She has written for 12 different daytime dramas, including “As the World Turns,” “Santa Barbara,” “Guiding Light,” and “All My Children.” She has won seven Daytime Emmy Awards and seven Writers Guild Awards.
Simon has served on the WGA East Council since 2007 and has been active in lobbying efforts to promote a diversity-based tax credit in the state of New York. She co-chairs the WGAE Diversity Coalition, is a member of the Awards Committee, and has been chair of the Daytime Committee.
“Not only is Courtney Simon a gifted writer who has mastered the intricacies of daytime drama, she has been a dedicated member of the Writers Guild of America East council and a hardworking contributor to a number of union committees, most recently as co-chair of our Diversity Coalition,” said WGA East president Michael Winship. “No one is more deserving of our Jablow Award, presented to someone who has so thoroughly devoted herself to the Writers Guild of America East.”
The 2017 Writers Guild Awards ceremony in New York will be hosted by Lewis Black.
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