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News & Cast Updates(News section last updated July 21, 2018)
‘Good Trouble’: ‘The Fosters’ Stars Teri Polo and Sherri Saum To Reprise Roles On Spinoff Series(7/21/18) Callie and Mariana will reunite with their moms on Good Trouble. The Fosters stars Teri Polo and Sherri Saum are set to appear on the upcoming spinoff series Good Trouble, toplined by Maia Mitchell and Cierra Ramirez. I hear Polo and Saum are booked for two episodes in the first half of Good Trouble‘s first season.
Good Trouble follows Callie (Mitchell) and Mariana (Ramirez) as they embark on the next phase of their young adult lives in Los Angeles.
Polo and Saum are the first Fosters cast members confirmed to guests star on Good Trouble, which had been designed to maintain ties with the mothership show. “We plan to have all characters from the original series make guest appearances,” Freeform EVP Karey Burke told Deadline at the time of the spinoff’s announcement in January.
Good Trouble‘s producers had hinted that we likely will see Jude and Brandon from the original series the most as they also will live in Los Angeles.
The Fosters centered on the Foster clan: lesbian couple Stef (Polo) and Lena (Saum), who have built a close-knit, loving family with Brandon (David Lambert), Stef’s biological son from a previous marriage; their adopted twins, Mariana (Ramirez) and Jesus (Noah Centineo); and adopted siblings Jude (Hayden Byerly) and his half-sister, Callie (Mitchell).
Good Trouble hails from The Fosters’ three writing executive producers — Joanna Johnson, Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg — who exec produce alongside Gregory Gugliotta, Christine Sacani, Mitchell, Ramirez, Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina. The series is produced by Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions in association with Freeform. Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) is director and executive producer of the first episode.
Production has begun in Los Angeles for premiere in 2019.
Take Two on the Move(7/14/18) Take Two‘s Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian will be on the case two hours earlier: Starting with next Thursday’s episode, the ABC detective procedural will air at 8/7c.
The series — from Castle executive producers Andrew W. Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller — stars Cibrian as a lone-wolf private investigator who partners up with a fresh-out-of-rehab actress (Bilson).
Next week’s installment features a mini Castle reunion, with guest star Seamus Dever (aka Castle detective Kevin Ryan) as a distraught husband and father who turns to the P.I. duo to help stop a hitman from fulfilling a contract.
Soap star Clive Robertson’s fairy tale-like estate is for sale in the Hollywood Hills(7/10/18) (latimes.com) A Hollywood Hills home owned by British soap star and actor Clive Robertson is for sale in the Hollywood Hills at $4.995 million.
The French country estate, built in 1950 but reflecting a 1920s style, oozes charm. In the main house, the entry features a brick fireplace and a split staircase leading to the second level. Other fireplaces can be found in the master suite and den.
Renovations have retained the home’s original character, such as the Juliet balcony, while updating the interiors. The 4,008 square feet of living space includes an office, four bedrooms and five bathrooms.
The close to half-acre grounds include an outdoor dining area, a deck for entertaining and a rock-surrounded swimming pool with a spa. Stone steps lead to the one-bedroom guesthouse, which contains a living room, a kitchen and two bathrooms. Views take in the cityscape.
Robertson, 52, has appeared on the American soap opera “Sunset Beach,” the drama “Wicked Wicked Games” and the Canadian series “Starhunter.”
Joshua Myler and Jeff Kohl of the Agency are the listing agents.
Celebrity Family Feud: Grey’s Anatomy vs. Station 19 and Aly & AJ vs. Adrienne Houghton (7/22)(7/2/18) “Grey’s Anatomy vs. Station 19 and Aly & AJ vs. Adrienne Houghton” – The celebrity teams competing to win cash for their charities feature an all-star lineup from ABC’s long-running hit drama series, “Grey’s Anatomy,” including Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., Kelly McCreary, Sarah Drew and Giacomo Gianniotti, versus a stellar roster of stars from ABC’s new drama hit “Station 19,” featuring Jason George, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Danielle Kathleen Savre, Okieriete Onaodowan and Barrett Doss.
In a separate game, family members of American pop-rock duo Aly & AJ and Adrienne Houghton, co-host of “The Real,” will compete on an all-new episode, SUNDAY, JULY 22 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
Castle EPs' ABC Follow-Up Take Two Gets Summer Premiere Date(5/15/18) Take Two, the new crime procedural from Castle EPs Terri Edda Miller and Andrew W. Marlowe, finally has a premiere date. And it’s in the very near future.
The network announced Monday that the series — staring TV vets Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian — will kick off its 13-episode run on Thursday, June 21 at 10/9c. It takes over the slot currently being held by Quantico, which will shift to Fridays beginning May 25.
The Grinder-esque Take Two finds Bilson playing Sam Swift, the former star of a hit cop series whose epic breakdown is broadcast to the public and sends her to rehab. Desperate to restart her career, she talks her way into shadowing lone-wolf private investigator Eddie Valetik (Cibrian) as research for a potential comeback role. Though Eddie resents the babysitting gig, Sam uses the skills she learned as an actor playing a cop and proves herself to be surprisingly valuable.
Miller and Marlowe had been developing Take Two for two years before ABC gave the project a straight-to-series order last November.
‘Station 19’ Renewed For Season 2 By ABC(5/11/18) ‘Station 19’ Renewed For Season 2 By ABC
Grey’s Anatomy spinoff Station 19 has been renewed for a second season at ABC.
The series was not an out-of-the-gate hit for the network but has done respectably well ratingswise, averaging a 1.08 in the key 18-49 demo and 5.4 million viewers.
Station 19, from Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland and written by Grey’s executive producer/co-showrunner Stacy McKee, follows a group of heroic firefighters in Washington’s largest city. From the captain to the newest recruit, the show revolves around the men and women as they risk their lives and hearts both in the line of duty and off the clock.
Jaina Lee Ortiz and Jason George star along with Jay Hayden, Alberto Frezza, Grey Damon, Okieriete Onaodowan, Danielle Savre and Miguel Sandoval.
McKee executive produces with Shondaland’s Rhimes and Betsy Beers for ABC Studios.
AMC’s Dietland Adds Cast(3/30/18) AMC’s Dietland has cast Campbell Scott (House of Cards), Tamara Tunie (Law & Order: SVU), Alanna Ubach (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Kelly Hu (Arrow), Marc Blucas (Underground), Ami Sheth (Blindspot) and Jen Ponton (30 Rock) in the series, which premieres Monday, June 4 at 9.
Talk Show Appearance(3/18/18) LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, syndicated
Th 3/22: Jason George
Talk Show Appearance(3/18/18) THE REAL, syndicated
Th 3/22: Jason George
Talk Show Appearance(2/18/18) THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW, syndicated
Mo 2/19: Teri Polo, Sherri Saum
Sean Kanan Making New York Appearances(2/10/18) B&B’s Sean Kanan (Deacon) is bringing his stand-up comedy routine to Empire City Casino in Yonkers, NY for an exclusive, two-night engagement on Monday, February 12 and Tuesday, February 13. Limited tickets are available for each night and cost only $20 per person, which includes beer and wine from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Empire Club membership is required to purchase tickets; non-members can join the free Empire Club at the door while purchasing tickets. Kanan, who recently completed a major supporting role opposite Jason Patric in the feature period film Gangster Land, will meet and greet fans following each show.
Bill Hayes & Susan Seaforth Hayes on Extra(2/3/18) Bill Hayes & Susan Seaforth Hayes on Extra: Video.
Daytime Emmys Career Honorees: Bill Hayes, Susan Seaforth Hayes, Sid & Marty Krofft(2/2/18) Longtime Days of Our Lives stars Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes, and kids show producers Sid & Marty Krofft have been named this year’s Daytime Emmys Lifetime Achievement Awards honorees, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today.
Hayes and Seaforth Hayes will be honored at the 45th Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday, April 29.The Krofft Brothers will be celebrated at the 45th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Friday, April 27. Both presentations will take place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
“I’ve been star-struck by the dynamic duo of Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes for decades,” said David Michaels, SVP Daytime Emmy Awards at NATAS. “The scope of their work across the television, film and stage landscape is amazing. Their continuing roles of almost 50 years on Days of Our Lives, where they also met and married, is a Daytime story like no other.”
Michaels said the Kroffts “are masters of children’s television programming and have been part of my family viewing since the creation of H.R. Pufnstuf, Sigmund & the Sea Monsters and Land Of The Lost. Their terrific variety programs such as the Donny and Marie series on ABC and Barbara Mandrell & the Mandrell Sisters have only solidified the breadth of their talent across the television spectrum.”
Bill Hayes began his TV career with 1949’s Fire-Ball Fun-for-All, and as a singer and/or actor appeared on numerous programs from Your Show of Shows to Matlock and Frasier. In addition to TV and stage credits, Hayes sang “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” in 1955, a record that has sold more than 4 million copies to date. He’s played the character of Doug Williams on NBC’s Days of Our Lives since 1970.
Seaforth Hayes, whose appearances stretch back to TV’s Lassie and Wyatt Earp, has played Days of Our Lives‘ Julie for 49 years.
The Kroffts made their TV debut in 1969 with NBC’s H.R. Pufnstuf. A remake of their Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, starring David Arquette, is currently available on Amazon.
Station 19: Watch the Extended Trailer for ABC's Grey's Anatomy Spinoff(2/1/18) (Video) ABC cranked up the heat Thursday night, debuting the full-length trailer for its forthcoming Grey’s Anatomy spinoff Station 19.
The extended promo offered the first extended glimpse of the firefighter-themed offshoot, which finds Grey’s vet Jason George starring alongside Jaina Lee Ortiz (Rosewood), Danielle Savre (Too Close To Home), Okieriete Onaodowan (Broadway’s Hamilton) and Barrett Doss (Marvel’s Iron Fist), Grey Damon (Friday Night Lights), Alberto Frezza (Dead of Summer) and Miguel Sandoval (Medium).
As previously reported, the drama’s 10-episode first season will launch with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, March 22 at 9/8c. It will then continue to lead out of Grey’s Anatomy every week, pushing Scandal to 10 pm beginning March 29 (where it will remain through its series finale on April 19).
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.
Jason George Promises "Out of the Box" Danger on Grey's Anatomy Spin-Off(1/23/18) With the untitled Grey's Anatomy spin-off slated to launch on March 22, Grey's Anatomy alum Jason George will soon be setting off on his own adventures in the firehouse.
He'll join an already experienced crew made up of Jaina Lee Ortiz (Rosewood), Miguel Sandoval (Medium), Okieriete Onaodowan (Hamilton), Grey Damon (Aquarius), Danielle Savre (Too Close to Home) and Barrett Doss (Marvel's Iron Fist). And though Ben's (George) experiences at Grey Sloan instilled him with some truly invaluable skills, he still has a lot to learn about being a firefighter.
"The focus of being a doctor, the discipline of being a doctor, that's all there. He's got the maturity and all that's there, but the reality is it's a completely different set of tools," Jason George tells TV Guide. "And here, all Seattle firefighters are also paramedics. So it's a significant piece of what he needs, but it's certainly not the majority of what he needs in order to do this job. There is a steep learning curve for him here which wasn't necessarily the case when he became a surgeon."
Fortunately for viewers, Ben's inexperience provides ample opportunities for the types of humor we've come to love on the flagship series — not to mention plenty of over-the-top drama as he's thrust out of the frying pan and into the, well, fire.
"Just like Grey's, this new show will give you instances that make you laugh until you realize that, 'oh my goodness, there's real danger there,' as well as giving you things that are well out of the box," George promises.
But the drama won't just revolve around the danger the firehouse team encounters on the job. The series will follow the firefighters from the action out in the field to their home base at the firehouse, where they'll end up spending a lot of time together — and that may not always be a good thing.
"I think the other fun part is gonna be seeing how we all react to those [situations]. You gotta come back to this house and you gotta hold up for another 20 hours, be stuck in a house with a bunch of beautiful people and let good drama ensue."
As long as none of those "beautiful people" gets in the way of Ben's marriage to Bailey (Chandra Wilson), this all sounds great to us.
The untitled Grey's Anatomy spin-off heads to TV with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, March 22 at 9/8c on ABC.
The Fosters Cancelled — But There’s a (Very Promising) Twist(1/3/18) The fate of the Fosters family has been revealed: Freeform has cancelled the long-running drama after five seasons — but the clan’s journey is far from over!
The show will wrap up Season 5B with a two-hour finale, which also will mark its 100th episode, before a three-episode summer event that will introduce a spinoff series centered around Maia Mitchell’s Callie and Cierra Ramirez’s Mariana.
The untitled offshoot, which has been given a 13-episode order, is set several years in the future as Callie and Mariana begin their lives as young adults in Los Angeles. Callie will continue to be involved in social work, while Mariana will be immersed in the tech world. In addition, another member of the mothership series’ young ensemble may join the pair in LA, our sister site Deadline reports. Plus, the plan is “to have all characters from the original series make guest appearances,” Freeform’s EVP of programming and development Karey Burke told the site.
The new series will be shepherded by Fosters executive producers Bradley Bredeweg, Peter Paige and Joanna Johnson.
“Now that the kids are growing up, it’s time to take them out into the world, to see them make their way into adulthood, continuing their search for identity and love, and the pursuit of their dreams and purpose in this ever-changing world,” the trio said in a statement.
The Fosters Season 5B premieres Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 8/7c on Freeform.
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