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News & Cast Updates(News section last updated March 15, 2019)
Catching up With GENERAL HOSPITAL's Sean Kanan(3/15/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Looking back, Sean Kanan calls GENERAL HOSPITAL’s A.J., the character he last played in 2014, “a romantic whose aspirations and dreams were crushed.” Try as he might, Alan’s son never did live up to the Quartermaine name and legacy, which was a huge weight on his shoulders. “It fermented his becoming cynical about life and feeling like he was this self-fulfilling prophecy of failure... and that fueled his alcoholism,” the actor suggested to Soaps In Depth. “I don’t feel like the character ever really got a fair shake.”
Likely, A.J. could have benefited from reading Kanan’s new book, Success Factor X (now available for pre-order at amazon.com and other similar retailers). “My partner, Jill Liberman, and I went out to 50 interesting people and asked, ‘What is the best advice that you’ve been given about success or that you would like to share about success?’” he explained, adding that everyone from Mark Cuban to ALL MY CHILDREN’s Erica, Susan Lucci (amongst numerous other daytime stars), participated. “I learned that there are somewhat identical trails that many people take on the journey, even if they’re trying to accomplish something very different.”
The actor plans to use the book as a springboard for a nationwide speaking tour on the topic. However, fans might not recognize him in person as he shaved his hair off for his upcoming film, Dark Stories, which is based on Verotik, the series of dark comics by rocker-turned-director Glenn Danzig. “I play a character named Sgt. Anders, who is the lead detective in a homicide investigation,” Kanan previewed. “I chose to play him with a gravelly voice — it was a real departure for me. I may keep [this look] for a while and see what other work I can do.”
In the meantime, Kanan is putting the finishing touches on THE BUBBLE, the single-camera dramedy he’s penned and is working toward getting produced this year. “It’s about an aging soap star who wants more from life, and it comes in the form of the 16-year-old daughter that he didn’t know he had,” Kanan said. “He’s thoroughly unequipped to be a father but decides to give it a shot and just can’t get out of his own way.”
Holly Chou, Cindy Cheung, Kelly Hu Among 8 Cast In ABC’s Jessica Gao Comedy Pilot(3/12/19) Holly Chou (The Big Sick) is set as the lead, and Cindy Cheung (13 Reasons Why), Stephen Park (In Living Color), Kelly Hu (Arrow), Helen Hong (The Thundermans), Ki Hong Lee (The Maze Runner franchise), Ashley Park (Tales of the City) and John Gemberling (Broad City) round out the series-regular cast of ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot from Emmy-winning Rick & Morty writer Jessica Gao, Imagine Television Studios, ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios.
Written by Gao, who is of Chinese descent, the untitled series is about Janet Zhao (Chou), a first generation Chinese-American woman who struggles to set healthy boundaries with her crazy, exhausting family. When her wealthy grandmother dies and names Janet the sole inheritor, she suddenly finds herself the unwilling new matriarch of the family she’s spent her life trying to keep at arm’s length.
In addition to Chou as Janet, Cheung is Kathy, Park plays Robert, Hu portrays Auntie Amy, Hong is Auntie Linda, Ki Hong Lee plays Franklin, Park is Winnie, and Gemberling portrays Gene.
Gao executive produces with Imagine’s Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Samie Kim Falvey. The pilot is a co-production of ABC Studios, Imagine Television Studios and CBS TV Studios, and is Imagine TV’s first network pilot pickup as an independent production company/studio.
Chou’s credits include The Big Sick, Braindead, The Blacklist and Elementary.
In Living Color alum Park recently wrapped production on Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch starring Saoirse Ronan and Willem Dafoe. He played Margaret Cho’s dad on TNT’s Highland pilot last year. Park is repped by by BRS/Gage Talent Agency.
Cheung was recently seen on 13 Reasons Why, New Amsterdam and Blue Bloods.
Hu plays China White on Arrow. She’s repped by Buchwald, Mainstay Entertainment and Meyer & Downs.
Hong recently played Mrs. Wong on The Thundermans. She’s repped by Haven Entertainment and Innovative Artists.
Ki Hong Lee is known for his role as Minho in The Maze Runner franchise and previously recurred on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. He’s repped by Artists & Representatives, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorneys Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman.
Park was nominated for a Tony for Mean Girls and just completed Tales of the City on Netflix. She is repped by CAA and Stevie Smith.
Gemberling recurred as Matt Bevers on Broad City and most recently appeared on the big screen in Dog Days and A Stupid and Futile Gesture.
Sherri Saum Touches Down in Roswell: What Will We Learn From Maria's Mom?(3/5/19) (Video Preview) Life is about to get a lot more complicated for Roswell, New Mexico‘s favorite bartender. Tonight’s episode (The CW, 9/8c) introduces viewers to Maria’s mother Mimi (played by The Fosters‘ Sherri Saum), whose arrival forces her to confront some difficult truths about her family.
“We find out why Maria has that warrior spirit, why it exists inside of her,” Heather Hemmens tells TVLine of the revealing hour. “Maria is always so positive for her friends’ sake, and she’s always helping them through their drama, being this source of strength for them. Now we finally get to see why she has that resilience.”
This is also a key episode for Maria and Liz, whose friendship is strengthened as a result of their shared experience with Mimi. “She doesn’t want people to feel sorry for her, and she doesn’t want the attention turned onto her struggles,” Hemmens says. “But this is a reminder to her that it’s OK to cry. It’s OK to be overwhelmed by your responsibilities and feel in despair. But it’s also really special when you have friends who can share that with you. It’s very important, and female friendship should never be overlooked.”
In addition to the unexpected truth bombs she drops on Maria’s friends tonight, Mimi’s actions also inspire her daughter to think more about her family’s psychic abilities. “She plays with it and she makes money off of it, but she hasn’t stared it in the face and asked, ‘What is this to me, and where does it come from?'” Hemmens says. “She’s beginning to realize that this is an inheritance. To just cast it aside would be a waste.”
Hemmens also enjoyed collaborating with director Paul Wesley, though it wasn’t the first time the two have worked together: “I did an episode of The Vampire Diaries years ago [Season 5’s ‘Man on Fire’], and most of my scenes were with Paul,” she recalls. “He was a generous, welcoming actor, and he was the same as a director. He’s somebody who really gets The CW and gets the show. He fit right in.”
“I’ve also been dying to work with Julie Plec [ever since that episode],” she adds. “I try to soak up every minute I get to spend with her. She’s such an incredible director, mentor and champion of all females on set, just a great leader for us.”
Talk Show Appearance(3/3/19) JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, ABC
Th 3/7: Jason George
Talk Show Appearance(3/3/19) THE REAL, syndicated
Th 3/7: Jason George
Laura Harring on NCIS: LOS ANGELES 3/17/19(3/1/19) “Till Death Do Us Part” – After months of planning, the NCIS family celebrates the wedding of Kensi and Deeks. Also, an old acquaintance, Anatoli Kirkin (Ravil Isyanov), pays Deeks a surprise visit on his wedding day and he isn’t alone, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, March 17 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Peter Jacobson (Special Prosecutor John Rogers), Medalion Rahimi (NCIS Special Agent Fatima Namazi), Laura Harring (Julia Feldman).
‘Limetown’: Sherri Saum To Recur On Facebook TV Series Based On Podcast(2/13/19) The Fosters alumna Sherri Saum is set for a major recurring role opposite Jessica Biel in Limetown, Facebook Watch’s 10-episode series based on the popular podcast, from Endeavor Content and Midnight Radio.
Written by Limetown podcast creators Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie, Limetown follows Lia Haddock (Biel), a journalist for American Public Radio (APR), as she unravels the mystery behind the disappearance of over 300 people at a neuroscience research facility in Tennessee.
Saum will play Gina, the head of programming at APR Studios and Lia’s boss. The character is described as sophisticated, intimidating, a journalists’ journalist. A workhorse who knows the value of a great story.
Biel executive produces via her Iron Ocean Productions banner alongside Michelle Purple as well as Akers and Bronkie. Midnight Radio’s Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg will executive produce and showrun, with the company’s Adrienne Erickson producing. Endeavor Content is the studio.
Saum played the lead role of Lena Adams Foster on all five seasons of The Fosters and recently reprised the role on spinoff Good Trouble. She’s also set for a key role on Netflix’s Locke and Key. Saum is repped by Abrams Artists Agency & MGMT Entertainment.
Sean Kanan Invites You to Dinner With Deacon and Amber!(1/31/19) This June, fans of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS characters Deacon Sharpe and Amber Moore will be able to have dinner with them! Actors Sean Kanan and Adrienne Frantz will be hosting a memorable night out in Los Angeles, CA, on Saturday, June 22, from 8-10 p.m. PDT. “After all these years, the fans still love Deacon and Amber,” Kanan confided to Soaps In Depth. “This special evening will be a great opportunity to spend an intimate dinner with us. The evening will have a fantastic dinner followed by a Q&A and some very cool surprises.”
B&B viewers remember Deacon as the biological father of Little Eric, who tried to seduce Amber away from Rick, and the two characters eventually reconnected years later on Y&R as Deacon blackmailed Amber into marriage. Thankfully, the actors are nothing like their troublemaking alter-egos, so the dinner should be a lot of fun!
Tickets are available now, but they are also limited. They will include a catered dinner, photo opportunities, a Q&A session, a surprise gift, and more. You can find more information on the Facebook Event Page and you can order tickets directly from Kanan’s official website.
Sherri Saum Joins Netflix's Locke & Key(1/25/19) Sherri Saum has a whole new TV family to deal with: The Fosters actress will play a central role in Netflix’s upcoming Locke & Key adaptation, TVLine has learned exclusively.
In May, the comics-based drama nabbed a straight-to-series order at the streaming service. Carlton Cuse (Lost) will executive-produce alongside Joe Hill, creator of the original comic, and Meredith Averill (The Haunting of Hill House), among others. Cuse and Averill also will serve as co-showruneners.
The 10-episode Locke & Key tells the story of three siblings who move to Massachusetts after their father’s murder. They soon discover that their new home hosts a set of magical keys, each of which give the children a different ability. Here’s the problem: A demon wants the keys, too, and will do anything to obtain them.
Saum will play Ellie Whedon, a teacher at Matheson Academy who has a mysterious history with the Locke family. In addition to playing Fosters mom Lena, her TV credits include How to Get Away With Murder, Revenge, Gossip Girl, Rescue Me and One Life to Live.
Locke & Key does not yet have a release date. In December, Connor Jessup (American Crime), Emilia Jones and Jackson Robert Scott were cast as Locke siblings Tyler, Kinsey and Bode, respectively.
‘Arrow’s Kelly Hu To Star In ‘Becoming Ginger Rogers(11/22/18) Kelly Hu (Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, The Scorpion King) is set to star in Becoming Ginger Rogers, an indie film, which is being directed by Anna Chi (Blindness, Lost Summer, The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island). The romantic comedy is based on the memoir Becoming Ginger Rogers: How Ballroom Dancing Made Me a Happier Woman, Better Partner, and Smarter CEO by New York publicist Patrice Tanaka. In the wake of 9/11 and faced with a personal crisis involving her beloved Afghani husband, the Hawaiian-born Tanaka turned to ballroom dancing as an escape. Against all odds she became a sensation on the competitive circuit, rediscovering her true self in the process. Beverly Kopf and Gary Goldstein optioned the novel and will pen the screenplay. Hu, who recently was seen in The Orville on Fox, is repped by Buchwald and Mainstay Entertainment. Chi is repped by Summit Talent & Literary Agency.
Take Two Cancelled at ABC(11/22/18) It’s a wrap for Take Two. ABC has cancelled the summer procedural from Castle EPs Andrew W. Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller after one low-rated summer season, TVLine has learned.The series — which starred Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian — premiered last June to 3.4 million viewers and a 0.5 demo rating. It wrapped its 13-episode run in September with the same demo rating but fewer overall eyeballs (2.9 million).
TVLine has learned that Marlowe and Miller have already begun shopping the show around (with several suitors said to be expressing interest).
The Grinder-esque Take Two found O.C. alum 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.
Talk Show Appearance(11/11/18) Rachael Ray - Syndicated
Airing Nov 15, 2018
Jason George ("Station 19")
Roswell, New Mexico Welcomes The Fosters Star Sherri Saum(10/12/18) Lena's joining a new fam.
E! News can exclusively reveal that The Fosters star Sherri Saum, who played Lena Adams Foster on the Freeform series for all five seasons, has joined the CW's upcoming alien series as Mimi, the mother of Maria DeLuca (Heather Hemmens), former best friend to Liz (Jeanine Mason).
While Maria is described as an alien-oblivious socialite, her mother Mimi is "effervescent" and "charming."
"As a young single mom—and part of very few black families in Roswell—her focus has always been on raising her daughter to embrace everything that makes them "weird" to the small-town folks, be it the color of their skin, their unique dance moves, or their connection to spirituality. As both bartender and 'psychic,' Mimi is a vault of Roswell's deepest secrets," reads the official description.
"I was so inspired by the inclusivity of The Fosters while I was building our version of Roswell, so I'm incredibly excited to welcome Sherri Saum to our weird little alien family!" show creator Carina Adly Mackenzie said of the casting. "I'm a huge fan of her work, so I was just humbled that she even auditioned, and director Paul Wesley and I are loving the heart and gravitas she brings to a character that can be a little bit...out there."
Saum joins a cast led by Jeanine Mason (Grey's Anatomy) as Liz, a biomedical researcher and the daughter of illegal immigrants, Nathan Parsons (The Originals) as Max, a police officer and secret alien, Tyler Blackburn (Pretty Little Liars) as Alex, a gay military veteran , Michael Trevino (The Vampire Diaries) as Kyle, the son of the town sheriff, Lily Cowles as secret alien Isobel, and Michael Vlamis as Michael, another secret alien.
The show is a different take on the characters we met in the first series in 1999, and is based on the Roswell High series of books by Melinda Metz. It begins with Liz returning to her hometown of Roswell, New Mexico to discover that her teenage crush is a secret alien. She tries to keep his secret, but that might not last after a "violent attack" and the following politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him.
Saum is best known for her work on The Fosters, but she's also had recurring roles on Gossip Girl, In Treatment, and Rescue Me, to name a few. She has also won the Human Rights Campaign Ally for Equality Award.
Roswell, New Mexico will debut on the CW in spring 2019.
Timothy Adams on FBI 10/23/18(10/11/18) “Doomsday” – Special Agents Maggie Bell and OA Zidan investigate the death of a safety inspector and its possible connection to a leak at a nuclear power plant, on FBI, Tuesday, Oct. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Yul Vazquez (Bryce Miller), Hadi Tabbal (Jake Fletcher), Timothy Adams (Richard Cook).
‘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.
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