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News, Cast Updates and Scoop(News section last updated September 19, 2018)
Y&R Fave Opens Up About Miscarriage(9/19/18) Melissa Claire Egan (ex-Chelsea, Y&R) shared a personal post on social media, revealing that she suffered a miscarriage in January. “I’m very candid about my miscarriage with my friends and family and speak openly about it to anyone that asks if we want kids,” she wrote. “It’s never been a secret. And I was so lucky to have my incredible husband and best friends and family in the world there for me, every step of the way. It’s so hard, and takes such a toll on you emotionally and physically, hormonally, all of it. But I hadn’t shared it publicly. Not for any particular reason, I just hadn’t.” Egan went on to explain that she decided to go public after speaking with a friend who, after suffering a miscarriage of her own, “told me she had felt alone and like a failure, and less-than, because she hadn’t heard other people speak about it. This made me SO SAD, and made me want to share my story. With anyone and everyone. Just so no one feels alone. I promise you you’re not alone. Also, @carrieunderwood’s recent interview with CBS Sunday Morning was so beautiful and had me in tears. I was in the thick of my last and final days on Y&R at the time, so I feel her pain over having to ‘cry pretty.’ (only a very small group of people knew at the show, and they could not have been more wonderful and took great care of me). I also got such strength from @hilarieburton and @claireholt’s posts last year. They were so open and honest and supportive and I really admire that and am grateful. So now I’m happy to do the same. Please don’t feel alone. Or like a failure. You’re everything, and I’m here with you.”
Hayley Erin Opens up About Her Split with Fiancé Logan Luedtke(9/19/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Things have been changing in a big way for GENERAL HOSPITAL actress Hayley Erin (Kiki) in recent months, not the least of which was her split with fiancé Logan Luedtke. “It’s a very transitional period,” she confessed to Soaps In Depth. “Logan and I were together for years, so it’s an interesting, brave new world I’m venturing out into — which is single adulthood! I’m figuring it out.”
Over on GH, Kiki is also single and ready to mingle, but since it’s a soap, she’s getting romantically involved with her mother’s ex-boyfriend, which is probably not going to turn out to be a good idea. Thankfully, in reality, Erin certainly won’t be finding herself in a similarly complicated romantic entanglement!
Plus, Erin also has her top-secret new role on the PRETTY LITTLE LIAR spinoff THE PERFECTIONISTS to tackle when it begins shooting this fall. And since the series tapes in Portland, the California resident will have to figure out a way to deal with her home, her cat, and her gig at GH. “There are a lot of big changes coming my way,” the actress allowed, “and I’m just trying to get my bearings and navigate them as best I can.
“I don’t claim to know what I’m doing!” Erin added. “I hit my mid-twenties this summer. These are very formative years. I’ve got a lot going on. It’s a little daunting… but it’s also pretty exciting!”
We’re sure the Daytime Emmy nominee will find success in every aspect of her life.
More Casting News For THE BAY Season 4(9/18/18) Vivica A. Fox (Candace, EMPIRE) has joined the cast of THE BAY for season 4 as Dr. Angela Foster, a tough as nails psychiatrist at Bay University Hospital. “Vivica and I have crossed paths on several projects, but I’ve yet to have the opportunity to work with her on a director-to-actor capacity,” noted Creator/Director/ Executive Producer Gregori J. Martin in a release. “She’s such a talented actress and I’m very much looking forward to having her on this season. I’ve been a fan of her work for years.” Additionally, Sean Patrick Flanery (ex-Sam, Y&R) has been tapped to portray Sara’s (Mary Beth Evans) younger brother Ty.
Y&R Casting New Role(9/17/18) Y&R is on the hunt for an actress to fill the role of Nora, who is described as “a woman in her mid-30s to early 40s” and “an uncommon beauty, more amplified by an inner fire and ambition.” The casting call also explains that the character “is not formally schooled in cosmetic skills,” but “her natural intelligence powers an instinct for knowing exactly what makes a woman look and feel great,” which is a strong indication Nora will be working at Jabot. The role is classified as a series regular with taping slated to begin on October 5.
How 'This is Us' Star Justin Hartley Found Love With Wife Chrishell Stause Following His Divorce(9/17/18) (countryliving.com) When This Is Us heartthrob Justin Hartley married actress Chrishell Stause on October 28, 2017, the ceremony was held at Malibu's Calamigos Ranch on the fourth anniversary of their first date.
The two attended a concert together at the urging of a mutual friend. Chrishell, who has since changed her last name to Hartley, said it was love at first sight. "The next day I texted my friend: 'I found him,'" she told People.
Justin agreed. "I drove her home and called the next day. We haven't been apart since," he added. "I knew right away [and] was like, 'Oh boy, here we go.'"
Justin's This Is Us castmates, including Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, and Chrissy Metz, were on hand to help the couple celebrate their big day.
Justin, 41, stars on the critically acclaimed NBC series as the troubled Kevin Pearson, one of the Big Three at the heart of the show. This Is Us, which debuted in 2016, has become a cultural phenomenon, breaking ratings records and kicking Justin's career into high gear (and it returns for a third season in September).
Longtime fans know he started out on a soap opera, logging four years on Passions before taking the role of Oliver Queen, aka the Green Arrow, on the CW series Smallville. In later years, Justin returned to soaps on The Young and the Restless and appeared on ABC's Revenge and Mistresses. He's also graced the big screen, most recently in 2017's A Bad Moms Christmas.
Justin married fellow Passions alumni Lindsay Hartley (née Korman) in 2004, but the couple divorced in 2012. They share a daughter, Isabella Justice (Bella for short), born in 2004 and now age 14.
Chrishell, 37, is also an actress known for roles on soap operas All My Children and Days of Our Lives, and most recently played Bethany Bryant on The Young and the Restless. She's also appeared on the web series Youthful Daze.
Although they're only coming up on their first wedding anniversary, the two have settled into a comfortable, married life and enjoy spending time together at home when they aren't working. "We really are all about staying in recently, cooking together, watching movies, and that sort of thing," Justin told US Weekly.
He also knows the secret to starting his wife's day off right. "I'm an early riser, so when I hear her coming down the stairs in the morning, I turn on the coffee maker for her and get espresso going," he explained to the publication.
For her part, Chrishell helps her husband to stay on track with his fitness routine, he noted to People.
"She makes it easier. She's a big motivational factor for me because she's in such great shape," Justin said. "I try to keep up with her. To have somebody in your life that can motivate you is really, really good."
Building a life together is a top priority for the couple. As Justin told the publication after their wedding, "At the risk of sounding cheesy, I look forward to sharing life experiences and growing old together. Someday, we can talk about all the things we did together 30 years ago!"
Richard Gleason Cast as Victor's Brother, Matt Miller, on THE YOUNG & THE(9/14/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) It’s a family reunion when Victor’s brother, Matt Miller, returns to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, this time played by Richard Gleason. The actor teased his appearance with a dressing room selfie, though at the time he wasn’t able to reveal what he was actually working on. “Deep in the bowels of CBS in my dressing room,” he shared. “Four episode arc. Super hush hush. Not allowed to say.”
Viewers might recognize Gleason from his many primetime appearances guesting on series like FRASIER, LAS VEGAS, CSI: NY, 2 BROKE GIRLS, and CRIMINAL MINDS. More recently, he had a recurring role as a French professor in THIS IS US.
Matt Miller is the younger brother of Victor Newman, whose birth name was Christian Miller. The character first appeared on Y&R in 1983 and was played by Robert Parucha. After their father abandoned the family, Matt and Victor were both given up for adoption, and Matt came to Genoa City to reconnect with his sibling. Nikki set Mat up with Ashley in an attempt to get her away from Victor, but it didn’t quite work out. Matt left town in 1985, but returned briefly in 2003 to deliver the news to Victor that their father was on his death bed.
It would seem that Matt is returning as part of the storyline of Jack looking for his real father. Since Victor’s father, Albert Miller (played on-screen in 2003 by the late George Kennedy) is one of the suspects, he may have some new information for Victor, who isn’t thrilled about the idea of his worst enemy becoming family! And while this is just a brief run, there’s no telling what the future holds.
Stars Rally Around Y&R’s Doug Davidson(9/14/18) After Y&R’s longest-running cast member, Doug Davidson (Paul), revealed on Twitter that he had been placed on recurring status earlier this year and had no Y&R taping dates in his future, stars rallied around the fan-favorite actor. Best pal Rick Springfield (ex-Noah/Eli, GH) tweeted, “@DougDavidsonYR Opens a New Window. is my best friend forever and was the best actor and mainstay character on the show. An Emmy winning great human being, a truthful actor with an open heart. Another show needs to snap this giant hearted brilliant actor up! Xooxx.” Stephen Nichols (ex-Steve, DAYS; ex-Tucker, Y&R), who recently wrapped his DAYS run, posted, “This is an absolute travesty. What is going on over there? This man has not only acted his ass off at #YR Opens a New Window. for 40 years but is a man of the utmost integrity. I am saddened by this news. Much love, Doug!” A grateful Davidson replied, “That means so much, Stephen. You have touched my heart. Thank you.” In responding to fans’ tweeted earlier this week about his lack of airtime, Davidson directly answered one query about whether or not he had been let go with, “It seems so.” He later added, “It does hurt, to be honest.” Davidson then noted, “Honestly, it was a great run.”
Tammin Sursok Is Pregnant With Her Second Child(9/13/18) Congratulations to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS alum Tammin Sursok (ex-Colleen), who has just announced she is pregnant with her second child! “After a bumpy, emotional, and magical journey we are finally here,” she shared on Twitter. “We couldn’t feel more grateful. Baby due in January.”
Sursok married actor/producer/director Sean McEwen in Florence, Italy, back in 2011, and the couple welcomed their daughter, Phoenix, in October of 2013. That’s their little girl with her mommy on the beach in the twitter photograph.
Best known to Y&R fans as the ill-fated Colleen Carlton, a role she played from 2007-09, Sursok has gone on to appear in TV movies like Girlfriends of Christmas Past and had a recurring role as Jenna on PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. Back in her native Australia, the actress got her big break playing Dani Sutherland on the hit Aussie soap HOME AND AWAY.
Sursok has a beautiful family, and we’ve no doubt that this new baby will only add to that. It’s just a shame that we have to wait until January to meet him or her!
Doug Davidson dumped from ‘Young and the Restless’ after 40 years(9/12/18) Doug Davidson was dumped from Young and the Restless after 40 years, and now the actor confirmed on social media he wont be returning to the hit soap show.
Davidson, who plays Paul Williams, Genoa City’s police chief on Y&R, responded to tweets from concerned fans on Tuesday.
“They are doing away with history,” Davidson, the show’s longest-running cast member, tweeted in response to a fan asking what was going on.
They are doing away with history. https://t.co/I5jOYeATCb
Davidson said it “seemed so” that he was officially let go from the show.
It seems so https://t.co/JGHl1xLMwD
They have a new direction https://t.co/XOSjX84mA7
The beloved star also confirmed the news to Soap Dirt, saying “My contract was not renewed in January and I have been recurring since then.”
“You have all been so incredible! It’s been fabulous. Thank you so much for 40 years of love,” he Tweeted.
They have a new direction https://t.co/XOSjX84mA7
Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint Join ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’(9/12/18) Breaking Bad alum Dean Norris, Gil Bellows (Ally McBeal, The Shawshank Redemption), and Lorraine Toussaint (Into The Badlands, Selma, Orange Is The New Black) have signed on for Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark from CBS Films and eOne. The André Øvredal-directed adaptation based on Alvin Schwartz’s bestselling trilogy of books is being produced by Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro, who co-wrote the script with Kevin Hageman and Dan Hageman.
Currently in production, the pic follows a group of teens who must solve the mystery surrounding a wave of spectacularly horrific deaths in their small town.
The three join previously announced Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Austin Abrams, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur, and Natalie Ganzhorn.
“Lorraine, Gil, and Dean are exceptionally talented actors who also happen to be game for all of the creepy madness that this film entails,” said Øvredal. “We are thrilled to have them aboard our macabre little train.”
Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of Hivemind, J. Miles Dale, and Elizabeth Grave are also producing. Mark Ross and Alex Ginno are overseeing the project for CBS Films, which will distribute the film in the US as part of its ongoing partnership with Lionsgate.
Norris is repped by CAA and Industry Entertainment; Bellows by PTM, Untitled Entertainment, Verve, and attorney Jeff Bernstein; Toussaint by Innovative Artists and Frontline Management.
Eric Braeden Is Taking a Month Off From THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(9/12/18) Fans are going to have to get used to a Victor-less Genoa City, at least for a while, because Eric Braeden is taking some time off from THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS for the entire month of September! The actor has portrayed the character ever since his introduction back in 1980, so he’s due for a break — even an extended one such as this where he’s traveling all the way to Germany. But don’t worry, Braeden will be back to work at the Y&R studios when he returns in October!
“We take very few vacations in daytime because the show is on every week,” he told TV Insider. “Going for two weeks is just not worth it [when you add in] travel time and jet lag. It’s just not worth it. I’m going to visit relatives and friends while I’m there.”
There’s also a special reason why Braeden is returning to his home country. “It is the 60th anniversary of [my] winning the German Youth Championship,” he revealed. “I was javelin, discus, and shot put champion. I’m seeing some of my fellow athletes for the first time in 60 years!”
There has been no announcement as to how Y&R will write in Victor’s absence, whether he’ll take a business trip or simply not be seen for a few weeks. But with Victor stewing over Nick’s launch of his new company, Dark Horse, and Nikki attempting to keep J.T.’s death a secret, there’s plenty of juicy material for the Emmy winning actor to sink his teeth into upon his return from overseas.
Eva Longoria to guest-star on ABC's Grand Hotel(9/11/18) Eva Longoria is returning to the small screen in ABC’s upcoming drama Grand Hotel.
Longoria is already on board the new drama as both an executive producer and a director, but EW can exclusively reveal that the former Desperate Housewives star will also act in the upcoming show. Grand Hotel, which is based on the Spanish series Gran Hotel, tells the story of a family-owned hotel in Miami, the people who run it, and all of the secrets they keep from one another.
As for Longoria, she will guest-star as Beatriz, the former owner of the hotel and the first wife of Santiago (Demian Bichir). Beatriz is described as a shrewd businesswoman, a devoted mother, and a loyal friend. But secrets from her past continue to haunt her family.
Grand Hotel doesn’t yet have a premiere date but is slotted as a midseason show for ABC.
Mckenna Grace on Young Sheldon 9/27/18(9/7/18) Editor’s note: The air date of this episode has changed. “A Rival Prodigy and Sir Isaac Neutron” – When Dr. Sturgis (Wallace Shawn) bonds with Paige (Mckenna Grace), another 10-year-old genius, Sheldon’s jealousy leads Meemaw to intervene. Also, Mary invites Paige’s family over for a play date, when YOUNG SHELDON moves to its regular time slot, Thursday, Sept. 27 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Tracey Bregman and Beth Maitland Facebook Live(9/6/18) Tracey Bregman and Beth Maitland Facebook Live: Video.
The Young and the Restless Star Kristoff St. John Is Engaged to Russian Model Kseniya Mikhaleva(9/3/18) Third time’s the charm!
The Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John announced on Sunday that he is engaged to model Kseniya Mikhaleva.
“She said yes,” the actor, 52, wrote on social media alongside a series of images showing off the dazzling square-cut diamond ring he proposed to the Russian beauty with. In another photo, his bride-to-be wore the ring on her finger as the pair lovingly intertwined their hands.
He also went on to share some sweet photos of the couple embracing each other while kissing each other on the lips.
“My beautiful woman,” he wrote alongside the loved-up snaps.
Sharing her own photograph of her stunning sparkler, Mikhaleva revealed that the soap star popped the question on Friday.
“Special day 31.08.2018,” she wrote alongside the images.
The actor, who plays Neil Winters on the long-running soap, first went Instagram official with the pair’s relationship in February.
“You never know what life will bring you,” he wrote alongside a collage of photographs showing the pair hanging out together in Paris, as well as one close-up image of her eye.
“Kseniya. Follow her @ksumik,” he continued, adding the hashtags, “life,” “Paris” and “freshstart2018.”
Earlier this summer, the couple also enjoyed a romantic vacation together to the Dominican Republic and frequently posted images of themselves cozying up together. In fact, in one image, the actor even carried Mikhalev in his arms for a passionate kiss on the sand.
St. John has previously been married twice before. He was first married to wife Mia St. John, with whom he had two children: daughter Paris and son Julian, who died by suicide in 2014 at the age of 24.
He also shares daughter Lola, 15, with ex-wife Allana Nadal.
Dishing with Digest - 8/31/18 - Christel Khalil(8/31/18) (Listen / download) Y&R’s Christel Khalil chats with Soap Opera Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about her decision to go on recurring status, Lily’s current emotional tale, her Genoa City highlights through the years, and more. We also discuss watching characters grow up on screen and the importance of vets on the soap canvas.
Mckenna Grace on Young Sheldon 9/24/18(8/31/18) “A Rival Prodigy and Sir Isaac Neutron” – When Dr. Sturgis (Wallace Shawn) bonds with Paige (Mckenna Grace), another 10-year-old genius, Sheldon’s jealousy leads Meemaw to intervene. Also, Mary invites Paige’s family over for a play date, on the second season premiere of YOUNG SHELDON, on a special night, Monday, Sept. 24 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Sasha Calle Joins the Cast of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Lola(8/28/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) The Rosales family is expanding by one more member when Sasha Calle joins the cast of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Arturo and Rey’s younger sister, Lola! The character is slated to make her debut in the episode airing on Friday, September 14. “Oh man, has it been hard to keep this a secret,” she gushed on Instagram after the news broke. “With overwhelming joy and honor, I want to thank Sony, CBS, Y&R, CBS Daytime, executive producer Mal Young and everyone involved with this beautiful, beautiful opportunity.
“Mom, this one’s for you!” Calle continued. “I wouldn’t be here without your love and support. There were times of heartache and struggle, but those times are now changing. I love you! To my young girls and boys who are told that dreams are only dreams. I want you to see that they are achievable! Lord knows how hard it’s been, but please believe and continue to push towards what you love! Because God and this universe will bless you. I promise you it’s worth the fight.”
Y&R will be Calle’s daytime debut. She has appeared in a bunch of short films and played Virginia in the YouTube series SOCIALLY AWKWARD. She’s also musically inclined, singing a song in the short film Rogue Tiger, so perhaps Lola could find herself signed to Devon’s record label? And what will the young woman think about Arturo’s relationship with Abby? Or Rey’s sneaking around town digging up dirt on J.T.? “Tune in every day to see Lola Rosales and the Rosales family as they are welcomed to Genoa City!” Calle urged, adding, “Woah, this is surreal!”
Alice Hunter 'Can't Wait' to Play Kerry Jones on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!(8/28/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Actress Alice Hunter has been cast as Kerry Jones on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and is scheduled to make her first appearance sometime in October. “Ready to hit Genoa City!” she declared on Instagram. “Making my mark on the number one legacy soap opera in the country . Truly honored to be portraying the intelligent, strong-willed, and big-hearted Kerry Jones on Y&R. Can’t wait to meet the talented cast, the loyal and loving fans, and get to work peeling back the layers of Ms. Jones’ history and her intentions… one… by… one.”
We hear that Kerry is a chemist hired by Jabot, but who will also be having some dealing with Newman Enterprises. Whether that’s business or pleasure, you’ll just have to wait and see! Perhaps the chemist could play doctor with Nate and see how combustible it gets? And just what are Kerry's intentions? Could she be hiding a big secret from her employers? Anything is possible!
Born in Middlesex, England, Hunter has had guest roles on primetime series like FOR THE PEOPLE, NCIS, CODE BLACK, and POWER. Her first big role was as Tiffany in the Australian fantasy mermaid series H20: JUST ADD WATER, and she also played Chantelle on Showtime’s HOUSE OF LIES as well as Flobelle on the Comedy Central series ANOTHER PERIOD.
Stay tuned to see what kind of trouble Kerry stirs up in Genoa City.
Soap Scribe Returns To Y&R(8/28/18) Y&R has confirmed that the show’s former head writer, Josh Griffith, has joined their producing team. Griffith was named Y&R’s top scribe in 2012 and also toiled at DAYS before making his way back to Genoa City.
Christel Khalil Explains Her Decision to Drop to Recurring at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(8/27/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) The storyline where Lily Ashby could be facing jail time for Hilary’s death had some fans wondering if Christel Khalil was leaving THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. But the actress set their minds at ease with a heartfelt Instagram post where she explained that she’s not leaving the soap, just dropping off-contract to recurring status.
“I wanted you to be the first to know that if you see less of me on Y&R, it’s because I have decided to switch from full-time to recurring status,” Khalil confided. “That means I’m not leaving, just ready — after 16 amazing years playing Lily — to explore new things! I will continue to be a proud member of the Y&R family and look forward to further adventures playing Lily. Thank you for all the love and support over the years!”
Khalil joined Y&R back in August of 2002 and left in September of 2005 before returning to reclaim her role in November of 2006. During her time on the soap, Khalil has done a little moonlighting, with guest roles on NCIS: LOS ANGELES and 2 BROKE GIRLS as well as voicing the character of Cornelia Hail in the Disney animated series W.I.T.C.H.. But perhaps, now that she’s no longer on contract with Y&R, the talented actress will be able to stretch her wings with even more diverse roles.
Naturally, we’ll keep you up to date on Khalil’s future endeavors both in and out of daytime, so stay tuned.
Y&R Casts New Character(8/27/18) Alice Hunter, who hails from England and Australia, has been cast on Y&R in the new role of Kerry Jones. The character is coming on as a Jabot employee but will be interacting with Newman Enterprises, as well. “Kerry is very sweet but she’s willing to cross a few lines,” explains Hunter. Look for Kerry to debut at the end of October.
Haunting of Hill House Netflix Series Gets Release Date(8/27/18) The Haunting of Hill House will commence on a nearly ominous Friday the… 12th.
Described as “a modern reimagining” of Shirley Jackson’s iconic gothic horror novel from 1959, The Haunting of Hill House explores a group of siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on to become the most famous haunted house in the country. Now adults, and forced back together in the face of tragedy, the family must finally confront the ghosts of their past — some of which still lurk in their minds while others may actually be stalking the shadows of Hill House. Created, directed and executive-produced by Mike Flanagan (Hush, Oculus), The Haunting of Hill House cast includes Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones), Carla Gugino (many things that never seem to last long enough, sigh), Timothy Hutton (American Crime), Elizabeth Reaser (Manhunt: Unabomber), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Emerald City), Henry Thomas (let’s go with E.T. for old time’s sake — though Better Things also works), Kate Siegel (Hush), Victoria Pedretti, Lulu Wilson (Sharp Objects), McKenna Grace (Designated Survivor‘s First Daughter!), Paxton Singleton, Violet McGraw and Julian Hilliard.
The 33rd Annual Imagen Award Winners(8/26/18) The Imagen Awards are presented by the Imagen Foundation, an organization which encourages and champions the positive portrayal of Latinos in entertainment.
Best Actress – Feature Film: Eva Longoria, Overboard (3Pas Studios and Pantelion, Lionsgate MGM)
Best Actor – Television: E.J. Bonilla, The Long Road Home (National Geographic; Phoenix Pictures, Finngate Television, and Fuzzy Door for National Geographic)
Kate Linder Helps Raise Money for Lupus Research(8/23/18) On Saturday, Sept. 22, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Kate Linder (Esther) will be leading the Walk to End Lupus Now event in Los Angeles as the Grand Marshall. “Lupus is a disease that has touched my family,” the actress revealed in a statement. “My sister-in-law was diagnosed with lupus 18 years ago, and I have seen firsthand how it’s affected her everyday life.
“Despite its devastating impact,” Linder explained, “awareness of lupus has remained low and funding for research is not enough. That’s why it’s so important for our communities to come together at events like the Walk to End Lupus Now to not only show our support for all lupus warriors, but to raise funds for research so that we can develop better treatments and find a cure.”
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that ravages different parts of the body. It is difficult to diagnose, hard to live with and a challenge to treat. It has a range of symptoms, strikes without warning, has no known cause, and no known cure. The Lupus Foundation of America works to raise awareness of the disease and raise money for research into treatments and hopefully one day, a cure. This year, the walk’s theme is “Be Powerful” and will feature activities, games, and entertainment leading up to the walk.
For more information about The Walk to End Lupus and to register or make a donation, visit walktoendlupus.org/la.
Lauren Woodland Returns to Y&R(8/22/18) Lauren Woodland will once again reprise the role of Y&R’s Brittany Hodges on September 12. The last time Brittany was back in Genoa City, she represented Nick in a battle with Victor for custody of Christian. For this latest visit, Brittany returns to help a friend, who is in a serious jam.
Hunter King Reveals Summer Is "Flying By the Seat of Her Pants" on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!(8/22/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Summer has always been trouble on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, but ever since Hunter King returned to the role this year, she’s been taking it to the extreme! But even as the young woman has been scheming with her ex and trying to seduce her mom’s boyfriend, King insisted her alter ego is just trying to have a good time. “Summer was coming back new and exciting and grown up,” she told Soaps In Depth. “I just wanted her to be playful and not take herself so seriously, which I felt went with the new Summer vibe! I’m trying to keep a little bit of lightheartedness in some of her scenes.”
Of course, those lighter, flirtatious scenes are mirrored by the heavy, emotional dramatic ones, which is par for the course on a show like Y&R. “It really is where one week you are doing heavy drama and the next week you’re doing something totally different, something totally lighthearted,” King mused.
As Summer continues causing drama all over Genoa City, it’s clear the apple didn’t fall far from the tree — she’s definitely Phyllis’ daughter! “They both like to stir up trouble!” King laughed. “Summer is turning into a character where you never know what she’s up to. You THINK you know what she’s doing one moment, but the next moment, she deviates and goes a whole other way. It’s really fun to play a character like that. I’ve seen how much fun they’ve had with the Phyllis character, so I love knowing that I’m Phyllis’ daughter!”
And while Kyle might still seem to be interested in rekindling things with Summer, she’s got her eyes focused on Billy and tearing him away from her mother. “I don’t think Summer knows what’s in store for her,” King teased. “She doesn’t know who she’s interested in or what she wants to do next. But for me, that’s the exciting part of playing her again. She really is flying by the seat of her pants. She’s a free spirit right now, and whatever comes will come!”
Oliver Hudson, Eva Marcille on Match Game(8/21/18) “405” – Everybody get ready to BLANK because there is an all-new episode of “Match Game,” airing THURSDAY, SEPT. 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. Hosted by Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin, “Match Game” is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 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-blank.
Celebrity panelists for Sept. 6 include the following:
Joining the celebrity panelists are contestants Kevin Arbouet (hometown: Oakland Gardens, New York), Jennifer Naso (hometown: Larchmont, New York), Victory Joseph (hometown: San Bruno, California) and Deborah Smith (hometown: Woodland Hills, California).
GH’s Kin Shriner Guest Hosts New Game App(8/21/18) GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Kin Shriner (Scott) @kinshriner Opens a New Window. reunites with former PORT CHARLES co-star Michael Dietz (ex –Joe et al) to guest-host the latter’s popular new phone game, FAST FACTS, this Wednesday, 8/22, at 3:15 EST/1:15 PST, just after the east coast airing of Wednesday’s GH episode. Dietz, who is currently the CCO of Ripkord.tv, says, “There are so many ways to utilize this new platform, and I am so happy that we can do this with my dear friend, Kin. I think it will be great fun for our regular gamers, and especially for soap fans who want to check it out!” To get in on the action, download the free app at http://www.ripkord.tv for a chance at $300! And to read more about Dietz’s new venture, check out next week’s issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Eva Longoria Joins Paramount’s ‘Dora The Explorer’(8/20/18) Eva Longoria has been cast in Paramount Players’ live-action feature of Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer, playing Elena, Dora’s mother.
The James Bobin-directed movie hits theaters on Aug. 2, 2019 and is already in production over in Australia with castmembers Isabela Moner (as Dora), Eugenio Derbez, Micke Moreno, Nicholas Coombe, Madeleine Madden, Adriana Barraza, and Temuera Morrison.
In the movie, the young explorer takes on high school, and with her new pack of friends as well as her sidekick the monkey Boots and her cousin Diego, leads them on a Goonies-esque quest to save her parents and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost Inca civilization.
Longoria recently starred in LD Entertainment’s Dog Days and Pantelion/MGM’s Overboard. The former Desperate Housewives star via her production company UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, is executive producing the ABC drama series Grand Hotel scheduled for a midseason release as well as the recently announced series Ambassador which received a big put pilot commitment from ABC. She was also the EP on Lifetime’s Devious Maids and NBC comedy Telenovela in which she also starred.
Y&R’s Hunter King Engaged(8/20/18) Hunter King (Summer, Y&R) is engaged to Nico Svoboda, Melissa Ordway (Abby) revealed on Instagram, sharing a photo from the celebration. The pair has been together for over two years.
This Is Us Star Justin Hartley Says Daughter Bella Starting High School Is 'Unbelievable'(8/16/18) Justin Hartley can attest: Children grow up so fast!
The actor, 41, may have landed his biggest role yet as Kevin Pearson on the hit NBC series This Is Us, but his most important role is always being a dad to 14-year-old daughter Isabella.
Hartley revealed to PEOPLE that he can’t believe he is a parent of a soon-to-be high school student.
“Unbelievable right? It is a shock because I remember feeling like I woke up and she was 10. Then I looked at her again and she was 14,” the father of one said at the This Is Us For Your Consideration panel event in Los Angeles on Monday.
“She’s perfect. I got so lucky. She gets straight A’s, she’s kind to people, she’s nice, she listens to people. She has her own opinions about things, she’s motivated, she’s driven, she’s smart,” Hartley gushed.
“She’s got pretty much everything. I don’t know where she got it but she definitely has it and we’re very proud,” said the star, who added that Bella “watches every episode” of her dad’s show.
And Hartley isn’t the only proud dad on This Is Us.
Costar Sterling K. Brown, who plays Hartley’s on-screen brother Randall Pearson, also gushed about his sons, Andrew, 7, and Amaré, who turns 3 in Sept. 16, with wife Ryan Bathe.
“It’s nice to just watch these kids grow. It’s just good times,” he said.
Brown also revealed that wife Bathe will be making another cameo in the forthcoming third season of This Is Us, which premieres Sept. 25.
“My wife has been working so that’s been cool. She did an episode of our show, I can say that,” shared Brown, who portrays a father of two girls on the show.
“It’s nice to be home with the kids while she gets to go off and work,” he added.
Billy Miller Returns to SUITS — Watch the Dramatic Preview!(8/14/18) (Video) If you can’t get enough of Billy Miller as Drew Cain on GENERAL HOSPITAL, be sure to tune in to SUITS on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 9 p.m. ET to watch him reprising his role of Marcus Specter on the USA primetime series. And it looks like he’ll certainly be bringing the drama when he calls on older brother Harvey (series star Gabriel Macht) to defend him.
“What Mom did is nothing like this,” Marcus says in the preview for the episode. But Harvey shoots back: “You asked your kids to lie for you. How is that different?” And Marcus looks awfully guilty as he finds himself under attack by his brother.
Miller’s character was first introduced in the fourth season finale of SUITS and then made subsequent appearances in episodes in the fifth and sixth season. Now, in the middle of the eighth season, he’s back for more. “Billy Miller and I had a good time working together,” Macht told Collider following his first appearance on the show. “He was excellent.”
While appearing on GH, Miller has also made appearances on Showtime’s RAY DONOVAN, and has filmed some episodes of the upcoming series ARE YOU SLEEPING with Octavia Spencer and Elizabeth Perkins.
Check out this tease for Miller’s new episode of SUITS and be sure to tune in Wednesday night to check it out! (Or watch it on the USA website when it’s uploaded the following day if you forget to set your DVR or miss it.)
‘Star Trek’ actress Nichelle Nichols diagnosed with dementia(8/10/18) Nichelle Nichols, best known for playing Lieutenant Uhura in “Star Trek,” has been diagnosed with dementia.
According to Nichols’ conservatorship documents obtained by TMZ, the 85-year-old has “moderate progressive dementia.”
Dr. Meena Makhijani, who’s been treating the actress for the last few years, says she has a major impairment in short-term memory and moderate impairment when it comes to abstract concepts, time, place and recall.
However, the gossip site reports her long-term memory, comprehension, verbal communication, concentration and recognition of familiar people is fine.
In 2015, Nichols suffered a mild stroke at her home.
A rep for the actress did not immediately return a request for comment.
CBS ANNOUNCES SEASON PREMIERE DATES FOR ENTIRE EMMY AWARD-WINNING DAYTIME LINEUP(8/10/18) CBS, the #1-rated network in daytime for 31 years, today announced season premiere dates for its entire Daytime Emmy Award-winning schedule for the 2018-2019 season. The full lineup was just recently honored with an industry-leading 20 Daytime Emmy Awards.
“CBS Daytime continues to deliver award-winning, fan favorite programming that has led the industry for more than 31 years. The lineup offers an unmatched blend of heart and humor in our talk and game shows and stunning storytelling in our daytime dramas, connecting our audience with compelling programming throughout the year,” said Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, Daytime Programs and Syndicated Program Development, CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Distribution.
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, the #1 daytime drama for 29 consecutive years, premieres Monday, Sept. 3. THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS is averaging 4.75 million viewers. The series, which is entering its 46th season, is broadcast weekdays (12:30-1:30 PM, ET/11:30 AM-12:30 PM, PT) and is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company, in association with Sony Pictures Television. Mal Young is the executive producer.
The ninth season of the Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show THE TALK debuts Monday, Sept. 10, hosted by Julie Chen, Eve, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood. Currently, THE TALK is averaging 2.53 million viewers. The series airs weekdays (2:00 PM, ET/1:00 PM, PT/CT). It is produced by CBS Television Studios. John Redmann and Sara Gilbert are executive producers.
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, the most-watched dramatic serial in the world, premieres Monday, Sept. 17 and will celebrate its 8,000th episode during its 32nd season. THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL is averaging 3.80 million viewers. The series is broadcast weekdays (1:30 PM-2:00 PM, ET/12:30-1:00 PM, PT). It is a Bell-Phillip Television production. Brad Bell is the executive producer.
Also kicking off on Sept. 17 are the Daytime Emmy Award-winning game shows THE PRICE IS RIGHT, network television’s #1-rated daytime program hosted by Drew Carey, and the longest-running game show in television history, and LET’S MAKE A DEAL, which returns for its milestone 10th season.
Network television’s most-watched daytime program, entering in its 47th season, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 is averaging 4.73 million viewers, while THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 is averaging 5.35 million viewers. The series is broadcast weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 AM, PT). The series is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Mike Richards and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers.
LET’S MAKE A DEAL, with Daytime Emmy Award-winning host Wayne Brady, is averaging 3.04 million viewers, while LET’S MAKE A DEAL 2 is averaging 3.44 million viewers. The show is broadcast weekdays (check local listings). It is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Mike Richards, Dan Funk and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers.
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.
‘The Ambassador’ Drama From Ilene Chaiken & Eva Longoria Lands At ABC With Big Commitment(8/8/18) In one of the first major bidding situations this broadcast buying season, ABC has landed hourlong drama The Ambassador from former Empire showrunner Ilene Chaiken, Eva Longoria and Ben Spector’s UnbelieEVAble Entertainment, 3 Arts Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV. The project has received a big put pilot commitment.
The Ambassador, which was pursued by multiple networks, is based on the Spanish series The Embassy (La embajada). In the adaptation, written by Chaiken, when the thrice married, very rich and politically connected US Ambassador to France is killed in a freak speedboat accident, his much younger and arguably unqualified third wife is appointed to replace him. Ambassador Roxanne Eagleton takes on the challenges of her new position as she also navigates the drama and intrigue of her late husband’s family while beginning to suspect that his death was not an accident. The Ambassador takes us behind the curtain of the US Embassy in France – the glamorous but treacherous “upstairs” of the Ambassador’s life in Paris, and the “downstairs” lives of the career diplomats that are there to serve their Ambassador and their country.
Chaiken executive produces with Longoria and Spector via their UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and 3 Arts’ Oly Obst. 20th Century Fox TV, where Chaiken is under an overall deal and UnbeliEVAble is under a pod deal, is the studio.
The original series The Embassy was created by Ramon Campos and his company Bambu Productions, where Campos is partnered with Teresa Fernandez-Valdez. Bambu is behind a number of series, including Grand Hotel, which UnbeliEVAble optioned two years ago for a U.S. adaptation, which made it to series at ABC for midseason.
The Embassy format was the first idea UnbeliEVAble brought to 20th TV under the company’s deal there, with Longoria and Spector taking their time to get the right writer for it.
“When I first saw The Embassy, I binge watched the entire season in one sitting. I told Ramon and Theresa we MUST do this together,” Longoria said. “Ilene Chaiken is the gold standard for character driven dramas. After getting to know her on Empire there was no one else we could envision adapting this. Ilene took the original and reinvented it with such brilliance and panache. I can’t wait to produce this show alongside her.”
The setting of The Ambassador is somewhat similar to a London-based comedy starring Salma Hayek, which is in development at Amazon from Paul Feig and Imagine.
Grand Hotel, from UnbeliEVAble and ABC Studios, stars Roselyn Sanchez and Demián Bichir. UnbeliEVAble previously produced Lifetime’s Devious Maids, which also starred Sanchez. Longoria is with CAA and Brillstein.
Chaiken, who created and executive produced the Showtime series The L Word, was executive producer/showrunner on the first 3.5 seasons of Empire. She also is an executive producer on the Emmy-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale. Chaiken is repped by WME and 3Arts.
Celebrity Family Feud: Team Vanilla Ice vs. Kim Fields and Team Ice-T & Coco vs. Vivica A. Fox (8/26)(8/6/18) “Team Vanilla Ice vs. Kim Fields and Team Ice-T & Coco vs. Vivica A. Fox” – The celebrity teams competing to win cash for their charities feature Vanilla Ice (“The Vanilla Ice Project”) and actress/director Kim Fields. In a separate game, rapper Ice-T & his wife, Coco, compete against actress Vivica A. Fox (“Empire”) along with their families, on an all-new episode, SUNDAY, AUG. 26 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
Steve Harvey, the highly popular stand-up comedian, actor, author and Emmy® Award-winning game show host, will pit celebrities and their families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed to 100 people.
The celebrity teams who will try to guess what the “survey said” are the following:
Team Vanilla Ice – “The Vanilla Ice Project”; playing for Little Smiles, Inc.
Kim Fields – actress and director; playing for Back on My Feet
Team Ice-T & Coco – playing for Long Island Bulldog Rescue
Vivica A. Fox – actress known for “Empire”; playing for Best Buddies International
Video: Gina Tognoni and Jason Thompson Facebook Live(8/3/18) Gina Tognoni and Jason Thompson Facebook Live: Video.
CBS DAYTIME’S SUMMER SENSATIONS(8/1/18) For the week ending July 27, LET’S MAKE A DEAL (two), THE PRICE IS RIGHT (one) and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS posted three-month ratings highs, including:
LET’S MAKE A DEAL (two) attracted 3.33 million viewers, and THE PRICE IS RIGHT (one) attracted an average of 4.51 million viewers – both shows’ largest audiences since the week ending April 20. Additionally, daytime drama THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS scored an average of 4.29 million viewers, also that show’s largest audience since the week ending April 20.
Source: Nielsen, live plus same day ratings for the week ending July 27, 2018.
Daytime Emmys: NATAS To Launch Inquiry Following Daytime Dramas’ Call For Changes & Boycott Threat(7/31/18) The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has responded to the threat by all four daytime dramas to boycott the Daytime Emmy Awards unless changes are made in a joint letter they sent to the organization’s leadership yesterday.
“Today I received correspondence raising concerns about some elements of the 2018 Daytime Emmy Awards and concerns over its administration,” Terry O’Reilly Chairman, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, said in a statement. “We have great confidence in the integrity of our Emmy awards system, and believe it effectively honors the best work being done in Daytime Television today. That having been said, we always take concerns about our systems seriously…and out of an abundance of caution I have instructed that outside counsel be retained to evaluate these concerns and conduct an independent look at them.”
O’Reilly’s statement was in response to Deadline’s report Monday that all four daytime dramas, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days Of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless, vowed not to participate in the Daytime Emmy Awards unless changes are made to the voting and accounting practices and the way the competition is held.
In a show of unity, the four dramas made their concerns known in the letter, addressed to O’Reilly and NATAS’ interim president and CEO Adam Sharp. It was in response to the recent gaffe in which Patrika Darbo’s 2018 Daytime Emmy for her guest-starring role on Amazon’s soap opera The Bay was rescinded after NATAS found submission errors in her category and others. Last month, Darbos called out the group for its actions and called for an outside audit “to restore integrity and confidence in the awards.”
Here are a few of the concerns reps for the four shows listed in the letter:
• Voting should be limited to members of NATAS or the Television Academy.
• All members should be eligible to vote for outstanding show. The current process in which NATAS selects who votes is unacceptable.
• NATAS must stop instructing the accounting firm to disqualify certain ballots because of NATAS perception of block voting or other issues that NATAS arbitrarily deems a reason to disqualify.
• NATAS must have an arm’s length relationship with the accountants.
• Despite (NATAS senior management’s) assurance, it was clear during the April 2018 ceremony that the winners were known by many in advance. This is unacceptable.
• NATAS must hire a team, separate from the competition executive(s), to produce and executive produce the actual awards show.
David Hasselhoff Marries Model Hayley Roberts in Italy(7/31/18) Wedding bells are ringing!
Baywatch actor David Hasselhoff tied the knot with his fiancée Hayley Roberts in a small ceremony in Puglia, Italy. Hasselhoff's press agent confirmed the news to E! News. Wedding attendees included Hasselhoff's two daughters Taylor, 28, and Hayley, 25, as well as other friends and family.
Hasselhoff and Roberts first got engaged in 2016 when he popped the question while enjoying a picnic in Malibu, he told HELLO! at the time. After the engagement, Hasselhoff tweeted about the news, calling it "THE BEST WEEK EVER." The newlyweds met five years prior to the engagement in 2011 while he was a judge on Britain's Got Talent.
This is Hasselhoff's third marriage. He was previously married to Pamela Bach and Catherine Hickland.
Roberts and Hasselhoff have yet to post any photos of their small wedding on social media, but the model's Instagram is replete with photos of the two of them. These pictures include glamorous red carpet shots as well as selfies of the two of them.
There's a bit of an age difference between the new husband and wife, but Roberts has spoken out about it before. The 38-year-old Welsh model told HELLO! at the time "I don't mind." Meanwhile, Hasselhoff is 66.
Congratulations again to the newlyweds!
Eva Longoria Officially Introduces Her Baby Boy to the World—Meet Santiago Enrique Bastón(7/31/18) (Cover) Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to meet Eva Longoria's baby boy.
Less than two months after welcoming her first child into the world, the Hollywood actress and activist decided to introduce her son on the cover of HOLA! USA's latest issue.
"Here he is! Santiago Enrique Bastón is waving hello at the whole world! Couldn't wait to share this picture with y'all!" the proud mom shared on Instagram. "Thanks to @usahola and @bernardodoral for capturing these beautiful moments with my newborn son! #BabyBaston #HOLAUSA."
In the cover image, Eva smiles from ear to ear as she cradles her son. As for her glam look, the actress was happy to give credit where credit is due for those who helped make the shoot so beautiful.
Ken Paves helped with hair, Elan Bongiorno assisted with makeup and Charlene Roxborough handled all things fashion.
"So beautiful!!! X So many kisses from us all! XXXX," close friend Victoria Beckham shared in the comments section. Holly Robinson Peete added, "Omgggggg Santiago."
Additional photos from the September 2018 issue are expected to be released early next week.
Since welcoming her first child with husband Jose Bastón on June 19, Eva has tried to enjoy the first weeks of motherhood in private. At the same time, the Telenovela star has hinted that a special reveal was in the works.
"The gang is back together! I'm technically still on maternity leave and this is the only work I had scheduled during this time," she previously wrote on Instagram. "But so happy to see my crew again!! Ken and Elan you make it all so fun and easy! #WorkingMama #3WeeksPostPregnancy."
And in between asking Chrissy Teigen for some mommy advice on social media, Eva found some time to enjoy the summer sun at an undisclosed location.
"It's magical. I feel like I've known him my whole life," Eva shared about her son in HOLA! USA's upcoming issue.
Congratulations again Eva on your exciting family news.
Y&R Casting New Female Role(7/31/18) Y&R is on the hunt for an African American actress in her 30s to play a new character named Candace, who is described as “a super-smart, confident, kick-ass executive with a background in science from Chicago.” Despite her professional drive, Candace “is entirely content being single” but “not opposed to a serious relationship.” Whoever lands this part, which is as a series regular, will start taping around the last week of August.
Daytime Emmys Revolt: All 4 Daytime Dramas Threaten To Boycott Awards Unless Major Changes Are Made(7/30/18) The Daytime Emmy Awards are in danger of losing one of their biggest attractions, the daytime dramas, whose acting nominees bring star power to the ceremony. In an unprecedented show of unity, I have learned that all four daytime soaps, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless, have come together to demand changes in the voting and accounting practices for the awards.
The joint letter, sent today to National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences interim president and CEO Adam Sharp, is in response to the recent gaffe, in which Patrika Darbo’s Daytime Emmy for her guest-starring role on Amazon’s soap opera The Bay was rescinded after NATAS found submission errors in her and other categories. At the time, Darbos called out the group for its actions and called for an outside audit “to restore integrity and confidence in” the awards.
“We are disheartened by the recent events involving NATAS and the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards competition and the decisions made by NATAS regarding the Digital categories of Supporting Actor and Guest Star.reps for all four soaps,” reps for the four series wrote in in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by Deadline. “We feel the time is appropriate to bring to your attention our serious concerns about the Daytime Emmy Awards competition.” The four shows went on to say they “are united in their decision not to participate in the Daytime Emmy Awards moving forward until these important issues are resolved.”
Such a boycott would be a huge hit to the Daytime Emmy Awards, which has lost a lot of its luster of one-time premiere TV event.
The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless said that they “want a competition free of bias, perceived collusion, and personal agendas.” They went on to list their concerns:
2. Accountancy Firm:
3. Winners Known in Advance:
4. Competition vs. Awards Show:
The letter was signed by Greg Meng, Co-Executive Producer, Days of Our Lives; John Fisher, Supervising Producer, The Young and the Restless; Steven Kent, SEVP Programming, Sony Pictures Television; which produces Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless; Frank Valentini, Executive Producer, General Hospital; Eva Basler, VP Communications, Bell-Phillip TV Prods., The Bold and the Beautiful. Kent and Basler also are Governors of the TV Academy.
NATAS had said after the Daytime Emmys were handed out in April that it discovered “some entrants’ submissions in two categories may have been in violation of the published guidelines for the competition,” which state that prior-season appearances are disqualifying.
But in her open letter last month, Darbo said that NATAS knew about the submission errors “two days prior to the ceremony and made a conscious decision not to deal with it until after the ceremony was over.” She said the organization’s “arbitrary and after-the-fact ruling feels inequitable and wrong.”
Darbo, The Days of Our Lives and Bold and the Beautiful veteran, a co-governor of the Performers Peer Group at the TV Academy, which oversees the Primetime Emmys, called for an outside audit of this year’s Daytime Emmys’ submission and voting process.
“The inequity in this year’s Daytime Emmys based on ageism, gender inequality, and perceived favoritism is, in my opinion, a big blow to the Emmy brand,” she wrote. “The TV Academy, who administers the Primetime Emmy Awards, is very clear that Emmys are awarded to those who achieve excellence in television. I’m beginning to wonder what NATAS feels the Emmys stand for.”
Deadline has reached out to NATAS for comment.
FB Q&A: Steve Burton & Kelly Monaco(7/30/18) Facebook Q&A: Steve Burton & Kelly Monaco: Video.
Bailey Chase, Alyvia Alyn Lind & More To Star In Netflix’s ‘Walk Ride Rodeo’ Biopic About Paralyzed Horse Racer Amberley Snyder(7/29/18) Missi Pyle (YouTude Red’s Impulse, The Artist), Spencer Locke (Insidious Last Key, Resident Evil: Afterlife), Bailey Chase (Longmire, 24: Legacy), and Sherri Shepherd (Trial & Error, 30 Rock) are set to topline Walk Ride Rodeo, a biopic of paralyzed rodeo champion Amberley Snyder (played by Locke) from Poke Prod and Netflix. Directed by Conor Allyn, the film follows the story of nationally-ranked barrel racer Snyder who, at 19-years old, barely survived a car accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Her doctors said she would never walk again, let alone ride. Snyder overcame her prognosis and was back on her horse 18 months after the accident.
Alyvia Alyn Lind (Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors), Corbin Bleu (High School Musical), Max Ehrich (The Path), Raleigh Cain (Only the Brave), Mitchell Hoog (The Spookies) and John-Paul Howard (Hell or High Water) will co-star.
Sean Dwyer and Greg Cope White wrote the screenplay, which is being produced by Poke Prod principals Elizabeth Cullen and Dwyer with White and Snyder serving as co-producers. The pic is currently shooting in New Mexico and will available on Netflix globally in 2019.
Mishael Morgan and Bryton James Look Back on Hilary and Devon's Most Memorable Moments on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(7/27/18) (Video - USA Only) With Devon and Hilary’s love story on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS coming to a tear-filled tragic end, the soap tried to brighten things up by having actors Bryton James and Mishael Morgan sit down to look back at their favorite scenes together, including their very first! The stars even offered some behind the scenes commentary as they watch, dropping all kinds of backstage secrets.
“We had no idea that they were planning to set us up together,” James admitted of the very first scene where Devon Winters and Hilary Curtis first encountered each other. “I remember after this scene, the producer came up and said, ‘I think there’s something between you guys.’”
The subsequent scene shows Hilary opening the door to a blind Neil after having sex with Devon and the pair joke about how they were terrible people back then. The final scene was their 2015 wedding where Jones points out that Morgan was pregnant with her first child when they filmed it, and she reveals that she actually gave birth to her son, Niam, just nine days after they shot the episode!
At the end of the video, Morgan shares a special message with her fans. “I just want to thank all of the fans who have supported me on this incredible and epic journey on Y&R,” Morgan expressed. Then the turned to her co-star and gushed, “And I want to thank YOU for being the best co-star and leading man that a girl can have. This has been the journey of a lifetime and I know that I will never forget it. And it’s mainly because of you guys. Thank you guys so much for watching and thank you guys for giving Hilary a home. And me!”
Trailer: I Am Paul Walker(7/26/18) (Video) Paramount Network has released a trailer for their upcoming documentary I Am Paul Walker, about the life and tragic death of the Fast and the Furious star, which airs Saturday, Aug. 11 at 9/8c
‘Blood & Treasure’: Alicia Coppola Joins As Series Regular In CBS Action Summer Series(7/25/18) Alicia Coppola (Shameless) is set as a series regular opposite Matt Barr and Sofia Pernas in Blood & Treasure, CBS’ hourlong serialized action-adventure series set to premiere in summer 2019.
Written by Matthew Federman & Stephen Scaia, Blood & Treasure, which hails from CBS Television Studios alongside Ben Silverman’s Propagate Content, centers on a brilliant antiquities expert, Danny (Barr), and a cunning art thief, Lexi (Pernas), who team up to catch a ruthless terrorist who funds his attacks through stolen treasure. As they crisscross the globe hunting their target, they unexpectedly find themselves in the center of a 2,000-year-old battle for the cradle of civilization.
Coppola will play Dr. Ana Castilla, a world-renowned adventurer and archeologist.
The role marks a return to CBS for Coppola, who starred on the network’s series Jericho, and reunites her with Federman and Scaia, who were writers on the action-drama series. Coppola was most recently seen in a key recurring role on Shameless. She’s repped by Leslie Allan-Rice Management, Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates and attorney Derek Kroeger.
RZA & Eric Roberts Join ‘Hard Luck Love Song’(7/25/18) Wu-Tang Clan member and filmmaker RZA and Eric Roberts will co-star opposite Michael Dorman, Sophia Bush, Dermot Mulroney, and Melora Walters in Hard Luck Love Song. The Americana music-inspired indie hails from Synthetic Pictures and Dime Box Entertainment with Justin Corsbie attached to direct from a script he co-wrote with Craig Ugoretz.
The film is based on singer-songwriter Todd Snider’s song Just Like Old Times from his 2006 album The Devil You Know. It follows Jesse (Dorman), a charismatic but down on his luck troubadour, who finds himself at an existential crossroads as his bad decisions catch up with him. His world spins into further upheaval after a chance encounter with Carla (Bush), an old flame.
RZA will play Louis, has an emotional hold on Carla, and even though he comes to Jesse’s aid, he doesn’t want to let Carla out of their complicated relationship. Roberts is Skip, is a grizzled bar doorman who looks out for Carla and offers advice to Jesse.
Production is currently underway in Los Angeles. Allison Smith, Douglas Matejka and Corsbie are producing along with exec producers Peter Scalettar and Christian Monti.
RZA is coming off his directing duties on Cut Throat City, a New Orleans heist thriller that stars Wesley Snipes and Terrance Howard. Other upcoming projects include Blood Brothers and Black Samurai.
Roberts, an Oscar nominee for his performance in Runaway Train, can next been seen in Head Full of Honey, with Matt Dillon, Emily Mortimer, and Nick Nolte.
RZA is repped by WME while Roberts is a client of Sovereign Talent Group, Cultivate Entertainment, and Miles Anthony Associates in the UK.
Heather Tom Shares the Terrifying Experience of When Her Son Was Missing(7/25/18) During a family trip to the beach, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL star Heather Tom (Katie) experienced every mother’s nightmare when her five-year-old son, Zane, went missing. The actress was wary about sharing her terrifying experience, but finally decided to share her story on Twitter as her fans have always been so supportive.
Tom related how her husband, James Achor, had taken Zane to the showers and after he turned around for two seconds, the boy was gone. “Like gone gone,” she confided. “I was on the beach and James came running up to me asking if he had run past me to the water. I said no and we started a frantic search for him. He was nowhere. I told the lifeguards my son is missing and every horrible thought flashed through my head in a single second.
“James went one way and I went the other screaming his name,” she continued. “A man and his wife said they’d seen a little boy who looked lost wandering down the beach. She was a school teacher and recognized his confusion. I ran that way and I found him. He had actually gone to a lifeguard station but was too shy to talk to the guard. He was looking for our rainbow umbrella. I had never felt such cold, feral fear. I held my boy until he insisted I let go and didn’t take my eyes off of him for the rest of the day.”
And after she regained her composure, Tom found herself reflecting on current events and empathizing with families who are currently without their children. “All I could think about were the women and men who had their kids taken away — sometimes without warning — at the border,” she mused. “I’ve thought it was horrific, but Zane was gone probably less than 10 minutes and I had police and kind people helping to look for him. I didn’t know where my child was, if he was safe, if he was being abused, if he was taken or worse for 10 minutes maybe. These mothers have gone weeks. I don’t know if any of you have experienced anything similar, and I hope you won’t judge me, but believe me, I didn’t feel like he was in summer camp. Thank God we found him.”
We’re just grateful that Zane was found so quickly because fearing for the safety of their child who has gone missing is a nightmare no parent should ever have to go through... for any length of time.
Jason Canela Lands Contract With Y&R(7/21/18) Y&R’s Jason Canela, who plays Arturo Rosales, shared on Instagram that he has signed a contract with the show. The actor posted, “Thank you to @malyoung @sony @cbs & @youngandtherestless for believing in me and making me feel at home in Genoa city and blessing me with the opportunity to bring life to Arturo Rosales. I’m proud and honored to officially be a full time member of the @youngandtherestless family.” Canela first aired on February 2 and Arturo was later revealed to be Nikki’s secret boy toy. The character has since moved on with her stepdaughter, Abby.
Dishing with Digest - Episode 17(7/21/18) (Listen / download) YOUNG AND RESTLESS’s Joshua Morrow (Nick) chats with Soap Opera Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about the shocking twists in his character’s story, his special relationship with Eric Braeden (Victor), “Shick”, “Phick” and so much more! Plus, we discuss the pros and cons of splitting up supercouples.
Jordi Vilasuso Joins Y&R(7/20/18) Daytime Emmy winner Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Dario, DAYS; ex-Griffin, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Tony, GUIDING LIGHT) has been cast on Y&R in a new role. The actor will play a mysterious stranger named Rey who quickly finds himself immersed in the drama of Genoa City. Vilasuso will make his Y&R debut on Friday, August 17.
Moon Bloodgood and GH's Billy Miller Join Apple's Are You Sleeping Thriller(7/20/18) Falling Skies alum Moon Bloodgood has booked a series regular role on Are You Sleeping, a thriller series for Apple’s yet-to-be-named, coming-some-day streaming service. Meanwhile, three-time Daytime Emmy winner Billy Miller (General Hospital, The Young and the Restless) is set to recur.
Based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber, Are You Sleeping — which counts Reese Witherspoon among its EPs — centers on Octavia Spencer’s Poppy Parnell, a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast. Lizzy Caplan plays Josie and Lanie, twin sisters whose father was the murder victim.
Bloodgood will fill the series regular role of Poppy’s best friend, Cath, while Miller will recur as Lanie’s husband Alex.
Additionally, Brett Cullen (Narcos) will recur as the father of convicted murder Warren Cave.
I Am Paul Walker Documentary Gets a Premiere Date(7/17/18) I Am Paul Walker, the documentary chronicling The Fast and the Furious franchise star Paul Walker's life and tragic death, is headed your way this summer. The Paramount Network announced Tuesday that the film is slated to premiere Saturday, Aug. 11 at 9/8c.
The doc will offer up an intimate look at the late film star through never-before-seen home videos and untold stories from the people that knew him best — his family. He died in Nov. 2013 when his Porche crashed into several trees and caught fire. The death was ruled an accident.
Walker was in the middle of filming Furious 7 at the time of his passing and production halted for several months while the crew figured out how to proceed in the wake of his death. Principal photography on the film was completed in July 2014 with help from Walker's brothers Caleb and Cody who were used as stand-ins for his remaining scenes.
The documentary comes from Derik Murray who profiled other famous figures including John F. Kennedy Jr., Muhammad Ali, Heath Ledger, Bruce Lee and MLK Jr.
I Am Paul Walker premieres Saturday, Aug. 11 at 9/8c on Paramount.
Mishael Morgan Is Pregnant!(7/16/18) Baby No. 2 is on the way for Mishael Morgan, who has just wrapped up her five-year stint as Y&R’s Hilary. Already mom to son Niam, who turns 3 in August, the actress confirmed her pregnancy on social media, where she shared a video of her gender reveal celebration. “YES I am pregnant,” she posted. “And guess what… it’s a girl!!!” Congratulations to the whole family!
David Hasselhoff to marry in Italy(7/16/18) David Hasselhoff will soon be saying “I do.”
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, the former “Baywatch” star revealed he and fiancée Hayley Roberts will wed in Italy on July 31.
“We’re gonna get married on the 31st, you know, in Italy,” Hasselhoff, 65, said Saturday at Bruce Willis’ Comedy Central roast. “My birthday is on Tuesday and then we shoot out to the UK and a few places and then we’re gonna get married, but a very small wedding with her family from Wales in Puglia, which is southern Italy.”
Hasselhoff proposed to Roberts, 37, in 2016, five years after first meeting in Wales. Following the nuptials, the newlyweds will embark on their honeymoon.
“From there we’re gonna go to the Maldives and we’ll stay underwater for about two weeks,” Hasselhoff said.
Hasselhoff is already wearing a wedding band and said it held sentimental significance.
“It’s my mom and dad’s and I wear it for luck and I wear it for remembrance and so I thought, you know, it’s nice I don’t have to go out and get another ring. I’ll just keep this one,” he explained.
Hasselhoff previously wed Catherine Hickland in 1984, before splitting five years later in 1989. He married Pamela Bach that December, later divorcing in 2016. They share two daughters, Taylor, 28, and Hayley, 25.
Talk Show Appearance(7/15/18) The Talk – CBS
Monday, July 16
“Top Talker” actor Joshua Morrow (CBS’ THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) (new)
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.
Sean Carrigan Races to an Exciting New Movie Role!(7/11/18) It’s been quite a while since Sean Carrigan has appeared on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Dr. Ben “Stitch” Rayburn, but he still has plenty of fans and they will soon be able to see the handsome and talented actor on the big screen in an exciting new movie, Ford V. Ferrari! Friend and former Y&R castmate Christian LeBlanc (Michael) shared the big news along with a selfie Carrigan snapped on the plane heading to film on location in France. “This is the face Sean Carrigan makes when he is in first class jetting off to Paris to play race car driver Walt Hansgen in a film about LeMans with Christian Bale and Matt Damon!”
Ford V. Ferrari is the true story of the battle between Ford and Ferrari to win the legendary Le Mans race in 1966. Matt Damon, Christian Bale, and Jon Bernthal star in the film, which is directed by James Mangold, who has helmed award-winning fare like Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma, and Logan.
Carrigan will be playing the role of Walt Hansgen, who was a world champion Formula One racecar driver in the ‘60s. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is an annual endurance race that has been held annually since 1923. Racing teams must attempt to win while also keeping with their cars running for 24 hours without breaking down.
Since leaving Y&R, Carrigan has appeared as Coach Rafferty in the critically-acclaimed Netflix series AMERICAN VANDAL. He has also completed filming on the horror film Confessions of an Exorcist, where he plays Dr. Thane Knoles. Carrigan has also continued to stretch his comedic muscles performing at comedy shows in California.
Imagen Awards Nominations(7/10/18) The nominations are out for the 33rd annual Imagen Awards, which celebrate positive portrayal and creative excellence of Latinos and Latino cultures in TV and film.
Best Actress – Feature Film
Best Actor – Television
Women of the WSOP: Farah Galfond, Soap Opera Star to High-Stakes Poker(7/5/18) (pokernews.com) They’re so much more than just a poker power couple, him a self-proclaimed “professional poker player/recreational businessman” with his own coaching site, her an “actor turned poker player turned back into actor apparently but still a poker player," according to their Twitter profiles.
While anyone remotely involved in the poker world knows the PLO King Phil Galfond, who started the Run It Once poker training site and just shipped his third WSOP bracelet in $10K PLO, the poker world is only just becoming more familiar with the other half of the hitched duo — Farah Galfond.
Formerly Farah Fath, the daytime soap opera star discovered poker while playing in cast & crew home games in New York City while she was shooting One Life to Live in 2007. She was instantly hooked on the game, and would get much more involved in it several years later after also getting hooked on one of the game’s most-respected players.
Fath owes much of her acting success to her mother, who took a chance and flew her out to L.A. from their Kentucky home when she was 14 years old to see if her daughter could fulfill her dream of being on screen.
Farah found a break with an agent that saw something in her and decided to take a chance, and her first audition was perfect. It was for Days of Our Lives, which happened to be her favorite show, and she knew the characters by heart. She nailed it and got the part as Mimi, staying on the show for 7.5 years until she left.
She also played Gigi on One Life to Live, and couldn’t say which she loved more.
“You can get very attached to a character when you play them for so long,” said Galfond. “I truly had alter egos and lived two lives. I cared deeply for them!”
From Acting to Poker
Many of the same challenges that drew Galfond to acting also make poker a nice fit for her, and she would eventually live somewhat of an alter ego in real life as an actor turned high-stakes poker player.
“I believe acting, like any art, is therapeutic,” Galfond says. “I loved the challenge of constantly trying to get better and go deeper, and break through walls, and those are reasons I love playing poker too.”
After meeting Phil as a fan of his through Twitter, the two fell quickly and as they say, the rest is history. Farah Fath became Farah Galfond in May, 2015 and she eventually transitioned into playing poker full-time.
She started out grinding $2/5 and was winning in the games by 2015. She continued at those stakes for around two years before she felt comfortable enough to climb up to $5/10, which was probably the most difficult jump for her. Before the former soap star knew it, she was playing the biggest stakes around, taking an interesting trajectory to get there.
“I played $5/10 for under a year and was doing well before [Phil] asked if I would be okay with trying out 300/600 last summer,” Galfond recounted. “Honestly, it was equally scary moving up to $5/10 as it was $300/600. [laughs] The $5/10 regs look so intimidating!”
Her rapid climb up the poker ranks has landed her in games as big as $500/$1,000 and being featured in Poker Central’s Super High Roller Club episodes and Poker After Dark. She even headlined a week of televised Poker After Dark games on PokerGO aptly titled “Games of Our Lives,” where Galfond tangled with the likes of Bill Perkins, Jean-Robert Bellande, Bill Klein and Matt Berkey – and held her own.
When asked what she loves most about the game, Galfond responded: “I suppose overall, it's the infinite amount of interesting situations that you find yourself in, session after session, and the challenge of learning from these situations to improve your game over time.”
How has being married to Phil Galfond helped her game? Farah explained, “I would be nowhere without him.
“We don't ever have sit down coaching sessions but over time, he has imbedded important fundamentals into my game and given me a number of 'hot tips' as I would like to call them. I'm a trial-and-error based learner so I really just need to dive in and play and then chat with him later about what I could have done better.”
To Play or Not to Play the WSOP Main Event?
Farah Galfond loves poker so much, that she even came to try her hand on Day 1b of the WSOP Main Event, though she struggled with the idea now that the couple is expecting.
@Farah_Galfond : My love wants so badly to play the Main Event but my pregnant body is making me very nervous about the prospect. I get so tired & need tons of rest. I think playing could actually be a terrible idea. Agh. So torn! ??
Galfond decided to brave the grind, hoping for that #babyrungood Phil tweeted about. And she seems to be enjoying it so far.
@PhilGalfond : Look who decided to play the #WSOP Main Event with me! #babyrungood https://instagram.com/p/BkyDTVxlbol/
@Farah_Galfond : Loving the guy that always 3-bets me when I have it. Loving the guy who has no actual idea what is going on. Loving the guy who is praying I give birth on Dec 1st bc “that is Peter Pan’s birthday. Not many people know that.” Loving tbl 51 at the #WSOP main event!
And while the actress turned high-stakes poker grinder may have gone back to acting recently, it looks as if poker will always be in the bones of the Galfonds, and most likely also in the blood of their offspring.
Who Is Arturo on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS? — Meet Jason Canela!(7/5/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Shortly after former telenovela star Jason Canela joined the cast of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as the sexy contractor Arturo, he was revealed to be carrying on a secret affair with Nikki, and now he's dating her stepdaughter, Abby! The guy doesn't waste any time!
The actor has appeared in Spanish-language serials like ¿DONDE ESTA ELISA?, COSITA LINDA, and RUTA 35. as well as the films Single in South Beach and Camino. More recently, he could be seen in FOX’s primetime series PITCH, where he played baseball player Omar Robles.
Canela was born in Miami, Florida, to Cuban parents, and show business runs in the family! He has three older siblings, including the actor/singer Jencarlos Canela. Y&R is first American daytime soap role, but we have no doubt the hunk will fit right in!
Arturo was hired to do some construction, but Nick was stunned to find out he was also moonlighting as Nikki's new boy toy! Of course, things got even more shocking when Nikki revealed that Victor was fully aware and had a mistress of his own as they'd decided to have an open relationship! However, that didn't last long, and Nikki eventually broke things off with Arturo so that she and Victor could commit to each other. He and Abby began spending time together and the sparks started flying. Of course, the fact that he'd been sleeping with her stepmother was a bit of a wrinkle, and Nikki herself didn't approve of the match at all!
Abby had some initial bursts of jealousy when she suspected Arturo of sleeping with her mother, Ashley, but that turned out to be a misunderstanding and she eventually admitted she'd developed feelings for the hunk. And on the Fourth of July, the fireworks weren't just in the sky as the couple took things to the next level by hitting the sheets for some steamy lovemaking!
Vivica A. Fox Drama ‘Kinky’ Sets Date With Patriot Releasing(7/5/18) Vivica A. Fox-starrer Kinky has been acquired by Patriot Releasing, part of the company’s plan to distribute 10 films a year that target African American women. Written and directed by Chocolate City helmer Jean Claude Lamarre, the film from Patriot Pictures will hit 300 screens October 12 and expand to 700 the following week.
The plot follows Dr. Joyce Richardson, a beautiful African American surgeon who begins a sexual journey with a billionaire investor. After a few months of dating, the couple begins exploring their most kinky sexual fantasies, leading them into a world of BDSM and hardcore sexual exploration.
Dawn Richard (Danity Kane), Robert Ri’Chard (Coach Carter), Eurika Pratts (Black Magic) and Gary Dourdan (CSI) co-star.
Producers are Patriot CEO/chairman Michael Mendelsohn, Jessie LeVostre and Pratts.
Patriot recently acquired a Black female-lead comedy spec, Wedding Guest List, with an aim to start production next year. Also, the company just wrapped on the RZA-directed heist thriller Cut Throat City with Wesley Snipes and Terrence Howard, as well as Chocolate City 3.
Kinky’s deal was negotiated between PMendelsohn, LaMarre and Nulite Media.
Kelly Kruger Guests On THE BOLD TYPE(7/2/18) Kelly Kruger (Mackenzie, Y&R) will guest star on Freeform’s hit TV series, THE BOLD TYPE, on Tuesday, July 3rd. She took to Twitter to share her excitement posting a selfie with one of the show’s lead actresses, Katie Stevens. “Guess who’s popping up on @TheBoldTypeTV this week?! Love this angel face right here,” she wrote. The actress also shared a behind the scenes photo in April on her Instagram page.
Elizabeth Bogush To Star In ‘Last Night’(7/2/18) Elizabeth Bogush is set as the lead in Last Night, a MarVista Entertainment indie feature from director Chris Sivertson. The plot follows a successful family woman who wakes up next to the dead body of her former lover with no memory of what happened last night, she must race to uncover the identity of the killer before she’s arrested for the crime or becomes the next victim herself. Brad Schmidt Eddie Kaye Thomas, Mark Famiglietti, Sarah Lind, Victoria Barbaras, Stephanie Bast round out the cast. Michael Moran and John Hermann are the producers. Bogush, who has recurred CBS’s NCIS: LA and Showtime’s Masters of Sex, is repped by Innovative, Margie Weiner Management, and Meyer & Downs.
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