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Daytime Emmys: Network Soaps Lift Boycott Threat But Others Will Shun Awards Over NATAS’ Response To Snafus(11/18/18) (deadline.com) The four network daytime dramas will not be boycotting next year’s Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony as they’d threatened to in July. In an unprecedented show of unity, after being dissatisfied with the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ response to screw-ups during this year’s awards show, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless banded together this summer to present a list of complaints and demands for changes that prompted NATAS to commission an investigation by an outside counsel. The report from that review was put out November 8.
“The four daytime dramas are in receipt of NATAS’ internal investigation report and recommendations moving forward,” a spokesperson of the four series said in a statement to Deadline. “As a group, we are not in agreement with all of the conclusions that NATAS reached. However, in the spirit of working with NATAS and the TV Academy on improving the integrity of the Daytime Emmys, we have lifted our boycott. We look forward to meeting with NATAS to discuss their findings and our concerns in greater detail.”
While the network daytime dramas will participate in the Daytime Emmys despite reservations about the findings in the report, willing to give NATAS another change, others are fed up. Michael Caruso, executive producer of Amazon’s soap opera Ladies of the Lake, says he will not participate in next year’s awards.
The report concluded its procedures were so “sloppy” and inconsistently applied that they may have given the “appearance of favoritism,” but it found “no evidence of voter fraud or panel tampering,” and no evidence NATAS staff “intentionally rigged the competition results.”
In response, NATAS has made numerous changes to its rules and procedures to correct past “missteps,” and has vowed to be more transparent going forward. That’s apparently good enough for the network soaps, who’d threatened to boycott if changes weren’t made to ensure “a competition free of bias, perceived collusion, and personal agendas.” But many involved in digital soaps want to see even more changes — and corrections of past mistakes.
“I have a show that’s eligible this year, but I’m not participating because NATAS has not fixed any of the issues in the digital awards categories,” Caruso told Deadline. “Our simple requests have either been ignored or denied, and I do not feel that this judging process is a trustworthy one.”
“This is not a snap impulse decision,” he added. “This is the result of years’ worth of their questionable behavior, and because my interactions with NATAS have been overwhelmingly negative.”
Caruso is not alone is his displeasure. Crystal Chappell, star and co-creator of the streaming series Venice, says she’s through with the Daytime Emmys too. “I won’t be participating in the future because of their lack of transparency,” she said.
The “clusterf*ck,” as Caruso describes it, began shortly after the 2018 awards show when NATAS rescinded the Emmy it had presented three weeks earlier to Patrika Darbo for her guest appearance on Amazon’s The Bay. Turns out, they say, she wasn’t eligible to compete in the category because she’d appeared in a prior season.
After meeting on May 22, the Awards Committee determined it would give Darbo’s Emmy to Jennifer Bassey, who finished second in the voting, for her guest-starring role on the web series Anacostia. According to an “independent review” commissioned by NATAS, “One or more NATAS staff members conveyed to Ms. Bassey’s representatives in a phone call that she would be awarded the Emmy Award before any award determination was publicly announced.”
But then the Awards Committee determined that she hadn’t been eligible either, and refused to give her the Emmy after she’d been told she’d won. In the end, no award was given in the category.
Darbo, a co-governor of the Performers Peer Group at the Television Academy – which oversees the Primetime Emmys – is also raising questions about the independence of that review, which was co-authored by attorney Kevin M. Goldberg.
Goldberg, it turns out, serves on the executive committee – and was the immediate past chair – of the National Press Foundation, which recognizes and encourages excellence in journalism through its own annual awards show. Serving alongside him on that foundation’s board of directors is Adam Sharp, president and CEO of NATAS, which commissioned the report Goldberg co-wrote.
“It’s a conflict of interest,” Darbo told Deadline. “How can it be an independent investigation when friends are checking up on friends, and the hens are being guarded by the foxes?” She also believes, in the interest of transparency, that this connection should have been disclosed.
Darbo says she isn’t concerned about having had her Emmy rescinded, and acknowledges her producers inadvertently submitted her “in the wrong category, so I should not have won the Emmy.” But as a governor of the TV Academy, she said, “The performers elected me to take care of them, and that’s what I’m doing.”
Goldberg’s report was presented to the NATAS board of trustees on November 2 “in a spirit of transparency,” Sharp said in a November 8 letter. “It bluntly sums up its assessment of NATAS’ management of the 2018 Daytime Emmys in one word: ‘sloppy.’ It levies criticism where criticism is due. And it rightly identifies many ways in which we must do better.”
In the wake of the debacle, NATAS has changed its eligibility rules to prevent a recurrence of the problem, much of which stemmed from confusion – in the age of streaming shows – about just what constitutes an “episode” or a “chapter” of a program. Sharp has said the rules have now been updated in several awards categories “to eliminate opportunities for confusion,” with particular attention being paid to “the requirements in the performer categories – which are at the heart of much of the concern we heard – and we will more specifically define terms such as ‘episode’ where relevant.”
Many involved in the mess, however, believe NATAS hasn’t gone far enough to investigate or remedy the problem that occurred at the last awards show. “The report was an attempt to try and straighten out the problems,” Darbo said, “but I believe that if you’re doing an investigative report to find out the problems, you should do a thorough report.”
The same eligibility-rules confusion that existed in the digital guest-starring and supporting actor categories, she said, may have been present in the digital best actress, best actor and best supporting actor categories, as well. The investigation never looked at that.
“There were winners from each of those categories from The Bay,” she said, “and if those categories weren’t investigated, how do we know that they truly won? Did they have extra episodes submitted and call them ‘chapters’ too? Four errors in one category (guest actor) and two errors in the supporting actor category, don’t you think they should have looked at every category?”
The call for entries for the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards was November 12, and Sharp told Bassey that “We hope you will once again join in the competition.” Given the foul-up, he also offered to provide her with “monetary credit for this year’s competition in the amount of your entry fees for the category in 2018.”
One of the other areas of dispute was the report’s findings on the eligibility of nominees in the supporting actor digital category, which was won by Eric Nelsen for The Bay. Under the rules, submissions for consideration could not contain material from more than four episodes of a program. According to the report, the show’s submissions for Nelsen and Brandon Beemer – another nominee from The Bay – “were eventually found to contain materials from more than four installments.”
Even so, Nelsen was allowed to keep his Emmy, which has led Bassey to threaten to sue NATAS on the basis of sex discrimination. In a November 5 letter to Goldberg, Bassey’s attorney, Leon Friedman, said that “Five episodes were submitted on behalf of Eric Nelsen even though the requirements limit the submissions to four episodes. Yet, Mr. Nelsen was allowed to retain his Emmy award. Apparently, the basis for distinguishing between Jennifer Bassey on the one hand and Eric Nelsen on the other was that Mr. Nelsen was a man and Jennifer Bassey was a woman. The submissions for both performers exceeded the requirements of the rules, yet only Ms. Bassey was disqualified.”
California law, he continued, “is extremely strict in prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender in all fields. Since an award of an Emmy is an important factor in determining future employment in the entertainment field, the failure to make such an award because of a candidate’s gender, falls within a prohibited category. We believe that NATAS must take affirmative steps to correct this situation. Do the right thing and award Ms. Bassey her rightful award.”
The report, however, “Did not find any evidence to support a claim that NATAS or any of its staff members intentionally discriminated against any nominee or winner on the basis of race, gender, or age.”
It did, however, find “many instances in which circumstances and NATAS staff decisions gave rise to, at minimum, the appearance of impropriety and favoritism, which have caused observers to believe the awards competition and the resolution of the awarding of Emmy Awards (in the guest-starring and supporting actor digital categories) was not conducted in an impartial manner.”
Chappell told Sharpe she is also concerned that gender discrimination may have played a role in denying an Emmy to Bassey.
“I know that these mistakes are not the fault of the actors but the fault of each production team that submits but, nevertheless, once you head down the slippery slope, we’ve lost all integrity in the Emmy itself,” she said. “If nothing is done, it would appear that the Academy has a bias for a particular show and is treating women differently than their male peers. I know that is not you. As a woman who has reinvented herself, marched for women’s rights/LGBTQ rights, I would find doing nothing to be the worst possible decision and devastating to my relationship with the Emmys.”
The report chalked up the disparate treatment of Bassey and Nelsen to confusion over what constitutes an “episode” of a streaming show. “NATAS staff provided differing rationales for inconsistently applying the Episode Rule” in those two categories, the report said. “First, The Bay is distributed in what its producers have referred to as ‘chapters,’ with multiple ‘chapters’ released simultaneously.”
In the submissions for his category, Nelsen and Beemer appeared in more than four “chapters,” but NATAS staff explained to investigators that “it could be argued that chapters released simultaneously could be considered one episode. As such, NATAS staff stated they believed there is a good faith reasonable argument that Mr. Nelsen and Mr. Beemer may not have, in fact, violated the Episode Rule.”
This distinction between episodes and chapters – and allowing different eligibility rules based on someone’s interpretation of what an episode is, was widely mocked by those calling for change. “It’s not an even playing field,” Darbo said. “There are no chapters in television, only episodes.”
Chappell agreed. “There are no ‘chapters’ in television,” she said. Indeed, even The Bay’s website refers to its installments as “episodes.”
“Chapters,” scoffed Sonia Blangiardo, creator and executive producer of the web series Tainted Dreams. “That’s a big insult. Even Amazon says ‘episodes’ per season. There’s no such thing as chapters. It’s false and a little disheartening moving forward with these rules.”
Even the NATAS-commissioned report found “sound countervailing arguments” against such a distinction in interviews and documents reviewed. “Such materials and interviews cited industry practice and union agreements that universally refer to installments of a program as episodes, and The Bay also promoting its program as being released in episodes, not chapters.”
Even so, the report stuck by NATAS’ decision to rescind Bassey’s guest star Emmy and to let Nelsen keep his supporting actor award. “Ms. Bassey’s program, Anacostia, was released in episodes, and she appeared in two episodes in her submission, in excess of the one episode limit under the Episode Rule. As such, NATAS staff stated Ms. Bassey unquestionably violated the Episode Rule. NATAS staff stated it was therefore logical to not award Ms. Bassey an Emmy Award because her submission irrefutably violated the Episode Rule in (her category); but allow Mr. Nelsen to keep his Emmy Award because of the reasonable argument his submission did not violate the Episode Rule in (his) category.”
“At times,” the report found, “the producers of The Bay have described the release of installments of The Bay as ‘chapters’ instead of ‘episodes.’ Such a characterization gives rise to the argument there are alternate interpretations of the Episode Rule with regard to its application in determining whether Mr. Nelsen’s and Mr. Beemer’s submissions did or did not violate the Episode Rule’s cap of four episodes of a program that may be included in a submission, an argument NATAS has deemed to be reasonable.”
If nothing else, the snafu has gotten the attention of NATAS, which this month promised to provide additional resources to the Daytime Emmys; to better articulate and make public its core policies and procedures; and to apply its rules “consistently and transparently.”
Perhaps most important, Sharp has vowed that NATAS “will seek to work more closely with the Television Academy” after all four network daytime soaps – The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless – came together demanding changes in the voting and accounting practices for the awards and the way the competition is held.
In addition to all the other changes that have been made, Sharp has said that “Recognizing that participants in the Daytime Emmy competition may be more likely to be members of the Television Academy than of NATAS, we hope to better engage our sister Academy in our processes as representatives of their members. These efforts could include:
• More consciously prioritizing Television Academy membership as a criterion for judging participation.
• Requesting that the Television Academy reinstate sending emails to their membership encouraging participation as Daytime Emmy judges.
• Inviting a representative of the Television Academy and its members to begin participating again in our Daytime Emmy nomination cut-off calls.
• Inviting a representative of the Television Academy to review questioned submissions, observe backstage operations, and/or be present for the application of statue bands at the Daytime Emmy ceremony.
“We appreciate that the missteps of this and of past years may have impacted your confidence in the Daytime Emmy Awards,” Sharp told many of those who had complained, “and we are absolutely committed to earning back your trust. We believe that through these and other improvements, we will once again meet the expectations you and other participants rightfully have of us.”
‘Empire’ Casts Alicia Coppola(11/18/18) Alicia Coppola (Shameless) is joining Fox’s hit musical family drama Empire in a recurring role. Coppola will play a smart, flamboyant attorney investigating Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) and international money launderer Damon Cross (Wood Harris). She’ll do almost anything for big target convictions because she believes they’ll take her to the Governor’s mansion and then the White House. Empire, created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong and starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, hails from Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox TV. Daniels, Strong, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Sanaa Hamri, Dennis Hammer, Matt Pyken and Diane Ademu-John executive produce. Brett Mahoney is executive producer and showrunner. Coppola recently recurred on NCIS: Los Angeles. She’s repped by Abrams Artists Agency, Leslie Allan-Rice Management, and attorney Derek Kroeger. Empire airs Wednesdays at 8 PM on Fox.
Y&R Star Opens Up About Tragedy(11/13/18) Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren, Y&R), who lost her Malibu house in the fires plaguing Southern California, released the following statement: “My sincerest thanks to everyone who has reached out with messages of love and support. The enormity of this loss for my family and our Malibu community is heartbreaking. My endless gratitude goes out to the firefighters, emergency personnel and volunteers working tirelessly to help everyone impacted by this tragedy. For anyone who would like to provide assistance, please consider donating to One Love Malibu (@onelovemalibu), The Los Angeles Fire Department (@LAFDFoundation; supportLAFD.org Opens a New Window. ), The Humane Society (hsvc.org Opens a New Window. ) or any of the numerous other organizations aiding those affected by the California wildfires.”
Jordi Vilasuso Reveals How Rey Really Feels About Sharon on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(11/13/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) The sparks that have been flying between Rey and Sharon on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS had a little water poured over them by the sudden arrival of his wife, Mia. But even as the cop works out his issues with his estranged spouse, he just can’t resist his attraction to the blonde. “The more that Rey has gotten to know Sharon, the more he likes her,” Jordi Vilasuso explained to Soaps In Depth of his alter ego’s feelings. “She’s obviously beautiful — so there’s definitely an attraction there — but he’s found that she’s beautiful on the inside, too. He’s starting to have a really deep admiration for Sharon in addition to the attraction.”
Of course, Rey’s wife isn’t the only potential spoiler to a possible relationship — there’s also Sharon’s involvement in the cover-up of J.T.’s death, the crime which Rey himself is investigating! “It’s very interesting because they are playing this cat-and-mouse game with each other,” Vilasuso mused. “There are moments of attraction and admiration, but at the same time, underneath it all, there is the question, ‘Is she really playing me here?’ Rey knows that Sharon is smart, but I believe that he thinks he has the ball in this game.
“But as the story goes on and Rey and Sharon get to know each other more,” he added with a laugh, “the layers are peeled off and there are times when he’s like, ‘Why did you say that? Why are you so interested in this?’ He’s probably hoping the closer he gets to her, she’ll just confess everything!”
And when the truth about what Sharon (and Victoria and Nikki and Phyllis) did comes out, that could seriously change how Rey feels about her… or will it? “That’s an interesting question,” Vilasuso admitted. “Rey is super passionate about his job. But he’s walking a tricky line. We’ll see what happens!”
Zach Tinker Takes Over for Max Erich as Fen on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(11/13/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Viewers can expect to see Fenmore Baldwin on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS in time for the holidays, but he’ll be looking a little different as Zach Tinker is taking over the role previously played by Max Ehrich. The character was born back in 2006 and after a series of child actors, was aged into a teenager played by Erich from 2012-2015.
Tinker has appeared in primetime series like MURDER IN THE FIRST, NCIS, and YOU’RE THE WORST, but is probably best known for playing Craig Cignarelli in LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS last year on NBC. While the young actor hasn’t posted about his new role on Instagram yet, he did post a couple of selfies wearing clothes that look like they could be wardrobe tests for Fen. The “business casual” look is very much like something Lauren and Michael’s son would wear on Y&R.
Interestingly, on Nov. 9, Ehrich revealed to fans of the soap that he very nearly reprised his role but a dangerous situation involving a real-life stalker prevented him from doing it. “I was asked to do a special stint back on the show,” he posted to Instagram, “but due to the bizarre stalker issue I had, it was unsafe at the time and I had to postpone. I grew up on Y&R and learned so much. Forever grateful for the privilege of working on such an iconic show. Unfortunately, was unable to be there during that time of filming.”
While Ehrich described his appearance as a “special stint,” which would have likely been just for the holiday season, the soap has not yet announced how long Tinker would be playing the role. So you’ll just have to stay tuned to see what brings Fen back to Genoa City and what kind of drama he stirs up!
Talk Show Appearance(11/13/18) Daily Pop – E!
Tuesday, November 13 – Tatyana Ali on her upcoming two Holiday movies for Lifetime and Hallmark
California Fires Affect Y&R Stars(11/12/18) As the the fires devastating Southern California still rage on, two soap stars have reported via social media how they’ve been impacted. Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren, Y&R) shared on Instagram, as well as during her appearance on THE TALK today, that the house she’s lived in since 2004 has been completely destroyed. However, the actress “is full of gratitude” that her family and animals are safe (check out https://www.instagram.com/p/BqAvxC-F7kS to see a photo taken by Bregman’s neighbor of her residence completely engulfed in flames). Eileen Davidson (ex-Ashley, Y&R; ex-Kristen, DAYS) tweeted that her house has been spared so far. “After living for 24 hours thinking we lost our house completely we found out yesterday that we only lost the yard around our house,” she posted. “Sweating it out for the next 48 hours and praying for everybody involved in this devastating and horrific fire. Love to all of you.”
Y&R Alum Not Returning(11/11/18) Max Ehrich revealed on social media that he had been asked to reprise the role of Fen on Y&R but was unable to return to the show. “Dear #YR fans: I was supposed to do a special stint back on the show this past month, but due to the crazy stalker issue I had; It was unsafe at the time and I had to postpone,” he shared. “Unfortunately, due to the production schedule, I am saddened to say I was unable to come back at the time and reprise the role.I grew up on this show and learned so much. Forever grateful for the privilege of working on such an iconic show.” The actor recently posted that he had to go into hiding for his personal safety due to an alleged stalker and that the police have been involved in the situation.
Dishing with Digest - 11/9/18 - Peter Bergman(11/9/18) Y&R’s Peter Bergman Traces His Soap Roots (Listen / download)
Peter Bergman talks about his incredible Y&R run as Jack, his emotional ALL MY CHILDREN exit, how he never expected to do a soap and more with Soap Opera Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss actors who found popularity in multiple daytime roles.
Y&R’s Ana Coming Back(11/9/18) Devon’s little sister Ana, is returning to Genoa City and will look a lot different than when we last saw her in 2012, reports TV Insider. Loren Lott, a former AMERICAN IDOL contestant who appeared on GREENLEAF, THE QUAD, and wrapped up a stint on Broadway in Once On This Island, has assumed the role previously played by Jamia Simone Nash. (This isn’t the first IDOL singer to play a character on Y&R. Diana DeGarmo, who was in the third season of the singing competition, portrayed mob princess Angelina from 2011-12.) Ana will first air again on November 28.
Christel Khalil & Haley Pullos Stars in 'Sorority Stalker'(11/9/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Viewers of GENERAL HOSPITAL don’t always see as much of Haley Pullos’ Molly as they might like, so the young actress wanted to make sure they know they can see more of her in another Lifetime movie! “Hey guys, I have some cool news,” she shared on Instagram. “This Saturday, catch me in a new movie called Sorority Stalker on Lifetime!” The film premieres Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. ET.
In the thriller, Pullos plays Taryn, a young woman reeling from a devastating breakup. Aya, played by TEEN WOLF’s Haley Webb, invites her sorority sister into her home and life to help her recover, but it turns out that Taryn isn’t really her sister, but a former foster child who would do anything to create the family bond she’s been desperately seeking her entire life… even kill!
Also featured in the cast is THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS fan favorite Christel Khalil (Lily), who recently dropped to recurring status with the soap in order to pursue other opportunities, such as this movie where she plays the role of Lauren. Soap fans will also recognize DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Lauren Koslow (Kate) as Liz.
Originally titled No Good Deed, Sorority Stalker is written by Sandra Bailey (who also plays Vicky in the film) and directed by Craig Goldsmith. Be sure to tune in to see if Taryn’s reign of terror can be stopped in time (and if Lauren ends up as one of her victims!) when the movie makes its broadcast premiere Saturday night on Lifetime.
Y&R’s Alum Welcomes Baby No. 2(11/9/18) Mishael Morgan (ex-Hilary, Y&R) and her husband, Navid, are the proud parents of a new daughter. “Naliyah’s in da house!!!” the actress tweeted on November 8. “My family got a little bigger this morning. It is with a full heart that I welcome my little bundle of joy to the world! We are all wrapped around your little finder already.” The couple already have a son Niam, 3.
Daytime Emmy Completes Internal Review; Procedural Changes Promised(11/9/18) After an independent review of its procedures and rules, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is promising big changes to the Daytime Emmys in 2019 and beyond. “Representatives of several shows in the daytime community raised concerns with how the 45th Daytime Emmys were managed and with some of the broader policies and procedures of our academy,” Adam Sharp, interim President of NATAS, tells Digest. “Recognizing that the preeminence of the Emmy as a symbol of excellence is dependent on the faith and confidence of those in the community, we saw a need to make sure that each of those concerns were all thoroughly and properly addressed. We moved quickly to task an independent firm to look into our operations and to do so with no limitations on what they looked into, who they questioned, they had full access to our email system, and to really leave no stone unturned in seeking answers to some of these questions and providing recommendations for how best to move forward.” The firm delivered its findings and recommendations to NATAS in early November. “There were certainly areas of the report that, in noting errors and mistakes that were made, were painful to read, but necessary to read and to be responsive to,” Sharp says. “I think the report was exceedingly fair and the criticism it makes is where criticism was due. We do need to do much better as an organization and I think the steps we’re putting in place to substantially adopt these recommendations put us on the path toward that.” The changes will include updates and clarifications to the Daytime Emmy submission rulebook; the hiring of additional staff to manage submissions and voting; and a redistribution of executive duties. Explains Sharp, “David Michaels, who is our senior vice president of daytime and the executive producer of the shows for the last several years, he will focus his energies most thoroughly on the production of the event itself and then Brent Stanton, the executive director of the Daytime Emmys on our team will take more independent leadership and oversight of the competition.” In the end, Sharp says, “We are hopeful and optimistic that all members of the daytime community will have the confidence and faith in our process to compete next year. It is somewhat unprecedented for an organization like ours to conduct such a deep introspection into how our awards process works. We are being responsive to every single recommendation in that report. Through this process we’ve had productive conversations with some of the dramas. Several of them were interviewed in the course of the investigation and we hope that by involving them in the process and by being responsive to their concerns that they will join us for the 2019 competition and the show.”
NATAS President Adam Sharp Explains How the Daytime Emmys Are Going to Change(11/9/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) After Patrika Darbo’s Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Digital Daytime Drama series was revoked following the 2018 ceremony, the actress called for an outside audit of the Daytime Emmys. With many actors raising concerns about Emmy policies and procedures and all four soaps threatening to boycott the 2019 ceremony unless changes were made, an independent review was commissioned. The law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth of Washington D.C. was hired to conduct the investigation, and based off their independent findings, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will be instituting some changes in the way the Daytime Emmys proceeds going forward. “The report found a number of things that we should have done better and must do better moving forward,” explained NATAS president Adam Sharp.
Rules will be clarified to explain exactly what constitutes an episode, something that has come into question with the emergence of digital series. “The report rightfully recognized that we need to go through every word and every comma of our guidelines to make sure that these are absolutely crystal clear and that they are rules that judges can reasonably administer,” Sharp said.
With digital drama categories now part of the Daytime Emmys, there has been tremendous growth in both entries as well as the audience for the ceremony, so additional staff will be hired for the team. Core policies and procedures will be better articulated and made public. Following the competition, a Transparency Report will provide a summary of how the rules were employed and enforced. NATAS will also be working more closely with the Television Academy during the entire process.
Sharp hopes that the changes being implemented to the Daytime Emmy procedures will satisfy everyone and the four soaps will not boycott next year’s ceremony. “We’ve had some productive conversations with the soap producers,” he revealed. “Some of the signatories of that letter were interviewed by the investigators. So we are looking forward to having them in the show for May.”
These changes will also be applied to more than just the Daytime Emmys. “We intend to implement these actions everywhere they are relevant in our organization,” Sharp promised. “That includes the sports Emmys, the news and technology Emmys, the documentary Emmys. It doesn’t matter what Emmy it is, it’s still the same statue. It’s still the same mark of excellence.”
Y&R Casting New Role(11/7/18) Look for a new character, tentatively named Timothy, to debut on Y&R in the very near future. The recurring character is described as a very good-looking “wannabe rock star dude who makes ends meet by waiting tables till he gets his break.” Strong vocal or instrumental skills were considered a huge plus in the casting call.
Peter Bergman Previews Jack's Future on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(11/7/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) During Jack Abbott’s search for his real birth father (who turned out to be John Abbott after all in a final twist), THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS fans were aghast when the soap hinted that he and Victor Newman could be brothers. But Peter Bergman never believed that could ever be possible. “It did not occur to me for a second that my character would be any way related to Victor,” he confided to Soaps In Depth with a laugh. “There is nothing reptilian about Jack! So it didn’t even cross my mind!”
Even if Jack and Victor had turned out to be siblings, the never-ending rivalry would have simply reached a new level. “I have no problem keeping up the animosity between Jack and Victor,” he laughed. “That comes so naturally! It’s part and parcel of who Jack is. But he was relieved when he found out that he was not related to Victor. He was like, ‘This is what I thought all along — Victor is my enemy!’”
And even as the Abbott family and Jabot were thrown into chaos by Ashley’s actions, Bergman is thrilled that his alter ego has settled in working as an executive at Dark Horse. “Oh, that is great fun on many fronts,” he enthused. “It’s a new set to work on, I get to work more with Joshua Morrow (Nick), and Dark Horse is this maverick company coming in to shake things up. I like being a part of that. The businessman part of Jack is pretty central to who he is. So I’m very happy that with Dark Horse, Jack the businessman is alive. And Jack and Nick will cause a lot of havoc for a lot of people!”
Unfortunately, while things may be looking up on the business front, Jack’s personal life remains a shambles with any hopes of rekindling things with Phyllis dashed by her recent affair with Nick. “Those were really powerful scenes, and it revealed that Jack had forgiven her,” Bergman admitted of Summer’s disastrous matchmaking attempt. “But forgiveness or no, you just don’t fall out of love with somebody, particularly if she is Phyllis.”
Whether it’s Phyllis or someone else, the soap vet is emphatic that Jack should have a significant other. “[Y&R] is paying me a full salary for two-thirds of what I can do when I’m not involved with a love interest,” Bergman declared. “It’s not typical of this show or any daytime show to hire a new actress over 40. I don’t think that would be a bad thing to do here, but I’m not holding my breath. As long as the women from Jack’s life keep going in and out of his life, I will have plenty to play. But The Powers That Be are only utilizing two-thirds of my strongest stuff!”
Y&R Songbird To Release New Musical Effort(11/6/18) We haven’t heard Y&R’s Tessa sing very much lately but soon, you can listen to her portrayer Cait Fairbanks’s new music. The actress/singer tweeted, “I’m releasing music!! The first song comes out November 16th and it will be under the name ‘Ginesse’ and I’m so incredibly nervous. It’s been a while in the making and it’s been such a collaborative process.”
Tristan Lake Leabu returns to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(11/4/18) Look Who’s Back: Soaps In Depth has learned exclusively that Tristan Lake Leabu will be returning to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS to reprise his role as Reed Hellstrom beginning on Monday, December 10. It’s safe to say that Reed will find himself back in Genoa City to look for answers about dad J.T.’s disappearance, which Rey now has deemed a murder investigation.
The character was played by Leabu from January of 2017 until April 2018, and the actor earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for his work. Before Reed was aged into a teenager, he was played by child star Max Page from 2009-2016.
Reed was born in 2007 to Victoria Newman, but it wasn’t until after his birth that they confirmed that J.T. Hellstrom was his father. However, a few years later, the couple divorced and J.T. fought for custody because he didn’t want Reed to grow up under the influence of Victoria’s father, Victor. Unfortunately, Victoria was arrested for murder just before the hearing, and she lost her child, even though she was later cleared. When J.T.’s fiancée, Mackenzie Browning, got a job offer in Washington, D.C., they moved away from Genoa City and took Reed with them.
In 2017, Reed returned home now grown into a teenager. He’d run away from home because J.T. wanted to move to Warsaw, Poland. He wanted to live with his mother, but Victoria reminded him his father had custody. But Reed was allowed to remain with his mother, and he attended school and developed a budding relationship with Mattie Ashby. Although that hit a sour note when he drove drunk and Mattie refused to keep his secret, landing him in a whole mess of trouble.
J.T. returned to Genoa City as well, looking to reunite with Victoria and Reed was thrilled at the idea of having his family back together again. Reed and his father also bonded over their shared love of music. But J.T. had his own secret plans, and was also abusive towards Victoria. After J.T. tried to kill Victor, he got violent with Victoria and Nikki accidentally killed him trying to protect her daughter. The women buried the body and covered up the crime, leaving Reed to believe that his father had abandoned him.
Distraught, Reed made the decision to go to boarding school and get away from all the drama in Genoa City. He promised to get his life together and come back one day, and it seems he's now making good on that promise!
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Mal Young Reveals Why You Can't Miss a Single Episode of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(11/1/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Headwriter and executive producer Mal Young wants to make sure that every episode of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is one fans won’t want to miss, but he also wants to do even more special episodes that really stand out. “We are going to do more of those standalone episodes,” he promised Soaps In Depth. “Each one was beautifully crafted. We did the special one-off episode with the four women and J.T. I asked the writers to come with me on the journey to do an episode where it’s four women in the living room for 30 minutes. I said, ‘We’re not going to go anywhere else. We might go out to the garden for a brief scene, but I want it to be like a stage play.’ Everyone looked at me like I’d lost it! Everyone was a little bit scared, but that’s good!”
Young previously helmed the popular long-running British soap opera EASTENDERS, which is known for doing special episodes, sometimes even featuring just a pair of actors for the entire half-hour episode that are known as “two-handers.” And he would like to bring that to this side of the pond at some point. “My ambition one day is to have just two actors in a room for the whole hour,” Young confided. “I think we can do it. We have the people.
“It would be talked about,” he continued. “You need those moments where you are part of the national conversation. Twitter, social media… it’s the new water cooler. You don’t want to miss out on something. That’s the benefit of continuing drama. If you can make the audience feel like they are part of the journey, they feel like if you miss a show, you do miss out!”
Despite Y&R’s recent successes, don’t look for the soap to rest on its laurels. “We’re pushing ourselves,” Young declared, “trying out our green screen, pushing the writers to do different things. We’ve tried to make the show smarter, the pace more contemporary. Y&R is a fantastic legacy to lean on, to be proud of, but we can’t rely on it. We’re only as good as our last show — but that’s kind of thrilling!”
Catching up With THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Michael Damian(11/1/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) While THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Danny Romalotti has been traipsing around the world on tour, portrayer Michael Damian has been doing a bit of globe-trotting himself. In fact, High Strung: Free Dance is the fifth movie that he’s shot in Bucharest, Romania, alone. Damian’s 2016 film, High Strung, was such a hit that dance enthusiasts clamored for a sequel. So they’ll be happy to hear that Free Dance will hit theaters in December. The new film brings Jane Seymour back as conservatory instructor Oksana but focuses the story on her daughter’s quest to land a role in a Broadway dance show and the struggle of its young choreographer to bring his dynamic vision to fruition. “It was over a year and a half from when my wife, Janeen, and I started writing the script to when we completed post-production,” Damian revealed to Soaps In Depth. “We have a lot of fun when we write together — we play movie scores and pop songs in the background, and I’ll make her get up and dance for inspiration.”
Casting for the film, which also tells the tale of an ambitious pianist who joins the production while falling into a love triangle with its lead dancer and choreographer, took place in Los Angeles, New York, London and online. “We had all these dancers following us on social media and wanting to audition,” Damian offered. “So we really opened it up — we’ve got dancers from all over the world in this new movie.”
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE guest judge Tyce Diorio headed up a team of real-life choreographers for the film, with results that will leave viewers gobsmacked! “We have hip-hop, contemporary, ballet, Bollywood, jazz, popping/ waving, tap, heels and Broadway,” Damian previewed. “And one of the new and exciting aspects we brought to the sequel is that there are five high-powered songs actually performed on camera.” Asked why he’s poured his heart and soul into the production, the visionary explains, “We want to give our young audience something to inspire them when they get out there and go for their dreams.”
It’s been five years since Danny returned to Genoa City for Katherine’s memorial service. Might he ever do so again, perhaps for another family reunion? “Danny could definitely come back,” Damian says, grinning. “But he’s gotta come back and do something wild!”
ABC Nabs ‘Maybe You Should Talk To Someone’ Therapist Drama From Maggie Friedman & Eva Longoria Based On Book(11/1/18) ABC has handed a script commitment with penalty to Maybe You Should Talk To Someone, a drama series project based on writer and therapist Lori Gottlieb’s upcoming memoir, from Maggie Friedman (No Tomorrow), Eva Longoria and 20th Century Fox TV where Longora’s UnbeliEVAble has a deal.
Penned by Friedman, Maybe You Should Talk To Someone is described as an addictive character drama about a gifted therapist, accustomed to helping other people navigate their messy lives, who finds herself facing a crisis in her own life. We follow her, her family and her diverse slate of clients as they confront the often poignant and at times hilarious ups and downs of family, friendship, romance, work, parenting, growing up, growing old, and what it means to be human.
Friedman executive produces with Longoria and Ben Spector via UnbeliEVAble. Gottlieb serves as producer.
This is UnbeliEVAble ‘s second sale at ABC this season via 20th TV. In a major bidding situation, ABC landed the company’s hourlong drama The Ambassador, written by former Empire showrunner Ilene Chaiken, with a big put pilot commitment. At ABC, UnbeliEVAble also has upcoming midseason drama series Grand Hotel, from ABC Studios, which stars Roselyn Sanchez and Demián Bichir. The company and Longoria are repped by CAA and Brillstein.
Friedman recently served as executive producer on the CW’s No Tomorrow. She previously created and executive produced Eastwick and Witches of East End. She is with CAA, Ensemble Entertainment, and attorney Joel McKuin.
Gottlieb’s memoir will be released in April 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She also is repped by CAA.]
The Resident Books Miles Gaston Villanueva(10/30/18) Miles Gaston Villanueva (Law & Order True Crime) is set for a major recurring role on Fox’s medical drama The Resident.
Villanueva will play Alec, a born innovator, a loner and iconoclast who has spent a lifetime on the move. His father was an eccentric and Alec lived part of his childhood in a converted school bus. He studied to be an infectious disease doctor, but after a stint volunteering with Partners in Health on a Navajo reservation, he embraced a vision of medicine that tries to alter lifestyle via community outreach to prevent, rather than treat, illness. Alec is tender with patients but blunt with everyone else. And yet he is a charmer. His relationships with women tended in the past to lack deep roots. Whenever it was necessary, he moved on.
Created by Amy Holden Jones, Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi, The Resident stars Matt Czuchry, Bruce Greenwood, Manish Dayal, Emily VanCamp, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Jane Leeves and Glenn Morshower. It follows a group of doctors at Chastain Memorial Hospital, as they face personal and professional challenges on a daily basis.
Fox recently picked up nine additional episodes of the sophomore drama, bringing its Season 2 order to full-season 22 episodes.
Jones, showrunner Todd Harthan, Antoine Fuqua, Phillip Noyce — who directed the pilot — and Rob Corn executive produce alongside Oly Obst and David Boorstein, while Schore and Sethi serve as co-executive producers for 20th Century Fox TV, 3 Arts Entertainment & Fuqua Films.
Villanueva recently starred as Lyle Menendez in the NBC mini-series, Law & Order True Crime. His other guest-starring roles include ABC’s For the People, Fox’s Rosewood and the CW’s Jane the Virgin. He’s repped by SDB Partners and Zimmerman Management.
Eva Longoria and Gina Rodriguez to be honored at 2018 ALMA Awards(10/29/18) Eva Longoria and Gina Rodriguez will be among those honored at next month’s ALMA Awards.
Wilmer Valderrama will host the celebration of Latino achievements in American entertainment and media.
Activists Samantha Fuentes and Jamie Margolin also will be honored. Fuentes survived the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, and Margolin founded the Zero Hour movement to address climate change.
Rodriguez, star of TV’s “Jane the Virgin,” will share the awards spotlight with the show’s cast.
The Nov. 4 ALMA ceremony is airing live at 8 p.m. Eastern on sibling TV channels Fuse and FM. Performances by Ally Brooke and Amara La Negra will be featured.
In a statement Friday, host Valderrama said Latino achievements and contributions need to be spotlighted more than ever at what he called a “critical” time.
The ALMAs — American Latino Media Arts Awards — are back after a three-year hiatus in time for the 50th anniversary of UnidosUS, previously known as National Council of La Raza.
UnidosUS is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. In 1995 it created the ALMAs as a way to promote fair, accurate and balanced portrayals of Latinos in the entertainment industry.
Fuse Media made a multi-year agreement to become the exclusive multiplatform media home of the ALMAs.
Kelly Sullivan Previews Her New Movie, 'Til Ex Do Us Part'(10/28/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Trailer) Fans of Kelly Sullivan who miss seeing her as Connie on GENERAL HOSPITAL or Sage on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS can watch the actress starring in the new Lifetime thriller, Til Ex Do Us Part, premiering Sunday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m.! “There is so much action that takes place over the course of an hour and a half,” she teased to Soaps In Depth. “It’s full of twists and turns!”
Sullivan plays Sophia, an award-winning architect who is in the process of reconciling with her husband Kyle (played by GOOD WITCH star Dan Payne) when Claire (played by ALTERED CARBON’s Anna Van Hooft) shows up to spoil things. Claire had a one-night stand with Kyle during the breakup and accuses Sophia of assaulting her. When this doesn’t work, she also claims to be pregnant, and things quickly escalate in increasingly deadly ways!
“All of a sudden, the fight choreographer comes in with the stunt guy and starts showing us all of these cool things like how to look super cool while you’re wrestling with a gun,” Sullivan gleefully recalled of shooting a fight scene in the film. “It’s so much fun. In real life, you don’t get to do all that stuff very often, right?”
Although Sullivan has been cast once again as a beleaguered heroine, don’t expect Sophia to be a victim in this movie. “Like, who wants to sit and watch a victim for an hour and a half?” she mused. “You can sit there and feel sorry for yourself which is just kind of a way to manipulate the audience to feel sorry for you or you can choose to do what human beings do in real life which is find strength somewhere and go forward and push past all the pain. Which is what I’m interested in watching.”
When Sullivan got the call about this movie, she was eager to do it for three reasons, the first being that she already knew the director. “Danny Boyle and I are really great friends,” she explained. “I worked with him on the first Lifetime movie I ever did. Number two, I liked the script, and I knew I would have a lot of flexibility to work with the writer and Danny. And then my parents live like, 30 minutes from Vancouver, so I knew that I was going to be able to see them [while filming]! I was really looking forward to doing it and I had an amazing time there.”
Check out the trailer for Til Ex Do Us Part and don’t miss the result of all Sullivan's hard work when the thriller premieres on Lifetime!
‘Daybreak’: Alyvia Alyn Lind Among Eight Cast In Netflix Series(10/26/18) Netflix is rounding out its cast for Daybreak, its upcoming high school apocalypse dramedy series. Joining the series opposite Matthew Broderick are Colin Ford (Captain Marvel, We Bought A Zoo), Alyvia Alyn Lind (Coat of Many Colors, Young and the Restless), Sophie Simnett (Poldark, Endeavor), Austin Crute (Booksmart, Atlanta), Gregory Kasyan (Quest, The Brave), Krysta Rodriguez (Trial & Error, Smash), Cody Kearsley (Riverdale, Spiral) and Jeante Godlock (The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar).
Co-created by Aron Eli Coleite and Brad Peyton based on Brian Ralph’s graphic novel, the 10-episode Daybreak finds 17-year-old high school outcast Josh (Ford) searching for his missing girlfriend Sam (Simnett) in post-apocalyptic Glendale, CA. Joined by a ragtag group of misfits including a pyromaniac 12-year-old Angelica (Lind) and Josh’s former high school bully Wesley (Crute), now turned pacifist samurai, Josh tries to stay alive amongst the horde of Mad Max-style gangs (evil jocks, cheerleaders turned Amazon warriors), zombie-like creatures called Ghoulies, and everything else this brave new world throws at him.
Ford will play Josh Wheeler. Josh is an ordinary kid who learns he’s not so ordinary after all when the bombs drop. The apocalypse is the best thing that ever happened to him. He can finally be the hero he read about in comic books. Josh’s search for his lost love leads him to become a reluctant leader of an ad hoc tribe of outliers and misfits.
Lind will portray Angelica. A precocious, abrasive pyromaniac, Angelica is a pain in the ass who Josh accidentally saves from a bloodthirsty gang when he mistakes her screams for Sam’s. She begs Josh and Wesley to let her team up with them, and her flair for making Molotov cocktails starts to come in very handy.
Simnett is Samaira “Sam” Dean. A soulful, radiant girl who is outgoing and well-liked by everyone she meets — particularly Josh, who is smitten with her at first sight. Their budding romance is literally nuked when atomic bombs decimate civilization.
Crute will play Wesley Fists. A football star with budding movie star looks and a penchant for swords, he was part of a system that ostracized and terrorized the students beneath him on the social totem pole (like Josh). But when Josh and Wesley meet once again in the apocalypse, Wesley is trying to follow the path of Eastern enlightenment and non-violence.
Kasyan will portray Eli Cardashyan. In high school, Eli was one of the have-nots. In the apocalypse, Eli has barricaded himself inside the mall and now he has everything he could possibly want – every brand-name sneaker, every iPhone (never mind that there’s no service anymore), and gifts galore for his (possibly imaginary) girlfriend.
Rodriguez is Ms. Crumble. Once the high school biology teacher, Ms. Crumble is one of the only adults known by our characters to have survived the bomb. Something’s very wrong with her brain, but she’s a subject of great fascination for Angelica.
Kearsley will play Turbo Bro Jock. A fierce, handsome football player with a terrifyingly stoic manner, he has assembled all the athletic teen teams of Glendale into one, big, murderous crew, and he’s the team captain. When Josh and his tiny gang outsmart his peeps, decimating their ranks, Turbo is determined to track his adversaries down and do his worst.
Godlock will portray Mona Lisa. This tough female athlete got her nickname because she never smiles. She’s a member of Turbo’s brutal team of jocks and his closest consigliere.
Coleite also serves as showrunner and executive producer. Peyton also directs and executive produces with his producing partner Jeff Fierson via their production shingle ASAP Entertainment.
Godlock is repped by Sherry Marsh at Marsh Entertainment, AEFH Agency, and Darrell Miller at Fox Rothschild. Rodriguez is repped by Paradigm Talent Agency. Lind is repped by Coast to Coast Talent Group and Bloom Hergott Diemer. Simnett is repped by Waring & McKenna and Circle of Confusion. Crute is repped by Paradigm Talent Agency and manager Alana Aksoy. Kasyan is repped by Abrams Artists Agency and LA Management. Kearsley is repped by Red Management and Industry Entertainment.
Talk Show Appearance(10/26/18) LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY - NBC
Thursday, November 1: Guests include Shemar Moore
Visit The Set Of Y&R And B&B!(10/25/18) Fans of Y&R and B&B have the unique opportunity to visit the sets of their favorite soaps. Both prizes are being auctioned off to benefit GLSEN, as part of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network’s Respect Awards Auction. GLSEN is the leading education organization working to create safe and inclusive K-12 schools for LGBTQ youth. For all the details, click on the following links:
Eric Braeden Promises "a Hell of a Storyline" When Victor Returns to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(10/25/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Back in September, Eric Braden announced that he was going to be taking a vacation from THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, and sure enough, Victor Newman disappeared from screens shortly after Nick and Sharon’s disastrous wedding ceremony. But now that the actor is back from his trip to Germany, many fans are eager to find out exactly when his character will be back in Genoa City. Thankfully, Braeden is very active on social media, constantly tweeting back and forth with his fans so he could give them an answer. “I was on a vacation, didn’t tell them I’d be back until the last minute and am now very excited about the new storyline,” he posted. “No one else’s fault but mine! Be patient a little longer! It’s a hell of a storyline!”
Because Y&R tapes episodes about a month ahead, Braden’s September vacation meant he would be off-screen in October. And now that he’s heading back to work, Victor probably won’t start showing up again until well into November, but at least it sounds like it’ll be worth the wait!
The last viewers saw of Victor, he was still stinging from his son’s betrayal, and took great pleasure in watching Sharon dump Nick at the altar. Might Victor be quietly prepping his plans for revenge as we speak? You’ll have to stay tuned to find out!
Y&R Casts New Character(10/25/18) Y&R has cast Noemi Gonzalez in the role of Rey’s oft-mentioned, estranged wife, Mia. The actress has appeared in Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and well as the TV series EAST LOS HIGH and the upcoming DARK/WEB. Mia first appears in Genoa City on November 12.
Molly Shannon, Glynn Turman, Debbi Morgan Join Marlon Wayans’ Netflix Comedy ‘Sextuplets’(10/23/18) Molly Shannon (Private Life, SNL), Glynn Turman (Queen Sugar, How To Get Away With Murder), Michael Ian Black (Insatiable, Wet Hot American Summer) and Debbi Morgan (Power, The Defenders) are set for supporting roles as production on the Netflix original film Sextuplets is currently underway. Starring Marlon Wayans and Bresha Webb, the comedy will get a global release on the streaming platform next year.
Michael Tiddes (A Haunted House) is at the helm, directing from a script by Mike Glock, Rick Alvarez, and Wayans. The plot centers on Alan (Wayans), a man embarking on a personal journey to meet his birth mother before the arrival of his first child. When Alan meets his brother, Russell, he discovers that he was born a sextuplet and decides to seek out his four other siblings (all played by Wayans).
Wayans and Alvarez are producing the pic, which is shooting in Atlanta, with Nathan Reimann.
Shannon is repped by Framework Entertainment and UTA; Turman by Marni Rosenzweig at The Rosenzweig Group and SMS Talent; Black by UTA and Schachter Entertainment; Morgan by PH Entertainment Group.
Mckenna Grace on Young Sheldon 11/1/18(10/23/18) “Carbon Dating and a Stuffed Raccoon” – Sheldon gets into trouble with fellow child genius Paige (Mckenna Grace) at the science museum. Also, George Sr. is forced to play therapist to Paige’s bickering parents, and Mary, Georgie and Missy help Meemaw with a garage sale, on YOUNG SHELDON, Thursday, Nov. 1 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
'Young & Restless' Star Max Ehrich Spotted For First Time Since Going Into Hiding(10/21/18) "The Young and the Restless" star Max Ehrich ?is doing everything he can to protect himself after allegedly getting a gun pulled on him by an obsessed realtor ... 'cause he's exploring legal options and beefing up his security.
Max was spotted Friday afternoon leaving a Los Angeles law office with a massive body guard in tow ... the first time Ehrich has been seen in public since going into hiding.
We broke the story ... Max is scared to death because a prominent real estate agent allegedly became obsessed with the actor and pulled a gun on him in a fit of rage.
Police are now involved in the case ... and it looks like Max isn't taking any chances.
'Young & Restless' Max Ehrich in Hiding After Obsessed Realtor Allegedly Pulls Gun(10/20/18) "The Young and the Restless" star Max Ehrich is scared to death and in hiding, after a prominent real estate agent who allegedly became obsessed with him pulled a gun on him in a fit of rage.
Sources connected to Ehrich tell TMZ, he looked at property in the L.A. area with the realtor and the guy became infatuated with the actor. We're told the realtor at one point allegedly became sexually aggressive but got rebuffed, and that got him mad.
Our sources say the realtor at some point pulled a gun on Ehrich, although we're told it may have been a pellet gun.
We're told the actor, who appeared on 'Y&R' from 2012 to 2015 and played Fenmore Baldwin, is so freaked out he has gone into hiding and hired full-time security. Max posted a pic showing a security guard on what appears to be a hotel bed. Max posted that he's okay, but is clearly fearing for his life.
Police are now involved in the case.
Dishing with Digest - 10/19/18 - Elizabeth Hendrickson(10/19/18) Elizabeth Hendrickson Weighs In On New GH Role (Listen/download)
Elizabeth Hendrickson talks to Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about her new role as GH’s Margaux, working with Maurice Benard (Sonny), her AMC past, how she really feels about Chloe’s Y&R exit and more. Plus, we debate how long secrets should last in soap stories.
Michelle Stafford Shares Her Secret to Staying "Fit and Healthy"(10/19/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) To look at Michelle Stafford as Nina on GENERAL HOSPITAL (or earlier as Phyllis on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), viewers might not realize that the gorgeous soap star has also struggled with her weight. “I’ve been as much as 190 pounds and as low as 100 pounds,” she confessed to Soaps In Depth. “I used to be a sugarholic. I’d have cookies and coffee all day, and then go run two miles and not eat anything else for the day. I’d go to brunches and put all the desserts in my purse.”
She was also no stranger to fad diets, attempting all different kinds of quick fixes over the years. “I did the ice cream diet, starch-blocker diet, Dexatrim,” Stafford admitted. “Oh honey, you don’t want to know what I’ve done!”
But everything changed for Stafford when her sister was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in 2013. “She’s completely cancer-free now,” the actress reports, “but when I found out, I researched and learned sugar and all this bad stuff is just killing your body. And it’s not a calorie thing. How many people have gone on diets and not lost a freaking pound? And you’re starving to death? It’s about changing the foods.”
Stafford has not only switched to healthier eating habits, she has also applied that attitude towards other aspects of her life, even going so far as to develop a beauty company called Skin Nation, where she sells organic, clean products. “And forget about being skinny,” she reminds. “It’s about being fit and healthy!”
Headwriter and Executive Producer Mal Young Explains Why the Rosales Family Is so Important to Y&R(10/18/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) The Rosales family has been slowly introduced to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS this year. First, Jason Canela joined the soap as Arturo, then younger brother Rey made quite a splash when Jordi Vilasuso showed up, and Sasha Calle rounded out the trio adding Lola to the mix. The working class Rosales clan doesn’t seem to fit in with the wealthy Newmans, Abbotts, and Chancellors, but Y&R executive producer and headwriter Mal Young believes that’s exactly the point.
“In the early days, [Y&R’s creator, the late William J. Bell] started with the haves and the have nots,” Young explained to Soaps In Depth. “Then the show went through different periods of development. Now there are a lot of rich people in [Genoa City], which is great, because you can show that no matter if you’re a billionaire, your life still sucks!” He laughs then continues, “But I wanted to introduce a different class of people. The [Rosaleses] are blue-collar, but they’re also aspirational. That’s important for viewers to see. It feels like more of a realistic representation of life.”
Canela first appeared as Arturo in March, and it wasn’t until August that Vilasuso made his first appearance as Rey, followed by Calle’s Lola in September. and Young believes that kind of gradual rollout is crucial to introducing new characters to the canvas. “What we try to do is create a character, then live with him or her for three months, maybe longer, so we know who they are,” he confided. “The character of Nate was on the canvas many years ago. But this is a new incarnation with Brooks Darnell. Or like Michael Mealor’s Kyle. We hand the character over to the actor, and they are now the custodian of the character. We want that. I love the vibe of writing for the actor. It becomes a two-way street, [blending] what we’re writing with the actor. There’s something exciting about that!”
Stay tuned to see what happens next for the Rosales family in Genoa City.
Y&R Actor Addresses On-Screen Absence(10/18/18) It’s been months since the character of Ravi has been seen on Y&R and his portrayer, Abhi Sinha, addressed his on-screen absence on social media. “I want to thank every one of my fans who for months have been asking about Ravi’s return to Y&R,” he posted. “Honestly, I don’t know the answer. I was privileged to work with some amazing soap vets like @eileendavidsonofficial Opens a New Window. , @kristoffstjohn Opens a New Window. , Peter Bergman [Jack], @ginatognoni Opens a New Window. ,@theoriginaldanielhall, Opens a New Window. @ryanashton Opens a New Window. , @christianjleblanc Opens a New Window. , @katelinderyr Opens a New Window. and the legendary Eric Braeden [Victor]. I’ve been fortunate to make some lifelong friendships.” The actor also reflected, “Things like this used to derail me. I would get so upset about not booking work especially after getting to the last stages of auditions, producer sessions and screen tests. I didnt realize how trivial those problems are in the grand scheme of life…. I love acting and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else in the world. But I realize now, that I won’t let rejection or second-guessing myself define or upset me anymore. Those things don’t control my happiness or who I am. The things that do are my family. My mother and father; my brother and sister; my dogs, Max and Rooney; my friends, and last but certainly not least Helen who has been a rock and true partner in every sense of the word…. The earth is so much bigger than one person’s problems. I suppose this Epiphany is called life, learning, and growth.” To read Sinha’s post in its entirety, go to to https://www.instagram.com/p/BpCs3PZFg5V/?taken-by=abhidabi
'Family Matters' Star Darius McCrary Denies Harming 2-Year-Old Daughter(10/17/18) "Family Matters" star Darius McCrary says it's absurd to think he dislocated his 2-year-old daughter's arm -- as his estranged wife claims -- and suggests his daughter was coached into faking the injury.
We spoke to Darius after his estranged wife, Tammy Brawner, filed docs claiming he dislocated little Zoey's arm in March 2018 while attempting to take her to the bathroom. Zoey was reportedly diagnosed with Nursemaid’s Elbow ... a common childhood injury where the child's elbow partially dislocates.
She believes Darius is to blame, but he told us all that happened when he picked up Zoey at the time and she said, "Ow." He acknowledges Tammy took Zoey to a hospital, but says he saw evidence she was fine ... and revealed his conspiracy theory about his ex.
Melissa Ordway Reveals What It's Really Like Working With Eric Braeden on Y&R(10/12/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Victor Newman has been such a commanding presence on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS for so long that some fans may find themselves wondering if actor Eric Braeden is as intimidating as the character he has played for decades. Well, his on-screen daughter, Melissa Ordway (Abby), told Soaps In Depth that the two men couldn’t be more different! “He’s such a teddy bear!” she enthused of her castmate. “He’s one of my favorite people. We always laugh and have a good time whenever we have scenes together.”
Abby was born in 2000 (remember when Ashley secretly stole Victor’s sperm to get pregnant with their daughter?) and Ordway didn’t take over the role until 2013. But because Braeden first appeared on Y&R as Victor back in 1980, he has a wealth of experience in both daytime and show business in general to share. And Ordway is more than happy to listen to anything her on-screen pop has to say about the biz.
“He really knows his character so well,” she confides. “He has such a strong viewpoint about the storyline and the relationship Victor has with his children and the other characters on the canvas. He’s really a cheerleader for all of the characters on this show. I always feel like Eric wants what is best for the scene and the characters. He’s awesome and I can’t say enough good things about him!”
Talk Show Appearance(10/11/18) The Talk – CBS
Wednesday, Oct. 17
Actor Shemar Moore (CBS’ S.W.A.T.)
Joshua Morrow Loves Exploring Nick's Dark Side on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(10/11/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) A couple of months ago, that thud everyone heard around the soap world was THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ viewers falling off their chairs when Nick revealed that he, not J.T., had been haunting and taunting dad Victor. “I knew J.T. would be coming back, but didn’t know I would be impersonating him,” oshua Morrow confessed to Soaps In Depth. “They did tell me that Nick was going to make this big turn and get himself back in the corporate world and be cutthroat. I was like, ‘Great!’ A few weeks later, [executive producer/headwriter] Mal Young was like, ‘Oh, just so you know, you’re going to be J.T.’ I was like, ‘Wait... what?’ At that point, I don’t know if they knew how they were going to do it, but they did know I was going to be impersonating J.T. and going around causing all this trouble to punish Victor. They brought Thad [Luckinbill] back, which was so smart, for the things that he had to do. I had no idea that they were going to go the CGI [special-effects] route with the reveal, but I thought the way that it unfolded was very clever, and I had a blast doing it!”
It’s safe to say that Morrow is continuing to have a blast portraying this new version of Nick, even admitting that before he was handed the storyline, he’d been pondering life away from the sudser. “I love my job, and I would never say it hasn’t been amazing,” he emphasized. “But I’m hitting my 25-year mark next year, and I told my wife that I might be getting towards the end of this run. I’d like to move out of the state, get some land in the middle of the country, get a boat, a bunch of dogs and go fishing with my sons. But this story has changed everything! It’s like being handed a new role!”
While some fans might grouse a bit about Nick’s more Victor-like persona, Morrow recalls that his alter ego hasn’t always been the easygoing guy of recent years. “Man, he was a hothead! He was always in fights, super cocky and full of piss and vinegar,” he reminded. “He was so exciting to play. Then somewhere along the line, he transformed into this happy-go-lucky guy who likes to make pancakes and do the laundry. I was like, ‘Is this all there is?’ I was no longer doing anything except chilling out on Sharon’s couch! So when Mal pitched this story, I was like, ‘Thank you!’”
In fact, Morrow says he wasn’t only troubled by Nick’s easygoing attitude but by his constant heartbreak. “All he’s ever had was things taken from him, whether it’s businesses or women or his children and family,” Morrow lamented of his alter ego’s troubled life. “I think Mal wrote a line for me, ‘I’m not losing anymore’ — I love that he tapped into that!”
The enthusiasm Morrow has for his current storyline can be heard in his voice, but is he worried about crossing a line, maybe becoming too… well, Victor-like? “No! I hope they let me take Nick as far as they will let me go,” declared the hunk. “That pull of the dark side — it sounds like a Star Wars element — can be a powerful thing. Nick has a very clear goal. I don’t think he can accomplish it the way he says he can. He’s going to have to do some shady things if he’s going to be powerful enough to compete against his dad. And that is going to be the interesting part of the story — I pray that the writers really let us explore that!”
Make no mistake — Morrow is sensitive to negative fan reaction to Nick’s new ’tude. Yet he’s willing to take the risk, believing they’d prefer to be engaged and upset than happy and bored! “Sometimes fans want storylines played out in a specific way. But I want them to be a little bothered by Nick. That keeps it interesting.” So interesting that these days, Morrow is eager to get his scripts. “When they’re de- livered now, I’m peeling them open and am like, ‘Oh, wow, what do I get to do today?’ This is such an awesome opportunity. I just hope they let me take the ball and run with it as far as possible!”
Lola on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS — Everything You Need to Know(10/11/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) The Rosales family expanded by one more member when Sasha Calle joined the cast of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Arturo and Rey’s younger sister, Lola! The character made her debut in the Sept. 14 episode. “Oh man, has it been hard to keep this a secret,” the actress gushed on Instagram after the news of her casting 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."
Lola showed up in Genoa City running a Cuban food truck outside of the Jabot office building where Kyle Abbott was immediately taken by both the food and the feisty young woman serving it. Lola gets along great with older brother Arturo, but less so with Rey who treats her like a child. Feeling rejected by Summer, Kyle asked Lola out on a date, but can these two actually make a relationship work coming from opposite sides of the tracks?
Y&R is 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 is also a singer who could find herself signed to Devon’s record label?
“Mom, this one’s for you!” Calle declared when she was cast on the soap. “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.”
Lola's story has only just begun, so you won't want to miss any of the upcoming twists and turns. “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!”
Everything You Need to Know About Andrew on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(10/11/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) If you’re wondering who Andrew is on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, you’re not alone! Plenty of people in Genoa City want to know who this mysterious businessman is that Ashley has been doing secret deals with, and viewers wouldn’t mind learning more about Coby Ryan McLaughlin, the handsome actor who plays him!
Ashley Abbott has gone through quite a lot to get control of Jabot, and she’s had to resort to some underhanded methods in order to gain that seat. In addition to manipulating Kyle Abbott into doing her dirty work, Ashley has been meeting with the mysterious Andrew and has been playing their particular relationship very close to the vest. When he made his first appearance, Ashley introduced Andrew to Neil as her new chemist, but that was clearly not true. Whatever it was that he’s been doing for Ashely, she wants to keep it quiet or else all her plans could blow up right in her face!
McLaughlin made his daytime debut as Andrew in the Sept. 17 episode, and has returned for a couple more appearances now that Ashley’s plans appear to have succeeded. The actor has been in the business for years, with roles on UNDRESSED, BONES, WOMEN’S MURDER CLUB, GRACELAND and PARENTHOOD. More recently, McLaughlin could be seen in guest spots on THE CROSSING and NCIS.
Whether or not McLaughlin continues to make any future appearances on Y&R remains to be seen, but it also likely depends on how important his character was to Ashley gaining control of her family’s business. Stay tuned to find out.
“THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS” POSTS OVER FOUR MILLION VIEWERS - LARGEST AUDIENCE IN OVER A MONTH(10/11/18) For the week ending Oct. 5, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (which is about to celebrate 30 consecutive years as daytime’s #1 drama) delivered 4.03 million viewers, its largest weekly audience since the week ending Sept. 7.
THE BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL scored 3.34 million viewers, its largest audience since the week ending August 24.
Source: Nielsen, Live plus Same Day Ratings for the week ending Oct. 5, 2018.
Eva Marcille Marries Michael Sterling in Atlanta(10/8/18) Eva Marcille is a married woman!
Sources confirm to E! News that The Real Housewives of Atlanta newcomer exchanged "I Do's" with Michael Sterling on Sunday in Atlanta.
Marcille's wedding planner also posted a picture on her Instagram story and wrote, "We did it guys!!"
The newlyweds have both been posting photos on social media ahead of their special day. On Saturday, Marcille couldn't contain her excitement in one Instagram photo of the two of them. She wrote, "Mine all mine, One more day until 10.7.18 I love you Michael Sterling and I can't wait!!!!"
She wrote in yet another picture of him kissing her on the cheek, "I can't wait to marry you."
Last week, Sterling posted on social media for the first time in a few weeks to document a major body transformation. The lawyer credited his friend for inspiring him to want to change his lifestyle and lose weight. Sterling revealed he had 6 a.m. workouts multiple times a week and that he "put in the work" to get back on track. "I am grateful," he wrote.
Fellow Real Housewife star Shamari Devoe attended the wedding as well.
The happy couple got engaged late last year when Marcille got an extra special Christmas present in 2017: an engagement ring. The Housewives star posted a photo of herself holding up her hand to her face with the beautiful diamond ring on full display.
It's been a busy few months for the newlyweds. In April, the America's Next Top Model winner gave birth to a baby boy named Michael on April 13. It's their first child together. In January, Marcille talked to E! News about her baby and wedding plans. She told E! News she was "super excited" to have her baby, but then after a month or so, she would "go full on maniac getting my body back together."
The reality TV star is also mother to her 4-year-old daughter Marley Rae, who she had with her ex, Kevin McCall. Marcille told E! News in January how her daughter was feeling about getting another sibling. "I have a little girl now and I asked her, when I found out I was pregnant, 'Would you like a little brother or sister?' And she said, 'You know what mom? I would like a baby brother.' I didn't expect her to choose but she had an opinion! So she's super excited."
The model has shared a number of photos on Instagram of her two children smiling together either while cuddling or out and about.
The Real Housewives is known to have quite a real amount of drama, but Marcille tries to stay away from it. She told E! News how she manages to tune out the trivial matters. "Life is a lot of drama. I don't have a take because I don't invest in it. It can be very nasty. I don't major in the minor," she said. "I have a lot more on my plate than to worry about people's perceptions of each other. It's so trivial to me."
Mitchell is a federal prosecutor and ran for mayor of Atlanta in 2017, but dropped out of the race.
Congrats on the wedding, Eva and Michael!
Dishing with Digest - 10/5/18 - Sharon Case(10/5/18) (Listen / Download) Y&R’s Sharon Case weighs in on Sharon’s latest story, her Y&R memories, which actors she misses most and more with Soap Opera Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss how much is too much when it comes to actors and the press.
Robert Adamson Opens up About His Surprise Return to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(10/5/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Nick and Sharon’s wedding ceremony was definitely full of surprises but one viewers may not have been expecting was Noah Nemwan’s return to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS when Robert Adamson made an unexpected appearance for the special occasion. “I heard something about a wedding going on,” the actor joked to Soaps In Depth, “so I can’t say that I’m totally shocked [to get the call], but you never know. I got a phone call saying they wanted me to come in for a short stint and see the parents, check in on them to make sure that they didn’t burn down the city.”
While the actor was kidding about setting Genoa City on fire, it was certainly a good thing that Noah was on hand to help his parents navigate the fallout to Sharon’s calling off the wedding due to Nick sleeping with Phyllis! But Adamson insisted he was happier to be part of some juicy drama instead of a happy holiday party. “Yeah, way more fun to have fireworks!” he declared before adding with a wink: “Hopefully somebody gets killed or something.”
Adamson took over the role of Noah in 2012, and after dropping to recurring status with the soap in 2016, departed in February of 2018. And even though he’d been gone for the better part of the year, it was almost as if no time had passed when he entered the studio. “There are so many people on set that I hang out with outside of Y&R,” the actor explained. “Everybody there is like family. I felt like I never left. I showed up, I walked in the door and just went up to hair and makeup. Aside from a few extra-exuberant high-fives and hugs, that was about it.”
The wedding also marked the first time that Noah realized that his sister, Mariah, was officially dating his ex, Tessa. “I really think that Noah, in his heart of hearts, knew that [Mariah and Tessa] were a better fit,” Adamson mused. “It was always such a tumultuous thing between him and Tessa. It never felt quite right, and then Camryn [Grimes, Mariah] and Cait’s [Fairbanks, Tessa] characters… they had this obvious sort of chemistry from the get-go that was always playing in the background. so to say that it’s a complete blindside is not true. Of course, it’s painful because it feels like a bit of a betrayal, but I think it’s something that he’ll recover on!”
Obba Babatundé on S.W.A.T. 10/11/18(10/5/18) “Fire and Smoke” – The SWAT team is enlisted by Hondo’s new romantic interest, Deputy District Attorney Nia Wells (Nikiva Dionne), to protect the jurors of a high-profile bribery trial, after some of them are targeted by organized crime in a series of fire-bombings, on S.W.A.T., Thursday, Oct. 11 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes : Nikiva Dionne (Nia Wells), Joseph Lee Anderson (Tony), Obba Babatundé (Daniel Harrelson, Sr.)
Kelly Kruger Back To Y&R(10/4/18) Kelly Kruger will once again reprise the role of Y&R’s Mackenzie. The actress, who returned to Genoa City in March as part of the J.T. storyline, and has made a handful of appearances since then, will be back on screen on November 6.
Y&R Casting New Role(10/4/18) Y&R is seeking an actress to play a new African-American character named Mandy. Mandy, a talented songwriter in her early 20s, is described as someone “starting to discover her unique voice and place in the world.” Y&R is currently auditioning for the role, is set to start taping October 19.
Hunter King Mourns the Death of Her Beloved Dallas(10/4/18) Please join us in sending love to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Hunter King (Summer), who is mourning the death of her dog, Dallas. Back in April, she revealed that Dallas was undergoing chemotherapy, and just last month had to begin a new program because the others weren’t quite doing the trick to battle the cancer. “There are no words,” the actress shared on Instagram. “No words to describe the love I have for you, Dallas, and no words to describe how much my heart is hurting without you by my side.
“You were my angel,” King continued. “A true gift to everyone who knew you. You brought me so much happiness, Dal. Every day with you was an absolute blessing. You were everything I hope to be as a person. Carefree, always ready for an adventure, full of life and joy, and always spreading love wherever you went. You shared your heart with so many and I feel so incredibly lucky that I got to be your momma. You were and always will be my baby.”
From the first day that her mother and her sister, Joey, surprised King with the pup at the airport, there was an inseparable bond. “I hope I brought you even a fraction of the amount of joy that you brought to me,” she declared. “You were the best dog in the entire world, and I miss you so much already. You truly have been family, Dal. You’ve been with me through so many stages of my life. From being dumped by my first boyfriend to getting engaged to the man of my dreams, you were always by my side.
“I always pictured you being there at my wedding and being there to meet my future babies, but I will always cherish the memories that we made together,” she added. “From road trips to late night snacks, you were my right hand man. It feels like a piece of my heart is missing, but I know it’s with you. My heart is broken, but I know you’re in heaven, pain-free, and enjoying all the food and toys. I’ll love you forever, my Dallas girl.”
Tammin Sursok Opens up About Her Difficult Pregnancy(10/3/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) In September, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS alum Tammin Sursok (ex-Colleen) shared the blessed news that she was pregnant with her second child. At the time, she alluded to the difficulty she’d had conceiving this baby, and now has done a vlog with her husband, Sean McEwen, to reveal just how difficult it’s been in the hopes of offering support to other parents going through the same struggles. In their first video, the pair discuss the scary moment early on in the pregnancy when they thought they’d lost the baby.
“When we were about 10 weeks, I remember being asleep and in my dream I was like, swimming," Sursok recalled. “And I woke up and I remember sitting there and just going, ‘Why are my legs wet?’ I woke up and I turned the light on and I was covered in blood. From my torso down was just covered in blood.”
McEwen adds that his first thought was making sure his wife was okay, and then called the doctor. “So we called our doctor and they said, ‘You are probably having a miscarriage. If you’re losing that much blood, you’re losing the pregnancy,'” Sursok revealed. “So we went in and they did the ultrasound and the baby was kicking and having a blast in there.”
The parents learned that what happened was when the fetus moved from the uterine wall to develop its own placenta, it tore the wall of her uterus and caused the bleeding. “It’s like a hemorrhage of some kind,” Sursok explained. “So the bad thing about that was that if the bleed became too big, that the baby would have been taken with it.”
Thankfully, that didn’t happen and Sursok is just under doctors orders to take it easy for the duration of her pregnancy so she doesn’t strain herself and potentially hurt the baby. There have been other roadbumps in this particular pregnancy, but they’re keeping them for future vlogs. “For me, I wish that I had a support network when I was going through this,” Sursok confided. “I spent a lot of time online googling ‘bleeding while pregnant.’ So I think that it’s our duty, really, to share our story. I think there’s a lot of people going through struggles with pregnancy and I think it’s important for them to feel like they’re not alone and they’re not isolated in their story.”
You can watch Sursok and McEwen share their entire story in the video they posted to her YouTube page right here.
David Lee Russek on FBI 10/16/18(10/2/18) “Crossfire” – Special Agents Maggie Bell and OA Zidan rush to track down an active sniper with an elusive motive as the body count continues to rise, on FBI, Tuesday, Oct. 16 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Tyrone Mitchell Henderson (Adam Gantry), Michael C. Williams (Cole Cooper), David Lee Russek (Lt. Danny Watts)
S.W.A.T. star Shemar Moore accidentally sent sexy text to mom(10/1/18) Actor Shemar Moore was once left cringing with embarrassment after sending a sexy text, intended for his former girlfriend, to his mother.
The S.W.A.T. star had been wanting to tease his now-ex with the saucy message as he headed home, but his jaw dropped when he realized it had gone to the wrong woman in his life.
“There was this one time, with my last girlfriend, I was coming home from work and missing on her a bit (sic),” he said. “I was just tryna (sic) trade some kisses and have a little fun… and I was looking for a little hanky panky…
“So I was like, ‘Hey babe, how was your day… What you got on? I’m coming home…’ I was just saying some cute stuff, but my mother had texted me when I was at work, talking about what she wanted to do this weekend… and I was like, ‘Yeah baby, I hope you got that thing on, and when I come home… you better be ready ‘cause I’m gonna put it on you’.
“I pushed send, and you know when your heart drops to your feet…? It said, ‘Mom’ (as the recipient) and I was like, ‘Oh no, no, no, no!’”
Moore soon heard from his mum, Marilyn, who gave him a playful scolding.
“She called me and… she loves to say, ‘You’re just like your father,’ and when I’m really being a pain, she goes, ‘You’re such a jacka–,’ so she texted me back, ‘You’re such a jacka–!’,” he laughed.
The actor admits mom is used to hearing all about her son’s love life, as he is always candid about the women he is dating.
He explained, “I love my mother to death, and when I get to talking, I’m like, ‘Ma, I met this girl, she got this and she got that,’ and she goes, ‘Oh Shemar, you’re just like your father!’”
However, Moore reveals that, as a 48-year-old bachelor, his mum is impatiently waiting for him to give her a grandchild: “She’s like, ‘I’m gonna be the oldest grandmother in the world. Can you stop practising already and just make me a grandmama?’”
The TV hunk is actively looking for ‘The One’, and he has a clear checklist for the kind of woman he is hoping to settle down with.
“I’m a man, so… it takes both: physically and what you’ve got on the inside,” The Bounce Back star said. “Physically, my top three things are eyes, mouth, and that booty. My mother has raised the bar so high, because in her day and still to this day – she just turned 75 years old – but she’ll tell you in her younger days, ‘I had the best backside…!’
“But my mother was also highly educated… so she’s so smart and she always said, ‘Whoever you end up with, make sure she has an education, because you wanna make sure your children have the right inspiration to get a good education’.”
Talk Show Appearance(9/29/18) Rachael Ray - syndicated
Oct 02, 2018: Vivica A. Fox
‘Annabelle’ Sequel Casts ‘Captain Marvel’ & ‘The Haunting Of Hill House’ Star Mckenna Grace In Key Role(9/29/18) The upcoming Annabelle sequel has set Captain Marvel and Gifted star Mckenna Grace as one of its leads.
Child star Grace will play Judy, the Warrens’ young daughter who becomes a target of the demonic doll, Annabelle. I understand the movie will also turn on the experiences of Judy’s two teenage babysitters.
The third installment in the lucrative New Line horror franchise is gearing up to shoot next month with additional casting coming together now. The project remains untitled.
Gary Dauberman, known for his scripts for the It franchise and The Nun, wrote the screenplay and will make his directorial debut. Horror supremos James Wan (for Atomic Monster) and Peter Safran (for The Safran Company) are producing. Michael Clear is executive producer. Dauberman, Wan, Safran and Clear all worked together on The Nun, which has crossed $300M global so far.
During Comic-Con’s ScareDiego event, Dauberman said of the latest Annabelle installment, ‘It really picks up with the Warrens bringing Annabelle to the place where it can really no longer wreak havoc, which is their artifact room. But, of course, it turns out she can also wreak havoc there.” “It’s basically Night At The Museum with Annabelle!” added Wan at the time.
This will be the sixth film in The Conjuring Universe, which has grossed more than $1.5B worldwide. No word yet on whether Conjuring 2 stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, who played the Warren parents, are aboard. Pic is due for release on July 3, 2019.
Grace is on a tear. After Gifted, I, Tonya, The Bad Seed and Designated Survivor, she is starring in Netflix’s The Haunting Of Hill House, Disney’s Captain Marvel (she plays the young Carol Danvers), indie pic Troupe Zero alongside Viola Davis and Allison Janney, and she is recurring on Young Sheldon.
She is repped by Paradigm, Management 360 and attorney Stuart Brookman.
Talk Show Appearance(9/28/18) THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW, syndicated
Tu 10/2: Justin Hartley
Talk Show Appearance(9/28/18) THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT - CBS
Tuesday, Oct. 2
Doug Davidson Signs With Media Artists Group(9/26/18) In an effort to take his career further, Doug Davidson has signed on with Media Artists Group Talent Agency to be represented by Lisa Zoeller and Raphael Berko. The actor, who has not had a lot of screen time recently as Paul Williams on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, is looking forward to new and exciting future prospects. “We are excited to have Doug join us,” Berko, the president and founder of the agency said in a statement. “There has been a lot of talk about losing history in his past role. We are not going to rewrite history for Doug, but begin a new chapter in his career.”
Davidson made his debut on Y&R back in 1978, making him the longest-running member of the current cast. During his many years on the soap, he was nominated five times for Daytime Emmy Awards, bringing home the trophy for Outstanding Lead Actor in 2013. He has also appeared as a correspondent for CBS’ THE EARLY SHOW and hosted the Tournament of Roses parade for many years. And from 1994-95, Davidson was the host of the daily syndicated primetime version of THE PRICE IS RIGHT. Throughout his career, Davidson has also appeared in films like Fraternity Row, The Initiation of Sarah, and Dreaming of Joseph Lees as well as in primetime series like DIAGNOSIS MURDER.
But it's playing Paul on Y&R that made Davidson beloved to fans, and with his screen time on the soap becoming less frequent in recent years, many viewers have reached out to the actor on social media to offer their continued support and urging the show to give Paul a big front-burner storyline again. Whether or not that actually happens, Davidson can take heart that his loyal fans will continue to follow and support him no matter where his career takes him.
Bryton James Opens up About How Hilary's Death on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Changed Everything(9/26/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) For nearly five years, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Bryton James has played one half of the wildly popular supercouple Devon and Hilary. So it wasn’t surprising that the Emmy winner had mixed emotions when his co-star, Mishael Morgan, pulled him aside to tell him that she was leaving the show. “It was sad, not only because we work together so well, but she’s become a personal friend,” James shared with Soaps In Depth. “But I understand. It was just a time of her life when she had a plan and was prepared to move on. She wanted to do other things, go after different projects in her life. We were both wondering what would happen, if the show would recast, or how the storyline would go.”
As everyone now knows, the character died tragically as a result of a car accident that occurred while she was fighting with her longtime nemesis, Lily. James admitted that the last week was difficult. “It was so emotional shooting those scenes,” he reflected quietly. “What everyone saw on screen was very real, because we all love Mishael. It’s been nothing but joy in the last five years to share the screen with her, to build this couple that the show created and people have responded to... When we were coming down to her last day, it was like, ‘Now we only have three days left… now two… now this is the last one.’ The very last scenes we filmed together, we would just hug each other in between takes.”
James confessed that in real life, he’s not the kind of guy who wears his heart on his sleeve. “It’s hard for me to get too emotional in real life, but doing those scenes in the hospital, it wasn’t difficult to tap into those feelings, because it really was the last time that we were going to share the stage together — at least on this show,” he confided. “So it all became very real. You have two people who really do care about each other. Mishael and I developed a great relationship outside of work. When she first got here, her husband was back in Canada and I had just moved up to L.A. We would spend literally every single day after work together. She has become one of my closest friends and one of the most special people that I have ever met. It made it easy to bring that emotion across.”
Given the enormous fan base that the Devon/Hilary pairing has generated, is James nervous about what might happen with his alter ego post-Hilary? “Nervousness is the wrong word — but there is a sadness that their story won’t continue,” he allowed. “I honestly can tell you that I don’t know where my character would be right now without Mishael coming on and the fans responding the way that they have... It’s been an amazing thing.”
That said, James is confident that life will go on for Devon. “I have been on the show for 14, going on 15 years, and my character has survived quite a bit,” the actor said with a laugh. “I’m excited for the challenge of what’s ahead.” Still, fans can breathe a sigh of relief that Devon won’t be moving on too quickly. “It doesn’t look like Devon is going to get over Hilary’s death anytime soon,” James admitted. “He needs to grieve, but people deal with these things in different ways. There are times when it looks like people have moved on, but it’s a coping mechanism.”
For his part, James is open to playing a slightly different Devon. “He has always had a quick temper and a chip-on-his-shoulder attitude, but over the years, I’ve probably developed the character to be more like myself, which is easygoing,” he reflected. “But this is a big thing that’s happening in his life. It would be fun to change him, to have him approach situations more aggressively, show a darker side. I trust the writers. I hope fans will continue to watch and see where the show takes us all in the future. And I’m just so grateful for this amazing ride that I’ve been on for the last five years!”
Frank Parker Dies: Veteran Actor Who Played Grandpa Brady On ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Was 79(9/26/18) (deadline.com) Frank Parker, a veteran TV character actor who recurred on the soap opera Days of Our Lives for a quarter-century, has died. He was 79. Legacy.com said he died September 16 in Vacaville, CA, from complications of Parkinson’s disease and dementia.
Parker played Grandpa Shawn Brady on the NBC soap Days of Our Lives from 1983 until he retired in 2008. He was given a hero’s exit from the show: His character was on a sabotaged airplane and gave up his oxygen mask to save his son, Bo (Peter Reckell). He also had smaller roles on the daytime dramas General Hospital, The Young and the Restless and Never Too Young.
Born on July 1, 1939 in Darby, PA, Parker earned an acting degree from Carnegie Tech in 1962 and moved to Culver City to pursue his career. By mid-decade, he was guesting on such TV series as Gomer Pyle: USMC, Lost in Space, Daktari and Hogan’s Heroes. He went on to work steadily in the 1970s and into the mid-’80s, landing guest roles on such memorable series as Mission: Impossible, Mod Squad, Little House on the Prairie, S.W.A.T., Wonder Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, Battlestar Galactica and Quincy, M.E., among many others.
He also appeared occasionally on the big screen, including an uncredited role in the star-laden 1976 World War II epic Midway, the second film presented in the seat-rattling Sensurround format.
Parker is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters, Danielle Buckles and Lindsay Parker (Travis Burbank); his grandson, Jaxson Dale; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Lifetime Decks Its Halls With 23 Holiday-Themed Movies & More Cheer(9/25/18) We’re just one day past the autumnal equinox, but Lifetime already is in the holiday spirit. The cable channel has unwrapped its slate of Christmas movies, and there are 14 new originals under the tree this year along with nine acquired pics and a couple of specials.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as the A+E Networks-owned net unveils its telepic slate billed as It’s a Wonderful Lifetime. After kicking off November 21 with a week featuring five nights of premieres, each ensuing week of the holiday season will feature new movies every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Check out the full lineup with descriptions and premiere dates below.
“It’s a Wonderful Lifetime is back in a major way with more hours of holiday programming than we have ever had before,” said Tanya Lopez, EVP Movies, Limited Series and Original Movie Acquisitions at Lifetime and LMN. “By stacking our originals with beloved stars from some of the most iconic television shows we grew up with, we are tapping into the nostalgic feelings of familiarity and comfort that everyone wants for the holidays.”
Some of this seasons movies feature reunions of cast members from such popular bygone TV series as The Cosby Show, A Different World, 7th Heaven and Sister, Sister. Also on tap is the previously announced hourlong special ‘Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion, in which cast members Hilarie Burton, Tyler Hilton, Danneel Ackles, Antwon Tanner and Stephen Colletti from the 2003-12 WB/CW series regather for an evening that also will include a few surprise special guests.
Among the stars set for Lifetime’s 2018 holiday movies are Toni Braxton, Melissa Joan Hart, Megan Hilty, Tia Mowry-Hardict, Sarah Drew, Marissa Winokur, Loretta Devine, Cheryl Ladd, June Squibb, Sharon Lawrence, John Schneider, Jason London, Tiya Sicar, Diane Ladd, Towanda Braxton, Conchata Ferrell, Gloria Reuben, Rachel Boston, Patricia Richardson, Caroline Rhea, Michael Gross and Melissa Gilbert.
Here is the full slate of original holiday fare from Lifetime, including premiere dates, followed by its acquired films:
It’s A Wonderful Lifetime Preview Special
What if Lifetime never made Christmas movies? In this special, hosted by Melissa Joan Hart, we will be taken on a journey that explores how terrible life would be without Lifetime Christmas movies to bring us holiday cheer. Melissa will be visited by the “host” of Lifetime Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and along the way, she will preview the 14 exciting movies that are coming to Lifetime this holiday season. Once this special is over, you won’t be able to imagine a world without the magic of Lifetime Christmas. It’s A Wonderful Lifetime Preview Special is produced by A+E OriginalsTM. Steve Ascher, Kristy Sabat and Allie Breslin serve as executive producers. Brie Miranda Bryant executive produces for Lifetime.
With the holiday season in full swing, Jen Taylor (Tia Mowry-Hardict) is about to score a big promotion at the San Francisco ad agency where she works. But her life is unexpectedly turned upside down when she inherits a cozy inn in Alaska from her aunt. When she goes to inspect the property and meets handsome town attorney Steve Anderson (Rob Mayes), she’s surprised to find that nothing is what she expected. The small town community is full of fun and festive Christmas traditions and soon, Jen starts wondering if the inn might just be the place she belongs, and if Steve could be the Mr. Right she has been waiting for. My Christmas Inn is produced by HYBRID, LLC.
The Christmas Contract
It’s Jolie’s (Hilarie Burton) first time going back home to Louisiana since her devastating break up with Foster (Hunter Burke). Seeing him is inevitable as their parents run the town’s annual Christmas Market together, but when she discovers Foster is bringing home a new girlfriend, Jolie cannot bear the thought of going home alone and seeing them together. Her best friend Naomi (Danneel Ackles) suggests that Jolie bring her flaky brother, Jack (Robert Buckley), home for Christmas as he has no plans this year. Jolie, a professional web designer, is hesitant; so, Naomi, a lawyer, creates a Christmas contract to give them both something they want—a buffer for those awkward moments around Jolie’s ex and a website to help sell Jack’s upcoming novel. Unbeknownst to them, the Christmas contract proves to be so much more than what they signed up for. The Christmas Contract is produced by Active Entertainment. Ken Badish and Daniel Lewis serve as executive producers. Monika Mitchell serves as director with a script by Cassie Doyle.
‘Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion
The Tree Hill Ravens are back together to celebrate the Christmas season on Lifetime. In this special one-hour reunion, Hilarie Burton, Tyler Hilton, Danneel Ackles, Antwon Tanner of The Christmas Contract and Stephen Colletti of Hometown Christmas, reunite for a special evening that will include a few surprise special guests. ‘Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion is produced by A+E OriginalsTM. Steve Ascher, Kristy Sabat and Allie Breslin serve as executive producers. Brie Miranda Bryant executive produces for Lifetime.
Poinsettias for Christmas
It’s just weeks before Christmas when Ellie (Bethany Joy Lenz) gets a call to return home to help her father (John Schneider) on the family’s poinsettia farm. The family business is on the line to deliver tens of thousands of plants for the town’s annual parade. The problem is – the poinsettias have yet to turn red! As Ellie searches for the solution, she is reminded of where her heart truly lies as she falls in love with both her roots and a local botanist (Marcus Rosner). Poinsettias for Christmas is produced by Annuit Coeptis Entertainment, Inc. Christie Will Wolf directed from a script written by Barbara Kymlicka.
Every Day is Christmas
Inspired by the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol,” shrewd money manager Alexis Taylor (Toni Braxton) gets the holiday visit of a lifetime. A self-proclaimed workaholic who “humbugs” love, Alexis ends up embracing the spirit of Christmas when her past, present, and future collide, forcing her to risk the one thing money can’t buy: her heart. Every Day is Christmas is produced by Brightlight Pictures. Kevin Leslie is producer. Toni Braxton, Craig Baumgarten, Kenneth Crear, Shawn Williamson, Jamie Goehring, and Jonathan Shore executive produce. David Weaver directs from a script by Karen Schaler.
Every year, Isabelle (Tatyana Ali) and her high school sweetheart Mike (Cornelius Smith Jr.), rocked their small town’s annual Christmas Eve Pageant with a sweet Christmas duet. But after graduation, Isabelle left to study at Juillard in New York – leaving Mike behind. Years later, when Isabelle returns to her hometown to write music for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant, she is shocked to learn that Mike is the one directing the show. Can Isabelle and Mike put the past behind them and reunite on stage for another show-stopping duet? Jingle Belle is produced by Hybrid, LLC.
A Very Nutty Christmas
Hard-working bakery owner Kate Holiday (Melissa Joan Hart), has more cookie orders than she has time to fill this holiday season, and when her boyfriend suddenly breaks up with her, any shred of Christmas joy she was hanging onto, immediately disappears. After Kate hangs the last ornament on the tree and goes to bed, she awakens the next morning to a little bit of Christmas magic. She gets the surprise of her life when Chip (Barry Watson), a handsome soldier who may or may not be the Nutcracker Prince from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, appears in her living room. A Very Nutty Christmas is produced by Hartbreak Films. Paula Hart and Melissa Joan Hart executive produce. Colin Theys serves as director with a script written by Juliet and Keith Giglio.
A Twist of Christmas
In the frenzy before Christmas, two single parents— busy working mom Abby (Vanessa Lachey) and her son, and overwhelmed lawyer Ryan (Brendon Zub) and his daughter, accidentally mix up their toys at a crowded department store. As a result, both of their Christmases appear to be ruined. Although the two can’t stand each other, the only way to get things back on track is to help each other salvage their holiday plans – not realizing they’re falling for each other in the process. A Twist of Christmas is produced by Lighthouse Pictures. Jamie Goehring, Shawn Williamson and Nancy Bennett executive produce. David Winning serves as director with a script written by Brian Sawyer and Gregg Rossen.
The Christmas Pact
Can best friends fall in love? That’s the question next door neighbors Sadie (Kyla Pratt) and Ben (Jarod Joseph) will answer as they keep the spirit of Christmas and the magic of their childhood pact alive! When they were eight years old, they planted a scrawny 3-foot tall Christmas tree behind their church and the Christmas Pact began. But as life gets in the way the pact is threatened to be broken. Ben and Sadie need some Christmas Magic to recommit to each other and promise to keep their special holiday traditions. With each Christmas that passes by, Ben and Sadie’s Christmas tree grows taller and stronger; and so does their love. The pact bearing fruit to the magic of Christmas and the undeniable answer. Yes, friends can fall in love! The Christmas Pact is produced by Annuit Coeptis Entertainment. Executive Producer Timothy O.Johnson, Marita Grabniak directs from a script written by Damon Hill and Blaine Chiappetta.
Christmas Lost and Found
After years of missing family gatherings, New York City event planner Whitney Kennison (Tiya Sircar) is off to Chicago to spend Christmas with Grandma Frances (Diane Ladd). Excited that her granddaughter is finally home for the holidays, Frances decides to bestow Whitney with the precious Kennison family Christmas ornaments. But when Whitney mistakenly throws out the box of ornaments, Grandma Frances must stealthily devise a fun Christmas scavenger hunt to remind Whitney what the holiday is all about. It’s a race against time as Whitney reclaims the family ornaments, finds romance and learns the lesson Grandma Frances imparts. Christmas Lost and Found is produced by Stephanie Germain Productions and Front Street Productions, with Stephanie Germain and Harvey Kahn as executive producers. Michael Scott directs from a script by Jennifer Notas Shapiro.
When Holly (Megan Hilty) returns home for Christmas expecting the same as any other year, she’s blindsided to learn her family’s department store is on the brink of foreclosure. To keep the business going, Holly fills in as Santa’s Helper and meets the surprisingly young and handsome Nick (Noah Mills), who has been hired to play Santa at the store this year. Their undeniable chemistry and charisma draw in big crowds, until suddenly, Nick disappears. As Christmas day inches closer, Holly scrambles to find Nick with only one clue – his misplaced black boot. Santa’s Boots is produced by Front Street Pictures, with Barbara Lieberman and Charles Cooper as executive producers. Shawn Tolleson directs with a script written by Shannon Phipps and Shawn Tolleson.
A Christmas in Tennessee
Allison Bennet (Rachel Boston), along with her daughter Olivia and mother Martha (Patricia Richardson), run a bakery in the small mountain town of White Pines, Tennessee. When Matthew (Andrew Walker), a charming real estate developer, tries to buy the town for a corporate ski resort, Allison and the townspeople must work together to prevent that from happening. And just when the Bennet ladies seem out of luck, an unexpected visitor—with a well-known sweet tooth for cookies and milk—comes to the bakery and may in fact be the key to solving everything. A Christmas in Tennessee is produced by Smokey Mountain Films Inc. and Juliette Hagopian. Howard Braunstein serves as executive producer. Gary Yates directs with a script written by Cassie Doyle.
Christmas Around the Corner
Claire (Alexandra Breckenridge), a savvy venture capitalist from New York City, escapes to a quaint town in Vermont for the holidays and becomes a guest of the Fortenbury Bookstore. Upon arrival, Claire finds Christmas celebrations have been canceled by the town after a flood and the bookstore is in a dire state of disrepair. She immediately takes on the challenge to revitalize the store, but clashes with the owner, Andrew (Jamie Spilchuk), who initially rejects all her proposed improvements. Eventually, sparks fly as the two begin a budding romance, and Claire’s infectious optimism inspires Andrew to join her in reviving the yuletide spirit. But everything comes to a screeching halt when Claire discovers that Andrew is planning to sell the bookstore in the New Year. Will the spirit of Christmas be enough to change Andrew’s mind and encourage him to follow his heart? Christmas Around the Corner is produced by Neshama Entertainment in association with MarVista Entertainment. Danielle Von Zerneck serves as executive producer. Megan Follows directs with a script by Michael Murray.
Christmas Pen Pals
Following an unexpected breakup weeks before Christmas, Hannah (Sarah Drew), tech wiz and creator of the dating app, Perfect One, heads home for the holidays, challenged to save her failing business by re-conceiving a new romantic dating model. Upon her return she runs into her high school boyfriend, Sam (Niall Matter) who she has carefully avoided for years and reluctantly makes a deal with her dad, Ted (Michael Gross) to sign up for the town’s Christmas Cupid, an anonymous holiday pen pal service. As the season progresses, Hannah is smitten by each beautifully written letter she receives and starts to believe that her Christmas pen pal could be her soul mate. It’s not until Christmas Eve that everyone must reveal their true identities to their pen pals, even if it means coming face to face with the last person they ever expected. Christmas Pen Pals is produced by Pen Pals Films, Inc. and Christian Bruyere. Linda Kent, Jack Grossbart and Howard Braunstein serve as executive producers. Siobhan Devine serves as director with a script written by Carley Smale.
Back in Louisiana for Christmas, Noelle Collins (Beverley Mitchell) has big plans to resurrect the town’s live nativity, a beloved tradition that her late mother used to put on. Things become complicated, however, when Noelle runs into her high school sweetheart, Nick Russell (Stephen Colletti), a rising baseball star also back home due to a recent injury. Still feeling the burn from their senior year break-up, their lives are pushed together even further when they learn their parents share an attraction and want to be more than just friends. When things begin to fall apart with the live nativity Nick and Noelle reluctantly team up to pull off the show and find themselves growing close, uncovering a hometown love for each other and the joy of Christmas that both never really faded away. Hometown Christmas is produced by Active Entertainment. Ken Badish and Daniel Lewis serve as executive producers. Emily Moss Wilson and Marcy Holland serve as writers and Emily Moss Wilson directs.
A Christmas Arrangement
Flower shop owner Poppy (Nicky Whelan), enters the annual holiday floral show for a chance to win the grand prize but standing in her way of victory is Garrett (Miles Fisher), the underappreciated protégé of florist extraordinaire, Blair (Daphne Zuniga). While Poppy and Garrett’s rivalry heats up on the flower show floor, an undeniable romance begins amidst a whimsical holiday backdrop. A Christmas Arrangement is produced by The Ninth House.
Every Other Holiday
Recently separated parents Tracie (Schuyler Fisk) and Rick (David Clayton Rogers), spend every other holiday with their young daughters Harper and Ava. But this Christmas, the girls have only one thing on their wish lists—to spend Christmas with both Mom and Dad at Tracie’s family farmhouse. The temporary reunion will be no walk in the park for Tracie and Rick, but perhaps this Christmas gathering can help rekindle the lost romance between the two and make their daughters’ greatest wish come true. Every Other Holiday also stars Dee Wallace, Glenn Morshower, Abby James Witherspoon and is produced by MarVista Entertainment.
Soft-spoken Harmony (Kelley Jakle), is used to living in the shadow of her pop star boyfriend, but when he breaks up with her right before the holiday season, she returns to her quaint hometown to discover the heart and music that her big city life has been missing. A Christmas Harmony also stars Chandra Wilson, Adam Mayfield, Sally Struthers and is produced by June Street Studios.
As a kid, Darcy (Caitlin Thompson) had no control over her family’s holidays and thus, has grown up to be a Christmas control freak – so much so that she loses sight of what the holidays actually mean. Suddenly, she finds herself magically transported into her idea of the perfect Christmas Village and learns that “perfection” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Christmas Perfection also stars James Henri-Thomas, Robbie Silverman and is produced by MarVista Entertainment.
Love for Christmas
When Heather, a local theater director, and Bobby run into each other upon his return home after leaving for the Navy years prior, they quickly realize that their mutual childhood crush might lead to an unexpected romance. Produced by MarVista Entertainment, Love for Christmas stars Shantel Vansanten, Rob Mayes, Nikki Deloach, Mark Famiglietti, Alex Peters, Peter Holden, Matt Corboy, Maxim Knight and Orson Bean.
A Star for Christmas
Cupcakery owner Cassie can’t help falling for her hunky new customer, but when he turns out to be action superstar Alex Gray, will their relationship survive Hollywood and the holidays? Produced by MarVista Entertainment, A Star for Christmas stars Corey Sevier, Briana Evigan, Karissa Vacker, Travis Van Winkle, Jeremy Howard, Sean Stone and Brooke Burns.
A Christmas Kiss
High-end interior designer Priscilla and her assistant Wendy, vie for the attention of Priscilla’s socialite boyfriend while decorating his home for the holidays. Produced by MarVista Entertainment, A Christmas Kiss stars Elisabeth Röhm, Laura Breckenridge and Brendan Fehr.
A Golden Christmas
Several years ago, a very special dog brought together a little girl and boy. Now, through an incredible coincidence, these two long-lost friends will reconnect during Christmas. Produced by MarVista Entertainment, A Golden Christmas stars Andrea Roth, Nicholas Brendon, Bruce Davison, Elisa Donovan, Jason London and Alley Mills.
3 Holiday Tails
David and Lisa are meant to be together, but they haven’t quite figured that out yet. With help from family, friends, and four lovable dogs, this couple will truly have a Christmas to remember. Produced by MarVista Entertainment,3 Holiday Tails stars Julie Gonzalo, Kelly Stables, KC Clyde, Alley Mills and Bruce Davison.
Vivica A. Fox says #MeToo shouldn't be used 'as an excuse to take down people'(9/25/18) Vivica A. Fox has blasted those who have used the #metoo movement “as an excuse to take down people”.
Since the movement began, stars such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey have been accused of sexual abuse or misconduct, with women using the hashtag to spread their stories. And while she has praised those who have been brave enough to come forward with their experiences,
Independence Day star Vivica told Fox News that there are also false rumours being started.
“I’m happy about the #MeToo movement for the simple fact that it brought exposure to those who were abusing their power,” she said. “However, I’m not happy with those who are using the #MeToo movement to be an excuse to take down people… It takes two to tango.”
Vivica first started in the film and movie industry in the late ’80s and has since starred in movies such as Kill Bill: Vol 1 and TV shows like Empire. And while many other actresses found starting a career in Hollywood the point at which when they were taken advantage of, Vivica managed to avoid such situations.“I’ve been fortunate that it hasn’t happened in my career,” she said. “I can’t say I haven’t been hit on. I just tried to make better choices. But I respect those that speak out and I’m all about women’s empowerment, and not being taken advantage of.
“And it doesn’t happen just in show business. It happens in a lot of different genres. You’ve got to do the work. If someone is trying to offer you an opportunity through the casting couch, don’t do it!”
Y&R’s Eric Braeden Weighs In On Doug Davidson News(9/23/18) Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R) took to Twitter to share his feelings about Doug Davidson’s (Paul) status with the soap. “I normally don’t express my opinions reg the casting on Y&R!” Braeden posted. “That’s the privilege of those who produce the show! However, this is a time when I have to make an exception! I’m still on vacation, hence my comment comes a little late: to let DOUGIE DAVIDSON GO is an egregiousmistake. My plea to management: we have lost some all time fan favorites! D DAVIDSON has been with the show for, i think, 39 years, and people have loved him! Same for CHRISTIAN Le BLANC [Michael], GREG RIKART [ex-Kevin], Eileen DAVIDSON ( who left on her own volition)!”
Hunter King Recast At Y&R(9/23/18) Hunter King, who returned to Y&R as Summer in June, was temporarily recast so she could film episodes of her CBS sitcom, LIFE IN PIECES. Actress Bayley Corman will assume the role for three episodes only, and will first air on October 1. TV Insider first reported the news.
Michael Muhney Is "Optimistic" About His Son's Heart Condition(9/23/18) Actor Michael Muhney (ex-Adam, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) worried his fans with a vague tweet about his child’s medical issue, but the next day had some much better news as his five-year-old son, Truman, seems to be okay after a problem with his heart valves was discovered. “Going through private pain and torment and fear as a parent on behalf of your child’s medical and heart issues is something I don’t wish on anyone,” Muhney posted. “Hug your kids close. Love your loved ones as much as you can. Life is short. Life is so very precious.”
He then later shared a couple of photos he snapped of Truman having an EKG and a sonogram done showing what a brave little boy he raised. In fact, it sounds as though Muhney was more shaken by the experience than his son.
Y&R fans immediately flooded Muhney’s twitter page with prayers and love as well as some stories of their own experiences to give him hope. One woman shared the story of her son, who was born with three holes in his heart and pulmonic valve stenosis but had successful open heart surgery and is now a healthy 11 year old. “I love you, Jen,” he responded. “Thank you so much for sharing this with me and my family.”
Munney was truly touched by the outpouring of love he’s received from fans online, and shared some better news the following day. “So kind to get the love and concern and the stories you’ve been sharing,” he said. “Tests are in, as of now, the specialists will be keeping an eye on Truman as his heart valves grow. But I feel like we are dodging a bullet and have good cause to be optimistic.”
Our thoughts are with the entire family during this time, and our hopes are for continued good health for Truman.
Name Switch On Y&R(9/21/18) The name of Y&R’s Kerry Jones, who is slated to arrive in Genoa City next month and will be played by Alice Hunter, has been changed to Kerry Johnson. Although long-time fans will remember that the Abbott family’s former housekeeper, Mamie, shared the same last name, a show’s spokesperson confirms that the women are not related. Since Mamie was also Drucilla and Olivia’s aunt, that also means there is no biological connection between Nate and Kerry.
Elizabeth Bogush on NCIS: LOS ANGELES 10/14/18(9/21/18) “The Prince” – Callen and Sam are assigned protection duty for Deputy Crown Prince Kamal (Ritesh Rajan) after an unknown assassin targets his decoy upon his arrival in Los Angeles, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, Oct. 14 (9:30-10:30 PM, ET/9:00-10:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST: Elizabeth Bogush (Joelle Taylor), Drew Waters (DSS Agent Brian Bush), Ritesh Rajan (Deputy Crown Prince Kamal), Britt Rentschler (Sarah Lombard), Kiralee Hayashi (Bride), Greg Audino (Groom).
Eileen Davidson Says an Emotional Goodbye to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(9/20/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) (Video) Ever since Eileen Davidson confirmed her decision to leave THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS where she has played Ashley Abbott for almost three decades, fans have been dreading the day when her final episode would air. And it looks like that day is coming up sooner than anyone would like because the actress has shared a quick video of herself walking through the parking lot of the CBS studio where Y&R tapes. “Wow,” she can be heard narrating. “So here’s the countdown. I’m leaving this place in four days.”
Panning around the parking lot, Davidson catches some people on a balcony above her, sitting at a table. “There’s some of our crew people up there,” she noted. God love them.” As she continues into the building, she added: “The first time I walked in here, I was not even 23 years old. How crazy is that?”
As she enters through the Carol Burnett Artist Entrance, Davidson sighed: “Okay, four more days. Love this place… changed my life. In every single way. I met my husband here, too! Wow.”
Davidson not only played Ashley on Y&R, but she also brought the character over to sister soap THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL for a time. In addition, she played Kristen DiMera as well as her look-alikes Susan Banks, Sister Mary Moira, Thomas, and Penelope over on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. And at some times, the actress appeared on both Y&R and DAYS at the same time! On top of that, Davidson had also been appearing on the Bravo reality series THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS, so it’s no wonder that she wants to take some time off and enjoy more time with her family.
With Davidson preparing to tape her final episode of Y&R at the end of September, it’s likely she’ll air well into October. But after that? There’s no telling what the future holds.
Your Complete Guide to Every New Hallmark Christmas Movie This Year(9/20/18) Summer isn't even officially over but it's already time to start talking about Christmas, more specifically Hallmark Christmas! That's right, folks, the Hallmark Christmas movie schedule was officially released via Entertainment Weekly on Wednesday, and now you can map out your Christmas cheer accordingly.
Whether you're into sad veterans, overworked marketing assistants too busy trying to land a promotion to celebrate the holidays or a bah-humbug widower in need of some Christmas spirit, Hallmark has you covered with over 35 festive holiday films that go down smoother than your grandma's hot cocoa with marshmallows. Here is when all the new films premiere!
Saturday, Oct. 27
Wednesday, Nov. 3
Thursday, Nov. 4
Film: Marrying Father Christmas
Wednesday, Nov. 10
Thursday, Nov. 11
Film: A Soldier's Christmas
Wednesday, Nov. 17
Film: A Godwink Christmas
Thursday, Nov. 18
Film: Return to Christmas Creek
Friday, Nov. 19
Saturday, Nov. 20
Sunday, Nov. 21
Monday, Nov. 22
Tuesday, Nov. 23
Wednesday, Nov. 24
Thursday, Nov. 25
Film: A Shoe Addict's Christmas
Wednesday, Dec. 1
Thursday, Dec. 2
Film: Northern Lights of Christmas
Wednesday, Dec. 8
Film: Memories of Christmas
Thursday, Dec. 9
Film: Christmas Wonderland
Wednesday, Dec. 8
Wednesday, Dec. 15
Thursday, Dec. 16
Film: Reunited for Christmas
Wednesday, Dec. 22
Film: Small Town Christmas
Thursday, Dec. 23
Film: Christmas Bells Are Ringing
Saturday, Dec. 25
Wednesday, Dec. 29
#DearProfessorFord: Actresses Support Christine Balsey Ford As Brett Kavanaugh Hearings Loom(9/20/18) (Video) As the hearings for Brett Kavanaugh are on the horizon, Professor Christine Balsey Ford’s sexual assault accusations against the SCOTUS hopeful has taken center stage on Twitter with the trending hashtag #DearProfessorFord.
Julianne Moore, Gabrielle Union, Eva Longoria, Marisa Tomei, America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn, and women from all walks of life are featured in a video reading the same letter supporting Professor Ford and protesting Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
“You are strong and you are not alone,” they say in a supportive chorus. “You are a survivor. Millions of us have your back. You and your testimony are credible.”
They end by saying, “We believe you.”
Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist living in northern California, came forward publicly saying that Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her back in their 1980s high school days. She said, “I thought he might inadvertently kill me.” Kavanaugh has since denied the claims.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has rejected Democrats calls to delay the hearing in which the Supreme Court nominee was scheduled to debate Ford. Grassley said he will not ask the FBI to investigate the allegations, as Ford has requested. Kavanaugh’s confirmation was originally set for Thursday but has been postponed due to the debate.
Ford has been getting death threats due to the accusations and has moved to an undisclosed location. Kavanaugh, who accepted the committee’s invitation to testify, has been spending time with White House experts, prepping for Monday.
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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