The Young & The Restless News Archive (2024)

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Eric Roberts Joins ‘Lolita’ Days Cast on The ‘Weakest Link’ 4/2/24 ‘Secrets Of Sulphur Springs’ Canceled After 3 Seasons By Disney Channel ‘Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire’ Trailer: Franchise’s Past And Present Cross Streams To Take On A New Evil Force Jordi Vilasuso asks for prayers as baby daughter is admitted to NICU Vivica A. Fox To Host Food Competition Series ‘Family Recipe Rumble’ ‘Daredevil: Born Again’ – Wilson Bethel Returns As Bullseye In Marvel Series On Disney+ Lynne Marta Dies: Prolific ‘Love, American Style’ & ‘Footloose’ Actor Was 78 People’s Choice Awards Nominations Talk Show Appearance Steve Burton Is Returning to ‘General Hospital’ Lifetime Movie Net Releases Q1 Movie Slate Steve Burton Confirms He Is Exiting ‘Days of Our Lives’ 1 Year After Reprising His Role Golden Globes Presenters: ‘Suits’ Duo, Angela Bassett, Will Ferrell Among First Names Set 2023 The Year That Was Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Nominations Soap opera vet added to the Young and the Restless Steve Burton Settles Divorce ‘Las Vegas’ Heads To Streaming For First Time; Peaco*ck Premiere Date Set Talk Show Appeance Darius McCrary Arrested For Second Time Over Failure To Pay Child Support ‘Tracker’ Trailer Sees Justin Hartley As A Reward-Seeking Survivalist Solving Mysteries Coast To Coast 2023 Daytime Emmy Winners ‘The Falcon And The Winter Soldier’ Director Kari Skogland Set For ‘The Wheel Of Time’ Origins Movie; Eva Longoria To Exec Produce PERFORMERS AND PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 50TH ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS Shemar Moore Will Present Susan Lucci with Daytime Emmys' Lifetime Achievement Award Even During Cancer Treatment, Christian LeBlanc Keeps His Sense of Humor Billy Miller’s Official Cause of Death Revealed Imagen Awards 2023: Eva Longoria & ‘Flamin’ Hot’ Take Top Honors In Film The Daily Wire Sets Adult Animated Comedy Series ‘Mr Birchum’ Starring Adam Carolla, Megyn Kelly, Brett Cooper, Roseanne Barr, Candace Owens, Danny Trejo & More Colleen Zenk One-on-One 11/29/23 One-on-One with Vincent Irizarry THE HIT DRAMA SERIES “BLUE BLOODS” TO CONCLUDE IN FALL 2024 AFTER ITS 14TH SEASON J. Eddie Peck Returns to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS! Colleen Zenk Joins THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS! ‘Dukes Of Hazzard’ Stars Reunite, Tease Potential Reboot Of Hit ’80s TV Series Jack Kilmer, Paris Jackson & Eric Roberts Set For Indie Horror Thriller ‘Open Wounds’ Hayley Erin Interview - The Young and the Restless CBS ANNOUNCES 2024 PRIMETIME PREMIERE DATES FOR ORIGINAL EPISODES OF NEW AND RETURNING SERIES The 50th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards - Dec 15, 2023 Y&R’s Michael Damian Releases New Holiday Music! NATAS Reveals Dates For Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle, Children’s & Family Emmy Awards Lauralee Bell and Tricia Cast Chat 11/8/23 Talk Show Appearance Lauralee Bell of 'The Young and the Restless' chats about her new special Michael Shannon, Eva Longoria, Luis Guzman & More Set For Dark Comedy ‘Dead Guy’ Launching Sales At AFM Talk Show Appearance Soap Opera Digest Is Ending Its Weekly Print Edition 2023 WIF Honors Recipients Include America Ferrera, Eva Longoria And Celine Song The Young and the Restless Star Christian LeBlanc Reveals Cancer Diagnosis After Months-Long Absence from Show A Baldwin-Fisher Family Reunion on Y&R! Doug Davidson Opens Up About His Health Scare Midnight Ruin | Short Film, Drama-Thriller Chrishell Stause and Diora Baird Are Told You’re Not Supposed to Be Here in LGBTQ+ Thriller Trailer Eva Longoria & Cris Abrego Launch Hyphenate Media; Backed By Banijay, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment Folded Into New Group Don’t Miss Lauralee Bell’s Special Y&R Anniversary Episode! Holiday Movies with Soap Stars on Hallmark, Lifetime, Netflix and Others Dishing with Digest - 10/13/23 - Hayley Erin Marie Osmond Is Bold & Beautiful! See the Entertainment Legend Make Her Soap Star Debut New celebrity narrators announced for this year’s Candlelight Processional at EPCOT Sean Kanan and Annika Noelle Live Chat 10/13/23 Thorsten Kaye and John McCook Livestream Conversation 10/11/23 One-on-One with Michael Damian 10/12/23 Tinker Books "Beneath the Light" Lifetime To Air ’80s Themed Holiday Movie With Loni Anderson, Morgan Fairchild, Linda Gray, Donna Mills & Nicollette Sheridan Billy Miller Remembered by Y&R’s Amelia Heinle in Touching Tribute Morning Show Appearance New Movie For Chrishell Stause Emmy Award-winning Writer Lisa Seidman Interview Tricia Cast Returns To Y&R Bradley Cole and Friends Concert WGA Strike To End At Midnight ‘Young & The Restless’ Pays Tribute To Billy Miller Mark Grossman’s Mom Appears on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS! Eva Longoria To Deliver Joint Mipcom Cannes Keynote With Banijay America’s Cris Abrego Y&R’s Lily Brooks O’Briant Is Recovering From Surgery Hallmark Announces 40-Title Holiday Movie Slate Not Impacted By Strikes Billy Miller’s Mother Releases Statement About His Passing: “He Fought Valiant Battle With Bipolar Depression” Chucky: Two SNL Cast Members Set to Appear in Season 3 — Plus, Get Scheduling Update and New Trailer ‘Suits’ Creator Aaron Korsh On Billy Miller’s Passing: “A Funny, Smart, Kind, Gentle Man” Billy Miller, Soap Opera Star Known for 'The Young and the Restless' and 'General Hospital,' Dead at 43 Billy Miller Dies: ‘The Young And The Restless’ Daytime Emmy Winner Was 43 Actor Billy Miller Remembered By Daytime Drama Colleagues For His Talent, Warmth Disney Entertainment TV Studios Suspend Deals With Producers, Including Yara Shahidi, Justin Hartley & Billy Porter, Will Pay Assistants Amid Strikes CBS UNVEILS PREMIERE DATES AND MILESTONES FOR THE #1 LINEUP IN DAYTIME 'Young and the Restless' Alum Jordi Vilasuso Expecting Third Baby with Wife Kaitlin: 'Beyond Excited' Barn Theatre's production of 'Clue' to open on Thursday Veronica Redd Returns to Y&R! Hayley Erin Returns to Daytime! Chucky Season 3 Trailer Confirms the Return of Devon Sawa — But Who Will He Play This Time Around? Rebel Wilson Pic ‘Bride Hard’, Cleared For Interim Agreement, Adds Anna Camp, Justin Hartley, Anna Chlumsky, Stephen Dorff & More Michael Damian Returns to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS for an “Extended Stay!” Eva Marcille finalizes divorce from Michael Sterling ‘All Rise’ To End With Season 3 On OWN; Premiere Date For Final Episodes Set ‘Chucky’ Gets Season 3 Premiere Date At Syfy & USA Network Six-Time Emmy Award-Winning Actress Heather Tom to Visit The Locher Room ‘The Young & The Restless’ Star Eric Braeden Reveals He’s Cancer-Free: “They Couldn’t Find A Damn Thing” Sharon Farrell Dies: Actress Who Starred In Film ‘It’s Alive’ And On TV’s ‘The Young And The Restless’ Was 82 ‘All My Children’ Star Eva LaRue: “You Don’t Have To *Earn* Self-Care Dishing with Digest - 7/28/23 - Vail Bloom Doug Davidson Cleans Out His Y&R Dressing Room ‘Match Me If You Can’: Vertical Acquires Rom-Com Starring Georgina Reilly & Wilson Bethel J. Eddie Peck Live in The Locher Room Soap Star Nick Benedict Dead at 76 Spend the Evening With Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott! Melissa Claire Egan Welcomes Her Second Son Y&R Alum Joins Bold & Beautiful Greg Rikaart & Elizabeth Hendrickson Celebration - The Young and the Restless & Days of our Lives Indie Feature ‘In The Summers’ Starring Residente, Sasha Calle, Lío Mehiel & Leslie Grace Wraps Production Stars Remember the Late Andrea Evans Catch up with Two-time Emmy Award-winner Michael Corbett Andrea Evans Dies: ‘One Life To Live’, ‘The Young And The Restless’ Actor Was 66 Actor Danny Trejo Reportedly Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Owes Over $2 Million To The IRS Dishing with Digest 6/30/23 - Zuleyka Silver Tyler Perry Sets Meagan Good, Debbi Morgan & Five Others To Star In Prime Video Pic ‘Divorce In The Black’ Eric Roberts Joins Psychological Horror Pic ‘Down Below’ From Filmmaker Spyder Dobrofsky Maya Hawke & William H. Macy Among Cast Of New Scripted Podcast ‘Supreme: The Battle For Roe’ THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Star Christel Khalil Is Pregnant! Sasha Calle Says ‘The Flash’ “Was A Runway To A Bigger Story For” Supergirl As Star Ponders On Future Of Kara Zor-El Why Soap Actors Will Keep Working If There Is A SAG-AFTRA Strike As Scripts Continue To Be Written Brett Hadley Dies: ‘Young & The Restless’ Alum Was 92 Daytime Emmys To Honor Susan Lucci & Maury Povich With Lifetime Achievement Awards ‘Desperate Housewives’ Star Eva Longoria Says Show’s Themes Wouldn’t Pass Today’s Cultural Litmus Tests Dishing with Digest - 6/16/23 - Sharon Case Sharon Case and Linden Ashby Interview - The Young and the Restless 6/14/23 ‘PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie’ Trailer: Superpowers And Kardashians In Adventure City Morning Show Appearance Morning Show Appearance Talk Show Appearance Dishing with Digest - 6/9/23 - Julie Pinson THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Celebrates Jerry Douglas With a Special Episode ‘The Christmas Waltz’ Movie Franchise Moves To Great American Family; Matthew Morrison, Jen Lilley To Star In Sequel Eva Longoria Says She “Would Be The First To Sign Up” For ‘Desperate Housewives’ Reboot & Why She Doesn’t Think It’ll Happen Eva Longoria Says Women “Getting Fewer Director Jobs Than Two Years Ago” Morning Show Appearance Dishing with Digest - 6/2/23 - Jill Larson ‘The Flash’ Star Sasha Calle Got Henry Cavill’s Stamp Of Approval As Supergirl: “That Meant The World” Corbin Bernsen, Kue Lawrence, Kai Cech & Max Malas Set For Daniel DelPurgatorio’s Sci-Fi Horror ‘Marshmallow’ Dishing with Digest - 5/26/23 - Linden Ashby LA Times Today: Eric Braeden on 50 years of “The Young and the Restless” and his cancer diagnosis Eva LaRue’s Stalking Nightmare Being Adapted As Scripted & Unscripted Series With Forté Entertainment CHRISHELL STAUSE & G FLIP Not Legally Married ... Despite Vegas Ceremony Dishing with Digest - 5/19/23 - Billy Warlock The Talk Repeats Y&R 50th Celebration Daytime Emmys June Awards Postponed Due To WGA Strike ‘S.W.A.T.’: Netflix To Stream Series Starring Shemar Moore Jane Seymour Set For Alicia Coppola’s Short ‘And You Are?’ Diane Lane, Kyle Chandler, Madeline Brewer, Zoey Deutch, Phoebe Dynevor, Mckenna Grace & Daryl McCormack Lead Thriller ‘Anniversary’ For Lionsgate & Fifth Season Mckenna Grace & Asher Angel To Star In Teen Romance ’99 Days’ Based On Katie Cotugno’s Bestseller For Alloy Entertainment Dishing with Digest 5/12/23 - Michael Corbett ‘Selling Sunset’ star Chrishell Stause marries G Flip after 1 year of dating Sasha Luss & Thai Actor & Singer Noi Pru Among Cast To Join Movie ‘Sic’ From ‘The Fighter’ Scribe Hartley's Tracker gets coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot ‘Flamin’ Hot’ Trailer: Frito-Lay Janitor’s Idea & Grit Fuel A Snack-Food Bonanza In Eva Longoria-Helmed Pic ‘S.W.A.T.’ Un-Canceled: Drama Starring Shemar Moore Resurrected At CBS With Season 7 Renewal ‘S.W.A.T.’ Star Shemar Moore, Creator Shawn Ryan React To Renewal News; “We Did It!” ‘S.W.A.T.’ Star Shemar Moore Shares Frustration About Drama’s Cancellation: “We’ve Done Nothing Wrong. We Did Everything That Was Asked For” Shemar Moore's S.W.A.T. Cancelled After 6 Seasons 'Young and the Restless' Star Eric Braeden Says His Cancer Was Initially Misdiagnosed Selling Sunset Season 6 Trailer Danny Trejo And Veronica Falcón Board Indie Sports Drama ‘American Underdog’ Thad Luckinbill Returns to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS! Richard Burgi Opens up About His Divorce Talk Show Appearance Chene Lawson Returns to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS! 2023 Daytime Emmy Nominations Daytime Emmys: ‘The Young and the Restless’ Leads In Early Nominations Y&R Vet Eric Braeden Reveals Cancer Diagnosis in Emotional Video ‘The Young & The Restless’ Star Eric Braeden Reveals Cancer Diagnosis Brad Krevoy’s MPCA Signs ‘Falling For Christmas’ Duo Michael & Janeen Damian To Three-Picture Deal Talk Show Appearance Soap Faves Win Indie Series Awards Talk Show Appearance 'Y&R' Star Kristoff St. John's Daughter Arrested, Allegedly Naked in Supermarket CBS To Air Daytime Emmys Through 2024; Sets Date for 50th Annual Ceremony Beverly D’Angelo, Dennis Haysbert, Nicole Richie & Josh Peck Set For ‘Summer Camp’ Comedy ‘Lioness’: Thad Luckinbill Joins Taylor Sheridan’s Series For Paramount+ Sharon Acker Dies: Veteran Film (‘Point Blank’) And TV (‘Perry Mason’) Actress Was 87 ‘The Talk’ Scores Biggest Audience In Nearly A Year During ‘The Young And The Restless’ 50th Anniversary Week CMT NAMES ALL-STAR PRESENTER LINEUP FOR 2023 “CMT MUSIC AWARDS” Talk Show Appearance ‘The Young And The Restless’ Brings Back Shemar Moore For Special Appearance Corbin Bernsen Set To Recur In J.J. Abrams’ HBO Max Series ‘Duster’ CBS RENEWS HIT DRAMA SERIES “BLUE BLOODS” FOR THE 2023-2024 SEASON The Top 10 Moments of ‘The Young and the Restless’ on its 50th Anniversary The Young & the Restless: Five Facts at 50 Ratings: Bachelor Finale Down vs. 2022, Homecoming Ends Season (?) Flat 'RHOA' Star Eva Marcille Files to Divorce Michael Sterling Morning New Show Appearance ‘The Young And The Restless’ at 50: Star Lauralee Bell Reflects On Her Dad’s Legacy, And The Future Of The CBS Soap Eric Roberts joins Guardians 4,500 words of dialogue, 250 times a year: How ‘The Young and the Restless’ is made Michael Graziadei Is Engaged to Lauren Carey! 'The Young and the Restless' celebrates 50 years of drama Eva Longoria To Produce & Direct Spanish-Language Americas Version Of ‘Call My Agent!’ Eric Braeden Slams Former Y&R Star Eva Longoria for 'Derogatory Remarks' About Daytime-TV Eva Longoria’s ‘Flamin’ Hot’ Is First Feature To Hit Both Hulu & Disney+ In Streaming Debut Brody Hutzler - The Interview 3/24/23 Y&R Cast guest on The Talk - March 20 to 24, 2023 Dishing with Digest - 3/17/23 - Patty Weaver Victor Newman Gets Movin'! Eric Braeden, Lauralee Bell and More 'Y&R' Stars Get Down for 50th Anniversary ‘All Rise’ Future On OWN Uncertain As Cast Gets Released Ahead Of Season 3B Run NEW CBS DRAMA SERIES “THE NEVER GAME” STARRING JUSTIN HARTLEY HAS BEEN RENAMED “TRACKER” Barbara Crampton Interview 3/22/23 ‘Young and the Restless’ Cast Digs Up the Past to Honor Milestone 50th Anniversary BET+ Greenlights Biopic ‘The First Lady Of BMF: The Tonesa Welch Story’ The 95th Oscars Rounds Out Show Presenters The Price Is Right, Y&R, B&B To Move Productions As Television City Renovations Displace Several Long-Running Series Interview with Emmy Award-Winning Writer - Dave Rupel 3/15/23 CBS PRESENTS “THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION” Talk Show Appearance Dishing with Digest - 3/3/23 - Barbara Crampton Daisy Edgar-Jones, Jacob Elordi, Will Poulter, Diego Calva And Sasha Calle To Star In Adaptation Of ‘On Swift Horses’ Hunter King Has a Hallmark Date With Chandler Massey! ‘The Residence’: Andre Braugher, Susan Kelechi Watson & Bronson Pinchot Among 11 Cast In Netflix’s Shondaland Series Sharon Case Interview 3/3/23 ‘Young and the Restless’ Boss Fires Entire Breakdown Writing Staff, Says He’ll Do Their Jobs Himself Patricia Heaton To Topline Psychological Horror-Thriller ‘The Beldham’; Corbin Bernsen Among Others Set ‘Blood & Treasure’ Not Returning For Season 3 At Paramount+ ‘The Young And The Restless’ To Celebrate 50th Anniversary With Visits From Past Favorites Michael Damian, Patty Weaver & Others Y&R’s Melissa Claire Egan is Expecting Baby #2! Dishing with Digest - 2/10/23 - Corbin Bernsen Morning Show Appearance Chrishell Stause once apologized to G Flip ‘for being straight’ ‘Acapulco’ Renewed For Season 3 At Apple Danny Trejo & Joel McHale Join Sci-Fi Comedy ‘Tim Travers & The Time Traveler’s Paradox’ Tubi Picks Up ‘Generation’ After HBO Max Removal Anna Camp & Justin Bartha To Star In Indie Comedy ‘Nuked’ From Deena Kashper; Lucy Punch, Tawny Newsome And Ignacio Serricchio Among Others Set Eva Longoria Buy My Former Aston Martin ... From 'Desperate Housewives'! ‘Fire Country’ Adds Zach Tinker To Season 1 Cast Icons from 50 Years of 'The Young and the Restless' Celebrate Show's Golden Anniversary Talk Show Appearance Lyndsy Fonseca guests on 9-1-1: Lone Star ‘PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie’ Adds Kristen Bell, McKenna Grace, James Marsden, Lil Rel Howery, North West & more ‘The Young & The Restless’ Star Tracey E. Bregman Receives New Emmy After Her Old One Melted Coby Ryan McLaughlin guests on S.W.A.T. Talk Show Appearance Vail Bloom Back To Y&R Talk Show Appearance Tracey Bregman Interview - Celebrating 40 Years as Lauren Fenmore on The Young and the Restless ‘Bel-Air’: Tatyana Ali From ‘Fresh Prince Of Bel Air’ To Recur On Peaco*ck Reboot This Season; Watch Trailer Zach Tinker guests on Fire Country 2/3/23 Lyndsy Fonseca guests on 9-1-1: Lone Star 1/24/23 Tinker returns to Y&R ‘The Sterling Affairs’: Harriet Sansom Harris, Corbin Bernsen Among Seven Cast In FX Limited Series About Disgraced LA Clippers Owner ‘Chucky’ Renewed For Season 3 At USA Network & Syfy Zach Tinker guests on Fire Country 1/29/23 Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards Nominations Quinn K. Redeker Dies: ‘Days Of Our Lives’, ‘The Young And The Restless’ Actor Was 86 Shemar Moore’s girlfriend, Jesiree, is pregnant with his first child Rodney Van Johnson Cast on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL Phideaux Xavier Interview - Celebrating 25 Years Directing Daytime Television 9-1-1: Lone Star: Lyndsy Fonseca Returns to Celebrate #Tarlos' Big News in Season 4 Eddie Cibrian responds to Brandi Glanville’s Piper Perabo affair claims Anthony Morina Out as Co-EP of ‘The Young and the Restless’ Following Sexual Harassment Suit Dishing with Digest - 12/16/22 - Jason Thompson CBS Orders ‘The Never Game’ Starring Justin Hartley For 2023-24 Season PERFORMER AND PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2022 ‘PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS’ ON TUESDAY, DEC. 6 AT 9 P.M. ET/PT Zach Tinker guests on CSI: Vegas 1/5/23 Ashley Jones guests on So Help Me Todd 1/5/23 Meadow Walker posts touching tribute to dad Paul Walker 9 years after his death References

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Eric Roberts Joins ‘Lolita’

(1/31/24) Oscar nominee Eric Roberts (Runaway Train) has joined Johnny Ortiz (Peppermint) and Alexis Vazquez in feature drama Lolita from director Jorge Xolalpa. Filming is currently underway on the Mighty Aphrodite Pictures movie. The plot centers on Jesus (Vazquez), a man who after being released from jail tries to get custody of his daughter. Roberts will portray jaded police officer Jones who grows to care for Jesus’ wellbeing. Pic is being produced by Xolalpa at Mighty Aphrodite Pictures and Alfredo Widman. Roberts, whose recent credits include Damien Chazelle’s Babylon for Paramount Pictures, is repped by Sovereign Talent Group and Scott Carlson Entertainment.

Days Cast on The ‘Weakest Link’ 4/2/24

(1/30/24) Hosted by Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch, NBC’s “Weakest Link” returns Tuesday, April 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The series will air next day on Peaco*ck.

The games begin with a “Days of our Lives” special featuring cast members Lindsay Arnold, Bryan Dattilo, Galen Gering, Tina Huang, Victoria Konefal, Martha Madison, Eric Martsolf and Zach Tinker competing to earn money for charity.

For a first look at the “Days of our Lives” special Video (USA Only).

‘Secrets Of Sulphur Springs’ Canceled After 3 Seasons By Disney Channel

(1/30/24) There will be no fourth season for Disney Channel‘s Secrets of Sulpher Springs. The network has canceled the time-travel mystery-adventure series after three seasons, Deadline has confirmed.

Created, written and executive produced by Tracey Thomson (The Young and the Restless), Secrets of Sulpher Springs followed 12-year-old Griffin Campbell (Preston Oliver), whose world had been upended by his father, Ben (Josh Braaten), after he moved the family from Chicago to take ownership of an abandoned hotel property, The Tremont. The family—which also includes Griffin’s mother, Sarah (Kelly Frye), and his younger twin siblings, Wyatt (Landon Gordon) and Zoey (Madeleine McGraw)—lived in The Tremont in hopes of restoring it to the lively vacation destination it once was. On his first day at his new school, Griffin heard rumors that the hotel was haunted by the ghost of Savannah (Elle Graham), a girl who disappeared decades ago. He soon meets and befriends Harper (Kyliegh Curran), a thrill-seeking classmate, and they discover a secret portal that allows them to travel back in time and uncover clues about the town mystery.

This is the second Disney Channel series to be canceled in less than a month. As we previously reported. Jessie spinoff Bunk’d is ending with the conclusion of its seventh season.

Charles Pratt Jr. served as showrunner and executive produced with Thomson. The series was produced by Gwave Productions.

‘Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire’ Trailer: Franchise’s Past And Present Cross Streams To Take On A New Evil Force

(1/29/24) (Video) The official trailer for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire dropped on Monday, showing off the latest sequel to the paranormal comedy classic. It hits theaters via Sony and Columbia Pictures on March 22.

The new pic directed by Gil Kenan and written by Kenan and Jason Reitman follows the new generation of the Spenglers taking up the family business and teaming up with the original Ghostbusters — Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts are back again for this one — who’ve developed a top-secret research lab to take busting ghosts to the next level. This time, the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old join forces to save the world from a second Ice Age.

Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard return from the 2021 franchise reboot Ghostbusters: Afterlife, starring here with Patton Oswald, Kumail Nanjiani and the original’s William Atherton back as baddie bureaucrat Walter Peck.

Check out the new trailer above.

Jordi Vilasuso asks for prayers as baby daughter is admitted to NICU

(1/29/24) “The Young and the Restless” alum Jordi Vilasuso and his wife, Kaitlin Vilasuso, are asking fans for prayers as their daughter has been admitted to the NICU for a partially collapsed lung.

The soap star, who announced Lucy’s arrival earlier this month, shared that their baby’s health scare is due to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

“We found out Monday that Lucy had RSV and by Monday night she had been admitted to the hospital w/ difficulty breathing,” the couple wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of Lucy lying in an incubator and hooked up to various machines.

“Last night, things unexpectedly took a turn for the worse and she was moved to NICU w/ what the doctors described as a partially collapsed right lung. I am still struggling to believe this as I type.”

RSV causes infections of the lungs and respiratory tract, according to the Mayo Clinic. It’s so common that most children have been infected with the virus by age 2; however, it can cause severe infections in babies under 12 months.

“Please please pray with us for miraculous healing for Lucy’s precious little body,” the couple concluded. “We love her so much and just want her home and happy and in our arms.”

Early Monday, Kaitlin, 37, shared a video of Lucy sleeping with her hand on a pacifier.

“This little hand [prayer emoji],” she wrote over the clip on her Instagram Story. “..hi sweet baby.”

She also posted a snap of herself holding holding hands with the former “Guiding Light” star, 42, and their older daughters, Riley Grace, 10, and Everly Maeve, 7.

“Thankful for family bedtime prayers for the first time since all of this happened..anxious to have the littlest hands in our circle back home,” Kaitlin captioned her Instagram Story.

The pair have grappled with numerous obstacles throughout their fertility journey, including two pregnancy losses before Kaitlin, who is also an actor, became pregnant with Lucy last year.

Vivica A. Fox To Host Food Competition Series ‘Family Recipe Rumble’

(1/24/24) Vivica A. Fox is jumping into the kitchen for her latest unscripted series. The Independence Day star is set to host a new food competition series.

She has teamed with Rainbow Heads Productions and Woody Woodbeck, a producer on Bravo’s Southern Hospitality, to develop Family Recipe Rumble (w/t).

The series will follow two families battling it out for culinary supremacy and a $10,000 prize. They will put their family recipes to the test, while sharing their stories.

The format will include three courses, where the families share their recipes on classic favorites. While they are preparing, viewers learn about their lives, their culture and their sweet and savory creations along the way. Then Fox invites her special guest judges to taste the results and award the grand prize of $10,000 to one lucky family per episode.

Rainbow Heads, which was founded by former Discovery exec Jodi Tovay and 1000lb Sisters exec producer Daniel Keller-Bradshaw, is currently taking the project out to networks and streamers.

“This isn’t your typical food competition show,” said Fox. “Recipes passed down by generations sometimes tell the story of a family’s rich traditions, that nourish not only the appetite but the soul.” “We hope to show that meals made with love, and a little bit of friendly competition, can be satisfying to everyone who watches.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Ms. Fox and veteran executive producer, Woody Woodbeck, on this project.” added Tovay and Keller-Bradshaw. “The goal is to showcase that culture and tradition shine through with each family’s passion for cooking; serving the viewer with a truly unique culinary competition experience.”

‘Daredevil: Born Again’ – Wilson Bethel Returns As Bullseye In Marvel Series On Disney+

(1/23/24) Wilson Bethel, who played Benjamin Poindexter/Bullseye on Netflix’s Daredevil, is reprising his role on Disney+‘s upcoming Daredevil: Born Again, sources confirm to Deadline. I hear he is set to appear in three episodes of the series, which is now filming. A rep for Marvel declined comment.

Following a production pause in mid-June due to the writers strike, Marvel Studios implemented a creative overhaul of Daredevil: Born Again, which follows original star Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, a blind attorney-turned-crimefighting superhero, and also features Vincent D’Onofrio reprising his role as mob boss Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin and Jon Bernthal returning as Punisher.

As part of the changes, Dario Scardapane (The Punisher) replaced Matt Corman and Chris Ord as showrunner.

The new creative direction appears also to involve bringing back more familiar faces. Word of Bethel’s casting, first reported by ComicBook.com, follows a recent InSneider report of the original series’ Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson also coming back.

The cast of Daredevil: Born Again also includes Margarita Levieva, Arty Froushan, Sandrine Holt, Michael Gandolfini and Nikki M. James.

Bethel is repped by Gersh, Vault Entertainment and Yorn, Levine.

Lynne Marta Dies: Prolific ‘Love, American Style’ & ‘Footloose’ Actor Was 78

(1/17/24) Lynne Marta, an actor who maintained a steady and prolific TV and film career for nearly 40 years best known for roles on Love, American Style and the 1984 film Footloose, died of cancer in Los Angeles January 11. She was 78.

Calling Marta “a beautiful light,” the actor’s friend Joan Sobel wrote on Facebook, “My friend, Lynne Marta lost her good fight. A wonderfully talented actress and a beautiful singer whose voice was of the angels. A dear heart who adored her friends both human and furry. I will miss her terribly.”

Born on October 30, 1945, in Somerville, NJ, Marta began her TV career in 1966 with appearances on Gidget and The Monkees, and relatively few years went by without a film or TV credit through her 2004 role in an episode of the NBC drama series American Dreams. She appeared in 24 episodes of the soap Days of Our Lives between 1983 and 2003.

A steady presence on episodic television of the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, Marta guested on such shows as, among many others, Then Came Bronson, Dan August, Cannon, Mod Squad, The Rookies, The F.B.I., Gunsmoke, Marcus Welby, M.D., Kojak, The Streets of San Francisco, Barnaby Jones, ChiPs, Matt Houston, Designing Women, Law & Order, The Young and the Restless, Crossing Jordan and ER.

She appeared in four episodes of Starsky and Hutch, which starred David Soul, her romantic companion throughout most of the cop drama’s 1975-79 run.

As one of the Love, American Style Players — the group of regulars who appeared in short, interstitial skits between the main segments of the 1969-74 comedy anthology series — Marta was already familiar to TV audiences when she landed a featured role in the 1972 Clint Eastwood Western Joe Kidd.

The Eastwood film would stand as a high point in her big-screen career until 1984, when she was cast as the aunt of Kevin Bacon’s main character in Herbert Ross’ smash hit Footloose. Though a small role, Marta’s Aunt Lulu Warnicker was a gossip-mongering standout.

Five years after Footloose, Marta became a part of Hollywood history under horrific circ*mstances: She was a neighbor and friend of Rebecca Schaeffer, the My Sister Sam actor fatally shot by a stalker. Living on the same floor of the West Hollywood apartment complex where the 21-year-old Schaeffer was murdered, Marta testified against the killer in court, providing vivid eyewitness testimony. In testimony that helped put the killer away for life, Marta was quoted in a Los Angeles Times account of the trial as saying, “The door shook, the wall shook. The cat went up into the air. I fell to my knees and crawled into the bedroom. Then, I heard Rebecca’s first scream. She was still screaming while I was talking to 911.”

Marta is survived by a sister.

People’s Choice Awards Nominations

(1/12/24) Voting opens today at www.votepca.com and runs through Friday, Jan. 19, at 11:59 pm ET.

THE TV PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Adjoa Andoh, Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
Ayo Edebiri, The Bear
Billie Eilish, Swarm
Jon Hamm, The Morning Show
Matt Bomer, Fellow Travelers
Meryl Streep, Only Murders in the Building
Steven Yeun, Beef
Storm Reid, The Last of Us

THE REALITY TV STAR OF THE YEAR
Ariana Madix, Vanderpump Rules
Chrishell Stause, Selling Sunset
Garcelle Beauvais, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Kandi Burruss, The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Khloé Kardashian, The Kardashians
Kim Kardashian, The Kardashians
Kyle Richards, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Jersey Shore Family Vacation

Talk Show Appearance

(1/5/24) Live with Kelly and Mark - Syndicated

AIRING Jan 8, 2024

Vivica A. Fox

Steve Burton Is Returning to ‘General Hospital’

(1/4/23) (Video) Port Charles is about to welcome back an old friend.

After recently revealing that he’s leaving his one-year gig on Days of Our Lives, Steve Burton is now headed back to General Hospital. He will reprise his role as Jason Morgan in early 2024.

The news was revealed at the end of GH‘s 60th Anniversary special that aired Thursday night after The Golden Bachelor live wedding.

Burton left the ABC sudser in 2021 after failing to adhere to its vaccine policy. He ended up joining the second installment of Beyond Salem, Peaco*ck’s Days of Our Lives spinoff, before hopping over to DOOL earlier this year. He played Harris Michaels, a role he originated on Days in 1988.

Burton depicted Jason Morgan on and off on General Hospital from 1991 to 2012, then from 2017 to 2021. His departure from the soap came three weeks after it drop-kicked Ingo Rademacher (Jasper Jacks), who had been a vocal critic of COVID-19 mandates. He subsequently sued ABC for religious discrimination.

Last July, Burton talked to Deadline about leaving the ABC soap. His character departed at an awkward time: he married his longtime pal Carly (Laura Wright).

“Look, the circ*mstance [of his GH departure] was tough and you know, that’s just the way it is,” he told Deadline. “I’ll always be grateful for my time there. It was my family for so long. I grew up there and the fans have always been awesome to me.”

Lifetime Movie Net Releases Q1 Movie Slate

(1/4/23) LMN has released its first quarter movie slate that features fourteen new thrillers, including the premiere of the 35th film in the network’s prolific Wrong Movie franchise.

The Wrong Life Coach will premiere on January 11, and is executive produced by Vivica A. Fox, who stars alongside Eric Roberts, Tracy Nelson, Michael Paré, Jackée Harry, Morgan Bradley and Allison McAtee. Roberts, Paré, Harry and Nelson also star in the Valentine’s themed Tall Dark and Dangerous, set for February 8th, with Matthew Pohlkamp and Vanderpump Rules‘ Tom Sandoval.

Here’s a breakdown of the films:

Dying For Fame (January 4 at 8pm ET/PT). Starring Dylan Raine, Amelie Anstett. A career-driven tabloid reporter Anna (Raine) is assigned to write a profile about popular influencer Juliet (Anstett). During their time together, Anna discovers that many of Juliet’s fans aren’t real. After she is confronted, Juliet reveals a different story about a stalker who has been tormenting her for months but Anna ultimately decides to proceed with the fake fans story.

The Wrong Life Coach (January 11 at 8pm ET/PT). Starring Vivica A. Fox, Morgan Bradley, Allison McAtee, Michael Paré, Tracy Nelson, Eric Roberts, Jackeé. Harry When Jordan (Bradley) gets a new boss, Tara (Fox), the job becomes more than she bargained for. Jordan enlists the help of a life coach named Liz (McAtee), but unfortunately, Liz has some sinister plans of her own including sabotaging Jordan’s new job with Mr. Gordon (Roberts). Hybrid produced.

A Party to Die For (January 18 at 8pm ET/PT). Starring Jonetta Kaiser, Kara Royster, Jermaine Rivers. Sadie (Kaiser) works in a luxury boutique store but is ready for a change in her life when she meets socialite Jessica (Kara Royster). They become fast friends but when they attend an after party at a new friend’s house, the night goes terribly wrong, and someone ends up dead. Tubi co-prod.

Crowdsource Murder (January 25 at 8pm ET/PT). Starring Nicole Weber, James Hyde, Francesca Barker McCormick, Clark Moore, Lexi Minetree. After her daughter Shannon (Minetree) is injured in an accident, her mother Monica (Weber) is encouraged by her friend Rebecca (McCormick) to start a crowdsource fund to pay for the hospital bills. But when a handsome stranger, Noah (Hyde), donates more and more money to the fund, she begins to question his motives.

Sabotaging the Squad (February 1 at 8pm ET/PT). Starring Meyon Jacobs, Lauren Mayo, Olivia Buckle, Brittany Goodwin. Missy (Jacobs) is ready to take over as head coach of daughter Arielle’s (Mayo) cheer squad but unfortunately, the other cheer moms are resistant to a change in regime, especially Darlene (Buckle), who has been vying for the top job ever since becoming interim coach. With the help of her friend and assistant coach, Gemma (Brittany Goodwin), Missy focuses on getting her cheerleaders ready for competition. But as strange things begin to happen that sabotage all her efforts and one mom ends up dead, Missy fights to clear her name while keeping her squad competition ready before anyone else dies.

Tall, Dark and Dangerous (February 8 at 8pm ET/PT). Starring Jamie Bernadette, Matthew Pohlkamp, Michael Paré, Tracy Nelson, Tom Sandoval, Eric Roberts and Jackeé Harry. As Valentine’s Day approaches, Alice (Bernadette), a successful real estate attorney, decides to try out the dating app Be My Valentine where she finds her seemingly perfect match, Chris (Pohlkamp). But Alice soon realizes that her “Valentine” is an imposter who stole the identity of his former roommate Jason (Sandoval) in order to insert himself into her life, fooling her boss Ed (Roberts) and even her parents.

She’s Obsessed with My Husband (February 15 at 8pm ET/PT). Starring Alissa Filoramo, Matthew Pohlkamp, Aryè Campos, Taylor Castro. Violet (Filoramo) has carried a torch for Garrett (Pohlkamp), the love of her life, ever since they dated in high school. Now twenty years later, Violet has moved in next door to Garrett and is determined to destroy his marriage and take her “rightful” place as his wife.

The Ex-Obsession (February 22 at 8pm ET/PT). Starring Chaley Rose, B. J. Britt, Anthony Dalton II. Happily married to her husband, John (Britt), Kim (Rose) is shocked to learn John’s new co-worker is her ex-boyfriend Grant (Dalton II). Unwilling to spoil John’s excitement, Kim and Grant decide to keep their history a secret. But when John sees Kim and Grant out together one day, he becomes consumed by jealousy and confronts Kim. Co-prod with Tubi.

Lonely Crime Fanatic (February 29 at 8pm ET/PT). Starring Brenna Skalski, Ian Reier Michaels, Alexandra Ponce, David Alan Hurt. Romance sparks when a true crime fan meets her favorite podcast host, but things soon turn strange as his fascination with her turns into obsession.

Danger on Party Island (March 20 at 8pm ET/PT). Starring Lindsey Dresbach, Adam Harper, James Bobo, Kate Dailey. After the death of her sister, Mel (Dresbach) travels to an infamous party island to collect her estranged sister’s body. With the reluctant help from local bar owner Jever (Bobo), Mel begins to unravel the circ*mstances of her sister’s accident and starts to believe she could be next.

My Father’s Murder in Greece (March 21 at 8pm ET/PT). Starring Cass Huckabay, Maeve Quinlan. When Allie’s (Cass Huckabay) father George takes her on a celebratory trip to Greece to uncover her family’s roots, she never expected her father would be murdered. Allie must uncover long-kept family secrets if she’s going to bring the killer to justice.a

Steve Burton Confirms He Is Exiting ‘Days of Our Lives’ 1 Year After Reprising His Role

(1/3/24) Steve Burton confirmed his exit from Days of Our Lives one year after reprising his role.

“Wow! Well, I just shot my final scenes here on Days of Our Lives and I just want to say, thank you so much to the cast [and] to the crew. It’s been amazing,” Burton, 53, said in a video uploaded to the Daily Drama’s YouTube page on Wednesday, January 3. “I can’t believe it’s been a year already! So, thank you so much to the fans. It’s just … I’m always so full of gratitude. So thank you. Stay tuned.”

Burton made his debut on Days in 1988 as Harris Micheals and exited the series later that year. Following his time on the soap opera , the actor went on to star in other daytime shows including The Young and the Restless and General Hospital, where he earned several Daytime Emmy awards.

Burton starred on General Hospital from 1991–2012 and from 2017–2021. In November 2021, the actor revealed he was let go from the ABC soap after he did not comply with the studio’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

“I did apply for my medical and religious exemptions and both of those were denied, which, you know, hurts,” he explained in an Instagram video at the time. “But this is also about personal freedom to me. I don’t think anybody should lose their livelihood over this.”

Shortly after his exit from General Hospital, Burton reprised his role of Harris Michaels in the Days spinoff, Beyond Salem, in 2022. The following year, he signed a one-year deal to return to Days.

“When you’re in the business 36 years and people are still calling? I’m super grateful,” Burton said to Soap Opera Digest in 2023. “[Days is] a great environment to work in, and I feel like I’m getting a real run at things.”

In addition to his TV career, Steve has also made headlines for his personal life over the years. Steve filed for divorce from ex-wife Sheree Burton, who was pregnant at the time, in 2022, claiming he was not the child’s father. (The exes share three children: Mackena, 20, Jack, 17 and Brooklyn, 9.)

“I wanted to clear something up. Sheree and I are separated,” he wrote via his Instagram Story at the time. “She recently announced that she’s expecting her 4th child. The child is not mine.”

Sheree, for her part, never publicly addressed her ex-husband’s claims about her pregnancy. She welcomed her fourth child, daughter Izabella, in February 2023. The fitness coach, 45, is also currently pregnant with her fifth baby. (She has not revealed the identity of either child’s father.)

Us Weekly confirmed that Steve and Sheree finalized their divorce in December 2023. According to court documents obtained by Us at the time, the duo will share joint legal and physical custody of their two minor children. Steve will also pay Sheree $12,500 per month in child support until April 2024, after which he will pay $10,000 per month.

Golden Globes Presenters: ‘Suits’ Duo, Angela Bassett, Will Ferrell Among First Names Set

(1/3/24) Amanda Seyfried, Angela Bassett, Suits stars Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams, George Lopez, Julia Garner, Justin Hartley, Michelle Yeoh and Will Ferrell make up the first list of presenters for Sunday’s 81st Golden Globe Awards.

Jo Koy is hosting the Golden Globes, which will honor the year’s best in motion pictures and TV. The ceremony will air beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT live on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

More presenters will be announced.

Among this year’s Golden Globe nominees in 26 categories, 2023’s box office champ Barbie from Warner Bros leads all films with nine, followed by Universal’s Oppenheimer with eight and Apple’s Killers of the Flower Moon and Searchlight’s Poor Things with seven apiece. In the TV races, HBO’s final go-round with Succession has nine noms, the most-ever for a series, scoring mentions in all categories in which it was eligible.

This year’s Globes — it’s first time back on CBS since 1982 — include two new awards categories: Cinematic and Box Office Achievement in Motion Pictures and Best Performance in Stand-Up Comedy on Television.

Longtime Globes producer Dick Clark Productions is planning, hosting and producing this year’s awards after the Globes’ assets, rights and properties were acquired by Dick Clark Productions and Eldridge from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association back in June.

Dcp is owned by Penske Media Eldridge, a PMC subsidiary and joint venture between Penske Media Corporation and Eldridge.

2023 The Year That Was

(12/28/23) Best & Worst of 2023: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

Categories includes High, Lows & Wishes for each soap, Best Psychopath Tale, Most Unbelievable Endgame and Most Toxic Excuse For A Love Story.

Read our take on the year here: Here!

Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Nominations

(1/2/23) The Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild on Tuesday revealed nominations for the 11th annual MUAHS Awards. Winners will be announced February 18

DAYTIME TELEVISION GAME SHOW OR TALK SHOW

BEST MAKE-UP

The Big Nailed It Baking Challenge
Moira Frazier, Denise Baker, Ryan Randall, LaLisa Turner

The Bold and the Beautiful
Christine Lai-Johnson, Hajja Barnes, Briana Garcia, Daniela Delgado

The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula
Swanthula Boulet, Dracmorda Boulet

The Kelly Clarkson Show
Chanty LaGrana, Gloria Elias-Foeillet, Valente Frazier, Monica Boyd Lester

The Young and the Restless
Stacey Browning, Jamie Kelch, Robert Bolger, Riley Nightingall

BEST HAIR STYLING

The Big Nailed It Baking Challenge
Moira Frazier, Denise Baker, Ryan Randall, LaLisa Turner

The Bold and the Beautiful
Stephanie Paugh, Alexis Reyes, Danielle Dubinsky, Karlye Buff

The Kelly Clarkson Show
Roberto Ramos, Corey Morris, Tara Copeland, Adam Long

Snake Oil
Crystal Broedel, Karen Stein

The Young and the Restless
Lauren Mendoza, Justin Jackson, Michelle Corona, Diana Santana

Soap opera vet added to the Young and the Restless

(12/29/23) Soap opera vet Brian Gaskill has been added to the Young and the Restless cast as Seth, who Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) will encounter in AA, according to Soap Opera Digest. Gaskill previously portrayed Bobby Warner on All My Children, B.J. Green on As the World Turns, Rafe Kovitch on Port Charles, Oscar “Ozzy” Marone on The Bold and the Beautiful and Dylan Lewis on Guiding Light.

Steve Burton Settles Divorce

(12/28/23) "General Hospital" star Steve Burton has finalized his divorce ... TMZ has learned.

According to new legal docs, obtained by TMZ, the judge signed off the settlement reached by Steve and his now-ex-wife, Sheree Gustin, on Wednesday ... agreeing to joint legal and physical custody of their two minor children, Jack and Brooklyn.

Steve's paying Sheree $12,500 per month for child support ... $10,000 for 9-year-old Brooklyn and $2,500 for 17-year-old Jack.

When Jack turns 18 at the end of March, Steve's child support obligations to him will go away ... but he’ll continue to fork over the $10K for Brooklyn until she turns 18.

Steve and Sheree also agreed to waive any and all rights to spousal support ... but he's going to pay her $50,000 in $ 2,500-per-month installments.

TMZ broke the story ... Steve filed for divorce in July 2022 after 23 years of marriage, only two months after he claimed Sheree was having a baby and he wasn't the father.

Now, they're officially moving on.

‘Las Vegas’ Heads To Streaming For First Time; Peaco*ck Premiere Date Set

(12/22/23) Another broadcast series of the the pre-streaming era has found its way to SVOD. All five seasons of the 2003 NBC drama Las Vegas, starring James Caan and Josh Duhamel, will be available on Peaco*ck starting Dec. 29, the NBCUniversal streamer announced Friday.

Produced by Peaco*ck’s sibling NBCU TV studio, Las Vegas, which marked Caan’s first major TV series role and Duhamel’s transition from daytime to primetime, originally aired on NBC from 2003-2007.

While newer series come with their rights pre-negotiated, shows that aired before the late 2000s have to go through an extensive music clearing process before they can go on a streaming platform.

Created by Gary Scott Thompson, Las Vegas follows the elite surveillance team charged with maintaining the security of one of Las Vegas’ largest casinos. The main cast of the series also includes Nikki Cox, James Lesure, Vanessa Marcil, Molly Sims and Tom Selleck who went on to topline CBS’ Blue Bloods.

Talk Show Appeance

(12/20/23) The Talk - CBS

Tuesday, Dec. 26 (Repeat 11/10/23)

Emmy-winning actor Eric Braeden (CBS’ THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS)

Darius McCrary Arrested For Second Time Over Failure To Pay Child Support

(12/16/23) Darius McCrary was arrested last month for failure to pay child support ... this according to jail records obtained by TMZ.

The "Family Matters" star -- who is dad to two daughters and one son -- was booked on November 27 on a felony count of failure to pay child support.

According to court docs, he had an outstanding arrearage of $52,788.04 as of March 12, 2019.

McCrary pled not guilty at his arraignment, and the judge set his bond conditions at $13,197.01 and being monitored by a GPS device.

Online records show he still remains behind bars.

This isn't the first time Darius has been accused of failing to pay child support ... he was arrested back in 2015 on a similar charge before coughing up around $5,500 in back support.

Two years later, the struggling actor claimed he only made $500 during the previous year ... rendering him unable to pay child support to help out his then-estranged wife, Tammy Brawner.

The duo's divorce was officially finalized in 2019 after a bitter 2-year battle ... and one of the terms of their divorce was that Darius pay Tammy $1,366 per month in child support -- which he's now being accused of not paying.

‘Tracker’ Trailer Sees Justin Hartley As A Reward-Seeking Survivalist Solving Mysteries Coast To Coast

(12/15/23) (Video) CBS has dropped the first trailer for Tracker, its upcoming drama series starring Justin Hartley as a mysterious reward seeker and expert tracker.

“You collect rewards, right?” a woman is heard asking Hartley’s Colter Shaw in the opening of the trailer.

“I prefer the term ‘rewardist,'” he calmly replies as he warily works his way through a forest. “Everyone’s looking for something.”

Tracker follows Colter Shaw (Hartley), a lone-wolf survivalist who roams the country as a “reward seeker,” using his expert tracking skills to help private citizens and law enforcement solve all manner of mysteries while contending with his own fractured family. Robin Weigert, Abby McEnany, Eric Graise and Fiona Rene also star.

The series is based on the bestselling novel The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver.

Tracker is produced by 20th Television. In addition to Hartley, Ken Olin, Ben H. Winters and Hilary Weisman Graham are executive producing for 20th Television. Olin directed the pilot from a script written by Winters.

Tracker premieres February 11 after CBS’ telecast of Super Bowl LVIII.

Check out the trailer above.

2023 Daytime Emmy Winners

(12/15/23) See all the winners in the soap opera categories and our picks too here: 2023 Daytime Emmy Winners.

‘The Falcon And The Winter Soldier’ Director Kari Skogland Set For ‘The Wheel Of Time’ Origins Movie; Eva Longoria To Exec Produce

(12/14/23) BAFTA winner and Emmy nominee Kari Skogland has been set to direct live-action feature The Age of Legends, the first installment in the planned trilogy of films that will explore the origins of Robert Jordan’s bestselling book series The Wheel of Time.

Screenplay comes from Thor, X-Men: First Class and Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous scribe Zack Stentz.

Set several millennia before the timeline of the books, The Age of Legends will chart the emergence of “the Dark One.” when the world descended into darkness and war. The film will delve into the corrosive nature of power and pride, as seen through the tragic tales of the Forsaken – once honored leaders who fell victim to the Dark One’s seduction, each personifying distinct elements of human weakness and ambition. The story will also portray the valorous sacrifices of unexpected heroes who rise against the Dark One to defend humanity in the face of overwhelming odds.

Skogland is best known for directing series such as The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Walking Dead and House of Cards, as well as upcoming movie sequel Wind River: Rising.

The film is being produced by Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon of iwot productions and Ted Field of Radar Pictures. Separately, Selvage, Mondragon, and Field are executive producers for the TV adaptation of The Wheel of Time co-produced by Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios.

Eva Longoria, James Leon, Mike McGuiness and Justin Smith are executive producers.

“Directing The Age of Legends is a remarkable opportunity to bring a beloved universe to life and delve into the rich lore that has long captivated the hearts of millions of book readers around the world,” Skogland said.

“My vision is to honor the worldbuilding of Jordan’s masterwork, while peeling back the layers of legend and myth to reveal the flesh-and-blood characters underneath — flawed heroes and villains alike — ordinary people forced to make extraordinary choices as their world unravels.”

“Kari’s brilliance in crafting visually stunning worlds makes her the ideal director for The Age of Legends,” said Rick Selvage, president of iwot productions. “This film is not just an adaptation; it’s an exploration of an original world that blends fantasy with elements of science fiction, and Kari’s mastery in storytelling is crucial for bringing Jordan’s vision to life.”

Iwot is also in development on animated feature The White Tower, which is also a Wheel of Time origin story.

Skogland is represented by Adriana Alberghetti at WME, Adam Schulman and Rosalie Swedlin at Anonymous Content, and Barry Littman at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller. Radar is represented by Buchwald, Stentz is represented by Susan Solomon at Circle of Confusion and Bryan Swatt and Ken Richman at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller.

The Wheel of Time novels are owned by The Bandersnatch Group, who is represented by Joel Gotler of Intellectual Property Group for film and television.b

PERFORMERS AND PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 50TH ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS

(12/12/23) CBS and The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announce performers and presenters for THE 50TH ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY® AWARDS, airing LIVE Friday, Dec. 15 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network, and streaming on Paramount+ (live and on demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the special airs)*. This year marks the 17th time CBS has broadcast the Daytime Emmy® Awards, more than any other network. The show will broadcast live from the historic Westin Bonaventure Los Angeles.

The show, hosted by ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT’s Nischelle Turner and Kevin Frazier, includes a historic reunion, as actor Shemar Moore will present the Lifetime Achievement Honor to Susan Lucci. Moore famously presented Lucci with her landmark first Daytime Emmy Award in 1999 after she had been nominated in the lead actress category 19 times for her portrayal of Erica Kane in “All My Children.” At the time of opening the envelope, Moore famously exclaimed, “the streak is over!” in what is frequently cited as one of the greatest awards show moments in history.

In addition, Grammy Award-winning, Emmy-nominated superstar Jennifer Nettles will perform “Life is Sweet” for the In Memoriam segment, which pays tribute to the stars and contributors in the field of daytime whom we lost this past year. The song originally premiered on the Daytime Emmy-nominated television show “American Anthems” and is also nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for original song.

Presenters for the evening will include icons of daytime as the show pays tribute to 50 years, including Lauralee Bell (Y&R), Peter Bergman (Y&R), Michael Damian (Y&R), Don Diamont (B&B), Mary Beth Evans (“Days of Our Lives”), Akbar Gbajabiamila (THE TALK), Drake Hogestyn (“Days of Our Lives”), Finola Hughes (“General Hospital”), Amanda Kloots (THE TALK), A Martinez (“The Bay”), John McCook (B&B), Melody Thomas Scott (Y&R), Heather Tom (B&B), Donnell Turner (“General Hospital”), Kym Whitley (“The Bay”) and Laura Wright (“General Hospital”). Maury Povich and Connie Chung will make special appearances to present the Gold & Silver Circle honorees and the In Memoriam tribute, respectively..

Shemar Moore Will Present Susan Lucci with Daytime Emmys' Lifetime Achievement Award

(12/11/23) Susan Lucci will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 50th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, a distinction that will be presented by Shemar Moore when the ceremony airs on Dec. 15.

"I am truly humbled to receive this esteemed award from the Academy," Lucci said in a previous statement when news of her award first broke. "Throughout my career, I have been incredibly fortunate to work alongside exceptional talents and embraced by my fans that have been with me every step of the way. This honor is not just a reflection of my journey, but a testament to the enduring power of storytelling and the profound connection we are so lucky to forge with audiences all over the world through television."

The daytime TV queen, 76, got her big break in the role of Erica Kane on All My Children in 1970 and played the role for 41 years until the show ended in 2011. Lucci had many memorable moments on the show and ultimately earned 21 nominations at the Daytime Emmy Awards for her iconic role.

Lucci received her first Daytime Emmy nomination for outstanding lead actress in a drama series in 1978. She finally won in 1999 after 19 nominations, receiving the award from Moore that year.

"The streak is over!" Moore famously said before presenting Lucci with her award.

Beyond All My Children, the actress found time to explore other projects, starring in the 1999 Broadway production of Annie Get Your Gun and had solo performances in theaters and cabarets across the country.

On television, Lucci landed recurring roles on shows like Hot in Cleveland, Dallas, Army Wives and Devious Maids. In 2008, she competed on season 7 of Dancing with the Stars with partner Tony Dovolani, finishing sixth.

The actress is also a New York Times bestselling author after releasing her autobiography, All My Life, in 2011, and has championed several charitable causes in her lifetime, including United Cerebral Palsy of NYC, the National AFib Campaign, March of Dimes, the New York Cancer Project, the American Stroke Association, and the American Heart Association, of which she currently serves as the National Ambassador for the Go Red for Women Movement.

On the personal front, Lucci shares son Andreas Huber and daughter Liza Huber with her late husband Helmut Huber, who died in March 2022 at age 84. The two wed in 1969.

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Earlier this year, Lucci recovered from her second heart surgery in four years.

"I'm doing really well. I always keep an eye on myself, what's going on,” Lucci told PEOPLE in March, adding, "It is so far so good."

The 50th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards air Friday, Dec. 15 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. e

Even During Cancer Treatment, Christian LeBlanc Keeps His Sense of Humor

(12/8/23) (soapsindepth.com) (Photo) Back in October, Christian LeBlanc revealed that the reason he hadn’t been on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS for months was because he had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma in June and was receiving cancer treatment. And while Michael Baldwin returned to the screen at Thanksgiving, his portrayer continues to undergo treatment. But proving that laughter is the best medicine, the actor hasn’t lost his sense of humor!

On Nov. 30, LeBlanc shared a photo of himself sitting up in a hospital bed with his arms outstretched and a big smile on his face with the caption: “How to get discharged without really trying.” And as the word “Showtime” flashed at the bottom of the image, the audio of Angela Lansbury singing “Open a New Window” from the Broadway show Mame played.

A week later, on Dec. 7, The daytime star shared another pic of himself sitting in a chair under a blanket untethered from the IV stand at his side while eating a little snack after his treatment. On his head is a layered cold cap which is meant to help cool the scalp and prevent hair loss from the chemotherapy. And LeBlanc couldn’t resist quoting Sally Field’s iconic line from the movie Soapdish when she learned her soap character was being dressed in a turban: “Who am I, Gloria ******* Swanson?”

LeBlanc has also been working, sharing photos from the Y&R set throughout November. He made sure to grab selfies with J. Eddie Peck, who recently returned as Cole, as well as one with Colleen Zenk who made her return to daytime as the evil Jordan Howard. (LeBlanc and Zenk were co-stars on AS THE WORLD TURNS back in the ‘80s where he played Kirk McColl and she was Barbara Ryan!)

We’re glad to see that the cancer treatment continues to go well and that LeBlanc is keeping his spirits up throughout the whole thing!

Billy Miller’s Official Cause of Death Revealed

(12/4/23) If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please contact Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988 or visit 988lifeline.org.

Two months later, more details have been released about soap opera star Billy Miller’s death.

In his autopsy report obtained by Radar Online, it was revealed that Miller was found dead in his bathtub “with an apparent gunshot wound to the head” in September.

According to the report, first responders located “multiple letters indicating suicidal intent” and a “revolver” in his right hand.

At the time of his death, Miller had “cocaine, and its metabolites, diphenhydramine, and amphetamine,” in his system.

Miller died just days after turning 44.

After his death, Miller’s mother Patricia Miller released a statement, telling Soap Opera Digest, “He fought a long, hard, valiant battle with bipolar depression for years. He did everything he could to control the disease. He loved his family, his friends, and his fans, but in the end the disease won the fight and he surrendered his life.”

Seeming to reference false reports that he suffered a stroke, she added, “The other causes of death being told are not true. I wish they were, but they just aren’t.”

Patricia also thanked Billy’s fans, writing, “I want to personally thank the many fans & personal friends for the overwhelming amount of love, prayers & condolences sent to me and my family on the devastating death of my beautiful son BJ — Billy Miller… We all loved him so much and are desperately trying to deal with our loss.”

Miller was best known for his roles in soap operas. He played Richie Novak on “All My Children” from 2007-2008, then Billy Abbott on "The Young and the Restless" (2008-2014) and Jason Morgan/Drew Cain on "General Hospital" (2014-2019).

“Extra” spoke with Michelle Stafford, who worked with Billy on the two latter shows.

Calling him an “extraordinary actor,” Michelle shared, “It was so great to be in scenes with [him], so creative and inventive as an actor, like a true talent. Not only that, so much charisma. The coupling of great talent and charisma is quite something.”

When asked if she knew of Billy’s struggles with manic depression, Stafford answered, “I just knew Billy on an aesthetic level… What I knew of Billy is how much he loved his family... and how important his family was to him, and him being a Texas boy, that was very much a part of him.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please contact Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988 or visit 988lifeline.org.

Imagen Awards 2023: Eva Longoria & ‘Flamin’ Hot’ Take Top Honors In Film

(12/3/23) The 38th annual Imagen Awards celebrated Latino excellence and it was a flamin’ night for Eva Longoria who took the trophy for her feature-length directorial debut.

Longoria directed Flamin’ Hot, the story about the creation of the spicy Frito-Lay snack. The film also took awards for Best Feature Film with Jesse García taking the accolade in the Best Actor – Feature Film category for his portrayal of Richard Montañez.

Other winners of the night included Zoe Saldaña for her acting work on Avatar: The Way of Water and Antonio Banderas for his voice-over work in the animated film Puss In Boots: The Last Wish.

Winners in the television categories included Acapulco’s Enrique Arrizon as Best Actor in a Comedy, Jenna Ortega as Best Actress in a Comedy for Wednesday, Kate del Castillo as Best Actress in a Drama for Volver a Caer and Pedro Pascal as Best Actor in a Drama for The Last of Us.

The 38th an independent panel of entertainment industry executives and Latina and Latino community leaders determined Annual Imagen Awards winners.

The Daily Wire Sets Adult Animated Comedy Series ‘Mr Birchum’ Starring Adam Carolla, Megyn Kelly, Brett Cooper, Roseanne Barr, Candace Owens, Danny Trejo & More

(11/30/23) Conservative media outlet The Daily Wire has commissioned its first animated scripted series, Mr Birchum, created by comedian and radio host Adam Carolla.

The series follows Carolla’s junior high woodshop teacher popularized on KROQ radio and brought to life in puppet form on Comedy Central’s Crank Yankers.

In this animated update, according to producers, “Mr. Birchum attempts to navigate a world he doesn’t understand or approve of. He’s befuddled by his gaming streamer son, Eddie (Dunnigan), annoyed at his selfie-taking, snowflake students and is constantly at war with the school district’s appointed “J.E.D.I.” (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion officer) Mr. Karponzi (Fischer).”

The synopsis continues: “But his best buddy, auto-shop teacher Don Gage (Bodden), his wife Wendi (Kelly), and step-daughter Jeanie (Cooper) have his back, along with some fantasy mentors – the ghost of his gym teacher, Coach Murphy (Mohr) and childhood frozen dinner icon Burly Man (Warburton). He’ll even get an assist from sick-and-tired, wishes she were retired, Principal Bortles (Barr) when competing with Navy buddies against his Army nemesis Gunderson (Riggle), and reformed gang member Switchblade (Trejo) lends a tattooed hand building a house for charity.”

The show’s voice cast comprises Carolla (as Mr. Birchum), Megyn Kelly (playing Wendi), Tyler Fischer (Karponzi), Alonzo Bodden (Gage), Brett Cooper (Jeanie), Candace Owens (Deena), Kyle Dunnigan (Eddie), Danny Trejo (Switchblade), Patrick Warburton (Burly Man), Jay Mohr (Coach Murphy), Rob Riggle (Gunderson), and Roseanne Barr (Principal Bortles).

The series will mark talk show host Megyn Kelly’s first role in a scripted series or movie, and the first scripted project for Roseanne Barr since her exit from the Roseanne reboot in 2018 after she posted controversial tweets.

DailyWire+’s first animated comedy is produced by David Coleman for Daily Wire and Dallas Sonnier for Bonfire Legend, with Daily Wire’s co-founders Jeremy Boreing and Ben Shapiro and CEO Caleb Robinson are executive producing.

Chassy Media is the physical production Company for the show. Executive Producers for Chassy Media are Adam Carolla and Mike August along with Showrunner/Executive Producer Nate Adams and Supervising Producer Curtis Koller. Mike Lynch is the head writer for the show with additional episodes written by Byron Kavanagh and Mark Hoffmeier.

“I am super excited to be working with my friends Ben Shapiro, Jeremy Boreing, and our terrific cast of talent to bring Mr Birchum to life on the Daily Wire!” said Carolla.

“We teamed up with Adam and some of the funniest people we know – Roseanne, Rob Riggle, Patrick Warburton, Tyler Fischer and so many more – to bring back the irreverent patriarch in a truly hilarious comedy that doesn’t care who it offends,” added The Daily Wire‘s Jeremy Boreing.

A teaser trailer for Mr Birchum screened at the recent premiere of Daily Wire’s controversial new transgender athlete film Lady Ballers. That feature stars Daily Wire’s Jeremy Boreing, Jake Crain, Blain Crain, David Cone and Matt Walsh. There are cameos from Ben Shapiro, Brett Cooper, Michael Knowles, Andrew Klavan, Riley Gaines, and Senator Ted Cruz.

Colleen Zenk One-on-One 11/29/23

(11/26/23) (Watch Here) Join the one and only Colleen Zenk live in The Locher Room on Wednesday, November 29th at 3 p.m. EDT / 12 p.m. PDT to hear all about her return to daytime TV and her new role as Aunt Jordan on CBS’s The Young and the Restless.

Colleen is known to daytime audiences for her delicious role of Barbara Ryan which she played for 32 years on As the World Turns.

Colleen was born in Barrington, Illinois and studied drama at The Catholic University of America. In her early career, she appeared in print ads and TV commercials for Kellogg’s and L’eggs.

Colleen has enjoyed a number of roles on stage as well including work on Broadway and off.

One-on-One with Vincent Irizarry

(11/26/23) (Watch Here) Daytime television veteran and my friend Vincent Irizarry will sit down for a one-on-one interview live in The Locher Room on Thursday, November 30th at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PDT.

Vincent made his daytime debut as “Brandon / Lujack Luvonaczek Spaulding” on CBS’s Guiding Light in 1983. Vincent received his first Daytime Emmy nomination for the role in 1985. In addition to his role as Lujack, Vincent went on to play Dr. Scott Clark on Santa Barbara, Nick McHenry back on Guiding Light, Dr. David Hayward on All My Children, David Chow on The Young and the Restless and Deimos Kiriakis on Days of Our Lives.

Vincent has also starred in several TV movies and mini-series, such as Jackie Collins' Lucky Chances (opposite Sandra Bullock), Left to Die (opposite Barbara Hershey), and Lying Eyes, to name a few. His feature work has been opposite Clint Eastwood, (Heartbreak Ridge), Sissy Spacek (Marie: A True Story), and Worth, opposite Jeffrey Johnson, Eric Roberts, and Corey Feldman. His most recent Primetime work has been Guest Starring roles on NCIS:LA, Homeland, and Wild West Chronicles.

THE HIT DRAMA SERIES “BLUE BLOODS” TO CONCLUDE IN FALL 2024 AFTER ITS 14TH SEASON

(11/20/23) CBS announced today that its hit drama series BLUE BLOODS will return for a two-part 14th and final season starting on the Network, and available to stream live on Paramount+*, on Friday, Feb. 16, (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) and finish in fall 2024. A long-time anchor to the Network’s successful Friday night lineup, BLUE BLOODS is Friday’s #1 primetime program and the #3 broadcast drama on television.

“BLUE BLOODS will forever be a beloved part of CBS’ legacy. It ruled Friday nights with unprecedented dominance since its premiere and established itself as a pillar of our winning lineup with an exceptionally devoted fan base,” said Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment and David Stapf, president of CBS Studios. “We’ll be forever grateful to the legendary Leonard Goldberg for developing this signature series and to the amazing cast led by Tom Selleck, who America embraced as family and watched as welcomed guests at the Reagan dinner table. We also sincerely thank the incredible writing and producing teams guided by executive producer Kevin Wade, for years of compelling episodes as they conceive this final chapter that we expect to be the most satisfying season yet for our loyal viewers.”

“For the past 13 years it has been an honor and a privilege to work on a show that not only celebrates the men and women who protect and serve in New York City, but also displayed the importance of family,” said series star Tom Selleck. “Working alongside these incredible actors, writers, producers, directors and crew has been a dream come true and I’m grateful to have been a part of this extraordinary group for over 275 episodes. Thank you to CBS Studios and CBS Network for their steadfast support and we offer heartfelt gratitude to the fans who gathered with us for dinner every Friday night.”

“It has been a tremendous privilege these past 13 years to fill the huge canvas that Leonard Goldberg imagined: a police procedural told from the point of view of four generations of a close-knit, fiercely loyal family. BLUE BLOODS will leave behind an enduring legacy that was collectively achieved by our extraordinary cast, our talented and tirelessly inventive writers, and the best crew in the business,” said executive producer Kevin Wade. “CBS Studios and the CBS Television Network encouraged us to tell our stories in multi-layered narratives that have gone on to resonate with millions of people, and we thank them for their unwavering partnership and collaboration. We look forward to giving fans an exciting and emotionally satisfying final season, and we are forever grateful for their enthusiasm and loyalty over all these years.”

For the 2022-2023 season, BLUE BLOODS was Friday’s #1 primetime program and the #3 broadcast drama with 9.54 million viewers. With live +35-day multiplatform viewing, BLUE BLOODS scores more than 11 million viewers an episode.** Since the show’s premiere on Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, BLUE BLOODS has maintained its #1 position at 10:00 PM leading the Network’s top rated Friday night lineup.

Currently, BLUE BLOODS also ranks in the top 10 for series on Paramount+ based on minutes viewed, and for viewed channels on Pluto TV.

Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Len Cariou, Marisa Ramirez and Vanessa Ray star. Kevin Wade, Siobhan Byrne-O’Connor, Ian Biederman and Dan Truly serve as executive producers. BLUE BLOODS is produced by CBS Studios.

J. Eddie Peck Returns to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!

(11/17/23) (soapsindepth.com) Another familiar face is coming home to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS! J. Eddie Peck is returning to the soap as Cole Howard later in November!

Peck first appeared as Cole back in 1993 and remained with the soap until 1999. Before that, he played Hawk on DAYS OF OUR LIVES and after, Jake Martin on ALL MY CHILDREN. He has also appeared in primetime sudsers like DYNASTY and DALLAS.

Peck is scheduled to return later in November when Victoria has a surprise reunion with her ex-husband. Cole was last seen in 1999 when he left Genoa City to take a professorship at Oxford. What brings him back into Victoria’s orbit?

With AS THE WORLD TURNS alum Colleen Zenk having made her debut as Jordan, could these two characters be tied together somehow? You’ll just have to stay tuned to Y&R to see how the storyline continues to unfold!

Colleen Zenk Joins THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!

(11/17/23) (soapsindepth.com) A new face on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is actually very familiar to some CBS soap fans! That’s AS THE WORLD TURNS star Colleen Zenk playing Claire’s great aunt Jordan. The Emmy nominee made her debut in the cliffhanger of the Nov. 17 episode.

Zenk made her daytime debut playing Barbara Ryan on ATWT back in 1978 and remained with the soap right up until its final episode in 2010. During her time in Oakdale, the actress was nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actress Daytime Emmy Award three times, in 2001, 2002, and 2011.

During her career, Zenk has also appeared on Broadway with Chita Rivera and Donald O’Connor in Bring Back Birdie and on the big screen in the 1982 movie adaptation of Annie directed by John Houston. She has also hit the stage in productions of Hello Dolly! and Stephen Sondheim’s Follies as well as other shows.

Claire was clearly up to something from the minute she set foot in Genoa City, but lured Nikki into a false sense of security so she could lead her right into her trap! And now that Zenk has debuted as Jordan, the tale is only going to get more twisted!

‘Dukes Of Hazzard’ Stars Reunite, Tease Potential Reboot Of Hit ’80s TV Series

(11/17/23) Never say never. Former Dukes of Hazzard stars John Schneider, Catherine Bach and Tom Wopat reunited with fellow castmates Byron Cherry, Jeff Altman and Rick Hurst at Gallatin Comic Con 2023 in Tennessee recently where talk of a possible reboot of the hit ’80s TV comedy series surfaced.

“As far as a Dukes reunion,” Bach teased in an interview with Fox News Digital, “anything is possible.”

Bach starred as Daisy Duke, Schneider as Bo Duke and Wopat as Luke Duke in the hit action-comedy-drama series that aired for seven seasons on CBS from 1979 to 1985. The series, inspired by the 1975 film Moonrunners about a bootlegger family, revolved around the adventures of cousins Bo and Luke, modern-day Robin Hoods who continually tried to outwit a corrupt sheriff and “greedy rich, city slickers.”

The series also was not without controversy due to images of the Confederate flag that had been used in the show. In 2015, TV Land yanked Dukes out of rotation after Warner Bros. Consumer Products’ announced it would stop participating in Confederate flag merchandising. Warner Bros. had produced the CBS series that featured a car named General Lee that was festooned with a large Confederate flag on its roof.

The show spawned two TV reunion movies that aired on CBS, The Dukes of Hazzard Reunion! in 1997 and The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood in 2000. It also inspired two films, The Dukes of Hazzard released in 2005, and a direct-to-video prequel The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning in 2007.

Jack Kilmer, Paris Jackson & Eric Roberts Set For Indie Horror Thriller ‘Open Wounds’

(11/16/23) Jack Kilmer (Palo Alto), Paris Jackson (Gringo), and Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight) are in production in Atlanta on Open Wounds, an indie horror thriller from director Ronald Krauss (Gimme Shelter). Rounding out the cast of the pic are Lambert Houston (Resurrection Factor), Renata Notni (Zorro), Richie Radichi (My Best Friend’s Dead), and Jay Giannone (American Hustle).

Written by Ryan Leeder, Joshua Courtade, and Krauss, the film centers around a fading indie horror studio, its owner Jefferson (Roberts), and his nephew Caleb (Kilmer), a young horror movie obsessive and aspiring makeup f/x artist, who finally gets his “little break” when Jefferson assigns him to work on a B-list movie about a vampire (Notni). There, he encounters another makeup artist, Ginni (Jackson), with whom he feels he can share his vulnerabilities, as well as an unsupportive rival, Todd (Houston).

Caleb, insecure of his talent, and desperate to win Jefferson’s approval, struggles with the assignment, until he accidentally witnesses a murder, and seeing that realism is the missing element in his work, bases an effect on what he has witnessed. Suddenly winning approval from Jefferson and praise on the set, Caleb begins prepping his effects by committing his own murders, in the process losing his moral compass and descending into madness. As Caleb’s crimes become more grotesque, his relationship with Ginny develops into an unconventional quest for love.

Hailing from Day 28 Films and Bald Eagle Entertainment, pic’s producers are Krauss and Ira Houston. Chung Dick and Thomas Carroll are exec producing, with Haweni Keskessa and Marvin Cheng co-producing.

Best known for turns in such acclaimed indies as Palo Alto and Lords of Chaos, Kilmer most recently signed on to star opposite Bella Thorne in the fantastical drama The Tower, shot under an interim agreement. He also narrated the documentary Val, spotlighting the remarkable life and career of his father, Val Kilmer.

An actress and musician previously seen on the shows Swarm, American Horror Stories, Scream: The TV Series and Star, Jackson’s feature credits include the romantic dramedy Sex Appeal, the Kelsey Grammer-led The Space Between, and Nash Edgerton’s Gringo starring Joel Edgerton, Charlize Theron, and David Oyelowo.

An Oscar nom most recently set to star in Spyder Dobrofsky’s psychological horror Down Below, Roberts was part of the cast of Damien Chazelle’s Old Hollywood epic Babylon for Paramount Pictures, which scored three Oscar nominations earlier this year. Other feature credits for the actor include Hard Luck Love Song, Head Full of Honey, Inherent Vice, The Expendables, and The Dark Knight, to name just a few.

Krauss’s most recent feature, the indie drama Gimme Shelter starring Vanessa Hudgens, James Earl Jones, Rosario Dawson and more, was released by Roadside Attractions in 2014.

Kilmer is repped by Gersh, Authentic Talent & Literary Management, and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum; Jackson by CAA and Untitled Entertainment; and Roberts by Sovereign Talent Group.y

Hayley Erin Interview - The Young and the Restless

(11/13/23) (Watch Here) The Young and the Restless' Hayley Erin (Claire Grace) chats live with Michael Fairman on Monday afternoon, November 20th beginning at a special time - 2:30PM ET/11:30am PT.

As Y&R viewers have seen, and are about to discover, there is more to Claire than meets the eye, when it's revealed she clearly has a vendetta against Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott). but just what is it?

Erin previously appeared on Y&R as Abby Newman as a teenager and later went over to General Hospital to take on the role of Kiki Jerome, a role which won her a Daytime Emmy for her performances.

Now back at her original stomping grounds in Genoa City and playing a brand new character, Hayley is getting the opportunity to show her acting chops through an entirely different kind of role.

Make sure to join us for this livestream conversation, exclusively on The Michael Fairman Channel.

CBS ANNOUNCES 2024 PRIMETIME PREMIERE DATES FOR ORIGINAL EPISODES OF NEW AND RETURNING SERIES

(11/13/23) CBS PREMIERE WEEK BEGINS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE SUPER BOWL WITH DEBUT OF NEW DRAMA SERIES “TRACKER”

Click Here for the 2024 Premieres Announcement Video

“Tracker” Starring and Executive Produced by Justin Hartley Premieres Sunday, Feb. 11 in the Highly Coveted Post-Super Bowl Timeslot

Comedy Block of “The Neighborhood” and “Bob ? Abishola,” #1 Broadcast Series “NCIS” and “NCIS: Hawai’i” Premiere Monday, Feb. 12 Beginning at 8:00 PM

All “FBI” Tuesday Returns Feb. 13 at 8:00 PM

Television’s Most-Watched Comedy Block Premieres Thursday, Feb. 15 with #1 Comedy “Young Sheldon” at 8:00 PM and “Ghosts” at 8:30 PM, “So Help Me Todd” at 9:00 PM and an Encore Episode of “Tracker” at 10:00 PM

Friday’s #1 Lineup “S.W.A.T.,” “Fire Country” and “Blue Bloods” Returns Feb. 16 at 8:00 PM

“CSI: Vegas” Moves to Sundays at 10:00 PM Beginning Feb. 18 Following the Fourth Season Premiere of “The Equalizer” at 8:00 PM and “Tracker” in Its Regular Time Period at 9:00 PM

“Survivor” Returns with Two-Hour Episodes for the Premiere on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 8:00 PM and the Second Episode on Wednesday, March 6 at 8:00 PM Followed by 90-Minute Episodes Throughout the Season

New Drama “Elsbeth” Premieres Thursday, Feb. 29 at 10:00 PM

“The Amazing Race” Returns with 90-Minute Episodes Beginning Wednesday, March 13 at 9:30 PM

CBS today announced its premiere dates and rollout plan for its 2024 primetime schedule, which will launch immediately following the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 11. The Network will air original episodes of new and returning series beginning on Sunday evening and throughout the following week.

Additional programming to be announced in the next few weeks. Previously announced legal drama MATLOCK, starring Kathy Bates, and POPPA’S HOUSE, a comedy starring Damon Wayans and Damon Wayans Jr., are currently planned to air during the 2024-2025 broadcast season.

The following is the schedule of premieres:

SUNDAY, FEB. 11
(FOLLOWING THE LIVE BROADCAST OF SUPER BOWL LVIII)
10:00-11:00 PM TRACKER (series premiere, estimated start time)

MONDAY, FEB. 12
8:00-8:30 PM THE NEIGHBORHOOD (sixth season premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM BOB ? ABISHOLA (fifth season premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM NCIS (21st season premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: HAWAI’I (third season premiere)

TUESDAY, FEB. 13
8:00-9:00 PM FBI (sixth season premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM FBI: INTERNATIONAL (third season premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM FBI: MOST WANTED (fifth season premiere)

THURSDAY, FEB. 15
8:00-8:30 PM YOUNG SHELDON (seventh season premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM GHOSTS (third season premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM SO HELP ME TODD (second season premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM TRACKER (premiere episode encore)

FRIDAY, FEB. 16
8:00-9:00 PM S.W.A.T. (seventh season premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM FIRE COUNTRY (second season premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM BLUE BLOODS (14th season premiere)

SUNDAY, FEB. 18
7:00-8:00 PM 60 MINUTES
8:00-9:00 PM THE EQUALIZER (fourth season premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM TRACKER (RTP*)
10:00-11:00 PM CSI: VEGAS (third season premiere, NTP*)

THURSDAY, FEB. 22
8:00-8:30 PM YOUNG SHELDON
8:30-9:00 PM GHOSTS
9:00-10:00 PM SO HELP ME TODD
10:00-11:00 PM TRACKER (second episode encore)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 28
8:00-10:00 PM SURVIVOR (46th season premiere)

THURSDAY, FEB. 29
8:00-8:30 PM YOUNG SHELDON
8:30-9:00 PM GHOSTS
9:00-10:00 PM SO HELP ME TODD
10:00-11:00 PM ELSBETH (series premiere, RTP*)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6
8:00-10:00 PM SURVIVOR (two-hour episode)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13
8:00-9:30 PM SURVIVOR (return to 90-minute episodes)
9:30-11:00 PM THE AMAZING RACE (36th season premiere).

The 50th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards - Dec 15, 2023

(11/10/23) The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and CBS announce that THE 50TH ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY® AWARDS has been rescheduled to be broadcast LIVE Friday, Dec. 15 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network, and streaming on Paramount+ (live and on demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the special airs)*. This year marks the 17th time CBS has broadcast the Daytime Emmy® Awards, more than any other network. ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT’s Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner will host the ceremony, set to take place at the Westin Bonaventure Los Angeles.

Daytime Emmy Award-winning actress Susan Lucci, who was previously announced, will receive her Lifetime Achievement Honors at the gala awards ceremony. The nominations were announced in April and can be found here.

“We are pleased to set this new date with CBS for the Daytime Emmys to celebrate our golden anniversary,” said Adam Sharp, president and CEO of NATAS, adding, “We know the loyal fans of daytime television have waited patiently to properly honor and recognize all of the deserving nominees and we look forward to the celebration we have all been waiting for.”

The Daytime Emmy Awards have recognized outstanding achievement in television programming and crafts since 1974, honoring work in a variety of categories, including daytime dramas, talk shows, instructional programming, hosting and legal/courtroom programs. In 2021, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and the Television Academy jointly announced plans to realign the Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards to be organized by content genre, as opposed to program airtime. In addition, in recognition of the marked increase in content and entries for children’s programming, 2022 marked the first annual Children’s & Family Emmy® Awards, with relevant categories separating from the Daytime Emmys into their own competition and ceremony. All awards are judged by a pool of peer professionals from across the television industry.

THE 50TH ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS is produced by NATAS and Associated Television International (ATI), which produced Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies on The CW in 2009 and on CBS in 2010, 2011, 2020, 2021 and 2022. Adam Sharp and Lisa Armstrong are executive producers from NATAS, while David McKenzie is executive producer from ATI..

Y&R’s Michael Damian Releases New Holiday Music!

(11/9/23) As you prepare to load up your yuletide playlist of tunes to put you in a merry mood over the next few weeks, there’s a new album from THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Michael Damian (Danny) that you should check out! The talented performer will drop a new album of Christmas songs very soon — and he has already released the first two singles!

On Nov. 1, Damian shared that “Bring Back the Christmas Card” — the first single from of his upcoming holiday album — was available for download on iTunes, Spotify, and other digital music retailers. “Hey friends, my new Christmas single, ‘Bring Back The Christmas Card,’ is out today! Hope you enjoy!” he wrote on Instagram.

A duet with songbird Heather Leucadia, the upbeat song is about the nostalgia of receiving an old-school Christmas card in today’s digital world. (You can listen to the catchy tune on Damian’s YouTube page.)

The next single the Y&R star dropped from his forthcoming album was “Christmas Time Is Here.” That romantic ballad will be featured in the Great American Family holiday film A Paris Christmas Waltz, which Damian co-wrote with his wife, Janeen, and directed! The romantic film, starring soap alums Jen Lilley (ex-Teresa, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and Matthew Morrison (Adam, AS THE WORLD TURNS), premieres on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. (You can also listen to “Christmas time Is Here” on Damian’s YouTube Page)

So far, Damian has not revealed a date for his album’s release, but the “Rock On” singer did share that his latest collection of songs will be available on iTunes and Spotify.

NATAS Reveals Dates For Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle, Children’s & Family Emmy Awards

(11/7/23) The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced four days of celebrations honoring individuals in the Daytime and Children’s & Family television communities.

NATAS-produced Emmy Award ceremonies include The Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards Luncheon (12:00 noon, Dec. 16), the second Annual Children’s & Family Creative Arts Emmy Awards Dinner (8 pm PT, Dec. 16), and the second Annual Children’s & Family Emmy Awards and Trustees’ Gala (5 pm PT, Dec. 17).

All three Emmy celebrations will be held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. NATAS will kick off the weekend with a private luncheon to honor its 2023 Daytime and Children’s & Family inductees into the Gold & Silver Circle honor society on Thursday, Dec. 14.

Maury Povich, who was previously announced as a Daytime Emmys Lifetime Achievement Honoree, will receive his award at the Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle ceremony.

The Daytime Emmy nominations were announced In April while the Children’s & Family nominations were announced Nov. 2. The 50th Daytime Emmy Awards, as well as the Creative Arts & Lifestyle ceremony, were previously scheduled for June but were postponed because of the strikes.

No date has been set yet for the Daytime Emmys on CBS.

“We are pleased to honor once again the writers, performers and other creators that inspire and entertain audiences of all ages,” said Adam Sharp, President and CEO, NATAS. “We look forward to a fun-packed weekend that underscores the amazing scope of content making a difference in viewers’ lives.”

Lauralee Bell and Tricia Cast Chat 11/8/23

(11/4/23) (Watch Here) Real-life friends and The Young and the Restless co-stars Lauralee Bell and Tricia Cast will join The Locher Room live on Wednesday November 8th at 3 p.m. EDT / 12 p.m. PDT. Together this duo will look back at their 37 year friendship while we also celebrate 40 years of “Cricket Blair.”

Lauralee joined the cast of Y&R back in July of 1983 with Tricia’s “Nina Webster” arriving three years later in 1986. “Cricket” and “Nina” began as rivals fighting over “Phillip Chancellor” but soon emerged as friends just as Lauralee and Tricia are great friends off-screen.

Talk Show Appearance

(11/2/23) The Talk - CBS

Friday, Nov. 10

Emmy-winning actor Eric Braeden (CBS’ THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS)

Lauralee Bell of 'The Young and the Restless' chats about her new special

(10/30/23) (Video) You can watch the new “The Young and the Restless” special episode "40 Years of Cricket" on Nov. 2 at 11:30 a.m. on CBS.

This segment aired on the KTLA 5 Morning News on Oct. 30, 2023.

Michael Shannon, Eva Longoria, Luis Guzman & More Set For Dark Comedy ‘Dead Guy’ Launching Sales At AFM

(10/27/23) Writer-director Courtney J. Camerota has wrapped production on her first feature, Dead Guy, a dark comedy shot under an Interim Agreement that will be introduced to buyers at AFM by CAA Media Finance. Among those in the starry cast are two-time Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (The Bikeriders), Golden Globe nominee Eva Longoria (Sylvie’s Love), Judy Greer (White House Plumbers), Luis Guzman (Story Ave), Amaury Nolasco (The Valet), Rory Culkin (Black Mirror), and Curtis Armstrong (New Girl).

Dead Guy‘s plot is set into motion when an abrasive old man suddenly dies in the apartment of a neighbor. An absurd game of hot potato then begins with the not-so-dearly departed, as neighbors and building workers each pass the body along, in the hopes of not being linked to the old man’s demise.

Marking the launch of SHFT, the new production company of Zac Adams (Mainstream, Crypto), Dead Guy is also produced by Ryan Lewis of Ryan J. Lewis, Esq, as well as Chadd Harbold (Linoleum, The Wrath of Becky) of Post Film. Jack Christian (What Remains of Us, Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose) of Filmology served as a producer and financier. Exec producers included D.J. McPherson of Filmology, Jared Safier and Justin Safier of Safier Entertainment, Russ Posternak of Post Film, and Nathan Marcus.

Said Camerota, “I wrote this script years ago and to finally see it come to life is a dream come true. The opportunity to work with such an incredible cast, crew and producing team for my directorial debut has been an absolute honor. I can’t wait for the world to see Dead Guy.”

Producer Zac Adams stated that “as both a filmmaker and movie lover, the main goal is to always create films that are not only of the highest quality, but films that are enjoyable. With the world being as dark as it’s been the past few years, I hope our film helps spread some much needed light. It was an absolute honor and privilege in helping Courtney’s vision come to life.”

Added producer Ryan Lewis, “When I read this script I knew this movie had to be made. I’m thrilled that I got to help make it, and got to do so with both a friend and client in Courtney. Our incredible cast is a testament to Courtney’s writing and I’m overjoyed to see her vision come to life on the big screen.”

Shannon is repped by CAA, Range, and Yorn, Levine, Barnes; Longoria by WME, Linden Entertainment, and Yorn, Levine, Barnes; Greer by CAA, Artists First, and Felker Toczek Suddleson; Guzman by Gersh and Gravesend Entertainment; Nolasco by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman; Culkin by Paradigm and Brookside Artist Management; and Armstrong by CESD.

Talk Show Appearance

(10/27/23) The Talk - CBS

AIRING Nov 1, 2023

Actors Lauralee Bell and Michael Damian ("The Young and the Restless")

Soap Opera Digest Is Ending Its Weekly Print Edition

(10/27/23) The weekly print edition of Soap Opera Digest — the newsstand chronicler of daytime drama — is ending after nearly five decades.

Staffers were informed of the decision Friday, according to sources. A spokesperson for a360Media, the company that owns the brand, confirmed that the weekly edition is being discontinued. The company plans to continue publishing special print issues of Soap Opera Digest four times per year.

“Soap Opera Digest, like many other brands, is adjusting its print frequency and shifting more resources to digital to better accommodate its audience,” the a360Media rep said in a statement to Variety.

Soap Opera Digest was first launched in 1975. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp bought the publication in 1989 for $70 million before selling it two years later, per the New York Times, and it has had a succession of different owners ever since.

In its heyday, the magazine had a circulation of 1.5 million in 1991, according to the Times. But the reach of its print edition, as with many magazines, has sharply fallen off in the decades since.

According to its website, Soap Opera Digest is “the leading magazine reporting on the soap opera industry for over 40 years,” serving up “behind-the-scenes scoops and breaking news to passionate soap fans every week.” The mag also has included special editorial features on beauty, fashion, parenting, and health and fitness.

Soap Opera Digest has been available in print and digital subscription plans, priced at $45.97 for six months (26 issues at $1.77 apiece) or $69.97 for one year (52 issues at $1.34 apiece).

A360media houses a media portfolio of celebrity, entertainment and women’s lifestyle brands including Us Weekly, Star, InTouch and Life & Style. The company claims that it is the largest print publisher in the U.S., both in retail sales and units sold, with its titles representing about one-third of all magazines sold at retail.

A360media was formerly known as American Media Inc., which had been the owner of the National Enquirer (involved in the “catch and kill” scandal involving Donald Trump and which Jeff Bezos accused of an extortion attempt). In 2020, AMI was acquired by Atlanta-based logistics firm accelerate360, which sold off the National Enquirer, Globe and National Examiner tabloids earlier this year.

2023 WIF Honors Recipients Include America Ferrera, Eva Longoria And Celine Song

(10/26/23) America Ferrera, Eva Longoria and Linda Yvette Chavez, and Celine Song and Greta Lee have been set as recipients of this year’s WIF Honors.

The organization, formerly known as Women In Film, Los Angeles and celebrating its 50th anniversary, will bestow the awards at its annual benefit gala November 30 in Los Angeles, it said Thursday.

The five are joined on the full 2023 honors list by Yara Shahidi, who was previously named WIF’s recipient of the Max Mara Face of the Future Award.

Ferrera, one of the stars of this year’s box office behemoth Barbie, was selected to receive the Jane Fonda Humanitarian Award for her activism and work with the charities Harness and Poderistas. Fonda, who received the inaugural honor in 2021, selected Ferrera for this year’s award and will present it to her at the ceremony.

The Crystal Award for Advocacy, given to individuals and groups creating opportunities for the advancement of women working throughout the screen industries, will go to Longoria and screenwriter Chávez, who teamed on Longoria’s feature directing debut Flamin’ Hot; and Song and Lee, who wrote-directed and starred, respectively, in the Korean romantic drama Past Lives.

Both Longoria and Chavez and Song and Lee will participate in a conversations about their collaborations.

“The work of this year’s honorees exemplifies outstanding creative vision and the change WIF has worked to create in its 50 years as an organization,” said Monica Levinson and Talitha Watkins, co-chairs of the WIF Honors Committee. “Our industry is better because of these women and their commitment to spurring lasting impact in Hollywood, both in front of and behind the scenes.”

WIF said it is working directly with SAG-AFTRA to ensure strike guidelines are adhered to for the gala benefit, which supports WIF’s educational and philanthropic programs and its advocacy for gender parity in the entertainment industry.

The Young and the Restless Star Christian LeBlanc Reveals Cancer Diagnosis After Months-Long Absence from Show

(10/25/23) (people.com) The Young and the Restless star Christian LeBlanc is sharing the reason for his months-long absence from the popular daytime series.

During an appearance on CBS affiliate 4WWL in New Orleans, the 65-year-old actor revealed for the first time publicly that he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma — a blood cancer that develops in plasma cells in the bone marrow — in June.

"I'd never spent a day in the hospital in my 65 years until this year," he said, recalling the shocking diagnosis. "It's a common cancer but a very fast-moving one."

He described subtle signs leading up to his diagnosis that something wasn't quite right with his health, including rapid weight loss. "I put on [my character] Michael [Baldwin]'s wedding ring and I put my hand down and the ring fell off without friction. I said, 'What an odd thing,'" he recalled, noting he lost 35 pounds in two months.

LeBlanc also began experiencing nosebleeds on set, and he noticed that his eye had begun to droop. "My eye kind of got a little wonky," he explained. After visiting a neurological ophthalmologist, he learned he had a tumor in his sinus cavity that was pressing on his optic nerve.

The star said viewers even noticed the change in his eye's appearance. "The fans caught it," he said, laughing. "I was getting people like, 'Your eye is a little Jim Carrey that way, a little Michael this way."

Following immunotherapy treatment, LeBlanc is now in remission and working on regaining the weight he lost. "[My doctors] said, 'Eat like it's your job,' and I said, 'I was raised to fulfill this promise. Louisiana, New Orleans, easily done,'" recalled LeBlanc, who grew up in New Orleans.

LeBlanc also reflected on how his diagnosis was a life-imitates-art situation, as his TV character experienced his own cancer journey. "It's interesting. You play that scene where you hear the word, just the word, in a doctor's office: cancer. And I got to play that as Michael Baldwin," he said.

In an exciting update for fans of the show, LeBlanc — who first joined the cast in 1991 — teased that he will be returning to the screen for the soap's Thanksgiving episode.

Speaking about his cancer experience, LeBlanc also noted costar Eric Braeden's diagnosis and recovery from prostate cancer. In August, the 82-year-old German actor — who has portrayed Victor Newman on the soap for more than 40 years — shared during a Facebook Live that he is now cancer-free.

"As of three days ago, I am cancer-free,” he said in the video, before expressing his gratitude for his fans' support and well-wishes.

“I thank you for all of your good thoughts, all of your prayers,” Braeden continued. “I can tell you it obviously has helped because I had my last cystoscopy two days ago — that’s when they thread a camera into your bladder — and I am cancer-free.”

“They couldn’t find a damn thing,” he added. “Isn’t that nice?”

A Baldwin-Fisher Family Reunion on Y&R!

(10/19/23) (soapsindepth.com) Fans of the combined Baldwin and Fisher families on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS are in for a treat! While they haven’t been much of a presence on the soap of late, they’re definitely going to make an impression very soon!

The sudser shared a lovely family photo of Judith Chapman (Gloria), Tracey Bregman (Lauren), Christian LeBlanc (Michael), Greg Rikaart (Kevin), and Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) posing together in Society. They captioned the pic: “Spotted on the Y&R set: A family reunion.”

Everyone looks super glamorous, but what’s the occasion? Given Y&R’s shooting schedule, this reunion should air sometime in mid-to-late November, so perhaps a Thanksgiving gathering? It’s definitely too early for Christmas (despite what store shelves might indicate)!

After his initial run from 1991-93, LeBlanc returned as Michael in 1997 and has continued to play the complex character to this day. Michael has been MIA for a little bit now as he has been overseas on business (which is why Heather had to take over some of his caseload, like defending Phyllis).

Bregman joined the cast of Y&R back in 1983 and even brought her alter ego over to sister soap THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL for a few years in the mid-‘90s. In fact, Lauren’s about to make another appearance for a big fashion showdown, bringing Esther along for the ride!

Kevin was meant to be a short-term villain when Rikaart debuted as the character in 2003, but he ended up sticking around until 2017! After a short time away, the actor returned in 2019 to continue making appearances, but recently has been much busier playing Leo over on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

Hendrickson debuted as Chloe back in 2008 and after coming and going a few times between 2014 and 2017, returned in 2019. However, after she wasn’t seen for a while, the actress took to social media to reassure her fans that she was still a member of the cast.

Gloria was originally played by Joan Van Ark in 2004 but the role was recast with Chapman in 2005 and she has delighted fans with her performances over the years. After being bumped to recurring in 2011, Chapman’s appearances have been more sporadic, but fans have enjoyed every single one.

While it’ll be nice to see the Baldwins and Fishers back together again on screen, what would be even better would be if it was for more than just a casual party. We know these characters can bring the drama, so it would be great if they had a new juicy storyline to bite into!i

Doug Davidson Opens Up About His Health Scare

(10/17/23) (soapsindepth.com) A recent bout of COVID landed THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS alum Doug Davidson (ex-Paul) in the emergency department at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital! As the actor explained on Instagram, he first fell ill after returning from Punta Cana, where he and Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) had joined his best bud, Rick Springfield (ex-Noah, GENERAL HOSPITAL), for the singer’s “Rick Springfield + Friends Getaway” at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in early October.

On October 13, the Y&R alum revealed that he had the coronavirus, sharing a photo of a positive at-home test. “It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt,” Davidson captioned the image, adding a shocked-face emoji.

Unfortunately, things took a serious turn later that weekend. “As some of you are aware, I came back from the Dominican Republic with COVID,” he shared in a follow-up post. “After three days, I had significant trouble breathing.”

Thankfully, Davidson received top-notch care from his local first responders, as well as the staff at the hospital. “I’d like to give a shout-out to these fine agencies, who were exceptional on every level,” he praised, first thanking the 911 operator who took his call. “She was absolutely fantastic.”

Davidson also noted that he received remarkable care from the Carpenteria-Summerland Fire Protection District crew that responded to his call and the medical staff who treated him at Cottage Hospital’s emergency department. “Hats off to all of them. They were incredible in every regard,” he wrote. “Thank you so much!”

In response to the actor’s post, his former TV wife, Lauralee Bell (Christine, Y&R), chimed in to express her thanks to those who cared for her friend during his health crisis. “Thanks to all of them who helped you!” she commented. “Thank God for first responders. So appreciated!”

Several other friends from the daytime world also commented with get-well wishes for Davidson. Martsolf weighed in that he was “so sorry” to hear that his colleague had gotten sick after their trip, while Don Diamont (Bill, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) commended, “Thank God for the great care on every level! Get well!” Writing that she hoped Davidson was feeling better, Tracey Bregman (Lauren) added, “So sorry you had such a hard time. Sending much love.”

Please join us in wishing Davidson a speedy recovery!

Midnight Ruin | Short Film, Drama-Thriller

(10/16/23) (Watch Here) A petty criminal receives an unthinkable offer from a desperate friend which will change their lives forever. (Official Selection - Flicker's Rhode Island International Film Festival)

Starring Robert Adamson & Robert Palmer Watkins

Written & Directed by Anthony Deveney

Chrishell Stause and Diora Baird Are Told You’re Not Supposed to Be Here in LGBTQ+ Thriller Trailer

(10/16/23) (Video) The welcome wagon is not rolled out for a babymooning lesbian couple in the trailer for You’re Not Supposed to Be Here, a Lifetime thriller airing Saturday, Nov. 4 at 8/7c.

Developed from a concept from Lauren Caster, as part of Lifetime’s Broader Focus initiative that supports female creatives, the telepic stars Chrishell Stause (Selling Sunset, All My Children) and Diora Baird (Cobra Kai) as Zoe and Kennedy, an expectant couple headed on a “babymoon” to a remote mountain town that slowly reveals itself to not be as charming and peaceful as it seems.

As their vacation continues, Zoe feels uncomfortable with the looks and stares of the townsfolk, and questions if their unwanted attention has to do with them being a same-sex couple, while Kennedy tries to reassure her partner it’s simply her pregnancy hormones getting the best of her.

Alas, just as the two let their guards down, their nightmare begins, and they realize that the townspeople want something they have….

The You’re Not Supposed to Be Here?cast also includes Curtis Hamilton (Insecure), Heather Matarazzo (Welcome to the Dollhouse), Devon Gummersall (My So-Called Life), Drew Powell (Ray Donovan), Jeante Godlock (The Simone Biles Story) and TikTok star Alejandro Rosario.?

Eva Longoria & Cris Abrego Launch Hyphenate Media; Backed By Banijay, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment Folded Into New Group

(10/16/23) Eva Longoria and Cris Abrego, two of the most high-profile Latinos in Hollywood, have joined forces.

The pair have launched Hyphenate Media Group, a new Banijay-backed venture that will develop and produce its own slate as well as invest in creator-led companies.

The company, which has been in the works for months, was announced during a keynote with the duo, who have been friends for years, at Mipcom.

Abrego will serve as the CEO of the company, and Longoria will serve as its Chief Creative Officer.

As part of its launch, Hyphenate has acquired the full slate of Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, which has been behind series such as NBC’s Telenovela, ABC’s Grand Hotel, and CNN’s Searching for Mexico.

As such, Hyphenate will take on Apple TV+’s Land of Women, a six-part series starring and exec produced by the Desperate Housewives star that will launch in 2024.

The company will develop and produce both scripted and unscripted series and both of them will produce for the business with all television projects directed by Longoria also coming under the new banner, which is set to firm up its leadership team later this year.

Abrego, who founded Below Deck producer 51 Minds Entertainment in 2003, will remain Chairman of Americas for Banijay and he also serves as Chair of the Television Academy Foundation and a member of the Executive Committee for the Television Academy.

“The train has left the station”

The move marks Banijay’s first investment into the scripted space in the U.S.

Speaking at Mipcom this afternoon, Abrego spotlighted the decision-making behind launching a diverse content company, as he quoted research that found 50% of American under-18s are not white.

“Supporting creatives in their vision is what we will do,” he added. “The train has left the station and the content has to reflect that.”

He cited influential and talented diverse creatives such as Jordan Peele and Ali Wong, whose work “used to be niche but is now the centre.”

Reflecting on the company’s name and MO, Longoria said people had always mistaken her for an actor-turned-producer but she is in fact a “producer-director that fell into acting.”

“That multi-hyphenate is not surviving in Hollywood because the industry wants you to stay in your lane, particularly women,” she explained. “So it was my frustration and Cris’s ambition a couple of years ago after I realized it’s not just me who feels this way. I know creators who are being suffocated by the system so Hyphenate will create the ultimate model.”

Longoria added that the current U.S. labor action is “a direct result of creators taking control back.”

Don’t Miss Lauralee Bell’s Special Y&R Anniversary Episode!

(10/15/23) (soapsindepth.com) Get ready to celebrate another anniversary! Lauralee Bell is marking 40 years playing Christine Blair on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and the soap is commemorating this remarkable achievement with a very special episode that will air on Thursday, Nov. 2!

Christine went to Portugal to see Paul and try to salvage their marriage, but when she returns to Genoa City, she’s at a crossroads both personally and professionally. Thankfully, she has friends like Danny and Nina on hand to help support her now that Michael Damian is back at Y&R and Tricia Cast is reprising her role as well. And naturally, as everyone reminisces about Christine’s history, there will be plenty of wonderful flashbacks for fans to enjoy!

The daughter of Y&R creators William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, Lauralee made her first appearance as Cricket back in July 1983, and three years later, was put on contract. Beginning in 2001, the actress moved to recurring status and continued to appear on the soap, even bringing her alter ego to sister soap THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL in 2007. In 2016, Bell was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work on Y&R.

Outside of daytime, Bell has appeared in episodes of primetime series like WALKER: TEXAS RANGER, PACIFIC BLUE, CSI: MIAMI, and CASTLE. She can also be seen in TV movies like Their Killer Affair, Mistress Hunter, Nightmare Tenant, V.C. Andrews’ Ruby, and V.C. Andrews’ Pearl in the Mist.

So join Bell and the rest of Y&R in celebrating four decades of Christine with this can’t-miss episode!

Holiday Movies with Soap Stars on Hallmark, Lifetime, Netflix and Others

(10/13/23) HEART FOR THE HOLIDAYS - BET+
Release Date: Thursday, Nov. 2
Cast: Erica Peeples, Kyle Lowder, Starletta DuPois, Chuck Inglish, Lanelle Cooper, Leila Weisberg and Asia Harmony
Premise: Hardworking businesswoman Rachel travels to the small town of Cheverly for a life-saving heart transplant. Fate connects her with a heart donor, Ms. Sims, who tragically dies in a car accident. In Cheverly, Rachel crosses paths with Amy, who also received an organ from the same donor. As Rachel attempts to leave the town, an inexplicable force keeps her bound to Cheverly, and she discovers a deep affection for the community. Amid her journey, Rachel unexpectedly falls in love with Scott, Amy’s brother.

SWORN JUSTICE: TAKEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS - BET+
Release Date: Thursday, Nov. 16
Cast: Mishael Morgan, Leland B. Martin, Vivica A. Fox , Melyssa Ford and Preacher Lawson
Premise: On Christmas Eve, a hardened detective and her DA boyfriend are both informed that each other has been kidnapped. As the world closes for the holiday, they are locked out of their computers and phones and must follow the demands of the menacing voice giving them orders. This leads to a snowy night of cat-and-mouse thrills as the two fight for their survival.

SO FLY CHRISTMAS - BET+
Release Date: Thursday, Nov. 23
Cast: Tichina Arnold, Tami Roman, Robert Christopher Riley, Laurissa Romain, Jackee Harry, Tommy Davidson and Michael Colyar
Premise: After being stood up at the altar on Christmas Eve, Wyvetta loses her love on her favorite holiday. To show solidarity, Wyvetta’s best friend, Dione, suggests that the two of them renounce love. Things become complicated when Dione falls for a mild-mannered record store owner and tries to keep it under wraps.

CHRISTMAS RESCUE - BET+
Release Date: Thursday, Dec. 14
Cast: Robin Givens, Raven Goodwin, Donny Carrington, Catfish Jean, Mario Van Peebles, Cameron Bailey and Samantha Neyland Trumbo
Premise: A man abducts the love of his life from her holiday-themed wedding in a desperate last attempt to win her back.

‘TWAS THE TEXT BEFORE CHRISTMAS - Great American Family
Premiere Date: Saturday, Oct. 21 at 8 pm
Cast: Merritt Patterson and Trevor Donovan
Premise: An unexpected text message sent to the wrong number sets into motion a Christmas tradition with a new family over three separate years.

A CHRISTMAS BLESSING - Great American Family
Premiere Date: Sunday, Nov. 12 at 8 pm
Cast: Lori Loughlin, James Tupper and Jesse Hutch
Premise: A TV chef is divinely inspired to take over her late aunt’s charity with help from a new friend and handsome business associate next door.

A PARIS CHRISTMAS WALTZ - Great American Family
Premiere Date: Sunday, Nov. 19 at 8 pm
Cast: Jen Lilley and Matthew Morrison
Premise: In this sequel, a novice dancer pairs with a professional to enter a renowned dance competition… in Paris!

A ROYAL CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY - Great American Family
Premiere Date: Saturday, Dec. 23 at 8 pm
Cast: Brittany Underwood and Jonathan Stoddard
Premise: In search of her big break, a reporter arranges a Christmas interview with a European Prince visiting the States. Will the reporter’s big story become her love story?

CHECKIN’ IT TWICE - Hallmark Channel
Premiere Date: Friday, Oct. 20 at 8 pm
Cast: Kim Matula and Kevin McGarry
Premise: A journeyman hockey player falls for a real estate agent in a career crisis when he’s traded to her hometown, then moves into the cottage in her hockey-loving family’s backyard.

WHERE ARE YOU, CHRISTMAS? - Hallmark Channel
Premiere Date: Saturday, Oct. 21 at 8 pm
Cast: Lyndsy Fonseca, Michael Rady, Jim O’Heir and Julie Warner
Premise: When Addy wishes for a year without Christmas, she wakes up in a world of black and white. She must work together with the town mechanic to restore Christmas.

UNDER THE CHRISTMAS SKY - Hallmark Channel
Premiere Date: Sunday, Oct. 22 at 8 pm
Cast: Jessica Parker Kennedy and Ryan Paevey
Premise: Kat is an esteemed astrophysicist, who is scheduled for her first trip into space next year until an accident grounds her. While on leave, coming to terms with the reality that her dream of being an astronaut is over, she volunteers at the local planetarium. There, she is paired up with by-the-book David to work on an exhibit opening right before Christmas. Will the stars align to bring these two together at the holidays?

MYSTIC CHRISTMAS - Hallmark Channel
Premiere Date: Saturday, Oct. 28 at 8 pm
Cast: Jessy Schram, Chandler Massey, Patti Murin and William R. Moses
Premise: Juniper travels to Mystic, Conn., during the holidays to work at the rehabilitation center and aquarium. She reconnects with Sawyer, the owner of the pizza shop.

JOYEUX NOEL - Hallmark Channel
Premiere Date: Sunday, Oct. 29 at 8 pm
Cast: Jaicy Elliot and Brant Daugherty
Premise: When a romantic painting of a Christmas market captures the imagination of copy editor Lea, she is sent to France with pragmatic reporter Mark to uncover the mystery behind the artist.

THE SANTA SUMMIT - Hallmark Channel
Premiere Date: Sunday, Nov. 5 at 8 pm
Cast: Hunter King and Benjamin Hollingsworth
Premise: It’s time for the annual Santa Summit, in which revelers put on Santa suits and hop around designated locations in town to eat, drink and be merry. Three best friends decide to go together: Jordin, a recently dumped art teacher looking to cut loose; Ava, a shy woman hoping to run into her crush; and Stella, a Christmas cynic with no interest in the Santa Summit whatsoever. At the start of the night, Jordin meets and bonds with Liam, but doesn’t get his name before getting separated and lost in a sea of Santas. As the night progresses and hijinks ensue, amidst the chaos, celebration, and a sea of Santas, they all find what they’re looking for: Christmas spirit, potential romance, and a strengthened bond of friendship.

A MERRY SCOTTISH CHRISTMAS - Hallmark Channel
Premiere Date: Saturday, Nov. 18 at 8 pm
Cast: Lacey Chabert and Scott Wolf
Premise: When estranged siblings Lindsay and Brad Morgan travel to Scotland at Christmas to reunite with their mother Jo, a big family secret is revealed.

HAUL OUT THE HOLLY: LIT UP - Hallmark Channel
Premiere Date: Saturday, Nov. 25 at 8 pm
Cast: Lacey Chabert, Wes Brown, Stephen Tobolowsky, Melissa Peterman, Ellen Travolta, Seth Morris and Jennifer Aspen
Premise: As the holidays approach, Emily and Jared are looking forward to celebrating the holidays together again — this time as a couple. Emily, now embracing Evergreen Lane’s uniquely festive spirit, is ready to work with Jared, Ned, Mary Louise and Pamela to make this year’s Christmas celebrations the best yet… even if being the HOA president’s girlfriend doesn’t stop those dreaded decorating citations. When a house on the block goes up for sale, it causes quite a stir with residents. When the soon-to-be neighbors turn out to be holiday royalty, it looks like this year’s competition is about to heat up. As the welcoming committee prepares for the new arrivals, only one thing is certain – this Christmas, Evergreen Lane is going to sleigh!

A BLITMORE CHRISTMAS - Hallmark Channel
Premiere Date: Sunday, Nov. 26 at 8 pm
Cast: Bethany Joy Lenz, Kristoffer Polaha, Jonathan Frakes and Robert Picardo
Premise: Lucy Hardgrove is a screenwriter who lands the job of a lifetime when she’s hired to pen the script for a remake of the beloved, holiday movie classic, His Merry Wife!, which was filmed in 1947 at beautiful, historic Biltmore House. When the head of the studio isn’t satisfied with the ending Lucy wrote because it deviates from the original’s feel-good conclusion, he sends Lucy to Biltmore Estate for research and inspiration. While there, she unwittingly discovers the ability to travel to the 1947 set of His Merry Wife! through the help of an hourglass. While on set, she and Jack Huston, one of the film’s stars, spend time together and become close. But her sudden appearance has set off a chain of events that put the production in jeopardy. Before she can return to the present, Lucy must make things right or threaten to alter the future forever.

CHRISTMAS WITH A KISS - Hallmark Channel
Premiere Date: Sunday, Dec. 3 at 8 pm
Cast: Mishael Morgan, Ronnie Rowe Jr. and Jaime M. Callica
Premise: A woman returns home to help with her family’s Christmas Carnival and romance ignites. A photo journalist curates a surprise reunion.

CHRISTMAS ON CHERRY LANE - Hallmark Channel
Premiere Date: Saturday, Dec. 9 at 8 pm
Cast: Catherine Bell, James Denton, Jonathan Bennett, John Brotherton, Erin Cahill and Vincent Rodriguez III
Premise: A young couple preparing to welcome their first child; an empty-nester and her fiancé ready to start a new chapter; and a couple who unexpectedly have the chance to expand their family on Christmas Eve celebrate the holiday as they navigate these turning points in their lives.

MYSTERY ON MISTLETOE LANE - Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Premiere Date: Thursday, Nov. 9 at 8 pm
Cast: Erica Cerra and Victor Webster
Premise: New to town, Heidi Wicks and her kids discover a Christmas mystery in their historic home. Local handyman and historian David helps along the way, finding his own surprising connection.

A WORLD RECORD CHRISTMAS - Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Premiere Date: Thursday, Nov. 16 at 8 pm
Cast: Nikki DeLoach, Lucas Bryant and Aias Dalman
Premise: Charlie is an autistic boy determined to set a Guinness World Record by stacking 1400 Jenga blocks. His mother Marissa and stepfather Eric encourage him to reach for his dream and they all celebrate when he gets the good news that he’ll have get his chance on Christmas Eve. In the spirit of the holiday, they organize a fundraiser giving the townspeople an opportunity to donate and decorate a Jenga block, with the proceeds going to benefit kids with autism. Charlie’s journey to setting the Jenga world record gives them all the chance to learn more not just about themselves, but about what family really means.

HEAVEN DOWN HERE
Premiere Date: Thursday, Dec. 14 at 8 pm
Cast: Krystal Joy Brown, Tina Lifford, Juan Riedinger, Richard Harmon and Phylicia Rashad
Premise: Inspired by Mickey Guyton’s song of the same name, Heaven Down Here tells the story of four disparate people who find themselves stranded in a local diner on Christmas Eve when a snowstorm hits the town. Imami is a widowed mother of two who’s having trouble making ends meet and reluctantly agrees to work the Christmas Eve shift, where she clashes with her boss Dan, who doesn’t exactly embody the Christmas spirit. Felix is a local pastor desperately trying to secure food for parishioners while his faith is challenged by his alienation by his son. Clara is a hospice nurse with an obstinate patient and whose daughter is moving away, causing her to question her place in this world. Throughout the evening, these four bicker, bond and unwittingly provide each other with the answer to their respective prayers.

A CHRISTMAS FREQUENCY - Hulu
Premiere Date: Wednesday, Nov. 1
Cast: Denise Richards, James Hyde, Ansley Gordon and Jonathan Stoddard
Premise: Richards stars as morning radio show host Brooke Walkins, who is not only secretly separating from her husband Todd but hemorrhaging ratings on her show. When she finds out the show is being axed, Brooke’s producer Kenzie Parker has the bright idea of setting up the host with a series of blind dates live on air to help Brooke find someone to take to the company’s Christmas party. But things take an unexpected turn when Kenzie finds out Ben, a guy she’s interested in, has applied to date Brooke. As Ben proves a hit with listeners, Kenzie finds herself having to choose between her heart and her job.

LADIES OF THE ’80S: A DIVAS CHRISTMAS - Lifetime
Premiere Date: TBA
Cast: Loni Anderson, Morgan Fairchild, Linda Gray, Donna Mills and Nicollette Sheridan
Premise: The movie follows five soap opera divas readying for a reunion show who take on playing cupid during Christmas to bring together their director and producer as they all learn the meaning of true Christmas spirit.

BEST. CHRISTMAS. EVER! - Netfilx
Premiere Date: Thursday, Nov. 16
Cast: Heather Graham, Brandy Norwood and Jason Biggs
Premise: Every Christmas, Jackie sends a boastful holiday newsletter that makes her old college friend Charlotte feel like a lump of coal. When a twist of fate lands Charlotte and her family on Jackie’s snowy doorstep just days before Christmas, she seizes the opportunity to prove her old friend’s life can’t possibly be that perfect.

HOW TO FALL IN LOVE BY CHRISTMAS - Roku
Premiere Date: Friday, Nov. 3
Cast: Teri Hatcher
Premise: A beloved writer-turned-CEO must save her company by writing a column on her falling in love by the holidays – which is complicated by the handsome photographer who has been assigned to the piece.

YULETIDE THE KNOT - Uptv
Premiere Date: Sunday, Dec. 3 at 7 pm
Cast: Mary Antonini, Peter Porte, Kelley Jakle, Kelsey Scott and Melissa Peterman
Premise: When small town wedding planner Rachel is faced with planning her biggest Christmas wedding yet for an out-of-town influencer couple, she is thrown an unexpected surprise when the bride’s manager turns out to be Logan, her first love and high school sweetheart. He reminds her what it is to love, and through rediscovering the magic of Christmas, she rediscovers a part of her heart she closed off long ago.

Dishing with Digest - 10/13/23 - Hayley Erin

(10/13/23) (Download / Listen) Hayley Erin looks back on her first Y&R run as Abby and talks about her recent return as Claire, shares memories of her time as GH’s Kiki, reveals how parenting twin girls is going and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also catch up on the latest casting news.

Marie Osmond Is Bold & Beautiful! See the Entertainment Legend Make Her Soap Star Debut

(10/11/23) (people.com) (Photo1, Photo2, Photo3) Marie Osmond is adding soap star to her long list of accolades!

PEOPLE can exclusively confirm that the singer and actress, 63, will make her soap opera debut on The Bold and the Beautiful on the Oct. 27 episode of the CBS series’ five-part event, beginning Oct. 25.

Osmond will play the wealthy Countess Von Frankfurt, who will bring “excitement in the air” when she travels to Los Angeles to see the new collections that fashion house Forrester Creations owners Ridge Forrester (Thorsten Kaye) and his father Eric Forrester (John McCook) have in store, during what the CBS describes as a “highly-anticipated fashion showdown.”

Also appearing on the long-running show for the first time is Young and The Restless star Kate Linder as Esther Valentine, whose dream has always been “to own a Forrest Creations Original,” according to a logline from the network.

Esther will be the guest of her Y&R costar Tracey Bregman’s Lauren Fenmore, a department store owner and buyer who “arrives in Los Angeles from Genoa City having received two ‘golden tickets’ to the exclusive fashion show where Ridge and Eric each premiere their own couture designs,” the logline states.

Osmond’s debut on The Bold and the Beautiful has been a long time in the making, as she was set to star in the CBS soap back in 2011.

Adam Gregory, who played Thomas Forrester from 2010 to 2014, confirmed her appearance to Entertainment Tonight at the 2011 Daytime Emmy Awards in Las Vegas.

The former Donny & Marie host added: “That's right, you only have One Life to Live and All My Children asked me to do a soap, so I'm doing The Bold and the Beautiful, 'cause I'm bold, and he's beautiful."

Although she couldn’t spill the details about her role, she revealed to HitFix that she would be “mixing it up a little.”

“He married my best friend’s daughter, so we’re like family,” Osmond said of her character filming scenes with Gregory, 35.

Of her decision to join the series, she explained at the time, “You’ve got to have a little fun. At least that’s what my brother Donny says.”

The Bold and the Beautiful airs weekdays at 1:30 p.m. ET on CBS and is available for streaming on Paramount+. M

New celebrity narrators announced for this year’s Candlelight Processional at EPCOT

(10/8/23) It’s almost the holiday season, and a new lineup of celebrity narrators will soon take the stage at Walt Disney World.

The theme park announced the next group of storytellers for the EPCOT Candlelight Processional during EPCOT’s International Festival of the Holidays.

The Candlelight Processional retells the story of Christmas along with a choir, orchestra and the Voices of Liberty.

There will be nine new voices: Chrissy Metz, Luis Fonsi, Ann-Margret, Brendan Fraser, Eva Longoria, Joey McIntyre, Sterling K. Brown, Jordan Fisher and Audra McDonald join the fan-favorite tradition.

Here is the complete schedule:
Chrissy Metz: Nov. 24-Nov. 25
Luis Fonsi: Nov. 26- Nov. 27
Ann-Margret: Nov. 28- Nov. 29
Simu Liu: Nov. 30-Dec. 2
John Stamos: Dec. 3- Dec. 5
Neil Patrick Harris: Dec. 6- Dec. 8
Marlee Matlin: Dec. 9- Dec. 11
Brendan Fraser: Dec. 12- Dec. 14
Eva Longoria: Dec. 15-16
Joey McIntyre: Dec. 17-18
Sterling K. Brown: Dec. 19- Dec. 20
Jordan Fisher: Dec. 21- Dec. 23
Steven Curtis Chapman: Dec. 24- Dec. 26
Audra McDonald: Dec. 27-Dec. 28
Lisa Ling: Dec. 29- Dec. 30

In addition to the Candlelight Processional, Disney World will have a new selection of merchandise, food offerings, beverages and decorations just in time for the holiday festivities at EPCOT.

Sean Kanan and Annika Noelle Live Chat 10/13/23

(10/7/23) (Watch Here) Come spend the afternoon with The Bold and the Beautiful’s Sean Kanan and Annika Noelle live in The Locher Room on Friday, October 13th at 3 p.m. EDT / 12 p.m. PDT. This talented duo play father and daughter on the long-running CBS daytime drama. Emmy Award-winner Sean Kanan portrays bad boy "Deacon Sharpe" and Annika Noelle plays his and “Brooke Logan’s” daughter “Hope.”

In 2021, Sean won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series as the Executive Producer and Creator of Studio City (Amazon Prime), for which he was also Emmy nominated in the categories of Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Writing Team.

Annika received her first Emmy nomination in 2020 in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Daytime Drama Series for her critically acclaimed performance on B&B as a heartbroken young mother who tragically loses her infant daughter and then is miraculously reunited with her eight months later.

Thorsten Kaye and John McCook Livestream Conversation 10/11/23

(10/7/23) (Watch Here) The Bold and the Beautiful's Thorsten Kaye (Ridge Forrester) and John McCook (Eric Forrester) chat live with Michael Fairman on Wednesday night October 11th beginning at 8PM ET/5PM PT.

In story, B&B viewers have seen that Eric's health has taken a turn for the worse, just as he is set to do battle with his son, Ridge, as to who can design the best fashion line as they head towards their Forrester Creations fashion show.

Eric is determined that nothing will stop him from proving that this will be his 'final' and best line, ever. Ridge is determined to show why he is at the top of his game.

Daytime Emmy-winner John McCook has been with the CBS daytime drama series since its beginnings in 1987. He previously appeared on The Young and the Restless as Lance Prentiss. Thorsten Kaye joined the series in 2013, having previously appeared on All My Children, One Life to Live and Port Charles.

One-on-One with Michael Damian 10/12/23

(10/4/23) (Watch Here) Award-winning actor, singer, director, writer, and producer Michael Damian will sit down live in The Locher Room on Thursday, October 12th at 3 p.m. EDT / 12 p.m. PDT to discuss his return to Genoa City and The Young and the Restless.

Michael first gained recognition for his 18-year run in the role of rock star Danny Romalotti on the #1 rated daytime television drama. On stage, Michael starred as “Joseph” in the Broadway production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which broke box office records in both Los Angeles and on Broadway while also earning him a Grammy nomination. In addition to his Broadway career, Michael has released five albums and has had eight Top 40 hits including the smash single, “Rock On” which shot up the Billboard music charts landing at #1 and garnering him two gold records. He won the BMI Song-writing Award for his hit single, “Was It Nothing at All” and has also written and produced songs for the soundtracks of A Princess for Christmas, Flick 2, Flicka: Country Pride, Marley & Me: The Puppy Years and Sweeter Side of Life

Michael has also enjoyed a prolific career behind the camera and has co-written/directed/produced over 15 films and television movies. He is filmmaking partners with his wife Janeen Damian. Michael has co-written, directed, and produced, Much Ado About Christmas, Hallmark’s #1 movie of the year for 2020, Christmas Waltz. Some of his other recent credits include the feature film High Strung Free Dance and its predecessor, High Strung, Lionsgate’s holiday romantic comedy, A Princess for Christmas, which starred Sir Roger Moore and Outlander’s Sam Heughan and launched Hallmark’s smash hit Princess Christmas franchise. The Damian’s went on to co-write A Crown for Christmas and A Royal Christmas. Michael also directed three films for 20th Century Fox: Flicka 2, Marley & Me: The Puppy Years (which he also wrote), and Flicka: Country Pride starring Clint Black. He directed, wrote, and produced the feature film Moondance Alexander, which was also released by 20th Century Fox and the romantic comedies Sweeter Side of Life and Love by Design.

Michael recently produced and directed the upcoming film Paris Christmas Waltz starring Matthew Morrison which recently wrapped production in Paris. In 2022, he produced the popular Netflix film, Falling for Christmas, starring Lindsay Lohan. His second film with Lohan, Irish Wish premieres on Netflix in early 2024.

Tinker Books "Beneath the Light"

(10/4/23) Zachary Tinker (Fire Country), John Pyper-Ferguson (Suits), Ana Nicolle Chavez (Truth Be Told) and Darryl Lewis have been set to star in Beneath the Light, an indie horror pic to film in Ohio under a SAG-AFTRA Interim Agreement.

Based on an online mystery game that can be found here and a subsequent novelization, the film sees a troubled young man (Tinker) take a job at an abandoned lighthouse, hoping to reconnect with an old friend — the daughter of the lighthouse’s current owner (Ferguson). Isolated, with no way to return to shore, he falls headlong into a series of mysterious and frightening experiences that make him question his sense of reality and confront his long-standing anxiety and memory gaps.

John Baumgartner is directing from his script written with Cindy Seng, and the pair are also set to produce. Tinker is repped by Pakula/King & Associates and Luber Roklin Entertainment; Pyper-Ferguson by TalentWorks; Chavez by Artists & Representatives and Untitled Entertainment; and Baumgartner by Kaplan-Stahler Agency.

Lifetime To Air ’80s Themed Holiday Movie With Loni Anderson, Morgan Fairchild, Linda Gray, Donna Mills & Nicollette Sheridan

(10/3/23) (Photo1, Photo2) Holy high waisted jeans! Lifetime has a big ’80s themed surprise in store for the holidays.

As the tentpole for its holiday movie slate, Lifetime will air Ladies of the 80’s: A Divas Christmas, a festive romp starring Loni Anderson (WKRP in Cincinnati), Morgan Fairchild (Falcon Crest), Linda Gray (Dallas), Donna Mills (Knots Landing) and Nicollette Sheridan (Knots Landing).

Filmed earlier this year, the movie follows five soap opera divas as they reunite to shoot the final Christmas episode of their long-running sudser. The producer, Alex (Travis Burns) and director Nell (Taylor Ann Thompson), who happen to be old college friends, do their best to keep things on the rails but as the ladies come together, old rivalries resurface that threaten to tear the production apart. With the show nearly canceled before it even begins due to the ladies’ famous diva behavior, they reluctantly agree to set aside their differences and past secrets to “act” as if they all still love each other. When old sparks reignite between Alex and Nell, the ladies become eager to play cupid and conspire to bring the couple together.

Naturally, they all learn the meaning of Christmas at the same time.

Eighties’ heartthrob Christopher Atkins, along with Patrika Darbo, Alec Mapa and Donna Mills’ real-life daughter, Chloe Mills, also star. The movie’s theme song Ladies of the 80’s was written by Song Writer Hall of Fame’s Steve Dorff and Michael Jay and is performed by 80’s pop sensation Tiffany (I Think We’re Alone Now).

“The opportunity to bring together Donna, Morgan, Loni, Linda and Nicollette, five powerhouse women into one holiday movie, has been like finding the perfect gift under the Christmas tree,” said executive producer Larry A. Thompson (Liz & Dick, Amish Grace).

An airdate will be announced in the coming weeks, along with the rest of the channel’s It’s a Wonderful Lifetime holiday movie slate.

Ladies of the 80’s: A Divas Christmas is executive produced for Lifetime by Thompson. Christie Will Wolf (Christmas on Candy Cane Lane, The Art of Passion) directs from a script by James Berg & Stan Zimmerman (The Golden Girls, Gilmore Girls) with Robert G. Endara II and Ed Polgardy producing..

Billy Miller Remembered by Y&R’s Amelia Heinle in Touching Tribute

(10/1/23) Two weeks after the world lost soap vet Billy Miller, his former on-screen missus is paying tribute.

Miller died on Sept. 15, at age 43, following a lengthy battle with bipolar disorder. On Saturday, The Young and the Restless‘ Amelia Heinle, whose Victoria Newman was once married to Miller’s Billy Abbott, posted a photo of a young Miller on Instagram, along with a childhood memory he shared with her the same year their characters wed on the CBS soap.

“My favorite thing growing up was hiding out from the rain in our little barn with a tin roof on it,” he told her. “It’s still my favorite sound. Listening to it coming down and the way it gave me peace.”

Miller made his daytime-TV debut in 2007 when he joined the cast of All My Children as Richie Novak. A two-year stint on the ABC soap paved the way for his breakout role as Y&R‘s Billy Abbott. Though the fourth actor to play that role, Miller unarguably made it his own, collecting two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actor and one for Outstanding Lead Actor.

In 2014, Miller jumped to General Hospital, where he took over the role of Jason Morgan/Drew Cain from Steve Burton; he left that ABC soap in 2019.

Y&R previously paid tribute to Miller. The Sept. 21 episode of the long-running serial ended with a small, smile-filled “In Loving Memory” montage of Miller’s run as Billy, closing with a black-and-white still and “1979-2023.”

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New Movie For Chrishell Stause

(9/28/23) Chrishell Stause (ex-Jordan, DAYS et al), who stars in the reality series SELLING SUNSET, will play one half of a lesbian couple In the new Lifetime thriller, YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HERE, which is set to debut on November 4. The story centers around Stause’s pregnant character, Zoe, and her partner, Kennedy (Diora Baird), getting away to a cabin in the woods for a peaceful babymoon. However, Zoe is immediately unnerved by the local townspeople, who don’t see me to appreciate the presence of the same-sex pair and the woman are soon thrust into a nightmare.

Emmy Award-winning Writer Lisa Seidman Interview

(9/28/23) (Watch Here) Emmy Award-winning writer Lisa Seidman will sit down for a live interview in The Locher Room on Thursday, October 5th at 3 p.m. EDT / 12 p.m. PDT to look back at her almost 40-year career as a television writer.

Lisa has written for some of the hottest shows on primetime TV starting with Cagney & Lacey in 1984. She went on to write for Dallas, Falcon Crest, Knots Landing and Knots Landing: Back To The Cul-De-Sac to name a few. Lisa also spent five years in Russia writing nighttime soaps and won the equivalent of an Emmy for best show.

In daytime, she has written for Another World, Days of Our Lives, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, Sunset Beach and The Young and the Restless. Lisa has been nominated multiple times for a Daytime Emmy and has won the award for her work on DOOL and Y&R.

Lisa has also taught writing at USC and UCLA.

Tricia Cast Returns To Y&R

(9/27/23) Lauralee Bell (Christine, Y&R) shared on Instagram that her good pal, Tricia Cast, is set to revisit Genoa City in the very near future. The actress posted a pic of the two of them, enthusing, “This is a good surprise… TRICIA’S back!!!!” Cast, who originated the role of Nina Webster in 1986 and has played the character off and on since then, last appeared in March.

Bradley Cole and Friends Concert

(9/27/23) (Tickets) On Saturday, October 7, The Locher Room is bringing you the Bradley Cole & Friends concert to your preferred device as part of the 19th Annual Daytime Stars and Strikes weekend. Host Alan Locher will provide behind-the-scenes access at Smash Studios in New York, where he will chat with the performers, other surprise guests and fans attending the show in person. Joining GUIDING LIGHT’s Cole (ex-Richard/ex-Jeffrey) are former co-stars Robert Newman (ex-Josh et al), Ron Raines (ex-Alan), Kim Zimmer (ex-Reva et al) and French singer/actress Elsa Esnoult. Tickets for the event cost $35 and can be purchased here. Once a ticket is purchased, you will receive an email with special instructions on how each ticketholder can view the event. All profits benefit The Jerry verDorn Scholarship Fund for autistic children.

WGA Strike To End At Midnight

(9/26/23) In a unanimous vote, the WGAE Council and WGAE Board have agreed to end the writers’ strike effective at midnight, after approving the tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers writers’ strike that the guild struck on Sunday. The membership of both guilds will vote to ratify the agreement between October 2 and October 9, but the council and board also authorized writers to return to work during the ratification process, as of 12:01 a.m. PT/3:01 a.m. ET. The strike began on May 2.

‘Young & The Restless’ Pays Tribute To Billy Miller

(9/21/23) (Video) The Young and the Restless said goodbye to an old friend today.

A tribute to the late Billy Miller ran at the end of Thursday’s episode of the CBS sudser. Miller, who played Billy Abbott on Y&R from 2008 to 2014, died Sept. 15 in Austin, Texas. He was 43.

The tribute included four images of a joyous Miller, who was beloved by his fellow castmembers on the CBS daytime drama. He joined The Young and the Restless in 2008 as the fourth actor to play the role of Billy Abbott. He won three Emmys for playing the part.

His fellow castmembers have continued to post tributes to Miller on X. Jess Walton (Jill Abbott) said, “RIP to my precious Billy Miller. You were and ARE much loved by all of us who knew you.”

Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) posted “We lost BILLY MILLER! It saddens me deeply! He was a very gifted actor! Amelia (Victoria) and I took him to dinner one evening while he was in tough negotiations, and I remember telling him to reconsider, because rarely is an actor given a part that describes him almost perfectly, and to not make the mistake I had seen some actors make over my 60’years in the business, that they are indispensable! Once an actor thinks that or is told that by some sycophants, they step onto a slippery road…usually to oblivion! “BILLY BOY” was not only a damn good actor but a nice man! May he rest in peace and meet up with KRISTOFF in the BEYOND, ‘the undiscovered country from whose bourn no Traveller returns “ and tell each other jokes! They were both loved by their colleagues!”

On Sept. 18, Miller’s mother Patricia posted a statement online acknowledging that her son suffered from bipolar depression. Her son “loved his friends, his family and his fans but in the end the disease won the fight and he surrendered his life.”

After Y&R, Miller joined the cast of General Hospital in 2014 and played Jason Morgan and Drew Cain. He was a series regular until 2019. His other acting credits included parts in Suits, Showtime’s Ray Donovan, and Apple TV+’s Truth Be Told.e

Mark Grossman’s Mom Appears on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!

(9/21/23) (soapsindepth.com) Keep your eyes peeled for a very special guest star on an upcoming episode of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS! Mark Grossman, who plays Adam, revealed that his mom, Patricia Grossman, was given the chance to make a cameo appearance on his soap!

The proud son shared the news of his mom’s Y&R debut in a series of Instagram stories on Sept. 19, sharing several slides and a video of Mrs. Grossman on the set of Crimson Lights. “When Mom comes to the studio… we put you to work,” Grossman wrote in the text of his Stories. “Crushing it.”

One of the video clips Grossman shared was of his mom sitting in a booth at the coffeehouse, where she can be seen in the background as Michelle Stafford’s Phyllis and Michael Damian’s Danny seem to be having a rather animated conversation!

Grossman gave his mom a thumbs-up for her work on the soap!

The next video Grossman posted was of his mom receiving some directions from one of Y&R’s crew members, who instructed her to smile while at the counter before turning around and walking to the other side of the set. “Can I have a cookie?” Patricia asked with a laugh before the clip cut off.

Grossman joined the cast of the soap in March 2019, the fourth adult actor to play the Newman heir. Victor and Hope’s son was born in 1995 and was SORAS’d to a grown adult in 2008 when Chris Engen made his debut in the role A year later, Engen stepped down and was replaced with Michael Muhney who received a Daytime Emmy nomination in 2013 for his portrayal before parting ways with the soap in January 2014 when Adam disappeared. In November of that year, Adam was recast again, this time with Justin Hartley playing the character. But when Hartley landed one of the lead roles on NBC’s THIS IS US, Adam was written out once again in September 2016.

As previously reported, Damian is back at Y&R for an “extended stay” and is slated to be back on the screen beginning Thursday, September 28. Look for Mrs. Grossman’s daytime debut on October 24.r

Eva Longoria To Deliver Joint Mipcom Cannes Keynote With Banijay America’s Cris Abrego

(9/20/23) Desperate Housewives star and producer Eva Longoria will deliver a joint keynote at Mipcom Cannes next month.

Alongside Banijay Americas Chairman Cris Abrego, the Emmy-nominated director, producer, and activist will delve into the latest themes defining the entertainment industry, forecasting how they may shape the future both creatively and commercially.

The keynote will take place in the Grand Auditorium of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes on Monday, October 16 at 4pm local time, as part of Mipcom’s Media Masterminds track.

Longoria and Abrego have been professional collaborators for more than two decades. Their talk will highlight their experiences and insights as industry leaders.

Besides her acting roles, Longoria has run her own production business UnbeliEVAble Entertainment since 2005. The company is behind ABC’s Grand Hotel, NBC’s Telenovela, and Netflix’s Emmy Award-nominated documentary Reversing Row, and culinary docuseries Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico for CNN. She made her feature directorial debut through Flamin’ Hot, which released earlier this year through Searchlight Pictures on Disney+ and Hulu, and engages in philanthropical work and activism on issues such as diversity in the media and Latina entrepreneurialism.

Abrego, the founder of 51 Minds Entertainment and a key player in the establishment of reality TV in the U.S., is one of the most prominent TV execs in the Americas and currently leads acquisitions and new business ventures across North and South America for Banijay.

“Mipcom Cannes is one of the industry’s most significant global marketplaces, and it’s an honor to join the conversation as a keynote speaker alongside Cris,” said Longoria. “Our industry is facing tremendous disruption and transformation which can lead to opportunities that can transform and reshape the future of what content looks like. I’m looking forward to discussing how we can drive what’s to come.”

Mipcom will run from October 17-19 in Cannes, France. Several industry keynotes such as Warner Bros Discovery International President Gerhard Zeiler have already been announced..

Y&R’s Lily Brooks O’Briant Is Recovering From Surgery

(9/19/23) (soapsindepth.com) Please join us in wishing a speedy recovery to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Lily Brooks O’Briant (Lucy), who is on the mend after having endometriosis excision surgery on Sept. 9. In a series of vulnerable Instagram posts, the young actress shared that she’d been living with debilitating pain, nausea, and migraines for over three years, but after getting a proper diagnosis and finding an “amazing” team of doctors in New York City, she feels that she is finally on a better path.

“I know I am incredibly lucky to be diagnosed so young. Most women live with insane pain for 10+ years before being diagnosed and many are told they are overreacting or that it’s all in their head,” the 17-year-old actress and singer wrote. “It has been a really difficult, scary, and lonely journey, but I am so, so grateful that my mom researched and didn’t just accept the unacceptable answers.”

O’Briant shared that she was treated by Dr. Chu and Dr. Seckin at the Seckin Endometriosis Center in New York City. During her surgery, the team removed 21 endometrial adhesions during a laparoscopic surgery. “The endometrial tissue was everywhere (my ovaries, bowel, intestines, and more), and my left ovary had become distorted and fused to the [fallopian] tube because endometriosis is like having chewing gum in your body,” she explained. “The muscles in my pelvis were constantly pulling to extract the endometriosis that was sitting in places it shouldn’t be, which was causing the pain and more scar tissue to develop.”

Calling her surgery “scary but validating,” the Y&R star added that the extreme pain from her condition caused her to lose weight — clarifying that it wasn’t “an eating disorder” or a dietary issue — and her constant migraines were a result of her body reacting to the endometriosis.

In a follow-up post shared on Sept. 18, a little more than a week after her operation, O’Briant revealed that her recovery has been slow. “[It] took a little longer than expected because of some bumps in the road, and I will need another few weeks to recover 100%,” she confessed. “But I’m feeling so much better and am headed home to L.A. today.”

Besides thanking her doctors, O’Briant also thanked Animal Planet star Bindi Irwin, who revealed back in March that she’d undergone the same procedure with the same team of doctors. It was seeing Irwin’s inspirational post — then meeting the conservationist at an awards show — that led O’Briant to seek treatment herself. “I wouldn’t have recognized that what I had was most likely endometriosis” otherwise, she admitted.

Just as Irwin helped her, O’Briant hoped that by sharing her story, she may help other women know that they are not alone, as an estimated 1 in 10 women suffers from endometriosis. “Know that your pain is real and keep searching for answers,” she insisted.

And to her fans who have continually sent her messages and get-well wishes, “I am so very grateful to each of you,” O’Briant wrote..

Hallmark Announces 40-Title Holiday Movie Slate Not Impacted By Strikes

(9/19/23) (Video) Hallmark has revealed that it will have 40 all-new, original movies for both its flagship channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, as well as special content for Hallmark Movies Now, the company’s subscription streaming service.

Even though the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes impacted TV and film productions, Hallmark anticipated the labor dispute by getting a head start on production in Canada. “Christmas is a year-round business at Hallmark, so we were able to mitigate early in the year understanding that the strikes were unfortunately imminent,” Lisa Hamilton Daly, EVP of programming at Hallmark Media, was recently quoted as saying. “We’re grateful to meet all our goals for a full, all-new holiday slate and to bring our viewers the content they love most to celebrate the season.”

Holiday programming kicks off Friday, Oct. 20 with the channel’s Countdown to Christmas and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ Miracles of Christmas.

Among the actors set to headline Hallmark’s movies include Lacey Chabert (A Merry Scottish Christmas, Haul Out the Holly: Lit Up); Benjamin Ayres, Katherine Barrell, Catherine Bell, Jonathan Bennett, Krystal Joy Brown, Warren Christie, Cindy Busby, Erin Cahill, Paul Campbell, Nikki DeLoach, James Denton, Brooke D’Orsay, Jaicy Elliot, Brennan Elliott, Tyler Hynes, Dan Jeannotte, Hunter King, Bethany Joy Lenz, Luke Macfarlane, Chandler Massey, Niall Matter, Barbara Niven, Ryan Paevey, Janel Parrish, Brendan Penny, Kristoffer Polaha, Michael Rady, Marcus Rosner, Ronnie Rowe Jr., Jessy Schram, Kimberley Sustad, Andrew Walker, and Victor Webster.

Here’s the full slate for Hallmark Channel:

Friday, October 20: Checkin’ It Twice starring Kim Matula and Kevin McGarry. A journeyman hockey player (McGarry) falls for a real estate agent (Matula) in a career crisis when he’s traded to her hometown and moves into the cottage in her hockey loving family’s backyard.

Saturday, October 21: Where Are You, Christmas? Starring Lyndsy Fonseca, Michael Rady, Jim O’Heir, Julie Warner. When Addy (Fonseca) wishes for a year without Christmas, she wakes up in a world of black and white. She must work together with the town mechanic (Rady) to restore Christmas.

Sunday, October 22: Under the Christmas Sky starring Jessica Parker Kennedy, Ryan Paevey. Kat (Kennedy) is an esteemed astrophysicist, who is scheduled for her first trip into space next year until an accident grounds her. While on leave, coming to terms with the reality that her dream of being an astronaut is over, she volunteers at the local planetarium. There, she is paired up with by-the-book David (Paevey) to work on an exhibit opening right before Christmas. Will the stars align to bring these two together at the holidays?

Friday, October 27: Christmas by Design starring Rebecca Dalton, Jonathan Keltz. A fashion designer (Dalton) gets accepted into a Christmas challenge to create a new holiday-themed collection and not only finds the inspiration for her next line but decides to redesign her approach to what’s most important in life.

Saturday, October 28: Mystic Christmas starring Jessy Schram, Chandler Massey, Patti Murin, William R. Moses. Juniper (Schram) travels to Mystic, Connecticut during the holidays to work at the rehabilitation center and aquarium. She reconnects with Sawyer (Massey), the owner of the pizza shop.

Sunday, October 29: Joyeux Noel stars Jaicy Elliot, Brant Daugherty. When a romantic painting of a Christmas market captures the imagination of copy editor Lea (Elliot), she is sent to France with pragmatic reporter Mark (Daugherty) to uncover the mystery behind the artist.

Friday, November 3: Flipping for Christmas starring Ashley Newbrough, Marcus Rosner. It’s almost Christmas when busy realtor Abigail (Newbrough) agrees to help her sister with the “simple flip” of a recently inherited home. Unfortunately, co-beneficiary Bo (Rosner) has other plans in mind.

Saturday, November 4: Never Been Chris’d starring Janel Parrish, Pascal Lamothe-Kipnes, Tyler Hynes. Home for the holidays, BFFs Naomi (Parrish) and Liz (Lamothe-Kipnes) reconnect with high school crush Chris Silver (Hynes). A complex love triangle forms, forcing them to take stock of their lives and find the value of friendship.

Sunday, November 5: The Santa Summit starring Hunter King, Benjamin Hollingsworth. It’s time for the annual Santa Summit, in which revelers put on Santa suits and hop around designated locations in town to eat, drink, and be merry. Three best friends decide to go together: Jordin (King), a recently dumped art teacher looking to cut loose; Ava, a shy woman hoping to run into her crush; and Stella, a Christmas cynic with no interest in the Santa Summit whatsoever. At the start of the night, Jordin meets and bonds with Liam (Hollingsworth), but doesn’t get his name before getting separated and lost in a sea of Santas. As the night progresses and hijinks ensue, amidst the chaos, celebration, and a sea of Santas, they all find what they’re looking for: Christmas spirit, potential romance, and a strengthened bond of friendship.

Friday, November 10: Everything Christmas starring Katherine Barrell, Cindy Busby, Corey Sevier, Matt Wells. Lori Jo’s (Busby) love for Christmas takes her on a road trip to Yuletide Springs with her roommate Tori (Barrell), where Christmas is celebrated year-round, to participate in a longstanding town tradition to honor her late grandmother. Along the way, the friends meet Carl (Sevier) and Jason (Wells), and the foursome make stops during their journey to enjoy more small-town Christmas attractions. But when a series of events puts a damper on their plans, a little Christmas magic may put this trip back on the right path.

Saturday, November 11: Christmas Island starring Rachel Skarsten, Andrew Walker. When a snowstorm diverts Kate’s (Skarsten) first private flight en route to Switzerland to Christmas Island, she must team up with an air traffic controller (Walker) to secure her dream job as the family’s pilot.

Sunday, November 12: A Heidelberg Holiday starring Ginna Claire Mason, Frédéric Brossier. Heidi Heidelberg (Mason) receives the dream opportunity to sell her beautiful, handmade glass ornaments at the prestigious Heidelberg Christmas Market in Germany. While there, she meets Lukas (Brossier), a local artisan who helps her reconnect with her lost heritage.

Friday, November 17: Navigating Christmas starring Chelsea Hobbs, Stephen Huszar. Recently divorced Melanie (Hobbs) and her son Jason visit a remote island for Christmas, only to find themselves running a real working lighthouse where she connects with the curt but cute owner (Huszar).

Saturday, November 18: A Merry Scottish Christmas starring Lacey Chabert, Scott Wolf. When estranged siblings, Lindsay (Chabert) and Brad (Wolf) Morgan travel to Scotland at Christmas to reunite with their mother Jo, a big family secret is revealed.

Sunday, November 19: Holiday Hotline starring Emily Tennant, Niall Matter. After leaving London, Abby (Tennant) connects with an anonymous caller while working at a cooking hotline. The caller is single dad “John” (Matter) who Abby unknowingly has become smitten with in real life.

Thursday, November 23: Catch Me If You Claus starring Italia Ricci, Luke Macfarlane. Avery Quinn. (Ricci) is an aspiring news anchor who’s finally getting her big break on her station’s Christmas morning newscast. But that’s put in jeopardy when she captures an intruder in her home wearing a red suit claiming to be Chris (Macfarlane), Santa’s son, who is on his first mission. A night of adventure ensues as they find themselves being pursued by the police as well as some shady characters. Along the way, they connect over living in the shadow of their parents and inspire each other to go after their dreams.

Friday, November 24: Letters to Santa starring Katie Lecler, Rafael de la Fuente. When young siblings receive a magic pen from Santa that appears to be granting wishes, they request a Christmas gift they want more than anything – for their separated parents (Leclerc, de la Fuente) to reunite.

Friday, November 24: Holiday Road starring Sara Canning, Warren Christie. When bad weather leaves each of them stranded at the airport for the holidays, a tech entrepreneur (Christie), a travel writer (Canning), a devoted mother (Enid-Raye Adams) and her son (Kiefer O’Reilly), a stubborn senior (Trevor Lerner), an enigmatic woman with a hint of mystery (Brittany Willacy), a couple traveling from Hong Kong (Sharon Crandall, Ryan Mah) and a social media influencer (Princess Davis) all agree to rent a shared van to embark on a road trip to Denver. When their unexpected journey brings them into uncharted territory, they navigate a series of misadventures together and form a deeper bond that just might change the trajectories of each of their lives. Inspired by true events.

Saturday, November 25: Christmas in Notting Hill starring Sarah Ramos, William Moseley. Famous soccer star, Graham Savoy (Moseley), has always been too busy for love, but when he comes home to Notting Hill for Christmas, he changes his mind after meeting Georgia (Ramos) – a visiting American and the one person who has no idea who he is.

Saturday, November 25: Haul Out the Holly: Lit Up starring Lacey Chabert, Wes Brown, Stephen Tobolowsky, Melissa Peterman, Ellen Travolta, Seth Morris, Jennifer Aspen. As the holidays approach, Emily (Chabert) and Jared (Brown) are looking forward to celebrating the holidays together again, this time as a couple. Emily, now embracing Evergreen Lane’s uniquely festive spirit, is ready to work with Jared, Ned (Tobolowsky), Mary Louise (Travolta) and Pamela (Peterman) to make this year’s Christmas celebrations the best yet – even if being the HOA president’s girlfriend doesn’t stop those dreaded decorating citations. When a house on the block goes up for sale, it causes quite a stir with residents. When the soon-to-be neighbors turn out to be holiday royalty (Morris, Aspen), it looks like this year’s competition is about to heat up. While there, she unwittingly discovers the ability to travel to the 1947 set of His Merry Wife through the help of an hourglass, where she meets one of the film’s stars, Jack Huston (Polaha).

Sunday, November 26: Our Christmas Mural starring Alex Paxton-Beesley, Dan Jeannotte. Olivia (Paxton-Beesley) is a single mom who returns home for Christmas. Her mom secretly enters her into a mural contest; she wins but partners with teacher Will (Jeannotte) to create a Christmas masterpiece.

Sunday, November 26: A Biltmore Christmas starring Bethany Joy Lenz, Kristoffer Polaha. Lucy Hardgrove (Lenz) is a screenwriter who lands the job of a lifetime when she’s hired to pen the script for a remake of the beloved, holiday movie classic, His Merry Wife!, which was filmed in 1947 at beautiful, historic Biltmore House. When the head of the studio isn’t satisfied with the ending Lucy wrote because it deviates from the original’s feel-good conclusion, he sends Lucy to Biltmore Estate for research and inspiration. While there, she unwittingly discovers the ability to travel to the 1947 set of His Merry Wife! through the help of an hourglass.

Friday, December 1: My Norwegian Holiday starring Rhiannon Fish, David Elsendoorn. JJ (Fish), grieving the loss of her grandmother and seeking dissertation inspiration, stumbles upon an unexpected holiday destiny. Meeting Henrik (Elsendoorn), a Norwegian from Bergen, their connection deepens when he discovers she has a troll figurine from his hometown. To explore the troll’s history and her grandmother’s ties, JJ agrees to join Henrik on a journey to Norway. In Bergen, they’re drawn into Henrik’s family Christmas and wedding traditions, with his sister’s wedding the day before Christmas Eve. JJ embarks on a holiday adventure, uncovering the troll’s origins and finding her own path to healing, love and family.

Saturday, December 2: A Not So Royal Christmas. Starring Brooke D’Orsay, Will Kemp. Tabloid journalist Charlotte (D’Orsay) attempts to land an interview with a reclusive Count. In response, the royal family has a groundskeeper (Kemp) pose as the Count since the real one fled years ago.

Sunday, December 3: Christmas with a Kiss starring Mishael Morgan, Ronnie Rowe Jr., Jaime M. Callica. A Mahogany Presentation. A woman (Morgan) returns home to help with her family’s Christmas Carnival and romance ignites. A photo journalist (Rowe) curates a surprise reunion.

Friday, December 8: Magic in Mistletoe starring Lyndie Greenwood, Paul Campbell. Harrington (Campbell) is the author of a popular book series but commercial success has left him a bitter recluse. As he returns to his hometown for an annual Christmas festival celebrating his books, he’s joined by April (Greenwood), a publicist for the major publishing house he works with. April is there for damage control after Harrington’s recent comments on social media have ruffled some feathers. But as she gets to know him better, hope springs that April can unlock Harrington’s guarded heart and help him rediscover the spirit of the holiday.

Saturday, December 9: Christmas on Cherry Lane starring Catherine Bell, Jonathan Bennett, John Brotherton, Erin Cahill, James Denton, Vincent Rodriguez III. A young couple preparing to welcome their first child (Brotherton, Cahill); an empty-nester (Bell) and her fiancé (Denton) ready to start a new chapter; and a couple (Bennett, Rodriguez III) who unexpectedly have the chance to expand their family on Christmas Eve celebrate the holiday as they navigate these turning points in their lives.

Sunday, December 10: Round and Round starring Vic Michaelis, Bryan Greenberg, Rick Hoffman. Rachel’s (Michaelis) stuck in a time loop, reliving the night of her parents’ Hanukkah party. Can Zach (Greenberg), the “nice boy” Grandma’s trying to set her up with, help her make it to tomorrow?

Friday, December 15: The Secret Gift of Christmas starring Meghan Ory, Christopher Russell. Bonnie (Ory) is a personal shopper who helps her new, widowed client Patrick (Russell) reconnect with his young daughter. Though Bonnie and Patrick’s ideas of shopping couldn’t be more different, she is determined to get Patrick and his daughter everything on their wish list.

Saturday, December 16: Sealed with a List starring Katie Findlay, Evan Roderick.This holiday season, festive Carley (Findlay) sets out to conquer her list of abandoned resolutions from last year. Aided by coworker Wyatt (Roderick), she finds love and the confidence to chase her dreams.

Sunday, December 17: Friends & Family Christmas starring Humberly Gonzalez, Ali Liebert. Daniella (Gonzalez) has recently moved to New York to pursue an art career and decides to stay in town to share the holidays with her circle of artist friends, instead of going home to see her sweet, if overbearing parents. Amelia (Liebert) is a talented entertainment lawyer trying to stay focused on her work after a broken engagement. When Daniella and Amelia are set up by their parents, they agree to pretend that they are dating, to appease them for the holidays. However, as they spend time in eachother’s worlds, they soon build a connection that is deeper than either of them could have hoped for.

Billy Miller’s Mother Releases Statement About His Passing: “He Fought Valiant Battle With Bipolar Depression”

(9/18/23) (Read The Statement) The mother of soap star Billy Miller, who died Friday at 43, released a statement that thanked fans and explained how her son “fought a long hard valiant battle with bipolar depression.”

Patricia Miller said via X that her son “loved his friends, his family and his fans but in the end the disease won the fight and he surrendered his life.”

Miller was a three-time Daytime Emmy winner known for his roles on The Young and the Restless and General Hospital. He would have celebrated his 44th birthday Sunday.

Chucky: Two SNL Cast Members Set to Appear in Season 3 — Plus, Get Scheduling Update and New Trailer

(9/18/23) (Video) Two Saturday Night Live vets are about to come face-to-face with Chucky.

Kenan Thompson (who can be seen at the tail-end of the new trailer embedded above) will cameo as a taxi driver giving the doll a ride, while Sarah Sherman (who famously portrayed the evil doll on the late-night sketch series) will play a new character named Annie.

Season 3 is still set to premiere Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 9/8c on Syfy and USA Network, but the season is now being split into two parts, TVLine has learned. Part 1 will air in October as planned, while the back half of the season will follow some time in 2024.

In Season 3, the redheaded maniac takes Washington D.C. by storm, as he somehow gets inside the infamous walls of the White House and penetrates the First Family. Devon Sawa returns, this time portraying the President of the United States, while Jennifer Tilly’s Tiffany gets nabbed by the police and spends some time behind bars. As for Lexy’s little sister Caroline, she’s still on the lamb with the killer doll, as Jake, Devon and Lexy rush to find them before any more bodies drop. (Fat chance!)

Zackary Arthur, Björgvin Arnarson and Alyvia Alyn Lin are all back as the kids in question, in addition to franchise veterans Tilly and Brad Dourif, as the voice of Chucky. Alex Vincent, Christine Elise and Fiona Dourif’s returns seem likely, but remain TBA.

‘Suits’ Creator Aaron Korsh On Billy Miller’s Passing: “A Funny, Smart, Kind, Gentle Man”

(9/17/23) Suits creator Aaron Korsh on Sunday paid tribute to soap actor Billy Miller, who died Friday, Sept. 15, in Austin, Texas. He was 43.

Although Miller is best known for his roles on The Young and the Restless and General Hospital, he played Marcus Specter — Harvey’s younger brother — on Suits for several seasons. His character had a gambling addiction and was a restaurant owner.

“Very sad news for the entire Suits family,” Korsh wrote on X. “Billy Miller has passed away. I flew home once with Billy. We had a great time, bonding over the five hour flight, which seemed like it was over in minutes. A funny, smart, kind, gentle man.”

No cause of death has been revealed, but Miller’s management issued a statement saying he was manic depressive.

Miller grew up in Grand Prairie, Texas. He was signed as a model to Wilhelmina, then began his acting career on the soap opera All My Children, playing Richie Novak. He moved on to The Young and the Restless in 2008 as the fourth actor to play the role of Billy Abbott.

Miller was a three-time Emmy winner.

Billy Miller, Soap Opera Star Known for 'The Young and the Restless' and 'General Hospital,' Dead at 43

(9/17/23) (people.com) Daytime Emmy Award winner Billy Miller, who was best known for his role on soap operas The Young and the Restless and General Hospital, has died. He would’ve turned 44 on Sunday.

Miller died on Friday in Austin, Texas according to a statement from his manager obtained by PEOPLE. He was “struggling with manic depression when he died," his manager said. No specific cause of death was cited.

The actor was known for his roles in several soaps, starting with All My Children in 2007. He went on to star in The Young and the Restless from 2008 to 2014, and earned three Daytime Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Billy Abbott — outstanding supporting actor in a drama series in 2010 and 2013 and outstanding lead actor in a drama series in 2014.

He later joined ABC’s General Hospital as Jake Doe before he took over for Steve Burton’s role of Jason Morgan from 2016 to 2017. With Burton’s return to the show, Miller starred as Morgan’s twin, Drew Cain for two seasons before departing the soap in 2019.

Miller’s credits also include Suits and AppleTV+’s Truth Be Told.

Several of the actor’s former co-stars took to X on Sunday to share their heartbreak at his death.

General Hospital’s Risa Dorken said she’s “heartbroken” at the news. “My heart goes out to him, and everyone who loves him- he is loved by so many. ?? Warm, kind, incredibly talented.. a big hug to the daytime family. Rest in peace & happy heavenly birthday Billy.”

The Young and the Restless’ Eileen Davidson shared a throwback photo with Miller from the 2014 Emmys when they both won awards. “I'm so sad to hear of Billy Miller's passing,” she wrote in the post. “His infectious charm and warmth left lasting impressions on all of us who were lucky enough to have him in our lives. Im gonna miss that mischievous smile. Love you Billy.”

Jason Thompson, who starred in General Hospital with Miller and later took over the actor's former role of Billy Abbott in The Young and the Restless, said he was "saddened to hear" about the death of his "friend."

"He was funny, had a great laugh and very talented," Thompson wrote in a tweet. "Love and light to his family and friends."

Kin Shriner of General Hospital said he’s “very sad to hear” about Miller’s death. “I so enjoyed his time on @GeneralHospital,” Shriner’s tweet said. “He was a really good guy and funny and kind to all !RIP Billy.”

The show’s executive producer Frank Valentini also expressed his condolences at the news. “I am devastated to hear news of the incredibly talented Billy Miller’s passing. On behalf of the entire @GeneralHospital family, our hearts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Michael Fairman TV first broke the news of Miller's death.

Billy Miller Dies: ‘The Young And The Restless’ Daytime Emmy Winner Was 43

(9/17/23) Billy Miller, a three-time Daytime Emmy winner known for his roles on “The Young and the Restless” and “General Hospital,” died Friday, Sept. 15 in Austin, Texas. He was 43, but would have celebrated his 44th birthday today.

Miller’s death was confirmed by soap opera journalist Michael Fairman. No cause of death has been revealed, but his management issued a statement saying he was manic depressive.

Miller grew up in Grand Prairie, Texas. He was signed as a model to Wilhelmina, then began his acting career on the soap opera “All My Children,” playing Richie Novak. He moved on to “The Young and the Restless” in 2008 as the fourth actor to play the role of Billy Abbott.

He departed that show in 2014, but won three Daytime Emmys: two for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and one for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

Miller joined the cast of “General Hospital” in 2014 and played Jason Morgan and Drew Cain. He was a series regular until 2019.

His other acting credits included parts in “Suits,” Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” and Apple TV+’s “Truth Be Told.”

Survivors include Miller’s parents, Bill and Sue Miller, sister Kelly Miller, and longtime love Kelly Monaco. No memorial plans have been revealed. However, the management announcement said that donationscan be made to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Actor Billy Miller Remembered By Daytime Drama Colleagues For His Talent, Warmth

(9/17/23) Soap star Billy Miller was remembered today by his daytime drama colleagues for his talent, great humor, and his warm and charming personality.

Miller died Friday at age 43 in Austin, Texas, with word just reaching the public today. He was a three-time Daytime Emmys winner, and appeared on “The Young and the Restless” and “General Hospital,” among many other shows.

Some of the reactions from social media:

Y&R‘s Eric Braeden wrote: “We lost BILLY MILLER! It saddens me deeply! He was a very gifted actor! Amelia(Victoria) and I took him to dinner one evening while he was in tough negotiations, and I remember telling him to reconsider, because rarely is an actor given a part that describes him almost perfectly, and to not make the mistake I had seen some actors make over my 60’years in the business, that they are indispensable! Once an actor thinks that or is told that by some sycophants, they step onto a slippery road…usually to oblivion! “BILLY BOY” was not only a damn good actor but a nice man! May he rest in peace and meet up with KRISTOFF in the BEYOND, ‘the undiscovered country from whose bourn no Traveller returns “ and tell each other jokes! They were both loved by their colleagues!”

Y&R’s Melissa Claire Egan wrote, “My beautiful friend. I love you. I’m so sad. And I’m so sorry.”

General Hospital costar Nancy Lee Grahn, posted her condolences. “So very sorry to hear this very sad and unexpected news. I would like very much for my beloved General Hospital to have no more of it. #RIPBillyMiller“

Eileen Davidson of Y&R remembered Miller’s humor. “I’m so sad to hear of Billy Miller’s passing. His infectious charm and warmth left lasting impressions on all of us who were lucky enough to have him in our lives. I’m gonna miss that mischievous smile. Love you Billy.”

Jason Thompson, who took over the role of Billy Abbott three years after Miller’s exit: “I’m so sorry and saddened to hear about my friend, Billy Miller. Heartbreaking. He was funny, had a great laugh and very talented. Light and love to his family and friends.”

The Bold and the Beautiful head writer Bradley Bell released a statement. “Billy Miller was a great man and a gifted actor. Billy left an indelible mark on The Young and the Restless with his brilliant portrayal of Billy Abbott. He will be sorely missed.”

Stephen Nichols starred opposite Miller on The Young and the Restless recalled Miller’s warmth. “Oh, Billy Miller. I so enjoyed his fun-loving spirit and immense talent. We had some good times. This is a great loss. Rest peacefully. Love to his family and all who loved him.”

General Hospital costar Kathleen Gati said, “I am beyond sad to hear this tragic news.#BillyMiller was always so kind, professional and a wonderfully talented colleague @GeneralHospital Deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans.”

Actor Michael Muhney of Y&R saluted his fellow statesman. “Billy, My fellow Texas brother. You lit up every room with your smile. Your quiet intensity onscreen was second only to your gentle kindness and genuine care in private.”

GHer Kin Shriner said he was “very sad to hear about Billy Miller. I so enjoyed his time on General Hospital. He was a really good guy and funny and kind to all !RIP Billy.”

Jon Lindstorm of GH said Miller “was gifted, smart, funny, and impressed me as a great friend to those close to him. He didn’t blink when I asked him to put on this shirt to help raise up the women in our industry. His heart was in the right place & I always laughed around him.”

Disney Entertainment TV Studios Suspend Deals With Producers, Including Yara Shahidi, Justin Hartley & Billy Porter, Will Pay Assistants Amid Strikes

(9/13/23) Disney has become the latest entertainment company to suspend additional overall and first-look deals four and a half months into the WGA strike.

I hear the bulk of the pacts with non-writing producers across Disney TV Entertainment divisions are impacted, including deals at Disney Television Studios’ 20th Television and ABC Signature, FX Productions and Disney Branded Television. The move involves producers who are not performing services due to the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.

According to sources, Disney will pay for the suspended term deals to provide salaries for their assistants through the end of 2023 and for their development executives through the first week of October.

I hear the list of suspensions include deals with Not Dead Yet star Gina Rodriguez and ThIs Is Us alums Justin Hartley, Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore at 20th Television, Yara Shahidi (grown-ish) and director-producer Marc Webb (Rebel) at ABC Signature as well as The Bear executive producer Hiro Murai, Pose alum Billy Porter and Stacey Sher at FX Productions. Producers are still being notified; we will update the list if more names surface. Reps for Disney declined comment.

The expansive overall agreement of one of Disney TV Studios’ highest-profile non-writing producers, Warren Littlefield, remains ongoing for the time being as he is still working on the upcoming fifth season of FX’s Fargo, I hear.

Disney joins Warner Bros. Television, NBCUniversal Studio Group and CBS Studios, which all implemented rounds of deal suspensions over the past week.

WBTV’s list of suspensions included marquee names such as Greg Berlanti, Bill Lawrence and Mindy Kaling. The NBCUniversal studios — both film and TV — suspended the pacts for all non-writing producers who no longer can render services as a result of the ongoing strikes, including Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video and Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks Prods. CBS Studios put on pause several deals with with non-writing producers, including Phil McGraw and his production company Stage 29 and DeVon Franklin and his Franklin Entertainment. The studio also will continue to pay salaries to assistants associated with the suspended term deals through the end of 2023.

TV studios initiated the first wave of suspending overall and first-look deals –- primarily with writers — in early May, just days into the WGA strike. There have been more rolling suspensions over the past couple of months as more producers wrapped work on shows amid an industry production shutdown.

The new wave comes as the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes are stretching into the fall and no time table has been set for the studios and the writers to resume negotiations. In a departure from the 2007-08 writers strike, there have been no deal terminations yet.

CBS UNVEILS PREMIERE DATES AND MILESTONES FOR THE #1 LINEUP IN DAYTIME

(9/13/23) CBS announces the fall premiere dates and broadcast milestones for its unparalleled daytime lineup. The Network continues its reign as the #1-rated network in daytime for the last 36 years with the return of the #1 daytime drama for 35 consecutive years, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; network television’s #1 daytime series, THE PRICE IS RIGHT; and LET’S MAKE A DEAL

The longest consecutively running game show in television history, Emmy Award-winning THE PRICE IS RIGHT, is back for its 52nd season on Monday, Sept. 25. There are even more chances to “Come on Down” as the show welcomes a full studio audience for the first time since 2020 and moves to a new state-of-the-art facility, Haven Studios in Glendale, Calif. Drew Carey returns for his 17th season as host, along with announcer George Gray and models Rachel Reynolds, Manuela Arbeláez, Amber Lancaster, Alexis Gaube, James O’Halloran and Devin Goda.

LET’S MAKE A DEAL marks its 60th anniversary on television when the new season premieres on Monday, Sept. 25. To celebrate Wayne Brady’s 15th anniversary as host, the first episode kicks off with a $15,000 giveaway for one lucky contestant. The celebration continues all season long with Wayne’s signature improvisational and musical stylings, the show’s trademark games, and of course, the dreaded Zonks. In honor of both anniversaries, there will be special surprises for contestants to play and win throughout the entire season. The show also features announcer Jonathan Mangum, model Tiffany Coyne and musician Cat Gray.

Daytime’s #1 drama, the Emmy Award-winning THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, begins its 51st year on television this fall, returning Tuesday, Oct. 3 as CBS’ longest-running scripted series. This season, Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) fights to protect his legacy at all costs while an unexpected adversary challenges Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott). Viewers will be treated to returns from fan-favorite characters Mamie Johnson (Veronica Redd), who has unfinished business with rival Jill Abbott (Jess Walton), and Danny Romalotti (Michael Damian), who finds himself caught between ex-wives Phyllis Summers (Michelle Stafford) and Christine “Cricket” Blair (Lauralee Bell, celebrating 40 years on the series). And Jack Abbott’s (Peter Bergman) vow renewal with Diane Jenkins (Susan Walters) will be the perfect setting for romance, intrigue and family drama.

The 37th season of THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL premieres Thursday, Sept. 21, with Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown) learning that Deacon Sharpe (Sean Kanan) has gone to great lengths to prove his love for her. A new intern at Forrester Creations, fashion student Luna (Lisa Yamada), has arrived with a mysterious past. This season, viewers will also learn if Hope Logan (Annika Noelle) will continue to pursue Thomas (Matthew Atkinson), a man dedicated to only her, or reunite with her husband Liam (Scott Clifton), who also admits to unrequited feelings for his ex, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood), who is currently estranged from her husband whom she loves, Finn (Tanner Novlan). Eric Forrester (John McCook) faces a health challenge he chooses to hide that may end his illustrious career. Yet, he’s determined to create his final fashion collection with the help of his grandson R.J. (Joshua Hoffman), much to the consternation of Ridge Forrester (Thorsten Kaye), culminating in a stunning Forrester fashion challenge between father and son filled with gamesmanship, heartbeat and high stakes. And, a shocking secret engagement will lead to either scandal or happily ever after for one couple.a

'Young and the Restless' Alum Jordi Vilasuso Expecting Third Baby with Wife Kaitlin: 'Beyond Excited'

(9/10/23) (people.com) The Young and the Restless alum Jordi Vilasuso and his wife Kaitlin are expecting their third baby!

Jordi, 42, shared a post on Instagram Friday celebrating the couple’s “growing family,” and reposted a heartfelt note Kaitlin, 37, posted on her own account that same day.

In her caption, Kaitlin detailed that they are “expecting a precious addition to our family in January,” and she asked fans to “join us in praying" for their unborn daughter after she previously lost two children and found out she requires a surgical procedure during her current pregnancy.

“Grateful for your prayers for our growing family, my friends!” Jordi began his caption, which was posted alongside a family photograph of the actor, his wife and their two children — Riley Grace, 10, and Everly Maeve, 7 — who held a sonogram of their unborn sibling.

“Also, I know this was not easy to put out there my love, but your openness and call for prayer inspire me and I know will do the same for others! With faith and love!” he continued.

Jordi — who played Rey Rosales on The Young and the Restless between 2018 and 2022 — then reposted the caption his wife had penned in her own Instagram post.

“Sweet friends! We come to you with big, exciting news and perhaps an even bigger prayer request. We are beyond excited to share that we are expecting a precious addition to our family in January!” Kaitlin wrote, before opening up about their heartbreaking journey to becoming parents for a third time.

“After two losses, this precious girl (??) is an answer to our prayers and has already filled our hearts with so much hope and joy. But, while she is growing perfectly, we learned last week that my body is struggling to hold her and she’s at risk of coming far too early,” she said.

Kaitlin then explained that “after many visits with some incredible doctors” the couple made the decision “to undergo a procedure called a cerclage in hopes that it will help keep her safe in my belly.”

According to the American Pregnancy Association, cervical cerclage is a surgical procedure where the cervix is sewn closed in order to prevent premature labor.

“There are risks to the procedure, but we are standing in faith that God did not bring us this far -with Riley and Everly feeling her move in my belly night after night- or bring her this far (20 weeks!) for her to not breathe the breath of life and have a long, beautiful one at that,” Katlin added in her caption.

The expectant mom then acknowledged the support of fans and followers in the past and revealed that she is undergoing the procedure next Wednesday.

“While we didn’t expect to share the news like this, you all have covered our family in love and prayer many times before and we are humbly asking that you do it again. I’m scheduled for surgery Wednesday evening and we are praying she stays snug in my belly until then, that our doctors are not met with anything unexpected, and that their God-given skill leads to a successful surgery- specifically that my water does not break during the procedure and that the procedure itself doesn’t put me into labor,” she wrote, adding, "We are praying for many many more boring weeks of me mostly laying in bed while this baby girl grows stronger and more ready for this world.”

“I know that God knows the desires of our hearts. I know He is knitting her together in my womb, that she is already fearfully and wonderfully made, that He has a plan for her life. I ask that you’ll join us in praying that that plan is on this side of heaven. ???? We will keep you posted. Thank you for your love always,” Kaitlin's emotional post concluded.

Last month, the couple — who married in 2012 and welcomed their first daughter the same year — celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary, with Jordi posting a sweet tribute to his wife on social media.

“My one and only, @kaitlinvilasuso ! They say 11 is a lucky number…well I’m feeling especially lucky to have had you by my side for all these years!” he wrote in the caption of his post.

“This year in particular has had so many things to celebrate as we’ve navigated this beautiful journey together! May God continue to bless us, our girls, and our family as we love, grow together, and continue to stay faithful to one another no matter what life throws at us. You’re my rock green eyes!" Jordi continued.

His wife, meanwhile, posted her own celebration of their marriage that same day.

“ELEVEN beautiful years of getting to say ‘I still do’ .. Happy anniversary, my love.” Kaitlin began her tribute, which was accompanied by photos of the couple and their children laughing and hugging on a rooftop.

She continued, “Thank you for filling my soul with joy and peace, for fighting for us and our family day in and day out, and for being the good good man that you are. Words could never express how grateful I am that it is YOU that I get to hold hands with and raise beautiful little humans with and continue to build a life with each and every day. A lifetime could never be long enough. Love you forever @jordivilasuso.”

The sweet post ended with a cheeky nod to her ongoing attraction to her husband of more than a decade: "Ps ur hot.”

Barn Theatre's production of 'Clue' to open on Thursday

(9/7/23) The Barn Theatre has announced that its next production will be Clue. The play is scheduled to open on Thursday.

Clue will be performed September 7-10, as well as September 14-17. On Thursday and Friday, the play will be performed at 8 p.m. The performances on Saturday will be held at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. On Sunday, it will be performed at 5 p.m.

The Barn Theatre production of Clue will feature Lance Barber as Colonel Mustard. Barber is well-known for playing George Cooper Sr. in the CBS sitcom Young Sheldon. His other work includes playing Paulie G in HBO’s The Comeback and Bill Ponderosa in FXX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

The production will also star Robert Newman as Wadsworth. Newman is well-known for playing Joshua Lewis in the CBS soap opera Guiding Light. His other work includes playing Prescott Harrell on ABC’s General Hospital and Kirk Cranston in NBC’s Santa Barbara.

The play also stars Penelope Alex as Mrs. White, Melissa Cotton Hunter as Miss Scarlet, Charlie King as Mr. Green, John Jay Espino as Professor Plum, Allena Evans as Mrs. Peaco*ck, Gabrille Bieder as Yvette the maid, Elliott Austin Wirshba as the motorist, Will Davis-Kay as the cop, and Elizabeth Volpe as the cook.

In Clue, the cast of characters find themselves in an opulent mansion, where they must solve the mystery of who committed a murder.

The play also stars Penelope Alex as Mrs. White, Melissa Cotton Hunter as Miss Scarlet, Charlie King as Mr. Green, John Jay Espino as Professor Plum, Allena Evans as Mrs. Peaco*ck, Gabrille Bieder as Yvette the maid, Elliott Austin Wirshba as the motorist, Will Davis-Kay as the cop, and Elizabeth Volpe as the cook.

In Clue, the cast of characters find themselves in an opulent mansion, where they must solve the mystery of who committed a murder.

The Barn Theatre’s production of Clue was directed by Eric Parker. The scenic designers of the production were Brendan Ragotzy and Brett Burradell. The costume designer was Nettie Fischer and the hair/wig designer was Garrylee McCormick. Steven Lee Burright designed the properties and Adam Guerriero designed the lights. The sound designer was Troy Benton. Brett Burradell was the technical director.

The play is based on the Clue board game that was designed by Anthony E. Pratt, and first released in 1949. It is also based on the 1985 film adaptation of the game. The film was written and directed by Jonathan Lynn, who worked on the story with John Landis. The movie version stars Eileen Brennan as Mrs. Peaco*ck, Tim Curry as Wadsworth, and Martin Mull as Colonel Mustard.

The Barn Theatre’s production of Clue will open on Thursday. Tickets can be purchased on the theatre’s website.

Veronica Redd Returns to Y&R!

(9/7/23) (soapsindepth.com) A fan favorite is on their way back to Genoa City! Veronica Redd returns to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS to reprise the role of Mamie Johnson beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 26!

Redd took over the role of Mamie from Marguerite Ray back in 1990 and continued to portray the Abbott family housekeeper until her final appearance in 2004. The actress recently came back to Y&R in March 2023 as part of the soap’s 50th-anniversary celebration.

Just as she did in March, Mamie will be coming home to reconnect with family. Although hired as the housekeeper, she was practically a mother to John Abbott’s three oldest children, Jack, Ashley, and Traci in the absence of their real mother, Dina.

With Jack’s marriage to Diane and Ashley’s union to Tucker pitting the siblings against each other (not to mention Billy feeling disrespected), the Abbott family has been at the center of quite a lot of drama recently. Traci is usually the one who helps keep the peace, but maybe Mamie can give her some backup?

Redd’s lengthy show-biz resume includes episodes of primetime series like THE JEFFERSONS, GOOD TIMES, EIGHT IS ENOUGH, LOU GRANT, WKRP IN CINCINNATI, 227, LIVING SINGLE, and ER. She can also be seen in the TV mini-series The Women of Brewster Place as well as movies like Clean and Sober, Heart and Soul, The Five Heartbeats, and Blue Hill Avenue.

Although the show didn’t indicate how long Redd’s run would last, it’s likely only a brief visit, so you won’t want to miss a single moment of it!

Hayley Erin Returns to Daytime!

(9/6/23) (soapsindepth.com) Please join us in welcoming Hayley Erin back to daytime! Although unfortunately for GENERAL HOSPITAL fans, she’s not returning as Kiki Jerome. Instead, the actress is returning to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS… but not as Abby Newman! “I hear Genoa City is beautiful this time of year,” Erin joked on X when the casting news broke.

Soap Opera Digest is reporting that Erin will be playing the newly created role of Claire Grace and is scheduled to make her first appearance later this fall. She’ll be a new hire at Newman Media, so viewers should anticipate her getting mixed up in all the intrigue and in-fighting there!

Erin began her acting career with roles on primetime series like MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE and MAD TV before making her daytime debut on Y&R in 2008 when the soap SORASed Abby Newman into a teenager. The actress remained in Genoa City until 2010 when the role was recast again, this time with Marcy Rylan (ex-Lulu, GH).

Erin then joined the cast of GH in February 2015 as a recast of Kiki Jerome, and portrayed the beleaguered young heroine until the character was killed off in November 2018. Though she did make a couple of appearances in 2019 and 2021 from beyond the grave!

After GH, Erin found success playing Taylor Hotchkiss on PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: THE PERFECTIONISTS, and recently starred in the independent feature film New Life. The actress also found love with Irish actor Adam Fergus and they tied the knot in 2020. The couple welcomed their twins, Maude and Juno, in 2021.

Stay tuned to Y&R for Erin’s debut and to see what kind of drama Grace stirs up in Genoa City!

Chucky Season 3 Trailer Confirms the Return of Devon Sawa — But Who Will He Play This Time Around?

(8/31/23) (Video) A missing letter opener? That can’t be good!

Chucky‘s back in the newly released trailer for Season 3 (which premieres Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 9/8c on Syfy and USA Network) and he’s making good on his promise that “D.C. is gonna get Chucked up!” The new clip reveals that not only will the killer doll be heading to Washington, but Devon Sawa is returning as… the president of these United States! (Watch the trailer in full embedded above.)

Reads the official description: “In Chucky’s unending thirst for power, Season 3 now sees Chucky ensconced with the most powerful family in the world — America’s First Family, inside the infamous walls of the White House. How did Chucky wind up here? What in God’s name does he want? And how can Jake, Devon, and Lexy possibly get to Chucky inside the world’s most secure house, all while balancing the pressures of romantic relationships and growing up? Meanwhile, Tiffany faces a looming crisis of her own as the police close in on her for ‘Jennifer Tilly’s’ murderous rampage last season.”

Zackary Arthur, Björgvin Arnarson and Alyvia Alyn Lin are all back as the kids in question, in addition to franchise veterans Jennifer Tilly and Brad Dourif, as the voice of Chucky.

Alex Vincent, Christine Elise and Fiona Dourif’s returns seem likely, but remain TBA.

For those keeping score, Sawa previously played a pair of twins in Season 1 — Lucas and Logan Wheeler, Jake’s father and uncle. In Season 2, he portrayed Father Bryce, the headmaster at the Catholic School of the Incarnate Lord. And yes, all three of his characters met untimely demises at the hands of the titular red-headed monster.

Rebel Wilson Pic ‘Bride Hard’, Cleared For Interim Agreement, Adds Anna Camp, Justin Hartley, Anna Chlumsky, Stephen Dorff & More

(8/30/23) The Rebel Wilson feature, Bride Hard, directed by Simon West has rounded out its cast which includes Anna Camp, Justin Hartley, Anna Chlumsky, Stephen Dorff, Gigi Zumbado and Da’Vine Joy Randolph.

In addition, the pic also features Sam Huntington, Sherry Cola and Michael O’Neill.

Bride Hard stars Wilson as a badass secret agent who is a force to be reckoned with as a mercenary group takes hostage her best friend’s lavish wedding. The indie feature was cleared for a SAG interim agreement.

The pic was written by Shaina Steinberg from a story by Steinberg and CeCe Pleasants.

Bride Hard just wrapped production in Savannah, Georgia.

Joel David Moore and Max Osswald are producing for Balcony 9 (Immaculate Room, Some Other Woman) along with Cassian Elwes (Mudbound), Colleen Camp (Father Stu) and Jason Ross Jallet (Die In A Gunfight). WME Independent is handling worldwide sales, production financing provided by East West Bank.

Wilson was injured in the nose during a night fight sequence on set earlier this month, but the actress reported on social media that she was on the mend.

Camp, star of The Help, Lovebirds, A Little Prayer, Jerry & Marge Go Large is repped by CAA and Authentic Talent & Literary Agency. Blade and Paradise City star Dorff is represented by Atlas Artists. This Is Us star Hartley is represented by CAA. Veep 6x Primetime Emmy nominee Chlumsky is repped by CAA and Liebman Entertainment. Zumbado, whose credits include Pitch Perfect 2 and The Rookie, is repped by A3 Artists and Industry Entertainment. Randolph of the upcoming The Holdovers, The Lost City, Dolemite Is My Name and Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is repped by CAA and Fox Rothschild. Huntington is represented by Industry Entertainment. Cola is represented by CAA. O’Neill is represented by MKS.

Michael Damian Returns to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS for an “Extended Stay!”

(8/29/23) (soapsindepth.com) It’s another blast from the past when Michael Damian returns to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS on Thursday, Sept. 28! And this time, the soap is promising that Danny’s visit is for an “extended stay!”

Damian debuted as Danny Romalotti back in 1980 and remained with the soap until 1998. In the years that followed, the actor has reprised the role numerous times, his most recent being in March 2023 for Y&R’s 50th anniversary celebration.

In addition to singing on Y&R, Damian enjoyed a successful recording career, releasing five albums and three top 40 hits, including his number-one smash “Rock On.” In recent years, the actor and musician has stepped behind the camera, directing family films like Moondance Alexander, Flicka 2, Marley & Me: The Puppy Years, and A Princess for Christmas.

Damian recently wrapped production on the sequel to his Hallmark holiday film The Christmas Waltz, which is naturally titled Paris Christmas Waltz, as it was shot in Paris! He also produced the Lindsay Lohan Netflix movie Falling for Christmas, which was directed by his wife, Janeen. And they are teaming up with Lohan again for another film, Irish Wish, which will premiere on Netflix in 2024.

With Heather’s return complicating Daniel’s rekindled relationship with Lily, he could probably use some fatherly advice. And Danny could also find himself rekindling his own romance with Christine, now that she and Paul have ended their marriage. Then again, Phyllis might once again set her sights on the guy! Since Damian is sticking around this time, who knows what drama Danny will get mixed up in this time?

Eva Marcille finalizes divorce from Michael Sterling

(8/25/23) America’s newest single model.

Eva Marcille (ex-Tyra, Y&R) has reportedly finalized her divorce from ex-husband Michael Sterling.

According to court documents obtained by Radar Online, the former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star and the attorney signed their settlement agreement on Aug. 3.

Both parties reportedly waived their right to alimony or spousal support. Additionally, Marcille, 38, did not ask Sterling, 39, to pay her child support.

“The parties agree that each has ample income and assets to support the Children in their respective homes,” read the doc per the outlet.

“Accordingly, the parties agree that neither shall pay direct child support to the other.”

The exes were also reportedly awarded their own respective retirement and bank accounts and worked on a private custody agreement for their two children – sons Michael, 5, and Maverick, 3.

It’s unclear whether that agreement included Marcille’s daughter, Marley Rae, 9, whom she shares with ex Kevin McCall. Sterling gave her his last name and helped raise her since she was 15 months old.

The model filed for divorce from Sterling in March after less than five years of marriage.

Marcille claimed their union was “irretrievably broken” and that “there are no prospects for a reconciliation,” per court documents obtained by Page Six at the time.

“This has been one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make, but sometimes life takes your journey in a direction you were not expecting,” she told People in a statement.

“Our children remain our biggest priority, and the eight and half years we have spent together will always be cherished. We ask that you respect our privacy at this time.”

After the divorce news surfaced, Sterling vowed to win his wife back.

“I am not going to lose my wife. I am going to fight for her with every fiber in my being,” the lawyer wrote in a statement obtained by Page Six.

“I love her and I plan to show her how much I love her and that our love is strong enough to get to the other side.”

Sterling concluded, “I am not going to lose my wife. I am going to win her back.”

The former Bravo star and Sterling got engaged on Christmas Day 2017 and tied the knot one year later in October 2018.

While she has mostly kept mum about her split, she did recently open up about getting back into the dating pool.

“It is new, I’m almost a decade off the market, so it’s different, but my focus [is] my kids,” she shared on the “Big Tigger Morning Show” earlier this month.

“My focus is on me and doing me, and I like a little sprinkle of gifts and things too.”

‘All Rise’ To End With Season 3 On OWN; Premiere Date For Final Episodes Set

(8/22/23) It’s official. The third season of OWN’s courtroom drama series All Rise will be its last.

Starring and exec produced by Simone Missick, the final 10 episodes (Season 3B) will premiere on Saturday, September 16 at 9 pm on OWN.

This is the first official confirmation that the series not see a fourth season. As Deadline reported in March, the cast had been released by producing studio Warner Bros. Television ahead of the Season 3B run and cancellation was expected.

“We are extremely proud of the positive impact All Rise has made in showcasing strong, accomplished Black female characters,” OWN President Tina Perry said. “We are so grateful to all of our creative collaborators and wish to thank the talented cast and crew for their dedication and incredible work on the series.”

The NAACP Image Award–nominated series takes an intimate look into the lives of those working within the justice system in a bustling Los Angeles courthouse. It picks up immediately following the events of the dangerous smash-and-grab case, which left the courthouse in chaos and many lives in balance.

In addition to Missick as Judge Lola Carmichael, the ensemble cast includes Wilson Bethel, Jessica Camacho, J. Alex Brinson, Ruthie Ann Miles, Lindsay Mendez, Lindsey Gort and Marg Helgenberger as Judge Lisa Benner. Recurring cast also includes Samantha Marie Ware, Paul McCrane, Suzanne Cryer, Roger Guenveur Smith, Christian Keyes and Ian Anthony Dale.

Dee Harris-Lawrence, Missick, Michael M. Robin and Len Goldstein are executive producers of All Rise, which is produced by Warner Bros. Television.

The series was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series at both the 2021 NAACP Image Awards and the Black Reel Awards for Television in 2020. Missick was also nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series at the NAACP Image Awards and the Black Reel Awards for Television in both 2020 and 2021.

‘Chucky’ Gets Season 3 Premiere Date At Syfy & USA Network

(8/17/23) Chucky Season 3 is set for premiere on October 4 on Syfy and USA Network.

The killer doll took to the podium in D.C. to announce the news. In an NSFW tongue-in-cheek news conference, Chucky tells the gathered press to quiet down.

“I’m here to announce to you dips**ts- that Season 3 of my show, Chucky, will return on Oct. 4. And I will not rest until every single one of you f***ers watch it,” he says in the video above.

When one reporter asked him what the season is about, Chucky replied: “D.C. is gonna get chucked up.”

Another asks, will Devon Sawa, who has appeared in the previous two seasons in three different roles, be in Season 3? Well, Chucky’s not sure who that is.

And what about all the other famous horror dolls that have been getting movies? (A doll named M3GAN comes to mind.)

“I’d say this is not a movie. I already did seven movies. This is a TV show. What kind of a sh***y question is that?” Chucky responds.

Chucky follows the murderous escapades of the notorious killer doll. He crosses paths with archenemies, old allies, and new prey as he seeks to inspire fear and mayhem wherever he goes. After his diabolical plan to invade America’s children’s hospitals was foiled in Season 1, Chucky now seeks revenge on those he holds responsible: surviving teens Jake (Zackary Arthur), Devon (Björgvin Arnarson) and Lexy (Alyvia Alyn Lind), along with his ex Tiffany, now his sworn enemy. After having escaped their new Catholic school, can “Jevon” keep their relationship alive and best Chucky once and for all — this time in the nation’s capitol?

Chucky Season 3 kicks off on October 4 at 9 pm, streaming next day on Peaco*ck, followed by new episodes of SurrealEstate at 10 pm on Syfy.

Chucky is produced by UCP and exec produced by Don Mancini, Nick Antosca, Alex Hedlund, David Kirschner and Jeff Renfroe.

Six-Time Emmy Award-Winning Actress Heather Tom to Visit The Locher Room

(8/16/23) (Watch Here) Six-time Emmy Award-winner Heather Tom will join The Locher Room live on Wednesday, August 23rd at 3 p.m. EDT / 12 p.m. PDT. Heather currently stars as “Katie Logan” on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful, a role she has played for 16 years.

Prior to joining The Bold and the Beautiful, Heather spent three years starring as “Kelly Cramer Buchanan” on ABC’s One Life to Live, and 13 years starring as the tempestuous “Victoria Newman” on CBS’s The Young and the Restless. In 2020, she tied the record for the most Emmys won by an Actress in a Daytime Drama Series. In 2012, she set the record, which she still holds today, as the only female actor in television history to win an Emmy in all three performer categories: Younger, Supporting and Lead Actress. To date, Heather has received 19 Emmy Award nominations; nine for her role as Victoria Newman, two for her role as “Kelly Cramer Buchanan,” and eight for her role as “Katie Logan.”

In 2016, Tom joined the DGA and began directing. She participated in CBS’s coveted Diversity Directors Internship program. She has since directed episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless, Good Trouble and Dynasty. Additionally, she has directed the video short, Bigfoot’s Love Slave, and the short films, Blink and Serenity.

In addition to her roles in daytime, Heather made her Broadway debut in 2004 and has appeared in several hit primetime series.

‘The Young & The Restless’ Star Eric Braeden Reveals He’s Cancer-Free: “They Couldn’t Find A Damn Thing”

(8/14/23) Some very good news from The Young & The Restless actor Eric Braeden. Braeden has revealed he’s cancer-free nearly four months after his bladder cancer diagnosis.

Braeden, who has starred as Victor Newman on the CBS daytime soap since 1980, shared the news Sunday in a Facebook Live video.

“The reason I want to talk to you tonight is I want to tell you I’m grateful [for] all of your good thoughts and your prayers,” Braeden said in the video. “It’s meant a great deal to me, and I can tell you it obviously has helped, because I had my last cystoscopy two days ago — that’s when they thread a camera into your bladder — and I’m cancer-free. They couldn’t find a damn thing. Isn’t that nice?”

Thanking his fans for “all your thoughts, all your prayers”, Braeden acknowledged his treatment is not over. The malignant tumor that had been removed form his bladder contained “high-grade cancer cells,” and he will now undergo three prophylactic infusions containing “some stuff that apparently kills the cancer,” he revealed. He’s also awaiting the results of a recent MRI, which will reveal if the cancer had spread.

“And then I should be free for a while,” he added. “Every so often, every few months, I’ll have another cystoscopy, all to find the damn thing early and to fight it. To hell with it.”

When Braeden announced his diagnosis in April, he said he had been having problems with his bladder and urination that worsened during his recovery from a recent knee-replacement surgery.

He said he wanted to be open about the diagnosis because “I think this may be good for some older guys who may, or may not, listen to this.”

Braeden said he was diagnosed by a urologist at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He had surgery for a UroLift to relieve pressure on his urethra, during which doctors also removed the cancer.

“I’ve learned now to listen to my body more, and not go all out,” he said, adding that he still works out but on a modified basis. “So if you’ve seen me a little under the weather, yeah, I have been, but I will lick this. This bastard aint going to get me, I’m going to get it.”

You can watch Braeden’s entire message on the Facebook link above.

Sharon Farrell Dies: Actress Who Starred In Film ‘It’s Alive’ And On TV’s ‘The Young And The Restless’ Was 82

(8/5/23) Sharon Farrell, whose long career included star turns in film, television, and on Broadway, died May 15 in Orange County. Her death at 82 was only recently discovered by relatives, who posted the news to Facebook, but they were unsure of the cause.

Farrell had an extensive resume, but is best remembered for the film It’s Alive, in which she played the mother of a murderous deformed infant. She also had roles in the films The Stunt Man, Lone Wolf McQuade, Marlowe, The Reivers (with Steve McQueen) and Can’t Buy Me Love (1987).

On television, Farrell recurred as Det. Lori Wilson in the final season of the original “Hawaii Five-O.” She was also Florence Webster on the CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless” from 1991-97.

Born Sharon Forsmoe on Christmas Eve in 1940 in Sioux City, Iowa, she moved to New York, where she acted and modeled.

She made her film debut in 1959’s Kiss Her Goodbye, then danced on Broadway.

In 1962, Farrell starred on the short-lived NBC newspaper drama “Saints and Sinners,” and appeared with Tony Curtis and Suzanne Pleshette in the comedy film, 40 Pounds of Trouble.

Farrell was a frequent television guest star throughout her career, having appearances on “My Favorite Martian,” “Wagon Train,” “Gunsmoke,” and “The Beverly Hillbillies,” among many other shows.

Her film résumé also included A Lovely Way to Die, Not With My Wife, You Don’t!, The Love Machine and Night of the Comet.

She is survived by a son, Chance, a grandson, Wayde, and daughter-in-law Mandi.

‘All My Children’ Star Eva LaRue: “You Don’t Have To *Earn* Self-Care

(8/2/23) (firstforwomen.com) Best known as Dr. Maria Santos Grey on All My Children (half of the super-couple Edmund and Maria) and as Natalia Boa Vista on CSI: Miami, Eva LaRue has been acting since the age of six and charming millions with her acting chops, radiant smile and upbeat personality.

But now, after a rough couple of years of loss and worry, the 55-year-old Daytime Emmy Award-winner is focusing on spending more time with her daughter, Kaya, enjoying hikes with good friends, cuddling her two dogs and simply enjoying some well-deserved R & R.

Eva LaRue recently sat down with FIRST for Women for an interview for our latest cover (on sale now!) and shared some of her tips for overcoming heartache, relieving stress and simply making yourself a priority. Here is some highlights of had to say.

“Vulnerability makes you strong”

Over the last few years, LaRue has had to deal with more of her fair share of grief. Her father passed away in 2019 and she lost her ex-husband, father to her daughter and fellow All My Children alum, John Callahan, in 2020. And then, just last April, LaRue was struck another blow when she lost her 85 year-old mother.

“It was a horror show,” LaRue admits to First For Women. “It was just loss after loss; it was a struggle.”

When asked if she believes pain makes a person stronger, LaRue said simply…no. “I don’t think pain itself makes us stronger or more resilient, I think pain makes us more vulnerable and strength comes out of that vulnerability,” she explains. “Losing your mother really strips you down to your most childlike self.”

To turn her pain into purpose, LaRue tries to see heartache as an opportunity to be gentle with herself. “It’s a chance to really self soothe and be merciful with yourself and to have an opportunity to heal any leftover mother wounds,” she adds. “I think when you’re sitting in that vulnerability you really have that opportunity to build that strength going forward.”

Another way LaRue nurtured her hurting heart was sharing stories with loved ones about her mother. “I heard amazing childhood stories from my aunts that I’d never heard before,” she says with a smile. “I was getting a fuller perspective of my mom based on other peoples perspective of her which I really loved. So much laughter and healing that came out of that.”

“Miracles show up big and small”

To to cultivate peace and fight stress, LaRue also relies heavily on gratitude. “That’s something I’ve had to put into practice daily. Every morning before I get out of bed, I give gratitude and thanks. I feel like it’s a prayer for me,” she says. “I just look for miracles and they do show up big and small. It could be just finding a parking space. More pieces of life’s puzzles come together for me.”

Recently, LaRue experienced her own small miracle when she opened her prayer book and found a handwritten note in the back…it was a letter from her mom. “It was amazing sitting there and reading a story about my faith from my mom.”

One major blessing that happened for LaRue and her daughter last year, was an example of life imitating art: After 12 years of harassing and stalking LaRue and her daughter via threatening letters and phone calls, the perpetrator was caught sentenced to three years in prison.

The kicker? Authorities used DNA left on a discarded straw to place him, leading to his arrest. On CSI: Miami, Eva’s character played a DNA analyst who conducted work similar to the one used to solve her own stalking case. “DNA, oddly enough, has just played such an interesting role in my life in so many ways,” she says.

The ground-breaking forensic genetic genealogy used to catch LaRue’s stalker, which uses DNA databases to match people, helped solve the legendary Golden State Killer case. LaRue’s case was only the second investigation conducted using this program.

In addition, her story is in the infant stages of being developed into a scripted show and documentary.

“We don’t have to earn self-care”

LaRue admits that she and many of her girlfriends are guilty of this: “Instead of making self-care a priority, we consider it a luxury and that’s a bad way to look at it,” she admits. “Most women put other things first.

“We’ll have plans for a ‘me’ day then make 87 excuses why we’re running around the house picking up dog poop, cleaning out a closet – instead of doing the self-care we had planned. For some reason we think we’re not allowed to care for ourselves unless we’ve done our to-do list.”

She also catches herself and other women believing you have to earn it. “We make self care a luxury thing and think we have to be worthy of it,” she sighs. “I want to take the worthiness out of self-care. When I think that way I ask myself, ‘Why do I have to work for a self-care day?'”

“I really need to build self care into everyday. Just taking a walk, being in nature or daily time out – that is on my list of things to stop doing is to stop luxurizing self care and prioritize self care.”

We’re right there with you, Eva LaRue!

To read more Eva LaRue tips pick up the newest issue of FIRST for Women from your local grocery store, or have one delivered to your house by ordering it here!

Dishing with Digest - 7/28/23 - Vail Bloom

(7/28/23) (Listen/download) Vail Bloom opens up about how she broke into the biz, coming back to Y&R as Heather, her time on VANDERPUMP RULES and more with Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the latest casting news and story spoilers.

Doug Davidson Cleans Out His Y&R Dressing Room

(7/26/23) (soapsindepth.com) It was a bittersweet visit to CBS Television City on July 15 for former THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Doug Davidson (ex-Paul). As the beloved actor explained on Twitter, he recently went back to the television studio to gather his remaining belongings, almost three years after he made his last appearance on the soap. “Well, I cleaned out my dressing room a week ago Saturday,” Davidson confessed in a July 23 Twitter post.

As longtime Y&R viewers know, the actor had been the soap’s longest-running cast member, having made his Genoa City debut back in May 1978. However, in recent years, the Emmy winner’s screentime dwindled, and the last time viewers saw Paul was when he was investigating Chance’s shooting in a November 2020 storyline. Technically, at that point, Davidson had been bumped from a contracted actor to recurring status, but he was never called back in by the soap’s higher-ups — and previously shared on social media that the lack of communication left him feeling disrespected. In recent weeks, it was mentioned in storyline that Paul and Christine had split up (off-camera, of course) and he was in Portugal visiting his daughter, Heather, and granddaughter, Lucy.

So, when Davidson went to the studio that Sunday earlier this month, he had some mixed feelings. “Yes, it was sad for several reasons,” he noted. “One, it was my home for over 40 years, and it was like a ghost town.”

Several television shows are taped and produced at Television City. In addition to Y&R, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL also films at the complex, as does DANCING WITH THE STARS and AMERICAN IDOL. Now known as Radford Studio Center, the historic facility is about to undergo a massive renovation, according to Deadline, requiring many of the programs utilizing the space to find other homes. THE PRICE IS RIGHT vacated TV City’s Studio 33 after completing its 52nd season in June, for example, and has moved to a state-of-the-art studio in nearby Glendale for the upcoming Season 53.

It is not clear if Davidson cleaned out his dressing room because that part of the campus will soon be under construction, or if his decision to gather the rest of his belongings was personal. But he was somewhat shocked by what he saw upon his arrival. “Price has left, and the new owner of TV City isn’t really keeping it up,” he noted. “The sets were all small and a bit tired.”

Not surprisingly, Davidson received an outpouring of support from Y&R viewers who miss him desperately after sharing his news. “Thank you all for the kind messages. Sending lots of love right back to you all!” he tweeted, adding that he was “eternally grateful” to Y&R co-creators William and Lee Phillip Bell “and CBS for everything!”

‘Match Me If You Can’: Vertical Acquires Rom-Com Starring Georgina Reilly & Wilson Bethel

(7/25/23) Vertical has locked down rights to the romantic comedy Match Me If You Can for North America, the UK and Ireland. Marking the feature debut of director Marian Yeager, the film is now set for a day-and-date release on August 11th. Among the major titles opening against it are Sony’s Gran Turismo and Universal’s Last Voyage of the Demeter.

Written by Betsy Morris, Match Me If You Can watches as female computer nerd Kip Parsons (Quantum Leap‘s Georgina Reilly) declares war on iPromise, an online dating service that rejected her as “unmatchable.” Taking her case to social media, she goes viral and becomes the reluctant champion for all those frustrated singles out there. When the company masterminded by Riley Detamore (All Rise‘s Wilson Bethel) finds itself at risk because her blog has gone viral, Riley maps out a plan to find out why. A chance encounter with Kip creates an awkward chain of mishaps resulting in an unexpected but undeniable spark between the two.

Also starring in the rom-com are Brian George (The Expanse), Billy Armstrong (Nashville), Veronica Wylie (The Offer), Jennifer Griffin (Apollo 10½) and Kanwar Singh (FBI). Monica Lund and Marian Yeager produced, with Paul Merryman, Stacey Parks of Media Sparks Entertainment and Suzanne Weinert serving as EPs.

Said Vertical’s SVP of Acquisitions Tony Piantedosi, “Georgina and Wilson deliver fantastic performances that take you on a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows capturing the thrills and frustration of the modern dating landscape. Guided by Marian Yeager’s direction, Match Me If You Can explores the power of an unexpected connection that blossoms between two strangers, igniting a spark of hope and possibility.”

Added producers Lund and Yeager of MY Productions, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Vertical to share the story of an uncompromising female protagonist who, like many of us, grapples with the age-old question of being alone and the angst of overcoming the feeling of being unlovable, while trying to remain true to oneself. We hope the film entertains, of course, but in a way that ultimately ends with a person leaving the theatre feeling just a bit better than they did when they walked in, and perhaps that they’ve been seen and ultimately feel less alone.”

Piantedosi negotiated the deal on behalf of Vertical, with Media Sparks Entertainment’s Parks on behalf of the production.

J. Eddie Peck Live in The Locher Room

(7/20/23) (Watch Here) Don’t miss the chance to catch up with actor J. Eddie Peck live in The Locher Room on Friday, July 28th at 3 p.m. EDT / 12 p.m. PDT. J. Eddie will look back on his thirteen years playing Cole Howard on CBS’s number one daytime drama The Young and the Restless, on playing Hawk Hawkins on Days of Our Lives and his role as Dr. Jake Martin on All My Children. In addition to his daytime roles, J. Eddie is one of the very few actors who had a front-burner storyline on two prime-time hit series at the same time, Dallas, and Dynasty.

J. Eddie has also starred in 14 films including the dance film, Lambada which he pitched, sold to the studio as a writer and he was later cast as the lead.

In addition to his multifaceted work in the entertainment industry as an actor, writer, producer, director, J. Eddie spent several years as a corporate executive. While on All My Children, a director friend knew that J. Eddie had written several business plans in the past and asked him to create one for his New York-based production company. Once leaving AMC, J. Eddie did more of the same, partnering with an investment banker who commissioned him to write plans for start-ups...from production companies to health and fitness, to oil and gas. This eventually led to a national healthcare company offering him a role he couldn’t refuse, but would require him stepping away from entertainment altogether. As CEO of AmeriPrem LLC, J. Eddie was responsible for managing and executing the day-to-day operations for the network-marketing financial services company. J. Eddie’s now back home in Los Angeles contemplating his next move. He just recently finished his luxury Airbnb outside of Los Angeles and says another acting run is certainly not out of the question.

Soap Star Nick Benedict Dead at 76

(7/17/23) (soapsindepth.com) The daytime community is saying goodbye to veteran actor Nick Benedict, who died on July 14 at the age of 76. The sad news was reported on the Facebook page for Jake’s Steakhouse, where his wife, Ginger, works. “Nick Benedict’s birthday was July 14,” they wrote. “He went to be with the Lord this day. Please pray for Ginger.”

Although no specific cause of death was given, a GoFundMe had previously been set up on July 13 for the Benedicts that explained that Nick had undergone emergency spinal cord surgery on July 2. Two days later, he was admitted to hospice paralyzed from the neck down and requiring constant care and support.

Born in 1947 in Los Angeles, Benedict began his career in the late ‘60s, appearing in television series like IRON HORSE, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, HAWAII FIVE-0, ADAM-12, and IRONSIDE. In 1977, the actor was cast as Vietnam veteran Philip Brent on ALL MY CHILDREN, who found himself torn between Tara and Erica. In 1979, he earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in the Outstanding Actor category for his work on the soap.

In 1981, Benedict joined the cast of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Michael Scott, who Victor trapped in a bomb shelter believing he’d slept with his wife. From 1982-83, he played Ron Washington on ANOTHER LIFE, and in 1990, he appeared in some episodes of SANTA BARBARA. In 1993, the actor began making recurring appearances on DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Curtis Reed, Kate’s abusive ex and father to Austin and Billie.

Benedict’s career also included movies like An American Summer, Beach House, Memories of Murder, Get a Job, and Courting Courtney.

Our thoughts are with Ginger and the rest of Benedict’s family and friends during this difficult time.

Spend the Evening With Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott!

(7/18/23) (soapsindepth.com) One big star is honoring another when THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Melody Thomas Scott hosts two fundraising benefits for the Lucille Ball Little Theatre in Jamestown, NY, on Tuesday, August 15! And fans can get attend the events to get up close and personal with their daytime fave!

“I’ve admired Lucille Ball my entire life and am so looking forward to raising money for the Lucille Ball Little Theatre,” Scott said. “It’s a great opportunity to both support the arts and honor Lucy, a legendary Jamestown native who’s kept the world laughing for more than 70 years. I always enjoy spending time with my fans who have been so loyal to me and Nikki all these years.”

First up, from 7:30-9:00 p.m. ET, is “Always Young & Restless: An Evening With Melody Thomas Scott,” with a ticket price of $45. The actress will take the stage and reflect on her career while interacting with the audience and answering questions. Autographed copies of Scott’s memoir, Always Young and Restless: My Life On and Off America’s #1 Daytime Drama, will be on sale in the lobby with the proceeds going towards the theatre.

Then, “The VIP Experience With Melody Thomas Scott” includes a ticket to the theater for the earlier event as well as one to a special gala reception in the star’s honor for $150 and is limited to just 65 tickets. After enjoying premium seating during the main event in the theatre, VIP fans will have the opportunity to meet Scott one-on-one at the reception for photos and autographs. A silent auction of memorabilia donated by the actress, including signed Y&R scripts and wardrobe, will also be part of the gala. Champagne and desserts will be served.

The theatre’s capacity is only 400 and only 65 VIP tickets will be sold, so interested fans shouldn’t wait! Tickets can be purchased directly from the Lucille Ball Little Theatre’s website at www.LBLTJ.com. [Editor’s Note: At the time of publication, the home page was not working. https://www.lbltj.com/

Melissa Claire Egan Welcomes Her Second Son

(7/17/23) (soapsindepth.com) (Photos) It seems as if Melissa Claire Egan’s baby boy couldn’t wait to meet his parents! The actress, who plays THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Chelsea and was once ALL MY CHILDREN‘s Annie, happily shared the news that she had given birth to her second son with husband Matt Katrosar on July 14, several weeks ahead of her August due date.

“Meet Jake Joseph Katrosar!” the second-time mother announced on Instagram, sharing four photos of her and Matt and their newborn taken in the hospital. Three of the pictures were seemingly taken just moments after Jake’s birth — presumably by C-section as Katrosar is wearing a hospital-issued protective jumpsuit and has his hair covered by a cap.

A fourth photo shows Jake hanging out with his Mom and Dad in Egan’s hospital room, snuggled up and contently napping on the Y&R star. “Welcome to the world, sweet boy. A few weeks early, but we’re so happy to have you and call you ours and love you forever!”

Egan and Katrosar are already parents to Caden Robert, who will celebrate his second birthday next month. The actress announced in February that she and her husband were expecting their second child. “Looks like we’re just destined to have August babies!” Egan cheered. “So grateful and excited to be adding another cub to our family of Leo baby boys. Caden’s gonna be a big brother!”

With his July 14 birthdate, Jake actually falls under the zodiac sign of Cancer, which encompasses June 21 through July 22. While Leos (represented by the lion) are known to be passionate, loyal, and dramatic, the typical personality traits of Cancers (represented by the crab) include being creative, nurturing, sensitive, and compassionate.

While Jake’s astrological sign means that the Katrosars didn’t technically get a second baby cub to add to their pack, Cancers and Leos are believed to be complementary personalities! And we’re sure that Caden will be an awesome big brother to little Jake!

Please join us in congratulating Egan and Katrosar on the addition to their family! We can’t wait to see Jake and Caden grow up together!

Y&R Alum Joins Bold & Beautiful

(7/17/23) Michael Corbett (ex-David Kimball, The Young and the Restless) will appear on CBS’ The Bold and The Beautiful beginning Friday, July 21 as the judge presiding over Sheila’s high stakes court hearing.

Greg Rikaart & Elizabeth Hendrickson Celebration - The Young and the Restless & Days of our Lives

(7/16/23) (Watch Here) In this very special livestream conversation, the Michael Fairman Channel is celebrating the soap opera anniversaries of two of daytime's most popular stars, Greg Rikaart and Elizabeth Hendrickson. Be there with us live at 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT on Tuesday night, July 18th for all the fun.

This July, Greg (Kevin, Y&R and Leo, DAYS) is celebrating his 20th anniversary on daytime. Rikaart debuted on The Young and the Restless back in 2003 as Kevin Fisher, the troublemaking younger brother of Michael Baldwin. 20 years later, he still inhabits the role, while also playing another troublemaker, the LGBTQ character of Leo Stark on Days of our Lives, a part in which he has played since 2018.

Greg won a Daytime Emmy back in 2005 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his work on Y&R, and has been nominated 6 other times throughout his career. On Y&R, Kevin is married to Chloe and they are raising two young children together.

Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R) has had an extensive soap opera journey, 2023 marks her 15th anniversary in Genoa City and her 22nd year in daytime.

Soap viewers first saw Elizabeth in 2001 in the role of All My Children's Frankie Stone, because she was so popular and paired in a romantic storyline with Eden Riegel's Bianca Montgomery, they brought her back as Frankie's twin, Maggie.

In 2008, Hendrickson joined Y&R in the role of Chloe Mitchell, who turned out to be the daughter of Katherine Chancellor's maid, Esther Valentine. Chloe was in troubled relationships with Cane and Billy before finding her soulmate in Kevin Fisher. In 2018, Liz appeared in the role of Margaux Dawson on General Hospital, before heading back to reprise her signature role of Chloe on Y&R in 2019. Along the way, Liz has been nominated for five Daytime Emmy Awards.

Indie Feature ‘In The Summers’ Starring Residente, Sasha Calle, Lío Mehiel & Leslie Grace Wraps Production

(7/11/23) (Photo1, Photo2, Photo3, Photo4, Photo5 The indie feature In The Summers has wrapped production in New Mexico and Deadline has your first look at stars René “Residente” Pérez Joglar, in his acting debut, Sasha Calle (The Flash), Lío Mehiel (Mutt) and Leslie Grace (In The Heights) below.

Exile Content Studio, a Candle Media Company produced the project in association with Lexicon Development, alongside 1868 Studios and LUZ Films.

From writer and director Alessandra Lacorazza in her feature debut, In The Summers tells the story of Latine sisters, Violeta (Lío) and Eva (Calle), who visit their loving but reckless father Vicente (Pérez Joglar) every summer. He creates a world of wonder but under the fun facade, he battles addiction which gradually erodes the magic, culminating in a devastating tragedy. Vicente tries to make up for the past, but wounds aren’t easily healed.

Grace portrays the character of Yenny. The character of Violeta will also be played by Dreya Renae Castillo (young) and Kimaya Thais (teen); young Eva will be played by Luciana Quinonez and as a teen by Allison Salinas. Additional casting includes Emma Ramos as Carmen; Camilla will be played by Sharlene Cruz as an adult and Gabriela Surodjawan as a teen; Indigo Montez plays Natalia.

“Alessandra is a visionary filmmaker and her script for In The Summers profoundly spoke to our mission at Exile to create content that uplifts Latin voices and tells rich, diverse stories,” said Nando Vila, Head of Exile Content Studio. “This is a powerful story, and we are thrilled to partner with Lexicon Development, 1868 Studios and LUZ Films on bringing In The Summers to life.”

“The moment I finished this screenplay I knew that it represented the kind of voice we set out to support with our mission at Lexicon,” added Alexander Dinelaris, founder, screenwriter and producer at Lexicon Development.

Academy Award-winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman, The Revenant) and Rob Quadrino are producing the film on behalf of Lexicon Development; Lynette Coll, Sergio Lira, and Cristobal Güell on behalf of LUZ Films. Nando Vila is executive producing the film for Exile Content Studio, alongside Richard Saperstein for Bluestone Entertainment and Henry R. Muñoz III (Weird: The Al Yankovic Story).r

Stars Remember the Late Andrea Evans

(7/11/23) The daytime community was crushed by the death of actress Andrea Evans, who passed away on July 9 following a battle with cancer. Although best known for playing bad-girl Tina Lord on ONE LIFE TO LIVE, she also appeared on numerous other soaps including THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS (as Patty Williams), THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL (as Tawny Moore), and PASSIONS (as Gwen Hotchkiss).Social media was flooded with memories and tributes to the late actress from fans, friends, and former co-stars. Here are just some of them:

Erika Slezak (Viki, OLTL): “I am absolutely shocked and devastated by this news and I send love and deepest sympathies to Steve and Kylie — they were her whole life. Andrea and I worked together for so long — on her first day at work, she was living one block away from me and I walked her to work. She was just a child — never been to NYC — so sweet and kind and loving — amazing that she played such a complicated, confused, and selfish character so well. When she and Steve got married and then got Kylie, it seemed her life was finally complete. She was so happy. So very, very sad.”Eileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R): “So very sorry to hear of the passing of Andrea Evans. I loved working with her and such a wonderful person. Prayers to her family.”Robin Strasser (Dorian, OLTL): “This is sad to hear. My memories of Andrea Evans are of a woman who was super smart and energized, a heat-seeking missile. That’s a compliment! You knew when you worked with her, it’d be like going head-to-head with a champion. I admired her daring. I hate the disease that took her.”“Working with Andrea Evans was one of the highlights of my acting career,” he told People. “From the day that she first welcomed me to the set of OLTL through the final reunion episodes that we shot when the show was ending, Andrea continued to be a generous, blissfully comedic, and insightful scene partner. I think my finest memory of performing with Andrea was not standing in our bathing suits in the Iguazu Falls in Brazil but working on the Banner newspaper office set on rolling chairs in a playfully choreographed love scene that was directed by legend David Pressman. It was one of my earliest appearances on the show. The magic in the room was palpable, and it offered promises of the great fun that was to be created and enjoyed in the years that followed. We will all miss Andrea and her mischievous looks towards camera at the end of the scene.”“I am so sorry to learn of Andrea Evans’ passing. Andrea was already a huge star when my career began at OLTL. She was always kind, gracious, and so fun to work with. A daytime legend who will be missed very much. My sympathies to her friends and family.”“Heartbroken! Andrea was my TV mom but became my mom! I will miss her beautiful, infectious positivity! I was blessed by this beautiful soul! I hope you are enjoying the Disneyland of the sky! Save a seat for me on Winnie the Pooh! I will forever love you, Mom!”Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GH): “I’m so sorry to hear about Andrea Evans. Kim Zimmer (Reva, GUIDING LIGHT; Echo, OLTL), Andrea, and I came to NYC via Chicago per ABC Daytime Television back in the day together. Lovely woman. Donated to cancer foundation today. We’ve got to fund the hell out of these organizations so they can kill cancer and not our friends.”“We lost Andrea Evans. She was wildly responsible for showing me that working in daytime doesn’t have to feel like work at all. I will miss the sparkle in her eyes when she smiled, which was seemingly all the time. Rest in peace, Andrea, and thank you for all you gave.”Melissa Archer (Natalie, OLTL): “This is heartbreaking news. Andrea was a kind woman, fun to work with, and such a pro. I feel so fortunate that I was able to play with her on OLTL and THE BAY. Sending love to all our soap family and Andrea’s real family. World lost a good one.”McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan, PASSIONS): “RIP Andrea Evans! My heart is broken.”

Catch up with Two-time Emmy Award-winner Michael Corbett

(7/10/23) (Watch here) Two-time Emmy Award-winner Michael Corbett will be live in The Locher Room on Tuesday, July 18th at a special time, 7 p.m. EDT / 4 p.m. PDT to discuss some exciting new projects he’s been working on.

Michael is best known to CBS daytime viewers for his long run as villain David Kimball on “The Young and the Restless.” He recently took part in the celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of the show. Voted “Daytime’s Most Lovable Cad” by People Magazine, Corbett has also starred in the daytime dramas in “Ryan’s Hope” (ABC) and “Search for Tomorrow (NBC).

A two-time Emmy and Broadway World Best Actor Award winner, Corbett is also a host/correspondent for the syndicated entertainment newsmagazine “Extra” and senior producer and host for “Extra’s Mansions and Millionaires.” Starting his career on Broadway, he is a seasoned actor and has starred in numerous television series including “Zoey 101,” which is being re-booted as “Zoey 102” on Paramount+ this fall. He is also currently the executive producer of Netflix’s “Life After Death with Tyler Henry.”

Michael also just finished filming a role in the upcoming Season 2 of the popular web series, “The Disappointments.”

Andrea Evans Dies: ‘One Life To Live’, ‘The Young And The Restless’ Actor Was 66

(7/10/23) Andrea Evans, the two-time Daytime Emmy nominated daytime drama actor who rose to soap fame in the 1970s and ’80s as the troublemaking teen Tina Lord on the ABC series One Life To Live, died Sunday of cancer. She was 66.

Her death was announced by casting director Don Carroll.

Following her signature role on One Life To Live, Evans went on to play Patty Williams on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, Tawny Moore on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful, Rebecca Hotchkiss on NBC’s Passions and Patty Walker on Amazon Prime’s The Bay.

Born in Aurora, Illinois, Evans had appeared in beauty pageants and regional theater when she appeared as an extra in Brian De Palma’s 1978 horror classic The Fury. That year she also appeared in miniseries The Awakening Land, and soon drew the attention of legendary soap casting director Mary Jo Slater, who tapped her for the coveted role of Tina Lord, One Life To Live‘s answer to All My Children‘s Erika Kane.

Evans’ bad-girl portrayal was a quick success with viewers, and she remained in the role until 1981, when she left to portray Patty Williams on The Young and the Restless from 1983 to 1984. She returned to One Life in 1985, and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 1988.

Two years after her Emmy nomination, she abruptly quit the show and remained out of public view for almost 10 years, only later revealing the cause: She had been the victim of a stalker.

In a 2008 People magazine interview, Evans said she abandoned her career and New York City when the stalker’s actions grew increasingly violent. She revealed that in 1987 she’d been accosted in the lobby of One Life to Live’s Manhattan studio by the stalker and that the man soon thereafter slashed his wrists on the front steps of the studio. Taken to a psychiatric hospital, the man listed Evans as his next of kin, and began sending her death threats written in blood.

A few years after the incident, the man was detained outside the Secretary of State’s office in Washington, D.C., carrying a meat cleaver and a picture of Evans, according to People. The fear, she said, “forever changed me.” She eventually began accepting acting roles, but remained terrified of participating in public events.

She returned to One Life To Live and her most famous role in 2008 and again in 2011, saying, “It’s time to give the audience what they want. And it’s time for me to get closure on why I left in the first place.”

Evans received her second Daytime Emmy nomination in 2015 for her performance in the web series DeVanity.

Primetime credits include Circus of the Stars and Hollywood Squares. She had recently completed work on her forthcoming memoir My One Life To Live.

In addition to her professional ventures, Evans devoted considerable time to various animal rescue organizations and for City of Hope.

She is survived by husband Steve and daughter Kylie.

Actor Danny Trejo Reportedly Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Owes Over $2 Million To The IRS

(7/9/23) Danny Trejo has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy to pay off more than $2 million he owes to the IRS.

The actor and entrepreneur, 79, best known for his roles in “Machete Kills”, “Heat” and “Desperado”, filed back in February, according to ABC7.

His string of successful businesses, including Trejos Tacos and Trejos Coffee and Donuts, are reportedly not a part of the bankruptcy. The root of his enormous debt to the IRS is allegedly from mistakenly claiming deductions over the years.

The bankruptcy is so severe that according to documents obtained by RadarOnline, Barclays Mortgage Trust is asking the court permission to foreclose his home in Mission’s Hill, California.

The news comes after he recently announced the launch of his new non-alcoholic tequila brand, Zero Proof Tequila.

Dishing with Digest 6/30/23 - Zuleyka Silver

(6/20/23) (Listen/download) Zuleyka Silver (Audra, Y&R) chronicles her journey to Genoa City, offers insight into her cunning character, gives her take on Audra’s hook-up with Kyle and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also pay homage to the late Nicolas Coster and Brett Hadley.

Tyler Perry Sets Meagan Good, Debbi Morgan & Five Others To Star In Prime Video Pic ‘Divorce In The Black’

(6/29/23) Just a day after announcing Black, White, & Blue as his first film under a four-picture deal with Amazon inked back in November, Tyler Perry has named Divorce in the Black as his second. Starring in the pic, which Perry will direct and produce from his script, are Meagan Good (Harlem), Cory Hardrict (All American: Homecoming), Joseph Lee Anderson (Young Rock), Taylor Polidore (Snowfall), Shannon Wallace (City on a Hill), Richard Lawson (For Colored Girls) and Debbi Morgan (Power Book II: Ghost).

The film follows Ava, a young bank professional who is devastated when her husband Dallas abandons a marriage she is determined to fight for. But then fate intervenes, revealing Dallas’ wicked deeds that have trashed their marriage, and once upon a time sabotaged Ava’s destiny to be loved by her true soulmate. Deadline understands that Hardrict will be playing Dallas, though no further character details have been disclosed.

In addition to Perry via Tyler Perry Studios, producers include Tyler Perry Studios’ Angi Bones and Will Areu, as well as Dianne Ashford.

Most recently reprising her DC role of Super Hero Darla in Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Good is also known for turns in films like Day Shift, Think Like a Man and its sequel, Don Jon and Stomp the Yard, among others. The actress toplines Prime Video’s comedy series Harlem and has also been seen on shows like Prodigal Son, Star and Californication, to name just a few.

Currently starring as Coach Marcus Turner on The CW’s All American: Homecoming, which has been renewed for a third season, Hardrict also has on his resume shows like The Chi, S.W.A.T. and The Oath. He appears in the Sundance 2023 films To Live and Die and Live and Young. Wild. Free. and also boasts big-screen credits like City of Lies, All Eyes on Me, American Sniper and Warm Bodies.

Anderson played Rocky, the father of a young Dwayne Johnson, on NBC’s Young Rock, appearing prior to that on MacGruber and other series, as well as in films like Harriet.

Polidore has also been seen on All American: Homecoming, as well as on series like Snowfall, Black Lightning and Wicked City.

Most recently appearing on shows like Blue Bloods and City on a Hill, Wallace has also been part of American Soul and other series. Among his other upcoming projects is the indie drama Shelter Me with Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset.

Appearing in films like For Colored Girls, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Wag the Dog, Lawson counts amongst his recent TV credits shows like The Ms. Pat Show and Grey’s Anatomy.

Seen on shows like Power, Power Book II: Ghost and The Defenders, Morgan’s film credits include Coach Carter, Love & Basketball and Eve’s Bayou.

In addition to Black, White, & Blue, which tells the story of a woman who loses her husband at the hands of a police officer, Perry has coming up the Netflix films Six Triple Eight and Mea Culpa, having released such recent efforts as A Jazzman’s Blues, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Homecoming and A Fall from Grace to that platform.

Good is repped by Gersh, Atlas Artists and Yorn, Levine, Barnes; Hardict by Buchwald and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; Anderson by Gersh and Silver Mass Entertainment; Polidore by AEFH and Elevate Entertainment; Wallace by Stewart Talent and Artist International Group; Lawson by AMT Artists, Alta Global Media and attorney Larry Turner; Morgan by PH Entertainment Group; and Perry by WME and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole.

Eric Roberts Joins Psychological Horror Pic ‘Down Below’ From Filmmaker Spyder Dobrofsky

(6/27/23) Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts (Babylon) has been set to star opposite Hutch Dano and Christopher Livingston in Down Below, a psychological horror film from director Spyder Dobrofsky that is currently in production.

The plot of Down Below centers around a young sheriff and a criminal suspect who find their lives intertwined when both become haunted by a sinister force on Christmas Eve. Roberts portrays a highly intelligent police psychologist, who’s having a tough time with his current patient, a cop who was recently suspended for an act of violence on a civilian. Pic’s being produced by High Stake Entertainment.

Roberts was most recently seen playing Robert, the father of Margot Robbie’s Nellie LaRoy, in Damien Chazelle’s Old Hollywood epic Babylon for Paramount Pictures, which scored three Oscar noms earlier this year. The always-busy actor is also known for turns in films like Hard Luck Love Song, Head Full of Honey, Inherent Vice, The Expendables and The Dark Knight, among many others. Recent TV credits for him include The Rookie: Feds, Keeping Up with the Joneses, The Righteous Gemstones, Kidding and Suits.

Roberts is repped by Sovereign Talent Group and Scott Carlson Entertainment; Dobrofsky by DB Management.

Maya Hawke & William H. Macy Among Cast Of New Scripted Podcast ‘Supreme: The Battle For Roe’

(6/21/23) Maya Hawke (Asteroid City) and William H. Macy (Shameless) are set to lead the cast of the new original iHeartPodcast, Supreme: The Battle For Roe, a 9-episode series from creator and writer Aaron Tracy that delves into the true story of the Roe v. Wade case.

Supreme: The Battle for Roe is distributed by iHeartPodcasts and will be available on the iHeartRadio app and all major podcast listening platforms beginning June 28 with new episodes available weekly on Wednesdays.

The series follows the journey of Sarah Weddington (Hawke), who at 26, is the youngest woman ever to argue a case in the Supreme Court. Macy will play Justice Harry Blackmun.

Rachel Winter directs and also produces alongside Ben Spector, Aaron Tracy and Eva Longoria.

“Before Roe V. Wade, Sarah Weddington had never worked on a contested case or even been inside a courtroom. Harry Blackmun had never authored a major opinion. They were both new, untested and the least likely vehicles for the abortion controversy you can imagine,” said Tracy. “But their collision at the Supreme Court ended up defining their entire lives and changed the course of history. The moment I stumbled onto the story, I was desperate to write it. I’m thrilled it’s now come to life with such brilliant collaborators and I can’t wait for people to hear this incredible story on iHeart.”

In addition to Hawke and Macy, the series also stars Abigail Breslin (Linda Coffee), Andrea Savage (Deb Margulies), Felicity Huffman (Dottie Blackmun), Laura Benanti (Bea Cuttriss), Garrett Hedlund (Ron Weddington), Josh Hamilton (Reverend Herbert Ragle), Luke Kirby (Roy Lucas) and William Fichtner (Chief Justice Warren Burger).

“I am honored to be a part of this project, alongside such a talented cast and creative team, to share Sarah Weddington’s story of remarkable courage and determination,” said Hawke in a statement. “This podcast will shed light on an important, but largely unknown figure in history, and bring her inspiring legacy to life for a new generation.”

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Star Christel Khalil Is Pregnant!

(6/19/23) (soapsindepth.com) (Video) Please join us in congratulating THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Christel Khalil (Lily) on her pregnancy! The actress shared a montage of photos and video clips from the recent Monte Carlo TV Festival Awards and at one point, stands sideways with a beaming smile on her face as she shows off her prominent baby bump!

“That’s a wrap on Monaco!” she declared. “Thank you, Festival TV Monte Carlo for a great trip! Loved being there with this A-Team. Lots of laughs, blisters on our feet, and ate enough croissants to supply a bakery. See you next time!”

Also in the video are her Y&R co-stars Bryton James (Devon), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), and Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) as well as her fiancé, businessman Sam Restagno.

Khalil has a 13-year-old son, Michael Caden, from her previous marriage to musician Stephen Hensley. She went public with her romance with Restagno back in the summer of 2018, and the couple announced their engagement in April 2022.

Khalil has not yet revealed any more details of her pregnancy, such as when she’s expecting to welcome her new bundle of joy into the world or if she’s going to do a gender reveal.

Sasha Calle Says ‘The Flash’ “Was A Runway To A Bigger Story For” Supergirl As Star Ponders On Future Of Kara Zor-El

(6/18/23) Sasha Calle is hoping to continue to play the role of Supergirl after being introduced as the superhero in The Flash.

The Young and the Restless alum plays Kara Zor-El in the DC film and expressed excitement at the prospect of continuing to tell her story in future movies.

“I love her so much and I feel her very deeply,” Calle told Entertainment Tonight in a recent interview. “I think this movie was a runway to a bigger story for her.”

As far as what Calle would like to see her character do next she says, “I just want to dive deeper into Kara and her feelings into her day to day. I would just love to see her in regular clothes, in human clothes. As a fan, the whole time that I was filming, I kept thinking, ‘What would she wear? What glasses would she wear?'"

Calle put herself in fans’ shoes and notes that audiences don’t get to meet Kara as her “human, realized self” and “as a fan, that would be something very cool.”

The future of Calle continuing to play Supergirl has not been decided yet, but ahead of the premiere of The Flash, the former Man of Steele, Henry Cavill, gave her his stamp of approval.

“I asked him, ‘Did I make you proud, cuz? Does Superman approve?’” Calle told EW recently about her encounter with Cavill. “And he was like, ‘Absolutely. You did a phenomenal job.’ I think, to me, that meant the world, because it’s Henry Cavill, Man of Steel.”

Why Soap Actors Will Keep Working If There Is A SAG-AFTRA Strike As Scripts Continue To Be Written

(6/16/23) The moment the WGA strike started at 12:01 a.m. on May 2, all late-night shows went dark. Many presume that the same is bound to happen with daytime dramas if SAG-AFTRA goes on strike July 1 (or later), as those series, similarly, are in continuous, year-round production.

However, SAG-AFTRA’s film and TV contract, which expires June 30, does not apply to SAG-AFTRA members working on soaps. It means those cast members will have to continue to work even if their guild goes on strike after the membership voted overwhelmingly for strike authorization ahead of SAG-AFTRA’s current negotiations with the the studios’ collective bargaining representative the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. And, with the four daytime dramas — The Young and the Restless (CBS), The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS), Days Of Our Lives (Peaco*ck) and General Hospital (ABC) — continuing to churn out scripts amid the WGA strike using fi-core and other non-member writers, those shows appear positioned to continue production without interruption for the foreseeable future.

Soap actors are employed under the SAG-AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting (aka Network Code). It is different than the film and TV collective bargaining agreement that SAG-AFTRA is currently negotiating with the AMPTP. Negotiated between SAG-AFTRA and the Big 4 broadcast networks as well as other producers, the National Code covers soaps as well as morning news shows, talk shows, variety, reality, game shows, sports and promotional announcements. The current Code agreement, reached a year ago, goes through July 2024.

Daytime soaps tape well in advance, which allowed the shows to stay in originals for weeks after Covid shut down all Hollywood production in March 2020. For instance, Days of Our Lives is six months ahead.

In addition to the episode stockpile, the series remain in production and continue to generate new scripts. They are penned largely by financial core (fi-core) writers, who have resigned their WGA membership while benefiting from the guild’s contracts with the studios. Others, such as producers, assistants and executives, also are involved in writing in some cases.

During the 2007-08 WGA strike, a total of 28 writers went fi-core per the guild; almost all of them worked on daytime dramas. There were eight soaps at the time that kept going during the work stoppage.

The four current daytime soaps are all in production and currently working on new scripts, I hear.

Some of the dozens of soap writers who claimed fi-core status in 2007-2008 remain active. Additionally, the WGA has listed four writers who have gone fi-core this year, three of whom — Sheri Anderson, Michael Minnis and Mark Pinciotti — are daytime scribes. (The fourth is feature writer Matthew Sand.)

“The shows don’t stop,” daytime veteran Ron Carlivati, head writer on Days of Our Lives and a striking WGA member, said in an interview from the picket lines a month ago. “They replaced us in 2007 when I worked at One Life to Live, and I can only assume they’re replacing us right now. I’m being replaced on day one by other people.” He told Vulture that DOOL was going to run out of scripts he and his team had written before the strike “in a few weeks.”

After the strike is over, returning WGA soap writers will have to adjust their storytelling to accommodate the plot developments introduced during their absence.

Amid the nail-biting final days of SAG-AFTRA and AMPTP negotiations, with a potential strike looming, all daytime dramas except The Young and the Restless are taking extended summer breaks; The Bold and the Beautiful and General Hospital are going on monthlong production hiatus in July, while Days of Our Lives‘ three-week hiatus starts this weekend, I hear. Regardless of what happens between SAG-AFTRA and AMPTP, the casts will be expected to report back to work once those breaks are over.

Brett Hadley Dies: ‘Young & The Restless’ Alum Was 92

(6/16/23) Brett Hadley, best known for his longtime role as Genoa City police detective Carl Williams on The Young and the Restless, died Wednesday, according to Soap Opera Digest and his longtime friend, photographer Mary Ann Halpin, who shared the news on Facebook. Hadley was 92. A cause of death was not revealed.

Born on September 25, 1930, in Louisville, KY, Hadley studied drama at the University of New Mexico. He began working in television in the early 1970s, with guest roles on numerous series including Room 222, The F.B.I., Ironside, Lucas Tanner, The Waltons and Kojak, as well as a major recurring role on Marcus Welby, M.D.

However, it was his role as no-nonsense Genoa City police detective Carl Williams on The Young and the Restless for which he is best remembered. Hadley joined the daytime soap in 1980 and played the role until 1991, when Carl became an off-screen unseen character who was “always in the other room” or “had just gone to work.” Hadley re-emerged in 1998 when it was revealed that Carl had been beaten nearly to death and had amnesia. He had taken on a new life as Jim Bradley, having never remembered being Carl Williams or his wife Mary (Carolyn Conwell) and his family. His final appearance in Y&R was in 1999.

Hadley’s other notable credits include features The Mad Bomber, Funny Lady and Next of Kin. He most recently starred in Anthony Lawrence’s comedy short Dreamcatchers in 2015.

Daytime Emmys To Honor Susan Lucci & Maury Povich With Lifetime Achievement Awards

(6/16/23) Susan Lucci and Maury Povich will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 50th Annual Daytime Emmys.

The Emmys were supposed to be held today on CBS. But the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in May announced it was postponing them, as well as the June 17 Creative Arts & Lifestyle ceremony, because of the WGA strike.

Lucci and Povich will be celebrated in person once the awards are rescheduled.

“I am truly humbled to receive this esteemed award from the Academy,” Lucci said in a statement. “Throughout my career, I have been incredibly fortunate to work alongside exceptional talents and embraced by my fans that have been with me every step of the way. This honor is not just a reflection of my journey, but a testament to the enduring power of storytelling and the profound connection we are so lucky to forge with audiences all over the world through television.”

“I’m just blown away by this honor from the Academy,” Povich said in a statement. “I have always had great respect for its work as I served on the National Board and was President of the New York Chapter. I guess if you hang around long enough, some good things happen. It’s been a 60+ year ride for me in this business, so I feel extremely blessed with this acknowledgment.”

Lucci starred as Erica Kane for over 40 years on All My Children. In May 1999, on her 19th nomination, she won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Povich hosted the first-run syndicated show Maury from 1998 to 2022.

NATAS also announced the 2023 Gold and Silver Circle Honorees. Inductees are professionals who have performed distinguished service within the television industry, setting standards for achievement, mentoring, leadership and professional accolades for 50 or 25 years respectively. This year’s class is:

Gold Circle

Tanya Hart, Host / Producer, Entertainment News
Wendy Riche, Producer, Daytime Drama
Al Schwartz, Producer, Specials
Vernée Watson, Performer, Daytime Drama

Silver Circle

Christina Knack, Production Coordinator, Daytime Drama
Patrick Weiland, Producer, Lifestyle.

‘Desperate Housewives’ Star Eva Longoria Says Show’s Themes Wouldn’t Pass Today’s Cultural Litmus Tests

(6/16/23) Long-running television hit “Desperate Housewives” would be canceled in this era for its racy and controversial themes, costar Eva Longoria claims.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Longoria said the show – which ran from 2004 to 2012 – had storylines that would cause outrage today. Longoria played Gabrielle Solis on the show, an ex-model in an unhappy marriage.

“I don’t know if we could do the show today,” she said. “I think we’d get canceled. I mean, not canceled on TV, but like canceled in culture, because it was so groundbreaking. We said and did so many things that were shocking at the time.”

Despite that, Longoria wouldn’t mind a reboot. “I’d be the first one to sign up. I’d probably be the only one.”

Longoria was part of the ensemble that included Teri Hatcher (Susan Mayer), Felicity Huffman (Lynette Scavo) and Marcia Cross (Bree van de Kamp) in the show.

Dishing with Digest - 6/16/23 - Sharon Case

(6/16/23) (Listen/download) Sharon Case looks back on her nearly 30-year run as Y&R’s Sharon, talks about her path to Genoa City, her recent on-screen reconnection with Linden Ashby (Cameron) and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss our favorite soap weddings.

Sharon Case and Linden Ashby Interview - The Young and the Restless 6/14/23

(6/12/23) (Watch Here) The Young and the Restless' Sharon Case (Sharon) and Linden Ashby (Cameron) participate in a live conversation with Michael Fairman on the Michael Fairman Channel.

Sharon and Linden will discuss the return of Cameron Kirsten and his plot to get revenge on Sharon, and Nick Newman (Joshua Morrow). In a story that harkens back to over 20 years, Linden Ashby's has returned to his role as the now ex-con, who had a treacherous relationship with Sharon.

Make sure to join us for this very interesting evening of chat, as we find out what lies ahead in the storyline and much more.

‘PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie’ Trailer: Superpowers And Kardashians In Adventure City

(6/12/23) (Video) Paramount on Monday dropped the official trailer for PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie, the follow-up to the successful 2021 feature film based on the animated kids TV series and Spin Master toy line centering on a team of rescue pups who help protect Adventure City from peril. The first pic grossed $144.3 million at the global box office.

The new pic, from Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies and Spin Master Entertainment, is headed for a September 29 theatrical release.

In The Mighty Movie, the team’s new adventure begins after a magical meteor crash-lands in the city, giving the pups superpowers. But the city needs saving again after arch-nemesis Humdinger (voice of Ron Pardo) breaks out of jail and teams with a mad scientist named Victoria Vance (Taraji P. Henson) to steal the superpowers and become supervillains.

The voice cast includes newcomer Mckenna Grace along with Marsai Martin, Christian Convery, Lil Rel Howery, Chris Rock, Serena Williams, Alan Kim, Brice Gonzalez, Christian Corrao, Luxton Handspiker, Nylan Parthipan and Callum Shoniker, with James Marsden, Kristen Bell and Finn Lee-Epp.

Kim Kardashian and her kids North and Saint West are also in the cast, the former reprising her role from the first movie as a poodle named Delores. North plays a member of the Junior Patrollers.

Cal Brunker directs PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie from a script he wrote with Bob Barlen. Jennifer Dodge, Laura Clunie and Toni Stevens are producers, while Ronnen Harary, Adam Beder and Peter Schlessel executive produce.

Check out the trailer above.

Morning Show Appearance

(6/10/23) Good Morning America - ABC

Jun 15, 2023

actress Sasha Calle

Morning Show Appearance

(6/10/23) GMA3: What You Need to Know - ABC

AIRING Jun 12, 2023

actress Eva Longoria

Talk Show Appearance

(6/10/23) The View - ABC

AIRING Jun 12, 2023

Director Eva Longoria.

Dishing with Digest - 6/9/23 - Julie Pinson

(6/9/23) (Listen / download) Julie Pinson traces her soap past, from PORT CHARLES to Y&R to DAYS to AS THE WORLD TURNS, talks about life with hubby Billy Warlock (ex-Frankie, DAYS et al), what she’s up to now and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about the latest casting news and stars we would love to see return.

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Celebrates Jerry Douglas With a Special Episode

(6/7/23) (soapsindepth.com) Mark your calendars now for a show you will definitely not want to miss! As part of its ongoing 50th-anniversary celebrations, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS will be airing a very special episode centered around the beloved character of John Abbott and his portrayer, the late Jerry Douglas, scheduled to air on Thursday, June 22.

Douglas took over the role of John Abbott in 1982 and continued to play the beloved Abbott patriarch until the character’s demise in 2006. However, Douglas was so popular that he continued to return for the occasional visit from beyond to offer comfort and or advice to his family in the years that followed. Sadly, Douglas passed away on November 9, 2021, just three days before his 89th birthday.

The special episode will also feature a special guest: Douglas’ wife, author and television personality Kym Douglas. She will be playing the character of Zelda Wilford, who shares a connection with the Abbott Family.

So make sure you mark Thursday, June 22, on your calendar and be sure to set your DVRs so you don’t miss this very special episode of Y&R!

‘The Christmas Waltz’ Movie Franchise Moves To Great American Family; Matthew Morrison, Jen Lilley To Star In Sequel

(6/6/23) A holiday movie franchise that got its start at Hallmark is moving to Great American Family.

Michael and Janeen Damian, who were responsible for Hallmark’s 2020 film The Christmas Waltz that starred Lacey Chabert and Will Kemp, will produce a sequel for Great American Family’s Great American Christmas programming block. Dubbed Paris Christmas Waltz, the new holiday flick will star Matthew Morrison (Glee) and Jen Lilley (B&B Merry, Days of Our Lives).

It was shot on location in Paris and promises to “sweep viewers into the magic of the city’s most iconic destinations.” In Paris Christmas Waltz, Emma (Lilley) relinquishes her job so a colleague with a family will keep his. Contemplating life’s next steps, Emma meets a professional dancer, Leo (Morrison), whose love for competitive dancing is waning, until a once in a lifetime opportunity arises for the novice to join the pro and sweep all of Paris off of its feet.

Great American Christmas returns Oct. 21 with new holiday movie premieres every Saturday and Sunday and 24/7 Christmas movies through the end of the year.

Michael Damian, who is best known for his role as Danny Romalotti on The Young and the Restless, has collaborated on 17 original movies with his wife Janeen, including the highest-rated holiday film of 2020, The Christmas Waltz. The prolific team wrote all 17 films together with Michael Damian directing all except Falling for Christmas and Irish Wish, which Janeen Damian helmed.

The pair is also behind the Great American Christmas hit of 2021, A Hot Cocoa Christmas.

Paris Christmas Waltz is executive produced by Brad Krevoy, Amy Krell, Jimmy Townsend, and Lorenzo Nardini. Janeen Damian produces. Michael Damian directs from an original screenplay by Janeen Damian.

Eva Longoria Says She “Would Be The First To Sign Up” For ‘Desperate Housewives’ Reboot & Why She Doesn’t Think It’ll Happen

(6/3/23) Eva Longoria broke out as Gabrielle Solis in the dramedy series Desperate Housewives. More than a decade since the show ended its eight-season run, Longoria is imagining what her character would be doing and opens up about whether she would return for a reboot.

“She’d be an influencer for sure,” Longoria said about Gabby’s whereabouts now during an interview on Access Hollywood while promoting her feature directorial debut Flamin’ Hot. “She’d be like a social media mogul.”

Longoria said that she “would be the first to sign up for a reboot” adding, “I miss Gabby so much. I miss being Gabby Solis.”

However, the Telenovela alum said that she doesn’t think series creator Marc Cherry would be interested in revisiting Wisteria Lane.

“I’ve talked to him several times,” she said. “He feels like there’s no why now? For the sake of a reboot, he wouldn’t do it. he feels like, ‘What do I have to say with these characters that we haven’t already fully mined?'”

Longoria noted that the television landscape has changed since Desperate Housewives first premiered in 2004 when the series orders were heftier.

“I come from the generation of 24 episodes a year for a decade of our lives. There’s no more six-episode per season stuff that there is now,” she explained. “This was 24 episodes a year, we fully mined those characters. There was nobody on the street that was left to sleep with. I slept with everybody. I was like, ‘Uh, what do we do now?'”

She continued, “Twenty years ago we were saying something about ageism and saying something about being a housewife, and it was shocking. There’s a lot of things we said and did that was groundbreaking, and I don’t think it is now. Now it’s like the norm.”

Watch Longoria’s interview in full in the video posted here.

Eva Longoria Says Women “Getting Fewer Director Jobs Than Two Years Ago”

(6/3/23) Eva Longoria has spoken out on the inequality of women’s roles behind the camera in Hollywood, claiming things are getting worse, not better.

The actress turned activist and director told the UK’s Times newspaper that Hollywood is not the “progressive entity” people believe.

She said:

“We are getting less jobs as directors than two years ago. People look at Hollywood as a progressive entity and it’s not… I think we’re more aware, thanks to the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, about what’s appropriate in work environments.

“That’s been a game-changer for our industry as far as how we’re treated on sets or in writers’ rooms and meetings. Has it led to hiring more women? I don’t think so.”

Longoria, who came to fame as Gabrielle in the hit series Desperate Housewives, has directed her first feature film, Flamin’ Hot, telling the story of janitor turned executive Richard Montañez, who created Flamin’ Hot Cheetos in 1992 and turned the company brand around.

Longoria told The Times:

“I knew I was gonna have to work twice as hard and out-hustle everybody. And I’m OK with out-hustling anybody in the room. Then [I got it] and I was like, ‘Oh God, am I gonna have to do everything I just said I was gonna do?’

“People think I’m an actor turned director. But I am a director-producer turned actor. I’ve always been way more interested in behind the scenes, in how the sausage is made.”

Flaming’ Hot will be available to watch on Disney+ from June 9. Longoria already has more than a dozen TV series director credits under her belt and her company UnbeliEVAble Entertainment is teaming up with Paris-based Mediawan and Elefantec Global to co-produce a Spanish-speaking Americas version of the hit series Call My Agent! Longoria will also direct the first two episodes.

She added in the same interview that she’d be the first to sign up for a Desperate Housewives reunion, although she believes the changes of it happening are slim:

“I miss Gaby. I miss the girls. I miss Wisteria Lane. But I’ve talked to Marc Cherry [who created the show] quite a bit about it. His big thing is, ‘What would we say? We fully explored these characters.’”

Morning Show Appearance

(6/2/23) Today - NBC

Tuesday, June 6

(7-9 a.m.) Inspiring America: Latina Icon Eva Longoria

Dishing with Digest - 6/2/23 - Jill Larson

(6/2/23) (Listen/download) Jill Larson (ex-Opal, ALL MY CHILDREN et al) discusses her soap journey, her latest movie role and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also preview the upcoming twist in DAYS’s latest “who’s the daddy?” yarn.

‘The Flash’ Star Sasha Calle Got Henry Cavill’s Stamp Of Approval As Supergirl: “That Meant The World”

(5/30/23) Sasha Calle, who plays Supergirl in The Flash, got Henry Cavill’s stamp of approval after she met the actor.

“I met him actually after the movie was done, months later,” Calle told EW. “I gave him a big hug. You know, it’s Henry Cavill, man! Our Man of Steel. He is kind and very proper, and it was a great experience.”

Calle doesn’t share the big screen with Cavill, who played Superman in a number of DC films, but she asked the actor what his thoughts were on playing Clark Kent’s relative.

“I asked him, ‘Did I make you proud, cuz? Does Superman approve?'” she added. “And he was like, ‘Absolutely. You did a phenomenal job.’ I think, to me, that meant the world, because it’s Henry Cavill, Man of Steel.”

Cavill appeared as Superman in 2013’s Man of Steel, 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017’s Justice League. The actor would make a cameo in 2022’s Black Adam, which was going to lead into other projects as the Man of Steel.

However, his return as Superman happened before James Gunn and Peter Safran were announced as the new DC heads, who had other plans for the superhero.

It was in December that Cavill broke the news that he would not be returning as Superman.

“I have just had a meeting with James Gunn and Peter Safran and it’s sad news, everyone. I will, after all, not be returning as Superman,” Cavill wrote in an Instagram post. “AFter being told by the studio to announce my return back in October, prior to their hire, this news isn’t the easiest, but that’s life. The changing of the guard is something that happens. I respect that.”

Corbin Bernsen, Kue Lawrence, Kai Cech & Max Malas Set For Daniel DelPurgatorio’s Sci-Fi Horror ‘Marshmallow’

(5/30/23) Up-and-comers Kue Lawrence (Beautiful Boy), Kai Cech (Dear Santa) and Max Malas (New Amsterdam) are set to star opposite Corbin Bersen (White House Plumbers) in the sci-fi horror mystery Marshmallow from director Daniel DelPurgatorio, which is heading into production in a couple of weeks.

The indie written by Andy Greskoviak (Black Friday) is set at a secluded summer camp, where Morgan (Lawrence), a timid and introverted 12-year-old, is thrust into a waking nightmare when a once-fabled campfire tale becomes real. As a mysterious figure descends upon the camp, Morgan and his newfound friends must embark on a treacherous journey and uncover a sinister reality buried beneath the surface. Little do they know that the truth harbors a secret that will test their resilience and unravel the very fabric of their reality.

Warner Davis and Todd Friedman will produce the pic, with Hemlock Circle Productions aboard as the production company, and Robert Kurtzman to oversee special effects.

Lawrence played the five-year-old version of Timothée Chalamet’s Nic Sheff in the Prime Video addiction drama Beautiful Boy and could more recently be seen in Matt Smukler’s indie dramedy Wildflower with Kiernan Shipka. Notable TV credits for the actor include The Rehearsal, Good Girls and Atypical.

Cech previously appeared in Kate Tsang’s Sundance-premiering dramedy Marvelous and the Black Hole and will next be seen in Peter Farrelly’s Christmas comedy Dear Santa for Paramount, starring Jack Black as Satan, among other projects.

Previously appearing in films like 8-Bit Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Binge, and on series like New Amsterdam, Malas will be seen coming up in Roshan Sethi’s family comedy World’s Best and the thriller Viral directed by and starring Blair Underwood.

Recently appearing on series like White House Plumbers and City on a Hill, the two-time Emmy-nominated Bernsen is set to recur on J.J. Abrams’ forthcoming Max series Duster and FX’s The Sterling Affairs. Among his other upcoming projects are the indie horror films The Beldham and HERD.

DelPurgatorio has previously helmed shorts including Tales of the Black Freighter, an animated tie-in to Zack Snyder’s Watchmen film, starring Gerard Butler and Jared Harris. He’s otherwise best known for the film Wither, which won Project Greenlight’s Reel Fear competition in 2018. The filmmaker is in pre-production on an episodic remake of L.Q. Jones’ 1975 cult classic A Boy and His Dog, the darkly comedic sci-fi pic based on the same-name novella by Harlan Ellison.

Lawrence is repped by Buchwald and Tandm Management; Cech by Paradigm, Randy James Management and Ginsburg Daniels Kallis; Malas by CESD, L’il Angels Unlimited and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman; and Bernsen by A3 Artists Agency and Randy James Management.r

Dishing with Digest - 5/26/23 - Linden Ashby

(5/26/23) (Listen / download) Linden Ashby talks about his daytime start on LOVING, meeting wife Susan Walters (Diane, Y&R), his film and prime-time credits, his return to Y&R as Cameron and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the latest news and casting changes.

LA Times Today: Eric Braeden on 50 years of “The Young and the Restless” and his cancer diagnosis

(5/24/23) (Video) For the past 50 years iconic piano notes have signaled soap opera fans that it’s time to curl up on the sofa for “The Young and the Restless.”

Lisa McRee talked with actor Eric Braeden who, for the past 43 years has played Genoa City’s ruthless businessman, Victor Newman.

Eva LaRue’s Stalking Nightmare Being Adapted As Scripted & Unscripted Series With Forté Entertainment

(5/24/23) Eva LaRue, who played DNA analyst Natalia Boa Vista in CSI: Miami and Maria Santos on the soap opera All My Children, is turning her own experiences of being stalked into a pair of TV projects.

LaRue and her family, including daughter Kaya Callahan, were stalked by James David Rogers for 12 years and he was sentenced to just over three years in prison as punishment for his crime last year.

She has now teamed with Toronto-based producer Forté Entertainment to develop both scripted and unscripted projects. My Nightmare Stalker will include a scripted series, premium documentary series and a returning factual spin-off program.

In more than three dozen graphic letters and countless voicemail messages, Rogers threatened Eva and Kaya, who was five when the stalking began and is now 21, relentlessly over the years, with letters being sent directly to Kaya, when she turned 13. Prosecutors, in a sentencing memorandum, called his harassment a “campaign of torment” in which he “terrorized a mother and her daughter.” He signed many of the letters with the name Freddy Krueger, from A Nightmare on Elm Street.

He was captured thanks to the use of ground-breaking forensic genetic genealogy, using DNA databases to match people. This technique was pioneered by former FBI agents Steve Busch and Steve Kramer, who first used this DNA technology to solve the legendary Golden State Killer case. LaRue’s case was only the second investigation they conducted using this program.

Forté, which acquired the rights to the story, is now in the process of securing scripted and documentary teams to bring both projects to life. The company has worked on series including Disney+’s The Quest and Super Channel’s How I Got Here.

LaRue said, “I’m excited to be working with the talented team at Forté to bring my story to the screen, while also bringing crucial public awareness around better protection for both women and men from stalking and intimate partner violence.”

“What Eva and her daughter went through is unimaginable, and we are humbled to share their astonishing story with audiences worldwide,” said Forté Entertainment’s Andrea and Mitch Gabourie. “Not only was this ripped-from-the-headlines case recently adjudicated, but stalking continues to impact millions of victims each year, making this story undeniably timely,”

Forté Entertainment is represented in the U.S. by Hayden Meyer at APA.

CHRISHELL STAUSE & G FLIP Not Legally Married ... Despite Vegas Ceremony

(5/20/23) "Selling Sunset" star Chrishell Stause and G Flip walked down the aisle in Las Vegas and appeared to tie the knot, but they're NOT married ... at least in the eyes of the law.

It's been more than a week since Chrishell and the 29-year-old Australian musician strongly hinted at their marital status with a social media post showing what appeared to be a Vegas wedding ... but we did some digging and there's still no marriage records for the couple in Clark County, Nevada.

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... despite rampant online speculation, Chrishell and G Flip are NOT legally married.

However, our sources say Chrishell and G Flip plan to have an official wedding ceremony somewhere down the line.

Chrishell and G, who is non-binary, have been together for over a year ... first revealing their romance last May during the "Selling Sunset" reunion special.

G Flip is going to be on the upcoming 'SS' season, which just dropped on Netflix ... but Chrishell told E! News they will likely avoid a televised wedding.

Dishing with Digest - 5/19/23 - Billy Warlock

(5/19/23) (Listen/download) Billy Warlock shares memories of his various daytime roles, from DAYS’s Frankie to GH’s A.J., his BAYWATCH run, his new life in Colorado and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the Daytime Emmy postponement and preview what’s coming up on all the soaps.

The Talk Repeats Y&R 50th Celebration

(5/18/23) The Talk - CBS

Monday, May 22: THE TALK celebrates THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS’ 50th anniversary with cast members Peter Bergman, Eileen Davidson, Beth Maitland and Jason Thompson; host Jerry O’Connell goes on location at Y&R to share exclusive behind-the-scenes content with current and former cast members (OAD: 3/20/23)

Tuesday, May 23: THE TALK celebrates THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS’ 50th anniversary with cast members Michael Graziadei, Camryn Grimes, Bryton James and Christel Khalil (OAD: 3/21/23)

Thursday, May 25: THE TALK celebrates THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS’ 50th anniversary with cast members Sharon Case, Joshua Morrow and Michelle Stafford; former NFL player and television host Victor Cruz guest co-hosts (OAD: 3/23/23)

Friday, May 26: THE TALK celebrates THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS’ 50th anniversary with actress Tracey Bregman and Christian Le Blanc; actress Katee Sackhoff; former NFL player and television host Victor Cruz guest co-hosts (OAD: 3/24/23)

Daytime Emmys June Awards Postponed Due To WGA Strike

(5/16/23) Daytime Emmy and Creative Arts & Lifestyle award ceremonies are the latest casualties of the WGA strike. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences just announced that the organization is postponing the 50th Daytime Emmy Awards, scheduled for June 16 on CBS, as well as the Creative Arts & Lifestyle ceremony, scheduled for June 17, pending a strike resolution.

“We look forward to our community gathering together as one to celebrate our Golden Anniversary and all of the talented nominees and honorees at a later date,” the NATAS statement said.

Meanwhile, NATAS said today that the 44th annual Sports Emmys will go on as planned Monday at Lincoln Center in New York as they are not televised.

The Daytime Emmy Awards have recognized outstanding achievement in television programming and crafts since 1974, honoring work in a variety of categories, including daytime dramas, talk shows, instructional programming, hosting, and legal/courtroom programs.

ABC’s General Hospital leads the 2023 Daytime Emmy nominations with 19 noms, followed by fellow long-running soaps CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful (14) and The Young and the Restless (13) and NBC/Peaco*ck’s Days of Our Lives (11). All also are vying for the marquee Daytime Drama Series prize along with Popstar TV!’s The Bay, which received three noms.

The Kelly Clarkson Show leads the talk field with 11 noms, with fellow syndies The Drew Barrymore Show and freshman The Jennifer Hudson Show next with seven and six, respectively, all including Daytime Talk Series.

‘S.W.A.T.’: Netflix To Stream Series Starring Shemar Moore

(5/15/23) More good news for S.W.A.T. The series, which just got a renewal for a seventh and final season by CBS, also has a new streaming home. Netflix has made a substantial deal with lead studio Sony Pictures TV for the first five seasons of the action drama starring Shemar Moore, which will begin streaming in the U.S. on May 17. The current sixth season of the series is expected to join them on the platform in the fall.

As part of CBS’ deal for S.W.A.T. (and its other shows), current seasons of the network’s series are available on Paramount+ for their duration and a few months after they end their broadcast run. S.W.A.T.’s first three seasons are also currently on Hulu.

The pact with Netflix closed about a month or so ago, in the midst of Sony TV’s difficult renewal negotiations with CBS. Series’ executive producer/showrunner Shawn Ryan let the news slip on Twitter. CBS ultimately canceled S.W.A.T. after six seasons before reversing its decision three days later and picking up a 13-episode seventh and final season.

Netflix was finalizing the S.W.A.T. deal just as Ryan’s newest series, The Night Agent, also from Sony TV where he is based, was exploding on the streamer, becoming one of Netflix’s all-time most popular series.

While more serialized than S.W.A.T., The Night Agent has a similar network sensibility. Another Sony TV-produced broadcast drama, The Blacklist, also has done well on Netflix.

Inspired by the television series and the feature film, S.W.A.T., produced by Sony Pictures TV and CBS Studios, stars Shemar Moore as a former Marine and locally born and raised S.W.A.T. sergeant, tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles. Torn between loyalty to where he was raised and allegiance to his brothers in blue, Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson strives to bridge the divide between his two worlds.

S.W.A.T. was developed by Aaron Rahsaan Thomas and Shawn Ryan.

Season 1 Executive Producers: Shawn Ryan, Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, Marney Hochman, Justin Lin, Neil H. Moritz, Pavun Shetty, Danielle Woodrow

Season 2 Executive Producers: Shawn Ryan, Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, Marney Hochman, Andrew Dettmann, Justin Lin, Neil H. Moritz, Pavun Shetty, Craig Gore, Alison Cross, Billy Gierhart

Season 3 Executive Producers: Shawn Ryan, Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, Marney Hochman, Andrew Dettmann, Justin Lin, Neil H. Moritz, Pavun Shetty, Craig Gore, Alison Cross, Billy Gierhart, Paul Bernard, Michael Jones Morales

Season 4 Executive Producers: Shawn Ryan, Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, Andrew Dettmann, Alison Cross, Justin Lin, Neil H. Moritz, Pavun Shetty, Marney Hochman, Billy Gierhart, Paul Bernard, Michael Jones Morales

Season 5 Executive Producers: Shawn Ryan, Andrew Dettmann, Neil H. Moritz, Pavun Shetty, Marney Hochman, Billy Gierhart, Paul Bernard, Justin Li.

Jane Seymour Set For Alicia Coppola’s Short ‘And You Are?’

(5/12/23) Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jane Seymour (The Kominsky Method) has signed on to star in And You Are?, the second short film written and directed by actress Alicia Coppola (Why Women Kill).

The most unlikely of buddy films, And You Are? tells the story of Lynn (Seymor), a grandmother suffering from dementia who only has the past to prove she exists, and her transgender grandson Max (Zach Barack), who desperately wants to erase his past as it never proved his true existence. Starring alongside Seymour and Barack as Lynn’s caregiver, Sherry, is Diana Lu.

Sherry Thomas (Barry) handled the film’s casting and is producing, with Nancy Kirhoffer (The Trial of the Chicago 7) serving as exec producer. Seymour is repped by Innovative Artists and attorney Paul Mayersohn; Coppola by Leslie Allan-Rice Management, A3 Artists Agency and attorney Derek Kroeger; Barack by The Park Noack Agency; and Lu by A3 Artists Agency and Vanguard Management Group.

Diane Lane, Kyle Chandler, Madeline Brewer, Zoey Deutch, Phoebe Dynevor, Mckenna Grace & Daryl McCormack Lead Thriller ‘Anniversary’ For Lionsgate & Fifth Season

(5/12/23) Diane Lane (Man Of Steel), Kyle Chandler (The Wolf Of Wall Street), Madeline Brewer (The Handmaid’s Tale), Zoey Deutch (Zombieland Double Tap), Phoebe Dynevor (Bridgerton), Mckenna Grace (Ghostbusters), and Daryl McCormack (Good Luck To You, Leo Grande) have been set as the starry cast of thriller Anniversary.

The film is described as following a very close-knit family that is torn apart as new movement “The Change” envelops the U.S.

Lionsgate and Fifth Season are launching the project ahead of the Cannes market. The film represents a first collaboration between the two companies who are now looking into the possibility of a slate of films together.

Pic will be directed by Jan Komasa, the Polish director whose film Corpus Christi was recently Oscar nominated. Komasa also directed The Hater, which won Best International Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Screenplay is by Lori Rosene-Gambino, based on an original story by Komasa and Rosene-Gambino. The film will be produced by Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz and Kate Churchill. Rosene-Gambino executive-produces.

Lionsgate’s Lauren Bixby will oversee the film in collaboration with Fifth Season. Christopher Davis negotiated the deals on behalf of Lionsgate.

“It’s rare to read a script that keeps you so captivated and emotionally invested like Anniversary does,” said Fifth Season’s Graham Taylor and Chris Rice. “Jan is the perfect filmmaker to bring this thrilling story to life and we are excited to go on this journey with Lionsgate, this talented filmmaking team, and this amazing cast.

Mckenna Grace & Asher Angel To Star In Teen Romance ’99 Days’ Based On Katie Cotugno’s Bestseller For Alloy Entertainment

(5/12/23) Mckenna Grace (A Friend of the Family) and Asher Angel (Shazam! films) are set to star in Alloy Entertainment’s teen romance 99 Days, based on the New York Times bestselling novel of the same name by Katie Cotugno, which we were first to tell you was in development.

Martha Stephens is attached to direct from a script she co-wrote with Shannon Bradley-Colleary, her screenwriter for the 2019 drama To the Stars. Leslie Morgenstein and Elysa Koplovitz Dutton will produce through Alloy Entertainment, which also produced the book, with Architect to launch worldwide sales at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.

99 Days marks Alloy’s follow-up to Purple Hearts, the smash hit YA romance, starring Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine, which remains in the Global Top 10 of the most-watched movies ever on Netflix. The film tells the story of Molly (Grace), who is facing one long, hot summer vacation back at Star Lake: stuck in paradise for 99 days — with Patrick, the boy whose heart she broke, and the boy she broke it for…his brother Gabe (Angel).

“We are so excited to see Mckenna, Asher and Martha bring this incredible screenplay to life,” said Alloy Entertainment’s Dutton. “Molly is a character audiences will see in themselves and fall in love with.”

Added Architect partner Calum Gray, “We are hugely excited to share ’99 Days’ with buyers. As Alloy did so brilliantly with ‘Purple Hearts,’ every element of this movie is beautifully tailored for its young adult audience: a white-hot bestseller, an award-winning writer-director team who’ve delivered for younger audiences, and, in McKenna and Asher, breakout stars of their teen generation. Shepherded by Les and Elysa, ’99 Days’ is the perfect escapist, aspirational and emotional movie for YA audiences right now.”

Grace two years ago landed an Emmy nomination for her role of Esther Keyes on Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, making her the youngest-ever nominee in a Guest Actor category. She also recently starred opposite Anna Paquin, Colin Hanks and Jake Lacy in Peaco*ck’s critically acclaimed true-crime limited series A Friend of the Family, there portraying a young Jan Broberg. Notable film credits for the actress include Sony’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife; Lifetime’s TV movie The Bad Seed Returns, which she also exec produced and co-wrote with her father; Amazon’s Troop Zero opposite Viola Davis; Gifted opposite Chris Evans and Octavia Spencer; and such additional titles as Captain Marvel and I, Tonya.

Breaking out with his lead role as Billy Batson in Warner Bros’ DC superhero pic Shazam! and its recent sequel Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Angel also recently starred in the 20th/Hulu film Darby and the Dead. He’s otherwise best known for a series regular role on Disney Channel’s Andi Mack.

Stephens won the Independent Spirit Awards’ John Cassavetes Award for her 2015 feature Land Ho!, which she wrote and directed with Aaron Katz. She’s otherwise best known for helming To the Stars, starring Kara Hayward and Liana Liberato, which world premiered at Sundance 2019 and was released the following year by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Alloy Entertainment will see its Adam Sandler comedy You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah launch on Netflix this summer, with its genre pic Horrorscope bowing in theaters via Sony’s Screen Gems this fall. The company’s most recent film, Purple Hearts, entered the Top 10 films on Netflix in 93 countries and remained in the global Top 10 for six consecutive weeks. On the television side, Alloy has produced such hit series as Netflix’s You starring Penn Badgley, both iterations of Gossip Girl, HBO Max’s Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin and The Vampire Diaries.

Architect introduced buyers to the Jenny Slate-led horror pic Mindful, produced by Tracey Nyberg and Aggregate Films, ahead of Cannes. They’ll soon be on hand at the festival to screen the first footage from writer-director Daisy-May Hudson’s Lollipop, produced by Parkville Pictures with BBC Film and the BFI.

Grace is repped by CAA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller; Angel by UTA, Atlas Artists and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman; Stephens by UTA, Cinetic Media and Granderson Des Rochers; and Bradley-Colleary by Gersh and Granderson Des Rochers.io

Dishing with Digest 5/12/23 - Michael Corbett

(5/12/23) (Listen /download) Michael Corbett remembers his early roles on RYAN’S HOPE and SEARCH FOR TOMORROW, his memorable run as Y&R’s David Kimble, his current successes and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also remember the late Jacklyn Zeman (ex-Bobbie, GH et al).

‘Selling Sunset’ star Chrishell Stause marries G Flip after 1 year of dating

(5/10/23) Chrishell Stause and her partner, G Flip, secretly said “I do” after just one year of dating.

The “Selling Sunset” star announced the exciting news on her Instagram Wednesday alongside a video montage of the happy couple.

“Love doesn’t always go as planned…Sometimes it’s immeasurably better,” she captioned the video, which featured an image of the pair kissing at the altar.

She went on to call the musician — who goes by they/them pronouns — “the kindest, funniest & most talented hard working people out there.”

The song featured in the emotional video is G Flip’s new song, which they wrote about Stause, titled, “I’ll Be Your Man.”

Several fellow reality TV stars flocked to Stause’s comments section, congratulating the pair on their nuptials.

“IM DYING!!!!!! I’ve been waiting for this post all day!!!” co-star Emma Hernan wrote. “Covered in goosebumps since the moment I watched! Watching your love is like watching the best love story in the world! I love you both to the ?? & back!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS ????????????????”

“Congratulations my love! So happy for you two” former “Bachelorette” Jojo Fletcher added.

“This makes me SOO HAPPPYY” “Too Hot To Handle” star Francesca Fargo, who just got engaged, wrote.

Stause and G Flip first crossed paths in 2021 at a Halloween party while they were dating other people. The two then reconnected at another gathering in February 2022 after breaking up with their respective partners.

In fact, the pair ended up kissing at the party, but Stause — who previously dated “Selling Sunset” boss and co-star, Jason Oppenheim — said she didn’t think much of it.

“I had no issue doing something like that, but in my head I [didn’t think I] could have a meaningful relationship with somebody …” the former soap star, 41, told Vogue Australia. “I definitely still thought I was straight at that party!”

However, less than six months later, the pair went public with their relationship during the Netflix show’s Season 5 reunion episode.

“I recently have been spending a lot of time with someone that’s very important to me. Their name is G Flip. They’re non-binary, so they go by they/them,” Stause said during the episode. “And they are an extremely talented musician.”

She went on to explain that the pair really connected after G Flip, 28, asked her to be in their music video for “GET ME OUTTA HERE,” which was about a “chaotic love story.”

During the video, the pair got hot and heavy as they made out in a gas station — which lead Stause to re-evaluate her sexuality.

“[It] opened my brain up to the fact that I’m attracted to energy, not whatever physical thing that people have in their head,” she told Vogue. “I don’t have a type.”

Their union comes as a surprise to many given the fact Stause previously denied engagement rumors, claiming her diamond ring on that finger was “just a ring and nothing else.”

Prior to her relationship with G Flip, Stause was married to “This Is Us” star Justin Hartley.

Sasha Luss & Thai Actor & Singer Noi Pru Among Cast To Join Movie ‘Sic’ From ‘The Fighter’ Scribe

(5/10/23) Sasha Luss (Anna), Alex Roe (Forever My Girl), Adam Lazarre White (The Young & The Restless), and Thai music artist and actor Noi Pru (13 Beloved) are joining cast in feature Sic, which is filming in Thailand.

As we previously revealed, the film marks the feature directorial debut of The Fighter and The Finest Hours screenwriter Paul Tamasy who also penned the script.

Leading cast are actress and singer Victoria Justice (The Tutor), model and actress Devon Ross (Irma Vep), Taylor John Smith (Where The Crawdads Sing), and Dermot Mulroney (Scream VI)

The film follows a group of roommates in a US city who accidentally kill an innocent man, “leading them down a dangerous path of deception and cover-up”.

Tamasy is re-teaming with his producing partner Dorothy Aufiero, with whom worked on The Fighter, Patriots Day, and the The Finest Hours. Also producing are Wych Kaos, Scott Clayton, Jordan Gertner, and Gary Hirsh, with Adam Zachary Smith aboard as exec producer.

The project is being shot at Baang Rig Studios in Thailand, with the Southeast Asian country standing in for the U.S. We’re told backing comes from Thai sources and a US company which wasn’t disclosed.

Hartley's Tracker gets coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot

(5/10/23) The previously announced drama TRACKER stars Justin Hartley as lone-wolf survivalist Colter Shaw, who roams the country as a “reward seeker,” using his expert tracking skills to help private citizens and law enforcement solve all manner of mysteries while contending with his own fractured family. TRACKER is set to premiere in the highly coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024.

TRACKER stars Justin Hartley as Colter Shaw, a lone-wolf survivalist who roams the country as a “reward seeker,” using his expert tracking skills to help private citizens and law enforcement solve all manner of mysteries while contending with his own fractured family. The series is based on the bestselling novel The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver.

TRACKER stars Justin Hartley as Colter Shaw, Fiona Rene as Reenie, Robin Weigert as Teddi, Abby McEnany as Velma and Eric Graise as Bobby. Hartley, Ken Olin, Ben Winters, Hilary Weisman Graham and Jeffrey Deaver are executive producers. Olin directed the pilot from a script written by Winters. The series is produced by Twentieth Television.

‘Flamin’ Hot’ Trailer: Frito-Lay Janitor’s Idea & Grit Fuel A Snack-Food Bonanza In Eva Longoria-Helmed Pic

(5/10/23) (Video) “I know I don’t look it, but I got a Ph.D.,” Richard Montañez tells his new supervisor at the Frito-Lay plant. After a doubting “Hmm?” from the boss, he continues, “I’m poor, hungry and determined, sir.”

Replies the button-down manager, “OK, I can see you’re gonna be a weird one.”

Welcome to the first trailer for Flamin’ Hot, director Eva Longoria’s tale of a janitor who channeled his Mexican-American heritage and upbringing into an idea for Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, which disrupted the food industry and became a pop culture phenomenon. As Montañez says in the trailer, “I’m the guy who helped bring the world the most popular snack it’s ever seen.”

Layoffs are hitting the PepsiCo snack-food giant because “Frito-Lay isn’t getting enough orders to keep the factory open,” the workers are told. But Montañez has the answer: “It’s a spicy chip. It’s gonna change everything.” Doubts converge among the higher-ups — “Why are we wasting time on this janitor’s crazy idea?” — but he starts to convincing.

Talking to roomful of execs, Montañez says, “If we knew there was a product out there for us, we’d say, ‘Take all our money, cabrones!” A mini-montage later, he admits, “I got a little ‘hood there at the end, but …”

Annie Gonzalez, Dennis Haysbert, Emilio Rivera, Tony Shalhoub, Matt Walsh, Pepe Serna, Bobby Soto, Jimmy Gonzales, Brice Gonzalez, Vanessa Martinez, Fabian Alomar, Mario Ponce, Hunter Jones also star in the Searchlight Pictures film, which will be the first pic to hit both Disney+ and Hulu in its streaming debut, on June 9.

‘S.W.A.T.’ Un-Canceled: Drama Starring Shemar Moore Resurrected At CBS With Season 7 Renewal

(5/8/23) UPDATE 4:15 PM: It’s a done deal. CBS has confirmed Deadline’s exclusive about canceled S.W.A.T. getting a reprieve with a renewal for a seventh and final season through a statement. (You can read it below.) Star Shemar Moore has been added as an executive producer.

3 PM: S.W.A.T. may be down but not out. The drama, which was canceled on Friday after six seasons, would come back for a seventh season on CBS which would be its last, sources tell Deadline.

I hear renewal conversations between CBS and S.W.A.T. lead studio Sony Pictures Television restarted on Friday, soon after the series starring Shemar Moore was officially canceled, with the news facing immediate backlash from fans who rallied behind the popular show.

Talks have continued over the weekend into Monday, focusing on a 13-episode seventh and final season of S.W.A.T. Resolution is expected by end of day; CBS is slated to unveil its fall schedule Wednesday, May 10.

“We have listened to our viewers and their outpouring of passion for S.W.A.T. and we have reached an agreement to renew it for a final season of 13 episodes to air during the 2023-2024 broadcast year,” Amy Reisenbach, President, CBS Entertainment, and Katherine Pope, President, Sony Pictures Television Studios, said in a joint statement. “S.W.A.T. has aired for six seasons on CBS and garnered a devoted following. We are pleased that we found a way to bring it back and give closure to the show’s storylines and characters, which audiences deserve. Once again, we appreciate the talents and efforts of the cast, writers, producers and crew and everyone who has contributed to the success of S.W.A.T. We look forward to its return next season.”

Intentionally — on not — Moore hinted at a potential reversal in his emotional reaction to the cancellation Friday night on Instagram.

“Its all about money, y’all. They said we’re canceled, but guess what I don’t think we’re done,” he said in a video message to fans. “CBS is either gonna wake up and realize they made a mistake. Sony is gonna do their math and realize that this is not the right move. I hope we can have a kumbaya and come back together and continue this show because it’s a good time for families across the world.”

While a S.W.A.T. cancellation reversal would be a cause of celebration for fans of the long-running procedural, whose demise was a business decision, it might not be good news for freshman cop drama East New York, starring Amanda Warren.

Renewal negotiations between CBS and East New York lead studio Warner Bros. TV also have been bumpy — in addition to financial issues they also have included a squabble over additional streaming rights CBS requested for the series. Negotiations have progressed and are ongoing, but I hear that S.W.A.T. and East New York might be competing for one slot. Both are rare broadcast dramas with Black leads.

Canceled series finding new homes is more common; a network reversing its cancellation decision is rare. Coincidentally — or not — three previous cases involved Sony TV series: Timeless on NBC (co-created/executive produced by S.W.A.T. exec producer/showrunner Shawn Ryan), Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime and Breaking In on Fox.

As Deadline reported on Friday, Sony was not willing to take another S.W.A.T. renewal at a flat license fee as that would compromise the show’s financial model. CBS eventually went up on the license fee but the offer came with a cut of the order, which would’ve pushed up the per-episode budget even higher and further hurt the show’s economics.

That part is now being sorted out, as I hear production executives on both sides feel that not all avenues had been explored to make a renewal work.

S.W.A.T. has been enjoying a ratings resurgence. Following its move to Fridays, the law enforcement drama has flourished, posting rare double-digit linear viewership increase year-to-year. A strong 8 PM anchor, S.W.A.T. has contributed to reinvigorating CBS’ Friday drama lineup and helped launch new breakout hit Fire Country.

Part 2 of the sixth season finale of S.W.A.T. airs Friday, May 19, on CBS.

‘S.W.A.T.’ Star Shemar Moore, Creator Shawn Ryan React To Renewal News; “We Did It!”

(5/8/23) Shemar Moore has nothing but love to share on Instagram today.

Three days after he wrote an angry screed about CBS canceling S.W.A.T., Moore was back on social media today to celebrate the un-cancelling of his six-year-old series. The drama was picked up for 13 more episodes, which will give Moore’s Hondo and crew a chance to say goodbye to their devoted fans.

“Ayeee!!!!!” he wrote on Instagram. “We did it #SWATFAM!!! @swatcbs is coming back for a 7th and final season with 13 episodes!!! Thank you to all of you for the continued and amazing support!!”

On Friday, Moore expressed frustration via his IG account that CBS had promised the show would have time to say goodbye. “But to abruptly get told that you’re canceled when you led us to believe last week and the week before that … that we would have some semblance of a season 7 to at least say goodbye, if not continue, and to abruptly be told you’re done…now there’s a lot of politics, a lot of things called licensing, a lot of you won’t understand what that means…its all about money, y’all,” he wrote.

Creator Shawn Ryan also shared his reaction to the seventh season renewal by having a little fun with the now, uh, fake news that S.W.A.T. was canceled. Someone doctored the old photo of Truman holding up a Chicago newspaper that read “Dewey Defeats Truman” and gave Ryan one helluva retort to the whole shebang.

‘S.W.A.T.’ Star Shemar Moore Shares Frustration About Drama’s Cancellation: “We’ve Done Nothing Wrong. We Did Everything That Was Asked For”

(5/6/23) Hondo is feeling a “lot bit sad.”

Shemar Moore, who has played Sgt. Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson on S.W.A.T. since 2017, expressed his sorrow and frustration via Instagram late Friday over CBS’s decision to ax the drama after six seasons. He also pointed out that his show’s cancellation would leave network TV without the only African American actor in a leading role, and the only series with a truly diverse cast.

“I got sunglasses on cuz I’m a little bit sad,” Moore said on his IG. “I’m a lot a bit sad. We got canceled, S.W.A.T., S.W.A.T. got canceled. It makes no sense. Look up the articles, read the articles. We are the best shows on Friday night at 8 for CBS. The last two years we have been killing it, us and the fire show…the fire show [Fire Country] that comes on right after us, and respect to those brothers and sisters. We’ve done nothing wrong. We did everything that was asked for. And let me tell the truth. We’re diverse. Did you know I am the only African American male lead on network TV? Not streaming, not cable, network television … NCIS: LA, LL Cool J, Chris O’ Donnell, respect. Much respect. LL wasn’t no. 1. Chris O’Donnell was. But LL is a beast, don’t get it twisted, don’t mix my words. Since 2017 there are females, Angela Bassett. Look them up. I am the only African American male lead. Let’s get beyond me. S.W.A.T. is the most diverse show on CBS. CBS when I got hired to be Hondo on S.W.A.T., was getting a lot of flack for lack of diversity. If I post this and I think I might, I will get in a lot of trouble with CBS because I’m calling them out cuz’ they’ve been wonderful to me for 26 out of my 29-year career. But to abruptly get told that you’re canceled when you led us to believe last week and the week before that … that we would have some semblance of a season 7 to at least say goodbye, if not continue, and to abruptly be told you’re done…now there’s a lot of politics, a lot of things called licensing, a lot of you won’t understand what that means…its all about money, y’all. They said we’re canceled, but guess what I don’t think we’re done. CBS is either gonna wake up and realize they made a mistake. Sony is gonna do their math and realize that this is not the right move. I hope we can have a kumbaya and come back together and continue this show because it’s a good time for families across the world. If it is the end, life will go on, I’m not worried about me. I care about my family, my crew, the writers, the producers, the caterers, the wardrobe, the sound mixers, the teamsters, the construction crew ..that’s a whole lot of people who are abruptly being told you that don’t matter, sorry, thank you for your services. Good luck in finding a new job. To me that’s not okay.”

CBS is home to several shows with persons of color in leading roles, including The Equalizer, The Neighborhood and CSI: Las Vegas.

As Deadline reported Friday, CBS and lead studio Sony TV could not come to a financial agreement over the show’s renewal. As Deadline reported in March, early renewals on shows over the last few years had come with the network keeping the license fee unchanged, which had put more pressure on the budget and further squeezing profit margins as costs increase every year. Sony was not willing to go for another renewal at a flat license fee as that would compromise the show’s financial model.

CBS eventually went up on the license fee but the offer came with a cut of the order, which would’ve pushed up the per-episode budget even higher and further hurt the show’s economics. The two sides were in negotiations til the end but the gap between them remained, leading to Friday’s cancellation. It appears unlikely the show will find another home.

The finale of S.W.A.T. is actually a two-parter that begins on May 12. Written by Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier, the finale follows the team as it works with the DEA and their iron-jawed leader, Mack Boyle (guest star Timothy Hutton), to stop a ruthless cartel boss from waging war on the streets of Los Angeles as he exacts revenge on those who killed his son. The final episode will air May 19.

Shemar Moore's S.W.A.T. Cancelled After 6 Seasons

(5/5/23) The S.W.A.T. team will be deployed no more, now that CBS has cancelled the Friday-night cop drama after six seasons, TVLine has learned. The Season 6 finale, airing May 19 at 8/7c, will now serve as the series finale.

“For six seasons, the amazing talents of the S.W.A.T. cast led by Shemar Moore, the writers, producers and crew guided by executive producers Shawn Ryan, Andy Dettman and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas brought us compelling, action-packed episodes that also addressed important social issues and contributed to the success of our primetime lineup,” CBS Entertainment president Amy Reisenbach said in a statement. “We sincerely thank them for their incredible work and passion and also thank our dedicated fans who tuned in every week.”

The Shemar Moore-fronted ensemble drama this season has been averaging 6.8 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating, up (6%) in audience and off just a tenth in the demo from its Season 5 numbers.

Out of the 14 drama series that CBS has aired this TV season, S.W.A.T. ranks No. 10 in total audience (besting the already-renewed So Help Me Todd and CSI: Vegas, the sunsetting NCIS: LA and midseason freshman True Lies), while tying for No. 3 in the demo.

S.W.A.T. of course topped TVLine’s “Which Bubble Shows Should Be Saved?” poll this year (and for a second time since 2020) by earning 15 percent of your votes. But as Deadline reported in March, the long-running Sony TV/CBS Studios co-production was facing some belt-tightening, before any renewal was handed out. (Blue Bloods similarly saw its cast take double-digit pay cuts in order to secure its own renewal, for a 14th season.)

'Young and the Restless' Star Eric Braeden Says His Cancer Was Initially Misdiagnosed

(5/4/23) (etonline.com) Eric Braeden is sharing details about his health battle. In an interview with ET's Kevin Frazier, the 82-year-old The Young and the Restless star reveals that he was "misdiagnosed at first," before doctors attributed his prostate problems to cancer.

That misdiagnosis inspired Braeden to publicly reveal his health information, in hopes of raising awareness for other men.

"The reason that I'm going public with this is to inform people," he tells ET. "... As you get older, your prostate grows and it impinges the urethra. It means you have to go to the potty a lot more than you want to. That is sometimes the beginning of some trouble."

While he acknowledges that "the word cancer is scary" and hearing his diagnosis was "not good," Braeden doesn't want people's fear of the unknown to stop them from getting checked out.

"I just want men to know not to be scared of that. I want them to know to have your prostate examined, have your bladder examined, have your colon examined," he says. "... Just acquaint yourself with it and be open about it, so that way you take the fear out of people... A lot of men, me included, would not want to know about it. That's nonsense."

In Braeden's case, doctors have told him that he has both low-grade and high-grade cancer cells, the latter of which is being treated with weekly bladder infusions that "stimulates your immune response, hence it kills your cancer cells."

Braeden is currently in his third week of a six-week infusion process, after which he'll have six weeks off of treatment. "At the moment," he says, "I feel pretty good."

Through his treatment, Braeden is continuing to work full-time on the daytime drama. He is also committed to maintaining a positive outlook, something he credits to his background in sports.

"I'm from the world of sports. I don't give up easily. I know a good attitude helps. This is manageable," he tells ET. "... You learn in sports to always look forward to the next time, never give up. You train harder to be better the next time... You look at this now and I said, 'All right, I'll deal with it. How do I improve as quick as I can?'"

Also helping amid his healing journey is the love he's received from his family, friends and fans.

"It's heartwarming," he says of the public support he's experienced. "We have more in common as human beings than what separates us... We're all similar."

The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS.

Selling Sunset Season 6 Trailer

(5/4/23) (Video) Selling Sunset‘s Chrishell Stause wants to make something clear: “I know people think I’m having a midlife crisis, but I’m have an awakening,” she declares in a newly released trailer for Season 6 of the Netflix series.

But it’s not just Stause’s personal life that’s on display in the 11 new episodes, dropping on Friday, May 19. “New agents mean new drama. The realtors of The Oppenheim Group return with sleek penthouse listings, personality clashes, and pregnancies — and throw enough shade to cover every cabana in Los Angeles,” reads the official description.

Danny Trejo And Veronica Falcón Board Indie Sports Drama ‘American Underdog’

(5/2/23) Danny Trejo (Machete) and Veronica Falcón (Ozark) have boarded American Underdog, an indie drama set in the world of MMA that is now in production in Chicago. The film, marking the feature directorial debut of Peruvian-American filmmaker Gustavo Martin, will also star amateur MMA fighter Vishy Ayyar and professional MMA fighter Andrew Gray.

Pic’s protagonist is Jai (Ayyar), an ex-con on a soulful path wrestling with personal redemption when outside circ*mstances pit him in the ring against the fierce opponent, Marcus (Gray). Trejo portrays Dennis, who reluctantly comes out of retirement to train his former student, while Falcón steps into the role of Marcella, a local gym owner and community legend shepherding Jai in his return to fighting.

A production of Peach Partners, in association with Mulberry Films, and MxW Ventures, American Underdog will also star Suleka Mathew (Your Honor), Taylor Treadwell (Big Little Lies), Omi Vaidya (3 Idiots), Ranjita Chakravarty (Never Have I Ever) and Jaspal Binning (The Newsroom). Martin and Matthew Mascia wrote the script, with Naveen A. Chathapuram (The Last Victim, Brown Nation), Rashaana Shah (IFC’s Bollywood Hero) and Cristy Coors Beasley (The Westsiders, LonelyGirl15) aboard to produce.

Exec producer Chaitra Vedullapalli brings to the film her vast network of Women-In-Cloud, in the organization’s initial foray into features via #MxW Ventures. Women-In-Cloud’s mission is to grant access to women and allies from the tech industry into entertainment to help shape meaningful narratives and ensure proper representation and visibility of otherwise marginalized groups. Additional EPs include Neil Khot, Dr. S Reddy and Neal Patel.

Trejo is best known for his work in such films as Machete, Grindhouse, Planet Terror, From Dusk Till Dawn, Heat, Good Mourning, The Ridiculous 6, Predators, Halloween, Smiley Face, The Devil’s Rejects, the Spy Kids franchise, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, xXx and Con Air, among many others. Notable TV credits include Better Things, American Gods, The Flash and Sons of Anarchy.

Falcón can currently be seen in the second season of HBO’s Perry Mason and has also appeared on shows like Ozark, Why Women Kill and Queen of the South, to name a few. Notable film credits for the actress include The Starling, Jungle Cruise, The Forever Purge and Voyagers. Up next for release for her is the Amazon Studios drama A Million Miles Away with Rosa Salazar, Garret Dillahunt and Michael Peña.

Trejo is represented by Amsel, Eisenstadt, Frazier & Hinojosa Talent; Falcón by APA.

Thad Luckinbill Returns to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!

(4/28/23) (soapsindepth.com) When a character’s name is mentioned on a soap, it’s a pretty good bet that they’re going to be coming back. And after all the talk about J.T., Thad Luckinbill is, in fact, returning to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS for a visit!

Audra has been pressing Elena to contact J.T. Hellstrom and bring him back to Genoa City to be on her medical podcast in the hopes of causing drama for his ex, Victoria. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that he will be coming to town. In their latest issue, Soap Opera Digest is reporting that Luckinbill will be making an appearance in the Tuesday, May 2, episode when Elena contacts J.T. by video call.

Luckinbill originated the role of J.T. back in August 1999 and played the character on a recurring basis until he signed a contract with the soap in 2002. After leaving in November 2010, he returned for brief stints, first in December 2017 and then again in March 2019.

Outside of daytime, Luckinbill has found success in primetime series like NIKITA, GREY’S ANATOMY, and CRIMINAL MINDS as well as films like Matchmaker Santa, Broken, Only the Brave, and 12 Strong. His most recent role was in the 2022 film Devotion with Jonathan Majors and Glen Powell.

Now, whether Luckinbill makes further appearances and actually interacts with other characters in person depends on whether or not J.T. accepts Elena’s invitation to journey to Genoa City to appear on her podcast. So stay tuned to Y&R to see what happens next!

Richard Burgi Opens up About His Divorce

(4/28/23) (soapsindepth.com) You can’t always believe everything you read on the internet. THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS alum Richard Burgi (ex-Ashland) discovered that recently and decided to set the record straight in a heartfelt Instagram post.

“A friend of mine informed me that I am still listed as married on IMDb and Wikipedia, etc,” Burgi revealed. “It has been a very trying year and a half. After losing a great job for something that had nothing to do with my work as an artist, and then, with much difficulty, my second marriage ended.”

The veteran actor joined the cast of Y&R as the villainous Ashland Locke back in March 2021, but he was let go in January 2022 because he unwittingly violated the soap’s COVID protocols. The role was recast with GUIDING LIGHT veteran Robert Newman, who continued telling Ashland’s story until the character met a violent end.

Burgi married his first wife, Lori Kahn, in 1995, and they have two sons, Jack and Samuel. After their divorce, he married Liliana Lopez in February 2012. But now that union has also sadly come to an end.

“Divorce is painful and devastating but the good Lord has a way of leading you to things you need and away from things that you don’t,” Burgi declared thoughtfully. “The loss of a job, relationship, or any other important thing is like a death and takes time, good friends, and family or nurturing people and places to get through.”

He then suggested to anyone going through the same kinds of experiences a couple of places that helped him to recenter his life and move past the darkness. “Oniya in Montana is one of those places,” Burgi said. “The staff, the facility, the natural elements, as well as the horses are truly a transformational experience.

“Also check out LeahKalish.com,” he added. “She and her husband, Bruce, offer another amazing life-affirming experience for those looking for growth, healing, and change. With these and more, I am in a great place and grateful for this beautiful life… Onward!”

Talk Show Appearance

(4/27/23) The Talk - CBS

Thursday, May 4

actor Shemar Moore guest co-hosts (n)

Chene Lawson Returns to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!

(4/27/23) (soapsindepth.com) It’s a Hamilton family reunion as Chene Lawson returns to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Harmony in the episode scheduled to air on Friday, May 5!

Lawson originated the role of Devon’s mother Yolanda “Harmony” Hamilton back in June 2005 and played her until her exit in January 2006. When the character returned to the canvas in October 2011, ALL MY CHILDREN star Debbi Morgan stepped into her shoes to portray her for a year.

Lawson is the creator and star of the scripted podcast series All Things Undone, which is a 2023 Webby Award winner. The series’ second season is coming soon to Audible. The actress has also appeared in numerous short films as well as television series like CAMPUS LADIES, HOLLYWOOD RESIDENTIAL, and NOT TO SAY.

Yolanda was a homeless drug addict who came to live in Genoa City with Devon and his new family, but couldn’t quite get on the right path to get clean and left town soon after. Years later, Yolanda had gotten her life back together and was going by the name of Harmony. She wanted to interrupt Tucker and Ashley’s wedding, but Neil stopped her. Eventually, she made good with those she’d wronged and left town to help her daughter, Ana, with school in New Hampshire.

Harmony came back to Genoa City last time because Tucker had resurfaced, so it’s likely that’s what brings her back again this time around! How will she feel about Tucker and his dogged pursuit of Ashley?

2023 Daytime Emmy Nominations

(4/26/23) See all the nominees in the soap opera categories and our picks too here: 2023 Daytime Emmy Nominations. The awards are currently postponed due to the WGA strike but were set to air Dec 15, 2023 at 9pm on CBS.

Daytime Emmys: ‘The Young and the Restless’ Leads In Early Nominations

(4/25/23) Last year, “General Hospital” was the big winner with five awards — including daytime drama — as the telecast returned to a live, in-person event. The Daytime Emmys continue to evolve, following the most recent agreement between the two major TV academies in which several categories have been realigned to focus on genre, rather than dayparts, as a way to divide eligibility between the Primetime (administered by the L.A.-based TV Academy) and Daytime Emmys (handled by the NY-based NATAS).

This means that game shows have now migrated to the Primetime Emmys; meanwhile, children’s and family programming categories have already been removed from both shows and relocated to a new Children’s & Family Emmy Award competition and ceremony, the first of which took place this past December. Also, instructional/how-to programming is now considered strictly the purview of the Daytime Emmys, regardless of daypart. Among other changes this year, informative and entertainment talk show categories have merged into “daytime talk series,” while informative and entertainment talk show host fields are now “daytime talk series host.”

Here are this year’s Daytime Emmy nominees:

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series
“The Bay” (Popstar! TV)
“The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)
“Days of Our Lives (NBC/Peaco*ck)
“General Hospital” (ABC)
“The Young and the Restless” (CBS)

Outstanding Daytime Talk Series Host
Drew Barrymore, “The Drew Barrymore Show” (SYNDICATED)
Kelly Clarkson, “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (SYNDICATED)
Tamron Hall, “Tamron Hall” (SYNDICATED)
Kelly Ripa, Ryan Seacrest, “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (SYNDICATED)
Sherri Shepherd, “Sherri” (SYNDICATED)

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress
Sharon Case as Sharon Newman, “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
Melissa Claire Egan as Chelsea Lawson, “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
Finola Hughes as Anna Devane, “General Hospital” (ABC)
Michelle Stafford as Phyllis Summers, “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood as Steffy Forrester, “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor
Maurice Benard as Sonny Corinthos, “General Hospital” (ABC)
Peter Bergman as Jack Abbott, “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
Billy Flynn as Chad DiMera, “Days of Our Lives” (NBC/Peaco*ck)
Thorsten Kaye as Ridge Forrester, “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)
Jason Thompson as Billy Abbott, “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)

(More to come on Wednesday.)

Y&R Vet Eric Braeden Reveals Cancer Diagnosis in Emotional Video

(4/22/23) (Video) Soap legend Eric Braeden, who has played The Young and the Restless patriarch Victor Newman for more than four decades, has revealed he has cancer.

While recuperating from knee surgery, the actor “began to have problems” with his prostate, he said in a video posted to his Facebook page Friday.

“I hate to be so personal, but I think this may be good for some older guys who may, or may not, listen to this,” he said. “It’ll happen to them.”

He chronicled experiencing pain on the way to set and going to the hospital for painful and frequent urination. After seeing a few different doctors, he ultimately received a cancer diagnosis.

“Needless to say, I was taken aback, but I was determined to deal with it,” Braeden said. He had surgery to remove the cancer, after which a biopsy revealed he had both high-grade and low-grade cancer cells. He is continuing treatment for the high-grade cancer cells with a 6-week immunotherapy treatment plan. He will receive weekly infusions and has already received two.

“So, that’s where I am right now. I’m a little under the weather, but not really much,” he said. “I’ve learned, now, to listen to my body more and not go all out.”

Braeden added: “I’m gonna get it. And I’ll be in top form again soon.”

Near the end of the 13-minute video, the actor grew emotional as he thanked fans for their support. “I still am happy to be able to go work,” he said. “It distracts me. I love acting. I love knowing that I entertain people. And, yeah, I love your support. It means a lot.”

The video offered more details about Braeden’s health, which he first posted about in late March, saying he had a “malignant tumor” removed from his bladder.

‘The Young & The Restless’ Star Eric Braeden Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

(4/22/23) Longtime Young & the Restless star Eric Braeden said Friday afternoon in a video to his fans that he was recently diagnosed with cancer, but that he has been able to continue working on the CBS soap on which he’s starred since 1980.

Braeden posted the video on Facebook revealing the health scare, saying the diagnosis came after problems with his bladder and urination that worsened during his recovery from a recent knee-replacement surgery.

He said he wanted to be open about the diagnosis because “I think this may be good for some older guys who may, or may not, listen to this.”

Braeden said he was diagnosed by a urologist at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He had surgery for a UroLift to relieve pressure on his urethra, during which doctors also removed the cancer. Braeden said biopsy results later revealed some high-grade cancer cells, and he is currently undergoing immunotherapy.

The full timeline is unclear, but Braeden said in the video he just had his second of six immunotherapy treatments this past week.

“I’ve learned now to listen to my body more, and not go all out,” he said, adding that he still works out but on a modified basis. “So if you’ve seen me a little under the weather, yeah, I have been, but I will lick this. This bastard aint going to get me, I’m going to get it.”

Braeden has played Victor Newman on CBS’ Young and the Restless for 43 seasons, and nearly 4,000 episodes.

He concluded his message Friday talking about his love of acting and his fans’ support, getting emotional.

“I still am happy to be able to go work. That I enjoy. It distracts me, I love acting, I love knowing I entertain people. I love your support – it means a lot.”

Brad Krevoy’s MPCA Signs ‘Falling For Christmas’ Duo Michael & Janeen Damian To Three-Picture Deal

(4/21/23) Filmmakers Janeen and Michael Damian have entered into three-picture directing and producing deal with Brad Krevoy’s Motion Picture Corporation of America, MPCA CEO Krevoy announced on Wednesday.

Perhaps best known for their work on an array of holiday-themed projects, the Damians have previously collaborated with Krevoy on titles including Moondance Alexander, A Princess for Christmas, The Sweeter Side of Life, A Royal Christmas, Crown for Christmas, The Christmas Waltz and Falling for Christmas.

The latter film directed by Janeen and produced by Michael for Netflix, which had Lindsay Lohan starring opposite Chord Overstreet in her first return to the rom-com genre in over a decade, was the streamer’s highest-rated holiday movie of 2022 in the U.S.

Leading off the Damians’ new slate with MPCA is the Lohan-led Netflix rom-com Irish Wish, directed by Janeen and produced by Michael, which is slated for release in 2024. Second on the list is Paris Christmas Waltz, a follow-up to Lacey Chabert starrer The Christmas Waltz, which had Hallmark’s highest-rated Christmas movie premiere of 2020. Production on that film will commence in Europe in June, with casting underway. And then there’s A Sound of Music Christmas, which will film on location in Austria next year.

“Janeen and I are thrilled and excited to continue our collaboration/partnership with Brad Krevoy,” Michael Damian told Deadline.

Added Krevoy: “Every time I work with Michael and Janeen, it has been an absolute joy. Their creative instincts are a perfect match for the family-friendly films that I’ve had the privilege of providing to audiences.”

A mainstay on CBS’s The Young and the Restless for two decades, Michael Damian has since enjoyed a prolific career behind the camera with his partner and wife, Janeen, on 17 films. In addition to her work as a director, Janeen has written or co-written 13.

MPCA has been in business for 37 years, with their motion picture, television, streaming and broadcast revenue exceeding $1.5B worldwide. Recent productions have been focused on family-friendly content for Netflix, Amazon, Freevee, Paramount Global, CBS, Peaco*ck, Great American Family and others.

In addition to Falling for Christmas, MPCA has produced 17 films for Netflix and counting, including hits like The Christmas Prince trilogy starring Rose McIver, The Princess Switch trilogy starring Vanessa Hudgens, and Holiday in the Wild starring Rob Lowe and Kristin Davis.

Krevoy is also behind Hallmark Channel’s top-rated dramatic series When Calls the Heart, which returns for its 10th season in July and has already been picked up for an 11th.

Talk Show Appearance

(4/15/23) The Kelly Clarkson Show

AIRING Apr 20, 2023

Mckenna Grace performs.

Soap Faves Win Indie Series Awards

(4/14/23) The 13th Annual Indie Series Awards were handed out on Wednesday, April 12. STUDIO CITY, created by and starring Sean Kanan (Deacon, B&B), won five awards, including Best Drama Series, while Kanan took home took home the Lead Actor in a Drama Series award. Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH) was named Outstanding Lead Actress, while Tristan Rogers (Robert, GH) walked away with the statue for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily, GH) won for Guest Performer.

Talk Show Appearance

(4/13/23) THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT

Thursday, April 20

Cooking demo with Danny Trejo

'Y&R' Star Kristoff St. John's Daughter Arrested, Allegedly Naked in Supermarket

(4/12/23) The daughter of late soap star Kristoff St. John and professional boxer Mia St. John got arrested in Idaho after allegedly stripping down in a supermarket ... and cops say she later tried to escape from jail.

According to the arrest affidavit, obtained by TMZ, cops in Boise were called to a WinCo around 8 PM Monday night for a report of indecent exposure, with a store employee telling police Paris St. John was naked in the store, praying and meditating.

When cops arrived, they say Kristoff's daughter was naked in the store's front office. The woman who called police ultimately convinced Paris to put her clothes back on.

Police say Paris was arrested for indecent exposure and transported to Ada County Jail ... where cops claim she stood up and ran out of the jail's sally port when the door opened for an entering officer.

Cops say they told Paris to stop, but she ignored them and continued fleeing ... with police running after her, grabbing her and bringing her to the ground.

Paris was booked on three misdemeanor charges ... indecent exposure, escape, and resisting or obstructing officers. We're told Paris is currently getting mental health treatment.

The St. John family has been through a ton of trauma ... Paris' dad died 3 years ago from heart disease triggered by alcohol abuse ... and in November 2014, her brother Julian died by suicide.

Paris' mom, former professional boxer Mia St. John, has been open about the family's mental health struggles ... Mia says Kristoff suffered from bipolar disorder and alcoholism, while Julian suffered from schizophrenia.

CBS To Air Daytime Emmys Through 2024; Sets Date for 50th Annual Ceremony

(4/6/23) CBS has extended its agreement with NATAS to air the Daytime Emmys through 2024.

In the meantime, it has set the date for this year’s milestone ceremony; the 50th annual event will air live on Friday, June 16 (9-11:00 p.m. ET) on CBS and stream live on Paramount+.

This year marks the 17th time CBS has broadcast the Daytime Emmys, more than any other network.

The ceremony will take place at the Westin Bonaventure Los Angeles. Nominations and additional information will be available in the coming weeks.

“We are thrilled to be back with our incredible broadcast partner CBS for two years,” said Adam Sharp, president and CEO of NATAS. “In commemorating the show’s golden anniversary this year, we look forward to honoring and celebrating the beloved world of daytime television.”

“CBS has a storied history in daytime and we are delighted to continue having the Daytime Emmys on the network for the next two years,” added Mackenzie Mitchell, VP specials, music and live events, at CBS. “We look forward to celebrating the show’s 50th anniversary and highlighting the best that daytime has to offer.”

The Daytime Emmy Awards have recognized outstanding achievement in television programming and crafts since 1974, honoring work in a variety of categories, including daytime dramas, talk shows, instructional programming, hosting and legal/courtroom programs. In 2021, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and the Television Academy jointly announced plans to realign the Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards to be organized by content genre, as opposed to program airtime.

In addition, in recognition of the marked increase in content and entries for children’s programming, 2022 marked the first annual Children’s & Family Emmy Awards, with relevant categories separating from the Daytime Emmys into their own competition and ceremony. All awards are judged by a pool of peer professionals from across the television industry.

The 50th Annual Daytime Emmys is produced by NATAS and Associated Television International (ATI), which produced Daytime Emmy Awards ceremonies on The CW in 2009 and on CBS in 2010, 2011, 2020, 2021 and 2022. Adam Sharp and Lisa Armstrong are executive producers from NATAS, while McKenzie is executive producer from ATI.

Beverly D’Angelo, Dennis Haysbert, Nicole Richie & Josh Peck Set For ‘Summer Camp’ Comedy

(4/4/23) Beverly D’Angelo (National Lampoon’s Vacation), Dennis Haysbert (The Young & The Restless), Nicole Richie (Bless This Mess) and Josh Peck (How I Met Your Father) are among the newest additions to the indie comedy Summer Camp from writer-director Castille Landon (After franchise).

Diane Keaton, Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard and Eugene Levy will lead the ensemble, as previously announced, with Betsy Sodaro (Ghosts) and Tom Wright (Daisy Jones & The Six) rounding it out.

The film heading into production next month in North Carolina tells the story of Nora, Ginny and Mary, who have been best friends since childhood, spending their summers together inseparably at sleepaway camp. As the years have passed, they’ve seen each other less and less, so when the chance to reunite for a summer camp reunion arises, they all take it, some begrudgingly and others, excitedly. Each of their lives might not be where they’d imagined, but one thing is for sure — Nora, Ginny and Mary need each other, and summer camp reminds them why.

Summer Camp is a Saks Picture Company production, in association with and financed by Taylor & Dodge and Grant S. Johnson’s Project Infinity. Producers on the project include Alex Saks (No Hard Feelings, Book Club), Dori A. Rath (Pig), Keaton, Stephanie Heaton-Harris (Mack & Rita) and Tyler W. Konney (May December). Grant S. Johnson (May December) will exec produce, with Mariela Villa, Nicholas Erickson and Elayne Schmidt serving as co-producers. Konney’s Taylor & Dodge and CAA Media Finance are co-repping world rights.

Breaking out with her role as Chevy Chase’s beleaguered wife in National Lampoon’s Vacation and its sequels, D’Angelo is otherwise best known for roles in films like The Miracle and American History X. She recently appeared alongside David Harbour and more in Uni’s holiday action comedy Violent Night, can currently be seen recurring on CBS’ True Lies, and will also soon be seen in films including Tony Kaye’s The Trainer and the indie ensemble comedy Drugstone June.

A Golden Globe nominee known for roles in such iconic films as Far from Heaven and Heat, along with such series as 24 and The Unit, Haysbert has recently appeared on Peaco*ck’s Paul T. Goldman, as well as in the 20th/Hulu thriller No Exit and the fifth season of the hit fantasy series, Lucifer. He lent his voice to Disney+’s Emmy-winning TV movie Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers and will next be seen in Eva Longoria’s directorial debut Flamin’ Hot for Searchlight, which world premiered at SXSW and will on June 9th become the first film to bow on Hulu and Disney+ simultaneously.

Richie starred in the Tina Fey-produced NBC comedy Great News, which ran for two seasons, and also topped the Quibi comedy series, Nikki Fre$h, revolving around her rapper alter ego. She’s additionally been seen on narrative series like Bless This Mess, Grace and Frankie, Camping and Empire, as well as such reality series as Making the Cut, Candidly Nicole, Project Runway and The Simple Life.

Peck can currently be seen in How I Met Your Father Season 2 on Hulu and will next be seen in the third season of Paramount+’s iCarly revival, having previously starred with lead Miranda Cosgrove on the Nickelodeon kids series Drake & Josh. Also coming up for the actor, who hosts the podcast The Good Guys, is Christopher Nolan’s anticipated historical drama Oppenheimer, which is out July 21st via Universal.

D’Angelo is represented by A3 Artists Agency and Atlas Artists; Haysbert by A3 Artists Agency, GS Management and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; Richie by WME, Impression Entertainment and Yorn, Levine, Barnes; Peck by UTA; Sodaro by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham; and Wright by Lighthouse Entertainment and Pakula/King.a

‘Lioness’: Thad Luckinbill Joins Taylor Sheridan’s Series For Paramount+

(4/3/23) Thad Luckinbill has been tapped for a heavily recurring role opposite Zoe Saldaña in Taylor Sheridan’s Paramount+ original series Lioness, headlined and executive produced by Saldaña and also starring Nicole Kidman, who executive produces, and Laysla De Oliveira. The series hails from Sheridan, MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios.

Lioness is based on a real-life CIA program and follows Cruz Manuelos (De Oliveira), a rough-around-the-edges but passionate young Marine recruited to join the CIA’s Lioness Engagement Team to help bring down a terrorist organization from within. Saldaña will play Joe, the station chief of the Lioness program tasked with training, managing and leading her female undercover operatives.

Thad will play Kyle, an old friend of Joe’s who oversees a trafficking contact.

Lioness‘ cast also includes Dave Annable, Jill Wagner, LaMonica Garrett, James Jordan, Austin Hébert, Jonah Wharton, Stephanie Nur, Hannah Love Lanier, Michael Kelly, Bassem Youssef with Morgan Freeman. The series is executive produced by Sheridan, David C. Glasser, Saldaña, Kidman, Ron Burkle, Bob Yari, David Hutkin, Jill Wagner, Geyer Kosinski, Michael Malone and John Hillcoat.

Luckinbill most recently was seen in Granite Mountain opposite Josh Brolin and Miles Teller, and Horse Soldiers opposite Chris Hemsworth and Michael Pena. His TV credits include a recurring role on the comedy series Ballers as well Nikita, CSI, Major Crimes, Criminal Minds and Rizzoli & Isles. Luckinbill also is a producing partner at Black Label Media, having produced such feature films as Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Sicario with Emily Blunt. He’s repped by Mosaic.

Sharon Acker Dies: Veteran Film (‘Point Blank’) And TV (‘Perry Mason’) Actress Was 87

(4/1/23) Sharon Acker (Texas/Days/Y&R) best known as Lee Marvin’s unfaithful wife in the 1967 film Point Blank, died March 16 in a Toronto residential home. She was 87 and her death was confirmed by daughter Kim Everest, a casting director.

Acker had a long and varied resume in film, television, and the stage. In 1956, she played the teacher Mrs. Stacey on a CBC adaptation of Anne of Green Gables. She then joined the Stratford Shakespeare Festival company, starring as Anne Page opposite future Star Trek costar William Shatner in a production of The Merry Wives of Windsor.

In addition to Point Blank, her film credits include Lucky Jim (1957). Acker also was in Don’t Let the Angels Fall (1969), which played in competition at Cannes. She was selected by the Motion Picture Exhibitors of Canada as their Film Star of Tomorrow that year,

Her memorable TV roles included a 1976-77 CBS adaptation of Executive Suite, playing the wife of Mitchell Ryan‘s Dan Walling. She later appeared in the 1973 reboot of Perry Mason, which lasted 15 episodes.

She also appeared on the CBC series Festival, and in 1961 portrayed Lady MacDuff on an adaptation of Macbeth.

Rounding out her TV career, she was on episodes of The Wild Wild West, Get Smart, It Takes a Thief, Lancer, Alias Smith and Jones, Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, Mod Squad, Marcus Welby, M.D., Cannon, Barnaby Jones, The Streets of San Francisco, The Rockford Files, Police Story and Quincy, M.E.

She was last seen in the horror film Happy Birthday to Me (1981), and her final TV appearance came on The Young and the Restless in 1992. She retired from acting in 1994.

Survivors include her children, Kim and Gillian; granddaughter Alexis; great-granddaughter Berkeley; and stepchildren Kim and Caitlin.

‘The Talk’ Scores Biggest Audience In Nearly A Year During ‘The Young And The Restless’ 50th Anniversary Week

(3/31/23) The Talk scored its most-watched week in over a year, thanks to the cast of The Young and The Restless.

During the week of March 20, the show dedicated all five days to honoring the 50th anniversary of the soap opera. Each day featured different cast members.

The week averaged 1.64M viewers per episode, which is the highest since the week of January 31, 2022. That week featured guests including Quinta Brunson and Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lacey Chabert and, fittingly, another The Young and The Restless actor, Eric Braeden.

The show also scored its best week in ratings among women ages 25-54, scoring a 0.3. That came out to about 212,000 audience members who were a part of the demo.

The March 20 episode of The Talk was the week’s big winner. The episode — which featured guests Peter Bergman, Beth Maitland, Eileen Davidson, and Jason Thompson — was the most-watched in nearly a year with 1.75M viewers. The last time the show brought in that many viewers was for The Neighborhood actor Max Greenfield on May 23, 2022.

The rest of the week broke down as follows: Tuesday featured Camryn Grimes, Bryton James, Michael Graziadei and Christel Khalil. Melody Thomas Scott and Jess Walton were on hand Wednesday. Thursday featured Michelle Stafford, Joshua Morrow and Sharon Case. Tracey Bregman and Christian Le Blanc rounded out the week on Friday.

The Talk is currently in its 13th season, hosted by Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell, Natalie Morales and Sheryl Underwood. It airs Monday through Friday (2:00-3:00 PM ET; 1:00-2:00 PM PT) on CBS and is available to stream live and on Paramount+.

CMT NAMES ALL-STAR PRESENTER LINEUP FOR 2023 “CMT MUSIC AWARDS”

(3/31/23) CMT announced is an all-star presenter lineup featuring some of the biggest names across music, television, sports and entertainment, including: Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood, Charles Esten, Dixie D’Amelio, Dustin Lynch, HARDY, Ian Bohen + Jen Landon (YELLOWSTONE), Jon Pardi, LeAnn Rimes, Madison Bailey (“Outer Banks”), Max Thieriot (FIRE COUNTRY), Megan Thee Stallion, Noah Schnapp (“Stranger Things”), Parker McCollum, Peter Frampton, Shania Twain, Steve Howey (TRUE LIES) and Travis Kelce.

Talk Show Appearance

(3/31/23) TAMRON HALL, syndicated

We 4/5: Tatyana Ali, Jesse Metcalfe

‘The Young And The Restless’ Brings Back Shemar Moore For Special Appearance

(3/31/23) Happy anniversary, Y&R fans!

To help celebrate the soap’s 50th birthday on CBS, The Young and the Restless is bringing back fan favorite Shemar Moore to Genoa City.

The S.W.A.T. actor will reprise his role as Malcolm Winters on Monday, May. 8. In the episode, Malcolm returns to town to connect with his daughter Lily (Christel Khalil) and nephews Devon (Bryton James) and Nate (Sean Dominic).

Shemar has made several appearances on the sudser since leaving the series in 2007, most recently in 2019 for special tribute episodes after the passing of Kristoff St. John, who played Moore’s onscreen brother Neil. He went on to star in Criminal Minds and now plays Sergeant Daniel ‘Hondo’ Harrelson on S.W.A.T., which remains on the bubble for a seventh season.

Moore has won eight NAACP Image Awards as well as the 2000 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his work on The Young and the Restless.

The Young and The Restless celebrated its 50th anniversary on March 26.

Corbin Bernsen Set To Recur In J.J. Abrams’ HBO Max Series ‘Duster’

(3/30/23) Corbin Bernsen (City on a Hill) is set for a key recurring role opposite Josh Holloway and Rachel Hilson in J.J. Abrams and LaToya Morgan’s HBO Max period drama Duster.

Co-written by Abrams and LaToya Morgan, in Duster, set in 1972, the first Black female FBI agent (Hilson) heads to the Southwest and recruits a gutsy getaway driver (Holloway) in a bold effort to take down a growing crime syndicate.

Bernsen will play Wade Ellis, the father of Holloway’s character.

Keith David, Sydney Elisabeth, Greg Grunberg, Camille Guaty, Asivak Koostachin, Adriana Aluna Martinez and Benjamin Charles Watson also star.

Duster is produced by Warner Bros. Television. The first two episodes are written by Abrams and Morgan. Steph Green directs the first two episodes and executive produces. Abrams and Rachel Rusch Rich executive produce for Bad Robot through its content partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery and WBTV, and Morgan executive produces for TinkerToy Productions via its overall deal with WBTV.

Bernsen is a two-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee perhaps best known for his roles as Arnie Becker on 20th Television’s LA Law and as Henry Spencer in USA’s Psych. He was most recently seen in a season-long arc on Showtime’s City on a Hill. He’ll next be seen in Showtime’s comedy series The Curse starring Emma Stone, Nathan Fielder and Benny Safdie. He also recently wrapped FX’s The Sterling Affairs with Ed O’Neill. Notable film credits include the Major League franchise, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Shattered. Bernsen is repped by A3 Artists Agency and Randy James Management.

CBS RENEWS HIT DRAMA SERIES “BLUE BLOODS” FOR THE 2023-2024 SEASON

(3/29/23) CBS announced today that it has renewed the hit drama series BLUE BLOODS for the 2023-2024 season. The series will return for the show’s 14th year on the Network.

“BLUE BLOODS has dominated Friday nights since its premiere and remained an important anchor for CBS’ winning lineup,” said Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment. “Led by the outstanding Tom Selleck and an incredible cast and creative team, viewers continue to embrace the Reagans, their law enforcement family and the series’ dramatic storytelling. We can’t wait to pull a chair up to the Reagan family dinner table for another fantastic season.”

BLUE BLOODS is Friday’s #1 primetime program and the #3 broadcast drama with 9.54 million viewers. With live +35-day multiplatform viewing, BLUE BLOODS scores more than 11 million viewers an episode.* Since the show’s premiere on Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, BLUE BLOODS has always maintained its #1 position at 10:00 PM, leading the Network’s top-rated Friday night lineup. BLUE BLOODS is also a top 10 series on Paramount+, based on total minutes viewed. Year-to-date in 2023, BLUE BLOODS also ranks as the sixth most-viewed channel on Pluto TV.

Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Len Cariou, Marisa Ramirez and Vanessa Ray star. Kevin Wade, Siobhan Byrne-O’Connor, Ian Biederman and Dan Truly serve as executive producers. BLUE BLOODS is produced by CBS Studios.

BLUE BLOODS airs Fridays, (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and streams live and on demand on Paramount+. A new episode will be available Friday, March 31.

BLUE BLOODS joins the previously announced renewals of NCIS, 60 MINUTES, CSI: VEGAS, NCIS: HAWAI’I, SURVIVOR, THE AMAZING RACE, TOUGH AS NAILS, LINGO, 48 HOURS, GHOSTS, THE NEIGHBORHOOD, SO HELP ME TODD, BOB ? ABISHOLA, FIRE COUNTRY, YOUNG SHELDON, FBI, FBI: MOST WANTED, FBI: INTERNATIONAL and THE EQUALIZER.

TRACKER, a new drama starring Justin Hartley, received an early series order for the 2023-2024 season. Additional show orders will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Top 10 Moments of ‘The Young and the Restless’ on its 50th Anniversary

(3/28/23) (aarp.org) As The Young and the Restless (weekdays on CBS) celebrates its 50th year, its triple-Emmy-winning star Christian LeBlanc (64), who plays attorney Michael Baldwin, tells AARP that the show was ahead of its time, and a great place to grow older. LeBlanc — who had costarred on another classic soap, As the World Turns, opposite rising stars Meg Ryan (61), Marisa Tomei (58) and Julianne Moore (62) — was part of the crew that made Y&R (as fans call it) the number 1 daytime drama for 35 years in a row. The show was also a career launchpad for stars like Tom Selleck (78) and Eva Longoria.

“Y&R creator Bill Bell addressed all kinds of social-issue topics, from breast cancer and alcoholism to dying with dignity and divorce,” says Le Blanc. His character, Michael Baldwin, engaged in sexual harassment long before the #MeToo movement made it a timely topic. Happily, his character found redemption through the love of Lauren Fenmore (Tracey Bregman, 59).

Y&R remains on top today because it connects with viewers’ hearts. “A woman walked up to me at a fan event and hugged me and started weeping,” says LeBlanc. “At first neither of us said anything. The line waited. There’s something that takes away the barrier when you’re in someone’s home every day.”

Here are the most memorable moments in the half-century of The Young and the Restless.

10. When Y&R took out the trash (1991)

After trying to kill Nina (Tricia Cast, 56) to inherit her millions, David Kimble (Michael Corbett, 66) hid in a trash compactor to elude authorities — and was crushed to death.

9. A real rocker morphed into a soap actor (1980)

Rock star Michael Damian (60) joined Y&R as singer Danny Romalotti, whose concerts often conveyed the social-issue messages showrunner Bill Bell wanted to convey.

8. The unlucky adulteress (1996)

Dr. Olivia Hastings (Tonya Lee Williams, 64) was stunned to discover her patient Keesha Monroe (Jennifer Gatti, 54), diagnosed with HIV, was her husband’s mistress, a message episode about the perils of cheating.

7. Nick and Sharon’s on-again-off-again romance (1994 to ... forever, we hope!)

Star-crossed lovers Nick Newman (Joshua Morrow) and Sharon Newman Rosales (Sharon Case, 52) fell in love in 1994, broke up and still remain good pals. But fans long to see them back together.

6. Jack and Victor’s ugliest fight (1992)

When Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman, 69) and Victor Newman (Eric Braeden, 81) had one of their legendary battles in Victor’s office, Victor collapsed. Instead of calling 911, Jack kicked Victor’s trembling, helpless hand on his way out the door.

5. When Phyllis expressed her true feelings about a rival (1994)

When Phyllis (Michelle Stafford, 54) realized that her husband, rocker Danny (Michael Damian), was always going to love his ex-wife, Christine (Lauralee Bell, 54), she rented a car and tried to run her over. Busted years later, Phyllis walked on a technicality.

4. Y&R’s saddest farewell (2007)

Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Sharon (Sharon Case, 52) provoked viewer tears by saying goodbye to their teen daughter Cassie (Camryn Grimes), who got behind the wheel of a car while trying to help a friend, crashed and succumbed to her injuries.3. Leap of faith (1981)

Terminally ill Vanessa Prentiss (K.T. Stevens) loathed her daughter-in-law Lorie (Jaime Lyn Bauer, 74) so much that she committed suicide by jumping off a balcony — in order to frame Lorie. Sorry, Vanessa. Lorie was exonerated.

2. Through the eyes of love (1984)

(Left to right) Melody Thomas Scott and Eric Braeden at the taping of "The Young and the Restless" on April 4, 1984 at CBS Television City in Los Angeles.

Of all the many times Victor Newman and Nikki Reed (Melody Thomas Scott, 66) married, their 1984 blowout wedding was the best. They were playing their song, “Through the Eyes of Love,” and pulling on all our heartstrings.

1. One of TV’s longest-running feuds (1974–2013)

When matriarch Katherine (Jeanne Cooper) took young Jill (Jess Walton, 74) into her home as a paid companion, she didn’t expect Jill to fall in love with her husband, Phillip (Donnelly Rhodes). So an inebriated Katherine drove her car off a cliff with poor Phillip as a passenger. He died; she survived to become Jill’s bitter enemy. But touchingly, they had more or less reconciled by the time Katherine (and the actress who played her) died in 2013.n.

The Young & the Restless: Five Facts at 50

(3/28/23) (saturdayeveningpost.com) After decades of enthralling regular viewers and easing countless school sick days, The Young and the Restless turns 50 this week. A titan of the daytime soap opera format and one of the few left standing on broadcast television, Y&R has endured with intricate, sometimes years-long storylines and the support of an ardent fanbase that has kept it atop the ratings longer than some of its current cast have been alive. Here are five big facts you should know about a CBS institution.

1. How It Started

The genesis of Y&R comes from a familiar television motivation: competition. In the early 1970s, ABC had achieved dominance with soaps that orbited younger characters (those being General Hospital, All My Children, and One Life to Live). CBS wanted a younger-skewing soap of its own. To that end, they tapped into the creativity of William J. “Bill” Bell and his wife, Lee Phillip Bell. Bill had been a radio writer and a protégé of Irna Phillips, who created, among other programs, Guiding Light, As the World Turns and Another World (another of her mentees, Agnes Nixon, would create All My Children, One Life to Live, and Loving). Lee had been a popular talk show host in Chicago, including a 30+ year run on the eponymous The Lee Phillip Show. Bill frequently incorporated the social issues that Lee covered on her show into the scripts that he was writing for Irna Phillips’s shows and other programs like Days of Our Lives.

Given the chance to create their own show, Bill and Lee followed the youth-oriented directive and came up with The Innocent Years. Upon further reflection, figuring that America wasn’t quite so innocent anymore, the show was renamed The Young and the Restless, which they figured captured the mood of early ’70s youth. Debuting in a half-hour format, the series went to a full hour in 1980.

2. That Familiar Theme

The instantly recognizable Y&R theme is a piece called “Nadia’s Theme,” composed by Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin Jr. The two musicians have an incredible array of soundtrack work on their resumes, ranging across both film and television. De Vorzon co-wrote popular songs like “Big Rock Candy Mountain” and handled composing duties for films like Cooley High and The Warriors. Botkin did music for TV shows like Happy Days, worked as an arranger for the likes of Bobby Darin, and produced and arranged the massively influential Incredible Bongo Band version of “Apache,” samples of which became a cornerstone of hip-hop.

The pair initially wrote “Nadia’s Theme” as “Cotton’s Dream” for the 1971 film, Bless the Beasts and Children. “Cotton’s Dream” was subsequently chosen for the Y&R theme, but then the song took a strange turn. In the mid ’70s, the popularity of Romanian gymnast Nadia Com?neci was at a fever pitch. In the summer of 1976, ABC’s Wide World of Sports assembled a montage of her floor work set to “Cotton’s Dream” (which, ironically, she never used for floor exercise herself). The network was inundated with requests for the song. De Vorzon and Botkin rebranded the tune as “Nadia’s Theme,” and it was released as a single. In 1976, it hit #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song would earn a Grammy for Best Musical Arrangement.

3. Statistical Superlatives

It’s impossible to discuss Y&R without acknowledging its most amazing record. After steadily climbing in popularity through its first 16 years, the show hit #1 in the daytime drama ratings and has held that spot for the past 34 years. The show has been awarded the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series 11 times. The series passed the 12,500 aired-episodes mark in May of 2022. Its spin-off, The Bold and the Beautiful, is one of the most popular daytime dramas in the world, airing in 110 countries.

Bill Bell’s run as head writer lasted from the show’s 1973 debut until he stepped down in 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured head writers in soaps. Bill and Lee also created something rather unusual in daytime: a family production legacy. Their oldest son, William Bell, Jr., operates the family’s production companies, Bell Dramatic Serial Company and Bell-Phillip Television Productions, Inc. Son Bradley Phillip Bell serves as Executive Producer and head writer for B&B. And their daughter, Lauralee Bell has played Christine “Cricket” Blair on Y&R since 1983.

4. Queens and Kings

The Young and the Restless has generated some of the most popular characters to ever appear on daytime. What’s more, many of the actors have served on the show for decades, or have frequently returned after breaks for other projects.

The zenith of that list has to be Jeanne Cooper, who played Katherine Chancellor from the show’s first year until her passing in 2013, a 40-year run. She was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress once and Outstanding Lead Actress at the Daytime Emmys nine times (winning once in 2008). Cooper’s performance raised the bar for all of the actors around her, and she’s been referred to as an icon by a number of publications and “the matriarch of all soaps” by publications like The Winnipeg Press. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and made history in 1984 by allowing her own face lift procedure to be filmed and incorporated in the show as a storyline for Katherine.

The show produced another queen of the genre in Melody Thomas Scott, who has played Nikki Reed Newman since 1979. Scott was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress at the Daytime Emmys in 1999. Her storylines over time have been tightly tied to one of the leading men of the form: Eric Braeden, who plays Victor Newman. Scott and Braeden’s combustible chemistry lifted them to dominant characters on the series. Braeden himself won a Daytime Emmy for Lead Actor in 1998, and has been nominated eight times in total. Ironically, Braeden had been intended to be a one-note villain and killed off quickly, but Bill Bell loved the actor’s work so much that he instead focused on a much longer and more complicated character journey.

5. How They Started

While Y&R has a vast cast, many of whom have been with the show for years, even decades, the series is also notable as a launch pad for actors that have had varied and successful careers in film and television after leaving the show. Among the big names that once walked Genoa City are Tom Selleck (the original Magnum, P.I.; Blue Bloods), Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives), David Hasselhoff (Knight Rider; Baywatch), Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds; S.W.A.T.), Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl; You), Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill; Independence Day), Justin Hartley (This Is Us), and the late Paul Walker (The Fast & Furious franchise).l

Ratings: Bachelor Finale Down vs. 2022, Homecoming Ends Season (?) Flat

(3/28/23) In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s The Voice and ABC’s The Bachelor tied for the Monday demo win, with the former also delivering he night’s biggest audience.

ABC | The Bachelor‘s three-hour season ender averaged 3.2 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, down sharply from last year’s Clayton/Gabby/Rachel/Susie drama (which drew 4.7 mil and a 1.1).

NBC | The Voice (6.1 mil/0.6) was steady week-to-week, as was this season’s penultimate Quantum Leap (2.2 mil/0.3).

FOX | iHeartRadio Music Awards coverage averaged 1.9 mil and a 0.3.

CBS | That Young and the Restless 50th anniversary special drew 2.9 mil and a 0.3.

THE CW | All American (510K/0.1) and “bubble” drama All American: Homecoming‘s season (series?) finale (370K/0.1) each added just a handful of eyeballs, up 11 and 3 percent, respectively.

'RHOA' Star Eva Marcille Files to Divorce Michael Sterling

(3/28/23) Eva Marcille is throwing in the towel on her marriage with Michael Sterling ... 'cause she wants a divorce.

The 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star just filed docs in Georgia, obtained by TMZ, asking the judge to officially end her marriage. She also makes clear that she and Michael are currently separated.

In the paperwork, Eva doesn't cite or specify any given reason for the divorce -- other than to say the marriage is irretrievably broken and there's no chance of reconciliation, which is essentially irreconcilable differences. She does, however, lay out what she'd like to see when it comes to their three minor children, who are all younger than 10 years old ... EM is asking for legal and primary physical custody.

Eva says she should be the parent who has the final say on all decisions related to their kids, as she feels she's the fit and proper caregiver.

Another thing she wants from Mike going forward ... child support. Eva says he oughta contribute toward the kids' medical, dental, and hospitalization expenses.

When it comes to assets, Eva says she wants an equitable split of everything they've acquired in the marriage and any debts they've racked up.

Eva and Michael got hitched in 2018, and there's been no outward sign of trouble. She's praised her now-estranged hubby on camera to us too, so clearly, things have changed.

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‘The Young And The Restless’ at 50: Star Lauralee Bell Reflects On Her Dad’s Legacy, And The Future Of The CBS Soap

(3/24/23) On Sunday (March 26), The Young and the Restless will officially celebrate 50 years on CBS. For star Lauralee Bell, it’s more than just a celebration; it’s a tribute to the work of her dad William J. Bell, who created the No. 1 daytime drama with his wife, Lee, in 1973.

It’s also a heady reminder that Bell — along with her brother Bradley, who’s the head writer on The Bold and the Beautiful — is one of daytime’s most important stewards. “We’re representing dad in such big way,” said Bell of her father, who died in 2005. Her mom passed in 2020. “I was getting ready to do an interview the other day and out of nowhere this huge, overwhelming feeling came over me. I wondered, did dad ever consider that he wouldn’t be here at one point and did it make him feel a little bit better knowing that Brad and I were all in? Did he ever have a moment where he was like, ‘it’s gonna be okay because my kids got me?'”

Here, Bell — who has played Christine “Cricket” Blair on the soap since 1984 — reflects on those early days watching her dad at work, and the future of the genre.

DEADLINE Can you recall the first time that you really started to appreciate the family business?

LAURALEE BELL We were in Chicago. We stayed in Chicago because my mom had a local talk show. She was the famous one in the family. She would go off and do her show and my dad would just be typing away. [Her father began his writing career on Guiding Light and then moved to As The World Turns before creating Y&R]. But I was very aware, like I would come home from school and I would meet up with my brother possibly. We’d grab little tray tables and we’d sit at the end of my parents’ bed and we would watch the like massive cassette tape from the show that day. I was fascinated by it and would pretend to be sick so I could stay home from school. Dad would go on the phone immediately to Ed Scott or whoever was producing at the time. I thought was the most fascinating thing I had ever heard. He would say, okay, in this scene it was right on. But this scene, gosh, I wish she would’ve given it to him more. I would listen and listen and then I would sometimes go back and put in the tape and watch it again to see what his notes were for. I got almost addicted to that, so I literally pretended to be sick for almost a month. Like, my parents took me to a psychiatrist. I was a little dramatic, I guess. I just found this so fascinating, so much more exciting than recess and science. It was the Thursday ratings that re-energized him every week. When we reached a 40 share, I’ll never forget that day. He was just beaming. Every week to get those ratings was like, ‘okay, here I go again.’ He was a really energetic, happy guy.

DEADLINE Did it get to the point where you felt like you had to ask your dad if you could do this for a living? Or was it always assumed you would?

BELL He came to me. My first job was as an extra, sitting on an airplane with David Hasselhoff [who played Dr. Snapper Foster] while he was doing a scene. I said, ‘oh my gosh, that was so easy.’ And [her dad] was like, ‘okay, you’re too young. You didn’t get the point of what that exercise was.’ So he waited a couple years and then he put me on for two days. Jabot Cosmetics had a junior line that Ashley was starting and I would be the teen model. It was not one of my proudest moments. I mean, I had so much fun, but looking back at those tapes, it was brutal. I was from Chicago, and I couldn’t say model. So I did the best I could. I learned as the summers went on. Thank you, audience, for being very patient. But after a couple episodes I asked if I take some acting and singing lessons, could I do just two more? And my dad said, ‘maybe we can figure out a way to do this for two more.’ Then I just really got lucky because fans were writing in, saying ‘this was so exciting. I always watched with my family with my kids buzzing around and to have a younger character was great because suddenly they stopped playing and turned around.’ So Tricia Cast [Nina Webster] came on and Thom Bierdz [Phillip Chancellor] so it was Nina and Cricket and Phillip.

(Video) DEADLINE I have to imagine you’ve been thinking about your dad a lot this month.

BELL My father always had a red pen. He would edit with a red pen. I’d give him a birthday card, and an hour later he’d subtly slide it back to me and say, ‘I’d loved my card.’ And then I’d open it and he’d be like, ‘you’re is not Y-O-U-R’ in red. After the 50th anniversary show, Tricia Cast was staying with me. We got home from the day, I’m emptying my bag and hooked onto one of my scripts is a red pen. I have no idea where this pen came from. I wasn’t like, ‘oh my God, oh my God, there’s a red pen.’ It just felt normal. It just felt like, okay, maybe that was him. I didn’t freak out about it, but that was crazy. And then yesterday I was getting ready to do an interview and out of nowhere this huge, overwhelming feeling came over me. I wondered, did he ever consider that he wouldn’t be here at one point and did it make him feel a little bit better knowing that Brad and I were all in? Did he ever have a moment where he was like, ‘it’s gonna be okay because my kids got me?’ Or did he ever take it to another extreme? Did he subtly push us, knowing that if he pushed too hard, we might rebel? I never thought about that before, but it was super strong the other day when I was getting ready to do another interview about him. Because of his dementia [at the end of his life], he would come in and out. But if we could have given him that moment that it was going to be okay … it just got me super, excited, teary, feeling a lot of pressure.

DEADLINE Did you ever have conversations with him about how long this genre could last?

BELL No. He wouldn’t have seen an end. He always felt like if he established these really strong core characters … specifically two families from totally different backgrounds … he would have endless stories. I think he always felt like he could spin webs and bring in a person here and there to help prolong the show.

DEADLINE Do your kids have any interest in the genre? Do you worry that you may be the end of the line?

BELL Watching my father was the best lesson I could have ever had. There are people who really struggle to try and take over for him. It’s not easy. That was everything to me. I don’t know that I could pass that on to my kids. I could try, but the piece of the puzzle they’re missing out on is observing my father. So that’s tough. So I have to just really eat well and lift weights and try to last.

DEADLINE Are you feeling bullish about the future of The Young and the Restless?

BELL I can’t even let my brain go there. One day it will come to an end. I’m thrilled that we are at 50. That is a huge accomplishment to celebrate. I guess I’m like my dad. I don’t want to even think about the end, although I’m extremely realistic and understand that it may happen. That’s a little bit why I stepped away and started doing other things just because it was fun for me. So I have a pile of show concepts if Y&R ends. It would just be like, okay, what’s next? But I hope that won’t happen soon. I kind of hope we go a little bit back in time where people ask things like, ‘172 options on TV?’ That’s just too much. I just want 10!

To help honor Lauralee Bell and her time on Y&R, the Lifetime Movie Network will air five of her movies this Sunday.

Eric Roberts joins Guardians

(3/24/23) Eric Roberts (Babylon) and Taylor Armstrong (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) have taken on roles in the upcoming feature Guardians from State 46 Films.

The drama currently in production, with Rick Walker at the helm, follows two women (Cherish Rodriguez, Mackenzie McIntyre) facing life-threatening situations until one of them reluctantly finds her way to Reverend Willis’ (Roberts) church and the transformation begins. Roberts’ character is described as a charismatic preacher who can teleport members of his congregation back into the biblical time on which his sermon is based. Armstrong plays Dr. Renee Kennedy, whose path crosses with the two girls one night after a horrible incident lands them in the ER at her hospital.

Walker penned the script and is producing alongside Kennady Ritter and Chad Lunsford, with Noble McIntyre serving as executive producer. Roberts is repped by Sovereign Talent Group, Imperial Artists Agency, Miles Anthony Associates, Empire Agency and Scott Carlson Entertainment.

4,500 words of dialogue, 250 times a year: How ‘The Young and the Restless’ is made

(3/23/23) (latimes.com) On a recent afternoon, Josh Griffith and Amanda Beall were huddled in an office at CBS Television City, brainstorming a way for two characters on “The Young and the Restless” to embark on a brief affair.

Beall, the show’s co-head writer, had an idea. “Bunker sex,” she said. “It’s tried and true.”

Griffith, the head writer and executive producer, nodded in agreement. “It has to be something where they both realize it doesn’t have a future.”

The discussion moved on to the pressing matter of which sets they would need to tell this story: in other words, where would this bunker sex take place? At any given time, “Y&R” has about 10 active sets, and only a few have bedrooms, so that characters on the show are unusually prone to copulating on office desks and living-room sectionals.

“We have sofas that fans want to burn because so many people have had sex on them,” said Beall.

Since “Y&R” debuted on CBS on March 26, 1973 — 50 years ago Sunday — its writers have spent countless hours concocting wild trysts and outlandish plot twists in order to feed the insatiable narrative beast that is a daily soap opera.

Created by soap visionary William J. Bell and his wife, Lee Philip Bell, as a visually lush, sexually candid and socially relevant drama that harnessed the youthful energy of the early ‘70s, “The Young and the Restless” has reigned as daytime’s most-watched drama for 35 years and now stands as one of the last remaining titans of the genre.

As other once-iconic soaps have been canceled or sent to streaming networks, “Y&R” has endured, drawing an average of 3.67 million viewers to CBS each day — a larger audience than many series in prime time. Known for its evocative theme music, “Y&R” follows the residents of Genoa City, a fictional Midwestern metropolis. Many of the show’s signature rivalries and romances date back to the 1980s. Most famously, there is ruthless businessman Victor Newman (Eric Braedan), who has spent 40 years marrying, divorcing and remarrying former stripper Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott, the show’s longest-running cast member) and clashing with cosmetics tycoon Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman).

Particularly in an era of bespoke TV shows with eight or 10 episodes a season, churning out more than 250 episodes of “Y&R” every year is a grueling feat of mass production — one that would be impossible without a team of writers well-versed in the mechanics of serial storytelling.

Janice Ferri Esser is the longest-serving writer at “Y&R” and has written more than 1,600 episodes since joining the show in 1989. “That’s the equivalent of writing 800 feature films, and having them produced and aired,” she said in a video chat from her home in the Midwest. (“Less than an hour from the real Genoa City,” she said.)

A devoted soap fan since childhood, Esser fondly recalls racing home after school to catch the last five minutes of “Dark Shadows.” Then, she got sucked into “Y&R” as a college student in the late ‘70s. While working as a copywriter in Chicago, she submitted a spec script to “Y&R,” even sending a uniformed Western Union messenger to Bill Bell’s office to get his attention. The stunt worked, and she was eventually asked to join the writing staff.

As a script writer, Esser is responsible for taking the episode outlines and bringing them to life with dialogue. “It’s where the sparkle comes in,” she said. Since maintaining each character’s unique voice is crucial, she often acts out scenes for her cats. “Sometimes I make myself cry. That’s how I know it’s good.”

Despite dramatic shifts in the TV industry, the assembly-line process of writing soap operas, including “Y&R,” has largely remained the same for decades. The head writer comes up with the major arcs that the show will follow over the course of several months, then divides those arcs into weekly plot summaries, or “thrusts.” Using these thrusts, a team known as breakdown writers creates detailed episode outlines, including act breaks and scene descriptions. Finally, these outlines go to the script writers, who write the dialogue and submit their drafts for editing and approval. Within weeks, the episodes are in production.

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Like many daytime writers, Esser has always worked remotely, submitting scripts via Fedex, fax and — eventually — email. “The voice of ‘The Young and the Restless’ is very much the voice of regular people in the Midwest and I didn’t want to come to Hollywood and and lose that about myself,” she said.

As technology has advanced, the pace of the work has accelerated. These days, she has about a week to turn in a script consisting of a two-part prologue, six acts, and about 4500 words of dialogue. Then it’s on to the next one.

Esser has helped shape some of the socially conscious narratives “Y&R” is known for, including storylines about AIDS and domestic violence. She also wrote what turned out to be the last scene Jeanne Cooper filmed before her death, a poignant moment in which her character, the formidable Katherine Chancellor, says goodnight to her longtime rival, Jill Abbott, and ascends the stairs.

But as someone who still considers herself a “Y&R” fangirl, Esser also knows she’s there to serve a larger vision — and is happy to do so. “This is not the business to be in if you want to be a novelist,” said Esser, who has also written for “Y&R’s” sister series, “The Bold and the Beautiful.” “You have to sublimate your own ego to some extent.”

It’s essential to “surround yourself with the strongest, fastest writers that you can,” said Griffith, who was tapped as head writer at “Y&R” in late 2018. “It’s not just creativity, it’s endurance that you need. Over the years, we’ve had people from the movies and primetime TV. And they’re brilliant writers, but they don’t have that muscle.”

Griffith isn’t afraid to lean on stock melodrama — the long-lost twins and characters who return from the dead — because, he said, “If you’re true to the characters and really play the emotional levels of what it means to them, then it transcends the soap tropes.” The writers at “Y&R” are sensitive to how viewers respond to storylines, and social media has sped up the feedback loop between soap fans and the people who create them. “You used to wait weeks before people would write their letters telling you how much they hate what you’re doing,” Griffith said. “Now you can find out by the end of the day.”

Anytime Griffith or his writers have questions about whether a plot contradicts something that occurred in the past — which happens a lot on a show that has been on the air since Richard Nixon was president — they consult the continuity department, who can tell them, for example, if the death of Diane Jenkins could possibly have been staged. (Turns out, it could; she returned to the show last year, a decade after her presumed death).

Griffith began his daytime career on NBC’s “Santa Barbara” in the 1980s, and later moved on to “One Life to Live” and “Days of Our Lives.” He still finds the creative freedom of writing for soaps exhilarating. “This is the greatest medium that there is. There’s no limit to what you can do storytelling-wise,” he said.

But the creative model that has fueled “Y&R” for so long appears to be in peril. In February, the Wrap reported that Griffith had terminated the show’s entire breakdown staff and would absorb the work himself. Sources close to the production but not authorized to speak publicly indicated that four out of five breakdown writers were let go. The news sparked outrage from impassioned “Y&R” fans on social media. Many predicted the imminent demise of their beloved soap opera as a result of this downsizing, which was implemented months before a possible strike by the Writers Guild of America.

Sony Pictures Television, which produces the show, declined to comment on the staffing changes, but Griffith defended the action to The Times. “It was a creative decision that we felt would streamline the process and give us more efficiency, given the detailed thrust and layout we were already doing,” he said.

The long-term impact of this overhaul remains to be seen. For now, at least, the show is in celebratory mode. In episodes beginning Thursday, the people of Genoa City will gather for a bicentennial gala that happens to coincide with “Y&R’s” 50th anniversary. Viewers can expect visits by returning characters, and dramatic developments in several percolating storylines.

The goal, as always, is “maintaining a level of dramatic storytelling consistent with what Bill Bell put in place 50 years ago,” Griffith said, “and at the same time, staying relevant.”

Michael Graziadei Is Engaged to Lauren Carey!

(3/22/23) (soapsindepth.com) (Video) Please join us in congratulating THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Michael Graziadei (Daniel) and his girlfriend, Lauren Carey, on their engagement! The actor actually popped the question during an appearance on the CBS daytime series THE TALK while promoting the soap’s 50th anniversary.

After the hosts noted that Lauren was sitting in the audience today and then showed a photo of the couple’s twin sons, Arlo and Bear, they discussed Graziadei’s surprise return to Y&R and then prompted him to go ahead and deliver one more surprise.

Bringing Lauren up onto the stage under the pretense of doing something special for her birthday. “I was thinking how there is no one on this Earth that I would rather grow old and die with,” he declared, pulling out a ring and dropping to one knee. “So I was wondering, Lauren Michelle Carey… if you would marry me.”

Overwhelmed, Lauren got down on the stage to kiss him. “Is that a yes?” he laughed. When she confirmed that “of course, it’s a yes,” he then proudly shouted, “She said yes!” The whole audience got to their feet to cheer the happy couple, as did the hosts and Graziadei’s Y&R co-stars, Christel Khalil (Lily), Bryton James (Devon), and Camryn Grimes (Mariah) who were appearing alongside him.

As she hugged her new fiancé, Lauren looked over his shoulder and joked to Khalil and James, “I guess I can thank you two for this because he can afford the ring now!” (Khalil and James were instrumental in bringing Graziadei back to Y&R for his latest run.)

Keeping the laughs coming, Lauren admitted that she was surprised by the proposal because “it’s been 10 years so I figured it was never gonna happen.” And when asked what was going through his mind after Lauren said yes, Graziadei admitted, “I really have to pee!”

Congratulations to the happy couple and we look forward to a beautiful wedding in the future.

'The Young and the Restless' celebrates 50 years of drama

(3/22/23) NEW YORK — It all started on a late morning on a highway. A camera panned to the cab of a large semi-trailer truck. The driver wore a plaid shirt and a day’s growth of beard. Next to him was a mysterious hitchhiker in expensive clothes that were ripped and a fresh head wound.

He got out at Genoa City. And he stayed.

That’s how “The Young and the Restless ” began on March 26, 1973, and a lot of people also stuck around Genoa City. The soap opera celebrates its 50th anniversary this month as the No. 1 daytime drama for 35 consecutive years, with fans growing up alongside the actors.

“I think a huge reason why the audience has stuck with us for so long is because we are the same people. We are family members. We show up every day — sometimes more than a regular family member,” says Lauralee Bell, a star and daughter of the show’s founders.

Created by the late William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, “The Young and the Restless” concerns the goings-on of several Midwestern families, some of whom have a lot and some who don’t. William Bell was head writer for decades, giving the show a singular vision, unusual for soaps.

Lauralee Bell, an Emmy-winner who plays good-girl Christine Blair Williams and first joined the show in 1983, says her dad would likely not be surprised by the show’s new milestone. “He said if you have two families that come from different backgrounds and good, solid characters, it’s endless material.”

One of the ways the show will celebrate its milestone is with a masquerade ball storyline starting Thursday and continuing through the following week. Creators promise “surprise visits from fan favourites and secrets are revealed, forever changing the lives for the residents of Genoa City.” “Entertainment Tonight” also plans a March 27 special.

The CBS soap has helped launch the careers of such primetime and film actors as Vivica A. Fox, David Hasselhoff, Adam Brody, Tom Selleck, Penn Badgley, Shemar Moore, Eva Longoria, Justin Hartley and the late Paul Walker. Eric Braeden plays the male lead Victor Newman, a villain of the highest quality who once kept his wife’s lover locked in his basem*nt.

Professor Elana Levine, who teaches media studies at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and wrote Her Stories: Daytime Soap Opera and US Television History, says the staying power of soaps is that they get passed down from one generation to the next.

“What streaming TV has shown us is that serialized narratives and stories that continue from episode to episode are really appealing and engaging,” she says. “Soaps did that before anybody and are the maximum version of that because the story is going for decades.”

Among the cake-flinging food fights and evil twins on “The Young and the Restless,” there have also been important firsts — it aired the first live facelift on TV, back in 1984, and when veteran actor Kristoff St. John died in 2019, the cast and crew held a funeral for his character, bringing tears to a returning Moore.

It became the first daytime drama with a character who had a mastectomy, it was the first soap opera to broadcast in HD and, perhaps most importantly, it welcomed leading Black actors in the 1980s before many other soaps.

“‘The Young and the Restless’ attracted a big African American audience starting at that time because they were putting Black characters, front centre, more so than some of the other soaps were,” says Levine.

That’s a legacy Bell is proud of and she puts it squarely as a result of her parents, whom she calls hard-working creators who demanded a lot from their writers and actors, even their kids.

“My dad was not afraid of of being first. All the social issues he dealt with — date rape, AIDS, alcoholism, all of that. He really felt that if our audience bonded with these characters that they would learn,” says Bell. “If we could even help one person, it was worth it.”

Show veteran Melody Thomas Scott recalls a story that featured infant CPR, which is nothing like the adult version. “I think Bill and Lee wanted the world to know the difference,” she says. On the soap, a baby swallows a coin and Victor Newman — of course — becomes the hero by showing viewers the correct CPR technique.

“We got so many calls in our ‘Y&R’ office the day after that episode aired, some mothers in tears, so grateful,” she says. “That is the ultimate goal of sneaking in some social issues because it can save lives. It can change people’s lives.”

One of Bill Bell’s hallmarks was telling stories in real time, for instance waiting for a couple’s first hand holding, then waiting a while before their first kiss. “If the audience doesn’t believe it and grow with them. It’s hard to buy sometimes,” his daughter says. The soap always stayed in the realm of reality: No getting possessed by the devil in Genoa City.

Scott is celebrating her 44th year on the show as Nikki Newman, a poor girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Her character has gone from a tempestuous, alcoholic stripper to the serial’s luminous and resourceful leading lady.

She says the show has stayed true to Bill Bell’s vision of a show with compelling characters played by beautiful people. Visually, the soap has stayed lush and elegant, with plenty of fresh flowers or candles onset. “We look different from any other show,” she says.

Bell not only had a knack for storylines — he also knew his actors. Scott recalls being surprised when Bell paired her bratty character with tycoon Victor Newman, two people she thought had nothing in common.

“We discovered that we had this chemistry that we certainly didn’t expect. But I think Bill, in all of his wisdom, somehow saw it in us,” she says. “You can’t force yourself to have chemistry with another actor. It just either is or isn’t. So we are eternally grateful that Bill was so psychic in knowing that we would click.”

The Bell family has continued to be part of the DNA of modern soaps, with Lauralee acting, her brother Brad serving as executive producer and head writer for sister soap “The Bold and the Beautiful” and brother Bill Jr. as president of the family production companies who made a deal for “The Young and the Restless” to be seen overseas, with versions in Israel, Canada, Turkey and France, among others.

“It was one of the first daytime soaps that got sold internationally,” says Levine. “I think that has been a key to its continued success and profitability. The money that any daytime soap brings in domestically has lessened over time and the audience has gotten smaller.”

If any viewers need convincing the “The Young and the Restless” has penetrated popular culture, look for further than Mary J. Blige, who sampled the show’s theme song in her 2001 hit “No More Drama.”

That mysterious man in the very first scene was Brad Elliot and ahead of him was plenty of drama — a love triangle with a pair of sisters, a marriage, the heartache of a miscarriage, a diagnosis of blindness and a divorce petition. Surgery restored his sight but his marriage never recovered. He left Genoa City after five years. The show continued.

When Lauralee Bell looks at the TV landscape today, she sees variations on what her parents created in primetime shows like “The Crown” and “Succession.”

“Every show is a soap, every nighttime show is a soap, all of these streaming shows are versions of soap operas,” she says. “So we’re all sort of a little tired of the soaps-are-on-their-way-out — well, every show is a soap, really.”rdU

Eva Longoria To Produce & Direct Spanish-Language Americas Version Of ‘Call My Agent!’

(3/22/23) Paris-based Mediawan, Elefantec Global and Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment are teaming up to co-produce a Spanish-speaking Americas version of the hit series Call My Agent!.

In addition to producing the show as founding CEO of UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, Longoria will also direct the first two episodes.

Longoria already has more than a dozen TV series director credits under her belt and recently made her feature directorial debut with Flamin’ Hot, which world premiered at SXSW.

“Like so many people around the globe, I’ve been a huge fan of the original series since it first premiered,” said Longoria.

“I’m so excited to partner with Mediawan and Elefantec Global to bring one of the greatest properties that gives a witty and satirical look behind the curtain of the entertainment industry for the Spanish-speaking American market.”

Elefantec Global CEO Pepe Baston echoed Longoria, saying: “Made with Latin flavor for a global audience, we are sure this iteration will find success and viewers worldwide,”

The original version of Call My Agent, illustrating the world of celebrity agents at a top Paris talent agency, first aired on France Télévisions for four seasons with record audiences, before being acquired by Netflix and achieving international fame.

The series has already been adapted for a number of other territories including Turkey, the UK, and most recently Italy, by Mediawan subsidiary Palomar.

The original series was produced by Mediawan Group label Mon Voisin Productions and Mother Production.

“Joining forces with Eva Longoria and Pepe Baston to take Call My Agent to Latin America is a unique opportunity,” said Mediawan CEO Pierre-Antoine Capton.

“Their talent and know-how combined with their international renown guarantee an innovative and premium adaptation of this series, a real funny and moving gem that the French creators were able to bring to life and which has since been travelling to audiences worldwide.”i

Eric Braeden Slams Former Y&R Star Eva Longoria for 'Derogatory Remarks' About Daytime-TV

(3/20/23) (Video) Things got hairy between The Mustache and onetime The Young and the Restless co-star Eva Longoria, in the wake of the latter’s reaction to a clip of her mid-2000s work on the CBS soap.

In the latest installment of HBO Max’s Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?, the titular host about a third of the way in cued up a clip from Longoria’s two-and-a-half year run as Y&R‘s Isabella.

Longoria appeared caught off-guard by Wallace digging up said clip. Afterward, she let out a hearty laugh, then shared an anecdote about how Y&R was paying her so little at the time that she retained her job at a temp agency to make ends meet. (You can find a Twittered clip down above, or watch on HBO Max, starting at the 8:15 mark.)

Eric Braeden — an eight-time Daytime Emmy nominee (and winner in 1998) for his iconic, decades-long run as Y&R‘s Victor Newman — loudly took issue with how Longoria reacted during the Who’s Talking segment.

In a series of Sunday night tweets, Braeden said, “Eva Longoria, you just made derogatory remarks about daytime actors! You simply weren’t good enough to survive the pressures of this medium! You were very lucky to get on that ‘housewife’ show [ABC’s Desperate Housewives]! You did one [Desperate Housewives episode] in 8-12 days, with mediocre but salacious dialogue! Our actresses would run rings around you!! And they did then!! From Robert De Niro to whoever they all are, many of them started in the medium you denigrate! It shows a complete lack of class!!”

Called out by some for overreacting to how Longoria reacted to the Y&R clip and what she said afterwards, Braeden doubled down, tweeting that “the whole tenor of that segment was one of embarrassment about her stint in Y&R.” He also said that “when people who have not made it in the [daytime-TV] medium or have no idea what it is about say pejorative things about it, I get pissed off! Because I’m one of few people in it who have done it all, from theater to films to loads of nighttime guest star roles! I know what I’m talking about!'”

Eva Longoria’s ‘Flamin’ Hot’ Is First Feature To Hit Both Hulu & Disney+ In Streaming Debut

(3/20/23) Following the movie’s world premiere at SXSW, Searchlight Pictures’ Eva Longoria feature directorial debut, Flamin’ Hot, will stream on both Hulu and Disney+ on June 9. It’s the first time that a new movie has been made available on both of the Disney-owned OTT services stateside. The pic will stream on Disney+ overseas.

The pic is based on the true story of Richard Montañez (Jesse Garcia), a Frito-Lay janitor who disrupted the food industry by channeling his Mexican-American heritage to turn Flamin’ Hot Cheetos from a snack into an iconic global pop culture phenomenon.

“I’m so excited for the world to see Flamin’ Hot on these two streaming platforms making this universal, inspirational story accessible to an even wider audience,” director Longoria said. “Now everyone can celebrate the joy, power and heart of this film that also happens to uplift Latinos both in front of and behind the camera.”

Added Searchlight Presidents David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield. “Eva’s inspiring film is a joy to experience and we could not be happier that it will now be available to even more families and audiences around the world.”

Producer DeVon Franklin said: “From the moment I found Richard Montanez’ story seven years ago, I knew it would resonate with and inspire audiences everywhere. I’m so grateful to Searchlight, Hulu, and now Disney+ for giving us this historic opportunity to bring his uplifting true story to over 200 million subscribers around the world!”

The film is a Franklin Entertainment Production written by Lewis Colick (October Sky, Charlie St. Cloud) and Linda Yvette Chávez (Gentefied creator-writer). It stars Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera) as Richard, Annie Gonzalez (Gentefied) as his wife, Judy; Emilio Rivera (Venom) as Richard’s father, Nacho; Dennis Haysbert (24) as Richard’s mentor, Clarence; and four-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) as PepsiCo CEO Roger Enrico. Other cast members include Matt Walsh (Veep), Bobby Soto (Narcos) and Pepe Serna (Scarface).n

Brody Hutzler - The Interview 3/24/23

(3/18/23) (Watch here) Brody Hutzler will join The Locher Room live on Friday, March 24th at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST to look back at his acting career that started 27 years ago when he was cast as Zachary Smith on Guiding Light.

In addition to his role on Guiding Light, Brody went to play Cody Dixon on The Young and the Restless and Patrick Lockhart on Days of Our Lives. Fans of the hit series, Angel will remember Brody for his recurring role of Landok. He also made several guest appearances on the primetime series, Charmed, NCIS, Ringer, 7th Heaven, Family Guy and Ally McBeal to name a few. He also starred in the films, Beach Kings and Mega Shark vs. Kolossus. One of his most proud roles to date is that of dad to his daughter, Vivienne.

Besides his career in acting, Brody has a successful career as a realtor. He covers all of California and helps his clients buy and sell property anywhere from San Diego to San Francisco.

Y&R Cast guest on The Talk - March 20 to 24, 2023

(3/17/23) The Talk - CBS
Mo 3/20: Peter Bergman, Beth Maitland, Eileen Davidson, Jason Thompson
Tu 3/21: Camryn Grimes, Bryton James, Michael Graziadei, Christel Khalil
We 3/22: Melody Thomas Scott, Jess Walton
Th 3/23: Sharon Case, Joshua Morrow, Michelle Stafford
Fr 3/24: Tracey Bregman, Christian Le Blanc

Dishing with Digest - 3/17/23 - Patty Weaver

(3/17/23) (Listen/download) Patty Weaver reveals how a passion for singing paved her way to daytime, talks about her return visit to Y&R as Gina for the 50th anniversary, how she discovered her talent for painting and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about Y&R’s amazing milestone.

Victor Newman Gets Movin'! Eric Braeden, Lauralee Bell and More 'Y&R' Stars Get Down for 50th Anniversary

(3/16/23) (Video) The Young and the Restless cast is getting the party started early!

On Thursday, Lauralee Bell, who plays Christine "Cricket" Blair on CBS soap opera, shared a video montage featuring her costars showing off their best dance moves ahead of the show's 50th anniversary on March 26.

The upbeat clip, set to the tune of "Can't Stop the Feeling!" by Justin Timberlake, features Bell as well as Eric Braeden, Tracey E. Bregman, Bryton James, Courtney Hope, Christel Khalil, Eileen Davidson, Jason Thompson, Christian Le Blanc, Michelle Stafford, Melissa Claire Egan, Kate Linder, Mishael Morgan, Melissa Ordway Gaston, Michael Damian, Sharon Case, Elizabeth Henderickson, Amelia Heinle and Beth Maitland.

Each of the Y&R cast members hold up signs that read "I Would" or "Of Course" before breaking out their finest moves. Even Braeden, 81 — who plays Victor Newman on the soap — gets in on the fun and grooves along to the tune.

"Young & Restless cast, 'WOULD YOU DANCE FOR THE FANS?'" Bell, 54, captioned the dance montage, which she created, filmed around the show's set and edited herself.

"After your loyalty and support for all these years, the least we could do to say THANK YOU is to show our best moves," continued the actress, who is the daughter of The Young and the Restless creators William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell and has been on the show since she was a teenager.

"You got us to #YR50 #thereisnouswithoutyou," Bell concluded. "We are kicking off a big week!!! Lots of celebrating and wanted you to feel part of the party!!"

In January, PEOPLE shared an exclusive look at the cast's glitzy group photo in honor of the golden milestone.

The shot showed Y&R's current cast — including veteran stars Braeden, Le Blanc, Davidson, Maitland, Melody Thomas Scott, Jess Walton and Peter Bergman — dressed to the nines in front of a golden backdrop.

In addition to Bell, Bregman, Khalil, Linder, Egan, Hope and James, other actors featured in the shot included Kelsey Wang, Conner Floyd, Cait Fairbanks, Brytni Sarpy, Trevor St. John, Greg Rikaart, Elizabeth Hendrikson, Rory Gibson, Zuleyka Silver, Allison Lanier, Melissa Ordway, Michelle Stafford, Jason Thompson, Joshua Morrow, Amelia Heinle, Sharon Case, Sean Dominic, Camryn Grimes, Mark Grossman, Susan Walters, Michael Mealor, Mishael Morgan and Michael Graziadei.

The Young and the Restless follows the lives of the residents of the fictional Genoa City. Since its premiere in March 1973, the series has welcomed over 350 cast members.

Scott, Braeden, Davidson, Maitland, Walton, Bergman and Le Blanc currently top the list as the show's longest cast members, with Scott appearing on the series for 43 years and Braeden following with 42.

Davidson, Linder, and Maitland all have 40 years under their belt, while Walton, Bergman and Le Blanc have each appeared on the show for at least 30 years. Bell and Bregman will also celebrate their 40th anniversaries on the show this year.

The soap opera has been the number one daytime drama for 35 consecutive years and CBS' longest running scripted show. The channel even launched a complementary podcast in an effort to return to the origins of soap operas as radio shows.

Over the years, Y&R has also been critically acclaimed, winning 11 Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, and has helped jumpstart the careers of many celebrities, including Eva Longoria, David Hasselhoff, Shemar Moore and Paul Walker.

In September, the show celebrated its anniversary season by participating in a crossover with sister soap opera, The Bold and The Beautiful.

Leading up to Y&R's anniversary on March 26, fans can expect more surprise visits and a fun walk down memory lane. To make things even more noteworthy, following the 50th broadcast anniversary episode, Y&R will have aired over 12,500 episodes, totaling more than 9,000 hours of television, by March 27.

The Young and the Restless airs weekdays (12:30 p.m. ET) on CBS and can be streamed afterwards on Paramount+.

‘All Rise’ Future On OWN Uncertain As Cast Gets Released Ahead Of Season 3B Run

(3/16/23) Once again, All Rise is facing a possible cancellation. The cast of the courtroom drama series, led by Simone Missick, has been released by producing studio Warner Bros. Television.

OWN gave All Rise a second lease on life, picking up the series for a 20-episode Season 3 in 2021 following its cancellation by CBS after two seasons. The new season, which has been completed, was slated to run in two 10-episode batches, with the first half airing last summer and the second one set to air later this year.

All Rise was not able to bring in broadcast-size audience to OWN but Season 3A did OK by cable standards. With the cast options coming up and Season 3B yet to be scheduled, I hear the studio notified the actors that their options are not getting picked up. OWN is expected to make a decision on the show’s future after the episodes air.

Most people I’ve spoken with feel like this likely is the end for All Rise. The show did defy the odds once and was able to reassemble the majority of its cast after their options had expired following the CBS cancellation.

Starring Missick as Judge Lola Carmichael, All Rise is a courthouse drama that followed the chaotic, hopeful, and sometimes absurd lives of its judges, prosecutors, and public defenders, as they worked with bailiffs, clerks, and police to get justice for the people of Los Angeles amidst a flawed legal system. Judge Lola Carmichael (Missick), is a highly regarded and impressive former deputy district attorney who has shown she doesn’t intend to sit back on the bench, but instead leans in, pushing the boundaries and challenging the expectations of what a judge can be.

Season 3 main cast included Missick, Wilson Bethel, Jessica Camacho, J. Alex Brinson, Ruthie Ann Miles, Lindsay Mendez, and Lindsey Gort, with Seasons 1-2 series regular Marg Helgenberger as special guest

The series was created by Greg Spottiswood and produced by Warner Bros. Television.

All Rise was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series at both the 2021 NAACP Image Awards and the Black Reel Awards for Television in 2020. Missick was also nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series at the NAACP Image Awards and the Black Reel Awards for Television in both 2020 and 2021.

NEW CBS DRAMA SERIES “THE NEVER GAME” STARRING JUSTIN HARTLEY HAS BEEN RENAMED “TRACKER”

(3/15/23) CBS announced today that the new drama series starring and executive produced by Justin Hartley, previously known as THE NEVER GAME, has been retitled TRACKER.

TRACKER is scheduled to air in the 2023-2024 broadcast season.

TRACKER features Hartley as lone-wolf survivalist Colter Shaw, who roams the country as a “reward seeker,” using his expert tracking skills to help private citizens and law enforcement solve all manner of mysteries while contending with his own fractured family.Robin Weigert, Abby McEnany, Eric Graise and Fiona Rene also star. The series is based on the bestselling novel The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver.

TRACKER is produced by 20th Television. In addition to Hartley, Ken Olin, Ben H. Winters and Hilary Weisman Graham are executive producing for 20th Television. Olin directed the pilot from a script written by Winters.

TRACKER premiere date to be announced in the coming months.

Barbara Crampton Interview 3/22/23

(3/14/23) (Watch Here) Celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Young and the Restless with actress Barbara Crampton live in The Locher Room on Wednesday, March 22nd at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. EST. Barbara is reprising one of her favorite roles of all time, the colorful and complicated Leanna Love. Don’t miss Barbara’s return on Friday, March 24th. She won a Soap Opera Digest award for “Best Scene Stealer” for her portrayal of Leanna Love, during her six years on Y&R.

Barbara made her television debut on Days of Our Lives as Trista Evans. She went on to play Mindy Lewis on Guiding Light and Maggie Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful.

Barbara’s career as an iconic figure in the horror/thriller genre has spanned four decades and continues to gain momentum. Currently she is producing and co-starring with Heather Graham in the horror thriller Suitable Flesh. Barbara produced and starred in Jakob’s Wife. Other recently completed features include Run Hide Fight, King Knight with Aubrey Plaza, Superhost and Sacrifice, a thriller shot in Norway.

This year, Barbara will appear in Larry Fessenden’s new film Blackout, Onyx The Fortuitous and the Talisman of Souls which premiered at Sundance 2023, and the thriller Last Stop in Yuma County. On television, Barbara guest starred on the last season of Channel Zero: The Dream Door, on season 2 of Creepshow and in an episode of the highly acclaimed series Into the Dark: Culture Shock.

In addition, Barbara writes a column for Fangoria magazine entitled Scene Queen, for which she won two “Rondo Hatton Horror Awards” in 2020 and 2021.

Barbara made her film debut in 1984’s Body Double. The cult classic Re-Animator, in which Barbara portrayed the leading role of Megan Halsey, continues to be a huge fan favorite. Other films she has starred in include From Beyond, the original and remake of Puppet Master, You’re Next, and We Are Still Here.

‘Young and the Restless’ Cast Digs Up the Past to Honor Milestone 50th Anniversary

(3/10/23) (hollywoodreporter.com) (Pic1, Pic2,Pic3, Pic4, Pic5, Pic6) A dozen actors from The Young and the Restless took a break from the grind of soap opera duties to mark the show’s 50th anniversary March 1 by doing something that can’t happen every day: unearthing a time capsule that was buried on the CBS Television City lot for 25 years.

Interred on March 26, 1998, it contained merch, scripts, faux newspaper clippings from the Genoa City Chronicle, two Y&R books by Mary Cassata and Barbara Irwin (who flew down for the event) and the last IBM Selectric typewriter ball used by head writer Kay Alden before they switched to computers.

“I’ve been here 44 of those 50 years,” Melody Thomas Scott told THR of playing Nikki Newman on the show since 1979. “We beat astronomical odds to still be here and still be No. 1.”

As for whether they can make it another 50, Scott is cautious amid a shift in TV consumption that has led to the death of a number of their competitors. “I don’t think we are counting our years, we just hope for the best. I’m such an annoying fatalist that whatever happens with the show is meant to happen, whether it be for good or bad reasons. I’m just enjoying every day that I have here. Until we’re not here.”

In the meantime, there’s a lot to celebrate. CBS will present The Young and the Restless 50th Anniversary Celebration, an Entertainment Tonight special, that will air March 27 on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. The news special, hosted by ET’s Nischelle Turner from the Y&R set, will feature footage and interviews with cast members from the past 50 years and never-before-seen moments from the ET vault. There will also a special bash to mark the milestone at Downtown Los Angeles venue Vibiana on March 17.

BET+ Greenlights Biopic ‘The First Lady Of BMF: The Tonesa Welch Story’

(3/10/23) BET+ has greenlit the biopic The First Lady of BMF: The Tonesa Welch Story inspired by the true life of Detroit native Tonesa Welch, which was first chronicled in American Gangster: Trap Queens, also from the streamer.

Vivica Fox (Holiday Hideway) is set to direct the film based on a script by Gabrielle Collins; Tressa Azarel Smallwood (All In) and Judge Greg Mathis (Madea Goes to Jail) executive produce alongside Donte Lee and Delece James.

The biopic charts Welch’s rise from teen mom to drug dealer to being labeled by federal prosecutors as “The First Lady of BMF.” Dreams and desires, craftiness and creativity, hustle and hard work, Welch tells a harrowing story about riches, remorse, personal responsibility, and redemption set amidst the lavishness and extreme violence of Detroit’s crack era and America’s “war on drugs.”

First featured as part of the BET+ hit unscripted series American Gangster: Trap Queens, a true crime series detailing the criminal chronicles of some of America’s most notorious female gangsters, Tonesa Welch’s story reignited interest in the history of the Black Mafia Family. Currently, key aspects of her life make up the main storyline in Season 2 of the hit Starz series, BMF, with LaLa Anthony portraying the character inspired by Welch, MarKaisha Taylor.

Production on The First Lady of BMF: The Tonesa Welch Story is set to begin in April in Washington, D.C., and will debut on BET+ later this year.

The 95th Oscars Rounds Out Show Presenters

(3/9/23) Halle Berry, Paul Dano, Cara Delevingne, Harrison Ford, Kate Hudson, Mindy Kaling, Eva Longoria, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Olsen, Pedro Pascal and John Travolta round out the slate of presenters at the 95th Oscars®, executive producers and showrunners Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner and executive producer Molly McNearney announced today. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, “The Oscars” will air live on ABC and broadcast outlets worldwide on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT.

Previously announced Oscars presenters include Riz Ahmed, Halle Bailey, Antonio Banderas, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, John Cho, Glenn Close, Jennifer Connelly, Ariana DeBose, Andrew Garfield, Hugh Grant, Danai Gurira, Salma Hayek Pinault, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Michael B. Jordan, Nicole Kidman, Troy Kotsur, Jonathan Majors, Melissa McCarthy, Janelle Monáe, Deepika Padukone, Florence Pugh, Questlove, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver and Donnie Yen.

The 95th Oscars will be held Sunday, March 12, 2023, at the Dolby® Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

The Price Is Right, Y&R, B&B To Move Productions As Television City Renovations Displace Several Long-Running Series

(3/8/23) The Price Is Right is on the move. The iconic CBS game show, produced by Fremantle, is leaving Television City, the Los Angeles studio complex where it has taped since its 1972 relaunch. The daytime staple will relocate to Haven Studios, a new facility in nearby Glendale, in which Fremantle is an investor with a long-term lease.

Hackman Capital Partners, which bought Television City for $750 million from CBS Corp. in 2019, is planning a $1.25 billion renovation of the landmark complex. In addition to The Price Is Right, it has been housing CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden, which is ending its run this spring, as well as The Young and the Restless, The Bold and The Beautiful, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol and Real Time with Bill Maher, which are solidifying moving arrangements.

“In light of Hackman Capital Partners’ plans to undergo a major renovation at Television City, the time has come to move television’s longest-running game show, The Price Is Right, into a new home,” said Suzanne Lopez, COO of Fremantle. “While we bid a fond farewell to this cultural landmark, we are excited to say that we will be moving into a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility at Haven Studios. We can’t wait to have our fans “Come On Down” to this new facility when we begin production on the next season this summer.”

Hackman’s plan for Television City would raise the number of stages to at least 15, from eight, along with production support facilities and offices for rent. The four original stages built by CBS at the campus’ launch in 1952 would be preserved, along with other historical design elements created by Los Angeles architect William Pereira. At the time of the 2019 sale, CBS remained a tenant, keeping its Television City-based productions in place.

The Price Is Right, created by Bob Stewart, Mark Goodson and Bill Todman, premiered on September 4, 1972. Bob Barker hosted the program from its inception until his retirement in 2007, when current host Drew Carey took over. The show’s prime Los Angeles location at Television City, next to top tourist attractions the Original Farmers Market and The Grove, have made it a regular stop on out-of-town visitors’ itineraries. (An earlier version of the show, hosted by Bill Cullen, aired from 1956-65 on NBC and later ABC.)

Fremantle’s other CBS daytime game show, Let’s Make a Deal, which is taping in Sylmar, CA, also will relocate to Haven. The current revival has been hosted by Wayne Brady since its 2009 launch.l

Interview with Emmy Award-Winning Writer - Dave Rupel 3/15/23

(3/7/23) (Watch Here) Emmy Award-winning writer Dave Rupel will join me live in The Locher Room on Wednesday, March 15th at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST to look back at his career writing for General Hospital, Guiding Light and The Young and the Restless.

Dave fell in love with the ABC daytime line-up of soaps at a very young age. He moved to Los Angeles in 1985 and worked as a Production Assistant for Mary Tyler Moore studios. Dave believes it was reading scripts for St. Elsewhere, Hill Street Blues, Newhart, and Remington Steele that really taught him how to write for TV.

Dave got his first agent in 1988 and wrote his first prime-time TV script for the series, In the Heat of the Night in 1989. Dave wrote for various other series and moved to daytime TV for the first time in 1998 when he became a break down writer for General Hospital. He won his first Emmy Award as part of the Outstanding Writing Team for Guiding Light in 2007 and his second win was in 2019 for the writing team of The Young and the Restless. Additionally, he was part of the General Hospital writing team that won Writers Guild Awards in 2017 and 2018.

In addition to his work in daytime, Dave has worked in reality TV as a Story Producer on The Real World, a Producer on Temptation Island, and an Executive Producer/Showrunner on The Real Housewives of Orange County and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hill.

CBS PRESENTS “THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION”

(3/7/23) (Click Here for a Sizzle Preview) CBS presents THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, an ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT special, premiering Monday, March 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.*

This news special is hosted by ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT’s Nischelle Turner from THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS set.

The special includes footage and interviews with THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS cast members from the past 50 years, current exclusive interviews with fan-favorite cast members and never-before-seen moments from the ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT vault.

The special dives deep into the legacy of Y&R storylines over the years, including the epic romances, biggest feuds and rivalries, iconic weddings, famous alumni and groundbreaking moments in pop culture.

Viewers will get a behind-the-scenes studio tour, including a look at the massive wardrobe collection and special remembrances to beloved cast members Jeanne Cooper and Kristoff St. John.

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, TV’s #1 daytime drama for the last 35 consecutive years, kicks off its 50th anniversary with an on-air celebration beginning Wednesday, March 22 (broadcast anniversary on Sunday, March 26).

*Paramount+ Premium subscribers will have access to stream live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service as well as on-demand. Essential tier subscribers will have access to the on-demand the following day after the episode airs.

Talk Show Appearance

(3/3/23) THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT - CBS

Tuesday, March 7

Eva Longoria

Dishing with Digest - 3/3/23 - Barbara Crampton

(3/3/23) (Listen/download) Barbara Crampton looks back on her stints on DAYS, GUIDING LIGHT and B&B, talks about her success in the horror genre, her return as Leanna for Y&R’s 50th and more with Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the latest storylines and cast changes.

Daisy Edgar-Jones, Jacob Elordi, Will Poulter, Diego Calva And Sasha Calle To Star In Adaptation Of ‘On Swift Horses’

(2/28/23) Ley Line Entertainment and FirstGen Content have set an all-star ensemble for its co-production of On Swift Horses as Daisy Edgar-Jones, Jacob Elordi, Will Poulter, Diego Calva and Sasha Calle are on board to star. Daniel Minahan is on to direct with Peter Spears and FirstGen’s Mollye Asher producing (the won a Best Picture Oscar producing Nomadland together) alongside, Tim Headington and Theresa Steele Page on behalf of Ley Line with Michael D’Alto producing on behalf of FirstGen Conent. Bryce Kass is adapting the script.

Based on the novel by Shannon Pufahl, the story follows?newlyweds Muriel and Lee who are beginning a bright new life when he returns from the Korean War. However, this?newfound stability is upended by the arrival of Lee’s charismatic younger brother, Julius, a wayward gambler with a secret.?A dangerous love triangle is quickly formed, as the three vow to start a new life together in California, but their bid for the American Dream is blown apart when Julius disappears and heads for Las Vegas instead. Muriel embarks on a secret life of her own,?gambling on racehorses and discovering a love she never thought possible.

Ley Line and FirstGen are financing alongside Wavelength. Alvaro Valente and Bryce Kass are executive producers as are Killer Films’ Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler. Nate Kamiya and David Darby of Ley Line are also exec producing as well as Randal Sandler, Claude Amadeo and Chris Triana for FirstGen and Jennifer Westphal and Joe Plummer for Wavelength. The project has begun filming in Los Angeles.

Edgar-Jones is repped by UTA, Hamilton Hodel, Elordi is repped by Gersh and Nicky Gluyas Management, Calva is repped by WME and Lumina Entertainment, Poulter is repped by WME and Hamilton Hodell and Calle is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content. Minahan is repped by UTA and Circle of Confusion and Kass is repped by Circle of Confusion. UTA helped to acquire partial financing for the film and is representing worldwide rights.o

Hunter King Has a Hallmark Date With Chandler Massey!

(2/28/23) (soapsindepth.com) Look for a romantic pair-up between daytime grads Hunter King (ex-Summer, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) and Chandler Massey (ex-Will, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) this spring on Hallmark Channel! The network recently announced its “Spring Into Love” slate of April movies, and the Daytime Emmy winners will share the screen in The Professional Bridesmaid.

According to a synopsis for the film, King stars as Maggie, who realized years ago that she had a special knack for being a bridesmaid and went pro. Now, she uses her talents as a paid professional to help brides navigate the tricky emotional and social dynamics that go along with planning the big day. Maggie’s latest client is Alexis, whose father is up for re-election as the mayor of Columbus. Since the wedding is sure to be the social event of the season, the mayor’s team hires Maggie to join the bridal party and keep everything on track — but since no one can know she is a professional, Maggie poses as cousin Maisie.

Things get tricky when Massey’s character, ambitious local reporter Henry, is assigned to the story. Hoping to get close to the mayor and secure the scoop on the pending development of local parkland, Henry starts sniffing around. To pull off her assignment, Maggie must coordinate three unhelpful bridesmaids and keep Henry focused on the wedding. All the while, of course, hiding her true identity as she grows closer to Henry!

The movie is part of King’s multi-picture deal with Hallmark Media, which was announced in November. “Thrilled to continue working with my Hallmark family!” King gushed on Instagram about her contract with the media company. “So many exciting things to come.”

King played Y&R’s Summer for nearly ten years (from 2012 until 2021), earning five Daytime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Younger Actress — and taking home back-to-back trophies in 2014 and 2015. Since leaving the soap, she has starred in the Hallmark movies Hidden Gems, Nikki & Nora: Sister Sleuths, and A Royal Corgi Christmas. Massey has played DAYS’ Will on and off since 2010, having wrapped his most recent return earlier this month. During his time back and forth in Salem, he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award six times for Outstanding Younger Actor, winning the category three years in a row: 2012, 2013, and 2014. Like King, Massey has also appeared in three Hallmark movies, Next Stop, Christmas, Heart of the Matter, and A Tale of Two Christmases.

The Professional Bridesmaid is scheduled to premiere on Saturday, April 8, at 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel.

‘The Residence’: Andre Braugher, Susan Kelechi Watson & Bronson Pinchot Among 11 Cast In Netflix’s Shondaland Series

(2/27/23) Shondaland and Netflix have assembled a formidable ensemble cast for murder-mystery drama The Residence. Joining previously announced lead Uzo Aduba are Emmy winner Andre Braugher (She Said), This Is Us star Susan Kelechi Watson in her first role since the end of the acclaimed NBC series, Ken Marino, who currently reprising his role in Starz’s Party Down revival, Jason Lee (My Name Is Earl), Bronson Pinchot (Our Flag Means Death), Isiah Whitlock Jr. (Your Honor), Edwina Findley (The Power), Molly Griggs (Dr. Death), Al Mitchell (Stranger Things), Dan Perreault (Strays) and Mary Wiseman (Star Trek: Discovery).

Using Kate Andersen Brower’s book The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House as a jumping off point, the eight-episode series, from writer Paul William Davies, is described as “a screwball whodunnit set in the upstairs, downstairs, and back stairs of the White House, among the eclectic staff of the world’s most famous mansion.” Its premise: 132 rooms. 157 suspects. One dead body. One wildly eccentric detective (Aduba). One disastrous State Dinner.

Braugher plays White House Chief Usher. A.B. Wynter.

Watson portrays Jasmine Haney, a young and rising White House Assistant Usher.

Lee is Tripp Morgan, President Perry Morgan’s younger brother and a bit of a screw-up.

Marino plays Harry Hollinger, President Perry Morgan’s oldest friend, closest advisor, and most trusted confidante.

Findley portrays Sheila Cannon, White House Butler.

Griggs plays Lilly Schumacher, President Morgan’s Social Secretary.

Mitchell portrays Rollie Bridgewater, Head Butler/Maitre d’.

Perrault plays Colin Trask, Head of the Presidential Detail for the Secret Service.

Pinchot is Didier Gotthard, White House Executive Pastry Chef.

Whitlock Jr. portrays Larry Dokes, Chief of Police, Metropolitan Police Department.

Wiseman is Marvella, White House Executive Chef.

Liza Johnson (The Last of Us, The Diplomat) directs the first four episodes of the series. Davies, who serves as showrunner, executive produces with Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers.

Braugher is repped by WME, Viewpoint and attorney Keith Klevan; Watson by UTA, Authentic Talent & Literary Management and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; Marino by UTA, Artists First and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; Wiseman by Gersh and Lighthouse Management & Media; Lee by Hansen Jacobson Teller; Pinchot by Artists & Representatives and Bohemia Group; Whitlock by Innovative Artists, Liebman Entertainment and Schreck Rose Dapello; Findley by More/Medavoy Management; Griggs by Paradigm and Perennial Entertainment; Mitchell with the Jana VanDyke Agency and CSP Management; Perreault with UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.

Sharon Case Interview 3/3/23

(2/26/23) (Watch Here) Celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Young and the Restless with Emmy Award-winning actress Sharon Case live in The Locher Room on Friday, March 3rd at 2:30 p.m. EST / 11:30 a.m. PST.

Sharon joined the cast of Y&R in August of 1994 as Sharon Collins, a character who endured many ups and downs in her marriages to Nicholas Newman (Joshua Morrow), Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) and Victor Newman (Eric Braeden)

Sharon received Daytime Emmy Nominations in 1996 and 1997 as Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series. In 1999, she won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She was nominated for the same category in 2000 and 2004.

Before moving to Genoa City, Sharon portrayed Debbie Simon on As the World Turns, Dawn Winthrop on General Hospital, and Anne Welles on Valley of the Dolls. Her other TV credits include guest-starring roles in Cheers, Beverly Hills 90210, Silk Stalkings, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, and Doogie Howser, M.D.

She also starred in the feature film Diplomatic Immunities and in the short films Repressions and Wentworth.

Join us as we look back at Sharon’s career and three decades with The Young and the Restless on Friday, March 3.

‘Young and the Restless’ Boss Fires Entire Breakdown Writing Staff, Says He’ll Do Their Jobs Himself

(2/22/23) (thewrap.com) The move comes just before WGA negotiations, as well as the series celebrating its 50th anniversary

Sally Spectra’s brutal firing from the fictional Newman Media may be nothing compared to the real-life pink slips just handed out in the writing department at CBS’s top-rated daytime drama “The Young and the Restless.”

Co-executive producer and head writer Josh Griffith has sacked all five writers that comprised the show’s breakdown writing staff, multiple individuals with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

According to one insider, Griffith said eliminating the breakdown writing staff — those writers responsible for mapping out story lines across multiple episodes — is a cost-cutting move, and that he will take on the task of writing breakdowns himself.

“The timing of the firings is suspect given that WGA negotiations were coming up and the show is celebrating a major milestone with its 50th anniversary,” the individual said. “Even more brutal is that four of the five writers of the breakdown staff are all women, one of them being African-American, who was hired with the intended purpose of expanding diversity behind the scenes per CBS’ directive.”

According to the same individual, these firings come on the heels of Sony Pictures Television giving Griffith’s co-executive producer Anthony Morina his walking papers.

Sony Pictures Television, which produces the soaps, and CBS, which airs them, both declined comment. A spokesperson for “Young and the Restless” didn’t respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

One show insider also told TheWrap, “There was some restructuring of the writers staff to streamline the creative process.” When asked if the decision was a directive of Sony or Griffith’s own move, the individual said: “It was based on what made sense for the show creatively and mirrors the structure at other soaps.”

Primetime dramas, which produce anywhere from 13-22 episodes per year, typically operate with a head writer, co-head writer and script writers (who also write breakdowns). But due to the grueling volume of producing five episodes a week for almost an entire yearly cycle, soaps also employ a number of breakdown writers.

Production sources at the other two remaining daytime dramas, ABC’s “General Hospital” and Peaco*ck’s “Days of Our Lives,” told TheWrap that their shows still have breakdown writers alongside script writers.

Cost-cutting measures are no surprise throughout the industry — especially daytime soaps which were hard hit first by the ’90s O.J. Simpson trial, then the WGA strike in the early 2000s. Apparently, even CBS’s “The Young and the Restless,” which has been the No. 1 ranked daytime drama for 35 years, isn’t immune. “Days of our Lives,” which is also produced by Sony Pictures Television and Corday Productions, made the jump from airing daily on NBC Monday through Friday to streaming only on Peaco*ck this past fall.

“We understand the industry is going through transition but it’s a slap in the face for five hardworking writers to be fired so the co-EP and head writer can write the breakdowns and line his pockets with more residuals,” a writer from another daytime drama told TheWrap. “Soap writers have long felt shafted by WGA and this doesn’t help matters.”

“The Young and the Restless” breakdown staff was jettisoned before the show reaches its 50th anniversary this month where past fan favorites such as Michael Damian, Patty Weaver, Tricia Cast, Barbara Crampton and Veronica Redd will reprise their roles on the series leading up to the big day on March 26.

Patricia Heaton To Topline Psychological Horror-Thriller ‘The Beldham’; Corbin Bernsen Among Others Set

(2/22/23) Patricia Heaton (Carol’s Second Act) has signed on to star in The Beldham, a new psychological horror-thriller about mother-daughter relationships, marking the feature directorial debut of actress Angela Gulner (GLOW).

Others set for the Gulner-penned indie, which is currently in production in Oklahoma, include 2x Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Corbin Bernsen (City on a Hill), Katie Parker (The Midnight Club), Emma Fitzpatrick (Take Back the Night) and Hannah Reese (Baby Money).

The film has Heaton playing Sadie, a fierce caregiver determined to protect her family from a monstrous presence that threatens to tear them all apart. Mark Meir and Gulner are producing for Wicked Myth Films, alongside Randy Wayne and Talia Bella for Thunderbird Films.

Heaton is a 2x Primetime Emmy winner best known for major roles on the sitcoms Everybody Loves Raymond and The Middle who more recently led the CBS comedy Carol’s Second Act. She’s also been seen in Sony’s faith-based comedy Moms’ Night Out, as well as Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Front of the Class, and TNT’s adaptation of The Goodbye Girl, among many other projects. Others coming up for her include the indies Mending the Line with Brian Cox and Unbreakable Boy with Zachary Levi, both of which are currently in post-production.

Heaton is repped by UTA, Vault Entertainment, and Skrzyniarz & Mallean; Bernsen by A3 Artists Agency and Randy James Management; Parker by Artists First and VanderKloot Law; Fitzpatrick by BRS/Gage Talent; Reese by Utah’s Stars Talent Studio, Oklahoma’s Magna Talent Agency and Sovereign Talent Group; and Gulner by Fictional Entity.

‘Blood & Treasure’ Not Returning For Season 3 At Paramount+

(2/18/23) It’s official. Action-adventure series Blood & Treasure will not return for a third season.

The move is not unexpected. Series lead Matt Barr stars in CW’s Walker: Independence which launched its first season in October. The drama series aired its first season on CBS and moved to sibling streamer Paramount+ for Season 2 with a one-season commitment. The season finale and now series finale aired on October 2.

Blood & Treasure is an action-adventure drama about a brilliant antiquities expert and a cunning art thief who team up to catch a ruthless terrorist who funds his attacks through stolen treasure. Danny McNamara (Barr) is a former FBI agent specializing in stolen arts and antiquities. Lexi Vaziri (Sofia Pernas) is a resourceful art thief who is haunted by the tragic loss of her father, which she blames on Danny. As they crisscross the world hunting their target, Danny and Lexi unexpectedly find themselves at the center of a 2,000-year-old battle for the cradle of civilization.

The series also starred Sofia Pernas, Michael James Shaw, Katia Winter, James Callis, Oded Fehr, Alicia Coppola and Mark Gagliardi.

Blood & Treasure was produced by CBS Studios in association with Propagate Content. Matthew Federman, Stephen Scaia, Taylor Elmore, Ben Silverman, Marc Webb, Mark Vlasic and Howard T. Owens served as executive producers.

‘The Young And The Restless’ To Celebrate 50th Anniversary With Visits From Past Favorites Michael Damian, Patty Weaver & Others

(2/16/23) Longtime fans of CBS’ The Young and The Restless will have something to celebrate with the show’s 50th anniversary: Beginning in March, a Who’s Who of former Genoa City favorites will make appearances on the soap.

Beginning in mid-March and leading up to the series’ 50th broadcast anniversary on March 26, Y&R will will welcome back:

Michael Damian returns as Danny Romalotti. The actor made his Y&R debut as Genoa City’s resident rock star in 1980, leaving the show in 1998. He reprised the role from 2002-2004, 2008, 2012-2013 and a holiday visit in December 2022;

Patty Weaver returns as restaurateur and Romalotti sibling Gina Roma. Before beginning her three-decade run on Y&R, Weaver appeared as the popular Trish Clayton on Days of our Lives from 1976-1982;

Tricia Cast returns as reformed bad girl Nina Webster. Cast first appeared on Y&R in 1986, left the show full-time in 2001, and was last seen in a 2021 guest appearance. In 1994, she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series;

Barbara Crampton returns as “colorful celebrity journalist” Leanna Love. Crampton made her Y&R debut in 1987 and returned for tenures, most recently in 2007;

Veronica Redd reprises her role as Mamie Johnson, “surrogate mother to the Abbott family.” She first played the role from 1990 to 1995 and then again from 1999 to 2004.

The Young and The Restless is broadcast weekdays (12:30-1:30 PM, ET/11:30 AM-12:30 PM, PT) on the CBS and is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Y&R’s Melissa Claire Egan is Expecting Baby #2!

(2/15/23) (Photo) Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R) shared on social media that she’s expecting again. The actress posted a photo of herself with her baby bump, along with son Caden, who turned one last August, which is also the month she is due. The proud mama added, “Looks like we’re just destined to have August babies! So grateful and excited to be adding another cub to our family of Leo baby boys. Caden’s gonna be a big brother.” Egan has been married to Matt Katrosar since 2014.

Dishing with Digest - 2/10/23 - Corbin Bernsen

(2/10/23) (Listen / download) Corbin Bernsen looks back on his soap past, shares stories about his late mother, Jeanne Cooper (ex-Katherine, Y&R), talks about his latest, faith-based docuseries and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also preview what the soaps have planned for Valentine’s Day.

Morning Show Appearance

(2/4/23) Today - NBC

Friday, February 10

(10-11 a.m.) Justin Hartley on Spotify’s Harley Quinn & The Joker: Sound Mind.

Chrishell Stause once apologized to G Flip ‘for being straight’

(2/2/23) Chrishell Stause felt guilty about her sexual orientation when she first found herself attracted to her now-partner, G Flip.

The “Selling Sunset” star – who for most of her life considered herself to be straight – revealed in a joint interview with Vogue Australia that she once told the drummer, “I apologize for being straight” after they asked her out on a date.

The couple first met at a Halloween party in Los Angeles in 2021, but reconnected at another gathering that following February.

Stause – who was fresh off her breakup with her “Selling Sunset” boss and co-star, Jason Oppenheim – said she shared a kiss with G Flip at the fête, but didn’t think much of it because she had kissed women before “for the guys’ reaction.”

“I had no issue doing something like that, but in my head I [didn’t think I] could have a meaningful relationship with somebody …” the former soap star, 41, explained, adding, “I definitely still thought I was straight at that party!”

G Flip – who identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns – asked out Stause soon after, which is when they received the mea culpa about her orientation.

However, the chemistry only continued to flourish once the pair got together again for a real estate meeting.

“I specifically remember because it was the same feeling you would have when somebody you have a crush on gets a little too close into your space and you get a little flush … flustered,” Stause recalled to Vogue.

“But for me, that bodily reaction where I was like, ‘Oh, hold on a second, that’s familiar,’ that was a turning point.”

Stause and G Flip, 28, decided to give their romance a real chance and went public with their relationship in May 2022 on the “Selling Sunset” Season 5 reunion.

Stause told Vogue about some of the hate they both received as a result, sharing, “Every day I’m seeing, like, three positive comments and then hundreds of puke emojis and midlife crisis comments. At first, it felt so heavy, like, ‘What have you done?’ because it brought all this negativity to G’s life.”

However, the couple decided to not let the trolls influence their lives and Stause – who was previously married to TV heartthrob Justin Hartley and only publicly dated men – reflected on what her new lover has taught her.

“I feel like you get to an age and you’re supposed to know it all by then, but there is no age where you know it all, because you’re always evolving,” the “Under Construction” author said.

“And this is the perfect example of a relationship that a few years ago I wouldn’t have thought was possible.”

She added that G Flip helped her realize she’s “attracted to energy, not whatever physical thing that people have in their head.”

‘Acapulco’ Renewed For Season 3 At Apple

(2/1/23) Apple TV+ has renewed the bilingual comedy series Acapulco for a 10-episode third season. Production is set to begin this spring.

In Season 3 of the series inspired by the 3Pas Studios and Pantelion Films’ feature How to Be A Latin Lover, it’s a time of reconciling past mistakes and exciting new beginnings. In the present story, older Maximo (Eugenio Derbez) finds himself returning to a Las Colinas he no longer recognizes. While in 1985, younger Maximo continues his climb up the ladder of success while potentially jeopardizing all the relationships he’s worked so hard to build…

“We at 3Pas Studios are thankful to Apple TV+, the perfect home for Acapulco, along with our production partner Lionsgate, filmmakers, and cast and crew,” said star and executive producer Eugenio Derbez. “We have always believed that the stories we tell about our communities and cultures can resonate with global audiences, so crank up the AC, it’s about to get a lot hotter at Las Colinas Resort.”

The upcoming third season will be showrun by Sam Laybourne. In addition to Derbez, the Acapulco ensemble cast returning includes Enrique Arrizon, Fernando Carsa, Damián Alcázar, Camila Perez, Chord Overstreet, Vanessa Bauche, Regina Reynoso, Raphael Alejandro, Jessica Collins, Rafael Cebrián, Carlos Corona, and Regina Orozco.

Seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming globally on Apple TV+.

“We’ve seen an overwhelming response from audiences all over the world who have fallen in love with Acapulco,” said Morgan Wandell, head of international programming for Apple TV+. “Eugenio, Austin, Ben, Eric, Kim, and the talented cast and crew behind ‘Acapulco’ have created a feel-good show that has a lot of heart, emotion, and laughs, and we can’t wait to bring even more of that into season three.”

Acapulco is created by Austin Winsberg, Eduardo Cisneros, and Jason Shuman. Winsberg also serves as executive producer alongside Derbez, Ben Odell, and co-executive producer Sonia Almanza Gambaro for 3Pas Studios; director Jay Karas; Eric and Kim Tannenbaum along with Jason Wang for The Tannenbaum Company.

The project is produced for Apple by Lionsgate Television, 3Pas Studios, Zihuatanejo Productions, and The Tannenbaum Company.

Danny Trejo & Joel McHale Join Sci-Fi Comedy ‘Tim Travers & The Time Traveler’s Paradox’

(2/1/23) Danny Trejo and Joel McHale have been unveiled as key supporting cast members of Stimson Snead’s sci-fi comedy Tim Travers & The Time Traveler’s Paradox, which wrapped in Spokane Washington earlier this month.

Guerrilla Rep Media, which is overseeing marketing and distribution, is gearing up to give buyers giving a sneak peek of the feature at the Berlinale’s European Film Market in February.

The feature expands on Snead’s award-winning short of the same name.

Samuel Dunning (Blue Bloods) stars as a narcissistic, genius but broke scientist who seeks to solve the paradox of what happens to your past self when a future version travels backwards in time.

His work attracts the attention of the head of a mercenary army played by Machete star Trejo.

McHale (Community, The Great Indoors) plays a conspiracy theorist radio host whose interviews with the scientist protagonist on his mind-bending work frame the narrative.

North by Northwest, which previously supported Snead’s previous shorts, lead produces the feature. An Immortal, LLC handled principal financing.

“Having worked with Stimson on his two very compelling shorts, I’m thrilled to be involved in his feature debut,” said Rich Cowan of North by Northwest, “Not only is he talented. He’s organized and has a sense of maturity unbecoming his age.”

Principal photography took place in and around Spokane Washington from November 30 to December 20, with limited final filming in January.

“I met Stimson years ago at the Seattle Film Summit, and I couldn’t be happier to join him for the culmination of our mutual efforts for his feature film directorial debut,” said Guerilla Rep Media founding head Ben Yennie, who was previously CEO of Mutiny Pictures, prior to its sale to BayView Entertainment last year.

“All is progressing very well and we’re looking to give early sneak peeks to our buyer contacts at EFM this year.”

The short version of Tim Travers screened at more than 30 film festivals in 2022 including winning multiple awards at Boston SciFi, Nevermore Film Fest, and FilmQuest.

The film is produced by Kylie Walchuk and Casey Cowan, executive produced by Rich Cowan and Ben Yennie, and cast by Ronnie Yeskel.

Tubi Picks Up ‘Generation’ After HBO Max Removal

(2/1/23) (Video) Generation (Genera+ion), the HBO Max original, has gotten picked up by Tubi and all 16 episodes of the series are now available. Watch a trailer of the first and only season in the video posted above.

Created by Zelda Barnza and Daniel Barnz, Generation centers on a diverse group of high school students whose fearless exploration of identity and sexuality challenges the antiquated social norms embedded in their conservative community. As they navigate the intricacies of growing up with the help (and hindrance) of their ever-present devices and social media, they lean on one another to cultivate unique voices and stamp their individuality on the world around them.

Generation was short-lived on the Warner Bros. Discovery streamer and although it was full of rich characters with plenty to explore for a second season, it was canceled after its first season. The show was recently removed from HBO Max as WBD explores new strategies and strikes deals with FAST (Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV) providers.

The ensemble cast of the dramedy includes Nathanya Alexander, Chloe East, Nava Mau, Lukita Maxwell, Haley Sanchez, Uly Schlesinger, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Chase Sui Wonders with Justice Smith and Martha Plimpton. Recurring guest stars include J. August Richards, Mary Birdsong, Alicia Coppola, Patricia De Leon, Diego Josef, Anthony Kevyan, Sydney Mae Diaz, John Ross Bowie, Marwan Salama, Marisela Zumbado and Sam Trammell.

Generation is Executive produced by Daniel Barnz, Ben Barnz and Zelda Barnz for We’re Not Brothers Productions, Lena Dunham for Good Thing Going Productions, Sharr White and John Melfi; Co-executive produced by Sono Patel and Fernanda Coppel; Produced by Marissa Díaz and Michael Cohen for Good Thing Going Productions. Writers include Zelda Barnz, Daniel Barnz, Lena Dunham, Sharr White, Max Saltarelli, Eli Wilson Pelton and Christina Nieves. Directors include Daniel Barnz, Channing Godfrey Peoples, Chioke Nassor, Catalina Aguilar Mastretta, Anu Valia and Andrew Ahn.

Anna Camp & Justin Bartha To Star In Indie Comedy ‘Nuked’ From Deena Kashper; Lucy Punch, Tawny Newsome And Ignacio Serricchio Among Others Set

(2/1/23) Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect) and Justin Bartha (National Treasure) are among the stars set for the upcoming comedy Nuked, which Deena Kashper wrote and is directing, in her feature debut.

The film watches as several couples gather at a luxurious estate for a cannabis-infused birthday dinner party — only to get sudden phone alerts about a nuclear missile headed straight for them. Their stress and panic unfolds into a wake-up call for everyone involved.

Others set for the pic, produced by Tandem Pictures and Hardball Entertainment, include Lucy Punch (Motherland), George Young (Falling for Christmas), Tawny Newsome (Star Trek: Lower Decks), Ignacio Serricchio (Lost in Space), Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock), Stephen Guarino (Eastsiders) and Natasha Leggero (Broke). The film being made with sustainable production practices is currently being shot in Arkansas.

Julie Christeas (Black Bear) is producing for Tandem, with Daryl Freimark (House of Darkness) of Hardball. Bartha is exec producing with Rockhill Studios’ Kerri Elder and Blake Elder, as well as Victoria Sidebotham, Jon Stockel and Danny Kashper.

“We are excited to be producing Deena Kashper’s timely and comedic debut feature film, NUKED!”, said producers Christeas and Freimark. “We are so fortunate to be working with this incredibly talented and hilarious ensemble cast. Rockhill Studios has been an indispensable local partner and we are grateful to have the support of the local crew base and the Arkansas Film Commission.”

Deena Kashper added that she’s “thrilled to be working with the best producers in the business, Julie and Daryl, with a truly phenomenal ensemble and stellar crew. It’s a dream come true.”

Camp’s Nuked casting follows the Sundance premiere and Sony Pictures Classic pick-up of the drama A Little Prayer from filmmaker Angus MacLachlah, in which she appears alongside Jane Levy, Will Pullen, David Strathairn and more. The actress known for starring in Uni’s Pitch Perfect franchise has also been seen in films including Jerry and Marge Go Large, The Lovebirds, Café Society and The Help, among others. Notable TV credits include Prime Video’s Good Girls, CBS’s The Good Wife, HBO’s True Blood and Hulu’s The Mindy Project.

Bartha is best known for roles in the Hangover and National Treasure franchises, and can currently be seen in the latter’s series continuation National Treasure: Edge of History on Disney+. He’s also recently appeared on series including Godfather of Harlem, The Accidental Wolf and Atlanta. Other notable film credits include the Nick Hamm indie Driven with Jason Sudeikis and the beloved rom-com Failure to Launch.

Kashper started her career with The Groundlings and most recently had her pilot, Baby Love, premiere at SXSW.

Christeas founded Tandem Pictures in 2010, and has under the banner produced such titles as the Mona Fastvold drama The Sleepwalker, Nicolas Pesce’s Sundance-premiering horror The Eyes of My Mother and the genre-bender Black Bear, with Aubrey Plaza and Christopher Abbott, which also bowed at Sundance. The company’s sustainable practices on Nuked speak to its overarching mission of creating environmentally sound film sets.

Hardball Entertainment’s Freimark nabbed an Independent Spirit Award nomination for the 2018 film A Bread Factory and most recently co-created the popular Wondery podcast, Operator. He co-produced Adam Shankman’s Hairspray, produced the Neil LaBute horror House of Darkness and has exec produced titles including the Michael Tyburski drama The Sound of Silence, starring Peter Sarsgaard, Rashida Jones and Tony Revolori.

Camp is repped by CAA, Authentic Talent and Literary Management, and Schreck Rose Dapello; Bartha by CAA, MGMT Entertainment and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; Punch by the UK’s United Agents, UTA and MGMT Entertainment; Young by APA and Authentic; Newsome by CAA and Artists First; Serricchio by A3 Artists Agency and MPG Management; Pancholy by A3 and Brillstein Entertainment Partners; Guarino by Griffin Talent, 3 Arts Entertainment and Del Shaw Moonves; Leggero by CAA, Artists First and Schreck Rose; and Deena Kashper by Goodman, Genow, Schenkman.

Eva Longoria Buy My Former Aston Martin ... From 'Desperate Housewives'!

(2/1/23) Wanna look as hot as Eva Longoria on "Desperate Housewives"? Love cars? Got deep pockets? Then do we have the auction for YOU!!!

That's right ... you could be the lucky owner of the 2007 Aston Martin DB9 Volante Eva whipped around Wisteria Lane during the show's heyday.

The vehicle's current owner, David Teitelbaum tells TMZ the luxury car is one of a kind, factory-made specifically for "Desperate Housewives" ... even down to the color combo. We're told the vehicle was given to Eva after wrap, and has factory door plaques to commemorate it.

The car is currently listed on eBay with a starting price of $39K, or can be purchased outright for $49K. Unclear why Eva decided to part with it originally -- but David is selling the car after just 2 months because he says he's too tall to comfortably drive it.

Of course, it comes with just as much power as it does pretty -- with a naturally aspirated V12 engine and 450 horsepower.

Other features include -- a $2k Apple CarPlay installation Bluetooth and plug-in, as well as brand new tires and brake pads. It has just over 50,000 miles on it.

Now's the chance to ride like Eva!!!

‘Fire Country’ Adds Zach Tinker To Season 1 Cast

(1/28/23) CBS‘ Fire Country is adding Zach Tinker (Big Sky, Days of Our Lives) to its Season 1 cast.

Tinker will make his series debut this weekend with a special episode that airs immediately following the AFC Championship game on Sunday, Jan. 29. He plays Collin, a humble, charming, and talented probie firefighter. As the son of a famous firefighting hero, Collin carries a name that he’s constantly trying to live up to.

In Fire Country, seeking redemption and a shortened prison sentence, young convict Bode Donovan (Max Thieriot) joins a firefighting program that returns him to his small Northern California hometown, where he and other inmates work alongside elite firefighters to extinguish massive blazes across the region.

Kevin Alejandro, Billy Burke, Diane Farr, Jordan Calloway, Stephanie Arcila, and Jules Latimer also star.

Series creators Thieriot, Tony Phelan, and Joan Rater executive produce alongside Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, and KristieAnne Reed for Jerry Bruckheimer Television. CBS Studios is the studio.

Tinker was most recently seen in this season of ABC’s Big Sky and has also appeared in CBS’ CSI Vegas and FX’s American Horror Story: 1984.

He is popularly known for his recently concluded portrayal of Sonny Kiriakis in NBC’s long-running soap Days of Our Lives and its Peaco*ck spinoff series, Beyond Salem.

Tinker is repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment and Pakula King and Associates.

Icons from 50 Years of 'The Young and the Restless' Celebrate Show's Golden Anniversary

(1/26/23) (Video) (Cast Photo) The Young and The Restless is preparing to celebrate its golden milestone!

The Daytime Emmy Award-winning CBS show kicked off its 50th anniversary season in September — and now, ahead of its 50th broadcast anniversary on March 26, PEOPLE has an exclusive look at the cast's glitzy group photo, and a behind-the-scenes look at their photo shoot.

The shot shows the current cast — including veteran stars Melody Thomas Scott, Eric Braeden, Eileen Davidson, Beth Maitland, Jess Walton, Peter Bergman and Christian Le Blanc — dressed to the nines in front of a golden backdrop.

Other actors featured in the shot include Tracey E. Bregman, Christel Khalil, Kate Linder, Bryton James, Melissa Claire Egan, Kelsey Wang, Conner Floyd, Cait Fairbanks, Courtney Hope, Brytni Sarpy, Trevor St. John, Greg Rikaart, Elizabeth Hendrikson, Rory Gibson, Zuleyka Silver, Allison Lanier, Melissa Ordway, Michelle Stafford, Jason Thompson, Joshua Morrow, Amelia Heinle, Sharon Case, Sean Dominic, Camryn Grimes, Mark Grossman, Lauralee Bell, Susan Walters, Michael Mealor, Mishael Morgan and Michael Graziadei.

In the clip, the stars speak about the show's milestone and the impact of the full cast snapshot. "What is so special about this day is you've never seen the entire cast together," says Bergman, who plays Jack Abbott.

Morrow, who portrays Nicholas Newman, adds: "It's like a high school reunion because our show is an enormous cast."

Ordway (Abby Newman) calls the photo "a moment in time of what's going on on The Young and the Restless" while Bregman (Lauren Fenmore Baldwin) and Maitland (Traci Abbott) emphasize the longevity of the show.

"To know that I've been there through four decades of these [photos], it's an extraordinary experience," says Bregman.

Notes Maitland: "It's unbelievable to have this much companionship and years watching each other grow."

James, who plays Devon Hamilton, adds: "Half a century of bringing joy to people's lives is a great thing to celebrate."

Created by the late William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, The Young and the Restless follows the lives of the residents of the fictional Genoa City. Since its premiere in March 1973, the series has welcomed over 350 cast members.

Scott, Braeden, Davidson, Maitland, Walton, Bergman and Le Blanc currently top the list as the show's longest cast members, with Scott appearing on the series for 43 years and Braeden following with 42.

Davidson, Linder, and Maitland all have 40 years under their belt, while Walton, Bergman and Le Blanc have each appeared on the show for at least 30 years. Bregman and Lauralee Bell also celebrate their 40th anniversaries on the show this year.

The soap opera has been the number one daytime drama for 35 consecutive years and CBS' longest running scripted show. The channel even launched a complementary podcast in an effort to return to the origins of soap operas as radio shows.

Over the years, The Young and the Restless has also been critically acclaimed, winning 11 Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, and has helped jumpstart the careers of many celebrities, including Eva Longoria, David Hasselhoff, Shemar Moore and Paul Walker.

Today, 17 of the current cast members have earned Daytime Emmys for their work on the show.

Leading up to the show's anniversary on March 26, fans can expect surprise visits and a fun walk down memory lane. In September, the show also celebrated its anniversary season by participating in a crossover with sister soap opera, The Bold and The Beautiful.

To make things even more noteworthy, following the 50th broadcast anniversary episode, The Young and the Restless will have aired over 12,500 episodes, totaling more than 9,000 hours of television, by March 27.

The Young and the Restless airs weekdays (12:30 p.m. ET) on CBS and can be streamed afterwards on Paramount+.

Talk Show Appearance

(1/26/23) The Talk - CBS

Thursday, Feb. 2

Actor Justin Hartley

Lyndsy Fonseca guests on 9-1-1: Lone Star

(1/25/23) As Owen gets pulled deeper into the FBI’s investigation of the motorcycle gang, Sgt. O’Brien makes a confession to him; Meanwhile, Grace and the 126 respond to a call from a man who claims his girlfriend slipped over the side of a cliff and Carlos searches for a missing friend, putting his own life in danger in the all-new “Cry Wolf” episode of 9-1-1: Lone Star airing Tuesday, Feb. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NLS-403) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)

Cast: Rob Lowe as Owen Strand; Gina Torres as Tommy Vega; Ronen Rubinstein as T.K. Strand; Sierra McClain as Grace Ryder; Jim Parrack as Judd Ryder; Natacha Karam as Marjan Marwani; Brian Michael Smith as Paul Strickland; Rafael Silva as Carlos Reyes; Julian Works as Mateo Chavez; Brianna Baker as Nancy Gillian

Guest Cast: Lyndsy Fonseca as Iris Blake; Neal McDonough as St. O’Brien

‘PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie’ Adds Kristen Bell, McKenna Grace, James Marsden, Lil Rel Howery, North West & more

(1/25/23) Spin Master Entertainment-Nickelodeon-Paramount’s sequel PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie has added to their voiceover ensemble including Kristen Bell (Frozen, Zootopia), Christian Convery (“Sweet Tooth”), McKenna Grace (Gifted, “The Handmaid’s Tale”), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, Free Guy), James Marsden (Disenchanted, Sonic The Hedgehog), Finn Lee-Epp (Let Him Go) as Ryder, and tennis ace Serena Williams.

A trio of new pups also join the ranks, voiced by Critics Choice Award winner Alan Kim (Minari), TikTok star Brice Gonzalez of EnkyBoys and North West, who joins her mom Kim Kardashian returning as Delores from the first movie, along with a cameo from brother Saint West.

Additional cast members reprising their roles include Marsai Martin (Liberty), Ron Pardo (Mayor Humdinger) and Callum Shoniker (Rocky). New cast members also include Luxton Handspiker (PAW Patrol series), Christian Corrao (Dino Dana) and Nylan Parthipan (PAW Patrol series).

All of them join Taraji P. Henson in the feature which is hitting theaters on October 13.

The pic’s score is composed and produced by Emmy-nominated Pinar Toprak (Captain Marvel, The Lost City).

“This year marks the 10th anniversary of the PAW Patrol franchise, and what better way to celebrate than the release of our second feature film,” said Jennifer Dodge, Spin Master’s President of Entertainment and producer of the film. “As we continue to expand the PAW Patrol universe for fans, we’ll follow the pups on mightier missions and explore their backstories, this time with a heartwarming tale centered around our heroine Skye. With this cast of dynamic voice talent, we’re bringing a whole new level of excitement to the big screen.”

Added Ramsey Naito, President of Nickelodeon Animation and Paramount Animation, “Following the historic success of the first film, which truly reinforced the global love for this franchise, we knew that this sequel called not only for an equally great story, but for world-class talent to bring these characters to life once again.”

The first PAW Patrol: Movie was a theatrical-day-and-date title with streaming service Paramount+. The movie opened to No. 1 in more than 25 countries and ultimately amassed $150M+ worldwide. It also became one of the most-watched Paramount+ originals.

PAW Patrol: The Movie helmer Cal Brunker directs again with his writing partner Bob Barlen (PAW Patrol: The Movie) who takes on the role as associate producer. Dodge produces along with Spin Master’s Laura Clunie, Spin Master’s SVP Development Current Series & Feature Film, and Toni Stevens, SVP Entertainment Production & Operations. Spin Master co-founder Ronnen Harary, EVP Adam Beder and Peter Schlessel are EPs.

‘The Young & The Restless’ Star Tracey E. Bregman Receives New Emmy After Her Old One Melted

(1/24/23) (Video) Nothing — including a devastating house fire — should come between an actor and her Emmy.

To help celebrate her 40 years on The Young and the Restless, Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren Fenmore Baldwin) was presented with a replacement Emmy Tuesday after her previous one went up in flames with her house during the 2018 Woolsey Fire in Malibu. Bregman won the statue in 1985 for starring on the CBS sudser. (Back then, she won in the Outstanding Ingenue/Woman in a Drama Series category).

Bregman received her replacement trophy during an appearance on CBS’ The Talk. Her Y&R husband, Christian Le Blanc, did the honors on behalf of her soap family.

“I would like to present this, an Emmy, for outstanding ingenue in a daytime drama series, but this time it is from the people who love and respect you and cherish you, your CBS, your Young and the Restless family,” Le Blanc said on The Talk.

“It has been one of the most extraordinary and heartfelt experiences of my career. I tried not to go into the ugly cry in the air,” the actress said afterwards. “Thanks to my Young and Restless family, NATAS, The Talk and everyone who made this moment happen. My heat is so full.”

“We were devastated to learn of the destruction of Tracey’s home, and with it, her well-earned Emmy Award,” added Adam Sharp, President and CEO of NATAS. “As our judges acknowledged, the Emmy statuette is a symbol of her hard work and outstanding dedication to her craft. We are happy it’s back home where it belongs.”

Bregman first joined the sudser in 1983. She’s also appeared as Lauren Fenmore on The Bold and the Beautiful.

Watch the moment above.

Coby Ryan McLaughlin guests on S.W.A.T.

(1/23/23) “Addicted” – The SWAT team races to stop a gunman targeting rehab centers and those he considers responsible for his brother’s death. Also, Deacon is caught off guard when his wife, Annie (Bre Blair), makes a parenting decision that has unexpected consequences for their daughter, on S.W.A.T., Friday, Feb. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.

GUEST CAST includes: Amanda Lowe-Oadell (Lila), Josh Breslow (Rich), Coby Ryan McLaughlin (Jasper).

Talk Show Appearance

(1/20/23) THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW, syndicated

Thursday January 26: Shemar Moore

Vail Bloom Back To Y&R

(1/19/23) Vail Bloom, who played Paul’s daughter, Heather Stevens, from 2007-10, is returning to the soap. Heather, Daniel’s estranged girlfriend, will come home to Genoa City for a visit in February along with his daughter, Lucy. Lily Brooks O’Briant has been cast as Lucy and her resumé includes a series regular on the Netflix comedy, THE BIG SHOW, starring opposite WWE heavyweight fighter Paul Wight, plus appearances on Amazon Prime’s THE TICK and the TV movie, CRASH AND BURN.

Talk Show Appearance

(1/19/23) The Talk - CBS

Tuesday, Jan. 24

Actress Tracey Bregman (CBS’ THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) (n)

Tracey Bregman Interview - Celebrating 40 Years as Lauren Fenmore on The Young and the Restless

(1/19/23) (Watch Here) Emmy-Award winning actress Tracey Bregman will The Locher Room live on Friday, January 27th at 2:30 p.m. EST / 11:30 a.m. PST to celebrate 40 years of Lauren Fenmore.

Tracey joined the cast of The Young and the Restless in January 1983. From September 1995-1999, Tracey starred as Lauren Fenmore on "The Bold and the Beautiful" before returning to "Y&R" in September of 2001. Tracey received her first Emmy award for her work on "Y&R," as Outstanding Younger Actress In A Daytime Drama Series," in 1985 and was nominated again for the award in 1987. In both 2006 and 2008 Tracey received nominations in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Daytime Drama Series for her role on "The Young and the Restless.". In 2016, she received her first nomination in the Outstanding Lead Actress category.

Tracey's first break came when she landed a three-day role on the daytime drama series "Days of Our Lives." It turned in a two-and-a-half-year stint. Tracey's other television credits include lead roles in the ABC after school specials, "The Girl With E.S.P.," and "Three On A Date." She had guest starring roles in the Movies of the week, "Fair Weather Friend" and Lifetime's "Sex and Mrs. X" She also guest starred in the primetime television series "The Fall Guy," "The Love Boat," "Gavilan," and "Fame" and was a series regular on the NBC show, "Second Family Tree."

Her feature film credits include lead roles in "Misogynist", "Happy Birthday To Me," "The Funny Farm." "The Concrete Jungle" and "Blue Devil, Blue Devil."

Tracey has been passionately involved in branding and has been the spokesperson for a vegan make-up brush line "Advanced Beauty Tools," and was the face and spokesperson of Jabot Cosmetics for Sony Pictures/CBS-TV/Fushion Brands all on HSN. Tracey has also been designer and spokesperson for the Tracey Bregman Collection of jewelry on The Shopping Channel in Canada.

Tracey currently serves as the spokesperson for the uber-popular, Pilates Pro Chair.

‘Bel-Air’: Tatyana Ali From ‘Fresh Prince Of Bel Air’ To Recur On Peaco*ck Reboot This Season; Watch Trailer

(1/19/23) (Video) A familiar face is about to matriculate on Bel-Air: Tatyana Ali, who played Ashley Banks in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, is set to recur as an English literature teacher in the second season of the Peaco*ck reboot. The streamer also released the Season 2 trailer, which teases tumultuous times ahead for Will (Jabari Banks).

Ali joins stars Jabari Banks (Will), Adrian Holmes (Philip Banks) and Cassandra Freeman (Vivian Banks) in the new, 10-episode season that kicks off Feb. 23 on Peaco*ck. Ali will play Mrs. Hughes, a teacher at Bel-Air middle school who sees something special in Ashley Banks (Akira Akbar).

Per the logline: Season two of Bel-Air picks up with Will at a crossroads as a new figure comes into his life who challenges what he’s learned in Bel-Air and competes for control of his influence. He juggles this while navigating his home life with the Banks family and trying to rebuild the trust that was broken at the end of last season. We’ll see Will and Carlton’s brotherhood start to evolve as they grow closer, but still challenge each other about their differences. We’ll also see Hilary evolve as she becomes more of a boss in her influencer world and how that spills over into her relationship with Jazz, and also highlight the relatable struggles around Viv and Phil balancing marriage and family while trying to forge their own career paths and reconnect to the things that are important to them.

“In season two, the show will continue to find ways to push the envelope and feel refreshing and unique while also honoring the heart of the legacy series,” said Carla Banks Waddles, the new showrunner who took over for TJ Brady and Rasheed Newson in October. “Last season was very much about the introduction to the Banks family world, and this season we get to go deeper with some of the themes we touched on … What it truly means to be a family even when it’s challenging. We’ll also explore Will’s character beyond feeling like a fish-out-of-water. He’s now struggling to find a balance of maintaining his independence and his West Philly identity while also being open to new opportunities for himself in Bel-Air.”

“Man, it feels so good to be back!” added Morgan Cooper, whose viral trailer was the basis for the reboot. “The response from the fans in season one was electrifying, and we couldn’t be more excited to have Carla Waddles taking the reins as showrunner for season two. She has an incredible perspective and voice that jumps off the page and challenges our amazing cast to go even deeper in their character journeys. The future of our show is bright and I can’t wait for fans to see what’s in store for the Banks family in season two. Everyone is ready to level up in this new chapter, especially Will, who’s determined to become his own man after the fallout with Lou and the Banks family in the season one finale. The themes of trust, pride and ambition are at the forefront, and all our characters find themselves at unique crossroads that will be life changing.”

Besides Waddles, executive Producers are Cooper, Anthony Sparks, Malcolm Spellman, Will Smith, Terence Carter, James Lassiter, Miguel Melendez, Benny Medina, Quincy Jones, Andy & Susan?Borowitz, TJ Brady & Rasheed Newson.

Bel-Air is from Universal Television and Westbrook Studios.

Watch the trailer above.

Zach Tinker guests on Fire Country 2/3/23

(1/19/23) “You Know Your Dragon Best” – The crews work to contain a dangerous forest fire and save a group of environmentalists protesting a housing development, on FIRE COUNTRY, Friday, Feb. 3 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

GUEST CAST: Zach Tinker (Collin), David James Lewis (Neil Wallace), Leslie Murphy (Tatum), Vince Song (Doug), Amira Anderson (Protester #1), Jamal Ali (Woozy Protester).

Lyndsy Fonseca guests on 9-1-1: Lone Star 1/24/23

(1/18/23) Captains Strand and Vega along with the members of the 126 are called into action to a county fair when a “Derecho,” a series of fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms hit Austin, causing hurricanic and tornadic-force winds, heavy rains, flash floods and a wide path of destruction. Owen’s newfound passion for motorcycling puts him on a potentially dangerous path. Tommy has the potential for a romance when she meets an attractive single father (guest star D.B. Woodside). And as T.K. and Carlos prepare for their wedding, a secret from Carlos’ past may stand in their way to happiness in the all-new “The New Hotness” season premiere episode of 9-1-1: Lone Star airing Tuesday, Jan. 24 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NLS-401) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)

Cast: Rob Lowe as Owen Strand; Gina Torres as Tommy Vega; Ronen Rubinstein as T.K. Strand; Sierra McClain as Grace Ryder; Jim Parrack as Judd Ryder; Natacha Karam as Marjan Marwani; Brian Michael Smith as Paul Strickland; Rafael Silva as Carlos Reyes; Julian Works as Mateo Chavez; Brianna Baker as Nancy Gillian

Guest Cast: D.B. woodside as Trevor; Lyndsy Fonseca as Iris Blake.

Tinker returns to Y&R

(1/17/23) Zach Tinker will reprise his The Young and the Restless role as Michael and Lauren’s son Fenmore in the soap’s Jan. 25 episode, which honors Tracey E. Bregman’s 40 years on the show when her character Lauren is presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for fashion, Soaps.com reports.

‘The Sterling Affairs’: Harriet Sansom Harris, Corbin Bernsen Among Seven Cast In FX Limited Series About Disgraced LA Clippers Owner

(1/17/23) FX has added seven to the recurring cast for The Sterling Affairs, its limited series about the downfall of Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling amid the team’s drive to win a championship under coach Doc Rivers. Harriet Samson Harris (Hacks), Corbin Bernsen (City On a Hill), Yvonna Pearson (Dynasty), Joel McKissic (Your Honor), Darryl Wesley (This Is Us), Rich Sommer (Minx) and Clifton Davis (Billions) join leads Laurence Fishburne and Jacki Weaver in the six-episode series.

The Sterling Affairs is written by Gina Welch (Feud: Bette and Joan) based on the ESPN 30 for 30 podcast of the same name reported and hosted by Ramona Shelburne. The series tells the behind the scenes story of Doc Rivers (Fishburne) and the Los Angeles Clippers’ quest to bring a championship to one of the historically worst franchises in all of sports during the impending downfall of the team’s owner, Donald Sterling (Ed O’Neill), whose notoriously racist behavior is brought to light amid the power struggle between his wife of 60-plus years, Shelly Sterling (Weaver), and his mistress, V. Stiviano.

Cleopatra Coleman, Kelly AuCoin, Austin Scott, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Sheldon “Shel” Bailey, Sarunas J. Jackson and Charlie McElveen also star.

Bernsen portrays Pierce O’Donnell; Pearson plays Deja; McKissic portrays Glen “Big Baby” Davis; Wesley is Jamal Crawford; Harris plays Justine; Sommer portrays Seth Burton and Davis plays Elgin Baylor.

The Sterling Affairs will be executive produced by Welch, Jacobson and Simpson of Color Force and Shelburne. Kevin Bray will direct the first block and serve as an executive producer on those episodes. Nellie Reed of Color Force and Rembert Browne will serve as Producer. The series will be produced by FX Productions.

Harris, Emmy-nominated for her guest performance as Susan in Hacks, will next be seen in upcoming features National Anthem and Jules. She’s repped by BRS/Gage.

Two-time Emmy nominee Bernsen, known for his role as Arnie Becker on LA Law, can currently be seen in Showtime’s City on a Hill and next will be seen in HBO’s White House Plumbers and Showtime’s The Curse. He’s repped by A3 Artists Agency and Randy James Management.

Pearson, who will next be seen in Peaco*ck’s limited event series The Best Man, is repped by UGA and Silver Lining Entertainment.

McKissic, whose recent credits include Your Honor and the film Breaking News in Yuba County, is repped by The Daniel Hoff Agency, J Pervis Talent and Manager, Tassell Talent Group.

Wesley’s breakout came in a guest-starring role on NBC’s This Is Us, playing Deja’s father. His writing credits include Paramount+’s The Game and Netflix’s The Upshaws. He’s repped by Curtis Bechdholt at A.D.S. management and Brandy Rivers at Industry Entertainment.

Best known for his portrayal of Harry Crane on Mad Men, Sommer was most recently seen in HBO Max’s Minx and Hulu’s The Dropout. He’ll next be seen in HBO’s White House Plumbers. He’s repped by Innovative and Davis Spylios Management.

Davis’ most recent television credits include major recurring roles on Showtime’s Billions, CBS’ Madam Secretary and Epix’s Godfather of Harlem. Davis is currently on Broadway playing Dr. Dillamond in Wicked. He’s repped by Headline Talent Agency.

‘Chucky’ Renewed For Season 3 At USA Network & Syfy

(1/15/23) Chucky will keep killing it after the series was renewed for a third season.

The series, which is based on the classic film franchise, returns to both USA Network and Syfy for its third run.

The second season premiered in October and ran through the end of November. NBCU said that the show ranked as a top ten drama last year in the 18-49 demo.

It follows the murderous escapades of the notorious killer doll. Chucky crosses paths with archenemies, old allies and new prey, as he seeks to inspire fear and mayhem wherever he goes. After his diabolical plan to invade America’s children’s hospitals was foiled in season one, Chucky now seeks revenge on those he holds responsible: surviving teens Jake (Zackary Arthur), Devon (Björgvin Arnarson) and Lexy (Alyvia Alyn Lind), along with his ex Tiffany, now his sworn enemy. Meanwhile, can “Jevon” make it as a couple in the face of adversity at their new Catholic school, not to mention a brand-new onslaught of terror from the demon doll?

Chucky is produced by UCP and exec produced by Don Mancini, Nick Antosca, Alex Hedlund, David Kirschner and Jeff Renfroe.

“The cast and crew ofChuckywould like to thank fans and critics alike for their overwhelming response to season two, which we’re delighted to announce has now spurred the official greenlight on season three. This news has made Chucky very happy. Thank Damballa for that because otherwise Chucky would have been frankly impossible to deal with. Many thanks also to our partners at SYFY, USA and UCP for helping us keep Chucky busy. See you in 2023 for what Chucky himself promises will be hisscariest season ever,” said Don Mancini.

Zach Tinker guests on Fire Country 1/29/23

(1/12/23) “Two Pink Lines” – Bode and his fellow prison inmate firefighters band together with the civilian station 42 crew to battle a monstrous fire that erupts after a plane crash. Meanwhile, the crews welcome a new member to the family, on FIRE COUNTRY, airing on a special day and time immediately following the AFC Championship Game, Sunday, Jan. 29 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET; 9:00-10:00 PM, CT; 8:00-9:00 PM, MT; 7:00-8:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. (Time is approximate after post-game coverage.)

FIRE COUNTRY stars Max Thieriot (SEAL TEAM) as Bode Donovan, a young convict seeking redemption and a shortened prison sentence by joining a prison release firefighting program in Northern California, where he and other inmates are partnered with elite firefighters to extinguish massive, unpredictable wildfires across the region. It’s a high-risk, high-reward assignment, and the heat is turned up when Bode is assigned to the program in his rural hometown, where he was once a golden all-American son – until his troubles began. Five years ago, Bode burned down everything in his life, leaving town with a big secret. Now he’s back, with the rap sheet of a criminal and the audacity to believe in a chance for redemption with Cal Fire.

GUEST CAST includes: W Tre Davis (Freddy), Zach Tinker (Collin), Seth Ranaweera (Luis).

Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards Nominations

(1/11/23) DAYTIME TELEVISION

Best Make-up

“The Bold and the Beautiful”
Christine Lai-Johnson, Hajja Barnes, James Elle, Dan Crawley

“The Boulet Brothers Dragula: Titans”
Swanthula Boulet, Dracmorda Boulet

“I Can See Your Voice”
Tonia Green, Christina M. Jimenez

“The Kelly Clarkson Show”
Chanty LaGrana, Valente Frazier, Gloria Elias-Foeillet, Jessica Reyes Paccitti

“The Young and the Restless”
Patricia Denney, Stacey Alfano, Kelsey Collins, Robert Bolger

Best Hair Styling

“The Bold and the Beautiful”
Stephanie Paugh, Karlye Buff, Alexis Reyes, Danielle Dubinsky

“The Kelly Clarkson Show”
Tara Copeland, Roberto Ramos

“The Talk”
Jasmin Robles

“The Young and the Restless”
Lauren Mendoza, Justin Jackson, Michelle Corona, Guilherme Schoedler

Quinn K. Redeker Dies: ‘Days Of Our Lives’, ‘The Young And The Restless’ Actor Was 86

(1/9/23) Quinn K. Redeker, a prolific television and film actor whose career spanned more than 50 years and included fan-favorite stints on NBC’s Days of Our Lives and CBS’ The Young and The Restless, died in Los Angeles of natural causes on Dec. 20. He was 86.

His death was announced by his family.

Redeker was probably best known for his portrayal of the villainous Alex Marshall on Days of Our Lives from 1979 to 1987, and, from 1987 to 1994, as wealthy businessman Rex Sterling on The Young and the Restless (Redeker had briefly played two other characters on Restless prior to his casting as Sterling).

His performance in the Rex Sterling role earned Redeker two nominations for Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (1989 and 1990).

In addition to an acting career that encompassed leading man roles and character parts, Redeker received a story credit and Oscar nomination for Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter (1978). The film was based in part on an unproduced screenplay titled The Man Who Came to Play written by Redeker and Louis A. Garfinkle.

A familiar face on television for decades, Redeker made numerous guest appearances on episodic series including Bonanza, That Girl, Mannix, Ironside, Mayberry R.F.D., Adam-12, The Bob Newhart Show, Kojak, Cannon, The Six Million Dollar Man and Supernatural, to name a sample.

On the big screen, his films varied from The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962) to Where The Buffalo Roam (1980).

A role in 1972’s The Candidate starring Robert Redford began an association between the two actors that would include reuniting with Redford in 1979’s The Electric Horseman. When Redford made his feature directing debut with the celebrated Ordinary People in 1980, he cast Redeker in a small but emotional scene as the golf-playing brother of the grieving Beth (played by Mary Tyler Moore).

Redeker is survived by his adult children Brennen, Arianne, Glaen, and Quinn Jr., and two grandchildren.

Shemar Moore’s girlfriend, Jesiree, is pregnant with his first child

(1/9/23) (Photo) Shemar Moore is going to be a dad.

The “Criminal Minds” star announced Monday that he and his longtime girlfriend, Jesiree Dizon, are expecting their first child together.

Moore, 52, shared a video that revealed the sex of their baby — it’s a girl — and revealed that her name would be Frankie.

“Today is the day. You know your boy’s got butterflies,” he began the video, which was shared to his Instagram. “Today is a special day. This is a legendary day. Today, your boy Shemar Motherf–king Moore…is going to find out if he’s going to be a daddy to a little girl or a little boy.

The actor also gave a shoutout to his late mother, telling her that while he wished it had happened while she was still alive, she’s still “apart of all of this.”

A helicopter flying over the huge bash, which featured plenty of balloons and teddy bears, sprayed pink into the air, revealing he and Dizon would be parents to a girl, who is due Feb. 8, 2023.

Dizon, 39, said she was “excited” but “anxious” about the baby but admitted she was hoping for a girl. She’s already a mom to a daughter, whom she shares with ex Stephen Bishop, as well as a son with a previous partner.

“I honestly just want whatever is healthy, happy like [Moore] says 10 fingers, 10 toes,” she told the camera. “I’m just so excited for this portion of our life together, and it’s going to be amazing.”

The “Bounce Back” star captioned the video, “Mama’s smiling from Heaven … Miracles happen … Here comes the BEST part of my life.”

It’s unclear how long Moore and Dizon have been dating.

Rodney Van Johnson Cast on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL

(1/7/23) (soapsindepth.com) Sheila is determined to go free, and she’s going to have some professional help when Rodney Van Johnson joins THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL as her attorney, making his debut on Monday, Jan. 9!

“I was offered to come play in their sandbox,” he told Soap Opera Digest in their new issue, “which is just amazing!”

Van Johnson is probably most recognizable to soap fans for playing T.C. Russell on NBC sudser PASSIONS, although he also played Sebastian Dupre on ABC’s PORT CHARLES and Trey Stark on CBS’s THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, so he’s hit every network!

In primetime, the actor has appeared in shows like GRACE UNDER FIRE, THE JAIME FOXX SHOW, MAD ABOUT YOU, GIRLFRIENDS, and WITHOUT A TRACE. More recently, he could be seen in TV movies like One Fine Christmas and Holiday Hideaway.

With her life of crime, Sheila has always been in need of a good attorney. And Van Johnson’s character might have an easy time defending her if Steffy and Finn really do end up caving to Bill’s blackmail and refuse to press charges against Sheila for shooting them. And with Joe Lando returning as Judge McMullen to preside over the hearing, there could definitely be some shenanigans!

Stay tuned to B&B to see how it all plays out!

Phideaux Xavier Interview - Celebrating 25 Years Directing Daytime Television

(12/29/22) (Watch here) Emmy Award-winning director and musician Phideaux Xavier will join me live in The Locher Room on Thursday, January 5th at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST to celebrate his incredible 25-year career directing some of your favorite daytime dramas.

Phideaux began his career on Guiding Light (under his original name of Scott Riggs) as a Student Intern and then worked as a PA, Associate Director, Writer and Director. In NYC, Phideaux spent time directing on Another World, One Life To Live, As The World Turns and All My Children before relocating to Los Angeles to direct Sunset Beach, MTV's Spyder Games, Passions, Days Of Our Lives, The Young And The Restless and ultimately General Hospital where he currently resides.

Phideaux has also written two songs for General Hospital's “Nurses Ball” which were performed on the show by Eden McCoy. He also made an on-camera appearance singing an original song on General Hospital.

9-1-1: Lone Star: Lyndsy Fonseca Returns to Celebrate #Tarlos' Big News in Season 4

(12/21/22) (Photo) Talk about a blast from the past.

The upcoming fourth season of 9-1-1: Lone Star is welcoming back Lyndsy Fonseca as Iris Blake, sister of Liv Tyler’s Michelle Blake, last seen in the Fox procedural’s first season finale back in 2020.

TVLine has an exclusive first look at Iris’ return, and we’re happy to report that she’s doing much better than when Michelle found her living in a tent city.

Iris also appears to have developed a bond with T.K. (Ronen Rubinstein) and Carlos (Rafael Silva), whose recent engagement is giving fans plenty to get excited about. “It felt like the right time” for them to take the next step in their relationship, showrunner Tim Minear tells TVLine, admitting that he had “a couple of different endgames” for the beloved couple known as #Tarlos.

In other Lone Star news, the 9-1-1 spinoff recently released the ominous first promo for Season 4, which warns viewers that “a storm is coming.” Jim Parrack’s Judd puts it best: “If you just wait around a minute, something awful’s bound to happen.”

9-1-1: Lone Star‘s fourth season kicks off on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 8/7c.

Eddie Cibrian responds to Brandi Glanville’s Piper Perabo affair claims

(12/20/22) Eddie Cibrian is shutting down ex-wife Brandi Glanville’s claims that he cheated on her with actress Piper Perabo during their marriage.

“I’m sad I have to address this, I really believed that we had come a long way, but this was untrue 19 years ago and it’s untrue now,” the actor tells Page Six in a statement.

“Just because someone thinks something might be true does not make it true,” he continues. “This is all so unnecessary.”

Cibrian, 49, sarcastically adds that “fun times at the Christmas table await” — as he maintains a co-parenting relationship with Glanville, with whom he shares sons Mason, 19, and Jake, 15.

Glanville previously claimed to Page Six in an exclusive interview that she had reason to believe Cibrian was “f–king” Perabo, now 46, throughout production for his 2005 movie “The Cave.”

“They did a movie together and [my son] Mason was 1 year old and I went to the set and it was in another country, Romania, I think,” the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” alum said.

“And [Perabo] was a horrible c—t to me,” the “Unfiltered” podcast host also asserted.

Glanville recalled feeling uncomfortable when witnessing Cibrian and Perabo’s alleged interactions on set of her then-spouse’s action-horror film — which was shot in 2004 on location between Romania and Mexico.

“She was flirting with Eddie, like, right in front of me,” she claimed. “I was like, ‘Am I here? Am I the only person [seeing this]? Like, what is happening?’”

Glanville’s suspicions were fueled further by information allegedly shared by “The Cave” crew members.

“I made friends on set and I heard a lot of things,” she told us.

When asked about what she heard, Glanville claimed she was told “that Piper and Eddie were f—king.”

Reps for Perabo have yet to respond to Page Six despite repeated requests for comment.

According to Glanville, she confronted Cibrian when he returned home to Los Angeles after the project wrapped.

“He convinced me that it wasn’t true,” she claimed, explaining why she decided to stay with him.

“We had a 1-year-old son and he was the love of my life at the time and, you know, there was a lot of convincing me of things.”

Additionally, Glanville alleged that Cibrian dismissed concerns, calling her “crazy,” “jealous” and “that whole deal.”

Cibrian has been accused of being unfaithful to Glanville before. He infamously entertained high-profile affairs with “Vanderpump Rules” OG Scheana Shay and country singer LeAnn Rimes, his current wife.

Glanville stuck with Cibrian through his relations with Shay, now 37, but called it quits for good after he struck up a not-so-secret romance with Rimes, now 40.

Glanville and Cibrian eventually divorced in 2010 after nine years of marriage.

The “Playboy Club” actor tied the knot with Rimes in 2011, two years after meeting on the set of Lifetime’s romantic drama “Northern Lights.”

Glanville — who appears on an upcoming episode of Page Six’s “Virtual Reali-Tea” podcast — said she is amused by the fact that Rimes and Perabo appeared together in the 2000 blockbuster “Coyote Ugly.”

“It’s kind of ironic that [Perabo] was in ‘Coyote Ugly’ with LeAnn. I’m like, ‘Oh gosh, they shared the same D,’” said the outspoken TV personality, who spoke with Page Six while promoting her role on Peaco*ck’s new reality competition series “The Traitors.”

Incidentally, Rimes and Perabo were once linked to the same man — years before either ever worked with Cibrian.

In 2001, Rimes split from her longtime beau, “10 Things I Hate About You” hunk Andrew Keegan, after he reportedly cozied up to Perabo, per E! News’ pickup of a Daily News article.

“The Traitors” premieres Jan. 12 on Peaco*ck.

Anthony Morina Out as Co-EP of ‘The Young and the Restless’ Following Sexual Harassment Suit

(12/20/22) Anthony “Tony” Morina will no longer be co-executive producing The Young and the Restless. A Sony source confirmed to Decider that Morina has been fired from The Young and The Restless, leaving head writer Josh Griffith as the show’s singular executive producer.

Morina has been with the long-running soap since 2007, serving as a producer, supervising producer and executive producer.

The former producer’s exit was first reported by Daytime Confidential, which alleged that Morina is “out” after being “let go” by CBS.

In 2021, Morina was accused of sexual harassment after allegedly making advances towards an actor, Briana Thomas, when she appeared on the soap opera in 2018 and 2019.

Per Variety, Thomas filed suit against Sony Pictures Television (which produces the soap opera) and CBS Studios, and claimed that Morina acted inappropriately towards her.

She said that he would often invade her personal space and compliment her appearance, telling her that she could “really be something” on the series and offering private lessons. Thomas also stated that he once tried to get her to remove her cover-up while filming a poolside scene, so he could see her in a bikini.

When assigned sexual harassment training, Morina called the classes “bullsh*t” and blamed “bitches” who “had their panties in a bunch” and “didn’t know how to take a compliment,” according to Variety. Thomas claims that she was eventually fired from the series.

A trial jury has been set for March 2023, according to Soap Opera Network.

Morina appears to be denying the correlation between the allegations and his departure, telling SoapHub, “After 16 years, it’s time to move on to other things.”

He continued, “I’m most proud of keeping the show going over the last two and a half years through COVID once we returned after the initial production shutdown.”

When reached for comment by Decider, reps for Sony, CBS and The Young and the Restless declined to comment on whether there’s a correlation between Morina’s firing and the sexual harassment allegations made against Morina in 2021.

Morina has also served as a producer on Spyder Games and served as a director on General Hospital and The Clinic.

Dishing with Digest - 12/16/22 - Jason Thompson

(12/16/22) (Listen / download) Jason Thompson looks back on his runs as GH’s Patrick and Y&R’s Billy, weighs in on the delicate state of Billy’s love life and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss Digest’s picks for the best and worst in soaps of 2022.

CBS Orders ‘The Never Game’ Starring Justin Hartley For 2023-24 Season

(12/15/22) CBS has ordered its first series for the 2023-24 season. It’s The Never Game, a new drama series that will star and be executive produced by Justin Hartley.

This is the second new broadcast series headlined by a This Is Us star, joining ABC’s upcoming Milo Ventimiglia drama The Company You Keep.

Based on the bestselling novel by Jeffery Deaver, The Never Game features Hartley as lone-wolf survivalist Colter Shaw, who roams the country as a “reward seeker,” using his expert tracking skills to help private citizens and law enforcement solve all manner of mysteries while contending with his own fractured family.

Robin Weigert, Abby McEnany, Eric Graise, Fiona Rene and Academy Award Winner Mary McDonnell will also star.

“I am overjoyed to give the first new show order for next season to this thrilling new series led by the incredibly talented Justin Hartley,” said Amy Reisenbach, CBS Entertainment President. “The Never Game is an excellent addition to our already successful drama lineup, and since our viewers love shows with action, intrigue, mystery and complex characters, they will love The Never Game – it delivers on all fronts.”

The Never Game is produced by Twentieth Television. In addition to Hartley, Ken Olin and Ben H. Winters are executive producing for Twentieth Television. Olin directed the pilot from a script written by Winters.

As Deadline reported exclusively, the project was ordered to pilot off-cycle in July. It had undergone a writer change in the spring, with Winters replacing Michael Cooney, who had been attached when the pitch was sold to CBS in the fall of 2021.

PERFORMER AND PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2022 ‘PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS’ ON TUESDAY, DEC. 6 AT 9 P.M. ET/PT

(12/5/22) NBC and E! has revealed a star-studded presenter and performer lineup for the 2022 “People’s Choice Awards” airing on NBC and E! on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Marking her “People’s Choice Awards” debut, New Artist of 2022 nominee Lauren Spencer Smith will perform her song “Fingers Crossed.” The rising star rounds out the performance lineup, joining previously announced Music Icon Award recipient Shania Twain who will take the stage for a medley of her greatest hits and new single “Waking Up Dreaming” for an unforgettable night of dynamic performances.

Stars who will present include:

Amy Poehler (“Baking It”)
Ana Gasteyer (Actress, “American Auto”)
Billy Porter
Colin Hanks (Actor, “A Friend of the Family”)
David Spade (Comedian, “David Spade: Nothing Personal”)
Dwyane Wade (NBA Champion/Entrepreneur)
George Lopez (Actor, “Lopez vs. Lopez”)
Heidi Klum (Host, “America’s Got Talent: All Stars”)
Laverne Cox (Host, “If We’re Being Honest with Laverne Cox”)
Lil Rel Howery (Actor/Comedian, “Get Out,” “Free Guy” and “Lil Rel Howery: I Said It, Y'all Thinking It”)
Mayan Lopez (Actress, “Lopez vs. Lopez”)
McKenna Grace (Actress, “A Friend of the Family”)
Michaela Jaé Rodriguez (Actress/Musician)
Niecy Nash-Betts (Actress, “The Rookie Feds” and “Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”)
Nikki Glaser (Comedian, “Nikki Glaser: ‘Good Clean Filth’” and Host, “FBOY Island”)
Sarah Hyland (Actress, “Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin”)
Sarah Michelle Gellar (Actress/Executive Producer, “Wolf Pack”)
The Miz & Maryse (WWE Superstars)

As previously announced, this year NBC and E! will honor award-winning actor, producer, screenwriter, and entrepreneur Ryan Reynolds with the People’s Icon Award, Emmy and Grammy award-winning performer Lizzo with the People’s Champion Award, and five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Shania Twain with the Music Icon Award.

Hosted by Kenan Thompson, the 2022 “People’s Choice Awards'' will air on NBC and E! on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. “Live from E!: The 2022 People’s Choice Awards'' will kick off the night with a red carpet special at 7 p.m. ET/PT on E!. The 2022 People’s Choice Awards” and “Live from E!: The 2022 People’s Choice Awards” are both produced by Den of Thieves with Executive Producers Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager and Barb Bialkowski.

Zach Tinker guests on CSI: Vegas 1/5/23

(12/1/22) “Eyeballs” – A social media influencer party ends with the brutal murder of a popular guest. Chris Park’s side hustle makes him uniquely qualified to lead the CSI team in their investigation, on the CBS Original series CSI: VEGAS, Thursday, Jan. 5 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

GUEST CAST includes: Sara Amini (Sonya Nikolayevich), Madison Lewis (Kristen), Zach Tinker (Warren Bart).

Ashley Jones guests on So Help Me Todd 1/5/23

(12/1/22) “The Devil You Know” – When Margaret finds herself on the verge of losing a prominent case involving the murder of an investigative journalist, Todd seeks help from an unlikely source: his imprisoned ex-girlfriend, Veronica (Eliza Coupe), on the CBS Original drama SO HELP ME TODD, Thursday, Jan. 5 (9:01-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

GUEST CAST includes: Clayton James (Chuck Grant), Thomas Cadrot (Chet Venables), Eliza Coupe (Veronica Caron), Ashley Jones (Kathleen Baylis).

Meadow Walker posts touching tribute to dad Paul Walker 9 years after his death

(12/1/22) Meadow Walker honored her beloved late father, Paul Walker, 9 years after his tragic death.

The 24-year-old model took to social media to share a heartbreaking post about her dad, which featured a black-and-white snap of the pair bowling.

“(Nine) years without you. I love you so much my angel,” she wrote to her 3.7 million Instagram followers.

Over on her Instagram Story, Meadow wrote, “I love you daddy.”

Paul, who was best known for his role as Brian O’Conner in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, died in a fiery car crash on November 30, 2013. He was 40 years old.

Meadow — his only child — was just 15 at the time of the tragic accident.

The model opened up about how she keeps her father’s memory alive, revealing exclusively to Page Six that she takes solace in watching his movies.

“They always say the first thing you forget about someone is their voice, so I’m fortunate enough to have his voice in many movies,” the model, 24, told Page Six exclusively at WSJ Magazine’s Innovator Awards on Wednesday.

“I like to watch [his movies] at night. For me, it brings me joy to talk about him and keep his spirit alive.”

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