Thursday, June 12, 2008

POLL: Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy Awards

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Mario's "Posse" Rides Again

Press release:
Actor/director Mario Van Peebles (Samuel, All My Children) shot wide holes through the myths of the old, wild, Wild West with Posse, his controversial 1993 hip-hop Western. To celebrate the 15th anniversary of this landmark film, Posse and its companion piece Posse Rides Again will be showcased on June 19th at 6 p.m. on the Starz in Black cable channel.

Posse Rides Again, a 21-minute original special produced by Encore Westerns, features interviews with Mario and Melvin Van Peebles, Tommy "Tiny" Lister, rapper Big Daddy Kane, actor/director Charles Lane, and Warrington Hudlin. Each offers insight into the significance of this groundbreaking film, which has been called the untold story of the West.

"One out of three cowboys was black," states Mario. "I wanted to see if we can do the Western like it's never been done before."

Says Mario's father, Melvin, "When Mario called me and told me he was going to do a Western with a largely African American cast, I was interested because cowboy movies were usually all white, which was not the case at all. The word cowboy came from the fact that in antebellum times, it was the blacks who had to deal with the cows and they were called 'boys.'"

Now if we could only have Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) as Calamity Jane, it would be the icing on the cake!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

SPOILERS! Week of June 9th

AMC: Zach corners Richie after learning the truth about his hit-and-run.
ATWT: Carly moves on to another Snyder man when she and Holden kiss.
B&B: Pam urges Steffy to find out all she can about Marcus.
Days: EJ turns the tables on Nicole and makes her keep quiet about the annulment papers.
GH: Sam is arrested in Mexico.
GL: Bill proposes marriage to Ava in front of Lizzie.
OLTL: Starr makes an important decision about her unborn child.
Passions: Juanita outlines her plan to set off a bomb at the Lopez-Fitzgerald weddings.
Y&R: Lily and Devon urge their father to chase after Karen before he loses her for good.

CASTING NEWS: B&B Taps Veteran Actress to Portray Beth Logan

Actress Robin Riker will join the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful beginning Wednesday, June 18, Executive Producer and Head Writer, Bradley P. Bell, announced recently.

Riker will play “Beth Logan,” mother of Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang), Donna (Jennifer Gareis), Katie (Heather Tom) and the late Storm Logan (William deVry). “Beth, who has been mysteriously absent during the harrowing series of tragic events that her children have recently endured, including Storm’s suicide and Katie’s heart transplant, is forced to face her children and reunite with her family by Nick (Jack Wagner) who flies to Paris to confront the missing matriarch of the Logan family,” previews Bell.

Riker, the lead actress in five prime-time sitcoms, Brothers for which she was nominated twice for an Ace Award as “Best Actress in a Comedy Series,” Shakey Ground, Thunder Alley, The Gregory Hines Show and Get a Life, has guest-starred in dozens of prime-time television shows including Big Love, Boston Legal, and Six Feet Under. Her film credits include Spiritual Warriors, Don’t Look Under the Bed, Stepmonster, Brink, Body Chemistry and Alligator. Her theater credits are extensive due to her parents being professional actors who had owned and operated theatres. Riker moved to Los Angeles to join The Bold and the Beautiful from New York, where she was working off-Broadway. Some of Riker’s notable theater stints include Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, at the Geffen Playhouse and in the lead role as “The Marquise de Merteuil” in Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the Blank Theatre.

POLL: Supporting Actor Daytime Emmy Awards

ATWT Reveals Its Latest Inturn

Congrats go out to Nell Mooney, who is the newest winner of As the World Turns' online Inturn contest. For weeks, 10 actors were whittled down to one, with Nell coming out the winner. Not only am I happy for Nell because she was the one I was rooting for the whole time (she was followed closely by Justin), but she is also the first female winner of the CBS soaps' contest. You go girl!

Nell will receive a 13-week contract with ATWT, which very well could turn into more, as happened with InTurn 1 winner, Alex Charak ("Elwood").

We'll keep you posted on Nell's first airdate, as well as the character she'll be playing.

SPOILERS: ATWT, B&B, Days, GL, Passions and Y&R

This Week:
• Janet takes Katie’s place in more ways that one.
• Meg and Paul dig into Sofie’s past.
• Lily tries to bring Luke and Noah back together.
• The Hughes and Stewart families prepare for war.
• Casey is drawn to Emily.

This Week:
• Katie's condition looks grave.
• Nick's surprise allows Katie to rewrite history.
• Marcus meets the Forrester family.
• Bridget refuses to give up.
• Pam attempts to get Steffy on her side.

Next Week:
• Sami tells EJ to move out.
• Max reveals that Trent Robbins is his father.
• Daniel asks Chelsea out to dinner in front of Philip and Victor.
•Lexie tells Kate about Theo’s problems.
•Chloe sees Philip and Morgan kiss.
Thursday – With eyes closed, Paul is rolled into the river.
Friday – Marlena considers giving John a divorce.

This Week:
• Cyrus gives Daisy a stern warning.
• Dinah gets a slap in the face.
• Lizzie and Alan declare war on those who cross their path.
• Mallet and Jeffrey bend the rules.
• Ashlee panics when thinking about a bathing suit.

Next Week:
Monday, June 16
• Theresa will not leave town without Ethan.
• Luis postpones the wedding for the sake of Pretty’s baby.
• Juanita moves forward with her plan of destruction.

Tuesday, June 17
• Theresa is heartbroken by Ethan and Gwen’s impending wedding.
• Pretty’s secret is out.
• Vincent and Viki plan revenge on everyone in Harmony.

Wednesday, June 18
• Ethan admits his feelings to Gertrude.
• Pretty has a new trick up her sleeve.
• Endora is missing!

This Week:
• Feeling pressured by Paul’s investigation, David confesses all to Nikki. Will she stay with her husband after learning the truth about his past?
• Michael renews his search into his father’s background. Will he come to terms with what his finds?
• After a drunken stunt with Alistair, Gloria tackles a job at Lauren’s boutique, but a visit from Jill and Jeff leads to disaster.
• Attempting to hide her feelings for Cane, Chloe makes a pass at a shocked Devon.
• Jack and Sharon devise a plan to get Alistair out of town.

GL Hires New Head-Writing Teams

Will this be enough to help the floundering Granddaddy of all Daytime Soaps?

Christopher Dunn, Lloyd “Lucky” Gold and Jill Lorie Hurst have been appointed Head Writers of broadcast history’s longest running program, Guiding Light, as announced today by the show’s Executive Producer Ellen Wheeler. Dunn, Gold and Lorie Hurst will join current Head Writer David Kreizman to create two new head-writing teams that will work together to bring their vision to the screen.

“I am thrilled about the new roles that David, Jill, Chris and Lucky will play on the headwriting teams at Guiding Light,” said Wheeler. “Since Guiding Light adopted its revolutionary new production model at the start of the year, we have made major changes to nearly every aspect of how we produce the show. I believe that appointing collaborative head-writing teams will help to expand the show’s vision and storytelling ability in this new model. Our new head-writing teams are made up of extraordinarily talented individuals who all respect the rich history of Guiding Light and are all very dedicated to mining that history for the future success of the show.”

Kreizman joined Guiding Light in 1995 as a Production Intern and during his time with the show he has worked as a Production Coordinator, an Associate Producer and began writing scripts and breakdowns for the show in 1997. Kreizman became Headwriter in 2004.

Dunn joined Guiding Light in 1999 and was Co-Head Writer from 2001 – 2002. He began his daytime career as a breakdown writer on Santa Barbara and has also worked on the writing teams of Sunset Beach and General Hospital.

Gold began his writing career playwriting at Edward Albee’s summer workshop in Montauk. Gold’s plays have been produced at the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, the Seattle Rep and McCarter Theatre among others. He has written extensively for film and television including work on Marvin’s Room and Shakespeare in Love. Gold is co-creator of the PBS American Mystery Series, produced by Robert Redford and Rebecca Eaton. In daytime, he has written for One Life to Live, Another World and Guiding Light. He joined Guiding Light in 2001 and has been with the show ever since.

Jill Lorie Hurst joined Guiding Light in 1994 and spent her first five years as a writer’s assistant. During that time Lorie Hurst was partnered with then assistant producer David Kreizman to write a couple of sample scripts for the show. Jill decided to keep her assistant job and wrote part time, while David went on to write full time. Shortly thereafter, Lorie Hurst was made a script editor, a job she’s held on and off depending on the needs of the writing team and executive producer. In May 2007 Lorie Hurst was named Story Producer when the writing team was reorganized.