Saturday, July 11, 2009

Jason Priestley Welcomes Son

According to WENN News:

Former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Jason
's wife has given birth to the couple's first son.

Naomi Lowde-Priestley delivered a baby boy in a Los Angeles hospital on Thursday.

The tot is a little brother for the couple's two-year-old daughter Ava.

The couple announced Lowde-Priestley's pregnancy back in April. They wed in 2005.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Interview Y&R: Eileen Davidson: Author, Part 2

Eileen Davidson has plenty of material from which to draw when it comes to writing a juicy story. After all, she has been on the No. 1-rated soap for about 15 years. As Ashley Abbott on “The Young and the Restless” (as well as starring on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of Our Lives” and “Santa Barbara”), Eileen’s character has seen her fair share of turmoil, intrigue, death and betrayal.

Eileen combined her love of soaps and her love of books into a successful foray into the world of murder-mystery novels. Her second book, “Dial Emmy for Murder,” was released last month, and she is hard at work on the third in the series. She was excited to discuss her latest project.

Have you always been specifically a mystery fan, or just a general book-lover?
Eileen Davidson: “I’ve always been very well read. I was reading a lot of spiritual and self-help books for many years, and it was very heavy. One day I just picked up a mystery novel when I was on vacation, and I thought, ‘This is so much fun!’ I got hooked on the whole genre. I was a writer when I was in high school, and I had always wanted to get back into writing. I do have an interest in forensics, a lot of the cold-case shows and A&E shows about solving murders. Combining that with what I do for a living seemed like a natural fit. People can get a bird’s-eye view of what we do for a living over here, and it’s also wrapped up in the intriguing world of forensics.”

Is there a bit of Eileen Davidson in the novel’s heroine, Alexis Peterson?
E.D.: “Stephen Colbert talks about ‘truthiness,’ and with these books, there’s a lot of truthiness in them. It’s a lot of truth, a lot of fiction, a lot of my own experiences with a twist. It’s a combination of everything — a truth-and-fiction stew.”

Are you working with author Robert Randisi on this second book as well?
E.D.: “Yes. He knows this form of writing very well; I know the soap-opera world very well. We work very well together. When I get pages back from him, they sound like he just finished writing a Western, so I am like, ‘OK, this does not sound like something a woman would say,’ and he says, ‘That’s what I have you for.’ So I rewrite it and put a female tone to it.”

What can you tell me about the third book?
E.D.: “The third book is leaning more toward romance, so it’s going to be a mystery/romance novel. I’m putting in more romance, but it’s weird. I’m not sure how to do it. I draw a lot of innuendo, but wonder, Am I really supposed to start to use certain body-part words when I write it? So I am kind of getting used to that sort of thing, and where to draw the line with that.
“The book opens at Hugh Hefner’s mansion at the Halloween party he has every year. Alexis is there, of course, and there is a murder at the mansion. It’s called ‘Diva Las Vegas,’ because the story ends up taking Alexis to Las Vegas. My husband (Vince Van Patten) came up with that title.”

Would you like to see your series of books turned into a television serial or miniseries?
E.D.: “Absolutely. We’re trying to make something happen with that right now, which is interesting, because everyone says that this genre is dying. But it’s still alive and kicking; we’re still here. But yes, we are pursuing it.”

Is there an indefinite number to the series?
E.D.: “We’re going to see how they sell and go from there. I can’t believe I got one book out, the fact that I have two books in the can is amazing. Anything else at this point is just gravy.”

“Dial Emmy for Murder” can be found at your local retailer or any online book outlet.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Ashley Jones' New HBO Role

Don't forget to catch Ashley Jones (Bridget, The Bold and the Beautiful) this season on True Blood. Jones plays waitress Daphne in the hit HBO series about vampires in the Deep South, and she's sporting some scary-looking scars for the role.

So does this mean that Jones will be leaving daytime after getting this kind of exposure? She told Michael Logan from TV Guide that she has no plans to, that she doesn't want anyone else to play Bridget. (FYI: The talented Jones got her start in daytime as Megan on The Young and the Restless.) We'd love to see her continue playing Bridget on B&B, but if more juicy roles like Daphne come her way, we'll be her biggest cheerleaders.

True Blood is on Sunday nights on HBO at 9 p.m.

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ATWT and GL Casting News

On Guiding Light, Tom Pelphrey (pictured) returns as Jonathan on Wednesday, August 5.

Also, Fiona Hutchison reprises her role as the ghostly Jenna on GL on both Wednesday, July 29 and Thursday, August 13.

We knew he was coming, now we know a date: Forbes March makes his first appearance as Mason on As the World Turns on Tuesday, July 14.

Days: Such a Tease!


•Chloe finds Kate's scarf at Daniel's and thinks he's with another woman.

•EJ reluctantly drops the custody battle.

•Will and Mia (Taylor Speitler, pictured) have a date while Chad probes Kinsey about them.

•Philip tries to work things out with Stephanie and kisses her passionately.

•Nathan invites Melanie out to dinner.

Thursday – Daniel hands in his letter of resignation at the hospital.

Friday – Sami thanks Nicole with a hug and they call a truce.

ATWT Announces New Head-Writing Team


New York, NY — Emmy Award-winning writer David Kreizman will join current Head Writer Jean Passanante, forming a new head-writing team for CBS’ As The World Turns, effective immediately. It was announced today by Christopher Goutman, the show’s Executive Producer. Kreizman was a member of the Guiding Light head-writing team through the end of its run.

“I am thrilled that Dave and Jean will make up the new head-writing team for As The World Turns,” said Goutman. “Both writers have an incredible respect for the show’s rich history and I am confident this partnership will generate the exciting, character-based stories for which As The World Turns is known.”

Passanante joined the As The World Turns writing team as Co-Head-Writer in 2001 and was named Head-Writer in 2005. During her tenure at As The World Turns, the show has been the recipient of four Daytime Emmy Awards, two Writers Guild Awards and two GLAAD Media Awards. Prior to joining As The World Turns, Passanante served as Co-Headwriter of All My Children, for which she received Writers Guild and GLAAD Media Awards, as well as an Emmy nomination. Previously, she served in a similar capacity on the writing teams of Another World (1998-99) and One Life to Live (1992-98), for which she won an Emmy Award in 1994. Her other daytime experience was as Director of Writer Development for ABC Daytime Television.

Kreizman began his career as a Production Intern at Guiding Light in 1995. During his early years there, he held positions as a Production Coordinator and an Associate Producer. He joined the show’s writing team in 1997. Kreizman was named Head Writer of Guiding Light in 2004 and received an Emmy Award in 2007. In 2008, he became a member of the show’s newly formed head-writing team. Kreizman also served as a writer for MTV’s Spyder Games (2001), where he was nominated for an Emmy.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Melody Thomas Scott Will Stay in Genoa City

In an exclusive interview with TV Guide's Michael Logan, Melody Thomas Scott has revealed that she and TPTB at The Young and the Restless have come to a contract agreement. However, the writers had already written Nikki off the show, so it will be interesting to see how she is written back in.

She teases: "I really have to hand it to the writers. Nobody knew how this [contract situation] was going to end so they very cleverly figured out a way to get me off the show. I never say stuff like this, but I have been so knocked out, so impressed with the writing of the episodes that air the first week of August. Please put this in your article: That week is not to be missed."

Don't worry — we won't miss it!!

Monday, July 06, 2009

GH: Such a Tease

Sonny has a closer tie to his enemy than he could ever imagine.
Carly and Sonny reach an agreement about Michael.
Kristina believes the worst about Alexis.

Ethan puts demands on Rebecca.
Things aren’t looking good for Spinelli.
Patrick grows suspicious of Alexis.

Johnny thinks Olivia (Lisa LoCicero, pictured) still has a thing for Sonny.
Ethan threatens to expose Rebecca.
Alexis suffers the consequences of the scandal with the Mayor.

Claudia’s troubles continue to mount.
Olivia’s actions belie her words.
Ethan is growing increasingly jealous of Nikolas.

OLTL: Such a Tease!

Starr and Cole’s wedding takes a surprising turn.
Rex comes up with a plan to nail Stacy.
Viki has sound advice for Clint.

Rex and Gigi make love.
Starr and Cole reach a decision about their futures.
Bo, Nora and Matthew face a difficult choice.

Dorian prays her plan will succeed.
Stacy gloats to Gigi that she slept with Rex.
Markko vows that nothing will keep him and Langston (Brittany Underwood, pictured) apart.

Rex and Gigi put their plan in motion.
Markko chooses Langston over his family.
Cristian wants answers from Fish.

AMC: Such a Tease!

Adam (David Canary, pictured) tests Annie.
Jesse goes to great lengths to protect Randi.
JR tries to make amends with Marissa.

David asks Krystal for another chance.
Frankie senses something is troubling Randi.
David picks up on Liza’s unease about her baby.

Kendall wonders if Zach is guilty of murder.
David’s convinced Jake and Liza are hiding something.
Jesse eases Randi’s fears.

Zach blackmails Liza into taking Kendall’s case.
David won’t stop till he learns the truth.
Kendall finds Erica and Ryan in an awkward moment.

B&B: Such a Tease!

•Nick vows to expose Owen.

•Eric suffers personal and professional losses.

•Brooke makes a life change.

•Steffy and Thomas (Drew Tyler Bell, pictured) have a surprise for their parents.

•Pam has a trick up her sleeve.

Y&R: Such a Tease!

•Kay collapses from stress and is rushed to the hospital.
•Phillip admits that his "death" was never an accident.

•After Lily confronts Cane about his lies, she gives him back her wedding ring.

•Victor discovers what Mary Jane (Stacy Haiduk, pictured) has been hiding from him but is it too late to stop her?

•Phyllis turns to an unlikely source for support when Summer is in the hospital.

GL: Such a Tease!

•Dinah returns home with terrible news.
•Olivia enlists help from Doris to find Natalia.

•Bill and Lizzie's wedding day falls apart.

•Mallet (Robert Bogue, pictured) and Marina get a letter from Edmund.

ATWT: Such a Tease!

•Rosanna confronts Carly about her drinking.
•Geneva comes onto Brad.

•Damian and Dusty make a deal.

•Noah (Jake Silbermann, pictured) has a hard time dealing with his father's death.