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Talk Show Appearance(2/16/18) The Talk – CBS
Monday, Feb. 19
Ingo Rademacher (CBS’ THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL)
Station 19: Watch the Extended Trailer for ABC's Grey's Anatomy Spinoff(2/1/18) (Video) ABC cranked up the heat Thursday night, debuting the full-length trailer for its forthcoming Grey’s Anatomy spinoff Station 19.
The extended promo offered the first extended glimpse of the firefighter-themed offshoot, which finds Grey’s vet Jason George starring alongside Jaina Lee Ortiz (Rosewood), Danielle Savre (Too Close To Home), Okieriete Onaodowan (Broadway’s Hamilton) and Barrett Doss (Marvel’s Iron Fist), Grey Damon (Friday Night Lights), Alberto Frezza (Dead of Summer) and Miguel Sandoval (Medium).
As previously reported, the drama’s 10-episode first season will launch with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, March 22 at 9/8c. It will then continue to lead out of Grey’s Anatomy every week, pushing Scandal to 10 pm beginning March 29 (where it will remain through its series finale on April 19).
Jason George Promises "Out of the Box" Danger on Grey's Anatomy Spin-Off(1/23/18) With the untitled Grey's Anatomy spin-off slated to launch on March 22, Grey's Anatomy alum Jason George will soon be setting off on his own adventures in the firehouse.
He'll join an already experienced crew made up of Jaina Lee Ortiz (Rosewood), Miguel Sandoval (Medium), Okieriete Onaodowan (Hamilton), Grey Damon (Aquarius), Danielle Savre (Too Close to Home) and Barrett Doss (Marvel's Iron Fist). And though Ben's (George) experiences at Grey Sloan instilled him with some truly invaluable skills, he still has a lot to learn about being a firefighter.
"The focus of being a doctor, the discipline of being a doctor, that's all there. He's got the maturity and all that's there, but the reality is it's a completely different set of tools," Jason George tells TV Guide. "And here, all Seattle firefighters are also paramedics. So it's a significant piece of what he needs, but it's certainly not the majority of what he needs in order to do this job. There is a steep learning curve for him here which wasn't necessarily the case when he became a surgeon."
Fortunately for viewers, Ben's inexperience provides ample opportunities for the types of humor we've come to love on the flagship series — not to mention plenty of over-the-top drama as he's thrust out of the frying pan and into the, well, fire.
"Just like Grey's, this new show will give you instances that make you laugh until you realize that, 'oh my goodness, there's real danger there,' as well as giving you things that are well out of the box," George promises.
But the drama won't just revolve around the danger the firehouse team encounters on the job. The series will follow the firefighters from the action out in the field to their home base at the firehouse, where they'll end up spending a lot of time together — and that may not always be a good thing.
"I think the other fun part is gonna be seeing how we all react to those [situations]. You gotta come back to this house and you gotta hold up for another 20 hours, be stuck in a house with a bunch of beautiful people and let good drama ensue."
As long as none of those "beautiful people" gets in the way of Ben's marriage to Bailey (Chandra Wilson), this all sounds great to us.
The untitled Grey's Anatomy spin-off heads to TV with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, March 22 at 9/8c on ABC.
Fear TWD Gets Season 4 Premiere Date(1/14/18) AMC has announced a return date for the largely revamped Fear the Walking Dead.
The prequel series will kick off Season 4 (under new showrunners) on Sunday, April 15 at a special time, 10/9c. The following week it moves back to 9 pm, where it will lead into the Season 3 premiere of Into the Badlands.
As previously reported, The Walking Dead‘s Lennie James will be crossing over to Fear TWD as a series regular and leaving the parent series behind. As such, the story of Madison Clark and her family will now be told from the perspective of Morgan Jones. The official logline reads as follows:
In season four of Fear the Walking Dead, we will see the world of Madison Clark and her family through new eyes — the eyes of Morgan Jones, joining the story from the world of The Walking Dead. The characters’ immediate past mixes with an uncertain present of struggle and discovery as they meet new friends, foes and threats. They fight for each other, against each other and against a legion of the dead to somehow build an existence against the crushing pressure of lives coming apart. There will be darkness and light; terror and grace; the heroic, mercenary, and craven, all crashing together towards a new reality for Fear the Walking Dead.
In addition to James, new Season 4 cast members include Garret Dillahunt (The Mindy Project), Jenna Elfman (Dharma and Greg), Maggie Grace (Lost) and Kevin Zegers (Notorious).
AMC has also announced that McMafia, its new international thriller based on Misha Glenny’s best-selling book of the same name, will arrive on Monday, Feb. 26 at 10/9c. The hour-long drama, co-produced by the BBC, tells the story of Alex Godman (Happy Valley‘s James Norton), the English-raised son of Russian exiles who finds himself thrust into the world of organized crime. All eight episodes will be available immediately to AMC Premiere subscribers following its linear debut.
Last but not least is the six-part docuseries AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, premiering Monday, April 30 at 10/9c.
Meghan Markle's first job was working at a frozen yogurt store in LA when she was just 13(12/17/17) We know celebrities as glamorous people who leave glamorous lives, but many of them had a decidedly unglamorous start.
Turns out future-royal Meghan Markle is no exception.
Markle's first job was serving frozen yogurt at Humphrey Yogart, a shop in Sherman Oaks, California, she revealed in a tweet back in 2014.
She was just 13 years old at the time, and it was in the parking lot of the yogurt shop that she met celebrity crush Yasmine Bleeth, who starred as lifeguard Caroline Holden on "Baywatch."
According to Markle's descripton of the interaction, she was completely starstruck. She says she blurted out "Oh my God, I loved you in that Soft & Dri commercial," to which Bleeth answered, "Okay, thank you!"
Markle says Bleeth's humble response, as well as the smile and handshake the "Baywatch" actress gave her, still set the tone for all of Markle's fan run-ins today.
Markle's former boss Paula Sheftel told the Sunday Mirror that Prince Harry's bride-to-be didn't earn much, but she was well-liked by the shop's customers.
"She earned minimum wage and was very popular with customers. She had to prove she had an outgoing personality and would work well with staff," Sheftel told the Mirror.
Markle has come a long way since then. After landing various small roles, including appearing as a suitcase girl on the game show "Deal or No Deal," the actress got her big break on "Suits." Markle is set to marry Prince Harry on May 19th of next year.
Ingo Rademacher and Katherine Kelly Lang Facebook Live(12/13/17) Ingo Rademacher and Katherine Kelly Lang Facebook Live: Video.
Grey's Anatomy's Jason George Breaks Down How His Still-Untitled Spinoff Will Crossover With the ABC Hit(12/8/17) Get ready for plenty of crossover goodness when Grey's Anatomy's still-untitled spinoff finally debuts this spring, Shondaland fans!
When the Seattle firehouse-set series hits the air, after introducing at least one of its characters in an upcoming episode of the mothership, you can look forward to plenty of cross-pollination courtesy of Jason George's Ben Warren and his deep connections in both worlds. After all, his wife and all his pals will still be working at Grey Sloan Memorial, a hospital that the first responders at his new firehouse will no doubt be tasked with delivering victims to. And unlike Grey's' first spinoff, the L.A.-set Private Practice, not all crossovers will be big tentpole events. (Although you can certainly look forward to those too.)
"My understanding is, Ben will be popping up in Grey's Anatomy some and some of your favorite Grey's Anatomy folks will be popping up in the spin-off," George explained to Entertainment Weekly. "When it was Private Practice, the show was located in Los Angeles, so by definition, it had to be an event when they came up to Seattle or vice versa. This one can be an event, but it also doesn't have to be. The fun part is, the writers have an embarrassment of riches, they can play it any way they want it at any given time. They could have a mega event that goes across both shows, or they could just drop off a person for a little bit and go have a beer. 'Hey Avery, this is my friend from the firehouse.'"
While nothing is set in stone yet, showrunner Stacy McKee admitted to the magazine that keeping the stories on both shows interwoven shouldn't be all that difficult. "We're throwing every idea against the wall, and it's like spaghetti, we'll see what sticks. What's fantastic about this show is because it's Grey's Anatomy-adjacent, there's the potential for things to connect really, really easily," she said. "This show takes place in a Seattle fire station that could, in theory, be just a few blocks down from Grey Sloan Memorial. Plus, I know all the writers over at Grey's and vice versa, so it'll be a very symbiotic relationship."
Of course, before we can get there, the show needs to get off the ground, with Ben officially switching jobs and switching shows. Before the spinoff premieres, fans will get a mini-introduction to the firefighting world when spinoff star Jaina Lee Ortiz, who will be playing Andy Herrera, stops by. "It's going to be such a fun, fantastic introduction to her character," McKee teased. "It will also showcase a really lovely story for Ben, where we get to just juxtapose his two worlds and see his reaction as he transitions from one world to the next. We're actually shooting it right now. It's going to be so good."
And if you're worried about what Ben's decision to leave the hospital might mean for his marriage to Bailey (Chandra Wilson), especially after seeing her initial reaction to hearing the news, well, there's good news and bad news. The bad? George admitted that the true fallout in his marriage is still being hammered out. "They told me, 'Well, you're probably right to be concerned, because I'm sure Bailey is going to be concerned,' so I think we're still in the middle of working out what that means. I'm as much a fan of the show as anybody, so I'm figuring it out myself," he said. "This goes one of two ways—either it stresses them out, perhaps breaks them, or they find a way to work through it."
And the good news? These words from McKee on the matter: "I don't think anyone should feel hopeless."
Do you think Ben and Bailey can make this work? Or are you worried about them? And who from Grey's are you hoping to see crossover first? Sound off in the comments below!
Grey's Anatomy returns on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m., while the spinoff will debut sometime in the spring, on ABC.
‘Fear The Walking Dead’: Kevin Zegers Digs Up Role In Season 4(12/5/17) Kevin Zegers has joined the Season 4 cast of AMC’s zombie horror show Fear the Walking Dead. Details about his role are being kept under wraps.
He appears alongside returning Fear cast members Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo and Danay Garcia and newcomers Garret Dillahunt, Jenna Elfman, and Maggie Grace. Lennie James, who plays fan favorite Morgan recently joined Fear in a crossover event with The Walking Dead.
He joins the popular spinoff series to Robert Kirkman’s pop culture phenomenon Walking Dead after showrunner Dave Erickson stepped down from his post after the Season 3 finale.
Zegers appeared in the ABC drama Notorious based on high-profile attorney Marc Gerargos. He also starred in Gracepoint, which was a reimagining of the hit BBC series Broadchurch. On the movie side, he appeared in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
He is repped by Gersh, Management 360 and attorneys Tom Hansen and Adam Kaller.
LA's hottest fashion house just got hotter(11/22/17) (Video) LA's hottest fashion house just got hotter. ?? Ingo Rademacher joins The Bold and the Beautiful next Monday, November 27, only on CBSDaytime!
Grey's Anatomy's Jason George Talks Ben and Bailey: 'Nothing Lasts Forever'(11/12/17) (tvline.com) It was just a couple of months ago that Grey’s Anatomy’s Jason George was telling TVLine that Ben and Bailey were the kind of marrieds who “work it out no matter what.” But as the time drew nearer for his character to cross over to the ABC drama’s upcoming firefighters spinoff, his outlook was beginning to change. Now, a breakup seems like “a genuine possibility,” he admitted at the show’s recent 300th-episode blowout. “Nothing lasts forever.”
In spite of the risk to his relationship — not to mention the risk to his own physical well-being! — Ben remains determined to give up his promising medical career to saves lives in burning buildings instead of in the O.R. Uh, why? “You know what I honestly think it is? I think it scares the hell out of him,” George suggested. “I think we established in [Season 13’s ‘Ring of Fire’] that Ben was definitely afraid of fire, yet he ran into a fire. He is an adrenaline junkie.
“A lot of really successful people,” he adds, “have said they just went charging at the thing that scared them the most.”
Which, in Ben’s immediate future, might just be his wife. As we’ve already seen starting, “it’s going to get hot” between the couple, the actor summed up with a laugh. “Best-case scenario is, it gets real hot, and that’s meant both for the pun and about their relationship. That’s as good as Ben can hope for.”
Ingo Rademacher and Haley Pullos Star in a New Movie!(11/9/17) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Unfortunately for GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers hoping to see Ingo Rademacher back in Port Charles as Jax, the talented actor has been snatched up by CBS sudser THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL to take over the role of Thorne Forrester. However, fans of the actor will also be able to see him in the brand new movie, A Royal Christmas Ball, airing on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 9 p.m. ET on ION Television!
“Happy to announce I’m doing a cute holiday TV movie,” Rademacher posted to Instagram with an awesome photo of himself overlaid with a Christmas tree and a crown on his head. “Playing a good king from a small European country who attended university in the USA some 20 years ago, fell in love, but never returned… until now. Such a great script!”
In the movie, King Charles of Baltania (Rademacher) tracks down his American college sweetheart only to discover that she has a 17-year-old daughter, who could very well be his biological daughter! The sweetheart is played by Tara Reid, and the potential princess is none other than Rademcher’s former GH castmate, Haley Pullos (Molly)! “Grab your tiaras and your Santa hats my little angels!” the actress told her fans on Twitter to promote her role in the holiday film. Oh, and you’ll also spot another familiar Port Charles face when you watch, because Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix) also appears in the movie!
Rademacher was very clearly enjoying playing a king, and shared another photo of himself in front of a luxury car looking incredibly suave in a snazzy suit. “Fun times on the set of this holiday movie!” he wrote. Guess being the fictional ruler of a fictional country has its perks!
So be sure to tune in on Sunday, Dec. 10, to ION Television and check out this heartwarming holiday movie to see if Molly ends up being Jax's daughter! Well, you know what we mean!
Elizabeth Bogush Guest Stars on NCIS: Los Angeles(11/4/17) “Fool Me Twice” – Callen and the team question CIA Agent Joelle Taylor’s (Elizabeth Bogush) backstory after she escapes from a kidnapping and turns to Callen for help, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, Nov. 26 (9:30-10:30 PM, ET/9:00-10:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Get a First Look at Ingo Rademacher as the New Thorne on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL!(10/20/17) (Photo) Soap fans who were wondering how Ingo Rademacher would fit in on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL as a recast Thorne will be able to see for themselves when the GENERAL HOSPITAL alum makes his debut in the episode scheduled to air on Monday, Nov. 27. But if you can’t wait that long, you can get a sneak peek at the actor alongside new castmates Thorsten Kaye (Ridge), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), and John McCook (Eric) in this backstage photo! “Welcoming Ingo to the show,” Lang wrote when she shared the image on Instagram. “His first day was yesterday.”
The soap world was thrown into a bit of a frenzy back in September when Winsor Harmon tweeted: “Just spoke with Brad Bell and at this time, he’s decided to recast Thorne. I wish the new actor and the show continued success.” Fans protested the B&B headwriter/executive producer’s decision on social media, and offered Harmon their support. But Harmon was just as supportive to his replacement. “Congrats, Ingo,” he tweeted after the news of Rademacher's casting broke. “You’re gonna be amazing as Thorne, buddy! Big shoes, dude, size 11. Call me man!”
Rademacher told TV Insider that he was originally set to play a short-term role for just a dozen episodes, but that changed. “Brad Bell had a change of heart and wanted to give me a full-time, contract role," he confided. "I certainly hope to play Thorne as well as Winsor did. He’s really one of the nicest and most gracious people I’ve ever met. He tweeted over this past weekend that his role was being recast and I read the comments and a lot of people weren’t happy. I said to my wife, ‘Wow, I feel kind of bad about this.’ I mean, I know it’s the way things go in daytime, but this is a new experience for me. I’ve never stepped into a role that was previously played by someone else. I hope the fans aren’t too upset about this.”
Rademacher will be the fourth actor to play the role of perennial Forrester second-ran Thorne. Clayton Norcross originated the role when the soap debuted in 1987, but was replaced with Jeff Trachta in 1989. In 1996, Harmon assumed the role, which he played until 2010 on contract, after which he continued on a recurring basis until now. Thorne was most recently seen in 2016 when he joined the rest of the family in attempting to stop Eric from marrying Quinn.
Now that Rademacher is taking over the role, what does B&B have planned for Thorne? Stay tuned and find out!
Casper Van Dien on Hawaii Five-0 10/6/17(10/4/17) The air date of this episode has changed. “Na la 'ilio” – McGarrett and Five-0 work with an injured police dog who is the only witness to an ambushed drug bust. Also, McGarrett is visited by Junior Reigns, a former SEAL, who is looking to join the task force, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Oct. 6 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Beulah Koale joins the cast as Junior Reigns. (“Na la 'ilio” is Hawaiian for “Dog Days”)
GUEST CAST includes: Bob McCracken (DEA Agent Chris Reid), Casper Van Dien (Roger Niles), Shawn McBride (Jesse Berman).
B&B Announces Ingo Rademacher’s First Air Date(10/3/17) Ingo Rademacher (ex-Jax, GH) is set to report to his first day at BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL as the new Thorne later this month. Rademacher begins taping on Tuesday, October 24, and his first air date is scheduled for Monday, November 27. “I’m stoked to come on the show,” the actor tells Digest. For more from Rademacher, be sure to pick up the new issue, on sale Friday.
Ingo Rademacher Is B&B’s New Thorne(9/26/17) On Saturday, BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL’s Winsor Harmon announced via social media that after playing the second-born Forrester son, Thorne, since 1996, he was being recast. Now, the recast has been announced by tvinsider.com: it’s soap vet Ingo Rademacher (ex-Jax, GH)! To read all about it, click here.
Casper Van Dien on Hawaii Five-0(9/22/17) “Na la 'ilio” – McGarrett and Five-0 work with an injured police dog who is the only witness to an ambushed drug bust. Also, McGarrett is visited by Junior Reigns, a former SEAL, who is looking to join the task force, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Oct. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Beulah Koale joins the cast as Junior Reigns. (“Na la 'ilio” is Hawaiian for “Dog Days”)
GUEST CAST includes: Bob McCracken (DEA Agent Chris Reid), Casper Van Dien (Roger Niles), Shawn McBride (Jesse Berman).
Grey's Anatomy: Jason George Jumps to Firefighter Spinoff as Series Regular(9/13/17) Out of the Grey Sloan operating room, and into the fire?
Grey’s Anatomy star Jason George has joined the cast of the Grey’s firefighter-focused spinoff as a series regular, according to The Hollywood Reporter. George will continue to be a series regular on the upcoming Season 14 of Grey’s — debuting Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8/7c on ABC — until the untitled spinoff begins production; he’s also expected to pop back into Grey’s from time to time.
George joined the Grey’s cast back in Season 6 as Dr. Ben Warren, earning a promotion to series-regular status in Season 12. Ben’s storyline this season will set up his transition to the new spinoff series, which centers on a tight-knit group of Seattle firefighters. The spinoff, with Rosewood alum Jaina Lee Ortiz set as the female lead, was ordered straight to series back in May; no premiere date has been set.
Along with his role on Grey’s, George has had regular roles on Mistresses, Off the Map, Eve and the late NBC soap Sunset Beach.
Disney Sued by Yasmine Bleeth's Husband for Trip and Fall(9/12/17) Disney got its wires crossed and cluttered while shooting a TV show in "Baywatch" star Yasmine Bleeth's home ... according to her husband, who claims he got jacked up in a trip and fall.
Paul Cerrito says Disney was using his home to shoot a pilot when the equipment tripped him up. In a lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Paul says the injury set him back ... as he was already trying to recover from a previous tumble.
He claims he slipped in a puddle of water in a grocery store back in December. Due to that fall he was using a walker when he went down at home. Cerrito says he's suffered permanent disability, and is suing the store as well as Disney.
Cerrito's lawyer tells us he also suffered a spinal injury. He wants Disney to pay damages and his medical expenses. We've reached out to Disney, so far no word back.
Ingo Rademacher Stars in a New Movie!(9/7/17) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Pic1, Pic2) While GENERAL HOSPITAL fans may want to see Ingo Rademacher back in Port Charles as Jax, they’ll have to settle for seeing the handsome and talented actor in a brand new movie! “Happy to announce I’m doing a cute holiday TV movie,” Rademacher posted to Instagram with an awesome photo of himself overlaid with a Christmas tree and a crown on his head. “Playing a good king from a small European country who attended university in the USA some 20 years ago, fell in love, but never returned… until now. Such a great script!”
Rademacher was an immediate success when he joined GH as Jasper “Jax” Jacks in 1996. Although the character was written out in 2011, Jax has made frequent returns, most recently in the spring of 2017 to bring news of the passing of his mother, Lady Jane. He also revealed that he’d paid Frank Benson to buy Nelle’s kidney for Josslyn. But Sonny arranged for immigration to deport Jax, and though the Aussie begged Carly to come with him, she decided to remain with Sonny.
In addition to his appearances on GH, Rademacher also has a recurring role as Robert Coughlin on HAWAII FIVE-0. And while he has not yet revealed any more details regarding this new movie, he did share another photo of himself in front of a luxury car looking incredibly suave in a snazzy suit. “Fun times on the set of this holiday movie!” he wrote. Being the king has its perks!
As soon as we have more information about Rademacher’s holiday film, such as a title and an airdate as well as where to watch it (Hallmark or Lifetime seem the likely suspects, but you never know…) we’ll be sure to let you know. So stay tuned!
Battle of the Network Stars: Troublemakers vs. TV Lifeguards (9/7)(8/21/17) “Troublemakers vs. TV Lifeguards” – The revival of “Battle of the Network Stars,” based on the ‘70s and ‘80s television pop-culture classic, will continue with the season finale on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. The original series from ABC Sports began in 1976 and continued for 13 years. The new “Battle of the Network Stars” is be a nostalgic throwback to the original series where TV celebrities blended athleticism with hilarious antics.
Here are the teams for this new episode (* = returning to “Battle of the Network Stars”):
Troublemakers (Vivica A. Fox, Paul Johansson, John Barrowman, Julie Benz, Catherine Bach)
TV Lifeguards (David Chokachi, Brande Roderick, *Parker Stevenson, Nicole Eggert, Gena Lee Nolin)
Broadway legend Audra McDonald has slept on the streets(4/18/17) The most decorated star on Broadway regularly spends the night on the sidewalk.
For the last few years, six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald has joined Sleep Out: Broadway Edition, which invites hundreds of members of the New York theater community to pass an entire night on the street, regardless of weather. The annual event is a fundraiser for Covenant House, the organization that helps homeless teens in 30 cities across six countries.
McDonald first got to know Covenant House when she was working on “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” the 2014 Billie Holiday bio that earned her that sixth Tony. She’s since become a board member.
Although she was initially spurred by Holiday’s history (the blues singer was herself a homeless teen), McDonald’s connection to the organization runs much deeper.
“I’m trying to raise socially aware activists and feminists and citizens of the human race, and Covenant House really brought all of that more into focus,” says the mother of two, whose youngest, Sally James, was born last year. “Everything I bought for the baby, I’ve been like, ‘You get to borrow it for a minute, Sally James, but it’s for the Cov kids,’” referring to the organization’s programs for teen mothers.
Kevin Ryan, the president and CEO of Covenant House, says he regularly receives notes and checks from new donors who say they were inspired to become involved when they heard McDonald speak about the charity during one of her concerts. “What I love about [Audra],” Ryan says, “is she really understands that the least interesting thing about our kids is their homelessness. They’re students and interns and actors and rappers and poets.”
McDonald gets the chance to spend time with the kids when she visits local outposts of Covenant House on the down low, or serves them breakfast on Thanksgiving Day — or spends the night with them at the Sleep Out. “You wake up the next morning, if you slept at all, and you’re converted,” she says. “These kids, this is their life. It just changes you’re worldview. It can’t not.”
MELROSE PLACE Alums Re-Team For Hallmark Movie(6/12/17) On June 17, MELROSE PLACE alums Jack Wagner (ex-Peter; ex-Frisco, GH et al) and Josie Bissett (ex-Jane) reunite for the new Hallmark film, THE WEDDING MARCH 2. In the new issue of Digest, the actors dish on their new flick (it won’t be the last!), her appearance on his series, WHEN CALLS THE HEART and, of course, share lots of remembrances of life in the wackiest apartment complex in all of Los Angeles. To read all about it, pick up the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale now.
‘Major Crimes’ Adds Jessica Meraz & Lourdes Benedicto; Kandyse McClure Joins ‘Ghost Wars’(5/16/17) Chasing Life alumna Jessica Meraz has been cast as a series regular and Lourdes Benedicto (V) will recur in the upcoming sixth season of TNT’s hit drama series Major Crimes from Warner Bros. TV. Meraz will play Det. Camila Paige, who’s still recovering financially from having to raise all five of her younger siblings after the death of her parents in a car accident almost fifteen years ago. A favorite of Chief Mason (Leonard Roberts), she made a name for herself inside Criminal Intelligence before her transfer to Missing Persons. She has a personal relationship with Lt. Provenza (G.W. Bailey) from before her time on the LAPD. Benedicto will recur as Sara Garza, the wife of a prominent surgeon, his office manager, and mother to their missing fifteen-year-old son who tries to maintain her sanity in the face of kidnapping, murder and her husband’s health problems. They join an ensemble cast that includes Mary McDonnell, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Phillip P. Keene and Raymond Cruz. Meraz played Natalie Ortiz on Freeform’s Chasing Life and also appeared on Baby Daddy. She’s repped by Innovative Artists and LINK Entertainment. Benedicto’s recent credits include Pure Genius and NCIS. She’s with AMT and manager Bob McGowan.
Battlestar Galactica alumna Kandyse McClure has booked a series regular role in Syfy’s upcoming paranormal action series Ghost Wars. Created by Simon Barry (Continuum, Van Helsing), Ghost Wars is set in a remote Alaskan town that has been overrun by paranormal forces. The series focuses on local outcast Roman Mercer (Avan Jogia) who must overcome the town’s prejudices and his own personal demons if he’s to harness his repressed psychic powers and save everyone from the mass haunting that’s threatening to destroy them all. McClure will play Landis Barker, a scientist who is works at a facility in the town where strange occurrences start happening. Vincent D’Onofrio, Kim Coates and Kristin Lehman also star. McClure is known for her series regular roles on Battlestar Galactica and Hemlock Grove and can most recently be seen in Elizabeth Rosenbaum’s feature Careful What you Wish For. McClure is repped by LINK Entertainment and Lucas Talent.
‘When Calls The Heart’ Renewed For Season 5 On Hallmark Channel(4/25/17) Hallmark Channel has picked up a fifth season of When Calls The Heart, its original scripted drama starring Erin Krakow as a young woman who begins a new chapter in her life in an early-20th century coal mining town.
Also starring Lori Loughlin, Daniel Lissing, Jack Wagner, Pascale Hutton and Kavan Smith, the series wrapped its fourth season with year-over-year double-digit ratings gains in households and key demos, the Crown Media-owned cable net said.
“Viewers have fallen in love with When Calls the Heart and have embraced the themes of faith, family and community,” said Michelle Vicary, EVP Programming and Network Publicity at Crown Media Family Networks. “The talented writing staff and our amazing cast have created our best season yet, and the record ratings reflect this.”
Based on the book by Janette Oke, When Calls the Heart is a WCTH production in association with Brad Krevoy Television and Believe Pictures. Brad Krevoy, Robin Bernheim Burger, Brian Bird, Michael Landon Jr., Susie Belzberg, Eric Jarboe, Michael Shepard and Jimmy Townsend are executive producers. Vicki Sotheran and Greg Malcolm serve as producers.
Ingo Rademacher on Hawaii Five-0 - May 5(4/19/17) “He ke’u na ka ‘alae a Hina” – When McGarrett gets a tip that someone is plotting a terrorist attack on Oahu, Five-0 searches for those behind it before it’s too late. Also, Chin and Abby have a very difficult decision to make, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, May 5 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
(“He ke’u na ka ‘alae a Hina” is Hawaiian for “A Croaking By Hina’s Mudhen”)
GUEST CAST includes : Taylor Wily (Kamekona), Ian Anthony Dale (Adam Noshimuri), Willie Garson (Gerard Hirsch), Ingo Rademacher (Robert Coughlin).
Ingo Rademacher Announces His Return to Primetime — Get the Exciting Details!(4/2/17) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL are excited that Ingo Rademacher is returning to the soap again, but the actor has just revealed that they’ll also be able to see him in the season finale of HAWAII FIVE-0!
“Pretty beautiful waking up to this,” the actor teased in a video he posted to Instagram. “Just going for my morning run before I shoot my scene today for the HAWAII FIVE-0 season finale with Daniel Dae Kim. It’s gonna be fun.”
He also expressed his joy to be back in Hawaii after moving back to Los Angeles. “But man, this is just gorgeous, being in California for two months and then coming back. This is dreamy. Just dreamy. HAWAII FIVE-0 cast, probably the happiest cast on Earth. I mean, they get to wake up to this every morning.” Rademacher panned the camera around to show off the beautiful beach below and added, “That’s pretty special. Pretty special.”
Rademacher played a character named Malcolm Schafer in a 2011 episode of HAWAII FIVE-0, but in 2016 began playing the recurring role of Robert Coughlin, a federal prosecutor who was intent on exposing Five-0’s tendency to cross the lines when pursuing justice.
The role was perfect for Rademacher, because he and his wife, Ehiku, and their sons Peanut, 8, and Pohaku, 4, had been living in Hawaii for years. Occasionally business would take them back to Los Angeles, and the actor would make brief appearances on GH while he was in town. But now that they’ve relocated back to California, Rademacher had to make a special trip back to Hawaii to film the HAWAII FIVE-0 finale. And if he comes back for more episodes in the CBS series’ eight season, we’re sure he won’t mind visiting Hawaii as often as possible!
Rademacher is about to make his return to GH in the episodes airing the first week of April, and the soap’s executive producer, Frank Valentini, promised: “It will be a huge payoff for Nelle, Carly, and Sonny.” So you won’t want to miss it!
‘Counterpart’: Jacqueline Bisset, Ingo Rademacher, Five More Set To Recur On Starz Spy Thriller(3/31/17) Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing on the Edge), Stefan Kapicic (Deadpool), Jacqueline Antaramian (Madame Secretary), Liv Lisa Fries (Zurich), Christiane Paul (The Wave), General Hospital alum Ingo Rademacher and Marco Khan (10,000 BC) have joined Counterpart, Starz’s upcoming spy thriller, in recurring roles.
From MRC, Anonymous Content and Gilbert Films, Counterpart is the story of Howard Silk (J.K. Simmons), a lowly cog in a bureaucratic agency who discovers that the agency he works for is really guarding a crossing into a parallel dimension. Through Howard and his “Counterpart” on the other side, the show will navigate themes of identity, what ifs and lost love.
Bisset will play Lydia Burton, mother to Emily (Olivia Williams) and matriarch of the family. She’s a retired member of the UK government whose presence casts a large shadow. Kapicic will portray Lieber, the right-hand man of Shaw (Nicholas Pinnock) who has little respect for Howard. Kamaranian is Ava Fancher: Married to the head of diplomacy Roland Fancher (Richard Schiff), she comes second to his loyalty to the office. Fries will play Greta, a free-spirited, bohemian young woman who catches the eye of one of the show’s leads with her unexpected kindness. Paul is Mira, the leader of a clandestine group whose presence figures into the first season in major way. Rademacher will play Friedrich, Quayle’s best friend who often is called upon for favors inside the Office of Interchange. Khan will portray Raash, Howard Prime’s right-hand man, a loyal and reliable operative. Harry Lloyd, Nazanin Boniadi, Nicholas Pinnock, Sara Serraiocco and Ulrich Thomsen also star.
Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) directed the first episode. Created and written by Justin Marks, Counterpart is executive produced by Tyldum and Marks with Gary Gilbert with Gilbert Films, Jordan Horowitz, Keith Redmon and Bard Dorros with Anonymous Content. Simmons also serves as a producer.
Bisset is repped by APA.
Charles Pratt Steps Down As ‘Star’ Showrunner(3/17/17) Lee Daniels’ Fox music drama series Star will be getting another new showrunner. Chuck Pratt has stepped down as showrunner after one season, Deadline has confirmed. A search is underway for a replacement.
Pratt took the reins from Charley Murray, who previously served as co-showrunner alongside co-creator/executive producer Tom Donaghy. Murray exited the show last September over creative differences for the direction of the show.
Star was not the breakout series like Daniels’ hit hip hop series Empire, but has been stable in ratings and was renewed for a second season last month.
Set in Atlanta, Star revolves around three talented young singers (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady) who navigate the cut-throat music business on their road to success. The series, whose pilot was directed by Daniels, features original music, along with musical fantasy sequences, as the girls dream of their future. Its cast includes Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt and Nicholas Gonzalez.
Daniels, Donaghy, Pamela Oas Williams and Effie Brown executive produce.
Pratt’s exit was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.
GH's Jax Returns(3/9/17) General Hospital‘s Ingo Rademacher will return as Jax, executive producer Frank Valentini shared during a Twitter Q&A, “and it will be a HUGE payoff for Nelle, Carly and Sonny.”
Elizabeth Bogush on NCIS: Los Angeles - March 19(2/28/17) “Getaway” – After the U.S. Treasury Department is hacked, Nell and Eric go undercover inside a couple’s retreat to track a tech-savvy husband and wife linked to the crime. Also, Digital Forensics Specialist Dave Flynn (Scott Grimes) arrives from the NCIS cyber office in San Diego to run ops while Eric and Nell are on assignment, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, March 19 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Bar Paly Returns as Anna Kolcheck.
GUEST CAST includes: Scott Grimes (Digital Forensics Specialist Dave Flynn), Elizabeth Bogush (Joelle Taylor / Beth)
Elizabeth Bogush on NCIS: Los Angeles(1/27/17) “Payback” – Emotions run high for the team as one agent is held in an unknown location and tortured by the mole, while another discovers he was betrayed by someone he least expected, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, Feb. 19 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Erik Palladio (CIA Officer Vostanik Sabatino), Elizabeth Bogush (Joelle Taylor).
Elizabeth Bogush on Training Day(1/19/17) “Tehrangeles” – Kyle grows concerned that Frank’s rogue tactics will put a kidnapped girl’s life at even greater risk after a former member of Muammar Gaddafi’s Amazonian Guard becomes involved in the deal and ups the stakes for the girl’s return, on TRAINING DAY, Thursday, Feb. 9 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Sarah Blades (Haley Burns), Elizabeth Bogush (Judy Burns), Christopher Cousins (Ken Patterson).
Ingo Rademacher Shares Sad Family News(12/14/16) On Instagram, Ingo Rademacher (Jax) revealed that his wife, Ehiku, had an ectopic pregnancy and had to be hospitalized, where she miscarried. “Ehiku is ok,” he began his post. “We were very excited for the [possibility] of baby no.3 but ectopic pregnancy with internal bleeding-Ambulance straight to surgery ended all that today. Scariest 2 hrs of my life waiting for her to come out of surgery. I’ve never felt so helpless. Big thanks to the Kahuku Ambulance crew and castle Medical who were really amazing. It’s 2 am right now and I’m so thankful to be sitting/sleeping on this uncomfortable chair ?? watching as my wife recovers. We are lucky, blessed and very fortunate to get through this #happy #sad.” Our condolences to the family and hopes for a speedy recovery.
Ingo Rademacher Reunites With Former Castmate Rick Springfield(11/1/16) (Pic) It was a mini GENERAL HOSPITAL reunion at a grocery store in Malibu, CA, when Ingo Rademacher (Jax) encountered former Port Charles neighbor Rick Springfield (ex-Noah)!
“Always great to run into an old GH-er,” Rademacher posted.
Rademacher was recently taping episodes of GH to air soon, and Springfield is currently on tour promoting his new album and can be seen as Lucifer on this season of SUPERNATURAL.
Ingo Rademacher Brings Sons Peanut and Pohaku to Visit the Set(10/27/16) Ingo Rademacher (Jax) is back at GENERAL HOSPITAL shooting more episodes, and this time he brought his adorable sons Peanut (8) and Pohaku (4) with him to visit Port Charles!
(Pic) First, the boys visited the prison set where Rademacher shared a pic, writing, “Pohaku visiting his bro in PC jail.”
(Video) Then the kids got into character for a video where Peanut promises Pohaku that he’ll get him out of jail — before realizing he doesn’t know how!
(Video) And finally, Dad brought his sons over to Kelly’s where Peanut was working behind the counter waiting on Pohaku, but their scene didn’t go very well. “And all of a sudden, they’re shy!” laughed Rademacher.
It looks like the boys were as thrilled to see where daddy works as GH fans are to see Jax back in Port Charles!
Kristina Wagner and Jack Wagner Mourn the Death of a Beloved Family Pet(10/26/16) (Pic1, Pic2) Kristina Wagner (Felicia, GENERAL HOSPITAL) shared some sad news on social media as she revealed that their much-loved family pet Billybones died at the age of 17.
“Seventeen wonderful years with Billybones,” she posted to Instagram. “Rest in peace my little friend.”
She also shared another photo on Twitter thanking Billybones “for giving the Wagner family 17 years” and tagging ex-husband Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco).
Our hearts go out to Kristina, Jack, and the entire Wagner clan as they mourn a beloved member of the family.
Ingo Rademacher Returns To GH(10/20/16) Ingo Rademacher is set for another run as GH’s Jax. The actor, who made his Port Charles debut in 1996 and most recently reprised the role of Carly’s ex-husband in July, announced his latest return with a succinct Instagram post (“Back! @generalhospitalabc”). When Jax appeared over the summer, it was hinted that he had played a larger role in daughter Josslyn receiving Nelle’s kidney on the black market than he was letting on. Expect the actor to be back on-screen during November sweeps.
Ingo Rademacher & Elisabeth Röhm on Hawaii Five-O - Oct 14“Hu a'e ke ahi lanakila a Kamaile” – Five-0 must find McGarrett and Alicia when they are kidnapped by the serial killer they’ve been hunting, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Oct. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Former professional football player Otis Wilson guest stars as himself.
(“Hu a'e ke ahi lanakila a Kamaile” is Hawaiian for “The Fire of Kamile Rises in Triumph”)
GUEST CAST: Kamekona (Taylor Wily), Ingo Rademacher (Robert Coughlin), Elisabeth Röhm (Dr. Madison Gray).
Chuck Pratt Named New Showrunner of Lee Daniels' StarWhen Lee Daniels’ Star stars shooting this month, it’ll be with a daytime TV vet at the helm.
Chuck Pratt Jr., who most recently served as headwriter on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, has been named showrunner and executive producer of the upcoming Fox series, filling the void left by departing producer-writer Charles Murray.
In early September, Murray left the show after he and Star co-creators Daniels and Tom Donaghy amicably parted ways over creative differences.
Pratt’s TV resumé includes The Lying Game, Desperate Housewives, Melrose Place and Ugly Betty, as well as soap staples All My Children, General Hospital and Santa Barbara.
The Atlanta-set Star follows three young women (Ryan Destiny, Jude Demorest and Brittany O’Grady) who form a musical group and experience the music business’ highs and lows on their road to fame. The cast also includes Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt and Nicholas Gonzalez.
Star, which is slated to premiere in early 2017, will air Wednesdays at 9/8c.
Josie Davis in New Movie!(Trailer) A quartet of soap alums are starring in the brand new movie, Backstabbed, premiering Saturday, Sept. 3 on Lifetime! ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Brittany Underwood (Langston) plays a young housewife who gets mixed up with a devious real estate agent played by Josie Davis (ex-Grace, Y&R) who will do anything to make her fortune — even murder!
ALL MY CHILDREN’s Micah Alberti (Jamie) plays Underwood’s husband. “He was a total sweetheart,” she tells Soaps In Depth. “His character is very skeptical of Josie’s character and I’m like, ‘No, you’re wrong.’
“And lo and behold, she starts asking me to do some questionable things,” Underwood continues, “and then I’m forced to make the decision of how far am I willing to go to get what I want. You can have it, but here’s your deal with the devil!”
Kevin Spirtas (ex-Craig, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) plays a wealthy real estate investor the women lure into their scheme. “He was great to work with and a great storyteller,” Underwood enthuses. “He’s so funny and unpredictable and energizing.”
Ingo Rademacher Races to the Winners Podium(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4) Congratulations to Ingo Rademacher (Jax, GENERAL HOSPITAL), who made an impressive showing in his paddleboard races this past weekend in Lake Tahoe!
“Super stoked with a third overall and second in my age group today in the Tahoe Nalu race!” he wrote.
But the next day, Rademacher reported even better results! “First in my age group,” he wrote. “Second overall today in the 14 foot class five-mile.”
“This kid Ryan is pretty fast,” Rademacher wrote with another pic of the podium. “Took the win today in the overall five-mile race. Me, second. Thanks for not showing up, Chase!”
He also shared a photo of his wife, Ehiku, who he says placed “first in her age group in an awesome 10-mile race along the beautiful Lake Tahoe from California to Nevada and back!”
Congratulations to both Rademachers on their impressive racing results! Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re getting tired just reading about all that activity!
Ingo Rademacher Back On Set at GENERAL HOSPITAL(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) Ingo Rademacher (Jax) is back at work on the GENERAL HOSPITAL set, and we have the photos to prove it!
“Nice to be back on GH ABC Studios - GENERAL HOSPITAL this week,” the actor tweeted. He also shared a selfie from Sonny’s living room set with Laura Wright (Carly) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) in the background, writing, “These two are such a blast to work with.”
Then he shared another photo with his co-stars out of costume. “I always make Maurice Benard pay me to be his friend on set,” Rademacher wrote, “as you can see in this picture.”
Wright and Benard weren’t the only GH stars excited to see Rademacher back on the set. Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) tweeted, “Look who I found?” with a photo of herself planting a big smooch on his cheek!
Does this mean fans will be treated to some Jax and Alexis scenes? Or will the Aussie be too wrapped up in the Josslyn storyline to interact with anyone but Sonny and Carly? You’ll just have to tune in and find out when his episodes begin airing on Monday, August 1!
Justin Hartley & Jason George on Mistresses 8/2/16“Survival of the Fittest” – Alec threatens for full custody of Vivian, sending Karen into a panic. April and Marc find a condom in Lucy’s jacket, forcing April to give “the talk.” Kate doesn’t tell Joss and Harry about her new boyfriend, as it could have serious recuperations. Joss’ actions put Jonathan’s nephew in the hospital and later causes tension in her and Harry’s relationship.
Based on the hit U.K. television series of the same name, “Mistresses” airs TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. The provocative and thrilling drama continues to focus on the scandalous lives of a sexy and sassy group of girlfriends, each on their own path to self-discovery.
“Survival of the FIttest” was written by Sarah Tarkoff and directed by John Stuart Scott.
“Mistresses” stars Yunjin Kim as Karen Kim, Rochelle Aytes as April Malloy, Jes Macallan as Josslyn “Joss” Carver, Brett Tucker as Harry Davis, Rob Mayes as Marc Nickleby and Tabrett Bethell as Kate Davis.
Guest starring are Corinne Massiah as Lucy, Ed Quinn as Alec Adams, Jason George as Dominic Taylor, Justin Hartley as Scott Trosman, Navid Negahban as Jonathan Amadi, Micky Shiloah as Reza, Alanna Masterson as Lydia, Amanda Brooks as Faith, Hilty Bowen as Sophia and Niles Fitch as Noel.
‘Melrose Place’ star’s son back in contact with family after relapseFormer “Melrose Place” star Jack Wagner’s son has gotten back in touch with his family a day after he was reported missing amid an apparent relapse.
“Harrisons been in touch, he’s 21 & in charge of his life, ty for the lv & prayers, please continue to share your struggles, it helps us all,” the actor tweeted on Monday.
The update came less than 12 hours after Wagner to Twitter to let fans know that he was worried about his son, who reportedly struggles with addiction issues, after he had not heard from Harrison in nearly a week.
“I’m going to ask those who want to share their fears, addictions & struggles to do so w me via Twitter. We can face them 2gether, I’ll start,” Wagner, 56, wrote, before continuing: “I fear for my youngest sons safety. Harrison has struggled w drugs & alcohol just as I did when I was younger. He’s relapsed & is MIA 5days.”
In the hours since the initial tweets, Wagner has gone out of his way to respond to the many fans who have responded to him with their own stories about how addiction has affected their lives.
Wagner, who’s also had a successful music career, is a veteran of several soap operas including “General Hospital” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.” He was a fixture on “Melrose Place” from 1995 to 1999.
Arrow's John Barrowman Now a Series Regular Across All CW/DC ShowsMalcolm Merlyn is going to be making all kinds of fresh mischief in all kinds of places (and times?), as the result of Arrow vet John Barrowman‘s new deal.
TVLine has learned exclusively that akin to the groundbreaking contract that Wentworth Miller segued into at the end of his single-season Legends of Tomorrow run, Barrowman will continue to appear on Arrow and maintain series regular status — but across all of the superhero shows executive-produced by Greg Berlanti, including The Flash and Legends.
“What it really emulates to us is the comic books themselves, where there really are a cast of characters,” Berlanti said in May, when Miller’s own deal was announced. “In success, we hope to continue with other characters finding their way across all the shows.”
Barrowman recurred on Arrow‘s first two seasons, including as Oliver’s primary Season 1 adversary, then was promoted to series regular starting with Season 3. During Season 4, he also appeared on The Flash (during the crossover that teed up the DC’s Legends of Tomorrow spinoff) and had a short arc on The CW’s Reign (as the Scottish clan leader Munro).
MMA Drama ‘Chokehold’ Adds Casper Van DienCasper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) has signed on to the indie martial arts drama Chokehold, joining actress and MMA fighter Melissa Croden, Lochlyn Munro (Scary Movie) and Kip Pardue (Remember the Titans). Set in the world of Women’s mixed martial arts fighting, the film stars Croden as a rising MMA star in a story of revenge, reconciliation and retribution. Van Dien will play her trainer.
Directed by Brian Skiba from a script by Craig Hall, Chokehold is produced by Hall alongside former MLB player Kenny Lofton and Brenton Earley through their company FilmPool, Inc. FilmPool, Inc’s next film The Fix, has just been chosen as an Official Selection at the American Black film festival in Miami later this month. Van Dein is repped by Jeff Goldberg Management and Todd Maginn at Global Artists Agency. Munro is repped by Mike Carr, and Pardue is repped by Gordon MacDonald, both at Don Buchwald Talent Agency. Casting was packaged by Neely Gurman.
Arrow Star John Barrowman Reveals The Origin Of Malcolm MerlynWhat do the other characters on Arrow get up to while Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) is busy telling people they've failed this city? And more specifically, where does the semi-villainous Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) go when he's not popping out of the shadows to deliver ominous news, or seriously f--- with his daughter Thea's (Willa Holland) life?
The answer to those questions -- and many more -- have been playing out for the past few months in the pages of DC Comics' official tie-in The Dark Archer, a digital comic written by Barrowman and his sister Carole E. Barrowman. Though the duo has collaborated before on a young adult book series called The Hollow Earth, as well as two novels set in the universe of the Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood (in which John starred), this is the first time either of them has tackled comic books.
And Malcolm Merlyn's back-story is a perfect fit. Though we've learned a little bit about him over the past four seasons of the show, we haven't seen what happened to the guy the League of Assassins called the Magician before he met Oliver, or what he gets up to when he's not alternately helping and terrorizing the Arrow's home base of Star City.
"There was not much back-story on Malcolm Merlyn when I started doing him on television," John Barrowman tells TVGuide.com, explaining why he decided to tackle this story. After getting Carole to agree to come on board, the duo pitched DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns.
"There were really no questions," John says, adding that Johns quickly gave the greenlight.
You'd think the beats of Malcolm Merlyn's back-story would be set out by Arrow, that it would be the sort of plot that would play out in the show proper. But you'd be wrong. According to the Barrowmans, the show has no bible for Malcolm Merlyn's backstory, meaning the field was wide open. And in fact, showrunner Marc Guggenheim "had nothing to do with this," according to John.
Despite the lack of input from the show, the series has added major wrinkles to Merlyn's character, including the revelation that his real name is Arthur King -- something that doesn't just set him up as a clear opposite to Oliver Queen... It also gives him a higher rank.
"If you're talking in the family of royals, which I am a part of," John says, laughing, "I'm basically one up on him."
Adds Carole: "Malcolm would have many faces, as well as many names."
But readers who go back and catch up with the series shouldn't expect a kinder, more regal Malcolm/Arthur. We're not only introduced to one of his first loves, a woman named Lourdes, but discover that Malcolm left her to die in exchange for a magical elixir that has kept him young and healthy for decades (which show viewers know better as a Lazarus Pit).
We also get to meet an entirely new supporting cast for Malcolm, and other than a guest appearance by Ra's al Ghul (Matt Nable) and his daughter, none of the show's regular characters appear in the comic series. The reason for this? Not only to let Malcolm break out on his own, but also to show that some characters -- like Malcolm's assistant -- are fiercely loyal to him, because he is loyal to them in return.
"He's a narcissist," Carole says, "but even narcissists show compassion now and again."
John adds that this aspect of the series comes right out of the show, in which -- shockingly -- Malcolm's arch-enemy Oliver is often loyal to him. "Who does Oliver always turn to when he needs advice?" John explains. "It's Malcolm."
That said, there's another, more business-y reason for leaving the show's main characters on the table: "We didn't want to get stuck and have to get approval," John says. "And to be blunt, we wanted to create new characters that if they're ever used in the TV show, or used anywhere else, Carole and I get some rights to them."
With the set-up out of the way, the Barrowmans are definitely interested in tackling more Malcolm Merlyn stories, to depict what happens after he pops back into the dark shadows on the show, while still making sure the comics themselves aren't totally dependent on what happens on TV.
"We're fans ourselves," John said," So it was important to put in an Easter Egg, or a thing that's going to make them scream, or just wet themselves."
One detail that might make fans have to put on new underwear, if the Barrowmans get their way and create a second Dark Archer book? The reveal of just how Merlyn went from having a severed hand mid-way through Season 4 to wearing a terrifying looking dragon claw by the end of the season.
"All of a sudden that hand just appeared," John said. "If I had my way, it would be some kind of bionic hand that shoots arrows out of it."
Oh, and speaking of screaming, John does have one major event to look forward to this season on Arrow: a still-in-the-works four-show crossover between his show, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. The big question though, is when that does happen... will it be a musical extravaganza?
"I actually doubt that would ever happen," John says, laughing. "But if it did, if I wasn't in it I would throw a diva tantrum."
The Dark Archer #12 hits stores on June 15 from DC Comics.
Fall TV First Impression: Notorious(Trailer) THE SHOW | ABC’s Notorious (Thursdays at 9/8c, premiere date TBA)
THE COMPETITION | Chicago Med (NBC), Thursday Night Football (CBS), Supernatural (The CW) and Pitch (Fox, new)
THE CAST | Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs), Daniel Sunjata (Graceland), J. August Richards (Angel), Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights), Sepideh Moafi (Black Box), Kate Jennings Grant (Alpha House), Ryan Guzman (Heroes Reborn) and Kevin Zegers (Gracepoint)
THE SET-UP | Inspired by the real-life stories of Larry King Live EP Wendy Walker and criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos, Notorious stars Perabo as Julia George, a cable news producer with a knack for manipulating guests and thus headlines, while Sunjata plays Jake Gregorian, a legal eagle who tends to have his finger in many L.A. pies. Richards and Teegarden play Jake’s brother/law firm partner and associate, respectively, while Grant, Moafi and Guzman populate Julia’s workplace at Louise Herrick Live.
THE FIRST IMPRESSION | Is ABC’s Conviction, starring Hayley Atwell and also debuting this fall, the most Shonda-y show to not actually come from Shonda Rhimes? I thought so… until I cued up Notorious, which talks faster, darts around L.A. at a manic pace and even employs some How to Get Away With Scandal-esque music cues. Playing things much livelier than the above photo would suggest, Perabo’s Julia is the Olivia Pope of cable news, pulling strings people didn’t even know had attached to them, while Sunjata sells us on Jake’s juggling of charm, swagger and dead-seriousness. Together, they share a crisp chemistry/mutual admiration that hopefully is sustained as is, and not segued into some Will They/Won’t They trope.
The pilot has perhaps 10-percent too much going on (including a subplot to inform us the one thing Julia cannot produce is a successful love life), and my hope is that Richards is given enough to do as Gregorian & Gregorian’s less-glitzy partner. As initially written, cable news star Louise Herrick is cartoonishly cougar-y off-camera, while Moafi brings a cool confidence as Julia’s scheduler. Teegarden and Guzman get cute moments as Jake and Julia’s eager beavers.
THE TVLINE BOTTOM LINE | Amid a largely different Thursdays-at-9 playing field and fronted by a pair of known names, Notorious could open well if “#TGIT” (or whatever the lineup gets dubbed this fall) viewers buy into it as the new Scandal.
General Hospital: Ingo Rademacher Is Bringing Jax Back This SummerSounds like Port Charles is in for a heat wave this summer: Ingo Rademacher will be bringing Aussie playboy Jasper “Jax” Jacks back to General Hospital on a recurring basis, TVLine has confirmed.
The actor, who recently had an arc on Hawaii Five-0, kicks off his return engagement on July 29. His story arc is sure to find Jax dealing with former wife Carly and the mystery kidney that saved the life of their daughter, Josslyn. (Originally, the organ was thought to have been harvested from little Jake upon his death. But since the boy didn’t actually die… um, yeah, it’s a big question mark.)
Originally having joined GH back in 1996, Rademacher has played Jax on and off ever since, and is especially well known for his popular on-screen coupling with Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda).
Drama ‘Notorious’, Comedy ‘Imaginary Mary’ Picked Up To Series At ABCABC has given series orders to drama Notorious and comedy Imaginary Mary. Both are co-productions between Sony TV and ABC Studios. Notorious, from Josh Berman and The Firm, had been an early standout at the network, while Imaginary Mary, from The Goldbergs team of Adam F. Goldberg, David Guarascio and Happy Madison, had received high marks for its seamless blending of live-action and CGI animation. The pickup gives The Goldbergs creator Goldberg, Happy Madison and Sony TV two comedy series on ABC. Watch the first-look teasers below.
Notorious, inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, who serve as executive producers, is a provocative look at the unique, sexy, and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media. Josh Berman co-writes and executive produces. Allie Hagan is a co-writer and co-executive producer.
Piper Perabo, Daniel Sunjata, Sepideh Moafi , Kate Jennings Grant, Ryan Guzman, Kevin Zegers, J. August Richards and Aimee Teegarden star in the series, exec produced by Michael Engler, Kenny Meiselas, Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry. Michael Engler directed the pilot.
Imaginary Mary centers on Alice (Jenna Elfman), a fiercely independent career woman whose life is turned upside-down when she meets the love of her life – a divorced father with three kids. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged imaginary friend she created as a child suddenly reappears to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family.
Elfman stars alongside Stephen Schneider, Rachel Dratch as Mary (VO), Nicholas Coombe, Matreya Scarrwener and Erica Trembay.
The live action/CGI hybrid comes from The Goldbergs team Adam F. Goldberg (writer/executive producer), David Guarascio (writer/executive producer) and Doug Robinson (executive producer). Mary CG animation is designed by Patrick Osborne (creator of Academy Award winning animated short, The Feast), who is also executive producer. The pilot was directed by Shawn Levy, who is also executive producer.
Imaginary Mary: Video.
Talk Show AppearanceToday – NBC
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(9-10 a.m.) Jason George on Grey’s Anatomy.
Ingo Rademacher & Christopher Sean Return To Hawaii Five-0“Pa'a ka 'ipuka i ka 'upena nananana” – Trapped inside a dilapidated building in Oahu’s Chinatown, Five-0 must protect a wounded Gabriel (Christopher Sean) and plan their escape when enemy gunmen storm the building looking to kill him and anyone who gets in their way, on the first hour of the sixth season finale of HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, May 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Guest Cast Includes: Christopher Sean (Gabriel Waincroft), Ingo Rademacher (Robert Coughlin).
Jason George: Why ‘Grey’s Anatomy’s’ 2-hour event made him relive the ‘worst’ and ‘best day’ of his lifeOn Thursday (April 14), audiences are getting a double dose of “Grey’s’ Anatomy” with an episode entitled, “There’s a Fine, Fine, Line,” and another, “It’s Alright Ma, (I’m Only Bleeding),” airing immediately afterwards. The 2-hour special focuses on Dr. Ben Warren, and Zap2it got to speak with Jason George, who plays Warren on the long running medical series, about what we can expect to during this extended evening of “Grey’s.”
The 44-year-old actor, who after years of guest-starring on “Grey’s” was bumped up to series regular last summer, explains what Code Pink means, why everything will change at Grey-Sloan Memorial after Thursday night, and how the medical scare featured in this episode brought on extremely painful real-life flashbacks from 8 years ago.
Zap2it: What is Code Pink?
Jason George: When a child or infant has gone missing, they lock down the hospital, and you’re frozen wherever you are. So, if a child is running lose, they can’t get anywhere else, and you can find them easier. In this instance, Ben is trapped trapped where he is and he can’t get to any doctors, and no doctors can get to him, and he’s [with] a pregnant woman with severe complications. It’s the worst possible scenario a doctor can get put in.
Why is this episode a game-changer for Ben?
The Code Pink has caused unintended chaos. Ben has to make some tough calls. Everyone has a different take on if he made a right call or if he made a wrong call. It’s hand down – this episode changes Ben and Bailey’s (Chandra Wilson) relationship. His entire work world. His relationship with many of the other doctors, and [how] Ben looks at himself. We hit some really hard stuff.
What was the most challenging part of filming this 2-hour special?
I love playing opposite Chandra. This pushes us to go places that we’ve never gone before, and that was a fun challenge.
With such dramatic story lines, is it hard to separate from work when you go home?
[While filming this episode], there was one night I had to come home and tell my wife what happened. Usually, she doesn’t want to know because she likes to watch the show, but I was like “Nope!” I’m spoiling because I’m reliving the worst/best day of our lives … I have a 12-year-old and twin 8-year-olds. So, I’m having flashbacks all over the place …
[With] my twins, an SUV ran a red light and T-boned her sedan while she 8.5 months pregnant. I’ve never been more scared, more angry, then more relieved, then more in love. Every emotion you could possibly feel, I went through at the highest level humanly possible. And so much of that is reflected in that episode.
Did Shonda Rhimes or any of the writers know about this?
Nope! They’re are just writing crazy situations.
You’re really living “Grey’s Anatomy!”
For a day or two … I’ve been there. We went to the emergency room, and she was fine. But at the end of the day, we were [originally due] in one or two weeks, and they were like let’s do it now. So, they were born by emergency C-section because of the accident.
The 2-hour episode special of “Grey’s Anatomy” airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC (April 14).
Grey's Anatomy's Jason George: Dire 2-Hour Episode Pits Ben vs. Bailey“Hands down, these are the biggest Ben episodes I’ve had to deal with,” declares Jason George of this week’s two-hour Grey’s Anatomy (8/7c, ABC) which finds his alter ego forced to perform a risky medical procedure during a hospital-wide emergency. Adding to the tension: Ben’s boss is also his significant other.
Below, George previews Thursday’s harrowing Ben-centric double-header and reveals the ominous heads-up he received from producers just prior to shooting.
TVLINE | Why are these such pivotal Ben episodes?
The hospital goes into lockdown because there’s a kid missing, so there’s a Code Pink. They literally lock every door so this [missing] kid can’t get out. The unintended consequence of that is that Ben is transporting an incredibly pregnant woman who is having complications. And he gets trapped in a place where it’s just him and Andrew [Giacomo Gianniotti] and her. No other doctors can’t get to him and he can’t get to any other doctors. So, as the complications get worse, Ben has to make decisions. And everyone has their own point of view on the decisions Ben made. Lives hang in the balance and it’s all on Ben.
TVLINE | How does Bailey figure into this?
Ben is a surgical resident — he’s not even a full doctor. The question arises, “Did he make the right call?” If he was a full doctor their might be less scrutiny. But the reality is that he’s still learning to be a surgeon, so everybody has an opinion about what Ben did. But, ultimately, it’s Bailey’s call as to whether or not she believes this surgical resident — who happens to be her husband — did the right thing or not. And needless to say it puts a little stress on the relationship.
TVLINE | How did you find out that these episodes were coming?
I was a fan of [Grey’s Anatomy] long before I was ever on it so, normally, the table read is where I get to enjoy the show just as a fan. But with this one, they gave me a heads-up about a week in advance — partially because I was [headed to the] Atlanta TV Festival and was about to do a 24-hour turnaround [from Los Angeles to Atlanta and back]. And [EP Rob Korn] was like, “Are you sure you want to do that? Because you’re going to be working some long hours for several days in a row coming up.” So that’s pretty much how I found out that these were coming down the pike. And then I started to get excited… It was fun to see [Ben] truly in the hot seat.
Grey's Anatomy Shocker! Jason George Tells Us What's Next for Ben – and You Won't Like It"We're dealing with a resident who's out of control," Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) decrees in the preview for this week's two-hour Grey's Anatomy event.
The resident in question is Ben Warren (Jason George), who once again will find himself with a critical patient and no resources to treat her. He'll have to make a call on how to save his patient's life without an attending to supervise, which got him in serious trouble a couple of weeks ago when he opened up a mental patient with a clipboard.
"I think out of control is a bit strong. Ben is a man of action," George says of Webber's assessment to TVGuide.com. "Ben ends up in a horrible situation where he has to make a really tough call as a soon-to-be surgeon. He's not even a full-time surgeon yet... This time there's a patient where Ben is in a situation where he cannot get help and he has to make a hard call."
Hard calls in dicey situations are made on Grey's Anatomy all the time. Owen (Kevin McKidd) didn't have a lot of fans of his fast-paced trauma treatment when he first arrived either. The staff of Grey Sloan Memorial will also be split when it comes to Ben's choices. "The fun part is that every person on this show has a take on what that means. Did he make the right call or did he make the wrong call depends on who you're talking to and when you're talking to them," George says.
The person whose opinion matters the most though is that of Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), Ben's wife. Ben's actions will worsen the current tension in their marriage. "We've been hinting in a lot of different ways that having your wife be your boss, or in this case your boss' boss, is friction," George says. "It's the exact reverse of what everyone expects. Not only is he not going to get special treatment, but he's going to get dealt with [more severely]."
Will Ben and Miranda be able to work it out? The Grey's Anatomy event kicks off Thursday at 8/7c on ABC.
Kassie DePaiva and James DePaiva Reunite With ONE LIFE TO LIVE Castmate Casper Van Dien(Pic) It was a mini-ONE LIFE TO LIVE reunion last night when Kassie DePaiva (Blair) and her husband, James DePaiva (Max), ran into Casper Van Dien (Ty) at at a show at The Groundlings Theater last night!
Van Dien, who was at the theater with his daughter, Grace, posted a photo with his old castmates, calling them “Good friends.”
Fans might remember Van Dien from his brief stint as Luna Moody’s brother, Ty, back in 1993. He came to help his sister with her Serenity Springs spa and got mixed up with Alex before leaving Llanview.
Kevin Zegers Joins ABC Pilot ‘Notorious’Kevin Zegers (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) is set as a series regular in ABC’s drama pilot Notorious. The project, from Sony Pictures TV and Jeff Kwatinetz’s The Firm, was inspired by the relationship between famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and longtime Larry King Live executive producer Wendy Walker. Written by Drop Dead Diva creator Josh Berman and blogger Allie Hagan, Notorious is described as a provocative look at the interplay of criminal law and the media. Zegers will play Oscar Keaton, a billionaire playboy who created one of America’s biggest social media companies that went public two years ago. Zegers starred in Fox series Gracepoint and next will be seen in Derick Martini’s The Curse of Downer’s Grove. He’s repped by UTA, Untitled and Hansen Jacobsen.
Elizabeth Bogush on Criminal Minds“The Sandman” – The BAU heads to Wichita in search of an UnSub abducting children while their parents sleep. Also, Morgan tries to find who was responsible for his attack, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, March 16 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series star Joe Mantegna directed the episode.
Guest Cast Inlucdes: Reston Williams (Patrick Sorenson), Lucy Walsh (Sgt. Natalie Whitfield), Elizabeth Bogush (Ellie Zumwalt).
Ingo Rademacher on “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, MARCH 11“Waiwai” – McGarrett and Five-0 must track down a Russian spy who has stolen a flash drive containing classified NSA information that puts the life of a member of their Ohana at risk. Also, McGarrett finally learns why Catherine left him, and Abby continues to conceal her actual mission from Chin and Five-0, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, March 11 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (“Waiwai” is Hawaiian for “Assets”).
GUEST CAST Includes: Julie Benz (Inspector Abby Dunn), Ingo Rademacher (Robert Coughlin).
Y&R ACTRESS ENDS RUNNow that Y&R’s Dr. Anderson is dead, her portrayer, Elizabeth Bogush, tweeted about her Genoa City experience. "Thanks to the talented cast, crew and writers on #YR, And thanks to the fans for your support!” Joshua Morrow (Nick) tweeted back, "You were awesome to share the stage with Liz.....#evilTwin??!!” Of her character’s misguided motivation, the actress tells Digest, "She always thought she was absolutely justified in what she was doing. She felt she was righting a wrong, which was so twisted." Look for the full interview with Bogush in an upcoming issue.
Ingo Rademacher & Christopher Sean Guest On Hawaii Five-0“Ke Koa Lokomaika'i” – While Danny’s mother is questioned by the FBI, McGarrett partners with a young man with autism who may have information to help solve the murder of his only friend, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Feb. 19 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Academy Award-nominee Melanie Griffith returns as Danny’s mother, Clara. (“Ke Koa Lokomaika'i” is Hawaiian for “The Good Soldier”)
Guest Cast Includes: Melanie Griffith (Clara Williams), Christopher Sean (Gabriel Waincroft), Willie Garson (Gerard Hirsch), Ingo Rademacher (Robert Coughlin).
Barrowman's Reign RoleWell, Reign fans, this is awkward.
Mary will soon come face-to-face with the man responsible for Francis’ death, and he’ll be played by Arrow‘s John Barrowman.
According to EW.com, Barrowman will appear in the season’s penultimate episode as Munro, a dangerous and charismatic Scottish clan leader who harbors a grudge against the Queen of Scots. (Needless to say, the feeling is mutual, considering Munro cost Francis his life.)
Reign returns to The CW this spring.
First look at John Barrowman’s ‘Arrow: The Dark Archer’ comic(Pic1, Pic2) Finally, “Arrow” fans will learn the backstory of Malcolm Merlyn — the current Ra’s al Ghul portrayed by John Barrowman. DC Comics has announced that Barrowman himself is writing a new comic book series — “Arrow: The Dark Archer” — with his sister Carole Barrowman, exploring Merlyn’s life.
The series, which will be released first digitally beginning Jan. 13, is set between Seasons 3 and 4 of “Arrow” and will feature flashbacks to before Merlyn became the Dark Archer.
As for what to expect, Barrowman explains to TV Insider, “Readers will learn about a younger Malcolm and how his past is … well, killing him.” Carole elaborates, “It’s set in places familiar to Arrow and DC fans like Corto Maltese and Nanda Parbat, but readers will see those places from quite different perspectives. Fans will also learn who Malcolm was before he met Rebecca, the love of his life.”
As for whether or not Malcolm will also have a little levity in his early life — Things can’t be all dark, can they? — never fear. Barrowman teases, “Malcolm has sex!”
“Arrow: The Dark Archer” will be released digitally every Wednesday beginning Jan. 13, before being collected in a single print edition following its fun.
Ingo Rademacher Shares Adorable Photo Of His Sons With SantaGENERAL HOSPITAL's Ingo Rademacher (ex-Jax) proves there's nothing like taking your kids to visit Santa Claus... no matter where you live!
The North Pole can get pretty chilly, so it's no wonder that St. Nick enjoys visiting children in warmer climes, which is how Rademacher and sons Peanut and Pohaku ran into the jolly old elf at their home in Hawaii... while wearing shorts and flip flops!
"Aw, we found Santa!" the actor posted on Instagram along with the photo of the encounter.
We're sure Rademacher's boys have been good all year... even if Pohaku looks a little nervous to be meeting the big guy!
Ingo Rademacher Returns To HAWAII FIVE-0(Pic: Ingo on HAWAII FIVE-0 set ) Ingo Rademacher (ex-Jax, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is coming back to TV!
Soap fans still miss seeing him around Port Charles, but the actor posted online that he's appearing again on the primetime series HAWAII FIVE-0!
"So super stoked to be back on HAWAII FIVE-0," he posted on Facebook. "And this time a nice little recurring... that's all I can say, y'all!"
As Rademacher lives in Hawaii, he's a natural to appear on the series that tapes there. He first appeared on the series as Malcolm Schafer in an episode back in 2011. At this time we have no further information about when his next episode will air or how many he'll be appearing in, but we'll keep you in the loop!
Elizabeth Bogush on NCIS: LOS ANGELES“Cancel Christmas” – When a suspected North Korean spy is poisoned and hit by a truck carrying Christmas trees, the team must search for who is responsible for smuggling spies into the country. Also, Deeks and Kensi try to find a way to include their mothers in their Christmas plans, and Hetty notices that Granger isn’t feeling the holiday cheer, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Monday, Dec. 14 (9:59-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
Guest Cast Includes: Lenny Jacobson (Mike Hobbs), Malese Jow (Jennifer Kim), Elizabeth Bogush (Joelle Taylor).
Arrow's John Barrowman Previews Malcolm's 'Bizarre' Dilemma and a 'Jaw-Dropping' Nanda Parbat TwistThis week on The CW’s Arrow (Wednesday, 8/7c), the League of Assassins’ lair in Nanda Parbat gets a pair of surprise visitors, when Laurel Lance (played by Katie Cassidy) shows up with Malcolm Merlyn aka Ra’s al Ghul’s troubled daughter Thea, as well as quite-dead Sara, in tow.
How might Malcolm react to the unexpected visit and the even-more-unexpected favor to be asked of him? The always entertaining John Barrowman shared with TVLine a peek at what’s to come.
TVLINE | How has life as Ra’s al Ghul been treating Malcolm?
It’s complicated. [Laughs] It’s complicated but it’s good, because where we left him, he had the League kneeling at his feet, Nyssa included. Six to seven months have passed, so you do don’t know whether he’s in control or not, but something happens [this week] where you realize that these fighters, these men and women, are under his control.
TVLINE | Has he made any changes to the place? Maybe some curtains to soften it up, or…?
Oh God, no, it’s still as hard as ever. He wanted it just the way it was. Malcolm doesn’t want to change anything, and he’s not really a decorator!
TVLINE | How would you describe his current dynamic with Nyssa?
All I will say to that is it’s going to take a twist and a turn. Obviously, Malcolm was involved with the death of her father, so she has a bit of a grudge and she’s very vocal about it. But she does something that is one of the episode’s jaw-dropping moments, where people are going be like, “Ohhhh…. Myyyy…. God.”
TVLINE | Obviously, Laurel and Thea are on their way. Does Malcolm welcome these visitors?
Malcolm doesn’t know that they’re going to waltz through his door, and when they do, a dilemma is put in front of him. There’s his daughter, who he knows has been having some trouble and he didn’t really want her going in the Pit in the first place. And then you have Laurel, a girl who blatantly turned to Malcolm when he saved her life and said, “I wouldn’t do the same for you” — and she’s brought her sister, who is someone Malcolm had killed to obtain his objectives. And Laurel’s back to ask him to resurrect Sara! That is probably one of the most bizarre dilemmas that he will ever come across, and what’s interesting is how he deals with it and explains it to Laurel. It becomes a moral and ethical issue with Laurel, and I think the audience is going to be like, “What?!” — which I love, because it shows complexity.
And he knows something is going on with Thea, that she’s got this bloodlust in her, this violent streak, so he turns to her and says, “I’m concerned about this.” But what he does with her is completely unethical and has no morality attached to it. That’s again the complexity of Malcolm, that within those two situations, the audience is going to be like, “O-M-G.” He’s offering two different solutions for two different people.
TVLINE | So, the League has no “hangover cure” for Thea, for Pit people?
Uhhh, you don’t know that. That question may be answered tomorrow.
TVLINE | As for the whole Sara thing: Unlike when Thea went into the Pit freshly dead, Sara… has seen better days. Do we turn the Pit to “11”?
[Laughs] I think it goes up to “55.” Yeah, that’s a little bit more of a “risk,” shall we say. Malcolm has said before that when somebody goes into the Pit, a piece of everybody’s soul who has been in there prior goes into that person. Well, Sara’s going to need a lot more than just a piece of everyone’s soul. It’s going to need to fill her a lot more than it did Thea, so Malcolm is very intrigued by how she might come out. But would he want her to come back when he got rid of her in the first place?
TVLINE | Basically, this is the wrong favor asked by the wrong person.
TVLINE | Are the days of any hint of paternal warmth between Malcolm and Thea gone?
Without giving too much away, I think you’re going to see that Malcolm’s love and concern for Thea has grown, and it’s almost like he’s trying to prove it to her and make her realize that what he is doing is not only for the benefit of his family but for her, because he is adamant about protecting her. It’s an unconditional, parental love. Malcolm just goes about it in a unique way!
TVLINE | Might we ever see Malcolm back in Star City? Has the new Ra’s earned vacation days yet?
Malcolm is Ra’s al Ghul now, he can do whatever he likes! Malcolm’s been watching what’s going on, he knows that Damien Darhk (played by Neal McDonough) is causing havoc, he knows that it’s getting close to harming his daughter and it’s also getting close to harming the man out there that he always wanted his son to be like, Oliver. Malcolm’s just waiting for that right moment, either to be asked or to step in — and when one of those moments happens, again the audience is going to go, “Oh my God, there he is!” Again, I can’t tell you what’s going to happen, but Malcolm will always be there when they need help.
TVLINE | I’m sure viewers would relish a John Barrowman/Neal McDonough face-off.
Heh-heh-heh…. “Keep watching.” [Laughs]
Kevin Zegers Introduces Twin Daughters Zoë Madison and Blake Everleigh(Pic) Kevin Zegers is in between jobs right now — and he’s totally fine with that.
“I don’t know how one person could physically raise twins on their own,” the actor says in the latest issue of PEOPLE. “There’s just not enough time or hands to do everything that needs to be done. It’s nice that my wife and I are doing as much as we can together.”
The Gracepoint and Gossip Girl star, 31, became a first-time father when he and his wife, Jaime Feld, welcomed fraternal twin daughters, Zoë Madison and Blake Everleigh, on Aug. 17.
“We really tried for a while to have children — we didn’t just happen to get pregnant,” says Zegers. “We definitely wanted these girls and knew that we would be super attentive.”
The time together is even more precious for Zegers after spending his first five days as a father with Blake — his older daughter by two minutes — in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit because of her smaller birth weight.
Meanwhile, Feld was recovering — and caring for Zoë — on a different floor of the hospital.
“I would go up to the NICU to feed Blake and FaceTime my wife so she could see her,” says Zegers.
Now back at their Los Angeles home with “little Buddha” Zoë (who has big eyes like Mom) and their “thinker” Blake (who’s inherited Dad’s dimples) Zegers and Feld have developed a “healthy sense of humor” for when things get particularly daunting.
“The other day, I was in the backseat with both of them and they were both screaming at the top of their lungs,” says Feld, 36, a talent agent. “We were both crying because we were laughing so hard — because if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry too.”
She continues, “Everything about them is so amazing and every day they do something different. I’m sure every parent says this, but I think they’re geniuses.”
And Zegers agrees. “We’re already saving money for both of them to go to college,” he explains. “Harvard.”
Casper Van Dien -- I'm Divorcing Catherine OxenbergCasper Van Dien's princess is no longer his queen -- he's divorcing Catherine Oxenberg after 16 years of marriage.
Van Dien filed divorce docs in L.A. earlier this week, citing irreconcilable differences. He and Oxenberg have two daughters ... 14-year-old Amanda and 11-year-old Celeste, and he's asking for joint physical and legal custody.
The "Starship Troopers" star also doesn't want to pay spousal support to Catherine ... who famously starred on "Dynasty" back in the '80s. Casper isn't asking for spousal support either -- so, he's hoping for a clean break. This is the 2nd divorce for both of them.
Oxenberg is real life royalty, sorta. Her mother is Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia ... which doesn't exist anymore.
Y&R Casts A New Doctor!THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has a new doctor in the house! Soaps In Depth has learned exclusively that the show has cast Elizabeth Bogush in the recurring role of Dr. Anderson. Described as "kind and sympathetic," the doc will be assigned to care for a Genoa City denizen. Who? Find out by tuning in on Friday, September 18, when the beauty makes her first appearance!
The actress herself might be a familiar face to fans. While she's new to daytime, Bogush has an extensive resume on primetime, including such shows as NCIS: LOS ANGELES, MASTERS OF SEX, SCRUBS and OCTOBER ROAD, to name a few.
Kevin Zegers and Wife Welcome Twin Baby Girls—Find Out Their Adorable Names!Kevin Zegers is a man surrounded by beautiful ladies!
The actor and wife Jamie Feld are proud parents to two baby girls! The new dad made the announcement on Twitter today and we are dying over their adorable names!
"They're here! I've never been more in love than I am with the gift my beautiful wife just gave me...Zoe Madison and Blake Everleigh Zegers," he revealed.
We can't help be wonder if Zegers got the idea for one of his baby girl's names from his Gossip Girl co-star, Blake Lively, who welcomed a daughter, James, late last year.
E! News confirmed the pair were expecting twins back in April. "@JaimeFeld and I are so excited to welcome our little girls this summer," Zegers later announced on Twitter. "Thanks for all of the well wishes."
The couple married in a star-studded ceremony in August of 2013. Lily Collins, Julianne Hough and Sophia Bush were just some of the familiar faces in attendance.
"It was like the perfect day," the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones star told E! News after saying "I Do." "It was like the perfect day. I know everyone says that, but the weather was perfect, the band was perfect…We just partied till God knows how long."
He continued, "I feel like there was something calming about getting married. I know some guys feel bogged down, but I feel very mellow right now."
Congratulations to the new parents!
Kevin Zegers Opens Presents at Jaime Feld Zegers' Baby Shower, Is Excited to See Jackie Weaver(Pic) Kevin Zegers celebrated his first Father's Day a little early!
Though his twin daughters have yet to arrive, the actor helped open presents at Jaime Feld Zegers' baby shower Saturday. "Who said baby showers are only for girls?" Kevin, 30, asked in one Instagram caption.
The first-time parents-to-be announced that they are expecting twin daughters in April, and over the weekend, three of Jaime's friends—including Isabella Brewster and Judy Hofflund—threw her a party. The event even featured a famous guest: "Who doesn't love them some Jacki Weaver????" Kevin asked.
Calling Jaime his "#betterhalf," Kevin shared a picture of her sipping a drink while standing near a table of presents. "My wife is a boss. Carrying these girls like a champ. Rocking the high top kicks," he wrote.
The pregnant talent agent looked just as radiant in other photos.
Jaime posed for a picture with her pal Jessica Luengo. The Pilates instructor posted it on Instagram, writing, "Being pregnant together is so much fun @jaimefeld. Happy beautiful baby shower...you and @kevinzegers1984 will be the best parents! I couldn't be happier for you both on expecting twin girls."
The couple will welcome their little girls this summer.
On Sunday, Kevin shared a sweet message on Twitter, writing, "If I have ever been called hard working, or caring, or generous, its because I am lucky enough to be my fathers son. #HappyFathersDay Dad.x."
Kevin married Jaime in 2013 in front of family, friends and famous faces, including Sophia Bush, Lily Collins and Julianne Hough. "It was like the perfect day," Kevin recalled to E! News. "I know everyone says that, but the weather was perfect, the band was perfect…We just partied till God knows how long."
The actor—whose TV credits include Gossip Girl, Gracepoint, Titanic: Blood and Steel and Traders—has a busy year ahead of him. As Kevin tweeted on June 2, "I've officially read 3 great scripts in a row. Golden age of original content thanks to @netflix @amazon @hulu @HBO @Cinemax @FXNetworks."
Jack Wagner talks acting alongside his ex on new TV showJack Wagner doesn't need to roll with an entourage. He shows up to a recent interview by himself.
A celebrity without a team of people including groomers, publicists, assistants and managers trailing behind is a rarity these days.
"I stopped that a while ago. I had an entourage in the '80s because it's just what I needed. It depends where your level of fame is or where your career is and what you're promoting but, today, I'm really comfortable with who I am as a person and I can actually find an address, I can show up there and if I get lost I ask someone, you know, where are the elevators and it's OK," he joked.
To a large swath of '80s TV fans, Wagner is Frisco Jones from ABC's "General Hospital." He stopped being a regular cast member in 1988 but has returned for the periodic arc, most recently in 2013 for the show's 50th anniversary.
"There is this real core fan base for that show and to play a character that is still remembered, I look at it as a gift. Back then you didn't have social media or so many channels to watch and people would watch 'General Hospital,'" said Wagner, who was also on the '90s hit "Melrose Place" and has performed on Broadway.
These days the 55-year-old stars on Hallmark Channel's series "When Calls the Heart" alongside Lori Loughlin.
He appeared in season one and was bumped up to a fulltime cast member for season two, which airs its two-hour season finale on Saturday at 8 p.m. EDT.
Wagner plays Bill Avery, a forensic investigator in 19th century Canada looking into a counterfeit scheme. His character is mysterious in that you don't know if he's part of the scheme or really trying to solve it.
The other story for his character is the love triangle with Loughlin's character Abigail and his wife, Nora, played by none other than his real-life ex-wife Kristina Wagner (and TV ex-wife on "General Hospital," Felicia Jones.)
"It was very frightening to work together again. We know each other from that one format which is 'General Hospital' and we knew exactly what to do there. These are new characters. But we really worked through it and we have a great chemistry."
Wagner laughs when it's pointed out that not everyone would want to work with their ex.
"I can't say we lined up to do it," he confesses. At a cast dinner, Bill Abbott, the president and CEO of Hallmark asked him, 'What do you think of working with Felicia?' I said, 'Do you mean (my ex-wife) Kristina?' He said, 'I don't know her name. I just know I want Frisco and Felicia on this show.'"
Their sons (ages 24 and 20) aren't that fazed by mom and dad working together.
"It's like, 'Oh yeah, cool. You guys look great. What's for dinner?'" he jokes.
Wagner is also a musician. His best-known song "All I Need" became a Billboard Top 40 hit in 1985, thanks to its heavy rotation on "General Hospital." He still performs live a few times a year, and released an album last year.
'Grey's Anatomy' Season 12 makes Jason George series regular - more Ben for BaileyBailey (Chandra Wilson) is going to see a lot more of her husband Ben (Jason George) in Season 12 of "Grey's Anatomy."
Entertainment Weekly confirms George's tweet that he's been promoted to series regular for the upcoming season.
@JasonWGeorge : Thank you @shondarhimes !! Ya'll R gonna have 2 deal w/me and the whole @GreysABC family or a while now! https://twitter.com/ew/status/606884008367136768 …
Not only does this mean that Ben will probably play an integral part in Bailey's run for Chief of Surgery, but he can start heading his own storylines. Season 11 saw the surgical resident start to come into the spotlight when his brother announced he was beginning the transition to a woman. Ben grappling with his brother's transgender identity could be an emotional throughline in the upcoming season.
George's promotion comes in the wake of Derek Shepherd's (Patrick Dempsey) death. With the show's leading man gone forever it's time for "Grey's" to step up it's manpower. This proves to be a great opportunity to let its former supporting cast take a bigger role in the show.
"Grey's Anatomy" Season 12 kicks off this fall as the first show in Shonda Rhimes' TGIT lineup.
Twin Daughters on the Way for Kevin ZegersKevin Zegers is about to double the size of his family.
The Gracepoint star, 30, and his wife, talent agent Jaime Feld, 35, will welcome twin daughters this summer, his rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.
“Kevin and Jaime are so excited and can’t wait for their little bundles of joy to arrive,” the rep tells PEOPLE.
“Thanks for all of the well wishes,” Zegers adds via Twitter.
The couple wed in 2013 and have been vocal about wanting to be parents since early on in their marriage.
“I’ve always wanted to become a dad,” Zegers told ET Canada a few months after the wedding. “The more stuff I can do that’s not about me, the better.”
Talk Show AppearanceApril 22- The Real (Jason George, syn)
Jason George on CSI: CYBER 4/29/15“L0m1s” – The cyber crime team investigates when nine planes that departed from the same airport face a coordinated Wi-Fi attack while in flight, on CSI: CYBER, Wednesday, April 29 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST INCLUDES: Jason George (Colin Vickner), Rachael Kathryn Bell (Willa Hart), Colby French (Robert Hart)
Elizabeth Bogush on NCIS: LOS ANGELES“Beacon” – Callen and Sam are shocked when an old acquaintance, who they thought was the recent victim of a murder, appears and asks for their help. As the team investigates, they uncover a possible breach of America's economic sanctions against Russia, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Monday, April 20 (9:59-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Guest Cast Includes: Vyto Ruginis (Arkady Kolcheck), Elizabeth Bogush (Joelle Taylor), Aisha Kabia (Coast Guard Lieutenant Joyce Kelly)
"CSI: CYBER," WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11CMND:\Crash” – Agent Avery Ryan and her cyber team investigate a roller coaster crash caused by someone who found a way to hack into the ride’s internal computer, on CSI: CYBER, Wednesday, March 11 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST INCLUDES:
Yasmine Bleeth pulls on sneakers and work-out pants as she takes a weekend stroll with her husband(dailymail.co.uk) (Photo) She had a well documented struggle with drug abuse which ultimately ended her Baywatch days.
But now, almost 20 years on from her role in the famous red swimsuit, Yasmine Bleeth looks the picture of health.
The 46-year-old former actress was spotted in Hollywood on Saturday in sneakers and work-out pants taking a stroll with her husband, Paul Cerrito.
The road to recovery: Former Baywatch star Yasmine Bleeth pictured with her husband Paul Cerrito in Hollywood on Saturday.
Yasmine, who played Caroline Holden in the long running show, looked happy and relaxed alongside her strip club owning husband who she met in rehab in 1997.
Dressed casually in cropped, Lycra leggings and sneakers, and with a baggy grey vest under a striped cardigan, the reclusive star looked a far cry from her modelling heyday.
For every year between 1996 and 2001, the beauty made FHM's 100 Sexiest Women In The World list.
At one point she even had her own line of lingerie.
In a 2012 interview with Esquire, the show's producer Douglas Schwartz explained why she was let go from the cast.
'We had one issue with Yasmine Bleeth, who was doing drugs at the time.
'And so we were dealing with Yasmine not showing up and having difficulties, again with men.
'That's why we let Yasmine go off the show: because it was too difficult to deal with her after awhile.'
In a 2003 essay she wrote for Glamour magazine, she admitted that her cocaine habit was so severe that she once collapsed at a photo shoot and went without sleep for five days at a time.
Adding that: 'consciously trying to stay off drugs is now part of my life and always will be.'
Since successfully battling her demons, Yasmine - who once dated Matthew Perry - has kept out of the public eye, photographed only very occasionally.
But she has undertaken extensive work to raise money for breast cancer research after losing her mother to the disease when she was only 20.
'Arrow's' John Barrowman takes shower selfie, works fans into a lather(Pic) The fans demanded and "Arrow" star John Barrowman has answered.
It was a fairly ho-hum Saturday (Jan. 24) 'round the interwebs until the former "Doctor Who" and "Torchwood" star posted a shower selfie on captioned: "You asked for it, you got it. Here it is. A selfie in the shower, right now live people. Jb."
Barrowman must be commended for the good angle and spray-free shot. He leaves something to the imagination and also manages not to get his phone wet. Good job, JB.
Fans were pleased, with one fan going so far as to write, "Is it wrong I made that my desktop picture?" -- If that's wrong, who wants to be right?
And this is just the latest in a long line of Barrowman awesomeness, as he recently said to a roomful of reporters that the reason there are so many superhero shows on television is "because geeks rule the world."
Together Again... On Television!Hallmark Channel announced yesterday that when the second season of their original series, WHEN CALLS THE HEART, returns in April, soap vets Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Nick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and Kristina Wagner (Felicia, GH) will join the cast as regulars!
Jack Wagner had made his debut in the last few episodes the period drama's first season -- HEART is set in a 19th century mining town -- playing forensic investigator Mountie Bill Avery, series star Lori Loughlin's love interest. At this time, there are no details regarding Kristina Wagner's character. But Season 2 promises that a secret from Bill's past could jeopardize his future with Loughlin's Abigail. Might Kristina's character have something to do with that? She'll make her debut in the third episode, and we can't wait to find out!
The second season of WHEN CALLS THE HEART will premiere on April 4 with a special two-hour episode.
"Baywatch" Star Yasmine Bleeth Resurfaces After 10 Years -- See Her Now!(Photo) She's back on the beach!
"Baywatch" alum Yasmine Bleeth made her first public appearance in over 10 years this month, resurfacing at Venice Beach, of all places.
The busty brunette was introduced on the classic show's fourth season as Caroline Holden, the sister of Alexandra Paul's character, Stephanie. She quickly became one of the series' hottest commodities and was even named one of People Magazine's Most Beautiful.
But after being let go from the show amid drug issues, an arrest and a trip to rehab, the actress all but disappeared. Her last public appearance was back in 2003, at an engagement party for Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman.
Now 46, Bleeth resurfaced alongside "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Eileen Davidson and each of their husbands in a Twitter photo the soap star posted last week. The group was at the beach to take part in the annual "Penguin Swim" on New Year's Day.
We gotta say, she looks pretty great for someone who's been in hiding for over a decade!
We're told Yasmine turns down almost all media requests, especially ones related to "Baywatch," and likes to keep private these days.
John Barrowman says Malcolm Merlyn isn't scared of Ra's al Ghul on 'Arrow' (or is he?)Malcolm Merlyn, master manipulator, isn't scared of Ra's al Ghul, the latest (and biggest?) DC Comics villain to show up on "Arrow."
"There is a sense of worry [and] concern, not fear," says John Barrowman, who plays Malcolm (aka Thea's biological father), on the Vancouver set of his CW hit. "However, there might be moments when you look at Malcolm and you might see something and go, 'Oh my God, he looks scared.' But is he really? Or is just manipulating the situation?"
Obviously Malcolm isn't unaffected by such a major presence, but he's not working himself up about it. "I think he's concerned about Ra's being here but he's not stupid. He will try to figure a way to protect himself and hopefully those around him."
First, though, he'll have to deal with Oliver when our hero finally discovers that Malcolm is alive and well in "The Magician." Eventually, the two reconnect.
"Malcolm has always loved Ollie like a son," Barrowman explains. "I kind of tried to plant this in with these little nuances. When I went to Tommy's birthday party and he rejected me there, I look at Oliver throw him the present, and gave him a week. A lot of people didn't get a catch on that but that was my way of connecting with Ollie, the devastation when I revealed who he was. So this time when we do meet, Malcolm has something to say to him and it's not about fighting and it's very interesting what he has to say and how he says it. I think it's also a bit of a surprise for Oliver."
In the meantime, he'll continue to see the effect Malcolm has on the impressionable Thea. "It's the most dysfunctional, brutal father-daughter relationship," says Barrowman, but there are true feelings there and that's why he's so tough on her. "I think there is a genuine love there and caring for her, but he wants her to be strong. He wants her to be able to stand on her own two feet."
"Arrow" airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
New Headwriter for Y&R!(cbs.soapsindepth.com) THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has made some on-screen changes recently with some high-profile recasts, and now there's going to be a major change behind the scenes. An insider at Y&R has confirmed that executive producer Jill Farren Phelps has hired Chuck Pratt as the new headwriter of the soap. He will also receive an executive producer credit, although Phelps will still reportedly be in charge.
Pratt is known for his scripting of primteime soaps MELROSE PLACE, TITANS and MODELS, INC., but is best known in daytime circles for his work on SANTA BARBARA (also with Phelps as executive producer), SUNSET BEACH, GENERAL HOSPITAL and ALL MY CHILDREN.
At this time, we don't know exactly when Pratt is scheduled to start writing scripts for Y&R so we can't be sure when his work will be seen on screen. What do you think? Does Y&R need a new headwriter? Do you think Pratt is the right man for the job?
'Arrow' Season 3 video: Stephen Amell and John Barrowman's stunts gone wrong(Video) In the lead-up to "Arrow" Season 3, get ready for new episodes with another cast Q&A. This one focuses on stunts -- specifically the stunts that went wrong.
It seems that both John Barrowman and Stephen Amell have made painful mistakes when it comes to stunt fighting. Amell, for example, has an unfortunate tendency to break the nose of a stuntman. But he does buy alcohol in repayment.
Barrowman's injury-causing actions, on the other hand, weren't as damaging. He kicked Amell in the shin when they fought back in Season 1. The man in the Black Archer costume felt really bad about it though.
"Arrow" Season 3 premieres Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
'Mistresses' Season 2: Jason George calls Savi Dom's 'greatest accident'ABC's "Mistresses" returns for a second season Monday, June 2, and it takes but a few moments to get sucked back into the addictive summer drama.
The cliffhanger had Savi (Alyssa Milano) in a near-fatal car crash. She was on her way to read the results that would tell her if her husband, Harry (Brett Tucker), or her one-time lover Dominic (Jason George) impregnated her.
It's eight months later in the season opener. Savi miscarried but recovered. The three women closest to her -- sister Joss (Jes Macallan) and friends Karen and April (Yunjin Kim, Rochelle Aytes) -- celebrate Savi's recuperation. The women deal with their usual dramas over careers and men.
Those men, specifically the two in Savi's life, reveal to Zap2it what it's like to be a male on this female-centric show.
"I am a man who was raised by a single woman who had three sons," George says. "A whole posse of women raised these three boys. I am really comfortable around women.
"I love women," George continues. "That said, you need a testosterone injection every once in a while. When Brett and I see each other every once in a while, it's like, 'There you are -- thank God!' I am in the Alyssa Milano silo. This season we don't see each other as much. This season [Harry] shifts over to the Joss silo."
And Harry is happy to be there, Tucker says. Though Harry and Joss had historically sniped at each other as brother-in-law and sister-in-law, they're entering into a business partnership. Joss is becoming an event planner, and she needs a chef. Conveniently, her soon-to-be ex-brother-in-law is one.
"It is a real transitional period for Harry, for sure," Tucker says. "I think that he is having to re-evaluate himself and his life and what he wants to do. And there's been a shift in Harry."
As for working on this mostly female set, Tucker says he, too, is having fun.
"There are a lot of men on the crew, which you don't see, and it evens out in that way," Tucker says. "And the girls are so great, [though] it can be a little daunting at times as well. I have managed to keep my clothes on -- until now. I was sitting at my mate's party the other night eating apple pie and coconut ice cream, and I get to work the next day, and I have a towel on and that's it. It is great."
"Mistresses" caught on last summer, and Tucker's theory is that's because it's a more real representation of life than a lot of dramas.
"The people make mistakes and are not supposed to be perfect," he says. "There's a little riskiness to it, different characters and girls' and guys' different points of view. Everyone has their favorite characters for different reasons. ... It has a bit of the scurrilous gossip about it, which is addictive."
Though the show's title turned off some, George notes that none of the women is actually a mistress. Karen (Kim) was, but her lover died. And Savi and Dom weren't carrying on an affair.
"That was the only time they have been intimate, and it stuck so hard in everybody's memory, especially Dom's," George says. "He did not knowingly break up this marriage. Savi is the greatest accident that ever happened to Dom, and he is trying to figure out how to make her feel good about it.
"This show is all about hitting you with big moments and the fallout and ramifications," George says, "And that is life."
'Arrow' Season 3: John Barrowman predicts 'amazing' reveals for Malcolm Merlyn"Arrow" Season 3 will feature John Barrowman as a series regular for the first time. What does this mean for the character of Malcolm Merlyn? For now, the actor is keeping his secrets closely, but he did spill just a few teases when talking to Zap2it.
"Oh yeah, I know lots," Barrowman first replied when asked about upcoming "Arrow" plots. Unfortunately, he followed with, "But if I told you, I'd have to send somebody out there to kill you."
So that's it for a chance to get every last detail on the return of Merlyn to the show. At least Barrowman was willing to tease that it's going to be great. "I know some of what's going to happen," he said. "And for 'Arrow' fans, it's going to be an amazing Season 3."
One thing Barrowman would talk about was Malcolm's apparent resurrection from the dead after Oliver Queen seemed to have killed him back in the Season 1 finale. "What you have to understand is that Malcolm Merlyn, he might not have died," Barrowman explained. "He just knows how to do things -- in the same realm as 'Sing Your Face Off' [Barrowman's new ABC show] -- to do an impression of being dead. It's not always what it looks like and things are explained later."
Thus, whatever is coming for Malcolm Merlyn and for "Arrow" in the fall, at least fans are likely to get some answers.
Arrow Promotes John Barrowman to Series Regular for Season 3Captain Jack is sticking around!
John Barrowman has been promoted to series regular for Arrow's upcoming third season, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
The Doctor Who and Torchwood alum joined the super series during the first season as villain Malcolm Merlyn. During the Season 2 finale, Malcolm reunited with his daughter Thea (Willa Holland), with whom he left town after she decided she could no longer trust her brother Oliver (Stephen Amell) and her old boyfriend Roy (Colton Haynes).
Amell first announced the news on Twitter Thursday morning. "Arrow has a new series regular," he wrote alongside a photo of the duo at The CW's upfront presentation in New York. "What could go wrong?!?!"
Are you glad Barrowman will be sticking around?
Arrow Scoop: Find Out Why Malcolm Merlyn Is Returning in the Finale!Malcolm Merlyn is back!
It's no secret that John Barrowman will reprise his role as the Dark Archer for the season finale of Arrow, but we now know why! As Thea (Willa Holland) prepares to leave Starling City, she now finds herself trapped in the train station with some of Slade Wilson's (Manu Bennett) Mirakuru army who are hell-bent on causing chaos and taking lives. But never fear, Thea will be just fine, thanks to the believed-dead Malcolm.
"Thea will find herself in a precarious predicament and she will be saved by her father," executive producer Andrew Kreisberg teases. "Malcolm is going to offer her what she doesn't have anymore. That was part of our math with killing Moira [Susanna Thompson]. If we were going to send Thea in that direction, she needed to have nothing pulling her back here. Now she has a brother [Stephen Amell] who lied to her and has done something unforgivable and no mother. On the flip side, she has Malcolm Merlyn saying, 'I will never lie to you, Thea.'"
Malcolm won't be the only former member of the League of Assassins returning in the season-ender. In fact, Sara (Caity Lotz) returns to town with Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) and the League in tow. "[Sara] went to go get help because when you're fighting an army, you need an army," Kreisberg says. "She goes and gets Nyssa and she comes back with the League. It's the Arrow, Canary, Roy [Colton Haynes] and the League of Assassins versus Slade and his Mirakuru army for the city."
Are you excited for the return of Malcolm Merlyn?
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW. The finale will air on May 14.
'Starship Troopers' Star -- Drunk Guy Broke Into My House ... Then Passed Out(Photo) "Starship Troopers" star Casper Van Dien (ex-Ty, One Life To Live) better start locking his doors ... because he triggered a police emergency when some DRUNK dude accidentally stumbled into his house and passed out on his couch, TMZ has learned.
Van Dien called 911 early Saturday morning to report a possible burglary in progress when his daughter noticed some stranger passed out in the living room of their Miami home.
According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, cops went into "emergency mode" -- and raced to the house. Cops say when they arrived, the intruder was "very intoxicated and unsure where he was."
The guy was immediately arrested and transported to a nearby station. Casper and his family took pics with the cops (see above).
But TMZ has learned ... the whole thing seems to be a simple drunken misunderstanding -- because friends of the "intruder" tell us ... the guy was in town for a bachelor party and he was staying in a nearby mansion with 12 buddies.
The buddies had gone to a strip club on Friday night and ditched the guy -- who was hammered -- and he eventually tried to get a cab back to the residence on his own.
But being as wasted as he was, he accidentally went to a house just down the street ... and walked in the front door (which happened to be unlocked) and passed out on the couch, thinking he had made it home.
He was wrong ... and spent 18 hours in jail.
And now his buddies have an epic bachelor party story.
Kevin Zegers 'Trying Hard' to Become a DadLooks like Kevin Zegers is ready for a new name: Father.
After marrying his longtime girlfriend, Jaime Feld, this summer, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones actor says the two of them are "trying hard" to become parents.
"I've always wanted to become a dad," Zegers, 28, tells ET Canada. "The more stuff I can do that's not about me, the better."
The actor – who in August joked to PEOPLE that when his wife first referred to him as her husband "I wondered who she was talking about" – says he just adores married life.
"It's different than I thought it would be," Zegers says. "I feel like, now, when I work, I'm not just working for myself. My selfishness meter has gone down."
Kevin Zegers Joins Fox's 'Gracepoint'Kevin Zegers (Transamerica) is set to co-star in Fox‘s event series Gracepoint, a U.S. remake of the UK’s Broadchurch. The project, from Shine America and Kudos, centers on Detective Emmett Carver (David Tennant), the lead male investigator on the case of a shocking murder of 11-year-old Danny that puts a small town under scrutiny. Zegers, repped by ICM Partners, Station 3 and Hansen Jacobsen, will play Owen Burke, a handsome, clever and extremely laid back young reporter on the local town newspaper. With the arrival of a big city journalist, his dormant ambitions are awakened – getting both himself and his aunt Ellie (Anna Gunn) in big trouble.
Arrow: [Spoiler] Is Back - With a Vengeance?The saying goes, you can’t keep a good man down. And on The CW’s Arrow, it may be the case that the truly bad dudes are even more resilient.
As speculated at this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con — given the talent RSVP list for the sophomore superhero drama’s panel discussion — John Barrowman is set to reprise his role as Malcolm Merlyn aka The Dark Archer sometime during Season 2, sources tell TVLine.
A spokesperson for The CW would not say in what form Malcolm, who in the finale was last seen having an arrow thrust through his chest by The Hood, will ultimately resurface — in a dream (OK, nightmare) sequence, flashback, as a “ghost” or in the big, bad flesh — but sources tell TVLine the character will appear in at least two episodes.
Kevin Zegers Is Adjusting to Newlywed LifeIt's been a whirlwind summer for Kevin Zegers, who tied the knot last weekend between press commitments for his upcoming film, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Perhaps that's why he hasn't gotten used to married life quite yet.
"I read in an email that [my wife] called me her husband yesterday, and I was wondering who she was talking about," Zegers joked to PEOPLE during a Friday junket for his movie, which opens Aug. 21.
That's not to say his new title comes as any sort of surprise to the actor, 28, who has been in a relationship with his now-wife Jaime Feld for almost seven years.
"We've been together a long time, so it wasn't an un-thought out decision," says Zegers. "We've been engaged for a year so we were both ready. We just had a party and we were glad that people were there to celebrate with us."
Among the wedding guests were two of Zegers's Mortal Instruments costars, Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower.
"Lily and my wife are very close since we finished, and Jamie and I hit it off from the time we met," he explains. "They're like my family."
As for honeymoon plans, those will have to wait until the end of Zegers's intense press tour schedule.
"We're actually doing the European tour and then we go to Mexico City. Then my wife and I are going to go on our honeymoon before we start shooting the second movie," he says.
By that time, Zegers will be ready to relax on the beach. He adds, "We're going to Turks and Caicos!"
Kevin Zegers Talks Pal Cory Monteith's Death: "He's Probably the Closest Person I've Ever Lost"Kevin Zegers is remembering his late friend Cory Monteith just under a month after the Glee star's death.
"He's probably the closest person I've ever lost," the 28-year-old newly married actor says in the latest issue of Bello, available now. "It was a heavy and weird month. Cory was the nicest man I knew. [Addiction] is a f--king horrible disease."
Zegers costarred with Monteith in one of Monteith's last films, All the Wrong Reasons.
"By the grace of God, I'm not dead," he said, referencing his own past struggles. "I think it's something that constantly reveals itself as something that happens to people who, for whatever reason, don't get well, and it was by no lack of him trying or anyone else trying to help him get well. Eventually, your body just says, ‘No, it's enough.' But it doesn't make it any less sad or tragic. I think the problem people had was that he looked healthy and he never showed the struggles he was having."
Zegers also opened up about his new film, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, in which he plays gay character Alec Lightwood.
"The thing that I didn't want was for him to be some generic, prototypical character, what people would expect from the gay character," Zegers said. "For me, it was about creating a character whose sexuality didn't matter...I actually don't think it's that big of a f--king issue anymore. Certainly not with me, and especially not with the generation that read this book. So it wasn't something that we really focused on. But one thing I was aware of was the fact that there haven't been many great examples of a really strong gay character, one of the leads in a really big movie who happens to be gay and who's also kind of a badass."
If you or someone you know needs help with addiction issues, contact Narcotics Anonymous (na.org).
Gossip Girl's Kevin Zegers MarriesGossip Girl alum Kevin Zegers wed his longtime girlfriend Jaime Feld Saturday in New Jersey, Us Weekly reports.
Guests at the wedding included Julianne Hough, Sophia Bush and Lily Collins, with whom Zegers co-stars in the upcoming film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
Zegers, who played Damian Daalgard on Gossip Girl, and Feld, a talent agent, got engaged last summer after six years of dating.
Charles in Charge's Josie Davis Cast on The MentalistJosie Davis will guest-star in the season premiere of The Mentalist, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Davis will play Sonya, a waitress in a truck stop Jane (Simon Baker) and Lisbon (Robin Tunney) visit while investigating the seven possible Red John suspects.
"Jane and Lisbon are hot on the trail of Red John in the season premiere, but a disagreement on how to handle the situation may leave one of them in danger before the episode is over," creator Bruno Heller told us about the episode.
As previously reported by TV Line, Lauren Stamile will also guest-star in the hour.
Davis, best known for her role on the '90s sitcom Charles in Charge, most recently starred in the Lifetime movie Dirty Teacher.
The Mentalist premieres on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 10/9c on CBS.
Kevin Zegers's Wedding-Planning Workload: '95 Percent Her, 5 Percent Me'When you marry an agent, you have to know all about the percentages.
Take wedding planning. Kevin Zegers, who ties the knot next month with Jaime Feld, says the workload fell this way: "95 percent her, 5 percent me."
"I got my tuxedo," he tells PEOPLE, "and helped her with the flowers a little bit."
Zegers, 28, next appears in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the big-screen adaptation of the wildly popular young-adult novels. With a premiere date of Aug. 21, it's been a juggling act between wedding prep and movie publicity.
"The timing was weird," he said while promoting the movie at Comic-Con in San Diego on Friday. "But I'm so excited, I really am. It's to the point now where it's all planned. I just can't wait to get married."
The Gossip Girl actor says the biggest pre-wedding challenge has been "just figuring out where to put people" – the guest list stands at 250.
"She's an agent, so a lot of her clients are going to be there. We're figuring out whether to put my aunt and uncle, who live on a farm, next to some of her clients," Zegers explains. "It's a very fine balance."
He adds with a laugh, "It's probably the weirdest group of people coming together that you'll ever want to see."
After squeezing the wedding in between international publicity tours, they'll zip off for a one-week honeymoon, then it's back to work for Zegers, filming the sequel to The Mortal Instruments.
"Thank God I'm marrying someone who has a big understanding of how crazy this life can be," he jokes.
Grey's Anatomy's Jason George Joins Lifetime's Witches of East EndJason George will soon hang out with a coven of lovelies.
The Grey’s Anatomy actor has joined Lifetime’s upcoming Witches of East End as Adam, the love interest of the witchy Ingrid, TVLine has learned.
The series — which received a 10-episode order in January — centers on Joanna Beauchamp (Julia Ormond) and her two adult daughters Freya (American Horror Story‘s Jenna Dewan-Tatum) and Ingrid (American Dreams’ Rachel Boston), both of whom unknowingly are their family’s next generation of witches.
The cast also includes Mädchen Amick as Joanna’s sister Wendy and Eric Winter as Freya’s fiancé. Maggie Friedman, who helmed ABC’s similarly-themed Eastwick, will serve as showrunner.
George’s Witches role is recurring, allowing him to keep playing Grey‘s Mr. Miranda Bailey.
His other TV credits include Mistresses, Sunset Beach, Desperate Housewives and the ill-fated Eastwick.
Arrow's John Barrowman Marries Partner of 20 YearsArrow's John Barrowman has married his longtime partner, Scott Gill, the actor announced on WhoSay.
"July 2, 2013. We are now Legally Married. Thanks for all your great wishes. Jb and Scott" he wrote with a picture of him and Gill pointing to their marriage certificate. Barrowman also posted a video of him and his partner heading to the courthouse.
The couple first met in 1991 and has been dating for more than 20 years. The nuptials come less than a week after the Supreme Court granted federal benefits to same-sex spouses and made gay marriage legal in California.
Kevin Zegers on Amanda Bynes: People Love "the Collapse" of Former Child Stars; "They Eat it UpAs a fellow child star now grown up, Kevin Zegers has a little insight into Amanda Bynes' current situation.
In a letter posted to Twitter Sunday as "Food for thought," the now 28-year-old Air Bud alum vented about a society that not-so-secretly loves to see a child star experience a tragically public meltdown.
"It's a razor thin line between the top and the bottom," he wrote, explaining he doesn't "think anyone really cares about the wattage" of the star—be it Amanda, Lindsay Lohan or Britney Spears.
"What really interests people is the collapse," he explained. "The free fall from adored to scorned. From beloved, to bat s--t crazy. From dimpled starry eyed kid, to shaven headed rambling manic. And people love it. They eat it up."
Zegers wrote that he hasn't "suffered from nearly the amount of childhood success" as Bynes, but he finds himself "watching this person implode with a certain amount of familiarity."
He admitted to "having trundled into some fairly dark and rancid places" himself, only the public wasn't "tuned in for my demise."
"But it did happen, as it does with most of 'us,'" he explained, of the darker days that often follow a childhood in the limelight. "Cute little funny kids who once spurned cheek pinched and coos, are now staggering dope fiends wandering Buffalo. This is the rule, not the exception. Only a few of us emerge from the other side in tact."
His main takeaway? "Lets not all act shocked about what is happening to Amanda Bynes. Or pretend we haven't seen this unfold before," he wrote. "Lets take ownership of our piece of the story. The wide eyed observer. Secretly hoping for carnage. Praying for it in fact. The part of us that slows down at car wrecks to perhaps see some blood. Titillated and detached."
"It's time we accept that just like all dogs go to heaven, this stuff happens to people like Amanda Bynes," he concluded. "It's not our fault, but maybe it's not entirely hers either."
John Barrowman to Host Celeb Singing SeriesArrow villain John Barrowman is heading in a very different direction — as the host of ABC’s upcoming reality competition Sing Your Face Off, EW.com reports.
The Torchwood alum isn’t new to the reality genre, having appeared as a judge on the UK series How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? and Any Dream Will Do.
Former Saturday Night Live cast member Darrell Hammond and pop singer Debbie Gibson will serve as judges on Sing Your Face Off, in which five celebrity contestants learn to perform the hits of famous music stars.
Among the competitors are ex-Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach, comedian Jon Lovitz, Toronto Raptors player Landry Fields, actress-singer China Anne McClain (A.N.T. Farm) and former soap star Lisa Rinna.
No air date has been announced yet for the six-episode series.
Ingo Rademacher Is 'Sore, Tired' But Fine with His DWTS Elimination(people.com) Ingo Rademacher wasn't wiping away any tears over his Dancing with the Stars semi-finals elimination on Tuesday night.
"I'm really happy that I don't have to learn two or three of those dances [next week]," the actor told PEOPLE just after his dismissal, while attending the show's 300th episode celebration at Boulevard 3 nightclub in Hollywood.
"I'm sore, I'm tired and this is it. We're going to have a party tonight while everyone else has to worry about choreographing. I'm really going to party."
Even though Rademacher, 42, and his partner, Kym Johnson, 36, were just one save away from making it to the finals, they had a hunch they weren't going to walk away with a coveted mirror ball trophy this season.
"If we would have been a little bit closer to the other celebrities as far as performances went – if I had been a little bit stronger, a little bit fitter, a little bit younger – then we would have maybe been a little bit more disappointed about going home," he said. "But because it wasn't quite there, it was okay."
Rademacher is confident knowing they went out in the best way possible.
"The last two weeks, we brought in the comedy aspect," he said. "The jive and the Charleston were super fun, so we took it as far as we could take it and we're super happy."
But it wasn't solely Rademacher's recent lively dance numbers that stole the show.
"[Peanut] is a superstar," Johnson gushed about her partner's adorable little son, who even had a segment dedicated to him on an earlier episode. "He is such a superstar."
Luckily, just like his dad, the energetic tot – who "dances all the time anyway" and "has some pretty cool moves," – is also unfazed by Rademacher's farewell from the show.
"He's already got a mirror ball trophy because I had one on my birthday cake," Rademacher said. "He doesn't really understand that whole competition thing."
'Dancing with the Stars' semi-final results: Zendaya or Ingo Rademacher -- who was eliminated?Hey, this is the 300th episode of "Dancing with the Stars"! Apparently that's what 16 seasons of twice-a-week episodes will get you.
But that didn't matter much to Ingo Rademacher when the "General Hospital" was eliminated in this week of semi-finals competition. Along with partner Kym Johnson, Ingo fell just short of the finals. Not that this was a surprise -- Ingo and Kym had the lowest scores of the night on Monday and were the lowest-scoring couple overall at this point in the competition.
Barring a big voting upset, Ingo and Kym were definitely the ones expected to go home.
Technically, this was a big shakeup, with Jacoby getting a top spot for the first time ever and Zendaya dropping to fourth place. But this was so close, you couldn't be sure if it even mattered.
The overall standings
With the points from the whole season combined, the rankings were a bit different.
1. Kellie and Derek: 321 points
Obviously, things were not looking good for Ingo and Kym going into this elimination.
Entertainment and stuff like that
Kellie and Derek got the encore dance with their Argentine tango (the one with all the shadows). It's still very pretty.
Sophia Lucia is a 10-year-old who super into dancing and who broke a Guinness world record for most number of consecutive pirouettes -- at 55. That is a lot of spinning. "DWTS" gave her a featured performance with four of the pro dancers. The girl really is kind of amazing.
As for musical guests, The Wanted and then Avril Lavigne provided tunes for the night. There was also an Internet music star named Christina Grimmy.
The rest of the results
Right at the beginning of the show, Jacoby and Karina found out that they were heading to the finals.
We had to wait a long time for any other results. When they finally came, Kellie and Derek were declared safe, while Zendaya and Val were in jeopardy.
That left only two couples waiting to hear at the end. Aly and Mark got their automatic spot in the finals, while Ingo and Kym remained in jeopardy.
While Tom admitted that these two pairs may not represent the bottom two, at least one couple was in the bottom because Ingo and Kym were eliminated.
This means that the "Dancing with the Stars" Season 16 finals will be danced by Aly Raisman, Jacoby Jones, Kellie Pickler and Zendaya.
Were Ingo and Kym the right ones to go home? Should someone else have left? Who is going to win the Mirror Ball at this point?
Zendaya Performs an Uncharacteristic 'Mess' on Dancing with the StarsMonday night's Dancing with the Stars semi-finals got off to a lively start.
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough's Argentine tango was a routine that judge Carrie Ann Inaba called "perfection."
The other two judges echoed similar sentiments and gave the pair 30 points out of 30.
Ingo Rademacher, who Inaba called "the underdog," had judges only semi-impressed with the 24-point samba he completed with partner, Kym Johnson.
"I love your determination," judge Bruno Tonioli told the actor. "[But] you've got to soften your legs … don't lose timing."
Next, Alexandra Raisman and partner Mark Ballas received their first perfect 30 of the season for a rumba that Tonioli said was done "perfectly, darling."
Keeping the momentum going, Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff (who suffered an injury in rehearsals Sunday) also landed 30 points for their Argentine tango that left Inaba speechless and Tonioli gushing that it was "so slick and so clean … best performance ever from you."
Closing out the first of two dance rounds was one of the season's frontrunners, Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy, who uncharacteristically left judges unimpressed with their routine.
"That was kind of a mess," Inaba said of their 25-point quickstep. "It kind of felt like you were dragging each other through the dance."
Kicking off the second round of dances were Pickler and Hough, who danced a 28-point flamenco that didn't match up to their flawless first rountine. Tonioli and Inaba critiqued the country starlet for tensing up.
Rademacher and Johnson, on the other hand, improved since their rocky first number.
"Fun, fun, fun," Tonioli said of their 27-point Charleston, while Inaba added, "You hit a grand slam with that one."
Completing their nights just one point shy of a perfect 60 were Raisman and Ballas for their tribal-themed Afro jazz dance, and Jones and Smirnoff for their Lindy Hop routine.
"I don’t think people know how hard of a dance that was," Inaba said of Raisman's number. "It was just fantastic!"
Of Jones, Inaba raved that he is the "number one entertainer of season 16."
Zendaya and Chmerkovskiy redeemed themselves with an evening-ending hip-hop number that the Disney starlet had been anticipating all night.
Scoring a 30 for the high-energy routine, Tonioli said, "You've got to be kidding me. Get out of here … you were just, ugh, incredible … Zendaya forever!"
'Dancing with the Stars' week 8 results: 'Bachelor' star Sean Lowe is eliminatedWith comparatively low scores after his week 8 dances, it wasn't a huge surprise that "Dancing with the Stars" eliminated "Bachelor" star Sean Lowe along with his professional partner, Peta Murgatroyd.
The couple earned nothing but 7s for their two dances of the night, placing them a full 16 points behind the week 8 leaders, Zendaya and Val. Strong support from fans and one of the most currently recognizable names of Season 16 weren't enough to overcome that.
"If Jesus grants me a solid," he'd stay on the show, Sean said before his elimination. That didn't happen. But read on for everything that did happen throughout the "DWTS" week 8 results show.
The week 8 standings
With two dances apiece, each couple could earn as much as 60 points in week 8. No one did, but some did come close.
1. Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy -- 58 points
The overall standings
These results are similar to the overall standings in which all of the points are added together.
1. Zendaya and Val -- 265 total points
The rest of the results
Right at the beginning of the show, Tom and Brooke announced that Ingo and Kym were a surprise inclusion in the Season 16 semi-finals. Meanwhile, Kellie and Derek were put in jeopardy. "Dancing with the Stars" obviously wanted to shock us right at the start.
Zendaya & Val and Jacoby & Karina were the next couples to hear their results. Zendaya and Val -- the recipients of the season's first perfect 30 -- were unsurprisingly safe. Jacoby and Karina, meanwhile, were left in jeopardy.
The last grouping consisted of Sean & Peta and Aly & Mark. It was again not much of a shock that Sean and Peta were the ones in jeopardy. Aly and Mark were fine.
Kellie and Derek were immediately removed from jeopardy when it came time for the final results of the night. It was casually mentioned that these were "not necessarily the bottom two," which honestly helps to explain much of the night. Jacoby and Karina were safe, but Sean and Peta were declared the ones to go home.
Performances and such
It wasn't much of a shock that Zendaya, Val and Henry brought back their basically perfect salsa for the encore dance.
Jason Derulo, a singer who recently came close to paralysis in an accident, performed "The Other Side," his newest single. After that, Emeli Sande performed "Next to Me" and "Heaven."
This week's Macy's Stars of Dance performance came from Derek Hough. It involved gravity-defying dancing in a rotating box.
Kellie and Derek -- flamenco
The dancers moving on to next week will be performing what has been chosen for them. Alas, there will be no disco.
Dancing with the Stars Threesome Night Delivers 10s & a Judge's MeltdownThree's a crowd?
Hardly for one competitor, who snagged the season's first perfect 30-point score on Dancing with the Stars on Monday.
The trio of 10s came appropriately enough on threesome night, when the stars each teamed up with two pros for the second round of dances.
The trio dances added complexity and sass – and at one point had one judge melting down in an angry clash with his colleagues.
It was teen TV star Zendaya's night, as she sparkled in a sprightly salsa with regular partner Val Chmerkovskiy joined by Gleb Savchenko that had judges showering them the top score possible.
"It was a star turn – sizzling and dazzling and amazing," said judge Bruno Tonioli.
Following an impressive 28-point foxtrot, she finished atop the leader board with 58.
For a few moments it looked like Kellie Pickler's brooding paso doble with Derek Hough and Tristan MacManus would match Zendaya's strong effort.
Carrie Ann Inaba and Tonioli lavished 10s, but Len Goodman heaped only scorn – and a 7 – as he argued with the others in a finger-pointing display. Normally the most reserved of the judges, Goodman at one point seemed to make a crude reference to part of Tonioli's anatomy.
When it was over, Tom Bergeron quipped, "Someone hose them down."
Pickler finished the night in the middle of the pack with 55.
In other performances:
• Olympic gymnast Alexandra Raisman followed her impressive outing last week, when she got a pair of 10s, with a fiery tango capped by a nifty threesome jive, for a total of 56 points.
• NFL player Jacoby Jones scorched the ballroom with a threesome paso doble with Karina Smirnoff and Cheryl Burke, though the judges said his power and enthusiasm was undone by problems with his technique. He finished with 52 points.
• Soap star Ingo Rademacher, who nearly got eliminated last week, continued to struggle, a better-than-average foxtrot followed by a creaky jive for a total of 48 points.
• Bachelor Sean Lowe also risks elimination Tuesday with a pair of foot-fumbling dances – "It was a big ugly," said Goodman in his one understatement of the night – leaving Lowe at the bottom with 42 points.
Dancing With the Stars Results: Another Celeb EliminatedKellie Pickler and Derek Hough were obviously safe tonight on Dancing With the Stars—they had immunity!
Yes, for the first time in the show's 16 seasons, a couple was in zero danger of going home, putting just a tad more pressure on the voters to see their favorites through.
So, who did the voters see through?
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas, whose nearly perfect samba (still no 30s this season) was the judges' choice for Tuesday's encore performance, sailed on through till next week as expected—as did Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy, although their 27 on the paso doble was relatively mediocre for them.
And all nearby puppies can breathe easy, because Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd, who scored a respectable 24 on their rumba, were not in the bottom two.
Lingering in jeopardy till the final minutes of tonight's show, actually, were Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess, Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson, and, for the first time, Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff.
But though the Super Bowl winner got his first scare of the season, it was finally the end of the road for Andy Dick, the winner of hearts if not the master of steps.
"I've been talking about it from day one, it's been the best," Andy, already choked up, said on his way out. "It's just been the best. Carrie Ann, I want to kill you for that 5...It was all your fault," he joked, shaking his fist.
"But the fact that we're here on week seven is amazing," the comebacking funnyman added. "And every week, I'm like, 'Really? How? Why? How?' So, it's been the best thing and I really thank everybody here, the fans out there, you two [Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke Charvet], the judges. It's been a wonderful, wonderful ride."
'Dancing with the Stars' Week 6 results
Having the lowest scores of the night -- and with low scores throughout the "DWTS" competition -- it wasn't much of a surprise when Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold were eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" week 6.
The couple only managed to earn 18 points for their solo dance this week and were on the losing team during the group dances. When you mix that with the fact that Victor and Lindsay had been in jeopardy almost every week lately, Victor and Lindsay were the obvious choices to go.
The rest of the results
Early on in the show, top scorers Kellie and Derek found out that they were safe. Aly and Mark found out mere seconds later.
Zendaya and Val got their results a little bit later -- of course they were safe. Sean and Peta, however, landed in jeopardy in the same group.
It wasn't until after the half-hour mark that Victor & Lindsay and Ingo & Kym got some results. Victor and Lindsay landed in jeopardy while Ingo and Kym were declared safe.
The final grouping consisted of Andy & Sharna and Jacoby & Karina. While Jacoby and Karina were safe, Andy and Sharna joined the others in jeopardy.
When it came time for the final results of the night, we learned that -- surprisingly -- the low-scoring Andy and Sharna were safe. This meant that Sean & Peta and Victor and Lindsay were the bottom two. But with Sean and Peta declared safe, Victor and Lindsay were the only ones left for elimination.
While a single night's scores and rankings do not always predict who will go home, the "DWTS" leader board is an interesting indicator. Each score is out of 60 points (from the solo dances and the group dances).
1. Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough -- 54 points (29+25)
The show began with Ollie Murs (a British singer) performing "Troublemaker." Later on, will.i.am performed "#thatpower."
The week 6 encore dance was the Team Paso. You know, the one with all the naked torsos. Apparently, that's what the fans on Twitter chose to vote for. Good choice, fans!
Were Victor and Lindsay the right ones to be eliminated? Were you surprised to see Sean and Peta in the bottom two? Why do you think voters keep saving Andy Dick?
Dancing with the Stars: Kellie Pickler Is Back on TopStevie Wonder was the guest of honor Monday night on Dancing with the Stars. Between performances by the iconic singer, the eight remaining couples competed with two dances each to his hits.
Once again, Kellie Pickler and Zendaya were atop the leaderboard – and both earned 10s for their respective routines.
Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy's cha cha to "Do I Do" was "full of snap, crackle and pop," according to Len Goodman. Carrie Ann Inaba called the routine "perfection in motion." They earned 29 points.
Kellie and Derek Hough's quickstep to "Part-Time Lover" was "the best dance I've seen on season 16," Len said. Carrie Ann added, "Everything about it was perfect except there was some space in your hold." They also earned 29 points.
But Kellie and Derek finished slightly ahead of Zendaya and Val after the second routine, a team dance in which four couples performed at the same time.
Team Samba – Kellie and Derek, Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd, Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess and Alexandra Raisman and Mark Ballas – earned 25 additional points for their disco-inspired routine to "Superstition."
Meanwhile, Team Paso – Zendaya and Val, Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff, Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold and Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson – scored just 22 points for their routine to "Higher Ground." "It was just too sloppy," Carrie Ann said. "It was kind of a mess."
Here's how the other couples fared in their individual dances:
• Andy and Sharna struggled through a samba, though the judges appreciated the entertainment factor and awarded the pair 18 points. "I couldn't quite make out the samba steps," Bruno said.
• "There were plenty of samba steps there but you're like a lumberjack," Bruno said of Sean and Peta's 21-point routine that was "riddled with mistakes," according to Len.
• Boston native Alexandra had trouble focusing in rehearsals in the wake of the terrorist attacks on April 15, but she and Mark still earned 27 points for their foxtrot. Carrie Ann praised the routine, telling the gymnast, "I see you are heading for perfection."
• Ingo and Kym's tango impressed the judges and earned the pair their highest score so far, 24 points. "I can tell you like the tango," Carrie Ann said. "Welcome to the game!"
• Jacoby and Karina's quickstep to "For Once in My Life" was "not your best but it's not your worst," Len told the couple, who earned 23 points.
• Victor and Lindsay did a rumba to "I Just Called to Say I Love You" and heard praise for their "wonderful chemistry" rather than for their moves. "You're not the first one that kind of failed at this," Bruno said.
Doctor Who's 50th: The Real Reason John Barrowman Won't Appear in Anniversary SpecialUnless you’ve been locked in staring contest with a Weeping Angel, you know that John Barrowman‘s Captain Jack will not be among the Doctor Who vets appearing in the franchise’s upcoming 50th anniversary special.
But, contrary to Interweb scuttlebutt, the actor tells TVLine that it was absolutely not for lack of interest on his part.
“Everyone on Twitter tries to make it like it’s my decision, but the bottom line is I was not asked,” he maintains. “[The Powers That Be] don’t want to put Jack in it. And I know fans are really upset about it, as was I.”
Barrowman is particularly frustrated that some have suggested that his busy schedule — in addition to his recurring gig on The CW’s Arrow, he just shot a guest stint on ABC’s Scandal — precluded him from slipping back into Jack’s trademark trench coat WWII greatcoat.
“People have tried to say it’s my schedule; it’s absolutely not,” he insists. ”I was told by the producers of Arrow that if I was asked to do the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who they’d let me go and do it. It was nothing to do with my schedule. It’s just a matter of fact that I wasn’t asked.”
And despite his disappointment, Barrowman stresses, “I understand why they did it. They want to move forward, they want to try some different things… I know from how [former EP exec producer Russell T. Davies] approached things, they’re not doing [the special] just for the uber fan; they’re doing it for the wider audience. And if they’re going to bring a character back it wouldn’t be just for the uber fan, it would be for everybody. So perhaps that’s the thinking they had. I don’t know.”
The Steven Moffat-penned anniversary special is currently in production and is scheduled to air on BBC America later this year.
Mortal Instruments' Kevin Zegers Reveals "Big" Wedding Plans, Thanks Sophia Bush for Playing MatchmakerKevin Zegers has some work to do before marrying his agent fiancé Jamie Feld this summer.
"It's a Jewish ceremony, so I have to memorize the Hebrew," the former Gossip Girl star told me at the Coach benefit for the Children's Defense Fund.
And he also has to perfect smashing a glass with his foot, a Jewish tradition believed to bring good luck. "My father-in-law just told me to do it with the heel," Zegers smiled.
The guest list has hit 275. "I'm not worried about being married," Zegers said. "I'm worried about getting married. It seems like a lot of pressure."
And guess who they could thank for their big day?
"I did a movie with Sophia like six years ago and she set me up with Jaime, her best friend," Zegers said.
Bush said, "Matchmakers ain't got nothing on me."
Among Zegers' next films is the much buzzed-about The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
Scandal Enlists John Barrowman for Guest StintOlivia Pope meet Captain Jack.
Scandal has tapped Torchwood-turned-Arrow actor John Barrowman for a Season 2 guest stint, series creator Shonda Rhimes announced on Twitter late Tuesday.
“John Barrowman is here working today at Scandal,” Rhimes wrote. “Life is good.”
Rhimes didn’t reveal any further details about Barrowman’s character. Sources, meanwhile, confirm he’ll appear in this season’s penultimate episode on Thursday, May 9.
Barrowman had a role in Rhimes’ ill-fated ABC period drama pilot Gilded Lilys.
Dancing With the Stars Elimination: A Cut Weeks in the MakingNo one had really vaulted out of the pack yet on Dancing With the Stars until last night, when Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas gave as good as they could in the contemporary-dance department and ended up with a trio of 9s.
Subsequently, they were totally safe on tonight's elimination show.
And so were many of their fellow standouts, leaving the now usual suspects lingering in the red glow of jeopardy...
It came down to Victor Ortiz, Andy Dick and the ailing Lisa Vanderpump, who, it was revealed last night, fainted during a rehearsal and needed a doctor's care. That on top of the injuries she had already been nursing!
"When I stood there I thought for a second I'd lost my mind," Lisa said about going through with last night's performance. "But I did it and I feel a bit better today. We worked through it, but it's been rough."
As it turns out, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and her hunky partner (hope to see you next season, Gleb!) were sent home tonight, so she'll have plenty of time to recuperate now.
"Just to be included with this group of people—you know, gold medalists, Olympians—but most importantly, just a wonderful bunch of people, so yes, I am really happy," Lisa said when asked if she was happy she had done the show, despite her rough ride.
"Six long weeks, I have to say, and boy has it taken its toll. It's been the hardest thing I've ever done," she added, "but I was given a gift, dancing with [Gleb]...But I just really want to thank my castmates, because they have been amazing. They've made it so much fun."
The fun continues next week for Andy, Victor, Ali, D.L. Hughley, Kellie Pickler, Sean Lowe, Zendaya, Jacoby Jones and Ingo Rademacher.
Week 4 rankings
Kevin Zegers Engaged to Jaime FeldHe struggles with unrequited love as Shadowhunter Alec in the upcoming movie The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, but in real life Cupid's been a little kinder to Kevin Zegers.
The former Gossip Girl actor has proposed to his longtime girlfriend, talent agent Jaime Feld, with a wedding planned for this summer.
Zegers, 28, confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, "Thanks everyone for the congratulations. Very excited to be marrying my best friend and the love of my life this summer."
The couple were engaged in Muskoka, Ont., while vacationing at a resort with Feld's parents, brother and sister-in-law, whom Zegers had flown out for the occasion.
"I took Jaime out for a walk in the morning with our dog and went down to the beach and proposed," the actor tells ET Canada. "We've been together for six years, so I've been through a lot with her."
As for the ring, "I designed [it] and did a specific movie to pay for [it]," he says humorously.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opens Aug. 23.
'Dancing with the Stars' week 3 resultsSometimes, fame and icon status are not enough to remain on "Dancing with the Stars." Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani found it out when the country-music star was the first elimination of Season 16 in week 3.
Considering that Wynonna and Tony had the lowest score of the night in the third week of the competition, it's not a huge shock that they were the ones to get sent home when the results came in. Wynonna didn't get the scores -- but she surprisingly didn't get the votes either!
The week 3 standings
The rest of the results
The initial results were announced in four groups over the course of the show.
Zendaya and Jacoby Jones found out that they were safe right at the beginning of the show, when the two celebrities were crowned Prom Queen and King.
A few minutes later, two more couples had to face the results. It wasn't much of a surprise when Kellie and Derek -- already front-runners in the season -- were announced as safe. A bit more surprising was the safe result for D.L. and Cheryl. D.L. Hughley must have some dedicated fans to avoid the low scores and negative comments from the judges!
The third group contained the first two couples stuck in jeopardy for week 3 -- Lisa & Gleb and Andy & Sharna. Meanwhile, Sean & Peta and Victor & Lindsay were declared safe.
The final group to hear their initial results led to Aly & Mark and Ingo & Kym being safe while Wynonna & Tony were in jeopardy.
The bottom two
With Lisa and Gleb declared safe at the end, the bottom two couples for week 3 were Andy/Sharna and Wynonna/Tony.
In the end, the higher scores from the judges may have been what saved Andy and Sharna. Wynonna and Tony went home instead. She didn't look happy about it. Not that Wynonna Judd has looked terribly happy about much on "Dancing with the Stars."
Was this the right couple to go home? Who would you have chosen for elimination instead?
Dancing With the Stars Elimination BombshellDancing With the Stars is already down to 11. But Tuesday's elimination did not go according to plan.
Certain things were a given, such as Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy—safely in first place with a combined 50 over the course of two weeks and tonight's encore selection—being easily safe.
No need to hold your breath for Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough, either—that golden couple was ushered to safety early on.
Sentiment overpowered statistics on several fronts, starting with injury-riddled Olympic gold-medalist Dorothy Hamill being welcomed back to dance another week despite scoring a dismal 15 on last night's jive.
But, in the end, it didn't matter that she was safe and boxer Victor Ortiz and Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump were in the bottom two—because Dorothy was force to leave the competition, on the advice of her spinal surgeon.
"I have an injury that could be irreparable, and nerve damage, and it would be completely unfair for me to stay in this and have any of these people go home," the 56-year-old class act explained. "I can't do what I need to and, you know, the rest of life is physical, as an athlete, is important.
"I can't do him justice," Dorothy added, acknowledging partner Tristan MacManus, "and these are the most amazing people who want to be here. And it's not that I don't want to be here, but I wish I could give it my all, but I can't."
So, her shocking announcement meant an eleventh-hour reprieve for either Lisa or Victor, and both of them will rejoin Andy Dick, D.L. Hughley, Sean Lowe, Zendaya, Kellie, Aly Raisman, Jacoby Jones, Wynonna Judd and Ingo Rademacher next week in the ballroom.
Dancing With the Stars: Zendaya & Kellie Pickler Are Tops, Andy Dick's Mad Hatter Is a TripDancing With the Stars hasn't been that great to Disney princesses over the years (Anyone remember Sabrina Bryan?), but maybe Zendaya will buck the trend.
The Shake It Up star topped the leaderboard yet again this week, the 16-year-old performing a wise-beyond-her-years jive with partner Val Chmerkovskiy—who just may become the first Chmerkovskiy to win this whole thing.
"A star is born, big-time!" raved Bruno Tonioli.
"For someone, tonight is going to be the last chance to dance," said head judge Len Goodman. "But I'll tell you this—not you. You'll be back next week, you were fantastic."
She certainly should be.
But Bruno also predicted a return trip for Dorothy Hamill, who after showing so much grace and promise last week is languishing at the bottom of the leaderboard tonight.
To be fair, the 56-year-old ice-skating icon is nursing not just a sore ankle but also a cyst in her lower back that's touching a nerve. So...it's impressive that she could jive at all!
Kellie Pickler, meanwhile, tied for first place with Zendaya after she aced a Fosse-meets-Cirque du Soleil-inspired jazz number, magnificently choreographed (as usual) by Derek Hough.
"If you just tuned in, we're playing Find the Body Fat," host Tom Bergeron quipped.
"You are a dancer," Carrie Ann Inaba complimented the country singer. "That was friggin' amazing."
And, finally, what is there to say about Andy Dick?
The former Less Than Perfect funnyman was bizarrely compelling tonight, looking right at home in Mad Hatter garb for his Alice in Wonderland-inspired jazz number with first-year pro Sharna Burgess.
He acted his butt off and was rewarded with a 20—better than last week, anyway—for his efforts (and enough to land him squarely in the middle of the pack).
The first elimination of the season is tomorrow night. Here's how Monday's leaderboard stacked up:
Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough: 26
Dancing With the Stars Premieres: See Which Newcomer Topped the Leaderboard!New celebs, new routines, new sequins, new spray tans—it's a new season of Dancing With the Stars!
You know the drill, this being the show's 16th season and all, but with all the fresh faces (plenty of them among the professional partners, too), the premiere of the longtime ABC hit is always worth tuning into. And then obsessing over for the duration.
Kicking things off tonight was American Idol alum and country artist Kellie Pickler, who called partner Derek Hough the Peter Pan to her Tinkerbell because of their similar pixie cuts, dancing the cha-cha. Did she live up to all the potential Derek says she has?
Yup! Body's great, rhythm's great, musicality's great. You get the drift. She slowed down a little about midway through, as most of the non-athlete stars tend to do in these first weeks, but overall...
"Yum yum, pig's bum, that was fun," exclaimed head judge Len Goodman, stealing our dear Bruno Tonioli's weird-comment thunder right off the bat. "You've got sass, you've got class," added an impressed Carrie Ann Inaba.
A little less graceful was boxer Victor Ortiz, who's paired with So You Think You Can Dance alum Lindsay Arnold. He looked about as dashing as any of those highfalutin' soap stars, but he has to work on taming his powerful movements. Carrie Ann thought his foxtrot posture was great but Len thought the routine could have have packed more punch.
Next, in a first for him and the show, General Hospital stud Ingo Rademacher danced a contemporary routine, making this the first season that the stars will be required to do the decidedly anti-ballroom style when asked.
The good news? Lifts are allowed with this style, so Ingo was able to send Kym Johnson flying all over the place, prompting dissension among the ranks already!
Len thought they spent way too much time on lifts, but Bruno compared Ingo to Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook and Carrie Ann felt the "raw passion."
Ingo was followed by Lisa Vanderpump, who danced a somewhat self-conscious foxtrot with dreamy newcomer Gleb Savchenko.
"You've got to get your feet under you and you have to hold your own," Carrie Ann reminded her.
Putting a little hitch in the momentum then was D.L. Hughley, whose comedic timing is about the only thing he's got going for him. Bruno said he "terminated" the cha-cha Cheryl Burke crafted for him and Carrie Ann advised him to "go back to the drawing board" before next week's quickstep.
The season's youngest competitor is Shake It Up star Zendaya, who, at 16, certainly wasn't afraid to fling herself all over the floor in her contemporary number with Val Chmerkovskiy—fearlessness that vaulted her straight to the top of the leaderboard with three 8s.
Not giving us any time to miss him at all, Sean Lowe was back in action on ABC, a week after the world watched him propose to Catherine on The Bachelor.
"For a dance virgin you have a very effective pelvic thrust," Bruno said, saying it all.
Mark Ballas is now captaining another gold medal-caliber squad with Fierce Five member Aly Raisman, who as an Olympian, enters the competition with a certain cachet. All around, the judges thought her cha-cha was a good start, if a little safe.
Speaking of cachet, next up was Olympic figure skater Dorothy Hamill, a sentimental favorite for the judges and a definite competitor—even though she was dealt a rough first round by drawing contemporary with partner Tristan MacManus.
"The ice queen will melt hearts with performances like that," purred Bruno.
"We all love a giver and I know you can give it plenty," the outspoken Italian then told Wynonna Judd, Kellie's top rival for the country music fan vote. Bruno and Len thought she held back a little during her cha-cha, but Carrie Ann thought she was "workin' it!" And yet, all three gave her a 6.
Andy Dick, his tux and top hat indicating that he meant business, turned in a perfectly respectable foxtrot and...you kinda can't help but root for the guy.
Bruno "really enjoyed it in a very crazy way" and Carrie Ann found "something quite charming" about his performance, despite the "pancake hands and the pancake feet."
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff closed the show with a promising cha-cha that was about as charming a routine as any performed by an NFL star on this show, i.e. very charming.
Here's how the leaderboard stacked up on night one:
Zendaya & Val Chmerkovskiy: 24
No one gets eliminated this week, so all 12 contestants will be back for another routine next Monday.
Who do you think is on the fast track to the mirror-ball trophy?
Brenda and Jax to Return for GH Anniversary(tvline.com) Nobody leaves… forever.
General Hospital‘s ever-crowded 50th anniversary return-a-palooza train will have to add another passenger car at this rate, with Vanessa Marcil and Ingo Rademacher the latest alumni RSVPing for the springtime celebration.
As first reported by EW.com, the brunette beauty and Aussie hunk will reprise their roles as Brenda and Jax sometime before April 1, which marks the ABC sudser’s half-century mark — and their visit may last longer than a token couple of weeks.
The pair join a long list of returning GH vets, including but by no means limited to Genie Francis (as Laura), Kin Shriner (Scotty), Rick Springfield (Noah), Jack Wagner (Frisco) and Richard Simmons (hopefully in pants and ideally teaching aerobics at the disco).
Marcil, who created the role of Brenda in 1992, last appeared on the soap in July 2011, after putting in a year-long encore. Rademacher joined GH and burned hot on the frontburner in January 1996, as the third side of the memorable/maddening Sonny-Brenda-Jax triangle. In recent years, he appeared on the soap intermittently, most recently in September 2012.
'Dancing With the Stars' Season 16: Kelly Monaco 'super-excited' for 'General Hospital' peer Ingo Rademacher(zap2it.com) Kelly Monaco is happy that another "General Hospital" veteran is in the newest "Dancing With the Stars" field.
The first celebrity to win the mirrorball trophy, the co-star of ABC's weekday serial who has spent the past decade playing Sam McCall will be rooting for new competitor Ingo Rademacher -- still seen sporadically as Jax on "GH" -- when Season 16 of the ABC dance contest begins Monday, March 18.
Since Monaco returned for last fall's "All-Stars" season of "Dancing," she had plenty of knowledge from which to advise Rademacher before his involvement became public. "I'm not only proud of Ingo, I'm super-excited for him," she tells Zap2it. "I have always said that my experience with the show had absolutely nothing to do with dancing, and I think Ingo will be one of the people who understands why I say that.
"Whether he's the best dancer or the worst, he's going to come out of this having learned a lot about himself, and I think it's great. If everyone could try it once, I would roll out the red carpet for them."
Also in the midst of the "General Hospital" 50th-anniversary celebration that culminates on the air Monday, April 1, Monaco says she'll be happy to continue giving Rademacher any "Dancing" tips he may seek along the way.
"It's like, 'Listen, dude, this is where I've made many mistakes' or, 'This i where I didn't make a mistake.' You know when you're a kid and your parent says, 'Don't touch that hot stove,' and you touch it anyway because you have to figure it out for yourself? I've definitely given him my examples of ['Dancing'-related] hot stoves."
Having been a part of "Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars," Monaco reasons its lower-than-anticipated ratings "reflected the times we were in.
"If I remember correctly, we had some elections and other major current events going on. When it comes to things like that, people really don't care about 'Dancing With the Stars.' They're more prone to watch what's happening in our country. That's reality television."
Victoria Principal Won't Appear On TNT's 'Dallas' SeriesVictoria Principal, one of the iconic stars of the 1980s hit Dallas, is putting to rest rampant speculation that she may join her co-stars Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray on TNT‘s sequel series. In a statement released exclusively to Deadline, Principal explains why she would never reprise her character, last seen in a fiery car crash on the original series. Rumors about Principal possibly joining the new Dallas had intensified over the past couple of months following the sudden death of Larry Hagman. His passing left a void on the Dallas reboot, triggering speculation that producers may want to bring another star from the original show. There had been chatter that Principal’s character, Pamela Ewing, may appear at J.R.’s funeral and that an upcoming storyline on the show that may involve Pam; Pam and Bobby’s (Duffy) adopted son, Christopher, is played on the TNT series by Jesse Metcalfe. While down in the ratings in its current second season which airs on a new night, Dallas is considered likely to get a third-season renewal. Since leaving Dallas in 1987, Principal has created and runs a multimillion-dollar skin care line.
Meet Dancing With the Stars' New CastWill it be two times the fun on the 16th season of ABC's Dancing With the Stars, which begins March 18? Producers are trying to make up for the lackluster ratings of last season's All Stars by spiking the cast (announced Feb. 26 on Good Morning America) with a double dose of Olympians, country stars and comedians.
The big names include ice-skating legend Dorothy Hamill, 56; singer Wynonna Judd, 48; and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones, 28, who scored on a record 108-yard kickoff return at the Super Bowl. "For us to have someone who was a game changer on the Super Bowl is great fun," says executive producer Conrad Green.
"[Hamill] has got such a place of affection in America's heart," he says. "I think everyone will love to see her performing again." But she'd better watch out: She's going up against another Olympic gold medalist: Aly Raisman, 18, captain of the 2012 U.S. gymnastics team.
Judd, who has been open about her lifelong struggle with her weight, told Green that she's looking forward to getting toned by throwing herself into training. "I think every woman in America can relate to Wynonna," he says. She'll have to outshine another singer, 26-year-old Kellie Picker, the show's first American Idol alum.
Adding comic relief, and possibly some great hoofing, will be D.L. Hughley, 49, and Andy Dick, 47. "Andy said that, in high school, he won a dance competition," Green says.
He'll still have to slug it out with boxing great Victor Ortiz, 26; former General Hospital heartthrob Ingo Rademacher, 41; Disney star Zendaya Coleman, 16; and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Lisa Vanderpump, 52.
Is Green hoping to get a better table at one of Vanderpump's tony restaurants? "That's really all this is about," he jokes. "To make sure we get good reservations."
Here are this season's celebrity/pro pairings:
Zendaya Coleman and Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess (former troupe member)
Dorothy Hamill and Tristan MacManus
D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff
Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani
Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold (new pro)
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson
Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko (new pro)
Kevin Zegers Joins 'Curse of Downer's Grove'Kevin Zegers has been added to the cast of the thriller The Curse of Downer’s Grove. The Titanic: Blood and Steel actor will star opposite Lucas Till and Bella Heathcote in the Derick Martini directed film. Downer’s Grove is based on the novel by Michael Hornburg about a paranoid high school senior obsessed with a supposed curse that claims one student’s life each year. Zegers will also be seen in the upcoming The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones as well as in the indie All The Wrong Reasons from writer/director Gia Malani. Zegers is repped by ICM Partners and Streamline Entertainment.
Jack Wagner Returns to General Hospital(tvguide.com) Frisco is back! Sources tell TV Guide Magazine that longtime suds fave Jack Wagner has not only struck a deal to return to ABC's General Hospital, he's already on the set secretly shooting. Wagner, who played cop turned spy Frisco Jones, during the '80s and '90s, was last seen on the soap in 1995. His other suds credits include The Bold and the Beautiful, Melrose Place, Sunset Beach and Santa Barbara.
Wagner is part of a stellar parade of old-time faves returning to celebrate GH's upcoming 50th anniversary. In fact, there are relatively few supernames from the show's golden era of the late '70s and early '80s who haven't agreed to show up — with John Stamos (Blackie), Richard Dean Anderson (Jeff) and Demi Moore (Jackie) heading the list of the most enticing holdouts. Look for the '90s to be well represented, too. Word is, Antonio Sabato, Jr., who sizzled up the Clinton era as Jagger Cates, recently took a meeting at the GH studio to discuss his possible participation. This is shaping up to be one fantastic party!
Heather Locklear Joins Franklin & Bash Full TimeThere's a king of the castle at Franklin & Bash — or should we say queen?
Heather Locklear is joining the TNT lawyer dramedy for Season 3 as a new series regular named Rachel King, Entertainment Weekly reports. King, a new partner at the firm, is described as "a stunning trial lawyer, with stiletto heels and clothes tailored within an inch of their life."
Locklear, 51, enters the series following the departure of Garcelle Beauvais, who played Hanna Linden, a senior partner at the Infeld Daniels firm during the first two seasons.
This will be Locklear's first series regular gig since NBC's short-lived drama LAX in 2004. She also starred on Spin City and recurred heavily on the original Melrose Place for most of the soap's seven-year run. She guest-starred on the 2009 reboot and more recently on Hot in Cleveland.
What do you think of the new cast addition?
Arrow: Is Malcolm Merlyn the Dark Archer?(tvguide.com) The Dark Archer will pay Starling City a visit on this week's Arrow, and considering John Barrowman's "well-dressed man" was revealed to be Malcolm Merlyn, the father of Tommy (Colin Donnell), it seems only likely that the DC Comics' famed dark archer — aka Merlyn — is one and the same as the new villain plaguing Oliver (Stephen Amell). So is Malcolm the famed Merlyn or is it his son? TVGuide.com turned to Barrowman to get the scoop:
I'm sure you knew this role was something more than just the "well-dressed man," but what was it exactly that attracted you to coming on Arrow?
John Barrowman: I was in my house in Palm Springs and my partner and I were having a little bit of a break, and I received a telephone call via my agency in the States and they said they wanted to set me up with a call with the producers of this new show they're doing called Arrow on The CW. So I had a conversation with Andrew Kreisberg and a few other people, and they basically said, "We loved you on Torchwood. We loved what you've done on Doctor Who. We think you'd be great on this show." They explained the role to me, and the last thing they said was, "It's not a very big part at the moment, but we'd like to build it. We wonder if you'd be involved." I said to them right off the bat, "Guys, you've just spoken to me for 30 minutes. The passion you have in your voices about the show — and it's the same feeling I got when I did Torchwood and Doctor Who — and I firmly believe because of that that you're going to produce a great show, so you can count me on board.
I was flattered to be asked. How many times do we, as actors, get producers and people calling us to help create a role and a character on a major TV show? I was bowled over that I was asked, so of course I would jump at it. I'm glad I did because I'm loving doing it and I'm having a really great time. The cast is incredible, and Stephen is wonderful. It's funny because he says he looks up to me like the bigger brother in a sense that I've done all this sci-fi hero genre before. He asks me questions and I feel really privileged that he's turning to me for certain words of advice on fans and the whole comic book world because I've been a fanboy myself for a very long time. I'm having a ball.
We'll see the Dark Archer on this week's episode. Considering Merlyn knows a thing or two about shooting an arrow, how will he be involved?
Barrowman: Well, you're assuming that all from the stuff that you've read from the comics, obviously. I can't confirm or deny any of that, but what I will say is that one thing with Malcolm that you will be learning in the future is that he will always reveal something that will surprise you. There's never going to be a dull moment with him in that aspect. I'm just really pleased at how the story line itself is going. There was a story first being built with Moira (Susanna Thompson) in a very small way, and then all of a sudden when you find out he's Tommy's father, it was a big reveal! So I'm looking forward to all that kind of stuff that is yet to come. That's the diplomatic answer. [Laughs]
He wants to protect the Tempest group, so he is out for blood when it comes to this vigilante.
Barrowman: He is, but this is the way I look at it: When I play a villain — and this is the second or third time I've played a villain — I don't see him as being a villain really. I see him as also having a cause. It's funny because he goes about the cause in a way that's completely different than everybody else, but in his eyes, it seems right because he's protecting his interests. He's also trying to protect a greater good. In a way, the interests of Arrow, where he's trying to clean the city up, well, in Malcolm's eyes, he's trying to do the same thing, but in a way to protect himself at the same time.
What is his goal in going up against Arrow?
Barrowman: If I told you what the goal was, I'd give you the spoiler for probably the rest of the season! To put it this way, Oliver has an objective and Oliver has a vendetta, yet, in Malcolm's eye, it's like he's using this vendetta to say he's cleaning up the city of the bad and wrong people on this list. Malcolm sees that these people are colleagues and co-workers, and not that all of them have been taken by Oliver, but some may have fallen by the wayside by Malcolm and Moira, which we know has happened to a couple and we've taken care of things. In a weird way, we're both going for the same thing.
Will Malcolm go face-to-face with Oliver and/or Arrow?
Barrowman: Personally, I would love to see him go head-to-head with both Oliver and Arrow and also go head-to-head with Moira. As the story line with Moira is building, you can see that she's not becoming so frightened of Malcolm. She's standing up. You've got these very powerful people in very different ways. She's in a power position with her family and the stuff that her husband has left her, but Malcolm is in a powerful way with business and his colleagues and also with all the manipulation tactics that he has. I would love to see a real standoff between Oliver and Malcolm.
The big question now is: Who is really the famed Merlyn between Tommy and Malcolm? Did Malcolm cut Tommy off to teach him a lesson so he'll eventually come back into the fold? Is Tommy destined to follow in his father's footsteps?
Barrowman: Seriously, you're asking such great stuff that I want to blurb out — and I know you want me to! What I can say is that Malcolm feels that Tommy is slightly a waste at the moment. Perhaps Malcolm is seeing something in Oliver that he would actually like to see in his own son. When Malcolm cuts off Tommy's trust fund and slaps him in the face, it's basically, in blunt terms, saying to him, "You are a f----up and you need to get your a-- in gear. I'm going to cut you off until you do; until you realize responsibility because you're just a waste of space." That's what he really would've loved to have said to him. [Laughs]
Considering Laurel (Katie Cassidy) is in between Oliver and Tommy, might Malcolm use her in his quest?
Barrowman: If you go back to all that has happened from the beginning, you're right, Malcolm sees her as something standing in the way of things. He knows if a woman is in the way, that's a problem. The women are very powerful in the way that they do things and manipulate. Malcolm does meet her and he tries to be civil and nice, but it just doesn't turn out the way it's supposed to. Yes, Malcolm thinks she's in the way. But whether or not he has a confrontation with her or uses her against Oliver or Tommy, that hasn't come up into play yet.
Despite Oliver being cleared in public court, do you think Malcolm still suspects that Oliver has something to do with the vigilante or is actually the vigilante?
Barrowman: Malcolm suspects, but again, cannot confirm. If Malcolm is suspecting things about anybody, he will always be very, very cautious of them.
Do you think Malcolm is the Dark Archer?
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.
Torchwood's John Barrowman Joins the Cast of ArrowJohn Barrowman, who played Captain Jack Harkness on Torchwood, is joining the cast of The CW's action series Arrow, based on the Green Arrow comics, TV Guide has confirmed.
The former Dr. Who star will have a recurring role in the show's first season, but producers are keeping details of his character under wraps. He'll be a wealthy, well-dressed mystery man who is "an acquaintance of the Queen family and a prominent figure in Starling City," according to Entertainment Weekly, which was the first to report the news.
Earlier this year, Barrowman was cast in Shonda Rhimes' period drama Gilded Lilys, which failed to garner a pickup at ABC.
Arrow premieres Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 8/9c.
Van Dien Dons A Black Hat!(Video) On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Casper Van Dien played Ty Moody, Luna's brother with the high moral standards. However, when he appears in Cinemax's scintillating anthology series, FEMME FATALES, he'll be showing a whole new side of himself. In the episode, titled "One Man's Death," an assistant district attorney is involved in a mysterious fatal accident, prompting his widow and his mistress to join forces to uncover the truth about what happened. Look for Van Dien to play a private detective of questionable ethics who becomes entangled in the investigation. For a sneak peek, check out the video below. Then tune in to Cinemax on Friday, July 27, at 11 p.m. EST.
Rademacher's A Dad Again!GENERAL HOSPITAL's Ingo Rademacher (ex-Jax) helped give his wife, Ehiku, one heck of a Mother's Day present on Sunday, May 13, when she delivered their second son, Pohaku!
"My wife @EhikuRademacher gave birth to our son Pohaku this morning at our Hawaii house," Rademacher tweeted. "Every one is doing great. Happy Mothers Day."
Pohaku joins two-year-old brother Peanut in the Rademacher Family, and interestingly, in a later tweet, the actor revealed that their boys both have the same name — Pohaku is actually Hawaiian for "peanut!"
Jack Wagner Says Life's 'Not Over' After Dancing with the Stars EliminationJack Wagner will be walking tall after leaving the dance floor.
"I think I'm going to walk differently in my life. I learned about posture," says the actor, who was voted off Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night.
"I'm sad but it is what it is," he says about being eliminated along with his partner Anna Trebunskaya. The couple was in a five-way tie for last place. "Life's not over."
Wagner has a lot to celebrate these days: On Monday night, he shared the personal story about discovering he had a daughter.
"It's kind of sad to tell an intimate story, like [I did] last night and get voted off," he said.
But he was grateful for the experience. "It was very special," Wagner told PEOPLE. "A miracle happened and I got to tell that story and shine a light on her."
'Dancing With the Stars': Jack Wagner talks about saying goodbyeIt came down to a decision between singer Gavin Degraw and actor Jack Wagner on week 2 of "Dancing With the Stars." In the last moment, it was revealed that Wagner was the one voted off. We got a chance to chat with Wagner in his final "DWTS" interview. He talked about what he'd miss.
"It was a great ride," he says. "I think, you know, everybody was very close and it is what it is. You know, I am going to miss Anna (Trubunskya) and kind of strapping it on every day. You really have, every day, you have a goal to get through the day and get better so you have got to kind of carry that on now in real life."
Wagner, who's daughter is a ballroom dancer joked that she'll probably still give him advice, but says she was in the audience tonight and she's really upset. What did you think of Wagner's elimination? Did you think he deserved to go?
Dancing With the Stars Elimination Downer: Most Memorable Year Leads to a Crummy Night"No one deserves to go home tonight," proclaimed Dancing With the Stars judge Len Goodman as Tuesday's elimination show got underway.
That was just wishful thinking, of course, because another couple had to go, even after an unheard-of performance night when no one scored lower than a 24 (whether they deserved it or not).
So, who was the unluckiest in viewer love?
He didn't want to be the one to go home—and Gavin DeGraw wasn't!
Instead, seemingly out of nowhere, Jack Wagner got the boot despite a samba dedicated to his long-lost daughter, Kerry, who was in the ballroom last night.
"It was a great time and it was fun to test myself. Thanks to the judges, I appreciate it, and good luck to everybody else!" the visibly surprised actor said.
Safe for at least another week are the obvious choices (Katherine Jenkins, William Levy, Jaleel White and Donald Driver), the solid middle of the pack (Sherri Shepherd, Roshon Fegen and, after last night anyway, Gavin) and the, er, wild cards (Gladys Knight and Melissa Gilbert).
And, Tom Bergeron introduced a very Idol-esque, SYTYCD-ish, Voice-y twist: for the next four weeks, the bottom two couples will dance for their lives simultaneously and the judges will then decide who goes home.