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  • 07/27/12--18:45: IT'S SOAP NEWS FRIDAY!!!!

  • MAB Finally Fired from Y&R! SONY Names Jill Farren Phelps as Executive Producer & Josh Griffith as Head Writer!

    Jill Farren Phelps has been named Executive Producer of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, daytime's number one drama, and Josh Griffith joins the series as Head Writer, it was announced today by Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, U.S. Programming at Sony Pictures Television.

    "We are excited to have such a talented daytime veteran leading our team at 'Y&R.' Jill has a stellar record of success in the daytime genre," said Kent. "We are also happy to welcome Josh back to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and are looking forward to his creative input and ideas."

    "On behalf of everyone at 'Y&R,' we extend our sincere thanks to Emmy® Award-winning Maria Bell for her contributions to the show over the last five years. We wish her the best of luck and continued success," he added.

    Phelps has been the executive producer of five daytime dramas and two prime time cable dramas: "Santa Barbara," "Guiding Light," "Another World," "One Life to Live," "General Hospital," the first season of "General Hospital: Night Shift" and "Hollywood Heights." As an executive producer, Phelps has been nominated for 14 Daytime Emmy Awards and has won seven times (1988–1990, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2012).

    Griffith's writing career includes "As the World Turns," "One Life to Live," "Santa Barbara," "Sunset Beach," "General Hospital," "The Young and the Restless" and "Hollywood Heights." He has received four Emmy Awards and four Writer's Guild Awards.

    THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS has been the number one rated daytime drama for more than 23 years and is in its 39th season.

    Bell On Exit: Why Am I Leaving?!

    In a statement posted last night her Facebook page, ousted THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS headwriter and executive producer Maria Arena Bell shared that she was "mystified" over being let go from her post by Sony.

    "So it was announced today I am leaving Y and R... the show I have loved so much for so long. It is the legacy of my father in law... my mother in law... and all the Bells. The show has been my heart and soul. I loved working with the most talented writers in TV who were also the most wonderful human beings I know. They became a second family and my best friends. I loved the cast and crew. I am extremely sad to go because there are more stories I could have told. So much more I wanted to do. My ratings are strong... each week stronger than last year. The show is in a great place creatively. We are number one by the greatest margin in the show's history and have been consistently while I've been there. Under no one else's tenure as head writer exec producer have we won every demographic for so long. I am just shy of five years at the helm. It has been an amazing ride. So why am I leaving? I am mystified as are my cast and crew.

    "There have been a lot of tears shed in the last few days... by me and by my loyal staff and by our iconic actors," she continues. "I was not given a reason and in fact I have heard nothing from Sony or CBS. They sent me a message through my husband Bill who had the terrible job of conveying that they'd gone around him and were letting me go. I fought hard for my vision and to keep the show on track with the characters that matter to the audience. Maybe I fought too hard. But I am glad I did. I never compromised on what I believed in. I never dumbed down the storytelling. I walked in the door at Y and R in 1988... as a young writer getting her first job. Today I leave there knowing it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I love you Y and R. Your story was my life story too. And to Victor... Nikki... Jack... and Kay... I will miss you."

    How Y&R's Bell Said Good-Bye!

    On Facebook, Maria Arena Bell also talked about saying good-bye to the cast: "When I said my farewell today to the company of The Young and The Restless I stood between Eric Braeden [Victor], Peter Bergman [Jack], Melody Thomas Scott [Nikki] and addressed everyone. Then, spontaneously, each of them said something that was profoundly moving to me about how much they appreciated me, my work, my storytelling, my vision. The moment that will stay with me for the rest of my life was looking out at a se...a of faces, many of them in tears.

    And then Eric Braeden who was choking back tears himself to the point he could barely speak said that my leaving was a travesty that made no sense and that "This is the end of an era." In that moment I could feel my heart break a little... but I also felt that the commitment I had to that show... the seven day a week fifty two week a year craziness of it all was worth it... because I was part of the history of something truly great."

    ABC talks soaps: No plans to revive 'All My Children' or 'One Life to Live'!

    After canceling longtime favorites "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," leaving "General Hospital" as their sole scripted daytime show, ABC doesn't exactly have the best reputation with soap opera fans. When ABC President of Entertainment Paul Lee sat down to talk to the press at Friday's Television Critics Association Press Tour, he addressed his feelings about soaps -- and suggested that perhaps the daytime soaps are being eclipsed by their primetime counterparts.

    After Lee referred to the new Sunday night horror show "666 Park Avenue" as a "delicious soap," a reporter asked him about his tendency to use the term "soap" in a complimentary fashion, whereas other execs sometimes use it in a more derogatory fashion.

    The daytime dramas were canceled in favor of shows like "The Revolution," which failed to find an audience and was canceled this summer. Despite "The Revolution's" demise, though, Lee says ABC is not looking to revive "All My Children" or "One Life to Live," and they're not looking at picking up new scripted daytime shows.

    "I think those decisions were made," he says. "No. Our focus is on 'General Hospital,' and I think Frank [Valentini] is doing a great job with that, and a lot of his crossovers. So we like that and are great supporters of it."

    He also urges viewers not to discount "The Chew." "I think we are very pleased with 'The Chew,'" he notes. "I don't know if you are watching that, but it's got such energy, that show, really well run by Gordon. And we saw a presentation the other day, and that's just going to get better and better. It's also a huge asset for us as you get into the holiday season and beyond."

    Monaco's DANCING Again!!

    Kelly Monaco (Sam, GENERAL HOSPITAL) will be among the contestants vying for the mirrorball trophy in the DANCING WITH THE STARS: All-Stars cast. Other celebs returning to the floor include Kristie Alley, Pamela Anderson, Joey Fatone, Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, Drew Lachey, Gilles Marini, Bristol Palin, Apolo Anton Ohno, BACHELORETTE Melissa Rycroft, NFL Pro Emmitt Smith and race car driver Helio Castroneves.

    Viewers will be able to vote in the coming weeks to decide on Carson Kressley, Sabrina Bryan or Kyle Massey as the thirteenth "Viewers 'Choice" contestant. Click here until Friday, August 24, to place your vote!

    The All-Stars season will kick off on Monday, September 24.

    Eileen Davidson on Her 'Heartwarming' DAYS Return and Kristen's First Scenes With EJ!

    It’s no secret that suds fave Eileen Davidson is headed back to Days of Our Lives this October after nearly 14 years away, but little is known about what’s behind her villainess Kristen Blake’s Salem homecoming — until now.

    Has the (reformed?) troublemaker turned over a new leaf? How did she get off that island? And, most importantly, will the actress be reviving any of her alter-ego’s alters?

    TVLine hit the set of the NBC soap to chat exclusively with Davidson about all of this and more, and what she had to say about present-day Kristen — who has, apparently, undergone “years of intensive therapy” — might really surprise you.

    Storms Is Back As Maxie!!

    It's official. At the GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend, Jen Lilley revealed that her stint as Maxie was up, and Kirsten Storms would be returning to the role.

    First and foremost, Lilley was grateful to the fans for accepting her during her time on the show. "They've been so gracious," she says. "I just can't thank them enough. I hope that they'll follow me and my career, and keep tweeting with me. Just, thank you. That's all I can say."

    Storms, who had to leave GH last fall for medical reasons, is reportedly due back on set on Monday, August 20, and her castmates are thrilled to have their friend back. "I'm so excited that she's coming back," says Kelly Monaco (Sam). "Jen Lilley did an amazing job. It was a very tough role to step into and a crowd to win over. I think she did both wonderfully."

    Lilley's final episode is scheduled for Friday, August 10.

    TVLine: GH Team Talks Rebulding and Scoops!

    Some may say the future of soaps seems grim — but the mood was anything but during General Hospital‘s showing at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills on Thursday. Several key cast members — including Anthony Geary, Kelly Monaco, Nancy Lee Grahn and Laura Wright, to name a few — and executive producer Frank Valentini took the stage to discuss the future of the ABC sudser — which is nearing its 50th anniversary — as well as preview what’s ahead for all of your Port Charles (and Llanview!) faves.

    Here are eight key takeaways from the panel discussion:

    ADDING NEW LIFE | At the start of the panel, Valentini was careful to note that he came in earlier this year to remodel, not rebuild General Hospital. “I think the show was in terrific shape, but there needed to be some tweaks.” And now? “It’s much more my taste and my sensibility for the show to go just a little bit faster,” he shared. “I also thought there were some key characters missing, not in terms of who they were, but certain archetypes that I thought were really important to bring on the show.” Valentini explained that his choice to bring on “some of the people from One Life to Live was a little bit of a way to honor that audience and also to create story that was good for the current cast of General Hospital.” For example, “John McBain being a police officer [on OLTL] was a good fit to merge into the PCPD.”

    A SHOCKING DEVELOPMENT | As you’ve probably figured out by watching General Hospital this week, Kimberly McCullough is back, baby! “Robin is back for a little bit,” Valentini confirmed. The EP explained that while the actress had chosen to leave the show to pursue her dream of directing prior to his joining the series, they quickly bonded and after a few weeks of working together, “I said to her that this is such a wonderful thing that [she'd created], so let’s try to keep it alive as opposed to snubbing it out. She’s open to it, and we’re going to try to work together.” Added McCullough’s on-screen cohort Jason Thompson, with a laugh, “And who doesn’t want to do a story about electric-shock [therapy]?”

    THINK OF LAURA | For the foreseeable future, Luke Spencer will remain Laura-less. “Unfortunately, contracts forbid us from even discussing that,” Valentini said of the possibility of Genie Francis — who is currently on The Young and the Restless — returning to her iconic GH role. “I’ll just say we’re big fans of Genie’s and we wish her all the best — but I think we’re pretty solid right now.”

    CHANGING IT UP | Michael Easton, who plays stalwart cop John McBain, discussed his “bittersweet” move from the axed One Life to Live to General Hospital. “It’s been exciting to come over and work with these guys. It’s been new energy for me… I was in a stupor a little bit [at the end of OLTL], and these guys have snapped me out of it. I’m really happy to be there.” And his new castmates are happy to have him. Shared Maurice Benard (Sonny), “I love that there’s new blood. They’re great… They’re bringing a different element to Sonny that wasn’t there before; maybe a little bit more vulnerable.” And speaking of Port Charles newbies that we love…

    BLAIR WILL BE BACK! | Valentini told TVLine following the panel discussion that, “Kassie [DePaiva] will definitely be coming back” as Blair Cramer. The showrunner also promised that it will “absolutely” come out that Todd did not kill his brother Victor over on OLTL. “We have all these great surprises to play out,” Valentini teased.

    NO NAT… FOR NOW | On the possibility of further complicating John McBain’s love life by at some point getting his Llanview love Natalie to Port Charles, Valentini confided to TVLine that “legal issues, in terms of the Prospect Park deal [that almost gave OLTL an online home]” were among the reasons why Melissa Archer has yet to at least cameo. “I can’t really talk about it, but I will say that Melissa is a very close friend of mine and I adore her, and she’s a phenomenal actress.” (Easton, for his part, told us he’d love to reunite with Archer, since the “one-sided phone calls” between John and off-screen Nat are getting to be a bit much.)

    SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER | Valentini, for one, is thrilled about General Hospital‘s upcoming “great” time slot change. “I like the way that we’re being positioned with the other shows surrounding us. I know that the network is doing a big push to inform the audience about the time change.” What’s more, the soap is planning “an umbrella story” leading into the move, and has “a lot of really fun surprises [and] terrific stuff coming on in September.”

    STAYING POWER | And when it comes to life for General Hospital beyond its upcoming 50th anniversary, Valentini is “confident. All I can say is [ABC] invited us here [to TCA], and to me that’s a great sign.” He added that in anticipation of the show’s big 5-0, the soap will be “rolling out lots of different things between now and April — and past then… So, you just need to watch the show to catch the energy and the momentum that we have.”

    Pics from the General Hospital TCA's!

    "Moment of Surrender" on RAGGED ISLE!

    As what is perhaps the best week in Indie Soaps of the year continues, RAGGED ISLE releases another excellent episode.

    Im "Moment of Surrender," nearing the end, Gertie receives an urgent visit from old friends; Agent Thorne confronts her right hand man Griggs; and Dr. Hoffman and Sheriff Dalton hit the books.

    Watch the new episode of RAGGED ISLE below:

    ALL MY CHILDREN alum J.R. Martinez Speaks at School Bus Expo!

    Iraq War Veteran J.R. Martinez has become a household name. Not only for his stint on 'All My Children' or for winning Season 13 of 'Dancing with the Stars'. He's also famous for his brave recovery and inspirational attitude after suffering from disfiguring burns back in 2003 when the Humvee he was driving in Iraq hit a mine.

    Now, Martinez is using his struggles to inspire others. But he says it hasn't always been easy for him.

    "I'm still human," Martinez said. "When I was in the hospital there were days I didn't want to be alive. I never thought about killing myself, but I thought it would have been better if I had never survived period."

    Now he has a different outlook. At the 2012 North American School Bus EXPO Monday, Martinez spoke to the crowd about how they can also inspire the many kids who ride school buses every day.

    Organizers say the theme of this year's expo was 'Overcoming Challenges'. Ryan Gray who helped put together the event said Martinez's story complimented the theme.

    "When we came across J.R., we said hey this is someone who has really persevered," Gray said. "He's an inspiration to people across the world and he really has a story to share that has some legs especially for this industry."

    Vanessa Marcil-Giovinazzo having East Coast event!

    Vanessa Marcil-Giovinazzo (ex-Brenda, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is celebrating the East Coast launch of her children's clothing line, Baby Gagoo, with a star-studded event in Staten Island, NY, on Saturday, August 4!

    The actress will be joined by her husband, CSI: NY star Carmine Giovinazzo, at Jimmy's Fine Jewelry Too on Victory Blvd., for a cocktail party and fashion show featuring the original designs of the Baby Gagoo 4 Kids and Baby Gagoo 4 Newborns lines. Other TV stars scheduled to appear are Staten Island's own MOB WIVES Drita DaVanzo and Carla Facciolo... and Marcil-Giovinazzo's GH better half, Maurice Benard (Sonny)!

    The event begins at 7:30 p.m. ET, and tickets are $100.

    "Break Up To Make Up" on ANACOSTIA!

    ANACOSTIA is back with a brand new episode and it was worth the wait. Watch it below:

    Peter Reckell Tapes His Final DAYS OF OUR LIVES Episode!

    DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Peter Reckell taped his final episode on Tuesday. Reckell started on the show in 1983 and played the role of Bo Brady for much of the last 29 years. Reckell tweeted this morning: "Heading into Salem for the last time. Going to miss that place, but not the traffic. Always The two edged sword."

    He also tweeted that his brothers were coming in for his last day.

    It's hard to imagine DAYS without Bo Brady at this point. Watch one of his very early scenes with Wayne Northrup and Deidre Hall below:

    Jeanne Cooper: 'The Emmys Made Us Look Desperate, Even Porn Conventions Don't Look Desperate'!

    Smashing Interviews' Melissa Parker has published a wonderful new interview with daytime legend Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) whose memoir, "Not So Restless," will be released on July. Cooper talks about her troubled marriage, sexual abuse, her affair with Beau Kazer and much more. She also shared her feelings about this year's Daytime Emmy Awards:

    Please just give us a luncheon and announce who won after the luncheon. You don’t have to televise it. We were so desperate the last three years that it’s pathetic. First of all, we’re part of a commercial for the Hilton hotels, and by the way, we’re giving away Emmys in between commercials.

    The Emmys made us look desperate. Even porn conventions don’t look desperate. Porn conventions have such a happy thing going about them. Everybody’s happy, and at least something is going on. There were a couple of people that looked so tarnished doing it. I thought, “Why would you do it when you promised me you wouldn’t? You said you wouldn’t.”

    I just couldn’t support it. But, God bless the people who picked it up. What made it even worse that when it was over, they started playing it all over again, and when that was over, they played it again. It went on three times in succession which means if you hadn’t gone out and shot yourself in the head after the first one, you will have done so by the third showing (laughs). If you have not met your demise by that time, nothing is ever going to disturb you. I couldn’t believe it when it ended and started all over again. I said, “What? Did they forget they already filmed this?” If you thought it was bad the first time, look at it the second time. By the third time, you’ll really see where it went wrong (laughs).

    Cooper is also asked about Jess Walton (Jill), who reportedly took six months off from the show earlier this year.

    She left that so open, but in the meantime, they haven’t said, “You’re coming back.” I miss her like mad. Of course, I miss that whole relationship with Jill and Katherine. Nobody can have fights like the two of them.

    Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Are the rumors still pretty strong right now about soaps being cancelled?

    Jeanne Cooper: I think The Bold and the Beautiful, Y&R and General Hospital will hang on. General Hospital is the only ABC soap that hasn’t been cancelled. But, my God, there is such a history to that show. We’re talking about bottom line, the all American dollar. But, by the same token, they’re telling you that you’re going to watch what they give you. They can say all they want about making shows geared to a younger generation. I don’t know of a single young person that turns on a food show and says, “I can’t miss this food show tomorrow. I’ve got to have it.”

    We’re down to food shows and talk shows, you know? As I said, The Talk has an audience. The View becomes … thank God, Whoopi Goldberg keeps that thing moving. Joy Behar was the glue until she got her own show, but she still is very good. I’m not that partial, but I think The Talk is a great challenge to the others. You can have a few laughs, and it’s not tedious. It’s better than watching a food show. Today, if you’re not fat, there is nothing on TV for you. We’re an overweight society, but enough is enough. One Life to Live and All My Children are old staples. They should have stayed on, but ABC is just wiping their calendar.

    Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): I read that Bonnie Franklin would be guest starring as a nun.

    Jeanne Cooper: Oh, yes, Sister Celeste. Well, Bill Bell, where are you now? If Bonnie Franklin can be a nun, I can be Shelley Winters! Melissa, I really don’t know. General Hospital used to be at the nurse’s station, and everything took off from there. I haven’t seen a hospital on General Hospital in so long (laughs). I mean, unless somebody gets shot, that’s the only time you’ll see a hospital. Jessie Brewer ain’t there anymore (laughs).

    Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): There are rumors swirling around that Eric might be leaving, so it must be …

    Jeanne Cooper: That his contract must be near (laughs). I don’t think so. I don’t know where he could go unless he became an ambassador to another country. That, he could do very well. I’d like to personally see him as an ambassador of this country to some other country. I really would. The man has a short fuse, but he has an insatiable appetite for what is going on in the country and the world. He has an incredible sense of humor. He also has a bark that could scare pit bulls (laughs).

    Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): What do you think of Eileen Davidson leaving the show?

    Jeanne Cooper: Well, I don’t know. I think she’ll be back eventually. I adore her. She’s an incredible talent. Again, one of the major pieces of talent that is leaving and going to jack up another show, you know? She will go to Days and when finished there, she’ll either go to The Bold and the Beautiful or back to us. I’m sure of that. Well, let’s put it like this. I’d like to think that I’m sure of that.

    Susan Lucci Hosts DEADLY AFFAIRS on Investigation Discovery Starting Sept. 8!

    Susan Lucci will be starring in the new Lifetime soap opera DEVIOUS MAIDS starting in 2012, but first, she will host and narrate DEADLY AFFAIRS, a new primetime series airing on Investigation Discovery. The show will explore true stories of romance gone wrong and the crimes of passion that resulted. It premieres September 8 at 10 p.m. ET

    "They are deceptive love relationships, love triangles and betrayal that have deadly consequences," Lucci said. "And they end in tragedy.

    "Every day you hear these stories and you think, 'Oh, my goodness!' Then they disappear. You don't know what happened next, and you don't know why they happened. I'm hoping that, in exploring them, we'll shed some light on human nature."

    Lucci played Erica Kane for all 41 years ALL MY CHILDREN was on the air.

    "As Erica, I got punished for my wrong deeds," Lucci noted. "I wound up in jail several times, even in a blood-stained ball gown. But with DEADLY AFFAIRS, these are not characters on a soap opera. This is real life."

    Describing her new show as a "real-life soap," she called her hosting role "a perfect match," adding, "I couldn't help but smile" after getting the series offer.

    Kirsten Storms Returning To GENERAL HOSPITAL; Jen Lilley Thanks Her Fans In Video Message!

    With Kirsten Storms returning to the role of Maxie on GENERAL HOSPITAL, Jen Lilley will be leaving the show. The gracious and talented actress posted a YouTube video thanking fans for their support. Here's a transcription of the message.

    Hey guys, I just wanted to say thank you so much for all your support. You've been tremendous and I feel super blessed and super gracious and I just thought you all deserved a huge thanks from me personally. I wish I could meet all of you. I wish I could hug all of you and I just wanted to say thank you for making my departure from GH easier.

    Even though I'm crying they're happy tears, they're tears of gratitude and you guys have been amazing and I just thank you so much for trying to trend #WeLoveJenLilley. That's really sweet. So, thank you guys and I will keep you posted with everything I'm working on...knock on wood, things will start happening. Thank you so much. Bye.

    Lilley's final episode is scheduled for Friday, August 10. Storms is set to return to work on August 20.

    National Enquirer: Jackie Zeman facing foreclosure!

    The veteran soap actress, 59, bought the sprawling Mediter­ranean-style spread in 2007, but she’s been squeezed financially since her role on the long-running ABC daytime drama ended in 2010.

    Now the home is in foreclosure, and the lender is threatening to sell it unless she comes up with more than $320,000 to cover back mort­gage payments. Meanwhile, she put the 4,181-square-foot home on the block for just over $3.5 million.

    “Jackie is devastated, but since leaving ‘General Hospi­tal’ it’s been financially difficult for her to keep up with every­thing,” a family friend told The ENQUIRER.

    Zeman played Nurse Bobbie Spencer on “GH” from 1977 until her character was axed. Since then she’s appeared on the web series “The Bay.”

    “Jackie is still one of the most popular characters with ‘General Hospital’ fans, and they’re always overjoyed when she makes person­al appearances,” the family friend noted. “But she thought she was going to be on the show much lon­ger, and now it’s a struggle to keep her head above water.”

    According to legal documents, as of June 18 Jackie had 90 days to cough up $320,505 to cover back mortgage payments, or the property will be sold.

    “Hopefully Jackie will be able to work something out with her bank,” said the friend. “It would be a trag­edy if she loses her home.”

    Michael Lipton Dead at 86!!

    Michael Lipton, 86, of Englewood, New Jersey, died on February 10 at The Lillian Booth Actors Home of The Actors Fund in Englewood.

    Born in in Queens, N.Y., Lipton is well known to soap opera fans for his roles as Neil Wade in AS THE WORLD TURNS, Dr. Stan Kurtz in SOMERSET, and Augustus Harper in ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

    Lipton left AS THE WORLD TURNS in 1967 after a five-year run to devote more time to his love for the theater. The show killed the character of Neil off leaving Penny Hughes Baker Wade (Rosemary Prinz) a widow for a second time in five years, each time just after the man she loved finally found their niche in life. With Neil, his was his success retail venture running the bookstore.

    Lipton returned to soaps but managed to fill his resume over the years with numerous Broadway, Off-Broadway and Regional theater productions including "Loose Ends," "Inquest," "Wake Up, Darling" and "Caesar and Cleopatra."

    Lipton is survived by nephews and nieces.

    Here's a May 18, 1967 scene between Lipton's Neil and Rosemary Prinz's Penny in AS THE WORLD TURNS:

    Tequan Richmond joins General Hospital!

    Is Sexting Cheating? Katie Wants to Find Out!

    Van Dien Dons A Black Hat!!

    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.

    Zamprogna's Going To Be A Daddy Again!!

    Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) announced some very good news at the GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend: He and wife Linda Leslie are expecting their second child!

    "She's due on December 27," the actor reports. "It's different the second time around. You're so into the kid that you already have that you almost forget that there's this other one cooking! We're really focusing on names right now. We don't know what [sex] it is yet. Everything is good. Linda is happy and healthy and the baby is doing well."

    Zamprogna's daughter, Anbilliene, will have just turned two when her baby sibling arrives later this year, but already seems ready to meet him or her. "She's in love with babies," he says of his baby girl. "She's awesome."

    Big Changes for THE BAY!!

    Hot on the heels of its first Emmy nomination, popular Web soap opera, THE BAY , has just added this year's Daytime Emmy's show runner, Gabriel Gornell, to its staff. "With his success in this years Daytime Emmys, we're excited to have Gabriel join THE BAY as an executive producer," announced the drama's creator, Gregori J. Martin.

    "We are certain Gabriel is going to be a wonderful asset to our family!" In addition to serving as the chief creative officer for LocoDistro (Locomotive Distribution, Inc.), Gornell's other recent accomplishments include You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Kills You (Lionsgate's upcoming, hip hop horror flick for which they partnered with Spike Lee), and developing, producing and distributing numerous other TV and film projects.

    Gornell's slated to begin working on the show's third season, which airs in October, but you can catch THE BAY's summer special, DARKSIDE OF THE BAY, starting Thursday, August 9.

    The Divas Take On New York & New Jersey!!

    Kathy Brier (Marcie, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Kassie DePaiva (Blair, GENERAL HOSPITAL/OLTL) and Bobbie Eakes (Krystal, ALL MY CHILDREN) are back in action as The Divas of Daytime! The musical trio will perform a show and do a meet & greet with fans at the Brokerage in Bellmore, NY, on Saturday, August 11. Doors open at 12:30 for a 2 p.m.; tickets are $67 and $89. To order, or for more information, visit

    Then, on Sunday, August 12, the ladies will be at Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. Showtime is 11 a.m., and tickets are $75. For more information, or to purchase, visit

    Soap Alum Is Engaged!!

    Another soap hunk will soon be off the market! Brody Hutzler (ex-Cody, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Zachary, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Patrick, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) tells Soaps In Depth that he will be tying the knot later this month with his fiancée, Judith. ""We met at a friend's birthday party almost three years ago," he reveals. "I proposed between Christmas and New Year's Eve last year."

    The guest list will be small, but Kristian Alfonso (Hope, DAYS), Hutzler's pal - and landlady - is set to attend. The newlyweds will hold off on having their honeymoon until the spring. "We're going to go to London and Paris," Hutzler shares. "Judith has a sister in London."

    The actor can be currently seen on Web soap THE BAY as Kenneth, the press secretary to Nicholas Coster's mayor character. "I have a few episodes coming up," says the actor, who notes that Kenneth is THE BAY's first gay character. "I like it. It brings a different dynamic to the show." To view episodes of the Emmy-nominated Web soap, visit

    Y&R's Jeanne Cooper Is An Open Book!!

    THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS fans who have been waiting for their favorite matriarch, Jeanne Cooper (Katherine), to finally pen her memoirs need wait no longer! Her autobiography, Not Young, Still Restless, will hit bookstores and on-line retailers like on Tuesday, July 31.

    The Emmy winner tells Soaps In Depth that it wasn't easy for her to revisit certain chapters, as it were, in her 84 years of life. "It brings back all sorts of feelings! You get angry all over again!" Cooper says, giving her trademark throaty chuckle. "Writing your autobiography is a lot like therapy."

    Indeed, Cooper's good friend, Barbara Hale (PERRY MASON), was amazed by the effort. "She was like, 'Oh my God, how did you put it down in a book? How did you get started?' I'm like, 'Please don't ask me that, Barbara!'"

    Of course, the showbiz vet is well aware that some of her revelations might raise eyebrows -- like her affair with Beau Kazer, who recurs as her Y&R son, Brock. "I asked Beau's permission to tell people about it, and he said, 'Duchess, I love you and I've always loved you. I'd marry you tomorrow,'" she recounts. "I said, 'But you're already married!' He said, 'It doesn't matter -- I'd marry you, too!'"

    While Cooper said she was careful in what she revealed, not wanting to be vindictive or mean-spirited, does she have any regrets after seeing her life story in print? "No. I have no regrets. Not a thing!"

    Y&R: Character to Come Out the Closet!

    SOD reports that Y&R had originally planned for a main character to come out of the closet. But the idea was scrapped. The same story will now be shifted to a recently returned SORASED character.

    B&B: Hope and Brooke make The Soup!

    SOD: Days questions answered!

    In light of the fact that Days will be off the air for two weeks for the Olympics, the new Soap Opera Digest features two articles in which various actors answer questions about the show and the plot.

    Is there a sexual subtext to the dynamic between EJ and Will?

    James Scott answers this and says that while EJ recognized that Will was attracted to him in some way and used this to his advantage, the overall relationship is mentor/mentee, and that EJ is comfortable with his sexuality, which allowed him to be comfortable with Will. Scott also takes the opportunity to praise Chandler Massey's acting.

    Is romance in the future for Will and Sonny now that Sonny has acknowledged an attraction?

    Freddie Smith fields this one but doesn't really give an answer, saying in the past, the timing wasn't right for the characters, and now, it may or may not happen. He acknowledges that fans would like the pairing to happen.

    Does Rafe still have feelings for Sami?

    Gering says that he does, which is why they fight so much, and that Rafe cares about the kids. However, Rafe is still angry with Sami for what she did. SOD also notes that Rafe will have a "shake-up" under the new writers.

    Why is Gabi so hung up on Chad when he hasn't given her any encouragement?

    Camila Banus says that Gabi saw that Chad was a great guy and wanted to see what would happen between them.

    In another article, SOD interviews James Scott and Chandler Massey. In terms of storyline, Massey is asked whether he plays the scenes such that Will is attracted to Sonny. He says he plays "whatever is in the moment" and does not know what the writers have planned.

    James Scott is asked if he thinks that the fact that EJ and Sami haven't acted on their attraction makes the story sexier. He says yes. He continues that the buildup to characters' getting together is what is the most powerful, especially characters with a history which includes lying and betrayal, like theirs does. He says that he and Ali Sweeney have asked that the relationship not move quickly because of this.

    SOD interview with Peter Reckell!

    The new Soap Opera Digest features an interview with Peter Reckell, where he discusses his departure from Days. Some tidbits:

    - Reckell says that Corday has said the door is always open for him to return.

    - Asked why he is leaving, Reckell responds that when he joined Days, some of the people who were the age he is now stepped aside and let younger actors be more central, and now there are talented young actors at Days doing the storylines. He adds that he wants to spend more time with his wife and daughter.

    - He says he bought a house in Portland OR a few years back, but since the economy was not doing well after that, he felt he had to work a bit more to be financially secure before retirement.

    - Reckell was asked if money played a factor. He says "No", but then goes on to say that he'd signed a two-year contract the last time he signed, and "I got one year into it and they wanted to make some changes". He says this was understandable and that he supports the show. He adds that "storyline wasn't going to get off the back burner for me." He says that if his contract hadn't been changed, then he wouldn't have been able to leave (on a legal basis).

    - He had a long talk with Ken where they both cried, but Ken understood Peter's point of view. Peter again said that "once you get to a certain age, they kind of put you out to pasture", and he'd rather be vital in his daughter's life than not vital on the show.

    Reckell continues by discussing his immediate plans, which include travel, and reminiscing extensively about the history of the show and all those he's worked with. He also thanks the fans and credits them for keeping Bo on the air at times when he feels the production team didn't want to. For the full interview, be sure to pick up the new Digest!

    Update: In reading it again I see that it says Corday told Reckell that they're not going to kill Bo or recast.

    Ratings for the Week of July 9-13, 2012!

    Total Viewers

    (Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
    1. Y&R 4,402,000 (-103,000/-212,000)
    2. B&B 3,065,000 (-50,000/+121,000)
    3. GH 2,318,000 (+76,000/-124,000)
    4. DAYS 2.230,000 (-179,000/-201,000)

    In The Year 1999!

    Opal was disappointed when she learned that Adrian had not proposed to Belinda. Mateo found Hayley and Ryan together in the condo and hit the roof, spoiling Max's birthday party. Raquel revealed that she'd been in touch with her family. David pretended to poison Donald so that the writer would admit on tape that Vanessa had stolen photos from his office. Edmund, Brooke, and Erica were stunned when they learned Dimitri had died after suffering a massive stroke. Shock also followed when a woman, Alexandra, announced that she was Dimitri's wife. Jake comforted Gillian after learning of Dimitri's death. A panicked Alexandra talked Edmund out of opening Dimitri's casket. Edmund was upset when Dimitri's casket, along with Alexandra, disappeared.

    Brad kept mum that he knew Carly and Jack had slept together. After learning Jack had slept with Carly, Julia decided she was meant to be with Reid/David. Brad received his divorce payoff from Carly, then he shocked everyone at Barbara and Hal's engagement party with the news that Hal, not John, was Parker's father. Jennifer, who had returned from camp, was worried about her mom, Barbara. Brad handed Parker over to a stunned Hal. Molly returned Melinda's pacifier after learning Julia had already had a DNA test done on the child with the alleged result that she was not Lily and Holden's daughter.

    Taylor had contact with a homeless man who later died of tuberculosis. CJ took Becky out on a date, and after a few drinks, they hit it off. Rick and Amber spent some quality time together. Thorne tried to contact with Macy, who told him to leave her alone. Stephanie tried to get Macy and Thorne together by going to speak to Macy. When she got to Spectra, Macy inadvertently told Stephanie what had happened when she showed up at Thorne's house. Stephanie was outraged. Brooke invited Thorne to the cabin at Big Bear, but he said no. Stephanie burst into Thorne's office, demanding an answer regarding his relationship with Brooke. Thorne admitted to Stephanie that he loved Macy, but if there were no Macy, there would be a Brooke. Stephanie could not believe Thorne's feelings about Brooke after all Brooke had done to their family. She stormed out of Thorne's office on a rampage, vowing that Brooke would never to do Thorne what she had done to Eric and Ridge.

    After faking a heart attack, Vivian handed a stunned Stefano the microchip he had gotten Rolf to implant in her tooth. Stefano was stunned when Vivian later revealed she was not dying, then promised not to tell anyone about his efforts to kill her as long as he let her keep the Titan stock, and the townhouse and its contents. It hurt Stefano to learn Lexie had been helping Vivian. Worried that Stefano might harm Lexie, Abe begged her to sever all ties with him. In Paris, Eric and Greta vowed to find information on her mother's death. The real Princess Gina was mentally out of it, and still waiting for John to rescue her.

    Lila and Edward confessed all about Elliot's death, and Luke and Felicia agreed to keep it quiet. Faison was still tracking Felicia and her children. Luke decided to take a trip out of town for a while. Sonny had a breakdown, and Carly aided him. Jason told Maria in Puerto Rico that he missed Carly. Chloe prepared to wed Ned while Jax and Alexis looked on. Emily continued to have problems with Monica and Alan where Juan was concerned.

    Josh was devastated to learn that Reva and Richard were married and had a son together. Josh agreed to stay in San Cristobal with Reva while she tried to remember her past, but Richard warned Josh that Reva's life was in danger if he stayed in town. Edmund continued to manipulate Olivia and convinced her that Richard would forget Reva and marry Olivia. Edmund sabotaged Richard and Reva's fencing match, with a serious outcome. Josh, Billy, Cassie, Danny, and Michelle worked on a plan to free Reva. Alan had a major heart attack at Towers. Rick saved Alan's life and was reinstated to the hospital. Susan sneaked Lizzie into to the hospital to see Grampa Alan. Alan expressed remorse to his family for his past mistakes and vowed to change if he lived. India kept a vigil at his side. Alan had another setback after receiving a good prognosis. David and Vicky made love, but he purposely pushed Vicky away after refusing to fire Ben as his attorney. Bill's computer software got the green light. Jesse got a marriage license, but Drew kept stalling. Drew finally opened up to Jesse about her Judaism and how it might affect their relationship. Cassie hired Sam to work at the farm. Holly tried to find out more about Sam's past. Carmen plotted with Edmund to ruin Danny and Michelle's marriage and to support Edmund with his plan to remove Reva from Richard's life for the sake of the country.

    Jessica and Will returned to Llanview. Lindsay's trial began. Nora tried to convince Dorian to confess. Barnes blackmailed Lindsay. Jessica went to Crossroads to try to remember. Jessica wanted to get back together with Cris. Max had trouble with his vision. Barnes knocked Bo out. Jessica took the stand. A mysterious woman arrived in Llanview.

    Passions made its debut. Ethan Crane and Gwen Hotchkiss awoke after spending the night on the beach at Dune Point, making love, but the local police soon interrupted their happiness. In Paris, Sheridan Crane prayed in church for the chance to live in happiness. Grace was troubled by an angelic childlike figure who warned her about nearby trouble. Theresa told Whitney she had plans to marry Harmony's most eligible bachelor -- even though they had yet to meet. Tabitha materialized in the Bennetts' garden after sensing danger ahead. Gwen encouraged a reluctant Ethan to get out and start meeting the "ordinary" people of Harmony instead of hiding in his family's ivory tower. Theresa leaned against a ladder and accidentally spilled paint all over Ethan's head; however, she didn't know that it was Ethan. Sheridan's car crashed in the same tunnel where Princess Diana had died. Alone in the bedroom, the slumbering Grace was suddenly levitated into the air and whisked out the window.

    Billy returned to Genoa City. Christine and Paul told Mary some bad news. Tony received his summons to court. Victor gave Ryan a new job at Newman Enterprises. Diane gave back her engagement ring. Nikki and Brad met for dinner. There was a special family celebration for Cassie. Jack made Victor an offer.


    (Getting Help)
    7/30, Joe Jr. asks Trey for help; Michael confides in Starr about his career aspirations.

    (The Investigation)
    7/31, Sam fills Jason in on her investigation of Todd; Alexis tries to loosen up with Shawn.

    (The Conversation)
    8/1, Lulu and Dante have a serious talk about their recent woes; Alexis takes Mac's advice and invites Shawn out on a date.

    (Next Steps)
    8/2, Sonny and Alexis give Jason and Sam some guidance; Ewen does his best to win Elizabeth's affections.

    (Todd's Secret)
    8/3, Todd goes to great lengths to keep his secret; Elizabeth tells Jason about her feelings for Ewen.

    (The Accussation)
    7/30, Taylor and Ridge have words for Bill; Liam is confused after seeing Hope's reaction.

    ( Understanding the Situation)
    7/31, Hope works through her tough situation; Steffy speaks her mind to Brooke.

    (The Final Word)
    8/1,Hope gets the last word with Steffy; Brooke encourages Liam to believe in fate.

    (Taylor Defends Steffy)
    8/2, Taylor looks out for Steffy's best interests; Hope reaches a decision.

    8/3, Steffy makes her feelings about Liam known; Brooke cautions Hope about the future.

    Unable to convince Nikki to put a halt to her upcoming wedding to Jack, Victor seeks revenge

    The return of Dr. Tim has a devastating effect on Phyllis' case

    Abby tries to make amends for the kidnapping hoax

    A guilt ridden Paul makes a shocking decision

    Ashley makes a decision about her future

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    Rita Ora tweeted the tracklist for her debut album:

    1. Facemelt (Intro)
    2. Roc da Life
    3. How We Do (Party)
    4. R.I.P. (feat. Tinie Tempah)
    5. Radioactive
    6. Shine Ya Light
    7. Love & War (feat. J. Cole)
    8. Uneasy
    9. Fall in Love (feat.
    10. Been Lyin
    11. Hello, Hi, Goodbye
    12. Hot Right Now (with DJ Fresh)
    13. Crazy Girl
    14. Young, Single & Sexy
    15. Meet Ya (Acoustic)

    "Ora" is set for release on August 24th (Ireland) and 27th (UK).

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    The ABC medical drama, which has been set at Seattle Grace since the show's first season, will split its time between two locations in Season 9.

    The harrowing and tragic season finale saw the Stranded Six — Meredith, Derek, Cristina, Mark, Arizona and Lexie — crash-land in the mountains, with Lexie subsequently succumbing to her injuries. (Apparently, she might not be the only one to die since Eric Dane is also exiting the series sometime next season). Even though there seemed to be no hope on the horizon in the closing moments of the finale, the doctors will eventually get rescued since the Season 9 premiere will jump ahead two to three months, executive producer Shonda Rhimes tells But that doesn't mean we won't see what transpired in those mountains. Get the scoop from Rhimes below, including Derek's new troubles, Bailey's wedding (!) and Calzona's fate:

    You left the doctors in the woods without rescue! Will there be a time jump next season or are you picking up right where you left off?

    Shonda Rhimes
    : We're doing something really interesting that we've never really done before. As you know, I try to reinvent every season. When we start the season, we're two to three months in the future and we're well settled into the year for these doctors. We're watching them do what they're going to do. They're located where they're going to be located, things are happening. You see the aftermath of what happened. You're left with some questions as to how this happened and "Why is this the way it is?" and "Why is that the way it is?" Then, in the second episode of the season, we start back in the woods. We go from there and you see what happens. Then ensuing episodes, you're back to regular time and we're back on our timeline.

    What can you talk about in regards to the structure of this season? At the end of last season, the doctors planned to take jobs elsewhere, so are we seeing a show that's just set at Seattle Grace or are we seeing a show that is set at many hospitals?

    : We're seeing a show set at Seattle Grace and someplace else. What's interesting to me is that I didn't want us to feel like you're coming back and magically everyone is back home. You understand why some people stayed and why some people left. There are some very clear reasons what happened. It's very challenging playing an entirely separate story line in another location.

    Can you tell us where this location is?

    Rhimes: I don't want to say where the location is because that would be too spoilery. It's a hospital. When we come back at the beginning of the season, some of our doctors are in different locations, more than one of them, and some of our doctors are preparing to leave for different locations.

    We've seen the doctors deal with PTSD after the shooting. How will this be different from what we saw before?

    : What's interesting to me about what we're doing this time is that it's not that we've traumatized them by having a plane crash like when they were shot. There are real physical aftereffects for all of our people that they're dealing with. More importantly, we're not coming back to a bunch of traumatized people, though flying is pretty much out of the question for any of them. I would say Meredith is an ultimate survivor. She's been through the shooting, and now she's been through the plane crash. Their attitudes are very different. They already have the coping mechanisms in place, so it's just a very different attitude.

    Still, Meredith is dealing with the loss of her sister Lexie. How has Meredith changed?

    You're going to find a very different person. We really talked about it a lot and really worked to figure out what she would be like when we came back to her. As importantly, they've gone from being residents to being Attendings. Now they're in charge. They're absolutely in charge of their own destinies and in charge of their own people. They're now on a footing with all these doctors who they used to work under so you're watching what that means for them, all of them.

    Surgeons need their hands! We saw Derek severely injure his hand in the accident. How will we see him dealing with that?

    Rhimes: Any of the people we saw injured are not going to be A-OK when we come back, that's not what we're doing. What's interesting for me is we really planned the idea that we're going to watch what happens to a doctor who can temporarily no longer perform surgery...When Burke injured his hand, it was very much about keeping it a secret. It's not about that. This is really, very clearly who you blame when your hand is injured like this. And what do you do and how do you overcome this? Derek is being pretty heroic about it, which is interesting.

    What can you tell us about Cristina's journey next season? Are she and Owen really over or are there attempts to reconcile?

    : I've dubbed this the season of romance purposefully. I feel like one of the things we're going to be seeing this season is Cristina and Owen finding their way back to each other. It's not going to be easy and it's not going to be quick, but I think it's going to be really beautiful. I'm happy because I love them, so I'm excited.

    Will Alex feel any sort of guilt over Arizona taking his place on the plane?

    Yes, there is some very dark stuff happening for him in terms of that idea. He's trying not to feel guilty and trying not to feel a sense of responsibility, but he does.

    You're saying it's the season of romance, so does that mean we'll see more Callie and Arizona romance? Just hoping Jessica Capshaw is coming back.

    Rhimes: I don't want to say anything about that yet. The first episode would have to air and then I'm happy to talk about it, but I don't want to say anything yet.

    What can you tell us about the state of Ben and Bailey's relationship next season since Jason George is on Mistresses?

    We're still using Ben. Jason George is still showing up for work. We're very grateful to Mistresses for the loan. They're letting us continue to tell stories about Ben and Bailey. They're having a great deal of fun. A happy Bailey is delightful and very funny. It's interesting because in the finale, we originally shot a scene in which Ben showed up and said, "We're going to City Hall right now and getting married." We played it out, but I cut it from the show because there was something about it that I felt like denied the audience. They're not technically married at this moment, but we'll probably see that happen and really enjoy it.

    How does April fit into the world of Grey's Anatomy now?

    : You won't see April Kepner bartending at Joe's bar. She has a part to play in the world and there are some surprising moments to show us how that happens. April Kepner goes home. How she comes back is pretty charming and interesting and it happens in the first episode.

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    The Hollywood Reporter: How are you approaching this season? In the past, you've known what the finale was and worked backward but last season because of all the uncertainty, it was split in two.

    Shonda Rhimes: We know what the finale is and we're working backward from that. It's the usual way we work and we had a lot of fun last season but because we were unsure of a lot of things we were left with building a lot of things and it doesn't matter because we have a finale that's totally separate from what else is happening.

    Could we see a time jump in the premiere?

    Not a big one. We're doing something really interesting this year. Our first episode takes place two to three months after we left the finale, so you see the aftermath and where everyone ends up. The second episode jumps back and we're back in the woods, we start the episode back in the woods. To me, it's a very different way of telling the story and you have some questions about why people are the way they are and in the second episode you find out why things are the way they are.

    Will you continue to play with that format throughout the season?

    We're not. We don't have big plans to play with it back and forth. Even though we had a plane crash, this isn't Lost (laughs). We wanted to find a way to clearly and interestingly tell the story of who our character and why they are who they are.

    What's the likelihood we could see additional fatalities or cast member departures?

    I think that's possible, yes.

    Could it be one of the five remaining plane crash survivors -- Arizona, Meredith, Cristina, Derek and Mark -- who don't make it?

    I think any number of people could be departing at this point. That's left open.

    Considering the way with the finale ended with Alex (Justin Chambers) and Jackson (Jesse Williams) both being accepted to other programs -- and Cristina, if she survives, could we see some of the season take place in other hospitals?

    Yes, we could absolutely see some of the season take place somewhere else; that was always in the cards for us -- the idea that somebody would be somewhere else and we would see things play out that way. When we start the season, there are some doctors who are not at Seattle Grace and we will come to understand what that means as time goes on.

    Might that be something that continues on for the length of the series?

    I don't know that it's going to be the length of the series; we're going to do it for as long as it feels interesting to us for as long as we have story to tell in the way that we need to tell it. At the end of every season, I always say let's leave it on the table for next season and part of the reason for next season is what happens if a doctor is someplace else and what that means for our story and how that works.

    Will there be a funeral for Lexie?

    That was heartbreaking. I could have written for Chyler for the rest of my life; that was the hardest thing we did last year. We're not doing funerals this season, that's not part of the language of what we're trying to do this season. It's not about a funeral at all.

    You mention funerals -- might there be a need for more than one?

    There could be, but we're not doing them even if there were.

    How will Mark's upcoming departure be handled?

    I'm really proud of the way we're handing his exit. I really wanted and fought for that character to be given their due. I didn't want to come back to this season and say, "Mark Sloae is gone." I really wanted to give that character his due and we came up with a beautiful and creative way to showcase that and that goodbye.

    How will his departure impact Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Arizona and their shared family with him?

    His departure impacts everybody. Mark is a teacher to Jackson, he's best friends with Derek, he's Callie's best friend, he's Sofia's father. It's going to be a big loss for everyone and I don't want to minimize that.

    What shape will Meredith, Cristina and Derek be in mentally and emotionally when the season picks up?

    It's surprising. Derek is coping with the loss of the use of his hand in surgery and what that might mean for him. I love the heroic way he deals with it, which is: Who are you if you're not the guy who operates. We really play with that and show what that means for him as a person. Meredith and Cristina are coping in ways that are both expected and unexpected for those characters.

    It sounds like all three will survive the crash.

    I can confirm to you that Meredith, Cristina and Derek survive.

    Which leaves Arizona, who wasn't in great shape in the season finale. What's her heath status like when the season picks up?

    I don't know that I want to talk about Arizona.

    Arizona has a huge following in the LGBT community and you and Grey's have continued to get recognition from GLAAD. Any comment on the notion that Arizona could be leaving?

    I was honored to receive two awards from GLAAD this year and I feel like that character is iconic to me at this point. The way people respond to that character and that relationship, there's something really beautiful about that. We don't make decisions lightly and I certainly don't make these decisions lightly. I really try to stick to what's best for story and what's best for the show and it's really sometimes difficult to do that but it's also sometimes really gratifying to that. We're doing what feels completely right and in line with where we've been and where we're going.

    How is Arizona's fate going to impact Callie?

    It's going to impact her hugely. We're going to spend a lot of time with Callie this season, there's a lot of story to be told there.

    Cristina mentions during the finale that she's experiencing PTSD, is that something you're going to explore this season?

    Cristina has been experiencing PTSD since the shooting and trying to cope with that. One of the things I love is that she and Owen experience PTSD at different times, but yes, we're going to really follow that. Not in the typical way that you'd think, although none of them are going to have an easy time getting on a plane again. No one is flying again anytime soon. We're watching her cope in the best way she knows how.

    How will Lexie's death impact Meredith? Could we potentially see the return of dark and twisty Meredith from early Grey's Anatomy?

    You're going to be surprised at the Meredith you see. I think there's a lot of growth there for the girl who drowned, put her hand on a bomb in a body cavity, the girl whose husband was shot in front of her. She's grown in a number of ways and the way that she's coping with the plane crash is very different from the Meredith you would have seen coping with the shooting and the Meredith who was coping with the bomb guy exploding -- she's a different person at this point.

    Will Cristina still be there for her or will she be one of those who explore life outside of Seattle as she mentioned in the finale?

    You'll have to wait and see.

    Could we see Jeff Perry return as Meredith's father?

    I've gone back and forth with that. We lost the chance to cross over the moment that Jeff Perry became both Meredith's father became Cyrus [on Rhimes' Scandal]. There's something very strange about watching Jeff Perry play Meredith's father at 9 p.m. then at 10 p.m. watch him play Cyrus.

    How will Owen respond to his role in the crash after he held his calls in the finale and potentially delayed their rescue?

    I don't think there's any guilt there. We're not playing with the idea that he did a terrible thing not taking his calls that day, that's not really an issue for us.

    What kind of Seattle Grace will the docs be returning to, clearly it will be a bit depleted with a few people moving on.

    It's going to be a very interesting place. We've been calling this season the season of romance and talking about playing up the romance of surgery and the romance between characters and the romance of friendships and really mining that as much as we can so it's not going to be a dark season.

    What's next for April (Sarah Drew) now that she doesn't have a job?

    When we come back to April, she's back home on the farm so how she gets back to us at the hospital is going to be a very interesting journey.

    Will the Chief (James Pickens Jr.) and Adele's story continue to be explored?

    We love Loretta Devine, so anytime we can get her we are thrilled. So yes. We have a really beautiful and painful journey that we want to really have a chance to watch and see.

    You've added a couple recurring characters in Camilla Luddington and Gaius Charles. Will they be doctors at Seattle Grace or elsewhere?

    People keep asking me about these guest stars. We didn't add series regulars, these are guest stars who are coming on to be guest stars. I prefer not to discuss guest stars at this time.

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    Yes because that worked out well for everyone the first time...


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    Watch Tyler, Earl, Frank, and more join Trash Talk on stage to perform "Radicals" and "Awake", freestyle at Terry Richardson's studio

    By Pitchfork on July 27, 2012 at 10:28 a.m.

    Photos by Erez Avissar. Above: Odd Future at Trash Talk's show at 285 Kent

    The Odd Future crew took over NYC last night, with three separate shows in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Frank Ocean performed at Terminal 5 (check out photos here, with a full report to come) while Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt performed at the Best Buy Theater. Then, everybody decamped to Brooklyn's 285 Kent for a performance by Odd Future label signees Trash Talk. Photographer Erez Avissar captured all of it; check out more photos below and in our photo gallery.

    Tyler, Earl, Frank, and other Odd Future members hopped on stage with Trash Talk for a performance of Tyler's "Radicals" and Trash Talk's "Awake". Check out video of that below,via (((unartig))). Also while in NYC, the whole OF mob stopped by photographer Terry Richardson's studio. Tyler, Earl, Hodgy Beats, and others did a group freestyle, which Terry caught on camera. Also watch that below.

    Trash Talk/Odd Future: "Radicals" and "Awake":

    Terry Richardson studio freestyle:

    Odd Future

    Earl Sweatshirt

    Frank Ocean

    He is so cute hot. Such a lethal combination. I want to kiss him all over. 

    Tyler, the Creator

    Trash Talk

    Trash Talk/ Odd Future

    There are some great shots of the crowd in the slideshow. 


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  • 07/27/12--19:50: Well, that was quick...

  • Faster than an express Christmas, Modern Family’s contract renegotiation impasse is over.

    The adult members of the ABC sitcom’s cast have settled their dispute with 20th Century Fox Television, and production of the Emmy-winning series’ Season 4 is back to normal.

    The first hint that the talent and the Powers That Be would come to terms happened at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills Friday. ABC President Paul Lee said he expected the comedy’s season would begin when it was scheduled to, despite a contract-voiding lawsuit filed earlier in the week by stars Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Sofia Vergara and a hastily rescheduled table read (that, in the end, the entire cast attended). “We are hopeful and optimistic that we’ll be able to resolve it,” Lee said.

    With 14 nominations, Modern Family is the most-lauded scripted comedy series going into this year’s Emmys.

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    If all goes according to plan anyway.

    The premiere for Rob's new film Cosmopolis will be taking place in NYC on August 13th.

    On August 15th, he and director David Cronenberg will be doing a Q&A session about the film at TheTimesCenter.

    Robert hasn't been seen or heard from publicly since the scandal of his girlfriend Kristen Stewart cheating with her married director Rupert Sanders has been revealed, but there has been no news of any cancellations of these events on his part as of yet.

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    Paula Deen may be known as the butter queen, but bounce-back queen might be a more appropriate title. It’s hard to think of a worse endorsement for her butter-soaked Southern cooking empire than a Type II diabetes diagnosis. But despite the bad press, her diversified food businesses couldn’t be more healthy.

    In the past year her earnings have reached $17 million by our estimates, making her the fourth-highest earning chef on our Forbes list. The diabetes diagnosis padded her bottom line: our sources estimate she’s getting $6 million for a three-year deal shilling for diabetes drug-maker Novo Nordisk.

    Partnerships with Walmart for baked goods, Smithfield for hams, and Harrah’s for a growing chain of Paula Deen restaurants at casinos in the South are still going strong. Deen has got her own branded line of nuts, a frozen seafood line, plus a partnership with Springer Mountain chickens. And in June, she announced a new partnership with Nanco (the firm run by the Nanula family of Tops Friendly Markets) to launch her own line, Paula Deen Foods.

    Her Southern Cooking Bible, out last October, is a cookbook best-seller. She keeps going on cruises with her fans. And Deen was recently nominated for what would become her third Emmy for her work on “Paula’s Best Dishes.”

    “She’s a personality. I think she coated and deep-fried and ate Betty Crocker,” says restaurant consultant Clark Wolf, who is critical of the food she serves and its effect on health. “Make no mistake, she’s really good television.”

    Instead of turning around her cooking, Deen’s new publicists turned her bad health news into an opportunity to advocate for moderation: Deen has posed for the covers of both Prevention and People magazines, showing off a 30 pound weight loss that she says is achieved by portion control and cutting back on sweet tea. She’s now offering lighter versions of her favorite recipes. And the cook seems just as sunny as ever. Her explanation for waiting three years to tell the world she had diabetes? She had to come up with a solution to help—you know, the drug deal, y’all.

    Not that her decision hasn’t come at some cost. Long-time publicist Nancy Assuncao reportedly quit over Paula Deen’s decision to endorse a diabetes drug. “I can’t make it clear enough that I’m very fond of Paula,” Assuncao told Forbes. “The company took a different direction and it was time for me to leave.”

    Notably, Bobby Deen’s cooking show has taken a step away from his mother–it’s called “Not My Mama’s Meals.” 

    Separately, Deen is facing legal trouble. In March, Lisa Jackson, the long-time manager at Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House, sued Deen’s brother, Bubba Hiers, alleging a pattern of sexual harassment and racism. Deen is also named in the lawsuit.

    extra-buttery sauce

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    Episode Synopsis: Still reeling from Jake's proclamation of love, Jenna considers sleeping with him, believing sex might bring her some clarity about her own feelings.

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    On Friday (July 20), Snoop Dogg unleashed his alter-ego, Snoop Lion, in effort to introduce his upcoming album, "Reincarnated." "La La La," the album's first single, is not a typical Snoop track though. It's reggae. As odd as that may sound at first, the Major Lazer produced track calls into mind legendary reggae artists and sounds genuine.

    With the help from rising singer, Jovi Rockwell, Snoop Lion sings over the slow-burning, tropical-flavored production. Snoop's vocals are shockingly smooth much like his rhymes of yore. The chill vibes are also present in the accompanying video.

    Snoop Lion seems dedicated to the cause. He's created a Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr and has reached out to celebrities through Twitter -- such as the Kardashians, Martha Stewart and Rihanna -- to send them "postive vibes" and links to "La La La."

    Though some fans may be surprised to hear of Snoop's name change and genre exploration, it's not the artist's first time doing either. In 1998, the artist born Calvin Broadus, Jr., dropped "Doggy" from his monkier, Snoop Doggy Dogg. As far as beding genres, Snoop sung on the country ode to weed,"Roll Me Up," alongside Willie Nelson back in April.


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    Tammie Brown, a RuPaul's Drag Race alum from way back in the prehistoric ages of season 1, has become the (expertly painted!) face of Allstate Insurance. The new ad continues a trend of major companies understanding that targeting and supporting the gay community is a better financial, political and moral move than bowing to the failed boycotts and objections of hate groups. Details follow.

    The ad, spotted by a Buzzfeed reader, cleverly ties drag into the company's safe driver discount. "I dress in drag. But I don't race my engine," it reads.

    Any one willing to wager one of Tammie's spider-leg lashes that NOM/One Million Moms/Family Research Council will have threats of a boycott out to their tens of followers by days end?

    Love it. Although admittedly I can't hear her name without thinking of this... never forget -

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    "She doesn't belong in a committed relationship."
    That's not me talking, that's an expert: Dr. Gilda Carle, relationship specialist and psychotherapist who works with celebrity clientele.
    So where does Carle get her conclusion? Well, you can start with the nature of the actress's admitted cheating: a seemingly devil-may-care dalliance with her married director in broad daylight.
    See more photos of actresses who fell for their directors
    "She's 22 years old," Carle points out. "She's been in a committed relationship for 4 years—much too young to making a commitment. She's a child. She did this very public thing with director in order to be found out.
    "It was self-sabotage."
    As for why someone as successful as K.Stew would want to act against her own apparent best interests, well, making out in a car in front of a paparazzo certainly is one way to leave a lover.
    See all of Rob & Kristen's magazine covers together
    "She did it so she could have an easy out" with Rob, Carle suggests. "But of course it wasn't thought through; she's very immature. She had no idea that this would be so transparent to everybody."
    Even the actress's cheating partner, her married director Rupert Sanders, has significance, Carle tells me.
    "It was important to her to know she was still attractive to other guys. But obviously Kristen isn't looking for a relationship right now, so she picks a guy who is married."
    As my colleagues at E! Online have reported, it looks like Rob has left the Los Angeles-area home that he shares with his Twilight saga costar. Don't be shocked if the two of them try one last time for lasting romance, Carle predicts. After all, Stewart did make that public apology.
    But, Carle says, "if Rob takes her back it will be more of the same."
    "She was playing a role of a girlfriend who claimed that she was committed, but she wasn't committed," Carle insists. "She just needs to grow up."
    Well, at least her apology was mature?


    See Rob, don't take that skank back.

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    Rupert Sanders Adjusting Himself While At Dinner With Kristen Stewart & Charlize Theron

    Kristen Stewart and director Rupert Sanders's affair is not rumoured to have started while they were filming 'Snow White And The Huntsman', but we couldn't help but look at footage of the pair out together, just to make sure.
    And what did we find?

    Well, Rupert Sanders pales in comparison to Robert Pattinson in most Twi-hard's eyes - but, he really proved that he was no Prince Charming when he was caught off-guard, readjusting his nether regions while out to dinner with Kristen and the cast.
    The director, who is married with two children, was spotted dining with stars including Charlize Theron and Sam Claflin while promoting their movie in Berlin, when he couldn't resist having a little fiddle.
    Charlize seems to dominate conversation, but there is a moment or two when Kristen looks enamoured with Sanders.
    Rupert, need we remind you it's bad manners putting your elbows on the table, let alone fiddling with your ball sack!

    source: entertainmentwise, youtube

    I just love the extra layer of skeeviness this adds to Rupert's character.

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    On the other hand, it's pretty amazing this network managed to find what is being called a “new low” in reality television.

    Honey Boo Boo, in case you're unfamiliar, is a beauty pageant queen who is around 5 or 6 years old, and has horrified television audiences through appearances with her mom on talk shows and Toddlers & Tiaras. Normally when people look really bad on reality TV — Real Housewives, for instance — I feel sort of sorry for them, because their willful self-exploitation always seems to take them to dark places they weren't expecting it to. In Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which is about HBB's home life with her family on a ranch or farm-type setting that appears to include huge pits of mud, it seems like they're trying to take their exploitation to that dark place — as quickly as possible.

    If you're feeling nostalgic, as people tend to for everything these days, remember HBB's Toddlers & Tiaras days in this clip:


    .......Be honest, how many of you bishes are gonna watch this??

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    Actor Ryan Guzman is currently in the middle of a promotional blitz in support of his movie debut, "Step Up Revolution," which opened in theatres this Friday. Guzman was featured in this month's Cosmopolitan magazine, and while they only used one shot, the actor posted additional photos from the shoot on his Facebook page. Check them out, as well as photos from his cover shoot for Bello Mag, under the cut.

    Cosmopolitan shoot:

    From Bello Mag:

    And more shirtlessness courtesy of Summit Entertainment:

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    Apparently he's not that great of an actor and the movie isn't that great either, but as long as he looks pretty and the dancing is awesome, that's all I need for a Step Up movie.

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    Debbie Rowe, mother of Michael Jackson's eldest kids, concerned about their guardianship

    The biological mother of Michael Jackson's two eldest kids has concerns about a plan to permanently change their guardianship - and she wants assurances from the Gloved One's mom.

    Debbie Rowe has been following developments in the family's public battle over beloved matriarch Katherine Jackson and is hoping to get more information on a proposal to add Michael's nephew TJ Jackson, 34, as a permanent co-guardian ahead of a court hearing next week, a well-placed source told the Daily News Friday.

    "Debbie would like Katherine to consult her before making any changes to the agreement they worked out together after Michael died," the source said. "This would set up a whole different dynamic. She needs to see more details."

    Rowe raced back to southern California from a horse show last weekend when she heard family members reported Katherine missing, the source said.

    Though she handed Michael full custody of son Prince Michael, now 15, and daughter Paris, now 14, when they divorced in 1999, and didn't intervene after his death, Rowe has seen the kids on more than one occasion in the last three years, the source said.

    The visitation was part of an agreement she struck with Katherine directly - a pact that also called for limited interaction with patriarch Joe Jackson, the source said.

    Rowe, 53, was concerned about Joe's influence because Michael had accused his dad of physical abuse, sources previously told The News.

    "As long as Katherine is still actively involved (with the kids), there shouldn't be a problem. But they never agreed to let TJ be a decision maker. (Rowe) knows TJ from when he was little. She knows he's close to the kids. But she might ask for more custodial responsibility if he's making decisions she doesn't agree with," the Rowe source said Friday.

    TJ has been helping Katherine care for the kids at their Calabasas home and was granted temporary guardianship Wednesday amid a familial fracas pitting Michael's three kids against his siblings Janet, Jermaine, Randy and Rebbie.

    Prince and Paris voiced allegations on Twitter that they were blocked from speaking with Katherine during a surprise 9-day trip to an Arizona spa organized by the aunts and uncles.


     I get the feeling that both sides of the feud might be trying to manipulate the kids. I kind of wish Debbie would agree to take custody of all three of them until things calm down with the Jacksons.

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    You may recognize 19-year-old Jasmine Villegas as that girl who got real close to Justin Bieber in his “Baby” video (like holding hands, touching faces close), sending millions of Beliebers to jealous-town, USA. Well, Jasmine’s back with her own video premiere for “Didn’t Mean It”-- and we are still wiping our tears over her mission to bring awareness to domestic abuse.

    “Didn’t Mean It”, which premiered on Buzzworthy last week, is one of those rare, bone-chilling videos. We watch as Jasmine gets slapped by her boyfriend and dragged across the room. We watch as she struggles to let her abusive boyfriend go. Then, we watch as the singer finds the amazing strength to pack up her suitcases and leave her abuser. You can watch the video below.


    Domestic violence is all too real for Jasmine, who was in an abusive relationship for over a year. "What he 'didn't mean' was all the times he put me down, all the verbal and emotional abuse. It's all the negative things he said and did including the times he physically abused me," explained Jasmine about the title of her song.

    Through her music video the soulful songstress is using her own experience to create awareness for domestic violence, to let victims know that they don’t need to live in shame and to inspire all to take action against abuse. The end of “Didn’t Mean It” shares some scary statistics:

    +Nearly 15 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.

    + One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.

    +Only 33% of teens who have ever been in an abusive relationship have reported it.

    Domestic violence is far-reaching and under-reported. If you or someone you know is a victim, do like Jasmine and get help ASAP with resources such as Love Is Respect. Jasmine's video is really resonating with her fans too. A few days after the video premiered, Love Is Respect saw a big increase in in calls, chats and texts about dating abuse. Jasmine took some time to chat with us about her music video, her personal experience with dating abuse and how to speak out about it.

    MTV ACT: How did you find the courage to leave your abusive relationship? Who or what did you turn to for comfort?

    JASMINE: What gave me the courage to leave was honestly God. It got to the point where my self-esteem was so low that I actually started believing it was my fault and that I deserved it. In my weakest moment, God me sent an angel who put a stop to everything. In one of our more severe fights, there was a random stranger outside the house who heard the fighting and called the police. When the cops came I knew it was probably going to be my only escape. That's when I broke down and realized how dangerous my situation was and I got the strength to walk away from the relationship and NEVER LOOK BACK.

    MTV ACT: What advice can you give to someone who is currently in an abusive relationship or whose friend are in abusive relationship?

    JASMINE: My advice is that if you are in or know someone that's in an abusive relationship it NEVER gets better. I tried to believe that things would change for the better but it only got worst. My advice would be to go to organizations like Love Is Respect and research online how you can get help. There's also a hotline number you can call 24 hrs a day 1-866-331-9474 to speak to someone who can help you. You can also text "loveis" to 77054. Overall just remember that you have to take action and get out! You can't ignore the situation, it will not go away

    MTV ACT: Since your video premiere Love Is Respect received an increase in calls, texts and chat. How do you feel about the fact that your video is sparking people to take action?

    JASMINE: That makes all the work we put into the video worthwhile! That's the reason I wanted to share my story. I love being an artist but it's the most rewarding feeling when your music speaks for a cause and makes a difference in someone's life.

    MTV ACT: What can others do to prevent domestic abuse and raise awareness about this deeply important issue?

    JASMINE: Domestic abuse is a huge problem especially amongst teenagers and I feel that's partly because the issue doesn't have the awareness it needs. I remember in my school they talked about different kids of issues but I don't remember anyone ever speaking about domestic violence. Even if you haven't experienced domestic violence the chances are there is someone around that has or is currently going through it. I would encourage everyone to visit websites like Love Is Respect or No More and get information about spreading awareness.

    No it is not about Bieber, it is about this guy.

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    Preview of film aired during segment on Japanese morning TV program

    The morning television program Mezamashi Terebi presented exclusive footage promoting the upcoming Dragon Ball Z film. The program broadcast an approximately 15-second preview of the adaptation of Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball manga slated for a March 30 release.

    The film will be directed by Masahiro Hosoda (Dragon Ball Z episode director, Nangoku Shounen Papuwa-kun) at Toei and written by Yūsuke Watanabe (live-action 20th Century Boys trilogy, Gantz, Bloody Monday, Future Diary), with Tadayoshi Yamamuro (Dragon Ball Movie 4: The Path to Power, Beet the Vandel Buster) acting as the lead animation director.

    In a comment printed alongside the announcement, Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama notes that the adaptation will mark the first time he has been so deeply involved in the production of an anime, in this case as early as the screenwriting stages. Toriyama also says that the film will retain the atmosphere of the original while adding small amounts of "modern flavor."

    Senzu sauce 1 2 + my girl mjspice
    Happy Saturday ONTD!!!!
    Also GO USA!!!!

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    Christina Aguilera arrives makeup-free to Studio 11 for The Voice on Friday (July 27) in Burbank, Calif.

    The night before, the 31-year-old singer was spotted holding hands with her boyfriend Matthew Rutler as they left Osteria Mozza restaurant.

    PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics ofChristina Aguilera

    The battle rounds for The Voice will be taped early next month. Head on over to grab your tickets before they run out!

    Make sure to catch the season three premiere of The Voice on Monday, September 10 at 8pm, only on NBC.

    10+ pictures inside of Christina Aguilera arriving at Studio 11…



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    Moving trucks outside the home in Los Angeles that Robert Pattinson shared with girlfriend Kristen Stewart early Saturday morning.


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