Deadline is reporting Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte is scheduled to make his series television debut when he makes a cameo appearance on the CW’s “90210.”
Last week Lochte made it known that he’d like to take a stab at television by either competing in an upcoming season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” or possibly finding love on the networks “The Bachelor.”
Lochte’s “90210″ episode is scheduled to air on Monday, October 29.
Ron Palillo, best known for his star turning role as Arnold Horshack on “Welcome Back, Kotter,” has died, reports TMZ. The actor appeared as Gary Warren in episodes of “One Life to Live” in 1994. He died this morning of an apparent heart attack.
On Thursday, August 9, “OLTL” lost another alumnus when Al Freeman, Jr., passed at age 78. He portrayed Llanview Police Captain Ed Hall on the drama series from 1972 to 1988. He won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his role on “One Life” in 1979 – the first win in that category for the soap and the first for an African American actor. Former co-star Judith Light (ex-Karen Wolek) tweeted “Al freeman Jr. amazing man,extraordinary actor,a joy 2 work with on the soap opera OLTL. He will missed. Rip dearest Al.” Cause of death has not been released.
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With Major Crimes, Dallas and Perception,
TNT Now Claims Cable’s Top 3 New Series Launches for the Year-to-Date
TNT‘s blockbuster series The Closer ended its extraordinary seven-season run last night with 9,075,000 viewers in Live + Same Day, making it cable’s #1 series telecast for the summer-to-date.
The Closer‘s finale was followed by the debut of TNT’s newest drama, Major Crimes, which brought in 7,184,000 viewers in Live + Same Day to rank as cable’s #1 new series launch for the year-to-date. TNT has now charted cable’s Top 3 new series launches of 2012, with Major Crimes followed by the June 13 premiere of Dallas (6.9 million viewers) and the July 9 debut of Perception (5.6 million viewers).
Since premiering in 2005, The Closer has assembled a remarkable string of successes. The award-winning drama is the only series in cable history to rank #1 for five consecutive years, which it did from 2005 to 2009. This year, The Closer is once again topping the charts as cable’s most-watched series for the summer-to-date.
Within the pantheon of The Closer‘s many highly rated episodes, last night’s series finale is the drama’s second-most-watched episode ever. It ranks closely behind the show’s September 2007 midseason finale, which drew 9,207,000 viewers in Live + Same Day. The finale is expected to surpass that episode’s Live + 7 delivery (9,948,000) when final data becomes available in two weeks.
Among key demos, last night’s finale of The Closer averaged more than 2 million adults 18-49 and 2.7 million adults 25-54 in Live + Same Day. The premiere of Major Crimes brought in 1.5 million adults 18-49 and 2.0 million adults 25-54. In both demos, it now ranks behind Dallas among cable’s top new drama series launches for the year-to-date, with Perception coming in third among adults 25-54.
Starting next Monday, Major Crimes will move into The Closer‘s timeslot at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), followed by all-new episodes of Perception at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).
About TNT’s The Closer
For seven memorable seasons, Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson and the LAPD’s Major Crimes unit have closed some of television’s most intriguing, mind-bending and surprising cases. This summer, Johnson and her team faced their final cases together as the record-breaking blockbuster series starring Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick came to an end. Sedgwick has been joined by The Closer’s extraordinary Screen Actors Guild Award®–nominated cast includes Jon Tenney as Brenda’s husband, FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard; J.K. Simmons as Police Chief Will Pope; Corey Reynolds as Detective Sergeant David Gabriel; Robert Gossett as Commander Taylor; G.W. Bailey as Lieutenant Provenza; Tony Denison as Lieutenant Andy Flynn, Michael Paul Chan as Lieutenant Mike Tao, Raymond Cruz as Detective Julio Sanchez and Phillip P. Keene as audio-visual technician Buzz Watson. Two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell also starred in The Closer as Captain Sharon Raydor, the role she continues to play in Major Crimes.
The Closer is produced for TNT by The Shephard/Robin Company, in association with Warner Bros. Television. The series was created by James Duff, who serves as executive producer with Greer Shephard, Michael M. Robin, Kyra Sedgwick and Rick Wallace.
About TNT’s Major Crimes
TNT’s all-new drama series Major Crimes is taking television’s favorite squad of detectives into bold new territory. Two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell stars in the series, continuing her Emmy®-nominated role from The Closer. Joining her are fellow Closer veterans G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz and Phillip P. Keene. In addition, Robert Gossett, Jon Tenney and Jonathan Del Arco will guest-star in several episodes. The series also stars Graham Patrick Martin as Rusty, a homeless juvenile whose character will be introduced in the final episode of The Closer, and Kearran Giovanni as Detective Amy Sykes, an ambitious undercover police detective and military veteran who served in Afghanistan. While The Closer‘s focus has been on the lead character’s uncanny ability to secure airtight confessions from suspects, Major Crimes centers on what it takes to secure an airtight conviction.
Major Crimes is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company, in association with Warner Bros. Television. The Closer‘s James Duff, Greer Shephard, Michael M. Robin, and Rick Wallace serve as executive producers on the new series.
TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 99 million households, TNT is home to such original drama series as Rizzoli & Isles, Falling Skies, Dallas, Perception, Major Crimes, Franklin & Bash, Leverage, Southland and the upcoming Monday Mornings. The network also features dramatic unscripted originals like this summer’s The Great Escape and the upcoming Boston Blue (working title) and 72 Hours (working title). In addition, TNT is the cable home to popular dramas like The Mentalist, Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order and Castle, which starts this year; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
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TOM CAVANAGH TO STAR IN LIFETIME ORIGINAL MOVIE KILLER AMONG US
Captivating Film Co-Starring BORIS KODJOE and TESS ATKINS
set to Make World Premiere September 8
LOS ANGELES, CA (August 14, 2012) – Golden Globe® nominee Tom Cavanagh (Scrubs, Ed) will star in the Lifetime Original Movie Killer Among Us, which will make its world premiere on Saturday, September 8, 2012, at 8:00PM ET/PT. Inspired by a true story, the film follows Nick Carleton (Cavanagh), a widowed father of three who is coping with the loss of his beloved wife, while minding his teenage daughter Alex, (Tess Atkins, Girl Fight, The Killing) as she bravely tries to uncover the ruthless murder of her mother.
In Killer Among Us, Alex (Atkins), reeling from her mother’s shocking and mysterious murder, is trying to help her family’s life get back to normal, taking on the role of mother for her two younger siblings and lending a hand to her father Nick (Cavanagh). With no leads and the case growing cold, the police have no choice but to close their investigation. Not ready to give up, police detective Joseph Moran (Boris Kodjoe, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Soul Food) takes an unorthodox approach to try to find the killer by enlisting Alex’s assistance, which may put her in harm’s way. Reluctant to help at first, Alex begins to search for clues and anything out of the ordinary that could help solve her mother’s murder. But what she slowly begins to unearth is something more shocking than anything she could have ever imagined.
Killer Among Us was written by Katherine Fugate, directed by Bradley Walsh and produced by Front Street Pictures/Ordinary Road Productions. Executive producers include Harvey Kahn, Jack Grossbart, Linda Kent and Fugate.
Lifetime Television is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. The network posted major growth in viewership among the key demographics in Second Quarter 2012 versus Second Quarter 2011, posting a 13% jump among Women 18-49, +5% among Adults 18-49 and +1% in Women 25-54. Additionally, among Women 18-49, Lifetime marked the network’s strongest 2Q growth in 10 years. Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group, Hearst Corporation and NBC Universal.
After attracting nearly a quarter of a billion viewers over the course of 17 nights, while airing the Olympics from London (July 27-August 12), NBC returned to earth last night as viewers tuned out of the network despite it premiering new series “Stars Earn Stripes,” and the second season premiere of “Grimm.”
Nic Robuck (ex-James Ford, “One Life to Live”) has landed his first feature film role, reports ABC Soaps In Depth. The actor has signed on to play the lead in the film “A Dark Plan.”
“I play the lead character, Shane Dempsey, a sociopath who had a horrible upbringing. He will do anything for the love of others… even kill if he’s desperate enough!” said Robuck to Soaps In Depth. “He’s a bit like James in that they both had rough upbringings,” Robuck revealed, “but Shane has much deeper, darker-rooted issues and isn’t quite stable.”
For the past couple of years NBC’s “Days of our Lives” has been holding its “A Day of Days” fan event at Universal Studios CityWalk, where fans of the drama series could meet and great some of their favorite stars and get signed autographs. Unfortunately, this year the network has decided not to continue that event, and instead opted to branch it out a little bit (similar to how ABC canceled Super Soap Weekend, which turned into the Soap Nation Tour). Earlier this year, in a posting on the soaps operas Facebook page, the network said, “Ask and you shall receive! NBC has heard your requests and we are taking our yearly fan event on the road! Instead of holding our event at Universal City in California, members of the ‘Days of our Lives’ cast will be traveling to a few cities around the country. Dates and cities to be announced soon!” That “soon” is now.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’re likely already aware that Greg Vaughan (ex-Lucky Spencer, “General Hospital”) is joining “Days of our Lives” as a recast Eric Brady. What you didn’t know was his first airdate, or his characters new holy profession. Say what?
On Friday, August 10, via Entertainment Weekly, a representative of “DAYS” confirmed that Vaughan had been hired to portray the twin brother of Sami Brady (Alison Sweeney), who was last seen in Salem in July 2000 and was the first love interest of Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker), which was the basis of Sami’s long standing feud with Nicole. The role was previously portrayed by “Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles.
In an exclusive interview with TV Guide‘s Michael Logan, Bradley Bell, Executive Producer and Head Writer of “The Bold and the Beautiful,” has revealed that he plans on recasting the role of Ridge Forrester now that Ronn Moss is departing the series after filming his final scenes later today.
Bell, who only found out that Moss opted not to renew his contract on Thursday, August 9, tells Logan that losing Moss is a “huge” deal. Ultimately he’s “very sad but also very grateful for the 25 years we did have with him. Ronn is a wonderful man and a great actor and he’ll be sorely missed.”
For those wondering how Bell plans to write the character off the canvas, albeit temporarily, Bell says, “I went ahead and wrote a wedding for Ridge and Brooke [Katherine Kelly Lang] — a real retrospective sort of wedding that honors the characters’ 25-year relationship — and then I have them take off on a honeymoon. I’ve been in this business long enough to know I have to protect my show. The worst thing happened but at least I was prepared.” Images of what looked to be a supposed wedding popped up on Facebook on Saturday, August 11, just moments before news broke of Moss’s departure from “B&B.”
“Ridge will not be dead or presumed dead. He will just not be in the picture. I don’t want to do a presumed death because I don’t want the story that follows to be all about Ridge. This will be a Brooke story,” says Bell. “Ridge is a pivotal part of the show and he will be back in a matter of time…and probably not all that much time. I will continue writing for the character. I’m looking at this in two phases, really. There will be a period of time without Ridge, which is where some new, interesting avenues for Brooke will come into play. But at some point it will be necessary for Ridge to return to the show. Who will be playing the role at that point remains to be seen.”
According to Bell, Moss’ last airdate is scheduled for Friday, September 14.
For the full Bell interview, head on over to TV Guide‘s website.
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John Aniston (Victor Kiriakis, “Days of our Lives”) was the last to learn that daughter Jennifer Aniston (“Friends”) was engaged to long-time boyfriend Justin Theroux, reports Celebuzz.
“It’s the first I’ve heard about it,” said Aniston to the website on Sunday, August 12. “It’s a surprise to me. I’ll have to look online. When I find out more, I guess I’ll tell you!” he continued. When learning the engagement was in fact real (publicist confirmed and all), and how the engagement took place, Aniston said, “It sounds very romantic.” For reference, a representative for Theroux told People Magazine, “Justin Theroux had an amazing birthday on Friday, receiving an extraordinary gift when his girlfriend, Jennifer Aniston, accepted his proposal of marriage.”
Personally, it does seem a little odd that Aniston didn’t tell her father before telling the world, and that Theroux didn’t ask his permission first (it’s still a tradition in some circles). Let’s just hope he’s asked to at least walk her down the aisle before he learns they were married in some remote location from another website or publication.
Otherwise, congrats John!