According to TVLine, Luke Grimes is exiting HBO’s “True Blood” after reported creative differences with show producers over the future of his character, James. “He initially joined the show because he wanted to work with [his 'Forever' co-star] Deborah Ann Woll,” said an insider to the website. “But when he started reading the scripts for Season 7, he was disappointed to learn that they were going in a completely different direction with James.”
Grimes joined the cast of the series in season 6, which found James mostly sexing it up with Woll’s Jessica. He was expected to continue in the role through the upcoming seventh and final season, which begins shooting in late January. The role will be recast, says an HBO representative.
One thing we’ll soon find out is how much of an effect SOAPnet’s demise will have on “General Hospital,” if any at all. In a new promo touting the multi-platform availability of ABC’s sole remaining daytime soap opera, the network wants to make sure its viewers have every opportunity of catching up with the latest happenings in Port Charles.
In the promo, viewers are treated to the phrases “More Sizzle, More Secrets, More Twists, More Heart Stopping Action,” as they are subsequently informed that they can view “GH” weekdays at 2e/1c/p on ABC and anytime on ABC On Demand, which includes Watch ABC on ABC.com and mobile app on iOS and Android enabled devices.
In addition to the aforementioned platforms, you can also watch “GH” on Hulu.com, which proves that SOAPnet was no longer necessary in today’s world. The series is currently unavailable on Hulu Plus.
From re-runs of soap classics “Dallas,” “Dynasty,” “Another World,” “Port Charles,” and “Falcon Crest,” to the launches of original series “SoapCenter,” “Soap Talk” and “General Hospital: Night Shift,” SOAPnet was defined as the “new way to watch soaps” for much of its near 14-year run. With just 2 days left before SOAPnet is no more, we thought it would be a great opportunity to look back at the inaugural year of a network that gave diehard soap fans their own platform to shout with glee through the death of a network that outlived its purpose.
In a message posted on her Facebook page earlier today, “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts for the first time publicly acknowledged her sexuality. The ABC News anchor posted her message one year to the day after reaching the critical stage of 100 days following the bone marrow transplant that saved her life.
In an episode aptly titled “Dinner Party,” “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Darin Brooks (Wyatt Fuller) is returning to ABC’s “Super Fun Night” on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, which finds his character, Jason, and wife Jazmine (Ashley Tisdale), show up drunk to Jazmine’s sister’s dinner party.
Starring Rebel Wilson as Kimmie, Jazmine’s sister, Brooks first appeared on the show in the October 23 episode titled “Engagement Party,” when his character got engaged to Tisdale’s. This will mark the first time that the series refers to the couple as being married.
“Super Fun Night” airs Wednesdays at 9:30 PM ET/PT on ABC.
Former “All My Children” star Cady McClain (ex-Dixie Cooney) announced recently that her short film, “Flip Fantasia,” has been accepted into the 9th Annual Macon Film Festival, which will be held from February 27 – March 2, 2014 and will take place at the Cox Capitol Theatre, The Douglass Theatre and The 567 Center for Renewal in downtown Macon, GA. Describing the film she wrote, produced and directed on her website, McClain says, “I made this as a labor of love right out of my heart.” She adds, “It’s a love song to NYC, to my wild youth, to crazy people I have known that changed my life, to being raw, to innocence, to friendship, to true hearts, to broken hearts, and to the pain of having to deal with the hardest parts of life when you are very, very young… as I did.”
On Christmas Day, Jenni “JWoww” Farley announced on her website that she is pregnant with her first child with husband Roger Matthews. “Roger and I couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas gift this year! We wanted to share this exciting news with you all first because you have been a part of our lives these past few years and seen the love between Roger and I develop and blossom,” wrote Farley, who portrayed Nikki the bartender on Prospect Park’s online reboot of “One Life to Live” and stars alongside Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi in MTV’s reality hit, “Snooki & JWoww.”
“We are so excited to share this new chapter of our lives with you as we become parents and create more memories with a new addition to our family!” added Farley. “Thank you for all your love and support and for being there for us throughout the years! We are extremely happy and cannot wait for our bundle of joy to arrive!”
According to a photo retweeted on her Twitter page, the couple are expecting their first child in July. The image read, “JWoww is pregnant…July 2014 Baby Matthews.”
Wonder whatever happened to “Guiding Light’s” Justin Klosky (ex-Joey Lupo)? Well the actor is now a professional celebrity organizer and author of the new book, “Organize & Create Discipline: An A-to-Z Guide to an Organized Existence,” which was released yesterday.
In the book, the Miami native discusses “what growing up with OCD was like and why my OCD came about.” He notes, “‘Organize & Create Discipline’ is my first published work. Having ADHD and OCD made focusing my thoughts for a book a very complicated task. It’s tough to perfect the content when you’re stuck dwelling on whether the headings should be centered or left justified.”
Fans of FX’s “The Americans,” starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, won’t have to wait too much longer before the spy drama series returns for its second season. FX announced yesterday that the show will debut a new batch of episodes beginning Wednesday, February 26 at 10:00 PM ET/PT.
As FX’s most-watched drama series launch ever with 5.1 million viewers tuning in for the January 2013 debut, “The Americans” follows Russell and Rhys as two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. They play complicated married couple Philip and Elizabeth Jennings on the show. The series also stars Noah Emmerich, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, Annet Mahendru, Alison Wright and Susan Misner.
In the episode entitled, “Homecoming,” allies and enemies scramble to learn what happened the night of Emily Thorne’s (Emily VanCamp) wedding, while the Graysons close ranks to protect their own. But when everyone’s a suspect, it’s only a matter of time before they tear each other apart. In honor of the primetime guilty pleasures return, TVLine has your exclusive first look at Emily, who is recovering in a hospital after being shot by her husband, Daniel Grayson (Josh Bowman), after he learned that she lied to him and she was not in fact pregnant. In the sneak peek released to the site by ABC, Daniel visits a sleeping Emily, who grabs his arm and frantically asks, “Where am I?” and “Who am I?” Yes, the amnesia storyline staple of daytime television is still powerful enough for primetime.