It’s been quite a few months since we last saw Denyse Tontz as the adorable Miranda Montgomery on Prospect Park’s “All My Children,” but it looks like she has been keeping busy! While soap fans know her as Erica Kane’s granddaughter, Tontz is also a talented singer and songwriter. Her music was featured in multiple “AMC” scenes last year as well as on CBS’ “The Mentalist.” She has released a new music video and it’s an inspiring ode to finding the motivation to rise above negativity.
In “Use It,” Tontz tells mean girls, ex-boyfriends, and haters to bring it because she’s going to use their negativity to help propel her forward. “I’m going to say your name in my acceptance speech. Gonna tell the cameras what you mean to me,” she says. And she may do just that: let’s not forget that Tontz is among the pre-nominees for the Outstanding Younger Actress Award at the Daytime Emmys this year!
She is also now being managed by former Nirvana and Led Zeppelin manager Danny Goldberg, so we should expect to hear a lot more music from Tontz in the future!
Yesterday the Lifetime Network announced a premiere date and cast for the sequel to its successful adaptation of V.C. Andrews’ iconic (and controversial!) book “The Flowers in the Attic.” The sequel, titled “Petals on the Wind,” is based on the second novel in the series and will continue the story of the Dollanganger children a decade after they escaped the attic where they were locked away by their mother and grandmother.
Heather Graham (“Boogie Nights”) and Ellen Burstyn (“Requiem for a Dream”) will reprise their roles as the Dollanganger mother and grandmother, respectively, and former “As the World Turns” star Dylan Bruce (ex-Chris Hughes) will return as Corrine’s second husband Bart.
It’s not often that you’ll see the big four networks – ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox – working together, but this past Thursday, representatives from each network put the competition aside for a good cause. As part of the third annual National Hispanic Media Coalition MediaCon event, over 300 media entertainment executives and insiders met with Latino industry professionals and Latinos looking to break into the industry to discuss improving diversity efforts in media and entertainment.
Questioning why soap casts aren’t more diverse has been a long debated topic among soap fans. While some shows are better than others, and there certainly has been improvement over the years, some fans are still dissatisfied by the lack of minorities on their soaps. These fans will be interested to hear what the heads of entertainment at ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox had to say as part of their keynote address at the event.
“If you do not reflect the face of America, you will not get the ratings,” said Paul Lee, ABC Entertainment Group President (pictured above). “Anyone who says you cannot have a Latino lead or an African-American lead is now proven wrong.” ABC points to the success of shows like “Modern Family” (which features Colombian actress Sofia Vergara and Mexican American actor Rico Rodriguez) and “Scandal” (which stars African-American lead Kerry Washington) as examples of this.
Sonny Corinthos may have his hands full on “General Hospital” lately, but his portrayer, Maurice Benard, managed to find the time to film a movie last year! It’s called “The Ghost and The Whale” and it features Benard as a bipolar man who is shrouded in mystery surrounding the death of his wife at sea. When an acclaimed journalist comes to town, they must together try to uncover the truth of what happened, while trying to survive the wrath of the wife’s diabolical brother.
Yesterday the first trailer for the film was released and there’s enough drama and action in this sneak peek to make Sonny himself proud!
Actor James Rebhorn, perhaps best known to soap fans as the abusive stepfather of Beth Raines on “Guiding Light,” passed away in his home this past Friday afternoon at the age of 65.
Rebhorn was a celebrated character actor who appeared in over 100 television, film, and theater roles. In addition to being featured on “GL” in the eighties, he also made appearances on soaps “The Doctors,” “Search for Tomorrow,” and “As The World Turns.”
Former “Guiding Light” and “All My Children” alum Paige Turco (ex-Dinah Marler, “GL”; ex-Lanie Cortlandt Rampal, “AMC”) may have not one, but two big hits on her hands!
In addition to recently being cast on the upcoming “NCIS” spin-off, Turco also stars on the post-apocalyptic drama “The 100″, which just debuted on the CW last night. And according to the network, it was a huge success! ‘The 100′ drew 2.7 million viewers, making it not only the CW’s most-watched season premiere of the season, but also their most watched mid-season premiere in four years!
Former “One Life to Live” and “Who’s the Boss?” star Judith Light has played the love interest of some pretty famous actors before, but it looks like she’s about to share the screen with her biggest co-star yet. Light has just signed on to play Henry Winkler’s wife in the ABC comedy pilot “The Winklers,” based on Winkler’s real-life relationship with his son-in-law.
According to Deadline.com, Light will play Tita Winkler, the “fabulous, fierce momma bear of the [Winkler] family.” Henry Winkler will, of course, be starring as himself and former “The Wire” actor Domenick Lombardozzi will play his son-in-law. Josh Sussman (“Glee”) will also star as Henry and Tita’s son Jonah.
After “General Hospital’s” A.J. Quartermaine was shot and put into critical condition by Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) a few weeks ago, fans began speculating if this could be the end of the line for the long-time Port Charles resident. Even so, it comes as a shock today that A.J.’s portrayer, Sean Kanan, has confirmed that he will be leaving “GH” at the end of this month to return to his role on “The Bold and the Beautiful!”
In an interview with TV Guide Magazine, Kanan explains that his “GH” exit was a mutual decision by him and the producers. Although, according to him, his exit has a lot to do with his unhappiness over the writing for his character.
Prospect Park Networks may have just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week, but that isn’t stopping ABC from seeking unpaid licensing fees that they claim Prospect Park Networks has yet to pay them.
In a cross-complaint suit made available by Deadline.com, ABC is now suing PPN for “all unpaid series fees owned up to and through the date of the trial of this action as a result of Prospect Park’s failure to pay in breach of the License Agreement.” According to them, PPN had agreed to an approximate $145 million multi-season licensing agreement, yet only paid for a few months on the first seasons of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.”
The war between ABC and Prospect Park Networks over “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” continues to rage on, but today Prospect Park Networks took an expected step: filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
According to Variety.com, the online production company filed for bankruptcy earlier today in a federal court in Delaware. In a statement released by the company, they explained that “PPN is optimistic that this filing will make it possible to continue to maximize the value of its assets and settlement of past liabilities. The company is optimistic about the prospects for a smooth transition into bankruptcy.”
So what does this mean for Prospect Park? And how does this affect their lawsuit with ABC?