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How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of ‘GH,’ ‘The View’ and ‘The Chew’; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

 
Entertainment
Friday, February 20, 2009 7:50 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Does she have nothing better to do with her time? She’s already covering all the Awards for the TV Guide Network and danced her way off of “Dancing With the Stars,” but Lisa Rinna figures she can fit in a Playboy cover to show off her configured body.

Rinna will grace the cover of Playboy‘s May Issue in which she lets it all hang out, including the flabby parts. The actress/host was ordered by photographer Deborah Anderson not to hit the gym and tone up for the project, but be her natural self.

“She said, ‘I do not want you long and sinewy and angular and muscular. I want you soft,’” said Rinna when speaking with People magazine.

“This was really hard for me because being 45 years old and posing for Playboy, you want to amp it up.”

Rinna’s biggest fan is her husband and he thinks the photos are “Unbelievable!”

Playboy magazine is rumored to be up for sale after sluggish sales of the once hot property in recent months.

Prior to her hosting gigs on TV Guide Network, Lisa Rinna is best known for her role as Billie Reed on NBC’s “Days of our Lives.” She also starred in the FOX primetime hit “Melrose Place” as Taylor McBride. In 2004, she had a recurring role on UPN’s “Veronica Mars,” in which she played the murdered Lynn Echolls. 


Discussion: God Help Us: Lisa Rinna Graces Playboy

  • Days of our Lives
  • Lisa Rinna
  • Playboy


    Friday, February 20, 2009 6:23 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “Days of our Lives” star Galen Gering appears on TBS comedy series “10 Items or Less.”

    “10 Items or Less” is an improv comedy series taking place in the fictional Greens & Grains supermarket, where New York City businessman, Leslie (John Lehr), is forced to move back to his hometown of Dayton, Ohio and take over the family supermarket following the death of his father.

    In the February 24 episode (“Sesquicentennial”) and third season finale of the series, Lesie offers customers of Greens & Grains 150% off of their purchase in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the supermarket. Realizing his mistake, Leslie adds a catch that states that customers must dress in period-era attire during said purchase. Meanwhile, Ingrid (Kirsten Gronfield) meets Dave (guest-star Galen Gering), a polygamist on the prowl – only she doesn’t know that. Leslie, who secretly loves Ingrid seeks to expose the truth and his undying love for Ingrid.

    The episode was written by John Lehr and Nancy Hower with direction by Hower and airs Tuesday, February 24 at 11:00 PM ET/PT on TBS. 

    “Days of our Lives” airs Weekdays on NBC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


    Discussion: ’10 Items or Less’ for Gering

    • Days of our Lives
    • Galen Gering
    • John Lehr
    • Kirsten Gronfield
    • 10 Items or Less


      Behind the Scenes of "The Art of Getting Over It"

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live’s” Trevor St. John (Todd Manning) to screen film short directed by former co-star Dan Gauthier(ex-Kevin Buchanan) at two upcoming film festivals.”The Art of Getting Over It,” tells the story of an angry and frustrated Cameron Clothier (St. John), who unleashes his rage on those who hurt him, all the while surreptitiously courting an angelic barista in his neighborhood coffee shop and, almost against his will, finding redemption in love. The 23 minute short was filmed in Trevor’s home town – Spokane, Washington. St. John served as writer, producer and actor in the film.

      “I am proud of this film and even prouder that I could make it with my family and a dear friend,” says St. John. “The experience was one of the thrills of my life.”

      The film came to be “after many hours of dressing-room conversation when Trevor and I co-starred in a project produced in New York,” said Gauthier.” We talked about working together on a film as creators and collaborators, bringing our very similar perspectives to the process. This is exactly the kind of film we talked about making.”

      “Getting Over It” will be screened in Los Angeles on Monday, December 29 during the Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Fest at the Fine Arts Theatre starting at 10:00 PM. In will debut in New York City on Sunday, January 4 during the New Filmmakers Festival at the Courthouse Theater starting at 7:15 PM.

      “We are proud of our creation and I would absolutely love it if you have a chance to see if yourself.” – Trevor St. John.

      For Los Angeles Tickets and Information: Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Festival
      For New York Tickets and Information: New Filmmakers Festival



      ABC Family

      When website Romance.com threatens the matchmaking business run by Susan (Faith Ford, center left), she signs up on the site to prove that her old-fashioned touch is best. Surprisingly, the site finds her the perfect mate, who just happens to be the company’s CEO (Cameron Daddo, center right). Dyan Cannon (left) and Hal Linden (right) also star along with young actresses Jadin Gould (front left) and Abigail Mavity (front right).



      Friday, December 26, 2008 5:30 PM ET by Errol Lewis


      Photo: Lisa Rose/JPI Studios

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — While he left “All My Children” in 2003 to pursue primetime and film roles, Josh Duhamel, 36, will never be forgotten for playing the role of Leo du Pres on the ABC Daytime drama series. Now, the actor is ready to wed his long-time lady love, Stacy Ann Ferguson.

      On Saturday, January 10, 2009,  family and friends will gather together for the wedding of music sensation Stacy Ann Ferguson (aka: Fergie), 33, and film star Josh Duhamel. The two will be wed in Los Angeles, CA. Josh popped the question last year after three years of dating. This is Duhamel’s second engagement (previously engaged to a Kristy Pierce in 2004).

      The couple met on the set of NBC’s “Las Vegas,” when Fergie made a special guest-appearance. Duhamel admitted to crushing on the singer, and later asked her out on a date.

      Shortly before their engagement, Fergie admitted that she was “madly in love with him [Duhamel],” and that he understood “how to treat a woman and give me respect.”

      According to Access Hollywood, confirmed guests include actresses Kate Hudson, Marion Cotillard and Dame Judi Dench.

      • All My Children
      • Las Vegas
      • Josh Duhamel
      • Stacy Ann Ferguson
      • Kate Hudson
      • Marion Cotillard
      • Dame Judi Dench


        Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “Days of our Lives” may be a sinking ship, but that won’t stop Darin Brooks (Max Brady) from expanding his horizons.

        Brooks has signed on to star alongside former NFL running back-turned-actor Ed Marinaro (“Sisters,” “Hill Street Blues”) in the SpikeTV comedy pilot “Blue Mountain State” from Lionsgate Television and Varsity Pictures, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

        While still in the pilot stage, “Mountain” is a scripted series surrounding three college freshman who join the Midwestern college football team of Blue Mountain State University, and must adapt to college life while juggling football, girls, classes and hazing rituals. Brooks will play Alex, a talented quarterback content with riding on the bench, while enjoying college parties. The pilot was written by Chris Romano and Eric Falconer (“The Sarah Silverman Program”). Romano will play Sammy, Alex’s best friend,  who aspires to be the school’s mascot.

        The potential series will also stars Sam Jones III (“ER”) as Craig, a top recruit and future pro footballer, whose life is already mapped out by his controlling girlfriend, Denise (played by Gabrielle Dennis, “The Game”). Alan Ritchson (“Smallville”) will portray Thad, a senior on the football team who loves hazing incoming freshman.

        Brian Robbins serves as the potential series’ executive producer.

        At this time, it is still unclear as to whether “Blue Mountain State” will interfere with Brooks’ “DAYS” obligations if it receives a full series commitment from SpikeTV.

        “Days of our Lives” airs Weekdays on NBC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on iTunes. Check local listings.



        Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

        Emmy Rossum went from “Law & Order” to “As The World Turns” (ex-Abigail Williams) and now is starring in “Dragonball,” the film adaptation to the popular “Dragonball” anime series.

        “Dragonball” tells the story of Goku (played by Justin Chatwin), a warrior set out to save the universe from iminent danger. He seeks to locate the seven magical orbs known as the Dragon Balls, which together will help summon the Shenron dragon, who will grant a single wish to the one that summons him.

        Rossum (right, picured with Chatwin) will play Bulma, a girl who aids Goku on his quest after her father’s dragonball is stolen from Lord Piccolo (played by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actor James Marsters). Joining her will be “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Texas Battle as Carey Fuller, a bully in the film. Battle’s character was specifically written into the film for storyline purposes.

        Rounding out the cast are Jamie Chung as Chi-Chi, Chow Yun-Fat as Master Roshi, Joon Park as Yamcha, Eriko Tamura as Mai, Luis Arrieta as Weaver, Randall Duk Kim as Granpa Gohan, Ernie Hudson as Master Mutaito, and Shavon Kirksey as Emi.

        The $100 million budgeted “Dragonball” is a production of 20th Century Fox and is set for release on Friday, April 3, 2009.



        Thursday, May 29, 2008 5:15 PM EST | By Errol Lewis

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children’s” Cameron Mathison and “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd team up as co-hosts of the “35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards,” which will air live on Friday, June 20 at 8:00 PM EST/PST (tape-delayed to the West Coast) from Hollywood’s Kodak Theater on the ABC Television Network. SOAPnet original series “MVP” to air immediately after the two-hour Emmy telecast.

        “Cameron and Sherri both have such an inviting way about them. Viewers will feel like they’re in the Kodak and part of the excitement and enthusiasm surrounding this year’s broadcast,” said Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney-ABC Television Group. “They bring the perfect vibe to the celebratory atmosphere of this show.”

        “We are excited to have two of the biggest supporters of daytime programming as our hosts,” said show executive producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss. “The audience – both in the Kodak and at home – is in for a very entertaining evening, courtesy of Cameron and Sherri.”

        “MVP,” also known as the “Secret Lives of Hockey Wives,” tells the story of the Mustangs hockey team and gives viewers a behind the scenes look at their lives off the ice.

        “The Daytime Emmys are the perfect springboard into SOAPnet’s new original series. We have a unique opportunity to leverage the strength of the division and showcase a great new dramatic series to a broad audience that loves serialized drama,” said Frons.

        The series is an original production of Screen Door Inc., with Mary Young Leckie and Heather Haldane serving as executive producers. It was cancelled in March by its Canadian broadcaster the CBC. Each episode reportedly cost about $1.5 million

        “MVP” stars Lucas Bryant, Dillon Casey, Matthew Bennett, Peter Miller, Kristin Booth, Anastasia Phillips, Deborah Odell, Natalie Krill and Olivia Waldriff.



        Wednesday, May 21, 2008 6:04 PM | By Errol Lewis


        Seamus Dever

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — According to published reports, Seamus Dever, who recently departed ABC’s “General Hospital” (as Dr. Ian Devlin) is joining the cast of Lifetime’s top-rated original series “Army Wives,” starring Kim Delaney (“All My Children,” “NYPD Blue”) and Catherine Bell (“Jag”).

        Dever has signed on for at least four episodes and will play a doctor at Mercer Hospital. He will play the love interest to Bell’s character Denise.

        The actor recently wrapped work on “Ready or Not,” which also stars Jordi Vilasuso (“Guiding Light”) and Jonathan Murphy (“Wildfire” and “The Bold and the Beautiful”).

        The new season of “Army Wives” begins June 8.



        Soap Star Takes on Reality and TV Movie
        Sunday, June 17, 2007 1:40 PM | By Errol Lewis

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Soap Star Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo, “All My Children”) is set to host “Age of Love” and star in an Oxygen original movie.

        On Monday, June 18, NBC will debut a new reality series in the vein of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” entitled “Age of Love” where contestants in their 20′s compete with women in their 40′s for the heart of Australian Tennis Superstar Mark Philippoussis. Mark Consuelos will guide Philippoussis in his quest to find true love with either one of the six “Kittens” in their 20′s or seven “Cougars” in their 40′s.

        “Age of Love” airs Mondays at 9:00 PM, EST/PST on NBC.

        In other news, Consuelos has signed on to star opposite Nadine Velazquez (“My Name is Earl”) in the Oxygen channel original movie tentatively titled “Husband for Hire.” In the movie Velazquez plays Lola, a successful Latina businesswoman who finds herself having to find a mate to marry or she’ll lose her claim to the family fortune. Nate (played by Consuelos) is the man she hires to play her husband-to-be. Mario Lopez (“Dancing with the Stars”) Erik Estrada (“CHiPs”) and Tempestt Bledsoe (“The Cosby Show”) round out the cast.

        Tim Perell and Howard Gertler of Process Media are executive producers with Kris Isacsson serving as writer-director. Filming on the project began two weeks ago in New Mexico. The film is set to premiere on Oxygen later this year.

        Pictured: Mark Consuelos courtesy Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

        • All My Children
        • Mark Consuelos
        • Mark Philippoussis
        • Mario Lopez
        • Erik Estrada
        • Tempestt Bledsoe
        • Age of Love
        • CHiPs
        • The Cosby Show








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