Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Judith Light (Judith Ryland, “Dallas;” ex-Karen Wolek, “One Life to Live”) is probably best known for her onscreen comedic entanglement with Tony Danza on “Who’s the Boss?,” and her next project is set to be just as funny — but with an unconventional twist!

The actress stars in Amazon’s new half-hour, 10-episode dark comedy, “Transparent,” which follows a Los Angeles family headed by Maura (Jeffrey Tambor), who previously spent her life as Mort — the family’s patriarch! When she reintroduces herself to her family, everyone’s secrets finally start to come out, including the secrets of her ex-wife Shelly (Light), and their children: meandering Ali (Gaby Hoffmann), record producer Josh (Jay Duplass), and sexually conflicted Sarah (Amy Landecker). Each family member spins in a different direction as they begin to figure out who they are going to become.

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Bell-Phillip Television Productions (Top); Sony Pictures Television (Bottom)

Bell-Phillip Television Productions (Top); Sony Pictures Television (Bottom)

Ratings Report for the Week of August 18-22, 2014

NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings.  Thank you.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,468,000 (+69,000/+14,000)
2. B&B 3,490,000 (+61,000/+200,000)
3. GH 2,780,000 (-99,000/+162,000)
4. DAYS 2,390,000 (-73,000/+7,000)

Households
1. Y&R 3.3/11 (+.1/same)
2. B&B 2.6/9 (+.1/+.1)
3. GH 2.1/7 (-.1/+.1)
4. DAYS 1.8/6 (-.1/same)

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Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

J Graylock/JPI Studios

J Graylock/JPI Studios

As previously reported, ABC’s “The View” is currently in reinvention mode. While it gets ready to launch its new season on Monday, September 15, the show will not only have a new studio, new color scheme and logo, it’ll also have a new behind the scenes executive team who will spearhead the production of the talk show with c0-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell leading the way in front of the camera. The network officially announced that Bill Wolff, previously of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” will take over as executive producer. He succeeds Bill Geddie, who helmed the show from its beginnings in 1997 until this past season. Brian Balthazar, who helped launch the fourth hour of “The Today Show” has been appointed co-executive producer.

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James Minchin/A&E Networks

James Minchin/A&E Networks

A&E Networks

A&E Networks

After just three seasons on the air, A&E has canceled “Longmire,” its highest rated original drama series of all time, reports Deadline‘s Nellie Andreeva.

Based on the Walt Longmire Mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson, the series followed its central character, Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor, “The Matrix”), the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. It co-starred “As The World Turns” alum Bailey Chase (ex-Chris Hughes) as Branch Connally, a deputy with political aspirations.

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Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Best known for his portrayal of Noah Newman on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” and Elliot Leichter on The CW’s “Gossip Girl,” actor Luke Kleintank has booked a role in the Amazon Studios pilot “The Man in the High Castle,” reports Deadline. The series hails from “The X-Files’” Frank Spotnitz and Scott Free Productions and is based on the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name.

Like the book, the series will follow the story of an alternate America in 1962, where slavery is legal and the United States lost to Nazi Germany and Japan during World War II – the Germans occupy the East Coast and the Japanese took the West.

Kleintank will play Joe Blake, an all-American guy living in New York who has joined the clandestine American Resistance.


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Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Howard Wise/JPI Studios

During the Jason Thompson and Dominic Zamprogna “General Hospital” Fan Club Weekend event earlier this month, Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Carlos Rivera) stopped by and started a revolution when he began chanting, “Free Carlos!” Looks like the show heard him loud and clear as he’s set to appear on the Friday, August 29 episode, per a preview clip aired at the end of today’s episode. In it, Carlos is visited in prison by Sabrina Santiago (Teresa Castillo), who reveals that she knows who was responsible for the accident that killed her son with Patrick (Thompson).

In an interview with Soap Opera Digest in its newest issue, on sale tomorrow, Parise tells the publication it was a great day when he got the call to return. “I was excited. I felt like a boxer in training who gets the word that there’s a fight coming up!”


CBS

CBS

With the final days of summer upon us, many across the nation are gearing up to head to the beach or have one last BBQ before returning to the office or school to tackle responsibilities of the mind next week, with Labor Day being the official holiday of rest for the working class in America. Unfortunately, for those staying home on Monday, September 1, in order to catch up on their favorite soaps, you’ll either be seeing a repeat of “General Hospital” on ABC or no soaps at all on CBS and NBC.

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Chris Haston/NBC

Chris Haston/NBC

Since it was first announced that Alison Sweeney would be departing NBC’s “Days of our Lives” after more than 22 years portraying Sami Brady on the daytime soap opera, Sweeney has made it clear that she’d always welcome a return visit to Salem when the timing is right. Well, she’s back!

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CBS

CBS

Posting its best Women 18-49 rating since April, CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” leads the week amongst all broadcast daytime drama series in Women 18-49 and Women 25-54, while averaging 4.47 million viewers for the week of August 18-22, per Nielsen Media Research ratings data. The soap was up 2% in viewers from the week-ago, posting its largest audience since the week of July 21-25.

“Y&R” scored a 1.2/9 rating in Women 18-49, up 9% from last week and its best rating in the demo since the week of March 31-April 4, 2014. In Women 25-54, “Y&R” posted a 1.9/13 rating. With its best rating since the week of July 14-18 in the demo, the soap gained 6% compared to the prior week.


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Cliff Lipson

Cliff Lipson

Get ready to drop it like it’s hot, because “The Young and the Restless’” Shemar Moore was in the house (Neil’s house, specifically) to talk about his upcoming return as Malcolm Winters — and the heat really is too much to handle! From stepping back into Genoa City, to reuniting with his daytime counterparts, to details regarding the new season of his hit primetime series, “Criminal Minds,” the actor spilled every fiery little detail. So read on… if you dare!

It’s no surprise to viewers that “Y&R” would roll out the red carpet for the exciting return of Shemar Moore, who wowed audiences as the little brother of Neil (Kristoff St. John) from 1994 to 2005. But it was a surprise to Moore himself, who was taken off guard by the exceptionally warm welcome he received upon entering the CBS studio where “Y&R” films. “I was somebody for one day; I even got an ovation when I walked on here!” he shares. “I didn’t get that in 10 years of me being on this show. That was nice.”

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