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.
Former “General Hospital” star Sebastian Roche (ex-Jerry Jacks) will soon be gracing the screen of ABC again — but instead of popping up in Port Charles, he’ll be appearing on the alphabet network’s hit primetime drama, “Scandal!”
A rep for the show confirms that the actor will be appearing in a handful of episodes beginning this Thursday, April 3. The spokesperson remained tight-lipped about addition details, but Roche tweeted a photo of himself on set of the popular series looking as handsome as ever in a Paul Smith suit.
“Scandal” airs on Thursdays on ABC at 10PM ET.
Hot on the heels of the news that Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Newman, “The Young and the Restless”) will be appearing on Hallmark’s “Home & Family” on Tuesday, April 1 comes news that two additional soap stars will be dropping by the talk show this week: “Days of our Lives’” Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans) and “All My Children’s” J.R. Martinez (ex-Brot Monroe)!
You might want to buckle up, because it looks as if “The Young and the Restless’” Chelsea Newman won’t soon be getting off this roller coaster she’s been calling life — and her portrayer, Melissa Claire Egan, is spilling some of the dirty details!
The busy actress will be stopping by The Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family” on Tuesday, April 1 to discuss the latest twists and turns in Chelsea’s more-than-complicated life. “Trophy Wife’s” Malin Akerman and The Dancing Scientist, Jeffrey Vinokur, will also appear.
For more information on Egan’s appearance, check out the show’s official website.
On Friday, March 28, “CBS Sunday Morning” correspondent Mo Rocca was on hand to film scenes alongside “The Young and the Restless” actresses Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) and Amelia Heinle (Victor Newman) for an upcoming appearance on daytime TV’s top rated drama series. News of Rocca’s appearance came to light when the correspondent tweeted a picture of himself with the ladies while noting he’ll be portraying the role of Milton the accountant in scenes scheduled to air on Wednesday, April 30, per a tweet by Scott.
Rocca’s appearance on “Y&R” isn’t his first time appearing during the daytime hours on the network. Rocca most recently appeared in an October 2013 episode of “The Talk,” during a segment in which he shared America’s favorite family recipes with the co-hosts.
Tuesday, April 1 marks the 51st anniversary of ABC’s “General Hospital.” To honor its special day, the series is promising viewers plenty of love, life and nostalgia, which includes the re-appearance of two of its most popular and celebrated actresses per a report by Daytime Confidential.
According to the website, Sarah Brown and Tamara Braun, both of whom portrayed Carly Corinthos on the daytime soap prior to her current portrayer, Laura Wright, joining in 2005, will make cameo appearances alongside Wright in the special episode of the series. This marks Brown’s third non-consecutive stint (brief or otherwise) on “GH” since originating the role of Carly in 1996. After departing the soap in 2001, Brown returned in January 2008 to portray the newly created role of mob princess Claudia Zacchara. She departed the series in 2009. Braun portrayed Carly almost immediately following Brown’s departure in 2001 until her contract expired in 2005.
“The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan) is on fire! Not only did the athletic actress ace the Abu Dhabi International Triathalon that took place on March 15 in the United Arab Emirates, she followed up the tough challenge by also acing the difficult Ironman triathalon that took place this past Saturday in Oceanside, California!
The busy actress managed to finish the 70.3-mile triathalon (the half version of the most grueling endurance event in the world, consisting of a 1.20-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, and 13.1-mile run) in seven hours, one minute and eight seconds. The time landed her in the position of 1,826 out of 2,414 athletes.
Ratings Report for the Week of March 17-21, 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)
1. Y&R 4,942,000 (+288,000/+231,000)
2. B&B 3,885,000 (+356,000/+393,000)
3. GH 2,641,000 (+41,000/+190,000)
4. DAYS 2,476,000 (+30,000/-13,000)
1. Y&R 3.6/11 (+.2/+.2)
2. B&B 2.8/9 (+.2/+.2)
3. GH 2.0/6 (same/+.1)
4. DAYS 1.9/6 (+.1/same)
As we previously reported, the online sudser “The Bay” is returning with an all-new Season 12, and the popular “Confessions of Bay City” has returned to lead up to the exciting debut event!
Matthew Ashford (Steve Jensen) and Terri Ivens (Orchid) kicked off the video reveals, followed by Derrell Whitt (Will Campbell) and Jade Harlow (Lianna Ramos). And today, the alter egos of Nicolas Coster (Mayor Jack Madison) and Jacklyn Zeman (Lady Sofia Madison) are taking the hot seat to talk family, romance and skirting scandal!
Check out the pair’s confessional videos after the jump, and don’t forget to tune into the launch of “The Bay: Season 12” on Thursday, May 1!
Former “Passions” star Justin Hartley (ex-Nicholas Foxworth Crane) is like a can of Pringles: Once he pops, he can’t be stopped! Hot on the heels of gigs on shows like “Revenge” and “Smallville” comes news that the star has added a new series to his resume: ABC’s “Mistresses!”
According to TV Line, the hunk will be joining the show as plastic surgeon Scott, a potential love interest for Jes Macallen’s Joss who may have quite the kinky side! “He’s the nicest plastic surgeon in Los Angeles with a teeny tiny fetish… just enough to keep someone like Joss interested,” teases executive producer Rina Mimoun. “He gets Joss to do the one thing she never thought she’d ever do.”
Look for season two of the ABC series to debut on Monday, June 2 at 10PM ET/PT.