“Life” Not as “Fashionable”
Saturday, June 2, 2007 4:30 PM | By Errol Lewis

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — SOAPnet, the new way to watch soaps, bumps ABC’s “One Life to Live” in favor of new reality series.

Soap Opera Network has learned that beginning Wednesday, August 1, ABC Daytime’s “One Life to Live” will lose its 9pm Wednesday night airings to new reality series, “The Fashionista Diaries,” which follows the highs and the lows of six assistants in the fashion world.

According to a spokesman at SOAPnet, “Life” will fill the 12am timeslot for the thirteen week duration of “Diaries’” run. The ABC soap will remain in the 9pm slot for its Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday airings.

“Diaries” takes on six contestants, Janjay Sherman from Minnesota, Tina Patient of Connecticut, Rachel Jacoby and Nicole Amendolare hailing from New York and Andrew Kanakis and Bridget Helene from Pennsylvania, as they try to be successful in the alluring, but highly competitive fashion, beauty and publishing industries. A team of two assistants will be placed at Jane Magazine, Este Lauder Companies’ Flirt Cosmetics and Seventh House PR. All six will then collaborate to produce Charlotte Ronson’s Fashion Show and After Party during New York’s Fall Fashion Week 2007, the biggest event in the fashion world.

  • Janjay and Tina will work for Flirt Cosmetics, part of the BeautyBank division of the Este Lauder Companies. They will report to VP of Communications Kathleen Pierce.
  • Rachel and Andrew will find themselves working at Jane Magazine under the direction of newly-appointed editor-in-chief Brandon Holley and executive editor Stephanie Trong.
  • Nicole and Bridget are based at Seventh House PR with Mandie Erickson, a partner in the company, and company publicist Matt Keys supervising.

While all six prepare for fashion week, each episode will find the participant’s either competing with each other or working together as they struggle to accomplish priority projects such as the CFDA Awards, Charlotte Ronson’s Store Opening and the Flirt Cosmetics party honoring MTV’s Vanessa Minnillo.

“The Fashionista Diaries” is a production of Disney’s Buena Vista Productions in association with Go Go Luckey Productions, producers of “Laguna Beach,” and Hour One Productions.

The reality series premieres Wednesday, August 1 at 9:00 PM, EST/PST on SOAPnet.

Pictured: SOAPnet courtesy SOAPnet

  • One Life to Live
  • The Fashionista Diaries

    14 Series See New Seasons
    Sunday, March 25, 2007 1:47 PM | By Errol Lewis

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The ABC Television Network seems to have faith in its current crop of television shows as it becomes the first network to renew the majority of its series for the 2007-08 television season.

    On Wednesday, ABC announced that it has ordered second seasons for critical darlings “Brothers & Sisters,” “MEN IN TREES” and “Ugly Betty,” along with returning shows “The Bachelor,” Boston Legal,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Lost.” They join the already renewed “America’s Funniest Home Video’s,” “Supernanny” and “Wife Swap.”

    “We have had a strong year, with two of the season’s breakout hits, ‘Ugly Betty’ and ‘Brothers & Sisters,’ and the solid performance of ‘MEN IN TREES,’” said Stephen McPherson, President, ABC Entertainment during the networks March Development Meeting in Los Angeles, CA. “We are pleased that viewers have invested in these new favorites along with our returning series. These shows provide us with a substantial foundation to make 07-08 our best schedule yet.”

    In addition to its returning series, ABC is developing 29 potential series for next season. The 13 drama potentials include such shows as “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” the television spin-off of the popular 2005 film starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, and the “Grey’s Anatomy” spin-off starring Kate Walsh’s character, Addison Montgomery-Shepherd, who decides to move to Santa Monica, CA to work at the prestigious Oceanside Wellness Group.

    Of the 16 comedy hopefuls, the “Untitled Sachs & Judah Project” starring Scott Wolf, “The News” starring Jay Harrington and “Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office” starring Jane Curtain, are among some of the more highly anticipated new comedies vying for a spot on ABC.

    The ABC Television Network will announce its 2007-08 Fall Schedule to Advertisers and members of the press at Lincoln Center in New York City in May.

    Pictured: Calista Flockhart courtesy Bob D’Amico/ABC

    • Brothers & Sisters
    • Grey’s Anatomy
    • Ugly Betty
    • Desperate Housewives
    • America’s Funniest Home Videos
    • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
    • Wife Swap
    • Supernanny
    • The Bachelor
    • Boston Legal
    • Lost

      By Venus Stone-Cutter

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Teen actor, Chace Crawford, signs on with the CW network to co-star in the upcoming teen drama, “Gossip Girls.”

      Natalia Livingston

      The CW network has found it’s leading male for their upcoming teen drama, “Gossip Girls.” Chace Crawford, (“The Covenant”) will star along side Blake Lively (“Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants”) and Leighton Meester (“Surface”) in the yet-to-be released pilot. Crawford will play Nate, the rich boyfriend of Blair (Meester), and the object of Serena’s (Lively) affection.

      In a previous report, “Gossip Girls” was taken from the popular book series of the same name, which weaves the story of New York’s rich and spoiled through the eyes of an anoymous blogger. It is through the blogger’s eyes that viewers will see the friendship of Serena and Blake unfold. Although close friends, both girls are in constant competition with one another; and Nate happens to be the one they are competing for.

      Crawford got his acting start in the Lifetime television movie “Long Lost Son,” in the title role of Mark, a young boy thought to have drowned in a boating accident, only to be discovered to be alive and living with the father that staged the accident. He currently wrapped up filming on the upcoming film “Loaded,” which stars Jesse Metcalef (“Passions,” “Desperate Housewives,”) Monica Keena (“Man of the House,”) and Nathalie Kelley (“The Fast and the Furious.”) and will start filming its sequel “Reloaded.”

      Taylor Momsen (“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”) has also been selected to star in “Gossip Girls.” Her character has not yet been determined at this current time.

      Crawford’s movie, “Loaded” will hit theaters November of this year. No word yet, however, as to when the CW pilot will hit airwaves.

      Friday, March 9, 2007 1:47 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Former “Days of our Lives” heartthrob and “Wildfire” cowboy, Eric Winter, has signed on to star in the Hugh Jackman produced CBS drama pilot “Viva Laughlin!”

      “Laughlin!,” tells the story of Ripley Holden, played by Lloyd Owen (“The Young Indiana Jones;” “Coupling”) and his family as they try to a run a casino in Laughlin, Nevada. Winter has signed on to play Det. Peter Carlyle. Character description is unavailable at this time.

      Also set to star in the potential series are Carter Jenkins (“Surface;” “Everwood”) as Jack, D.B. Woodside (“24;” “Buffy, The Vampire Slayer”) as Marcus, Ellen Woglom (“The O.C.;” “Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior”) as Cheyenne, Mädchen Amick (“Freddie;” “Joey”) as Mrs. Holden and P.J. Byrne (“The Game”) in an unknown role.

      Since leaving “Days of our Lives” in 2005 after playing Rex Brady for three years, Winter has guest-starred in five episodes to date of ABC Family’s “Wildfire.” He has also appeared in such shows as “Love, Inc.” and “Pepper Dennis.”

      Along with serving as an executive producer, Hugh Jackman, who got his start in television starring in the Australian series “Correlli” as Kevin Jones, is set to guest-star in the series. His character is not yet known, but it is said that his character will play a pivotal role in the direction of the series.

      Bob Lowry and Peter Bowker created the project and will serve as executive producers. Paul Telegdy and John Palermo will also serve as EP’s along with Gabriele Muccino, who will direct the pilot.

      BBC Worldwide Productions, CBS Paramount Network Television, Seed Pictures and Sony Pictures Television will produce the project for CBS.

      • Days of our Lives
      • Hugh Jackman
      • 24
      • Buffy
      • The Vampire Slayer
      • Joey
      • The Game
      • Eric Winter
      • Viva Laughlin
      • Wildfire
      • Lloyd Owen
      • The Young Indiana Jones
      • Coupling
      • Carter Jenkins
      • Surface
      • Everwood
      • D.B. Woodside
      • Ellen Woglom
      • The O.C.
      • Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
      • Mädchen Amick
      • P.J. Byrne
      • Freddie

        By Errol Lewis

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Vanessa Marcil is ready to give a makeover for Cosmopolitan magazine.

        Vanessa Marcil

        Marcil, who plays Sam Marquez on NBC’s “Las Vegas,” has signed on as a judge in the upcoming Head & Shoulders “Head-Turning Hair” contest. Procter & Gamble Distributing Company will serve as Sponsor. Other judges include trendsetter Shawneelle Prestidge and Head & Shoulders celebrity stylist James P. Hayes.

        According to Cosmopolitan magazine, 80% of its readers found that Head & Shoulders shampoo products provided them with the best “Head-Turning Hair.” The magazine then wanted to find out who was the best head-turner.

        By January 31, Women 18 and over were required to submit a recent photo of themselves, within the last six months of date of entry, and a statement of 50 words or less telling Cosmo’s judging panel and Procter & Gamble under the supervision of D.L. Blair, Inc, an independent judging organization whose decisions are final on all matters relating to the contest, why they were a head turner.

        One of ten finalists will receive a three-day, two-night trip to New York, where they will receive a makeover from the Head & Shoulders Style Squad, complete with hair and make-up plus a consultation with a wardrobe stylist, and will take part in an advertising photo shoot that will be featured in the the June issue of Cosmopolitan. The remaining nine will each receive a Head & Shoulders gift basket.

        Return To ‘Vegas’ For Another Year
        Saturday, March 3, 2007 7:21 PM | By Errol Lewis

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — While NBC has enough problems on its schedule with such low-rated fare as “30 Rock,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” the network can at least smile at the fact that they have one constant player on their schedule. The network has decided to renew gambling drama “Las Vegas” for a fifth season.

        “Vegas,” which premiered in September 2003 revolves around an elite surveillance team who oversee the behind-the-scenes action going on in one of Vegas’ premiere casinos and hotels. The series stars Josh Duhamel (ex-Leo, “All My Children”) and Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda, “General Hospital”).

        “The cast and producers have consistently given us what we want from ‘Las Vegas’ – pure entertainment – and we’re looking forward to another fun ride next season with the show,” said Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment.

        Not returning for the series’ fifth season will be James Caan, who plays Ed Deline, and Nikki Cox, who plays Mary Connell.

        “I’ve had a wonderful four years, worked with great people and made friends for life working on ‘Las Vegas, ‘ but I’m eager to return to where my heart is, which is film, and due to the show’s schedule, I missed some great opportunities to do that,” Caan said in a statement. “I wish the show and everyone involved with it continued success.”

        Cox’s departure is due to an apparent budget cut the show will undergo to be able to produce a fifth season. Cox is said to be “very sad and shocked,” according to her spokesperson.

        For the season “Vegas” is averaging 9.0 million viewers and a 2.8/8 in Adults 18-49, up 8 percent over NBC’s average the year before. The program ranks #1 in its Friday 9:00 PM timeslot.

        The series also stars Molly Sims and James Lesure (“Alias” and “NYPD Blue”).

        Pictured: Josh Duhamel courtesy Chris Haston/NBC

        • Las Vegas
        • Vanessa Marcil
        • James Caan
        • Josh Duhamel
        • Nikki Cox
        • Molly Sims
        • James Leisure
        • Kevin Reilly

          Become a ‘Loser’ with Sweeney
          Saturday, February 24, 2007 11:53 AM | By Errol Lewis

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — NBC is banking on “Days of our Lives” heroine, Alison Sweeney, to revive its ailing “Biggest Loser” competition series as it goes through a transition.

          Sweeney, who plays Samantha ‘Sami’ Brady on the popular soap, has been tapped to replace former “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch” actress Caroline Rhea as host of “The Biggest Loser.” The reality series aired its third season finale in December.

          “Alison is an incredible talent and will bring not only a great fresh face to the show but a huge, loyal fan base,” said Ben Silverman, executive producer of “Loser” and CEO of Reveille, LLC, the production company behind the program.

          “We are thrilled and look forward to another strong season.”

          “The Biggest Loser,” which debuted in October 2004, had been losing ratings ground since its second season and fell even further in its third season.

          Sweeney began playing Sami Brady on “DAYS” in January 1993. Since then she has earned four Soap Opera Digest Awards. Her credits include roles on “Las Vegas,” “Friends,” and an unforgettable appearance on the now cancelled reality series, “Fear Factor.”

          The actress has had to deal with her own weight issues while growing up as described in her autobiography, “All The Days of My Life (So Far), which was first published in 2004. She has a two year-old son, Ben, with California Highway Patrol Officer, Dave.

          Production on the fourth season of “Loser,” with Sweeney as host, begins this spring.

          Pictured: Alison Sweeney courtesy Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

          • Days of our Lives
          • Las Vegas
          • Sweeney
          • Caroline Rhea
          • The Biggest Loser
          • Fear Factor
          • Friends

            By Errol Lewis

            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — In what can only be called the biggest TV marriage in recent memory, the ABC Television Network has extended the contracts of its “Desperate Housewives” and their creator, Marc Cherry.

            Natalia Livingston

            Marcia Cross (Bree), Teri Hatcher (Susan), Felicity Huffman (Lynette), Eva Longoria (Gabrielle) and Nicollette Sheridan (Edie) may soon become the richest women on television as the stars have signed a new four-year deal with ABC Television Studio to continue their work on the ABC comedy-drama.

            The deal guarantees the actresses will appear on “Housewives” through at least 2011. It does not guarantee the series will still be on the air by 2011, however. Financial information has not been confirmed, but it is said that each will receive more than seven-figures each year.

            Series creator, Marc Cherry, who appeared “Desperate” in 2003 when shopping his idea to networks and studios, has signed a similar deal with the TV studio to the amount of more than $15 million.

            “The studio and the network and I all feel it’s best for me to stay glued to the set,” Cherry told Daily Variety. “I’ve got my ship, and I’m gonna run it.”

            Cherry has planned to end “Desperate Housewives’” run at the seven year mark since day one. “I think that, at the end of my deal, and after seven seasons, it will be a good time to call it quits,” he said. “I don’t want anyone else to run the show, and I don’t want us to fade away.”

            While it is still too early to close the “Housewives” book as the series is currently in its third season, ABC Television Studio president, Mark Pedowitz, says Cherry “has always said he sees this as a seven-year show.” However, Pedowitz was quick to point out that “nobody’s made any determinations that it will end after seven years. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”

            “Housewives” airs Sundays at 9:00 PM, EST/PST on the ABC Television Network.

            Photo Credit Bob D’Amico/ABC

            Something must be in the air as ABC stars Marcia Cross and Patrick Dempsey have welcomed twins into their respective families.

            People magazine is reporting that Marcia Cross, 44, who plays Bree Van De Kamp on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives, gave birth to fraternal twin girls on Tuesday, February 20. The actress and stockbroker husband Tom Mahoney, 49, named the twins Eden and Savannah, the magazine stated.

            “Mother and babies are all doing well,” said spokesperson Heidi Slan.

            Previously, Cross was ordered to bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy. “Housewives” was forced to work around her pregnancy order and decided to rap Cross’ storyline earlier than planned.

            In other news, Patrick Dempsey, 41, who plays Dr. Derek Shepherd on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” also welcomed twins in to the world during the month of February. Along with wife Jillian, Dempsey said hello for the first time to Darby Galen and Sullivan Patrick. The twins were born on Thursday, February 1. The Dempsey’s also have a four-year-old daughter named Talula.

            “I think the thing about Patrick is, obviously he has a tremendous love for his wife and his daughter, but he has a tremendous sense of duty,” said “Anatomy” co-star Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Grey), when speaking to People magazine.

            “He’s really sort of old-fashioned in that way – he’s got a good sense of being a gentleman and taking care of his family, and that’s what makes him a good dad. It’s an admirable quality.”

            SOAPnet Changes Plans in ’07

            SOAPnet, the new way to watch soaps, is changing some elements of its lineup beginning in 2007.

            Starting with the addition of the ABC Family Original Series “Falcon Beach,” SOAPnet has changed the weekend marathon schedule for ABC’s “General Hospital,” has added more airings of “Beverly Hills, 90210″ and has altered the slots for “Port Charles,” “Another World” and “Dallas.”

            Due to the New Year’s day preemptions on ABC and CBS, “All My Children,” “General Hospital,” “One Life To Live” and “The Young and the Restless” will not air a new episode on January 1. Instead, SOAPnet will re-air the December 29 episodes of each respective drama series. The weekend marathons will have the Friday re-airings take place of the regularly scheduled Monday editions.