What do <strong>Carrie Underwood</strong>, the cast of "Blue Bloods," which includes <strong>Tom Selleck</strong>,<strong> Donnie Wahlberg</strong>,<strong> Bridget Moynahan</strong>,<strong> Will Estes</strong>,<strong> Len Cariou</strong>,<strong> Amy Carlson </strong>and<strong> Sami Gayle</strong>, and chefs <strong>Lidia Bastianich </strong>and<strong> Michael Lomonaco</strong> all have in common? They will all be part of "The Talk's" return to New York City during the week of <strong>December 8 thru 12</strong> for holiday-themed shows, it was announced during today's edition of the talk show.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, former "General Hospital" star Marissa Ramirez (ex-Gia) has been upped to series regular on CBS' "Blue Bloods" beginning with the primetime shows fifth season. Ramirez, who joined the series as a recurring guest-star beginning with the Friday, March 8 episode entitled "Protest Too Much," portrays Detective Maria Baez, the former and now ful-time partner of Donnie Wahlberg's Detective Danny Raegan. The actress is replacing Jennifer Esposito, who portrayed Wahlberg's onscreen partner, Jackie Curatola, on the drama series until November of last year.