NEWS: Julia Pace Mitchell Engagement Goof, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Reruns to ESPN

Middletown businessman to wed THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS star (after accidentally emailing her a picture of the engagement ring)
Stephen L. Hightower II, vice president of Hightowers Petroleum, a company based in Middletown, recently purchased an engagement ring for actress Julia Pace Mitchell, who stars as Sofia Dupre on Y&R. Hightower showed off the ring to his brother and sister who work at the company, and he wanted to do the same to his other sister, Sabrina, who resides in Atlanta. So he took a picture of the ring, and sent an email.

To his girlfriend.

“I had Julia on my mind,” he said with a laugh.

As soon as he hit the “send” button, he realized he had “goofed up,” he said. He made the short drive from his office to his Middletown apartment, where his girlfriend was staying. He hoped she was in the shower and hadn’t read the email. No such luck.

So on July 1, he dropped to one knee right there in his apartment, and proposed. They have tentatively set a wedding date of Sept. 3, 2011.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS reruns picked up by ESPN and Texas' Longhorn network
FNL may be wrapping up its critically acclaimed run on NBC and DirecTV on July 12, but Texas football will live on, thanks to ESPN. ESPN will air the entire series with episodes set to premiere on the same day the show goes off the air. Episodes one and two from season one will air back-to-back in primetime on ESPN at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET.

The ESPN family will flood the zone with FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS coverage, offering up a Season 1 marathon on July 14 and 15 on ESPN Classic. Though the show will premiere on ESPN, Classic will become the home for the series starting on July 21. It will air every Thursday night at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET.

"We were attracted to it because the quality of the show is so strong and it has such a passionate and loyal following," Connor Schell, vice president and executive producer, ESPN Films and ESPN Classic, told TheWrap. "It's just incredible long form storytelling in and around sports."

Soaps discussed on FUTURE TENSE: Love, death, evil twins and a whole lot of social change!
Soap opera: a dynamic new force for social change or an outdated form of storytelling? Its future seems to be mixed. In the developing world soap operas have never been more popular. But in the US, the country that created them, they're struggling to survive.

VH1's SINGLE LADIES gets a visit from its exec producer, Queen Latifah
Tonight Latifah guests as a newscaster who once slept with Stacey Dash's character.

"One drunken night something happened between them," Latifah says with a laugh. "And not to stir the rumor-mill pot, but I have no problem confronting things like that."

DEXTER and Casey Anthony: The mashup
What happens when Dexter Morgan hears about the Anthony verdict.

Marissa tells J.R.: "I don't want you, I want Bianca."

GENERAL HOSPITAL Preview: The Proposal
Jason proposes to Sam.

Vanessa Williams gets a new DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES love interest
"V" alum Charles Mesure is joining the show as a contractor and Williams' new beau.

VAMPIRE DIARIES to return with Elena's 18th birthday
September 15 is when The CW drama's third-season will premiere. Now that she's 18, "Elena and Jeremy technically don't need a parent living in their house [following Aunt Jenna's death]," says Plec. "She will be taking care of herself."

James Franco blames writers for his terrible Oscars
"There were a lot of cooks who shouldn't have been cooking but were allowed to," he says in an interview with Playboy. "There were some cooks my manager tried to bring in, like Judd Apatow, who wrote some very funny stuff that wasn't used."

Longtime Marion Ross’ companion,Paul Michael, has died
Michael had played ‘King of the Gypsies’ on TV’s first gothic soap opera, DARK SHADOWS.

CORONATION STREET stars warned over promoting brands like Domino’s Pizza on Twitter
Bosses at the popular TV soap have issued all cast members with guidelines on the do’s and dont's of discussing brands on their Twitter blogs after noticing an upsurge in tweets mentioning specific companies including fast food chain McDonalds, a fake tan company and also pizza delivery company, Domino’s Pizza.

Ivan G'Vera taping today at DAYS OF OUR LIVES
The actor played Ivan Marais on the soap throughout the '90s opposite Louise Sorel, who will soon be exiting her role as Vivian.  DAYS hairstylist Patrick Kilian-White tweeted the photo earlier today.

Is Ivan back to usher Vivian out of town?

Stay tuned.


  1. Cute story about Julia. She is beautiful.


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