NEWS ROUNDUP: Randolph Mantooth Reflects on Soap Career; Plus, J.R. Martinez Marathon, Ne-Yo on 90210, Linda Dano

Soap alum Randolph Mantooth: "I never had more fun in my life"
"I hear a lot of people say, 'You did a soap opera?' Yeah, I did. And I loved every moment of it. I had the time of my life. But then I was offered a soap opera out in California (GENERAL HOSPITAL), and I hated it. Hated it. I did everything in my power—and I was making a lot of money—I did everything in my power to get out of it. I told my agent, 'You’ve got to get me out of this. I don’t want to do this. I hate it.' And they said, 'Now, now.' And I said, 'Look, if you don’t get me out, I’ll get me out, and I don’t think you’re going to like the way I’m going to get me out.'"

"I did LOVING, which was a little half-hour show that nobody watched. And I never had more fun in my life. … I would literally swing my feet out of bed every morning and go, They’re paying me! … You’re in New York City, being paid a lot of money to be around very beautiful women, doing a role that you absolutely love, and you get to theater at night. That doesn’t happen in L.A."

Timex Enlists Actor J.R. Martinez, to Run the 2012 ING New York City Marathon
As he embarks on training for his first-ever marathon, Martinez will enlist the help of the TIMEX® IRONMAN® Run Trainer(TM) GPS watch that provides real time pace, distance and heart rate. The Run Trainer is part of Timex's growing portfolio of advanced training products. Timex and Martinez will work together to support New York Road Runners (NYRR) Youth Programs, which currently serves more than 100,000 children in hundreds of schools and community centers nationwide, promoting health and fitness, character development and personal achievement in underserved communities.

Ne-Yo to Make Guest Appearance on 90210
The R&B artist will appear in a scene at the Hollywood Bowl where Adrianna (Jessica Lowndes) is also performing. Ne-Yo will sing "Let Me Love You" and one other song in the episode scheduled to air in November.

Bravo Developing 'Heathers' Reboot, 4 More Scripted Dramas
Joining Heathers and previously announced dramas 22 BIRTHDAYS from Doug Liman (Suits) and Blowing Sunshine from Jason Ning (Perception) in Bravo's development pipeline are hourlong efforts THE APARTMENT, THE DARLINGS, ALL AMERICAN GIRL and RITA.

Michael Urie talks about hunky TV boyfriend Brandon Routh
"He's supercute and a big ol' tree trunk of a man."

Alan Alda & Norman Lear To Receive Special International Emmy Founders Awards
“In television, as in other human endeavors, we are the sum of what has come before us,” International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences president and CEO Bruce Paisner said. “It is with great pride, on the 40th anniversary of the first gala, that the International Academy salutes these two industry legends, whose work has helped make us and television all that we are today.”

linda Dano loves her Connecticut life
"I love the land and the house and the gardens. Being here slows me down; I sit and enjoy what I have. I still go to New York and I travel to QVC for my collections, but this house and this town are my heart and soul. I have found a contentment and a peace that feels just right. I like the people. They are like the ones I grew up with—family-loving, decent, hardworking. This is truly my home." WHITE HOUSE CONFIDENTIAL from GENERAL HOSPITAL: NIGHT SHIFT writer Sri Rao, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron bought by NBC
The project is described as an upstairs-downstairs type soap set in the White House, told from the point of view of a young female doctor who has a secret from her past.



DALLAS star Charlene Tilton pulls out of pantomime
Tilton had been the poster girl for New Pantomime Productions’ production of "Sleeping Beauty." Taking her place will be former EMMERDALE star Deena Payne, who will play the evil fairy Carabosse alongside veteran comedian Syd Little’s King Egbert The Umpteenth.

The cast of REVENGE paint the town (and each other) in colourful new Tyler Shields shoot
The stars of the smash hit ABC show covered themselves in paint to pose for some very colorful pictures.

Jennifer Jason Leigh previews her REVENGE role as Emily's mother
"Emily's memories of her mom are all coming back to her," explains Leigh. "The truths about Kara will be teased out slowly. It's going to be really dark and surprising."

First Seasons Of ABC’s REVENGE, ONCE UPON A TIME & SCANDAL Head To Netflix
In a unusual move so early into series’ runs, the complete first seasons of the three ABC shows are being made available for U.S. members to watch instantly on Netflix and will become exclusive to Netflix at the end of the month. The move is timed to get the three series out just days before their second-season premieres.

Soap alum Jon Lindstrom playing lead in "Time Stands Still" opening tonight
Lindstrom was an emergency recast after Broadway veteran Osborn Forcht injured his shoulder in a surfing accident and was unable to perform. "We are thrilled and relieved that Jon was able to step in at the last minute and save the show," a rep for Cape May Stages said in a statement.

Ralph Lauren to sponsor MASTERPIECE on PBS
MASTERPIEC, the PBS drama series known for such recent programs as DOWNTON ABEY and SHERLOCK, announced that Ralph Lauren Corp., the tony apparel brand, is becoming a national corporate sponsor for the series.

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