Marcy Rylan returning to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
Rylan has been asked to return and will start taping again in January. Her status will now be recurring.
PBS Exploring Ways to Air DOWNTON ABBEY Closer to U.K. Run
“The audiences for DOWNTON have been terrific,” said John Wilson, senior vp and PBS’ chief programming executive. “So you can’t say that [airing months earlier in the UK] has knocked the legs out from underneath DOWNTON ABBEY. On the other hand, we can’t know how much more terrific it might have been had it aired closer to the UK premiere.”
PBS selling DOWNTON ABBEY t-shirts
You can own a "Free Bates" or "Kissing Cousins" DOWNTON t-shirt.
Boss Shonda Rhimes Breaks Silence on Katherine Heigl Kerfuffle: 'It Stung'
In Sunday’s installment of OPRAH'S NEXT CHAPER (9 p.m. ET, OWN), Oprah Winfrey asks GREY'S ANATOMY creator Shonda Rhimes about Heigl’s controversial decision in 2008 to remove her name from Emmy consideration because she did not feel she was “given the material to warrant a nomination.”
“On some level it stung and on some level I was not surprised,” Rhimes tells the Big O, adding, “When people show you who they are, believe them. I carry that [mantra] with me a lot. It has served me well.”
SMASH Scoop: New showrunner Joshua Safran breaks silence on revamped season 2, 'There's no bowling alley sing-alongs'
Safran wants fans to know that the changes he’s making are not that severe and this will feel like the same show. Says the producer, “As a viewer, I really loved the show. It’s literally just reaching in and moving the tiny pieces that weren’t connecting, the gears that weren’t fully aligned. But it’s small shifts. If you loved SMASH last year, you are not seeing a radically different show. And that was important to me because I loved SMASH last year.”
Dani & Karen returning to THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
Crystal Chappell (Danielle) and Joanna Johnson (Karen) are going to be returning to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL for a short story arc beginning Thursday, January 3.
Raunchy soap opera prompts Turkish law change as portrayal of sexy sultan sparks outrage
Turkish MPs may ban a hugely popular soap opera after it depicted a venetrated Sultan from the Middle Ages as a hard-drinking womanizer.
MAGNIFICENT CENTURY, which attracts 150 million viewers an episode, was branded 'twisted' by politicians in the conservative Muslim country over its depiction of Suleiman I, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.
The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the show last month, and a draft law has now been proposed that could see disrespectful historical TV and film adaptions banned.
NASHVILLE Post Mortem: Callie Khouri Talks Juliette's Big Q, Teddy's Scandal and the Tour
On Rayna: "She is dedicated to her family. She’s in a terrible position, because she’s in a similar situation as Juliette in that family is so important to her — and yet there’s so much wrong with it. From her own conflict about going through most of her marriage in love with a guy she can’t be with, it’s just a very difficult situation for her. I think she feels a tremendous amount of guilt, and that causes things to not go as smoothly as they should."
Salma Hayek, Silvio Horta & Mark Gordon Team For Latino Family Dramedy At ABC
Six years after the debut of UGLY BETTY, two of the key auspices behind the successful dramedy are reuniting for another light drama at ABC and ABC Studios about a Latino family. In a last-minute buy, the network has put in development BASTARDS, from BETTY executive producer Salma Hayek and the show’s creator/executive producer Silvio Horta.
Written by Horta, BASTARDS centers on a colorful Cuban-American family who have their lives turned upside down when it’s revealed that the family patriarch had a child with the family maid over 25 years ago. Now his wife will do anything to protect her children’s inheritance and prevent her family’s deep dark secrets from ever seeing the light of day.