NEWS ROUNDUP: Jill Farren Phelps, Kay Alden, Max Page, Tom Cullen, Shirley MacLaine

Y&R executive producer Jill Farren Phelps "pleased" with Josh Griffith's writing
"I’ve been pleased with the response to Josh’s [Griffith] writing, to the new characters, to the new actors on the show, to Steve Burton’s [Dylan] entrance, and to their commitment [to the show.] We are playing the core characters. We are building story around the core characters and we are bringing in these other young new people in support of them."

Max Page returning to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
age underwent open heart surgery last summer, but was soon on the mend, and now will be making another appearance on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as J.T. and Victoria's son, Reed. The tyke has been living in Washington DC with J.T. and Mac, but on March 18 will be back in Genoa City to join his mom at Victor and Nikki's nuptials.

A Map of Television Show Locations in America
Graphic artist and physicist James Chapman has designed a detailed poster titled “AMERICA:the home of television” which is a map of television show locations in the United States.

How writer Kay Alden turned a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity into a successful career in daytime television
Bill Bell said, "Write for the ear, not for the eye." And then it clicked. Even now, I tell my writers, "Read your material out loud." Because if you can't say it, an actor can't say it.

J.R. Ewing getting proper sendoff
"For me, personally, it should be an event," Linda Gray said in an interview this week from the Texas city that made her famous.
"It shouldn't be just another show. I told (the writers), I said: 'Look, make this not just another episode. Make it longer, make it more meaningful, make it matter to Larry and I think people would respect that.'"

Tom Cullen joins the cast of DOWNTON ABBEY
[SPOILER ALERT] Cullen will play Lord Gillingham, an old family friend of the Crawleys who has known Lady Mary since childhood.

Shirley MacLaine Returning To DOWNTON ABBEY, 6 New Cast Members Join
MacLaine will be returning to Downton Abbey next season as Martha Levinson and six new cast members will be joining the show as well, Carnival Films and Masterpiece on PBS announced over the weekend.
Opera star Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is joining the cast as a guest who sings in the house, as confirmed last night among three other new cast members including Tom Cullen who will play Lord Gillingham, an old family friend of the Crawleys who visits as a guest for a house party. Plus Dame Harriet Walter arrives as Lady Shackleton, an old friend of the Dowager played by Maggie Smith and Julien Ovendon comes aboard as aristocrat Charles Blake. Additions revealed in this morning’s announcement were Nigel Harman who joins the household as Green, a valet, and Joanne David who has a guest role as the Duchess of Yeovil.

RED WIDOW debuts with soft ratings
The crime family drama soap, which scored less than a 50 out of 100 among TV reviewers on Metacritic, launched to 6.8 million viewers and a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49. That’s 36 percent lower than the debut of ABC’s short-lived GCB in this slot last year.

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL's John McCook on Eric and Taylor's romance: 'We have to sit back and watch'
Right now, people who are looking at it from a negative point of view are calling this his rebound. "It doesn't mean anything." Then on the other side, they're saying it's not real for Taylor, either. "She's just being manipulative and trying to get the business for her family." We have to sit back and watch. We don't know what the end game is for Eric and Taylor, if there is one. Are they going to get married in a year? Or next week?

Cady McClain shares her thoughts on Michael E.Knight: 'He's doing what he needs to do'
Watch a video of McClain commenting on Knight below:



Estée Lauder Releases MAD MEN-Inspired Limited Edition Collection
The Estée Lauder MAD MEN Collection features three products inspired by the late '60s: See Thru Blush in Light Show; Rich, Rich Lipstick in Pinkadelic; and Nail Lacquer in Pink Paisley. The vintage collection channels its own '60s heritage with an original Estée Lauder paisley design -- the blush is decorated in the original '60s print, while the lipstick case is a direct replica from the Estée Lauder Archives.

AMC airs first Season 6 MAD MEN promo
MAD MEN returns to AMC on April 7 for Season 6—with a special two-hour premiere written by showrunner Matthew Weiner and directed by executive producer Scott Hornbacher. Check out the first on-air promo below, which began airing on Sunday.

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