NEWS: Eva Longoria, Julianne Hough, Rose Siggins, Dennis Haskins, Susan Lucci

New movie Joy features soap-opera stars Donna Mills, Susan Lucci, Maurice Benard, Laura Wright
In the film, Joy’s mother watches one soap opera for years in the background while the main action is going on. Virgina Madsen plays the mom, and she’s a hoot.

Director David O. Russell decided to film scenes from his own fake soap rather than use clips from a real one. So he tapped the most famous soap star of all, Susan Lucci, aka Erica Kane from All My Children. She's joined in the scenes by Laura Wright and Maurice Benard, who play Carly and Sonny on General Hospital. Their antics go on and on in the background and it’s all very amusing. It’s not throwaway either–they are featured.

Eva Longoria, Jose Antonio Baston get engaged in Dubai
"Ummmm so this happened….#Engaged," the former Young and the Restless and Desperate Housewives actress posted on Instagram, along with a photo of her kissing her new fiancĂ© in the desert with her engagement ring in plain sight.

Coat of Many Colors starred Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly, Jennifer Nettles
as Avie Lee Parton, Rick Schroder as Lee Parton. Photo by: Quantrell
Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors attracts a big audience
Over 13 million tuned in for the Dolly Parton biopic, the biggest audience for an original movie on network TV since 2012.

FOX buys Richard LaGravenese/Julianne Hough dance drama, Tom Fontana medical show from Temple Hill
The LaGravenese/Hough project is described as an aspirational, serialized character drama set in the competitive world of dance that highlights how dancers must work, fight and create to achieve their dreams.

Fontana’s Juarez General is described as an unconventional medical franchise about a hospital in the border town of Juarez, Mexico, the deadliest city in the world and ground zero for the drug war.

Is Television is becoming a truer reflection of who we are and where we're going?
Writes Robert Lloyd: “Something is happening, a subtle rearrangement of the medium's DNA that better represents both who we are now, collectively and variously, and where we are hopefully headed. The popular arts have always been a harbinger and an agent of change, positing the world that the world grows into.”

Saved by the Bell's Principal Belding graduates from college at age 65
Dennis Haskins celebrated Saturday his degree from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's theater and speech department.

American Horror Story: Freak Show actress Rose Siggins dies
Siggins, 43, played Legless Suzi on the FX series. According to TMZ, Siggins died of an infection that she got while having kidney stone surgery on Monday.

MST3K secures funding for 14 new episodes by breaking a Kickstarter record
Mystery Science Theater 3000 has raised $5.76 million from Kickstarter, plus $425,000 in outside funding for its revival, becoming the largest crowdfunded video project on Kickstarter. The Veronica Mars movie held the previous record with $5.7 million raised. Host Joel Hodgson says the money will go toward 14 new episodes, including a holiday special.

NZ On Air washes hands of MediaWorks’ soap ambitions
Broadcast funding agency NZ On Air has knocked back MediaWorks’ funding application for a new local soap opera for TV3. In announcing its decision to contribute $4,116,000 to a third season of Prime’s murder-mystery series The Brokenwood Mysteries, NZOA noted the MediaWorks proposal “was given serious consideration but was not supported.”

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