Thursday, November 6, 2008

News Brief

CBS Launches Initiative to Improve Daytime Diversity
CBS Diversity Institute and Casting is launching an initiative designed for actors of color who are at least 18 years old to gain access to the talent pool for CBS’ daytime dramas THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.

Candidates will be pre-screened by the network casting department in December, and the casting directors of the two shows will read actors regularly beginning in January. Candidates must first submit resumes and photos electronically by logging onto

“Diversity requires action, and wee see this as a very intentional way of bringing attention to actors of color and continuing to open doors to the most successful daytime franchises in history with this new and additional avenue of access,” said Josie Thomas, CBS senior VP of diversity, in a statement.

CBS Brings Diversity to Daytime TV
An extension of CBS Diversity’s ongoing talent showcase initiative, actors will be pre-screened by network casting directors in December and auditioned once again for specific programs starting in January.

“With our daytime dramas on the air year-round, this is a remarkable opportunity for new talent to be seen by the highest number of people possible in this medium,” said Barbara Bloom, Senior Vice President, Daytime Programs, CBS.

Y&R seeks St. Louis star
Get ready for your closeup, would-be soap stars. CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” is having an open casting call here on Friday, Nov. 14, to choose “one talented St. Louis actress who will travel to Hollywood and appear in an episode” of the long-running daytime drama. Actor Bryton McClure (Devon) will also participate in the casting process.

The screen test, which is open to women between 18 and 35 years old, will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, 100 Carondelet Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63105.

Lisa Rinna's Puffy Lip Confesssion
Rinna, 45, says that while "everyone does it," she has used a bit too much of the Juvéderm brand injections.

"I saw a picture of myself and thought, 'Uh-oh'," she told In Touch Weekly magazine. "You have to be careful. I'm a perfect example of that!"

James Sutton to guest in CASUALTY
Former HOLLYOAKS actor James Sutton has landed a guest role in BBC One's flagship medical drama CASUALTY. The 25-year-old, who played popular character John Paul McQueen for two years, will appear as Eli, a narcoleptic whose condition causes him to spontaneously fall asleep.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Sutton's former HOLLYOAKS co-star Guy Burnet is to make a guest appearance in ITV medical drama THE ROYAL.

DALLAS stars gear up for reunion
The stars of the show are preparing to reunite to celebrate 30 years since the program first hit TV screens. Larry Hagman, who played bad boy JR Ewing, his alcoholic on-screen wife Linda Gray (Sue Ellen) and younger brother Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing) are among those expected at the event at the Ewing's ranch Southfork.

VIDEO: Tristan Rogers Unscripted
In his latest vlog, Rogers talks about how NIGHT SHIFT ended the season and the election.

EVENT: Victoria Rowell Cruise
Join Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla, THE YOUNG & RESTLESS) for a 7 day luxurious Mexican Riviera Cruise May 3rd – May 10th, 2009 with daytime and literary friends for a trip of a lifetime. Register by November 30th and celebrate a private birthday event with Rowell.

Soap star comes to Bayonne as comic
Despite performing in daytime soap operas for over 30 years, Walt Willey still believes he has maintained his blue-collar roots - a man who goes to work each day and does a job, just like many of the people he sees everyday near in his home in Jersey City.

Inspired by great comics like Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor, Willey will bring his comedy act to The Arts Factory in Bayonne on Nov. 8, drawing not from the imaginary world of ALL MY CHILDREN where he plays a principal character, but from his own life.

"I think the first album I ever owned was by Bill Cosby," Willey said.

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