News Round-up: Duffy, Evans, Kimberlin, McClain

Jurnee Smollett joins FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
On FNL, Smollett will play Jess, the daughter of a onetime NFL hopeful who knows the game and helps raise her siblings with the help of her father. She's repped by ICM, Storefront Entertainment and attorney Darrell Miller.

Duffy to return to CORONATION STREET?
Keith Duffy is set to make a return to CORONATION STREET to pick up where he left off with barman Ciaran McCarthy in 2005. According to The Sun, the 34-year-old has been in comeback talks with producers this week. Duffy played the barman for two years before leaving the soap in 2005 to spend more time with his family. Writers want to bring his popular character back to team up with his old pal Peter Barlow on his gastro-pub venture, which will aim to rival the Rovers.

BBC Prime to relaunch as BBC Entertainment
BBC Worldwide’s general entertainment channel BBC Prime, which currently airs in more than 600,000 households in the Middle East, will be relaunched in November as BBC Entertainment. The channel also air blocks of documentary, lifestyle and children's programming in off-peak hours and will continue to be the home of popular long-running serials such as EASTEBDERS, HOLBY CITY and CASUALTY.

Kimberlin Brown healthy and playing golf again
Former THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL star Kimberlin Brown was just cleared by her doctors to play golf again. She was in a car accident a year ago and is still recovering. She didn't look rusty though at the Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Tournament in Raleigh, when she teed off and sent the ball flying!

Record ratings for TRUE BLOOD
Sunday's episode had a series-high 4.5 million viewers.

Darin Brooks vs. Bryton McClure for Daytime Emmy as best younger actor
Gold Derby pundits pick Bryton and Darin Brooks in the younger actor category at this year's Daytime Emmys.

INTERVIEW: ATWT's Judi Evans (Maeve)
Evans was a guest on "BuzzWorthy Radio" on Wednesday night.

On her new ATWT role: "It's going to be really fun."

ATWT's Cady McClain loves NYC
"On Friday night I went for a walk with the pooch and what a beautiful night it turned out to be. In New York, there are all kinds of summer events and I happened on a really cool one. It was a group called Globesonic, a DJ who mixed international music with techno beats and live drumming. There were some people who gathered around slowly, including several young women with hula hoops doing rhythmic hula-ing to the music. It was magical! Kids, dogs, hula hoops... summer in the city! I love this town!"


  1. It would be ironic for Bryton/Bryton McClure/Bryton James (can he pick a name?) to win considering he was dropped to recurring, never a great sign for a character's future.

  2. as much as I love both Bryton and Darrin Brooks, I'm rooting for Blake Berris (ex- Nick, DAYS) to win, his final days broke my heart and brought tears to my eyes.