NEWS ROUNDUP: E.J. Bonilla Makes Backstage 30; Colleen Zenk, Kevin Spirtas Set For "Broadway at the Met Room"

REVENGE's E.J. Bonilla makes Backstage 30
First professional job: I did a promotional commercial for Hilary Duff’s film “Raise Your Voice” when I was 16. It was before I’d even had representation. A friend took me on an audition with him. I booked it, and he didn’t.
Audition horror stories: I’ve been in the room where I was so rushed by a casting director that they turned off the camera before I was even done with my audition.

Colleen Zenk, Kevin Spirtas set for "Broadway at the Met Room" on Dec. 2
The show will feature performances by Anita Gillette, Kurt Peterson, Colleen Zenk, Kevin Spirtas, Raissa Katona Bennett, Wayne Alan Wilcox, and Sheri Sanders as well as Broadway Performance Project alumni Sarah Amandes, Erin Elizabeth Eichhorn, Emily Nash, and Stephanie Windland.

Days Go By: A gay plotline on DAYS OF OUR LIVES may not be the most groundbreaking moment, but it's still part of a longer path to equality
"The 'stories' that still play may not have quite the pull on our culture that they once had, but they still have an influence. And there are still so many LGBT youth and their families who are going to benefit from seeing these characters and (one hopes) talking and learning more about each other."

Jesse Plemons Cast In HBO’s ‘Missionary’ Pilot
Set in Berlin in the late 1960s, THE MISSIONARY centers on Roy (Benjamin Walker), a young American missionary who gets caught up in Cold War intrigue while helping a young woman escape East Berlin. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS alum Plemons will play Sherwood Elbridge, a young coca-cola executive who helps smuggle defectors out of the Eastern Bloc.

THE WALKING DEAD to introduce another popular character from the comic
[SPOILER ALERT] We’re about to see another big name character make the leap from page to screen, and it’s going to happen very soon — in the fall finale on Dec. 2, to be specific. “There’s a new character added,” says Kirkman of episode 8. “A big deal fan favorite from the comic book is introduced into the show in this episode, so be on the lookout for that.”

MTV Greenlights New Pilot From AWKWARD Creator, Sets Lead
The cable network has picked up to the pilot HOT MESS (working title), tapping Australian actress Annabelle Stephenson to star in the comedy created by AWKWARD showrunner Lauren Iungerich.

Y&R's Lauralee Bell: Paul and Christine a 'mature love'
"Paul kisses Chris. Then she allows it. It’s an organic reaction. Although Danny is the love of Cricket’s life, she knows he is a rock star, and he could end up being duped by another red-headed groupie! So she’s looking at Paul as mature love."

NBC Boss: Why We're Tweaking Our Comedy Brand
"It's an interesting conversation," says NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke. "We just want a different brand. We don't want a narrow brand in the sense of some of those shows that we inherited here, which we're huge fans of, [but] have a very narrow audience."

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