Tuesday, March 5, 2013

NEWS ROUNDUP: Joan Van Ark, Thorsten Kaye, John McCook, A Martinez, Kyle MacLachlan

Joan Van Ark on her return to DALLAS: 'I felt a huge responsibility to do Valene justice'
"Ted [Shackelford] called me after we had done our scene that first day and he was so dear. He said, 'You still got it. You were great every take.' Ted is brutally honest – and that’s a good thing because I want the truth. So for him to say that meant so much to me."

"And with Charlene [Tilton] – she’s such a pistol! When I see her now, I feel like she’s the parent and I’m the child because she’s got it going on! [Laughs] She calls it like she sees it, and she was so generous and beautiful to me when we were together. And Patrick Duffy and I had a really nice moment [off the set]. It was totally special, and it had to do with Larry [Hagman]. I shared something with Patrick and he returned it right back. It was maybe the most profound, connected moment I had when I was down there."

Valene will not be seen at J.R.'s funeral on next week's episode of DALLAS.

Thorsten Kaye on taping the first scene of the new ALL MY CHILDREN
"Jill Larson (Opal) was supposed to be in the first scene with this guy Peter [Cortlandt, Opal’s son]. Something happened and she wasn’t ready. I was just f—king around at the catering table stuffing bagels in my pocket. All of a sudden, someone comes up to me and says, 'Can you be ready in three minutes?' I said, 'Sure. I’ve got three bagels in a baggie and some bacon, I’m good.' The scene was a [one-way] phone call. When I was done, they said, 'Congratulations, you just finished the first scene of the new ALL MY CHILDREN!' That hadn’t occurred to me. I was just there to work. But it’s kind of cool that I was in the last scene on TV and I taped the first scene on the web."


On the show being set in the future with no Kendall: "Someone says, 'I’m sorry about you and Kendall.' That makes me want to watch: 'What happened? Where is she?' I think people will want to tune in to see how we tell the story. In theater, you often know the end of the play but you still go to see how the actors tell the story. In soaps, you don’t know the ending which is cool in its own way. 'Hey, you and Kendall aren’t together and your wife may be with someone else.' That informs every scene I do. I care about where we left these people. 'Where are they now?' The writers aren’t ignoring past relationships. I’ll jump on that train."

John McCook returning to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
McCook brings his alter ego, Eric Forrester, from THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS on Monday and Tuesday, March 18 and 19.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Since Y&R is celebrating its 40th anniversary, it would have been wonderful to see McCook play Lance Prentiss again.

Adam Levine Secretly Dating ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum Amanda Setton
The 33-year-old Maroon 5 hunk met the brunette beauty, most recently seen on Fox’s THE MINDY PROJECT, through mutual friends and they “instantly clicked,” says a close pal.

A Martinez movie California Solo now available on DVD and VOD
The film is also available at Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Blockbuster, and many more outlets.

GENERAL HOSPITAL Alum Annie Ilonzeh joins NBC's HATFIELDS & MCCOYS pilot
Ilonzeh will play Shannon Hatfield, the adopted daughter of Rebecca De Mornay's Mary Hatfield. Shannon develops a romantic interest in Patrick McCoy (played by AS THE WORLD TURNS star Jesse Lee Soffer) - which could prove to be problematic, as the two families have a history of not getting along so well together. Ilonzeh can currently be seen on SWITCHED AT BIRTH.

Virgin Media 'undeletes' CORONATION STREET in TiVo campaign
Virgin Media is introducing a new TiVo advertising campaign, aimed at getting people to make use of the undelete function of the service.

It will take over primetime TV in the latest campaign as some of the UK's favorite shows will disappear before viewer's eyes by being accidentally deleted.

However, the TiVo function will come to the rescue and allow people to undelete the shows to ensure they stay on the air.

GENERAL HOSPITAL 50th Anniversary Timeline
Browse 50 years of major events in ABC's new GH Timeline.

Jesse Metcalfe says TNT happy with DALLAS ratings
"I think, obviously, it makes for a better headline to say the show is slumping, but we don’t see it that way," says Metcalfe. "It's about dollars and cents at the end of the day. We get reports from Steve Koonin (president of Turner Entertainment Networks) and from Michael Wright (TNT's president, programming). The show is doing what they needed it to do in these winter months in the time slot that they have chosen. It’s consistently delivering over 1 million viewers in their key demographic."

GAME OF THRONES and the Hold Steady team for season 3 song
Producers have enlisted Brooklyn group the Hold Steady to bring to life a tune from George R.R. Martin’s fantasy saga. The band will perform “The Bear and the Maiden Fair,” with lyrics by Martin (below) and music by the show’s composer Ramin Djawadi. Last year, The National recorded Martin’s ominous “The Rains of Castemere” for season two, while “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” is more like a boisterous tavern song.

Paul Wesley on early acting struggles: 'That time was very rewarding'
"It was both stressful and unbelievably rewarding," Wesley explained to August Man about his time at GUIDING LIGHT. "For me, going into Manhattan three or four times a week to film during high school was an escape from the typical New Jersey suburban life."

The show chronicles how cultures collide when a white family and a Latino family are bonded together by their children who fall in love followed quickly by an unplanned pregnancy. Chavira, repped by Innovative and Gordon Gilbertson, will play the divorced Latino father of the boy who got Mike O’Malley and Mary McCormack’s daughter pregnant – an ex-convict who has turned his life around.

Kyle MacLachlan Joins NBC's J.J. Abrams-Produced Drama Pilot BELIEVE
The project focuses on an unlikely relationship between a gifted young girl (newcomer Johnny Sequoyah) and a man (SAVAGES‘ Jake McLaughlin) sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power.

TWIN PEAKS and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES alum MacLachlan — who’s currently recurring on CBS’ THE GOOD WIFE — will play Skouras, a mysterious billionaire with an even more mysterious agenda.

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