Tuesday, July 23, 2013

NEWS: Jackie Zeman, Parker Posey, Sean Maguire, Hannah Murray, Terrence Howard, Michelle Forbes, Michael Vartan

GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jackie Zeman savors memories of growing up in Bergen County, New Jersey
Zeman, who is best-known to soap opera fans as Bobbie Spencer on GH, grew up in Bergenfield. It was there that she and her two younger sisters, Lauren and Carol, developed their interests and lasting friendships. It was there that Zeman first felt inspired to follow the adventurous spirit she inherited from her father.

"I remember growing up and looking at my mom and my dad — my mom was the one who watched us while he went to work every day, but I remember thinking, 'He's having all the fun,' " said Zeman, 60.

Parker Posey On Grace of Monaco and Her AS THE WORLD TURNS Days
"I saw Colleen Zink, who played my aunt a few years ago -- I hadn't seen her for 15 years -- and she still looked the same. The actors on that show were fab. I wish I could go back and do more -- that would be a hoot."

STUDY: Rise in injuries from falling television sets
More TVs are falling on kids, a new study reveals. Flat screens are predisposed to tipping forward because they carry more weight in their screen. In the U.S., a television set injures one child every half hour.

Sean Maguire joins ONCE UPON A TIME
With Tom Ellis unavailable to return as Robinsoon, fellow Brit Sean Maguire will play the character for a recurring arc.

SKINS' Hannah Murray talks anorexia, fame and Game of Thrones
SKINS was a game-changer: acclaimed and reviled in equal measure for its high-octane depiction of teenage life, and no one pushed the boundaries more than pill-popping, suicidal Cassie. “It's easy to see her as a very issues-based character because she did suffer from an eating disorder,” says Hannah. “But I thought that the main thing about her was that she was insecure and lonely, and that's why she was such a well-loved character. A lot of people – and not necessarily just young women, boys as well – could identify with that being an outsider.”

PARTY OF FIVE is the great forgotten drama of the ’90s
PARTY OF FIVE has been forgotten because it’s become a synonym for a kind of TV that’s not cool anymore, dominated more by emotional reactions than high-stakes drama, filled with basically good people trying to do what’s basically the right thing.

Former GUIDING LIGHT star Michelle Forbes lands role on CHICAGO FIRE
In a multi-episode arc on the show's upcoming second season, Forbes will play Gail McLeod, a high-ranking consultant with the State Fire Marshal's office, McLeod keeps a sharp eye on budgets and performance at Chicago's fire houses, and puts the firehouse of Engine 51 under her microscope.

Michael Vartan Checks Into BATES MOTEL as Norma's New [Spoiler]
His recurring character, George, is a charming divorcĂ© who catches Norma’s eye. It’s one of three new roles the show is introducing in Season 2 (BATES MOTEL is also surrounding Norma with a female BFF and an estranged brother).

Terrence Howard Joins Fox's Event Series WAYWARD PINES as Sheriff Pope
The star-studded project, based on the best-selling novel of the same name, is billed as a mind-bending new thriller set in a small town where nothing is what it seems.

ABC Buys Legal Drama From Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland & Writer KJ Steinberg
LAWLESS tells the story of Joanna James, a maverick lawyer who returns to her hometown to right the wrongs she left behind. It is inspired by the real life of crusading trucker-turned-lawyer Wynona Ward, founder of Have Justice Will Travel. Former victim of sexual abuse at the hands of her father, Ward got compelled at age 41 by the news of another child in her family getting sexually abused by relatives to go to college and law school and start a group that provides free legal representation and support services to victims of domestic violence in rural areas.

Lea Michele Was with Friends When She Learned Cory Monteith Died
Fresh from an "amazing" trip to Mexico, Lea Michele was at home and in a great mood, enjoying a girls' night in, when she got a devastating call that her boyfriend of more than a year, Cory Monteith, was dead.

"Lea started freaking out, she was distraught. No one knew what to say. It was horrible. She couldn't believe it," a source tells People.

A friend of Michele's then suggested she leave home to avoid unwanted attention from paparazzi once news of Monteith's death became public.

"She needed to get out of her house, it was extremely emotional," says the source. "So she left and stayed in the home of her friend."

BBC America to Co-Produce ATLANTIS Drama Series
Created by Howard Overman, Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps, ATLANTIS is set in a time of legendary heroes and mythical creatures. The news comes after the BBC announced the new 13-episode commission in June. BBC America will now co-produce ATLANTIS, which is slated for a fall 2013 premiere in the U.S. and in the U.K. In the U.S., it will air as part of BBC America's "Supernatural Saturday" block.

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