Thursday, August 29, 2013

NEWS: Corbin Bernsen Returns To Y&R; Lisa Kudrow Joins SCANDAL; Jacob Young's New Daughter; Josh Duhamel First-Time Dad; EASTENDERS 5-Night Week

Corbin Bernsen Returns To THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (Video)
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS is paying tribute to the late Jeanne Cooper's character, Katherine Chancellor, with two memorial episodes airing on September 3rd and 4th.

Cooper's son Corbin Bernsen returns as Paul's (Doug Davidson) brother, Father Todd, who will be officiating Kay's service.

"I'll be officiating," Father Todd says. "I was told that she requested me specifically, so I put down everything immediately and came running. One does not want to disappoint Katherine Chancellor."

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL's Jacob Young is a father again
Young (Rick) and wife Christen, welcomed their second child yesterday. Molly Lynn was born early Wednesday, August 28, and weighed six pounds, 11 ounces.

Lisa Kudrow joins SCANDAL
Kudrow has been tapped for a recurring role on the ABC series’ upcoming third season. In typical Shonda fashion, details about Kudrow’s character are kept under wraps, but Deadline reports that she plays a politician.

Kyle Chandler may not be interested in a FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS movie
“[Producers] Jason Katims and Pete Berg and those guys kept it alive, kept the material so fresh, and ended the thing so perfectly. I think that’s a tribute to those guys. I like the ending of the show as much as I like the whole thing in the sense that it was just done so classy, it was just done so well. Hats off to those guys.”

So, was that a way of saying that he’d rather just preserve the show as is, and not revive it in movie form?

“Yep,” Chandler said simply. “That was a great experience, I really loved it. I still keep in touch with the people quite closely.”

Present-Day Take On ‘Les Misérables’ From Rob Thomas Lands At Fox With Penalty
The Veronica Mars creator has teamed with actor-writer Graham Norris for a drama inspired by Victor Hugo’s novel. The project, from Warner Bros TV and Rob Thomas Prods, has landed at Fox with script commitment plus penalty. Written by Norris, the contemporary take is a primetime soap about a brilliant lawyer running a legal exoneration program who fights to evade the consequences of his own unjust conviction many years before. He must navigate high society, continue his mission of saving innocent people, and manage his tumultuous family and romantic life — all while staying one step ahead of a ruthless U.S. Attorney who refuses to let the ghosts of the past die.

Actress Michelle Hardwick: Starring in EMMERDALE helped me to publicly come out as gay
In an interview with Reveal, she said: "I was so tired of saying I didn’t want to talk about it, or lying and saying I was single… I’m proud of who I am and I’m proud of my girlfriend."

"Now [I'm] in EMMERDALE there's more interest in me. It was something I was going to do anyway, but being in the show probably jogged me on to do it sooner."

Josh and Fergie Duhamel Welcome Son Axl Jack
Duhamel (who played Leo on ALL MY CHILDREN) and Black Eyed Peas frontwoman Fergie welcomed their first child on Thursday, Aug. 29, their rep confirms to PEOPLE.

Son Axl Jack Duhamel weighed in at 7 lbs., 10 oz., the rep tells PEOPLE.

EASTENDERS to air five nights during Samantha Womack return week
EASTENDERS will air a special week of episodes starting Monday, September 9, which will see Womack's character, Ronnie Mitchell, return to Walford and Linda Henry's Shirley Carter mysteriously disappear.

Later in the month, fans can also look forward to the one-off return of Peggy Mitchell for a special episode, as well as David Wicks's comeback as a show regular.

Valerie Harper's doctor: Cancer is 'pretty close to a remission'
The revelation is part of an hour-long documentary about Harper's battle with cancer which airs Sept. 19 at 10 p.m. on NBC. In it, Harper discusses how she's faced the disease, using traditional chemotherapy alongside acupuncture and Chinese tea.

Despite the good news, Harper and her husband Tony Cacciotti learn she is not cured. Dr. Rudnick explained that the cancer can "develop resistance to the therapy," so that these results mean largely that Harper has bought some time before the cancer recurs, or becomes resistant to the current therapy.

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