Sunday, May 31, 2015

NEWS: Tracey Bregman, Lori Loughlin, Brittany Snow, Darren Criss, Patrick Dempsey, Anne Kirkbride

Beverley Callard remembers Anne Kirkbride
'Coronation Street' stars pay tribute to Anne Kirkbride at memorial service
'Corrie' stars past and present have paid tribute to the "caring, loveable and funny" Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow in the soap for more than 40 years. Smiles and laughter were the theme at Manchester Cathedral in a celebration of the life of the popular Oldham-born actress, who was hailed for creating one of television's "truly great characters". The memorial service, attended by up to 600 people including members of the public, heard that all Kirkbride "ever wanted to do was make people happy."

No truth to rumor Billy Miller is leaving 'General Hospital' to return to 'The Young and the Restless'
Says ABC exec Nathan Varni: "That's the internet at its best with made up rumors."

Take a Peek Inside 'The Young and the Restless' Star Tracey E. Bregman's Earthy Malibu Home
“Every house I’ve had, I completely gutted and started from scratch,” she says. “This is the first place I didn’t have to. I even liked all the tile, which is very unusual. In a way, I guess this house was built for me.”

Chuck Pratt Pitched a 'The Young and the Restless' Story Where Avery Lies That Joe Clark Raped Her
Y&R employees at every level of the production reportedly were disgusted by the story, leading to it being scrapped.

Richard Schiff Joins Showtime’s 'The Affair'; Stephanie Erb In 'Ray Donovan'
Schiff (The West Wing) will play Jon Gottlief, a high-profile city attorney who has been Bruce Butler’s (John Doman) longtime family lawyer, in a season-long arc.

Erb (The Young and the Restless) will play Helen Miller, the head of the Fish and Game Department, in a three-episode arc.

Former 'Edge of Night' Actress Lori Loughlin Confirms 'Fuller House' Appearance
The actress will reprise her role of Aunt Becky on the Netflix series.

Fox Developing ‘Urban Cowboy’ TV Remake with Craig Brewer, Paramount TV
Like the movie, the TV adaptation of Urban Cowboy will follow the star-crossed relationship of Sissy and Bud as it unfolds against the gritty backdrop of rodeos, oil refineries, line dancing clubs and other aspects of modern-day Texas. The 1980 pic — written by Aaron Latham and James Bridges and directed by Bridges — helped solidify Travolta’s status as a mega movie star, and it kicked off the mechanical bull-riding craze to boot.

Is 'Grey's Anatomy' Alum Patrick Dempsey prepping a return to primetime?
Multiple sources say there’s still plenty of time for the 49-year-old actor to join a new or returning show—assuming it’s the right fit. “Not too late at all,” says one network casting exec. “I can definitely see him ending up on something in the fall.”

'Hell on Wheels' Season 5 to Premiere July 18 on AMC
In season 5, Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) finds himself a stranger in a strange land - the mountain town of Truckee, Calif., home to the Central Pacific Railroad.

Erin Andrews, 'Guiding Light' Alum Brittany Snow Will Co-Host the 2015 CMT Music Awards
Erin Andrews and Brittany Snow are set to co-host the 2015 CMT Music Awards in Nashville on Wednesday, June 10.

Says Snow: "As a longtime fan of CMT and the CMT Music Awards, I'm thrilled to join Erin in hosting what’s sure to be one of the most memorable musical nights of the year."

Remember short-lived CBS primetime soap 'Beacon Hill'
Rather than filmed, the show was videotaped like a sitcom or daytime soap, much like many PBS imports from England. Ratings for the August 26th premiere were healthy (25.4 rating/44 share), but subsequent episodes nosedived.

Darren Criss, Laura Osnes to Host Tony Awards Red Carpet Show
The Tony Awards’ first-ever Live! From the Red Carpet production will be hosted by Broadway stars Darren Criss and Laura Osnes, with George Takei serving as an official fan correspondent, the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing announced on Friday.

Randi Zuckerberg will serve as the tech/social correspondent, Playbill editor Blake Ross will be the theater correspondent, and Project Runway alum Emilio Sosa will talk to the nominees about their outfits as the fashion correspondent during the 2-hour-and-30-minute live stream.

Viewers can watch the red carpet action on,, and between 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

Matt Weiner on ‘Mad Men’ Finale: ‘I Had a Ton of Doubts’
Admitting that he’d spent the show’s final weeks “in my house covering my face,” Weiner struggled with his confidence. “I just didn’t know. I didn’t want to end the show in an argument. You know, you can’t defend yourself.”

Chris Carmack Feels Responsibility for His ‘Nashville’ Character
“Sometimes I have to go in and really dig a little bit deeper for the answers to questions I have, because it’s not just a character flopping around on a nighttime soap,” Carmack explains. “It’s a story that means a lot to a lot of people, and I have to treat it with a lot of reverence.”

Chris Chalk Upped to 'Gotham' Series Regular as Lucius Fox
Chalk, who toward the very end of Gotham‘s freshman run made his debut as Wayne Enterprises junior exec Lucius Fox, has been promoted to series regular for Season 2.

Nicholas D'Agosto Promoted to 'Gotham' Series Regular
D'Agosto debuted on the DC Comics-based drama midway through Season 1 as freshly minted ADA Harvey Dent, one of Detective Jim Gordon’s precious few allies in the fight against all that is wrong in the city — and a person with his own particular, two-faced destiny. Gotham also recently upped Morena Baccarin to series regular status for Season 2, as Jim’s sweetheart Dr. Leslie Thompkins.

Jennifer Hudson, Greg Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright Join HBO's 'Confirmation'
Confirmation, from HBO Films, details the explosive 1991 Supreme Court nomination hearings (at which Anita Hill testified), which brought the country to a standstill and forever changed the way people think about sexual harassment, victims' rights and modern-day race relations. Scandal's Kerry Washington stars as Hill, Treme's Wendell Pierce is set as Clarence Thomas and Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet will portray lobbyist Ken Duberstein.

Over-the-air BUZZR network launches June 1 featuring old game shows
Iconic titles that will be featured when the channel launches include Family Feud, featuring hosts Richard Dawson, Ray Combs, Louis Anderson, Richard Karn and John O’Hurley; Let’s Make a Deal, featuring host Monty Hall; as well as famed titles To Tell the Truth, Password, Match Game, Beat the Clock, What’s My Line, Blockbusters and Card Sharks.

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