Friday, June 5, 2015

NEWS: Harry Reid, Justin Gaston, Mary Beth Evans, Joanne Froggatt, Frances Fisher, Henry Simmons

'EastEnders' gay kiss: Harry Reid 'upset' at homophobic reaction to Ben Mitchell and Paul Coker scene
Harry Reid has shared his disappointment at viewers' negative reactions to his recent EastEnders gay kiss with co-star Jonny Labey.

The 22-year-old actor's character Ben Mitchell shared a smooch with Paul Coker on Monday night, but revealed on Instagram afterwards that not everyone had been open to their relationship.

"It's upsetting to read the negative tweets about the gay kiss in last night's episode of Eastenders," he wrote alongside a photo of notorious bisexual gangster Ronnie Kray.

"I only want to ask one question. Would you have called Ronnie Kray disgusting?"

Frances Fisher and Michael O’Keefe join 'Masters of Sex'
Fisher and O’Keefe will play mother and father, respectively, to Lizzy Caplan’s Virginia Johnson when they appear on season 3 of Masters of Sex (premiering on Showtime July 12). Fisher and O’Keefe are each booked for two episodes.

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': 'Another World' Alum Henry Simmons Upped to Series Regular for Season 3
Simmons made his debut as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie in the Season 2 premiere, as part of newly installed Director Coulson’s expanded team. He went on to appear in every episode thereafter, though there was a moment just before the Season 2 finale when it appeared Mack had called it quits, saying he was unable to work for a man who was so alien-friendly. But when colleague Bobbi went missing and with the Inhuman threat escalating, Mack stuck around to trap teleporter Gordon and help fight the good fight.

Lifetime unveils first look at tell-all 'Full House' TV movie
Lifetime has unveiled the first look at its upcoming The Unauthorized Full House Story. Justin Gaston (ex-Ben, Days of our Lives) has been cast as John Stamos.

ABC pulls 'Of Kings and Prophets' and replaces it with 'Quantico' on Sundays
The "epic Biblical saga" Of Kings and Prophets will undergo some recasting, which will delay its premiere. So FBI drama Quantico will move from Tuesdays to Sundays at 10.

Sendhil Ramamurthy Back For ‘Heroes Reborn'
Ramamurthy is the latest original cast member to sign up for the Heroes follow-up. In the 2006-2010 cult series, he played Dr Mohinder Suresh, a geneticist seeking the truth behind his father’s murder and the continuation of his research into evolved humans.

CBS Is Developing Stage Shows Based on 'Brady Bunch' and Other Sitcoms
CBS Consumer Products announced that it's planning Cheers Live On Stage, which would showcase "classic moments from numerous scripted episodes." The Brady Bunch, meanwhile, will be adapted as a musical written by creator Sherwood Schwartz's son and daughter.

'Game of Thrones' Visual Effects Editor Katherine Chappell Mauled to Death By Lion in South Africa
Katherine Chappell, a visual effects editor on the HBO series, was mauled to death by a lion in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Monday, June 1. Chappell, 29, was in Africa at the time to raise money for organizations that protect animals from poachers.

'24' Spinoff at Fox Would Revolve Around a New Male Character
Fox is developing a 24 spinoff that would revolve around a new twentysomething male terrorist hunter.

What 'UnREAL' Gets (and Doesn’t Get) About Life As a Reality-TV Producer
"For UnREAL’s creator, Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, a reality-TV veteran who made it out with a story to tell, the show serves as both exposé and confessional. It’s a workplace drama whose protagonist is a vegetarian in the slaughterhouse, but she happens to be really good at killing cows. UnREAL offers many of the same pleasures that audiences get from watching House MD offer a diagnosis or McNulty solve a crime: the satisfaction of seeing a job well done."

Critics' Choice Awards: Winners and Surprises
The 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards aired live on A&E on Sunday night.
CCTA winners this year included The Americans, Silicon Valley, Amy Schumer, Justified's Sam Elliott, Empire's Taraji P. Henson, and Better Call Saul's Bob Odenkirk.

TCA Awards: 'Empire,' 'Transparent,' 'Jane The Virgin,' 'The Americans,' 'Mad Men' Lead Nominees
The Americans, FX
Empire, Fox
Game of Thrones, HBO
Mad Men, AMC
Transparent, Amazon

Better Call Saul, AMC
Empire, Fox
The Flash, The CW
Jane the Virgin, The CW
Transparent, Amazon

'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Alum Nicholas Brendon Enters Rehab for Depression, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse Problems
The 44-year-old, who has been arrested three times this year on charges including public intoxication, grand theft and criminal mischief, "has been aware of his problems for some time – and with each new challenge, he gained a greater understanding of what needed to be done to overcome these obstacles and move forward with his life," the statement said.

‘Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt Is A ‘Dark Angel’ In ITV Serial Killer Drama
Froggatt will go from playing kind-hearted, if often unfortunate, Anna Bates to portraying real-life Victorian age serial killer Mary Ann Cotton.

‘Parks & Recreation’s Retta Joins Bravo’s ‘Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce’
Retta will play Barbara, a rival at Abby’s new job who is less than thrilled with Abby’s optimistic approach to divorce.

Kim Richards Will Not Return to 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' as a Full-Time Cast Member
The fates of the rest of the housewives have not yet been decided but most of the women (including Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson) are expected to return.

Mary Beth Evans: A Day in the Life on Set
"This week in particular has been crazy as I’ve juggled two full days of work on The Bay with a full week at Days of our Lives and some time at Chasing Life. I feel like my brain is going burst with all the memorizing … which usually culminates with me having some hysterical laughing jag (Maybe to just relieve the pressure?)."

Watch Evans behind the scenes video below:

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