Friday, August 28, 2015

NEWS: Josh Griffith, Max Ehrich, Serayah, Betty White, Nicholas Brendon, Smelly Cat and More

Days of our Lives head writer Josh Griffith previews what he Dena Higley have planned for Salem
“What we wanted to see was a show that was very heavy on romance, mystery, suspense and action, which I think is what is iconic about Days,” Griffith says. “It’s been a show that really could do mystery, action and love stories better than anybody else. We really wanted to make it an incredibly exciting, suspenseful, romantic place to be for an hour a day.”

The Young and the Restless moving from 4 p.m. to 11 a.m. in St. Louis
Y&R changes time slots in St. Louis on Monday, September 14, to make way for a new early evening newscast.

The Young and the Restless and Under the Dome star Max Ehrich part of "it" couple with Veronica Dunne
"He’s been so passionate, even sometimes more passionate about stuff like the show," Dunne says of Ehrich, who recurs as Fen on Y&R. "He’ll be like, ‘Do you know what I’m doing tonight? Do you know what I’m doing this weekend?’ and I’m like, ‘what?’ and he’s like, ‘Watching K.C. Undercover!'"

Empire promotes Serayah to series regular for Season 2
The actress, who also is a singer and dancer, plays Tiana Brown, an R&B-pop artist signed to Empire Entertainment, who is managed by Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson). Tiana began a relationship with Hakeem Lyon (Bryshere Y. Gray) though the two later broke up after discovering that she had an affair with another woman.

The Carol Burnett Show’s lost episodes are finally available on DVD
A new DVD set comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Burnett herself.

Roots remake recruits Malachi Kirby for Kunta Kinte role
The special event series will follow the story of Kinte and his family as they struggle over several generations to survive as African slaves in the United States. Roots will be a remake of the novel-based series which first aired on ABC in 1977; it later earned 37 Emmy nominations and nine wins.

10 years later: How fictional TV shows tackled post-Katrina New Orleans
HBO’s Tremé did the best to capture life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, but many shows based in The Big Easy have failed to focus on the underlying issues that were uncovered from the 2005 tragedy.

Bones recruits Betty White as a squintern
White will guest as Dr. Beth Mayer, who will assist in a fantasy football-related murder.

BBC greenlights Motown musical miniseries Stop! In the Name of Love
Berry Gordy Jr.’s record label will be incorporated into this six-part limited series about six 30-something contemporary women in England.

Steve McQueen’s upcoming BBC miniseries is set in a West Indian community in London
The 12 Years a Slave director is helming a project that he’s calling “passionate, personal and unique. They are testimony to the truth of real lives and urgently need to be told.”

Report: Terrence Howard’s Empire role is being scaled back due to his real-life divorce drama
A source tells Page Six: "They have him locked up so you won’t be seeing him in as many scenes. But they are bringing in so many, and I mean so many, guest stars and cameos that the average viewer won’t realize it because there is so much going on.”

Kurt Sutter is developing a Sons of Anarchy Mayans spinoff
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "it’s still early in the development process,” but the Sons of Anarchy spinoff would be made for FX, focusing on the Mayans Motorcycle Club.

Hemlock Grove’s final season drops on October 10
The Eli Roth Netflix gothic horror series is going out with its third season.

Buffy’s Nicholas Brendon walks off Dr. Phil
Brendon explains how uncomfortable he felt on the Dr. Phil show’s hot seat: “When I was in that seat, I felt that Dr. Phil went for the jugular, talking about some of my recent mistakes, with no build up. I felt that he wanted me to lay the darkest parts of myself on national TV right from the start, and I’m not willing to do that.”

The Daily Show Gets Ready to Go Viral
Comedy Central announced on Thursday that it has hired Baratunde Thurston, the author (“How to Be Black”), humorist and social activist, as a supervising producer at The Daily Show to oversee the digital content it will create under the incoming host Trevor Noah. “There’s more to what The Daily Show can make than what people have seen,” Thurston said. “This is a 21-and-a-half-minute show that airs on a box in your house, and it can also be a great experience on these other platforms.”

American Horror Story mulling 2 seasons in 1 year
Ryan Murphy says there’s talk of a season in the fall and another in the spring.

Homeland releases its official Season 5 trailer
Can Carrie Mathison successfully leave the CIA behind?

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Taylor Swift brought out Lisa Kudrow for a Friends duet of "Smelly Cat" in Los Angeles
Kudrow was the second Friends alum Swift trotted out for her 1989 tour in the past week. Matt LeBlanc walked Swift’s catwalk last Saturday.

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