Thursday, August 20, 2015

NEWS: Juston Gaston, Nicholas Brendon, Maggie Kirkpatrick, Jon Stewart, Gillian Taylforth

Days of our Lives alum Justin Gaston stars as John Stamos in the Unauthorized Full House movie, airing on Saturday
"I watched Full House growing up, so the movie was really fun to shoot," Gaston, Days' original Ben and husband of Y&R's Melissa Ordway, tells toofab about the flick. "It was pretty funny to go through the fitting and get to try on all the different clothes and then put the wig with it. It was kind of like I was falling back into that era."

Blind Item: Days of our Lives adding Daytime Emmy winner to the cast
"This former Daytime Emmy winner from a P&G soap opera has since appeared in primetime, an ABC/Prospect Park soap, and, recently, a Hulu series."

Blind Item: Days of our Lives adding popular soap vet to cast
"This fan favorite has visited other soap towns in the past, and doesn't mind making a return trip." And this person is also won a Daytime Emmy award.

Days of our Lives alum Eric Winter joins Secrets and Lies
The Witches of East End star will play Michael Ealy's best friend in Season 2.

EastEnders' Gillian Taylforth sums up Kathy's return: "Emotional. Life-affirming. Guilt"
"It’s lovely being back," the actress says. "I'm really enjoying it. It’s lovely seeing some of the people I used to work with before and to meet the new people."

Troubled Buffy the Vampire star Nicholas Brendon to appear on Dr. Phil
"Nick is doing well and sends his love to you all," a post on his Facebook page reads. "If you happen to be in the LA area on Aug. 26, why not go to a Dr. Phil taping and show some support to Nick? Tickets are free."

Brendon, 44, has had a tough year, which has included a stint in rehab to treat depression, alcoholism and substance abuse issues, as well as multiple run-ins with the law – he was arrested three times this year on charges including public intoxication, grand theft and criminal mischief.

The Good Wife to pit Peter Florrick vs. Hillary Clinton in Season 7 Presidential showdown
Good Wife exec producer Robert King tells TVLine that art will indeed imitate real-life politics when Peter launches his own bid for the Democratic ticket. “If Peter runs, he is running against Hillary,” he confirms, conceding that it’s “amazing” CBS is “letting us do that.”

Saks Fifth Avenue to sell Empire fashions
The retailer and Fox are teaming up to promote Season 2 with Empire fine jewelry, clothing, footwear and handbags. Additionally, Saks’ Beverly Hills and New York City stores will have Empire-themed displays.

Why are obsessed with watching Investigation Discovery’s grisly TV shows?
As Jezebel points out, ID is one of the most popular cable networks for women, “despite its macabre, endless, often difficult-to-watch stream of true tales depicting the evils of humanity.”

World's tallest actress Lindsay Kay Hayward to Guest Star in Grey's Anatomy
"I have Marfan disease, the role that I play," Hayward revealed. "She's a seven feet two [inch] woman but she thinks she's six [feet] six [inches]. Usually I play an overly aggressive fighter type, but it gets to the insight of who actually are as uniquely tall women."

Grey's Anatomy star Kevin McKidd: I'm now an American citizen
The Scottish actor tweeted that he’s "proud and emotional” after Wednesday's “wonderful ceremony.”

Revenge star Nick Wechsler joins The Player
Wechsler has joined the cast of NBC’s Las Vegas-set thriller The Player, from the executive producers of The Blacklist. The series co-stars Wesley Snipes as a pit boss and Charity Wakefield as the dealer for a high-stakes game where an organization of wealthy individuals gamble on the ability of former military operative-turned-security expert (Philip Winchester) to stop some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out. Wechsler will play Nick, the boyfriend of Cassandra (Wakefield), a good guy with morals caught in the web of century-old conspiracy.

Dennis Haysbert joins Syfy’s Incorporated
On the Ben Affleck-Matt Damon corporate future series, he’ll play the “most-feared person,” the head of security, at a futuristic cutthroat company.

Jon Stewart to host WWE SummerSlam
In his first major gig since leaving The Daily Show August 6 after a 16-year run, Stewart has signed on to be the host of WWE's SummerSlam on Sunday. The four-hour event airs live from Brooklyn's sold-out Barclays Center at 7 p.m. ET/4 PT on WWE Network.

Syfy cancels Haven after 5 seasons
The second half of the fifth and final season premieres in October, and the executive producer is promising a “satisfying ending."

Shonda Rhimes' The Catch undergoes a shakeup
Creator and showrunner Jennifer Schuur has exited the midseason drama over “creative differences.” Her No. 2 producer has also departed.

Maggie Kirkpatrick: Australian actor found guilty of child abuse
Kirkpatrick has been found guilty by a court in Melbourne of sexually abusing a girl under 14 in 1984. Kirkpatrick, 74, and one of the stars of 1980s Australian TV drama Prisoner Cell Block H, had denied charges of gross indecency.

Kirkpatrick, whose character Joan “The Freak” Ferguson would molest inmates with the excuse of conducting body searches, had pleaded not guilty to molesting the young fan.

Twin Peaks reboot has reportedly begun filming, in Brooklyn
Last week, Showtime said the revival will begin filming next month. But DNAInfo reports that the David Lynch series is filming today at the Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn.

TV's Growing Dilemma: To Binge or Not to Binge?
Amazon, NBC and now Starz (with Da Vinci's Demons and new miniseries Flesh and Bone) are among those employing the all-at-once launch strategy for key shows, while networks such as Fox, ABC and Hulu — perhaps the most surpris­ing of these, given that it competes with the other streamers — are steadfast in their commitment to the weekly rollout.

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