Saturday, August 1, 2015

NEWS: McKenzie Westmore, Kelly Ripa, Blair Underwood, Andrew Benjamin, Lucy Lawless

McKenzie Westmore fondly recalls spending her twenties as Sheridan on Passions
With kidnappings, Bollywood dance numbers and plenty of blackmail, McKenzie says she and the rest of the cast got a daily dose of "WTF" whenever they got their new scripts.

"The more controversy, the worse you could get it, we did it," she says, recalling one particular storyline that found Sheridan communicating with the ghost of Princess Diana after surviving a crash similar to the one that killed the late royal.

"I remember when the whole Princess Diana thing happened, watching it and going 'Oh my god, I just started my career and now it's over. Thats the end. I just trashed the whole memory of Princess Diana," she continues.

Looking back, Westmore says she saw the beginning of the end coming when the show began what she calls its "worst storyline ever."

"I remember when it moved to DirecTV and they were doing the storyline of Julian Crane and Dr. Eve and his penis had been cut off and she sewed it on backwards," she says with a laugh. "I remember watching this episode, as he's peeing all over the place because he couldn't control his bladder and I went 'This has got to be the worst storyline ever done, what are they doing?'"

Airbnb Offers Soap Fans The Chance To Spend A Night On Neighbours Set
As part of the 30th anniversary of its first ever broadcast, the evergreen Australian soap opera Neighbours is teaming up with Airbnb to offer a set of lucky fans the chance to spend a night on the set, which is being specially converted into a temporary hotel.

The soap’s producers have listed its studios in Melbourne on the rent-out lodging website as part of the competition, whose winners will get to spend the night in one of the on-set houses, visit all parts of the fictional Ramsay Street, and have dinner with two of the show’s actors, Alan Fletcher (Dr. Karl Kennedy) and Chris Milligan (handyman Kyle Canning), in order to get all the backstage gossip.

All My Children alum Kelly Ripa Breaks foot, husband Mark Consuelos documents
Ripa broke her foot during a dance class. Luckily, her husband and former All My Children co-star Mark Consuelos was able to make Ripa laugh during her hospital visit. "He's never in 21 years, he's never felt the need to photograph me, videotape me...when I have full hair and makeup, nothing," she said. "Yesterday, he was like Scavullo. He followed me around with a camera. He was never more alive."

Ripa added, "He loved this moment of suffering!"

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. bringing back Blair Underwood
The former One Life to Live actor will reprise his role as Melinda May’s ex-husband in several episodes this fall.

OWN orders a megachurch drama series
Greenleaf will delve into the scandalous secrets and lies of a Memphis megachurch.

UnReal co-creator was “thrilled” that The Bachelor host called her show “terrible”
"I was so excited because I was like, ‘Oh, my God, they noticed us!’” Marti Noxon says of Chris Harrison’s comments. She adds: “In this case, it was particularly fun. I’m like a nerd. The captain of the football team is talking about me, even if he’s saying, ‘Hey, nerd!'”

Kyle Chandler brings back Friday Nights Lights' Coach Taylor for a movie theater PSA
Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse enlisted local resident Chandler to film a PSA warning moviegoers to not talk and use their cellphones while the film is playing.

MTV renews Scream for second season
“[W]e are thrilled by how our viewers have responded to the reinvention of Scream,” reads a statement from MTV EVP Mina Lefevre. “We look forward to another season filled with suspense, horror and more twists and turns.”

Emmerdale Summer Stunt Spoilers: Helicopter crashes the Dingle wedding of the year
As soon as it was revealed that this summer, Emmerdale would attempt the biggest stunt in soap history, there were many a critic who raised one eyebrow…

The world of the Great British Soap Opera boasts some of this country’s greatest small screen stunt successes – ranging from tram crashes, to train crashes, to sieges – but will next week’s episodes of Emmerdale stand head and shoulders above all the previous competition?

Lucy Lawless won't reprise Xena role, but says of a reboot: “I know that NBC wants to do it"
The Hollywood Reporter says a deal is still in place to reboot Xena: Warrior Princess, and NBC would like to have Lawless involved in some capacity. At the TV press tour, Lawless, who was promoting Ash vs. Evil Dead, said of the Xena reboot: "I'd love to see it happen, and I know that NBC wants to do it but they're just trying to find a way and a time."

Jordana Brewster joins Secrets & Lies
The As the World Turns and Dallas alum will play an attorney on Season 2 of the ABC series.

The CW moves premieres of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin to October 12
Both shows were previously scheduled to premiere on October 19.

Andrew Benjamin joins Season 2 of American Crime
The "Hey Ya!" rapper/actor, better known as AndrĂ© 3000, has joined Season 2, playing an architect who’s married to Regina King. Benjamin previously worked with American Crime creator John Ridley, who directed him in the Jim Hendrix biopic All Is by My Side. "It’s fair to say American Crime might not exist were it not for our previous collaboration,” says Ridley.

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