NEWS: Fred Willard, Bradford Anderson, Steve Harvey, Pete Nowalk, Alison Sweeney, David Cronenberg

Fred Willard (center) stars in the new DirecTV commercial.
The Bold and the Beautiful's Fred Willard stars in new DirecTV commercial
Jeffrey Tambor, John Michael Higgins, Jennifer Coolidge and Fred Willard (John Forrester on B&B) are helping DirecTV revive its popular “Empty Cable Suit” commercials from 2008 for the cable provider’s latest ad campaign, “Cable Corp.”

In “Merger,” Tambor’s character announces Cable Corp’s partnership with CableWorld in order to take on DirecTV. The campaign aims to highlight the benefits of DirecTV — a member of the AT&T family since July — over cable.

Alison Sweeney returns to Days of our Lives on October 12
Sweeney tweeted her return date on Thursday: "You wanted Sami, you're going to get her! Starting Oct. 12th I'll be back on @DaysofourLives. You'll have to watch to see for how long! ;)"

Steve Harvey looking for fans of Days of our Lives
Steve Harvey searching for the biggest Days of our Lives fan for an upcoming taping.

Bradford Anderson excited for his latest return to General Hospital
Anderson is excited to be making his second return trip to GH this year as Spinelli — so much so that he didn't even need to know what was bringing the character back to town before accepting the show's invitation. "There really was no story pitched; it was just, ‘Wanna come back?' " he reports. "I said this when I finished up my arc earlier this year, and it's true: I love being there and any time they need me, if I'm available, I'll be there."

Game of Thrones coloring book is on the way
"Yes, I said 'coloring book,’” writes George R.R. Martin. "Not just for the kiddies either. No, it seems that of late adult coloring books have become quite the thing, so Bantam wanted us to do one too. And since I love seeing good fantasy art, I was of course thrilled by the idea.”

How to succeed in Shondaland
How to Get Away with Murder creator Pete Nowalk reveals how he climbed the ladder and learned at the feet of Shonda Rhimes.

As a newbie, Nowalk said the learning curve was tough—he likens getting the hang of TV writing to "learning a language. Of course, you're not going to be fluent right away." But he persevered, learning the tricks of the trade from Rhimes, who has greatly diversified network television with shows based on (and written and produced by) powerful women and other minorities, and who is a master of creating richly interwoven plots and the kind of final-scene drama that inevitably blows up on Twitter.

David Cronenberg: I turned down directing True Detective because "the script was bad”
“The heat is in TV,” says the acclaimed director. “Last year I was approached to direct the first episode of the second season of True Detective. I considered it but I thought that the script was bad, so I didn’t do it. In TV, the director is just a traffic cop, but on the other hand, it is work and there’s a lot of it.”

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