Saturday, October 3, 2015

NEWS: Jason Cook, Ray Wise, Alicia Leigh Willis, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Grant Show, Emilie De Ravin

Jason Cook in Dark Awakening.
Days of our Lives star Jason Cook discusses new horror film, Dark Awakening
"Being a horror fan, my favorite horror film is The Shining by Stanley Kubrick," Cooks reveals. "Jack Nicholson in that's a very famous performance. He plays two sides, he goes crazy sort of like the Jekyll and Hyde story, and that's what attracted me to do this film. It's a very scary story about a man who was in an accident when he was young. When he was a child, he was the worst child ever. It's about a man who relapses and gets in touch with his evil side as an adult."

As for his November return to Days of of our Lives as Shawn Douglas Brady, Cook says, "I just did the 50th anniversary, so I returned for about 2 months. 50 years is a long time to be on television."

Grant Show joins ABC's The Family
The Ryan's Hope alum and Devious Maids star will play the governor of Maine on the Joan Allen drama about a politician’s young son who comes back after being presumed dead.

EastEnders' producers promise a "climactic" Christmas for Bobby Beale
[SPOILER ALERT] Dominic Treadwell-Collins has revealed that this year's Christmas episodes will focus on the Beales and the climax of the Lucy storyline.

"As we build towards a climactic, gut-wrenching Christmas for the Beales, Bobby will be going in a different direction," he told The Sun. "It becomes: 'Is Bobby evil? Have Jane and Ian done the wrong thing in covering it up? Is there something more tortured about Bobby?' It's going to get bigger than the golf club and the brick."

One Life to Live alum Laurence Fishburne to play Nelson Mandela in BET's Madiba miniseries
The six-hour miniseries will be based on two of the South African icon’s books and will focus on Mandela during the early 1960s political activist period of his life, before he was sent to prison. Madiba will be produced by Mandela’s grandson, Kweku Mandela.

CBS is remaking MacGyver
CBS is remaking the ABC Richard Dean Anderson series with the help of Henry Winkler and director James Wan. MacGyver, which debuted 30 years ago this week, is the latest ‘80s TV action-adventure TV show to be rebooted. Just last week, it was announced that The A-Team would be remade, and a new Hart to Hart is on the way as well.

CBS renews Zoo
After being this summer’s most-watched broadcast drama, CBS has picked up a second season of the TV drama based on James Patterson novel. Season 2 will air next summer.

All My Children and Buffy alum Sarah Michelle Gellar will play a villain on Star Wars Rebels
Gellar is joining husband Freddie Prinze Jr. on the Disney XD series, not as a princess but as a crafty villain called the Seventh Sister Inquisitor.

ABC Family cancels Chasing Life after twp seasons
Created by Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz, the cancer-themed coming-of-age drama that debuted in June 2014 starred Italia Ricci, who tweeted confirmation of the show’s cancellation on Friday.

Quantico receives a big boost from delayed viewing
The ABC drama premiere's total viewership has soared from about 7 million to 12 million thanks to DVR and streaming viewers. That puts it at No. 2 among freshman shows, behind Blindspot.

Once Upon a Time's Emilie De Ravin is pregnant
The former Lost star announced that she’s expecting with her boyfriend on Twitter.

Homeland continues its renaissance in Season 5
"This is the second season that the show has been Brody-less, and it continues to enjoy its freedom,” says Richard Lawson. "Carrie is a great invention of a character, and setting her loose in new systems has yielded compelling results. Homeland is sleeker, leaner as a straight-up spy show, rather than tangling with all the emotional operatics the Carrie/Brody pas de deux necessitated. Carrie works best as a lone Jeanne d’Arc, a solitary Cassandra, propelled by her feverish visions into the dark.”

Alicia Leigh Willis stars in Dangerous Company.
General Hospital alum Alicia Leigh Willis desribes her character in the TV movie Dangerous Company
“My character owns a multi-million dollar clothing company and she is on top of everything,” Willis teases of the film, which next airs on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET/PT on LMN. “She’s got her ‘you-know-what’ together, always has, but slowly she starts to slip in terms of losing her memory. Her mother passed away from Alzheimer’s and she is diagnosed as having early-onset dementia, and slowly her world starts to fall apart. But, there are twists and turns ahead for her that you won’t believe! It was a heavy role, but very rewarding. Rick Ravanello, who plays my husband in the film, is just amazing! We had a great time working together.”

The Young and the Restless star Ray Wise on "Chelsea 2.0"
“[The writers] wrote all the great lines for me,” he said of his recent episodes. “I have some great speeches, some outrageous stuff. The lines that they write for me are gold.”

That includes one of the most head-scratching moments, in which Ian Ward is shown working away at his computer as he performs an ominous tune. (Lyrics include: “Chelsea 2.0, be careful what you sow: misery and woe.”)

It was one of the funnier moments amidst all the drama, threats and romance this season. And it’s in part because of Wise’s comfortability on set and the freedom he’s given to pursue his character’s oddball nature.

“[The producers played a little piece of classical music to try to get me into the right rhythm, tone and atmosphere, and then it just came out of my head,” he said of the genius little ditty. “It all seemed to jive. It was one of those inspirational moments.”

Marc Baylis returning to Coronation Street
[SPOILER ALERT] After spending over a year behind bars for the murder of Michelle Keegan's character Tina McIntyre, Rob Donovan is back and sending out visiting orders for a number of the soap's biggest characters.

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