Tuesday, October 27, 2015

NEWS: Lachlan Buchanan, Jordi Vilasuso, Charlotte Rae, Ricky Gervais, GLAAD Diversity Report

Lachlan Buchanan
The Young and the Restless takes Lachlan Buchanan off contract
Buchanan, who plays Kyle Abbott, has been taken off contract, but will remain with the show on a recurring basis, a Y&R spokesperson confirms to Daytime Confidential. The actor joined the show in February 2015.

Jordi Vilasuso will play Dario on Days of our Lives
NBC confirmed Vilasuso's Days role in an Instagram post: "Jordi Vilasuso is coming to #days and will be playing Dario Hernandez! #days50"

Are big TV deaths starting to lose their power?
Primetime viewers are starting to experience the same phenomenon daytime fans have faced in recent years. In the past, when a character died on Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, viewers believed they were actually dead, but not anymore. As James Poniewozik puts it, "I do think the TV fan base suspects that even the most violent shows are reaching the limits of what they can do to top themselves, and beginning to see the whole bloody business — originally a refreshing change from the stunts of TV past — as a kind of stunt in itself. Killing off major characters became the way a show made its bones, proved no one was safe, proved it was willing to 'go there.' But now we 'go there' so often we practically have our mail forwarded there.”

Supergirl soars as fall's top new series
The latest entry in the expanding comics-to-TV universe gave CBS a solid opening, as the series premiere averaged 12.9 million viewers in a special 8:30 ET/PT slot behind The Big Bang Theory Monday, according to preliminary Nielsen figures, making it this fall's biggest new-series opener.

TV still lacking in racially diverse LGBT characters, according to GLAAD report
The GLAAD study found that racial diversity was still notably lacking, as 71% of LGBT characters on cable and 73% of those on streaming services were white. On broadcast, things were more positive: 33% (287) of 881 regular characters counted on primetime scripted broadcast programming were people of color, making for a six-point increase from last year. GLAAD also found that 16% (145) of regular characters on broadcast programming will be black — the highest percentage since the group began recording comprehensive racial data 11 years ago.

"The Facts of Life" star Charlotte Rae tells all in memoir
"The Facts of My Life" paints Rae as a woman determined to face the world with grace and humor, come what may, and one dedicated to her family, friends and a career that stretched from 1950s TV to Broadway. Included in the book is the story of her husband of 25 years, composer and sound editor John Strauss, who like Rae had turned to Alcoholics Anonymous for help, and was urged by his AA sponsor to be honest with himself and his wife about his sexuality.

Ricky Gervais returning as Golden Globes host after vowing to never host again
After his third hosting stint in 2012, Gervais said, "I've told my agent to never let me be persuaded to do it again.” But after a three-year hiatus, Gervais, has agreed to return as host in January 2016. "Ricky Gervais left us with a lasting impression and we are thrilled to have him back in our show as we honor the best in film and television," says Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Lorenzo Soria. "His off-the-cuff wit and quirky charm will surely have the room and audiences around the world at the edge of their seats."

El Rey Network renews From Dusk Till Dawn
“I’m so friggin’ excited that we are moving forward with another season of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” executive producer Robert Rodriguez said in a statement. “This show has a passionate following, and I just love making it and directing episodes. We have a killer cast and the characters have gotten even more layered and magnetic and I can’t wait to take this story even further.”

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