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Will Sami and E.J. be able to keep their hookup from Rafe and Nicole?
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Sami and Rafe have already survived a lot -- deaths, kidnappings, doppelgangers, you name it. After a chat with Gering, however, it sounds like Sami's sleeping with E.J. could end up being a low they can't get passed.
"Obviously you have peaks and valleys in any relationship," Gering says in the clip above. "Sometimes those valleys are so deep you don't have a relationship anymore. That's not where they're at right now and I'm not saying that's where they're going to go, but you never know.
"Ultimately, if and when Rafe finds out what Sami's done to him, no bueno. That's not going to be good. He's not the kind of guy who would stand for that. It's really the ultimate betrayal, what she's done. Even if she begs and pleads, I don't know if there's hope for these two. We'll see."
Trouble for SAFE doesn't necessarily mean it's time for an EJAMI celebration, however, especially as James Scott is feeling so confident about E.J. and Nicole.
"It is a very isolated incident and I think things will play out well with Nicole," Scott theorized. "They have great chemistry, they have a platform of absolute mistrust, which has in itself has led to a platform of trust. It's somewhere between "better the devil you know" and "a liar never believes anybody else." They're both professional bullshit artists, who respect and appreciate that in the other person."
In other words, if E.J. can spin this just right, there's still a chance their newest reunion could work.
Check out the clip above and read on for more from Gering. Plus, stay tuned for more dish from the Day of "Days" event earlier this month, including election talk with Scott and onscreen competitor James Reynolds (Abe) and Chandler Massey on his character Chad's coming out as gay.
MSN TV: How worried should SAFE fans be about what's going down this November?
Galen Gering (from clip above): I think they will be excited. They will be rooting for these characters, but they will also be like, "Wow, sh*t's going down." It's good storyline. It's great soap. You actually get to see a lot of the core values of these characters start to emerge and it's really relevant, so if you are watching, you're lucky, because it's a good time.
Well, not such a good times for SAFE fans. They're pretty upset about the hookup and what it could mean for Sami and Rafe. Is this the beginning of the end?
I always say a relationship is like a scale. You're always evaluating it and if at any point in time you're not getting what you need, then is the relationship still relevant? Is it balancing out? There's a lot to deal with in that relationship. You've got Sami, which is a lot in and of itself. You've got her four kids, her ex E.J. -- Really? Who wants that basket full of crap? If ultimately the relationship isn't sparking the way it used to, I don't know if it's relevant. I don't know if these two are meant to be together. Time will tell.
When Carrie and Austin returned, old time "Days" fans assumed we were heading for a new quad with the twisted Brady sisters. While there's chemistry brewing between Rafe and Carrie, Sami hooked up with EJ and there's something odd brewing between Austin and Abby. It's not a quad or a triangle--
It's obtuse. Dysfunctional. I love the stuff they're writing for my character now. They're writing to my strengths as an actor, so there's drama but there's also comedy and it's very well done. As an actor, what a gift, so I'm enjoying it. I think Marlene [McPherson] and Darrell [Ray Thomas, Jr.] are doing a fantastic job. What an insane amount of work they've had to do to take over the show and reshape it.
And now your old boss from "Passions," Lisa De Cazotte, is joining the team as co-executive producer?
Yeah, she starts on Monday [Nov. 7]. The most important thing is that they're trying to make this the best show it can be. It feels great to be in a place you don’t feel is dying on the vine. They're like, "This show is going to be awesome again. We're working toward that." You see it with the actors giving 110 percent, and the writers, directors, producers, etc. From top to bottom, it trickles down. Right now, the show's really hitting its stride. Everyone's excited.
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Prospect Park steps back from re-launching the soaps online
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Prospect Park's Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz sent out the below letter, explaining what went wrong with the transition. They also take a moment to thank those daytimers who tried to help them make this a reality, including Agnes Nixon, "One Life to Life" players Frank Valentini, Ron Carlivati, Erika Slezak Michael Easton, Ted King, Kelley Missal and Melissa Archer and "All My Children" alums Cameron Mathison and Lindsay Hartley.
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While their combined efforts weren't enough to make their dream an internet reality, MSN TV is sure daytime fans want to thank to Frank and Kwatinetz for their attempts to innovate the industry.
Check out what Prospect Park had to say and then, don't miss the responses from AFTRA and WGA, which indicate guild contractual demands may not have been the real the issue here:
After five months of negotiations with various guilds, hundreds of presentations to potential financial and technology partners, and a hope that we could pioneer a new network for the future, it is with great disappointment that we are suspending our aspirations to revive “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” via online distribution. It is now becoming clear that mounting issues make our ability to meet our deadlines to get OLTL on the air in a reasonable time period following its January 13, 2012 ABC finale impossible.UPDATE: AFTRA responds:
We believed the timing was right to launch an Online TV Network anchored by these two iconic soap operas, but we always knew it would be an uphill battle to create something historical, and unfortunately we couldn’t ultimately secure the backing and clear all the hurdles in time. We believe we exhausted all reasonable options apparent to us, but despite enormous personal, as well as financial cost to ourselves, we failed to find a solution.
While we narrowed in on a financial infrastructure, the contractual demands of the guilds, which regulate our industry, coupled with the program’s inherent economic challenges ultimately led to this final decision. In the end, the constraints of the current marketplace, including the evolution and impact of new media on our industry simply proved too great a match for even our passion.
In our opinion, new models like this can only work with the cooperation of many people striving to make them happen, and we would like to thank and praise the numerous people who tried to help and showed us incredible support. We are extremely grateful to the fans and media who showed great support to us through this process, to ABC who did everything in their control to help, and we are especially grateful for the support and encouragement from many of the Soaps’ cast and crew themselves.
We hope that our efforts are not lost, and that we somehow created a dialogue and movement on the feasibility of first run, network quality content online.
Of special note, we would like to thank Frank Valentini (Executive Producer), Ron Carlivati (Head Writer of OLTL), Agnes Nixon, many of the cast of OLTL including Michael Easton, Ted King, Kelley Missal, Melissa Archer, and of course Erika Slezak all of whom signed on quickly and did all they could to help, as well as our own Christine Sacani. Cameron Mathison and Lindsay Hartley also get our sincerest thanks for their support. We feel terrible we couldn't come through for them and we were very much looking forward to working together
AFTRA was deeply disappointed to read that the executives at Prospect Park have decided to suspend their efforts to produce the long-running and popular daytime serials, 'One Life to Live' and 'All My Children,' via online distribution. Despite initial progress in our negotiations with Prospect Park toward resolving a fair agreement to cover the performers appearing on these programs, we were perplexed and disappointed that for the past month Prospect Park has not responded to our repeated inquiries to resume those discussions. We now conclude from the press reports that Prospect Park faced other challenges unrelated to our negotiations, which prevented continuation of those discussions. We remain hopeful that an opportunity to revive these two popular series will emerge in the future, and remain ready to resume discussions should that opportunity arise.UPDATE: WGA responds:
We were disappointed to learn that Prospect Park’s financing fell through. Prior to the end of last week, we were close to a fair deal for the writers.
Veteran actor talks Mitch Albom, holiday plans and best advice
By Minh Nguyen
Special to MSN TV
Emmy winner, Bradley Whitford, perhaps best known for his role as Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman on “The West Wing” will be starring in “Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith” as best-selling author, Mitch Albom. Laurence Fishburne and Martin Landau also star in the movie as a preacher and a Rabi. MSN TV had a chance the talk to Bradley Whitford about Mitch Albom, his holiday plans and the best advice he ever received.
”Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith” airs on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
'The Biggest Loser' host wishes fans a happy holiday
By Alison Sweeney
Special to MSN TV
This week will be a busy one for me and for that I'm so thankful. I'm always grateful to host "The Biggest Loser" and watch as lives are transformed. In addition to Tuesday night's episode, this Wednesday will be "The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now?" special and I had a blast reconnecting with some of our favorite contestants and hosting the special before a studio audience (and celebrating one former contestant's surprise announcement). Then, at the end of family time over the holiday weekend, "Hollywood Mom's Night" will premiere on TV Guide Channel and viewers will hopefully enjoy some fun gossip, great holiday hosting tips and watch as Ali (Landry) hopefully doesn't burn my house down. If that's not enough of me for you, be sure to tune into Days of our Lives all week - I gasped aloud when I read the scenes. DOOL fans are going to FREAK OUT. Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your holiday!
"The Biggest Loser" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
"The Biggest Loser: Where Are They now?" airs Wednesday, November 22, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
"Hollywood Mom's Night" premieres Sunday, November 27, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on TV Guide Channel .
"Days of Our Lives" airs weekdays on NBC.
Getting into the Thanksgiving spirit
By Deanna Barnert
Special to MSN TV
With Thanksgiving upon us, there will be tons of Turkeyday tips, tricks and recipes in daytime Nov. 21 to Nov. 25. When you see a chef like Emeril, Bobby Flay or Jamie Oliver on the schedule, you know what's on the menu. Jason Segel and "The Muppets" will be making the rounds, along with the "Dancing with the Stars" winner and semi-finalist. Plus, one morning show has a week of performances lined up, with Justin Bieber, Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, Carol King, Mary J. Blige and Susan Boyle on the schedule; while another daytime talker has Daughtry, Gym Class Heroes and Bruno Mars scheduled to make appearances.
Most of the daytime regulars will be preempted or airing repeats on Thursday, in honor of the holiday. Stay tuned for your Thanksgiving day TV cheat sheet, with the 411 on the Macy's Thanksgiving parade, the football games and holiday movies.
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Schedules subject to change.
Mon: NeNe Leakes
Tues: Melissa McCExposed, Ellen Barkin, and Latest 'DWTS' Castoff, Hope Soloarthy
Wed: Jamie Oliver & Eric Stonestreet
Thurs: (repeat) Baby Jane Doe & Miraculous Mary
Fri: Jessica & Jerry Seinfeld
"Live! With Kelly":
Mon: Jason Segel, Jamie Oliver, guest co-host Jerry Seinfeld
Tue: Kim Cattrall, the winner of the NASCAR Sprint Cup, David Pogue, guest co-host Jerry Seinfeld
Wed: Howie Mandel, Chris Byrne, Miss Piggy, guest co-host Jerry Seinfeld
Thurs: (repeat) Kristin Davis, Trudie Styler, guest co-host Russell Brand
Fri: Nathan Fillion, Josh Capon, guest co-host Jerry O'Connell
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"The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
Mon: Rihanna, Steve Spangler
Tues: Tim Allen, Mark Kelly, Daughtry
Wed: Sofia Vergara, the Black Eyed Peas, Gym Class Heroes
Thurs: (Repeat). Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Bruno Mars
"The Rachael Ray Show"
Mon: Tom Colicchio, Giada De Laurentiis and Emeril Lagasse
Tues: The Rockettes, Emeril, ER Thanksgiving Hotline
Wed: Jason Segel and The Muppets
Thurs: Bobby Flay, Regis Philbin
Fri: Jo Frost, the Cake Boss
Mon: Mary Steenburgen; Christopher Gorham
Tues: L. .L. Cool J; Gillian Jacobs
Wed: Faith Ford; Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell (The Elf on the Shelf); David Tutera
Thurs: Kate Walsh; Nestor Carbonell; actress Debbie Mazar guest co-hosts (East Coast only -- pre-empted on the West Coast)
Mon: (7-9 a.m.): Betty White; Giada DeLaurentiis, Marlo Thomas. Rascal Flatts perform. (9-11 a.m.): Bobbi Brown, Michelle Bachmann, Andy Cohen. Penelope Ann Miller
Tues (7-9 a.m.): Giada DeLaurentiis; Carol King performs (9-11 a.m.): Dr. Keith, “The Biggest Loser" update, live animals
Wed (7-9 a.m.): Martha Stewart home visit, Justin Bieber performs (9-11 a.m.): John O’Hurley , The Scotto family, Scotty McCreery, Animals
Thurs (7-9 a.m.): Marlo Thomas. Jenna Bush Hager. Bob Dotson, Bobby Flay
Fri (7-9 a.m.): Marlo Thomas. Mary J. Blige performs. Troy Polamalu (10-11 a.m.): Susan Boyle performs
Mon: Ben Kingsley, Cat Cora
Tues: Hugh Jackman, Tim Gunn
Wed: Justin Bieber, the winner and runner-up from "Dancing With the Stars"
Thurs: (repeat) Erin Chase
Fri: Laurence Fishburne, Harley Pasternak, David Tutera, Dr. Shari Brasner, Dr. Jorge Rodriguez, Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry
"The Wendy Williams Show"
Mon: Adrienne Maloof
Tues: Chaz Bono, Cynthia Bailey
Wed: The latest "Biggest Loser" castoff
Thurs: (repeat) Roseanne Barr, Levi Johnston
Fri: Deborah Tillman
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'Dancing With the Stars' success leads to talk show sale
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"I'm back," Lake said in a Facebook video she shot in her new studio, where she was already shooting promos for her comeback show. "You think you know me – I know you grew up with me, many of you – but there's so much more to know. I hope you'll stay in touch with me. We'll learn about each other, and I'm so looking forward to getting back on the air and doing the show that you guys are needing to see."
The returning talker is one of many that has been making the rounds looking for new a new home this year and now it's actually been sold. "The Ricki Lake Show" has been picked up by more than half of America's major markets, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Chances are Lake's popularity on "Dancing with the Stars" had something to do with that.
While the show will air on networks that enjoy dishy conflict TV, "The Ricki Lake Show" promises to be a more traditional talk show, taking on topics that interest daytime's key demographic, 25-to-54 year-old women.
"I want to spark ideas and conversations and inspire people to take active roles in their communities, relationships and their well-being," Lake said in a statement. "I have definitely grown as a person since I put down the mic in 2005, and I couldn't be happier to share and continue the journey with both my existing fans and an entirely new generation of women."
In honor of her fresh start, here's a "Ricki" retrospective that brings you the very best of the worst teens around.
Tell us what you think about Ricki's return on MSN TV Facebook.
The daytime icon ends his run as king of the morning circuit
As you can see (below), Reege also took to Twitter to say thank you to everyone who was thanking him!
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This Monday, Jerry Seinfeld will take over for Philbin and join Kelly Rippa as co-host, with Neil Patrick Harris covering the following week. "Live! With Kelly" will take its time finding Philbin's permanent replacement.
Here's what celebs have been tweeting today:
Co-host Kelly Rippa: :-( Thank you to everyone for your heartfelt support! We all feel the love. Best tweeps on earth.
Ellen DeGeneres: Today ends an era in television. It's Regis' last day. Love ya Reege. #RegisFarewell
Neil Patrick Harris: Congratulation on an extraordinary run, Regis. You're an inspiration, and a class act. You and @KellyRipa were great together. Thank you.
Jimmy Kimmel; It seems unlikely that anyone will ever top Regis
Lara Spencer for "Good Morning America": The @GMA team wants to thank #Regis for making us smile all these yrs. Wonderful tribute @KellyRipa
Mario Lopez: Congrats Regis on an amazing run! You are one of my favorite hosts of all time!! Simply the best... Honor to know you. Love you Reege
Wendy Williams: Congrats Regis! You are loved!
Rachael Ray: Mornings will never be the same. There’s only one REGIS!
Sherri Shepherd: So blessed to have worked w Regis Philbin. He guest starred on 2 of my sitcoms "Less Than Perfect" & "Sherri" worked w him on Millionaire
Piers Morgan: Congratulations #Regis - great man, great star, great career. Loved working with him on "America’s Got Talent."
Gayle King: Watched regis final show nicely done! Loved the montage of regis and family memories @kellyrippa tribute perfection. Go regis!
Joan_Rivers: can't bear the thought of this coming Monday morning without Regis on @Regis_and_Kelly. I cant wait to see what he does next!”
Conan O'Brien: Once Regis retires, I’ll have no more competition for weirdest first name on the air.
John McCain: So long Regis - thanks for the memories!
Howie Mandel: The end of an era. Television will never be the same. I’ll miss you Regis.
Carrie Ann Inaba: Let's celebrate REGIS!!! It's his last day on the @Regis_and_Kelly SHow.. We'll miss you! It was an honor co-hosting with you.. xox
David Boreanaz: Thank you Regis. Mornings will Never be the same. #Classact
Susan Lucci: Farewell to Regis…. @Regis_and_Kelly #love you Regis! (more on her blog)
Kimberly McCullough: Anyone else crying watching Regis say goodbye?
JoAnna Garcia: Still trying to pull it together for my morning mtgs after watching theRegis Farewell Celebration. Ohhhh Reeeeeg...we r gonna miss u!
Julie Benz: Can’t believe its Regis Philbin’s last day….. thank you for filling our mornings with laughter!!
Alyssa Milano: Dear Regis Philbin, Thank u for always supporting me & my career throughout the years. I can't wait to see what comes next for you. ♡ Alyssa
Ralph Macchio: Never forget- My 1st ever on-air, one-on-one interview - AM Los Angeles - 1980 with REGIS PHILBIN.
Kevin Nealon: Still looking for tickets to Regis' final show. Also looking for airline tickets to get there. Please hurry! It's already started!
Niecy Nash: Farewell Regis!!! Enjoy ur retirement:) you will be missed!
Jill Zarin: Watching #regisandkelly last show. Crying. Why?? We r all getting old that’s why
Melissa Gorga: Omg, tears are running down my face for Regis! We love you!! Xo