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'General Hospital' tough guy may be moving to Genoa City

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert Dec 26, 2012 1:53PM

"General Hospital" favorite Steve Burton said he was retiring to the outskirts of Nashville for a spell. Only three months later, however, buzz has him heading for "The Young and the Restless." While his arrival in Genoa City is no surprise, be warned: It has not been confirmed.


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When Steve Burton wrapped his run at "General Hospita"' after 21 years and hung up Jason "Stone Cold" Morgan's leather jacket, many soap aficionados suspected his former exec producer Jill Farren Phelps would lure him over to her new stomping grounds, "The Young and the Restless." Burton insisted he was looking to move his family out of Los Angeles for a spell, but now TV Guide is reporting the inevitable has happened: Their sources reveal Burton has signed a "major role" that will "start soon," though CBS hasn't confirmed that.


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Phelps is known for working with a preferred roster of actors, sometimes referred to as "Friends of Jill." Since she signed on to give Genoa City an overhaul (alongside headwriter Josh Griffith), fans have been watching to see which Friend she brings on board next. Thus far, Phelps has brought in three actors from her last gig, "Hollywood Heights." Robert Adamson (Noah) and Hunter Haley King (Summer) went from onscreen romance to playing Newman sibs, while Ignacio Serricchio (Alex), who worked with Phelps at "General Hospital" and "HH," is playing a tough cop with a connection to Noah and his ex-girlfriend, Adriana.


Phelps has also called in old-school soap-hopper Mark Pinter, who is set to go up against Victor and Jack when he shows up in Genoa City as Congressman Marcus Wheeler on Friday, Jan. 11. With eight soaps under his belt already, Pinter is best known from his stint as villainous politician Grant Harrison on "Another World," but he was most recently seen on "General Hospital." When MSN TV caught up with Pinter to get the story on his new gig (stay tuned for that interview!), he was quick to defend his former exec's penchant for working with the same actors.  


"I think Jill gets a bad wrap because she uses people, but that's the way a business is anywhere," Pinter said. "You get jobs, generally, because of where you've been and if you're a director or producer, you want to work with people you've worked with before. I'm very appreciative of Jill. She's a woman who has great allegiance to people and I don't know anybody who has worked with Jill who doesn't have great allegiance to her, as well."


Burton is someone who has made his allegiance to Phelps clear. Many fans expected to see him show up in Genoa City, eventually -- just not this soon! There's also been much tittering about movie star-turned-"General Hospital" alumnus James Franco (ex-Franco), who played psychotic nemesis to Burton's Jason and also worked with Phelps on "Hollywood Heights." Could there be a reunion in the works?


At this point, it's all speculation. Burton is still tweeting from outside of Nashville and gigging with Port Chuck, a band he formed with co-stars Scott Reeves, Bradford Anderson and Brandon Barash during his run at "General Hospital." 

Assuming Burton actually comes to "The Young and the Restless," the biggest question on everyone's mind is whether the former mob hit man will show up as a good guy, play another a toughie with a heart or go pure villain. It will also be interesting to see whether his legion of fans from Port Charles will follow him to Genoa City. Stay tuned.  

"The Young and the Restless" airs weekdays on CBS.


The animated host reveals her thoughts on new twists for Season 16

By MSN TV Partner Jun 24, 2014 9:07AM
Last week CBS announced some new twists in the upcoming season of "Big Brother" and also introduced the new cast. Just in time for the two-night premiere, MSN TV has exclusive photos of host Julie Chen hamming it up for the cameras. Chen also shared a little bit more insight into what to expect this season.

Photos: Reality TV villains

Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBSOn which of the new twists will have the most impact on Houseguest survival week after week:
Julie Chen: "I think "Battle of the Block" will have the most impact on a Houseguest's ability to survive.  First, those competing in it will literally be fighting for their lives in the game.  Second, it will get one of the HOHs (Head of Households) into BIG trouble.  Let’s just say that if I were HOH, I would nominate two weak players."

Video: Meet the new 'Big Brother' houseguests

Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBS
On the rooms and design of this season's tree house theme:
"My favorite room in the urban tree house this year is the honeycomb room.  It's cozy and secluded.  A perfect spot to 'buzz' with your alliance members about your team's strategy.  The room has a door you can close for piracy from others.  This is key to have in the house if you want to scheme!"

Video: Take a tour of the 'Big Brother' Tree house

Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBSOn her most memorable "Big Brother" interview:
"One of my memorable Big Brother interviews was last year with Aaryn.   I had to check my feelings and ego at the door and set aside any personal bad feelings I had for her ugly comments.  I had to do my job and be fair and straight despite how personally offended I was.  It wasn't easy, but it was memorable." 

Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBS

"Big Brother" premieres June 25 at 8PM ET/PT on CBS.

(Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBS) 

Wayne Brady's improv skills nab a nomination for best original song, a first for the show

By MSN TV Partner Jun 18, 2014 11:06AM
The Daytime Emmy Awards are around the corner, and CBS' "Let's Make a Deal" has three nominations. In addition to Best Game Show, host Wayne Brady is nominated twice. No surprise that Brady picked up his fifth nomination for Best Game Show Host, but thanks to those stellar improv skills Brady also finds himself in the Best Original Song category. With the help of keyboardist Cat Gray, watch Brady create this impromptu tune for adoring fan and contestant Daphne:
Over the years, Brady has collected a number of Emmy nominations, and won twice for Best Talk Show Host (for "The Wayne Brady Show"). He also won a Primetime Emmy for his work on "Whose Line Is It Anyway."

The current version of "Let's Make A Deal" has been nominated for Best Game Show twice. This is the first time the show's been nominated in the Best Song category.

"Let's Make A Deal" airs weekdays on CBS. The 41st Daytime Emmys Awards will be live streamed at 8PM ET on June 22 at


No sparkles here. "This is absolute, pure horror."

By MSN TV Partner Jun 17, 2014 1:10PM
Earlier this month we shared the trailer for FX's "The Strain", the vampire thriller from director Guillermo del Toro. Today, courtesy of Xbox Video and FX, we are showcasing two behind-the-scenes clips.

Learn more about the story of this modernized vampire world and hear from the cast and crew, including Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, David Bradley and Sean Astin, as well as director del Toro and executive producer Carlton Cuse ("Lost").

The Season Pass for "The Strain" is now available on Xbox Video.

"The Strain" premieres July 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

Plus, watch a DVD extra, "Fact and Fiction Collide"

By MSN TV Jun 10, 2014 9:24AM
Just in time for the 5th season premiere, MSN TV is giving away the Season 4 DVD of TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles". At the end of Season 4, the popular series left us wondering last season if Jane (Angie Harmon) might be pregnant.

Season 4 is also the final season featuring cast member Lee Thompson Young, who committed suicide last year. Young played detective Barry Frost, and the "R&I" will pay tribute to the actor the first two episodes of the upcoming season.

Watch our exclusive DVD extra, "Fact and Fiction Collide" where you get more insight behind the Paddy Doyle storylines. Then enter our giveaway:

1. Like MSN TV on Facebook or Twitter

2. Tweet or comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNTV #Rizzoli&Isles giveaway

3. Email with the following message: I want to win the @MSNTV #Rizzoli&Isles giveaway

And that's it! Complete both steps by 11:59 p.m. PT on June 16, 2014 and we'll select two winners at random by 12 p.m. PT June 17, 2014.

Other details:
Open to U.S. residents only but no P.O. Boxes, please. We will not distribute your email address. Your email address will only be used to notify you if you are the winner of this giveaway. The prize will be shipped directly from Warner Bros. to the winners.

"Rizzoli & Isles" Season 5 premieres June 17 at 9PM ET/PT  on TNT. "Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Fourth Season" is now available in stores and online.


Exclusive pics gives perspective from Drew Carey's suit lapel

By MSN TV Partner Jun 2, 2014 11:17AM
This week is Socially Awesome Week on "The Price Is Right", where followers have been and will be participating via Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.

For Tuesday's Pinterest show, host Drew Carey wore a camera on his lapel, which snapped candid shots throughout the taping. Get a first look at a few of these photos from the episode, first on MSN TV:

In the dressing room, Mr. Carey sans glasses!
Photo Credit: CBSGetting ready for the cameras:
lPhoto credit: CBSSpinning the wheel:
Photo credit: CBSCool prizes:
Photo credit: CBSTuesday will also feature a sweepstakes where fans will have the opportunity to enter to win a trip to Hawaii via Pinterest.

Other highlights from this week includes Friday's "You Decide" show, which will feature fan-driven content decided by the show's Twitter audience. "The Young and The Restless" stars Melissa Ordway and Daniel Goddard will appear as guest models as well. 

Watch a preview here:
For all of the shows social handles,

"The Price Is Right" airs weekdays 11AM ET, 10AM PT on CBS. The special Pinterest episode airs June 3.

Official extended trailer for the upcoming vampire horror series

By MSN TV Partner Jun 2, 2014 9:06AM
This summer, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan brings their best-selling vampire horror novels to the small screen. Corey Stoll and Mia Maestro star as members of a special CDC team sent in to investigate unexplainable viral outbreaks.

Thanks to our friends at Xbox Video, see the official extended trailer for FX's "The Strain" before it is available anywhere else:

The Season Pass for The Strain is now available on Xbox Video.

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"The Strain" premieres July 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

What summer premieres are you excited for? Tell us on Facebook and Twitter.

It's Coronation Day for the 'Ellen' cuties

By MSN TV May 19, 2014 10:00AM
Sophia Grace and Rosie made a viral splash with their sassy rendition of Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" on 'Ellen'. The YouTube clip where the girls meet Nicki has received over 76 million views since their first appearance on Ellen's show three years ago.

The young British girls have a new movie coming out this week, 'Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure', where they attend the coronation of a new queen. Scroll down to watch clip of one of their sweet appearances on "Ellen", and then enter to win both the DVD and a signed poster from the little stars!

How to enter:

1. Like MSN TV on Facebook or Twitter

2. Tweet or comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNTV #SophiaGraceandRosie giveaway

3. Email msn_tv_buzz@hotmail.​​com with the following message: I want to win the @MSNTV #SophiaGraceandRosie giveaway

And that's it! Complete both steps by 11:59 p.m. PT on May 23, 2014 and we'll select five winners at random by 12 p.m. PT May 27, 2014.

Other details:
Open to US residents only but no PO Boxes, please. We will not distribute your email address. Your email address will only be used to notify you if you are the winner of this giveaway. The prize will be shipped directly from Warner Bros. to the winners.

Good luck!

New summer episodes include guest stars Jon Stewart, Elizabeth Banks and Simon Pegg

By MSN TV Partner May 16, 2014 10:31AM
Disney XD's hit series "Phineas and Ferb" has an exciting line-up of guest stars and specials this summer, starting with a one-hour special featuring Jay Leno.

Jon Stewart, Elizabeth Banks and Simon Pegg also lend their voices to upcoming episodes.

MSN TV's first-look photo from the June 9 special features friends Buford, Isabella, Phineas, Baljeet and Ferb:

In "Phineas and Ferb Save Summer," Leno plays the voice of Major Monogram's boss, Colonel Contraction of the O.W.C.A. (Organization Without a Cool Acronym). Phineas, Ferb and the gang host a global summer concert -- just as Doofenshmirtz's latest "-inator" invention moves the Earth, putting summer itself in jeopardy.

Banks and Pegg will show up in the June 11 episode, "Imperfect Storm", and Stewart is in the July 7 episode, "Klimpaloon Ultimatum".

All of this is leading up to the highly anticipated "Star Wars"-themed special. Premiering in July on Disney Channel, "Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars" finds the show characters in the world of Star Wars, where Phineas and Ferb are Luke Skywalker's neighbors, Doof meets Darth and Ferb becomes an evil Sith.

"Phineas and Ferb Save Summer" airs Monday June 9 at 10AM ET/PT on Disney XD