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Daytime legend Susan Flannery's retirement means the end of scheming Stephanie

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert Oct 10, 2012 1:07PM

Daytime legend Susan Flannery is preparing to take her final bow after 25 years at "The Bold and the Beautiful," which means Stephanie Forrester's decline is about to begin. The fiery Forrester matriarch will learn her lung cancer has returned in an episode airing Friday, Oct. 12. And after celebrating her life with a rocking party and emotional goodbyes, Stefanie will lose her battle with cancer in December.

 

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When news of Ronn Moss's (Ridge Forrester) exit dropped in August, it was immediately followed by buzz that his on-screen mother Susan Flannery was ready to retire. "The Bold and the Beautiful" executive producer and head writer Brad Bell hedged the question by teasing a big story in the works for her character.

 

Now, Bell has confirmed Flannery's retirement and Stephanie's end, teasing Stephanie's final days in a dishy new interview with TV Guide. It all starts Friday, when Stephanie learns her cancer has spread and that the end is near.

 

"Stephanie has always been a woman of great strength and character and she's determined to deal with this in her own way," Bell told TV Guide. "She doesn't want tears and long faces -- she wants a celebration of her life, a blowout to end all blowouts. She'll definitely be in touch with her mortality, living each day as if it's her last, and she's determined to make the most of every moment. After the diagnosis there is some initial shock, but she is quick to create a purpose -- the party -- and that becomes her obsession. She wants everyone to remember her in peak form. And that's the way Susan feels, too. She wants to go out on top."

 

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"We will try to do justice to the disease itself, playing it honestly and accurately," Bell also said. "But the primary goal is to honor both Susan and Stephanie and to give anyone who watches something beautiful to keep with them for a long time to come." 

 

Before Stephanie's big going away party and death, the scheming matriarch will deliver the news individually to her nearest and dearest over eight consecutive episodes starting Oct. 18.

 

"Each day will be a video tribute to one of Stephanie's great relationships, with lots of flashbacks featuring the 'best of' moments," Bell teased. "We've even worked out a way to have Stephanie visit with her old pal Sally Spectra [played by the late Darlene Conley], with Fabio as a special guest since he was a part of their story."

 

Then, it will be time to party, and "The Bold and the Beautiful" is pulling out all the stops.


"This party is going to be Beverly Hills all the way, with big-name performers," Bell promised. "We're blowing the budget on this one. It'll air mid-November over the course of three episodes. It'll be a real humdinger."

 

Eric Forrester will has a lot of surprised in store for the woman with whom he built a family and an empire. The Forrester clan will come together again and their son Ridge might even make an appearance. While Bell teased the role could be recast down the line, MSN TV wouldn't be surprised to see Moss return to the fold for a day or two to honor his onscreen mother.

 

Before Stephanie loses her battle with cancer in December, fans can also expect Stephanie and Brooke to resolve their tumultuous relationship, for better or worse.

 

Scheming Stephanie Forrester has been a force to reckon with since the first episode of "Bold and the Beautiful" and Flannery has remained a powerhouse, earning three Daytime Emmys and countless nominations during her tenure. But the soap opera star is retiring from an illustrious career that goes back beyond her 25 years at "The Bold and the Beautiful." Before earning a Daytime Emmy as Dr. Laura Spencer Horton on "Days of our Lives" (1966 to 1975), she earned a Golden Globe for 1974's "The Towering Inferno," caused trouble on "Dallas" in the early '80s and starred in several television movies and miniseries. She also worked as a producer before signing on to "The Bold and the Beautiful" and over the years, has directed episodes of her CBS soap and the webseries "Venice the Series."

 

MSN TV tips our hat for this grand dame of daytime. While we don't want to see Flannery go, we have high expectations for her swan song. 

 

"The Bold and the Beautiful" airs weekdays on CBS.

 

Geek alert: 'Mythbusters' hosts lend their voices in this special episode

By MSN TV Partner Thu 2:24 PM
Loads of fans are getting their geek on at Comic-Con this weekend. For the rest of us, there is the upcoming "Star Wars" themed "Phineas & Ferb" special episode. The animated stepbrothers and their friends will find themselves in a parallel universe, during "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope". Expect encounters with the major players, including Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2.

MSN TV has this exclusive image of "Mythbusters" hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman as members of the Empire:

Creators and executive producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh expressed their excitement about adding Savage and Hyneman to the cast: "We’ve been wanting to do something with them for ages, because they are the living adult versions of Phineas and Ferb in the real world. We ran into them at Comic-Con last year and knew that they worked on the original 'Star Wars', so when this opportunity came up we asked if they could come voice a few characters for us. It was really cool for us; we're hoping it was cool for them."

It's definitely cool for us!

"Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars" premieres July 26 at 9PM ET/PT on Disney Channel.
 

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.

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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."

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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 www.daytimeemmys.net.


 

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 msn_tv_buzz@hotmail.com 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, www.priceisright.com

"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!