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Will the former 'General Hospital' villain bring trouble to Genoa City?

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert Dec 5, 2012 4:18PM

A streetwise undercover cop with a big secret shows up on "The Young and the Restless" Friday, Dec 7, and with Ignacio Serricchio in the role, that could spell trouble for Genoa City. Daytime fans may recognize the Argentinian-born hunk from his stint as Diego Alcazar on "General Hospital." Mob boss Alcazar's long lost son stirred things up from 2004-2006 and then returned from the dead in 2008 to terrorize Port Charles as the Text Message Killer. Serricchio has since built a healthy list of credits, including stints on "The Client List," "CSI: Miami," "Covert Affairs" and the Emmy nominated web series "The Bay." His new character, Detective Alex Chavez, portends to be on the right side of the law, but fans will have to wait and see how that plays out.


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On Thursday, Serricchio will join incoming "The Young and the Restless" hunks Redaric Williams (Tyler), Lamon Archey (Mason) and Marco Dapper (Carmine) for a visit to "The Talk." There may be a few interesting reveals during the daytime talk show visit, but MSN TV got a hold of Serricchio first. Here's what he had to say about his newest gig.


MSN TV: How's life in Genoa City?

Ignacio Serricchio: Life is good.


Anytime someone comes to town with a secret, that spells trouble.


Yeah, and my track record shows that that's what I do. I bring trouble, anywhere I go!


What can you tell us about your character, Alex?


He's a cop. He's trying to find somebody. He's working on a case and comes in because he believes there's a couple of people in town that have kept in touch with this girl he's trying to find.


Does he know anybody in Genoa City?


No, no. He's a complete stranger.


Who will he interact with?


I've actually had scenes with a lot of people, already. Noah, Kevin, the D.A., Chelsea, Chloe. Because he's investigating, he runs into everybody. Some people don't know why he's there, this New York cop that's a little abrasive and shaking things up in Genoa City.

So he doesn't enter quietly?

Oh no. I never enter anywhere quietly. I don't expect my characters too.


Have any of Genoa City's lovely ladies caught Alex' eye yet, or vice versa?

Not yet, unfortunately. I hope it will happen, eventually.

He first pops up Friday, Dec. 7 and then we won't see him until Monday Dec. 17. How long will it take for viewers to get a handle on this guy?

It'll be a little bit, but not too long.

You've worked in daytime and on the web series "The Bay," which is packed with soap stars: Did you already know anyone at "The Young and the Restless"?


I do indeed, after "General Hospital" and all the events we used to do, but the only person I had worked with at "Y&R" was Robert Adamson (Noah). He was on "Lincoln Heights" and I did an episode back in 2004. I also played an undercover cop that time. That was pretty neat.


So in spite of your daytime history, you're still the new guy on set?


I'm meeting new people every day and I get lost at the stages every day. (laughs) I'm very new.


Is there anybody you're looking forward to working with?


I honestly never followed "The Young and the Restless." I'm slowly starting to get the hang of everybody. It's just a very talented group of people. So far, everyone I've worked with has been surprising and challenging. It's been great. I like surprises. I like to be kept on my toes.


You've now worked with executive producer Jill Farren Phelps twice, on "General Hopspital" and "Lincoln Heights." Did she just call you in for this or did you go through the regular casting process?

Jill called me up and said she would love to work with me, yet again. I'd do anything for that woman. She started my career. We worked it out so that I could come and talked a bit about what the character might be. She and I get along so well and understand each other. We both want the same thing: Always to have fun, be creative and push boundaries.


Would you like to see Alex get into trouble, fall in love--


I want everything! I want all the elements. I've been blessed with some great roles so far. They've all be intricate and full of secrets.


You've also been involved with "The Bay." What's the status of that web series?


I don't know. I haven't spoken to Greg [Martin, showrunner] in a bit, but for sure he's working hard, as always.


What would you say to convince soap fans who haven't picked up on the web series phenomenon and "The Bay," in particular, to get them to check it out?  


You've got more locations, lots of action and that cool look, so it's a bit closer to prime time television. I worked with Martha Madison (ex-Bell, "Days of Our Lives") quite a bit. We had chemistry from the beginning and over there, I can feel comfortable pushing the limit and she reciprocates. And Lilly Melgar has just got that Latin fire, so our first scene was some Spanish, some yelling. Hopefully we'll see more of that, because that's fun for me.


Will you use your Spanish on "The Young and the Restless"?


Who knows? Another language would be fun, too. I speak Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese.


Can you tell us anything else about what's ahead for you and Alex in Genoa City?


I wish I could, because I wish I knew!


So you're still in the dark too?


Oh yeah, and I love it! It's almost like real life.


But we don't get a script in real life.


Thank god!


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

Images courtesy of JPI



Are Sarah and Hank getting back together?

By MSN TV Partner Fri 10:51 AM
In this sneak peek of the "Parenthood" season finale, Hank (Ray Romano) impresses Amber (Mae Whitman) and Sarah (Lauren Graham) with his Hank-like concern as they deal with Ryan's hospitalization.

Watch it first on MSN TV:

This clip, along with the promo clip NBC showed for next week's episode, hints at a reunion for Sarah and Hank. Are you rooting for the couple? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook and Twitter.

The season finale of "Parenthood" airs Thursday April 17 at 10PM ET/PT on NBC.

Get a glimpse of Marsden’s character in the animated show starring Jack McBrayer

By MSN TV Partner Mar 25, 2014 10:04AM

In a new episode premiering March 31, James Marsden will guest start on Disney XD’s “Wander Over Yonder”.

Marsden reunites with "30 Rock" co-star Jack McBrayer in this episode where the hero Sir Brad Starlight (Marsden) enlists Wander (McBrayer) as his goofy sidekick and Sylvia as his noble steed on his quest to save Princess Demurra from the evil Dragon King, King Draykor.

See this pic first on MSN TV: Wander is ecstatic to fulfill his fairytale dream of rescuing a princess, but Sir Brad Starlight is not interested in sharing the spotlight and reminds Wander at every turn that there's only room for one hero.

“Wander Over Yonder” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD


Kim Kardashian, Wendy Williams hear what regular folk really think about them

By MSN TV Partner Mar 18, 2014 9:18AM
In the the new series from Oxygen, "Celebrities Undercover" will feature two celebrities concealing their true identity with the use of prosthetic make-up to find out what unsuspecting fans and friends really think of them without the distraction of their famous personas.

The season premiere will feature Kim Kardashian, and executive producer Wendy Williams will get a taste of her own medicine as well. In this clip watch Kim K. undergo an impressive make-up overhaul in prep for undercover work: going to a group job interview as a Kardashian fan hoping to become her own new assistant. 

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Other stars features this season include T-Pain, Fantasia, Joey Fatone, Lil’ Kim, Chili, Anthony Anderson, Jaleel White, Adrienne Bailon, Ice-T and Coco.

"Celebrities Undercover" premieres March 18 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on Oxygen.


Host Justin Willman and Disney stars dish on the new show and offer up advice

By MSN TV Partner Mar 14, 2014 11:15AM

(Disney's Win, Lose or Draw /Adam Taylor, Disney Channel)By Minh Nguyen

It didn’t take long for memories of the original “Win, Lose or Draw” game show to come flooding back as soon as we stepped foot on the set of Disney’s resurrected show of the same name.  Gone was the ‘80s living room set, replaced with bright vibrant colors, fun props and technology everywhere. Host Justin Willman (“Cupcake Wars”) commanded the stage as Disney stars Dove Cameron and Joey Bragg from “Liv and Maddie” battled it out against each other with their teammates.

The premise is pretty simple: two teams of three players (with the Disney stars on each side) compete in drawing contests to win prizes. Thrown into the mix are special challenges (like Shake, Rattle and Draw; Sit and Spin; The Wand) that take advantage of oversized props and fun gadgets. This season will also feature stars from Disney shows "Kickin' It," "Lab Rats," "I Didn't Do It,"  "Austin & Ally," "Jessie," "Dog With a Blog" and "Mighty Med" as well as stars from "Teen Beach Movie."

Over lunch, we were able to speak to Willman, Cameron and Bragg.

For people that aren’t familiar with the original game, how are you describing this to them?

Willman: The simple idea is just that it’s drawing Charades. You get your teammates to guess what you’re drawing. We have a team of writers who write these clues, and the words that they have to draw are so clever.

It's super high-tech, so the old original version was more markers on pads of paper, which was great at the time but here they have these massive touch screens and tons of software they designed just for the games that’s completely interactive.

Contestants have to do a bunch of crazy challenges in round two. Like drawing with a helmet on, where they can’t see anything or drawing with a unicorn stylus and that makes it way tougher but also much more entertaining to watch.

How are you enjoying being a part of the show?

Willman: As a live performer, I’m used to having that instant gratification of a live audience and this feels a lot like that. We’ve got 150 screaming kids, who are having the time of their lives just being there. It’s great because the jokes get instant payback. The excitement, I feed off of it. Even if it’s first thing in the morning, I don’t even need to have my coffee. As soon as that crowd starts to roar, I’m ready to go. It’s a blast.

Bragg: I like the rapid round. I can’t remember what it’s called. Where there’s one person drawing, and two people guessing, then we just switch.

Cameron:  I think the best part for me has actually been, (I know this sounds like such a canned answer), but has been getting to meet these kids. There was this great moment where, it was at the end of the first round when they all kind of flooded in and they hugged us. And some of them were crying, and I wanted to cry. We didn’t realize the gravity of how huge this really is, and “Win, Lose, or Draw” has been great that way. We’ve gotten to interact with a lot of kids.

Justin, what’s the best advice you ever received?

Willman: “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”

Dove and Joey, you guys seem really polished. What kind of advice do you have for kids that get stage fright?

Bragg: Well, I was doing stand-up comedy, and I don’t mean to be that guy, but it’s one of the hardest things to go up there and say stuff that you’ve written. You don’t have music backing you. I wanted to do something that I’m going to remember. And I think a lot of that is “I’m going to embarrass myself,” but you’re never going to see those people that are watching you ever again. Just do it!

Cameron: I always had a fear of cameras because I grew up on stage. Most things in life are one of those things where once you try it, you realize how OK it is. I just don’t take life too seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyways. So, yeah. Just have fun. Do what you please.

“Disney’s Win, Lose or Draw” airs Mondays through Thursdays at 5 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.


She still lives with her parents!

By MSN TV Partner Mar 13, 2014 10:55AM
Later this month, "Extra" host Maria Menounos will premiere her new reality show. "Chasing Maria Menounos" will give fans a peek into her life, including living with her longtime boyfriend and her immigrant parents.

In this interview with Oxygen's On-Air Personality Susie Castillo, Menounos reveals more about her upbringing and what to expect on her new series. Watch this first on MSN TV:

"Chasing Maria Menounos" premieres March 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Oxygen.

Princess Aslaug brings surprise and intrigue to this scripted drama

By MSN TV Partner Mar 13, 2014 10:17AM
Season 2 of History's "Vikings" is underway. Princess Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) revealed she was carrying Ragnar's (Travis Fimmel) child, sending rippling effects into his kingdom. In this video extra, Sutherland talks more about her character and how filming went the second time around.

"Vikings" airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on History.

"It's not a good day, Mad Max"

By MSN TV Partner Mar 12, 2014 9:56AM

In this "Parenthood" clip, Max (Max Burkholder) wrecks havoc for Sarah (Lauren Graham) and Hank (Ray Romano) when he barges into the studio, interrupting their workflow.

Watch this clip, first on MSN TV:

Parenthood airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

The classic game show has been upgraded with newer technology

By MSN TV Partner Mar 3, 2014 11:36AM

Who remembers the celebrity game show, "Win, Lose or Draw"? Disney Channel has recreated a kids version of it, premiering Monday, March 3. (The show will air Mondays through Thursdays).


On "Disney's Win, Lose or Draw" Disney Channel and Disney XD stars team up with kid contestants to compete and win prizes in a battle of drawing skills, creativity and wits. Justin Willman hosts the contemporary version of the popular game show, which also features new technology such as motion-control illustration, interactive multi-touch screen displays and other fun challenges.


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 "Disney’' Win, Lose or Draw" premieres Monday, March 3, at 5 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.