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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



Wait, Donald's a nervous sailor? But that outfit...

By MSN TV Partner Aug 7, 2014 4:44PM
In homage to the classic Mickey Mouse cartoons, Disney Channel has been showing "Mickey Mouse" shorts, featuring Mickey and his BFFs, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto. Hilarious situations that are fun for kids and grown-ups alike.

In this new short premiering tomorrow, Donald reveals he doesn’t know how to sail - his outfit is purely due to the fact that Daisy loves a, um, man in uniform.

MSN TV has this exclusive image from the short. You can also view a clip here:

The Mickey Mouse short "Donald the Sailor" airs at 8:55 p.m. ET/PT on Friday August 8 on Disney Channel.

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

By MSN TV Partner Jul 24, 2014 2:24PM
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.

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.

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