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Daytime actor looks ahead as Daniel Romalotti Jr. leaves Genoa City

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert Dec 31, 2012 8:33AM

Michael Graziadei has been through the ringer as Phyllis' son Daniel on "The Young and the Restless." Daniel has also caused a few problems of his own over the last eight years! Now, Graziadei is walking away from the drama. With his last airdate set for Wednesday, Jan. 2, Graziadei opened up about his decision to leave the show and whether he'd ever return. 


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Graziadei joined "The Young and the Restless" in 2004, shortly after moving to Los Angeles from New Hampshire. During his tenure, he garnered Daytime Emmy nominations for Younger Actor in 2005 and 2006 and worked several front-burner stories. Now, he's ready to enjoy Los Angeles as a free agent.


"I've had a lot of fun playing the character, and I've been able to grow with the character. But when you're in a contract with [the show], you're locked into it and they always have first priority with you," Graziadei explained. "I just haven't really experienced L.A. not having a job. I don't know what else can happen in this town unless I take that time for myself and take that break for myself. In the eight and a half years that I've been here, I haven't been able to travel the way I want to travel or work with my music and art the way I've wanted to, so it's just a time out for me."



While Graziadei hasn't had the complete freedom to play in L.A., he has managed to land more side gigs than most of his "The Young and the Restless" castmates, including recent stints on "Mob Doctor," "Justified" and the FX hit "American Horror Story."


"I would be completely open to going back to 'American Horror Story,'" he shared. "I have no idea what their plans are. I know that they've been bringing people back and I was told it was going to be like repertory theatre, where they had the same actors playing different roles."

No surprise, Graziadei raved about getting to work with Jessica Lange. "She is incredibly sexy and just a joy and pleasure to work with," he shared. "From the moment she steps on set, she's got it. She's just incredible.


"Meeting and getting to chat with Timmy Olyphant ("Justified") was incredible," he added. "The man is just a gentleman and an outstanding actor."


During his run in Genoa City, Graziadei's character got wrapped up in an art forgery scam, got in over his head when he, Amber and Kevin stole money from a corpse, and like his father Danny before him, was drugged by a woman hoping to impregnate herself. As fans know, Daisy managed to succeed with Daniel where Phyllis had failed with Danny Sr.. 

There was also Daniel's online porn addiction, which Graziadei joked was his favorite storyline, but his biggest story was the death of Cassie Newman (Camryn Grimes). Daniel almost took the wrap for the car accident that killed Nick and Sharon's daughter and for a time, believed he was guilty. The painful tale fueled the Daniel/Lily loves story and sent the teens on the run, while also serving as a public service storyline about drinking and driving and under-aged driving.


"It's probably the most serious one that I've had," Graziadei said of that story. "It dealt with something that everyone can relate to and take away from - As opposed to being raped by some woman and being drugged or stolen money - or whatever the flavor of the week was! That was my first real storyline, too. The first one that kind of belonged to me."


Graziadei's last day on set, Nov. 30, was marked with a going away party. The surprise event caught the actor off guard and he insisted he was embarrassed by all that attention.


"I always say, I picked a strange industry to be in," Graziadei shared with a laugh. "I don't like doing press [or] any of that stuff. At that point where I was the center of attention, I really had nothing to say to everyone except how I've grown up there; how I've been fortunate to have been thrown into that situation, especially working across from someone like Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) for such a long time; and just how much love and affection I had for all the people there."


Graziadei concluded his interview with the soap opera press by thanking fans for supporting him, his character and the show. He's thrilled Daniel won't get killed off in January and made it clear this "break" not be the end of his run on "The Young and the Restless." 


"It's not like I put up my middle finger and said I'm outta here!" Graziadei quipped. "I may have done that at my bartending job when I left, but no, [this] was a sad parting, all around. It seems like they didn't want me to leave and at the same time, as much as I wanted to go, I didn't want to go. But life goes on."


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



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

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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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