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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.  

 

 

Are Sarah and Hank getting back together?

By MSN TV Partner Apr 11, 2014 10:51AM
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.

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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.

 

Watch a clip:


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