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Redaric Williams talks Tyler and Cane's steamy sauna showdown

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert Dec 21, 2012 12:22PM

"The Young and the Restless" has been decorating Genoa City with a bevy of new hunks for the holidays. On Monday, Dec. 24, Christmas comes early for viewers: Cane and newcomer Tyler (Redaric Williams) strip down for a sauna showdown! During the episode, Tyler will also reveal which Genoa City leading lady has caught his eye. MSN TV got the story from Redaric Williams, who teased what we can expect from Tyler and Monday's steamy scenes.

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MSN TV: First off, that is one hot preview picture (above).


Redaric Williams: A picture's worth a thousand words. And I think I got a thousand in there!


There's been a lot of buzz lately about all the new hunks moving to Genoa City: Does being sold that way make you uncomfortable?


Not at all. Very few actors invite that. That's not something I coveted. (laughs) But I'm not taken aback. It's nothing new to be portrayed that way, because I've been modeling for a while. I'm an actor first and foremost. I moved to New York City for acting. I trained and performed, but New York is theater and fashion. I had so many people approach me about modeling. I never was into it, but finally, I went ahead. I started doing a lot of modeling, and you've got to portray this sex symbol. You've got to exude that. So it's not a new experience. 


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This is your first regular role, and you've hit the ground running. How has the adjustment been?


I was ready for it. When I first met with the writers, I told them straight up, "I'm at the point where I'm ready to bite off something and sink my teeth into it." I'm not going to shy away from that.

That's funny, because that's how your character Tyler comes off! How is he settling into Genoa City?


I know. (laughs) It's crazy. The character is new in town and I myself am new in L.A., so there's a correlation. It's a process, but nothing rattles Tyler. He's someone who's been seasoned by life. He's been through a lot. He's dealt with a lot. Myself, as well. A move is a move. It's good. It's welcomed.


Has anyone helped you get settled in at work?


To be honest, I haven't come across one person who hasn't gone out of their way to be helpful. But Kristoff St. John (Neil) is huge - really helped out a lot. Angell Conwell, who plays my sister Leslie, has also been helpful.


So none of the guys are nervous about having a new hunk on the scene?


Ah! (laughs) Possibly. I wouldn't know. I don't get in their heads.


Tyler made quite the first impression on Neil. He controlled the conversation at that breakfast. Should we be wary of this guy?


He's a very strong presence and he can be like a bull in a China shop, but the thing is, he's not. He's controlled. He has an agenda. He's not reckless. He's not just there to wreak havoc. I am totally looking at him as a good guy. He's not a bad guy, whatsoever.


As a street artist who's transitioned into a guerrilla marketing guru, can Tyler handle the button down world of Jabot?


He is fully capable of adapting to any social situation. He can be a social chameleon. However, he has this rebel thing. He's not a conformist and he will push the envelope to see how far he can get his environment to conform to what he brings to the table. If there's resistance met, maybe he'll find other ways to see what he can do.


He seems like a cocky dude: Does he think he has this Jabot job in the can?


Definitely! It's a fine line - like razor thin - between confidence and cocky. He's very confident because he knows he's competent. If it comes off a certain way - which is does! - then you'll see he will pull back. He doesn't want to come off as cocky, but his confidence can sometimes be taken that way.


He definitely rubs Jabot's Chief Operating Officer and resident hunk Cane the wrong way: What can you tease about the big sauna run-in?


I come in and Cane's there, trying to come down after a day at the office. My character is doing the same, but it creates an opportunity. Cane's less receptive to the way Tyler comes in unrelentlessly. Tyler's not worried about what anyone thinks or feels, and it rubs Cane the wrong way. Cane is telling him to tone it down a notch, while Tyler is trying to make a connection. On the flip side, we're not so different. The stuff he's throwing at me, it's kind of there on his side, too. So Tyler tells him to look at himself.


It's a very masculine scene. It's two guys with their shirts off. There's a bit of an argument. But there's also a mental thing going on. Their conversation covers a multitude of things. It's almost like a chess game, with these guys going back and forth.


Could these two become friends?


These two guys are either best friends or the worst enemies.


In that same episode, we learn which lady Tyler has his eye on: How serious is his interest?


He's flirting. He's interested, but it's not that serious. This guy is the new guy in town. The sky's the limit and he's definitely a flirt. I don't think he's ever been in a situation where his flirtation or interaction with a lady has led to something deep and genuine. But if cupid was shooting an arrow in his direction, I don't think he would try to move away, either. If he feels something that's real, he would embrace the realness. He wouldn't run. He's developing, as a human being. He's coming of age. He's a man. And he's now in a new environment…


What excites you most about Tyler, going forward?


His versatility. I've done work in the past where you show up to film and it's not a prolonged thing. This is a journey. This is a character that's going to unfold and it's going to be a while. The fact that he is a versatile individual, without one set way, that's what I like. He's somebody that's playful, but then he can also be an aggressor and as I said, he's very capable of handling himself in this new corporate situation. He's polished, but he came from the other side of the tracks, so he has that side as well. He can go anywhere.


"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.


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