Dennis Quaid, Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin the latest big names announced
Dennis Quaid will make his TV series debut playing real-life Las Vegas cowboy-turned-sheriff Ralph Lamb in an untitled new '60s-set pilot for CBS. According to TV Guide, Michael Chiklis will star as a Chicago mob fixer.
Over at ABC, Reba McEntire has a new comedy pilot called "Malibu Country," TV Guide also reports. The singer will star as a broke divorcee who moves to Malibu to revive her music career. Lily Tomlin, in her first series gig since "Murphy Brown," will star as McEntire's mom.
Finally, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Matt Long, Maury Sterling and Brigid Brannah will star in ABC's "Gilded Lilys," a series set in 1895 about New York's first luxury hotel, from Shonda Rhimes, the creator of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice."
It's a new day in Salem as Will pulls in Neil
The coming out of Will Horton (Chandler Massey) on "Days of Our Lives" has been the talk of daytime for well over a year. As you can see in the Feb. 23 clip above, it's finally heating up. Will is certainly not the first gay character in daytime, let alone "Days of our Lives," but he did get to plant the first gay Salem kiss caught on camera. Of course, just because he kissed a guy doesn't mean he's actually out, yet.
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For months, Will has been reeling under the weight of the secret that his mom Sami (Alison Sweeney) cheated on his step-dad Rafe (Galen Gering) with her baby daddy EJ (James Scott). Will has kept a tight lid on the indiscretion, but that cat is out of the bag. When Will went out to party and let off some steam on Feb. 23, Rafe overheard him venting about Sami and EJ.
With that story is set to blow wide, a drunk Will finally had his first kiss – and it was one passionate first! Will even made the first move, grabbing the other guy, Neil, and pulling him in, but that doesn't mean he's quite ready to come out yet.
On Friday Feb. 24, the kiss continues to heat up until gay pal Sonny catches them. Will may go into denial and then try to work out his feelings with Grandma Marlena (Deidre Hall), but surprise, surprise, Sami's drama will interfere before he gets anywhere.
On Friday, Mar. 2, his father Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) returns to the canvas and it sounds like he'll be open to his son's sexual preference. The question is, how soon will he learn about it?
"Days of our Lives" airs weekdays on NBC.
Former co-host explains 'ugly' exit, buries hatchet with Barbara Walters
Star Jones returned to "The View" on Wednesday, Feb. 22., for the first time since what she refers to as her "ugly" exit six years ago. The show's original co-host buried the hatchet with Barbara Walters, with whom she publicly feuded for years, although tension was still visible.
"It was ugly," Jones said on Wednesday. "Nasty things were being said in the media. It just wasn't a good emotional time."
In June 2006, Jones' contract wasn't renewed by ABC "for various reasons," as Walters vaguely explained on Wednesday. Rather than wait to announce her departure on the agreed-upon date, however, Jones interrupted a live show to drop the bombshell. In retaliation, Walters wouldn't allow her back.
On Wednesday, when Walters asked Jones why she chose to hijack the production, Jones said she "wanted to go out on my own terms"; that she "wanted to control it."
The feud grew white-hot when Walters revealed that Jones had asked her co-hosts to lie and claim that Jones had lost weight on her own and not because of gastric bypass surgery.
"We did lie for you," Walters said on Wednesday, to which Jones responded, "Who cares? I look good."
Jones added that she takes "real responsibility" for her former behavior, and congratulated the show's current co-hosts on their success.
Check out a heavily edited clip of the reunion here:
"The View" airs weekdays on ABC.
Jennifer Aniston sends a surprise for her boyfriend
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When DeGeneres brought up the topic of his break dance skills, Theroux explained that he doesn't dance unless he's prepared.
"I have a very particular pair of shoes which I break dance in," he said. "Actually when my girlfriend – I don’t know if any of you guys know her -- she just recently celebrated a birthday and ever since she saw 'Zoolander,' she’s been obsessed with making me break dance. Literally obsessed with it. I break danced at a friend's wedding, so she’s been saying, 'When are you going to break dance? I need you to break dance!" That’s why I sort of invented this thing. 'Well, I have shoes, my 'breaking shoes,' and if I don’t have my 'breaking shoes,' then I don’t break dance.' We got home that night. It was late and she literally came out with a pair shoes. My actual 'breaking shoes.' She said, 'Put on the shoes, break dance.'"
Having set up Theroux, DeGeneres surprised him with a gift from Aniston. "I just remembered. I don’t know how I forgot. Jen sent these over…"
Theroux hid his face as his fancy sneakers came out of the bag, but he knew there was no saying no to DeGeneres. Check out his dance moves in the clip above and don't miss Theroux on the show Wednesday, followed by Aniston on Thursday.
"The Ellen Show" airs weekdays in syndication.
Shane Donovan is coming back to take another stab at Stefano
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'"Days of Our Lives' has asked Shane to return for a twelve episode arc to help in the ruination of Stefano DiMera....for the umpteenth time!!!" Shaughnessy posted on his blog. "I have been back a couple of times since I first left in 1991, but this has been the most fun. It was like walking into a wormhole or time warp when I rehearsed my first scene. The old gang was there doing the same stuff and saying the same dialogue as if it were the very next day. Shane and Roman helping Bo, Hope, Marlena and John Black 'bring down' Stefano DiMera."
Shaughnessy knows better than to give away too much story, but MSN TV hears that the week of Feb. 27, John will reveal to Hope that he's still working with the ISA. Then, after a run in with Stefano that same week, he and Hope are going to find a dead body. Fans can just imagine how that action will build to Shane's return in May.
"I think all you original fans are going to get a big kick out of this story," Shaughnessy promised. "The only sad thing is that Patsy (Pease) was not back. I do mention that Kimberly 'allowed' Shane to return for this mission as it was so important to him, but she is not there in person. Budgets are very tight and the storyline was specifically about Bo, Hope etc. and the ISA, so I guess they didn't see any need to ask her back as well."
Pease's Kimberly was on board for the 2010 "Days of our Lives" reunions associated with Alice Horton's funeral. Of course, before that, Shane spent some time in the slammer with Rafe, as seen in the clip above.
"Days of our Lives" airs weekdays on NBC.
New Julian Fellowes miniseries to enter James Cameron waters
"The Titanic" will be sunk once again -- this time by "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes. In April or May, ABC will air a four-hour miniseries about the famously doomed ocean liner, according to TV Guide. The timing will mark the 100th anniversary of the tragedy and fill the long lull before PBS premieres Season 3 of "Downton Abbey" next January.
According to the report, Fellowes' Titanic drama "will focus on the divide between the upper and lower classes." This sounds a lot like "Downton Abbey," which is good. But it doesn't seem to distinguish it much from James Cameron's Oscar-winning 1997 movie "Titanic," which is bad.
The death of Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville)'s heir, James Crawley, and his son, Patrick, in the Titanic disaster is what set most of "Downton Abbey's" action in motion. So it would make sense for Fellowes to focus on their fictional arcs instead of real historical figures.
However, if Fellowes wants to honor what happened that fateful night as faithfully as Cameron did, he had better show first-class passengers slumming it with hunky steerage drifters in stowed cars, stolen diamonds, and angry boyfriends shooting wet guns at lovers who spurned them while the ship sinks.
Vince Gilligan says Walter White will continue to be his own worst enemy
'All My Children' reunions won't mean same story in a new town
MSN TV: How did you feel when you got the call to come to Genoa City, months after "All My Children" ended and after so many castmates had already joined the show?
Darnell Williams: I was blown out of the water. It was the last call I expected. I just didn't think it was going to happen, a call from "The Young and the Restless." Not that I was waiting with bated breath for a call, but because Debbi was here, I figured that's that, in terms of ever coming over to this show.
You and Debbi played one of daytime's iconic super couples. Would you like to work that energy with her again?
I would love to create something new. It's always a pleasure to work with Debbi and I think we're on the same page, as far as this is concerned. It would be nice to flesh out some new characters and new story points.
So what have you heard on that, so far?
When I was in for the meeting, they said they weren't bringing me in for Debbi's character. I was like, "That's great, because both of us would like to explore different avenues." They said, "Well, it's not the way we work, but somewhere down the line it may happen." I'm hoping they give us a shot at being individuals, before they decide to -- if they decide to put us back together again.
When you left "All My Children" in the '80s, they tried pairing Debbi with Peter Bergman (ex-Cliff) onscreen, but the fans would not respond to anyone other than Jesse for Angie. They barely accepted Jacob, and you played him. Do you think fans are ready to accept either of you in an onscreen romance with someone else?
Yes, as long as it's written well. Why not? I think Debbi and myself are capable actors and hopefully, whomever they pair us with, it's going to spark interest, beyond the Angie and Jesse phenomenon.
Well, Debbi certainly came into town with a new vibe. What kind of character are you bringing to Genoa City?
Sarge is an asshole, to put it bluntly. I'm not sure what his past is, but he's like a retired marine, like a drill sergeant kind of guy. That's as close as I can give, in terms of a description of the character, or what I'm using to springboard off of.
While you're not working with Debbi, you are working with Peter Bergman again. What is that like?
I'm working with Jack to try to rehabilitate him. It's great. I can't remember how much we [worked together], in terms of scenes, back in the day. It was so long ago, but Peter Bergman – you just don't get classier than that. I'm so happy to be working with him again. It's like comfort food.
How would you describe Sarge's relationship with Jack?
The relationship is a little tense right now. Jack sort of saw the asshole potential, so he confronts him. They have this dialogue and Jack realizes that this guy gets results, regardless of how much of an idiot he is, so he asks him to take on his physical training.
Is Sarge in for a long road with Jack?
That's all to be seen. I don't know how long he's supposed to be in this wheelchair or debilitated condition.
Have you gotten to see Debbi?
No. I speak to Debbi quite regularly, but I haven't seen her at work yet. This studio is such a sprawling space -- well, to those of us who've just gotten here. I'm still walking around, bumping into walls and not knowing where I'm going. "Oh my god, is this the second or the 50th floor?"
Who's been showing you around?
I run into a lot of people who are just as confused, so it makes it easy.
Are you bumping into any other "AMC" alums?
When I first was lost in the hall down there, off "The Price is Right," it was Missy walking up with her sexy little walk. Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) walks like a dancer. I love that. Who else have I run into? I'm blanking, but there's been a handful. Jacob [Young] is across the hall at "The Bold and the Beautiful." I've not been over there yet, [but] just came off the road with him, doing some Pine Valley appearances.
So are you having fun over in Genoa City?
The fun hasn't started yet. I'm still working around the knots in my stomach, because it's so quick. I thought "All My Children" had gone to the speed of light. Over here, I hate to use the word "rehearse," because it's almost a bad word. They barely show us where we need to hit our marks before they turn the cameras on us and we're going. Once I get used to that rhythm, it will be a little smoother going for me.
Once you get settled, what is something you're hoping to get to do in your new stomping grounds?
I'm open. I try not to have any expectations. I learned as a younger actor in daytime not to come with your plate to full, so that you can have room for someone else to put their stuff on it.
"The Young and the Restless" airs weekdays on CBS.