Barbara Walters puts the screws to Paris!
By Deanna Barnert
Special to MSN TV
When Paris Hilton stopped by "The View" to promote Monday's season premiere of "The World According to Paris," things started out copacetic. Then Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters got into the chatter!
First Whoopi declared that she can't imagine why Paris feels the need to introduce herself to the world, when she's already an accomplished business woman. "You always say you want to be taken seriously, like Oprah or Martha Stewart and the women who have been doing stuff," Whoopi said. "Why would you return to a reality show when in fact you are already this woman that you want everyone to know? Why would you show them you shopping? You don't think it makes you seem a little fluffier?"
Paris started to speak to that, but then Barbara jumped in.
After noting she and Paris go back and have shared "good times," Barbara laid into her. She wasn't upset the premiere featured gossip, clubbing, drinking and "a fairly frivolous point of view". What got her going was Paris' negative attitude about community service and being with "prison people."
"I remember the last time we talked, you had served time in prison," Barbara challenged. "It was very painful and you learned a great deal, you said, and you were going to spend a lot of time helping fellow prisoners, especially women. I know you've raised a lot of money for illnesses, but why haven't you done more of that and less of this?"
When Paris countered that she was just joking around and that she does charity all the time, Walters asks, "Why not present that side of yourself, if indeed it exists." Ouch!
Take a look at the clip of Paris' June 1, 2011 visit to "The View," below, to see how she handles herself.
"The View" airs weekdays on ABC.
Six Salem actors will say goodbye to make room for returning faves and newcomers
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It seems the "Days of our Lives" head writer shakeup was just the beginning. Ken Corday has announced the soap will bring five to six returning faves and newcomers to Salem while sending six players currently on the canvas packing. So far, Louise Sorel (Vivian) and (Carly) have gotten the ax; while Deidre Hall (Marlena), Drake Hogestyn (John) and Matthew Ashford (Jack) are making grand returns.
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The news has been trickling out slowly with "Days of our Lives" Executive Producer Ken Corday dropping two big bombshells.
First came the news that "Days of Our Lives" head writer Dena Higley was given the ax, with "Passions" vets Marlene Clark Poulter and Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr. signed on as the new co-head writing team. Salem fans were thrilled at the news, hoping the big change in leadership could mean a return of the beloved characters John and Marlena, among other things. Many are still wondering if the shift might also bring "Days" back to the supernatural and the camp, as new co-head writers Poulter and Thomas were part of the team behind the hellfire, witchery and over-the-top stories that were NBC's "Passions."
Still no word on the hellfire, but "Days" is in fact making some big changes. "You will see, in the course of a month, in the neighborhood of six characters leave Salem and five or six characters return or come to Salem, leading up to a huge September," Corday recently told Soap Opera Digest. "This is not a time where I'm going to be penny-wise and pound-foolish. I'm going to throw everything but the kitchen sink on-screen, but it's not going to be spread among 30 cast members. It's going to be centered on 15, and 15 who are loved and are dear to the audience."
In addition to bringing focus back to Bo and Hope, the Jennifer/Jack love story is also far from over. With Melissa Reeves already back in Salem, Matthew Ashford's return was announced in May, when the actor took to his Facebook page with the news. "I am happy to report that I will be returning to NBC's 'Days of our Lives' as the character of Jack Devereaux sometime later this month," he posted. "I do not know any real specifics but look forward to this opportunity to play Jack and work with old and new friends."
Two of those "old friends" are fan faves Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn. Viewers are certainly over the moon about the return of Marlena and John, but that excitement is tempered by the fact that the news came from Louise Sorel, who got the ax.
"I was told that the show is going back to 'core values,' whatever that means," Sorel told TV Guide. "The Bradys and the Hortons, I guess. [Laughs] I'm not sure what 'core values' actually means on a soap these days when everyone is corrupt and conniving and stealing babies! And there are so few people left from the old guard. They're bringing Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn back for the summer, which doesn't mean they won't continue on for the fall, winter and spring. Maybe I'm a financial trading card so the show can afford them. [Laughs]."
Crystal Chappel has also been traded in. With the show now committed to Bo and Hope, "DOOL has decided not to renew my contract," Chappel tweeted. "I'm sad but grateful for the opportunity. I made new friends and got 'Venice' up and running thanks to you. I wish 'Days' much success. P.S. Not the new writers decision... Onward! XO." Word is, her contract expires in August.
Meanwhile, newcomer Freddie Smith ("90210") is heading to Salem amid a swirl of rumors about his character. He's believed to be playing Adrienne and Justin's son and buzz has him paired up with Sami's son, Will. It bares mention, however, that the buzz about Will coming out as gay is also just a rumor.
In the grand scheme of things, "Days of Our Lives" should still see four more exits, and one or two more casting coos, so stay tuned.
"Days of our Lives" airs weekdays on NBC.
NBC's long-gestating romantic comedy finally hits the small screen
Could it be that the concept, interwoven vignettes about the ups and downs of modern day romance, is problematic? Perhaps. But in any case, there's plenty of star power fueling the show -- and given that some of your favorite familiar faces show up in the premiere, it's worth a go.
Besides, "Heroes" beloved everyman Grunberg (who played the down-to-Earth Matt Parkman) stars as Judd, a happily married everyguy (sensing a theme here?) in L.A. who happens to come across the top candidate on his "celeb exemption" list while at the airport with his wife (Constance Zimmer, from "Entourage" and "Boston Legal"). Jennifer Love Hewitt plays the lust object in question in the premiere episode -- and her presence marks a theme for the show: the celeb cameo.
"The cool thing about the show, it's sort of 'Love, American Style,'" says Grunberg. "There are three different stories every week. Two of them are with familiar characters. The middle story, it could be anything. I mean, one week we have gay couple that are facing parents coming to town who are a bit homophobic. Frances Conroy and Kurtwood Smith are in that episode. Then we have another episode with Beau Bridges, and he's incredible. You've got all these great actors coming through."
Also on board to anchor the show is "Ugly Betty" star Becki Newton, as Annie, an unwed New York City mom-to-be who's still hitting the clubs with her on-the-prowl pal Cassie, played by the always charming perpetual sidekick Krysten Ritter ("27 Dresses," "She's Out of My League").
Here's a sneak peek:
Catch Grunberg and the gang on the "Love Bites" premiere tonight at 10 p.m. on NBC.
If only to see two of your favorite '80s teen idols go down in a blaze of glory (and hairspray)
Stephanie Forrester is back to meddling – and the actress who plays her approves
By Deanna Barnert
Special to MSN TV
"The Bold and the Beautiful" cast and crew recently celebrated their 14 Daytime Emmy nominations with a bit of cake and chit chat. MSN TV was on hand and was lucky to grab a few minutes with nominee Susan Flannery! The industry vet talked a bit of everything, from Stephanie's machinations to the cancelation of the ABC competition.
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The 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards will air live on CBS June 19.
MSN TV: Congratulations on the Emmy nom!
Susan Flannery: Thank you very much. It never gets old.
You got a bit choked up earlier when you mentioned Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke). What was that about?
Katherine, she's my girl. I've done my best [to get her that nomination].
In the midst of the nomination news, Stephanie has returned to her wild ways.
I know, isn't it great? I'd love to get into some good knockdown, drag out fights with Brooke, because the audience loves that.
Was it a nice break to get to play something meaningful and positive with the homeless storyline, but then get back to being the master manipulator again?
It was. It was a really nice twist. It was as good a twist as when they brought Betty White on and you found out Stephanie had been abused as a child. There's so much more story for you to have in your head to play.
May sweeps really hooked up the "B&B" canvas.
I know. It will be fun!
What makes Ridge such a catch that Brooke and Taylor can't get over him?
The quality Ridge has is that he's so sweet and women love that. He's also really gorgeous, but when we first started doing the show, I always envisioned him as being a sweet child -- the kind my mother couldn't keep her hands off of.
As an industry vet, what are your thoughts about the cancelation of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live?"
It's funny. I was talking to Hillary B. Smith (Nora, "One Life to Live") and we agreed that everyone thought "All My Children" was going to get the ax: they were stunned by "One Life to Live." We think they probably went ahead and included "One Life to Live" because then it's the fault of the genre, not because anyone made any mistakes at the executive level.
How often do you and other vets dish about what's going on in daytime?
We've been talking, a lot of us, about the union. I've talked the past eight weeks [in April and May] with all of the shows and we went in to have meetings with the union and we're going to go back in and have more meetings. The way we film is totally different than what the contracts are. We don't do one show a day, five days a week. We do eight shows in four days. You go home and you're like, "Can I just lay down for awhile?"
Have you told exec producer Brad Bell to snap up any of those ABC actors who will be on the market when their shows are canceled?
No, I never talk about that and I never talk about story.
What has it been like to have all these young actors joining the cast?
[Casting Director] Christy Dooley and Brad really have a great eye. We've picked out some winners. Jennifer Finnigan (ex-Bridget) was just superb. Kristlyn Lloyd (Dayzee) is wonderful and I love Scott [Clifton]. I love all the young kids, actually, and I was very happy when they were able to bring Heather [Tom] over. I told Don [Diamont], "You are so effing lucky that you got her, because you've got someone who will make you look even better."
Of all the stories you've played as Stephanie, which is your all time favorite?
I have to say, for real, raw, primitive emotion and drive, the story where Brooke married Thorne. It was like the straw that broke that camel's back. She really wanted to kill her and the emotion was so real.
Do you prefer the camp or the serious drama?
I love big moments in the camp. I always tell the kids, "These are the everyday coffee cup scenes, but watch when the big scene comes. That's when you've got to go for it, big time!"
"Bold and the Beautiful" airs weekdays on CBS.
It's still happening: George Lucas confesses he's already got two seasons' worth of shows planned
Things start to pick up as new evidence comes to light
"It's all on me." – Linden
With only three more episodes to go, there are finally major breakthroughs in both the investigation and in the personal lives of the main characters. It is hard not to look upon the considerable amount of time that was spent on Bennet Ahmed and his peculiar brand of Somali heroism as a narrative dead-end. However, the new theories that were brought up tonight were definitely more interesting than anything that has been pursued thus far.
The police: After blithely fibbing to the higher-ups about actually meeting the young Somali bride-to-be, Linden and Holder use their newly forged bond to speedily fill in almost all of Rosie Larsen's last night. The lightening fast pace of their journey following the victim from school dance to Bennet's to a cab ride to her home and finally to an Indian casino was a welcome departure from the usual listless pacing, and it boasted a genuinely creepy visit to Belko's house, complete with his overbearingly Oedipal mother. That his reluctance to tell the truth about his whereabouts that night stemmed entirely from his idealized attachment to the Larsen family unit shouldn't have been believable, but it somehow seemed weirdly and completely right. If this leads to more revelations about Rosie's character, I will be very pleased
The family: Now that Stan is behind bars, and most likely going to prison (unless the show decides to cheat on that, which I hope they don't), Mitch is bound to find out about the new house at the very least. But that couldn't have accounted for all the money disappearing from their accounts, and all signs point to Rosie (or someone else, with her assistance) draining the accounts for gambling purposes.
The campaign: Even all fired-up and self-righteous as the newly branded "integrity candidate" (I love Jamie), Darren Richmond is still an ambiguous black hole at the center of this plot. It is hard to get excited about austerity measures and city council cuts, so it is good that we finally got the smoking gun of that Monica Lewinsky-esque photograph. It may be a bit of a cheap and obvious route for "The Killing" to go down, but, at this point, I will take my thrills when I can get them.
- Seems that we have seen the last of the long-suffering Rick, but he did stick around long enough to drop that tantalizing bit of information about "the hospital" and Linden "staring at a blank wall."
- I don’t think Richmond's vindictive streak towards his fellow civil servants is going to serve him well if he becomes the new mayor
- Doughnut trumps bacon in Holder's view of vegetarianism.
- Loose end I am most interested in at this point? Terry's relationship with Jasper's father
The East Dillon Lions and their star quarterback aim to win at any cost
"I couldn't be happier where I am right now." – Eric Taylor
During its first three seasons, the football team at the center of "Friday Night Lights" was the Dillon Panthers; they were undisputed champions who had great teamwork as well as polished technical skills. Last season, the new focal point was the East Dillion Lions, the scrappy underdogs with some raw talent and a lot of heart. This year, the show still revolves around the Lions, but they have become something different and more fascinating: a team that may gain a state championship and lose their own souls in the process.
Partly due to the players' anger over the despicable (and, as Coach Taylor points out, criminal) release of their juvenile police records, partly due to Billy Riggins aggressive coaching of Luke, and partly just due to newfound arrogance, the Lions wipe the floor with old rivals the Panthers. It is a nasty, vicious game, capped off by Vince's amazing but completely meaningless 65-yard pass for a final touchdown. The conflict and consternation are visible in Coach's subdued reaction to the victory, and to Crowley's pointed "That's not who we are, Eric." It is clear that the Lions are getting out of control and it is even clearer that Eric will need to act decisively before most of the kids slip away from him.
Chief among those in danger of getting lost is Vince, caught between his newly resurrected father and his long-standing father figure. It is unrealistic to expect that a seventeen-year old would have the fortitude or wisdom to see through Ornette's swagger and take a more long-term view, and it was painful to see Eric's virtual helplessness in the situation. Although he will unleash a ferocious tongue-lashing at Vince after the game, he cannot really step in any further, no matter how unwisely that parent is behaving. All he can do is make sure to communicate where he stands, and his icy contempt during the conversation with Ornette at the barbeque ("Would you do me the honor of informing me how you do remember it, so I can be filled in on what's going on?") did that very well. But it is easy to see that (at this stage anyway), Vince's father really does believe he is acting in his best interests and securing his future. Both father and son are surely in for a rude awakening.
Still sleepwalking around is Miss Julie Taylor, our resident morose and put-upon little college dropout. The writers seem to be using this plot to explore her relationship with her parents more than any emotional fallout from the affair with her TA, and that's fine with me. However, one thing that is hard to swallow is that Derek hasn't already been fired after some mighty public exposure; even without her parents going after him, surely the gossip about the scene in Julie's dorm would have resulted in some kind of disciplinary action. Hopefully, we will see little to no more of him, even if it means missing out on the excellent scenes like the one where Tami realizes who she is talking to, and it looks like she is forcing herself not to vomit and/or cry right there in his office. But maybe it will take a move to sunny Florida to solve everyone's problems.
- Jason Street! Yes, there was some squealing and hand clapping from someone (me) upon his appearance. And it was nice that he remained a loyal Panther supporter.
- Also nice? Tami's utter lack of enthusiasm when she said "Let's have a barbeque."
- "Mrs. Riggins works at The Landing Strip?" Never change, Luke.
- The lighting in this episode was really lovely, particularly in the scene between Vince and his father, as they reminisce about childhood visits to Carroll Park.