Sarah Michelle Gellar is heading back to daytime to pay homage to the show that gave the actress her big break. Gellar is the latest actor to head back to Pine Valley to bid “All My Children” adieu. ABC canceled the long-running soap a few months ago to make room for talk shows. Even though it looks like AMC might live on either on cable or online, the showrunners are wooing back former daytime stars to return to their old stomping grounds to send the soap off in style (at least on network television).
While promoting her new show, “Ringer” on The CW, Sarah announced that she will appear on the show before it leaves ABC. She made the announcement at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Back in the 90s, Gellar played the role of Kendall Hart (Erica Kane’s daughter) and even won a Daytime Emmy in 1995.
Just what the world needs, another singing competition. Unfortunately, they all can’t find the next Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood. Instead, we’ll end up with winners who we’ll probably never ever see again. Remember “insert name“? That being said, there is usually one thing that’s guaranteed. The established singers involved with the project more often than not get a career boost from the exposure. “American Idol” certainly put Jennifer Lopez back on the music charts. Same thing goes for Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera from “The Voice”. How addicting is their collabo “Moves Like Jagger“?
I’m sure, the hope of selling more records appealed to Brandy, Avril Lavigne and Leona Lewis and that’s why they’re participating on “Majors and Minors”. Let’s face it, these ladies haven’t seen a huge hit for years. Hopefully, their exposure on this new talent competition will give their respective careers a bit of a boost.
“Majors and Minors” is a new show looking for the next superstar. It boasts that it’s not about the drama and just nurturing the talent which ranges from 8-16 year olds- they’re the “minors“. The established stars, like the trio aforementioned, are the “majors“. There will be no one voted each week, but instead a valedictorian will be determined after the 15 week competition.
If you’ve been missing T.R. Knight since leaving “Grey’s Anatomy“, then your prayers are about to be answered. The former George O’Malley is making his return back to television, albeit a short one. The 38-year-old actor has signed on for a guest starring role on an upcoming episode of “Law & Order: SVU“. Reportedly, he’ll play a suspected serial rapist who maintains his innocence despite evidence to the contrary. Hmmm, doesn’t that sound like most of the sexual offenders on the show.
Since leaving Seattle Grace in 2009, Knight hasn’t appeared on the small screen. He’s kept busy by spending his time on stage. T.R. starred in the Los Angeles production of the musical “Parade” and the revival of David Mamet’s “A Life In The Theatre” on Broadway in New York.
The “Sex and the City” ladies have been entertaining audiences for years. We’ve followed the exploits of Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kirsten Davis for 94 television episodes and two movies. Given the fact the second flick sucked balls and the ladies are creepin’ on menopause (if not already there), the franchise is looking into replacing the cast with a much younger group of ladies.
Say what? It’s almost sacrilegious to think of other actresses playing the iconic roles of Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte. But if the Daily Mail is correct with their report, then we should brace ourselves for this huge change. The rumored prequel will follow the characters’ adventures in New York City during their twenties. The plot will be based off the two books written by SATC writer Candice Bushnell- “The Carrie Diaries” and “Summer and The City“.
As you would expect, the original ladies don’t think messing with the SATC formula is a good idea. Sarah Jessica Parker told the Los Angeles Times earlier this year, “I don’t think we can pretend to go back… It’s creating two histories. It’s like, ‘Oh I didn’t know that about Carrie Bradshaw.” Kristin Davis also chimed in and told E! this February, ‘We’ve discussed our history in the show already so for all of our fervent fans who listen to what we say, why would we rewrite that?”. Personally, I’m all up for the change. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
If you were worried the kids of Harry Potter would have nothing to do now that the franchise is over, you needn’t worry. Emma Watson has secured her first post-Harry gig and it’s a pretty good one. The pixie-haired beauty has reportedly sign on to play the lead role in the upcoming live action adaptation of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast“. Take that Daniel Radcliffe.
A few weeks ago, some friends of mine debated on which HP star would have a bigger post Potter career. Most said Radcliffe, but I maintained Watson would. Looks like, she’s on her way to proving me right. The 21-year-old recently revealed she wants to play characters who promote strong role models for young girls.
“I feel like young girls are told they have to be this kind of princess and be all this sweet stuff. It’s all bullshit. I identify with more of being a warrior princess, so if I had to be a princess, I’d have to kick some ass first. That would have a lot of people terrified.”
During “Glee’s” off season, Ryan Murphy has been jibber jabbering about the upcoming season. Besides the revelation that major characters are graduating this season, he’s promised Season 3 would rely less on guest stars and themed episodes. On that note, Deadline.com is reporting that Idina Menzel is coming back to reprise her role of Shelby Corcoran. Last time we saw her, she adopted Quinn & Puck’s baby and was never seen again… until now.
Menzel who appeared in only five episodes last time, will be around much more this go around. Reportedly, she’s signed on for as many as 10-12 episodes. Having left her Vocal Adrenaline coaching job to become a mother, her character will now join her former rival and become part of the McKinley High faculty. Drama.
With Taylor Momsen and Jessica Szohr being dropped as regulars this season, Gossip Girl is infusing some new meat to the veteran CW show. In Liz Hurley’s case, I use the term “new meat” quite loosely. That being said, the 46-year-old British actress looks pretty damn good for her age. In her hey day, I wasn’t a fan of Hurley. I always thought she looked like a man, trying to look like a woman, trying to look like a drag queen. Whatever her daily regiment is though, it’s certainly working for her in her 40s.
Hurley joins the cast for a multi-episode arc as Diana Payne. Her character is described as “a sexy, smart, self-made media mogul and all-around force to be reckoned with,”. The producers also added Diana’s entrance on the Upper East Side will change the lives of all the characters- including Gossip Girl herself. Dum, dum, dum… Based on the picture above, we know how Diana will affect Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford). Looks like Nate is booking another ticket to cougar town.
Even though, I don’t talk about it much. “Shark Tank” is one of my favorite shows. It aired on Friday nights which meant I usually watched it either on Saturday or Sunday mornings. It’s the perfect lazy day antidote to a hard night of partying. I really enjoy watching budding entrepreneurs pitch their inventions SLASH business ideas and seeing the sharks’ reaction. For the most part, I really enjoy the US investors aka the sharks. Kevin O’Leary and Robert Herjavec, who are transplants from the Canadian version of the show, “Dragon’s Den“, are my favorites. The other three are a different story. Daymond Jones and Kevin Harrington I can do without while the lone female on the panel, Barbara Corcoran, has grown on me.
Last season, the show introduced Mark Cuban and Jeff Foxworthy to the panel- they rotated seats with Kevin Harrington. Personally, I loved the addition of Cuban. His tactics to aggressively outbid the other sharks made for great television. Whether it was staged or not, the tension between Cuban and the other sharks was riveting. Looks like I’m not the only one who agreed.
Cuban, who only appeared in only three episodes of Season 2, will be getting a promotion from the network. The billionaire is one step away from being a permanent shark. He’s scheduled to appear in ten of Season 3′s thirteen episodes. Shark Tank returns to Friday nights on ABC’s midseason schedule. What do you think of Cuban’s increased presence on the show? Yay or nay?