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Today in Soap Opera History (May 14)

1968: Dark Shadows' Mrs. Johnson had a terrible dream.

1981: Atwt's John Dixon took a tumble.

2002: AMC's Bianca called her sister, Kendall, "evil".

2010: It was prom night for Oltl's Starr X'd Lovers."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1968: On Dark Shadows, Cassandra (Lara Parker) encouraged Mrs. Johnson (Clarice Blackburn) to get some sleep but Mrs. Johnson told her she was afraid of having a terrible dream.
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Today in Soap Opera History (March 15)

1968: Dark Shadows' Barnabas attacked a woman trying to save him.

1983: General Hospital's Heather was arrested.

1985: Days of our Lives' Bo & Hope decided to lope.

1988: All My Children's Stuart & Cindy became engaged."Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."

― Machiavelli

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1957: On The Edge of Night, Mike Karr (John Larkin) told Charley (Ian Martin
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‘Something Wild’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

Stars: Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta, Dana Preu, Margaret Colin | Written by E. Max Frye | Directed by Jonathan Demme

Jonathan Demme was one of the great names of cinema lost in the terrible artistic purge of 2017. His last film of note might have been the forgettable Ricki and the Flash, but there was a period, between 1986’s Something Wild and Philadelphia in 1993 – via no less than Silence of the Lambs – when the director could do no wrong.

Something Wild begins with New York businessman Charlie Driggs (Jeff Daniels) making a mildly rebellious decision: he chooses to not pay for his restaurant meal. A beautiful stranger, Audrey (Melanie Griffith), calls him out. They argue. They connect. She invites (or possibly kidnaps) him to join her on a crazy road trip, heading south with no destination but the next motel, causing moderate chaos along the way. They’re not quite Bonnie and Clyde,
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2018 Broadway spring season preview of musicals: Which will be remembered by the Tony Awards?

In the last four months of the 2017-18 Broadway season, six productions of musicals (four new, two revivals) will open. Could we be seeing any of them contend at this year’s Tony Awards? (Read our preview of the nine plays coming to Broadway this spring.)

Below, we recap the plot of each musical as well as the awards history of its author, cast and creative types and the opening and (where applicable) closing dates.

“Escape to Margaritaville” (previews begin February 16; opens March 15)

In this new jukebox musical consisting of Jimmy Buffett songs, Tully, a part-time bartender, part-time singer, and full-time charmer thinks he’s got life all figured out. Until a beautiful career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything.

With a book by Emmy winner Greg Garcia (“My Name is Earl”, 2006) and Emmy nominated actor Mike O’Malley (“Glee”, 2010), this production stars Drama Desk nominee Paul Alexander Nolan
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‘Veep’ Wins the SAG Award for Best Comedy Ensemble

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‘Veep’ Wins the SAG Award for Best Comedy Ensemble
Congratulations to the cast of “Veep,” receiving the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series at tonight’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. Receiving the award were stars Dan Bakkedahl, Anna Chlumsky, Gary Cole, Margaret Colin, Kevin Dunn, Clea Duvall, Nelson Franklin, Tony Hale, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sam Richardson, Paul Scheer, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Sarah Sutherland, and Matt Walsh.

This year, the category featured no shortage of returning veterans along with one scrappy newcomer. This year marked “Black-ish’s” second nomination and “Veep’s” fifth, while “Curb” (returning after several years of hiatus) racked up its third recognition.

Coming into this year’s awards, “Orange is the New Black” might have been the supposed favorite, since the Netflix prison series has won for the last three years (notably, this is one of the few awards ceremonies where the comedy-drama hybrid competes in the comedy category as opposed to drama,
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SAG Awards predictions secret: Size matters for comedies like ‘Orange is the New Black,’ ‘Glee,’ ‘Desperate Housewives’ …

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SAG Awards predictions secret: Size matters for comedies like ‘Orange is the New Black,’ ‘Glee,’ ‘Desperate Housewives’ …
When it comes to rewarding the best comedic cast on television, the SAG Awards often simply go with the biggest cast. Recent winners like “Orange is the New Black” (2014-2016), “Glee” (2009), “Desperate Housewives” (2004-2005) and “Ally McBeal” (1998) all prevailed thanks in part to having the most cast members on the voting ballot. Interestingly enough, all four of these were also hour-long dramedies, which suggests SAG voters are more apt to give the prize to large casts when they’re also in large productions.

What does this statistic mean in terms of predicting the 2018 SAG Awards? “Orange is the New Black” once again boasts the biggest comedy cast with a record-setting 45 men and women nominated for the Netflix prison series. That’s up from 37 cast members in 2016, 34 in 2015, and 40 in 2014. Of this year’s other nominated ensembles, Netflix’s “Glow” consists of 18 cast members, followed by HBO’s “Veep” at 15, ABC
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Exclusive: 'Veep' Star Reid Scott on the Show's 'Brilliant' Move This Season, and What's Next for Dan Egan

Exclusive: 'Veep' Star Reid Scott on the Show's 'Brilliant' Move This Season, and What's Next for Dan Egan
This season on HBO's Emmy-winning show Veep, Reid Scott's character, Dan Egan, has become 'Danny' Egan and is co-anchoring CBS This Morning. Monday, May 8, the actor himself guest co-hosted the real-life show. Just days earlier, Et sat down with him to talk all things Veep, Dan and being a d***.

Et: Veep started off season 6 by fast-forwarding one year, and the core group had all split up. How did you react when you read the season premiere script?

Reid Scott: I thought it was a brilliant move because so much had happened. When [Selina] loses the election, it's like where do you go from here? Honestly we all wondered if we would even come back! ... But they said, "Of course, we want you guys to come back," and to explore what happens when an administration breaks up and everyone moves on and takes other jobs, it's fun! You get to dig down a little deeper on all
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'Veep' Star to Guest on Real 'CBS This Morning'

"I'm Danny Egan. See you in the tomorrow."

That's the signoff Reid Scott has been using ever since his Veep character, Dan Egan, landed a gig on the fictional CBS This Morning. Scott has been playing the morning show co-host, alongside Margaret Colin, since Veep's sixth season premiere. Now, only a few episodes in — the fourth airs Sunday night — the actor has already scored an invite to appear on the real CBS morning show.

Scott, decked out in CBS show gear, took to Twitter to make the announcement and CBS This Morning had some fun of their own...
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Official Trailer for Netflix Film 'Tramps' Made by Director Adam Leon

"We gotta get that briefcase." Netflix has debuted a trailer for indie romantic comedy Tramps, from writer & director Adam Leon, of the NYC film Gimme the Loot previously. The story follows an aspiring chef in NYC who gets caught up in a crazy adventure when he has to help his brother finish a drug deal. But when the briefcase exchange goes wrong, he ends up running all over the city trying to figure out how to get things back in order. Callum Turner stars, along with Grace Van Patten, Michal Vondel, Mike Birbiglia, Margaret Colin, Louis Cancelmi, and Rachel Zeiger-Haag. I guess the unique twist in this is that he falls for the driver girl, which is kind of nice to see. It definitely feels like an indie, but has lots of heart, too. Here's the first official trailer for Adam Leon's Tramps, direct from Netflix's YouTube: In Tramps,
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‘Heirloom’ Creator Paten Hughes Left New York To Grow Tomatoes, and Reclaimed Her Acting Career

‘Heirloom’ Creator Paten Hughes Left New York To Grow Tomatoes, and Reclaimed Her Acting Career
Take a stroll through your local farmer’s market this weekend, even if it’s only to ogle the foodies reveling in the abundance of their favorite time of year: Heirloom tomato season.

If that’s not enough to inspire you to whip up some fresh gazpacho, check out “Heirloom,” an artful new web series on Vimeo. When the movie that was supposed to be her big acting break suddenly fell apart, creator and star Paten Hughes absconded to her family farm in the Sonoma Valley to grow tomatoes. At the time, she had no clue that those tomatoes would lead to her greatest role yet.

Read More: ‘David’ Review: ‘Marcel The Shell’ Meets ‘Twin Peaks’ In Dean Fleischer-Camp’s Surreal Series Starring Nathan Fielder

In “Heirloom,” Hughes plays Emily, an actress who is worn down by the audition grind. When her mother (Margaret Colin) informs her that her recently
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Heirloom: New Rom-Com Series Debuts on Vimeo in September

It's ripe for the taking, so below, watch a preview of the Heirloom TV show, premiering on Vimeo. The entire first season of this new scripted series drops to Vimeo on September 9, 2016.A romantic comedy, the Heirloom TV series stars: Paten Hughes, Margaret Colin, Tom Wopat, Ryan Cooper, John Lavelle, Luis Vega, and Pascale Armand. Julie Crosby, Paten Hughes, Kevin Kinsella, James Richard, and Brooke Stevens produce. Get the details from this Vimeo press release.Read More…
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Kristin Chenoweth Joins Hairspray Live!

Kristin Chenoweth Joins Hairspray Live!
Hairspray Live! has found its Miss Baltimore Crabs: Kristin Chenoweth will play villainous Corny Collins Show producer Velma Von Tussle in the NBC musical.

RelatedThe Rocky Horror Picture Show Trailer: Laverne Cox Stars in Fox Remake

“Everything she does is incredible, going back to the iconic Glinda in Wicked” on Broadway, said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt in a statement. “We are so excited and fortunate that [she] wants to come and play with us on Hairspray.”

Dreams do come true! @KChenoweth has joined the cast of #HairsprayLive as Velma Von Tussle!✨ https://t.co/JvOfTsvZn6 pic.twitter.com/EVMF2zVJSQ

Hairspray Live!
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Fall TV First Impression: This Is Us

Fall TV First Impression: This Is Us
The broadcast networks have nearly 20 shows debuting this fall, including Kiefer Sutherland’s term as Potus, Michael Weatherly’s NCIS follow-up and the story of Mlb’s first female player. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.

Next up on our list….

Related Get First Impressions of ABC’s Designated Survivor, NBC’s Timeless, CBS’ Bull and ABC’s Notorious

The Show | NBC’s This Is Us (premiering Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 10/9c, before moving to its regular 9 pm time slot starting Oct. 11)

The Competition | To start, CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans and
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Shades of Blue: Lolita Davidovich Out, Margaret Colin In Ahead of Season 2

Shades of Blue: Lolita Davidovich Out, Margaret Colin In Ahead of Season 2
Ray Liotta’s Shades of Blue wife will be sporting a new look when the NBC cop drama returns next year.

Lolita Davidovich — who played Linda, the spouse of Liotta’s Lieutenant Matt Wozniak, in seven Season 1 episodes — has exited the series ahead of Season 2, TVLine has learned exclusively. Gossip Girl vet Margaret Colin has been tapped to assume the recurring role.

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According to an NBC rep, Davidovich departed the series due to scheduling conflicts.

This marks the second major piece of Shades of Blue Season 2 casting, following Wednesday’s announcement that Breaking Bad
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Seth Meyers to Donald Trump: Exit the Race, Be a Chicago President on NBC

Seth Meyers to Donald Trump: Exit the Race, Be a Chicago President on NBC
Seth Meyers isn’t dropping his “ban” on Donald Trump, but he is prepared to help land him a job with Dick Wolf should he agree to exit the presidential race prior to the Republican National Convention.

RelatedNBC Fall Premiere Dates: Chicago Fire‘s October Start, Blindspot‘s Wednesday Relaunch and Others

The Late Night host on Thursday offered the candidate “all the trappings of the presidency, without any of the responsibility” courtesy of a straight-to-series order for Chicago President. The generous deal would let his supporters “watch [him] be president but with no real-world consequences.”

As outlined by Meyers, the
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'Nymphomaniac' Leading Lady Gets a Role in 'Independence Day 2'

After taking on a variety of sexual exploits in Lars Von Trier's erotic Nymphomaniac, actress Charlotte Gainsbourg may end up getting probed by aliens next. Well, THR reports she's in talks for a role in Independence Day 2 anyway, even though the aliens from the soon-to-be-20-year-old film weren't really known for body cavity invading. However, at this time we don't know what character she will play, though she would probably make a good companion for Jeff Goldblum, who has been confirmed to come back as David Levinson for the sequel, while his ex-wife (Margaret Colin), seems to be out of the picture by now. As previously reported, both Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) and rising star Jessie Usher have two of the male lead roles in the sci-fi sequel, but we're still waiting to see what other actresses will join Gainsbourg. This will undoubtedly be the actress' biggest film to date,
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Jessie Usher Joins Independence Day 2

When Independence Day exploded onto the big screen in 1996, it became a box office smash hit. Its effective mix of science fiction, ground-breaking special effects, and disaster movie themes turned it into the quintessential summer blockbuster, and paved the way for director Roland Emmerich to wage cinematic war on countless iconic landmarks in subsequent movies, such as Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012 and White House Down. Surprisingly, a sequel has been slow to develop – but the wait is almost over now, as finally, almost two decades later, Independence Day 2 is on its way – with Jessie Usher now cast.

Plot details are, of course, tightly under wraps, but we can surmise from the casting that a high level of continuity can be expected. Jeff Goldblum will apparently reprise his role as codebreaker and day saviour, David Levinson, and Jessie Usher is set to play the son of Will Smith’s Independence Day character,
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Random Media picks up two for summer

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Random Media picks up two for summer
The distributor has acquired Us rights to Camilla Dickinson and The Jokesters.

Cornelia Duryée Moore’s Camilla Dickinson (pictured) stars Adelaide Clemens as the sheltered daughter of a well-heeled Manhattan clan in 1948 who meets a rebellious young man.

Gregg Sulkin, Cary Elwes, Samantha Mathis, Margaret Colin, Camryn Manheim and Robert Picardo also star in the adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s novel of the same name.

Random Media svp of acquisitions Bobby Rock negotiated the deal with producer Larry Estes. Camilla Dickinson premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2012.

Aj Wedding’s 2014 comedy-horror The Jokesters centres on a group of pranksters whose farewell surprise on a departing member spirals out of control.

Rock brokered the deal with Eastgate Pictures president Ronna Wallace on behalf of Reinventing Films.
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Random Media Acquires 'Camilla Dickinson' and 'The Jokesters' at 2015 Berlinale

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Random Media Acquires 'Camilla Dickinson' and 'The Jokesters' at 2015 Berlinale
Random Media has acquired two new titles for release in Summer 2015: "Camilla Dickinson" and "The Jokesters." Directed by Cornelia Duryée Moore, "Camilla Dickinson" is an adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's classic novel about the daughter of a wealthy family in 1948 Manhattan. Fifteen-year-old Camilla (Adelaide Clemens) lives a privileged life in New York City until her parents' marriage grows increasingly rocky. Camilla finds a way to take her mind off things when she meets Frank, her best friend's rebellious brother (Gregg Sulkin). Frank shows Camilla a world outside of her sheltered bubble, and she slowly begins to grow up. Supporting cast includes Cary Elwes, Samantha Mathis, Margaret Colin, Camryn Manheim and Robert Picardo.  Random Media has also acquired Aj Wedding's "The Jokesters," which has been a hit on the horror festival circuit. When Ethan, leader of the internet sensation "The Prankmasters," announces he is...
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"Gotham" Viper"

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Sneak Peek more new clips of footage from the 'Batman' prequel series "Gotham" and the episode "Viper", airing October 20, 2014 on Fox:

"...'Gordon' and 'Bullock' search for the source of a new street drug that causes euphoria then death. 

"Meanwhile, 'Oswald Cobblepot' works his way deeper into the inner circle of 'Maroni' (David Zayas), while 'Fish Mooney' continues to plot against 'Falcone'..."

Guest cast for the episode includes Daniel London as 'Stan Potolsky',Kett Turton as 'Busker', Genevieve Hudson-Price as 'Charmagne', Peter Maloney as 'Isaac Steiner', Margaret Colin as 'Taylor Reece', Jeremy Davidson as 'Nikolai', Danny Mastrogiorgio as 'Frankie Carbone' and Makenzie Leigh as 'Liza'.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Gotham: Viper"...
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