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Get Your First Look at Bryan Craig in His New Soap, Grand Hotel

As much as fans would love to see Bryan Craig back on General Hospital as Morgan Corinthos, the in-demand actor is too buy with yet another new project — he’s playing Javi in the new primetime soap Grand Hotel! Produced by Eva Longoria, the adaptation of a Spanish-language telenovela centers around the drama in the lives of the family who own a Miami Beach hotel and the staff who run it. The series won't be premiering until the fall, but you can get your first taste of the glamour, scandal, and sex coming your way — as well as a look at Craig as Javi — in this special teaser trailer! Craig has been snapping behind the scenes pics since he started work shooting the pilot, from some painful waxing to get himself picture perfect for the new role to on-set snaps with director Ken Olin and writer/producer Brian Tanen. There
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ABC Unveils 2018-19 Programming Slate

Coming on the heels of a tremendously successful 2017-18 season that boasts the No. 1 show on television (Roseanne), the No. 1 new drama (The Good Doctor) and the No. 1 reality show launch (American Idol), ABC announced its slate of programming for the 2018-19 season on Tuesday

"We enter the new season bolstered by success and the stability that it affords us," said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. "The new shows we unveil today strengthen an already-vibrant schedule of some of the best television has to offer. These shows, with their compelling characters and aspirational storytelling, will keep our momentum going."

ABC's fall prime-time schedule is as follows (all times listed are Eastern/Pacific).

Monday

8:00 p.m. Dancing with the Stars

10:00 p.m. The Good Doctor

Tuesday

8:00 p.m. Roseanne

8:30 p.m. The Kids Are Alright

9:00 p.m. black-ish

9:30 p.m. Splitting Up Together

10:00 p.
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‘Grand Hotel’: Anne Winters & Bryan Craig Cast In ABC Drama Pilot

Tyrant alumna Anne Winters and Bryan Craig (Valor) have booked series regular roles on ABC drama pilot Grand Hotel, from Eva Longoria, Brian Tanen and ABC Studios. Written by Tanen based on a Spanish format and directed by Ken Olin, Grand Hotel is a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel, centering on the family who owns the business, the staff who run it and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior. Winters will play Ingrid, a…
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‘Grand Hotel’ Books Wendy Raquel Robinson & Shalim Ortiz; Sawyer Barth Joins Tim Doyle Comedy Pilot

Former The Game star Wendy Raquel Robinson and Heroes alum Shalim Ortiz have booked series regular roles on ABC drama pilot Grand Hotel, from Eva Longoria, Brian Tanen and ABC Studios. Written by Tanen based on a Spanish format and directed by Ken Olin, Grand Hotel is a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel, centering on the family who owns the business, the staff who run it and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior. Robinson…
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Demian Bichir to Star in Eva Longoria’s ABC Drama Pilot ‘Grand Hotel’

Academy Award nominee Demian Bichir has been cast as the male lead in ABC’s “Grand Hotel” drama pilot, Variety has learned.

The project is described as a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel. It will center around the family who owns the business, the staff who run it, and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior. It is based on the Spanish series “Gran Hotel.”

In his first broadcast TV role, Bichir will play Gonzalo Cardenas, described as the handsome and charismatic owner of the Grand Riviera Hotel. Gonzalo’s super-power is his charm.
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Chris Warren Books ‘Grand Hotel’; Alexander Sokovikov Joins ‘Staties’

Chris Warren (The Fosters) has booked a series regular role on ABC drama pilot Grand Hotel, from Eva Longoria, Brian Tanen and ABC Studios. Written by Tanen based on a Spanish format and directed by Ken Olin, Grand Hotel is a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel, centering on the family who owns the business, the staff who run it and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior. Warren will play Jason. Kind, funny and friends with…
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‘Devious Maids’ Star Roselyn Sanchez Joins ABC Drama Pilot ‘Grand Hotel’

‘Devious Maids’ Star Roselyn Sanchez Joins ABC Drama Pilot ‘Grand Hotel’
Roselyn Sanchez has been cast in a lead role in the upcoming ABC drama pilot “Grand Hotel,” Variety has learned.

The project is described as a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel. It will center around the family who owns the business, the staff who run it, and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior. It is based on the Spanish series “Gran Hotel.”

Sanchez will star as Gigi Cardenas, who is described as the embodiment of “Miami glamour.” She is impossibly stylish with a flare for excess. Unapologetically fabulous but never frivolous, she’s smart, cunning, and fiercely loyal to her twin daughters. She’s the hotel owner’s second wife but never considers herself “second” at anything.

Sanchez previously starred in the Lifetime series “Devious Maids.” That series was executive produced by Eva Longoria, who is also executive producing “Grand Hotel.” Sanchez also had
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‘Grand Hotel’: Roselyn Sanchez To Star In ABC Drama Pilot, Ken Olin To Direct

Former Devious Maids executive producers Eva Longoria and Brian Tanen have recruited one of the series’ stars, Roselyn Sanchez, as the female lead of their ABC drama pilot Grand Hotel. Ken Olin (This Is Us) has been tapped to direct the pilot, from ABC Studios. Written by Tanen based on a Spanish format, Grand Hotel is a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel, centering on the family who owns the business, the staff who run it and the explosive…
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Celebrities Show Support for Olympic Skater Adam Rippon

Celebrities Show Support for Olympic Skater Adam Rippon
As 2018 Winter Olympics get underway and the eyes of the world are trained on the South Korean county of Pyeongchang, Hollywood seems to have chosen figure skater Adam Rippon as the (possible) favorite athlete of Team USA.

On Sunday night, Rippon made his Olympic debut, performing a difficult routine by landing two triple axels. He received the bronze medal. Despite delivering an energizing performance, Rippon placed lower than Russian skater Mikhail Kolyada and Canadian skater Patrick Chan, both of whom fell during their routines while Rippon did not. Many viewers believed that Rippon was robbed of the gold by the judges, to which Rippon responded on “Good Morning America” by saying “I think we need to get those people who think that I was ripped off on a judging panel immediately, maybe before the individual competition.”

Former NFL player Colin Cole shared his ire with the results on Twitter, saying “Adam Rippon got ripped off (pun intended
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NBC Sets Advisors, Submission Process for Female Forward Directors Initiative

NBC has assembled an advisory council and submission process for its Female Forward director development program.

The Peacock in August launched the effort to give promising female directors a shot at directing their first episodes of scripted TV. Submissions for one of 10 slots in the program for the 2018-19 season are open today through Jan. 17 via the NBCFemaleForward.com website. The program is overseen by NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke and Lesli Linka Glatter, one of television’s most in-demand directors.

Female Forward will pair participants with one of 10 NBC scripted series. Participants will shadow a director for up to three episodes, with a commitment from the network to direct one episode later in the season. The goal is to bring more women into the pool of helmers by establishing a framework help good candidates overcome the hurdle of landing that first assignment.

The advisory council members are: Norberto Barba (“Mayans Mc”), Ruben Fleischer (“Superstore”), Liz Friedlander (“Conviction
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Atx Festival Sets Reunions for 'Nash Bridges' Writers Room, 'Thirtysomething' (Exclusive)

The seventh edition of the Atx Television Festival is starting to take shape.

A Nash Bridges writers room reunion has been added to the lineup for the annual event, which is set to run June 7-10, 2018. Confirmed talent includes creator Carlton Cuse (Lost), Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead), John Wirth (Hell on Wheels), Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and Pam Veasey (CSI: NY).

Additionally, thirtysomething creators Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick have come onboard the previously announced reunion of the show, which was pushed back from last year's festival due to scheduling issues. The duo join previously announced castmembers Ken Olin, Timothy...
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Exclusive: Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore React to 'This Is Us' Season 2 Premiere's 'Powerful' Final Scene

Exclusive: Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore React to 'This Is Us' Season 2 Premiere's 'Powerful' Final Scene
Warning: Spoiler alert! Do not proceed if you haven’t watched the This Is Us season two premiere. If you have, read our recap, then come on back and hear what the stars had to say…

Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore are speaking out about the devastating final scene in the This Is Us season two premiere.

In Tuesday's episode, a huge piece of the puzzle to how Jack died was revealed in the last minutes of the show's return. After the Pearson patriarch admitted to secretly battling alcoholism, Rebecca demanded he "get in the car" so they could fight it together. “In a few months from now, everything will be back to normal," Rebecca assured Jack. The scene transitioned to a moment -- presumably several months later -- with Rebecca alone in the car and Jack's possessions in a plastic bag, as she drove up to the family home, which had just
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Sterling K. Brown Finishes Emmy Speech Backstage After Being Cut Off During Show (Watch)

Sterling K. Brown Finishes Emmy Speech Backstage After Being Cut Off During Show (Watch)
Sterling K. Brown made history on Sunday night, becoming the first African American to win best actor at the Emmys in 19 years for his emotional performance in NBC’s “This Is Us.” But then his acceptance speech was unceremoniously cut off during CBS’ live telecast.

You can play. You can play,” he said to the Emmys’ house band. “Nobody got that loud music.”

After his mic was turned off, the 41 year-old actor tried to finish his speech to the cheers of the Microsoft Theater audience, but the attempt proved unsuccessful.

When asked by a reporter backstage if he’d like to finish his acceptance speech, the 41 year-old actor happily obliged.

“You know what? I wouldn’t mind finishing, thank you for the invitation,” he said.

“I wanted to thank our writers,” the actor began. “A show doesn’t get seven acting nominations without some impeccable, beautiful, thoughtful writing. You guys are our life’s blood, so
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This Is Us' Sterling K. Brown: How His Emmys Speech Should Have Ended

This Is Us' Sterling K. Brown: How His Emmys Speech Should Have Ended
When the Emmys Powers That Be decided that Sterling K. Brown‘s acceptance speech had gone on too long Sunday, the orchestra’s volume rose until the This Is Us star was effectively played off stage.

But Brown, who took home the trophy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, wasn’t going out like that.

Backstage, in the press room, he was able to finish the speech that was drowned out during the telecast. Here’s what you didn’t hear:

I wanted to thank our writers. A show doesn’t get seven acting nominations without some impeccable,
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‘This Is Us’ Season 2 Adds Sylvester Stallone in Guest Starring Role

‘This Is Us’ Season 2 Adds Sylvester Stallone in Guest Starring Role
Sylvester Stallone will appear in “This Is Us” Season 2, series showrunner Dan Fogelman revealed Thursday at the TCA summer press tour.

Stallone will appear in a guest starring role opposite Justin Hartley’s character as a co-star in his new film within the series. Stallone previously appeared with “This Is Us” star Milo Ventimiglia in the 2006 film “Rocky Balboa,” though it is doubtful the two will share any screentime in the NBC series due to its multiple timelines.

Fogelman told reporters that Stallone is only currently booked for one episode, but “It’s a big part,” he said.

“It’s a war period film that Justin is starring in,” said Fogelman. “Stallone is coming in as himself in the show but playing a character in the film who’s a mentor figure who starts bringing up some stuff for Justin’s character involving Jack and his relationship with his own father.”

Fogelman
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Zoo Sneak Peek: Can Jackson and the Part-Human Abendegos Make Nice?

Zoo Sneak Peek: Can Jackson and the Part-Human Abendegos Make Nice?
This week on CBS’ Zoo, there is something Jackson Oz needs from the part-human hybrid named Abendegos — but will he be able to get it?

RelatedBilly Burke Hails Zoo as ‘The Wackiest Show on Television’

In the above sneak peek from the episode “Oz Is Oz” (airing Thursday at 10/9c), Jackson (played by James Wolk) needs to procure some spinal fluid from the captured creature, and he is fully prepared to go mano-a-whatever to obtain it. Dariela meanwhile is ready to offer cover fire if things get out of hand. But will they? Press play above to see how Jackson’s mission plays out.
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Rep Sheet Roundup: 'This Is Us' Ep Ken Olin Signs With Wme

Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact rebecca.sun@thr.com.

Still Thirtysomething

This Is Us executive producer Ken Olin has signed with Wme. The television veteran, who also has helmed a few episodes of the NBC breakout drama, previously served as Ep for shows including Sleepy Hollow, Brothers & Sisters and Alias. He continues to be represented by Jackoway Tyerman.

Wme also has added Groundswell Productions vp Hilary Zaitz Michael as an agent in literary packaging. At Groundwell, Michael oversaw series including Hulu’s...
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Exclusive: Why Sterling K. Brown Is Keeping It All in Perspective

Exclusive: Why Sterling K. Brown Is Keeping It All in Perspective
Sterling K. Brown isn’t used to being in demand.

“Busy. That’s the most apt description I can come up with, and busy is good,” Brown says of his life over the past whirlwind year and a half. The actor is speaking to Et by phone from a car on his way to the airport to catch a flight from New York City, where he’s just wrapped a photo shoot, to return to Vancouver set of the upcoming Predator reboot.

It’s been nearly a decade and a half, Brown says, “of showing up and saying your lines and then going on to the next project, hoping that one job moves into the next. But this has been a situation where people actually want to hear what I think. This is all still new.”

Emmys 2017: The Standout Performances on TV

His Emmy-winning portrayal of prosecutor Christopher Darden on The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story anointed
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Milo Ventimiglia Reveals His Favorite Theory About Jack’s Death On ‘This Is Us’

Actor Milo Ventimiglia has revealed his favorite fan theory about This Is Us character Jack’s death. At the Atx TV Festival This Is Us panel, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke and executive producer/director Ken Olin were onstage with Ventimiglia. “Miguel killed him,” he said about Jack during a panel discussion at the festival. “I enjoyed that one just […]

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‘Alias’ Secrets Revealed: Talk of a Reunion, Where Jennifer Garner’s Red Hair Came From, and Why No Spin-Off

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‘Alias’ Secrets Revealed: Talk of a Reunion, Where Jennifer Garner’s Red Hair Came From, and Why No Spin-Off
No Jennifer Garner, no “Alias.”

That’s the general consensus among the writers who led the charge during the five-season run of “Alias.” Josh Appelbaum, who served as a co-executive producer on the show, said, “it would be amazing to do it. The right idea would have to come. We’ve all talked to J.J. [Abrams] about it.”

But, between that or an “Alias” spinoff, one thing is key: Garner would have to be there in the iconic role of Sydney Bristow. “It felt that if it wasn’t Jen, it wasn’t ‘Alias.'”

Appelbaum was one of several “Alias” writers on stage Saturday at the Atx Television Festival to recount the show’s history.

The panel kicked off with the unlikely story of how Sydney sported bright red hair at the start of “Alias.” Apparently executive producer Abrams (who didn’t make it out to Austin) knew he
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