Wednesday, June 4, 2014

NEWS BRIEF: Sebastian Roché, Alison Sweeney, Kelly Ripa, Kristolyn Lloyd, Jonathan Jackson, William Roache, David Gregory, Michael Muhney, Michelle Forbes

Sebastian Roché was married on June 1 with his former
General Hospital co-star, Ingo Rademacher, serving as best man.

* Sebastian Roché (Jerry Jacks on General Hospital) married longtime love Alicia Hannah in France on June 1. His former co-star, Ingo Rademacher (Jerry's brother, Jax), served as the best man. Rademacher shared a photo of himself and Roche before the wedding.

* After nearly 22 years playing Days of our Lives fan favorite Sami Brady, Alison Sweeney officially retired from the show last week, but not before one last scene. "All of a sudden I'm walking out on stage and there's this huge crowd of people," Sweeney, 37, tells PEOPLE of the surprise send-off members of the cast and crew put together for her. "I realized they were gathering for me. It was so amazing and so touching and special."

* ABC Family has put in development Rated P For Parenthood, a half-hour musical comedy chronicling the stages of modern-day parenting from former All My Children stars Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos' Milojo Prods. and writer-actress Jamie Denbo. The show is based on the stage musical comedy of the same name created by Sandy Rustin, with music and lyrics by Dan Lipton & David Rossmer, which had an off-Broadway run in 2012. Denbo will write the adaptation and exec produce with Ripa and Consuelos.

* Though still recurring as The Bold and the Beautiful's Dayzee, Kristolyn Lloyd will reprise her role as Heather Duke in the off-Broadway production of Heathers: The Musical. Lloyd takes over the role on June 9, a part which she played at The Hudson Theatre, Los Angeles, in 2013.

* Michael Muhney was reportedly spotted back on the set of The Young and the Restless. Muhney played the role of Adam Newman on the show until he was fired last December amid allegations that he sexually harassed 20-year-old co-star Hunter King on set.

* Nashville star Jonathan Jackson + Enation will make their national TV debut June 10th on The View, and June 11th on The Better Show on Better TV. They will be performing their new single, “Everything Is Possible,” from their upcoming fall 2014 album, due out on Loud & Proud Records.

* Former One Life to Live actor David Gregory is among the nominees at the upcoming Connecticut Critics Circle Awards.

* Original Coronation Street star William Roache headed back to the show. The 82-year-old’s character, Ken Barlow, is said to be part of a comic storyline when he returns to our screens in the summer following a year long break during which he was cleared of a list of historic sex offences.

* Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has confessed his biggest concern with Better Call Saul is that it might follow in the footsteps of another unsuccessful spinoff. "I am worried ... it may turn out this was a mistake to do this," Gilligan told his fellow directors at a Hollywood Reporter roundtable. "If it's 'After M.A.S.H' rather than 'Frasier' it won't be for a lack of hard work and wishful thinking, but you just don't know until the world takes it."

* Antiheroes were once the beloved crotchety truth-tellers on TV (think House), but today the average flawed protagonist is more likely to be of a much darker stripe. Breaking Bad and Dexter ushered in this wave a few years ago, as empathetic leads with a secret, driven by forces both external and internal to ever more heinous actions. But recent seasons have taken that a step further, offering even more grisly fare for audiences to chew on with the likes of Hannibal, The Blacklist, House of Cards and The Following.

* Neatorama counts down "The 25 Most Powerful TV Shows of the Last 25 Years" (Melrose Place is #2, Glee #6, Venice #17).

* A Game of Thrones language course (Living Language Dothraki: A Conversational Language Course Based on the Hit Original HBO Series Game of Thrones) is coming your way October 7.

* Showtime has put in development a 1980s rehab drama produced by Robert Downey Jr.

* With the cancellation of Arsenio Hall's show, late-night TV will once again be all white and all male.

* Brooklyn has become a hip place to shoot TV shows and movies. The wave of movie, advertising and especially television filming that has inundated the borough in recent years, glorifying its leafy neighborhoods and cultural cachet, has swept it into the mainstream, the big-budget and the touristy.

* Orphan Black star Michelle Forbes on Marion's weird arc: "Marion does get weirder and weirder over the next couple of episodes -- and I like that."

* The Originals has cast Sonja Sohn (The Wire) in the recurring season two role of Lenore, a powerful salt-of-the-Earth in New Orleans.

* Nigerian actor and filmmaker, Udoka Oyeka, has joined the cast of Africa’s biggest soap opera, Tinsel, in a major role. Udoka plays the character of Tsav who is the younger brother to Sheila (Ireti Doyle), older brother to Yaya (Beverly Naya) and the son of Yahimba (Taiwo Ajayi Lycett).

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