Paleyfest brings 'Glee', 'Arrow', 'The Good Wife' closer to fans

January 26, 2015
From Examiner: 'The Flash',' Arrow', 'Glee', 'Teen Wolf' more coming to Paleyfest 2015

The Paley Center for Media announced its full line up and dates for its annual, which is held every year in Hollywood –at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Olivia and Hannah may not meet, but the two shows that the characters are from are sharing a Sunday. “Scandal” and “Girls” will each present panels on March 8, as well as an audience Q&A so that fans can get insight into the actor’s point-of-view about their characters and the writers and producers who bring them to life.
Also coming to Paleyfest for the first time when CW’s shows “Arrow” and “The Flash” join together for a joint panel to coincide with their show’s crossing storylines.
The festival leads off the event with the Claire Danes vehicle “Homeland” and finishes off with “Jane The Virgin” and “American Horror Story: Freak Show.”
In a nod to the end of the iconic series, “Glee,” will have their final Paleyfest before it ends in March.
The full schedule is listed below:
March 6: Opening: Homeland 7:00 p.m.
March 7: A Salute to Comedy Central 12:00 p.m.:
Broad City
Key & Peele
Kroll Show
Workaholics
March 7: The Good Wife 8:00 p.m.
March 8: Girls 1:00 p.m.
March 8: Scandal 7:00 p. m.
March 11: Teen Wolf 7:00 p.m.
March 12: Outlander 7:00 p.m.
March 13: Glee 7:00 p.m.
March 14: Arrow & The Flash 4:00 p.m.
March 14: Modern Family 8:00 p.m.
March 15: Jane The Virgin 4:00 p.m.
March 15: Closing: American Horror Story: Freak Show 8:00 p.m.
For more information and tickets: Paleyfest
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Stephen Amell of 'Arrow' supports F&ck Cancer charity

January 19, 2015
Stephen Amell (star of The CW hit series Arrow) recently partnered with Represent (http://www.represent.com), a rapidly growing platform for creating and selling custom merchandise, to generate $947,380 in sales in support of the F&ck Cancer http://fcancerevents.com charity. The campaign initially lasted three weeks and sold 21,351 shirts, but was re-launched for 48 hours due to overwhelming demand from Stephen Amell’s fans. An additional 24,000 T-shirts were sold during the two-day re-launch at the end of October, surpassing the 21,351 sold in the first three weeks. All profits from the campaign were donated to charity directly by Stephen Amell.

“People have been really interested in the charitable endeavors that I have been a part of,” said Amell during a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal. “The folks at F&ck Cancer approached me back in August and connected me with Represent.com. They are a really interesting, forward-thinking company that helps you design a T-shirt and then put it up for sale to help out charitable causes…I’m going to work with Represent.com in the future, we don’t know what we are going to do yet, but I can assure people there will not be an expletive on the T-shirt.”

In defiance of the disease and to honor his mother’s successful battle against breast cancer, Amell partnered with F&ck Cancer to sell the T-shirts, which are emblazoned with a note stating “F&ck Cancer” proudly placed on his forehead. The campaign’s bold nature was a monumental success and eclipsed Represent’s previous record of 8,101 “Drum-off” T-shirts sold by Will Ferrell and Chad Smith through Represent earlier this year.
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Conan O'Brien's Team Coco YouTube channel reaches 1 billion views

Go Conan! Conan O'Brien and his Team Coco celebrates season four of their YouTube channel with Season Four Supercut which will be streamed exclusively on the channel.

Conan O'Brien and his "Team Coco" YouTube channel continues to grown based on the popularity of O'Brien, his late night talk show and has surpassed 1 billion views on YouTube. The channel, which features clips from TBS's popular late night series "Conan," along with internet-exclusive music and comedy, has also reached more than 2.2 million subscribers.

To celebrate its achievement, Team Coco is premiering its beloved annual "Supercut" exclusively on YouTube.com. The "Season 4 Supercut," a hilarious and innovative five-minute mashup video, features some of the best moments from the past year of CONAN on TBS.

Check the channel out here:




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Eva Longoria heads to NBC with comedy series 'Telenovela'

Eva Longoria is returning to TV in a new comedy series for NBC called “Telenovela.” NBC has ordered 13 episodes of the singlecam comedy in which  Longoria will executive produce in and star and be executive produced by actress. “Telenovela” will tell the hilarious behind-the-scenes craziness of a popular Spanish telenovela.

At the head of the series is Longoria's character, Ana Maria, the star of Latin America's most beloved telenovela. Ana tries to stay on top in a world where the drama on-camera is nothing compared to the drama off-camera.

Longoria is best known for her role as Gabrielle Solis on the long-running ABC series “Desperate Housewives” which ran for eight seasons and also starred on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Simpsons,” “George Lopez” and “The Young and the Restless.” Longoria also produces the hit Lifetime drama, "Devious Maids."


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Interview: a few minutes with Crystal Hunt of 'Queens of Drama'

January 16, 2015
Cr: POP
(This interview  was originally published on Examiner.com on January 16, 2015.) -- “Queens of Drama” is a docu-series coming to Pop (formerly TVGN) and features daytime and prime time soaps stars as they attempt to produce a new prime time serial drama to star in. The actresses will work on producing their own show from concept to developing the show and to come out with a pilot at the end of the season's episodes.
The “drama” in the title is in their famous profession and how they move around in the business world and not their personal lives as the name might imply. The series will feature stars, Donna Mills, Vanessa Marcil, Lindsay Hartley,Crystal Hunt, Hunter Tylo and Chrystee Pharris.
Daytime TV Examiner caught with Hunt this last week to find out how she got involved in the project and gave a look at what to expect. The busy actress pulled double duty, having shot the upcoming “Magic Mike XXL” in Savannah and “Queens of Drama” in Los Angeles.
Check out the interview with Hunt below:
Phyllis: Hi Crystal. I’ve been watching you on Daytime for years I feel like I know you. I know people still recognize you from “Guiding Light” and “One Life to Live.” Are you still being called by your characters names?
Crystal Hunt: I’d much rather have that than when I was on “Guiding Light” and people would be cursing my character on the street and saying “You need to come to Jesus… - calling me trash and what not…I would have to tell them all “My God, that's not really me.”
Phyllis: I guess it shows how passionate the fans are...
Crystal Hunt: And how convincing you are
Phyllis: Now “Queens of Drama,” tell me how you decided to do this show at this time?
Crystal Hunt: I was actually producing my first feature with my best friend Dania Ramirez, who as you know, is on “Devious Maids.” We’ve know each other since we were twelve. And way back, we used to say “When we get famous. we need to make our own movies.” It’s funny because I don’t even think that we are and that we think that we think that now. But we said, “Hey it's time. We can figure it out, put the money together and just do it. So we are out in the woods, filming in the middle of nowhere and living out of an RV. They contacted me and said would you be interested in doing this, so the concept of putting on makeup and not looking like a producer who’s been out in the middle of nowhere was appealing. So I thought, I had to get it together and get internet somehow so I can Skype. Knowing that Donna Mills had signed on, I know what kind of respect she has in this industry. The fact that she was on board, said a lot. I know there are a lot of non-scripted that can be scary and a nightmare. They can edit it to no end and turn it into something it’s not. The fact that she was game really was the deciding factor for me.
Phyllis: How would you describe it to an audience who might have one motion of what scripted is and if it’s different from this, and what it is to you?
Crystal Hunt: Ours is a group of strong women from daytime and prime time dramas. We really just… everybody’s got their own work ethic and ideas. The one thing is, there’s not one lazy one. We’re very strong we are. We’re working together for a common goal. We all want to pull our weight and we wanted to put something together that we might not have had the opportunity. When you all want something so badly, regardless to what you think of each other, we happen to really like each other. There’s so many generations here, but when you are working together for a common goal, nothing else really is a factor. You start to learn how each person works, how they work better or differently, what my strong suit is, versus Vanessa’s…it’s really been great. It’s exciting.
Phyllis: How well did you know any of the ladies when you took this project on?
Crystal Hunt: We really didn’t. The Daytime community, obviously, has such a small community that we’d see each other at events and have met in passing, but not really. The only two that really knew each other was Linsey and Chrystee because they were both on “Passions.” It’s been awesome.
Phyllis: What can audiences’ expect? Will they laugh a lot? Will they cry a lot? Will they be shocked?
Crystal Hunt: I think there will be a lot of “Oohh” and “Oh Man” when it comes to commercial. “I can’t wait to find out what happens when they come back.” I think there will be a lot of suspense. I think there is definitely some laughs. Naturally there was a lot of comedy amongst us. There’s no way that can be edited out. There will also be some real moments that people will be able to relate to. In the entire series, there are real moments. Just the bones of who each of us are, it will really let people connected to who we are.
Phyllis: What will a typical episode look like? Will you be on auditions, producing, having production meetings? What will the episodes show us in a sense?
Crystal Hunt: There really isn’t one that’s alike. The one thing that’s consistent in each episode is, each little step along the way that we have to check off is when we are shown together. We go on our road trips. We go to Donna’s house, there’s always different venues… we spent time together just like everybody else. That’s the one thing that’s common in all the episodes. Different groups of us will be paired up each time doing different little tasks that need to be done. It’s really fun. Hopefully, we’ll get a season two and be able to do it all again.
“Queens of Drama” premieres in April on Pop.“Queens of Drama” is a docu-series coming to Pop (formerly TVGN) and features daytime and prime time soaps stars as they attempt to produce a new prime time serial drama to star in. The actresses will work on producing their own show from concept to developing the show and to come out with a pilot at the end of the season's episodes.
The “drama” in the title is in their famous profession and how they move around in the business world and not their personal lives as the name might imply. The series will feature stars, Donna Mills, Vanessa Marcil, Lindsay Hartley,Crystal Hunt, Hunter Tylo and Chrystee Pharris.
Daytime TV Examiner caught with Hunt this last week to find out how she got involved in the project and gave a look at what to expect. The busy actress pulled double duty, having shot the upcoming “Magic Mike XXL” in Savannah and “Queens of Drama” in Los Angeles.
Check out the interview with Hunt below:
Phyllis: Hi Crystal. I’ve been watching you on Daytime for years I feel like I know you. I know people still recognize you from “Guiding Light” and “One Life to Live.” Are you still being called by your characters names?
Crystal Hunt: I’d much rather have that than when I was on “Guiding Light” and people would be cursing my character on the street and saying “You need to come to Jesus… - calling me trash and what not…I would have to tell them all “My God, that's not really me.”
Phyllis: I guess it shows how passionate the fans are...
Crystal Hunt: And how convincing you are
Phyllis: Now “Queens of Drama,” tell me how you decided to do this show at this time?
Crystal Hunt: I was actually producing my first feature with my best friend Dania Ramirez, who as you know, is on “Devious Maids.” We’ve know each other since we were twelve. And way back, we used to say “When we get famous. we need to make our own movies.” It’s funny because I don’t even think that we are and that we think that we think that now. But we said, “Hey it's time. We can figure it out, put the money together and just do it. So we are out in the woods, filming in the middle of nowhere and living out of an RV. They contacted me and said would you be interested in doing this, so the concept of putting on makeup and not looking like a producer who’s been out in the middle of nowhere was appealing. So I thought, I had to get it together and get internet somehow so I can Skype. Knowing that Donna Mills had signed on, I know what kind of respect she has in this industry. The fact that she was on board, said a lot. I know there are a lot of non-scripted that can be scary and a nightmare. They can edit it to no end and turn it into something it’s not. The fact that she was game really was the deciding factor for me.
Phyllis: How would you describe it to an audience who might have one motion of what scripted is and if it’s different from this, and what it is to you?
Crystal Hunt: Ours is a group of strong women from daytime and prime time dramas. We really just… everybody’s got their own work ethic and ideas. The one thing is, there’s not one lazy one. We’re very strong we are. We’re working together for a common goal. We all want to pull our weight and we wanted to put something together that we might not have had the opportunity. When you all want something so badly, regardless to what you think of each other, we happen to really like each other. There’s so many generations here, but when you are working together for a common goal, nothing else really is a factor. You start to learn how each person works, how they work better or differently, what my strong suit is, versus Vanessa’s…it’s really been great. It’s exciting.
Phyllis: How well did you know any of the ladies when you took this project on?
Crystal Hunt: We really didn’t. The Daytime community, obviously, has such a small community that we’d see each other at events and have met in passing, but not really. The only two that really knew each other was Linsey and Chrystee because they were both on “Passions.” It’s been awesome.
Phyllis: What can audiences’ expect? Will they laugh a lot? Will they cry a lot? Will they be shocked?
Crystal Hunt: I think there will be a lot of “Oohh” and “Oh Man” when it comes to commercial. “I can’t wait to find out what happens when they come back.” I think there will be a lot of suspense. I think there is definitely some laughs. Naturally there was a lot of comedy amongst us. There’s no way that can be edited out. There will also be some real moments that people will be able to relate to. In the entire series, there are real moments. Just the bones of who each of us are, it will really let people connected to who we are.
Phyllis: What will a typical episode look like? Will you be on auditions, producing, having production meetings? What will the episodes show us in a sense?
Crystal Hunt: There really isn’t one that’s alike. The one thing that’s consistent in each episode is, each little step along the way that we have to check off is when we are shown together. We go on our road trips. We go to Donna’s house, there’s always different venues… we spent time together just like everybody else. That’s the one thing that’s common in all the episodes. Different groups of us will be paired up each time doing different little tasks that need to be done. It’s really fun. Hopefully, we’ll get a season two and be able to do it all again.
“Queens of Drama” premieres in April on Pop.
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First poster for 'Better Call Saul' released

January 3, 2015
The producers of "Better Call Saul," the prequel to the mega hit series "Breaking Bad", have released he first teaser poster for the show. Set six years before Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, became Walter White’s lawyer. In "Better Call Saul," Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. He has a unique and sometimes antagonistic relationship with Mike Erhmantraut (Jonathan Banks) who appeared in "Breaking Bad." The series will track Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Goodman.

Michael McKean, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian and Michael Mando also star.

"Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan created the show with fellow "Breaking Bad" writer and producer Peter Gould. The show, which will have a ten episode season, has already been approved for a 13 episode season.

Better Call Saul Season 1 Poster AMC
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