Y&R and DAYS Stars Help Honor Bob Barker at Animal Defenders International Gala “Lion Ark Night”



Bob Barker, The Young and the Restless’ Kate Linder and Days of Our Lives’ James Reynolds were among the celebrities who gathered at a private home in the Hollywood Hills for the Animal Defenders International Gala “Lion Ark Night” on October 13. Barker and CSI’s Jorja Fox were honored at the event, which featured a preview of scenes from the upcoming film Lion Ark.  See more photos from the gala after the jump!



Sarah Brown to Guest on CSI



Former General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful, As The World Turns and Days of Our Lives star Sarah Brown will guest star on CSI’s 13th episode this season, according to TVLine. Reportedly, “Brown is guest-starring as Karen, the wife of a Seattle cop who is questioned about her relationship with Tom, whose best friend she dated in high school.”

Unforgettable and ex-Nip/Tuck star Dylan Walsh will also guest in the episode, though TVLine does not reveal if Walsh’s character and the Seattle serial killer Tom Cooley are the same. 

Photo of Dylan Walsh by PR Photos

Clementine Ford Gets Engaged


Former The Young and the Restless star Clementine Ford has wedding bells in her future. According to Soaps in Depth, the actress is engaged to Cyrus Wilcox, an actor. The couple attended the 19th Annual Race to Erase MS fundraiser, which was held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles on May 18. Recent Y&R guest Diana DeGarmo, La Toya Jackson and Ford’s mother Cybill Shepherd were among the various celebrities who turned out for the event. See more photos from the 19th Annual Race to Erase MS Fundraiser after the jump!.






DC Exclusive: Lonelygirl15 Heartthrob Jackson Davis Previews Tonight’s CSI Appearance



You can't have a conversation about how to make a web series successful without mentioning the monster hits Lonelygirl15 and its spinoff serials KateModern and LG15: The Resistance. Jackson Davis appeared in all three shows as Jonas, even taking center stage in the latter. Now the talented, drop dead gorgeous actor is living the life he could only dream about while growing up in rural Pennsylvania, thanks to his breakout success on the web.

Tonight, however, it's old school TV where you can find Davis, appearing on an episode of the much-watched CBS crime procedural CSI, as a dirty, sexy drug dealer who causes trouble for the crime scene investigators. I caught up with Davis, who revealed why he left the Navy to pursue his dreams of becoming an actor, and how the website
Amazon.com played a part in that development. We also talked about his upcoming web series Trauma Team, costarring an actress some of you might be familiar with. Her name is Eden Riegel.

Daytime Confidential:  Tell me a little bit about the character you're playing on tonight's CSI.

Jackson Davis: Well, he is a drug dealer and drug maker, and he and his partner are being kept under surveillance by the CSI team. The title of the episode is "The Panty Sniffer."

Photo by Jon McKee

CBS Procedurals Love Soap Stars



Martha Madison (ex-Belle, Days), Lindsay Hartley (Theresa, Passions) and Thad Luckinbill (J.T., Y&R) have all landed guest stints on CBS procedurals. We Love Soaps has the news:

Former PASSIONS star Lindsay Hartley will guest on the CBS hit CSI on Thursday, April 9.

Former DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Martha Madison will play Kate on the April 29 episode of the CBS drama CRIMINAL MINDS.

Meanwhile, on April 22, Y&R's Thad Luckinbill will be playing Connor Dunbrook, the son of Craig T. Nelson's character.




CBS Wants To Freeze Prime Time Stars’ Salaries



While daytime dramas might be among the hardest hit sectors in entertainment, the ripple effects continue to spread in prime time, too. Among the more high profile moves, NBC gave Jay Leno it's entire 10PM time slot block Mondays through Fridays starting this fall in an effort to save massive amounts of cash: The Tonight Show, which is expected to be the model for the "new" Leno show, costs about $2 million per week to produce compared to $35 million for a typical week's worth of prime time dramas.

Now comes news from Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello that CBS is basically asking its stars to not negotiate salary increases (in effect, a salary freeze) for some of the network's top tier shows:
CBS Paramount is asking the on-air talent on the majority of its dramas to forgo their annual raises and keep their salaries flat next season. (Multiyear contracts typically have standard yearly increases built in.) The unprecedented move, part of an overall cost-cutting measure, is an effort to keep budgets down at the CSIs, NCIS, Numb3rs, and their kin, and prevent further behind-the-scenes layoffs. (CBS dramas produced by outside studios -- i.e., Ghost Whisperer, The Mentalist, and Without a Trace -- won't be affected.)
The article then immediately brings up what I like to call "The Kim Zimmer Paradigm":