Judith Light Joins TNT’s Dallas!


This is going to be good! TVLine is reporting former One Life to Live and Ugly Betty star Judith Light has joined the second season of TNT’s hit series Dallas . Reportedly, she’ll portray the recurring role of “an authoritative and controlling battle-ax who will fight to the death to protect the people she loves. And for the people she loves, she uses every psychological trick in the book to make them do what she wants.”

TVLine doesn’t reveal which character Light will portray, but it speculates if she might play Ann Ewing’s (Brenda Strong) mother.
Could this dragon lady be the mother of Brenda Strong’s Ann Ewing? Seems like a safe bet, particularly in light of the imminent arrival of a character we’re guessing will turn out to be Ann’s estranged daughter.

Ugly Betty Says Goodbye Tonight


Tonight we say goodbye to ABC’s soaptastic Ugly Betty. During its four seasons the over-the-top dramady made America Ferrera a star and won her an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award, breathed new life into the careers of Vanessa Williams, Judith Light and Tony Plana and introduced us to Michael Uri, Mark Indelicato and Becki Newton. It also treated fans to a lot of laughs, shocking plot twists and more than a few catfights, all centered in the sensationalized world of MODE magazine. As Ugly Betty takes its final bow it’s important to remember its most important theme, it’s what’s inside each of us that matters most.

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America Ferrera Teams With P&G to Create Bilingual, Interactive MTV Telenovela


Ugly Betty may be finishing it's four-year run, but America Ferrera isn't out of the telenovela business just yet. According to Access Hollywood and The Hollywood Reporter, Ferrera has partnered with MTV, Ben Silverman's Electus shingle and Procter and Gamble Productions to develop a bilingual, interactive soap opera titled Pedro & Maria.

Ferrera will serve as one of the project's executive producers, along with Jarred Weisfeld and Ian Kleinert of Objective Entertainment. Quiara Alegria Hudes, who penned the Broadway smash In The Heights, will write the script and also serve as one of the show runners.

"The Latino population is an under-represented and under-served segment of the audience, and I am excited to help bring this relevant show to MTV," said David Janollari, executive vp, scripted development at MTV.
P&G is set to "lend creative support" to the project, according to THR, as well as create original commercials and branded entertainment projects for its health and beauty brands in conjunction with the project.

ATWT’s Terri Colombino and Colleen Zenk Pinter at ImaginOcean’s Opening Night



As the World Turns’ Terri Colombino (pictured above) and Colleen Zenk Pinter were among the many stars that turned out for the opening night of John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean on March 31 at New World Stages in New York City. ImaginOcean, a family friendly Off-Broadway tale, tells the story of Tank, Bubbles and Dorsel, three friends who go in search of treasure after discovering a treasure map. Other familiar faces at the opening night included former daytime diva Linda Dano, Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie and Tuc Watkins’ White’s Lies co-stars Betty Buckley and Peter Scolari.

Purchase ImaginOcean tickets at Broadway.com.

Watch the ImaginOcean trailer and see more photos from opening night after the jump.


BREAKING NEWS: Ugly Betty Gets Cancelled!

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According to Entertainment Weekly's  Michael Ausiello, Ugly Betty is getting the axe. Ausiello reports, the show's current season, its fourth, will be its last. Additionally,  ABC has cut the current 22 episodes down to just 20. In a joint statement to EW, Betty's showrunner Silvio Horta and ABC president Steve McPherson state,


We’ve mutually come to the difficult decision to make this Ugly Betty’s final season, and are announcing now as we want to allow the show ample time to write a satisfying conclusion. We are extremely proud of this groundbreaking series, and felt it was important to give the fans a proper farewell.
 

 

Vanessa Williams: “Thrilled To Be Hosting Daytime Emmys”


Vanessa Williams is looking forward to hosting the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards and is preparing an opening dance number to kick off the evening. Viewers will also see her doing a "special dance" with Dancing With the Stars runner-up Gilles Marini. Watch Williams' interview with ET Online after the jump.


Wishful Casting: Lawrence Saint-Victor as General Hospital’s Tommy Hardy



Hey brass at General Hospital, wanna a.) give the fans what they want in terms of more storylines featuring the hospital and b.) actually tell a storyline featuring people of color on your canvas as opposed to simply having them provide psychiatric counseling, prenatal advice and sassy commentary at the nurses' station? How about bringing back the character of Tom "Tommy" Hardy Jr. in the form of Guiding Light star and recent Ugly Betty guest Lawrence Saint-Victor?

As the son of Dr. Tom Hardy (last played by DAYS superstar Matt Ashford) and Tom's African-American ex-wife Dr. Simone Ravelle (last played by Felicia Bell), Tommy Hardy is a legacy character in the true definition of the word— the grandson of GH's first supercouple Dr. Steve (the late John Beradino) and Nurse Audrey (Rachel Ames), which makes Tommy a descendant of Port Charles' first family and a cousin to Elizabeth Webber (Rebecca Herbst).