Another Daytime Soap Alum Cast in Nashville Pilot



Santa Barbara alum and former Without a Trace star Eric Close is the latest actor with daytime roots to join the cast of the ABC pilot Nashville. According to Deadline, he will play the husband of fading country superstar Rayna James.  Former Guiding Light and Heroes star Hayden Panettiere and ex-General Hospital star Jonathan Jackson have already joined the pilot’s cast. 

RELATED: Guiding Light, One Life to Live Alum Hayden Panettiere to Get Her Honky Tonky on in 'Nashville' Pilot | General Hospital's Jonathan Jackson Cast as a "Sexy, Bad Boy Musician" in ABC's Country Music Soap Pilot! 

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Alicia Leigh Willis on Without a Trace “Season” Finale


Alicia Leigh Willis (Courtney "The Kung Fu Barbie" Matthews, General Hospital) is on the "season" finale of Without A Trace. According to Entertainment Weekly, CBS cancelled Without A Trace today. It looks as if its season finale may be series finale.

UPDATE: Willis isn't the only actor making am appearance on Without A Trace tonight. Nicholas Brendon, of Buffy the Vampire fame, also appeared in the episode. More pictures after the jump. 

Vanessa Marcil on Without A Trace: The Story Guza Can’t Tell Until The Day Marcil Returns to General Hospital



If Guza watched tonight's episode of Without A Trace there must be a whole lot of weeping and gnashing of teeth going on at one Port Charles Lane. There Vanessa Marcil was caught up in a mob related storyline, pulling a gun on a FBI agent, running for her life from the mafia and in the preview for next week's preview she sleeps with the FBI agent she pulled the gun on. It was a Guza fantasy come to life in primetime. I won't spoil the twist at the end of the episode for those who haven't watched it yet, but it should have fans tuning back in next week to find out what happens. More pictures after the jump.

Vanessa Marcil on Without a Trace



Here's a look at Vanessa Marcil's upcoming appearance on Without a Trace. Check out TVGuide's take on what's coming up for the CBS crime drama:

On "Heartbeats," airing March 31, the agents have suspects galore when a Russian matchmaker disappears. On "Hard Landing," airing April 7, Vanessa Marcil continues her run as Martin's love interest, as the agents search for a billionaire's son whose plane crashes in the woods.

In other Without a Trace (and Cold Case) news, Michael Ausiello is reporting possible trouble for the procedurals.

Multiple sources confirm that cost-conscious CBS has informed the producers of Without a Trace and Cold Case that the long-running procedurals are facing possible cancellation come May.

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":

Vanessa Marcil: Everywhere BUT General Hospital



Another day, another Vanessa Marcil casting that is not a return to General Hospital. Michael Ausiello has the exclusive scoop at EW.com.

In what is sure to silence those General Hospital comeback rumors (at least temporarily), Vanessa Marcil is joining CBS' Without a Trace for a multi-episode arc, sources confirm to me exclusively.

According to Ausiello, Vanessa is playing a social worker who MAY turn into a love interest for Martin. Marcil's appearance on Without A Trace kicks off on the show's 17th epsiode airing sometime in March.

Thanks to Keith for the tip.