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NBC Banishes Smash to Saturday Nights


Forget Broadway curses, it seems Smash will suffer the ultimate NBC malediction of being moved to Saturday nights. According to The Huffington Post, Smash is getting pulled off The Peacock's Tuesday stage and relegated to the Saturday chorus line beginning April 6. 
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PC #64: Scandalous Anatomy in Dallas

On today’s Pop Confidential podcast Jamey Giddens, Luke Kerr and Regan Cellura dish the latest pop culture, movie, music, TV headlines and storylines, including:

Donald Trump and Bill Maher face off, again, over birth certificates. Los Angeles' D.A. wants to revoke Chris Brown’s probation.

Beyonce rocks the Super Bowl halftime show and reunites with bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child.

30 Rock ends its run on NBC, as The Office prepares to say goodbye too. Smash returns for its second season after cleaning house. The Earl of Grantham and Countess of Grantham’s marriage continues to crumble beneath the death of their daughter Lady Sybil on Downton Abbey

With Larry Hagman’s death causing Dallas to write off J.R., does TNT’s drama need to bring Victoria Principal back as Pamela Barnes Ewing? Spencer finds out Toby is an A on Pretty Little Liars. Jamey is still in love with NBC’s Deception. Which “on the bubble” shows could be cancelled soon? Secrets shake Scandal on ABC. Regan isn’t happy with Grey’s Anatomy, but Luke and Jamey are loving it.

Tim McGraw releases a new album and Warm Bodies tops the Box Office.

All this and much more on today’s Pop Confidential podcast! 

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Watch Winter Premiere of Smash Before it Airs on NBC!

NBC’s Broadway-set drama Smash may not officially return until Feb. 5, but fans of the musical soap can now watch the winter premiere online! Watch the first hour of Smash's two-hour midseason premiere, featuring Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, at NBC.com!

Soap Stars a' Plenty Spotted at NBC’s 2013 Winter TCA Presentation! (PHOTOS)

Days of Our Lives’ Alison Sweeney and former General Hospital star Claire Coffee were two of the current and former soap stars who participated in NBC’s 2013 Winter TCA Presentation on January 6.  Sweeney hosts NBC's long-running reality hit The Biggest Loser; while Coffee is among the stars of Grimm.

Former Days of Our Lives star Lisa Rinna was also on hand, since she’s returning for the upcoming season of Celebrity Apprentice. See more photos from NBC’s TCA Press Tour event after the jump! READ MORE

EXCLUSIVE: Brian Gaskill Keeps It Real About Soaps and Giving Back to Children


Daytime vet Brian Gaskill recently held an event for a good cause.  This past May, he was named the director of Garden State Players’ (a non-profit theater company in New Jersey) inaugural summer theater camp.  Celebrating his new spoken word poetry album, Make It Real, Gaskill held an intimate reading at Keyport’s luxe Trinty Resturant, a staple of the quaint Bayshore town.  Proceeds from this night of poetry went to help fund the company’s production of  Footloose.  The musical’s profits will then go towards benefitting a local children’s hospital.  
 
I chatted with the Models, Inc., All My Children, Port Charles, Guiding Light, As The World Turns and The Bold and the Beautiful alum before he took the stage to perform the material in front of an audience for the first time. Gaskill shared the details of his new gig, as well as what he thinks about the current state of television, and the fan efforts to resurrect daytime soaps.
 
Daytime Confidential:  How did you become involved with Garden State Players?
 
Brian GaskillLauren [Raad], who runs it, is somebody I went to high school with.  She was actually a freshman when I was a senior at the performing arts school at Red Bank. I had started posting stuff on Facebook of these pamphlets that I made up in trying to pursue teaching.  ‘Cause I’ve done it at Red Bank Regional, and other places; I’ve had other workshops at places. When she saw this thing in this organized fashion, and I started to put it up there, she said, “Hey why don’t you come back home to New Jersey and teach for the summer?  We want to start a school for the theater company,” and I was just excited about it.  I wasn’t sure I was going to come at first, but then I decided that [I could] continue [to] do what I’m doing, and could pursue my career, but also broaden my life.  In the sense that when I’m waiting for other jobs, I don’t want to be a waiter, who’s you know, it’s okay to do that, but I’m 42 and I have other things to offer the world, and I love working with kids. I just always wanted to make it [teaching] a part of my life.  Even when I just did it—showing up and helping places, being there for kids, especially for high school—it is something that I’ve always been drawn to.  So, it’s just being part of an artistic community, and starting with her company at the ground floor and helping build it up to do more.  Right now they’re doing Footloose, but then in the future to do more original productions, and make it a real theater company, and help be a part of it. 
 
DC:  You grew up around here, right?
 
BG:  I did.  I grew up in Neptune and Ocean Grove, and I was bussed to Red Bank.  READ MORE