I tell you what, doing Wishful Castings ain't as easy as they used to be! With only four daily soaps left on broadcast TV, and two returning online, we're quickly getting to the point where literally everyone has appeared on every soap.
For the upcoming recast of Lulu Spencer Falconeri on General Hospital, I decided to go out of the daytime soap box. While GH fans have been tweeting and Facebooking me names like Stephanie Gatschet (ex-Tammy, Guiding Light; ex-Madison, All My Children), Martha Madison (ex-Belle, Days of Our Lives; ex-Liz, General Hospital), Jessica Morris (ex-Jen, One Life to Live) and even Jen Lilley (ex-Maxie, GH), none of those ex-soap stars really speak "Lulu" to me. READ MORE
One Live to Live alum Tika Sumpter isn't letting any grass grow under her feet. Sumpter has landed a role in one of OWN and Tyler Perry's scripted series. Oprah Winfrey made the announcement herself on Twitter stating:
New Star in the making @iamtikasumpter All New Tyler Perry shows coming to @OWNTV in May. READ MORE
On today’s Pop Confidential podcast Jamey Giddens, Luke Kerr, Jillian Bowe, Regan Cellura and Melodie Aikels dish the latest pop culture headlines and TV storylines, including:
Did Bobbi Kristina Brown actually get engaged, or was it all a publicity ploy for her Lifetime reality series? Lindsay Lohan and her mother Dina Lohan stirred up more drama. Justin Bieber pulls a prank.
Gossip Girl and 90210 returned, but their ratings were down. Are fans falling out of love with the shows? Nashville, one of the most highly-anticipated new shows of the season, premiered. Find out what the PC gang thought of its first episode. The CW debuted Arrow and Beauty and the Beast. ABC’s Revenge and Once Upon a Time continue to have the PC crew in their clutches. Can Luke and Regan ever eat soft serve ice cream again without thinking of The Good Wife? The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s season finale was packed full of jaw dropping drama.
All this and Melodie’s thoughts on Austin City Limits 2012 on today’s Pop Confidential podcast.
Just how great is John Stamos at smooching? The Game and Gossip Girl star Tika Sumpter spilled some tea with Celebuzz about her upcoming indie comedy, My Man Is a Loser. The movie focuses on two married friends, Marty (Michael Rappaport) and Paul (Bryan Callen), who turn to their single playboy buddy (Stamos) for help in saving their marriages. The One Live to Live alum plays Stamos' girlfriend Clarissa and seems to enjoy her make out sessions with Stamos. Sumpter stated:
He is everything you would want. He is charming. How could you not like him? He’s a good kisser.
To find out what Sumpter's friends have to say about her working with the Glee and General Hospital actor click here!
Beauty and the Beast co-creators Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper talked about their highly-anticipated, soapy reboot for The CW with Zap2it. Check out what the duo had to say at Comic-Con about this version of B&B ditching the supernatural angle:
"We weren't interested in a supernatural creature. We were interested in a beast that we experienced in our lives," co-creator Levin tells Zap2it at Comic-Con in San Diego. She and Cooper made sure that their beast would be more human than animal -- he's not a lion or super-hairy. Cooper says that cutting down production costs were a consideration in that decision, but there were more practical reasons involved too.
"We thought, 'We're going to hire some obviously good-looking, talented actor, and with all of the heavy prosthetics, it's hard sometimes to see them act and be present in a scene,'" Levin says. "The beasts in our world don't come across obviously as beasts; beasts don't advertise. You fall for a guy and you think he's great. He looks great, and then you find out the baggage later."