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Cady McClain returning to All My Children

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 13th 2010 8:33PM
cady_mcclain_abcDaytime soaps have always had a sketchy history when it comes to life and death. In short, like science fiction and fantasy, death is not a finality. Soap characters can return from the dead, not really have been dead at all, reappear as missing twins, turn out to have been victim of a coffin switch, and if all else fails, death become a way to bring a character back as a ghost or guardian angel. All that is part of Soaps 101, a college course taught at most universities today, I believe.

That was a long introduction to reveal that fan fave and multiple Emmy winner Cady McClain is returning to All My Children. Cady was more recently on As the World Turns as Rosanna, but left about a month ago when her story line wrapped. That means she was free to sign up with another soap and ABC came a callin' for the actress.

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For All My Children's 40th anniversary, Julia Barr and more will be back

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 13th 2009 9:02AM
julia_barr_all_my_childrenThere's reason to be hopeful about All My Children's move to Hollywood. Oh, yes, Thorsten Kaye has decided not to go -- bye, bye Zach -- but there's a list of stars lining up for the anniversary that's pretty spectacular.

In honor of All My Children's 40th Anniversary, Julia Barr is coming back as Brooke English. Also slated to appear are a bunch of other former AMC stars, including Eva LaRue, Taylor Miller, Laurence Lau, Eden Riegel, Leven Rambin and the previously announced Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos.

Julia's return is a big get because she was such big part of the soap for so long. The two-time Emmy winner was on AMC from 1976 to her exit in 2006. This anniversary show will be a chance for fans to hear what Brooke -- Erica's rival for all those years -- has been up to.

Next in line is Eva LaRue. She's become a prime time star with CSI: Miami. She did two stints with AMC as Dr. Maria Santos Grey.

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Amy Ryan has no idea if she's coming back to The Office next season

by Joel Keller, posted May 28th 2009 3:02PM
Steve Carell and Amy RyanThis morning, I had a really fun interview with Amy Ryan, who's taking a little time off after a busy couple of years. During the conversation, which mostly revolved around her fantastic guest turn on The Office as Michael Scott's soulmate Holly Flax, I had to ask her the question most Office fans have been wondering about since the season finale: Is she coming back?

Your guess is as good as hers. "They keep that (the plans for Holly) under wraps, if they are indeed thinking of it. There's no plan there." When I asked her if she was under contract for any episodes next season, she said she wasn't.

What is she hoping Greg Daniels and company do with Holly in the coming years? "The viewer in me, the fan of the show, hopes that they (Michael and Holly) get together. The actor in me would love to see that there's still conflict along the way. That's where it's fun."

I'll have the complete interview with Ryan next week.

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Some stuff to watch while you wait for the new seasons to begin

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 1st 2007 1:02PM

frisky dingoSeptember is that magical month we TV fanatics have been waiting for, when all our favorite shows return and new shows try to find a place in our hearts and our DVRs.

However, don't spend your August reading books and spending time with loved ones, because there are a few shows popping up this month you may want to check out. Someone spent a lot of time building that TV set, so the least you can do is sit around and watch whatever is on. Here's a few things:

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The Upfronts: The CW

by Julia Ward, posted May 17th 2007 12:18PM
cw upfrontsThe CW announced its 2007-08 prime-time schedule today. Just in its second year, The CW is still looking for a home run and is sticking with a programming strategy of short-run reality shows and dramas with young adult appeal.

The big news is no news. Veronica Mars was not announced as part of the Fall line-up, but according to rumors, The CW is waiting until June 15th to decide the gal detective's fate. This is supposed to give Rob Thomas enough time to whip up a "Veronica in the FBI" script. (Update: Ausiello reports from the press conference that Veronica Mars is dead, though "something else" may be coming up.)

One Tree Hill is going to do a ctrl-alt-del. Returning mid-season, the show is going to jump four years into the future - after its characters have graduated from college. Online journal entries are going to chronicle the missing years. On Everybody Hates Chris, Chris Rock will finally appear on the show -- as the school guidance councilor!

The more interesting pick of the newbie litter - Josh Schwartz, creator of The O.C., is back with Gossip Girl based on the popular book series of the same name and Kevin Smith directed the pilot episode of the new series Reaper.

The CW's good, bad and ugly after the jump:

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CBS bringing Name That Tune back to TV

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 10th 2006 8:07PM
Donny OsmondAccording to Variety.com (registration required to read entire article), CBS and Panet Grande Productions are teaming to bring back the classic game show Name That Tune, with Donny Osmond returning to the TV landscape as host.

The format of the show, where contestants try to guess the names of songs after portions of them are played by the house band, will be slightly different this time around. This time, teams of two people will participate; the team members will be in different age groups. "It increases the variety of music we can do," Osmond told Variety. "We can go from Sinatra to hip-hop to everything in-between." In addition, the producers want to have surprise guests come out and sing if one of their songs is correctly identified by a contestant. Also, a final round will be added that will award the contestant $1 million if he or she can identify 15 songs in 60 seconds.

All I want to know is: who is going to be the house singer? Donny? I say they should bring Kathie Lee Gifford back (she used to be the house singer for the show in the Seventies). She's not doing anything these days.

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Latest rumor: Futurama coming back to Fox?

by Joel Keller, posted May 8th 2006 1:36PM
FuturamaOK, here's the latest of the thirteen kajillionth rumor we've heard about Futurama in the last six months: According to this CNN article that goes through a bunch of rumors about the 2006-07 season, the speculation ahead of Fox' upfront presentation is that they are going to begin airing new episodes of the Matt Groening cult classic. Conisdering we've been hearing things about movies and new episodes for some time, this isn't much of a surprise. But, at the very least, CNN is reporting it instead of some site like futuramaisthebestcartoonever.com, so maybe this is getting very close to reality.

(Look at the 2nd paragraph for info on Futurama.)

[Thanks to readers Mack Swift and Tim UF for the tip.]

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Are Sorkin and Schlamme coming back to The West Wing?

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 5th 2006 3:58PM

Sorkin returning to The West Wing?One of my favorite TV critics is Alan Sepinwall, from the Newark Star-Ledger, which is for all intents and purposes my hometown paper. He and his "All TV" partner, Matt Zoller Seitz, put out an excellent joint column just about every day in the Ledger, examining not only particular shows but trends in TV, bad behavior by the networks, and how TV affects society at large. Kind of what we do here, but in a bit longer form. And with less jokes.

What I didn't know about Sepinwall, though is that he also has a blog. And in his blog, he gets to speculate on things going on in the TV biz that he doesn't get to write about in the paper. It's fairly private; NJ.com doesn't link to the page, and it doesn't show up in many searches for Sepinwall's work. An entry, though, has caught people's attention: Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme, the original brains behind The West Wing, are on the list of panelists representing the show on the upcoming critic's press tour. Sepinwall speculates that Sorkin and Schlamme will come back to write and direct either a farewell episode for Leo, played by the late John Spencer, or do the same for the final episode. Hm. Verrrrryyy IN-teresting.

[via Pop Candy]


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