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Alex Landi Lands Role On ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ As First Gay Male Surgeon Character

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When Grey’s Anatomy returns for its 15th season with a two-hour special on Thursday September 27 (8/7c), there will be another new face joining the cast in a recurring role.

Alex Landi, a relative newcomer, had been cast in the role of Dr. Nico Kim, the series’ first gay male surgeon character.  While “Grey’s” has had LGBT representation throughout its run with several characters including: Callie Torres, who was bisexual and Arizona Robbins, who was a lesbian, very few have been men, and none of have been in a key surgeon role.

According to TV Line, who broke the casting news, Land is s half Korean and half Italian and while ABC confirmed the casting they did not provide any additional details about Dr. Kim’s story, or how long he will be in story.

In addition, to his acting, Landi is a trained martial arts expert.

So what do you think about the casting of Alex in the role of Grey’s first gay male surgeon? Share your thoughts below and if you will be checking out the upcoming all-new episode of the series this fall,

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I hope it’s a good and juicy role and that he can act and that the writing is good and….too many “ands”…I have high hopes.

Patrick
Patrick

thrilling ride. Grey’s Anatomy – always – turns

I have – loved – Justin Chambers from the get go

lost interest .. or no time .. since Sandra Oh left. I wish him the best.

Jamesj75
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I’m sure he will be a smooth operator…

Satan
Satan

So does this mean they will also have to bring on another new male character to be his love interest – since everybody on Grey’s Anatomy has to have one.

I don’t recall any existing male member of the cast who has identified as anything other than 666% heterosexual. I’m going to guess that one of them suddenly identifies as bisexual, even though they never showed any interest in dudes before.

Not that these things don’t actually happen in the real mortal world, but for a bunch of doctors in Seattle, you would think they would be a bit more accepting of themselves and/or others. Especially if you are familiar with the city and know that most of the hospitals are located fairly close to the most LGBT friendly part of town.

EDIT: now that I think about it, there’s a single gay fireman on the spinoff Station 19. Maybe they will pair the new doctor up with him, so they have more excuses for crossovers between the two shows (shamelessly stealing the strategy from the “Chicago” shows on NBC.)

James
James

To be fair, Grey’s used to have crossovers with its earlier spin-off, Private Practice.

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Network Exec, Angelica McDaniel On Y&R’s Staying Power: “We Have This Award-Winning, Ratings-Generating, Money-Making Show, And It Really Adds Value To CBS.”

This week, The Young and the Restless celebrated 30 years as the number-one rated daytime soap opera.  That is a streak of 1,560 weeks in the top spot.

Angelica McDaniel, executive vp daytime programs and syndicated program development at CBS, spoke to the Hollywood Reporter on what has made this remarkable run; attributing it to strong storytelling and a cast that includes several beloved veterans who have been around the entire time.

The executive noted that while other soaps over the years have fallen by the wayside, and even though we are down to only four surviving network soap operas, that Y&R will be around with no end in sight.

McDaniel stated, “We have this award-winning, ratings-generating, money-making show, and it really adds value to CBS. We expect it be a part of our lineup in the future.”

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She also added, “The Young and the Restless has some of the best actors in the industry — not in soaps, not in daytime, but in television. We have iconic, legacy characters that have been on our show for decades. Melody Thomas Scott will be celebrating her 40th year on the show in February. Peter Bergman just reached his 30th anniversary in November. Eric Braeden started in 1980. We just have an incredible arsenal of actors who are so talented and play these characters so well that you don’t even realize they’re characters. They become people who are part of your life, part of your daily existence.”

As for the continual investment and ways the audience watches the show on various platforms, McDaniel expresed: “The great thing about daytime television is we have loyal, passionate viewers, and they really like to tune in day and date. They want to stick with their stories and see what’s happening today. … Having said that, The Young and the Restless is also one of the top streamed shows on CBS.com. As trends evolve, we are where our viewers are, and we’re making shows readily accessible so they can get their fix and follow their stories.”

So, what do you think about Y&R? Will it remain if and when all other soaps have come to theirconclusion? Do you think it will continue on for years to come, given its position at number #1? Comment below!

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Jacob Young Offers Up Thoughts On Rick and Maya’s Split On The Bold and the Beautiful

As fans of CBS Daytime’s The Bold and the Beautiful know, Daytime Emmy-winner Jacob Young (Rick Forrester) has been off the canvas for some time, and the actor had gone on recurring status with the series.

Young has been busy with other projects involving acting roles, his You Tube show, and music career, but certainly is open to a return to the soap opera.

But after the cover of this week’s Soap Opera Digest hit newsstands; which indicates that Rick and Maya have split with the return on-air of Karla Mosley (Maya) (who had been off the show for maternity leave), it clearly looks like the show is moving in a different direction.

Jacob took to Twitter to offer up his feelings on the matter tweeting: “I for one am incredibly sad and disappointed. Rick and Maya have split. (Love that would never die) I loved working with Karla Mosley.  it has been the highlight of my 21 year career in daytime. TRUST ME when I say your opinion matters.”

Since that posting, fans of the couple known as #Raya, have been voicing their thoughts and sharing photos of the on-screen duo.  Young responded to one in particular saying, “Who remembers this? Gosh, I miss Maya.”  In it,the posting read: “This is heartbreaking, Raya was the only example of what true love looks like on that soap!”

Previously, B&B has told the emotional and socially-relevant love story of a transgender woman falling in love with one of the men of the wealthy and renowned Forrester family.

So, what do you think of Jacob’s comments?  Do you want Rick back on the canvas?  What should then happen next for Maya with no Rick?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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‘Downton Abbey’ The Movie Releases Its First Trailer

Now here’s a huge teaser that will get you wanting to see more!  Those of us who loved the British period soap opera, Downton Abbey, which came to a conclusion after its sixth season on PBS here in the United States, will finally get their wish when the film version hits in 2019.

As previously reported, the series executive producer Gareth Naeme said about the film,  “We aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Look for the film to land in movie theatres on Friday, September 20th, 2019, with it debuting internationally the week prior on Friday, September 13th.

Most of the cast is intact including: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, David Haig, Geraldine James, Robert James-Collier, Simon Jones, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Stephen Campbell Moore, Lesley Nicol, Kate Phillips, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton.

Julian Fellowes once again writes the script for the film for the characters he created for the TV series.

Now check out the first trailer below, when just hearing that memorable opening theme song, it brought us back to the drama and the romance of Downton Abbey.

Let us know if you are thrilled to know that the movie is set for release …. and if you are looking forward to seeing what happens to the Crawleys and others in the next chapter of their story when the movie comes your way via the comment section below.

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