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B&B's Pierson Fodé Lands Lead Role In Heartbreaking True Story Sports Film, IT'S TIME!

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The Bold and the Beautiful’s Pierson Fodé (Thomas Forrester) is becoming a very hot property in Hollywood.  News this week out of Deadline is that Fode is about to star in Fritz Mitchell’s sports film It’s Time, based on the true story of NCAA footaball players Roy Lee “Chucky” Mullins (played by Roots Sedale Threatt Jr) and Brad Gaines’ (Fodé) friendship.

The story is reminiscent of the 70’s hit made for TV film, Brian’s Song about two players who become friends (Gayle Sayers and Brian Piccolo of the Chicago Bears) and brothers in the face of tragedy.  In It’s Time, after a tragic accident during a Vanderbilt vs Ole Miss college football game in 1989, Mullins was paralyzed when making a hit on Gaines, a running back from Vanderberbilt. Both men lost something that day; Mullins lost the ability to move and Gaines, a man of faith, suffered a loss to his spirit. The two eventually became friends, and ultimately brothers.

Timmy Richardson and Bradford Gaines Jr. (son of real-life Brad Gaines) co-star. Wendy Yamano of Mt. Phil Films is producing. Mitchell and Yamano were the team behind the documentary of the same name that aired on the SEC Network. The script was written by Jeff Sarokin and is currently being shot in Mississippi.  Fritz Miller originally produced the ESPN documentary on the two players story on the series 30/30.

Pierson took to Instagram to share his enthusiasm at the scripts for the film:  “THE SECRET IS OUT!!! OUR NEW FILM “ITS TIME” So proud to be apart of such an incredible and heart breaking TRUE story. My life has already changed in so many ways since picking up this script. Spending time with #BradGaines , understanding how tragedy rocked both his Chucky’s (portrayed by the great @sedale3t ) lives. Most importantly how a deep friendship and love was created and never lost. To see the story Check Fritz’s @espn 30/30 documentary “It’s time” on @netflix”

As for Fodé, he last starred in the movie Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List opposite Victoria Justice.

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So, what do you think of Pierson’s new role in It’s Time? Comment below!

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Hallmark Channel Chief Bill Abbott Exits In Aftermath Of Same-Sex Ad Controversy

Looks like there is still fallout from the Hallmark Channel pulling several ads from wedding planner, Zola that centered on a same-sex lesbian couple kissing at their wedding.

Now, Bill Abbott, who has been Crown Media Family Networks president and CEO for the last 11 years, is exiting the company.  The announcement was made today by Mike Perry, president and CEO of Hallmark Cards Inc.

No successor has been named. “I have tremendous confidence in the Crown Media management team and, with this team in place, I will begin a search for Bill’s replacement,” Perry said. “I want to thank Bill for his many years of success and contributions to Crown Media and wish him continued success.”

Prior to the firestorm against the cable outlet for pulling the Zola ads, (after conservative group One Million Moms petitioned to have the ads removed) and the network complied, the company was doing well.

Abbott presided over a period of growth and visibility for Hallmark including: Christmas programming and regular opportunities for seasoned A-list stars that in return attracted viewers and ratings. Bill Abbott’s exit is the latest result of Hallmark’s efforts to quickly turn the page on the bad PR.

Deadline reported that according to people familiar with the internal discussions, many people at the network expressed their preference for restoring the ad quickly, while Abbott went against their wishes and kept it off the air.

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So, what do you think of Abbott stepping-down and Hallmark parting ways with him? Do you enjoy Hallmark Channel programming or find its fare and formula not diverse and inclusive enough? Comment below.

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Judith Light To Receive Prestigious Honor At GLAAD Media Awards In New York

Another wonderful acknowledgement is coming its way to two-time Daytime Emmy and Tony winning actress, Judith Light (Ex-Karen, OLTL).

News on Wednesday has that Light will be honored at the upcoming 31st annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City with the Excellence in Media Award in a ceremony hosted by Lilly Singh. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, March 19th.

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According to Deadline, who broke the news, the Excellence in Media Award is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people. Light joins previous honorees Ava DuVernay, Robert De Niro, Patti LaBelle, Debra Messing, Tyra Banks, Julianne Moore, Glenn Close, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, among others, who have received this prestigious award from the organization.

“Judith Light stood up for and with LGBTQ people when others in media and entertainment refused to speak up, and she has never left our side,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement “When the GLAAD Media Awards first started and was a small event with little visibility, she was one of the few entertainers who would join us in calling for LGBTQ representation, so it is only fitting to now honor her advocacy on what has become the largest LGBTQ stage in the world. From standing alongside LGBTQ people during the AIDS crisis, to fighting for marriage equality, to now uplifting transgender people and issues, Judith advocates with a unique passion and an unending dedication that uplifts.”

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Light was honored with the 2019 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award for her extensive philanthropy work, especially in fighting to end AIDS and championing LGBTQ and human rights.

Share your congratulations to Judith via the comment section on this honor from GLAAD.

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Christian Keyes Joins Y&R As Amanda’s Ex

The Young and the Restless is bringing Amanda’s Sinclair’s (Mishael Morgan) troubled former fiance’ to Genoa City.

Look for actor Christian Keyes to appear on the canvas as Ripley Turner, the man who shares a past with Amanda and whom she filed a restraining order against and has been trying to hide from.

Look for Keyes to make his Y&R debut on the Wednesday, February 5th episode of the CBS Daytime drama series.

If Christian looks familiar, he has been a series regular on Saints and Sinners and had recurring roles on Legends of Tomorrow and Supernatural.

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