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CBS announces Lets Make A Deal replaces "GL" starting in October!

Here is the offficial press release from CBS on the announcement that Let’s Make a Deal has officially replaced Guiding Light:

Let’s Make a Deal a new take on the classic game show where audience members dress in outlandish costumes to win cash and prizes by making deals with the host, will premiere Monday, Oct. 5, (check local listings) on the CBS Television Network. Emmy Award-winner Wayne Brady will host the new one-hour daytime series produced by FremantleMedia North America (“American Idol,” “The Price is Right”).

The original Let’s Make a Deal was a television game show staple during the 1960s and 70s when it was hosted by Monty Hall from 1963-1977. While later versions aired in syndication and primetime, the game show is best remembered for the years hosted by Hall, who will serve as a creative consultant on this latest version.

“I am honored and ready to go; it is not every day that you get to be a part of a franchise like Let’s Make a Deal,” said Wayne Brady. “I think it is a perfect fit.”

“We are delighted to have Let‘s Make a Deal back on the air with CBS,” said Monty Hall. “I know the audience is going to welcome the charming and engaging Wayne Brady as the new host.”

“Wayne Brady is a unique talent whose extraordinary skills in both hosting and improvisation make him the perfect choice to host this legendary and engaging show. We are thrilled to be adding him and Let’s Make a Deal to the number one Daytime lineup,” says Barbara Bloom Senior Vice President, Daytime Programs, CBS. “We’re also very lucky to have Monty Hall as our creative consultant, bringing with him a knowledge of game shows that will prove invaluable as we present this classic game show to a whole new audience.”

“We’re very pleased to bring this franchise back to American audiences,” says Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia North America. “A global brand with a proven track record, Let’s Make a Deal is a game show that delivers the kind of upbeat, unpredictable and aspirational fun viewers are looking for. With the multi-talented Wayne Brady as our host, the one and only Monty Hall at our side and a great network timeslot, we’re confident this new version will provide the entertainment value that has made this brand resonate around the world for decades.”

Let’s Make a Deal becomes the second game show on CBS’s top-rated Daytime lineup, joining The Price is Right, hosted by Drew Carey, which is the #2 ranked series on Daytime television.

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Guiding Light Alum, Michelle Forbes, Lands Key Role in Upcoming Season of ‘New Amsterdam’

She made her mark as Sonia/Solita on Guiding Light and has turned her career into a major primetime and film success.  Now comes word that the talented Michelle Forbes is set to appear on the new season of NBC’s drama, New Amsterdam.

According to TV Line, Forbes will join the cast for the fourth season in the recurring role of Dr. Veronica Fuentes. The character is said to be ‘a calm, poised and fearless fixer who is brought in to reconstruct the failing hospital.”

However, the outlet reports that Forbes’ Dr. Fuentes’ first order of business on her way to reversing New Amsterdam’s declining numbers will be to “wipe clean the inept board.”

Forbes was most recently seen on ABC’s Big Sky and had notable roles in True Blood and The Killings.

The new season of New Amsterdam premieres on Tuesday, September 21st  at 10 pm. EST.

So, looking forward to seeing Michelle in her new role on primtime? Comment below.

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Soap Alums: Helgenberger, Bonilla, and Ilonzeh Cast in New Drama Pilot ‘Getaway’

Three very familiar faces to daytime fans have their new potentially new nighttime gig!  E.J. Bonilla (Ex-Rafe, Guiding Light) has been added as as series regulars opposite Annie Ilonzeh (Ex-Maya, GH) along with former Ryan’s Hope favorite Marg Helgenberger (Ex-Siohan) to the NBC drama pilot, Getaway.

In Getaway, the loglines for the series read that the proposed seriescenters on a destination wedding at an isolated luxury resort that quickly descends into chaos after a group of dangerous criminals takes the island hostage. The small group of guests, led by a fearless female Army vet (Ilonzeh), will do everything they can to stay alive.

According to Deadline: Helgenberger will play Sen. Charlotte Pierce. As a senior Democratic senator from New York, Charlotte is used to calling the shots. She’s happy to see her son, Jack (played by Matt Long), settle down with his bride, Grace (Jasmine Mathew), but there are darker forces at play she has yet to fully understand. Charlotte will soon have to choose between her family and the political career for which she’s worked so hard.  Bonilla will play Rafi Salinas. Rafi claims to be a fisherman on the run with his friends from a gang of cartel members, but he’s hiding a dark secret that will put everyone at the resort in danger.

So, what do you think of the concept for this new drama pilot for NBC and the cast? Comment below.

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Murray Bartlett Virtual Interview on Tap

Daytime fans remember Murray Barlett as Cyrus Foley on the beloved Guiding Light. 

Since then, the actor has appeared in numerous TV series and specials and film roles including HBO’s groundbreaking series, Looking and Tales of the City. 

However, now Bartlett can now be seen on The White Lotus, a new series from HBO, where he plays, the resort manager, Armond which bow this weekend on July 11th.

Murray will be chatting with Alan Locher live on The Locher Room You Tube channel on Friday July 16th at 3 p.m. EST/Noon PST. Make sure to have your questions ready for Murray!

You can watch the livestream here.

So, will you be checking out Murray on The White Lotus? What are your remembrances of Cyrus on Guiding Light? Comment below.

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