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GMA's Kish Rally Efforts: So how did it go? First Hand Account

So what went down at the Kish Rally in front of the Good Morning America ABC studios in New York this morning?  Jenna Michelle, the rally organizer filed this report for On-Air On-Soaps.  “We had a nice turnout. Really nice. There were people from New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Belgium, Germany– all there to support Kish, equality, diversity in daytime, and gay representation in the media”

Jenna says weather was not cooperating with the protesters, “It’s just a shame that the weather was so terrible- it was pretty freezing and raining, and I know that prevented a lot of people from getting to the rally. ABC/GMA definitely seemed to try and avoid us. Most of us had gotten there really early, and waited with some other standbys, to try and get in the studio. Kishers were the only people there early, trying to get in, that were told “No”– so take that as you will. GMA seemed to avoid window shots, and if we did get a Kish sign on, they’d quickly cut away. But, we did get Kish signs on, a couple times at least. I’m really proud of everyone who helped and was supportive, and everyone who came out so early in the cold, wet morning, to help support Kish”   Here is an image above from GMA’s live shot.  If you look closely, you will see a solo Kish Poster all the way in the back. (far right in brown)

Jenna continues on some of her continued next steps to keep the fight for Kish alive, “Right now, our other major effort will be to promote and get donations for “Fish4Kish.” This effort is based off the Jericho “Nuts” campaign. It was the most successful fan campaign ever. Jericho fans used 10,000lbs of peanuts to persuade CBS to resurrect the canceled series. The leader of that effort, Shaun Daily of Blog Talk Radio’s “TV TALK” has been giving me some much-appreciated advice about how I can emulate his efforts for F4K. We plan to bombard ABC with Swedish Fish. We also have a PayPal account set up, a link is directly on the F4K entry on the website, where we will collect money to buy Swedish Fish in bulk and send a huge batch to Robert Iger in California one day, and Frank Valentini in NY another. The account will be up for a week now, come Sunday. We have about $1,000. We also want to encourage people who maybe can’t donate to the PayPal to send Swedish Fish on their own, in support of Kish.”

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‘The Bay’ Resumes Production With COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter Storylines For Season 6

Fresh off winning yet another Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Digital Drama Series, Gregori J. Martin’s The Bay is back in production adhering to safety guidelines and protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic as related by Deadline.

LANY Entertainment, the production entity behind the series expressed in a statement: “Strictly adhering to the newly established industry guidelines, LANY Entertainment and The Bay producers have implemented rigorous safety standards and protocols including a skeleton crew and most of the cast being quarantined on a private 800-acre property, in addition to regular COVID-19 testing, and mandatory daily temperature checks from an onset medical professional, ”

The Bay is being shot at a secure location away from and outside of Los Angeles County, where COVID-19 cases have recently spiked.

The upcoming sixth season will see Karrueche Tran returning as Vivian Johnson-Garrett, as she and her on-screen husband Pete (Kristos Andrews) are faced with important and socially relevant issues involving heart-wrenching COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter storylines.

Season 6 cast also includes John Aprea as former Mayor Jack Madison, Vanessa Williams, who last appeared as Cleo Harris in season 2, and returns as the new Bay City mayor, and Carrington Garland as realtor Kelly Johnson.

All new episodes of Season 5 will be released later this summer, followed by the 10-episode Season 6. The new season will premiere with a two-part 10th anniversary special on September 15, with the remaining episodes slated for release sometime in December.

The writing team this season consists of  Martin and executive story editor Wendy Riche. plus writers: Anne Schoettle (The Young and the Restless), Nick Peet (NBC’s Grimm) and Susan Dansby (Ambitions).

The Bay is currently available on Amazon Prime in the U.S. and is being distributed by GRB Studios internationally.

So looking forward to seeing how The Bay handles COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter stories in their upcoming season? Comment below.

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Ashton Kutcher Latest Celebrity To Come to the Defense of Ellen DeGeneres As 18th Season of Her Talk Show Reportedly To Begin

From Katy Perry, to Kevin Hart, to Diane Keaton, some entertainment stars are coming forward in the defense of Ellen DeGeneres who is under fire for her talk show’s treatment of its employees and current and former staff members,

Now Ashton Kutcher, who has visited The Ellen DeGeneres Show on numerous occasion’s tweeted: “I haven’t spoken with @TheEllenShow and can only speak from my own experience. She & her team have only treated me & my team w/ respect & kindness. She never pandered to celebrity which I always saw as a refreshing honesty. When things aren’t right she handles it and fixes.”

DeGeneres’ wife, Portia de Rossi, also posted her support on social media of Ellen.  Others, like Tony Okungbowa, who served as the DJ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show for several years, spoke out about the “toxicity” he says he witnessed.

Tony expressed: “I was on air talent from 2003-2006 and from 2007-2013.While I am grateful for the opportunity it afforded me, I did experience and feel the toxicity of the environment and I stand with my former colleagues in their quest to create a healthier and more inclusive workplace as the show moves forward.”

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is said to be planning as return for its 18th season on September 9th and according to The Today Show, Telepictures confirmed to them that Ellen DeGeneres will return to the stage to host the 18th season of her namesake talk show that is currently the subject of an internal investigation.

So, what do you think of the latest developments in the ‘Ellen’ crisis? Comment below.

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Judith Light To Star and Executive Produce New Limited Series Along with Noah Wyle, ‘Shadows in the Vineyard’

Two-time Daytime Emmy and Tony winner, Judith Light (Ex-Karen, One Life to Live) has a major project on the way in which she will not only star, but executive produce.  Light will serve as one of the EP’s along with Noah Wyle (Ex-ER) and the two will be part of the cast of Shadows in the Vineyard, which, according to Deadline will be a limited TV series, with a potential spinoff.

Shadows in the Vineyard is based on journalist Maximillian Potter’s bestselling book Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison The World’s Greatest Wine.  Production is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2021 in Europe.

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Written by John Newman (Get Shorty, Proud Mary), Peter Cambor and Potter, Shadows in the Vineyard is set against the backdrop of the gorgeous, rolling countryside of the Côte-d’Or in Burgundy, France. The series is based on the true story of the outlandish 2010 plot-by-poison extortion scheme, a sinister criminal conspiracy that targeted the most sought-after and expensive wine in the world – the legendary Romanée-Conti.

The Landmark Studio Group will market the series, and one of its executives, David Ozer, who will also serve as another EP on the series shared: “Shadows in the Vineyard is rife with rich characters and a compelling narrative that will take viewers on a twisted tale of both a shocking who-done-it mystery and a journey of self-discovery that will resonate with a global audience,  With Maximillian, John, Peter and Sam leading the charge of capturing the heart of the story for the screen, along with the star talents of Judith and Noah and a beautiful location to create the ambience, we have no doubt that this series, which has spinoff potential, will be a hit.”

So, what do you think of Judith’s next project? Comment below.

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