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Kelly Sullivan Lands Major Role In Tyler Perry's New TLC Drama, TOO CLOSE TO HOME!

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So just where o’ where has the beautiful and talented Kelly Sullivan been doing since departing her role as Sage Warner on The Young and the Restless?  She has been busy with several projects, but one in particular was revealed today, and its a big one!

Sullivan is part of the core leading cast of the Tyler Perry written, directed and produced new susdy drama for TLC entitled Too Close To Home.  The series began production and principal shooting this week at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.  According to Deadline, the series is slated to premiere later this summer, and the show is the first dramatic scripted series ever on TLC.

Not only is Kelly Sullivan a part of the ensemble cast, but none other than former Melrose Place and Dynasty star Heather Lockler! Apparently, Locklear will be a guest star on the series.  Meanwhile, actress Danielle Savre will star in the central role of Anna.  Matt Battaglia is another series special guest star.

Joining Sullivan in other leading roles on the drama are: Brock O’Hurn, Brad Benedict and Brooke Anne Smith.  Series regulars will include: Alpha Trivette, Trisha Rae Stahl, Robert Craighead, Annie Thrash and Curran Walters. Ashley Love-Mills, Nick Ballard, Charles Justo, Christian Ochoa and Justin Gabriel are set in recurring roles.

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In story, the eight-part drama follows Anna (Savre), a young woman who escaped her working-class upbringing in Alabama to start fresh in Washington, D.C. After making national headlines in a major political scandal involving one of the nation’s most powerful players, she is forced to return to her roots and face a past she thought she’d left behind. Seeking help and forgiveness from the same people she abandoned for a “better” life, Anna finds herself right back where she worked so hard to escape. Locklear plays Katelyn, a smart, savvy and beautiful D.C. wife.

So, excited to hear of Kelly Sullivan’s new role? Will you be checking out Too Close To Home featuring Kelly and Heather Locklear later this summer? Comment below!

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Kevin

Great news! Kelly Sullivan will make the transition from soap star to prime time (and motion picture) stardom. She deserves it!

Lisa
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Lisa

Yes i’ll be watching it.. I loved Sage on The Y & R and i feel that she should have had a happy ending with Nick and Christian BUT I am very happy to see her keep going elsewhere. She deserves a fair chance as she’s a great actress and it would be a shame to see her talents go to waste. Congrats Kelly.. 🙂 From Canada..

Katiek
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Katiek

Love Kelly. Hope it’s a hit!!

MB
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MB

This is great news! Kelly is one of the best actresses I have ever seen in daytime! I was really bummed when Y&R let her go. Glad to see she landed on her feet quickly! Go Kelly go!!!

Patty
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Patty

Omg, I adore her and so upset she left y&r and I will decently watch this show snd b all.of tyler’s show.

Irene
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Irene

Good for her

Mo
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Mo

I miss Kelly on Y&R.

Timmm
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Timmm

Yeah, you think Y&R would have learned from GH’s mistake when THEY killed her off to! Either way, Kelly wins, congrats!

Nikki
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Nikki

I am so happy for Kelly. She is such an amazing actress. I know she’ll do well. Her fans still miss her at Y& R. Another loss for Y & R.

Nancy Wilson
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Nancy Wilson

I love Kelly! I wish I had cable. Hopefully
someone uploads to daily motion!

Phil
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Phil

I will check it out

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Finally TLC is doing something beside airing the lowest of the low reality shows– good for them, I hope everyone who supports intelligent entertainment and has TLC will watch. If the ratings are high enough perhaps TLC will up it’s game.

As for Kelly– was there any doubt she would find work. She is a talented performer and when given the right material will knock your socks off. I’m sure this will lead to even bigger and better things–

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Mary,

A-M-E-N!!!!! For a long time, TLC (in terms of so-called programming) was seriously IN THE TOILET!!!!! Examples: Remember that TRULY DUMB ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’?!?!? That one was bad enough…but ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ was EVEN WORSE!!!!! On a much brighter note, Kelly Sullivan is a very talented actress who can very easily handle A-N-Y material thrown her way. TOTALLY!!!!!!!!!!!

Take care, Mary.

Patrick
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Patrick

I – just – could not, get in to Sage… after the story didn’t bother to explore… that wonderous threesome with so much dynasty … I figured they were a family to contend Sage, Gabriel, and Constance whatever ! OK… I knew it wasn’t going to be ? once the story turned back to Adam that being said… “adam” never had a family unit of his own… so it could have been what is it about Nick…. all his lovers /wives (outside) of Sharon… die or leave town. anyway: I love Kelly Sullivan… was holding out hope… GH would recast… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

oh well…. LOL

I forgot that nuPhyllis is still a denizen

still says something about that darned empty Nick… aimless and not driven

Patrick
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Patrick

Emmy nominated… in both roles… go figure

Soapluv2010
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Soapluv2010

This is good news. Tyler Perry keeps all his audience favorites constantly employed and it will take no time for Kelly to earn that status. I think both the daytime tptb that let her go are idiots. She is an amazing talent who deserves to be on the big screen.

k/kay
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k/kay

I knew she would find work good actress wrong for Y&R good luck to her!

Beth CP
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Beth CP

Congrats to Kelly. Not only is she a multi talented performer but a warm and genuine human being. I am so pleased for her and will look forward to seeing her in Mr. Perry’s series.

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Krista Allen is The Bold and the Beautiful’s New Taylor Hayes

In a shocking casting move, former Days of our Lives star, Krista Allen (Ex-Billie Reed from 1996-1999) has replaced long time B&B favorite, Hunter Tylo in the role of Dr. Taylor Hayes.

According to EW.com, Allen will take over the role of beginning on December 10th. Tylo, had previously played the role of Taylor for over three decades on the CBS daytime drama series.

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The report also notes that The Bold and the Beautiful did reach out to Hunter about reprising her signature role but was unsuccessful.

For fans of the show, Taylor has been absent for many key story points since 2019 including: her son Thomas’ brain surgery and the recent marriage of her daughter, Steffy’s marriage to Finn, plus the birth of her grandson and more.

In a tweet following the casting news being announced, Allen shared on her Twitter account: “This is gonna be a fun one! Very excited to step into this iconic role and be back on Daytime after 25 years! … Omg T-W-E-N-T-Y F-I-V-E years?”

Krista will start taping at B&B’s CBS Television City soundstage this Thursday, October 28th, and will share her first scenes with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge). Will there be trouble ahead in his marriage of Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Ridge with NuTaylor back in the picture?

Allen was recently seen on the TV series 9-1-1, and numerous primetime and film appearances.

So, what do you think of Krista Allen becoming the recast Dr. Taylor Hayes? Comment below.

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DAYS Emily O’Brien Previews Her Directorial Debut and Short Film ‘Too Close’

She’s an actress, a voice-over talent, writer, and now she can add director to her impressive resumeDays of our Lives star Emily O’Brien (Gwen) has shared over the last 24 hours a preview clip of her short film, Too Close.

Emily stated via her Instagram account: “Here’s a peek at the trailer for my short film entitled Too Close– I am so fortunate to have made this with my beloved team alongside me. My vision couldn’t have been brought to life without any of you, I am truly touched by your tenacity & genuine love for creativity!”  O’Brien shared the hashtags: #directorialdebut #filmmaking #periodpiece #cinema #womeninfilm
#writeyourownstory #vintagefilm

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You can check out the teaser for the film below which centers on the story of a young man and woman in the 1950’s examining what it means when two people in a relationship are considered to be too close.

Let us know if you are intrigued by the preview, and would like to see Emily’s short film via the comment section below.

 

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Jensen Ackles Shares Heartfelt Message on Death of ‘Rust’ DP Halyna Hutchins: “This Has Been a Tragedy of Epic Proportions”

Former Days of our Lives and Supernatural star, Jensen Ackles (Ex-Eric and Ex-Dean)  took to his Instagram over the weekend to pay tribute to cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins who was tragically killed in New Mexico, on the set of the film Rust in which Ackles co-starred with Alec Baldwin and Frances Fisher. Baldwin is also one of the producers of the film.

Last Thursday, in the initial investigation reports surfaced that Baldwin discharged a “prop gun” leading to the death of Hutchins and injuring director, Joel Souza.  Since that time it has been reported that Baldwin was told by the assistant director, David Halls, that the weapon was a “cold gun” meaning not loaded with live rounds following its preparation by the film set’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez.  But in his affidavit statement, Halls says he was unaware that the prop gun contained live rounds when it was given to Baldwin for his scene.

The scene Baldwin was rehearsing was inside a church building at the Bonanza Creek Ranch. In new affidavit’s, it was noted that Baldwin was ‘cross drawing’ the weapon and pointing the gun towards the camera lens.

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A grief-stricken Ackles shared:  “I’m not even sure where to start.  This has been a tragedy of epic proportions that we are all still processing. Earlier last week I felt compelled to tell Halyna just how awesome I thought she was. I told her how incredible I thought her camera shots were and just how exciting it was to watch her and her team work. Truly. She laughed and said thank you and gave me a hug. I’ll forever be thankful we had that moment.  She had a spunk and passion that infected the entire crew from the top down. She was an inspiration. My heart and prayers go out to Halyna’s husband, son and the rest of her family. There just aren’t enough words to express what an immense loss this is. She will be incredibly missed by all of us who knew and admired her.”

Since Hutchins’ death, a video also surfaced of Ackles discussing his concerns for gun safety on the set of Rust at a Supernatural convention in Colorado prior to the tragedy.

Jensen told the crowd: “I’ve got a 6 a.m. call tomorrow to have a big shoot-out. They had me pick my gun. They were like, ‘Alright, what gun would you like?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know?’ and the armorer was like, ‘Do you have gun experience?’ I was like, ‘A little.’ And she’s like, ‘OK, well, this is how you load it, this is how we check it and make sure it’s safe. “So she’s like, ‘OK, I’m gonna put some blanks in there and I want you to just go and fire off a couple rounds towards the hill.’ And I was like, ‘OK.’ So I put the belt on, I put the gun there, and I walked out and she’s like, ‘Just make sure that you know, you pull the hammer all the way back and you aim at your target.’ And I was like, ‘OK, I got it.’  The footage was originally on You Tube, but now has been taken down.

The investigation remains and open and active on what occurred on the set of Rust, according to the Santa Fe New Mexico Sheriff’s office.

So, what do you think about Jensen’s tribute in the wake of the Rust tragedy? Comment below.

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