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Lauralee Bell's New Web Series MI PROMISE Debuts! The Motto: Live Your Life, Don't Text It!

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The creative mind of another member of the legendary Bell family has come up with yet another intriguing web series and concept that debuted today on its series website!  That would be The Young and the Restless, Lauralee Bell (Christine) who has written, produced, co-stars, and directs in the new short form series,  mi Promise!

mI promise follows Riley (Cassidy Ann Shaffer, who recurs as Kimmy on Disney Channel’s Austin and Ally) on her 16th birthday, full of life and wonder, on the cusp of first love and first car.  The viewer joins Riley to experience the thrill of someone liking you for the first time via text and then how the same once-in-a-lifetime moments can happen if you are actually seeing the other person’s face and the excitement that only happens when you are face-to-face. It’s definitely not all sweetness and light and that becomes clear in the first episode. Viewers will see the consequence of  mI promise, that I won’t text my life away” and the result of living it fully, real emotions and all. Riley’s choices are highlighted with her best friend, her annoying little brother, her attempt to assert her independence from her mom (played by Bell), dancing with someone she’s crushing on for the first time and following up that amazing experience with … a text instead of feeling the tingle of having that person right next to you, stumbling over their words and feeling the shy awkwardness of first love in the flesh.

“I wanted to give kids someone they could relate to and tell the story without being preachy,” admits Lauralee Bell, “and I wanted to show them an alternative way of life where they are living life and not just writing about it.”

The webseries can be viewed at www.mIpromise.com.  The first installment was posted today Monday December 2nd with subsequent episodes debuting on December 4, 6, 9, 11 and concluding on Friday December 13th. 

mI promise offers you two paths to follow without becoming a PSA. It closes with links to share with people you care about … your kids, nieces, nephews, grandkids and friends.   Instead of saying “don’t text and drive,” it’s asking teens to make their own decisions after examining the potential consequences and demonstrating that there is always an alternative because the choice you make may be your last.

Watch the first episode here! Then, let us know, how you feel about texting?  Do you think we have lost verbal and personal communication with people because of our cell phones? What do you think about the message Lauralee is trying to convey through the drama of her new web series?  Comment below!

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Good for Lauralee. Such a dangerous habit & so difficult to educate drivers.
Iove having her back on Y&R.

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Kudos she is so right I was furious that in order to make appointments with my hairdresser or nail gal I had to text or they would not respond. What is with that? I have a friend who took all cell phones from their children because they would be sitting in the living room texting to each other in the same room. I love watching old movies that surprise they use a phone booth. For as much as we say we have advanced we do not even know each other anymore. I want to hear my loved ones voice if they are away not read a text. My sister just retired from teaching and her students could not even write anymore could not read her hand writing. Very sad!

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Awesome series-Mi Promise…My son and I watched all 6 episodes in one sitting.

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CBS Sells Television City; Y&R and B&B To Remain On Property For At Least Next Five Years

As it has been in the works for awhile,and  on Monday news broke that the CBS Corporation reached an agreement to sell its 25-acre CBS Television City property including its soundstage operations, to real estate developer Hackman Capital Partners for $750 million.

Hackman Capital also acquired the rights to use the Television City trademark.  The deal is expected to close by early 2019 on the historic property.

So what does this mean for your CBS soaps? Well, they aren’t losing their digs for quite some time!

According to the Hollywood Reporter, “CBS said that a handful of programs that film at Television City, including The Late Late Show With James Corden, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Price Is Right, will continue being produced on the property for at least the next five years.”

In a statement Joseph Ianniello, president and acting CEO of CBS Corporation said “The sale of Television City unlocks significant value, increasing CBS’ financial flexibility, including the ability to redeploy capital for strategic growth initiatives such as additional content investment. At the same time, we will be transitioning this venerable site to a new owner who is committed to its legacy as both a cultural landmark and modern production facility. Hackman Capital has demonstrated terrific stewardship of classic properties, including their development of the landmark Culver Studios.”

So what do you think of the CBS selling TV City? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Justin Hartley, Judith Light, Finn Wittrock Score 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Award Nominations

This morning, nominations were announced in the fields of motion picture and television for the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards given out by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association.  The kudofest will be held on January 13th on the CW airing at 7PMET/PT.

Leading the pack in the TV field was the final season of The Americans and limited series Escape at Dannemora and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story with five nominations.

This Is Us as with the Golden Globes did not come up with a Drama Series nod, however at the Critics’ Choice Awards two if its stars:  Milo Ventimiglia and Justin Hartley were nominated.

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For Hartley, the former Y&R star received an nod in the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category,  While Ventimigilia, who plays Justin’s on-screen dad, is vying the Lead Actor Drama category.

Judith Light, the former two-time Daytime Emmy winner from One Life to Live, received a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television category for her performance in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

While yet, another former daytime, Finn Wittrock (Ex-All My Children) in the Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For Television category also for “Versace”.

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To view the complete list in all motion picture and TV categories click here.

Now, let us know if you are happy to hear that Justin, Judith, and Finn received nominations for their work? Comment below!

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Is That You Bobby Ewing? ‘Dallas’ Favorite Patrick Duffy Dons New Look For Guest Spot On ‘American Housewife’

In this week’s tis’ the season episode of the comedy series, American Housewife, none other than former  Dallas and The Bold and the Beautiful star Patrick Duffy returns to TV, when in story, Katie (Katie Nixon) strives to keep her long-separated parents apart when her father, Marty (Duffy), arrives in time to surprise the Otto family for Christmas.  The episode is aptly titled, “Saving Christmas”

This then puts Marty face-to-face and toe-to-toe with ex-wife Kathryn, played by the wonderful Wendie Malick.

Soap fans will remember the Hot in Cleveland crossover between Malick and Susan Lucci of All My Children.

The first look photos of Duffy on American Housewife were first delivered by ABC to TV Insider.

The Duffy-esque episode airs on Wednesday December 12th (8:30pm EST)

For Dallas fans, they are still wishing that that somehow the show will still come back in another incarnation after its latest (the TNT version) was canned after three seasons.

Will you be checking out Patrick on American Housewife? What do you think of the ponytail look? Comment below.

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