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Lesley-Anne Down taken off contract by B&B! However, something new maybe on the horizon!

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The beautiful and talented Lesley-Anne Down (Jackie M.) has been taken off contract by The Bold and the Beautiful, according to the actress’ website!  The post goes on to intimate that Lesley has something else in the works that her fans will know about when the time is right.  In lieu of Brandon Beemer (Owen) also be taken off-contract by B&B, it is not perhaps surprising that the same happened to Down.  However, A spokesperson for B&B informed CBS Soaps In Depth that Down will continue to work on the soap on a recurring basis.

The official post on Down’s site reads: “Bradley Bell has decided not to renew Lesley-Anne Down’s contract on B&B. Lesley-Anne wants all of you to know how special and important you all are to her. Your continued effort and support of Lesley-Anne is so appreciated by her. When one door closes another one opens. This thankfully has been the case in this instance.  We will let you know what it is when the time is right.”

So what do you think of Lesley-Anne being dropped to recurring?  What new project do you think could be in the works for her? Let us know your thoughts!

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Tom
Tom

I am used to B&B’s schizophrenic writing, but the past six months or so have been all over the map. LAD is a legend and consistently one of the best things about the show! Something sinister is going on behind the scenes, but I don’t know what.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I would hope the 25th anniversary of this daytime drama would be opportunity for serious rebooting and reworking. The storylines are indeed schizophrenic and across the board bad. The “special episodes and story arcs” would have greater impact were their stronger lead-in and committed followup. I always thought LAD was never used to full capacity.

gloria
gloria

The problem with a 30 minute show is the obvious-too many cast members, not enough time for everyone to have story!

JustSaying
JustSaying

The other problem with a 30 minute show is the endless Brooke-Ridge saga.

ethel
ethel

and i so sick of seeing brooke & ridge!

Mo
Mo

I think it’s a big mistake. I enjoyed Jowen’s comedic contributions. The show needs balance besides just the Logan-Forrester sagas. Give Hope less airtime and some to Thorne, Felicia, Jackie. Why don’t Thorne and Felicia start they own company or go work for Jackie? They don’t get any love at Forrester. That’s for sure!

Rob
Rob

Yet one more reason to finally stop watching, Im down to once or twice every couple of weeks.
The show has to be the worst thing on television.

RICKIE
RICKIE

This isn’t surprising… B&B’s cast always gets too large and then heads roll — it’s been this history of this show. Too bad they don’t get rid of Jennifer Gareis (Donna). With those surgically altered lips and limp hair, she looks like Shawn Wayans from “White Chicks.”

Jameka
Jameka

oh my goodness, i never realized that until now, as soon as i read it i realize she does look liked him in the drag…you just made my day!

Barbara
Barbara

I don’t understand this show. The writers don’t seem to have any idea how to write for any characters other than Ridge, Brooke, Taylor and Stephanie. Down is the just the latest name in a looooooooong list of talented, experienced actors who were signed to this show and given little to do: Lorenzo Lamas, Sydney Penny, Rick Hearst, Sarah Brown, Brian Gaskill, Eileen Davidson, Leslie Kay, Antonio Sabato Jr.,………… All of these actors are talented and were signed to this show with huge fanfare. Given nothing to do, the show shortly thereafter dropped each of them.

B&B seems to be in vicious cycle of constantly rehashing the Ridge, Brooke, and Taylor saga (tossing in a few good episodes concerning Stephanie to make sure Susan Flannery gets an Emmy nomination).

The only thing that will help this show is to focus on some other characters. Dropping Down, Beamer, and the others is not the way to help this show. Maybe the show should consider dropping Ronn Moss? Ridge is worn out as a romantic lead. Moreover, I have a ficus tree that can act better than Moss.

David Larsson
David Larsson

Such a shame. I only watch on the occasion but her screen presence was always a highlight when I did.

Shari
Shari

I also believe that something is going on behind-the-scenes, this show has turned into the Bridge/Logan show starring – Hope Logan.

There is absolutely no reason why others cannot be written for with their own story. JackieM not being able to get a designer is absolutely ridiculous since this is LA.

My belief is LAD was let go so that JackieM’s could switch hands, remember it was Jackie who didn’t want Bill to have any part of it. Bill will buy JackieM as a peace offering to Katie, giving another Logan another company.

This show is not about Taylor/Ridge/Brooke, Taylor is another one who isn’t even on when this story should have her front-and-center with her daughter, the same as Brooke is front-and-center with her daughter.

B&B is not the show it once was, the bold and the beautiful are disappearing.

Days Of Our Lives

Eric Martsolf Talks Brady Being Duped & His Co-Stars; Galen Gering & Camila Banus Chat Hernandez Siblings On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

On the latest episode of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) chats with host. Michael Fairman as Brady’s story hits a major turning point!  As DAYS fans know, Brady recently hit the sheets with “Nicole” who was Kristen in disguise.

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During the podcast conversation, Eric explains how he has to sometimes suspend belief to make stories work in daytime which included Brady not figuring out that “Nicole” was Kristen, although it certainly re-ignited his thoughts of her!  Plus, he chimes in on the fun he has had working with his co-stars: Arianne Zucker (“Nicole”) and Stacy Haiduk (Kristen/Susan) in their many scenes

Later, Eric tries to remember all of the loves of Brady’s life that crashed and burned, and is posed the question, “What would he think if Days of our Lives SORAS’d Brady’s son, Tate, to an 18-year-old?

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Then, the podcast goes behind the scenes for a dressing room segment where Galen Gering (Rafe) welcomes his on-screen sister, Camila Banus (Gabi).  The two banter about their on-screen and off-screen relationship as brother/sister and friends, and how much they value one another as they create the Hernandez sibling dynamic.

To download the episode via iTunes click here.   To listen to the podcast via NBC.com/Inside Salem click here.

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So, what do you think Brady should do now after the mess he finds himself in due to Kristen’s manipulations? Comment below.

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Dancing with the Stars

DWTS Host, Tom Bergeron Not Happy With “Divisive” Casting Choices Aimed At Sean Spicer

Controversy already erupted upon the announcement on Wednesday of the cast of the new season of Dancing with the Stars.  Most intriguing is that a statement from the longtime ABC series, host, Tom Bergeron revealed his hopes to the producers that their celebrity casting choices would be non-political in nature, especially after the ballroom dance competition had been on a year hiatus from the small screens.

Following the celebrity contestant reveal, which included former White House Press Secretary. Sean Spicer (who worked for President Donald Trump), the host released a statement via his Twitter account.  In it, Bergeron noted that he’d had lunch with the show’s new executive producer and had suggested some ideas for the show. Chief among them was that DWTS should avoid casting someone with “ANY party affiliations.”  When he left that lunch, Bergeron says he was convinced that would be the case.

Bergeron expressed: “It was my hope that ‘DWTS,’ in its return from an unprecedented year-long hiatus, would be a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably divisive bookings from ANY party affiliations.”  Then he said, “Subsequently (and rather obviously) a decision was made to, as they often say in Hollywood, “go in a different direction”.  He went on to say, “It is the prerogative of producers, in partnership with the network, to make whatever decisions they feel are in the best long term interests of the franchise. We can agree to disagree, as we do now, but ultimately it’s their call. I’ll leave it to them to answer any further questions about those decisions.”

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DWTS new EP Andrew Llinares, then said in a statement. “We’ve got a great and diverse cast. We are excited about the season,”

You can see Bergeron’s tweet in full below.

So, what do you think of Bergeron’s hopes for the casting choices of DTWS?  Would you have preferred Sean Spicer to be cut from the cast?  Who would you have liked to have seen cast on the series? Would you want any celeb you like to even go on it any more? Comment below.

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Dancing with the Stars Season 28 Cast Revealed: From The Bachelorette’s Hannah Brown to Ex-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

This morning on ABC’s Good Morning America the celebrity line-up was announced for the upcoming fall season and 28th edition of Dancing with the Stars.  Within the list of competitors are: The Bachelorette, Hannah Brown, former Dawson’s Creek star, James Van Der Beek, and even disgraced White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, and the “Uptown Girl” herself, supermodel Christie Brinkley 

In addition to the above celebs, showing their best ballroom dance moves will also be: Queer Eye‘s Karamo Brown, The Office‘s Kate Flannery and Kenan & Kel‘s Kel Mitchell, plus The Supremes’ Mary Wilson, Fifth Harmony’s Ally Brooke, and American Idol Season 10 runner-up  and now country/pop star, Lauren Alaina.

As for the former pro athletes in the cast; those slots belong to: former NFL linebacker of the Baltimore Ravens, Ray Lewis, and former NBA player (and former hubby to Khloe Kardashian) Lamar Odom.

On the pro dancer side, this season will mark the return of Peta Murgatroyd who last competed three seasons ago, as well as newcomers Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov. In addition, the cast will include the steps of: Brandon Armstrong, Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Cheryl Burke, Witney Carson, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Keo Motsepe, Gleb Savchenko and Emma Slater.

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This season viewers will not learn of the celebrity/pro pairings till the night of the premiere.

All the moves kick-off on Monday night, September 26th at 8PMEST/7PMCST on ABC.

So, what do you think of the new cast of DWTS? Who do you think on paper stands the best chance of being a top contender for the Mirror Ball Trophy? Weigh-in below.

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