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Y&R Alum Michael Graziadei Drama The Lottery Greenlighted To Series By Lifetime!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Great news for Michael Graziadei, the former Daniel Romalotti of The Young and the Restless!  Deadline.com revealed today that the drama The Lottery, in which he stars, has been picked-up by Lifetime for a ten episode deal! 

About the background of the story of The Lottery: The series is set in a dystopian future when women have stopped having children, threatening extinction of the human race. When 100 embryos are successfully fertilized, a national lottery is held to decide the surrogates.

Lifetime’s general manager Rob Sharenow said about the project:  “The Lottery is one of the most provocative and original concepts we’ve ever seen. Tim Sexton’s unique dystopian thriller represents an exciting new direction for Lifetime and continues cable’s position on the leading edge of bold, high-quality scripted drama.”

The project, written by Sexton, stars Michael Graziadei, along with Marley Shelton, David Alpay, Martin Donovan, Lesley Ann Brandt and Louise Lombardi.

Will you be checking out The Lottery to see Michael in it?  Does the premise of the story intrigue you?  Do you miss Michael as Daniel on Y&R?  Let us know!

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jimh(leave to beaver)
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jimh(leave to beaver)

Sounds interesting but id really preferto win a real lottery…the money kind…lol

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I miss him on the show and his character, but I sincerely doubt we will ever see him back on the soap; maybe one day if they ever recast Phyllis perhaps they will recast Danny– but the mother son chemistry between him and MS will never be repeated. As for this new show, it sounds strange, but different can either take off or it can flop big time, lets hope his sake it is former not the latter.

Toni
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Toni

I’ll watch to support Michael but it’s not something I would watch if he weren’t in it.

Rose Black
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Rose Black

I will so watch The Lottery with Michael. I was so sad to see him leave and the “leaving” continued until MM &BM. Too much talent lost on Y&R, but really, really excited for Michael! Way to persevere! GOOD LUCK, Michael! And Thanks, Lifetime, for an interesting concept to watch!

Mo
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Mo

No thanks.

Tim
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Tim

Good! That means he stays off Y&R!

Sharonda
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Sharonda

I think Daniel died for me the day they got rid of the “real Lily”-Davetta Sherwood. She was Dru’s mini me, CK sucks and quite frankly is a miscast for the part of the daughter of Dru- there was a mix up at the hospital. Heck I would rather Hillary be Dru’s daughter than CK’s version of Lily. She lacks that toughness in her demeanor and she doesn’t have street smarts. I hope he never returns because I no longer watch Y&R! So kuddos to him!

Hillary
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Hillary

Sounds interesting. Could be really good and Michael is freaking hot, so that helps!! 😉

Joshua
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Joshua

In the 33 years I have been watching “Young and the Restless,” Daniel was my No. 1 least favorite character of all-time.

No. 2 was Amber.

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Irene Cara, Best-Known For Smash Hits ‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance… What A Feeling’, Dead at 63

Oscar and Grammy winner, Irene Cara has passed away.  The singer/songwriter/actress, known for her memorable vocal performances to the theme of the hit movie, Fame, and singing the title track to another 80’s blockbuster, Flashdance, apparently died in her Florida home yesterday. The cause of death is not yet known.

According to her publicist, Judith Moore on Twitter, the rep shared: “This is the absolute worst part of being a publicist. I can’t believe I’ve had to write this, let alone release the news.  It is with profound sadness that on behalf of her family I announce the passing of Irene Cara. The Academy Award-winning actress, singer, songwriter and producer passed away in her Florida home.  Irene’s family has requested privacy as they process their grief. She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films.”

A little known fact is that Irene’s first acting gig was on the daytime drama, Love of Life from 1970-1971 in the role of Daisy Allen.   She later appeared in TV roles on: What’s Happening, Kojak, Roots: The Next Generations, and in the film, Sparkle and many more.

Later, Cara first rose to prominence when she was cast in the 1980’s musical film Fame, where she sang the title track and starred in as Coco Hernandez.  Her vocal performance in Fame earned her two Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance Female in 1981.

Two years later, Cara not only picked up two Grammy Awards for her performance, but also an Oscar for  co-writing, “Flashdance… What a Feeling” from another 80’s pop culture smash, Flashdance.  At the Grammys in 1984, Irene won for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, and Best Album of an Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special.  She took home the Oscar for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards in 1983.

Cara’s rep added, that at the time of Irene’s death they were working on new projects: “Working on amazing projects that would have made her  and her fans incredibly happy. Her manager and I will finish them. She’d want that.”

Share your thoughts and remembrances on the passing of Irene Cara via the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Michael Damian Drops New Single ‘Must Be Christmas’

Michael Damian, who is reprising his role as Danny Romalotti on upcoming episodes of The Young and the Restless, has also been very busy producing films including Netflix’s new holiday hit, Falling For Christmas.

Falling for Christmas stars Lindsay Lohan and Chord Overstreet, and was directed by Michael’s wife, Janeen Damian.  In the film, Lohan plays a newly engaged and spoiled heiress who finds herself living away from the luxury she’s used to after an accident at a destination proposal gone wrong leaves her suffering from amnesia.

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On Black Friday, Damian revealed that his new single from the soundtrack of the film is out and dropped on Spotify and all music streaming platforms.

The track is titled, Must Be Christmas, and for all of Michael’s fans from his singing days as rock star, Danny Romalotti, you will enjoy getting to hear him sing all these years later.

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So, will you be adding Michael’s ‘Must Be Christmas’ to your holiday playlist? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Justin Hartley Stars in Netflix Holiday Movie ‘The Noel Diary’ That Drops Thanksgiving Day

Look for former Y&R and This Is Us star, Justin Hartley (ex-Adam, ex-Kevin) in a holiday film bowing tomorrow, November 24th on Thanksgiving Day.

In Netflix’s The Noel Diary, Hartley takes on the role of Jacob Turner, a successful novelist who gets a shocking phone call from his estranged mother’s lawyer. He informs Jacob that his mother has died.

Now, returning home to settle his mother’s estate, ‘Jake’ meets a young woman named Rachel (Station 19’s, Barrett Doss).  We find out she is searching for information on her birth mother, who she believes worked as the Turner family’s nanny many years ago.  As Jake and Rachel set out together to confront their pasts, an old diary may hold the key to unlocking their connection, while opening up their hearts to an unexpected future.

The Noel Diary also stars: Essence Atkins, Bonnie Bedelia, James Remar, and Treat Williams.

Hartley posted some pics from the film on his Instagram adding, “Sending out a few images from my upcoming film, #TheNoelDiary! Coming to @Netflix on November 24th.”

You can check out the trailer below.

Then let us know if ‘The Noel Diary’ may be on your watch list for Turkey Day via the comment section.

 

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