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Y&R Alum Miles Gaston Villanueva Lands Primo Role As Lyle Menendez In Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders Anthology Series!

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Fans of The Young and the Restless know that Miles Gaston Villanueva (Ex-Luca Santori) can play quite the bad boy, and now primetime  TV audiences will get to see him playing a convicted murderer in the highly-anticipated eight episode Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders anthology series for NBC.

According to the casting news via Deadline.com, first season of the series will focus on the true-life infamous case of Lyle (Villanueva) and Erik Menendez (Gus Halper). The brothers  were convicted in 1996 of murdering their parents seven years earlier. After a mistrial and deadlocked juries — there was one trial but two separate juries, one for each brother — the brothers later were re-tried and convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole.

The true-crime installment of the Law & Order franchise will delve into the players, the crime and the media circus, detailing the day-to-day battles of the trial and unveiling the shocking truth of what really went down when the cameras stopped rolling. Edie Falco also stars as defense attorney Leslie Abramson.

Villanueva recently starred with Al Pacino and Judith Light in the Pasadena Playhouse production of God Looked Away.

Look for a fall premiere on NBC for Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez murders.

So, what do you think of the casting of Miles Gaston Villanueva as Lyle Menendez? Will you be checking him out on the series this fall? Comment below!

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Good for him !
his character was lackluster BLAAHHHH!
He was the son of a very feared powerful man he was from a power family and his character was nothing, nothing much to speak of.
what a waste ..
hope his new journey will be much better than with Y&R.

Timmm
Timmm

THAT was one of the problems with his character, he came from a powerful family whose father was ruthless and we never met him. Why not cast a 60 something former TV actor to go head to head with Victor and then introduce more members of Luca’s family? All of Luca’s threats were empty and it made him look like a joke. That and being connected to Glummer!

davlestev1
davlestev1

I can just picture Victor and Nick trying to deal and Sharon and Nikki being the sane ones about it.

davlestev1
davlestev1

And to throw TRUE gasoline on the fire he should have been sleeping with Summer too. Oh the fun a true story liner would have had with just that ONE story.

April
April

Great news for him. So many YR viewers left mean comments about him

Timmm
Timmm

Thats great, keep getting work. Stay away from Genoa City! Oh, and keep that girl you hung with whose accent changed over night when she started dating Noah, away to!

Mo
Mo

Someone else is doing this story as well. Meredith who plays Anne on Days played Leslie in that dramatization.

toscanti
toscanti

Excellent, he’s a very good actor. I’ll be tuning in to watch.

blake
blake

great news. I loved and miss him on Y&R. Sexy Luca and his amazing hair!

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

Unless Law & Order has the “dun dun” sound, it just is not the same. I can’t get into the Chicago version they have on even though the cast, as most Law & Order franchises is fantastic.

I miss the original Law & Order. 🙁

Emily
Emily

Good for him! He’ll be awesome!

Teresa
Teresa

Great to see talented Latino
Actors cast in great roles! Does us proud.

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Linsey Godfrey Addresses Caroline’s Death On B&B; While Matthew Atkinson Makes His Debut As Thomas

If you caught the end of last week’s episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful, you know it was a crushing moment for the Spencer and Forrester families, when news traveled that Caroline had died, thus bringing back to the canvas, Thomas Forrester and his young son with Caroline, Douglas.  This storypoint served as the impetus for the debut of Matthew Atkinson in the role of Thomas last played by Pierson Fodé.

In story, Bill (Don Diamont) learned from his sister, Karen that Caroline died of a blood clot, although no more specific details were given, or asked about in regard to her passing.  When Thomas arrived at the Forrester mansion with his young son in tow, friends and family where there for him in his time of need.

Meanwhile, current Days of our Lives star Linsey Godfrey (Sarah Horton), who played Caroline from 2012-2017 and appeared also in 2018 in the role, addressed Caroline’s death via her Instagram and social media accounts with this statement: “Hi Everyone, So I just got back from Caroline’s funeral..it was beautiful. It appears it’s time to say goodbye to our Caroline Spencer. I just want to first say a huge thank you to Brad Bell (executive producer/head writer) and the entire Bold and the Beautiful family. I truly adored every aspect of the wacky, feisty, sassy Caroline. I loved my time at Bold! Don’y be sad, even though she is gone, I promise Brad and the writers have some awesome drama up their sleeves for you! Thank you for all your support and love over the years! Don’t worry I hear Caroline has a brunette doppelgänger over in Salem, might be worth investigating.”

Check out a couple of clips below from B&B featuring Liam (Scott Clifton) and Hope (Annika Noelle) learning the news of Caroline’s death and Matthew Atkinson’s debut as Thomas.

Then let us know, do you think B&B should have killed-off Caroline? What do you think of Matt Atkinson in the role of Thomas on first impression? And finally, what did you think of Linsey Godfrey’s statement on her former soap alter’s death? Comment below.

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Kassie DePaiva Talks Eve’s Machinations & Eric Martsolf and Victoria Konefal Take You Behind The Scenes On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

Oh what a twisted web Eve Donovan weaves on current episodes of Days of our Lives.  Seems like Eve is in cahoots with Claire to have Haley arrested and deported all to help Jack advance in the Salem mayoral race and…  her quest to become Salem’s first lady?

On the latest all-new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, daytime favorite, Kassie DePaiva (Eve) talks with host Michael Fairman all about Eve and what she is up to, hiding, and how she is scheming to ruin the life of Jennifer Horton, and keep Jack under her thumb.  In addition ,DePaiva shares what it has been like to be reunited with her former One Life to Live co-star, Robin Strasser since both have been taping at DAYS recently.

Later, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman behind the scenes where the guys visit the hair and make-up department and get the lowdown on how the actors are turned into the characters they play, and the fast and furious life of a soap star, who has to get camera ready before they hit the set.

Finally, Michael speaks with Victoria Konefal (Ciaria) on how she “Becomes Ciara Brady” as we visit her dressing room and find out just how she gets that Ciara-look that turns the head of Ben Weston every time she walks in to a room.

Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming at NBC.com, the NBC app, and on the network’s You Tube channel.  The latest episode will be available for download on iTunes and major pod platforms beginning on Monday, March 18th.

So what did you think of our chats with Kassie, Eric, and Victoria? Comment below.

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Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin Are Among Dozens Charged In Alleged College Admissions Scandal For Their Kids

On Tuesday, two women very familiar to soap audiences, actresses Felicity Huffman (Ex-Lynette, Desperate Housewives) and Lori Loughlin (Ex-Jodie, Edge of Night) are among dozens of wealthy parents, elite college coaches and college prep executives accused of carrying out a nationwide fraud to get students into prestigious colleges, according to a massive federal indictment that has been handed down.

According to prosecutors, the scheme was in two parts: either parents allegedly paid a college prep organization to take the test on behalf of students or to correct their answers.  Then, the organization allegedly bribed college coaches to help admit the students into college as recruited athletes, regardless of their actual abilities.  The documents also allege that some defendants created fake athletic profiles for students to make them appear to be successful athletes.

CNN is reporting: “As of now, 50 people were charged in the criminal investigation that went by the name ‘Operation Varsity Blues.”‘ Those arrested include two SAT/ACT administrators, one exam proctor, nine coaches at elite schools, one college administrator and 33 parents, according to Andrew Lelling, the US attorney for Massachusetts.

The parents were alleged to be from a “catalog of wealth and privilege,” including actors, CEOs, a fashion designer and the co-chairman of a global law firm.  “This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud. There can be no separate college admission system for the wealthy,” stated Lelling.

As to Huffman and Loughlin’s parts in the scandal: Felicity has been charged with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.  She was arrested without incident at her home.   Huffman is accused of paying $15,000 to William Rick Singer’s fake charity the Key Worldwide Foundation to facilitate cheating for her daughter on the SATs, the complaint says.   Another cooperating witness told authorities he purportedly traveled from Tampa to a West Hollywood Test Center to administer Huffman’s daughter’s exam.  She received a 1420 on her test, which was 400 points higher than a PSAT taken a year earlier without the same administrator, the complaint states.

Loughlin, best known to TV audiences as Becky on Full House, and now its reboot, Fuller House. is facing the same felony charge: conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.  Her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, was also charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

According to documents, the duo allegedly agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team, even though they did not participate in crew, the complaint said.   The complaint includes emails between Singer and Giannulli in which the two discussed a “game plan” for his older daughter, whose academic qualifications were at or below the “low-end” of USC’s admission standards.  Singer facilitated bribes to Donna Heinel, the senior associate athletic director at USC, who then got the students in to USC as recruited athletes, according to the complaint.

Giannulli was arrested without incident, and the FBI served a warrant for Loughlin, but she was not home at the time. She is on a flight to Los Angeles where she is expected to surrender at the Central District Court later this afternoon.

So, what do you think about this shocker involving Huffman and Loughlin, and the corruption via the those of privilege, wealth, and status? Share your thoughts on this developing story via the comment section below.

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