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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
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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
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davlestev1

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

davlestev1
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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
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April

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

Timmm
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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
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Mo

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

toscanti
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toscanti

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

blake
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blake

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

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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
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Emily

Good for him! He’ll be awesome!

Teresa
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Teresa

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

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GH’s Charles Shaughnessy On Victor’s Villainy: “He’s Just Making Trouble for All of the Fan Favorites! He’s Just Making Their Lives Miserable”

In pretty short order, Victor Cassadine’s re-emergence in Port Charles, and now played by daytime vet, Charles Shaughnessy, has caused plenty of havoc on ABC’s General Hospital.  Shaughnessy, who was much beloved as Shane Donovan on Days of our Lives, debuted on GH back in September of 2021.

You can look at the body count, or the people Victor has under his thumb, to know the impact he is making on the canvas.

In a new interview in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest (on newsstand now), Shaughnessy weighs-in on being the treacherous Cassadine.

 

Charles shared: “I mean, he’s just making trouble for all of the fan favorites! He’s just making their lives miserable.  He’s the guy who killed Luke Spencer.  He’s the guy who put Anna in jail and tried to break up her relationship with Valentin.  He’s just miserable to Holly. He’s just dreadful! But it’s such great fun, I mean, the more dreadful the better, really. He’s the villain you love to hate.”

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So, how and just when Victor will get his comeuppance is on everyone’s mind in the viewing audience as well as for characters such as: Laura (Genie Francis), Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), Lucy (Lynn Herring), Holly (Emma Samms), Anna (Finola Hughes), Ava (Maura West), Selina (Lydia Look), and many more.

Victor’s evil deeds seemed to reach new heights during the Holly Sutton storyline. Now the question is, who will he go after next, given what would seem to be his quest for the necklace containing diamonds from the Ice Princess?  Stay tuned.

What do you think of Charles’ portrayal of Victor? Who do you hope takes down Victor? Comment below.

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Eric Kim Named Exec VP of Current Programs CBS Entertainment & CBS Studios; Will Oversee Daytime Programming

As the executive shuffle continues at CBS, and through many entertainment conglomerates in Hollywood, Eric Kim has been named executive vice president of current programs. In his new role, Eric will oversee current primetime and daytime programming for the CBS network and for the studio.

Kim replaces Amy Reisenbach, who was recently promoted to president of CBS Entertainment.  In a statement on Kim’s new position, Reisenbach shared: “I’ve worked closely with Eric for over a decade and have always been impressed with his incredible programming instincts, skill in working with showrunners on our biggest hit shows and strong relationships throughout the creative community. I’m very excited for him to take on this significant role. He is a proven, smart executive whose leadership and input will be vital to the success of our series.”

David Stapf, president of CBS Studios who Kim will also report to expressed: “Eric’s creative instincts and his ability to champion new writers and producers complement his strong relationships with established showrunners, making him an exceptional executive. His leadership has earned the trust and respect of both the industry and his colleagues at the Studio and Network. As Eric steps into this new role, I’m looking forward to seeing the impact he makes both within the creative community and on our series that are enjoyed by global audiences.”

Eric has been with CBS over the last 11 years, and has overseen all phases of production on both comedy and drama series including; Blue Bloods and CSI.

Prior to joining the network, Kim worked in live action series for Nickelodeon and Teen Nick from 2009-2011. He was also vice president of current programming at the CW from 2006-2009, and was part of the creative team that launched the new network when The WB and UPN networks merged and was also an executive at UPN from 2004-2006.

Soap fans, of course, are hoping that Eric will be a huge supporter of the soaps, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful as well as the entire CBS daytime line-up.

So, what do you think of the latest executive change at CBS? Hopeful that Eric Kim will continue to support in-full Y&R and B&B’s efforts? Comment below.

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Laurence Fishburne to Present Levar Burton with Lifetime Achievement Honors at ‘Children’s & Family Emmy Awards’

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced today that Laurence Fishburne (ex-Josh Hall, One Life to Live 1973-1976 ) will present Levar Burton with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming Children’s & Family Emmys on December 11th from the Wilshire Ebell theatre in Los Angeles.

Fishburne, who collectively had won a Tony, NAACAP and Emmy Awards, will honor his longtime friend for the body of his work. Most notable among their many collaborations was when Burton served as executive producer for the 2016 remake of Roots, which starred Fishburne.

As many know, Levar Burton is an actor, director and educator who has taught generations of children about the joys of reading through his show Reading Rainbow. Throughout his career, Levar has been honored with 13 Emmy Awards, 3 NAACP Awards, a Grammy Award for Spoken Word Album, a Peabody Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, among other accolades.

Burton is the award-winning author of The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, A Kids Book About Imagination, and his Grammy Nominated book, Aftermath. His podcast, LeVar Burton Reads, has been downloaded more than 25 million times. Recently, he launched the LeVar Burton Book Club via the Fable app.

The Children’s & Family Emmy ceremony will be hosted by former 30 Rock star, Jack McBrayer, and will be streamed live on NATAS’ dedicated viewing platform powered by Vimeo, available on the web at Watch.TheEmmys.TV and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku.

What do you think about Levar Burton receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming ‘Children’s & Family Emmy Awards’ and from Laurence Fishburne, no less? Comment below. 

 

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