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Y&R's Christian LeBlanc Adds Film & TV Producer To His Credits With GRAVE SECRETS and DEADTIME STORIES!

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Three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin) of The Young and the Restless is always one busy bee, but now the talented guy has added “film and television producer” to his laundry list of credits after getting involved in a project very close to his heart.

LeBlanc, who always has done children’s illustration and art, and was a former Kindergarten teacher at one point in his life,  got the opportunity to become a producer on a project for Nickelodeon called Deadtime Stories which is based off a series of books written and published years ago that plays to children seven-years- old and up and their families!

But there’s more!  This TV project originated out of a  full-length feature film titled Grave Secrets which is playing this afternoon at 2PM in San Diego California, and the San Diego Film Festival.  LeBlanc tweeted today “Join me at the @sdfilmfestival at the screening of “GRAVE SECRETS” in Lajolla at the ArcLight Today, Sunday at 2pm with @Diane_Ladd @comeagainjen @AshleyAJones and the ghosts…let’s not forget the ghosts!!! @deadtimestories”  So, if you are in the San Diego area today, go check it out and meet Christian and Ashley!

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When On-Air On-Soaps spoke to Christian on the movie and the television series, he related how it all came together:  “I got Ashley Jones (Bridget, B&B) on board to act, and Diane Ladd stars in it.  So they put together and shot the movie called, Grave Secrets which is now one of the stories in the Deadtime Stories TV series.  The movie Grave Secrets in which I am in, I was  cut out of for the television episode version of it (laughs) that will air on Deadtime Stories on Halloween night on Nickelodeon! I decided to play a very small part in the movie, as it gave me the chance to work with Ashley Jones.  We play a married couple, the parents.  The stars are the kids and Diane Ladd and Jennifer Stone is the through0line in the series and the film, and she is a babysitter that reads these books.”

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For those who don’t know Jennifer Stone, she was on the hit Disney series,  Wizards of Waverly Place, and according to LeBlanc,  “She brings the Disney audience with her which is wonderful for the project”

Deadtime Stories premiered this past Thursday night, October 3rd at 8pm on Nickelodeon.  The series will run every Thursday night in October from 8pm to 9pm with two new episodes back to back, culminating with Grave Secrets on Halloween – the last Thursday of the month, and that is the episode LeBlanc was the producer on!  For more on the series visit its website here!

So will you be checking out Grave Secrets on Halloween night on Nickelodeon with your kids while handing out candy to those who knock at your door?  Let us know!

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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Breaking News

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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