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Empire: Alfre Woodard Cast as Cookie's Mother!

Cookie's mother will be stopping by Empire when the soapy drama resumes in March. 

TV Line has confirmed that Alfre Woodard has joined the cast on a recurring basis as Renee. 

No, we're not kidding!

If you watch Empire online, you will know that Cookie's mother is rarely mentioned on the series, so it will be exciting to find out what really went wrong in the relationship. 

The Fox hit utilizes flashbacks well, so we will likely get a whole lot of insight into what really happened. 

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Woodard is a seasoned TV veteran who has appeared in the likes of Desperate Housewives, True Blood, Luke Cage and A Series of Unfortunate Events

Empire closed out 2017 in shocking fashion with the return of Demi Moore's Nurse Claudia, who drugged Lucious and kidnapped him because she was under the impression she could carve out a relationship with him.
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‘False Profits’: Kosha Patel & Kapil Talwalkar Cast In ABC Comedic Soap Pilot

Kosha Patel (Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce) is set for a lead role in ABC’s False Profits, a comedic soap set in the world of cosmetics marketing from former Code Black writer-producer Kayla Alpert, Jason Reed, and ABC Studios. Also cast as a series regular is Kapil Talwalkar. Written by Alpert, False Profits is described as Desperate Housewives meets Glengarry Glen Ross. It follows a team of down-and-out women in suburban Arizona as they fight their way to the top of the…
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Pregnant Eva Longoria Reveals She Is Missing Wine in Cute Baby Bump-Hugging Instagram Photo

Pregnant Eva Longoria Reveals She Is Missing Wine in Cute Baby Bump-Hugging Instagram Photo
Eva Longoria is loving being pregnant, but there is one aspect of her pregnancy she is not loving.

On Tuesday, the actress, 42, shared a photo of herself holding up a burgundy T-shirt from A Pea in the Pod that read, “I Like To Think Wine Misses Me Too.”

Longoria, who hugged her baby bump in the snap, jokingly wrote in the caption, “I really hope so Happy Tuesday!!!”

A representative for the actress confirmed to People in December that she and husband José “Pepe” Antonio Bastón are expecting their first child together, a son. Bastón is already a father to
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Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay Blu-ray artwork and special features revealed

Earlier this week we got a look at the trailer for Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, the next instalment in Warner Bros.’ series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, and now we have the Blu-ray artwork, as well as details of the special features set to accompany the release.

Special Features:

Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital

-A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, The Death of Superman: “The Death of Superman” – The Death of Superman is widely considered one of the most popular stories in the Superman canon and the Dcu. This sneak peek at the exciting new film discusses the story and its place in pop culture.

-Outback Rogue: Captain Boomerang (Featurette) – Audiences get a deeper look at this unconventional, yet entertaining villain from Down Under and how he’s evolved from The Flash universe to the Suicide Squad.

-Nice Shot, Floyd!
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Felicity Huffman Set To Recur In Season 2 Of Epix’s ‘Get Shorty’; Sarah Stiles Upped To Series Regular

Felicity Huffman has signed on for a recurring role opposite Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano in Season 2 of Epix’s dark comedy series Get Shorty. The Desperate Housewives alum will play Clara Dillard, a mothering, high-level special agent for the FBI who’s described as hippie therapist meets J. Edgar Hoover. She takes over the investigation focusing on Amara and the crime organization in Season 2. In addition, we’ll be seeing more of Gladys next season. Sarah Stiles, who…
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Playback: Laurie Metcalf on ‘Lady Bird’ and Getting the ‘Roseanne’ Band Back Together

Playback: Laurie Metcalf on ‘Lady Bird’ and Getting the ‘Roseanne’ Band Back Together
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

Actress Laurie Metcalf is no stranger to awards. She’s been nominated for nine Emmys for her work in television series like “Roseanne,” “Desperate Housewives” and “The Big Bang Theory” and has three of those trophies on her mantle. She’s also been recognized with four Tony Award nominations for her work on the stage, including a win just last year for “A Doll’s House, Part 2.” But she’s never been swept up in an Oscar season whirlwind until “Lady Bird,” which yielded her first Academy Award nomination last month. Even for an industry veteran, the rush of the circuit (or “circus,” depending) has been a fresh and exciting new experience.

Listen to this week’s episode of “Playback” below. New episodes air every Thursday.

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“I had no
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‘Desperate Housewives’ Star Teri Hatcher To Battle It Out In Celebrity ‘Bake Off’ Special

Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher is among the celebrities to have signed up for a charity version of The Great British Bake Off. Hatcher, who also starred in James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, is joined by the likes of Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp and Not The Nine O'Clock News star Griff Rhys Jones in The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off for Channel 4. The show, which airs later this year, forms part of a range of programming by the British broadcaster to raise…
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A Gringo In Mexico: 'La Boda de Valentina's' Ryan Carnes Experiences Similar Journey As Character

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Actor Ryan Carnes (“Desperate Housewives,” “General Hospital”) didn’t have to pretend to be a fish-out-water in Mexico City in the bilingual comedy, La Boda De Valentina. He experienced a similar journey as the character he plays on screen in the Mexican comedy. Acting opposite Marimar Vega and Omar Chaparro, the non-Spanish speaker was in for a big surprise when he landed in Mexico and found out the Mexican comedy was 90% in Spanish.
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Lyndsy Fonseca and Noah Bean Welcome Daughter Greta: 'I Am Finally a Mom!'

Lyndsy Fonseca and Noah Bean Welcome Daughter Greta: 'I Am Finally a Mom!'
A little Bean has been born!

How I Met Your Mother alum Lyndsy Fonseca and her husband, former Nikita costar Noah Bean, welcomed their first child on Friday, Feb. 2. Arriving at 11:36 p.m., daughter Greta Lilia Bean weighed in at 7 lbs., 12 oz., and measured 20¼ inches long.

“Our hearts are bursting. #iamfinallyamom,” Fonseca, 31, wrote on Instagram Wednesday.

The new mom shared three new photos of their newborn, including one of their little girl wearing her hospital beanie and bundled in her receiving blanket with her eyes wide open. Another photo showed the little one resting in a sleeper at the couple’s home.
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Today in Soap Opera History (February 6)

1976: Days of our Lives' Laura gave birth to Jennifer.

1985: Santa Barbara's Kelly received white carnations.

1995: One Life to Live's Joey wanted answers from his mother.

1996: Another World's Grant took Vicky hostage."Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."

― Machiavelli

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1973: Denise Alexander aired for the final time as Susan Hunter Martin on Days of our Lives.
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Eva Longoria’s Soapy Drama Pilot ‘Grand Hotel’ Checks in at ABC

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Eva Longoria’s Soapy Drama Pilot ‘Grand Hotel’ Checks in at ABC
Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria is headed back to ABC with — wait for it — another soapy drama. The Disney-owned network has placed a pilot order for Longoria’s “Grand Hotel.” Set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel, “Grand Hotel” centers around the family who owns the titular business, the staff who run it, and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior. “Devious Maids” and “Desperate Housewives” scribe Brian Tanen will pen the script and executive produce along with Eva Longoria and Ben Spector under their UnbeliEVAble banner, and Oliver Bachert and Christian Gockel for Beta. The project hails...
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Eva Longoria-Produced Drama ‘Grand Hotel’ & Comedy ‘Three Rivers’ Get ABC Pilot Orders

ABC has picked up two more pilots, soapy drama Grand Hotel based on the Spanish format, from former Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria and the hit ABC/ABC Studios dramedy's writer Brian Tanen, and single-camera comedy Three Rivers from I Hate My Teenage Daughter creators Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer. Both hail from ABC’s sister studio ABC Studios. Written by Tanen, Grand Hotel is a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel, centering…
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Lucifer: The Devil Marries Cain and Maze is Attracted to Charlotte.

The Devil takes a page out of the Desperate Housewives book to an extent in this week’s episode of Lucifer. A woman living in a suburban neighborhood is dead. Her body shoved into a woodchipper. Question is: who killed her and why? I found this episode to be both amusing and endearing at the same time. It’s funny because Lucifer has to go undercover with Cain and to watch them act like a domesticated couple made me smile. The endearing part is when Lucifer stormed away from the party and Detective Decker consoled him. She told him that although emotions

Lucifer: The Devil Marries Cain and Maze is Attracted to Charlotte.
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Monday Motivation! Pregnant Eva Longoria Shows Off Baby Bump While Out Hiking

Monday Motivation! Pregnant Eva Longoria Shows Off Baby Bump While Out Hiking
Eva Longoria‘s son on the way has an active lifestyle to look forward to!

The star was pictured getting her prenatal sweat on in a snap posted to her Instagram account Monday, where she’s showing off her baby bump in an all-black ensemble while pointing at the Hollywood Sign.

“Monday Morning hike! Gettin’ it in! #HappyMonday ,” the Desperate Housewives alum, 42, captioned the moment.

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Related Video: Eva Longoria Expecting First Child — a Boy!

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ABC Orders Drama ‘False Profits’ From Kayla Alpert to Pilot

ABC has ordered a pilot for the drama “False Profits,” Variety has learned.

The project, described as a comedic soap in the vein of “Desperate Housewives,” follows a team of down-and-out women in suburban Arizona as they fight their way to the top of the cutthroat world of a multi-level marketing cosmetics business.

Kayla Alpert will serve as writer and executive producer. Jason Reed and Sabrina Wind will also executive via Jason T. Reed Productions. ABC Studios will produce.

Alpert most recently worked as a supervising producer and writer on the CBS medical drama “Code Black.” Her other credits include the shows “Up All Night,” “Ally McBeal,” and “Sweet Valley High.” She also worked on the screenplay for the film “Confessions of a Shopaholic.”

She is repped by ICM and Mosaic.

ABC previously ordered two light dramas straight to series for the 2018-2019 season. The first was “The Rookie,” which stars Nathan Fillion as a middle-aged man who
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‘False Profits’ Comedic Soap From Kayla Alpert & Jason Reed Gets ABC Pilot Order

ABC has given a pilot order to False Profits, a comedic soap set in the word of cosmetics marketing from Code Black writer-producer Kayla Alpert, Jason Reed, and ABC Studios. Written by Alpert, False Profits is described as Desperate Housewives meets Glengarry Glen Ross. It follows a team of down-and-out women in suburban Arizona as they fight their way to the top of the cutthroat world of a multi-level marketing cosmetics business. Alpert executive produces with Reed and…
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William H. Macy Gushes 'I'm a Lucky Guy' Over Wife Felicity Huffman

William H. Macy Gushes 'I'm a Lucky Guy' Over Wife Felicity Huffman
Hollywood power couple William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman are shameless when it comes to encouraging one another’s success.

With her husband nominated at the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards, Huffman was there by his side to celebrate his success.

“I am very calm and supportive, as are you, I have to say,” Huffman said to her husband on The People, Entertainment Weekly & TNT Official SAG Awards Red Carpet Live Show Sunday.

Be sure to check out People’s full SAG Awards coverage to get the latest news on Hollywood’s big night and watch People, Entertainment Weekly and TNT
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Animated Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay hits Home April 10

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Burbank, CA (January 18, 2018) – Prepare to root for the bad guys when Amanda Waller sends her band of misfit DC Super-Villains on an all-new, action-packed secret mission in Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, the next film in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the feature-length animated film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting March 27, 2018, and on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD April 10, 2018.

Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay is rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, sexual content, brief graphic nudity, and some drug material.

An original story, Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack ($39.99 Srp), Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98 Srp) and DVD ($19.98 Srp), as well as Digital ($19.99 HD, $14.99 Sd). The Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with Hdr and
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TVLine Items: Eva Longoria Visits Jane, Good Doctor Adds H50 Vet and More

Onetime Jane the Virgin director Eva Longoria is returning to the CW dramedy in an onscreen role.

The Desperate Housewives actress will appear as herself in the March 2 episode, in which Rogelio seeks out Longoria to co-star in the American adaptation of The Passions of Santos, ETOnline.com reports. The two will then discover that they have a “surprising connection.”

RELATEDJane the Virgin Books Brooke Shields to Play Rogelio’s New Nemesis

Jane returns with new episodes on Friday, Jan. 26 at 9/8c.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Will Yun Lee (Hawaii Five-0) has landed an arc on The Good Doctor,
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SAG Awards predictions secret: Size matters for comedies like ‘Orange is the New Black,’ ‘Glee,’ ‘Desperate Housewives’ …

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SAG Awards predictions secret: Size matters for comedies like ‘Orange is the New Black,’ ‘Glee,’ ‘Desperate Housewives’ …
When it comes to rewarding the best comedic cast on television, the SAG Awards often simply go with the biggest cast. Recent winners like “Orange is the New Black” (2014-2016), “Glee” (2009), “Desperate Housewives” (2004-2005) and “Ally McBeal” (1998) all prevailed thanks in part to having the most cast members on the voting ballot. Interestingly enough, all four of these were also hour-long dramedies, which suggests SAG voters are more apt to give the prize to large casts when they’re also in large productions.

What does this statistic mean in terms of predicting the 2018 SAG Awards? “Orange is the New Black” once again boasts the biggest comedy cast with a record-setting 45 men and women nominated for the Netflix prison series. That’s up from 37 cast members in 2016, 34 in 2015, and 40 in 2014. Of this year’s other nominated ensembles, Netflix’s “Glow” consists of 18 cast members, followed by HBO’s “Veep” at 15, ABC
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