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“Four­teen years ago, I booked a two-week long gig on the Young And The Rest­less. In my wildest dreams, I could never have imag­ined what it would turn into” – that’s how Greg Rikaart an­nounced on Instagram that he’s leav­ing his role as Kevin Fisher on soapie Y&R (1973cur­rent). The pro­duc­ers have cho­sen not to kill off Kevin, leav­ing the door open for Greg to re­turn later on. He hasn’t an­nounced any new roles but Greg added that “I’m ex­cited about my new fu­ture”. Greg and his char­ac­ter will be on SA screens for an­other year or so.

There was a prison break for dram­edy Orange Is The New Black (2013-cur­rent) when hacker group The Dark Over­lord re­leased what ap­pears to be the first unedited 10 episodes for the up­com­ing sea­son 5. Net­flix said in a state­ment that their prison show “was af­fected by a se­cu­rity com­pro­mise at a pro­duc­tion ven­dor used by sev­eral ma­jor TV stu­dios” af­ter they re­fused to pay the ran­som de­mand. Sea­son 5 will air of­fi­cially from Fri­day 9 June. “Get ready for the re­turn of a big­ger, bolder and bet­ter Amer­i­can Idol,” says ABC Pres­i­dent Ben Sher­wood. The net­work out­bid ri­vals FOX to re­boot re­al­ity show Amer­i­can Idol (20022016) for sea­son 16. It’s ru­moured that the net­work wants long-time host Ryan Seacrest to re­turn too but he’s said that his sched­ule might be “a lit­tle too full for any­thing else right now”. The judg­ing panel how­ever will get a brand-new look and se­ries alumni Kelly Clark­son and Car­rie Un­der­wood have both been linked with a role find­ing new Idols.

And an­other show get­ting a re­boot is iconic ’80s soapie Dy­nasty (1981-1989). Net­work The CW will be bring­ing the Car­ring­ton and Colby clans back for more big-haired feuds and while Joan Collins’s role as wicked Alexis hasn’t been cast yet, a few roles have been filled. Nathalie Kel­ley (Sy­bil in the Vam­pire Diaries, 2009-2017) will play Cristal Colby, who kick­starts the war when she mar­ries much-older Blake (Grant Show, Spence from De­vi­ous Maids, 2013-2016).

Peter Din­klage ( Tyrion Lan­nis­ter in fan­tasy se­ries Game Of Thrones, 2011-cur­rent) is pro­duc­ing and star­ing in biopic My Din­ner With Hervé. Peter will play the late Hervé Vil­lechaize, most fa­mous as Bond vil­lain Nick Nack in 1974’s The Man With The Golden Gun. Join­ing him is Jamie Dor­nan (Chris­tian Grey in the 50 Shades Of Grey movies, 2015-cur­rent) who will play Hervé’s re­porter friend Danny Tate.

Mil­lie Bobby Brown, Eleven in sci-fi se­ries Stranger Things (2016cur­rent), was so starstruck by meet­ing Emma Wat­son (Hermione in the Harry Pot­ter films, 2001-2011) at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in May that she didn’t no­tice who was sit­ting next to her: Hugh Jack­man ( Wolver­ine in sci-fi movie Lo­gan, 2017). The 13-yearold Brit beat Game Of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke (Daen­erys), Mandy Moore (Re­becca in This Is Us, 2016- cur­rent; see p34) and Don­ald Glover (Earn in At­lanta, 2016- cur­rent) to win the Best TV Ac­tor award.

Ryan Seacrest could be re­turn­ing with Amer­i­can Idol.

Greg Rikaart is leav­ing Y&R.

Mil­lie (right) meets Emma – and Hugh is ig­nored.

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