“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.