Q: I remember this lovely actress who played Mark Greene’s daughter on “ER” and who also was on “The Young and The Restless” for a few years as Daisy. Can you tell me what I can see her in nowadays? -- Tiffani T., via email
A: Yvonne Zima, who made her big-screen debut at age 5 opposite legendary actor Al Pacino in “Heat,” has been keeping herself busy. Aside from numerous roles in TV shows and movies such as “The Long Kiss Goodnight,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Castle” and “Masters of Sex,” she also takes on the dual starring role in the Lifetime television original movie “Killing Mommy” (premiering Saturday, June 11), where she plays twins Deb and Juliana Hansen.
I asked Yvonne what it was like filming this dual role, and she told me she was excited to take on the challenge: “It’s a really wonderful script, written by Trent Haaga. And the person behind all these films, (executive producer) Pierre David, makes a ton of films for Lifetime. He has figured it all out. I really like Pierre. I think he’s lovely. He’s French-Canadian. He smokes; he swears; he’s a real person.
“A big part of my preparation was trying to keep these two characters separate and to make them quite opposite. You have Juliana, who is a materialistic brat. Then you have Deb, who is kind of a barfly and completely in pain. She drinks and she smokes and she gets into fights. Keeping those two people separate was the main challenge, because you don’t want to watch a movie where you have twins and they are doing the same stuff and they’re basically the same.”
Q: I have been watching a series on ABC called “American Crime,” and it hasn’t been on for three or four weeks, and I was wondering if it has been canceled. -- Mike H., Palm Springs, Florida
A: ABC has renewed “American Crime” for a third season, and like the previous two seasons, it most likely will premiere in the first quarter of the new year. And also like the previous two seasons, viewers can expect an entirely new storyline, with familiar faces playing new characters. I can’t wait to see what John Ridley and company have in store for us.
*** Readers: Three days after I filed my most recent TV column, in which I spoke of the future of “Castle,” ABC announced that it had decided to cancel the long-running series. Along with “Castle,” ABC also has canceled “Wicked City” (which was the first to go this past fall), “The Family,” “Galavant,” “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” “The Muppets,” “Nashville” (which is being heavily shopped to other networks, like Hulu and CMT -- fingers crossed!) and “Of Kings and Prophets.” Stay tuned, as I’ll reveal over the next several weeks which of your favorite shows at the other networks got the ax.
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