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‘Verbatim’ Anthology Series From Brett Weiner, Red Hour & Left/Right Gets HBO Max Pilot Order, Tackles College Admission Scandal

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‘Verbatim’ Anthology Series From Brett Weiner, Red Hour & Left/Right Gets HBO Max Pilot Order, Tackles College Admission Scandal
HBO Max has given a pilot order to Verbatim, an anthology series from Brett Weiner (Honest Trailers), Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films and Left/Right Productions.

Created and directed by Weiner, Verbatim is based on his New York Times Op-Docs digital series. It tackles actual events with all dialogue taken from primary sources and presented verbatim. The pilot episode follows the story of the 2019 college admissions scandal. Production is slated to begin this fall in Los Angeles.

Red Hour’s Nicholas Weinstock, Jackie Cohn and Stiller executive produce with Left/Right’s Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver and Kathleen Lingo for The New York Times. Scott Lochmus (To Dust) and Michelene Starnadori (Unexpected).] will produce.

Verbatim began as a short film that screened around the country including at the Sundance, South by Southwest and Telluride film festivals in 2014 and won the audience award at the Dallas International Film Festival.
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Roscoe Born's Family Reveals Cause of Death

Roscoe Born's Family Reveals Cause of Death
The soap opera world was rocked last week when news broke that Roscoe Born, a soap opera vet who has appeared in countless daytime-tv shows, had died.

He was 69.

The family of the actor has now spoken out about the tragic death and revealed that the cause of death was suicide.

"It is with heavy hearts that we confirm the death of our father and brother Roscoe Born," the statement reads.

"The gleaming charisma and creativity that shone through his onscreen performances, fueled his robust songwriting repertoire, and charmed all those around him were matched by a darkness in his life."

It continues, "Roscoe has long struggled with bipolar disorder, a shadow that he succumbed to when he took his own life on Tuesday March 3, 2020."

"We are grateful for the outpouring of kind words and memories. We only wish that Roscoe could have seen how much people still carry his daytime villains in their hearts.
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Roscoe Born, Veteran Soap Actor and Star of ‘One Life to Live,’ Dies at 69

Roscoe Born, Veteran Soap Actor and Star of ‘One Life to Live,’ Dies at 69
Roscoe Born, a veteran soap actor who appeared on “One Life to Live” and “Santa Barbara” has died at the age of 69.

“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of Roscoe Born’s passing,” Born’s friend and business partner Deanna Lynne wrote in a Facebook post on Friday. “He was an incredibly talented actor and songwriter. Many who knew him know how dedicated he was to social and political causes. He will be missed forever.”

A cause of death has not been disclosed.

Also Read: James Lipton, 'Inside the Actors Studio' Host, Dies at 93

Born appeared on numerous daytime soaps and was a favorite among soap fans. Although he was best known for starring as arch-villain Mitch Laurence on ABC’s “One Life to Live” on multiple separate occasions between 1985 and the show’s cancellation in 2012, he also played a villain on CBS
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Roscoe Born Dies: ‘The Young And The Restless’, ‘All My Children’ Actor Was 69

Roscoe Born Dies: ‘The Young And The Restless’, ‘All My Children’ Actor Was 69
Actor Roscoe Born, whose soap opera career spanned more than three decades and included major roles on such popular daytime series as The Young and The Restless, All My Children, One Life To Live and Ryan’s Hope, died Tuesday, March 3. He was 69.

His death was announced by friend and business partner Deanna Lynne. A cause of death was not given.

In a Facebook post, Lynne wrote, “It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of Roscoe Born’s passing. He was an incredibly talented actor and songwriter. Many who knew him know how dedicated he was to social and political causes. He will be missed forever.”

Born in Topeka, Kansas, the actor began his soap career in 1981 playing good-hearted gangster Joe Novak, the love interest of the Ryan clan’s rebellious Siobhan Ryan. He left the series in 1983, two years later marrying his Ryan’s co-star Randall
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Soap Vet Roscoe Born Dead at 69

Soap Vet Roscoe Born Dead at 69
Roscoe Born, who brought to life many a memorable character across a decades-long daytime-tv career that spanned shows such as Santa Barbara and One Life to Live, has died at age 69.

“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of Roscoe Born’s passing,” friend and business partner Deanna Lynne shared on the Born Roscoe Songs Facebook page. “He was an incredibly talented actor and songwriter. Many who knew him know how dedicated he was to social and political causes. He will be missed forever.”

More from TVLineSoap Opera Vet Marj Dusay Dead at 83Santa Barbara Vet
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Leonard Goldberg Dies: ‘Blue Bloods’, ‘Charlie’s Angels’, & ‘Fantasy Island’ Producer Was 85

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Leonard Goldberg Dies: ‘Blue Bloods’, ‘Charlie’s Angels’, & ‘Fantasy Island’ Producer Was 85
Leonard Goldberg, a former president of 20th Century Fox and Emmy-winning film and television producer whose credits include Blue Bloods, T.J. Hooker, Family and Fantasy Island, among others, has died. He was 85. Goldberg died from injuries resulting from a fall December 4, his publicist told Deadline.

Goldberg’s long list of TV credits stretches from numerous 1970s telefilms through crime dramas The Rookies, S.W.A.T. and Starsky and Hutch to Gavilan, Hart to Hart and Paper Dolls. He also was an executiv producer on the 2011 TV version of Charlie’s Angels.

Goldberg produced such films as Charlie’s Angels (2000), Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003), Double Jeopardy (1999), The Distinguished Gentleman (1992), Sleeping with the Enemy (1991) and SpaceCamp (1986).

Goldberg shared three Outstanding Drama Series Emmy noms for Family, which aired on ABC from 1976-80, and won an Emmy for the drama special Something About Amelia in 1984. He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in
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Happy 91st to Nancy Olson, the last surviving cast member of "Sunset Blvd."

by Nathaniel R

It seems like we've been losing lots of Classic Hollywood people in the past year so we wanted to wish Nancy Olson of Sunset Blvd a very happy and healthy 91st birthday today. She's the last surviving member of that stone cold classic which netted her an Oscar nomination when she was just 22. Olson was such a success in Sunset Blvd that she went on to be paired with co-star William Holden in a few more pictures. Olson has long since retired, her last significant acting gig being in the shortlived primetime soap opera "Paper Dolls" in the 1980s. 

Olson's birthday, paired with Olivia de Havilland's incredible 103rd birthday earlier this month (wow) got us thinking about who is still with us from all time classics pre-1960s because there aren't a lot of them *sniffle*.  So after the jump, a quick perusal of some gigantic
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Today in Soap Opera History (December 25)

Family and friends gather to celebrate Christmas on The Doctors (1967), Guiding Light (1979), General Hospital (1981), EastEnders (1986), Search for Tomorrow (1986), All My Children (1986) As the World Turns (1995), Another World (1996) and Days of our Lives (2001)."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"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...

1939: On Bachelor's Children, Sam (Olan Soule) was relieved to learn that Janet had safely given birth to a healthy child after a grueling, perilous labor. Sam's relief was so great that he appeared to be in shock and could only respond to questions with grunts and murmurs. Janet was exhausted but ecstatically happy,
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UK’s Film & Television Charity announces second round of 2018 John Brabourne recipients

The 12 emerging filmmakers receive £5,000 each.

UK screen support body the Film & Television Charity, formerly known as as the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, has unveiled the 12 emerging names to receive the second round of the 2018 John Brabourne Awards.

The list is of comprised of writers, producers, directors, a designer and a marketing and distribution Ma student.

Recipients include writer-director Scout Stuart, whose debut screenplay Mud was selected for the low-budget film initiative iFeatures in 2014; and TV drama writer-director Claire Elizabeth Alberie, whose Paper Dolls was selected for the Bafta Rocliffe Forum List 2017.

Each will receive up to £5,000 to help them
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Today in Soap Opera History (March 21)

1979: Guiding Light's Jackie wanted Alan to keep her secret.

1980: J.R. Ewing was shot on the third season finale of Dallas.

2005: Amelia Heinle debuted as Victoria on Young and the Restless.

2011: Jake Spencer died on General Hospital."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...

1952: On Search for Tomorrow, Irene wanted to visit her son,
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Today in Soap Opera History (December 25)

Family and friends gather to celebrate Christmas on The Doctors

(1967), Guiding Light (1979), General Hospital (1981),

EastEnders (1986), Search for Tomorrow (1986),

All My Children (1986) As the World Turns (1995),

Another World (1996) and Days of our Lives (2001).

"History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

"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...

1939: On Bachelor's Children, Sam (Olan Soule) was relieved to learn that Janet had safely given birth to a healthy child after a grueling, perilous labor. Sam's relief was so great that he appeared to be in shock and could only respond to questions with grunts and murmurs. Janet was exhausted but ecstatically happy, and moved by the fact that her baby daughter's
See full article at We Love Soaps »

Snuffed Out: TV Series That Were Gone Too Soon

The fate of Gcb, one of our favorite new shows, will be decided in the next few weeks, and right now, there's a 50/50 chance it'll survive. If it does get canceled, at least it'll instantly become a member of what we'll call the Arrested Development/Freaks & Geeks/Firefly club. Shows that were canceled before their time, and have gained cult status since they left the airwaves.

All of those programs have rabid enthusiastic followers, and in the case of Firefly and Arrested Development, that fan enthusiasm has directly led to big screen resurrections.

We're hoping Gcb gets a renewal, but while we wait, let's take a look at a few other shows throughout the years that were unfairly snuffed out, and picture ... what might have been.

Pushing Daisies

ABC (October 3, 2007 – June 13, 2009)

Featuring a stellar cast, including Lee Pace, the incomparable Kristin Chenoweth, and Anna Friel as Dead Zooey Deschanel, Pushing Daisies
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Actor Fudge Dies

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Actor Fudge Dies
Actor Alan Fudge has died at the age of 77.

The prolific TV star passed away on 10 October in Los Angeles after a battle with lung and liver cancer, according to Variety.com.

Canadian screenwriter Graham Yost paid tribute to Fudge, telling the website, "Alan was one of the most generous, kind and caring men I have ever known. Many of the roles he played over the years reflected that side of him. And then there were the roles where he got to go really dark and twisted - those were the roles that made all of us who knew him smile and applaud. He was a great actor and a great man."

Fudge racked up a large number of TV credits in his long-running career, with roles in Man from Atlantis, Eischied, Paper Dolls, and Bodies of Evidence, along with parts in Kojak, Charlie's Angels, Magnum, P.I., Cagney & Lacey, The A-Team, Beverly Hills, 90210, Baywatch, and Dawson's Creek. He also enjoyed a recurring role in family drama series 7th Heaven over eight years.

Fudge's movie roles included parts in Capricorn One and Edward Scissorhands.

He was last seen onscreen in 2009 with guest appearances in Big Love, The Closer and The Office.

Don Roos to receive "Happy Ending" at L.A. Outfest

Well, so to speak. The out writer/director/producer will receive the 13th Annual Outfest Achievement Award next month in Los Angeles:

The Achievement Award is Outfest's highest honor and is presented in recognition of a body of work that has made a significant contribution to Lgbt film and media. "As a writer, director and producer, Don has had a profound impact on both mainstream and Glbt audiences and media," said Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director of Outfest. "Through a perfect combination of dark humor, fresh yet familiar characters and biting pop culture sensibility, Don consistently delivers stories that are relevant and entertaining to all. It is for his extraordinary vision, passion and talent that we honor him this year."

Don is probably best known for the 90's classic The Opposite of Sex (which helped redefine the career of Christina Ricci) and for 2005's Happy Endings, but here are some facts
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