Friday, April 28, 2006

It's a family affair for Audrey Landers' new movie

Audrey Landers, a BRBTV double-shot as Afton Cooper of "Dallas" and a couple roles on "The Dukes of Hazzard," has teamed with her sister Judy, the other half of the "Landers Sisters" of 1980s lore, to write and direct "Circus Island." The 2006 made-for-TV movie also features a host of other Landers family members: Judy's daughters Kristy and Lindsay, Audrey's sons Adam and Daniel, and Judy and Audrey's mom Ruth Landers is the executive producer. Hunky Ed Marinaro (Creighton Boyd of "Dynasty," of course) is thrown in for good measure.

The plot line from the IMDb: "In this lighthearted family adventure, 15-year-old Gabrielle runs away from home to find her deadbeat dad, who is a trapeze flyer living on a tropical island. Together, they turn the island into a circus camp for teens. It is a family circus in more ways than one. Danger, tears, love and laughter: It all happens under the big top!"

To see more about the film, visit the Landers' production site:

BRBTV News Blog Blip: Keep an eye out tonight (and fingers crossed, hands folded or whatever it is you do), at the Daytime Emmy Awards broadcast, for two of our "SB" stars: Kim Zimmer (Jodie Walker), nominated for outstanding lead actress in a drama series, and Robert Newman (one of the Kirk Cranstons), nominated for outstanding lead actor in a drama series. They do their great work nowadays, of course, on CBS' "Guiding Light."

Thursday, April 27, 2006

"Dynasty" divas doing double-duty on the dishin'

"The claws come out tomorrow ..." (At least that's what they said last night!) Today's broadcast of "Entertainment Tonight" will, once again, feature Joan Collins and Linda Evans, talking about their "Dynasty" catfighting days and the upcoming reunion. Check your local listings, for sure!

Certainly the reunion movie, scheduled to air on CBS at 10 p.m. on May 2, is generating all the typical buzz, and us "Dynasty" fans are eating it up! Check these out, while you're browsing around:{7351145E-2660-435F-BDF7-C920D01B1E11}&cmsSrch=true

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Paul Johansson goes "Toxic"

Paul Johansson, our Greg Hughes / Richardson of "Santa Barbara" who's now a regular as Dan Scott on the WB's "One Tree Hill," has a new movie project scheduled for release this year.

"Toxic," a drama / thriller in postproduction, also stars Steven Bauer of "Wiseguy" fame and Costas Mandylor of "Picket Fences." Johansson plays a character named Gus in the film. Alan Pao directed and wrote the film, with help from Corey Large.

BRBTV News Blog Blip: We had gotten word a couple weeks ago that Linda Gray was doing a guest shot on the WB's "Pepper Dennis" last Tuesday, but we couldn't get it confirmed. Turns out the appearance was in last night's episode: Gray played the mother of a "runaway bride" at a frou-frou society wedding.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Only one birthday (girl) this week ...

Nancy Lee Grahn, our own Julia Wainwright of "Santa Barbara" who's now turning in good time as Alexis Davis on ABC's "General Hospital," is our sole BRBTV birthday this week, turning the big 5-0 this Friday, April 28. Happy birthday!

Monday, April 24, 2006

General Lee takes a jump in Michigan

Thanks to Paul at the Canadian Dukes of Hazzard Fan Club for passing this one along ...

The General Lee will be making a jump in Flint, Michigan, this weekend. It’s on Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Hardcore Racing Inc., G-5200 Clio Road in Flint. Event organizers are throwing in some other fun stuff. Here’s the lowdown from their promotional materials:

- Food, delicious food, scrumptious food, tasty food, and lots of it
- A disc jockey, playing all yur favo-rite music
- The Discovery Channel will be here filming the jumpin’
- The General Lee is gonna juuump
- Watch a car get tested on Hardcore’s Chassis Dynamometer
- Watch an engine get tested on Hardcore’s Engine Dynamometer
- Look around, take a shop tour, see what we do around here
- Enter the Chopper Raffle and win a cool scooter
- Ya hafta be here, how else can you win a door prize?
- We got us a race car challenge — are you up to it?
- Oh boy, the Hardcore Girls will be signing autographs
- For the youngins, we got a Bounce House and face painting

(Discovery Channel, we’ll be anxious to see how that turned out! Rock on!)

Friday, April 21, 2006

John Schneider returns (briefly) to "Smallville"

OK, he did say, when refuting the rumors of his character Pa Kent's demise on "Smallville," that he had seen scripts of future episodes with his character in them ... And this is one of those scripts!

Pa Kent, and John Schneider of "The Dukes of Hazzard" fame, will have a return engagement on the Thursday, May 4 episode of the WB series. The episode is called "Oracle," and in it, according to the WB's press materials, Schneider shows up as the ghost of Jonathan Kent at the graveyard. He tells his son, the young Clark Kent, that Clark must kill Lionel Luthor, Lex Luthor's father, who knows the secrets of Clark's super-abilities. This, of course, causes a bit of confusion for Schneider's TV son, played by Tom Welling.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Robin Mattson dallies with "The Last Guy on Earth"

Joining a huge all-star cast that includes Yasmine Bleeth, Delta Burke, Brett Butler, Phyllis Diller, Whoopi Goldberg and tons more, our own Gina DeMott Capwell of "Santa Barbara," aka Robin Mattson, will appear in the new movie "The Last Guy on Earth."

The plotline from the IMDb: "J.J., a slacker landscaper, is about to marry the only girl he's ever been with, when he's knocked unconscious. He awakes to find that he has become 'The Last Guy On Earth' ... and that every single female on the entire planet, has a personal agenda for him."

Scheduled for 2006 release, the film is written and directed by Jim Fitzpatrick, who, by the way, has done some acting gigs on TV shows like the WB's "Supernatural" and UPN's "Star Trek: Enterprise," among other things.

BRBTV News Blog Blip: The Ultimate Dallas website is reporting that the fifth season of "Dallas" will be released on DVD on August 1.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Linda Gray on "Reflections of a Life"

Linda Gray is currently starring in the independent film written and directed by Kathi Carey, "Reflections of a Life." If you check out the official website for the film, you can watch an interview with Gray regarding her role as the best friend Linda in the narrative short film, which is the story of one woman's battle with breast cancer:

Carey herself plays the title character in the film, which is shot from a single location. The half-hour film is being screened at film festivals in Houston, San Francisco and Palm Beach in the coming weeks.

BRBTV News Blog Blip: If you visit this page ... ... and click on the feature called "Unfinished mansion famous, infamous," you can watch a little news report by WFAA-TV of Dallas / Fort Worth on the ranch used in the pilot of "Dallas." (After the show's beginning, the cast and crew moved from this ranch, in Frisco, to the ranch made famous as Southfork, the former Duncan Ranch that's now named Southfork and open for tours.) Fun!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

BRBTV birthdays this week

We gotta couple-a replacement Dukes and a high hunk quotient in this week's birthday roster ...

- Byron Cherry, who stepped in as Coy Duke in the fifth season of "The Dukes of Hazzard," turned 48 yesterday, April 17.
- Timothy Gibbs, our own Dash Nichols of "Santa Barbara, also had a birthday yesterday, turning a very young 39. (Wowzers, is that right?)
- John James, our Jeff Colby of "Dynasty," makes the big half-century mark today, April 18.
- Dick Sargent, who stepped in as Sheriff Grady Byrd on "The Dukes," filling in for Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane (that is a theme today, after all) was born on April 19, 1930 and died on July 8, 1994.
- Christopher Mayer, our other replacement Duke as Vance in "The Dukes," and a BRBTV double-shot as T.J. Daniels on "SB," turns 51 on Friday, April 21.
- Steve Bond, our own Mack Blake on "SB," turns 53 on Saturday, April 22.

Happy hunky birthday to all!!!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Diahann Carroll begins new U.S. tour

Feinstein's at the Regency in Manhattan is the place to be if you want to catch our own "Dynasty" diva, Diahann Carroll, who even flexed her vocal cords on the show back then, in the '80s. The lovely songstress will open a new U.S. tour this week at Michael Feinstein's well-known New York nightclub.

Carroll brings her cabaret act to the club beginning tomorrow and performs through April 29. Showtimes are at 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday through Thursday, with 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday. For tickets or to learn more, visit the website for Feinstein's at the Regency:

Carroll, meanwhile, is quoted in this week's Parade magazine regarding her quite full single life these days, at age 70: "I was always married to my career," she says, "so I wasn't very good at being married." She says she doesn't believe she'll ever marry again, after marriages over the years to casting director Monte Kay, restaurateur Freddie Glusman, editor Robert DeLeon, and most famously, singer Vic Damone.

BRBTV News Blog Blip: We've got an update on the report of Julia Campbell starring in the feature film "The Tillamook Treasure." Special thanks to the reader who tipped us off in the comments forum: The film will have its world premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival in California next Sunday at 4 p.m. Check out the full schedule at

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Don Pedro Colley will appear at San Diego con

Best known (at least to us) as Sheriff Ed Little in "The Dukes of Hazzard," Don Pedro Colley does quite a few comic cons these days (BRB met him at the Dragon*Con in Atlanta in July 1999, for instance). One upcoming appearance he has going is the biggie, the Comic Con International in San Diego on July 20-23.

For more details, see

BRBTV News Blog Blip: "Entertainment Tonight" will feature the son of Charlton Heston of "Dynasty" and "The Colbys," talking about his father's Alzheimer's disease, in tomorrow's broadcast.

Back with more bloggin' on Monday. Happy Easter ...

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

BRBTV birthdays this week

Have some cake for these folks ...

- Lee Bergere, the long-suffering and perhaps twisted Joseph Aynders of "Dynasty," turned 82 on Monday, April 10.
- Joel Grey, the unforgettable Adam who taunted J.R. in the series finale of "Dallas," turned 74 yesterday, April 11.
- Howard Keel, the ever-responsible Clayton Farlow of "Dallas," was born on April 13, 1919 and died on November 7, 2004.
- Terry Lester, who was the second Mason Capwell on "Santa Barbara," was born on April 13, 1950 and died on November 28, 2003.
- Loretta Lynn, who gets some credit with BRBTV even though her time on "The Dukes of Hazzard" was brief, turns 71 on Friday, April 14.
- Lois Chiles, that slinky ole Holly Harwood on "Dallas" (we always wanted her hair; it was so fluffy and cool), turns 59 on Saturday, April 15.
- Peter Mark Richman, one of our favorites and certainly a BRBTV double-shot for his time as Andrew Laird on "Dynasty" and the first C.C. Capwell on "SB," turns 79 on Sunday, April 16.

Happy birthday to all!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Shelton, Scoggins meet up with "Hyde"

We told you yesterday about the horror flick Tracy Scoggins has out this month. Today, we'll touch on another current project for her, one that also stars our own Mandy Winger of "Dallas," Deborah Shelton.

"The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" is the latest adaptation of the well-known Robert Louis Stevenson classic. Directed and written by John Carl Buechler, the film puts Scoggins front and center as Karen Utterson, with Shelton playing a character named Donna Carew. Tony Todd of "Candyman" takes the title role. Both of our BRBTV actresses look great in this one, with Shelton even sporting blond hair.

Check out the movie's trailer and more at

Monday, April 10, 2006

Tracy Scoggins meets "Mr. Hell"

"Evil has a new face" ... Hmmm ... Our alum of "Dynasty," "The Colbys" (Monica Colby) and the "Dallas" reunion movies (Anita Smithfield), Tracy Scoggins, has two 2006 movie projects. We'll tell ya about one today and one tomorrow (because the second project has another BRBTV actress thrown in !).

"Mr. Hell" is a horror flick that releases on April 18. Scoggins gets great billing in the movie's poster for her role as Dominique Horney (hey, don't ask -- we're not sure). The plot line from the IMDb:

"Fourteen years ago, Dr. Karl Matthews, head of Government Biolab 83, is savagely murdered by ancient soul-taker, Mr. Hell. Today, Dr. Matthews' daughter, Tyler, has returned to the scene of her father's death. Unknown to Tyler, Mr. Hell has also returned. To complicate this house of horrors, a group of mercenaries has invaded the lab to steal a deadly vial of bacterium. Many will soon suffer grisly deaths, along with having their eyes (the windows to the soul) harvested by Mr. Hell."

The film is directed by Rob McKinnon and written by Jack Rhodes and David Carren. You can see Scoggins in the movie's trailer at:

Friday, April 07, 2006

James Best drops in on America's favorite pasttime

James Best, the unforgettable Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane of "The Dukes of Hazzard," will make a set of appearances at Northwoods League baseball games this July.

- With Flash and the General Lee, Best will appear at Knute Nelson Memorial Field in Alexandria, Minn., for the game of the Alexandria Beetles and the Thunder Bay Border Cats on Sunday, July 23.

- Then, on Wednesday, July 26, he'll show up for the Mankato MoonDogs of Mankato, Minn., as they take on the Duluth Huskies at Franklin Rogers Park.

- On Saturday, July 29, he'll move on to Wisconsin for the Madison Mallards' game against the Rochester Honkers (where DO they get these names?) at Warner Park.

- Finally, it's on to Canada for the Thunder Bay Border Cats of Thunder Bay, Ontario, who will be playing against the Duluth Huskies on Monday, July 31.

(Best is also making an appearance at the Hickory Crawdads' game in Hickory, N.C. this next Friday, April 14, just in case you wanna real-quick hop in the car for that one!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Fun quotes by Steve Kanaly!

Something fun to read as you're out browsing around the 'Net, especially if you are a fan of Steve Kanaly, the solid Southfork ranch foreman Ray Krebbs on "Dallas" ...

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

BRBTV birthdays this week ...

We've got it goin' on in the birthdays department this week ...

- Tomorrow, April 6, we've got some goodies:
Billy Dee Williams, our own Brady Lloyd of "Dynasty," turns 69.
Judith McConnell, second and longtime Sophia Capwell on "Santa Barbara," turns 62.
Jane Rogers, the lovely Heather Donnelly on "SB," turns 46.
- On Saturday, April 8, we've got a couple more:
John Schneider, the unstoppable Bo Duke of "The Dukes of Hazzard," turns 46.
Robin Wright Penn, the lovely original Kelly Capwell on "SB," is still such a young'un at 40.

Happy birthday to all!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

"Dynasty" stars reminisce -- promoting their upcoming reminiscing!

"Entertainment Tonight" keeps cranking out the delightful coverage of the upcoming "Dynasty" reunion. In yesterday's broadcast, they included some clips and notable quotes from the stars of the show.

Gordon Thomson, for instance, talked about the sometimes bizarre writing on the show: "We had Fallon being abducted by aliens," he said. "What an insane, asinine idea. And they wouldn't let it go!"

In an older clip thrown in with mentions of the reunion's filming earlier in the day, John Forsythe said of the show, "The dresses were gorgeous. The sets were marvelous. The actors were just perfect."

Joan Collins commented on her first impressions of the show, which went on the air in 1981: "I came over from England to do what I thought was just a one-season show. I never thought it would go as long as it did." She went on, "I think it's fairy-tale-ish. It's fantasy. It's what television should be."

"ET" continues its coverage of the upcoming "Dynasty Reunion: Catfights and Caviar" special with today's broadcast, which will feature an interview with Pamela Sue Martin.

Monday, April 03, 2006

John James' movie to be released this summer

The latest on "Illegal Aliens," a film executive-produced by "Dynasty" alum John James, who also has a role in the film, is that it's scheduled for a summer 2006 release. The movie, directed by David Giancola and written by Ben Coello, also stars former Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith. On its official website, Giancola's production company, Edgewood Studios, is reporting a "media frenzy" at the March 1 New York City screening of the film: James was in attendance at the screening of the 15-minute reel, intended to find distributors for the film. (Of course, most or all of the "frenzy" could have stemmed from the possibility of an appearance by Smith, who's been facing highly publicized court dates lately regarding her deceased husband's estate.)

The film's plotline from the IMDb:
"'Charlie's Angels' goes sci-fi, with a touch of 'Men In Black' thrown in for good measure, when three aliens morph into super-hot babes and arrive to protect the earth from the intergalactic forces of evil. Guided by Syntax, their holographic mentor, these illegal aliens are willing to use every trick in the book and every sexy outfit in their wardrobe to accomplish their mission! This film is filled with high-energy action, lowbrow spoofs and the high-camp acting reminiscent of the classic B-Movie genre how else could this film get away with Anna Nicole Smith saving the world? 'Illegal Aliens' pokes fun at today's Hollywood and pays tribute to the so-called 'bad movies' we all love to hate!"

Smith is also credited as a producer of the film. James' children, Laura and Phillip, assisted on the set.

BRBTV News Blog Blip: John Forsythe appears on today's episode of "Entertainment Tonight," talking "Dynasty" reunion!