Steve Gidlow has written about television and pop-culture since 1994, beginning in Australia. Since moving to Hollywood in 1997, Steve has focused on celebrity interviews for the weekly market.
Actress Sara Rue returns to Hallmark Channel this weekend in the premiere of True Love Blooms, part of the network's annual Spring Fever programming event. For Rue, who made her Hallmark debut in 2017's All for Love, the wait in returning to the network had good reason; True Love Blooms was her baby, based on an idea by, and executive produced by her. "This one was really exciting," she told MediaVillage in an exclusive interview. "I've sold pilots as a writer and movie ideas with creative teams, but never anything that was greenlit. There are so many steps to the process, so when I spoke to [the people at] Hallmark and they said, 'Congrats, we're going to make this,' I was like, 'Really?' I couldn't quite believe it.
When ABC canceled his critically praised but ratings-challenged sitcom The Mayor at the end of 2017 after only 13 episodes, Brandon Micheal Hall found himself at a crossroads in life. Disillusioned, the actor wasn't at all sure what his next move might be. But that changed when CBS, and God, friended the actor, putting him on a new, albeit initially uncomfortable career path. In God Friended Me Hall plays a podcasting atheist who is forced to re-evaluate his beliefs after receiving a social media friend request from an entity known only as God. Turns out going against his actual beliefs was a blessing. "This project came at a time when my faith was lost after The Mayor," Hall told MediaVillage. "I was disillusioned with the industry. How does [a network] take an amazing, impactful show and say, 'Now we don't want that?' Kids would come up to me and say, ‘I want to be like you. I want to be a mayor. I have these ambitions. I see myself represented on the screen.’ The Mayor was impactful.
Synergy was in the air last night, along with a little magic, on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars as the show paid tribute to the network’s parent company with a Disney themed night. Sadly for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne, though, the night’s festivities did not go according to plan. She had endured a difficult week of rehearsals, one that saw the usually abundantly confident star reduced to tears and questioning her ability to remain in the competition. And then Jayne didn’t get to perform a dance inspired by her favorite Disney character, Tinkerbell. But together with partner Gleb Savchenko she did execute an emotionally charged Viennese Waltz inspired by Finding Dory. (The two are pictured above.)