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THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DALLAS RETURNS FOR SEASON FIVE – JANUARY 5TH

Grab your ‘quarantinis’ and saddle up! “The Real Housewives of Dallas” premieres Tuesday, January 5 at 9pm ET/PT on Bravo. Returning for season five are Housewives: Brandi Redmond, D’Andra Simmons, Kameron Westcott, Kary Brittingham and Stephanie Hollman. There will also be a new housewife and physician Tiffany Moon, wasting no time inserting herself into the drama with the ladies. In addition, Jennifer Davis Long, a friend of the ladies, will also appear throughout the season.

Watch the Season Trailer: HERE

Coming up this season:

  • This season, after years of being a doting mother and wife, Stephanie is eager to return to work and launches her own foundation. When her husband Travis questions her ability to follow through, she sets on a course to prove him wrong.
  • Still reeling from her past mistakes, Brandi struggles to forgive herself and things get complicated for her when D’Andra’s friend Tiffany joins their circle of friends.
  • D’Andra struggles to get in touch with her sensitive side and reconcile with a side of her family she hasn’t seen or spoken to in years. In an effort to become a more forgiving person, she enlists the help of a Shaman, but when conflict arises with Kary her new skills are quickly put to the test.
  • With her house on the market, Kameron is desperately looking for a buyer before her dream house slips away, but her husband Court is keeping her in the dark on the logistics. As she struggles with her husband treating her as an equal partner, she also has trouble connecting with new housewife Tiffany.
  • In an attempt to heal the wounds left behind by her chaotic childhood, Kary is working on rebuilding her relationship with her mother. Afraid of making the same mistake with her own children, the pandemic has prompted Kary to take a hard look at what is most important to her.
  • Born in a small town just outside of Beijing, China, Tiffany Moon moved to the United States when she was just six years old.  The product of extreme “Tiger Parents,” she graduated college at 19-years-old and medical school at 23, where she finished in the top ten percent of her class. Introduced to the ladies by D’Andra, Tiffany struggles to find the balance between her demanding job as a frontline worker during the pandemic and being a wife and a mother to her five-year-old twin girls.

The Real Housewives of Dallas” is produced by Goodbye Pictures with Rich Bye, Darren Ward, Adam Karpel and Samantha Hartzband serving as Executive Producers. Andy Cohen also serves as an Executive Producer.

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Bravo is the premier lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content across all platforms. The network has a diverse slate of original programming that includes unscripted favorites such as Emmy Award-winning “Top Chef” and “Project Runway,” “Vanderpump Rules,” “Below Deck,” “Southern Charm,” and the popular “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives” franchises. Bravo also boasts the only live late-night talk show on television with the critically acclaimed “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” which has become a nightly destination for A-list celebrities. Available in 87 million homes, Bravo is a network of NBCUniversal Entertainment & Lifestyle Group, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. Watch Bravo anywhere: on demand, online, or across mobile and connected TVs. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and first launched in December 1980.

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The Cosby Show And Me

One woman’s journey after she learned The Cosby Show was based on her family in the 1980s.

By Ann-Marie Adams, Ph.D. | @annmarieadams

What if I told you that The Cosby Show was partly based on me and my family during the 1980s? You would probably not believe it. But it is true.

That’s the conclusion after a seven-year investigation by private investigators and government officials. Providence guided us during this lengthy investigation when I lived in Avon, and political operatives prepared me in 2014 to run for Congress against former Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty–an academic exercise worth noting. It was during this “prep” time that I learned about this connection with The Cosby Show.

This fortuitous story of the connection began when former President Ronald Reagan visited Jamaica on April 7, 1982. During that one-day visit, Reagan’s security detail reportedly made contact with me and my family. My father was an electrical engineer while working at the Government Printing Office. He owned a home in a suburb of Kingston. And my mother worked with a transportation company. If former President Barack Obama did not visit Jamaica on April 9, 2015, while I was covering the White House, I wouldn’t have believed this story. That’s because it was Obama’s first visit as president, and he was only the second sitting president to visit the Caribbean nation since its independence in 1962, according to MSNBC.

Also at play were these facts: In Jamaica, we were a middle-class family Reagan’s cabinet allegedly felt they should watch. After Reagan’s visit, several individuals made plans to put a family sitcom together. And it was called The Cosby Show, according to sources close to the U.S. federal, state, and local governments. The show aired on NBC from April 30, 1984, to September 20, 1992.

The Cosby Show’s character, Denise Huxtable, was based on me, I’m told. The character’s persona and likeness were exploited without our consent.

And the revelation about the origins of the show can also be found in Bill Cosby’s interview about how he came up with this idea.

Cosby first pitched the show about a working-class Honduran family. My father’s ancestors are from Honduras and Nicaragua. We had a wonderful life that included Sunday dinners and picnics in the park, but we weren’t exempt from obstacles. Although The Cosby Show was mainly focused on Cosby’s observations of family life, some of those observations were of my family. Moreover, the basic concept of the middle-class family depicted on the show is evident in my family: My older sibling wanted to be a doctor. Also, I wanted to be a lawyer. Those plans of ours were interrupted by government officials, according to sources close to the investigation.

In previous interviews, Cosby also stated the original conceptualization of the show: a working-class family that raised a successful child. (side note: Cosby’s wife suggested the show be based on a well-to-do family). The original premise and casting choices for the sitcom, however, reaffirmed the initial concept in the pitch that was identical to my family and me.

So I’m telling my story.

Several scenes were points of recognition of my family’s life in Jamaica and the U.S., especially my time at Brooklyn College. I also learned during the investigation that the casting directors and writers had our family in mind when they selected the actors. There are frighteningly similar personas in my family and the characters on the show. And a picture of The Cosby Show family and my family bears a striking resemblance. For example, Denise Huxtable is my doppelganger–and the investigators discovered the character’s traits are similar to mine. Theo is my brother’s doppelganger and a few scenes reflect the relationship with him and my father. Vanessa is my sister Andrea’s doppelganger and several scenes reflect her relationship between us. Rudy’s character is based on my brother. Articles about the casting claimed that the casting directors tried to find a boy at first but they couldn’t; so they used a girl for the role. Rudy is my niece Janel’s doppelganger. And the character Olivia is my other niece Franchista’s doppelganger. The optics resonate well to claim theft of services and copyright infringement.

Other similarities include Sondra, who shares traits with my cousin Carleen. Elvin is based on my brother Lloyd. Also, Aunt Vi is based on my cousin, Doreen, Lt. Martin Kindall, Denise’s husband is based on my cousin, Raymond. And of course, Claire Huxtable was based on my mother and older sister, Marcia. The patriarch of the television family, Cliff Huxtable portrays similar traits as my handsome father. Huxtable is my father’s doppelganger–not twin. Cosby’s conviction as a sex offender was not echoed in my family. In fact, my father has never been arrested for any crimes. This information, I believe, will allow people to differentiate between the actor and the individual the show was based on when talking about the circumstances around this NBC hit comedy in the 1980s and 1990s.

In addition to those facts, several scenes were premised on the interpersonal dynamics of the relationships between me and my sisters, brothers, and cousins. This was too much of a coincidence to those who were investigating us during the recent investigation and prep for Congress. The public must know that The Cosby Show itself is a creation by several actors, comedians, writers, and producers who may be unfamiliar with our family. However, a few undisclosed individuals close to the recent investigation of Bill Cosby and the creation of the show gave me this information. So the very idea that it was based on our family was plausible to investigate further, officials said. I also learned that the 1990s spin-off, A Different World, was based on me and my years at college. And the show, That’s So Raven, was based on my niece, Franchista.

Why we were picked for this social experiment will perhaps remain a secret to Reagan, his staff, and others close to the show. The Caribbean’s strategic location to the Panama Canal gave us a clue as to why our family was at the center of a Cold War project. We requested other documents to uncover this mystery and are still waiting. Also, the United States Secret Service has disallowed open documentation of Reagan’s visit to Jamaica in 1982. But one thing was clear. After this revelation to me, while I was covering the Obama White House, my family and I were the victims of a hate crime and cover-up–because of the revelation of our connection to The Cosby Show.

Cosby and his associates are suspects in this crime, using unorthodox methods by Lansana Koroma of Philadelphia. So I reached out to Andrew Wyatt, his publicist. According to Wyatt, Cosby doesn’t want to talk about this affair right now.

Looking through old photographs, it was clear that the casting director used our family’s faces and likeness as a guide to casting those on the show. They were, indeed, our doppelgangers. The old pictures confirmed that much. After discovering we looked like the actors, who were selected for the pilot season that debut on September 20, 1984, we all were the victims of a hate crime to assault our faces and distort our images on television, print, and with online photos.

This insidious plot to strip us of our individual identities and image as a middle-class and Christian family the show was based on also included an incredible effort to secretly strip us of our financial resources, including houses, cars, and jobs. All this orchestrated crime during the long investigation was to hide our true identities and our impact on the show. Therefore, this sinister approach to the secret investigation must be addressed with force.

Perhaps the Bill Cosby trial in Philadelphia was divine justice when he was indicted on a day close to my father’s birthday. Also, Cosby failed to acknowledge our contributions to the show and as a result, his new family comedy slated for 2015 was canceled. But the United States State Department, state, city officials, and other individuals used to invade our privacy owe us more than an apology.

We are asking for the perpetrators of this crime to be held accountable with prison time–just like Bill Cosby–for the evil and covert attacks on our family to cover up this truth in the country. More importantly, we ask for reparation for our family because of years of disruptions and adverse experiences to discredit our claim to The Cosby Show.

Enough is enough. We want restorative justice–reparations.

Dr. Ann-Marie Adams is an award-winning journalist and U.S. History Professor. She is also the founder of The Hartford Guardian, the first nonprofit, hyper-local publication in Connecticut. Previously, she was a journalist at The Hartford Courant, People Magazine, NBC 4 New York, the Washington Post, other regional publications, and television newscasts.

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10 Times Teen Movies and TV Shows Portrayed Mental Illness in a Helpful Light

By Shay Siegel

The importance of learning about mental health and debunking the stigmas that come along with it has been expressed more and more in recent years. Mental illness is a valid struggle in the everyday lives of people from all different backgrounds and circumstances—it does not discriminate. Representation of mental health is especially important for teenagers who already deal with issues of identity and belonging simply as part of growing up and all the external pressures they are exposed to. Art and entertainment forms that explore mental health and real societal issues are contributing to these discussions. 

These ten shows and movies (some of which are based on wonderful books) have explored mental illness in one way or another and shed some much-needed light, helping teens realize they are not alone.

1. Degrassi 

This was my favorite show when I was in high school, and it has done a great job not only shifting to keep up with current times, but it has always confronted a variety of important issues that teens face. I usually think of Degrassi: The Next Generation, because that’s the segment of the show I grew up with, but the new version Degrassi: The Next Class with a different cast for a new generation is exactly what the show has always been about, while keeping up with the current atmosphere. Degrassi consists of a big cast, which is one of the things to love about it and shows a multitude of characters that struggle with different issues, both external and internal. Mental health has always been portrayed in Degrassi and manifested in many ways, from eating disorders, to self-harm and suicide, to anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, to identity issues, peer pressure, sexual assault, substance abuse, and so much more. The show is confronting, and it raises awareness and leads to deeper thinking and conversation-starting in a helpful and positive way. Degrassi is my number one pick for a series that shows all the raw and relatable issues teens face, especially mental illness.

2. 13 Reasons Why

I loved the book 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, so naturally I was excited when it was made into a series. I know it has received a ton of backlash and been accused of glorifying suicide, and yes, the show may definitely be triggering and problematic in areas. There are many positives to be gleaned as well, though. The story confronts the very ugly side of suicide and the lasting effects of trauma like sexual assault and bullying on the psyche. It’s not meant to be comfortable because these issues are uncomfortable, and the show can help in processing tough topics. The story provides encouragement to think about how our actions affect others and how we can’t know what others are going through. And regardless of whether the show is hated or loved, it has absolutely started important conversations and raised suicide awareness.

3. All the Bright Places

I actually have not yet read the book by Jennifer Niven, but I watched the movie recently and thought it was a really realistic, while also heart-wrenching, take on depression. It’s helpful for teens to see two characters with different past traumas coping in different ways, and the idea expressed that some are able to heal while others still struggle. There is no one set of symptoms when an individual has depression and that was clearly portrayed in this film. The message of hope to find the bright places everywhere even when we might not feel like one of those places within ourselves is beautiful.

4. Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska is an adapted series based on John Green’s popular novel from 2005, which I also loved, but the series expands upon the book and incorporates updated ideas and messages that fit our current times and conversations, especially those that address mental health. The story unfolds as a mystery, and at times it’s lighter and a fun coming-of-age tale, but it’s so much deeper as it progresses, especially as the later episodes take on a more ominous tone and Alaska’s inner struggles become clearer. This is another instance of not truly knowing what another person is going through, especially when they don’t reach out for help in a direct way. This is unfortunately a reality of mental illness and one of the reasons is that those struggling don’t fully understand it themselves. The open-endedness of the story is realistic because that’s exactly how life is—nothing gets wrapped up neatly, but we learn about others and ourselves along the way.

5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

This is also one of my favorite books by Stephen Chbosky, and the movie is every bit as emotional. Charlie is an incredibly realistic character. His feelings of loneliness while continuing on day to day with hope are so accurate and relatable for any teen who has ever felt like an outcast. The deeper past issues that we find out he has repressed are heartbreaking, but I think the story does a great job in portraying that past trauma, while contributing to his current situation, might also not have necessarily created it because there are many layers to mental illness and there is no off button once a “reason” is realized.

6. It’s Kind of a Funny Story

This movie is based on the YA novel by Ned Vizzini. We get a look into many of the patients’ lives over the course of a few days in a psychiatric hospital, while Craig, the male lead, learns about himself and his circumstances, ultimately taking steps to heal. One of the most positive messages of the story is that Craig takes it upon himself to seek help, which many (or most) don’t feel acceptable doing. This is so important for teens to see. The idea that others can’t save us, and we have to build our own lives and not look to others to make it all better for us is also done well. The author of the book, Ned Vizzini, committed suicide, but he left a message of hope in allowing Craig to work through his struggles and show readers and viewers what goes on in the mind of someone struggling so deeply in hopes that those who need it may seek help.

7. Eighth Grade

This movie was cringe-worthy at times, which was effective because that’s exactly what this time of life is like. If you feel awkward watching someone, just imagine how elevated those feelings are for them on the inside. Kayla, the thirteen-year-old protagonist, is riddled with worry and anxiety about her every decision and encounter, and many of the times her fears are realized, which I think we all can agree escalates anxiety. It was an accurate and upsetting portrayal of what goes on both inside and outside during this impactful transition in life, maybe not for every single teen but certainly for the ones who feel that specific emotional turmoil.

8. To the Bone

This was an interesting take on how mental illness manifests in eating disorders. The idea of knowing how damaging your behavior is but also not knowing how to stop it or do anything different, or even just not wanting to, is relatable to anyone who struggles with mental illness whether it be an eating disorder or otherwise. This film has also been criticized for misrepresenting sensitive subject matter, but again, it has helped start conversations and it has definitely expressed an important message that recovery is not a straight line.

9. The Edge of Seventeen 

I loved this movie, and one of the best things about it is how “normal” Nadine’s mental health issues are treated. Her mental illness is not necessarily what the movie is about, but a driving force behind her as a character, and an accurate portrayal of depression for one unique person, since everyone experiences it differently. Although her struggles may be heightened by exterior circumstances and “being a teen” the way she views herself and the world are real and heartbreaking, and although she might not be in imminent danger she is suffering, nonetheless. The movie is also quite funny in parts! The balance of humor and despair work to provide light to all the darkness that exists.

10. Euphoria

This new series is extremely uncensored, raw, and even shocking, but it definitely captures the issues and pressures of being a teen in this current climate. A realistic and well-done takeaway from the series is how mental illness can completely take over and suffocate a person, even bringing on a terrible feeling of boredom and monotony. Rue, the main character, struggles with addiction, which first became an issue when she was looking for a way to combat her host of mental illnesses, and of course gives her yet another issue to struggle with when she is already in severe pain, if from nothing else then from being born into this world. The uncomfortable honesty in Euphoria is executed with precision and is a look at mental illness, while it has always existed, now in the new generation. 


Shay Siegel is a freelance writer, poet, and editor. Her debut YA novel, Fractured, is available now. For more information, visit shaysiegel.com, or connect with Siegel on Facebook, Instagram and Goodreads.

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TYLER PERRY SITCOMS

Watch and share the official trailer here

“TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE” and “TYLER PERRY’S ASSISTED LIVING” will premiere on BET Wednesday, September 2nd at 9 PM ET and 10 PM ET, respectively. Two half-hour episodes will air for each show.

“TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE,” returning for its seventh season, is a hilarious comedy about retired fire chief Curtis Payne (LaVan Davis) and his lovely wife Ella (Cassi Davis Patton) that picks up five years later, as they continue to navigate the problems of life with their quirky modern-day family.

“TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE” stars LaVan Davis as Curtis Payne, Cassi Davis Patton as Ella Payne, Lance Gross as Calvin Payne, Demetria McKinney as Janine Payne, China Anne McClain as Jazmine Payne, Keshia Knight Pulliam as Miranda and Allen Payne as CJ Payne.

In the new sitcom “TYLER PERRY’S ASSISTED LIVING,” Jeremy (Na’im Lynn), a patriarch of a young family with teenage children, loses his job and decides to move to the backwoods of Georgia to help his crazy grandfather.  Grandpa Vinny (J. Anthony Brown) has foolishly purchased a terribly run-down home for the elderly and he is in way over his head, but comedy ensues as Mr. Brown (David Mann) and Cora (Tamela Mann) show up at the right time as needy investors.

“TYLER PERRY’S ASSISTED LIVING” stars David Mann as Mr. Brown, Tamela Mann as Cora, J. Anthony Brown as Vinny, Na’im Lynn as Jeremy, Courtney Nichole as Leah, Tayler Buck as Sandra and Alex Henderson as Phillip.

For more information on “TYLER PERRY’S ASSISTED LIVING” click here.

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“TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE” and “TYLER PERRY’S ASSISTED LIVING” are executive produced, written, and directed by Tyler Perry. Michelle Sneed serves as Executive Producer of both series for Tyler Perry Studios.

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REPUBLIC RECORDS × ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY

Republic Records releases Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist:  Season 1, Episode 7 (Music from the Original TV Series) in conjunction with the critically acclaimed new NBC television series Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, produced by Lionsgate and Universal Television in association with the Tannenbaum Company, Feigco Entertainment and Universal Music Group’s Polygram Entertainment.
 
Get it via Republic Records HERE.
 
New EPs will be released in tandem with each new episode of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, which will air weekly on Sundays at 9pm ET/ PT on NBC.
 
Check out the full tracklisting for Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist:  Season 1, Episode 7 (Music from the Original TV Series) below and be on the lookout for more music from Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist soon!
 
If there’s a song in your heart, it will get in her head. Jane Levy stars in this high-concept drama as Zoey Clarke, a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event, Zoey, who always preferred podcasts over pop songs, suddenly starts to hear the innermost wants, thoughts and desires of the people around her – her family, co-workers and complete strangers – through popular songs. At first, she questions her own sanity, but after getting some guidance from her musically adept neighbor, Mo, and making a breakthrough with her ailing father, Zoey soon realizes this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift as she connects with the world like never before.
 
The series stars Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, with Peter Gallagher and Mary SteenburgenLauren Graham is special guest star.
 
Austin Winsberg will write and executive produce. Richard Shepard will direct and executive produce (pilot only). Kim Tannenbaum and Eric Tannenbaum, Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson, David Blackman, Daniel Inkeles, Gretchen Berg, Aaron Harberts and Adam Davidson will executive produce. Jason Wang, Sam Laybourne, and Davah Avena will co-executive produce. Dan Magnante and Michele Greco will produce.
 
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist:  Season 1, Episode 7 (Music from the Original TV Series) Tracklisting
“Bailamos” – Cast of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Alex Newell, Patrick Ortiz
“Don’t Speak” – Cast of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Kapil Talwalkar
“A Little Less Conversation” – Cast of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Mary Steenburgen
“If I Can’t Have You” – Cast of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Skylar Astin

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Danielle Savre

Maya Bishop on ABC’s “Station 19”

Bringing powerful characters to life in film and television, producing projects and working tirelessly to empower women of all ages, Danielle Savre has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry as one of the most up-and-coming actresses today. Savre can be seen starring in ABC’s hit action-drama series “Station 19.” The show, a spinoff of the longest-running network medical drama series, “Grey’s Anatomy,” follows the lives of a group of heroic firefighters in the Seattle Fire Department based at Station 19. Savre is a standout as Maya Bishop, a former Olympic athlete who has an innate competitive nature that pushes her to be the best firefighter in the house. 

Savre was born and raised in Southern California, and had a deep-rooted passion for the performing arts from a young age. Growing up in a suburb of Los Angeles, Savre immersed herself in all things entertainment. From singing to local theater, she knew being an actress was her calling. Savre got her first big break on NBC’s “Heroes” in 2007 and has worked steadily ever since. Once wrapping “Heroes,” she went on to land the title role of Kaya on MTV’s rock star series of the same name. She went on to star as the lead in The CW’s “Supernatural” spinoff entitled “Bloodlines” and in the RJ Cutler-directed pilot “Four Stars” for CBS. Additional television credits include lead roles in Tyler Perry’s “Too Close to Home” for TLC, “T@gged” for AwesomenessTV, and a multi-episode arc in season seven of “Blue Bloods,” to name a few.

On the film front, Savre was most recently seen in Warner Bros.’ sci-fi horror feature “Deep Blue Sea 2,” which was released in April 2018. She also co-starred in “Bring It On: All Or Nothing” (HBO) opposite Hayden Panettiere and Jake McDorman, and held the lead role in “Boogeyman 2” for Columbia Pictures/Sony. She recently completed lead roles in several independent features including Pierre David’s “The Perfect Stalker,” John Stimpson’s “The Wrong Car,” H.M. Coakley’s Black List screenplay “Adulterers”; Gwen Wynn’s “Wild About Harry,” which won the Best of the Fest award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival; and Todd Sandler’s “A Cohort of Guests,” which recently premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.  

Aside from her work in front of the camera, Savre has brought projects to life behind the scenes producing several short films including Jeff Betancourt’s award-winning film “Knock Knock,” which premiered at the SXSW film festival and has played at 30 film festivals worldwide to date. Savre also recently received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in Rowan Maher’s short film “Collar” at the California Women’s Film Festival.

When she isn’t on set, Savre has a tremendous passion for giving back and is active with a handful of organizations including CARE, a nonprofit that works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. Savre spoke alongside CARE on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., about the International Violence Against Women’s Act. 

Savre currently lives in the Los Angeles area.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

HOMETOWN: Simi Valley, California    
BIRTHDATE: August 26

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Barrett Doss

Victoria Hughes on ABC’s “Station 19”

Prior to landing the role of Victoria on ABC/Shondaland’s “Station 19,” Barrett Doss starred on Broadway in “Groundhog Day” as the lead female role of Rita. She also appeared in the Broadway revival of “You Can’t Take It with You,” starring James Earl Jones and Rose Bryne. Doss has been seen off-Broadway in “Burning” at The New Group, and off-off Broadway in “Strom Thurmond Is Not A Racist/Cleansed” (The Brick) and “Orestes 2.0.” Her regional credits include “Comedy of Errors,” “The Real Thing” and “Jamaica.”
 
Her previous television credits include a recurring role on the Netflix/Marvel series “Iron Fist,” and episodes of “Girls,” “Bull,” “Time After Time,” “Person of Interest” and “30 Rock.”
 
Doss holds a Bachelor of Arts from New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

HOMETOWN: Minneapolis, Minnesota   
BIRTHDATE: March 20 

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JAINA LEE ORTIZ

Andy Herrera on ABC’s “Station 19”

With humble beginnings as a professional salsa dancer in the Bronx, New York, Jaina Lee Ortiz set her sights on her dream of becoming an actor. After moving to Los Angeles, California, she made her television debut in Amazon’s “The After,” created by Chris Carter (“X-Files”). Shortly thereafter, Ortiz starred as the female lead in Fox’s “Rosewood,” then completed a major recurring arc opposite Ryan Phillippe in the second season of the USA hit series “Shooter.”

Currently, Ortiz stars as Andy Herrera on ABC’s drama “Station 19.” The series from Shonda Rhimes follows a group of heroic firefighters in Seattle.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

HOMETOWN: Bronx, New York
BIRTHDATE: November 20

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HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES: SOUNDTRACK OUT TODAY ORDER HERE, STREAM HERE  

The official soundtrack for the first season of the Disney+ original series, High School Musical: The Musical: The Seriesis out today, available HERE. The songs from the Walt Disney Records soundtrack have already amassed over 60 million streams (audio and video combined).  The cast of HSMTMTS have performed on ABC’s Good Morning America and the ABC Christmas Day Parade.  The series, and its music, has garnered press coverage from cream of the crop media outlets such as People, Entertainment Tonight, Entertainment Weekly, E! News, Los Angeles Times, Billboard, Cosmopolitan and Buzzfeed.  Paste Magazine singled out the series as one of the “Top Ten Shows on TV.”  Olivia Rodrigo’s (Nini’s) track “All I Want” has already landed in the top 40 on iTunes, top 100 on Spotify as well two Billboard charts.  HSMTMTS was also nominated this week for a GLAAD Award.   

The HSMTMTS features songs from the series including classic favorites like “Stick to the Status Quo,” and “Breaking Free,” as well as new songs “Wondering,” and “I Think I Kinda, You Know.” The new soundtrack includes instrumental and acoustic versions of songs from the series as well. The new, original tracks from the series include “Just For A Moment,” written by Joshua Bassett (Ricky) and Olivia Rodrigo (Nini).

The High School Musical franchise was born in 2006, when Disney Channel aired the first “High School Musical” movie.  For two consecutive years, “High School Musical” and “High School Musical 2” (2007) were ranked the #1 best-selling albums globally, according to the IFPI, marking the first time one franchise topped the chart for two years in a row. To date, the High School Musical soundtracks have sold over 26 million units and over 16 million albums worldwide. An unprecedented nine original songs from the “High School Musical” soundtrack entered Billboard’sHot 100 Chart, with five tracks in the Top 40. An unprecedented nine original songs from the “High School Musical” soundtrack broke onto Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart; five of those in the top forty. 

Starring an exciting, multitalented cast, the scripted Disney+ series showcases 10 main characters: Nini, Ricky, Gina, E.J., Ashlyn, Kourtney, Carlos, Big Red, Miss Jenn and Mr. Mazzara – a group of dram students and faculty members at East High, the Utah high school where the original “High School Musical” movie was filmed.  Through the course of 10 episodes, these characters have counted down from auditions to opening night of their school’s first-ever production of “High School Musical:  The Musical.” They have experienced budding romances, faltering friendships and harsh rivalries as they experienced the transformative power that only high school theater and music can provide.  

“HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: The Musical: The Series” was created and executive-produced by Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominee Tim Federle (“Ferdinand”) who also wrote the first episode. 

Pre-order the soundtrack HERE

Listen to the playlist HERE

Disney Music VEVO HERE

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UNIVERSAL KIDS

PREMIERES NEW PRESCHOOL SERIES “POWERBIRDS” ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 AT 10AM ET/PT

  • Universal Kidsthe TV network that playfully celebrates kids’ everyday adventures, announces the new preschool series Powerbirds premiering on Sunday, January 19 at 10am ET/PT.
  • About the show: Parakeet siblings Ace and Polly at first glance seem like ordinary pets, but they’re not your average birds, both possessing special super powers. Inspired by their owner Max’s love of comic books, Ace and Polly’s oversized imaginations take them on heroic superhero adventures. Unbeknownst to Max, whenever he leaves for the day, Ace and Polly spring into action as the Powerbirds! In each episode, they use superhero powers such as the fantastic freeze, super sight, super speed and beyond, to save their neighborhood from animal villains. The series promotes underlying positive messages that we can all be our own superhero if we do the right thing.
  • Characters:
    • 6-year-old Max’s love for comic books, action figures and adventure comes from his Grandpa Felix. Ace and Polly are Max’s favorite pets and their daily superhero adventures are often sparked by his creative play.
    • Ace the parakeet has a strong sense of duty, but is also playful and daring. He tends to do things by-the-book and has memorized the superhero handbook’s collection of credos and techniques.
    • Polly the parakeet is a creative, out-of-the-box thinker. She’s a goofball who frequently makes things up on the fly. But, Polly is always ready to jump into action and save the day.

About Universal Kids

Universal Kids represents the world of NBCUniversal family brands. As a kid-focused ecosystem with great TV content at the center, Universal Kids is programmed for the 2-12 year old audience, with a fresh mix of animated content, unscripted entertainment, and proven international hits. Launched in September 2017 and available in over 59 million homes, Universal Kids is available for kids and families across all platforms, including on air, online, On Demand and via mobile with the Universal Kids app.