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Judith Krantz Dies: Best-Selling Author And Journalist Was 91 Years Old

Judith Krantz Dies: Best-Selling Author And Journalist Was 91 Years Old
Judith Krantz, whose novels have more than 80 million copies in print, has died. She passed away from natural causes on June 22 in her Bel Air, California home at age 91.

Krantz was born Judith Tarcher on January 9, 1928 in New York City, the eldest child of an advertising executive and an attorney. After growing up in New York City where she graduated from the Birch Wathen School at age 16, she enrolled at Wellesley College, graduating in 1948.

After graduating, Krantz moved to Paris, where she worked as a fashion publicist. The following year, she returned to New York, where she embarked on a career in magazine journalism. She worked at Good Housekeeping before being promoted to Fashion Editor.

In 1953, Krantz attended a Fourth of July party hosted by her high school friend Barbara Walters. There she met her future husband, film and television producer and writer Stephen Falk Krantz. They were married for 53 years,
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Grey's Anatomy: Lindsay Wagner Cast as Alex's Mother

Grey's Anatomy is delving further into Alex's backstory. 

Per Deadline, Lindsay Wagner will appear in an upcoming episode of the medical drama as Alex's mother. 

If you watch Grey's Anatomy online, you will already know that we met Alex's mother in flashbacks earlier on Grey's Anatomy Season 14. 

We think it's fair to say that she was not the best mother, and there are going to be a lot of awkward scenes between her and Alex when they meet in the present. 

Wagner will appear on the May 3 episode which is titled "Fight For Your Mind." The episode will revolve around Alex and Jo who embark on a road trip to find Alex's mother. 

Related: Grey's Anatomy Brings Back Geena Davis!

He's not heard from her in some time, so it sounds like he will want to find out more about his past, and more importantly, why she has not reached out to him.
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Lindsay Wagner To Play Alex’s Mom On ABC Medical Drama Series

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Lindsay Wagner To Play Alex’s Mom On ABC Medical Drama Series
Exclusive: We are finally going to meet Alex Karev’s (Justin Chambers) mom. Former The Bionic Woman and Scruples star Lindsay Wagner will play the key guest role of Helen Karev in the May 3 episode of ABC’s hit medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, directed by series co-star Jesse Williams.

So far, we only had gotten a glimpse of Alex’s mom as a younger woman in a flashback during an episode earlier this season that was directed by Grey’s star Ellen Pompeo. The part was played by Emily Rutherfurd.

In the logline for the May 3 episode titled “Fight For Your Mind” and written by Andy Reaser, Alex (Chambers) and Jo (Camilla Luddington) go on a trip to Iowa to find Alex’s mom, whom he hasn’t heard from in a very long time. Meanwhile, Meredith (Pompeo) gives a presentation on her mini-livers project, which attracts a ton of attention,
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Pfandom: She's Trashy! She's Trouble! Pfeiffer in "Callie & Son"

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Michelle Pfeiffer Retrospective. Episode 5 

by Nathaniel R 

Michelle Pfeiffer is big trouble in "Callie & Son"

It wasn't initially clear, as it rarely is for new working actors, where Michelle Pfeiffer's place in the Hollywood ecosystem would be. The first three years of her career (1979-1981) were a mish-mash as if her management was throwing her at everything just to see what would stick. In the first three years of professional acting career she made four TV movies, three feature films, had two series regular gigs, and snuck in a few guest spots. The roles were far from stellar but she was working, a lot and was famously a quick study. Callie & Son, an absolutely ridiculous CBS melodrama from October 1981, gave her her showiest pre-Grease 2 role. And her campiest. She wasn't the star. Lindsay Wagner was a TV superstar at the time (The Bionic Woman,
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For Jackie Collins, the show always went on

Daughter of showbiz agent Joe and sister of actor Joan, Jackie was a trouper who invented a genre of pop fiction – and knew how to popularise it

Fiction was such an established business by the 60s that even the most original authors could only continue familiar genres: romance, crime, thriller, literary. However, Jackie Collins more or less invented the form of storytelling now recorded in the Oxford English Dictionary as “bonkbuster”, selling more than 500m copies of 32 titles that remained in print at her death at the age of 77 on Saturday.

Books by other authors – including Judith Krantz’s Scruples and Shirley Conran’s Lace – encouraged the birth of the term for stories in which women went in search of sexual and financial fulfilment in a milieu of first-class cabins and five-star hotels. However, Collins had started to write such books earlier and continued to publish them longer than any of her rivals,
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Six of the best ... TV melodramas

Spoof mini-series The Spoils of Babylon is coming soon, so what finer time to tip our hats to the epic, emotional heavyweight classics of the genre from the 70s and 80s?

This Saturday sees the start of star-studded parody The Spoils of Babylon on Fox, in which Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Tim Robbins and Tobey Maguire take aim at the epic (and epically cheesy) American mini-series of the late 70s and early 80s. In preparation, here's our guide to six of the best original shows. (Note: yes, Roots is a 70s mini-series, but it's also a serious drama and too good for inclusion here.)

Rich Man, Poor Man (1976)

The daddy of them all. This adaptation of Irwin Shaw's bestseller told the tale of two opposite (and opposed) brothers, good boy Rudy (Peter Strauss) and bad boy Tom (a show-stopping Nick Nolte). There had been other mini-series before Rich Man,
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Natalie Portman Joins Western Jane Got A Gun

Oscar-winner Natalie Portman stayed busy in front of the camera; working with director Terrence Malick on the Austin, Texas-based drama Lawless. Portman also stayed busy behind the camera executive producing along with Tony Krantz on the upcoming ABC drama Scruples, based on the best-selling novel by Tony Krantz’s mother Judith Krantz. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Portman took part in a recent Cannes Film Festival deal with various financiers gathering to produce the Western Jane Got A Gun from scribe Brian Duffield with Lynne Ramsay attached to direct.
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Natalie Portman Joins Western Jane Got A Gun

Oscar-winner Natalie Portman stayed busy in front of the camera; working with director Terrence Malick on the Austin, Texas-based drama Lawless. Portman also stayed busy behind the camera executive producing along with Tony Krantz on the upcoming ABC drama Scruples, based on the best-selling novel by Tony Krantz’s mother Judith Krantz. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Portman took part in a recent Cannes Film Festival deal with various financiers gathering to produce the Western Jane Got A Gun from scribe Brian Duffield with Lynne Ramsay attached to direct.
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New TV Season Breakdown: ABC

The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the third one announced. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on ABC.

An odd year for the once mighty juggernaut which can still pack 'em in. It had surprise success stories with "Once Upon a Time" and "Revenge", the latter becoming an unexpected international hit, and several shows have gotten renewals despite more modest numbers. Still, with it battling with NBC for the third and fourth position overall, the network has to introduce ten shows over the course of the season in the hope of getting a few stickers.

Several other pilots didn't make the final cut and won't be seen include the fashion label dynasty soap "Americana", ABC's update of the 90's "Beauty and the Beast" TV series, the Roland Emmerich-produced thriller "Dark Horse", the
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'Revenge' knockoffs and family sitcoms: TV you may be watching next season

In about a month, the broadcast networks will be making their final decisions about which pilots to pick up for the 2012-13 season. A lot can happen between now and then, but we're comfortable making this prediction: You'll be seeing at least a couple new family sitcoms in the fall.

Various permutations of the family comedy, featuring everything from multi-generational clans clashing with the neighbors ("The Manzanis" on ABC) to a gay couple and the woman carrying their baby ("The New Normal" on NBC), are in development. We counted almost 20 "my [insert synonym for 'lovingly dysfunctional' here] family" shows on the networks' dockets, including at least seven at ABC alone.

That the Alphabet would make such a heavy investment in family comedies is no surprise. Its successful Wednesday block is mostly family-centered, and it's probably looking for something to pair with the likely-to-be-renewed "Last Man Standing" as well.

And while every pilot season brings a fair number of family comedies,
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The 80s bonkbuster TV saga is back

Next season's Us television is going to be dominated by remakes of Scruples and Valley of the Dolls

Plump up your shoulder pads, dig out the killer heels and start practising icy one-liners now. Us television's next season will be all about the 1980s-style saga, many adapted from "bonkbuster" novels, where the plots are as overembellished as the sequins adorning the heroine's little black dress.

But banish thoughts of Phoebe Cates demanding "which one of you bitches is my mother?" in Lace, or Lindsay Wagner tossing her abundant curls at a bemused Barry Bostwick in Scruples. The new shows are aimingfor a more serious take on the genre, even as they keep its finer traditions in place. Thus, ABC has enlisted the help of Natalie Portman, who will produce their Scruples remake with Grey Gardens' Michael Sucsy directing. Sadly Portman won't be gracing the small screen; instead Britain's Claire Forlani
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What One Tree Hill Star has Natalie Portman Scruples?

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His time on One Tree Hill may be over, but Chad Michael Murray is far from being done with television work and has already set up his next project: ABC’s Scruples. Those with a sharp memory will remember this pilot has a very important name attached to it, one that every household should know by now: Natalie Portman. The Oscar winning actress is one of the pilot’s executive producers, giving Murray a run for his money as the main draw for audiences.

TVLine reported Murray was tapped to play Spider, a fashion photographer who has turned his attention toward creative directing. The project is based on the Judith Krantz novel and isn’t the first adaptation of the source material. In 1980 there was a miniseries that was quite popular. At one point, in 1981, a pilot for a weekly series was produced, but it was largely unsuccessful. In that 1980 series,
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Pilot Castings: Gary Cole Finds Scruples at ABC, Jay Mohr Joins CBS' Applebaum and More

Pilot Castings: Gary Cole Finds Scruples at ABC, Jay Mohr Joins CBS' Applebaum and More
Gary Cole has fashioned himself a plum role in the ABC drama pilot Scruples.

Also among the latest pilot castings: A Suburgatory star relocates from the ‘burbs, a Walking Dead alum is reborn on L.A. Noir, an Outsourced survivor heads to Awesometown and more.

Scruples — based on Judith Krantz’ novel and executive produced by Natalie Portman — follows Billy Winthrop (played by Claire Forlani), a rich and powerful clothing designer working in a business dominated by sex, revenge and scandal. Cole will play the the manipulative, longtime lawyer of Billy’s late husband.

Cole, a TV mainstay whose resume includes gigs on Chuck,
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Chad Michael Murray joins ABC pilot 'Scruples'

Chad Michael Murray joins ABC pilot 'Scruples'
Chad Michael Murray has joined the cast of ABC pilot Scruples. The fashion drama, based on the novel by Judith Krantz, will star Claire Forlani as Wilhelmina 'Billy' Hunnewell Winthrop, a woman who decides to reinvent her image and open Beverly Hills clothing boutique 'Scruples'. One Tree Hill star Murray will play creative director and former photographer Spider, according to TVLine. The role was previously played by Cougar Town's Barry Bostwick in a 1980 CBS adaptation of Scruples, which starred Bionic Woman actress Lindsay Wagner as Wilhelmina. ABC's new adaptation, executive produced by Natalie Portman, will also star Boris Kodjoe (more)
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Portman Finds Her Spider Elliott In Murray

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Portman Finds Her Spider Elliott In Murray
TV hunk Chad Michael Murray will lead the cast of Natalie Portman's new pilot Scruples.

The One Tree Hill star will join Claire Forlani and Boris Kodjoe in the adaptation of Judith Krantz's beloved novel.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Murray will play photographer Spider Elliot - the role Barry Bostwick played in the 1980 miniseries of the same name.

Natalie Portman is among the executive producers of the new project.

Chad Michael Murray Cast in ABC Pilot Scruples

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Chad Michael Murray Cast in ABC Pilot Scruples
The former One Tree Hill star has been tapped as the male lead in ABC's drama pilot Scruples, based on Judith Krantz's 1978 same-named novel about an aristocratic Beverly Hills family, the Winthrops. Murray, who will play the handsome (of course) photographer Spider (Peter Parker?), will be joined by Gary Cole as the attorney for the Winthrops' late patriarch. Krantz's novel has been interpreted on the small screen before, actually: in 1980, Warner Bros. turned it into a mini-series starring Lindsay Wagner. A character named Melanie Adams, a model-turned-actress, was played by 24-year-old Kim Cattrall.
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Chad Michael Murray to star in ABC's 'Scruples' pilot

We weren't sure we'd see him make a regular return to television after leaving "One Tree Hill," but Chad Michael Murray has surprised us.

Murray, who also appeared in "Gilmore Girls" and "Dawson's Creek," has signed on to star in ABC's remake of the 1980 television miniseries "Scruples," based on the novel by Judith Krantz.

Murray will play Spider Elliot, a photographer who becomes creative director of a luxury fashion boutique called Scruples. The role was originated by Barry Bostwick. The casting was first reported by Deadline.

The pilot stars "CSI: NY" star Claire Forlani as Billy Winthrop, the wealthy clothing designer who opens the store. Gary Cole was just tapped to play Billy's late husband's lawyer. Boris Kodjoe and Jessica McNamee will round out the cast. Natalie Portman is one of the executive producers of the pilot.

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Chad Michael Murray Cast in Scruples Pilot. Will He Return to TV This Fall?

Chad Michael Murray hasn't been a regular on primetime television since he left One Tree Hill three years ago.  Butthe actor has now been cast as one of the lead characters in the new ABC pilot, Scruples.

Based on the fun 1970s novel novel by Judith Krantz, Scruples follows the story of Billy, who works her way up from poverty to become the wife of an extremely wealthy man.  When he dies and leaves her with a fortune, she eventually opens a boutique in Beverly Hills.  But it isn't until she gains two partners - Valentine and Spider - that her store becomes The Beverly Hills shopping destination.

Chad Michael Murray has been cast as Spider, a photographer who, in the book, eventually becomes the "style expert" at Billy's store.

Claire Forlani will play Billy, while
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Chad Michael Murray & Gary Cole Cast In ABC Drama Pilot ‘Scruples’

Chad Michael Murray & Gary Cole Cast In ABC Drama Pilot ‘Scruples’
Chad Michael Murray and Gary Cole have been cast in ABC’s drama pilot Scruples, executive produced by Tony Krantz and Natalie Portman and directed by The Vow helmer Michael Sucsy. Based on the novel by Judith Krantz, Scruples centers on rich and powerful clothing designer Billy Winthrop (Claire Forlani) in a world of sex, revenge and scandal. Murray will play handsome playboy photographer Spider, who works for Winthrop. Cole will play the manipulative Royce, the longtime lawyer of Winthrop’s late husband who is infuriated when Billy inherits his empire and vows to keep it under her control. This marks the return to series television for former One Tree Hill star Murray, who recently returned to the CW drama. He is with Wme and Brillstein Entertainment. Cole, repped by ICM and Barbara Gale, recently co-starred in the Geffen Playhouse production of Superior Donuts and has recurred on The Good Wife.
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Scoop: One Tree Hill Vet Chad Michael Murray Joins ABC Drama Pilot Scruples

Scoop: One Tree Hill Vet Chad Michael Murray Joins ABC Drama Pilot Scruples
Chad Michael Murray is leaving One Tree Hill behind for the far more adult world of Scruples, ABC’s drama pilot based on the novel by Judith Krantz about a rich and powerful clothing designer (CSI: NY‘s Claire Forlani) working in a business dominated by sex, revenge and scandal.

Murray will playfashion photographer-turned-creative director Spider (the role originated by Barry Bostwick in the 1980 miniseries).

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Ex-Undercovers spy Boris Kodjoe and Jessica McNamee (Australia’s Packed to the Rafters) co-star in the project, which counts
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