Friday, March 28, 2008

On the tube tonight - 'Code 11-14'

On the tube - Living - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington:

"In 'Code 11-14,' 9 p.m. on Hallmark. In this 2003 suspense tale, the hunt for a killer follows an FBI agent (David James Elliott) onto the airplane bringing him, his wife (Terry Farrell) and their son back to Los Angeles from Australia. Police Down Under thought they caught the murderer but were wrong - much to the regret of the federal agent, whose family is targeted by the real culprit."

Really looking forward to seeing this. Don't forget to watch!!!!

Code 11-14

Thanks to a heads up from my niece, Hallmark Channel is airing Code 11-14 starring David James Elliott, Friday 9pm est. The Hallmark site has a very good video premiere of the movie. Can't wait to see it!

Be sure to check your local listings!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

JAG Season 6 DVD

The cover of the back of the DVD has been released.

Love Sick: Secrets of a Sex Addict

Love Sick: Secrets of a Sex Addict

Thanks to an email from Sue Silverman, she notified me that Lifetime
had finally updated their website with the correct title and time the
movie will be shown.

Less than a month to wait! Whoo hooo! I am so looking forward to
this movie... not just because of DJE but also because after reading
Sue's excerpt on her webpage, the story itself is intriguing. So be
sure to mark the date and time on your calendar!!!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Global’s The Guard renewed

TV, eh? » Global’s The Guard, Da Kink in My Hair, The Best Years renewed
Posted by: Diane in Da Kink in my Hair, The Best Years, The Guard

From a media release:

Global Television announced today the renewal of three Canadian Original drama series - The Guard, ‘da Kink in my Hair and The Best Years for their sophomore year.

Slated for the network’s 2008-09 broadcast schedule, the entertaining, proven performers will be gearing up for production on their respective second seasons in the coming weeks, and based on solid statistics of the first seasons, fans nationwide are ready for more.

“It takes real talent to make great stories into great television, and we have it all here within our amazing writing and production communities,” said Christine Shipton, SVP, Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “Our commitment to bringing Canadian drama back to Canwest remains firm, and we couldn’t be more excited to continue our support and growth of these drama series.”

The Guard, shot in Squamish, B.C. and produced by Halifax Film and Brightlight Pictures, is a dramatic action series focusing on four compelling characters who risk their lives daily working in the Canadian Coast Guard. Audiences were immediately attracted to these west coast heroes, strongly launching with over 800,000 viewers, The Guard was the #1 new Canadian Original in the key demo Adults 18-49.

‘da Kink in my Hair, produced by Barna-Alper, trey anthony, Ngozika and Defiant Entertainment and shot in Toronto, Ontario, is a comedic drama set in a bustling hair salon in Toronto’s Caribbean community.
Making the jump from stage to screen, ‘da Kink in my Hair resonated strongly with urban audiences, showing particularly strong numbers in the Toronto market - appealing to the largest percentage of Adults 18-49 in the largest urban centre amongst Canadian original comedies. ‘da Kink was the #1 new comedy of the season, topping Sophie and Jpod in Toronto by 16% and 88% respectively; even outranking new episodes of the competing network’s comedy, Corner Gas, for key demos in the market in January 2008.

The Best Years, produced by Blueprint Entertainment and shot on location in Toronto, Ontario, was created by Aaron Martin (Degrassi: The Next Generation) and follows six compelling young characters as they encounter “firsts’ at University. The Best Years struck a chord with viewers in the Summer of 2007 with increased viewership from the premiere to finale by 30% for 2+ and by 54% in the key demo Adults 18-49 nationally.

All data from BBM Nielsen Media research.

Had this in my newsletter and just had to share! Great news! Way to go, Global!!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A little OT 'JAG' news

Local Actress Has a New Role as Realtor
March 12, 2008
Michael Aushenker , Staff Writer
Staff Writer

You might say that these days, actress Cindy Ambuehl is 'keepin' it real''as in 'real estate.'
Ambuehl, who starred as Renee Peterson on the long-running CBS primetime series 'JAG,' has turned her real estate hobby into a full-time profession by joining Coldwell Banker's Pacific Palisades office on Sunset.

'I've been dabbling in real estate for 20 years,' says Ambuehl, and it has now become her true passion. 'It's really conducive to family life''a perfect transition for me. If I could survive acting, I can survive real estate.'

By family, Ambuehl means the household she shares in Santa Monica Canyon with her fianc' and fellow actor, Don Diamont; their twin boys, Anton and Davis, 5; and Diamont's children from a previous relationship, Lauren, 18, Sasha, 16, Alexander, 13, and Luca, 7.

If Diamont's name sounds familiar, it's mainly because he's been a daytime television staple for 22 years, appearing as Brad Carlton on the venerable soap opera 'The Young and the Restless.'
There was a time for Ambuehl when 'location, location, location' meant hopping from set to set to earn her paycheck. A working actress, she spent the 1990s playing in episodes of hit shows such as 'Cybill,' 'Frasier,' 'Charmed,' 'Silk Stalkings,' 'Diagnosis Murder,' 'Malcolm in the Middle,' 'Caroline in the City' and 'The Love Boat: The Next Wave.' Ambuehl played Jerry Seinfeld's love interest on an episode of 'Seinfeld' called 'The Burning' ' the one in which Jerry is stunned to learn that his new girlfriend has a mysterious "tractor story" that she is concealing from him.
Ambuehl also worked in movies, playing opposite Rodney Dangerfield in one of the comedian's last features, 1997's 'Meet Wally Sparks.' But as an actress, she is probably best known for her work on 'JAG.'

Originally debuting in 1995 on NBC, the military-themed criminal justice drama, starring David James Elliott and Catherine Bell, became a primetime hit when it was rescued from cancellation by CBS. It ran for a solid decade before its 2005 cancellation. Ambuehl's recurring role''the quirky, outspoken love interest and comic foil who kept Elliott's character on his toes'' appeared on the show from 2000 through 2003.

The 'JAG' stint came right as she worked on Fox Television's critically acclaimed (but quickly canned) Hollywood satire, 'Action,' starring Jay Mohr.

'I was only supposed to do 'JAG' for three weeks,' Ambuehl says, 'but when 'Action' got canceled, I did it for four years.'

Another career highlight for the 43-year-old actress: playing on the short-lived 'Head over Heels' with one of her best friends, Eva La Rue, who now stars on another CBS juggernaut, 'CSI: Miami.'
Ambuehl credits all of the comedy work she's done as indirect training her for her current profession.

'We try to lighten up the burden for our buyers and sellers,' says Ambuehl, who adds that an actress's perseverance also comes in handy. 'I remember testing three times with Mel Gibson for a role on 'What Women Want.' You go through these experiences, you walk into a room and you perform in front of people. You learn to work the room.'

Today, Ambuehl is most proud of her real estate work with partner Lauri McNevin and Coldwell's Palisades office manager, Robert Sedway.

Ambuehl credits Sedway as 'a phenomenal leader. He really supported me in my transition from actress to real estate agent.' Of McNevin, a Palisades resident who has worked in real estate for 11 years, Ambuehl says, 'We make a good team. When we work with people, in this very, very scary market, I love the fact that Lauri has the educational background as well as the common sense. Lauri and I show every property ourselves, we take every phone call ourselves, we show up to the party. We're very hands on.'

As working moms, the women feel they have an edge in finding homes to accommodate families. Family is important to both Ambuehl and McNevin (a mother of two), and they are empathetic regarding their nesting clients. In fact, Ambuehl points out that they fill in for each other with babysitting chores so that 'we actually work seven days a week.'

If there is a reason that Ambuehl shifted from acting to real estate, it can be summed up by one word: family. Acting 'was not conducive to having children. It was really important to me [to be a full-time mom].'

Ambuehl has always put her personal life over career.

'I left 'JAG' when I was eight months pregnant. Now that the writers strike is over, I can still dabble in that which I love, but I am also going to work in real estate, which is my total focus.'

So why does she prefer the buy and sell over acting these days?

'I'm loving the feeling that I'm helping people,' Ambuehl says. 'I feel that Lauri and I come from such a place of honesty and hard work, we're giving them a peace of mind. And that's a good feeling. I'm taking care of people.'

Although Ambuehl didn't receive her real estate license until 2007, her interest in property transactions has always coincided with her original vocation.

'I've been buying and selling homes all of my career as a hobby in Orange County,' says Ambuehl, who was born and raised in Yorba Linda, where her parents still live.

McNevin is a seasoned pro, having left a five-member team in her native Austin, Texas, to come work in California two years ago. She and Ambuehl met through their sons.

Ambuehl and her fianc' Diamont socialize with another Palisadian on 'Young and the Restless'''Eric Braeden, who enjoys the Palisades life with his wife, Dale. Ambuehl laughs as she tells the Post that Braeden loves to joke with Diamont that the name of their soap should be re-titled 'The Young and the Rest of Us.'

So what exactly brought Ambuehl and Diamont to town?

'I always wanted to be near the beach,' Ambuehl says. 'So we really looked hard in the Palisades and Santa Monica because combined we have six boys and we needed a big place to accommodate everyone.'

They found their dream house serendipitously, just driving around and looking at open houses. Ambuehl directed renovations of their Spanish Mediterranean estate and did all the interior design.

What Ambuehl really loves and appreciates about the Palisades is that it reminds her of her Orange County roots: 'The Palisades, too, has that small-town feel. It feels very much like home.'
'I love that it's a small town, after coming from Austin,' McNevin chimes in. 'It's such a smaller city than Los Angeles, and such a wonderful relief. It feels so good to come here and have my own space.'

Together, Ambuehl and McNevin have negotiated home sales primarily on the Westside, having closed deals in the Palisades, Brentwood, Santa Monica and Malibu.
When she's not turning around properties, Ambuehl spends her down time lunching at Tivoli Cafe or enjoying brunch at Mayberry's. McNevin enjoys those local restaurants, but also lists Il Carpaccio on Palisades Drive as a new fave.

'We just went to Riordan's new place and we loved it,' says Ambuehl regarding The Village Pantry on Swathmore.

Ambuehl feels closely connected to the Palisades. She adds that whenever she and McNevin make a sale, 'a portion of our commission goes to a local school in the community in which we sell a house, on a sale-to-sale basis. So we're giving back to the community.'
Some might question Ambuehl's enthusiasm to dive into her new profession at a time when her industry is experiencing its darkest days in more than a decade. But Ambuehl shrugs off such pessimism.

'The real estate market is taking a hit, but I survived two Screen Actors Guild strikes,' she says sanguinely. 'We'll survive this just fine as well. Last year, we had $15 million in sales and over $20 million in listings. I'm not intimidated at all by it.'

In addition to her real estate business, Ambuehl is a fashion designer. Her clothing line first hit QVC in 2005, and she will debut her new line on The Shopping Channel in Canada on March 14. Her line--hip, funky and contemporary--consists of blouses, pants, dresses and skirts and pants.
She and Diamont have also completed hosting a DVD titled 'Tips for New Parents,' joining with Eileen David and Hunter Tylo from 'The Bold and the Beautiful.'

Still, Ambuehl is a fulltime realtor these days, though she still gets a kick out of the effect her previous life can have on the locals. Sometimes, people will double-take when they enter Coldwell Banker's office and find that familiar face working the phones.

'It's really funny,' Ambuehl says, giggling. 'When I first came aboard, I got a lot of people who felt that they already knew me. 'Were you on so and so?''

Which begs the question: Are these customers happy to have TV's Renee Peterson handling their real estate dealings?
It depends on whether they like the character I played!' she says with a hearty laugh.

Cindy Ambuehl and Lauri McNevin have a Web site: For more about Ambuehl's clothing line, go to

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Saturday, March 8, 2008

Update on 'The Rainbow Tribe'

Thanks to my niece for checking on the IMBD website for updates, 'The Rainbow Tribe' release date has been changed to January 2009. It still is unknown whether it will be released on DVD, on television, or in the theater. And still to be released in the USA... although I hope it will be available in other countries, as DJE has fans around the world!

Talk about disappointment... from the photos it looked like it would be a fun family movie. It would be wonderful to see DJE on the big screen. Hopefully someday!

Friday, March 7, 2008

'Love Sick: Secrets of a Sex Addict'

Thanks to my friend, Sue Silverman, it has been confirmed that 'Love Sick: Secrets of a Sex Addict' will be shown on the Lifetime Channel April 19th. Now of course, that is still subject to change, but as for now, great news!!! Sue has also given permission to post her photo. Thanks Sue!
I am so looking forward to seeing this movie. Remember, an excerpt from the book is available on her website, as well as being able to order a copy of the book. She also has mentioned the update to the title and date of the movie as well as some wonderful photos!

Thanks again, Sue! You are the greatest!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Update on 'Secrets of a Sex Addict'

Thanks to a lovely email from Sue Silverman... According to the producer, the title has been changed to 'Love Sick' with 'Secrets of a Sex Addict' as the subtitle. The producer is trying to confirm the April 19th airdate. If there are any changes, I will post it here. Thanks again, Sue!!!

Monday, March 3, 2008

'Secrets of a Sex Addict' news

I don't know if anyone that reads this blog reads all the comments, but I was so honored to see a comment by Sue William Silverman, author of 'Love Sick: Secrets of a Sex Addict' posted to my blog. I just wanted to publicly thank Sue for the information she shared. I'd like to remind everyone that is interested in seeing the movie, it will be shown April 19th on the Lifetime channel.

If you are interested in reading an excerpt from the book, or ordering the book, please visit Sue's website:

She also has some photos of the filming of the movie. It's an interesting website and I'm sure anyone would enjoy it.

Thanks again, Sue!

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