•• Comedian Brad Garrett has already signed up Ray Romano, Elizabeth Perkins, Willie Garson, Mimi Rogers, Stephanie Hunt, Dennis Phillips, Karina Jett and yours truly to join the fun and excitement of his Maximum Hope Foundation Charity Poker Tournament benefiting families with children battling life-limiting illnesses September 22 at noon in MGM Grand’s poker room in Las Vegas. Please join, the first-place prize is $10,000.
•• With a new season of shows comes a new crop of potential stars. THR photographed 100 faces of the new season, including cast of “How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life” during the Television Critics Association’s press tour on July 27th.
•• Additional casting has been announced for the upcoming 25th anniversary reading of Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias, which will be presented Sept. 9 at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.
Presented by David Youse, Four Things Productions in association with L.A. Works, the reading will be directed by two-time Tony Award winner Judith Ivey. The cast will be led by the previously announced Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner Frances Conroy, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Elizabeth Perkins, Jennifer Coolidge and Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Annie Potts, along with just announced cast members Jill Larson (“All My Children”) and Mae Whitman (“Parenthood”).
The performance, which will raise awareness and funds for The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, will be followed by a VIP reception. The event will also feature lighting design by Leigh Allen, sound design by Shannon Slaton, technical direction by David Toledo, props by Kent Rogers and graphic design by Studio 56.
Show time will be 6 PM. The Broad Stage is located at 1310 11th Street in Santa Monica, CA. For tickets and additional information, please visit the official website at www.steelmagnolias-25years.org.
•• Brad Garrett and Elizabeth Perkins chat with AccessHollywood.com’s Laura Saltman about playing a quirky middle-aged couple on ABC’s “How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)“. “What does Elizabeth say it’s like doing a show with Brad? Is it difficult to get work done with him constantly cracking jokes.