Celebrity poker event May 10 to benefit UCLA Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

“Dealing for Duchenne” is a star-studded Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament and silent auction to raise money for the Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at UCLA, where researchers and physicians combine efforts to extend the lives of children with the deadly genetic disorder.

Launched seven years ago by local parents of boys affected by the disease, the annual event’s proceeds have led to promising experimental therapies they hope will one day save their children’s lives.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy strikes one in 3,500 boys, weakening their muscles until they lose the ability to move and breathe on their own. Most boys are diagnosed by age 5, confined to a wheelchair by 12 and don’t survive past 25. UCLA is the only facility west of Ohio offering clinical trials and specialized medical care to Duchenne patients.

The event will feature the following individuals:

Joel Murray
Murray, an actor whose credits include “The Artist,” “Mad Men” and “Two and a Half Men,” will emcee the event.

David Foster and The Tenors
Foster, a Grammy-winning musician and producer, and the Canadian quartet The Tenors will provide live music and entertainment.

Other celebrities scheduled to attend include:

Hank Azaria (“The Simpsons”), Anna Belknap (“CSI: NY”), Majandra Delfino (“Friends With Better Lives”), Rich Eisen (NFL Network), Willie Garson (“White Collar,” “Sex and the City”), Anne Heche (“Hung,” “Six Days Seven Nights”), Brendan Hines (“Scandal”), Oliver Hudson (“Rules of Engagement”), Josh Malina (“Scandal,” “West Wing”), Kellie Martin (“Army Wives”), Tim Olyphant (“Justified,” “Hitman”), Tim Roth (“Klondike,” “Lie to Me”) Nicole Sullivan (“Cougar Town,” “Family Guy”), James Tupper (“Revenge”) and David Walton (“About a Boy”).

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‘Friends With Better Lives’ Premiere Date

From one set of friends to another. CBS will premiere new ensemble comedy Friends With Better Lives behind the series finale of How I Met Your Mother on March 31. Starting the following Monday, Friends With Better Lives will move to its regular Monday 8:30 PM slot, following a Big Bang Theory rerun until 2 Broke Girls takes over the 8 PM anchor position vacated by HIMYM on April 14. HIMYM will end its nine-season run with an hourlong finale almost two months before the end of the season, an unusually early exit for a series of this caliber, but CBS certainly needs the real estate. As previously announced, midseason CBS drama Intelligence will debut in the Monday 10 PM slot on January 13 after a preview behind NCIS on January 7. Here is CBS’ Monday schedule for March 31, April 7 and April 14:


8-9 PM – HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (One-Hour Series Finale)

9-9:30 PM – FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES (Special Premiere)

9:30-10 PM – MOM




8:30-9 PM – FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES (Time Period Premiere)



8-8:30 PM – 2 BROKE GIRLS (New Time Period)


9-9:30 PM – MIKE & MOLLY

9:30-10 PM – MOM


Source: Deadline

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Majandra & David Welcome Son Louis Augustus

It’s a boy — a bit early!

Actors David Walton and Majandra Delfino welcomed their second child — a month before his due date — at 9:08 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, they tell PEOPLE exclusively.

In Ojai, Calif. at the time, the couple were caught off-guard when their son “decided to begin his journey into the world” weeks ahead of his anticipated arrival.

Following an “action-packed trip back to Los Angeles” — which included one quick hospital visit and a “close call on the side of the road” — Louis Augustus Walton arrived at Cedars-Sinai weighing in at 8 lbs., 7 oz.

“Louis (pronounced LOU-ee) is as healthy as can be,” Walton, who recently appeared on New Girl and stars on NBC’s About a Boy early next year, tells PEOPLE. “We couldn’t be happier with our very early Christmas gift.”

Walton, 35, and Delfino, 32, are already parents to 17-month-old daughter Cecilia Delphine.

Baby Louis’ premature birth wasn’t the only surprise. In June, Delfino admitted that while she and Walton were not finding out the sex prior to delivery, they were betting on a baby girl.

“My husband’s got so many sisters that we feel it’s in his genetics to just make girls,” the actress — whose CBS sitcom Friends with Better Lives premieres mid-season – said.

Source: People

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Majandra & David Expecting Baby No. 2

Majandra Delfino, David WaltonNew Girl‘s David Walton and Roswell‘s Majandra Delfino are expecting their second child in December, People reports.

“We are very excited. We think our 1-year-old Cecilia is excited too, but she can’t talk yet so we can’t be sure,” the couple joked in a statement.

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This is great news for the couple, especially since Walton apparently has a bad case of baby fever. “I walked in on my husband talking about having a third child and we haven’t even had a second yet. What the hell you guys??” Delfino tweeted June 6.

Delfino will soon be seen on the new series Friends with Better Lives while Walton will star on the small-screen adaptation of About a Boy,  one of TVGuide.com’s most-anticipated new comedies. The comedies are set to premiere midseason on CBS and NBC, respectively.

Source: TV Guide

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‘Friends With Better Lives’ Gets Series Order At CBS

CBS has given a series order to multi-camera comedy pilot Friends With Better Lives, which I hear CBS topper Les Moonves, who developed Friends back in his Warner Bros. days, had been hailing as a potential new incarnation of the blockbuster NBC comedy. With its setup as a young ensemble, Friends With Better Lives could certainly become a successor to CBS’ departing comedy How I Met Your Mother. Written by Dana Klein and directed by James Burrows, Friends With Better Lives revolves around a group of 30-something friends who each think the other has it better. I hear the series pickup deal came after 48 hours of intense negotiations, spearheaded by executive producer Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. He is exec producing  Friends with Klein for 20th Century Fox TV. The ensemble cast includes James Van Der Beek, Brooklyn Decker, Rick Donald, Kevin Connolly, Zoe Lister Jones, Majandra Delfino. Friends With Better Lives was one of two CBS comedy pilots at the network still in contention. I hear the other, Bad Teacher, is still a possibility for midseason. CBS’ current tally of new comedy series stands at five — Friends and Crazy Ones, We Are Men, The Millers and Mom. That is more than double what CBS ordered on the comedy side last May and the most comedy orders at the network in a long time.

Source: Deadline

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Majandra Cast In CBS’ ‘Friends With Better Lives’

Majandra Delfino, who just exited the ABC/20th TV comedy pilot Keep Calm And Karey On where she had a supporting role, was quickly cast as a lead in another 20th TV comedy pilot, Dana Klein’s CBS comedy Friends With Better Lives, which is directed by James Burrows. The multi-camera project, from 20th Century Fox TV and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, revolves around six 30-something friends who each think the other has it better. Delfino, repped by APA and Ziffren Bittenham, will play one of them, Andi, an attractive and vulnerable mother of an infant and 3-year-old twins who is married to Bobby (Kevin Connolly) and is best friends with Jules (Brooklyn Decker) and Kate.

Source: Deadline

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Majandra Exits ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Keep Calm And Karey On’

Majandra Delfino has departed ABC’s comedy pilot Keep Calm And Karey On, from writer/executive producer Andrea Abbate, 20th Century Fox TV and 21 Laps/Adelstein. The project centers on Karey (Kelly Preston), the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists. When her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted black son and give them the normal lives they deserve. Delfino was to play Kaerey’s sister Penny. Delfino is the third actress on an ABC comedy pilot to depart in the final stages of casting this season, joining Mercedes Masohn from Mixology and Mandy Moore from Pulling. In all three cases, the actresses were among the first hired in the projects, and, with casts coming together, the dynamic on the shows and some of the characters changed, leading to the exits. For instance, Delfino was cast long before Preston, who is older than the Karey character was originally envisioned and two decades older than Delfino.

Source: Deadline

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