April 30, 2010

Representatives Confirm Michaels is Being Treated at Barrow Neurological Institute in Arizona

Source: Press Release

Bret Michaels, who appears in People Magazine’s World Most Beautiful People of 2010 Issue this week and ironically in the Scoop section because of his Brain Hemorrhage, is being treated at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ. Barrow is among the world’s leading neurological centers and is the home of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.

In the days following Mr. Michaels’ hospitalization, due to a subarachnoid hemorrhage, there was a lot of speculation as to where Mr. Michaels was being treated. Due to the severity of his life threatening condition, the instantaneous way in which the hemorrhage presented itself and respect for his family his location was not confirmed to the media. There is a seven to ten day period that is extremely critical in which multiple tests are conducted to detect the source of the bleeding.

“There is no doubt that Mr. Michaels’ condition is serious. We are treating the subarachnoid hemorrhage, which caused his severe cranial pain.” states Dr. Zabramski who has been a top neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurological Institute since 1986 and serves as the Chief of Cerebrovascular Surgery and Director of Clinical Neurosurgical Research at the center and is leading Michaels’ team. Zabramski continues “Mr. Michaels will continue to undergo testing considering we have hit a few roadblocks including hyponatremia, severe cranial and back pain suffered from blood drainage, an emergency appendectomy performed a week earlier and a lifelong history of Type 1 Diabetes. However, “Bret’s sheer will to live and fully recover is undeniable.” He has an unbelievable fight in him and told me what kept him alive at the moment of the hemorrhage was that he ‘did not want his family to wake up and see him lying unconscious in the middle of thefloor.” It was a combination of Bret’s fight to stay conscious during the hemorrhage and get to the emergency room, and the immediate medical attention provided by our staff at Barrow that enabled us to stabilize his condition.”

At this time Barrow neurologists and neurosurgeons will be having a press conference at 12pm Tuesday to discuss and update his condition, treatment and prognosis in full detail. Those wishing to attend the press conference should arrive at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center at 350 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013 prior to noon on Tuesday.

Media should enter the hospital through the Marley Lobby, which is located on the northwest corner of Third Avenue and Thomas Road in Phoenix. Parking is available in the Third Avenue Parking Garage, which is located across the street from this lobby. All media will need to check in at the Marley Lobby doors with a hospital PR staff member. Media will then be escorted to the room in which the news conference will take place.
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Doctor Says: "Bret (Michaels) Will To Live is Undeniable" Rocker's Condition Remains Serious

Source: MTV News
According to a statement posted late Friday on Bret Michaels' official website, the singer is receiving treatment for the brain hemmorhage he suffered last week at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona — one of the world's top neurological centers and is the home of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center. The statement said Michaels' location was not previously revealed "due to the severity of his life threatening condition, the instantaneous way in which the hemorrhage presented itself and respect for his family."

Dr. Joseph Zabramski, the neurosurgeon who is leading Michaels' treatment team, said in the statement, "There is no doubt that Mr. Michaels' condition is serious. We are treating the subarachnoid hemorrhage, which caused his severe cranial pain. Mr. Michaels will continue to undergo testing considering we have hit a few roadblocks including hyponatremia, severe cranial and back pain suffered from blood drainage, an emergency appendectomy performed a week earlier and a lifelong history of Type 1 Diabetes. Read more>>

Demi Lovato in "I Am Chilie" PSA Video

Demi featured in the PSA vodeo 'I Am Chilie" for the IAmTheCountry.com.

White Stripes Reunion Imminent

The White Stripes  are on the verge of reuniting after bandmember MEG WHIT E recovered from the anxiety problem that caused the group to split.
The band was forced to cancel a string of gigs in 2007 because of Meg's condition, forcing them into hiatus.
Her bandmate Jack White has since occupied his time recording and perfo rming with his other band The Raconteurs.
But he reveals he has been spending more and more time with Meg, and hi nts he's open to a reunion.
White says, =E2=80=9CI don=E2=80=99t think her anxiety exists anymore.
=E2=80=9CShe is still involved and everything." But White admits the reunion could take a while - because they've never planned ahead. He adds, "We=E2=80=99ve never sat down and gone, =E2=80=98 Okay, so don=E2=80=99t forget to block out three months.' We never did th at, even in the thick of craziness of The White Stripes, I have nothing p lanned after this month coming up, but I know that it all will be filled up really fast.=E2=80=9D

Susan Boyle's Debut Is the Best Selling Album In The World!

Susan Boyle's debut album has been named the world's best-selling record of 2009.
I Dreamed A Dream, which hit stores in November (09), landed the title of Britain's top-selling release last year (09), while the Scottish singe r came second to Taylor Swift's Fearless in America's 2009 run-down.
But new figures released by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) show Boyle scored the most popular album across the world - selling more copies of her music debut in the last five weeks of 2009 than any other artist managed across the 12 months.
Boyle claimed the title with a massive 8.3 million in sales.

Green Day's American Idiot Tops Broadway Box Office

Green Day can add another notch to their studded belts: the Berkeley, California-bred pop-punk trio are now officially Broadway kings. According to Variety, the group's "American Idiot" musical had a solid debut near the top of the Great White Way money chart last week, with sales dramatically up thanks to mostly positive reviews.
After opening last Tuesday, the musical treatment of the band's landmark 2004 album brought in a hefty $777,860 during the week ending Sunday. Those numbers were up from the previous week's take of $464,946, when the show was still in previews, according to the Wall Street Journal.
A spokesperson for "Idiot" said the first week's figures would have been even higher if all the opening-night tickets had not been complimentary and a portion of other tickets for two other performances last week had not been given out for free. Despite the good news for "American Idiot," the Journal noted that the show has yet to notch a full week of sold-out performances. Read more>>

GoTV Networks and Revolver Launch RevolverTV on all Major U.S. Carriers

GoTV Networks, Inc., the industry’s largest mobile media network, and Revolver magazine, theNo. 1 hard-rock and heavy-metal destination in the world, team up to launch the RevolverTV mobile channel. Subscribers will get current music videos, artist interviews, live performances, exclusive access at special events, Guitar World lessons, as well as a behind-the-scenes look into Revolver’s unparalleled photo shoots. RevolverTV joins other GoTV channels, which include Hip Hop Official, ES Música, True Country, Univision Móvil and Sprint Exclusive Entertainment. The RevolverTV app is available at www.revolvermag.com/revolvertv.

As one of the channel’s first exclusive features, RevolverTV offers backstage video clips from the 2nd Annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards--America’s original hard-rock and heavy-metal music award show--which were held in April. Highlights will be broadcast on VH1 Classic on May 22. RevolverTV is the only place where you can find the following backstage and Black Carpet clips:
·         Best Vocalist nominee Corey Taylor praising award winner Ronnie James Dio for fighting cancer
·         Presenter Dave Mustaine of Megadeth commenting on hanging out with Most Metal Athlete award winners Leonard Davis, Corey Procter, Marc Colombo of the Dallas Cowboys
·         Slayer’s Kerry King on meeting Honorary Headbanger recipient Robert Englund, the actor best known for the role of Freddy Krueger
·         Presenter Ozzy & Golden God Award winner Rob Halford discuss a possible Ozzfest 2010 lineup
·         Presenters Joey Jordison of Slipknot & Vinnie Paul of HELLYEAH discuss the legacy of recently deceased Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, who won Best Drummer
·         Chino Moreno and Abe Cunningham of the Deftones discuss their brand-new record and video
·         Presenter Kat Von D, of L.A. Ink, and friend Bam Margera discuss Jackass 3D
·         Slash and Dave Grohl interviewed together on the Black Carpet about their collaboration on the Slash record and on the Motörhead classic “Ace of Spades” with Lemmy that night at the Golden Gods
·         Marilyn Manson discussing vampires on the Black Carpet
·         MMA Fighter Jason “Mayhem” Miller on fighting and metal

For a sneak peak at RevolverTV’s exclusive Golden Gods content, check out the links below:
• Lemmy & Dave Grohl discussing Lemmy’s career and a possible Probot 2 record:

• Zakk Wylde being interrupted by Ozzy Osbourne backstage:

John Lennon's 'Day In The Life" LyricsMay Fetch $700,00 in New Auction!

John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for "A Day in the Life" are heading to the auction block again.
Signed by Lennon, the single sheet of paper with words covering both sides could fetch as much as $700,000 when it comes up for sale at Sotheby's New York on June 18. The item once belonged to Mal Evans, the Beatles' road manager. Sotheby's London sold the lyrics in 1992, and Bonhams in New York offered them in a sealed-bid auction in 2006 but they didn't sell.

The lyrics feature crossed out words, corrections and additions in different colors.
Considered one of the Beatles' most influential songs, "A Day in the Life" is the final track on the band's "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album of 1967. The song has segments written independently by Lennon and Paul McCartney. Connecting the two parts is a score performed by a 40-piece orchestra.
Lennon, born in Liverpool in 1940, was shot dead outside his New York apartment house in 1980. His handwritten lyrics to the Beatles song "Nowhere Man" sold for $455,500, including commission, in 2003 at Christie's International.

The record for a Beatles' handwritten lyric was set in July 2005 when "All You Need Is Love" fetched $1 million at U.K.- based Cooper Owen auction house, which specializes in music memorabilia.
Some of the lyrics of "A Day in the Life" — "he blew his mind out in a car" — supposedly referred to the accidental death of Tara Browne, the Guinness heir and close friend of Lennon and McCartney, Sotheby's said in a press release.
Another line, "I'd love to turn you on," was interpreted to encourage drug use and was banned by the BBC, making it the first song to be censored by a national radio network in the U.K., according to Sotheby's.
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" topped the U.S. and U.K. charts, winning four Grammy awards in 1968.

America's Got Talent Judge Piers Morgan Slams Madonna

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT judge PIERS MORGAN has blasted MADONNA's charity work in Malawi - because he feels "uncomfortable" with stars who support a g ood cause.
The British journalist-turned-TV personality insists he views the Material Girl with "cynicism" and accuses some celebrities of treating charity work like "a fashion accessory".
He tells British magazine Recognise, "I feel uncomfortable sometimes ab out the motives of celebrities and some charity work I see going on. I re gard anything Madonna does with deep cynicism. There are people out there who literally view charitable work, from what I can see, as a fashion ac cessory." Madonna uses her Raising Malawi Foundation to improve education and fac ilities for families in the impoverished nation.
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Fan Pays $8,500 For Coffee With Robert DeNiro!

A fan has paid a massive $8,500 to go for a coffee with ROBERT DE NIRO.
The Raging Bull star offered up an outing to a coffee shop as a lot for a star-studded charity auction in New York on Thursday night (29Apr10) - and an unnamed bidder pounced on the prize and paid thousands of dollars for a meeting with the movie star.
The sale, which raised money for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, also saw a pair of tickets to Sir Elton John's next Oscars party auctioned for $52,500
A visit to the set of hit TV show Mad Men sold for $24,000  and a fedora hat worn by Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones movie seri es fetched $19,500, according to the New York Daily News.
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Bret Michaels Sister Hopeful of Recovery

BRET MICHAELS' sister is confident the rocker will recover after sufferin g a brain haemorrhage last week (22Apr10), insisting her brother is "gett ing better every day".
The Poison singer remains in a critical condition and is being supervis ed around the clock by medical staff in an intensive care unit at an unna med Arizona treatment centre.
Michaels' publicists have warned fans the star is still in poor health and must undergo further testing, admitting the 47 year old is suffering "slurred speech and blurred vision".
But Michaels' sister Michelle Sychak remains hopeful, claiming her sibling is lucid and his speech is coherent.
She tells U.S. radio show Todd N Tyler Radio Empire, "He's doing good. Things are definitely looking up. He sounded good - as good as you can wh en your brain's throbbing.
"He seems very coherent to me and like he knew what he was saying. (He) does sound like Bret. Truth be told, I think he'll outlive us all. He's not by any means out of the woods, but he is getting better every day." 
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April 29, 2010

Elton John's Letter To Ryan White 20 Years Later-'I Miss You so Much."

By Sir Elton John
Sunday, April 25, 2010

Twenty years ago this month, you died of AIDS. I would gladly give my fame and fortune if only I could have one more conversation with you, the friend who changed my life as well as the lives of millions living with HIV. Instead, I have written you this letter.
I remember so well when we first met. A young boy with a terrible disease, you were the epitome of grace. You never blamed anyone for the illness that ravaged your body or the torment and stigma you endured.
When students, parents and teachers in your community shunned you, threatened you and expelled you from school, you responded not with words of hate but with understanding beyond your years. You said they were simply afraid of what they did not know.
When the media heralded you as an "innocent victim" because you had contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion, you rejected that label and stood in solidarity with thousands of HIV-positive women and men. You reminded America that all victims of AIDS are innocent.
When you became a celebrity, you embraced the opportunity to educate the nation about the AIDS epidemic, even though your only wish was to live an ordinary life.
Ryan, I wish you could know how much the world has changed since 1990, and how much you changed it.
Young boys and girls with HIV attend school and take medicine that allows them to lead normal lives. Children in America are seldom born with the virus, and they no longer contract it through transfusions. The insults and injustices you suffered are not tolerated by society.
Most important, Ryan, you inspired awareness, which helped lead to lifesaving treatments. In 1990, four months after you died, Congress passed the Ryan White Care Act, which now provides more than $2 billion each year for AIDS medicine and treatment for half a million Americans. Today, countless people with HIV live long, productive lives.
It breaks my heart that you are not one of them. You were 18 when you died, and you would be 38 this year, if only the current treatments existed when you were sick. I think about this every day, because America needs your message of compassion as never before.
Ryan, when you were alive, your story sparked a national conversation about AIDS. But despite all the progress in the past 20 years, the dialogue has waned. I know you would be trying to revive it if you were here today, when the epidemic continues to strike nearly every demographic group, with more than 50,000 new infections in the United States each year. I know you would be loudly calling for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy that was promised by President Obama but has not yet been delivered. I know you would reach out to young people. I know you would work tirelessly to help everyone suffering from HIV, including those who live on the margins of society.
It would sadden you that today, in certain parts of the United States, some poor people with AIDS are still placed on waiting lists to receive treatment. It would anger you that your government is still not doing enough to help vulnerable people with HIV and populations that are at high risk of contracting the virus, including sexually active teenagers. It would upset you that AIDS is a leading cause of death among African Americans.
It would frustrate you that even though hundreds of thousands of HIV-positive Americans are receiving treatment in your name, more than 200,000 don't know their HIV-positive status, largely because a lingering stigma surrounding the disease prevents them from being tested. It would disappoint you that many teenagers do not have access to science-based HIV-prevention programs in school, at a time when half of new infections are believed to be among people under 25.
I miss you so very much, Ryan. I was by your side when you died at Riley Hospital. You've been with me every day since. You inspired me to change my life and carry on your work. Because of you, I'm still in the struggle against AIDS, 20 years later. I pledge to not rest until we achieve the compassion for which you so bravely and beautifully fought.
Your friend,
Sir Elton John, a Grammy- and Academy Award-winning artist, is the founder and chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Source: The Washington Post

Drew Seeley: More Than Just Another Pretty Voice

Source: Courtesy of Crown Features Syndicate™

Drew Seeley is an actor, a singer, a dancer and a songwriter.  He wants to make that clear from the outset when speaking with someone new who may not be entirely familiar with his multi-faceted career arc.  It doesn’t come out of his mouth in a boastful way; it’s more matter-of-fact, as if this is just what happens to every guy who was born in Toronto, moves to Orlando before high school and then hits Los Angeles after college.

And maybe it is.

“I’ve been really lucky so far, knock on wood,” Seeley, who turns 28 on April 30, admits.  “I’ve been able to do a lot of stuff at a young age.  Had some amazing experiences already.  The cool part is that I’m just getting warmed up.”

And what a warm up it’s been.  It started when Seeley began dancing as a kid growing up in Ontario, when he fell in love with the stage.  Then at 11, he got cast in Hal Prince’s Canadian revival of Showboat, a production which brought him song-and-dance work for a year.

Seeley’s theatrical breakout continued while attending Lake Brantley High School in Orlando.  He also sang as the front man for the R&B act Nu Ground from 1999-2002.  And then came his biggest break, when he began working with producer Ray Cham and they wound up co-writing the tune “Getcha Head in the Game” for the “High School Musical” soundtrack in 2005.

It all evolved into Seeley’s participation in the North American and Latin American tours of “High School Musical: The Concert,” which filled 60,000-seat stadiums back in 2007.

“We played 42 dates in the U.S. and another month in South America during that tour, which I got to do because (“High School Musical” star) Zac Efron was filming ‘Hairspray’ at the time.” Seeley notes.  “I got to meet Michael Jackson.  It was all just so surreal.  The screaming was so intense from the crowds that we had to wear earbuds just to hear ourselves think.

“And you know, what’s really amazing is even the crowds in South America who can’t speak English knew every single word to every song.  I mean it.  I couldn’t believe it.  You come back from an experience like that and you think, ‘Wow, I want more!’.”

But we’ll get back to Seeley’s musical career in a minute.  First, there is his acting life to discuss, a livelihood that has started to earn him leading man attention in films like 2008’s “Another Cinderella Story” and the 2009 Adam Sandler-produced horror flick, “The Shortcut.”  And now comes the kid with the golden voice’s most significant acting role to date: As the male lead of the Hallmark Channel Original Movie “Freshman Father,” which premieres Saturday, June 5 (9p.m. ET/PT, 8C).

The film, which is inspired by a true story and co-stars Golden Globe nominee and “Designing Women” star Annie Potts and four-time Daytime Emmy winner Kim Zimmer, finds Seeley portraying John Patton, a kid with a full scholarship to Harvard University who finds his world turned upside-down when he suddenly has to care for his baby son during his freshman year.

That baby’s mom is John’s high school sweetheart, Kathy (Britt Irvin), who he married before they packed up for Cambridge.  But the pressure sends their marriage into a free-fall, and Kathy, convinced she is a poor mother, ditches John shortly after their baby arrives.

“One Man and a Baby,” anyone?

“The coolest part of this is that it was based on the story of a real guy, who did this in the 1970s – and I met him during the shoot and got to hang with him,” Seeley recalls.  “The kid is like 40 now.  And the guy came through it, which is incredible when you consider he had to survive the program at an Ivy League school at a time when there were far less resources available for someone like him than there are now.

“I was scared to death the day he came to the set.  But luckily, the guy was as thrilled to have us tell his story as I was to be interpreting it.  He was just the sweetest guy, too, which is a relief considering how much pressure it is to be playing a real, living person.  It can be pretty freaky.”

Besides the fact it was shot in his hometown of Toronto, what made the production particularly memorable for Seeley was working with babies, who because of their needs and wants automatically become the center of everything on the set.

As is usually the case, the baby “actors” were six-week-old twins.  (It’s always necessary to have twins so you can still shoot if one of the infants happens to be cranky or sick that day.) Seeley crammed for his time as an on-screen dad by going to the library and reading baby books that taught, among other things, how to hold one.  He practiced with towels, so fearful was he of dropping one of the infants.

“What was amazing, really, is that these little babies really were the best actors on the set,” Seeley remembers.  “Seriously! I mean, it was eerie.  We never needed to switch them out because one of them was crying.  And they would either always start crying or stop when we needed them to before the cameras rolled.  These two were born performers.

“There was one time where my character has to take this final exam, and he has to take the baby to the lecture hall.  Right when he starts, the baby starts crying – and he freaks!  So I start singing ‘The Wheels on the Bus,’ and by the end of the second verse, he’s fast asleep. Two takes, boom, we’re done.  How cool is that?”

This was actually Seeley’s second experience with a Hallmark Channel film, his first being a supporting role in the 2007 Valerie Bertinelli-starrer “Claire,” in which he got to portray “a redneck kid who gets his throat slit.”  The parts would get significantly better for him from there.

But now, as promised, back to Seeley’s music career, which he’s about to take to the next level.  While he has done plenty of singing and performing dating back to the time before he hit puberty, right now he’s recording his first solo album of his own tunes.  Seeley describes it as “pop-rock, but with some funk to it as well…a little Jamiroquai and maybe some Maroon 5.  There’s punch and there’s edge.”

The most important thing about it for Seeley, though, is that it’s 100 percent his.

“I figure that it’s finally time to bridge that gap and demonstrate that I’ve grown up,” Seeley stresses.  “It isn’t attached to any record label, so I haven’t decided yet how I’m going to put it out.  The great thing is that I finally have the time, the money and the maturity to do it right, to have the control I want and the sound I want.”

Seeley also is keeping his hand on the stage – and the Broadway stage at that.  He portrayed Prince Eric in Disney’s The Little Mermaid on Broadway last summer.  “What I love is the instant feedback,” he observes, “how there’s no lag time like you find in movies and albums.”

The bottom line for Seeley, though, is that he can do it all (acting, singing, stage) without having to choose one over the other. 

“I’ve been able to combine all of my acting with projects that are also related to my music somehow, too,” he says.  “I guess it’s a way for me to have my cake and eat it, too.”

“Freshman Father” premieres Saturday, June 5 (9p.m. ET/PT, 8C).

Ozzy Osbourne's "'Scream' Album Cover Revealed

As the June 15 release date approaches for OZZY OSBOURNE’s SCREAM (Epic Records)--his first album in three years and 10th studio album overall--the album cover artwork (seen above) and full track listing have been revealed. 
“Let Me Hear You Scream”--the album’s first single--is already Top Five (#5) on the Mainstream Rock Chart and Top Ten (#9) on the Active Rock chart in only its second week on the charts. The fist-pumping anthemic song had its world premiere, during a prison riot scene, on “CSI: NY” Wednesday, April 14.  Next month, OZZY will shoot a video for “Let Me Hear You Scream” with famed director Jonas Akerlund. 
SCREAM was produced by OZZY and Kevin Churko, both of whom did the same honors for OZZY’s 2007 worldwide million-selling album Black Rain. The multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recorded most of the album at his Los Angeles home studio, The Bunker, and co-wrote all the songs, primarily with Churko. Notably, the album marks the first appearance of OZZY’s new guitar player, Gus G. OZZY’s band also features bassist Blasko, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman. 

The Doors 'When You're Strange' Released On DVD and Blu-ray - June 29

Eagle Rock Entertainment, the UK based independent, has licensed the North American DVD and Blu-Ray rights to When You’re Stange: A Film About The Doors from Rhino Entertainment.  The documentary uncovers historic and previously unseen footage of the illustrious rock band and provides new insight into the revolutionary impact of its music and legacy.  
Directed by award-winning writer/director 
Tom DiCillo and narrated by Johnny Depp, the film is a riveting account of the band’s history. Produced by Wolf Films/Strange Pictures, in association with Rhino Entertainment, the 90-minute film is the first feature documentary about The Doors. Additional credits for the film include producers Peter Jankowski, Dick Wolf, John Beug and Jeff Jampol. When You’re Strange had its theatrical debut on April 9 and will be released through Eagle Vision on standard DVD and Blu-Ray on June 29th.
Terry ShandChairman of Eagle, said, “We are delighted to continue our visual programming connection with The Doors and to build further on our co-operation with Rhino.” 

Mike CardenPresident of North America Operations, said, “We are very excited about marketing this film and will work hard with our sales and distribution partners to promote the DVD as well as work closely with Rhino to cross-promote the soundtrack album.”

Annie Potts: Designing Yet Another Career Plan

Source: Courtesy of Crown Features Syndicate™
“Whew, whoa!” Annie Potts blurts into the telephone before she even has a chance to say “Hello” to a new acquaintance.  “Something just swept in front of me that was a little freaky. I’m not really sure what it was.  I’m in this swirl of activity right now, and a new swirl just happened.  Oh well, never mind.”

It’s perhaps best not to probe too deeply here into what Potts is talking about.  Suffice it to say that a conversation with her can be an adventure in the most entertaining way.

“Look,” she adds by way of explanation, “I just got back from five months in New York after making my Broadway debut.  I had this big juicy role in this big juicy play.  And I mean, Broadway is the Holy Grail for an actor.  So my head’s still spinning, still hasn’t come back down to Earth.”

What Potts is referring to is her role opposite Christine Lahti, Jimmy Smits and Ken Stotts in a Broadway production of the black comedy God of Carnage, which earned the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play.

“It was pretty awesome,” Potts agrees.  “But now I’m back.  I’d completely abandoned my post while seeking the Holy Grail.  And the swirl has taken me from the sublime back to the mundane.   I’ve still got two kids at home – they’re 14 and 17 now – and I’m struggling to get the knack for motherhood again.  That’s the truth.”

Somehow, you get the impression that Potts, 57, will figure out how to be a mom again, just as she’s managed to navigate an impressive path for more than 33 years as an actress.  She started out in films with names like “Corvette Summer” and “King of the Gypsies” in the late 1970s before breaking through with a memorable role in 1984’s “Ghostbusters.” 

That of course led to Potts’ career-making turn as Mary Jo Shively during seven seasons of the wildly popular sitcom “Designing Women” from 1986 to ’93, a show that she marvels “still gives people pleasure to this day.  It was an amazing soapbox for what was on the mind of our creator and genius Linda Bloodworth-Thomason.”

Potts also had a regular gig on the mid-1990s comedy “Love & War,” voice parts in the “Toy Story” films, a role in the drama “Any Day Now” and recurring parts in everything from “Joan of Arcadia” to “Men in Trees” to “Law & Order: SVU.”  But there never seems to be quite enough of the fun, Nashville-born charmer to go around.

Fortunately, the Southern belle is back where she belongs: on a television screen in our living room.  She co-stars in the new Hallmark Channel Original Movie “Freshman Father,” premiering Saturday, June 5 (9p.m. ET/PT, 8c).

Inspired by a true story, the film recounts the tale of a Harvard University freshman (Drew Seeley) who is forced to raise his infant son while attending classes after the child’s mother (his wife) abandons them.  Potts portrays an eccentric-but-motherly psychic named Dorothy, who proves a godsend for the struggling lad in providing him with a roof over his head and an earful of wisdom.

“It was a really quick shoot, but I love that kind of pace,” Potts recalls.  “I love to get right to it and work.  Shooting a page or two of script a day is my idea of hell.  That’s also what’s so great about the stage.  The curtain goes up and two hours later, you’re done.

“But beyond that, I loved the ‘Freshman Father’ script.  Drew is just a lovely guy to work with. And it was a great story, a nice role reversal from what we’re used to.  Usually it’s the mother who is in that position trying to do some career thing while being saddled with a baby.  In fact, we’d probably think nothing of it if it were a woman having to pull this off.  But the movie very nicely points out that we’re all capable of these kinds of sacrifices if we have the right determination.”

Portraying a psychic came rather naturally for Potts, she maintains.  And while at the same time pointing out how few roles there are in television for women over 50, she didn’t feel at all diminished, or if she was having to settle, by taking this role.

“You’re usually having to play either the sex crazed drunk mother-in-law or the crazy neighbor,” she believes.  “And if you’re over 50, you usually get only about two minutes of screen time.  Most of the women playing doctors and attorneys on TV don’t look old enough to have gotten their degrees in those professions.  That’s really true of the men, too.”

At least the twin infants who were cast to jointly play the baby in “Freshman Father” were the proper age: about six weeks old when shooting began on Victoria Island in British Columbia. 

Potts marveled at how well they performed, considering they weren’t yet old enough even to know where they were or what was going on.

“I have worked with children of all ages, and animals, and a lot of times you go into it with some dread,” she admits.  “Little kids and dogs can cut you down.  They’re not really there to perform.  It’s a little bit like having dancing bears on the set.  They might be amusing, or they might eat you.  But the babies in this movie were absolute naturals.  They cried and slept right on cue.  It was unbelievable.

“Plus, the parents of the babies were totally chilled out and let us pass the kids around and weren’t nervous at all.  That kind of calm is contagious.  The other thing is, I’m almost never happier than when I have a baby in my arms, which was a total bonus for me personally.”

What’s next after this for Potts?  She’s not entirely sure.  There has been talk of a “Ghostbusters III” coming somewhere down the pike.  And she does admit to having ”some other career things going on that I’m not free to talk about.”

You get the feeling, however, that if Potts could, she could head back to Broadway in a heartbeat.  Besides God of Carnage, she has appeared in stage productions of The Vagina Monologues, Love Letters, The Merchant of Venice, A Little Night Music, Diva and others.

But for now, Potts is content to get reacquainted with her three sons (besides the teenagers, she also has a 29-year-old) and hang out with her husband of 19 years, producer-director James Hayman.  (It’s her fourth marriage.)

“I’m not going to stay home doing this mundane thing forever,” Potts promises.  “I love work. I’m just a maniac for work.  I’m really hoping to have a lot more of it.”