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SOAP FAVE RELEASES ALBUMIlene Kristen (ex-Delia, GH; ex-Roxy, OLTL et al) released her first album today entitled …I'm Not Done With U Yet! The album can be purchased on iTunes or Amazon, and features 12 songs. The actress was most recently seen on GH in May.
New Twist In Prospect Park Lawsuit!In a new court motion, Prospect Park Networks has asked to convert its Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan to a Chapter 7 because they have been unable to pay the fees owed to their legal counsel, Jones Day, in the breach of contract suit against Disney/ABC over ONE LIFE TO LIVE. PPN had hoped that selling $6 million in tax credits it had received for filming the OLTL and ALL MY CHILDREN reboots in Connecticut would pay for the law firm to represent them in the $95 million lawsuit, but the proceeds weren't enough to keep Jones Day as their counsel or find a suitable replacement once PPN had paid off their largest claim holder.
"The best hope for a meaningful recovery to creditors is successful prosecution or settlement of the ABC litigation," reads the motion. "The debtor and the debtor's counsel have done everything to keep the ABC litigation alive for the benefits of creditors."
Under the Chapter 11 filing, PPN would have liquidated the estate, but the company's creditors bashed that plan, claiming that the disclosure statement failed to provide information about how the production company valued the contract suit with ABC (its primary asset) or how that litigation would be handled under the plan. Switching to Chapter 7 bankruptcy would effectively allow PPN to have their debts canceled. (However, PPN is requesting that a trustee be appointed as quickly as possible to oversee the ongoing ABC litigation.) Explaining in the motion that their revenue stream from Hulu is set to expire on July 31, rendering the estate "administratively insolvent because the outstanding and unpaid fees awarded to estate professional exceeds the amount of cash the Debtor has on hand."
Fuller House Costars Say John Stamos Is 'Doing Well' Post-RehabIf the original cast of Full House wasn't already happy enough to reunite for the Netflix sequel series Fuller House – with even more familiar faces joining the lineup – they've been thrilled to have John Stamos looking and doing great on set after a stint in rehab.
"John is great," Stamos' costar Lori Loughlin told PEOPLE at Hallmark Channel's lavish dinner during the Television Critics Association's summer press tour.
The actress was pleased to see her television husband, 51, in fine form since he completed a rehab program following a DUI arrest June 12.
"I've been with him all day at work," Loughlin, 51, said. "He's really doing well. He's happy. He's productive. He feels good, and it's nice to see him on his feet and doing well."
Candace Cameron-Bure, who plays D.J. Tanner in Fuller House, agreed.
"John's awesome," the 39-year-old told PEOPLE. "He's fantastic, and we're all just having a blast together. And it's hard to describe. It's just so many laughs."
Even prior to the cast reassembling for the rebooted sitcom, Loughlin said she's remained in close communication with her longtime friend since the first series ended after eight seasons in 1995.
"I'm always in touch with John," the When Calls the Heart star said. "We have many good moments, and he's just great – I mean, he's one of the greatest guys I've ever met. He's got such a good heart. He's so giving. He's so smart. He's just a dream. He's doing well, and I'm happy for him and happy to be with him this week. I'm happy that we're all together."
Even more returns are on the way, including Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit, who played Jesse and Becky's twin sons Nicky and Alex on the original series.
"They're back, yeah!" Loughlin confirmed.
And although some fans feared that D.J.'s teen-years boyfriend Steve Hale, played by Scott Weinger, might actually be her now-deceased husband in the sequel, Cameron-Bure offered reassurance, noting Weinger will also join the reunion: "Steve is not dead, so fans rejoice," she said, chuckling.
Jimmy Kimmel Reveals the True Story Behind Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl"(Video) Have you ever wondered what Rick Springfield's hit song, "Jessie's Girl," was really about? Well, Jimmy Kimmel was curious, and was able to secure an "exclusive," "never-before-seen" video of Springfield and his band first recording the song on Dec. 15, 1980. He then showed his Jimmy Kimmel Live! audience the footage Wednesday.
The video shows Rick, who played a younger version of himself, with his band in the recording studio, joined by the drummer, Jessie, and his beautiful blond girlfriend, Monica. Rick is back with his signature helmet hair and '80s-style clothing and classic sunglasses. The musicians' session started off well, but as soon as Rick sang, "Jessie's got himself a girl, and I want to make her mine," it started to fall apart.
"Rick, what the f--k?" asked Jessie.
After looking uncomfortably at his girlfriend, Jessie decided it was OK and continued to perform, but it eventually became too much and he freaked out at his band mate.
"If your relationship is that shaky, I'm just saying, maybe she should be with somebody else," said Rick.
He tried to let it go again to no avail. Jessie couldn't handle the song's lyrics, which now included, "Where can I find a woman like that?" He serenaded Monica with his lyrics, making sure to point at her to drive the point home.
"F--k this," said Jessie. "This is bulls--t. That's not cool, Rick."
After Jessie stormed out of the studio, Rick took Monica by his side. She didn't seem to have a problem with it, but as soon as she confessed a secret to Rick, he changed his mind!
Watch the video above to see the twist ending that made Rick run after his band mate and say, "Jessie, we're all good, pal! The point is moot!"
LEXI AINSWORTH RETURNS TO GH!Setside sources report that Lexi Ainsworth is returning to GH as Kristina, Alexis and Sonny's daughter. Ainsworth played the role from 2009-11; the following year, the character was aged and portrayed by Lindsey Morgan, who last aired in early 2013. Kristina has been off-camera ever since, studying at Wesleyan.
Recently, the actress spoke warmly of her time in Port Charles to Digest, saying, "It really was a big family for me and I can see why people have been on the show for so many years. I got attached to my character as well and she’s always in my heart.” Look for Ainsworth to air at the end of August or early September.
Anthony Geary may return to General Hospital if 'story is interesting'(ew.com) Luke Spencer said goodbye to Port Charles on Monday, but there’s a chance that General Hospital’s most recognizable star may stage a return.
Anthony Geary told EW that while he’s “excited to raise the curtain on Act 3 and reinvent myself,” he’s not completely opposed to returning to the daytime drama that made him recognizable just about everywhere.
“If the story is interesting to me and it works out, I may come back to the show for six weeks or so,” Geary told EW.
Executive producer Frank Valentini welcomed the possibility.
“He has millions of friends here,” said Valentini, who adds he was “devastated” when Geary came to him about wanting to leave. “It’s not a question of him being able to stay or come back. It just has to be a good enough, solid to bring [him back].”
In the meantime, Geary’s plan is to retreat to Holland – where he has a second home – and find work in another language. He’s especially interested in musical theater. “I’ve been studying voice for the past 10 years,” said Geary. “I would like to do musical theater in Holland or near London.”
Geary said he created another home for himself overseas when he realized that he would always be known as the guy who plays Luke Spencer.
“I came back to the show in 1991 after seven years,” recalled Geary, who first joined the sudser in 1978. “That’s when I realized that returning to this character was going to become my career. I learned that after all the attention I got playing the role, there weren’t going to be a lot of offers coming in. I was so associated with this guy. So I made the conscious decision to find another place in the world where I could spend time with people who didn’t know me. In Holland, the show has never ran. The Dutch have no interest in celebrity. I just love it there.”
That said, Geary has never lost his affection for his Port Charles alter-ego.
“I’m not sick of Luke. He’s an infinitely fascinating character,” said Geary. “He’s one you can take out of modern context, put in the 16th century, and give him a sword. I really don’t think we have exhausted what he can do. It depends on the writers and how far they want to look. We had just been repeating ourselves for a while. I had become a dad, a grandfather. There was no way I was going to stick around to become just another guy. If they come up with something, a twist, I would come for it.”
GH'S MICHELLE STAFFORD EXPECTING BABY NO. 2!Huge congratulations are in order! Michelle Stafford (Nina, GH) confirmed on Instagram that she is expanding her family, which already includes daughter Natalia, 5. The actress, who welcomed Natalia via surrogate, posted:"#babynumber2 #yepitstrue #noimnotkidding #imthinkingthesamething #yepimcrazy #butyepimlucky #SOlucky #trulygrateful #trulyamiracle I may not be certain of many things in my life but the one thing I am certain of is that I'm a good mother... I am SO grateful to have more love in my life..."
John Stamos -- Slays 'Fuller House' Taping ... with DUI Joke(Pic1, Pic2) John Stamos returned to work with a vengeance to kick off "Fuller House" ... and even cracked a joke about his DUI arrest.
Audience members went crazy as Stamos stepped out on set as Uncle Jesse ... a day after he left rehab. TMZ broke the story, Stamos was busted for DUI in Beverly Hills last month and he was so bad off he was taken to the ER. But 30 days in rehab for substance abuse did him well.
Stamos told the audience about a scene they couldn't shoot because the prop car didn't show. John joked, "Well, I have a car ... but I can't drive."
It brought the house down.
As for the rest of the taping ... we're told John nailed every scene.
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‘When Calls The Heart’ Renewed For Season 3 On Hallmark ChannelHallmark Channel has picked up a third season of original scripted series When Calls The Heart for premiere in February. The network ordered 10 hours of Season 3, with a 2-hour sneak peek of episodes 1 and 2 premiering during the 2015 holiday season. Based on the bestselling series of books of the same name by Janette Oke, When Calls The Heart tells the story of a young woman who begins a new chapter in her life in an early 20th century coal mining town. Stars Lori Loughlin, Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing and Kristina Wagner are set to return for Season 3.
When Calls The Heart is produced by Believe Pictures and Brad Krevoy TV. Krevoy, Tony Blake, Robin Bernheim, Brian Bird, Michael Landon, Jr., and Michael Shepard are exec producers. Eric Jarboe and Neill Fearnley co-executive produce.
Even as Anthony Geary leaves 'General Hospital,' he can't explain why we loved Luke and Laura(latimes.com) Luke Spencer has spent four decades chasing happiness in picturesque Port Charles but little time actually finding any.
Events always seem to get in the way. Things like accidentally killing his mother with a baseball bat, purposefully killing a mob boss, becoming a mob boss, kidnapping various personages, being kidnapped himself, being injected with a deadly virus, owning a disco, falling ill during an encephalitis outbreak that he brought to town, being run over by a car while saving someone's life, burning down a police station, marrying Laura, divorcing Laura, marrying Tracy, divorcing Tracy, breaking his back in an avalanche, residing in a psychiatric facility, having a heart attack and undergoing quadruple-bypass surgery. Lately he's been having suicidal thoughts too.
But that's life in a soap opera — at least until Monday, when one of daytime television's most beloved, intriguing and unconventional leading men, played by actor Anthony Geary, officially takes his leave of ABC's "General Hospital."
"Luke really is iconic, one of the original gray hats of daytime," said the 68-year-old actor in his dressing room last month after taping one of his final scenes at Hollywood's Prospect Studios. "He was designed as the guy you love to hate and hate to love. He's a classically romantic character, a classic anti-hero."
The high point of his decades in Port Charles remains his character's on-screen romance with Laura Spencer, played by Genie Francis. The couple's roller-coaster romance was a game-changer for daytime television and helped propel "General Hospital" into becoming the longest-running American soap still in production today.
Their storyline broadened the show's audience beyond what many thought was possible for a soap, attracting legions of new fans in workplaces and college campuses alike. Their "Luke and Laura" wedding episode in November 1981 drew 30 million viewers, still a record for a daytime drama.
"When he started, soap operas were custom-made for stay-at-home housewives," said Ed Martin, editor and TV critic of MediaVillage.com who has closely followed "General Hospital." "It was the home for very pretty people. Tony wasn't the typical leading man — he looked like an ordinary guy."
Exiting the show is something Geary has been contemplating for 15 years. Except for an eight-year break in the 1980s, he's been on the show since 1978. (The series premiered in April 1963.) While he still finds the Luke Spencer character "compelling and interesting to play," he feels the timing is right to move on.
"I feel very positive about my decision," said Geary, who recently picked up his eighth Emmy for lead actor in a drama, the most of any leading man in daytime. "That's tempered by leaving a character that has been part of me for more than half my life."
When his last scenes air Monday, Geary will be in Holland, where he has owned a house for 20 years.
"I'll be reinventing myself in a new place and a new language," said Geary, whose dream is to perform in a musical comedy.
Also on the bucket list are acting in the classics or in a comedy.
While grateful for his success, Geary said he's glad he'll finally be free of the creative straitjacket his character imposed. The soap-opera formula of relentless drama made bringing nuance to his character challenging.
"There's very little resolution, and certainly no consequences for a character like mine," he said. "A man who has killed people but always felt so bad about it that he was forgiven. Or the victims were bad people to begin with and his vigilantism was overlooked."
Even though more than three decades have passed since the "Luke and Laura" wedding, he said he can't fully understand pop culture's enduring fascination with it. The romance makes him more than a little uncomfortable — after all, he points out, it began when Spencer became obsessed with young Laura and raped her.
"It's amazing that people still talk about it," he said. "For me, Luke and Laura became as much of a burden as an advantage. Whenever I go on a talk show, they run that clip. It's like having your high school picture dragged out every time you meet someone.
"I appreciate it was a seminal moment for daytime. But personally it was not a wonderful time for me. It's difficult for me to appreciate it the way other people do. Plus, I had that awful '80s 'fro!"
In his last days as Spencer, Geary's co-stars and colleagues have showered him with praise, calling him a true professional who raised the bar for the "General Hospital" company.
I appreciate it was a seminal moment for daytime. But personally it was not a wonderful time for me. It's difficult for me to appreciate it the way other people do. - Anthony Geary on the 'Luke & Laura' wedding.
"All the young actors who have come through here looked up to Tony," said the show's executive producer, Frank Valentini. "There's so much respect and adoration for him."
Casting Geary was the idea of the late Gloria Monty, hired by ABC in 1977 to breathe new life into the then-flailing series. One of her initial moves was to increase the screen time of young cast members. Geary was added to the mix in 1978 as Luke Spencer, a guy from the wrong side of the tracks affiliated with the mob.
The role was supposed to last only 13 weeks. But when Monty and the late writer Douglas Marland had the shady Spencer become smitten with Laura, everything changed.
"Genie was only 17 at the time, and I was 32," Geary said. "They had Luke become obsessed with her, which led to the rape, which was then romanticized to my great regret through the years. Ironically, the audience had as much sympathy for the rapist as they did for the victim, which nobody quite understood. I certainly didn't. After that, Luke became more of a focal point."
The love story became a social phenomena — Newsweek featured the photogenic couple on its cover with the headline "TV's Hottest Show." College students arranged their classes around the show's air time. One industry insider said "General Hospital" during the 1980s earned enough profit to fund ABC's entire development slate for prime time.
Although Luke and Laura is a bit of a sore subject (the on-air couple had two kids but divorced in 2001), Geary's eyes brightened when talking about Francis and their on-screen chemistry.
"Those clear eyes, that porcelain skin," he said. "When Genie looked up at me, I really felt like somebody. She gave me romance. I gave her danger. That was the gift we handed each other without realizing it."
Francis was equally glowing about Geary.
"Nobody knows why lightning in a bottle happens," said Francis, who has been on and off "General Hospital" for years and returned to help close out Spencer's story.
"We had a powerful emotional connection to each other, and that comes through in our scenes," she said. "We could tell what the other was thinking. I was also very intimidated, very young. But I was very determined to go toe-to-toe with him. We fueled each other. It was a crazy ride for both of us."
The amazing success of the romance naturally led producers to try to capitalize on Geary's popularity. It was something he fought frequently.
"I don't have the looks or temperament for a romantic lead," he said. "So that has been a battle through the years."
So how will the show send out a character that has seemingly done it all — or had it done to him? Geary won't reveal any specifics, of course.
"They've given me a terrific wrap for my character," he said. "He's been a difficult, eclectic character to find a logical motivating conclusion for, but they've done that."
General Hospital: Did You Approve of Luke's (& Anthony Geary's) Farewell?(tvline.com) Even if you’ve never watched a single episode of ABC’s General Hospital, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the names Luke Spencer and/or Anthony Geary.
The former is one half of Luke-and-Laura, the supercouple whose wedding was an historic TV event and whose exploits dominated daytime television in the 1970s and ’80s.
The latter is Luke’s portrayer, an eight-time Daytime Emmy winner who in Monday’s episode bid farewell to the soap he called home, off and on, since 1978.
More than half of Geary’s — and Luke’s — final hour in Port Charles was spent down on the docks (of course), waiting for a boat and chatting with Maurice Benard’s Sonny. Their conversation recapped Luke’s recent victory — bringing Elizabeth’s presumed-dead son Jake home (alive!) to his mom — and revisited how Spencer remained tormented by his personal demons.
“I’m leaving Port Charles, Sonny,” Luke said. “For good.”
The men joked about how Frank Smith (a mobster involved in Geary’s first and last story arcs on the show) had brought them together, then Luke gifted Sonny with the gun used to kill the gangster.
“You sure he’s gonna stay dead this time?” Sonny joked.
“I’m gonna guarantee it this time,” Luke said, chuckling.
Lulu later delivered a letter marked “Angel” from her dad to her surprised mother, and as Luke stepped into a foggy night, he said his farewell:
“Goodbye, Port Charles. Good luck to you.”
'General Hospital' stars recall their good times working with Anthony Geary(latimes.com) Anthony Geary, who played the charming antihero Luke Spencer on ABC's "General Hospital," will make his last appearance on the soap opera on Monday. His departure from the series, which he joined in 1978, has prompted fond memories from some of his co-stars.
Jane Elliot, who plays Spencer's longtime love Tracy Quartermaine, said she remembers the first time she met Geary.
"Tony never phoned a performance in," said Elliot. "He never gave less than a full commitment, and that set the tone for everyone who worked with him."
She recalled when Geary first screen-tested for the role of Spencer, he acted with her. "It's always awkward with an actor you don't know," she said. "I was walking down this flight of stars, and I pass Tony, who is doodling on a piece of paper. He's doing tic tac toe. I immediately know what kind of actor he is, doing something real in an unreal setting. I went up to him, put an O next to his X, and our relationship was established."
In addition to working together, the two are tight personal friends off the set.
She added, "There's a rich history that flows between the two of us. There's a deep trust. That's the fun of the game."
Jonathan Jackson (ABC's "Nashville") clearly remembers working with Geary when he was starting out as a child actor on "General Hospital." Jackson played Lucky, the son of Luke and Laura Spencer (Genie Francis).
"Tony's friendship and guidance has meant the world to me," said Jackson, who was 11 years old when he started on the soap. "He was always extremely warm and very present, there was nothing condescending in him. He never treated me like a kid. We clicked right away."
Jackson returned to "General Hospital" recently to film some final scenes with Geary and help close out Spencer's story line."When I found out he was leaving, I knew I had to come back. He was great. Having those last scenes with me were everything I hoped it would be."
‘General Hospital': Luke Spencer makes his disappointing exit(zap2it.com) Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) is taking his last trip out of Port Charles on “General Hospital,” but his farewell was a lackluster affair.
On Monday, July 27, the legendary soap opera character said his last goodbyes to the fictional town that he’s called home for the past 37 years After wrapping up a dramatic storyline that brought back “Nashville’s” Jonathan Jackson as Luke’s son, Lucky, and saw Luke kill the gangster that brought him to PC in the first place, his final episode was just a handful of goodbye scenes to wrap up loose ends.
The show decided not to kill Luke off but rather send him out of town. Over the years, Luke has taken many a bender when Geary wanted to be on hiatus, but this is supposed to be the last hurrah that sticks. As he turns over the gun he used to kill Frank Smith (Joe Cortese) to his longtime friend Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard), Luke admits that this exit isn’t about another caper or gambling bender — he’s out to start a new life.
“That gun belongs in the life that we both chose, a life I’m walking away from,” Luke says on the docks where all of Port Charles’ nefarious business takes place. “I have to find something different while there’s still time.”
While Lucky’s sons Lucky and Ethan (Nathan Parsons) did their last scenes with Luke during the Smith storyline, Luke’s final goodbye was to his daughter Lulu (Emme Rylan), who met him on the docks after a tip-off from Laura (Genie Francis) that he was leaving town.
Luke dispenses some fatherly words of wisdom that he thinks Lulu is perfectly capable of taking care of herself and she doesn’t need him to come and rescue her anymore. It’s a tearful farewell on Lulu’s end, but it’s the kind of speech that Luke has been giving to his children for years.
The only thing that makes this particular exit different from any of Luke’s other exits is that fans know it’s Geary’s last turn as the character. In the last moments of the episode, Luke walks away into the dark fog with a bag over his shoulder, ready to start a new life presumably without mobsters and casinos.
It was a low-key and disappointing affair for a character that has been an iconic part of “General Hospital” for nearly four decades. Still, with Luke not dead it leaves room for Geary to take a break from retirement at any time for special anniversary episodes and appearances.
Everyone knows that if Luke Spencer ever truly goes out it should be with a blaze of glory.
Brad Maule on His ‘General Hospital’ Days and New Life as an Acting Teacher(backstage.com) During his 22 years as Dr. Tony Jones on “General Hospital,” Brad Maule suffered gunshot wounds, impotency, temporary insanity, temporary blindness, and four brain surgeries before his character was finally done in by encephalitis in 2004. But in that time, Maule established himself as one of the most popular actors on daytime TV, earning two Emmy nominations and a host of adoring fans—whose letter-writing campaign even resurrected his character when the producers first tried to kill him off.
Now, Maule is not only back in his native Texas but at his alma mater, Stephen F. Austin University, enjoying a comparatively easier life as an acting and filmmaking lecturer. Here, he chats with us about his Texas roots, his life as a doctor on TV, and the retirement of GH’s other star, Anthony Geary.
Growing up you were a farmer. How did you transition from farmer to actor?
I went to a small country school that had about 150 kids total for all 12 grades. And once a year they’d hold a talent show for the entire school. From the first grade on I was in it. When I was 13 my brother died, and I went to live with my grandparents; at that school they had actual plays that I took part in. So that’s where it began.
I chose Stephen F. Austin for college because it was a rainy, beautiful place—West Texas never rained. I first thought I'd be a lawyer but I couldn't stay away from performing.
Did you get your big break right away?
When I graduated I drove to L.A. with $600 in my pocket. I was scared to death. After six weeks I had $11 left and was thinking of going back to the farm when I got a job with a singing group. I was on the road for a year and then spent a year in Hawaii singing backup for Don Ho. But by then I was in my early 20s and already thought my life was over—I wasn't doing what I wanted. So I moved back to L.A.
It was during the American Music Awards that I got my break. I filled in for Andy Gibb singing “Arthur's Theme” and the producer for “General Hospital” saw it. They called me in to audition for the role of Frisco Jones but then said I was too old. But they still kept calling, and eventually they told me, “You’re gonna be his older brother.”
How did you like working on “General Hospital”?
I really enjoyed it. It becomes a family for you. But it was different then—there were three channels on TV as opposed to 500. And everybody now has to work during the day, so there isn’t the audience. Back then we used to have to say lines like, “I’m about to pull a gun out of the drawer,” because our audience would be in the kitchen, or ironing, or somewhere other than the living room.
One of your most famous moments on TV is when you listen to your dying daughter BJ’s heartbeat for the very last time.
Yeah, that's in the Hall of Fame of daytime moments, right behind Luke and Laura’s wedding. During that shoot they were running late and asked if we could do it without a rehearsal. And I understood how to perform that scene because of what happened with my brother. What I tell my students now is you’re just mostly doing the work—but every once in awhile a wave comes and picks you up, and your work touches people when you never thought it would.
Why were you eventually let go from “General Hospital”?
You never really understand the mechanics of it all. But if you were over 30 and had been on the show for awhile they began to use you less and less. Also, when a new producer comes in, they try and put their stamp on things by getting rid of the old regime. It’s the same everywhere. But I’m happy to say I survived eight producers.
It was a pretty painful period for me though. And it’s harder to get jobs when you're older—I’d walk into a casting office and they’d see Dr. Tony Jones.
So how did you end up back in Texas?
I didn't intend to—I was just looking for places to live, and Nacogdoches was just a nice place. I fished for 30 straight days there just trying to get my head together. And I slowly started teaching and it’s been great. Since I’ve been at SFA our film program has expanded from 17 to 100 students—I’d like to take credit for that, but it coincided with the digital era.
What do you teach?
I teach acting for the camera, acting for theater, and beginning filmmaking. When I first taught acting I had to reverse engineer what I'd been taught—I was like, “Just act!” Because in the soap world there’s no time to find your character. So I had to change a bit, but I’d say I still fit the [David] Mamet style of acting. I've also found that one of the best techniques is to film an actor and then show his work back to him, so he can actually see what's he’s doing right or doing wrong.
Is there one piece of advice you give all actors?
A common piece of advice I give is—you’re telling a lie as if it were the truth. And I tell them to stop flipping the actor switch because we can see it. I also say that if you're lucky enough to get a soap but feel like you’re too good for it, you’re lessening your chances for something better. You can’t have one foot in and one foot out. I believe in complete commitment, even when I did dinner theater where people are eating during your performance.
Talk about SFA’s Film Festival.
Yes, it's the Nacogdoches Film Festival—we’ve grown so much over the past four years. And we’ve been able to raise enough money to have panelists like George R.R. Martin from “Game of Thrones” and Charlaine Harris who wrote the “True Blood” books. We also have a great benefactor in Joe Lansdale, who wrote “Bubba Ho-Tep” and “Cold in July.”
Anthony Geary is retiring as Luke Spencer, a role he held for 37 years on “General Hospital.” What was he like to work with?
Tony is a wonderful guy. He never fell for the hype of being the most famous soap opera actor. He burns hot and loves his work and has a passion for it.
He doesn’t turn the acting switch on and off?
No, if anything he turns yours off.
WINTERTHORNE TRAILER RELEASEDIt’s the one month countdown until the premiere of the web series, WINTERTHORNE, and you can catch a sneak peek at the show on the official website. The first look at the candy-centric drama, which stars Martha Madison (Belle, DAYS), John-Paul Lavoisier (Philip, DAYS; ex-Rex, OLTL), Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GH), Kathleen Gati (Obrecht, GH), Creator Michael Caruso and more, can be seen here: https://player.vimeo.com/video/134270981.
TERESA CASTILLO PREGNANT!Teresa Castillo (Sabrina, GH) announced on social media that she is expecting baby No. 2, a boy. Castillo and husband Shane are parents to Victoria, born on May 29, 2014. “Someone’s getting a little brother,” she posted, along with a snap of her belly bump. See the family photo here. Congratulations!
John Stamos’ ‘Fuller House’ set photo will kick your ‘Full House’ nostalgia into high gearIf you’re already excited for Netflix’s “Full House” revival, then John Stamos’ latest photo from the set of “Fuller House” is going to send you into nostalgia overload.
The actor who played Uncle Jesse in the ABC sitcom snapped of photo holding hands over a “Fuller House” script with his on-screen wife Lori Loughlin. But it’s what’s on their hands that is so adorable: Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky’s wedding rings.
(Photo) “Becky and Jesse together forever,” Stamos captions the image.
Though he missed the first “Fuller House” script reading because he was completing a stint in rehab, Stamos has offered an inside look at the Netflix series’ set through his Instagram page. In fact, pretty much all the returning cast members have been heavily promoting the new show through social media.
Loughlin also posted the photo, writing on Twitter, “Jesse and Becky ride again!”
She is all about the Jesse + Becky nostalgia, and even tugged at fans’ heartstrings when she posted a Throwback Thursday photo of her and Stamos in character in “Full House.”
(Photo) Becky Donaldson first appeared in the second episode of “Full House,” where the series introduced her as the co-host alongside Bob Saget’s Danny Tanner on “Wake Up, San Francisco.” She became Jesse’s love interest, and the pair married in the 19th episode of Season 4, “The Wedding: Part 2.”
The following episode, coincidentally titled “Fuller House,” is the first time Loughlin is credited as Jesse’s wife, Becky Katsopolis. It’s in that episode, which aired on Feb. 22, 1991, that she agreed to live with the Jesse and the Tanners in their San Francisco home.
“Full House” ran for nine seasons on ABC. In “Fuller House,” Kimmy Gibbler (Barber) and Stephanie Tanner (Sweetin) move in with a recently widowed DJ (Cameron Candace Bure), a currently pregnant mother to two boys who needs help raising her children. The series is set to premiere in 2016.
John Stamos Shares First Photo from the Fuller House Set After Returning from Rehab(Photo) John Stamos is back in action.
The 51-year-old actor posted the first picture of himself on the Fuller House set on Saturday after he returned from a recent stint in rehab.
"And we're back! Same sideburns- different decade. #FullerHouse #Netflix," Stamos captioned the photo, which showed him reading a script outside a trailer marked for Jesse, aka his character on Full House.
On Friday, the actor announced on Twitter that he was officially "back" after checking into rehab.
"I'm back! Took a month to take care of things," He wrote alongside a photo of himself boxing. "Healthy. Feeling grateful for the love & support of family & friends."
His trip to rehab came after the star was charged with a DUI on June 12, which resulted in him being hospitalized briefly for an unknown medical condition.
Of the actor's decision to enter rehab, a source close to Stamos told PEOPLE that he is "focusing on his health" and "knows he needs to take care of himself."
Fuller House the 13-episode spin-off series of Full House will premiere on Netflix next year. Many of the show's original stars have signed up for the new show and Stamos is serving as a producer.
General Hospital: Ron Carlivati Out, Two Soap Vets In as Headwriter(tvline.com) Port Charles has seen another casualty.
General Hospital headwriter Ron Carlivati has been replaced by soap vets Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman, ABC announced Friday.
Altman and Passanante will start in their new roles on Aug. 10.
Carlivati had been with the daytime drama since 2012, coming off his run as headwriter on sister soap One Life to Live. When news of his dismissal broke on Twitter Friday, many fans credited Carlivati with saving the show around the time that One Life to Live and All My Children were cancelled.
“We are pleased to welcome back two esteemed writers to our General Hospital family,” Vicki Dummer, Executive Vice President Current Series Programming, said in a statement. “Shelly and Jean’s combined talents and experiences promise to continue the show’s legacy of compelling storytelling that will resonate with our impassioned viewers. We’re delighted with what they have in store for the show as they continue honoring the rich, diverse environs of Port Charles.”
In the past, Passanante has worked on the writing staffs of sudsers like All My Children, The Young and the Restless and As the World Turns. Altman’s resume includes writing stints on One Life to Live and The Young and the Restless.
Both women have won multiple Daytime Emmy Awards.
John Stamos -- Out of Rehab ... I'm Into Punch Now(Photo) John Stamos is still a fighter after completing a sting in rehab for substance abuse.
John spent 30-days in a live-in facility after his DUI arrest in Bev Hills last month. As we reported, we were told he had substance abuse issues that developed over a substantial period of time.
Stamos was so messed up when he was arrested he was rushed to the hospital.
It looks like rehab did him good. Welcome back, John.
MARTHA BYRNE’S “WEIGHT" TO DEBUT ONLINEThree-time Emmy winner Martha Byrne (ex-Andrea, GH) has created a comedy series about life after extreme weight loss on reality TV with Writers Guild Award nominee Daryn Strauss called WEIGHT. The pilot will be released online and viewers can join the "Virtual Release Party" with Byrne, cast, and special guests by using the hashtag #weightcrazy on Twitter and by following @weighttheseries, starting at 7 p.m. EST on Sunday, August 2. WEIGHT follows Claire, a middle class mom (played by Byrne) who returns home from a reality weight loss competition 100 pounds lighter but finds she’s gained some extra baggage due to the complicated reactions of her dysfunctional family and friends. For more info, visit and follow Weight on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/weighttheseries, and follow Weight on Twitter at https://twitter.com/weighttheseries
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After 37 Years, Tony Geary Leaves ‘General Hospital’(Listen) Ever since 1978, Anthony Geary has played Luke Spencer on the soap opera “General Hospital.” He and co-star Genie Francis are perhaps the most beloved couple in daytime drama, Luke and Laura.
The characters’ 1981 wedding was the highest-rated hour in soap opera history. The romance has had its critics because Laura falls in love with Luke despite having been raped by him. As Geary told Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti, Luke was one of the earliest anti-heroes in daytime drama.
“He’s always been challenging to his audience and I’ve always liked that,” he said. “I’ve liked the fact that he’s not the nicest of heroes.”
Tony Geary discussed his time on “General Hospital” with Here & Now ahead of his last appearance as Luke, which will air this coming Monday.
Unauthorized 'Melrose Place' Cast Photo Revealed(Photo) Meet the new cast of "Melrose Place," well, Lifetime's version at least!
Amanda Woodward/Heather Locklear: "Power Rangers Megaforce's" Ciara Hanna
"The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story" on October 10, both on Lifetime.
Anthony Geary on Nightline - July 22It’s a wrap for one of soap opera’s most famous leading men.
Actor Anthony Geary is leaving ABC’s “General Hospital” after 37 years of playing daytime television’s dark and dreamy Luke Spencer.
“He was not created to be a heroic character,” Geary told “Nightline.” “He was created to be an anti-hero and I have treasured the anti-side of the hero and pushed it for a long time.”
“He’s not a white hat or a black hat he’s all shades of grey,” he continued. “And that has been the saving grace of playing him all these years.”
Watch the full interview on "Nightline" tonight at 12:35 a.m. ET
On the show, Geary’s character Luke is quirky and impulsive, brash and sassy, but what he’s most recognized for is his thick swath of hair. His “do” helped propel Geary to fame in the early ‘80s when he became one half of the soap super couple, Luke and Laura Spencer.
“The relationship between Luke and Laura was always very real, very realistic, like a real relationship, but the circumstances were absurd,” said actress Genie Francis, who plays Laura.
Their characters experienced grand adventures, kidnappings, breakdowns and parenting struggles with their two children. But it was Luke and Laura’s lavish wedding in 1981 that was a defining moment for the show. Thirty million people tuned in, making it the largest audience in daytime television history.
But their romance began in an unlikely and shocking place after Luke raped Laura. Even at the time when the episode aired, the horrific circumstances drew outrage.
“I had a very upsetting appearance in Chicago early on when a group of women started chanting ‘Luke, rape me’ and it was so bizarre, so upsetting,” Geary said. “We came under a lot of fire from feminist groups and rightfully so from victim groups.”
Luke and Laura’s on-again, off-again romance became a central plot line for the show for years, until the characters divorced in 2001. But Geary said he believed their relationship was doomed to fail from the start.
“If you look at the way it started, it was sort of fated to end badly,” he said. “They had two children that they adore but they grew apart… In a soap, you can’t just have them go off into the sunset together unless you’re going to have the characters leave the show. So, to stay on the show, there has to be conflict.”
But even as Geary prepares to leave the show, his timeless character is continuing to go through shocking revelations. Most recently, Luke had to confront his dark past and realizes he killed his own parents.
“I loved the-- finally the realization and the experience of fully getting away from romantic hero into a dark, dangerous side of his personality,” Geary said. “It’s always been laying there.”
That unpredictable bravado has won Geary a record eight daytime Emmy awards.
Luke’s current love interest, Tracy Quartermaine, is played by Jane Elliott, who is Geary’s best friend in real life and talked about what it will be like to move on without him on the show.
“Being on a soap opera for that long it’s like life,” Elliott told “Nightline.” “You live a life, you’ve gone through birthdays and deaths and marriages and divorces and illnesses and sickness and in health. And, he’s been a part of the last 12 years of my life… Tracy can’t see her life without him and Jane can’t see her life without him either.”
As Geary played out his final scenes, Elliott said it was hard for everyone.
“We just played our last scenes together… It was extremely emotional,” she said, “Everyone onstage was crying and it was so emotional, so emotional.”
Before Luke takes his last bow, he has a reunion of sorts with Laura, as the iconic duo tries to free their son from a kidnapper.
“Luke and Laura together one more time, one last adventure,” Francis said. “So hard to say, makes me weepy.”
Geary is looking forward to continuing with the next chapter of his real life story. He plans to move to Amsterdam full-time and work on a book while pursuing theater. But playing Luke may have been his greatest challenge yet.
Get Ready for General Hospital's Epic Send-Off for Anthony Geary This Week(Video) Anthony Geary is officially drawing the curtain on his decades-long General Hospitalrun, and ABC is not holding back on the emotion to make sure you tune in to see Luke Spencer's big exit.
In a new promo, General Hospital boasts a week-long farewell "event" for the fan favorite character, who has done everything from saving the world from a freeze and posing as a doctor in Africa, to having Elizabeth Taylor crash a wedding and being one half of television's most iconic romances (Luke and Laura, forever!).
For a man whose time on GH started out with a mere 13-week arc (in 1978), Geary has literally "done it all." His last show airs Monday.
Alicia Coppola, Brianna Brown & Leonard Howze Join ABC Family Drama Pilot ‘Stay’Alicia Coppola (Teen Wolf) Brianna Brown (Devious Maids) and Leonard Earl Howze (The Lone Ranger) have booked series regular roles in ABC Family drama pilot Stay. Described as an edge-of-your-seat thriller, Stay centers on a recently widowed police detective and his two daughters who are stranded at a foreboding hotel and must unravel the hotel’s mysteries to escape.
Coppola, repped by APA and manager Leslie Allan-Rice, plays Alison, Jake’s mother and the wife of the conservative, emotionally withdrawn Frank, whom she fears. A steady diet of antidepressants help block out her crumbling marriage and keeps her sane. Brown, repped by Pakula/King & Associates, manager Gladys Gonzalez and attorney Marcy Morris, is Eva, another guest at the Grayfield Hotel, who’s seeking shelter from the storm. A con artist, Eva went down the wrong path in life, she let her actions get out of control, and is on a journey to right these wrongs. Howze, repped by Stone Manners Salners Agency and LINK Entertainment, plays Wagner, a helpful bus driver who brings several people to the Grayfield Hotel when his bus breaks down in the storm.
Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) will direct from a script by Spenser Cohen. The two will executive produce with Anna Halberg.
Interview: Anthony GearyExit Interview: Anthony Geary Leaves General Hospital With All Guns Blazing. Read the interview here.
John Stamos Isn't Kiddin' Around in Official Grandfathered Poster(Poster) John Stamos has lot to learn in his upcoming series Grandfathered, and we have a suggestion for Lesson No. 1: The Proper Way to Hold a Child.
TVLine can exclusively reveal the key art for Fox’s fall comedy, which stars Stamos as a bachelor who learns he’s not only a father, but a grandfather, too. Josh Peck (Drake & Josh) and Paget Brewster (Community) also star.
In the poster below, Stamos’ Jimmy looks like he’s coming around to his newfound grandparenthood — so long as the baby doesn’t drool on his suit.
Grandfathered airs Tuesdays at 8/7c, beginning Sept. 29.
Baby On Board!Matthew Ashford (ex-Tom, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Stephen, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Jack, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and actress/teacher Lana Buss are expecting their second child in November. "It's gonna be a girl," he reveals to Soaps In Depth. The new addition will join big brother Henry (2) and Ashford's daughters, Grace and Emma, with his former wife, Christina Saffran.
What's Next For Laura?Genie Francis is back as GH's Laura, and it looks like she just might be here to stay! In the current ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, the much-loved actress candidly shares her hopes and desires for the character she originally brought to life 39 years ago, including her thoughts on sticking around past her currently-slated six-month gig!
With Luke off the canvas, the show has a unique and exciting challenge ahead as it crafts the next phase of Laura's story. Who is Laura without Luke? From her career path to her romantic future, the world is Laura's oyster... and Francis, for one, is excited to find out in which direction the winds of fate will blow the character! "It's an exciting time for her," says the superstar, "and for me, as well!"
To read more of Francis' thoughts about Laura's future, pick up the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth on sale now!
Wagner, Mulder tied for lead in celebrity golf tournamentActor Jack Wagner and former pitcher Mark Mulder share the first-round lead Friday in the American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe.
Wagner and Mulder each had 26 points in the modified Stableford scoring system. Players receive six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, none for bogey and minus-2 for double bogey or worse.
Wagner, the 2006 and 2011 winner, had four birdies in his bogey-free round.
"We don't do this for a living, so if I could have two more 68s right now, I'd take them and take my chances," Wagner said. "I'm hitting the ball better than ever, but I didn't make many putts today. But I am happy to be here with 26 points after the first round."
Mulder had six birdies — four in a row on the back nine — and four bogeys.
"I couldn't get anything going, but I am pleased with this first round," Mulder said "I just wanted something in the 20s."
Four-time champion Billy Joe Tolliver was third with 25 points.
"I went out in 32, but our pace slowed down and I played poorly," the former quarterback said. "I know that if I think about anything for a long time, I'll screw it up."
Entertainer Justin Timberlake had 15 points. Defending champion Mark Rypien had 10.
Charles Barkley was 90th in the 91-player field at minus-28. Kim Alexis was last at minus-34.
Joy For GH's Benard?(Pic) (Pic) We don't usually pat ourselves on the back here at Soaps In Depth, but in this case, we might just have to. Being the eagle-eyed soap viewers that we are, we noticed a little something interesting while watching the trailer for the upcoming movie Joy, based on the life of housewife-turned-inventor Joy Mangano. During a shot in which Joy (played by Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence) is scrubbing the floor, there is a man on her television who looks remarkably like GENERAL HOSPITAL superstar Maurice Benard (Sonny)!
The movie, directed by David O. Russell and starring Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro, was shot in the Boston area, so that could tie into those tweets that Benard posted back in March about how he flew from Los Angeles to the East Coast for the first time in 10 years. We're thrilled to see the Emmy Award winner making his mark on the big screen, especially after his star turn in the critically-acclaimed The Ghost And The Whale.
You can see the trailer, which features Benard in two scenes, for yourself by clicking here. We'll share more information as we can dig it up before Joy's Christmas 2015 release date.
Why John Stamos Went to Rehab: 'He Knows He Needs to Take Care of Himself,' Says SourceBetween his upcoming Fox series and the highly anticipated Full House spin-off, John Stamos is having a particularly busy 2015 – which is what made the news that the he'd checked himself into a residential program for the treatment of substance abuse all the more shocking to his co-workers.
Those who have worked with Stamos, 51, call him "lovely," "charming" and "always professional," but after his June 12 DUI arrest, a pal told PEOPLE that the actor's drinking had been a "problem" in the past.
A source close to Stamos adds that the death of his mother, Loretta, last September "did a number on him. It’s been a hard time."
But after entering treatment in late June, Stamos is "focusing on his health," says the source.
"He has a big year ahead of him," continues the source. "And he knows he needs to take care of himself."
For more on Stamos' decision to seek treatment, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
‘Cosby Show’ Actor Declares, ‘Of Course Bill Cosby Is Guilty!’The rising chorus of voices rising up against scandal-plagued comedian Bill Cosby has increased by one.
Former “The Cosby Show” actor Joseph C. Phillips, who played Denise Huxtable’s husband Lt. Martin Kendall on the NBC sitcom, has pointed a finger at his former TV father-in-law in a column on his website titled, “Of Course Bill Cosby Is Guilty!”
In the lengthy blog post, Phillips recalls that, during his “Cosby Show” tenure, “my attitude was that if Bill was cheating on [his wife] Camille, I am fairly certain Camille knew. Hey, if everyone who claimed to know actually knew, then certainly Camille knew, and had long ago made her peace with it.”
He added, “I never saw Bill engage in any inappropriate behavior. I certainly never saw him drug anyone. So, all I have is the same gossip as everyone else.”
Phillips noted that his attitude took a turn as the accusations began to dominate headlines and he ran into an “old friend” that Cosby had served as a “mentor” to:
The question popped into my head.
“Hey, do you mind if I ask you something?”
She looked at me and then asked, “Is it going to make me cry?”
I was a bit taken aback. “Well,” I stammered. “I hope it doesn’t make you cry.”
She smiled. “Go ahead and ask your question.”
“Back in the day,” I started. “I remember that you knew Bill – that he was like your mentor or something. Did he ever…”
Before I finished the sentence, she began to cry.
We spent the next two hours sitting on a bench talking. Through tears, she told me her story. She cursed him for violating both her trust and her body. She cursed herself for not being smarter, and for degrading herself in pursuit of success. I listened patiently. As she began to run out of steam, she turned to me. “Do you believe me?”
“Yes.” I said. “I believe you.”
“Why?” she asked.
“Because I don’t believe that you are crazy and only a crazy person would sit with me all this time and share a fantasy.”
I am not sure if our conversation was cathartic for her. I know it was heart-breaking for me.
In recent months, dozens of women have come forward to accuse Cosby of rape or sexual assault, with many of them claiming that the comedian drugged them beforehand.
The allegations have sparked multiple lawsuits, including a complaint filed by former “America’s Next Top Model” judge Janice Dickinson.
Cosby’s attorney, Martin Singer, has denied the accusations made against the comedian in the past.
Earlier this month, portions of a deposition stemming from a 2005 lawsuit were released, revealing that Cosby had admitted to obtaining Quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with.
John Stamos enters rehab for substance abuseJohn Stamos has reportedly entered a rehab facility where he is currently seeking treatment for substance abuse issues, according to People.
The news of the actor checking himself into a residential program comes just one month after he was charged with a DUI and taken to the hospital June 12.
Stamos was in good spirits the morning after the incident, tweeting his appreciation to the officers and hospital workers who took care of him.
The actor is currently gearing up for a very busy fall. He is reprising his iconic role as Jesse Katsopolis in Netflix’s “Full House” revival entitled “Fuller House,” on which he is also a producer, as well as starring in FOX’s new comedy series “Grandfathered.”
Stamos is scheduled to appear in court for his DUI on Sept. 11, 2015.
The Truth About Little Jake's Death!(abc.soapsindepth.com) Even as fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL have been reeling from the news that Elizabeth's son, Jake, is alive, newer viewers have been left scratching their heads. Need the 411 on what the fuss is all about? Read on!
Elizabeth was in one of those places in her life where nothing was going right. She and Nikolas had been seeing each other, and the idea of exploring where that would go appealed to her. However, her wishy-washy ways caught up with her, and Nikolas decided that enough was enough. Ignoring his romantic feelings for Liz, Nik instead chose to pursue Brook Lynn.
With Nikolas out of the picture, Liz turned her attention to Lucky. But he, too, had moved on, with Siobhan. Liz was left facing the prospect of being alone... at least until she saw an opportunity to make her own happiness. After learning that Lucky was planning to marry Siobhan, Liz ordered up a paternity test which she hoped would prove that Lucky -- and not Nikolas -- was the father of her son, Aiden. She assumed that finding out the boy was his would bring Lucky running back to her.
The evening Liz received the paternity test results, it seemed as if everyone who was anyone in Port Charles was on the same road. Brenda and Sonny were leaving for their honeymoon; a buzzed Luke was rushing to Lucky and Siobhan's wedding; Carly was desperate to get an ailing Josslyn at the hospital; Sam briefly lost control of her car when she was hit with the after-effects of a concussion; and Lisa was in hot pursuit of Robin, who had found incriminating evidence against her.
Back at the Webber house, Liz opened the envelope to process the test results and what they would mean to her future. What she didn't realize was that the front door to the house was open and Jake was nowhere in sight. As she ran to the porch, she called out to him. But it was too late. He had run into the street and was hit by a passing car.
At the hospital, Liz and Lucky found it impossible to say farewell to Jake, and postponed turning off the machines. Liz angrily rejected Jason's request that they donate Jake's kidney to save Josslyn's life, but by end of day, the grieving mother had changed her mind. After talking with Lucky, Liz realized that saving a child's life was what was most important. As the shock of Jake's death set in, the news got even worse for Lucky. A police investigation showed that Luke had been the person responsible for running the boy down. Lucky confronted his father, asking if he was drunk that night. Luke insisted that although he'd had a little something to drink that night, he was in control, like always. Luke was in severe denial of the part alcohol played in the boy's death. Because there was no proof that Luke was impaired, no charges were filed.
GH'S HEAD WRITER: WHY WE RESURRECTED JAKE"It really was not something we were planning to do," says GH Head Writer Ron Carlivati of the decision to undo the 2011 demise of Liz and Jason's bio son, Jake. But while brainstorming Luke's grand finale, he and his team "were trying to come up with a purpose behind this adventure and a lasting impact for this adventure and something that would have emotional resonance for Luke and also, obviously, have a big impact on the rest of the canvas, so as much as it was an exit story, it was also the start of a story for other people." Of course, what with Jake having been an on-screen organ donor for Josslyn, "We had to pull out a bag of tricks and go to our go-to person, Helena Cassadine, for help, and made it work." For more on Jake's resurrection, and what it means for Elizabeth and "Jake," see the issue of Digest on sale next Friday.
RICHARD BURGI IS GH'S NEW PAULRichard Burgi (ex-Chad, AW; ex-Glenn, ATWT; ex-Randy, OLTL; ex-Phillip, DAYS) debuted on July 8 as Paul Hornsby, father of Dillon (Robert Palmer Watkins) and ex-husband of Tracy (Jane Elliot), a role played by Paul Satterfield from 1991-94.
After decades of steady primetime work (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, THE SENTINEL), he was drawn back to daytime to stay close to his L.A.-based family (he has two sons and a stepson) and especially by a positive first meeting with GH Executive Producer Frank Valentini. "We had a great conversation," Burgi enthuses. "He liked the idea of me bringing what I can to the part and working with him and the writers to bring out who this fellow might be."
Plus, he says, "I've had great experiences in daytime in the past. It’s where I cut my teeth and got my start and I love the sort of boot-camp essence that is the world of daytime. You get to really prepare as much as you can and then execute as cleanly and clearly as possible, because there’s not a lot of fat on the bone in terms of doing it over and over that you're allotted in nighttime or film." His adjustment to GH has been smooth. "It's a lovely group of people and I've been having a great time there."
Look for more with Burgi in an upcoming issue of Digest.
EARLY RETURN FOR GH'S HUGHES!Good news for GH fans! Soap Opera Digest is hearing that Finola Hughes (Anna), who's been on hiatus from the show, will be back sooner than expected; Anna's sojourn to Ireland was slated to last until Hughes returned in September.
GH: Jake Is AliveIn the July 9 episode of GH, James Nigbor reprised his role of Elizabeth and Lucky's son, Jake. (The young actor had shared the part with his twin brother, Edward, back when they were tots.) As it turns out, he wasn't killed by grandpa Luke in that hit-and-run accident after all! While Lucky is Little Jake's legal father, the truck- and motorcycle-loving kid is the result of a one night stand between Liz and Jason. So expect the lad's return to further complicate matters for his mom as she struggles to keep Big Jake's true identity a secret!
Take A Tour Of Amsterdam With Mr. Geary!In the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, photographer Jim Warren gives us all the exclusive details on a new collaboration with his friend, Anthony Geary (Luke, GENERAL HOSPITAL), a 25-minute travel documentary with a twist titled Amsterdam: On The Move With Anthony Geary. The limited-release movie was filmed several months ago in Geary's adopted city, Amsterdam, while Warren was visiting his friend. Join the eight-time Daytime Emmy winner on his boat as he navigates the Dutch capital's historic canals, and tag along as Geary shows off some of the city's famed tourist attractions... and off-the-beaten-path local favorites! "It was great just hanging out with Tony, and the filming was secondary," Warren tells In Depth. "No retakes, just capturing what he was seeing and what I was seeing him observe.
For more, pick up the latest ABC issue of Soaps In Depth. To order the DVD, check out the poster here.
SEASON 2 FOR QUEENS OF DRAMA?Looks like QUEENS OF DRAMA is coming back for season 2. The show released a casting call for two name soap actresses of any ethnicity in their early 20s-early 60s to join Donna Mills (Madeline, GH) and Co. on POP's reality series. The show is scheduled to begin filming in mid to late fall for 6-10 episodes, and the pay rate is listed at approximately $40,000.
Nashville's Jonathan Jackson Previews Lucky's 'Whirlwind' GH Return(tvline.com) Despite that long up-and-down look Avery gave Juliette in Nashville‘s very first episode — you remember, in the hallway backstage at the Grand Ole Opry? — series star Jonathan Jackson swears he signed onto the country-music drama not knowing he’d wind up in one of its two main couples.
“But another thing is, when you’re in an ensemble cast and it’s a relationship-driven show, if the show’s around a few years, then chances are that the characters are gonna cross paths,” he says. “That’s just kind of how things work.”
Spoken like someone who’s seen his fair share of drama — daytime and primetime — throughout more than two decades in the business. Jackson got his start on ABC’s General Hospital as Lucky Spencer, son of supercouple Luke and Laura, a role that he left permanently in 2011.
… Or maybe not so permanently: As previously announced, Jackson will return this week as part of GH star Anthony Geary’s exit storyline/Luke’s final arc on the show. For those who haven’t spent time in Port Charles lately, Lucky’s mom (played by Genie Francis) recently returned to town with terrible news: Lucky is missing, and she and Luke (who are divorced) must go on an epic journey to rescue him from danger.
As the tour bus for Jackson’s band Enation rolled through Texas — he and the guys had played a gig the night before — TVLine talked to the GH returnee about his daytime homecoming (plus a little Nashville chat, for good measure).
TVLINE | What city are you in right now?
We’re traveling. We’re somewhere in Texas. We just played in Dallas last night.
TVLINE | How did you make the General Hospital return work, given Nashville and your tour?
It was definitely tricky. We looked at the amount of work I was going to try to accomplish on [GH] and then figure out how much I could do in a short period of time. We had a few days off of touring, and I flew to L.A. and I took my daughter with me so we could spend some time together. I did what was probably a week’s worth of work in two days. It was a whirlwind. But it was so fun to see everyone. It was really exciting to get to do those scenes with Tony. It was really special for me.
TVLINE | When I spoke with Genie, she said some of the scenes you had with Tony really moved her. Can you give me the gist of those scenes?
It’s funny. I hadn’t been following the show, so I didn’t know Genie was going to be there until maybe a week or so before I flew to L.A. I was so excited to see Genie and to get to work with her again. I don’t know, it’s hard to get the gist of the scenes without giving too much away.
TVLINE | We know Lucky is in peril.
Yeah. But we were able to find some moments to have some more heartfelt scenes which was something that [I was really] looking forward to. I was excited about that.
TVLINE | A lot of the crew, I heard, was also excited to see you.
Yeah! I was excited to see them. It’s such a family. There were so many people.
TVLINE | How many episodes, total, did you shoot?
I believe it’s four.
TVLINE | Do we get an update on what Lucky has been up to, what his life is like these days?
I don’t think so, in a very specific way. I think it’s more in these vague terms.
TVLINE | You haven’t started Season 4 of Nashville yet, right?
No. I think we’re starting mid-July. It’s coming up.
TVLINE | Have you seen any scripts yet?
I haven’t. I’m curious like the audience is about how things are going to go.
TVLINE | You ended last year spending a lot of time with the baby playing Cadence. Your children aren’t infants anymore — did you have any flashbacks?
Yeah, there was definitely a lot of that. I was remembering. It’s funny because it goes so fast. When you’re a few years away from it, you forget a lot of stuff. I’ve gone through it three times.
TVLINE | Do you know anything about Juliette and Avery’s trajectory at the beginning of the season?
I really don’t. I have no idea where it’s going.
TVLINE | Some of my favorite music on the show came from the ZAG Band, then the SAG band, then The Triple XXXs. But it seems like Avery is no longer a part of that group.
It’s funny, because they formed a band and I think they broke up before they even performed a show. Played two shows, broke up again. They have not been the most consistent as a band. [Laughs] At this point, Avery has his child and that’s the top priority. I don’t think he’s up for touring with a band.
TVLNE | Finally, you need to weigh in on whether the flatline at the end of the season finale belongs to Beverly or Deacon.
Oh geez. I don’t know. [Laughs] If you look at Twitter… Chip is Chip. [Laughs] He’s a pretty big part of the show.
Days' Ava Returns(tvline.com) One of Salem’s most unpredictable residents is popping back in for a visit.
Tamara Braun, who portrayed Mafia princess Ava Vitali on Days of Our Lives in 2008, will return for the soap’s upcoming 50th anniversary.
According to TVInsider, Braun will make her entrance in the Dec. 9 episode.
The actress, who won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2009 for her portrayal of Ava, has also appeared on the series as Taylor Walker, estranged sister of Nicole Walker.
NEW REAL-LIFE GH DUO?There must be something in the water…. GH co-stars Kelly Monaco (Sam) and Billy Miller (Jake) were snapped frolicking together — and looking quite close — in the ocean in Malibu over the 4th of July weekend. Check out the snaps here.
GH STAR INJUREDRyan Paevey (Nathan, GH) took a self-described "spill" on his motorcycle over the holiday weekend while camping with friends and shattered his right wrist. Best wishes to him for a speedy recovery!
Why Nathan Came Back!(abc.soapsindepth.com) For soap opera enthusiasts, being one of Luke Spencer's children rates right up there with being one of Erica Kane's husbands. That is a distinction and honor that GH's Nathan Parsons (Ethan) does not take lightly. Since his exit from the canvas in 2013 to pursue other projects, the handsome actor has remained loyal to not only GH fans, but also to the man he calls a mentor and role model, Anthony Geary (Luke). It was a love of and respect for Geary that brought Parsons back to play Ethan once more as part of Luke's exit story.
"I was there for three years and I loved it," Parsons says in the current ABC issue of Soaps In Depth. "I learned so much. Tony was sort of my guide. He's given me some of the greatest advice I've ever gotten. I'm still very close with him."
Parsons goes on to share his deepest thoughts about his return to the show where he got his start and reuniting with not only Geary, but his TV brother, Jonathan Jackson (Lucky). "When you're forced into a TV family," Parsons smiles, "you're lucky when it translate off camera, as well." For more from the fan fave, pick up the new issue, on sale now!
GH Grad Pops The Question!GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Erik Valdez (ex-Trey) has gotten engaged to Candice Lopez. The actor (currently starring on GRACELAND) revealed on Instagram yesterday that he popped the question during a trip to Napa Valley.
"'Yes' has always been one of my favorite words... sounded extra special this time around!" he captioned an adorable photo.
Congratulations to the future Mr. and Mrs. Valdez!
Hang Out With Sonny & Sons!This year's GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club weekend -- the World Series of fan events for the soap's viewers -- just got even better! Maurice Benard (Sonny), Bryan Craig (Morgan) and Chad Duell (Michael) have put their heads together and decided that rather than each hosting a separate fan gathering, they would join forces and make it one big happy family event -- all three on one stage!
"We were all talking and realized, 'What are we doing?'" Benard tells Soaps In Depth with a laugh. "If we have fun doing a show together, it'll be fun for the fans, too."
So on Saturday, August 8, it's Sonny & Sons -- the trio taking the stage at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Glendale, CA, at 4 p.m. PST (immediately following the main GHFC luncheon). "This is going to be awesome," says Craig, who confirmed the news to In Depth while vacationing in Bali. "I'm thrilled to be doing an event with Big Papi and my uptight TV brother!"
The three close friends plan on making this the best event their fans have ever attended. "It's a freakin' fantastic idea," says Duell, "and it's going to be so much fun."
Tickets are $105 each and available at the door. You can also reserve tickets by sending a $25 deposit (per person, money order only) to: Jim Warren, P.O. Box 3555, Hollywood, CA 90078.
For more information, go to FansOfGH.Tumblr.com, or E-mail FansGH@aol.com. (If you've already purchased tickets or sent a deposit for any of their individual events, you will be credited that amount and receive an 8x10 photo.)
Parry Shen: Taking your Q's(Pic) Parry Shen: Taking your Q's/live tweeting during next Tuesday's (Jul 7) @GeneralHospital. Use #AskGH to join in!
'General Hospital' actor Geary to end role on July 27NEW YORK (AP) -- Anthony Geary, whose character Luke Spencer's marriage to Laura in 1981 on "General Hospital" was the biggest moment in daytime television history, will appear in his final episode next month.
ABC announced in May that Geary decided to leave the show after nearly three decades, saying his character would be written out of the series later this summer. His last appearance in the role will air on July 27, the network announced Monday.
More than 30 million people tuned in to watch Luke marry Laura, considered a storybook event despite a backstory of Laura falling in love with her rapist.
Actress Genie Francis, who played Laura but hasn't been on "General Hospital" since 2013, has returned to participate in the story of Luke's exit. They've teamed up to save their son Lucky, played by Jonathan Jackson. They believe Lucky has been kidnapped. Jackson, who left the show in 2011, will also briefly reprise his role to help usher out the character of Luke.
Geary, 68, began playing Luke in 1978. He said in a statement that he originally signed on for a 13-week stint. He said except for an eight-year hiatus in the 1980s, "Luke Spencer has been my alter ego ever since. I'd like to thank ABC, my producers and the GH audience for a long and exciting ride."
Geary has received a record eight Daytime Emmy Awards for his work as Luke Spencer.
"General Hospital" marked its 52nd anniversary in April and is the only remaining soap opera on ABC. It's the longest-running daytime drama on television.
GH'S LISA LOCICERO SHARES PIC OF BABYLisa LoCicero, who welcomed daughter Verity Marion on May 29, shared a picture of her new addition on Twitter. "Thanks for all the lovely words," LoCicero wrote to her well-wishers. "We like her too.. And we ARE enjoying every moment! XO" See the precious shot here.
Rick Springfield Cut His Hair for True Detective -- and Now He's Selling It!(Pic1, Pic2) Yes, that was Rick Springfield on Sunday’s new episode of True Detective. And, no, he wasn’t wearing a wig. Springfield cut his hair for the role, but before you put “Jessie’s Girl” on repeat and shed a few tears, we have some more news: He’s putting his locks up for sale.
The 65-year-old Grammy-winner was introduced on the HBO series last night as Doctor Pitlor, a therapist who was treating murder victim Ben Caspere, and to fit the foreboding sense of the character, he cut his famous strands (seriously, he’s had the same do since the ’80s) for the guest appearance.
“Before the show’s hairstylist clipped off five or six inches of my hair she said to me, ‘You know someone could make a lot of money from these clippings…’ After laughing that off, I thought perhaps we could raise some money for a worthy cause,” Springfield tells PEOPLE.
So the singer decided to put that money to good use and teamed up with his friend Linda Blair and her charity Worldheart Foundation to help save, shelter and find homes for hundreds of homeless dogs in need. He put his cut hair (packaged in an autographed container) up for sale on IfOnly.com for $750 with all proceeds benefitting Worldheart.
But that’s not all, you could also snag great items from his personal collection like an autographed pair of Chucks, a played and signed electric guitar (a Fender Squier Stratocaster) and lyric sheets from his smash hit “Jessie’s Girl.”
The store opens today and will run until July 31, so you might want to start reaching for your credit cards.
GH STARS ENGAGED!Bryan Craig (Morgan) and Kelly Thiebaud (ex-Britt), who met on the set of GH, are engaged. "She said yes!" the actor posted on his Instagram, along with this photo. The duo is currently on vacation in Bali, marking their second anniversary. Congratulations!
Where Has Holly Been?(abc.soapsindepth.com) Where trouble goes, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Holly Sutton (played by the lovely Emma Samms) often follows. Need a little refresher on what went down the last time we saw the Brit beauty now that she's back on the scene? Read on!
Life was very different for Luke a couple of years back. Suffering from Polonium poisoning courtesy of Helena Cassadine, Luke set off on a desperate quest to find the antidote. Aware that Jerry Jacks had survived a similar poisoning, a weakening Luke hit the road to find the elusive Mr. Jacks and, hopefully, a cure.
Luke began his search at a Swiss bank with ties to the elusive Jerry. While there, a veiled gunman whipped off their mask to reveal Holly underneath! It turned out she had been sitting vigib by the bedside of an unconscious Robert in a nearby clinic. Needing help in hacking the bank's security systems for a lead on Jerry's latest whereabouts, Luke had turned to Holly, who'd been more than happy to offer a hand.
Holly and Luke's search first lead them to Sean Donely and then to a home in Corinth, Pennsylvania. There they encountered Obrecht, who admitted she had created the Polonium cure. During an alone moment, Obrecht suggested that she would bring Robert out of his coma if Holly let her go. When Luke returned, he found Holly knocked out cold and Obrecht missing! Although Holly went off in search of Jerry and Obrecht, that was the last she'd been seen... until now!
REBECCA BUDIG BACK TO GH?It would appear that Rebecca Budig's Hayden Barnes, comatose since May, may soon be waking up. On Budig’s birthday (June 26), fellow birthday celebrant Jean Passanante, a member of GH’s writing team, tweeted the actress, “It’s so fabulous to write for you again!” A GH rep had no comment.
See Photos From Anthony Geary's Last Day on General Hospital(tvguide.com) After more than 35 years playing Luke Spencer on ABC's General Hospital, Anthony Gearyfilmed his last scene on the soap this week.
During his teary goodbye with the cast and crew, Geary's co-star Genie Francis, who plays Luke's wife Laura, called working with him "the best acting partnership I've ever known," Entertainment Weekly reports. Francis also thanked Geary for sending her flowers after they filmed a rape scene together in 1979, according to EW.
Geary joined General Hospital in 1978. His final episode will air later this summer. "They've done a wonderful job of wrapping up the character," Geary told EW. "This seems like the ideal time to go."
Several of Geary's co-stars, including Maurice Benard and Laura Wright, shared tributes to the actor on social media. Check out some of them below:
(Pic) @MauriceBenard : To the legend Tony Geary not just a great actor but a great guy and I'm proud to call him my friend
(Pic) @lldubs : I'm so grateful to have been one of your Caroline's xo
(Pic) ryancarnes1: Uncle Luke and I. What a pleasure it was to not only meet this #livinglegend but to watch him work, and fortunately, also work with him. He couldn't have been more kind and gracious to me on my first day back in #GH. A true professional with a penchant pulling things out of his hat that. I one in set expected. He could take a 1.5 page monologue and not only make it believable but also interesting, humorous and heartfelt. You're a true professional and gentleman #anthonygeary #tonygeary. I look forward to the next time we stand cross from each other and make believe.
(Pic) vantoine: Some of my very first scenes were with #TonyGeary. Today #GeneralHospital says bye to 37 years of #LukeSpencer . He was so beautiful. Artist. Gentleman. Will miss him.
After 37 years, 'Luke' says farewell to 'General Hospital'(cnn.com) Luke has left Port Charles.
Thirty-seven years after first playing Luke Spencer on "General Hospital," actor Anthony Geary recorded his final episode of the long-running ABC soap on Tuesday.
The day was not without emotion, as current and former "General Hospital" cast members -- including Genie Francis, who played Luke's onetime wife Laura -- were there for the show, according to Entertainment Weekly.
"Thank you for putting up with me as a petulant teenager," Francis told Geary. "Thank you for the best acting partnership I've ever known."
"General Hospital" premiered in 1963, but it wasn't until the Luke and Laura romance began in the late '70s that the show's popularity entered the stratosphere. Geary joined the show as Luke Spencer, the brother of a nurse and former prostitute, Bobbie Spencer, in 1978.
In an attempt to break up a relationship between Laura Webber and her then-lover, Scotty Baldwin, Luke raped Laura -- a plotline that was both incredibly controversial and, when their relationship turned to a surprise romance amid regret and recrimination, incredibly popular.
Video) The song playing during the rape, Herb Alpert's "Rise," hit No. 1. By the early '80s, the idea of "Luke and Laura" was so well-established that even non-soap opera fans understood the reference.
On November 17, 1981, the two were married.
The episode was watched by more than 30 million people, still a record for a daytime drama. (Elizabeth Taylor, a guest, watched in person.)
Given the splintered nature of television audiences and the state of the soap these days -- besides "GH," only "The Young and the Restless," "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "Days of Our Lives" are left -- it's a record that will probably never be broken.
(Video) Geary, 68, still sees promise in the genre, however.
"It's enjoying a bit of a resurgence," he told EW. "It was scary there for two or three years when every thing was being canceled. The network thought that talk shows should take over because people weren't going to be interested in soaps. But there has been a resurgence and I think that's hopeful sign."
Geary had left the show before: He was gone from 1984 to 1991, when he returned as Luke lookalike cousin Bill Eckert, and resumed the Luke role in 1993. He's won eight Emmys for his performance.
Tuesday, however, was really the end (apparently; this is a soap, after all).
Geary got emotional when the show's cast and crew toasted him with a montage of some of his most notable moments.
But Luke and Laura's wedding? He's long since over that.
"It was 33 years ago, people," he said. "For Christ's sake, let it go."
Anthony Geary says goodbye to General Hospital(ew.com) It wasn’t his plan to cry, but General Hospital star Anthony Geary couldn’t hold back the tears when current and former cast members like Kin Shriner, Finola Hughes, Kristina Wagner, Leslie Charleson, Lynn Herring and, of course, Genie Francis showed up to bid him farewell on his final day at the ABC soap.
After shooting his last scene before noon on GH’s Los Angeles set, Geary and about 200 members of the cast and crew of ABC sudser packed a soundstage to pay tribute to the 68-year-old actor, best known to fans as the incomparable Luke Spencer. He first joined the ABC soap in 1978.
Executive Producer Frank Valentini treated Geary to a video montage of some of his more memorable scenes over the years, along with several goodbye messages from longtime colleagues like Emma Samms (GH’s Holly Sutton) and fellow ABC celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg and the cast of The Chew. There was even a scene from his very first GH episode opposite Jacklyn Zeman, who played his sister Bobbie.
“Not having you here is going to be sad for me,” said Maurice Benard, who plays Sonny Corinthos.
“Thank you for putting up with me as a petulant teenager,” said Francis (Laura), a reference to their famous onscreen relationship that brought both actors massive fame. “Thank you for the best acting partnership I’ve ever known.”
Francis also said she was grateful for Geary’s gesture of sending her flowers after they shot their infamous rape scene in 1979. (In the years after that violent act, Luke and Laura embarked on their world-famous romance.)
Later, Geary cracked that he won’t miss watching video of Luke’s wedding to Laura in 1981. (At an astonishing 30 million, the nuptials remain the most-watched episode in daytime history.) “It was 33 years ago, people,” Geary quipped. “For Christ’s sake, let it go.”
But he got choked up over saying goodbye to the place he’s called home for over three decades. He’s earned a record eight Emmys for playing Luke Spencer.
“I’m excited to raise the curtain on act 3, to reinvent myself in my new home to pursue whatever opportunity there may be. It’s an exciting prospect to me,” Geary told EW exclusively. “They’ve done a wonderful job of wrapping up the character. So this seems like the ideal time to go.”
Geary leaves feeling optimistic about the future of daytime dramas like GH. “It’s enjoying a bit of a resurgence,” Geary said. “It was scary there for two or three years when every thing was being cancelled. The network thought that talk shows should take over because people weren’t going to be interested in soaps. But there has been a resurgence and I think that’s hopeful sign. I don’t believe it’s the end of the medium. Serialization is a great way to tell stories.”
Geary’s last episode will air later this summer. (Video)
Anthony Geary on Leaving General Hospital: 'This Seems Like the Ideal Time to Go'(time.com) Anthony Geary is saying goodbye to General Hospital after almost 40 years on the soap opera.
Though his final episode won’t air until later this summer, the 68-year-old actor, who has played Luke Spencer since 1978, recently filmed his last scene with the show and spoke with Entertainment Weekly about his departure.
“I’m excited to raise the curtain on act 3, to reinvent myself in my new home to pursue whatever opportunity there may be. It’s an exciting prospect to me,” the eight-time Emmy winner told the magazine. “They’ve done a wonderful job of wrapping up the character. So this seems like the ideal time to go.”
The actor got choked up as past and present cast members showed up to set to say goodbye and pay tribute. See video footage of his last day over at EW.
ANTHONY GEARY WRAPS AT GH(soapoperadigest.com) On June 23, Anthony Geary (Luke) taped his final scenes at GH, capping off a record-setting seven Daytime Emmy-winning run that commenced in 1978. (His on-screen exit will air in July.) The cast and crew toasted Geary with an on-set party that included a tribute video with messages from his co-workers (including Genie Francis, Laura), and he delivered a teary-eyed speech, telling his co-workers that if he were ever to return, it would be for the people. Finola Hughes (Anna, who is on leave from the show) and Ian Buchanan (ex-Duke) were among the celebrants. On social media, past and present GH-ers expressed their fondness for Geary. "To the legend Tony Geary not just a great actor but a great guy and I'm proud to call him my friend," tweeted Maurice Benard (Sonny). "Today is Tony's last tape day on GH. Sadly I won't be there for the goodbye . My day at Y&R is too complex. But I'll be there in spirit," tweeted Tristan Rogers (ex-Robert; Colin, Y&R). Greg Vaughan (Eric, DAYS, who played Luke's son, Lucky) posted on Instagram, "Mr. Tony Geary, as one of the many whom adore you, your mark is untouchable! It was a privilege & honor to share the stage beside you as a peer, you as my mentor, and my dear friend, but to portray your son in the 21st decade [sic] of GH, I will always cherish the memories we created & proud to see you riding off into the the sunset! Yours truly, Cowboy." "#TonyGeary = #MAGIC that is all...," tweeted Michelle Stafford (Nina). "It was a very moving farewell to a soap opera legend! I'll always remember my start on #GH with #TonyGeary fondly!" Kathleen Gati (Obrecht) wrote on Twitter.
Co-Stars Say Good-bye To Anthony Geary(abc.soapsindepth.com) Yesterday, Anthony Geary taped his final scenes as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Luke Spencer, a role he's played for 37 years. After the iconic star walked out of the ABC studio for the last time (following a farewell party on the set), his colleagues took to social media to share their praise and adoration for the Emmy winner. (His final episode will air in late July.)
"To the legend Tony Geary," Maurice Benard (Sonny) shared on Twitter. "Not just a great actor, but a great guy and I'm proud to call him my friend." Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) simply stated, "Tony Geary = MAGIC. That is all."
Sharing a photo on Instagram, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan) wrote that "Some of my very first scenes were with Tony Geary. He was so beautiful. Artist. Gentleman. Will miss him." TV nephew Ryan Carnes (Lucas) called him a "living legend," while Kathleen Gati (Obrecht) shared that "It was a very moving farewell to a soap opera legend! I'll always remember my start on GH with Tony Geary fondly!"
Be sure to check out the next few ABC issues of Soaps In Depth as we continue our tribute to the beloved star.
REAL-LIFE TRAGEDY FOR GH ALUMOur hearts go out to Patricia Healy (ex-Tammy, GH), who had to jump out of the second-story window of her townhouse apartment when her home was destroyed by a fire that broke out at a nearby, under-construction building in Toluca Lake, CA, on June 19. Her beloved dog, Winston, was killed in the fire, and Healy and husband Sergio Terrazas lost everything they owned in the blaze. A friend of the couple has established a donation site at http://www.gofundme.com/xfqa5k.
HOLLY GAGNIER ON GH GIGYes, that is soap vet Holly Gagnier (ex-Ivy, DAYS; ex-Cassie, OLTL) in the role of GH's Jennifer Smith, picking up where Lisa Marie, Roseanne Barr and Sally Struthers left off. "I really had probably the most fun I've ever had on a soap," she says. "Tony [Geary, Luke] and Genie [Francis, Laura] could not have been more loving, more supportive, more encouraging for me to just go the distance with it." For more with the actress, see the next issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale this Friday.
Meet Luke's Ex!(abc.soapsindepth.com) Need a refresher course on Jennifer Smith, the woman who showed up on GENERAL HOSPITAL to make life complicated for Luke and Laura? Well, read on...
It all began back in 1980, when Luke was working for the Port Charles godfather at the time, Frank Smith. Having set his sights on taking control of Smith's legit businesses in town, Luke correctly assumed that the man's young, beautiful and pampered daughter, Jennifer, held the key. Although Luke's heart belonged to Laura, he and Jennifer decided to get married... aboard Smith's yacht, no less.
As the ceremony got underway, Scott boarded the boat and, having just learned that Luke raped Laura a year previous, punched the groom in the face! Luke fell into the water and was presumed dead. But in reality, he and Laura had fled Port Charles in an effort to not only stay alive, but find evidence which could bring down Frank Smith's criminal empire!
Fast forward to 1994. Luke and Laura went in search of Jennifer and eventually caught up with her in Atlantic City with her then husband, Billy "Baggs" Boggs (played by Rosanne and Tom Arnold). Jennifer still had the hots for Luke and, to make things even more uncomfortable, Baggs was itching for a wild time with Laura, too! Luke and Laura were finally able to escape the couple's attempt at "swinging" by threatening to expose them as crooks.
Eight years later, Jennifer (this time played by Sally Struthers) kidnapped Luke and Laura. Jennifer wanted to finally make Luke her lawfully wedded husband, and warned that if he refused, Laura was as good as dead! Seeing no way out of the literal shotgun marriage, Luke agreed... but arranged for his pay Roy Di Lucca to pose as the minister, thus invalidating the union. Once again defeated in her attempts to claim Luke's heart, Jennifer exited and hasn't been heard from since... until now (and this time portrayed by ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Cassie, Holly Gagnier)!
Paevey Unplugged!GH's Ryan Paevey (Nathan) went from total obscurity to being one of the most talked about new faces on daytime, all in a year and a half. Although the kind of instant popularity and recognizability he has experienced might shake most people, Paevey refuses to let fame change him. In the current ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, he talks about how he's balanced living in a goldfish bowl with his desire to remain a "normal guy."
Paevey also talks about his moonlighting job as a correspondent for the show EXTRA, shares which superstar made him speechless and reveals which hot young actress admitted to having a crush on!
For more with the heartthrob, pick up the new issue of ABC Soaps InDepth... on sale now!
Genie Francis InterviewGH's Genie Francis on Luke and Laura's Final Adventure: 'It's a Crowd-Pleaser'. Read the interview here.
John Stamos on SetPhoto: John Stamos and Rita Wilson film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 in Toronto on Wednesday.
Genie Francis Interview'General Hospital's' Genie Francis on Laura's Return, Jonathan Jackson and Off-Screen Relationship With Anthony Geary: Read the interview here.
KRISTEN ALDERSON IN TWITTER DRAMAOn June 13, the official Twitter of the web series YOUTHFUL DAZE received a fan tweet suggesting that Kristen Alderson (ex-Starr, OLTL; ex-Kiki, GH) join real-life pal Brittany Underwood (ex-Langston, OLTL, who has since departed YOUTHFUL DAZE) on the show. The show tweeted back, “No we aren’t interested in having her on.” YOUTHFUL DAZE actor Bryan James then added, “Would NEVER work with her! Immature (to a new level I’ve never seen before), unprofessional, ignorant #nothanks,” and went on to say, “She was supposed to host @TMItheShow I’m in cast for the soap night. She backed out because I was in the cast. #bitch.” James deleted the comment, then wrote, “I’m not going to get into fights on twitter with the conceited One Life to Live kids. I have way better things to do with my day.”
Underwood jumped to Alderson’s defense, tweeting, “@krisalderson is one of the most professional actresses I have ever worked with, I actually worked with her so I would know.” Alderson responded to her friend with this tweet: “lol thank you love. No need to feed into someone like that.It’s laughable.Not funny how amusing he finds it though #prayers.” Her real-life beau, Chad Duell (Michael, GH), posted James’s comment with one of his own: “#defamation.”
John Stamos Spotted for First Time Since DUI Arrest(Pic) John Stamos was seen out for the first time since being arrested and hospitalized after driving under the influence in Beverly Hills on Friday.
The Full House actor, 51, was photographed arriving at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday before catching a flight to Toronto. He wore sunglasses and a dark blazer while walking through LAX.
"Thank you Canadian immigration – you were super cool," He Tweeted upon his arrival in Canada.
The DUI arrest occurred Friday at 7:45 p.m. local time after the Beverly Hills Police Department received numerous calls about an erratic driver, PEOPLE confirmed.
The police then decided that Stamos required medical attention, and he was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was cited for driving under the influence and released to the care of the hospital.
He Tweeted the following day that he was "home and well."
"Thanks to everyone for their love & support," Stamos wrote.
Stamos is starring in the upcoming Fox sitcom Grandfathered and has been producing and promoting Fuller House, a spinoff of the popular '90s family comedy, which will premiere on Netflix in 2016.
John Stamos Speaks Out After DUI, Hospitalization: 'I'm Home & Well'John Stamos says he is doing well following his arrest for a DUI and subsequent hospitalization on Friday.
"Thanks to everyone for their love & support," Stamos Tweeted on Saturday. "I'm home & well."
The actor, 51, was pulled over by Beverly Hills Police Department officers at 7:45 p.m. local time after receiving numerous calls about an individual driving erratically, the department confirmed to PEOPLE.
The police then decided that Stamos required medical attention due to a possible medical condition. The Full House star was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was cited for driving under the influence and released to the care of the hospital.
"Very appreciative of the BHPD & Cedars for their care," Stamos continued on Saturday.
Stamos is starring in Fox's upcoming sitcom Grandfathered and has been producing and promoting Fuller House, a Full House spinoff which will premiere on Netflix next year.
Jack Wagner talks acting alongside his ex on new TV showJack Wagner doesn't need to roll with an entourage. He shows up to a recent interview by himself.
A celebrity without a team of people including groomers, publicists, assistants and managers trailing behind is a rarity these days.
"I stopped that a while ago. I had an entourage in the '80s because it's just what I needed. It depends where your level of fame is or where your career is and what you're promoting but, today, I'm really comfortable with who I am as a person and I can actually find an address, I can show up there and if I get lost I ask someone, you know, where are the elevators and it's OK," he joked.
To a large swath of '80s TV fans, Wagner is Frisco Jones from ABC's "General Hospital." He stopped being a regular cast member in 1988 but has returned for the periodic arc, most recently in 2013 for the show's 50th anniversary.
"There is this real core fan base for that show and to play a character that is still remembered, I look at it as a gift. Back then you didn't have social media or so many channels to watch and people would watch 'General Hospital,'" said Wagner, who was also on the '90s hit "Melrose Place" and has performed on Broadway.
These days the 55-year-old stars on Hallmark Channel's series "When Calls the Heart" alongside Lori Loughlin.
He appeared in season one and was bumped up to a fulltime cast member for season two, which airs its two-hour season finale on Saturday at 8 p.m. EDT.
Wagner plays Bill Avery, a forensic investigator in 19th century Canada looking into a counterfeit scheme. His character is mysterious in that you don't know if he's part of the scheme or really trying to solve it.
The other story for his character is the love triangle with Loughlin's character Abigail and his wife, Nora, played by none other than his real-life ex-wife Kristina Wagner (and TV ex-wife on "General Hospital," Felicia Jones.)
"It was very frightening to work together again. We know each other from that one format which is 'General Hospital' and we knew exactly what to do there. These are new characters. But we really worked through it and we have a great chemistry."
Wagner laughs when it's pointed out that not everyone would want to work with their ex.
"I can't say we lined up to do it," he confesses. At a cast dinner, Bill Abbott, the president and CEO of Hallmark asked him, 'What do you think of working with Felicia?' I said, 'Do you mean (my ex-wife) Kristina?' He said, 'I don't know her name. I just know I want Frisco and Felicia on this show.'"
Their sons (ages 24 and 20) aren't that fazed by mom and dad working together.
"It's like, 'Oh yeah, cool. You guys look great. What's for dinner?'" he jokes.
Wagner is also a musician. His best-known song "All I Need" became a Billboard Top 40 hit in 1985, thanks to its heavy rotation on "General Hospital." He still performs live a few times a year, and released an album last year.
GENIE FRANCIS STICKING AROUND ON GHIn the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, Genie Francis (Laura) reveals that she will be staying in Port Charles past co-star Anthony Geary’s (Luke) exit next month. “I’ll be there for that, but I’ll also be there for the fall,” she says. “I’m very happy about that. It looks like it will be a fun experience all the way around.” For more, pick up the new issue of Digest, on sale now.
GH'S STAFFORD DEBUTS NEW WEB SERIESBeginning on Monday, June 15, four episodes of Michelle Stafford's (Nina, GH) newest Web endeavor, THE SECRET MIND OF A SINGLE MOM, will be available on www.nickmom.com.
"I'm really excited!" beams Stafford, who wrote, directed and stars in the series (alongside real-life daughter Natalia, 5). Nickolodeon reached out to the actress after catching her first Web show, THE STAFFORD PROJECT. "For me, the start of this was from social media and particularly Instagram," Stafford reports. "I would put stuff up about being a single mom and I had a barrage of women respond to things regarding being a mom — a single mom in particular, but married women said, ‘I feel like I’m doing this all alone, too!’ I think anything that a single mom does, a non-single mom can relate to, as well, because so much regarding the children falls to the mother."
Meanwhile, "The guys at Nickolodeon were creating this new channel, Nick Mom, and they wanted edgy mom shows, things that women could relate to. They wanted to do a show that represented single moms. They, too, realized that there is a whole group of women out there that are not being spoken to by any particular show. They saw THE STAFFORD PROJECT and they really liked the self-deprecation aspect of it. They said, ‘Would you create a comedy show for us for single moms? We love how you make fun of yourself and we would love something like that for our channel.’ So I created, along with them, THE SECRET MIND OF A SINGLE MOM, which is just a funny show about the minutiae of being a mom. They are short shows, like two minutes, and I have four of them right out of the gate, so you can easily binge-watch, just like you do ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK or HOUSE OF CARDS, but in a seven-minute time span. They’re all being released on Monday morning on www.nickmom.com. I’m in them with my daughter, Natalia, and I wrote and directed them. Natalia, of course, steals the show, but that's okay — I knew going in that that was going to happen!"
As for a second season of THE STAFFORD PROJECT, she assures, “We’re still working on it! It will be back.”
Donna Mills Interview"Queens of Drama" Matriarch on Her "Amazing" Year: read it here.
B&B’S SEAN KANAN BOOKS FILMB&B’s Sean Kanan (Deacon) has booked a new film role. “It’s called Limelight,” Kanan shares with Digest. “It’s filming now in Los Angeles. One of the actors in it is Jonathan Lipnicki from Jerry Maguire. He’s all grown up now and he is not a little kid anymore.” Rounding out the cast are David Chokachi (BAYWATCH), Bruce Vilanch, Paul Vandervort (THE JANICE DICKINSON MODELING AGENCY) and DAYS vet Jason Brooks (ex-Peter). “The story has to do with a kid who is a social media sensation from Colorado, and he is convinced he’s going to be the next big thing so he packs up for the bright lights of Hollywood. I play a very successful, slimy film producer who leads this kid down a very dark path. It’s a sizeable part, so it’s going to be fun.” Kanan reports that Deacon will not be off-screen while the actor is busy shooting the film. “Talk about perfect timing and getting lucky,” he adds. “The show is dark next week and I shoot for seven days. It completely coincided with our week off! I’m so happy about that.”
Erin Opens Up About Her Crazy Past!GENERAL HOSPITAL is just what the doctor ordered for Hayley Erin! She was at a time and place in her life when she was questioning her future, wondering what path she should take. Then, like a gift from above, she got the answer she was looking for when she booked the role of Kiki Jerome on the ABC soap.
Erin sat down with Soaps In Depth and opened up about her string of bad luck before getting her GH gig. Thankfully, her luck turned around with GH, and she's as happy as a clam, not just with Kiki but also with the direction the character's love life is taking!
"Kiki has rediscovered her feelings for Morgan, for sure," she tells In Depth. "When she was with Michael, I don't think she was thinking about Michael. My personal take on it was she was fully invested in her relationship with Michael at that point because there were still feelings there for Morgan. Now that she's been able to clear her mind and things have settled down, she's where she belongs. Michael wouldn't be good for her now. He's not good for himself. Morgan has stepped up to the plate." Read more from Erin in the ABC issue, on sale now!
Where Has Laura Been?Genie Francis made her long-awaited return to GENERAL HOSPITAL today when her alter ego, Laura, crashed Luke and Tracy's engagement party. Laura's return to Port Charles is a big deal, not only forGH fans, but also for those in the former Mrs. Spencer's life. We'll help you catch up on what led to her exit two years ago and where she has been since!
Back in 2013, Laura and Scotty were newlyweds of only a month when a hospitalized Luke received a mysterious package containing a DVD. It featured a frightening message from the grave: Helena Cassadine had been poisoning him with a deadly toxin (discovered later to be Polonium 210), and there was a shrinking window of time to save his life! The year before, Jerry Jacks had poisoned the Port Charles water supply with the toxin and was in possession of the counteragent at the time of his presumed death in an explosion on the docks. Luke was convinced that Jerry was still alive and vowed to track him down.
Scott begged Laura to drop her concerns for Luke, which led to a major a blow-out between the couple. Tracy finally caved and admitted everything to Laura, and the women discussed how they would find Luke... and how Scotty would feel about it! Scotty, ultimately, gave Laura his blessing to go search for Luke. Laura's plan to revive Deception Cosmetics with Lucy was put on the back burner while Laura ran off to find her ex.
But upon Luke and Laura's return to Port Charles, her short marriage to Scotty was beyond repair. Although she promised that she was 100 percent in their marriage, he begged to differ, and wanted a divorce. As he saw it, Luke would always come first with her. "I can't be that guy going 15 rounds to get you to love me the way I love you, and I think that you are also tired of me being that guy," he told her.
Moments later, Laura got a call from her doctors in Paris, who wanted her to return for her yearly wellness evaluation. Laura wanted to stay with Lulu to help with her newborn baby, but Lulu insisted her mother take care of herself first. With that, Laura kissed her family good-bye and left.
GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend LineupThe 2015 GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend starts this Thursday, August 6, and runs through Monday, August 10, at the Embassy Suites in Glendale, California. Things kick off with a cocktail party and wind down with an intimate brunch, but with a whole ton of fun in between! And we've got your entire rundown of every event right here!
Thursday, August 6
Friday, August 7
Saturday, August 8
Sunday, August 9
Monday, August 10
You can find links with more information as well as order forms so you can purchase your tickets (quickly before the event you want to attend sells out!) by visiting the GH Fan Club Web site. Just click here!
Jonathan Jackson, Nathan Parsons returning to General Hospital(ew.com) General Hospital is about to get Lucky. And Ethan.
EW has learned exclusively that Jonathan Jackson will reprise his role as Lucky on General Hospital this summer to help bid farewell to his character’s dad Luke, aka Anthony Geary.
Nathan Parsons will also return to play Luke’s other son, Ethan.
Both men will return for a short arc to coincide with Geary’s last days on the daytime drama. Earlier this month, Geary confirmed he was leaving the sudser after appearing in more than 800 episodes.
Jackson left GH in 2011 and went on to snag a series regular role in ABC’s Nashville as Avery Barkley. The drama was renewed for the 2015-16 season.
Parsons departed GH in 2013. He joined The Originals on CW last year. It, too, received a renewal for the fall.
GH'S LISA LOCICERO WELCOMES BABY GIRLLisa LoCicero (Olivia, GH) and husband Michael Patrick Jann are parents again! LoCicero, already mom to Lukas, 13, welcomed a daughter, Verity Marion, on May 30. "Too happy to look at phone screen these days," she tweeted. "She's absolutely perfect. 5/30/15. 8lbs11.. 21".. Home yesterday Verity Marion Jann XO to all!" Congrats to the entire family!
Who Is Dillon?(abc.soapsindepth.com) Tracy's son, Dillon, returned to GENERAL HOSPITAL today! Need a refresher course on the character's history? Read on.
Dillon's childhood was anything but ordinary. He spent a large chunk of those early years gallivanting the globe with his mom. Tracy's relationship with her wealthy family was never warm and fuzzy, so Dillon became her mischievous travelling companion. Many years later, when he was a teenager, she dropped him off at the Quartermaine's door and let him fend for himself!
Dillon's devil-may-care attitude and zany sense of humor was endearing to some (like Georgie) and annoying to others, like his grandfather Edward, who threatened to ship him off to military school if he didn't shape up! Dillon and Georgie quickly became a couple, a notion that his mother Tracy and her Uncle Mac abhorred. It didn't help much when the teen started doing odd jobs for one of PC's known mobsters, Lorenzo Alcazar. Tracy found a way to kill two birds with one stone -- she'd see to it that Dillon quit his job if (and only if) Georgie broke up with him.
Heartbroken by Georgie's rejection, Dillon lost his virginity to Alcazar's niece, Sage... which Georgie, naturally, walked in on! Eventually, the young lovers reunited and, after a series of humorous mishaps, Dillon and Georgie finally consummated their relationship.
Together, they survived Georgie's near-fatal fall, a campus stalker and a deadly virus that came very close to taking Dillon's life. As he lay weak and presumably dying in a hospital bed, he and Georgie were married. Their love led to his recovery. But there was still the threat of Tracy. She was not thrilled with her son's choice of brides, so she cut him off financially. The newlyweds were forced to move into a cheap room above Kelly's... next door to the town thug, Diego Alcazar.
Meanwhile, Lulu had developed feelings for her stepbrother and made it her mission to break up his marriage. She told Dillon that she had seen Georgie and Diego having sex in the Quartermaine boathouse. (Shocker: Lulu lied!) Acting out, Dillon impulsively slept with Lulu. Although Dillon and Georgie were still madly in love and married, they were both so badly hurt and angry that they divorced. Just as they began to find their way back to each other, Lulu found out she was pregnant with Dillon's child. Lulu was ecstatic; Dillon, not so much. She ended up having an abortion.
Dillon confessed his feelings for Lulu, but he wasn't the only young gentleman after her affection. Among her suitors were Spinelli, Milo, and Scotty's son, Logan. Around that time, Ned told his kid brother that he had arranged for him to assist his favorite director on a movie shooting in Hollywood. It was Dillon's dream job, but he didn't want to leave behind his mother or Lulu. Dillon's heart was again left broke when Lulu said that she and Logan were dating. With that, Dillon packed up and headed for Tinseltown. When he later returned, he learned that Georgie had been murdered at the hands of the Text Message Killer, the man both he and Georgie knew as Diego.
GH Writer Pens Dramatic New Play!The WorkShop Theater Company is staging a powerful new drama from Emmy-nominated GENERAL HOSPITAL writer Scott C. Sickles. Composure is the story of a modern-day star-crossed romance between two men set against the backdrop of an ill-timed college production of Romeo & Juliet. The production is directed by Fritz Brekeller, who earned an Emmy award for directing the online revival of ONE LIFE TO LIVE.
Composure will be playing at the WorkShop Theater Company's Jewel Box Theater at 312 West 36th Street in New York City from Thursday, June 11, to Saturday, June 20. Tickets are $10, and can be purchased by clicking here.
GH: Meet Maurice!The GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend is coming, and you're not going to want to miss out on seeing Maurice Benard (Sonny) in person! Tickets for his personal fan event on Saturday, August 8, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. have just gone on sale, and will be going fast! For more information, E-mail FansGH@aol.com!
Meet GH's Battling Brothers!Tickets are now on sale for the Chad Duell (Michael) and Bryan Craig (Morgan) GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend event! The two on-screen brothers will be together on stage on Saturday, August 8, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information, E-mail FansGH@aol.com!
EMMA SAMMS RETURNS TO GH!(tvline.com) Before Luke Spencer puts Port Charles in his rearview mirror, he’ll encounter a former flame.
Emma Samms, whose Holly Sutton-Scorpio was once involved in a love triangle with Luke and Robert Scorpio, will reprise her General Hospital role ahead of Anthony Geary’s departure.
Executive producer Frank Valentini announced the news Monday via Twitter.
@valentinifrank : @EmmaSamms1 is coming back to @GeneralHospital !! Very excited!! #GH
Samms last appeared on the show in Aug. 2013, as Holly searched for Jerry Jacks and his cure for polonium poisoning. No word yet on what will bring Holly back to town this time.
As previously reported, Genie Francis will return as Laura on Friday, June 5.
JASON COOK BACK TO DAYSJason Cook, who played Shawn-Douglas Brady from 1999-2006, will be back for the events surrounding DAYS’s 50th anniversary in November. The popular actor has already begun taping. For more, see the next issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Randy Mantooth of 'Emergency!' Looks Back and Forges AheadRandy Mantooth of 'Emergency!' Looks Back and Forges Ahead. Read the article here.
WINTERTHORNE TRAILER RELEASED(Trailer: Video) A trailer for the web series WINTERTHORNE, which stars Martha Madison (ex-Belle, DAYS) and a host of other soap stars, including Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GH), John-Paul Lavoisier (ex-Rex, OLTL), Kevin Spirtas (ex-Craig, DAYS), Gordon Thomson (ex-Mason, SB; ex-Adam, DYNASTY) and Kathleen Gati (Obrecht, GH) is available for viewing at www.winterthorne.com. The series is set to premiere on August 27. Check it out!
Joey Lawrence and Other '90s Hunks Pose Shirtless(Pic) Call it shirtless for summer.
Joey Lawrence, Ian Ziering, David Chokachi and Antonio Sabato Jr. showed off some skin for Us Weekly's "Best Bodies" issue - and critiqued their fashion choices from the '90s.
"When I think back at my time on 90210, I look back at some of those outfits and think, what is it that influenced me to button my dress shirts to the top button?" Ziering muses. "Every time I see it, it's so ridiculous."
Lawrence, on the other hand, notes that he seems to have to lucked out, since flannel is making a comeback.
JON LINDSTROM JOINS RECOVERY ROADJon Lindstrom (GH's Kevin), who'll be seen in HBO's upcoming season of TRUE DETECTIVE, has landed another gig: He'll guest-star as William, a "mature and confident counselor," on ABC Family's RECOVERY ROAD, which is set at a rehab facility. RECOVERY ROAD will premiere in 2016.
Dante's A Dad Again!Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL's Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) who became a father for the third time on Sunday, May 17, at 11:50 p.m.! Adeline Pauline joins four-year-old sister Anbilliene, two-year-old Eliana and mom Linda Leslie to make the Zamprogna Family complete. "Home now," the actor tells Soaps In Depth. "Everyone's doing really well."
Two Bad Boys Out At GH!The second day of GENERAL HOSPITAL Live was also the last day on the set for two actors who are a part of the Port Charles underworld. Jeffrey Vincent Parise made his final appearance as Julian's right-hand-man, Carlos -- who was shot and killed by Anna in an act of vengeance for Duke's death -- in an exit which seemed pretty predictable as far as storyline goes.
But the announcement that really took viewers by surprise came from executive producer Frank Valentini, who shared during the behind-the-scenes video broadcast on Periscope that today was also Sean Blakemore's last day as Sonny's pal, Shawn, and presented both actors with a farewell cake. However, because the GH cast has actually taped several weeks ahead of what aired during Friday and today's live episodes, look for Blakemore to continue to air for a bit longer.
JEFFREY VINCENT PARISE ON GH EXITCarlos met his maker on the live episodes of GH, courtesy of a grief-stricken Anna. Parise says he will miss "just about everything” about the show, "but mostly I will miss doing scenes with some of the most gifted actors I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.” For more with the actor, check out the new issue of Digest, on sale this Friday. The actor also penned an exclusive essay about his Port Charles exit (and the uncanny timing of his key role in the series finale of MAD MEN) in the issue on sale May 28.
The Secrets Behind Lilly Melgar's Return to GH!(abc.soapsindepth.com) Yep, that was Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily), who played Sonny's late wife, holding the cards with the credits on them at the end of GENERAL HOSPITAL's live show on Friday! How'd her "return" to Port Charles come about? "It all started at the GH after party after the Emmys," Melgar tells Soaps In Depth. "There was a group conversation going on and Frank [Valentini, executive producer] had a lightbulb moment! He pulled me away and said, 'I have this idea that'll be a really fun surprise for the fans!' That's how it happened!"
Melgar says she had an early morning call time at the GH studios the day of the live show. She immediately reconnected with friends who were both on the show when she was and some who weren't! "I went to the makeup room and saw Maurice [Benard, Sonny]," she says. "We hung out the entire time and had so much fun!" The actress made a new friend in Finola Hughes (Anna) and also saw pal Michelle Stafford (Nina). "She and I have been friends for years and to see her at a place I once called home was so awesome!"
GH did its live show twice on Friday and on the first airing Bernard stepped in during Melgar's segment and pretended to save her from a bomb, a nod to that famous moment when Lily was blown to smithereens back in 1996. "We rehearsed it where we did a 'no, you take it!' with the bomb, but we did it where he threw that bomb away which I thought was a better choice."
However, the show opted to not replay that moment for its second live performance that day when news broke of the sentencing of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
"Frank said it'd be in poor taste to do it because of the timing, and we all agreed," Melgar notes somberly, before adding on a more positive note that her Twitter feed was non-stop for a full day following her appearance! Melgar's appearance at the end of the live show has only fueled speculation that Lily has been alive all these years, having escaped the car before it blew up, and that she's the mother of either Teresa Castillo's Sabrina or Elena Tovar's Rosalie.
It remains to be seen if Melgar will drop the "ex" from Lily but she's definitely added the term "Emmy-winning" before her name, having earned a golden statuette as a producer of web soap THE BAY. "That's been a huge morale booster," she says. "After the wave of having won comes the reality of knowing we have to up our game!"
For more on what Melgar's been up to, check out the current issue of CBS Soaps In Depth in which the actress reflects on her time as Claudia on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL.
Tyler Christopher: 'General Hospital' has 'kind of turned things around,' in part by going live(Video 1) Zap2it: As "General Hospital" airs the second of two live episodes Monday (May 18), how much of a help is it for you to be as familiar with the role of Nikolas Cassadine as you are?
Tyler Christopher: I've played this guy for 19 years, on and off -- mostly on -- so I do know him well. I know his tendencies, I know his tone, I know everything about him ... so to be able to put that into a live format, I'm all for it.
Everyone's been doing a great job around here of finding different ways to attract new viewers and keep the ones we have, and I think the intrigue surrounding these live shows will get some new people interested in what we've got going on here. The ship is moving forward efficiently and creatively, and everyone's happy. And this is a great part of that journey.
(Video 2) Zap2it: Do you take the live episodes as affirmation of ABC's ongoing belief in the show?
Tyler Christopher: We all know that this is a business, and the bottom line is, "Does the show make Disney [which owns ABC] any money or does it not?" It's our job to find the ways to keep people interested and stay on our budget, which everyone knows has shrunk over the years.
We could have just thrown our hands up in the air and said, "Well, it was a great ride," but this show has been on the air for 52 years now and there's a lot of pride around here. A lot of people want to see this show succeed, and ABC is among them, so they give us every opportunity to do that. And in the past three years, we've kind of turned things around. (Video 3)
JEAN PASSANANTE BACK TO GHVeteran soap scribe Jean Passanante, who exited GH to join the writing team of Y&R, is returning to GH (she recently confirmed her departure from Y&R). "Heading back to Port Charles! I hear there's one nutty hospital there," she revealed on Twitter.
Paula Abdul Posts Sweet #TBT Pic of Her and John Stamos(Photo1, Photo2) They were in the running for most '90s couple ever, but it wasn't meant to be.
Sadly, though John Stamos and Paula Abdul didn't work out long-term, we'll always have the memories, and that's what Throwback Thursday is for.
Abdul agrees, apparently. The singer posted a picture of herself Thursday night with Stamos "then and now," joking that "I think I was taller before," a reference to her spectacularly '90s hairdo in the "then" pic.
One other observation from this picture: This pair seems to be aging at a different rate than the rest of us. Good lord.
Here's Stamos' original picture, from May 12. He went with a slightly different caption: "Cold Hearted Snake and America's sweetheart. Together again and it feels so good."
Former Soap Star Alicia Arden -- Wet, Stripping Down ... And Extremely Thirsty(Video) B-actress Alicia Arden is literally betting her ass, that a hot DIY car wash will get Hollywood's attention.
Arden -- who was Theresa Carter on "General Hospital" back in the early 2000s -- is still soaping it up as evidenced by her public strip down to a bikini -- at a West Hollywood car wash.
Check it out ... it's at least the 3rd time Arden's displayed her blatant thirst for camera attention while cleaning her whip. Gotta say though, for a chick turning 46 in two days ... she's still bangin'.
FINOLA HUGHES TAKES A GH BREAKFinola Hughes (Anna, GH) will be exiting the show for approximately three months to direct her next film, The Byrd and The Bees, which shoots in Scotland and features Ian Buchanan (ex-Duke, GH) in its impressive cast. "She will be back, rest assured," Head Writer Ron Carlivati tells Digest. For more on Hughes's project, and what the future holds for Anna, be sure to check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale Friday.
Days Favorite Returns, A Martinez JoinsPack your bags, Thaao Penghlis: You’re headed back to Salem.
The Days of Our Lives fan favorite, who has appeared on the soap since 1981, is set to reprise his role as Andre DiMera, TVLine has confirmed.
Further details about Penghlis’ return — including when his episodes will air — are not yet available.
Meanwhile, soap vet A Martinez (Santa Barbara, General Hospital) is joining Days in the new role of Eduardo, who, according to Soap Opera Digest, “will have many connections in Salem.”
IAN BUCHANAN ON HIS GH EXITIan Buchanan's Duke is officially the latest casualty of the mob war on GH, and Buchanan, who returned to the show in 2012, opened up to Digest about his exit.
"I’ll miss doing my work at the pace that we work there," he says. "I’ll miss the hair and makeup people and that camaraderie. I love all the crew, I really do. These are people I’ve known for 30 years. Finola [Hughes, Anna] and I have been very fortunate. GENERAL HOSPITAL was my first family as an actor and we had a great working relationship, and to go back and for she and I still to set the same standard for each other on a daily basis was just pretty remarkable, almost 30 years later."
For more with Buchanan, be sure to check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale this Friday.
Hang With GH's Grahn!Nancy Lee Gran (Alexis) would like to invite you to attend her 2015 GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Event! It will be held Friday, August 7, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Conrad's in Glendale, CA. The event will include a Q&A session, plenty of personal time to chat with Grahn and get autographs and pictures, raffles, silent auctions and more. The $80 ticket price includes appetizers and soft drinks, and there will be an additional cash bar. An $85 ticket also includes a 5x7 picture of the actress and a raffle ticket. For more information and to reserve your tickets, visit her Web site by clicking here!
GH'S EP ON GEARY EXITGH Executive Producer Frank Valentini is speaking out on Anthony Geary's imminent exit from the role of Luke. “Tony recently made his intentions clear that he would vacate his role of Luke Spencer this year, and it was a decision he did not come to lightly,” said Valentini in a statement. “After 37 years on the air, Tony felt this was the right time to bid adieu to Luke Spencer, Port Charles and GENERAL HOSPITAL. Anthony is our friend and a part of our television family, but, as difficult as this may be, we understand and respect that this is his choice. Rest assured, Tony has promised to be with us throughout the summer as we have some exciting things in store for Luke. The door will always remain open, so don’t think this is the last you’ll see of Anthony Geary or Luke Spencer."
Anthony Geary leaving TV's 'General Hospital'Actor Anthony Geary, whose character Luke Spencer's marriage to Laura in 1981 on "General Hospital" was the biggest moment in daytime television history, is leaving the soap opera after nearly three decades in the role.
It was Geary's decision to leave, and he'll be written out of the ABC show for an episode that will air later this summer, executive producer Frank Valentini said Friday.
"Anthony is our friend and a part of our television family, but, as difficult as this may be, we understand and respect that this is his choice," Valentini said.
More than 30 million people tuned in to watch Luke marry Laura, considered a storybook event despite the creepy backstory of Laura falling in love with her rapist. Actress Genie Francis, who played Laura but hasn't been on "General Hospital" since 2013, will return this summer to participate in the story of Luke's exit, ABC said.
Geary, 67, began playing Luke in 1978 but left the show in 1984. He returned in 1991 but, tired of the character, played Luke's lookalike cousin. Audiences didn't like it, however, so the cousin was killed off and Geary resumed playing Luke in 1993, and has remained with the show since then.
Geary told TVInsider.com that he was "weary of the grind and have been for 20 years.
"There was a point after my back surgery last year where it became clear to me that my time is not infinite," he said. "And I really don't want to die, collapsing in a heap, on the 'GH' set one day."
Geary said he wasn't retiring, however. He spends much of his nonworking time in a second home in Amsterdam, and said he's looking forward to spending more time there.
ABC wasn't saying Friday how Geary's unsavory character will be written out of the show. Geary said he thought suicide was an option but didn't think the audience or network would stand for it.
"If I were in his place, I'd go to Tibet or Nepal on some kind of spiritual journey, even though he's an atheist," Geary told TVInsider.com. "He needs to be at peace."
Anthony Geary to Exit General HospitalAnthony Geary (Luke) is making a permanent exit from GH this summer, wrapping up shooting at the end of June. "The closer it comes, there is less anxiety and dread at seeing the end of the tunnel and it's more like nirvana because my life is now wide open," the actor told TVInsider's Michael Logan. Check out the extended interview here.
John Stamos 'Grandfathered' in for FOX'Grandfathered' - Comedy (single-camera)
A longtime bachelor's life is upended when he discovers he's a father -- and a grandfather.
Cast: John Stamos as Jimmy, Josh Peck as Gerald, Paget Brewster as Sara, Christina Milian as Vanessa, Kelly Jenrette as Annelise, Ravi Patel as Ken
Producers: Danny Chun, John Stamos and Dan Fogelman ("Galavant")
Buy Patrick And Emma's Song!How sweet was the song that Patrick and Emma sang at the Nurses Ball on yesterday's episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL? "Nothing I Can't Do" was written by the actor who plays Dr. Drake himself, Jason Thompson, and the duet performed with his TV daughter, Brooklyn Silzer, is now available on iTunes: Nothing I Can't Do - Single - Brooklyn Silzer & Jason Thompson.
'Ricki And The Flash' Trailer'Ricki And The Flash' Trailer: Video (with Rick Springfield)
Jack Wagner Visits HOME & FAMILY(Video) Jack Wagner (ex-Nick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL/ex-Frisco, GH) appeared on the Hallmark talk show HOME & FAMILY on Friday, May 1, to talk about his primetime series WHEN CALLS THE HEART which just premiered its second season last weekend. You can catch WHEN CALLS THE HEART Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel, and you can watch HOME & FAMILY weekdays at 10:00 a.m. ET on the same network!
And if you missed Wagner's appearance, you can watch his segment above!
Kirsten Storms: My Daughter 'Has Her Terrible Two Scream Down'(celebritybabies.people.com) The terrible twos have officially begun in Kirsten Storms‘ household. Well, sort of!
The actress admits that her 15-month-old daughter Harper Rose has prematurely entered the infamous stage.
“She has her ‘terrible two scream’ down with no tears. It’s just a very high-pitched scream,” Storms told PEOPLE at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday. “I wouldn’t expect anything less from my daughter!”
Despite the shrieks, the General Hospital star, 31, and her husband, Brandon Barash, find it difficult to be away from their firstborn.
“I was so sad to leave her today. It’s great for us to get out and have a night out with each other, but it kills me every time we walk out of the house,” the proud mom shares.
Fittingly, Harper, who is growing up quickly, has found a new interest in playing dress up. “The other day she had her PJs on and she brought over this vest that Tony Geary bought for her,” Storms says.
“She carried it over to me, it’s a white furry vest [that looks] like [it’s] from the 70s, and she said, ‘On, on.’ [She] wanted to put it on with her PJs and then walked around looking at herself and petting it.”
The actress admits that this was the first time that her baby girl had asked her to wear a specific item of clothing. “My inner fashionista was like, ‘Yay!’ ” Storms jokes.
As for whether the family of three will welcome a new addition anytime soon, Storms says, “Maybe in a year or two. It’ll happen, just not right now!”
John Stamos confirms 'Full House' Netflix series: Here are the details(Video) It's happening, "Full House" fans! During an appearance on the April 20 episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live," John Stamos announced that a deal has been signed to make that rumored "Full House" sequel series -- which will be called "Fuller House" -- a reality. He also spilled some very important details about the project.
"Netflix came around and said, 'Let's do 13 episodes'," Stamos reveals. The new series will start with a one hour reunion special, before becoming a story about DJ Tanner (Candace Cameron Bure), her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and her best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber).
A press release from Netflix gives a plot synopsis."In 'Fuller House,' the adventures that began in 1987 on 'Full House' continue, with veterinarian D.J. Tanner-Fuller pregnant and recently widowed, living in San Francisco," it reads. "D.J.'s younger sister/aspiring musician Stephanie Tanner and D.J.'s lifelong best friend/fellow single mother Kimmy Gibbler, along with Kimmy's feisty teenage daughter Ramona, all move in to help take care of D.J.'s two boys -- the rebellious 12-year-old J.D. and neurotic 7-year-old Max -- and her soon-to-arrive baby."
Given that D.J.'s married name is Fuller, that means her high school boyfriend Steve Hale (Scott Weinger) isn't the husband that died. Perhaps he'll reenter her life at some point, once she's ready to date again.
The Netflix press release notes that discussions with the rest of the cast regarding guest appearances are ongoing. It should be noted that while both Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson portrayed the youngest Tanner, Michelle, on "Full House," they're both adults now. With child labor laws no longer standing in the way, "Fuller House" would technically only need one of them to reprise Michelle.
Netflix is aiming for a 2016 release for the series. By that time it'll be 29 years since "Full House" premiered in 1987.
LINDA DANO LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITELinda Dano (ex-Felicia, ANOTHER WORLD et al) has launched a new web site at www.lindadano.com. "It’s been along time in coming,” says the soap vet. “Today I have launched my very own, designed by me, planned out new chapter of my life. I have a new website. I hope you love it. I do! But hey, it’s about me [laughs]. I am also starting a new eBay store in a couple of weeks with lots of very exciting things like memorabilia, fashion and fashion for home. I am very excited about this new adventure. I am really learning a lot about the new digital age, not bad for an old broad like me. I hope you will all come and visit me!"
Demi Moore Lists NYC 'Mansion in the Clouds' for $75M(Photo) Demi Moore has listed her Central Park-adjacent New York City penthouse in the iconic San Remo for $75 million, The New York Times reports.
"I'm spending the majority of my time in my other homes, and this apartment is too magnificent not to be lived in full time," Moore, 52, told the paper in an email.
Her triplex south tower penthouse includes some 7,000 square feet of interior living space and 1,500 square feet of wraparound terraces, according to the paper; the sale price also includes a two-bedroom, two-bath lobby-level maisonette.
The combined monthly maintenance charge for both spaces is $21,000, the paper reports.
Moore purchased the penthouse with ex-husband Bruce Willis in 1990, from a Saturday Night Live producer, according to the paper. The couple substantially renovated it in a Southwestern Mission motif before their 2000 divorce.
The couple have remained amicable and were last seen together with daughter Rumer Willis, during the latter's stint on this season of Dancing with the Stars.
The Times notes that the San Remo has been home to several stars, including Diane Keaton and Steven Spielberg. The only resident with a view to rival Moore's penthouse? Bono.
Moore's broker for the sale, Adam D. Modlin, described the penthouse as "the grandest residence in the south tower, the one that sits above all the others, a mansion in the clouds."
Maurice's Music Vid!(Video) You probably knew that Maurice Benard played ALL MY CHILDREN's Nico before becoming GENERAL HOSPITAL's Sonny, but did you know his first ever job was in a music video? Benard's wife, Paula, shared this lost treasure with the world, and now we're sharing it with you! Enjoy a baby-faced Benard as a member of a street gang in this mid-80s gem!
JOHN O’HURLEY JOINS DEVIOUS MAIDSDaytime staple John O’Hurley (ex-Jim, Y&R/Greg, EON/Douglas, ATWT/Greg, GH/Keith, SB, Jonathan, SB/Stephen, SB/Kit, AMC) has joined the cast for season three of DEVIOUS MAIDS, which kicks off June 1. O’Hurley tweeted a photo of him on set with Susan Lucci (Genevieve; ex-Erica, AMC) and Rebecca Wisocky (Evelyn), along with the question, "What do you think of my leading ladies?” This isn’t the first time the actor has appeared opposite Lucci. Besides his 1988 AMC role of Prescott and his 2011 gig on the show as Kit Sterling, the pair starred opposite one another in the 1998 TV movie BLOOD ON HER HANDS.
Michelle Stafford Has a "Secret" New ProjectMichelle Stafford (Nina, GH) is the creator and star (alongside daughter Natalia, 5) of a new Web series, SECRET LIFE OF A SINGLE MOM, for NickMom.com. She gave the scoop to TV Guide's Michael Logan — check it out here.
Days' Bo & Steve Return(Cover) Two Days of Our Lives favorites are booking return trips to Salem, just in time to celebrate the NBC soap’s 50th anniversary.
Stephen Nichols (as Steve “Patch” Johnson) and Peter Reckell (as Bo Brady) will appear later this year, some time before Days turns the big 5-0 on Nov. 8, Soap Opera Digest reports.
Nichols was last spotted in Salem in 2009, while Reckell bid the town adieu in 2012.
Jack Wagner on "Ray Donovan"Jack Wagner (General Hospital) tweeted that he’ll appear in a Season 3 episode of Showtime’s Ray Donovan
(Pic) @JackWagnerhpk : Starting 2day on "Ray Donovan" a far cry from Hallmark but great cast & writing, doing 1 episode...Lv
Kirsten Storms Joins WINTERTHORNE!GENERAL HOSPITAL star Kirsten Storms (Maxie) has joined the cast of the new Web soap WINTERTHORNE! She'll be playing Selene, the younger sister of Martha Madison's Miranda. (Interestingly, both actresses have played the part of DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Belle). The stylish, sexy, wicked and witty Selene has been away from her family for a long time, but is coming home to take back what she feels is hers!
"Kirsten has been so lovely and excited to join the project," series creator Michael Caruso, who is also behind the Web soap DEVANITY, tells Soaps In Depth exclusively. "She's going to bring a really fun and sassy quality to the character of Selene. It's wonderful to see how excited the team is to work with her."
WINTERTHORNE is set to begin three weeks of production next month, both in and outside the Los Angeles area. Other cast members include Linda Grey as matriarch Joanna Winterthorne, and Kathleen Gati (Obrecht, GH) as Joanna's sister, Valentina.
KATHLEEN GATI JOINS THE CAST OF WINTERTHORNEGH fave Kathleen Gati (Dr. Obrecht) has signed on to appear in the new online production, WINTERTHORNE, as Valentina Winterthorne, the power-hungry sister of Joanna, played by Linda Gray (ex-Sue Ellen, DALLAS).
"Kathleen Gati is a powerhouse actress who brings a richness and depth to every role she tackles,” says series creator Michael Caruso, “She is so much more than a traditional villain. She really embodies all the layers required for a role like this. She is really going to turn up the heat in this role. All of us are dying to work with her."
DIRECTING GIG FOR GH ALUM MCCULLOUGHCongratulations to Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin, GH), who has been tapped to direct an episode of the ABC Family smash hit, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. On Facebook, Disney ABC Creative Talent Development, posted "THE SECRET IS OUT AND IT’S GOOD! Congratulations to Disney-ABC 2012-14 Program Director Kimberly McCullough who will direct an upcoming episode of ABC Family’s cult hit PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. While in our Directing Program Kimberly directed an episode of Disney Channel’s SHAKE IT UP and most recently directed an episode of new series KC UNDERCOVER. Way to go Kimberly!!"
Meet The Corinthos Men!As Soaps In Depth exclusively revealed on their Twitter page, the 2015 GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend will have a whole lot of Corinthos men!
First up, our favorite dimpled star, Maurice Benard (Sonny), will be returning to the annual fan gathering -- being held this year at the Embaassy Suites Hotel in Glendale, CA -- and will be hosting an event on Saturday, August 8, at 4 p.m. PST. After missing last year's event, "I'm looking forward to meeting the great GENERAL HOSPITAL fans again," Benard tells In Depth. "We always have a good time."
After sharing some laughs with Benard, fans can head over to a session hosted by his on-screen sons, Chad Duell (Michael) and Bryan Craig (Morgan), because the boys will be holding court at their own gathering at 9 p.m. PST.
For more information on this year's GHFC Weekend activities -- and to purchase tickets -- visit www.ghfanclub.com!
See Scotty & Lucy Together Again!There is bound to be lots of laughs when good pals Kin Shriner (Scotty) and Lynn Herring (Lucy) hit the stage together at the 2015 GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend! The talented vets will host an event on Sunday, August 9, at 10 a.m. PST as part of the soap's annual fan club gathering, being held this year at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Glendale, CA. For the complete line-up of events -- and to purchase tickets -- visit www.ghfanclub.com!
Rick Springfield Joins True Detective Season 2Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn and…Rick Springfield?! The "Jesse's Girl" crooner took to Twitter to reveal he'll be part of True Detective season two on HBO.
"Just finished my 1st day of shooting for season 2 of HBO's True Detective," he tweeted on Monday night. "What a great script. Working w/ Colin Farrell & Rachel McAdams!"
Springfield is no stranger to acting. He played himself on Californication and played Noah Drake on General Hospital starting in 1981 and most recently in 2013. Other roles include gigs on Hot in Cleveland, Suddenly Susan and the original Battlestar Galactica.
The new season of the HBO drama from Nic Pizzolatto will also star Kelly Reilly and Taylor Kitsch.
In the new season, which is filming now, Farrell plays Ray Velcoro, a detective whose allegiances are torn between the corrupt police department and his mobster boss. Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a criminal entrepreneur whose entire empire is put in danger after the murder of his business partner. McAdams will play Ani Bezzerides, a detective with strong ethics. Kitsch is Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and officer with the California Highway Patrol. Reilly is Frank Semyon's wife, a D-List actress who is his full partner in the criminal world.
Justin Lin will direct the first two episodes of the series.
Jon Lindstrom Joins 'True Detective'Jon Lindstrom (Castle) is the latest to sign on for the upcoming second season of HBO’s True Detective. He’ll join Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn in the second installment of the crime franchise that revolves around three police officers (Farrell, Kitsch, McAdams) and a career criminal (Vaughn), who must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder. Lindstrom, repped by BRS/Gage and Gordon Gilbertson, will play Glenn Ellinger, a patrician businessman who wears his immense power lightly, but wields it definitively. His previous TV credits include General Hospital, As The World Turns and Santa Barbara.
THE STAFFORD PROJECT DVD RELEASEMichelle Stafford’s (Nina, GH) hilarious web series, THE STAFFORD PROJECT, which features the actress, along with guest stars Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B), Joshua Morrow (Nick, Y&R) and Finola Hughes (Anna, GH), to name a few, will be available for purchase on DVD on November 28, and will feature bonus content.
McCullough's New Gig!GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin) continues to develop her career behind the camera. The Disney ABC Creative Talent Development Facebook page posted that the actress will be directing an upcoming episode of the Disney Channel comedy series KC UNDERCOVER. We'll let you know when the episode is slated to air!
FORMER OLTL CO-STARS TEAM UP(Photo) Daytime alum Brittany Underwood (ex-Loren, HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS; ex-Langston, OLTL) and real-life best friend Kristen Alderson (Kiki, GH; ex-Starr, OLTL) have come together to promote a new website devoted to dogs, www.pimpmypooch.com. The daily deal site for dogs is designed to provide customers with the best products and services at a great value. Underwood tells Digest, "It's sort of like a Groupon or LivingSocial, but just for dog stuff. I thought it was a super-cute idea to begin with, and then when [my friend] told me a large portion of the proceeds would be donated to animal charities, I was like, 'I'm in. How can I help?' We decided to go for an IndieGoGo campaign to raise the funds that we need to really get this off the ground. I also enlisted the help of my bestie Kristen Alderson to help us spread the word. And we're totally pimping our dogs out, too, who happen to be best friends themselves, to promote our new project. From the first day that I brought my dog, Skeeter, to Kristen's to play with her dog, Pookah, they just started playing as soon as they saw each other. We're going to be giving away some great swag during our IndieGoGo campaign, including signed autographs, telephone calls, and even lunches with Kristen and me. We really want to show the fans how much we appreciate them helping us with this project and are even encouraging them to tweet us, if there's something specific they want from us in return for a donation to the campaign." Head to www.pimpmypooch.com for more information on the campaign and to donate visit the IndieGoGo campaign at http://igg.me/at/pimpmypooch. To tweet with Alderson and Underwood, you can find them @britt_underwood and @krisalderson.
See GH Star's Documentary!Children Of Internment, the documentary on German families interned by the United States during World War II by GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kristina Wagner (Felicia), is having a special screening at the Santa Fe Film Festival on Sunday, May 4. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion of the film with Wagner. Tickets are available by clicking here.
In addition, the doc will be screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Tuesday, April 29, at 5:30 p.m. at the Triangle Theater in Costa Mesa. Tickets for that showing are available at this link.
ABC Limits Next-Day Availability of Full EpisodesABC — which to date among broadcast networks has offered perhaps the most regular and wide availability of full episodes via streaming — is set to enact some limitations.
The network announced on its Watch ABC portal that starting Monday, Jan. 6, only those who can verify their cable subscription* — or those who use the Hulu Plus premium service — will be able to access full episodes the following day.
Those aiming to play morning-after catch-up without a valid cable service log-in or via Hulu’s free service will need to wait eight days after broadcast before new episodes become available for streaming.
Next-day downloads as always will be available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video. On-demand viewings are also still an option, but again — cable.
* Providers include AT&T U-verse, Cablevision Optimum, Charter, Comcast XFINITY, Cox Communications, Google Fiber, Midcontinent and Verizon FiOS — but not DISH, DirecTV and Time Warner Cable
Watch Brad Maule's Music Video!(Video) Remember when we told you that Brad Maule (ex-Tony, GH/ex-Reverend Palmer, Y&R/ Dr. Abel, PS) had released a new album? Well, now you can watch the music video for the title track, "Miles And Miles Of Texas!" (Naturally, the video was shot in the Lone Star State) Enjoy!
GH's Molly Has A New Book!GENERAL HOSPITAL's Molly Lansing-Davis has written a follow-up to Love In Maine, the romance novel Connie tried to pass off on her own! Maine Squeeze will be released as an E-book on Tuesday, August 13, and follows the courtship of Stephanie and Jeff, the best pal and brother of Love In Maine's heroine, Maddie. To pre-order the Kindle edition, visit Amazon.com here.
Love in Maine by General Hospital's Connie FalconeriAs seen on ABC Daytime’s General Hospital, the delightful first novel from Port Charles’s Connie Falconeri. Whether you’ve been a fan of GH your entire life or simply love a romantic romp of a beach read, Love in Maine is unputdownable!
Maddie Post is privileged, sheltered, and polite, and does not belong in Blake, Maine. But thanks to a high-stakes bet, she’s waiting tables at a riverfront diner catering to boat-builders and living in Janet Gilbertson's $200-a-month guest room. And Janet's dark and stormy son, Hank, back in Maine after 10 years as an active duty Army diver, isn't without his troubles, either. Their flirty friendship hasmany passionate ups and downs, but when Maddie and Hank put aside their considerable differences and start opening up to each other, the crackle ofsummer romance grows into a blazing fire.
Connie Falconeri hails from Brooklyn, NY, where she had a colorful youth. After many years off, she’s back and better than ever. This is her first novel.
“Newcomer Connie Falconeri writes with the confidence of a novelist who’s been around forever, and she brings her charming characters to life with effortless imagination and breezy good humor.”—Kate Howard, publisher of Crimson magazine
“Love in Maine is a perfect summer read.”—Diane Miller, author of The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli
“Falconeri puts so much personality into her writing – it’s almost like she has two personalities!”—Ron Carlivati, Professor of Creative Writing, Port Charles University
Love in Maine [Paperback] by General Hospital's Connie Falconeri: Order Here!
Love in Maine [Kindle Edition] by General Hospital's Connie Falconeri: Order Here!
Jackson Is A Published Poet!Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has released his first collection of poetry, Book of Solace and Madness. The Enation frontman has published the book of mythical poems as J. S. Jackson, and it can be ordered for $15 at www.enationmusic.com. Check it out!
The Secret Life of Damian SpinelliThe Secret Life of Damian Spinelli: Following the success of the New York Times bestselling books, The Killing Club and Charm!, Hyperion and ABC Daytime announced today that they will join efforts to publish a novel based on Damian Spinelli, one of the most beloved characters on ABC-TV's popular daytime soap, "General Hospital," to coincide with the show's 48th anniversary.
Titled The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli (Hyperion; $22.99 hardcover; April 5, 2011 publication date), this book is the story of the endearing, lovable computer genius and geek, Damian Spinelli, and his exploits as a private detective as told to another character on the show, the high-powered attorney of Port Charles, Diane Miller. Filled with mystery and suspense, the pages were found on Ms. Miller's stolen computer disc and include never-before-told stories of Port Charles residents-their confessions and behaviors in times of crisis and triumph through Spinelli's imagination.
"General Hospital" is the longest-running daytime dramatic serial on ABC, having aired over 12,000 episodes. Carolyn Hennesy, the actress who plays Diane Miller and an established author herself, will actually write the book. Fans will be invited to special book signing events in select markets with actors from "General Hospital."
Readers will also be able to download The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli as an ebook, as well as an enhanced ebook, which will feature clips from the show and other bonus material.
Vice-President, Executive Editor Gretchen Young said, "Hyperion is thrilled to be partnering on a new book with ABC Daytime and bringing the world of Spinelli and Port Charles to life on the page."
Scrubs in Top Ten ListPatrick and Robin made one of David Letterman's Top Ten List, check it out here.
Late, Late at NightLate, Late at Night a book by Rick Springfield (ex-Noah Drake). Order here!
The Sock SongCheck out Kimberly McCullough’s very naughty appearance in Nikki Lynn Katt’s “The Sock Song” music video here.
Jonathan Jackson's EnationJonathan Jackson's (Lucky) band Enation released their first live album, The Future Is A Memory Today. You can download the album at: www.cdbaby.com/cd/enation8.
Video For Scrubs FansIf you’re a Scrubs fan, you’ll find this video amusing www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovhMk3JPjyc
Band TogetherHave you been missing your Kurth and Taylor fix? Well, Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS) reports that the band is back together again. "We have a new album out called 'Greatest Hits? 1993-2010' and we put on like 17 of Kurth and Taylor's greatest songs," he explains. "We actually polled our 50 ardent fans [laughs]. They voted on their favorites from the last four or five albums, and we threw them on there and we wrote two new ones that are really fun. We made the video of a song called, 'Let's Get The Band Back Together,' and the long form has a little scene where we actually talk about the singing actors on daytime. If you can believe it, after all these years and all our appearances, we've never done a music video of our own. If there was one band that was meant to be a video band, it probably would have been us." You can check out the videos, purchase the album or get a free download at these links:
Long Form Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG6EE-1xjsQ
Short Form Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS4SvebN-KY
To buy the album on Amazon: www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002VSRZKW/almosthuman
Free download of "Let's Get The Band Back Together Again": www.uaradio.net/Kurth_and_Taylor (just click on our "Songs" tab and hit "Free Download")
Or, finally, their MySpace page: www.myspace.com/kurthandtaylorband
The Note II: Taking A Chance On LoveThe Note II: Taking A Chance On Love, starring Genie Francis (ex-Laura, GENERAL HOSPITAL), will be available on DVD on Tuesday, May 5. Francis plays Peyton, a woman who attempts to develop a relationship with the daughter she gave up years earlier. The DVD’s special features include an interview with Francis and her leading man, Ted McGinley, about how they approached their characters.
Harlequin: A Change of PlaceDVD: Harlequin: A Change of Place starring Rick Springfield
Rick Springfield Music'Venus in Overdrive' featuring the single 'What's Victoria's secret?' Buy now at Amazon.com.
Anna Lee: MemoirBook: Anna Lee: Memoir of a Career on General Hospital and in Film
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