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(First Aired: Apr. 1, 2015) Various scenes from the original episode from 1963; questions are answered; the truth about Luke is revealed.
Shawn has to make a difficult decision; Sloane must give Jake news; Nina has doubts about a situation.
Jake gives Elizabeth an update on his work status; Valerie goes after a job; Nina and Franco get into a big argument.
Sonny gets into a confrontation with a stranger; Anna's actions haunt her; Brad and Lucas talk about wedding plans.
Sloane decides to make a confession to Anna; Michael comes up with a strategy; Ric gets a new partner.
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News, Cast Updates and Scoop(News section last updated May 24, 2015)
REBECCA BUDIG ON GH EXITThis week marked the end of Rebecca Budig's run on GH as Hayden, who, despite Patrick's best efforts, slipped into a coma after taking a bullet to the head. Of her time in Port Charles, the actress tells Digest, "I really enjoyed being a part of the cast. It was supposed to only be two weeks and it turned out to be a little bit more, which I was very happy about.” As for her future in the biz, Budig says, “When I had the baby [daughter Charlotte, born September 8, 2014], I really wasn’t sure if I wanted to work. But now I feel like, ‘Wow, I loved being on GENERAL HOSPITAL and I really do want to work.’ I would absolutely do another soap. I loved being back in front of the daytime audience again.” Check out the full interview in the issue on sale today (May 22)!
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!
John Stamos Is '#Heartbroken' That the Olsen Twins Won't Appear in Fuller HouseThe show must go on!
Actor John Stamos reacted to the announcement that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen would not be joining Netflix's Full House reboot on Friday, tweeting that he was "#heartbroken."
The new 13-episode series, titled Fuller House, will premiere on Netflix next year, with Stamos, 51, producing and starring as his beloved character Uncle Jesse.
The show's executive producer Robert L. Boyett confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that the Olsens would not be joining most of of their former castmates for the onscreen reunion.
"I understand they're in a different place and I wish them the best," the star tweeted on Friday. "I promise you will not be disappointed with our reunion and spin off!!"
Stamos officially announced the rebooted series on April 20 during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
After breaking the news, the twins, who shared a role as Michelle Tanner, told Women's Wear Daily they weren't aware of the new special.
"We just found out about it today," Mary-Kate told WWD. "I guess we're going to talk to the creators and see what's happening." However, it appears that they won't be appearing on the series after all.
Stamos wrapped up his feelings about Mary-Kate and Ashley's decision on Facebook, directly addressing media coverage of the 2016 series.
"Just so you reporters know – this is not a money gig for any of us – quite the opposite – we want to give the fans what they deserve for supporting us for so many years– we all just want to have fun – do it in a classy way on Netflix and have a good time," he wrote. "Sad that a few don't share the rest of the cast's opinion – i can only wish them the best – JS"
Fuller House will begin with a one-hour reunion, before turning into a spin-off series featuring DJ Tanner (Candace Cameron-Bure) and her three children, along with her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and neighbor Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber).
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'.
General Hospital's Michelle Stafford Previews ABC Soap's Live Episodes: 'It's Not What You Would Expect'(tvline.com) When One Life to Live strayed from the soap script in 2002 and went live for a week’s worth of episodes, Michelle Stafford — who at the time played Phyllis Newman on CBS’ The Young and the Restless — got very jealous, very quickly.
Like, throw-a-vase-at-your-rival’s-head-and-plot-a-complicated-revenge-plan-ending-in-a-Friday-cliffhanger jealous.
“I remember going, ‘Oh my God,” the actress tells TVLine, “I want to do that here.'"
Fast-forward more than a decade, and Stafford is finally getting her wish. As part of its ongoing 52nd anniversary celebration, ABC’s General Hospital — thanks to the musical-chairs world of daytime drama, Stafford is now a series regular on that soap — will broadcast live shows today and Monday (check local listings).
On both days, the cast will go through the entire episode twice: Once at 11 PT (for those markets where GH airs at 2 pm) and once at noon (for those markets where the soap airs at 3 pm). Ironically, viewers on the West Coast will see one of the taped live broadcasts in the show’s regular timeslot.
Like many of her co-stars, Stafford has experience in live theater; she says she intends to pull heavily from that part of her background when the cameras start rolling Friday.
Of course, the vagaries of live theater have made her aware she might have to bail out — or be bailed out by — a scene partner, which is why she’s stoked to be sharing scenes with castmate Roger Howarth, who plays somewhat-insane-artist Franco to her crazy-yet-compelling Nina.
“I’m good with saving somebody in the scene,” Stafford offers. “And Roger is really good with it, because a couple of times… he’s saved me.”
Though Stafford was forbidden to give much scoop about the without-a-net episodes, here’s what we could gather. A wedding will take place — maybe the recently engaged Brad and Lucas? “It’s not what you would expect, and I don’t think it’s who you would expect, either,” she says.
It’s almost a given that Nina and Franco will share a scene or two during the big experiment, but Staffford says she also acts opposite another character. “I’m not allowed to say. But… it’s random. And it’s really a turn that I did not expect.”
Furthermore, “A big secret comes out” — likely related to Jake really being the much-missed Jason, though that’s just our guess. And finally, “somebody gets to get revenge on somebody, which makes them feel very good, and then somebody has a dire situation.”
In other words, it’s just another day in Port Charles, N.Y. And if you catch Stafford stammering a line or tripping over a prop, don’t be so sure it’s a mistake.
“I was thinking of pretending like I flubbed, just so the audience goes, ‘Did she? Or did she not?’,” the actress says, laughing. “And, of course, I’m going to have my friends watch and [I’ll] be like, ‘When I touch my nose in the second scene, that’s when I’m saying hi to you.'”
She laughs harder, then adds, “Don’t tell [executive producer] Frank [Valentini] that part.”
'General Hospital' live episodes have some of the cast 'really super-excited,' others 'pretty freaked out'"Back in the day," daytime dramas were broadcast live ... and now, "General Hospital" is taking a page from that playbook. Twice.
Soon after marking its 52nd anniversary and being the most-nominated show in this year's Daytime Emmys (it won three) -- and also following the announcement that series staple Anthony Geary, alias Luke Spencer, is leaving -- the ABC serial is putting its cast and crew to a test by staging live episodes Friday (May 15) and Monday (May 18).
The shows will be truly live only on the East Coast, with the West Coast receiving tape-delayed telecasts; while most story details are being kept under wraps, such soap traditions as a wedding and characters "caught in [a] crossfire" are promised.
Executive producer Frank Valentini tells Zap2it that he and head writer Ron Carlivati "have always been very progressive in the way that we've worked together, especially on 'General Hospital,' trying to move the show into the 21st century, but there are still some basic tenets of serialized storytelling that we like to incorporate. I think this is a way to not only go back and be old-school about it, but also to honor [earlier] shows in their original format."
In the 1982 movie comedy "Tootsie," an actor memorably panics over having to do his soap opera live after the tape of an episode is ruined. While she isn't quite that distressed about the "General Hospital" prospect, Rebecca Herbst -- who has played nurse Elizabeth Webber on the show for 18 years -- admits to some trepidation.
"When Frank told me about it," she recalls, "my first reaction was, 'Why? Why are we doing this?' It just seems so out of our comfort zone. This is not what we do, but some of the people are really super-excited ... and others, like myself, are pretty freaked out. I don't have any theater experience, and that's because I never wanted to. It'll be a challenge, but it's always good to push yourself a little."
Tyler Christopher has done several tours of "General Hospital" duty as Nikolas Cassadine, one of Elizabeth's exes, and he also has done theater work. While feeling that gives him a leg up in performing "General Hospital" live, he also knows the possible perils.
"Especially with the speed at which we work these days," he reflects, "anything can go wrong and does, but we're with a great group of people here, and I think it's going to go off without a hitch. You can't just stand there with your eyes wide open; you've got to know your character and the story well enough to get yourself out of a hole. It's happened to me on stage where something goes wrong, but you're so well-rehearsed, you can find your way out of it."
Pleased that the idea for the live "General Hospital" episodes came from ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee, Valentini realizes it asks a lot of a team that isn't used to it to do a live telecast on Friday, then tackle another one three days later -- even with a weekend to catch some breath in-between.
Still, he says, "I thought it was a cool idea, and I was up for the challenge. Paul is always thinking of what's next, so it's kind of fun to be in that kind of environment, where someone who has such an incredible amount of responsibility still has enough time to pay attention to us. It says a lot about how committed ABC is to the show and to its fans."
General Hospital Live: May 15 & 18General Hospital: We're going LIVE TOMORROW and we'll be streaming it all from backstage! Follow all the action on Periscope!
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."
$200K of couture stolen from Demi Moore's storage unitDemi Moore’s plan to save some space may have cost her much more than a monthly fee.
Around $200,000 worth of clothing is believed to have been stolen from a storage unit the 52-year-old actress was renting in North Hollywood, Calif., reports TMZ.
A member of the “Margin Call” star’s team was at the space earlier this week and noticed the absence of several designer items of clothing. According to the website, the crooks were picky, only bothering with high-end pieces.
Moore’s team thinks the burglary was an inside job since authorities found no signs of forced entry.
It’ll be a hard case to crack, though, as no one had been to the unit for six months, meaning the theft may go back further than the facility’s security camera footage.
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.
Jonathan Jackson Shines in Nashville Tour(cmt.com) I went into the Nashville concert on Tuesday night (May 5) thinking it would be a stage full of actors acting like singers.
Twenty-five songs later, I realized maybe it’s the other way around.
I mean, yes, this cast of ABC’s hit series can act. That’s obvious every Wednesday night when I get thoroughly caught up in Deacon’s wait for a liver transplant, Will’s struggle with his homosexuality and Avery’s devotion to Juliette, her music and their baby.
And, sure, I knew they could sing. But after the two-hour show at Chicago’s Rosemont Theatre, it’s crystal clear that this group of seven can entertain every bit as well as the characters they play. Maybe better.
Especially Jonathan Jackson, who made a rare concert appearance along with Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Aubrey Peeples, the duo of Lennon and Maisy Stella and a five-piece backing band.
When Jackson sat down at the grand piano to play his “How You Learn to Live Alone,” I forgot that he was Avery, the former bar-back, and let myself get to know Jackson, the singer. And then I fell in love with the ballad. The sold-out crowd was on their feet for that one, along with his “Love Rescue Me” and the banjo-heavy “Borrow My Heart,” which he performed with Bowen.
Esten played the part of the show’s crowd pleaser, telling fans toward the end of the show — right before he played “He Ain’t Me” — “You paid a lot of money for those seats, but that don’t mean you gotta use ‘em."
All of the singers took little jabs at their characters throughout the night, too.
Peeples said of Layla, “I feel like Layla has been hated for a very long time. But the new Layla has gotten more evil and manipulative. And she and I don’t share the same experiences. Like, I’ve never been married to a gay cowboy.”
Esten said of Deacon, “That’s pretty much all I ever do: I’m trying to get Rayna.”
Jackson said of Avery, “A while ago, before Avery became a good guy, he had a wonderful girl in his life that he let go.”
Other standouts from the show were Lennon and Maisy’s cover songs, like the Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” and Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi,” Carmack’s self-penned “Being Alone,” Bowen’s hit from the TV show’s dark side, “Black Roses,” and the full-cast show closer “A Life That’s Good.”
Ellie And Spinelli Ride Into The Sunset!Spixie fans, 'tis true, your favorite GENERAL HOSPITAL couple is no more. Maxie and Nathan kissed and made up, while Spinelli shouted his unrelenting, absolute love and devotion to Ellie. SpEllie went their way (back to Portland) and Naxie went theirs (back to her place!).
Is there any glimmer of hope that they're suffering from temporary insanity or this is all a dream sequence that they'll wake from in a few days? Sorry, Spixians, no. But what's your loss is certainly the gain of SpiEllie and Naxie shippers!
"When I got the phone call that I got to go back and fight for my man, I was excited because I do think Spinelli and Ellie make a good couple," says the ginger-haired cutie, Emily Wilson. "The way he literally swept her off her feet at the end was a nice kind of 're-happy ending.' The last time we left, it was unclear whether Spinelli was really making that decision because he wanted to or because he felt like that's what he should do. This time it was done in a way where it can't leave a doubt in anybody's mind that he wants to be with Ellie because that's where his heart is."
That said, it most definitely does not mean you've seen the last of Wilson or Bradford Anderson (Spinelli). The Jackal is the father of Maxie's baby and Ellie did have a sweet friendship brewing with Nathan. Both actors are not only on board for future "pop ins," they'd love it!
"I'm always happy to receive a phone call asking to come back. I would do that in a heartbeat!" Wilson cheers. Anderson seconds that motion and raises with an enthusiastic, "Sure! The time away from the character made me love him even more and made coming back to play him even more fun. I hope they'll call me when they have an idea they're excited about!"
Alicia Talks Courtney's Return!(abc.soapsindepth.com) Fan February kicked off with GENERAL HOSPITAL asking its loyal viewers which character from the past they'd like to see return for a special guest appearance and Spencer's mom, Sonny's sis and Nikolas' ex, Courtney, raked in the most votes!
"I was, obviously, so thrilled and moved that they voted for me!" smiles Alicia Leigh Willis, who played Courtney for five years before leaving to pursue other interests. "It was so overwhelming to go back, just the amount of love and excitement that I got because I hadn't seen anybody in so long. It was one of the most touching moments of my life. It was a beautiful reunion of kisses and hugs. It was really special."
The character of Courtney died nine years ago after giving birth to Spencer and then succumbing to a deadly virus. So this wasn't a reunion with her son but rather an introduction. "Although it's the first time Courtney has actually had a chance to meet her son, I feel like in some way she's always been there looking over him," Willis says. "This was a chance to finally tell him that, and it's at a time when he needs it the most."
Willis got a kick out of Nicolas Bechtel (Spencer), saying, "He's 10 going on 40!" Bechtel is a precocious ball of energy that not only charmed her, but also her young daughter, Simone. "Nicolas is incredible!" Willis says. "He has an amazing sense of humor, and he has such a good head on his shoulders. Simone was following him around like a little puppy dog. She followed him around the whole studio. When we had to leave, it was like the world was ending. She didn't want to go. It was very dramatic."
Courtney's visit was a quickie, but one thing's for certain, Willis wouldn't mind popping in and out again in the future. "Spencer needed her now, and I think it was important for him to know that she was there for him," Willis says. "I'm not sure what the future holds, whether or not Courtney will be coming back. I would love to work with Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) again. He's a good friend and I adore him. I would always be open to that opportunity."
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FRANK RUNYEON JOINS Y&RFrank Runyeon (ex-Steve, ATWT et al) is set to join Y&R as Angel, who happens to actually be an angel, and will appear on May 28 and June 2, reports TV Insider. For more, click here.
Tyler's Baby News!Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL's Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) and his wife, Brienne, who welcomed a baby daughter into the world today (May 3)! "7lb 11oz! Finally here!" he told his Twitter followers. The couple's son, Greysun James, is five.
SoapFest benefit May 22-25 features TV soap-opera actors(marcoislandflorida.com) SoapFest charity weekend kicks off with A Night of Stars, Saturday, May 23, at 7 p.m. at Bistro Soleil at the historic Old Marco Inn, 100 Palm St.
The evening's meal will be created by French-born and trained, award-winning chef Denis Meurgue, well known for his unique and celebratory dinners.
This VIP event will offer several opportunities for up close and personal time with the TV soap opera actors. Celebrity guests from today's most popular daytime shows will join "old favorites," and be available for autograph signings, photos, Q&A, and live auctions.
A newly added feature to A Night of Stars is "SoapFest Game Night," in which guests vie for prizes based upon answering trivia questions about their favorite soap stars and stories. This evening event is always a sell-out.
A Night of Stars tickets (including dinner) are $125 per person. A limited number of VIP tickets is available for $200; VIP tickets guarantee seating with your favorite celebrity guest.
SoapFest runs May 22-25 -- the annual weekend festival featuring daytime actors at fundraisers for local children's charities.
The fun continues on Sunday, May 24, aboard the Marco Island Princess yacht for the afternoon "Cruisin' Boozin' & Schmoozin with the Stars" from noon-3 p.m., departing from Marco River Marina. The three-hour boat ride is a perfect opportunity to mix and mingle with your favorite soap celebrity, while sightseeing Marco Island's coastal beauty as dolphins frolic in the water. Guests meet with actors for additional photographs and autographs. Raffles will be held for one-of-a-kind daytime drama memorabilia (signed scripts, iconic clothing, signed paintings, among others). Tickets are limited to 150 and are $130 per person and includes a luncheon buffet.
Tickets are now on sale for the 16th annual charity weekend that will benefit Camp Able and the Island Theater Company Kids Program, said SoapFest founder Pat Berry.
Camp Able provides a program for local special needs children.
"You don't have to be a soap fan to have a great time and support the kids," said Berry. "SoapFest is a great weekend that showcases Marco Island's innate hospitality amidst its white sandy beaches and waterways nearby the Gulf of Mexico to daytime drama actors and fans from around the world."
More than a dozen actors from daytimes shows "General Hospital," "Days Of Out Lives," "Young and the Restless" and "Guiding Light" are expected to attend, many for return visits, said Berry.
"These actors generously donate their time and talents to raise money for our kids" said Berry.
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!
Thiebaud Talks Britt's Return!Some things are worth risking jail time for, and one of them is to watch Nurses Ball red carpet arrivals with your bestie! GENERAL HOSPITAL's Britt, who has been in hiding since late last year to avoid child endangerment charges, shocked the socks off of Brad when she showed up at his door. It was the perfect return at the perfect time!
"It was good being back," portrayer Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) grins. "It was just a case of getting used to that [taping] speed again. I didn't have a lot of time to work on the material, so it was [a little] like the first time I set foot in there just trying to find my feet again."
For Thiebaud's beau, Bryan Craig (Morgan), a Britt/Brad reunion was the way to go! "People like seeing Kelly and Parry [Shen, Brad] together," Craig says. "People really like them as a fun pairing. It was a good idea that they thought of bringing her back for that and that she decided to go back for a day."
And it could be just the beginning! "It's like my family away from my family," she says, and one that she wouldn't mind visiting — and working with — again in the future! "I would love that. And I told them when I decided not to re-sign that I'd love to recur. But I don't know if they would do that."
KELLY THIEBAUD ON GH RETURNBritt is back — albeit briefly — on GH, and actress Kelly Thiebaud says that she had a blast reteaming with her Port Charles pals. "It was like I never left," she reports. "It took me a minute to get back to the speed at which they shoot but other than that, the character's never left me. She's a part of me." For more with Thiebaud, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest on sale tomorrow.
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General Hospital: Genie Francis Is Coming Back(tvline.com) Laura Spencer is heading back to Port Charles.
Genie Francis, best known for playing half of General Hospital‘s Luke-and-Laura supercouple, will return to the ABC soap.
GH executive producer Frank Valentini announced the news Wednesday via Twitter.
@valentinifrank : Hey #GH fans: I have AWESOME news...@GenieFrancis is coming back to @GeneralHospital !!!
Francis last appeared on the daytime drama in 2013, when her fan-favorite character married — and later divorced — Scott Baldwin, then returned to her home in France.
Francis began playing Laura in 1976, was part of one of TV’s biggest spectacles when Laura married Luke in 1981, left GH in 1984, and has made several returns of varying lengths since then.
Francis and her longtime co-star, GH‘s Anthony Geary, presented the Outstanding Drama Series trophy at the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards last Sunday.
FRANK VALENTINI ON THE RETURN OF GH'S LAURAIn a statement on the just-announced return of Genie Francis to GH as Laura, Executive Producer Frank Valentini said, "Genie is a part of our GH family and the door has always been open for her to return when the timing and story are right. Lucky for us, the stars have aligned and we are thrilled to welcome Genie back home.”
GH CASTING NEW ROLEGH is seeking a name actor to play a "handsome, charming Caucasian man in his 50s." It is described as a major recurring role.
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!”
Luke/Laura ReunionLuke and Laura, together again! General Hospital‘s Anthony Geary and Genie Francis will reunite as presenters on the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, airing this Sunday at 8/7c on Pop.
VANESSA MARCIL ENGAGED!Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda, GH), who stars in the new series, QUEENS OF DRAMA, on Pop, announced her engagement on Instagram. "Ok!!! Here is my news Finally! I got a mani after exactly 1 year & we are planning our wedding but how do U pick Ur nose with nails? #imserious" To see her new band, go here. On Twitter, she added, " Thank you for sharing in our excitement. My engagement ring was Audrey Hepburns gold band. @RanchMC72 on one knee in uniform. #REALMEN."
More Emmy Announcements!The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences has already announced many of the actors who are slated to present at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and now they've revealed some more surprises!
Look for Eileen Davidson (Ashley, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Kristen, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and Mario Lopez (ex-Christian, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) will be joining the ranks of presenters, as will the cast of the new reality series QUEENS OF DRAMA (which premiers directly following the ceremony), Donna Mills (ex-Madeline, GENERAL HOSPITAL), Lindsay Hartley (Cara, ALL MY CHILDREN), Crystal Hunt (Lizzie, GUIDING LIGHT; Stacy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and Chrystee Pharris (Simone, PASSIONS).
As a special tribute to the fans of daytime drama, the ceremony will also feature some special fan awards, including Favorite Daytime Hottie, Most Romantic Duo and Favorite OMG! Moment. You can vote on those by clicking here.
Producers are also promising many surprises and star appearances, including teasing that the evening will reunite two soap star legends! So be sure not to miss this year's Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony live on Sunday, April 26, at 8:00 p.m. ET on Pop!
All Hail These Queens!Move over, housewives, there are some new ladies on the block... and they are here to show you how to bring the drama! In one of the smartest programming moves we've seen in ages, Pop (formerly the TV Guide Network) will air the pilot of their sudsy new reality show, QUEENS OF DRAMA, at 10 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 26th, directly after this year's live telecast of the Daytime Emmy Awards.
So is QUEENS worth sticking around for? Only if you want to see some of your favorite former daytimers butting heads as they attempt to create a whole new soap. Do parts feel wildly scripted? Without doubt. But where else are you going to see Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda, GENERAL HOSPITAL) give an epic eyeroll to Donna Mills (ex-Madeline, GH; Abby, KNOTS LANDING) before declaring she feels "completely insulted" and walking out of a meeting?
And that's before DYNASTY's Joan Collins (Alexis) has even made her first appearance.
In short, this is the reality show soap fans have been waiting for. Following Sunday's premiere, QUEENS — which also stars Crystal Hunt (Stacy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; Lizzie, GUIDING LIGHT), Lindsay Hartley (Cara, ALL MY CHILDREN), Hunter Tylo (ex-Taylor, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and Chrystee Pharris (Simone, PASSIONS — will air Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET beginning on April 29th.
MAY is A-May-Zing on ABC's GENERAL HOSPITAL(broadwayworld.com) Music. Mayhem. Mystery. Muscles and a touch of "Magic" will return to ABC when "General Hospital's" annual "Nurses Ball" sponsored by Aveeno® takes center stage FRIDAY, MAY 1, MONDAY, MAY 4 and TUESDAY, MAY 5. The Nurses Ball is a glitzy and glamourous charity event dedicated to HIV/AIDS awareness, complete with spectacular fashions and energetic music performances from many of Port Charles' most illustrious citizens.
Who will it be: Courtney Matthews, Stefan Cassadine, Mike Corbin or Serena Baldwin? One of these popular former "GH" characters was chosen by the fans during the Fan Favorite voting campaign held in February. The beloved character fans selected will be revealed during the "Nurses Ball" episodes, wrapped in a very special story. During the festivities, Jake's true identity is discovered; two proposals are made; one familiar face visits Port Charles; "magic" makes a mesmerizing comeback due to popular demand; and will a phantom haunt the Nurses Ball this year? All this and more are in store for fans that can watch and participate during the Nurses Ball using #NursesBall.
Then on FRIDAY, MAY 15 and MONDAY, MAY 18, ABC unveils a two-day network daytime television event when "GH" broadcasts LIVE from The ABC Prospect Studios in Hollywood. How far will one Port Charles resident go to keep a secret? Who gets caught in the crossfire? Plus, a wedding and more surprises! Twists, turns and shocking revelations as these stories unfold LIVE! "GH" fans can take part in the conversation by using #GHLive.
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."
John Stamos Is the Best Looking Greek Around, Says President Obama(Photo) John Stamos scored quite an exclusive invitation on Thursday.
The actor was invited by President Obama to attend the Greek Independence Day reception at the White House, where the commander-in-chief spoke personally with the star.
"Obama told John that his daughters used to watch Full House but now they're into Vine," a source tells PEOPLE.
The president asked Stamos, 51, what he's working on and the star said a new comedy for Fox, according to the source. "Obama said he likes Fox's comedy programming and that John was the best looking Greek around." (No scoop on the Full House reboot details, Mr. President?)
Stamos captioned an Instagram photo of himself with the president: "Celebrating Greek Independence Day with the #POTUS."
Obama hosted the reception in the East Room of the White House, along with Vice President Joe Biden. Prominent members of the Greek American community including Archbishop Demetrios also attended, along with Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis.
Stamos recently shot the pilot for Fox's Grandpa, in which he stars as Jimmy, a longtime bachelor who discovers he's both a father and a grandfather.
Soap Stars Head To Florida!Pack your bags and head on South with GENERAL HOSPITAL hunks Ryan Carnes (Lucas) and Ryan Paevey (Nathan)! The guys are just some of the daytime stars scheduled to attend the Southwest Florida Soapfest Charity Weekend, taking place from Friday, May 22, through Monday, May 25, on beautiful Marco Island. The other celebrities appearing are THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Sean Carrigan (Stitch) and Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael); DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Melissa Archer (Serena), Molly Burnett (Melanie) and Christopher Sean (Paul); and daytime alums Jeff Branson (ex-Ronan, Y&R; Shayne, GUIDING LIGHT; Jonathan, ALL MY CHILDREN) and John Driscoll (ex-Chance, Y&R; Coop, GL).
Some of the weekend events include a kick-off dinner, a karaoke sing-along at a local watering hole where the celebrities will be playing bartender, a cruise onboard the Marco Island Princess and much more! For a full list of events and ticket information, visit www.theateronmarco.com.
First Wave of Daytime Emmys Presenters(thewrap.com) The first wave of presenters for the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards are in, and some non-soap opera familiar faces will be joining in the fun this year.
Regis Philbin, Steve Harvey, Marie Osmond, Craig Ferguson, Deidre Hall, Nancy O’Dell, Shemar Moore and Alex Trebek are among those who will read the teleprompter on Pop’s telecast, which has Tyra Banks set to host.
Also presenting are cast members from the four daytime soaps, including Daniel Goddard, Justin Hartley and Melissa Claire Egan of “The Young and The Restless,” Kirsten Storms and Ryan Paevey of “General Hospital,” Christopher Sean, Freddie Smith and Guy Wilson of “Days of Our Lives” and Jacob Young, Karla Mosley and Linsey Godfrey of “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
Additional presenters will be announced prior to the awards show.
The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast during the 2014 calendar year. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award will honor Betty White.
The awards show will be executive produced by Michael Levitt of Michael Levitt Productions, with Gary Tellalian and Mike Rothman also serving as executive producers.
This year’s Daytime Emmys will air live on Pop on Sunday April 26 at 8 p.m. ET.
Dahlia Salem on CSI: Cyber“Click Your Poison” – Special Agent Avery Ryan and her team investigate when a man dies after taking medication he purchased from a hacked ad on a medical website, on CSI: CYBER, Wednesday, May 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
Guest Cast Includes: Michael Irby (Dr. Ortega), Tehmina Sunny (Tanya Schaffer), Alex Marino (Carl Bruno), Dahlia Salem (Jane Bruno).
AMC Series 'Into The Badlands' Casts Trio(Pic) AMC’s straight-to-series martial arts drama, which had been tentatively titled Badlands, has an official title, Into The Badlands, and three more regular cast additions. Set as the young lead opposite star Daniel Wu is actor Aramis Knight (ex-young Sonny, General Hospital). Also cast in the series are Madeleine Mantock (The Tomorrow People) and Ally Ioannides (Parenthood).
Set to premiere in the fall, the six-episode Into the Badlands is loosely based on the Chinese tale Journey To The West. In a land controlled by feudal barons, the series tells the story of a ruthless, well-trained warrior named Sunny (Wu) and a young boy, M.K. (Knight), who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment. No longer a boy but not yet a man, M.K. is fearless and tests Sunny’s patience on a daily basis. Under Sunny’s tutelage, M.K. will become a martial artist of unrivaled skill.
Mantock, repped by Paradigm, CAM in the UK and Fred Tozcek, plays Veil, a beguiling beauty and Sunny’s lover. She is a doctor who specializes in making and applying prosthetic limbs for Clippers (squads of assassins) who have lost them.
Ioannides, repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Authentic Management, plays Tilda, one of The Widow’s “butterflies,” who is trained to kill and who befriends M.K.
The trio join previously announced series regulars Wu, Emily Beecham, Sarah Bolger and Oliver Stark.
Fifteen-year-old Knight, repped by Ellen Meyer Management, SMGSB and the Osbrink Agency, recently co-starred in Summit Entertainment’s Ender’s Game. In TV, he has done arcs on Dexter and General Hospital.
David Dobkin is directing Into The Badlands, which was created by writers-showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar. The three serve as executive producers along with Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg, Stephen Fung and Wu for AMC Studios.
GH's Chambers Finds A New RoleGENERAL HOSPITAL's Siobhan ruffled feathers with Elizabeth when she found her way into Lucky's heart. Now her portrayer, Erin Chambers, is the other woman again, this time on MTV's hit drama, FINDING CARTER. "I'm playing Hillary, a young lady who works at the college as the teaching assistant of David Wilson (played by Alexis Denisof), the [married] dad on the show," Chambers reveals of her recurring role this season. "There's lots of flirting and a definite attraction between the two of them. I don't want to give it away, but they like each other a lot."
Perhaps it's her spunky personality or maybe it's her flaming red hair, but Chambers appears to be a good fit to play a mischief-maker like this one. "I'm a good girl with an edge in real life, so these edgy characters are always kind of fun for me," she maintains. "I don't really get to play them all that often." The actress, who has been commuting from Los Angeles to the FINDING CARTER set in Atlanta for shooting, says that she'll appear in at least four episodes.
"I hope that people will watch the show and be interested in her," Chambers offers. "I'm curious to see what the reaction's gonna be like." Tune in to catch her beginning with the episode airing Tuesday, April 14, at 10:00 p.m. EST. For more from the actress, check out her Keeping Track feature in the ABC Soaps In Depth issue that goes on sale Monday, May 11.
Bruce and Demi pose for 'rare' family portrait(Photo) Rumer Willis’ performance on Monday night’s episode of “Dancing with the Stars” brought together her entire family.
Rumer, 26, who was still wearing her wacky costume, puckered up next to mom Demi Moore, 52, while proud father Bruce, 60, hung above an ecstatic Tallulah, 21, and not-so-impressed-looking Scout, 23.
Tallulah captioned the happy moment “#familyportrait #rare.”
Bruce’s current wife, Emma Heming, was also on hand for the family fun.
The family watched Rumer take home an impressive score of 39 out of a possible 40 for her performance with partner Val Chmerkovskiy.
“The whole Willis/Moore group was super cute and enthusiastic throughout the whole show,” an insider told Us Weekly. “They kept pointing and waving up at Rumer in the skybox and cheering for her. When Rumer did her incredible dance, they were all screaming and jumping up and down. Even Bruce was super excited! It was adorable.” (Video)
GH'S ELLIE RETURNS!Emily Wilson made her return to Port Charles tomorrow, reprising the role of Ellie Trout. "I'm so excited!" the actress beams. "Ellie has such a special place in my heart and I was so happy that they asked me to come back. I've kept in touch with Bradford [Anderson, Spinelli] and Kirsten [Storms, Maxie] and Teresa [Castillo, Sabrina] and Marc [Anthony Samuel, Felix] but everyone there feels like family to me at this point. It was such a great feeling to walk back into the building!" For more on her comeback — and what Ellie's presence means for Maxie and Spinelli — check out next week's Soap Opera Digest.
Cheatham Is Making 'Em Laugh!Maree Cheatham (ex-Charlene, GENERAL HOSPITAL/PORT CHARLES' ex-Marie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) was a hoot as Bettie Breeland, Zoe's snooty and oh-so-Southern grandmother on The CW's recently concluded drama, HART OF DIXIE. Now, she's landed a role on another primetime soap that not only took her to Atlanta for filming, but also promises to be every bit as much fun. "I've been cast in TYLER PERRY'S THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS," she tells Soaps In Depth. "Mr. Perry is wonderful to work for, and my role is pretty funny — I'm the comic relief!"
When the highly rated drama returns for its third season on OWN this June, look for Cheatham to debut in the second episode and then return for at least five more. "I play Pearl, the nosy parker neighbor who gets into everyone's bidness!" the actress laughs. "She lives across the street from Candace (played by ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Tika Sumpter (Layla) and hates her modern house and all the gentlemen callers she has... Pearl's family is on the police force, so she uses it as her private army!"
Maura Peeks Into Ava's Head!GH's Ava is an assumed dead, terminally ill fugitive from justice. Could things get any worse for her? In the current ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, Maura West shares insight into her character's mindset during these most traumatic of times and how she tackles not one, but two "issue" stories -- cancer and euthanasia. And, of course, there's that little thing about the father of her baby being a Mob kingpin, who once had an order out to kill her! "Who knows? Ava and Sonny could be in love in a month!" West jokes.
Amber Tamblyn writes book of poetry about dead actressesActress Amber Tamblyn writes about dead Hollywood actresses in her new book of poems. But "Dark Sparkler" is more than that.
"The book is about the lives and deaths of celebrity women in a certain way, but it's also about voyeurism, it's also about projection, it's also (about) ... what it's like to be an object for a living," Tamblyn, 31, said in a recent interview.
Each poem is about a female celebrity who died before the age of 40, including Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and Rebecca Shaeffer.
It took Tamblyn six years to write, with a year off when it became too much for her.
She said it began with a poem she wrote for actress Brittany Murphy, who died in 2009 from a combination of pneumonia, anemia and multiple drug intoxication.
Tamblyn said she focused on women because "that's what I know. ... I understood the lives of these women more personally and in a deeper way."
"Dark Sparkler" is the third book of poetry by Tamblyn, who starred in "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" films with Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel and America Ferrera and on TV in "House" and "Joan of Arcadia."
She talked about the book, published by Harper Perennial, her "Sisterhood" friends and actress Lindsay Lohan in a recent interview.
Associated Press: What impact did writing this book have on you?
Tamblyn: Studying your dead peers will get to you. Plain and simple. Reading autopsy report after autopsy report and listening to interviews. ... It's hard not to get obsessed and absorbed into that into the point where you start to lose your mind a little bit.
AP: Why did you focus on this dark topic?
Tamblyn: If anything, I wanted other young women to see how much (of) our interior pains are the same and at the end of the day what you feel is what I feel and it's very similar, but often times actors don't really get to express that in a true manner because of the way in which we are promoted or the way we promote ourselves.
AP: Was any story particularly hard?
Tamblyn: Dana Plato (who starred in TV's "Diff'rent Strokes" and died in 1999 at 34 from an overdose) was really difficult for me. ... I was like, 'I've got to step back.' ... That was a really hard one and kind of the moment I went, 'I just need to take five. Need to take a minute and remember I'm still alive.'
AP: There's a page for Lindsay Lohan with just her name and the rest is blank. Why did you do that?
Tamblyn: I think that she is sort of categorically one of the largest pop objects we have that we talk (about) and we project our own fears onto and project our own beliefs and judgments onto her and her life. It was my way of putting a blank page both for the media and people who have treated her in that way, but also it's a page ... where I get to say, 'You know, I'm not gonna write this poem for you. I'm not gonna put you in the category where everyone else puts you among these women. I'm putting you here because this is a poem about voyeurism and it's a book about people who also were subjected to that, but I'm not going to actually write the words the way other people do about your life and your future.' That's the way that I see it.
AP: Do you think your next poetry will be lighter?
Tamblyn: I actually have started working on my next book which will be a collection of love poems, so it will be the opposite. Warm and cozy.
AP: Was the bond immediate among your "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" co-stars?
Tamblyn: Pretty immediate and in the way that best friends have gone sort of in and out of each other's lives and sometimes we're really closer with one more than the other and sometimes you don't see someone for like a year and you get back together and it's like immediate and you catch up on all this stuff. It's like we were all raised together practically. Our friendships feel that way.
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!
Craig Changes His Emmy Strategy!Bryan Craig (Morgan) was at a speed shop with his father waiting for an engine when he learned via Twitter that he'd been nominated for Outstanding Younger Actor in this year's Daytime Emmy Awards. And while he was also nominated in the same category last year, the actor went a different route with his submission this time around.
"I turned in the episode where I got to [Sonny] and confess to him that I've been working for Julian but I've quite for good and that Julian was forcing me to work for him," Craig explains. "I thought it was a different tone from last year's [submission]. Last year's was a big blowout. I thought this was a little more sincere and emotional and quieter.
"A lot of people wanted me to submit the crypt stuff," he adds. "That stuff was cool, but I felt like it was the same stuff that I submitted last year. A big blowout. I just wanted something different this year."
And while the stars always get dressed to the nines for the Emmy ceremony, Craig is one who wouldn't mind a more casual approach. "If I could wear a T-shirt and jeans to the Emmys, I would!" he declares. "I'm just a normal dude."
GH STAR ENGAGEDOn April 8, Emily Wilson, who played Ellie on GH, announced her engagement to longtime beau, actor Adhir Kaylan (RULES OF ENGAGEMENT). Check out their sweet engagement pic here.
Hughes Goes SupportingFinola Hughes (Anna, GENERAL HOSPITAL) was actually on the East Coast, walking around Manhattan's Canal St. when the Daytime Emmy nominations were announced, and it was co-star Jason Thompson (Patrick) who was the one who let her know she was up for Outstanding Supporting Actress!
"I got this weird text from him about how he admires me and what he thinks of me as an actor," she recalls. "I thought, 'What's got into him?' Why is he talking to me like this?' I texted him back something like, 'Wait... What?' Then he said, 'You got nominated.' He was the first to tell me. It was a nice way to find out."
Although Hughes has previously been nominated four times in the Lead Actress category (taking home the trophy in 1991) for her work on both GH and ALL MY CHILDREN, this time she submitted for the supporting category. "I didn't really have the material to submit for leading," she confesses.
"I chose a scene that was Ian Buchanan's scene when Duke tells Anna that he wants her to stop rescuing him and that he wants to be the man," Hughes continues. "I really liked it. It was extremely well-written. It was nicely shot and edited. I felt that it stood on its own. It was very simple, to-the-point and connected. I felt good about it. I'm hopeless at choosing scenes, so I had to rely on the kindness of strangers to push me in the right direction!"
Alderson Is Prepping For Emmy Night!Kristen Alderson may have left GENERAL HOSPITAL, but her work as Kiki earned her another Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress. She learned the news when boyfriend Chad Duell (Michael) checked Twitter and reported that they'd both earned Emmy nods! It's pretty crazy that we can share in that, too," Alderson marvels. "I think we'll look back at this time and be, 'Wow ,how cool is this?"
And while Alderson is still eligible for Younger Actress, Duell graduated out of the Younger category this year. "I'm so proud of Chad," she beams. "This is the big league, now. Supporting Actor is a whole other ballgame. It's really tough to get into. It's a really big deal."
To earn the nomination, Alderson submitted the dramatic dissolution of Michael and Kiki's relationship. "When Kiki walked in on Michael sleeping with Rosalie and then he, basically, breaks up with her," she explains. "I just found a dress today, too, which I'm really excited about.
"I found it, but I still want to call and see if they'll lend it to me," Alderson continues. "It's $1100, and that's a lot of money to spend for one night Usually designers are willing to lend it out to you. So I have to call and make sure. It's floral and looks very spring."
Mills Stunned By Emmy Nod!Donna Mills was quite surprised to learn that she'd received a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Guest Star category for her stints as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Madeline... mostly because she hadn't submitted herself, the show did!
"My daughter texted me," Mills reveals. "She saw a tweet from THE TALK. She said, 'Mom, what is this?' I went, 'Oh my God, I think it's a nomination!' That's how I found out. I couldn't believe it!"
The show biz vet found herself inundated with congratulations from everyone at GH and ABC, particularly from Laura Wright (Carly), herself nominated in the Lead Actress category. "I'm so happy for her," Mills declares. "It's funny. She and I have only had one scene together int he time that I've been on, and it was kind of a simple scene. It wasn't highly dramatic or anything. She is one of the best actresses that I've ever worked with. There's just something about her. She's amazing."
And Mills is just as happy to turn around and congratulate everyone else at the soap on their own nominations. "They work so hard and turn out in record time such good product," she marvels. "They deserve every nomination that they've gotten."
As for the episode that earned her the Emmy nod? "I have no idea," she admits. "I suppose I should find out!"
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.
Ellsworth & Luckinbill on Criminal Minds“Mr. Scratch” – When three people implicated in murders claim they were attacked by a “clawed shadow monster” at the moment each crime occurred, the BAU searches for an UnSub who is controlling their minds. Also, the search for the culprit puts one of the team in jeopardy, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, April 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series star Matthew Gray Gubler directed the episode. Guest stars include Bodhi Elfman as mathematician Peter Lewis, and Thad Luckinbill as Larry Merrin and Kiko Ellsworth as Daniel Karras, two of the people implicated in the murders.
GUEST CAST INCLUDES: Bodhi Elfman (Peter Lewis), Thad Luckinbill (Larry Merrin), Kiko Ellsworth (Daniel Karras).
GH's Thompson Ties The Knot!GENERAL HOSPITAL star Jason Thompson (Patrick) is a married man! On April 5, the actor and his fianceé, Valentine NYC lingerie founder and designer Paloma Jonas, exchanged vows on the beach in San Pancho, Mexico.
Several wedding guests have been tweeting and Instagramming photos of the beautiful couple (who got engaged last July), like this one. Congratulations to the newlyweds!
Dee Wallace On Her GH Experience!Nabbing film star Dee Wallace to play Luke's big sister, Patricia, on GENERAL HOSPITAL was casting gold. But just when we had warmed up to her as a loving member of the Spencer family, the soap opera gods snatched her away. Three days was just not enough!
"Gosh, I didn't think about staying longer because it wasn't an option, and now I'm dead, so..." Wallace laughs, realizing that daytime television can be flexible where mortality is concerned. "Somebody laughingly said to me that death doesn't mean anything in soaps." She got that right! "I would have definitely entertained going back and forth periodically but I'm juggling so many things."
Although her stay was only a few days, Wallace went all out to get the part down just right. When she got the script that noted that Patricia had Multiple Sclerosis, she did her homework to make sure she conveyed the condition with the utmost accuracy.
"I was researching on YouTube and the Internet, and I called some of my doctor friends," Wallace notes. "There were so many ways you could have gone with this particular disease. I finally called and they put me on with [GH executive producer] Frank Valentini. I said to him, 'Frank, I've read and have been told that one of the big detriments of this disease is that your words slur... and I can't say all of these lines if I don't speak clearly!'" Wallace laughs. "So we focused very much on the physical things."
And that work paid off in a very dramatic way. "At the end of the shoot," Wallace confides, "a beautiful young lady on the crew came up and talked to me about the fact that her mother had MS and the physicality I had chosen was very representative of it. We both kind of broke down and cried. I gave her a big hug.
"It's important to me because I think actors have a responsibility to those who are challenged with these things to represent them as accurately as possible," she adds. "People can become very bitter and negative or they can rise to the occasion and choose to look at it as a learning lesson and what they can still offer to the world. It was a really, really interesting exploration, and I left unbelievably empowered, as an actor and as a person."
GH's Tovar Guests Her Way Into An Emmy Nod!This is the first year that the National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences introduced the new category of Outstanding Guest Star In A Drama Series to honor an actor who has appeared in a limited number of episodes during the eligibility period. And GENERAL HOSPITAL's Elena Tovar (Rosalie) fit the bill!
"The ladies over at GH reached out and asked if I did want to submit something, what would I want to put in?" she recalls. "I had just done a scene with Chad Duell (Michael) where we're sitting together in a bar and basically getting smashed and having a conversation about life. I had a lot of fun shooting it, and I think that comes through. So I submitted that scene."
But the actress had forgotten all about it until her Twitter feed exploded with congratulations while she was at the gym when the nominations were announced! "The fans have been so sweet," Tovar enthuses. "It is really nice how excited they are and how much they love that character."
And Tovar knows she's in some pretty elite company in her category with veteran actors like Donna Mills (ex-Madeline) and Meredith Baxter (ex-Maureen, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS). "It's crazy!" she says. "It's mind blowing!"
Wright's Difficult Emmy Decision!Carly had quite a year on GENERAL HOSPITAL, leaving portrayer Laura Wright with a difficult choice in picking the episode that led to her Lead Actress Daytime Emmy nomination! "I submitted the show after Michael finds out about Sonny and Carly where I lay into Franco," she reveals. "It was almost a whole entire show with Roger Howarth (Franco)."
She very nearly went with the previous episode with the strong scenes between her and Chad Duell (Michael), but went with the Franco episode after seeking the advice of her family and co-star Michelle Stafford (Nina). "I had a different opinion of everything," Wright says. "I had Michelle look at them. I knew it was between the two. I just wasn't sure which one to go with. My daughter, Lauren, and my husband were both, 'It's all you in the [Franco] show and the other show is all Chad.'"
Wright knows she's in good company with the other Lead Actress nominees, but feels there was one major omission: Stafford. "She's an incredible actress," she declares. "I know how hard she works. She goes to a place that a lot of people are afraid to go. Michelle goes in with both feet and kills it. She could've easily walked away with the statue."
But she's excited to support all the other GH nominees on Emmy night, and doesn't even have the pressure of having to find a gown for the evening! "I already have the dress because I bought it last year," Wright confides. "I bought two dresses last year. This year, I'm just going to wear the other one, because I love it. It's been sitting in my closet with tags on it for a year!"
MORE REACTIONS FROM GH EMMY NOMINEESOutstanding Lead Actor contender Jason Thompson (Patrick) was delighted that GH led the nominations pack. "It was a fantastic showing for GH! We had a great year and I think it shows. Obviously, I’m biased, but I see the amount of work that goes into the show and I think it’s well-deserved. I’m happy." He submitted the episode where Robin tells Patrick that she's leaving Port Charles. "I always ask myself, ‘Okay, am I proud of this, whatever happens?’ I want to just be proud of the work that I do. 'Watching it again knowing that it’s me doing it, do I still feel what’s happening here? Do I convey the story? Do I get across that these two people are in difficult circumstances?' " He's getting excited for Emmy night, noting, "The fact that we have a new home on the POP network, where it feels like it’s going to be a little more together and organized, a little more representative of how it should be, and celebrated in the way that it should be, I’m really looking forward to. It’s going to be a good time!I always love running into people and saying hi to friends that you see only once or maybe twice a year, to get everybody around to celebrate daytime in that way. It is a competition to a certain extent, but I’ve always kind of felt that we need to continue to support each other. There are only four of us left. Everybody wants to win, but it’s all kind of fine and dandy whoever ends up winning. It’s just important that we continue to support daytime television."
Lead Actress nominee Laura Wright (Carly) is still on a high from getting her good news, saying, "It’s just fun! On the day of, my husband picked me up for lunch with his parents so we all went and had Standing Sun wine at lunch and I met my girlfriends for a drink and dinner last night and then tonight I’m going to dinner with my daughter and I’m meeting three of our friends for champagne and then tomorrow night, I’m doing another celebration with another group of friends, so it’s just non-stop! It's just exciting to be nominated! We didn’t have a showing at all in Lead Actress for two years. That was just a disappointment in general for the show, for the cast, because we are a very close cast and really support each other. I was bummed that Finola [Hughes, Anna] wasn't nominated moreso than myself because I love her work and she works so hard. But now, here are we are, with Fin and me and Maura [West, Ava] and Lisa [LoCiCero, Olivia]. It's great!"
First-time nominee Haley Pullos (Molly, who is up for Younger Actress) beams, "I’m looking forward to knowing what it feels like to be a nominee. There are so many different events and things before the Emmys and everyone has to figure out if you’re a nominee or just a guest, and I’ll actually be one of the nominees! Last year, I didn’t even get a prenomination and I was so upset. I didn’t really let myself think about it too much, but I was upset the day of. I told myself, ‘Haley, you’re being silly. It’ll happen when it’s time for it to happen.’ And apparently, it was time for it to happen!" Her leading man, Tequan Richmond (TJ), a Younger Actor nominee, says, "It was such a great feeling to tell my mom that I was nominated. It’s only my mom and me out here and she drove across country with me to make this happen 15, 14 years ago." To mark the occasion, "I went out with my mom and my girlfriend. We celebrated all night!"
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.
General Hospital to Go Live in MayWho needs live musicals like Peter Pan when you've got the good people of Port Charles, instead?
On May 15 and 18, General Hospital will go old-school by airing live from Los Angeles, PEOPLE has learned. The stunt is a continuation of the soap's anniversary celebration this season: on April 1, TV's longest-running daytime drama turned 52.
"Taking such an iconic show as General Hospital live for two days is both exhilarating and risky," said executive producer and head writer Frank Valentini. "I am enormously proud of our cast, crew and staff for all their tireless dedication and hard work that will be leading up to this daytime television event. It's live television and absolutely anything can happen, but that is what's fun about this and we're absolutely up to the challenge."
Just like what happened when NBC aired its live performances of Peter Pan and The Sound of Music, fans will be encouraged to join in on the GH live conversation by using #GHlive on Twitter.
Back in the day, daytime dramas used to air live when they originated in New York City. In fact, most of the early soap stars were theater actors so performing sudsy material on daytime TV wasn't much of a stretch.
By the time new soaps started bubbling up in Los Angeles, producers realized it was much cheaper to tape the serials than perform them live. All the shows starting taping their stories by 1975.
ABC’s One Life to Live staged an entire week of live episodes back in May 2002.
General Hospital, which has won a record 11 Emmys as daytime's best drama, just picked up another 28 nominations for the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards that'll air on Pop on April 26 at 8 p.m. ET.
GH FANS IN NYC: CATCH THE LAST THREE MINUTES OF THE SHOW HEREWABC preempted the last three minutes of today's landmark, 52nd anniversary episode of GH, for breaking news. After tweeting, "We apologize for interrupting end of @GeneralHospital for breaking news. We're finding a way to get you the end of the episode. We hear you!," they posted the missing three minutes on its Facebook page. Check it out here.
Geary Sings GH's Praises!It's no surprise that the talented Anthony Geary (Luke, GENERAL HOSPITAL) was nominated again for Outstanding Lead Actor in the Daytime Emmys race, and it's no surprise that he's quick to give credit exactly where it's due.
Soaps In Depth caught up with the actor during his month-long vacation in Amsterdam. While the seven-time Emmy winner didn't expect his name to appear on the nominee list this year, he was happy that GH did rack up 26 nominations. "Congratulations to our entire production team," he declares, "and the hardest working cast and crew in show business!"
So while they might be pulling for Geary to bring home another Emmy, he's going to be rooting just as hard for all the other GH nominees!
GH'S FINOLA HUGHES: WHY I ENTERED AS SUPPORTING ACTRESSThis year, Finola Hughes (a past Lead Actress winner for her work as GH's Anna) elected to enter herself in the Supporting Actress category (and received a nomination). "I didn’t have what I thought was the material that was that this year," she says of choosing not to submit herself as a Lead Actress. "I said to [Executive Producer] Frank [Valentini], ‘I’m not there this year. I don’t feel it.’ It's hard to explain, but when I was front and center with the stories, it just didn’t play out like a Lead story or something, was how I felt. I think, also, I was a little gun-shy, thinking, ‘I’m going to be eaten alive again!’ But I just honestly felt that I didn’t have the material. I don’t know whether that’s just me not feeling confident, perhaps; I think it was a mixture of that and my feeling that with the stories that I had, I didn’t have the scenes to support entering myself as Lead Actress. And that was just this year and how I felt, that I just didn’t think I had the material — and that may be my fault in the way that I played it. I can't say. But when I spoke to Frank about it, I was very honest about it and he said, ‘Okay, you can enter as Supporting.’ I can’t say. That was my instinct and I felt that anything that really gelled, I was in more of asupporting role. That’s how it looked to me."
LoCicero Laughed Her Way To An Emmy Nod!Actors traditionally earn themselves a Daytime Emmy nomination by submitting examples of their best dramatic work full of tears and high emotions, but Lisa LoCicero (Olivia, GENERAL HOSPITAL) reveals that she garnered her Supporting Actress nod for the episode where a very drunk Olivia was watching TV!
"I am particularly thrilled that it was this year's material that got noticed because it was so much fun to play that day," she says. "On my way into work [the day that we taped it], I could not have been more nervous. They sort of let me play with it. I'm really grateful that that day, [director] Larry [Carpenter] let me have some fun. It was very character-driven and relatable material, which writers love to write and actors love to play."
LoCicero was also happy with the way she was notified of the honor. "I got a phone call from [GH executive producer] Frank Valentini," she reveals. "He called to give me the nicest congratulations and say how exited he was and that it was well-deserved. It was really, really the most delightful way I could have found out."
The evening of the ceremony, though, LoCicero will be eight months along with her pregnancy, so gown shopping will be a little bit different this year. "It's certainly going to be whatever I can fit into!" she laughs. "When the pre-noms came out, all of us actresses were texting. I sent them all a picture of myself about six months pregnant in the dress I wore two years ago with the whole side cut out of it. I was like, 'What do you think?' It was really quite funny to everybody.
"But I think I'll probably go to my vintage dealer," she adds. "I've got a great vintage dealer where I got a Halston dress and an Oscar de la Renta. I'll just size it up a few sizes and see if I can tailor it or something!"
The Unsung Legacy of Black Characters on Soap OperasThe Unsung Legacy of Black Characters on Soap Operas: Read the article here.
WALLY KURTH EXITS GH, BACK TO DAYS FULL-TIMEWally Kurth, who has been on recurring status on both DAYS (as Justin) and GH (as Ned) will be wrapping up his time in Port Charles, as he has inked a contract to remain in Salem full-time. Kurth tells Digest, "I was flattered that DAYS offered me a contract. My first in 10 years. Justin is a character I created in 1987 and I am really excited to be given the opportunity to be even more featured on the show. They have big things planned for him. Obviously, it is bittersweet, since I also consider Ned my own and was really enjoying being back in the Q family. I did try to keep them both going but it wasn't meant to be." No word yet on when or how GH will wrap up Ned's storyline.
DAYTIME EMMY NOMINEE REACTIONSLead Actress Gina Tognoni (Phyllis, Y&R) nominee reports, "I had a dentist appointment and ran home after that. Then I turned on the TV and heard the nomination. I’m really psyched and I’m just so grateful!” Tognoni says she was taken aback by severl omissions. "I was surprised that about Cady [McClain, Kelly] because she’s so good. And of course Peter [Bergman, Jack]. He’s so celebrated and he really is a big part of what I submitted. He’s so incredible to work with and I couldn’t do this without him."
Supporting Actor nom Kristoff St. John (Neil) tells us, "It’s a wonderful feeling. You take these things with a grain of salt but it’s a great feeling to be part of the pack.” Former Y&R star and Supporting Actress nominee Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) says, "I was gardening and then I picked up my phone and there was a text that said, ‘Congratulations!’ It was a very pleasant surprise. I’m so excited to see all my Y&R friends again." She wishes that co-star Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) had made the cut. "I was eally bummed not to see Missy up there. Her work was really bold and interesting.”
GH's first-time Supporting Actress nominee Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) says, "I found out from Frank [Valentini, executive producer] calling to congratulate me. It's such a huge honor. And speaking of huge [the pregnant actress is close to beginning her maternity leave], you will not miss me on the red carpet!" "Super Excited!!!!! Thank you guys!!! And Woo Hoo to all the nominees!!!!" tweeted Laura Wright (Carly, GH), who is up for Lead Actress. "Thank you everyone for your support and @DaytimeEmmys for my second nomination, very grateful," tweeted Wright's on-screen son Bryan Craig (Morgan, a Younger Actor contender). "GUYS I CANT STOP CRYING IM SO HAPPY," exulted Haley Pullos (GH's Molly, a first-time nominee for Younger Actress). DAYS's Guy Wilson (Will) tweeted about his Younger Actor-nominated on-screen husband, Freddie Smith (Sonny), saying, "Massive congrats to my spirit animal @freddiesmith for his daytime Emmy nomination!!! So, so deserved!!!"
Sneak Peek: Luke Searches for Answers in General Hospital Anniversary Episode(Videos) General Hospital fans, your wait is almost over: It's time to learn the truth about what caused Luke's mental break!
In this exclusive clip obtained by PEOPLE, Anthony Geary's alter ego goes to uncover some much-needed answers.
Luke revisits his old childhood home, now abandoned. Memories flood back as Luke starts to remember the dark secret that took him over the edge in the first place. What on earth was it? And what is it about that door jam that jogs his memory?
The special episode, airing Wednesday, is part of the 52nd anniversary celebration of the ABC sudser. In addition to the major Luke revelations, GH will also take viewers down memory lane by reenacting select scenes that from the show's first episode, which aired April 1, 1963.
Characters who appeared in the show's first episodes will be portrayed by actors currently the in cast. For example, Jason Thompson (Dr. Patrick Drake) will play Dr. Steve Hardy, and Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) will play Nurse Jesse Brewer.
Corbin Bernsen Recurs In 'Living On Video'Corbin Bernsen has joined the cast of Living On Video, David Fincher’s HBO comedy pilot. Set in 1983 Los Angeles, it revolves around the players of the then-exploding music video industry — directors, record executives and crew members, many of them dabbling in drugs — through the eyes of a newcomer, Robby (Charlie Rowe). Robby is a wide-eyed guy who drops out of college and drives to Hollywood with dreams of directing a sci-fi epic and lands a job as a PA for a company making music videos. Bernsen, repped by Greene & Associates and Randy James Management, will play Bill White, a successful Hollywood commercial director. The actor starred on USA’s Psych, and other recent credits include The Young & The Restless, NCIS: New Orleans and Anger Management. He next appears on the big screen in Jesse & Naomi and Sensory Perception.
Rick Springfield Remembers Embarrassing "Do You Know Who I Am?" Moment, Says He "Felt Like an Idiot"Next time Rick Springfield wants to buy a gun, maybe he should start talking cute instead. And save the receipt.
The 65-year-old rock star, best known for the 1981 hit "Jessie's Girl," who also played Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital, recalled in an interview with Oprah Winfrey an embarrassing story that should serve as a lesson to all celebrities: A time he pulled the ol' "Do You Know Who I Am?" card.
"It was pathetic," he says in the video, posted online this week as an outtake from an interview that aired during an episode of Winfrey's OWN show Where Are They Now? in February.
"It was in Vegas, I was doing the big show at MGM Grand. You know, my billboard was all over frickin' Vegas and on every taxi cab and like, 40 feet high on the MGM Grand," Springfield said.
He does not specify which show he is talking about. In 2001, Springfield was the head performer at an elaborate, multi-million dollar stage show in Las Vegas called "EFX Alive." Here's a program, which is listed on eBay for $9.99 (plus shipping).
"My young son Josh would come up and hang with me," Springfield said on Where Are They Now?. "I bought him his first air rifle and it didn't work. I took it back to this lady and I said, 'This doesn't work. Can we get another one?' She said, 'Well, where is your receipt?'"
Fair response. And a frustrating one for the rocker-actor, who is not unlike a general percentage of the overall population of the First World.
"I mean, I'm the paper anti-Christ—as soon as I have a piece of paper, it's gone, instantly," Springfield told the interviewer. "So I have no receipt. And she's like, going, 'Well, we can't really...' And I actually said, 'Do you know who I am?'"
"I'm like, failing in front of my son and I'm going, 'I'm Rick Springfield, damnit!'' and instantly felt like an idiot as soon as I did it."
He didn't need to break out the guitar or give her a smoldering Dr. Noah Drake stare. The salesperson was a fan. D'oh!
"She said, 'I know, I really think you're great,'" Springfield said.
He may never have to resort to pulling the "Do You Know Who I Am?" card again; Springfield will appear in the upcoming, anticipated season 2 of True Detective, which premieres this summer.
Michelle Stafford Lands A Movie Gig!Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL's Michelle Stafford (Nina), who has landed a role in the Kickstarter-funded film Durant's Never Closes!
The indie movie stars Tom Sizemore as ladies' man Jack Durant, and tells his story over a single day at the mysterious restaurateur's steakhouse. Stafford is playing Suzie, the love of Jack's life. Pam Grier, Peter Bogdanovich and Michael Richards also appear in the film, which began production this week.
Josh Peck: I Have Zayn's One Direction Replacement - John Stamos(Video) It's been just hours since Zayn Malik quit One Direction, but a replacement may already be lined up.
In a Vine video also posted on Twitter Wednesday afternoon, actor Josh Peck jokingly announced, "I got Zayn's replacement, I'm teaching him the stuff now," before singing a famous 1D line with none other than John Stamos.
We've dreamt up some options for who can step in for the singer, but Stamos also deserves a spot on the list, if for no reason other than his '90s "Forever" video and the more recent resurgence of Jesse and the Rippers. The man has boy bander written all over him.
Peck, 28, plays Stamos's son in the Fox pilot Grandpa (the Vine video was shot on the set). And Stamos, 51, plays a bachelor who finds out he's got a kid – and a grandkid.
Stamos recently gave fans a glimpse of one of the show's littlest cast members, the "most adorable member of cast," he wrote. "My gran.... My grand... (cant even say the word)."
John Stamos has a 'General Hospital' reunion with Kin Shriner(Photo) It was a blast from the past for John Stamos this weekend on the set of his new FOX pilot. The actor tweeted out the above pic Saturday (March 21) with the caption, "Look who came to visit me on set. @kinshriner #ScottyBaldwin #TheGword."
Fans of "General Hospital" know that Kin Shriner was a co-star of Stamos' in the early 1980s on the long-running ABC soap. Shriner plays Scotty Baldwin on the show, who back in the 1980s was the other man in the infamous Luke and Laura Spencer love triangle. Stamos portrayed Blackie Parrish, foster child of Laura's parents, Rick and Lesley Webber.
Stamos has been having quite the adventures lately on social media. Earlier this month, he posted an epic "Full House" photobomb and now he's reuniting with a co-star from 30 years ago. All that is needed now is Stamos playing with the Beach Boys and he's hit the trifecta.
The pilot in question is "Grandpa" -- hence the hashtag #TheGword -- where Stamos plays a "confirmed bachelor" who discovers he's a dad and a grandfather. It co-stars Paget Brewster, Josh Peck & Christina Milian.
John Stamos Reveals Women Have Asked Him for After-Sex Selfies-Plus, Find Out His ''Only True'' Lovemaking Advice!This is a side of Uncle Jesse you've probably only fantasized about. Well, voilà! Your fantasy has come true.
Hollywood hunk and former Full House star John Stamos got very candid about his love life and his experiences doing the no-pants dance in a new book by Family Guy and The New Normal writer Ali Adler, titled How to F--k a Woman. Bow chicka bow wow!
And, as you might expect, the book has some interesting revelations. For example, Stamos revealed that a lot of women ask for after-sex selfies! No shame, ladies. No shame.
"A couple of women have wanted ‘selfies' afterwards," Stamos tells Adler after suggesting he sometimes feels used (courtesy of Page Six), adding, "One girl really wanted my shirt, like a souvenir."
Stamos continued to note that he approaches sex in a musical way.
"I'm 51 years old. I've had some experiences but it's about listening, asking, talking...Maybe some girls are afraid of communicating," he says, "But I find most aren't if you ask, ‘Does this feel good?' Or listen to her body like an instrument. I guess I do approach sex in a musical way. With me it's more rhythm than melody with a woman...but it's all listening. When music clicks you can feel it. You have to listen to other musicians. With women, you have to listen to their bodies."
And then he said this gem: "I'd rather have a woman have ten orgasms than me have ten orgasms." Oh, John, we're blushing!
However, Stamos took to Twitter to share his "only true advice" when it comes to lovemaking, and it's a good one:
@JohnStamos : BTW the only true advice I have: Introduce doughnuts into your lovemaking. (oh, and respect)
Yesssss, doughnuts and respect for the win!
You can get the inside scoop on John Stamos' sex life when How to F--k a Woman hits shelves May 26.
GH CASTS A NEW SPENCER!Brytni Sarpy made her GH debut on March 20 as Valerie Spencer, daughter of Pat, niece of Luke and Bobbie and cousin to Lulu, Carly and Lucas. "Brytni [Sarpy, Valerie] is great," Head Writer Ron Carlivati tells Digest. "She auditioned, actually, for Jordan and just seemed too young for the part but really caught our eye, so she was someone that we kept in mind and then we brought her back for Valerie."
John Stamos: Women have asked for selfies after sexJohn Stamos opens up about his sex life in a book by “Glee” and “Family Guy” writer Ali Adler, “How To F?-?-?k a Woman.”
“A couple of women have wanted ‘selfies’ afterwards,” Stamos says, adding, “One girl really wanted my shirt, like a souvenir.”
Sounding a little weird, Stamos suavely notes: “It’s about listening, asking, talking .?.?. I guess I do approach sex in a musical way. With me, it’s more rhythm than melody with a woman .?.?. but it’s all listening .?.?. With women, you have to listen to their bodies.”
The book’s out May 26.
John Stamos Shares a Sweet Snapshot with His Onscreen Granddaughter(Photo) He might have not gotten used to it just yet, but John Stamos is one good-looking "Grandpa."
The actor – who is starring in Fox's new comedy pilot Grandpa as a longtime bachelor named Jimmy who discovers that he's a father and a grandfather – shared a sweet snapshot of him with his extra adorable new costar.
"A MUST SEE Newest, most adorable member of cast: My gran.... My grand... (cant even say the word)," the Full House alum captioned the photo.
The 51-year-old will star alongside singer Christina Milian and Josh Peck, according to Deadline. Peck's Gerald is the son Jimmy never knew, himself a father to a 2-year-old daughter from a one-night stand with a woman named Vanessa (Milian).
If the pilot – produced by The Neighbors creator Dan Fogelman – is picked up it will be Stamos's first series regular role since he left ER in 2009.
General Hospital Does the Time Warp Back to 1963General Hospital Does the Time Warp Back to 1963. Read the article here.
Payton Joins The KingmakersKhary Payton (Teen Titans) has landed a series regular role in ABC’s drama pilot The Kingmakers. Written and executive produced by Sallie Patrick, The Kingmakers centers on Eli (Gus Halper), a young man whose sister Julia is found dead during her freshman year at an elite Ivy League university. He adopts a new identity to infiltrate the school and its century-old secret society – consisting of privileged students, ambitious faculty and high-profile alums – in order to investigate her death. Payton, repped by Innovative Artists and Gekis Ribera Management, will play Ben Wheeler, a laid-back and casual professor who is an anomaly among his stuffed-shirt peers at Braddock.
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
Big News For Maurice Benard's Fans!GENERAL HOSPITAL icon Maurice Benard (Sonny) marked a major milestone yesterday -- he flew for the first time in years! "It's been 10 years since I've flown and I just landed in New York," the star tweeted. "WOW, it feels good to get that gorilla off my back!" As fans of the star know, Benard suffers from bipolar disorder (and is actually a spokesperson for the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) and claustrophobia and has long had a fear of flying.
After having not flown for several years, he got on an airplane back in January 2011 to head East for a family vacation to Florida's Disney World and several fan events -- but began to have a panic attack shortly before take-off. As Soaps In Depth told our readers at the time, Benard had been working himself up for several months leading to that particular trip because it had been years since he'd last been on a plane. Unfortunately, that day, he told his wife, Paula, he needed to get off and departed the aircraft with his family.
Since it's been more than a decade since Benard flew the friendly skies, whatever it is that motivated the daytime legend to get back on an airplane, it has to be huge, amazing news! And we promise you that as soon as we are able to share the details, we will let our readers know!
Sean Blakemore Reopens The Fear Files!No stranger to on-screen deception, Sean Blakemore (Shawn, GENERAL HOSPITAL) stars alongside Eva Marcille (ex-Tyra, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) tonight, Friday, March 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET, in the latest installment of Fear Files, a trio of thrilling tales on TV One. Sonny's right hand man reprises his role as Lockwood Masters, who, due to an accidental love potion overdose, cannot fight the urge to consume the one he loves!
While Marcille plays Blakemore's ex in this story, the actor says this was the first time the two performers ever met. "The chemistry was automatic," he happily shares. "When you're playing love interests, chemistry is so important."
Blakemore says that Lockwood differs greatly from his GH role in many ways. "Sean's like a Jason Bourne type, a mercenary," the actor says. "He does bad things for the right reasons. Whereas Lockwood is an everyday guy who just wants a normal life and a happy, healthy relationship."
The potion, however, changes everything. "He goes from 0 to 100 pretty quickly," Blakemore previews. "It gets to a point where Lockwood becomes a man with an extreme dark side."
Blakemore and Marcille's portion of the trilogy is titled "For The Love Of Lockwood Too;" the other two chapters are titled "Fire" and "Mama's Boy." So tune in tonight and enjoy some frights on Friday the 13th!
Queens of Drama Unites All My Children, Days of Our Lives Vets for the Ultimate Soapy Show(usmagazine.com) (Video Preview) (Photo) Girl power! Some of your favorite soap opera legends are uniting on Pop's new reality series Queens of Drama, which will follow actresses from One Life to Live, All My Children, Knots Landing, Melrose Place (and many more juicy drama vets) as they develop, pitch, produce, and star in a brand new drama series.
Us Weekly has the first photo from the set of the new show, which will feature Lindsay Hartley (All My Children, Days of Our Lives), Crystal Hunt (Guiding Light, One Life to Live), Vanessa Marcil (Las Vegas, General Hospital), Chrystee Pharris (Passions, General Hospital), and Hunter Tylo (The Bold and the Beautiful) — along with special appearances from the legendary Donna Mills (Knots Landing, Melrose Place) and Joan Collins.
Queens of Drama premieres Sunday, April 26 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, immediately following the premiere of Pop's live broadcast of the 25th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and moves to its regular Wednesdays at 8 p.m. time slot beginning April 29.
Andrea Bogart on THE ODD COUPLE“The Wedding Deception” – When Oscar and Felix attend the wedding of an old college friend, Oscar aims to reconnect with an old flame while Felix is determined to show his ex-wife that he’s a changed man, on THE ODD COUPLE, Thursday, April 2 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Christine Woods guest stars as Ashley, Felix’s ex-wife.
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A Martinez on NCIS“Patience” – The murder of a petty officer sparks a lead in a 40 year old airport bombing cold case that Gibbs and DiNozzo have been assigned to for the past two years. Also, McGee is jealous that he was not previously briefed on the cold case, on NCIS, Tuesday, March 31 (8:00-9:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
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Local actor's star continues to rise in Hollywood(abc.net.au) He may be making a name for himself in the glitzy Hollywood hills, but Newcastle-born actor Zach Garred still has a soft-spot for his hometown.
Of late, he's starred in renowned US soap opera General Hospital, as well as hit military drama NCIS: Los Angeles.
In a whirlwind trip back to Australia, the 28-year old says it's been a busy time in his life.
During his early career, Zach starred in Aussie TV staples, such as All Saints, Home and Away, Foreign Exchange and Blue Water High.
He now lives in Los Angeles with his girlfriend Alison, and last came back to Newcastle for Christmas last year.
He flew back to Hollywood in January, and has worked on the video website Funny or Die, shooting a sketch with Sean Astin of The Lord of the Rings fame.
With its tangled web of inter-connected characters, Zach says preparing for his role as Levi Dunkleman on General Hospital was a sort-of 'baptism of fire'.
"I got given a book when I first joined the show, [which was] literally an anthology [of the character's families]. They said, 'This is 50 years of history you've got to get down'," says Zach.
"They started throwing names at me; all these people that are like religion to people over there, and I had to get it down pretty quickly, just so I could know what the hell was going on in the script."
Zach says he initially wasn't familiar with General Hospital, but had a rough idea of what to expect from a soapie.
"I knew Days of our Lives because mum used to watch it when I was a little tacker," he says.
"But General Hospital was just one of those folklore-ick shows that have been around for so long."
In late 2014 Zach starred in an episode of NCIS: Los Angeles as a Northern Irish terrorist.
"I can't show my little cousins that [episode].
"The first couple of TV shows I did, they loved it, but since then I've been shot and stabbed," he says with a laugh.
He'll now head back to LA to continue his hectic lifestyle as an actor breaking into one of the toughest industries in the world.
Zach Garred spoke to 1233 ABC Newcastle Breakfast presenter, Aaron Kearney.
DEE WALLACE ON GH GIG: "I WAS SCARED!"(soapoperadigest.com) GH nabbed Dee Wallace for the high-profile role of Luke and Bobbie's long-lost sister, Pat — and the actress tells Digest that she had a very personal reason for taking the job.
"I was drawn to it, one, because I'd never done a soap before," she says. "But my late husband, Christopher Stone, had done some work on DAYS OF OUR LIVES [as Bill Horton] toward the end of his career, and I remember him coming in the first day going, ‘Oh, my God, I don’t think I can do this!’ And within a week, he said, ‘Dee, I think this is one of the nicest experiences I have ever had in my career,’ which is a lot, for him to say that! So that was part of the reason I was interested. Plus, my agent said, ‘It’s a very pivotal character, they’ve been talking about her for a long time, and you’ll get to work with Anthony [Geary, Luke].’ I was free, so I said, ‘Why not? I’m an actress, that’s what I do!’ "
Given the enormity of the daytime undertaking, Wallace did question the wisdom of her decision once the scripts started rolling in.
"Seriously, when I got the first script, I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, maybe it’s not too late for me to get out!’ I was scared! It was daunting and I thought, ‘My God, surely they are not going to do this in one day.’ But we did — and we did it well. I have to tell you, I would never have gotten through it without those wonderful people in that company. They just took me under their wing and showed me the ropes. From Tony to [Executive Producer] Frank Valentini to the casting director, Mark Teschner, everyone was absolutely lovely. I felt like part of the family within half an hour. It's just a beautiful company and it was a wonderful experience for me."
GH RECASTS ROCCOTwins Charles and Ethan Losie debut today in the recast role of Rocco Falconeri. They take over for twins Liam and Oliver Friedy, who joined the show last year.
John Stamos pulls off the best 'Full House' photobomb(Photo) @johnstamos: Boy, these youngsters have 0.0 idea what they're missing. #Fullhousehouse. #TURNAROUND.
Do you think you'd know if Uncle Jesse were standing behind you? Any self respecting "Full House" fan would assert that of course they'd recognize John Stamos on a crowd, but fans who recently took a photo op in front of the 90s sitcom house missed the biggest surprise standing right behind them.
Stamos posted the above picture to his Instagram account on Friday (March 6) with the caption, "Boy, these youngsters have 0.0 idea what they're missing." The fans are too busy taking pictures of the house to notice that Stamos is standing on the street, mere feet away from them. Sure he's in a hat and sunglasses, but if you can pick the house out of that lineup shouldn't you be able to spot the man that probably made you love it so much in the first place?
At the sake of them missing the best potential "Full House" house selfie, the internet gets to enjoy one of the best photobombs ever deployed. Kudos, Stamos.
GENERAL HOSPITAL CASTS PAT!(Photo) GH confirms exclusively to Soap Opera Digest that the role of Pat Spencer, the long-lost sister of Luke and Bobbie, will be played by Dee Wallace (E.T.). "It's such a brilliant choice," enthuses Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie). "I'm a huge fan of her as an actress and as a teacher, as well. I absolutely love the woman!"
"I have never had a greater challenge, never had more fun and never felt so much a part of a family on a set," Wallace shares in a statement. "You do more in one day on daytime than you do in a week on an episodic. I couldn't have more respect for colleagues than I do now."
GH's Miller SUITS Primetime!GENERAL HOSPITAL has been keeping Billy Miller pretty busy playing Jake/Jason, but before he started his current gig, he was able to squeeze in a guest appearance on the season finale of SUITS, set to air Wednesday, March 4, at 10:00 p.m. ET on USA!
"I play Harvey Specter's brother," Miller says... although that's about all he can reveal! "I can't really tell you a lot about him. But I'm allowed to tell you that!"
Although, he was able to hint that his character could potentially return for the fifth season when SUITS returns this summer. "We did a good job, so everybody seems to be happy," Miller confides. "I love that show, so I'd love to go back."
The GH Fan Club Weekend Is Coming!The 2015 GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend is being held from Thursday, August 6, through Monday, August 10, at the Embassy Suites in Glendale, CA. Some events will also be held at the Glendale Hilton, so you'll want to book a room at one of those fine establishments!
The festivities get underway on Thursday evening with the GH Fan Club Weekend Kick Off Cocktail Event, and there are so many events scheduled (everything from huge group events to smaller intimate ones) over the course of the long weekend that we can't possibly list them all!
So click here for a constantly updated list of the scheduled events complete with links to more information and ticket pricing and ordering information. Then prepare to get up-close and personal with your favorite stars!
Emmy Brunch With Obrecht!If you're going to be in the area for the Daytime Emmys, you could add brunch with GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kathleen Gati (Obrecht) to your itinerary! The actress will be hosting a private brunch on Saturday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The event will include a three-course lunch, beverage, photo and autograph opportunities, as well as as a gift bag! Oh, and Gati is promising that some of her co-stars will be stopping by to join in the fun. Could her on-screen son, Ryan Paevey (Nathan) be one of them? You'll have to attend and find out for yourself!
Although the location has not been finalized, it will be near the location of the Daytime Emmys, which are being held at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, CA. Tickets for this brunch are $115, and to purchase tickets or to find more information about the event, click here!
Daytime Emmy Awards Return To TV With Multi-Year Deal At PopAfter decades as a staple on the Big 4 broadcast networks, the Daytime Emmy Awards went to the CW and, after two consecutive airing on HLN, dropped off TV completely last year when they were only broadcast online.
Now the 24-year-old telecast is back on TV through a multi-year deal between the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and Pop (formerly TVGN and TV Guide Network). It starts with the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which will be broadcast live across the country on Sunday, April 26 at 8 PM. The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards gala will take place two days earlier, April 24 at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles.
This marks the first time the Daytime Emmys have been held in April (they have taken place in May or June). The goal is to make all daytime players more easily available to attend while they shows are still in production. The Daytime Emmys also are making a debut in a new home, — stage 16 of Warner Bros. Studios lot as organizers were looking to get away from the ballroom setting into a place, like soundstage, where all participants would feel comfortable. Michael Levitt, who originated the TV Land Awards, is executive producing.
Bob Mauro said that returning the Daytime Emmys to their former glory was a main priority when he rook over NATAS as new president in November. “Our new partnership with the Pop network is an ideal platform to present our signature gala,” he said.
Daytime TV has a strong presence on Pop, which is airing same-day repeats of CBS’ daytime dramas to strong ratings. Additionally, Pop’s other co-owner, Lionsgate, is behind several daytime programs, including The Wendy Williams Show.
“As a network that celebrates talent, we are thrilled to bring the Daytime Emmy Awards back to television for the fans,” said Brad Schwartz, President of Pop. “Adding premium live events to our schedule is just another exciting way we are building Pop. We’re going to have a lot of fun with this.”
The Daytime Emmys is expanding Pop’s live TV footprint, which also includes ET-branded red carpet coverage.
'Star Trek' icon Leonard Nimoy dies at age 83Leonard Nimoy (ex-Bernie, General Hospital) played scores of roles in a showbiz career which lasted more than six decades.
But with his death on Friday at his Bel Air home at age 83, according to his wife Susan Bay Nimoy, he will be remembered and loved as a character known simply as Spock.
With his stark bowl haircut, the famous Vulcan hand gesture (which Nimoy developed) and the phrase "Live long and prosper," Nimoy's Mr. Spock earned a place in the American psyche that will live on.
The half-human, half-Vulcan Spock would define the culture-changing science fiction franchise Star Trek as powerfully as the captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise, James T. Kirk (leading man William Shatner). Nimoy would portray the character in the original TV series, animated series, comic books and eight Star Trek feature films.
"Spock is even more representative of the show because he was so unique. So incredibly singular," says George Takei who played helmsman Hikaru Sulu in the TV series. "And that character was really (Nimoy's) creation. None of us had pointy ears or those eyebrows that would shoot up like that. We all got used to seeing those ears."
Ironically, it took much persuasion for Nimoy to agree to put the ears on, and years to accept the success of the character once it became a worldwide phenomenon.
When first approached to appear in Gene Roddenberry's NBC science fiction program Star Trek, Nimoy was on the rise in Hollywood, garnering parts in TV staples such as Bonanza and Perry Mason. He balked.
"I hesitated. I took my work seriously. Did I really want to put on those pointed ears?" Nimoy recalled during a commencement address at Boston University in 2012.
Eventually, he took the part. And playing the sole alien aboard a starship of humans was inspired casting for a man born to Yiddish-speaking Russian Orthodox Jewish immigrants in Boston's West End in 1931. Nimoy was used to feeling like the outsider.
Nimoy would be nominated for three Emmy Awards during the show's three-year run on NBC. Even after the original series ended in 1969 with faltering ratings, Spock and the rest of the Star Fleet crew would grow even more famous in prolific syndication.
Leonard Nimoy, best known as Mr. Spock from the original 'Star Trek' TV and film series, died Friday at his home in Bel Air, Calif. Here, he flashes his 'Star Trek' character's "Live long and prosper" greeting as he arrives at the LA premiere of "Star Trek Into Darkness" on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 in Los Angeles.
"The impact on my life was intense, I had to deal with celebrity," Nimoy said in 2012.
Nimoy was one of the few cast members who immediately found an abundance of work after the show's cancelation — including in TV's popular Mission: Impossible and in 1978's Invasion of the Body Snatchers film. But he could not shake Spock. Nimoy would be convinced to return in a series of Star Trek movies, which began with 1979'sStar Trek: The Motion Picture.
His famous character seemed to come to an end, gloriously, in 1982's Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,in a death scene that emphasized the friendship between Spock and Kirk — a relationship mirrored off-screen between longtime friends Nimoy and Shatner.
"After Spock died, I thought, 'Well, that takes care of that.' And it certainly didn't," Nimoy told USA TODAY in 2009. "I can't ever say 'never' again. Star Trek and Spock have gone through a lot of resurrections."
Paramount Pictures found a way to bring Spock back to life as executives insisted on a new film. Nimoy agreed to come back — but only if he could direct 1984's Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and 1986's Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
Nimoy would continue a successful directing career with Ted Danson and Tom Selleck in 1987'sThree Men and a Baby, the highest-grossing film of the year.
Nimoy addressed the struggle of living with the Spock persona in his autobiography I Am Not Spock in 1975 — a title he would later call "a mistake." He made up for it with his next autobiography, I Am Spock in 1995.
Spock eventually took over every part of his life. Nimoy attended hundreds of Star Trek fan events to sign autographs and meet with lifelong followers, many who wore their own versions of the memorable Spock ears.
"I admire him, I like him and I respect him. I would rather be identified with Spock than any other character on television," Nimoy said in 2012.
But he "paid his respects to smoking and booze" coming to terms with celebrity and the character. While he stopped drinking more than 25 years ago, he acknowledged that smoking had a lasting effect on his lungs.
"I smoked a lot of cigarettes. And all that ever came from it was to send some tobacco grower's kid through college and what I got was a pair of beat up lungs," he told Boston University students. "Respect your body."
In January 2014, Nimoy was seen looking frail, being pushed in a wheelchair through Los Angeles Airport with an oxygen tank attached.
He explained on Twitter that he had Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. "I quit smoking 30 years ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!!" he tweeted after the incident.
Nimoy was happy to retire and work with his life-long love of photography in what he termed in 2009 was his "creative outlet for the last 17 or 18 years." He and his wife of 26 years, Susan Bay Nimoy, collected contemporary art and were on the board of overseers of the Hammer Museum in Westwood, Calif.
Leonard Nimoy: A Tribute to the Most Human of AliensDid Leonard Nimoy ever use double negatives in conversation? Did he need to consult his cellphone calculator to figure out the tip on a restaurant bill? Did he understand who put that wormhole in space in Interstellar?
Most of the world might assume Nimoy possessed a mind beyond mistake and beyond melding. For a half-century – since the premiere of the classic space fantasy Star Trek on NBC in 1966 – the actor was informally regarded (and greatly loved) as one of the most rational beings on the planet, and maybe in the galaxy.
If mankind were to evolve further, Nimoy, who died Friday at the age of 83, would be a good model.
Some high-level science agency might even consider deconstructing his genetic sequence – they'd at least decode a principled actor who transformed what could have a life of typecasting into a prosperous, admired and dignified career.
Nimoy, of course, played the Enterprise’s brilliant Mr. Spock, half-Vulcan, half-human. Spock was highly logical (that was the Vulcan side), but also able to comprehend how mankind could be so capable of screwing up and yet at the same time display qualities that were grand, noble and endearing.
Spock was an outcast, an observer, a commentator, a sage and an empath. Yoda of Star Wars, to some degree, begins with Spock. Yoda could have been a pet Spock rescued from an intergalactic shelter.
Nimoy's performance, one of the very best in the far-flung annals of fantasy, was typically cool, drily funny, stern – never robotic. With a little more human ruthlessness to stoke his reasoning powers, he could have been Cardinal Richelieu in space. But Spock was malleable. He could even be comedic. In the fourth Star Trek movie, 1986's The Voyage Home, he spends time in San Francisco, bickering with James Kirk (William Shatner) while wearing a white headband that makes him look as if he'd been watching a Jane Fonda exercise video.
Nimoy embodied this character so fully, all but perfectly, that Spock might have been Spock even without the pointed ears, the eyebrows that looked like an accent aigu opposite an accent grave, and the dark hair brushed forward like a seal pelt. But if the makeup conveyed an alien, it also highlighted the very human strengths of Nimoy’s face: The prominent, high-bridged nose, the somber mouth, the deep-set intelligent eyes. It was a face so severe it threw itself into shadow.
Apart from Spock, Nimoy enjoyed success directing movies – two of the Star Trek films (including Voyage), the hit comedy 3 Men and a Baby, the less successful The Good Mother with Diane Keaton – and television. His acting roles tended to capitalize on his Vulcan aloofness and intellect, from an untrustworthy pop-psychologist in 1978's remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers to an untrustworthy scientific genius on Fox's cult classic Fringe.
No matter what Nimoy did, it only fed into the enduring legacy of Mr. Spock and Star Trek. Nimoy already has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He deserves a constellation up in the night sky.
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.
"GENERAL HOSPITAL" SURGES TO OVER 1-YEAR HIGH IN TOTAL VIEWERS“General Hospital” surged to an over 1-year high in Total Viewers (3.186 million) and over 8-month highs in Women 18-49 (665,000/1.0 rating) and Women 25-54 (889,000/1.5 rating) – since the weeks of 1/6/14 and 6/9/14, accordingly – ranking as the week’s No. 2 drama in daytime in Women 18-49.
Monday’s show stood as the series’ most-watched telecast in over 1-year in Total Viewers (3.421 million), in close to 1-year in Women 18-49 (804,000/1.3 rating) and over 8-months in Women 25-54 (1.016 million/1.7 rating) – since 1/28/14, 3/25/14 and 6/9/14, respectively.
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."
What Really Happened in Fifty Shades Of Grey Auditions(Fifty Shades Trilogy Bundle - E L James) Before Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson took on Fifty Shades Of Grey, casting directors had the enviable/difficult job of auditioning other wannabe Christians and Anas.
Until now, it was a mystery what went down behind closed doors of those auditions. But lucky for us, actor Ryan Paevey – you know him from General Hospital – is now sharing details.
The very good-looking Paevey went on The View Tuesday to talk about his tryout for the role of Christian Grey and answered such burning questions as, "So, do you have to get naked?"
Here are the three things that go down at a Fifty Shades audition.
1. You arrive fully dressed: Sounds obvious, sure, but with a movie like this, you never know. As View cohost Whoopi Goldberg explained it, "When he walks in, yeah. He can't be naked coming down the street." (Hey, a person can dream, Whoopi.)
2. You sit around, looking at potential Anas, wondering who you'll get paired with: That's right: You go into it having no idea who you'll be running lines with. Think of it as the Hollywood equivalent of a blind date. Only you have to all hang out beforehand. "You sit in a long line in a hallway with a bunch of strangers," says Paevey of waiting to get called in. "Everybody knowing that one of us is going to molest one of us." (Note: When he says "molest," he's referring to acting out a scene with Ana.)
3. You don't stay clothed long: Once you get into the room, things move pretty fast. "She says something about how she wants to introduce herself to me," says Paevey of his co-auditioner – and then it quickly transitions into naked time. "But I don't do it," he explains of ditching his clothes. "She does it."
To recap, the Fifty Shades of Grey auditions aren't quite as steamy as the movie itself, but they're not exactly PG-13, either. Note to other dudes and ladies who tried to get the role: We wanna hear more – please share. And note to casting directors: If you ever need someone to fill in for you, we're available.
Ricky Martin Joins Simon Cowell's La BandaSimon Cowell is livin' la vida loca!
The opinionated Brit and his production company Syco Entertainment are bringing La Banda to American television and he's recruited Ricky Martin to executive produce and judge the reality singing competition.
"The phone rings, and Simon Cowell calls and he says, 'Ricky, I would like to meet with you,' " Martin says in promotional materials for the show. "We started throwing ideas and I was fascinated by this concept. I was fascinated by this show. I said, 'Of course I want to be a part of this! Thank you for inviting me.' "
La Banda is set to air on Univision and will feature Spanish-speaking male contestants from the United States, Mexico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico, who will compete for a spot in a 5-person group that will be managed by Martin.
"It's an amazing platform that I wish I had when I was starting in my career," says Martin, who got his start as part of the Latin group Menudo.
And don't expect Martin to be pulling out any Cowell-style insults on the show.
"Simon is a brutally honest judge, which is very important," explains Martin. "[But] I'm a little bit more nurturing."
Martin's fellow judges have yet to be revealed, but contestant registration is already underway and auditions will begin March 7 in Los Angeles before the search goes nationwide.
JOIN GH STARS FOR VIDEO CHATReal-life GH lovebirds Bryan Craig (Morgan) and Kelly Thiebaud (ex-Britt) are hosting an online video show, fielding GH questions from fans, on Friday, February 20 at 8 p.m.PT/11 p.m.ET. To buy a ticket to attend, click here.
'General Hospital' executive producer infuses old, new to keep soap releventNEW YORK (WABC) -- In an era when many soap operas are saying goodbye, ABC's "General Hospital" seems to be enjoying a bit of a renaissance.
When Frank Valentini checked into "General Hospital" a few years back, he asked himself a simple question: how could the show be made great again? And he found his answer by finding the right mix of old and new.
Ryan Paevey, a former model, is part of a new breed of soap star, keeping what fans affectionately refer to as GH relevant in the 21st Century by attracting a younger generation to a show that drew their mothers and grandmothers.
"I just felt as an outsider, I could bring a certain amount of energy to the show that I thought was lacking before I got here," Valentini said.
He is a hands-on executive producer for whom no detail is too small, as entertainment reporter Sandy Kenyon discovered when he made a brief cameo appearance.
And upstairs casting director Mark Teschner is always on the hunt for the next big star.
"Daytime is about discovering new faces, not just using familiar faces," he said. "It's finding the balance, and part of our life blood is to take chance on young actors."
Who works and who doesn't is often determined by the show's loyal viewers, though sometimes whether an actor stays or goes depends on his or her ability to memorize lots and lots of words.
"It all boils down to professionalism," Paevey said.
The scripts are written in Manhattan by Ron Carlivati and his team, and Valentini hails from Brooklyn, so while "General Hospital" may be located in Hollywood, the soul of the Big Apple is in its DNA.
"Growing up in Brooklyn makes you tough, makes you strong and stand up for yourself," Valentini said. "I think I like to use that every day."
Valentini said the toughest part of his job is endurance, shooting 250 hours of TV every year in less time than it might take to make a single feature film that lasts just a couple of hours.
You can watch "General Hospital" every weekday afternoon at 3 p.m. on Channel 7.
Springfield Concert Live On Yahoo!Rick Springfield (ex-Noah Drake, General Hospital)
Feb 25, 2015, 9:15 p.m. ET
House of Blues Boston, Boston, MA
Watch live online: https://screen.yahoo.com/live/event/rick-springfield
B&B'S GODFREY GOES HOMELinsey Godfrey (Caroline, B&B), who was hit by a car on February 2 while walking down a street in Los Angeles, posted an update on Twitter: "Thank you again everyone for your concern. After two [long weeks] I finally got to go home tonight. Now I started my long journey to recovery... This is definitely one of the hardest things I've ever had to do but I can't tell you how truly loved and supported I feel. I'm beyond lucky."
WGA Awards 2015 WinnerDAYTIME DRAMA: General Hospital, Written by Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Elizabeth Page, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten; ABC
Scott Reeves on Nashville“That’s the Way Love Goes” – Rayna’s anniversary of her induction into the Grand Ole Opry is cause for celebration and guest starring cameos by country stars Vince Gill and Lorrie Morgan as themselves. Rayna reaches out to Deacon and her daughters to perform with her, prompting the girls’ hopes of the couple reuniting romantically. Will is uncomfortable when he’s paired with an out gay man to collaborate on songwriting. Sadie is interviewed by Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” and goes public about her private battle, on “Nashville,” WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Nashville” stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Will Chase as Luke Wheeler, Eric Close as Teddy Conrad, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Oliver Hudson as Jeff Fordham, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad and Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad.
Guest starring are Aubrey Peeples as Layla Grant, David Alford as Bucky Dawes, Laura Benanti as Sadie Stone, Moniqua Plante as Natasha, Scott Reeves as Noel Laughlin, Lorrie Morgan as herself, Kyle Dean Massey as Kevin Bicks, Vince Gill as himself, Robin Roberts as herself and Nick Jandl as Dr. Caleb Rand.
“That’s The Way Love Goes” was written and directed by Callie Khouri.
HARPER ROSE BARASH MAKES GH DEBUT(Photo) The real-life daughter of Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Brandon Barash (Johnny), one-year-old Harper Rose Barash, will make her GH debut tomorrow in the role of Storms's on-screen daughter, Georgie, who arrives in Port Charles with her father, Bradford Anderson's returning Spinelli.
Talk Show AppearanceThe View - ABC
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17 – co-host Ryan Paevey (ABC’s “General Hospital”)
Another Cheetwood Baby!Congratulations to Derk Cheetwood (Max, GENERAL HOSPITAL), who along with wife, Cari Costner, welcomed their third child (and first son!) into the world! Little Cody Maclean Cheetwood was born Monday, February 9, at 8:53 a.m. He weighted 8 lbs, 7 oz. and was 21 inches long. Cody joins big sisters seven-year-old Kylie and four-year old Audrey in the Cheetwood family unit.
"We're super in love with this little booger," Cheetwood laughs. The proud papa even posted a photo to Facebook to show how well mother and child are doing and Kylie and Audrey welcoming Cody into the family! Our best wishes to the entire happy family!
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!!"
MAURICE BENARD ON THE FILM FESTIVAL CIRCUITMaurice Benard's (Sonny, GH) 2014 flick, The Ghost And The Whale, is screening on Thursday, February 13, at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival. Tickets are still available, and Benard will be in attendance. For ticket info, click here.
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!
General Hospital Casts AMC Fave Rebecca Budig in 'Spitfire' RoleTwo-time Daytime Emmy nominee Rebecca Budig is making tracks for Port Charles.
As part of General Hospital‘s Fan February promotion, executive producer Frank Valentini and headwriter Ron Carlivati announced on Twitter Tuesday that the All My Children and Guiding Light alumna will be joining the ABC serial in a role alternately described as “killer” and “a real spitfire.”
Budig in turn shared her excitement about the new gig via Twitter: @RebeccaBudig: I can't wait to be a part of #GH and to work with a group of very talented people!! #excited
In addition to her runs as GL‘s Michelle and AMC‘s Greenlee, Budig’s TV credits include appearances on CSI, How I Met Your Mother, Castle and Blue Bloods.
Budig’s first GH episode will air in March.
Spend Valentine's Day With Two GH Hunks!What could be better than spending Valentine's Day with two of GENERAL HOSPITAL's hottest hunks? If you figure something out, let us know!
On Friday, February 13, you can join Ryan Paevey (Nathan) and William DeVry (Julian) for a private dinner at Chateau Briand in Long Island, NY! There will be a buffet dinner with a Q&A session followed by a meet and greet and photo opportunities with the actors.
Then, on Saturday, February 14, you can enjoy an afternoon of hockey and hunks. There will be a buffet lunch and a meet and greet with the actors, plus the chance to attend the New York Islanders hockey game at Nassau Coliseum and high-five the players with Paevey and DeVry!
A limited number of tickets are available for each Hockey & Heels event. Click here for more information on the events and to order tickets!
DAYTIME EMMY PRENOMINATIONS REVEALED!See the list of Emmy Prenominations here.
MELGAR’S “FACE” TO HIT TIMES SQUARETHE BAY’s Lilly Melgar (Janice; ex-Lily, GH) is the new celebrity spokesperson for The Organic Face, “A gorgeous makeup line that’s 100 percent chemical free, all natural and made in the USA,” the actress enthuses. Melgar’s face will be featured in a billboard ad to be unveiled in Times Square on February 12 in conjunction with New York’s Fashion Week.
“Everybody knows that I always wanted to grow up and be on GENERAL HOSPITAL and that happened, but another secret dream of mine was to be the face of a cosmetics line and on top of that, I always dreamed of being on a billboard — but I never thought that billboard would be in Times Square during Fashion Week!" she beams. “It’s insane!” Of the line, Melgar states, “Organic doesn’t mean you sacrifice looks. The colors are gorgeous and this makeup is so pure, you can sleep in it, which is what got me because many nights I’ve fallen asleep with makeup on. Now, I don’t have to feel guilty [laughs].”
Melgar adds that The Organic Face is the perfect complement to her own line of organic bath and body care products and candle collection, Scentual By Lilly. “We both stand for the same thing: high-quality ingredients that are healing to the skin. If anyone wants to experience The Organic Face products and feel the difference, we have a special promotion code — Lilly20 — that offers a nice, chunky little discount,” she shares.
For more, see an upcoming issue of Digest and check out the following links: www.theorganicface.net and www.scentualbylilly.com, along with this video of behind the scenes with Melgar and The Organic Face.
Cristela Alonzo on General HospitalCristela leading lady/real-life General Hospital superfan Cristela Alonzo will guest-star on the soap opera’s Feb. 13 Valentine’s Day episode. She’s shaking things up as Assistant District Attorney Natalia Rodriguez, who has some questions for Nathan West about a break-in.
GH's Julius Takes To The Airwaves!Fans loved Gregory Zarian as Julius, Kate's flamboyant assistant on GENERAL HOSPITAL. Now, the actor/model is taking on a series of also-memorable roles. First, he guest stars in the Monday, February 2, episode of ABC's CASTLE (the one in which GH's Brianna Brown [ex-Lisa] is the main guest star). "I play Scott Galloway, a stockbroker who's questioned in the murder of Castle's friend, Eva," Zarian reveals. "I also got to work with Trent Dawson (Henry, AS THE WORLD TURNS) in the scene."
Then on ABC Family's CHASING LIFE, look for Zarian to play opposite Scott Michael Foster as his father's good friend. "It's combative, back-and-forth scene," Zarian relates. "In it, I'm the [jerk] who's basically dismissing his illness." Cancer is a personal issue to me as it has greatly affected my family, so I was happy to be part of this." The episode, titled "The Big Leagues," airs Monday, February 16 at 9 p.m. EST.
Next, look for Zarian to make a splash in the Thursday, March 26, episode of FOX's BONES. "I play Anthony Taylor, a handsome, perfectly dressed psychic accused of killing someone he knows," Zarian reveals of the episode titled "The Psychic In The Soup." "Cyndi Lauper also appears [in her recurring role as Angela's singing psychic, Avalon Harmonica] and trashes my character. I worked with John Boyd who plays Special Agent James Aubrey. It was just way fun!"
For the actor, who'd long wanted to be a part of the hit FOX drama, finally landing the perfect part on it turned out to be worth the wait. "It truly is a cohesive group of people that love what they do, get along, and make you feel like you're family," he relates. "I got sit next to [series star] Emily Deschanel in makeup, and we had a great chat about life and about me being a twin [with TV style guru Lawrence Zarian]."
THE SCOOP ON GH'S KEVIN RECASTGH viewers noticed that on today's episode (Jan 28), Kevin had a distinctly different appearance, that of actor Tony Stark. The part was temporarily recast because Jon Lindstrom was unavailable to tape the episode — and for a very good reason. Lindstrom has been tapped to appear on the hotly anticipated second season of the critically acclaimed HBO series TRUE DETECTIVE.
'General Hospital' ladies hit the Jersey Shore for fans(app.com) When Laura Wright visits New Jersey, the evolution of the soap opera fan is more evident than anywhere else she visits.
It's not just the stereotype of stay-at-home mothers and elder generations. Younger women are attending soap opera fan events, too.
"And you notice that here so much," says Wright, who plays Carly Corinthos Jacks on "General Hospital." "It's great. I wouldn't have said I notice that as much on Long Island. But here, you really notice the generations (of soap fans)."
Wright, alongside fellow "General Hospital" co-stars Finola Hughes and Maura West, visited fans for a special "Ladies of General Hospital" event Jan. 25 at Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club in Point Pleasant Beach.
The event was split in two parts. The trio first greeted fans for autographs and photos, chatting them up at every table. Later, all three took to the intimate stage for a question-and-answer session with the same audience and then some.
"There's so much honesty," Wright says of Jersey fans. "What we love is you see the groups of women that come and you see their friendship and their connection to each other, and then you're connected to it because they watch the show. You become a watcher of their friendship. The character of who they are is awesome."
The actresses shared behind-the-scenes secrets, stories and comedic moments on the "General Hospital" set. Hughes, who plays Anna Devane on the soap, is also known for roles on "All My Children" and "Charmed," as well as the film "Staying Alive."
"It's awesome to be part of the show," says Hughes, who hosted Style Network's "How Do I Look?" until 2008. "Just listening to some of the people here who love the stories and they love soaps ... today it just crosses my mind that these can never go away."
West, Hughes and Wright all portray characters of women in power on "General Hospital" — co-head of a crime organization, ex-police commissioner and hotel owner, respectively.
"I think with women in general working more in a man's world, I think they just bring that on as a part of the show," Wright says. "I think it's the evolution of our culture that continues to push that forward."
The three women took note of the familial connections that were present at Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club.
"I love (that) here, it's not necessarily your daughter. It's your cousin's wife," West says. "There's this extended family here that seems to be very close. That's the way it should be — the children should be with their cousins."
West, who plays Ava Jerome on "General Hospital," has portrayed roles "As The World Turns" and "The Young and the Restless." Wright also has acted on "Guiding Light," "The City" and "Loving."
"It's rich, it's rich with character and history," Wright says of fans on Sunday. "Then when you see them interact, there's so much love and honesty. The loyalty of our fans is just mind blowing. It's even hard to wrap your head around it — how grateful they are to have us come and spend an afternoon with us."
Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, 518 Arnold Ave., has more soap stars coming. Jackie Zeman and Ryan Carnes, both of "General Hospital," will hit the club Feb. 22.
Country artist and former "General Hospital" star Scott Reeves and his daughter, Emily Reeves, will perform March 8.
Finally, Genie Francis — known to the world as Laura Spencer of the famous soap couple Luke and Laura — will make an appearance March 22.
There also will be a "GH Fantasy Weekend" featuring these 10 "General Hospital" stars: Ian Buchanan, Tyler Christopher, Will deVry, Kathleen Gati, Nancy Lee Grahn, Rick Hearst, Wally Kurth, Ryan Paevey, Michelle Stafford and Laura Wright.
It will take place April 11 at Governors' Comedy Club in Levittown, New York, and April 12 at the Ramada/Fairbridge Hotel in East Hanover.
For more information on upcoming shows, call 732-899-3900 or visit www.unclevinniescomedyclub.com.
Brianna Brown Returns To 'Devious Maids' As Series RegularOriginal Devious Maids cast member Brianna Brown is returning to the Lifetime series as a regular in the upcoming third season, reprising her character as beautiful trophy wife Taylor Stappord. Brown co-starred in the pilot and on Season 1 where her character was ultimately shot and lost her baby. Brown made a guest appearance in Season 2, in which Taylor revealed that she and her husband were moving to Washington DC. She’s repped by Pakula/King & Associates and John Carrabino Management.
Bob Bardo Dies; Longtime Dick Clark Productions ExecBob Bardo, a longtime production executive at dick clark prods, has died. He was 71. A dcp rep said today that Bardo died December 20 in Studio City, CA, but did not give a cause of death. “You knew there was always a light on at dick clark productions, and it came from the office of Bob Bardo,” the company said in a statement.
Born in Potsdam, NY, Bardo began his broadcast career working in engineering, operations, administration and sales at the local station level, eventually landing a position at ABC-TV in New York. He later transferred to ABC in Los Angeles, where he worked on such programs as The Lawrence Welk Show and Let’s Make A Deal. In 1985 he began working as an associate producer and later coordinating producer on General Hospital, winning a Daytime Emmy for the show in 1995.
It was also in the mid-’90s that Bardo began working with dcp as a freelance producer/production executive for many of the company’s major productions. During that time he also worked on projects for NBC, helping launch production on a pair of soap operas, Aaron Spelling’s Sunset Beach and NBC Studios’ Passions.
In 2002, Bardo joined dcp full-time as Executive In Charge Of Production, overseeing the budget, planning, staffing and logistics for virtually all of the company’s programming. Described as the “go-to guy” for every production, Bardo was the trusted confidant to Dick Clark and Fran La Maina, and his responsibilities continued to grow under Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan and Orly Adelson until his departure in 2013, dcp said. During his tenure, he was involved in the expansion of the Academy of Country Music Awards, American Music Awards, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and the Golden Globe Awards, among many others.
Richard Simmons -- Cops Visit Home After Elder Abuse Claim ... And He's FineRichard Simmons had visitors Friday night ... cops who were doing a welfare check because he's been MIA for more than year ... and guess what? He's fine.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... 2 LAPD officers showed up to Simmons' Hollywood Hills home at 7 PM. Richard answered the door and showed them in. The cops' feedback -- he couldn't have been nicer and more gracious. They say he was articulate, lucid, relaxed and appreciative of their concern.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the visit was triggered by a long-time friend of Simmons who sent an email to the L.A. County D.A.'s Elder Abuse Unit last month and said he believed the 66-year-old fitness guru was being abused.
TMZ broke the story, Simmons went radio silent a year ago. He hasn't spoken to his friends, gone to his fitness studio or been seen in public. His friends say there is no way Richard would shut himself off this way. His manager says Simmons is simply depressed over a knee injury.
But we've learned the 2 cops who spent an hour with Richard say he seemed genuinely happy. Simmons, who now has a beard, told them he was "exhausted" after spending 30 years in the public eye. He said, "I just want to spend time with myself," although he says he's in regular touch with the people in his life who matter to him. He was alone in the house Friday when cops were there.
Simmons was walking with a slight limp, which is consistent with the knee injury. As for why he hasn't been to his fitness studio for the better part of last year, he said, "I've got people who run things. I don't need to be there." Until he disappeared he was a fixture at the studio.
GH: Kiki Recast(Photo) General Hospital has tapped The Young and the Restless alumna Hayley Erin to take over the role of Kiki Jerome, who was previously played by Kristen Alderson, Daytime Confidential reports.
Revenge's Carolyn Hennesy Previews Spat With Emily, More 'Atomic Bombs'Sunday’s Revenge saw the arrival — in the flesh, this time — of Carolyn Hennesy‘s wickedly enjoyable Penelope Ellis, and Hennesy tells TVLine she still has plenty of poison left to spill.
“She’s s even more of a monster in real life [than in Louise’s hallucinations],” Hennesy says. “She’s a delightful southern pecan praline with a worm in the middle. My basis was Olivia de Havilland as Miriam in Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte. She’s nothing but sweetness and pearls and concern when there’s someone in the room other than her daughter, but when she’s alone with Louise, she’s nothing but an impaling pole.”
Read on for Hennesy’s full Q&A, previewing Penelope’s rough encounters with Emily and Nolan, as well as her potential long-term plan.
TVLINE | I’ve got to be honest, this character feels like it was written for you.
Charm-with-fangs is a great thing for me to play. You smile big, but the sharpened molars are dripping poison. I don’t know if it’s good or bad, but that just seems to be a specialty of mine. It’s not only in my wheelhouse — it is my wheelhouse. As they say, the snake gets the best shoes and the best lines.
TVLINE | And I assume there’s more to be learned about the Ellis’ history?
There will be, yes. There are other atomic bombs to be dropped in Louise’s life.
TVLINE | And what’s Penelope’s relationship with Nolan? She clearly sees through the sham.
It’s very antagonistic. Nolan understands exactly who she is, so he hates her, and rightfully so. He really is Louise’s knight in shining armor, and now that they’ve gotten control of the money from Penelope, we’re left wondering what lengths she’ll go to to get it back. It’s all about the money.
TVLINE | Sunday’s episode description says Emily will help Louise with the “skeletons in her closet.” Can we expect an Emily-Penelope face-off?
[Laughs] There is, indeed, a face-off. There’s a wonderful roundtable dinner scene where I get to work with my favorite child, with Lyman, who’s really going places — as opposed to Louise, who’s just going straight to hell.
TVLINE | Now that she’s got herself a place in the Hamptons, how long can we expect her to stick around? Maybe… forever?
I want her there forever, too! It has thus far been a five-episode arc, of which we’ve seen four. Five comes up on Sunday, so we’ll see. Whatever happens, if it doesn’t go Penelope’s way, I’m hoping she doesn’t take it lying down. She’s capable of much more than we’ve even seen.
Fox Orders Comedy Pilot Starring John Stamos, Krista Vernoff/John Wells DramaFox has ordered two more pilots — an untitled single-camera comedy starring John Stamos, from former The Office head writer Danny Chun and Galavant creator Dan Fogelman, and Studio City, an hourlong drama/dramedy from former Grey’s Anatomy executive producer Krista Vernoff and John Wells.
Both projects had put pilot commitments and both hail from outside studios — ABC Studios and Warner Bros. TV, respectively — bringing the number of Fox pilot orders to outside suppliers to three, including Universal TV’s 48 Hours ‘Til Monday, in the network’s first season aligned with its sister studio 20th TV.
Written by Chun, the untitled comedy has ER and Full House alum Stamos playing a version of himself: a charismatic longtime bachelor whose life is upended when he discovers he’s a father — and a grandfather. Stamos is executive producing through his St. Amos banner, along with Fogelman, exec producing through his ABC Studios-based Rhode Island Ave Prods., and Chun, who also has been under an overall deal at ABC Studios.
Set in present-day Studio City, CA, Studio City is a family dramedy described as “The O.C. meets Shameless.” Inspired by Vernoff’s real-life experience growing up as the daughter of a drug dealer to the stars, the project tells the story of a young singer’s path to stardom, as she comes of age living with her songwriter father — who turns out to be a drug dealer to the stars. Vernoff and Wells executive produce Studio City with John Wells Prods’ Andrew Stearn.
Vernoff has been working on the Showtime dramedy Shameless, developed and executive produced by Wells through Warners. She also recently wrote and executive produced the E! drama pilot Songbyrd.
2015 GLAAD Media Award NominationsOutstanding Daily Drama
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'The 100's' Lindsey Morgan: Raven 'is furious with Clarke'When "The 100" returns with "Remember Me," it picks back up immediately after Clarke (Eliza Taylor) has killed Finn (Thomas McDonell) to try to make an alliance with the Grounders. But not everyone supports what Clarke did, least of all Finn's childhood sweetheart Raven (Lindsey Morgan).
Morgan tells Zap2it that Raven is not handling Finn's death well and likens it to a personal loss that she and her family experienced outside the show while it was filming this season.
"I find myself kind of floored sometimes, the similarities of what I went through," says Morgan. "You have moments where you're so down, then you have moments of lightness and happiness, and then you're hit with a wave of guilt. You have days when you're fine, then you have days where you're knocked back down to square one. You really see Raven struggle through it all. She goes anger, she goes through deep depression, she goes through guilt ... For her, this is probably the worst thing that could happen. She's so vulnerable and empty."
To add insult to injury, Raven and her fellow Ark inhabitants aren't even allowed to grieve for Finn, as his body is returned to the site of the massacre to be used in the Grounder "death ritual."
"It's a slap in the face to Raven because you already killed him, at least let me grieve him how I want to, but she can't, she's not allowed to," says Morgan. "She feels so alone and disrespected -- let me say goodbye to the person I loved the way I want to."
Naturally, Raven's anger is directed at the person responsible for Finn's death and it isn't pretty.
"Raven is furious [with Clarke]," says Morgan. "All Raven cared about was protecting Finn. She wants someone to blame, she wants to have somewhere to channel her pain and her anger and that's Clarke." But Morgan also says that Raven understands that even as she is mired in grief, she has to keep working toward saving her friends who are trapped in Mt. Weather.
"Raven is definitely one to throw herself into her work when she's dealing with an issue," says Morgan. "She doesn't want to wallow, so she tries her hardest to be productive, to be helpful. She wants to do anything she can to keep busy, keep her mind off the situation. But also she doesn't want Finn's death to be in vain. Plus, there are people in Mt. Weather that she does care about. She's furious with Clarke, but if Clarke made this decision, it better not be for nothing."
"The 100" returned Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
Next Month Is Fan February On GH!Do you remember Fan February? It's been years since GENERAL HOSPITAL celebrated its fans with a month's worth of treats, but they're bringing the tradition back in 2015!
"The popular Fan February campaign is back next month," reports a spokesperson for the soap, "and we're giving you, our loyal GH fans, something special every day all month long — stay tuned!"
What those surprises could be are anyone's guess, but we'll keep you up to date as we learn more!
See Benard On The Big Screen!If you're in the Los Angeles area, you have the chance to see the acclaimed new film starring GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard (Sonny) on the big screen! The Ghost And The Whale is screening as part of the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival.
Benard's film, produced by his wife, Paula, will be screening on the opening night of the festival, Thursday, February 12, at 10:15 p.m. at the Regal LA LIVE Stadium 14 Cineplex on West Olympic Blvd. in Los Angeles. It's also up for the People's Choice Award, the prize voted on by fans, so you could help it win!
The Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival showcases the best in new cinema and classic filmmaking, and runs from Thursday, February 12, to Saturday, February 28. You can purchase tickets for The Ghost And The Whale and the other screenings and events in the festival by clicking here!
Stars of ABC Family's "Baby Daddy" and ABC's "General Hospital" Cross Shows This FebruaryTHIS FEBRUARY IS A STAR-CROSSED NETWORK EVENT FOR ABC ENTERTAINMENT AND ABC FAMILY
“General Hospital”’s Kelly Monaco Guest Stars on “Baby Daddy” on Wednesday, February 4
“Baby Daddy”’s Derek Theler and Melissa Peterman Guest Star on “General Hospital” for a Special Valentine’s Day Episode on Friday, February 13
Burbank, CA (January 20, 2015) - In a fun move, cast members from ABC Family’s “Baby Daddy” and ABC’s “General Hospital” will crossover on both shows this February. On Wednesday, February 4, “General Hospital”’s Kelly Monaco (Sam McCall) will guest star on “Baby Daddy.” Then on Friday, February 13, “Baby Daddy”’s Derek Theler (Danny Wheeler) and Melissa Peterman (Bonnie Wheeler) will guest star on “General Hospital” for a special Valentine’s Day episode.
In “Over My Dead Bonnie,” Kelly Monaco plays an exaggerated version of herself. Danny is offered a cameo role on “General Hospital”; he’s really nervous and asks Riley to help him rehearse. Riley is a huge fan and can’t believe Danny is going to be in a scene with Kelly Monaco (Kelly Monaco), who plays her favorite character, Sam. Although Kelly is initially annoyed by the stunt casting, she soon finds Danny charming and decides he needs to be her new love interest. Meanwhile, Tucker and Ben are tired of living with Bonnie and are determined to get her out of their apartment and back into hers. The boys figure out the best way to break the lease is to have Bonnie “die,” so they stage a funeral on the “General Hospital” set. Michael Lembeck (“One Day at a Time”) also guest stars. “Baby Daddy” airs Wednesday, February 4th at 8:30pm ET/PT on ABC Family.
On “General Hospital,” Melissa Peterman plays an old friend of Olivia’s from Bensonhurst, and Derek Theler plays a colleague of Dr. Patrick Drake. In this episode, it is Valentine’s Day in Port Charles. Olivia receives a surprise visitor from her Bensonhurst days. Melissa Santoro-Picard (Melissa Peterman) and the two old friends quickly catch up on life and loves. Later in the day, Melissa runs into another familiar face in Port Charles.
Meanwhile, Dr. Patrick Drake is called to consult on a case at the last minute, delaying his date with Sam. Coincidentally, Patrick's colleague Derek (Derek Theler) was also stood up by his date. Derek and Sam agree to keep each other company until their significant others arrive. As the night progresses, the two discover the true meaning of Valentine’s Day.”General Hospital” airs Friday, February 13th on ABC.
DISNEY/ABC'S "THE F.A.B LIFE" CAPTURES OUTSTANDING CLEARANCES WITH OVER 70% OF THE COUNTRY ALREADY SOLDBURBANK, CA. (January 20, 2015) – The upcoming syndicated daytime talker “The F·A·B Life” (fun and beautiful), featuring the multi-talented Tyra Banks, has already been cleared in over 70% of the country. It was announced today by Janice Marinelli, President, Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution. “The F·A·B Life” is slated to debut in national syndication in the fall of 2015.
Disney | ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution has secured outstanding station clearances for the one-hour daytime lifestyle talk show. Sales to date include 24 out of the top 25 markets. In addition to the previously announced launch partner – ABC Owned Television Stations Group – “The F·A·B Life” has now been sold to leading stations from broadcast groups including Cox Media Group, Gannett Broadcasting, Scripps Broadcasting, Sinclair Broadcast Group, LIN Broadcasting and Raycom Media Group, among others. The most recent clearances for “The F·A·B Life” include WFAA Dallas, WFXT Boston, WSB Atlanta, WWJ Detroit, KNXV Phoenix, KIRO Seattle, WFTS Tampa, KARE Minneapolis, WSVN Miami, KTVD Denver, WFTV Orlando and WOIO Cleveland.
“Local station interest and resulting sales for ‘The F·A·B Life’ have been outstanding,” commented Janice Marinelli, President, Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution. “We are enormously pleased to collaborate with such a stellar group of stations and look forward to introducing this fresh and entertaining lifestyle show to viewers across the country next fall.”
Supermodel and entrepreneur Tyra Banks will lead a panel of diverse lifestyle experts – social media buff and foodie Chrissy Teigen, fashion guru Joe Zee, interior design professional Lauren Makk, and do-it-yourself YouTuber Leah Ashley. “The F.A.B Life” co-hosts will welcome celebrities, Internet influencers, experts and everyday people to share their knowledge and join in the party, providing an entertaining hour of television and daily takeaway important to viewers. From fashion and beauty to food and design to doing-it-yourself and even starting a business, the show will not only entertain, but also motivate the audience to make their lives more fun and beautiful.
Rick Springfield's butt wins in courtA jury has ruled that 1980s pop star Rick Springfield didn’t injure a woman at a New York State Fair concert a decade ago.
The state Supreme Court jury reached its verdict Friday morning after deliberating for an hour.
The singer known for his 1981 hit “Jessie’s Girl” was sued by 45-year-old Vicki Calcagno of Liverpool, New York, who said she suffered serious injuries when Springfield fell into her during a 2004 concert in suburban Syracuse. She said Springfield’s buttocks hit her head, causing lasting injuries.
Springfield, who testified he didn’t fall on Calcagno, said he was relieved by the verdict.
His lawyer said in closing arguments there were no witnesses, photos or video to support Calcagno’s claim.
Calcagno sued in 2007 and there was an earlier mistrial in 2013.
Brianna Brown on CASTLE“I, Witness” – Castle is hired to uncover if a client’s husband is having an affair, but the case takes a shocking turn when Castle witnesses the client’s murder – by her husband. But with no proof that the killing took place, Castle and Beckett must investigate to expose the truth, on “Castle,” MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Castle” stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle, Penny Johnson Jerald as NYPD Captain Victoria Gates, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, and Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan.
Guest Cast: Brianna Brown as Eva Whitfield, Ivan Sergei as Cole Whitfield, Gregory Zarian as Scott Galloway, Audrey Marie Anderson as Aubrey Haskins.
“I, Witness” was written by Terence Paul Winter & Amanda Johns and directed by Tom Wright.
Genie Francis Reveals 30-Lb. Weight Loss(Photo) Genie Francis has felt the pressure to be thin since she was a teenager starring on General Hospital.
"I started working when I was 14 years old," Francis tells PEOPLE. "The first thing they did after I had been there for three or four months is put Laura on a diet," she says, referring to her character Laura Spencer, one half of soap opera supercouple Luke and Laura. "I totally freaked and it was very hard on me."
Francis spent the next 30-plus years going from one crash diet to the next. Until now.
The 52-year-old teamed up with Nutrisystem after gaining weight due to menopause and the stress of her two kids leaving the nest. In seven months, she has shed 30 lbs.
"I wanted something different this time," says Francis, who plans to lose an additional 20 lbs. on the program. "A lot of the diets I've been on have been extreme and taught me how to starve myself. But this has taught me how to feed myself."
Now the actress never feels deprived. A typical day on Nutrisystem could be pancakes and eggs for breakfast, a half cup of yogurt as a snack and pizza with a big salad for lunch. Dinner might be a chicken breast with one cup of broccoli and half a cup of brown rice, followed by an ice cream sandwich for dessert.
But Francis did not slim down due to diet alone; the actress hit the gym five times a week. She still spends an hour, three days a week weight lifting with a personal trainer and two days doing cardio, like the elliptical machine and fast walking.
"The first five weeks I dragged myself to that gym, I didn't want to do it," she admits. "But then something flips and you want to go."
"The weight loss and toning up is almost secondary to me now because I need it just to feel good."
Make that great. Because with her weight-loss success has come a newfound confidence.
"More important than anything, I feel positive," she says. "I am able to look at the future with some sort of hope and excitement now. And really there was none of that when I was overweight."
The History and Influence of Soap Operas(Listen) Earlier today, Julianne Moore got an Oscar nomination for "Still Alice." She is by far the betting favorite to win the best actress award. But you may remember her better as Franny Hughes Crawford on "As The World Turns." And four or five years before Ellen said "I'm gay," Bill Douglas came out as a gay teenager on One Life to Live. That character was played by Ryan Philippe. In fact, Leo DiCaprio, Maria Tomei, Tommy Lee Jones, Parker Posey, Kevin Bacon, Meg Ryan, they all worked on soaps before they moved on.
Now there are only four soap operas left – drawn out, dramatic stories that used to be sponsored by soap manufacturers, and now are struggling to maintain relevance to house wives who have a lot more options in the middle of the day. We'll talk about this slice of Americana with those in the industry, and a professor who co-directs “Project Daytime.”
Barbara Irwin - Professor of Communication Studies at Canisius College, co-director of Project Daytime
Watch Parsons' New Amazon Pilot Now!Starting today, you can watch the new pilot POINT OF HONOR starring GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan). The Civil War-set drama is co-written by LOST's Carlton Cuse and Braveheart's Randall Wallace. The pilot is available at Amazon.com/pilotseason, and is one of many vying for a slot as one of Amazon's next original series. You can watch the show at that link and then take the survey to help get it produced.
And you can whet your appetite for POINT OF HONOR by watching the trailer here!
Kristen Alderson VideoWhy I decided to leave General Hospital. A THANK YOU to my fans!: Video.
H. Wesley Kenney Dies; TV Producer & Director Of Soaps, 'All In The Family'(deadline.com) H. Wesley “Wes” Kenney, a producer-director who won seven Daytime Emmys and directed two dozen episodes of All In The Family, died Tuesday of cardiac arrest at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, family friend Jodie Mann told Deadline. He was 89.
Kenney was a producer on hundreds of episodes of soap operas Days Of Our Lives, The Young And The Restless, The Doctors and General Hospital. During a 35-year career starting at the DuMont Television Network, he directed for such series as My Favorite Martian, Big John Little John, Flo and the pilot for All In The Family spinoff The Jeffersons, which aired an episode of Norman Lear’s landmark series starring Carroll O’Connor.
“I was an average guy, who with great luck was able to be successful,” he said in a 2008 interview with the Archive of American Television. “I think that’s as much as I can say. I love people. I love actors. I love doing the dramatic shows. So that’s how I’d like to be remembered, working with terrific people, great talented people.”
He was born Harry Wesley Kenney Jr on January 3, 1926, in Dayton, Ohio. After a stint in the Navy, he joined the DuMont Network, directing as many as a dozen live broadcasts a day. He helmed numerous episodes of the early ’50s series Rocky King, Detective, starring Roscoe Karns, and was at the control board for Mike Wallace’s 1950s interview programs Night Beat and The Mike Wallace Interview. Decades later, he taught at UCLA.
Kenney is survived by his wife, actress Heather North Kenney; sons Wesley and Kevin; daughters Nina and Kara; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Rick Springfield doesn't remember injuring fan with buttEighties pop star Rick Springfield doesn’t remember bashing a woman with his butt at an upstate concert in 2004, he testified Wednesday.
The Australian-born “Jessie’s Girl” singer said he knows his derriere still attracts female fans, but he’s careful about getting too close to them, the Post-Standard of Syracuse reported.
“I’m very aware of the crowd. I want to engage the whole audience,” Springfield told jurors.
Springfield, 65, is being tried civilly for allegedly slamming Vicki Calgano, 45, with his behind and knocking her unconscious at a show he performed more than 10 years ago at the New York State Fair.
Calgano, of Liverpool, England, claimed she suffered “serious, disabling and permanent injuries” in her 2007 lawsuit.
He also testified that he was used to women reaching out to “grab my butt if they’re feeling a little saucy” while he’s on stage.
Is Kristen Alderson B&B's New Hope?After Kristen Alderson dropped the bomb that she was leaving the role of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kiki, rumors started flying fast and furious that the Emmy winner was headed over to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL to assume the role of Hope, recently vacated by Kim Matula.
However, it turns out that was just wishful thinking on the part of fans, as a spokesperson for B&B confirms to Soaps In Depth that the rumor is untrue. "We are not recasting Hope," they report, "and we have not hired Kristen Alderson."
Do you think Alderson would have been a good fit for Hope?
"GENERAL HOSPITAL NOW!" IS LIVE ON WATCH ABC AND ABC.COMGeneral Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn sits down with a panel of celebrity super-fans and a handful of your favorite soap stars to dish on all things GH. Beginning with the first three episodes in the series, Grahn playfully pries into her co-stars lives offering fans a unique peek into what goes on behind the scenes of one of daytime’s favorite dramas. Each episode in the series offers insight into what it takes to get on-screen ready to become a true soap opera vixen -- from crying on cue and the art of seduction to showing what it takes to deliver a truly soap worthy slap.
The series can be found on ABC.com and WATCH ABC which is accessible from ABC.com or via the WATCH ABC app, and is free on select Android and iOS devices via the App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore.
Embeddable clips available: http://abc.go.com/shows/general-hospital/video/gh-now/.
GH's Kristen Alderson to ExitDaytime’s little girl has grown up, and now she’s moving on.
Kristen Alderson, whose 17-year run on ABC soaps began when she was 6 years old, is leaving General Hospital, TVLine has confirmed.
The Emmy winner will tape her final scenes soon, according to Soap Opera Digest, which first reported the departure.
Alderson started her career in 1998 as Starr Manning on One Life to Live, a part she played until the soap’s cancellation in 2012. She reprised the character on General Hospital later that year.
Her stint as Starr ended when Prospect Park, the production company that owned the rights to the OLTL characters after that show left ABC, became entangled in a legal dispute with the network about several characters — including Starr — appearing in Port Charles. So GH had Alderson portray a new character, Kiki Jerome, instead.
Alderson’s co-star and real-life boyfriend Chad Duell tweeted Saturday that the departure “was her decision.”
Together Again... On Television!Hallmark Channel announced yesterday that when the second season of their original series, WHEN CALLS THE HEART, returns in April, soap vets Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Nick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and Kristina Wagner (Felicia, GH) will join the cast as regulars!
Jack Wagner had made his debut in the last few episodes the period drama's first season -- HEART is set in a 19th century mining town -- playing forensic investigator Mountie Bill Avery, series star Lori Loughlin's love interest. At this time, there are no details regarding Kristina Wagner's character. But Season 2 promises that a secret from Bill's past could jeopardize his future with Loughlin's Abigail. Might Kristina's character have something to do with that? She'll make her debut in the third episode, and we can't wait to find out!
The second season of WHEN CALLS THE HEART will premiere on April 4 with a special two-hour episode.
SAG-AFTRA Members Ratify Netcode Deal(hollywoodreporter.com) SAG-AFTRA members have approved an agreement previously reached with broadcast television networks and producers for a renewal of the Network Television Code (Netcode) pact.
The contract, which was approved with 96.5 percent of members voting in favor, covers syndicated dramatic programs, daytime serials (soap operas), promotional announcements, variety, quiz, game, reality, talk, news, sports and other non-dramatic programs.
The deal was reached Nov. 14 and approved by the board Dec. 8.
"I congratulate our members on ratifying this excellent agreement. Our members will benefit from increased wages and overtime rates, expanded residuals and stronger protections,” said SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard.
Key terms of the deal include:
* Wage increases for most program categories of 2.5 percent in the first year and 3 percent in each of years two and three. For soap opera performers, increases are 2, 2.5 and 2.5 percent, respectively, and for network news, the increases are 2 percent in each of the three years.
* A reduction in streaming windows and increases in the streaming residuals rate consistent with the industry pattern.
* Language that helps facilitate the merging of the SAG and AFTRA benefit plans.
* Expanded ability for stunt coordinators to work under the Netcode.
* An increase to background rehearsal rates in year two, from $11 per hour to $15 per hour, and an increase for principal rehearsal rates in year two, from $25 per hour to $28 per hour.
* Increases in the overtime rate from $37.50 per hour to $42 per hour, and $16.50 per hour to $22.50 per hour, respectively.
* An increase in the stand-in rate for non-dramatic programming, from $24 per hour to $25 per hour in year one, and from $25 per hour to $26 per hour in year three.
* For the first time, a premium payment for solo/duo singers for multitracking and sweetening.
* Agreement that a bulletin will be issued to producers of content under the agreement to help ensure adequate warm-up space for dancers.
Luke And Bobbie Have A Sister?Let's have a show of hands — or a show of clicks in this case. Who was surprised to hear Bobbie mention not once but twice this week that she and Luke had a sister? GENERAL HOSPITAL's headwriter, Ron Carlivati, is pulling a little-known factoid from the depths of the show's history to get viewers talking! So, here's the deal with the mysterious Spencer sibling...
Patricia aka "Pat" Spencer has never been seen in GH's 51 years on the air and has only been mentioned a few times. Thanks to a clip from a 1978 episode, what we do know about her is that she is Luke and Bobbie's older sister and grew up in the same Elm Street house where Fluke is currently holding Luke captive. The Spencers had a rather deprived upbringing on "the other side of the tracks," which Bobbie has made clear she'd rather forget. But why forget an entire sibling? Hmm.
With the mention of Patricia after all these years, you can bet Carlivati has something cookin'!
Beau Kazer, Actor on 'The Young and the Restless,' Dies at 63(hollywoodreporter.com) Beau Kazer, who portrayed Brock Reynolds on the long-running CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, has died. He was 63.
Kazer is believed to have died on Dec. 30 in his sleep in Thousand Oaks, Calif., said his wife, photographer Sharon Alkus. She said he had been staying in Thousand Oaks to finish writing a book he called Adventures in Honkerville.
“Sadly, he was almost done,” she said. “I will type up the remainder of the chapters and dedicate it: ‘To Beau Kazer, a truly loving human being, one I hope to meet again someday.'”
The actor had health issues for two years, Alkus said, adding Wednesday that no cause of death had been determined.
Kazer played the lawyer son of Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) starting in 1974. He left the show in the early 1980s but returned to Genoa City on several occasions through 2013. He came back twice for his mother’s funeral (however, it was his mother’s look-alike that had died the first time).
The Toronto native also played Dr. Bunny Willis on the ABC soap General Hospital and appeared in guest-star gigs on such primetime shows as Hart to Hart, B.J. and the Bear and Barnaby Jones.
In Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976), Kazer is seen playing Brock on a television set that is kicked over by Robert De Niro’s character, Travis Bickle. For that, he received a credit as “Soap Opera Man.”
Who Is Bill Eckert?(soapsindepth.com) GENERAL HOSPITAL's Bobbie struck a nerve in Fluke with the mere mention of the name Bill Eckert. Unaware that it wasn't her big bro Luke she was talking to but rather his dead ringer (just like Billy was) set Fluke off on a defensive, angry tirade? So who was this lookalike cousin of theirs? We'll fill you in!
Bill first arrived in Port Charles in 1991 as a crewmember aboard the Quartermaine's ship, SS Tracy. Harlan Barrett hired him to salvage it when it sank and was later asked to run a cannery alongside his daughter, Julia Barrett. After receiving an inheritance from his father, Bill and his young son, Sly, moved into an abandoned lighthouse. What Bill and Julia didn't know was that Harlan was part of a cartel that manufactured a substance that they planned to use to overtake the global economy! And where was it manufactured? You guess it — the cannery!
Because Bill was running the cannery, the cartel thought it important to bring him in on the deal. However, Faison, who was part of the whole scheme, demanded Bill first prove himself by killing Robert Scorpio! Bill and Robert had become good friends, so that was not going to happen. Instead, they faked Robert's death. When Harlan found out, he decided to off Robert himself but Bill killed Harlan first.
Later on, Bill and Holly became involved, and together they investigated an art heist. That romance quickly ended when Holly found him in bed with his former flame, Victoria. With the cartel having disbanded and its members either dead or having escaped, a mobster named Frank Smith was running the crime scene in Port Charles. Luke and Laura were up to their ears in Mr. Smith chaos and Bill offered to help them get out of it. Unfortunately for Bill, the fact that he looked like Luke cost him his life when Smith's goons attacked and killed Bill, thinking he was his cousin.
But did Bill really die all those years ago? Could the reason Fluke got so bent out of shape at the very mention of the name be that its his true identity? Or might this be just another red herring?
General Hospital Recasts Role With As the World Turns FaveA General Hospital character is getting a new — but familiar — face.
On the heels of day player Robb Derringer tweeting-n-deleting about his release from the role of special agent Kyle Sloane, ABC has confirmed for Soap Opera Digest that daytime-TV vet Grayson McCouch is taking over the part.
McCouch’s soap resume include As the World Turns‘ Dusty Donovan (#Lusty4ever) and Another World‘s Dr. Morgan Winthrop, while his primetime credits include All Souls, Legacy and, most recently, Fox’s Gotham (as ill-fated Thomas Wayne).
Derringer, who made his GH debut in mid-November, will continue to appear as Kyle for the next several weeks, with McCouch set to begin recurring in early February.
SABATO SHOW RENEWEDFIX IT & FINISH IT, the home improvement show hosted by Antonio Sabato, Jr. (ex-Jagger, GH et al), had been renewed for seasons 2 and 3, Bellum Entertainment and Raycom Media announced today. The series will have an order of 150 episodes per season. In an interview with Digest to promote the September 2014 premiere, the actor explained, “I am not just coming in and hosting. I actually get involved in the demolition, building, painting, electrical, concrete work, etc. My designers are local and I am learning a lot from them about stuff that I want to do to my own house. It is really a learning experience and I am passionate about it. I really can’t wait to keep going. I love it."
Billy Miller to guest star on SuitsGeneral Hospital’s Billy Miller (Jason) will guest star on Suits when the Toronto-shot series returns for the continuation of its fourth season in January. Suits returns on Wednesday, January 28 at 10 p.m. on Bravo (in Canada) and USA Network (in the U.S.), but you'll have to wait for Miller. He will appear in the season finale episode. Miller will portray Marcus Specter, the younger brother to series star Gabriel Macht‘s Harvey.
MAURICE BENARD RENEWS GH CONTRACTMaurice Benard has renewed his contract and will remain with GH as Sonny Corinthos, the role he created in 1993. He tweeted, "It's great to stay home for a little while longer doing what I love to do thanks for all your support couldn't do it without you." For more with the actor, including where he'd like to see Sonny's storyline go in the new year and what keeps him on the show after all these years, see this week's issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Maurice Benard Inks A New Deal!There aren't many situations in life where everybody gets what they want, but we're happy to report that it does occasionally happen! During an exclusive chat with GENERAL HOSPITAL superstar Maurice Benard, he revealed to us that he recently renewed his contract with the soap! "It all worked out," he reports happily, meaning that while alter ego Sonny is facing some dark days at Pentonville, Benard will continue lighting up our screens. For details on Benard's contract negotiations -- including what ultimately convinced him to stick around -- pick up the issue of Soaps In Depth that goes on sale Monday, January 5!
Once Upon a Time Casts Originals Baddie as Aurora's FatherTV’s go-to baddie, Sebastian Roché, next will fill a role fit for a king — on ABC’s Once Upon a Time.
Having most recently made mayhem as The Originals’ Mikael, Roché will guest-star as Aurora’s father, King Stefan, in the upcoming second half of Once‘s fourth season, EW.com reports.
As per Sleeping Beauty lore, Roché’s royal has a past that’s entangled with the sorceress who years ago cursed his daughter — Maleficent, played by Kristin Bauer.
Sharlto Copley played King Stefan in Disney’s big-screen Maleficent, released earlier this year.
Roché’s TV resumé also includes stints on Scandal, General Hospital, Fringe and Supernatural.
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.
Farewell To The Britch!(Video) Parry Shen (Brad) posted this tribute video to his departing GENERAL HOSPITAL co-star Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) with highlights from Brad and Britt's unique friendship. (And a cameo appearance from the original Brad!)
The actress posted a farewell message of her own to Instagram that read: "Hey you beautiful, awesome people! It's been so hard reading all your tweets about me leaving the show and not being able to respond! I wanted to wait till my last episode aired to say my good-byes. And here we are... What a fun and challenging adventure this has been! It went by too fast. I decided not to re-sign my contract because I would like to book other roles on primetime shows and film. You have to follow your dreams, right? Thank you for all the love and support. I hope you will continue to follow me on to the next adventure! I love you all! - Britch"
GH headwriter Ron Carlivati responded by tweeting: "We are going to miss The Britch, but we are going to miss Kelly Thiebaud even more! Best of luck with your next chapter, Kelly!"
How do you feel about The Britch leaving Port Charles?
KELLY THIEBAUD SAYS GOODBYE TO GHKelly Thiebaud has officially checked out of Port Charles as Britt, and she posted a farewell message to fans on her Instagram account, saying, "It's been so hard reading all of your tweets about me leaving the show and not being able to respond! I wanted to wait till my last episode aired to say my goodbyes. And here we are... What a fun and challenging adventure this has been! It went by too fast. I decided not to resign my contract because I would like to book other roles on prime time shows and film. You have to follow your dreams right! Thank you for all the love and support. I hope you will continue to follow me onto the next adventure! I love you all." For more with the actress, check out the next issue of Soap Opera Digest, where she discusses her exit, her plans for the future and shares her favorite GH memories.
Writers Guild TV NominationsThe WGA has unveiled its nominations in TV, new media, news, radio, and promotional writing for its 2015 Writers Guild Awards, to be unveiled February 14 simultaneously in LA and NY.
Days of Our Lives, Written by Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Janet Iacobuzio, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons, Christopher Whitesell; NBC
General Hospital, Written by Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Elizabeth Page, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten; ABC
'Homeland's Nazanin Boniadi Wins 'Ben-Hur' Female LeadAfter a heated competition, Homeland actress Nazanin Boniadi (Leyla Mir, GH) has scored the offer to play the female lead opposite Jack Huston in the Timur Bekmambetov-directed remake of Ben-Hur for MGM and Paramount Pictures. Boniadi plays CIA operative Fara Sherazi on the Emmy-winning Showtime drama starring Claire Danes. She will play Esther in Ben-Hur, the role that Gal Gadot was in discussions before conflicts knocked her out.
The runner-up for the role was Sofia Boutella, the young Algeria-born actress who plays the villainess in the Matthew Vaughn-directed Kingsman: The Secret Service. Others who did chemistry reads with former Boardwalk Empire star Huston were Israeli actress Moran Atias (The Next Three Days) and Natalia Warner, who wrapped Learning To Breathe. Boniadi is repped by UK-based AKA.
GH CASTING NEW ROLEGH has sent out a casting call for a new, male contract role set to begin shooting in February. The character is described as, "Caucasian, late 20s. Handsome, dynamic, sex. A charming bad boy who gets in and out of trouble."
It's A Girl For GH's LoCicero!If GENERAL HOSPITAL's Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) wasn't already elated about expecting her second child next May, learning that she was having a girl has her over the moon! "I've just gotten my head around the fact that I'm having a girl!" she beams.
"I was 100 percent certain it was a boy based on a wonderful psychic that Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) sent me to two years ago," the expectant mom says. "[The seer] said, 'There is a baby here that's trying to be born.' She had no idea that at the time I was thinking about having another one. She referred to it as 'him' and then explained his personality. She said I would get pregnant shortly before I turned 45... and she was exactly right! I mean, except for the boy part," LoCicero laughs.
LoCicero and her husband, Michael, have been trying to give their 13-year-old son, Lukas, a sibling for quite some time now, so the news was especially surprising. "Without going too much into it, it was sort of like the story that so many people have," she says. "Almost immediately after kind of giving up and saying, 'All right, one kid is plenty,' I literally got pregnant the next day. So we were pretty psyched."
Will LoCicero's pregnancy mean that Olivia will also be expecting a little bundle of joy? For the time being, GH is remaining tight-lipped.
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!
The 2015 Daytime Emmys Are In April!Mark your calendars: The ceremony for the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards has been scheduled for Sunday, April 26! The deadline for performer pre-nomination clips to be submitted will be Friday, November 28, and the final nominations will be announced on Tuesday, March 26.
There have been some new categories added, one of which is Guest Performer in a Drama Series, which should include high-profile-but-short-term actors like GENERAL HOSPITAL's Donna Mills (Madeline) and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Ray Wise (Ian).
At this time there have been no details released regarding how the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast, but it will likely be via the Internet as they were this year. (Although hopefully with a better pre-show!)
GH-er ExpectingCongratulations to Derk Cheetwood (Max, GH) and wife Cari, who are expecting their third child and first son, due in early February. The new addition will join daughters Kyle, 6, and Audrey, 4.
Franco's Staying Put!Although Roger Howarth recently booked a part on The CW's new hit THE FLASH, it looks like his GENERAL HOSPITAL alter ego, Franco, won't be going anywhere! The soap's executive producer, Frank Valentini, says that everyone at the show was "thrilled for Roger and this opportunity." As for how the actor would juggle both, the exec explains that "the timing for this role worked out so that he can shoot during our current GH hiatus." Meanwhile, get ready for the social event of the season as next week, the countdown to Franco and Carly's wedding kicks into high gear!
Roger Howarth Joins ‘The Flash'Roger Howarth (General Hospital) has landed a recurring role on CW’s superhero series The Flash, based on the DC comic. The project, from Warner Bros TV and Berlanti Productions, is an origin story about Barry Allen, aka The Flash (Grant Gustin), a Central City assistant police forensics investigator who arrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past. Howarth, repped by Gersh and McGowan Management, will play Mason Bridge, an award-winning reporter from the Central City Picture News. He’s assigned to shepherd new employee Iris West (Candice Patton), but their relationship becomes complicated when Bridge begins to investigate Barry’s mentor, Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh). Howarth can currently be seen in General Hospital. He also recurred on Californication.
New Project For GH Stars!GENERAL HOSPITAL's Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) and Kimberly McCullough (Robin) would like to invite you to a special Hollywood reading of the script of a new television pilot, featuring a plethora of familiar Port Charles faces!
Written by McCullough and produced by Christopher, Hey Day is a satirical look at the debaucherous on- and off-screen world of the daytime drama DOCTORS OF ROMANCE. And not only was the premise inspired by GH, but the actors roped in some current and former castmates to participate in the reading, including Lexi Ainsworth (ex-Kristina), Finola Hughes (Anna), Linda Elena Tovar (Rosalie), Ian Buchanan (Duke) and Ronnie Marmo (ex-Ronnie). ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Bree Williamson (Jessica) is also joining in on the fun as are special guests Nicolas Bechtel (Spencer, GH) and Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma, GH).
The reading is being held on Thursday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Theater 68 in the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, CA, and it will include a 30-minute Q&A after the reading with the cast. There are only a limited number of tickets available to the public, and you can purchase them and get more information about the event by clicking here!
'Queens of Drama' Docu-Series with Vanessa Marcil, Donna Mills and Hunter Tylo Expected to Air in 2015 on POP, Formerly TVGN(musictimes.com) Soap opera stars have been grabbing headlines for a multitude of reasons lately. First there was the firing of Michael Muhney from CBS's The Young and the Restless because of sexual harassment allegations, and then we learned that two popular soap stars were headed to reality television. Eileen Davidson and Lisa Rinna are currently filming scenes for The Real Housewives of Orange County, which is scheduled to air on Bravo early next year. It was only a matter of time before a reality series comprised of daytime stars would hit the air, and we have just learned that a new project has been given the green light: Queens of Drama on POP, formerly TVGN.
Queens of Drama is a new docu-series which follows a group of former daytime and primetime soap stars as they work together in an attempt to produce a new primetime, serialized drama to star in. Vanessa Marcil, Hunter Tylo, Donna Mills and Lindsay Hartley and others have signed on to do the show. They will be required to work together both in front of and behind the cameras as they also develop, pitch and produce a steamy series. The goal for the ladies is to land a pilot deal by the end of Queens of Drama's season.
The show will air on POP, a rebranded version of the TV Guide Network set to debut in 2015. Brad Schwartz, president of entertainment and media of POP, confirmed the addition of Queens of Drama to the lineup.
He said, "We couldn't be more excited to announce our first wave of original programming that will launch POP to the world in the new year. Our slate is filled with fun, fan-driven content featuring big stars and rising talent, as well as an optimistic spirit that celebrates audience passion."
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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