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News, Cast Updates and Scoop(News section last updated June 18, 2013)
Tyler Christopher Signs GH ContractThe Cassadine prince won't be going anywhere! Tyler Christopher tells Digest that he is now officially on contract and will remain with GENERAL HOSPITAL as Nikolas. "It took us a few months to work out the details, but I signed last week," he reports. "I'm really happy about it. I love the show and I'm having a great time."
More Film Festivals For GH's Jon LindstromJon Lindstrom's (Kevin, GH) feature film directorial debut, How We Got Away With It, continues its march across film festivals nationwide. On June 29, the flick (and the actor/director) appears at the 2013 Manhattan Film Festival at the Quad Cinema in New York City. For more info, visit http://www.manhattanfilmfestival.org and http://www.screenbooker.com/buytickets/0/485. The film received the Stolman Audience Award for Best Independent American Feature at the Sonoma Int'l Film Fest, the Best Thriller Feature Film at the Bare Bones Int'l Film & Music Fest and was nominated for Best Showcase Feature Film at SOHO Int'l Film Festival. Lindstrom was also nominated and Best Actor/Filmmaker in a Feature Film at Bare Bones. The busy actor tells Digest that he will also be taping more episodes of GH in July.
Franco seeks funding for filmActor James Franco is asking fans for $500,000 to help fund a trilogy of films based on his book Palo Alto.
Franco is using fundraising website Indiegogo.com to pull in the capital needed to make three films based on his 2010 collection of short stories about troubled teens.
He is offering a number of rewards in exchange for big contributions, including a role in one of the movies for someone who donates $5,000 and an executive producer credit and dinner with the Hollywood star himself for anyone who puts up $10,000.
Franco follows in the footsteps of Rob Thomas and Zach Braff, who have raised millions through online campaigns to make their respective dream projects — a Veronica Mars movie and a sequel to cult drama Garden State. (Video)
Broken Wrist For GH StarBryan Craig (Morgan, GH) recently broke his wrist while playing ball with some friends. The injury will be written into his storyline, and both actor and character will be sporting a cast.
Daytime Emmy Awards on HLN - June 16From talk shows to soaps, the Daytime Emmy Awards honor the best of daytime television. Watch the show June 16 at 8 p.m. ET, live on HLN, and tune in early to catch Showbiz Tonight's live Red Carpet pre-show at 7:30 ET!
See The Winners & Our Emmy Picks here.
'Days of Our Lives' wins drama series honors; envelope mix-up at Daytime Emmy Awards“Days of Our Lives” won drama series honors for just the second time in 40 years at the Daytime Emmys in a rough-hewn ceremony that included more upsets and an envelope mix-up on Sunday night.
The NBC soap opera that began in 1965 beat out defending champion “General Hospital” and former three-time winner “The Bold and the Beautiful,” among others.
The category included the only four remaining soaps still airing on the broadcast networks in addition to “One Life to Live,” which has found new life on the Internet after being canceled.
“Days” only other drama series win was in 1978.
The show claimed one other trophy: Chandler Massey as outstanding younger actor.
Doug Davidson of “The Young and the Restless” and Heather Tom of “The Bold and the Beautiful” won lead acting honors.
Davidson earned his first career trophy for a role he’s played since 1978. Tom, who previously was on “Y&R,” repeated her win from last year.
Davidson had been nominated seven times in various categories for playing Detective Paul Williams on the CBS soap.
“It suddenly occurs to me that the presenters are younger than my tux,” he said. “I would like to thank the viewers. They have been more than fans, they’ve been like family to me. They’ve supported my character in some very difficult times.”
Tom of “B&B” won for her role as Katie Logan, who struggled with post-partum depression and abandoned her baby in a major story line. Last year, she became the first person to win Daytime Emmys in the younger, supporting and lead categories.
“It’s awesome. I’m so grateful to be part of this community,” said Tom, the fifth woman to win consecutive lead actress honors in Daytime Emmy history.
CBS claimed eight trophies during the telecast, giving the network a leading 21 wins including those from last week’s creative arts ceremony. PBS was second with 14 wins.
The show had its unexpected moments, including Corbin Bernsen uttering two expletives during the in memoriam tribute that included his late mother Jeanne Cooper of “The Young and the Restless.”
The ladies of “The Talk” presented outstanding talk show informative and when Aisha Tyler opened the envelope she quickly realized it was the wrong one.
“Oh, this is interesting,” she said. “This winner is not in this category.”
The audience in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton gasped at the error.
“There better be a cocktail waiting on my table,” Tyler said before being handed the correct envelope from the wings.
Tyler then announced “The Dr. Oz Show” as the winner.
“I was having heart palpitations, real ones,” Dr. Mehmet Oz said onstage.
In another surprise, Scott Clifton of “The Bold and the Beautiful” and Billy Miller of “The Young and the Restless” tied for supporting actor in a drama series.
“It’s fantastic,” Miller said about sharing. “I assumed it was Scott’s. I didn’t hear my name which is why I was trying to sit down when they were pulling me up.”
Julie Marie Berman of “General Hospital” won supporting actress honors. She has since left the ABC soap.
Kristen Alderson of “General Hospital” won the younger actress category.
In an upset, first-time nominee “CBS Sunday Morning” beat out heavyweights “Good Morning America” and the “Today Show” for outstanding morning program.
“We snuck in while nobody was looking,” host Charles Osgood said.
Ricki Lake, whose daytime comeback has been canceled, won outstanding talk show host.
Ben Bailey of “Cash Cab,” which is no longer being produced, picked up his third win as outstanding game show host. “The Price is Right” won game show honors.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” earned its seventh trophy as outstanding talk show entertainment.
“Good Morning America” weather anchor Sam Champion, along with HLN network’s A.J. Hammer and Robin Meade, hosted the 40th annual show.
Reflecting the current era of dwindling daytime audiences, network budget-cutting and the cancellation of some soaps, the awards show was aired by cable news channel HLN, having lost its longtime home on the broadcast networks last year.
The constant din of audience chatter could be heard on the telecast.
The Daytime Emmys moved back to Southern California last year after being in Las Vegas for two years, and its ratings, like many of the daytime shows it celebrates, have bounced up and down in recent years. Last year, HLN scored its highest numbers ever for a scheduled non-news broadcast when it aired the awards for the first time.
In an effort to liven up the proceedings, the night’s biggest winners were chatted up, sometimes awkwardly, on stage by celebrities right after their acceptance speeches.
“All I could think about was, ‘Please, I got up here without successfully falling out of my dress, so please just get me off the stage,’” said Tom, who had a plunging neckline. “I don’t even remember what I said.”
“One Life to Live,” along with the venerable “All My Children,” ran for more than 40 years on ABC until both were canceled. Each has since been revived online with much of their casts intact, leaving just four soaps still airing on the broadcast networks compared to a dozen in 1991.
The show paid tribute to Lifetime Achievement Award winners Monty Hall and the late Bob Stewart.
Now 91, Hall hosted the popular “Let’s Make a Deal” game show starting in the 1960s.
“When we started the show, I just hoped for 13 weeks and we passed 50 years,” Hall said on the red carpet about the show that still airs today.
Stewart, who died last year, created such game shows as “The Price is Right,” ‘’To Tell the Truth,” ‘’Password” and “The $10,000 Pyramid.”
Jess Walton of “The Young and the Restless” joined Bernsen for the in memoriam segment. He dropped the expletives that went out over the air when talking about his late mother.
See The Winners List & Our Emmy Picks here.
GH's Anderson Speaks!(abc.soapsindepth.com) The rumors can now be laid to rest. Soaps In Depth caught up with GENERAL HOSPITAL's Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) at a pre-Emmy party in Beverly Hills and learned the real reason behind his new status as a recurring player.
"I've been on the show for seven years, and I'm still sticking around," he tells In Depth exclusively. "I'd just like to flex my creative muscles and dip my toe in the creative waters but still keep the fires burning at GH. I feel so incredibly lucky to be playing this character, to have created him and to see where the twists and turns of his development take him. Spinelli has plenty of adventures ahead. I'm here, and I hope you will be, too."
As central a character as Spinelli has become over the years, it's easy to forget that when Anderson first came aboard in November of 2006, it was on a recurring basis. It wasn't until six months later that the soap signed him to a long-term deal.
Nancy Lee Grahn InterviewGeneral Hospital's Nancy Lee Grahn Dishes Her Daytime Emmy Gig. Read the TV Guide interview here.
Soap opera stars to appear at Samantha's Friends gala(heraldtribune.com) TV soap opera stars are again lending their support to help people with disabilities.
The annual charity fundraiser, with a "Summer Fun in Port Charles" theme this year, will be from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 30 at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd., Bradenton.
Scheduled to appear are Kelly Sullivan, Kristen Alderson and Chad Duell of "General Hospital," Eric Martsolf of "Days of Our Lives" and professional models Marie Elizabeth and Emily Buncik.
Event highlights include a buffet brunch with the actors, entertainment by Miss Florida winners, a fashion show, canine parade, live auction, and photos and autographs with celebrities after the show.
Auction items will include a cocktail dress from Cache, lunch and professional photo shoots with a star and a 50th anniversary "General Hospital" book signed by the entire cast.
The mission of Samantha's Friends is to help people who have experienced a catastrophic illness to regain their independence with the assistance of a service dog.
Samantha's Friends was founded in 1996 by Eddie Perley as a fundraiser for Samantha Bozza, who had a brain aneurysm caused by an arteriorvenus malformation when she was 15. Today, the young woman operates a Curves for Women facility in Sarasota. She was the first recipient in 2004 of the Woman of Achievement Award in Florida and in 2005 was named a Woman of Excellence for her service to others.
Bozza and her mother, Alice, have organized the celebrity galas for 11 years.
Tickets are $90 general admission or $125 for VIP access. To buy tickets, contact Samantha Bozza, 448-8558, or Alice Bozza, 518-3906. For more information, visit the website at www.samanthas-friends.org.
Tickets Still Available For GH Fan Events!If you're planning to attend the annual General Hospital Fan Weekend at the Sportsman's Lodge Hotel in Studio City this summer and haven't yet booked all your events, you're in luck. There are still seats available at gatherings for three of the most popular stars!
Join Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) for her fourth annual breakfast on Friday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to noon where the tradition of greeting her guests mimosas and her gift of girlfriend gab will continue. Then, get ready to scream for Tyler Christopher (Nikolas), who will have lots to say about his return to GH, his exciting run on ABC Family's THE LYING GAME, and the story behind his jaw-dropping new physique. Christopher's event will be held on Sunday, July 28 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Finally, join funny lady Carolyn Hennesy who in addition to dishing the deets on sassy Diane, her children's books, and her work on COUGAR TOWN, will also be talking about her passion for elephants and even giving away a one-year membership to the Los Angeles Zoo! Hennesy's gathering is on Monday, July 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. Don't miss out on the fun. Visit http://soapstarevents.com to purchase your tickets soon!
Hughes Wins With The BetGENERAL HOSPITAL's Finola Hughes (Anna) already made the transition from dancer to actor to fashion guru. Now she's reinvented herself again by directing The Bet, a romantic comedy from screenwriters Annie J. Dahlgren and Christina Eliason and the all-volunteer cast and crew of the Community Film Studio Santa Barbara (CFSSB). "This script was chosen because it was easy to shoot: There were a ton of locations, but they were all local," offers Hughes, a Santa Barbara resident. "And we were able to do it for literally $35,000!"
It's A Film About Family
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While The Bet continues on to additional festivals, Hughes is already looking forward to her next project. "I have two other things in the works that I'll be directing, so I won't be back to the CFSSB," she reveals. "[Plus,] I think it's very important that every director that goes through CFSSB is doing it for the first time. That's the beauty of it!"
Soap Opera Actress Maxine Stuart Dies(people.com) (Photo) Longtime soap opera actress Maxine Stuart has died at age 94. She had regular roles on The Young and the Restless and The Edge of Night.
Her daughter, Chris Ann Maxwell, tells the Los Angeles Times that her mother died of natural causes on Thursday at her Beverly Hills home.
Maxine Stuart began her career in the New York theater. She had small movie roles but was best known for her TV work, which included guest appearances on shows such as Peyton Place, NYPD Blue and Judging Amy.
She received a 1989 Emmy nomination for her role as a piano teacher in The Wonder Years.
According to the Times, her real name was Maxine Shlivek and she was born on June 28, 1918, in Deal, N.J. Her first husband was character actor Frank Maxwell.
That marriage ended in divorce in 1963, and she wed writer David Shaw in 1974. He died in 2007.
Roger Howarth To Recur On 'Californication'General Hospital and One Life To Live star Roger Howarth is set for a multi-episode arc on Showtime’s veteran comedy Californication. Howarth, repped by Gersh and Bob McGowan of McCowan Management, will play a yoga teacher in the class of Karen (Natascha McElhone), Hank’s (David Duchovny) longtime, on-again/off-again girlfriend and mother of his daughter.
Dish The Daytime Emmys With Sean KananSean Kanan and wife Michelle will welcome TV Guide soap expert Michael Logan to their radio show, KANAN'S RULES, at 8 p.m. PT on June 12 on the UBN Radio Network (ubnradio.com). "We're going to talk about the Daytime Emmys and the state of daytime in general," Kanan previews. "It's going to be a good show!"
The Talk to Air Post-Emmy Celebration EpisodeWhether they win or lose at the Daytime Emmys this Sunday night, the ladies of The Talk are throwing themselves a party — and we're all invited! A rep for the CBS talk show tells TV Guide Magazine that the five hosts will be joined live in-studio on Monday, June 17 (2pm/1c/1p) by some of the biggest winners from the previous night's 40 annual Daytime Emmy Awards.
The rep also tells us the guest roster at this "after party" will not be limited to CBS winners, which means any top trophy-grabbers from the competing talk shows, as well as ABC's General Hospital and NBC's Days of Our Lives, will be warmly welcomed. (Can you imagine ABC's The View being this gracious? Uh, we can't.) Still, chances of a CBS blitz on Emmy night are pretty good considering the network leads with 51 nominations. The Talk is up for five awards, including Outstanding Daytime Talk Show, while CBS's two hit soaps, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and The Beautiful share a whopping 40 nominations between them. Both of CBS's game shows, The Price is Right and Let's Make a Deal, scored nods for Outstanding Game Show.
The awards air live on cable channel HLN from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, June 16 (8/7c). In a first for the Daytime Emmys, fans can view the specific episodes each nominee submitted to the judges by going to HLNTV.com. So check 'em out — it just may help you win that Daytime Emmy pool!
Who Are The Jeromes?What's all this talk about the deadly Jerome family Mob? Here's a little recap of the terror they brought to town!
The Jeromes' place in Port Charles history dates back to the mid-late 80s. Reporters interrupted Duke and Anna's wedding with allegations that he helped cover up the murder of Edge Jerome of the notable Jerome crime family several years earlier. Although Anna left Duke, she couldn't stay away for long and they married.
The Jerome family name popped up again a couple of years later when Anna was kidnapped and Duke joined the "family" to utilize their contacts to find her. The family patriarch, Victor, helped Duke locate Anna, but at a price: Victor insisted Duke fill the role within the organization once occupied by his son, who took a bullet for Duke and died. Duke wanted out, but he was trapped in the Jerome family Mob.
Victor's daughter, Olivia, had the hots for Duke and tried to seduce him, but he was faithful to Anna, who was pregnant with his child. Rejected by Duke romantically and certain she would never fill the role in her family that Duke held, Olivia plotted to kill him. Her scheme, however, ended up injuring Anna and killing their unborn baby. She also set up an attack to kill her brother Julian, who faked his death. Olivia was confined to a mental hospital, was later released and then, thanks to a confession Anna got out of her, she was sent back again.
Victor, meanwhile, was sent to prison after Duke testified against him. He, of course, escaped and headed right off to see Lucy Coe, with whom he was obsessed. When she spurned his affection, he swallowed a pendant he engraved for her and choked to death on it. Julian took over the organization and was determined to neutralize Olivia by killing Duke and framing her for it. He set his scheme in motion by kidnapping her. When she heard that he was going to kill Duke, Olivia hoped to warn Anna. Julian, however, shot and killed her before she could do so. Later, Julian and Duke got into a fight and both were shot and killed. Or so everyone assumed. As it turned out, Duke was alive.
Could Julian have also survived? And what could Ava's true motives be? Stay tuned!
Thompson Hits Nashville!If you're a GENERAL HOSPITAL fan who's going to be around downtown Nashville this weekend, you might be interested to know that Jason Thompson (Patrick) is going to be making an appearance at the CMA Music Festival Summer Block Party!
The event, which will be held from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8, will feature musical performances, food, giveaways and fun. Thompson will be participating in a Q&A session and autograph signing, but it sounds like there will be plenty to do once you've seen Dr. Drake!
'GMA' Anchor Sam Champion, A.J. Hammer, Robin Meade To Host Daytime EmmysHLN, the host network of the annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards show, now in its 40th year, presented live from The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 16, 8-10 p.m., ET/PT, today announces ABC’s Good Morning America’s Sam Champion along with HLN’s own A.J. Hammer and Robin Meade to host this year’s landmark awards show.
Additionally, Kathy Griffin,Rachael Ray, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Erika Slezak, Kristen Alderson, Nancy Lee Grahn, Lindsey Morgan, Freddie Smith, the ladies of “The Talk” including Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Sara Gilbert, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood, Jason Thompson, Chandler Massey and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood have also been confirmed to present. Teen powerhouse Italian Opera trio – IL Volo is confirmed to perform their hit song, “Mas Que Amor” during the “In Memoriam” tribute.
Previously announced presenters include some of the biggest names in television, past, present and future including Steve Harvey, Betty White, Wayne Brady, Alex Trebek, Todd Newton and the newest additions to daytime TV, Bethenny Frankel and Kris Jenner. The Young and the Restless’ hot, young stars Max Ehrich, Bryton James and Hunter King were also announced to present with Corbin Bernsen and Jess Walton to introduce the “in memoriam” tribute. Additionally announced, Wayne Brady to present Game Show Icon Monty Hall and Betty White to present Legendary Producer Bob Stewart with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Awards.
2013 marks the landmark 40th anniversary of the Daytime Emmy® Awards, representing four decades of achievement within the Daytime Community. The theme of past, present and future will be a defining constant throughout this year’s monumental telecast honoring this special anniversary.
Blue Bloods Promotes Marisa Ramirez to Series RegularMarisa Ramirez (Carmen/Ines, The Young & The Restless; ex-Gia, General Hospital/Port Charles) has been promoted to a series regular on Blue Bloods, replacing Jennifer Esposito, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
After Esposito was put on indefinite medical leave in October due to her struggle with Celiac disease, CBS said she was "unable to perform the demands of her role" and brought in several guest-stars, including Ramirez, to fill in as the partner of Donnie Wahlberg's Det. Danny Reagan. Esposito called the network's actions "absolutely shameful behavior" and she permanently exited the show in January.
Ramirez's character, Det. Maria Baez, will now be Det. Reagan's full-time partner. "Truly, I never dreamed I would be coming back as a regular," Ramirez told THR. "To say I am grateful is an understatement."
Ramirez's previous credits include Body of Proof, Spartacus and The Young and the Restless.
See Jack RunDidn't get enough of Jack Wagner after his recent quick stint as Frisco on GENERAL HOSPITAL? This Sunday, June 2, at 8:00 pm EST, you'll have a chance to see him in something totally different — a sitcom! He's guest-starring on Nick at Nite's SEE DAD RUN, starring Scott Baio. "I'm playing a pretty famous golf pro, who has won many prestigious tournaments," Wagner says. "I have a daughter who is friendly with Scott Baio's son. And Scott's character is real star-struck with me. It's that whole thing with men when they're around golf pros. They lose perspective of who they are. That's sort of what happens with Scott. It's pretty funny stuff."
Although "funny" isn't something that you'd normally associate with Wagner, it is without a doubt a genre he is attracted to. "I love comedy," he says. "I did as much as I could possibly squeeze in through the years on GH, MELROSE PLACE and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL. But those aren't really comedy-driven unless they specifically want something to be tongue-in-cheek. I was always trying to add as much as I could. So to be doing some comedy in sitcom format, that's a lot of fun."
And while you wait for Sunday, enjoy this clip of Wagner on the show!
Rick Springfield to write 'spiritual' novelRick Springfield is writing a novel and no, it's not about Jessie's girl.
The Grammy-winning Australian rocker, 63, will publish his debut novel, Magnificent Vibration, next May with publisher Touchstone.
The book portrays a man "who has hit a dead end in his life, but who serendipitously receives a 1-800 phone connection to God via an inscription in a mysterious self-help book that may just give him a shot at saving the planet."
What can readers expect? It's described by his publisher as "hilarious, poignant, spiritual, over-the-top, and deeply meaningful."
Springfield, who hit the top of the charts in 1981 with the single Jessie's Girl and continued his career with 17 songs in the top 40 -- and 25 million records sold -- said in a statement that he considered a career as a writer.
"I thought that fiction might be in my future but then my career took a different path once the Beatles showed me what a blast being in a band could be," he said. Magnificent Vibration is Springfield's foray back into the craft.
It's Springfield's second book -- he wrote a tell-all autobiography in 2010 called Late, Late at Night that made it to No. 64 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list.
In addition to writing, Springfield recently reprised his role as Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital and appeared in the Dave Grohl-directed documentary, Sound City.
Bradford Anderson Goes Recurring At GHBradford Anderson (Spinelli, GH) has elected not to renew his contract with GH but will remain with the show on a recurring basis. He tweeted, "Hey friends, I am still at GH and will continue to be.. Recurring isn't a bad word:) keep watching, great stuff is coming!" The actor debuted on GH in 2006 and is a current Emmy nominee as Outstanding Supporting Actor, his fourth nod.
Meet GH's Alderson & Duell!As part of the 2013 GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend, Kristen Alderson (Kiki) and Chad Duell (Michael) will be hosting a special event of their own on Friday, July 26, from 4-6 pm at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, CA. To get up-close and personal with the young stars, send a money order for $70 per ticket and a S.A.S.E. to Jim Warren, PO Box 3555, Hollywood, CA 90078.
Hang With GH's Young StarsHow would you like to spend two hours with three of GENERAL HOSPITAL's hottest young stars? Well, as part of the GH Fan Club Weekend, Bryan Craig (Morgan), Tequan Richmond (TJ) and Jimmy Deshler (Rafe) will be hosting their own event which should prove to be a lot of fun! The event will be held on friday, July 26, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, CA. Tickets are $65, and can be ordered by sending a money order only along with a S.A.S.E. to Jim Warren, PO Box 3555, Hollywood, CA 90078.
GH Hunk Wants To Help You Find Love!If you're looking to snag a gorgeous, exotic, worldly mate, who better to point you in the right direction than GENERAL HOSPITAL's Antonio Sabáto Jr. (ex-Jagger)? He is currently teaming up with International dating Web site AnastasiaDate.com as their celebrity spokesperson to discuss new trends in dating that will help people find and maintain love in a cross-cultural digital world. "AnastasiaDate's mission to connect men and women from all over the world resonates with my own personal belief that everyone should expand their understanding of love, dating and relationships across any borders," says Sabáto. "Working with AnastasiaDate, I get to help drive attention to how on-line dating is bringing people together who never would have met otherwise.
The dating service was founded by a Russian-American couple whose mission is to help others find love from around the world. "The girls are in South America, Russia, Southeast Asia... it's worldwide," says Sabáto. "You meet in a small gathering after a long process of speaking to them and getting to know them [through the service]. It's really well done."
For more information, visit www.AnastasiaDate.com!
Rena Sofer Joins The Bold and the Beautiful(tvguide.com) Look who's already getting a mother! Just last week we brought you the news that CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful had hired Emmy winner Darin Brooks (Days of Our Lives) for the new role of heartthrob Wyatt Fuller. Now TV Guide Magazine can exclusively report that another Emmy winner, former General Hospital star Rena Sofer, has been signed to play Wyatt's mother, Quinn Fuller.
Not a lot of deets yet, except that Mama is as mysterious as Sonny Boy and both have secrets that will rock the soap. Sofer first gained suds fame on Another World and Loving, then went on to win her Emmy as Lois Cerullo on GH. She's had recurring roles on 24, Covert Affairs, NCIS, Two and a Half Men and Heroes. The actress starts work at B&B May 22 and will hit the air July 12.
How Was Scott Involved In Rick's Death?Thursday's episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL found Laura having to deal with some pretty strenuous objections about her upcoming wedding to Scott... and for once, it wasn't Luke raising a ruckus! Instead, her mom, Lesley, was the one objecting because of the circumstances surrounding the death of her late ex-hubby, Rick Webber. Need a refresher on the history being discussed? Glad to help!
Laura's troubles began as she was planning her 2002 wedding to Luke. One gigantic black hole in time was centered around the garage attic of the Jones house, where she spent her youth with her parents, Rick and Lesley. Bad dreams that she realized were actually memories had both her and Luke determined to unravel the secret from her past that only her subconscious mind was aware of.
As memories slowly returned, she knew that whatever happened in that attic, Scotty also knew. He, however, wasn't going to tell her. When she finally had full recollection of the woman's face from her memories, Laura had Liz sketch it. Lesley remembered that woman as a nurse at GH named Theresa. Flooded with flashbacks, Laura came to believe that her stepfather, Rick, was involved in the woman's murder.
The night of Luke and Laura's wedding, the bride returned to the attic and was soon joined by her father. She accused him of murdering Theresa in that very room, but he denied it. Trying to calm her, he approached her with a syringe. Believing that Rick was indeed a murderer now out to silence his own daughter, Laura picked up a heavy candlestick and struck him in the head, killing him.
Stumbling upon Luke, a catatonic Laura and a dead Rick, Scotty finally told Luke about the events in that attic all those years earlier: A teenaged Laura had walked in on Rick and a romantically obsessed Theresa in a heated discussion about him refusing to leave Lesley. Freaked out, Laura grabbed a camera and hit Theresa over the head, killing her. Laura's fragile state concerned Rick, who sedated her. He then called Scotty, who helped him bury Theresa's body in the Jones' backyard to protect Laura from being charged with murder.
GH's Felix Gets A SisterThe TJ/Molly/Rafe triangle is about to become a quadrangle. 666 PARK AVENUE alumna Samantha Logan has been cast as Taylor DuBois, Felix's younger sister. Previews Head Writer Ron Carlivati, "She comes to spend the summer and takes an immediate liking to TJ, which will complicate what was already a pretty complicated situation." Look for her to debut on June 4.
Wagner Dating His B&B Wife!They tweet each other quite regularly, and she has been by his side at events. But GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco) and his former THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL wife Ashley Jones (ex-Bridget) have never commented on their rumored relationship... until now! The two actors have confirmed to Soaps In Depth that they are a couple! "We've been dating probably about a year, maybe more," Wagner shares. "We worked together for years but never dated [at B&B]."
You can find more on the couple's real-life romance in an upcoming issue of Soaps In Depth!
To do today: See a Rick Springfield docI must say, Dave Grohl's Sound Citygave me a newfound appreciation of Rick Springfield.
Sure, we all know Jessie's Girl, which hit the top of the charts in 1981. But Springfield isn't a one-hit wonder: He has had 17 songs in the top 40 and sold a whopping 19 million records — and continues to tour today.
Tonight the cable network EPIX premieres a feature-length documentary about Springfield called An Affair of the Heart. Directed by Sylvia Caminer, it profiles the musician and features some of hard-core fans.
As he says in the trailer, some of them have been following his career since they were in elementary school: Video.
Don't have EPIX? Me either, but I noticed the channel has posted the doc online. If you go to www.epixhd.com and sign up for the free trial (no strings attached), you can start watching the movie right now.
By the way, I think it's safe to say Springfield is the most attractive 63-year-old men on the planet. For more about the film, head to www.rickspringfielddoc.com. A DVD release is scheduled for July.
Ingo Rademacher Is 'Sore, Tired' But Fine with His DWTS Elimination(people.com) Ingo Rademacher wasn't wiping away any tears over his Dancing with the Stars semi-finals elimination on Tuesday night.
"I'm really happy that I don't have to learn two or three of those dances [next week]," the actor told PEOPLE just after his dismissal, while attending the show's 300th episode celebration at Boulevard 3 nightclub in Hollywood.
"I'm sore, I'm tired and this is it. We're going to have a party tonight while everyone else has to worry about choreographing. I'm really going to party."
Even though Rademacher, 42, and his partner, Kym Johnson, 36, were just one save away from making it to the finals, they had a hunch they weren't going to walk away with a coveted mirror ball trophy this season.
"If we would have been a little bit closer to the other celebrities as far as performances went – if I had been a little bit stronger, a little bit fitter, a little bit younger – then we would have maybe been a little bit more disappointed about going home," he said. "But because it wasn't quite there, it was okay."
Rademacher is confident knowing they went out in the best way possible.
"The last two weeks, we brought in the comedy aspect," he said. "The jive and the Charleston were super fun, so we took it as far as we could take it and we're super happy."
But it wasn't solely Rademacher's recent lively dance numbers that stole the show.
"[Peanut] is a superstar," Johnson gushed about her partner's adorable little son, who even had a segment dedicated to him on an earlier episode. "He is such a superstar."
Luckily, just like his dad, the energetic tot – who "dances all the time anyway" and "has some pretty cool moves," – is also unfazed by Rademacher's farewell from the show.
"He's already got a mirror ball trophy because I had one on my birthday cake," Rademacher said. "He doesn't really understand that whole competition thing."
Meet Scotty In Person!During the GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend, Kin Shriner (Scotty) will be having a special event on Sunday, July 28, from 4:00-6:00 pm at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, CA. Shriner is promising special guests, autographs, a Q&A and lots of laughs!
Tickets are only $60, and can be ordered by sending a money order only along with one self-addressed stamped envelope with your information to Jim Warren, P.0. Box 3555, Hollywood, CA 90078
GH's Kristen Alderson Speaks OutKristen Alderson, who was forced to say good-bye to Starr and will take on a new GH role as of May 13, dishes her first Emmy nomination, sets the record straight about why she's not part of the OLTL reboot (yet) and confirms her relationship with Chad Duell (Michael) in a dishy interview with Michael Fairman available here.
Will Alderson's Good-Bye Win An Emmy?Kristen Alderson is thrilled to have received her very first Daytime Emmy nomination, especially since after so many years, she's no longer playing the part of Starr Manning that earned her the nod. "I'm really, really grateful," she says. "I'm leaving the character of Starr with a heavy heart."
The Younger Actress nominee learned the good news after waking up and checking her phone. "I saw that I had a million missed calls," she reports. "At first, I thought it was a bad thing, that something happened. But then I realized that it was not a bad thing. It was actually very good!"
And she's hoping that the emotional scenes on her submission tape sway the Emmy voters. "I turned in when Starr was saying good-bye to Cole and Hope in the morgue and when she kissed their graves good-bye," Alderson reveals. "They were scenes that were really hard for me to mentally prepare for. The best part of working as an actress is when you can lose yourself in a moment."
Jackson Goes On Tour!Now that he's done filming the first season of NASHVILLE, Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is going on tour with his band, Enation in June! Here's the schedule, so you can see if they'll be playing anywhere near you! June 7 - Nashville, TN June 12 - Point Pleasant, NJ June 13 - New York, NY June 14 - Uncaseville, CT June 15 - Rochester, NY There are general tickets available as well as a limited number of VIP Meet & Greet tix! You can visit www.EnationMusic.com or www.JonathanJackson.com for more information on the tickets and venues!
Young Artist AwardsCongratulations are in order for the recipients of the Young Artists Awards that were handed out on Sunday, May 5. GENERAL HOSPITAL's Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma) took home a trophy in the Young Actress 10 And Under In A TV Series category. Other sudsy winners at the ceremony were THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Daniel Polo (Jamie) for Young Actor In A Daytime TV Series and Samantha Bailey (ex-Summer) for Young Actress In A Daytime TV Series.
Two Former GH Stars React To Emmy NomsWhen Lindsey Morgan (ex-Kristina) woke up this morning to a text from her manager, she worried she'd gotten the call time wrong for her appearance on FRANKLIN & BASH before she saw that it said "Congratulations!" "I'm stunned," she confesses of her Younger Actress Emmy nomination. "I'm still so shocked. I'm so honored. Kristen Alderson (ex-Starr) was nominated, too. We've already talked to each other about 'We've got to go dress shopping!'"
Naturally, she earned the nomination with the emotional episode where Joe Jr. took Kristina hostage. "It was one of my favorite storylines," Morgan admits. "Sometimes I'm afraid of being too big and sometimes I'm too little. That storyline gave me the freedom to realize that it doesn't matter how I react because I"m scared. My life was on the line. It was difficult on my body physically and mentally, but it was also freeing because she thought her life was about to end."
Another GH alum, Julie Marie Berman (ex-Lulu) also awoke to the news that she was up for an Emmy, in the Supporting Actress category. "It was definitely a surprise and a really fun way to wake up," she says. "It's really nice to feel acknowledged. You don't expect it, and you don't necessarily need it, but when it happens, it's wonderful.
"I submitted the episode where Lulu opens up to Luke about her drinking," Berman adds. "They reconcile their relationship. It was a very, very special day at work with Tony Geary (Luke) and it was one of the last times I had really meaningful material with him."
The actress is looking forward to seeing her on-screen pop again as well as all her former castmates on Emmy night. "It definitely was one of the first thoughts that came to my head was that I get to see all of my friends again," Berman declares. "I'm so, so excited to see everyone. It's going to be so much fun!"
What's In Store For the 40th Daytime Emmy Awards ShowWe know who's been nominated. Now it's time to get some scoop on the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy show itself. TV Guide Magazine spoke with executive producer Gabriel Gornell and HLN executive vp and general manager Scot Safon about the ceremony, airing live on HLN from the Beverly Hilton Hotel (Sunday, June 16, 8/7c). Expect big changes.
"Last year we only had three weeks to prepare for the show but this time we have two months and that's going to make a vast difference in the way we honor daytime television," Safon says. "We were so heartened by what we achieved in such a small amount of time last year that we just knew we had to dream bigger. Our working theme for this year's ceremony is 'Past, Present and Future,' which will honor 40 years of the Daytime Emmys and 40 years of daytime television breakthroughs — the many ways daytime was there first, especially when it came to subject matter on the daytime dramas, talk shows and children's programming. It's an extraordinary legacy."
There are some other whopper anniversaries to applaud, as well. "Wheel of Fortune is having its 30th, The Young and the Restless has turned 40 and, amazingly, General Hospital and Let's Make a Deal just hit 50," notes Gornell. "We'll look back at the historic moments — we're calling them 'Moments That Moved Us.' The clips will be incredible."
Game show icon Monty Hall, host and co-creator of Let's Make a Deal, and the late executive producer Bob Stewart, creator of The Price is Right, will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards. "And we're going to have some really cool presenter pairings the fans are going to love," Gornell says.
But what about the nominees? Last year a lot of heavyweight contenders failed to show at the awards, including Dr. Oz, Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa, Ellen DeGeneres, Meredith Vieira, Paula Deen, Nate Berkus, Martha Stewart and Wayne Brady. What can be done to avoid a replay?
"We are outreaching as aggressively as possible to all the nominees," Safon says. "We want them to know this year is important. The themes that will rock this show are themes they will be proud to be associated with. To be in that room as part of the daytime community will be an incredible opportunity. The show is not just an announcement of winners. It's a celebration people are going to remember for a long time to come."
Look for more dish on the Daytime Emmys in TV Guide Magazine.
Jason Thompson's Best Year Ever!(abc.soapsindepth.com) Jason Thompson (Patrick, GENERAL HOSPITAL) actually kind of forgot that the nominations for the Daytime Emmys were going to be announced this morning! "I wasn't feeling well last night, so I didn't get the best sleep," he confesses. "But then I heard my phone buzz this morning. My dad called and congratulated me. For a second, when I picked up the phone, I didn't know if he was going to say, 'Oh well, maybe next year,' or 'Congratulations!' Thankfully it was 'Congratulations!'"
While the actor had plenty of juicy material to choose from, he struggled to choose an episode to submit. "It wasn't an easy decision," Thompson admits. "I looked for a while. I had a feeling on a couple of things and then some people gave me some good advice. I put it in the hands of some people that I respected and trusted. I tried to not judge it myself as much."
"I ended up putting in the episode with the tie scene," he adds. "Where he wakes up and sees the ghost of Robin a couple ties when he's in bed, when he's in the shower and when he's tying his tie. Then he comes downstairs and sees Emma for a quick second and says 'I don't know how I'm going to do this.' I was happy with a lot of the stuff that happened last year as a team."
And it's that team mentality at GH that has him noticing some glaring omissions on the ballots this year. "I'm shocked that Finola Hughes (Anna) wasn't nominated," Thompson declares, "because I know what we went through as a team and I know what she went through was real. As an actor, that's what you want."
"Kelly Sullivan (Kate/Connie), too," he continues. "She had a fantastic year. I know how hard she worked. But I also know the way these things go. I'm happy to be on this side of it, but it's a crap shoot. I'm proud of the year I had. Whatever happens from here on out as of this morning, I'm happy and it's a cherry on a good year."
Bradford Anderson's Emmy Excitement!(abc.soapsindepth.com) Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GENERAL HOSPITAL) woke up this morning to news that he had been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Well, technically, baby daughter Juna woke him and wife Kiera a little after seven, at which point he discovered text messages on his phone from former castmate Steve Burton (ex-Jason, now Dylan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) and Emmy winner Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R)!
"We looked at the monitor to se if maybe Juna would go back to sleep,"Anderson laughs. "I put the phone in front of [Kiera's] face and showed her the texts. So my first congratulations in person was from my wife because we were still in bed!"
Anderson reveals that the episode he submitted that earned him the nod was one from last summer when he had a confrontation with Jen Lilley's Maxie at Kelly's. "He gives her a speech about friendship," he says. "Sometimes it's hard when picking Emmy shows because my character isn't the kind of character that gets the knock down, drag out material. I'm not Lucky Spencer.
"I don't get that stuff very often," he continues, "so sometimes in picking a show, I have to look outside the box a little bit. Sometimes you have to look for an episode that has a beginning, middle and end. This episode did. And I guess it worked out!"
And whether he wins or loses on Emmy night, there's one thing the actor is definitely looking forward to that evening. "One of the things I'm very excited about this year is that it's a sure-fire way of seeing Julie Berman (ex-Lulu) again," Anderson confides. "I don't see her as much. I'm excited that she's nominated and I'm excited that I will for sure see my friend again!"
Actors Tweet About Emmy NodsThe stars of daytime took to Twitter to comment on the Emmy nominations, announced earlier today. Here's a sampling of what they're saying online: First time nominee Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, B&B) reached out to Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R): "Congrats @TheRealStafford !!! U r awesome as always!! I am rooting for u... Along with Heather and Susan , of course! Lol!"
Scott Clifton (Liam, B&B) wrote, "Congrats to @JacquelineMWood, @KatherineKellyL (Long overdue!), @BBheathertom (was there any doubt?) and the great Flannery!"
Freddie Smith (Sonny, DAYS) posted, "Wow what a wonderful surprise waking up to an Emmy nom! Thank u everyone for your support#Wilson"
Lindsey Morgan (ex-Kristina, GH) wrote, "I am still in shock. Huge congrats to all of GH nominated!!!!! Best series for 2013?! #GH2012."
Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) said, "I'm reading all your tweets!! Thank u SO much!! This mean SO much to me! U have no idea:) #CBS #YR … I could not be MORE excited for my love @jeffbranson !!! He is an amazing actor!!! So happy!!!! #YR"
Jessica Collins (Avery, Y&R) exulted, "Thriled!"
Jason Thompson (Patrick, GH) says: "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series! Wow. I'm Humbled and honored."
Another GH Actor To Y&R!THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has snatched up yet another actor from GENERAL HOSPITAL! This time it's Erin Chambers, who will be going from playing the late, lamented Siobhan to Genoa City paralegal Melanie Daniels. And seeing how so many characters on Y&R are often in trouble with the law, she should be kept pretty busy, even though the role is currently only recurring. Look for Chambers to debut on Wednesday, June 5.
'General Hospital's' Anthony Geary on Luke Spencer's 'saving grace'(zap2it.com) Zap2it: With "General Hospital" having just passed its 50th anniversary, what are your reflections on playing Luke Spencer for so much of the show's run?
Anthony Geary: The older I get, the more I appreciate this extraordinary opportunity that I've had to not only have made a living all these years -- and a good living -- with this character, but to have had some kind of influence on entertaining people for this amount of time, with this guy that they just don't seem to get tired of. That's extremely gratifying.
Zap2it: What are your thoughts about still being on one of the few daytime serials left on broadcast television?
Anthony Geary: That's an amazing thing to think of. I try not to, for two reasons: I've lost so many friends who were on shows that are no longer there, and I can't wrap my mind around the fact that we're still telling stories about [Luke's] life and family and passions ... and the darkness of his heart and the lightness of his spirit.
Zap2it: Knowing Luke as thoroughly as you do, is your radar still sensitized whenever you're handed a new wrinkle in him to play?
Anthony Geary: Absolutely. I have battled through the years to hang onto the integrity of the character, to use a lofty word. This has been a very difficult character for writers who have come onto the show to grasp.
He's neither a good guy nor a bad guy, a white hat nor a black hat. He's a man of gray shades, more like real people. That's been the saving grace of being able to play him all these years.
GH's Former Kristina Books A Pilot!It didn't take Lindsey Morgan long to score a couple of bookings after being let go as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kristina! "I booked a pilot for Fox Digital [Studios] and a guest star role on [TNT's] FRANKLIN & BASH," she tells In Depth. "Maybe GH was a good luck charm. I miss it already but am grateful to have found work so quickly!"
Fox's new media pilot, EXTR, is about an electronic dance music DJ intrigued and eventually obsessed with a machine that channels energy and turns it into sound. Is this contraption actually tapped into the universe? That's the big question. Morgan plays a street-smart young woman who's always got an angle... and is always up for a little partying! "My role is very vixen-like and, let's just say, I'll be stretching myself as an actress," Morgan hints.
Daytime Emmys: Which Soaps Will Be Nominated?(tvguide.com) The 40th annual Daytime Emmy Award nominations will be announced Wednesday during the 8 a.m. hour of ABC's Good Morning America. Will General Hospital add to all its 50th anniversary glory by landing a spot in the Outstanding Daytime Drama category? Can The Bold and the Beautiful turn a bad break — the departure of queen bee Susan Flannery — into good news? Does Days of Our Lives have a lock on the top prize thanks to its acclaimed, groundbreaking gay storyline? You can't handicap the best soap category without knowing which two episodes each show submitted to the blue-ribbon panels — and TV Guide Magazine has the scoop!
The Bold and the Beautiful: After months and months of that hopelessly inane Liam-Hope-Steffy drivel, exec producer-head writer Brad Bell finally put the "bold" back in his show by killing off its longtime matriarch Stephanie Forrester with lung cancer — a move that was painful yet weirdly exhilarating and ballsy beyond belief. Bell wisely submitted the two episodes (shows 6448 and 6449, airdates: Nov. 12-13, 2012) where Stephanie's family and friends gather for an Irish-themed party to celebrate her life, little knowing they'll also be saying goodbye. Watching Celtic Woman perform "Danny Boy" at the bash was enough to put us on the floor, but the kicker left us immobile. Out of nowhere, Stephanie announces that she's going off to die at an undisclosed location and that no one — not even her children — will ever see her again. It was shocking, cruel, heartbreaking and so very Stephanie, who was a control freak to the very end. You've never seen anything like it in soaps, and you never will again.
Chance of a nomination: Excellent.
Days of Our Lives: This time last year I'd have bet the bank that Days had the 2013 Outstanding Daytime Drama Emmy in the bag thanks to the story of Will's coming out, a smartly written, gorgeously acted, constantly surprising arc that deserved more than just GLAAD tidings. The crazy, kinky master-slave interplay between Will and EJ alone was worth some Emmy gold. But, oddly, Days didn't submit any of that, and went instead with the fallout from last summer's underground gas explosions (show 11895, airdate: Aug. 13, 2012) which was marvelous in its special effects and white-knuckle thrills but, in the end, rather soulless like most stunt episodes are. The second, more enticing submission is the ep where Daniel busted Nicole for blaming her miscarriage on Jennifer (show 11957, airdate: Nov. 8, 2012), a feverish hour with the fantastic Arianne Zucker, as nutjob Nicole, knocking it out of the park and right into the next zip code. It's super soapy, in the best way possible, and very compelling.
Chance of a nomination: Good, not great. And that's too bad since this could have been a slam dunk.
General Hospital: A mixed bag, but not so mixed it'll stop the show from being nominated. Set during a dark and stormy night, the first episode (show 12571, airdate: June 1, 2012), directed by exec producer Frank Valentini, is absolutely stunning with both Sam and Tea giving birth and looney tunes Heather chauffeuring dead mobster Anthony around town, Weekend at Bernie's-style. The action is high-octane, the laughs plentiful and robust, the dialogue scathingly brill. It makes you proud to be a soap watcher. But episode two (show 12641, airdate: Sept. 11, 2012) is another story. GH submitted that nonsense where almost everyone in Port Chuck is dying from a germ-warfare pathogen in the water supply while John McBain is down on the docks trying to diffuse a suitcase bomb. Parts of it are truly poignant (this is the late John Ingle's last appearance as Edward) but most of it is laughably bad, which comes from trying to shoot too much too quickly — a common curse of soaps nowadays. At least we get to see a lot of Nancy Grahn's boobs (what else is new?) so it's not a total loss.
Chance of a nomination: GH, as always, is a shoo-in.
One Life to Live: Yes, it still qualifies! OLTL aired for only a handful of episodes in January 2012 before ending its run on ABC, but that's enough to make another run at Emmy. The network submitted the final two hours (shows 11095 and 11096, airdates: January 12 and 13, 2012), a glorious — and gloriously goofy — valentine to OLTL's vibrant history and to the soap-opera genre in general. The eps centered on the sad demise of the long-running Llanview serial Fraternity Row, the perfect opportunity for some wickedly barbed, show-within-a-show commentary from head writer Ron Carlivati. There's also big drama: Jess is Clint's daughter! Destiny's water breaks! Victor is alive! It's all sheer bliss but is it enough to score a nod? When this originally aired, we fans were in the throes of despair and disbelief over OLTL's cancellation and that made the wrap-up all the more moving and meaningful. Now, with some distance, and knowing OLTL has found new life of the Web, the episodes don't quite pack the same punch. Still this is sweet, exuberant fun and about as satisfying as a series finale can get.
Chance of a nomination: Fairly low, unless sentiment still rides high.
The Young and the Restless: Aw, jeez. It seems we're still not done with Maria Bell! CBS chose to submit the dethroned exec producer-head writer's two-episode funeral for the not-very-dead Victor, which may have been the only way to go since Y&R was so bloody dreadful through most of 2012, but still. Why submit anything? Y&R should have taken the high road and said, "We sucked last year and we're taking ourselves out of the contest." Yeah, right. Instead, we get one more musty back-from-the-dead story (shows 9999 and 10000, airdates: Sept. 26 and 27, 2012) with most of the actors phoning in their reactions to Victor's miraculous resurrection because even they're bored stiff. To be fair, there are some minor moments of enjoyment, like trashy widow Sharon showing up at the memorial in what looks like Bjork's old Oscar dress. But it's all so lazy and uninspired it makes you want to scream.
Chance of a nomination: Unfortunately, pretty damn good because Y&R benefits from massive voting power within the TV Academy, enough to push the show into the best soap category year in, year out, whether deserved or not.
Christopher Staying Put At GHLooks like Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) is extending his stay in Port Charles. The actor recently tweeted, @Tyler2929: "so not ideal news for #thelyinggame as it appears that a decision won't be made until mid summer. Thanks for all your support... in the meantime I'll still be hanging around #portcharles."
Soaps Producer Sues ABC for Allegedly Sabotaging Online Relaunch(hollywoodreporter.com) 'One Life to Live' and 'All My Children' producer Prospect Park claims in a $25 million suit that the network is hurting its efforts to relaunch the series online.
A $25 million legal brawl has broken out over the transition of soaps from ABC to online.
Producer Prospect Park, which licensed One Life to Live and All My Children from ABC and plans to relaunch them as web-only series beginning April 29, claims in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court that the network has sabotaged the relaunch and is trying to cause it to fail.
Read the complaint here.
Prospect argues that it has been dealing with ABC in good faith, allowing it to use OLTL characters on General Hospital until the relaunch, but ABC actively has caused problems, including refusing to transfer the website addresses for the shows and failing to consult on storylines.
"In the ultimate act of bad faith, ABC killed off two OLTL characters on loan to General Hospital by having their car forced off a cliff," the complaint states.
While Prospect says its current legal action will not impact the planned re-launch of the soaps, the suit seeks more than $25 million in damages for breach of contract.
The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to ABC for comment.
In Person For The First Time!If you are headed to the Sportsmen's Lodge for this summer's GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend, then make sure you get your tickets to see Genie Francis (Laura) and Kin Shriner (Scott) in their first-ever joint fan event!
Fans who have already ordered tickets to the previously-announced event for Shriner on this same date will be able to use their tickets for this joint event at no extra charge. Ticket requests for this new event with Francis will be at the new event price. To order, send your name (and those in your party) with two self-addressed stamped envelopes and $80 (money order only) per person to Jim Warren, P.O. Box 3555, Hollywood, CA 90078.
Daytime Creative Arts Emmys June 14June is booking up fast for TV awards season with the third annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards just settling on June 10. The National TV Academy said today the 40th annual Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy Awards are set for Friday, June 14 at the Westin Bonaventure in LA. The 40th Daytime Emmy Awards are Sunday, June 16 at the Beverly Hilton and will air on HLN.
James Franco: Judge Dismisses, in Part, Lawsuit Filed by Actor's Former NYU ProfessorYou might say James Franco schooled his former NYU professor.
The Oz: The Great and Powerful star managed to get a judge to dismiss, in part, a lawsuit filed by José Angel Santana against the actor in a Manhattan courtroom on Wednesday, E! News confirms.
Santana had sued Franco last month for defamation after the Oscar nominee told reporters he thought Santana was a "bad teacher," hence Franco's decision to only attend two of the professor's 14 class sessions.
Franco's lawyer, however, maintained that the actor's comments regarding Santana were protected by freedom of speech.
As for Wednesday's ruling, a court clerk did not want to elaborate as to why part of the case is still standing.
Who Is Stavros?What's all this GENERAL HOSPITAL talk about the evil Stavros Cassadine? He can't be any worse than his momma Helena, now can he? Oh, heck, yeah! He is what you might call the Demon Seed!
Stavros' history with the Spencers goes back to 1983, when the spoiled rotten Cassadine heir became obsessed with Laura, kidnapped her, forced her to marry him and raped her. The end result was Nikolas. Helena was so jealous of her favorite son's fixation on Laura that she wanted Laura out of the picture, not by killing her but, rather, by helping her escape. A chain of events led to Stavros and Luke duking it out with Stavros tumbling down stairs and, supposedly, dying from a broken neck. Note we said "supposedly."
Fast-forward 18 years. All this time, Helena had kept her beloved Stavros "on ice" in a laboratory beneath the hospital. Okay, he wasn't really "on ice," but he WAS being kept frozen in a cryogenic chamber! With Tony Jones' unwilling help, Helena defrosted her son. He snuck around town unnoticed and planted little hints to remind Laura of him, leading her and Stavros' kinder, gentler brother, Stefan, to figure out he was alive!
When Nikolas came face to face with his chilling father (literally), he was not thrilled. Nikolas' rejection and cruel words devastated Stavros, who wanted to prove his love to his son. He did that by luring and trapping him, along with Luke, Laura, Alexis, Lucky, Stefan, Bobbie and Nik's girlfriend Gia in the underground lab and the adjoining tunnels. He and Luke, once again, battled it out, culminating in Stavros falling, supposedly, to his death in a bottomless pit. Note we said "supposedly" again!
General Hospital: The Shocking Return of Stavros CassadineRead the TV Guide interview with GH head writer Ron Carlivati here!
Watch Deleted Scenes From GH's Nurses' BallWith too much material to squeeze into the show, some moments ended up on the cutting room floor — but they're available now on GH's Hulu page. Or watch the emotional moments between Brenda/Sonny and Lucy/Bobbie below: (Video 1, Video 2)
GH Casting CallGH is seeking a young, beautiful African American actress of 16 or 17 to play a major recurring role. She is described as "a real spitfire. Does some bad things, but underneath there is a big heart." The casting call indicates that the role could become contract.
Jen Lilley Joins DAYSSoap Opera Digest can confirm that Jen Lilley (ex-Maxie) has been cast on the show and has been toiling in Salem for over a month, as hinted in the 4/8 issue. Though we can't reveal her character, we can say she will have ties to the canvas and is not a recast.
Top 5 'General Hospital' Cameos(abcnews.go.com) Some of the most famous faces in Hollywood have passed through Port Charles, the fictional town where "General Hospital" is set.
These cameos have given actors a chance to play against type. Exhibit A: Sally Struthers, the daughter on "All in the Family" and later the earnest celebrity spokeswoman for the Christian Children's Fund's work with poverty-stricken children. In 2002, Struthers played Jennifer Smith, who kidnapped Luke and Laura in an attempt to get Luke to marry her (Jennifer, not Laura).
1. Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor was a self-proclaimed superfan of the soap, and asked for the guest stint. Her five-episode appearance as the millionaire widow Helena Cassadine culminated with her putting a curse on Luke and Laura during their wedding.
Lisa LoCicero, a current cast member, recalled, "When she came on ... in the turban with the diamond and the whole thing, she was so cool, and she just kind of owned it."
In an interview for "General Hospital - The Real Soap Dish," a Special Edition of "20/20," Tony Geary, who played Luke, told Katie Couric that after Taylor's appearance on the soap, he and Taylor carried on a two-year affair.
2. James Franco
One of Franco's kidnap victims was Kelly Monaco.
"Playing with James Franco is like a kid in a candy store," Monaco said, laughing.
Mark Teschner, the show's casting director, said, "He came in, and we threw a lot of material at him, because we only had him for a limited amount of time. So he would shoot episode after episode, in one day. So we gave him quite a workout. And he did a great job of playing one of the most bizarre characters we've ever had on the show."
3. Roseanne Barr
4. Meredith Vieira
"A lot of the stunt cast people, they come on, and it's like, which way to the hospital? And then the other actors are rolling their eyes on camera," said Soap Digest editor Carolyn Hinsey. "She could actually act. And she was a very convincing hooker, which I know she would take as a compliment."
5. Katie Couric
"I play a General Hospital nurse -- or do I?" Couric teases. "The only truth I can reveal is that I should stick to my day job."
Tamblyn Pays Tribute To GHIn a moving message posted Tuesday on her Facebook page in honor of GENERAL HOSPITAL's 50th anniversary, Amber Tamblyn (ex-Emily) recalled her time on the iconic soap:
"Yesterday was General Hospital's 50th Anniversary and I couldn't be more proud to call myself part of their family. GH is where I learned everything about my craft - the art of emotional intelligence, of listening, of interpreting, of setting a scene on fire. Its where I held Stuart Damon and wept when my real life Grandmother passed away, and where Stuart Damon held me and wept when Anna Lee passed away. Its where I learned how to be disciplined in what I do. Where I found myself, as an actress, as a woman, and as veteran. Its where I learned what having REAL fans in your corner can do for you: carry you into a confidence that most actresses only dream of. On GH, we burned for them and they for us. I absorbed the skilled techniques of John Homa, the turbulent genius of Maurice Bernard, the soft golden simplicity of John Ingle. Its where I had my first real life teenage secret crush (Shout out to you, Jonathan Jackson) and where I developed sister-strong bonds (double shout out, Kimberly and Becky).
General Hospital is more than an America staple. Its the staple gun.
I hope every actor has a chance to experience working on a soap, and every kid gets to grow up watching one with family.
Today I am thinking only of GH and this incredible, historic milestone."
HLN Will Air Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards On June 16(Emmy Central) HLN returns as the host network of the annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards show, now in its 40th year, presented live from The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 16, 8-10 p.m., ET/PT, it was announced by Scot Safon, Executive Vice President & General Manager, HLN, and Malachy Wienges, Chairman, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
“Last year, HLN’s first-ever presentation of the Daytime Emmy® Awards was the #1 most-watched, regularly-scheduled non-news broadcast in the network’s history, and received terrific viewer feedback both on-air and online. Our audiences thanked us for tapping into that vital part of American pop culture,” said Safon. “HLN is the news channel that focuses on stories at the forefront of the American conversation, and daytime programming often tackles those same themes and stories. We are so happy to again present the program that honors the best work in daytime.”
“The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is very excited to partner again this year with HLN and LocoDistro on our 40th anniversary of the Daytime Emmy Awards,” said Wienges. “The outcome of this partnership will be a creative show honoring all the genres that make Daytime Television part of our daily lives.”
Wienges also noted that Game Show Icon Monty Hall and Legendary Producer Bob Stewart with be honored with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Viewer integration will be part of the presentation with featured segments on air and online at HLNtv.com. Presenters and additional program information will be announced within a few weeks. The 40th annual daytime Emmy Awards is produced by LocoDistro; Gabriel Gornell is founder and the show’s executive producer.
“Daytime TV doesn’t have fans—it has personal relationships between hosts and viewers five days a week. And because of this five days-a-week relationship, there is no stronger connection with audiences in all of entertainment—And we’re going to celebrate 40 years of it from Talk Shows to Soaps,” said Gornell.
Soaps Remain the Main Event at Daytime Emmys(variety.com) Like sands through the hourglass, the heyday of the soap opera has slipped away. Not that you’d be able to tell at the Daytime Emmys.
Not since 1953 has there been so few soaps on the air, with only four airing on broadcast television — CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful,” NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” and ABC’s General Hospital.
The decline would seem to signal a change in the configuration of the Daytime Emmys from a soap star-studded fan draw to a less showy industry event honoring unscripted TV.
But the soaps’ twist is this — they still take a backseat to no one come kudo night.
According to TV Guide soap journalist Michael Logan, last year there was talk of changing the awards lineup to reflect daytime drama’s diminished status. Traditionally, the final prestige spot belonged to drama series. With the heavy ratings war between “Good Morning America” and “Today,” there was a rumor the final category would be for morning programming.
“But it never happened,” Logan says. “The soaps took over the show like they always do. Those are the fans who always show up and scream for their stars.”
While this year’s program has not yet been set, Daytime Emmys senior exec director David Michaels says he doesn’t see that traditional lineup changing. And CBS senior veep of daytime Angelica McDaniel says it makes sense that soaps still get top billing when it comes to the awards show — not that other programs should be ignored.
“The daytime fan base comes from all the genres,” Michaels says. “We have a Facebook page, and it’s not just the soap fans. The games and talkshows have some pretty rabid fans too. But there’s no fans like soap fans.”
Says McDaniel: “I think (soaps) will always have a big presence at the awards and will bring the glamor and allure of their stars. But (viewers) also want to see other people out of the element of their shows, to see that fish-out-of-water story that you’ll only know about if you watch.”
Though there are fewer soaps on broadcast, the ones that remain have an impact. “General Hospital,” which is experiencing a resurgence, turns 50 this year. And CBS is boasting success with both daytime dramas.
“When everyone was screaming that daytime soaps were dying, we’ve been having viewer increases for well over a year,” says McDaniel. “I think four is a sweet spot for dramas.”
What would be even sweeter for the Daytime Emmys would be if they could recapture the glory days of years gone by. The kudocast has gone from primetime on network television to last year’s airing on basic cable’s HLN Channel, as daytime drama ratings slipped and public interest waned. Despite assertions that the issue would be resolved sooner, the Daytime Emmys does not have a 2013 television home right now.
The awards show once filled such big venues as Radio City Music Hall and the Dolby Theater. And many attribute that to the huge popularity of the soaps, which numbered as high as 19 on the air during the 1969-70 season.
“I remember my first Daytime Emmy awards,” says Ellen exec producer Mary Connelly, “walking into Radio City Music Hall, and in the orchestra were the industry people and the top balcony held the fans. When the soap stars got up, it was like the Beatles entered the building. I’ll never forget the power of the soap stars.”
ABC COMEMMORATES 50th ANNIVERSARY OF "GENERAL HOSPITAL" WITH RELEASE OF LIMITED EDITION PRINTS(Official anniversary photo) In celebration of "General Hospital's" 50th Anniversary, ABC is pleased to announce the release of new prints capturing the most jaw-dropping moments from "General Hospital's" five storied decades. An iconic 50th Anniversary Cast Photo is part of the limited edition offering (pictured), which includes fan-favorite characters from past and present commemorating the occasion. Only 1,963 reproductions of the print are available - the year the show premiered.
Six prints from each decade will also be offered -- 1 limited edition and 5 regular prints - and all limited editions will come hand-numbered with a Certificate of Authenticity. Priced at $29.95 (limited editions) and $19.95 (regular prints), they will be custom-printed on 11X14 matte photo stock and available for purchase at OfficialABCPrints.com.
GH's Shawn Is Gonna Be A Dad!The GENERAL HOSPITAL family keeps on growing! Sean Blakemore (Shawn) and his wife, actress/dancer Nadyia Jones, are expecting their first child! "Home from Sean and Nadyia Blakemore's baby shower," tweeted his co-star, Carolyn Hennesy (Diane), over the weekend. "This is going to be one GORGEOUS little girl!"
No word on when the bundle of joy is due; the couple will celebrate their third wedding anniversary in June.
Daytime Collection Headed To The Smithsonian!The Smithsonian Institute has partnered with the National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) to bring some of the most iconic daytime television memorabilia to the national museum! A rep for the museum tells Soaps In Depth that it is still in the planning stages, but the Smithsonian hopes to eventually showcase a collection that features costumes, props, scripts, awards and much more!
Vanessa Marcil -- Divorce Final from Nicest DUI Arrestee EverFormer "90210" star Vanessa Marcil is officially a free woman ... because her divorce from "CSI:NY" actor Carmine Giovinazzo (aka the nicest DUI arrestee of all time) has been finalized.
TMZ broke the story ... Marcil filed for divorce from Giovinazzo last summer, citing "irreconcilable differences." They were married in 2010 and have no children together.
As for the division of assets ... Vanessa gets the 2009 Chevy Silverado, their L.A. property, a bunch of bank accounts ... as well as all rights to her baby clothes company called Baby Gagoo.
Carmine gets the mother lode -- a 2002 Mercedes CLK, his 2006 Harley, his 2010 Triumph motorcycle, the 1969 Pontiac GTO, 2009 Ducati, 2011 Chevy Camaro ... plus a bunch of bank accounts and other boring stuff.
It's been a rough couple months for Carmine, who was arrested for DUI in January in Scottsdale, AZ. You'll recall, AZ cops say the actor was one of the nicest people they've ever arrested, apologizing constantly and saying he didn't want to be an "a**hole." He even thanked the arresting officers profusely for being so nice to him.
According to police, Carmine's blood alcohol level registered at .149 after his arrest ... nearly twice the legal limit in AZ.
He has since been ordered to complete an alcohol program ... but hey, at least the divorce is behind him.
Amber Tamblyn To Star In CBS Drama Pilot 'Anatomy of Violence' From 'Homeland' TrioIn her first TV gig since her memorable season-long arc on House, Amber Tamblyn has signed on as the female lead opposite Skeet Ulrich in the CBS drama pilot Anatomy Of Violence, written and executive produced by Homeland‘s Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa and Alex Cary and directed by Mark Pellington. Inspired by the nonfiction book by Adrian Raine, the 20th TV-produced drama centers on Raines (Ulrich), a maverick FBI Criminal Psychiatrist with an expertise in sociopaths who partners with Abby (Tamblyn), a young female FBI Agent with whom he shares a conflicted past. Abby joined the Bureau after watching her sister get traumatized at the hands of a gunman thirteen years ago. Anatomy of Violence brings Tamblyn back to CBS where she broke out as the star of drama series Joan Of Arcadia, which earned her an Emmy nomination. The actress, repped by UTA and Hyler Management, recently wrapped the indie 3 Night In The Desert.
Wagner Lands New GigJack Wagner (Frisco, GH/ex-Nick, B&B) will be appearing on the Scott Baio sitcom, SEE DAD RUN, on Nick at Nite. Wagner will play golf legend, Scooter Sullivan, who has a difficult temper and tangles with Baio's character, David Hobbs. The air date of the episode will be announced at a later time.
John Stamos Tapped For Season-Long Arc On USA's 'Necessary Roughness'On the heels of signing on for the lead in the NBC drama pilot I Am Victor, John Stamos has been tapped for a major recurring role on the upcoming third season of USA Network‘s Necessary Roughness. He will appear in all 10 episodes of the show starring Callie Thorne. The gig keeps Stamos in the NBCUniversal family. He has been recurring on freshman NBC comedy The New Normal and is prepping for the network’s I Am Victor pilot. He will segue from the pilot to Necessary Roughness on sibling USA, wrapping his gig in time to return to I Am Victor if it gets picked up to series.
Stamos’ character on Necessary Roughness Connor McClane is a departure from the good, likable guys he usually plays. The founder of V3, a big global sports and entertainment management company, McClane sees Dr. Dani’s (Thorne) success with TK (Mehcad Brooks) and the New York Hawks, and is willing to do whatever it takes to get her into the V3 family. I hear USA went aggressively after Stamos and landing him for the role shows the network’s commitment to Necessary Roughness, which has not been among USA’s flashiest series despite doing solidly in the ratings. Stamos’ presence is sure to give the series extra attention going into Season 3.
Created and executive produced by Liz Kruger & Craig Shapiro, Necessary Roughness is co-produced by Sony Pictures TV and Universal Cable Prods. ER alum Stamos, repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment, is coming off a Broadway run in The Best Man.
Brittany Underwood's "Flow"(Video) Since moving to Los Angeles after ONE LIFE TO LIVE wrapped, Brittany Underwood (Langston) has been pursuing her music career as well as acting in shows like HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS, and now has just released her very first music video!
The song is called "Flow," and she says "is about letting it go. You have all this stress in your life, and just learn that it's going to be okay. I wrote it with Matthew Gerrard, who did "Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson and "She's No You" by Jesse McCartney (JR, ALL MY CHILDREN). I was so excited to work with him."
Eagle-eyed viewers might notice cameos from former OLTL castmate Kristen Alderson (Starr) and GENERAL HOSPITAL's Chad Duell (Michael) as well as one of her HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS pals, Ashley Holliday (Melissa). And the video was directed by Robert Adamson, who played Phil on HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS, and is now Noah on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!
"I'm super-excited about it," Underwood enthuses. "I hope everybody likes it!"
Ted King Cast In PilotTed King (ex-Alcazar, GH et al) has been cast in the Amazon Studios comedy pilot, ALPHA HOUSE, which features John Goodman and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo, AMC) and is written by Garry Trudeau. "It about the senatorial house in Washintgton D.C. where a bunch of senators live together and all the hijinks that take place there," King explains. "This is a really special project and there are really special people involved. I am thrilled to be working on it. I showed up to the read-through, which was held in midtown Manhattan and walked into the room and sat down with my script. I looked up and there was Mr. John Goodman and sitting right next to him was Mark Consuelos, whom I have known since he was doing AMC and I was doing LOVING and THE CITY. We used to see each other in the hallway and chat." The actor reveals he was in talks with Prospect Park about returning to OLTL as Tomas. "I was in negotiations for ONE LIFE recently," he discloses. "I've always felt that online is the future of a lot of television and I think it’s agreat idea. I think Prospect Park is really smart to have licensed the rights to these shows and I I think it’s great that they’ve gotten the funding and are making it happen. Ultimately, we couldn't reach a deal, but we left doors open."
Download GH Star's Latest NovelJust in time for Valentine's Day, Love Bites, the new Vampyres Of Hollywood novel from Adrienne Barbeau (ex-Suzanne, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is available now as an e-book download from Amazon.com! It's the tale of a scream queen who is also a 450-year-old vampire who falls for a Bevery Hills police detective, and all the supernatural complications that ensue as they fight for their lives against a menagerie of supernatural creatures.
There are only a few copies of the hardcover left in stock, but now you can instantly download the Kindle Edition for just $.99! (Or you can borrow it for free if you're a member of Amazon Prime!) Just click here to check it out and read some sample pages!
Be A Part Of Benard's Movie!Any fan of Maurice Benard (Sonny, GENERAL HOSPITAL/ex-Nico, All My Children) knows how excited the star is about the new movie he's currently filming, The Ghost And The Whale. And now there is a chance for Benard's fans to be a part of this special project!
Fans are invited to make a pledge on the movie's Kickstarter page to help create this very special film. And for making a pledge, donors will receive some very special thank-yous, including a lunch with Benard, a visit to the movie's set, special thanks in the movie's credits, and more!
To be a part of the project, visit The Ghost And The Whale's Kickstarter page 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
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Sean Kanan Is On The Radio!If you'd like to know what Sean Kanan (A.J., GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Deacon, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL/THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is like off the set, you need go no further than www.UBNRadio.com where you'll be able to tune into the actor's new Internet radio show!
Kanan and his wife, Michele, will be co-hosting Kanan's Rules on the UBN Radio Network, discussing careers, romance, politics, current events and more with each other and with special guests. Almost no topic will be off-limits!
"Five years ago, I was a bachelor who lived alone in the Hollywood Hills," Kanan says. "I came and went and didn't answer to anyone. Now I am living with a wife, five kids and two dogs. That alone provides enough topics to last the next ten years!"
"We make a great team," Michele adds. "Living with Sean is like a carnival ride sometimes because I never know where we're gonna be or how we will get stuff done. But amid all of our shenanigans, we manage to excel at our careers and more importantly, at being a family."
Kanan's Rules will air live on Wednesdays from 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST at www.UBNRadio.com starting this Wednesday, February 6. Past episodes will be archived at iTunes, Stitcher and TuneIn, so you don't have to worry about missing a show!
GH Casting CallGH is looking for a 25 to 30-year-old African American or mixed race male, who will be an intern at GH and is described as handsome, dynamic and charming with a kind heart. The role is contract.
Crystal Chappell's The Grove The SeriesThe cast includes Beth Maitland, Bobbie Eakes, Christian Leblanc, Harrison White, Jessica Leccia, Jordan Clarke, Judi Evans, Linsey Godfrey, Mark Hapka, Michelle Stafford, Nadia Bjorlin, Peter Reckell, Robert S. Woods.
ATWT's Craig & Rosanna Are Engaged!AS THE WORLD TURNS' Craig and Rosanna had quite a tumultuous relationship, but portrayers Jon Lindstrom (ex-Mark, Santa Barbara/ex-Craig, ATWT/ex-Kevin & Ryan, PC/GH) and Cady McClain (ex-Rosanna, ATWT/ex-Dixie, AMC) certainly didn't! The pair have even just announced their engagement! Make sure to check out an upcoming issue of Soaps In Depth for more from McClain about taking the next step. Best wishes to the happy couple!
Amber Tamblyn to make her Broadway debut next yearAmber Tamblyn, who stars in "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" films and on TV in "House" and "Joan of Arcadia," is heading to Broadway.
Producers said Tuesday that Tamblyn will make her Great White Way debut in Beth Henley's comedy "The Miss Firecracker Contest" in the spring of 2013. The theater, co-stars and dates will be announced later.
Judith Ivey, who is currently starring on Broadway in "The Heiress" opposite Jessica Chastain, will direct, marking her own directorial Broadway debut.
The comedy, about a young woman who hopes winning a local talent contest will restore her soiled reputation, first appeared in New York off-Broadway in 1984 and was made into a 1989 film starring Holly Hunter, Mary Steenburgen and Tim Robbins.
Springfield Rocks On!It turns out that the Mayans weren't alone in prepping for our last days to hit in 2012. In his Tuesday, October 9, release, Songs For the End Of The World, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Rick Springfield (ex-Noah) shares his sardonic view of life and also offers hope. While there are plenty of the sing-along songs that fans expect, listeners might be surprised to hear heavier rock anthems like "I Hate Myself" and "Love Screws Me Up." "I'm not the shiny, happy guy people think I am from my role in GENERAL HOSPITAL," Springfield confesses. "I tend to put that angst into my music." But which of the catchier tunes could be a hit by the ominous month of December? "That's a very good question. I'm never a good judge of [that]," he laughs. "I never thought 'Jesse's Girl' would be a single, let alone a hit, so what do I know?" However, with four album covers to choose from (each CD containing unique bonus material), there's sure to be something for everyone.
Keep 'Em Laughing Although he remains grateful to GH for helping to catapult his career back in the 80s ("I'll always go back if it makes sense for the story," he maintains), Springfield's most recent return (to comfort a grieving Patrick) had to be brief. The busy guy's been on a nationwide tour with a film crew in tow! Releasing on Wednesday, October 10, is the result: the entertaining documentary, An Affair Of The Heart. "We just had an industry screening, and then it's going to film festivals," he reveals. Viewers will no-doubt see that it's while he's on stage that the legend's sense of humor is revealed. "I think it comes across when I perform," he grins. "I tell stories and it's fun, and then I rock out!"
It was a smart writer who showcased Springfield's quirky side with a guest role on TV Land's HOT IN CLEVELAND last season ("They reached out to me recently to check my availability to return," he confides). When he's not working on also producing his own comedy show ("I can't talk about it yet," he teases), Springfield is touting what promises to be the event of the fall: Sun Dazed & Star-Filled Nights: Rick Springfield & Friends, Destination: Cancun. "We're inviting everyone to join us at Club Med from November 8 to 12. It should be a good party!" he relates. Joining the Mexican fiesta will be the performer's pals: Doug Davidson (Paul, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), TV and radio host Mark Goodman, and two of GH's other singing sensations, Brandon Barash (Johnny) and Bradford Anderson (Spinelli). Yep, with all he's got going on, it looks like it'll be a while before the senior Dr. Drake is paged back to Port Charles.
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!
Kanan Throws Down The Lyrics!Sean Kanan (ex-Deacon, Y&R/ex-Deacon, B&B/ex-Jude, SB/ex-AJ, GH) is finding out first hand what it means to have a woman who challenges you. His fiancée, producer Michele Vega, explains. "When I first met Sean, we were talking about his career and discussing what he'd not yet done. He laughed and said, 'Yeah, I've never done a rap video -- and I could never see myself doing one either,'" she recalls of the impetus for offering up her dare. "So we just jumped on it." After rounding up original music by JR Oliney and lyrics by Darrell Johnson, the joke was suddenly a reality!
Of course, everything feels less crazy when shared with friends, so Kanan enlisted a few of his favorites. Joining him on the hilarious music video, aptly titled "I'm A Soaps Star," are THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Ronn Moss (Ridge) and Kim Matula (Hope), DAYS OF FOUR LIVES' Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy), Y&R's Joshua Morrow (Nick), former child actor Scott Schwartz, Betsy Russell (from the series of Saw movies) and former pro skater Pancho Moler. "We are all in white track suits with big necklaces, then there's another shot where we are dressed like [Latin gangsters] cholos," Kanan grins. "Wait 'til you see Ronn Moss rapping in this. It's hysterical!"
Now in post-production, the video is set to hit YouTube soon (we'll keep you posted). However, Kanan was good enough to offer Soaps In Depth, and fans, this sneak peek! Check it out here: Video.
Sean Kanan on How to Cook Like a GentlemanYou might know him as the bad guy from The Karate Kid Part III, or for his more recent work on The Young and the Restless, but actor and producer Sean Kanan has a different project up his sleeve lately—writing. His first book, “The Modern Gentleman,” was released on Sept. 13, yet Kanan is not a newcomer to the art of writing.
“I’ve actually written for longer than I have acted,” Kanan said in a recent interview with NTD Television on Wednesday, Sept. 14, in New York. “Writing is really the first endeavor into the arts that I ever participated in.”
Combining his writing with his love for cooking, Kanan has written a cookbook specifically with the male audience in mind (but also inviting women for a look into the male mind). “The Modern Gentleman” will help guys through not only the basics of preparing a kitchen and cooking simple meals but also more impressive dishes. The recipes range from simple mac ‘n’ cheese to roasted pork loin stuffed with goat cheese, with the intention of helping any man go from clueless to culinary genius.
However, “The Modern Gentleman” isn’t just a cookbook. “The book also deals with the lost art of being a gentleman in today’s sometimes confusing social landscape,” Kanan explains. According to him, and surely many other men out there, balancing the roles of being a man is hard.
“Guys were left a little confused: Am I supposed to be the alpha male who is a problem solver, or am I supposed to be the guy that is sensitive and a really great listener? For my money, the reality is that it’s a little of both, and it’s somewhere in between.”
This balancing act is brought up many times in his book. Kanan humorously talks about relationships and about “connecting with her with honesty and integrity without being dismissed as ‘the nice guy.’” Basically, it’s how to be the strong alpha male type but without acting like a cave man. To achieve this, etiquette is required, and such etiquette is the main theme of many chapters in “The Modern Gentleman.”
Becoming a gentleman, however, is not just an education for confused or bad-mannered adults. Being a gentleman is all about being a man who “exhibits strength and compassion towards others, a man who treats others with tolerance and dignity,” all according to the book.
So, wouldn’t that be a great thing to teach children? That’s what Kanan’s girlfriend Michele thought, when she pointed out to him that young boys who learn how to act like gentlemen earlier on will take that lesson with them in life and avoid becoming bullies.
Kanan himself has had quite an experience when it comes to bullying. As a self-proclaimed “chubby and awkward kid,” he was often the victim of bullying. This led the young Kanan to take up martial arts, leading to his breakout acting role. His experience with bullying caused him to become a member of the Anti-Defamation League, helping in the fight against bullying.
With his new book, Kanan takes preventing bullying to a new level, reasoning that kids who know how to be gentlemen will bring compassion and tolerance into their everyday life, and stop bullying.
The book’s focus is on the art of being a gentleman in the kitchen. There is a chapter about the utensils and ingredients you will need to keep home, another one on the subject of different wines and liquors, and two chapters celebrating Italian cuisine.
But don’t worry, the book takes on how to be a gentleman outside of your kitchen, too. This includes how to take women out on dates, how to entertain a group, and even advice on flower arranging, balanced out with a chapter about defending yourself like a man.
Kanan concludes this cooking-meets-self-help book with tips on how to buy the perfect engagement ring, hopefully showing how far being a gentleman can get you.
So just like the book’s tagline reads, don’t just set the table. Set the mood.
Soap Opera 451Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments: The first enhanced e-book of its kind, “Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama’s Greatest Moments” by New York Times bestselling author and soap opera insider Alina Adams, features actor interviews, insider information, fans and fan favorites looking back on 45 of the most memorable moments in daytime television history, as well as links to view the selected scenes, and to the star-studded contributors’ personal sites, so that readers may interact with them personally. (An Internet connection is required and availability will vary depending on your viewing device).
“Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama’s Greatest Moments” includes interviews with: “All My Children’s” Eden Riegel on her character Bianca coming out as a lesbian to her mother, Erica Kane; “Another World’s” Linda Dano on her character Felicia's alcohol intervention; “Dark Shadow’s” Kathryn Leigh Scott on Barnabas bringing Josette back from the dead; “One Life to Live’s” headwriter Michael Malone on Marty's gang rape; “General Hospital’s” headwriter Thom Racina on scripting Luke and Laura's wedding; “Generations” creator Sally Sussman Morina on the show’s groundbreaking racial housing discrimination story; and dozens of other stars, writers, insiders and stories from “The Young and the Restless,” “As The World Turns,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Guiding Light”, “Passions,” “Texas,”“The Bold and the Beautiful,” “The Doctors” and many more.
“Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama’s Greatest Moments” may be experienced via a tablet, iPad, cell-phone, lap-top or desk-top computer. All of the text may be read on the Kindle or Nook devices.
ABC Accused Of Stiffing 'General Hospital' Creators"General Hospital" is the longest running daytime soap in the history of television ... and the children of the couple who created the show claim they've been screwed out of a major part of their cut.
TMZ has obtained a lawsuit filed by the estate of Frank and Doris Hursley -- the couple who created the show back in 1963.
According to the lawsuit, the Hursley's daughters claim their parents struck a deal with ABC way back when ... to reap 10% of all profits from the syndication of the show ... but ABC hasn't honored the deal.
The daughters allege ABC has cooked the books for years -- and has failed to pay the full amount owed to the creators.
The Hursley children do not specify how much money they believe ABC owes -- but they want a judge to force ABC to open up its books to an audit ASAP.
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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