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News, Cast Updates and Scoop(News section last updated September 27, 2016)
Hayley Erin and Robert Palmer Watkins Reveal the GENERAL HOSPITAL Storyline They Loved!(9/27/16) When GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Darby passed around an STI this summer, Kiki, Dillon, Morgan and some viewers may have rolled their eyes at the sexually promiscuous Port Charles local… but Hayley Erin (Kiki) and Robert Palmer Watkins (Dillon) weren’t on that train!
While Watkins contends with a laugh that Darby is certainly “aggressive,” he and his co-star aren’t judging. “Darby’s shameless and I love it,” Erin cheers. “When Kiki said the STI was her fault, she was like, 'Woah, don't point the finger at me! I'm no worse than the rest of you.' She wouldn’t be shamed, and good for her! I somehow found myself rooting for her, against my own character — and that rarely happens.”
It may help that the castmembers adore recurring player Jesica Ahlberg (Darby) for both driving story and being… well, nice. “In real life, she's so sweet,” Watkins shares. “So it’s so funny she plays this mega-bitch.”
Find out what else Watkins and Erin have to say about “Killon it” as the couple to root for in the new issue of Soaps In Depth, on stands now!
GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kimberly McCullough Shares a First Look at Her Exciting New Project — See the Clips!(9/27/16) (Videos: Nervous, Pow) Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has already shared a pitch video for her series HEY DAY, a fictionalized account of her own experience in daytime that follows a young woman named Angel thrust into the madcap world of soaps during the height of their popularity in the ‘80s. Later, she shared some behind the scenes photos from the shoot, and now has finally shared some clips!
In the first clip, star Chrssie Fit as a nervous Angel, gets a rather direct pep talk from the soap’s executive producer, played by Finola Hughes (Anna, GH).
The following day, McCullough let slip another delicious snippet of HEY DAY where Hughes’ character lights up a cigarette as she bluntly reveals to Angel how another actor on the show met his untimely (and scandalous!) demise.
These clips are amazing and far too brief a taste of what promises to be a fantastic story! Hopefully McCullough will be able to show off the finished product soon!
GH's Fall Promos(9/27/16) Fever - Men: Video.
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Days of Our Lives is bringing back Greg Vaughan(9/26/16) (ew.com) Greg Vaughan, Salem missed you.
EW has learned exclusively that Vaughan will reprise his role as Eric Brady on Days of Our Lives. Vaughan, who first joined DOOL in 2012, left the NBC sudser earlier this year to pursue other gigs. He not only appeared on the Fox drama Lucifer but joined the cast of Queen Sugar on OWN as Calvin, a married cop who’s having an affair with Nova Bordelon (True Blood star Rutina Wesley).
Vaughan’s return is set for Jan 17, 2017.
“After coming toward the completion of Queen Sugar, I had the opportunity to speak with the executives and head writers at Days of our Lives,” said Vaughan in a statement. “I’ve always been proud of my time and the work I contributed to Days, and I was excited at the opportunity to reunite with the cast and crew. I feel my job as an actor is about more than just stepping on stage and taking a role. I’m trying to create a presence that resonates for myself and the core of Eric Brady. I feel Eric’s journey will have a huge and impactful return!”
Before his time on DOOL, Vaughan played Lucky Spencer on General Hospital and Diego Gutierrez on The Young and the Restless.
Days of Our Lives airs weekdays on NBC.
Chad Brannon Talks About His Dramatic New Role!(9/25/16) Chad Brannon (ex-Zander, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is getting political in his new play, The Tragedy of JFK (as told by Wm. Shakespeare), where he plays the role of Robert F. Kennedy! Using Shakespearian text, the show tells the story of the conspiracy to assassinate the 35th president of the United States and its aftermath.
“To play Bobby Kennedy, I went to school,” Brannon told Soaps In Depth. “Not only as a cast did we study a tremendous amount on the assassination of JFK itself, but I watched and studied countless hours of documentaries, listened to and read books, speeches of Bobby, on the Kennedys and all of the political and worldwide events that were going on which lay as a backdrop for our story. I had to learn his mannerisms, speech patterns, the way he felt about life and issues and the people that surrounded him.”
“I feel honored to be a part of this show,” Brannon declared. “The show and concept behind it all has been a fascinating and thrilling journey. Playing Bobby Kennedy will be one of the great joys of my life. He was a truly great man, and I hope to do justice to the depth of who he was and how he is represented in this show.”
Previews of The Tragedy of JFK (as told by Wm. Shakespeare) begin Saturday, Sept. 24, and the show opens on Saturday, Oct. 1, running weekends through Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Skylight Theatre in Los Feliz, CA. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Donnell Turner Reveals How He Stays in Such Amazing Shape!(9/25/16) Donnell Turner (Curtis, GENERAL HOSPITAL) tries to stay as cool and even-keeled as his character, but the martial arts expert also lives for a good fight!
“I’ve done 30 years of kickboxing and martial arts, including training in Thailand,” explains Turner. “Martial arts is a lifelong practice. And I'm one of those guys where if I can't wrap my brain around it, you’ve pretty much lost me, so as a kid, I read Bruce Lee and got even more into it.
“I knew it was something I would never stray far from,” he continues. “Do I do it every night? No. But there are ways to practice your craft on your own, whether it be in the form of kata or technique on a heavy bag. I don't engage in combat like I used to, but if I were not TV, I’d be at a gym, rolling around kicking someone's butt. I just love that!”
For more on the actor and his Port Charles alter ego, pick up the upcoming ABC issue of Soaps In Depth!
Martha Byrne Talks About Her Emotional New Role!(9/25/16) Martha Byrne (Lily, AS THE WORLD TURNS; Andrea, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is starring in the play In the Car With Blossom and Len at the Queens Theater in November!
“I loved the play the first time I read it,” Byrne tells Soaps In Depth. “My character, Fern, is faced with having to make life-changing decisions for her elderly parents who are dealing with several physical and emotional challenges.
“Having seen my own father struggle in this way,” she continues, “I completely understand how this could affect the family structure. It’s a beautiful and topical story for anyone facing such difficult choices and the play explores this with great truth.”
To see Byrne on stage in this new production of the award-winning play, visit QueensTheatre.org or call 718-760-0064. In the Car With Blossom and Len is running from Friday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 20, and tickets start at $25.
For more on what your favorite ATWT stars are up to now, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!
Kimberly McCullough Shares HEY DAY Clip(9/23/16) GH alum Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin) revealed the first clip from her soap-themed pilot, HEY DAY, featuring Finola Hughes (Anna). Check it out here.
Gilmore Casts a Cougar(9/23/16) Cougar Town alumna Carolyn Hennesy will recur in the Netflix revival as Toni, a member of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), our sister site Variety reports.
The upper-crust Toni is described as “someone who likes to keep things orderly and does not appreciate dissension.” Sounds like that might not sit well with Emily, who has been in the DAR with Toni for years.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life debuts Friday, Nov. 25 at 3:01/2:01c on the streaming service.
Hayley Erin on “NCIS,” TUESDAY, OCT. 11(9/23/16) “Love Boat” – After the body of a navy lieutenant is discovered aboard a destroyer during a tiger cruise, when civilian guests are allowed to spend the night on the ship, Gibbs, Quinn and Palmer travel out to sea to investigate. Also, McGee contemplates the perfect proposal for Delilah Fielding (Margo Harshman), on NCIS, Tuesday, Oct. 11 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Margo Harshman (Delilah Fielding), Andrea Grano (Navy Commander Eleadora Rey), Hayley Erin (Kasey Powers).
Marc Anthony Samuel Announces New Primetime Gig!(9/21/16) (Pic1, Pic2) Aside from mourning Sabrina, GENERAL HOSPITAL fans haven’t seen too much of Felix lately, but they’ll be able to see plenty of portrayer Marc Anthony Samuel, who has been keeping very busy with other projects!
Last week, the actor shared a photo of the water tower at the Paramount studio, teasing fans on Instagram, “A good morning to you from day one of work.”
Samuel apologized for his vague post, but assured fans once the work was finished, he’d share more about it. And now he’s told Soaps In Depth that he’s going to be guest-starring on NCIS: LOS ANGELES! Unfortunately, he wouldn’t tell us much more about the gig except that there’s “action!”
Actress Markie Adams shared a photo from the set of the CBS drama with some of her co-stars in the episode, including Samuel, but unfortunately it doesn’t give any more clues!
Samuel is still recurring on GH, so he may show up around the hospital in the future. Hopefully for scenes that aren’t nearly as gut-wrenching as the ones in which he grieved for his best friend. “I’m going to miss Teresa Castillo (ex-Sabrina) at GH,” he tweeted. “Such a professional, such a good friend. Excited to see what’s next and to hang in our off time!”
While fans also mourned the loss of Sabrina, they also took the time to commend Samuel on his powerful performance in that episode and he was touched by their comments online. “Thank you so much, everyone,” he tweeted, “for your compliments and kind words. It’s a privilege to do it. Thanks for watching.”
We’ll let you know when Samuel’s episode of NCIS: LOS ANGELES is slated to air. The eighth season premieres Sunday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. on CBS.
GH Recasting Morgan?(9/21/16) In the wake of the news that Bryan Craig is leaving the show as a Morgan, GH has sent out a casting call for a contract role that sounds like a recast for his character, described as “20 to 25 years old, Caucasian male. He is brooding and intense. He is complicated and troubled. Underneath his edge he is a soulful young man trying to figure things out.” The actor would begin taping at the end of October.
Nick Stabile Responds to GENERAL HOSPITAL Fans Who Want Him Back as Nikolas!(9/20/16) When news broke that Tyler Christopher would not be returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL as Nikolas, fans immediately took to social media to let the soap know they wanted his temporary recast, Nick Stabile, back!
@mariem201: @Nick_Stabile Would love for you to return. You were great in the role and been a fan since Sunset beach.
@BlueWizard75: With Tyler Christopher out at #GH, here is hoping the show snags @Nick_Stabile back!
@FlyersFan2007: Please bring back @Nick_Stabile as Nikolas @valentinifrank please he has great chemistry with @MauraWest he made a great Nikolas Cassadine
Stabile has been retweeting some of his fans and declared, “Thank you everyone for all the support. I really, really appreciate the kind words. I’m truly touched.”
(Photo) He also shared a sexy photo of his new haircut where he looks every inch the Dark Prince that GH would be looking for, should they choose to replace Christopher again.
At this time, there has been no official word on whether or not GH is considering bringing Nikolas back onto the canvas. The role was previously recast with Stephen Martines from 1999-2003 before Christopher returned to the role. In addition to Stabile, Chris Beetem (Tate, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; Jordan, AS THE WORLD TURNS) filled in briefly for Christopher when he broke his arm in 2005.
Wally Kurth Promises "Good Stuff" Coming Up For Him on Both GENERAL HOSPITAL and DAYS OF OUR LIVES!(9/20/16) Wally Kurth has been keeping himself very busy playing both Ned on GENERAL HOSPITAL and Justin on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, and the actor promises there’s big things coming for both of his characters!
Although Tristan Rogers recently announced that his double duty as GH’s Robert and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Colin had come to an end, Kurth has just gotten started! “Ned’s been out of town,” he tweeted to his GH fans. "He’s back.”
And to viewers of both soaps, Kurth declared, “I really like playing both characters. I feel very lucky. Some good stuff coming up on both. Excited!”
So you’re definitely want to stay tuned to both GH and DAYS to see what’s in store for Ned and Justin!
Melissa Ordway Celebrates GENERAL HOSPITAL Alum Emily Wilson's Bachelorette Party(9/20/16) (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) Melissa Ordway (Abby, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) spent the weekend in Palm Springs at the bachelorette party of her good friend, Emily Wilson (ex-Ellie, GENERAL HOSPITAL), and shared some of the fun with fans on social media!
“Flower crowns and dresses,” she wrote. Love celebrating Emily!” Happy ‘bachella’ weekend!”
Ordway also shared a snap of herself cooling off in the pool hanging tight to a donut tube to keep from ruining her crown of flowers!
Flowers were clearly the theme as you can see in the final shot Ordway shared of the girls in their snazzy pajamas made by Wilson’s sister, Kristene. “How adorable are these PJ’s?” she gushed.
It looks like everyone had an absolutely wonderful time, and we look forward to some beautiful wedding photos after Wilson and her fiancé, Adhir Kalyan, tie the knot on Saturday, Oct. 1!
Single Mom A Go Go: Episode 7 - WILL DEVRY(9/20/16) (Video) Michelle and Will Devry of "General Hospital" discuss single parenting, Botox, sex, his very challenging childhood, Julexis, and the greatest sport ever... HOCKEY!
Nathan Parsons Stars in New Movie — See the Amazing First Trailer!(9/17/16) (Video) Fans got their first look at GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan) in costume for his new movie back in March, but now you can see him in action in this incredible teaser for Justice!
Director Richard Gabai shared a fantastic preview for the western that stars Parsons as James McCord, a US Marshall whose quest to avenge his brother’s death leads him to defend a small town from a corrupt mayor and his outlaws who are trying to restart the Civil War. Also starring in the film are Stephen Lang, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Lesley-Ann Down (ex-Jackie, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), and Quinton Aaron.
Justice still doesn’t have a release date scheduled at this time, but when more information is announced, we’ll be sure to let you know. Until then, check out this thrilling montage of scenes from the movie.
Stamos’s Soapy Project Causes Uproar(9/16/16) When the news broke that John Stamos (ex-Blackie, GH) was developing a cable drama set behind the scenes of a soap in the 1980s, some fans reacted with outrage — because the concept bears a strong resemblance to the project Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin, GH) has been working on. Titled HEY DAY and also drawing its dramatic inspiration from backstage life at a soap at the peak of its ratings success and cultural influence (i.e., the 1980s), McCullough wrote and directed the pilot she shot last year, which features Finola Hughes (Anna, GH) and Bree Williamson (Claudette, GH). “This is [McCullough’s] concept for her #HeyDay since 2014… NOT his!” fumed one fan on Twitter in response to Digest’s story on Stamos plans. McCullough’s former leading man, Jason Thompson (ex-Patrick, GH; Billy, Y&R) came to McCullough’s defense on Twitter, writing, “Oh you mean [McCullough’s] #HeyDay? Little to familiar if you ask me.”
GH Preview: Michael Reels From Sabrina’s Death(9/16/16) “It’s just an emotional roller coaster” for Michael after murder victim Sabrina is pronounced dead at GH, according to his portrayer, Chad Duell. Expect Michael to lash out at Carly, who had expressed her disapproval of her son’s plans to pop the question to Sabrina shortly before her death. “He’s turning his grief into anger and she is the recipient of it,” Duell says. The actor is bummed about the exit of his leading lady, Teresa Castillo. “She’s so talented and it was definitely sad to say good-bye.” All hope isn’t lost, though: “Maybe they’ll bring Sabrina back to life!” For more with Duell on Michael’s tragic loss, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Why GH Killed Sabrina(9/16/16) Killing off Teresa Castillo as Sabrina “was a very difficult decision to make,” says GH’s Co-Head Writer Jean Passanante. “It’s always very difficult to kill off a character, but sometimes, the story demands it.” In this instance, “We thought it would be important to give what Paul is doing more emotional foundation for our audience to have him kill someone who was literally in the wrong place at the wrong time and is somebody we care about.” As for where this leaves newbie Joe, who seemed poised to give Michael some romantic competition on the Sabrina front, viewers “will soon see a resolution to the situation with Joe,” Co-Head Writer Shelly Altman says. For more on the murder, and an emotional final interview with Castillo, check out an upcoming issue of Soap Opera Digest.
GH Team Staying Put(9/16/16) With behind the scenes changes sweeping through DAYS and Y&R over the past six months, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s team at the top is staying put. Daytime Confidential reports that Executive Producer Frank Valentini and Head Writers Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman have all inked new deals with the show. To read the full story, click here.
Bryan Craig Confirms GH Exit(9/15/16) Bryan Craig confirms exclusively to Digest that he has decided to exit the role of GH’s Morgan, for which he won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actor earlier this year. “It’s been an amazing journey, but I feel like the time is right for me to say goodbye to GENERAL HOSPITAL and Morgan Corinthos,” he tells Digest. “This was not an easy decision and I am extremely grateful to ABC, [Executive Producer] Frank Valentini and the entire GH cast and crew for the opportunity and their unyielding support. To the wonderful fans who have embraced and loved Morgan as one of their own, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.” He will last air in November.
John Stamos Teams With Craig Zadan & Neil Meron For Drama About 1980s Soaps(9/15/16) John Stamos has partnered with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (The Wiz Live!) for a cable drama series chronicling the fame and excess of daytime soaps in the 1980s. Universal TV, where Zadan and Meron are under a deal for series and live events, is the studio.
The untitled drama, now in early stages of development, will be inspired by the experiences of Stamos, whose acting career was launched in 1982 when, at the age of 18, he landed the role of Blackie Parrish on the ABC daytime drama General Hospital.
Described as “Boogie Nights in the soap world,” the drama will explore the colorful and often dark world of soaps as it follows the journey of a young man thrust into soap stardom, during a decade defined by Reaganomics, greed, excess, indulgence and materialism. As a newly minted teen idol, he will struggle to balance his family life, working at his fathers restaurant and maintain his humble upbringing while navigating the temptations of sex, drugs and fame.
Stamos will executive produce alongside Zadan and Meron through the duo’s Storyline Entertainment. This is the latest collaboration for Stamos, Zadan & Maron who previously teamed to produce the Emmy-nominated miniseries Beach Boys: An American Family and the TV movie, Martin and Lewis.
Storyline Entertainment’s Mark Nicholson will produce the 1980s soap drama, which is in the process of finding a writer.
Stamos recently produced and starred in the Fox comedy series Grandfathered and he also produces and recurs on Netflix’s Fuller House. Stamos, who stars as Dr. Brock Holt in season 2 of Fox’s Scream Queens, is repped by Brillstein Entertainment partners and WME.
Zadan and Meron are prepping their next NBC musical, Hairspray Live! and are working with Aaron Sorkin for NBC’s first live drama, a 2017 broadcast of A Few Good Men. The duo is repped by CAA.
Kristin Davis, Eric McCormack & Shirley MacLaine To Star In Hallmark Movie ‘Christmas Angel In Training’(9/15/16) Kristin Davis, Eric McCormack and Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine will headline Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Christmas Angel in Training.
Davis (Sex in the City) stars as Eve Morgan, a workaholic who, upon her untimely death, finds herself tethered to her guardian angel (MacLaine) and learning to become a Christmas angel in heaven. Despite being the worst recruit in the history of Christmas, Eve is assigned the difficult task of helping struggling singer Max (McCormack, Will & Grace) use his musical gifts to heal old family wounds. As Max begins to overcome his issues, Eve begins to embrace the meaning of Christmas, heal wounds of her own and perhaps find love along the way.
Jack Grossbart and Linda Kent executive produce Christmas Angel in Training. Harvey Kahn is producer. Paul Shapiro directs from the original teleplay written by Gregg McBride and Tippi & Neal Dobrofsky. Angelic Productions is the production company on behalf of Crown Media Productions.
Christmas Angel in Training will premiere at 8 PM Saturday, November 26, exclusively on Hallmark Channel
Davis is repped by Atlas Artists, APA and Sloane Offer.
Tyler Christopher Breaks Silence On GH Exit(9/15/16) After Soap Opera Digest broke the news that Tyler Christopher will not be returning to the role of Nikolas on GH, the actor took to Twitter to acknowledge his departure. “Thank u all for your kind words. You’re the best fans in the world. I will miss u! #whatarun,” he tweeted.
GH’s Teresa Castillo On Sabrina’s Death(9/15/16) Sabrina’s murder by Paul was a stunner on GH, but her portrayer, Teresa Castillo, has been in the know for a while. “Frank [Valentini, executive producer] called me into his office about two-and-a-half months ago,” she explains. “It was at the end of the day and he said, ‘They’ve decided to kill Sabrina.’ It was definitely bittersweet.” Castillo, who has played the role since 2012, muses, “I think four years is just the right amount of time.” For more with Castillo, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Y&R Names New Head Writer(9/15/16) With Charles Pratt, Jr. tapped to be show runner and executive producer of the upcoming FOX series, STAR, Y&R has brought back Sally Sussman as the show’s new head writer. “Sally was part of the team that first brought Y&R to its long-standing position as America’s #1 daytime drama and brings with her years of experience writing serialized storylines,” said senior executive vice president of programming for Sony Pictures Television Steve Kent. “Her long-standing familiarity with the citizens of Genoa City and her great storytelling make her a perfect choice to take the reins at Y&R.” Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, Daytime Programs and Syndicated Program Development, CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Distribution, “We are thrilled to have Sally return to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, both as an award-winning writer, and someone who is passionate about honoring the legacy of the series with character driven story. The powerhouse partnership of Sally and Mal Young, our talented new Executive Producer, sets an even brighter course for daytime’s #1 drama.” Sussman has been on the writing staff of the soap on and off; during her 2006 stint, she won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing. She has also toiled at DAYS, GH, ANOTHER WORLD and KNOTS LANDING. And She created the short lived soap Generations.
Episode 826: Nerdist Podcast: John Stamos(9/14/16) (Listen or download) John Stamos (Full House, Grandfathered) chats with Chris about their love of Disneyland, their mutual friend Bob Saget and his time on General Hospital. They also talk about Chris recently getting married, how John ages so well and his role on the new season of Scream Queens!
Tyler Christopher Not Returning to GH(9/14/16) Multiple sources confirm to Digest that Tyler Christopher will not be returning to the role of Nikolas on GH, which he originated in 1996. The actor has been off-screen since June, at which point the character was temporarily recast with Nick Stabile. Though both parties had hoped to strike a new contract deal and for Christopher to report back to work in September, negotiations fell apart last month. For the full story, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale Friday.
Tyler Christopher On the Set of His New Movie(9/14/16) (Photo) Fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL are eagerly awaiting Tyler Christopher’s return to the soap to see what happens next in Nikolas’ storyline. But during his time off from the show, Christopher has explored two other roles that are very different from the dark prince!
In addition to his role in the indie comedy The New Wife, Christopher is playing a former cable access kids TV show star with a southern accent who sells used cars in Pretty Broken!
The movie shared a behind the scenes photo of Christopher in costume on the film’s set with co-star Jillian Claire (ex-Abigail, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), and you’ve never seen the actor look like this before!
You’d probably never see Nikolas Cassadine in a cowboy hat and bolo tie unless it was a costume party — and probably not even then!
We look forward to seeing Christopher stretching himself in these new roles as well as returning to GH in the near future!
Donna Mills Shares Beautiful Birthday Message to Daughter, Chloe(9/14/16) (Photo) Donna Mills (ex-Madeline, GENERAL HOSPITAL) shared a heartfelt message to her daughter, Chloe, on her 22nd birthday when she posted a flashback photo of the two of them at Disney many years ago!
“Happy birthday to my beautiful baby girl!” Mills wrote. “22, I can’t believe it! So proud of everything you’ve accomplished and the amazing young lady you have become."
Chloe has grown into an absolutely stunning young woman, and is now working as a model!
Finola Hughes’s GH Return Set!(9/12/16) After a summer break, Finola Hughes is back taping at GH as Anna, and the character will return to the screen on September 28.
Kimberly McCullough Meets Jason Thompson's Son, Bowie(9/12/16) (Photo) Jason Thompson (Billy, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) has been reuniting with all his old GENERAL HOSPITAL love interests lately! First he caught up with Teresa Castillo (Sabrina) and her beautiful daughter Victoria, and now Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin) was able to see his bundle of joy!
“Finally got to meet this nugget of goodness today,” McCullough tweeted with a photo of her holding Thompson’s three-month-old son, Bowie.
We’re sure McCullough enjoyed catching up with her old friend, Thompson, but when you’ve got a beautiful baby like that to hold for the very first time, how could you think of anything else?
GH Preview: Julian’s Trial Begins(9/11/16) Next week, Julian is in the hot seat on GH as his trial for the murder of Carlos Rivera gets underway on GH. But so, too, is DA Paul, who is being pressured by Ava to throw the case, lest she expose him for moonlighting as the hospital killer. Rather than risk drawing suspicion by doing a shoddy job as prosecutor, explains Co-Head Writer Jean Passanante, “He has to come up with something else, something that takes the focus off him and onto somebody else.” Despite this pressing business, he also finds time to continue his mission to do in Monica — and the results will be fatal for someone. Says Passanante, “Someone wanders in to the wrong place at the wrong time.” For the full story, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest and be sure to tune into GH next week!
Court Case For Soap Opera Actress Jensen Buchanan Continued to Oct. 14(9/11/16) (noozhawk.com) A Santa Barbara County Superior Court arraignment hearing for a soap opera actress accused of driving while drunk and causing an injury accident on Highway 154 has been continued to Oct. 14.
Jensen Buchanan, 54, was not in the Santa Maria courtroom for Friday morning’s brief hearing before visiting Judge Barry Hammer.
Defense attorney Meryl Chambers asked for the continued arraignment hearing on behalf of her client.
Deputy District Attorney Tiffany Dix told the judge she did not object to the request, adding that she believes the next hearing will involve either a disposition of the case or the defendant entering a not-guilty plea.
She also requested the judge order Buchanan to attend the next hearing, which Hammer did.
With a blood-alcohol level allegedly more than four times the legal limit, Buchanan faces several charges, including felony driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and felony driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or greater.
She also is charged with causing great bodily injury to Bradley Asolas, 56, of Camarillo, and an allegation her blood-alcohol level exceeded .15 percent.
Court documents allege Buchanan was driving with a blood-alcohol level of .34 when the crash occurred about 6:20 a.m. May 18 on Highway 154.
Buchanan was driving a Mercedes S550 east on Highway 154 when her vehicle drifted across the double yellow line directly into the path of a westbound Ford C-Max near the Live Oak Camp entrance, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Firefighters had to extricate Asolas, the driver of the other vehicle, from his wrecked Ford after he received critical injuries in the head-on collision, the CHP said.
At the request of the prosecution, the defense attorney agreed to stipulate to the release of Buchanan’s medical records.
Buchanan appeared on numerous soap operas in nearly three decades, including most recently on The Young and the Restless in 2015, and previously on One Life to Live, General Hospital and Another World.
Supernatural Promo(9/9/16) Rick Springfield vs. Crowley, Bloody Dean and More: Video.
Talk Show Appearance(9/9/16) Harry - Syndicated
Actress Sandra Bullock; cameos by Russell Crowe, Kristen Bell, Zooey Deschanel, Anthony Anderson, John Stamos and Taraji P. Henson; Harry takes over a mom's responsibilities for a day.
Rebecca Budig Celebrates Daughter Charlotte's Second Birthday(9/9/16) (Photo) Rebecca Budig (Hayden, GENERAL HOSPITAL) can’t believe how fast her baby girl Charlotte is growing!
“Happy second birthday to my sweet baby girl,” she wrote on Instagram. “Even when you like to say you are four!”
“I can’t believe she’s two,” Budig added on Twitter, marveling at how quickly her daughter with husband Michael Benson has grown up.
Teresa Castillo Reunites With Former Castmate Jason Thompson!(9/9/16) (Photo) Their romance on GENERAL HOSPITAL was ill-fated, but Sabrina and Patrick had a reunion of sorts in real life when Teresa Castillo caught up with former castmate Jason Thompson, who is now playing Billy on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!
The actress shared a selfie she took with Thompson and her two-year-old daughter, Victoria. “Look who we ran into today!” she wrote. “Victoria was smitten.”
Who can blame her? The little girl’s got great taste! Thompson tweeted back, “Great to see you. And the kids! So cute.”
Bradford Anderson Shares Hilarious Video(9/7/16) (Video) Bradford Anderson returned to GENERAL HOSPITAL so Spinelli could officiate Sam and Jason’s wedding, and the actor poked fun at his character’s newest career with a hilarious Instagram video!
“Officiate this!” he captioned his brief clip where he lip syncs to the beginning of Prince’s classic “Let’s Go Crazy” before editing in his own ad lib at the end!
We love it! And hopefully marriages joined together by Spinelli have a better track record than those performed by Lucy!
Lou Pearlman’s Story Headed To Big Screen; John Stamos, Desmond Child & Andreas Carlsson Producing(9/7/16) The life story of Lou Pearlman, the former multiplatinum boy band manager-turned-convicted felon, is getting the movie treatment. John Stamos, Desmond Child and Andreas Carlsson have acquired the rights to Tyler Gray’s 2008 book The Hit Charade: Lou Pearlman, Boy Bands, and the Biggest Ponzi Scheme in U.S. History and will serve as producers of the film, which is in the early development stage.
This comes just weeks after news spread that a limited series about Pearlman was in the works. It will be based on an article in The New Yorker to which Magnet Management and Condé Nast has secured. The article, headlined, “We Live in the Pop-Culture World That Lou Pearlman Created,” details Pearlman’s rise from a blimp-business owner to one of the music industry’s most successful moguls and then to his eventual downfall.
Pearlman, who is responsible for developing such boy band sensations as Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC, died last month of undisclosed causes while serving a 25-year prison term for running a complex Ponzi scheme for nearly two decades.
GH Casting Jeff Webber?(9/7/16) GH has put out a casting call for a character who sounds suspiciously like a possible recast for the role of Jeff Webber, Elizabeth’s dad and the ex of several ladies on the canvas (Monica, Heather, Naomi). When Digest asked Co-Head Writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante about bringing the character back to town in light of the recent reveal that Jeff is the secret father of Hayden, they teased, “That would be great, wouldn’t it?” In the casting call, GH says that the show is seeking a male, “late 50’s-early 60’s” who is “ Caucasian, handsome, dynamic, charismatic: for a “major recurring role”. The part was originally played by a pre-MACGYVER Richard Dean Anderson from 1976-81.
John Stamos and Lori Loughlin Monkey Around on Fuller House Set(9/7/16) (Photo) It looks like Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky might be expanding their family by one more.
Fuller House stars, John Stamos and Lori Loughlin smiled for a selfie with a white-headed capuchin monkey, in an Instagram shot posted by Stamos on Tuesday.
"Is that Jesse and Becky's new kid?" the 53-year-old actor captioned the shot. "Watch Fuller House Season 2 to find out!"
Of course, the real question should be, "Is that Marcel from Friends?" The primate bares a striking resemblance to the female monkey who played Marcel on the hit NBC show – who goes by the name Katie.
Friends wasn't Katie's only starring role. She's also had roles in 30 Rock, Victorious and Bruce Almighty. She even starred alongside Kendall Jenner in a 2015 Allure Magazine cover shoot.
While reps for the Netflix series have yet to confirm the casting to PEOPLE, fans of Fuller House have appeared to think the same thing, flooding Stamos' Instagram post with comments about the lovable animal.
As for Stamos and Loughlin, their days of monkeying around on the Full House sequel set are over for now. The show wrapped up its production over the weekend, shooting its last scenes with its live studio audience.
Candace Cameron Bure, Andrea Barber and Jodie Sweetin celebrated with some of the show's younger cast on Sunday, at the wrap party – hitting the dance floor and the photo booth before saying goodbye.
Thank you, fans, for all the love you have shown us," Barber wrote on Instagram. "We wouldn't be here without you!"
The premiere date for Season 2 of Fuller House has not yet been announced.
GENERAL HOSPITAL Star Haley Pullos Mourns the Death of Her Dog, Zsa Zsa(9/6/16) Haley Pullos (Molly, GENERAL HOSPITAL) shared the sad news that she has lost another of her beloved family pets.
(Photo) Just months after saying farewell to her dog, Bubba, Pullos posted, “I can’t believe I have to say goodbye to another pup, but goodbye Zsa Zsa. I’ll miss your silly toothless face.”
(Photo) She shared another pic of Zsa Zsa on Instagram, noting, “This photo is cuter.”
(Photo) Personally, we love this shot of the two of them Pullos posted to Instagram last year.
Our heart goes out to Pullos at this difficult time as she mourns the loss of a member of her family.
Kirsten Storms and Brandon Barash Took Their Daughter, Harper, to Disneyland(9/6/16) (Photo) Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny) promised to co-parent their two-year-old daughter, Harper, after their split — and they are clearly making good on that promise!
Storms shared a photo of Harper and Barash riding on a canal boat through Storybook Land at Disneyland, revealing, “Harper said she wanted to go on ‘token rides’ today. So I made a better plan.”
We love Barash helpfully pointing out where Storms was standing on shore so little Harper would know where to look for this adorable photo. Hope they all had a wonderful day at Disney!
Greg Vaughan Debuts In QUEEN SUGAR(9/6/16) QUEEN SUGAR, the new series from the Oprah Winfrey Network – OWN, premieres tonight at 10 p.m., and features Greg Vaughan (ex-Eric, DAYS) and Dondre T. Whitfield (ex-Terence, ALL MY CHILDREN) in the cast. “It all started from a book by 1 incredible woman to another woman who opened her heart & passed onto the woman for which she created, & I am honored to be apart of …” posted Vaughan on Instagram. Catch another all-new episode tomorrow night.
GH Alum Weds(9/6/16) Natalia Livingston (ex-Emily, GH) tied the knot with Matt Aldag on September 3 in Bedford, PA. Rick Hearst (Ric, GH) and Tamara Braun (ex-Carly, GH et al) were among the guests. The bride gushed about her groom to Digest in March, saying, “I like to say, ‘He is the most amazing man I know (besides my dad).’ I just feel very grateful to have found him.” Congratulations to the happy couple! Braun shared a snap from the festivities, click here.
GH Preview: Will Franco Spill The Liz/Hayden Beans?(9/2/16) Coming up on GH, Naomi implores Franco to keep his lips zipped about Hayden and Liz’s status as half sisters. “Naomi points out that a lot of lives with be affected by the truth, and not in positive ways,” Co-Head Writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante report. Still, coming clean is awfully tempting for Franco as he attempts to turn over a new leaf and forge an honest relationship with Liz. “Franco’s been trying hard to prove he’s a different man now and choosing truth over secrecy might be a way to prove he’s on that track,” the writers note. For the full story, check out the new issue of Digest and be sure to tune into GH to watch it all unfold.
New Gig For Tyler Christopher(9/2/16) Tyler Christopher, who has remained off the GH canvas as Nikolas since May (and who was removed from the show’s opening and end credits this week) has landed a new role, playing Jerry Carlyle in the indie film Pretty Broken, which he will shoot in Portland, OR this month. Jillian Clare (ex-Abby, DAYS) also appears in the flick. A press release for the movie describes Christopher’s character as “a former kids cable access TV show star, now a self-proclaimed role model for his used car sales team, who uses his Southern charm and one-liners to win over the ladies.”
Sneak Peak: GH’s Jason And Sam Tie The Knot!(9/2/16) GH’s Sam and Jason are set to become Mr. and Mrs. Morgan again, and in the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, you’ll find an exclusive preview of the big day from Kelly Monaco (Sam). “She has been waiting for this for as long as he’s been gone and even longer,” says Monaco, whose character thought she was widowed back in 2012. “I don’t think her heart ever left him. He’s her soul mate, her true love.” The actress also shares her thoughts on the state of “JaSam’s” relationship, the ceremony, and the all-important wedding dress (she collaborated on its design with the show’s wardrobe department). For more, check out the new issue, on sale now!
Laura Wright Cut Her Hair(9/1/16) (Photo) Daytime vet Laura Wright (Carly, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Cassie, GUIDING LIGHT) loves changing her hairstyle, and the results of her latest makeover are stunning!
“So I kind of did that short thing again,” she wrote on Instagram with a black-and-white photo of her newly-shorn locks.
We think Wright looks simply gorgeous! Of course that’s no surprise as the actress has gone this short before and it looked great then, too!
Ashley Jones Reveals Her Future With GENERAL HOSPITAL!(9/1/16) (ashleyajones.com) Parker said goodbye to Kristina, but has her portrayer, Ashley Jones, said goodbye to GENERAL HOSPITAL? The actress addressed that very issue in a recent post on her blog!
Jones appreciated the support and interest of the fans during her run on GH and admitted she had the same questions they did as to whether Parker would have given up on Kristina if Alexis hadn’t interfered. “As an actor, it’s important to me to understand the writer’s intention,” she wrote. “I also get attached to many of the characters I play and want to protect them. For the taping of this last air show, I wanted to make sure I understood what the writers wanted.”
She enjoyed playing the multilayered character the GH scribes created for her and the complicated love story. “I’ve said before in interviews that I believe Parker loves this girl,” Jones admitted. “She loves her enough to let her go and find her own way.
“Of course, I’m just the actress that gets to make the words come alive,” she continued. “I have no control over future storylines. Looking forward to seeing where this goes!”
Could Parker return to complicate Kristina’s life again? Only time will tell — stay tuned!
Nancy Lee Grahn Thrilled to Meet Olympian Simone Biles(9/1/16) (Photo) Sometimes your favorite daytime stars are just big fans themselves, like when GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) had a chance encounter with Olympic gymnast Simone Biles at a restaurant last night!
“Pommel horsed over a busboy and did a double back off the dessert cart to meet the amazing Simone Biles,” the actress joked on Twitter.
You can clearly see the excitement in Grahn’s face at meeting the gold medalist and congratulating her on her incredible performance at this year’s Summer Olympics in Rio.
ABC Daytime Head Lisa Hackner Out in Department Reorg(9/1/16) (variety.com) Daytime head Lisa Hackner is out at ABC, Variety has learned. Hackner served as the network’s exec VP of daytime and syndicated programming, joining in October 2013.
The department is being reorganized affecting about 5 to 10 people on the West Coast, source tells Variety, as a result of “FabLife’s” cancellation. Some staffers were offered other opportunities within the company, though not Hackner. She’s “unlikely” to stay though the transition, says the source, and elected to leave the company.
During her time of roughly three years at ABC, Hackner did not develop or bring about any successful new programs, which sources say led to her departure. She oversaw last season’s short-lived Tyra Banks panel show “FabLife,” which was cancelled after one season, following Banks preemptively quitting her own series. “The View” also shifted from the daytime purview to ABC’s news division in 2014.
Hackner had a close relationship with Banks, having developed her successful daytime talker “The Tyra Banks Show” at Warner Bros.’ Telepictures Productions. The supermodel and media mogul credited the exec with persuading her to return to daytime with “FabLife.”
“She called me, and I was, like, ‘All right. Lisa, we go back,'” Banks said last year at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “She was on ‘The Tyra Show’ with Telepictures. I was, like, ‘I will take a meeting.’ And in that meeting, it was everything that I could ever dream of. And she was telling me what she sees for this show. At the time, it was unnamed. And she pulled me back in. She pulled me back in, and so I said, ‘I have to do this,’ because I’m always about things that are first, unique, or best.”
At Telepictures, Hackner had an impressive list of daytime shows she developed and piloted during her decade tenure, including “Tyra Banks,” “TMZ,” plus “Bethenny” and “Anderson Live,” though the latter two were not on the air long.
Hackner’s departure comes after the exit earlier this year of ABC entertainment president Paul Lee, to whom she reported. Lee was ushered out in February, replaced by the network’s drama chief, Channing Dungey. Hackner is the second of Lee’s top lieutenants to leave the network in recent weeks, with comedy chief Samie Falvey departing last month to lead AwesomenessTV’s new joint digital venture with Verizon.
Corbin Bernsen Sheds Light On Faith-Based Films, Pacts With Pat Robertson’s Regent University On Movie(9/1/16) (Trailer) Several years ago, after the death of his father, Corbin Bernsen — well-known for his role in L.A. Law — wrote, directed and starred in Rust, a feature that he created to explore his own faith. The 2010 film follows a man of the cloth who loses his faith but eventually finds his way back. Bernsen has continued to produce faith-based films, most recently partnering with Pat Robertson’s Regent University on his latest — a romantic comedy, In-Lawfully Yours.
With the success of low-budget films in the genre and the failure of big studio films such as Ben-Hur, Bernsen talked about why he got into the faith-based movement, why he thinks they succeed or fail and the film students they have helped along the way.
His latest outing in this genre came out of a partnership with Regent University where he tapped 73 students — all of whom will graduate with a film credit under their belts. “Here are kids who really want to make movies so it was a way to help them. By doing this, we’ve let kids in film school know what it’s really like to be part of a movie that has distribution. And they come out of film school with a real credit on a film. And these kids were doing real jobs — hair and make-up, AD, art department, transportation – all aspects of filmmaking. They had real responsibilities. I actually praised our crew as it’s hard enough to make a film, but they mentored the kids underneath them while also keeping on schedule.”
The film school itself, surprisingly, has won about 418 film awards — and includes two student Emmy awards (which they won last year) and two student Academy Awards as well. They also won first place for comedy in the 2016 College Television Awards.
The Dean of the school who has been in the job for five of those award-winning years, said that after Bernsen had appeared on the 700 Club with Pat Robertson, the preacher asked the professor to do a film with the actor that would involve the college. Robertson is the founder, chancellor and CEO of Regent University, which is an accredited college. He is also the liaison between the Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc. and school which was founded in 1978 in Virginia Beach, VA.
“So we figured out how to match the curriculum with the film,” said Dr. Mitch Land, the Dean of Regent’s School of Communications & the Arts. Land is also an executive producer on the film.
Bernsen was sent three scripts from Dr. Land, and one was written by Sean Gaffney, one of the school’s professors who previously worked at Warner Bros. as a story administrator in the feature story department from 2007 to 2013.
“The original film was called Jesse and Naomi and was loosely based on the Story of Ruth in the Bible. So that’s the story we picked to do our feature film. We lined up our courses to help facilitate the production, and we started working with Corbin’s film company and together co-produced this film,” said Dr. Land.
The romantic comedy stars Chelsey Crisp (Fresh off the Boat), Marilu Henner, Bernsen, Phillip Boyd (Tyler Perry’s The Have and the Have Nots) and Joe Williamson (Grey’s Anatomy) and begins with a husband cheating on his wife (Crisp) who becomes involved with the town pastor and they find a new life with each other. Also, two professors from the college have speaking roles and one professor is a casting agent on the side.
One of Regent University’s alumni is Tony Hale who has won two Emmy Awards himself for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Veep. Another is Cheryl McKay who adapted The Ultimate Gift in 2006 which starred James Garner; she is still working in the business.
“There is clearly a market for these films,” said Dr. Land, citing the success of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ and Alex Kendrick’s War Room. “Doing a feature film that is commercially available and sold and has their names on it propels our students’ careers. We don’t have a lot of money to do a lot of feature films, but we will keep doing them. There is no way to learn this craft better than actually doing them. And having mentors helping them with on-the-job training really catapults their learning curve. The more we can connect our curriculum to these kinds of projects, the better. I wish we had millions so we could do this constantly, but we are grateful to God for this opportunity.”
The entire cost of the film was $625K and the University fully financed it. In-Lawfully Yours, produced also by Bernsen and Chris Aronoff through their Los Angeles-based Home Theater Films, was shot between the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015. It is being distributed via Cinedigm on Sept. 6 on VOD and Digital HD.
In-Lawfully Yours, is about broken lives “and they don’t get fixed the way you think it will be done,” said Dr. Land. “It’s about judgmental people and it is not overly sentimental, but it is about second chances, and it’s still a faith-based film.”
Bernsen and Aronoff previously produced the 2014 film Christian Mingle, which had a small theatrical release before it was distributed in VOD and DVD. It was when Bernsen was promoting that film that he came upon Regent University and the film school. But, the actor/filmmaker has been producing faith-based films for about seven years now.
“After my Dad died, it struck me holding his bag of ashes, I thought what does this mean? Where has this great guy gone? I wrote a movie that basically wanted to explore faith and it was called Rust,” said Bernsen. “The next thing you know, I was drawn to making movies that were, for the lack of a better term, faith-based. I did this to explore my faith and my own relationship with God and Christ. I’m a Christian. In the middle of that, with the world getting darker and darker and stranger and stranger, there is now a growing demand for this kind of (product) so that sort of built on what I was doing on a personal level, and then we decided to do this as a business.” He added: “I’ve been writing these films and is not motivated by money and it just so happens to be that the faith-based films became popular.”
Bernsen said as the world grows darker, he is trying just to bring some balance to people. “I think it’s important to put some light in and let people know there is good out there. It’s not that I’m trying to push religion on them, I’m not trying to do that. All I’m trying to do is to shed some light.”
Of course, once the big studios realized that faith-based films could make money — for instance, God’s Not Dead came out of nowhere three years ago and grossed $62.6M on a budget of only $2M — there was a number of them that looked for projects immediately. Since then, the industry has seen the $100M+ budgeted Ben-Hur from Paramount bomb at the box office while the modestly budgeted Randall Wallace film Heaven is for Real (based on the best-selling book of the same name) succeed from Sony. War Room also was highly profitable with a $67.7M take but, once again, had a teeny budget of only around $3M.
Other films, not coming from the studios but from those in the faith, seem to work well overall with the core audience of moviegoers and there are a number of films to prove that: Fireproof (2008), Courageous (2011) come immediately to mind. All these films have kept budgets low and, in doing so, have become very profitable.
“I think the future is bright as long as they are writing truthful movies,” said Bernsen. “You have to look at the motivation for making it. When you redo or pander, it can blow up in your face. I want everyone to succeed. I know a lot of work goes into it, and I don’t want anyone to fail. People can tell the difference in films made for the art and for the heart. I can also sniff out films made for the dollar, and I think audiences feel that, too. It’s a very tricky business to say, let’s go make them. Those of us who understand God’s presence and God’s grace, understand that there are stories that need to be told. There are 100 stories to tell. The darker (society) gets, the greater the opportunity. I think there are going to be people that rise above and shine. I hope to be one of them but I can’t count that. I just do what I have to do.”
Tyler Perry’s ‘Too Close To Home’ Renewed For Second Season By TLC(9/1/16) Coming off strong ratings for its series premiere, TLC has ordered a second season of its first scripted series, Tyler Perry’s Too Close to Home for premiere in 2017.
Launched in partnership with corporate cousin OWN, the drama series reached 4.2 million viewers in its premiere airings across TLC and OWN. The August 22 premiere showed a nearly 50% increase among women in L+3, according to Nielsen, and propelled TLC to its highest-rated Monday in more than a year in all key women demos. On Twitter, Too Close to Home was the #3 drama series in primetime.
Too Close to Home centers on the story of Anna (Danielle Savre), a young woman who comes face-to-face with her checkered past after an alleged affair with the president.
“Our audience was ready for a move into the scripted space, and Too Close To Home has whet their appetite to see more. More twists, more heartbreak and certainly more of Tyler Perry’s notoriously dramatic writing,” said Nancy Daniels, President and General Manager, TLC.
Coming up this season, Anna (Savre) must face the past that she so eagerly left behind, and her new reality may prove too much for her to handle. Back in Happy, Alabama, Anna reunites with her controlling mother, Jolene (Trisha Stahl); her sweet yet overburdened sister, Bonnie (Kelly Sullivan); and her drug-addicted sister, Shelby (Brooke Anne Smith). Although she’s left behind a mess in D.C., there are serious problems brewing in Happy, and Anna is quickly thrown into the drama. She also has to confront unfinished business with her high school sweetheart, Brody (Brock O’Hurn). Broken and battered, Anna must ultimately seek help and forgiveness from the same people she abandoned for a “better” life.
Too Close To Home airs Mondays at 9 PM on TLC.
Emme Rylan Updates Fans on Her Recovery(8/30/16) (Pic) Emme Rylan (Lulu, GENERAL HOSPITAL) reports that she’s feeling much better following the surgery to fix her broken nose!
After her son’s head accidentally collided with her face, Rylan had to undergo surgery on Aug. 25. The actress was keeping her spirits up afterwards by doing silly things like decorating her bandages with a little color. “Seriously though,” she wrote, “this Washi tape makes me look slightly more upbeat.”
She also used an app to swap faces with her friend, Madeline Peters, so she could have a normal nose for a little bit.
But just four days after her surgery, Rylan shared another pic where she's looking much more like her usual beautiful self! “It’s starting to look better!” she enthused. “This has been pretty rough — can’t wait for the healing to be over!”
We’re so glad to hear that Rylan’s recovery is going so well, and it really does look like she’ll be all healed up and ready to go back to work when GH returns from its hiatus soon.
The GH Killer Speaks!(8/30/16) On Monday’s episode of GH, Richard Burgi’s Paul Hornsby was revealed to be the Derisifol killer who has been racking up a list of victims inside the hospital walls, some fatal (we hardly knew ye, figurine-loving Mrs. Prescott), some not (lucky break, Lucas!). “I just found out kind of recently, myself,” says Burgi, who was pulled aside on-set by Executive Producer Frank Valentini a few weeks back and informed of what Paul has been up to off-camera. “I have no idea where this is going, if this is the Dead Man Walking part of Paul’s life [laughs]. All I know is that when I read it, it’s kind of fun!” The actor feels that the twist is consistent with Paul’s, well, inconsistency. “I’ve always considered the character very multifaceted and complex, tortured by his choices, the difficulties of his past, and also sanguine and optimistic about life in general,” he notes. “I think I have always attempted to make Paul somewhat schizophrenic, different with different people.” Now that the audience knows the truth, the cops are one step behind them — and time is of the essence. According to Co-Head Writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante, Paul “has a very specific agenda and there is a bit of a time clock [on] completing this agenda.” For more with Burgi, check out the next issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale Friday.
Nancy Lee Grahn Declares: "She Could Use a Break!"(8/26/16) One has to wonder just how much worse things can get for GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Alexis. After all, she’s lost her license to practice law, the man she loved is behind bars for (among other things) attempting to kill her, and at least one of her daughters seems upset with her at any given moment!
“She could use a break!” laughs portrayer Nancy Lee Grahn, who admits she wouldn’t have it any other way. “This is fun! It’s exciting! I’m getting to play so many different emotions on any given day, and as an actor, it doesn’t get better than that!”
As the lovely leading lady deals with changes in both her on- and off-screen lives, we sat down for a candid chat that you won’t want to miss! So pick up the latest ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!
Robert Palmer Watkins Video(8/26/16) (Video) robertpalmerwatkins (Dillon, General Hospital): IT IS HERE! The new @iambellofficial music video directed by @jenrosenstein premieres today! Watch the full video in the link up top in my bio! Streaming proceeds are going to The National Center for Victims of Crime. Also find BeLL on #hypemachine #soundcloud and #itunes #BeLL #losingmyreligion #REM #funkitfriday
Brytni Sarpy Teases Castmate Donnell Turner(8/26/16) (Video) One of the reasons that GENERAL HOSPITAL fans are so smitten with the budding new romance between Valerie and Curtis may be because portrayers Brytni Sarpy and Donnell Turner have amazing chemistry whether the cameras are rolling or not!
Sarpy shared a hilarious video from the GH dressing room captioned “Me and work bae,” where she aims her cameraphone at Turner, who asks if he’s in her picture before realizing that she’s actually shooting a video!
"You totally caught me off guard!" Turner declared in the comments.
These two definitely have the spark, and hopefully GH takes advantage of it by giving Valerie and Curtis more to do together on the soap — including more steamy love scenes!
Kimberly McCullough Opens Up About Brush With Cult(8/26/16) In her latest blog, GH alum Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin) opens up about her experience as “the prime target of a Christian cult” when she was a student at NYU. When they attempted to stop her from visiting her family for a holiday break, she writes, “I felt manipulated and sad, that I was being used so this organization could say that ‘Robin from General Hospital’ went to their church.” To read the full story, click here.
GH Preview: The Hospital Killer Is Revealed!(8/26/16) Next week, the identity of the mysterious someone offering hospital patients lethal injections of Derisifol will be revealed on GH. Co-Head Writer Shelly Altman says that in picking the killer, “We wanted it to be someone who matters to the canvas in a bigger way rather than somebody we brought on for that exact reason, someone who story has ramifications for other stories, as well.” Once the audience knows who’s to blame for the deaths, “There is sort of a domino effect,” according to Co-Head Writer Jean Passanante. “There are several characters in jeopardy.” For the full story, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Casts Matt Cohen as Jack's Son — Plus 3 Other Supernatural Visitors(8/26/16) Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders will look a lot like Supernatural next season.
Matt Cohen— who played Young John Winchester on the aforementioned CW series — will recur during Season 2 of the CBS drama as IRU team leader Jack Garrett’s son Ryan, TVLine has learned.
Ryan is following in his father’s footsteps by becoming a top agent for the FBI. Cohen — who currently stars on General Hospital — makes his debut in the season premiere, airing midseason.
Additionally, Beyond Borders has tapped a trio of Supernatural alums to guest-star: Osric Chau (Supernatural‘s Kevin) plays a mysterious figure in Singapore known as “Gui,” which translates to “Ghost,” in Episode 3, while Rob Benedict (Chuck/God) and Richard Speight Jr. (Gabriel) appear in Episode 5 as life-long friends and budding American entrepreneurs who go to Bangladesh to close a deal for their new clothing company.
Beyond Borders executive producer Adam Glass, a former writer/EP on Supernatural, mentioned the castings on Twitter:
@AdamGlass44 : @dicksp8jr @RobBenedict @mattcohen4real @OsricChau are already shooting @CriminalMindsBB but that doesn't mean there wont be more #SPN guest
Genie Francis and Jon Lindstrom Dish Their GH Pairing(8/26/16) In the issue of Soap Opera Digest on sale tomorrow, we’ve got Genie Francis (Laura) and Jon Lindstrom’s (Kevin) first joint interview, and the vets dish their reaction to their surprise on-screen pairing and its immediate success. “I thought those days were over for me!” Francis admits of being part of a hit soap romance. “I feel very fortunate,” Lindstrom says. “I think people weren’t sure that Kevin and Laura would work together…. And I’m just really gratified that it has.” For more with the actors, who discuss their real-life friendship and their characters’ attraction, be sure to check out the new issue.
Demi Moore Ready To ‘Rock That Body’ For Sony Comedy(8/26/16) Demi Moore has joined the cast of Rock That Body, Sony Pictures’ R-rated comedy starring Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer and Zoe Kravitz. Shooting began last week on the pic, which the studio picked up last summer in a bidding war. A June 23, 2017 release date has been set.
The pic revolves around five friends who get a beach house in Miami for a wild bachelorette weekend that goes completely off the rails. Paul W. Downs & Lucia Aniello co-wrote the film. Downs is also in the cast and Aniello is directing. Matt Tolmach and Dave Becky are producing along with Downs and Aniello via their Paulilu banner. Jonathan Kadin is overseeing for the studio.
Moore is next up on the big screen in Blind with Alec Baldwin and the human trafficking drama Love Sonia.
She is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
GH’s Emme Rylan: Injury Update(8/24/16) Emme Rylan (Lulu, GH) provided Twitter updates on her recent injury (a broken nose). The injury occurred, she reported, when “my son [Levi] was running to jump on a cushion I was on & I sat up just as he jumped, his head broke my nose! Taken down by 4yr old!” Her operation will take place this week. “I have surgery Thursday morning but because of already scheduled dark weeks i will not be taking time off from work,” she explained.
Wally Kurth Returning To GH(8/24/16) Ned (and his portrayer, Wally Kurth, who also plays DAYS’s Justin) has been absent from the GH canvas since the conclusion of Tracy’s worm-in-the-brain crisis, but that will change soon. “I’ll be back on GH in September,” he tells Digest. “I’m excited that I get to do both shows. I love being able to do both characters, Ned and Justin.” For what is in store for Ned this fall, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale Friday.
Bradford Anderson Returns to GENERAL HOSPITAL!(8/24/16) Bradford Anderson is on his way back to GENERAL HOSPITAL with Spinelli slated to return to Port Charles for another visit beginning on Friday, Sept. 2!
Since the character left the canvas in 2013, Anderson has been delighted to reprise his role for brief stints here and there. “If I can provide a little energy here and there, I’m happy to do it,” he tells Soaps In Depth. I’m so grateful they’re happy to have me on and people out there in the TV universe are excited to see me. I’m flattered. It makes me feel very happy.”
Of course, Anderson will be commuting to the GH studio from his new home in Sacramento where he now lives with wife Kiera and daughters Juna, 5, and Finola, 2. “We have so much family up there, and life is less obsessive,” he confides. “People are enjoying life rather than sacrificing going to family events because they have a commercial shoot.”
Unfortunately, GH is being especially secretive about the storyline that will bring Spinelli back to Port Charles again, as well as how long Anderson’s latest stint on the soap will be, so you’ll just have to stay tuned!
Nashville Season 5 Premiere Set at CMT(8/24/16) Nashville‘s comeback tour will kick off just after the new year.
The cancelled ABC country-music drama will make its CMT debut with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, January 5, at 9/8c, the cable network announced Wednesday.
As previously reported, Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz (thirtysomething) will take over as showrunners; Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson and many of their castmates are confirmed to return.
We hear that the proposed Nashville after-show is still a possibility, as well, even though it was not included in the network’s announcement.It’s safe to assume that Nashville‘s season-opener will deal with the cliffhanger that ended the drama’s ABC run: Divorced parents Avery and Juliette were on the verge of reconciliation… just before her private jet went missing. (A happier ending was shot, but Lionsgate and ABC Studios convinced the network to use the more ambiguous outcome, in hopes of making the drama more attractive to potential buyers.)
In addition, CMT also announced that its series adaptation of the Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet, starring Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill), will premiere sometime in March and that the Billy Ray Cyrus scripted series Still the King will return for Season 2 in the spring.
The network also has ordered a pilot for the soapy comedy His Wives & Daughters, which follows “the eclectic and cunning wives and daughters of larger-than-life country-music legend (and infamous womanizer) Eddie Ray Banks.” The potential series is created and produced by Dina Chapman (Tia & Tamera) and Steve Sessions (Still the King).
New Season of Nashville Coming to Thursdays in January on CMT(8/24/16) It’s the news #Nashies have been waiting for!
The fifth season of Nashville will kick off with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Nashville is set against the backdrop of the city’s music scene and follows Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes. Both women face personal and professional challenges as they navigate their paths as artists and individuals. Surrounding them and often complicating their lives are their family, friends and, in some cases, lovers, as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business. Music City can mean so many things to different people.
In Nashville, musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storm driven by their own ambitions. Some are fueled by their creativity and passion for fame. Others struggle to cope with the pressures of success and are doing everything in their power to stay on top.
Also joining CMT’s scripted lineup is Million Dollar Quartet (working title), which will premiere in March. Set in Memphis during the tumultuous early days of the civil rights movement, the eight-part limited-run series tells the untold true story of nothing less than the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. Guided by Sam Phillips, young musicians like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis combined the styles of hillbilly country with 1950s R&B and changed the course of music forever.
The all-star cast includes Chad Michael Murray as Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, Billy Gardell as Presley and Arnold’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, Drake Milligan as Elvis Presley, Kevin Fonteyne as Johnny Cash, Christian Lees as Jerry Lee Lewis, Jonah Lees as Jimmy Swaggart, Trevor Donovan as Eddy Arnold, Keir O’Donnell as Dewey Phillips, Jennifer Holland as Sam’s wife Becky Phillips and Margaret Anne Florence as Sam’s assistant Marion Keisker.
Million Dollar Quartet will also be joined this spring by season 2 of the hit show Still The King, which won over fans this past summer. The comedy centers on Vernon Brown, played by Billy Ray Cyrus, a scandal-ridden washed up one-hit wonder who is kicked out of country music, only to emerge 20 years later as the second-best Elvis impersonator. In Season 1, he re-connected with a former one-night-stand, played by Joey Lauren Adams, only to discover he has a 15-year-old daughter he’s never met, played by Madison Iseman.
Additionally, CMT has ordered a pilot for His Wives & Daughters. The soapy, comedic series centers on the eclectic and cunning wives and daughters of larger-than-life country music legend (and infamous womanizer) Eddie Ray Banks. After his estranged family is brought together unexpectedly, tempers flare and old rivalries resurface setting the stage for startling secrets to emerge as an unforgettable mystery begins to unfold. Casting is underway now with production slated to begin in the fall.
Be sure to follow CMT on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates on all of our shows, and don’t miss the season premieres of I Love Kellie Pickler and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team on Thursday (Aug. 25).
Real-Life Injury For GH’s Emme Rylan(8/23/16) Emme Rylan (Lulu, GH) announced on Twitter that she broke her nose during a play session with her sons, Jackson and Levi. “So it finally happened.. The price of playing outside with my boys.. They broke my nose. #mylifewithboys #theyarebiggerthanme #needsurgery,” she wrote. We wish her a speedy recovery!
GH Preview: Franco Reconnects With Nina(8/19/16) Next week on GH, Franco and Nina share scenes for the first time since she angrily solidified their breakup after finding out that he’d been keeping company with Liz. Together at the loft they once shared, “They fall into a surprisingly sentimental mood,” offer Co-Head Writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante. During their convo, “Franco shares some honest feelings about Liz” — and after Nina leaves, who should show up but Ms. Webber, who has been mulling over her decision not to pursue a relationship with Franco and has “come to a conclusion,” tease the writers. For more, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest and be sure to watch GH next week.
GH Enemies Dish Their Real-Life Friendship(8/19/16) Rebecca Budig (Hayden) and Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) have been at each other’s throats on GH for a good while now, but in real life, the ladies have a warm friendship that stretches back over 15 years. “But when I really bonded with Becky was when I was dancing with her little Ethan for hours at Super Soap” in 2004, reports Budig. “How could we not bond after that night?” Herbst chuckles. “My kid was attached to her hip!” They were delighted at the prospect of spending more time together when they became castmates in 2015, and for her part, Herbst was thrilled that they had so many scenes together, saying, “I would have been annoyed if she was working with other people.” They both think their real-life camaraderie makes for an interesting dynamic as on-screen rivals. “We have these intense scenes and I think that there is more depth to them because we like each other,” Budig offers. “But today she almost made me cry and I was like, ‘I can’t cry. My character would not cry in front of her!’ ” For more with the actresses (including how they navigate the on-set confusion that stems from them sharing the same first name!), check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Major Crimes: Jaime Ray Newman to Recur in 'Difficult' Storyline(8/19/16) Fresh off her stay at Bates Motel, Jaime Ray Newman is set for a recurring run on TNT’s Major Crimes.
TVLine has learned exclusively that beginning with Season 5, Episode 11 (airing Monday, Sept. 5), Newman will play Wildred Darnell, the mother of a young White Supremacist responsible for killing several mixed race couples and who got involved with a mass shooting inside the law enforcement community.
Wildred’s struggle to grieve for the son she raised — coupled with her outrage at the man he became — will lead her to make a difficult decision.
Newman’s many previous TV credits also include Wicked City, Drop Dead Diva, Eastwick, Eureka, Veronica Mars and General Hospital.
Major Crimes‘ recently expanded Season 5 continues this Monday at 10/9c.
Maurice Benard Dominic and Zamprogna Hit the Gym(8/18/16) (Photo) Sonny and Dante are close on GENERAL HOSPITAL, and their portrayers, Maurice Benard and Dominic Zamprogna, are just as tight off-screen!
“There’s nothing better than boxing with my great friend, Dom,” Benard wrote when he shared a selfie with his on-screen son at the gym.
And it’s clearly a mutual admiration society, because Zamprogna replied with the same sentiment.
@dom_zamprogna: Good times buddy https://twitter.com/mauricebenard/status/765974993465323520 …
We're less interested in who won their boxing match than if either of them are available for boxing lessons! (Plus, we have the Rocky theme stuck in our head now, thanks a lot!)
‘American Gods’: Corbin Bernsen Cast As Vulcan(8/18/16) Psych alum Corbin Bernsen has been tapped for a potentially recurring role as Vulcan in Starz’s upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed fantasy novel American Gods.
Vulcan is one of Mr. Wednesday’s (Ian McShane) oldest allies. He’s created a comfortable life for himself by harnessing his powers for the modern world, which makes him resistant to Wednesday’s plans.
The plot of American Gods posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday (McShane), a conman who in reality is one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.
Bernsen appeared on all eight seasons of USA Network’s hit series Psych in the role of Henry Spencer. His breakout TV role came as lawyer Arnie Becker in the long-running LA Law, which earned him multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. He’s also known for the role of Roger Dorn in the Major League film franchise. He’s repped by Randy James Management and Innovative Artists.
American Gods is produced by FremantleMedia North America.
Soap Alums In Lifetime Movie(8/18/16) Ted King (ex-Tomas, ONE LIFE TO LIVE et al) and Kate Mansi (ex-Abigail, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) headline UNWANTED GUEST, premiering Saturday, August 27 at 8 p.m. Mansi plays Amy, a college student who insinuates herself into the lives of a classmate’s family. King plays the father of the student. “No really…don’t let her in,” Mansi tweeted.
Tristan Rogers Returns To GH!(8/17/16) It will be double duty for Tristan Rogers when he returns to GH on August 26, two days after his Y&R alter, Colin, is spotted in Genoa City. “I had no idea this was on the map,” the actor says. “All of a sudden, it was on. It’s a rather unique situation that I’m doing both shows at the same time.” His first day back at GH, he was thrilled to work with Genie Francis (Laura). “We have such a lot of history to trade on that we can use,” he notes. For more on the actor’s joint comebacks, see the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale Friday.
Roger Howarth Reunites With His ONE LIFE TO LIVE Nephew(8/17/16) (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) It was a ONE LIFE TO LIVE family reunion when Patrick Gibbons Jr. (Sam) visited Roger Howarth (Todd) on the set of GENERAL HOSPITAL, where he now plays Franco!
“An ‘old’ friend stopped by for a visit!” wrote GH executive producer Frank Valentini when he shared the snap.
Valentini was executive producer of OLTL when Gibbons was playing Todd’s nephew, although fans of the late, lamented soap remember the young man looking a little more like this:
It seems that Gibbons was just at the GH set to visit his old friends, as Valentini didn’t mention anything about him appearing on the soap. According to the IMDb, OLTL remains Gibbons’ only acting credit. But it’s great to see some of the old Llanview gang back together!
Gibbons also shared a couple more photos from his visit saying “Thanks to our good friend Frank Valentini for a wonderful visit today with my pal, Roger.” He also revealed that he wears glasses in real life, just like his OLTL alter ego, Sam!
Tyler Christopher Reunited With a GENERAL HOSPITAL Co-Star on a Movie Set(8/16/16) (Pic) Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) ran into former GENERAL HOSPITAL castmate Annie Wersching (ex-Amelia) on a movie set!
“GH representin’,” he wrote. “Look who I found!”
Christopher hashtagged the photo “#thenewwifemovie,” but information on a movie called The New Wife is non-existent. However, if it’s starring two GH alums, we’ll be keeping an eye out for any details so we can pass them along, so keep checking back!
Kristen and Eddie Alderson are All Grown Up Now(8/16/16) (Photos: Present, Past) Kristen Alderson (ex-Kiki, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Starr, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) surprised fans when she shared a photo of herself with younger brother, Eddie Alderson (Matthew, OLTL), because they barely recognized him!
“Doesn’t get any better than partying with your brother,” she wrote.
Both Kristen and Eddie have grown so much since fans watched their adventures in Llanview back in the day. Remember when they looked like this?
That was the Alderson siblings on the red carpet at the 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in 2004. And it’s great to see that they’re still just as close today!
Rick Springfield Talks 'Supernatural' Gig, Making a Blues Album & 35 Years of 'Working Class Dog'(billboard.com) Rick Springfield is about to give the devil his (or her) due -- both in music and on TV.
The rocker and actor has signed on to play Lucifer in the next season of the CW's Supernatural, and he's looking forward to "playing against type."
"I play this rock guy who gets possessed by Lucifer, because Lucifer has just escaped from wherever they put him last season," Springfield -- whose recent small-screen gigs include some eccentric characters on Californication and True Detective -- tells Billboard. "He's always looking for a human host to do this bad stuff to the world, and I happen to be that human host. It's really fun, well-written. And the effects are insane; the other day I spent two hours in the makeup chair getting ready for this one scene. It's really incredible stuff."
Springfield has no qualms about being part of another successful TV series. "I'd heard of the show, but I never realized how big it was," he says. "I mean, it's been on for 12 years, and it's worldwide. It's got a giant fanbase. Where have I been?"
The Lucifer role, meanwhile, goes hand-in-hand with what Springfield has planned next: a blues album to follow up his latest studio set, Rocket Science, which came out earlier this year. "I love slide guitar, and most people don't know it because I don't really play it onstage," Springfield says. "I play [Hambone Willie Newbern's] 'Rollin' and Tumblin'' in my solo show, and I always get guys saying, 'You should do a blues album.' And I was thinking about writing something as opposed to just doing copies of blues songs that everybody's done. I'm all for expanding people's views, y'know?"
Along with all that, Springfield is also celebrating the 35th anniversary of his breakthrough Working Class Dog album, a Grammy Award winner (for the single "Jessie's Girl") that gave him his first top 10 and platinum album in the U.S. Springfield himself professes to not be particularly sentimental, but he doesn't in any way discount that album's impact and importance on his career.
"It's a great record -- but, I mean, I've listened to a lot of great records that didn't break careers, so it's a gift too. I have great affection for it," Springfield says. "It was a blast to record. We'd go into the studio when Tom Petty was done and we'd record from 3 in the morning until 7, when the next band came in, and make sh-- up on the fly. I didn't think anything would happen with it, so it was a big surprise all around. The first one that becomes a hit is always, 'Oh my God, how did that happen?!'"
And, Springfield adds, "My dog is on the cover, which doesn't hurt either."
Hearst Lands New RoleRick Hearst (Ric, GH) will be joining the cast of SINS as FBI Agent Jack Bellows. The actor announced the news on his Instagram page, “Very excited to be joining the cast of a new suspense crime series called ‘SINS’ in the role of FBI Agent Jack Bellows. Like their page and follow on Twitter for updates. Twitter.com/sinsseries.” Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan, GH) and Henry Czerny (ex-Conrad, REVENGE) are also part of the cast.
SUNDANCE HEYDAY PITCHSUNDANCE HEYDAY PITCH by Kimberly McCullough: Video.
Rick Hearst Cast on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES!Fans missing Rick Hearst as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Ric can look forward to finally seeing more of the actor in primetime — he just announced an upcoming appearance in an episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES!
“So stoked!” he tweeted. “Just booked an episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES. Will there be blood? Wait and see…” He also included a hilarious animated GIF from the classic episode of THE MUPPET SHOW where Kermit the Frog put the bite on Vincent Price!
Hearst isn’t the first GH actor to appear on the supernatural drama — Sebastian Roché (ex-Jerry) had a recurring role as Mikael on both THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and its spinoff, THE ORIGINALS, which starred Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan) as Jackson; Annie Wersching (ex-Amelia) portrayed Damon and Stefan’s mother, Lily; and Stephen Martines (ex-Nikolas) appeared as Frederick in a few episodes of the series’ first couple seasons.
The eighth season of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is slated to premiere on Friday, October 21. As soon as we have more information about Hearst’s role and an air date for his episode, we’ll be sure to let you know!
Anthony Geary’s House For SaleAnthony Geary (ex-Luke, GH) has put his three-bedroom Los Angeles house on the market. The house, built in 1979, is located in the Hollywood Hills, and is listed for $999,999. Showbiz411 reports that the contents of the house also went on sale over the weekend. Geary, who left GH last year, also has reportedly relocated to Amsterdam. To view the house click here.
Jay Mohr -- Makes It Official ... Divorce Is OffJay Mohr was serious about sticking with Nikki Cox ... even though he filed divorce docs, he now wants to drop the whole thing.
Jay filed a request for dismissal Monday in L.A. -- just 6 days after the divorce petition. As we reported ... Jay told us last week he and Nikki are "Very in love. Very happy and that's really all there is."
It was clear they were trying to work things out, and a source close to the couple tells us there was a "full reconciliation" over the weekend.
The dismissal also covers Jay's emergency petition to get full physical custody of their 5-year-old son.
Single Mom A Go Go: Episode 3Single Mom A Go Go: Episode 3 - EMME RYLAN: Watch.
GH's Khary Payton Joins The Walking DeadKing Ezekiel and his pet tiger Shiva are coming to "The Walking Dead."
The dreadlocked character from the comics will be portrayed in the zombie drama's upcoming seventh season by actor Khary Payton. In the comics on which the hit AMC series is based, the character rules a formidable community known as the Kingdom.
King Ezekiel and Shiva were glimpsed in a trailer that debuted during the show's Friday panel at San Diego Comic-Con International. "The Walking Dead" executive producer Scott M. Gimple noted he was younger and svelter than his comic book counterpart.
"We're going to see leaders with different styles and how they work — some benevolent and some not so benevolent," teased executive producer Gale Anne Hurd.
The panel kicked off Friday with actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan menacingly stalking behind several cast members with his villainous character Negan's barbed-wire bat. At the end of last season, Negan infamously assassinated a character off screen. Their fate will be revealed in the season premiere.
"It's a really (expletive) start to the season, but hang on because we are heading to one of the greatest showdowns of the show," said "Walking Dead" actor Andrew Lincoln.
Lincoln was joined Friday by his "Walking Dead" co-stars Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Ross Marquand, Michael Cudlitz, Christian Serratos, Sonequa Martin-Green and Josh McDermitt. They each remained tight-lipped on who was on the other side of Lucille, the nickname of Negan's bat.
The seventh season of "The Walking Dead" will premiere Oct. 23.
GENERAL HOSPITAL Stars Announce Port Chuck Tour Dates!Port Chuck has reunited, and GENERAL HOSPITAL actors Steve Burton (ex-Jason; Dylan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny), Bradford Anderson (ex-Spinelli), and Scott Reeves (ex-Steve) will be hitting the East Coast for live shows in November!
After announcing last week that they were getting the band back together, Port Chuck will be kicking off their reunion with a show at Jack and Jameson’s in Franklin, TN, the restaurant Burton owns with Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky)!
Following that, the band will head north to New York and New Jersey, and in addition to the shows there will also be a special cocktail reception and a private dinner for special ticket holders! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit PortChuck.com.
John Stamos to Go Nude on Scream Queens!Have mercy!
John Stamos is apparently going to bare it all again – this time on the upcoming season of Scream Queens.
Costar Glen Powell says he and Stamos will both strip down during the Fox series' second season.
"All I can tell you is that I read a scene where John Stamos and I are not wearing clothes," Powell told E! News while promoting the DVD release of his baseball film Everybody Wants Some. "So I have to figure out my diet. I should probably not have a carb for a second because I don't want John Stamos to show me up."
Powell played fraternity president Chad Radwell during the show's first season, which was set on a college campus. Season 2 will put the characters in peril at a hospital run by Dean Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis).
"[Dean Munsch is] trying to treat really crazy, weird illnesses and diseases," Powell said. "It gets very dark and twisted. It's still got that weird campy element, and that bubble gum mentality, but it's really dark."
Stamos and Taylor Lautner are among the season 2 newbies joining returning cast members Powell, Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer and Niecy Nash.
Season 2 of Scream Queens is expected to debut Sept. 20 on Fox.
‘Stuck In The Middle’ Renewed For Season 2 On Disney ChannelFollowing a strong start, Disney Channel’s new comedy series Stuck in the Middle has received an early second-season renewal. It comes 11 episodes into the single-camera comedy’s 2-episode first season. Production on Season 2 begins in the fall.
Since its launch in February, Stuck in the Middle has been one of TV’s Top 5 highest-rated series among Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14. It’s also high on the list for adults, ranking in the top 5 among adults 18-49 and women 18-49. During 1Q 2016, the series reached 27 million total viewers in the U.S. and nearly one million in Canada, according to the network.
Created by Dog With A Blog‘s Alison Brown and executive produced by Linda Videtti Figueiredo, Stuck in the Middle stars Jenna Ortega as middle child Harley Diaz, who’s living in a household bustling with nine people — two parents and seven kids — each with distinct personalities and conflicting schedules. Season 2 will delve further into Harley’s relationship with her siblings.
The series set in a Massachusetts suburb also stars Isaak Presley as Ethan, Ronni Hawk as Rachel, Kayla Maisonet as Georgie, Nicolas Bechtel as Lewie, Malachi Barton as “Beast,” Ariana Greenblatt as Daphne, Cerina Vincent as Suzy and Joe Nieves as Tom.
“Linda and her team have delivered a standout among all kids programming,” said Adam Bonnett, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Disney Channels Worldwide. “Our viewers have connected to the relatable stories, the comedic conflict of being a middle child in a big lovable family and to a lead character with a passion for all things ‘STEM.”
Stuck in the Middle comes from Horizon Productions.
Scott Reeves Reunites Blue County — See the Band Rehearsing!(Video) Scott Reeves is getting the band back together!
The actor, best known to soap fans from his stints as Ryan on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and Steve on GENERAL HOSPITAL, is reuniting with good friend Aaron Benward to reform Blue County!
Reeves shared a video of the duo rehearsing in the backyard where he self-consciously takes off his glasses when the camera hits him and laments getting older!
Blue County Lives 2016 from Kenda Benward on Vimeo.
Blue County is playing a show tonight at The Listening Room Cafe in Nashville, TN, to kick off CMA Fest 2016, so if you’re in the area, you can click here for tickets!
Hopefully he’ll share more videos for those who can’t make the reunion show!
Bree Williamson Cast on Primetime Series REBEL!(Pic) Bree Williamson is joining GENERAL HOSPITAL as the mysterious Claudette very soon, but the actress has also revealed that she’s booked yet another gig!
“Super stoked about this new show I get to work on!” Williamson posted to Instagram with a picture of her holding up her script to the new BET series, REBEL.
REBEL is a police drama from creator John Singleton that follows Oakland police officer Rebecca “Rebel” Cole. The series has only just begun production, so there’s no further information about what Williamson’s role might be, or what other actors will be starring in the project. But as soon as we find out more — especially when the series is set to premiere — we’ll be sure to let you know!
But in the meantime, soap fans can look forward to seeing the ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum on GH as Claudette. Williamson was touched by the fan reaction to her casting announcement. “I know I usually joke around a lot,” she wrote on Instagram, “but it’s been pretty awesome. Thank you for all your kind words. I am really excited.”
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Jeffrey Vincent Parise Shares His Amazing Short Film(Video) GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Jeffrey Vincent Parise invites you to join him at a Mexican resort in his new short film!
The video, titled Tulum, follows Parise as he and his friends in the avant garde performance group Lucent Dossier spend New Years Eve in the Mexican town of Tulum just south of Cancún.
Watch as Parise and his pals relax on the beach, sample the local cuisine and set up for their performance — what a performance it is! Dancing, acrobatics and dangerous stunts combine to spectacular effect.
You have to see it to believe it!
'Nashville,' soap opera stars team up for new Franklin restaurantJonathan Jackson, star of the ABC drama "Nashville," has joined forces with actor Steve Burton, best known for his stint on "General Hospital" (which also featured Jackson), to open a new restaurant in Franklin.
According to the restaurant's Facebook page, work on Jack and Jameson's Smokehouse is underway at 509 Hillsboro Road.
Owners Jackson and Burton have been friends for more than 15 years, and believe Jack and Jameson's (named for their sons, not the booze) is "the kind of family friendly, world-class restaurant and music venue Franklin needs."
Jack and Jameson's will feature burgers, barbecue and melts and looks to serve 15 to 20 local beers on tap. Weekends will bring live music (who knows, maybe Avery Barkley will make an appearance).
Pablo Schreiber, Rick Springfield & Sosie Bacon Topline Rocker Tale ‘Traces’Pablo Schreiber, Rick Springfield and Sosie Bacon are starring in Traces, the indie drama that marks the directorial debut of Matthew Currie Holmes. American Gun‘s Ted Kroeber is producing with Roger Goff (Dallas Buyers Club) and Kevin Lamb and shooting is now underway in L.A.
The plot centers on ’90s one-hit wonder Damien (Schreiber) who finds himself out of a job when the record store he works at, owned by Carl (Springfield), suddenly closes. During a chance meeting at a showcase with up-and-coming music artist Sierra (Bacon), Damien is given a rare second chance when he is asked to produce and record her debut album. They form a bond as he rediscovers his passion for music and she opens herself up to the “messiness” of her art.
Schreiber was Emmy-nominated this year for Orange Is The New Black, Springfield co-starred with Meryl Streep in this year’s Ricki And The Flash, and Bacon is the daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick whose recent credits include MTV’s Scream.
Schreiber is repped by ICM Partners and Circle of Confusion, Springfield by ICM Partners, and Bacon by The Kohner Agency and Impression Entertainment.
Showtime’s Lena Waithe Pilot Casts Sextet Of Actors, Adds Elwood Reid As EPAisha Hinds (Under The Dome), Tequan Richmond (Everybody Hates Chris), Alex Henderson (Empire), Sierra McClain (House Of Payne), Olivia Dawson (Empire) and Jason Weaver (The Ladykillers) have been cast in Showtime’s Chicago-set hourlong drama pilot from Dear White People‘s Lena Waithe, Common, Clark Johnson and Aaron Kaplan. The project also has brought in The Bridge co-developer/showrunner Elwood Reid as an executive producer.
Written by writer-producer-actress Waithe, the untitled drama is described as a relevant, timely and distinctive coming-of-age story of a young African-American male in which just growing up can be a matter of life and death. Waithe executive produces with Common, Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment, Reid and Johnson, who will direct, for Fox 21 TV Studios. The pilot will film in Chicago later this year.
Richmond, repped by ICM Partners, manager Leonard Torgan and attorney Allison Binder, will play Emmett, an attractive, young African-American teen who believes his sexual prowess is what defines him. But there are consequences, as he has fathered three children by three different women. However, his attitude about what it means to be a man will be challenged when he’s forced to raise one.
Hinds, repped by Greene & Associates, is Jada Emmett’s young, single mother. Jada is strong, smart, a survivor, with a surprising mix of honesty, anger, humor and love.
Henderson plays Kevin, an adolescent whose childlike innocence collides with his pent up aggression. Kevin has seen more in his twelve years than most people have seen in their whole lives.
McClain is 18-year-old Jerrika, a tightly wound restaurant manager. She and her boyfriend, Brandon, are trying to pull themselves up in the world, but the southside does not easily let them go.
Dawson will play the mother of two of the main characters Brandon and Coogie (casting TBD). A hard-drinker, she’s a woman that has never received a lot of love from her parents so when she has her own children she has very little to give.
Weaver is Ronnie, a street corner philosopher and a fixture in the neighborhood, who must go to extraordinary lengths to try and win back the love of his life.
WME-repped Reid developed the FX version of drama The Bridge with Meredith Stiehm. The two ran the series the first season, with Reid serving as sole showrunner in Season 2. He recently sold a drama to Fox with Peter Berg producing.
SOAP FAVE REVEALS CANCER BATTLEIn a post on his Facebook plage, Randolph Mantooth (ex-Alex, LOVING/ex-Hal, ATWT/ex-Richard, GH/ex-Alex, The City/ex-Kirk, OLTL) revealed that he was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. "It pleases me to say that I have successfully completed treatment and have begun the long recovery process. I am feeling stronger every day," he reported. Sadly, the actor also relayed that his sister, Nancy, passed away on August 26 following her own battle with cancer.
SOAP FAVE RELEASES ALBUMIlene Kristen (ex-Delia, GH; ex-Roxy, OLTL et al) released her first album today entitled …I'm Not Done With U Yet! The album can be purchased on iTunes or Amazon, and features 12 songs. The actress was most recently seen on GH in May.
Video: BIG SKY COUNTRY Kurth & TaylorVideo: BIG SKY COUNTRY by Kurth & Taylor.
Alicia Coppola, Brianna Brown & Leonard Howze Join ABC Family Drama Pilot ‘Stay’Alicia Coppola (Teen Wolf) Brianna Brown (Devious Maids) and Leonard Earl Howze (The Lone Ranger) have booked series regular roles in ABC Family drama pilot Stay. Described as an edge-of-your-seat thriller, Stay centers on a recently widowed police detective and his two daughters who are stranded at a foreboding hotel and must unravel the hotel’s mysteries to escape.
Coppola, repped by APA and manager Leslie Allan-Rice, plays Alison, Jake’s mother and the wife of the conservative, emotionally withdrawn Frank, whom she fears. A steady diet of antidepressants help block out her crumbling marriage and keeps her sane. Brown, repped by Pakula/King & Associates, manager Gladys Gonzalez and attorney Marcy Morris, is Eva, another guest at the Grayfield Hotel, who’s seeking shelter from the storm. A con artist, Eva went down the wrong path in life, she let her actions get out of control, and is on a journey to right these wrongs. Howze, repped by Stone Manners Salners Agency and LINK Entertainment, plays Wagner, a helpful bus driver who brings several people to the Grayfield Hotel when his bus breaks down in the storm.
Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) will direct from a script by Spenser Cohen. The two will executive produce with Anna Halberg.
Buy Patrick And Emma's Song!How sweet was the song that Patrick and Emma sang at the Nurses Ball on yesterday's episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL? "Nothing I Can't Do" was written by the actor who plays Dr. Drake himself, Jason Thompson, and the duet performed with his TV daughter, Brooklyn Silzer, is now available on iTunes: Nothing I Can't Do - Single - Brooklyn Silzer & Jason Thompson.
McCullough's New Gig!GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin) continues to develop her career behind the camera. The Disney ABC Creative Talent Development Facebook page posted that the actress will be directing an upcoming episode of the Disney Channel comedy series KC UNDERCOVER. We'll let you know when the episode is slated to air!
See GH Star's Documentary!Children Of Internment, the documentary on German families interned by the United States during World War II by GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kristina Wagner (Felicia), is having a special screening at the Santa Fe Film Festival on Sunday, May 4. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion of the film with Wagner. Tickets are available by clicking here.
In addition, the doc will be screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Tuesday, April 29, at 5:30 p.m. at the Triangle Theater in Costa Mesa. Tickets for that showing are available at this link.
Watch Brad Maule's Music Video!(Video) Remember when we told you that Brad Maule (ex-Tony, GH/ex-Reverend Palmer, Y&R/ Dr. Abel, PS) had released a new album? Well, now you can watch the music video for the title track, "Miles And Miles Of Texas!" (Naturally, the video was shot in the Lone Star State) Enjoy!
GH's Molly Has A New Book!GENERAL HOSPITAL's Molly Lansing-Davis has written a follow-up to Love In Maine, the romance novel Connie tried to pass off on her own! Maine Squeeze will be released as an E-book on Tuesday, August 13, and follows the courtship of Stephanie and Jeff, the best pal and brother of Love In Maine's heroine, Maddie. To pre-order the Kindle edition, visit Amazon.com here.
Love in Maine by General Hospital's Connie FalconeriAs seen on ABC Daytime’s General Hospital, the delightful first novel from Port Charles’s Connie Falconeri. Whether you’ve been a fan of GH your entire life or simply love a romantic romp of a beach read, Love in Maine is unputdownable!
Maddie Post is privileged, sheltered, and polite, and does not belong in Blake, Maine. But thanks to a high-stakes bet, she’s waiting tables at a riverfront diner catering to boat-builders and living in Janet Gilbertson's $200-a-month guest room. And Janet's dark and stormy son, Hank, back in Maine after 10 years as an active duty Army diver, isn't without his troubles, either. Their flirty friendship hasmany passionate ups and downs, but when Maddie and Hank put aside their considerable differences and start opening up to each other, the crackle ofsummer romance grows into a blazing fire.
Connie Falconeri hails from Brooklyn, NY, where she had a colorful youth. After many years off, she’s back and better than ever. This is her first novel.
“Newcomer Connie Falconeri writes with the confidence of a novelist who’s been around forever, and she brings her charming characters to life with effortless imagination and breezy good humor.”—Kate Howard, publisher of Crimson magazine
“Love in Maine is a perfect summer read.”—Diane Miller, author of The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli
“Falconeri puts so much personality into her writing – it’s almost like she has two personalities!”—Ron Carlivati, Professor of Creative Writing, Port Charles University
Love in Maine [Paperback] by General Hospital's Connie Falconeri: Order Here!
Love in Maine [Kindle Edition] by General Hospital's Connie Falconeri: Order Here!
Jackson Is A Published Poet!Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has released his first collection of poetry, Book of Solace and Madness. The Enation frontman has published the book of mythical poems as J. S. Jackson, and it can be ordered for $15 at www.enationmusic.com. Check it out!
The Secret Life of Damian SpinelliThe Secret Life of Damian Spinelli: Following the success of the New York Times bestselling books, The Killing Club and Charm!, Hyperion and ABC Daytime announced today that they will join efforts to publish a novel based on Damian Spinelli, one of the most beloved characters on ABC-TV's popular daytime soap, "General Hospital," to coincide with the show's 48th anniversary.
Titled The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli (Hyperion; $22.99 hardcover; April 5, 2011 publication date), this book is the story of the endearing, lovable computer genius and geek, Damian Spinelli, and his exploits as a private detective as told to another character on the show, the high-powered attorney of Port Charles, Diane Miller. Filled with mystery and suspense, the pages were found on Ms. Miller's stolen computer disc and include never-before-told stories of Port Charles residents-their confessions and behaviors in times of crisis and triumph through Spinelli's imagination.
"General Hospital" is the longest-running daytime dramatic serial on ABC, having aired over 12,000 episodes. Carolyn Hennesy, the actress who plays Diane Miller and an established author herself, will actually write the book. Fans will be invited to special book signing events in select markets with actors from "General Hospital."
Readers will also be able to download The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli as an ebook, as well as an enhanced ebook, which will feature clips from the show and other bonus material.
Vice-President, Executive Editor Gretchen Young said, "Hyperion is thrilled to be partnering on a new book with ABC Daytime and bringing the world of Spinelli and Port Charles to life on the page."
Scrubs in Top Ten ListPatrick and Robin made one of David Letterman's Top Ten List, check it out here.
Late, Late at NightLate, Late at Night a book by Rick Springfield (ex-Noah Drake). Order here!
The Sock SongCheck out Kimberly McCullough’s very naughty appearance in Nikki Lynn Katt’s “The Sock Song” music video here.
Jonathan Jackson's EnationJonathan Jackson's (Lucky) band Enation released their first live album, The Future Is A Memory Today. You can download the album at: www.cdbaby.com/cd/enation8.
Video For Scrubs FansIf you’re a Scrubs fan, you’ll find this video amusing www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovhMk3JPjyc
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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