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Kristina Wagner, Brooklyn Rae Silzer, and Constance Towers Star in new Movie, 'The Storyteller!'(Pic) Kristina Wagner (Felicia) shared a photo of GENERAL HOSPITAL castmate Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma) on the set of their new movie, The Storyteller!
“Sweet stars of the movie,” she wrote with the pic of Silzer and actress Cassidy Mack.
The indie film tells the tale of how the love of an enchanted young girl brings wonder and healing to a broken family. Wagner stars as Doctor Gordon, and Silzer plays Abby. Another GH actress, Constance Towers (ex-Helena), also appears in the movie as Rosemary.’
They’ve only just begun filming during this past week, so a release date for The Storyteller has not yet been announced. But as soon as more information is revealed, we’ll be sure to pass it along!
Ava DuVernay & Oprah Winfrey’s ‘Queen Sugar’ Gets Fall Premiere Date On OWNOWN has set a two-night premiere for its new drama series Queen Sugar, from filmmaker Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey. The series will debut at 10 PM Tuesday and Wednesday, September 6-7 on OWN. It then will air regularly at 10 PM Wednesdays for the remainder of its 13-episode first season. Led by Selma helmer DuVernay, who directed the first two episodes, all episodes in the series’ debut season are directed by women. Warner Horizon Television is the studio.
Inspired by Natalie Baszile’s book, the contemporary drama chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Saint Josephine, LA: Nova (Rutina Wesley), a world-wise journalist and activist; Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), the savvy wife and manager of an NBA star; and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe), a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption. After a family tragedy, the Bordelons must navigate the triumphs and struggles of their complicated lives in order to run an ailing sugarcane farm in the Deep South.
The series regular cast also includes Tina Lifford, Omar J. Dorsey, Dondré Whitfield, Timon Kyle Durrett, Nicholas L. Ashe, Greg Vaughan and Ethan Hutchison.
Greg Vaughan: It's A WrapGreg Vaughan (ex-Eric, DAYS/ex-Lucky, GH) has completed shooting his first season on the upcoming series, QUEEN SUGAR. The actor posted an on-set picture on Twitter, sharing, “Get in here! Hug it out!! Queen Sugar Season 1 wrap 5am!” The series will air on OWN, but a premiere date has not been announced.
Maurice Benard Reunites With Former Castmate Steve Burton for His Birthday(Pic1, Pic2) A very special occasion reunited GENERAL HOSPITAL's Sonny and Jason!
Maurice Benard (Sonny) reunited with former GH co-star Steve Burton (ex-Jason; now Dylan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) to help him celebrate his birthday, and shared a selfie with his good friend! “Always nice to catch up with Steve,” he wrote. "Happy birthday!"
Burton shared his own photo of the pals together, saying, “This guy took me out for my birthday. How could I refuse? Thanks brother!”
It’s great to see these two hanging out and having such a great time, since soap fans don’t get to see them together on screen anymore.
Kelly Thiebaud Wishes Fiancé Bryan Craig a Happy Anniversary(Video) Kelly Thiebaud (ex-Britt, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and Bryan Craig (Morgan, GH) aren’t yet married, but the actress took to Instragram to share a beautiful anniversary message and a video montage of photos set to music!
“A year ago today this sweet, giving, loving, funny, handsome man asked me to be his wife,” she wrote. “Our journey has not been easy, but I wouldn’t change a thing. We have grown together, shared our hearts and fought for this love. You continue to amaze me and make me feel loved. Happy anniversary to my fiancé, Bryan Craig.”
The couple isn’t scheduled to tie the knot until March 18, 2017, and we can’t wait to see how wild their wedding is going to be!
Kelly Sullivan Shares Details of Her New Series, TOO CLOSE TO HOME — And a Pic With Creator Tyler Perry!(Pic) Kelly Sullivan (ex-Sage, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; ex-Connie, GENERAL HOSPITAL), is having a blast on the set of her new series!
The popular actress has been cast on the new TLC drama series, TOO CLOSE TO HOME, and shared a photo from the set with castmates Danielle Savre and Ashley Love-Mills flanking series creator Tyler Perry. “Our boss kicks ass,” she posted.
When the news of her new role was announced, Sullivan was overwhelmed with congratulations from fans and friends like Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R), Julie Berman (ex-Lulu, GH), and Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R; ex-Jason, GH). She also received a special message from former +GH+* scene partner **Maurice Benard (Sonny).
@MauriceBenard: @KellySullivanNY congratulations you are so talented??
@KellySullivanNY: Thanks Mo. I ?? U https://twitter.com/mauricebenard/status/745357670635315200 …
Sullivan has also revealed on Twitter that the first season of TOO CLOSE TO HOME will be eight episodes long, and will debut this August. She also shared a brief teaser for the series, which you can watch below!
(Video) As more details are released, we’ll be sure to let you know!
Nashville Update: Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Plus 7 Others Set to Return for Season 5 on CMTNashville stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere are set to return for Season 5 on CMT. The network and Lionsgate aren’t commenting, but sources tell Deadline it’s pretty much a done deal.
The cast of the show is under contract for a couple of more seasons, but it was unclear when the show moved from ABC to CMT that all regulars would continue full-time. Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella and Chris Carmack also are set to return as series regulars. As Deadline reported last week, Will Chase and Aubrey Peeples will not be returning, but could come back for guest-starring appearances subject to availability.
Along with a new network and tweaked cast, Season 5 of Nashville also will have new showrunners, Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, who have succeeded Dee Johnson.
Britton and Panettiere’s casting was first reported by TVLine.
Lady Gaga, Connie Britton and 47 Other Stars Honor Orlando Shooting Victims in Ryan Murphy-Produced Tribute Video(Video) A full list of the participants is: Lady Gaga, Chris Pine, Cuba Gooding Jr., Connie Britton, Matt Bomer, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Lea Michele, Colton Haynes, Sophia Bush, Jane Fonda, Harry Shum Jr., Denis O’Hare, Rob Reiner, Melissa Benoist, Caitlyn Jenner, Édgar Ramírez, Max Greenfield, Chaz Bono, Cheyenne Jackson, Emma Roberts, Kerry Washington, George Lopez, Evan Rachel Wood, Sofia Vergara, Diego Boneta, Nina Jacobson, Demi Lovato, Tyler Oakley, Yeardley Smith, Kid Cudi, Kaitlin Olson, Kevin McHale, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lee Daniels, Chace Crawford, Evan Peters, Gerard Butler, Katey Sagal, John Stamos, Laverne Cox, Jordana Brewster, Wes Bentley, Finn Wittrock, Darren Criss, Kathy Bates, Anna Paquin, Guillermo Díaz and Joe Mantello.
Aharon Ipalé Dies: ‘The Mummy’ Actor Was 74Aharon Ipalé, the Morocco-born actor whose 50-year career stretched from early 1960s soap operas to Ray Donovan but is perhaps best remembered as the Pharaoh in the Brendan Fraser-starring Mummy franchise, has died at his home in Israel. The 74-year-old actor’s death was confirmed by his manager Susan Ferris.
With 1960s appearances on Search for Tomorrow and General Hospital, Ipalé later had roles in 1971’s Fiddler on the Roof and the 1974 mini-series Moses the Lawgiver. He became a frequent presence on TV for the next several decades, with appearances on comedies (One Day at a Time, The Love Boat) and dramas (Hawaii Five-O, Wise Guy, Miami Vice to Alias and Ray Donovan).
Apalé’s feature credits include 2007’s Charlie Wilson’s War and 1987’s Ishtar, but he’s probably most known for Universal Pictures’ The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001), in which he played the Pharaoh Seti.
“For the past 15 years I have had the honor, and the pleasure, of working with Aharon Ipalé,” said manager Ferris. “We are deeply saddened by his loss. In 2012, Ipalé had moved back to Israel to be with his family and work on film and TV projects from there. The film and TV world has gotten smaller and smaller, with projects being filmed all over the world, so his decision to move out of Hollywood made no impact on his continuing to work regularly. The entertainment industry has lost a true titan today, whose work will live on for years to come. Aharon Ipalé will be missed by us all.”
Ferris said she learned of the actor’s death today. No cause of death has been released.
MICHELLE STAFFORD DEBUTS PODCAST(Podcast Link) SINGLE MOM A GO-GO, the new podcast hosted by Michelle Stafford (Nina, GH), will make its debut tonight (June 27); the actress reported that she will tweet out a link to the first episode (featuring DAYS’s Nadia Bjorlin, Chloe) tonight at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. “Explicit language… Don’t judge me,” she cautioned on Twitter. Of her new endeavor, Stafford told Digest, “It’s the most real that I have ever been and that’s what I want in the show; I want to be very real as we talk about the realities of being a woman, being a mother and navigating relationships.” Future installments will feature familiar daytime faces including Lauralee Bell (Christine), Emme Rylan (Lulu, GH) and Kassie DePaiva (ex-Eve, DAYS; ex-Blair, OLTL et al).
FIRST LOOK AT GH’S BREE WILLIAMSON PROMOFIRST LOOK AT GH’S BREE WILLIAMSON PROMO: Video.
“FRIZ” FEVER ON GHGH viewers are buzzing about the nascent pairing of Liz and Franco (“Friz”, to their fans), who shared their first kiss this week. The buss came as something of a surprise to both participants — “It happened very organically; there wasn’t a big set-up to it, it just happened,” notes Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) — and they vowed never to mention it again, but the lip lock is a definite turning point for the duo. In this week’s Soap Opera Digest, the story’s main players, Herbst and Roger Howarth (Franco), along with Head Writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante, discuss what comes next for “Friz”. Howarth previews, “Nina actually confronts Franco about whether he has feelings for Elizabeth,” who, according to Herbst, “is digging her heels in, like, ‘No, no, no, this can’t happen!’ “ For much more, don’t miss the new issue
DARK TWIST FOR GH’S “JULEXIS”In light of Alexis’s arrest for a murder Julian committed, it’s fair to say that things have already gone from bad to worse for GH’s least blissful marrieds. And things are about to get even messier: Expect what Co-Head Writer Jean Passanante calls “a dramatic event in the life of these characters and in their love story, the most dramatic, life-and-death kind of event.” Elaborates Co-Head Writer Shelly Altman, “Each of them makes a fairly desperate decision that will affect them both for the rest of their lives.” Still, the scribes say not to give up hope on a happily ever after. “The road may have many bumps along the way, but we do see it as an extremely long road for them,” assures Altman. For more on what the duo is facing, don’t miss this week’s Soap Opera Digest, on sale now.
Tava Smiley on Angel From Hell“Funsgiving” – When Allison reveals how stressful Thanksgiving was after the loss of her mother, Amy suggests a “Funsgiving” instead, with games and untraditional food, on ANGEL FROM HELL, Saturday, July 16 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
Guest Cast Includes: Diora Baird (Brandi), Ian Gomez (Oyster King), Tava Smiley (Allison’s Mom).
Erin Cahill on Angel From Hell“The Flask” – When Amy doesn’t have enough money to pay her rent, Allison helps her find a job, on ANGEL FROM HELL, Saturday, July 16 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
Guest Cast Includes: Constance Marie (Linda), Erin Cahill (Danielle).
Maurice Benard Reveals the True Story Behind That Sexy Instagram Photo(Pic) Fans of Maurice Benard (Sonny, GENERAL HOSPITAL) were thrilled by a recent Instagram post shared by his wife and daughters!
“Happy Father’s Day from all your girls!” they wrote. “Enjoy your bath, Daddy!”
And while Benard himself had nothing to do with posting the photo, he's been enjoying the attention it's received. “What is the thing about that Father’s Day post?” he says to Soaps In Depth with a laugh. “People have been making fun of me or asking me what’s up… but everyone seems to like it!
“They took a picture of me and my wife snuck it on there,” he explains. “I like having fun with social media. I post a lot of funny stuff.”
For more from Benard, don’t miss the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth magazine going on sale Monday, July 4 — just look for the one with Benard himself on the cover!
ASHLEY JONES BACK AT GH!Ashley Jones, who welcomed son Hayden with hubby Joel Henricks on May 24, has returned to the GH studio, reprising the role of Parker. She shared a snap with co-star Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina), enthusing, “Already #backtowork today! Ok, saying the inevitable… I’m ‘checking back into the hospital!’ It’s just #generalhospital! With @_lexiainsworth — love working w you!” In their GH summer preview, Co-Head Writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante told Digest that even as Kristina grows closer to Aaron, “Parker gets in the way.” You can see the post here.
‘Too Close To Home’: Tyler Perry TLC Drama Series Sets Cast; Heather Locklear To Guest StarTLC has set the cast for its first scripted drama series, Too Close to Home, written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry. Production began this week at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, and the premiere is slated for later this summer.
Danielle Savre will star as Anna, while Heather Locklear and Matt Battaglia join as guest stars. Cast in other leading roles are Brock O’Hurn, Kelly Sullivan, Brad Benedict and Brooke Anne Smith. Series regulars include Alpha Trivette, Trisha Rae Stahl, Robert Craighead, Annie Thrash and Curran Walters. Ashley Love-Mills, Nick Ballard, Charles Justo, Christian Ochoa and Justin Gabriel are set in recurring roles.
The eight-part drama follows Anna (Savre), a young woman who escaped her working-class upbringing in Alabama to start fresh in Washington, D.C. After making national headlines in a major political scandal involving one of the nation’s most powerful players, she is forced to return to her roots and face a past she thought she’d left behind. Seeking help and forgiveness from the same people she abandoned for a “better” life, Anna finds herself right back where she worked so hard to escape. Locklear plays Katelyn, a smart, savvy and beautiful D.C. wife.
“We are thrilled with this dynamic cast for our first-ever scripted project on TLC,” said Nancy Daniels, the cable net’s president and GM. “Tyler Perry has proven time and time again that his characters are at the crux of great storytelling. Too Close to Home is yet another example of that, and we know our viewers will be enthralled with how this story unfolds.”
A six-time Golden Globe nominee, Locklear has had starring roles on such hit series as Spin City, Melrose Place, Dynasty and T.J. Hooker. She also starred in the HBO thriller Double Tap, the NBC movie Shattered Mind, ABC miniseries Texas Justice and most recently TNT’s Franklin & Bash. Her feature credits include The Perfect Man, Uptown Girls, and Looney Tunes: Back in Action. She is repped by APA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Vinessa Antoine Previews Hot Summer Storylines!On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Jordan was already managing a steamy new romance, gal pal trouble, a vexing former brother-in-law and PCPD business… and then her son TJ learned the truth about his paternity! Life has gotten downright emotional for Port Charles’ top cop, and that’s just the way portrayer Vinessa Antoine (Jordan) likes it.
"It's a long time coming, and it’s fun!” says the GH beauty. “I love all of it, but I'm really enjoying the romance stuff, right now. I got to play that a bit when Sean Blakemore (ex-Shawn) was on the show, but then he went away and it was all about business. Even when Tequan Richmond (TJ) went away, it was still about being the commish.”
And then, things went quiet on the work front for a while. “There just wasn’t a lot of crime,” Antoine recalls. “Julian was quiet and Sonny was out of commission. We’d found Carlos’ body — or so we thought! — so we didn’t need to be right on top of organized crime.”
Clearly, that’s old news now! Antoine dishes all of Jordan’s hot summer action in the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, on stands now!
Vanessa Marcil Previews Her New Movie, 'The Convenient Groom'Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda, GENERAL HOSPITAL) stars as a relationship expert who can’t get her own love life together in the new Hallmark Channel movie, The Convenient Groom!
In the film, premiering on Saturday, June 18, at 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel, Marcil plays Dr. Kate Lawrence, who uses her upcoming nuptials to a handsome businessman to advance her career. But when he calls off the wedding, Kate panics until an old high school friend steps in to pretend to be her fiancé. Will she discover true love in an unlikely place?
“It’s very funny,” Marcil tells Soaps In Depth of the film. “The fun factor has been really kind of what drew me to her and Lucas.”
She also says that she and co-star David Sutcliffe had terrific chemistry, which is important in a romantic comedy! “He’s the same kind of actor as I am,” Marcil confides, “which isn’t needed but it can be really fun.”
Be sure to tune in on Saturday to watch!
For more from Marcil about The Convenient Groom and her other projects, grab a copy of the most recent ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine on sale now!
INTERVIEW: BREE WILLIAMSONRead the FULL Soap Opera Digest INTERVIEW: BREE WILLIAMSON ON JOINING GH.
Vanessa Marcil on General Hospital Regrets, the Power of TV-MoviesVanessa Marcil on General Hospital Regrets (She Has None), the Power of TV-Movies ('Everybody Wants Love'): Read the TVline interview here.
James Patrick Stuart To GHSoap Opera Digest has learned that James Patrick Stuart, who memorably played ALL MY CHILDREN baddie Will Cortlandt from 1989-92, is headed to GH. Since exiting Pine Valley, the prolific actor has appeared in prime-time projects ranging from SEINFELD and CSI to ANDY RICHTER CONTROLS THE UNIVERSE and SUPERNATURAL and feature films including It’s Complicated. According to setsiders, Stuart is already shooting, and will debut on-screen in July.
Kirsten Storms Returning as Maxie in AugustWhen Kirsten Storms told her fans that they’d be seeing her again “in no time,” she really meant it: The General Hospital leading lady will be back on air as Maxie the first week of August, Soap Opera Digest reports.
In May, the actress began a leave of absence from ABC’s daytime drama to recover from what she described in a tweet as “breakouts due to stress,” which became “too difficult for GH to cover up.
“And we all know,” she added, “in this biz, appearance is important.”
In her absence, Days of Our Lives alumna Molly Burnett (ex-Melanie) stepped in to keep Maxie’s front-burner storyline warm. (Ironically, Storms’ break came right on the heels of co-star Tyler Christopher taking a temporary leave from his role of Nikolas, which is now being played by Sunset Beach grad Nick Stabile.)
John Stamos Joins Scream Queens Season 2 as Series RegularFox euthanized Grandfathered but it’s hanging on to John Stamos.
The TV vet has been tapped to join Scream Queens‘ hospital-set second season as a series regular, TVLine has learned. He’ll play Dr. Brock Holt, a brilliant — but secretive — head surgeon employed at the hospital, where some of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases are under observation.
This will mark Stamos’ third collaboration with Scream Queens exec producer Ryan Murphy, following guest stints on Glee and The New Normal.
Stamos joins returning Scream Queens cast members Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Glen Powell and Niecy Nash, all of whom will be reprising their Season 1 roles.
Last month, Fox cancelled Stamos’ low-rated comedy Grandfathered after one season.
Scream Queens‘ launches Season 2 on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 9/8c.
Nancy Lee Grahn and William deVry Share Charming Backstage Photo!(Photo) While Alexis and Julian are in a rough patch on-screen, backstage at GENERAL HOSPITAL, portrayers Nancy Lee Grahn and William deVry are still as close as ever!
“I found him on Mobster Tinder,” the actress joked on Twitter, “swiped left and here we are.”
And you can even see Robert Palmer Watkins (Dillon) smiling approvingly at them in the background.
Julexis fans all over the world are naturally hoping that their favorite couple works things out, but in the meantime, these real-life pics will have to do!
Kimberly McCullough Directing Another Episode of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS(Photo) Fans were delighted to see Kimberly McCullough back as Robin for the GENERAL HOSPITAL Nurses Ball, but the actress admitted that she couldn’t watch the episode live because she was hard at work!
“I missed the GH Nurses Ball ‘cause it’s my first day of prep on PRETTY LITTLE LIARS!” she confessed on Twitter.
McCullough made her directorial debut with the episode of PLL that aired January 26, and her latest one is scheduled to air on Tuesday, August 9.
‘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.
Kirsten Storms Spends a Night Out With Co-Star Rebecca Herbst(Photo) Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) let her fans know she’s doing just fine during her time off from the soap!
After taking a leave of absence from GH, Storms has remained relatively quiet on social media, but took to Instagram to reveal that she and co-star Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) “shut down a bar last night. We drank tea and laughed for four hours — and I loved every second of it!”
It’s wonderful to see that Storms is doing so well, and hopefully this means she’ll be back in Port Charles soon!
AS THE WORLD TURNS Stars Trent Dawson and Maura West Reunite on GENERAL HOSPITAL!Fans of the late, lamented *AS THE WORLD TURNS were delighted when Trent Dawson (Henry) joined Maura West (Carly) were reunited on-screen again on GENERAL HOSPITAL!
Dawson debuted in the June 14 episode as Huxley, a mysterious character who encounters West’s Ava on an airplane leaving town. And that’s just the beginning of the adventure!
“I can’t quite express how fantastically happy I was to be on set (once again) with this gent!” West tweeted.
Dawson responded in kind, posting, “So lucky to work with this brilliant lady!”
ATWT viewers remember the terrific comedic chemistry that West and Dawson shared when Carly and Henry were both working at the Metro nightclub. And clearly the two stars still have it in spades — stay tuned to GH to see where this wild storyline takes them!
Richard Simmons -- I'm Not Transitioning ... But Orlando Needs LoveRichard Simmons just silenced everyone speculating he's been hiding from the public during a gender transition ... calling the reports lies and focusing attention on the Orlando tragedy.
Simmons addressed the rumors, saying, "Although I am not transitioning, I have and always will be supportive of those who are going through their journey." He continues, "My broken heart and healing thoughts are with the people of Orlando and all other victims of prejudice, bigotry and hate."
Tuesday's Facebook post is the first time in a long time Simmons has personally spoken out ... he was mysteriously hospitalized nearly two weeks ago for several days and has been in virtual seclusion for almost 3 years.
CMT confirms 'Nashville' fifth season, 22 episodes"Nashville" will return for a fifth season that will be broadcast on CMT and streamed on Hulu thanks to a unique deal that was reached on Thursday after weeks of negotiations, according to sources familiar with the talks.
The show was canceled by ABC after a four-season run, but fans of the show banded together and launched a social media campaign to save the country music-focused drama. Lionsgate began pitching the show to other networks and ultimately found a home on the Nashville-based CMT.
In a press release on Friday, CMT confirmed that it had picked up the show, which will have a 22-episode run this season. Under the deal, Hulu will have streaming rights to episodes the day after they air.
“CMT heard the fans. The wave of love and appreciation they have unleashed for ‘Nashville’ has been overwhelming,” said Brian Philips, President of CMT. “‘Nashville’ is a perfect addition to our evolving line-up of big music specials, documentaries, and original series. We see our fans and ourselves in this show and we will treasure it like no other network. Nashville belongs on CMT.”
Crucial to the deal is the incentive package that will see the state, Metro, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. and Ryman Hospitality chip in funds to offset the cost of the show's production. The state put $8 million in its budget and Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has proposed a $1.375 million fund for film incentives, though the final amount for "Nashville" has not been announced.
The state and Metro have justified incentives for "Nashville" by arguing the show brings tourists to the city and pumps millions of dollars into the local economy, in addition to bringing production jobs.
The entire cast is expected to return for the show, which will be under the direction of a new creative team. The show is a joint venture between Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment, a division of Ryman Hospitality.
“‘Nashville’ has long been a fan favorite show on Hulu and we are so proud to continue to make new episodes available for fans to stream the day after they air,” said Craig Erwich, Senior Vice President and Head of Content at Hulu. “We look forward to bringing even more episodes of this acclaimed series to its passionate and devoted audience.”
"Nashville" was conceived by Ryman Hospitality and developed by Lionsgate. The show's ratings were inconsistent in its fourth season, but a loyal fan base has remained. And "Nashville" has additional revenue streams than the typical television show because of its music licensing component.
In fact the show's stars have been on a tour in recent weeks. Some observers have said that no scripted show has licensed more original music than "Nashville."
The show has also taken local film production to another level, providing steady employment for hundreds of workers behind the scenes. The local payroll was in the neighborhood of $21.2 million for season two, according to the most recent numbers released by the show's representatives.
Season 1: $14.4 million
Season 2: $13.25 million
Season 3: $8 million
Season 4: $10 million.
Greg Rikaart Teases Rebecca Budig on Twitter(Photo) Greg Rikaart (Kevin, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) and Rebecca Budig (Hayden, GENERAL HOSPITAL) are good friends who love teasing each other publicly on Twitter, but Rikaart took things to a new extreme with his recent post!
“It’s a shame that 45 years later, your fashion sense is still abysmal,” he wrote, admitting that Y&R castmate Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) helped him dig up the embarrassing photo!
@gregrikaart: @RebeccaBudig, it's a shame that 45 yrslater, ur fashion sense is still abysmal. @MClaireEgan helped me w this one.
Egan apologized for aiding and abetting Rikaart, but simply couldn’t resist.
@MClaireEgan: I'm sorry @RebeccaBudig, i couldn't help myself??U gave us too much material.And by material I mean clothing material
Budig took it all in stride, naturally!
@RebeccaBudig: Um, that would make me 61, geniuses. What. You don't like the matching shoes? @gregrikaart @MClaireEgan
The whole exchange is hilarious, but if we were Rikaart, we’d be worried about how Budig is going to retaliate for this one!
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!
Nicolas Bechtel Shares Hilarious Photo With GENERAL HOSPITAL Castmate Brooklyn Rae Silzer!(Pic) Nicolas Bechtel (Spencer) shared the cutest photo with his GENERAL HOSPITAL co-star, Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma)!
In honor of the recent National Best Friend Day, the little actor posted a pic of himself and Silzer pulling hilarious faces at a bowling alley!
Could these two be any cuter? Probably not!
Cassadee Pope, Jonathan Jackson, Charles Esten and Scotty McCreery Play Ball for a Good CausePhotos: (Jackson, Esten)(Pope) This is softball, country-music style: Cassadee Pope swinging at six pitches before hitting a foul ball and running safely to first base. Her teammate, Nashville's Charles Esten, emerging from the dugout to throw, not balls, but free T-shirts to fans in the stands. Mickey Guyton rounding the bases while clutching her little so-ugly-he’s-cute mutt, Charlie. And – oh yes – the game lasted four innings and the final score was a tie, 18-18.
The only casualty – besides every sports rulebook in the world – was A Thousand Horses’ guitarist Zach Brown, who left in crutches after twisting an ankle running to second base. "I didn’t warm up and I didn’t wear cleats," he said sheepishly, not too worse for wear.
Of course it was all in good fun – and for a good cause. The country celebrity softball game, held every year during CMA Festival Week in Nashville, brings together two full rosters of artists and other notables who square off before thousands of fans at the city’s minor league stadium. The beneficiary is California-based City of Hope, the nationally renowned cancer treatment and research center.
Before the game, the players chatted with reporters about this break from the norm, as well as what’s going on in their lives.
Nashville cast members Esten and Jonathan Jackson, of course, had the prospects for a fifth season of their show on their minds. ABC recently canceled the country-themed drama, but reports have been swirling this week that CMT will be reviving it.
Both actors said they were feeling hopeful, but even more, Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne, said he was "grateful."
"This is my first show that I’ve ever had more than two seasons on," he said. "So I’ve always done everything that I can in this town and on this show – trying to get the most out of it and bringing my very best to it." A common sight around Nashville, Esten performed on the Grand Ole Opry for the 49th and 50th time this week.
Whether or not the show is renewed, Jackson, who plays Avery Barkley, said he has put down his stakes in the city. "It’s become home," he said. "We love it." He plans to continue to pursue his music career in Nashville and also owns a restaurant in a nearby town.
Cassadee Pope was still celebrating the success of "Think of You," her duet with Chris Young, that’s her first chart-topper. The collaboration, Pope said, may not be a one-time thing. "Chris and I were talking about possibly doing an EP at some point where every song is a duet," she said. "We love singing together, and we love working together, so it would just be a fun excuse to hang out."
Scotty McCreery, a one-time high school baseball standout, showed up at the game with an almost-new glove – still grieving that his old one disappeared during the filming of a music video. Though dropped by his label earlier this year, McCreery offered assurances that he’s on his way to find a new recording home. "A lot of the music is ready, the single is ready, so it’s just a matter of when and where," he said.
After the game, McCreery was among several of the players who lingered to sign autographs and take selfies with fans, and he parted with his game jersey at one youngster’s request. McCreery admitted the game’s tie didn’t set well with his old competitive juices, "But hey," he said, "today was not about the competition."
Organizers reported an estimated $200,000 was raised at the event.
Inside Richard Simmons' Retreat from the Spotlight: 'There Were Days Where It Seemed Like There Was No Life in Him at All'Richard Simmons has always been the life of the party.
Known for his enthusiastic 1980s workout videos, hilarious late-night talk show visits and outlandish outfits, the fitness guru could still command the attention of sold-out audiences well into his 60s.
"He seemed so high on life," a source tells PEOPLE of Simmons' demeanor while teaching classes at his Slimmons Studios in Beverly Hills, California, as recently as 2014.
Dressed in his signature sequins and short-shorts, Simmons – who has revealed he was hospitalized for dehydration on June 3 – would entertain the crowd as he led them in workout routines designed to get their bodies moving and their faces smiling.
"He could be the brightest, happiest person you've ever met," says the source, who attended the classes regularly.
But in the months leading up to Simmons' abrupt and unannounced retreat from the spotlight a few years ago – which the 67-year-old has attributed to a knee injury – the source admits "there were days where it seemed like there was no life in him at all."
Though one week he would be jumping around and tickling his students as he led them in a routine, "the next time you'd see him he'd have no energy and could barely force a smile," adds the source.
The fitness instructor's emotional extremes were even more evident in the informal group therapy/weight-loss motivation sessions he'd hold before the workout classes began.
"He was often so motivational," says the source. "But other times, he'd break down and cry with a student. But it didn't seem out of empathy. When he cried, you could tell it was coming from a sadness within him."
Simmons' friend June Park confirms to PEOPLE that the star's recent behavior is causing concern among those closest to him.
"We are all so worried about him," says Park, who owns the Los Angeles-based store Wigs Today, which Simmons used to frequent. "People stop by his house, but nobody gets to see him. Nobody knows anything about what's going on."
Despite Simmons' conscious step away from the spotlight, he was forced back into the public eye due to a recent hospitalization for dehydration followed by false reports that he has been transitioning from male to female.
Simmons' rep Tom Estey denied the reports, telling PEOPLE: "He has decided to live quietly the last few years. He had knee surgery a few years ago and has a bum knee. He is still on Twitter and Facebook and works behind the scenes continuing to inspire and motivate people to lose weight. When he decides to come back, he will come back."
Added Estey, "He's a human being. He was in the public eye for over three decades, but he deserves his privacy. He should be able to have a private life. He just needed a break. He is still taking care of the people who need his help."
Richard Simmons denies transition rumorsRichard Simmons has secretly transitioned into a woman named “Fiona,” The National Enquirer is reporting — in a report that the former fitness guru’s publicist is denying as “Crap.”
Simmons has widely been reported for the past two years as hiding out from fans in his Hollywood Hills mansion. But the real reason is not that he’s turned into a recluse — it’s because he has been taking hormones and consulting with doctors about “secret surgeries” to diminish his manhood and augment his breasts, the tabloid reports.
“He’s changed into a woman!” the tabloid says, calling Simmons, 67, “The New Caitlyn Jenner” in its latest issue.
The transformation has gone well beyond just dressing in drag, as he’s done to comic effect repeatedly over the years.
Asked about the story, Simmons publicist Tom Estey told the Daily Mail Online, “This is crap.”
Simmons was photographed wearing a bushy beard as he left Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles on Monday, Estey noted.He’d been at the hospital for treatment for severe dehydration, his people insist.
DIANE DELANO JOINS GHWhen Trent Dawson debuts on GH later this month as Huxley, viewers will also meet his character’s assistant, Margarethe, played by NORTHERN EXPOSURE/POPULAR alum Diane Delano, who portrayed FBI Agent Hilda on DAYS. “I actually reached out to [Co-Head Writer] Jean Passanante on Facebook to find out how the name is pronounced,” Dawson tells Digest. “She said, ‘You know the song, “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?” [from The Sound of Music] — Sister Margaretta, that’s what I want it to sound like.’ So, right before I had to say the line, I was hurrying to find the song on YouTube!”
INGO RADEMACHER ON GH RETURN: “IT’S ABOUT TIME!”Ingo Rademacher will be back on the GH set later this month, with the first episode of Jax’s return slated to air on July 29. “It’s about time!” teases the actor, who last appeared on the show in 2013. “It’s been a long time,” he allows. “I’ve never had a problem stepping back in, although I have to admit, sometimes you do kind of question, ‘Can I still do it?’ But I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve always had great respect for everybody on the show and can call them my friends. I know it’s going to be fun.” Rademacher says he hopes that he’ll get the chance to spar with longtime on-screen rival Maurice Benard (Sonny). “There’s always going to be that rivalry between Jax and Sonny. Maurice said Jax is ‘my favorite candy boy’ on Twitter [when news of Rademacher’s return broke] and I said, ‘Yeah, right on! Let’s keep that going!’ “ He was touched by the positive response he got from castmates and viewers alike when his comeback was announced. “It’s really nice to see. I’ve had this great following since I came on the show and I appreciate all the Jax fans.” We’ll have much more with the actor in an upcoming issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Nashville Season 5 Update: Axed ABC Drama on Verge of Renewal at CMTJuliette’s errant jet has been cleared for landing at CMT.
The country-infused cable network is nearing a deal with producer Lionsgate to pick up a fifth season of Nashville, which last month was cancelled at ABC. A formal announcement is expected to be made during Wednesday’s CMT Awards.
Execs at Lionsgate and ABC Studios were so confident they would find the series a new home that they convinced the network to end what could’ve been its series finale a cliffhanger. “We wouldn’t take such a strong position to advocate for [the cliffhanger ending] if we didn’t feel good about our chances moving forward,” Lionsgate TV chairman Kevin Beggs told The Hollywood Reporter.
In the cancelled series’ ABC swan song on May 25, the fate of Hayden Panettiere’s Juliette was left very much up in the air as the plane that was carrying the starlet lost radio contact. As TVLine reported, an alternate ending showing Juliette alive, well and being reunited with estranged hubby Avery (Jonathan Jackson) at the airport was shot but ultimately discarded.
As TVLine was first to report, TV vets Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick (My So-Called Life, thirtysomething) are set to take the showrunner reins in Season 5, replacing Dee Johnson. One big question mark: Which current cast members will join the show over at CMT? Reps for Lionsgate and CMT declined to comment for this story.
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.”
Richard Simmons Leaves Hospital Days After 911 Call(Pic1, Pic2) Richard Simmons apparently was not released from the hospital as his people said, because it appears he was beating a hasty retreat Monday night from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
We're pretty sure it's Richard in the back seat -- sporting a beard -- with his longtime housekeeper/friend riding shotgun.
TMZ broke the story ... the housekeeper called 911 Friday just before midnight, saying Simmons was incoherent. Paramedics took him to Cedars, but his people claimed the fitness guru was released the following day.
Richard said on Facebook he was suffering from dehydration.
Richard Simmons' Hospitalization Way More SeriousRichard Simmons' people claimed he was in the hospital for less than 24 hours, but that doesn't seem to be the case, because his housekeeper made several trips to Cedars-Sinai ... days after he was admitted.
The housekeeper made 2 trips to Cedars Monday. TMZ broke the story ... the housekeeper called 911 just before midnight Friday after Richard became incoherent. He was taken to Cedars, but the housekeeper and his other confidantes claimed he was out by Saturday afternoon.
A post on Simmons' Facebook account stated he suffered from dehydration, but 3 days in it looks like he never checked out of the hospital.
Marisa Ramirez Welcomes Daughter Violet Rae(Photo) Marisa Ramirez is a mom!
The actress, 38, welcomed her first child, a daughter, on Sunday, May 29, she announced Monday on Twitter.
“She’s here!! Little Miss Violet Rae born on Sunday May29th!! She’s so happy and healthy and we are so in love!!!” the Blue Bloods star tweeted, along with a photo of her sleeping newborn.
A rep for Ramirez, who has played NYPD Detective Maria Baez on the hit show since its third season in 2013, confirmed her pregnancy news exclusively to PEOPLE in January.
“It gives me such a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing that my Blue Bloods family is there to help me transition into this new chapter of my life,” Ramirez said at the time, adding that costar Donnie Wahlberg “did a little happy” dance when her learned of her exciting news.
And while Ramirez didn’t find out she was having a girl at first, she couldn’t hold off for too long. By the time of her floral-heavy April baby shower in New York City — with guests including costars Bridget Moynahan and Abigail Hawk — the cat was already out of the bag.
“This was a complete surprise,” Ramirez told PEOPLE earlier this year about her pregnancy. “Some mornings I wake up and forget I’m pregnant! It just seems like it was meant to be — a happy surprise.”
Amber Tamblyn Updates Fans on Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 3 While Reuniting With America FerreraDon't hang up those famous jeans just yet.
For those hoping to hear an update on the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 3, we're happy to tell you something special is still being planned.
"I have no information about that right now," Amber Tamblyn told E! News when asked about a possible release date. "But I can obviously tell you that something is definitely in the works."
Perhaps it's just further confirmation after America Ferrera went on The Meredith Vieira Show last year where she admitted that planning was well underway. "There's no green light, but it's definitely in the works," she teased fans. "There is a script being written. They're my girls, three of my best friends to this day."
She added, "What's wonderful about these girls in my life is, people expect girls and women to be competitive, and we made a decision to love and support each other offscreen and onscreen."
That certainly was the case Friday night at the Los Angeles Film Festival when America posed for photos next to Amber at the premiere of her new film Paint It Black based on a novel by Janet Fitch.
The film allows Amber to try her hands at directing, an experience that she found both frightening and exciting.
"It was awesome! It was really fun and also very scary," she shared with E! News. "It was an intense experience all together, but it came very naturally, and I was lucky to have a lot of friends on board. I enjoyed it."
As for her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants co-stars, the friendships remain stronger than ever. And yes, Amber would love to direct her famous friends one day in the future.
"Absolutely. I actually have a role for America that I've had in mind for a long time," she gushed. "I would love nothing more than to just be working with them for the rest of my life."
Martha Byrne Reunites With AS THE WORLD TURNS Castmates(Pic1, Pic2) Martha Byrne (Lily) reunited with some old AS THE WORLD TURNS castmates during her trip to Los Angeles!
“Fun in LA!” she wrote with a photo of herself with friends Paul Leyden (Simon), Maura West (Carly; now Ava, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and Kin Shriner (Keith; Scotty, GH).
Byrne has kept mum about exactly why she's traveled to Hollywood, but ATWT fans were delighted to see she’s also taking the time to catch up with old friends! Even though Shriner played a villain on the much-missed CBS soap, you can almost imagine that Lily was hanging out with Carly and Simon in Oakdale!
Richard Simmons - 'I Was Dehydrated'Richard Simmons has apparently made a miraculous recovery ... telling TMZ he now feels great after getting rushed to the hospital on Friday night.
Simmons tells TMZ that the reason for his "bizarre conduct" was merely dehydration caused by the recent summer heat... and is feeling much better after getting some fluids in his body.
TMZ broke the story ... Richards behavior was strange enough that his longtime nanny and caretaker felt she needed to call 911.
We have still yet to see Richard in public since 2013.
Richard Simmons -- Released From HospitalRichard Simmons has been released from a Los Angeles hospital after demonstrating bizarre conduct Friday night ... TMZ has learned.
TMZ broke the story ... Simmons was taken to Cedars-Sinai for observation Friday just before midnight. Our sources say his housekeeper and longtime friend is the one who called 911 after Simmons became incoherent.
We're told paramedics determined Richard needed medical evaluation ... they were not sure if he had suffered a stroke, is suffering from dementia or some other ailment.
It would appear a stroke was ruled out since Simmons was released Saturday.
Richard Simmons -- Hospitalized For 'Bizarre Behavior'Richard Simmons was taken to a Los Angeles hospital late Friday night after exhibiting bizarre conduct ... TMZ has learned.
Sources tell us, Simmons was acting in an unusually strange manner just before midnight when someone at his Hollywood Hills home became sufficiently alarmed to call 911. Paramedics rushed to the home and evaluated Richard, determining he should go to a hospital for evaluation.
We're told Simmons agreed to be taken to the hospital and he was transported to Cedars Sinai.
We do not know if Simmons is still hospitalized.
As TMZ has been reporting, Simmons has been a virtual recluse for 3 years ... shunning many friends and family.
Simmons has said he simply wants to take a break from the life of a celebrity. A number of friends however, who have been shut out of his life have been extremely worried for several years.
SOAP ALUM WELCOMES BABY BOYErin Chambers (ex-Melanie, Y&R; ex-Siobahn, GH) and her husband, Carson McKay, welcomed their first child, a son. “Carson and I welcomed Baby BOY McKay this evening, June 2nd at 7:15 pm,” the actress posted on Facebook. “He weighs 7 lbs, 4 oz and was 20.5” long. We are in love. And thinking he might be a red-head. Thank you all so much for your prayers, love and support!!!” Congrats to the happy family!
Ricky Martin visits Syrian refugees in LebanonRicky Martin, the world-renowned singer and UNICEF goodwill ambassador, said that the word "refugee" had lost its value but that the international community should "open its heart."
The 44-year-old Puerto Rican spoke during a visit to Lebanon with UNICEF to meet Syrian refugee children.
"At this point what we want is to make sure children get their rights. Some children unfortunately are not going to school," he said Thursday in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press in Minnieh, north Lebanon. News of the visit was released by UNICEF on Friday because of an embargo.
The singer met with Syrian children in Zahleh, in the Bekaa Valley on Wednesday, and in the Minnieh informal settlement, near the northern city of Tripoli, the following day.
In Minnieh, the children performed "Maria," the singer's dance-along hit tune, and played a game of soccer with the star. During his visit, Martin also met teenagers attending life-skills training, according to UNICEF.
The star, whose charity and advocacy work has focused on combating child labor and human trafficking, said he was moved by a Syrian refugee from Homs he met in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.
He says the 11-year-old refugee, named Batoul, is "working in agriculture, 12 hours a day. And she's getting paid with water."
"This is happening to our kids. This is happening to our future generation," he said.
According to UNICEF, there are 2.8 million children out of school in the region and child refugees are particularly at risk of exploitation and abuse. The U.N. agency says it is addressing child labor by providing free education and economic opportunities for parents and youth of working age.
Haley Pullos Graduates High School!(Pic) Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL star Haley Pullos (Molly), who is graduating from high school today!
“I’m so proud of this young lady for her remarkable accomplishments,” her mother Judy posted to Twitter along with Pullos’ graduation photos.
Pullos replied very simply and from the heart.
@haley_pullos: @jpullos i love you ??
All the best to the graduate for a bright future — on to bigger and better things!
Tequan Richmond's Return to GENERAL HOSPITAL!Tequan Richmond (TJ) is returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL in just a couple weeks!
Last month, it was revealed that TJ would be back in Port Charles soon, but now we can reveal that Richmond will first appear on Wednesday, June 15.
Will this mean relationship drama for Molly and TJ? Or might the time have come for the young man to finally learn the truth about his father? The soap is keeping mum on storyline details, so you’ll have to tune in to find out!
Finola Hughes Takes Summer Break From GHFinola Hughes (Anna) is taking a short summer hiatus from her GH duties. “It’s not long,” she tells Digest. “We have a lot of downtime this summer [with breaks in the production hiatus], so I will only be away for a few weeks.”
General Hospital: Ingo Rademacher Is Bringing Jax Back This SummerSounds like Port Charles is in for a heat wave this summer: Ingo Rademacher will be bringing Aussie playboy Jasper “Jax” Jacks back to General Hospital on a recurring basis, TVLine has confirmed.
The actor, who recently had an arc on Hawaii Five-0, kicks off his return engagement on July 29. His story arc is sure to find Jax dealing with former wife Carly and the mystery kidney that saved the life of their daughter, Josslyn. (Originally, the organ was thought to have been harvested from little Jake upon his death. But since the boy didn’t actually die… um, yeah, it’s a big question mark.)
Originally having joined GH back in 1996, Rademacher has played Jax on and off ever since, and is especially well known for his popular on-screen coupling with Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda).
Ashley Jones Welcomes Son Hayden Joel(Pic1, Pic2) Ashley Jones is a mom!
The former star of The Bold and the Beautiful gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday, May 24, she confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.
Born at 7:06 p.m., son Hayden Joel Henricks weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz. and measured 21 inches long. He joins big brother Huck, 4, husband Joel Henricks‘ son from a previous relationship.
“Holding our first child the minute he arrived was the most mesmerizing, perfect moment,” Jones tells PEOPLE. “Everyone says it, but they say it for a reason: my heart bursts with joy and love. I feel this deep need to protect.”
It took a bit of time to decide on a name for their newborn, Jones admits.
“Hayden was referred to as Baby Henricks the first two days until we finally named him. We were waiting to meet and hold our son before we committed to a name,” the General Hospital actress explains.
“We had friends and family texting name ideas for months. But it all came together in the hospital. Joel’s middle name is his father’s name. It’s a tradition that’s been passed on in Joel’s family that we wanted to continue, hence Hayden Joel.”
Hayden is the first child together for Jones and her husband, who shared in March they were expecting in an exclusive announcement to PEOPLE.
“I wouldn’t trade any of it. I feel like I’ve won the lottery,” Jones, 39, wrote in her PEOPLE.com pregnancy blog in May.
And so does her husband. Henricks told Jones the pinnacle of his life was watching his firstborn, Huck, meet his new brother. Huck was gentle and immediately went to get one of his favorite toys to show Hayden.
Jones celebrated her son’s impending arrival with a safari-themed high-tea baby shower in April, thrown by her good friends Kaley Cuoco and Marisa Coughlan. The guest list included moms-to-be Lacey Chabert and Ali Fedotowsky, as well as new moms Haylie Duff and Amy Davidson.
Jones has also shared numerous photos on social media documenting her pregnancy.
“Becoming a mother has been a lifelong dream of mine. It seems surreal that it’s now happening,” Jones told PEOPLE in March. “Although life as we know it will forever change, Joel and I can’t wait to meet this baby.”
KIRSTEN STORMS RELEASES STATEMENTKirsten Storms (Maxie) tweeted a statement explaining her sudden break from GH. "Thank you for the outpouring of love & support," she wrote. "I'm taking a little break from work due to some skin issues I've been having. The dr's say my breakouts are due to stress, but shouldn't take too long to get under control. (I can say that I'm on the better end of it now) However, it was becoming too difficult for GH to coverup. And we all know in this biz appearance is important. In the meantime I look forward to seeing Molly [Burnett, ex-Melanie, DAYS, who is temporarily replacing her] on screen as I take the next few weeks to heal."
General Hospital Casts One Life to Live Alum Bree Williamson as Nathan's ExNathan and Maxie’s trip to the altar is bound to get bumpy now that One Life to Live alum Bree Williamson (ex-Jess, Tess et al) has said oui to the role of General Hospital‘s Claudette.
A spokesperson for ABC’s sole sudser confirms for TVLine that the three-time Daytime Emmy nominee has been cast as Detective West’s mysterious ex-wife — who has been increasingly referred to, and apparently has some sort of connection to Dr. Griffin Munro. Williamson will first air in July.
Daytime Confidential first reported on the casting.
Since wrapping her OLTL run, Williamson’s TV credits have included Haven and NBC’s Deception, plus appearances on CSI, True Detective, Chicago Fire and a recent episode of Castle.
General Hospital: Kirsten Storms' Maxie Recast Temporarily With Days VetWhat the heck is going on in Port Charles? Only days after it was announced that recent Daytime Emmy winner Tyler Christopher was being replaced as General Hospital‘s Nikolas Cassadine, ABC has confirmed that Kirsten Storms‘ Maxie Jones is also going to be temporarily recast.
The last time that Storms took time off from the soap (for medical reasons, in fall 2011), Jen Lilley stepped in for about 10 months. But, of course, Lilley — now under contract at Days of Our Lives, as Theresa Donovan — is no longer available to sub. So, as Daytime Confidential, who broke the story, hinted, another Days ingénue — Molly Burnett (ex-Melanie) — has been tapped to step in for Storms this go-’round, first airing in July. (Ironically, Storms, too, is a Days vet, having gotten her soap start playing Belle Black, you’ll recall.)
The timing for the sudden switch couldn’t be worse: With the recent hiring of One Life to Live alumna Bree Williamson (Jessica) as Claudette, the ex-wife of Maxie’s fiance, Nathan West, the fashionista’s storyline is about to kick into high gear.
JASON THOMPSON WELCOMES SONJason Thompson (Billy, Y&R) and wife, Paloma, have welcomed their first child, a son. "Welcome to Earth Bowie. The sweetest smells and the most beautiful sounds. And a mother that is other worldly. @paloma,” he tweeted. Congratulations to the new family! See a pic of the adorable baby, click here.
Kimberly McCullough Shares Adorable Backstage Photo From the Nurses Ball!(Pic1, Pic2) Kimberly McCullough (Robin, GENERAL HOSPITAL) gave fans a behind-the-scenes peek at the Anna/Emma/Robin reunion at this year’s Nurses Ball!
The actress shared a backstage photo of herself, Finola Hughes (Anna) and Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma), explaining the beautiful flowers in the girl’s hands by revealing, “We celebrated Brooklyn’s birthday!”
Silzer’s turned 10 was back in April, but they would have been filming these episodes at that time, so her on-screen mom and grandma were able to make her birthday even more special!
And like an actual proud mommy, McCullough couldn't resist sharing an extra photo she snapped of her adorable castmate during filming, posing on the set. "One more of this cutie," she wrote.
For more behind-the-scenes scoop on the GH Nurses Ball, don’t miss the ABC issue of Soaps In Depth magazine on sale now, and the following issue on sale Monday, June 6!
Lisa LoCicero Shares Her "Glamorous Life" — See the Surprising Pic!(Photo) Lisa LoCicero (Olivia, GENERAL HOSPITAL) gave fans a peek into the glamorous life of a soap star!
The soap star tweeted, “People asking what I’ve been up to lately… Just living the glamorous life” along with a photo of herself vacuuming her house with nearly-one-year-old Verity strapped to her chest!
While it might be easier to clean the house without a baby strapped to you, Verity certainly seems to be enjoying the ride. And while it may not be particularly glamorous, LoCicero still looks as beautiful as ever!
Kin Shriner Shares Classic Photo With Former Castmate, John Stamos!(Pic) Fans missing Blackie at this year’s GENERAL HOSPITAL Nurses Ball can at least enjoy an amazing flashback photo that Kin Shriner (Scotty) posted with the musician’s portrayer!
“John Stamos and I on Sunday motorcycle ride!” Shriner wrote. “Circa 1990. Now I ride Vespa!”
This photo would’ve been taken at the height of Stamos’ fame on the classic FULL HOUSE, and it’s so fun to see the two buddies hanging out and having a great time!
General Hospital's Tyler Christopher Replaced as Nikolas by Nick StabileTyler Christopher has been temporarily replaced as General Hospital‘s dark prince, Nikolas Cassadine, by daytime TV vet Nick Stabile, TVLine has confirmed.
A spokesperson for ABC’s one remaining soap could neither say how long the recast would be playing Hayden’s husband nor when the big switch would take place on air. Christopher, who recently won his first Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, originated the role of Laura Spencer’s firstborn son back in 1996. He was replaced once before during his long GH run in the early 2000s, when The Closer‘s Stephen Martines — then known as Coltin Scott — took over.
Stabile, who played Mark Wolper on Aaron Spelling’s Sunset Beach in the late 1990s and Dean Hartman on Days of Our Lives in 2009, is no stranger to recasts. He previously stepped in as Passions‘ Fox Crane in 2004 while Justin Hartley (now Adam, The Young and the Restless) was on paternity leave. Stabile’s other credits include Dawson’s Creek, Charmed and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Daytime Confidential broke the story that Christopher was taking time off during contract negotiations.
In related news, Christopher was scheduled to appear alongside on-screen mom Genie Francis (Laura) at a weekend of fan events in June but was replaced by Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie). "So sorry @Tyler2929 can't join me at next week's @coastalent1 events,” Francis tweeted earlier. “But SO thrilled @JackieZeman is coming! So fun!"
Kimberly McCullough Shares Childhood Photo With Debbie Allen!(Pic) Kimberly McCullough (Robin, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has the most amazing childhood photos!
The actress, who is also a dancer, shared a photo of herself and Debbie Allen on the set of the hit musical series, FAME! “Found this pic of us when you hired me on FAME,” she wrote to the actress/choreographer/director. “Now I’m a director!”
Clearly Allen knew talent when she sees it, even at such a young age!
Sebastian Roché Cast in New Movie, 'We Love You Sally Carmichael!'Sebastian Roché (ex-Jerry, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has landed a very unusual new role!
According to Variety, Roché has been cast in the upcoming film, We Love You, Sally Carmichael, as an international movie star who develops an obsession with the author of a series of young adult novels about a young woman’s romance with a merman.
The problem is that Sally Carmichael is the pen name of Simon Hayes, a serious novelist who would obviously prefer to keep his true identity under wraps — but Roché’s character’s obsession could expose that secret!
Christopher Gorham stars as the titular author, and is also making his directorial debut with the film. The cast also includes Jack McBrayer and Paula Marshall, and shooting is scheduled to begin this summer in Utah.
Roché has been keeping very busy of late, and also be seen in the upcoming second season of Amazon’s series THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE.
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General Hospital EP Promises a Big Nurses Ball Wedding, a Nasty Catfight and a Surprising Jason/Elizabeth TwistAt General Hospital‘s annual Nurses Ball, “there’s always lots of little surprises,” executive producer Frank Valentini tells TVLine. And, since this year’s variety show is kicking off tomorrow (ABC, 3/2c), he’s revealing what a few of them are. For instance…
The volatile combination of “Elizabeth’s burgeoning feelings for Franco” and the enmity between the formerly-psychotic artist and Liz’s ex, Jason, has an unexpected side effect that Liason fans will love (and JaSam fans will hate). “That conflict,” says the showrunner, “pulls Liz back into Jason’s life and his world.”
Meanwhile, the custody battle between Mafia don Sonny and his latest babymama, Ava, finally pushes the Mafioso’s moll, Carly, over the edge. Yep, “Carly will get into it with Ava in a big way,” Valentini previews. Might we get a good, old-fashioned catfight? “You just might. The tension’s been boiling, so it’ll be fun to watch them square off.”
In other developments, “there’s lots of shenanigans” in store for prince Nikolas and Hayden, the bride he once tried to have rubbed out. “There’s also a reversal in the War of the Roses [battle] between them,” Valentini says.
Brad and Lucas may or may not get married, but if they don’t, it won’t be because another surprise wife throws a monkey wrench into the proceedings. Brad’s ex, “Rosalie, was just an impediment,” the boss explains. “Everybody really wants to see these two guys get married.”
As for the acts on top, Valentini hates to play favorites, but… “Little Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma) delivers a powerhouse performance,” he teases. “She has a duet with an established fan favorite that’s pretty phenomenal.”
Richard Burgi Doesn't Think He's Playing a VillainRichard Burgi won’t use the B-word when discussing his dubious GENERAL HOSPITAL character, Paul.
“Everybody thought he was a bad guy and some still do,” the actor tells Soaps In Depth. “But I always try to find the humanity in characters. Everybody's got various shades and coloration to their being.”
In fact, Burgi sees that same shading in “villain” Ava and “heroine” Anna, and applauds their respective portrayers, Maura West and Finola Hughes, for being able to play the good, the bad, and the conflict.
“I absolutely adore working with both of them,” he raves. “GH is allowing Maura’s darker shades to be exposed, which I find extremely compelling, and the same with Finola. Anna is essentially a very light person, but when you scratch the surface, you see the same sort of textures and subtleties in tone revealed. They both have a lot of range. They’re wonderful actresses and a lot of fun to work with.”
In the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, on stands now, Burgi opens up about playing shifty Paul and reveals which of his character’s soured relationships he’d like to see revisited!
Alicia Minshew Shares Amazing ALL MY CHILDREN Flashback Photo!(Photo) Alicia Minshew (Kendall) brought back a blast from the past when she posted a photo of her with her old ALL MY CHILDREN girlfriends!
“Going through old boxes of photos, and look what I found!” she wrote. “One of my favorite moments ever with Rebecca Budig (Greenlee; now Hayden, GENERAL HOSPITAL), Terri Ivens (Simone) and Amelia Heinle (Mia; now Victoria, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS)! Fusion girl slumber party!”
Budig responded on Twitter, “Such an incredible time of my life. I miss you girls!”
For AMC fans, this photo brings back fond memories of watching these actresses light up the screen together, but it’s also bittersweet knowing we’ll never see them in Pine Valley again.
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Haley Pullos Mourns the Death of Her Dog, Bubba(Photo) Last weekend, Haley Pullos (Molly, GENERAL HOSPITAL) lost her dog, Bubba.
“It’s taken three days to write,” she posted to Twitter on May 17, but goodbye, Bubba. You can eat all the snacks you want in doggy heaven. I love you, bug.”
Pullos also shared a photo of herself and Bubba in happier times, cuddling together on the bed with the simple caption, “I miss you.”
And after the outpouring of love and support from fans on social media, Pullos responded by saying, “You guys are so sweet. I’m having such a hard time, but your kind words are helping so much.”
The death of such a beloved member of the family is a devastating loss, and our hearts go out to Pullos at this difficult time.
GH Adds ATWT VetAs the World Turns vet Trent Dawson will trade Oakdale for Port Charles this summer.
The actor has booked a recurring gig on General Hospital, TVLine has confirmed, playing Huxley, a mysterious Brit with questionable motives. He will make his GH debut on Monday, June 13.
Since wrapping his run as Henry Coleman on ATWT, Dawson has appeared on such series as Castle, NCIS and Homeland.
Soap Opera Digest first reported the news of Dawson’s casting.
Brooklyn Rae Silzer Shares a Look at Her Very First Job!(Photo) Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma, GENERAL HOSPITAL) shared a photo of her very first job, which was appearing opposite a Disney princess!
The pint-sized actress joined GH back in 2011, but before that, she was a model, appearing on the packaging for a My First Disney Princess doll!
Silzer is such a doll, it’s kind of perfect casting — We love it!
Soap Actress Jensen Buchanan Arrested For Alleged DUI Crash That Injured Another DriverSANTA BARBARA (CBSLA.com) — Soap actress Jensen Buchanan, who most recently appeared in the recurring role of Judge Elise Moxley on CBS’s “The Young and the Restless,” has been arrested for an alleged DUI crash that left the other driver with injuries, the CHP said in a report.
Wednesday morning, around 6:20, Buchanan was reportedly driving her black 2016 Mercedes east on State Route 154, in Buelton, near Santa Barbara.
Officials said her vehicle drifted across a double yellow line and slammed into a white 2014 Ford C-Max which was going west.
Buchanan and the driver of the other vehicle were both taken to Cottage Hospital as a result of their injuries.
The CHP said her injuries were minor but that the 56-year-old Camarillo man in the Ford is being treated for “major injuries.” They did not specify the extent of his injuries.
Buchanan was later arrested for DUI.
The route was closed for nearly 20 minutes as a result of the crash, the CHP said.
Buchanan, now 53, made a name for herself in the daytime world in 1993 playing twins Vicky and Marley, a dual role also played formerly by Anne Heche.
She popularized other roles on “One Life to Live” (playing Sarah Gordon Buchanan, the same last name was just a coincidence) from 1987-90 and “General Hospital” (Melissa Bedford) from 2001-2202.
On “Y&R” she’s appeared a handful of times since November 2015 playing a judge who reveals a shocking conflict of interest in a case she was hearing — the fact she once had an adulterous affair with Victor Newman, the defendant’s grandfather back in the day. She last appeared about a month ago to reveal that revelation led to her marriage ending.
Soap Actress Arrested for Causing DUI Collision(edhat.com) May 18, 2016 2:12 p.m.
A soap opera actress was arrested for driving under the influence after causing a head-on traffic collision on Highway 154 Wednesday morning that left one man in critical condition.
California Highway Patrol released the names of the individuals involved in the traffic collision earlier today. Jensen Buchanan, 53 of Los Angeles, was driving on Highway 154 after 6:00 a.m. when her black 2016 Mercedes S550 crossed over the yellow lines and crashed head-on into another vehicle driven by a Camarillo man. He was then sent to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in critical condition. Buchanan was transported to the same hospital for minor injuries where she was arrested for a DUI.
Edhat subscribers are reporting that Buchanan is an actress known for several soap opera roles. According to wikipedia, she has previously starred in One Life to Live, Another World, General Hospital, and is currently starring in The Young and the Restless.
May 18, 2016 1:39 p.m.
Vehicle 1: Driver - Jensen Buchanan, 53 of Los Angeles, driving a 2016 Mercedes S550, suffered minor injuries transported to Cottage Hospital
Vehicle 2: Driver - Bradley Asolas, 56 of Camarillo, driving a 2014 Ford CMax, suffered major injuries transported to Cottage Hospital
On 5/18/16, at approximately 0619 hours, the driver of the black Mercedes S550 was traveling E/B on SR-154, west of Live Oak. The driver of the Mercedes allowed her vehicle to drift across the solid double yellow line, directly into the path of the Ford C-Max, which was traveling W/B in the W/B lane.
Both parties were transported by AMR to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where the driver of the Mercedes was treated for minor injuries and the driver of the Ford was treated for major injuries. The driver of the Mercedes was arrested for DUI.
SR-154 was closed for approximately 17 minutes, as a result of this collision.
May 18, 2016 11:56 a.m.
A man is in critical condition after a head-on traffic collision on Highway 154 near the Live Oak Campground on Wednesday morning.
At 6:20 a.m., Santa Barbara County Firefighters responded with AMR ambulance and California Highway Patrol to Highway 154, just east of the Live Oak Campground entrance, to a two-vehicle head-on collision.
Captain Dave Zaniboni reports there was one person per vehicle and one required extrication. The male driver, approximately in his mid-50's, needed the Jaws of Life to be removed from the vehicle. He suffered major injuries and is reportedly in critical condition. The patient was transported to the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital via AMR ambulance.
The other driver, a female in her 50's, suffered minor injuries and was also transported to the hospital by ambulance.
Highway 154 was closed for a while this morning while CHP investigated the scene.
Watch GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard in 'The Ghost and the Whale'(Order Here) At long last, fans can see GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Maurice Benard (Sonny) starring in The Ghost and the Whale!
With the film’s release on Digital HD, On Demand and other platforms like Amazon and iTunes, Benard tells Soaps In Depth that “finally, now people will be able to see me in this very different role.”
The emotional drama follows the spiritual journey of Benard’s bipolar character, Joseph Hawthorne, who is accused of murder after his wife mysteriously dies at sea. The film was co-produced by his wife, Paula, and the actor couldn’t be more proud.
“If it wasn’t for Paula, this film would not have been made,” Benard declares. “I’m sure of it. I couldn’t be more proud of her. The entire cast and crew worked very hard and should all be proud.”
To see what he means, check out this preview and then then rent or purchase The Ghost and the Whale for yourself!
Jacob Young Shares His Amazing Singing Voice(Watch the Video) Jacob Young (Rick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) decided to remind his fans what a fantastic singer he is!
The actor took advantage of the longer video limits on Instagram to repost a video of himself belting out a snippet of “Where Rainbows Never Die,” by bluegrass band The SteelDrivers!
Soap fans know the actor from B&B as well as his roles as ALL MY CHILDREN’s JR and GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Lucky, but they may not be aware that he is also a talented musician. Young released a self-titled CD back in 2001, and in 2006, starred as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway!
Young has a fantastic voice full of passion, and this little taste makes us hungry for more — hopefully a new album is in the works!
John Stamos' Finding Nemo-Themed Birthday Wish to Bob Saget Takes Their Bromance to a Whole New LevelJust keep bro-ing, just keep bro-ing.
There's no question that John Stamos and Bob Saget are close friends both on and off camera. Ever since co-starring on Full House, the pair have created a bond that has lasted years and years.
Perhaps it should come as no surprise then that when Bob turned 60 on Tuesday, his best friend was more than ready to deliver one unforgettable message.
"You're my Nemo. If you get lost in the great, big ocean, I'll find you," he shared on Instagram before enjoying a night in Germany. "Happy Birthday Bobby, I love you. @bobsaget."
Bob would later share the same picture with the words, "Love you John. Thank you my brother."
It's further proof that the two Hollywood actors known as Danny Tanner and Jesse Katsopolis on Fuller House remain the best of bros. And yes, that special relationship also includes fellow co-star Dave Coulier.
"I'd known Dave as my best buddy since I was twenty-one but didn't know John until the shooting of the pilot," Bob shared in his memoir titled Dirty Daddy. "With them, I had the good fortune of playing with siblings in silliness."
As for his thoughts on John, Bob makes it clear that he's one terrific guy. "[He's] such a great friend," he gushed. "And such an amazing human being."
Here's to another year of friendship.
How Much John Stamos Will We Get in Fuller House's Season Two? Find Out!Finally, some good news coming out of Grandfathered's cancellation: You won't have to go too long without seeing John Stamos' mystically non-aging face.
The man also known as Uncle Jesse confirms exclusively to E! News that he will appear in three episodes of the second season of Netflix's Fuller House, which started production last Tuesday.
"I'm acting in three episodes," Stamos tells E! News. "Producing them all. And now that I have more time on my hand—I'm also doing craft service."
Hear that? Jokes, people! And so to anyone deeply concerned about Stamos' well-being after Fox canceled his little gem of a show last week, he seems to be doing just fine.
"I loved Grandfathered," the 52-year-old actor tells E! News today while traveling in Europe. "But sometimes you're the bug and sometimes you're the windshield. I've had an embarrassing amount of up's in my life and career—I can certainly deal with a few downs. I'll miss my adorable cast and seeing what journeys our characters would have traveled. Although, I'm thinking about presenting season's 2 and 3 in the form of puppetry at Knott's Berry Farm. Come out and see me sometime!"
Be right back. Already lining up outside Camp Snoopy!
As for what else you can expect from Fuller House's season two, we can tell you this:
-Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie) will have a new boyfriend on the show, who appears in the first episode, and the actor who is playing him is a really fun surprise. (Someone you know.)
The only thing that remains a real mystery? Stamos' face, which hasn't yet been seen today but probably got better looking since last photographed. Scientists, yo, get on that.
Jeffrey Vincent Parise Shares Heartfelt Message With FansCarlos’ exit from GENERAL HOSPITAL was dramatic, but it was just as hard for portrayer Jeffrey Vincent Parise to say good-bye to the soap and its loyal fans.
As his Twitter account (@JeffreyVParise) was flooded with well-wishes and praise for his performance in those final episodes, the actor was moved by the love shown by GH viewers.
“I’m overwhelmed with gratitude by the outpouring of kind words and condolences,” he posted in response. “You’ve all moved me deeply.”
GENERAL HOSPITAL Star Donnell Turner Takes You Behind the Scenes at His Soaps In Depth Photo ShootSee the Video!: Video.
Bradford Anderson Spends the Day at the Beach With His Daughters(Pic1, Pic2) Bradford Anderson (ex-Spinelli, [GENERAL HOSPITAL) is the greatest dad!
The actor posted a photo early Sunday morning of a bag full of baby stuff and writing, “I see you Sunday… and I’m ready. Let’s do this.”
And later, Anderson shared a beautiful montage of himself and daughters Juna, 4, and Finola, 2, playing at the beach. “Success!” he wrote, with a hashtag explaining that his wife, Kiera, was out of town, and thankfully there were no disasters in her absence!
The girls look like they were having a blast playing in the water, and we’re glad everything went off without a hitch!
Jonathan Jackson + Enation on Releasing New EP, Blame-Shifter: 'We Wanted to Tackle Making an Edgier, Rock Album'Jonathan Jackson and his band, Enation, are back!
The band, who have been making music together for over a decade, knew exactly the direction they wanted to take their next EP, Blame-shifter.
"We wanted to tackle making an edgier, rock album and just kind of wanted to give more of a feel of what it's like when we perform live," Jackson, 34, tells PEOPLE exclusively. "That was the musical angle. The lyrical angle, Blame-shifter, just came from a book I was reading that I was very inspired by. It's just the idea of instead of being defensive and shifting the blame to just accepting it."
Jackson, who is known for his role as Avery Barkley on the hit show Nashville, says music has always been a major part of his life.
"When I lived in L.A. as a teenager, I was always playing the Sunset Strip, Whisky a Go Go, The Roxy, The Viper Room and all those clubs," he says. "We've been doing it for a long time. Then, going to Nashville and starting that show was amazing because all of the musical experience that I had was able to be used in the show. So, those two worlds have come together now."
As an artist of many realms, Jackson has mentioned that he can be inspired by everything around him.
"Inspiration for songs comes from all over the place really," he previously told PEOPLE. "A lot of it is personal experiences and there are times where you sort of take on a character and write from that character's perspective. Though sometimes the songs aren't autobiographical, they express things that you're thinking about or that you care about."
With their EP being released Friday, the band will be kicking off their tour on Sunday and couldn't be more thrilled.
"It's really just the experience of entering into the music with the audience and creating an atmosphere," says Jackson. "Music is a really powerful thing. It's changed my life in many ways and has meant so much to me that to be able to share that experience with other people – that's really the most special thing for me."
Grandfathered, The Grinder CancelledFox just wiped out half of its Tuesday-night comedy block.
The network has cancelled rookie sitcoms Grandfathered and The Grinder, TVLine has learned. Also axed: Fellow freshman comedies Bordertown. and Cooper Barrett’s Guide To Surviving Life.
Grinder leading man Rob Lowe broke news of his show’s demise on Twitter Thursday.
Despite launching to sluggish ratings last fall, both series scored full-season orders from Fox back in October. There was buzz Fox might spare one of the shows — possibly The Grinder, which enjoyed near widespread acclaim — but ultimately the network opted to roll the dice with their new pilots.
GENERAL HOSPITAL William deVry Shares Amazing Workout Video!GENERAL HOSPITAL William deVry Shares Amazing Workout!: Video.
ROBIN RIKER JOINS GHGH has tapped B&B alum Robin Riker (ex-Beth) to play Naomi Dreyfus, disgraced mom of Rebecca Budig's Hayden. She will first air on June 3.
Maurice Benard Lip Syncs an '80s Classic — Watch the Awesome Video!(Video) Viewers of GENERAL HOSPITAL who only know Maurice Benard as gruff mobster Sonny Corinthos might be surprised by the lighthearted video the actor shared on Instagram!
While sitting in his car — don’t worry, it’s parked! — Benard filmed himself lip syncing to Keith Sweat's ‘80s hit “I Want Her!”
Any chance we’ll get to see Sonny showing off some moves at the Nurses Ball this year?
General Hospital's Jason on 'a Different Path' with His Memories Returned(tvline.com) More than two years after General Hospital resurrected Jason Morgan in the form of Billy Miller, the amnesiac hitman has at last regained his memory — all of it. And co-headwriters Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman promise to prove that your long wait was worth it. How?
First, by solidifying Jason’s love for his “widow,” Sam (Kelly Monaco). “Although they’re already together as a couple, the memories of how they came together and what they’ve been through, both good and bad, give him a deeper sense of their relationship,” Passanante tells TVLine. “Remembering everything gives him the history he felt but couldn’t fully understand until now.”
Next on the scribes’ agenda is a renewed connection between the former Mob enforcer and his old boss/BFF. “That’s the one deep relationship he had yet to recover — his bond with Sonny,” notes Altman. “So Jason will want to reach out to him in a way he hasn’t been able to since his return.
“He also [now] knows that he can call on Sonny for help if he should need it in the future,” she continues. “And rest assured, he will one day need it.”
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the erstwhile Stone Cold is about to become a remade man. “Jason will have to come to terms with that [violent] past,” says Passanante. “But remembering doesn’t mean he will suddenly revert to the man he was before he was presumed dead.”
Adds Altman: “He’s had many potent experiences since then which he’ll need to merge with his memories from his past [as Sonny’s go-to muscle]. Recovering those memories allows him to become a more complete human being who will need to follow a different path from the one he once followed.”
B&B STAR'S NEW BABYBOLD AND BEAUTIFUL's Scott Clifton (Liam) announced the birth of his son via Instagram. “Introducing Ford Robert Clifton,” he noted with a photo. “Born Friday, May 6, 2016, at 7:02 in the evening. 7lbs., 3oz. Quiet, curious, and beautiful like his mother [Nicole].” Congratulations to the happy family! To meet Baby Ford, click here.
GENERAL HOSPITAL's Michael Easton Reveals Why He Returned to the Soap!Michael Easton is having a blast as quirky Dr. Finn, but his decision to come back to GENERAL HOSPITAL to play yet another character took some time.
“This was not something that happened fast; It was months,” he reveals. “Not that I was trying to be difficult, but it took me a long time to wrap my head around the idea.”
Now, he’s thrilled he did — and so are we! In the new issue of Soaps In Depth, Easton opens up about how the GH scribes won him over and reflects on his re-entry and his new character.
“I've always liked playing the outsider, the guy who's not really connected to anybody,” Easton says. “A lot of people like the security of coming in tied to the canvas in some way, but I like trying to carve a place myself. It’s been fun.”
For more with the popular actor, pick up the new issue, on sale now!
'General Hospital' Star -- My Corvette Got Hydrated(Pic, Video) "General Hospital" star Bryan Craig turned his super expensive Corvette into a compact after slamming into a fire hydrant.
Bryan was driving in Hollywood on Wednesday and says a lady driving a Jeep ran a red, causing him to veer.
The woman -- shockingly -- stuck around and she and Bryan exchanged info.
Bryan's feeling the pain today after suffering some bumps and bruises. The Vette wasn't so lucky. It's now a candidate for the junkyard.
Jack Wagner Shares Sweet Moment With Movie Co-Star Josie Bissett(Video) Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Nick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) is the best co-star ever!
The actor is currently filming the new Hallmark movie, The Wedding March, with former MELROSE PLACE castmate Josie Bissett, and shared a super-cute behind the scenes video!
“This is what happens,” Wagner says in the clip. “Actresses forget to eat and they have to try on wedding gowns.”
What a sweetheart! And if Wagner and Bissett have this much chemistry off screen, the movie should be terrific!
#HeartthrobProblems! John Stamos Confused for Rob Lowe on Vacation(Video) When you're John Stamos you expect to get recognized by strangers, but you probably don't expect to get confused for Rob Lowe.
While on vacation, Stamos, 52, was mistaken for another handsome actor by a fan – and he caught it all on film. The Fuller House and Grandfathered star shared the hilarious experience via Instagram on Thursday with the caption: "#Awkwardvacationmoments" and tagged Lowe.
In the woman's defense, both actors have great hair, dashing looks and are both the same age – so clearly it's a compliment.
Lowe, also 52, has yet to comment on this case of mistaken identity.
Fuller House is currently streaming on Netflix, and Grandfathered airs Tuesdays (8:30 p.m. ET) on Fox.
Y&R’S SULLIVAN IN NEW MOVIEY&R's Sage may be gone from Genoa City, but her portrayer, Kelly Sullivan, has already landed her next project. The actress is now shooting a movie for Lifetime called THE STRANGER INSIDE, which also stars Sofia Milos (CSI: MIAMI) and David A. Gregory (ex-Robert Ford, OLTL). The air date for the thriller has yet to be announced.
Sean Blakemore Shares Beautiful Emmy Photo With His Daughter!(Pic) Nobody could be prouder of Sean Blakemore (ex-Shawn, GENERAL HOSPITAL) for winning his Daytime Emmy Award than his three-year-old daughter, Jersey!
While the actor made a point of thanking his daughter and wife Nadyia in his belated acceptance speech, Blakemore later shared a wonderful photo of his little girl, writing, “I’m extremely private with my personal life, but had to share one of the greatest gifts — my daughter who is proud of her daddy.”
She’s absolutely adorable, and has every reason to be proud of her talented father!
Chad Brannon Stars in 'Blood From a Stone'Chad Brannon (ex-Zander) portrayed plenty of family drama during his stint on GENERAL HOSPITAL, and he's diving in again headfirst with his starring role in a new production of the play, Blood From a Stone!
The Emmy winner plays Travis in the dark comedy, a role that earned Ethan Hawke an Obie Award during the show’s Off-Broadway run. “It’s an incredible opportunity, and it’s an incredible play,” he tells Soaps In Depth. “It’s dark and violent and kind of a crazy situation that this family goes through.”
Having escaped his family and gone to live in New York City, Travis finds himself inexorably drawn back into their chaos. “There’s so much drama in my family that there’s a lot of things that I’m never really willing to get to the bottom of,” Brannon says in character. “And this play really is the height of being forced to do that — Really forced to come to terms with who I am in the midst of this family.”
Luckily, Travis isn’t completely alone in the midst of all this angst. “My love interest in the play, Yvette, is played by Jossara Jinaro (Rae, PASSIONS),” he reports. “She’s a fantastic actress.”
Blood From a Stone will be running at the Electric Lodge Theater in Venice, CA from Thursday, May 5, through Sunday, May 22. Click here for more details and to purchase tickets.
'L.A. Law' Star Corbin Bernsen Lists Mid-Century Pad For $1.5 Mill(Photos) Corbin Bernsen and his actress wife, Amanda Pays, clearly aren't nesters ... 'cause they're putting their Sherman Oaks home on the market less than a year after buying it.
Amanda and Corbin -- best known for "L.A. Law" and the 'Major League' movies -- bought the mid-century crib for $1.275 million in August, and are now listing it for $1.549 million with their realtor, Max Nelson.
The classically restored pad has 2,400 square feet in an open-floor concept ... featuring exposed beams and brick. The 3 bedroom, 4 bath house also has great vistas on the Valley.
ROBIN MATTSON VISITS GHRobin Mattson will reprise the role of Heather on GH on May 11 in scenes with her on-screen son, Roger Howarth (Franco). She last appeared in February 2015.
GH LOVEBIRDS ANNOUNCE WEDDING DATEBryan Craig (Morgan, GH), last night's Daytime Emmy winner for Younger Actor, announced on THE TALK that he and Kelly Thiebaud (ex-Britt) will tie the knot on March 18, 2017. Congrats to the happy couple!
Jack Wagner Stars With Josie Bissett in New Hallmark Channel Movie, 'The Wedding March'It’s a MELROSE PLACE reunion when Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Nick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) stars with Josie Bissett in the new Hallmark Channel movie The Wedding March!
The film is scheduled to premiere on Saturday, June 25, at 9 p.m. ET as part of Hallmark Channel’s June Weddings marathon. In it, Bissett plays a single mom who is planning to marry at a picturesque New England inn that turns out to be run by her ex, played by Wagner! Naturally, this brings up old feelings and turns her wedding plans upside down.
Wagner’s character is also an ex-pop star who is roped into performing at the nuptials when the wedding band cancels, so fans can look forward to hearing him singing again!
WENDY RICHE JOINS THE BAYFormer GH Executive Producer Wendy Riche has been made an executive consultant on the upcoming season of THE BAY, which begins shooting its new season in May. “I’ve always been a fan of Wendy’s work,” says Creator Gregori Martin. “Her storylines pulled on the heartstrings. It’s a real honor to be working with her.” Riche, who earned five Daytime Emmys For Outstanding Drama Series during her tenure at GH shares, “Gregori created the characters and foundation and set THE BAY in motion. He has done a great thing; he has achieved his vision. I admire that. I’m talking to him about where the characters can go, what they can do and why they are who they are.” Martin teases “With the new season, we’ll be pulling at the heartstrings."
Maura West Receives Adorable Birthday Message From Her On-Screen Daughter(Video) Maura West (Ava, GENERAL HOSPITAL) got the cutest birthday wish from her on-screen daughter!
West celebrated her birthday on April 27, just a day after Ava and Grace Scarola, the twins who play Avery, turned two themselves! And one of the little girls shared a special message on their Instagram, wishing her a “happy birthday, TV mom!”
John Stamos Reveals His Secret Bedroom Move: 'The Stamos Straddler'In the words of Jesse Katsopolis, have mercy!
Just to help you get through these last two days of the work week, John Stamos got very candid about his sex life on KIIS 106.5's The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Thursday.
When asked if he has "any little tricks as a lover," Stamos revealed his signature move: "The Stamos Straddler."
"I do that sometimes," the Fuller House star said, but added that he's actually a cuddly guy.
"That's where I really excel," he said. "I like a good cuddle."
During his appearance on The Talk on Tuesday, Stamos admitted that when it comes to dating, he isn't as confident as everyone may think.
"I'm always afraid to ask for numbers," the 52-year-old told the co-hosts before explaining that women tend to just come right out and say to him, "I don't like you, John."
Now that we know about The Stamos Straddler, who else finds that a little tough to believe?
Fuller House is currently streaming on Netflix.
Maurice Benard Sings Happy Birthday to His Littlest Co-Stars(Video) Maurice Benard (Sonny, GENERAL HOSPITAL) loves all his children — even the ones who just play his kids on TV!
Twins Ava and Grace Scarola, who play Sonny and Ava’s daughter Avery on the soap, turned two on April 26, and Benard took to Instagram to sing happy birthday to them!
Of course, we imagine quite a few GH fans will be bookmarking this particular video to play back on their own birthdays!
Ryan Paevey Works Out — See the Video!(Video) Ryan Paevey (Nathan) might be the hottest hunk on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but it takes a lot of effort to look that good!
The actor shared a video of himself at the gym to show just how much work he really puts into his body. “I get by with a little help from my friends,” he wrote.
Paevey's efforts to keep himself in top shape are very much appreciated by all his fans whenever they watch him on GH!
Baby Girl on the Way for Marisa Ramirez(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) Blue Bloods actress Marisa Ramirez is thinking pink: The star is expecting a baby girl!
Ramirez revealed the happy news at an intimate baby shower April 17 in New York City with her best girlfriends, including costars Bridget Moynahan, Abigail Hawk and actress Erin Cummings.
Held at the Gallery event space inside the Langham Hotel, the baby shower was vintage-themed and featured a champagne reception with florals by UrbanStems.
“This was a complete surprise,” Ramirez, who wore a Voodoo Vixen dress, told PEOPLE earlier this year about her pregnancy. “Some mornings I wake up and forget I’m pregnant! It just seems like it was meant to be — a happy surprise.”
At the time, she was still holding off on finding out the sex of her baby, due in May. “I’m sure it won’t be much longer until we can’t take the suspense anymore,” she said.
LADIES OF THE LAKE POSTER REVEALED(Poster) A poster from the new web series, LADIES OF THE LAKE, has been released, and it sets the tone for the series about a group of wealthy women in the exclusive gated community of Avalon who whose abusive husbands mysteriously turn up dead. Pictured (l.-r.) are Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily, GH), Martha Madison (Belle, DAYS) and Marie Wilson (Summer, DAYS). To keep up with the series, go to www.ladiesofthelakeseries.com and follow on Twitter at @LOTLSERIES1.
NICOLAS BECHTEL BACK TO GH!Nicolas Bechtel's Spencer has been off the canvas for several months while his portrayer was busy shooting The Disney Channel's STUCK IN THE MIDDLE. However, he revealed on Twitter that he'll be back on set on May 5, shooting episodes set to air on June 1 and 2.
Nashville's Jonathan Jackson on Avery Reuniting With Juliette (He 'Deeply Loves Her'), Finding 'Solace' in LaylaTo paraphrase the lyrics of a Juliette Barnes tune, trouble is — for Nashville‘s Avery Barkley — an ex-wife for whom he still yearns and a scheming singer with too much time and him in her head.
And unfortunately for the band leader/new father, this Wednesday’s episode (ABC, 10/9c) finds him flanked by the two women as Luke’s tour gets underway.
In the hour, Juliette’s success on stage boosts her confidence and prods her to try to re-start her relationship with Cadence’s dad. But Jackson says a fix to the former couple’s problems isn’t as easy as saying “I’m sorry” and hugging it out.
“He’s trying to protect himself and have boundaries, but also not be a jerk,” the actor tells TVLine. “It’s not always an easy balance when he’s been hurt.”
Read on for Jackson’s thoughts on the chances of an Avery/Juliette reunion, the “solace” his character finds in Layla and the training that helps him churn up believable tears at a moment’s notice.
TVLINE | Since Juliette has been back from rehab, it feels like Avery repeatedly gravitates toward his ex, then stops himself. Is that the trajectory for the rest of the season for them? Is there the possibility of a reunion?
Well, I’m sure [the show’s producers] wouldn’t want me to speak on the rest of the season, but that’s certainly the current dynamic with them. I don’t think he’s ever loved anyone as much as he loved her, so even though they’re not together at the moment, Avery deeply loves her. It’s just one of those things that no matter what happens, when they’re in the room together, they both feel that connection and it’s a really painful thing, but there are a lot of deep trust issues there. So he’s trying to get his life back together and move on, and yet he’s still constantly feeling that tension and that pull towards her.
TVLINE | There have been so many episodes this season where Avery is a raw bundle of emotion; our readers like to point out that you had all that on-screen crying practice as General Hospital‘s Lucky. Is it easy for you to access that?
Oh, it’s incredible training. I was 11 years old when I started, and I was very blessed to work with Anthony Geary and Genie Francis, because they’re incredible artists. They really laid the foundation for me with all that stuff, which I still carry with me. Plus, you’re doing so many episodes in a year on a soap opera that you really do just get to experiment with a lot of different things in terms of acting preparation and approach. Some things you find work really well and others don’t. And it only airs once, so it’s not a good feeling if it didn’t go well. It’s amazing training, but [acting is] always a challenge no matter what you’ve experienced. It’s always a new situation… There’s always a sense of walking a tightrope, and I don’t ever really take it for granted, so I always try to put my heart and soul into it.
TVLINE | Let’s talk about Layla: How serious of a threat is she to Juliette, and by extension, Avery? Will we see her have any success in her plans?
[Laughs] You know I can’t answer those questions!
TVLINE | You can tell me whether or not she has any wins along the way.
It’s hard for me to know that exactly. She’s definitely been a complicated character, because she does have those nefarious motives here and there. At the same time, there’s been a lot that they’ve done to humanize her and show a sincere person who is suffering a lot with her broken marriage and then the death of Jeff Fordham and everything.
Right now, Avery and her are just connecting. They’re finding some kind of solace in friendship with both, in essence, losing the person that they love either through divorce or death. That’s where she’s coming from. There are some vengeful motives in her, but I think there’s also something genuine that that she is appreciating who Avery is. Having those complexities is always fun to play around with as actors.
Shot Down! John Stamos Admits Women Don't Always Give Him Their NumbersJohn Stamos may be a hunk of burning love, but the Grandfathered star admits he doesn't always get the girl.
Asked on Tuesday's The Talk if he's ever been shot down when asking for a phone number, he admitted that has definitely happened.
"I'm always afraid to ask for numbers," said Stamos. When the Talk co-hosts expressed shock that someone would turn down Stamos, they asked if the ladies give excuses (such as being married). Stamos' cheeky response? They simply say, "I don't like you John."
Stamos also opened up about his very early days on TV General Hospital in 1982, saying even after landing on the soap as a teenager, he continued to work at his father's restaurant on the weekends.
"I worked there for months," said Stamos. "I [eventually] said, 'Dad, I'm a teen idol. I got to get out of here."
Stamos, 52, got emotional earlier this month at the TV Land Icon Awards, where he dedicated his win to his late parents. On The Talk, he said part of the reason he got choked up was he was looking around the room and seeing people who had been with him, even through "adversity."
"I have some really beautiful people in my life," said Stamos. "I looked around that room and saw people who had been by my side for a lot of years."
Los Angeles Film Festival Lineup: Pics From Amber Tamblyn, Darren Lynn Bousman & MoreThe Los Angeles Film Festival has unveiled its full lineup to go with its opening-night film Lowriders. The titles, which include 42 world premieres, will play in the competitive U.S. Fiction, Documentary, World Fiction, LA Muse, and Nightfall sections. The 22nd annual event also includes a diverse slate of shorts and web series along with its competition lineup, representing 28 countries. Across the five feature competition categories, 43% of the films are directed by women and 38% are helmed by people of color.
As previously announced, Ryan Coogler (Creed) will serve as the fest’s Guest Director, and Selma helmer Ava DuVernay and Array Releasing will receive the festival’s annual Spirit of Independence Award.
Produced by Film Independent and held at the Arclight Cinemas (headquartered at ArcLight Culver City), LAFF runs June 1-9.
Here’s the full lineup of films and events:
U.S. FICTION COMPETITION
11:55, dir. Ari Issler, Ben Snyder, USA, World Premiere
72 Hours, dir. Raafi Rivero, USA, World Premiere
Blood Stripe, dir. Remy Auberjonois, USA, World Premiere
Chee and T, dir. Tanuj Chopra, USA, World Premiere
Destined, dir. Qasim Basir, USA, World Premiere
Dreamstates, dir. Anisia Uzeyman, USA, World Premiere
GREEN / is / GOLD, dir. Ryon Baxter, USA, World Premiere
My First Kiss and the People Involved, dir. Luigi Campi, USA, World Premiere
Paint it Black, dir. Amber Tamblyn, USA, World Premiere
Tracktown, dir. Jeremy Teicher, Alexi Pappas, USA, World Premiere
The View from Tall, dir. Erica Weiss, Caitlin Parrish, USA, World Premiere
Woven, dir. Salome Mulugeta, Nagwa Ibrahim, USA, World Premiere
Company Town, dir. Natalie Kottke, Erica Sardarian, USA, World Premiere
Denial, dir. Derek Hallquist, USA, World Premiere
Dr. Feelgood, dir. Eve Marson, USA, World Premiere
Dying Laughing, dir. Lloyd Stanton, Paul Toogood, USA/UK, World Premiere
The House on Coco Road, dir. Damani Baker, Grenada/USA, World Premiere
Jackson, dir. Maisie Crow, USA, World Premiere
The Last Gold, dir. Brian T. Brown, Germany/USA, World Premiere
Looking at the Stars, dir. Alexandre Peralta, Brazil/Nicaragua/USA, World Premiere
Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, dir. Deborah Riley Draper, USA, World Premiere
Out of Iraq, dir. Eva Orner, Chris McKim, Canada/Iraq/Lebanon/USA, World Premiere
Political Animals, dir. Jonah Markowitz, Tracy Wares, USA, World Premiere
They Call us Monsters, dir. Ben Lear, USA, World Premiere
WORLD FICTION COMPETITION
Heis (chronicles), dir. Anaïs Volpé, France, World Premiere
Like Cotton Twines, dir. Leila Djansi, Ghana/USA, World Premiere
London Town, dir. Derrick Borte, UK, World Premiere
Lupe Under the Sun, dir. Rodrigo Reyes, Mexico/USA, World Premiere
A Moving Image, dir. Shola Amoo, UK, World Premiere
Play the Devil, dir. Maria Govan, Trinidad/Bahamas/USA, World Premiere
Actors of Sound, dir. Lalo Molina, Argentina/Finland/Germany/India/Ireland/USA, World Premiere
Girl Flu, dir. Dorie Barton, USA, World Premiere
Manchild: The Schea Cotton Story, dir. Eric “Ptah” Herbert, USA, World Premiere
Namour, dir. Heidi Saman, USA, World Premiere
No Light and No Land Anywhere, dir. Amber Sealey, USA, World Premiere
Sensitivity Training, dir. Melissa Finell, USA, World Premiere
Abattoir, dir. Darren Lynn Bousman, USA, World Premiere
Beyond the Gates, dir. Jackson Stewart, USA, World Premiere
Don’t Hang Up, dir. Alexis Wajsbrot, Damien Macé, UK, World Premiere
Mercy, dir. Chris Sparling, USA, World Premiere
Officer Downe, dir. M. Shawn Crahan, USA, World Premiere
Villisca, dir. Tony Valenzuela, USA, World Premiere
Short Films (58): From over 2,500 submissions, the short films selected represent 15 countries and 64% are directed by women. Short films are shown before features and as part of seven short film programs. Shorts will compete for juried prizes for fiction and documentary shorts, as well as an Audience Award for Best Short Film.
Future Filmmakers Showcase: High School Shorts (33): The LA Film Festival’s Future Filmmaker Showcase brings to the big screen the best films made by budding young filmmakers from across the country and the globe. In this diverse slate of films, incredibly accomplished high school students will present wild comedies, moving dramas, mesmerizing animation, introspective experimental films and everything in between. Program sponsored by Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television and Time Warner Foundation.
Episodes: Indie Series from the Web (13)
A showcase of independently crafted web series, celebrating rising creators whose work and subjects are innovative and unfiltered.
20 Seconds to Live, dir. Ben Rock, USA
Brothers, dir. Emmett Jack Lundberg, USA
Caring, dir. Maggie Kiley, USA
Fridays, dir. Anna Kerrigan, USA
The Ghost and the Negro, dir. Sylvester Folks, USA
Her Story, dir. Sydney Freeland, USA
Instababy, dir. Rosie Haber, USA
Literally So Busy, dir. Jerad Sloan, USA
Little Things, dir. Lex Halaby, Mila Shah, USA
Outside Comedy: Beth Stelling, dir. Thomas Wood, USA
Quirky Female Protagonist, dir. Yulin Kuang, USA
Shangri-LA, dir. Drew Rosas, USA
Time Out with Yes Please!, dir. Kholi Hicks, USA
GENERAL HOSPITAL Star Nancy Lee Grahn Injured!(Photo) Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GENERAL HOSPITAL) hurt herself over the weekend while remembering the genius of the late musical superstar, Prince!
The actress tweeted out a photo of herself on Sunday wearing a neck brace saying, “This is what happens when you have an hour dance party in the kitchen with yourself and Prince.”
Grahn hasn’t revealed any further details surrounding her injury or how it might affect her work on GH. Hopefully it isn’t anything too serious, and we wish her the best for a speedy recovery!
DAYTIME EMMY PRESENTERS ANNOUNCEDNATAS has released the list of presenters for the 43rd Daytime Emmy Awards, which will be held on May 1. Daytime stars scheduled to present include B&B's Karla Mosley (May), Pierson Fodé (Thomas), Jacob Young (Rick); DAYS's Camila Banus (Gabi), Billy Flynn (Chad) and Jen Lilley (Theresa); GH's Teresa Castillo (Sabrina), Laura Wright (Carly) and Donnell Turner (Curtis); and Y&R's Gina Tognoni (Phyllis), Hunter King (Summer) and Jason Thompson (Billy). Y&R alum Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm) will also present again. At the Creative Arts Awards, which will be held on April 29, presenters include B&B's Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), Heather Tom (Katie) and Don Diamont (Bill); DAYS's Olivia Rose Keegan (Claire) and James Lastovic (Joey); GH's Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) and Anthony Montgomery (Andre); and Y&R's Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren) and Christian J. LeBlanc (Michael).
John J. York Stars in New Movie, 'The Last Heist'(Trailer) It’s been a while since Mac worked for the Port Charles Police Department on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but portrayer John J. York is back in action in the upcoming thriller The Last Heist, hitting theaters, VOD and iTunes on Friday, June 17!
The film stars Henry Rollins as a man who is visiting his safety deposit box when the bank is taken over by armed robbers. But the situation turns even deadlier when it is revealed that Rollins’ character is a killer who starts taking people out one by one! York plays Sinclair, who from the trailer, seems to be in charge of the assault team trying to bring the dangerous criminals to justice.
“Great time making this movie!” York tweeted. “Can’t wait to see it!”
The film also features Mykel Shannon Jenkins, who played Detective Charlie Baker on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL — although his character in this film is on the other side of the law!
Sonya Eddy and Drew Cheetwood Reunite(Photo) Milo and Epiphany are back together on GENERAL HOSPITAL!
When the soap confirmed that Drew Cheetwood (Milo) was returning for this year’s Nurses Ball, fans were hoping they’d get to see Milo and Epiphany reunited. While they’ll have to wait a little longer to see the pair on screen — the Nurses Ball doesn’t start until May 24 — Sonya Eddy (Epiphany) gave everyone a sneak peek on Twitter!
“Is there a cuter couple?” she wrote with the backstage pic of her and Cheetwood. “I don’t think so!”
Ingo Rademacher & Christopher Sean Return To Hawaii Five-0“Pa'a ka 'ipuka i ka 'upena nananana” – Trapped inside a dilapidated building in Oahu’s Chinatown, Five-0 must protect a wounded Gabriel (Christopher Sean) and plan their escape when enemy gunmen storm the building looking to kill him and anyone who gets in their way, on the first hour of the sixth season finale of HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, May 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Guest Cast Includes: Christopher Sean (Gabriel Waincroft), Ingo Rademacher (Robert Coughlin).
Former Soap Stars On The TalkMonday, April 25: Actor Julian McMahon discusses his new series
Tuesday, April 26: Actor John Stamos
Friday, April 29: A daytime exclusive reunion with Oscar winners Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Thelma & Louise”
DAYTIME EMMYS ADD LIVE-STREAM COVERAGEThe Wrap reports that The Daytime Emmys, which will not be telecast this year, will have a strong live-streaming presence on Periscope, courtesy of a partnership between NATAS and Parachute TV. Parachute TV will cover the red carpets of both the main ceremony on May 1 and the Creative Arts Emmys on April 29, and winners will interact with fans via Periscope after their acceptance speeches.
Disney Channel Is Airing a DCOM Memorial Day Marathon(Zenon Video) Been craving a re-watch of Zenon, The Thirteenth Year, Rip Girls, Smart House, Brink! or any of your other favorite Disney Channel Original Movies? Then good news: Disney Channel is airing nearly all of them over the Memorial Day weekend.
Entertainment Weekly reports Disney will kick-off the mega-marathon with Kim Possible: So the Drama at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, May 27 and wrap up with Johnny Tsunami at 3:35 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31.
That means you better make room on your DVR, or have your smart house do it for you.
Check out the full marathon schedule below. And if you don't see your favorite DCOM on the list, breathe easy. The movies Disney couldn't fit into the weekend will air throughout the first week of June.
Friday, May 27
10:00 a.m.: Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama
Saturday, May 28
6:25 a.m.: You Wish!
Sunday, May 29
6:00 a.m.: Right On Track
Monday, May 30
10:00 a.m.: Stuck in the Suburbs
Michelle Stafford Shares Her Love for Hockey With Her Son — See the Adorable Pic!(Photo) As a big hockey fan, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Michelle Stafford (Nina) is passing on her love for the sport — and her favorite team — to her kids, as she proved with an adorable photo she posted of her six-month-old son, Jameson, all decked out in an L.A. Kings jersey!
“You say ‘brainwashing,’” she wrote, “I say ‘responsible parenting.’”
Jameson looks like a natural in the jersey, and we can already picture him on the ice!
Lisa LoCicero Celebrates Birthday With Daughter Verity(Photo) Lisa LoCicero (Olivia, GENERAL HOSPITAL) celebrated her birthday yesterday with a very special gift from her 11-month-old daughter, Verity!
“Verity gives the best birthday presents!” she posted with a photo of her baby girl giving her a big smooch!
LAURA WRIGHT ANNOUNCES DIVORCELaura Wright (Carly, GH) and husband, John, have quietly split two decades after saying "I do". "John and I have decided to end our 20 year marriage," says the actress in a statement. "We remain committed and dedicated to our two wonderful children and will always be a supportive, loving family of four – we are just doing it differently now!" The couple wed in October 1995, and welcomed daughter Lauren in 1998 and son Michael in 2000.
John Stamos Reflects on Hitting a New Career Resurgence After Publicly Enduring 'Rough Patches'Nothing like a handful of hit shows and a lifetime achievement award to cause you to take stock of how far you've come.
On Sunday, John Stamos was honored with the Timeless Icon Award at the taping of the TV Land Icon Awards. Speaking to PEOPLE on the red carpet, Stamos said his recent career resurgence has helped him realize just how difficult his recent "rough patches" were.
"I'm really grateful for this moment that's happening right now," said the star of star of Fox's Grandfathered and Netflix's Fuller House, 52.
With more than three decades of on-camera experience under his belt, Stamos has seen his fair share of highs and lows, and now he has a unique perspective as he takes in both his accomplishments and his more trying times.
"I've got to be honest," he told PEOPLE from the red carpet, "you don't really know you weren't doing so well until things are going really well. It's like, 'Wow, this is different.' I never knew I was doing so s-----."
In June 2015, Stamos was charged with a DUI. He received three years probation and checked into rehab.
Looking back, Stamos says he couldn't have made it through without his friends and family.
"I've been through some rough patches and these people, my friends and family, have really stuck by me and cared about me and loved me," he said.
His friends and family also attended the award ceremony to support him, including Garry Marshall, the Beach Boys, Dave Coulier, Lori Loughlin, Josh Peck, Paget Brewster and his sisters with his nieces and nephews.
The TV Land Icon Awards aired Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on TV Land.
Demi Moore and other celebrities caught in voting mix-upA survey has found that tens of thousands of voters, including Demi Moore and other celebrities, have mistakenly registered as members of a conservative minor political party in California in a mix-up over its name, a newspaper reported Sunday.
The Los Angeles Times said that a telephone survey of 500 members of the American Independent Party found nearly 3 of 4 people did not realize they had enrolled in a political party that opposes abortion rights and same-sex marriage and calls for building a fence along the US border.
The newspaper said voters were confused by the use of the word “independent” in the party’s name. In California, voters who do not want to register with any party must check a box on a registration form for “no party preference.”
“I just blew it,” Deborah Silva, 64, of Point Arena in Mendocino County, told the Times. “There were a number of choices. I just checked the box that said ‘independent.'”
Of people surveyed in the Times poll, fewer than 4 percent could correctly identify their own registration as a member of the American Independent Party.
Moore was among Hollywood celebrities with known Democratic leanings listed as members. She has contributed money to and campaigned for President Barack Obama. Her registration as an AIP member is wrong, a representative said.
“Demi Moore is not, nor has ever been, a member of the American Independent Party,” the representative told the Times.
When Patrick Schwarzenegger, son of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, registered to vote in 2013, he selected the American Independent Party. A family spokesman said Schwarzenegger, 22, plans to change his registration.
According to the Secretary of State’s Office, the party has about 472,000 members, or 2.7 percent of the statewide total.
The Times reported that the mistaken registration could prevent people from casting votes in the June 7 presidential primary, which is considered California’s most competitive in recent years. Voters affiliated with the American Independent Party will only be allowed to vote for candidates on the party’s ballot, the Times reported. The Republicans will have a closed primary, while the Democrats will allow unaffiliated voters to participate.
The deadline to register or change voter registration status for the June 7 primary is May 23.
The American Independent Party’s roots date to 1967 when George Wallace, a segregationist, launched his second run for the White House. Wallace, who had run as a Democrat in 1964, helped create the party and ran on its ticket. Today, that party exists only in California.
“We’re not segregationist anymore,” said Markham Robinson, who serves as chairman of the American Independent Party’s executive committee. “What we are now is a conservative, constitutionalist party.”
Some voters who mistakenly registered with the party said they found the state’s official registration materials confusing.
The survey of members of the American Independent Party was conducted by telephone Feb. 9-11. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
Ryan Carnes is Playing Two Shows at Coachella!Lots of celebrities flock to Coachella, but this weekend, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Ryan Carnes (Lucas) is attending the music festival — as a performer!
The talented actor doesn’t really get a chance to show off his musical skills on the soap, but Carnes will be playing drums in two shows for electronic musician Rochelle Vincente Von K on Saturday, April 16. Click here for more details on the shows if you’re interested in attending!
Genie Francis Feared GENERAL HOSPITAL Would Ruin Her CareerDaytime legend Genie Francis (Laura, GENERAL HOSPITAL) opens up in an emotional interview on OPRAH: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? airing this Saturday, April 16, at 10 p.m. ET on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
From her home in Maine, Francis talks candidly about her drug and alcohol problem, her ongoing struggles with her weight and involvement in Nutrisystem. She also reveals exactly what someone told her in her dressing room that prompted her to quit GH and the challenge she faced on other soaps getting them to write “real roles” for her.
In this exclusive clip from her intimate chat, Francis reveals how she used an unexpected tactic to launch her acting career. (Video)
And in this segment, the actress confesses her fears that playing Laura so early in her career might have held her back as an actress — and how she came to embrace the legend. (Video)
REBECCA HERBST BACK AS GH'S ELIZABETHAfter a short hiatus (due to Rebecca Herbst's protracted contract negotiations), the actress is back to work at GH and will first be seen on May 4.
THE BAY MOVES TO AMAZON PRIMEAcclaimed web soap THE BAY is moving to Amazon Prime this summer! 28 episode will be re-released on Amazon Prime as two 14-episode seasons, featuring a new beginning in this "Director's Cut." States Gregori J. Martin, THE BAY's creator, writer, and executive producer, "We’re excited to bring to the viewers these remastered episodes with never before seen footage. The show will have a new starting point, and we hope the viewers will binge watch the series to learn the whole story."
In May, THE BAY will resume production on six new episodes comprising the second half of the latter season. Martin teases that Nicolas Coster's Jack will take an A Christmas Carol-esque journey featuring Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH) as Jack's late ex-wife, Brandon Beemer (Shawn, DAYS) as a younger John, Jensen Buchanan (Elise, Y&R) as a younger Melody and Marisa Tait (ex-Becky, B&B) as a younger Katherine. Elsewhere, Sara's (Mary Beth Evans) prison misery will continue, and Pete (Kristos Andrews) will face new dilemmas as he conspires to free his imprisoned mother while dealing with the news of Janice's (Lilly Melgar) brutal rape.
For more information, check out www.thebaytheseries.com.
‘When Calls The Heart’ Renewed For Season 4 By Hallmark ChannelOn the heels of record-breaking ratings for its Season 3 finale, Hallmark Channel has ordered a fourth season of frontier drama series When Calls The Heart. Production on the new season is scheduled to begin in Vancouver this summer for a 2017 premiere.
The Season 3 finale episode pulled a 2.6 HH rating and 3 million total viewers in Live+3, making it highest-rated episode in the series’ history, according to Hallmark Channel and Nielsen stats. Overall, the third season averaged a 2.3 HH rating and 2.6 million total viewers in Live+3. Additionally, this season outperformed the season two L+3 delivery average by 23% among HHs, 46% among W25-54 and 30% among total viewers.
When Calls the Heart is a Believe Pictures and Brad Krevoy Television production. Brad Krevoy, Robin Bernheim, Eric Jarboe, Brian Bird, Michael Landon, Jr., Michael Shepard, Susie Belzberg and Jimmy Townsend are executive producers. Eric Jarboe. Paul Jackson, Cynthia J. Cohen, Amanda Phillips Atkins, Neill Fearnley, Martin Wood and Peter DeLuise are co-executive producers.
Have Mercy! John Stamos Reveals the Inspiration Behind the Catchphrase of the '90sIf you're a diehard Full House fan (and even if you're not), you probably know that the show was chock-full of catchphrases that we all still use today such as, "No way, José."
From "You got it, dude!" to "Cut it out," every character had his/her own memorable saying, except maybe for Danny Tanner.
However, we've argued before that "Have mercy!" was the iconic catchphrase of the '90s. Why did it become such a phenomenon? Well, some have said it's because of the phrase's lack of meaning and its versatility. And in case the mystery behind the words has been keeping you up at night, fear not—TV Land Icon Award Honoree John Stamos has finally set the record straight about the origins of his recurring "Have mercy" saying.
During his acceptance speech at the awards ceremony, which taped last Sunday, Stamos admits that it was Garry Marshall, celebrated creator of Happy Days and winner of TV Land's Legend Award, who convinced him to coin a catchphrase.
"He always said, ‘Get a catchphrase, you need a catchphrase.' I'm not kidding you. The ‘have mercy' thing came out of, ‘Oh s--t, Garry told me I had to have a catchphrase."
Stamos clearly has a lot of respect for Marshall, whom he credits for suggesting him for Full House.
Marshall was the one to present Stamos with the Icon Award at the ceremony.
Stamos, as usual, was all jokes. Thanking TV Land, the 52-year-old actor laughed and said, "You really outdid yourself here. They know I'm not dying, right? This is like the Bar Mitzvah I never had, hosted by George Lopez!"
The TV Land Icon Awards, which are indeed hosted by George Lopez, air Sunday, April 17, at 9 p.m. on TV Land.
Nicolas Bechtel Shares Hilarious Pic GENERAL HOSPITAL Fans Will Love!(Pic) Spencer loves deriding his friends by calling them “townies” on GENERAL HOSPITAL, so portrayer Nicolas Bechtel had fans cracking up when he posted this photo on Twitter!
Seeing the pic led GH castmate Rebecca Budig to tweet that they miss him on the set, and the pint-sized actor replied with another hilarious comment:
@NicolasJBechtel: @RebeccaBudig Tell Father to get the launch ready.
Hopefully someone sends that launch out for Spencer really soon, because Bechtel is missed in Port Charles. However, as his recent visit to the GH set indicates, he could be back before we know it!
Rebecca Budig's Daughter Meets OLTL Star Erin Torpey's Son — See the Cute Pic!(Pic) Rebecca Budig (Hayden, GENERAL HOSPITAL) brought her 19-month-old daughter Charlotte Jo over to the home of good friend Erin Torpey (Jessica, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) to meet her four-month-old son, Asher — and the results were simply precious!
“Asher can’t take his eyes off his first play date,” Torpey posted with the pic of her son staring at his visitor. “I don’t blame you, kid. She’s an angel.”
Budig was equally enamored of her friend’s child, replying, “He’s so sweet! I can’t wait to come out there again, and I know my girl can’t wait, either!”
Lynn Herring Celebrates Her 30th Anniversary on GENERAL HOSPITAL — And Reveals When She'll Be Back!Fans insisted you can’t have the GENERAL HOSPITAL Nurses Ball without Lucy, and their wishes were granted when the soap confirmed that Lynn Herring would be reprising her role for the bash. Soaps In Depth caught up with the actress as she was driving to LA for a wardrobe fitting from her ranch to find out more!
“I’m very excited because I get to go back for my second wardrobe fitting when they start rehearsal,” she said, “so I can peek in on things! I can’t wait!”
Herring revealed that she'll first air on Tuesday, May 17, and is thrilled that there will be an actual storyline for Lucy beyond just hosting the ball and likely ending up in her underwear again. Although the daytime vet admitted she’s not sure if this year’s script will continue the scandalous tradition.
“Truthfully, I don’t know,” Herring confided with a laugh. “My idea was always to have one of the guys be in their underwear for a change!”
Herring also recently celebrated her third decade as the irrepressible Ms. Coe. “I started shooting sometime in March, 30 years ago,” she recalled, “and April 11, Lucy first aired.”
Maurice Benard Shares Selfie With Famous Co-Star in New Movie(Pic) Maurice Benard (Sonny, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is having a blast shooting the new indie film Hold On, especially because he recently got to work with a performer he’s long admired!
“Worked today with a great actor, John Savage,” he posted to Instagram, “who was in two of my favorite movies: The Deer Hunter and Salvador.”
And if you would like to appear in Benard’s new movie, here's your chance! If you’re in LA, they will be shooting at The Grove on Saturday, April 30. Simply E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the guest list and they'll send you more information!
Finola Hughes Directing New Series CYPRESS BAYOU — See the Trailer!(Video) In addition to playing Anna on GENERAL HOSPITAL, Finola Hughes has been hard at work as the director a new TV series called CYPRESS BAYOU, and you can finally see the results in this fantastic new trailer!
In this moody series, the small Louisiana town of Cypress Bayou is home to ancient beings, dark forces, voodoo and other magic. It stars Chase Coleman, who daytime fans may remember as Garrett on ONE LIFE TO LIVE.
According to the show’s official Facebook page, CYPRESS BAYOU is expected to premiere later this year, although a network has yet to be announced.
HUDSON WEST IS GH'S NEW JAKE(Photo) GH has tapped Hudson West to take over the role of Jake Spencer, Liz and Jason's son, last played by James Nigbor. He will make his first appearance on April 25. The young actor was recently featured as Marcia Clark's son Travis in the FX series AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE PEOPLE V. OJ SIMPSON.
Rick Hearst Returning to GENERAL HOSPITALIt’s been a while since GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers have seen him around Port Charles, but Rick Hearst is bringing Ric back onto the canvas on Monday, April 25!
What, exactly, brings Sonny’s brother back to the screen is still a mystery, but given Sonny’s recent plans, the Mob boss may soon be in need of Ric’s expert legal services!
Currently, this appearance looks to be a brief one, but as a recurring character, Ric can show up at any time.
Lynn Herring Shares Cute Video Thanking Fans for Bringing Her Back to GENERAL HOSPITAL(Video) Back in January, Lynn Herring said that if the offer was right, then she would “jump right out of [her] saddle and come running” back to play Lucy on GENERAL HOSPITAL. And now she’s doing exactly that!
In a new video posted to Facebook, Herring rides into frame on one of her horses at her ranch, and literally jumps out of her saddle! “I’m going to be at the studio next week,” she says, “and I am very, very excited!
“Starting with the Nurses Ball,” she continues, “I get to be back with all the people I love to work with so much. And I really want to thank all of you, because you helped to make it happen.
The Nurses Ball kicks off on Tuesday, May 24, so mark your calendars!
John J. York Shares Adorable Baby Picture(Photo) Apparently, GENERAL HOSPITAL star John J. York (Mac) was going through some old photo albums over the weekend, and decided to share an old baby picture of himself with fans on Twitter!
“As I look at this photo,” he wrote, “doesn’t my head look a lot bigger than my body? What’s up with that?”
We think he was an adorable little tyke, and is a handsome man today!
Sebastian Roche In Amazon’s ‘Man In The High Castle’Sebastian Roche (The Originals, General Hospital) has been cast in a recurring role on the second season of Amazon’s original drama series The Man in the High Castle. Based on Philip K. Dick’s alt-history novel, the series depicts a divided and drab 1962 America in which the Nazis rule the East and Midwest and Imperial Japan reigns over the Western states, with a neutral zone between them. Roche will play reichminister Martin Hausmann, a wealthy, high-ranking Nazi official based in Berlin. He is the biological but estranged father of Joe (Luke Kleintank) and is sincere in his desire to reconnect with his son but would not blink twice about the extermination of the enemies of the Reich. Roche plays Cardinal Michel Marivaux on HBO’s Young Pope. He’s repped by Framework Entertainment, Abrams Artists Agency and Performers Management.
Billy Miller Opens Up About the Childhood Illness That Left Him Hospitalized for YearsJake and Spencer both received excellent care from Shriners Hospitals for Children on GENERAL HOSPITAL. But did you know that Billy Miller (Jason) saw more than his share of a children’s hospital back when he was a kid? The daytime hunk spent several years under the care of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children… and GH was there to help get him through it!
“I remember GH being on when I was laid up in the hospital, and even at home recuperating,” says Miller of his youthful days spent at the well-respected institution, adding that before the advent of cable, the viewing options were limited! “These days, there are choices. When I was a kid, we just got GH!”
That’s not the only way in which Jake’s hospital experience was different from Miller’s. Jake’s broken arm was repaired by implanting rods and if all goes well, it should heal rather quickly. Miller, in contrast, faced a more intense battle with a rare condition called tarsal coalition, which attacked the cartilage in his ankles.
Get the real-life story from Miller, who reflects on his time at both the real and fictional children's hospitals in the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!
KIMBERLY MCCULLOUGH DISHES GH RETURNKimberly McCullough (Robin) is headed back to GH in time for this year's Nurses' Ball, which kicks off on May 24. "I honestly can't even remember the last one that I went to," she marvels. "The Nurses' Ball [became a big deal] because of Stone," Robin's first love, who lost his life to AIDS in 1995, "so it's nice that I actually get to show up." She was pleased to get the invitation from Executive Producer Frank Valentini. "In December, when she shot the happy ending of Robin going off into the sunset with Patrick and Emma, he was like, 'Oh, we're definitely going to have you back.' and I was like, 'Really? How?' He said, 'Oh, we'll figure out a way.' A few weeks ago, I texted Frank just to check in, and I shared the news with him that I am directing another episode of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS.' He was congratulatory, and then said, 'So, are you available?' I said, 'Yeah, I'm available until the end of May, when I shoot PLL,' and then the next day, I got an email with the dates [he wanted me to shoot GH]. I was like, 'Oh, cool!' I didn't know he was serious! I'm really excited and I know it's going to be really fun."
Carolyn Hennesy to Appear in Netflix's Revival of GILMORE GIRLSCarolyn Hennesy (Diane, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is going to be doing double duty in Port Charles and Stars Hollow when she appears on Netflix’s revival of GILMORE GIRLS!
The actress retweeted a post from management company Justice & Ponder that declared she was “going to have a busy week next week whilst shooting episodes of GILMORE GIRLS & GENERAL HOSPITAL!”
So Wild! Inside Ashley Jones’ Safari-Themed High Tea Baby Shower(Pic, Pic, Pic, Pic, Pic, Pic) When it comes to motherhood, Ashley Jones is already walking on the wild side.
The mom-to-be — who’s expecting a son with husband Joel Henricks in May — celebrated the upcoming arrival of their baby boy with a safari-themed high tea baby shower thrown by good friends Kaley Cuoco and Marisa Coughlan on Saturday.
Hosted by her girlfriends at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake, California, the baby bash brought together Jones’ friends and family, including moms-to-be Lacey Chabert and Ali Fedotowsky, new moms Amy Davidson and Haylie Duff, and The Guncles, Bill Horn and Scout Masterson.
“When I arrived, I saw sweet Kaley and almost started crying. It was a safari paradise,” Jones, who wore a dress from Seraphine maternity, tells PEOPLE exclusively.
Seasoned party planner Cuoco (she also hosted Davidson’s baby shower!) worked with Lauren Tatum Events to set the scene with people dressed up in elaborate costumes and body art as a zebra and giraffe, who then roamed the grounds and could be seen pretending to eat leaves in the distance as guests enjoyed their afternoon tea.
“In another life, Kaley must have been a party planner. She adds whimsical details to her parties that are unforgettable and thrilling,” says the former The Bold and the Beautiful star. “Sitting at high tea and watching fabulous acrobatic artists on stilts as safari animals is surreal. I felt like I had been transplanted to South Africa!”
Guests were also treated to live music courtesy a jazz quartet and were gifted with a pair of Rothy’s flats, a nod to Jones’ “seamless transition” into motherhood.
As the afternoon winded down, Jones, who’s currently appearing on General Hospital, was joined by Henricks and his 3½-year-old son Huck.
“Huck was able to see a bit of the festivities,” says Jones. “He loved the animal theme and has a whole bevy of new creatures to play with in his room now.”
She continues, “This was one of the most memorable days of my life. Rarely am I at a loss for words, but seeing so many people you love in one room supporting the next step of your life is overwhelming. Kaley and Marisa really surprised me. They kept all the details about the day a secret, which made it even more special. I’m still in shock, but full of gratitude.”
And while Jones, 39, was thrilled to have her family join her for her special day, she admits the circle of support extended beyond the shower.
“My mom and her two sisters came out to attend the shower, but also ended up helping with the nursery,” she shares. “There’s nothing like having a village of women supporting you.”
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Lexi Ainsworth Announces Role in RIZZOLI & ISLES — See the Pic!(Photo) In case playing GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kristina wasn’t keeping Lexi Ainsworth busy enough, the actress has revealed that she’s going to be doing a little primetime moonlighting as well!
Ainsworth shared a photo on Instagram of a GH script on her dressing room table alongside one for the primetime drama RIZZOLI & ISLES and saying, “Filming two shows in one day… this is a first!”
The seventh season of RIZZOLI & ISLES is scheduled to premiere in June.
CONFIRMED! KIMBERLY MCCULLOUGH RSVPS FOR THE NURSES' BALLA rep for GH confirms that Kimberly McCullough will reprise the role of Robin Scorpio-Drake to be part of this year's Nurses' Ball festivities, which kick off on May 24. The actress last aired in January, when Robin relocated to California with on-again hubby Patrick and daughter Emma.
GH TAPS NEW NURSE(Photo) Risa Dorken will make her GH debut on May 4 as a new hospital staffer named Amy. Both Amy's name and personality bear quite a resemblence to Amy Vining, the long-running nurse played by the late Shell Kepler; Amy is described as “a spunky new nurse who just can’t help herself from gossiping and putting her nose in other’s business.”
LYNN HERRING BACK TO GHLynn Herring is returning to GH in time for this year's Nurses' Ball, Soap Opera Digest can confirm. According to Daytime Confidential, she will be joined by another important figure in the history of the Nurses' Ball, Kimberly McCullough (Robin).
Brandon Barash and Kirsten Storms to Divorce After Nearly 3 Years of MarriageAfter almost three years of marriage, General Hospital's Brandon Barash, 36, and Kirsten Storms, 31, are getting divorced.
"We are splitting due to the cliché irreconcilable differences, but we're splitting amicably," Barash told Soap Opera Digest in a statement. "We have every intention of remaining a family through this and successfully co-parenting our kid and retaining a friendship in the efforts of raising her in a healthy environment."
Before deciding to split, the couple reportedly sought out professional help as they tried to work through their issues. However, they ultimately came to the conclusion that divorce was the best option for their family.
"This was not a hasty decision; a lot of thought and therapy went into this," Storms added. "We went to therapy for a long time, trying to figure out how to communicate better with each other. It's not anything that we dislike about each other."
Barash also added that the couple feels raising their daughter in two separate homes would be "a healthier choice for all of us."
Despite the news, they will both still attend the General Hospital Family Weekend in New Jersey this weekend.
The soap opera stars tied the knot in 2013 with an impromptu ceremony at Caesar's Palace.
Just five months after getting married Barash and Storms welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Harper Rose, now 2.
Tequan Richmond Dishes His Daytime Emmy Nomination — And a Return to GENERAL HOSPITAL!Tequan Richmond (T.J., GENERAL HOSPITAL) was in Michigan shooting his new movie, Nowhere, MI, when he learned that he had been nominated for the Oustanding Younger Actor Daytime Emmy for the second year in a row!
“I was surprised, honestly,” he confesses to Soaps In Depth. “I haven’t been on the show as much as I’d like to this year, so to still get that nod is nice. I’m really happy about that.”
The busy young actor is planning to be back in Los Angeles for the Emmy ceremony, and hopefully to put in another GH appearance someday soon if his schedule allows! “I’ve been going from Chicago to Michigan to back home for a second and then back out,” Richmond explains. “I haven’t had any time, but I would love to.”
He’s also hoping this year’s Emmys isn’t a repeat of the first time he was nominated. “Last year I was unbelievably nervous,” Richmond confides. “Like, embarrassingly so! This year, hopefully I can be a lot cooler, since I already know the process and how it goes. Had to get the first time out of the way. I think I’ll be alright!”
GH ALUM ENGAGEDNatalia Livingston (ex-Emily, GH/ex-Rebecca, GH/ex-Taylor, Days) announced her engagement to Matt Aldag on March 23. "We actually went to college together - Emory University - many years ago," the actress shares. "We had a mutual crush on each other that we never realized. Once I got up the nerve to ask him to a Sadie Hawkins Dance and he turned me down! Haha! He was interested in someone else at the time. Many years later, he says he got his second chance. He's not an actor, so we balance each other. He's a neuroscientist and science writer. He got his Ph.D at UCLA. 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!
LADIES OF THE LAKE CAST UNVEILEDLADIES OF THE LAKE, the new digital series based on the novel by DAYS’s Executive Producer Ken Corday of the same name, has announced its cast. In addition to Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady, DAYS et al), Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS), John-Paul Lavoisier (Philip, DAYS), Martha Madison (Belle, DAYS), Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS/Ned, GH), Marie Wilson (Summer, DAYS), Gordon Thomson (ex-Adam, DYNASTY et al), John Callahan (ex-Edmund, AMC et al), Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, DAYS), Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily, GH), Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, OLTL) and Jillian Clare (ex-Abby, DAYS) will appear in the new sudser from WINTERTHORNE creator Michael Caruso. Follow the show on Twitter @LOTLSERIES1.
Brooklyn Silzer on Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders“De Los Inocentes” – When a woman vacationing in Mexico with her family is the victim of foul play, the International Response Team investigates her husband as the prime suspect when he flees, on CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS, Wednesday, April 27 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Guest cast Includes: Matthew Settle (Daniel Wolf), Crystal Allen (Jessica Wolf), Brooklyn Silzer (Megan Wolf).
General Hospital: Teen Beach Movie's John DeLuca Cast in Recurring Role(Pic) Teen Beach franchise co-star John DeLuca has washed up on a new shore in the Disney-ABC world, with a role on General Hospital.
DeLuca will recur on ABC’s sole remaining sudser in the role of Aaron (not Adam), a young man who crosses paths with the Corinthos family, TVLine has confirmed. His first airdate, as reported by Soap Opera Digest, will be Tuesday, April 26.
In addition to his role as biker boy Butchy in Disney Channel’s Teen Beach Movie and Teen Beach 2, DeLuca’s credits include an arc on Twisted and episodes of Instant Mom, Jessie, The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Wizards of Waverly Place.
TEQUAN RICHMOND ON HIS GH STATUSTequan Richmond is now off-contract at GH, and though he remains on recurring status, he hasn't been able to pop in lately as TJ because he was filming a movie in Michigan (in which he both stars and serves as a producer); before that, he shot a Showtime pilot, THE CHI, in Chicago. "I have things lined up a little bit, which is great, but I hope that when I get back [to California], maybe I can come in and do a few days [at GH]," he tells Digest. "It would be cool if they sprinkle me in because I'm sure people would like to see Molly and TJ again and Shawn — we never got to continue that storyline — so of course I would love to do that." He adds that he appreciates the support from GH fans. "I get these Tweets all the time like, 'How come TJ wasn't here, how come TJ wasn't there,' " he reports. "It's very sweet." For more with the actor, currently in contention for the Outstanding Younger Actor Daytime Emmy, check out an upcoming issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Derk Cheetwood Announces Return to GENERAL HOSPITAL!Drew Cheetwood is teasing the return of Magic Milo to GENERAL HOSPITAL!
“You guys who have been clamoring for Milo? Good news,” he posted on Twitter. “Epiphany’s phone calls have been paying off!”
Cheetwood left GH back in September of 2015 when he shared with Soaps In Depth his plans to settle down with his family in Michigan. Although details about his return aren't yet available, it seems likely that Magic Milo will make a special return to thrill fans with another sexy Nurses Ball appearance when the event returns again in May!
GH CASTING NEW ROLEGH put out a casting call for a new recurring role slated to begin taping in mid-May. The female character is described as "Caucasian, 60-65. Strong presence, dynamic." The show is seeking "a well known 'name' actress."
SEAN BLAKEMORE ON GH RETURNSean Blakemore makes a one-day return to GH today, reprising the role of Shawn Butler, which has earned him a second nomination for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Making sporadic GH appearances "is better for me," says the actor, who will next be seen on the upcoming season of DEVIOUS MAIDS. He enjoys visiting his old stomping grounds, noting, "It's been really fun to go, 'Hey, how are you guys doing? Okay, see you later!' " Particularly meaningful to Blakemore was viewer excitement over his comeback. "It really touches me in a positive way," he says of the response he got on social media. "It just makes me smile and all I can say is, 'Thank you so much.' The fans remain in my corner and it was just so overwhelming. I've been gone almost a year!
John Stamos Visits Children with Life-Threatening Illnesses – 'He Loves Making Them Smile'(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4, Pic5) John Stamos had some fun with his fans on Friday in an elaborate April Fools' prank with Netflix and PEOPLE. And then he turned his attention to a cause near and dear to his heart.
For more than 15 years, Stamos has been making visits to Give Kids the World village, a 79-acre nonprofit resort in central Florida that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
"The one thing about John is that it's never about him; it's always about the kids," the organization's president and CEO, Pamela Landwirth, tells PEOPLE. "It's so cute, one of the first few times he came he said, 'Do you think people will actually recognize me?' He was just very humble and unassuming. That's just his style with the kids. He loves making them smile, he loves making them feel good. He loves talking about the things that matter to them and giving them a shot of hope and spirit in their battle against their illness."
"It's just very natural. He's very authentic," she adds of Stamos, 52. "It's not like he's looking at his watch like, how much longer do I have to do this? He's like, I'll stay as long as the kids are still interested in having their picture taken with me, or the moms or the dads or the siblings. It's refreshing to see that kind of demeanor coming from someone who is such a celebrity."
As seen in the photos, shared exclusively with PEOPLE, the Fuller House and Grandfathered star interacted with many children and their families over the weekend, sharing a good laugh with one family in particular.
"A couple of the folks, the mom and the kids, wanted to get their picture taken with John, but they were waiting for the dad. And the dad rushes up finally, out of breath, and he stands in the picture," says Landwirth.
"And then John takes his sunglasses off and all of a sudden the dad recognizes him and goes, 'Oh my gosh, I know who you are!' And John was like, 'Oh, you just rush up and get your picture taken with whoever your wife wants you to get your picture taken with?' It was so funny."
Give Kids The World works with several wish-granting organizations, including Make-A-Wish, for children who want to go to Disney World, among other theme parks. Over the past 30 years, they have welcomed more than 144,000 families from all 50 states and 75 countries. And they are grateful for visits from Stamos, a big Disney fan himself, whenever he visits the park.
Says Landwirth, "We love having him here."
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Outstanding Music Artist: Ricky Martin, A quien quiera escuchar (Sony Music Latin)
BEHIND THE SCENES AT GH WITH STEPHEN A. SMITHESPN host and GH superfan Stephen A. Smith shared his experience behind the scenes of his cameo appearance on the show as Sonny's tech guy, Brick, on Facebook. Click here to see him mingling with Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Roger Howarth (Franco).
John Stamos Is A Human, Being in Faux Netflix Reality Series — Watch Trailer(Video) "Lights, camera, Stamos.”
That’s the tagline for Netflix’s forthcoming docuseries, John Stamos: A Human, Being, premiering April 31.
OK, so it’s not an actual TV show, and April 31 — the premiere date listed on Netflix’s homepage — is not an actual date. Instead, what you’ll see is a trailer for a fake reality series pieced together by the streaming outlet and its Fuller House star in honor of April Fool’s Day.
Admit it, though: You’d totally watch this show if it were real.
General Hospital’s Nurses Ball Returns May 24-26 on ABC!GLITZ, GLAMOUR AND EXCITEMENT TAKE OVER PORT CHARLES WHEN “GENERAL HOSPITAL’S” NURSES BALL SPONSORED BY AVEENO® RETURNS MAY 24-26 ON ABC!
“General Hospital’s” annual Nurses Ball sponsored by Aveeno returns TUESDAY, MAY 24-THURSDAY MAY 26, 2016 on ABC. Founded in 1994 by Port Charles resident Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring), the Nurses Ball is one of fictional Port Charles’ most glamorous charity events dedicated to HIV/AIDS awareness and research. Stunning red carpet fashion, breathtaking musical performances and plenty of intrigue and drama define this exciting programming event.
“We are pleased to bring back the Nurses Ball this year and delighted that Aveeno will continue as our corporate sponsor,” said Vicki Dummer, Head of Current Series Programming. “The Nurses Ball brings awareness to AIDS research while giving our immensely talented cast a chance to showcase their vocal talents.”
“This will be ‘GH’s’ 12th Nurses Ball and each year our wonderful viewers have come to expect plenty of music, dance, glamour and of course an abundance of drama” said Frank Valentini, Executive Producer, General Hospital. “There’s a lot of exciting performances and appearances in the works. You won’t want to miss it!”
In addition to gorgeous gowns and elegant tuxedos, viewers can also expect to see some familiar faces from a morning news program and other entertainment news shows, all making cameo appearances on the Ball’s red carpet. As always, the Nurses Ball will be the backdrop for several dramatic events taking place in Port Charles including a popular resident whose life hangs in the balance, a surprising arrest, a new couple and much more.
GH'S NURSES' BALL DATES RELEASED!The Nurses' Ball will return to GH for three episodes spanning May 24-26, ABC announced today. “We are pleased to bring back the Nurses Ball this year and delighted that Aveeno will continue as our corporate sponsor,” said Vicki Dummer, head of Current Series Programming, in a statement. “The Nurses Ball brings awareness to AIDS research while giving our immensely talented cast a chance to showcase their vocal talents.” Added Frank Valentini, GH's executive producer, “This will be GH’s 12th Nurses Ball and each year our wonderful viewers have come to expect plenty of music, dance, glamour and of course an abundance of drama. There’s a lot of exciting performances and appearances in the works. You won’t want to miss it!” ABC also promised "to see some familiar faces from a morning news program and other entertainment news shows, all making cameo appearances on the Ball’s red carpet."
Antonio Sabato Jr. Is Joining the Chippendales!It's not Antonio Sabato Jr.'s first time at the washboard rodeo, and we can only hope it won't be his last!
The actor, model and Dancing with the Stars alum – who has appeared in several of PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive and Most Beautiful People issues – is about to put on the Chippendales' signature cuffs and collar as the newest celebrity guest host for the Las Vegas revue.
"I am looking forward to joining the Chippendales in Las Vegas as their celebrity guest host," Sabato Jr. says in a statement released exclusively to PEOPLE. "It is a legendary show, an iconic brand and a fun experience for all. I am excited to be a part of the energetic atmosphere!"
Sabato Jr., 44, will appear for five weeks only (May 5–June 5) at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, following in the footsteps of previous guest hosts including Ian Ziering and Tyson Beckford.
For additional information, visit Chippendales.com.
NEW LOVE FOR GH ALUMDANCING WITH THE STARS judge Carrie Ann Inaba confirmed on Facebook that she is in a relationship with GH alum Robb Derringer (ex-Sloane). Here's a snapshot of the cute twosome.
Tyler Christopher Reveals How He Feels Going Up Against Anthony Geary at the Daytime EmmysTyler Christopher (Nikolas, GENERAL HOSPITAL) was extra surprised when he found himself nominated this year for a Daytime Emmy Award! “I thought it was next week!” he tells Soaps In Depth. “I was doing something else and just happened to be online and started seeing tweets of congratulations. ‘For what? What did I do?’ Then I quickly surmised what it was all about. It’s great!”
The actor submitted the emotional scenes where Nikolas’ son, Spencer, was burned in a fire to earn his first-ever nomination in the Lead Actor category — which pits him against the legendary Anthony Geary (ex-Luke)!
“To be alongside Tony and be able to finally share the spotlight with him is a win for me, already,” Christopher confides. “In my eyes I’ve already accomplished my goal. I’m on record saying Tony’s one of my favorite actors of all time."
Then he adds with a smile, "Doesn’t mean I want to lose to him!”
Parry Shen Took His Daughters to DANCING WITH THE STARS(Photo) Parry Shen (Brad, GENERAL HOSPITAL) made his daughters' dreams come true!
A couple months ago, while filming the upcoming movie Swing State, Shen told co-star Karina Smirnoff that his daughters were big fans of DANCING WITH THE STARS, on which she performs. Smirnoff promised that when the new season started, they could come to one of the shows — and she kept her promise!
The actor’s daughters, Avery and Kori, experienced last night's episode of DANCING WITH THE STARS live and in person, watching Smirnoff and celebrity partner Doug Flutie perform a paso doble which Shen declared to be “so fierce!”
We still can’t help but wonder how Shen would’ve fared paired up on the dance floor with Smirnoff himself!
Nathan Parsons Stars in New Movie(Photo) Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is going back in time for his new movie!
The actor tweeted a photo of himself in costume for the upcoming western, Justice, where he plays James McCord, a US Marshal who discovers that his brother has been murdered. His quest for the killer leads him to defend a small town from a corrupt Mayor and bloodthirsty outlaws who plan on restarting the Civil War!
The film co-stars Quinton Aaron from the award-winning The Blind Side, who posted a behind-the-scenes selfie of them in costume.
The film is currently in production in New Mexico, where Parsons remarked on the heavy dust storms that affected filming. “There were times you couldn’t see five feet in front of you!” he tweeted. “Only gonna get crazier soon!”
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Finola Hughes Can't Wait to Celebrate at the Daytime Emmys!No matter how many times Finola Hughes (Anna, GENERAL HOSPITAL) finds herself nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award, it’s still a thrill! “I’m forever surprised and humbled if I get nominated,” she tells Soaps In Depth. “I’m excited for the show, too, that we have so many nominees.”
Last year, she found out when castmate Jason Thompson (ex-Patrick, now THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Billy) texted her the big news, and this time it was Michelle Stafford (Nina) and fellow Outstanding Lead Actress nominee Maura West (Ava) who were among the first to congratulate her.
Whether or not she brings home the trophy in the end, Hughes intends to enjoy the big night. “The whole thing is just a nice celebration of our industry and what we do best,” she muses. “From crew to cast, it’s a tremendous amount of work that we put in every year. It’s nice to just step back for a moment and have a night to celebrate that.”
Hughes is also anticipating finally being able to join the other Lead Actress contenders for their annual nominee brunch. “I’ve been invited,” she confesses, “but for some reason or another, I’ve never been able to make it!”
SEAN BLAKEMORE BACK TO GHSean Blakemore (who last week received his second Daytime Emmy nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actor for the role of GH's Sean, which he exited last year) is making another return trip to the series. His one-day appearance will air the first week of April.
Brooklyn Rae Silzer Shares The Excitement Of Her First Daytime Emmy Nomination!Brooklyn Rae Silzer is over the moon about her very first Daytime Emmy Award nomination for playing GENERAL HOSPITAL's Emma Drake — of course, being a kid, she was at school when the big news was announced!
“I was just finishing up science, and the phone rang,” she tells Soaps In Depth of learning she was up for Outstanding Younger Actress. “The message was, ‘Brooklyn, please hurry up at the end of the day.’ I always take a while to pack up. At the end of the day, I opened the door and saw huge balloons everywhere and my mom was carrying them.
“She said, ‘Guess what? You’re nominated!’” Silzer continues. “My friends were jumping and screaming and we were hugging. We took a lot of photos, too. I just couldn’t believe it. I was in shock. I was so surprised.”
Of course, her former on-screen parents, Jason Thompson (ex-Patrick, now THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Billy) and Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin) were quick to text her their congratulations.
“Kimberly said, ‘That’s my little booger! Great job!’” Silzer reveals. “And then Jason said, ‘Awesome! We’re so proud of you.’ It was really nice because Jason was my acting coach through the whole thing. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without him.”
Silzer has attended Daytime Emmy Awards ceremonies before, but this is the first time she’ll be doing so as a nominee! “I’ve always dreamed of maybe being nominated for the Emmys,” she confides, “and it came true!”
Norman Lear, John Stamos to be honored at TV Land Icon AwardsLike any great television reboot, TV Land (in celebration with Entertainment Weekly) is remixing a familiar formula for their reinvented TV Land Icon Awards, which are set to honor some of the biggest names of the small screen, including Norman Lear — producer of such shows as All in the Family, Sanford and Son, and Maude — and John Stamos, who currently stars on both Fox’s Grandfathered and Netflix’s Fuller House.
Seth MacFarlane is set to present Lear with the new Impact Icon Award, while Stamos’ Full House and Grandfathered co-stars, Lori Loughlin, Dave Coulier, and Paget Brewster, will present the actor with the Timeless Icon Award. The Beach Boys, who made a cameo appearance on Full House’s second season, will also perform a medley of songs as part of Stamos’ tribute.
The ceremony, hosted by comedian George Lopez, tapes April 10 at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. “No wall can keep me from delivering a great show, so tunnel in… I mean tune in,” Lopez said of hosting the ceremony.
The TV Land Icon Awards air April 17, at 9 p.m. ET on TV Land.
WHY THE DAYTIME EMMYS WON'T BE ON TV THIS YEARIn a statement, NATAS confirms that the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmys, which will take place on May 1, will not be televised. "After last year’s critically successful Daytime telecast, it is with great disappointment that The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announces that there will not be a broadcast of the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy ® Awards,” said Bob Mauro, President. “After months of negotiations to find show sponsorship, the NATAS Executive Board has decided that the current climate for awards shows prohibits the possibility of a telecast this year. With that said, we will be putting on a world-class awards celebration honoring the best and brightest of Daytime television and look forward to an exciting show. All efforts regarding returning the annual gala to television in 2017 are underway.” Said David Michaels, SVP, Daytime Emmy Awards, "We are especially grateful for our passionate Daytime fans and are looking forward to producing a grand gala that honors the talents and artistries of all the professionals that represent Daytime television."
‘Justice’ Rounds Out CastNathan Parsons, Jackson Rathbone and Lesley-Anne Down have joined the cast of Justice, an indie Western starring Jamie Lynn Sigler and Stephen Lang. Set in 1868, it centers on an old abandoned mine that is being transformed into a military stronghold by a corrupt mayor and a band of outlaws hellbent on re-energizing the just-ended Civil War. When a U.S. marshal comes to town and finds out that his brother has been murdered, his search for the killer takes him on a life-or-death struggle for a much greater cause. Parsons plays Marshal James McCord, Rathbone is the marshal’s brother and Down plays the mother of Sigler’s character. Quinton Aaron also booked a supporting role. Parsons, whose credits include The Originals, True Blood and General Hospital, is repped by Innovative Artists and Creative Partners Group. Rathbone, who appeared in The Twilight Saga films and Finding Carter, is with Innovative Artists and Link Entertainment. Veteran Down’s recent credits include The Bold and the Beautiful and the feature I Am Watching You.
Sonya Eddy in Pee Wee's Big Holiday!Sonya Eddy (Epiphany, GENERAL HOSPITAL) went big — really big — for her newest role!
Although Epiphany hasn’t been seen much around the hospital lately, her portrayer has been keeping plenty busy. The hilarious actress is now appearing in thew new Netflix original movie, Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday!
Eddy posted a couple photos to Instagram of her and co-stars Paul Rubens, Darryl Stephens, Dionne Gipson, and Anthony Alabi on set with some crazy hairdos! During Pee-Wee’s road trip, he comes across a group of stylists heading to a big hair competition, and they help him out of a jam — while giving him a new 'do!
You can see Eddy in Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday streaming now on Netflix. And don’t forget she’s also appearing in THOSE WHO CAN’T on TruTV!
B&B STAR WELCOMES DAUGHTERB&B’s Jacob Young (Rick) announced on Instagram that he and his wife Christen welcomed their third child, a girl, on March 20. “Last night at 1:51 a.m. this beautiful woman @christenyoung4 gave birth to our beautiful baby girl. Grace Elizabeth Young entered the world Palm Sunday weighing in at 6 pounds 11 ounces. 18 1/2” she is a beauty like her mother. I’m so proud of you Christen. I’m a blessed man.” Baby Grace joins big brother Luke, 7, and big sis Molly, 2. The couple married on May 13, 2007. Congratulations!
SOAP VET LANDS PRIME-TIME ROLESDespite working as a successful sales specialist at Mercedes-Benz of Beverly Hills, Matt Borlenghi (ex-Brian, AMC/ex-Anthony, DAYS/ex-Ziggy, B&B) hasn't retired from acting altogether. In fact, Borlenghi recently booked guest-starring roles on three different prime-time shows. He has just completed work on MURDER IN THE FIRST, plus is set to start filming appearances on CASTLE and MISTRESSES.
GH'S DONNELL TURNER SPEAKS OUT ON AUTISMGH star Donnell Turner (Curtis) is the celebrity guest speaker at Autism Speaks's Walk Now kickoff event at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA on April 2. "It’s a global event and such a worthy cause that means so much not just to me, but to millions," says the actor. "I’m honored to be on that stage speaking on that behalf. I had a cousin who had autism and I know a lot of people who are parenting children with autism and the battles, the love, the strength it takes as a parent. It’s such an important cause and I’m pleased to be a part of it." For more information click here.
Nicolas Bechtel Teases GENERAL HOSPITAL Return(Pic1, Pic2) Nicolas Bechtel was back at the GENERAL HOSPITAL set — so when does that mean viewers will see Spencer back on screen?
The talented young actor was teasing fans by posting photos to Twitter and Instagram of him posing by the sign to the GH stage, and with his “crew,” Ryan Paevey (Nathan) and the soap’s executive producer, Frank Valentini.
A source reports that Bechtel was back at the GH set for a big cast photo shoot, which would indicate that despite his being busy with his Disney Channel series STUCK IN THE MIDDLE, he is still considered a cast member of GH. Unfortunately, at this time there is no word on exactly when we can expect to see Spencer in Port Charles again, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted!
Why John Stamos is ‘not too serious’ about new girlfriendJohn Stamos is keeping his dating options open.
Though the 52-year-old “Fuller House” star was recently spotted on a romantic rendezvous with alleged girlfriend Caitlin McHugh, sources tell Page Six the pair is keeping things casual.
“They are having fun and not too serious,” explained a source close to the actor. “He’s seeing other people.”
Insiders on the set of the “Full House” reboot revealed many cast members bring their families and spouses to the set, but Stamos has yet to introduce his TV family to the model.
“They started out as friends and it developed into romance,” continued the source. “John falls for girls who are into music and are a bit of a tomboy.”
But the “Grandfathered” star – who was married to model Rebecca Romijn from 1998 to 2005 — is known to some in Hollywood for being apprehensive when it comes to settling down.
“He had a commitment issue and is always unsure of getting serious,” said the source.
Request for comment from a rep for Stamos was not immediately returned.
REBECCA HERBST GH UPDATE: "ELIZABETH IS GOING TO DISAPPEAR FOR A LITTLE BIT"Though Rebecca Herbst is staying put as GH's Liz, the character will be taking a brief hiatus, she tells Digest. "Because this [contract] negotiation went right up to the last minute, they did have to stop writing for me for a little while. I might not even be back [taping] until the second week of April, so Elizabeth is going to disappear for a little bit on your screens. They are going to try to sprinkle me in, but outlines have already been written, so I don’t know how much they can actually put me in." She last taped on March 8, five days before her current contract expired. For the full story of her contract drama — and how it reached its happy ending — don't miss the Soap Opera Digest on sale March 25.
Teresa Castillo Reveals Her Real-Life Son is Playing Sabrina's Baby on GENERAL HOSPITAL!(Pic)Teresa Castillo (Sabrina) announced that her new baby boy, Sebastian James, is the newest cast member of GENERAL HOSPITAL!
The actress posted a screenshot from a recent episode of the soap where Felix showed Michael a photograph of Sabrina’s baby. And it turns out that the photo is of Castillo’s real life son, who was born earlier this year!
GH hasn't yet confirmed that when Sabrina returns to Port Charles, Sebastian will continue appearing as her child. But in the meantime, the actress is making the most of her maternity leave, spending quality time bonding with her newborn as well as daughter Victoria, who will be turning two in just a couple months!
Nashville TourABC announced Monday that Nashville cast members — including Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Will Chase, Jonathan Jackson and Aubrey Peeples — will once again go on tour this spring, including a first-ever run in the U.K. Tour dates and ticket info can be found here: http://abc.go.com/music-lounge/news/nashville/nashville-tour
Richard Simmons Appears on Today to Insist He Isn't Being Held HostageRichard Simmons hasn't appeared in public in over two years, leading to speculation that he's being held hostage at home by his own maid. But on Monday, the fitness guru called into Today to insist that his seclusion is self-imposed.
"No one is holding me in my house as a hostage. I do as I want to do, as I've always done. So people should just believe what I have to say, because I'm Richard Simmons," he told Savannah Guthrie.
Simmons insists the New York Post's report alleging that his live-in housekeeper, Teresa Reveles, is holding him captive are "very silly" and that he and Reveles are so close, they're like a "married couple."
"I just sort of wanted to be a little bit of a loner for a while," Simmons said, citing issues with his knees as a contributing factor to his decision "I just really don't want to do anything. I don't want to be traveling anymore. It certainly has taken its toll on me."
But Simmons insisted his seclusion is only temporary. "You haven't seen the last of me," Simmons declared. "I'll come back, and I'll come back strong."
Richard Simmons breaks silence: ‘I am not kidnapped’Richard Simmons has been out of the public eye for more than two years. On Saturday (March 12), a report surfaced that claiming the 67-year-old fitness celebrity was being held against his will in his Hollywood Hills mansion.
In response to the lengthy New York Daily News article, Simmons broke his silence on Sunday, speaking with Entertainment Tonight‘s executive producer, Brad Bessey, by phone. “I am not kidnapped,” Simmons tells Bessey. “I am just in my house right now.”
January, 2014 was the last time Simmons was seen out in public. After receiving a knee replacement, the fitness guru stopped leaving his house. “No one should be worried about me,” Simmons continues. “The people that surround me are wonderful people who take great care of me.”
In regards to the article that questioned the “mystery” behind his public disappearance, Simmons says it was “very hurtful.”
“I love all the people who worry about me,” Simmons said. “But it was time for me to take some time to be by myself. For the last 40 years I have been traveling, teaching classes, and I had a knee injury, so I had a knee replacement, which was very difficult for me … I have really just been taking it easy, staying at home, working out in my gym and doing the things I haven’t done in a very long time.”
The conversation with ET has Simmons confirming he’s stayed in shape during this private time. “I still weigh 150. I work out every day. I have a gym at the house, and I am very healthy,” Simmons says.
He continues, “This is how I want to live my life right now. And to all the people that are worried about me, please don’t be. If I was in any trouble, if I was hurting in any way, I would reach out. It is time right now for Richard Simmons to take care of Richard Simmons.”
Richard Simmons Is Not Missing, He's 'Simply Taking a Break from the Public Eye,' Says RepIconic fitness instructor Richard Simmons is not in any danger, according to his rep.
Recent rumors and reports that Simmons is being held inside his home against his will are false, the star's rep Tom Estey tells PEOPLE.
"As I have stated in the past, these claims are untrue and preposterous," Estey says. "Richard, after 40 years of being in the spotlight, is now simply taking a break from the public eye and working behind the scenes to continue to help those millions of people worldwide in need of his assistance and on several projects to be announced soon."
Simmons, 67, has indeed retreated increasingly further from the spotlight in recent years, causing the New York Daily News to investigate claims that he is purposely being kept from his close friends and family.
Mauro Oliveira, Simmons' former assistant, told the NYDN in an article published on Saturday that during his last visit to Simmons' mansion, the trainer told him they could no longer see each other. Oliveira also claimed that Simmons told him his longtime live-in housekeeper, Teresa Reveles, is now controlling his life.
Several other friends reportedly told the NYDN they hadn't heard from Simmons since 2013 and were "very concerned."
Similar rumors ignited in late 2014 after the fitness guru was not seen in public for almost the entire year.
Simmons himself shut down those reports, attributing his absence to a knee injury.
"I am so touched by the outpouring of love and concern I have received today," he wrote on his Facebook page at the time. "I have had a tough time dealing with this injury, as it is keeping me from doing what I truly love to do and that is to teach classes around the world."
Baby Boy on the Way for Ashley Jones(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) Ashley Jones is going to be a mom!
The former The Bold and the Beautiful star is pregnant and expecting her first child, a son, with husband Joel Henricks in May, her rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.
“Becoming a mother has been a lifelong dream of mine. It seems surreal that it’s now happening,” Jones, 39, tells PEOPLE. “Although life as we know it will forever change, Joel and I can’t wait to meet this baby.”
Although the new addition will be Jones’ first baby, Henricks, an IT director of infrastructure, is already dad to 3½-year-old Huck, his son from a previous relationship — and the big brother-to-be couldn’t be more excited.
“Huck asks every few days, ‘Is the baby still in your tummy?’ ” says Jones. “He latched on to the notion of being a big brother immediately. Now, he’s just ready to put all this talk into action.”
She jokes, “Although he questions if the baby is still inside me, he’s quick to remind me that my belly is getting really big!”
Helping raise Huck has given Jones a glimpse into motherhood, but she admits the newborn stage will be an entirely new experience.
“The transition into becoming a family has been full of surprises and useful lessons. Huck was only 2 when I met him, so we journeyed through potty training and sleep training together,” she shares. “But I’ve been told nothing really prepares you for a newborn at home.”
Fortunately, other than the occasional late night due to her active baby boy, Jones has had a seemingly easy pregnancy. “I’m feeling amazingly well. Some days are easier than others. I know women that have had extreme morning sickness their entire pregnancy, so I feel blessed any complaints have been minimal,” she says.
“This kiddo loves to have dance parties while I’m trying to sleep, but that’s hardly a complaint.”
With two months to go until she welcomes her little guy, Jones, who’s currently appearing on General Hospital, is staying busy filming her daytime drama — and keeping her baby bump hidden on camera!
“I’m actually still taping General Hospital. I’ve loved working during pregnancy,” she shares. “I started taping General early December 2015, not knowing how long the storyline would last. Executive producer Frank Valentini has been wonderfully accommodating and supportive. I look forward to each new script from the writers.”
Jones’ next appearance on General Hospital begins airing March 22, and later this year she will star opposite Billy Burke in the independent film Good After Bad.
GH’S REBECCA HERBST STAYING!After protracted negotiations, GH vet Rebecca Herbst has signed a new contract to continue playing Liz. "There was a lot of speculation that I was unhappy at GH, which was never the case. I love my job,” the actress tells TV Guide’s Michael Logan. "I love the people I work with. By not saying something, I was kind of making it worse. It was so hard keeping quiet.” As for whether or not she was in talks with DAYS, as reported by Daytime Confidential, she demurs, “I don’t know if I can comment on that. I will say that other shows definitely showed interest in me. They showed a lot of support for my leaving GH, if that’s what I ultimately chose to do. I just shouldn’t name any one particular show. The fact that I received interest from the other soaps only added to the speculation I was unhappy. Word got around. I guess when you’ve been on a show for nearly 19 years, other shows respect that.” For the full story, click here.
John Stamos Jokes About His Devotion to Helping Kids: 'Ask the Olsen Twins, If You Can Find Them and All Their Money'As Michelle Tanner would say, "Aw, nuts!"
John Stamos made another crack about Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen not filming Fuller House while emceeing a charity fundraiser Thursday night.
The Alliance for Children's Rights 24th Annual Dinner, held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, honored Dana Walden and Gary Newman, the co-chairs and CEO of Fox Television Group – and Stamos' bosses for his sitcom Grandfathered.
While listing their philanthropic and humanitarian qualities, he added, "They help the elderly, and not just by giving me a TV show."
Then, Stamos, 52, made his good-humored jab at Full House's child stars turned fashion designers.
"My whole career is based on helping children. Ask the Olsen Twins, if you can find them and all their money," he joked. "If you do find them, tell them I got a second season of Fuller House."
On the red carpet earlier, Stamos – who is dating model and actress Caitlin McHugh – told PEOPLE about connecting with child actors like the Olsens and Grandfathered's baby girl.
"I'm a baby whisperer, I think," he said. " I just love kids. I don't have any of my own, so I just keep doing TV shows with them. I know it works. It's a good juxtaposition of a Jesse character or a Jimmy character, bachelor, a sweet kid. They always seem to soften what I'm doing in the shows."
Terry Crews, Seth McFarlane, Julie Bowen, Melissa Fumero, Ian Ziering and Ryan Murphy also attended the gala.
Wally Kurth Returns to GENERAL HOSPITAL SetWally Kurth Returns to GENERAL HOSPITAL Set: Video.
A HOST OF CAMEOS ON GHLongtime GH fans Stephen A. Smith of ESPN and FABLife host Joe Zee, editor-in-chief, Yahoo Style will make cameo appearances on GH and March 31 and April 1, respectively. Smith will portray an IT expert and mob henchman hired by Sonny. Zee plays himself, a stylist to the stars, who is hired by Nina as guest fashion editor for Crimson. “I had an absolute blast on ‘GH,’” said Smith in a statement. “The cast members could not have been more warm and welcoming. I was amazed not only by their talent, but their commitment and hard work. As a fan of the show for 40 years, it was just a thrill. I still have goose bumps.” Zee noted, “When Finola Hughes [Anna] surprised me on FABLife with the news that I would be making a cameo appearance on GENERAL HOSPITAL, I couldn't believe it. As someone who has been a huge fan of the soap since I was 11 years old, it was more than a dream come true. I remember racing home from grade school to watch GH religiously with my grandmother, and we invited the residents of Port Charles into our home every day. The fact that I will be on it now is my ultimate bucket list moment.” Fans will also welcome back Wally Kurth (Ned) and Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma) during the same week.
Cuteness Overload! John Stamos Shares 1989 Video of Him Playing with Olsen Twins During Full House DaysCuteness Overload! John Stamos Shares 1989 Video of Him Playing with Olsen Twins During Full House Days: .
John Stamos Is Dating Model and Actress Caitlin McHugh: See Their Sweet Ice Cream Date(Pic1, Pic2) John Stamos dashed daydreams everywhere on Friday when he revealed he was dating someone on an appearance on The View.
So who is the lucky lady? The Fuller House and Grandfathered star is dating Caitlin McHugh, PEOPLE has learned. And they are clearly quite sweet on one another – the pair were photographed getting ice cream in West Hollywood Thursday.
The couple looked flirty as the model and actress spoon-fed Stamos a frozen treat from Carmella's and the pair linked arms while walking across the street with a dog in tow.
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Last week, Stamos, 52, stopped by The View where he said he was dating someone while discussing his collaboration with the Beach Boys.
"This girl I'm dating … she loves this song, 'Disney Girls,' " the actor said. "So I put on FaceTime. … I thought I could get away with [it] but people were tweeting, 'Who are you FaceTiming?!' "
Co-host Joy Behar jokingly asked if his girlfriend is "submissive or dominant."
"I'll tell you tomorrow night," he joked.
Stamos was married to Rebecca Romijn from 1998-2005.
Fuller House season 1 is streaming on Netflix now, and Grandfathered airs Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET on Fox.
STEPHEN SMITH TO CAMEO ON GH(Video with Maurice Benard ) (Pic with Laura Wright)ESPN host and GH superfan Stephen Smith will appear on the March 30 episode of the show in scenes opposite Maurice Benard (Sonny), who praised his new co-star on Twitter. "I had the best time working with @stephenasmith today," he wrote on March 7. "He's truly a natural. Not Denzel yet, but getting there."
GENERAL HOSPITAL Recasts Little Jake!(Pic) It looks like Jason and Elizabeth’s son on GENERAL HOSPITAL is about to get a new look because James Nigbor (Jake) has been replaced in the role — and has already made his last appearance!
The youngster’s mother, Karoyln, shared the news on Nigbor’s official Twitter page earlier today, posting a collage of her son throughout the years he’d appeared on the soap. (Nigbor and his twin, Edward, shared the role as wee ones, but when Jake was found to be alive last year, it was only James who resumed the role.)
In answering replies to her initial posting, Nigbor’s mother revealed that James had last aired on February 29, and that the role has been recast. “We feel truly blessed to have been a part of GH and for him to have had this opportunity,” she noted.
At this time, GH has not confirmed Nigbor’s exit, or announced the name of his successor, so check back with us for further updates!
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The 100's Lindsey Morgan to Play a Bridezilla on The Night ShiftIt sounds like Lindsey Morgan aka The 100‘s Raven will get to clean up real nice-like for her role on NBC’s The Night Shift.
TVLine has confirmed that the actress will guest-star on the third episode of Season 3 as Kryztal, a high-strung bride whose injury in a wedding-day accident reveals a deeper and more complicated medical problem — one aggravated by the presence of her previously absentee father, who she believes ruined her wedding.
Morgan’s previous TV credits also include as run as General Hospital‘s Kristina plus episodes of How I Met Your Mother and Happy Endings.
The Night Shift‘s Season 3 premiere date has not yet been scheduled.
Michael Easton and Roger Howarth are Going on Tour — See Their Hilarious Video(Video) Michael Easton is hitting the road with his GENERAL HOSPITAL co-star, Roger Howarth (Franco)!
The actors, who also worked together on ONE LIFE TO LIVE as John and Todd, prove they’ve still got great chemistry in this video Easton shot and posted to his Facebook page to promote a series of personal appearances they’ll be doing beginning at the end of April.
Check out their hilariously deadpan banter in this video, and visit CoastalEntertainment.com for more information on the upcoming events so you can see them do this in person!
John J. York and Réal Andrews Join Katherine Kelly Lang in a New Movie(Pic1, Pic2) Some very familiar faces are teaming up for a new indie film!
GENERAL HOSPITAL’s John J. York (Mac) shared a photo on Twitter with “old friend," Réal Andrews (ex-Taggert, GH), and “new friend,” Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), on the set of Dear Diary, I Died.
While plot details aren’t yet available, Lang revealed her character name by tweeting that she is “enjoying this adventure as Michelle Wilson.”
Andrews shared his own selfie with York from the set, excited to be acting with his former GH co-star again. He also tweeted, “It’s great to be working with such a great cast.”
As more information about Dear Diary, I Died emerges, we’ll be sure to let you know.
Bryan Craig Shares Big News For Fiancée Kelly Thiebaud — See the Sweet Pic!(Pic) Looks like a round of applause is in order for Kelly Thiebaud (ex-Britt, GENERAL HOSPITAL)!
Bryan Craig (Morgan, GH) posted a photo of himself smooching his fiancée and writing, “I just want to congratulate this legend of a lady for booking two big jobs this week.”
Touched, Thiebaud replied, “Feeling very special. Thank you, sweetheart,” followed by a slew of kissy-face emojis!
Although we’ll have to wait for details on exactly which two roles the talented Thiebaud landed, this is very good news for GH fans who have been missing seeing her on their screens every day!
Castle: GH's Maurice Benard, Jonathan Silverman Cast in Non-Murder Mystery(Pic) General Hospital vet Maurice Benard will guest-star with Jonathan Silverman (The Single Guy) in an upcoming, murder-less (?) episode of ABC’s Castle.
TVLine has learned that in the 19th episode of Season 8, Silverman plays Alan Masters, the miraculous survivor of an attempted murder who subsequently helps Castle and Beckett solve the case.
Daytime Emmy winner Benard guest-stars in the same episode, as revealed by a photo he shared via Instagram, though details on his role are thus far unknown. Unless ABC’s Monday-night drama did not cast him against type, Imma gonna spitball that he who plays soapdom’s Sonny Corinthos had a role in Silverman’s on-screen scare.
In other Castle casting news, as previously reported in Ask Ausiello, True Blood alum Courtney Ford will make a cameo appearance in this Monday’s L.A.-based episode, playing an actress named Courtney.
Castle is among a handful of ABC fall series that did not score an early renewal for the 2015-16 TV season, as announced on Thursday.
GH ALUM TO DEVIOUS MAIDSSean Blakemore (ex-Shawn, GH) has joined the Season 4 cast of Lifetime's DEVIOUS MAIDS. Co-star Rebecca Wisocky (Evelyn) shared a picture of them on set on Twitter, writing, "Welcome to #DeviousMaids S4 sweet @SBlakemoreActor. Start preparing your crush now."
Scott Reeves Returns to NASHVILLE(Pic) Scott Reeves (ex-Ryan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; ex-Steve, GENERAL HOSPITAL) teased a return to primetime, posting a photo of himself holding up a script for the ABC series NASHVILLE, writing, “Hmmmm…”
Reeves previously appeared on NASHVILLE as music agent Noel Laughlin in a handful of episodes starting last season. What brings him back onto the canvas? You’ll have to stay tuned to find out! NASHVILLE airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET, and returns with new episodes beginning on March 16.
NANCY LEE GRAHN SHARES PERSONAL STORYIn a blog for the nonprofit organization A Is For, which describes its mission as "advancing women’s reproductive rights and ending the stigma against abortion care," Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GH) shared her personal abortion story, having terminated an unplanned pregnancy when she was 25. "Simply put, I was resolute in my decision to terminate my pregnancy, and grateful for those that tirelessly fought for my right to make that decision about my own body, and my own life," she writes. Read her full essay here: http://www.aisfor.org/nancy-lee-grahn-my-story/#sthash.DJlxH2SQ.EO8CzrfC.dpbs
Is Vanessa Marcil Teasing a Return to GENERAL HOSPITAL?(Pic) Could Vanessa Marcil be bringing Brenda back to GENERAL HOSPITAL again?
The actress posted a photo to her Instagram of a Walt Disney ID badge with her name and photo, leading many to suspect she’s coming back to GH! Although it’s possible she’s landed a role on another ABC or Disney show.
Yesterday, GH’s executive producer, Frank Valentini, tweeted, “I’ve got some really good GH news… stay tuned…” Some fans are speculating that he’s going to finally reveal who Michael Easton will be playing when he returns in a couple weeks, or that Rebecca Herbst will be staying with the soap.
But other fans are hoping he’s announcing Brenda’s return to Port Charles. Stay tuned for whatever the big reveal turns out to be.
Maurice Benard to Appear on CASTLE(Pic) Maurice Benard (Sonny, GENERAL HOSPITAL) revealed today that he’s going to be guest-starring on an upcoming episode of one of ABC's biggest primetime series!
“On my way to film CASTLE,” he wrote to accompany a photo he took of a poster for the primetime series hanging outside the studio. “Love the show — excited to do something different.”
While details regarding Benard’s role and when the episode will air have not yet been released, GH fans can take heart that Sonny isn’t going anywhere. Sources tell Soaps In Depth that Benard was given the time off to do the primetime show, and he wasn’t shy about expressing his gratitude to the soap's executive producer, Frank Valentini, for making the shooting schedules work together.
‘Dirty Dancing’ ABC Remake Adds Billy Dee Williams As TitoDirty Dancing has found its bandleader. Star Wars‘ Billy Dee Williams has been cast as Tito in Dirty Dancing, ABC’s three-hour remake of the hit Patrick Swayze-Jennifer Grey movie. The role was played by Charles ‘Honi’ Coles in the original film.
Like the 1987 feature, ABC’s Dirty Dancing movie centers on Baby (Abigail Breslin), an innocent young woman in the early 1960s who vacations with her affluent parents and siblings in the Catskills and falls for Johnny (Cole Prattes), the resort’s charismatic, skilled dance instructor and leader of the working-class entertainment staff. Williams’ Tito is the charismatic, lively, longtime bandleader for the early resort. Tito oversees and advises the resort’s musicians and entertainers, and must acquiesce to the changing times. Sarah Hyland, Nicole Scherzinger and Debra Messing also star.
Williams is best known as Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi . He also starred in Brian’s Song and Batman. Williams most recently was featured in The Man In 3B, and his voice has been heard in The Lego Movie, Star Wars Rebels, Robot Chicken and Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales. He’s repped by Kramer Management and TalentWorks.
Dirty Dancing is produced by Lionsgate Television in association with Allison Shearmur Productions.
Fuller House Renewed for Season 2That was fast: Fuller House has already been renewed for a second season.
Netflix made the announcement Wednesday morning on Twitter. The pickup comes less than a week after the release of the much-hyped reboot’s 13-episode first season.
The Fuller House premiere picks up more than two decades after the events of Full House‘s series finale, on the occasion of a Tanner family reunion. The get-together — which includes everyone but Michelle, whose absence is explained via a fourth wall-breaking joke — inspires DJ (Candace Cameron Buré), now a widowed mother of three, and Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), a jet-setting deejay with no children or roots whatsoever, to move back into their childhood house. Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), now a professional party planner, also makes herself at home.
Lee Reherman Dies: Former American Gladiator Was 49Former American Gladiators gladiator Lee Reherman (ex-Frank, General Hospital), who was also an actor and later a reality television host, died this week in his home of undisclosed causes. He was 49. He was reportedly recovering from hip replacement surgery performed earlier this year.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1966, Reherman attended Cornell University where he played Football. After an attempt to go pro following his graduation, he went on to earn and MBA from UCLA before embarking on an acting career.
He was best known for performing as the Gladiator “Hawk” on American Gladiators from 1993 to 1996, and also on the show’s spinoff International Gladiators 1. Following the show’s cancellation, he continued in entertainment. Among his other credits, he appeared on The First Family, Jane The Virgin, NCIS, among others. He also hosted Hot Rod TV and Forza Motorsport Showdown on the Speed television network. He also occasionally voice acted in video games.
WALLY KURTH ON GH RETURN: "I AM ECSTATIC"One upside of Wally Kurth being taken off contract as DAYS's Justin? The fan fave is now available to reprise the role of GH's Ned -- and that's just what he's doing, beginning March 28. "I am ecstatic to return to Port Charles," he tells Digest. "I still watch the show and look forward to joining in the fun. I've really missed being there and look forward to seeing all my friends."
GH FAVE IN CAR ACCIDENTVanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda, GH) was involved in a serious car accident on Friday with children and her fiancé in the vehicle. The actress tweeted, “Major accident, huge truck just rear ended our truck while our truck was parked. all of the kids in the car. Mc can't move neck or back. #ER” Although unable to speak following the accident, Marcil's fiancé’s condition has since improved. She updated her social media followers yesterday on his progress. "Thank you all for ur prayers. Mc is speaking now but groggy. Your messages R making him smile while in the hospital."
Constance Towers Stars Opposite James Franco in New SeriesConstance Towers (ex-Helena) is finally getting a chance to work with former GENERAL HOSPITAL castmate James Franco (ex-Franco)!
The actress is appearing in the new Hulu series 11.22.63, based on the bestselling Stephen King novel, which stars Franco as a man who travels back in time to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963.
“Everybody loved him at GH, but I never worked with him,” Towers tells Soaps In Depth. “He’s just so good. There was no celebrity nonsense about him at all, which I just love.”
In order to maintain the show’s mysteries, Towers can’t say much about the role she’s playing, but admits that her character is being honored and she loved the acceptance speech because it had a poem in it — although that presented its own set of problems to the production!
“The poet would not allow anything to ever be used on television or film, so they were running around for a poet,” Towers explains. “Then they called Stephen King and he couldn’t think of anybody, but he said, ‘Give me until tomorrow at noon.’ The next day at noon, a poem came in, written by Stephen King just for the occasion. I thought that was wonderful. The only thing I didn’t get to do was meet him!”
Two episodes of the eigth-part series have already been released on Hulu, with the rest to follow weekly. And for more from Towers, check out her interview in the last ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!
GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Emma Comes Home For Spring Break!It’s official: Brooklyn Rae Silzer’s Emma is coming back to GENERAL HOSPITAL to visit Grandma Anna!
With Spring Break almost upon us, the adorable Emma is set to leave behind sunny California — where she’s been living with her reunited parents, Patrick and Robin — to come spend some quality time in Port Charles. “Yes, we've already found an excuse to bring her back!” executive producer Frank Valentini tells Soaps In Depth.
Details are still coming together, but Emma’s visit will span multiple episodes expected to air March 30. While Silzer (who is considered to be on recurring status with the soap) is set to shoot her scenes in the coming weeks, she got to hang with GH cast members on Monday, Feb. 22, at Shriners Hospitals for Children. The soap’s crew spent the morning painting, cookie decorating and goofing around with some Shriners kids — a few of whom make their own appearances on GH on Thursday, Feb. 25!
Richard Gant In ABC’s ‘The Fluffy Shop’Richard Gant (Men Of A Certain Age) has been cast opposite Gabriel Iglesias in ABC comedy pilot The Fluffy Shop. The project was inspired by Iglesias’ life experience including the challenges of managing a home life during the few days he spends off the road each week. Gant will play Lance, a gruff guy with a military bearing who built the Fluffy Shop and maintains it. He functions as a father figure to Gabe (Iglesias) and the other employees at the shop. Gant is repped by Pakula/King & Associates and Greenlight Management.
Demi Moore To Star In Drama TV Series From ‘Rookie Blue’ Co-CreatorDemi Moore is set to star in 10 Days In The Valley, a drama series project from top Canadian TV writer-producer Tassie Cameron, co-creator, executive producer and head writer of hit cop series Rookie Blue.
Written by Cameron, who will serve as showrunner, 10 Days In The Valley centers on Jane Sadler (Moore), an overworked writer and single mother in the middle of a fractious separation. When her 5-year-old daughter is taken from bed in the middle of the night, Jane must put everything on the line – including her TV series, her loyalties, and her own deep secrets – to get her child back.
I hear the project, from Skydance Television (Grace And Frankie, Manhattan), is currently being shopped to networks.
This would mark the first major TV series role for Moore, who started off on ABC’s daytime drama General Hospital before segueing to a feature career marked by such hits as Ghost, A Few Good Men and Charlie’s Angels. In TV, she produced and co-starred in the Emmy-nominated 1996 HBO film If These Walks Could Talk.
Cameron, who won Canada’s Gemini Award for her writing work on The Eleventh Hour, also did a stint on the popular series Degrassi: The Next Generation.
Moore and Cameron are repped by CAA. Moore is managed by Untitled Entertainment. Cameron is managed by Intellectual Property Group and Harrison Artists Management.
‘Queen Sugar’: OWN Drama Series Adds Bianca Lawson, Greg Vaughan & Henry G. SandersBianca Lawson (Pretty Little Liars), Greg Vaughan (Days of Our Lives) and Henry G. Sanders (Selma) have joined the cast of OWN’s new original drama series Queen Sugar, from Ava Duvernay and Warner Horizon Television.
Meanwhile, OWN said today that Oprah Winfrey — who earlier was announced as a recurring — will not have an onscreen role but will remain actively involved as an executive producer.
by Duvernay, the contemporary series is adapted from the first novel by Natalie Baszile. It chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings – Nova (Rutina Wesley), Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) – who come together after a family tragedy to run an ailing sugar cane farm in the Deep South. The series will begin production this month in Louisiana and Los Angeles.
Lawson plays Darla, the ex-girlfriend of Ralph Angel and mother of their 6-year-old son Blue, whom she has been prevented from seeing as she battles drug addiction. Vaughan is Calvin, a cop and longtime lover of Nova, who shares a deep connection with her despite being married. Sanders, in a recurring role, plays Prosper Denton, a farmer and old friend of Ernest (guest star Glynn Turman).
The series is executive produced by Winfrey, DuVernay and Melissa Carter. DuVernay developed Queen Sugar for television, wrote its pilot episode and will direct multiple episodes of the show’s first season.
Julie Berman Upped To Regular On Hulu’s ‘Casual'Julie Berman (Chicago Med), who recurred as Leia in Season 1 of Hulu’s comedy series Casual, has been promoted to series regular for the second season, and Katie Aselton (The Gift, The League) has joined the cast in a recurring role.
Written by up-and-coming scribe Zander Lehmann, Casual follows the story of a dysfunctional family with a bachelor brother (Tommy Dewey) and his newly divorced sister (Michaela Watkins). Together, they coach each other through the crazy world of dating — online and off — while living under one roof again and raising a teenager (Tara Lynne Barr). Berman’s Leia is Valerie’s (Watkins) attractive and promiscuous assistant. She is breezy, unintentionally vulgar, a poster child for the Adderall generation, but also endearingly sweet and offers Valerie a fresh perspective on what it means to be a sexual women in 2016. Aselton will play Jennifer, a new therapist who takes the vacant office next to Valerie’s. Composed, sophisticated and with a group of long-standing friends, Jennifer has built a satisfying post-divorce life, a life that Valerie is desperate to be a part of.
Aselton, repped by ICM Partners, Untitled Entertainment and Sloane Offer, next will be seen in a recurring arc on HBO’s Togetherness. Upcoming projects also include Lionsgate’s The Sea Of Trees and Warner Bros’ Bastards. Berman recurs on Chicago Med. She’s repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency and LINK Entertainment.
Casual is produced by Lionsgate Television and Right of Way. Lehmann, Jason Reitman, Helen Estabrook, and Liz Tigelaar executive produce.
Michael Easton and Trevor St. John Team Up For New Film, DreamlinerFormer ONE LIFE TO LIVE co-stars Michael Easton (John) and Trevor St. John (Victor) are reuniting for a new short film!
Written and directed by Easton, Dreamliner stars St. John as Clay Spencer, a man who believes his wife was on a plane that crashed. But things may not be as they seem. Easton teased the new project with an evocative image posted to his Facebook page.
We’ll have more information on the film as soon as it’s available.
Rick Springfield adds country chops to 'Rocket Science'Rick Springfield, "Rocket Science" (Frontiers Records)
Rick Springfield sprinkles the sounds of country music across his 18th album, with banjos, steel guitars and mandolins underpinning electric guitars and his energetic vocals on "Rocket Science."
Even at age 66, Springfield has been working hard, building up his resume like a Boy Scout trying to earn an elusive merit badge.
A stint on the second season of HBO's "True Detective," a role opposite Meryl Streep on "Ricki and the Flash," a novel and a well-received autobiography have still left him time to release a new album every couple of years.
The Australian native also performs some 100 concerts a year and it's that propelling drive which stands out on "Rocket Science," the thumping opener "Light this Party Up" and over-driven banjo showcase "Miss Mayhem."
More subdued though hardly laid-back are mostly acoustic "Found" and "Let Me In," lifted by its chorus. "Crowded Solitude" and "That One" are among those tracks reflecting the countrified sound.
"Rocket Science" is familiar from the start, maybe a bit too familiar, with songs containing elements from across the pop landscape, flavored with those bits of country twang. It sounds great but it's definitely not rocket science.
SOAP STARS IN NEW WEB SERIESB&B’s Sean Kanan (Deacon) and GH’s Carolyn Hennesy (Diane) are currently appearing in a new web series called TRUE COLORS. The project, from Kanan’s wife, Writer/Director/Producer Michele Kanan, was a true labor of love for the couple. “The idea behind it was to create a 5-minute romance exploring that spark, that minute when two people fall in love,” Michele explains. “In the first one, we’re focusing on two people who had given up on love because they thought that love was impossible — but when they meet, the chemistry is definitely there.” As for Hennesy’s involvement, Michele laughs, “I begged her to do it! She actually did our radio show a while back and we kept in touch, so when I wrote it, I actually had her in mind. When she decided to do it, I did cartwheels!” The series has a lot of personal touches behind the scenes, Michele explains. The location, Maven Hair Salon in Beverly Hills, was donated by a friend; the couple's pug, Charli, has a cameo and son Peter was, “Our Director of Photography, cameraman, sound guy, lighting expert and film editor. Sean was talent, animal wrangler and craft services and I was writer, director, producer and casting. It was truly a family effort!” To check out TRUE COLORS, click the link here.
REAL ANDREWS POSTS ABOUT NEW DAYS ROLEDaytime vet Real Andrews (ex-Taggert, GH et al) has tweeted about his new DAYS role. In a photo with his dog, Diamond, Andrews shared, “Diamond just read my new Days of our lives script. You won’t believe it Best writing ever #dool #days #days50.” Andrews first announced in November that he was joining the soap. The show has not released details about the character he plays or a first air date.
Haley Pullos Gives Herself a Wild New Look(Photo) Haley Pullos (Molly), is that really you?
The GENERAL HOSPITAL star shared a shocking new photo of herself on social media donning a black wig and some pretty intense makeup. Perhaps the actress was inspired by her castmates Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Laura Wright's (Carly) makeovers!
But don't expect to see Molly looking like this anytime soon — Pullos admits in her caption that she was just playing around.
We think Pullos looks gorgeous, and if Molly ever takes a walk on the wild side, this would be a perfect look for the teen!
TAMARA BRAUN ON CHARITABLE CAUSEDAYS’s Tamara Braun (Ava) has collaborated with artist Ben Levy to create a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork, which was unveiled during Art Basel in Miami, and whose sale proceeds will go to the Tanzanian Children’s Fund. “I am in love with TCF and The Rift Valley Children’s Village,” explains the actress, who recently spent time volunteering in Africa. "I feel so blessed to be a part of experiencing first-hand what an incredible organization and family it is. ‘Family is Forever’ is their motto and they have created a beautiful, loving environment where the children here are thriving.” Adds the artist, “I was introduced to The Tanzanian Children’s Fund by Tamara, who was heading out to volunteer at the organization. Once she was there and experiencing first-hand the amazing work they were doing, we decided to collaborate on a piece of art. She took an image of one of the children, a cheeky lad called Ema, and sent it over to me. I knew I wanted to create something personal to them so I created 'Tender, Caring, Fun' based on the TCF initials of the organization and using the national flag colours of Tanzania. TCF is a home for orphaned children giving them a stable home for life while providing food, clothing, shelter, education and much more. It’s an amazing organization and I felt compelled to help in the way I know best, by creating a work of art and using my voice to spread the word.” For more, go to http://www.tamarabraun.com/tcf/. Also, stay social with the actress on Twitter (@TamaraBraun) and on Instagram (tamarabraun).
Jonathan Jackson Shares His New Restaurant With His Family(nashville.altervista.org/) (Photo) Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky, GENERAL HOSPITAL) checked out the restaurant he co-owns — and brought his family along for the ride!
Jack and Jameson’s Smokehouse is a new restaurant opening soon in Franklin, TN, and Jackson is one of the co-owners along with former GH co-star Steve Burton (ex-Jason, now Dylan on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS).
And because it’s a family-friendly establishment, it seems only appropriate that Jackson brought along his own family to check on the restaurant’s progress as it prepares for opening day!
With him was wife, Lisa Vultaggio (ex-Hanna, GH), sons Caleb and Titus and daughter Adora. And it looks like the kids went home with souvenir T-shirts!
LYNN HERRING ADDRESSES GH STATUSGH's Lucy faded from view on GH last spring, and her portrayer, Lynn Herring, addressed her on-air absence in a statement to fans on Facebook. "I do miss playing Lucy but I am not interested in a line here or there or a day once in awhile," explained the actress, who said she was busy with her life on the ranch she shares with hubby Wayne Northrop (ex-Roman, DAYS). "If Frank [Valentini, executive producer] and the writers need Lucy for a story or a firm connection in the show then I will jump out of my saddle and come running for sure."
GH STAR WELCOMES BABY BOYTeresa Castillo (Sabrina, GH) has given birth to a baby boy and announced the happy news yesterday via Instagram. To see the photo of mother and son click here.
Robert Palmer Watkins VideoJustin Bieber - Love Yourself (Cover) by Robert Palmer Watkins (Dylan, GH), Will & Phil, Chris: Video
JASON THOMPSON TO BE A DAD: "I'M VERY EXCITED!"Congratulations are in order for Jason Thompson (Billy, Y&R) and wife Paloma Jonas, who are set to become first-time parents in May. "It’s just another crazy change in the world of my world changing," the actor, who recently made the leap from GH to Y&R, tells Digest. "I'm very excited about it."
Parry Shen Reveals Details Of New Movie 'Swing State'Parry Shen (Brad, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has shared with Soaps In Depth some details of his new movie, Swing State!
The film is a political comedy about a liberal disc jockey who creates a super right-wing personality to host a conservative radio talk show. Unfortunately, the show becomes enormously popular, trapping him in this role that is the opposite of who he really is.
“I play Ryan Pollard,” Shen reveals, “an executive of All Channel, the media company that owns the show, who is excited to take the show national with his latest star.”
The independent feature is written and directed by Jonathan Sheldon, and features a huge ensemble cast of stars like Billy Zane, Taryn Manning and Sean Astin.
“So far, it’s only been a few days on the film,” Shen reports. “But it’s exciting getting to work with several actors whose work I’ve come to admire over the years, like Ted Levine and Billy Zane.
“My daughters were especially exited to learn that Karina Smirnoff was playing my wife,” he adds, “as they have just gotten into DANCING WITH THE STARS!”
DAYS STAR LAUNCHES CLOTHING LINEDAYS’s Jen Lilley (ex-Maxie, GH) has designed a clothing line to raise money for her favorite charity, Childhelp. She tweeted, "BIG NEWS: I've teamed up with BeYourOwnYou and designed an exclusive clothing line to raise money for my favorite charity, childhelp! #childhelp#byou #clothingforacause Check it out and please SHARE this post! http://celebrity.beyourownyou.com.
Parry Shen Reveals On Screen Wife In New Movie SWING STATE(Pic) GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Parry Shen (Brad) has a new role — that comes with a new wife!
The actor will be starring in the new film, Swing State, and tweeted out a photo of himself with his co-star Karina Smirnoff, introducing fans to his “sweet and wonderful wifey.” The pair will be playing Lucy and Ryan Pollard in the new film from writer/director Jonathan Sheldon.
Smirnoff is a professional dancer who has appeared in many seasons of ABC’s DANCING WITH THE STARS, winning in season 13 with celebrity partner J.R. Martinez (Brot, ALL MY CHILDREN).
While GH fans really want to see Shen back in Port Charles, at least they can take heart that they’ll be able to see the actor in a new film, even if details regarding it are scarce at the moment!
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!
Vanessa Marcil "Gunning" For New Role(Pic) You do not want to mess with Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda, GENERAL HOSPITAL)!
The actress shared a photo of herself firing a gun at a shooting range with a caption that says she's in training for her next role — and she looks pretty handy with the weapon!
Marcil didn’t share any more information, but whatever the project is, we think she would be awesome as a gun-toting action heroine! Of course, we’re sure many GH fans would much rather see her back in Port Charles — where shooting a gun is a surprisingly commonplace skill!
William deVry Wants To Help Rescue Animals(Video) GENERAL HOSPITAL’s William deVry wants you to join him to support a cause that is very close to his heart!
The animal lover is appearing on Saturday, March 12, at Point Vecchio in Brooklyn, NY, for a special event hosted by Nicole Napolitano and Teresa Aprea of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY to benefit Hope For Paws.
“If I see a dog on the side of the road, I stop and get them,” deVry confides. “I raise money for foundations and charities and rescue groups.”
While he also admits that he likes to change up the organizations he supports, this one is of particular importance to him. “I like to switch it around,” deVry says, “but Hope For Paws does great work. They film everything so they can document the rescues. You pretty much see every rescue they do."
Tickets are $200 and include a delicious Italian dinner and an open bar with plenty of photo and autograph opportunities with deVry, Napolitano and Aprea as well as lots of fun! If you’re interested in helping the actor support one of his “pet” charities, you can click here for more information.
Check out this video of an actual animal rescue from Hope For Paws, and the gallery of photos of deVry with some rescue dogs, girlfriend Rebecca Staab (Elizabeth, PORT CHARLES), GH executive producer Frank Valentini and Lisa Arturo from Hope For Paws.
GH STAR REVEALS MISCARRIAGEIn a blog entry on her website, Kimberly McCullough (Robin, GH) revealed that she miscarried a daughter in 2015. "I'm still processing, still healing," she wrote, "but anyone who has been through it knows, losing a baby at 22 weeks is tragic." For her full story, click here.
'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).
Find Out How You Can Meet Your Favorite GENERAL HOSPITAL StarsFor the first time, GENERAL HOSPITAL fans in Nashville and Atlanta are going to be able to get up-close and personal with their favorite stars!
Soap Fantasy Events has announced that there will be GH Fantasy Events held in the two cities featuring Laura Wright (Carly), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas), Ryan Paevey (Nathan), Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Finola Hughes (Anna).
General admission includes Q&A's, interviews and fan fun. VIP tickets also include a personal photo op with the group of actors (bring your own camera!), and the Platinum ticket also includes an additional two-hour meet-and-greet with the actors for autographs and photo ops as well as premium seating at the show!
For tickets to the Nashville event on Saturday, April 16, at Zanies Comedy Club, click here.
For the Atlanta event on Sunday, April 17, click here!
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.
REAL ANDREWS TO DAYSReal Andrews, best known to soap fans for his stint as GH's Taggert, has landed a role on DAYS, he revealed on Facebook. "I am back. Thanks for all your support," he posted, along with this photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/96yfxGwhb4/.
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.
GH's Bechtel Gets A Bigger Family!Spencer may be Nikolas' only child on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but portrayer Nicolas Bechtel is going to be part of a massive clan on the new Disney Channel comedy STUCK IN THE MIDDLE!
The premise of STUCK IN THE MIDDLE focuses on Harley Diaz, an engineering whiz who uses her inventions to navigate the chaos she experiences as the middle of seven children! Among the actors and actresses playing her numerous siblings is Bechtel, who will be playing Danny.
Production is scheduled to begin this November, and the series is set to premiere on Disney Channel in spring of 2016. There's no word yet on how this new gig might affect Bechtel's role on GH, but we're sure the talented tyke will have no problems juggling both shows!
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.
Help Geary Hit The Big Screen!Before leaving GENERAL HOSPITAL and Los Angeles for Amsterdam, Anthony Geary (ex-Luke) starred in a short film called The Obituary. The film tells the story of a struggling writer who pens obituaries for the local paper to make ends meet. But when he arrives at a man's home to collect information on a recent passing, he finds himself in a life or death situation of his own!
The Obituary has already been filmed, but the producers are trying to gather the money to distribute the film so that audiences can see it and perhaps even develop the short into a full-length feature film. You can visit the project's Indiegogo page by clicking here to watch Geary and the rest of the cast and crew talk about the film as well as see a short clip from it.
And then if you'd like to take part in a little moviemaking, you can donate to assist with distribution. Some donation levels come with rewards that range from Geary-autographed photos, posters and DVDs to producer credit or even lunch with the actors and director!
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.
Anthony Geary may return to General Hospital if 'story is interesting'(ew.com) Luke Spencer said goodbye to Port Charles on Monday, but there’s a chance that General Hospital’s most recognizable star may stage a return.
Anthony Geary told EW that while he’s “excited to raise the curtain on Act 3 and reinvent myself,” he’s not completely opposed to returning to the daytime drama that made him recognizable just about everywhere.
“If the story is interesting to me and it works out, I may come back to the show for six weeks or so,” Geary told EW.
Executive producer Frank Valentini welcomed the possibility.
“He has millions of friends here,” said Valentini, who adds he was “devastated” when Geary came to him about wanting to leave. “It’s not a question of him being able to stay or come back. It just has to be a good enough, solid to bring [him back].”
In the meantime, Geary’s plan is to retreat to Holland – where he has a second home – and find work in another language. He’s especially interested in musical theater. “I’ve been studying voice for the past 10 years,” said Geary. “I would like to do musical theater in Holland or near London.”
Geary said he created another home for himself overseas when he realized that he would always be known as the guy who plays Luke Spencer.
“I came back to the show in 1991 after seven years,” recalled Geary, who first joined the sudser in 1978. “That’s when I realized that returning to this character was going to become my career. I learned that after all the attention I got playing the role, there weren’t going to be a lot of offers coming in. I was so associated with this guy. So I made the conscious decision to find another place in the world where I could spend time with people who didn’t know me. In Holland, the show has never ran. The Dutch have no interest in celebrity. I just love it there.”
That said, Geary has never lost his affection for his Port Charles alter-ego.
“I’m not sick of Luke. He’s an infinitely fascinating character,” said Geary. “He’s one you can take out of modern context, put in the 16th century, and give him a sword. I really don’t think we have exhausted what he can do. It depends on the writers and how far they want to look. We had just been repeating ourselves for a while. I had become a dad, a grandfather. There was no way I was going to stick around to become just another guy. If they come up with something, a twist, I would come for it.”
Brad Maule on His ‘General Hospital’ Days and New Life as an Acting Teacher(backstage.com) During his 22 years as Dr. Tony Jones on “General Hospital,” Brad Maule suffered gunshot wounds, impotency, temporary insanity, temporary blindness, and four brain surgeries before his character was finally done in by encephalitis in 2004. But in that time, Maule established himself as one of the most popular actors on daytime TV, earning two Emmy nominations and a host of adoring fans—whose letter-writing campaign even resurrected his character when the producers first tried to kill him off.
Now, Maule is not only back in his native Texas but at his alma mater, Stephen F. Austin University, enjoying a comparatively easier life as an acting and filmmaking lecturer. Here, he chats with us about his Texas roots, his life as a doctor on TV, and the retirement of GH’s other star, Anthony Geary.
Growing up you were a farmer. How did you transition from farmer to actor?
I went to a small country school that had about 150 kids total for all 12 grades. And once a year they’d hold a talent show for the entire school. From the first grade on I was in it. When I was 13 my brother died, and I went to live with my grandparents; at that school they had actual plays that I took part in. So that’s where it began.
I chose Stephen F. Austin for college because it was a rainy, beautiful place—West Texas never rained. I first thought I'd be a lawyer but I couldn't stay away from performing.
Did you get your big break right away?
When I graduated I drove to L.A. with $600 in my pocket. I was scared to death. After six weeks I had $11 left and was thinking of going back to the farm when I got a job with a singing group. I was on the road for a year and then spent a year in Hawaii singing backup for Don Ho. But by then I was in my early 20s and already thought my life was over—I wasn't doing what I wanted. So I moved back to L.A.
It was during the American Music Awards that I got my break. I filled in for Andy Gibb singing “Arthur's Theme” and the producer for “General Hospital” saw it. They called me in to audition for the role of Frisco Jones but then said I was too old. But they still kept calling, and eventually they told me, “You’re gonna be his older brother.”
How did you like working on “General Hospital”?
I really enjoyed it. It becomes a family for you. But it was different then—there were three channels on TV as opposed to 500. And everybody now has to work during the day, so there isn’t the audience. Back then we used to have to say lines like, “I’m about to pull a gun out of the drawer,” because our audience would be in the kitchen, or ironing, or somewhere other than the living room.
One of your most famous moments on TV is when you listen to your dying daughter BJ’s heartbeat for the very last time.
Yeah, that's in the Hall of Fame of daytime moments, right behind Luke and Laura’s wedding. During that shoot they were running late and asked if we could do it without a rehearsal. And I understood how to perform that scene because of what happened with my brother. What I tell my students now is you’re just mostly doing the work—but every once in awhile a wave comes and picks you up, and your work touches people when you never thought it would.
Why were you eventually let go from “General Hospital”?
You never really understand the mechanics of it all. But if you were over 30 and had been on the show for awhile they began to use you less and less. Also, when a new producer comes in, they try and put their stamp on things by getting rid of the old regime. It’s the same everywhere. But I’m happy to say I survived eight producers.
It was a pretty painful period for me though. And it’s harder to get jobs when you're older—I’d walk into a casting office and they’d see Dr. Tony Jones.
So how did you end up back in Texas?
I didn't intend to—I was just looking for places to live, and Nacogdoches was just a nice place. I fished for 30 straight days there just trying to get my head together. And I slowly started teaching and it’s been great. Since I’ve been at SFA our film program has expanded from 17 to 100 students—I’d like to take credit for that, but it coincided with the digital era.
What do you teach?
I teach acting for the camera, acting for theater, and beginning filmmaking. When I first taught acting I had to reverse engineer what I'd been taught—I was like, “Just act!” Because in the soap world there’s no time to find your character. So I had to change a bit, but I’d say I still fit the [David] Mamet style of acting. I've also found that one of the best techniques is to film an actor and then show his work back to him, so he can actually see what's he’s doing right or doing wrong.
Is there one piece of advice you give all actors?
A common piece of advice I give is—you’re telling a lie as if it were the truth. And I tell them to stop flipping the actor switch because we can see it. I also say that if you're lucky enough to get a soap but feel like you’re too good for it, you’re lessening your chances for something better. You can’t have one foot in and one foot out. I believe in complete commitment, even when I did dinner theater where people are eating during your performance.
Talk about SFA’s Film Festival.
Yes, it's the Nacogdoches Film Festival—we’ve grown so much over the past four years. And we’ve been able to raise enough money to have panelists like George R.R. Martin from “Game of Thrones” and Charlaine Harris who wrote the “True Blood” books. We also have a great benefactor in Joe Lansdale, who wrote “Bubba Ho-Tep” and “Cold in July.”
Anthony Geary is retiring as Luke Spencer, a role he held for 37 years on “General Hospital.” What was he like to work with?
Tony is a wonderful guy. He never fell for the hype of being the most famous soap opera actor. He burns hot and loves his work and has a passion for it.
He doesn’t turn the acting switch on and off?
No, if anything he turns yours off.
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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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