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William deVry Shares a Wild Fan Encounter!As part of GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Fan February promotion, the soap is asking the stars questions about their fans — and we can’t believe what one fan asked GH star William deVry (Julian) to do to her!
In this video (Here), deVry relates the strangest request he’s ever received from one of his fans — and it’s a doozy!
We understand a fan wanting deVry to act like sexy bad boy Julian instead of himself, but wouldn’t a kiss be a lot better than a slap? Ah well, to each their own!
Ingo Rademacher & Christopher Sean Guest On Hawaii Five-0“Ke Koa Lokomaika'i” – While Danny’s mother is questioned by the FBI, McGarrett partners with a young man with autism who may have information to help solve the murder of his only friend, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Feb. 19 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Academy Award-nominee Melanie Griffith returns as Danny’s mother, Clara. (“Ke Koa Lokomaika'i” is Hawaiian for “The Good Soldier”)
Guest Cast Includes: Melanie Griffith (Clara Williams), Christopher Sean (Gabriel Waincroft), Willie Garson (Gerard Hirsch), Ingo Rademacher (Robert Coughlin).
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.
Talk Show AppearanceLIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL, syndicated
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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!
MICHAEL EASTON ON HIS GH RETURNMichael Easton, last seen as GH's Silas, delivered a message to his fans on Facebook on the occasion of his imminent return to the show. "It was your kindness and support that made this happen," he wrote. "I am humbled by your faith. With gratitude and love, now and always, Michael."
MICHAEL EASTON RETURNS TO GH!After being killed off last year as Silas, Michael Easton is returning to the GH fold. Executive Producer Frank Valentini made the announcement to kick off "Fan February", posting a video of the duo at the supermarket in which Easton accepts Valentini's offer to come back after the EP assures him that he's got something good in store. "See ya in a couple weeks!" Easton tells Valentini. Check out the video here: https://vimeo.com/153950988.
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!
Ashley Jones Got Married — Read The Details Here!Congratulations to Ashley Jones (Bridget, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), who recently married boyfriend Joel Henricks!
Jones, who can currently be seen on GENERAL HOSPITAL as Parker, tells Soaps In Depth that they tied the knot in a quiet courtroom wedding. “It was just one of those things that we wanted to do,” she says. “I have quite a few friends who have done that. We’ll have a ceremony and party later, but the actual legality [is handled].”
In addition to the reception, there’s also the matter of a honeymoon to plan! “I’m not sure where we’re going to squeeze that in,” Jones admits. “We are going to try to do it, but then work came up, which is always good.”
Jones not only got herself a husband, but also a family in Henricks' young son, Huck. “I’ve been around a lot of children, but once it’s your journey and you have a human being in front of you and you want to become his friend and a guiding force in his life, it’s daunting,” she confesses. “It’s totally different and very real.”
Best wishes to the happy couple and for a lifetime of happiness together!
37th Annual Young Artist Award NominationsThe ceremony takes place March 13 at the Empire Ballroom at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, California.
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Michelle Stafford Opens Up About Her Hectic Life — "It's a Little Crazy Sometimes"Michelle Stafford (Nina, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has a lot going on these days!
She’s got a new baby at home, a new business to build, a new season of her web series THE STAFFORD PROJECT to shoot, another web series SECRET MIND OF A SINGLE MOM to consider… and then there’s Nina.
“We're seeing a strong intelligent woman emerge,” Stafford says of her alter ego. “She’s never had any success in anything, so it’s so deep for her to actually succeed and be the boss at Crimson. It's all part of getting her life back.”
In the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, Stafford opens up about life with baby Jameson and his big sister Natalia and dishes all her outside ventures. “It’s a lot,” admits the busy lady. “It’s a little crazy sometimes. And exhausting. But I’m doing it. And Natalia and I are so in love with our little dude."
ASHLEY JONES ON GH GIG: "I'VE BEEN SCARED TO TELL ANYONE!"Now it can be told: Ashley Jones (Bridget, B&B) has joined the GH ranks as Parker Forsyth, the professor with whom Kristina has an inappropriate relationship. "They were so secretive about it that I've been scared to tell anyone," grins the actress. "They made it very clear that [Parker's gender] was a reveal and they didn't want me to give it away." Jones has shot two episodes so far, and is thrilled to be part of the show. "I've watched GENERAL HOSPITAL over the years, so it's just a pleasure to see all these people on set and in and out of the makeup room." Her first day, she even ran into her B&B uncle, William deVry (ex-Storm), who plays GH's Julian. "It made me chuckle to myself about how small the soap world is! I still think of him as my uncle." For his part, deVry says, "GH is very lucky to have her. She's such a professional and a lovely person." For more with Jones about her new gig, check out the issue of Soap Opera Digest on sale next Friday.
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."
Kristin Davis Wants to Know ‘Where Did All the Giraffes Go?’Each year Kristin Davis (ex-Betsy, GH) travels to Kenya as a patron of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to help protect the country's animals.
Between each of these trips, Kenya always changes a little. Unfortunately, not all of these changes are positive.
“When I took my first trip to Kenya and Tanzania in 2001, there were giraffes everywhere. They were in all of the national parks and sometimes wandering around outside of the parks as well,” Davis, 50, said in a statement. “It never occurred to me that in a few years I would visit Kenya and ask,'Where did all of the giraffes go?'”
The answer: Human-wildlife conflict.
“The DSWT is known for raising the elephants that have become orphans, usually as a result of illegal poaching for ivory, but also because of 'human-wildlife conflict,'” the former Sex and the City star said. “This term 'human-wildlife conflict' turns out to be the reason that giraffes are not strutting across the landscape.”
Since the actress's first visit to Kenya, 30% of the giraffe population in the country has been lost, including 80% of the reticulated giraffe subspecies. Only 5,000 reticulated giraffes are left in Kenya today.
To help raise awareness about this devastating issue, and hopefully put an end to it, DSWT is working with the Kenyan Wildlife Service to save these beautiful creatures. This new initiative led Davis to Kiko, a baby giraffe orphaned by habitat loss and hunting. After being found, Kiko was flown to a DSWT nursery in Narobi in a special cradle to fit his neck. At his new home, where he is being raised before returning to the wild, Kiko has befriended baby elephants and ostriches, along with Davis.
“With patience and time, Kiko allowed me to pet his neck and feed him some greens,” Davis said of their meeting. “At one point he playfully leaped in the air and pranced around, delightfully showing off his gangly gait.”
The meeting was a reaffirmation to Davis of humanity's responsibility to watch over animals and make sure they are protected.
“I feel it is my duty to those animals, and to the caring people around the world who do want to help, to tell their stories so that everyone who cares has the knowledge they need to help. That is the only way to change things, really – for us to all speak up together,” she continued.
If you are interested in helping Davis and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust care for Kiko and other orphaned animals, donate to the trust here.
Laura Wright Debuts Her New Haircut(Pic) GENERAL HOSPITAL star Laura Wright (Carly) gave herself a makeover!
There must be something in the water over in Port Charles! Because hot on the heels of co-star Maurice Benard (Sonny) previewing his new look on social media, Wright posted a selfie to Instagram showing off her sexy shorter ‘do, courtesy of GH hairstylist Anzhela Adzhiyan!
We think Wright looks gorgeous whether her hair is long and curly or short and sleek. But now we wonder which GH star will be the next one to change up their look!
DAYTIME EMMY PRENOMINATIONSNATAS has revealed the performers who are now in the running for Daytime Emmy nominations, having made it through the first round of judging to become prenominated. The next round of voting (which results in the actual list of nominations, as well as determines the eventual winners) is set to begin on February 22. Congratulations to all the prenominees, listed below!
(The 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016)
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OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR
OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS
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Maurice Benard Has A New Look(Video) GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) says good-bye — to his beard!
The actor posted a hilarious backstage video to Instagram where he documented the complete shaving of his facial hair!
Sonny had been sporting the beard while languishing in his wheelchair, but seeing as how the paralyzed Don recently revealed he isn’t quite as immobile as he’s been letting on, it would seem we can look forward to the return of dashing, clean-shaven Sonny! (Athough honestly, Benard is handsome either way!)
Fuller House Behind-the-Scenes Video: Dancing! Hugging! Catchphrase-ing!(Video) “Ladies and gentlemen, 30 years in the making, Fuller House!”
If those words fill your heart with excited tingling, you’ll want to check out Netflix’s new behind-the-scenes video from the set of its hotly anticipated revival series.
You’ll get everything from unabashed sentimentality — original cast member Dave Coulier calls the first table read “a moment that you get maybe once or twice in life” — to unexpected one-liners. (Spoiler alert: It’s someone other than Stephanie Tanner huffing, “How rude!”)
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.
Kimberly McCullough Opens Up About A Return To GENERAL HOSPITALGENERAL HOSPITAL star Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin) opened up about her tumultuous year in a new interview!
The actress appeared on GOOD DAY LA this morning to promote her television directing debut on PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, which airs Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform (previously ABC Family).
“I had many people roll their eyes at me,” McCullough said of being another actor-turned-director. “But now I’m showing ‘em!”
She also discussed her emotional year that involved a devastating miscarriage and fear that she had a brain tumor. “It puts all your ducks in a row,” the Emmy winner said of the experience. “Very quickly, you realize what is important and what isn’t.”
As far as a future return to GH, McCullough admitted, “It’s never forever on a soap. But I think this was good for the fans, because Robin and Patrick really deserved their happy ending. It felt like closure.
“But I have to say I’m really sad that I don’t get to see Brooklyn Silzer (ex-Emma) on my television anymore,” she added. “But I’ll see her in real life!”
McCullough also recalled her very first appearance on the morning news program back when she was seven!
Robert Palmer Watkins VideoJustin Bieber - Love Yourself (Cover) by Robert Palmer Watkins (Dylan, GH), Will & Phil, Chris: Video
RYAN PAEVEY ON HIS NEW HALLMARK MOVIERyan Paevey's (Nathan, GH) new Hallmark movie, UNLEASHING MR. DARCY, premieres on Saturday, January 23 at 9pm E.T. "I am super-excited for people to see it," Paevey enthuses. "It borrows lightly from the Pride and Prejudice universe, the Darcy character archetype of the stuffy, arrogant guy who shows up and sees somebody and maybe they have snap judgements about each other from square one, but there's a lot of personal learning that goes on there. I think that meeting Elizabeth," played by Cindy Busby, "teaches him a little bit about himself and it is, at its core, a love story. I loved shooting it, and I feel really lucky that I got to work with the people that I did. I really had a blast. We shot in British Columbia and I miss it. I've actually gone back a couple of times just to see the country. It's beautiful."
Marisa Ramirez Expecting First Child(Pic) Marisa Ramirez is going to be a mom!
The Blue Bloods star is pregnant and expecting her first child in May, her rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.
“This was a complete surprise,” Ramirez, 38, tells PEOPLE. “Some mornings I wake up and forget I’m pregnant! It just seems like it was meant to be — a happy surprise.”
Another surprise is the baby’s sex: The mom-to-be is holding off on finding out — at least for now.
“I’m sure it won’t be much longer until we can’t take the suspense anymore,” she admits.
And while she has yet to tackle a pile of parenting books — “Some of the books have totally freaked me out and they have been thrown across the room,” she jokes — she’s getting plenty of support and advice from the cast.
“Donnie [Wahlberg] has known for awhile. He did a little happy dance when I told him and he’s been extremely supportive and sweet,” Ramirez says.
“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.”
But while her career has provided her with a constant support system, it’s also made indulging in her cravings a bit of a challenge.
“Because I’m an actress, I’m really hard on myself. It has been hard for me to give myself time to rest and not go to the gym after work or to allow myself to eat things that I don’t normally eat like croissants or Hamburger Helper,” she explains. “But I have been giving in to those cravings in moderation. In the first trimester, my body changing was so hard for me to accept. Now all I do is laugh about it.”
Fortunately, Ramirez hasn’t experienced morning sickness and other than “feeling constantly bloated and uncomfortable,” she is “feeling great” — and looking forward to her future.
“I get to experience this anticipation and excitement of meeting a child that will change my world forever and who will bring us so much joy,” she says.
“Sometimes it definitely feels like a panic, but I know it’s layered with excitement.”
Kimberly McCullough Previews Her Episode Of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS(Photo, Video) GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin) can’t contain her excitement about her new project!
The Emmy-winning actress decided to leave her full-time gig at GH to pursue opportunities behind the camera, and earned a spot in the Disney/ABC Directing Program. There, she shadowed professional television directors to learn first-hand how the job is done, and is now showing off her skills by directing an episode of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS.
McCullough admits that having to wait six months between being told she had the job and actually getting behind the camera was tough, but it gave her time to do research. “It’s a lot like a soap opera,” she tells Soaps In Depth. “So I started at season one and I watched every single episode. And I would write diaries about the character and what they were going through so I was really clear on the history. It’s a very intertwined, twisty-turny kind of a show.”
The actress-turned-director is as eager to see the finished episode as the fans are. “I have my director’s cut,” McCullough explains, “but after the director’s cut, the producers cut it again, and then the network cuts it after that. I don’t see the final result until it airs, just like everybody else!”
But she’s hopeful that everyone will be happy with her work so she can helm another episode in the future. “I mean, that’s the goal,” McCullough smiles. “To do a good job and be asked back!”
The episode, “The Gloves Are On,” airs Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m. on Freeform (previously ABC Family). DAYS OF OUR LIVES alum Blake Berris (ex-Nick) makes his debut in the new recurring role of Damian Hayes in this same episode, and you can watch a preview right here!
For more from McCullough on her future projects, don’t miss her interview in the new issue of ABC Soaps In Depth, on sale now! Berris’ own interview about PRETTY LITTLE LIARS is in the CBS issue going on sale Monday, Jan. 25.
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."
Nancy Lee Grahn Shares Adorable GENERAL HOSPITAL Family Photo(Pic) Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) treats her GENERAL HOSPITAL daughters like real family!
The Davis Girls have emerged as fan favorites among viewers, and the actress posted a simply darling photo of herself flanked by Haley Pullos (Molly), Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina) and Kelly Monaco (Sam) cozied up on the set of her on-screen home.
Grahn loves her “babies” as much as fans love all of them!
Maurice Benard, Chad Duell And Bryan Craig Share Fun "Family" Photos(Pic1, Pic2) GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Corinthos men are just as tight in real life as they are on-screen!
Viewers know how close the family bond is between Sonny and his sons Michael and Morgan, and thanks to social media, fans can see that portrayers Maurice Benard, Chad Duell and Bryan Craig have just as strong a bond behind the scenes!
Duell recently shared on Instagram a fun shot of the three men with a simple caption explaining they were out to dinner. However, when Benard posted the same shot, he used a slightly different caption to poke fun at his castmates!
These guys are clearly always having a blast whenever they’re together — as you can see for yourself in this charming gallery of their personal photos! And for more behind-the-scenes shots of your favorite GH stars, keep reading ABC Soaps In Depth Magazine!
Dahlia Salem on NCIS“Decompressed” – When a deep sea diver is murdered on the job, his body and suspected co-workers must remain in a high-tech decompression chamber for four days, leaving the NCIS team to complete an unorthodox investigation from outside the tank, on NCIS, Tuesday, Feb. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Dahlia Salem guest stars as Maria De La Rosa.
John Stamos & Frozen's Elsa and Anna Inspire Ultimate Squad Goals at Disneyland(Pic) John Stamos always has a way with the ladies!
The 52-year-old Fuller House and Grandfathered star visited one of the Happiest Places on Earth on Saturday—Disneyland—and hung out with Frozen's Queen Elsa and Princess Anna, who seemed to be quite taken with the actor and posed for a Charlie's Angels-themed photo with him.
"#squad #elsa #anna @disneyland," Stamos wrote on his Instagram page, alongside the pic.
Stamos attempted to go incognito while walking around the theme park, sporting a hood, baseball cap and sunglasses. But word of Uncle Jesse's presence soon spread online.
Several fans posted excited tweets and photos after spotting the actor in the theme park, while others were lucky enough to score selfies.
Supernatural 'Dad' Matt Cohen Scrubs In at General HospitalSouth of Nowhere alum Matt Cohen is scrubbing in at General Hospital.
The actor — whose more recent TV credits include How to Get Away With Murder and Supernatural (where he recurs as Young John Winchester) — has been cast on ABC’s sole surviving sudser as Dr. Griffin Munro, our good friends at Soaps In Depth report.
Cohen will make his daytime-TV debut sometime in February.
John Stamos Says the Olsen Twins Joke in the First Episode of Fuller House Isn't 'Meant to Be a Diss'The cast of Fuller House was understanding of the Olsen twins' decision not to participate in the Netflix reboot, but that doesn't mean they can't have a little fun with it.
At the Fox All-Star Party in Pasadena, California, on Friday, John Stamos opened up about the small poke at Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in the first episode of Fuller House, where the show plays upon the twins' real-life career, explaining that Michelle Tanner is absent from the family reunion because she's busy running her fashion empire in New York.
"It was my idea," Stamos, 52, told reporters. "We were playing around with jokes, you know, it's not meant to be a diss. It's just kind of like, 'Oh!' "
Mary-Kate and Ashley, now 29, portrayed Michelle on Full House from 1987 to 1995. As for their decision not to reprise the shared role, executive producer Bob Boyett told PEOPLE production conflicted with the the twins' schedule as designers of The Row and Elizabeth and James, and that Ashley said she wasn't comfortable acting since she hadn't been in front of a camera since she was 17.
"Mary-Kate said, 'It would have to be me because Ash doesn't want to do it. But the timing is so bad for us,' " Boyett added.
Regardless, Stamos said the gang had a good time getting back together.
"We always have fun," the actor said Friday, adding that having Netflix as the platform gave them the advantage of slightly longer episodes.
"You know, I wanted to put a couple of dots in [the first episode], an homage, kind of. You know, the beauty of that show is that there was so much of it and it was so much fun and on Netflix we could turn it in, it was 33 minutes or something. We didn’t have to keep it at 22. It was sweet. I think people will like it."
"I try to manage expectations, but it's been difficult – I hope people like it," he said.
Fuller House premieres Feb. 26 on Netflix.
Fuller House Video: Watch the Entire Cast Return Home in New Promo(Video) A new Fuller House promo has hit the web — and it’s got actual people in it this time!
The entire Tanner-Fuller-Gibbler crew* assembles in the Netflix comedy’s iconic living room in the above video, which was released by the streaming service on Friday. And although nary a word is spoken, something tells me that won’t stop you from getting all choked up.
For those of you not up to speed on all things Fuller House, the revival finds DJ (Candace Cameron Bure), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and Kimmy (Andrea Barber) moving back into the Tanners’ old house to raise the next generation. The rest of the original series’ cast — Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Lori Loughlin, Scott Weigner and, you know, the other twins — will rotate in throughout the first season.
The first season of Fuller House arrives Feb. 26 on Netflix.
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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.
SHARI BELAFONTE ON HER GH GIGJanuary 19 will mark Shari Belafonte's first GH appearance as the new Janice Lomax, mayor of Port Charles. "In truth, I had never thought about doing one," she says of making her soap debut. "But when my manager first asked me if I'd be interested in doing this, I thought, 'You know what? I bet you can teach this old dog a couple of new tricks!’ " Her husband, Sam Behrens, who played Jake Meyer on the show from 1983-87, encouraged her to take the gig. "He was very much like, 'Oh, you're going to have a good time,' " Belafonte reports. For more with the actress, check out the issue of Soap Opera Digest on sale Friday.
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!
Maurice Benard Hilariously Teases GENERAL HOSPITAL Sons Chad Duell And Bryan Craig(Pic1, Pic2) GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Chad Duell (Michael) and Bryan Craig (Morgan) spent some quality time together at the gym — and got schooled by co-star Maurice Benard (Sonny)!
“Come get some, Maurice Benard!” Duell captioned the photo of himself and his GH brother while flexing their muscles, clearly calling out their on-screen pop!
Benard responded by tweeting back, “That’s not working out, sitting looking in the mirror waiting for the perfect shot to make his arms look big.”
“Haha,” replied Craig. “The money shot!”
Duell insisted that pose was “all natural” and that he “wasn’t even working out arms.”
Then Benard advised Craig, “You need to work triceps a little more, I’m sorry.”
And to really show them how it’s done, he posted an incredible photo of himself to put his on-screen kids to shame!
Kirsten Storms And Brandon Barash Celebrate Daughter Harper's Second Birthday(Video)Happy Birthday to Harper Barash!
The precious little daughter of GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Brandon Barash (Johnny) just turned two years old on January 7, and her daddy shared an absolutely adorable video to mark the occasion!
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!
Maree Cheatham Joins THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTSAs a veteran of numerous soap operas, including GENERAL HOSPITAL (where she played Lucy’s doting aunt, Charlene Simpson), DAYS OF OUR LIVES (where she was ingénue Marie Horton), and SEARCH FOR TOMORROW (as sarcastic nurse Stephanie Wyatt), Maree Cheatham knows a thing or two about what makes for good drama.
Now, she’s joined the cast of one of primetime’s best, Tyler Perry’s THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS on OWN. “I play an eccentric woman named Pearl,” she says of the delicious role in which she and her native Texas drawl will debut on Tuesday, January 12. “She lives across the street from Candace (Tika Sumpter; Layla, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), the meanest woman on the show, and she’s up to no good!”
Having portrayed a string of eccentric seniors in recent years on everything from HART OF DIXIE to SAM & CAT, Cheatham was ready to roll with her comedic chops. “You know how they say, ‘And the curtains twitched?’” she asks. “Pearl is that lady behind the curtain, keeping tabs on the whole neighborhood.”
While Perry keeps a tight lid on the show’s scandalous storylines, Soaps In Depth did learn that Cheatham’s character will be the mother of Justin, a hunky new police officer on the canvas. “The young man [Nicholas James] has been invited to be a regular on the show,” Cheatham previews. “I’m thrilled to hear it.”
Might that also mean a prolonged future with the soap for herself? “From your mouth to God’s ears!” she laughs. “I’m counting on it.” For more from the popular actress, look for her Catching Up feature in CBS Soaps In Depth, on sale Monday, February 8.
Soap Opera Star Genie Francis Reveals 40-pound Weight Loss on Nutrisystem(Pic) FORT WASHINGTON, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Daytime television star, Genie Francis, is kicking off the New Year having conquered her dieting demons after a lifelong battle with her weight. The beloved soap opera actress recently revealed that she lost 40 pounds on Nutrisystem (NASDAQ: NTRI), a leading provider of weight management products and services, and feels better than ever.
Francis began her weight loss journey with Nutrisystem in September 2014 and has continued to reach milestone after milestone. Now 40 pounds down, Francis feels like she has a new lease on life.
“Dieting began for me at such a young age. When I was 14, they put my character Laura on a diet. It set off a whole pattern for me with crazy starvation dieting," said Francis. “Nutrisystem is livable and for once I am not suffering or starving myself to achieve my weight loss goals. The best thing about the program is that I'm more at peace with food than I have ever been in my lifetime.”
Francis’ most recent weight loss success has her feeling more like her old self. She admits to having more confidence, doesn’t dread getting dressed or being on camera, and has much more energy.
Francis also plans to continue her healthy lifestyle with Nutrisystem and wants to lose even more weight.
“I’ve learned portion control and the right foods to eat to keep my body feeling full and energized. The fact that I can eat the foods I love on Nutrisystem helps satisfy my cravings making me less vulnerable to trigger foods. The approach keeps my nutrition on track.”
Francis is one of several other aspirational and relatable brand ambassadors who have successfully lost weight with Nutrisystem including singer and actress, Marie Osmond, who lost 50 pounds; Hall of Fame quarterback, Dan Marino, who lost 22 pounds; and actress and director, Melissa Joan Hart, who lost 40 pounds.
Francis can be seen in Nutrisystem commercials nationwide this Diet Season.
For more information on Nutrisystem, its program and products, visit www.nutrisystem.com.
‘Fuller House’ men dedicate show to their moms, who ‘would have loved’ the showThe men of “Full House,” Danny, Joey and Uncle Jesse, are all back for Netflix’s reboot, “Fuller House.” However, the actors who portray them — Bob Saget, Dave Coulier and John Stamos, respectively — are not the same men. They’re older, wiser, and have all recently dealt with a similar devastating loss, the passing of their moms.
Including show creator, Jeff Franklin, all four men lost their moms in the same year.”It’s been beautiful because we’ve all had ups and downs,” Stamos told People, who along with his co-stars, will be on the cover of their magazine this week. “We’ve had divorces and deaths and we’ve all been there for each other like a real family.”
Coulier agrees with that sentiment, adding, “There was just an instant support system. I consider those guys my family. We’re just always there for each other. We really made some extraordinary friendships that will last forever.”
Closely mirroring the loss DJ, Stephanie, and Michelle dealt with on “Full House,” Stamos admits, “I miss my parents being here. It would be fun if they were. My mom loved [‘Full House’].”
So gather tissues before watching the first episode of “Fuller House,” as it will dedication will be made to Arlen Coulier, Carole Franklin, Dolly Saget, and Loretta Stamos. “That’s the only sad part, (that) our moms aren’t around to see this,” says Franklin. “We’re putting an ‘in loving memory’ card at the end of the first show. Because this is something they would have loved.”
“Fuller House” will premiere Feb. 26 on Netflix.
General Hospital's Genie Francis: On Losing Weight and Loving Life(parade.com) (Video) When the news broke in late October last year that Genie Francis would be extending her time on General Hospital, you could almost feel the earth move. No doubt her legions of fans were clapping and stomping feet in unison.
The fictional town of Port Charles wouldn’t be the same without her as Laura, known and loved since the late 1970s. Genie made history Nov. 17, 1981, when more than 30 million viewers watched her wed Luke, played by Anthony Geary, on the show. The fictional nuptials are still considered the highest-rated hour in U.S. soap opera annals.
Genie has a Daytime Emmy and three other Emmy nominations, but her greatest rewards continue to be her personal accomplishments. She’s committed to being healthy in both mind and body, and has developed her own self-care plan which she shares with us here.
She’s open about her own insecurities—we all have them, admit it or not—and she’s taken smart steps to educate herself about eating. Genie is a shining of example of the benefits of “knowing thyself” and how food really can be your friend if you take time to get to know it better.
As a spokesperson for Nutrisystem, she’s a walking encyclopedia of smart eating, so I had to ask for some weight-loss secrets. She’s got plenty and they’re all good.
If you’re losing weight right now—go for it, and you can do it! Try Genie’s tips in the video here, and make sure you have some apples in your fridge. She tells us why in this video.
Here’s to a happy, healthy you in 2016!
Jacob Young Prepares For Baby Number ThreeIn just a few months, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s Jacob Young (Rick) and his wife, Christen, will welcome a new baby girl to join big brother Luke, 7, and big sister Molly, 2. The stork won’t be landing in Los Angeles, however, since a little less than a year ago the family relocated from Southern California to a small town in northern Utah.
“We’d been talking about moving someplace else for a long time, and we spent a lot of time doing research until we found the right spot,” says Young, who commutes back-and-forth to L.A. for work.
We recently caught up with the actor about life apart from Hollywood’s hustle and bustle and about the preparations being made for the newest member of the family, including the all-important question: Is it time to start driving a minivan?
“We’ve thought about that,” Young says with a laugh. “The kids would currently fit in our smaller SUV, but we definitely are going to have to upgrade to something a little bigger.”
It’s all in the latest issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!
Jason Thompson Shares Final GENERAL HOSPITAL Family Photo(Pic) As he prepares to exit GENERAL HOSPITAL, Jason Thompson (Patrick) posted a beautiful family photo to Instagram!
“Family,” he wrote posing alongside Finola Hughes (Anna), Kimberly McCullough (Robin) and Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma). “Love these powerhouses.”
Nathan Varni, ABC’s Manager, Current Programming, took to social media to praise the talented actors as their final episodes hit the air. “A heartfelt thank you to not only a terrific actor but a great guy,” he wrote to Thompson on Twitter. “It was a pleasure!”
“Thank you very much, Nathan,” the actor replied. “Very nice of you. And to you! It was a pleasure indeed. Hopefully not the last time. All the best.”
Varni also declared his appreciation to McCullough. “A big thank you and shout out,” he tweeted at her. “Without you, these final episodes would not have been what they are!”
The actress responded to his praise in her own unique style with a simple fist bump emoji!
Thompson's can follow him over to CBS when he debuts as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Billy next week. And for more GH news, read ABC Soaps In Depth!
BROOKLYN RAE SILZER SAYS GOOD-BYE TO GHPatrick and Robin's happy ending involves a move to California — which means that their on-screen daughter, Brooklyn Rae Silzer, is ending her run as Emma (at least for now; the show hopes to bring her back for visits). "I am very sad about her moving but I understand that this was the best way to write our story since Jason [Thompson, Patrick] was leaving," the young actress, who began playing Emma in 2011, tells Digest. Thompson and Silzer's final air date is today, January 7, but she hopes that it isn't long before Emma sets foot back in Port Charles. "I would really love to come back," she says. "My Grandma Anna has a huge house now and she might be lonely and need to see Emma! We could have super-long sleepovers!” For more with Silzer, including her good-bye message to GH fans, be sure to check out the new issue of Digest, on sale tomorrow.
Maurice Benard Shows Off His Singing Skills In Adorable ClipBet you didn’t know that GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Maurice Benard could sing!
The actor tweeted this brief video of himself singing along to Dr. Hook’s ‘70s classic “The Cover Of Rolling Stone” as it plays on his phone. And sitting next to him is his 16-year-old daughter, Cassidy, who reacts pretty much like every teenager would when their parent is doing something to embarrass them!
Check out the fun clip and sing along if you know the words!
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.
Jon Lindstrom Shares Romantic Holiday Photo(Pic) GENERAL HOSPITAL star Jon Lindstrom (ex-Kevin) enjoyed a holiday lunch with his wife, Cady McClain (Dixie, ALL MY CHILDREN) and commemorated it with a selfie!
"Took my lady for a holiday lunch and one last pic with a Christmas tree," Lindstrom captioned the sweet pic.
McClain retweeted his photo, adding, “That’s me and my baby! Love him soooo much.”
The couple — who CBS fans will know better as AS THE WORLD TURNS’ Craig and Rosanna — seem happier than ever together!
Blake Lively and Amber Tamblyn Reunite, Joking They're Now 'Sister Wives Of The Traveling Pants!'(Pic) In case you were wondering, the cast of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants still get together; and while it may not be for candle lit heart to hears in an old attic, they still know how to have a good time.
Blake Lively took to Instagram on Monday, sharing a snap with her former co-star Amber Tamblyn.
In the photo the, the actresses – bundled in winter gear – smile at the camera looking fresh faced and happy during their mini reunion.
"WHERE are my hands?!?! #SisterWivesOfTheTravelingPants," Lively, 28, captioned the photo.
Tamblyn, 32, who is married to comedian David Cross, also shared her own selfie of the two on Friday.
"#tbt to my sister. Happy new year. I love you," she captioned another smiley photo of the pair.
Expanding their reunion, Tamblyn also shared photos with the other two cast members of the film, Alexis Bledel, 34, and America Ferrera, 31.
"#tbt to right now," Tamblyn captioned the photo with Ferrera. "Love you sister. Happy new year."
If the rumors are true, the ladies will be seeing a lot more of each other. Although there hasn't been much buzz about it, Ferrera said last January that a third installment of the franchise was on the table.
"It's actually very much in the works," she told PEOPLE. "There's a fifth book, and what's wonderful about it is, and the series to begin with, is that it's really raw and honest about friendship and how hard it can be and how it changes as you grow up."
From the looks of it, not much has changed between the cast mates.
John Stamos Reveals What Really Happened With the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Fuller House "Confusion"The return of Full House's Tanner family in Netflix's Fuller House is nigh. However, it won't be a full family reunion: Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen did not reprise their role of Michelle Tanner during the first season of the upcoming comedy. Their public comments on the series came shortly after John Stamos announced the show and Stamos was quick to fire back in what became a (one-sided) somewhat tense he said-she said conversation thanks to Twitter.
After the initial announcement, the Olsens said they hadn't heard about the project. "I ran into Bob [Saget] the other day and we didn't even talk about it," Ashley told Women's Wear Daily shortly after Stamos announced the new series on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The Olsens said they only heard about the show after Stamos made the announcement. "I'm shocked I haven't heard from John [Stamos]," Mary-Kate said.
At the time, Stamos fired back, but quickly cleared the air. "I think there was some confusion. They said first I didn't ask them. And I didn't personally, but I was told they were asked," Stamos told Howard Stern on Stern's SiriusXM show. "So I had a knee-jerk reaction and said, 'Bulls--t, I did ask them.' And they got upset, so I did call and talked to Mary-Kate and explained what the show is going to be and told them I'd love for them to be on there and they decided not to, which I respect."
Stern suggested the Olsens, who have two successful fashion lines, could be too expensive, or "too rich" to care about the show.
"You'd have to ask them. They seemed…they were very, very sweet. They seemed very into it. They just were afraid of acting. They don't consider themselves actresses," Stamos said. "I said maybe you guys will just be in New York and we'll do a phone call or something and they were like, 'Let us think about it,' and it just wasn't for them so…"
"Although Ashley and Mary-Kate will not be a part of Fuller House, I know how much Full House has meant to them and they are still very much considered family," executive producer Robert L. Boyett said in a statement in 2015. "It has been exciting to see how they have built their professional careers, and I support their choice to focus on their fashion brands and various business endeavors. I appreciate their support and good wishes towards Fuller House."
Michelle Tanner's absence is explained in the first episode in a very tongue-in-cheek and very close to real-life way.
Stamos, who is also starring in Fox's Grandfathered, admitted to Stern he was tired of being called Uncle Jesse and his time on ER helped him break out passed the beloved character, but now he's at peace with the legacy. "Well I can embrace it now. I've done enough work… I could get rid of it, people don't," he said. "They just won't."
After trying to sell the spinoff for over a year, Stamos said Netflix came along and they were deemed a perfect fit. But he still was nervous about giving the Tanner clan another go, especially considering the fan anticipation level.
"I'm a little afraid because I don't know what people are expecting. It was always meant to be a spinoff. That we would… I did the first two, Dave [Coulier] does a couple, Bob [Saget] does a couple…Also we didn't know if they could act… Jodi [Sweetin] and Andrea [Barber] haven't acted for years. But they're fantastic. I swear," Stamos said.
Fuller House follows Candace Cameron Bure's DJ Tanner-Fuller, now a widowed mother of three, enlisting her sister Stephanie (Sweetin) and best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Barber) to help raise her family. All episodes premiere on Netflix on Friday, Feb. 26.
John Stamos on Howard Stern: 5 Revelations About Addiction, Sex Tapes, a Surprise Pregnancy and MoreAfter a "rough" year plagued by a DUI arrest and a month in rehab, John Stamos is offering up a progress report—and no topic is off limits.
During an appearance on The Stern Show, the 52-year-old Grandfathered star reflected on virtually every conflict he's faced in his multi-decade career, including his battle with substance abuse, his divorce from former wife Rebecca Romijn, the death of his parents, and his unfulfilled quest to have children despite a surprise pregnancy early in his career.
Regardless of the lengthy list of personal tribulations, the Fuller House actor is facing them all head-on, accepting some, moving on from others, all while discussing them freely for the public to understand.
1. Rehab Has Made Him Feel "Even"
His month-long stint in rehab was a hot-button topic for Stern and fans alike after the former Full House actor checked himself into a treatment facility in July to remedy his addiction following his DUI arrest. The actor said he wasn't in denial about his addiction after entering rehab, acknowledging he had a "horrific" DUI.
"I coulda hurt somebody...It was really stupid and ignorant of me. I hated myself for that," he told Stern.
After the month-long visit, Stamos says he feels "even" now that he is finally off of all his former substances, including antidepressants and the sleeping pill Ambien.
2. His Dating Game Is Slacking
Despite his picture-perfect looks, the actor admits he has terrible game when it comes to the ladies. Stamos said he always thinks he's going to be turned down, though he admits that it doesn't actually happen often.
3. His Mother Filled a Gap After His Divorce From Rebecca Romijn
"My father passed away and I got divorced…it sent me sort of down a wrong path," he said, adding that his mother's later death further "knocked [him] off."
Through therapy, the actor identified his personal reasons for his reoccurring turn to substances, particularly after his mother's death at 75 years old in 2014.
"We needed each other and she needed me and [after his death] I sort of became my father and she sort of became my wife—obviously not in a weird way," he expressed. "It was a big part of my purpose for many many years to be there for her and be a good son."
4. He Impregnated a Mystery Woman in His Late 20s
"It was just bad timing," he said of the surprise pregnancy. "It was sort of a mutual decision," he added of their choice not to have the baby. Today, Stamos says children are the "only thing that's missing" from his life.
5. This Is Where He Hides His Sex Tapes
While he argues the women he has slept with push videos and photos in the bedroom more than he does, he doesn't mess around when it comes to securing his recorded frisky behavior.
"For the few times I've done it, I have the video and I have it on a hard drive in my safe."
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.
Voice of original Boba Fett, Jason Wingreen, has diedAs first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, sitcom and character actor Jason Wingreen (Judge Matson, General Hospital) passed away on Christmas Day 2015, and a small piece of “Star Wars” history has gone with the 95 year-old. Wingreen was the voice of bounty hunter Boba Fett in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, turning just a handful of lines into one of the most iconic characters of the franchise.
And while George Lucas’ meddling wound up erasing Wingreen’s small role in later versions, replacing him with Temuera Morrison, who played Jengo Fett in the prequels, to any devoted “Star Wars” fan, it’s Wingreen’s voice that sounds right.
And while his role as Boba Fett might be his most famous, it wasn’t the one that brought him the most success. It was his role as Harry Snowden, Archie Bunker’s (Carroll O’Connor), that Wingreen credits with his stability in the often hectic life of an actor. He tells the Classic TV History blog, “I loved it. It was wonderful … allowed me to retire, let me put it that way.”
Actually, Wingreen’s whole conversation on the blog is worth a read. He discusses his young life in the 1930s and 40s, including a stint in World War II, his sitcom roles and guest star parts in “The Twilight Zone” and “Star Trek,” and what it’s like to be a small part of “Star Wars” history.
For his long career and even longer life, it seems Wingreen has a great sense of humor about things. On his Boba Fett role, he says “I think the actual work, aside from the hellos and goodbyes and all that, could have been no more than 10 minutes.”
Unleashing Mr. DarcyRyan Paevey's Hallmark movie, Unleashing Mr. Darcy, is based on a book by Teri Wilson. You can order it here: Paperback, Kindle.
Teresa Castillo Teases Co-Star Chad Duell In Adorable New Year's Video(Video) GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Teresa Castillo (Sabrina) has a very interesting New Year’s resolution!
Backstage at the soap during the filming of the Nutcracker Gala episodes, the actress appeared to be confessing how she was going to better herself in the new year — only to then turn it into a joke at the expense of co-star Chad Duell (Michael)!
And just look how he reacted!
Kimberly McCullough Shares Adorable Selfie With GENERAL HOSPITAL Co-Star(Pic) Our hearts grew three sizes this day!
As touching as it was to see Emma reunited with her mother, Robin, on GENERAL HOSPITAL, it was even more heartwarming to see a personal selfie that Kimberly McCullough tweeted of her with on-screen daughter Brooklyn Rae Silzer.
“This one,” was all she needed to write.
Knowing that the Drake family is being reunited on screen only for a brief time is sad, but knowing the actors will remain as close as family makes it hurt a little less!
Check Out GENERAL HOSPITAL Star Ryan Paevey's New Movie PosterRyan Paevey (Nathan, GENERAL HOSPITAL) sure cleans up well!
While most fans love seeing Paevey's GH character in as little clothing as possible, you have to admit he's looking quite dashing in the newly-released poster for the upcoming Hallmark Channel movie Unleashing Mr. Darcy!
The film is a modern day spin on Pride & Prejudice and stars Cindy Busby as Elizabeth Scott, a woman who encounters Paevey's Donovan Darcy at a fancy New York dog show. Naturally the friction between the pair leads to romantic sparks, but can the two find true love and live happily ever after?
You'll have to tune in to Unleashing Mr. Darcy when it premieres on Saturday, January 23, on Hallmark Channel. But you can check out the poster here right now!
The Stars Of GENERAL HOSPITAL Hit The East CoastSpend some time with the lovely ladies of GENERAL HOSPITAL!
Early next year, Laura Wright (Carly), Maura West (Ava), Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Emme Rylan (Lulu) will be making very special personal appearances in New York and New Jersey.
On Saturday, January 30, the beauties will be appearing at the Brokerage Entertainment Club in Bellmore, NY. General admission includes a Q&A session, while the VIP admission includes an additional photo opportunity following the show. There are also special tickets which include the above plus a mix and mingle event before the show! Click here for more information and to order tickets.
Later that Saturday evening, there will be a separate cocktail hour and a private dinner held in Astoria, NY. Call (718) 728-8581 for more information and reservations for these two events.
And on Sunday, January 31, the ladies will be appearing at Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club in Point Pleasant, NJ. The main event includes a Q&A show plus a photo with the group, but an all-day ticket is also available which includes the show plus a meet and greet opportunity for autographs and photos beforehand. For more information and to order your tickets, click here!
William deVry Shares Family Holiday PhotoGENERAL HOSPITAL star William deVry (Julian) shared the cutest holiday photo!
The actor and girlfriend Rebecca Staab (Elizabeth, PORT CHARLES) tweeted a photo of themselves kneeling in front of their Christmas tree surrounded by and holding their many rescue dogs.
"XO to all," deVry tweeted. "Love, Will, Rebecca and the Bacon Brigade."
It's also an amazing photo because the animal lovers were able to wrangle all those tiny little dogs and get them to sit still for a photo! How did they do it? "The magic of Christmas," deVry joked on Twitter.
'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).
Michelle Stafford's New MovieGENERAL HOSPITAL's Michelle Stafford (Nina) fires up the screen with Tom Sizemore in the upcoming film Durant's Never Closes. The indie flick is set to premiere in January, but Soaps In Depth has your first look at Stafford and Sizemore facing off!
While Stafford can also be spotted in the Durant's Never Closes trailer, this (not safe for work without headphones!) clip offers a first look at the tension between Stafford's Suzie and Sizemore's Jack Durant, a notorious restaurateur and ladies man. "He was a mobster and this is the story of his life," previews Stafford, who plays Durant's ex-wife. "I come into it in the middle and we're just talking at the bar about our lives, with flashbacks."
As you can see in this clip, which is riddled with salty language, these are not flashbacks to happier times! The crime biopic looks at the legend of Durant and takes place over a single day in Durant's Steakhouse, which remains a Phoenix institution today.
Durant's Never Closes is set to premiere January 21 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Phoenix. "I'm excited," says Stafford. "I shot it back in March, so I've seen my stuff in it, but I'm looking forward to sitting there with a bunch of people and watching it, for sure. It's a great story!"
The theatrical run will debut at Harkins Shea 14 in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 22, and will also play in select cities around the country. For more on Durant's Never Closes, visit http://www.runningwildfilms.com. And watch the dramatic clip here!
Jason Thompson's GENERAL HOSPITAL Castmates Already Miss Him!Jason Thompson finished taping scenes as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Patrick back in November to head to his new gig as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Billy, but clearly his former castmates still miss him!
Obrecht may have given Patrick hell as his boss at General Hospital, but portrayer Kathleen Gati shared the love on social media, posting to Twitter a photo of the two of them backstage.
"Wishing Jason Thompson the best at Y&R," she wrote. "I so enjoyed working with you at GH!"
Thompson replied with a heartfelt, "Thank you 'Dr. O." Always fun. Have a great holiday!"
Look for Patrick to last air on GH the first week of January, and keep an eye out for Thompson to make his debut as the most recent Billy Abbott recast over at Y&R on CBS in the new year. And check out Gati's photo here!
BIG WEEKEND FOR DAYS’S JEN LILLEYJen Lilley (Theresa, DAYS/ex-Maxie, GH) has a lot to smile about this weekend. Not only is she starring in the Lifetime movie, THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS on Saturday December 19, her version of "Jingle Bells" from her debut Christmas album, Tinsel Time is going to be in Mariah Carey's directorial debut, A CHRISTMAS MELODY, on the same night. “It's Christmas all around for me,” states the actress. "I'm hoping fans DVR her movie and watch mine live." Tinsel Time also made it into Amazon's top 5 best selling Jazz albums this week. For a sample or to purchase click here.
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Once Upon a Time Casts 'Warrior' Dorothy, to Battle Wicked Witch in OzChicago Fire alum Teri Reeves is set to heat things up in Once Upon a Time‘s Oz.
TVLine has learned exclusively that Reeves has landed the recurring role of Kansas native Dorothy Gale, who since the last time we saw her has grown up to be a “brave warrior for good.”
Having returned home to the Heartland at the end of Season 3’s Zelena-centric “Kansas” episode (and then played by Matreya Scarrwener), Dorothy returns to Oz to save the magical city from the most wicked of witches. But to do so, she will have to forge new friendships, unlocking a strength she has never had before.
In addition to her Season 1 Chicago Fire run (as Casey’s ill-fated fiancée), Reeves’ TV credits include episodes of Castle, Scandal, NCIS and Three Rivers.
ABC’s Once Upon a Time resumes Season 5 on March 6 with Episode 12; Reeves debuts in Episode 16.
Jaime Ray Newman Checks In To ‘Bates Motel’Jaime Ray Newman is keeping busy. After wrapping Bravo’s True Fiction pilot, Newman will segue to A&E’s Bates Motel in a major recurring role. She will play Rebecca Hamilton, an old flame of Alex Romero (Nestor Carbonell) with whom she’s still very much in love, in the upcoming fourth season. The Psycho prequel centers on Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) and her son, Norman (Freddie Highmore).
Newman’s previous TV credits include series regular roles on Wicked City, Mind Games and Red Widow, and recurring roles on Bosch, Franklin & Bash, and Drop Dead Diva, among others. Film work includes Tarzan and Game Of Assassins. Newman is repped by ICM Partners and Burstein Co.
First FULLER HOUSE TeaserNetflix has released the first teaser for FULLER HOUSE!
The sequel to the hit series FULL HOUSE centers around D.J., Stephanie and Kimmy raising their children, and features quite a few daytime alumni.
Naturally, GENERAL HOSPITAL's John Stamos (ex-Blackie) reprises his role as Uncle Jesse and Lori Loughlin (Jody, THE EDGE OF NIGHT) is Becky, but you'll also find Eva LaRue (Maria, ALL MY CHILDREN) playing Teri Tanner and John Brotherton (Jared, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) as Matt Harmon.
FULLER HOUSE debuts on Netflix on Friday, February 26, but if you're a fan, you're not going to want to miss the wonderful trailer below right here: Video.
Acclaimed Director David O. Russell Calls GENERAL HOSPITAL Actors "Professional Athletes"Academy Award-nominated director David O. Russell praised the talents of daytime actors!
In the upcoming film Joy, the mother of the title character played by Jennifer Lawrence, is obsessed with a soap opera, so writer/director David O. Russell created one of his own and enlisted daytime legends Maurice Benard (Sonny, GENERAL HOSPITAL), Susan Lucci (Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN), Laura Wright (Carly, GH) and Donna Mills (ex-Madeline, GH) to star in it!
"We shot a soap opera from the '60s to the 2000s," Russell said during the The Hollywood Reporter Director Roundtable. "And those guys are like professional athletes."
Also at the roundtable was Quentin Tarantino, who interjected, "That might be one of the most interesting things said at the table. The power of soap opera actors. That actually is a nugget, and I buy it 100 percent!"
In response, Benard posted to Facebook: "It was such a privilege to be in a David O. Russell movie. Working with David is like working with an incredibly talented mad scientist. The energy was out of this world and it made me want to be great."
The entire director's roundtable will air on CLOSE UP WITH THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER on Sunday, January 3, at 11:00 a.m. ET on Sundance TV. And Joy hits theaters on Christmas Day. But for a clip of Russell's praise for daytime actors, watch here: Video.
GENERAL HOSPITAL's Ingo Rademacher Returns To HAWAII FIVE-0(Pic: Ingo on HAWAII FIVE-0 set ) Ingo Rademacher (ex-Jax, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is coming back to TV!
Soap fans still miss seeing him around Port Charles, but the actor posted online that he's appearing again on the primetime series HAWAII FIVE-0!
"So super stoked to be back on HAWAII FIVE-0," he posted on Facebook. "And this time a nice little recurring... that's all I can say, y'all!"
As Rademacher lives in Hawaii, he's a natural to appear on the series that tapes there. He first appeared on the series as Malcolm Schafer in an episode back in 2011. At this time we have no further information about when his next episode will air or how many he'll be appearing in, but we'll keep you in the loop!
Will MacMillan, ‘General Hospital’ Actor, Dies at 71(variety.com) Actor, director and producer Will MacMillan died Dec. 2 in Burbank, Calif. He was 71.
A member of the Screen Actors Guild, MacMillan was active in television, film and stage. On television he was well known for his role as Boris on “General Hospital,” as well as for guest appearances in shows including “West Wing,” “Las Vegas,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “NYPD Blue” and “Three’s Company,” among others.
His film credits include a co-starring role in George Romero’s “The Crazies” (1973) along with roles in the third installment of “Dirty Harry” (“The Enforcer,” 1976) and “Salvador” (1986).
MacMillan was the artistic director of Psychic Repertory Theatre, which toured the country for special needs children for nearly 15 years, and made on-stage appearances in “Brigadoon,” “1776,” and “Pippin” in theaters across the country.
A recent achievement of MacMillan’s was winning the Sierra Silver award at the Yosemite Film Festival for “The Gift,” a short film that he wrote, directed and produced.
The production of his last creative endeavor, an indie film called “Destiny Trail,” was a family affair. While MacMillan both directed and exec-produced the project, his son also exec-produced, his wife produced and his daughter wrote, produced and starred in the film. “Destiny Trail” was completed and screened in Los Angeles in October 2015.
MacMillan is survived by his wife Laura; son Jonathan; and daughters Natalie, Brittany and Grace.
David O. Russell ‘Blown Away’ by Soap Actors Because They Just Do Their Damn Jobs(vulture.com) Virginia Madsen plays Jennifer Lawrence's soap-opera-obsessed mother in David O. Russell's latest film, Joy. But rather than include clips from a pre-existing daytime soap, Russell shot original scenes with soap veterans Susan Lucci (Erica Kane on All My Children), Maurice Bernard (Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital), Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos on General Hospital), and Donna Mills (Abby Ewing on Knots Landing). After working with these actors, Russell praised them in this week's THR directors roundtable, calling them "professional athletes."
I'd go, "Donna Mills! Susan Lucci! Let's have a catfight." They don't go, "Oh wait, what's my motivation?" They just go, bang! I was blown away by the power of these women actors.
Fellow roundtable participant Quentin Tarantino said, "That might be one of the most interesting things said at the table. The power of soap opera actors. That actually is a nugget, and I buy it 100 percent."
And he's not wrong. Soap-opera actors shoot multiple scripts in one day, and with the decrease in budgets since the heyday of the genre (the '80s and '90s), there's not often time for reshoots. You must know your lines, be on your mark, and be ready to shoot. There's no time for Method acting or arguing with a director. It's the sort of professional athleticism that Alfred Hitchcock greatly admired in actors. In 1962, during a series of interviews with François Truffaut, Hitchcock famously referred to actors as cattle. For example, during the shooting of I Confess, Hitchcock didn't get along with Montgomery Clift. According to Patricia Bosworth's Montgomery Clift: A Biography, Hitchock would tell Clift exactly how he wanted him to behave in scenes. Clift balked at the demands and would act how he wanted in other takes, but Hitchcock would ultimately use the takes where Clift followed his instructions. It shouldn't come as surprise that a number of the actors Hitchock worked with — including Farley Granger, John Forsythe, and Macdonald Carey — went on to act in soaps.
Russell, who has been known to battle with his own actors on set, is probably just embracing his inner Hitchcock. He even has Lawrence as his icy blonde. And really, is it any surprise that a director who loves a good screaming match and casting Lawrence older than she actually is in every film would love a good Erica Kane soap-opera catfight?
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!
GH CO-STARS DEBUT NEW VIDEORobert Palmer Watkins (Dillon, GH) has released a video version of his Selena Gomez cover, "Good For You" — and one of his co-stars in the video is his Port Charles cohort, Brytni Sarpy (Valerie, GH). Check it out here.
WGA TV NominationsThe WGA has announced nominations for outstanding achievement in TV, new media, news, radio, and promotional writing during 2015. Winners will be announced at the WGA Awards on February 13 during simultaneous ceremonies in New York City (for WGA East) and Los Angeles (for WGA West).
The Bold and the Beautiful: Head Writers: Bradley P. Bell, Michael Minnis Writers: Rex M. Best, Shannon Bradley, Adam Dusevoir, Tracey Ann Kelly, Patrick Mulcahey, Mark Pinciotti, Michele Val Jean; CBS
General Hospital: Writers: Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Andrea Archer Compton, Suzanne Flynn, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Elizabeth Page, Jean Passanante, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten; ABC
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“Back to Reality” (Weight) (Martha Bryne Series)
“Born This Way” (Anyone But Me)
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/.
DAYTIME EMMY DATES ANNOUNCEDThe 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016, NATAS announced today. The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony will take place on Friday, April 29, 2016. Venues are still to be determined. “Daytime television continues to evolve and each year I am humbled by the depth of talent and production that takes place day in and day out in our industry,” said David Michaels, Senior Executive Director, Daytime Emmy Awards in a statement. “With the proliferation of new programming and the continuous innovations in how, where and when we watch Daytime television, I am looking forward to another year of growth and excellence for the Daytime genre.”
Chicago Med Admits GH's Julie BermanGeneral Hospital vet Julie Berman is transferring to Chicago Med.
The three-time Emmy-winning actress is joining NBC’s latest Chicago Fire spinoff in a recurring role, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Unlike on GH, Berman will actually be playing a doctor on Med — and a skilled one at that. Her character, Toni Zanetti, is a brilliant, self-assured attending surgeon who does not suffer fools. Sexy in scrubs and high heels, she confidently turns heads wherever she goes.
Berman’s Dr. Zanetti first appears in Episode 3.
Since wrapping up her eight-year GH run as Lulu Spencer in 2013, Berman has guest-starred on Jane the Virgin and Two and a Half Men. She can currently be seen in the new Hulu comedy series Casual.
Chicago Med premieres Nov. 17 at 9/8c.
DAYTIMERS JOIN YOUTHFUL DAZEBryan R. Dattilo (Lucas, DAYS), Sean Kanan (Deacon, B&B), Cady McClain (ex-Kelly, Y&R et al), Melissa Archer (ex-Serena DAYS et al) and Andrew Trischitta (ex-Jack, OLTL) have all been tapped to appear in the upcoming season of the web soap YOUTHFUL DAZE. While details of their roles have not been released, the actors have tweeted the names of their characters. Dattilo will be playing Eric, Kanan will be playing cult leader Richie Kingsly, McClain will be playing Aunt Kathy, Archer will be playing Monica Reynolds and Trischitta will be playing Travis. The new season of YOUTHFUL DAZE will be available on their website, http://www.youthfuldaze.com/ beginning February 20, 2016.
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!
GH STAR RELEASES FILMJason Cook (ex-Matt, GH) released his mockumentary, State Of Bacon, on Google Play and iTunes, on September 5 in honor of International Bacon Day. A description of the film reads, "The definitive mockumentary celebrating bacon fellowship at the annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival in Iowa. WWE legend Hacksaw Jim Duggan faces off against PETA, while a diplomatic envoy from Iceland steals Governor Terry Branstad's pardoned pig, all while Senator Chuck Grassley and a Bacon Queen reign over all things bacon." To view the trailer, go to: https://youtu.be/gM38MbuWVYU. Look for the actor to make his Salem comeback this fall.
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.
New Twist In Prospect Park Lawsuit!In a new court motion, Prospect Park Networks has asked to convert its Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan to a Chapter 7 because they have been unable to pay the fees owed to their legal counsel, Jones Day, in the breach of contract suit against Disney/ABC over ONE LIFE TO LIVE. PPN had hoped that selling $6 million in tax credits it had received for filming the OLTL and ALL MY CHILDREN reboots in Connecticut would pay for the law firm to represent them in the $95 million lawsuit, but the proceeds weren't enough to keep Jones Day as their counsel or find a suitable replacement once PPN had paid off their largest claim holder.
"The best hope for a meaningful recovery to creditors is successful prosecution or settlement of the ABC litigation," reads the motion. "The debtor and the debtor's counsel have done everything to keep the ABC litigation alive for the benefits of creditors."
Under the Chapter 11 filing, PPN would have liquidated the estate, but the company's creditors bashed that plan, claiming that the disclosure statement failed to provide information about how the production company valued the contract suit with ABC (its primary asset) or how that litigation would be handled under the plan. Switching to Chapter 7 bankruptcy would effectively allow PPN to have their debts canceled. (However, PPN is requesting that a trustee be appointed as quickly as possible to oversee the ongoing ABC litigation.) Explaining in the motion that their revenue stream from Hulu is set to expire on July 31, rendering the estate "administratively insolvent because the outstanding and unpaid fees awarded to estate professional exceeds the amount of cash the Debtor has on hand."
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.”
‘When Calls The Heart’ Renewed For Season 3 On Hallmark ChannelHallmark Channel has picked up a third season of original scripted series When Calls The Heart for premiere in February. The network ordered 10 hours of Season 3, with a 2-hour sneak peek of episodes 1 and 2 premiering during the 2015 holiday season. Based on the bestselling series of books of the same name by Janette Oke, When Calls The Heart tells the story of a young woman who begins a new chapter in her life in an early 20th century coal mining town. Stars Lori Loughlin, Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing and Kristina Wagner are set to return for Season 3.
When Calls The Heart is produced by Believe Pictures and Brad Krevoy TV. Krevoy, Tony Blake, Robin Bernheim, Brian Bird, Michael Landon, Jr., and Michael Shepard are exec producers. Eric Jarboe and Neill Fearnley co-executive produce.
Even as Anthony Geary leaves 'General Hospital,' he can't explain why we loved Luke and Laura(latimes.com) Luke Spencer has spent four decades chasing happiness in picturesque Port Charles but little time actually finding any.
Events always seem to get in the way. Things like accidentally killing his mother with a baseball bat, purposefully killing a mob boss, becoming a mob boss, kidnapping various personages, being kidnapped himself, being injected with a deadly virus, owning a disco, falling ill during an encephalitis outbreak that he brought to town, being run over by a car while saving someone's life, burning down a police station, marrying Laura, divorcing Laura, marrying Tracy, divorcing Tracy, breaking his back in an avalanche, residing in a psychiatric facility, having a heart attack and undergoing quadruple-bypass surgery. Lately he's been having suicidal thoughts too.
But that's life in a soap opera — at least until Monday, when one of daytime television's most beloved, intriguing and unconventional leading men, played by actor Anthony Geary, officially takes his leave of ABC's "General Hospital."
"Luke really is iconic, one of the original gray hats of daytime," said the 68-year-old actor in his dressing room last month after taping one of his final scenes at Hollywood's Prospect Studios. "He was designed as the guy you love to hate and hate to love. He's a classically romantic character, a classic anti-hero."
The high point of his decades in Port Charles remains his character's on-screen romance with Laura Spencer, played by Genie Francis. The couple's roller-coaster romance was a game-changer for daytime television and helped propel "General Hospital" into becoming the longest-running American soap still in production today.
Their storyline broadened the show's audience beyond what many thought was possible for a soap, attracting legions of new fans in workplaces and college campuses alike. Their "Luke and Laura" wedding episode in November 1981 drew 30 million viewers, still a record for a daytime drama.
"When he started, soap operas were custom-made for stay-at-home housewives," said Ed Martin, editor and TV critic of MediaVillage.com who has closely followed "General Hospital." "It was the home for very pretty people. Tony wasn't the typical leading man — he looked like an ordinary guy."
Exiting the show is something Geary has been contemplating for 15 years. Except for an eight-year break in the 1980s, he's been on the show since 1978. (The series premiered in April 1963.) While he still finds the Luke Spencer character "compelling and interesting to play," he feels the timing is right to move on.
"I feel very positive about my decision," said Geary, who recently picked up his eighth Emmy for lead actor in a drama, the most of any leading man in daytime. "That's tempered by leaving a character that has been part of me for more than half my life."
When his last scenes air Monday, Geary will be in Holland, where he has owned a house for 20 years.
"I'll be reinventing myself in a new place and a new language," said Geary, whose dream is to perform in a musical comedy.
Also on the bucket list are acting in the classics or in a comedy.
While grateful for his success, Geary said he's glad he'll finally be free of the creative straitjacket his character imposed. The soap-opera formula of relentless drama made bringing nuance to his character challenging.
"There's very little resolution, and certainly no consequences for a character like mine," he said. "A man who has killed people but always felt so bad about it that he was forgiven. Or the victims were bad people to begin with and his vigilantism was overlooked."
Even though more than three decades have passed since the "Luke and Laura" wedding, he said he can't fully understand pop culture's enduring fascination with it. The romance makes him more than a little uncomfortable — after all, he points out, it began when Spencer became obsessed with young Laura and raped her.
"It's amazing that people still talk about it," he said. "For me, Luke and Laura became as much of a burden as an advantage. Whenever I go on a talk show, they run that clip. It's like having your high school picture dragged out every time you meet someone.
"I appreciate it was a seminal moment for daytime. But personally it was not a wonderful time for me. It's difficult for me to appreciate it the way other people do. Plus, I had that awful '80s 'fro!"
In his last days as Spencer, Geary's co-stars and colleagues have showered him with praise, calling him a true professional who raised the bar for the "General Hospital" company.
I appreciate it was a seminal moment for daytime. But personally it was not a wonderful time for me. It's difficult for me to appreciate it the way other people do. - Anthony Geary on the 'Luke & Laura' wedding.
"All the young actors who have come through here looked up to Tony," said the show's executive producer, Frank Valentini. "There's so much respect and adoration for him."
Casting Geary was the idea of the late Gloria Monty, hired by ABC in 1977 to breathe new life into the then-flailing series. One of her initial moves was to increase the screen time of young cast members. Geary was added to the mix in 1978 as Luke Spencer, a guy from the wrong side of the tracks affiliated with the mob.
The role was supposed to last only 13 weeks. But when Monty and the late writer Douglas Marland had the shady Spencer become smitten with Laura, everything changed.
"Genie was only 17 at the time, and I was 32," Geary said. "They had Luke become obsessed with her, which led to the rape, which was then romanticized to my great regret through the years. Ironically, the audience had as much sympathy for the rapist as they did for the victim, which nobody quite understood. I certainly didn't. After that, Luke became more of a focal point."
The love story became a social phenomena — Newsweek featured the photogenic couple on its cover with the headline "TV's Hottest Show." College students arranged their classes around the show's air time. One industry insider said "General Hospital" during the 1980s earned enough profit to fund ABC's entire development slate for prime time.
Although Luke and Laura is a bit of a sore subject (the on-air couple had two kids but divorced in 2001), Geary's eyes brightened when talking about Francis and their on-screen chemistry.
"Those clear eyes, that porcelain skin," he said. "When Genie looked up at me, I really felt like somebody. She gave me romance. I gave her danger. That was the gift we handed each other without realizing it."
Francis was equally glowing about Geary.
"Nobody knows why lightning in a bottle happens," said Francis, who has been on and off "General Hospital" for years and returned to help close out Spencer's story.
"We had a powerful emotional connection to each other, and that comes through in our scenes," she said. "We could tell what the other was thinking. I was also very intimidated, very young. But I was very determined to go toe-to-toe with him. We fueled each other. It was a crazy ride for both of us."
The amazing success of the romance naturally led producers to try to capitalize on Geary's popularity. It was something he fought frequently.
"I don't have the looks or temperament for a romantic lead," he said. "So that has been a battle through the years."
So how will the show send out a character that has seemingly done it all — or had it done to him? Geary won't reveal any specifics, of course.
"They've given me a terrific wrap for my character," he said. "He's been a difficult, eclectic character to find a logical motivating conclusion for, but they've done that."
General Hospital: Did You Approve of Luke's (& Anthony Geary's) Farewell?(tvline.com) Even if you’ve never watched a single episode of ABC’s General Hospital, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the names Luke Spencer and/or Anthony Geary.
The former is one half of Luke-and-Laura, the supercouple whose wedding was an historic TV event and whose exploits dominated daytime television in the 1970s and ’80s.
The latter is Luke’s portrayer, an eight-time Daytime Emmy winner who in Monday’s episode bid farewell to the soap he called home, off and on, since 1978.
More than half of Geary’s — and Luke’s — final hour in Port Charles was spent down on the docks (of course), waiting for a boat and chatting with Maurice Benard’s Sonny. Their conversation recapped Luke’s recent victory — bringing Elizabeth’s presumed-dead son Jake home (alive!) to his mom — and revisited how Spencer remained tormented by his personal demons.
“I’m leaving Port Charles, Sonny,” Luke said. “For good.”
The men joked about how Frank Smith (a mobster involved in Geary’s first and last story arcs on the show) had brought them together, then Luke gifted Sonny with the gun used to kill the gangster.
“You sure he’s gonna stay dead this time?” Sonny joked.
“I’m gonna guarantee it this time,” Luke said, chuckling.
Lulu later delivered a letter marked “Angel” from her dad to her surprised mother, and as Luke stepped into a foggy night, he said his farewell:
“Goodbye, Port Charles. Good luck to you.”
'General Hospital' stars recall their good times working with Anthony Geary(latimes.com) Anthony Geary, who played the charming antihero Luke Spencer on ABC's "General Hospital," will make his last appearance on the soap opera on Monday. His departure from the series, which he joined in 1978, has prompted fond memories from some of his co-stars.
Jane Elliot, who plays Spencer's longtime love Tracy Quartermaine, said she remembers the first time she met Geary.
"Tony never phoned a performance in," said Elliot. "He never gave less than a full commitment, and that set the tone for everyone who worked with him."
She recalled when Geary first screen-tested for the role of Spencer, he acted with her. "It's always awkward with an actor you don't know," she said. "I was walking down this flight of stars, and I pass Tony, who is doodling on a piece of paper. He's doing tic tac toe. I immediately know what kind of actor he is, doing something real in an unreal setting. I went up to him, put an O next to his X, and our relationship was established."
In addition to working together, the two are tight personal friends off the set.
She added, "There's a rich history that flows between the two of us. There's a deep trust. That's the fun of the game."
Jonathan Jackson (ABC's "Nashville") clearly remembers working with Geary when he was starting out as a child actor on "General Hospital." Jackson played Lucky, the son of Luke and Laura Spencer (Genie Francis).
"Tony's friendship and guidance has meant the world to me," said Jackson, who was 11 years old when he started on the soap. "He was always extremely warm and very present, there was nothing condescending in him. He never treated me like a kid. We clicked right away."
Jackson returned to "General Hospital" recently to film some final scenes with Geary and help close out Spencer's story line."When I found out he was leaving, I knew I had to come back. He was great. Having those last scenes with me were everything I hoped it would be."
‘General Hospital': Luke Spencer makes his disappointing exit(zap2it.com) Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) is taking his last trip out of Port Charles on “General Hospital,” but his farewell was a lackluster affair.
On Monday, July 27, the legendary soap opera character said his last goodbyes to the fictional town that he’s called home for the past 37 years After wrapping up a dramatic storyline that brought back “Nashville’s” Jonathan Jackson as Luke’s son, Lucky, and saw Luke kill the gangster that brought him to PC in the first place, his final episode was just a handful of goodbye scenes to wrap up loose ends.
The show decided not to kill Luke off but rather send him out of town. Over the years, Luke has taken many a bender when Geary wanted to be on hiatus, but this is supposed to be the last hurrah that sticks. As he turns over the gun he used to kill Frank Smith (Joe Cortese) to his longtime friend Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard), Luke admits that this exit isn’t about another caper or gambling bender — he’s out to start a new life.
“That gun belongs in the life that we both chose, a life I’m walking away from,” Luke says on the docks where all of Port Charles’ nefarious business takes place. “I have to find something different while there’s still time.”
While Lucky’s sons Lucky and Ethan (Nathan Parsons) did their last scenes with Luke during the Smith storyline, Luke’s final goodbye was to his daughter Lulu (Emme Rylan), who met him on the docks after a tip-off from Laura (Genie Francis) that he was leaving town.
Luke dispenses some fatherly words of wisdom that he thinks Lulu is perfectly capable of taking care of herself and she doesn’t need him to come and rescue her anymore. It’s a tearful farewell on Lulu’s end, but it’s the kind of speech that Luke has been giving to his children for years.
The only thing that makes this particular exit different from any of Luke’s other exits is that fans know it’s Geary’s last turn as the character. In the last moments of the episode, Luke walks away into the dark fog with a bag over his shoulder, ready to start a new life presumably without mobsters and casinos.
It was a low-key and disappointing affair for a character that has been an iconic part of “General Hospital” for nearly four decades. Still, with Luke not dead it leaves room for Geary to take a break from retirement at any time for special anniversary episodes and appearances.
Everyone knows that if Luke Spencer ever truly goes out it should be with a blaze of glory.
Brad Maule on His ‘General Hospital’ Days and New Life as an Acting Teacher(backstage.com) During his 22 years as Dr. Tony Jones on “General Hospital,” Brad Maule suffered gunshot wounds, impotency, temporary insanity, temporary blindness, and four brain surgeries before his character was finally done in by encephalitis in 2004. But in that time, Maule established himself as one of the most popular actors on daytime TV, earning two Emmy nominations and a host of adoring fans—whose letter-writing campaign even resurrected his character when the producers first tried to kill him off.
Now, Maule is not only back in his native Texas but at his alma mater, Stephen F. Austin University, enjoying a comparatively easier life as an acting and filmmaking lecturer. Here, he chats with us about his Texas roots, his life as a doctor on TV, and the retirement of GH’s other star, Anthony Geary.
Growing up you were a farmer. How did you transition from farmer to actor?
I went to a small country school that had about 150 kids total for all 12 grades. And once a year they’d hold a talent show for the entire school. From the first grade on I was in it. When I was 13 my brother died, and I went to live with my grandparents; at that school they had actual plays that I took part in. So that’s where it began.
I chose Stephen F. Austin for college because it was a rainy, beautiful place—West Texas never rained. I first thought I'd be a lawyer but I couldn't stay away from performing.
Did you get your big break right away?
When I graduated I drove to L.A. with $600 in my pocket. I was scared to death. After six weeks I had $11 left and was thinking of going back to the farm when I got a job with a singing group. I was on the road for a year and then spent a year in Hawaii singing backup for Don Ho. But by then I was in my early 20s and already thought my life was over—I wasn't doing what I wanted. So I moved back to L.A.
It was during the American Music Awards that I got my break. I filled in for Andy Gibb singing “Arthur's Theme” and the producer for “General Hospital” saw it. They called me in to audition for the role of Frisco Jones but then said I was too old. But they still kept calling, and eventually they told me, “You’re gonna be his older brother.”
How did you like working on “General Hospital”?
I really enjoyed it. It becomes a family for you. But it was different then—there were three channels on TV as opposed to 500. And everybody now has to work during the day, so there isn’t the audience. Back then we used to have to say lines like, “I’m about to pull a gun out of the drawer,” because our audience would be in the kitchen, or ironing, or somewhere other than the living room.
One of your most famous moments on TV is when you listen to your dying daughter BJ’s heartbeat for the very last time.
Yeah, that's in the Hall of Fame of daytime moments, right behind Luke and Laura’s wedding. During that shoot they were running late and asked if we could do it without a rehearsal. And I understood how to perform that scene because of what happened with my brother. What I tell my students now is you’re just mostly doing the work—but every once in awhile a wave comes and picks you up, and your work touches people when you never thought it would.
Why were you eventually let go from “General Hospital”?
You never really understand the mechanics of it all. But if you were over 30 and had been on the show for awhile they began to use you less and less. Also, when a new producer comes in, they try and put their stamp on things by getting rid of the old regime. It’s the same everywhere. But I’m happy to say I survived eight producers.
It was a pretty painful period for me though. And it’s harder to get jobs when you're older—I’d walk into a casting office and they’d see Dr. Tony Jones.
So how did you end up back in Texas?
I didn't intend to—I was just looking for places to live, and Nacogdoches was just a nice place. I fished for 30 straight days there just trying to get my head together. And I slowly started teaching and it’s been great. Since I’ve been at SFA our film program has expanded from 17 to 100 students—I’d like to take credit for that, but it coincided with the digital era.
What do you teach?
I teach acting for the camera, acting for theater, and beginning filmmaking. When I first taught acting I had to reverse engineer what I'd been taught—I was like, “Just act!” Because in the soap world there’s no time to find your character. So I had to change a bit, but I’d say I still fit the [David] Mamet style of acting. I've also found that one of the best techniques is to film an actor and then show his work back to him, so he can actually see what's he’s doing right or doing wrong.
Is there one piece of advice you give all actors?
A common piece of advice I give is—you’re telling a lie as if it were the truth. And I tell them to stop flipping the actor switch because we can see it. I also say that if you're lucky enough to get a soap but feel like you’re too good for it, you’re lessening your chances for something better. You can’t have one foot in and one foot out. I believe in complete commitment, even when I did dinner theater where people are eating during your performance.
Talk about SFA’s Film Festival.
Yes, it's the Nacogdoches Film Festival—we’ve grown so much over the past four years. And we’ve been able to raise enough money to have panelists like George R.R. Martin from “Game of Thrones” and Charlaine Harris who wrote the “True Blood” books. We also have a great benefactor in Joe Lansdale, who wrote “Bubba Ho-Tep” and “Cold in July.”
Anthony Geary is retiring as Luke Spencer, a role he held for 37 years on “General Hospital.” What was he like to work with?
Tony is a wonderful guy. He never fell for the hype of being the most famous soap opera actor. He burns hot and loves his work and has a passion for it.
He doesn’t turn the acting switch on and off?
No, if anything he turns yours off.
General Hospital: Ron Carlivati Out, Two Soap Vets In as Headwriter(tvline.com) Port Charles has seen another casualty.
General Hospital headwriter Ron Carlivati has been replaced by soap vets Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman, ABC announced Friday.
Altman and Passanante will start in their new roles on Aug. 10.
Carlivati had been with the daytime drama since 2012, coming off his run as headwriter on sister soap One Life to Live. When news of his dismissal broke on Twitter Friday, many fans credited Carlivati with saving the show around the time that One Life to Live and All My Children were cancelled.
“We are pleased to welcome back two esteemed writers to our General Hospital family,” Vicki Dummer, Executive Vice President Current Series Programming, said in a statement. “Shelly and Jean’s combined talents and experiences promise to continue the show’s legacy of compelling storytelling that will resonate with our impassioned viewers. We’re delighted with what they have in store for the show as they continue honoring the rich, diverse environs of Port Charles.”
In the past, Passanante has worked on the writing staffs of sudsers like All My Children, The Young and the Restless and As the World Turns. Altman’s resume includes writing stints on One Life to Live and The Young and the Restless.
Both women have won multiple Daytime Emmy Awards.
MARTHA BYRNE’S “WEIGHT" TO DEBUT ONLINEThree-time Emmy winner Martha Byrne (ex-Andrea, GH) has created a comedy series about life after extreme weight loss on reality TV with Writers Guild Award nominee Daryn Strauss called WEIGHT. The pilot will be released online and viewers can join the "Virtual Release Party" with Byrne, cast, and special guests by using the hashtag #weightcrazy on Twitter and by following @weighttheseries, starting at 7 p.m. EST on Sunday, August 2. WEIGHT follows Claire, a middle class mom (played by Byrne) who returns home from a reality weight loss competition 100 pounds lighter but finds she’s gained some extra baggage due to the complicated reactions of her dysfunctional family and friends. For more info, visit and follow Weight on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/weighttheseries, and follow Weight on Twitter at https://twitter.com/weighttheseries
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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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