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Thaao Penghlis Returns To GH!Holy Cassadine! Soap Opera Digest has learned — and GH confirms — that Thaao Penghlis, who portrayed DAYS's popular Tony DiMera (and Andre) for the better part of the last three decades, is headed back to Port Charles as Victor Cassadine, a role he originally played in 1981. The actor will be back on set early next year and his first air date is tentatively set for January 30, 2014.
Soap opera star Chris DeRose offers $2,500 bounty on Casper dognappers' heads(trib.com) Actor and animal rights activist Chris DeRose (ex-Dino, General Hospital) is offering a $2,500 reward for any information leading to the arrest and felony conviction of anyone involved in pet theft in Casper.
Not content with speeches from the local government, members of the Wyoming Missing Canines group contacted the investigations arm of Last Chance Animals, an animal advocacy nonprofit founded by Chris DeRose, most recognizable for a role in General Hospital and a break-in at a UCLA medical facility in the late ’80s, for help.
“We do investigations into this exact thing, and we have more success than anybody,” DeRose said.
Last Chance for Animals has investigated puppy mills, cockfighting, wild horse roundups and abuse by animal dealers around the country. They have a standing $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and felony conviction of anyone abusing animals.
DeRose’s $2,500 reward hinges on a felony conviction, which would require a thief to be convicted of stealing a $1,000 dog, or 100 dogs worth $10.
DeRose said Wyoming Missing Canines’ claim of 170 dogs stolen in the last few months is “very unusual” for a small town.
“That’s what’s catching my attention, that many animals disappearing in that amount of time,” DeRose said. “There’s something organized that’s going on there.”
Usually, a lot of dogs all go missing over the course of one or two days, rather than months, DeRose noted. Thieves case multiple neighborhoods and sweep all the dogs up in one night.
DeRose said dogs are stolen for anything from selling to puppy mills or bait for dog fighting to ransom and breeding.
His organization collects data on the types of dogs stolen to determine the motive.
The list of possible stolen dogs compiled by Wyoming Missing Canines ranges from huskies and shepherds to Pomeranians and basset hounds, along with mixed breeds.
With that in mind, DeRose said likely culprits are backyard breeders or even a full-blown puppy mill.
“As you can imagine, this is happening all over the country, so we’re spread pretty thin,” DeRose said. “We want to get more involved in this so we can set an example in Casper and let that permeate elsewhere … in the meantime we deputize others who are on board and want to make a change down there.”
Wyoming Missing Canines’ startling numbers have been contested by the Casper Police Department, which has reports of only six missing dogs since January, and Metro Animal Control, which counts 41 animals reported lost or taken in by someone other than the owner.
DeRose disregarded the Police Department’s numbers – Most people don’t report such disappearances to police because the police say there’s nothing they can do, DeRose said – but thought maybe the real number was somewhere between Metro’s numbers and the Missing Canine group’s numbers.
Police and city officials encouraged responsible pet ownership at a Wednesday press conference.
"General Hospital" Soars to Near 6-Year High in Total Viewers, Pacing for Best Season in 7 YearsWith mystery surrounding whether Robin is alive, the continuing manhunt for Faison and the drama around Sabrina and Patrick’s wedding, “General Hospital” generated a near 6-year high in Total Viewers (3.30 million) – since week of 1/21/08 – tracking for its best season in 7 years – since the 2006/07 season.
Moreover, “General Hospital” recorded an over 2-and-a-half-year high in Women 25-54 (1.04 million/1.7 rating) and an over 2-year high in Women 18-49 (774,000/1.2 rating) – since weeks of 3/21/11 and 8/15/11, respectively – ranking a strong #2 for the week in the core women measures.
“General Hospital” posted the largest year-to-year increases of any broadcast daytime drama in Total Viewers (+20% – 3.30 million vs. 2.75 million), Women 18-49 (+21% – 774,000 vs. 641,000) and Women 25-54 (+25% – 1.04 million vs. 833,000).
Writers Guild NomineesThe Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2013 season. The winners will be honored at the 2014 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.
Days Of Our Lives, Written by Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Janet Iacobuzio, David A. Levinson, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons, Christopher J. Whitesell; NBC
General Hospital, Written by Michelle Altman, Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Jean Passanante, Elizabeth Page, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten; ABC
The Young And The Restless, Associate Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Tracey Thomson Written by Amanda Beall, Jeff Beldner, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Janice Ferri Esser, Jay Gibson, Beth Milstein, Lisa Seidman, Natalie Minardi Slater, Anne Schoettle, Linda Schreiber, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS
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Mentalist: Jane Scores a Date With....(tvline.com) We’ve seen The Mentalist‘s future, and it involves him asking a pretty lady out on a date.
TVLine has learned exclusively that Devious Maids‘ Brianna Brown will guest-star in an early 2014 episode of the CBS drama as Krystal Markham, a woman connected to a case that the FBI is working on.
The fun comes when, to both Lisbon and Agent Fischer’s surprise, Jane asks Krystal out on a date – the first one the widower has had in years.
Brown’s previous TV credits include the aforementioned Devious Maids (where she plays call girl-turned-trophy wife Taylor), a recent episode of Revenge, True Blood and General Hospital.
The Mentalist airs Sundays at 10/9c, with its fall finale set for this coming Dec. 8.
The Biz: Why Soaps Are Bubbling(tvguide.com) Like a popular dead character suddenly coming back to life, the rising ratings of the remaining daytime dramas are a major surprise of the TV season.
All four soaps are seeing growth in total audience and at least one of the younger demographic categories (women ages 18 to 49 and women ages 18 to 34) that are important to advertisers. On CBS, The Bold and the Beautiful is up 12 percent in total viewers this season, giving the show its best start since 2007, while The Young and the Restless recently had its largest weekly audience since February 2012. In November, ABC's General Hospital hit a two-year ratings high among women 18 to 49. NBC's Days of Our Lives is up 12 percent among women 18 to 49 and recently had its biggest weekly audience since February 2011.
It looked like the genre was headed for extinction after ABC axed All My Children and One Life to Live in 2011. Since 2008, the number of soaps has shrunk from nine to four, and three years ago CBS cut the license fees it paid for The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless before giving the shows multiyear renewals.
So how are the remaining series — which have been on the air for an average of 41 years — making a comeback at a time when viewers have a seemingly endless array of choices? The biggest enemy of serialized dramas has long been lapsed viewers who, after missing some episodes, fall out of the habit of watching daily. But DVRs, which are now in 48 percent of households with TVs, are making it easier for people to catch up and stay connected to continuing storylines (the technology has also given serialized primetime dramas a boost). "We do see lifts from DVR viewing," confirms Angelica McDaniel, senior vice president for daytime programming at CBS. "Soaps are bigger than game shows or talk shows in daytime." As an executive at another network puts it: "Soaps are the ultimate DVR show."
CBS is also benefiting from the same-day cable airing that Y&R gets on TVGN, which is now 50 percent owned by CBS. Y&R is the highest-rated program on the network; B&B joined the lineup on Dec. 2.
General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, Y&R and B&B are also picking up viewers from All My Children and One Life to Live (which were briefly revived online before being canceled again.) "There are daytime fans who like the routine of watching during the day," says McDaniel. "Those people were looking for a new home."
Fans of All My Children and One Life to Live hoped they would get to keep up with their favorite characters when production company Prospect Park purchased the rights for the shows from ABC in order to relaunch them on the Internet. Many key actors returned when the revived shows debuted in April. But after less than a month, Prospect Park cut the run from four episodes per week to two, and after the company sustained losses of $30 million, production was suspended in late summer. (Prospect Park has filed a lawsuit against ABC, claiming that the network failed to live up to the licensing agreement by hindering efforts to promote the shows and by killing off two OLTL characters who briefly appeared on General Hospital.)
There are fewer soaps on their schedules, but the networks are making a stronger effort to promote them. "For about a decade, daytime television was losing about a tenth of a ratings point every year, and it was accepted thinking that you couldn't fight it," says McDaniel. "I said, 'We're not going to accept this fate.'" CBS's The Price Is Right and The Talk have become regular promotional stops for stars of Y&R and B&B. Both series employ social media to generate interest and often show up as trending topics on Twitter.
Amped-up storytelling has also helped the soaps. This year, Days brought back popular '90s character Kristen (Eileen Davidson) for a year of intense plotlines, and ABC banged the drum for the 50th anniversary of General Hospital as fan faves (including Genie Francis, Jack Wagner and Kin Shriner) returned for multiepisode arcs. Whether it's catfights, grand romances or stolen babies, viewers still look to the familiar to escape.
Jane Kean, star of Honeymooners revival, dies at 90Jane Kean (ex-Diane, Days Of Our Lives/ex-Dot, General Hospital/ex-Gravel Gertie, General Hospital), a diverse performer who got her start in musical theatre but was best known as Trixie alongside Jackie Gleason on a TV revival of The Honeymooners, has died. She was 90.
Kean, of Toluca Lake, died Tuesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank where she was taken after a fall that led to a hemorrhagic stroke, her niece, Deirdre Wolpert, said Thursday.
Kean first started working with Jackie Gleason in the 1940s, when they were both on the vaudeville circuit.
Her big break, however, came in 1966 when Gleason and CBS revived the hit show The Honeymooners in Miami Beach, expanding it to an hour and adding musical numbers.
Kean, a talented singer with a belting voice, starred on the show for five years as Ed Norton's beleaguered wife Trixie.
She often spoke about those years and her chance to appear on such a well-known program with Gleason, Wolpert said.
"One day she picked up the phone and he said, 'Are you doing anything right now?' and she said 'No' and he said 'Come on down and be Trixie,"' Wolpert said of Gleason. "Two weeks later she was on the plane to Florida."
Made Broadway debut in 1943
Born in Hartford, Conn., on April 10, 1923, Kean got into show business at an early age along with her sister, Betty, with the encouragement of her mother.
She headlined at the London Palladium before making her debut in a 1943 Broadway production of the Fats Waller musical Early to Bed.
She eventually moved to Los Angeles and appeared in some films for MGM before forming a comedy act in the 1950s with her sister, who is Wolpert's mother. The all-female comedy team, a rarity at the time, played night clubs and rubbed shoulders with comedians like Milton Berle.
The sisterly duo also performed in a comedy called Ankles Aweigh on Broadway in 1955.
After jumping to TV, Kean stayed on The Honeymooners for five years before leaving to pursue other avenues, including guest appearances, performing in Las Vegas and doing voice work. In 1977, she worked on the children's movie Pete's Dragon – behind-the-scenes work that the usually glamorous actress joked she didn't like because she didn't need to wear make-up, her niece said.
Most recently, she provided the voice of Aunt Ida in the new children's film Abner the Pig, said her publicist Alan Eichler.
'A really kicking 90-year-old'
Last year, Kean put on a one-woman show that was a retrospective of her life's work. She performed it again at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre just months ago and had plans to travel to London after Christmas with her niece. She was also preparing invitations for her annual Christmas party in the days before her death, Wolpert said.
"This was a really kicking 90-year-old. The number of friends that she had, the people who loved her ... she had a wonderful life and a wonderful career," she said.
"She was a glamour girl, but she also had a lot of substance."
In addition to Wolpert, Kean is survived by Wolpert's husband and two children and a stepson from her second marriage, Joseph Hecht Jr., and his family.
Her sister Betty Kean died in 1986. Her second husband, her manager Joe Hecht, died in 2006.
Relive The 2013 Nurses Ball On SOAPnet!For those of you whose television providers are still offering SOAPnet, once you've finished stuffing yourself silly on Thanksgiving, you can tuck into their delicious GENERAL HOSPITAL marathon featuring this year's Nurses Ball!
On Thursday, November 28, SOAPnet will run six episodes that cover the 2013 return of the beloved Nurses Ball. From 7:00 pm EST to 1:00 am EST, relive Brenda's return, a tribute to Steve Hardy, Frisco's proposal, Rick Springfield (ex-Noah) Richard Simmons, Britt's shocking revelation and a whole slew of fabulous musical performances from your favorite characters!
Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore -- Divorce FinalAshton Kutcher has something to be thankful for this week -- his divorce from Demi Moore was just finalized ... TMZ has learned.
The docs were filed Tuesday afternoon by Laura Wasser on Kutcher's behalf, ending the marriage that began in 2005. The two had separated in 2011.
The reason it took so long for the saga to finally end (Ashton initially filed for divorce in Dec. 2012) -- is because they were squabbling over money.
As we first reported, Demi wanted spousal support even though she's worth way more than Ashton. Our sources say she backed off that claim.
We're told ... they ultimately reached a financial settlement and Ashton gave Demi somewhat more than he had to, but at least it's finally over ... and now he can focus on getting hitched to Mila Kunis (if he wants).
Jackson on Second-season 'Nashville' cast soundtrackA fresh batch of tunes from the music-driven ABC drama Nashville has been rounded up for the show's newest soundtrack, out Dec. 10.
Produced by Buddy Miller, who also serves as Nashville's executive music producer, The Music of Nashville: Original Soundtrack Season 2, Volume 1 spotlights the voices of cast members Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio, Chris Carmack, sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella, Aubrey Peeples, Chaley Rose and Will Chase.
An iTunes pre-order of the 13-track album starts Monday. Target's exclusive version adds four bonus tracks.
The first season's two volumes have sold a combined 2.6 million digital downloads.
Nashville airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT Wednesday on ABC.
The Music Of Nashville, Season 2, Vol. 1: Get your copy here!
1. What If I Was Willing
Performed by Chris Carmack / Written by Billy Montana, Randy Montana, Brian Davis
2. Can't Get It Right
Performed by Sam Palladio / Written by Matthew Perryman Jones, Lily Costner
3. A Life That's Good
Performed by Lennon & Maisy / Written by Sarah Siskind, Ashley Monroe
4. Ball And Chain
Performed by Connie Britton, Will Chase / Written by Tammi Lynn Kidd, Paul Kennerley
5. This Town
Performed by Clare Bowen, Charles Esten / Written by Jaida Dreyer, Andrew Rollins, Cory Mayo
6. Trouble Is
Performed by Hayden Panettiere / Written by Kate York, Marv Green
7. Playin' Tricks
Performed by Charles Esten / Written by Justin Davis, Sarah Zimmerman, Adam Wright
8. Why Can't I Say Goodnight
Performed by Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio / Written by Angelo Petraglia, Kim Richey
9. Tell Me
Performed by Aubrey Peeples / Written by Jaida Dreyer, Andrew Rollins, Cory Mayo, Jody Stevens
10. Wayfaring Stranger (a cappella version)
Performed by Chaley Rose / Public Domain
11. Share With You
Performed by Lennon & Maisy / Written by Garrison Starr
12. How You Learn To Live Alone
Performed by Jonathan Jackson / Written by Mary Gauthier, Gretchen Peters
13. Can't Say No To You
Performed by Hayden Panettiere, Chris Carmack / Written by Sarah Buxton, Jedd Hughes, Gordie Sampson
"GH" HITS OVER 2 YEAR HIGH IN TARGET WOMEN (W/O 11/11)“General Hospital”: (2:00 – 3:00 p.m.) - “General Hospital” climbed to an over 2 year high in Women 18-49 (753,000/1.2 rating) and over 2 and a half year high in Women 25-54 (1.00 million/1.6 rating), placing a solid #2 in the demos, and set a near 11 month high in Total Viewers (2.98 million) – since weeks of 8/15/11, 3/21/11 and 12/24/12, respectively. Furthermore, “General Hospital” ranked as the #1 program in daytime for the 12th time in the past 13 weeks in Women 18-34 (255,000/0.8 rating).
“General Hospital” posted solid gains over year ago levels, including by 6% in Total Viewers (2.98 million vs. 2.81 million), by 8% in Women 18-49 (753,000 vs. 697,000) and by 16% in Women 25-54 (1.00 million vs. 863,000).
Tristan Rogers Tweets About GH/Y&R SwitchTristan Rogers is speaking out about his decision to trade in the role of GH's Robert Scorpio to reprise his Y&R alter ego, Colin Atkinson. "I’d like to thank Frank and Ron for great storyline that kept Scorpio true to himself," he posted, adding, "I’m stoked on Colin’s return to #YR in 2014 and delighted to once again be a part of the CBS Daytime family."
Confirmed! Rogers Back On Y&RAlthough he's not scheduled to appear for a few months, Y&R has exclusively confirmed to Digest that Tristan Rogers (who will soon wrap up his stint as GH's Robert Scorpio) is returning as Aussie crime lord, Colin Atkinson. "Y&R is excited to have Tristan Rogers return to the show," shares a spokesperson. "We have an exciting story planned with him and Jess Walton [Jill] that will begin in early 2014."
Ron Carlivati Confirms Tristan Rogers's GH ExitRobert Scorpio's adventures will soon be coming to an end on GH. Hot on the heels of Daytime Confidential's report that the actor is slated to reprise his Y&R role, Colin Atkinson, which he played from 2010-11 and in 2012, GH Head Writer Ron Carlivati has confirmed Rogers's imminent exit. "Guys, I had no idea @tristanrogers was leaving. I found out last night. I now have 1 day to write him out of a big Feb Sweeps storyline," the scribe posted on Twitter.
Famed Casting Director Marvin Paige Succumbs To Injuries From Car Crash(CBSLA.com) — Marvin Paige, a famed casting director who worked on films ranging from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” as well as the landmark soap opera “General Hospital,” has died.
Paige, who was in his 80s, died Wednesday from injuries suffered in a car crash last month on Laurel Canyon Boulevard.
Ed Lozzi, Paige’s publicist, said the former casting director succumbed to his injuries at Cedars-Sinai.
Paige also did casting work for television series such as “Combat!”, “Planet of the Apes” and “Lassie.” His film credits included the movies “Terminal Island,” “The Man Next Door,” Mae West’s “Sextette” and the Woody Allen flicks “Take the Money and Run” and “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask).”
When he worked on the ABC soap in the mid to late 1980s, he often cast stars like “Lassie’s” June Lockhart and “Topper” star Anne Jeffreys.
According to Lozzi, Paige more recently worked as a “celebrity wrangler,” arranging for celebrity appearances at major awards shows and big events.
“Marvin Paige was the go-to guy for wrangling iconic celebrities to be involved with major events — either the Academy Awards, Oscar parties, Turner Classic Movies with Robert Osborne — it’s who you called,” Lozzi said.
Funeral services were pending.
'Nashville' Star Jonathan Jackson Signs Record Deal(billboard.com) Onscreen, he's known as Avery Barkley, the bad-boy rocker on the hit ABC musical drama "Nashville." Offscreen, he's Jonathan Jackson, and he just might be infiltrating the airwaves with more than just his "Nashville" songs soon enough.
Jackson's spot on the country-infused TV show has landed him a record deal with Loud & Proud Records, Billboard can exclusively reveal.
The Daytime EMMY-winning Jackson, who first broke through in the acting world as a series regular on the show "General Hospital," was no stranger to the music world even before his "Nashville" gig. Along with his brother Richard (drums) and bassist Daniel Sweatt, Jackson fronts the rock act Enation, which has been in commission since 2002.
For Jackson, finally breaking into music as a signed artist, rather than doing all the work independently, is a breath of fresh air, though he's thankful for what has come before.
"It felt like the perfect timing for everything," he says of the record deal. "The last decade, really, I've had an amazing time just working really hard developing a sound and continuing to write songs and play everything. So I'm really grateful for the time that we've been doing things independently, but at the same time it feels great to have this happen."
Working on a TV show like "Nashville," which features vocals from its cast members (as well as the occasional songwriting credit, too), is a fairly effective way for musicians to get their names out there, whether the program takes off in a big way -- see: "Glee" -- or not. As such, Jackson figured right off the bat the show would at least gain his music more exposure -- though he didn't necessarily see a record deal on the horizon immediately.
"Being a part of a show like 'Nashville,' [with] the music side of it, I knew from the very beginning that it was extremely important and that they were obviously putting a lot into it," Jackson says. "It was pretty easy to see that at the least, I would get more exposure as a singer. For years, I've thought about a project or a way where I could do acting and music together, and I never really thought that would happen. Then 'Nashville' came along, and it was like a dream come true to marry both of those worlds.
"At the same time, the last however many years of my life, I've started to get to the place of not having expectations about how things are supposed to turn out and really just try to live day to day. So I haven't thought about the specifics much, but I knew the exposure was there."
(Video) The deal with Loud & Proud puts Jackson in a direct relationship with label head Tom Lipsky, who told Billboard he's incredibly excited for the opportunity to work with the actor and his band, recounting their first meeting. "It was a combination of his music and how charismatic he was," Lipsky says. "His band did a private showcase for my team -- about a 45-minute set -- and I came away thinking [Jackson] was an absolute, unequivocal rock star."
"Tom has been extremely enthusiastic and supportive," Jackson notes of Lipsky. "He has a unique model of transparency with artists, and especially since we've been doing it independent as long as we have, we felt good about his vision. They have a great track record with promoting their bands and having a long-term vision for careers.
Enation's previously-released music, which includes tunes steeped in indie/alternative rock traditions, will certainly inform what Jackson accomplishes as a newly-signed musician, though his experiences on "Nashville" will have some bearing as well. "It's definitely a furthering exploration and development of what we've been doing in Enation," he says of the band's direction. "Being on 'Nashville' and working with some incredible people like T-Bone Burnett and Buddy Miller -- so many wonderful, incredible musicians that I've been blessed to play with and observe -- that has continued to shape the process of arranging music, writing music."
A timetable for an initial release has not been set, though Jackson, like most of his ilk, says he's been recording and demoing music for quite awhile, with the record deal giving those sessions a "concentrated vision."
As for "Nashville," which returned for its second season last September to strong ratings, Jackson can reveal very little about what's to come moving forward -- relenting only that "a lot of good drama is in store."
Ron Carlivati InterviewWhat's Up in Port Charles? General Hospital Scoop From Head Writer Ron Carlivati. Read the TV Guide interview here.
Disney's SOAPnet channel headed for the drain(latimes.com) SOAPnet's bubble has finally burst.
On Dec. 31, Walt Disney Co. will pull the plug on the cable channel it created 14 years ago to squeeze extra life from its popular daytime dramas.
But like all great soap opera characters, this one didn't go down without a fight.
Disney announced three years ago its plan to fold SOAPnet to make space for Disney Junior, a channel for toddlers. That channel launched in early 2012, but cable and satellite TV operators weren't ready to give up SOAPnet. They didn't want to risk legions of vocal soap opera fans getting into a lather, or worse, moving to a rival service.
So, for nearly two years, the Burbank entertainment giant has provided programming for both channels, including the one it doomed long ago.
"SOAPnet had a great run," Ben Pyne, president of global distribution for Disney Media Networks, said in an interview Friday. "It served an audience of super-soap fans. And when given the opportunity, all of our affiliates kept the channel up and running."
In the end, SOAPnet was a casualty of a shift in corporate priorities for Disney — and technology.
The channel, which launched in January 2000, was created to give working women the opportunity to catch up on their favorite soaps — "General Hospital," "All My Children," "The Young and the Restless" — at night after work. Other soaps were brought back from the dead for a second run, including "Ryan's Hope" and prime-time dramas "Falcon Crest" and "Knots Landing."
The channel became a big moneymaker, allowing Disney to boost profits through additional runs of soap episodes, which brought in new viewers and advertisers, and programming fees from cable operators. Programming costs were modest. In 2010, its peak year, SOAPnet threw off $111 million in cash flow, according to consulting firm SNL Kagan.
"When SOAPnet launched, it was back in the videocassette-recorder days and you really could only record one episode at a time and you had to deal with all those cassette tapes," said Ed Martin, a soap opera expert and editor at large of the independently owned site MediaPost. "SOAPnet made it easy to follow multiple soap operas at the same time."
But the digital video recorder changed all that. Instead of the VCR hassles, it became easy for viewers to record multiple shows and watch the episodes at a more convenient time. Now nearly 50% of all homes with pay television have DVRs, according to Nielsen. Soap fans were among the earliest adopters, using the device to record and quickly watch multiple soaps by fast-forwarding through commercials.
The shift in consumer behavior made soaps less profitable for the networks. Audiences dribbled away, and advertisers migrated to other platforms.
Now only four soaps remain on the broadcast networks: "General Hospital" on ABC, "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful" on CBS and "Days of Our Lives" on NBC. ABC ended the long runs of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" nearly two years ago, and independent producers have struggled to remake the pair into shows for the Internet.
"I think SOAPnet also helped contribute to the decline in the ratings for soaps on the broadcast networks," said Linda Marshall-Smith, founder of the website Soapdom.com. "With SOAPnet, people didn't have to watch the shows during the day, they could watch them at night. And now, with all of these second screens, you can see the shows any time."
SOAPnet is still available in 66 million homes. But in recent months, Disney has notified cable operators that it will no longer provide programming for the channel after Dec. 31.
The company stopped charging distributors a fee for SOAPnet months ago, as programming on the channel dwindled and programmers focused more attention on Disney Junior.
To fill the empty hours, SOAPnet ran reruns of old network shows, "Gilmore Girls," "One Tree Hill" and "Beverly Hills 90210."
"Our company has been very strategic and thoughtful in how we use the networks we have," Pyne said. "We want the programming we put on the air to be impactful."
Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger, in an earnings call with analysts this week, sang the praises of replacement channel Disney Junior. The channel has been No. 1 for preschoolers since Nielsen began reporting its ratings in April, he said.
"Retail sales for Disney Junior products exceeded $1.8 billion in fiscal 2013, more than double the year before," Iger said. "Going into the critical holiday season, Disney Junior toys are prominently featured on the retailers' hot toy lists, and our top four retail partners are planning to double Disney Junior shelf space compared to last year."
What Happened To Sean Donely?For any GENERAL HOSPITAL fans wondering about Sean Donely's fate, the soap's headwriter, Ron Carlivati, tweeted that in yesterday's episode a line was cut that would have revealed how he was doing.
"Luke and Tracy stopped in Ireland on the way home to give Sean Donely as much temporary cure as they could carry," he posted. He also posted a photo of the scene in question that you can view here.
It's a shame when dialogue like this gets cut from a show, but at least GH has a headwriter active on social media to keep fans in the loop about what they might be missing!
VIPs join T-shirt protest of Russia's anti-gay lawActors Jonah Hill, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kristen Bell are among a batch of celebrities donning Russian-language "Love Conquers Hate" T-shirts to show support for gays in Russia alarmed by a new law banning pro-gay "propaganda."
It's part of an initiative launched Monday by the Human Rights Campaign, the largest U.S. gay-rights group.
Participating celebrities will share photos of themselves wearing the T-shirts on their social media platforms, encouraging followers to do likewise. The HRC says all net proceeds from shirt sales will go to a fund supporting gay-rights efforts in Russia.
"We stand with Russia's LGBT community and their allies," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "We are committed to doing as much as we possibly can to support their efforts to repeal this heinous law."
According to the HRC, other celebrities joining the T-shirt campaign include Fergie, Kelly Osbourne, Ricky Martin, Kevin Bacon, Doutzen Kroes, Anthony Bourdain, Tim Gunn, Perez Hilton, Todd Glass, Jonathan Del Arco, Amanda Leigh Dunn, Ana Matronic, Olympic swimmer Craig Gibbons, NBA basketball player Jason Collins, country singer Maggie Rose and soccer players Jozy Altidore, Lori Lindsey and Megan Rapinoe.
The law banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors" was enacted in June.
Gay-rights activists have asked the International Olympic Committee to call for the law's repeal ahead of the Winter Olympics, to be held in Russia in February.
West's Son Follows In Her Footsteps!(Photo) Maura West (Ava, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Carly, AS THE WORLD TURNS) and husband Scott DeFreitas (Andy, AS THE WORLD TURNS) have some very talented kids who are following in their footsteps, especially son Joe West. Having previously appeared on Broadway in A Christmas Story and in a production of Sleepless In Seattle, Joe has now been cast as Kurt in NBC's telecast of The Sound Of Music Live! (That's him sitting on the right side of the couch in the photo above.)
The three-hour live telecast is scheduled to air on Thursday, December 5, at 8:00 pm EST. The Sound Of Music Live! stars Carrie Underwood as Maria and TRUE BLOOD's Stephen Moyer as Captain von Trapp.
Top Hollywood Agent -- Dumping Important Client... His Wife!(tmz.com) It's an actor's nightmare ... being dumped by your agent.
Powerful Hollywood talent agent Sam Gores is in the process of splitting from his client -- and wife -- ex-soap actress Jensen Buchanan (ex-Melissa, GH/ex-Marley, AW/ex-Vicky, AW/ex-Vicky, ATWT/ex-Sarah, OLTL) ... according to legal docs obtained by TMZ.
Gores -- who's chairman of the Paradigm Talent Agency -- filed for a legal separation from Buchanan ... they've been married since 2003.
Professionally, Buchanan is represented by Gores' agency, Paradigm ... although she's handled by another agent at the firm. No word on whether that professional relationship will change.
In his legal docs, Gores filed for separation based on irreconcilable differences ... and indicated he plans to pay spousal support. The docs also show the couple has a prenup.
The marriage may not have a happy Hollywood ending ... but the couple tells TMZ that they "continue to enjoy a close, mutually caring relationship."
GENERAL HOSPITAL ANTHONY GEARY LIVID OVER $750K PAYCUT(nationalenquirer.com) GENERAL HOSPITAL soap legend ANTHONY GEARY is threatening to quit the show after a run of 35 years because he’s been asked to take a 50 percent pay cut.
The 66-year-old seven-time Emmy winner, who plays iconic character Luke Spencer, is said to be lived at the ultimatum issued by ABC executives, who believe his $1.5 million salary is no longer sustainable given the daytime soap’s sliding ratings.
“Tony feels he’s proven his worth to the show and the network,” a friend said.
“Tony helped propel General Hospital into top soap opera status… (his) pride wouldn’t accept getting his pay sliced. Tony’s serious about walking. He’s worked hard and isn’t hurting for money.”
What’s more, if he does quit, Geary’s iconic character, Luke Spencer, is reportedly going to be killed off.
“In the soap business, everyone is expendable and you never take anything for granted,” Geary has said previously.
“If I ever do leave GH, I want Luke to die. I don’t want him coming home for Christmas episodes or the birth of his great-grandchildren.
“Those of us who have been on the soaps forever, we ought to go out in a way that gives the audience real closure. But I know the network has a real resistance to that.
“It’s not my choice, but I’ve had an awfully good run and I wouldn’t mind being a sacrificial lamb to let the audience believe that characters can really, really die.”
Geary joined GH in 1978, created a furor with the Luke and Laura (Jeanie Francis) storyline –- he initially raped her, reformed and then married her in daytime TV’s biggest event ever. Geary left the show in 1984 and returned nine years later.
Said an insider, “This is heading toward a standoff and the result will depend on who blinks first. Tony believes he’s in the driver’s seat.”
Say Farewell To Port Chuck!GENERAL HOSPITAL's Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) and former co-stars Steve Burton (ex-Jason), Scott Reeves (ex-Steve) and Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny) -- collectively known as Port Chuck -- are kicking off their "farewell" tour next month, and want you to come say "So long!"
The band will visit Boston, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Cincinnati and Chicago during their week-long tour, which begins on Saturday, November 16. For a complete list of the cities and concert venues -- and to purchase tickets -- visit www.portchuck.com. You are sure to have a rockin' good time!
Ilonzeh Is Primetime's PrincessAnnie Ilonzeh's (ex-Maya, GENERAL HOSPITAL) fans were devastated when CHARLIE'S ANGELS, the ABC drama that she left the soap for in 2011 was canceled after just one season. However, it turned out that primetime was indeed where she was meant to be. In the last year, she's enjoyed recurring roles on four different shows! While the fate of her character on ABC's SWITCHED AT BIRTH (she played Gilles Marini's babymama, Lana) remains undetermined, Ilonzeh is continuing on the other series.
On Sundays at 9 p.m. EST, this fall, she can be seen as Nicole, the woman who stole Grayson's heart on Lifetime's DROP DEAD DIVA. "Their relationship is super steamy, serious, and out in the open now that Grayson has told Jane about it," Ilonzeh explains, adding they'll consider taking things to the next level by season's end. "She hasn't had the best luck with relationships — and he does have a bit of a reputation — but after careful thought, she agrees to go on a nice little weekend getaway, but there is a twist that happens!"
Her Beastly Encounter
Ilonzeh is enjoying her run on DIVA and despite knowing that the fans will always be rooting for Grayson to choose Jane, she's hoping the show will be back for a 6th season so that she can continue to be the "salt" in the story. Meanwhile, fans can pop over to The CW's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, where Ilonzeh will debut in her latest recurring role. "I'm playing Beth, a high school friend of Cat's that witnesses the beast in an interesting tango with Cat and an evil beast," Ilonzeh previews. "She doesn't understand what she saw, but she's a reporter so she wants to turn it into a story that would be a big break for her career." Can a protective Cat convince her pal to keep mum? Tune in beginning Monday, November 4, at 9 p.m. EST to find out!
She's A Straight Arrow
Ilonzeh herself is awaiting word of when she'll be needed on set at The CW's ARROW, the sci-fi drama in which she plays Joanna, Laurel's friend and co-founder of legal aid group, CNRI. "I like everything about this character," Ilonzeh reflects. "She's a bit of a ball buster and a little uncensored — she gets to say what she thinks and also what Laurel really thinks." But with much of Starling City left in rubble last season and the series now shifting to super-hero driven drama, it's anyone's guess where things will go. "Joanna's definitely coming back at some point," Ilonzeh confirms. "But it's a matter of when."
Despite being in such hot demand, the actress remains grateful to both GH, the soap that launched her career, and Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan), the actor whom she says held her hand. "I've always said that if they ever want to bring Maya back for a few episodes, a quick storyline or whatever, that I'll always be open to it," she confides. "I really think that the training I got on GH made me the actor that I am now."
AMBER TAMBLYN UPPED TO SERIES REGULAR ON "TWO AND A HALF MEN"Amber Tamblyn, who began guest starring on TWO AND A HALF MEN this season, has been promoted to series regular. Tamblyn plays Jenny, Charlie Harper’s illegitimate daughter who moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting and to connect with what’s left of her family. Jenny’s now living in Walden’s (Ashton Kutcher) beach house, along with her uncle Alan (Jon Cryer). She happens to like everything her dad liked – including women.
Tamblyn is an actress and writer who starred in the title role on “Joan of Arcadia,” on the Network, which earned her both Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations. Her other television credits include “House MD,” “The Unusuals” and “General Hospital,” among others. Her feature film credits include “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” films, “127 Hours” and “Stephanie Daley,” for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Tamblyn has published two books of poetry and prose. Currently, she is writing her third book of poems about the lives of child star actresses and she recently completed the screenplay “Paint It Black,” based on the book of the same name. She is the producer of “The Drums Inside Your Chest,” an annual poetry concert.
The 11th season of TWO AND A HALF MEN is broadcast Thursdays, 9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.
About Last Night – Brandon BarashGeneral Hospital soap star Brandon Barash stops by with a bag of whiskey, and Brad gets hammered. Listen here.
Burton & Jackson Pen Song For Y&R!At the end of today's episode of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS (Sept 23), a song titled "You Killed Romeo" was played over a montage. But what you might not know is that the tune was written by Steve Burton (Dylan) and his former GENERAL HOSPITAL co-star Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky, GH) who is now starring on the primetime series NASHVILLE!
Jackson wrote the music and provided lead vocals, while Burton penned the lryics and contributed backing vocals. "It was so fun collaborating with Steve," Jackson tweeted after the episode's airing. "Big thanks to Y&R!"
GH Alum To SUITSStephen Macht (ex-Trevor, GH) has landed a guest-star gig on SUITS, playing opposite his real-life son, Gabriel Macht, reports TVLine.com. The senior Macht will appear in Episode 2 of Season 3's winter run as Professor Gerard, a longtime Harvard Law prof who is notorious for his high standards and rigid ways. Look for bad blood between their two characters.
GH's Richmond Stars In New FilmGENERAL HOSPITAL's Tequan Richmond (T.J.) stars opposite Isaiah Washington in the harrowing new thriller Blue Caprice, now in limited release. The film is based on the true story of the Beltway snipers who terrorized several states in 2002, and Richmond portrays Lee Boyd Malvo, one half of the duo.
The film debuted at the Sundance Film festival this year, and opened in New York City on Friday, September 13. You can click here to view a complete release date schedule for Blue Caprice and see if the critically-acclaimed film will be playing in your area.
Amber Tamblyn To Join Bob Odenkirk In 'Girlfriend's Day'(deadline.com) Amber Tamblyn will star opposite Bob Odenkirk in Magic Stone Productions and Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment’s Girlfriend’s Day. Odenkirk also penned the indie comedy-drama. Best Worst Movie‘s Michael Stephenson directs the pic about Ray (Odenkirk), a has-been greeting card writer who becomes entangled in a web of murder and deceit as writers scramble to create the perfect card for a new holiday dubbed Girlfriend’s Day. Tamblyn will play a “Cardie” – a fan of greeting card writers – who becomes involved with Ray and helps him recapture his former glory. Filming is scheduled to begin in 2014 in LA. TV and film vet Tamblyn most recently appeared briefly in 127 Hours and Django Unchained and is set to join the 11th season of CBS’s Two and a Half Men in September. Meanwhile Odenkirk appears in Alexander Payne’s Nov. 15 awards pic Nebraska and will front AMC‘s just-announced Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul. Tamblyn is repped by UTA, Hyler Management and Sloane, Offer, Weber, Dern, LLP.
Soap Stars In New SeriesEric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS/ex-Ethan, Passions), John J. York (Mac, GH), Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, DAYS) and Jillian Clare (ex-Abigail, DAYS) are set to be part of a new, semi-dark indie comedy series slated to begin production October 12. The production team has launched a fundraising campaign through Indiegogo for the project. Producer Susan Bernhardt (MISS BEHAVE) shares, “Brian [Beacock, creator/writer] and I wanted to keep the premise and name a mystery, so we created a fun video for the Indiegogo page (http://igg.me/at/ad), threw some bleeps and bars in it, then added some subtle clues, as well. I guarantee if you watch the video to the end and visit the link, plus read through the page, you”ll figure it out and want to donate!” Beacock adds, “The series will be shot in the style of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT and PARKS AND RECREATION but with a twist, an anachronistic mash-up of eras, with a bizarre look at Hollywood. We're hoping to create our own look and visual personality for a web series that hasn't been done before.” For more information and to donate, click here.
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!
'General Hospital' Alum Lands Fierce Role on CW's 'The 100'(hollywoodreporter.com) The CW's midseason drama The 100 is adding a "fiercely determined" heroine.
General Hospital grad Lindsey Morgan, best known for portraying Sonny Corinthos and Alexis Davis' daughter Kristina Davis from 2012-13, has landed a recurring role on the futuristic, sci-fi drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, a spaceship called the Ark housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. The series, from executive producer Jason Rothenberg, is based on Little, Brown's The Hundred book series by Kass Morgan.
Morgan will play the "smart, skilled and fiercely determined Raven, the youngest mechanical engineer the Ark has seen in 52 years," according to the official character description. "Upon learning about the 100, she is desperate to be reunited with with her friends on the ground."
The 100 is produced by Bonanza Productions, in association with Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. TV and CBS TV Studios. In addition to Rothenberg, Matthew Miller, Bharat Nalluri, Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girloamo are executive producers.
Morgan, repped by Luber Roklin and SDB Partners, was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for her General Hospital arc. Past TV credits include How I Met Your Mother, Happy Endings and Franklin & Bash.
The 100 premieres midseason on The CW.
Soaps Up For Casting AwardThree soaps were nominated for Artios Awards by the Casting Society Of America. Competing in the Daytime Drama Series category are DAYS OF OUR LIVES, GENERAL HOSPITAL, and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS.
The awards for casting in television and film will be distributed simultaneously at the Beverly Hilton and New York's XL Nightclub on Monday, November 18.
Another Real-Life GH RomanceIt's official! Bryan Craig (Morgan, GH) confirmed that he and co-star Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) are a real-life item. He posted a photo of the duo on Instagram with the caption, "Amazing night with my lady @keeelyt#legendsofsummer #mygirlsthebest." See the pic here: http://instagram.com/p/cat860mZqz/.
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.
Roger Howarth To Recur On 'Californication'General Hospital and One Life To Live star Roger Howarth is set for a multi-episode arc on Showtime’s veteran comedy Californication. Howarth, repped by Gersh and Bob McGowan of McCowan Management, will play a yoga teacher in the class of Karen (Natascha McElhone), Hank’s (David Duchovny) longtime, on-again/off-again girlfriend and mother of his daughter.
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!
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Sean Kanan Is On The Radio!If you'd like to know what Sean Kanan (A.J., GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Deacon, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL/THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is like off the set, you need go no further than www.UBNRadio.com where you'll be able to tune into the actor's new Internet radio show!
Kanan and his wife, Michele, will be co-hosting Kanan's Rules on the UBN Radio Network, discussing careers, romance, politics, current events and more with each other and with special guests. Almost no topic will be off-limits!
"Five years ago, I was a bachelor who lived alone in the Hollywood Hills," Kanan says. "I came and went and didn't answer to anyone. Now I am living with a wife, five kids and two dogs. That alone provides enough topics to last the next ten years!"
"We make a great team," Michele adds. "Living with Sean is like a carnival ride sometimes because I never know where we're gonna be or how we will get stuff done. But amid all of our shenanigans, we manage to excel at our careers and more importantly, at being a family."
Kanan's Rules will air live on Wednesdays from 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST at www.UBNRadio.com starting this Wednesday, February 6. Past episodes will be archived at iTunes, Stitcher and TuneIn, so you don't have to worry about missing a show!
Springfield Rocks On!It turns out that the Mayans weren't alone in prepping for our last days to hit in 2012. In his Tuesday, October 9, release, Songs For the End Of The World, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Rick Springfield (ex-Noah) shares his sardonic view of life and also offers hope. While there are plenty of the sing-along songs that fans expect, listeners might be surprised to hear heavier rock anthems like "I Hate Myself" and "Love Screws Me Up." "I'm not the shiny, happy guy people think I am from my role in GENERAL HOSPITAL," Springfield confesses. "I tend to put that angst into my music." But which of the catchier tunes could be a hit by the ominous month of December? "That's a very good question. I'm never a good judge of [that]," he laughs. "I never thought 'Jesse's Girl' would be a single, let alone a hit, so what do I know?" However, with four album covers to choose from (each CD containing unique bonus material), there's sure to be something for everyone.
Keep 'Em Laughing Although he remains grateful to GH for helping to catapult his career back in the 80s ("I'll always go back if it makes sense for the story," he maintains), Springfield's most recent return (to comfort a grieving Patrick) had to be brief. The busy guy's been on a nationwide tour with a film crew in tow! Releasing on Wednesday, October 10, is the result: the entertaining documentary, An Affair Of The Heart. "We just had an industry screening, and then it's going to film festivals," he reveals. Viewers will no-doubt see that it's while he's on stage that the legend's sense of humor is revealed. "I think it comes across when I perform," he grins. "I tell stories and it's fun, and then I rock out!"
It was a smart writer who showcased Springfield's quirky side with a guest role on TV Land's HOT IN CLEVELAND last season ("They reached out to me recently to check my availability to return," he confides). When he's not working on also producing his own comedy show ("I can't talk about it yet," he teases), Springfield is touting what promises to be the event of the fall: Sun Dazed & Star-Filled Nights: Rick Springfield & Friends, Destination: Cancun. "We're inviting everyone to join us at Club Med from November 8 to 12. It should be a good party!" he relates. Joining the Mexican fiesta will be the performer's pals: Doug Davidson (Paul, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), TV and radio host Mark Goodman, and two of GH's other singing sensations, Brandon Barash (Johnny) and Bradford Anderson (Spinelli). Yep, with all he's got going on, it looks like it'll be a while before the senior Dr. Drake is paged back to Port Charles.
Jackson Is A Published Poet!Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has released his first collection of poetry, Book of Solace and Madness. The Enation frontman has published the book of mythical poems as J. S. Jackson, and it can be ordered for $15 at www.enationmusic.com. Check it out!
The Secret Life of Damian SpinelliThe Secret Life of Damian Spinelli: Following the success of the New York Times bestselling books, The Killing Club and Charm!, Hyperion and ABC Daytime announced today that they will join efforts to publish a novel based on Damian Spinelli, one of the most beloved characters on ABC-TV's popular daytime soap, "General Hospital," to coincide with the show's 48th anniversary.
Titled The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli (Hyperion; $22.99 hardcover; April 5, 2011 publication date), this book is the story of the endearing, lovable computer genius and geek, Damian Spinelli, and his exploits as a private detective as told to another character on the show, the high-powered attorney of Port Charles, Diane Miller. Filled with mystery and suspense, the pages were found on Ms. Miller's stolen computer disc and include never-before-told stories of Port Charles residents-their confessions and behaviors in times of crisis and triumph through Spinelli's imagination.
"General Hospital" is the longest-running daytime dramatic serial on ABC, having aired over 12,000 episodes. Carolyn Hennesy, the actress who plays Diane Miller and an established author herself, will actually write the book. Fans will be invited to special book signing events in select markets with actors from "General Hospital."
Readers will also be able to download The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli as an ebook, as well as an enhanced ebook, which will feature clips from the show and other bonus material.
Vice-President, Executive Editor Gretchen Young said, "Hyperion is thrilled to be partnering on a new book with ABC Daytime and bringing the world of Spinelli and Port Charles to life on the page."
Scrubs in Top Ten ListPatrick and Robin made one of David Letterman's Top Ten List, check it out here.
Late, Late at NightLate, Late at Night a book by Rick Springfield (ex-Noah Drake). Order here!
The Sock SongCheck out Kimberly McCullough’s very naughty appearance in Nikki Lynn Katt’s “The Sock Song” music video here.
Jonathan Jackson's EnationJonathan Jackson's (Lucky) band Enation released their first live album, The Future Is A Memory Today. You can download the album at: www.cdbaby.com/cd/enation8.
Video For Scrubs FansIf you’re a Scrubs fan, you’ll find this video amusing www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovhMk3JPjyc
Band TogetherHave you been missing your Kurth and Taylor fix? Well, Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS) reports that the band is back together again. "We have a new album out called 'Greatest Hits? 1993-2010' and we put on like 17 of Kurth and Taylor's greatest songs," he explains. "We actually polled our 50 ardent fans [laughs]. They voted on their favorites from the last four or five albums, and we threw them on there and we wrote two new ones that are really fun. We made the video of a song called, 'Let's Get The Band Back Together,' and the long form has a little scene where we actually talk about the singing actors on daytime. If you can believe it, after all these years and all our appearances, we've never done a music video of our own. If there was one band that was meant to be a video band, it probably would have been us." You can check out the videos, purchase the album or get a free download at these links:
Long Form Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG6EE-1xjsQ
Short Form Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS4SvebN-KY
To buy the album on Amazon: www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002VSRZKW/almosthuman
Free download of "Let's Get The Band Back Together Again": www.uaradio.net/Kurth_and_Taylor (just click on our "Songs" tab and hit "Free Download")
Or, finally, their MySpace page: www.myspace.com/kurthandtaylorband
The Note II: Taking A Chance On LoveThe Note II: Taking A Chance On Love, starring Genie Francis (ex-Laura, GENERAL HOSPITAL), will be available on DVD on Tuesday, May 5. Francis plays Peyton, a woman who attempts to develop a relationship with the daughter she gave up years earlier. The DVD’s special features include an interview with Francis and her leading man, Ted McGinley, about how they approached their characters.
Harlequin: A Change of PlaceDVD: Harlequin: A Change of Place starring Rick Springfield
Rick Springfield Music'Venus in Overdrive' featuring the single 'What's Victoria's secret?' Buy now at Amazon.com.
Anna Lee: MemoirBook: Anna Lee: Memoir of a Career on General Hospital and in Film
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