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Stars React To Joseph Mascolo’s Passing(12/9/16) Daytimers past and present took to social media to share their thoughts about Joseph Mascolo’s (ex-Stefano, DAYS) passing.
Co-star Lauren Koslow (Kate, DAYS) tweeted, “Good night, sweet prince..and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest” Forever my honor to share your stage, Joe.
Drake Hogestyn (John, DAYS) wrote, “The Phoenix will rise … R.I.P. Joe, we love you.”
On Facebook, Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami) wrote, “Some of my earliest memories of Days are working with Joe… I was really nervous to work with him because Stefano was such a strong, intimidating character and he embodied it so well. Joe was so talented, such a generous actor and always so prepared. I learned so much from working with him. Over the years, I got to know him much better and I stopped being so nervous around him (which probably made it easier for him) but I always had a sense of awe to work with him. There wasn’t a day when he didn’t give 100 percent to his performance and his character. When I became a director at DAYS, I remember him being so proud and supportive of me. Joe made a special point of pulling me aside to say that, having watched me on the set, it really meant something to him. He was always such a kind, generous man with a fabulously wry sense of humor and a proud, strong and dedicated actor. He will be greatly missed. #RIP.”
Former on-screen son James Scott (ex-EJ) posted, “So long Joe. I’ll miss you, yet a part of you will always be with me and for that beautiful gift I am so happy and grateful.”
Another past DiMera member — Casey Jon Deidrick (ex-Chad) — tweeted, “I am deeply saddened 2 hear of my onscreen Papa passing today. Such a kind heart & pleasure to learn from. I’ll never forget my DiMera days.”
Eileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R), who worked closely with the actor as DAYS’s Kristen and Susan, posted, “Very sad to hear of the passing of the great Joe Mascolo. God bless him and keep him.”
DAYS alum Molly Burnett (ex-Melanie) shared, “Sweet Joe Mascolo, the King of Daytime Evil with a heart of gold. You were a force to be reckoned with. It was an honor to know you.”
Mark Hapka (ex-Nathan, DAYS) wrote, “This is heart breaking. Joe was such a pleasure to not only work with but be around. Such a strong yet gentle spirit. Sending love.”
Martha Madison (ex-Belle, DAYS), tweeted, “So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He had an enormous presence. It was such a privilege to work alongside such a pro. Thoughts w his family.”
DAYS Head Writer Dena Higley wrote, “In Joe’s talented hands, bad never felt so good. #stefanoforever #ripjoemascolo.”
Chandler Massey (ex-Will) tweeted, “Favorite memory of Joe: being scared for my life when I yelled at him in a scene. He came at me, saying don’t raise your voice to me boy. He put Will in his place that day. Complete commitment to his craft and character. Extraordinary man who will be missed.”
Kate Mansi (ex-Abigail, DAYS) added, “Having a flood of cherished memories of our patriarch Joe Mascolo. A whiskey in your honor tonight Joe. Here’s to you, a man like no other.”
DAYS’s Joseph Mascolo Passes Away At 87(12/9/16) (soapoperadigest.com) Joseph Mascolo, who played the iconic Stefano DiMera on DAYS on and off since 1982, passed away on December 8 after battling Alzheimer’s disease for many years. “It is with great sorrow that we share the news the news of the passing of our dear friend and beloved member of the Days of our Lives family, Joseph Mascolo,” said Executive Producer Ken Corday in a statement. “The smile on Joe’s face is something we’d all come to find comfort in, and he will be sorely missed. His larger than life presence, kind heart, and unwavering positivity has impacted us all for decades, and will live on in the memories of his many fans. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.” Mascolo hailed from West Hartford, CT and was originally on a path to become a classical musician. When a drama professor heard his voice and suggested he give theater a try, Mascolo found his calling. In addition to numerous stage productions, the actor made his feature film debut in Diary of a Mad Housewife, followed by roles in Sharky’s Machine and Heat with Burt Reynolds. But it was his appearance in the TV miniseries THE GANGSTER CHRONICLES that caught the attention of then-DAYS Head Writer Pat Falken-Smith, who created the role of Stefano for him. After years of portraying Phoenix in Salem, Mascolo left the soap in 2001. B&B’s Executive Producer/Head Writer Bradley Bell came calling, and Mascolo joined the CBS soap as Massimo Marone, who was revealed to be Ridge’s bio dad. After five years, Mascolo left B&B and returned to DAYS in 2006, where he has played Stefano ever since. Mascolo is survived by his wife, Patricia Schultz-Mascolo, his son Peter, his step-daughter Laura, and his sister, Marie and her husband Ronald LaVoie. He also had five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, one niece, one nephew, 3 great nieces, one great nephew and one great-great niece. In a statement, Schultz-Mascolo said, “Joseph was a big ’ol bear with a puppy dog heart. I’m so blessed to have had these many years with him. I will miss him every day.”
Days of Our Lives' Stefano, Actor Joseph Mascolo, Has Died(12/9/16) (tvguide.com) The Days of Our Lives family lost an iconic member on Thursday
Joseph Mascolo, who played the infamous villain Stefano DiMera on Days, passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease, according to Soap Opera Digest. The actor was 87 years old.
Mascolo first joined the Days cast in 1982 and crafted Stefano into one of the most iconic villains in soap opera history. Even though he left the show for a regular stint on Bold and the Beautiful from 2001 to 2006, the actor still returned to Days for recurring visits. His last appearance on the show was earlier this year for the filming of Stefano's death.
"It is with great sorrow that I'm sharing the news of the passing of our dear friend and beloved member of the Days of Our Lives family, Joseph Mascolo," Days executive producer Ken Corday said in a statement. "The smile on Joe's face is something we'd all come to find comfort in, and he will be sorely missed. His larger-than-life presence, kind heart and unwavering positivity has impacted us all for decades, and will live on in the memories of his many fans. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time."
Mascolo's wife, Patricia Schultz-Mascolo, also issued a statement, saying, "Joseph was a big 'ol bear with a puppy dog heart. I'm so blessed to have had these many years with him. I will miss him every day."
Mascolo is survived by Schultz-Mascolo, his son Peter, his step-daughter Laura, and his sister, Marie and her husband Ronald LaVoie. He also had five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, one niece, one nephew, 3 great nieces, one great nephew and one great-great niece.
‘Days of Our Lives’ actor Joseph Mascolo dies at 87(12/9/16) (pagesix.com) Joseph Mascolo, who played crime lord and patriarch Stefano DiMera on “Days of Our Lives” starting in 1982, died on Thursday. He was 87 and had been battling Alzheimer’s disease.
“It is with great sorrow that we share the news of the passing of our dear friend and beloved member of the ‘Days of our Lives’ family, Joseph Mascolo,” “Days of Our Lives” executive producer Ken Corday said in a statement. “The smile on Joe’s face is something we’d all come to find comfort in, and he will be sorely missed. His larger than life presence, kind heart, and unwavering positivity has impacted us all for decades, and will live on in the memories of his many fans.”
Originally from West Hartford, Conn., Mascolo trained as a classical musician before becoming an actor. He also appeared in films including “Jaws 2” as a property developer, “Shaft’s Big Score,” “Sharky’s Machine,” and the 1986 thriller “Heat.”
On the long-running soap opera, he played the wealthy European businessman from 1982 to 1985, and then returned in 1988 and from 1993 to 2001. He continued making appearances until the character died on the show in 2016, after at least a dozen fake deaths. Soap Opera Digest named him the all-time best villain.
He also played a villain on “General Hospital,” and appeared on “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “Santa Barbara.” Among his other television appearances were “The Incredible Hulk,” “All in the Family,” “Lou Grant,” and “The Rockford Files.”
He is survived by his wife, Patricia, a son, a step-daughter, a sister, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Days of Our Lives Star Joseph Mascolo, Who Played Stefano, Dead at 87(12/9/16) (TVline.com) Joseph Mascolo, who played iconic villain Stefano DiMera on the NBC daytime soap Days of Our Lives, has died. He was 87 years old.
Mascolo passed away Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, the show said in a statement on Friday. He joined the Days cast in 1982 and made crime lord/business tycoon Stefano DiMera into one of the most hated (and most loved) bad guys in soap-opera history.
Mascolo left and returned to the role of Stefano several times over the years, even joining CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful for an extended stint from 2001 to 2006. But he always came back to Days, most recently for the character’s death earlier this year. He also made appearances on TV shows like All in the Family and Lou Grant, and in films like Jaws 2 and Sharky’s Machine.
“It is with great sorrow that I’m sharing the news of the passing of our dear friend and beloved member of the Days of Our Lives family, Joseph Mascolo,” Days executive producer Ken Corday said in a statement. “The smile on Joe’s face is something we’d all come to find comfort in, and he will be sorely missed. His larger-than-life presence, kind heart and unwavering positivity has impacted us all for decades, and will live on in the memories of his many fans. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.”
Carolyn Hennesy Makes a Surprise Appearance in Hairspray Live!(12/9/16) (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) Eagle-eyed viewers might have spotted GENERAL HOSPITAL fan favorite Carolyn Hennesy (Diane) during NBC’s Hairspray Live! broadcast. She wasn’t singing or dancing, but instead part of one of the special live ads that were done during breaks in the musical.
“What did everyone think of the Toyota commercial?” Hennesy tweeted during the show.
The actress was in the live Toyota ad dressed in a period ‘60s ensemble, posing next to the vintage and modern versions of the car and interacting with the spokesperson. "Great commercial," she wrote on Instagram. "Fun night, fab gig!"
Hennesy looks amazing in that outfit and right at home in the swinging ‘60s! Now if only we could’ve seen her dancing along to “You Can’t Stop the Beat!”
Maurice Benard Shares a Heartfelt Message to His Son, Joshua, on His Birthday!(12/7/16) On his son Joshua’s birthday, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) shared a beautiful sentiment all parents will recognize.
“This boy fills my heart with so much love,” Benard tweeted. “He is everything you could ask for in a son. Happy birthday my boy and go win your game!”
In a follow-up Tweet, the actor explained that Joshua is playing his first basketball game on the day he turns 12, and his jersey number is also 12! That sounds like a good omen to us!
Brytni Sarpy Previews Her Hilarious Role on NEW GIRL!(12/6/16) Brytni Sarpy (Valerie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is about to show her lighter side when she guest-stars on NEW GIRL in the episode airing Tuesday, Dec. 6. at 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX!
In the episode, titled “Es Good,” Sarpy plays Babs, a young woman dating Nelson Franklin’s Robby who goes on a double date with Zooey Deschanel’s Jess and guest star George Lako (ex-Freddy, GH).
“I’ve missed comedy,” Sarpy tells Soaps In Depth. “I didn’t realize how much until I was on set with a bunch of comedians. It was a lot of fun. So different from soaps, where you get through scenes in seven or eight minutes. On a set like that, we did three scenes over the entire 10-hour day.”
The actress admits that sometimes it was hard keeping a straight face during filming. “You’re literally laughing the whole time,” Sarpy confesses. “It’s so casual, and they have these things called ‘alternates,’ when you do comedy. Basically, you do your punchline or joke and then they try alternatives to see which one works better. So you’re not even listening to the same lines over and over again. You’re seeing people riff off each other, and it’s really cool.”
WGA TV Nominations(12/5/16) The WGA has announced its nominees for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio, and promotional writing during 2016. Winners will be honored at the 2017 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 19, 2017, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.
DAYTIME DRAMA (Only one show nominated)
General Hospital, Writers: Shelly Altman, Anna Theresa Cascio, Andrea Archer Compton, Suzanne Flynn, Janet Iacobuzio, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Jean Passanante, Dave Rupel, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten, Christopher Whitesell; ABC
'90210', 'General Hospital' Cast -- 90s Reunion Screwed Us ... Show Us the Money!(12/4/16) Most of the OG '90210' cast got together for a huge fan convention, which was probably good times -- right up until some of them got stiffed on their paychecks.
Rewind Con went down last month in Chicago, celebrating the 80s and 90s with celebs like Luke Perry, Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling. Joey Fatone from N'Sync was there too along with a handful of "General Hospital" alums.
Sources tied to the event tell us organizers promised invitees their checks would be in the mail following the convention, but after 2 weeks ... no dinero. Instead they got an email from one of Rewind Con's founders saying she was filing for chapter 7 bankruptcy.
We're told some people, like Luke and Jason, did get paid ... but Jennie and Tori drew short straws. Fatone's rep also says the singer got jack. It's unclear how much most of the celebs were to be paid, except for Port Chuck, the band formed by 4 ex GH stars. Their rep says they're owed about $50k.
Rewind Con co-founder Jaymie Lashaway -- who sent the email -- says the event's financial woes started when an investor, who had agreed to pay all the bills, suddenly backed out. She says it has nothing to do with her personal bankruptcy.
Anybody else smell lawsuits cooking?
Chloe Lanier Declares Nelle Isn't All Bad!(12/4/16) Chloe Lanier is having a blast playing Nelle on GENERAL HOSPITAL and even maintains the lurking newcomer who spiked Sonny’s drink is good at heart!
“Even people who are completely genuine have a darker side,” says the actress, who opens up about her character in the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, on stands now. “it's been a lot of fun to find those different layers to Nelle and just play around and be a little crafty.”
In spite of all the nice things she can say about Carly’s assistant, Lanier can’t say she would be friends with her. “I don't have time in my life for people who don't have their crap together,” she declares. “And I can tell if someone is a good, genuine person within three seconds of meeting them. I have a great ability to see someone's true motive and see behind the facade very quickly, so Nelle and I definitely would not get along! I would call her out on everything she's doing, probably within two times of hanging out with her!”
GH’s Emma Returns(12/4/16) Brooklyn Rae Silzer is set to make another return trip to GH as Emma later this month. “Happy Friyay!!! Brooklyn is excited to be returning to @generalhospitalabc for the Holidays!!!!! SUPER grateful & thankful to GH for having her back!” her parents posted on her Instagram account. Exults Finola Hughes, whose Anna (Emma’s grandmother) will be the beneficiary of her visit, ““I absolutely love when Brooklyn comes back as Emma. She’s turning into such a fantastic little actress.”
Matthew Ashford Celebrates Daughter Willa's First Birthday(12/4/16) (Pic) Daytime star Matthew Ashford (ex-Jack, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Tom, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Stephen, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) is celebrating his baby girl Willa’s first birthday!
The proud pop proclaimed the happy news by tweeting a super-cute photo of the girl chowing down on some cake!
She’s just darling! And it looks like she’s really enjoying her birthday treat!
General Hospital Promo Forecasts Hot Winter Romance, Chance of 'Danger'(12/2/16) (Video) Steamy straddling and toasty triangles are on display in this exclusive first look at General Hospital‘s plans for wintertime romance.
Set to JoJo’s “Mad Love,” the ABC sudser promo showcases Sonny and Carly (played by Maurice Benard and Laura Wright), who in one frame appear to be drifting apart, as well as Elizabeth and a handsy Franco (Rebecca Herbst and Roger Howarth), with a forlorn Griffin (Matt Cohen) positioned as odd man out.
Also on display are Nelle/Michael (Chloe Lanier and Chad Duell), Jordan/Curtis/Andre (Vinessa Antoine, Donnell Turner and Anthony Montgomery), Maxie/Nathan (Kirsten Storms and Ryan Paevey), and Kiki/Dillon (Hayley Erin and Robert Palmer Watkins).
Alison Sweeney Returning to Direct at GENERAL HOSPITAL!(12/2/16) (Pic) Alison Sweeney has announced her return to daytime, but unfortunately for DAYS OF OUR LIVES fans hoping to see her back as Sami Brady, she’s actually directing again at GENERAL HOSPITAL!
“I’ve taken over the dinner table,” she shared on Instagram, “hard at work prepping to direct at GH next week. Can’t wait!”
(Pic) Sweeney previously directed episodes of DAYS during and after her run on the soap, and has already helmed a couple episodes of GH. But she’s not strictly behind the cameras now — Sweeney is currently hosting a brand new series on Food Network called KIDS SWEETS SHOWDOWN!
Kimberly McCullough Recalls Robin and Stone's Powerful Love Story on World AIDS Day(12/2/16) On World AIDS Day, GENERAL HOSPITAL actress Kimberly McCullough spoke out about how honored she is to have played Robin over the years.
“In 1995, I had the privilege of playing out a storyline on GH revolving around a young man who died of AIDS,” she reminded fans on Twitter of Robin’s tragic romance with Stone.
Robin was infected with HIV and forced to watch as the man she loved slowly died of the illness before her eyes. However, the young woman survived and continues to thrive despite her diagnosis. “Today I am proud to still be playing a character who is living with HIV, has a healthy daughter and a career as a doctor,” McCullough proclaimed.
The actress remains proud of the quality of the storyline they told and the powerful effect it had on viewers. “The story of Robin and Stone enlightened and educated many through an emotional plotline,” McCullough mused. “Let’s not forget the love and acceptance those two characters showed us through how they loved each other.
“My heart goes out to anyone who has lost someone from this disease,” she concluded. “Love and progress always.”
For more information on World AIDS Day, please visit their website to learn more about the campaign.
Nashville Sneak Peek Set for Dec. 15 on CMT(12/1/16) (nashville.altervista.org) The holidays are coming early for the Nashies!
As a gift for the fans, CMT will sneak the first hour of the two-hour season premiere of Nashville on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. (Video)
Additionally, CMT just dropped the first trailer for the new season. Check it out!
The season begins with Rayna and Deacon facing a new normal with Maddie now back home and Highway 65 struggling financially. The shocking news about Juliette creates a wave of emotions throughout Nashville and sets Rayna off on a journey of discovery.
The two-hour season premiere of Nashville will debut on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Alyvia Alyn Lind and Hannah Nordberg Co-Star in 'Christmas of Many Colors'(11/30/16) Get in the holiday spirit with THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Alyvia Alyn Lind (Faith) and GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Hannah Nordberg (ex-Josslyn) as they co-star in the new movie Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, airing Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 9 p.m. ET on NBC!
According to NBC, “The film delivers Christmas joy and peril as an unexpected blizzard threatens the Parton family, while at the same time Dolly’s father (and his kids) make sacrifices to raise enough money to finally buy his loving wife the wedding ring he could never afford to give her. Meanwhile, an important person in little Dolly’s life begins to see that her amazing voice and musical gift might just be made for something bigger than rural Tennessee.”
As a sequel to last year’s Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, the cast returns to their same roles, with Lind as Young Dolly Parton, Nordberg as her friend, Judy Ogle, and Jennifer Nettles and Ricky Schroder as Dolly’s parents, Robert and Avie Lee Parton.
Don’t miss the heartwarming holiday family drama!
Ricky Martin buys stunning $13.5M Beverly Hills estate(11/30/16) Hunky pop star Ricky Martin just bought a gloriously reimagined estate in the Beverly Crest neighborhood of Beverly Hills, Calif., for $13.5 million, according to Yolanda’s Little Black Book.
The original house on the property was built in 1953 and had four bedrooms, two baths and walls of windows. A local builder paid $3.5 million for the property in January 2014, tore the structure down to the studs, and rebuilt it from scratch using the original footprint.
The resulting mansion is 11,300 square feet with seven bedrooms and 8.5 baths. It features white oak flooring, a wet bar, and walls of glass looking onto a nearly 1-acre yard. The master suite has a three-sided fireplace and his-and-his bathrooms — Martin is engaged to Jwan Yosef, a Swedish painter and artist. Outside there’s an infinity-edge pool, parking for nine cars, and a 2,000-square-foot “secluded wellness center.”
After the extensive renovations, the home re-emerged on the market in May 2016 with a list price of $16.9 million. Six months and a couple of price cuts later, the former Menudo frontman scored himself a 90210 deal.
Martin’s new neighbors include A-listers Sandra Bullock, James Murdoch (younger son of media mogul Rupert) and Dr. Phil, Yolanda says. The singer, 44, is best known for his inescapable hits “Livin’ la Vida Loca” and “She Bangs.”
Vanessa Marcil Teases Fans With a Possible Return to GENERAL HOSPITAL!(11/30/16) Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Vanessa Marcil threw GENERAL HOSPITAL fans into a tizzy with teases that made them predict she’s returning as Brenda!
In a series of Instagram posts, Marcil promised, “Big news coming…” then, “We are coming home,” and finally a shot of Brenda and Sonny kissing with the caption, “Never ending.”
Brenda was last seen for a brief appearance in 2013 as part of GH’s 50th anniversary celebration, but this would be the perfect time for a longer stint, with Sonny’s life in turmoil following Morgan’s death and his crumbling marriage to Carly.
GH fans are eagerly awaiting Marcil’s big announcement, and as soon as the news breaks, we’ll pass it on to you!
GH’s Chloe Lanier (Nelle) On That Scene(11/30/16) On the November 28 episode of GH, Chloe Lanier’s Nelle drugged Sonny, stripped him out of his clothes and climbed into bed next to him — naughty, naughty! The actress reports to Digest, “I had a bit of a heads-up about that. I didn’t know the logistics or how it was going to play out, but I knew that Nelle was going to drug him.” When tape day arrived, she and co-star Maurice Benard (Sonny) kept the planning to a minimum. “We didn’t talk about it too much, just little conversations here and there leading up to what was going to happen. His whole thing was that he wanted it to be very delicate leading up to it, which I think worked wonderfully because you kind of want to keep the audience in suspense and you don’t want everything to be on the nose,” Lanier muses. “ These were such raw scenes, I think we both just trusted one another — we trusted that we’re both good, we’re both here to do our jobs and do them well, and I think it was just about connecting with each other in those scenes.” She sums up the end result as “probably the most emotional, most vulnerable scene I have ever shot, and I have shot some really dark, messed-up scenes in my career so far! It was a really intense scene for Maurice and I to shoot and I hope it translates to the audience. I’m excited to see what people have to say.” As for her character’s perspective, Lanier says, “I think it was a really hard thing for Nelle to do and I think her reaction to it is going to surprise everybody.” For the full story on Nelle’s scheme to take down Carly, check out the next issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale Friday.
Ashley Jones Shares Beautiful Photo of Her Son, Hayden!(11/30/16) (Pic) It’s been a while since soap fans have seen Ashley Jones as GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Parker or THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s Bridget, but the actress is keeping pretty busy with other roles, including the greatest one of all — motherhood!
“I can’t stop smiling when I look at him,” Jones shared of Hayden, her five-month-old son with husband Joel Henricks.
One look at that precious little angel and we can’t stop smiling, either!
Single Mom A Go Go: Episode 12 - LINSEY GODFREY(11/29/16) (Video) Michelle talks to "Bold and the Beautiful" star Linsey Godfrey on single parenting. Linsey's amazing life, cancer and how it changed her life, her near death experience being hit by a car, being a warrior, love, cheating, fornication under consent of the King, onion sandwiches before kissing scenes, lactating on Thorsten Kaye... and really why she is such a TRUE BADASS!
Brianna Brown Celebrates Her Engagement to Richie Keen!(11/29/16) (Pic) Brianna Brown (ex-Lisa, GENERAL HOSPITAL) had lots to be thankful for this year, including her engagement to fiancé Richie Keen!
Every day throughout the month of November, the actress was tweeting something she’s grateful for, and on Nov. 26, she posted, “I’m grateful for engagement parties!” with a photo of her and her beau posing together.
Brown became engaged to film and television director Keen back earlier this year, and according to their registry at The Knot, the couple is planning to walk down the aisle on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Best wishes to them both for a lifetime of happiness together!
GH Preview: Major Drama For “Julexis”!(11/26/16) A new chapter in the battered and bruised relationship of Julian and Alexis kicks off when GH returns to the airwaves on Monday, and Soap Opera Digest has the scoop on the ramifications of Alexis drunkenly running her ex-husband down on Thanksgiving. In the wake of the collision, “She feels guilt and horror and fear,” according to Co-Head Writer Shelly Altman. Plus, “She is concerned about Julian’s life, and as a result, she will show more interest in that than she thought she had inside her.” Presuming he survives, don’t put it past Julian to use the accident as leverage in his quest to win Alexis back. Points out portrayer William deVry, “If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Julian, it’s that he’s an opportunist and he is likely to see something as negative as this as maybe a potential positive in reconstructing their relationship.” Get the full details in the new issue on sale now!
GH Preview: Franco Plots To Save Liz(11/26/16) In the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) shares her reaction to GH’s decision to bring her character’s rapist, Tom Baker, back to the canvas — and previews what Tom’s presence portends for “Friz’s” relationship. Herbst describes Liz’s “main objective” as “to keep Franco from feeling the need to go after him.” However, his desire to protect Elizabeth may leads him to formulate a shocking new plan. For the full scoop, check out the new issue, on sale now.
GH’s Maurice Benard Gets Personal(11/26/16) In the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, Maurice Benard (Sonny) opens up about the strides he’s made off-screen that allow him to take it in stride when his character goes through the kind of turmoil he’s been in since Morgan’s death. “You get to a point where you learn what your triggers are,” he explains. The actor shares his thoughts on Sonny and Carly’s split, Jax’s return, Sonny’s fractured friendship with Jason and much, much more. It’s a can’t-miss interview, on sale now.
Chad Duell Shares a Hilarious Selfie(11/24/16) (Pic) In a recent selfie he shared, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Chad Duell (Michael) looks like a human Snapchat filter with the fake beard and googly-eyed glasses!
“Don’t ask,” he posted.
We know Duell doesn’t want us to, but we have to ask: What in the world is going on here? He used the hashtag “#parody” but who is he supposed to be making fun of? Either way, it’s a hilarious picture, and just the laugh we needed right now! Thanks!
Jason Thompson's Family Trip to Japan Was Interrupted by an Earthquake!(11/23/16) (Pic) Jason Thompson (Billy, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) celebrated his birthday this past weekend, and jetted off with his wife Paloma and their nearly six-month-old son, Bowie, on a trip to Japan! Luckily, after the earthquake in the Fukushima Prefecture on Nov. 21, the actor reported that he and his family are fine.
“Love the wake up call in Japan!” he tweeted. “7.3 earthquake. 40 floors up. Nothing like starting the day with a good dose of rock’n’roll… and a ton of sway.”
Former GENERAL HOSPITAL castmate and friend Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin) expressed surprise that he was in the Land of the Rising Sun, and Thompson responded, “Yup. First family Japan trip. Bowie’s first real earthquake shake. Apparently, the Japanese are very used to it. Not a worry. So sweet.”
The actor also shared a photo of Bowie taking in the foggy-but-still-spectacular view from their room to show the tot isn't the least bit bothered.
We’re glad that Thompson and his family are safe, and we hope they enjoy the rest of their trip to Japan! We’re looking forward to seeing even more photos of Bowie enjoying his first overseas adventure!
GH’s Robert Palmer Watkins In New Flick(11/23/16) Before landing on GH as Dillon, Robert Palmer Watkins shot the indie feature film Back To Awesome, which will be released on Amazon and iTunes on November 23. The flick is described as the “coming-of-age story about 19-year-old Sam Levy, a kid who has absolutely no game.” For more info, check out www.backtoawesome.com.
Premiere Date Set For Season 2 Of The Bay(11/23/16) Season 2 of the digital drama series THE BAY will premiere next week on Amazon Prime. “We’re excited to say that starting on November 29, 2016, one week from today, the second season of our multiple Emmy award-winning digital drama series THE BAY will be available for streaming on Amazon Prime,” says the series Executive Producer/Creator/ Writer/Director Gregori J. Martin. “Fourteen digitally remastered episodes will be released featuring brand-new, never-before-seen episodes…. The look and feel of our second season really raises the bar on so many levels.” Season 2 also marks the contribution of multiple Emmy award-winning producer Wendy Riche, who recently joined the series as executive story editor and as an executive producer in the second half of the season. “Collaborating with Gregori is a joy,” states Riche. “His creative instincts, generosity, passion, perseverance, and vision are inspiring and I am honored and thrilled that he asked me to be part of THE BAY Family.” Riche also serves as an executive producer for Season 3, which is currently filming on location in Los Angeles and will debut on Amazon Prime in spring of 2017. For more, follow THE BAY on social media using the hashtag #Bayhem, plus check out: https://twitter.com/TheBaytheSeries; https://www.instagram.com/thebaytheseries; https://www.facebook.com/TheBayTheSeries/
GENERAL HOSPITAL Stars Share a Peek at the Port Chuck Tour(11/22/16) (Video) The GENERAL HOSPITAL actors who make up the band Port Chuck just finished up a big East coast tour, and documented their adventure on social media! Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny), Scott Reeves (ex-Steven), and Steve Burton (ex-Jason; Dylan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) were joined by musician Dicki Fliszar as they played classic rock for their fans.
If you weren’t able to attend their shows, Anderson Periscoped a little of one of their rehearsals at a stop in Tennessee, so you can hear them wrap up some “Sweet Home Alabama” before doing some introductions and launching into Johnny Cash’s classic “Folsom Prison Blues.”
Brianna Brown on NCIS: New Orleans(11/21/16) “Overdrive” – After a Marine corporal who is an amateur race car driver has a fatal crash on the track, the NCIS team investigates when they suspect foul play, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, Dec. 13 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Brianna Brown (Melody James), Meghan Ory (Assistant U.S. Attorney Hannah Lee), A. Russell Andrews (Russ Connors).
Kristin Davis Gets Candid About the 'Intense Learning Curve' of Interracial Adoption(11/21/16) Sex and the City star Kristin Davis recently opened up about interracial adoption and protecting her child in a sit-down conversation at The Greene Space in New York.
Davis, 51, adopted her 5-year-old daughter, Gemma Rose Davis, in 2011, and candidly discussed being the parent of a child with a differing race.
“I am white. I have lived in white privilege. I thought I knew before adopting my daughter that I was in white privilege, that I understood what that meant. But until you actually have a child, which is like your heart being outside you, and that heart happens to be in a brown body, and you have people who are actively working against your child, it’s hard. It fills me with terror,” Davis told WNYC’s Rebecca Carroll during a “How I Got Over” discussion of not understanding white privilege until she adopted her daughter, who is black, in 2011.
Following the results of the Nov. 8 election, which saw GOP nominee Donald Trump take the victory over Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton, the actress said that she is on an “intense learning curve” in her role as a parent.
“I’m on the intense learning curve because I have to protect my child. I might have had the intellectual learning curve that we all hope and wish we have, but it’s different than the actual life that you’re on the line for. I have to protect my daughter at all costs,” the mother of one admitted. “My initial thoughts on Wednesday morning was that I wanted to move to the woods and learn to shoot a gun. It makes no sense. I’m fully aware. I’m 100 percent aware that it literally makes no sense but … the fear of what is happening and how am I going to make sure that no one hurts my child, even in a subtle way, which was already a fear I had honestly, but it just became so, so heightened.”
Davis, who starred as Charlotte York Goldenblatt on the HBO series from 1998-2004, was raised in South Carolina and revealed that she was exposed to racism while growing up.
“Right now I want to be in the bubble. I don’t want to talk to any Trump people,” the actress said, and added, “I grew up with some really ugly racism in front of me. Not in my family. We were at the university where things were cool but around us was really, really not cool. And it was intensely illuminating and as a young person really shocking. And to think that my daughter is now going through a different version of this is pretty stunning and shocking.”
Talking about her parenting style, Davis also spoke about how she regularly gives her daughter encouragement and affirmations.
“I always tell her … that her curls are beautiful, your black skin is beautiful. You’re beautiful. You’re powerful. You’re a goddess,” Davis said.
She later added: “Serena [Williams] is a household fixture at our house. And like Serena was on the cover of New York Times, and that thing sat there for six months. I work really hard at the representation part in terms of beauty, magazines.”
Brooklyn Rae Silzer Previews her New Movie(11/21/16) (Pic) It’s been a while since GENERAL HOSPITAL fans have seen Brooklyn Rae Silzer as Emma in Port Charles, but they’ll be able to enjoy the talented young actress in her upcoming Hallmark Channel movie, Christmas in Homestead, airing on Thursday, Nov. 24, at 8 p.m. ET!
In the film, Taylor Cole plays Jessica, a famous actress visiting Homestead, Iowa, to shoot a holiday-themed movie. When she finds herself falling for a local innkeeper played by Michael Rady, Jessica gets a taste of small-town life and discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Silzer is Sophie, the innkeepers’s daughter who is instrumental in bringing the couple together.
“The things that happen in the movie are the same things that happen with my dad and the movie star,” Silzer previews for Soaps In Depth. “They end up falling in love and I become close with her. She’s my favorite movie star, so we play together all the time. She’s kind of like my mom. And I bring them together because I tell me dad, ‘Do you love her? Maybe you should go on a date!’”
The film also stars another daytime alum, Jeff Branson (ex-Ronan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Jonathan, ALL MY CHILDREN), as Vince, Jessica’s co-star in the film.
“We filmed in Georgia,” Silzer reveals, “in a small town called Dahlonega. I filmed there three weeks and it was really nice to hang out with everyone there. It was fun because we got to use all this fake snow and it was really magical for me. I think it’ll turn out to be a great film.”
Ryan Paevey Reveals His Secret Passion!(11/21/16) Biker dude turned photographer Ryan Paevey (Nathan, GENERAL HOSPITAL) loves hitting the road for an adventure and capturing the amazing views he finds. “I just take pictures of everything,” says the Renaissance man, who sells his photos and more via FortunateWanderer.com. “I’m self-taught. I'm a dive in and do it kind of guy. I just start doing stuff — often without instructions.”
When it comes to photography, however, he does take tips from his college pal Arthur Shchiglik. “We don’t go anywhere without our cameras — I always have mine hanging from my Damn Fine Goods strap — so it always turns into shooting pictures and swapping techniques,” says Paevey, who shares some of their photos in the new issue of Soaps In Depth, on stands now.
“Art’s taught me a fair bit about the hardware and how to use it and I’ve stumbled on a few techniques I was able to teach him,” he confides. “He’s become a great collaborator. ”
Kristen Alderson Shares Update on Pooka's Condition!(11/21/16) (Video) Kristen Alderson (ex-Kiki, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Starr, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) has been having a rough time lately with her brother, Eddie Alderson (Matthew, OLTL) being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and her adorable little dog Pooka having to be rushed to the vet, but after sharing some good news about Eddie, she’s now sharing a positive update on her pup!
“Pooka’s doing fantastic! Thank you for the prayers!” she tweeted with a video of herself holding Pooka and asking if he wants to thank everybody for their prayers because he’s feeling so much better.
Alderson had taken Pooka to the vet last week where he was put on pain medication and steroids to see if that helped, but she had to rush him back to the ER when he was yelping in pain and refusing food and medication. Thankfully, they were finally able to diagnose Pooka with Meningoencephalitis.
“Scary stuff,” Alderson tweeted. “It’s been a tough weekend. Happy for his progress. He’s looking much better.”
Morning Show Appearance(11/20/16) Good Morning America – ABC
Actor Dwayne ``The Rock'' Johnson; comic Kathy Griffin; actors Nicolas Bechtel (Spencer, General Hospital) and Cerina Vincent; reality-TV personality Nadya Suleman.
Richard Simmons Says Goodbye to His Slimmons Fitness Studio in Heartfelt Post to Fans(11/20/16) Dancin' and sweatin' may not be the same for a few Richard Simmons fans.
Today marked the final classes at the fitness guru's exercise studio near Los Angeles.
Since opening in 1974, Slimmons Studio has seen thousands of fans walk through the doors for an unforgettable workout class. And while some were hoping to see Richard at the final classes today, the fitness star decided to mark the occasion with a heartfelt post on social media.
"I will not see you today because I am not very good at endings. I would just spend the whole time hugging and crying. My eyes would get puffy and red, my hair would get all frizzy and I'd be a mess," he wrote to his Facebook followers Saturday afternoon. "I cannot bear to be sad today. And you shouldn't be sad either. This should be a celebration of our forty-plus years together dancin' and sweatin'. So let's turn this ending into a new beginning."
He continued, "When I opened Slimmons in 1974, I simply couldn't wait to tell everyone that food could be healthy AND delicious or that exercise could be fun! I worked my little striped shorts off to spread the message that you must move your body every day, that portion size matters and that while others may not always be kind to you, you must be kind to yourself."
He would also spread the message in malls, talk shows, news segments or even convention halls.
For those wondering what Richard is up to today, the "Sweating to the Oldies" star told followers that he is doing the things he wants to do.
"I am being kind to myself, and putting myself first. I am making changes and taking time to do the things I want to do. Please know that I am in good health and I am happy," he explained. "No one has ever been able to tell me what to do and the same is true today. I am still independent, determined and opinionated. I simply am making a new beginning for myself—quietly and in my very own special way."
He concluded, "Be kind to one another, be kind to your body and be kind to yourself. I love you."
GH Star Launches Food Site(11/18/16) Vinessa Antoine (Jordan, GH), who shares her tantalizing turkey recipe just in time for Thanksgiving in the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, has launched a new food site, Cooking for Little Men, at www.cookingforlittlemen.com, inspired by her adventures as a home cook and single mom of two sons. When her marriage ended, she explains on the blog, “my obsession with cooking for little men began.” The new venture, she writes, is “not just for single parents. It’s for anybody that wants to try some recipes, connect, and be inspired.”
Vanessa Marcil Shares Photo From Her Hospital Bed — Get the True Story Behind the Scary Pic!(11/18/16) (Pic1, Pic2) Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda, GENERAL HOSPITAL) scared the bejeezus out of her fans when she shared a photograph of herself laid up in a hospital bed with a broken arm and leg!
Former GH castmate Sean Kanan (ex-A.J.; Deacon, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) was also concerned, tweeting from Italy, “Just saw this. Hope you are okay. If this is real, I’m wishing you all the best and a speedy recovery.”
Marcil replied, “You are too sweet. It’s for a film. Love you!”
The Emmy winner put fans’ minds at ease with a later tweet revealing that her injuries were just for show as she’s filming a new movie called Deadly Devotion. The upcoming thriller co-stars Mykel Shannon Jenkins and David Lago (ex-Raul, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS). It’s currently scheduled for release in March of 2017, so we’ll keep you up to date as more information is announced!
Annie Ilonzeh Joins Cast Of Indie Film ‘Grace’(11/18/16) Tate Donovan (Manchester By The Sea), Katie Cassidy (Arrow), and Matthew Lillard (Scooby-Doo) will topline the dark romantic comedy Grace, written and directed by Devin Adair. The trio is joined by Mircea Monroe, Debby Ryan, Missi Pyle, Michael Madson, Gail Bean, Annie Ilonzeh, and Hugo Armstrong in the indie film that marks first project from Ouroboros Entertainment.
The pic follows Charlie Ellison (Donovan), a formally famous writer living in a world of faded glory and writers block whose best friend and agent, Bernie (Lillard) has spent the advance on Elliston’s upcoming novel and is being stalked by his publisher, the IRS, loan sharks and his wife. In an effort to get a first draft, Bernie sends a belligerent young woman, Dawn (Cassidy) to inspire and check on Charlie… but she has ideas of her own.
Ouroboros’ founder Laure Sudreau and New Artists Alliance’s Gabriel Cowan are producing the film, which has a planned release for summer next year.
Donovan is repped by Gersh, Cassidy is with CAA and Anonymous Content, and Lillard is repped by the Paradigm Agency and Silver Lining Entertainment.
Newly engaged Ricky Martin heads to Las Vegas(11/16/16) Ricky Martin is off the market.
The Latin heartthrob is engaged to his boyfriend of one year, Jwan Yosef, he revealed on Wednesday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
“He’s a conceptual artist and I’m a collector,” Martin gushed about his fiancé. “I started looking for art and I saw his art and I went crazy because I really love what he does. Really original. And then I contacted him.”
DeGeneres, 58, quipped, “And then you collected him.”
Yosef, 32, is of Syrian and Swedish decent. According to his official website, he lives and works in London.
Martin is the proud father of 8-year-old twin sons, Valentino and Matteo.
But that wasn’t the only news Martin shared with DeGeneres.
“I’m going to be in Vegas,” Martin said. “I have a residency in Vegas. I’m really happy!”
Martin will join a growing list of artists, including the Backstreet Boys, Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men, all making a comeback and a hefty dollar off the Vegas strip.
Martin is currently on his One World Tour and is set to make stops in Mexico, Panama and Newark, New Jersey in the coming weeks before wrapping up on December 15.
Anthony Montgomery Addresses Rumors He's Leaving GENERAL HOSPITAL!(11/15/16) Anthony Montgomery (Andre) worried GENERAL HOSPITAL fans with a recent tweet that made it sound as though he was leaving the soap!
“Happy Sunday, ya’ll!” he posted to Twitter. “Had a terrific meeting last night about me being part of an exciting new Sci-Fi series after my time is done on GH.”
Montgomery is popular with science fiction fans for his role as series regular Ensign Travis Mayweather on STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE from 2001-05. He has also created a comic book graphic novel called Miles Away about a teenager with special needs who battles aliens.
However, soap fans needn’t be concerned Andre will be leaving Port Charles anytime soon. “I am not leaving GH,” Montgomery later tweeted. “The team behind the new Sci-Fi series want me to join their show after I’m done on GH, whenever that is. I’ll be around as Andre Maddox for at least three more years. As long as the fans keep wanting him around. I’m looking forward to the fun we’re going to have on GH. There’s a lot to do with Dr. Maddox!”
Single Mom A Go Go: Episode 11 - CHRISTIAN LE BLANC(11/15/16) Michelle talks to her close friend and former co-worker Christian LeBlanc of "The Young and the Restless". They talk big families, New Orleans and how Christian is always ready for a party. Their brush with Sydney Pollock, wine, chocolate, traffic, bravery, The Daytime Emmys and workmen doing #2's. (Video)
ABC Releases Statement On Claire Labine(11/15/16) Acclaimed soap scribe Claire Labine has passed away at the age 82. During her career, she was nominated for 12 Emmys and won a total of nine. ABC has released the following statement:
“We are sad to learn of the death of our friend and former colleague Claire Labine. As creator of Ryan’s Hope and head writer of both General Hospital and One Life to Live in the 90s, Claire was an imaginative storyteller who inspired hope and sparked conversations through her stories and characters paving the way for a new generation of writers who would follow in her footsteps. We are proud and honored she was a part of our ABC Daytime family. We send our deepest condolences to her family and those closest to her.”
Labine began her soap career as a script writer and, later, co-head writer for the CBS soap Where the Heart Is. She later went on to write for Love of Life, Ryan’s Hope, One Life To Live and Guiding Light. Labine is probably best know for her work on the soap opera General Hospital. During her tenure on GH, she created the character of mobster Sonny Corinthos along with his supercouple pairing with model Brenda Barrett, introduced the Ward family, told Robin and Stone’s socially conscious love story and the B.J. heart transplant tear-jerker.
Brianna Brown on NCIS: New Orleans 12/6(11/14/16) “Music to my Ears” – After a petty officer and member of the prestigious United States Navy Band is murdered in her home, Pride takes temporary custody of the victim’s nephew who is the sole witness to the crime, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, Dec. 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Derek Webster (FBI Agent Raymond Isler), Julian Acosta (Javier Garcia), Brianna Brown (Melody James).
Claire Labine, Creator of Ryan's Hope and Iconic GH Stories, Dead at 82(11/12/16) Veteran soap scribe Claire Labine, the creator of ABC’s Ryan’s Hope and a winner of nine Daytime Emmy Awards, died this week at age 82. A cause of death has not been disclosed.
Labine’s venerable daytime-TV career began in 1970, writing for CBS’ Where the Heart Is and Love of Life. She was then courted to create a companion series for ABC’s General Hospital, the result of which was Ryan’s Hope, which revolved around an Irish family and would go on to earn eight Emmys, including two for Outstanding Drama.
In 1993, Labine was brought on to GH itself as headwriter, where she created the character of Sonny Corinthos and in turn gave unto soap opera history the supercouple of Sonny and Brenda. Her other GH hallmarks include the introduction of the Ward family, the Robin/Stone love story and — hold on, I need a Kleenex — the B.J. heart transplant storyline.
During her time at GH — where she would collect another Emmy — Labine came up with the spinoff idea Heart and Soul, which was to center on the characters of Ned and Lois and be set in Brooklyn; ABC went with the Port Charles offshoot instead. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, she had headwriter stints at One Life to Live and Guiding Light.
GH vets Maurice Benard and Vanessa Marcil and OLTL alum Kassie DePaive have been among the actors who have remembered Labine via Twitter:
@MauriceBenard : Claire LaBine you will be missed you gave me a chance to play a character that had so many levels when no one else would so grateful to you
@VanessaMarcilM : Claire LaBine healed my soul & millions of others hearts through her art. She always stepped away if things became inauthentic #BadassChicks https://twitter.com/mauricebenard/status/797242042610913280 …
@KassieDePaiva : Soap Headwriter Claire Labine was one of the best! Rest In Peace dear gifted lady. #oltl #amc #ryanshope
GH Preview: Liz’s Rapist Returns(11/12/16) As GH fans saw on air, Liz got the bad news that her rapist, Tom Baker, was granted parole and released from Pentonville. Actor Don Harvey has been cast as Tom, who will be reintroduced to the canvas in the days to come. Co-Head Writer Jean Passanante says that Tom’s return came out of “looking into the history of Elizabeth and thinking about her relationship with Franco.” Co-Head Writer Shelly Altman calls revisiting Liz’s landmark 1998 rape tale “an exciting opportunity”, but assures, “We want Elizabeth to be smart, to not be a victim again — and she won’t be.” For the full story, be sure to check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale now, and tune into GH.
Sonny’s Confession Rocks GH(11/12/16) Expect emotions to run high next week on GH when Sonny uses the occasion of Morgan’s funeral to confess to his role in the events that resulted in his son’s death. They certainly were on the set, reports Maurice Benard (Sonny). “I personalized every line,” he says, a technique that proved so effective, “I couldn’t control my feelings or my tears, anything. I couldn’t do it! It was a trip.” For the full story on his very public admission will affect Sonny and those in his orbit, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Laura Wright Leaving GENERAL HOSPITAL — Find Out When She'll Be Back!(11/11/16) Laura Wright (Carly) is leaving GENERAL HOSPITAL! But don’t worry, it’s just a brief vacation, and then she’ll be right back to work bringing the daily drama!
“A couple weeks off to play with my babies,” she posted to Instagram with a smiling selfie.
Although the soap is taking two weeks off for the holidays so everyone will be taking a break, if anyone really deserves a vacation right now, it’s Wright, who has been delivering absolutely gut-wrenching performances every day on GH as Carly struggles to deal with the aftermath of Morgan’s death. She could take some of her two weeks off to think about which one of the many amazing episodes she’ll submit for her Emmy reel, but it’ll probably be a lot more fun to just hang out with her children, Lauren and John and her dogs!
Dominic Zamprogna Shares a Photo of GENERAL HOSPITAL Co-Star Emme Rylan Without Makeup!(11/11/16) (Pic) Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) shared a selfie from the GENERAL HOSPITAL set with castmate Emme Rylan before she went through hair and makeup, and she still looks great!
“Werkin,” he wrote, followed by the hashtag “emsaysnomakeup.”
Of course, throughout her daytime career, whether dressed up or dressed down, Rylan has always looked amazing.
Laura Harring on NCIS: Los Angeles(11/11/16) “Sirens” – After an unknown female assailant kills two men disguised as Sherriff’s deputies in front of Callen’s home, the NCIS team gets a new lead in the ongoing mole investigation. Also, Nell visits a prison to interview an inmate withholding information on the department’s leak, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, Nov. 27 (8:30-9:30 PM, ET/8:00-9:00 PM, PT), on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Pamela Reed (Roberta Deeks), Laura Harring (Julia Feldman), Adam Bartley (Carl Brown).
John J York Shares Beautiful Moment From Daughter Schyler's Wedding(11/9/16) (Pic1, Pic2) John J. York (Mac, GENERAL HOSPITAL) shared an absolutely lovely photo of him walking his daughter Schyler down the aisle at her wedding!
“Pics are in!” the actor tweeted. “One proud dad!”
When Schyler tied the knot with husband Michael Smith on Aug. 6, York shared a picture of the newlyweds, but this is the first time he's shared one of father and daughter.
All the best to the happy couple — Schyler was a gorgeous bride! And we can’t get over how utterly overjoyed York is in that photo as he looks into her beaming face! Beautiful!
Michelle Stafford Celebrates Her Son's Major Milestone!(11/9/16) As the internet was blowing up with politics on the evening of Nov. 8, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Michelle Stafford (Nina) shared some absolutely wonderful news about her one-year-old son, Jameson!
“On a different note,” the actress tweeted, “my son took his first steps tonight, if anyone is interested.”
GH castmate Laura Wright (Carly) shared her joy at the major milestone.
@TheRealStafford ohhhh yay!!!! Xoxox- Laura Wright (@lldubs) November 9, 2016
Stafford is going to have her hands full keeping up with this little guy now that he’s on the move! Hopefully her six-year-old daughter, Natalia, will be able to help out!
Victoria Rowell and Other Daytime Stars to Appear in Holiday Movies — Get the Details!(11/9/16) With Thanksgiving approaching, it’s time to get into the holiday spirit! And both UP TV and ION Television have a slate of seasonal movies featuring some of your favorite soap stars from THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, GENERAL HOSPITAL, GUIDING LIGHT, and ALL MY CHILDREN!
Y&R alum Victoria Rowell (ex-Dru) stars in Merry Christmas, Baby, airing Sunday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. ET on UP. The Chandler family is back in a new installment in the Marry Me for Christmas franchise, and their perfect Christmas could become a perfect disaster!
In Girlfriends of Christmas Past, Tammin Sursok (ex-Colleen, Y&R) and Lindsey McKeon (Marah, GL) star as two of three women looking for revenge on their cheating ex at his holiday retreat. OLTL’s John Brotherton (Jared) also stars, and it airs Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. ET on UP.
Laura Bell Bundy (Marah, GL) stars in Season’s Greetings on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. ET, as a greeting card writer out of touch with her fellow generation… until a handsome gentleman enters her life! AMC’s Carrie Genzel (Skye) co-stars.
Ion Overman (ex-Gabriela, GH) stars in Christmas With the Andersons, airing Saturday, Dec. 10, at 9 p.m. ET on ION. When a family known for their epic holiday parties falls on hard times, they throw a different type of bash and learn what’s really important.
Y&R alums Vivica A. Fox (ex-Stephanie) and Eric Roberts (ex-Vance) star in A Husband For Christmas, where a woman agrees to a loveless marriage of convenience with a co-worker to upstage her sister’s engagement, but could find a genuine spark. It airs Sunday, Dec. 11, at 9 p.m. ET on ION.
GENERAL HOSPITAL and ONE LIFE TO LIVE Star Kristen Alderson Asks Fans to Pray for Her Dog, Pooka(11/9/16) (Pic) Kristen Alderson (ex-Kiki, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Starr, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) reached out to her Twitter followers to ask them to pray for her 7-year-old dog, Pooka.
“Hi Everyone,” she wrote. “Can you guys please #prayforpooka? He has a slipped disk and is in a lot of pain. Hate seeing him like this.”
Former GH castmate and friend Nicolas Bechtel (Spencer) was quick to respond.
@NicolasJBechtel: @krisalderson Noooooooooo!!!!!!!! Praying for Pooka for sure.
The outpouring of love on social media touched Alderson’s heart deeply. “Thank you to everyone for your kind words and prayers,” she posted. “I’ll definitely be in touch on his progress. So grateful for you guys.”
Bryan Craig Shares Incredible Mannequin Challenge Video From the Set of His New Movie!(11/7/16) The internet is filling up with “Mannequin Challenge” videos, but they’ll be hard-pressed to top the amazing one featuring Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and the cast and crew of his upcoming movie, Ride!
“I think we set the bar,” Craig boasted on Twitter. “A whole movie set! Everyone should watch this!”
(Video) Check out the entire cast and crew of Ride standing frozen in time as the camera moves around them and look for Craig in the black shirt with white polka dots on the skateboard towards the end!
The music in the video is courtesy of rapper Ludacris, who stars in the film as well.
(Pic) Ride is the true story of BMX champion John Buultjens, who Craig shared a photo with backstage on set. “John has blown me away with tales of his past,” he wrote. “Honored to be a part of the telling of his journey.”
Bryan Craig Reveals His Biggest Regret About Leaving the Soap!(11/5/16) Bryan Craig is sorry about only one thing about his exit from GENERAL HOSPITAL — that it wasn’t a secret!
“I wish it had been kept quiet until the scene where Morgan was blown away,” says the Emmy winner, who reflects on all he’s leaving behind and what’s ahead in the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, on newsstands now.
“It would have been so great if it had been a surprise… but things get out,” he laments. “I’d actually signed a non-disclosure agreement, so when it broke, I went right to GH and said, ‘It's out there, and it was not me!'
“Then there was a big commotion, and the amount of tweets, messages and Instagram comments was overwhelming,” Craig continues. “I think a lot of people are really disappointed. Also, the first people to publish the news didn't make the network or me look good. To be clear: Nobody quit!”
Carolyn Hennesy Considers Suing United Airlines After Being Attacked By a Flight Attendant!(11/5/16) Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GENERAL HOSPITAL) only plays a lawyer on TV, so she’s going to need a real one if she decides to sue United Airlines for a recent incident where she was attacked on one of their flights!
“As a professional actress, I fly all the time for work,” Hennesy tweeted. “Never flying United again. Flight attendant Alicia attacked and bullied. Lost her mind. May sue.”
Two weeks after filing her complaint and still receiving no response, Hennesy took her issue to a public forum, tweeting at United multiple times hoping for a response. She explained that she had been flying to Newark airport in New Jersey and was attacked by the flight attendant, adding that it was “bullying” and “physical.”
Thankfully, United responded to her tweet, so hopefully this situation can be worked out amicably without having to get lawyers involved. We're just glad that Hennesy wasn't badly injured as a result of the attack.
GH Preview: Jax Is Back!(11/4/16) Ingo Rademacher checks back in to GH next week as Jax, who was last seen in August. “We had kind of left it open,” he says of his status with the show when he wrapped up his last stint. When he got the call to come back, he didn’t hesitate to say yes. “It’s so great being there,” he enthuses. “Maurice [Benard, Sonny] and I always have a blast when we’re on the set together and everyone is really professional and has a great time.” Jax’s visit is prompted by Morgan’s funeral. “Of course, he’s there for Carly and for Josslyn,” Rademacher previews, “but Morgan was really special to Jax, as well.” Expect emotional material for Jax and his ex-wife. “We get to have some interesting moments, Laura [Wright, Carly] and me, that we didn’t get last time.” For the full scoop on Jax’s comeback, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale today.
Bree Williamson Wraps GH Run(11/4/16) Claudette’s mysterious disappearance marks the end — for now — of Bree Williamson’s GH stint as the scheming ex of Nathan, Griffin and Valentin. “She’ll be back,” predicts the actress, who debuted in July. “And I’m absolutely open to that.” Williamson says that the conclusion of Claudette’s arc “came at the perfect time for me personally,” but that she’s thrilled with the time she spent on the show. “All the actors are just so nice,” she enthuses. “It was such a pleasure to go in and be with them every day.” For more with Williamson, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale tomorrow.
Bree Williamson Opens Up About Her Sudden Exit From GENERAL HOSPITAL!(11/4/16) When Claudette ran into the evil Valentin on an airplane, it was the last GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers saw of her — and it turns out that was actually the end of Bree Williamson’s run as the vixen!
“It was super fun,” she tells Soaps In Depth of her time in Port Charles. “I had such a good time.”
While Williamson knew that the airport scene would be her last one, it didn’t make it any easier for her to say goodbye to this character to which she’d become so attached. The actress is also quick to defend Claudette’s actions, even abandoning her daughter, Charlotte!
“Maybe she really is trying to protect this little girl,” Williamson muses. “Maybe she was actually doing something unselfish. Claudette always has really good intentions. She just doesn’t go about it the right way.
“She tries to do the right thing,” the actress adds, “but she just fails miserably. Which I think makes her super-tragic and really fun to play. She really doesn’t have a clue!”
However, with Valentin running around Port Charles, and little Charlotte still somewhat of a mystery, would Williamson be up for reprising the role again? “Yeah, why not?” she declares. “It was really fun!”
For more from Williamson on her GH exit, don’t miss her interview in the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth magazine!
Maurice Benard Teases an Exciting New Role!(11/4/16) Maurice Benard (Sonny, GENERAL HOSPITAL) threw fans into a tizzy on Instagram when he shared a selfie and teased a brand new project!
“Hi, my name is Detective Alvarez,” he wrote. “Can I see your driver’s license, please?”
While Benard is remaining mum so far on any details regarding this new role, he’s listed as playing a cop in the cast of a new TV series called SOUTH SIDE, which also stars Method Man, Mike Epps, and ICE-T, among others. Set in Jamaica, Queens in the ‘80s, the series tells the story of true events surrounding the rise of the drug culture in the area.
If the cop Benard is playing is in fact the Detective Alvarez he mentions in his Instagram post, hopefully he’ll have more to say about the role and the series very soon! After watching Sonny battle with the law on GH for so many years, it’ll be fun to see Benard as the one with the badge for a change!
For more on your favorite GH stars, read the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!
Check Out GH Alum Emily Wilson’s New Show(11/4/16) Emily Wilson (ex-Ellie, GH) is co-hosting the inspirational new OWN series, THE HERO EFFORT. Get a first look at the project, set to premiere on November 12, click here.
Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash, Steve Burton, and Scott Reeves Share a Port Chuck Rehearsal(11/2/16) Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) recorded a clip of his GENERAL HOSPITAL castmates Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny), Scott Reeves (ex-Steven), and Steve Burton (ex-Jason; Dylan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) as they performed the classic tune “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.”
“It’s good to be back with the boys,” Burton says in the video before joking, “We’re gonna play a little song Brandon wrote.”
(Video) The guys of Port Chuck are gearing up for another show, and decided to share some of their rehearsal with fans in a special video!
Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) recorded a clip of his GENERAL HOSPITAL castmates Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny), Scott Reeves (ex-Steven), and Steve Burton (ex-Jason; Dylan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) as they performed the classic tune “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.”
“It’s good to be back with the boys,” Burton says in the video before joking, “We’re gonna play a little song Brandon wrote.”
The guys sound great! Port Chuck will be appearing at RewindCon in Chicago, IL, on Saturday, Nov. 12, and Sunday, Nov. 13. Other daytime stars will also be appearing at the con, including GH faves Tristan Rogers (ex-Robert), John J. York (Mac), and Carolyn Hennesy (Diane). Click here for more information!
Ingo Rademacher Reunites With Former Castmate Rick Springfield(11/1/16) (Pic) It was a mini GENERAL HOSPITAL reunion at a grocery store in Malibu, CA, when Ingo Rademacher (Jax) encountered former Port Charles neighbor Rick Springfield (ex-Noah)!
“Always great to run into an old GH-er,” Rademacher posted.
Rademacher was recently taping episodes of GH to air soon, and Springfield is currently on tour promoting his new album and can be seen as Lucifer on this season of SUPERNATURAL.
Steven Weber & Brianna Brown on NCIS: New Orleans(11/1/16) “One Good Man” – The NCIS team reviews unorthodox training exercises after a Navy Seal candidate is found murdered weeks before his graduation. Also, a concerned Wade turns to Pride after her adopted son, Danny (Christopher Meyer), announces his plan to enter the Navy, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, Nov. 15 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Steven Weber returns as Mayor Douglas Hamilton.
GUEST CAST includes: Christopher Meyer (Danny Malloy), Steven Weber (Mayor Douglas Hamilton), Brianna Brown (Melody James).
Tequan Richmond Celebrates His Birthday With Former Castmate Jimmy Deshler(11/1/16) (Pic) A very happy belated birthday to GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Tequan Richmond (TJ), who celebrated on Oct. 30 with one of his old castmates, Jimmy Deshler (ex-Rafe)!
“Big happy birthday shout out to this dude!” Deshler shared on Twitter.
It’s so great to see TJ and Rafe hanging out again, and Rafe is looking pretty good for a dead guy! For the GH fans who miss seeing these two on screen together, this pic was like a blast from the past!
Sean Kanan Gets Star On Palm Springs Walk Of Fame(11/1/16) (Pic) Soap vet Sean Kanan (Deacon, B&B/Y&R; ex-A.J., GH) received the 400th star on the Palm Springs Walk of Fame on October 28, in Palm Springs, CA. Among Kanan’s soap pals present to cheer him on were Tristan Rogers (Colin, Y&R; ex-Scorpio, GH), Judith Chapman (Gloria, Y&R et al), Patrika Darbo (Nancy, DAYS) and Bobbie Eakes (ex-Macy, B&B et al). “This is really emotional for me,” Kanan told the crowd. “I am humbled and inspired to be among so many talented artists, entertainers, philanthropists and humanitarians.” The honor coincided with the actor’s 50th birthday celebration. “Life is pretty fantastic!” he acknowledged. Kanan’s star is located in front of the restaurant, Eigh4Nine, in Palm Springs.
Kimberly McCullough Responds to Internet Comments About Her Weight!(10/30/16) It seems like every time Kimberly McCullough (Robin) returns to GENERAL HOSPITAL, the internet is filled with comments from fans remarking on her weight, but this time the actress decided to respond!
“FYI, I’m not offended by convos about my weight,” McCullough tweeted. “So I’m a little chubby. In my 20’s I was ‘too thin.’ It is what it is, people…”
Her co-stars were quick to jump to their friend’s defense against the internet haters on Twitter. “You’re beautiful,” declared Maurice Benard (Sonny), “you’re a talented actress and director, and you were great on GH, by the way.”
Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda) understood McCullough’s feelings perfectly. “You are perfect as per usual, my beautiful little sis,” she tweeted. “We will always be too something to people who aren’t brave enough to be ‘in the arena.’”
“Ummmm, I’ve seen your jeans on the ‘WRAP’ rack and they’re tiny,” Nicolas Bechtel (Spencer) reported, “so people… please!”
And Haley Pullos (Molly) reminded everyone, “All bodies are good bodies.”
McCullough has a great attitude about the entire situation, and continues to blow audiences away with her brilliant performances in front of and behind the camera.
Lisa LoCicero Gets in a Car Accident With Mrs. Claus — See the Crazy Pic!(10/30/16) (Pic) Lisa LoCicero (Olivia, GENERAL HOSPITAL) got in the most unusual fender bender ever!
“Car accident in LA,” she tweeted. “Mrs. Claus and Olivia Falconeri meet… (I’m fine and it wasn’t my fault)”
We’re so glad it was just a minor accident, and no one was injured. But we also love that LoCicero took the time to snap a pic with the person who ran into her since they were dressed up for Halloween! We hope Mrs. Claus' reindeer were also unhurt!
Laura Wright Has a Thrilling Adventure With Her Kids!(10/30/16) (Pic) Laura Wright (Carly, GENERAL HOSPITAL) visited Vault 1381 with daughter Lauren, son John, and his girlfriend, Gracie, but their attempt to escape the room didn’t quite work out exactly as they’d planned!
“The Vault in Santa Ynez!” Wright posted on Instagram. “So fun! Loved it!”
The immersive puzzle-solving game lets a small group of players enter a room where they will have 20 minutes to solve the puzzles and earn their escape! The limited-time experience was raising money for the Trunk Full of Miracles charity, which supports the homeless. Unfortunately, Wright and her group weren’t able to get out on their own, but we’re sure they came close!
Jason Thompson's Baby Boy is so Excited it's Friday(10/30/16) (Video) Jason Thompson (Billy, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) just shared the most adorable video of his five-month-old baby boy, Bowie!
Bowie seems super interested in the camera, even if Thompson is trying to make it appear like his son is just really excited that it’s finally Friday!
Bowie is just the cutest little thing, and we can’t get enough of him!
GH Preview: Halloween Tension For “Friz”(10/29/16) Franco’s insecurities about his relationship with Liz come to the fore when he sees her with Jason and Jake on Halloween. The male adults in the equation have what Co-Head Writer Shelly Altman calls a “brief but intense encounter” that leaves Franco shaken. “When he sees Liz with a man with whom she’s shared so much more, he has to privately wonder if he can offer Liz what she needs. For her part, Liz “knows this is something they have to work through if they’re going to be together.” For the full story, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest and be sure to tune into GH next week.
GH Preview: Valentin Hits Port Charles!(10/29/16) Expect anything but a warm welcome when James Patrick Stuart’s Valentin returns to Port Charles. “It was just like a room full of people, mouths agape,” says Stuart of the reception his character receives. As for what brings Valentin back to the States, the actor teases, “He seems to have a legitimate excuse for being there. There is a specific reason that he has come to town and I actually think it’s really cool.” His first week in P.C., Valentin will make contact with several characters he has yet to interact with, including his half sister, Alexis, and several that he has, including one-night-stand Nina. “They are really going to click,” Stuart notes. For the full scoop, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest and be sure to tune into GH.
Kimberly McCullough Is Part of Cady McClain's Exciting new Project!(10/27/16) As a woman and also a director, it’s only natural that Kimberly McCullough (Robin, GENERAL HOSPITAL) would become a part of the upcoming documentary series from ALL MY CHILDREN’s Cady McClain (Dixie), Seeing is Believing: Women Direct.
“I so enjoyed my interview with director Kimberly McCullough,” McClain tweeted, “and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you.”
“When Cady interviewed me, we didn’t know each other, even though we knew of each other,” McCullough told Soaps In Depth. “There was just an instant connection.”
As a producer on the project, McCullough is very excited to see it all coming together as McClain interviews different female filmmakers. “She’s approached as ‘Let’s talk about who we are as directors, how we got here, what we did to learn our craft, how we’ve kept it up,’” she said of McClain's perspective, “‘as opposed to talking about the problems of not getting hired.’”
The distribution plan for Seeing is Believing: Women Direct also appealed tremendously to McCullough. “It’s almost like an online class you can plug into any time you want,” she marveled. “It’s not some upper crust documentary that will only show at festivals. Everyone can watch it!”
McClain’s project is currently over 90% funded on Indiegogo, so we’re looking forward to seeing all of the talented filmmakers that she’s interviewed and hearing what they have to say!
Ingo Rademacher Brings Sons Peanut and Pohaku to Visit the Set(10/27/16) Ingo Rademacher (Jax) is back at GENERAL HOSPITAL shooting more episodes, and this time he brought his adorable sons Peanut (8) and Pohaku (4) with him to visit Port Charles!
(Pic) First, the boys visited the prison set where Rademacher shared a pic, writing, “Pohaku visiting his bro in PC jail.”
(Video) Then the kids got into character for a video where Peanut promises Pohaku that he’ll get him out of jail — before realizing he doesn’t know how!
(Video) And finally, Dad brought his sons over to Kelly’s where Peanut was working behind the counter waiting on Pohaku, but their scene didn’t go very well. “And all of a sudden, they’re shy!” laughed Rademacher.
It looks like the boys were as thrilled to see where daddy works as GH fans are to see Jax back in Port Charles!
Sean Blakemore on Hawaii Five-0 - 11/4(10/27/16) “Ka makuahine a me ke keikikane” – Five-0 must free McGarrett’s mother, Doris (Christine Lahti), when Catherine (Michelle Borth) informs them that she was captured and is about to be executed after attempting to free Wo Fat’s imprisoned father. Also, Chin loses his appeal to have Sara’s adoption delayed, and she must move to Mexico, on the 150th episode of HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Nov. 4 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Sarah Carter returns for the milestone episode and Christine Lahti’s daughter, Emma Schlamme, guest stars as a young Doris McGarrett.
(“Ka makuahine a me ke keikikane” is Hawaiian for “Mother and Son”)
GUEST CAST inlcudes: Michelle Borth (Catherine Rollins), Sean Blakemore (Supervisor Keith Harlan).
New Details on Bryan Craig's Exciting Movie Role!(10/27/16) Shortly after announcing his decision to leave GENERAL HOSPITAL, Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan) revealed that he was starring in a new movie called Ride. But aside from his new shaved-head look for the film, additional details were scarce. But now we’ve got the scoop!
Ride is based on the true story of BMX champion John Buultjens, a teen who was on the road to ruin before being fostered by an interracial couple. The father, played by award-winning actor/rapper Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, buys the young man his first bicycle which starts him on a path to success.
“Blessed to be working with kind, talented people,” Craig tweeted. The action-drama is still filming, so a release date is a ways off yet, but we will naturally keep you up to date on any new developments on Craig’s exciting new project.
Emma Samms receives MBE from the Queen(10/27/16) (Pic) She is known to millions as the star of 80s TV series Dynasty and The Colbys but Emma Samms was yesterday recognised for her charity work which has shone light in to many young lives.
The co-founder of Starlight Children’s Foundation, she was rewarded for services to seriously and terminally ill children and was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
She founded the Starlight Foundation with her cousin after her brother died from aplastic anaemia when she was aged nine.
Her charity helped four children in the first year, and now supports half a million British children and has a global reach by granting wishes and brightening hospital stays.
Amber Tamblyn and David Cross expecting first child(10/26/16) There’s a baby girl on the way for Amber Tamblyn and husband David Cross.
As the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” star revealed Wednesday, the couple are expecting their first child.
“Motherhood has been heavily on my mind because I am going to be a mother soon. I’m pregnant, with a daughter on the way,” the 33-year-old actress explained in an essay for Glamour. “I think constantly about the world I am bringing her into. How much do I have to do, as a daughter and a soon-to-be mother, to change not just the conversation about how women are seen, but the language and conversations are spoken in?”
Tamblyn and Cross, 52, got engaged in 2011 after five years of dating. The pair tied the knot in 2012.
She continued, “I’ve been thinking about motherhood a lot lately. What it means to be one, what it means to have one, what it means to know one, what it means to make decisions as one and have conversations as one,” she wrote. “I am very lucky to be surrounded by strong mothers, from my own mom to some of my best friends — those who are raising young women to accept themselves and those who are raising young men to accept women.”
Tamblyn also expressed her support for Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, whom she viewed as the only viable leader to guide her unborn child.
“Hillary Clinton is a mom. She’s also a daughter. She’s also a grandmother. I have wondered what kind of conversations she’s had to have with her daughter about men, or what conversations Hillary’s mother had to have with her about boys,” Tamblyn shared.
“After I’m done writing this, I’ll go back to my desk and fill out my absentee ballot. I’ll be voting for more than just a woman; I’ll be voting for a revolutionary idea,” she continued. “I’ll be voting for a future for my daughter where conversations about our bodies and our lives are broader than what value they have for men. A future where being a mother is less about warning our daughters about our sons and is instead lifting them up to their greatest potential.”
Earlier this month, Tamblyn revealed she had been sexually assaulted by an ex-boyfriend in response to Republican nominee Donald Trump‘s vulgar remarks about women.
“I am afraid my mom will read this post. I’m even more afraid that my father could ever know this story,” she posted on Facebook. “That it would break his heart. I couldn’t take that. But you understand, don’t you? I needed to tell a story. Enjoy the debates tonight.”
Spooky Soirée! Inside Michelle Stafford's Halloween-Themed Bash for Son Jameson's First Birthday(10/26/16) (people.com) (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4, Pic5, Pic6) It’s a monster bash!
On Sunday, two-time Emmy-winning soap star Michelle Stafford threw her 1-year-old son Jameson Jones Lee the party of a lifetime to mark his first birthday. The theme? Halloween, of course.
The family of three, which includes Stafford’s 6½-year-old daughter Natalia Scout Lee, really got into the spirit by dressing as a vampire family, complete with fangs and gothic costumes that would make The Munsters jealous.
“It was an amazing party. We had to celebrate Jameson in style!” the General Hospital actress, 51, tells PEOPLE exclusively of her son’s big day, which was held at her Los Angeles home.
Stafford tells PEOPLE that the party is a nod to a favorite family tradition she had growing up, when her parents would decorate their home to be a haunted house during the Halloween season.
Family and friends in attendance included Stafford’s fellow soap stars Finola Hughes, Tracey Bregman, Maura West, Nadia Bjorlin and Christian LeBlanc, who were treated to a spine-tingling selection of sweets.
Los Angeles bakery Whisk and Whittle provided a creepy crawlers cake, skeleton cookies, caramel apples and vampire bat cookies for the bash.
The dessert table itself was designed by Marlan Willardson and Laurén LaRocca of Twink + Sis.
Decked out in kid-friendly décor, the spooktastic spread included a toddler-sized piano, spiderweb tablecloth, “bones,” gray pumpkins from Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch and #MakeMealtimeMatter gold plates from Cheeky.
Although former PEOPLE blogger Stafford has opened up in the past about her struggles, including challenges of considering adoption and her sister’s cancer diagnosis, the mom of two says she’s now celebrating a fantastic time in her life.
“It’s been a wild and crazy and spectacular year,” she says. “I am the luckiest woman on the block!
Trailer for "FIRST STRIKE BUTCHER KNIFE"(10/26/16) See the trailer for "FIRST STRIKE BUTCHER KNIFE" starring Sherri Saum, Kamar Del Los Reyes and Trevor St John. Written and directed by Michael Easton: Video.
‘Counterpart’: Michael Nyqvist, Nazanin Boniadi, 2 Others Join Starz Spy Series(10/26/16) Michael Nyqvist, Nazanin Boniadi, Nicholas Pinnock and Sara Serraiocco have been cast as series regulars in Counterpart, Starz’s upcoming spy thriller. Oscar winner J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams and Harry Lloyd star in the series, described as an espionage thriller with a metaphysical twist.
Counterpart is the story of Howard Silk (Simmons), a lowly cog in a bureaucratic agency who discovers that the agency he works for is really guarding a crossing into a parallel dimension. Through Howard and his counterpart on the other side, the show will navigate themes of identity, what-ifs and lost love. Starz ordered two 10-episode seasons in 2015.
Nyqvist will play Chekhov, the hardened Director of Operations at Howard’s agency and a strange mix of philosopher and spy. Boniadi will play Clare, an enigmatic young woman of curious origin, who becomes a major linchpin as the season develops. Pinnock will play Ian Shaw, an aggressive operative and watchdog whose job is to ensure an uneasy peace between both dimensions. Serraiocco will play Baldwin, a mysterious assassin whose life takes on a new purpose when she is exposed to the other side.
Swedish actor Nyqvist’s flm credits include The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, John Wick, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Disconnect. Next seen in the feature Frank & Lola, he is repped by Authentic Talent & Literary Management, ICM Partners and Sweden’s Agentfirman.
Boniadi co-starred on Homeland for two seasons as CIA analyst Fara Sherazi. Other recent credits include Ben-Hur, Scandal and How I Met Your Mother. Repped by ICM Partners, Jordan Lee Talent and Stone Genow, she is shooting Hotel Mumbai with Dev Patel and Armie Hammer.
Pinnock appeared in History’s miniseries Barbarians Rising and recently starred in ITV 1’s crime drama Marcella. Other film and television credits include Captain America: The First Avenger and A.D. The Bible Continues. He is repped by Silver Lining Entertainment.
Serraiocco starred in the Italian features Salvo and La Ragazza del Mondo (Worldly Girl), directed by Marco Danieli. She is repped by UK-based Olivia Bell Management and Italian agency Officine Artistiche.
Created and written by Justin Marks, Counterpart is from MRC, Anonymous Content and Gilbert Films. Executive producers are Morten Tyldum — who will direct the first episode — Marks, Amy Berg, Gary Gilbert, Jordan Horowitz, Keith Redmon and Bard Dorros. Simmons also serves as a producer.
Kristina Wagner and Jack Wagner Mourn the Death of a Beloved Family Pet(10/26/16) (Pic1, Pic2) Kristina Wagner (Felicia, GENERAL HOSPITAL) shared some sad news on social media as she revealed that their much-loved family pet Billybones died at the age of 17.
“Seventeen wonderful years with Billybones,” she posted to Instagram. “Rest in peace my little friend.”
She also shared another photo on Twitter thanking Billybones “for giving the Wagner family 17 years” and tagging ex-husband Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco).
Our hearts go out to Kristina, Jack, and the entire Wagner clan as they mourn a beloved member of the family.
Rena Sofer Mourns the Death of Her Dog, Lola(10/24/16) (Pic) Our hearts are breaking for Rena Sofer (Quinn, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), who had to say goodbye to her dog, Lola, over the weekend.
“Just put one of the great loves of my life down,” she Tweeted. “Thank you my Lola for the last 14 years of joy, laughter, and love. RIP.”
It’s always hard to lose such a beloved member of the family. Our thoughts are with Sofer and her entire family during this difficult time.
Nicolas Bechtel Took a Selfie With Justin Timberlake — See the Pic!(10/24/16) (Pic) As prince Spencer Cassadine on GENERAL HOSPITAL, Nicolas Bechtel is soap royalty. But the young actor met pop royalty when he snagged a selfie with musical superstar Justin Timberlake!
Bechtel was attending the premiere of the new animated movie Trolls with his co-stars on Disney Channel’s STUCK IN THE MIDDLE, and ran into JT himself on the red carpet!
“Wasn’t wearing my ‘suit and tie’ and certainly didn’t bring ‘sexy back,’ but ‘cry me a river,’ I did meet this guy!” Bechtel joked on Twitter, referencing some of Timberlake’s biggest hits.
Bechtel looks very composed to be meeting such a big star — Perhaps that’s because he’s a big star himself, now!
Ashley Jones & Eden Riegel on NCIS: Los Angeles(10/24/16) “Crazy Train” – Callen goes undercover as a patient in a mental health hospital to search for an NSA agent who disappeared while tracking an ISIS cell trying to cross the Mexican border, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, Nov. 6 (8:30-9:30 PM, ET/8:00-9:00 PM,PT), on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Ashley Jones (NSA Analyst Jolene Townsend), Eden Riegel (Doctor Iris Miller).
Bree Williamson Opens Up About Her "Insane" Return to Daytime!(10/22/16) Bree Williamson (Claudette, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is reveling in her return to daytime, but that doesn’t mean coming home wasn’t an adjustment for the ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum — especially after four years away!
“My first day at GH was insane: I had a lot of pages,” recalls the actress, who’s worked on primetime shows like HAVEN, DECEPTION, CASTLE and John Singleton’s not-yet-picked-up BET pilot REBEL since OLTL’s cancellation. “I've done other shows, but they think a four-page day is a big day. Daytime is a whole different animal! I didn't even count how many pages I had that first day, but I was reading them at home and laughing. ‘Woohoo, this is daytime! Here we go.’ It was intense!”
As some fans know, daytime actors easily plow through 40-60 pages of story a day! In the new issue of Soaps In Depth, on stands now, the actress opens up about why she’s fallen for playing Claudette… and which hunk the schemer really loves!
Ryan Paevey Shows Off a Spooky — and Sexy — Look for Halloween!(10/22/16) (Pic) Ryan Paevey (Nathan, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is ready for Halloween already with a fantastically spooky Day of the Dead-inspired makeup job!
“Well, this happened,” the actor shared, using the hashtag #costumeideas.
Whoever did the makeup did an amazing job! Paevey looks a little scary, but also still kind of hot!
Haley Pullos Gets a Makeover — See Her Stunning New Haircut!(10/22/16) (Video, Pic) Haley Pullos (Molly, GENERAL HOSPITAL) gave herself a makeover and cut her hair!
“Thought it was time for a change,” the actress shared with an animated selfie shaking out her new locks.
Clearly loving her new, shorter ‘do, Pullos has shared more photos on Instagram showing off just how stunning she looks with the cut.
Jen Lilley Introduces Tamara Braun to Her Foster Son(10/22/16) (Pic) Jen Lilley (Theresa, Days/ex-Maxie, GH) introduced friend and former DAYS OF OUR LIVES castmate Tamara Braun (ex-Ava) to her new foster child!
“Coffee and foster care talk with the incomparable Tamara Braun this morning,” Lilley shared on Instagram. “Safe to say the little man is in love with this beauty!”
Braun shared the same photo on social media, writing, “So great to discuss foster care, work, family, and all things life this morning with the beautiful and talented Jen Lilley. You’re a force, Jen! Love that little man. Thanks for the baby love time.”
“Can’t wait to do it again,” Lilly replied.
Lilly is clearly a natural at being a mom — that’s one lucky little boy!
Richard Simmons -- Slimmons Studio Closing(10/22/16) Richard Simmons' famed exercise studio Slimmons is closing for good ... TMZ has learned.
The reclusive Richard hasn't been seen in public for more than 2 1/2 years, and it eventually took a fatal toll on his studio, where he was once a fixture. Simmons simply disappeared.
The studio sent out notices it would be out of business effective November 19th.
TMZ broke numerous stories about Richard over the last 2 years, including concerns he was being held against his will. The LAPD did a welfare check in January 2015 and found he was fine.
Richard has said he wanted out of the Hollywood spotlight and was battling knee problems, but others who were once a big part of his life think it's much deeper than that.
Simmons was hospitalized June 3rd, after his housekeeper called 911 and told the dispatcher he was exhibiting bizarre behavior. Simmons later said it was simply a case of dehydration.
GH Preview: Sonny’s Downward Spiral On GH(10/21/16) Expect a rough week ahead for GH’s Sonny, who is contending not only with the death of son Morgan and major tension in his marriage to Carly, but being the subject of both a police investigation and less formal one (Curtis’s) regarding the car bomb that claimed Morgan’s life. “Sonny’s punishing himself enough that he’s not considering how the law might punish him,” notes Co-Head Writer Shelly Altman. But his cop son, Dante, who is also in mourning, “is determined to get justice for Morgan,” the scribe warns. Meanwhile, Sonny gets a blow in the form of some unwelcome news from Carly. For the scoop on how it all plays out, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest and be sure to tune into GH next week.
GH’s Laura Wright: Fit And Fabulous!(10/21/16) In the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, Laura Wright (Carly, GH) opens up about the lifestyle changes she’s made since deciding to take charge of her fitness. This spring, “I was really sick a lot,” she recalls. “I was still really struggling with the end of my marriage [to John Wright, her spouse of 21 years] — feeling better about it, but probably not really dealing with it. And I thought, ‘I have to do something.’ “ She got in touch with a Beachbody coach, and was so pleased with the positive results that she ended up becoming one herself. Reflecting on the impact her new approach to diet and exercise has made on her life, Wright says, “I walk different. I stand different. I sleep different. I love how amazing my body feels.” To read more about Wright’s fitness journey (including her top tips for healthy eating and working out), check out the new issue!
Bryan Craig On Why He Left GH(10/21/16) Read the Soap Opera Digest interview here.
Kimberly McCullough Checks In For A GH Visit(10/21/16) Kimberly McCullough, whose Robin last visited GH in May for the Nurses’ Ball, will notch another Port Charles appearance starting on October 27. She describes her trip back to the studio as “so fun! I had some really intense scenes and it felt nice to call on some of those memories and history of Robin’s character.” The actress says that the comeback was born out of her ongoing conversations with Executive Producer Frank Valentini about gaps in her schedule (she works now primarily as a director) that allow her to fit in some taping days at GH. For more on McCullough’s homecoming, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale tomorrow.
Kimberly McCullough Opens Up About Her Return to GENERAL HOSPITAL!(10/21/16) Kimberly McCullough (Robin) talked to Soaps In Depth about her latest return to GENERAL HOSPITAL slated to air on Thursday, Oct. 27!
The actress is said to be sticking around for the first week of November sweeps, and while she couldn’t divulge any of the top-secret storyline surrounding her return, McCullough did admit that “it’s always great” to go back.
“It feels like a nice little visit,” she confides. “I get excited, like I’m going on vacation sort of — a working vacation!”
Now that she’s turned director, helming episodes of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS as well as her own project, HEY DAY, McCullough reveals she makes a point of hanging out behind the scenes as well. “I always try to pop into the booth with the director, assistant director, lighting coordinator and producers,” she reports. “That’s where I got the bug to be a director, so I usually grab one of the free chairs and sit for a while.”
For more from McCullough about her GH return and all her other exciting projects, check out her interview in the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!
Ingo Rademacher Returns To GH(10/21/16) Ingo Rademacher is set for another run as GH’s Jax. The actor, who made his Port Charles debut in 1996 and most recently reprised the role of Carly’s ex-husband in July, announced his latest return with a succinct Instagram post (“Back! @generalhospitalabc”). When Jax appeared over the summer, it was hinted that he had played a larger role in daughter Josslyn receiving Nelle’s kidney on the black market than he was letting on. Expect the actor to be back on-screen during November sweeps.
Here Comes Trouble: Valentin Returns to GH!(10/21/16) James Patrick Stuart’s Valentin is back on the Port Charles scene starting next week — and expect big trouble to follow. “I hit the ground running,” reports the actor, who did a summer run as Nikolas’s killer, recently revealed to also share a past with Claudette. He describes his previous stint as “sort of like a 10-day getting-to-know-you period” and says he was happy to slip back into the Cassadine’s skin. “I really do like the people over there very much and I absolutely love Frank [Valentini, executive producer]. He really runs that show and I have never seen anything like it, certainly not in daytime. I’ve seen so many producers that just disappear upstairs and deal with big, important decisions but you don’t see them on the floor and that is the exact opposite with Frank. He is all up in your stuff at every turn, making it happen, and I love it.”
Kirsten Storms and Brandon Barash Spend the Day With Daughter Harper — See the Adorable Pic!(10/20/16) (Photo) When GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny) announced their split, they promised they would continue to co-parent their two-year-old daughter, Harper, and a recent photo proves they’re doing an amazing job!
“Harper enjoying her ‘token ride’ after shooting down every single pair of shoes Brandon and I wanted to try on her feet,” Storms wrote of the adorable family photo before scolding Babies R Us for inappropriate power cord placement!
GH fans will also recognize little Harper as the adorable actress who has made a handful of appearances as Maxie and Spinelli’s baby girl, Georgie.
It’s wonderful to see that Storms and Barash are still able to give Harper a loving family life, and we can’t wait to see what the adorable little moppet dresses up as for Halloween!
Parry Shen Teases His Return to GENERAL HOSPITAL!(10/20/16) (Photo) After Brad and Lucas tied the knot, they disappeared, leading GENERAL HOSPITAL fans to wonder if they were taking the longest honeymoon ever! But Parry Shen (Brad) has revealed that he will soon be back in Port Charles!
“Well, hello old friend,” he tweeted with a photo of his hospital lab coat. “It’s good to see you again.”
But will Lucas also be back on-screen with his hubby? Portrayer Ryan Carnes made an appearance at a fan event in Orlando, FL, last weekend, but hasn’t said anything about returning to the GH studio. Stay tuned!
Marc Anthony Samuel on NCIS: Los Angeles(10/19/16) “Home Is Where the Heart Is” – After a maintenance man saved the life of a lieutenant commander, the NCIS team uncovers his dark past which puts a local teenager in danger. Also, Sam must decide which colleague to take to the Los Angeles football game, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, Oct. 30 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Bar Paly (Anastasia “Anna” Kolcheck), Marc Anthony Samuel (Navy Lieutenant Commander George Owens).
Brandon Barash Reveals His Exciting New Role!(10/19/16) (Pic) Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny, GENERAL HOSPITAL) revealed he’s starring in new movie, Stolen From the Cradle, by posting a selfie with his co-star, Amanda Clayton!
“Spent the last three weeks with this lovely lass filming Stolen From the Cradle. Clearly we hated each other. Her husband, Kevin Interdonato, wasn’t half bad, either.”
Additional information regarding Stolen From the Cradle isn’t available yet, aside from the fact that the actors tweeted about shooting the film in New York City's Central Park. There is a novel by William J. Smith with the same title that tells the story of a couple whose baby is stillborn but believes that the hospital mixed up two infants, so they kidnap the newborn daughter of a happy couple believing the little girl is really theirs. It certainly sounds like the plot of a juicy Lifetime or Hallmark Channel movie!
Rick Hearst Books New TV Role(10/19/16) Rick Hearst (Ric, GH), who relocated to Atlanta earlier this year, has been staying busy with a plethora of new gigs. Next up? A multiepisode stint on the VHI series DAYTIME DIVAS, set behind the scenes of a fictional talk show. “Well Atlanta you definitely are showing me that relocation was wise,” Hearst posted on Instagram. “Just booked an arc to play opposite the multi talented, and stunning #vanessawilliams on the #vh1 series #daytimedivas.”
Steven Weber & Brianna Brown on NCIS: New Orleans(10/19/16) “One Good Man” – The NCIS team reviews unorthodox training exercises after a Navy Seal candidate is found murdered weeks before his graduation. Also, a concerned Wade turns to Pride after her adopted son, Danny (Christopher Meyer), announces his plan to enter the Navy, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, Nov. 1 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Steven Weber returns as Mayor Douglas Hamilton.
GUEST CAST includes: Christopher Meyer (Danny Malloy), Steven Weber (Mayor Douglas Hamilton), Brianna Brown (Melody James).
Watch Amber Tamblyn-as-Trump 'Sex Up' America Ferrera on Lip Sync(10/17/16) (Video) Amber Tamblyn does Color Me Badd things to America Ferrera on Lip Sync Battle this Wednesday.
Dressed as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, TV’s erstwhile Joan of Arcadia bumps and grinds as she declares “I Wanna Sex You Up” to Superstore staffer Ferrera, as sampled in the sneak peek above.
Though taped a good while ago, the timing of Tamblyn’s sexually inappropriate send-up of Trump comes on the heels of the controversial candidate being caught on a 2005 tape saying deplorable things about his treatment of women, to Access Hollywood host Billy Bush. (Bush has since been indefinitely sidelined from his Today gig.)
Spike’s Lip Sync airs Wednesdays at 9/8c.
Maurice Benard and Vanessa Marcil Exchange Heartfelt Messages(10/17/16) Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda, GENERAL HOSPITAL) celebrated her birthday last weekend, and fans and friends took to Twitter to wish her all the best on her big day. But one good friend and former co-star, Maurice Benard (Sonny), was a little late!
“Sorry for forgetting your birthday,” he posted the day after. “My memory, except for lines, is horrible. But you know how I feel!” He also included an emoji of a rose to sign off.
“I forget yours every year, Papi,” Marcil replied. “I love you forever. I miss your laugh and fierce intelligence. Your talent took me from enduring life to living it.”
Such beautiful sentiments! These two clearly still have a strong connection, which is why GH fans are so eager to see Marcil return to Port Charles to share more scenes with Benard.
Kelly Thiebaud Announces Her Exciting New Role — Get the Details!(10/17/16) Kelly Thiebaud (ex-Britt) gave her GENERAL HOSPITAL fans a treat when she revealed that she was going to be shooting a new movie that will air early next year!
“Heading out to shoot a Hallmark movie,” the actress teased on Twitter.
After fans peppered her with questions, Thiebaud revealed the name of the movie is A Worthwhile Life, and promises it will be out “for Valentine’s Day.”
The film centers around a woman played by Amy Smart, who, after being dumped by her fiancé for being too boring, encounters a handsome stranger played by Adrian Grenier. Her efforts to return his phone to him lead her on a journey of self-discovery. The details of Thiebaud’s role have not yet been revealed.
As more details regarding A Worthwhile Life and Thiebaud’s role in it are announced — especially an air date! — we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop, because there are certainly going to be plenty of her GH fans who will want to set their DVR’s for the romantic flick!
It’s A Girl For Drew Cheetwood(10/17/16) (Pic) Congratulations go out to Drew Cheetwood, GH’s Milo, and his wife, Jenna, on the birth of their second daughter (firstborn Grace made her debut on March 3, 2013). “I’m confident the good Lord put me on this earth to have my two daughters,” he tweeted. “This is Joey, holding up deuces” is how he captioned this sweet shot with his newborn.
Single Mom A Go Go: Episode 9 - GALEN GERING(10/17/16) (Video) Michelle welcomes Galen Gering of "Day of our Lives" and "Passions" to her 9th installment of her bold, controversial and successful podcast "Single Mom a Go Go". Michelle and Galen talk marriage, relationships, Michelle's least favorite job, larva, rat turds, Days of our Lives, 7 steps to dying (or breaking down a script) what to do if you don't like the story you are playing and how he keeps his 16 year marriage a success...
Joseph C. Phillips on NCIS(10/15/16) “Home of the Brave” – Torres boldly breaks protocol when he learns a witness in an NCIS case is wanted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Also, Abby, Bishop and McGee woo landlord Tony DiNozzo Sr. (Robert Wagner) in the hope of subletting Tony’s apartment, on NCIS, Tuesday, Nov. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST Includes: Robert Wagner (Anthony DiNozzo Sr.), Joseph C. Phillips (Phillip Conway).
Soap Actress Jensen Buchanan Pleads Not Guilty In DUI Crash Case(10/15/16) (noozhawk.com) A veteran soap opera actress on Friday pleaded not guilty to driving while drunk and causing a crash on Highway 154, leaving a man with critical injuries in the spring.
Jensen Buchanan, 54, appeared in Santa Barbara County Superior Court before Judge Patricia Kelly for a further arraignment hearing.
Buchanan’s attorney, Meryl Chambers, entered the not-guilty plea on behalf her client, who attended Friday's hearing after missing the previous one with permission.
With a blood-alcohol level allegedly more than four times the legal limit, Buchanan faces several charges, including felony driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and felony driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or greater.
She also is charged with causing great bodily injury to Bradley Asolas, 56, of Camarillo, and an allegation her blood-alcohol level exceeded .15 percent.
Court documents allege Buchanan was driving with a blood-alcohol level of .34 when the crash occurred at about 6:20 a.m. May 18 on Highway 154.
Buchanan was driving a Mercedes S550 east on Highway 154 when her vehicle drifted across the double yellow line directly into the path of a westbound Ford C-Max near the Live Oak Camp entrance, according to the California Highway Patrol.
After privately talking to the defense attorney and Deputy District Attorney Tiffany Dix, the judge ordered Buchanan to remain in a sober-living program and continue to wear an electronic alcohol monitor.
She was told to return to court on Nov. 30, when another judge is expected to set a date for the preliminary hearing.
Buchanan appeared on numerous soap operas in nearly three decades, including most recently on The Young and the Restless in 2015, and previously on One Life to Live and Another World.
Bryan Craig Dishes His GH Exit(10/14/16) Bryan Craig tells Soap Opera Digest exclusively that he made the decision to leave GH as Morgan after a three-and-a-half-year run in order to make himself available for other projects. “It’s really hard to schedule anything when you’re at GH under contract,” he explains. “There had been some projects that I had gotten close on — and some things that I wasn’t even able to give a shot because of the scheduling [challenges]. My manager and I just wanted to free ourselves up and see what came through.” He admits that taking the leap didn’t come without some nerves. “Giving up your weekly paycheck is always a scary thing,” he notes. “But I talked about it with a couple of close friends and my parents, too, and Kelly [Thiebaud, ex-Britt, his fiancée] definitely pushed me to go out there and see what I can get. Maurice [Benard, Sonny] was also a big supporter of me going out there and doing my thing.” He is grateful to his GH boss, Executive Producer Frank Valentini, for his gracious handling of Craig’s desire to move on. “Everything went really smoothly with Frank,” he praises. “He was great about it. We negotiated the time to work out the storyline and all of that, and everything was fair on my end and his end, and he was very, very supportive.” The actor says that he has never regretted his decision. “I kind of do things and don’t think about them afterward; I’m kind of like that with everything! So, after I decided to leave, I didn’t really worry about it. It was more like, ‘What am I going to do next, to make this decision the best decision I could have made?’ And I wanted to do good work leading up to the end, that’s for sure.” For much more from Craig, who discusses his reaction to his exit storyline, how he’s changed since joining GH in 2013, how he fought for Emmy-worthy material and what he’ll miss most about Port Charles, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale now.
Talk Show Appearance(10/13/16) The Talk - CBS
Actor John Stamos
OCTOBER IS ‘SPOOKTACULAR’ ON ABC(10/13/16) MONDAY, OCT. 31: “General Hospital” – On “General Hospital,” residents of Port Charles celebrate Halloween at the Metro Court hotel. Franco and Jason clash, while Sonny has a big reaction to one of the Halloween revelers. (2:00-3:00 p.m.)
Elena Tovar Shares the Screen With Ariana Grande(10/13/16) (Video) Fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL may still be missing watching Elena Tovar’s Rosalie stirring up trouble in Port Charles, but eagle-eyed TV viewers may have spotted the actress sharing a car with pop superstar Ariana Grande!
Tovar is seen in a recent T-Mobile ad singing along with Grande to her hit single “Side to Side”... at least until she's alerted that she’s used up nearly all of her mobile data for the month, forcing her to boot the singer out of the car in favor of using her phone for navigation to get out of the desert!
While it would be great if Tovar was using her GPS to navigate her way back to Port Charles, it’s still awesome to see her on TV again!
Bryan Craig Reveals His New Role!(10/12/16) (Pic) Morgan may have made an explosive exit from GENERAL HOSPITAL, but portrayer Bryan Craig has a bright future ahead of him with a new gig already on the horizon!
“Just closed on a new project,” the actor tweeted. “Can’t wait to share with you all!”
GH castmate Chloe Lanier (Nelle) offered her enthusiastic support, replying, “Congrats, dude. You’re gonna kill it.”
Craig also teased that the role he’s playing will be extremely physically demanding. “Physical preparation starts today,” he posted. “Gonna be a brutal two weeks! Then he shared a photo of himself with a shaved head looking pretty scary that would seem to indicate that he'll be playing a character named Jack in a movie called Ride.
As soon as Craig announces more information about his new project, we’ll be sure to let you know. Until then, stay tuned!
James Patrick Stuart Reveals the Role He's Tackling While Waiting to Bring Valentin Back to Port Charles(10/12/16) James Patrick Stuart made a splash as the villainous Valentin on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but with the Cassadine currently off-screen, the actor is using this time to take to the stage in a new musical!
The show is called The Devil You Know, and centers around a band called Devereaux that hits the big time and that's when things start falling apart. “The cool thing is that the actors all play their own instruments,” Stuart tells Soaps In Depth. “There’s no orchestra. The actors are the band. I’m on drums, and Larry Poindexter plays guitar and is the lead. It’s awesome.
The show is currently playing at the Theatre of Arts/Arena Stage in Hollywood, CA, through Sunday, Oct. 23. “After that it might find a new home and hopefully a bigger theater,” he reports. “It’s getting great reviews.”
Because Mac, his character in the musical, and Valentin are so very different, Stuart admits it was a little challenging to jump between them. “But luckily, I found a groove for Valentin before I left,” he confides. “No matter what I do, the first few days is about figuring out what works and I’d already rehearsed the play, so at this point, I’m in the groove.”
Click here for more information on The Devil You Know and to purchase tickets.
GH remains mum on when Valentin will be back to finish what he started, but with Claudette’s daughter, Charlotte, showing up this week, it would seem only a matter of time before the villain returns to cause more trouble — stay tuned!
New Gig For GH Alum Emily Wilson(10/12/16) Emily Wilson (ex-Ellie, GH), along with DANCING WITH THE STARS champ and NFL star Donald Driver, will co-host a new inspirational docuseries for OWN, titled THE HERO EFFECT. The series will debut on November 12. “EXCITING NEWS! I can finally tell everyone what I’ve been working on for the past year!” trilled Wilson on Twitter. “So proud of this!”
Brooklyn Silzer & Steven Culp on Code Black(10/11/16) “Demons and Angels” – On Halloween night, Willis, Noa and Elliott rush to the scene of a fire at a haunted theater, where Dr. Nolan (Kathleen Rose Perkins) and her boyfriend’s son are trapped, on CODE BLACK, Wednesday, Oct. 26 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST INCLUDES: Steven Culp (Desmond Leighton), Kathleen Rose Perkins (Dr. Amanda Nolan), Brooklyn Silzer (Erica Flynn).
Amber Tamblyn shares sexual assault story in response to Trump comments(10/9/16) Actress Amber Tamblyn shared a disturbing story about her abusive ex-boyfriend Sunday in hopes that it would affect Trump voters who are brushing off the latest lewd comments he made about women.
The 33-year-old “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” star posted a lengthy story about a time she was at a concert with some pals when her ex showed up and sexually assaulted her along with a picture of Trump planting a kiss on a beauty queen.
“He’s a big guy, taller than me. The minute he saw me, he picked me up with one hand by my hair and with his other hand, he grabbed me under my skirt by my vagina— my pussy?— and lifted me up off the floor, literally, and carried me, like something he owned, like a piece of trash, out of the club,” she wrote.
“His fingers were practically inside of me, his other hand wrapped tightly around my hair. I screamed and kicked and cried,” she continued.
Tamblyn said she was dragged through the crowd to the front door, her friends trailing behind her trying to stop her menacing former flame.
“We got to the front door and I thank God his brothers were also there and intervened,” she wrote. “In the scuffle he grabbed at my clothes, trying to hold onto me, screaming at me, and inadvertently ripped off my grandmother’s necklace, which I was wearing.”
She said the rest of the night was a “blur” and she doesn’t remember details of how she escaped him, though she was in pain for a while after the assault.
“That part of my body, which the current Presidential Nominee of the United States Donald Trump recently described as something he’d like to grab a woman by, was bruised from my ex-boyfriend’s violence for at least the next week,” she wrote. “I had a hard time wearing jeans. I couldn’t sleep without a pillow between my legs to create space.”
And she does remember how violated she felt — a feeling that she can still vividly remember to this day.
“I remember the shame,” Tamblyn wrote.
Sharing the graphic story wasn’t an easy decision for Tamblyn, who consulted with her husband and is fearful of how her parents will react to it.
“I am afraid my mom will read this post. I’m even more afraid that my father could ever know this story,” she said. “That it would break his heart. I couldn’t take that. But you understand, don’t you? I needed to tell a story. Enjoy the debates tonight.”
Tamblyn is one of the many celebrities who has been outspoken about her repudiation of Trump’s candidacy.
Hours before sharing her story, she retweeted former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who slammed Trump for his “vile degradations” of women.
“I never thought I’d retweet Mitt Romney without some sarcastic comment added. But here you go. Just this,” she tweeted.
GH Preview: Ned And Olivia Go Public(10/9/16) Wally Kurth (Ned) is delighted that at long last, Ned and Olivia are moving forward with their slow-burn relationship. “I think Ned and Olivia are great together,” he enthuses. This week, the characters make the decision to go public. “They decide that it’s time to be out in the open,” Kurth reports. “It’s very sweet.” For the full story, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Talk Show Appearance(10/8/16) JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, ABC
Mo 10/10: Don Rickles, John Stamos, Two Door Cinema Club
GENERAL HOSPITAL Casts Scarlett Fernandez as Nathan and Claudette's Daughter Charlotte!(10/7/16) (Photo) Trouble is coming for GENERAL HOSPITAL's Nathan and Maxie in a most adorable package when Scarlett Fernandez makes her daytime debut as Claudette’s daughter, Charlotte, beginning on Thursday, Oct. 13!
Although a daytime newcomer, 7-year-old Fernandez got her start as a newborn, and recently shot a role in the ABC pilot BROKEN, executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and starring Penelope Ann Miller, Blair Underwood, and T.R. Knight. She can also currently be seen in a national commercial for Ross Stores.
While Charlotte’s arrival in Nathan’s life will surely complicate things, there’s still Valentin’s threat hanging over everything to make their lives so much worse. While the villain is currently locked up in Greece (or so they say), this does seem a good time for Valentin to make his grand return! Unfortunately, GH is remaining mum on when or if James Patrick Stuart (Valentin) will be back to stir up more trouble.
Richard Burgi Exits GH(10/7/16) In the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, Richard Burgi discusses the end of his run as serial killer/DA Paul Hornsby. While he will miss sharing the stage with GH powerhouses Jane Elliot (Tracy), Finola Hughes (Anna) and Maura West (Ava), and also had a blast working opposite Maurice Benard (Sonny), he struggled with the violent turn his character took in his final months on the show, especially his brutal strangulation of Sabrina. “As an actor, I’ve done crazy things and I probably will again, but that was very disturbing and I had a difficult time with it.” But overall, he says his tenure at GH was a positive one. “I’m grateful for the work, for the experience, and I made some great friends,” he says. For more, check out the new issue.
Young and the Restless: Steve Burton to Exit CBS Soap(10/7/16) Steve Burton is putting another daytime drama in his rearview mirror.
The soap vet will leave CBS’ The Young and the Restless when his contract is up in December, he tweeted Thursday evening.
@1SteveBurton: Hey everyone, with lots of reflection, I have decided to move on from @YandR_CBS at the end of my contract in Dec. I've had an amazing
@1SteveBurton: 2/2 time, but it feels right to move on to new adventures in my life. I can't say enough about the AWESOME cast and crew. Much respect!
@1SteveBurton : 3/3 Much luv to @CBSDaytime for the great ride. Great peeps. And thank YOU all for your support. Always! #positivityrules
Burton made a name for himself — and won a Daytime Emmy — as General Hospital‘s Jason. He moved to Y&R, where he played Dylan, in 2012. At the time, he told the hosts of The Talk that the network had accommodated his requests for a work schedule that would allow him to maximize his time in Tennessee, where his family lived.
TK Weaver Makes an Unexpected Connection With Fellow Child Star Nicolas Bechtel!(10/5/16) (Photo) Pint-sized actor TK Weaver, who plays Danny on GENERAL HOSPITAL, looks up to his older castmates, including fellow child star Nicholas Bechtel (Spencer)!
“Early morning at my favorite hospital!” Weaver tweeted with a photo of himself outside of Bechtel’s dressing room. “Got to hang out in Nicolas’ room. I hope to be as good as him one day.”
When fans assumed that meant Weaver was sharing the room with Bechtel, meaning Spencer was coming back to GH, he explained, “I have never met Nicolas. I just got to stay in his room.”
However, Bechtel then promised on Twitter that they'll meet one day, which thrilled his young fan.
@tkweaveractor: Early morning at my favorite Hospital! Got to hangout in @NicolasJBechtel's room. I hope to be as good as him one day
@NicolasJBechtel: @tkweaveractor We will meet soon
@NicolasJBechtel I just fainted. I'm a huge fan. Thanks for being so nice to a young fan & thanks for loaning me your cool GH room.
Kristen Alderson Reveals Her Surprising New Career!(10/5/16) (Photo) Kristen Alderson has won awards for her performances as Starr on ONE LIFE TO LIVE and Kiki on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but the actress stunned her fans by revealing on Twitter that she’s making a career change and going into real estate!
“Passed the first class,” she announced. “Class #2, here we go!”
Fans expressed both surprise and encouragement, assuring Alderson she’ll be great. And friend Chrishell Stause (Bethany, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; ex-Jordan, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; Amanda, ALL MY CHILDREN) agreed, tweeting, “Oh cool! I have my license — you will be great at it!”
However, fans shouldn’t fear that Alderson is giving up acting entirely. Just last week, she responded to a fan asking if they’ll see her in a new role anytime soon by promising, “I’m still auditioning for whatever comes up.”
Maurice Benard Takes a Selfie With the Godfather(10/4/16) (Photo) Sonny is known as the godfather of Port Charles on GENERAL HOSPITAL, and portrayer Maurice Benard shared a selfie with the original godfather, Vito Corleone — as played by the late Marlon Brando — courtesy of a movie poster on his wall!
In this case, a picture really is worth a thousand words, and Benard knew it, not even writing a caption for the photo! Two godfathers in one shot — classic! (And don't think we didn't notice the ABC Soaps In Depth magazine cover on the door!)
Single Mom A Go Go: Episode 8 - TRACEY BREGMAN(10/3/16) (Listen) Michelle and Tracey completely tell it like it is in this podcast. Both mothers of two, both single, both actresses in Hollywood. This is a very real, very adult version of "Single Mom a Go Go". Very VERY "Sex and the City"... I'd say Tracey is Charlotte and Michelle is... You guessed it, Samantha. Girls, get out your martinis and headphones. Guys, get ready to learn something...
GH Preview: Will Kiki Dump Morgan?(10/2/16) With Morgan’s mood swings becoming increasingly erratic, his loyal gal pal, Hayley Erin’s Kiki, is reconsidering her ability to stand by her man. “She’s stayed so strong,” Erin notes. “But finally, now, with Morgan lashing out at her, she just can’t take it anymore.” For the full story on Kiki’s dilemma, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest.
GH Preview: Corinthos Family In Crisis!(10/2/16) In this week’s Soap Opera Digest, we’ve got the inside scoop on a week of dramatic turns that will forever change the Corinthos clan, as Sonny’s thirst for revenge against Duke’s killer, Carly’s request that Sonny end the cycle of violence between him and Julian, Michael’s despair over Sabrina’s murder and Morgan’s placebo-induced downward spiral drive toward a catastrophic event. “There will be very serious consequences,” says Co-Head Writer Jean Passanante. “It is so well-written and well-done,” raves Laura Wright (Carly). For all the details, check out the new issue and be sure to tune into GH to watch it all play out.
Maura West Shows Off Son Joe's Musical Talent(10/2/16) (Video) Maura West (Ava, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Carly, AS THE WORLD TURNS) shared her son Joe’s musical talent with fans who were just blown away by his acoustic performance of Florence + the Machine’s “St. Jude!”
“Lucky Momma to have such music in my home,” she wrote about the video of her son with husband Scott DeFreitas (Andy, ATWT)
Such an amazing voice! Of course, to some fans, Joe’s musical talent will come as no surprise, since the young performer was featured as one of the von Trapp children in NBC’s live production of The Sound of Music. Joe also made his Broadway debut back in 2012 as Ralphie in A Christmas Story, The Musical and also appeared in Sleepless In Seattle: The Musical.
We can’t wait to see what Joe does next! An album, perhaps?
Jon Lindstrom Reads Dark Matter by Blake Crouch(9/30/16) (Get the audiobook here) Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, read by Jon Lindstrom.
Narrated by Jon Lindstrom (Kevin, GH) Excellent characterization and well-crafted tension do much to redeem the outlandish plot of this SF thriller from Crouch (the Wayward Pines trilogy). Jason Dessen, a quantum physicist, once had a brilliant research career ahead of him. But after a girlfriend’s unexpected pregnancy and the birth of a son, this future was derailed. Now Jason is a professor at a small Chicago college, content with his warm and loving family life until he’s abducted into a world in which his quantum many-worlds theory has become a fully realized technology for inter-dimensional transfer. In this world, Jason didn’t marry his girlfriend and never had a son. Jason is determined to get back to his family and his own world, but nefarious powers in the alternate reality conspire to stop him from revealing the criminal lengths they have gone to create the world-hopping technology. Crouch makes little attempt to justify the underlying science fiction MacGuffin, but a rousing and heartfelt ending will leave readers cheering. Agent: David Hale Smith, Inkwell Management.
Kelly Monaco Reflects On 13 Years As GH’s Sam(9/30/16) In the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, Kelly Monaco (who hits the 13-year mark as GH’s Sam on October 1), discusses transitioning leading men from Steve Burton (ex-Jason; Dylan, Y&R) to Billy Miller (Jason), Sam’s hard-won independence, the dynamic among the Davis girls and her continuing passion for her character. “I really care about what I do and I put a lot of myself into my work,” she shares. “If I were lazy, I could be playing the same thing, but I consciously want to keep being creative and getting better at my job.” For more with Monaco, be sure to check out the new issue.
James Westmoreland Passes Away(9/30/16) Actor James Westmoreland, who played Teddy Holmes on GENERAL HOSPITAL, died on Sept. 14 at the age of 80.
Using the stage name Rad Fulton, the actor landed a contract with Warner Bros. and appeared in numerous films and television programs. In 1972, he landed the role of Vietnam vet Teddy Holmes on GH.
“I was put into a hospital bed,” Westmoreland recalled on his website, “because I was brought to the hospital ward because I had Serum Hepatitis that my character had picked up in Vietnam for shooting up with dirty needles.
“GH was fun for me and the cast were all professionals and easy to get along with,” he continued. “Unfortunately after working on at least 140 shows, I came down with a serious illness and I had to leave the show and the most wonderful part I ever had came to an end.”
Westmoreland also played Decker on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS in the early ‘80s.
Our thoughts are with Westmoreland’s friends and loved ones during this difficult time.
Tequan Richmond Returns to GENERAL HOSPITAL Next Week!(9/30/16) Tequan Richmond (TJ) is back for another stint on GENERAL HOSPITAL beginning on Friday, Oct. 7!
TJ was last seen in June when he discovered that Shawn is his real father, and a show rep previews that “we will see him for a few episodes” in October.
While storyline details are being kept strictly hush hush, we hear that while Richmond’s visit will be brief, TJ will be involved in some seriously hot drama!
Daytime Stars Share Heartfelt Memories of the Late Agnes Nixon(9/30/16) The daytime community was devastated to learn that legendary soap creator Agnes Nixon had passed away on Sept. 28. Friends and colleagues took to social media to share their feelings and memories about the creator of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE.
On her website, OLTL’s Erika Slezak (Viki) wrote, “I am so terribly saddened by the death of Agnes Nixon. She was more than a great writer, producer and boss, she was a warm, loving and wonderful woman with a truly delightful and somewhat wicked sense of humor.
“It was my very great privilege to have known her and to have worked for her,” she continued. “When she hired me to play Viki on OLTL, she changed my life and my career and I will be forever grateful to her. I wish her peace and angels all around her. She deserves that!”
AMC’s Susan Lucci (Erica) posted to Instagram, “I adored her and admired her — and I am forever grateful to her! May this liveliest and loveliest of women rest in peace.”
Josh Duhamel, who played Leo on AMC, expressed, “I’m thankful every day that she created AMC and the character that gave me my first shot in the business. She will be missed.”
GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) tweeted, “My first pro acting job was on OLTL. Where would I have begun without her? May she live on after death like any great soap character.”
AMC’s Cameron Mathison (Ryan) shared on Twitter, “It was such a pleasure to know you and be a part of your Pine Valley family.”
Robin Strasser (Dorian, OLTL) tweeted, “I once asked Agnes about the afterlife. She said she believed that someday she’d be reunited with her beloved husband. Few can match the accomplishments of Agnes Nixon. Her genius was a gift to many! She was generous, exacting, imaginative! Truly incomparable!”
“Agnes created one of the best characters I’ve ever played and was brilliant and kind,” tweeted Rebecca Budig (Hayden, GH), who played AMC's Greenlee for years. “Love and prayers to her family.”
Our thoughts are with all of Nixon’s loved ones during this difficult time. She left a lasting legacy that soap fans will treasure forever.
Ingo Rademacher & Elisabeth Röhm on Hawaii Five-O - Oct 14(9/30/16) “Hu a'e ke ahi lanakila a Kamaile” – Five-0 must find McGarrett and Alicia when they are kidnapped by the serial killer they’ve been hunting, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Oct. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Former professional football player Otis Wilson guest stars as himself.
(“Hu a'e ke ahi lanakila a Kamaile” is Hawaiian for “The Fire of Kamile Rises in Triumph”)
GUEST CAST: Kamekona (Taylor Wily), Ingo Rademacher (Robert Coughlin), Elisabeth Röhm (Dr. Madison Gray).
Hayley Erin and Robert Palmer Watkins Reveal the GENERAL HOSPITAL Storyline They Loved!(9/27/16) When GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Darby passed around an STI this summer, Kiki, Dillon, Morgan and some viewers may have rolled their eyes at the sexually promiscuous Port Charles local… but Hayley Erin (Kiki) and Robert Palmer Watkins (Dillon) weren’t on that train!
While Watkins contends with a laugh that Darby is certainly “aggressive,” he and his co-star aren’t judging. “Darby’s shameless and I love it,” Erin cheers. “When Kiki said the STI was her fault, she was like, 'Woah, don't point the finger at me! I'm no worse than the rest of you.' She wouldn’t be shamed, and good for her! I somehow found myself rooting for her, against my own character — and that rarely happens.”
It may help that the castmembers adore recurring player Jesica Ahlberg (Darby) for both driving story and being… well, nice. “In real life, she's so sweet,” Watkins shares. “So it’s so funny she plays this mega-bitch.”
Find out what else Watkins and Erin have to say about “Killon it” as the couple to root for in the new issue of Soaps In Depth, on stands now!
GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kimberly McCullough Shares a First Look at Her Exciting New Project — See the Clips!(9/27/16) (Videos: Nervous, Pow) Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has already shared a pitch video for her series HEY DAY, a fictionalized account of her own experience in daytime that follows a young woman named Angel thrust into the madcap world of soaps during the height of their popularity in the ‘80s. Later, she shared some behind the scenes photos from the shoot, and now has finally shared some clips!
In the first clip, star Chrssie Fit as a nervous Angel, gets a rather direct pep talk from the soap’s executive producer, played by Finola Hughes (Anna, GH).
The following day, McCullough let slip another delicious snippet of HEY DAY where Hughes’ character lights up a cigarette as she bluntly reveals to Angel how another actor on the show met his untimely (and scandalous!) demise.
These clips are amazing and far too brief a taste of what promises to be a fantastic story! Hopefully McCullough will be able to show off the finished product soon!
GH's Fall Promos(9/27/16) Fever - Men: Video.
Fever – Women: Video.
Days of Our Lives is bringing back Greg Vaughan(9/26/16) (ew.com) Greg Vaughan, Salem missed you.
EW has learned exclusively that Vaughan will reprise his role as Eric Brady on Days of Our Lives. Vaughan, who first joined DOOL in 2012, left the NBC sudser earlier this year to pursue other gigs. He not only appeared on the Fox drama Lucifer but joined the cast of Queen Sugar on OWN as Calvin, a married cop who’s having an affair with Nova Bordelon (True Blood star Rutina Wesley).
Vaughan’s return is set for Jan 17, 2017.
“After coming toward the completion of Queen Sugar, I had the opportunity to speak with the executives and head writers at Days of our Lives,” said Vaughan in a statement. “I’ve always been proud of my time and the work I contributed to Days, and I was excited at the opportunity to reunite with the cast and crew. I feel my job as an actor is about more than just stepping on stage and taking a role. I’m trying to create a presence that resonates for myself and the core of Eric Brady. I feel Eric’s journey will have a huge and impactful return!”
Before his time on DOOL, Vaughan played Lucky Spencer on General Hospital and Diego Gutierrez on The Young and the Restless.
Days of Our Lives airs weekdays on NBC.
Chad Brannon Talks About His Dramatic New Role!(9/25/16) Chad Brannon (ex-Zander, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is getting political in his new play, The Tragedy of JFK (as told by Wm. Shakespeare), where he plays the role of Robert F. Kennedy! Using Shakespearian text, the show tells the story of the conspiracy to assassinate the 35th president of the United States and its aftermath.
“To play Bobby Kennedy, I went to school,” Brannon told Soaps In Depth. “Not only as a cast did we study a tremendous amount on the assassination of JFK itself, but I watched and studied countless hours of documentaries, listened to and read books, speeches of Bobby, on the Kennedys and all of the political and worldwide events that were going on which lay as a backdrop for our story. I had to learn his mannerisms, speech patterns, the way he felt about life and issues and the people that surrounded him.”
“I feel honored to be a part of this show,” Brannon declared. “The show and concept behind it all has been a fascinating and thrilling journey. Playing Bobby Kennedy will be one of the great joys of my life. He was a truly great man, and I hope to do justice to the depth of who he was and how he is represented in this show.”
Previews of The Tragedy of JFK (as told by Wm. Shakespeare) begin Saturday, Sept. 24, and the show opens on Saturday, Oct. 1, running weekends through Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Skylight Theatre in Los Feliz, CA. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Donnell Turner Reveals How He Stays in Such Amazing Shape!(9/25/16) Donnell Turner (Curtis, GENERAL HOSPITAL) tries to stay as cool and even-keeled as his character, but the martial arts expert also lives for a good fight!
“I’ve done 30 years of kickboxing and martial arts, including training in Thailand,” explains Turner. “Martial arts is a lifelong practice. And I'm one of those guys where if I can't wrap my brain around it, you’ve pretty much lost me, so as a kid, I read Bruce Lee and got even more into it.
“I knew it was something I would never stray far from,” he continues. “Do I do it every night? No. But there are ways to practice your craft on your own, whether it be in the form of kata or technique on a heavy bag. I don't engage in combat like I used to, but if I were not TV, I’d be at a gym, rolling around kicking someone's butt. I just love that!”
For more on the actor and his Port Charles alter ego, pick up the upcoming ABC issue of Soaps In Depth!
Martha Byrne Talks About Her Emotional New Role!(9/25/16) Martha Byrne (Lily, AS THE WORLD TURNS; Andrea, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is starring in the play In the Car With Blossom and Len at the Queens Theater in November!
“I loved the play the first time I read it,” Byrne tells Soaps In Depth. “My character, Fern, is faced with having to make life-changing decisions for her elderly parents who are dealing with several physical and emotional challenges.
“Having seen my own father struggle in this way,” she continues, “I completely understand how this could affect the family structure. It’s a beautiful and topical story for anyone facing such difficult choices and the play explores this with great truth.”
To see Byrne on stage in this new production of the award-winning play, visit QueensTheatre.org or call 718-760-0064. In the Car With Blossom and Len is running from Friday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 20, and tickets start at $25.
For more on what your favorite ATWT stars are up to now, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!
Kimberly McCullough Shares HEY DAY Clip(9/23/16) GH alum Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin) revealed the first clip from her soap-themed pilot, HEY DAY, featuring Finola Hughes (Anna). Check it out here.
Gilmore Casts a Cougar(9/23/16) Cougar Town alumna Carolyn Hennesy will recur in the Netflix revival as Toni, a member of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), our sister site Variety reports.
The upper-crust Toni is described as “someone who likes to keep things orderly and does not appreciate dissension.” Sounds like that might not sit well with Emily, who has been in the DAR with Toni for years.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life debuts Friday, Nov. 25 at 3:01/2:01c on the streaming service.
Hayley Erin on “NCIS,” TUESDAY, OCT. 11(9/23/16) “Love Boat” – After the body of a navy lieutenant is discovered aboard a destroyer during a tiger cruise, when civilian guests are allowed to spend the night on the ship, Gibbs, Quinn and Palmer travel out to sea to investigate. Also, McGee contemplates the perfect proposal for Delilah Fielding (Margo Harshman), on NCIS, Tuesday, Oct. 11 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Margo Harshman (Delilah Fielding), Andrea Grano (Navy Commander Eleadora Rey), Hayley Erin (Kasey Powers).
Marc Anthony Samuel Announces New Primetime Gig!(9/21/16) (Pic1, Pic2) Aside from mourning Sabrina, GENERAL HOSPITAL fans haven’t seen too much of Felix lately, but they’ll be able to see plenty of portrayer Marc Anthony Samuel, who has been keeping very busy with other projects!
Last week, the actor shared a photo of the water tower at the Paramount studio, teasing fans on Instagram, “A good morning to you from day one of work.”
Samuel apologized for his vague post, but assured fans once the work was finished, he’d share more about it. And now he’s told Soaps In Depth that he’s going to be guest-starring on NCIS: LOS ANGELES! Unfortunately, he wouldn’t tell us much more about the gig except that there’s “action!”
Actress Markie Adams shared a photo from the set of the CBS drama with some of her co-stars in the episode, including Samuel, but unfortunately it doesn’t give any more clues!
Samuel is still recurring on GH, so he may show up around the hospital in the future. Hopefully for scenes that aren’t nearly as gut-wrenching as the ones in which he grieved for his best friend. “I’m going to miss Teresa Castillo (ex-Sabrina) at GH,” he tweeted. “Such a professional, such a good friend. Excited to see what’s next and to hang in our off time!”
While fans also mourned the loss of Sabrina, they also took the time to commend Samuel on his powerful performance in that episode and he was touched by their comments online. “Thank you so much, everyone,” he tweeted, “for your compliments and kind words. It’s a privilege to do it. Thanks for watching.”
We’ll let you know when Samuel’s episode of NCIS: LOS ANGELES is slated to air. The eighth season premieres Sunday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. on CBS.
GH Recasting Morgan?(9/21/16) In the wake of the news that Bryan Craig is leaving the show as a Morgan, GH has sent out a casting call for a contract role that sounds like a recast for his character, described as “20 to 25 years old, Caucasian male. He is brooding and intense. He is complicated and troubled. Underneath his edge he is a soulful young man trying to figure things out.” The actor would begin taping at the end of October.
Nick Stabile Responds to GENERAL HOSPITAL Fans Who Want Him Back as Nikolas!(9/20/16) When news broke that Tyler Christopher would not be returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL as Nikolas, fans immediately took to social media to let the soap know they wanted his temporary recast, Nick Stabile, back!
@mariem201: @Nick_Stabile Would love for you to return. You were great in the role and been a fan since Sunset beach.
@BlueWizard75: With Tyler Christopher out at #GH, here is hoping the show snags @Nick_Stabile back!
@FlyersFan2007: Please bring back @Nick_Stabile as Nikolas @valentinifrank please he has great chemistry with @MauraWest he made a great Nikolas Cassadine
Stabile has been retweeting some of his fans and declared, “Thank you everyone for all the support. I really, really appreciate the kind words. I’m truly touched.”
(Photo) He also shared a sexy photo of his new haircut where he looks every inch the Dark Prince that GH would be looking for, should they choose to replace Christopher again.
At this time, there has been no official word on whether or not GH is considering bringing Nikolas back onto the canvas. The role was previously recast with Stephen Martines from 1999-2003 before Christopher returned to the role. In addition to Stabile, Chris Beetem (Tate, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; Jordan, AS THE WORLD TURNS) filled in briefly for Christopher when he broke his arm in 2005.
Wally Kurth Promises "Good Stuff" Coming Up For Him on Both GENERAL HOSPITAL and DAYS OF OUR LIVES!(9/20/16) Wally Kurth has been keeping himself very busy playing both Ned on GENERAL HOSPITAL and Justin on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, and the actor promises there’s big things coming for both of his characters!
Although Tristan Rogers recently announced that his double duty as GH’s Robert and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Colin had come to an end, Kurth has just gotten started! “Ned’s been out of town,” he tweeted to his GH fans. "He’s back.”
And to viewers of both soaps, Kurth declared, “I really like playing both characters. I feel very lucky. Some good stuff coming up on both. Excited!”
So you’re definitely want to stay tuned to both GH and DAYS to see what’s in store for Ned and Justin!
Melissa Ordway Celebrates GENERAL HOSPITAL Alum Emily Wilson's Bachelorette Party(9/20/16) (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) Melissa Ordway (Abby, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) spent the weekend in Palm Springs at the bachelorette party of her good friend, Emily Wilson (ex-Ellie, GENERAL HOSPITAL), and shared some of the fun with fans on social media!
“Flower crowns and dresses,” she wrote. Love celebrating Emily!” Happy ‘bachella’ weekend!”
Ordway also shared a snap of herself cooling off in the pool hanging tight to a donut tube to keep from ruining her crown of flowers!
Flowers were clearly the theme as you can see in the final shot Ordway shared of the girls in their snazzy pajamas made by Wilson’s sister, Kristene. “How adorable are these PJ’s?” she gushed.
It looks like everyone had an absolutely wonderful time, and we look forward to some beautiful wedding photos after Wilson and her fiancé, Adhir Kalyan, tie the knot on Saturday, Oct. 1!
Single Mom A Go Go: Episode 7 - WILL DEVRY(9/20/16) (Video) Michelle and Will Devry of "General Hospital" discuss single parenting, Botox, sex, his very challenging childhood, Julexis, and the greatest sport ever... HOCKEY!
Nathan Parsons Stars in New Movie — See the Amazing First Trailer!(9/17/16) (Video) Fans got their first look at GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan) in costume for his new movie back in March, but now you can see him in action in this incredible teaser for Justice!
Director Richard Gabai shared a fantastic preview for the western that stars Parsons as James McCord, a US Marshall whose quest to avenge his brother’s death leads him to defend a small town from a corrupt mayor and his outlaws who are trying to restart the Civil War. Also starring in the film are Stephen Lang, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Lesley-Ann Down (ex-Jackie, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), and Quinton Aaron.
Justice still doesn’t have a release date scheduled at this time, but when more information is announced, we’ll be sure to let you know. Until then, check out this thrilling montage of scenes from the movie.
Stamos’s Soapy Project Causes Uproar(9/16/16) When the news broke that John Stamos (ex-Blackie, GH) was developing a cable drama set behind the scenes of a soap in the 1980s, some fans reacted with outrage — because the concept bears a strong resemblance to the project Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin, GH) has been working on. Titled HEY DAY and also drawing its dramatic inspiration from backstage life at a soap at the peak of its ratings success and cultural influence (i.e., the 1980s), McCullough wrote and directed the pilot she shot last year, which features Finola Hughes (Anna, GH) and Bree Williamson (Claudette, GH). “This is [McCullough’s] concept for her #HeyDay since 2014… NOT his!” fumed one fan on Twitter in response to Digest’s story on Stamos plans. McCullough’s former leading man, Jason Thompson (ex-Patrick, GH; Billy, Y&R) came to McCullough’s defense on Twitter, writing, “Oh you mean [McCullough’s] #HeyDay? Little to familiar if you ask me.”
GH Preview: Michael Reels From Sabrina’s Death(9/16/16) “It’s just an emotional roller coaster” for Michael after murder victim Sabrina is pronounced dead at GH, according to his portrayer, Chad Duell. Expect Michael to lash out at Carly, who had expressed her disapproval of her son’s plans to pop the question to Sabrina shortly before her death. “He’s turning his grief into anger and she is the recipient of it,” Duell says. The actor is bummed about the exit of his leading lady, Teresa Castillo. “She’s so talented and it was definitely sad to say good-bye.” All hope isn’t lost, though: “Maybe they’ll bring Sabrina back to life!” For more with Duell on Michael’s tragic loss, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Why GH Killed Sabrina(9/16/16) Killing off Teresa Castillo as Sabrina “was a very difficult decision to make,” says GH’s Co-Head Writer Jean Passanante. “It’s always very difficult to kill off a character, but sometimes, the story demands it.” In this instance, “We thought it would be important to give what Paul is doing more emotional foundation for our audience to have him kill someone who was literally in the wrong place at the wrong time and is somebody we care about.” As for where this leaves newbie Joe, who seemed poised to give Michael some romantic competition on the Sabrina front, viewers “will soon see a resolution to the situation with Joe,” Co-Head Writer Shelly Altman says. For more on the murder, and an emotional final interview with Castillo, check out an upcoming issue of Soap Opera Digest.
GH Team Staying Put(9/16/16) With behind the scenes changes sweeping through DAYS and Y&R over the past six months, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s team at the top is staying put. Daytime Confidential reports that Executive Producer Frank Valentini and Head Writers Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman have all inked new deals with the show. To read the full story, click here.
Bryan Craig Confirms GH Exit(9/15/16) Bryan Craig confirms exclusively to Digest that he has decided to exit the role of GH’s Morgan, for which he won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actor earlier this year. “It’s been an amazing journey, but I feel like the time is right for me to say goodbye to GENERAL HOSPITAL and Morgan Corinthos,” he tells Digest. “This was not an easy decision and I am extremely grateful to ABC, [Executive Producer] Frank Valentini and the entire GH cast and crew for the opportunity and their unyielding support. To the wonderful fans who have embraced and loved Morgan as one of their own, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.” He will last air in November.
John Stamos Teams With Craig Zadan & Neil Meron For Drama About 1980s Soaps(9/15/16) John Stamos has partnered with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (The Wiz Live!) for a cable drama series chronicling the fame and excess of daytime soaps in the 1980s. Universal TV, where Zadan and Meron are under a deal for series and live events, is the studio.
The untitled drama, now in early stages of development, will be inspired by the experiences of Stamos, whose acting career was launched in 1982 when, at the age of 18, he landed the role of Blackie Parrish on the ABC daytime drama General Hospital.
Described as “Boogie Nights in the soap world,” the drama will explore the colorful and often dark world of soaps as it follows the journey of a young man thrust into soap stardom, during a decade defined by Reaganomics, greed, excess, indulgence and materialism. As a newly minted teen idol, he will struggle to balance his family life, working at his fathers restaurant and maintain his humble upbringing while navigating the temptations of sex, drugs and fame.
Stamos will executive produce alongside Zadan and Meron through the duo’s Storyline Entertainment. This is the latest collaboration for Stamos, Zadan & Maron who previously teamed to produce the Emmy-nominated miniseries Beach Boys: An American Family and the TV movie, Martin and Lewis.
Storyline Entertainment’s Mark Nicholson will produce the 1980s soap drama, which is in the process of finding a writer.
Stamos recently produced and starred in the Fox comedy series Grandfathered and he also produces and recurs on Netflix’s Fuller House. Stamos, who stars as Dr. Brock Holt in season 2 of Fox’s Scream Queens, is repped by Brillstein Entertainment partners and WME.
Zadan and Meron are prepping their next NBC musical, Hairspray Live! and are working with Aaron Sorkin for NBC’s first live drama, a 2017 broadcast of A Few Good Men. The duo is repped by CAA.
Kristin Davis, Eric McCormack & Shirley MacLaine To Star In Hallmark Movie ‘Christmas Angel In Training’(9/15/16) Kristin Davis, Eric McCormack and Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine will headline Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Christmas Angel in Training.
Davis (Sex in the City) stars as Eve Morgan, a workaholic who, upon her untimely death, finds herself tethered to her guardian angel (MacLaine) and learning to become a Christmas angel in heaven. Despite being the worst recruit in the history of Christmas, Eve is assigned the difficult task of helping struggling singer Max (McCormack, Will & Grace) use his musical gifts to heal old family wounds. As Max begins to overcome his issues, Eve begins to embrace the meaning of Christmas, heal wounds of her own and perhaps find love along the way.
Jack Grossbart and Linda Kent executive produce Christmas Angel in Training. Harvey Kahn is producer. Paul Shapiro directs from the original teleplay written by Gregg McBride and Tippi & Neal Dobrofsky. Angelic Productions is the production company on behalf of Crown Media Productions.
Christmas Angel in Training will premiere at 8 PM Saturday, November 26, exclusively on Hallmark Channel
Davis is repped by Atlas Artists, APA and Sloane Offer.
Tyler Christopher Breaks Silence On GH Exit(9/15/16) After Soap Opera Digest broke the news that Tyler Christopher will not be returning to the role of Nikolas on GH, the actor took to Twitter to acknowledge his departure. “Thank u all for your kind words. You’re the best fans in the world. I will miss u! #whatarun,” he tweeted.
GH’s Teresa Castillo On Sabrina’s Death(9/15/16) Sabrina’s murder by Paul was a stunner on GH, but her portrayer, Teresa Castillo, has been in the know for a while. “Frank [Valentini, executive producer] called me into his office about two-and-a-half months ago,” she explains. “It was at the end of the day and he said, ‘They’ve decided to kill Sabrina.’ It was definitely bittersweet.” Castillo, who has played the role since 2012, muses, “I think four years is just the right amount of time.” For more with Castillo, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Y&R Names New Head Writer(9/15/16) With Charles Pratt, Jr. tapped to be show runner and executive producer of the upcoming FOX series, STAR, Y&R has brought back Sally Sussman as the show’s new head writer. “Sally was part of the team that first brought Y&R to its long-standing position as America’s #1 daytime drama and brings with her years of experience writing serialized storylines,” said senior executive vice president of programming for Sony Pictures Television Steve Kent. “Her long-standing familiarity with the citizens of Genoa City and her great storytelling make her a perfect choice to take the reins at Y&R.” Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, Daytime Programs and Syndicated Program Development, CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Distribution, “We are thrilled to have Sally return to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, both as an award-winning writer, and someone who is passionate about honoring the legacy of the series with character driven story. The powerhouse partnership of Sally and Mal Young, our talented new Executive Producer, sets an even brighter course for daytime’s #1 drama.” Sussman has been on the writing staff of the soap on and off; during her 2006 stint, she won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing. She has also toiled at DAYS, GH, ANOTHER WORLD and KNOTS LANDING. And She created the short lived soap Generations.
Episode 826: Nerdist Podcast: John Stamos(9/14/16) (Listen or download) John Stamos (Full House, Grandfathered) chats with Chris about their love of Disneyland, their mutual friend Bob Saget and his time on General Hospital. They also talk about Chris recently getting married, how John ages so well and his role on the new season of Scream Queens!
Tyler Christopher Not Returning to GH(9/14/16) Multiple sources confirm to Digest that Tyler Christopher will not be returning to the role of Nikolas on GH, which he originated in 1996. The actor has been off-screen since June, at which point the character was temporarily recast with Nick Stabile. Though both parties had hoped to strike a new contract deal and for Christopher to report back to work in September, negotiations fell apart last month. For the full story, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale Friday.
Tyler Christopher On the Set of His New Movie(9/14/16) (Photo) Fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL are eagerly awaiting Tyler Christopher’s return to the soap to see what happens next in Nikolas’ storyline. But during his time off from the show, Christopher has explored two other roles that are very different from the dark prince!
In addition to his role in the indie comedy The New Wife, Christopher is playing a former cable access kids TV show star with a southern accent who sells used cars in Pretty Broken!
The movie shared a behind the scenes photo of Christopher in costume on the film’s set with co-star Jillian Claire (ex-Abigail, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), and you’ve never seen the actor look like this before!
You’d probably never see Nikolas Cassadine in a cowboy hat and bolo tie unless it was a costume party — and probably not even then!
We look forward to seeing Christopher stretching himself in these new roles as well as returning to GH in the near future!
Donna Mills Shares Beautiful Birthday Message to Daughter, Chloe(9/14/16) (Photo) Donna Mills (ex-Madeline, GENERAL HOSPITAL) shared a heartfelt message to her daughter, Chloe, on her 22nd birthday when she posted a flashback photo of the two of them at Disney many years ago!
“Happy birthday to my beautiful baby girl!” Mills wrote. “22, I can’t believe it! So proud of everything you’ve accomplished and the amazing young lady you have become."
Chloe has grown into an absolutely stunning young woman, and is now working as a model!
Finola Hughes’s GH Return Set!(9/12/16) After a summer break, Finola Hughes is back taping at GH as Anna, and the character will return to the screen on September 28.
Kimberly McCullough Meets Jason Thompson's Son, Bowie(9/12/16) (Photo) Jason Thompson (Billy, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) has been reuniting with all his old GENERAL HOSPITAL love interests lately! First he caught up with Teresa Castillo (Sabrina) and her beautiful daughter Victoria, and now Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin) was able to see his bundle of joy!
“Finally got to meet this nugget of goodness today,” McCullough tweeted with a photo of her holding Thompson’s three-month-old son, Bowie.
We’re sure McCullough enjoyed catching up with her old friend, Thompson, but when you’ve got a beautiful baby like that to hold for the very first time, how could you think of anything else?
GH Preview: Julian’s Trial Begins(9/11/16) Next week, Julian is in the hot seat on GH as his trial for the murder of Carlos Rivera gets underway on GH. But so, too, is DA Paul, who is being pressured by Ava to throw the case, lest she expose him for moonlighting as the hospital killer. Rather than risk drawing suspicion by doing a shoddy job as prosecutor, explains Co-Head Writer Jean Passanante, “He has to come up with something else, something that takes the focus off him and onto somebody else.” Despite this pressing business, he also finds time to continue his mission to do in Monica — and the results will be fatal for someone. Says Passanante, “Someone wanders in to the wrong place at the wrong time.” For the full story, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest and be sure to tune into GH next week!
Court Case For Soap Opera Actress Jensen Buchanan Continued to Oct. 14(9/11/16) (noozhawk.com) A Santa Barbara County Superior Court arraignment hearing for a soap opera actress accused of driving while drunk and causing an injury accident on Highway 154 has been continued to Oct. 14.
Jensen Buchanan, 54, was not in the Santa Maria courtroom for Friday morning’s brief hearing before visiting Judge Barry Hammer.
Defense attorney Meryl Chambers asked for the continued arraignment hearing on behalf of her client.
Deputy District Attorney Tiffany Dix told the judge she did not object to the request, adding that she believes the next hearing will involve either a disposition of the case or the defendant entering a not-guilty plea.
She also requested the judge order Buchanan to attend the next hearing, which Hammer did.
With a blood-alcohol level allegedly more than four times the legal limit, Buchanan faces several charges, including felony driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and felony driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or greater.
She also is charged with causing great bodily injury to Bradley Asolas, 56, of Camarillo, and an allegation her blood-alcohol level exceeded .15 percent.
Court documents allege Buchanan was driving with a blood-alcohol level of .34 when the crash occurred about 6:20 a.m. May 18 on Highway 154.
Buchanan was driving a Mercedes S550 east on Highway 154 when her vehicle drifted across the double yellow line directly into the path of a westbound Ford C-Max near the Live Oak Camp entrance, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Firefighters had to extricate Asolas, the driver of the other vehicle, from his wrecked Ford after he received critical injuries in the head-on collision, the CHP said.
At the request of the prosecution, the defense attorney agreed to stipulate to the release of Buchanan’s medical records.
Buchanan appeared on numerous soap operas in nearly three decades, including most recently on The Young and the Restless in 2015, and previously on One Life to Live, General Hospital and Another World.
Supernatural Promo(9/9/16) Rick Springfield vs. Crowley, Bloody Dean and More: Video.
Talk Show Appearance(9/9/16) Harry - Syndicated
Actress Sandra Bullock; cameos by Russell Crowe, Kristen Bell, Zooey Deschanel, Anthony Anderson, John Stamos and Taraji P. Henson; Harry takes over a mom's responsibilities for a day.
Rebecca Budig Celebrates Daughter Charlotte's Second Birthday(9/9/16) (Photo) Rebecca Budig (Hayden, GENERAL HOSPITAL) can’t believe how fast her baby girl Charlotte is growing!
“Happy second birthday to my sweet baby girl,” she wrote on Instagram. “Even when you like to say you are four!”
“I can’t believe she’s two,” Budig added on Twitter, marveling at how quickly her daughter with husband Michael Benson has grown up.
Teresa Castillo Reunites With Former Castmate Jason Thompson!(9/9/16) (Photo) Their romance on GENERAL HOSPITAL was ill-fated, but Sabrina and Patrick had a reunion of sorts in real life when Teresa Castillo caught up with former castmate Jason Thompson, who is now playing Billy on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!
The actress shared a selfie she took with Thompson and her two-year-old daughter, Victoria. “Look who we ran into today!” she wrote. “Victoria was smitten.”
Who can blame her? The little girl’s got great taste! Thompson tweeted back, “Great to see you. And the kids! So cute.”
Bradford Anderson Shares Hilarious Video(9/7/16) (Video) Bradford Anderson returned to GENERAL HOSPITAL so Spinelli could officiate Sam and Jason’s wedding, and the actor poked fun at his character’s newest career with a hilarious Instagram video!
“Officiate this!” he captioned his brief clip where he lip syncs to the beginning of Prince’s classic “Let’s Go Crazy” before editing in his own ad lib at the end!
We love it! And hopefully marriages joined together by Spinelli have a better track record than those performed by Lucy!
Lou Pearlman’s Story Headed To Big Screen; John Stamos, Desmond Child & Andreas Carlsson Producing(9/7/16) The life story of Lou Pearlman, the former multiplatinum boy band manager-turned-convicted felon, is getting the movie treatment. John Stamos, Desmond Child and Andreas Carlsson have acquired the rights to Tyler Gray’s 2008 book The Hit Charade: Lou Pearlman, Boy Bands, and the Biggest Ponzi Scheme in U.S. History and will serve as producers of the film, which is in the early development stage.
This comes just weeks after news spread that a limited series about Pearlman was in the works. It will be based on an article in The New Yorker to which Magnet Management and Condé Nast has secured. The article, headlined, “We Live in the Pop-Culture World That Lou Pearlman Created,” details Pearlman’s rise from a blimp-business owner to one of the music industry’s most successful moguls and then to his eventual downfall.
Pearlman, who is responsible for developing such boy band sensations as Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC, died last month of undisclosed causes while serving a 25-year prison term for running a complex Ponzi scheme for nearly two decades.
GH Casting Jeff Webber?(9/7/16) GH has put out a casting call for a character who sounds suspiciously like a possible recast for the role of Jeff Webber, Elizabeth’s dad and the ex of several ladies on the canvas (Monica, Heather, Naomi). When Digest asked Co-Head Writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante about bringing the character back to town in light of the recent reveal that Jeff is the secret father of Hayden, they teased, “That would be great, wouldn’t it?” In the casting call, GH says that the show is seeking a male, “late 50’s-early 60’s” who is “ Caucasian, handsome, dynamic, charismatic: for a “major recurring role”. The part was originally played by a pre-MACGYVER Richard Dean Anderson from 1976-81.
John Stamos and Lori Loughlin Monkey Around on Fuller House Set(9/7/16) (Photo) It looks like Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky might be expanding their family by one more.
Fuller House stars, John Stamos and Lori Loughlin smiled for a selfie with a white-headed capuchin monkey, in an Instagram shot posted by Stamos on Tuesday.
"Is that Jesse and Becky's new kid?" the 53-year-old actor captioned the shot. "Watch Fuller House Season 2 to find out!"
Of course, the real question should be, "Is that Marcel from Friends?" The primate bares a striking resemblance to the female monkey who played Marcel on the hit NBC show – who goes by the name Katie.
Friends wasn't Katie's only starring role. She's also had roles in 30 Rock, Victorious and Bruce Almighty. She even starred alongside Kendall Jenner in a 2015 Allure Magazine cover shoot.
While reps for the Netflix series have yet to confirm the casting to PEOPLE, fans of Fuller House have appeared to think the same thing, flooding Stamos' Instagram post with comments about the lovable animal.
As for Stamos and Loughlin, their days of monkeying around on the Full House sequel set are over for now. The show wrapped up its production over the weekend, shooting its last scenes with its live studio audience.
Candace Cameron Bure, Andrea Barber and Jodie Sweetin celebrated with some of the show's younger cast on Sunday, at the wrap party – hitting the dance floor and the photo booth before saying goodbye.
Thank you, fans, for all the love you have shown us," Barber wrote on Instagram. "We wouldn't be here without you!"
The premiere date for Season 2 of Fuller House has not yet been announced.
GENERAL HOSPITAL Star Haley Pullos Mourns the Death of Her Dog, Zsa Zsa(9/6/16) Haley Pullos (Molly, GENERAL HOSPITAL) shared the sad news that she has lost another of her beloved family pets.
(Photo) Just months after saying farewell to her dog, Bubba, Pullos posted, “I can’t believe I have to say goodbye to another pup, but goodbye Zsa Zsa. I’ll miss your silly toothless face.”
(Photo) She shared another pic of Zsa Zsa on Instagram, noting, “This photo is cuter.”
(Photo) Personally, we love this shot of the two of them Pullos posted to Instagram last year.
Our heart goes out to Pullos at this difficult time as she mourns the loss of a member of her family.
Kirsten Storms and Brandon Barash Took Their Daughter, Harper, to Disneyland(9/6/16) (Photo) Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny) promised to co-parent their two-year-old daughter, Harper, after their split — and they are clearly making good on that promise!
Storms shared a photo of Harper and Barash riding on a canal boat through Storybook Land at Disneyland, revealing, “Harper said she wanted to go on ‘token rides’ today. So I made a better plan.”
We love Barash helpfully pointing out where Storms was standing on shore so little Harper would know where to look for this adorable photo. Hope they all had a wonderful day at Disney!
Greg Vaughan Debuts In QUEEN SUGAR(9/6/16) QUEEN SUGAR, the new series from the Oprah Winfrey Network – OWN, premieres tonight at 10 p.m., and features Greg Vaughan (ex-Eric, DAYS) and Dondre T. Whitfield (ex-Terence, ALL MY CHILDREN) in the cast. “It all started from a book by 1 incredible woman to another woman who opened her heart & passed onto the woman for which she created, & I am honored to be apart of …” posted Vaughan on Instagram. Catch another all-new episode tomorrow night.
GH Alum Weds(9/6/16) Natalia Livingston (ex-Emily, GH) tied the knot with Matt Aldag on September 3 in Bedford, PA. Rick Hearst (Ric, GH) and Tamara Braun (ex-Carly, GH et al) were among the guests. The bride gushed about her groom to Digest in March, saying, “I like to say, ‘He is the most amazing man I know (besides my dad).’ I just feel very grateful to have found him.” Congratulations to the happy couple! Braun shared a snap from the festivities, click here.
GH Preview: Will Franco Spill The Liz/Hayden Beans?(9/2/16) Coming up on GH, Naomi implores Franco to keep his lips zipped about Hayden and Liz’s status as half sisters. “Naomi points out that a lot of lives with be affected by the truth, and not in positive ways,” Co-Head Writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante report. Still, coming clean is awfully tempting for Franco as he attempts to turn over a new leaf and forge an honest relationship with Liz. “Franco’s been trying hard to prove he’s a different man now and choosing truth over secrecy might be a way to prove he’s on that track,” the writers note. For the full story, check out the new issue of Digest and be sure to tune into GH to watch it all unfold.
New Gig For Tyler Christopher(9/2/16) Tyler Christopher, who has remained off the GH canvas as Nikolas since May (and who was removed from the show’s opening and end credits this week) has landed a new role, playing Jerry Carlyle in the indie film Pretty Broken, which he will shoot in Portland, OR this month. Jillian Clare (ex-Abby, DAYS) also appears in the flick. A press release for the movie describes Christopher’s character as “a former kids cable access TV show star, now a self-proclaimed role model for his used car sales team, who uses his Southern charm and one-liners to win over the ladies.”
Sneak Peak: GH’s Jason And Sam Tie The Knot!(9/2/16) GH’s Sam and Jason are set to become Mr. and Mrs. Morgan again, and in the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, you’ll find an exclusive preview of the big day from Kelly Monaco (Sam). “She has been waiting for this for as long as he’s been gone and even longer,” says Monaco, whose character thought she was widowed back in 2012. “I don’t think her heart ever left him. He’s her soul mate, her true love.” The actress also shares her thoughts on the state of “JaSam’s” relationship, the ceremony, and the all-important wedding dress (she collaborated on its design with the show’s wardrobe department). For more, check out the new issue, on sale now!
Laura Wright Cut Her Hair(9/1/16) (Photo) Daytime vet Laura Wright (Carly, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Cassie, GUIDING LIGHT) loves changing her hairstyle, and the results of her latest makeover are stunning!
“So I kind of did that short thing again,” she wrote on Instagram with a black-and-white photo of her newly-shorn locks.
We think Wright looks simply gorgeous! Of course that’s no surprise as the actress has gone this short before and it looked great then, too!
Ashley Jones Reveals Her Future With GENERAL HOSPITAL!(9/1/16) (ashleyajones.com) Parker said goodbye to Kristina, but has her portrayer, Ashley Jones, said goodbye to GENERAL HOSPITAL? The actress addressed that very issue in a recent post on her blog!
Jones appreciated the support and interest of the fans during her run on GH and admitted she had the same questions they did as to whether Parker would have given up on Kristina if Alexis hadn’t interfered. “As an actor, it’s important to me to understand the writer’s intention,” she wrote. “I also get attached to many of the characters I play and want to protect them. For the taping of this last air show, I wanted to make sure I understood what the writers wanted.”
She enjoyed playing the multilayered character the GH scribes created for her and the complicated love story. “I’ve said before in interviews that I believe Parker loves this girl,” Jones admitted. “She loves her enough to let her go and find her own way.
“Of course, I’m just the actress that gets to make the words come alive,” she continued. “I have no control over future storylines. Looking forward to seeing where this goes!”
Could Parker return to complicate Kristina’s life again? Only time will tell — stay tuned!
Nancy Lee Grahn Thrilled to Meet Olympian Simone Biles(9/1/16) (Photo) Sometimes your favorite daytime stars are just big fans themselves, like when GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) had a chance encounter with Olympic gymnast Simone Biles at a restaurant last night!
“Pommel horsed over a busboy and did a double back off the dessert cart to meet the amazing Simone Biles,” the actress joked on Twitter.
You can clearly see the excitement in Grahn’s face at meeting the gold medalist and congratulating her on her incredible performance at this year’s Summer Olympics in Rio.
ABC Daytime Head Lisa Hackner Out in Department Reorg(9/1/16) (variety.com) Daytime head Lisa Hackner is out at ABC, Variety has learned. Hackner served as the network’s exec VP of daytime and syndicated programming, joining in October 2013.
The department is being reorganized affecting about 5 to 10 people on the West Coast, source tells Variety, as a result of “FabLife’s” cancellation. Some staffers were offered other opportunities within the company, though not Hackner. She’s “unlikely” to stay though the transition, says the source, and elected to leave the company.
During her time of roughly three years at ABC, Hackner did not develop or bring about any successful new programs, which sources say led to her departure. She oversaw last season’s short-lived Tyra Banks panel show “FabLife,” which was cancelled after one season, following Banks preemptively quitting her own series. “The View” also shifted from the daytime purview to ABC’s news division in 2014.
Hackner had a close relationship with Banks, having developed her successful daytime talker “The Tyra Banks Show” at Warner Bros.’ Telepictures Productions. The supermodel and media mogul credited the exec with persuading her to return to daytime with “FabLife.”
“She called me, and I was, like, ‘All right. Lisa, we go back,'” Banks said last year at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “She was on ‘The Tyra Show’ with Telepictures. I was, like, ‘I will take a meeting.’ And in that meeting, it was everything that I could ever dream of. And she was telling me what she sees for this show. At the time, it was unnamed. And she pulled me back in. She pulled me back in, and so I said, ‘I have to do this,’ because I’m always about things that are first, unique, or best.”
At Telepictures, Hackner had an impressive list of daytime shows she developed and piloted during her decade tenure, including “Tyra Banks,” “TMZ,” plus “Bethenny” and “Anderson Live,” though the latter two were not on the air long.
Hackner’s departure comes after the exit earlier this year of ABC entertainment president Paul Lee, to whom she reported. Lee was ushered out in February, replaced by the network’s drama chief, Channing Dungey. Hackner is the second of Lee’s top lieutenants to leave the network in recent weeks, with comedy chief Samie Falvey departing last month to lead AwesomenessTV’s new joint digital venture with Verizon.
Corbin Bernsen Sheds Light On Faith-Based Films, Pacts With Pat Robertson’s Regent University On Movie(9/1/16) (Trailer) Several years ago, after the death of his father, Corbin Bernsen — well-known for his role in L.A. Law — wrote, directed and starred in Rust, a feature that he created to explore his own faith. The 2010 film follows a man of the cloth who loses his faith but eventually finds his way back. Bernsen has continued to produce faith-based films, most recently partnering with Pat Robertson’s Regent University on his latest — a romantic comedy, In-Lawfully Yours.
With the success of low-budget films in the genre and the failure of big studio films such as Ben-Hur, Bernsen talked about why he got into the faith-based movement, why he thinks they succeed or fail and the film students they have helped along the way.
His latest outing in this genre came out of a partnership with Regent University where he tapped 73 students — all of whom will graduate with a film credit under their belts. “Here are kids who really want to make movies so it was a way to help them. By doing this, we’ve let kids in film school know what it’s really like to be part of a movie that has distribution. And they come out of film school with a real credit on a film. And these kids were doing real jobs — hair and make-up, AD, art department, transportation – all aspects of filmmaking. They had real responsibilities. I actually praised our crew as it’s hard enough to make a film, but they mentored the kids underneath them while also keeping on schedule.”
The film school itself, surprisingly, has won about 418 film awards — and includes two student Emmy awards (which they won last year) and two student Academy Awards as well. They also won first place for comedy in the 2016 College Television Awards.
The Dean of the school who has been in the job for five of those award-winning years, said that after Bernsen had appeared on the 700 Club with Pat Robertson, the preacher asked the professor to do a film with the actor that would involve the college. Robertson is the founder, chancellor and CEO of Regent University, which is an accredited college. He is also the liaison between the Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc. and school which was founded in 1978 in Virginia Beach, VA.
“So we figured out how to match the curriculum with the film,” said Dr. Mitch Land, the Dean of Regent’s School of Communications & the Arts. Land is also an executive producer on the film.
Bernsen was sent three scripts from Dr. Land, and one was written by Sean Gaffney, one of the school’s professors who previously worked at Warner Bros. as a story administrator in the feature story department from 2007 to 2013.
“The original film was called Jesse and Naomi and was loosely based on the Story of Ruth in the Bible. So that’s the story we picked to do our feature film. We lined up our courses to help facilitate the production, and we started working with Corbin’s film company and together co-produced this film,” said Dr. Land.
The romantic comedy stars Chelsey Crisp (Fresh off the Boat), Marilu Henner, Bernsen, Phillip Boyd (Tyler Perry’s The Have and the Have Nots) and Joe Williamson (Grey’s Anatomy) and begins with a husband cheating on his wife (Crisp) who becomes involved with the town pastor and they find a new life with each other. Also, two professors from the college have speaking roles and one professor is a casting agent on the side.
One of Regent University’s alumni is Tony Hale who has won two Emmy Awards himself for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Veep. Another is Cheryl McKay who adapted The Ultimate Gift in 2006 which starred James Garner; she is still working in the business.
“There is clearly a market for these films,” said Dr. Land, citing the success of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ and Alex Kendrick’s War Room. “Doing a feature film that is commercially available and sold and has their names on it propels our students’ careers. We don’t have a lot of money to do a lot of feature films, but we will keep doing them. There is no way to learn this craft better than actually doing them. And having mentors helping them with on-the-job training really catapults their learning curve. The more we can connect our curriculum to these kinds of projects, the better. I wish we had millions so we could do this constantly, but we are grateful to God for this opportunity.”
The entire cost of the film was $625K and the University fully financed it. In-Lawfully Yours, produced also by Bernsen and Chris Aronoff through their Los Angeles-based Home Theater Films, was shot between the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015. It is being distributed via Cinedigm on Sept. 6 on VOD and Digital HD.
In-Lawfully Yours, is about broken lives “and they don’t get fixed the way you think it will be done,” said Dr. Land. “It’s about judgmental people and it is not overly sentimental, but it is about second chances, and it’s still a faith-based film.”
Bernsen and Aronoff previously produced the 2014 film Christian Mingle, which had a small theatrical release before it was distributed in VOD and DVD. It was when Bernsen was promoting that film that he came upon Regent University and the film school. But, the actor/filmmaker has been producing faith-based films for about seven years now.
“After my Dad died, it struck me holding his bag of ashes, I thought what does this mean? Where has this great guy gone? I wrote a movie that basically wanted to explore faith and it was called Rust,” said Bernsen. “The next thing you know, I was drawn to making movies that were, for the lack of a better term, faith-based. I did this to explore my faith and my own relationship with God and Christ. I’m a Christian. In the middle of that, with the world getting darker and darker and stranger and stranger, there is now a growing demand for this kind of (product) so that sort of built on what I was doing on a personal level, and then we decided to do this as a business.” He added: “I’ve been writing these films and is not motivated by money and it just so happens to be that the faith-based films became popular.”
Bernsen said as the world grows darker, he is trying just to bring some balance to people. “I think it’s important to put some light in and let people know there is good out there. It’s not that I’m trying to push religion on them, I’m not trying to do that. All I’m trying to do is to shed some light.”
Of course, once the big studios realized that faith-based films could make money — for instance, God’s Not Dead came out of nowhere three years ago and grossed $62.6M on a budget of only $2M — there was a number of them that looked for projects immediately. Since then, the industry has seen the $100M+ budgeted Ben-Hur from Paramount bomb at the box office while the modestly budgeted Randall Wallace film Heaven is for Real (based on the best-selling book of the same name) succeed from Sony. War Room also was highly profitable with a $67.7M take but, once again, had a teeny budget of only around $3M.
Other films, not coming from the studios but from those in the faith, seem to work well overall with the core audience of moviegoers and there are a number of films to prove that: Fireproof (2008), Courageous (2011) come immediately to mind. All these films have kept budgets low and, in doing so, have become very profitable.
“I think the future is bright as long as they are writing truthful movies,” said Bernsen. “You have to look at the motivation for making it. When you redo or pander, it can blow up in your face. I want everyone to succeed. I know a lot of work goes into it, and I don’t want anyone to fail. People can tell the difference in films made for the art and for the heart. I can also sniff out films made for the dollar, and I think audiences feel that, too. It’s a very tricky business to say, let’s go make them. Those of us who understand God’s presence and God’s grace, understand that there are stories that need to be told. There are 100 stories to tell. The darker (society) gets, the greater the opportunity. I think there are going to be people that rise above and shine. I hope to be one of them but I can’t count that. I just do what I have to do.”
Tyler Perry’s ‘Too Close To Home’ Renewed For Second Season By TLC(9/1/16) Coming off strong ratings for its series premiere, TLC has ordered a second season of its first scripted series, Tyler Perry’s Too Close to Home for premiere in 2017.
Launched in partnership with corporate cousin OWN, the drama series reached 4.2 million viewers in its premiere airings across TLC and OWN. The August 22 premiere showed a nearly 50% increase among women in L+3, according to Nielsen, and propelled TLC to its highest-rated Monday in more than a year in all key women demos. On Twitter, Too Close to Home was the #3 drama series in primetime.
Too Close to Home centers on the story of Anna (Danielle Savre), a young woman who comes face-to-face with her checkered past after an alleged affair with the president.
“Our audience was ready for a move into the scripted space, and Too Close To Home has whet their appetite to see more. More twists, more heartbreak and certainly more of Tyler Perry’s notoriously dramatic writing,” said Nancy Daniels, President and General Manager, TLC.
Coming up this season, Anna (Savre) must face the past that she so eagerly left behind, and her new reality may prove too much for her to handle. Back in Happy, Alabama, Anna reunites with her controlling mother, Jolene (Trisha Stahl); her sweet yet overburdened sister, Bonnie (Kelly Sullivan); and her drug-addicted sister, Shelby (Brooke Anne Smith). Although she’s left behind a mess in D.C., there are serious problems brewing in Happy, and Anna is quickly thrown into the drama. She also has to confront unfinished business with her high school sweetheart, Brody (Brock O’Hurn). Broken and battered, Anna must ultimately seek help and forgiveness from the same people she abandoned for a “better” life.
Too Close To Home airs Mondays at 9 PM on TLC.
Emme Rylan Updates Fans on Her Recovery(8/30/16) (Pic) Emme Rylan (Lulu, GENERAL HOSPITAL) reports that she’s feeling much better following the surgery to fix her broken nose!
After her son’s head accidentally collided with her face, Rylan had to undergo surgery on Aug. 25. The actress was keeping her spirits up afterwards by doing silly things like decorating her bandages with a little color. “Seriously though,” she wrote, “this Washi tape makes me look slightly more upbeat.”
She also used an app to swap faces with her friend, Madeline Peters, so she could have a normal nose for a little bit.
But just four days after her surgery, Rylan shared another pic where she's looking much more like her usual beautiful self! “It’s starting to look better!” she enthused. “This has been pretty rough — can’t wait for the healing to be over!”
We’re so glad to hear that Rylan’s recovery is going so well, and it really does look like she’ll be all healed up and ready to go back to work when GH returns from its hiatus soon.
The GH Killer Speaks!(8/30/16) On Monday’s episode of GH, Richard Burgi’s Paul Hornsby was revealed to be the Derisifol killer who has been racking up a list of victims inside the hospital walls, some fatal (we hardly knew ye, figurine-loving Mrs. Prescott), some not (lucky break, Lucas!). “I just found out kind of recently, myself,” says Burgi, who was pulled aside on-set by Executive Producer Frank Valentini a few weeks back and informed of what Paul has been up to off-camera. “I have no idea where this is going, if this is the Dead Man Walking part of Paul’s life [laughs]. All I know is that when I read it, it’s kind of fun!” The actor feels that the twist is consistent with Paul’s, well, inconsistency. “I’ve always considered the character very multifaceted and complex, tortured by his choices, the difficulties of his past, and also sanguine and optimistic about life in general,” he notes. “I think I have always attempted to make Paul somewhat schizophrenic, different with different people.” Now that the audience knows the truth, the cops are one step behind them — and time is of the essence. According to Co-Head Writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante, Paul “has a very specific agenda and there is a bit of a time clock [on] completing this agenda.” For more with Burgi, check out the next issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale Friday.
Nancy Lee Grahn Declares: "She Could Use a Break!"(8/26/16) One has to wonder just how much worse things can get for GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Alexis. After all, she’s lost her license to practice law, the man she loved is behind bars for (among other things) attempting to kill her, and at least one of her daughters seems upset with her at any given moment!
“She could use a break!” laughs portrayer Nancy Lee Grahn, who admits she wouldn’t have it any other way. “This is fun! It’s exciting! I’m getting to play so many different emotions on any given day, and as an actor, it doesn’t get better than that!”
As the lovely leading lady deals with changes in both her on- and off-screen lives, we sat down for a candid chat that you won’t want to miss! So pick up the latest ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!
Robert Palmer Watkins Video(8/26/16) (Video) robertpalmerwatkins (Dillon, General Hospital): IT IS HERE! The new @iambellofficial music video directed by @jenrosenstein premieres today! Watch the full video in the link up top in my bio! Streaming proceeds are going to The National Center for Victims of Crime. Also find BeLL on #hypemachine #soundcloud and #itunes #BeLL #losingmyreligion #REM #funkitfriday
Brytni Sarpy Teases Castmate Donnell Turner(8/26/16) (Video) One of the reasons that GENERAL HOSPITAL fans are so smitten with the budding new romance between Valerie and Curtis may be because portrayers Brytni Sarpy and Donnell Turner have amazing chemistry whether the cameras are rolling or not!
Sarpy shared a hilarious video from the GH dressing room captioned “Me and work bae,” where she aims her cameraphone at Turner, who asks if he’s in her picture before realizing that she’s actually shooting a video!
"You totally caught me off guard!" Turner declared in the comments.
These two definitely have the spark, and hopefully GH takes advantage of it by giving Valerie and Curtis more to do together on the soap — including more steamy love scenes!
Kimberly McCullough Opens Up About Brush With Cult(8/26/16) In her latest blog, GH alum Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin) opens up about her experience as “the prime target of a Christian cult” when she was a student at NYU. When they attempted to stop her from visiting her family for a holiday break, she writes, “I felt manipulated and sad, that I was being used so this organization could say that ‘Robin from General Hospital’ went to their church.” To read the full story, click here.
GH Preview: The Hospital Killer Is Revealed!(8/26/16) Next week, the identity of the mysterious someone offering hospital patients lethal injections of Derisifol will be revealed on GH. Co-Head Writer Shelly Altman says that in picking the killer, “We wanted it to be someone who matters to the canvas in a bigger way rather than somebody we brought on for that exact reason, someone who story has ramifications for other stories, as well.” Once the audience knows who’s to blame for the deaths, “There is sort of a domino effect,” according to Co-Head Writer Jean Passanante. “There are several characters in jeopardy.” For the full story, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Casts Matt Cohen as Jack's Son — Plus 3 Other Supernatural Visitors(8/26/16) Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders will look a lot like Supernatural next season.
Matt Cohen— who played Young John Winchester on the aforementioned CW series — will recur during Season 2 of the CBS drama as IRU team leader Jack Garrett’s son Ryan, TVLine has learned.
Ryan is following in his father’s footsteps by becoming a top agent for the FBI. Cohen — who currently stars on General Hospital — makes his debut in the season premiere, airing midseason.
Additionally, Beyond Borders has tapped a trio of Supernatural alums to guest-star: Osric Chau (Supernatural‘s Kevin) plays a mysterious figure in Singapore known as “Gui,” which translates to “Ghost,” in Episode 3, while Rob Benedict (Chuck/God) and Richard Speight Jr. (Gabriel) appear in Episode 5 as life-long friends and budding American entrepreneurs who go to Bangladesh to close a deal for their new clothing company.
Beyond Borders executive producer Adam Glass, a former writer/EP on Supernatural, mentioned the castings on Twitter:
@AdamGlass44 : @dicksp8jr @RobBenedict @mattcohen4real @OsricChau are already shooting @CriminalMindsBB but that doesn't mean there wont be more #SPN guest
Genie Francis and Jon Lindstrom Dish Their GH Pairing(8/26/16) In the issue of Soap Opera Digest on sale tomorrow, we’ve got Genie Francis (Laura) and Jon Lindstrom’s (Kevin) first joint interview, and the vets dish their reaction to their surprise on-screen pairing and its immediate success. “I thought those days were over for me!” Francis admits of being part of a hit soap romance. “I feel very fortunate,” Lindstrom says. “I think people weren’t sure that Kevin and Laura would work together…. And I’m just really gratified that it has.” For more with the actors, who discuss their real-life friendship and their characters’ attraction, be sure to check out the new issue.
Demi Moore Ready To ‘Rock That Body’ For Sony Comedy(8/26/16) Demi Moore has joined the cast of Rock That Body, Sony Pictures’ R-rated comedy starring Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer and Zoe Kravitz. Shooting began last week on the pic, which the studio picked up last summer in a bidding war. A June 23, 2017 release date has been set.
The pic revolves around five friends who get a beach house in Miami for a wild bachelorette weekend that goes completely off the rails. Paul W. Downs & Lucia Aniello co-wrote the film. Downs is also in the cast and Aniello is directing. Matt Tolmach and Dave Becky are producing along with Downs and Aniello via their Paulilu banner. Jonathan Kadin is overseeing for the studio.
Moore is next up on the big screen in Blind with Alec Baldwin and the human trafficking drama Love Sonia.
She is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
GH’s Emme Rylan: Injury Update(8/24/16) Emme Rylan (Lulu, GH) provided Twitter updates on her recent injury (a broken nose). The injury occurred, she reported, when “my son [Levi] was running to jump on a cushion I was on & I sat up just as he jumped, his head broke my nose! Taken down by 4yr old!” Her operation will take place this week. “I have surgery Thursday morning but because of already scheduled dark weeks i will not be taking time off from work,” she explained.
Wally Kurth Returning To GH(8/24/16) Ned (and his portrayer, Wally Kurth, who also plays DAYS’s Justin) has been absent from the GH canvas since the conclusion of Tracy’s worm-in-the-brain crisis, but that will change soon. “I’ll be back on GH in September,” he tells Digest. “I’m excited that I get to do both shows. I love being able to do both characters, Ned and Justin.” For what is in store for Ned this fall, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale Friday.
Bradford Anderson Returns to GENERAL HOSPITAL!(8/24/16) Bradford Anderson is on his way back to GENERAL HOSPITAL with Spinelli slated to return to Port Charles for another visit beginning on Friday, Sept. 2!
Since the character left the canvas in 2013, Anderson has been delighted to reprise his role for brief stints here and there. “If I can provide a little energy here and there, I’m happy to do it,” he tells Soaps In Depth. I’m so grateful they’re happy to have me on and people out there in the TV universe are excited to see me. I’m flattered. It makes me feel very happy.”
Of course, Anderson will be commuting to the GH studio from his new home in Sacramento where he now lives with wife Kiera and daughters Juna, 5, and Finola, 2. “We have so much family up there, and life is less obsessive,” he confides. “People are enjoying life rather than sacrificing going to family events because they have a commercial shoot.”
Unfortunately, GH is being especially secretive about the storyline that will bring Spinelli back to Port Charles again, as well as how long Anderson’s latest stint on the soap will be, so you’ll just have to stay tuned!
Nashville Season 5 Premiere Set at CMT(8/24/16) Nashville‘s comeback tour will kick off just after the new year.
The cancelled ABC country-music drama will make its CMT debut with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, January 5, at 9/8c, the cable network announced Wednesday.
As previously reported, Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz (thirtysomething) will take over as showrunners; Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson and many of their castmates are confirmed to return.
We hear that the proposed Nashville after-show is still a possibility, as well, even though it was not included in the network’s announcement.It’s safe to assume that Nashville‘s season-opener will deal with the cliffhanger that ended the drama’s ABC run: Divorced parents Avery and Juliette were on the verge of reconciliation… just before her private jet went missing. (A happier ending was shot, but Lionsgate and ABC Studios convinced the network to use the more ambiguous outcome, in hopes of making the drama more attractive to potential buyers.)
In addition, CMT also announced that its series adaptation of the Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet, starring Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill), will premiere sometime in March and that the Billy Ray Cyrus scripted series Still the King will return for Season 2 in the spring.
The network also has ordered a pilot for the soapy comedy His Wives & Daughters, which follows “the eclectic and cunning wives and daughters of larger-than-life country-music legend (and infamous womanizer) Eddie Ray Banks.” The potential series is created and produced by Dina Chapman (Tia & Tamera) and Steve Sessions (Still the King).
New Season of Nashville Coming to Thursdays in January on CMT(8/24/16) It’s the news #Nashies have been waiting for!
The fifth season of Nashville will kick off with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Nashville is set against the backdrop of the city’s music scene and follows Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes. Both women face personal and professional challenges as they navigate their paths as artists and individuals. Surrounding them and often complicating their lives are their family, friends and, in some cases, lovers, as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business. Music City can mean so many things to different people.
In Nashville, musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storm driven by their own ambitions. Some are fueled by their creativity and passion for fame. Others struggle to cope with the pressures of success and are doing everything in their power to stay on top.
Also joining CMT’s scripted lineup is Million Dollar Quartet (working title), which will premiere in March. Set in Memphis during the tumultuous early days of the civil rights movement, the eight-part limited-run series tells the untold true story of nothing less than the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. Guided by Sam Phillips, young musicians like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis combined the styles of hillbilly country with 1950s R&B and changed the course of music forever.
The all-star cast includes Chad Michael Murray as Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, Billy Gardell as Presley and Arnold’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, Drake Milligan as Elvis Presley, Kevin Fonteyne as Johnny Cash, Christian Lees as Jerry Lee Lewis, Jonah Lees as Jimmy Swaggart, Trevor Donovan as Eddy Arnold, Keir O’Donnell as Dewey Phillips, Jennifer Holland as Sam’s wife Becky Phillips and Margaret Anne Florence as Sam’s assistant Marion Keisker.
Million Dollar Quartet will also be joined this spring by season 2 of the hit show Still The King, which won over fans this past summer. The comedy centers on Vernon Brown, played by Billy Ray Cyrus, a scandal-ridden washed up one-hit wonder who is kicked out of country music, only to emerge 20 years later as the second-best Elvis impersonator. In Season 1, he re-connected with a former one-night-stand, played by Joey Lauren Adams, only to discover he has a 15-year-old daughter he’s never met, played by Madison Iseman.
Additionally, CMT has ordered a pilot for His Wives & Daughters. The soapy, comedic series centers on the eclectic and cunning wives and daughters of larger-than-life country music legend (and infamous womanizer) Eddie Ray Banks. After his estranged family is brought together unexpectedly, tempers flare and old rivalries resurface setting the stage for startling secrets to emerge as an unforgettable mystery begins to unfold. Casting is underway now with production slated to begin in the fall.
Be sure to follow CMT on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates on all of our shows, and don’t miss the season premieres of I Love Kellie Pickler and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team on Thursday (Aug. 25).
Real-Life Injury For GH’s Emme Rylan(8/23/16) Emme Rylan (Lulu, GH) announced on Twitter that she broke her nose during a play session with her sons, Jackson and Levi. “So it finally happened.. The price of playing outside with my boys.. They broke my nose. #mylifewithboys #theyarebiggerthanme #needsurgery,” she wrote. We wish her a speedy recovery!
GH Preview: Franco Reconnects With Nina(8/19/16) Next week on GH, Franco and Nina share scenes for the first time since she angrily solidified their breakup after finding out that he’d been keeping company with Liz. Together at the loft they once shared, “They fall into a surprisingly sentimental mood,” offer Co-Head Writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante. During their convo, “Franco shares some honest feelings about Liz” — and after Nina leaves, who should show up but Ms. Webber, who has been mulling over her decision not to pursue a relationship with Franco and has “come to a conclusion,” tease the writers. For more, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest and be sure to watch GH next week.
GH Enemies Dish Their Real-Life Friendship(8/19/16) Rebecca Budig (Hayden) and Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) have been at each other’s throats on GH for a good while now, but in real life, the ladies have a warm friendship that stretches back over 15 years. “But when I really bonded with Becky was when I was dancing with her little Ethan for hours at Super Soap” in 2004, reports Budig. “How could we not bond after that night?” Herbst chuckles. “My kid was attached to her hip!” They were delighted at the prospect of spending more time together when they became castmates in 2015, and for her part, Herbst was thrilled that they had so many scenes together, saying, “I would have been annoyed if she was working with other people.” They both think their real-life camaraderie makes for an interesting dynamic as on-screen rivals. “We have these intense scenes and I think that there is more depth to them because we like each other,” Budig offers. “But today she almost made me cry and I was like, ‘I can’t cry. My character would not cry in front of her!’ ” For more with the actresses (including how they navigate the on-set confusion that stems from them sharing the same first name!), check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Major Crimes: Jaime Ray Newman to Recur in 'Difficult' Storyline(8/19/16) Fresh off her stay at Bates Motel, Jaime Ray Newman is set for a recurring run on TNT’s Major Crimes.
TVLine has learned exclusively that beginning with Season 5, Episode 11 (airing Monday, Sept. 5), Newman will play Wildred Darnell, the mother of a young White Supremacist responsible for killing several mixed race couples and who got involved with a mass shooting inside the law enforcement community.
Wildred’s struggle to grieve for the son she raised — coupled with her outrage at the man he became — will lead her to make a difficult decision.
Newman’s many previous TV credits also include Wicked City, Drop Dead Diva, Eastwick, Eureka, Veronica Mars and General Hospital.
Major Crimes‘ recently expanded Season 5 continues this Monday at 10/9c.
Maurice Benard Dominic and Zamprogna Hit the Gym(8/18/16) (Photo) Sonny and Dante are close on GENERAL HOSPITAL, and their portrayers, Maurice Benard and Dominic Zamprogna, are just as tight off-screen!
“There’s nothing better than boxing with my great friend, Dom,” Benard wrote when he shared a selfie with his on-screen son at the gym.
And it’s clearly a mutual admiration society, because Zamprogna replied with the same sentiment.
@dom_zamprogna: Good times buddy https://twitter.com/mauricebenard/status/765974993465323520 …
We're less interested in who won their boxing match than if either of them are available for boxing lessons! (Plus, we have the Rocky theme stuck in our head now, thanks a lot!)
‘American Gods’: Corbin Bernsen Cast As Vulcan(8/18/16) Psych alum Corbin Bernsen has been tapped for a potentially recurring role as Vulcan in Starz’s upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed fantasy novel American Gods.
Vulcan is one of Mr. Wednesday’s (Ian McShane) oldest allies. He’s created a comfortable life for himself by harnessing his powers for the modern world, which makes him resistant to Wednesday’s plans.
The plot of American Gods posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday (McShane), a conman who in reality is one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.
Bernsen appeared on all eight seasons of USA Network’s hit series Psych in the role of Henry Spencer. His breakout TV role came as lawyer Arnie Becker in the long-running LA Law, which earned him multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. He’s also known for the role of Roger Dorn in the Major League film franchise. He’s repped by Randy James Management and Innovative Artists.
American Gods is produced by FremantleMedia North America.
Soap Alums In Lifetime Movie(8/18/16) Ted King (ex-Tomas, ONE LIFE TO LIVE et al) and Kate Mansi (ex-Abigail, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) headline UNWANTED GUEST, premiering Saturday, August 27 at 8 p.m. Mansi plays Amy, a college student who insinuates herself into the lives of a classmate’s family. King plays the father of the student. “No really…don’t let her in,” Mansi tweeted.
Tristan Rogers Returns To GH!(8/17/16) It will be double duty for Tristan Rogers when he returns to GH on August 26, two days after his Y&R alter, Colin, is spotted in Genoa City. “I had no idea this was on the map,” the actor says. “All of a sudden, it was on. It’s a rather unique situation that I’m doing both shows at the same time.” His first day back at GH, he was thrilled to work with Genie Francis (Laura). “We have such a lot of history to trade on that we can use,” he notes. For more on the actor’s joint comebacks, see the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale Friday.
Roger Howarth Reunites With His ONE LIFE TO LIVE Nephew(8/17/16) (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) It was a ONE LIFE TO LIVE family reunion when Patrick Gibbons Jr. (Sam) visited Roger Howarth (Todd) on the set of GENERAL HOSPITAL, where he now plays Franco!
“An ‘old’ friend stopped by for a visit!” wrote GH executive producer Frank Valentini when he shared the snap.
Valentini was executive producer of OLTL when Gibbons was playing Todd’s nephew, although fans of the late, lamented soap remember the young man looking a little more like this:
It seems that Gibbons was just at the GH set to visit his old friends, as Valentini didn’t mention anything about him appearing on the soap. According to the IMDb, OLTL remains Gibbons’ only acting credit. But it’s great to see some of the old Llanview gang back together!
Gibbons also shared a couple more photos from his visit saying “Thanks to our good friend Frank Valentini for a wonderful visit today with my pal, Roger.” He also revealed that he wears glasses in real life, just like his OLTL alter ego, Sam!
Tyler Christopher Reunited With a GENERAL HOSPITAL Co-Star on a Movie Set(8/16/16) (Pic) Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) ran into former GENERAL HOSPITAL castmate Annie Wersching (ex-Amelia) on a movie set!
“GH representin’,” he wrote. “Look who I found!”
Christopher hashtagged the photo “#thenewwifemovie,” but information on a movie called The New Wife is non-existent. However, if it’s starring two GH alums, we’ll be keeping an eye out for any details so we can pass them along, so keep checking back!
Kristen and Eddie Alderson are All Grown Up Now(8/16/16) (Photos: Present, Past) Kristen Alderson (ex-Kiki, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Starr, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) surprised fans when she shared a photo of herself with younger brother, Eddie Alderson (Matthew, OLTL), because they barely recognized him!
“Doesn’t get any better than partying with your brother,” she wrote.
Both Kristen and Eddie have grown so much since fans watched their adventures in Llanview back in the day. Remember when they looked like this?
That was the Alderson siblings on the red carpet at the 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in 2004. And it’s great to see that they’re still just as close today!
Rick Springfield Talks 'Supernatural' Gig, Making a Blues Album & 35 Years of 'Working Class Dog'(billboard.com) Rick Springfield is about to give the devil his (or her) due -- both in music and on TV.
The rocker and actor has signed on to play Lucifer in the next season of the CW's Supernatural, and he's looking forward to "playing against type."
"I play this rock guy who gets possessed by Lucifer, because Lucifer has just escaped from wherever they put him last season," Springfield -- whose recent small-screen gigs include some eccentric characters on Californication and True Detective -- tells Billboard. "He's always looking for a human host to do this bad stuff to the world, and I happen to be that human host. It's really fun, well-written. And the effects are insane; the other day I spent two hours in the makeup chair getting ready for this one scene. It's really incredible stuff."
Springfield has no qualms about being part of another successful TV series. "I'd heard of the show, but I never realized how big it was," he says. "I mean, it's been on for 12 years, and it's worldwide. It's got a giant fanbase. Where have I been?"
The Lucifer role, meanwhile, goes hand-in-hand with what Springfield has planned next: a blues album to follow up his latest studio set, Rocket Science, which came out earlier this year. "I love slide guitar, and most people don't know it because I don't really play it onstage," Springfield says. "I play [Hambone Willie Newbern's] 'Rollin' and Tumblin'' in my solo show, and I always get guys saying, 'You should do a blues album.' And I was thinking about writing something as opposed to just doing copies of blues songs that everybody's done. I'm all for expanding people's views, y'know?"
Along with all that, Springfield is also celebrating the 35th anniversary of his breakthrough Working Class Dog album, a Grammy Award winner (for the single "Jessie's Girl") that gave him his first top 10 and platinum album in the U.S. Springfield himself professes to not be particularly sentimental, but he doesn't in any way discount that album's impact and importance on his career.
"It's a great record -- but, I mean, I've listened to a lot of great records that didn't break careers, so it's a gift too. I have great affection for it," Springfield says. "It was a blast to record. We'd go into the studio when Tom Petty was done and we'd record from 3 in the morning until 7, when the next band came in, and make sh-- up on the fly. I didn't think anything would happen with it, so it was a big surprise all around. The first one that becomes a hit is always, 'Oh my God, how did that happen?!'"
And, Springfield adds, "My dog is on the cover, which doesn't hurt either."
Hearst Lands New RoleRick Hearst (Ric, GH) will be joining the cast of SINS as FBI Agent Jack Bellows. The actor announced the news on his Instagram page, “Very excited to be joining the cast of a new suspense crime series called ‘SINS’ in the role of FBI Agent Jack Bellows. Like their page and follow on Twitter for updates. Twitter.com/sinsseries.” Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan, GH) and Henry Czerny (ex-Conrad, REVENGE) are also part of the cast.
SUNDANCE HEYDAY PITCHSUNDANCE HEYDAY PITCH by Kimberly McCullough: Video.
Rick Hearst Cast on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES!Fans missing Rick Hearst as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Ric can look forward to finally seeing more of the actor in primetime — he just announced an upcoming appearance in an episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES!
“So stoked!” he tweeted. “Just booked an episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES. Will there be blood? Wait and see…” He also included a hilarious animated GIF from the classic episode of THE MUPPET SHOW where Kermit the Frog put the bite on Vincent Price!
Hearst isn’t the first GH actor to appear on the supernatural drama — Sebastian Roché (ex-Jerry) had a recurring role as Mikael on both THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and its spinoff, THE ORIGINALS, which starred Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan) as Jackson; Annie Wersching (ex-Amelia) portrayed Damon and Stefan’s mother, Lily; and Stephen Martines (ex-Nikolas) appeared as Frederick in a few episodes of the series’ first couple seasons.
The eighth season of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is slated to premiere on Friday, October 21. As soon as we have more information about Hearst’s role and an air date for his episode, we’ll be sure to let you know!
Anthony Geary’s House For SaleAnthony Geary (ex-Luke, GH) has put his three-bedroom Los Angeles house on the market. The house, built in 1979, is located in the Hollywood Hills, and is listed for $999,999. Showbiz411 reports that the contents of the house also went on sale over the weekend. Geary, who left GH last year, also has reportedly relocated to Amsterdam. To view the house click here.
Jay Mohr -- Makes It Official ... Divorce Is OffJay Mohr was serious about sticking with Nikki Cox ... even though he filed divorce docs, he now wants to drop the whole thing.
Jay filed a request for dismissal Monday in L.A. -- just 6 days after the divorce petition. As we reported ... Jay told us last week he and Nikki are "Very in love. Very happy and that's really all there is."
It was clear they were trying to work things out, and a source close to the couple tells us there was a "full reconciliation" over the weekend.
The dismissal also covers Jay's emergency petition to get full physical custody of their 5-year-old son.
Single Mom A Go Go: Episode 3Single Mom A Go Go: Episode 3 - EMME RYLAN: Watch.
GH's Khary Payton Joins The Walking DeadKing Ezekiel and his pet tiger Shiva are coming to "The Walking Dead."
The dreadlocked character from the comics will be portrayed in the zombie drama's upcoming seventh season by actor Khary Payton. In the comics on which the hit AMC series is based, the character rules a formidable community known as the Kingdom.
King Ezekiel and Shiva were glimpsed in a trailer that debuted during the show's Friday panel at San Diego Comic-Con International. "The Walking Dead" executive producer Scott M. Gimple noted he was younger and svelter than his comic book counterpart.
"We're going to see leaders with different styles and how they work — some benevolent and some not so benevolent," teased executive producer Gale Anne Hurd.
The panel kicked off Friday with actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan menacingly stalking behind several cast members with his villainous character Negan's barbed-wire bat. At the end of last season, Negan infamously assassinated a character off screen. Their fate will be revealed in the season premiere.
"It's a really (expletive) start to the season, but hang on because we are heading to one of the greatest showdowns of the show," said "Walking Dead" actor Andrew Lincoln.
Lincoln was joined Friday by his "Walking Dead" co-stars Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Ross Marquand, Michael Cudlitz, Christian Serratos, Sonequa Martin-Green and Josh McDermitt. They each remained tight-lipped on who was on the other side of Lucille, the nickname of Negan's bat.
The seventh season of "The Walking Dead" will premiere Oct. 23.
GENERAL HOSPITAL Stars Announce Port Chuck Tour Dates!Port Chuck has reunited, and GENERAL HOSPITAL actors Steve Burton (ex-Jason; Dylan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny), Bradford Anderson (ex-Spinelli), and Scott Reeves (ex-Steve) will be hitting the East Coast for live shows in November!
After announcing last week that they were getting the band back together, Port Chuck will be kicking off their reunion with a show at Jack and Jameson’s in Franklin, TN, the restaurant Burton owns with Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky)!
Following that, the band will head north to New York and New Jersey, and in addition to the shows there will also be a special cocktail reception and a private dinner for special ticket holders! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit PortChuck.com.
John Stamos to Go Nude on Scream Queens!Have mercy!
John Stamos is apparently going to bare it all again – this time on the upcoming season of Scream Queens.
Costar Glen Powell says he and Stamos will both strip down during the Fox series' second season.
"All I can tell you is that I read a scene where John Stamos and I are not wearing clothes," Powell told E! News while promoting the DVD release of his baseball film Everybody Wants Some. "So I have to figure out my diet. I should probably not have a carb for a second because I don't want John Stamos to show me up."
Powell played fraternity president Chad Radwell during the show's first season, which was set on a college campus. Season 2 will put the characters in peril at a hospital run by Dean Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis).
"[Dean Munsch is] trying to treat really crazy, weird illnesses and diseases," Powell said. "It gets very dark and twisted. It's still got that weird campy element, and that bubble gum mentality, but it's really dark."
Stamos and Taylor Lautner are among the season 2 newbies joining returning cast members Powell, Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer and Niecy Nash.
Season 2 of Scream Queens is expected to debut Sept. 20 on Fox.
‘Stuck In The Middle’ Renewed For Season 2 On Disney ChannelFollowing a strong start, Disney Channel’s new comedy series Stuck in the Middle has received an early second-season renewal. It comes 11 episodes into the single-camera comedy’s 2-episode first season. Production on Season 2 begins in the fall.
Since its launch in February, Stuck in the Middle has been one of TV’s Top 5 highest-rated series among Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14. It’s also high on the list for adults, ranking in the top 5 among adults 18-49 and women 18-49. During 1Q 2016, the series reached 27 million total viewers in the U.S. and nearly one million in Canada, according to the network.
Created by Dog With A Blog‘s Alison Brown and executive produced by Linda Videtti Figueiredo, Stuck in the Middle stars Jenna Ortega as middle child Harley Diaz, who’s living in a household bustling with nine people — two parents and seven kids — each with distinct personalities and conflicting schedules. Season 2 will delve further into Harley’s relationship with her siblings.
The series set in a Massachusetts suburb also stars Isaak Presley as Ethan, Ronni Hawk as Rachel, Kayla Maisonet as Georgie, Nicolas Bechtel as Lewie, Malachi Barton as “Beast,” Ariana Greenblatt as Daphne, Cerina Vincent as Suzy and Joe Nieves as Tom.
“Linda and her team have delivered a standout among all kids programming,” said Adam Bonnett, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Disney Channels Worldwide. “Our viewers have connected to the relatable stories, the comedic conflict of being a middle child in a big lovable family and to a lead character with a passion for all things ‘STEM.”
Stuck in the Middle comes from Horizon Productions.
Scott Reeves Reunites Blue County — See the Band Rehearsing!(Video) Scott Reeves is getting the band back together!
The actor, best known to soap fans from his stints as Ryan on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and Steve on GENERAL HOSPITAL, is reuniting with good friend Aaron Benward to reform Blue County!
Reeves shared a video of the duo rehearsing in the backyard where he self-consciously takes off his glasses when the camera hits him and laments getting older!
Blue County Lives 2016 from Kenda Benward on Vimeo.
Blue County is playing a show tonight at The Listening Room Cafe in Nashville, TN, to kick off CMA Fest 2016, so if you’re in the area, you can click here for tickets!
Hopefully he’ll share more videos for those who can’t make the reunion show!
Bree Williamson Cast on Primetime Series REBEL!(Pic) Bree Williamson is joining GENERAL HOSPITAL as the mysterious Claudette very soon, but the actress has also revealed that she’s booked yet another gig!
“Super stoked about this new show I get to work on!” Williamson posted to Instagram with a picture of her holding up her script to the new BET series, REBEL.
REBEL is a police drama from creator John Singleton that follows Oakland police officer Rebecca “Rebel” Cole. The series has only just begun production, so there’s no further information about what Williamson’s role might be, or what other actors will be starring in the project. But as soon as we find out more — especially when the series is set to premiere — we’ll be sure to let you know!
But in the meantime, soap fans can look forward to seeing the ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum on GH as Claudette. Williamson was touched by the fan reaction to her casting announcement. “I know I usually joke around a lot,” she wrote on Instagram, “but it’s been pretty awesome. Thank you for all your kind words. I am really excited.”
Robert Palmer Watkins VideoJustin Bieber - Love Yourself (Cover) by Robert Palmer Watkins (Dylan, GH), Will & Phil, Chris: Video
Jeffrey Vincent Parise Shares His Amazing Short Film(Video) GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Jeffrey Vincent Parise invites you to join him at a Mexican resort in his new short film!
The video, titled Tulum, follows Parise as he and his friends in the avant garde performance group Lucent Dossier spend New Years Eve in the Mexican town of Tulum just south of Cancún.
Watch as Parise and his pals relax on the beach, sample the local cuisine and set up for their performance — what a performance it is! Dancing, acrobatics and dangerous stunts combine to spectacular effect.
You have to see it to believe it!
'Nashville,' soap opera stars team up for new Franklin restaurantJonathan Jackson, star of the ABC drama "Nashville," has joined forces with actor Steve Burton, best known for his stint on "General Hospital" (which also featured Jackson), to open a new restaurant in Franklin.
According to the restaurant's Facebook page, work on Jack and Jameson's Smokehouse is underway at 509 Hillsboro Road.
Owners Jackson and Burton have been friends for more than 15 years, and believe Jack and Jameson's (named for their sons, not the booze) is "the kind of family friendly, world-class restaurant and music venue Franklin needs."
Jack and Jameson's will feature burgers, barbecue and melts and looks to serve 15 to 20 local beers on tap. Weekends will bring live music (who knows, maybe Avery Barkley will make an appearance).
Pablo Schreiber, Rick Springfield & Sosie Bacon Topline Rocker Tale ‘Traces’Pablo Schreiber, Rick Springfield and Sosie Bacon are starring in Traces, the indie drama that marks the directorial debut of Matthew Currie Holmes. American Gun‘s Ted Kroeber is producing with Roger Goff (Dallas Buyers Club) and Kevin Lamb and shooting is now underway in L.A.
The plot centers on ’90s one-hit wonder Damien (Schreiber) who finds himself out of a job when the record store he works at, owned by Carl (Springfield), suddenly closes. During a chance meeting at a showcase with up-and-coming music artist Sierra (Bacon), Damien is given a rare second chance when he is asked to produce and record her debut album. They form a bond as he rediscovers his passion for music and she opens herself up to the “messiness” of her art.
Schreiber was Emmy-nominated this year for Orange Is The New Black, Springfield co-starred with Meryl Streep in this year’s Ricki And The Flash, and Bacon is the daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick whose recent credits include MTV’s Scream.
Schreiber is repped by ICM Partners and Circle of Confusion, Springfield by ICM Partners, and Bacon by The Kohner Agency and Impression Entertainment.
Showtime’s Lena Waithe Pilot Casts Sextet Of Actors, Adds Elwood Reid As EPAisha Hinds (Under The Dome), Tequan Richmond (Everybody Hates Chris), Alex Henderson (Empire), Sierra McClain (House Of Payne), Olivia Dawson (Empire) and Jason Weaver (The Ladykillers) have been cast in Showtime’s Chicago-set hourlong drama pilot from Dear White People‘s Lena Waithe, Common, Clark Johnson and Aaron Kaplan. The project also has brought in The Bridge co-developer/showrunner Elwood Reid as an executive producer.
Written by writer-producer-actress Waithe, the untitled drama is described as a relevant, timely and distinctive coming-of-age story of a young African-American male in which just growing up can be a matter of life and death. Waithe executive produces with Common, Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment, Reid and Johnson, who will direct, for Fox 21 TV Studios. The pilot will film in Chicago later this year.
Richmond, repped by ICM Partners, manager Leonard Torgan and attorney Allison Binder, will play Emmett, an attractive, young African-American teen who believes his sexual prowess is what defines him. But there are consequences, as he has fathered three children by three different women. However, his attitude about what it means to be a man will be challenged when he’s forced to raise one.
Hinds, repped by Greene & Associates, is Jada Emmett’s young, single mother. Jada is strong, smart, a survivor, with a surprising mix of honesty, anger, humor and love.
Henderson plays Kevin, an adolescent whose childlike innocence collides with his pent up aggression. Kevin has seen more in his twelve years than most people have seen in their whole lives.
McClain is 18-year-old Jerrika, a tightly wound restaurant manager. She and her boyfriend, Brandon, are trying to pull themselves up in the world, but the southside does not easily let them go.
Dawson will play the mother of two of the main characters Brandon and Coogie (casting TBD). A hard-drinker, she’s a woman that has never received a lot of love from her parents so when she has her own children she has very little to give.
Weaver is Ronnie, a street corner philosopher and a fixture in the neighborhood, who must go to extraordinary lengths to try and win back the love of his life.
WME-repped Reid developed the FX version of drama The Bridge with Meredith Stiehm. The two ran the series the first season, with Reid serving as sole showrunner in Season 2. He recently sold a drama to Fox with Peter Berg producing.
SOAP FAVE REVEALS CANCER BATTLEIn a post on his Facebook plage, Randolph Mantooth (ex-Alex, LOVING/ex-Hal, ATWT/ex-Richard, GH/ex-Alex, The City/ex-Kirk, OLTL) revealed that he was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. "It pleases me to say that I have successfully completed treatment and have begun the long recovery process. I am feeling stronger every day," he reported. Sadly, the actor also relayed that his sister, Nancy, passed away on August 26 following her own battle with cancer.
SOAP FAVE RELEASES ALBUMIlene Kristen (ex-Delia, GH; ex-Roxy, OLTL et al) released her first album today entitled …I'm Not Done With U Yet! The album can be purchased on iTunes or Amazon, and features 12 songs. The actress was most recently seen on GH in May.
Video: BIG SKY COUNTRY Kurth & TaylorVideo: BIG SKY COUNTRY by Kurth & Taylor.
Alicia Coppola, Brianna Brown & Leonard Howze Join ABC Family Drama Pilot ‘Stay’Alicia Coppola (Teen Wolf) Brianna Brown (Devious Maids) and Leonard Earl Howze (The Lone Ranger) have booked series regular roles in ABC Family drama pilot Stay. Described as an edge-of-your-seat thriller, Stay centers on a recently widowed police detective and his two daughters who are stranded at a foreboding hotel and must unravel the hotel’s mysteries to escape.
Coppola, repped by APA and manager Leslie Allan-Rice, plays Alison, Jake’s mother and the wife of the conservative, emotionally withdrawn Frank, whom she fears. A steady diet of antidepressants help block out her crumbling marriage and keeps her sane. Brown, repped by Pakula/King & Associates, manager Gladys Gonzalez and attorney Marcy Morris, is Eva, another guest at the Grayfield Hotel, who’s seeking shelter from the storm. A con artist, Eva went down the wrong path in life, she let her actions get out of control, and is on a journey to right these wrongs. Howze, repped by Stone Manners Salners Agency and LINK Entertainment, plays Wagner, a helpful bus driver who brings several people to the Grayfield Hotel when his bus breaks down in the storm.
Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) will direct from a script by Spenser Cohen. The two will executive produce with Anna Halberg.
Buy Patrick And Emma's Song!How sweet was the song that Patrick and Emma sang at the Nurses Ball on yesterday's episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL? "Nothing I Can't Do" was written by the actor who plays Dr. Drake himself, Jason Thompson, and the duet performed with his TV daughter, Brooklyn Silzer, is now available on iTunes: Nothing I Can't Do - Single - Brooklyn Silzer & Jason Thompson.
McCullough's New Gig!GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin) continues to develop her career behind the camera. The Disney ABC Creative Talent Development Facebook page posted that the actress will be directing an upcoming episode of the Disney Channel comedy series KC UNDERCOVER. We'll let you know when the episode is slated to air!
See GH Star's Documentary!Children Of Internment, the documentary on German families interned by the United States during World War II by GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kristina Wagner (Felicia), is having a special screening at the Santa Fe Film Festival on Sunday, May 4. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion of the film with Wagner. Tickets are available by clicking here.
In addition, the doc will be screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Tuesday, April 29, at 5:30 p.m. at the Triangle Theater in Costa Mesa. Tickets for that showing are available at this link.
Watch Brad Maule's Music Video!(Video) Remember when we told you that Brad Maule (ex-Tony, GH/ex-Reverend Palmer, Y&R/ Dr. Abel, PS) had released a new album? Well, now you can watch the music video for the title track, "Miles And Miles Of Texas!" (Naturally, the video was shot in the Lone Star State) Enjoy!
GH's Molly Has A New Book!GENERAL HOSPITAL's Molly Lansing-Davis has written a follow-up to Love In Maine, the romance novel Connie tried to pass off on her own! Maine Squeeze will be released as an E-book on Tuesday, August 13, and follows the courtship of Stephanie and Jeff, the best pal and brother of Love In Maine's heroine, Maddie. To pre-order the Kindle edition, visit Amazon.com here.
Love in Maine by General Hospital's Connie FalconeriAs seen on ABC Daytime’s General Hospital, the delightful first novel from Port Charles’s Connie Falconeri. Whether you’ve been a fan of GH your entire life or simply love a romantic romp of a beach read, Love in Maine is unputdownable!
Maddie Post is privileged, sheltered, and polite, and does not belong in Blake, Maine. But thanks to a high-stakes bet, she’s waiting tables at a riverfront diner catering to boat-builders and living in Janet Gilbertson's $200-a-month guest room. And Janet's dark and stormy son, Hank, back in Maine after 10 years as an active duty Army diver, isn't without his troubles, either. Their flirty friendship hasmany passionate ups and downs, but when Maddie and Hank put aside their considerable differences and start opening up to each other, the crackle ofsummer romance grows into a blazing fire.
Connie Falconeri hails from Brooklyn, NY, where she had a colorful youth. After many years off, she’s back and better than ever. This is her first novel.
“Newcomer Connie Falconeri writes with the confidence of a novelist who’s been around forever, and she brings her charming characters to life with effortless imagination and breezy good humor.”—Kate Howard, publisher of Crimson magazine
“Love in Maine is a perfect summer read.”—Diane Miller, author of The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli
“Falconeri puts so much personality into her writing – it’s almost like she has two personalities!”—Ron Carlivati, Professor of Creative Writing, Port Charles University
Love in Maine [Paperback] by General Hospital's Connie Falconeri: Order Here!
Love in Maine [Kindle Edition] by General Hospital's Connie Falconeri: Order Here!
Jackson Is A Published Poet!Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has released his first collection of poetry, Book of Solace and Madness. The Enation frontman has published the book of mythical poems as J. S. Jackson, and it can be ordered for $15 at www.enationmusic.com. Check it out!
The Secret Life of Damian SpinelliThe Secret Life of Damian Spinelli: Following the success of the New York Times bestselling books, The Killing Club and Charm!, Hyperion and ABC Daytime announced today that they will join efforts to publish a novel based on Damian Spinelli, one of the most beloved characters on ABC-TV's popular daytime soap, "General Hospital," to coincide with the show's 48th anniversary.
Titled The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli (Hyperion; $22.99 hardcover; April 5, 2011 publication date), this book is the story of the endearing, lovable computer genius and geek, Damian Spinelli, and his exploits as a private detective as told to another character on the show, the high-powered attorney of Port Charles, Diane Miller. Filled with mystery and suspense, the pages were found on Ms. Miller's stolen computer disc and include never-before-told stories of Port Charles residents-their confessions and behaviors in times of crisis and triumph through Spinelli's imagination.
"General Hospital" is the longest-running daytime dramatic serial on ABC, having aired over 12,000 episodes. Carolyn Hennesy, the actress who plays Diane Miller and an established author herself, will actually write the book. Fans will be invited to special book signing events in select markets with actors from "General Hospital."
Readers will also be able to download The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli as an ebook, as well as an enhanced ebook, which will feature clips from the show and other bonus material.
Vice-President, Executive Editor Gretchen Young said, "Hyperion is thrilled to be partnering on a new book with ABC Daytime and bringing the world of Spinelli and Port Charles to life on the page."
Scrubs in Top Ten ListPatrick and Robin made one of David Letterman's Top Ten List, check it out here.
Late, Late at NightLate, Late at Night a book by Rick Springfield (ex-Noah Drake). Order here!
The Sock SongCheck out Kimberly McCullough’s very naughty appearance in Nikki Lynn Katt’s “The Sock Song” music video here.
Jonathan Jackson's EnationJonathan Jackson's (Lucky) band Enation released their first live album, The Future Is A Memory Today. You can download the album at: www.cdbaby.com/cd/enation8.
Video For Scrubs FansIf you’re a Scrubs fan, you’ll find this video amusing www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovhMk3JPjyc
The Note II: Taking A Chance On LoveThe Note II: Taking A Chance On Love, starring Genie Francis (ex-Laura, GENERAL HOSPITAL), will be available on DVD on Tuesday, May 5. Francis plays Peyton, a woman who attempts to develop a relationship with the daughter she gave up years earlier. The DVD’s special features include an interview with Francis and her leading man, Ted McGinley, about how they approached their characters.
Harlequin: A Change of PlaceDVD: Harlequin: A Change of Place starring Rick Springfield
Rick Springfield Music'Venus in Overdrive' featuring the single 'What's Victoria's secret?' Buy now at Amazon.com.
Anna Lee: MemoirBook: Anna Lee: Memoir of a Career on General Hospital and in Film
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