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Franco learns about Nina's new friend; Shawn updates Sonny on his theory; Julian and Ava come up with a new scheme.
Silas visits Ava; Dante breaks into a house; Carly tries to help for Jake.
Ava has surprising news; Sonny and Julian receive a proposition from Franco; Dante is caught by Fluke.
A dubious alliance is formed; Brad confesses to Lucas; Carly decides to share her suspicions about Jake.
Nina realizes she is in jeopardy; Dante makes a surprising discovery about Luke; a party starts that could lead to catastrophe.
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Brianna Brown Returns To 'Devious Maids' As Series RegularOriginal Devious Maids cast member Brianna Brown is returning to the Lifetime series as a regular in the upcoming third season, reprising her character as beautiful trophy wife Taylor Stappord. Brown co-starred in the pilot and on Season 1 where her character was ultimately shot and lost her baby. Brown made a guest appearance in Season 2, in which Taylor revealed that she and her husband were moving to Washington DC. She’s repped by Pakula/King & Associates and John Carrabino Management.
Bob Bardo Dies; Longtime Dick Clark Productions ExecBob Bardo, a longtime production executive at dick clark prods, has died. He was 71. A dcp rep said today that Bardo died December 20 in Studio City, CA, but did not give a cause of death. “You knew there was always a light on at dick clark productions, and it came from the office of Bob Bardo,” the company said in a statement.
Born in Potsdam, NY, Bardo began his broadcast career working in engineering, operations, administration and sales at the local station level, eventually landing a position at ABC-TV in New York. He later transferred to ABC in Los Angeles, where he worked on such programs as The Lawrence Welk Show and Let’s Make A Deal. In 1985 he began working as an associate producer and later coordinating producer on General Hospital, winning a Daytime Emmy for the show in 1995.
It was also in the mid-’90s that Bardo began working with dcp as a freelance producer/production executive for many of the company’s major productions. During that time he also worked on projects for NBC, helping launch production on a pair of soap operas, Aaron Spelling’s Sunset Beach and NBC Studios’ Passions.
In 2002, Bardo joined dcp full-time as Executive In Charge Of Production, overseeing the budget, planning, staffing and logistics for virtually all of the company’s programming. Described as the “go-to guy” for every production, Bardo was the trusted confidant to Dick Clark and Fran La Maina, and his responsibilities continued to grow under Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan and Orly Adelson until his departure in 2013, dcp said. During his tenure, he was involved in the expansion of the Academy of Country Music Awards, American Music Awards, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and the Golden Globe Awards, among many others.
Richard Simmons -- Cops Visit Home After Elder Abuse Claim ... And He's FineRichard Simmons had visitors Friday night ... cops who were doing a welfare check because he's been MIA for more than year ... and guess what? He's fine.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... 2 LAPD officers showed up to Simmons' Hollywood Hills home at 7 PM. Richard answered the door and showed them in. The cops' feedback -- he couldn't have been nicer and more gracious. They say he was articulate, lucid, relaxed and appreciative of their concern.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the visit was triggered by a long-time friend of Simmons who sent an email to the L.A. County D.A.'s Elder Abuse Unit last month and said he believed the 66-year-old fitness guru was being abused.
TMZ broke the story, Simmons went radio silent a year ago. He hasn't spoken to his friends, gone to his fitness studio or been seen in public. His friends say there is no way Richard would shut himself off this way. His manager says Simmons is simply depressed over a knee injury.
But we've learned the 2 cops who spent an hour with Richard say he seemed genuinely happy. Simmons, who now has a beard, told them he was "exhausted" after spending 30 years in the public eye. He said, "I just want to spend time with myself," although he says he's in regular touch with the people in his life who matter to him. He was alone in the house Friday when cops were there.
Simmons was walking with a slight limp, which is consistent with the knee injury. As for why he hasn't been to his fitness studio for the better part of last year, he said, "I've got people who run things. I don't need to be there." Until he disappeared he was a fixture at the studio.
GH: Kiki Recast(Photo) General Hospital has tapped The Young and the Restless alumna Hayley Erin to take over the role of Kiki Jerome, who was previously played by Kristen Alderson, Daytime Confidential reports.
Revenge's Carolyn Hennesy Previews Spat With Emily, More 'Atomic Bombs'Sunday’s Revenge saw the arrival — in the flesh, this time — of Carolyn Hennesy‘s wickedly enjoyable Penelope Ellis, and Hennesy tells TVLine she still has plenty of poison left to spill.
“She’s s even more of a monster in real life [than in Louise’s hallucinations],” Hennesy says. “She’s a delightful southern pecan praline with a worm in the middle. My basis was Olivia de Havilland as Miriam in Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte. She’s nothing but sweetness and pearls and concern when there’s someone in the room other than her daughter, but when she’s alone with Louise, she’s nothing but an impaling pole.”
Read on for Hennesy’s full Q&A, previewing Penelope’s rough encounters with Emily and Nolan, as well as her potential long-term plan.
TVLINE | I’ve got to be honest, this character feels like it was written for you.
Charm-with-fangs is a great thing for me to play. You smile big, but the sharpened molars are dripping poison. I don’t know if it’s good or bad, but that just seems to be a specialty of mine. It’s not only in my wheelhouse — it is my wheelhouse. As they say, the snake gets the best shoes and the best lines.
TVLINE | And I assume there’s more to be learned about the Ellis’ history?
There will be, yes. There are other atomic bombs to be dropped in Louise’s life.
TVLINE | And what’s Penelope’s relationship with Nolan? She clearly sees through the sham.
It’s very antagonistic. Nolan understands exactly who she is, so he hates her, and rightfully so. He really is Louise’s knight in shining armor, and now that they’ve gotten control of the money from Penelope, we’re left wondering what lengths she’ll go to to get it back. It’s all about the money.
TVLINE | Sunday’s episode description says Emily will help Louise with the “skeletons in her closet.” Can we expect an Emily-Penelope face-off?
[Laughs] There is, indeed, a face-off. There’s a wonderful roundtable dinner scene where I get to work with my favorite child, with Lyman, who’s really going places — as opposed to Louise, who’s just going straight to hell.
TVLINE | Now that she’s got herself a place in the Hamptons, how long can we expect her to stick around? Maybe… forever?
I want her there forever, too! It has thus far been a five-episode arc, of which we’ve seen four. Five comes up on Sunday, so we’ll see. Whatever happens, if it doesn’t go Penelope’s way, I’m hoping she doesn’t take it lying down. She’s capable of much more than we’ve even seen.
Fox Orders Comedy Pilot Starring John Stamos, Krista Vernoff/John Wells DramaFox has ordered two more pilots — an untitled single-camera comedy starring John Stamos, from former The Office head writer Danny Chun and Galavant creator Dan Fogelman, and Studio City, an hourlong drama/dramedy from former Grey’s Anatomy executive producer Krista Vernoff and John Wells.
Both projects had put pilot commitments and both hail from outside studios — ABC Studios and Warner Bros. TV, respectively — bringing the number of Fox pilot orders to outside suppliers to three, including Universal TV’s 48 Hours ‘Til Monday, in the network’s first season aligned with its sister studio 20th TV.
Written by Chun, the untitled comedy has ER and Full House alum Stamos playing a version of himself: a charismatic longtime bachelor whose life is upended when he discovers he’s a father — and a grandfather. Stamos is executive producing through his St. Amos banner, along with Fogelman, exec producing through his ABC Studios-based Rhode Island Ave Prods., and Chun, who also has been under an overall deal at ABC Studios.
Set in present-day Studio City, CA, Studio City is a family dramedy described as “The O.C. meets Shameless.” Inspired by Vernoff’s real-life experience growing up as the daughter of a drug dealer to the stars, the project tells the story of a young singer’s path to stardom, as she comes of age living with her songwriter father — who turns out to be a drug dealer to the stars. Vernoff and Wells executive produce Studio City with John Wells Prods’ Andrew Stearn.
Vernoff has been working on the Showtime dramedy Shameless, developed and executive produced by Wells through Warners. She also recently wrote and executive produced the E! drama pilot Songbyrd.
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'The 100's' Lindsey Morgan: Raven 'is furious with Clarke'When "The 100" returns with "Remember Me," it picks back up immediately after Clarke (Eliza Taylor) has killed Finn (Thomas McDonell) to try to make an alliance with the Grounders. But not everyone supports what Clarke did, least of all Finn's childhood sweetheart Raven (Lindsey Morgan).
Morgan tells Zap2it that Raven is not handling Finn's death well and likens it to a personal loss that she and her family experienced outside the show while it was filming this season.
"I find myself kind of floored sometimes, the similarities of what I went through," says Morgan. "You have moments where you're so down, then you have moments of lightness and happiness, and then you're hit with a wave of guilt. You have days when you're fine, then you have days where you're knocked back down to square one. You really see Raven struggle through it all. She goes anger, she goes through deep depression, she goes through guilt ... For her, this is probably the worst thing that could happen. She's so vulnerable and empty."
To add insult to injury, Raven and her fellow Ark inhabitants aren't even allowed to grieve for Finn, as his body is returned to the site of the massacre to be used in the Grounder "death ritual."
"It's a slap in the face to Raven because you already killed him, at least let me grieve him how I want to, but she can't, she's not allowed to," says Morgan. "She feels so alone and disrespected -- let me say goodbye to the person I loved the way I want to."
Naturally, Raven's anger is directed at the person responsible for Finn's death and it isn't pretty.
"Raven is furious [with Clarke]," says Morgan. "All Raven cared about was protecting Finn. She wants someone to blame, she wants to have somewhere to channel her pain and her anger and that's Clarke." But Morgan also says that Raven understands that even as she is mired in grief, she has to keep working toward saving her friends who are trapped in Mt. Weather.
"Raven is definitely one to throw herself into her work when she's dealing with an issue," says Morgan. "She doesn't want to wallow, so she tries her hardest to be productive, to be helpful. She wants to do anything she can to keep busy, keep her mind off the situation. But also she doesn't want Finn's death to be in vain. Plus, there are people in Mt. Weather that she does care about. She's furious with Clarke, but if Clarke made this decision, it better not be for nothing."
"The 100" returned Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
Next Month Is Fan February On GH!Do you remember Fan February? It's been years since GENERAL HOSPITAL celebrated its fans with a month's worth of treats, but they're bringing the tradition back in 2015!
"The popular Fan February campaign is back next month," reports a spokesperson for the soap, "and we're giving you, our loyal GH fans, something special every day all month long — stay tuned!"
What those surprises could be are anyone's guess, but we'll keep you up to date as we learn more!
See Benard On The Big Screen!If you're in the Los Angeles area, you have the chance to see the acclaimed new film starring GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard (Sonny) on the big screen! The Ghost And The Whale is screening as part of the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival.
Benard's film, produced by his wife, Paula, will be screening on the opening night of the festival, Thursday, February 12, at 10:15 p.m. at the Regal LA LIVE Stadium 14 Cineplex on West Olympic Blvd. in Los Angeles. It's also up for the People's Choice Award, the prize voted on by fans, so you could help it win!
The Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival showcases the best in new cinema and classic filmmaking, and runs from Thursday, February 12, to Saturday, February 28. You can purchase tickets for The Ghost And The Whale and the other screenings and events in the festival by clicking here!
Stars of ABC Family's "Baby Daddy" and ABC's "General Hospital" Cross Shows This FebruaryTHIS FEBRUARY IS A STAR-CROSSED NETWORK EVENT FOR ABC ENTERTAINMENT AND ABC FAMILY
“General Hospital”’s Kelly Monaco Guest Stars on “Baby Daddy” on Wednesday, February 4
“Baby Daddy”’s Derek Theler and Melissa Peterman Guest Star on “General Hospital” for a Special Valentine’s Day Episode on Friday, February 13
Burbank, CA (January 20, 2015) - In a fun move, cast members from ABC Family’s “Baby Daddy” and ABC’s “General Hospital” will crossover on both shows this February. On Wednesday, February 4, “General Hospital”’s Kelly Monaco (Sam McCall) will guest star on “Baby Daddy.” Then on Friday, February 13, “Baby Daddy”’s Derek Theler (Danny Wheeler) and Melissa Peterman (Bonnie Wheeler) will guest star on “General Hospital” for a special Valentine’s Day episode.
In “Over My Dead Bonnie,” Kelly Monaco plays an exaggerated version of herself. Danny is offered a cameo role on “General Hospital”; he’s really nervous and asks Riley to help him rehearse. Riley is a huge fan and can’t believe Danny is going to be in a scene with Kelly Monaco (Kelly Monaco), who plays her favorite character, Sam. Although Kelly is initially annoyed by the stunt casting, she soon finds Danny charming and decides he needs to be her new love interest. Meanwhile, Tucker and Ben are tired of living with Bonnie and are determined to get her out of their apartment and back into hers. The boys figure out the best way to break the lease is to have Bonnie “die,” so they stage a funeral on the “General Hospital” set. Michael Lembeck (“One Day at a Time”) also guest stars. “Baby Daddy” airs Wednesday, February 4th at 8:30pm ET/PT on ABC Family.
On “General Hospital,” Melissa Peterman plays an old friend of Olivia’s from Bensonhurst, and Derek Theler plays a colleague of Dr. Patrick Drake. In this episode, it is Valentine’s Day in Port Charles. Olivia receives a surprise visitor from her Bensonhurst days. Melissa Santoro-Picard (Melissa Peterman) and the two old friends quickly catch up on life and loves. Later in the day, Melissa runs into another familiar face in Port Charles.
Meanwhile, Dr. Patrick Drake is called to consult on a case at the last minute, delaying his date with Sam. Coincidentally, Patrick's colleague Derek (Derek Theler) was also stood up by his date. Derek and Sam agree to keep each other company until their significant others arrive. As the night progresses, the two discover the true meaning of Valentine’s Day.”General Hospital” airs Friday, February 13th on ABC.
DISNEY/ABC'S "THE F.A.B LIFE" CAPTURES OUTSTANDING CLEARANCES WITH OVER 70% OF THE COUNTRY ALREADY SOLDBURBANK, CA. (January 20, 2015) – The upcoming syndicated daytime talker “The F·A·B Life” (fun and beautiful), featuring the multi-talented Tyra Banks, has already been cleared in over 70% of the country. It was announced today by Janice Marinelli, President, Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution. “The F·A·B Life” is slated to debut in national syndication in the fall of 2015.
Disney | ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution has secured outstanding station clearances for the one-hour daytime lifestyle talk show. Sales to date include 24 out of the top 25 markets. In addition to the previously announced launch partner – ABC Owned Television Stations Group – “The F·A·B Life” has now been sold to leading stations from broadcast groups including Cox Media Group, Gannett Broadcasting, Scripps Broadcasting, Sinclair Broadcast Group, LIN Broadcasting and Raycom Media Group, among others. The most recent clearances for “The F·A·B Life” include WFAA Dallas, WFXT Boston, WSB Atlanta, WWJ Detroit, KNXV Phoenix, KIRO Seattle, WFTS Tampa, KARE Minneapolis, WSVN Miami, KTVD Denver, WFTV Orlando and WOIO Cleveland.
“Local station interest and resulting sales for ‘The F·A·B Life’ have been outstanding,” commented Janice Marinelli, President, Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution. “We are enormously pleased to collaborate with such a stellar group of stations and look forward to introducing this fresh and entertaining lifestyle show to viewers across the country next fall.”
Supermodel and entrepreneur Tyra Banks will lead a panel of diverse lifestyle experts – social media buff and foodie Chrissy Teigen, fashion guru Joe Zee, interior design professional Lauren Makk, and do-it-yourself YouTuber Leah Ashley. “The F.A.B Life” co-hosts will welcome celebrities, Internet influencers, experts and everyday people to share their knowledge and join in the party, providing an entertaining hour of television and daily takeaway important to viewers. From fashion and beauty to food and design to doing-it-yourself and even starting a business, the show will not only entertain, but also motivate the audience to make their lives more fun and beautiful.
Rick Springfield's butt wins in courtA jury has ruled that 1980s pop star Rick Springfield didn’t injure a woman at a New York State Fair concert a decade ago.
The state Supreme Court jury reached its verdict Friday morning after deliberating for an hour.
The singer known for his 1981 hit “Jessie’s Girl” was sued by 45-year-old Vicki Calcagno of Liverpool, New York, who said she suffered serious injuries when Springfield fell into her during a 2004 concert in suburban Syracuse. She said Springfield’s buttocks hit her head, causing lasting injuries.
Springfield, who testified he didn’t fall on Calcagno, said he was relieved by the verdict.
His lawyer said in closing arguments there were no witnesses, photos or video to support Calcagno’s claim.
Calcagno sued in 2007 and there was an earlier mistrial in 2013.
Brianna Brown on CASTLE“I, Witness” – Castle is hired to uncover if a client’s husband is having an affair, but the case takes a shocking turn when Castle witnesses the client’s murder – by her husband. But with no proof that the killing took place, Castle and Beckett must investigate to expose the truth, on “Castle,” MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Castle” stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle, Penny Johnson Jerald as NYPD Captain Victoria Gates, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, and Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan.
Guest Cast: Brianna Brown as Eva Whitfield, Ivan Sergei as Cole Whitfield, Gregory Zarian as Scott Galloway, Audrey Marie Anderson as Aubrey Haskins.
“I, Witness” was written by Terence Paul Winter & Amanda Johns and directed by Tom Wright.
Genie Francis Reveals 30-Lb. Weight Loss(Photo) Genie Francis has felt the pressure to be thin since she was a teenager starring on General Hospital.
"I started working when I was 14 years old," Francis tells PEOPLE. "The first thing they did after I had been there for three or four months is put Laura on a diet," she says, referring to her character Laura Spencer, one half of soap opera supercouple Luke and Laura. "I totally freaked and it was very hard on me."
Francis spent the next 30-plus years going from one crash diet to the next. Until now.
The 52-year-old teamed up with Nutrisystem after gaining weight due to menopause and the stress of her two kids leaving the nest. In seven months, she has shed 30 lbs.
"I wanted something different this time," says Francis, who plans to lose an additional 20 lbs. on the program. "A lot of the diets I've been on have been extreme and taught me how to starve myself. But this has taught me how to feed myself."
Now the actress never feels deprived. A typical day on Nutrisystem could be pancakes and eggs for breakfast, a half cup of yogurt as a snack and pizza with a big salad for lunch. Dinner might be a chicken breast with one cup of broccoli and half a cup of brown rice, followed by an ice cream sandwich for dessert.
But Francis did not slim down due to diet alone; the actress hit the gym five times a week. She still spends an hour, three days a week weight lifting with a personal trainer and two days doing cardio, like the elliptical machine and fast walking.
"The first five weeks I dragged myself to that gym, I didn't want to do it," she admits. "But then something flips and you want to go."
"The weight loss and toning up is almost secondary to me now because I need it just to feel good."
Make that great. Because with her weight-loss success has come a newfound confidence.
"More important than anything, I feel positive," she says. "I am able to look at the future with some sort of hope and excitement now. And really there was none of that when I was overweight."
The History and Influence of Soap Operas(Listen) Earlier today, Julianne Moore got an Oscar nomination for "Still Alice." She is by far the betting favorite to win the best actress award. But you may remember her better as Franny Hughes Crawford on "As The World Turns." And four or five years before Ellen said "I'm gay," Bill Douglas came out as a gay teenager on One Life to Live. That character was played by Ryan Philippe. In fact, Leo DiCaprio, Maria Tomei, Tommy Lee Jones, Parker Posey, Kevin Bacon, Meg Ryan, they all worked on soaps before they moved on.
Now there are only four soap operas left – drawn out, dramatic stories that used to be sponsored by soap manufacturers, and now are struggling to maintain relevance to house wives who have a lot more options in the middle of the day. We'll talk about this slice of Americana with those in the industry, and a professor who co-directs “Project Daytime.”
Barbara Irwin - Professor of Communication Studies at Canisius College, co-director of Project Daytime
Watch Parsons' New Amazon Pilot Now!Starting today, you can watch the new pilot POINT OF HONOR starring GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan). The Civil War-set drama is co-written by LOST's Carlton Cuse and Braveheart's Randall Wallace. The pilot is available at Amazon.com/pilotseason, and is one of many vying for a slot as one of Amazon's next original series. You can watch the show at that link and then take the survey to help get it produced.
And you can whet your appetite for POINT OF HONOR by watching the trailer here!
Kristen Alderson VideoWhy I decided to leave General Hospital. A THANK YOU to my fans!: Video.
H. Wesley Kenney Dies; TV Producer & Director Of Soaps, 'All In The Family'(deadline.com) H. Wesley “Wes” Kenney, a producer-director who won seven Daytime Emmys and directed two dozen episodes of All In The Family, died Tuesday of cardiac arrest at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, family friend Jodie Mann told Deadline. He was 89.
Kenney was a producer on hundreds of episodes of soap operas Days Of Our Lives, The Young And The Restless, The Doctors and General Hospital. During a 35-year career starting at the DuMont Television Network, he directed for such series as My Favorite Martian, Big John Little John, Flo and the pilot for All In The Family spinoff The Jeffersons, which aired an episode of Norman Lear’s landmark series starring Carroll O’Connor.
“I was an average guy, who with great luck was able to be successful,” he said in a 2008 interview with the Archive of American Television. “I think that’s as much as I can say. I love people. I love actors. I love doing the dramatic shows. So that’s how I’d like to be remembered, working with terrific people, great talented people.”
He was born Harry Wesley Kenney Jr on January 3, 1926, in Dayton, Ohio. After a stint in the Navy, he joined the DuMont Network, directing as many as a dozen live broadcasts a day. He helmed numerous episodes of the early ’50s series Rocky King, Detective, starring Roscoe Karns, and was at the control board for Mike Wallace’s 1950s interview programs Night Beat and The Mike Wallace Interview. Decades later, he taught at UCLA.
Kenney is survived by his wife, actress Heather North Kenney; sons Wesley and Kevin; daughters Nina and Kara; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Rick Springfield doesn't remember injuring fan with buttEighties pop star Rick Springfield doesn’t remember bashing a woman with his butt at an upstate concert in 2004, he testified Wednesday.
The Australian-born “Jessie’s Girl” singer said he knows his derriere still attracts female fans, but he’s careful about getting too close to them, the Post-Standard of Syracuse reported.
“I’m very aware of the crowd. I want to engage the whole audience,” Springfield told jurors.
Springfield, 65, is being tried civilly for allegedly slamming Vicki Calgano, 45, with his behind and knocking her unconscious at a show he performed more than 10 years ago at the New York State Fair.
Calgano, of Liverpool, England, claimed she suffered “serious, disabling and permanent injuries” in her 2007 lawsuit.
He also testified that he was used to women reaching out to “grab my butt if they’re feeling a little saucy” while he’s on stage.
Is Kristen Alderson B&B's New Hope?After Kristen Alderson dropped the bomb that she was leaving the role of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kiki, rumors started flying fast and furious that the Emmy winner was headed over to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL to assume the role of Hope, recently vacated by Kim Matula.
However, it turns out that was just wishful thinking on the part of fans, as a spokesperson for B&B confirms to Soaps In Depth that the rumor is untrue. "We are not recasting Hope," they report, "and we have not hired Kristen Alderson."
Do you think Alderson would have been a good fit for Hope?
"GENERAL HOSPITAL NOW!" IS LIVE ON WATCH ABC AND ABC.COMGeneral Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn sits down with a panel of celebrity super-fans and a handful of your favorite soap stars to dish on all things GH. Beginning with the first three episodes in the series, Grahn playfully pries into her co-stars lives offering fans a unique peek into what goes on behind the scenes of one of daytime’s favorite dramas. Each episode in the series offers insight into what it takes to get on-screen ready to become a true soap opera vixen -- from crying on cue and the art of seduction to showing what it takes to deliver a truly soap worthy slap.
The series can be found on ABC.com and WATCH ABC which is accessible from ABC.com or via the WATCH ABC app, and is free on select Android and iOS devices via the App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore.
Embeddable clips available: http://abc.go.com/shows/general-hospital/video/gh-now/.
GH's Kristen Alderson to ExitDaytime’s little girl has grown up, and now she’s moving on.
Kristen Alderson, whose 17-year run on ABC soaps began when she was 6 years old, is leaving General Hospital, TVLine has confirmed.
The Emmy winner will tape her final scenes soon, according to Soap Opera Digest, which first reported the departure.
Alderson started her career in 1998 as Starr Manning on One Life to Live, a part she played until the soap’s cancellation in 2012. She reprised the character on General Hospital later that year.
Her stint as Starr ended when Prospect Park, the production company that owned the rights to the OLTL characters after that show left ABC, became entangled in a legal dispute with the network about several characters — including Starr — appearing in Port Charles. So GH had Alderson portray a new character, Kiki Jerome, instead.
Alderson’s co-star and real-life boyfriend Chad Duell tweeted Saturday that the departure “was her decision.”
Together Again... On Television!Hallmark Channel announced yesterday that when the second season of their original series, WHEN CALLS THE HEART, returns in April, soap vets Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Nick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and Kristina Wagner (Felicia, GH) will join the cast as regulars!
Jack Wagner had made his debut in the last few episodes the period drama's first season -- HEART is set in a 19th century mining town -- playing forensic investigator Mountie Bill Avery, series star Lori Loughlin's love interest. At this time, there are no details regarding Kristina Wagner's character. But Season 2 promises that a secret from Bill's past could jeopardize his future with Loughlin's Abigail. Might Kristina's character have something to do with that? She'll make her debut in the third episode, and we can't wait to find out!
The second season of WHEN CALLS THE HEART will premiere on April 4 with a special two-hour episode.
SAG-AFTRA Members Ratify Netcode Deal(hollywoodreporter.com) SAG-AFTRA members have approved an agreement previously reached with broadcast television networks and producers for a renewal of the Network Television Code (Netcode) pact.
The contract, which was approved with 96.5 percent of members voting in favor, covers syndicated dramatic programs, daytime serials (soap operas), promotional announcements, variety, quiz, game, reality, talk, news, sports and other non-dramatic programs.
The deal was reached Nov. 14 and approved by the board Dec. 8.
"I congratulate our members on ratifying this excellent agreement. Our members will benefit from increased wages and overtime rates, expanded residuals and stronger protections,” said SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard.
Key terms of the deal include:
* Wage increases for most program categories of 2.5 percent in the first year and 3 percent in each of years two and three. For soap opera performers, increases are 2, 2.5 and 2.5 percent, respectively, and for network news, the increases are 2 percent in each of the three years.
* A reduction in streaming windows and increases in the streaming residuals rate consistent with the industry pattern.
* Language that helps facilitate the merging of the SAG and AFTRA benefit plans.
* Expanded ability for stunt coordinators to work under the Netcode.
* An increase to background rehearsal rates in year two, from $11 per hour to $15 per hour, and an increase for principal rehearsal rates in year two, from $25 per hour to $28 per hour.
* Increases in the overtime rate from $37.50 per hour to $42 per hour, and $16.50 per hour to $22.50 per hour, respectively.
* An increase in the stand-in rate for non-dramatic programming, from $24 per hour to $25 per hour in year one, and from $25 per hour to $26 per hour in year three.
* For the first time, a premium payment for solo/duo singers for multitracking and sweetening.
* Agreement that a bulletin will be issued to producers of content under the agreement to help ensure adequate warm-up space for dancers.
Luke And Bobbie Have A Sister?Let's have a show of hands — or a show of clicks in this case. Who was surprised to hear Bobbie mention not once but twice this week that she and Luke had a sister? GENERAL HOSPITAL's headwriter, Ron Carlivati, is pulling a little-known factoid from the depths of the show's history to get viewers talking! So, here's the deal with the mysterious Spencer sibling...
Patricia aka "Pat" Spencer has never been seen in GH's 51 years on the air and has only been mentioned a few times. Thanks to a clip from a 1978 episode, what we do know about her is that she is Luke and Bobbie's older sister and grew up in the same Elm Street house where Fluke is currently holding Luke captive. The Spencers had a rather deprived upbringing on "the other side of the tracks," which Bobbie has made clear she'd rather forget. But why forget an entire sibling? Hmm.
With the mention of Patricia after all these years, you can bet Carlivati has something cookin'!
GH's Valdez Goes Pro!On USA's GRACELAND, Erik Valdez (ex-Trey, GENERAL HOSPITAL) plays the son of a cartel member whose volatile behavior sends people racing for their lives. This weekend, Valdez is hitting the fast track himself in the International Motor Sports Association's Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at the Daytona International Speedway.
Valdez, who was pursuing a love of racing long before taking up a career in acting, will be making his pro debut at this weekend's test race, The Roar Before The 24, when he co-drives the No. 88 Rebel Rock Racing Porsche Cayman with his partner, Grammy Award-winning producer, Jim Jonsin. "I've raced everything from shifter karts to Formula Fords to sports cars, which is what I'm getting back into now," Valdez reveals. "[But] I've never set foot in the race version of the Cayman, so it'll be fun to drive some test laps this week."
Just mention "Daytona" to any racing enthusiast, and they light up like Christmas — Valdez is no exception. It's not a bad place to be making your pro debut! "I've never driven Daytona, either," he confesses, adding that he's thrilled to be going head-to-head with some of racing's greats there. "So yeah, I'm getting thrown to the wolves so to speak, but willingly so. Extremely willingly!"
Tune in on Friday, January 23, to catch Valdez's participation in the big event: the exciting, Rolex 24 race, and then follow him on Twitter (@erikvaldez) for news about the rest of his season. For more about the actor's other projects, check out Valdez's Keeping Track feature in an upcoming ABC Soaps In Depth.
Carolyn Hennesy on Revenge“Abduction” – In order to survive, Emily and Victoria must set aside their grudge, while Jack and David race to save them before they kill each other, on ABC’s “Revenge,” SUNDAY, JANUARY 18 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
“Revenge” stars Emily VanCamp as Emily Thorne, Madeleine Stowe as Victoria Grayson, Nick Wechsler as Jack Porter, Gabriel Mann as Nolan Ross, Karine Vanasse as Margaux LeMarchal, James Tupper as David Clarke and Brian Hallisay as Ben Hunter.
Guest starring Elena Satine as Louise Ellis, Tommy Flanagan as Malcolm Black, and Carolyn Hennesy as Penelope Ellis.
“Abduction” was written by Christopher Fife and directed by John Scott.
Beau Kazer, Actor on 'The Young and the Restless,' Dies at 63(hollywoodreporter.com) Beau Kazer, who portrayed Brock Reynolds on the long-running CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, has died. He was 63.
Kazer is believed to have died on Dec. 30 in his sleep in Thousand Oaks, Calif., said his wife, photographer Sharon Alkus. She said he had been staying in Thousand Oaks to finish writing a book he called Adventures in Honkerville.
“Sadly, he was almost done,” she said. “I will type up the remainder of the chapters and dedicate it: ‘To Beau Kazer, a truly loving human being, one I hope to meet again someday.'”
The actor had health issues for two years, Alkus said, adding Wednesday that no cause of death had been determined.
Kazer played the lawyer son of Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) starting in 1974. He left the show in the early 1980s but returned to Genoa City on several occasions through 2013. He came back twice for his mother’s funeral (however, it was his mother’s look-alike that had died the first time).
The Toronto native also played Dr. Bunny Willis on the ABC soap General Hospital and appeared in guest-star gigs on such primetime shows as Hart to Hart, B.J. and the Bear and Barnaby Jones.
In Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976), Kazer is seen playing Brock on a television set that is kicked over by Robert De Niro’s character, Travis Bickle. For that, he received a credit as “Soap Opera Man.”
Who Is Bill Eckert?(soapsindepth.com) GENERAL HOSPITAL's Bobbie struck a nerve in Fluke with the mere mention of the name Bill Eckert. Unaware that it wasn't her big bro Luke she was talking to but rather his dead ringer (just like Billy was) set Fluke off on a defensive, angry tirade? So who was this lookalike cousin of theirs? We'll fill you in!
Bill first arrived in Port Charles in 1991 as a crewmember aboard the Quartermaine's ship, SS Tracy. Harlan Barrett hired him to salvage it when it sank and was later asked to run a cannery alongside his daughter, Julia Barrett. After receiving an inheritance from his father, Bill and his young son, Sly, moved into an abandoned lighthouse. What Bill and Julia didn't know was that Harlan was part of a cartel that manufactured a substance that they planned to use to overtake the global economy! And where was it manufactured? You guess it — the cannery!
Because Bill was running the cannery, the cartel thought it important to bring him in on the deal. However, Faison, who was part of the whole scheme, demanded Bill first prove himself by killing Robert Scorpio! Bill and Robert had become good friends, so that was not going to happen. Instead, they faked Robert's death. When Harlan found out, he decided to off Robert himself but Bill killed Harlan first.
Later on, Bill and Holly became involved, and together they investigated an art heist. That romance quickly ended when Holly found him in bed with his former flame, Victoria. With the cartel having disbanded and its members either dead or having escaped, a mobster named Frank Smith was running the crime scene in Port Charles. Luke and Laura were up to their ears in Mr. Smith chaos and Bill offered to help them get out of it. Unfortunately for Bill, the fact that he looked like Luke cost him his life when Smith's goons attacked and killed Bill, thinking he was his cousin.
But did Bill really die all those years ago? Could the reason Fluke got so bent out of shape at the very mention of the name be that its his true identity? Or might this be just another red herring?
General Hospital Recasts Role With As the World Turns FaveA General Hospital character is getting a new — but familiar — face.
On the heels of day player Robb Derringer tweeting-n-deleting about his release from the role of special agent Kyle Sloane, ABC has confirmed for Soap Opera Digest that daytime-TV vet Grayson McCouch is taking over the part.
McCouch’s soap resume include As the World Turns‘ Dusty Donovan (#Lusty4ever) and Another World‘s Dr. Morgan Winthrop, while his primetime credits include All Souls, Legacy and, most recently, Fox’s Gotham (as ill-fated Thomas Wayne).
Derringer, who made his GH debut in mid-November, will continue to appear as Kyle for the next several weeks, with McCouch set to begin recurring in early February.
The Young and the Restless Actor Beau Kazer Has Died at 63Genoa City is saying goodbye to another member of the infamous Chancellor clan.
Beau Kazer – best known for originating the role of Katherine Chancellor's son Brock Reynolds on CBS's long-running sudser The Young and the Restless – died Dec. 30 in Thousand Oaks, California, according to reports. He was 63.
The Ontario-born actor got his big break in 1974 by originating the role of Brock, the adult son of Katherine (the late Jeanne Cooper) on the daytime drama. After leaving the show in 1980, he appeared on and off from 1984 to 2013, when he returned to Genoa City to attend Katherine's funeral. Brock fondly referred to his mother as "the duchess."
Kazer also appeared on other shows like General Hospital, Hart to Hart and B.J. and the Bear.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Alkus.
"The Young and the Restless has lost another of its own," wrote Y&R star Daniel Goddard on his Facebook page. "RIP Beau Kazer. I remember the first time I heard your voice and thought wow! This guy should have been in radio! Then I watched u act and was blown away with how natural and honest your performances always were. God Bless."
Nancy Lee Grahn of 'General Hospital' visits ABC7(Video) CHICAGO (WLS) -- ABC's hit soap opera "General Hospital" has mesmerized viewers for decades. One of the familiar faces on the cast is Skokie-native Nancy Lee Grahn, who has been on the show for almost 20 years. She plays attorney Alexis Davis.
Nancy is in Chicago this weekend to visit family, and she stopped by our studio. Nancy told us about her successful run on "General Hospital" and what "Julexis" fans can expect this year, about her "shooting the puck" at the Blackhawks game Sunday night, and her new digital series that launches in January.
GH Now! will be available on ABC.com and WATCH ABC, which is accessible from ABC.com or via the WATCH ABC app, and is free on select Android and iOS devices via Google Play and the App Store.
A GH ExitRobb Derringer, who began a stint as General Hospital‘s Kyle Sloane in Nov. 2014, has reached the end of his time in Port Charles. According to Soap Opera Digest, the actor on Dec. 19 tweeted that he received “sad/disheartening news” about his character, and that he’d filmed his final scene. Those tweets have since been deleted
Premiere Date Set for General Hospital Offshoot, GH Now! - Get a First Look(Video) General Hospital fans looking to get more of their favorite serial — and with no less than Emmy winner Nancy Lee Grahn as host — will have their wish come true when the online offshoot GH Now! debuts.
TVLine can exclusively report that the digital series will debut its first three episodes on Monday, Jan. 12, followed by another three on Feb. 2.
GH Now! features a panel of celebrity fans, your favorite soap stars, bloopers, comedy sketches, interviews and “all-around mayhem” as Grahn (who plays GH‘s Alexis) asks colleagues the questions you’ve always wanted to ask. Viewers will also get a glimpse into what really goes on behind the scenes at ABC’s long-running sudser.
In the first look above, “man on the street” Grahn schools passersby in the art of the soap opera slap, as well as on how to give a breathtaking, knee-buckling kiss.
Guest panelists include GH players Jason Thompson (Patrick), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas), Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), Sebastian Roche (Jerry), Ian Buchanan (Duke) and others.
Starting Jan. 12, GH Now! can be viewed at ABC.com and WATCH ABC (which is accessible from ABC.com or via the WATCH ABC app, free on select Android and iOS devices via Google Play and the App Store).
SABATO SHOW RENEWEDFIX IT & FINISH IT, the home improvement show hosted by Antonio Sabato, Jr. (ex-Jagger, GH et al), had been renewed for seasons 2 and 3, Bellum Entertainment and Raycom Media announced today. The series will have an order of 150 episodes per season. In an interview with Digest to promote the September 2014 premiere, the actor explained, “I am not just coming in and hosting. I actually get involved in the demolition, building, painting, electrical, concrete work, etc. My designers are local and I am learning a lot from them about stuff that I want to do to my own house. It is really a learning experience and I am passionate about it. I really can’t wait to keep going. I love it."
Billy Miller to guest star on SuitsGeneral Hospital’s Billy Miller (Jason) will guest star on Suits when the Toronto-shot series returns for the continuation of its fourth season in January. Suits returns on Wednesday, January 28 at 10 p.m. on Bravo (in Canada) and USA Network (in the U.S.), but you'll have to wait for Miller. He will appear in the season finale episode. Miller will portray Marcus Specter, the younger brother to series star Gabriel Macht‘s Harvey.
MAURICE BENARD RENEWS GH CONTRACTMaurice Benard has renewed his contract and will remain with GH as Sonny Corinthos, the role he created in 1993. He tweeted, "It's great to stay home for a little while longer doing what I love to do thanks for all your support couldn't do it without you." For more with the actor, including where he'd like to see Sonny's storyline go in the new year and what keeps him on the show after all these years, see this week's issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Maurice Benard Inks A New Deal!There aren't many situations in life where everybody gets what they want, but we're happy to report that it does occasionally happen! During an exclusive chat with GENERAL HOSPITAL superstar Maurice Benard, he revealed to us that he recently renewed his contract with the soap! "It all worked out," he reports happily, meaning that while alter ego Sonny is facing some dark days at Pentonville, Benard will continue lighting up our screens. For details on Benard's contract negotiations -- including what ultimately convinced him to stick around -- pick up the issue of Soaps In Depth that goes on sale Monday, January 5!
John Stamos Foots the Bill for Holiday ShoppersMake a list and check it twice: John Stamos is coming to town.
The actor secretly surprised shoppers at JCPenney, paying for all their purchases as a holiday treat as part of the store's #JustGotJingled campaign.
After gluing a fake beard to his face and putting on a super festive reindeer cap, an incognito Stamos crept up behind customers at the checkout.
"Today, Santa Claus is taking care of your purchase, so you don't have to pay for anything," the cashier told the lucky recipients of Stamos's Christmas cheer. "You just got jingled!"
(Watch Stamos's video on WhoSay to see how it all went down.)
RICK HEARST ON GH RETURNRick Hearst is back on GH, again, as Ric Lansing — and the actor is delighted that the news is music to viewers' ears. “You think, ‘I could be out of sight, out of mind. I could be yesterday’s news!’ " he admits. "It is so gratifying for me that the audience was looking forward to this. It feels good. It’s so good to be back with my family over there." For more on what Ric's comeback means for the other characters in his orbit, check out this week's Soap Opera Digest — and see the next issue for more with Hearst.
Once Upon a Time Casts Originals Baddie as Aurora's FatherTV’s go-to baddie, Sebastian Roché, next will fill a role fit for a king — on ABC’s Once Upon a Time.
Having most recently made mayhem as The Originals’ Mikael, Roché will guest-star as Aurora’s father, King Stefan, in the upcoming second half of Once‘s fourth season, EW.com reports.
As per Sleeping Beauty lore, Roché’s royal has a past that’s entangled with the sorceress who years ago cursed his daughter — Maleficent, played by Kristin Bauer.
Sharlto Copley played King Stefan in Disney’s big-screen Maleficent, released earlier this year.
Roché’s TV resumé also includes stints on Scandal, General Hospital, Fringe and Supernatural.
Actor Booth Colman Dies At 91Veteran actor Booth Colman (Prof. Hector Jerrold, General Hospital/Dr. Felix Burke, The Young & The Restless)– a character actor who appeared on seemingly countless TV shows and in more than 50 films over five decades – has died at the age of 91. He died in his sleep on Dec. 15.
An expert on Shakespeare who typically portrayed authority figures, Colman made frequent appearances on shows such as Gunsmoke, Hogan’s Heroes, Perry Mason, Chicago Hope, Lou Grant, Star Trek, The Waltons, Frasier, The Rifleman, Bonanza, Mannix and Marcus Welby, among much else.
He had long runs on the soap operas The Young and The Restless and General Hospital. He also appeared in several episodes of the Planet of the Apes 1974 TV series as Dr. Zaius, a role that brought him invites to fan conventions for years after.
His big-screen roles included a 1952 debut in The Big Sky and a role in Norma Rae and later in roles in Intolerable Cruelty and The Man Who Wasn’t There.
He also appeared hundreds of times on stage as Ebenezer Scrooge each year with a theater group in Rochester, Mich.
Colman was born March 8, 1923 in Portland, Ore., and attended college at the University of Washington and the University of Michigan. During WWII, he served in military intelligence, where his facility with foreign languages was useful.
GH Donates Toys For Tots!(Photo) This past week, GENERAL HOSPITAL participated in Disney/ABC's "Share The Joy" campaign with Toys For Tots by not only including the charity in a scene on-screen, but donating in reality, as well!
In the Thursday, December 18, episode, Rebecca Herbst's Elizabeth donated a toy to the Toys For Tots box in the hospital, but behind the scenes, the cast and crew donated toys to the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation. And on Wednesday, December 17, GH executive producer Frank Valentini and the cast presented the toys they'd collected to the marines at the soap's studio in Los Angeles.
The charity was popular among the cast, especially the younger actors. In fact, Nicolas Bechtel (Spencer) announced that he would take the $112 that he had saved in his piggy bank to help buy presents to donate to Toys For Tots!
'General Hospital' to Feature Toys for Tots on ShowThe cast and crew donated toys, reminding us all there's still time to make someone's Christmas a little brighter: Video (USA Only).
The 12 Days Of GHGENERAL HOSPITAL has a special holiday song for you that is destined to become a new classic! Feel free to sing along with "The 12 Days Of GH!": Video.
ANOTHER NEW ROLE FOR GHGH has put out a new casting call, this time for a female contract role described as "Caucasian, early 20s, beautiful, dynamic, charismatic." The character is set to start shooting in February 2015.
GH's Genie Francis Shares Holiday MemoriesGENERAL HOSPITAL's Genie Francis (ex-Laura) stopped by Hallmark Channel's HOME & FAMILY to talk with hosts Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare about Christmas memories both in real life and on the soap. And she brought along husband Jonathan Frakes who shares some of his own memories of Christmas on STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION! Plus, the actress talks about her antique store and shares some of the holiday treasures she's found. Watch their interview clip here!
TV Guide: The Best of Soaps 2014Read TV Guide's The Best of Soaps 2014 here.
The Great Escape actor Tom Adams dies aged 76The Great Escape actor Tom Adams has died at the age of 76, his agent has confirmed.
Adams, who lived in Windsor, passed away at Slough's Wexham Park Hospital on Thursday after battling cancer.
He rose to fame after landing the role of Dai Nimmo, the RAF officer in charge of diversions in The Great Escape, where he starred alongside Steve McQueen and the late Richard Attenborough.
Adams then went on to star in dramas such as General Hospital and The Onedin Line in the 1970s.
As an actor with a "rich and chocolatey" voice", he also worked as a voice-over artist and was the long-running voice of E4, his agent Emma Harvey said.
She described him as a “true gentleman” with a personality “as big and warm as his wonderful voice”.
"We'll miss him very much."
His friend, director Kate Wilson, paid tribute to Adams, who she said had continued working up until a few weeks before he died.
She said: "For anyone who knew him, his face, voice and presence will be sorely missed. Handsome to the end."
GH's Preston Ascends!The SYFY network invites you to head back to the 60s and then out into space in their highly anticipated, three-consecutive-night miniseries event, ASCENSION. In it, GENERAL HOSPITAL's own Cynthia Preston (ex-Faith) plays the wife of a man (Gil Bellows, ALLY MCBEAL) whose father had founded a top-secret mission on an interstellar spaceship that was deemed a lifeboat for humanity. But 50 years into their efforts to populate a new world, the unprecedented and mysterious murder of a young woman leads the voyagers to question their mission, and the man to want to continue his father's work.
"I had a great time working with Gil. He is an extremely kind and generous actor," Preston tells Soaps In Depth. "Though my time on set was brief, I felt like I'd made a friend." The mini-series, which stars BATTLESTAR GALACTICA's Tricia Helfer as a dangerous powerbroker and wife of the ship's captain, was directed by Preston's fellow Canadian, Stephen Williams (LOST). "I really enjoyed meeting and working with Stephen, as well as Philip Levens, the executive producer/show runner," Preston offers. "It was a really relaxed, creative set to work on, and ASCENSION was a great pleasure to be involved with."
The three-night, six-hour event airs at 9 p.m. EST beginning Monday, December 15, on SYFY.
Rick Springfield Joins True Detective Season 2Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn and…Rick Springfield?! The "Jesse's Girl" crooner took to Twitter to reveal he'll be part of True Detective season two on HBO.
"Just finished my 1st day of shooting for season 2 of HBO's True Detective," he tweeted on Monday night. "What a great script. Working w/ Colin Farrell & Rachel McAdams!"
Springfield is no stranger to acting. He played himself on Californication and played Noah Drake on General Hospital starting in 1981 and most recently in 2013. Other roles include gigs on Hot in Cleveland, Suddenly Susan and the original Battlestar Galactica.
The new season of the HBO drama from Nic Pizzolatto will also star Kelly Reilly and Taylor Kitsch.
In the new season, which is filming now, Farrell plays Ray Velcoro, a detective whose allegiances are torn between the corrupt police department and his mobster boss. Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a criminal entrepreneur whose entire empire is put in danger after the murder of his business partner. McAdams will play Ani Bezzerides, a detective with strong ethics. Kitsch is Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and officer with the California Highway Patrol. Reilly is Frank Semyon's wife, a D-List actress who is his full partner in the criminal world.
Justin Lin will direct the first two episodes of the series.
Check Out the Knots Landing Reunion on Home & Family(Photo: The cast of Knots Landing. From left: Kevin Dobson, Michele Lee, Donna Mills, Ted Shackelford and Joan Van Ark)
Since fans can't get back the cul-de-sac, Home & Family decided to bring the cul-de-sac back to fans!
On Thursday, the talk show will feature a special reunion of Knots Landing castmembers Joan Van Ark and Donna Mills, as well as Kevin Dobson, Michele Lee and Ted Shackelford. Even Alec Baldwin, who appeared on the Dallas spin-off from 1984-85, showed up via Skype.
The cast talked a lot about the primetime soap's legacy with hosts Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare.
"David Jacobs, who created the show with Michael Filerman, said that Dallas was about 'them' and Knots Landing was about 'us,' meaning the relatable, close to the bone, more normal ... [without the] furs sliding off their shoulder and diamonds and the whole thing," said Van Ark, in a transcript released to PEOPLE.
"We were the original Real Housewives," added Mills.
Baldwin, who even showed off his daughter Carmen via Skype, seemed particularly giddy to reunite with his former castmates.
"Don’t we all look the same? We look the same," he said. "There was such good acting on some of those shows like Falcon Crest and Dallas and so forth but I like to think of Knots Landing as the Royal Shakespeare Company of nighttime drama."
Home & Family, which is about to celebrate its 500th episode, airs at 10 a.m. ET/PT on Hallmark.
Former Miss America and Diff'rent Strokes Actress Mary Ann Mobley DiesMary Ann Mobley (ex-Jonelle Andrews, General Hospital), who turned a Miss America crown into a long career in show business, has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 75.
The Mississippi native had been battling breast cancer.
After her reign as Miss America in 1959, Mobley got her start on television shows such as Burke's Law in 1963 and Perry Mason in 1964. In 1965, she starred opposite Elvis Presley in a pair of movies, Girl Happy and Harum Scarum, and took home the Golden Globe award for New Star of the Year.
Mobley appeared in several more films, including Three on a Couch, The King's Pirate and For Singles Only, before returning to the small screen. She recurred on Fantasy Island and The Love Boat. In 1985, she replaced Dixie Carter as Maggie McKinney on the final season of Diff'rent Strokes. Mobley would later guest-star on Carter's series, Designing Women.
Mobley also made multiple appearances on The Match Game as a guest celebrity.
In her personal life, Mobley was married to the late actor and TV host Gary Collins, whom she met on the set of Three on a Couch. Collins passed away in 2012. Mobley is survived by her daughters, Mary Clancy Collins and Melissa Collins, her son Guy William Collins, her sister Sandra Young and two grandsons.
Farewell To The Britch!(Video) Parry Shen (Brad) posted this tribute video to his departing GENERAL HOSPITAL co-star Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) with highlights from Brad and Britt's unique friendship. (And a cameo appearance from the original Brad!)
The actress posted a farewell message of her own to Instagram that read: "Hey you beautiful, awesome people! It's been so hard reading all your tweets about me leaving the show and not being able to respond! I wanted to wait till my last episode aired to say my good-byes. And here we are... What a fun and challenging adventure this has been! It went by too fast. I decided not to re-sign my contract because I would like to book other roles on primetime shows and film. You have to follow your dreams, right? Thank you for all the love and support. I hope you will continue to follow me on to the next adventure! I love you all! - Britch"
GH headwriter Ron Carlivati responded by tweeting: "We are going to miss The Britch, but we are going to miss Kelly Thiebaud even more! Best of luck with your next chapter, Kelly!"
How do you feel about The Britch leaving Port Charles?
KELLY THIEBAUD SAYS GOODBYE TO GHKelly Thiebaud has officially checked out of Port Charles as Britt, and she posted a farewell message to fans on her Instagram account, saying, "It's been so hard reading all of your tweets about me leaving the show and not being able to respond! I wanted to wait till my last episode aired to say my goodbyes. And here we are... What a fun and challenging adventure this has been! It went by too fast. I decided not to resign my contract because I would like to book other roles on prime time shows and film. You have to follow your dreams right! Thank you for all the love and support. I hope you will continue to follow me onto the next adventure! I love you all." For more with the actress, check out the next issue of Soap Opera Digest, where she discusses her exit, her plans for the future and shares her favorite GH memories.
Ann Marcus Dies: Emmy-Winning 'Mary Hartman' Writer Was 93(Photo) Pioneering TV writer Ann Marcus, the Emmy-winning head writer of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and a former WGA board member and TV Academy governor, died December 3 at her home in Sherman Oaks. She was 93.
A successful playwright, Marcus broke through Hollywood’s glass ceiling in the 1960s to write for such TV shows as Lassie, Dennis The Menace, Gentle Ben, Please Don’t Eat The Daisies, and The Hathaways. She was also a staff writer on Peyton Place and The Debbie Reynolds Show. In 1969, she became head writer of the daytime drama Love Is A Many Splendored Thing, for which she shared a 1974 WGA nomination, followed by Search For Tomorrow, for which she shared a 1975 WGA Award.
Tapped by Norman Lear, Marcus co-created and served as head writer on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, an innovative, radical spoof of soap operas and American consumer culture which put women’s stories at the forefront. She shared a special Emmy in 1976 for the show’s pilot. She wrote on several daytime soaps including One Life To Live, Love Of Life, and Days Of Our Lives, serving as head writer during the show’s 1978-79 seasons, during which she received two Daytime Emmy nominations.
“Over the course of her prolific career, Marcus broke through the entertainment industry’s glass ceiling within the male-dominated television industry over and over again,” the WGA said in a statement today. A Writers Guild member since 1961, she received the WGA West’s Morgan Cox Award in 2000 in recognition of her longtime service to the guild. Besides serving on the WGAW’s board of directors for several terms (1977-1981; 1984-86; 1990-91; 1997-2003), she was also the guild’s Secretary-Treasurer from 1991-93.
Marcus also served on the steering committee of the Caucus for Writers, Producers, and Directors.
In 1992, Marcus was brought in as supervising producer and executive story editor of Knots Landing – and later co-wrote the TV show’s 1997 reunion miniseries, Knots Landing: Back To The Cul-de-Sac. She also wrote several TV movies, including Women At West Point in 1979. Among the many TV shows she worked on, her personal favorite was the syndicated satirical soap The Life And Times Of Eddie Roberts, which she co-created and executive produced in 1980 with her husband.
Writers Guild TV NominationsThe WGA has unveiled its nominations in TV, new media, news, radio, and promotional writing for its 2015 Writers Guild Awards, to be unveiled February 14 simultaneously in LA and NY.
Days of Our Lives, Written by Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Janet Iacobuzio, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons, Christopher Whitesell; NBC
General Hospital, Written by Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Elizabeth Page, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten; ABC
'Homeland's Nazanin Boniadi Wins 'Ben-Hur' Female LeadAfter a heated competition, Homeland actress Nazanin Boniadi (Leyla Mir, GH) has scored the offer to play the female lead opposite Jack Huston in the Timur Bekmambetov-directed remake of Ben-Hur for MGM and Paramount Pictures. Boniadi plays CIA operative Fara Sherazi on the Emmy-winning Showtime drama starring Claire Danes. She will play Esther in Ben-Hur, the role that Gal Gadot was in discussions before conflicts knocked her out.
The runner-up for the role was Sofia Boutella, the young Algeria-born actress who plays the villainess in the Matthew Vaughn-directed Kingsman: The Secret Service. Others who did chemistry reads with former Boardwalk Empire star Huston were Israeli actress Moran Atias (The Next Three Days) and Natalia Warner, who wrapped Learning To Breathe. Boniadi is repped by UK-based AKA.
GH CASTING NEW ROLEGH has sent out a casting call for a new, male contract role set to begin shooting in February. The character is described as, "Caucasian, late 20s. Handsome, dynamic, sex. A charming bad boy who gets in and out of trouble."
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GET A SNEAK PEEK AT "GENERAL HOSPITAL NOW"Nancy Lee Grahn's (Alexis, GH) hotly anticipated GH companion web series, GENERAL HOSPITAL NOW, is slated to debut on ABC.com in January. Catch a sneak peek now!
The Bay Returns!Throughout December, the award-winning Web drama THE BAY will return with two more exciting chapters of story which will be told weekly over the course of eight 20-minute episodes. The chapters will feature another tragic death, as well as address last summer's cliffhangers. Will Lianna (Jade Harlow, ex-Sheryl, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) find out about Janice's (Lilly Melgar, ex-Lily, GENERAL HOSPTIAL) scintillating affair with young Peter? Will Lex (Tristan Rogers, Colin, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) reveal the identity of the person that he thinks Peter's socialite mom, Sara (Mary Beth Evans, Kayla, DAYS) killed? And how might the return of Liz (ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Ilene Kristen, Roxy) affect his recent efforts to revive his relationship with Sara?
To help play out all of these storylines and more, a host of new faces will be joining the cast. "Alicia Leigh Willis (ex-Courtney, GH) and Eric Nelsen (A.J., ALL MY CHILDREN) will play Sara's niece and nephew, Avery and Daniel, respectively," series creator Gregori J. Martin reveals. "Lindsay Hartley (Cara, AMC; ex-Arianna, DAYS) is coming in as a woman from Marly's (Martha Madison, ex-Belle, DAYS) past, Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS) will appear in flashback as a younger Lee Nelson, and Judith McConnell (Sophia, SANTA BARBARA) will bring to life a role that fans have been anticipating for years!"
However, the news that has the Internet buzzing is that soap opera veteran A Martinez (best known as SB's Cruz) reunited with former castmates Lane Davies (Mackenzie; Mason, SB) and Nicolas Coster (Jack; Lionel, SB) on set when he taped his December 16 appearance on the show. "I'm playing Janice's father, Nardo. I'm trying to get information out of Lane's [police detective] character, whom the family thinks is not being forthcoming," Martinez offers. "And I got to be the voice of reason with Janice, as is a father's wont to do." Tune in to catch the first two new episodes, which will be released back to back, on Thursday, December 4, at 3 p.m. EST. thebaytheseries.com
It's A Girl For GH's LoCicero!If GENERAL HOSPITAL's Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) wasn't already elated about expecting her second child next May, learning that she was having a girl has her over the moon! "I've just gotten my head around the fact that I'm having a girl!" she beams.
"I was 100 percent certain it was a boy based on a wonderful psychic that Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) sent me to two years ago," the expectant mom says. "[The seer] said, 'There is a baby here that's trying to be born.' She had no idea that at the time I was thinking about having another one. She referred to it as 'him' and then explained his personality. She said I would get pregnant shortly before I turned 45... and she was exactly right! I mean, except for the boy part," LoCicero laughs.
LoCicero and her husband, Michael, have been trying to give their 13-year-old son, Lukas, a sibling for quite some time now, so the news was especially surprising. "Without going too much into it, it was sort of like the story that so many people have," she says. "Almost immediately after kind of giving up and saying, 'All right, one kid is plenty,' I literally got pregnant the next day. So we were pretty psyched."
Will LoCicero's pregnancy mean that Olivia will also be expecting a little bundle of joy? For the time being, GH is remaining tight-lipped.
Booming Forward: Former soap opera star teaches how to get most out of life(Video) Sandra Dee Robinson is no stranger to reinvention.
A veteran actress, Robinson caught her big break on the soap opera show, “Another World.”
Robinson, 47, has added a twist to her career – a later-in-life transformation.
While she still acts, Robinson devotes much of her time teaching others how to keep their cool when the pressure is on.
Robinson’s business, Charisma on Camera, teaches people how to be an effective communicator, putting fear and doubt aside and following instincts.
FOX 13’s Dave Nemeth spoke with Robinson about her new business.
Check out the full interview in the video above.
Jon Lindstrom Joins 'True Detective'Jon Lindstrom (Castle) is the latest to sign on for the upcoming second season of HBO’s True Detective. He’ll join Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn in the second installment of the crime franchise that revolves around three police officers (Farrell, Kitsch, McAdams) and a career criminal (Vaughn), who must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder. Lindstrom, repped by BRS/Gage and Gordon Gilbertson, will play Glenn Ellinger, a patrician businessman who wears his immense power lightly, but wields it definitively. His previous TV credits include General Hospital, As The World Turns and Santa Barbara.
Miller puts own spin on longtime 'GH' character(Photo) NEW YORK (AP) — So far playing a recast character has worked to Billy Miller's advantage.
He was the fourth actor to play Billy Abbott on CBS' "The Young and the Restless" and earned three Daytime Emmy Awards.
Now, the 35-year-old actor is playing Jason Morgan on ABC's "General Hospital" (airing Monday through Friday at 3 p.m. EST).
Steve Burton played Jason for 20 years until 2012, when the character was presumed dead. Recently, Jason was hit by a car, wiping away his memory (and giving Miller a clean slate to work with in the role).
"It would be ridiculous for me to mimic (the way Burton played him)," Miller said in a recent interview.
What he's brought to the character so far is levity. His version of Jason (or "Jake" as he goes by now) smiles and jokes.
"It's more fun in this genre whenever you can add some lightness to it or make it funny. You don't get a lot of room for that so I usually look for it. It's a scary position for this guy who is so lost and doesn't know who he is, (so) you match that with a little bit of humor," he said.
However, Miller looks forward to the day when Jason's past collides with his present.
"It really does offer up some great story if we decide to go there. I really hope that's how we explore this because I feel like that might be more my strength," he said.
He's also looking forward to interacting with other "GH" stars like Maurice Benard and Roger Howarth. He's particularly interested in working with longtime star Anthony Geary, saying, "I can't wait for that acting class."
Miller left "Y&R" early this year. It was soon rumored that he would take over the role of Jason.
"It was entirely premature. I was fortunate enough to have considerable options," Miller said. He was able to largely block out the chatter because he doesn't use social media.
"Every girlfriend I've ever had, our first major fight that we had started off with a text that I thought was funny. Sarcasm clearly doesn't work in print unless you put those little emoticons in there and I'm way too old to have to use emoticons," he joked.
"General Hospital" has several hiatuses throughout the year, giving some actors time for other projects if the schedule allows. Miller also has a role on Monday's "Major Crimes" on TNT and an upcoming episode of USA's "Suits."
"I've always thought the bigger your body of work, the more you're able to survive for a longer time," he said.
ABC Cancels John Stamos-Led Members Only Drama Before PremiereABC has decided to deny admission to Members Only.
The drama, which was to star John Stamos, will not join the Alphabet Net’s midseason line-up as originally planned, per The Hollywood Reporter.
Created by Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich), the series — conceived as an “upstairs/downstairs” look at the goings-on in a tony Connecticut country club — got a straight-to-series order in January.
Stamos was to play the billionaire husband of a character played by Natalie Zea (The Following). The cast also included Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Boris Kodjoe (Undercovers), Luke Mitchell (The Tomorrow People) and Michael Landes (Save Me).
Oscar-nominated film director David O. Russell (American Hustle) originally was attached to write and executive-produce with Grant, but he exited the project in February.
With the pre-debut cancellation, Members Only joins a club that includes Fox’s Hieroglpyh and NBC’s miniseries Emerald City and comedies Mission Control and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (the latter of which recently found new life on Netflix).
John Stamos in Latest 'Celebrities Read Mean Tweets'John Stamos Gets Belly Button Shamed in Latest 'Celebrities Read Mean Tweets': Video.
John Stamos lights up Elvis Presley's Graceland(Photo) Sporting Elvis Presley-like sideburns, actor John Stamos helped flip the switch Friday on the colorful display of holiday lights adorning Graceland, Presley's home-turned-museum in Memphis.
An avid fan of the King, Stamos joined hundreds of fans who watched yellow, red and blue lights illuminate the large front yard of Presley's former home. Stamos was joined by young patients from Le Bonheur Children's Hospital at the lighting ceremony.
Stamos, perhaps best known for roles on TV shows such as "General Hospital," ''Full House" and "ER," told The Associated Press in an interview after the ceremony that he wore the sideburns for his appearance at Graceland. Presley often wore long sideburns.
"It's so funny. I had a beard, and I was like, 'I better shave this and I'll keep the 'burns in tribute," Stamos said.
When asked if he styled his hair a little higher in honor of Presley, who wore a pompadour, the quick-witted Stamos joked, "This is a new wig. I put a special wig on for tonight."
Stamos has close ties to Graceland: His voice is featured on the iPad tour of the home. He remembers dressing up as Presley during an episode of "Full House," and, while visiting Graceland in the 1990s for a TV special, he even got to play one chord on Presley's piano.
"I think the first time I saw him, the word 'supernova' came into my head," Stamos said. "I was just immediately in awe. He had it all. Nobody's had it all. People have good voices, or they're good looking, or their charismatic, or they're good people, but it's the combination."
Stamos said he is appearing in the upcoming ABC musical comedy series "Galavant," which he describes as "a cross between 'The Princess Bride' and Monty Python." He also has worked on pilots for two new TV shows.
GH STARS ON OK! TVDuring GH’s recent press trip to New York City, fan faves Lynn Herring (Lucy) and Finola Hughes (Anna), and Laura Wright (Carly) and Ryan Paevey (Nathan), sat down with Digest’s Editorial Director, Stephanie Sloane, to chat about their story lines. The interviews, which aired on OK! TV, can be seen here: Video1, Video2.
THE STAFFORD PROJECT DVD RELEASEMichelle Stafford’s (Nina, GH) hilarious web series, THE STAFFORD PROJECT, which features the actress, along with guest stars Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B), Joshua Morrow (Nick, Y&R) and Finola Hughes (Anna, GH), to name a few, will be available for purchase on DVD on November 28, and will feature bonus content.
Looking Back at Elizabeth Taylor's Guest Stint on General Hospital(tvguide.com) (Photo) She was the biggest star on the planet and could do what she damn well pleased — and that included taking a job on a daytime soap! It's been 33 years since Oscar winner Elizabeth Taylor stunned Hollywood by appearing on ABC's General Hospital as villainess Helena Cassadine, who campily crashed the wedding of Luke (Anthony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis) and put a curse on them that lasts to this day.
At the time, Taylor told People magazine, "I'm wild about General Hospital. Someone from [ABC] came to see me when I was doing The Little Foxes in New York, and I agreed to do the soap when I got to L.A. I had a ball."
The ceremony — airing November 16 and 17, 1981 — drew a record audience of 30 million. And we're still talking about it! TV Guide Magazine asked Geary and costar Jacklyn Zeman, who plays Luke's sister, Nurse Bobbie Spencer, to flash back on Taylor's trip to Port Chuck. Here's what they had to say.
Geary: I'm sure nobody from the network went to Elizabeth about this unsolicited, because the possibility that she'd do GH was just too crazy to even imagine. Someone from her team must have floated the idea first. This was back when she was married to Sen. John Warner and wasn't very happy sitting on the farm in Virginia. She told me that GH — especially the Ice Princess story — took her out of her lethargy every afternoon. Luke and Laura's love story made Elizabeth feel very nostalgic. She said it reminded her of her youth and the great romance films of the old studio system.
Zeman: Ms. Taylor had a spectacular existence — fame, money, jewels, yachts and husbands galore — but being on GH gave her real pleasure. It was such an inspiration to see her come on our show and say, "I don't care what anybody thinks!" She didn't need anybody's validation. She was the ultimate cool girl.
Geary: There were rumors in the press that Elizabeth had insisted on her dressing room being painted violet to match her eyes and that it have floor-to-ceiling fish tanks. Ridiculous! She didn't pull any star s--t. [Laughs] In fact, I'd seen far more star s--t from some of my castmates! She was sweet, funny, self-deprecating — a dream to work with.
Zeman: You have to remember these were very different times. Show business was compartmentalized. Soap actors didn't do primetime. Primetime actors didn't do movies. So [Taylor] was a big shot in the arm for GH and all of daytime TV. Her guest stint broke the rules.
Geary: After her appearance, we suddenly had a glut of big names wanting to be on GH but [then-executive producer] Gloria Monty wasn't biting. Her attitude was, "I don't need stars. I make 'em!" It's a testament to Elizabeth's star power that her character [now played by Constance Towers] is still with us all these decades later. Helena has died and come back more often than I've had a glass of wine. There's a reason for that longevity — the character was born of magnificence.
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!
So Here's Meryl Streep Making Out With Rick Springfield for Her New Movie, Ricki and the Flash(Photo1, Photo2) Today's hot young things got nothin' on these two sexagenarians.
Meryl Streep and Rick Springfield, both 65, were spotted sharing a passionate kiss while shooting a night-time scene for Ricki and the Flash, director Jonathan Demme's latest ode to rock and roll, on the streets of New York.
Meryl, who plays an aging (but obviously still super-hot) rocker who put music before her family throughout her life and is now paying the emotional price, was all decked out in stovepipe jeans, a leather jacket and badass boots, a few braids woven into her long blond locks.
And Springfield, with his long hair and scruff, looked... well, exactly like himself.
The General Hospital star has probably been heard more times than can be counted on the big screen (seriously, how many famous movie scenes have featured "Jessie's Girl?"), but this is a huge breakthrough in the feature-film-acting department for him.
He plays a bandmate (so he'll be showing off his real-life skills onscreen, too) of Meryl's Ricki who's crushing hard on the singer—and it appears that, at least during part of the movie, he gets the girl.
Diablo Cody, who won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Juno, penned the script. Over the years, Demme, also an Oscar winner for directing Silence of the Lambs, has helmed concert documentaries and videos about The Pretenders, Bruce Springsteen, New Order and Neil Young, so he should be right in his element.
And this means we've got lots of musical Meryl to look forward to. The multitalented three-time Oscar winner, who played a singer in Postcards From the Edge and did the ABBA-Broadway thing in Mamma Mia, will be surely stealing the show as the Witch in the upcoming adaptation of Into the Woods, in theaters on Dec. 25.
Ricki and the Flash, which is due out June 26, 2015, also stars Meryl's eldest daughter, Mamie Gummer, along with Kevin Kline, Sebastian Stan and Ben Platt.
The 2015 Daytime Emmys Are In April!Mark your calendars: The ceremony for the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards has been scheduled for Sunday, April 26! The deadline for performer pre-nomination clips to be submitted will be Friday, November 28, and the final nominations will be announced on Tuesday, March 26.
There have been some new categories added, one of which is Guest Performer in a Drama Series, which should include high-profile-but-short-term actors like GENERAL HOSPITAL's Donna Mills (Madeline) and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Ray Wise (Ian).
At this time there have been no details released regarding how the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast, but it will likely be via the Internet as they were this year. (Although hopefully with a better pre-show!)
GH-er ExpectingCongratulations to Derk Cheetwood (Max, GH) and wife Cari, who are expecting their third child and first son, due in early February. The new addition will join daughters Kyle, 6, and Audrey, 4.
Franco's Staying Put!Although Roger Howarth recently booked a part on The CW's new hit THE FLASH, it looks like his GENERAL HOSPITAL alter ego, Franco, won't be going anywhere! The soap's executive producer, Frank Valentini, says that everyone at the show was "thrilled for Roger and this opportunity." As for how the actor would juggle both, the exec explains that "the timing for this role worked out so that he can shoot during our current GH hiatus." Meanwhile, get ready for the social event of the season as next week, the countdown to Franco and Carly's wedding kicks into high gear!
Roger Howarth Joins ‘The Flash'Roger Howarth (General Hospital) has landed a recurring role on CW’s superhero series The Flash, based on the DC comic. The project, from Warner Bros TV and Berlanti Productions, is an origin story about Barry Allen, aka The Flash (Grant Gustin), a Central City assistant police forensics investigator who arrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past. Howarth, repped by Gersh and McGowan Management, will play Mason Bridge, an award-winning reporter from the Central City Picture News. He’s assigned to shepherd new employee Iris West (Candice Patton), but their relationship becomes complicated when Bridge begins to investigate Barry’s mentor, Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh). Howarth can currently be seen in General Hospital. He also recurred on Californication.
New Project For GH Stars!GENERAL HOSPITAL's Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) and Kimberly McCullough (Robin) would like to invite you to a special Hollywood reading of the script of a new television pilot, featuring a plethora of familiar Port Charles faces!
Written by McCullough and produced by Christopher, Hey Day is a satirical look at the debaucherous on- and off-screen world of the daytime drama DOCTORS OF ROMANCE. And not only was the premise inspired by GH, but the actors roped in some current and former castmates to participate in the reading, including Lexi Ainsworth (ex-Kristina), Finola Hughes (Anna), Linda Elena Tovar (Rosalie), Ian Buchanan (Duke) and Ronnie Marmo (ex-Ronnie). ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Bree Williamson (Jessica) is also joining in on the fun as are special guests Nicolas Bechtel (Spencer, GH) and Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma, GH).
The reading is being held on Thursday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Theater 68 in the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, CA, and it will include a 30-minute Q&A after the reading with the cast. There are only a limited number of tickets available to the public, and you can purchase them and get more information about the event by clicking here!
'Queens of Drama' Docu-Series with Vanessa Marcil, Donna Mills and Hunter Tylo Expected to Air in 2015 on POP, Formerly TVGN(musictimes.com) Soap opera stars have been grabbing headlines for a multitude of reasons lately. First there was the firing of Michael Muhney from CBS's The Young and the Restless because of sexual harassment allegations, and then we learned that two popular soap stars were headed to reality television. Eileen Davidson and Lisa Rinna are currently filming scenes for The Real Housewives of Orange County, which is scheduled to air on Bravo early next year. It was only a matter of time before a reality series comprised of daytime stars would hit the air, and we have just learned that a new project has been given the green light: Queens of Drama on POP, formerly TVGN.
Queens of Drama is a new docu-series which follows a group of former daytime and primetime soap stars as they work together in an attempt to produce a new primetime, serialized drama to star in. Vanessa Marcil, Hunter Tylo, Donna Mills and Lindsay Hartley and others have signed on to do the show. They will be required to work together both in front of and behind the cameras as they also develop, pitch and produce a steamy series. The goal for the ladies is to land a pilot deal by the end of Queens of Drama's season.
The show will air on POP, a rebranded version of the TV Guide Network set to debut in 2015. Brad Schwartz, president of entertainment and media of POP, confirmed the addition of Queens of Drama to the lineup.
He said, "We couldn't be more excited to announce our first wave of original programming that will launch POP to the world in the new year. Our slate is filled with fun, fan-driven content featuring big stars and rising talent, as well as an optimistic spirit that celebrates audience passion."
Maurice Benard on HuffpostMaurice Benard (Sonny, GH/ex-Nico, AMC) And Harpo Producers on Huffpost: Video.
GH STAR ENGAGED!(Photo) Jason Thompson announced on Instagram that he is engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Paloma Jonas. "An ocean beneath us, an endless sky in front of us, I asked her and she said YES," he posted. Congratulations to the happy couple!
RICK SPRINGFIELD DOCUMENTARY AVAILABLE NOWAn Affair of the Heart, an award-winning documentary examining the life of pop rock icon Rick Springfield (ex-Noah/Eli, GH), is now available on iTunes and other leading digital platforms including Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Xbox and Playstation. "An Affair of the Heart has been a labor of love from day one," said Melanie Lentz-Janney, executive producer. For more information on the film, visit www.rickspringfielddoc.com or follow the @YellowRickRoad on Facebook and Twitter. To purchase the film on iTunes, visit here.
FORMER OLTL CO-STARS TEAM UP(Photo) Daytime alum Brittany Underwood (ex-Loren, HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS; ex-Langston, OLTL) and real-life best friend Kristen Alderson (Kiki, GH; ex-Starr, OLTL) have come together to promote a new website devoted to dogs, www.pimpmypooch.com. The daily deal site for dogs is designed to provide customers with the best products and services at a great value. Underwood tells Digest, "It's sort of like a Groupon or LivingSocial, but just for dog stuff. I thought it was a super-cute idea to begin with, and then when [my friend] told me a large portion of the proceeds would be donated to animal charities, I was like, 'I'm in. How can I help?' We decided to go for an IndieGoGo campaign to raise the funds that we need to really get this off the ground. I also enlisted the help of my bestie Kristen Alderson to help us spread the word. And we're totally pimping our dogs out, too, who happen to be best friends themselves, to promote our new project. From the first day that I brought my dog, Skeeter, to Kristen's to play with her dog, Pookah, they just started playing as soon as they saw each other. We're going to be giving away some great swag during our IndieGoGo campaign, including signed autographs, telephone calls, and even lunches with Kristen and me. We really want to show the fans how much we appreciate them helping us with this project and are even encouraging them to tweet us, if there's something specific they want from us in return for a donation to the campaign." Head to www.pimpmypooch.com for more information on the campaign and to donate visit the IndieGoGo campaign at http://igg.me/at/pimpmypooch. To tweet with Alderson and Underwood, you can find them @britt_underwood and @krisalderson.
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.
ABC Limits Next-Day Availability of Full EpisodesABC — which to date among broadcast networks has offered perhaps the most regular and wide availability of full episodes via streaming — is set to enact some limitations.
The network announced on its Watch ABC portal that starting Monday, Jan. 6, only those who can verify their cable subscription* — or those who use the Hulu Plus premium service — will be able to access full episodes the following day.
Those aiming to play morning-after catch-up without a valid cable service log-in or via Hulu’s free service will need to wait eight days after broadcast before new episodes become available for streaming.
Next-day downloads as always will be available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video. On-demand viewings are also still an option, but again — cable.
* Providers include AT&T U-verse, Cablevision Optimum, Charter, Comcast XFINITY, Cox Communications, Google Fiber, Midcontinent and Verizon FiOS — but not DISH, DirecTV and Time Warner Cable
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!
Another Real-Life GH RomanceIt's official! Bryan Craig (Morgan, GH) confirmed that he and co-star Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) are a real-life item. He posted a photo of the duo on Instagram with the caption, "Amazing night with my lady @keeelyt#legendsofsummer #mygirlsthebest." See the pic here: http://instagram.com/p/cat860mZqz/.
GH's Molly Has A New Book!GENERAL HOSPITAL's Molly Lansing-Davis has written a follow-up to Love In Maine, the romance novel Connie tried to pass off on her own! Maine Squeeze will be released as an E-book on Tuesday, August 13, and follows the courtship of Stephanie and Jeff, the best pal and brother of Love In Maine's heroine, Maddie. To pre-order the Kindle edition, visit Amazon.com here.
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
Band TogetherHave you been missing your Kurth and Taylor fix? Well, Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS) reports that the band is back together again. "We have a new album out called 'Greatest Hits? 1993-2010' and we put on like 17 of Kurth and Taylor's greatest songs," he explains. "We actually polled our 50 ardent fans [laughs]. They voted on their favorites from the last four or five albums, and we threw them on there and we wrote two new ones that are really fun. We made the video of a song called, 'Let's Get The Band Back Together,' and the long form has a little scene where we actually talk about the singing actors on daytime. If you can believe it, after all these years and all our appearances, we've never done a music video of our own. If there was one band that was meant to be a video band, it probably would have been us." You can check out the videos, purchase the album or get a free download at these links:
Long Form Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG6EE-1xjsQ
Short Form Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS4SvebN-KY
To buy the album on Amazon: www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002VSRZKW/almosthuman
Free download of "Let's Get The Band Back Together Again": www.uaradio.net/Kurth_and_Taylor (just click on our "Songs" tab and hit "Free Download")
Or, finally, their MySpace page: www.myspace.com/kurthandtaylorband
The Note II: Taking A Chance On LoveThe Note II: Taking A Chance On Love, starring Genie Francis (ex-Laura, GENERAL HOSPITAL), will be available on DVD on Tuesday, May 5. Francis plays Peyton, a woman who attempts to develop a relationship with the daughter she gave up years earlier. The DVD’s special features include an interview with Francis and her leading man, Ted McGinley, about how they approached their characters.
Harlequin: A Change of PlaceDVD: Harlequin: A Change of Place starring Rick Springfield
Rick Springfield Music'Venus in Overdrive' featuring the single 'What's Victoria's secret?' Buy now at Amazon.com.
Anna Lee: MemoirBook: Anna Lee: Memoir of a Career on General Hospital and in Film
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