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A.J.'s condition changes; Duke is hesitant to talk to Anna about the shooting; Tracy notices Luke is acting odd.
Michael absorbs what happened to A.J.; Julian and Ric have a connection; Felix interrupts Lucas and Brad.
Sonny watches Michael's visit with A.J.; Britt tells her mother she is engaged; Ric has an offer for Liz.
Anna and Dante question more people about the shooting; Emma talks to Patrick about Robin; Lulu dreams about Ben.
Sam may have found a new suspect; Patrick tells Monica and Michael about A.J.'s options; a threat hides in A.J.'s room.
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News, Cast Updates and Scoop(News section last updated March 10, 2014)
General Hospital Donna Mills PromoAre you ready for Donna Mills to make her debut on GENERAL HOSPITAL this Friday, March 14? Watch this promo and it'll make the waiting that much worse! Watch the video here.
Ron Carlivati InterviewGeneral Hospital Shockers: Writer Ron Carlivati on Sonny, Ava and Robin. Read the TV Guide interview here.
'Honeymooners' Star Sheila MacRae Dies(hollywoodreporter.com) The actress starred as Alice in a later version of the Jackie Gleason comedy. She had a popular nightclub act with her husband, "Oklahoma!" star Gordon MacRae, before their divorce.
Sheila MacRae, the English actress and comedienne who starred as Alice Kramden in a 1960s re-creation of the hit TV series The Honeymooners, has died. She was believed to be 93.
MacRae, who played Ralph Kramden's wife from 1966-70 on CBS' The Jackie Gleason Show, died Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J., a spokesman for the nursing care facility confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
MacRae revived the role made famous by Audrey Meadows, who starred in the 1950s version of The Honeymooners. MacRae made a final appearance as Alice in a 1973 Gleason special.
An accomplished singer, dancer and impressionist, MacRae was married to Oklahoma! singer-actor Gordon MacRae and was the mother of Petticoat Junction actress Meredith MacRae, who died of brain cancer in 2000 at age 56. In the wake of her daughter's death, she did not perform for years.
Born Sheila Margaret Stephens in London, she was sent by family to live on New York's Long Island just before the outbreak of World War II.
In 1941, she married Gordon MacRae, who recorded such hits as "Rambling Rose," "So in Love" and "It's Magic" and hosted his own TV show in the mid-1950s. They often performed together and were on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 when The Beatles also appeared.
That exposure boosted their careers, and they performed in nightclubs all over the world --including a show in front of Queen Elizabeth at the London Palladium -- until they separated in 1965.
The pair finalized their divorce in 1967, and she married TV producer Ronald Wayne that same year. (They divorced in 1970.) She wrote a 1992 autobiography, Hollywood Mother of the Year, that told of her years on the road and her turmoil with her first husband.
MacRae appeared as herself in a 1955 episode of I Love Lucy, titled "The Fashion Show," in which Lucille Ball modeled fashions with other celebrities' wives, and was in such films as Backfire (1950), Caged (1950), Pretty Baby (1950) and Bikini Beach (1964).
In a recurring role on daytime TV, she played Madelyn Richmond on General Hospital and later appeared as a pushy publicist on Search for Tomorrow. She was a popular quiz show performer, appearing often on What's My Line?
She starred on Broadway in Absurd Person Singular, which debuted in 1974, starred Off-Broadway in O.K. and toured in national productions of Luv, Plaza Suite, Twigs, Redhead and The Typist and the Tiger.
On the Los Angeles stage, McRae was a Drama Logue Award winner in 1983 for An American Farce and received critical acclaim for L'Acheteuse. More recently, she performed in a show titled An Evening With Sheila MacRae, a recounting of her life.
She and Gordon MacRae had four children.
Soap Stars Sing!You already know that many of your favorite stars have talents that go far beyond their acting abilities, and a half dozen of them are preparing to wow you with their vocal stylings with Soap Stars Sing!
The event will showcase the talent of Anthony Geary (Luke, GENERAL HOSPITAL), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Macy, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge, B&B), Eden Riegel (Bianca, AMC), Kristen Alderson (Kiki, GH) and Vincent Irizarry (David, AMC), with more talent to be announced as the show grows closer.
Soap Stars Sing will be held on Friday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fred Kavli Theater in Thousand Oaks, CA. Tickets are currently available on-line at varying price points, including a VIP Package that includes a post-show meet-and-greet and photo op with the actors. For more information and to order tickets, visit the show's Web site by clicking here!
Dano's Got Heart!For decades, Linda Dano had been beloved by fans for her portrayal of strong women like ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Rae Cummings and ANOTHER WORLDS' Felicia Gallant. However in her personal life, she's long been appreciated for her tender dedication to the work of HeartShare Human Services Of New York, a non-profit organization that serves the needs of children and families affected by autism and other developmental disabilities. "The centers that we maintain are filled with dedicated teachers, volunteers and people who've become passionate about helping those children," offers Dano, who serves on the board of directors.
In honor of HeartShare's 100 years of service to the community, a spring gala and auction will be held on Thursday, March 27, at the New York Marriott Marquis. At the event, past recipients will gather to be honored as a group as part of the centennial celebration. Among them will be familiar faces from daytime TV like Rosie O'Donnell, John Edward, THE VIEW's Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie, ALL MY CHILDREN's Susan Lucci (Erica) and Cameron Mathison (Ryan), GENERAL HOSPITAL's executive producer, Frank Valentini, AS THE WORLD TURNS' Tamara Tunie (Jessica), and ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Robert S. Woods (Bo).
"It's a very exciting night," Dano enthuses. "I'm so looking forward to it!" For information about attending the event, click this link to visit the Web site or call (718) 422-3210.
Brianna Brown Joins 'Visitors'(deadline.com) Brianna Brown (General Hospital) has been added to in ABC drama pilot The Visitors, from Amblin TV. Penned by Soo Hugh, it chronicles the race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world. Brown will play Lena, who discovers that her daughter is being turned against her by a covert alien operation. She refuses to play victim and joins forces with her husband Wes (Barry Sloane) and Claire (Lily Rabe), revealing herself as the most ruthless fighter of all in order to get her daughter back. Brown, repped by Pakula/King & Assoc., manager Gladys Gonzalez and attorney Marcy Morris, recurs on USA’s Graceland.
Annie Ilonzeh Joins NBC Pilot 'Coercion'(deadline.com) Charlie’s Angels alumna Annie Ilonzeh is set as a regular in the NBC drama pilot Coercion, based on an Israeli format. The high-octane thriller revolves around the O’Connor family and their son, Alex (Gavin Stenhouse), a decorated American war hero and CIA analyst. Unbeknownst to him, both of his parents and his sister are part of a dormant Russian sleeper cell that has just been reactivated. Ilonzeh, repped by APA and Vincent Cirrincione Associates, plays Julia, a no-nonsense Special Agent with the FBI assigned to work closely with Alex. She has recurred on Arrow and Drop Dead Diva.
Jon Lindstrom InterviewGeneral Hospital's Jon Lindstrom on His Marriage to Cady McClain. Read the TV Guide interview here.
Soap-opera pen-pal network may have led accused killer to L.A.(latimes.com) A New York parolee accused of fatally strangling a retired teacher in Hollywood may have come west after developing a network of pen pals, some that apparently grew from a shared fondness for the long-running soap opera "General Hospital."
Three months after he was released from prison after serving 20 years for murder, Scott Kratlian showed up in Hollywood and allegedly strangled one of his pen pals, 82-year-old Harry Major.
The relationship between the convicted killer and the retired Hollywood High School teacher was probably one of many the inmate fostered over the years while imprisoned at Marcy Correctional Facility outside Syracuse, said another of Kratlian's pen pals.
Kratlian was part of a "General Hospital" fan club whose enthusiasts wrote to one another, Jason Ward said in an interview.
"I don't know why I started writing him; it was a really dumb decision," said Ward, who connected with Kratlian through a mutual friend who received a "General Hospital" newsletter that went out to fans.
"I only wrote to him a handful of times because he got really weird," Ward said.
Authorities said Kratlian was released from prison two days before Thanksgiving, less than a year after a state parole board determined that his crime had been so horrific that releasing him would be to "undermine respect for the law."
In 1992 Kratlian used a belt to kill a man, tying the victim's hands and feet together and beating and burning him, parole board records show.
In prison, Kratlian had a "horrendous" disciplinary record, and his conditional early release was delayed more than four years because of infractions, according to the records. He was eventually released under the state's conditional release program — a separate avenue that doesn't require parole board approval.
A free man after two decades behind bars, Kratlian was in Los Angeles by Feb. 1, authorities say.
After months and possibly years of exchanging letters, detectives say, Kratlian went to Major's Hollywood apartment Feb. 10 and strangled him.
When Major failed to show up for a brunch the next morning, concerned friends called police, who discovered his body Feb. 12.
"He was a man of kindness and brilliance. To see one's kindness repaid by one's life is beyond unfair," said Norman Goldstein, one of Major's former students who was part of the class of 1972.
"I received a yearly call on my birthday and missed this year," said Goldstein, whose birthday was Feb. 12.
"It's a tragic case," agreed homicide Det. Steven Katz.
Kratlian may have been looking for other former pen pals as well when he arrived in Los Angeles, said Ward.
Ward was living in Los Angeles in 2010, he said, working as a caretaker for a woman who told him about her pen pal. It was Kratlian, who also went by the name Scott Porter, Ward said.
The two also had connected through a "General Hospital" newsletter and had been corresponding for years, Ward said. Kratlian had even told the woman about his relationship with Major, Ward said.
Though Ward eventually moved to Connecticut, he kept in contact with his former client and for a time with Kratlian.
"I was assuming he was writing to a whole network of people," Ward said. "I didn't think he was ever going to get out."
But Ward said that he one day got a letter from Kratlian asking for money and that his former client did too and she sent him cash.
In early February, Ward said, Kratlian showed up on the woman's doorstep with a book of addresses of his other pen pals and said he was looking for places to stay.
Ward said the encounter frightened the woman and she asked him to leave. The next day she heard about Major's violent death on the news and called police.
Major's friendship with Kratlian was known among his friends, who told police about the ex-convict after Major's body was found. Police said that the two had been seen together shortly before Major's death and that Kratlian apparently used Major's credit cards after the slaying.
New York officially listed Kratlian as a fugitive Feb. 14 after police identified him as their suspect. He was arrested by an LAPD and FBI fugitive task force at a Pasadena mental health and substance abuse treatment center Feb. 18, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department records show.
He has pleaded not guilty to murder and is being held without bail. If convicted, he faces up to 56 years to life in prison.
41st ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY PRENOMS REVEALEDThe 41st Annual Daytime Emmy nominations will officially be revealed on May 1, but NATAS and ATAS has released the talent who have received prenominations in the acting categories:
Sharon Case (Sharon, Y&R), Jessica Collins (Avery, Y&R), Eileen Davidson (Kristen, DAYS), Finola Hughes (Anna, GH), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, B&B), Kelly Monaco (Sam, GH), Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS), Heather Tom (Katie, B&B), Jess Walton (Jill, Y&R), Maura West (Ava, GH), Laura Wright (Carly GH) and Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS) landed prenoms in the Lead Actress division.
Up for Lead Actor are Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH), Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), Doug Davidson (Paul, Y&R), Roger Howarth (Franco, GH), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R), John McCook (Eric, B&B), Jason Thompson (Patrick, GH), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R), James Scott (EJ, DAYS) and Shawn Christian (Daniel, DAYS).
The Supporting Actress prenoms went to Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren, Y&R), Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R), Jane Elliot (Tracy, GH), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GH), Amelia Heinle (Victoria, Y&R), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia, GH), Kimberly McCullough (Robin, GH), Kelly Sullivan (Connie, GH) and Cynthia Watros (Kelly, Y&R).
Robert Adamson (Noah, Y&R), Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GH), Blake Berris (Nick, DAYS), Sean Blakemore (Shawn, GH), Darin Brooks (Wyatt, B&B), Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R), Scott Clifton (Liam, B&B), William deVry (Julian, GH), Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS), Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS), Greg Rikaart (Kevin, Y&R), Greg Vaughan (Eric, DAYS) and Dominic Zamprogna (Dante, GH) made the Supporting Actor cut.
In the Younger Actress category, prenoms went to Kirsten Alderson (Kiki, GH), Camila Banus (Gabi, DAYS), Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, B&B), Christel Khalil (Lily, Y&R), Hunter King (Summer, Y&R), Kate Mansi (Abigail, DAYS), Kim Matula (Hope, B&B), Kelley Missal (Dani, OLTL), Ashlyn Pearce (Aly, B&B) and Denyse Tontz (Miranda, AMC).
Younger Actor prenoms went to Corbin Bleu (Jeffrey, OLTL), Bryan Craig (Morgan, GH), Chad Duell (Michael, GH), Max Ehrich (Fenmore, Y&R), Adam Gregory (Thomas, B&B), Chandler Massey (Will, DAYS), Casey Moss (JJ, DAYS), Eric Nelsen (AJ, AMC), Daniel Polo (Jamie, Y&R) and Freddie Smith (Sonny, DAYS).
Stephen Martines Set For Lead Role In 'Supernatural' Spinoff(deadline.com) Danielle Savre (Heroes) is set as one of the female leads in Supernatural: Tribes, the CW’s planted Supernatural spinoff, which will air as an episode of the veteran sci-fi series on April 29. Also set for a lead role in the project is former Vampire Diaries recurring player Stephen Martines (ex-Nikolas, General Hospital/ex-Tony, Guiding Light), who will be joining fellow TVD alums Nathaniel Buzolic and Sean Faris as well as Lucien Laviscount. Written by Andrew Dabb and directed by Robert Singer, the sweeping drama revolves around the various mafia-esque monster families that unknowingly to humans “run” the underbelly of Chicago and are being tracked by a newly minted Hunter who’s trying to stop them and rid Chicago of anything or anyone supernatural. Savre, repped by TalentWorks and Zero Gravity, plays Margo, the acting head of the leading shapeshifter family, an ex-punk rocker-turned-corporate professional who feels threatened only by the return of her prodigal brother David (Buzolic) into the family. Martines, repped by Global Artists Agency, Luber Roklin and Chad Christopher, plays Detective Freddie Costa, a world-weary Chicago cop who serves as a mentor to Ennis (Laviscount) but also is secretly on the payroll of one of the powerful monster families.
Stafford To GH?Rumors are abound that Michelle Stafford is set to play Nina Clay on General Hospital and a tweet on Feb. 24 from Michelle teased fans about a possible new project. So is the actress headed to GH?
Michelle Stafford tweeted: “Today is an awesome day to start something new!! That's what I'm doing y'all... I'll tell u about it very soon! ?”
Storms Heading Back To Work At GH!Have you been wondering what GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maxie has been doing during her time away from Port Charles? Well, we're about to find out! Portrayer Kirsten Storms has been enjoying her maternity leave bonding with newborn daughter Harper Rose, but now it's time for the actress to get back to work. Storms recently posted to Twitter: "Just spoke with [executive producer] Frank Valentini. Very exited to return to work next week. I wonder what Maxie has been up to on her vacation... "
If Storms is reporting back to set next week, she should probably begin airing again in April. But as soon as we have a firm air date, we'll be sure to let you know!
DONNA MILLS'S FIRST GH AIRDATE REVEALEDDonna Mills (ex-Abby, KNOTS LANDING) tweeted that she will make her GH debut on March 14. "Let the countdown begin! My first apperance on @GeneralHospital is fast approching! Tune in March 14 at 2pm," she wrote. The identity of her character is being kept under wraps for now.
Who Is Ric Lansing?If Tuesday's GENERAL HOSPITAL gave you the impression that Ric Lansing is capable of doing a whole lot o' "no good," you'd be correct. Here's a refresher course in the man who will undoubtedly be stirring up some major trouble while in town.
From the moment Ric arrived in Port Charles, he had a strange obsession with Sonny. Although he offered Sonny his legal services time and time again, he was continually turned down. That rejection only served as fuel for the fire. One night, Ric found Carly drowning her sorrows at Jake's and saved her from downing a drink drugged by one of Faith Rosco's goons. Ric took Carly to a hotel that night and the following morning she woke up naked in bed with him! He used the moment to his advantage by blackmailing her into talking him up to Sonny.
A couple of months later, Carly discovered she was pregnant and, much to her relief, Ric was not the father. She told Sonny about being drugged and presumably raped by Ric. Sonny was furious and wanted to kill him. After being kidnapped and escaping, Ric told Sonny to meet him at Sonny's childhood vacation home in Martha's Vineyard. There, Ric revealed he was Sonny's half-brother and he blamed him for their mother choosing a life with Sonny over a life with Ric. Oh, and he did NOT have sex with Carly.
Determined to destroy Sonny one way or the other, Ric then plotted to blackmail Sonny's sister, Courtney, into marrying him even though he and Elizabeth had fallen in love. Jason got Courtney out of that mess but Ric's feelings for Liz had Faith seeing the green-eyed monster. Jealous that Liz was pregnant with Ric's baby, Faith pushed her down a flight of stairs, causing her to miscarry.
Ric erroneously blamed Sonny for the fall and plotted to take his and a pregnant Carly's baby to replace the one that Liz lost. To that end, he kidnapped Carly and chained her to a wall in a secret panic room in his and Liz's new house. To insure that Liz wouldn't get pregnant in the meantime, he put crushed birth control in Liz's food. One day Liz found that panic room but passed out before she could do anything about it. When she woke up, she alerted the police.
Alcazar's men kidnapped Carly and, to redeem himself in Liz's eyes, he helped find her. However, Liz served him with divorce papers anyway. Hoping to win her back, he convinced Scotty to make him the assistant D.A. She slowly warmed up to him again, and they remarried. Pregnant with Zander's child, they got Zander to sign away the rights. After Zander's death, Ric admitted to Liz that he could never give up on his vendetta against Sonny and they split.
Emmy-award winning TCU prof looks forward to world premiere(dallasnews.com) Back in his days as an Emmy Award-winning soap opera writer, Richard J. Allen brainstormed inventive plot turns that led to climactic cliffhanging endings in As the World Turns, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and One Life to Live.
He let that go for Starbright & Vine, his comedy about an aging writer who teams up with a disillusioned actress to write a sketch for an awards show on national television. It makes its world premiere at Stage West, with previews starting Thursday. It opens Saturday.
“For years and years I was very story-oriented,” Allen, 54, says from his office at Texas Christian University, where he’s a professor of film, television and digital media. “What surprised me most was that I could focus on the characters being together instead of having a contrived crisis, conflict and ending. It was a pleasure. The play wrote itself.”
Another thing that surprised him was how his meditations on aging and mortality would find poignant parallels in real life. He modeled the part of the older comic on Sid Caesar. Caesar died Feb. 12 at 91.
He envisioned Jerry Russell, founder of Stage West, and father of Texas state senator and governor hopeful Wendy Davis, in the role. Russell read the part in a staged reading Allen directed in March 2013, but he passed away in September at 77.
“I knew it worked because of his performance,” Allen says. “He had so much to offer.”
Allen is appreciative that the show will go on, with stage and screen veteran Cliff Stephens in the role of the older writer and Lee Jamison as the actress, whose part was inspired by Star Wars’ star Carrie Fisher.
Allen wrote the play during his sabbatical in 2012. His experience with letting the characters drive the plot led him to create a new class in character development to share what he learned with his students.
He’s looking forward to discussing the play with his students, no matter what they think, he says.
“If it’s flawed, they can feel much better about their writing. It’s good for them to know their teacher is human and needs to work as they do.”
Humility is part of the writing process, he says. Even though he won daytime Emmys for As the World Turns in 2001 and 2002, he has many memories he finds funny only in retrospect.
Once he cast his 1-year-old, Jeremy, as a baby coming home to a surprise birthday party. Unfortunately Jeremy wouldn’t stop screaming, and the actors grew increasingly restless and annoyed. Allen ran from the writers’ room to the set to calm his son down. Nothing helped. One actor who didn’t know he’d written the scene said, ‘What idiot would write a surprise party for a baby?’ he recalls.
“I said, ‘I have no idea.’ We ended up having to use a puppet in the scene. That was the end of Jeremy’s acting career.”
Plan your life
Thursday through March 23 at Stage West, 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth. $26 to $32, discounts available. 817-784-9378 www.stagewest.org.
Spend The Afternoon With GH's deVry!Spend some quality time with one of GENERAL HOSPITAL's hottest villains at two upcoming fan events being held by William deVry (Julian, GH/ex-Storm, B&B/ex-Michael, AMC)! The first of the two intimate VIP events will be held on Saturday, March 22, from 12:00 to 3:00 at Sarah's Cafe and Bar in Toronto, Ontario. There will only be 30 tickets sold at $140, so you will be assured of plenty of quality time with the actor!
The second event will be held on Friday, August 1, from 1:00 to 4:00 at California Canteen in Los Angeles, CA. Only 25 tickets will be available at $135. Both events will include champagne and hors d'oeuvres as well as an autographed picture, photo ops and personal time with deVry.
Click here for tickets to the Toronto event!
Click here for tickets to the Los Angeles event!
GH CASTING NEW FEMALE ROLEGH has sent out a casting notice seeking a new female contract player. The description reads, "Early - mid 20s, Caucasian, sexy, dynamic, ''bad girl''. Prefer blonde but will consider other."
GENERAL HOSPITAL's Best Moments Montage!(Video) In preparation for the 13,000th episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL airing Monday, February 24, ABC has produced this video of the long-running soap's "best moments." There are a lot of them, and they go by pretty quickly, so you may need to watch it more than once! Which ones are your personal favorites? And are there any you think they forgot to include?
Soap Star Dance-Off!Can't wait till the next season of DANCING WITH THE STARS? Then check out this episode of SOAPBOX where hosts Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and Martha Madison (ex-Belle, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) share the results of a dance-off they had to see which actress is the better hoofer!
"Lilly and I started to talk about dancing on our show, and, after I said, 'Oh, I've danced all my life...' Lilly challenged me," explains Madison. "But the second part of my sentence was going to be 'but I haven't danced in over a decade!' Before I could say that the challenge came up!"
"I've never danced before," says Melgar. "The closest thing I've ever gotten to this is cheerleading. I've dreamt of [dancing] my whole life, but have never had the opportunity or made the time — until now."
The two actresses shared a video of their dance-off on a recent episode of SOAPBOX, which featured guests Matthew Ashford (ex-Jack, DAYS; ex-Tom, GH) and Soaps In Depth's own Michael Maloney. To check out the episode — and see who won the dance competition — click here!
BURTON TICKLED PINKSteve Burton (ex-Jason, GH) revealed via Twitter that he and his wife, Sheree are expecting a girl, due in July. The couple are already parents to Makena, 10 and Jack, 7. To see how the actor made his announcement, check out pic.twitter.com/9DN0tdFMcJ.
Kin Shriner and Robin Mattson InterviewGeneral Hospital's Kin Shriner and Robin Mattson Talk Sex, Crime and The Good Old Days. Read the TV Guide interview here.
Sneak Peek at General Hospital's 13,000th EpisodeGrab a hanky. Still in its 50th anniversary year, ABC's General Hospital will celebrate yet another milestone on Monday, Feb. 24 when it airs its 13,000th episode. The occasion is joyous, to be sure, but it will also mark a heart-wrenching turn in the star-crossed marriage of Dr. Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough) and Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson). Is this the end for GH's most popular couple? Check out this exclusive TV Guide Magazine preview: Video.
Green Acres Actress Mary Grace Canfield Dies at 89(tvguide.com) Mary Grace Canfield (ex-Lucille, General Hospital), who played carpenter Ralph Monroe on Green Acres, died Saturday of lung cancer at a hospice in Santa Barbara, Calif., her daughter told the Los Angeles Times.
Born in Rochester, N.Y., Canfield opted to attend an acting school rather than a traditional college and got her start on Broadway. She later moved to Los Angeles to pursue a screen career.
Besides Green Acres, Canfield's other TV credits include Bewitched, The Love Boat and General Hospital. In 1963, she appeared on The Andy Griffith Show, going on a blind date with Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors). She also had small film roles in Pollyanna and Something Wicked This Way Comes.
In the mid-1980s, Canfield moved to Sedgwick, Maine and lived there until 2011 when she returned to California.
Canfield is survived by her husband, John Bischof; two daughters and three grandsons, according to the Times.
First Look: Behind-the-Scenes at General Hospital's 13,000th Episode(parade.condenast.com) (Photo) Previously on General Hospital: 12,999 gripping stories across 50 years of being on the air. Up next: the 13,000th episode milestone—and a lot of celebrating.
The landmark episode will air on Feb. 24—but the cast has already partied and shared their thoughts on being part of the historic soap opera.
“It’s overwhelming to think that we’ve done 13,000 episodes,” executive producer Frank Valentini says. “It’s great to look out at everyone in the cast and crew, and some people have been there for 20, 25 years.”
Even after all this time, the show’s story lines are still “exciting,” Emme Rylan, who plays Lulu Spencer Falconeri, says. “They have surprises. How do you still have surprises after you’ve written 13,000 episodes?”
Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos), a 21-year veteran of the show, marveled at General Hospital‘s longevity. “We’ve grown up here, and our families have grown up together,” he says. “We’ve watched people come, we’ve watched people go, and it’s still a success.”
Say "See You Later" To McCullough!Kimberly McCullough (Robin) is preparing to leave GENERAL HOSPITAL again, and has announced her "Not Good-Bye But See You Later Tour" which will comprise nearly a month of events allowing the actress to say farewell to her fans in person... and vice versa!
"Because I don't like good-byes, I'm saying 'See you later,'" McCullough explains. "Come have a blast with me, chatting about all things GH! There will be cool merchandise, new photos and an exclusive GH diary written by yours truly. Hope to see you there!"
The tour kicks off on Friday, February 21, in the actress' hometown of Fresno, CA, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. A location will be announced closer to the date of the event, but seating is limited. Tickets will run you $100, and you can find a link to purchase them as well as more information about the event and future tour dates on McCullough's Web site at this link.
Emily's Coming Back!GENERAL HOSPITAL has confirmed that Natalia Livingston is returning to the soap as Emily! Unfortunately for fans, it will just be in spirit form for a brief stint, as the character was killed off in 2007. Livingston last brought Emily's ghost to Port Charles for a visit in April of 2013 for the soap's 50th anniversary when Tracy and Monica were visited by the spirits of Emily, Alan and Rick. Who will Emily appear to this time around? At this time, no further details are available, but we'll let you know as soon as we have any!
Spend Private Time With Two GH Stars!GENERAL HOSPITAL stars Kin Shriner (Scotty) and Lynn Herring (Lucy) are going to be holding some special fan events on the East Coast on Saturday, March 8!
First, at 2:00 p.m., the duo will be at Sutton Place in Long Beach, NY. Tickets are $65, and include a meet-and-greet, a Q&A session, photo ops and autographs. Then later that day, at 7:00 p.m., the daytime vets will be holding a private dinner in Astoria, NY. Tickets for that very special evening are $150.
For more information and to order tickets for these events or many others, call (718) 728-8581 or visit the Coastal Entertainment Web site.
GH Star Is Unidentified!(Poster) What starts out as a guys' weekend turns into something far worse for a group of adventure-seeking friends in the new independent film Unidentified starring GENERAL HOSPITAL's Parry Shen (Brad)!
The sci-fi comedy follows four friends who must skip town in a hurry after getting into a heap of trouble with a loan shark during a wild weekend in Las Vegas. Yet as they try to escape their gambling debts, the pals discover that something unearthly is stalking them in the Nevada desert. (Think: The Hangover meets Paranormal Activity!)
"It's the first movie I ever produced, and I also co-wrote and star in it. I had my hands all over it, so it was very gratifying," Shen shares with Soaps In Depth.
Unidentified is available now on DVD or digital download through Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, XBOX, and PlayStation. The links for any of those platforms are readily available at www.unidentifed-movie.com. You can view the official trailer here, and Shen and his partners have also posted a 3-minute clip of how they really sent a camera up into space for the film, which you can view here!
Homeland's Nazanin Boniadi Joins ScandalHomeland star Nazanin Boniadi has joined the cast of Scandal in a recurring role, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Boniadi's character is being kept under wraps, but she will debut on the show's Feb. 27 midseason return and recur through the end of the season, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news.
Boniadi most recently played analyst Fara Sherazi during Homeland's third season. Her other TV credits also include How I Met Your Mother, 24, Grey's Anatomy and General Hospital.
Scandal returns on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 10/9c on ABC. Who do you think Boniadi is playing?
Graceland: General Hospital Alum to Recur as Season 2 Crime Boss(tvline.com) USA Network’s Graceland is bringing on some new bad guys for the housemates to get the goods on in Season 2.
For one, Erik Valdez (aka General Hospital‘s former “Trey” Mitchell aka Joe Scully III) has landed the recurring role of crime lord Carlito Solano, TVLine has learned.
The privileged (read: spoiled) son of a powerful cartel leader, Carlito is a regular on the night club scene, where he’s always surrounded by an intimidating posse and a bevy of beautiful women. Just be wary of what this playboy considers a good time. Volatile and unpredictable, Carlito is described as a “Grade A psychopath” who is as likely to kill a friend as a stranger.
G-man Johnny Tuturro (played by Manny Montana), working undercover, will be the Graceland resident tasked with reeling Solano in, when Season 2 opens this summer.
Valdez’s TV credits also include episodes of Breaking In and 90210.
Bradford Anderson on ABC's Castle“Room 147” – When a guilt-ridden young woman confesses to the murder of a struggling actor -- knowing details only the killer could know -- Beckett and Castle seem to have an open-and-shut case, until they uncover proof that their suspect couldn’t possibly be the killer. When a second person confesses, equally convinced they committed the murder, the team realizes the case is far more mysterious than they thought, on “Castle,” MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24 (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: Phil LaMarr as Dr. Holloway, John Getz as Dr. Gustavo Bauer, Bradford Anderson as Dwight Carruthers, Julia Cho as Gwen, Kelly Hawthorne as Ella.
“Room 147” was written by Adam Frost and directed by Bill Roe.
Mistresses: GH Alum Joins Cast, Will Develop 'Unique Connection' to [Spoiler](tvline.com) Just when you thought a certain Mistresses character’s love life couldn’t get any more complicated, temptation comes and literally knocks on her door.
General Hospital grad Jason Gerhardt is joining the ABC sudser in Season 2 as a potential romantic interest for Alyssa Milano’s Savi, TVLine has learned exclusively. (Oh, yeah, spoiler alert: The love triangle-addled leading lady obviously survives her cliffhanger coma.)
Gerhardt’s Stanley Kowalski-esque recurring character, Zack, is a lost soul who shows up at Savi’s home in Season 2's third episode. He turns out to be someone with whom she has a very unique connection — a connection that threatens her relationship with [spoiler].
In addition to his two-year gig on GH, Gerhardt has guest-starred on Perception, Vegas, Bones and CSI.
Mistresses‘ second season launches this summer.
Scott Clifton Meet and GreetScott Clifton (Liam Spencer, B&B/ex-Schuyler, OLTL/ex-Dillon, GH) will be meeting fans and signing autographs at “Diva’s Day Out” at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino Silver State Pavilion in Reno, Nevada on Saturday, February 8. The event is from 10-5 and Scott will be signing from 1 – 4. Visit http://www.alice965.com/DivasDayOut.aspx to learn more information.
Jacob Young Meet and GreetsMeet Jacob Young (Rick Forrester, B&B/ex-J.R., AMC/ex-Lucky, GH) on Saturday and Sunday February 22 and 23 in Tampa Bay, FL. Jacob will be joining other daytime stars at “Love in the Air,” a VIP Luncheon, Meet and Greet and Breakfast hosted bySoap This. “Love in the Air” will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, located at 401 2nd Street, Indian Rocks Beach, Florida 33785. Prices start at $50 and up. For reservations and more information call Patti at (727) 210-5143 or email email@example.com.
Meet Jacob Young (Rick Forrester/ex-J.R., AMC/ex-Lucky, GH) at “Lucky Days” in Las Vegas, March 14 – 16 at the Downtown Grand Hotel. Friday 7 – 9 pm VIP reception, Saturday Noon – 4 lunch, autograph session and auction items. For questions, prices and more information email the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GH CASTING NEW ROLEGH is casting a new, recurring role, slated for a 2-3 month arc. The character, Levi, is described as "27-35, cute, appealing. New Age vibe. Soulful, zen, chill. More concerned with saving the planet than how he looks. Maybe long hair, shaggy presence. This is a great, fun role."
Y&R'S BURTON STAYING PUTSorry, GH fans! Despite the ABC soap showing Jason's photo, Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R) will be sticking around his current working place. The actor announced via Twitter, "just re signed." Burton first started airing as Dylan in January, 2013.
General Hospital: Head Writer Wants James Franco Back to Play Himself(showbiz411.com) General Hospital fans: head writer Ron Carlivati tells me he wants James Franco to return to the show one more time. Try and follow this, because I had to. Franco made several appearances over the last three years as a crazy artist named Franco. He raped, pillaged, and terrorized the already put upon populace of Port Charles.
Then last year Carlivati brought the Franco character back played by someone else, Roger Howarth. He was absolved of his many crimes after it was discovered he had a brain tumor. (This is always a good out for soap characters. If only it worked in real life!)
At this past weekend’s Writers Guild Awards, Carlivati– who helped save “General Hospital” from cancellation– told me he wants the real Franco to make one more return. I think the idea is that the multi-tasking actor would play himself, and I guess confront the fictitious Franco. Anyway, the soap is now the hip show that Franco wanted it to be when he was on it. He’d do well to get closure. And also, now “GH” has great ratings.
R.I.P. Deborah BlackwellDeborah Blackwell, former general manager of SOAPnet, died yesterday after a seven-year battle with Pick’s disease, a rare neurodegenerative disorder. She passed away at the age of 63 in Virginia, surrounded by family. Blackwell built Disney ABC Cable Networks Group’ SOAPnet, which she ran from 2001 to 2007 as EVP and General Manager. During her tenure, SOAPnet grew its programming slate via a slew of acquisitions of primetime and daytime soaps as well as its distribution as the genre enjoyed popularity. It was after Blackwell left that daytime soaps began to lose traction, leading to Disney’s recent decision to rebrand SOAPnet as Disney Jr. Before joining SOAPnet, Blackwell served as president of Idealab’s MyHome.com, an internet start-up. From 1993-99, Blackwell headed the TV movie and miniseries department of the William Morris Agency, packaging projects with such clients as Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Glover, Alec Baldwin and Drew Barrymore. Before becoming an agent, Blackwell was a development executive at Hearst Entertainment, rising from director to SVP.
How the Daytime Soap Came Back From the DeadHow the Daytime Soap Came Back From the Dead. Read the article here.
It's A Fan-Tastic GH Weekend!GENERAL HOSPITAL fans in New Jersey and Boston, get ready to party! Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) and Laura Wright (Carly) will be hosting the GH Fantasy Weekend, two off-the-chart spectacular events, and many of their co-stars will be joining them! Are you ready for the time of your life?
Christopher and Wright will be joined by Kristen Alderson (Kiki), Chad Duell (Michael), Kelly Thiebaud (Britt), Bryan Craig (Morgan), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), Maura West (Ava) and Michael Easton (Silas) as they mix and mingle with fans in Montclair, NJ, on Saturday, April 5, and in Boston, MA, on Sunday, April 6.
"It's an opportunity for East Coast fans to celebrate their love for GH," Christopher tells Soaps In Depth. "If it's the casual fan, a long-time fan or a new fan, we're giving unprecedented access to ourselves that is unlike any other fan event. It's longer, more intimate and there's more variety."
Adds an excited Wright, "It's a GH extravaganza! It's going to be a huge event. It's going to be super-fun, it's going to be exciting... and you're going to get to hear all the dirty secrets!"
For more information about the New Jersey event, click here.
For more info about the Boston event, click here.
Catch Kristen Live On Stage!Ilene Kristen (Delia, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Roxie, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) is going to be taking the stage at The Oyster House on Friday, January 31! She'll be performing as a special guest of the Mike Hoffmann Band, singing a few numbers alongside her brother-in-law at his gig.
The Oyster House is located at 12446 Moorpark St. in Studio City, CA, and the first of two sets by the band starts at 10:00 p.m. If you go to cheer Kristen on, make sure to tell her we said hi!
Chandra Wilson InterviewChandra Wilson Checks In To General Hospital. Read the TV Guide interview here.
'The Originals': See Nathan Parsons as New Orleans' newest werewolf(Photo) Nathan Parsons will make his debut on "The Originals" during the Feb. 4 episode, "Crescent City," and Zap2it has the exclusive first look at the new werewolf in action.
As Zap2it exclusively revealed, Parsons is recurring as Jackson, a new werewolf acquaintance of Hayley's (Phoebe Tonkin). Jackson has the underlying ruggedness of a werewolf raised in the Bayou, but he's magnetic, smart and strong-willed -- the natural trusted leader of his pack.
"Crescent City" will feature the re-opening of St. Anne's church, where Father Kieran will have a run-in with a witch from his past and Cami will make a difficult decision involving her uncle's safety. Marcel and Rebekah will try to keep a secret buried, where Sophie discovers something shocking at the cemetery.
Meanwhile, Hayley throws a party for her werewolf clan, but things get dangerous when uninvited guests arrive. Elijah will be torn between Hayley and his siblings. Oh, also, Klaus will do something that has "dangerous repercussions that affect everyone involved," but that shouldn't be surprising since this is "The Originals" and that's kind of what Klaus does.
"The Originals" airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
RICK HEARST BACK TO GH!Fan favorite Rick Hearst (ex-Whip, B&B; ex-Matt, Y&R; ex-Alan-Michael, GL; ex-Scotty, Days) is back filming at GH as Ric Lansing. Sonny's brother was last seen in Port Charles in June, 2009, when his alter ego left for Los Angeles and uttered the prophetic words, "Don't worry about me. I'll be back." Look for him to first air on February 24.
Amber Tamblyn 'fascinated with Brittany Murphy's death'As Jenny on "Two and a Half Men," Amber Tamblyn is brash and rash. She's the daughter no one knew Charlie had.
Coming into the CBS Thursday comedy in its 11th season was easier than one might imagine.
"What if I just realized for the first time that Jon Cryer was physically abusive and Ashton Kutcher refused to speak to me and had his entire trailer moved?" Tamblyn asks Zap2it. "They are the two sweetest guys in the whole world. They are so kind and supportive, and so is Conchata Ferrell. She is so funny. I feel like Jenny will become Berta when she grows up.
"I'll help anyone drink," she says of her character. "I will support anyone's alcoholism or drug addiction, I don't care. Holland Taylor is so extraordinary."
She likens this to joining "House" during its long run, but working on a comedy is easier.
In her spare time, Tamblyn writes poetry and recently sold her third volume of poems.
"It is about the lives of child star actresses who were very famous in their teens and younger, and then grew up to be unknown and died," Tamblyn says. "It's about women like Brittany Murphy, Dana Plato and Bridgette Andersen."
"I was really fascinated with Brittany Murphy's death and the subsequent treatment of that post-mortem, and how we, as a culture, mourn people, and the everyday struggle of women in any industry. Not all of them are super sad. Some are those who choose to party their way on out. Those are fun, playful poems to write."
Tamblyn, a newlywed, has films booked and goals that reach well beyond show business.
"I eventually hope to make it to the moon," she says. "Why not? Let's put it on the bucket list. I think everyone should metaphorically and literally reach that high."
Birth date: May 14, 1983
Parents: Dad is actor Russ Tamblyn; mom is singer and artist Bonnie Tamblyn.
Husband: Actor David Cross
Credits: "General Hospital," "Joan of Arcadia," "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," "The Ring," "The Unusuals," "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret" "Portlandia," "House"
Pet: Ollie, a rescue dog
Learning from the folks: "When I was a kid and he would do back flips and we would go down to the beach together," she says of her dad. "My mom is a guitar player and has a band, and she is phenomenal, and my dad and I will dance together."
Favorite movies: "I am a big fan of Guy Maddin. Guy Maddin is my husband's favorite director. 'Careful' is pretty mind-blowing, and (I'm) a fan of the French film 'Betty Blue.' I am a big 'The Big Lebowski' fan. I am all across the board. I love old Buster Keaton films."
Favorite books: " 'Smilla's Sense of Snow' (by Peter Hoeg), a thriller about a young girl who investigates a murder, comes home to a murder and it sort of unfolds, and she gets sucked into this crazy experience. Anything by Charles Portis. Janet Fitch wrote 'Paint It Black' after 'White Oleander.' I developed ['Paint It Black'] into a screenplay and have been working on it for six years."
Favorite music: "Blood Orange, (Dev Hynes), a producer who worked with Solange. Yo La Tengo. I am a huge fan of Kurt Vile, Kendrick Lamar."
'General Hospital' To Continue Next Season, Keeping Daytime's Soap Quartet Intact(deadline.com) Just a short two years ago, General Hospital was staring down the barrel of cancellation as ABC took away its long-time 3 PM slot for the pricey new Katie Couric talk show. Now Katie is facing a demise, set to end its rocky two-season run in May, while General Hospital has been thriving. ABC does not officially renew its soaps but I have learned that, not surprisingly, General Hospital will continue next season. That follows the announcements by CBS and NBC over the past week that they have renewed The Young And The Restless and The Bold & The Beautiful (CBS) and Days Of Our Lives (NBC). This means that the entire lineup of daytime dramas will remain intact as the genre experiences a resurgence. Consider this. All four soaps are in positive territory year-to-year. Leader The Young & The Restless (5.2 million viewers season to date, 1.5 in Women 18-49) is up 9% in total viewers and 7% in the female demo as it marks its 25th season as the most watched daytime drama. The Bold & The Beautiful (3.9 million, 1.1) is up 14% in viewers and even in W19-49. General Hospital (3.3 million, 1.4) is up 8% and 17%, respectively, as it closes in on Y&Y in the demo, and Days Of Our Lives (2.4, 1.1) is up 10% in both categories. Days is delivering its best season in W18-49 in 3 years and biggest season in total viewers in 4 years. General Hospital is pacing for its best season in 7 years in total viewers and is on track to post a 3-year high in W18-49. During the most recent week of available data, the Jan. 7 episode of GH ranked as the series’ most-watched telecast in over 6 years.
The reasons for the resurgence are hard to pin down. Most observers attribute the ratings growth to the fact that, after so many daytime dramas went away, soap fans are migrating to the remaining series. However, the last daytime drama to end its run on broadcast, ABC’s One Life To Live, did so in January 2012. And last year, Prospect Park offered new seasons of both All My Children and One Life To Live, so last fall, there was actually more competition, with 6 daytime dramas, the incumbents plus resurrected AMC and OLTL, than fall 2012, making the year-to-year ratings increases even more impressive. All broadcast soaps are readily available online (Watch ABC for GH, Hulu for Days) or daily on CBS sibling TVGN (Y&Y, B&B), making it easier for fans to keep up with the storylines. The series’ storylines themselves also have been getting positive reaction from fans, possibly helping bring in new viewers. But while the broadcast soaps are basking in ratings glory and celebrating renewals, the prospects for their online brethren, AMC and OLTL, continue to be grim. Both stopped production a while ago as producer Prospect Park has been embroiled in a legal battle with ABC and chances for any of them coming back appear infinitely small.
Daytime Emmys Update: It's Going to Be a Real Race!For a while there it looked like the Daytime Emmy soap categories would be split among just four shows — The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives and General Hospital. But a ruling from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has allowed the Prospect Park internet reboots of All My Children and One Life to Live to compete in all the soap categories — and those web kids are serious about taking home some gold!
"Our entry deadline was last Friday, Jan. 17, and we've had a lot of great submissions from AMC and OLTL — in fact, we've set an extreme record for the number of entries this year," NATAS senior executive director David Michaels tells TV Guide Magazine. "From the look of Prospect Park's submissions, I think they'll give the four network soaps a real run for their money when it comes to production values and the quality of the writing, directing and acting."
Michaels also notes that "several stars who chose not to submit themselves in recent years have decided to get back into the game — so the more the merrier! Between that, and the enthusiasm from AMC and OLTL, this has the makings of a real horserace. There's a lot of buzz and a real seriousness about the awards this year, especially coming from the younger actors. They've been calling, asking questions, they really want to be involved. And that's sure to make for a much more exciting ceremony."
No word yet on when or where the 41st annual Daytime Emmys will air — talks are ongoing — but look for the acting prenom lists, with ten names per category, to be released March 3. Nominations are announced May 1.
McCullough Out Again!When Kimberly McCullough brought Robin back to GENERAL HOSPITAL, fans wondered how long she would be staying this time around. And having spoken to the actress at the ABC Television Critics Association party, Soaps In Depth learned that this particular stint is about to come to an end very soon! "I only have two more weeks left," she told us. "Next week and the week after."
McCullough has always tried to balance her GH appearances with her career as a director, and with getting ready to shoot her feature film coming up, she simply couldn't do both. However, she's quick to profess her love for GH and assure fans that she will be more than happy to return to Port Charles again as soon as her schedule allows.
As for how Robin's departure will affect the storyline with Patrick and Sabrina... well, let's just say there's probably going to be some pretty upset "Scrubs" fans! How do you feel about it?
ILENE KRISTEN RETURNS TO GHIlene Kristen (ex-Roxy, OLTL) is coming back to GENERAL HOSPITAL as Delia, the character she played on RYAN’S HOPE from 1975–78, 1982–83 and 1986–89. Kristen reprised the role in October of 2013 when viewers learned that Delia was Ava’s (Maura West) mother. “She’s back very soon,” GH Executive Producer Frank Valentini shares exclusively with Digest. “Ilene did a fantastic job and Delia is an important character. I think her return will show viewers another side to Ava.” Enthuses West, “Ilene is fantastic and I look forward to having scenes with her. That mother/daughter relationship is one I would love to see fleshed out.”
Work Alongside GH Stars!GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers once again have the opportunity to do a good deed while rubbing elbows with their favorite cast members at Habitat For Humanity's Annual Fan Build Day.
If you're in the Los Angeles area on Saturday, March 8, join Jimmy Deshler (Rafe), William deVry (Julian), Kathleen Gati (Obrecht), Maura West (Ava), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), Robin Mattson (Heather), Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) and Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) for a day of up-close and personal time while building a home for a deserving family.
"We love to do this every single year," says LoCicero, who along with Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny) created the event as a way to reward loyal fans of the show while becoming more involved with Habitat for Humanity. "The highlight is always when the family who has just received the keys to their new house stands up and talks about how it really very directly and specifically changed their life. When you see the person that this work is affecting and how it affects their life, you can't help but be really, really moved."
For more information, to register for the event or to donate, visit their website at www.habitatla.org.
Who Is Lucas Jones?He's finally here! The name Lucas Jones has been bandied about on GENERAL HOSPITAL for months on end. Now that he has made his way to Port Charles, how about a refresher course on the young man, who could, should he choose to, carry on the Jerome family name?
Lucas' life was complicated because of the criminal underworld, literally, from day one. Cheryl Stansbury learned she was pregnant and everyone assumed the baby daddy was Robert Scorpio, whom she was seeing at the time. The fact of the matter was that the biological father was mobster Julian Jerome.
When the baby was born, granddad Victor sold him on the black market and momma Cheryl was told her baby died at birth. Unable to have children of her own and with a legal adoption having fallen through, Bobbie Jones bought the baby and named him Lucas, after her big brother Luke.
After Lucas was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, evidence turned up that proved Lucas was Cheryl's son. Bobbie's deceit cost her her husband, Tony, and two of her closest friends, Robert and Tiffany (Cheryl's sister). Lucas was eventually returned to Cheryl. The following year, Cheryl died in a car accident and left Lucas in Bobbie and Tony's care because she thought her sister Tiffany didn't want children. But she did. A bitter court battled ensued with both Tiffany and Bobbie vying for custody. Bobbie and Tony won and filed for adoption.
Years later, Helena Cassadine poisoned Lucas to force Tony into "defrosting" her son, Stavros, from his cryogenic freeze. Although Lucas had crushes on Georgie, Maxie and Brook Lynn, he came out to his friends and family. Bobbie's first reaction was to get him into counseling, but eventually accepted his life choice. After Tony died, Lucas moved to Seattle, where he has been for several years. All this time, he has believed that Julian was dead... as did all of Port Charles!
BABY NO. 3 ON THE WAY FOR STEVE BURTONY&R's Steve Burton (Dylan) announced on Twitter that he and wife Sheree are expecting their third child. Already father to Makena, born in 2003, and Jack, 2006, Burton tweeted, "I'm having another kid," and revealed that the new arrival is due in July. "It is an awesome 'surprise'," he added. "We are looking forward to another little one!" As for the sex, he wrote, "We will soon find out :)"
'General Hospital' casts 'Knot's Landing' star(insidetv.ew.com) A Ewing is coming to Port Charles!
Donna Mills — best known for playing villainess Abby Ewing on Knot’s Landing — is joining the cast of General Hospital. EW has learned that Mills was the only choice to play a new (see: big) character — particularly because the writers are major fans of her old primetime soap.
Sadly, insiders won’t spill details about her character. She is expected to start appearing on the sudser in late February.
The addition of Mills caps off a big year for casting on GH, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last April. Executive Producer Frank Valentini lured back former stars like Genie Francis, Rick Springfield, Kelly Monaco and even Richard Simmons to help celebrate the milestone.
Mills other, more recent credits include GCB and Nip/Tuck.
GH Star Injured Again!(Photo) Last year around this time, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) was limping around on crutches after having cracked her femur bone. Twelve months later, she's wearing another cast — this time on her wrist, which broke after a fall off a skateboard! "January is my month to break my bones," she jokes. "I need to be handcuffed so I have to stay in one place."
While her broken leg was written into the show with the insinuation that Frisco had made her slip on ice, it hasn't been decided if her injured arm will be explained on camera. "Hopefully Frisco's not going to come back and taunt me anymore," Thiebaud laughs. "When something like this happens, you freak out worrying that they're going to just stop writing for your character. But they were awesome and said they'd work around it."
True Blood Recast: Bunheads Hunk Is the New James, Replacing Luke Grimes(tvline.com) True Blood has found its new James.
TVLine has learned exclusively that Bunheads barkeep Nathan Parsons will step into the series-regular role previously played by Luke Grimes when the HBO hit returns with its seventh and final season this summer.
As we reported last month, Grimes asked to be released from his True Blood contract due to the creative direction of his brooding, soulful, vampire character.
“He initially joined the show because he wanted to work with [his Forever co-star] Deborah Ann Woll,” explained a source close to the actor. “But when he started reading the scripts for Season 7, he was disappointed to learn that they were going in a completely different direction with James.”
According to a True Blood insider, James will find himself at the center of a surprising love triangle in Season 7.
In addition to Bunheads, Parsons spent four years on General Hospital as Luke’s love child, Ethan Lovett.
Who Will Air The Daytime Emmys?Cable outlet HLN has broadcast the Daytime Emmy Awards for the past two years, but there won't be a third. "It's fairly definite," Albie Hecht, the network's vice president and general manager, tells Soaps In Depth. "I just want to put a pause on everything and figure out what we're doing before we make any commitments. Shows like [the Daytime Emmys] need commitments in advance to plan and I don't think we can make that commitment."
Hecht, who joined HLN a little over three months ago, says that the decision has been made early so that the National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) can make other plans. "It's only fair to let them look around and let them do what they need to do," the HNL chief adds.
This doesn't mean that the Daytime Emmys won't be on television, however. "Having the show on HLN was a wonderful experience for us," says David Michaels, senior executive director of the Daytime Emmy Awards. "We are currently exploring other avenues so that the Daytime Emmys will have a broadcast home."
For her part, THE TALK's Aisha Tyler would love to see the ceremony return to one of the big three networks. "I think it would be great," she says. "CBS is the number one daytime network. It'd be great to have the Daytime Emmys on the number one daytime network. I think that would make perfect sense!"
Are You Ready For The GH Fan Club Weekend?The GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend is scheduled to run from Thursday, July 31 through Monday, August 4 at the Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel & Event Center in Studio City, CA.
If you would like to book a room at the Sportsman's Lodge Hotel, you need to call 1-800-821-8511 or 818-769-4700 and ask for the GH Fan Club Block. No on-line bookings are available for the GH Fan Club Weekend. Please keep in mind that these rooms go fast, so don't delay!
Currently, tickets are on sale for the Kick-Off Cocktail Reception, the Main Cast Event and Blast From The Past Part II, and they can be purchased by following this link and printing out the order forms. Tickets for the rest of the events will go on sale once the schedules have been arranged with the individual actors. But we'll be sure to let you know when that happens, so keep checking back!
Storms and Barash Reveal Daughter's Name, Photo(Photo, Photo 2, Photo3) Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny, GH) and wife Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GH) have named their daughter Harper Rose, dad revealed on Twitter. Mom shared the first pic of the newborn on Instagram with the caption, "Daddy's lil Princess."
Soap Stars Move To BEACON HILLA slew of familiar faces are starring in the new Web series BEACON HILL, including Sarah Brown (ex-Claudia, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Agnes, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) Alicia Minshew (Kendall, ALL MY CHILDREN), and Crystal Chappell (Dani, B&B; Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT) The serial, filmed on location in Boston, was co-created by Jessica Hill and her wife Linda, who is the chief executive officer of Bella Books, a publisher of lesbian fiction.
"BEACON HILL is a political drama set in Boston," Jessica tells Soaps In Depth. "Alicia and Sarah are our two leads, and they play the daughters of two political families in Boston. One's Republican and the other is Democrat. Alicia's character, Sara, and Sarah's character, Katherine, were together [romantically] and they broke up. Our story starts six years later when Sara's grandfather, played by Ron Raines [Carl, OLTL; Alan, GL], has a stroke. Sara, who's living in New York, comes back to Boston and you see dynamics between her family and Katherine start to develop."
The rest of the cast — which reads like a Who's Who of daytime — includes Scott Bryce (Craig, ATWT), Ricky Paull Goldin (Jesse, B&B; Gus, GL), Louise Sorel (ex-Vivian, DAYS), Tina Sloan (Lillian, GL), John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex, OLTL), Jessica Morris (Jen, OLTL), and Melissa Archer (Natalie, OLTL). Also in the cast is newcomer Rebecca Mozo.
BEACON HILL is produced by Bella Productions, the sister company of Bella Books, in association with Chappell's production company, Open Book Productions. Goldin and Emmy-winning actress Hillary B. Smith (Nora, OLTL; Margo, ATWT) serve as producers on the show.
Chappell, who has helmed Web series VENICE and THE GROVE, plays Claire, Sara's mother. How did that work, since there's less than a decade between the two actresses? "I age myself," Chappell confides. "I went without makeup and I wear my hair severely — it's in a twist and high up on top. It's a fun character to play. Claire's husband is gone. My feeling is he couldn't tolerate her family.
"BEACON HILL is a very different show," Chappell adds. "It's a political drama with intrigue and romance revolving around two political families. Jessica and Linda are terrific people and writers. I love working with them!"
BEACON HILL begins streaming on Wednesday, March 5. For more info, check out www.beaconhilltheseries.com
NAACP Image Awards Noms AnnouncedThe NAACP’s 45th annual Image Awards are set for February 22 and will air live on the East Coast On TVOne and tape-delayed in the West from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
GH Duo Welcomes Baby GirlKirsten Storms (Maxie, GH) and Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny) welcomed their baby girl on January 7. Barash announced the news on Twitter: "Our passenger has touched down and arrived. Welcome to our world. There has not been a more fulfilling day. @teenystweeting #babygirlbarash." Congratulations!
Winter Fun With GH Stars!With much of the US blanketed in snow and ice, photographer Jim Warren created a couple of humorous JibJab videos to show how some GENERAL HOSPITAL stars might enjoy the winter weather. (Even if they don't necessarily have snow in Los Angeles!)
So watch Anthony Geary (Luke), Robin Mattson (Heather), Ian Buchanan (Duke), Lynn Herring (Lucy) and Anders Hove (ex-Faison) have a raucous snowball fight and Maurice Benard (Sonny) have a sled race with on-screen sons Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Chad Duell (Michael) and Bryan Craig (Morgan), and maybe they'll put a smile on your face so you don't think about the awful weather outside your own door!
Baby No. 2 On The Way For GH AlumBradford Anderson (ex-Spinelli, GH) and his wife, Keira, are expecting their second child, a girl, he revealed on Twitter, writing, "we're having another baby. Another girl, in May. So that's cool." Their daughter, Juna, was born on July 18, 2011.
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
Baby Girl on the Way for Teresa Castillo(people.com) Teresa Castillo is closing out the year on a high note: she’s pregnant!
The General Hospital star and her husband Shane Aaron are expecting their first child — a girl! — on May 24, Castillo confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.
“It feels wonderful. This is the most joyous time of my life,” the mom-to-be tells PEOPLE. “It feels great to finally be able to share it with the world.”
Castillo, 30, admits she didn’t need words to share the special news with her husband — she just let her squeals do all the talking.
“He knew I was taking a test and realized the outcome when he heard my screams from the bathroom,” she jokes.
Despite finding out the sex of their baby on the way so they could “get to know it already,” Castillo and Aaron — who wed in 2008 — have yet to decide on a name.
“[We're] just going to let the right name come to us,” the expectant actress, whose pregnancy will be written into the show, says.
First Look: An All-Star Soap Cast Shines in Tainted DreamsThe wait is over! TV Guide Magazine has an exclusive look at the first three episodes of Tainted Dreams, the much-anticipated, soap-within-a-soap webseries from Emmy-winning producer/director Sonia Blangiardo (All My Children, One Life to Live) that boasts more stars than there are in the heavens.
Set to premiere in early 2014, Tainted Dreams features a cast that includes All My Children vets Alicia Minshew, Walt Willey, Michael Lowry, Bobbie Eakes, Larkin Malloy and Terri Ivens, as well as General Hospital's Natalia Livingston, As the World Turns' Colleen Zenk, Austin Peck, Marnie Schulenburg and Kelley Hensley, Guiding Light's Grant Aleksander, One Life to Live's Ilene Kristen, Tonja Walker, Nathan Purdee and James DePaiva, plus famed Soap Opera Digest columnist Carolyn Hinsey playing (who else?) Carolyn Hinsey!
Also on board are two reality-TV greats, Big Brother's Jessie Godderz and The Real Housewives of New Jersey's Dina Manzo and, just to make things even wilder, WWE sensation Lisa Marie Varon.
Tainted Dreams is set behind the scenes at a New York soap opera where the cast and crew live lives even more insane and trashtastic than what they put on screen each day. The series is created by Blangiardo and written by Lindsay Harrison (The Young and the Restless, Venice). Enjoy the sneak preview and let us know what you think!
GH's Saucedo Turns Author!Thanks to the latest creative venture from her real-life husband, the flawless face of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) now graces the cover of a serialized e-book, Liberty Strong, the first installment of which, Dead Extra, was just released. Inspired by his soap star wife, Michael Saucedo (ex-Juan) has co-written a series of episodes revolving around Liberty, a fictional daytime darling who remains unshakable even as chaos closes in on her daily life.
"The idea came about as a combination of batting ideas around with my co-writer, Nik Price, and a running joke with Becky," Saucedo explains. "She's always blaming things on her alter-ego, Liberty, which also happens to be her middle name. When someone finishes the last cup of coffee, Liberty drank it. Or if there's an In-N-Out Burger wrapper hidden in the side pocket of the truck, Liberty left it there. Actually, now that I think about it, Liberty gets my truck dirty and eats a lot of my food!
"Nik and I wanted to take what we knew about daytime television," he continues, "and write a kick-[butt] female lead. We wanted her to be strong. And Liberty Strong was born!"
Saucedo and Price opted to write episodes rather than a book, because they wanted to write the way people read! "Right before bed, on a quick break, when they can fit in a good story," Saucedo points out. "People watch daytime because they like the urgency and the drama and the quickness of it all. You can create that in episodes."
For details about Dead Extra and how to order the episodes for Kindle, Nook and Kobo, check out the Web site, Liberty Strong The Series.
Dead Extra (Episode 1) (A Liberty Strong Series) [Kindle Edition].
GH's West, Y&R's Braeden, Deny Online RumorsAfter rumors flared up online in the wake of Michael Muhney's Y&R ouster as Adam that his TV father, Eric Braeden (Victor), was responsible for Maura West's (Ava, GH) 2010 firing from the role of Diane, both Braeden and West weighed in on Twitter. "implying I had to do with MWest's departure is libelous!!" huffed Braeden. Echoed West, "Absolutely NOT. Not in any way, shape or form. Have no idea why my name is involved in ANY of it."
Go Behind The Scenes Of GHGENERAL HOSPITAL has released a rare behind-the-scenes footage of the show's warehouse location shoot, which began airing today. Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Carlos) are among the actors featured. Check it out here (Warning some spoilers).
GH Scribe Denies Irizarry HiringBack in 2009, Matt Borlenghi (ex-Brian, AMC) was tapped to play a heretofore unknown Cassadine, Valentin, but plans to bring the character to GH were scrapped. Most recently, online whispers indicated that Valentin had been recast with soap vet Vincent Irizarry (ex-David, AMC), prompting Borlenghi to tweet GH's creative honchos, Executive Producer Frank Valentini and Head Writer Ron Carlivati. "Anyone care to comment on recasting me as Valentin Cassadine? Wasn't enough that I got Franco'd before? Hurts," wrote Borlenghi. Carlivati responded, insisting, "It's a false rumor, Matt. No reason to be hurt or upset."
Patrick's Dilemma Debated On ARSENIOEven sports journalist Stephen A. Smith has an opinion on which woman Patrick should choose on GH. Is he Team Robin or Team Sabrina? Find out at the 3:00 mark on the clip. To watch the segment, click here.
Rick Springfield Documentary On DVDSoap alum Rick Springfield's (ex-Noah/Eli, GH) latest project, An Affair of the Heart, is now available on DVD and Blu-ray at all major retailers. The award-winning documentary also features daytime stars Doug Davidson (Paul, Y&R) and Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS), with other famous daytime faces featured in the bonus footage. For more information, visit www.rickspringfielddoc.com.
Who Is Victor Cassadine?GENERAL HOSPITAL fans are going gaga since hearing that once again, the show is reaching into its treasure trove of rich characters and pulling out a doozy — Victor Cassadine! Here's the skinny on the Cassadine that time almost forgot!
Thaao Penghlis, who will be returning to the role in late January, originated the character back in 1981. Victor's bloodline is a rather nefarious one, with the infamous Mikkos for an older brother and Stavros and Stefan for nephews. Victor was one of Robert Scorpio's most deadly adversaries, having shot and killed his WSB partner, Brighton O'Reilly, in cold blood right in front of him. (But as you can see in the photo, Penghlis gets along just fine with Scorpio's portrayer, Tristan Rogers!)
It was through Victor that the beloved character Tiffany Hill was introduced. She was his B-movie actress girlfriend who later married Sean Donely. Victor left Port Charles with the Ice Princess and his brother, Tony, and traveled to Cassadine Island with Luke, Laura and Robert as stowaways. On the island, they joined up with their evil genius brother, Mikkos, who planned to use the stone as a power source for a weather machine and freeze the world! With the help of his friends (and Tiffany), Luke foiled their attempt, and while Mikkos and Tony froze to death in the ice chamber, Victor was sent off to prison and never spoken of again... until now!
Writers Guild NomineesThe Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2013 season. The winners will be honored at the 2014 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.
Days Of Our Lives, Written by Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Janet Iacobuzio, David A. Levinson, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons, Christopher J. Whitesell; NBC
General Hospital, Written by Michelle Altman, Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Jean Passanante, Elizabeth Page, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten; ABC
The Young And The Restless, Associate Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Tracey Thomson Written by Amanda Beall, Jeff Beldner, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Janice Ferri Esser, Jay Gibson, Beth Milstein, Lisa Seidman, Natalie Minardi Slater, Anne Schoettle, Linda Schreiber, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS
Jackson on Second-season 'Nashville' cast soundtrackA fresh batch of tunes from the music-driven ABC drama Nashville has been rounded up for the show's newest soundtrack, out Dec. 10.
Produced by Buddy Miller, who also serves as Nashville's executive music producer, The Music of Nashville: Original Soundtrack Season 2, Volume 1 spotlights the voices of cast members Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio, Chris Carmack, sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella, Aubrey Peeples, Chaley Rose and Will Chase.
An iTunes pre-order of the 13-track album starts Monday. Target's exclusive version adds four bonus tracks.
The first season's two volumes have sold a combined 2.6 million digital downloads.
Nashville airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT Wednesday on ABC.
The Music Of Nashville, Season 2, Vol. 1: Get your copy here!
1. What If I Was Willing
Performed by Chris Carmack / Written by Billy Montana, Randy Montana, Brian Davis
2. Can't Get It Right
Performed by Sam Palladio / Written by Matthew Perryman Jones, Lily Costner
3. A Life That's Good
Performed by Lennon & Maisy / Written by Sarah Siskind, Ashley Monroe
4. Ball And Chain
Performed by Connie Britton, Will Chase / Written by Tammi Lynn Kidd, Paul Kennerley
5. This Town
Performed by Clare Bowen, Charles Esten / Written by Jaida Dreyer, Andrew Rollins, Cory Mayo
6. Trouble Is
Performed by Hayden Panettiere / Written by Kate York, Marv Green
7. Playin' Tricks
Performed by Charles Esten / Written by Justin Davis, Sarah Zimmerman, Adam Wright
8. Why Can't I Say Goodnight
Performed by Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio / Written by Angelo Petraglia, Kim Richey
9. Tell Me
Performed by Aubrey Peeples / Written by Jaida Dreyer, Andrew Rollins, Cory Mayo, Jody Stevens
10. Wayfaring Stranger (a cappella version)
Performed by Chaley Rose / Public Domain
11. Share With You
Performed by Lennon & Maisy / Written by Garrison Starr
12. How You Learn To Live Alone
Performed by Jonathan Jackson / Written by Mary Gauthier, Gretchen Peters
13. Can't Say No To You
Performed by Hayden Panettiere, Chris Carmack / Written by Sarah Buxton, Jedd Hughes, Gordie Sampson
'Nashville' Star Jonathan Jackson Signs Record Deal(billboard.com) Onscreen, he's known as Avery Barkley, the bad-boy rocker on the hit ABC musical drama "Nashville." Offscreen, he's Jonathan Jackson, and he just might be infiltrating the airwaves with more than just his "Nashville" songs soon enough.
Jackson's spot on the country-infused TV show has landed him a record deal with Loud & Proud Records, Billboard can exclusively reveal.
The Daytime EMMY-winning Jackson, who first broke through in the acting world as a series regular on the show "General Hospital," was no stranger to the music world even before his "Nashville" gig. Along with his brother Richard (drums) and bassist Daniel Sweatt, Jackson fronts the rock act Enation, which has been in commission since 2002.
For Jackson, finally breaking into music as a signed artist, rather than doing all the work independently, is a breath of fresh air, though he's thankful for what has come before.
"It felt like the perfect timing for everything," he says of the record deal. "The last decade, really, I've had an amazing time just working really hard developing a sound and continuing to write songs and play everything. So I'm really grateful for the time that we've been doing things independently, but at the same time it feels great to have this happen."
Working on a TV show like "Nashville," which features vocals from its cast members (as well as the occasional songwriting credit, too), is a fairly effective way for musicians to get their names out there, whether the program takes off in a big way -- see: "Glee" -- or not. As such, Jackson figured right off the bat the show would at least gain his music more exposure -- though he didn't necessarily see a record deal on the horizon immediately.
"Being a part of a show like 'Nashville,' [with] the music side of it, I knew from the very beginning that it was extremely important and that they were obviously putting a lot into it," Jackson says. "It was pretty easy to see that at the least, I would get more exposure as a singer. For years, I've thought about a project or a way where I could do acting and music together, and I never really thought that would happen. Then 'Nashville' came along, and it was like a dream come true to marry both of those worlds.
"At the same time, the last however many years of my life, I've started to get to the place of not having expectations about how things are supposed to turn out and really just try to live day to day. So I haven't thought about the specifics much, but I knew the exposure was there."
(Video) The deal with Loud & Proud puts Jackson in a direct relationship with label head Tom Lipsky, who told Billboard he's incredibly excited for the opportunity to work with the actor and his band, recounting their first meeting. "It was a combination of his music and how charismatic he was," Lipsky says. "His band did a private showcase for my team -- about a 45-minute set -- and I came away thinking [Jackson] was an absolute, unequivocal rock star."
"Tom has been extremely enthusiastic and supportive," Jackson notes of Lipsky. "He has a unique model of transparency with artists, and especially since we've been doing it independent as long as we have, we felt good about his vision. They have a great track record with promoting their bands and having a long-term vision for careers.
Enation's previously-released music, which includes tunes steeped in indie/alternative rock traditions, will certainly inform what Jackson accomplishes as a newly-signed musician, though his experiences on "Nashville" will have some bearing as well. "It's definitely a furthering exploration and development of what we've been doing in Enation," he says of the band's direction. "Being on 'Nashville' and working with some incredible people like T-Bone Burnett and Buddy Miller -- so many wonderful, incredible musicians that I've been blessed to play with and observe -- that has continued to shape the process of arranging music, writing music."
A timetable for an initial release has not been set, though Jackson, like most of his ilk, says he's been recording and demoing music for quite awhile, with the record deal giving those sessions a "concentrated vision."
As for "Nashville," which returned for its second season last September to strong ratings, Jackson can reveal very little about what's to come moving forward -- relenting only that "a lot of good drama is in store."
Top Hollywood Agent -- Dumping Important Client... His Wife!(tmz.com) It's an actor's nightmare ... being dumped by your agent.
Powerful Hollywood talent agent Sam Gores is in the process of splitting from his client -- and wife -- ex-soap actress Jensen Buchanan (ex-Melissa, GH/ex-Marley, AW/ex-Vicky, AW/ex-Vicky, ATWT/ex-Sarah, OLTL) ... according to legal docs obtained by TMZ.
Gores -- who's chairman of the Paradigm Talent Agency -- filed for a legal separation from Buchanan ... they've been married since 2003.
Professionally, Buchanan is represented by Gores' agency, Paradigm ... although she's handled by another agent at the firm. No word on whether that professional relationship will change.
In his legal docs, Gores filed for separation based on irreconcilable differences ... and indicated he plans to pay spousal support. The docs also show the couple has a prenup.
The marriage may not have a happy Hollywood ending ... but the couple tells TMZ that they "continue to enjoy a close, mutually caring relationship."
GENERAL HOSPITAL ANTHONY GEARY LIVID OVER $750K PAYCUT(nationalenquirer.com) GENERAL HOSPITAL soap legend ANTHONY GEARY is threatening to quit the show after a run of 35 years because he’s been asked to take a 50 percent pay cut.
The 66-year-old seven-time Emmy winner, who plays iconic character Luke Spencer, is said to be lived at the ultimatum issued by ABC executives, who believe his $1.5 million salary is no longer sustainable given the daytime soap’s sliding ratings.
“Tony feels he’s proven his worth to the show and the network,” a friend said.
“Tony helped propel General Hospital into top soap opera status… (his) pride wouldn’t accept getting his pay sliced. Tony’s serious about walking. He’s worked hard and isn’t hurting for money.”
What’s more, if he does quit, Geary’s iconic character, Luke Spencer, is reportedly going to be killed off.
“In the soap business, everyone is expendable and you never take anything for granted,” Geary has said previously.
“If I ever do leave GH, I want Luke to die. I don’t want him coming home for Christmas episodes or the birth of his great-grandchildren.
“Those of us who have been on the soaps forever, we ought to go out in a way that gives the audience real closure. But I know the network has a real resistance to that.
“It’s not my choice, but I’ve had an awfully good run and I wouldn’t mind being a sacrificial lamb to let the audience believe that characters can really, really die.”
Geary joined GH in 1978, created a furor with the Luke and Laura (Jeanie Francis) storyline –- he initially raped her, reformed and then married her in daytime TV’s biggest event ever. Geary left the show in 1984 and returned nine years later.
Said an insider, “This is heading toward a standoff and the result will depend on who blinks first. Tony believes he’s in the driver’s seat.”
Say Farewell To Port Chuck!GENERAL HOSPITAL's Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) and former co-stars Steve Burton (ex-Jason), Scott Reeves (ex-Steve) and Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny) -- collectively known as Port Chuck -- are kicking off their "farewell" tour next month, and want you to come say "So long!"
The band will visit Boston, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Cincinnati and Chicago during their week-long tour, which begins on Saturday, November 16. For a complete list of the cities and concert venues -- and to purchase tickets -- visit www.portchuck.com. You are sure to have a rockin' good time!
GH Alum To SUITSStephen Macht (ex-Trevor, GH) has landed a guest-star gig on SUITS, playing opposite his real-life son, Gabriel Macht, reports TVLine.com. The senior Macht will appear in Episode 2 of Season 3's winter run as Professor Gerard, a longtime Harvard Law prof who is notorious for his high standards and rigid ways. Look for bad blood between their two characters.
GH's Richmond Stars In New FilmGENERAL HOSPITAL's Tequan Richmond (T.J.) stars opposite Isaiah Washington in the harrowing new thriller Blue Caprice, now in limited release. The film is based on the true story of the Beltway snipers who terrorized several states in 2002, and Richmond portrays Lee Boyd Malvo, one half of the duo.
The film debuted at the Sundance Film festival this year, and opened in New York City on Friday, September 13. You can click here to view a complete release date schedule for Blue Caprice and see if the critically-acclaimed film will be playing in your area.
Amber Tamblyn To Join Bob Odenkirk In 'Girlfriend's Day'(deadline.com) Amber Tamblyn will star opposite Bob Odenkirk in Magic Stone Productions and Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment’s Girlfriend’s Day. Odenkirk also penned the indie comedy-drama. Best Worst Movie‘s Michael Stephenson directs the pic about Ray (Odenkirk), a has-been greeting card writer who becomes entangled in a web of murder and deceit as writers scramble to create the perfect card for a new holiday dubbed Girlfriend’s Day. Tamblyn will play a “Cardie” – a fan of greeting card writers – who becomes involved with Ray and helps him recapture his former glory. Filming is scheduled to begin in 2014 in LA. TV and film vet Tamblyn most recently appeared briefly in 127 Hours and Django Unchained and is set to join the 11th season of CBS’s Two and a Half Men in September. Meanwhile Odenkirk appears in Alexander Payne’s Nov. 15 awards pic Nebraska and will front AMC‘s just-announced Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul. Tamblyn is repped by UTA, Hyler Management and Sloane, Offer, Weber, Dern, LLP.
Soap Stars In New SeriesEric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS/ex-Ethan, Passions), John J. York (Mac, GH), Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, DAYS) and Jillian Clare (ex-Abigail, DAYS) are set to be part of a new, semi-dark indie comedy series slated to begin production October 12. The production team has launched a fundraising campaign through Indiegogo for the project. Producer Susan Bernhardt (MISS BEHAVE) shares, “Brian [Beacock, creator/writer] and I wanted to keep the premise and name a mystery, so we created a fun video for the Indiegogo page (http://igg.me/at/ad), threw some bleeps and bars in it, then added some subtle clues, as well. I guarantee if you watch the video to the end and visit the link, plus read through the page, you”ll figure it out and want to donate!” Beacock adds, “The series will be shot in the style of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT and PARKS AND RECREATION but with a twist, an anachronistic mash-up of eras, with a bizarre look at Hollywood. We're hoping to create our own look and visual personality for a web series that hasn't been done before.” For more information and to donate, click here.
Watch Brad Maule's Music Video!(Video) Remember when we told you that Brad Maule (ex-Tony, GH/ex-Reverend Palmer, Y&R/ Dr. Abel, PS) had released a new album? Well, now you can watch the music video for the title track, "Miles And Miles Of Texas!" (Naturally, the video was shot in the Lone Star State) Enjoy!
'General Hospital' Alum Lands Fierce Role on CW's 'The 100'(hollywoodreporter.com) The CW's midseason drama The 100 is adding a "fiercely determined" heroine.
General Hospital grad Lindsey Morgan, best known for portraying Sonny Corinthos and Alexis Davis' daughter Kristina Davis from 2012-13, has landed a recurring role on the futuristic, sci-fi drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, a spaceship called the Ark housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. The series, from executive producer Jason Rothenberg, is based on Little, Brown's The Hundred book series by Kass Morgan.
Morgan will play the "smart, skilled and fiercely determined Raven, the youngest mechanical engineer the Ark has seen in 52 years," according to the official character description. "Upon learning about the 100, she is desperate to be reunited with with her friends on the ground."
The 100 is produced by Bonanza Productions, in association with Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. TV and CBS TV Studios. In addition to Rothenberg, Matthew Miller, Bharat Nalluri, Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girloamo are executive producers.
Morgan, repped by Luber Roklin and SDB Partners, was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for her General Hospital arc. Past TV credits include How I Met Your Mother, Happy Endings and Franklin & Bash.
The 100 premieres midseason on The CW.
Soaps Up For Casting AwardThree soaps were nominated for Artios Awards by the Casting Society Of America. Competing in the Daytime Drama Series category are DAYS OF OUR LIVES, GENERAL HOSPITAL, and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS.
The awards for casting in television and film will be distributed simultaneously at the Beverly Hilton and New York's XL Nightclub on Monday, November 18.
Another Real-Life GH RomanceIt's official! Bryan Craig (Morgan, GH) confirmed that he and co-star Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) are a real-life item. He posted a photo of the duo on Instagram with the caption, "Amazing night with my lady @keeelyt#legendsofsummer #mygirlsthebest." See the pic here: http://instagram.com/p/cat860mZqz/.
GH's Molly Has A New Book!GENERAL HOSPITAL's Molly Lansing-Davis has written a follow-up to Love In Maine, the romance novel Connie tried to pass off on her own! Maine Squeeze will be released as an E-book on Tuesday, August 13, and follows the courtship of Stephanie and Jeff, the best pal and brother of Love In Maine's heroine, Maddie. To pre-order the Kindle edition, visit Amazon.com here.
Roger Howarth To Recur On 'Californication'General Hospital and One Life To Live star Roger Howarth is set for a multi-episode arc on Showtime’s veteran comedy Californication. Howarth, repped by Gersh and Bob McGowan of McCowan Management, will play a yoga teacher in the class of Karen (Natascha McElhone), Hank’s (David Duchovny) longtime, on-again/off-again girlfriend and mother of his daughter.
Love in Maine by General Hospital's Connie FalconeriAs seen on ABC Daytime’s General Hospital, the delightful first novel from Port Charles’s Connie Falconeri. Whether you’ve been a fan of GH your entire life or simply love a romantic romp of a beach read, Love in Maine is unputdownable!
Maddie Post is privileged, sheltered, and polite, and does not belong in Blake, Maine. But thanks to a high-stakes bet, she’s waiting tables at a riverfront diner catering to boat-builders and living in Janet Gilbertson's $200-a-month guest room. And Janet's dark and stormy son, Hank, back in Maine after 10 years as an active duty Army diver, isn't without his troubles, either. Their flirty friendship hasmany passionate ups and downs, but when Maddie and Hank put aside their considerable differences and start opening up to each other, the crackle ofsummer romance grows into a blazing fire.
Connie Falconeri hails from Brooklyn, NY, where she had a colorful youth. After many years off, she’s back and better than ever. This is her first novel.
“Newcomer Connie Falconeri writes with the confidence of a novelist who’s been around forever, and she brings her charming characters to life with effortless imagination and breezy good humor.”—Kate Howard, publisher of Crimson magazine
“Love in Maine is a perfect summer read.”—Diane Miller, author of The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli
“Falconeri puts so much personality into her writing – it’s almost like she has two personalities!”—Ron Carlivati, Professor of Creative Writing, Port Charles University
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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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