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  • Debuted on: April 2, 1956
  • Final Tape Date: June 23, 2010
  • Final Air Date: September 17, 2010
  • # of Episodes: 13,858
  • Network: CBS
  • Created by: Irna Phillips
  • Takes place in: Oakdale, IL USA


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    • Bobby Alford as Bob Hughes
    • Les Damon as Jim Lowell
    • Wendy Drew as Ellen Lowell
    • Larry Hugo as John Hughes
    • William Johnstone as Judge James Lowell
    • William Lee as Grandpa William Hughes
    • Carl Low as Dick Baker
    • Anne Burr McDermott as Claire Lowell
    • Don McLaughlin as Christopher Hughes
    • Nat Polen as Dr. Doug Cassen
    • Leona Powers as Mrs. Turner
    • Rosemary Prinz as Penny Hughes
    • Selena Royale as Grace Baker
    • Mark Rydell as Jeff Baker
    • Hal Studer as Donald Hughes
    • Joyce Van Patten as Janice Turner
    • Helen Wagner as Nancy Hughes
    • Ruth Warrick as Edith Hughes

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    News, Cast Updates and Scoop

    (News section last updated November 13, 2018)

    Shawn Christian on The Rookie 11/27/18

    (11/13/18) “The Hawke” – Nolan and the team must help capture a cop and his former mentor from the academy after he becomes a fugitive following an assault. Meanwhile, Officer Tim Bradford needs Officer Lucy Chen to learn to predict the moves of criminals in order to capture them, on “The Rookie,” airing TUESDAY, NOV. 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    “The Rookie” stars Nathan Fillion as John Nolan, Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez, Richard T. Jones as Sergeant Wade Grey, Titus Makin as Jackson West, Mercedes Mason as Captain Zoe Andersen, Melissa O’Neil as Lucy Chen, Afton Williamson as Talia Bishop and Eric Winter as Tim Bradford.

    Guest starring is Danny Nucci as Detective Sanford Motta, Ryan Michelle Bathe as Detective Jennifer Paige and Shawn Christian as Jeremy Hawke.

    “The Hawke” was written by Fredrick Kotto and directed by Timothy Busfield.

    Marisa Tomei To Star With Liev Schreiber In ‘Human Capital’

    (11/13/18) Marisa Tomei has been set to star opposite Liev Schreiber in Human Capital, the adaptation of Stephen Amidon’s 2005 novel about families who collide as they chase the American Dream. Marc Meyers (My Friend Dahmer) is directing the pic from Oren Moverman’s script, and production gets underway today in New York.

    The film follows the lives of two families — one middle-class and one privileged — as their lives intertwine across the social divide when two of their children suddenly begin a relationship that leads to a tragic accident.

    Tomei will play Carrie in the pic, which previously set Schreiber as Drew and Alex Wolff as Ian in the drama, which is being produced by Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray’s Maven Pictures and Bert Marcus Film’s Bert Marcus alongside Moverman via his Sight Unseen Pictures and Schrieber and Matthew Stillman via their Illuminated Content).

    Paolo Virzì adapted Amidon’s book into the 2013 Italian-language film Il Capitale Umano, which won seven awards including best picture at the Donatello Awards, Italy’s version of the Oscars.

    Tomei, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for My Cousin Vinny, recently wrapped Spider-Man: Far From Home and Ira Sachs indie A Family Vacation starring alongside Isabelle Huppert. She was recently seen in The First Purge and on Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

    She is repped by UTA, Untitled Entertainment and Paul Hastings.

    Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp engaged

    (11/9/18) Meg Ryan is getting married again.

    The When Harry Met Sally star and rock veteran John Mellencamp have made their longtime romance official by becoming engaged.

    The actress and director posted an illustration of herself and the Jack & Diane singer on Instagram on Thursday and simply captioned it: “ENGAGED!”

    The couple started dating in 2011 but split in 2014, with the musician telling satellite radio shock jock Howard Stern, “Oh, women hate me. I loved Meg Ryan. She hates me to death. I think it’s because I’m a child. I throw fits, I gripe, I complain. I’m moody. Every bad thing that a fella can be, that’s me.”

    Shortly after the interview aired in March 2017, Ryan and Mellencamp reconciled and were spotted out in New York City. They were also seen at the Art Cliff Diner in Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, while the actress also made appearances at several of her rocker boyfriend’s shows.

    Earlier this year, sources told the New York Post’s Page Six the pair had started planning a wedding celebration, and now it’s official.

    On Wednesday, Ryan, 56, was spotted wearing what appeared to be a wedding band on her left ring finger as she ran errands in the Big Apple.

    Ryan was previously married to actor Dennis Quaid, the father of her 26-year-old son Jack, while Mellencamp has three ex-wives – Elaine Irwin, Victoria Granucci, and Priscilla Esterline.

    Mellencamp’s comments on the Howard Stern Show were rare as neither he nor private Ryan have shared much publicly about their romance.

    Jon Lindstrom Lands a Prime Role on Amazon's BOSCH!

    (11/1/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) In his career, Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has been on plenty of television, but now he’s playing a role he’s very excited about. He’ll be playing the recurring role of Lance Cronyn in multiple ep0isodes of the fifth season of BOSCH! “I get to play a great character on one of my favorite shows!” the actor announced on Instagram.

    Lindstrom had been teasing fans on social media for a couple weeks that he’d landed a new role but had kept details close to the vest until he could finally share the news. Amazon renewed BOSCH for a fifth season even before the fourth premiered, but there is still no premiere date for the series’ fifth season beyond just 2019.

    BOSCH stars Titus Welliver as Los Angeles Police detective Harry Bosch, and is based on characters and storylines taken from novels by author Michael Connelly. In the books, Lindstrom’s character of Lance Cronyn is a former district attorney who has moved into private practice. He’s also not entirely on the right side of the law, and willing to do whatever it takes to get the verdict he’s after. Whether or not the TV series will follow the same storyline as the books, you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out!

    We’ll let you know when the fifth season of BOSCH is going to premiere so you can check out Lindstrom in his newest role.

    Soap Alums’ New Series Debuts

    (10/31/18) TELL ME A STORY, the new series starring Billy Magnussen (ex-Casey, AS THE WORLD TURNS) and Paul Wesley (ex-Max, GUIDING LIGHT) debuts today on CBS All Access. The show “takes the world’s most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Set in modern-day New York City, the first season of this serialized drama interweaves The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel into an epic and subversive tale of love, loss, greed, revenge and murder,” according to press notes. Magnussen plays Nick, while Wesley plays Eddie. The 10-episode series will drop a new installment each week.

    James Karen Dies: ‘Poltergeist’ Actor Was 94

    (10/24/18) James Karen (Dr. Burke, As The World Turns/Linc, All My Children) , who is best known for his roles in Poltergeist and The Return of the Living Dead, died October 23 at his home in Los Angeles. His wife Alba confirmed the news. He was 94.

    Born in Wikes-Barre, Pennsylvania to Russian immigrant parents, Karen served in the Air Force during World War II and then went on to attend the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York. in addition to his popular roles in film, he appeared on television and the stage. He got his break when he was the understudy for Karl Malden in the original Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire. He also appeared in productions of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Cactus Flower.

    From there, he appeared on As the World Turns as well as All My Children and Eight is Enough. He starred in the 1979 miniseries Blind Ambition and then made appearances in various iconic sitcoms and television shows including The Golden Girls, The Jeffersons and the final TV movie for Little House on the Prairie.

    A lifelong member of the Actors Studio, Karen would go on to appear in a variety of films. He had a role in The China Syndrome opposite Jane Fonda as well as Wall Street, which was one of three collaborations with Oliver Stone. He also appeared as Secretary of State William Rogers in his 1995 pic Nixon as well as the football drama Any Given Sunday in 1999. He had roles in noteworthy movies All the President’s Men (1976), John Cassavetes’ Opening Night (1977), Up Close & Personal (1996), Apt Pupil (1998), and David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive (2001). His other credits include the 2006 drama The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith as well as Bender and Cynthia.

    His role in the classic horror pic Poltergeist became a memorable milestone for Karen. Co-written by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper, Karen portrayed the real-estate developer who built community of Cuesta Verde atop a cemetery.

    Ming-Na Wen on Fresh Off The Boat 11/9/18

    (10/24/18) “Mo’ Chinese Mo’ Problems” – Jessica and Lewis are thrilled beyond belief when they discover that a Chinese family – Elaine (Ming-Na Wen), Julius (Reggie Lee) and son, Horace (Jimmy O. Yang) – have moved into the neighborhood. Jessica immediately bonds with Elaine, who helps her solve an issue with the HOA, and Louis decides to introduce Julius to Marvin and hang out together. Meanwhile, when Evan goes door-to-door collecting information for the census bureau, Eddie and Emery come up with a plan to impersonate being census takers in order to find out when the owners of a pool are out of the house so they can sneak over and use it, on “Fresh Off the Boat,” FRIDAY, NOV. 9 (8:00–8:30 p.m. EST), as part of the new TGIF programming block on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    Inspired by a true story, “Fresh Off the Boat” stars Randall Park as Louis Huang, Constance Wu as Jessica Huang, Hudson Yang as Eddie Huang, Forrest Wheeler as Emery Huang, Ian Chen as Evan Huang, Lucille Soong as Grandma Huang, Chelsey Crisp as Honey and Ray Wise as Marvin.

    Guest starring is Rachel Cannon as Deidre, Ming-Na Wen as Elaine, Reggie Lee as Julius, Jimmy O. Yang as Horace, Kimberly Crandall as Lisa, Colleen Ryan as Amanda, Rachel Anderson as homeowner and Fred Cross as Bruce.

    “Mo’ Chinese Mo’ Problems” was written by Jeff Chiang and directed by Claire Scanlon.

    Soaps Stars Michael Park & Murray Bartlett Joins Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of The City

    (10/17/18) Netflix has rounded out cast for Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, its 10-episode limited series revival. Paul Gross (Due South, Alias Grace) returns to reprise his role as Brian Hawkins from the original miniseries, ex-husband of Mary Ann Singleton and father of Shawna Hawkins, played by previously announced Laura Linney and Ellen Page, respectively. The series is currently in production for a 2019 premiere.

    Murray Bartlett (Looking) has been cast as the lovable Michael ‘Mouse’ Tolliver, longtime resident at Barbary Lane and Mary Ann’s best friend; Charlie Barnett (Chicago Fire) plays Mouse’s boyfriend Ben Marshall; newcomers Josiah Victoria Garcia plays Jake Rodriguez, a newer resident on Barbary Lane who is a transgender man and a caregiver for Anna Madrigal (previously announced Olympia Dukakis) and May Hong (High Maintenance) as Jake’s long-term girlfriend Margot Park. Previously announced Barbara Garrick also returns as DeDe Halycon Day.

    Recurring cast members include Jen Richards (Her Story, Mrs. Fletcher) playing a young Anna Madrigal, Daniela Vega (A Fantastic Woman) as Ysela, a trans woman who plays a pivotal role in Anna’s life; Michelle Buteau (First Wives Club) as Wren, Brian’s no-nonsense best friend; Ashley Park (Broadway’s Mean Girls) and Christopher Larkin (The 100) as twins Ani and Raven who are newer residents of Barbary Lane; Caldwell Tidicue aka “Bob the Drag Queen” (RuPaul’s Drag Race) as Ida Best the manager of a burlesque club where Shawna and Margot work; Matthew Risch (Modern Family, Looking) as Mouse’s ex-boyfriend Harrison; Michael Park (Dear Evan Hansen) as Mary Ann’s husband Robert; Dickie Hearts (Grace & Frankie) as Mateo, DeDe’s housekeeper; Benjamin Thys (The Meyerowitz Stories) and Samantha Soule (Godless) as a queer polyamorous married couple Eli and Inka; and Juan Castano (The OA, What/If) as Ben’s co-worker Flaco Ramirez.

    The series spotlights LGBTQ people both in front of and behind the camera. Showrunner / Executive Producer and writer Lauren Morelli (Co-Executive Producer and writer Orange Is the New Black) and Producing Director and Executive Producer Alan Poul (Tales of the City, Six Feet Under, The Newsroom), who are both part of the LGBTQ community, assembled an entirely queer writing team comprised of Andy Parker, Patricia Resnick, Marcus Gardley, Jen Silverman, Hansol Jung and Thomas Page McBee to create the authentic and multigenerational LGBTQ characters and stories. Talented directors who are also part of the LGBTQ community include Silas Howard, Sydney Freeland, Stacie Passon and Kyle Alvarez. Transgender people involved in the production include: Garcia (“Jake”) a non-binary trans actor who uses they/them pronouns; Richards (young Anna Madrigal) a trans woman who starred in and was a writer and producer on the Emmy-nominated web series Her Story, about dating as a trans woman; Vega (Ysela) a trans woman and the lead of the Oscar-winning film A Fantastic Woman; writer Thomas Page McBee; and directors Silas Howard and Sydney Freeland.

    Based on the books by Armistead Maupin, this next chapter – Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City – follows Mary Ann (Linney), who returns home to San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter Shawna (Page) and ex-husband Brian, twenty years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann returns home to her chosen family and will quickly be drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal (Dukakis) and the residents of 28 Barbary Lane.

    Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City is a Working Title Television and NBCUniversal International studios production for Netflix. Working Title’s Andrew Stearn, Liza Chasin, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner also executive produce. Michael Cunningham will serve as a consulting producer.

    Maupin is the author of eleven novels, including the nine-volume Tales of the City, which led to three Tales of the City limited series starring Linney and Dukakis. Alan Poul served as producer of the first three adaptations (Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City) which earned a Peabody Award and multiple Emmy Award nominations. The first aired in 1993 on PBS in the U.S., and the last two on Showtime in 1998 and 2001.

    Dishing with Digest - 10/12/18 - Shawn Christian And Arianne Zucker

    (10/12/18) (Listen / download) Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel) and Arianne Zucker (Nicole) discuss DAYS, AS THE WORLD TURNS, their real-life romance, new travel business and more with Soap Opera Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss how shows handle stars' real-life deaths.

    Jason Biggs reveals he's clean and sober 1 year after battling booze, drugs

    (10/12/18) American Pie star Jason Biggs has stunned fans by revealing he’s one-year clean and sober after a booze and drugs binge threatened to wreck his career.

    The actor took to Instagram on Thursday to publicly celebrate his anniversary, revealing he had struggled for years to straighten up.

    “I first tried to get sober over 5 years ago, when the weight of my obsession with booze and drugs became too heavy for me to handle,” the 40-year-old father-of-two wrote. “Turns out this s**t is hard.”

    “After some fits and starts, I’ve managed to put together one year of sobriety. I’m as proud of it as anything in my life,” he added, before offering a little hope to others who are struggling.

    “Know there’s help,” he added. “Don’t be ashamed. We can do this.”

    Biggs’ wife Jenny Mollen was also celebrating — she posted a photo of the actor planting a kiss on her cheek and wrote the caption: “So proud of my husband today. Congrats baby. I know how hard you work. I see you. I love you. Thank you for your fight.”

    It appears Biggs’ sobriety battle began around the birth of his second son, Lazlo, who entered the world on Oct. 2, 2017.

    The couple had a tough start after Mollen suffered a miscarriage in 2008, just weeks into her relationship with the actor.

    In a candid interview with People magazine months after she first became a mum in 2014, Jenny revealed she was 12 weeks along when she lost the couple’s baby. They eloped two months later and wed in April, 2008.

    Michael Park on Blue Bloods 11/2/18

    (10/11/18) “Trust” – Eddie and her new partner, Maya (Yasha Thompson), clash with Jamie on the job when they fail to intervene in a public dispute at a convenience store. Also, Danny and Baez investigate the death of a college freshman at a fraternity party, and Frank battles a lawsuit when a sergeant accuses the department of reverse racism and ageism, on BLUE BLOODS, Friday, Nov. 2 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST includes: Yasha Jackson (Maya Thompson), Eric Freeman (Colin), Michael Park (Inspector Keith Sullivan)

    Talk Show Appearance

    (10/7/18) The Talk - CBS

    Friday, Oct. 12 - Actor Grant Show discusses his drama on The CW, DYNASTY; actress Skyler Samuels; actress Roselyn Sanchez guest co-hosts

    Meg Ryan Eyes Starring Role in NBC Comedy From Lorne Michaels

    (10/5/18) The Peak TV era has converted yet another film star. Meg Ryan is eyeing a return to the small screen by way of The Obsolescents, a comedy series in the works at NBC.

    The single-camera project takes place in a suburban New Jersey town where the facade of peace and civility is disrupted by the shocking death of a longtime Township Council member. Though Ryan is already attached to produce the series, she is in talks to star in it, as well.

    Saturday Night Live boss Lorne Michaels will executive-produce alongside Ryan, as will Andrew Singer (Portlandia) and series creator Andrew Gottlieb (Fuller House).

    Though Ryan got her start on TV shows, including As the World Turns and the Western series Wildside, she made a name for herself through her work in film. In fact, her performances in When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail each earned her a Golden Globe nomination.

    More recently, Ryan has appeared on episodes of Web Therapy and Curb Your Enthusiasm. It was announced in January 2017 that she would lead the EPIX comedy series Picture Paris, but no further news about that project has been reported.

    Talk Show Appearance

    (9/28/18) LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS - NBC

    Thursday, October 4: Meredith Hagner (Liberty, As The World Turns)

    Your Complete Guide to Every New Hallmark Christmas Movie This Year

    (9/20/18) Summer isn't even officially over but it's already time to start talking about Christmas, more specifically Hallmark Christmas! That's right, folks, the Hallmark Christmas movie schedule was officially released via Entertainment Weekly on Wednesday, and now you can map out your Christmas cheer accordingly.

    Whether you're into sad veterans, overworked marketing assistants too busy trying to land a promotion to celebrate the holidays or a bah-humbug widower in need of some Christmas spirit, Hallmark has you covered with over 35 festive holiday films that go down smoother than your grandma's hot cocoa with marshmallows. Here is when all the new films premiere!

    Saturday, Oct. 27
    Film: Christmas at Pemberley Manor
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jessica Lowndes, Michael Rady
    Synopsis: As Christmas approaches, Elizabeth Bennett (Lowndes), a New York event planner, is sent to a quaint, small town to organize their holiday festival. When she arrives, she finds William Darcy (Rady), a high-profile billionaire lacking in holiday spirit, in the process of selling the charming estate she hoped to use as a venue. Determined to make her event a success, Elizabeth persuades the reluctant Darcy to let her hold the festival on the historical estate once known for its holiday cheer. When they wind up working together to arrange the festivities, the unlikely pair begins falling for each other. But when complications arise and the festival is unexpectedly shut down, the couple parts ways and Darcy moves forward with his plans to sell the estate. On the night before Christmas, a wistful Elizabeth hopes for a Christmas miracle to revive the festival, save the estate, and rekindle her holiday romance.

    Wednesday, Nov. 3
    Film: Christmas Joy
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Danielle Panabaker, Matt Long
    Synopsis: Joy Holbrook (Panabaker) is a keenly intelligent market researcher with an eye on her company's top account and garnering a sweet promotion just in time for the holidays. Just as Joy is capturing the attention of the account's CEO, she receives a call from her Aunt Ruby's best friend back home in Crystal Falls. Ruby has broken her ankle and needs surgery. Though the timing couldn't be worse, Joy immediately comes to her aunt's bedside only to be reunited with former crush, now hospital administrator, Ben Andrew (Long), son of Ruby's best friend Shirley. Joy also must reconcile Ruby's stubborn determination to be in control of everything, including the town's legendary baking competition known as the Cookie Crawl. To keep Ruby focused on healing, Joy volunteers to take Ruby's place much to the amusement of Ben who knows Joy has no idea of the Herculean task before her. Though Joy initially refuses Ben's attempts to "co-captain," she begins to soften and let him in, all the while remembering that there truly is no place like home. Based on the best-selling novel by Nancy Naigle.

    Thursday, Nov. 4
    Film: Road to Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jessy Schram, Chad Michael Murray, Teryl Rothery
    Synopsis: Los Angeles television producer Maggie Baker (Schram) unwittingly falls for Danny Wise (Murray), the son and former producer of his mother's (Rothery) popular annual Christmas special Julia Wise Lifestyle. When Maggie's secret plan to reunite Danny and his two brothers with Julia during the live broadcast in Vermont goes awry, Maggie is reminded that above all, it is the love for family and friends that makes the merriest of Christmas.

    Film: Marrying Father Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Erin Krakow, Niall Matter, Wendie Malick
    Synopsis: When Miranda Chester (Krakow) set off to find information on her biological father two Christmases ago, she never imagined her investigation would lead her to both the love of her life, Ian McAndrick (Matter), and the family she had always longed for, including Margaret Whitcomb (Malick) and step-brother Peter Whitcomb (Jim Thorburn). After her romantic engagement last Christmas, Miranda prepares for a Christmas wedding surrounded by this new family. While Miranda finalizes the details of her big day, Margaret forges a surprising romance with a friend from the past. Miranda's wedding plans are quickly complicated when a mysterious visitor who claims to have ties to her late parents reaches out to her just days before her wedding. As Miranda's wedding approaches, she must decide if she wants to spend one of the most momentous days of her life with this new family connection, and must carefully navigate the first steps into the next chapter of her life with Ian.

    Wednesday, Nov. 10
    Film: It's Christmas, Eve
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: LeAnn Rimes, Tyler Hines
    Synopsis: As interim school superintendent, Eve (Rimes) trims budgets and now she's in her hometown where it's personal. Her handsome neighbor Liam (Hines) is a music teacher and Eve feels his program must be cut. But luckily her friend is married to an IT guy, who's created a website for donations directly to save the arts program. Launched during the tree-lighting ceremony where Liam's students will perform, the website could provide the Christmas miracle the town needs. Already the universe is cooperating. Eve is back home and she, Liam, and his daughter look like they might be celebrating many a future Christmas.

    Thursday, Nov. 11
    Film: Christmas in Love
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Brooke D'Orsay, Daniel Lissing, Mary-Margaret Humes
    Synopsis: Ellie Hartman (D'Orsay) is an aspiring crafter working in her small town's bakery making famous Christmas Kringles. When the new, big-city CEO Nick Carlingson (Lissing) visits the bakery, he arrives filled with modernization ideas destined to lay off many employees. During his visit, Ellie is to teach Nick how to make a Kringle, and determined to show him it's the people who make the business a success, not machines. Nick meets more of the employees and townspeople, visits the food bank and begins to see all the kindness that is shared, and he begins to soften — though not convinced automation isn't better. Struggling with chasing her own entrepreneurial dreams, Ellie begins to fall for Nick but not before feeling betrayed when she inadvertently sees Nick's laptop filled with automation plans. When Nick finally tells the employees his future ideas for the company, Ellie must decide if she should trust him, but more importantly, whether to take a leap of faith in making her own dreams come true.

    Film: A Soldier's Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Eloise Mumford, Sean Faris
    Synopsis: Captain Grace Garland (Mumford), a decorated U.S. veteran, returns home after two tours of Search and Rescue in Afghanistan. After being separated from her beloved K9 partner, Grace must rediscover the magic of Christmas. When she finds herself stranded in the town of River's Crossing a couple weeks before Christmas, the local judge, Joe Peterson (Faris), offers her a place to stay on his property and takes it upon himself to show Grace everything she has been missing; Christmas, family, community, and love.

    Wednesday, Nov. 17
    Film: Christmas at Graceland
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Kellie Pickler, Wes Brown
    Synopsis: Laurel (Pickler), a Chicago-based business executive travels to Memphis to secure one of the city's oldest family-owned banks. While in Memphis, Laurel reunites with old flame Clay (Brown), a local music promoter with loftier aspirations. Though Laurel tries to keep her eye on the prize of the business acquisition, Clay is very persuasive reminding her of the days when they were a performing duo on the brink of stardom. Now Laurel's focus turns to the home of the Blues and dreams of making music again.

    Film: A Godwink Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Kimberley Sustad, Paul Campbell, Kathie Lee Gifford
    Synopsis: As Christmas approaches, Paula (Sustad), a St. Louis antique appraiser, reluctantly accepts a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Daniel (Giles Panton, Chesapeake Shores), a career-focused attorney. When her Aunt Jane (Gifford) senses she has mixed emotions over the engagement, she invites Paula to her Nantucket home. Upon her arrival, Paula plans a trip to the nearby island of Martha's Vineyard where she meets Gery (Campbell), a charming inn owner. When bad weather prevents her from departing, Paula winds up staying at Gery's inn and enjoying local holiday festivities alongside him. They begin to have feelings for each other, but when the weather clears up, they part ways and Paula returns to Nantucket. Sensing she's fallen for Gery, Aunt Jane shares with Paula her belief that their meeting was God's way of "winking" at her to help determine which direction her life should take. When Daniel surprises her by spontaneously arriving in Nantucket, Paula decides to move forward with their marriage plans. But back in St. Louis, Daniel soon returns to his all-business ways and a fed-up Paula finally realizes they're not compatible. When Jane invites her back to Nantucket for Christmas, Paula accepts, unaware that Jane has devised a plan to bring her and Gery together. From author Squire Rushnell of the God Winks book series.

    Thursday, Nov. 18
    Film: Mingle All the Way
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jen Lilley, Brant Daugherty, Lindsay Wagner
    Synopsis: Mingle All the Way is a new networking app designed to pair busy professionals together for upcoming events, without long-term romance. Molly (Lilley), founder of the app, is determined to prove to her family that it is a success. Therefore, she joins the app and meets another busy professional, Jeff (Daugherty). When Molly and Jeff are matched, they are both horrified to realize they've already had not one, but two disastrous previous encounters. Nevertheless, they agree to stay matched for all their respective upcoming holiday engagements. As the pair gets closer, perhaps their business arrangement might turn into something more this holiday season.

    Film: Return to Christmas Creek
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Tori Anderson, Stephen Huszar, Steven Weber, Kari Matchett
    Synopsis: As Christmas approaches, Amelia Hughes (Anderson), a career-focused Chicago app developer lacking in holiday spirit, returns to her small hometown of Christmas Creek to rediscover the meaning of Christmas. There, she reunites with her childhood best friend Mike (Huszar) and her estranged uncle Harry (Weber), whose mysterious rift with Amelia's father divided her family during the holiday season when she was a child. As she engages in local holiday festivities — and begins falling for Mike — Amelia finds herself feeling the Christmas spirit and looking forward to Harry's Christmas Eve tradition of delivering toys to needy children in his small, private airplane. Meanwhile, Harry begins repairing his damaged relationship with his ex-girlfriend Pamela (Kari Matchett). But as she helps prep Harry's airplane for the toy delivery, a shocked Amelia learns her parents have unexpectedly shown up in town for the holiday and is crushed when her father and Harry resume their longstanding feud. On Christmas Eve, disappointed by her family's continued fighting, Amelia prepares to return to Chicago and leave behind Christmas Creek and her budding romance with Mike along with it. But just as she's about to leave, she feels a burst of inspiration that just might turn things around and help her finally restore family peace and embrace romance as love prepares to take flight for Christmas.

    Friday, Nov. 19
    Film: Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Alicia Witt, Colin Ferguson
    Synopsis: Emma (Witt) returns home to celebrate Christmas for the last time with her siblings in the house they grew up in. After their parents' recent passing, the siblings reluctantly agree to sell the family home on Honeysuckle Lane, leaving Emma in charge of its belongings. While Emma's mother's collection is being appraised, they find a hidden surprise that takes them on a journey to discover the power of love and family during the holidays. Based on the book by Mary Elizabeth McDonough.

    Saturday, Nov. 20
    Film: Hope at Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Ryan Paevey, Scottie Thompson
    Synopsis: Sydney Ragsdale (Thompson), recently divorced, decides to spend Christmas in a house she inherited with her young daughter. As Sydney begins to spend more time at the local bookstore, she meets a teacher, Mac (Paevey), who also fills in for the town Santa. Mac tries to make Christmas wishes come true, and this year Sydney is at the top of his "nice" list. As a new opportunity with the bookstore unfolds, Mac helps Sydney open herself up to life, love, and believing in the spirit of Christmas again.

    Sunday, Nov. 21
    Film: Christmas at the Palace
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Merritt Patterson, Brittany Bristow
    Synopsis: Katie, a former professional ice skater (Patterson), is hired by the king of San Senova, Alexander, to help his daughter in a Christmas ice skating performance. As Katie spends time in the castle and with the king, she and Alex begin to develop feelings for each other and ultimately fall in love. But will the tradition-loving people of San Senova allow their king to make a foreigner their queen?

    Monday, Nov. 22
    Film: Christmas at Grand Valley
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Danica McKellar, Brennan Elliott
    Synopsis: Burned out from the hubbub of the Chicago gallery world, artist Kelly (McKellar) returns home to the picturesque Grand Valley just in time for Christmas. Maybe her favorite town's shining season will reinvigorate her love of art and guide her down her next path. Leo (Elliott), businessman and all-star dad to his children, struggles to balance his time this holiday season. When he is assigned to review a hotel in Grand Valley for its value, he sees this as the perfect opportunity for a Christmas family vacation. It isn't long until Kelly and Leo's worlds collide. As Kelly re-experiences her favorite Grand Valley traditions with Leo and his children, she begins to find her way back to her passion for art.

    Tuesday, Nov. 23
    Film: Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Lacey Chabert, Brendan Penny
    Synopsis: Darcy (Chabert) has always worked hard to prove herself and be successful on her own terms, even choosing to start her own company, rather than work with her father. Returning to her hometown for Christmas, Darcy reconnects with an old rival, restaurant owner Luke (Penny), and they are forced to plan a charity event together. As Darcy spends time with her family and Luke, she starts to realize what matters most in life and sets out to mend her relationship with her father, and possibly fall in love. Based on the book of the same title by Melissa de la Cruz.

    Wednesday, Nov. 24
    Film: Christmas Everlasting
    Channel: Hallmark Channel — Hallmark Hall of Fame
    Stars: Tatyana Ali, Dondre T. Whitfield, Patti LaBelle, Dennis Haysbert
    Synopsis: Christmas is fast approaching and years of long workdays employed at New York's top corporate law firm are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey (Ali) will be made partner after the New Year. However, when Alice, her older sister with special needs, unexpectedly passes away, Lucy returns back to Nilson's Bay, Wisconsin, to attend the funeral and handle her estate. While Lucy dreads returning to her childhood home, she also feels real sorrow that she was too busy to take her sister's last call. Once back in Nilson's Bay, Lucy meets Peter (Whitfield), her old high school sweetheart and Alice's former attorney, who informs her of the terms of Alice's eccentric will that states in order for Lucy to inherit the family home, she must live there for 30 days through the holidays.

    Thursday, Nov. 25
    Film: Welcome to Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Jennifer Finnigan, Eric Mabius
    Synopsis: Resort developer Madison Lane (Finnigan) is tasked with finding a location for a new ski resort. While she's prepared to recommend the resort be placed in Mountain Park, her boss tells her to take a trip to Christmas, Colorado, to consider the location and the incentive package they're offering. On her way into town to meet with the mayor, Madison has a minor fender-bender with the town's welcome sign. Town Sheriff Gage McBride (Mabius) gives Madison a ride into town so she can attend the meeting while the car is towed and repaired. Little does Madison know that the town is on a mission to convince Madison that Christmas is the best place for the new ski resort. While stranded, Madison grows to love the community and the spirit of Christmas that runs throughout. Is a resort really the right move for Christmas? Or would the town be better off keeping its charm and traditions intact?

    Film: A Shoe Addict's Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Candace Cameron Bure, Luke Macfarlane
    Synopsis: As Christmas approaches, Noelle (Bure) is at a crossroads in her life when it seems that love, a connection with her father, and her dream career are out of reach. When she stays late at her job in a department store on a snowy Christmas Eve, she accidentally gets locked in after closing. She isn't too concerned about the prospect of spending the night in the store... until a quirky woman appears out of nowhere in the shoe department and tells Noelle that she's her guardian angel. Soon, Noelle finds herself revisiting Christmases past, present, and future as she must work with her new neighbor, a handsome, Christmas-loving firefighter, to plan the annual Christmas Charity Gala. Will visiting the holidays of yesterday and tomorrow help Noelle take new chances and discover the true spirit of Christmas? And in realizing that the only thing standing in her way of leading a fulfilling life is herself, will the love she has longed for all her life be the best surprise gift of all?

    Wednesday, Dec. 1
    Film: Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jill Wagner, Mark Deklin, Holly Robinson-Peete, Barbara Niven, Andrew Francis, Ashley Williams
    Synopsis: When Lisa (Wagner) takes a last-minute Christmas trip to her hometown of Evergreen, she finds that the historic general store has been closed. Using her skills as a professional retail designer, Lisa decides to keep local tradition alive and help the good people of Evergreen bring the store back to life. As Lisa charms a local contractor named Kevin (Deklin) into working with her, the pair find themselves facing one surprise after another as they restore the store to its former glory. When the staff at the Kringle Kitchen temporarily accept the store's beloved "Mailbox to Santa" for safekeeping, the townspeople find and rally around a mysterious 25-year-old letter that never made it to the North Pole. As old traditions are made new again, Lisa finds herself falling for Kevin, the traditions, and the town of Evergreen.

    Thursday, Dec. 2
    Film: A Majestic Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jerrika Hinton, Christian Vincent
    Synopsis: Christmas in the charming town of Briar Falls will be bittersweet this year when architect Nell (Hinton) goes back to her hometown having been given the job of turning the historic Majestic Playhouse into a modern multiplex, much to the town's objections. The Playhouse has been home to their annual Christmas tableaux, which will now have to end after a long and historic tradition to the town. This job is Nell's first promotion, and one she wishes she hadn't been chosen for, especially when she meets the new owner of the theater, Connor (Vincent), whose vision and ideas clash with Nell's. Since Connor hasn't had much experience celebrating Christmas, Nell hopes that if she can give him a crash course in Christmas during the town's Twelve Day Festival, that he might just change his mind about modernizing the Majestic.

    Film: Northern Lights of Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Ashley Williams, Corey Sevier
    Synopsis: Zoey Hathaway (Williams) has been working toward her lifelong goal of being a pilot for years, but everything is thrown off-course when she unexpectedly inherits a reindeer farm, along with the dangerously handsome ranch hand Alec Wynn (Sevier). Now buried in taking care of reindeer and all the Christmas responsibilities, Zoey thinks life has delivered her a strange and cumbersome blow, and she isn't sure about Alec, who has his own ideas how best to run things. Alec, who has never had many people have faith in him, opens up when Zoey invests trust in him, and the two find themselves falling for each other. Could they both find happiness in the most unlikely of circumstances right before Christmas?

    Wednesday, Dec. 8
    Film: Homegrown Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Lori Loughlin, Victor Webster
    Synopsis: After stepping down as CEO of her dream job, Maddie (Loughlin) heads home for the holidays to gain perspective. She finds herself running into her old high school sweetheart Carter (Webster), and tensions quickly arise. When forced to put together a Christmas dance for the local high school, Carter and Maddie find themselves putting their differences aside and rediscover what made them fall in love all those years ago.

    Film: Memories of Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Christina Milian, Mark Taylor
    Synopsis: Noelle (Milian) was raised by the queen of Christmas. When she inherits her late mother's house, she finds out that her mother had been hiring someone to decorate it — Dave (Taylor). The deal is off, but Dave convinces Noelle to let him carry on the tradition. As the display goes up, Noelle's defenses start to come down. She embraces the town's Christmas gala that was her mother's legacy, finds unexpected love, and develops a joy for the holidays that she never thought possible.

    Thursday, Dec. 9
    Film: Once Upon a Christmas Miracle
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: TBA
    Synopsis: Told she would have less than a few months to live without a liver transplant, Heather Krueger's time was running out when a kind stranger, Chris Dempsey, heard of her plight and discovered he was a perfect match. The two met and before long a friendship developed into romance. The movie follows Heather and Chris' journey over three Christmases as his selfless gesture leads to a Christmas miracle for everyone involved. Based on a true story.

    Film: Christmas Wonderland
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Emily Osment
    Synopsis: Heidi (Osment), who initially left her small town of Pleasant Valley with the dream of one day becoming a successful painter, has put her own art on hold to excel as an art gallery curator. Now, a week before the gallery's big Christmas party, she must return home to watch her niece and nephew. She comes face to face with her high school love, Chris, now a teacher, who is in over his head after he must find a new last-minute location for the Christmas dance. Heidi offers to help him and together they discover a beautiful place for the dance, perfectly capturing the Christmas spirit, called Wonderland Farms. The more time Heidi spends in Pleasant Valley decorating for the Christmas SnowBall, the more she finds herself inspired to start painting again. With Christmas fast approaching, Heidi soon becomes torn between the life she built in the city and the life she is surprisingly charmed by back in Pleasant Valley, embracing her true passion.

    Wednesday, Dec. 8
    Film: A Gingerbread Romance
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Duane Henry
    Synopsis: With Christmas just weeks away, the architecture firm Taylor works for enters her in a contest in which the teams will design and build life-sized gingerbread houses. After the contest, Taylor will likely be getting a promotion to a position in another city. The firm teams her up with Isabelle, a renowned French pastry chef with whom Taylor instantly locks horns. When Isabelle backs out, Taylor stumbles into a local bakery and meets Adam, a baker and single dad. In an act of desperation, Taylor convinces Adam to partner with her for the contest, arguing that winning would give the bakery and his designs much-needed exposure. For years Taylor has been resistant to call anywhere 'home' for fear it will only be temporary. But the time she spends with Adam and his daughter in their cozy home, decorating for the holidays and exploring the town at Christmas, fills her with a longing for a place to call home.

    Wednesday, Dec. 15
    Film: Time for Me to Come Home
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: TBA
    Synopsis: It's the last Friday before Christmas in New York City and a massive storm is brewing. Small-town business woman Cara Hill is meeting with her banker while country music star Heath Sawyer is playing Madison Square Garden. When the flight to Tulsa they're both booked on is canceled, this unlikely pair of strangers winds up traveling together. Each has a secret — Heath hasn't written a song since his father died, and Cara's mother recently passed and her family's jam business is failing. Will Christmas provide a miracle — and a chance at love? Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas is a touching story about finding a way home after a loss — to your family and to your own true self. Based on the song by Blake Shelton and the book by Dorothy Shakleford and Travis Thrasher.

    Thursday, Dec. 16
    Film: Entertaining Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jodie Sweetin
    Synopsis: Claire is a cookbook author, crafting expert, and television personality whose name is synonymous with perfection. As she contemplates retirement, her daughter Kara (Sweetin) is poised to become the new face of the Livingston brand. The only trouble is, Kara can't cook. Or sew. Or do any of the signature things her mother is known for. When a young girl posts a video online requesting Claire help welcome her deployed father home for Christmas, Kara is sent in her place in an effort to prove herself a worthy successor to the board of directors and win the job. As Kara does her best to make a good impression, she gets more than she bargained for when the young girl's uncle Joe turns out to be a reporter for the local paper, looking for his next story.

    Film: Reunited for Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Nikki Deloach, Mike Faiola
    Synopsis: Frazzled and struggling with writer's block, novelist Samantha (Deloach), along with her boyfriend, heads home to her late grandmother's home to spend Christmas. While at home with family, her grandmother's wise words reveal the true meaning of Christmas with Samantha at a time when she most needs encouragement

    Wednesday, Dec. 22
    Film: Christmas Copy
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: TBA
    Synopsis: TBA

    Film: Small Town Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: TBA
    Synopsis: Author Nell Phillips' first book has become a surprise bestseller of the Christmas season. Nell's last stop on a nationwide book tour takes her to the town of Springdale, the hometown of Emmett Turner, a young man she met over five years ago while both were junior copy editors at a New York publishing company. Nell was hurt when Emmett stood her up for a dinner date and then disappeared from New York without any explanation. As Nell is quick to admit, Emmett's colorful, nostalgic anecdotes about Springdale inspired her to write this book that is shaping her life and especially this holiday season.

    Thursday, Dec. 23
    Film: Christmas Made to Order
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Alexa PenaVega
    Synopsis: When architect and Christmas amateur Steven finds himself hosting his family for Christmas, he recruits holiday coordinator Gretchen (PenaVega) to bring holiday joy to his home. Gretchen's expert Christmas spirit brings Steven's family together, but neither expected it to bring them closer to each other. After a great opportunity presents itself to Gretchen, she and Steven must decide what's really important in life.

    Film: Christmas Bells Are Ringing
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: TBA
    Synopsis: Samantha, a freelance photographer, is returning to Cape Cod for the first time since the death of her mother years earlier. She's going to celebrate her father's Christmas Eve wedding to the lovely Helen but is anxious to revisit past memories. However, having never been to the Cape during winter, she finds that it is a whole new experience. On deadline for a big Christmas spread that could ignite her career, she enlists the help of her childhood friend, Mike, to show her around. In the time she spends in Cape Cod with her dad, Helen, and Mike, she finds meaning in her creative pursuits, falls in love, and realizes that Christmas is wherever your family is.

    Saturday, Dec. 25
    Film: When Calls the Heart Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Erin Krakow, Lori Loughlin, Jack Wagner, Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith, Paul Greene
    Synopsis: When a group of orphans become stranded in Hope Valley for Christmas, their caretakers — sisters who have a mysterious backstory — lead Bill (Wagner) to investigate the circumstances of their arrival. He discovers the sisters and their orphanage are in jeopardy, so Abigail (Loughlin) and the other residents rally to make it a Christmas to remember for the orphans. Elizabeth (Krakow), who is preparing for the birth of her child, organizes her students to engage in selfless gift-giving. That, along with a Christmas miracle, help bring wonder, hope, joy, and love to all this Christmas season.

    Wednesday, Dec. 29
    Film: Focus on Love
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Carlos PenaVega
    Synopsis: With only one week to prepare, Lisa Patterson and her family of party planners are given the biggest job in their company's history: a New Year's Eve party for tech entrepreneur Megan Clark. But when her brother breaks his leg and her parents head off on a planned vacation, Lisa must reluctantly enlist the help of her brother's visiting college buddy, David Campos (PenaVega), to help her pull off the event which just so happens to fall on her favorite day of the year. But what Lisa didn't plan on was falling in love in the process.

    #DearProfessorFord: Actresses Support Christine Balsey Ford As Brett Kavanaugh Hearings Loom

    (9/20/18) (Video) As the hearings for Brett Kavanaugh are on the horizon, Professor Christine Balsey Ford’s sexual assault accusations against the SCOTUS hopeful has taken center stage on Twitter with the trending hashtag #DearProfessorFord.

    Julianne Moore, Gabrielle Union, Eva Longoria, Marisa Tomei, America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn, and women from all walks of life are featured in a video reading the same letter supporting Professor Ford and protesting Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

    “You are strong and you are not alone,” they say in a supportive chorus. “You are a survivor. Millions of us have your back. You and your testimony are credible.”

    They end by saying, “We believe you.”

    Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist living in northern California, came forward publicly saying that Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her back in their 1980s high school days. She said, “I thought he might inadvertently kill me.” Kavanaugh has since denied the claims.

    Sen. Chuck Grassley, head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has rejected Democrats calls to delay the hearing in which the Supreme Court nominee was scheduled to debate Ford. Grassley said he will not ask the FBI to investigate the allegations, as Ford has requested. Kavanaugh’s confirmation was originally set for Thursday but has been postponed due to the debate.

    Ford has been getting death threats due to the accusations and has moved to an undisclosed location. Kavanaugh, who accepted the committee’s invitation to testify, has been spending time with White House experts, prepping for Monday.

    Fresh Off the Boat: Ming-Na Wen, Crazy Rich Asians Star to Recur in Season 5

    (9/20/18) It seems the Huangs will be expanding their social circle when Fresh Off the Boat returns this fall.

    Ming-Na Wen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Jimmy O. Yang (Crazy Rich Asians) and Reggie Lee (Grimm) all will recur on Season 5 of the ABC sitcom.

    Wen will play Elaine, a Chinese-American woman who is everything Jessica could want in a Chinese best friend. Case in point: She quickly earns the nickname “Chinese Oprah” for her advice-giving abilities.

    Lee will appear as Elaine’s husband, Julius, a Chinese-American man who quickly bonds with Randall Park’s Louis, only to have their new friendship tested by one of Louis’ old buddies.

    And Yang (pictured right) — who will reunite with Crazy Rich Asians co-star Constance Wu on the comedy — will portray Horace, Elaine and Julius’ talented son who went to Harvard at age 16 on a full scholarship. His impressive resumé will win Wu’s Jessica over… until he reveals some secrets from his past.

    The trio will make its first appearance in the November episode “Mo’ Chinese Mo’ Problems,” in which the youngest Huang son Evan meets the family while ringing doorbells for the United States Census Bureau.

    Fresh Off the Boat, which will also welcome Family Matters‘ Jaleel White in Season 5, returns Friday, Oct. 5, at 8/7c on ABC.

    Reign Edwards & Wole Parks on MacGyver 10/5/18

    (9/14/18) “Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship” – When Jack receives an emergency distress signal from one of his old Delta buddies who is falsely accused of terrorism in a foreign country, MacGyver and Jack quickly recruit the rest of Jack’s old Delta team and stage an unsanctioned rescue op, on MACGYVER, Friday, Oct. 5 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    RECURRING CAST: Reign Edwards (Leanna Martin)

    GUEST CAST includes: Jesse C. Boyd (Ryan Thorpe), Wolé Parks (Caleb Worthy), Josh Stamberg (Paul “Deacon” Hern).

    ‘America 2.0’ Podcast Set With Patrick J. Adams, Kate Walsh, Laurence Fishburne & Others

    (9/13/18) For those who just can’t get enough politics these days, there’s a new podcast launching next week. The scripted America 2.0 stars Suits’ Patrick J. Adams as an idealistic first-term congressman, along with Kate Walsh (13 Reasons Why), Shanola Hampton (Shameless), Oscar nominee Laurence Fishburne and others. Listen to a trailer below.

    Capitol Hill rookie Seth McGuire (Adams) comes get entangled in his first real controversy and finds himself ill-equipped to navigate D.C.’s treachery. His only hope comes from a big idea to give every American citizen $1 million. The cast also includes Ming-Na Wen (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Autumn Reeser (Entourage), Jack Coleman (Heroes), CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash, Gregory Itzin (24), Iqbal Theba (Glee), Steven Weber (Ballers) and others. Debuting on September 19 via all major podcast platforms, America 2.0 was co-created, written, directed and produced by J S Mayank. It also was co-created, co-written and produced by David Carlyle. Jeremy Gordon and Spencer Garrett also serve as are producers. Produced by Dax, it is distributed by the UK-based Global.

    Here’s the audio trailer for America 2.0: Audio.

    Sarah Lancaster Makes Directorial Debut With ‘Josie & Jack’ Starring Olivia DeJonge, Alex Neustaedter, And William Fichter

    (9/12/18) Sarah Lancaster is set to make her feature directorial debut with Josie & Jack. Based on the Kelly Braffet novel by the same name, Lancaster adapted the screenplay with the author.

    The movie stars Olivia DeJonge (The Visit ), Alex Neustaedter (A.X.L.), and William Ficthner (12 Strong). The movie follows the dark story of teenage siblings (DeJonge and Neustaedter) who are raised in isolation in a decaying rural Pennsylvania mansion. Homeschooled by their tyrannical professor father (Fichtner), Josie and Jack only have each other to depend as they make their way into the world. Lancaster is currently finishing post-production in anticipation of a winter festival run.

    Josie & Jack also stars Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Owen Campbell and Anna Baryshnikov.

    The film is a production of Mountain Men Films in association with The Komack Company. The Komack Company’s Jonathon Komack Martin and Blake Goza produced.

    Charles Miller, who executive produced last year’s Sundance winner Monsters and Men, serves as Executive Producer alongside Bruce R. Evans from Mountain Men Films.

    ‘Miss Saigon’ Actresses Lea Salonga And Eva Noblezada To Star In Musical Indie ‘Yellow Rose’

    (9/11/18) Two generations of Miss Saigon actresses are set to co-star in the musical drama Yellow Rose. Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, who played the lead role of Kim in the original Broadway cast will star in the indie opposite Eva Noblezada, who received a Tony nomination for her role as Kim in the 2014 West End and 2017 Broadway revivals.

    Directed by Diane Paragas, Yellow Rose tells the story of a 17-year old Filipino American girl from Texas who secretly dreams of becoming a country music star of old. When her mom is arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, she runs away and is forced to embark on a journey to forge her own path or face deportation with her mother back to the Philippines.

    This will mark Noblezada feature film debut. She will headline the film which also stars the aforementioned Salonga, country music artist Dale Watson, Liam Booth (Ghosts Never Sleep), Gustavo Gomez (Walking Dead, Animal Kingdom), Libby Villari (Boyhood) and Princess Punzalan (Mulawin, Mula sa Puso). The film features original music composed and performed by the cast and director.

    Paragas will also serve as a producer with Cecilia Mejia, Orian Williams, Rey Cuerdo, and Co-Producer Jeremiah Abraham (Warner Bros Entertainment, IW Group).

    General Hospital Vet Susan Brown Dead at 86, Remembered by Co-Stars

    (9/1/18) General Hospital alum Susan Brown, who played Scotty Baldwin’s stepmother, Dr. Gail Adamson Baldwin, died on Friday at the age of 86.

    GH vet Kin Shriner, who plays Scotty, shared the news on Twitter, hailing Brown as “one of my best friends and costars…. R.I.P., Susan. I will miss all our laughs.”

    Brown first joined GH in 1977, earning a Daytime Emmy nomination two years later. She exited GH in the mid-80s, but recurred now and again, especially when Scotty’s family helped launch the ABC Daytime spinoff Port Charles. Brown last appeared on GH in a 2004 episode honoring the late Anna Lee, who had Lila Quartermaine.

    Brown’s previous TV credits included As the World Turns (as Adelaide Fitzgibbon), ABC’s mid-1960s sudser The Young Marrieds, Death Valley Days and Santa Barbara (as Dorothy Lane). Her most recent primetime role was a 1994 episode of Frasier.

    “She was so very special, on set and in friendship,” GH vet Jackie Zeman shared on Twitter, offering Shriner her condolences. “I remember all the good times we shared on our lunch breaks and at at her amazing dinner parties at her beautiful home. RIP Susan + God Bless.”

    Current GH boss Frank Valentini tweeted, “It’s a very sad day in Port Charles as the wonderful Susan Brown (“Gail Baldwin”) passed away today. My sincerest condolences to her family and to all who knew this amazing woman.”

    Brown’s GH husband, Peter Hansen (who played Scotty’s father, Lee Baldwin), passed away in April 2017, at the age of 95.

    Emmy Rossum says she's leaving 'Shameless'

    (8/31/18) Emmy Rossum is leaving Shameless after playing Fiona Gallagher on the show for eight years.

    The actress announced the surprise news in a lengthy Facebook post on Thursday, revealing she knows she’s going to struggle when her run of the drama ends.

    “It’s a hard thing to put into words, feelings,” she writes. “But I’m going to try… Until Shameless came into my life 8 years ago, I led that kind of transient wonderful life of an actor. And I never realized how much I actually craved the kind of continuity that this show has given me. And given all of us in the crew.

    “Season after season I’m amazed that our same crew comes back. And it’s not just because it’s a wonderfully written, wonderfully layered show. There are these real connections, real friendships that bring us back season after season after season…”

    Emmy explains growing up as an only child made her “dream of” having a large family like the one she has found on the set of the show with her crew and castmates, including TV dad William H. Macy.

    “In real life, unlike Fiona, I’m an only child,” she continues. “I never had a big family. Being ensconced in that messy Gallagher family love is something I’d always dreamed of. But even off set, it feels real… This kind of stability, this family, has nurtured me and made feel safe enough to stretch and grow creatively…”

    “The opportunity to play Fiona has been a gift,” she adds. “There are few characters – female or otherwise – as layered and dynamic… Quite simply, the last eight years have been the best of my life… I know you will continue on without me, for now. There is much more Gallagher story to be told. I will always be rooting for my family. Try not to think of me as gone, just think of me as moving down the block.”

    The series executives have announced she will be leaving at the end of the upcoming season, which begins next month.

    A statement from Shameless producer John Wells reads: “Emmy Rossum will forever be part of the Shameless family. She has been integral to the show’s success, from her wonderful portrayal of Fiona to her leadership role on set, as well as directing multiple episodes of the series.

    “We are hard at work now creating a season nine finale for Shameless which we hope will provide a Gallagher-worthy sendoff for Fiona that honours the great work Emmy has done. It is always bittersweet when an ensemble member decides to move out of the proverbial house, but our door will always remain open for Fiona to return home for a visit, or to move back in.”

    And Showtime Networks president of programming Gary Levine adds: “We were saddened when Emmy Rossum let us know that the upcoming ninth season of Shameless would be her last, but we are filled with an overwhelming sense of joy and gratitude for Emmy’s inspired work on our series, of course in front of the camera but also behind it.

    “Fiona Gallagher will always be one of Showtime’s iconic characters, and we applaud Emmy for bringing this character to life in such a natural, touching and fearless performance. On behalf of everyone at Showtime and her millions of fans, we thank you Emmy!”

    Tonya Pinkins on Elementary 9/10/18

    (8/27/18) “Fit to Be Tied” – Holmes and Watson’s deadly conflict with Sherlock’s former friend Michael (Desmond Harrington) intensifies when their newest victim looks to be the serial killer’s latest prey, in the first part of a two-episode season finale event on ELEMENTARY, Monday, Sept. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST includes: Parminder Nagra (Special Agent Mallick), David Pittu (William Bazemore), Tonya Pinkins (Judge Marilyn Whitfield)

    Peyton List on Happy Together 10/1/18

    (8/24/18) “Pilot” – Damon Wayans Jr., Amber Stevens West and Felix Mallard star in a new comedy about a 30-something, happily married couple who begin to reconnect with their younger, cooler selves when a young pop star drawn to their super-ordinary suburban life unexpectedly moves in with them, on the series premiere of HAPPY TOGETHER, Monday, Oct. 1 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Stephnie Weir, Victor Williams and Chris Parnell also star.

    Jake, an accountant, and his dream wife, Claire, a restaurant and bar designer, are very comfortably settled into their marriage, enjoying evenings together on the couch watching TV and scheduling time to change their outgoing voicemail message. Their tame routine gets a makeover when Jake’s client, exuberant music superstar Cooper James, arrives on their doorstep looking for refuge from the paparazzi following a high-profile break-up with his girlfriend. Jake and Claire quickly discover there’s no way they can keep up with their world-famous houseguest’s effortlessly cool, fast-paced lifestyle. Cooper, however, enjoys Jake and Claire’s more relaxed way of life, discovering that a touch of ordinary can be extraordinary for all three of them.

    GUEST CAST includes: James Corden (Himself), Peyton List (Sierra)

    Sharon Horgan Comedy Series In Works At Amazon From John Hamburg, Ian Helfer & Kapital; Billy Magnussen To Co-Star

    (8/23/18) Catastrophe co-creator and star Sharon Horgan is eying another potential starring vehicle at Amazon. The streaming network has given a script-to-series commitment to a comedy series to star Horgan and Billy Magnussoen (Game Night). It hails from Horgan, John Hamburg (Meet the Parents) and his frequent collaborator Ian Helfer. Amazon Studios produces with Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Horgan and and Clelia Mountford’s UK-based Merman.

    Co-written by Horgan, Hamburg and Helfer and to be directed by Hamburg, the untitled comedy centers on a socially awkward, broke, single woman (Horgan) who launches a self-help company and recruits a handsome former male gymnast (Magnussen) to be the face of it.

    Horgan and Mountford executive produce alongside Kaplan and Dana Honor of Kapital Entertainment, Hamburg and Helfer.

    The project stems from the overall deal Horgan and Merman inked with Amazon Studios earlier this year. The pact called for Horgan’s longtime TV collaborator, producer Kaplan and his Kapital Entertainment, to be a partner on all content coming out it.

    Separately, writer-director Hamburg and his production company, Particular Pictures, have an exclusive production deal with Kapital. Hamburg and Helfer came up with the idea for the comedy, and Kaplan put them together with Horgan to work on it. Horgan then reached out to Magnussen to star with her on the show after the two appeared together in the feature comedy Game Night. Magnussen also recently was tapped for a lead role in Kapital’s straight-to-series CBS All Access psychological thrillerTell Me a Story, from Kevin Williamson.

    Helfer and Hamburg most recently co-wrote the Fox feature Why Him? starring James Franco and Bryan Cranston. Helfer is currently rewriting with Jay Reiss Shrunk, a sequel to Honey I Shrunk the Kids for Disney and David Hoberman; Josh Gad is starring. Helfer is repped by WME and Lighthouse Management & Media.

    Horgan is the co-creator of critically praised Catastrophe, which she co-writes and co-stars in with Rob Delaney. It earned the duo an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. The series airs on Channel 4 in the U.K. and is carried by Amazon in the U.S. Horgan is also the creator and executive producer of HBO’s Divorce, which hails from Merman and Kapital, and co-creator of Motherland for BBC Two. Horgan is repped by WME, United Agents and Nelson Davis.

    Magnussen, who recently wrapped horror thriller Velvet Buzzsaw directed by Dan Gilroy, will next be seen in a lead role opposite Emma Stone and Jonah Hill in Cary Fukanaga’s Netflix limited series Maniac. He’ll also be seen in Ike Barinholtz’s independent feature The Oath, opposite Tiffany Haddish, and in the live action adaptation of Disney’s Aladdin as Prince Anders, directed by Guy Ritchie. Magnussen, who received a Tony nomination for his role as Sigourney Weaver’s love interest in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike., is repped by WME, BRS/Gage Talent Agency, Anonymous Content and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.

    Hamburg’s feature writing credits also include the Zoolander franchise; Along Came Polly; I Love You Man. In TV, he has directed episodes of Judd Apatow’s Undeclared, New Girl and The Grinder. Hamburg is repped by WME and attorneys John Sloss and Jackie Eckhouse.

    Celeb Family Feud: Jeff Dunham vs. Ming-Na Wen and Taye Diggs vs. Caroline Rhea (9/6)

    (8/21/18) “Jeff Dunham vs. Ming-Na Wen and Taye Diggs vs. Caroline Rhea” – The celebrity teams competing to win cash for their charities feature comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and actress Ming-Na Wen (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Mulan”). In a separate game, family members of actor Taye Diggs and actress Caroline Rhea (“Caroline and Friends”) will compete on “Celebrity Family Feud,” THURSDAY, SEPT. 6 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    Steve Harvey, the highly popular stand-up comedian, actor, author and Emmy® Award-winning game show host, will pit celebrities and their families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed to 100 people.

    The celebrity teams who will try to guess what the “survey said” are the following:

    Jeff Dunham – comedian and ventriloquist; playing for Baby2Baby

    Kenna Dunham – daughter
    Ashlyn Dunham – daughter
    Bree Dunham Hemphill – daughter
    Audrey Dunham – wife

    VERSUS

    Ming-Na Wen – actress known for “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Mulan”; playing for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

    Eric Zee – husband
    Michaela Zee – daughter
    Lang Yee – brother
    Juliet Silva – sister-in-law

    In another game of “Celebrity Family Feud,” the two contesting teams are the following:

    Taye Diggs – actor; playing for FosterMore

    Marcia Berry – mother
    Christian Diggs – sister
    Gabriel Diggs – brother
    Shalom Israel Diggs – sister

    VERSUS

    Caroline Rhea – actress known for “Caroline and Friends”; playing for Hopeland

    Cynthia Rhea – sister
    Celia Rhea – sister
    William Woods – nephew
    Robert Woods – nephew

    GH’s Kin Shriner Guest Hosts New Game App

    (8/21/18) GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Kin Shriner (Scott) @kinshriner Opens a New Window. reunites with former PORT CHARLES co-star Michael Dietz (ex –Joe et al) to guest-host the latter’s popular new phone game, FAST FACTS, this Wednesday, 8/22, at 3:15 EST/1:15 PST, just after the east coast airing of Wednesday’s GH episode. Dietz, who is currently the CCO of Ripkord.tv, says, “There are so many ways to utilize this new platform, and I am so happy that we can do this with my dear friend, Kin. I think it will be great fun for our regular gamers, and especially for soap fans who want to check it out!” To get in on the action, download the free app at http://www.ripkord.tv for a chance at $300! And to read more about Dietz’s new venture, check out next week’s issue of Soap Opera Digest.

    Stephen Schnetzer on Elementary 9/3/18

    (8/20/18) “The Geek Interpreter” – Holmes and Watson race to locate a missing woman when Harlan Emple (Rich Sommer), Holmes’ friend and “Irregulars” mathematics expert, becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance, on ELEMENTARY, Monday, Sept. 3 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST includes: Rich Sommer (Harlan Emple), Alia Attallah (Athena), Stephen Schnetzer (Eli)

    Dishing With Digest - 8/17/18 - Jon Lindstrom

    (8/18/18) (Listen / download) GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Jon Lindstrom chats with Soap Opera Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about the resurrection of Ryan, his uptick in screen time, working with Genie Francis and more! Plus we discuss memorable dual roles in soap history.

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’s Jesse Williams & ‘Fast & Furious’ Jordana Brewster To Star In Jay Baruchel’s ‘Random Acts Of Violence’

    (8/16/18) Grey’s Anatomy’s Jesse Williams and The Fast and the Furious star Jordana Brewster have signed up to star in Jay Baruchel’s Random Acts of Violence.

    Man Seeking Woman and This Is The End star Baruchel has written and directed the road-trip horror feature and will also star. Baruchel, who wrote Seann William Scott-fronted Goon, is writing with his longtime writing partner Jesse Chabot. Also starring Niamh Wilson (Maps to The Stars), production on the film has just started in Toronto and will run through September.

    Based on the eponymous graphic novel, written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, the film follows the story of comic book creator Todd Walkley, played by Williams, along with his girlfriend Kathy, played by Brewster, assistant Aurora, played by Wilson and best friend and Hard Calibre Comics owner Ezra, played by Baruchel as they go on a road-trip. On their way from Toronto to New York for Comic-Con, bad things start to happen and people start getting killed in a fashion eerily similar to the kills portrayed in his Slasherman comic. It becomes clear that a very avid fan is out there following them and hurting people, and using Todd’s comic as inspiration. As the bodies pile up, and Todd’s friends and family become targets and victims themselves, Todd will be forced into taking responsibility for everything his ideas have wrought.

    The film is produced by Elevation Pictures, the Canadian distribution company that has released films including The Imitation Game, Room and Moonlight in Canada. Noah Segal (The Hummingbird Project) and Randy Manis (Margin Call) will produce with Jesse Williams, Jesse Chabot, Ricky Tollman, Jonathan Bronfman, Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray serving as exec producers. Ariella Naymark is co-producer and Elevation will distribute in Canada.

    ‘Dare Me’: Rob Heaps, Zach Roerig & Paul Fitzgerald Among Seven Cast In USA Pilot

    (8/14/18) Rob Heaps (Imposters), Zach Roerig (The Vampire Diaries) and Paul Fitzgerald (Veep, GLOW) are set as series regulars opposite Willa Fitzgerald, Herizen Guardiola and Marlo Kelly in the USA Network pilot Dare Me, from Universal Cable Productions and Film 44. In addition, Joyful Drake (Let’s Stay Together), Tammy Blanchard (Tallulah, Into The Woods), Antonio J. Bell (Nigerian Prince) and Alison Thornton (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce) round out the cast in key recurring roles.

    Based on the acclaimed novel by Megan Abbott, who serves as writer and executive producer along with Gina Fattore, Dare Me is an unflinching exploration of volatile female friendships, jealousy, loyalty and the dynamics of power in a small Midwestern town. Peering behind the all-American façade, the series dives into the cutthroat world of competitive high school cheerleading, following the fraught relationship between two best friends (Guardiola, Kelly) after a new coach (Fitzgerald) arrives to bring their team to prominence. Part coming-of-age story, part small-town drama, part murder mystery, Dare Me exposes the physical and psychological extremes that some young women are willing to endure in order to get ahead.

    Heaps will play Matt French, the hardworking husband of cheerleading coach Colette French (Willa Fitzgerald). After some hard times, his new job working for Burt Cassidy (Paul Fitzgerald) moves his family to Sutton Grove and offers the promise of the tide changing, at least as far as he knows.

    Roerig will portray Sarge Will Mosley, the head Marine recruiter stationed in Sutton Grove High School. Although strikingly handsome and intriguingly remote, he’s a haunted man, hiding secrets and a complicated personal history.

    Paul Fitzgerald’s Bert Cassidy is a Sutton Grove real estate developer, father of two cheerleaders on the squad, and the number-one cheer booster. A consummate wheeler-dealer, Burt has big plans for both the squad and the town, and intends to see them through, by any means at his disposal.

    Drake is Faith Hanlon, Addy’s (Guardiola) grounded and very loving single mother. A hardworking police officer in Sutton Grove, Faith wants her daughter to thrive but is wary of her getting her hopes up. Blanchard is Lana Cassidy, Beth’s (Kelly) world-weary, former beauty queen mother, who spends most of her days in a palatial and lonely McMansion, numbing herself with prescription pills and leaving her daughter to raise herself. Bell will play Michael Slocum. Addy’s friend and neighbor. He dreams of a college football scholarship and a future beyond Sutton Grove, but the Marine recruiters stationed in his school may be his only ticket out. Thornton will portray Tacy Cassidy, a freshman member of Sutton Grove’s dazzling cheerleading squad who’s eager to step out of the shadows and secure a spot at the top of the pyramid.

    Peter Berg and Michael Lombardo of Film 44 executive produce along with Sarah Condon and Karen Rosenfelt.

    Imposters alum Heaps recently wrapped filming a supporting role on Lydia Dean Pilcher’s Miss Atkins’ Army. He’s repped by Gersh and AHA Talent.

    Roerig, known for his role as Matt Donovan on The Vampire Diaries, recently shot a recurring role on The Gifted and wrapped independent feature The Last Full Measure. He’s repped by Innovative Artists and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer.

    Fitzgerald’s recent credits include Glow, Veep and Younger, along with recurring roles in Rectify and The Americans. Fitzgerald is repped by Industry Entertainment, SMS and Leading Artists.

    Drake starred in comedy series Let’s Stay Together, produced by Queen Latifah. Her film credits include starring roles in November Rule and Catch Hell. She’s repped by More-Medavoy Management and Abrams Artist Agency.

    Tony-nominated Blanchard most recently co-starred opposite Denzel Washington in Broadway’s The Iceman Cometh. She won a Primetime Emmy Award for her portrayal of young Judy Garland in Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows. Her other credits include features Tallulah and Into the Woods and TV series Hoke and The Big C among others. Blanchard is repped by Gersh and Soffer/Namoff Entertainment.

    Bell is best known as the lead Eze in Tribeca Film Fest pic Nigerian Prince. His previous TV credits include a recurring role on OWN’s Greenleaf, Life of the Party and Blood Money. He’s repped by Rothman Andrés Entertainment, People Store and Morris Yorn.

    Thornton recurs on Bravo’s Girfriends’ Guide to Divorce. Her other credits include a recurring role on Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, The Colour of Rain and TV movie Let It Snow. She’s repped by Red Management and Industry Entertainment.

    Patricia Benoit, Wally Cox's Sweetheart on 'Mister Peepers,' Dies at 91

    (8/13/18) (hollywoodreporter.com) Her TV wedding was a ratings smash in 1954. She earlier starred opposite Melvyn Douglas on Broadway.

    Patricia Benoit, who played Nancy Remington, the sweetheart and eventual wife of Wally Cox's character on the 1950s NBC sitcom Mister Peepers, has died. She was 91.

    Benoit died Monday at her home in Port Chester, New York, her family announced.

    NBC's Mister Peepers, broadcast live from a New York theater for three seasons from July 1952 to June 1955, starred Cox (later the voice of the superhero Underdog and a Hollywood Squares regular) as the mild-mannered Robinson Peepers, a science teacher at Jefferson City Junior High. Benoit's Nancy was a nurse and the object of Peepers' awkward affection.

    In a highly anticipated television moment, the two were married near the end of the second season, with the new husband and wife on the cover of TV Guide in May 1954.

    Born on Feb. 21, 1927, in Fort Worth, Texas, Benoit attended Texas State College before moving to New York City when she was 19. She studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, appeared on a 1950 episode of Believe It or Not and had a career breakthrough when she starred as Melvyn Douglas' long-lost daughter in the 1951-52 Broadway comedy Glad Tidings.

    Benoit also appeared on Broadway in 1956 in Time Limit opposite Arthur Kennedy and in Middle of the Night with Edward G. Robinson.

    She starred as a divorcee on the short-lived 1958 NBC soap opera Today Is Ours and later worked on CBS' As the World Turns as well.

    Benoit moved to Croton-on-Hudson, New York, in 1961 and left acting a few years later to raise her children, her family noted. Survivors include her sons Jeremy and Nicholas; grandchildren Nicholas, Michael and Melissa; great-granddaughter Ella; and sister Doris.

    ‘Glee’s Matthew Morrison To Star In Simon Cowell’s BBC One Entertainment Format ‘The Greatest Dancer’

    (8/10/18) Glee’s Matthew Morrison is to star in Simon Cowell’s British entertainment format The Greatest Dancer.

    The American actor, who has starred in a number of Broadway hits including Finding Neverland, will present the series alongside former Girls Aloud star Cheryl Tweedy and Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse. The trio will make up the panel of Dance Captains in the BBC One show, which is hosted by Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo.

    Auditions for The Greatest Dancer, a co-production between creator Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia’s Thames, are taking place in Birmingham ahead of its launch in 2019.

    The show marks Cowell’s first co-pro for the BBC, having launched a number of shows on rival ITV. The broadcaster has ordered eight episodes of the entertainment format for Saturday night. The series will feature a host of talent from across the world of dance as they give the performances of their lives in the search for the UK’s best dancer. From ballet to jazz; hip hop to Bollywood; the show will feature a number of genres as well as “dramatic” auditions, challenges and live performances.

    The Greatest Dancer will be executive produced by Nigel Hall, Global Head of Television, Syco Entertainment, and Amelia Brown, Managing Director, Thames TV. The series was commissioned for BBC One by Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content, and Kate Phillips, Controller Entertainment Commissioning. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Kalpna Patel-Knight.

    Morrison said, “This is such a powerful moment for me. It’s wonderful to continue bringing music and dance into peoples’ lives like we did on Glee. Dance is a safe haven that allows us to communicate where words cannot. It’s an expression of love and empowerment, driven by all the emotions that make us human. I love being exposed to people who are pursuing art, and expression, and I look forward to being a moving force for good on their journey. As a Dance Captain, my sincere hope is that I can uplift and encourage all the dancers here reach their greatness.”

    ‘Bel Canto’ Trailer: Julianne Moore Brings Harmony To A Hostage Crisis In Paul Weitz Drama

    (8/8/18) (Video) In the Paul Weitz-directed Bel Canto, Julianne Moore plays a famous soprano who heads to South America to perform at a swanky birthday party for a wealthy Japanese industrialist (Ken Watanabe). But the fancy gathering is rudely interrupted when the house is taken over by a guerrilla rebel group demanding the release of their imprisoned comrades. Needless to say, they ruin the party and things take a turn for the worse.

    Based on the novel by Ann Patchett, the story follows the lengthy standoff and as seen in the trailer above, hostages and captors form unlikely bonds as they overcome their differences and find their shared humanity. And of course, we get some singing from Moore. Actually, it’s not Moore doing the singing — it’s international opera star Renee Fleming. Either way, it’s beautiful.

    The film , which was adapted by Weitz and Anthony Weintraub, also stars Sebastian Koch, Christopher Lambert, Ryo Kase, Tenoch Huerta, and María Mercedes Coroy. Patchett’s best-selling novel was inspired by the events of the Japanese embassy hostage crisis (also called the Lima hostage crisis) of 1996-1997 in Lima, Peru. It has received several awards including the Orange Prize for Fiction and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

    Screen Media Films will release Bel Canto in theaters on Sept. 14.

    Tell Me a Story Gets Premiere Date, Trailer With Twisted Red Riding Hood

    (8/6/18) (Video) Paul Wesley’s Vampire Diaries follow-up finally has a premiere date — and it’s fittingly frightful.

    CBS All Access has announced that Tell Me a Story, its psychological thriller which reunites Wesley with Vampire Diaries EP Kevin Williamson, will launch on Wednesday, Oct. 31 aka Halloween. Season 1’s 10 episodes will be released weekly.

    A trailer for the series gives a taste of its sick spins on Little Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs and Hansel and Gretel.

    Tell Me a Story is a serialized drama that takes classic fairy tales — such as The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel — and spins them into a subversive story of love, loss, greed, revenge and murder in modern-day New York City.

    The series boasts an ensemble that includes James Wolk (Zoo), Billy Magnussen (People v. O.J.), Dania Ramirez (Once Upon a Time), Danielle Campbell (The Originals), Dorian Missick (Marvel’s Luke Cage), Michael Raymond-James (Once Upon a Time), Davi Santos (Law & Order True Crime), Sam Jaeger (Parenthood), Zabryna Guevara (Gotham) and Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City).

    Tell Me a Story joins CBS All Access’ ever-growing slate of originals, which includes Star Trek: Discovery, The Good Fight, Strange Angel and No Activity. Upcoming series include One Dollar (premiering Thursday, Aug. 30), Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone reboot and another, as-yet-untitled Star Trek series series centered on Sir Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard.

    Lauryn Hill snags her first fashion campaign

    (7/31/18) (Video) Ms. Lauryn Hill isn’t just a fashion icon, she’s also a fashion designer.

    The 43-year-old Grammy winner teamed up with American outdoor apparel brand Woolrich to not only star in her first clothing campaign, but also design a capsule collection.

    According to Woolrich’s press release, Hill has been sewing and designing her own clothing for the past five years. For her collaboration with the brand, Hill sketched more than 30 jacket designs, logos, concepts and materials.

    The final product? Two limited-edition coats featuring collages of the musician and the cover of her iconic “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” album, along with plenty of embellishment.

    In the accompanying campaign video, Hill pairs her bespoke coats with bold makeup for a stroll through Washington Heights, where she shot her “Doo Wop (That Thing)” music video in 1998.

    Hill is currently on tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of her groundbreaking album.

    Bailey Chase, Alyvia Alyn Lind & More To Star In Netflix’s ‘Walk Ride Rodeo’ Biopic About Paralyzed Horse Racer Amberley Snyder

    (7/29/18) Missi Pyle (YouTude Red’s Impulse, The Artist), Spencer Locke (Insidious Last Key, Resident Evil: Afterlife), Bailey Chase (Longmire, 24: Legacy), and Sherri Shepherd (Trial & Error, 30 Rock) are set to topline Walk Ride Rodeo, a biopic of paralyzed rodeo champion Amberley Snyder (played by Locke) from Poke Prod and Netflix. Directed by Conor Allyn, the film follows the story of nationally-ranked barrel racer Snyder who, at 19-years old, barely survived a car accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Her doctors said she would never walk again, let alone ride. Snyder overcame her prognosis and was back on her horse 18 months after the accident.

    Alyvia Alyn Lind (Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors), Corbin Bleu (High School Musical), Max Ehrich (The Path), Raleigh Cain (Only the Brave), Mitchell Hoog (The Spookies) and John-Paul Howard (Hell or High Water) will co-star.

    Sean Dwyer and Greg Cope White wrote the screenplay, which is being produced by Poke Prod principals Elizabeth Cullen and Dwyer with White and Snyder serving as co-producers. The pic is currently shooting in New Mexico and will available on Netflix globally in 2019.

    Matthew Morrison and Ally Sheedy will guest-star on SMILF

    (7/25/18) Matthew Morrison (Glee) and Ally Sheedy (Psych, The Breakfast Club) will guest-star during SMILF Season 2 as an ex-beau and friend of Frankie Shaw’s character Bridgette, respectively, Variety reports.

    Tonya Pinkins on Fear The Walking Dead

    (7/22/18) Fear the Walking Dead underwent a major change in its fourth season when it essentially blew its cast up. Actors like Garret Dillahunt and Jenna Elfman were added, while mainstays from the show's original concept were shockingly — even by franchise standards — killed off. Adios Kim Dickens. G'bye Frank Dillane.

    In Season 4B, the changes will continue as Fear the Walking Dead is adding a handful of actors, including 12 Monkeys' Aaron Stanford. This is what we in the business call "good casting." Stanford is a genre star, having also starred in Nikita and X-Men: The Last Stand, and in addition to being a great actor, he just looks like a guy who would be wandering the desert after a zombie apocalypse, right?

    Also joining the cast will be Stephen Henderson (Lady Bird), Tonya Pinkins (Gotham), Mo Collins (MadTV) and Daryl "Chill" Mitchell (Galaxy Quest). Collins and Mitchell are interesting choices as they're primarily known for their comedy chops. Collins has a background in sketch comedy and was a scene stealer in Lady Dynamite, while Mitchell played the one and only Tommy in the best sci-fi comedy of all time, Galaxy Quest.

    But hey, Elfman — best known for network sitcoms — joined Season 4 and was good, so maybe Collins and Mitchell can show another side of their talent, too. There are no details on their characters, so your guess is as good as ours.

    Season 4B will continue the survivors' stories after a creative reboot in the first half that saw two timelines, a time jump, a crossover as The Walking Dead's Morgan (Lennie James) came onboard, new characters, a new Western-themed tone and the loss of two major characters, Madison and Nick.

    Fear the Walking Dead returns Sunday, Aug. 12 on AMC.

    Legendary Soap Scribe Dead At 96

    (7/6/18) Harding “Pete” Lemay, passed away on May 26 at the age of 96. One of the genre’s most highly regarded writers, Lemay won Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on ANOTHER WORLD and GUIDING LIGHT. He head-wrote AW during what is hailed as its creative heyday, from 1971-79, head-wrote GL from 1980-81, and head-wrote THE DOCTORS from 1981-81. He also served as a story consultant on AS THE WORLD TURNS, ONE LIFE TO LIVE and AW, and was the co-creator and head writer of LOVERS AND FRIENDS in 1977.

    ATWT Fave Colleen Zenk Returns To The Stage

    (6/27/18) From now through July 1, Collen Zenk is reprising one of her favorite stage rolls, Dolly in Hello, Dolly!, at The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, Illinois. “It’s the biggest woman’s role in musical theater. The show is a bear! It’s huge. So I came in early and started working with the musical director and then started working with the director and the choreographer,” Zenk told Digest at the start of rehearsals. “I did the show 13 years ago for six months in three different theaters, so there’s a bit of memory there, still, but it’s still daunting because there is so much music. She barely leaves the stage, except to change costumes, and they are doing it very period. It’s not a glamorous Dolly like I did the last time, or like Carol Channing did. It’s more the way Bette Midler’s production was done. They have an incredible costume shop here and they are building all the costumes. It’s all about big bustles and 1890s, late Victorian clothing. So it’s a very different kind of look and the scenery, the set, is just unbelievable. This is the 61st season of this theater and so many incredible people have played here, including some major stars from daytime: Ruth Warrick [ex-Phoebe, ALL MY CHILDREN] in Pal Joey, Rosemary Prinz [ex-Penny, ATWT; ex-Amy, AMC] in Paint Your Wagon — she did 19 shows here over the years — Don Hastings [ex-Bob, ATWT] , Mary Stuart [ex-Jo, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW], Bill Hayes [Doug, DAYS], Susan Hayes [Julie, DAYS], Eileen Fulton [ex-Lisa, ATWT], David Canary [ex-Adam/Stuart, AMC]. And then this year, I got a call from the executive director saying, ‘Your name came across my desk today because your agent submitted you. We had submissions from every top agent, submitting every Broadway star, but no one here knows them and we know you. Will you come do Dolly?’ It came at the right time for me; it was just what I needed. Everyone here is just wonderful, so talented, and I’m thrilled to be doing this show.” Keeping her company in Illinois? Her puppy, Boo, named as an homage to her ATWT alter. “Kathy Hays [ex-Kim] used to call me Boo on the show. If Kim was mad at Barbara or if she was feeling affectionate, she would call her Boo. She is a Maltest/Shih Tzu mix, cute as could be and a great traveler.”

    For tickets and more information, visit www.thelittletheatre.org.

    Talk Show Appearance

    (6/22/18) The Talk - CBS

    Thursday, June 28

    Jordana Brewster guest co-hosts

    Amanda Seyfried wants to have a big wedding after all

    (6/18/18) Amanda Seyfried is open to having a large wedding after quietly tying the knot with actor Thomas Sadoski last year.

    “I love the big wedding,” the actress said on an episode of The DEN Meditation’s new podcast, “DENtalks.”

    “I mean we’re married so we don’t need to actually get married again, but it’d be nice to have a ceremony. I love the idea of family and friends gathering around to celebrate your love. Beautiful. Amazing.”

    The actress, 32, explained that she married 41-year-old Sadoski — who had been married before — just weeks before giving birth to their child so that she would be able to call him her husband when the baby arrived. The couple welcomed their daughter in March 2017.

    “It was just for us, we were just, it was, there were two strangers there, this wonderful woman, and in Topanga Canyon and her husband who so sweet, so sweet,” she revealed. “He took pictures with my, with my camera and, and then Finn [her dog] and it was just magic because we were there for an hour and it was just as we were talking to each other. I mean there weren’t even, we didn’t even have vows. We just stared at each other and it was really emotional and cool and it was, it was exactly, it was exactly as it should have been.”

    Georgann Johnson, Veteran TV and Broadway Star, Dies at 91

    (6/15/18) Georgann Johnson, best known for her roles on TV and Broadway, has died. She was 91.

    The actress died in Los Angeles on June 4, daughter Carol Prager announced in the obituary section of the Los Angeles Times.

    Johnson was born on August 15, 1926, in Decorah, Iowa, and worked as a character actress in more than 115 films and TV series including Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Too Close For Comfort and Archie Bunker’s Place.

    It was in the 1953 Broadway revival of Room Service that Johnson met actor and future husband, Stanley Prager. After Prager’s death in 1972, she was married to Honorable Jack Tenner, a Superior Court Judge and civil rights activist, until his death in 2008.

    Other notable roles are also 1953’s Life Sentence opposite James Dean, 1956’s Bang the Drum Slowly opposite Paul Newman and 1969’s Midnight Cowboy which won the Oscar for Best Picture

    Johnson also starred in Three’s Company as John Ritter’s mother in 1983.

    Then in 1970s, she found a career resurgence in soap operas with long-running roles on Another World/Somerset as Ellen Grant and As the World Turns as Jane Spencer.

    Johnson is survived by her four daughters — Carol Prager, Annie Prager, Sally Seymour and Molly Boyll — and three grandchildren, Hannah Seymour, Gabriel Seymour, and Caroline Boyll.

    Family Feud: Jeff Dunham vs. Ming-Na Wen and Taye Diggs vs. Caroline Rhea (7/8)

    (6/15/18) “Jeff Dunham vs. Ming-Na Wen and Taye Diggs vs. Caroline Rhea” – The celebrity teams competing to win cash for their charities feature comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and actress Ming-Na Wen (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Mulan”). In a separate game, family members of actor Taye Diggs and actress Caroline Rhea (“Caroline and Friends”) will compete on an all-new episode, SUNDAY, JULY 8 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    Steve Harvey, the highly popular stand-up comedian, actor, author and Emmy® Award-winning game show host, will pit celebrities and their families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed to 100 people.

    The celebrity teams who will try to guess what the “survey said” are:

    Jeff Dunham – comedian and ventriloquist; playing for Baby2Baby

    Makenna Paige Dunham – daughter
    Ashlyn Evelyn Dunham – daughter
    Bree Dunham Hemphill – daughter
    Audrey Elena Dunham – wife

    VERSUS

    Ming-Na Wen – actress known for “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Mulan”; playing for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

    Eric Zee – husband
    Michaela Zee – daughter
    Lang Yee – brother
    Juliet Silva – sister-in-law

    In another game of “Celebrity Family Feud,” the two contesting teams are:

    Taye Diggs – actor; playing for FosterMore

    Marcia Berry – mother
    Christian Diggs – sister
    Gabriel Diggs – brother
    Shalom Israel Diggs – sister

    VERSUS

    Caroline Rhea – actress known for “Caroline and Friends”; playing for Hopeland

    Cynthia Rhea – sister
    Celia Rhea – sister
    William Woods – nephew
    Robert Woods – nephew.

    Trailer: The Tenth Year

    (6/13/18) (Video) "THE TENTH YEAR" #WorldPremiere #SOHO9 #SIFFNYC

    With Austin Peck & Terri Conn

    Official Selection at the 2018 SOHO International Film Festival Screening:

    June 17, 2018 at 11:00am

    Village Cinema East in New York City

    TICKETS: https://tinyurl.com/y7n8s4tg

    Meg Ryan: I Never Wanted To Be America’s Sweetheart

    (6/11/18) America’s sweetheart? Actress Meg Ryan claims she never wanted that title.

    Speaking in a one-on-one conversation with Gwyneth Paltrow at her In Goop Health conference in Culver City, California, Ryan claimed the spotlight generated by her Sleepless in Seattle performance was overwhelming and caused her to retreat from show business after a few more film roles.

    “You know, I never wanted to be an actress,” Ryan said. “The whole idea of being a famous person, the whole thing, I felt like a witness to. I didn’t feel exactly in it. And I think that was a really good thing. Because I felt like a student of it in a way, that I was watching it (unfold) in an anthropological way.”

    Ryan told Paltrow, “When you get labeled anything, like America’s Sweetheart – I didn’t even know what that meant. It doesn’t necessarily imply that you’re smart or sexual or complicated or anything. It’s a label. And what can a label do but guess at you?”

    Although Ryan appeared in such films as 1998’s City of Angels and 2000’s Proof of Life, she called that period, “a really reactive time. Which is kind of why I stepped away about 10 years ago.”

    Paltrow asked Ryan about the #MeToo movement and whether she experienced harassment in her career. “I don’t have a big, bad story,” Ryan said. “Success, which happened fairly early for me, is like an iron bubble around you. So I was really lucky.”

    SECOND ROUND OF ARTISTS ANNOUNCED TO APPEAR ON “THE 72nd ANNUAL TONY AWARDS,” SUNDAY, JUNE 10 ON CBS

    (6/5/18) A second round of artists have been added to appear on THE 72nd ANNUAL TONY AWARDS®, live from the historic Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Sunday, June 10 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. The star-studded lineup includes Christine Baranski, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Melissa Benoist, Erich Bergen, Rachel Bloom, Rachel Brosnahan, Tituss Burgess, Jeff Daniels, Robert De Niro, Brandon Victor Dixon, Tina Fey, Christopher Jackson, Billy Joel, John Leguizamo, Patti LuPone, Katharine McPhee, Matthew Morrison, Kelli O’Hara, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Amy Schumer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ming-Na Wen, Kerry Washington and Marissa Jaret Winokur.

    Tony Award nominees Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban will host the show for the first time. As previously announced, Uzo Aduba, Matt Bomer, Claire Danes, Armie Hammer, Tatiana Maslany, Leslie Odom Jr., Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Andrew Rannells will also take part in Broadway’s biggest night.

    This year marks the 72nd anniversary of the Tony Awards, which were first held on April 6, 1947 at the Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Ballroom. The ceremony is presented by Tony Award Productions, which is a joint venture of the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, which founded the Tonys.

    Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return as executive producers. Weiss will also serve as director for the 19th consecutive year.

    Meet ATWT Stars All For A Good Cause!

    (6/5/18) Trent Dawson (ex-Henry, AS THE WORLD TURNS), who most recently played Huxley on GH, is bringing together a slew of his former Oakdale colleagues at a benefit on June 22 in New York City to raise funds for his upcoming short film project, The F, which began as a play he wrote and directed. Enthuses the actor, “The play deals with, among other things, the possibility of infidelity, and how that possibility can make you question everything. Are you right? Is your partner cheating? If so, why does this keep happening to you in every relationship? If not, are you paranoid? Crazy? And what if your partner is gaslighting you into thinking that you are, in fact, losing your mind? Turns out these themes really struck a chord with theatre-goers and I was encouraged to bring it to a larger audience via film. The play takes place in a NYC Subway station, and since I’m surrounded by plenty of those to film in, it seemed worthwhile to make the movie. Also, it’s funny.” The benefit will take place at The Freeman Studio at 79 Leonard St.; scheduled to appear are ATWT alumni Martha Byrne (ex-Lily), Terri Conn (ex-Katie), Michael Park (ex-Jack), Austin Peck (ex-Brad), Anne Sayre (ex-Mitzi), Eric Sheffer-Stevens (ex-Reid Oliver) and Colleen Zenk (ex-Barbara). “My ATWT colleagues have been amazing,” praises Dawson. “Everyone I reached out to that will be in NYC on June 22nd said yes immediately. It will be great to have them all together again.It’s really touching to have this kind of support all these years later.” Expect plenty of Oakdale-related entertainment on the big night, he says. “Not only will the benefit feature some of your favorites from ATWT, it will have a performance of the play, music, a film featuring years of ATWT bloopers and a silent auction. PLUS complimentary food, wine and beer! Where else are you going to get that on a Friday night in NYC for $50????” For tickets and more information, click here https://thefbenefit.splashthat.com.

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    Recap: The Last Weeks

    Monday, August 30, 2010

    At Chez Hughes, Casey was trying to cook dinner for Alison. Ali went up to his room for his recipe and ended up finding the box with Nancy's engagement ring in it! Casey revealed that Nancy wants him to save it for the "woman of my dreams." He asked Ali to describe said woman. Of course, as they awkwardly made the list, it was clear they were describing Alison. They ended up in a passionate kiss, and Casey asked Ali to marry him. Ali still had doubts, given what she'd done with Mick. She listed her past sins (including burning down Emma's barn), wondering what had made Casey want to forgive her. Casey recited his own laundry list of woes, saying they'd both learned from their mistakes. The duo kissed sweetly, and before Casey slid the ring on her finger, he told her that he had an offer to transfer to Southern Illinois University. He had to move to Carbondale, and would understand if Ali didn't want to go. Of course Ali would go! She then told Casey that she eventually wants to go to medical school like her mom. Casey was about to officially put the ring on Ali's finger when Chris called about a family meeting. They figured it'd be the perfect time to announce their engagement.

    At the Lakeview, Kim marveled at how John Dixon and Bob could just pick up arguing like no time had passed. When Bob noted he'd had practice with Reid, John revealed it was Reid who had called him to consult on a case. When Bob asked who the patient was, Reid walked up, alarmed. At Katie's, Chris rocked her with the truth of his heart impairment, revealing he'd been sick for quite a while. A teary Katie demanded he fight this and beat this. Horrified to realize he hadn't told his family, Katie talked about Brad's death and told Chris not to take time away from his loved ones. Back at the Lakeview, Reid tried to whisk John away, but Kim stepped in, wanting to talk to John about Andy. Alone, Bob wanted to know what Reid was up to and demanded the identity of the patient. Reid covered, escorted John out and called Chris to meet them at the hospital. Katie sent Chris off with a kiss, and then broke down. Bob and Kim were mighty suspicious about John and Reid, and Bob resolved to get to the bottom of this. At the hospital, Reid explained the constraints he'd been working under to a mystified John. On cue, Chris walked up. Reid left Chris to explain everything to John. When Reid got home, he told Katie he knew about Chris. Katie went off, pounding on Reid's chest and weeping. Reid talked about how much he'd grown to care for Katie and Jacob, and gently tried to explain the extent of Chris' illness. Katie begged him to come back to the hospital with her. At the Lakeview, Lisa cornered Kim and Bob, demanding to know if John had indeed checked in. At Memorial, John blasted Chris for his irresponsibility, reunited with Katie and then looked over Chris' MRI results. John would start the first treatment option as soon as Chris and Katie told their family what was going on. Chris called Bob and asked the whole family to meet him and Katie at Tom and Margo's. Lisa and Kim automatically assumed Chris and Katie were announcing an engagement. After Chris and Katie left Memorial, Reid asked John for his real assessment. John told Reid that Chris would likely need a heart transplant, and he'd get the ball rolling immediately.

    At Tom and Margo's, Lisa and Kim told Casey and Ali their Chris/Katie engagement theory. Casey and Ali realized they couldn't steal his uncle's thunder, but definitely wanted to tell Nancy privately. Chris and Katie arrived, and they all realized that Bob was taking forever to come back with Nancy. An ashen Bob then arrived, and told them, "Mom's gone."

    Tuesday, August 31, 2010

    Alison admired the photo collage Casey had made in memory of Nancy and reminded Casey that today wasn't about them and their engagement. At Tom's office, an hour after Nancy's private funeral, Tom went over Nancy's will. Kim wanted more than a distribution of Nancy's belongings and money, she wanted another way to honor Nancy's 91 years. Margo comforted an angry Tom, who then remembered Nancy losing Dan. At Katie's, Chris told her he couldn't tell his family about his condition when they were dealing with Nancy's death. Casey and Alison left Chez Hughes to put a plan into motion, leaving Lucinda alone in the house. At a shut down Fashions, Barbara left a voicemail for Lisa, who was inside feeling very sad and alone. Back at Katie's, she comforted Chris with stories about her friendship with Nancyand flashed back to Nancy giving her advice. Chris said he'd be that friend for her now. But what if she lost him, too? Katie ended up weeping in Chris' arms about not being able to handle all the loss, and then Chris asked Katie to help him be strong.

    At Tom and Margo's, Susan, Barbara and Lucinda fondly remembered "the bus ride from Hell," with a hilarious flashback. Casey and Ali showed up at Fashions, asking Lisa what they could do to remember Nancy. Lisa talked about Nancy's loving spirit and how she preferred taking action. It gave Casey an idea! Tom, Margo, Bob and Kim all came home, and Bob remembered a Christmas celebration from the black and white era. When Chris and Katie walked in, Kim urged them to finish what they'd started yesterday and give them some good news. Lucky for Chris, Casey, Alison and Lisa all returned with their idea: to spend the day helping people like Nancy would have! Then, John came in, assuming the gathering was about Chris' bad news. As he and Bob talked circles around each other, Chris interrupted, pointedly letting John know that Nancy had passed away. John quickly gave Bob and Kim his condolences and caught up with Lucinda. Then, everyone split off to do volunteer work. Bob and Kim let Chris and Katie into Nancy's to go through Nancy's stuff. Elsewhere, Tom and Margo funded a scholarship in Nancy's name at the school she once taught at. They remembered Kira (Lauryn Hill), whom Nancy taught to read with rap lyrics! At the hospital, Bob and Kim decided to start a mini-library. As for Lisa, Susan and Barbara, Lisa sat the gals down at the Lakeview and ordered two regular pink ladies and one virgin cocktail. She related her wishes for her own send-off and remembered an early moment with her mother-in-law. They resolved to donate money in Nancy's name and toasted their drinks.

    At Yo's, after recruiting John to volunteer at Luke's foundation, Lucinda updated him on her rift with Lily. John related a story from Lisa about when Lisa and little Tom were living with Bob in Nancy's house. He used the anecdote to encourage Lucinda to swallow her pride and reach out to Lily. In Old Town, Casey was invigorated by all the helping out he'd done, and Alison told him that she has no more doubts. Casey remembered Nancy urging him to keep the engagement ring. Buoyed, he finally put the ring on Alison's finger. At Nancy's house, Katie and Chris went through a box of her things, unearthing all kinds of treasures. As they looked through a photo album, a bunch of classic Nancy clips played, including Chris and Nancy's 50th anniversary. "Our" Chris believed that, some day, that would be him and Katie. "No regrets," she smiled, kissing him. Later, everyone converged in Old Town with lit candles and Bob recited Nancy's Thanksgiving prayer...which faded into a voiceover of Nancy speaking the same words. Katie let herself into Nancy's, remembering Nancy giving her advice about Brad. "Help me!" she begged her lost friend, sobbing on Nancy's couch about how she couldn't do this again.

    Wednesday, September 01, 2010

    At Java, Reid asked after Noah's eyesight and offered him the name of an LA doctor...resulting in Noah taking a swipe at him for "stealing my boyfriend," just as Luke walked in. Noah continued to be snarky about bequeathing Luke to Reid and sauntered out. Luke told Reid he had to go after Noah, and Reid understood. They agreed to meet up later. Luke found Noah outside, and didn't want him to leave for LA like this. Noah revealed that the big source of his 'tude was having to go to LA alone, without Luke by his side. "I'm still in love with you!" he said. Luke said he loved Noah and would always love him, but, "I'm in love with Reid." Noah insisted Reid wasn't right for him. They went over the accident/breakup again, and Luke told him they weren't right for each other. But he and Reid were! Luke said they'd always be connected, but not romantically; they could still be friends. "No, I can't," Noah said, walking away. Later, Luke came to Katie's looking for Reid. As he and Katie talked, she realized he knew about Chris. She admitted she's scared and Luke held her. She blurted out that she loves Chris. Luke was confident that Reid wouldn't let anything happen to him and dubbed Katie "tough." He told her she couldn't let her fear pull her away from the person she loved and offered to take her to Memorial. There, Katie realized the reality of Chris' condition was now out in the open. Reid advised Katie not to go into Chris' room if she was going to freak out and, rattled, she bolted. Luke marveled at Reid's take on things.

    In Old Town, John accused Chris of being in denial about his health, and when Chris had chest pains he hauled him to the hospital. At Nancy's apartment, Katie sorted through classic photos and wondered how Nancy had survived so much loss. Margo walked in, and Katie took comfort in her hug. When Margo raved about Chris and Katie's future, Katie had to fight back tears. And then she gaped at Margo assuming she and Chris had been about to announce their engagement. When Tom interrupted, Katie made a hasty exit...and Margo realized something more than Nancy's death had to be wrong. At Bob's office, he and Kim were reminiscing when he realized he had a golf game with a trustee. Kim suggested he send Chris in his place. Chris stumbled into the staff room, where his parents were hanging out, and covered for his condition. Bob and Kim asked him about the golf game. When they mentioned how Nancy had high hopes for Chris, he agreed to play a few holes.

    John was incensed to realize Chris was gone, and vented to Reid. Reid then extended his condolences about Nancy to Bob and Kim, who told him Chris is playing golf. John went to Tom and Margo's looking for Chris and Katie, and they demanded he 'fess up. He couldn't, but asked them to come with him. Out and about, Chris was shmoozing the trustee and Reid caught up with them, offering a "threesome." He was determined to keep an eye on Chris, despite his complete lack of golf prowess. At Java, Bob opened up to Kim about how he'd found Nancy dead in her favorite chair, and they talked about how extraordinary Nancy was. Out on the links, Reid accused the trustee of cheating and got the game cut short. As John, Margo, Tom, Bob and Kim all converged at the hospital, Reid brought Chris in. John had Chris taken into a room, and asked everyone to let him do his job. Chris then had to break the news to his family.

    Thursday, September 02, 2010

    At Memorial, Chris explained his condition to a shocked Bob, Kim, Tom and Margo, and then John told Bob how serious the prognosis was. As for Katie, she was at WOAK watching footage of her and Chris. Luke followed Reid to Java, wondering why he'd been so heartless about Katie being at the hospital. Reid was trying to spare her the pain. Luke accused Reid of "projecting," because he's the one who runs away "when things get too sensitive." As he diagnosed Reid's issues, Luke admitted that he's in love with him. "Hold the phone!" Reid exclaimed, asking him to repeat himself. Back at the hospital, Tom and Margo wanted to get Chris' name higher up on the transplant list. He didn't want preferential treatment. Nearby, Bob promised Kim that he and John would do their best to make sure Chris lived. In Old Town, Luke confirmed to Reid that he'd told Noah he's in love with Reid. But he was still mad at Reid for his attitude. As Luke playfully noted Reid could tell him he loves him, too, Reid pointed out that Luke would just think he's trying to defuse Luke's anger. They went back to talking about Katie, and Luke stressed that she needs to be by Chris' side, because it would be devastating if he died without her there.

    After a talk with John, Tom and Margo left for Springfield to look into Chris' transplant options. Meanwhile, Kim caught up with Katie at WOAK and wondered why she wasn't at the hospital with all of them. As they discussed Katie's feelings for Chris, a heartbroken Kim admitted how terrified she is, and talked about how she doesn't have time for Katie's fear. Kim asked her if she could "bear this pain without turning away." In Chris' room, Luke urged him not to keep Katie at a distance right now. Across the hall, Reid and John clashed about Chris' treatment. After John slammed out, Bob called Reid out on keeping Chris' condition from him. Reid pointed out doctor/patient confidentiality and said he'd urged Chris to tell Bob himself. "I made the best decisions that I could, given the circumstances," he explained, telling Bob to take up the issue with Chris. Bob did just that. At Katie's, she wept over a picture of her and Brad. Back at Memorial, Kim lashed out at Reid for taking advantage of Chris' illness, and Bob told her how Reid has been helping Chris all along. She tearfully apologized.

    John ran into Luke in Old Town and asked him about Reid, given the battle ahead of Chris. Luke assured him that, when it comes to his job, Reid would give him everything he needs. Back at Katie's, Reid admitted he's an idiot about romance, but told Katie it's stupid to avoid love because it scares you: "Dry your eyes, blow your nose, get your butt back to the hospital where you belong!" Reid admitted Luke had caused his philosophical turnaround, and Katie thanked him for his support. At Memorial, Bob confessed to Kim that he's "ready to scream." Then, Tom called Bob with news of a potential heart donor at Bay City General. Bob and Kim stood in Chris' hospital room, worried. Reid watched them from the hall, and then told Luke about his and Katie's change of hearts. They "Dr. Oliver" and "Mr. Snyder"-ed each other, grinning. Meanwhile, Katie visited Brad's grave and told him she'd fallen in love with Chris. She begged for his help. Back at the hospital, Chris began to code!

    Friday, September 03, 2010

    At Al's, Ali and Casey talked about their wedding plans. Casey didn't want to elope, reminding her that Nancy had believed in them. Ali didn't want to have a big shindig right after Nancy's death and Casey charmed her by calling her his wife. "That's good enough for me," he said. At Memorial, Henry and Barbara showed up to comfort Kim, who didn't want to leave Chris' room. Barbara guided her to the lounge, and Luke told Henry that Katie wasn't there. At Brad's grave, Katie unloaded her fear and grief, calling herself a coward. "The hell you are!" Henry told her, giving her a pep talk. It worked! Katie went back to the hospital with him. There, Chris came around, and Bob and John told him that he needed a new heart ASAP. John?wanted to hook him up to an LVAD (a left ventricle assist device), and Chris was resistant. He stressed that he also doesn't want to be moved up the transplant list. At loose ends, Luke wandered into Al's and told a clueless Casey and Ali about Chris. They all went back to the hospital. In the lounge, Barbara talked to Kim about Henry and comforted her. Then they joined everyone else in Chris' room, where the docs hoped Kim could talk?sense to her son. Barbara, having lost Jennifer, added her two cents. Then, Katie arrived to blast Chris for his attitude and beg him to fight. As everybody praised her pep talk, Bob got a call from Tom about the heart in Bay City being a perfect tissue match.

    Reid told Luke, Casey and Ali about the heart. Casey and Ali joined the gang in Chris' room, where Kim and Bob were determined to enjoy the miracle. Bob asked Ali to scrub in on the surgery and then Casey told his grandparents they were engaged. In the lounge, Barbara hugged Henry for his part in getting Katie to the hospital. Reid and Luke then noticed John having an intense conversation. John was forced to tell the Hugheses that a Bay City cardiologist wanted the heart for his own patient. The news rocked everyone, and Barbara followed Katie to the lounge, talking about how she'd survived her ordeal in the warehouse because she knew how much she was loved. She urged Katie to be equally "relentless" about Chris. Chris agreed to accept the LVAD and, after sharing a moment with Bob, asked to see Reid. They traded some good-natured barbs, and Chris asked Reid to take care of Katie. Reid left Katie to cuddle Reid, watched Barbara and Henry and Casey and Alison and Bob and Kim...and it energized him! He told Luke he's going to Bay City to get that heart for Chris! Luke told him there were too many risks, marveling at how Reid was decrying the arrogant "savior of mankind" doctor who'd stolen Chris' heart. Reid wryly assured Luke he's the same selfish jerk he's always been, and he's earned the right to throw his weight around like this. "I love you," he smiled. "There. I said it." He kissed Luke tenderly before getting in his car and driving away.

    At Memorial, John told everyone the LVAD procedure was a no-go because Chris was too weak to survive it. When Luke got back inside, Casey and Alison told him that...and he assured them that Reid has a plan! His faith in Reid touched Ali and Casey. Meanwhile, Reid was on the phone with the other surgeon, and he floored it to make it over a railroad crossing...and thenhis car stalled. He was so frazzled, he couldn't get his seatbelt off...and the train sped towards him ominously.

    Tuesday, September 07, 2010

    At Memorial, Katie was at Chris's bedside and broke the news to him that they couldn't put the artificial pump in his heart because he's too weak. She begged him to hold on because a heart donor will surface soon. Meanwhile, John told a worried Bob and Kim that Chris only has 24 hours to live with his old heart. Alison urged Luke to inform Bob and Kim that Reid is on his way to Bay City to get the heart for Chris. They were stunned but happy, as was Katie and Chris. They joked about how far Reid has come since he first arrived in Oakdale and laughed about who in Bay City would incur his wrath if they denied him the heart he drove all the way there to retrieve.

    Tom and Margo were at the police station when they got word that Chris's donor heart is no longer available. Margo then got a call about Reid's accident. "Oh, my God!" she exclaimed. They rushed to the site of the accident and were overwhelmed by what they saw. Later, they returned to Memorial, where Margo braced herself to tell everyone the news. She tearfully informed Bob that Reid's car stalled on the tracks and he didn't get out of his car before the train hit. Bob was dumbstruck and devastated that there is now no hope for a heart for Chris. Bob then summoned Casey to get Luke out of the ER before the EMTs arrived with Reid, but it was too late. Luke refused to believe that Reid would die, even after Bob explained that his injuries are too severe to be helped. He lashed out at everyone for not being proactive and stormed into Reid's hospital room. He was devastated as he saw the severity of Reid's injuries and begged him to open his eyes. Reid tried to speak as Luke broke down in tears. Luke got Reid's wallet for him and took out his organ donor card. Luke summoned Tom for Reid, who gave Luke his power of attorney and made it clear that he wants Chris to get his heart. "Who knew I had one to give?" Reid managed to joke. Luke pleaded with Reid to hold on and declared his love once again just as Reid flat lined. Tom explained that Reid wants Chris to get his heart. John was concerned about it being the right match and the legality of it all without paperwork. Bob was hopeful that they could make it work and they got moving quickly. Bob then gave his condolences to Luke, who was in shock, and let him say a final good-bye to Reid, who had died.

    After, Tom presented a grieving Luke with the proper paperwork, which he signed to allow for the transplant. John informed an elated Katie, who told Chris she loves him before he was tested as a match. Bob and Kim, meanwhile, took time to absorb everything that had happened. Kim was overwhelmed with guilt for once questioning Reid's principles and being so cross with him before. Meanwhile, Katie went to tell Luke how amazing Reid is for pulling through for Chris and was eager to thank him in person, unaware that he'd been involved in the accident that allowed Chris to get a heart at all. After Luke told her what happened, she started to sob. Then she followed Bob and Luke's lead and said good-bye to her friend before letting Chris know that Reid is going to save his life. Chris was then wheeled into surgery.

    Tom, Casey and Margo marveled at Reid's selfless act, called him an inspiration and hoped that his sacrifice wasn't made in vain. Meanwhile, John prepped Chris for heart surgery and the operation got underway.

    Wednesday, September 08, 2010

    Lily called Holden to come over and told him about Chris's deteriorating condition and heart transplant last night. Holden was shocked; Lily was especially shaken up about Luke, who was still reeling from Reid's death at Memorial. Lily wanted to go comfort her son but Lucinda arrived, which sent her into a tailspin. She was outraged that Lucinda was trying to butt her way back into their lives and refused to let La Walsh take control. Equally upset that Lily wouldn't let her in, Lucinda stormed out in a huff.

    At the hospital, Alison urged Luke to go home and get some rest but he refused to go until he knows that Chris made it through the operation. Meanwhile, Chris came to after his surgery. Kim and Bob greeted him in the recovery room, where John deemed that he'll be fine and that everything was a success. Katie also came in and was happy to see Chris, who was eager to thank Reid for getting him a new heart. "Where is that jerk?" he laughed, unaware that Reid had sacrificed his own survival for him. Kim, Bob and John discussed whether to tell Chris what happened and agreed to wait until he was feeling better.

    Later, Ali happily informed Luke that Chris made it and reminded him how amazing Reid was for giving his heart to someone in need. Ali assured tearful Luke that the moment they took his heart was peaceful and that Reid didn't feel any pain. Margo offered to give Katie a lift home, then caught up with her pop, John, who said he's been well but can't help but think about what he'd do if he was in Bob's position with his own kids. Margo pointed out that her father has been estranged for years and wondered why. She thanked him for helping Chris and Katie, and they agreed to discuss other matters at a later date.

    At Java, Noah, who was about to leave for L.A., ran into Ali. She broke the news to him about Reid and urged him to support Luke in his grief. Noah wasn't sure he could offer anything to Luke anymore.

    Luke returned home, where Lily and Holden did their best to console him. Luke was still struggling to comprehend what it meant to have Reid's organs donated to others in need, not just his heart. The hospital called and asked for Luke to track down Reid's next of kin so he can figure out what to do with the body. Luke broke down again, fearful that he doesn't know Reid as well as he thought he did. They met with a funeral director to make arrangements. Luke said Reid has no family and wanted to take care of things himself but the funeral director refused and said that it's a matter of law to contact the next of kin. Luke then went to Memorial to ask Bob and Kim if they knew more about Reid's extended family and was stunned to discover that Chris doesn't even know that Reid's heart is beating inside his body. Luke was overwhelmed when Chris kept asking to see Reid and rushed out. Chris, meanwhile, overheard a board member giving Luke his condolences on his way out.

    Katie went home and was conflicted about her own feelings. She was grieving her roomie Reid but ecstatic about Chris's survival. She was thankful to have had Reid in her life. "He helped me get my life back," she smiled and refused to pack up Reid's things or forget him. Margo promised her that no one will ever forget Reid or what he did in Oakdale. Katie was determined to keep it together and be strong for both Luke and Chris.

    John met up with Lucinda at the Lakeview Lounge, where she was drowning her sorrows over Lily with bloody marys. She refused to think she was selfish in what she did to Lily and revealed that she went to the mob. "Oh! Which one?" John ribbed, reminded Lucinda that she's always been a schemer and then got the full story on what went down with Ralph. John called Lucinda pathetic "narcissist crybaby" and told her again to make inroads with her daughter.

    Holden and Lily went to the police station to investigate Reid's past. They found an old video of Reid with his chess mentor, Angus, who lives in Midwood, Brooklyn. They decided to reach out to Angus for Luke. They found him playing chess in a park but he wanted nothing to do with his "ungrateful big-mouthed nephew." Meanwhile, Luke went to the Snyder Pond to think things over and was surprised to see Noah had followed him there.

    Thursday, September 09, 2010

    At the Pond, Noah gave Luke his condolences and tried to be there for his ex. Luke was mad at himself for not knowing Reid better and that he didn't even know his own feelings for him until he told Noah. Noah asked him about any regrets he has about his relationship with Reid. Luke admitted they never got to do the normal date things together and that they never had sex because Luke wanted to wait. Noah was surprised, but tried to make Luke feel better by calling Reid a hero for what he did. Luke lost it and said that if Reid was a real hero, he wouldn't have died. Noah hugged him and consoled him. Noah said he'd take a later plane to L.A. so he could be there for Luke.

    John barged into Worldwide where he found Lucinda distracting herself with work and the usual scheming. John blasted her for not trying to change her ways. Lucinda realized she's crossed the line one too many times with Lily, who has disowned her. La Walsh explained that she's just protecting herself from the power her daughter has in the company by making a preemptive business deal to oust Lily. John was shocked. "Classic Lucinda Walsh," he scoffed. Lucinda countered by telling him to stop sticking his nose in her business. John tried to extend an olive branch, but La Walsh called him out on not being there for her, even during her cancer and said they can't be friends. He apologized and realized he was in the wrong, but still encouraged her to stay away from Lily, if that's what Lily wants. Finally, Lucinda came around. John asked if he should reach out to Lily for her, but she declined. They shared a sweet moment as John said he knows Lucinda better than anyone else.

    Holden and Lily broke the news to Angus that Reid was killed. He was upset but wondered why they came to him. So, they explained the situation (including that Reid was gay) and asked him to help Luke. He was hesitant but finally signed the paperwork. Then Angus showed them one of Reid's old chess pieces. He got choked up as he recalled the time he shared with his nephew in his younger days.

    At Memorial, Chris demanded to know whose heart he has but Katie refused to tell him. After he pleaded one more time, she finally spilled the truth. "You have Reid's heart," she sighed. He was flabbergasted as Katie told him everything that had happened. Chris blamed himself for Reid's death. "He's the one who was trying to save my life!" he pointed out. He was overwhelmed with guilt and struck by the irony of it all. He was upset at the thought of living the rest of his life with Reid's heart in his body and was about to give up until Katie demanded that he "suck it up" and be grateful for the miracle that was given to him. He finally came around and looked forward to spending his future with Katie.

    John dropped by Margo's to say he's staying in Oakdale for a while and resolved to make inroads with his own daughter. Lucinda dropped off a bouquet of flowers for Lily. Holden and Lily returned to Oakdale, where Luke scattered Reid's ashes at the Pond and gave a touching tribute to his lost love. Bob told Chris that the new hospital wing has been named in Reid's honor. Chris was pleased and also found out he'd be the new Chief of Staff after Bob retired. He lovingly glanced at Katie from afar as he smiled and said, "What can I say? I lead a charmed life."

    Monday, September 13, 2010

    Jack and Carly woke up in bed together, affectionate. Downstairs, Parker stopped Sage from bringing their parents breakfast in bed and spinning her fantasies of remarriage. He didn't want Mom and Dad to get married again, as "that's when all the trouble starts." Sage set out Jack and Carly's old wedding album as they came downstairs. "That's Sage...not very subtle, is she?" chuckled Carly. "Maybe she's on to something?" countered Jack. As Carly sputtered about getting their daughter's hopes up, Jack said he's incomplete without her. Wary Carly noted they'd gone down this road so many times before. What if they were setting themselves up to fail? Jack told her that the first time he'd kissed her, he'd known she was his future. They had to stop questioning it. "We can't afford to quit," he told her. When Carly finally came around to his line of thinking, she wondered exactly what he wanted to make "official." He was about to get down on one knee...when Janet called to tell him she and Dusty were at the hospital. When they got back from Memorial, Carly wanted to pick up where they left off, but Jack was wary. He worried about what the new baby would do to their dynamic. Cue Carly's turn to give a pep talk! She assured Jack she'd love the baby but it would be difficult for her...and they'd face and conquer whatever life would throw at them. They traded "I love you"s and Jack pulled Carly into his lap and proposed! Carly tearily accepted and they kissed. When the kids got home, Carly and Jack swore that, this time, they'd be together forever. They impulsively decided to get married ASAP!

    At the farm, Liberty snapped at Faith, who realized Libby got into FIT in New York, like she'd always dreamed. Libby said she wasn't going! Parker walked in, and Faith informed him Libby was about to "ruin her life." At the Lakeview, Janet brought Dusty a bunch of food and an offer to nurse him back to health. They chowed down, sitting in bed. Feeling better, Dusty wanted to get his swerve on. Janet nixed that, and then felt a contraction! Meanwhile, Liberty explained to Parker why she was deferring college, and Parker admitted he's not going either. He whispered his secret plans to her. Faith spied them through the Al's window. At Memorial, Dusty hugged John (who he'd apparently kept in touch with!) and introduced him to Janet. Alone, John noted that Dusty had neglected to tell him Janet was expecting his child. "Yes and no," hedged Dusty. In the exam room, the ob/gyn dubbed the contractions Braxton-Hicks and noted Janet's baby was huge. If he got any bigger, they'd have to induce! When Jack and Carly showed up, Janet apologized for the false alarm. As for Dusty, his spidey senses were tingling. They got back to the farm, and a squirrelly-acting Dusty told Janet that he was off to lunch with John. Faith then told Janet that Liberty got into FIT but wanted to stay in town to help her mom. When Libby and Parker got home, Janet gave her a talking-to, urging her to go to New York. Then, Liberty and Parker accused Faith of telling Janet about FIT to eliminate her perceived competition for Parker. At Java, Dusty showed John the sonogram photo, revealing that he thinks the baby is his. Surrogate father and son shook hands. Left alone, John nabbed Dusty's coffee mug to run a DNA test on it! Back at the farm, Janet told Dusty about Liberty's conundrum and they felt the baby kick.

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010

    Gwen brought Carly breakfast in bed, and she had one more wedding day surprise: Rosanna! The sisters exchanged gleeful hugs, and Gwen left Ro and Carly to catch up. At the farm, Jack thanked Dusty for donating champagne for the impromptu ceremony. Janet shooed Dusty off to change and then Janet and Jack had a bittersweet talk, where Janet wished Jack and Carly happiness. Then, Jack urged the baby to stay inside for another two weeks, till he's back from his honeymoon, and asked Janet to get the getaway cabin's info just in case! At the Lakeview, Craig ran into Lily and wondered when she'd forgive him. "I'm not interested in your apologies," she shrugged, before telling him not to show up to the Carjack wedding. In Old Town, Holden ran into Molly. Awkward! They chuckled over being the best man and maid of honor, as Lily watched from afar. She stopped lurking and walked up to ask about California and Abigail. When Lily told Holden the kids wanted them to go to the wedding together, Molly was the odd woman out. In Milltown, Will calmed Parker's nerves about the wedding and then Faith came y with flowers. As Will looked on, Faith and Parker argued about Liberty and Parker blew her off. Later, Carly asked Gwen and Rosanna to be her bridesmaids and Janet came by with a gift and her well wishes. Janet then got the cabin info and Carly stressed that Janet shouldn't call unless it's a real emergency. "This day was starting off so well," Carly then cracked to her sisters. In need of some alone time, she got her and Jack's compass out of a drawer and went for a walk.

    Janet came in to Dusty's Lakeview suite, venting about the cabin snafu with Carly. Dusty found the reality of Janet having to put up with Carly for the foreseeable future pretty amusing. Janet had an idea she needed his help for. Back at the farm, Parker was all suited up and he was about to bring up his big secret issue with Jack when Jack got called away to pick up Sage. Parker ended up telling Will and swearing him to secrecy! Jack brought Sage home to the Milltown house, and a worried Gwen and Ro told Jack that Carly was off by herself somewhere. Out at the pond, Carly remembered Jack giving her the compass at the boathouse, and then she dropped the compass in the water! Gasp! "I lost the compass," she told Jack, when he walked up. He felt around for it, but it was gone! Carly began weeping about how she needed it to find her true north. He said she didn't need it. He'd never leave her side again; she was already home! Elsewhere, Rosanna ran into Gabriel and Holden and Lily convinced a sullen Faith into going to the wedding. At Java, Craig asked Gabriel if they could try to get to know each other better. Gabe turned down a lunch invite, saying he had the wedding to attend. Back at the pond, Jack shored Carly up and kissed her, sweetly. Elsewhere, Janet and Dusty had taken it upon themselves to decorate the honeymoon cabin. Dusty made Janet get off a ladder...only to get a cramp and fall off it himself. Moments later, Janet went into labor.

    Jack brought Carly to the farm, where her bridal party had enterprisingly thought to bring her dress. They also each gave her a flower to carry down the aisle. Then, Lily showed up with a wedding/"I'm sorry about Craig" gift. Out at the garden where the wedding would take place, a suited up Jack met up with Will, Holden and Parker. The guys bantered so adorably, it had to be partially ad-libbed! Then, the women showed up. Carly took Jack's breath away. As for Rosanna, she saw Craig lurking and confronted him. "You lookfantastic!" he tried to evade, but she wasn't having it. He said he just wanted closure and promised to be on his best behavior. Nearby, Gabriel and Liberty showed up and Parker and Faith were still at odds. Jack again calmed Carly's nerves and Ro warned them that Craig had shown up. "Nothing is going to spoil this wedding!" Carly insisted.

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010

    At Carly and Jack's wedding, Holden and Rosanna got the lovey duo to quit canoodling and Rosanna instructed the bridal party on how to march in. Carly also made sure they were taking video for JJ. Party crasher Craig sat down next to Margo, earning her trademark sisterly snark. Then, the bridesmaids all came down the makeshift aisle and Liberty tried calling Janet, to no avail. At the honeymoon cottage, Janet was in labor, and Dusty tried to help her through it. Parker walked his mom to Jack and asked Jack to "take good care of her." The priest did his thing, complete with the "speak now or forever hold your peace." Don't worry, no one spoke! Carly was so eager to wed that she blurted out a "yes!" before the priest was even done with the vows. Jack made his own vows, saying, "She's mine and I'm hers, and that's that." After Molly did a reading, Carly spoke to Jack from the heart, telling him he was her true north, her soulmate and her best friend. Jack talked about how Carly had "saved me from me" after Brad's shooting and "fought my demons." There was much sniffling and crying. They exchanged rings and "I thee wed"s and were then pronounced husband and wife. Cue the kiss! Afterwards, Holden gave the best man's toast, noting that they were missing two very important people: Hal and Brad. On behalf of them, he wished Carjack "lifelong happiness." After Margo and Tom gave Jack their well wishes, with passing mention of Katie and Chris' condition, Molly gave her toast, noting, "you can't fight destiny, so why try." (She looked pointedly at Lily.) Carly reveled in having her "girls" for "backup." But where were Dusty and Janet? Still laboring! Dusty tried to go for help but the car was stuck in the mud.

    Back at the wedding, Craig proposed a toast, much to everyone's chagrin. He surprised them all by admitting, "you belong together" and wishing them every happiness. When Rosanna wondered what brought that on, Criag said she did - he wanted her to like him again. Jack and Carly then had a first dance (offscreen!) and Faith urged Holden to ask Lily to dance. Sadly, Parker was still giving Faith the brush off. Nearby, Gabriel told Craig he was going back to Montega and Rosanna realized Gabriel is Craig's son. Then, Parker's secret plans came up again, and Margo urged him to just tell everyone he wants to be a cop. His parents were boggled and moved in turns. Parker explained that he hoped to end up just like Jack. "That's a sneaky way to win an argument!" Jack choked out, hugging his son. Afterwards, Holden asked Molly to dance and they had a nice moment and Rosanna counseled Craig about Gabriel. Then, Carly and Jack reassured Sage that it's "for real this time," and Carly threw her bouquet. Rosanna caught it! Carly and Jack drove off for the honeymoon to cheers and applause.

    At the cabin, Janet yelled at Dusty, who urged her not to push. Jack was about to carry Carly over the threshold, when they realized what was going on inside. Back at the garden, Will and Gwen accidentally spilled to Margo and Tom that Casey was moving to Carbondale. At the farm, Molly and Lily thanked each other for their mutual generosity today and Molly wished Lily and Holden luck. Will and Gwen noted how cute Faith and Parker were, and Parker bid his big brother farewell. He then went back to Faith, apologizing for keeping his plans from her. When she hoped they were friends again, Parker told his "friend" she looked hot in that dress and kissed her cheek. A few feet away, Gabriel and Craig made amends and Ro revealed she's staying in town for a while. At the honeymoon cabin, Janet was about to give birth ASAP, and Carly got a little queasy.

    Thursday, September 16, 2010

    Janet wailed as her labor progressed. Jack, watching over Carly's wooziness, told Dusty he'd have to deliver the baby. Having done this before, Dusty played midwife with aplomb. They all welcomed the cute little boy with equal parts happiness and bittersweetness. The foursome headed for the hospital, with Carly bidding the honeymoon cottage a wistful adieu. At Memorial, Dusty stubbornly refused to get his ribs looked at, and Jack went looking for Carly. As Carly and Jack passed back through the main hallway, they overheard John telling Dusty the big news: "Jack Snyder is not the father of that baby, you are!" "Are you sure?" he boggled. John assured him that it's true and he's an "unofficial grandfather." Jack walked up on the celebration. As Dusty beamed, Jack graciously told him to tell Janet. John noted it had been a "long time" since he'd seen Carly, and winked that she'd ended up with the right guy. Then, Carly went to get checked out. In Janet's room, Dusty told her the news and she was thrilled. Meanwhile, Grandpa John bounced into the Lakeview lounge, ordering up drinks for a toast, and urged Lucinda to "declare victory" and come away with him. He said he had a teaching gig in Amsterdam and they could go enjoy tulips and wooden shoes. Back at Memorial, Liberty and Jack had a sweet moment and Libby brought him in to see Janet. The exes had an emotional moment alone, acknowledging the 9 months they'd spent being prospective parents. "Thank you for loving me, Jack," wept Janet. Teary Jack apologized for not doing right by her, and congratulated her. Later, Janet, Teri, Libby, the baby and Dusty all bonded as a family...and Carly had news for Jack!

    At Java, Lucinda offered to create an endowment in Reid's name, and Luke liked the idea. Big Lucy's rather cynical, defeatist attitude had Luke wondering what his grandmother had done now. At the Lilypad, Holden and Lily talked about the wedding and Molly and then flirted a little. John interrupted the moment to persuade Lily to forgive her mother. John noted Lily was younger and less set in her ways. Since he got a text from the hospital, he asked "sensible" Holden to help fix things. Alone, Holden told Lily, "John's full of it," and said he was proud of Lily for sticking to her guns. Back at Java, Luke talked about how life was short and sent Lucinda off to make things right with Lily. Noah walked up on the tail end, and Luke filled him in. Then, a sad Luke talked about how calm Reid had been in death, and Noah comforted him. Noah revealed he's putting off heading to LA. Luke wondered why. To take care of him? It wasn't necessary! Luke quit Noah's job for him and dragged him out the door. After Holden's pep talk, Lily called her mother to meet up with her. Lily and Holden were a united front and about to kiss, when a beaming Lucinda walked in. Sadly, Lily dashed Big Lucy's hopes of reconciliation. She loved her mom but couldn't forgive her yet. Lily and Holden both told Lucinda "goodbye." At WOAK, Luke gave Noah a state of the art video camera, revealing his family had also bought Noah a bunch of recording equipment. Noah had to get on that plane! Noah agreed, as long as Luke came and visited him. They reminisced about meeting at the studio; Noah brought up sharing their first kiss there. Noah assured Luke he understands that Luke needs to honor what he had with Reid and "grieve and heal." But maybe when Luke was ready, he could come to LA? Noah kissed Luke goodbye and left.

    At the Lilypad, Holden and Lily remembered the day they met (with a lot of tears from Holden), and they kissed passionately! Meanwhile, Lucinda sought out John and accepted his offer to run off to Amsterdam. At the hospital, as Dusty, the baby and Janet all had a moment of bonding, Carly told Jack she's pregnant! He swept her into his arms and they kissed.

    Friday, September 17, 2010

    The very last episode of ATWT opened a month after yesterday, with Bob's wistful voiceover talking about starting the day at the hospital. Bob made his way to his office and talked about learning a lot about the people of Oakdale. Across town, Holden picked up Ethan from Lily and took him fishing. Dusty brought Lorenzo to Janet, and Carly and Jack snuggled in each other's arms...until Sage called for her mom, that is! Elsewhere, Barbara and Henry got passionate, Paul cuddled with a giant stuffed puppy — and Emily — as Eliza played, and John and Lucinda came back from Amsterdam and checked into the Lakeview. Lisa was shocked to learn who John's souvenir "tulip" was. At Chez Hughes, Alison arrived to wake up Casey, and Tom and Margo wistfully realized they were soon to be empty nesters. At the Lilypad, Luke looked at a brochure for Reid's neurological wing and hugged Natalie. At Katie's, she tended to Chris with heart medication and kisses. Back at the hospital, Kim came into Bob's office, and he marveled about retiring today.

    In Milltown, Jack asked after Carly's morning sickness and Sage wondered when she can share the pregnancy news. As Carly cleaned up papers and talked about car problems, she gasped to Jack that they're "normal." Would they become "dull" and "boring"? He assured her they wouldn't. Then, Dusty and Janet showed up at Jack and Carly's to introduce them to little Lorenzo Dustin Donovan...and ask Jack to be his godfather! Carly told them she's pregnant, and Janet noted "things turned out exactly the way they were supposed to." At the Hughes house, Susan and Emily had joined Tom and Margo to see off Ali and Casey. Hugs were exchanged and tears were shed. Emily marveled to Susan about "our little girl" going off, and they went for a "soda" at the Lakeview. Meanwhile, a teary Margo's empty nest wistfulness was in overdrive and Tom took her out. Back at Katie's, Chris proposed and she accepted. They pondered getting a bigger place as Tom and Margo came over. Tom urged Katie to "distract" his weepy wife, so she spilled the engagement news. The sisters impulsively decided to swap houses, as the brothers looked on, bemused.

    Back at the Lakeview, Henry and Barbara were still canoodling, despite dinner plans at Paul and Emily's. At Fairwinds, Paul and Emily discussed him walking away from the business and making Em and Eliza his priority. Ironically, Barbara arrived with similar news: She was dissolving their BRO partnership! The foursome toasted to the future. Elsewhere, Luke visited Katie's, telling Chris that he had his vote as Chief of Staff. Chris admitted that it might not be the path he wants. Luke was haunted by being where Reid lived. As he went to leave, Katie gave him Reid's stethoscope. Luke asked if he could listen to Reid's heart, and he and Chris shared a poignant moment. John and Lucinda dropped by the Lilypad to tell Lily they were back together and that Lily could have control of WorldWide. At the hospital, Susan said goodbye to Bob and Kim, and Bob took one last box out to the car. Chris and Katie test drove Chez Hughes, as Tom and Margo christened Katie's with some lovin'. Paul and Emily reaffirmed their love at Fairwinds, while we learned Barbara and Henry were taking over Metro. Henry turned up the music in their suite and they got their disco on. Downstairs, a snarky Lisa urged John and Lucinda to "gather ye rosebuds," and the duo made a pact to "have a helluva good time." Back at Lily's, she was worried about her mom and John not working out. Holden noted they were older, wiser and loved each other. "You think that's enough?" Lily mused. Before Holden left, he and Lily shared a long look. Back at the Milltown house, Jack and Carly settled into bed and kissed. Things wound up at the hospital, with Kim kissing Bob for "just a little encouragement." "I don't think there should be goodbyes...just goodnight," she said, before leaving him to wrap up alone. Bob packed up his briefcase, took one look around, and said, "Goodnight," before turning out the light. The globe on his desk lit up and spun...


    Facts

    1. January 12, 1998: Molly interrupted Lily and Holden’s second wedding in 1998 but failed to stop them from saying “I do.”

    2. February 14, 2005: Katie wed Henry.

    3. March 2, 1987: Beatrice and Brian wed.

    4. March 13, 1994: International actress Claire Bloom joined the cast of ATWT in the role of Orlena Grimaldi.

    5. March 20, 1998: To save their marriage, John brought Barbara to see the baby girl he’d arranged for them to adopt.

    6. April 2, 1956: The serial debuted with Nancy and Chris Hughes waking up in separate beds. It was the first 30-minute daytime soap in history.

    7. April 2, 1986: Chris and Nancy’s 50th wedding anniversary celebration coincided with the show’s 30th anniversary.

    8. April 2, 1993: Seth Snyder and Angel Lange walked down the aisle in a rush.

    9. April 2, 2001 marked the shows 45th year on the air with its 11,477th episode

    10. April 2, 2004: As the World Turns celebrates 48 years on television with its 12,230th episode

    11. April 4, 1998: Ben and Camille made love for the first time.

    12. April 15, 2000: Ellen Dolan (Margo) gave birth to her first child, daughter Angela Emmett.

    13. April 18, 1997: A not-so-dead James Stenbeck was spotted in town.

    14. April 1985: On Easter Day, longtime friends Bob and Kim tied the knot. At their reception aboard Diana’s yacht, a gambling sting went down and landed the unknowing bride and groom in jail.

    15. May 1993: Lily had a lot of explaining to do when she was found in Italy.

    16. May 7, 2001: Ruby drugged Lucinda’s tea!

    17. May 13, 1999: Brad Snyder married Carly.

    18. May 16, 1995: Luke Grimaldi was born.

    19. May 16, 2000 marked Eileen Fulton's (Lisa) 40th anniversary with the soap

    20. May 25, 1996: Castmates Kelley Menighan (Emily) and Jon Hensley (Holden) were married in Chicago.

    21. May 31, 1984: Twenty million viewers tuned in for Betsy (played by Meg Ryan) and Steve’s long-anticipated Greek-style wedding.

    22. The 12,000th episode is scheduled to air on May 6, 2003

    23. June 18, 1993: Hal came back from "the dead" with Barbara and baby William in tow.

    24. June 20, 1997: Paolo Seganti reprised his role as Lily’s presumed-dead hubby, Damian.

    25. June 24, 2002: Lucinda and Katie arrived in Avanya to search for Simon

    26. June 27: On this date in 1997, Molly finally told Holden that she had his baby (Abigail) and had given her up for adoption.

    27. June 28: Reid and Julia got engaged in 1999.

    28. July 2, 1993: Holden found out the truth that Aaron is his son.

    29. July 6, 2001: Simon rescued castaway Katie, who was marooned on an island with Henry while treasure-hunting.

    30. July 7, 1997: Just as Lily and Holden were getting engaged, Damian came back from the dead.

    31. July 29, 1997: Ben and Camille shared their first kiss

    32. August 14, 2002, Hal and Emily were married

    33. August 21, 1978- Duncan wed drunken teenager Erin in Antibes.

    34. August 23, 2001: Napiera Danielle Groves joined the cast as Bonnie.

    35. August 25, 1999: Jake discovered Lucinda had been faking her incapacitation in Bay City.

    36. September 7, 2001: Terri Conn (Katie) was married to Arthur Colombino

    37. September 9, 2002: Barbara agreed to sell BRO to Rosanna on the condition that she didn’t later turn the company over to Craig.

    38. September 10, 1965: ATWT’s spinoff, OUR PRIVATE WORLD (which followed Lisa’s move to Chicago) last aired in 1965

    39. September 16, 1998: Margo discovered she was pregnant

    40. October 3, 2001- Jake and Molly exchanged vows at Lucinda’s mansion

    41. October 9, 2000: Julia shoots David Stenbeck’s corpse at his funeral to make sure he’s really dead.

    42. October 22, 1999: Kristina Sisco assumes the role of Abigail as she returns to Oakdale.

    43. October 22, 2001: Bryant is in a fatal car accident.

    44. December 25, 2002: Lily gives birth to Natalie

    45. 1971, the cast of ATWT was featured on the cover of TV Guide, a first for a soap.

    46. Irna Phillips announced moments before World Turns started spinning each weekday: “We know the bleakness of winter, the promise of spring, the fullness of summer and the harvest of autumn. The cycle of life is completed. What’s true in nature is true in man, for he too, has his cycles. As the World Turns.”

    47. ATWT was No. 1 in the daytime ratings every year from 1958-1978. In 1965, it became the first soap to spin-off another serial, Our Private World, which followed Lisa (Eileen Fulton) to Chicago after her divorce from Bob.

    48. There are seven cast members who have been on ATWT for 20 years or more, and eight who have been on longer than 10 years. Forty-three-year vet Helen Wagner (Nancy), who spoke the first words on the show ("Good morning, dear") has continuously played the same character longer than anyone on television.

    49. 1958, Ellen Lowell became the first regular character on a soap to bear an illegitimate child (Jimmy, who was later adopted and renamed Dan Stewart).

    50. At 33, Micheal David Morrison, who had played Caleb, was found dead of an alcohol and drug overdose in the apartment of a female friend on Febuary 18, 1993. While the news shocked fans, friends familiar with Morrison's reckless lifestyle were more sad than surprised. "Micheal was a kick-ass kid," commented Ellen Dolan (Margo) shortly after Morrison's death. "He had a great, big heart. But he also had a great, big devil riding him." Morrison's surviors included his wife and baby son.



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