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  • Debuted on: March 29, 1982
  • Last Episode: March 20, 1987
  • # of Episodes: 1270
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    (News section last update February 4, 2019)

    Julie Adams Dies: ‘Creature From The Black Lagoon’ Actress Was 92

    (2/4/19) Creature From the Black Lagoon star Julie Adams (Paula, Capitol/Denise, GH), an actress who, like Fay Wray and Evelyn Ankers before her won the hearts of classic Hollywood monsters and then generations of devoted fans, died Sunday in Los Angeles. She was 92.

    Adams’ death was confirmed on her official website.

    Where Wray perched atop the Empire State Building with King Kong and Ankers ran through fog-shrouded forests pursued by The Wolf Man, Adams secured her place in horror iconography underwater, notably an indelible scene in the 1954 Creature during which the actress, in a one-piece white bathing suit, swims atop the lagoon water as the creature known as the Gil-Man mimics her moves some feet below. The imagery would be echoed in countless films thereafter, memorably in both Jaws and 2017’s The Shape of Water.

    “I mourn Julie Adams passing,” tweeted del Toro today. “It hurts in a place deep in me, where monsters swim.”

    While Adams might best be remembered for her place in the Universal monster movie canon, her role as Kay Lawrence was but one of many over a career that stretched from 1949 well into the 2000s. Adams’ career ranged from B movies of the 1950s – despite her notable monster flick entry, her steadiest genre was the Western – to the episodic TV that kept her busy throughout the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. As late as 2007 she appeared on CSI:NY, and had a small role in the 2006 feature film World Trade Center.

    Among her film credits: Tickle Me, a 1965 Elvis Presley vehicle; Dennis Hopper’s The Last Movie (1971); McQ with John Wayne (1974); The Underwater City (1962); The Killer Inside Me (1976); The Fifth Floor (1978); Champions (1984); and Catchfire (1990). Her final credit was a voiceover in director Roman Polanski’s 2011 film Carnage.

    A small selection of TV credits through the decades include Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Rifleman, Bonanza, The Streets of San Francisco, Marcus Welby, M.D., The Andy Griffith Show, Murder She Wrote, Beverly Hills 90210 and The Jimmy Stewart Show.

    In 1955 Adams married actor Ray Danton, her costar in the film The Looters, and the two remained together until divorcing in 1981. She was in a long-term partnership with film and TV writer Ronald M. Cohen until his death in 1998.

    Adams is survived by sons Steve Danton, an actor and assistant director, and Mitchell Danton, a TV editor, among other family.

    Teri Hatcher runs with daughter for charity in NYC Marathon

    (11/5/18) Former “Desperate Housewives” TV star Teri Hatcher and her daughter joined the throng of New York City Marathon runners Sunday.

    Hatcher, 53, finished in 5 hours, 51 minutes and 21 seconds, while her 20-year-old daughter, Emerson Tenney, clocked in 5 seconds behind Mom.

    The pair ran to raise money for the international charity Save the Children.

    “I love the mother-daughter journey of it,” Hatcher told The Post after the race. “It really allowed us to have a lot of conversations about being there for each other.”

    The actress added, “I have to say, the random kindness that you get offered from the fans that line the race is just, it could bring you to tears, it’s so amazing.”

    Teri Hatcher details her sexual assault in letter to Donald Trump

    (10/4/18) Former “Desperate Housewives” actress Teri Hatcher, who revealed in 2006 she was sexually abused by her uncle at age five, detailed her assault in an open letter to Donald Trump shared to social media.

    “Mr. President @realDonaldTrump, I’d like to take this opportunity to weigh in on the process of recalling a sexual assault. #metoo #believe #survivor,” she wrote, after Trump mocked Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s Senate testimony at a rally earlier this week.

    Hatcher, 53, went on to detail what she could remember and what she couldn’t from the horrifying assault.

    “Here’s what I remember: His erect penis, that he was stroking as he sat behind the wheel of the car,” she wrote. “‘Do you want to touch it?’ he asked. I said, ‘No.’ He took my hand to touch it anyway. It was pink. There were tissues. I didn’t know what they were for, but then I did.”

    She continued, “I was face down on the seat looking at the floor as he violated me. He said, ‘Do you like how this feels?’ I said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘Someday you will.'”

    She went on to write that she didn’t remember the address of where it happened, how she got there, how she got home, what day or month it was or if anyone was drinking beer.

    “Sadly, myself and then decades later, teenager Sarah Van Cleemput, were abused by the same man. She committed suicide. I battled demons,” Hatcher wrote.

    According to People, after 14-year-old Van Cleemput passed away in 2002, Hatcher came forward with her story, helping put Richard Hayes Stone behind bars.

    She finished her note, directly addressing the President.

    “I am a survivor, who stands available to help you understand the way the memories of a trauma like that work. It might be hard for you to understand,” she wrote. “I can readily explain in detail that ‘I don’t remember’ is often the most honest response surrounding questions of an assault. It does NOT mean it didn’t happen. Please do not add ‘Mocked by President’ to the injury list of a sexual survivor. It’s just plain wrong.”

    House of Cards Final Season Trailer: Robin Wright's POTUS Declares, 'Francis Is Dead' — Watch

    (9/28/18) (Video) It’s the dawn of a new era in the final season trailer for the Kevin Spacey-less House of Cards. In the above video, newly elected president Claire Underwood declares that everything Francis ever told the American public was a lie.

    The fresh footage shows Claire giving a speech in front of the U.S. Armed Forces following the death of her husband. “My first 100 days as president have been difficult,” she says. “I lost my husband… we were about to celebrate 30 years together.” And yet, Madam President has no interest in sugarcoating Francis’ wrongdoings. “Here’s the thing: Whatever Francis told you the last five years? Don’t believe a word of it.”

    We also get our first glimpse of Claire’s interactions with sibling lobbyists Annette and Bill Shepherd (new series regulars Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear), during which she declares that “Francis is dead,” and any promises he made them don’t carry over to her administration. Later, we witness what appears to be an attempt on Claire’s life; blink and you’ll miss the gunshot being fired into the presidential state car at the 51-second mark.

    Netflix previously released a teaser the sixth and final season which showed Claire at Frank’s gravesite, thus spoiling the admittedly inevitable death of Spacey’s character.

    House of Cards‘ final eight episodes drop Friday, Nov. 2.

    B&B’s Brown Advances In Congressional Race

    (6/7/18) Kimberlin Brown (Sheila, B&B) will advance to the next step of her congressional run, according to The Desert Sun. Based on preliminary returns, U.S. House member Raul Ruiz and challenging Republican Kimberlin Brown Pelzer are poised to advance to November’s midterm elections, where they will go head to head in the race to represent California’s 36th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ruiz garnered nearly 55 percent of the vote, as of 9 a.m. Wednesday, with all precincts reporting. Brown Pelzer got nearly 23 percent, coming in far above other Republicans, who each earned between 4 percent and 8 percent of the vote.

    Teri Hatcher: I'm not broke and homeless

    (3/9/18) Actress Teri Hatcher has threatened legal action over an “absurd” tabloid report suggesting she is broke and homeless.

    The former Desperate Housewives star found herself hitting headlines on Wednesday after a Star magazine story alleged the 53-year-old was so poor, she had been forced to live in her vintage Volkswagen camper van.

    Dismissing the false gossip in a TV interview for KTLA 5 Morning News on Thursday, she said, “It’s totally absurd…

    “It’s categorically false. I’m not broke, I’ve done very well investing my money. I’m not homeless, and I’m not living out of my van.”

    Instead, Teri explained she has been busy filming a new show: “I am shooting my YouTube series, Van Therapy, in my van,” she shared.

    According to TMZ, the star is now considering filing a lawsuit against the tabloid publishers over the article.

    The actress, a mother of one, also took to Twitter to shut down the unfounded claims as she acknowledged International Women’s Day.

    “On #internationalwomensday It’s important that we speak up for ourselves & speak up for what’s right,” she tweeted. “#VanTherapy is a series that was created for people to have a safe place to come & talk, not an opportunity for tabloids to spread false rumors.”

    Just last month, Teri discussed her new project with, explaining she is enjoying travelling around Los Angeles for the show because it gives her an opportunity to connect to people from all walks of life.

    “I’m learning and sharing so much, but one thing that seems so common and simple is that people just want to be seen and heard,” she said. “I think they are really valuing having a place to tell their story, to share a problem or a frustration even if the outcome isn’t a resolution.

    “At this point, even with all our technology, I think many of us feel more alone than ever, which is ironic. Through these interviews, I’m learning that I’m not alone in my struggles and neither are they. The human experience is more common and similar than our media may make us feel sometimes. We all want to be accepted, loved, safe, and just okay. So it’s a bit cliche, but I think my experience with this project is really validating the saying, ‘You can’t judge a book by its cover.’”

    Teri Hatcher Wants a Desperate Housewives Revival

    (3/8/18) Teri Hatcher is ready for a Desperate Housewives revival, but she doesn't know if it will ever actually happen.

    The actress, who played Susan on the ABC series, appeared on ITV's Loose Women on Wednesday and talked to the co-hosts about the TV series and whether there's a possibility of a revival.

    "We all miss Desperate Housewives, if there was ever a chance for that to come back, would you go back?" Hatcher was asked on the show.

    "I would be the first person, yeah, I never wanted it to be over, I loved those characters," Hatcher shared, before admitting that she doesn't think the chances of a revival are "very good."


    "Well just because of the creators, I mean it's not the women, I think the women would probably all do it," Hatcher said. She later shared that while she's "not so much" in touch with the other women, she's "supportive" of what everyone's doing in their lives, mentioning Eva Longoria's pregnancy.

    "Very excited that Eva's about to have her first baby," she told the co-hosts.

    Longoria, who played Gabrielle on the series, also spoke out about a Desperate Housewives revival in December.

    "I wish! I love that show. I miss it every single day. I miss being Gaby. I miss being on set. I miss everything about it. But our creator [Marc Cherry] has said many times he wouldn't bring it back," Longoria told NewBeauty. "Plus, we're all so busy. Felicity [Huffman] is always off doing some Emmy award-winning show. I'm busy with my projects. I don't know if it will ever happen, but I'm all for the idea!"

    After eight seasons, Desperate Housewives went off the air in May 2012. Would you like to see a revival or do you like how the show ended?

    ‘Desperate Housewives’ Star Teri Hatcher To Battle It Out In Celebrity ‘Bake Off’ Special

    (2/9/18) Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher is among the celebrities to have signed up for a charity version of The Great British Bake Off.

    Hatcher, who also starred in James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, is joined by the likes of Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp and Not The Nine O’Clock News star Griff Rhys Jones in The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off for Channel 4.

    The show, which airs later this year, forms part of a range of programming by the British broadcaster to raise funds and awareness of the cancer charity. It will air five episodes of the Love Productions format, which will see the celebrities battle it out over three rounds in a bid to be crowned Star Baker.

    Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood will be judging the delicious delights and devastating disasters, and Bake Off hosts Noel and Sandi will also be back to provide tea and sympathy for the celebrity bakers.

    Other stars appearing in the show include musical comedian Tim Minchin, presenter Stacey Solomon, Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party Ruth Davidson, comedian, writer and actress Roisin Conaty, Kaiser Chiefs’ frontman Ricky Wilson, Diversity’s Perri Kiely, TV presenter Nick Hewer, broadcaster Melanie Sykes, comedian Lee Mack, Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox, comedian Joe Lycett, Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing, comedian Harry Hill, pop star Ella Eyre, journalist and presenter Bill Turnbull, comedian Alan Carr and comedian and actor Aisling Bea.

    John Conboy, Producer of ‘The Young and the Restless,’ ‘Guiding Light,’ Dies at 83

    (1/23/18) John Conboy, an executive producer known for his work on soap operas “The Young and the Restless,” “Santa Barbara,” “Guiding Light” and “Capitol,” died Friday in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 83.

    Conboy won four Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on the soap operas: his first for “The ABC Afternoon Playbreak,” two for ABC’s “The Young and the Restless” and one for “Santa Barbara.”

    After beginning his television career as an actor, he made the switch to producing in 1973 on “The Young and the Restless,” then one of TV’s top-rated daytime programs, for which he won Emmys in 1975 and 1983 for outstanding daytime drama. In 1982, he left the show to create and executive produce soap opera “Capitol” for CBS, which ran for five years.

    Conboy went on to executive produce NBC’s “Santa Barbara,” winning his fourth Emmy in 1990 for daytime drama. He returned to CBS to produce “Guiding Light,” then the longest-running daytime drama in TV history. He also worked on a number of TV movies, including “Kiss of a Killer,” “The Solitary Man,” “After Hours: Singin’, Swingin’ and All That Jazz” and “After Hours: From Janice, John, Mary and Michael, with Love.”

    Growing up in Binghamton, New York, Conboy graduated from Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts.

    “The Young and the Restless” star Judith Chapman tweeted on Friday, “It is with heavy hart and a grateful smile that I called him my friend.”

    A private memorial service is being planned.

    Former Executive Producer John Conboy Dead

    (1/21/18) Daytime icon John Conboy, who served as executive producer for several soaps during the genre’s most popular years, has died. “It is with a heavy heart and a grateful smile that I called him my friend,” tweeted Judith Chapman (Gloria, Y&R et al). Conboy started as a producer on LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING (1970-73), then became EP for the then-newly launched Y&R in 1973 and served in that capacity until 1982. That same year, he moved to another debuting sudser, CAPITOL, where he stayed until its cancellation in 1987. Cowboy was then top exec for SANTA BARBARA (1991) and GUIDING LIGHT (2002-04), but also produced several TV movies along the way. Conboy had even created his own soap called CASINO, which was set in Las Vegas, but it was never picked up. During his career, Conboy picked up four Daytime Emmys, three for for Outstanding Drama Series (Y&R, 1975 and 1983; SB, 1990) as well as a statuette for Outstanding Drama Special for THE ABC AFTERNOON PLAYBREAK’S THE OTHER WOMAN (1974).

    A TV soap opera actress-turned-avocado grower is running for congress in Coachella Valley

    (10/11/17) ( Kimberlin Brown Pelzer, a soap opera actress-turned-avocado grower, announced on Tuesday her candidacy for Coachella Valley’s congressional seat, becoming one of potentially two Republicans looking to parlay their TV presence into a political career.

    Best known for playing the villainous Sheila Carter on “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Brown Pelzer also owns an interior design company and, with her husband, Gary, a sports fishing and marina rental business in San Diego, among others.

    "The reason I'm running for office is because for the first time in our country we’re not leaving behind something better for the next generation," she said.

    Brown Pelzer recently moved to Palm Springs, but told The Desert Sun that she's been attending charity events in the desert for more than two decades and that her financial services company has been operating ATMs here for seven years.

    She closed out the second day of the Republican National Convention in 2016, scoring early points with local GOP organizers for her backing of Donald Trump and her complaints about taxes and small business regulations. She also criticized "suspect trade deals" that create foreign competition at home and can leave American workers unemployed.

    The immediate reaction from Republican activists was positive.

    “I know this is the person who’s going to win,” Joy Miedecke, chair of the East Valley Republican Women Federated, said on Tuesday. (Video)

    The 36th Congressional district, which extends from Hemet to Blythe and includes all of the Coachella Valley, leans Democrat. For months, Republicans have been searching for a viable candidate — someone with name-recognition who can quickly raise money and sway independents in a region that voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in the last presidential contest.

    Brown Pelzer said she's "the kind of person who will work with both parties" and doesn't see her prime-time support for Trump in the last election as an obstacle. "The fact that President Trump did not spend a lot of time in California was a business decision," she said. "You put your money where it brings you the most return."

    Incumbent Raul Ruiz, a former emergency room physician and the son of farmworkers, easily won re-election in November 2016 and so he’s currently sitting on a war chest worth $1.6 million.

    Republican Dan Ball, a former television news anchor, has also been in talks with consultants about a possible congressional run, but has yet to say for certain whether he, too, is going to challenge Ruiz. He said he planned to make an announcement next week.

    The election is 13 months away.

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    1. Most cancelled soaps neatly wrap up their plots in the grand finale. Not Capitol. When it ended on March 20, 1987, Sloane (the show’s heroine) was literally facing a firing squad in Barcaq. In the last scene, viewers heard the command, "Ready, aim"- and then the picture faded to black.

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