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Denise DuBarry Hay Dies: Coachella Valley Film Advocate Was 63(3/24/19) Denise DuBarry Hay (Twyla, Days of Our Lives), a staunch advocate of the film industry in the Coachella Valley, died Saturday at UCLA Medical Center after battling a deadly fungus. She was 63 and her death was confirmed by her husband, Bill Hay.
DuBarry Hay began her career as an actress, apppearing in the TV series Black Sheep Squadron and CHiPs, as well as the film “Being There.”
But the business world was calling, and in 1990 she co-founded Thane International, a global direct response company, with husband, Bill Hay. The company was formed after Denise produced an infomercial in 1987 for a video, “Play the Piano Overnight.” The video became the basis for an “Overnight Music” series for Thane.
After selling Thane International, the Hays started Kaswit, Inc., an incubator for home and health products, including the book “Don Sullivan’s Secrets to Training the Perfect Dog” and training accessories.
In 1998, she was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and in 2000 Response Magazine included her in its list of the “21 People Leading Us Into the 21st Century.”
DuBarry became one of the leading philanthropists in the Coachella Valley, helping the Olive Crest nonprofit for abused and at-risk children. She was also a founder and president of the Palm Springs Women in Film and Television, working to separate the Coachella Valley as a film market for producers.
But she also kept her acting roots. She executive produced and acted in a film screened at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Walk to Vegas, produced by Kim Waltrip.
Survivors include her husband, Bill, and son, Adam; her parents, Pete DuBarry and Betty DuBarry Stein; and children Samantha Lockwood of Honolulu, Kyle Hay of Orange County, and Whitney Hay, a USC student; and three sisters, Audrey Walter, Diana DuBarry and Suzanne DuBarry, and two grandchildren.
A private celebration of life will be held in April, according to her husband.
Morning Show Appearance(3/23/19) LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, syndicated
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Tu 3/26: guest co-host Lisa Rinna
Brandon Barash On DAYS Debut: “They made it very easy.”(3/22/19) Brandon Barash marks his first day in Salem as Stefan O. DiMera today, and in the new issue of Digest, on sale now, the actor talks about transitioning into the role that former GH co-star Tyler Christopher vacated. “I was at lunch with a friend, and I got a phone call from my manager saying, ‘Can you be at the DAYS OF OUR LIVES set to work tomorrow?’ ” he recalls. “And I said, ‘I think so.’ And that’s how it happened. It was that simple.” With Stefan in heavy story, Barash was thrown into the thick of things from the get-go. “It was a tall order,” he concedes. “I remember the first week I worked three days, did six shows, so two shows a day. It was a shock. I mean, I haven’t worked at this pace in four or so years. It was an adjustment. I’m used to doing at most six to eight pages a day. I think my first day I had about, I don’t know, between 20 and 30. It was a lot, but the cast and crew here are just incredible. It’s really a special family. They got a good soup cooking over here, so they made it very easy.” For the full story, pick up the new issue, on sale now, and tune into DAYS to see Barash in action!
New Project For DAYS’s Tionne Watkins(3/22/19) Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins (Sheila, DAYS) is joining the cast of GROWING UP HIP HOP: ATLANTA for the upcoming fourth season. To view a clip from the show, click here.
Dishing with Digest - 3/22/19 - Donnell Turner(3/22/19) Donnell Turner On His Road To GH (Listen / download)
Donnell Turner (Curtis) traces his path from background actor to GH heartthrob with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we remember late DAYS star Jed Allan and discuss Brandon Barash’s debut as DAYS’s Stefan.
TLC’s Chilli and T-Boz working on a Broadway show(3/22/19) The members of TLC are ready for their Broadway moment.
In an interview with Cheddar to promote an upcoming concert tour with Nelly and Flo Rida, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas revealed that she and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins are working on bringing their story to the stage.
“We’re also working on the TLC musical and TLC on Broadway,” she said. “We’re going to create new music for those projects as well.”
As TLC is already the subject of a TV movie, Chilli assured fans that this won’t just be a retread of stories they’ve already heard.
“We didn’t tell everything,” she said. “We have so many stories to tell. We didn’t tell it all in our biopic we did with VH1. A lot of good stuff. It’s gonna be very emotional but a good ride.”
She added, “I’m very excited that. I almost can’t believe it. I’m like, ‘What!’”
Originally a trio, TLC has been a duo since the death of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in 2002.
In 2017, TLC released their self-titled fifth album. It was supposed to be their final album, but afterward, they announced they would continue to perform and make music together.
Tyler Christopher Addresses DAYS Exit(3/21/19) Tyler Christopher, who has ended his run as Stefan DiMera, took to Twitter to comment on his departure and praised his successor, Brandon Barash, who was his co-star on GH (Christopher played Nikolas; Barash played Johnny). “Thank you all for the kind farewell’s,” Christopher wrote. “My time on @daysofourlives Opens a New Window. was notning short of pure fun. Such a great group of people to work for and be around every day. Please welcome @BrandonBarash Opens a New Window. into the roll. Such a solid actor and an even better person. #nbcdays Opens a New Window. #stefandimera Opens a New Window. .” The show’s head writer, Ron Carlivati, tweeted in response, “Thank you @Tyler2929 Opens a New Window. for your always thoughtful and totally fearless portrayal of Stefan DiMera. It was wonderful working with you this time around and I sincerely hope it’s not our last! #days Opens a New Window. ”
Jen Lilley Pregnant with Baby Girl After Fostering to Adopt Two Sons - Why She's 'Relieved'(3/21/19) (people.com) Even though Jen Lilleythis link opens in a new tab doesn’t “wish three under 3 on anyone,” she and her husband couldn’t be more excited to welcome a baby girl into their unique family.
“I’m so relieved,” the Hallmark Channel star, 34, tells PEOPLE, revealing her pregnancy news exclusively. “I absolutely love being a mom of boys, but there’s a couple of reasons we wanted a girl — one [being], we don’t have one.”
She adds, “More importantly, the reason we wanted the girl is now my sons won’t have a bio-son to compare themselves to and I think that’s really, really important.”
Lilley and her husband, Jason Waynethis link opens in a new tab, are already parents to two sons via foster care: a 2-year-old, whom they took in when he was just 4 months old, and his biological half-brother, who is now 11 months old. The couple is currently undergoing the adoption process with their older son, awaiting the final court date for confirmation.
“All the legal paperwork is in … but we’re still waiting for his adoption day, which is going to be absolutely ridiculously exciting,” she enthuses to PEOPLE.
For Lilley, foster care was something of a no-brainer. Growing up, her parents were “unofficial foster parents” with their line of work — her father as a judge, and her mother as a director of a women and children’s charity — making their home a “safe house” of sorts, for those who needed it.
Aside from that experience, she found that foster care, particularly in her home of Los Angeles, was in a crisis — accounting for nearly 10 percent of the children in foster carethis link opens in a new tab across the country, according to Lilley. It was something the actress couldn’t turn a blind eye to, and she and her husband wanted to be part of the solution.
“Every child deserves love, safety and a strong family,” the Days of Our Lives star explains. “Whether that means staying in my home temporarily and returning to a biological family who’s gotten back on their feet, or adoption.”
And while her “heart and passion” is with foster care and adoption, Lilley — who’s currently 21 weeks along in her pregnancy — is looking forward to expanding her family with a biological child too.
“I always knew I wanted to be pregnant and have a child once because I think it is so amazing what a woman’s body can do,” she tells PEOPLE. “It’s scary and beautiful, and also the most natural thing on Earth.”
This pregnancy is even more special, because Lilley and her husband experienced a miscarriage last year, at 12 weeks along. The excited couple have even already begun thinking of names for their baby girl.
“Right now, we are considering Julie,” the “Winter Love Story” actress reveals. “Which means ‘childlike and beautiful like a flower’ … so we’re thinking of Julie Evangeline.”
The couple are expecting to welcome their daughter via natural birth sometime in August.
Inside Salem - 3/18/19 - Kassie DePaiva, Eric Martsolf, Victoria Konefal(3/19/19) (Listen / download) Kassie DePaiva Discusses the DAYS Immigration Storyline; Eric Martsolf Takes Us Behind the Scenes; Victoria Konefal Talks About Becoming Ciara Brady
Kassie DePaiva joins host Michael Fairman to talk about Eve's role in the immigration storyline and her enduring relationship with DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati. Plus, we go behind the scenes with Eric Martsolf, and Victoria Konefal talks about becoming Ciara Brady.
Jason Brooks on Hawaii Five-0 4/5/19(3/19/19) “Ke ala o ka pu” – Five-0 must locate a teen girl who purchased a gun from a junkie, and discover that the firearm, over the course of decades, has affected all of their lives, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, April 5 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (“Ke ala o ka pu” is Hawaiian for “Way of the Gun”)
GUEST CAST: Makenna James (Bonnie Pearsen), John Clarence Stewart (Hilo), Jason Brooks (Owen Pearsen).
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 3/18/19 - Ask Us Anything!(3/19/19) (Listen / download) On this very special episode of the Soaps In Depth Podcast, hosts Richard and Charlie answer your burning questions about soaps, the magazine and much, much more
Talk Show Appearance(3/17/19) BUSY TONIGHT, E!
We 3/20: Lisa Rinna
Chrishell Hartley Stars in SELLING SUNSET(3/11/19) Soap fans have been enjoying her return to DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Jordan Ridgeway, but actress Chrishell Hartley is also going to be starring in the new Netflix reality series SELLING SUNSET, premiering on Friday, March 22! “I had my work cut out for me in this group,” she tweeted.
In addition to her acting career which has also included roles as Amanda on ABC sudser ALL MY CHILDREN and Bethany on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, Hartley also works as a realtor associate for The Oppenheim Group. And now everyone can watch her take on her new career in SELLING SUNSET. Jason and Brett Oppenhim are twin brothers who run a high-end real estate agency that sells incredibly luxurious homes to wealthy buyers in Los Angeles. And when they hire Hartley to join their staff, the other women don’t react very well to the newcomer, and that's putting it mildly. Take a look at this trailer for a taste of the drama to come!
Although Netflix hasn’t revealed exactly how many episodes there will be in the series, you’ll be able to binge all of them beginning on Friday, March 22, when SELLING SUNSET premieres. And hopefully Hartley will manage to find her place among the cutthroat agents she’s working with! (Although given that she’s still an agent for The Oppenheim Group, we’re guessing they eventually come to an understanding? Hopefully?)
Jed Allan Dies: Soap Star On ‘Days Of Our Lives’ And ‘Santa Barbara’ Was 84(3/10/19) (deadline.com) Actor Jed Allan, who built a long career in soap operas and other media as a family patriarch, died Saturday. according to his son’s post on Facebook. He was 84.
Allan began his career on the CBS soaps Love of Life and The Secret Storm, then joined Days of Our Lives in 1971. He played the role of Don Craig for 14 years, then segued in 1986 to patriarch C.C. Capwell on Santa Barbara.
When that show ended in 1993, he joined Beverly Hills 90210 as Rush Sanders, the father of Ian Ziering’s Steve.
Ziering posted a tribute to his TV father via Instagram: “So sad to hear we’ve lost another 90210 castmate. I had the pleasure of working with Jed Allan from 94 to 99. He played Rush Sanders, Steve’s father. Such a great guy to work with, he will be missed. #ripjedallan”
But the lure of soaps was still strong and in 2004, he temporarily took over the role of General Hospital‘s Edward Quartermaine.
Aside from soaps, Allan played Forest Ranger Scott Turner on Lassie for three years, the main human companion for the collie. He also appeared as the host of Celebrity Bowling in the 1970s, and hosted a game show pilot, Temptation, in 1981. He was also in numerous TV movies.
Born Jed Allan Brown, he was married to Toby Brown until her death in 2001. The couple had three sons, Mitch, Dean, and Rick.
No memorial plans have been announced.
Dishing with Digest - 3/8/19 - Bryan R. Dattilo(3/8/19) Bryan R. Dattilo On DAYS Ins And Outs (Listen / download)
Bryan R. Dattilo looks back on 25 years as DAYS's Lucas, his comings and goings from the show, his recent fitness kick and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we talk about the late Luke Perry, who got his start on soaps.
DAYS’s Josh Taylor Remembers Luke Perry(3/7/19) Before playing DAYS’s Roman, Josh Taylor portrayed Jack McCay, father to Dylan, on BEVERLY HILLS, 90210. In an exclusive interview with Digest, Taylor recalls working with the late Luke Perry. “I’m still kind of stunned, actually,” says the actor of Perry’s untimely death. “People do recover from strokes and that was my hope since he was so young. I have extraordinarily fond feelings for Luke and extraordinary memories. I remember we just hit it off from the get-go. I remember we were sitting at the table at lunch and somebody commented how much our mannerisms and our style were quite a bit alike. And then we’re sitting there and both of us are doing something with our hands and Luke said, ‘God, we even move our hands the same way.’ But, the bottom line is, we just hit it off right away. It’s not like we’ve kept in touch all the years, but we got close and we’d run into each other and it was always a neat thing. But when you start thinking about those times, obviously, it affects me. It comes out of nowhere. I was thinking the best way I could put it is Luke was for real. He was that guy. He was a good man. Luke Perry was a damn good actor. He did have that kind of James Dean thing about him. But as cool as Dylan McKay was, Luke Perry was even cooler.”
Bryan Craig Thinks Billy Flynn Would Be a "Great" Morgan Recast on GENERAL HOSPITAL(3/7/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) A couple of GENERAL HOSPITAL stars are suggesting that former DAYS OF OUR LIVES actor Billy Flynn would make a good recast for the role of Morgan Corinthos, and one of them is the character’s former portrayer, Bryan Craig! The whole thing kicked off on Twitter when Flynn, who recently left the role of Chad DiMera on DAYS, remarked that he’d stand in line for the stars attending an upcoming GH fan event. One of the attendees, William deVry (Juilan), remarked: “Hey, Billy, you would make a good Morgan should he ever appear again. I hear Bryan Craig is otherwise booked. Ha!” To which Flynn replied: “I do believe I would give it my best shot. Ha ha! That escalated quickly from getting a few autographs. My buddy Ken worked with Bryan on his new show. He’s great.”
After vacating the role of Morgan, Craig returned for a cameo appearance in one episode back in January of 2018, but the actor has been keeping extremely busy since leaving daytime with roles in the CW military drama VALOR, the film Ride, and his upcoming primetime sudser GRAND HOTEL. Morgan’s body was never actually found, but if GH wanted to bring him back, they’d naturally have to recast the role. And Craig got mixed up in the fun Twitter exchange to offer his endorsement to Flynn! “You’d be a great Morgan,” he replied. “Thanks for the kind words, brother.”
Flynn was flattered, but now realized that the three of them had stirred up a hornets nest with excited fans jumping all over the idea. “Thanks Bryan,” he responded. “Not sure how one could follow what you did, though. This, on the other hand, is gonna escalate quickly now. Ha ha ha! Congrats on everything, man.”
For his part, Craig knew exactly what he’d started. “Yeah, prepare for the copy and paste of this conversation in articles!” he teased. But how could we resist? It’s a great casting suggestion, and one we hope GH keeps in mind should they ever want to bring Morgan back from the dead!
‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Lorenzo Caccialanza To Recur As DeLuca’s Dad In ABC Series(2/28/19) Dr. Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) got a surprise visit from his dad in tonight’s record-breaking 332nd episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Lorenzo Caccialanza (Days Of Our Lives) appeared as Vincenzo DeLuca, Andrew’s dad, at the end of tonight’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” episode, his first appearance in a multi-episode arc. Tonight’s 332nd episode officially made the ABC Studios series, now in the midst of its 15th season, the longest-running primetime medical drama in TV history, passing NBC’s ER.
In tonight’s episode, written by Andy Reaser and directed by Chandra Wilson, nothing went as planned when Jackson threw a party to celebrate Catherine’s surgery and those who worked to save her. Meanwhile, Helen paid Alex and Jo a surprise visit. Jennifer Grey, Jason George, Lindsay Wagner, Debbie Allen, Greg Germann, Peyton Kennedy and Jaicy Elliot guest starred.
Grey’s Anatomy stars Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Wilson, James Pickens Jr, Kevin McKidd, Jesse Williams, Caterina Scorsone, Camilla Luddington, Kelly McCreary, Kim Raver and Giacomo Gianniotti. It was created and is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes. Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Krista Vernoff, Allen, Zoanne Clack, Fred Einesman, Reaser and Meg Marinis are executive producers.
Robin Strasser Joins the Cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES!(2/27/19) An ABC daytime legend has landed a new role on an NBC sudser! ONE LIFE TO LIVE star Robin Strasser is joining the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES! “November 12, 2017, nixed rumor I’d be joining DAYS,” she tweeted. “Cut to Feb. 2019, they called, I jumped! You can’t say #supportthe4 and not let them in when they knock on your door. #DOOL, yes!”
Strasser is best known for playing Dorian Lord on OLTL and following the cancelation of the soap, has been a vocal supporter of the four remaining daytime dramas still on the air, hence the hashtag “#supportthe4.” And when fans began petitioning again for the return of OLTL and ALL MY CHILDREN to the ABC Daytime lineup, she was right there with them. “Wouldn’t it be wonderful?” she tweeted. “Would I be available to play Dorian again? Dang yes! I’ve never gotten over the loss of my TV family and friends — I miss them as much as you have.”
Of course Strasser is going to be busy working on DAYS right now, although there has been no information released yet as to what character she might be playing, when she’ll first air, or how long her stint is planned to be.
Strasser has enjoyed a long career in daytime, beginning with a role on THE SECRET STORM, followed by SUMERSET, ANOTHER WORLD, and AMC. She first appeared on OLTL beginning in 1979, and was one of the most popular Llanview residents right up until the end of the series. Back in May of 2018, the actress shared with Soaps In Depth her new life in real estate, and how she’d love to return to daytime for another turn. “I only want to do recurring,” she expressed at the time. “I’m 72 years old and cantankerous as a horndog in a beehive. I could not possibly [work more]. But to come in for a hotsy-totsy three months and goodbye? Or to come in twice a month? Enjoyable!”
Morgan Woodward, star of 'Dallas' and 'Star Trek,' dead at 93(2/24/19) Morgan Woodward (Phillip Colville, Days Of Our Lives), who appeared in more than 250 movies and TV shows during a 40-year acting career, died in Paso Robles, Calif. on Feb. 22 at age 93.
The versatile character actor played oil man Marvin “Punk” Anderson on TV show "Dallas" in 55 episodes from 1980-1987, but also had two appearances on the original "Star Trek" series, was Elder Morgan in the film "Logan’s Run," and was a regular on the long-running "Gunsmoke" TV series. The veteran actor played hard-bitten or menacing types.
Woodward grew up in Arlington, Texas, one of five brothers. He obtained a pilot’s license and served in World War II in the Army Air Corps and in the Korean War in the Military Air Transport Command.
His acting career began at Arlington State College, where he majored in music and drama, but later returned to school and obtained a degree in corporate finance from the University of Texas in 1948.
After several years of work in music, he moved to Hollywood in 1955, hoping to break into musicals. He appeared in such films as Walt Disney’s "The Great Locomotive Chase" (1956) and "Westward Ho, the Wagons!"
He then starred opposite Hugh O’Brian in "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp," playing Earp deputy Shotgun Gibbs for four seasons. That role stamped him in westerns, and he went on to appearances in "Gunsmoke" and "Wagon Train."
Woodward’s biggest film role was in "Cool Hand Luke," where he played an overseer known as “the man with no eyes” thanks to his reflective sunglasses.
He went on to become the first human to mind-meld with Mr. Spock on "Star Trek."
Woodward was awarded the Golden Boot Award from the Hollywood Motion Picture and Television Fund in August 1988, and was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
No information on survivors or a memorial service was immediately available.
Sheri Anderson Announces DAYS Exit(2/20/19) Sheri Anderson has revealed on Twitter that she is no longer working as DAYS’s creative consultant. “For those who are asking, I am no longer on the show, but had another great run there. My final script will air on Friday, March 15. Please tune in!” she posted. Anderson was the soap’s head writer from 1982-86 (and again from 1992-93), and is credited with building some of the show’s most popular super couples.
Inside Salem - 2/18/19 - Drake Hogestyn, Eric Martsolf and Linsey Godfrey(2/18/19) (Listen / download) Drake Hogestyn Talks About John's Past, Present and Future; Eric Martsolf and Linsey Godfrey Take Us on a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of DAYS
Drake Hogestyn joins us from the set of DAYS to discuss "Roman" and Diana being together again, retaining John's history after all these years, his first audition, whether John believes he's Leo's father and much more. Then, Eric Martsolf gives us a behind-the-scenes tour of the DAYS set, with a special appearance by Linsey Godfrey. Plus, two can't-miss clips!
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 2/18/19 - A Reunion For Julian & Alexis?(2/18/19) A Reunion For Julian & Alexis? (Listen / download).
This week on the Soaps in Depth podcast, Richard and Charlie ponder whether General Hospital’s Julian and Alexis can — or even should — find their way back to one another. Also on tap this week: How Days Of Our Lives has kept John and Marlena front-and-center, why Bold & Beautiful should let Hope go over the edge and a celebration of Melody Thomas Scott’s four decades as The Young & The Restless’ Nikki.
‘Days Of Our Lives’ Producer Swats “Audacious” Sony TV With $20M Lawsuit(2/12/19) (deadline.com) A little over a month after Days of Our Lives was renewed for a record 55th season by NBC, the producers behind the long running and Emmy winning daytime soap today have squared up against Sony Pictures Television in a distribution legal dust-up that could see tens of millions of dollars in damages and the termination of a half a century old deal.
In a breach of contract and fraud complaint filed this morning, Corday Productions accuse Sony as well as its Columbia Pictures and Screen Gems divisions of deliberating hanging the 1965 premiering DOOL out to dry distribution-wise in international markets to the advantage of their 100% owned The Young and the Restless.
Represented by Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger’s Pierce O’Donnell, Dan Stone and Joshua Geller, the Corday action also alleges that Sony “treachery” has led to the majority of DOOL’s back seasons left “completely unexploited for over five years” in an attempt to starve off the soap and pump up the CBS broadcasted Y&R.
“While the domestic ratings for Days of Our Lives have remained largely constant, Sony’s distribution receipts have decreased by over 50%,” the 33-page complaint asserts as it seeks of damages of over $20 million and significantly taking back control of the show. “This dramatic decline is directly attributable to a decision at the highest levels of Sony management to eliminate any competition to its own wholly-owned Series The Young and The Restless also distributed by Sony,” the suit from the company founded by DOOL creators Ted Corday and Betty Corday states.
“In the annals of Hollywood television, it is difficult to identify a distributor more guilty of blatant conflict of interest, deceit, perfidy, and abuse of market power,” the swashbucklingly phrased filing declares of what it also calls the “audacious” behavior of Sony TV. “The only effective remedies are massive compensatory and punitive damages and immediate termination Sony’s exclusive, perpetual distribution agreement.”
“Among its myriad illegal acts, the worst financially for Corday is Sony’s failure to market the Series in foreign markets in good faith and compliance with laws prohibiting anticompetitive conduct,” the paperwork proclaims, noting that DOOL isn’t now licensed in “key foreign territories, including England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Canada, France, Zambia, and South Africa.”
The filing slathers it up more by claiming that Sony is tightening its hold of late by “imposing solely on Corday the burden of absorbing the multi-million dollar annual operating deficits due to an inadequate NBC license fee and mandating an inefficient, costly production schedule.”
“My client will not sit idly by while Sony Pictures Television seeks to destroy its legendary Days of Our Lives,” O’Donnell told Deadline today after the complaint was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
“Our complaint exposes Sony’s concerted campaign to abandon selling the 54-year-old celebrated television series in foreign markets while it promotes its own daytime drama The Young and The Restless,” the attorney adds. “We can’t wait to present this damning evidence to a Los Angeles jury. Everyone loves a good David versus Goliath story.”
Sony TV did not respond to request for comment from Deadline.
Decades deep into its run, Days of Our Lives does deliver, and, in fact, has seen a recent bit of bounce out of old Salem. Running from September 2017 to September 2018, the series’ 53rd season ) bopped up 4% increase in total viewers to 2.55 million an episode in live + 7 ratings results over the year before.
DOOL has won 57 Emmy Awards over the years, including most recently 2015 and 2018’s Outstanding Daytime Drama. Staying with the numbers, the more than 13,5000 episode on-going series has had 323 nominations, as well as numerous People’s Choice Awards, GLAAD Media Awards and Prism Awards.
DAYS’s Greg Rikaart Books MODERN FAMILY(2/10/19) (Photo) Greg Rikaart (Leo, DAYS) is set to appear on an upcoming episode of MODERN FAMILY as an ob/gyn (one of the show’s mainstay characters, Sarah Hyland’s Haley, is expecting). “After all the comas I’ve been in, it’s nice to be on this side of the bed,” he tweeted. “Thanks for the insanely lovely and warm welcome @ModernFam!”
Talk Show Appearance(2/9/19) LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, syndicated
Th 2/21: Lisa Rinna
Dishing with Digest - 2/8/19 - Lauren Koslow plus the life and legacy of the late Kristoff St. John(2/8/19) (Listen / download) DAYS's Lauren Koslow (Kate) Shares The Highlights Of Her Soap Career.
Lauren Koslow traces her soap roots, from Y&R to B&B to her current role as DAYS's Kate, and discusses that blue streak in her hair and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we look back at the life and legacy of the late Kristoff St. John (ex-Neil, Y&R).
Talk Show Appearance(2/8/19) THE TALK – CBS
Friday, Feb. 15
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Deidre Hall Opens up About Her Mothers Vision Loss to Bring Awareness to AMD(2/8/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Much like her character on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Dr. Marlena Evans, actress Deidre Hall wants to help people. And with February being Low Vision Awareness Month, Hall is taking the time to speak out about age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, a serious version of which ultimately took the sight of her mother, Jean. “We knew what she had,” she admitted to Soaps In Depth. “We just knew there weren’t really a lot of viable treatments for it at the time. So it was managing the symptoms more than anything else.
“My mother was an avid reader,” Hall continued. “She loved, loved, loved to read. She loved to knit. And she loved to play bridge. And we remedied part of that by getting her books on tape so she could still enjoy her novels. She couldn’t see the cards, so we got her oversized playing cards. Just things like that that helped her get through it.”
AMD is one of the leading causes of vision loss in people over 50 years old and the leading cause in people over 65. 10% of patients with AMD develop the more serious form of the disease, known as Wet AMD, which is what Hall’s mother suffered from. And a person’s risk of developing AMD is three to four times higher if they have a family member with AMD. “My entire family has been concerned about our vision,” Hall declared. “And we are fierce about getting regular doctor’s care and having regular checkups and just staying on top of it. But we’ve all been just fine, thanks!”
Hall urged fans to visit LookToYourFuture.com for even more details about Wet AMD and other vision issues. “The website has all the information you want to have on there,” she explained. “And I find it to be quite a comfort that people should know where it is.”
It’s important to keep an eye on your sight as early diagnosis can be key to avoiding serious complications and blindness from conditions like AMD. “So if you’ve got blurriness in the center of your eye, if you see wavy lines, if you have blind spots, if colors look somehow a little bit washed out, those are not normal signs of aging,” she insisted. “That isn’t ‘She needs glasses,’ that is ‘she needs a doctor’s help immediately.’
“If you have any symptoms, get in immediately because we do have treatments now that we never had before,” Hall concluded. “So there’s really no excuse. In my mother’s day, not so much. But now there’s so much more available and eyesight is such a precious thing. You don’t want to mess it up.”
Kate Mansi and Billy Flynn Leaving DAYS OF OUR LIVES(2/7/19) Another pair of characters will exit Salem stage left now that Billy Flynn (Chad) and Kate Mansi (Abigail) are leaving DAYS OF OUR LIVES. The two will reportedly last air in the episode scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21. “You won’t wanna miss it,” Flynn tweeted of his final episode, adding the hashtag “#chabbyforever.”
Flynn took over for Casey Deidrick as Chad DiMera in 2014, and earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 2017 for his powerful performances as Chad contemplated taking his own life. Although he assured fans back in May of 2018 that he was not leaving DAYS, it looks like the end has finally arrived.
Mansi’s run, however, was only ever meant to be short-term, as she reprised the role to help finish out the character’s story when Marci Miller left in 2018. Mansi played Abigail from 2011-2016, at which point Miller took over the part for a couple years.
Since Flynn and Mansi are both leaving in the same episode, perhaps the characters will be taking off together to live happily ever after with their daughter, Charlotte and son, Thomas? After all the drama these two have endured lately at the hands of Stefan DiMera and Gabi Hernandez, they certainly deserve a little happiness!
Inside Salem - 2/4/19 - Judith Chapman, Suzanne Rogers and John Aniston(2/4/19) (Listen / download) Judith Chapman Shares the Story Behind Her Return to DAYS; Suzanne Rogers and John Aniston Discuss Their Acting Methods.
Judith Chapman talks with host Michael Fairman about her return to DAYS as Diana Cooper, what happened when she told Greg Rikaart that they would be working together again after The Young and the Restless and what she loves about soap opera fans. Then, Suzanne Rogers tells us the story of her dressing room and talks with John Aniston about their on-screen chemistry, memorizing lines and using cue cards.
Catching up With GENERAL HOSPITAL's Scott Reeves(1/31/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) With both of his children now married, GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Scott Reeves (ex-Steve) has recently thrown himself wholeheartedly back into a host of projects. “People started reaching out and asking, ‘Whatever happened to Blue County?’” the actor/singer revealed to Soaps In Depth, referencing the band with whom he had several hits.
With new music already produced, the group readily embraced the idea of hitting the road again. Besides, Reeves added, “I love nothing better than to get on stage and perform our stuff live.” Their acoustic tour, called Population 2, will take them to the UK in April. For US dates and locations, pay a visit to www. bluecountymusic.com.
In between gigs, Reeves is busy with his family coffee business, Revival Roasting Company, which has several new offerings, some of which are named to honor his grandfather, Rex. “He instilled the passion in me when I was 5 years old,” the entrepreneur explained. “We pride ourselves on grade-one, single-origin coffees that are really unique.”
Having wrapped his stint on CMT’s NASHVILLE when the series concluded, Reeves will return to the screen in a new, country music-themed project this year: DOLLY PARTON’s HEARTSTRINGS, a Netflix anthology series in which each episode is named for one of the icon’s much-loved hits. In “Jolene,” “I’m a sly silver fox going through a mid-life crisis,” Reeves previewed of the flick. “He starts seeing [a singer whose name is] Jolene, who is played by Julianne Hough, unbeknownst to his super sweet wife, Willa, whose best friend is played by my dear friend, Kimberly Williams-Paisley.”
The actor also has some good news to share with soap fans. With wife Melissa Reeves living part-time in Los Angeles while playing DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Jennifer, he’s open to reprising his role on GH. “It would be interesting to see how prison affected Steve,” he proposes. And since his old on-screen flame is now happily married, “I would love nothing more than to go stir things up in Olivia’s perfect, stable life.”
Nadia Bjorlin Confirms She Is Leaving DAYS OF OUR LIVES(1/27/19) Salem is going to be hit with another high-profile exit now that Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) has revealed that she is leaving DAYS OF OUR LIVES. “Oh, I nearly made it as a master of soaps,” she shared on her Instagram page. “Thank you, DAYS, for the memories.” She also used the hashtags “#19years,” “#andthecurtainfalls,” and “#farewell.”
The role of Chloe Lane was Bjorlin’s first major acting role when she joined the soap back in April of 1999. She left in June of 2003 to focus on her singing career but returned by the end of the year. In September of 2005, she departed again to star in the UPN primetime series SEX, LOVE, & SECRETS. She also made guest appearances on shows like JAKE IN PROGRESS and OUT OF PRACTICE as well as in the films If I had Known I Was a Genius and Redline. Bjorlin returned to DAYS again in November of 2007 but once again departed in September of 2011. She made a brief return in 2013, and then again in 2015 for a couple episodes to celebrate the soap’s 50th anniversary. After another visit in January of 2016, Bjorlin returned to DAYS full-time in June of 2016.
With Lucas’ recent departure, Chloe was left without a love interest, but there were more than a couple eligible bachelors in Salem she could have pursued — or that could have pursued her! Unfortunately, that now doesn’t seem likely as Chloe will also be on her way out of town. Might she go off to join Lucas in Europe? At this time there are no details regarding her exit storyline or exactly when Bjorlin will last air on the soap. As more information is released, we’ll be sure to let you know. Also, seeing as how the actress has come and gone from DAYS multiple times over the years, hopefully she'll bring Chloe back again in the future!
Kirsten Storms Celebrates Her Zenon Anniversary!(1/27/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Fans may know Kirsten Storms best as beleaguered heroine Maxie Jones on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but some also remember her fondly as Belle Black on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, and others still will never forget her as Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century! “20 years ago today I slapped on spandex and ventured into outer space!” Storms recalled on Instagram. “This stellar movie has a special place in my heart forever (maybe not the spandex, though).”
Released on Jan. 23, 1999, Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century centers around Storms as Zenon Kar, a 13-year-old girl used to living on a space station with her family who is punished by being sent to live with her aunt on Earth where she has trouble fitting in with the Earth-bound kids. After she finally starts to make friends, Zenon then finds herself trying to save everyone on the space station from a villain trying to destroy it, but runs into trouble because she’s just a kid and no one believes her story!
Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century was such a huge hit for the Disney Channel that Storms reprised the role in two sequels, Zenon: The Zequel and Zenon: Z3, where her outer space adventures continued. The cast also included Raven-Symoné as Zenon’s best friend, Nebula Wade.
Storms did more work for Disney, playing Emily in the TV movie Johnny Tsunami and voicing Bonnie Rockwaller in the animated series KIM POSSIBLE, but moved her career into a more adult arena when she joined the cast of DAYS as Belle. After a brief stint in primetime with the ill-fated Aaron Spelling series CLUBHOUSE, Storms returned to daytime to take over the role of Maxie on GH starting in 2005 and continues to play the fan-favorite character to this day. (But to some fans, she’ll always be Zenon!)
GLAAD Media Awards Drop Soap Operas(1/25/19) Acknowledging the fairness, accuracy, inclusiveness, boldness, originality, impact and overall quality of LGBTQ representations in the media, this year’s GLAAD Media Awards has decided to drop the Daily Drama category, which recognized achievements on soap operas (The Bold and the Beautiful won the past three years).
Stars React To Their Daytime Emmy Pre-Noms(1/25/19) Stars took to Twitter to share their feelings about landing pre-noms for the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. “You know as much as I try to b cool about getting nominated not getting nominated,” posted Maurice Benard (Sonny). “the reality is I always feel lucky and honored to be in the company of these actors Thank you” His co-star Michelle Stafford (Nina), in the hunt for Lead Actress, wrote, “I am HONORED to be included in this group of extremely talented women.” Billy Flynn (Chad, DAYS), who is on the list in the Best Actor category, posted, “I’m honored to be prenominated this year along side so many great actors. All my love to my @nbcdays family. Everyone of you is deserving. My heart is beaming… I’m filled with so much joy & love for the nominations of @MarciMiller [ex-Abigail, in Lead Actress] & @KateMansi [Abigail, in Guest Performer]. Y’all are my heart. #Chabby.” Jon Lindstrom (Ryan/Kevin, GH), in the Lead Actor category, enthused, “OK, my day just got made. Thx to all who voted and CONGRATS to my fellow pre-nominees!” Real-life duo Darin Brooks (Wyatt) and wife, Kelly Kruger (Mac, Y&R), both got nods. “Congrats to my babe @THEEdarinbrooks and everyone on both shows who got a prenom today!” posted Kruger, up in the Guest Performer category. Brooks, in Supporting Actor, responded, “Aww and Congrats to you too babe!!! @KrugerKelly so proud of both shows!!”
Daytime Emmys Unveil Peer-Judged Drama Pre-Nominations(1/25/19) Daytime Emmys Unveil Peer-Judged Drama Pre-Nominations: read the nominees here.
The Soaps In Depth Podcast #1: The Inaugural Episode(1/22/19) (Listen / download) In this first episode of The Soaps In Depth Podcast hosts Richard Simms and Charlie Mason discuss the new General Hospital opening, 5 Things We Love Right Now, and share their thoughts on what would happen if they wrote the soaps.
Inside Salem - 1/21/19 - Melissa Reeves Reflects, Paul Telfer and Greg Rikaart(1/21/19) (Listen / download) Melissa Reeves Reflects on Jennifer Horton's Most Iconic Scenes; Paul Telfer and Greg Rikaart Play "What's My Line?"
Melissa Reeves sits down to talk all things Jack and shares her thoughts on becoming the Horton matriarch. Then, Paul Telfer and Greg Rikaart give us the inside scoop on Xander and Leo, detail their families' reactions to DAYS, and play "What's My Line?"
Dishing with Digest - 1/18/19 - Galen Gering(1/18/19) DAYS’s Galen Gering (Rafe) Traces His Soap Roots (Listen / download)
DAYS’s Galen Gering (Rafe) looks back on 10 years at DAYS, his PASSIONS roots and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we talk about the appeal of troublemakers on the soap canvas.
Judith Chapman Returns To Days(1/17/10) Soap vet Judith Chapman will again play mom to fellow Young and the Restless alum Greg Rikaart when she returns to NBC’s Days of Our Lives in a new role, as Leo’s mother Diana, Soap Opera Digest reports. (Chapman previously played Days‘ Anjelica Devereaux)
Lindsay Hartley Previews Her New Movie, 'My Mother's Split Personalities'(1/12/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Get ready to see a side of Lindsay Hartley you’ve never seen before — four of them, to be exact! She’s starring in the new movie, My Mother’s Split Personalities, premiering Saturday, Jan. 12, at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime! The daytime alum has appeared as Theresa on PASSIONS, Arianna on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, and Cara on ALL MY CHILDREN, but at no point in her soap career did she ever get to play multiple personalities! “And I never got to play twins, either,” Hartley admitted to Soaps In Depth. “But I did do a Lifetime movie last August and I did get to play twins. That was super fun. So that was kind of the next step and then this one is the step after that!”
In the film, Hartley plays Gail Price, a woman who suffers from dissociative identity disorder and is under the control of her new boyfriend, Warren, who hopes to get his hands on the money Gail inherited from her late husband. When Gail’s daughter, Julie, returns home, she is shocked to learn of her mother’s condition, and struggles to save her from Warren and get her the help she needs. “This criminal boyfriend knows about Gail’s mental issues and that’s their angle to get the inheritance,” Hartley previews. “They’ve been casing her and stuff. And when Gail is threatened, that’s when the alpha personality comes out to protect the other ones.
“The first one, the little girl, comes out when Julie leaves,” the actress explains. “And then Madeline, the sexy, fun, romantic chick comes out when she meets Warren. And then the third one comes out when Gail is in danger. That’s Sadie, the dominant personality. The one that is literally the most dangerous. She will kill to protect the other personalities.”
Soap fans are used to multiple personality storylines, and Hartley is thrilled she’s finally getting to tackle that particular acting challenge. “I was super pumped when [executive producer] Pierre David asked me to join in on this projet because it’s really cool to be able to throw so many people into a role, right? I hope you get sucked into Gail’s trouble, because she’s really messed up. She’s a really screwed up character.”
Inside Salem - 1/7/19 - Matt Ashford, Rob Scott Wilson and Victoria Konefal(1/11/19) (Listen / download) Matt Ashford Talks About His Return to DAYS; Rob Scott Wilson and Victoria Konefal Share All Things Cin
After dying on the show multiple times, Jack Deveraux is back! Matt Ashford talks to Michael Fairman about his experience returning to Days of our Lives. Then, Rob Scott Wilson and Victoria Konefal join to discuss why Ben Weston and Ciara Brady's romance is so convincing.
NBC RENEWS MULTI-EMMY AWARD-WINNING SERIES ‘DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ FOR 55TH SEASON(1/8/19) Iconic Daytime Drama Continues to Flourish as Salem Families Gear Up for New Adventures
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Jan. 8, 2019 — “Days of our Lives,” the longest running series on NBC and an icon of daytime television, has been renewed for a record 55th season.
“Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.”
Those words, which have drawn millions of eager viewers to their television sets for six decades, will remain a high point of the broadcast day with the renewal announcement of the multi-Emmy Award-winning series.
“With writing that manages to weave together Salem’s iconic characters with current realities, Ken Corday and his team have ushered the show’s legacy into a new era that resonates with both longtime and new viewers,” said Bruce Evans, Executive Vice President, Current Programming, NBC Entertainment. “The actors and crew have such a tremendous respect for ‘Days’ and what it means to fans. We believe that level of commitment shows through and touches our audience year after year.”
“It’s a great day in Salem! The sands in the hourglass will continue to flow for yet another year,” said executive producer Ken Corday. “We’re grateful to NBC and Sony for their continued support of the show and, of course, to our dedicated and passionate fans, we owe it all to you. Thank you for taking us through our 55th season. We can’t wait for you to see what we have in store.”
Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, Sony Pictures Television, added: “Ken Corday and his cast and crew continue to build on the strong legacy of dynamic storytelling and intriguing characters in ‘Days of our Lives.’ We are proud that audiences both in the U.S. and around the world will get to enjoy this award-winning series for another year.”
The show’s 53rd season (September 2017-September 2018) saw a 4% increase in total viewers (2.55 million vs. 2.45 million in live + 7 per Nielsen Media Research) vs. the previous season. In addition, “Days” added a number of new characters and a few surprise returns that have kept fans and critics tuned in.
“Days of our Lives,” which aired its 13,500th episode in 2018, remains a television institution. The show first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour 10 years later.
The show has garnered 57 Emmy Awards, including most recently 2015 and 2018’s Outstanding Daytime Drama, and 323 nominations, as well as multiple People's Choice Awards, GLAAD Media Awards and Prism Awards.
Set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem, “Days of our Lives” airs nationally on NBC in the United States and in more than 25 countries internationally. The core families are the Bradys, Hortons and DiMeras, and the multi-layered storylines involve elements of romance, adventure, mystery, comedy and drama.
“Days of our Lives” is produced by Corday Productions, Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. Ken Corday is the executive producer with co-executive producers Greg Meng and Albert Alarr. Ron Carlivati is the head writer.
Please visit the official show site at: www.nbc.com/days-of-our-lives
Alison Sweeney Announces Hallmark Premiere Date(1/7/19) (Poster) In a post on Instagram, Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami, DAYS) revealed that her new Hallmark Movies & Mysteries series, THE CHRONICLE MYSTERIES, will debut on February 17. “Yay! It’s thrilling that I finally get to share the movie poster for my new mystery series with @hallmarkmovie Opens a New Window. !” she posted. “@chroniclemysteries Opens a New Window. is officially premiering Sunday, February 17th — so mark your calendar!! @benjaminayres Opens a New Window. & I are so excited for you to finally meet these great characters!”
William Morgan Sheppard, Star Trek and Doctor Who Actor, Dead at 86(1/7/19) British actor William Morgan Sheppard (Charles, Days Of Our Lives) has died at the age of 86.
The actor's son, Supernatural star Mark Sheppard, confirmed the news of his father's passing on Instagram Sunday evening by writing, "We went to spend some time with my father today. Though he couldn't speak, we held hands, he laughed and was so happy to see us. We left and came home. A good day. He was rushed to hospital and passed at 6:30pm, my mother by his side. I am so grateful that he didn't have to suffer any longer. Thank you for all your kind thoughts, love and prayers."
Sheppard was known for his many appearances across the Star Trek franchise, including guest-starring on episodes of Star Trek: Voyager ("Bliss") and Star Trek: The Next Generation ("The Schizoid Man") and appearing in the filmsStar Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and the 2009 reboot Star Trek. Additionally, he was well-known for his work as Blank Reg in the short-lived, cult classic ABC sci-fi Max Headroom and starred in two episodes of Babylon 5.
The actor also starred as Old Canton Delaware alongside son Mark Sheppard in a 2011 episode of Doctor Who ("The Impossible Astronaut") and enjoyed a litany of guest roles in popular shows like Charmed, Alias, Gilmore Girls, Criminal Minds, NCIS, Mad Men, Dexter, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. On the film side, he was perhaps best known for his roles in The Prestige and Transformers, but his earliest films included Strongroom, Tell Me Lies and The Elephant Man. His last film was 2016's Last Man's Club.
In addition to his screen work in films and television, Sheppard was also an accomplished voice actor, lending his vocals to series like Hellsing, Legend of the Seeker, and The AOF Channel.
Sheppard first got his start in the theater, graduating from Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and training with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Of his decision to pursue acting, Sheppard explained (via WhatCulture), "I wanted to be a stand-up comedian, I did some gigs... I had a good job selling building equipment, but was itching for something - I was not so funny, but I had good timing." He went on to make a splash on Broadway with his 1966 appearance in Marat/Sade.
Prior to studying acting, Sheppard served in the Merchant Navy and credited that experience with informing his screen and stage-work by saying, "My experience in the Merchant Navy gave me an edge at RADA and in business. I was 25 and those at RADA were younger, kids really- nice kids, but immature. I had been damaged and was always able to get up off the floor, often due to the kindness of others. I have been lucky."
Farah Fath Welcomes a Beautiful Baby Boy(1/3/19) (Photo) Congratulations to actress Farah Fath and husband Phil Galfond, who welcomed a beautiful baby boy in time for the new year! Fath, who soap fans remember as Gigi Morasco on ONE LIFE TO LIVE as well as Mimi Lockhart on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, originally announced her pregnancy back in June and at the time was expecting their bundle of joy to be the best Christmas gift ever. But instead, Spencer Keith Galfond was born on Dec. 31, weighing eight pounds, five ounces. “This came out of me, finally,” Fath tweeted. “Loving him lots.” She also shared the photo of her little miracle on Instagram, adding: “New Year’s Eve was a different kind of party this year.”
At the end of June, Fath was delighted to reveal that her first child was going to be a boy, but by the following month, among the photos of her growing baby bump, the expectant mom was also confessing how difficult this pregnancy had been for her. But Spencer is just gorgeous and well worth all the suffering she went through. All the best to the happy family, and we can’t wait for the proud parents to share even more beautiful photos of their baby boy as he grows up!
Wes Ramsey Expresses His Deep Love for Laura Wright(1/3/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) As 2019 began, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Wes Ramsey (Peter) shared a beautifully heartfelt message to his love, Laura Wright (Carly). “As I close out this powerful calendar year,” he posted to Instagram, “I’m reflecting continually on — and humbly moved by — the grace with which this strong woman moves through the world. We’ve been blessed with so much this year, yet she has lost so much more.”
Ramsey is referring to Wright having lost her beloved mother back in October, followed by the death of her father at the end of December. But throughout any hardships, the actress has remained grateful for the good things in her life, and it’s an attitude he is hoping to emulate himself. “Her unplanned, unprepared stoicism in spite of such loss is revering to my heart and inspiring to my spirit,” Ramsey declared. “She’s a tour de force — paving the road in spite of the path or its forced directions. I know this because I, too, am on that path. Her path. I am here to vouch that the road is smooth and placed with both intention and foundation, no matter the obstacle.
“So as I close out this year — one of the best of my life,” Ramsey concluded, “I’ve never thought less about my worried self and been more honored by this magical angel as her laughter (my distraction) keeps my dreams not just afloat, but out in front. I’m proud of you. I admire you. I thank you for letting me walk with you.”
For her part, Wright is also grateful to have Ramsey by her side. “I’ve had a beautiful January 1,” she shared on her own Instagram. “Reflection, tears, and gratitude for this view. I wrapped myself in love and memories and took deep breaths (and a quick dip in the hot tub), staying quiet with my thoughts on this new day. Thank you, Wes, for being by my side.”
The love these two share is an inspiration to everyone. All the best for a happy 2019 for the both of them!
Including Highs & Lows from each soap, Wishes for the future, Best Newcomer and more.
Dishing with Digest - 12/28/18 - Matthew Ashford(12/28/18) (Listen / download) Matthew Ashford Previews DAYS Return
Fan fave Matthew Ashford (Jack) talks about his DAYS resurrection, his early soap roots, the popularity of Jack and Jennifer and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also examine why coming back from the dead is a believable soap storyline.
Season 4 Of THE BAY Drops Today(12/28/18) On Friday, December 28, season four of the Emmy-winning digital drama series THE BAY will be released. Expect five all–new installments, totaling over three hours worth of new content. The first half of the season will be available for 48 hours for free on the show’s official website at http://www.thebaytheseries.com, with an Amazon Prime Video release to follow. Check out this season 3 recap to get you up to speed, and get prepared to #BingeTheBay on Friday! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6D4KSjoLk9Q&feature=youtu.be.
Inside Salem - 12/24/18 - Susan Seaforth Hayes, Matthew Ashford and Kassie DePaiva(12/28/18) (Listen / download) Susan Seaforth Hayes joins the podcast to reflect on 50 years of playing Julie Williams on DAYS; Matthew Ashford reveals the history of his dressing room and talks to Kassie DePaiva about coming from theater in New York, his history in soap operas and the challenges of returning to Salem as Jack Deveraux.
Vernee Watson on Young Sheldon - 1/10/18(12/24/18) “A Tummy Ache and a Whale of a Metaphor” – When Sheldon has to spend a few days in the hospital, he turns into the world’s worst patient. Also, Missy gets a taste of what life would be like without her twin, on YOUNG SHELDON, Thursday, Jan. 10 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Vernee Watson (Nurse Robinson), Wayne Wilderson (Dr. Gilbert), Mauricio Lara (Ricky).
Dishing with Digest - 12/21/18 - Susan Seaforth Hayes(12/23/18) (Listen / download) Susan Seaforth Hayes Looks Back On 50 Years On DAYS
DAYS’s Susan Seaforth Hayes reflects on her 50th anniversary as Julie, her real-life love story with Bill Hayes, her early memories of Salem and more. Plus, we discuss the exit of Y&R’s executive producer/head writer, Mal Young.
Arianne Zucker Back To DAYS!(12/23/18) Arianne Zucker, whose DAYS alter ego, Nicole, was presumed dead in October, is back filming at the show and will appear again in 2019. The news was first reported on the DOOL App. Download it free at your favorite app store!
Kirsten Storms Opens up About Co-Parenting Harper With Brandon Barash(12/14/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When GENERAL HOSPITAL stars Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny) announced they were divorcing in April of 2016, they also revealed they would continue to co-parent their daughter, Harper. And as their little girl approaches her fifth birthday, the exes have proven that such an arrangement isn’t just possible, it’s essential! “It’s what’s best for her,” Storms insisted to Soaps In Depth. “It’s important to us that Harper get the best possible experience growing up — and that means seeing her mom and dad in the same room with each other, frequently.”
As a child grows up, they absorb everything around them, which impacts their development. So Storms knew it would be important important to create the right environment for Harper. “She’s at an age where she’s very into the idea of family and playing houses,” the mom revealed. “And however she sees family, I know that includes Brandon and myself. She couldn’t be happier than when we’re all together.”
Of course, that’s not to say that co-parenting a child with your ex is as easy as these two make it appear. “We are divorced. Something went wrong, obviously, in our relationship for that to happen,” Storms noted. “But we work through it because we care about her enough. I’m serious when I say it’s just because we each love Harper more than anything else in the world that we can swallow our pride sometimes when something comes up.”
A lesson all parents can take to heart!
Stars Celebrate Susan Seaforth Hayes' 50th Anniversary at DAYS OF OUR LIVES(12/13/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) December 11, 2018 marked Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary as Julie Williams on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. “My gratitude to the show is enormous,” she confided to Soaps In Depth. “I’m not tired of doing it. I’m still pleading with the producers at the moment, ‘Please, can I do more?” Because it’s so fulfilling for the audience that has been with the show from the beginning. But mostly because it is so fulfilling for me. I am still in love with my husband, with acting, and with the show.”
The role of Julie was recast a couple of times before Seaforth Hayes joined the cast of DAYS back in 1968. Of course, at the time, she was just Susan Seaforth — she met her husband, Bill Hayes on the set and their characters, Doug and Julie, were happily married just like the actors!
“My life has been entirely embraced by Salem,” Seaforth Hayes smiled. “Some of the most important people in my life have been producers of DAYS, writers of DAYS, that have been angels that reached down and set me on a good and happy path.”
For more from Hayes on her daytime legacy, don’t miss her photo-filled flashback interview in the current CBS issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!
Inside Salem - Dec 10, 2018 - Gilles Marini, Eric Martsolf and Nadia Bjorlin(12/12/18) (Listen / download) Gilles Marini Reveals Ted Laurent's Weakness, Eric Martsolf and Nadia Bjorlin Talk Fan Encounters and "Broe"
Gilles Marini talks about the difficulties of working on a soap opera, analyzes Ted Laurent's romantic side and shares stories from Dancing with the Stars, Brothers & Sisters and DAYS. Then, Eric Martsolf and Nadia Bjorlin talk about Eric's decade on DAYS, Brady and Chloe's relationship and their most bizarre fan encounters.
WGA Awards TV Nominations(12/7/18) The WGA on Thursday unveiled its nominations for in TV, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing for 2018. Winners will be announced February 17 at the WGA Awards held in concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.
The guild will unveil its motion picture nominees January 7.
Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits; NBC
General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles; ABC
Lifetime Unveils Premiere Dates For Winter Movie Slate(12/4/18) Lifetime has unveiled the premiere dates for their robust slate of winter movies. From music icons to deadly cheerleaders to the daughter of a notorious mob boss, the network isn’t holding back when it comes to the drama — some based on true stories, some not — for 2019.
Highlights of their slate include Love You to Death (January 26) starring Marcia Gay Harden, which is based on the true story of a mother and daughter who are nothing like they seem, their tumultuous relationship ending in a brutal murder. Also based on a true story is Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story (January 19) starring Christina Ricci. The movie is inspired by Nellie Bly’s undercover stay at the impenetrable Women’s Lunatic Asylum. For something a little lighter, there’s Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You (February 16) which follows the personal and professional journey of the titular Grease icon. Lifetime acquired the biopic for its U.S. premiere.
Other features on the slate include Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter (February 9) which is executive produced by the real-life Victoria Gotti. Lifetime will also bring back the cult classic Death of a Cheerleader (February 2). The remake will see the return of Kellie Martin, who starred in the 1994 original.
Lifetime has also acquired Best Friend’s Betrayal and My Mother’s Split Personalities for January. The network will feature five weeks of premieres every Saturday at 8 pm PT/ET, beginning January 19.
See the complete list and summaries of the features below.
Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story
The Lifetime feature is inspired by Nellie Bly’s undercover stay at the impenetrable Women’s Lunatic Asylum and stars Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress Christina Ricci (Monster), two-time Tony award-winner, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Judith Light (Transparent, The Assassination of Giannni Versace) as Matron Grady and Josh Bowman (Revenge).
On a mission to expose the deplorable conditions and mistreatment of patients at the notorious Women’s Lunatic Asylum, investigative reporter Nellie Bly (Ricci) feigns mental illness in order to be institutionalized to report from the inside. The movie delivers an intense and fictionalized account of actual events surrounding Nellie’s stay beginning after Nellie has undergone treatment, leaving her with no recollection of how she came to the asylum or her real identity. Nellie’s unwillingness to submit to authority results in unspeakable torture at the hands of the head nurse, Matron Grady (Light). When Nellie captures the attention of Dr. Josiah (Bowman) who tries to help her, Grady’s barbaric tactics only intensify, leading Nellie to questions if she actually does belong in the asylum after all.
A real-life hero, Nellie Bly’s expose was the first of its kind in America and inspired the global reformation of mental health care.
Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story is executive produced by Howard Braunstein along with Ricci of Grey Team Productions. Michael Tive, David Sigal, Peter Werner and Jonathan Baruch of StoryBy Entertainment also serve as executive producers with Karen Moncrieff as director (Petals on the Wind) with a screenplay by Helen Childress (Reality Bites).
Love You to Death
Inspired by a true story, Love You to Death is a shocking tale of a mother and daughter who are nothing like they seem, their tumultuous relationship ending in a brutal murder. Camile (Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden, Fifty Shades features, Code Black, Point Blank) and Esme (Emily Skeggs, Miseducation of Cameron Post, Mile 22) are well-known in their community – Esme as the sickly, child-like wheelchair-bound daughter, and Camile as the perfect caretaker and mother. They seem a perfect pair until Camile is found stabbed to death in her home, and Esme has vanished, believed to be kidnapped by the killer. But when Esme is found, a terrible secret emerges. Esme was not kidnapped. Instead she ran away with her boyfriend (Brennan Keel Cook) after working with him to murder Camile. More than that, Esme is perfectly healthy, mentally and physically, and has been a victim of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, forced to believe she was ill by her controlling, abusive mother.
Tate Donovan (The Man in The High Castle) plays Travis, Esme’s estranged father who tries to reconnect with his daughter, despite her mother’s objections.
Marcia Gay Harden is repped by ICM Partners and Framework Entertainment.
Love You to Death is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment Television. Executive producers are Jordan Davis and John Davis. Alex Kalymnios directs from a script written by Anthony Jaswinski.
Death of a Cheerleader
In a remake of the cult-classic, Death of a Cheerleader is inspired by Randall Sullivan’s Rolling Stone article of the same name about the real-life murder of a popular, affluent and beautiful Northern California high school cheerleader at the hand of a classmate. Bridget Moretti (Aubrey Peeples) is a shy outsider from a lower middle-class background who aspires to be beautiful, popular and perfect in everything. Believing that a friendship with rich and pretty Kelly Locke (Sarah Dugdale), leader of the school’s most prestigious clique, will get her all that she desires, Bridget tries to forge a friendship with her. When Kelly rejects Bridget’s attempts, it leaves her humiliated and feeling like a failure and ultimately fuels a jealous rage that will lead to murder. Death of a Cheerleader explores the events leading up to and after the shocking crime that took place in this upper-middle-class community.
Kellie Martin, who starred alongside Tori Spelling in the original, plays the FBI agent who cracks the case.
Death of a Cheerleader is produced by Just Singer Entertainment and Reunion Pacific Entertainment. Executive producers are Matthew O’Connor, Paddy Bickerton, Steve White and Sheri Singer. Paul Shapiro directs from a script written by Caitlin D. Fryers.
Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter
Executive produced by Victoria Gotti herself, the movie takes us deep into the world of what it was really like to grow up as the daughter of mob boss John Gotti, revealing the glamour, glitz and unique hardships of her world. Sharing never-before-revealed stories about her life, Victoria (played by Chelsea Frei) tells of a sensitive child growing up with a beloved father (Maurice Benard) she worried about constantly; the tragedy of her younger brother’s death; and her turbulent romance, forbidden by her father, with the man who later became her husband. Victoria had a front-row seat to a life the world became fascinated with, all while trying to reconcile the loving father she adored with a man the outside world was determined to bring down.
Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter is produced by Relevé Entertainment for Lifetime with Victoria Gotti, Jennifer Wachtell (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) and Holly Carter (Home is Where You Find It) executive producing. Catherine Cyran (The Prince & Me) directs from a script co-written by Victoria Gotti and David Schneiderman (Chasing Liberty). The film is based on Gotti’s book This Family of Mine: What It Was Like Growing Up Gotti. Victoria Gotti will appear on camera narrating her story.
Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You
Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You is the remarkable personal and professional journey of international superstar Olivia Newton-John, illustrated through her music. Covering her lasting power across more than five decades in one of the world’s toughest industries, the film delves into both Olivia’s public persona as well as the private woman behind-the-scenes, including her multiple battles with cancer and her intense fight to survive.
Australian singer, songwriter and actress Delta Goodrem (House Husbands, judge on The Voice, Australia) stars as Olivia Newton-John and re-records her classic hits for the film. Hugo Johnstone-Burt (San Andreas, The Wrong Girl) is Bruce Welch and Todd Lasance (The Flash, The Vampire Diaries) plays Lee Kramer. Richard Brancatisano (Chasing Life) is featured as Matt Lattanzi, Anthony Brandon Wong (The Matrix Revolutions) is Patrick McDermott, Morgan Griffin (San Andreas, The Sleepover Club) is young Olivia, and Georgia Flood (American Princess, Wentworth) is young Pat Carroll.
Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You is produced by Fremantle with the assistance of Screen Australia and Film Victoria for Channel Seven. Lifetime has acquired the film for the U.S. premiere.
JANUARY ACQUIRED MOVIES
Best Friend’s Betrayal
Best friends Katie (Mary Grill) and Jess (Vanessa Walsh) are inseparable and have always had each other’s backs. When Jess begins a new serious relationship with famous crime writer, Nick (Jaime M. Callica), Katie is unsure of this new seemingly perfect man. Katie wants to support her friend’s newfound happiness but is fiercely protective of her. But Katie’s obsession with Jess soon proves deadly and it is up to the recently vilified Nick to expose this supposed ‘best friend’ before it is too late. Best Friend’s Betrayal is produced by Reel One Entertainment.
My Mother’s Split Personalities
After her father dies of a heart attack, Julie Price (Kayla Wallace) has returned home after two years of living in estrangement from her mother Gail (Lindsay Hartley). But Gail is not herself these days, acting bizarrely and under the control of Warren (Jefferson Brown), a highly intelligent criminal, who has become Gail’s boyfriend and is plotting to get his hands on a vast amount of money left behind by her dead husband. As Julie investigates the cause of her mother’s strange behavior, she gets closer to the truth about Warren, and a deadly game of cat and mouse begins, in which the dark criminal operator will do anything to protect his payday. It’s up to Julie to save her mother from not only Warren but also from her own split personalities and get her the help she desperately needs. My Mother’s Split Personalities is produced by Reel One Entertainment
Watch Jen Lilley in the Swinging New 'King of Hearts' Music Video!(12/2/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) (Video) Soap fans already know that Jen Lilley is a talented actress from her roles as Theresa Donovan on DAYS OF OUR LIVES and her stint as Maxie Jones on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but they might not be aware that she’s also an incredible singer! Her new single, “King of Hearts” has just been released, and you can watch the music video for it below. Then you can click here to listen to it or download it for yourself . “Let me know what you think,” she posted to Instagram. “I can’t stop dancing to it!”
The retro-tinged tune is a sassy ‘60s throwback with an inspirational message for today, and is the lead-off single to her upcoming album that is due out in February of 2019. Lilley also released a Christmas album, Tinsel Time, back in November of 2015.
Lilley is also heavily involved in charities, and 100% of the proceeds from the initial sales of “King of Hearts” went towards providing a young boy named John who lives in Africa with a life-saving heart surgery. “After that, i’m donating to Project Orphans to help support their monthly operations through March,” Lilly shared. In addition, she launched the “King of Hearts Challenge” to help raise more money for John, urging people to download her single and upload a video of themselves dancing to it before challenging three friends to do the same.
A great song and a great cause? What could be better? And if “King of Hearts” is just a taste of what Lilley’s full album will sound like, we can’t wait for February to hear the whole thing!
Wes Ramsey Previews His Thrilling New Movie(12/2/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Trailer) When Wes Ramsey first appeared on GENERAL HOSPITAL, viewers weren't sure if they can trus his character of Peter August, and they’re going to feel the same way about his character in his thrilling new movie, Last Seen in Idaho. And coincidentally, he’s playing a shady guy named Franco! “I’m excited for my character,” Ramesy told Soaps In Depth, “because before this movie I’ve never had a chance to play a character like Franco.”
The story surrounds a young woman named Summer (played by the film’s writer and producer, Hallie Shepherd) who awakens from a coma after a car accident and begins having visions of her own future murder. But without knowing exactly who she can trust, can Summer prevent her visions from coming true? “It has an incredible story about someone who witnesses something they shouldn’t have seen and how their life is forever changed because of it,” Ramsey previewed. “From that one moment, a chain of events unfolds and it’s interesting, because it deals with time and memory in a very unique way. I don’t want to give away too much, because it’s really well done the way she created the story.”
Ramsey’s character of Franco is Summer’s love interest, but also a seasoned criminal who will leave you wondering which side he’s really on. Last Seen in Idaho also stars a couple of other faces that will be familiar to soap fans. “We shot all over the state of Washington,” the actor reported. “And some other awesome guys who spent time in daytime were with me — Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel) from DAYS OF OUR LIVES and Casper Van Dien (Ty) was once on ONE LIFE TO LIVE.”
Last Seen in Idaho was released on DVD and on demand back in April, and premiered on Showtime Dec. 1. Ramsey is thrilled his GH fans will finally be able to see his work. “It’s been a long time coming,” he admitted. “When you make a movie, you never know if it’s going to see the light of day in six months or a year or two years. This is certainly the longest I’ve ever waited for one of my movies to come out, so I’m excited for it!”
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