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News, Cast Updates and Scoop(News section last updated February 25, 2020)
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 2/24/20 - You Win Some, You Lose Some(2/25/20) (Listen / download) In this week's edition of The Soaps In Depth Podcast, Richard and Charlie play You Win Some, You Lose Some while discussing DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ shocking cast changes, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s latest hookup, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s “two-timing” and a happy ending on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS that… really wasn’t all that happy.
Kirsten Storms Stands up Against Bullying(2/25/20) Soap stars often used their celebrity to aid worthy causes, and GENERAL HOSPITAL actress Kirsten Storms (Maxie) is taking advantage of her platform to speak out against bullying. “The Lion Brand Yarn ‘Hat Not Hate’ campaign, that brings awareness to bullying, makes me so proud to be a Lion Brand customer,” she declared. “As soon as I’m done with my current knitting project for our knit-along (I’ve been out the last few days with the flu — bear with me) I plan to knit a few blue beanies and send them into the ‘Hat Not Hate’ headquarters.”
Lion Brand Yarn has paired with STOMP Out Bullying to raise awareness of the issue by urging knitters and crocheters to use one of their free patterns to create hats with blue yarn and share their work online with the hashtag #HatNotHate, donate their hats to schools, or wear it during October, which is Anti-Bullying month. “They give the hats out at schools across the country to remind kids about the importance of being kind to one another,” Storms said, “and just because someone is different from them, that doesn’t mean they’re deserving of negative words or feelings. We are all different from each other. That’s what makes us special. It’s what makes us human.”
And as someone who has been on the receiving end of negative and hurtful comments on social media, Storms knows exactly what these kids are going through. “I’ve mentioned on my page before that kindness and positivity towards others is so important,” she insisted. “You truly never know what another individual’s life is like, what their hidden struggles are — or what your words could do to them. Be a light in someone’s day. I’d rather be remembered for spreading love than hate. Love lasts longer.”
You can visit the Lion Brand Yarn website’s “Hat Not Hate” page for more details about the cause.
DAYS’s Thaao Penghlis: “We’re back in March”(2/22/20) On Twitter, Thaao Penghlis (Tony) revealed that he and longtime co-star Leann Hunley (Anna) have more DAYS ahead. “For over 30yrs a closeness developed out of trust & certainly love,” he posted. “We’re back in March. Thank u all for the support.” The actors recently wrapped short-term run.
The Oval's Sex-Cult Spinoff Ruthless Gets March Premiere Date on BET+(2/21/20) Ruth may be presumed dead on Tyler Perry’s The Oval, but that isn’t stopping the polarizing character from leading her own BET+ spinoff — and soon.
Ruthless, which stars Melissa L. Williams in the title role, will kick off its 24-episode first season on Thursday, March 19, our sister site Deadline reports. Several episodes will be available to stream immediately, while subsequent installments will premiere on a weekly basis. This marks Perry’s first original series to stream on BET+.
The series follows Ruth “as she’s forced to play nice with a scandalous religious cult of powerful sex-crazed fanatics in the hopes of freeing herself and her daughter,” according to the official logline. We first met Ruth in the series premiere of The Oval, during which she visited her daughter’s father, only to be sent packing. She later returned with her fellow cult members and successfully kidnapped the child.
Ruthless‘ ensemble cast also includes Matt Cedeño, Lenny D. Thomas, Yvonne Senat Jones, Baadja-Lyne Odums, Jaime Callica, Nirine S. Brown, Blue Kimble, Stephanie Charles, Hervé Clermont, Anthony Bless and Bobbi Baker.
Andrea Bogart, Michael Nouri & Lawrence Pressman on Hawaii Five-0 3/13/20(2/21/20) “He puhe‘e miki” – While Five-0 investigates a scheme to rob tourists, Tani helps Girard Hirsh (Willie Garson) prove the innocence of his elderly uncle when he’s suspected of murder. Also, Tani and Junior work on the nuances of being in a new relationship, on HAWAII FIVE-0 Friday, March 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
(“He puhe‘e miki” is Hawaiian for “A Gripping Cuttlefish”)
GUEST CAST nicludes: Michael Nouri (Oscar Hirsch), Lawrence Pressman (Stanley), Patty McCormack (Tabitha), Andrea Bogart (Cynthia).
Dishing with Digest - 2/21/20 - Martha Byrne(2/21/20) (Listen / download) Three-time Daytime Emmy winner Martha Byrne looks back on playing AS THE WORLD TURNS’s Lily, dishes about her leading men, her controversial 2008 departure and so much more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss soaps’ most shocking exits.
‘Days of our Lives’ soap star Brock Kelly & model/actress Adel Ruiz to ride in Krewe of Tucks(2/20/20) NEW ORLEANS– The Brothel Float in the Krewe of Tucks is getting spicy with some talented stars!
‘Days of Our Lives’ soap opera star Brock Kelly, who’s from New Orleans and a big Saints fan and his wife, who’s an actress & model, Adel Ruiz will both ride in Tucks on The Brothel Float.
The Brothel Float is one of Tucks’ newer signature floats! Look for Brock & Adel on the new addition this year to the Brothel Float, the Bourbon B float!
Show some love to our hometown guy Brock who’s making it big in Hollywood. Brock plays “Evan” the nanny on the popular soap opera.
The Krewe of Tucks rolls on the Uptown route starting at noon on Saturday, February 21st. This year’s theme for the parade is “Tucks Hits The Sweet Spot.”
Dishing with Digest - 2/14/20 - Lisa LoCicero(2/14/20) (Listen / download) From her first role on LOVING to her current stint as GH's Olivia, Lisa LoCicero looks back on her daytime career with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the cast shake-ups at DAYS and the major stories soaps have planned for the week ahead.
Days of Our Lives Vet Galen Gering Is the Latest Exit in Cast Shake-Up(2/14/20) It’s the end of Days for yet another star of NBC’s daytime drama.
Galen Gering, who has played Days of Our Lives‘ Rafe Hernandez since October 2008, revealed on Instagram on Thursday — on his birthday, no less — that, like castmates Freddie Smith and Chandler Massey (who play Sonny and Will), his time on the soap has come to an end.
Earlier this week, Smith announced his and scene partner Massey’s exits, saying “it was not our choice” to depart. “We were looking forward to staying on and keeping the story going,” he added. “But I do understand there is a lot happening with Days of Our Lives [at the moment].”
The “lot happening” refers to the fact that when Days recently was renewed for Season 56, Corday Productions began formally negotiating new deals with some — but clearly not all — members of the series’ large ensemble. “I’ve always seen birthdays as a day of reflection, an opportunity to look back at where I’ve been and where I’m going. So, it’s oddly befitting that today also happens to be my last day at Days,” Gering wrote in his Instagram post, below.
“Man…I have such great memories from the last 10 years,” he continued, rattling off some of the far-out storylines he has been involved in. “And offscreen, I’ve made friendships that I will have for a lifetime.”
“Thanks for the memories Days of Our Lives,” he said in conclusion, after thanking fans. “Like sands through the hourglass….”
Gering’s previous TV credits include Passions and the online sudser Venice the Series.
Due to Days’ unusual taping schedule — the soap shoots six months in advance — Rafe will remain on-screen until fall.
Casey Moss exiting NBC daytime drama 'Days of Our Lives'(2/14/20) (digitaljournal.com) Emmy-nominated actor Casey Moss is exiting the popular NBC daytime drama "Days of Our Lives." Digital Journal has the scoop.
Moss has played the role of JJ Deveraux on Days of Our Lives, and he will be exiting the soap opera during its February sweeps.
He began the role of JJ Deveraux back in the summer of 2013. JJ is the son of Jack Deveraux (Matthew Ashford) and Jennifer Horton (Melissa Reeves). His character had an affair with an older woman, Eve Donovan (Kassie DePaiva).
Lately, JJ suffered major heartache on the show (the death of his girlfriend, nurse Haley Chen) and he also faced his addiction, which is material worthy of an Emmy reel.
In 2018, Moss was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Younger Actor in A Drama Series" for his work on Days of Our Lives.
Daytime Emmys Find a New TV Home, as NATAS Launches Its Own Streaming App(2/13/20) (2/13/20) (variety.com) The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has found a new, permanent telecast home for the Daytime Emmys: Its own site. NATAS is launching a streaming service that will serve as the place to watch the Daytime Emmys and its other awards shows.
The new over-the-top platform is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2020, several months before the Daytime Emmys take place. The service, which doesn’t yet have a name (but will likely include “Emmy” in its title), will be unveiled in time for the Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards in April, and the Sports Emmys in May, both of which are administered by NATAS.
But the real utility of the new streamer will come on June 12, 13 and 14, when the 47th Daytime Emmy Awards are held at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, Calif.
The Daytime Emmys used to be a broadcast mainstay, rotating between ABC, NBC and CBS in its heyday. But NBC dropped out after 2004, and ABC after 2008. The CW aired it in 2009, and then CBS aired it in 2010 and 2011. After that, HLN picked it up for two years, and Pop TV ran it in 2015 — the last time it was on linear TV. Since then, the Daytime Emmys has run on a mix of YouTube, Facebook, Periscope and something called KNEKT.
Now, with the new over-the-top app, NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp said viewers would have a clear idea where to watch the Daytime Emmys and its other awards shows.
“We were making it available on PCs and mobile in a clunky way,” Sharp said. “But with the Emmys OTT app available on any platform, if you want to watch on your phone you can watch on your phone. You want to watch on your TV, you can watch on your TV. And really be accessible to the audience. Wherever they are consuming the shows, we’re on it.”
Sharp said NATAS is currently building out the OTT app in order to be available on web, mobile, and major settop platforms including Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Fire stick and Android TV.
Besides daytime, sports and tech/engineering, other Emmy awards shows that NATAS administers include News & Documentary, as well as regional awards in most of the country (except Los Angeles). The L.A.-based Television Academy, which handles the Primetime Emmy Awards, is not involved in this new OTT service, but has been briefed on it.
Sharp said the new service will also include past awards ceremonies, as well as clips from the NATAS archives. “Certainly on our social channels since the beginning of the year you’ve started seeing a couple of hints of that, some of these great moments being pulled from the Emmy archives like Ellen DeGeneres’ first win in daytime,” he said. “Or Rosie O’Donnell and Elmo bantering about wanting to rename it the ‘Daytime Elmos.’ Mr. Rogers doling out life lessons from the stage as he accepts his lifetime achievement award.”
NATAS is also producing original shorts, including its first entry, “Behind the Emmy.” “For this series of shorts we are combining backstage interviews, onstage acceptance speeches and some of the actual submitted content to really tell the story of the excellent creativity and production work that goes into winning that most coveted honor of excellence in television,” Sharp said.
The first installment, which posted today on NATAS’ social outlets, looks at PBS’ “Wildland,” a “POV” production that won a News & Doc Emmy last year. “The filmmakers literally learned to become fire jumpers in order to make this film,” he said. “Where they would jump into the burning region with the firefighters, actually help fight the fire, hold the hose, and then put the hose down, pick up the Red camera and start shooting some of it.”
The NATAS app will be free and, at least initially, not contain commercials. “It is going to be there as a resource,” Sharp said. “Long term, I think we certainly see opportunities for ad support and/or sponsor support. That is not in the plan for launch day. I think our focus right now is really on building the content and building the audience. Then we’ll look at the monetization path down the road. There are certainly opportunities for it, and it’s something where in the engineering we are baking in. Monetization is not the focus, at least for 2020.”
Days of Our Lives: Freddie Smith and Chandler Massey Poised to Exit in 'Sad and Shocking' Cast Shake-Up(2/12/20) Salem’s LGBTQ population has taken a hit: Days of Our Lives vets Freddie Smith and Chandler Massey, who play on-again/off-again gay super couple Sonny and Will, have been let go from the NBC sudser.
Smith announced the news Wednesday on social media, telling fans in a Twitter video that “it was not our choice” to depart. “We were looking forward to staying on and keeping the story going,” he added. “But I do understand there is a lot happening with Days of Our Lives [at the moment].”
The “a lot” he referrs to relates to Corday Productions’ controversial, belt-tightening decision last fall to release the entire cast from their contracts amid renewal talks with NBC and Sony. Once Days was officially picked up last month for Season 56, Corday began formally negotiating new deals with some — but clearly not all — members of the series’ large ensemble.
Smith says he saw the writing on the wall in recent weeks. “As the scripts started coming in, I was like, ‘This doesn’t look good. This doesn’t look like we’re going to get [re-]signed to a contract.'”
TVLine has reached out to a Days spokesperson for comment.
Due to Days’ unusual taping schedule — the soap shoots six months in advance — Sonny and Will will remain onscreen until September, Smith confirms. “Though its sad and shocking, I want to celebrate what we’ve created,” the actor told fans. “That’s what I want to focus on.”
Days of Our Lives releases Freddie Smith and @ChandlerMassey from contracts. https://t.co/dMOErFKz2b
I will miss Salem so much!! Thank you all for the incredible love and support throughout the years. I really feel we told a love story that will live on forever.— freddie smith ?? (@freddiemsmith) February 12, 2020
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 1/10/20 - What's The Rush?(2/11/20) (Listen / download) Just like that, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Lola and Kyle called it quits. Like every other aspect of the couple’s relationship, the end felt more than a little rushed... prompting Richard and Charlie to take a look this week at the pacing of several current storylines. From THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s dithering Spencer brothers to DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Gina and Stevano and GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Mob war, they look at what’s working and what’s not… and why!
Chrishell Stause reveals mom’s terminal cancer diagnosis 2 months after Justin Hartley split(2/6/20) Chrishell Stause, who recently separated from Justin Hartley, revealed her mother is dying from cancer.
“I just found out today is #worldcancerday eerily on the same day I found out my mom has 1 to 2 months to live from the same lung cancer that took my dad on Easter,” the “Selling Sunset” star shared on Instagram this week. “I can’t make sense of what life is teaching me yet, but my heart is with every person fighting this horrible disease and every person that it robbed a loved one from.”
In April, Stause, 38, posted a tribute on Instagram to her father after he died.
“We lost you today but it was a long terrible battle with cancer that started taking you years ago,” she wrote. “I choose to remember you the way you were before it took it’s hold on you. You are at peace now, and ever the Catholic man at heart, I think you chose Easter for a reason.”
In November, Stause was seemingly blindsided when Hartley, 43, filed for divorce after two years of marriage.
Soon after the breakup, Stause posted a cryptic quote on Instagram that said, “It’s hard to watch people change right in front of you. But it’s even harder remembering who they used to be.”
According to TMZ, the exes disagree about the date of their actual split. Hartley claims they separated on July 8, 2019, but Stause argued in documents that they didn’t separate until Nov. 22, 2019.
Vincent Irizarry to grand marshal neighborhood Easter parade(2/6/20) (lakewood.advocatemag.com) Soap star Vincent Irizarry will be the grand marshal at this year’s Newellian Easter parade, bringing some celebrity notoriety to the neighborhood tradition.
The actor got his start in daytime television in the early 1980s with a recurring role in “Guiding Light.” Since then, he’s gone on to star in just about every soap opera you can think of: “One Life to Live,” “The Young and the Restless,” “All My Children,” “Days of Our Lives” and most recently “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
Irizarry is friends with neighbor Belynda Ortiz. When she told him about the parade, he expressed interest and agreed to serve as the grand marshal.
“It was that easy,” parade organizer Liz Simmons said.
Irizarry joins only a handful of celebrity grand marshals who have participated in the parade. In the past, Texas icon Kinky Friedman—a singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician, defender of stray animals and former Texas Monthly columnist—led the parade route.
“It’s a show up and do-your-thing event,” Simmons said. “I never know what we’re going to get. There’s no rules. It’s very creative and totally fun.”
The parade, in its 15th year, will start at 3 p.m. April 12.
Tamara Braun Joins Dark Indie Comedy(2/5/20) Tamara Braun (Daytime Emmy-winning actress for Days of our Lives), Denise Boutte (Meet the Browns), and Robert Craighead (Future Man) star in Kombucha Cure, an indie dark comedy written and directed by first-time feature helmer Cecilia Choi. Newcomer Ali Zahiri (The Bachelorette), Yorke G. Fryer (Extinct), Angie Kim (The L Word: Generation Q), Jasper Cole (Anyone Home), Jayson Bernard (Halloweed), Lance Paul (A Walk With Grace), Frederick Koehler (The Circle, Death Race), and Jennifer Bassey (Anacostia) also co-star. The plot follows Mara Cohen (Braun), a Medical Director for a large corporate insurance company who excels as the gatekeeper for doctors who order, what she sees as unnecessary and expensive tests, scans, and medications. Wrestling with the fact that she was previously fired for a mistake that had fatal consequences, she volunteers to go to a small rural town where cancer patients are living longer and at the same time costing the insurance company unusually high payouts for care. There, she discovers the mystery and shenanigans of how this poor town survived and thrived in the complex health care system. Paul and Yorke G. Fryer of Ginger Knight Films are producing the piece, along with Jayson Bernard and Roberto Rosario, Jr. of J&R Productions. Jonathan Chia and Tarun Raj serve as executive producers. Kombucha Cure is currently shooting in Los Angeles through February.
First Look! Kyle Lowder In Feature Film(2/4/20) Kyle Lowder (ex-Rex/Brady, DAYS; ex-Rick, B&B) will appear in the upcoming film, The Ravine, with GREY’s ANATOMY alum Eric Dane, Peter Facinelli and Teri Polo.”Truly grateful to be a part of this film and to work with people who are making such an extraordinarily positive impact in this world,” Lowder posted. “We look forward to sharing this powerful story and message with you all.” Check out a first look of it here.
Dishing with Digest- 1/31/20 - Brandon Beemer(1/31/20) (Listen / download) Brandon Beemer (Shawn) discusses his DAYS comeback, his time on B&B, his reality show past and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also preview February’s hottest stories and discuss how the impeachment hearings are affecting soaps.
DAYS To Resume Production February 3(1/30/20) With a new, signed deal in place, the cast and crew of DAYS will report back to work on Monday, February 3 after an extended hiatus since Thanksgiving. “Back on ‘Days’ set on Monday!” James Reynolds (Abe) posted on Instagram. “Nice to see cast mates again.”
NBC RENEWS BELOVED DAYTIME DRAMA ‘DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ FOR 56TH SEASON(1/29/20) UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Jan. 29, 2020 — “Days of our Lives,” the longest running series on NBC, has been renewed for a record 56th 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 today’s renewal announcement of the multi-Daytime Emmy Award-winning series.
“From our incredibly loyal fan base to our wonderful writers, cast and crew, the enthusiasm for ‘Days’ never wavers,” said Bruce Evans, Executive Vice President, Current Programming, NBC Entertainment. “We’re incredibly thrilled to bring viewers another season of a show that has cemented its place in television history and touches all generations.”
“We are most grateful to NBC for their enduring faith in the future of ‘Days of our Lives,’ and we are excited to continue delivering compelling stories to our loyal family of fans into this new decade,” said executive producer Ken Corday.
Said Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, Sony Pictures Television: “Ken Corday and his team continue to build on the legacy of quality storytelling and intriguing characters that connect with audiences of all ages. We are thrilled that viewers in the U.S. and around the world will be able to enjoy the award-winning ‘Days of our Lives’ for another season.”
“Days of our Lives,” which aired its 13,755th episode in 2019, 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 350 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.
Stars Remember Marj Dusay(1/29/20) Stars took to social media to remember Marj Dusay (ex-Alexandra, GUIDING LIGHT et al), who passed away at the age of 83.
On-screen son, Vincent Irizarry (ex-Lujack/Nick, GL) posted, “Honestly, not enough words for me to share my love and respect for, and sadness in the passing of our now late, great Marj Dusay. She was a force of nature as an actress, courageously pulling out all stops in whatever role she was gracing us with. Not only did she play my mother on two different shows, 2 very different characters, but in one of those shows she was brought in to replace the ever brilliant, incomparable Beverlee McKinsey when she left the role of Alexandra Spaulding on GL; a feat practically no other actress could have been able to accomplish. But Marj was never just any other actress, as she proved by making the role her own; doing so while sharing her dynamic brilliance with us as well… I reached out to her a couple months back, having heard that she was having a difficult time with some physical challenges as of late. I’m grateful to have heard her voice one last time, to have heard her infectious laughter one last time…
RIP darling Marj. Your gift was our blessing.” Ron Raines (ex-Alan, GL) tweeted, “Heartbroken by the loss of my dear friend and colleague Marj Dusay. Marj was a dear friend to me and I will miss her greatly. I, with a couple of other GL colleagues, visited her last year here in New York and we all had a wonderful visit. She was, as always, in terrific spirits And made us laugh a lot. We all talked of specific memories we shared with her while on set. Marj lived with much physical pain the last decades of her life however, and this is what’s amazing, she never complained. I will miss her and glad she is pain free now.
RIP dear Marj.” Robin Strasser (ex-Dorian, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) wrote, “HUGELY TALENTED & Stunning looking #MarjDusay When she stepped on a set everything was better because she showed up-Classy & impeccable-never stuck on herself-A wonderful human being RIP.”
Tina Sloan (ex-Lillian, GL) tweeted, “Lost the wonderful Marj Dusay aka Alexandra Spaulding. Great actress. Great woman. She will be very missed. RIP MARJ.”
Carrie Genzel (ex-Skye, ALL MY CHILDREN) tweeted, “I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of #MarjDusay. We had mutual friends in NYC and she was always so welcoming and wonderful to me. My heart goes out to her friends and family, and,her many fans who appreciated her on and off camera.”
Lisa Whelchel (Blair on The Facts Of Life): Just heard about the passing of Marj Dusay who played Blair’s mom, Monica Warner. She was absolutely perfect for the part, a seasoned actress and a delightful woman. It was a privilege to call her Facts of Life family.
Soap Opera Vet Marj Dusay Dead at 83(1/29/20) Veteran soap opera actress Marj Dusay, whose long list of daytime-TV credits included stints on Guiding Light, Santa Barbara, All My Children and Days of Our Lives, has died. She was 83.
During Dusay’s decades-long daytime career, she established herself as one of the industry’s most reliable recasts. Dusay made her suds debut in 1983 when she replaced Carolyn Jones as Washington, D.C. matriarch Myrna Clegg on CBS’ Capitol. Following that show’s cancellation in 1987, Dusay jumped to NBC’s Santa Barbara, where she took over the role of Mason Capwell’s mentally unstable mother Pamela from actress Shirley Ann Field. In 1993, she temporarily filled in for Louise Sorel as villainess Vivian Alamain on NBC’s Days of Our Lives, after which she succeeded Beverlee McKinsey as Alexandra Spaulding CBS’ Guiding Light, a role she played on and off from 1993 to 2009 and one that earned her a 1995 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress.
It was in 1999 that Dusay finally originated her first soap role when she was cast as the evil Vanessa Bennett (mother to (Josh Duhamel’s Leo and Vincent Irizarry’s David) on ABC’s All My Children. She exited the soap in 2002.
Prior to making a name for herself in the soap world, Dusay made frequent guest appearances in primetime, most memorably on the original Star Trek (as alien Kara) and The Facts of Life (as Blair’s mother Monica).
Judi Evans Will Return To DAYS(1/28/20) On Twitter, Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS; Ned, GH) confirmed that Judi Evans, whose Adrienne perished in a car crash, will be back in Salem. “Rest assured @TheJudiEvans is coming back,” he reported. With Adrienne dead, the actress will likely return as her other role, Bonnie Lockhart.
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 1/27/20 - The Bold & The Pre-Empted(1/27/20) (Listen / download) Thanks to the on-going impeachment hearings, daytime is taking a major hit, with soaps being pre-empted… in some cases just as their stories are hitting major turning points! Charlie and Richard look at how DAYS OF OUR LIVES is winning a game that the other shows aren’t even playing. Plus, find out what THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS did that neither of your hosts had ever seen before on a daytime soap. All this, plus details about next week’s show and why you won’t want to miss it!
Taylor Spreitler guests on Young Sheldon 2/13/20(1/27/20) “A Boyfriend’s Ex-Wife and a Good Luck Head Rub” - Meemaw meets Dale’s ex-wife, June (Reba McEntire). Also, Sheldon is forced to work on a group project with reluctant college students, on YOUNG SHELDON, Thursday, Feb. 13 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Taylor Spreitler (Sam), Nolan Bateman (Keith), London Cheshire (Marcus).
‘Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan’ Nickelodeon Series Sets Cast(1/23/20) Nickelodeon has set the cast for Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan, starring young rapper Dylan Gilmer. Martin alum Carl Anthony Payne II, Mieko Hillman (Teen Wolf), Celina Smith, Hero Hunter (The Purge) and Aloma Wright (Scrubs) will join Gilmer in the kids and family live-action series.
Executive produced, directed and written by Perry, the story follows a family whose world is turned upside down when their nephew, Young Dylan (Gilmer), an aspiring hip-hop star, moves in unannounced. Michelle Sneed also serves as Executive Producer along with Will Areu and Mark E. Swinton who serve as Producers of the series, which films at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.
When Dylan’s grandmother Viola (Wright) realizes raising her grandson is too much to take on, she decides to send him to live indefinitely with her affluent son Myles Wilson (Payne), his wife Yasmine (Hillman) and their two kids Rebecca (Smith) and Charlie (Hunter).
The Wilson family household is soon turned upside down as lifestyles clash between rising hip hop star Young Dylan and his straight-laced cousins. From Dylan giving Rebecca and Charlie lessons in “swag” and street smarts, to learning that even “rappers” have rules in the Wilson house, the series follows the hilarious hijinks this family faces as they try to get on the same beat.
Perry made a surprise visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show last October when Gilmer was a guest and announced that the young rapper would be starring in his own series.
Nickelodeon’s partnership with Perry is part of his long-term pact with Viacom, producing original series for BET Networks (The Oval and Sistas) and other Viacom networks, with exclusive licensing rights on this programming. Additionally, Perry recently announced his joint venture with BET Networks for the new streaming video on demand service BET+.
Born and raised in Annapolis, MD, Gilmer is best known for his appearances and performances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and at NBA All-Star Weekend. He also has an overall talent deal with Telepictures, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Television. In 2019, Gilmer made a guest appearance on the revival of Nickelodeon’s hit series All That.
Gilmer is repped by Sherry Kayne of The Green Room and Chris Abramson at Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.
Hillman, who recently wrapped feature Psycho Nurses, is repped by Mavrick Artists Agency and manager Bob McGowan.
Soaps in Depth - 1/20/20 - Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes(1/20/20) (Listen / download) In a matter of weeks, a good soap can stumble into a bad patch, and a soap that’s been struggling can suddenly become must-see TV. This week, Charlie and Richard look at all four daytime soaps and discuss where they are on the cycle. Which soap has made a miraculous turn-around? Which is treading water? And which do the hosts actually disagree on? Find out on this week's episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast!
Dishing with Digest - 1/17/20 - Camila Banus(1/17/20) (Listen / download) Camila Banus discusses her role as DAYS's Gabi, her soap start on ONE LIFE TO LIVE, her social media presence and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about Judi Evans's DAYS exit and rejuvenated characters.
“Last Blast Reunion” Conclusion Streaming Now On DOOL App(1/17/20) The final episode of chapter 1 of the “Last Blast Reunion” is streaming now on the DOOL App. With Heather Lindell’s Jan back in the mix, questions will be answered and drama will unfold, so tune in now to see how it ends!
Rachel Kimsey Welcomes a Beautiful Baby Girl(1/14/20) (soapsindepth.com) (Photo) Congratulations are in order for daytime alum Rachel Kimsey, who gave birth to daughter Sutton Faith, her second child with husband Matthew Waterson, on Jan. 7. The actress, who soap fans remember as Mac on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and Meredith on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, shared the happy news on January 12 with an Instagram post featuring a couple snaps of the little angel. “This little stunner is here and taking her corner of the world by storm,” Kimsey wrote. “We are buried in the exhausting first days but Sutton is already showing us her personality and her fiery spirit. She’s going to be a force to be reckoned with and we couldn’t love her more.”
Kimsey and Waterson are already parents to Everly Rian, who will be turning two on March 19. The actress has been doing a lot of voice work recently in her career, playing Wonder Woman in JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION and performing various characters for videogames. And on Jan. 7, she was hard at work right up until the delivery! “Squeezing in one last session before a tiny human arrives (hopefully),” she shared. “Localizing a really fun game I can’t wait to share!”
And then later that day she tweeted: “I think my water just broke while I was standing in the parking lot at Walgreens. Two women in a car staring at me as my pants started to soak. I guess sometimes it does happen like in the movies.” Thankfully, Kimsey was able to get to the hospital and safely deliver her bundle of joy, though it took nearly a week before she shared the big news publicly.
Best wishes to the entire family on their new addition and we can’t wait to see more beautiful pictures as Sutton grows up!
Listen: Victoria Konefal on Bust's Poptarts Podcast(1/14/20) (Listen / download) Days Of Our Lives, the most iconic soap opera ever to grace the small screen, has been running five days a week on NBC since 1965. Victoria Konefal, the show’s super popular new star, joined the cast in 2017 as Ciara Brady—the strong-willed daughter of the show’s power couple Bo and Hope—and shortly after making her debut, she was singled out for a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series. She has been voted #1 Soap Actress multiple times in polls conducted by TV Source Magazine, and in this hilarious and revealing episode of BUST’s Poptarts podcast, she shares her unique feminist perspective on what it’s like inside the wild and truly woman-centric world of soaps.
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 1/13/20 - Questions, We've Got Questions(1/13/20) (Listen / download) This week, Richard and Charlie find themselves with a few questions about recent events on the four daytime dramas. For example… why is THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Victoria, one of the wealthiest women in Genoa City, doing her own laundry? And how does THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s Forrester Creations plan to keep Zoe from filing a company-breaking lawsuit if they ever decide to fire her? Why did DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Kristen so quickly give up her latest game? And how, exactly, did GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Nikolas marry Ava, given that legally, he’s both dead and wed… to Hayden! All this and more as we look at things that make us go… Hmmmm.
Days of Our Lives Will be Airing in the United Kingdom(1/12/20) Days of Our Lives is returning back to the UK in March 2020! The first scheduled episode will be from the 53rd season. The show will pick up at the end of the year at Chad DiMera [Billy Flynn] and Abigail DiMera’s ([Marci Miller] New Years Eve party. Brady Black [Eric Martsol]) and Eve Donovan [Kassie DePaiva] will crash the party, looking for Gabi Hernadez [Camilla Banus]. Also Vivian Alamain [Louise Sorel] makes an appearance in the episode, as a mysterious woman who reveals herself to everyone Salem. Stefan DiMera [Tyler Christopher] will also appear stating he is Vivian’s son.
Days of Our Lives had previously aired in the UK on various channels over the years including Channel 5, CBS Drama and now will be currently airing weekdays on the Sony Channel.
NBC Boss Says Days of Our Lives Will Continue(1/11/20) Never fear, soap opera fans, Days of Our Lives isn't going anywhere! NBC Chairman Paul Telegdy reaffirmed the network's desire to keep the long-running soap opera on the air Saturday morning at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.
"Of course Days of Our Lives is going to carry on," he said. "We love it. Millions of Americans watch it every week. I know there will be good news for the fans."
Those fans were on edge in the fall of last year after the entire cast was released from their contracts, making us all wonder whether the beloved soap, which debuted in 1965, would finally be coming to an end. That fear turned out to be unfounded when reports surfaced that NBC had renewed the series for Season 56 soon after, but the network would not confirm them at the time.
Unfortunately, Telegdy did not confirm which current cast members would be returning for next season and which would be leaving thanks to their expired contracts. We'll just have to wait and see who's life is on the line when the current season ends.
Days of Our Lives airs weekdays at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.
Episode 7 Of The “Last Blast Reunion” Available Now On The DOOL App(1/10/20) Heather Lindell (Jan) is back in episode 7 of the “Last Blast Reunion”, streaming now on the DOOL App! Catch up with the first six episodes as the .com gang gathers in New York for a high school reunion and things go horribly wrong. For more, go to www.TheDoolApp.com.
Melissa And Scott Reeves’s New Role: Grandparents!(1/9/20) Melissa Reeves (Jennifer, DAYS) and husband Scott Reeves (ex-Steven, GH et al) announced on social media that they will become first-time grandparents when daughter, Emily, welcomes a baby in July with husband Nate Smith. “@scottreevesforreal and I are so darn excited!!!!” Melissa posted on Instagram. “Getting our papa G and Sweet Mama hearts ready for our first grandbaby.” Melissa and Scott wed in March 1990; Emily was born in June 1992. Congratulations to the family!
Talk Show Appearance(1/3/20) THE KELLY CLARKSON SHOW, syndicated
We 1/8: Eric Winter
Episode 6 Of The “Last Blast Reunion” Available Now On The DOOL App(1/2/20) Check out episode 6 of the “Last Blast Reunion”, streaming now on the DOOL App, and catch up with the first five episodes as the .com gang gathers in New York for a high school reunion and things go horribly wrong. For more, go to www.TheDoolApp.com.
Season 5 Of THE BAY Available Now(12/31/19) All new episodes of THE BAY are available now at www.thebaytheseries.com, free for a limited time, with Amazon Prime to follow. To end the year with a bang, an additional two new bonus episodes will stream tomorrow, New Year’s Eve, on the official THE BAY website! The actions picks up where season 4 left off: Pete Garrett (Kristos Andrews) and Commissioner Lex Martin (Tristan Rogers) were inching closer to finding a missing Sara Garrett (Mary Beth Evans), who was being held hostage by her blackmailing husband, Steve Jensen (Matthew Ashford). Meanwhile, Lianna Ramos (Jade Harlow) was accused of intentionally shooting her fiancée and sought guidance from her abuelo Nardo (special guest star A Martinez) and psychiatrist Dr. Angela Foster (special guest star Vivica A. Fox}. After help from his father John “Blackwell” (Ronn Moss), Evan Blackwell (Brandon Beemer) and Tamara Garrett (Celeste Fianna) returned home from Europe amid the ongoing chaos, Daniel Garrett (Eric Nelsen) continued his search for love.
Soaps In Depth - 12/30/19 - Best & Worst Of 2019(12/30/19) (Listen / download) As the one-year anniversary of the podcast rapidly approaches, Richard and Charlie look back on the past 12 months to discuss the soapy highs and lows. Which show made the biggest move? Which storyline payoff was a homerun? Which much-maligned character should have been given a bigger break? And which storyline did just about eveyone love? Find out on this week’s episode!
Dishing with Digest - 12/27/19 - Kassie DePaiva(12/27/19) (Listen / download) Kassie DePaiva traces her soap roots from GUIDING LIGHT’s Chelsea to ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Blair to DAYS OF OUR LIVES’s Eve with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the big stories for 2020.
DAYS’s Greg Vaughan (Eric) To Marry Angie Harmon(12/27/19) Greg Vaughan (Eric) made sure he would have a Christmas he’d never forget: The actor got down on one knee and proposed to girlfriend Angie Harmon, who said yes. “Well…that was FUN!!!” he wrote on Instagram, along with a set of photos posted by his fiancée, who captioned them, “Marry, Marry Christmas!!” The couple’s children were present for the big moment: his sons, Jathan, Cavan and Landan, and her daughters, Emery, Avery and Finley. Congratulations to the happy family! Check out the proposal photos here.
Episode 5 Of The “Last Blast Reunion” Available Now On The DOOL App(12/27/19) Check out episode 5 of the “Last Blast Reunion”, streaming now on the DOOL App, and catch up with the first four episodes as the .com gang gathers in New York for a high school reunion and things go horribly wrong. For more, go to www.TheDoolApp.com.
Judi Evans Thanks Fans For Support After Tragic Loss(12/24/19) Judi Evans (Adrienne, DAYS) tweeted to thank fans for supporting her in the wake of the untimely death of her son, Austin Michael Luciano, on December 13 at the age of 23. “I just want to take a moment to thank everyone for the tremendous outpouring of love and support and prayers….,” she posted. “[Husband] Michael and I have been very touched and uplifted. Much love to all…..” Our deepest condolences to Evans and her family.
Cara Delevingne surprises Ashley Benson with birthday trip to Morocco(12/22/19) Ashley Benson‘s 30th year is off to an epic start.
On Saturday, the former “Pretty Little Liars” star revealed girlfriend Cara Delevingne had surprised her with a birthday trip to Morocco, sharing, “I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”
“Morocco has always been a place I’ve wanted to visit. I faced so many fears and took on new adventures with my best friend by my side,” Benson wrote on Instagram. “I love you @caradelevingne. Thank you for making my birthday the best yet.”
Benson, who celebrated her birthday on Dec. 18, posted a collection of images from the trip, which included a ride in a hot air balloon.
On Wednesday, Delevingne, 27, honored the birthday girl with a sweet tribute.
“Happy birthday @ashleybenson There is so much I could say but something I love and cherish most about us is that I don’t need to because YOU KNOW and that’s all that matters,” the model began. “It’s you and me which is my favourite. My safe place. You let me be silly, you let me be wild, you keep me free, secure and curious.”
Delevingne, who was first linked to Benson in 2018, also wrote, “I feel like I’ve known you my entire life and I am so proud of watching you grow into the woman that you always dreamt of being.”
In addition to Delevingne, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen also sent Benson birthday wishes via video.
Episode 4 Of The “Last Blast Reunion” Available Now On The DOOL App(12/20/19) What happened to Chloe?! Check out episode 4 of the “Last Blast Reunion”, streaming now on the DOOL App, and catch up with episodes 1, 2 and 3 as the .com gang gathers in New York for a high school reunion. For more, go to www.TheDoolApp.com.
New Soap Digital Series Set To Debut(12/19/19) STUDIO CITY, a new digital series created by daytime vet Sean Kanan (ex-Deacon, B&B et al), makes its debut on December 20 on Amazon Prime. The series features other daytime notables including Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH), Sarah Brown (ex-Carly, GH et al), Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, DAYS et al), Tristan Rogers (Robert, GH) and Scott Turner Schofield (ex-Nick, B&B). “STUDIO CITY a love letter to soaps,” says Kanan in a statement. The actor stars as Sam Stevens, a soap opera actor trying to navigate his own tumultuous personal life. “Each episode gives fans a double dose of storyline by weaving in clips from the fictional soap-within-the-show … Soap operas have been an integral part of my life and I wanted to create a project that reflected my deep affection for the enormous talent behind their continued success and longevity,” Kanan states.
Réal Andrews Undergoes Cancer Surgery(12/18/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Please join us in sending love and healing thoughts to daytime alum Réal Andrews, who is undergoing cancer surgery at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. "Ready for the big day," he declared confidently on Instagram. "It's go time." The actor is best known to soap fans for playing Marcus Taggert on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but he has also played Agent Trumbull on ALL MY CHILDREN, Walker Daniels on AS THE WORLD TURNS, and Hal Michaels on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Andrews is clearly keeping his spirits high as he entered the hospital wearing a Santa Claus sweatsuit and hat!
Andrews had turned his life around this year, entering alcoholics anonymous, being diagnosed and treated for bipolar disorder, and getting back in shape. The day before his surgery, the actor posted a selfie from the challenging Pico Stairs admitting it would be "our last workout for a while… 24 hours, 49 minutes 'til it is on. Let's go."
Just one week earlier, Andrews was at the doctor's for routine tests to get ready for the procedure and reported he was in "the best shape ever. Test results don't lie. I am ready for the fight."
We will continue to keep you updated on Andrews' condition as soon as he posts more updates about his recovery, so keep checking back.
Dishing with Digest - 12/13/19 - Wally Kurth(12/13/19) (Listen / download) Wally Kurth talks about airing as both DAYS’s Justin and GH’s Ned, the ALL MY CHILDREN role he didn’t get, his early years on daytime and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also look at the Best and Worst on soaps in 2019.
Episode 3 Of The “Last Blast Reunion” Available Now On The DOOL App(12/13/19) Check out episode 3 of the “Last Blast Reunion”, streaming now on the DOOL App, and catch up with episodes 1 and 2 as the .com gang gathers in New York for a high school reunion. For more, go to www.TheDoolApp.com.
Justin Hartley's Wife Chrishell Thinks Money Grab Triggered Divorce(12/11/19) (tmz.com) Justin Hartley's estranged wife thinks the almighty dollar destroyed her marriage.
Sources connected with Chrishell Stause tell TMZ, the "Selling Sunset" star is privately calling BS on the date of separation Justin listed in his divorce filing. TMZ broke the story ... Justin claims in his docs he and Chrishell separated July 8, 2019. By contrast, she says they were together right up until the day he filed ... November 22, 2019.
We know the 2 were seen out in public together multiple times between July and November, so the early separation date is puzzling. We're told Chrishell doesn't think it's all that puzzling ... that the tea leaves point to some sort of deal Justin may have and she believes he just doesn't want her to get a piece.
As we reported, both Justin and Chrishell acknowledge they were having problems, but she says they never called it quits until she learned from TMZ he filed to end the marriage.
And, as we reported, Chrishell's lawyer, Samantha Spector, is asking Justin to pay her client spousal support ... something he made clear he does not want to pay.
We're told Justin is making big bucks in the wake of his success on "This Is Us." Unclear how the spoils will be divided.
Soaps in Depth Podcast - 12/9/19 - Sweeps Hits & Misses(12/9/19) (Listen / download) Now that November Sweeps has come to an end, Charlie and Richard look at what worked and what didn’t on the four soaps. From The Bold & The Beautiful’s Thomas tumbling into a vat of acid to Days Of Our Lives doing a time-jump, they’ll hit all the highs and lows. Did General Hospital get our hearts beating or flatline? And what seemed to be the big trend on The Young & The Restless? All this plus a special shout-out to someone whom our hosts has long held in high regard.
Lisa de Cazotte Dies: Emmy-Winning Daytime Producer Was Age 58(12/9/19) Lisa de Cazotte, an Emmy Award-winning daytime television producer died Saturday, December 7, after a long illness, Deadline has learned. She was 58.
Born Lisa Smith in Westchester, New York in 1961, she graduated from Fordham University and began her television career as an intern on ABC’s One Life to Live. She quickly moved up the ranks to associate, then coordinating producer.
Later positions included working as a producer then supervising producer on NBC’s Santa Barbara and ABC’s All My Children before she was named supervising producer of Aaron Spelling’s Sunset Beach.
In 1999, de Cazotte partnered with writer James E. Reilly and was named EP of NBC Studio’s Passions. She served as EP for the run of the show until 2008; then went on to executive produce General Hospital: Night Shift, a primetime spinoff of GH that ran on cable, before returning to All My Children. In 2012, de Cazotte was named co-executive producer of Days of Our Lives where she won two Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding drama series. In 2017, she became supervising producer of The Young and the Restless, where she won her third Emmy. She was still producing the Sony/CBS show at the time of her death.
In 2002, de Cazotte married French filmmaker and Oscar winner Antoine de Cazotte. They divided their time between Los Angeles, New York and Paris.
Lisa de Cazotte is survived by her husband Antoine, her brothers Michael Patrick Smith, Robert Terence Smith, and Brian Charles Smith, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Alison Sweeney Announces DAYS Comeback As Sami(12/8/19) On today’s HOME & FAMILY, where she promoted her new Hallmark film, TIME FOR YOU TO COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, airing December 8, Alison Sweeney announced that she recently filmed episodes as DAYS’s Sami. “Sami is back, causing some trouble,” she reveals. “I had a great time being there.” It will be awhile before the actress appears on air, however. “My scenes are not going to air until next Summer, next August,” she added. But with the drama of the time jump, there’s a lot to keep fans tuned in, she teased. “You’e got some great stuff coming your way,” Sweeney promised.
Robert Walker Jr. Dies: ‘Star Trek’ Actor And Son Of Hollywood Stars Was 79(12/8/19) Robert Walker Jr., (ex-Dr. Collins, Days of Our Lives/ex-Dr. Pressman, Santa Barbara) best known for a classic early Star Trek episode and as the son of Hollywood stars Robert Walker and Jennifer Jones, died Thursday in Malibu, according to family members. He was 79.
The New York native portrayed the twitchy, callow title character in “Charlie X,” the second episode of Star Trek’s pioneering first season in 1966, and also handled the title role of the notable 1960s feature films Ensign Pulver and Young Billy Young.
For Ensign Pulver, the comedic 1964 naval drama, Walker inherited a role that had earned Jack Lemmon an Oscar for best supporting actor for Mister Roberts (1955). In the 1969 gunfighter tale Young Billy Young, Walker was the volatile outlaw who finds a mentor in Robert Mitchum in film that also featured Angie Dickinson and David Carradine. That same year Walker and his wife, Ellie Wood, appeared together in the milestone counter-culture epic Easy Rider.
Walker’s other big-screen credits include The Hook (1963), with Kirk Douglas; The Ceremony (1963), with Laurence Harvey; The War Wagon (1967), with John Wayne; Killers Three (1968), with Dick Clark; and Road to Salina (1970), with Rita Hayworth.
On television his career spanned 20 years and his many credits included roles on Route 66, Ben Casey, Combat!, Bonanza, The Time Tunnel, The Six Million Dollar Man, Quincy, M.E.,Charlie’s Angels, Columbo, CHiPs, L.A. Law, and Murder, She Wrote.
It was his role in Federation space, however, that earned Walker his most lasting screen legacy. Walker was 26 when he played the callow 17-year-old Charlie Evans, aka Charlie X, on the second episode of Gene Roddenberry’s sci-fi series for NBC. The petulant Charlie came aboard the USS Enterprise as a rescued castaway who survived 14 solitary years amid the wreckage of a downed transport ship. The memorable episode, penned by D.C. Fontana, takes a dark turn when the orphaned teen’s dangerous secret and formidable mental powers are revealed.
Walker was born in Queens in April of 1940, the year after his father (best remembered as Alfred Hitchcock’s off-kilter killer in the 1951 classic Strangers on a Train) and his mother (the Academy Award-winner from The Song of Bernadette in 1943) were married. The marriage ended in 1945. Four years later, the youngster got a powerful stepfather when Jones married David O. Selznick, the Hollywood titan who produced Gone with the Wind and Rebecca.
‘The Bay’s Kristos Andrews, Vivica A. Fox & Michael Copon Set For ‘yA’ Spinoff In The Works By Lany Entertainment(12/6/19) yA (working title), a spinoff of Amazon’s multiple Emmy-winning digital daytime drama series The Bay, which is in development from original series creator Gregori J. Martin, former General Hospital showrunner Wendy Riche and producer LANY Entertainment, is rounding out its cast.
Co-written by Martin and Riche, the coming of age young adult series will follow teens Frankie Sanders and Regan Sanders (played by twins, Bianca D’Ambrosio and Chiara D’Ambrosio) as they relocate to sunny California and a sometimes cruel new social environment of Bay City High. Crossing over from The Bay season 1 are series star Kristos Andrews as Pete Garrett, Vivica A. Fox (Empire, Independence Day) as Dr. Angela Foster, and Michael Copon (One Tree Hill, Power Rangers) as Officer Colton Kurosaki.
The series regular cast of the spinoff also will include Dante Aleksander, who plays Xander Castro, with newcomers Damoni Burkhardt, Logan Garretson, Brady Gentry, Tyler C. Lofton, and Bella Martinez. Several social media influencers will recur throughout the season, including Tessa Brooks as resident mean girl Evelyn, and Indiana Massara as troubled teen Lindsay.
Cast also includes Melrose Place alum Jamie Luner, Ian Buchanan (Twin Peaks), Galadriel Stineman (Until Dawn), Mark Famiglietti (Terminator 3), Eltony Williams (Tyler Perry’s If Loving You is Wrong), Jacob Young (Bold & the Beautiful), Fiona Hutchison (One Life to Live) and Alla Korot (Grimm), and as previously reported, Wanda De Jesus (Sons of Anarchy) and Devious Maids’ Gilles Marini.
Other season 1 recurring/guest stars include Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th) as the school security guard Pooch, Emmy winner Brad Maule (General Hospital) as Mr. Ford, Eileen Fogerty (Better Call Saul) as Principal Wu, as previously reported Mike C. Manning (Teen Wolf) as Mr. McKinnon, and Lane Davies (Santa Barbara) as Police Captain Johnson. Twins Chloe Frizzi and Sophia Frizzi (Young Judith, The Walking Dead) will appear in a flashback sequence as young Frankie and Regan. Additional cast members for this season to be announced.
Andrews also directs yA with creator and showrunner Martin. The Bay’s Wendy Riche, who co-wrote the 10-episode first season of yA with creator Martin, serves as executive producer along with Martin and Andrews. Riche also executive produced General Hospital and MTV’s Laguna Beach.
The series, which is currently being shopped, is in production with a release date scheduled for winter 2020.
WGA TV Nominations(12/6/19) Winners will be honored at the 2020 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City.
Days of Our Lives, Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Ron Carlivati, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Dave Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Betsy Snyder, Katie Schock; NBC Universal
General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten Associate Head Writers: Anna T. Cascio, Dan O’Connor Writers: Barbara Bloom, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles; ABC
The Young and the Restless, Writers: Amanda L. Beall, Jeff Beldner, Sara Bibel, Matt Clifford, Annie Compton, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Mellinda Hensley, Anne Schoettle, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS
Ring in the Holiday With Your Favorite Stars And The Salvation Army(12/5/19) If you’re in Los Angeles on Friday, December 6, get into the holiday spirit with a festive and fun family evening when The Original Farmers Market welcomes The Salvation Army to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Starting at 6:00 p.m., the evening will feature cheerful entertainment with some of daytime’s finest, including Obba Babatundé (Julius, B&B), Kyle Lowder (ex-Rex, DAYS et al) and Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa, DAYS). The complete series schedule is available at https://www.farmersmarketla.com/.
Justin Hartley Divorce Wife Chrishell's Moving Out(12/4/19) Chrishell Stause is making the next big move in her divorce from "This Is Us" star Justin Hartley ... by packing up her stuff and leaving their home.
The "Selling Sunset" star was seen talking to movers at her L.A. residence Wednesday, and it looks like she's staying positive through the rough situation. A moving truck was also parked in front of the house she's shared with her recently estranged husband.
We broke the story ... Chrishell filed her response to Justin's divorce petition, and strongly suggests she was totally blindsided by it. According to the docs, she lists their separation date as Nov. 22, 2019 -- the day Justin filed for divorce -- but he claims they separated on July 8, 2019.
As we've pointed out ... that's a bit odd, considering the couple was seen out together multiple times after that date, including a week before his divorce filing.
The separation date isn't the only thing the 2 don't agree on -- Chrishell wants Justin to pay spousal support and her attorney's fees ... but he wants the opposite.
Chrishell also took a thinly veiled shot at Justin on social media by sharing a quote about it being difficult to watch people change, and now ... she's changing her address.
'This Is Us' Star Justin Hartley Wife Responds in Divorce Strongly Hints She Was Blindsided!!!(12/4/19) (tmz.com) Chrishell Hartley and "This Is Us" star Justin Hartley see a huge 5-month difference in when their marriage fell apart and, according to her, his divorce filing was a total blindside.
Chrishell just filed her response to Justin's divorce petition and, according to the docs -- obtained by TMZ -- she's listing their date of separation as Nov. 22, 2019 ... literally the day Justin ran to court and filed his petition.
Meanwhile, he says they separated on July 8, 2019 ... which seemed crazy because we'd seen them out together multiple times since then, most recently in November -- just a week before his divorce filing.
Besides the separation date -- Chrishell and Justin don't see eye to eye on a couple of other issues. According to her docs, filed by celeb attorney Samantha Spector, Chrishell says she wants him to pay spousal support ... and he doesn't want to pay.
She also wants him to cover her attorney's fees, but -- you guessed it -- Justin wants her to cover her own legal expenses.
Chrishell seemed to indicate the breakup was bitter with a not-so cryptic post on Monday about watching people change.
Oh, and speaking of change ... Chrishell has one other request in her docs. She's going back to her maiden name ... Stause.
Talk Show Appearance(12/3/19) Daily Pop – E!
Thursday, December 5 - Alison Sweeney on her new Hallmark Christmas Movie, plus Puppies in-studio for Animal Planet's LIVE adoption event "Give A Dog A Home."
Justin Hartley’s soon-to-be ex-wife posts cryptic quote(12/2/19) Justin Hartley‘s estranged wife, Chrishell Stause, shared a cryptic message that seemingly took aim at their impending divorce.
“It’s hard to watch people change right in front of you. But it’s even harder remembering who they used to be,” read a quote by Nishan Panwar posted to her Instagram on Monday.
In November, Hartley, 42, filed to divorce Stause, 38, citing irreconcilable differences. He filed the documents without an attorney, according to TMZ.
The former couple met during their soap opera days, with Chrishell on “Days of Our Lives” and Hartley in “Passions” and “The Young and the Restless.”
The two dated for three years before Hartley popped the question in summer 2016, and they tied the knot the following October. They have no children together; Hartley has one daughter, Isabella, from a previous relationship.
Hartley currently stars on hit NBC series “This Is Us,” and Stause appears on Netflix’s “Selling Sunset.”
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 12/2/19 - Thanks For That(12/2/19) (Listen / download) The best thing about Thanksgiving, other than leftovers, is taking a moment to be grateful. So now that Turkey Day has come and gone, Richard and Charlie are moving into the appreciative phase. What are they grateful for, where the soaps are concerned, this year? For Charlie, it’s that two of his all-time favorite actresses are working together on the same show. For Richard, it’s a couple of relative newbies. And for both of them, it’s… well, let’s just say things get super cheesy toward the end. Get ready, because the post-Thanksgiving show is a cornucopia of treats!
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