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Win A Walk-On Role On DAYS(9/19/18) Mentor, a national nonprofit leading the youth mentoring movement, is giving fans the chance to bid on a behind-the-scenes tour of DAYS and a walk-on, nonspeaking role on the show in an online auction now through September 20 at 10:30 p.m. For more information and to place your bid, click here.
How 'This is Us' Star Justin Hartley Found Love With Wife Chrishell Stause Following His Divorce(9/17/18) (countryliving.com) When This Is Us heartthrob Justin Hartley married actress Chrishell Stause on October 28, 2017, the ceremony was held at Malibu's Calamigos Ranch on the fourth anniversary of their first date.
The two attended a concert together at the urging of a mutual friend. Chrishell, who has since changed her last name to Hartley, said it was love at first sight. "The next day I texted my friend: 'I found him,'" she told People.
Justin agreed. "I drove her home and called the next day. We haven't been apart since," he added. "I knew right away [and] was like, 'Oh boy, here we go.'"
Justin's This Is Us castmates, including Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, and Chrissy Metz, were on hand to help the couple celebrate their big day.
Justin, 41, stars on the critically acclaimed NBC series as the troubled Kevin Pearson, one of the Big Three at the heart of the show. This Is Us, which debuted in 2016, has become a cultural phenomenon, breaking ratings records and kicking Justin's career into high gear (and it returns for a third season in September).
Longtime fans know he started out on a soap opera, logging four years on Passions before taking the role of Oliver Queen, aka the Green Arrow, on the CW series Smallville. In later years, Justin returned to soaps on The Young and the Restless and appeared on ABC's Revenge and Mistresses. He's also graced the big screen, most recently in 2017's A Bad Moms Christmas.
Justin married fellow Passions alumni Lindsay Hartley (née Korman) in 2004, but the couple divorced in 2012. They share a daughter, Isabella Justice (Bella for short), born in 2004 and now age 14.
Chrishell, 37, is also an actress known for roles on soap operas All My Children and Days of Our Lives, and most recently played Bethany Bryant on The Young and the Restless. She's also appeared on the web series Youthful Daze.
Although they're only coming up on their first wedding anniversary, the two have settled into a comfortable, married life and enjoy spending time together at home when they aren't working. "We really are all about staying in recently, cooking together, watching movies, and that sort of thing," Justin told US Weekly.
He also knows the secret to starting his wife's day off right. "I'm an early riser, so when I hear her coming down the stairs in the morning, I turn on the coffee maker for her and get espresso going," he explained to the publication.
For her part, Chrishell helps her husband to stay on track with his fitness routine, he noted to People.
"She makes it easier. She's a big motivational factor for me because she's in such great shape," Justin said. "I try to keep up with her. To have somebody in your life that can motivate you is really, really good."
Building a life together is a top priority for the couple. As Justin told the publication after their wedding, "At the risk of sounding cheesy, I look forward to sharing life experiences and growing old together. Someday, we can talk about all the things we did together 30 years ago!"
Dishing with Digest - 9/14/18 - Kyle Lowder(9/14/18) (Listen / Download) Kyle Lowder chats with Soap Opera Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about his return to DAYS after a 13-year absence and how he'll be playing a different character. He also discusses his close relationship with ex-wife, Arianne Zucker (Nicole). Plus, we discuss the importance of keeping veteran stars front and center.
'Kyle Brandt Football Experience' as unique as its host(9/13/18) Kyle Brandt has a much different background than every other analyst/host who appears on NFL Network. So naturally his main goal in developing his new show is that it had to be different.
"I tell people it's really going to be different than every other show (NFL Network airs)," Brandt said. "The second you turn it on, you will see how different it is."
The Kyle Brandt Football Experience makes its debut Friday on NFL Network at 6 p.m. ET. The show is an extension of Brandt's duties as a Monday through Friday regular on Good Morning Football, which airs at 7 a.m. ET.
It hardly is a surprise that Brandt wants an unconventional show. Prior to arriving at NFL Network in 2016, his diverse resume included stints as being a reality TV star on The Real World: Chicago; a three-year role as a character on the soap opera Days of Our Lives; and a long run as producer of the nationally syndicated Jim Rome Radio Show.
"A lot of people have better resumes, but nobody has a weirder one," Brandt said.
Brandt also was a three-year starting running back at Princeton, but he knows his football experience pales in comparison to the NFL Network's analyst roster that includes several Hall of Famers. He says he was brought in to Good Morning Football to serve in the wildcard role on the panel.
"The reason why I am here is because I come at football from a different angle," Brandt said. "I bring a lot of energy and creativity."
That will be seen in the Kyle Brandt Football Experience. Instead of sitting behind a desk in a studio, Brandt will be positioned in an active control room with "50 monitors and 5,000 buttons," he says.
Brandt says the set-up is "a homage" to the classic George Michael Sports Machine, the Sunday night sports wrap-up show in which Michael pushed buttons to play highlights. Brandt's buttons on the show will enable him to access any play from any player in NFL history.
Brandt's aim is to tie the past with the present.
"A river of nostalgia runs through this show," Brandt said. "We will have the biggest play from Week 6, but also the biggest from when you were 6-years old."
For instance, Brandt says, if the Los Angeles Rams' Todd Gurley hurdles a defensive back in making a spectacular run, he will punch up a highlight of Tampa Bay's Warrick Dunn doing something similar in 1997.
"We'll put them side-by-side and ask 'Who did it better?'" Brandt said.
Brandt thinks the old clips will hit a nerve with NFL fans, showing how they relate to today's game.
"Nobody tunes out a retro highlight from a player they watched in high school," Brandt said. "It stops you dead in your tracks."
The show will feature a variety of guests both in and out of football. Brandt says his first question always will be who was your first favorite player? For Brandt, who grew up in Chicago, it was the Bears' William Perry. It is the reason why the first clip in the show's opening features "The Fridge" busting through to score a touchdown in Super Bowl XX.
Brandt says the 30-minute show will be fast-paced and always unpredictable. He feels the control-room look will be the TV equivalent of eating in a Benihana restaurant where the meal is made right in front of you.
"One of the executives said, 'The control room is Kyle's crazy brain, and you get to play in it for 30 minutes,'" Brandt said. "It's going to be really fun, really wild."
Twentieth Century Fox Cuts Predator Scene After Learning Actor Is a Sex Offender(9/11/18) Twentieth Century Fox has hastily deleted a scene from the upcoming sci-fi sequel The Predator after learning one of its featured actors is a registered sex offender, according to the Los Angeles Times. The actor, Steven Wilder Striegel, (a.k.a. Steve Wilder – ex-Jack, Days Of Our Lives) is a longtime friend of Predator director Shane Black’s. The director has acknowledged that he was aware of Striegel’s offender status.
Fox decided to delete the scene after Predator co-star Olivia Munn learned that Striegel pleaded guilty in 2010 after being accused of attempting “to lure a 14-year-old female into a sexual relationship via the Internet,” the Times reports. He was charged in Connecticut, where the girl lived, and served six months in jail after pleading guilty to risk of injury to a child and enticing a minor by computer. Munn alerted the studio to Striegel’s past on Aug. 15. It was then decided that the three-page scene, in which Striegel plays a jogger who hits on Munn’s character, would be left on the cutting-room floor. The Predator, set for a Sept. 14 release date, was a few days away from locking picture.
“Our studio was not aware of Mr. Striegel’s background when he was hired,” a Fox spokesperson said in a statement to the Times. “We were not aware of his background during the casting process due to legal limitations that impede studios from running background checks on actors.”
As the Times notes, there is no law in California that restricts the employment of a sex offender. Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, the chief operating officer and general counsel of the Screen Actors Guild, told the Times that “producers are responsible for maintaining a safe working environment under our collective bargaining agreements and the law, and that applies to any type of on-set danger or threat.”
Black and Striegel had already been friends for five years at the time of Striegel’s 2009 arrest, the Times reports. Black has cast Striegel in small parts in several of his films, including Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys, both made after Striegel pleaded guilty. Black even once said that he was going to produce one of Striegel’s projects, a heist film. Black defended his decision to tap Striegel for The Predator, telling the Times via written statement that he “personally chose to help a friend. I can understand others might disapprove, as his conviction was on a sensitive charge and not to be taken lightly.” Striegel, he said, was “caught up in a bad situation versus something lecherous.”
In an e-mail to the Times, Striegel defended both Black and the casting decision. “The character I played was named after a mutual friend of ours, and it seemed a good fit,” he wrote.“I’ve known Shane Black 14 years, well before this incident, and I think it’s worth noting that he was aware of the facts. Shane can speak for himself, but I’m quite certain that if he felt I was a danger in any way to have around, he would not have.”
Striegel also spoke about the arrest and charges, claiming the then-14-year-old was one of his distant relatives whom he saw at family gatherings and spoke to about “a multitude of problems she was facing, including being a truant, being pressured to do drugs and alcohol, and that she had started having sex, as well as many other things.” He then “made the the [sic] very bad judgement call of telling her in these emails that she was attractive, and sexy, and not a failure, etc.”
Per the Times, the March 2009 arrest warrant affidavit claims that physical contact between Striegel and “Jane Doe,” as she’s identified, included “kissing, touching Doe’s breast over her clothing, rubbing her legs, and stroking her neck.” It also quotes graphic e-mails in which Striegel tells Doe how much he wants to have sex with her and describes his sexual preferences. “EVERY thing you say turns me on!!” he once wrote to Doe. “I love that it rocked you when I pulled your hair that time.”
Striegel said that the allegations of physical contact are “groundless.”
“Nothing supported such a claim, and no charges in that regard were even filed,” he wrote to the Times. “The only thing I was ever charged with were words in an email.”
He called the situation “an enormously unfortunate chapter in my life, and one that I took, and continue to take, personal responsibility for. If I had even an inkling that my involvement with The Predator would be a point of difficulty for Shane Black, or cast any kind of shadow over a movie that I wish only great success for, I would, of course, never have been involved in any capacity.”
In a statement to the Times, Munn said it was “both surprising and unsettling that Shane Black, our director, did not share this information to the cast, crew, or Fox Studios prior to, during, or after production. However, I am relieved that when Fox finally did receive the information, the studio took appropriate action by deleting the scene featuring Wilder prior to release of the film.”
Lamon Archey On Maintaining His Sex Symbol Status and Becoming A Family Man(8/31/18) Hunky ‘Days Of Our Lives' Star Lamon Archey On Maintaining His Sex Symbol Status and Becoming A Family Man: Read here.
‘Days Of Our Lives’ Billy Flynn & ‘Banshee’ Star Tyson Sullivan Set ‘Willowbrook’ Feature(8/28/18) Banshee and Quarry star Tyson Sullivan and Days of Our Lives star Billy Flynn are collaborating on the dramatic feature Willowbrook which they’ll both star and co-write. The pic is scheduled to start filming in February in New York State with Matthew Huston making his feature directorial debut.
Willowbrook centers around a young mother who dies leaving behind a young daughter and a bereft husband. Soon after her death, a childhood friend returns to their hometown, only to create havoc within the family. Sullivan and Flynn are partnering with New York-based producer Rose Ganguzza (Blue Gold: American Jeans, Kill Your Darlings, Margin Call) under her Rose Pictures’ banner. Producing alongside Ganguzza’s Rose Pictures’ is Myra Morris and Jake Alden Falconer.
Ganguzza’s upcoming projects include Poms, starring Diane Keaton, Pam Grier and Jacki Weaver which recently wrapped production in Atlanta, Georgia; Fatima, staring Harvey Keitel & Sonia Braga which commences filming next month in Portugal and The Chaperone, starring Elizabeth McGovern, Campbell Scott & Haley Lu Richardson which is making its World Premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Sept. 23.
Sullivan is repped by Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, and Flynn is repped by Joseph Le Talent Agency and PMC International.
Dishing with Digest - 8/24/18 Alison Sweeney(8/24/18) (Listen / Download) Alison Sweeney chats with Soap Opera Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about her current DAYS visit, her new Hallmark series, her love of SURVIVOR and more. Plus, she puts her Sami wedding smarts to the test. We also discuss interrupted weddings and high-profile recasts.
What Happened to Jack Deveraux on DAYS OF OUR LIVES(8/23/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) It’s been a while since Jack Deveraux has appeared on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, so newer fans can be forgiven for wondering exactly who the guy is. He’s certainly been through the ringer, going from villain to hero and dying multiple times along the way! Jack was introduced in 1987 and played briefly by Joseph Adams and James Acheson before Matthew Ashford took over the role in October. The role was recast twice more over the years with Mark Valley and Steve Wilder stepping in for stints, but it’s Ashford who is most closely associated with the role and who has taken it back again this time.
Jack came to Salem looking for Kayla Brady, with whom he’d fallen in love a few years back. She was with Steve Johnson, but he pushed her towards Jack once he learned that not only was the guy suffering from Hodgkin’s disease but he was also his long-lost brother, Billy! However Jack’s adopted father, Harper Deveraux, began poisoning her and a worried Steve came to her rescue. Jack was upset that Kayla was carrying on an affair with Steve while she wouldn’t sleep with her own husband, so in a fit of rage, he raped her. Jack was overwhelmed with guilt, but redirected it at anger against Steve and Kayla. During a fight with Steve, Jack fell off a roof and required a kidney transplant, and Steve was the best match. Determined to hurt Steve, Jack tried to find his long-lost brother and was horrified to discover that he was Billy!
Struggling to turn his life around and be a better man, Jack purchased controlling interest in local newspaper The Spectator, which is where he met and fell for Jennifer Horton. Steve and Jack finally buried hatchet when the brothers teamed up to rescue Kayla, who had been kidnapped by Victor Kiriakis. Tired of waiting for Jack to return her feelings, Jennifer accepted Emilio’s proposal, but Jack abducted her on the day of the wedding in an attempt to convince her to dump him. But it wasn’t until the “Cruise of Deception” stranded them on a desert island that Jack and Jennifer finally consummated their relationship.
Jack managed to rescue Jennifer from Lawrence Alamain, but not before the villain raped her. This caused friction in their relationship, and he eventually dumped her and married Eve Donovan for her money so he could save his paper. But later, after Jennifer came clean about the rape, they reconciled and became man and wife. Their first child, Abigail, suffered from aplastic anemia due to toxic chemicals Jack’s company had dumped in the water. A guilt-ridden Jack left his family and checked himself into a mental health clinic where he had a fling with a woman who turned out to be Jennifer’s mother, Laura! Jennifer had married Peter Blake, but Jack’s suspicion he was up to no good was proven correct when the guy kidnapped Jennifer and Abigail. After rescuing his family, they all moved to Africa.
Desperate to get his fortune back, Jack got involved in all kinds of shady scams, which frustrated Jennifer so much she took Abigail and left him. Back in Salem, he went to extremes to win Jennifer back, and ultimately succeeded. They were remarried in 2003, but later that year Jack was one of the victims of the Salem Stalker, and a grieving Jennifer was happy to learn she was pregnant with Jack’s second child. Luckily, all the killer’s victims were really alive on an island, and when Jennifer found her way to Jack, she gave birth to a son they named Jack Jr (JJ). While escaping the island, Jack was again presumed dead in a storm but he was really being held prisoner in Europe. He managed to escape and Jack bonded with his baby boy.
Then, Jack discovered he was dying of a rare blood disease so he set Jennifer up to reunite with former flame Frankie Brady. He also staged his death in a car accident so his loved ones wouldn’t have to watch him suffer. But at the hospice where he was dying, Jack found one of the workers was Steve, who was suffering from amnesia. Jack brought Steve back to Salem where Jennifer was upset at being deceived. Complicating matters was the fact that Frankie discovered a drug trial that saved Jack’s life, meaning Jennifer was caught between the two men. Eventually Jennifer let Frankie down easy and reunited with Jack, taking JJ with them to live in Europe.
Jennifer returned to Salem alone fed up with Jack’s constant disappearances on “walkabouts” to find himself. He showed up later to try and explain that he was really investigating the drug trade in Afghanistan and lied to protect the family and had been held hostage. Abigail couldn’t believe her mother would forgive him again, but she was grateful when her father saved her life during a series of explosions that rocked the town. Jack died after being trapped in an elevator that crashed.
The last time Jack was seen was as a ghostly apparition that appeared to his family in 2017 to help them get through difficult periods in their lives. What will be the explanation for his latest return to Salem? You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out!
Lifetime Sets Movies With Bella Thorne, Shannen Doherty, Mira Sorvino, Molly Burnett & More(8/23/18) Lifetime has set its fall movie lineup with seven young adult-focused films that tackle topics such as mental health, suicide and teen domestic dating violence, with Shannen Doherty, Mira Sorvino, Bella Thorne, Austin P. Mckenzie, Angela Kinsey Jason Patric and Caitlin Stasey among the cast. The Girl in the Bathtub; Terror in the Woods; Conrad & Michelle: If Words Could Kill; No One Would Tell; Believe Me: The Lisa McVey Story and The Lover in the Attic, join previously announced The Bad Seed, directed by and starring Rob Lowe, which premieres September 9 at 8 PM.
No One Would Tell is a remake of the 1996 cautionary teen dating movie. It stars Shannen Doherty stars as a mother who must fight for justice for her daughter against her seemingly perfect boyfriend. Mira Sorvino also stars. It premieres September 16.
Inspired by a true story, Conrad and Michelle: If Words Could Kill reveals the tragic tale of Conrad Roy (Austin P. McKenzie) who was encouraged to commit suicide via text messages from his girlfriend, Michelle Carter (Bella Thorne). It premieres September 23.
From the executive producers of Girl in the Box and Girl in the Bunker, Believe Me, premiering September 30, is the true story of Lisa McVey (Katie Douglas), who was abducted and able to escape her captor, only to have police and family question the validity of her claims.
The Girl in the Bathtub, set for October 7, is inspired by the true story of Julia Law (Caitlin Stasey) who was found dead in the bathtub of her 58-year-old boyfriend, Chuck Perturo Jr (Jason Patric) in Philadelphia.
Executive produced by Christina Ricci, Terror in the Woods, which premieres October 14, is inspired by a true story. Starring Angela Kinsey, it follows the story of two twelve-year-old girls who attack their friend as a sacrifice to an internet legend, the Suzerain, leading to a larger question about mental health issues for young children.
Complete descriptions of all newly-announced movies follow below.
No One Would Tell — In an update of the 1996 made-for-television movie, No One Would Tell explores physical and emotional abuse in teen relationships. Laura Collins (Shannen Doherty), single mom to daughter Sarah (Matreya Scarrwener), has had a history of rocky relationships, so when Sarah begins dating the popular and charismatic Rob Tennison (Callan Potter), Laura is thrilled with what she sees. But when it becomes increasingly clear that Rob has a darker, possessive side, Laura lives in a state of denial about her daughter’s relationship until Sarah goes missing. Laura must find the will to fight for justice for Sarah when a case against Rob is brought to trial and presided over by a powerful judge (Mira Sorvino).
Danielle von Zerneck, Lisa Richardson and Martin Fisher serve as executive producers with Shawn Angelski and Paddy Bickerton serving as producers on the film. Gail Harvey directs from a script written by Caitlin D. Fryers.
Conrad & Michelle: If Words Could Kill — Based on real-life events, court testimonies and authentic texts, Conrad & Michelle: If Words Could Kill, follows the turbulent tragic teen romance of Michelle Carter (Bella Thorne) and Conrad Roy (Austin P. Mckenzie) that shocked the nation.
During a family vacation, Conrad, a loner with social anxiety, finds solace with Michelle, who has issues of her own. Both with suicidal tendencies, they turn to each other for support. Despite living in nearby cities, the two communicate mainly via text messages, sharing a toxic relationship of dependency. But when Conrad expresses his desire to end his life to escape his sadness this time, instead of trying to stop him as she had previously, Michelle encourages Conrad to take his life, even providing him suggestions on how to do it. Conrad tragically carries through with his plan, leading the nation to question the power of technology and if texting can be blamed for suicide. Ultimately, the judge hands down a guilty verdict, a first of its kind in which someone is convicted of manslaughter for using his or her words.
Conrad & Michelle: If Words Could Kill is produced by Peace Out Productions, with Judith Verno executive producing. Stephen Tolkin is the writer and director. The film is distributed by Sony Pictures Television.
Lifetime is also providing suicide prevention resources from National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Crisis Text Line.
Believe Me: The Lisa McVey Story — From the producers behind Girl in the Box and Girl in the Bunker, comes the disturbing true-story of Lisa McVey, who was abducted in 1984 but later released by her abuser, only to have people question her story.
ln early hours of November 3, 17-year-old Lisa McVey rode her bike home after working a double shift. Earlier that night, she’d written a note, contemplating her life after years of sexual abuse by a family member. But suddenly, she finds herself in a fight to stay alive when she is abducted. In order to survive, Lisa develops a relationship with her captor, using reverse psychology to orchestrate her eventual release. Once Lisa is safely home, she discovers police and even her own family refuse to believe her. It’s only when a veteran detective hears the details of her story that Lisa finally finds someone she can open up to. As they piece together her story, they realize that her abductor is the notorious serial killer that the Tampa PD is hotly pursuing. Since Lisa left a trail of clues, the police are on his trail, but will they find him before he strikes again?
Believe Me: The Lisa McVey Story stars Katie Douglas, David James Elliott and Rossif Sutherland and is executive produced by Charles Tremayne and Jeff Vanderwal for Cineflix (Believe Me) Inc. Jim Donovan directs from a script by Christina Welsh.
The Girl in the Bathtub — The dark, psychological drama The Girl in the Bathtub is inspired by the true story of Julia Law (Caitlin Stasey), a young paralegal struggling with issues of addiction, found dead in her boss’s bathtub in Philadelphia just shy of her 27th birthday. Her boss, a prominent Philadelphia lawyer (played by Jason Patric) whom she had recently begun dating, was interviewed by authorities as they investigated Julia’s death. But it is soon revealed her boss was just one of three lovers Julia had—raising questions about whether any of them may have had a motive to kill her. So the question remains – who killed Julia Law?
The Girl in the Bathtub is produced by Sony Pictures Television and The Sokolow Company with Diane Sokolow, Rachael Verno and Karen Moncrieff executive producing. Moncrieff is also the writer and director.
Terror in the Woods — Inspired by true events, Rachel (Ella West Jerrier) and Kaitlyn (SophieGrace McCarthy) are two quiet, shy 12-year-old best friends in small town Georgia. Like many 12 year-olds, they liked having sleepovers and spent much of their time on the internet often looking up scary stories. Their favorite internet spooky story is that of the Suzerain, a clawed monster who lures children to his palace in the forest. To their parents, it seemed like a harmless ghost story, but in reality, the girls believed the Suzerain was real and that he would hurt their families unless they did what he told them to, which was perform a blood sacrifice. Together, they settle on their friend Emily (Skylar Morgan Jones) as their target, stabbing her with a pair of scissors. Miraculously, Emily survives the brutal attack, and Rachel and Kaitlyn are picked up by the police. As the investigation begins, bigger questions about use of the internet and the state of the girls mental health come to the forefront. Had Kaitlyn’s parents Dani (Angela Kinsey, The Office) and Nathan (Drew Powell, Gotham), and Rachel’s mom Jackie (Carrie Hood, Devious Maids), been aware of the extent of the girls fascination with the Suzerain? Should the ultimate blame be placed on the dark side of the internet or the deeper issue of mental health? Or was there nothing that could stop the hold that Suzerain had over Rachel and Kaitlyn.
Terror in the Woods is produced by Thinkfactory Media in association with Swirl Films for Lifetime Television. Executive producers are Leslie Greif, Christina Ricci, and James Heerdegen. Produced by Eric Tomosunas. D.J. Viola directs from a script written by Amber Benson.
The Lover in the Attic: A True Story — Set in the 1930’s, Dolly (Molly Burnett, Days of Our Lives) lived a seemingly perfect life with her husband Fred (David Fierro, The Knick), until she met and seduced their repairman, Otto (Kevin Fonteyne, Sun Records). As Dolly and Otto’s affair intensifies, she secretly moves him into the attic so she could have him whenever she pleased. One night during a heated argument between Dolly and her husband, Otto bursts downstairs from the attic and kills Fred. Now the two star-crossed lovers must cover up the murder, but will they be able to keep their secret?
The Lover in the Attic: A True Story is produced by ThinkFactory Media. Leslie Greif, Alexander Kerr, and Joanne Rubino executive produce. Produced by Eric Tomosunas. Melora Walters serves as director and Richard Kletter and Michele Samit as writers.
The Sad History of Susan Banks on DAYS OF OUR LIVES(8/22/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) The return of Susan Banks to DAYS OF OUR LIVES may have some viewers slightly confused, wondering who this odd woman is and why she bears a striking resemblance to Kristen DiMera! Well, that’s because both characters are played by the same actress, athough this time it's Stacy Haiduk. Back in 1996, Eileen Davidson introduced Susan to viewers, along with some other roles she eventually played on DAYS! In addition, she also portrayed Susan’s siblings Sister Mary Moira Banks, Thomas Banks, and Penelope Kent! But right now it looks as though only Susan and Kristen have returned to Salem...
Susan Banks first arrived in Salem in 1996 when Stefano brought the pregnant woman to town to impersonate Kristen, who had recently lost her baby. The plan was for Susan to give her baby to Kristen after it was born to be raised by her and John. Unfortunately, when John married Kristen in the hospital while in labor, he actually tied the knot with Susan! Although Susan handed over the infant, when she learned it had a heart defect, she wanted it back. Kristen argued that she and John could provide John Jr. with the medical care he needed, but Susan also still believed John was her husband.
Stefano built a secret room in the mansion where they were going to keep Susan, but when Marlena realized they’d stolen Susan’s baby, she was locked up there herself! Wanting John for herself, a jealous Susan tricked Kristen and locked her up with Marlena so that she could impersonate her and take over her life! Susan planned an Elvis-themed wedding for her and John, but at the ceremony, her secret was exposed and Kristen and Marlena were rescued!
After things calmed down, Susan moved into Marlena’s penthouse with her son, who she had re-named Little Elvis. When her sister, Mary Moira, demanded to know who the father of the child was, Susan insisted it was Elvis. Unfortunately, she was later shocked to discover that it had really been Stefano in disguise!
Kristen continued to try and get the baby back, but everyone else sided with Susan, including Stefano. John arranged for Susan and Little Elvis to move to England, where she met Edmund P. Crumb and fell madly in love. Unfortunately, Kristen would not be stopped, and lured Susan back to Salem where she drugged her and sold her into white slavery, taking over Susan’s life to raise her son! Luckily, Susan managed to escape and exposed Kristen, reuniting her odd little family and tying the knot with Edmund.
In 2014, Susan returned to Salem to visit her now adult son, who was going by the name EJ. She was worried because she didn’t believe Sami was the right woman for him and she had also had a premonition that he was in terrible danger. She confessed that she’d allowed Stefano to raise EJ because she and Edmund couldn’t give him the same life. EJ insisted that everything was fine, but he was shot to death shortly thereafter!
Susan resurfaced in November of 2017 when Sami discovered that her son, Will Horton, was alive and living with Susan beliving he was her son, EJ! Will's loved ones were able to convince him of his true identity, though his memories remained MIA, and he returned to Salem, leaving Susan behind. What does the unpredictable woman have planned this time around? Stay tuned as this exciting storyline unfolds!
New Role For DAYS’s Camila Banus(8/21/18) Camila Banus (Gabi, DAYS) has landed the role of Nina Ferrera in season three of Fox’s television drama, STAR, reports deadline.com Opens a New Window. . Banus took to Instagram to confirm the news. “Well the news is out! So excited to a part of STAR ON FOX season 3!! Can’t wait for everyone to meet NINA FERRERA,” she wrote. Banus is set to star opposite William Levy, who will play her husband, Mateo. Season three of STAR premieres September 26 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
Alison Sweeney Previews DAYS Return(8/18/18) On August 23, Alison Sweeney will air again as DAYS’s Sami, who makes it back to Salem just in time for John and Marlena’s wedding. “There are so many people who are anticipating Sami to come back pregnant with Rafe’s child,” says the actress of the presumed repercussion of Sami’s one-night stand with Rafe before she left in December 2017. “I like that she doesn’t, just for the twist of it. It’s the expected and she isn’t. The whole idea that Ron [Carlivati, head writer] had of bringing her back at the wedding is just so great and classic Sami, so that was fun for me.” For more from the actress and for the full wedding scoop, check out the new issue of Digest, on sale now.
Kirsten Storms Is Cleaning Out Her Closet — and Selling Everything to You!(8/16/18) If you’re a big Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL), you’ve probably admired her sense of style. Well, now you can get the same looks as the daytime star… because she’s actually selling them to you! Storms took to Instagram to let her fans know that she’s now on Poshmark.com, a website where people from all over sell clothes and accessories. “Currently working on posting more items,” she shared in her Poshmark bio. “But please check out my shares! I’m a girl who likes a good deal (why I love Posh) — my shares are items I think are unique and most are under $50.”
Storms is cleaning out her closets, and fans can grab items worn by the fashionista herself. While a couple pairs of jeans and a pair of overalls have already been sold, she still has some stylish shoes available, including a pair of black snakeskin print spike heels from Ted Baker. And if those are a little out of your range at $120, perhaps $35 for a pair of Sanita black leather clogs is more your speed?
There are a couple of dresses from Free People and Ralph Lauren that were listed at the time this article was written, but Storms is continuing to add more items as she overhauls her closet. Of course, since these are clothes from her own closet, you’ll need to be the same size as the petit fashionista if you’re hoping to wear any of them. Thankfully, Storms lists all sizes and information on all the items she’s selling so you can make an informed purchase.
You can check out Storms’ Poshmark page to see what she’s got on offer, and keep checking back as she adds more and more items. Who knows what treasures you might find!
Model Cara Delevingne spotted kissing 'Pretty Little Liars' actress Ashley Benson at Heathrow Airport(8/16/18) Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson have reportedly sealed their romance with a kiss.
Just days after eyewitnesses spotted the couple celebrating the British model and actress’ 26th birthday party at Sofitel LA Riviera 31’s Salsa Nights in Los Angeles last week, Cara and the Pretty Little Liars star were snapped smooching at Heathrow Airport in London.
In photos obtained by the Daily Mail, a smiling Ashley can clearly be seen wearing a ‘C’ pendant on a chain around her neck as she and Cara look adoringly at each other.
The stars were first linked romantically back in April, when the Her Smell co-stars were spotted holding hands during a night out in New York.
Weeks later Benson shared a snap of herself with Cara on Instagram, and the lovebirds were reportedly making out at a taping of Saturday Night Live a week later.
Delevingne was last linked to Paris Jackson earlier this year, while Benson has reportedly been dating Ryan Good on and off since 2011.
Cara has also reportedly romanced singer/songwriter St. Vincent and actress Michelle Rodriguez.
Soap Alumni Unite For New Project(8/8/18) A sudsy new half-hour drama that wraps its three-day shoot today in Manhattan features a bevy of soap alumni: Morgan Fairchild (ex-Anjelica, DAYS, et al), Robert Newman (ex-Josh, GUIDING LIGHT), Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse, ALL MY CHILDREN), Kristen Alderson (ex-Starr, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Ilene Kristen (ex-Roxy, OLTL, et al), Scott Evans (ex-Fish, OLTL), Diana DeGarmo (ex-Angelina, Y&R) and David A. Gregory (ex-Ford, OLTL) star alongside entertainment blogger Perez Hilton in the ensemble drama MÉLANGE, which Variety reports “will center on the fight over the ownership of an historic New York City gay bar, Mélange, after its proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.” Newman plays the late bar owner, Syd, and Fairchild plays his widow, Vivian.
Killer Twin - August 4, 2018 - 8pm - Lifetime(8/4/18) Killer Twin
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A schoolteacher (Passions‘ Lindsay Hartley) has her life turned upside down when her long-lost twin sister returns, vowing to ruin her perfect life. Which surely was a Passions storyline. Or two.
Chrishell Hartley Returns to DAYS OF OUR LIVES(8/1/18) Look out, Salem, Chrishell Hartley is returning to DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Jordan Ridgeway! “Like sands through the hourglass,” the actress tweeted after the news broke. Of course, because the NBC sudser tapes so far ahead, she won’t actually be appearing on screen until early 2019.
Don’t be confused by the name chance. This is the same Chrishelle who went by her maiden name of Stause when she appeared as Amanda on ALL MY CHILDREN and Bethany on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. She married daytime alum and THIS IS US star Justin Hartley (ex-Adam, Y&R) in October of 2017.
Jordan first appeared on DAYS in August of 2013 as a physical therapist hired by Kate to treat Rafe. She and the cop started a romance, but Kate was suspicious of her and dug into her shady past. Jordan was stunned when her brother, Ben Weston, arrived in Salem, but things got worse when Kate brought their father, Clyde Weston, to town. She was horrified to see him again and wanted to keep him away from her brother, but Clyde threatened to tell Ben that Jordan was responsible for the accident that killed their mother, so she backed off.
After a brief fling with Chad, Jordan accepted a job offer in England in 2015, and hasn’t been seen since. What brings her back to Salem? Jordan wasn’t around for Ben’s reign of terror as the Necktie Killer, so she and her brother would certainly have a lot to catch up on!
Daytime Emmys: NATAS To Launch Inquiry Following Daytime Dramas’ Call For Changes & Boycott Threat(7/31/18) The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has responded to the threat by all four daytime dramas to boycott the Daytime Emmy Awards unless changes are made in a joint letter they sent to the organization’s leadership yesterday.
“Today I received correspondence raising concerns about some elements of the 2018 Daytime Emmy Awards and concerns over its administration,” Terry O’Reilly Chairman, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, said in a statement. “We have great confidence in the integrity of our Emmy awards system, and believe it effectively honors the best work being done in Daytime Television today. That having been said, we always take concerns about our systems seriously…and out of an abundance of caution I have instructed that outside counsel be retained to evaluate these concerns and conduct an independent look at them.”
O’Reilly’s statement was in response to Deadline’s report Monday that all four daytime dramas, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days Of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless, vowed not to participate in the Daytime Emmy Awards unless changes are made to the voting and accounting practices and the way the competition is held.
In a show of unity, the four dramas made their concerns known in the letter, addressed to O’Reilly and NATAS’ interim president and CEO Adam Sharp. It was in response to the recent gaffe in which Patrika Darbo’s 2018 Daytime Emmy for her guest-starring role on Amazon’s soap opera The Bay was rescinded after NATAS found submission errors in her category and others. Last month, Darbos called out the group for its actions and called for an outside audit “to restore integrity and confidence in the awards.”
Here are a few of the concerns reps for the four shows listed in the letter:
• Voting should be limited to members of NATAS or the Television Academy.
• All members should be eligible to vote for outstanding show. The current process in which NATAS selects who votes is unacceptable.
• NATAS must stop instructing the accounting firm to disqualify certain ballots because of NATAS perception of block voting or other issues that NATAS arbitrarily deems a reason to disqualify.
• NATAS must have an arm’s length relationship with the accountants.
• Despite (NATAS senior management’s) assurance, it was clear during the April 2018 ceremony that the winners were known by many in advance. This is unacceptable.
• NATAS must hire a team, separate from the competition executive(s), to produce and executive produce the actual awards show.
Arianne Zucker Previews DAYS Visit(7/31/18) As first reported by Digest, Arianne Zucker is heading back to DAYS for a short-term reprisal of Nicole. “My return to DAYS playing Nicole, while only a short visit, really packs a punch,” Zucker teases. “It seems to be Nicole’s divine way of how she lives her life and it always involves some kind of trouble. It was great to visit the set again and create an exciting short arc for dedicated fans.” The actress reports that she is also seeking other acting opportunities. “I’m always grateful playing the character of Nicole, but I’m excited to see what new roles await,” she winks. “Stay tuned!”
Daytime Emmys Revolt: All 4 Daytime Dramas Threaten To Boycott Awards Unless Major Changes Are Made(7/30/18) The Daytime Emmy Awards are in danger of losing one of their biggest attractions, the daytime dramas, whose acting nominees bring star power to the ceremony. In an unprecedented show of unity, I have learned that all four daytime soaps, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless, have come together to demand changes in the voting and accounting practices for the awards.
The joint letter, sent today to National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences interim president and CEO Adam Sharp, is in response to the recent gaffe, in which Patrika Darbo’s Daytime Emmy for her guest-starring role on Amazon’s soap opera The Bay was rescinded after NATAS found submission errors in her and other categories. At the time, Darbos called out the group for its actions and called for an outside audit “to restore integrity and confidence in” the awards.
“We are disheartened by the recent events involving NATAS and the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards competition and the decisions made by NATAS regarding the Digital categories of Supporting Actor and Guest Star.reps for all four soaps,” reps for the four series wrote in in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by Deadline. “We feel the time is appropriate to bring to your attention our serious concerns about the Daytime Emmy Awards competition.” The four shows went on to say they “are united in their decision not to participate in the Daytime Emmy Awards moving forward until these important issues are resolved.”
Such a boycott would be a huge hit to the Daytime Emmy Awards, which has lost a lot of its luster of one-time premiere TV event.
The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless said that they “want a competition free of bias, perceived collusion, and personal agendas.” They went on to list their concerns:
2. Accountancy Firm:
3. Winners Known in Advance:
4. Competition vs. Awards Show:
The letter was signed by Greg Meng, Co-Executive Producer, Days of Our Lives; John Fisher, Supervising Producer, The Young and the Restless; Steven Kent, SEVP Programming, Sony Pictures Television; which produces Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless; Frank Valentini, Executive Producer, General Hospital; Eva Basler, VP Communications, Bell-Phillip TV Prods., The Bold and the Beautiful. Kent and Basler also are Governors of the TV Academy.
NATAS had said after the Daytime Emmys were handed out in April that it discovered “some entrants’ submissions in two categories may have been in violation of the published guidelines for the competition,” which state that prior-season appearances are disqualifying.
But in her open letter last month, Darbo said that NATAS knew about the submission errors “two days prior to the ceremony and made a conscious decision not to deal with it until after the ceremony was over.” She said the organization’s “arbitrary and after-the-fact ruling feels inequitable and wrong.”
Darbo, The Days of Our Lives and Bold and the Beautiful veteran, a co-governor of the Performers Peer Group at the TV Academy, which oversees the Primetime Emmys, called for an outside audit of this year’s Daytime Emmys’ submission and voting process.
“The inequity in this year’s Daytime Emmys based on ageism, gender inequality, and perceived favoritism is, in my opinion, a big blow to the Emmy brand,” she wrote. “The TV Academy, who administers the Primetime Emmy Awards, is very clear that Emmys are awarded to those who achieve excellence in television. I’m beginning to wonder what NATAS feels the Emmys stand for.”
Deadline has reached out to NATAS for comment.
DAYS's Farah Fath: It's A Boy!(7/29/18) On Instagram, a pregnant Farah Fath (Mimi, DAYS) filmed the gender reveal of her and hubby Phil Galfond’s future bundle of joy. Niece Lola popped a balloon that revealed blue and white coneti for the boy they will welcome later this year. Check it out here.
Congratulations to the couple!
Dishing with Digest - Episode 18(7/27/18) (Listen / Download) DAYS OF OUR LIVES’s Greg Vaughan (Eric) chats with Soap Opera Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about his Supporting Actor Emmy win, new romance with Angie Harmon, GH memories and so much more! Plus, we discuss the pros and cons of killing off characters and scripting dramatic exits.
Linsey Godfrey Joins DAYS!(7/26/18) Birthday girl Linsey Godfrey (ex-Caroline, B&B) has a lot to celebrate today (July 25): The actress has been cast as Sarah Horton on DAYS. Godfrey first reported to set in May, so look for her to make her Salem debut in the fall. Sarah, who is Maggie’s daughter, was last seen in 1991. “She’s sweet, adorable and perfect,” co-star Greg Vaughan (Eric) tells Digest exclusively. For more, see the new issue of Digest, on sale Friday.
DAYS Fave Gets Engaged(7/23/18) Freddie Smith (Sonny, DAYS) popped the question to longtime girlfriend Alyssa Tabit, who said yes. In June, Smith tweeted that an engagement was imminent. In this week’s issue of Soap Opera Digest, he reveals, “We’ll be planning our wedding for summer or fall of 2019. We went ring shopping together, she picked out what she wanted, but she’d not going to know anything else. We decided to pick it out together, and then it’s my responsibility to surprise her and make it romantic. I’ve been planning that secretly and I’m gonna make it happen by the end of summer. We’re taking the next step!” Congratulations to the happy duo! Check out a photo of the ring here!
Talk Show Appearance(7/21/18) LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, syndicated
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Stephen Nichols Says Goodbye to DAYS OF OUR LIVES(7/20/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Over the years, Stephen Nichols has had other roles in daytime television, but he is arguably most famous for playing Steve “Patch” Johnson on DAYS OF OUR LIVES since 1985. He has come and gone from the soap over the years, but after returning in 2015, he’s on his way out again and his fans are crushed. During a Twitter Q&A with DAYS viewers, the actor revealed that he should continue to air “through September-something.”
Nichols has been given some wonderful material of late as Steve lost his vision and became blind. “What a gift to have something like that to work on,” he said of his reaction to the storyline. However, he added that he did wish more time was spent showing his alter ego adjusting to the loss of his sight. “I was disappointed when that struggle was not given more attention,” Nichols confided. “Why open that can of worms if you aren’t going to fish?”
Although he’s sad to see this run come to an end, Nichols insists he is grateful to DAYS for creating this character, and how popular the supercouple of Patch and Kayla became. “Never expected any of it,” he admitted. “I feel fortunate to have found DAYS and Patch.” In fact, he even confessed to dreaming in character! “Yes, I have dreamed as Patch,” Nichols confirmed. “And when I awaken, I am so grateful to have two eyes!”
He also remarked on how daytime television has changed since the glory days of the ‘80s when he first appeared on DAYS. “I do believe budget restrictions affect every aspect of how the shows are produced now,” Nichols mused. “I am not sure what the numbers are, but some shows look like they take a lot of care in what they create and others are struggling with too little money or too little care.”
With just a couple months left in his latest DAYS run, Steve is undergoing surgery to restore his sight with a bionic eye, so you’ll have to stay tuned to see how his story comes to a close and ushers him off the canvas.
Jordi Vilasuso Joins Y&R(7/20/18) Daytime Emmy winner Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Dario, DAYS; ex-Griffin, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Tony, GUIDING LIGHT) has been cast on Y&R in a new role. The actor will play a mysterious stranger named Rey who quickly finds himself immersed in the drama of Genoa City. Vilasuso will make his Y&R debut on Friday, August 17.
Daytime Actress Farah Fath Galfond Opens up About Her Difficult Pregnancy(7/19/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Pregnant actress Farah Fath Galfond (Gigi, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Mimi, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) shared a beautiful photo of her growing baby bump, but a couple days later confessed that her pregnancy has not been an easy one so far. After announcing that she and husband Phil Galfond are expecting a new addition to their family this Christmastime, the actress showed off her beautiful bump in an Instagram selfie.
However, Fath’s subsequent post thanked fans for their compliments on her photo and revealed the truth that the first few months of her pregnancy has been pretty rough. “Got a lot of compliments on my bump picture (thank you) that I felt the need to share some realness,” she wrote. “Even though I’m feeling better now at 16 weeks, pregnancy actually makes me feel quite horrible and I am not a fan of it. I am not glowing. My skin is a wreck. I’m suffering from migraines for the first time in my life and with this 110-degree heat, I often get lightheaded and feel faint. The nausea has subsided, so that I am grateful for. Here is a little taste of my first trimester.
“First pic is from April 27th in a DAYS dressing room,” she said of the series of photos she shared. “ I know I’m pregnant but morning sickness has not fully struck yet and I am still skinny. Next is another dressing room shot taking on May 10th. Feeling gray in the face this day and requested a looser fitting sweater because the bloat had set in. Pic #3 was my dinner for many nights. Protein was not welcome. By the time I wrapped and came home my nails had grown out a lot and I couldn’t leave my couch so I ordered my own drill and acetone off Amazon and attempted to just remove the full set myself. I did the best I could with only a few cuts along the way. And yes, I lived in motion sickness wrist bands for a month. Lastly — and it’s something I’m still battling with — hormonal acne. My face is a hot mess. Makeup takes a little longer these days as I’m essentially spackling as opposed to applying.”
Hopefully the remainder of Fath’s pregnancy is a lot smoother, and we’re sure once she and her hubby are happily holding their little boy or girl in their arms at the end of the year, all of this will be well worth the effort! We look forward to seeing pics of the baby as soon as he or she joins us!
Dishing with Digest - Episode 16(7/14/18) (Listen / Download) DAYS OF OUR LIVES's Robert Scott Wilson (Ben) and Victoria Konefal (Ciara) dish their characters' controversial pairing with Soap Opera Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we discuss whether soaps should turn evil characters into romantic leads.
Kirsten Storms Said the Sweetest Things About Her Boyfriend(7/11/18) Daytime star Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has found love again with boyfriend Elias Paul Reidy, and she couldn’t be happier. In fact, she even gushed about her beau on Instagram! “I’m a big girl and can take care of myself,” she declared, “but this guy has my back like no other. He has since we met 12 years ago. Our first relationship lasted four years. Eight years later, the universe decided it was time to put us back together. I don’t think I’ll ever lose this feeling of gratefulness for him. I dig it.”
Of course, every couple has its problems, and Storms jokingly referred to one of them by adding the hashtag “#nowijustneedhimtoputthetoiletseatdown” to her post! Hey, if that’s your biggest complaint, you’re doing just fine!
After splitting up with musician Reidy eight years ago, GH fans know that Storms later married her co-star, Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny), and they had a daughter, Harper, who they continue to co-parent beautifully. And Barash himself has also introduced his new girlfriend, Morgan Mitchell, so everyone is perfectly happy now.
Marci Miller Talks DAYS Exit(7/10/18) In the new issue of Digest, Marci Miller opens up about her reasons for leaving the role of DAYS’s Abigail. The actress, who joined the cast in 2016, says, “You know, I started thinking about it about nine months ago, when I was in the midst of the [Abigail/Laura/Gabby] storyline, honestly. It is a lot of work and it’s a big challenge. I was excited about the idea of getting to try some other things. I mean, this is a beautiful job and it’s opened up a lot of opportunities for growth and learning. I got excited to be able to kind of try out all of these things that I learned in other parts of the industry.” For the scoop about her last day, her discussion with Kate Mansi (Abigail) and more, pick up the new issue, on sale now.
Kate Mansi On DAYS Return(7/10/18) In the new issue of Digest, on sale now, Kate Mansi discusses her return to the show as Abigail. The actress, who played the role from 2011-2016, and won an Emmy in 2017 for the role, says, “I’m thrilled to be back at DAYS OF OUR LIVES…. I can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve been doing. I can’t read the scripts fast enough.” For the full story — including her meeting with Marci Miller (Abigail) — pick up the new issue, on sale now.
DAYS's Greg Vaughan Reveals Romance With Angie Harmon(7/8/18) Greg Vaughan (Eric, DAYS) and Angie Harmon quietly revealed in separate posts on Instagram that they’re a duo. In what Harmon hashtagged a #moderndaybradybunch, the couple posed with his sons Jathan, Landan and Cavan, and her daughters Emery, Avery and Finley. “Love ONE Love for ALL,” is how Vaughan captioned his, adding #vaughanharmonbunch. Harmon, best known for her leading role in RIZZOLI & ISLES, as well as her run on LAW & ORDER, accompanied Vaughan to the Daytime Emmys in April, where he picked up his first-ever trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actor, and recently visited him at the DAYS set. Check out the adorable pic here.
Women of the WSOP: Farah Galfond, Soap Opera Star to High-Stakes Poker(7/5/18) (pokernews.com) They’re so much more than just a poker power couple, him a self-proclaimed “professional poker player/recreational businessman” with his own coaching site, her an “actor turned poker player turned back into actor apparently but still a poker player," according to their Twitter profiles.
While anyone remotely involved in the poker world knows the PLO King Phil Galfond, who started the Run It Once poker training site and just shipped his third WSOP bracelet in $10K PLO, the poker world is only just becoming more familiar with the other half of the hitched duo — Farah Galfond.
Formerly Farah Fath, the daytime soap opera star discovered poker while playing in cast & crew home games in New York City while she was shooting One Life to Live in 2007. She was instantly hooked on the game, and would get much more involved in it several years later after also getting hooked on one of the game’s most-respected players.
Fath owes much of her acting success to her mother, who took a chance and flew her out to L.A. from their Kentucky home when she was 14 years old to see if her daughter could fulfill her dream of being on screen.
Farah found a break with an agent that saw something in her and decided to take a chance, and her first audition was perfect. It was for Days of Our Lives, which happened to be her favorite show, and she knew the characters by heart. She nailed it and got the part as Mimi, staying on the show for 7.5 years until she left.
She also played Gigi on One Life to Live, and couldn’t say which she loved more.
“You can get very attached to a character when you play them for so long,” said Galfond. “I truly had alter egos and lived two lives. I cared deeply for them!”
From Acting to Poker
Many of the same challenges that drew Galfond to acting also make poker a nice fit for her, and she would eventually live somewhat of an alter ego in real life as an actor turned high-stakes poker player.
“I believe acting, like any art, is therapeutic,” Galfond says. “I loved the challenge of constantly trying to get better and go deeper, and break through walls, and those are reasons I love playing poker too.”
After meeting Phil as a fan of his through Twitter, the two fell quickly and as they say, the rest is history. Farah Fath became Farah Galfond in May, 2015 and she eventually transitioned into playing poker full-time.
She started out grinding $2/5 and was winning in the games by 2015. She continued at those stakes for around two years before she felt comfortable enough to climb up to $5/10, which was probably the most difficult jump for her. Before the former soap star knew it, she was playing the biggest stakes around, taking an interesting trajectory to get there.
“I played $5/10 for under a year and was doing well before [Phil] asked if I would be okay with trying out 300/600 last summer,” Galfond recounted. “Honestly, it was equally scary moving up to $5/10 as it was $300/600. [laughs] The $5/10 regs look so intimidating!”
Her rapid climb up the poker ranks has landed her in games as big as $500/$1,000 and being featured in Poker Central’s Super High Roller Club episodes and Poker After Dark. She even headlined a week of televised Poker After Dark games on PokerGO aptly titled “Games of Our Lives,” where Galfond tangled with the likes of Bill Perkins, Jean-Robert Bellande, Bill Klein and Matt Berkey – and held her own.
When asked what she loves most about the game, Galfond responded: “I suppose overall, it's the infinite amount of interesting situations that you find yourself in, session after session, and the challenge of learning from these situations to improve your game over time.”
How has being married to Phil Galfond helped her game? Farah explained, “I would be nowhere without him.
“We don't ever have sit down coaching sessions but over time, he has imbedded important fundamentals into my game and given me a number of 'hot tips' as I would like to call them. I'm a trial-and-error based learner so I really just need to dive in and play and then chat with him later about what I could have done better.”
To Play or Not to Play the WSOP Main Event?
Farah Galfond loves poker so much, that she even came to try her hand on Day 1b of the WSOP Main Event, though she struggled with the idea now that the couple is expecting.
@Farah_Galfond : My love wants so badly to play the Main Event but my pregnant body is making me very nervous about the prospect. I get so tired & need tons of rest. I think playing could actually be a terrible idea. Agh. So torn! ??
Galfond decided to brave the grind, hoping for that #babyrungood Phil tweeted about. And she seems to be enjoying it so far.
@PhilGalfond : Look who decided to play the #WSOP Main Event with me! #babyrungood https://instagram.com/p/BkyDTVxlbol/
@Farah_Galfond : Loving the guy that always 3-bets me when I have it. Loving the guy who has no actual idea what is going on. Loving the guy who is praying I give birth on Dec 1st bc “that is Peter Pan’s birthday. Not many people know that.” Loving tbl 51 at the #WSOP main event!
And while the actress turned high-stakes poker grinder may have gone back to acting recently, it looks as if poker will always be in the bones of the Galfonds, and most likely also in the blood of their offspring.
Hallmark movie shoot comes to downtown Chilliwack(7/4/18) Parts of Five Corners downtown Chilliwack was transformed the fictional small town of Harrington as film crews shot a movie last week and this week.
The production is part of the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries series of films, this one called The Chronicle Mysteries.
The lead is Alison Sweeney who is most known for her role on soap opera Days of Our Lives.
“‘The Chronicle Mysteries’ stars Alison Sweeney as Roberta ‘Robbie’ McPherson a novelist and podcaster who’s researching the cold case of Gina DeSavio,” according to a March 21 press release from the production company, Crown Media Family Networks. “Robbie loves the chase, loves solving any puzzle or mystery. She is particularly interested in Gina’s disappearance because Robbie and Gina knew each other as children growing up in a small town. Robbie is also Miles Lawrence’s niece, the owner of the local paper the Harrington Chronicle, and she’s about to inherit the paper.”
“Each of our new franchises have great hooks and engaging amateur sleuths to draw in viewers who love to solve a great mystery as the story unfolds,” said Michelle Vicary, Crown Media’s executive vice-president for programming and network publicity.
This is the second time Hallmark has filmed in downtown Chilliwack in recent months.
In November, a crew was downtown for a Christmas production.
Downtown Chilliwack BIA executive director Kyle Williams said the crews were mostly filming indoors with some outside scenery shots.
Some parking (mostly private) lots are being used, but the impact on traffic was expected to be minimal.
On Tuesday, parts of the sidewalks on Young Road and Yale Road beside the building on the south corner of Five Corners were blocked off.
The unoccupied building had a sign put up that said “Harrington Sheriff’s Office.”
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