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John Stamos rips his pants mid-concert(3/22/19) John Stamos might be gaining some new father weight.
The “Full House” actor, 55, is currently on tour with the Beach Boys, but his Dallas show got off to a rough start when Stamos ripped his pants.
“First time Tom Ford has ever let me down. Ripped pants five minutes in to @TheBeachBoys show in Dallas,” he tweeted. “I think that Jonas kid is behind this! (or my butt is getting bigger –) #Rippers #Beachbums.”
Stamos also included photos of himself onstage with the rip and a clearer view of the trousers, which are one part of a three-piece suit worth $5,080.
Nick Jonas and Stamos have been embroiled in a fake feud for months, wearing each other’s faces printed on T-shirts, hoodies and even a duvet cover. Stamos even recently revealed a fake tattoo of the 26-year-old musician on his arm.
Though their repartee has been friendly throughout, Jonas was born in Dallas — so perhaps a bit of his spirit persisted in Stamos’ dressing room.
Dishing with Digest - 3/22/19 - Donnell Turner(3/22/19) Donnell Turner On His Road To GH (Listen / download)
Donnell Turner (Curtis) traces his path from background actor to GH heartthrob with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we remember late DAYS star Jed Allan and discuss Brandon Barash’s debut as DAYS’s Stefan.
Alla Korot on MacGyver 4/12/19(3/22/19) “Friends + Enemies + Border” – MacGyver and Desi help a group of Syrian refugees who are being pursued by human traffickers. Also, in Los Angeles, Bozer is trapped in Oversight’s car which is rigged to explode, on MACGYVER, Friday, April 12 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST: Alla Korot (Dr. Arza Terzic), Andre Reed (Prosecutor), Faruk Amireh (Adnan).
Matt Cohen Leaving GH(3/22/19) After three years as GH’s Griffin, Matt Cohen has opted to leave the show, he tells tvinsider.com. The actor will last air on March 22. To find out why, go to https://www.tvinsider.com/761599/matt-cohen-leaving-general-hospital-griffin-munro/.
General Hospital Q&A: Rebecca Herbst & Roger Howarth(3/22/19) General Hospital Q&A: Rebecca Herbst & Roger Howarth: Video.
Ingo Rademacher Is Back at GENERAL HOSPITAL(3/21/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) On Feb. 14, longtime GENERAL HOSPITAL fans got a Valentine's Day treat with an extra bonus added to the end when the soap shared a clip from the April 24, 2017, episode that ended with Ingo Rademacher revealing he is returning to GH! In the scene, having just split with Sonny, Carly asked Jax to give her time to process everything before jumping back into a relationship with him. Since she wouldn’t leave with him, Jax kissed her goodbye and walked out the door. But then the camera cut to a man watching the scene on TV. “Oh, come on,” he exclaimed as he paused the clip. “That can’t be the end.”
Then the camera swung around to show that it’s actually Rademacher himself watching the last scene he shot for the soap. “‘Cause it’s not,” he continued with a sly smile. “I’m coming back to GH. And Jax’s legacy is going to continue in a big way. See you soon!”
On March 20, the actor shared a photo of himself outside of the GH studio where he shared a little more information about his big comeback. “Won’t be long now,” he teased. “Just had my fitting. All new look for Jax. Start shooting next week. No air date yet. Stay tuned. Can’t wait!” Given the show’s shooting schedule, if he’s beginning to shoot at the end of March, then look for Jax to return somewhere around the end of April or beginning of May. Just in time for sweeps!
The last time Jax was seen in Port Charles was in April of 2017 when he came to visit Josslyn and break the news that Lady Jane had died. (Actress Barbara Tarbuck had passed away four months earlier.) And when Carly told him about Nelle Benson’s scheme to ruin her life, Jax confessed that he’d paid Frank Benson to buy Nelle’s kidney for Josslyn. Furious that Carly had slept with Jax, Sonny tried to have him deported but Jax left of his own volition.
By November of 2017, Rademacher had joined the cast of CBS sudser THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL as a recast Thorne Forrester, although they reached a mutual agreement to part ways in December of 2019.
What could bring Jax back to Port Charles, and how will his legacy continue "in a big way?" Carly is back with Sonny and they are expecting another child together. How will the Aussie’s return impact their lives? The soap still hasn't announced Rademacher's first air date back, so stay tuned for more information as it is released.
Jen Lilley Pregnant with Baby Girl After Fostering to Adopt Two Sons - Why She's 'Relieved'(3/21/19) (people.com) Even though Jen Lilleythis link opens in a new tab doesn’t “wish three under 3 on anyone,” she and her husband couldn’t be more excited to welcome a baby girl into their unique family.
“I’m so relieved,” the Hallmark Channel star, 34, tells PEOPLE, revealing her pregnancy news exclusively. “I absolutely love being a mom of boys, but there’s a couple of reasons we wanted a girl — one [being], we don’t have one.”
She adds, “More importantly, the reason we wanted the girl is now my sons won’t have a bio-son to compare themselves to and I think that’s really, really important.”
Lilley and her husband, Jason Waynethis link opens in a new tab, are already parents to two sons via foster care: a 2-year-old, whom they took in when he was just 4 months old, and his biological half-brother, who is now 11 months old. The couple is currently undergoing the adoption process with their older son, awaiting the final court date for confirmation.
“All the legal paperwork is in … but we’re still waiting for his adoption day, which is going to be absolutely ridiculously exciting,” she enthuses to PEOPLE.
For Lilley, foster care was something of a no-brainer. Growing up, her parents were “unofficial foster parents” with their line of work — her father as a judge, and her mother as a director of a women and children’s charity — making their home a “safe house” of sorts, for those who needed it.
Aside from that experience, she found that foster care, particularly in her home of Los Angeles, was in a crisis — accounting for nearly 10 percent of the children in foster carethis link opens in a new tab across the country, according to Lilley. It was something the actress couldn’t turn a blind eye to, and she and her husband wanted to be part of the solution.
“Every child deserves love, safety and a strong family,” the Days of Our Lives star explains. “Whether that means staying in my home temporarily and returning to a biological family who’s gotten back on their feet, or adoption.”
And while her “heart and passion” is with foster care and adoption, Lilley — who’s currently 21 weeks along in her pregnancy — is looking forward to expanding her family with a biological child too.
“I always knew I wanted to be pregnant and have a child once because I think it is so amazing what a woman’s body can do,” she tells PEOPLE. “It’s scary and beautiful, and also the most natural thing on Earth.”
This pregnancy is even more special, because Lilley and her husband experienced a miscarriage last year, at 12 weeks along. The excited couple have even already begun thinking of names for their baby girl.
“Right now, we are considering Julie,” the “Winter Love Story” actress reveals. “Which means ‘childlike and beautiful like a flower’ … so we’re thinking of Julie Evangeline.”
The couple are expecting to welcome their daughter via natural birth sometime in August.
Maurice Benard Reveals the GH Scene That Brought Him to Tears(3/20/19) Emotions have been running high throughout GENERAL HOSPITAL’s powerful Alzheimer’s storyline, but there was one scene in particular that brought actor Maurice Benard to tears, and that was the moment when Sonny finally had to move his father into Turning Woods as a permanent resident. But it wasn’t simply because of the emotional dialogue or the performance of co-star Max Gail as Mike. It was also because they taped the scene shortly after the death of Benard’s dear friend, GH hair and makeup head Donna Messina. “The day after I found out Donna died, I had to tape the scene where Sonny puts his dad away,” Benard confided to Soaps In Depth. “Usually, with great stuff like that, I try to personalize [the material] and make it better.”
However, with the loss of a dear friend he considered to be his sister still fresh in his heart, the Daytime Emmy winner didn’t have to do very much to access those particular emotions when the cameras began to roll. “This time, I didn’t want to personalize it,” Benard revealed. “I just said the lines and [the scene] went crazy!”
With Mike’s storyline still unfolding, and the Alzheimer’s patient’s condition continuing to deteriorate, there will likely be even more heartbreaking scenes and Emmy-worthy performances in the future, so make sure you have your tissues at hand!
Bryan Craig Boards Indie Feature ‘Women Is Losers’(3/20/19) Bryan Craig has joined Bowery Hill Entertainment’s feature Women Is Losers from Tribeca Institute and NYU Alum, Lissette Feliciano.
Craig will star opposite Lorenza Izzo. She plays a young Latina whose promising future is cut short with an unexpected pregnancy during the mid 1970s in San Francisco and against all odds fights her way to become a successful landowner.
Craig stars on the ABC series Grand Hotel opposite Demian Bichir and Roselyn Sanchez. His film credits include Ride and American Fighter both scheduled for release this year. Craig recurred on the CW series Valor and won his second Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series in 2017 for his portrayal as Morgan Corinthos on ABC’s General Hospital after previous nominations. Prior to this, Craig recurred on the award winning web series Youthful Daze. He is repped by Innovative Artists and RKM management.
Kimberly McCullough Shares Her Skin Care Secret(3/20/19) During her years as GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Robin Scorpio Drake, Kimberly McCullough amassed quite a group of fans who have followed her career as it moved behind the camera and she’s directed episodes of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, THE CONNORS, FULLER HOUSE, ONE DAY AT A TIME, and more. But she’s never used her celebrity to endorse a product on social media… at least not until now! McCullough shared a makeup-free selfie and revealed her skin care secret to everyone. “Hey y’all,” she wrote. “I’ve never done this before but I’ve gotten so many compliments on my skin after using this product that I’d thought I share with you. (No, this isn’t a paid advertisement.) This is me with absolutely no makeup on. 41, baby! The product is by Image Skin Care, its called “Vital C” and it smells like springtime."VITAL C Hydrating Antioxidant ACE Serum is infused with vitamins A, C, E, and a blend of plant antioxidants that are supposed to help reduce visible signs of aging. And judging by McCullough’s selfie above, it’s really working great for her! Image Skin Care products are available in stores nationwide, and also on their website, where you can learn more about and purchase the VITAL C serum for yourself.
McCullough is looking good, and hopefully we’ll get to see Robin again this spring for the annual GH Nurses Ball? Fingers crossed!
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 3/18/19 - Ask Us Anything!(3/19/19) (Listen / download) On this very special episode of the Soaps In Depth Podcast, hosts Richard and Charlie answer your burning questions about soaps, the magazine and much, much more
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Brytni Sarpy Says Goodbye to GENERAL HOSPITAL(3/15/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) In the March 14 episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL, Brytni Sarpy aired for the final time as Valerie Spencer, the character she first began playing back in March of 2015. She actress shared some clips on Instagram as she said farewell to Port Charles. “It has been an incredible journey bringing Valerie Spencer to life,” she expressed. “I am so honored to have been given the opportunity to live in her shoes and paint her story on the Port Chuck Canvas.
“Thank you GH and [executive producer] Frank Valentini for the incredible opportunity,” Sarpy continued. “‘Parting is such sweet sorrow, I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.’ Sending so much love to my GH family. Thanks for inspiring me. Always.”
Sarpy landed a regular role on CBS sudser THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, and will make her debut as Elena on Tuesday, March 19. However, since the last time viewers saw Valerie, she was reflecting on the kiss she’d shared with Kristina, it seems as though there is still more story to tell with the GH character. At this time, the soap hasn’t made any announcements about recasting the role, but we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as any more information is released.
Be sure to check out Sarpy in her exciting new role on Y&R.
Ryan Carnes Previews His New Movie, 'Mommy Group Murder'(3/15/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Get ready to see a whole new side of GENERAL HOSPITAL star Ryan Carnes (Lucas) when he stars in the new thriller, Mommy Group Murder, premiering Saturday, March 16, at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime! “It’s a very different character than Lucas,” he confided to Soaps In Depth, urging his GH fans to tune in. “There’s a lot of drama going on in this movie, so if they like drama and they like being scared a little bit and having a few jumps here and there, then I think it’s something they’d really enjoy!”
In the film, Carnes plays Ryan, a husband trying to keep his family together. “Ryan has a wife who is dealing with postpartum depression and also recently just lost her mother,” the actor previewed. “And not to mention just had a newborn child, so it’s a lot. And he really makes it a priority to make sure he’s supportive of his wife and taking care of her and make sure that things aren’t getting worse before they get better. And I think he’s maybe an unusual character in this type of film because without giving too much away, he does end up doing the right thing.”
Of course, being a Lifetime movie, the emotional family drama takes a turn when Ryan’s wife, Natalie, played by THE ORIGINALS star Leah Pipes, joins a local mommy group to help deal with the stress and learns that membership comes with a very high price. “It’s about this couple and their new family expanding and trying to find their rhythm,” Carnes explained, “and then the mommy group comes into play and the wheels fall off from there!”
The cast also includes DAYS OF OUR LIVES alum Kate Mansi (ex-Abigail) as Maria, and the two soap stars found the fast-paced film shoot a breeze. “I had a couple scenes with Kate,” Carnes revealed. “But we shot the movie in such a short period of time that we were pretty much all there on the set at the same time. We were moving really quickly. But it was a really smooth shoot. The crew was one of the best crews that I’ve ever worked with. Everybody worked together really well.”
Before you tune in to Lifetime to see the result of all that hard work.
Alicia Leigh Willis Previews Her New Movie, 'Mommy's Little Princess'(3/15/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Since Courtney died just after Spencer was born on GENERAL HOSPITAL, Alicia Leigh Willis never got to play mom to her troublemaking son on the soap. But fans can watch her playing another mother, this time to a very troubled little girl in the new movie, Mommy’s Little Princess, premiering Sunday, March 17, at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime! “Lifetime is notorious for bringing the drama,” Willis teased to Soaps In Depth. “We all know that. It’s definitely a good movie for soap fans.”
In the film, Willis plays Julianna, who welcomes adopted daughter Lizzy into her family that already consists of her husband, Greg, and his daughter, Allie. Hoping to give the little girl a look into her family tree, Julianna buys her an online genetics test, but when the results indicate Lizzy is descended from German royalty, the kid becomes obsessed with claiming her “crown.” “She’s on the journey of learning how to be a mother,” the actress said of her beleaguered character. “She’s not only got her adopted daughter, but her stepdaughter, and it’s just really interesting to watch. Because I think she’s doing the best she can with a really difficult situation… to say the least!”
Willis laughed as she admitted that her real-life daughter wouldn’t get away with half of what Lizzy gets away with in the movie! “I can’t really give anything away,” she confided, “but when she realizes that Lizzy is behind some of the really bad things that are going on, I think that’s when it all kind of clicks and she realizes that she’s got some… real problems. Real problems!”
The GH alum also had nothing but praise for her young co-star. “Sarah Abbott is by far the most professional person I’ve ever worked with,” Willis declared. “And she’s a kid! It’s amazing. She showed up, she knew her stuff, she grasped the emotions that went with it and gave stellar performances. And at the end of the day, no matter how long a day it had been, no matter how exhausted she was, she wanted to meet at the little diner at our hotel and run lines to make sure that she was ready for the next day. And there were times when I had to remind her, I’m like, ‘You need to get out and go play! Just unwind a little bit!’”
You can check out a preview for Mommy’s Little Princess at this link, and join Willis on Sunday night to watch the premiere. That’s right — she hasn’t seen it yet, either! “I’m so excited to see it,” she exclaimed, “because just being a part of it was so much fun to shoot. I can’t wait to see how it turns out. I’m gonna see it with everyone else!”
Catching up With GENERAL HOSPITAL's Sean Kanan(3/15/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Looking back, Sean Kanan calls GENERAL HOSPITAL’s A.J., the character he last played in 2014, “a romantic whose aspirations and dreams were crushed.” Try as he might, Alan’s son never did live up to the Quartermaine name and legacy, which was a huge weight on his shoulders. “It fermented his becoming cynical about life and feeling like he was this self-fulfilling prophecy of failure... and that fueled his alcoholism,” the actor suggested to Soaps In Depth. “I don’t feel like the character ever really got a fair shake.”
Likely, A.J. could have benefited from reading Kanan’s new book, Success Factor X (now available for pre-order at amazon.com and other similar retailers). “My partner, Jill Liberman, and I went out to 50 interesting people and asked, ‘What is the best advice that you’ve been given about success or that you would like to share about success?’” he explained, adding that everyone from Mark Cuban to ALL MY CHILDREN’s Erica, Susan Lucci (amongst numerous other daytime stars), participated. “I learned that there are somewhat identical trails that many people take on the journey, even if they’re trying to accomplish something very different.”
The actor plans to use the book as a springboard for a nationwide speaking tour on the topic. However, fans might not recognize him in person as he shaved his hair off for his upcoming film, Dark Stories, which is based on Verotik, the series of dark comics by rocker-turned-director Glenn Danzig. “I play a character named Sgt. Anders, who is the lead detective in a homicide investigation,” Kanan previewed. “I chose to play him with a gravelly voice — it was a real departure for me. I may keep [this look] for a while and see what other work I can do.”
In the meantime, Kanan is putting the finishing touches on THE BUBBLE, the single-camera dramedy he’s penned and is working toward getting produced this year. “It’s about an aging soap star who wants more from life, and it comes in the form of the 16-year-old daughter that he didn’t know he had,” Kanan said. “He’s thoroughly unequipped to be a father but decides to give it a shot and just can’t get out of his own way.”
Brytni Sarpy Previews Her New Role of Elena on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(3/15/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) As she prepared to make her debut as Elena on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS on Tuesday, March 19, Brytni Sarpy chatted with us about how the soap lured her away from her recurring role as Valerie Spencer on GENERAL HOSPITAL and what it’s like going from playing a cop to a doctor! “An opportunity came up for a series regular role on Y&R that kind of fit my type,” she confided to Soaps In Depth. “And my team came to me about it and asked if I was interested in it, then I met Nancy Nair, who does the casting, did a screen test, and the rest is recent history!”
Thankfully, Sarpy was already familiar with some of her new Y&R castmates, so she felt right at home in Genoa City. And not just Jason Thompson, who she worked with on GH where he played Patrick! “Christian LeBlanc (Michael), we’ve done some events together,” the actress recalled. “I actually went to college with Noemi [Gonzalez, Mia]. I know Camryn [Grimes, Mariah] from some fan events as well. It’s a small world for me!”
Although she couldn’t say too much about her new role without spoiling upcoming storyline, Sarpy is excited to be tackling the role of a doctor. “There are a lot of parallels with Valerie,” she teased, referencing her former GH role. “They are pretty similar in how they get on the scene and their interactions. I do like that she’s a doctor. Its a little different than playing a cop and a detective. It’s fun.” Of course, that could all change when she has to memorize pages and pages of dialogue filled with medical jargon! “Most of the scenes have been normal interactions and conversations,” the actress admitted. “But I will definitely feel a little nervous when I start talking about arteries or whatever!”
Although she's only just started on the CBS sudser, it's already going great. “I’m really excited,” Sarpy happily reported. “I feel really embraced. The thing with the soap community in coming to another soap is that as much as we get a lot of naysayers online, there is so much positivity and encouragement that I felt through this transition. It’s been really humbling and I feel very appreciated. I value all the fans who not only watch GH but watch Y&R or watch both. The role has shown me what a great community of fans that we have.”
Stay tuned to see Brytni make her debut in Genoa City.
‘The Last Kids On Earth’: Mark Hamill, Rosario Dawson, Catherine O’Hara and Others Set For Netflix Animated Series(3/13/19) The battle against the zombies is upon us! The voice cast for Netflix’s forthcoming animated series based on the best-selling The Last Kids on Earth books by Max Brallier have been revealed and it includes the talents of Mark Hamill, Rosario Dawson, Catherine O’Hara, Keith David, Bruce Campbell, Garland Whitt, Montse Hernandez and Charles Demers, in addition to Nick Wolfhard as the lead character Jack Sullivan. As an added bonus, Penguin Random House exclusively revealed the first look at the cover of the fifth book in the series The Last Kids on Earth and the Midnight Blade, which will be released Sept. 17.
“The way the series resonates with readers around the world — it’s absolutely humbling. I’m so pleased that the adventures of Jack Sullivan and his friends will continue to grow, both on the page and now on screen,” said Brallier. “I couldn’t ask for better partners – Atomic Cartoons, Netflix and Penguin – to help me share these stories. And I’m beyond excited to reveal the newest cover while announcing this incredible cast. Seeing these actors bring the characters to life is a dream come true.”
Developed by Atomic Cartoons, the animated series is set to launch later this year on the streaming giant. The Last Kids on Earth follows 13-year-old Jack Sullivan and a band of suburban middle schoolers who live in a decked-out tree house, play video games, gorge themselves on candy, and battle zombies in the aftermath of the monster apocalypse. It’s a hilarious series filled with wisecracking kids, crazy gadgets, a lifetime supply of zombies and giant-sized monsters.
The news follows the announcement that Atomic Cartoons entered into a worldwide licensing agreement for the series with Cyber Group Studios. Under the terms of the agreement, Cyber Group Studios becomes the sole and exclusive representative worldwide for merchandising, ancillary and second window TV rights for the series.
Atomic cartoons acquired The Last Kids on Earth in 2017, and the animated series was ordered to series by Netflix in February 2018. Brallier is participating in the series as creator and executive producer, along with Scott Peterson, who is the showrunner and also an executive producer. Matthew Berkowitz and Jennifer Twiner McCarron are executive producers on the show on behalf of Atomic.
Maurice Benard to Bullies: "Stop It"(3/12/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Video) Bullying is a very serious issue, and GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) has taken to his Instagram page to share an important message in the hopes of inspiring people to stop bullying others. “Break the chain,” he posted.
“I read something today and I thought I should address bullying,” Benard said in the heartfelt video clip. “Ever since I was a little boy, a teenager, or even now, if I hear or see somebody that’s bullied, it makes my blood boil. So I thought I would address the bullies. Stop it. I know you’re only doing it because maybe somebody did it to you, a friend, a parent… you thought maybe, you know, you’ve seen somebody bully somebody else and you thought that’s the way to be, maybe that’s cool. It’s not.”
If the comments on the actor’s Instagram post are anything to go by, there is still quite a ways to go in dealing with this very prevalent problem. Children are being bullied at school by classmates, adults are being bullied at work, and that’s nothing compared to the bullying going on all across the internet on social media, message boards, and more. If Benard’s words can get through to one bully to get them to reconsider their actions, or offer someone who is being bullied hope that there are people there to support them, it will all be worth it.
For more resources and information about bullying and how to get help, please visit www.stopbullying.gov.
GENERAL HOSPITAL Celebrates the Memory of the Late Donna Messina(3/12/19) The cast and crew of GENERAL HOSPITAL gathered together to celebrate the late, great Emmy Award-winning makeup artist Donna Messina as executive producer Frank Valentini unveiled a new bench with a plaque dedicated to her memory. Sitting just outside of the set, it’s located in the exact place where Messina would enjoy her breaks — and fresh air and sunshine. Now her GH family will forever be able to touch the warmth that the beloved Messina radiated.
For those interested in assisting in providing for the college education of Messina’s sons, Nick, Vito and Antonio, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) and Jane Elliot (ex-Tracy) have joined others in creating a GoFundMe page. “The GH family would like to honor our beloved Donna through this GoFundMe page,” the campaign states. “Her love for us was immeasurable, as ours is for her.”
Josh Swickard Reveals it Was Love at First Sight With Fiancée Lorynn York(3/12/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Josh Swickard (Chase) signed on to do the movie Roped, he knew he’d have to pick up some rodeo skills. But he wasn’t expecting to fall for his leading lady, Lorynn York, let alone fall for her so fast. “I never believed people when they said, ‘When you know, you know,’” he admitted to Soaps In Depth. “And then I met Lorynn — and when you know, you know! I called my dad early on and said, ‘She’s the one.’ And his advice was, ‘Know a girl in every season,’ so I waited a full year. It actually has been about a year and a half... and she’s still the one!”
While York is clearly a knockout, it’s her energy that drew in Swickard. “She’s very fun,” he grinned. “We laugh all the time. And she’s also very adaptable. We’ve traveled a lot together and been put in a lot of interesting situations, and she always takes it in stride and does it with a good attitude. We also view life on the same plane. We have the same ideals, values and goals.”
That’s why Swickard popped the question over the holidays. “We were skiing in Beaver Creek with our families,” he set up. “Her family has a tradition of playing charades, so I proposed during a game. After I acted it out, I said, ‘Well... this was not a charade.’ It was super cheesy, hokey and fun! They were all in on it, but we did a good job of keeping her out of the loop. She had no idea it was coming, so that made it all the better!”
It’s a super-cute story they’ll be able to tell their kids… and then their grandkids! All the best to the happy couple for a lifetime of happiness together!
Carly Schroeder Joined the Army!(3/11/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Soap stars will often move on to acting careers in primetime television or film, but others sometimes leave show biz altogether to pursue another line of work. But GENERAL HOSPITAL and PORT CHARLES alum Carly Schroeder (ex-Serena) is taking a break from Hollywood to join the Army! “For 22 years, I’ve played dress up for a living,” she shared on Instagram. “As an actress, I’ve been kidnapped, gone blind, nearly eaten by lions, and murdered on more than one occasion. I tormented Lizzie McGuire’s little brother on the Disney Channel, was a dolphin trainer, the first female soccer player on an all-boys team, and Harrison Ford once rescued me during an intense home invasion.
“That’s exciting and all, but in January I decided to raise my right hand and swear into the United States Army,” Schroeder continued. “With a college degree from Cal Lutheran in Criminal Justice, an ASVAB score of 92, and qualifying PFT’s, I was accepted in to Army Officer Candidate School.”
She also admitted that there are three major reasons why she made this life decision. “College opened my eyes to global injustices,” Schroeder revealed. “But on a more tangible micro level, there is human trafficking occurring within the United States. I’ve written papers, spread awareness, and as an Army Officer, I intend to learn skills I can later apply when I’m on a team helping these victims.
“Serving my country will give my voice more validity,” she added. “I can better serve and advocate for veterans once I am a part of their community. The military is family and family always has each others’ back.”
Plus, there’s also the whole aspect of keeping it in the family! “My brother is a Marine and my Papa was a Green Beret,” Schroeder concluded. “There is no way I am going to let the boys have all the fun.”
Please join us in wishing Schroeder all the best on her new journey in life.
Jed Allan Dies: Soap Star On ‘Days Of Our Lives’ And ‘Santa Barbara’ Was 84(3/10/19) (deadline.com) Actor Jed Allan, who built a long career in soap operas and other media as a family patriarch, died Saturday. according to his son’s post on Facebook. He was 84.
Allan began his career on the CBS soaps Love of Life and The Secret Storm, then joined Days of Our Lives in 1971. He played the role of Don Craig for 14 years, then segued in 1986 to patriarch C.C. Capwell on Santa Barbara.
When that show ended in 1993, he joined Beverly Hills 90210 as Rush Sanders, the father of Ian Ziering’s Steve.
Ziering posted a tribute to his TV father via Instagram: “So sad to hear we’ve lost another 90210 castmate. I had the pleasure of working with Jed Allan from 94 to 99. He played Rush Sanders, Steve’s father. Such a great guy to work with, he will be missed. #ripjedallan”
But the lure of soaps was still strong and in 2004, he temporarily took over the role of General Hospital‘s Edward Quartermaine.
Aside from soaps, Allan played Forest Ranger Scott Turner on Lassie for three years, the main human companion for the collie. He also appeared as the host of Celebrity Bowling in the 1970s, and hosted a game show pilot, Temptation, in 1981. He was also in numerous TV movies.
Born Jed Allan Brown, he was married to Toby Brown until her death in 2001. The couple had three sons, Mitch, Dean, and Rick.
No memorial plans have been announced.
Amber Tamblyn slams Aziz Ansari for being ‘untouched’ by sexual misconduct accusation(3/9/19) Stars from Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey have been accused of sexual abuse during the #MeToo movement. Although some celebrities are facing the consequences of their actions, others have been unscathed.
In Amber Tamblyn’s new book Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution, she slams comedians Aziz Ansari and Louis C.K. for “steamrolling over the topics” despite the accusations against them.
“In one of the more controversial stories to come out of the #MeToo reckoning, comedian Aziz Ansari was accused of heavily coercing a woman into coming back to his apartment to have sex when she didn’t want to,” the book, which was released on March 5, read. “Aziz laid low for a few months, only to reemerge later, untouched and ready for another international comedy tour.”
She continued, “The American public was so hungry for its #MeToo backlash, so ready for Woody Allen’s words to come true, that they pointed to this story about Aziz as nothing more than a bad date and an inevitable example of all the false allegations to come against men.”
As Radar has reported, a woman claimed Ansari, 36, sexually harassed her despite “giving off cues that she wasn’t interested.” She described it as the “worst night” of her life.
Ansari confirmed the two engaged in sexual activity, which he felt was “completely consensual.”
“The next day, I got a text from her saying that although ‘it may have seemed okay,’ upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable,” he said in a statement. “It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned. I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said.”
A friend told Tamblyn, 35, that she had been coerced and sexually assaulted by the creator of a popular TV show.
“He lured her back to his house and gotten her drunk, wearing her down with requests to have sex until she finally ‘gave up and got it over with,’” she penned. “Sound familiar? Upon seeing how the woman in the Ansari story was treated publicly, she said, ‘I don’t want to say something about it now. I’m too scared that I will end up like that woman.’”
Tamblyn then went on to discuss Louis C.K.’s career. She explained how he wrote “the most believable and acceptable” apology letter of the #MeToo movement.
“He ended it by saying, ‘I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen,’” she wrote of the apology. “It is clear that Louis delivered on the first two promises in that sentence: to step back and to take a long time (sort of.)”
But she then slammed, “In his return to the stage at the Comedy Cellar – an unannounced performance given without audience consent – he made absolutely no mention of his misdeeds and provided no reflection as to what exactly he had listened to and perhaps learned during his year of stepping back.”
She added, “Instead, he dog whistled with a rape whistle joke, as if signaling that he owed nothing to anyone – no explanation – no comment, no recourse – and neither did other men like him.”
Vinessa Antoine Teases Her New Role on THE RESIDENT!(3/8/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) March 6 may have been the premiere of her new Canadian TV series, DIGGSTOWN, but after live-tweeting along with the show, Vinessa Antoine (ex-Jordan, GENERAL HOSPITAL) was up bright and early to report to work for a guest appearance on FOX’s THE RESIDENT! “When the first thing that you see to start your day of work is this,” she tweeted of the fake pregnancy pad amongst her wardrobe for the shoot, “you know it’s gonna be a good day.”
THE RESIDENT stars Matt Czuchry, Emily VanCamp and Bruce Greenwood, and centers around the drama in a hospital located in Atlanta, GA, specifically diving into the thorny issues of medical ethics and the bureaucracy of the health care industry. The script that Antoine snapped a pic of is from episode 20 of the series’ second season, titled “Black Cloud.” There’s no air date or summary available yet for this episode, but hopefully the pregnant woman she’s playing doesn’t meet a tragic end!
But on the plus side, Antoine’s fans in the United States will be able to watch her in an exciting new role on THE RESIDENT while they wait for details on American distribution for her acclaimed series, DIGGSTOWN. As soon as we have more details on her episode, we’ll be sure to let you know!
Dominic Zamprogna Shares Details of His GENERAL HOSPITAL Return(3/7/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Fans were excited when Dominic Zamprogna announced that he would be returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL as the popular character of Dante Falconeri, and now the actor has offered up some details regarding his comeback. Sitting down with GH castmates and friends Steve Burton (Jason) and Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) as a guest on their That’s Awesome With Steve and Bradford podcast, Zamprogna was clearly excited to be back with his pals in Port Charles, even if just for a short time. “I don’t’ think they secretly want me back,” Zamprogna joked. “I think they just want me back for little two-week adventures.”
When Burton insisted that would be a great way to work, Zamprogna agreed. “It’s an amazing gig!” he declared. “We did six episodes, and we got four more. I signed a 10-episode contract. So technically I’m under contract right now!”
However, Burton also expressed his desire that his buddy would come back for good. “I don’t want you to go,” he admitted. “Because I love you and honestly, I think you’re a fantastic actor and the more we have the better off we are. You’re an asset to the show. And I know you didn’t feel like that all the time, but that being said…” Zamprogna interrupted to insist: “I do right now. I feel like it’s kind of the way it was back in the old days, being back this little stint.”
The beginning of the episode was taken up by Zamprogna sharing how his acting career began in his native Canada until landing the job on GH brought him to America and opened up his entire world, so he’ll always be grateful to the soap for that. “I came here with the job,” he explained. “So for the first 8, 9 years I was here, I didn’t get out a lot. Because casting people didn’t really know who I was. I had to do self tapes all the time, but those don’t really go very far sometimes. They go further now, especially if the casting people know you. So for the last seven months that I’ve been gone, I’ve been getting in rooms and I’ve been getting pinned for jobs. So I did tapes in the last few months that are going to lead to me getting pinned for a job whereas a tape five years ago wouldn’t have gotten seen by anybody.”
Zamprogna has already shared some of his other outside projects he’s been working on with Soaps In Depth, so fans will also be able to see him in those films and television shows if his brief stint on GH isn’t enough for them.
Bryan Craig Thinks Billy Flynn Would Be a "Great" Morgan Recast on GENERAL HOSPITAL(3/7/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) A couple of GENERAL HOSPITAL stars are suggesting that former DAYS OF OUR LIVES actor Billy Flynn would make a good recast for the role of Morgan Corinthos, and one of them is the character’s former portrayer, Bryan Craig! The whole thing kicked off on Twitter when Flynn, who recently left the role of Chad DiMera on DAYS, remarked that he’d stand in line for the stars attending an upcoming GH fan event. One of the attendees, William deVry (Juilan), remarked: “Hey, Billy, you would make a good Morgan should he ever appear again. I hear Bryan Craig is otherwise booked. Ha!” To which Flynn replied: “I do believe I would give it my best shot. Ha ha! That escalated quickly from getting a few autographs. My buddy Ken worked with Bryan on his new show. He’s great.”
After vacating the role of Morgan, Craig returned for a cameo appearance in one episode back in January of 2018, but the actor has been keeping extremely busy since leaving daytime with roles in the CW military drama VALOR, the film Ride, and his upcoming primetime sudser GRAND HOTEL. Morgan’s body was never actually found, but if GH wanted to bring him back, they’d naturally have to recast the role. And Craig got mixed up in the fun Twitter exchange to offer his endorsement to Flynn! “You’d be a great Morgan,” he replied. “Thanks for the kind words, brother.”
Flynn was flattered, but now realized that the three of them had stirred up a hornets nest with excited fans jumping all over the idea. “Thanks Bryan,” he responded. “Not sure how one could follow what you did, though. This, on the other hand, is gonna escalate quickly now. Ha ha ha! Congrats on everything, man.”
For his part, Craig knew exactly what he’d started. “Yeah, prepare for the copy and paste of this conversation in articles!” he teased. But how could we resist? It’s a great casting suggestion, and one we hope GH keeps in mind should they ever want to bring Morgan back from the dead!
Meet GH’s Michelle Stafford In Austin, TX(3/7/19) Michelle Stafford (Nina, GH) will be at the SXSW Wellness Expo this Sunday, March 10, in Austin, TX. “I am so very honored to be on this panel and a part of the SXSW Wellness conference,” she tells Digest. “I am joining five other amazing women! We will be discussing how to change your life (for the better) and starting a company and doing it all as a working woman and (in some cases) a working mother.” For more info, click here.
Laura Wright and Maurice Benard Preview Carly and Sonny's Future on GENERAL HOSPITAL(3/6/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Being happily married on a soap doesn’t have to mean being hopelessly boring, and GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Sonny and Carly have proven that by how strong they have been as a team ever since tying the knot for the fourth time. “They’re so solid,” Laura Wright (Carly) declared to Soaps In Depth. “Carly has her stuff going on, and Sonny has his — and because they’re married, it mixes. What’s nice is they can still be the characters you love without having to split them up.”
And naturally, there will still be conflict to create some drama between the pair. “Sonny and Carly are still the voice of truth for each other,” she suggested. “Carly calls Sonny on his stuff when he doesn’t want to hear it, and that’s what Sonny does for Carly. Just because they’re in love doesn’t mean you have to lose the intensity between them.”
Maurice Benard (Sonny) agrees with his leading lady, and also enjoys seeing the couple presenting a united front for a change. “We’ve been married for 50,000 years and it’s nice because it’s settled,” he argued. “That’s what I like about it — you can have problems. Why keep Carly and Sonny as this perfect, happily married couple? I don’t mind Sonny being married… but you got to spice it up a bit!”
So even as Carly finds herself mixed up in the Ryan murder mystery during her high-risk pregnancy and Sonny puts himself in danger while searching for a missing Dante, fans can rest assured that they will both be able to rely on the other when the chips are down. of course, there’s still one thing GH fans are still worried could come between them — Sonny’s growing friendship with D.A. Margaux Dawson!
“I don’t know if this is one of those things where Margaux and Sonny have to get physically close,” Benard mused. “It’s an emotional relationship — and neither Sonny nor Margaux know why! Just the hint of it is what makes it work, even if they’re friends. I don’t even know where this is going. But if the writers are into writing for Carly, Sonny, and Margaux, I’m all for that. I’m kind of excited about it!”
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 3/4/19 - Back from the Dead(3/6/19) Back from the Dead (Listen / download)
As The Young & The Restless prepares to resurrect the supposedly-dead J.T. from his apparently premature grave, Richard and Charlie discuss the fact that more often than not, death is a temporary condition on soaps. They offer up their takes on the pros and cons of soap resurrections. Plus, a look at who could step into the role of Y&R’s Adam Newman, the Bold & Beautiful reunion that could use a bit more drama, the game-changing performance of one General Hospital actor and more!
Jon Lindstrom Reveals How He Fell in Love With Wife Cady McClain(3/4/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) The real-life love story between GENERAL HOSPITAL star Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) and ALL MY CHILDREN’s Cady McClain (Dixie) didn’t start simply because their AS THE WORLD TURNS characters, Craig and Rosanna, were paired together on the CBS sudser back in 2002. “It didn’t hurt that we were playing characters that were falling in love,” he conceded to Soaps In Depth with a smile. “But that’s not necessarily how it happened.”
What happened was actually as New York as can be: The castmates fell for each other during their daily commutes from work! “ATWT shot on a stage way out in the middle of Brooklyn, and Cady and I both lived in Manhattan,” he explained. “We would finish our scenes and be done around the same time, so we often ended up taking the hour-long train ride back to Manhattan together and got to know each other that way. We got to be very very good friends before anything else transpired.” In other words, it wasn’t love at first sight — or first love scene! “Not at all,” Lindstrom said. “I just realized I’d met this really amazing person... who was hugely intelligent and creative.”
One of the biggest thrills for Lindstrom in falling for McClain and marrying her in 2014 has been seeing her blossom as a director, producer, writer, artist and activist. The Daytime Emmy winner has earned film-festival awards across the country for projects like her short, Butterflies, and her documentary, Seeing Is Believing: Women Direct. “People have asked me if I ever expected Cady to do something like this, Lindstrom confided. “Yeah, of course! That’s who she is. If she needs to learn it, she will master it and get it done. That’s my wife. It’s pretty cool!”
And Lindstrom, an award-winning filmmaker in his own right, is still keen to work with his leading lady anytime. In fact, after McClain directed him in the series, SWITCH, last summer, she pulled out one of his old scripts. “She said, ‘I think this is going to be timely,’” recounted Lindstrom. “And when Cady says something’s going to be timely, I listen! It’s like real estate. If she says a building is a good investment, I listen. She has incredibly good instincts for things like that. So we pulled that script out, and I’m getting some very good feedback on it. It turns out she’s right! It is very timely. I expect to direct it... I just don’t know when.”
On His Birthday, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard Shares a Heartfelt Message to You(3/4/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Video) (Photo) Normally on someone’s birthday, they receive special messages from their friends and loved ones, but GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) decided to switch it up this year, expressing his heartfelt appreciation to everyone on his March 1 birthday! “I didn’t know what I was gonna do,” he said of the Instagram video he planned to post on his big day. “Maybe sing? ‘Happy birthday to me…’ Nah, I’m not doing that. I didn’t know if I was gonna put a cool picture out or a fun video with the goats… but I’ve done that a lot. I love my goats.
“I just wanted to say thank you to everybody,” Benard continued. “To my mother and father, my wife, my kids, my friends for their support. This has been an incredible year. And it’s not over… it’s just starting! But I’m so thankful and grateful. And I want to say that we all gotta love each other. Love makes the world go round. I know it doesn’t seem that way right now, but it is the truth. Alright, thank you. Bye.”
That’s not to say that others didn’t have birthday wishes for Benard. His daughter, Cailey, shared some vintage family photos of her pop with her own loving message. “Talented + handsome + determined + strong + family man + hilarious = My Daddy. Happy birthday to the #GOAT and best dad you could ever want.” GOAT stands for “Greatest of All Time” and if you swipe through the photos she posted, you’ll see why she believes that with all her heart. That last pic is a doozy!
Please join us in sending birthday wishes to Benard on his special day — hope it’s a great one!
Talk Show Appearance(3/3/19) WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE, Bravo
We 3/6: Amber Tamblyn
Morning Show Appearance(3/1/19) Today – NBC
Tuesday, March 5: Actress Amber Tamblyn on her new book, “Era of Ignition.”
Talk Show Appearance(3/1/19) THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT - CBS
Tuesday, March 5: Amber Tamblyn
Joe Flanigan on Seal Team 3/20/19(3/1/19) “What Appears to Be” – Bravo Team works with the Congolese Army on a covert mission to capture the head of a rebel militia group. Also, Jason argues with Emma about college, and Sonny and Davis make a big decision about their future, on SEAL TEAM, Wednesday, March 20 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Roger Davies (Roland Benga), Joe Flanigan (General Trask), Antonio David Lyons (General Sunda).
Carolyn Hennesy on NCIS: LOS ANGELES 3/24/19(3/1/19) “Born to Run” – Sydney (Ashley Rae Spillers) turns to her sister Nell for help after her high school crush, Andre Martinez (Delon de Metz), is mixed up in a Russian plot to steal intelligence from the Department of Defense. Also, Special Prosecutor John Rogers (Peter Jacobson) conducts mandatory performance reviews with the team, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, March 24 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Peter Jacobson (Special Prosecutor John Rogers), Ashley Rae Spillers (Sydney Jones), Carolyn Hennesy (Bunny).
Laura Harring on NCIS: LOS ANGELES 3/17/19(3/1/19) “Till Death Do Us Part” – After months of planning, the NCIS family celebrates the wedding of Kensi and Deeks. Also, an old acquaintance, Anatoli Kirkin (Ravil Isyanov), pays Deeks a surprise visit on his wedding day and he isn’t alone, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, March 17 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Peter Jacobson (Special Prosecutor John Rogers), Medalion Rahimi (NCIS Special Agent Fatima Namazi), Laura Harring (Julia Feldman).
Ryan Paevey Shows Off His Awesome New Ride(2/28/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) Looks like GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Ryan Paevey (ex-Nathan) has a new lady in his life… and we’re talking about a new motorcycle! “She’s no pushover, she’s got moxie,” he declared on Instagram. “I think that’s what I’ll call her.” The actor shared a few photos of the new bike as well as a video clip of him revving its engine. Just swipe through on the pictures below to see them all!
“I’m obsessed with motorcycles,” he has confessed to Soaps In Depth. And there’s nothing he loves more than hitting the open road and going for a ride. “I often end up in the middle of nowhere — it takes some doing to get to some of those places!” Paevey’s last bike was named Morrigan, and the motorcycle before that, he chose to call Lilith (originally Sage).
Since leaving GH, Paevey has continued to act in between motorcycle trips, guest-starring on BROOKLYN NINE-NINE and starring in the TV movies Marrying Mr. Darcy and Hope at Christmas. His most recent project is the romantic comedy BFF Bride, co-starring THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Kelly Kruger (Mac).
Hopefully, Paevey will ride Moxie carefully because we all want to keep seeing his performances in future movies and television shows!
GENERAL HOSPITAL Headwriter Previews Dante's Return(2/27/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Ever since the moment that Dante left Port Charles, fans have been eagerly awaiting his return to GENERAL HOSPITAL, and so have his friends and family! Now that Dominic Zamprogna has announced that he will once again be reprising his role, the question remains — Where is he, and what will he come home to?
Dante went off on a secret mission to help the WSB bring to justice the criminal who had once tried to kill Lulu in the past, but while he was away, Dante missed his wife almost losing her life again, this time at the hands of Ryan Chamberlain! But Lulu’s near-death experience has led Dante’s family to try a little harder to track the guy down to bring him home. “As Dante remains under deep cover, other people become involved in the search,” co-headwriter Shelly Altman previewed to Soaps In Depth. “It appears he is in greater danger than was previously assumed!”
But if Dante is in such tremendous danger, what does that mean for whoever goes after him? Plus, even when he’s brought safely back to Port Charles, Dante is going to have a lot on his plate. And not just because Lulu was almost murdered! After Dante took off, Lulu was left to balance raising the kids while also getting her new career as a reporter off the ground. So while she'll likely be thrilled to be reunited with her hubby, after that initial rush wears off, there are going to be some difficult conversations!
“Dante left town so suddenly,” Altman admitted, “and he never expected to be gone as long as long as he has been. And we’ve seen signs of the friction that this is causing. So it certainly seems safe to say that he and Lulu will have to deal with the ramifications of his decision.”
Nancy Lee Grahn's Daughter, Kate Grahn, Released Her Debut Single — Listen to It Here!(2/27/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Listen) Talent runs in the family! Kate Grahn, daughter of GENERAL HOSPITAL star Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), has just released her debut single, “Someday Baby,” and it’s amazing! Written by Kate and McCall Kimball, the tune is a driving rock song with a little bluesy twang featuring lyrics about a woman who refuses to settle and be just your “someday baby.” “It would mean so much to me if you would help me celebrate my Kate’s 21st birthday by listening to her new single,” the proud mom tweeted.
Kate may be young but she’s already a confident presence on the stage, having performed live numerous times over recent years. And you can hear that confidence in her powerful vocals in “Someday Baby.” The song is available to stream and purchase on platforms like iTunes, Spotify, Google, Amazon, TIDAL, and more. Just click this song link and you can choose the way you want to listen to it. Or, you could just click play on the YouTube video below… then follow the links to buy it and download it to listen to it whenever you like!
If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you can catch Kate live on stage at The Love Song Bar on Sunday, March 10. Tickets are free, but you can RSVP by following this link on her official website. Otherwise, you’re just going to have to enjoy listening to “Someday Baby” and wait for an EP or a full album to be released soon to hear more music from this talented young artist.
Vinessa Antoine Shows Off Her Gorgeous New Shorter Hairstyle(2/27/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) Not only does GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Vinessa Antoine (ex-Jordan) have a new job, but she’s got a whole new look! The actress, whose new primetime series, DIGGSTOWN, is set to premiere in Canada in March, showed off a fabulous new haircut on her Instagram. “I did it mostly for you, Lindsay Thorne,” she joked, “but mostly for me. #newhairwhodis” (Thorne is a makeup artist who works with Antoine on the CBC series.)
After joining GH in March of 2014, Antoine opted out of her contract in 2018 when she landed the starring role as a high-powered corporate lawyer in DIGGSTOWN. But fans have eagerly followed her career, and the US-based ones are also looking forward to seeing the Canadian series soon.
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 2/25/19 - Fan Favorites Return!(2/25/19) (Listen / download) On this week’s edition of the Soaps In Depth podcast, Richard and Charlie talk about the returns of General Hospital’s Ingo Rademacher (Jax) and Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), as well as The Young & The Restless’ Doug Davidson (Paul). Plus, The Bold & The Beautiful kicks off a new plot that could shake-up the entire canvas. All this, plus preview and more!
Catching up With GENERAL HOSPITAL's Tequan Richmond(2/25/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) According to Tequan Richmond, seeing the role of GENERAL HOSPITAL’s T.J. recast was “bittersweet. I got to somewhat graduate to something else to where I was a lead in a show,” he explained to Soaps In Depth, “and at the same time, I’d worked hard and wanted to keep the relationship.” But knowing that GH needed someone whose focus wasn’t split, Richmond understood. “They did what they had to do, so for me, it’s nothing but love for them,” he reflected. “I wish the new T.J. [Tajh Bellow] the best.”
Richmond certainly can’t dwell on it too much. He’s excited about his new series, BOOMERANG, the romantic comedy currently airing on BET in which he stars as Bryson, the son of ad executive Jacqueline Broyer (Robin Givens’ character in the 1992 movie). In joining her firm, Bryson reveals himself to be a “very ambitious businessman who wants to step out from his mother’s shadow,” explained Richmond. But he might find a stumbling block in fellow newcomer Simone, the daughter of Eddie Murphy and Halle Berry’s movie characters.
While the show contains plenty of laughs, look for Bryson to ride an emotional roller coaster. Having portrayed all that to critical acclaim as T.J., Richmond felt well-prepared. Of course, working opposite Tetona Jackson as Simone helped, too! “We played twins in a show called ALL NIGHT,” Richmond shared, “so we already had a cool bond.”
One of the things the actor appreciated most about the project is that it re-teamed him with producer Lena Waithe, for whom he’d worked on Showtime’s THE CHI. “Working with Lena is one of the best experiences of my life!” he enthused. “I was able to voice a lot of opinions that were actually accepted.”
That reminded the actor of when he was learning about producing while making Nowhere, Michigan, the recent digital release in which he also starred as a guy who, while dodging deadly con men, sets up a meth lab and winds up in a love triangle in a small town. “I’ve been wanting to add things to my repertoire,” he said, “because soon, I hope to step behind the camera indefinitely.” Growth is important to Richmond, which is why he maintains just one regret about walking away from T.J.: “I wanted to see him become a doctor!”
Jaime Ray Newman wins Academy Award for Best Short Film(2/24/19) Israeli director Guy Nattiv won an Academy Award Sunday night for his Live-Action Short Film "Skin." The win was made all the more special for the 45-year-old Tel Aviv native because he won the Oscar with his wife, American actress Jaime Ray Newman (ex-Kristina Cassadine, General Hospital) who served as a producer on the film.
"I moved here five years ago from Israel," a stunned Nattiv told the crowd at the Dolby Theatre. "This film is about education. It's about teaching your kids a better way."
Added Newman, who joined him on stage: "We dedicate this to our 5-month-old baby who's sitting at home with my parents watching this. We hope that you grow up in a world where these things don't happen because people learn to love and accept each other."
Despite this being Nattiv's first Oscar nomination, he was the odds-on favorite walking into the awards in Los Angeles: both The Hollywood Reporter and The New York Times predicted he would win. Variety magazine called Nattiv an "undeniably gifted filmmaker" and said the short film was a "stunner."
Nattiv and Newman – who together run the New Native Pictures production company – have been promoting the movie non-stop since the nominations were announced on January 22.
They've been attending screenings of the film, fielding interviews and meeting their fellow Oscar nominees. Lady Gaga and Spike Lee have offered them advice. They, along with their daughter Alma, had been prepping all day. Nattiv's brother Gil flew in from Israel for the big night. The film's co-writer, fellow Israeli Sharon Maymon, joined them on stage when they won.
"Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that this little short film we made, literally in our garage, would be seen by so many people around the world," Newman told us. "It just goes to show you, focus on your art and do what you think is important and all the rest will fall into place."
Nattiv joins a small class of fellow Israelis who have won Oscars – although several have been nominated, including producer Arnon Milchan for "The Revenant" and "L.A. Confidential," and who also served as a producer on this year's nominated "Bohemian Rhapsody." The Jerusalem-born Natalie Portman has been nominated multiple times and won for her role as a ballet dancer in 2011's "Black Swan." (The actress walked away with more than just an Academy Award for that role; she met her future husband on the set.) Israeli filmmaker Moshe Mizrahi, the country’s only director of an Oscar-winning film, passed away this past summer.
David Gidali is a fellow Israeli director who specializes in short films. "I'm so happy for Guy," he told From The Grapevine. "I still vividly remember 'Strangers,' his short from 2003 which also dealt with prejudice and racism. I believe that making a short film that's impactful enough to pierce through the noise and win an Academy Award is possibly even more challenging than doing the same with a feature film. Short films impose strong creative limitations, and succeeding that format is an incredible feat."
Due to the success of the short film, the couple was able to make a feature-length version. It stars Vera Farmiga, Jamie Bell and Danielle Macdonald from the hit Netflix movie "Dumplin." Sting's wife, Trudie Styler, is a producer on the film. The feature-length version premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, where it won the prestigious Fipresci Prize, an award given by the International Federation of Film Critics. The Hollywood Reporter called Bell's performance "moving" and "powerful." That version is expected to arrive in theaters this August.
Nattiv's next project will be a movie based on the life of his grandmother, a World War II survivor, who ended up as part of a cult in Virginia. "It's about the pursuit of happiness at all costs," he told us. He plans to start filming it later this year.
In the meantime, Fox Searchlight has acquired the "Skin" short film and plans to make it available for streaming online. It is already available for purchase on the iTunes store.
Dishing with Digest - 2/22/19 - Emme Rylan(2/22/19) Emme Rylan On Why She Loves Playing GH’s Lulu (Listen / download).
GH’s Emme Rylan dishes Lulu’s current tale, Dominic Zamprogna’s return as Dante, working with Genie Francis (Laura) and Anthony Geary (ex-Luke) and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we discuss the latest casting news, and whether AMC and ONE LIFE will return to TV.
Maurice Benard's Family Sing-Along Leaves His Fuzzy Audience Unimpressed!(2/21/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) showed off three generations of musical talent, their audience was decidedly unimpressed! The actor shared a hilarious video to his Instagram he titled: ”The Quinceanera.” In it, he, his son, Joshua, and his father, Humberto, all sing the popular Cuban song “Guantanamera.” Benard leads the family singalong and he and his father dance as Joshua goes from pretending to play the guitar to just keeping time by slapping it in rhythm.
Then the camera pans across the yard to the nearby alpacas Benard owns, whose responses are given captions as they joke that the “Three Amigos” are “three guys who can’t sing or play guitar.” Then one decides, “I’ve had enough” and begins to walk away from the whole thing! Watch the creative and funny video here: Video.
Although Benard has often downplayed his musical abilities and last year’s GH Nurses Ball was the first time that Sonny Corinthos ever took the stage (to help out his father, Mike Corbin), the proud pop showed off Joshua’s singing voice back in 2017. And honestly, in this case, it doesn’t matter what the guys sounded like, because the alpacas are clearly the stars of the show!
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 2/18/19 - A Reunion For Julian & Alexis?(2/18/19) A Reunion For Julian & Alexis? (Listen / download).
This week on the Soaps in Depth podcast, Richard and Charlie ponder whether General Hospital’s Julian and Alexis can — or even should — find their way back to one another. Also on tap this week: How Days Of Our Lives has kept John and Marlena front-and-center, why Bold & Beautiful should let Hope go over the edge and a celebration of Melody Thomas Scott’s four decades as The Young & The Restless’ Nikki.
Writers Guild Awards 2019 - Winners(2/18/19) 71st annual Writers Guild Awards, which were handed out tonight during simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.
DAYTIME DRAMA: General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles; ABC
Rena Sofer Announces Reunion With Ex(2/15/19) In a Valentine’s Day post, Rena Sofer (Quinn, B&B) announced that she and ex-hubby Sanford Bookstaver are back together. “Sometimes you are lucky enough to find the man of your dreams early in your life… and sometimes you divorce the man of your dreams after 13 years of marriage…,” she wrote. “Then… sometimes you are DOUBLY lucky enough to find the man of your dreams all over again!!! Realizing the love of my life has been there, all the time, for the last 18 years is the best gift I could have ever hoped to receive. @sbookstaver will you be my valentine? FOREVER?? #loml #happyvalentinesday.” Bookstaver tweeted, “This woman @rena.sofer is the love of my life! It’s been a long journey together, and I couldn’t be happier that we have found each other again. Here’s to a long and beautiful life together forever. Happy Valentine’s Day! #valentinesday#love #forever.”
GH's Jax Returns(2/14/19) Having wrapped his run as The Bold and the Beautiful‘s Thorne, Ingo Rademacher is heading back to ABC’s General Hospital to build on Jax’s legacy. Watch his announcement video here.
Dominic Zamprogna Returns to GENERAL HOSPITAL!(2/14/19) Get ready for Dominic Zamprogna to return to GENERAL HOSPITAL as Dante Falconeri! The actor shared a quick selfie from his dressing room which sent fans into a major tizzy. When Lulu was nearly murdered by Ryan, everyone immediately tried to track down her husband so he could come home and protect his wife. And whether or not Dante is the one to finally stop Ryan's reign of terror in Port Charles, at least this return will be longer than the single episode Zamprogna came back for in 2018.
Zamprogna joined the cast of GH in 2009 as Dante, receiving a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 2014 for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Fans of the soap were saddened to learn in the spring of 2018 that he had chosen to leave GH and filmed his last scenes. Thankfully, the writers didn't have Dante fall in the line of duty like Nathan West, and instead sent him out of town on an important mission.
Zamprogna made an appearance in the Nov. 12 episode that showed the alternate reality that would have occurred if Sonny hadn’t made the decision to join the mob, and he teased that appearance much in the same way on social media. On Oct. 29, Zamprogna tweeted at Maurice Benard (Sonny): “Big day tomorrow.” And when William deVry (Julian) replied: “Um, you forgetting someone?” Zamprogna joked: “Yes. Will, thanks for reminding me. Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), see you in the AM, ma!” Things became a whole lot clearer the following day when the actor shared a photo of himself outside of the GH studio. “Dante for a day?” he shared. “Happy to be back with the GH fam.”
Then, on the same day, LoCicero shared a photo of herself with her on-screen son joined by deVry and Benard at a restaurant. "Good (not so) old days," she captioned it. Looks like everyone was having fun seeing each other again and catching up! (And the food doesn't look half-bad, either!)
The actual date of Zamprogna's first episode back has not yet been revealed, so stay tuned as the exciting storyline unfolds in anticipation of Dante's return to Port Charles!
Steve Burton Reveals He Treats Every Day With Wife Sheree Like Valentine's Day(2/13/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Valentine’s Day isn’t particularly special for GENERAL HOSPITAL star Steve Burton (Jason), because he and his wife, Sheree Gustin, celebrate their love every day of the year! “I have the greatest wife in the world,” he bragged to Soap In Depth. “She’s just an incredible mom and partner. I couldn’t do any of the stuff I do without her. It’s the cliché of, ‘Behind every man is a great woman.’ She’s everything.”
When the couple was just starting out, they actually did do a little more on February 14. “There were years when I came home from work, and she’d done it up,” Burton recalled. “She made a romantic dinner at our place and decorated with rose petals and candles all over the place.” As for what happened after dinner, the actor jokes: “I’ll leave the rest of the evening up to the imaginations of the American people!”
But even after 20 years of marriage — and the addition of their three beautiful children, Makena, 15, Jack, 12, and Brooklyn, 4, to the family — Burton and his wife are still just as in love as they’ve ever been. They just don’t feel the need for a holiday to express their feelings for each other. “Is Valentine’s Day really just that one day?” he mused. “Or should it be more than one day? Maybe every day, if possible?”
Can’t argue with that one! “I have an amazing wife,” Burton concluded. “And an amazing life.”
GENERAL HOSPITAL's Emme Rylan Is Moving!(2/13/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) As you grow up and start a family, it’s only natural that a person would move from small apartments to bigger homes. But having done that, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Emme Rylan (Lulu) is now downsizing because it turns out that bigger is not always better! The actress, Don Money, and their children — Jackson, Levi, and Dakota — are moving into a smaller home, and she couldn’t be more excited.
“Don and I lived in NYC in 400 square feet happily for a decade,” Rylan explained on Instagram. “Then we moved to L.A. and our apartment got bigger. Then we had Jackson and we moved into a house, then we had Levi and Dakota and we moved into a bigger house! We have spent the last few years in a 2,900 square foot house that we have NEVER been able to get organized in. So we are returning to our New Yorker roots — No, we did not move to NYC. Yes we are still living in L.A., just “returning” to our smaller way of life — and moving our family of five into a 1,500 square foot house in L.A.”
Naturally, moving to a home that’s half the size of the one in which they’re living currently means that they’re all going to have to make some sacrifices, and Rylan seems to be inspired by Japanese lifestyle coach Marie Kondo, who developed the KonMari method of keeping only the belongings that “spark joy” that has become all the rage these days. “We will obviously have to KonMari like crazy and only bring the things that spark joy,” the mom remarked before joking: “So I guess that means the kids will have to come with us?”
It doesn’t matter where you live, really, because it’s the love between the people living in the house that makes it a home. And Rylan is really looking forward to the move, sharing a sneak peek of a special place in their new home. “I am so excited about this change!” she exclaimed. “This little view from the sink is my favorite part!”
Good luck with the move, and we’re looking forward to seeing even more photos of the place once everyone’s all settled!
Maurice Benard Shares a Special Message to His Mother on Her Birthday(2/13/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) To honor his mother’s birthday, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) shared a vintage picture of Martha and himself from back in the day when her hair was a little bigger and he was a lot smaller! “I remember my mother used to put me in outfits that I really hated,” the actor confided. “This one in particular, I felt like Frankenstein in the shoes. The socks were way too tight and came up to my thighs. The suit was way too itchy and a hat… that’s all I’m gonna say about that.”
However, questionable wardrobe choices aside, Benard knew just how much his mother loved and supported him and continues to do so to this day. “The one thing I will say about my mother is she protected me like no other,” he declared. “She loves me with all of her heart. And if I ever needed her for anything — and I mean anything — she was right there for me. Happy birthday mother. I love you very much.”
Well, we think Benard looks just darling in his snazzy little outfit, and his beautiful mother looks like a glamorous movie star! Please join us in sending Mrs. Benard special birthday wishes — hope it’s a great one!
Catching up With GENERAL HOSPITAL's Nathan Parsons(2/13/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Believe it or not, it’s been 10 years since Nathan Dean Parsons debuted on GENERAL HOSPITAL, where he set hearts fluttering as Ethan Lovett. So extraordinary and unmistakable is his talent that after his audition, the writers created a role that would allow him to shine. That being the case, it should come as no surprise that he has since taken on one unique character after another, the latest of which is lovelorn alien Max on The CW’s hot new series, ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO. In a rather unexpected twist, Parsons told Soaps In Depth that playing a being from another planet has “sort of forced me to examine parts of myself that I generally shy away from. But it’s been a really fun journey to sort of discover the second, third and fourth layers of Max.”
In other ways, the role has proven to be a natural fit for the actor. “I’ve always been drawn to... I won’t say science fiction but science in general and the search for life outside of this planet,” he admitted. “I mean, we feel so isolated as we are, but the more we learn about the galaxy — and we’re finding Earth-like planets everywhere — it’s just weird to think that we’re alone!” And yes, that does mean that he believes in aliens. “I’ve always thought that the universe is just too big, and even the Milky Way is far too vast, to not have developed intelligent life. It’s absurd to think that we’re all by ourselves, that we are the one standout in a galaxy with billions of stars and planets and potentials for life!”
This isn’t the first non-human character Parsons has played, thanks to TRUE BLOOD (where he was vampire James) and THE ORIGINALS (where his Jackson was a werewolf). “I think the only thing I haven’t done is play a zombie,” he laughed. “I love exploring characters that sort of push the boundaries of reality.” As the leads of ROSWELL, Parsons and his co-star, Jeanine Mason (Liz), have amazing chemistry. “Liz is a girl who Max went to high school with — and he’s been madly in love with her ever since,” he smiled. “Jeanine is great, an incredible actress and a wonderful person.” Clearly, the two connected on screen from the very first episode, and their scenes are exciting to watch. “The energy Jeanine brings to Liz and to ROSWELL is infectious — I couldn’t ask for a better scene partner.”
Like Max, Parsons often reflects on the path which led him to where he is now, including the time he spent in Port Charles. “I was 20,” he says flashing back to that life-changing time. “A kid. I probably was more fun back when I was in my early 20s, but I think I’ve become much wiser. And more adept at navigating how to operate on a set, how to comport yourself with respect, and I learned all that from the wonderful people I got to work with on GH. I was welcomed by Tony Geary (ex-Luke), Maurice Benard (Sonny), and the whole crew over there. They were amazing to me and so welcoming. It was a wonderful time in my life.”
And where does he see himself 10 years from now? “I hope I’m sipping mojitos in Costa Rica,” he smiles, “and able to go retire in the evenings to my ski house up in the mountains somewhere, and go shot a movie every now and then. And just relax and raise my kids and maybe teach and take care of myself a little bit.”
Harmony on GENERAL HOSPITAL — Everything You Need to Know(2/13/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) The mysterious Harmony first appeared on GENERAL HOSPITAL in the Feb. 11 episode when Jason met with her in Beecher’s Corners to try and learn more about the mysterious Dawn of Day group she and Shiloh founded. And if she looks familiar, it’s probably because portrayer Inga Cadranel has appeared in quite a few primetime TV series!
Jason Morgan met with Harmony at a cafe in Beecher’s Corners looking for some background on Dawn of Day. Harmony insisted that the group had opened her mind and changed her life. She had originally been named Lorraine, but had never felt that was right. She noted a nearby community center she and Shiloh had built and explained she’d remained behind while Shiloh went to Port Charles to start an outreach program there. Jason continued to press her for more on Shiloh’s past, but Harmony didn’t divulge anything important. And when a cop harassed Jason after running his plates, Harmony defused the situation for him. However, after Jason left to return to Port Charles, Harmony called Shiloh to assure him Jason had been handled and he didn’t learn anything they didn’t want him to know. What are they really up to?
GH marks Cadrenal’s daytime debut, although the actress has starred in numerous primetime series such as LEAP YEARS, THE BRIDGE, THE STRAIN, LOST GIRL, ORPHAN BLACK, and DARK MATTER as well as making guest appearances on shows like BONES, and DESIGNATED SURVIVOR.
Whether or not Cadrenal continues to make more appearances as Harmony remains to be seen, but the Dawn of Day storyline is definitely far from over, so who knows what twists and turns are to come? Stay tuned to find out.
GH Star To Y&R!(2/10/19) Brytni Sarpy (Valerie) has joined the cast of Y&R in the contract role of Elena Dawson. The actress will begin taping next week, and her character will cross paths with several key players in Genoa City. Sarpy first hit the daytime scene in 2015 as Valerie Spencer and has seen a recent uptick in Port Charles appearances. No word yet on what will happen to Valerie.
Who Is Neil on GENERAL HOSPITAL? — Meet Joe Flanigan!(2/10/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) If Neil on GENERAL HOSPITAL looks familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve seen his portrayer, Joe Flanigan, in one of his many primetime roles. This is his daytime debut as Neil finds himself getting mixed up with Alexis. Might the guy be just the thing to take Alexis’ mind off of Julian?
In addition to numerous guest appearances, Flanigan has had recurring roles on primetime series like SISTERS, CUPID, PROVIDENCE, PROFILER, and FIRST MONDAY. But he is probably best known for playing Lt. Colonel John Sheppard in the popular science-fiction series STARGATE: ATLANTIS from 2004-09. During those years he starred opposite actors like Jason Momoa, Jewel Staite, Robert Picardo, and Mitch Pileggi.
There has been no official word as to exactly how long Neil will be sticking around Port Charles, so you’re going to want to stay tuned to see how his storyline plays out and how it involves Alexis.
Matt Cohen Opens up About His Deep Love for Wife Mandy Musgrave(2/10/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) One audition can change an actor’s life forever, and in the case of GENERAL HOSPITAL star Matt Cohen (Griffin), that was doubly true! Over a decade ago, not only did he land his first series role in SOUTH OF NOWHERE, but he also met a beautiful girl who would one day become his wife — Mandy Musgrave! “I don’t know if I’d be alive if I hadn’t found my wife,” Cohen confided to Soaps In Depth. “She’s taught me everything I know about enjoying love and life. She is my world. And we’re both the same kind of crazy — we’re both obsessive and overly passionate about everything we do. So that works out!”
While Cohen is now starring on GH, Musgrave has her own history in daytime, having originated the role of Chelsea Brady on DAYS OF OUR LIVES back in 2004. After her stint on the NBC soap, she landed the role of Ashley Davies on SOUTH OF NOWHERE and fell in love with her co-star, Cohen, who played Aiden Dennison. The pair were married in May of 2011 and in April of 2015, they welcomed their adorable son, Macklin, and created the perfect family.
“We have a better time, the three of us,” Cohen declared. “Macklin’s everything that’s right in the world, and we made him together. Now, Mandy and I appreciate each other as Mom and Dad as well as husband, wife, and best friends. I’m a lucky guy!”
Every Day Is a New Dawn — The Book That Changes Lives on GENERAL HOSPITAL(2/8/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When Daisy first appeared on GENERAL HOSPITAL, many fans suspected she was being introduced as a new love interest for Kristina Davis. But after she offered Oscar Nero a place to live, it became clear that she was much more. And when she offered Kristina a copy of Every Day is a New Dawn, fan speculation assumed that the young woman was trying to lure Krissy into a cult!
Daisy stopped by Charlie’s Pub to chat with Kristina, urging her to hang out with her and her friends more, and suggesting that she was putting up an emotional wall and should live more openly. Kristina was intrigued, and when Daisy suggested she join her and her friends in renovating a building, she seemed to be considering it. “Everybody’s welcome,” Daisy insisted.
Then Oscar, who was trying to do his job at the pub, began suffering a headache, and Julian panicked, knowing the boy has an inoperable brain tumor. Oscar dismissed his concerns, and Daisy offered to help instead. She placed her hands on Oscar’s temples and instructed him to breathe in and out slowly, quickly getting rid of his pain. Everyone was impressed, especially Kristina. Daisy insisted it was no big deal, and any of her friends could have done exactly the same thing.
When Kristina said she really did want to know how she did that, Daisy offered her a copy of a book titled Every Day Is a New Dawn. “Try reading this,” she suggested with a smile. “It might help you in your own life.” And with Kristina feeling directionless following her breakup with Parker, she was intrigued by something that could offer her a new perspective.
Later, Kristina moved in with the Dawn of Day group and their enigmatic leader, Shiloh. However, her family remains suspicious as to their true motives. And given Shiloh's past connection to Sam, they may be right to be concerned. But as Every Day is a New Dawn makes its way around Port Charles, will the self-help book bring positive change to people? Or is it all just a big scam?
Stay tuned as the storyline unfolds.
Parry Shen Was Thrilled to Get the Autograph of GENERAL HOSPITAL Co-Star Tristan Rogers!(2/8/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Soap stars are just like us — sometimes they’re also big fans of the show and its actors! Case in point, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Parry Shen (Brad) managed to get the autograph of a Port Charles legend that would have made his childhood self thrilled beyond belief. Heck, even as an adult it was pretty awesome! “I saw Tristan Rogers for the first time on GH when I was eight years old during the Cassadine Island storyline,” Shen revealed on Instagram. “And I thought he was the coolest guy with the whole Aussie accent, holster, etc. And as soon as I learned his name, jotted it inside the cover of my Volume Three Charlie Brown ‘Cyclopedia. Well, guess who just signed it today, 37 years later?!”
Back in 1981, Rogers had only just arrived on GH as Robert Scorpio, an international spy for the WSB and found himself caught up in the iconic “Ice Princess” storyline which found him traveling to Cassadine Island with Luke Spencer and Laura Webber to defeat Mikkos Cassadine and his evil scheme to take over the world with a weather machine. So it’s completely understandable that an eight-year-old Shen would be enthralled by the superspy and want to remember him well.
And it’s incredible that Shen still had his copy of the Charlie Brown’s ‘Cyclopedia Volume Three (“Featuring All Kinds of Animals from Dinosaurs to Elephants”) where you can see where he’d written “Tristan Rogers” on the inside front cover. An odd place to make note of a new favorite actor, but it turned out to be perfect since he could bring it into the GH studio today for Rogers to personally autograph! “It’s a great set,” Shen revealed on Twitter of why he kept the books. “Very informative, and to pass down to my kids.”
Now, if only we could get a scene between Robert and Brad!
Shop the GENERAL HOSPITAL Store Online!(2/8/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Video)
Ever dream of sipping out of a Corinthos Coffee mug while wearing your Floating Rib T-shirt and hanging out with Sonny and Carly on GENERAL HOSPITAL? Well, now fans can do just that — sort of — with the amazing products available at the ABC Shop!
Among the items on offer are the popular Travel Guide to Port Charles book, GH T-shirts and hoodies featuring logos for the soap, Corinthos Coffee, Kelly’s, the Metro Court, and more, as well as mugs and even standees of your favorite characters. That’s right, you can purchase life-size cardboard standees of Sonny, Carly, Jason, Peter, Anna, and others!
So visit the GH section of the ABC Shop and before you know it you can imagine you’re sipping your Corinthos Coffee alongside the guy who imports it! (For extra drama, get the Carly standee so she can get jealous of the time you’re spending together!)
Emme Rylan Renews GH Contract(2/6/19) Emme Rylan, who took over the role of Lulu Spencer-Falconeri in 2013, announced on Instagram that she has inked a deal to remain with the show. “Renewed my contract!” she reported. “So happy to continue living Lulu’s life.”
GH's Vinessa Antoine Shared a Special Memory of the Late Kristoff St. John(2/6/19) As the daytime community reacted to the death of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Kristoff St. John (Neil) on social media, GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Vinessa Antoine (ex-Jordan) shared the story of a very special encounter with the late actor she will always hold dear to her heart. “I met Kristoff the day before my audition test for GH,” she recalled on Instagram. “We were at a juice bar in Calabasas. When I saw him, I knew immediately who he was. You see, I had kind of grown up with this man in my living room so I felt as if I had already known him. But I didn’t. I had no idea that he was this kind and incredibly generous man.”
The actress is now starring in the Canadian primetime drama DIGGSTOWN, but back in 2014, she was still on the verge of becoming a soap star with her role on GH. “So there I was,” Antoine related. “Standing behind him in line when I finally said, ‘My mom loves you on Y&R.’ (I meant to say I love you on Y&R.) He smiled and said to tell my mom thanks for watching.”
Standing there looking at the juice menu, Antoine wondered if she should tell her fellow actor that she was auditioning for GH the following day. “Sweaty armpits and heart racing, I told him,” she confided. “He replied, ‘That’s amazing!’ And without skipping a beat, he asked, ‘Do you have the scenes with you?’ I said , ‘Yes, but they’re in the car.’ He told me to go grab them and he would work with me if I wanted to! Um… yeah!”
Grateful that this daytime vet would be willing to share his wealth of knowledge with her, Antoine ran to her car and returned with the pages. “He did not know me at all but he took the time to sit with me over lunch and break down my audition scenes with me,” she revealed. “I have no doubt that the notes he gave and the suggestions he told me helped me land the role of Jordan. For the next four years, we would speak periodically, give each other that knowing smile, and hug at events. He was always so warm, honest, and just so damn supportive. Even with all that he had to face.
“Thank you, Kristoff, for everything you were and what you gave to this planet,” Antoine concluded. “You are a kind spirit who is with your son, now. I’ll miss you.”
Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists Premiering in March — Watch Trailer(2/6/19) (Video) Freeform is finally done keeping one of its biggest secrets: The long-awaited Pretty Little Liars spinoff, The Perfectionists, will be premiere Wednesday, March 20, the network announced today at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena.
In addition to Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish — both of whom will reprise their PLL roles of Alison DiLaurentis and Mona Vanderwaal, respectively — the spinoff also stars Sofia Carson (Famous in Love), Sydney Park (The Walking Dead), newcomer Eli Brown, Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl), British actor Graeme Thomas King and Hayley Erin (General Hospital).
Based on The Perfectionists, a book series by PLL author Sara Shepard, the spinoff relocates Ali and Mona to the mysterious city of Beacon Heights, Ore., where they soon find themselves navigating a deadly mystery in which practically everyone they meet is a potential suspect. In other words, it’s business as usual for the Rosewood-raised sleuths.
Along with a premiere date, Freeform has also released the series’ first full-length trailer, giving us a first look at the new generation of liars in action — including one that won’t live to see the mystery unfold.
Nathin Butler on Hawaii Five-0 2/22/19(2/5/19) “E'ao lu'au a kualima” – Junior is torn between his duties as a member of Five-0 and his feelings for his former girlfriend when her new love, the father of her son, is one of the culprits in a bank-heist-turned-homicide, on HAWAII FIVE-0, at a special time Friday, Feb. 22 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Episode directed by series star Alex O’Loughlin.
(“E'ao lu'au a kualima” is Hawaiian for “Offer young taro leaves to”)
GUEST CAST includes: J.J. Soria (Tory), Nathin Butler (Nick), Michael Camp (Owen).
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 2/4/19 - Jason & Sam’s Sexy New Story(2/4/19) Jason & Sam’s Sexy New Story (Listen / download)
At long last, GH’s Jason and Sam have reunited. But there could be trouble ahead! Plus, a look at what we’re loving on all four shows and a recreation of a classic B&B moment!
Julie Adams Dies: ‘Creature From The Black Lagoon’ Actress Was 92(2/4/19) Creature From the Black Lagoon star Julie Adams (Paula, Capitol/Denise, GH), an actress who, like Fay Wray and Evelyn Ankers before her won the hearts of classic Hollywood monsters and then generations of devoted fans, died Sunday in Los Angeles. She was 92.
Adams’ death was confirmed on her official website.
Where Wray perched atop the Empire State Building with King Kong and Ankers ran through fog-shrouded forests pursued by The Wolf Man, Adams secured her place in horror iconography underwater, notably an indelible scene in the 1954 Creature during which the actress, in a one-piece white bathing suit, swims atop the lagoon water as the creature known as the Gil-Man mimics her moves some feet below. The imagery would be echoed in countless films thereafter, memorably in both Jaws and 2017’s The Shape of Water.
“I mourn Julie Adams passing,” tweeted del Toro today. “It hurts in a place deep in me, where monsters swim.”
While Adams might best be remembered for her place in the Universal monster movie canon, her role as Kay Lawrence was but one of many over a career that stretched from 1949 well into the 2000s. Adams’ career ranged from B movies of the 1950s – despite her notable monster flick entry, her steadiest genre was the Western – to the episodic TV that kept her busy throughout the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. As late as 2007 she appeared on CSI:NY, and had a small role in the 2006 feature film World Trade Center.
Among her film credits: Tickle Me, a 1965 Elvis Presley vehicle; Dennis Hopper’s The Last Movie (1971); McQ with John Wayne (1974); The Underwater City (1962); The Killer Inside Me (1976); The Fifth Floor (1978); Champions (1984); and Catchfire (1990). Her final credit was a voiceover in director Roman Polanski’s 2011 film Carnage.
A small selection of TV credits through the decades include Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Rifleman, Bonanza, The Streets of San Francisco, Marcus Welby, M.D., The Andy Griffith Show, Murder She Wrote, Beverly Hills 90210 and The Jimmy Stewart Show.
In 1955 Adams married actor Ray Danton, her costar in the film The Looters, and the two remained together until divorcing in 1981. She was in a long-term partnership with film and TV writer Ronald M. Cohen until his death in 1998.
Adams is survived by sons Steve Danton, an actor and assistant director, and Mitchell Danton, a TV editor, among other family.
Maurice Benard Reveals the Moment That Changed Sonny Forever on GH(2/3/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When Maurice Benard first joined the cast of GENERAL HOSPITAL, the character of Sonny Corinthos was only meant to be a short-term role, lasting about six months. But now, 25 years later, the actor reveals how everything changed. “It was towards the end of the six months,” Benard confided to Soaps In Depth. “I decided, ‘You know what? Maybe I’ll stay here and change the way I’m playing this character to get some compassion from the audience.’
“So I did that,” he continued. “The audience at first hated me. They didn’t want me on the show. But slowly, the started saying, ‘I hate this guy… but there’s something about him.’ Then, eventually it was love/hate, and then it started changing.”
Looking at Sonny today, it might be hard for some fans to imagine that he was once more of a supporting character. But we have Anthony Geary (Luke) for helping make Sonny into the character he became. “I was like his sidekick,” Benard recalled of his former castmate, “and he took me aside and said, ‘Do you want to be the Tonto to my Lone Ranger?’ I said, ‘I don’t mind, Tony, because you’re Tony Geary, and I’m cool with that.’ He said, ‘You don’t want to do that. Go upstairs and tell them you want a family.’
“So I went upstairs and said to them, ‘Look, this isn’t any kind of demand or threat, but creatively, I need to do more,’” he explained. “I think my contract was coming up, and I suggested it would be good for Sonny to have a family and some history on the show. I said, ‘You don’t have to do it. You can say ‘Thank you, but no thank you,’ and I’ll leave. Or we can do this and I’ll work hard and it’ll be great.’ So they wrote Brenda and Mike — a girlfriend and a father. And then it kind of grew from there.”
The Stars of General Hospital Say Goodbye to Retiring Crew Member Dean Carson(2/3/19) The cast and crew of GENERAL HOSPITAL said goodbye to a member of their family on Jan. 31 when longtime cameraman Dale Carson retired after nearly four decades with the soap. In addition to GH, he also worked on spinoffs PORT CHARLES and GENERAL HOSPITAL: NIGHT SHIFT as well as operating cameras for CBS sudser THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL.
Carson’s career behind the camera began in the ‘70s where he worked on series such as WHO’S THE BOSS, FAMILY FEUD, BENSON, THE GOLDEN GIRLS, DIFF’RENT STROKES, and THE FACTS OF LIFE. He also was on the crew for a couple broadcasts of The Academy Awards!
Everyone at GH came together to congratulate their dear friend on his amazing career and wish him all the best in his retirement.
Does GH's Willow Have a Dark Side? — Katelyn MacMullen Speaks Out!(2/1/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Willow is a champion for her students on GENERAL HOSPITAL and seems to be a cool, funny young woman... and yet the same guys who fell for Nelle are quite taken with the newcomer! What does that say about her? “Willow’s a very strong individual who’s been through a lot,” portrayer Katelyn MacMullen confided to Soaps In Depth. “She and Nelle are similar in the sense that they’re both broken people. Willow definitely has weaknesses, just like anyone, but for the most part, she’s a fighter. She has to keep it together... otherwise, she knows she’ll crumble.”
As we’ve seen, both Chase and Michael enjoy playing hero to damaged women. But MacMullen believes that her alter ego is a far cry from Nelle! “Willow has a good heart and she’s trying to make a good life for herself,” the actress explained. “And she cares for children, intensely. Her motto is to make sure all children are taken care of and healthy. She’s a protector.”
That’s exactly why she let Brad and Lucas adopt her baby — and also why she’s struggled with her decision to do so. Of course, she has no idea that her baby boy actually died months ago! “I haven’t even thought about how Willow will respond when she finds out the truth... because I don’t even want to think about it,” MacMullen admitted. “It’s heartbreaking, knowing the truth and watching how she and Michael are completely in the dark. It’s going to crush her!”
As the story moves forward, there is definitely one scene MacMullen is hoping to see play out. “It would be interesting to see Willow and Nell face off,” grins the actress. “First of all, Chloe Lanier (Nelle) is a brilliant actress! But also, Willow will do anything to protect her baby. If she found out that Nelle did something malicious... I think the women would both be pretty dangerous to each other!”
Invincible Cast Voice Actors(2/1/19) Robert Kirkman’s animated Amazon series Invincible — debuting in 2020 — will feature the voices of Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), J.K. Simmons (Counterpart), Sandra Oh (Killing Eve), Seth Rogen (This Is the End), Gillian Jacobs (Community), Andrew Rannells (Black Monday, Girls), Zazie Beetz (Atlanta) and Mark Hamill (The Flash, Star Wars).
Catching up With GENERAL HOSPITAL's Scott Reeves(1/31/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) With both of his children now married, GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Scott Reeves (ex-Steve) has recently thrown himself wholeheartedly back into a host of projects. “People started reaching out and asking, ‘Whatever happened to Blue County?’” the actor/singer revealed to Soaps In Depth, referencing the band with whom he had several hits.
With new music already produced, the group readily embraced the idea of hitting the road again. Besides, Reeves added, “I love nothing better than to get on stage and perform our stuff live.” Their acoustic tour, called Population 2, will take them to the UK in April. For US dates and locations, pay a visit to www. bluecountymusic.com.
In between gigs, Reeves is busy with his family coffee business, Revival Roasting Company, which has several new offerings, some of which are named to honor his grandfather, Rex. “He instilled the passion in me when I was 5 years old,” the entrepreneur explained. “We pride ourselves on grade-one, single-origin coffees that are really unique.”
Having wrapped his stint on CMT’s NASHVILLE when the series concluded, Reeves will return to the screen in a new, country music-themed project this year: DOLLY PARTON’s HEARTSTRINGS, a Netflix anthology series in which each episode is named for one of the icon’s much-loved hits. In “Jolene,” “I’m a sly silver fox going through a mid-life crisis,” Reeves previewed of the flick. “He starts seeing [a singer whose name is] Jolene, who is played by Julianne Hough, unbeknownst to his super sweet wife, Willa, whose best friend is played by my dear friend, Kimberly Williams-Paisley.”
The actor also has some good news to share with soap fans. With wife Melissa Reeves living part-time in Los Angeles while playing DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Jennifer, he’s open to reprising his role on GH. “It would be interesting to see how prison affected Steve,” he proposes. And since his old on-screen flame is now happily married, “I would love nothing more than to go stir things up in Olivia’s perfect, stable life.”
GENERAL HOSPITAL's 'Baby, Come to Me' Singer James Ingram Dead at 66(1/31/19) (Video) Musician James Ingram has passed away at the age of 66. The Grammy-winning singer of hits like “Somewhere Out There” and “I Don’t Have the Heart” is best known to soap fans for his duet with Patti Austin, 1982’s “Baby, Come to Me,” which was used on GENERAL HOSPITAL as the romantic theme for the couple of Luke Spencer and Holly Sutton.
“Baby, Come to Me” was released as a single in April of 1982, and peaked at number 73 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. However, when GH began using it heavily a few month later, the tune’s popularity rose and Warner Bros. decided to re-release the single in October. It re-entered the charts and hit number one in February of 1983, where it remained for two weeks.
“I remember singing his songs during sleepovers in high school,” recalled Sonya Eddy (Epiphany) on Twitter. And Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix) posted simply: “RIP James Ingram. Such a beautiful voice.”
Ingram was a talented songwriter, penning tunes for artists like Michael Jackson “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing),” but is best known for his duets such as “Somewhere Out There” with Linda Ronstadt and “The Day I Fall In Love” with Dolly Parton. He passed away on Jan. 29 at his home in Los Angeles from brain cancer. Our thoughts are with his friends and family during this difficult time.
Sean Kanan Invites You to Dinner With Deacon and Amber!(1/31/19) This June, fans of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS characters Deacon Sharpe and Amber Moore will be able to have dinner with them! Actors Sean Kanan and Adrienne Frantz will be hosting a memorable night out in Los Angeles, CA, on Saturday, June 22, from 8-10 p.m. PDT. “After all these years, the fans still love Deacon and Amber,” Kanan confided to Soaps In Depth. “This special evening will be a great opportunity to spend an intimate dinner with us. The evening will have a fantastic dinner followed by a Q&A and some very cool surprises.”
B&B viewers remember Deacon as the biological father of Little Eric, who tried to seduce Amber away from Rick, and the two characters eventually reconnected years later on Y&R as Deacon blackmailed Amber into marriage. Thankfully, the actors are nothing like their troublemaking alter-egos, so the dinner should be a lot of fun!
Tickets are available now, but they are also limited. They will include a catered dinner, photo opportunities, a Q&A session, a surprise gift, and more. You can find more information on the Facebook Event Page and you can order tickets directly from Kanan’s official website.
Dick Miller Dies: ‘Bucket Of Blood’ Star Who Worked Regularly With Roger Corman & Joe Dante Was 90(1/31/19) Dick Miller (Dr. Henry, General Hospital), a character actor who starred in Roger Corman’s A Bucket of Blood and whose six-decade career included all of Joe Dante’s movies, died today in Toluca Lake, CA. He was 90.
His résumé includes more than 150 film and TV credits ranging from 1950s westerns to 2000s features including Dante’s Looney Tunes: Back in Action and Burying the Ex. Along the way he appeared in films by such acclaimed directors as Martin Scorsese (New York, New York), James Cameron (The Terminator), Ernest Dickerson, Jonathan Demme, Allan Arkush, Jonathan Kaplan, John Sayles along with such popular Dante-helmed pics as Innerspace, Gremlins and The Howling.
Born on Christmas Day 1928, the Bronx native and Army veteran likely is best remembered for starring as Walter Paisley, the dimwitted busboy-turned-cause célèbre sculptor in Corman’s 1959 graphic cult-classic Beat satire A Bucket of Blood. After accidentally killing his landlady’s cat, Walter casts it in plaster and has his “creation” mistaken as a great work of art. The actor went on to appear in many of Corman’s movies of the next two decades, including playing flower gobbler Vurson Fouch in The Little Shop of Horrors (1960).
On the small screen, he guested in such memorable series as Dragnet, The Untouchables, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, The Virginian, Mannix, McCloud, Police Woman, Police Story, Soap, Alice, Taxi, Police Squad!, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, NYPD Blue and ER.
Miller is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lainie; daughter Barbara; and granddaughter Autumn. Plans for a memorial service are pending.
Scandal's Darby Stanchfield to Star in Netflix Comic Book Drama Locke & Key(1/31/19) Netflix has locked down a Scandal alum to star in its Locke & Key adaptation: Darby Stanchfield has signed on to play a lead role in the streamer’s upcoming comic book drama, our sister site Deadline is reporting.
Stanchfield will play Nina Locke, the mother of three kids who moves her family to Massachusetts after the gruesome murder of her husband. In their new house, the three kids discover a set of magical keys that give them supernatural powers — along with a demon who will stop at nothing to obtain those keys. An artist and house renovator, Nina struggles in her new role as a single mom, and is driven to solve the mystery of who killed her husband.
Locke & Key earned a 10-episode series order from Netflix last May, with Bates Motel‘s Carlton Cuse on board as an executive producer. (Fox and Hulu previously attempted to adapt the popular graphic novel, but those efforts never made it to air.) Joining Stanchfield in the cast are American Crime veteran Connor Jessup as Nina’s son Tyler Locke, and The Fosters‘ Sherri Saum as teacher Ellie Whedon.
Stanchfield is best known for playing Abby on ABC’s Scandal, which wrapped up its seven-season run last year. Her other TV credits include Jericho, Mad Men, NCIS and General Hospital.
GENERAL HOSPITAL's Steve Burton Reveals Why He Moved His Family Back to L.A.(1/30/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Five years ago, Steve Burton moved his family to Tennessee “for good.” And even when he signed back on to play GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Jason again, he had no intention of giving up the life that he, wife Sheree, and their kids, Makena, 15, Jack, 12, and Brooklyn, 4, were building in Nashville. “We were in the house where I wanted to raise my kids, so it felt good,” he shared with Soaps In Depth. “It was our home, and when I wasn’t working, it was great to just hang out with the family and enjoy some time off there.”
He also enjoyed sharing actual seasons with his kids. “I can’t say I missed the snow... but growing up in Ohio, that was a huge part of my life,” he explained. “Halloween comes, football season and Christmas... It was awesome growing up that way, so I wanted them to experience that.” After decades in Los Angeles, however, those Nashville winters were rough. “The drawback is that it does get as cold as it does in the north... but there’s never any snow,” Bur ton grumbled good-naturedly. “I’m like, ‘Man, this sucks!’ When we were there, we had a few super-cold winters. We had ice storms. They got to experience that. But my wife’s from California. She’s like, ‘Okay, time to go!’”
At its heart, the move back to L.A. was about a much bigger issue than the weather. Burton had left GH so that he could spend more time with his family in their new home state. The commute worked when he was playing THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Dylan, but not long after he returned to GH, “it was just like, ‘I’m done. It’s over,’” he recalled. “Obviously, we get time off from GH, but when we’re taping, I’m doing four or five days a week. Especially before the big breaks like the three-week hiatuses, we tend to shoot a lot! It became a situation where I wasn’t with my family enough. And the traveling was tough. It wasn’t sustainable. It was a lot of wasted time on the plane. Being back at GH, it was more conducive for my family that we be here so we could be together.”
Now, instead of being shivering in Nashville, the Burton clan has sandy feet from strolling down the coast. “I hate even posting [on social media] that we live at the beach, because people who are buried under snow get jealous,” the actor chuckled. “You really forget how good the weather is in California until you’re gone and you come back. I’m not complaining about the weather out here ever again!
“We’re loving it,” he concluded. “Moving back was 100 percent the right decision for us. It’s amazing how many doors have opened up since we’ve been out here now. Everything is just better. We’re having the times of our lives!”
Jon Lindstrom Loves All the Twists and Turns in His GENERAL HOSPITAL Storyline(1/30/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Sure, some GENERAL HOSPITAL fans suspected long ago that Ryan Chamberlain was still alive, but many were still surprised when the serial killer was revealed as Kevin’s secret patient at Ferncliff. And they weren’t the only one — portrayer Jon Lindstrom admitted to Soaps In Depth he had no idea the shocking twist was coming until GH’s executive producer Frank Valentini called him into his office for a private meeting! “He said, ‘Please close the door. Remember Kevin’s brother? Guess what?’” the actor recalled. “I said, ‘He not dead, is he, Frank? When do we start?!’ And I’m having a ball!”
Being called into your boss’ office for a private meeting sounds like it could be a little nerve-wracking, but Lindstrom seems to have really good luck where Valentini is concerned. The last time the EP pulled the star aside it was to reveal that the soap was going to be pairing Kevin with Laura. “I said, ‘Use me any way you want — if I’m available, I’ll do it,’” Lindstrom confided. “But if you’re asking me if I want to work with Genie Francis? The answer is Hells to the yeah! Of course! Genie is brilliantly talented, and it’s been a real pleasure to be able to work with her. That’s a long way around the barn to say that it was a big surprise… but a very welcome one!”
Of course, Ryan isn’t just tearing Port Charles asunder. Francis herself has told us that the serial killer could mean the end of Laura and Kevin’s relationship in more ways than one. Lindstrom is doing a bang-up job portraying the evil Ryan, and the story is not over yet! Stay tuned to see what happens next.
Audiobooks Featuring Soap Actors(1/29/19) I Love Lucy: A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Sitcom (Order here)
Seamus Dever (ex-Ian, GH) is one of the supporting voices in this L.A. Theatre Works production
The onscreen pairing of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz is at the heart of one of the most popular TV shows in history. Who would have thought that to get on the air, they had to battle both a network and a sponsor who thought the show couldn't possibly succeed? Playwright Gregg Oppenheimer son of I Love Lucy's creator Jess Oppenheimer spins the hilarious true story behind America's beloved TV comedy.
Directed by Michael Hackett.
Includes an interview with playwright Gregg Oppenheimer.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast production, starring (in alphabetical order): Ron Bottitta as William S. Paley, William Frawley, and others
Music performed by Doug Walter. The "I Love Lucy" theme song used with permission of MPL Music Publishing and Songwriters Guild of America. Original music by Doug Walter.
Sound Effects Artist, Aaron Lyons. Production Manager, Rick V. Moreno. Script Supervisor, Nikki Hyde. Senior Radio Producer, Ronn Lipkin. Associate Artistic Director, Anna Lyse Erikson. Editor, Mitchell Lindskoog. Recording Engineer, Sound Designer, and Mixer, Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood
Recorded before an audience at UCLA's James Bridges Theater. (Order here)
Rebecca Budig and Michael Easton Reunite(1/27/19) Although Finn is now in a relationship with Anna, there are still plenty of GENERAL HOSPITAL fans who miss Michael Easton’s chemistry with Rebecca Budig’s Hayden. And although Finn and Hayden won’t be getting back together anytime soon on GH, the two actors will be making a very special appearance at a GH Fantasy event in May for a very special cause, the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation. “This is a cause that means a lot to me,” Budig shared on Instagram. “Am looking forward to it, Philadelphia!”
The “Teal’s Got Talent” event will be held at the Helium Comedy Club in Philadelphia, PA, on Saturday, May 4. Also joining Easton and Budig will be Lynn Herring (Lucy), Wes Ramsey (Peter), and Josh Swickard (Chase). Tickets range from $75 to $150, with the more expensive ones including personal meet-and-greets as well as photo and autograph opportunities with the stars. The entire show will feature a Q&A session with the actors and performances by ovarian cancer survivors. You can find more information as well as order tickets at this link.
Unfortunately, while some of Budig’s fans are hoping that her participation in a GH fan event means that she will be bringing Hayden back to Port Charles soon, there has been no official word on her return. Budig herself has told us that she would love to return to GH, and ABC executive Nathan Varni has also said Hayden’s comeback is “definitely a possibility” so you’ll just have to stay tuned to see if it ever happens!
Kirsten Storms Celebrates Her Zenon Anniversary!(1/27/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Fans may know Kirsten Storms best as beleaguered heroine Maxie Jones on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but some also remember her fondly as Belle Black on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, and others still will never forget her as Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century! “20 years ago today I slapped on spandex and ventured into outer space!” Storms recalled on Instagram. “This stellar movie has a special place in my heart forever (maybe not the spandex, though).”
Released on Jan. 23, 1999, Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century centers around Storms as Zenon Kar, a 13-year-old girl used to living on a space station with her family who is punished by being sent to live with her aunt on Earth where she has trouble fitting in with the Earth-bound kids. After she finally starts to make friends, Zenon then finds herself trying to save everyone on the space station from a villain trying to destroy it, but runs into trouble because she’s just a kid and no one believes her story!
Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century was such a huge hit for the Disney Channel that Storms reprised the role in two sequels, Zenon: The Zequel and Zenon: Z3, where her outer space adventures continued. The cast also included Raven-Symoné as Zenon’s best friend, Nebula Wade.
Storms did more work for Disney, playing Emily in the TV movie Johnny Tsunami and voicing Bonnie Rockwaller in the animated series KIM POSSIBLE, but moved her career into a more adult arena when she joined the cast of DAYS as Belle. After a brief stint in primetime with the ill-fated Aaron Spelling series CLUBHOUSE, Storms returned to daytime to take over the role of Maxie on GH starting in 2005 and continues to play the fan-favorite character to this day. (But to some fans, she’ll always be Zenon!)
Dishing with Digest - 1/25/19 - James Patrick Stuart(1/25/19) (Listen / download) James Patrick Stuart Chats About GH And Music
GH James Patrick Stuart (Valentin) opens up about his two daytime roles, meeting Rick Springfield (ex-Noah/Eli, GH), growing up with famous musicians in his house and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the pros and cons of showing characters grieve.
GLAAD Media Awards Drop Soap Operas(1/25/19) Acknowledging the fairness, accuracy, inclusiveness, boldness, originality, impact and overall quality of LGBTQ representations in the media, this year’s GLAAD Media Awards has decided to drop the Daily Drama category, which recognized achievements on soap operas (The Bold and the Beautiful won the past three years).
Stars React To Their Daytime Emmy Pre-Noms(1/25/19) Stars took to Twitter to share their feelings about landing pre-noms for the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. “You know as much as I try to b cool about getting nominated not getting nominated,” posted Maurice Benard (Sonny). “the reality is I always feel lucky and honored to be in the company of these actors Thank you” His co-star Michelle Stafford (Nina), in the hunt for Lead Actress, wrote, “I am HONORED to be included in this group of extremely talented women.” Billy Flynn (Chad, DAYS), who is on the list in the Best Actor category, posted, “I’m honored to be prenominated this year along side so many great actors. All my love to my @nbcdays family. Everyone of you is deserving. My heart is beaming… I’m filled with so much joy & love for the nominations of @MarciMiller [ex-Abigail, in Lead Actress] & @KateMansi [Abigail, in Guest Performer]. Y’all are my heart. #Chabby.” Jon Lindstrom (Ryan/Kevin, GH), in the Lead Actor category, enthused, “OK, my day just got made. Thx to all who voted and CONGRATS to my fellow pre-nominees!” Real-life duo Darin Brooks (Wyatt) and wife, Kelly Kruger (Mac, Y&R), both got nods. “Congrats to my babe @THEEdarinbrooks and everyone on both shows who got a prenom today!” posted Kruger, up in the Guest Performer category. Brooks, in Supporting Actor, responded, “Aww and Congrats to you too babe!!! @KrugerKelly so proud of both shows!!”
Daytime Emmys Unveil Peer-Judged Drama Pre-Nominations(1/25/19) Daytime Emmys Unveil Peer-Judged Drama Pre-Nominations: read the nominees here.
GH’s Third Annual Convention Set For June(1/25/19) GH announced that for the third year in a row, it will host a star-studded fan convention in Burbank, CA. This year’s event will take place from June 7-9, adding an extra day to the festivities. “More days, more stars, more fun!” the show’s Twitter account trilled. For tickets and more info, click here.
SAG Awards Reveals Presenters For Sunday’s 25th Anniversary Show(1/25/19) The 25th annual SAG Awards has revealed a second group of presenters for Sunday’s ceremony at the Beverly Hilton: Awkafina, Alex Baldwin, Matt Bomer, Laverne Cox, Richard Madden, Ricky Martin, Tracy Morgan, Chris Pine and Keri Russell.
FB Live Q&A: Briana Henry, Vernee Watson, and Donnell Turner(1/24/19) Video: FB Live Q&A: Briana Henry, Vernee Watson, and Donnell Turner
Michael Easton Reveals Why GENERAL HOSPITAL's Anna and Finn Are a Perfect Match(1/24/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Finn and Anna certainly are one of GENERAL HOSPITAL’s more unlikely couples, but the doc’s portrayer, Michael Easton, believes that’s exactly why the duo works! “It’s certainly an eclectic pairing,” he admitted to Soaps In Depth with a chuckle. “You always hope that opposites attract, and they are really different in a lot of ways.”
However, Anna and Finn also have quite a bit in common, something their Port Charles friends have noted. “What Felicia said a while back really stuck with me,” Easton recalled. “It was something to the effect of, ‘You both save lives and care about humanity but try to shut everybody out. If you could find each other, you could be good for each other.’
“I think that sums them up really well,” the actor continued. “Amid all the differences, Finn became an addict to distance himself from people and from his loneliness, self-loathing, pain, and sadness. I think Anna does a similar thing with her work: Her addiction is her job. They both have these strange, addictive personalities. So it’s always going to be volatile… but she’s very charming, obviously!”
Of course, every successful soap opera couple needs chemistry, something that Anna and Finn have in spades, thanks to the connection Easton shares with his co-star. “I must be the luckiest guy in daytime, with the actresses I’ve been able to work with,” he marveled. “Every time I step on stage, [Finola Hughes] makes me better!” It’s an opinion that Hughes herself shares. “I have a great scene partner in Michael,” she raved with a grin. “I couldn’t ask for a better person to bounce this off of.”
Finn has been helping Anna navigate her new relationship with her son, Peter, while she’s been on his side as he struggles to deal with his own family demons. Of course, all that took a back seat when Anna was stricken blind and the pair teamed up to uncover the truth behind the virus that caused her ailment. It looks as though there’s nothing these two can’t face together… of course there is that baby Finn doesn’t know he has!
Robert Palmer Watkins Shares His Life-Changing Trip to Africa(1/24/19) (Video) While many enjoyed the holidays at home with their families, Robert Palmer Watkins (ex-Dillon, GENERAL HOSPITAL) spent his with his family... in Africa! “I am so ready to embark on this 10-day trip to Africa today to finally visit my little sis, Kate, in the Peace Corps,” he posted to Instagram on Dec. 18. “She has been in Tanzania for over two years. I haven’t seen her the entire time she’s been gone and it’s been killing me. She’s my little baby sis and we have always been super close.”
While visiting the village where his sister was doing her work, Watkins even got to bring a little bit of holiday cheer to the kids with a special Santa’s elf costume. “Many children in this village in the Kilimanjaro region had heard of Santa but had never seen an elf like this,” he shared. “The laughter speaks for itself.”
The actor had also been looking forward to the adventure for another reason, one that was even more personal. “I couldn’t be more ready and open to taking this trip,” Watkins confided. “This past year has been a journey to say the least. I’ve experienced loss, but more gain, and the most internal growth of my entire life. I’m learning it’s okay to ask the universe and God for guidance, while also seeking out the answers, and if you just listen and allow doors to open, it’s pretty astonishing what comes next. I’m excited for those answers to come and I look forward to surrounding myself this coming year with like-minded explorers who also want growth.
“I plan to self-reflect while in Africa and come back ready to tackle 2019 full-force,” he concluded. “Here’s to checking back in with myself and cutting out the areas of my life that drain me. 2019, baby! Only positive frequencies propelling me to reach my full potential as a human, as an artist, as a man.”
Former GH Star Jaime Ray Newman Gets Oscar Nomination(1/22/19) The Oscars are Sunday, February 24 live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland.
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The Soaps In Depth Podcast #1: The Inaugural Episode(1/22/19) (Listen / download) In this first episode of The Soaps In Depth Podcast hosts Richard Simms and Charlie Mason discuss the new General Hospital opening, 5 Things We Love Right Now, and share their thoughts on what would happen if they wrote the soaps.
Video: Facebook Live with Daniel Goddard and Jason Thompson(1/18/19) Facebook Live with Daniel Goddard and Jason Thompson: Video.
Will Luke Return to GENERAL HOSPITAL? — Anthony Geary Speaks Out(1/17/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL were crushed when Anthony Geary announced his retirement and Luke Spencer made his exit from Port Charles In July of 2015. And although the actor had moved to Amsterdam, he made a brief cameo appearance in May of 2017 to help usher Jane Elliot’s Tracy off the canvas when she, too decided to retire. But could Luke make a real return to Port Charles some day? “I don’t rule anything out,” Geary confided to Soaps In Depth. “One of the things I’ve learned from being on the planet 70 years is to say ‘I don’t do this’ or ‘I don’t do that’ just limits your options. I try to keep an open mind about everything.”
Geary joined the cast of GH back in 1978, and the original planned 13-week stint was extended into a contract role that lasted for decades. He also racked up an impressive 16 Daytime Emmy Nominations during his career, taking home the trophy eight times. But all good things must come to an end, and he eventually packed his bags and moved to Amsterdam to enjoy his retirement.
“I don’t need to work, gratefully, so if I choose to do anything now, it will be for art, interest, love, or as a favor for a friend” Geary explained.. “Not to have to make a living scratching and clawing your way to the top is such a relief. I think maybe I did that more than I realized. At the time you’re doing it, you don’t realize what a battle you’re waging, how exhausting it is, and how much damage you can do. I look back on it all now and wonder how necessary it was for me to be so combative.
“The short answer is, ‘Never say never,’” Geary concluded. “Whatever makes people happy.”
Briana Nicole Henry Opens up About the Challenges of Taking Over as Jordan on GENERAL HOSPITAL(1/17/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) In some ways, Briana Nicole Henry was born to play GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Jordan. “My mom always says I was bossy from the time I came out,” the actress cracked to Soaps In Depth. “I definitely do enjoy leadership roles, and Jordan’s at the top of her game. She’s the boss and she has her hands in all the mess, which is something I can relate to.” The GH newcomer can also relate to her character’s heart of gold. “Jordan’s a powerhouse, but her motivation for this job has less to do with power and more to do with actually wanting to protect [Port Charles] and make a difference in people’s lives,” she maintained. “And I try to move through the world in a similar way and do what’s right by other people and by myself.”
While Henry immediately clicked with her character, the procedural element of Jordan’s job was a hurdle. “When you’re rattling off a victim’s case and the number of bullet wounds, it’s challenging,” she admitted. But she found support in a friend she’d made during her stint as a model on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. That show’s former Chloe, “Lizzy Hendrickson (Margaux) was my first scene partner at GH and she was a huge comfort. I told her I’d never done procedural stuff before, and she was like, ‘Girl, me, neither! It is hard. You will get it. Just know you are not alone.’ That upped my confidence, for sure.”
Then, after a few weeks of casework, GH took off the training wheels and thrust Henry into the rest of Jordan’s world. “I went from working a few days a week to four or five days a week, with 65 pages of dialogue,” she recalled. “I was getting hit pretty hard! But it’s amazing how quickly we’re able to adapt. I feel like I’m getting into a rhythm. I’m able to pick up dialogue quicker and understand the storylines. We have some serious vets on the show, and I’m like a sponge. I just want to gain as much knowledge and experience as I can from these amazing actors!” One of those amazing actors is on-screen hubby Donnell Turner. “He’s just so kind,” Henry raves. “One day, I was having a rough day with dialogue, and every time I messed up, Donnell was like, ‘You got it. We’re good.’ He’s very reassuring.”
As we head into a new year, Henry is starting to feel at home in the role created by Vinessa Antoine — and that took some time! “Talk about pressure, right?” she says. “Vinessa has a beautiful element of being a mature, strong woman, and I hoped I’d be able to bring that same energy to the role. I was nervous. These are big shoes to fill! But it was inspiring more than anything else.”
Even as Henry dug in, she understood it would take fans time to warm to her. “It’s hard to fall in love with a new person in a role you’ve already fallen in love with,” she concedes. “And the response has been mixed. I’ve been getting a lot of love, and Donnell has stood up for me a couple times. “But most of the criticism has been, if anything, kind of funny,” she adds. “A couple people have said, ‘She’s huge! She’s so big next to everyone.’ I’m 5’7”. They put me in heels. If that’s what you guys are complaining about... I feel pretty good about it!”
Katelyn MacMullen Opens up About Willow's Feelings for Chase and Michael on GENERAL HOSPITAL(1/15/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Between her students, their parents, and her own grief over the baby she gave up for adoption, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Willow has her hands full — which is why finding a sweet guy like Chase was the last thing on her mind. “They came as a surprise to one another,” the teacher’s portrayer, Katelyn MacMullen, admitted to Soaps In Depth. “But Chase and Willow have potential, for sure, because for the most part, they’re honest with each other and have great chemistry.”
The thing is, while Chase is fun and flirty, Willow also has chemistry with Michael… who happens to be her confidant! “Maybe it’s because they are sharing the same grief and opened up to each other about that when they couldn’t do that with anybody else,” MacMullen considered. “Michael became the person Willow talked to about everything. With Chase, for whatever reason, she feels she has to hide what she’s been through and who she is, to a degree. It’s a different thing drawing her to each man — it’s a body versus heart thing.”
Michael’s connection to Brad and Lucas’ baby, however, complicates matters — in more ways than they even realize! Thanks to Nelle’s baby swap, Michael is now his own baby’s godfather. But Willow still believes Wiley is the son she gave up. “Finding out Michael is the godfather was very overwhelming,” MacMullen admitted. “On the one hand, it’s great, because he’s a great person — and of course, Willow wants her baby to have someone like that in his life. But on the other, it’s so awkward. And it makes her secret and the guilt she feels even more prominent.”
As tense as it’s gotten with Michael, however, the actress suspects he can still give Chase a run for his money when it comes to capturing Willow’s heart for good. “It’s very possible,” MacMullen teased with a wink.
The Truth Behind Anna's Vitreous Hemorrhage Diagnosis on GENERAL HOSPITAL(1/15/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Fans were just as stunned as Anna when she suddenly went blind on GENERAL HOSPITAL. But what is a vitreous hemorrhage, and can her eyesight be restored?Thankfully, she’s got a good team on her side!
Anna was at Kelly's with her son, Peter, when she suddenly got a terrible headache. While she could blame that on her recent phlebotomy treatment, she couldn’t explain why her vision suddenly turned dark and she found herself unable to see! Peter rushed her to the hospital where Finn was desperate for answers as Griffin ran tests. Eventually, Griff revealed that she had suffered a vitreous hemorrhage, but they had no idea why.
A vitreous hemorrhage is the leakage of blood into the vitreous humor, the clear gel that fills the space between the lens and the retina of the eye. It can cause faint cobweb-like apparitions that float through the field of vision, blurry or reddish tint to vision, or brief flashes of light. The mildest cases will cause the cobweb-like “floaters” while extreme cases can cause seriously impaired vision. The hemorrhage can have various causes, including trauma, age-related macular degeneration, or a macroaneurysm. Treatments vary case by case, but the goal is to fix the cause of the hemorrhage as quickly as possible. Retinal tears can be repaired, while detached retinas are reattached surgically.
However, before the doctors can repair Anna’s vitreous hemorrhage, they’ll need to figure out exactly what caused it in the first place. It can also take months for the body to clear all of the blood from the vitreous even after treatment, so Anna will have quite a rocky road in front of her. Might the loss of her eyesight be permanent?
Steve Burton Reveals How Maurice Benard Inspired Him Not to Leave GENERAL HOSPITAL(1/13/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL were first introduced to Steve Burton as Jason Quartermaine back in 1991, but they may not be aware that they almost didn’t get to enjoy the character of Jason Morgan he became after the car accident! “Maurice Benard (Sonny) really took me under his wing,” Burton confided to Soaps In Depth of his early days on the soap. “Maurice and I didn’t really talk that much at first, but we saw each other around, and one day, we started talking. I was actually about to leave the show, and he said, ‘I’ve seen some of your work. You’re really good. Do you have a technique?’ I said, “I have no idea, man.’ And he said, ‘Man, I’d love to help you!’ I was like, ‘Awesome! Let’s do it!’
“This was when I was still playing Jason Quartermaine,” he continued, “so I’d go to his house, and we’d rehearse and rehearse, and he’d teach me. I spent a lot of time with him and his family. I didn’t really have a teacher before, and it was like I was in acting class all the time.”
Whether or not the bond between Benard and Burton inspired the GH writers to turn the Quartermaine heir into Sonny’s right-hand-man, but the actor suspects it may have played a part in it. “I don’t know whether that was the trigger or not,” Burton admitted, “but he is a huge mentor of mine and taught me a lot. It was just amazing. It changed my career, actingwise.”
Burton also revealed the two most important lessons that he learned from his co-star and friend, both for his acting career and just for life in general. “First of all, you have to be honest with yourself,” he declared. “If you can’t be honest with yourself in life, you will never grow as a person. I found that to be true. Whether we like the truth or not, if you can be honest with yourself, you can grow as a person and an actor. And number two is, if it’s not there, never force it. No matter what you think a scene should be or what place you think you should be at as an actor, if it’s not there, do not force it. I still follow both of those suggestions today.”
Laura Wright Reveals Why She Originally Turned Down the Role of Carly on GENERAL HOSPITAL(1/11/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When Laura Wright joined the cast of GENERAL HOSPITAL in 2005 as Carly Corinthos, she knew that the role was the perfect fit for her, but it almost didn't happen! “At first, I turned it down,” the actress confided to Soaps In Depth, “because I didn’t want to leave the East Coast, and I was nervous about moving my family.”
At the time, Wright was living on the East Coast and starring as Cassie on the CBS sudser, GUIDING LIGHT, a role she’d been playing since 1997. “When my friend asked why I was so nervous to say yes, I told her I was afraid to leave GL. It’s been my family. It’s a part of me. Then she asked me if I thought I could do this part and I said, ‘Oh hell yeah. I was made to do the role!’ That was my answer. After playing Ally on LOVING and THE CITY and Cassie on GL, the next logical step was Carly. It all felt like prep for Carly.
“I couldn’t have played her early on,” she continued. “I didn’t have the strength or confidence as an actor. I needed the experience and all the incredible actors who helped me become the actress I am today. I just didn’t yet have a lot of things I needed to play Carly.”
But even though she felt like the GH heroine was the perfect role for her to tackle at that point in her career, Wright admitted that she still felt the pressure taking over the fan-favorite character. “Carly was a character fans had a complete love for, and there was definitely love for the first two actresses [Sarah Brown and Tamara Braun] who played her. They weren’t sold on the third [Jennifer Bransford], so I had to prove myself. I was concentrating on the dialogue and talking to the writers and finding out who she was — I really wanted to give the audience what they loved about Carly.”
And if you ask GH fans today, they’ll agree that Wright has done an absolutely tremendous job making Carly her own, so it turns out she really was born for this role!
Soap Alum In New Ad For PETA(1/11/19) Ignacio Serricchio (ex-Alex, Y&R; ex-Diego, GH) appears in a new ad for PETA Latino with his dog, Hero, that encourages people to treat their animals like family. “I don’t consider Hero to be just my pet—he’s my partner,” says Serricchio in a statement. “Taking him with me everywhere I go makes the experiences 10 times better. I saved his life when I rescued him from a man who abused him, and a year later, he saved mine after I lost my little brother. We need each other, and we share the same adventurous spirit and love for people. He’s a member of the family, and I encourage everyone who has animal companions to take their time to train them with lots of praise and treats and give them all the love and attention that they deserve.” For more information, please visit PETALatino.com.
Sean Donely on GENERAL HOSPITAL — Everything You Need to Know(1/10/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Recently, Jordan made a call to Sean Donely on GENERAL HOSPITAL leading some longtime fans to recall the glory days of Port Charles in the ‘80s and newer viewers to wonder who that guy even is! Well, Sean first appeared back in 1984 when actor John Reilly joined GH as Robert Scorpio’s old boss from the WSB. He left the soap in 1995 but made an additional appearance on the GH spinoff, NIGHT SHIFT as well as one last visit to GH proper in 2013.
When Sean first appeared, he was actually bored of retirement and wanted to challenge himself by going up against another experienced spy — namely his old friend, Scorpio. He kidnapped those close to Robert, but his hoped-for excitement turned to horror when he thought he’d accidentally killed Robert in the process. Thankfully, Scorpio turned up alive, and Sean was so relieved he didn’t even fight back when he arrested him.
Sean and Robert made amends and teamed up to defeat the evil Mr. Wu in the Asian Quarter adventure. In gratitude, Robert made Sean godfather to his daughter, Robin Scorpio. During this time, Sean also had an affair with Monica Quartermaine which was vehemently opposed by both Alan and Edward Quartermaine.
In 1987 Sean found himself on a hit list made by terrorists targeting spies. Robert returned to Port Charles to help him, and together with Anna Devane, Tiffany Hill, and Duke Lavery, they traveled to Mt. Rushmore and defeated the terrorists and their leader. Next, Sean suffered a bit of a mid-life crisis, and fell for Dr. Greta Ingstrom, but soon went back to his one, true love, Tiffany. The two were finally married in the Quartermaine mansion before their friends and family.
Sean’s past came back to haunt him when his arch-nemesis, Cesar Faison, arrived in Port Charles in 1990. It was revealed that in the past, Sean had teamed up with Faison to split up Anna and Robert because he feared losing his two best spies to a life of wedded domesticity. The pair weren’t thrilled to learn this, but teamed up with Sean to defeat Faison before he could force Anna to marry him. Faison later tried to take revenge by poisoning Tiffany, and Sean again teamed up with Robert and Anna to bring him down.
In 1992, Sean became police commissioner when Robert and Anna were presumed dead in a boat explosion. His marriage to Tiffany began to fracture as she became obsessed with adopting her late sister’s son, Lucas. Sean had an affair with attorney Jessica Holmes, and both women discovered they were pregnant at the same time. Sadly, Tiffany miscarried, and Jessica confessed she’d lied about being pregnant. When Jessica turned out to actually be pregnant, Sean threatened her to keep her mouth shut, and when the woman was found dead, he feared a jealous Tiffany had killed her. However, it was later revealed that her murderer was the notorious Ryan Chamberlain.
Caught in a shootout alongside Luke Spencer with mobster Frank Smith, Sean was shot by the villain. Later that year, Luke accidentally shot Sean himself. As the former spy was sent off to recuperate, a delighted Tiffany revealed that she was finally pregnant. The happy couple left for Boston to get Sean the best care possible and start a new life with their child.
Sean and Tiffany returned to Port Charles in 2008 to offer support to Robert, who was battling colon cancer. They also shared the news that their daughter was now a teenager and was named Anna. Sean showed up again in 2013 when Luke and Holly discovered that the money Jerry Jacks had extorted had been collected by Sean. They went to his place and met Anna Donley before Sean appeared in a wheelchair. Sean had been poisoned like Luke and Jerry, and had taken the money in the hopes of buying a cure from Jerry. However, he’d only been given a temporary cure, and Luke made sure he found a permanent cure for his old friend.
Hoping for some information about the current spate of murders plaguing Port Charles that are so similar to the Ryan Chamberlain case, Jordan called Sean to see if he could help, but sadly, Tiffany told the current police commissioner that Sean was suffering from serious memory problems and couldn’t help.
A First Look at Rebecca Budig's New Role on L.A.'S FINEST!(1/8/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Fans who miss seeing Rebecca Budig as Hayden Barnes on GENERAL HOSPITAL can take heart that they will soon be able to see her in a brand new series: L.A.’S FINEST! The drama series is slated to premiere this spring on Spectrum cable, and Budig is slated to appear as Carlene Hart. “I’m trying hard to stay off social media as an example to my daughter but checking in from time to time,” the actress tweeted back in November of 2018. “Loving L.A.’S FINEST. I’ll be in a few episodes. Can’t wait for you to see it next year!”
(Photo) The series stars Gabrielle Union as Sydney “Syd” Burnett, the character she played in the 2003 movie Bad Boys II, and Jessica Alba as Nancy McKenna, both LAPD detectives who don’t agree on much but find common ground when taking down dangerous criminals. The cast also includes actor Ryan McPartlin, who may be best known for playing Devon “Captain Awesome” Woodcomb on the NBC series CHUCK, but who soap fans will remember as Hank Bennett on the NBC soap PASSIONS. And Budig has shared some images from the L.A.’S FINEST set alongside her co-star.
(Video) Although Budig hasn’t said yet exactly what her role on the series is, she’s obviously sharing her scenes with McPartlin, and possibly playing his office co-worker, based on the Boomerang animation she shared (and taken by McPartlin) of her on set pretending to answer a call. “Answering phones,” she joked. “I do it all.”
(Video) Over on his own Instagram, McPartlin shared a cute little animation from the set where the two of them looked at each other and then at the viewer as they waited for their turn in front of the cameras. But he also hasn’t revealed any details about their roles, so we’ll just have to stay tuned.
Budig was already well known to soap fans for her roles as Michelle on GUIDING LIGHT and Greenlee on ALL MY CHILDREN when she made her GH debut as the mysterious Hayden in 2015. The character became a hit with fans, but was written out in September of 2017 leaving them waiting for her return, preferably with Finn’s baby in tow! Although Budig has told Soaps In Depth she would love to come back, and ABC executive Nathan Varni admitted Hayden’s return is “definitely a possibility,” there are currently no plans in the works. So fans will just have to keep an eye out for L.A.’S FINEST this spring. We will keep you up to date on a premiere date as well as any other projects Budig has in the works, so stay tuned!
A First Look at Rebecca Budig's New Role on L.A.'S FINEST!(1/8/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) (Photo1, Photo2) It’s unlikely you’ll see it her alter ego of Quinn Forrester sporting it on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, but Rena Sofer just got a new tattoo with a very special meaning. Shortly after the New Year, the actress teased fans with a shot of her getting the ink on her left forearm. “I’ll show it when it’s healed!” she promised. “48 hours!”
Once her arm was healed, Sofer shared a shot of the image that was designed by her daughter, artist Rosabel Rosalind Kurth, and then transformed into skin art by Los Angeles-based tattoo artist Daniel Winter. And each part of the detailed design carries a special meaning for the actress and mother. “I am the queen bee,” she explained. “And the MRA in my scepter are for my girls. The shoes show while I can be a woman in every sense of the word, I’ll also protect my family with everything I have. The crown says what I am: MAMA.”
Sofer has other tattoos that she has gotten over the years, but this one is extra-special and one that took extra planning. “I’ve thought about this for years so it wasn’t a snap decision, and while I’ve had many tattoos in my life, this is my most meaningful,” she expressed. “Thank you, Rosabel, for the amazing art, and Daniel Winter for the amazing work.”
Rosabel really is a very talented artist, and Winter did an incredible job translating it into a tattoo for Sofer. Of course, now we can’t help but wonder what kind of tattoos Quinn might get for herself!
Emme Rylan Requests Help for Her Sister's Battle With Cancer(1/7/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) It may appear that GENERAL HOSPITAL star Emme Rylan (Lulu) shares basically everything with her fans on social media, but as with any person, there is still so much going on that you don’t see on Twitter or Instagram. “Although I share so much of my life with you, there has still been a very private side,” Rylan confided in a recent Instagram post. “My sister, Lara, is battling stage four cancer. My family would be so grateful if you could take a look at her page. Even a dollar helps.”
Lara Behrens’ family has set up a GoFundMe Page that details how she learned in October of 2018 that the back pain she had been suffering from was due to a cancerous mass on her sacrum, the bone at the base of the spine just above the tailbone. While exploring alternative options, the current treatments to bring the cancer under control and offer some relief have already depleted Lara’s savings, and she reluctantly allowed her family to set up the page to ask for donations to contribute towards her medical needs and living expenses. After just 20 days, the page was $25,815 towards its goal of $30,000.
Some of Rylan’s GH castmates also helped to get the word out. “Hey, beautiful ones,” posted Tamara Braun (Kim). “This is our dear Emme Rylan’s sister, Lara. She is battling stage four cancer. Please visit Emme’s page and click the link in her bio to learn more. I don’t know Lara personally, but she sure does sound like a kind and giving person who could use some help. Any contribution would help. Sending love and gratitude.” Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) also tweeted: “Please read Emme Rylan’s post and if you can spare a bit of healing love wrapped in a donation for her sister, Lara, we who love our Emme would be so grateful.”
Our thoughts are with Rylan’s entire family during this difficult time, and we wish them all the best as Lara continues her treatments and hopefully beats this thing.
Laura Wright Thanks Fans for Their Love as She Mourns Her Parents(1/7/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) The end of 2018 was challenging for GENERAL HOSPITAL star Laura Wright (Carly), but she’s determined to start 2019 on a positive note and also thank her loyal fans for their unwavering support as she mourned the loss of her parents. “I wanna thank you all for your condolences,” she posted to Instagram. “It’s been an interesting couple months (I refuse to use a negative label). Honestly, I’m just grateful. Taking deep breaths and being present. And I’m excited for what 2019 has to bring!” She also included the hashtags: “#lifeisbeautiful, #grateful, #itsuptoyou, #itsreallyuptoyou, and #2019Baby.”
GH fans have been flooding Wright’s social media accounts with heartfelt messages of love and support both when she lost her mother back in October of 2018 and again when her father passed away in December. The actress traveled home to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with boyfriend Wes Ramsey (Peter) to join her family and friends in memorializing both Betty and Rector Sisk.
Our thoughts continue to go out to Wright and her entire family during this difficult time.
Maurice Benard Previews His New Role as John Gotti(1/6/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Back in September of 2018, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard teased that he had an exciting new project he was working on that was later revealed to be a Lifetime movie titled Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter, in which he would be playing the infamous crime lord, John Gotti. The film is scheduled to premiere on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. ET, and Soaps In Depth managed to chat with Benard about his role from the movie’s Vancouver set while he was filming it. “It’s a great role and I’m having a great time playing a real-life character,” he enthused. “This was a really great opportunity.”
Thankfully, the filming of Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter coincided with GH’s summer break, so the Emmy-winner was able to schedule in this moonlighting with a little assistance from the soap’s executive producer, Frank Valentini. “Frank was great,” Benard confided. “The timing worked out with the hiatus, and Frank was able to shift some stuff around to make it work.” Of course, it was still quite the whirlwind, with the actor on a plane to Canada just 48 hours after being cast as the Teflon Don. “I didn’t have time to think about stressing out,” admitted Benard, who notoriously hates to fly.
Benard was joined on location with his wife, Paula, and when he wasn’t hard at work for director Catherine Cyran, the pair were able to take in the sights. “It’s beautiful up here,” he said of Vancouver. One one of his days off, they even rented a boat for what the actor called “a great, relaxing day.”
But there was still plenty of hard work to be done, especially since Benard was tasked with portraying a real-life person. Thankfully, he did have the advantage of meeting John Gotti’s daughter, Victoria, on set to get some insight. “She gave me some great tips about her father,” he revealed, adding that playing such a larger-than-life historical figure was “very difficult but at the same time exhilarating.”
As Benard said on Instagram, "Put it in your calendars" and be sure to watch in February. But you can get a sneak preview of the film right now courtesy of this trailer (Video)!
Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson Explain the Cancellation of the Port Chuck Tour(1/6/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Unfortunately for fans looking forward to the upcoming Port Chuck concerts, the planned tour has been cancelled and GENERAL HOSPITAL stars Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) and Steve Burton (Jason) took to Facebook to explain why. The original plans were to do a “Tour for the Cure” in support of the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation with dates in Cincinnati, Nashville, Dallas, San Antonio, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Sacramento, and Irvine, CA. But the group ran into a snag with the computer containing all the song files they had recorded.
“We finally found the computer, and Scott [Reeves, ex-Steven] tried to get the tracks off the hard drive,” explained Burton in a video they recorded. “because the computer was no longer working. And that didn’t work. He took it to a computer expert, which took a couple days to figure out if they could recover the files. And it turns out all the tracks were completely corrupted. So 20-plus tracks were completely corrupted.”
Anderson joked that even Spinelli wouldn’t have been able to salvage the computer files, but then turned serious as the duo admitted that they also considered re-recording all the tracks but it proved impossible. “That being said, 20-plus tracks was gonna be almost impossible to get recorded, mastered, and done over the holidays in time to put together a kick-ass show that we couldn’t have done it in time anyway,” Burton revealed.
The original plan had been for Burton to act as DJ and spin the instrumental tracks for the others to sing over. Without those song files, the next option would have been to coordinate an actual band, but that proved impossible to coordinate in time for the tour dates already scheduled. “We didn’t want to throw something together the last week and just hope for the best,” Anderson admitted. “We wanted to make sure that we’re giving a good product. Something we can be proud of and you guys could enjoy.”
Burton assured fans that they would all be refunded their money for the tickets, and promised they were still trying to get Port Chuck on tour again, but couldn’t announce anything at this time because they were still coordinating everyone's schedules. Check out their video below for their full explanation, and for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine. (Video)
Dishing with Digest - Linda Dano - 1/4/19(1/4/19) (Listen/download) Linda Dano Reflects On Daytime Career
Beloved soap vet Linda Dano looks back on her ANOTHER WORLD years as Felicia Gallant, her friendship with Stephen Schnetzer (ex-Cass), her jump to ABC and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss Ingo Rademacher’s upcoming departure from B&B and what it means for the canvas.
Hank on GENERAL HOSPITAL — Everything You Need to Know!(1/3/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Port Charles newcomer Hank has GENERAL HOSPITAL fans buzzing about who this mysterious man is and what is his real motive for seeking out Drew. They're also wondering who is Shiloh, but we'll explain that twist in a little bit! While the character is new, the actor may look familiar to viewers since Coby Ryan McLaughlin has appeared in numerous primetime series over the years as well as another soap.
Hank first appeared in the Dec. 27 episode of GH when he saw Jason Morgan shooting pool at The Floating Rib and assumed he was Drew Cain. Jason explained to the stranger that he is actually Drew’s twin brother and Hank admitted that Drew had never mentioned he had a brother before. Hank said he was a friend of Drew’s from Afghanistan, and learning that he was now living in Port Charles, asked Jason for his information. Naturally suspicious, Jason hedged his bets and instead offered to take Hank’s information to give to Drew to contact him.
Jason then located Drew and passed along the info, admitting he suspects Hank has an agenda because he was a little too eager to tell his story to a complete stranger. Drew ran into his “old friend” at the hospital, and admitted he doesn’t remember anything about him, so Hank revealed that he’d saved his life after an explosion and was happy to finally be able to say thank you.
But things took an even more interesting turn when Sam and Jason went to visit the new place Kristina had moved into and discovered that Dawn of Day’s group leader, Shiloh, was none other than Hank himself!
Shiloh/Hank isn’t actually McLaughlin’s first daytime role. The actor appeared on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS in a handful of episodes in September of 2018 playing Andrew Lynford, the man Ashley used to fake a DNA test to make her brother think he wasn’t really a member of the Abbott family.
McLaughlin has also had recurring roles on primetime shows like PARENTHOOD, GRACELAND, and WOMEN’S MURDER CLUB in addition to guest appearances on series including TWO AND A HALF MEN, THE CROSSING, NCIS, and CASTLE.
Stay tuned to see exactly what Hank is up to in Port Charles.
Wes Ramsey Expresses His Deep Love for Laura Wright(1/3/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) As 2019 began, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Wes Ramsey (Peter) shared a beautifully heartfelt message to his love, Laura Wright (Carly). “As I close out this powerful calendar year,” he posted to Instagram, “I’m reflecting continually on — and humbly moved by — the grace with which this strong woman moves through the world. We’ve been blessed with so much this year, yet she has lost so much more.”
Ramsey is referring to Wright having lost her beloved mother back in October, followed by the death of her father at the end of December. But throughout any hardships, the actress has remained grateful for the good things in her life, and it’s an attitude he is hoping to emulate himself. “Her unplanned, unprepared stoicism in spite of such loss is revering to my heart and inspiring to my spirit,” Ramsey declared. “She’s a tour de force — paving the road in spite of the path or its forced directions. I know this because I, too, am on that path. Her path. I am here to vouch that the road is smooth and placed with both intention and foundation, no matter the obstacle.
“So as I close out this year — one of the best of my life,” Ramsey concluded, “I’ve never thought less about my worried self and been more honored by this magical angel as her laughter (my distraction) keeps my dreams not just afloat, but out in front. I’m proud of you. I admire you. I thank you for letting me walk with you.”
For her part, Wright is also grateful to have Ramsey by her side. “I’ve had a beautiful January 1,” she shared on her own Instagram. “Reflection, tears, and gratitude for this view. I wrapped myself in love and memories and took deep breaths (and a quick dip in the hot tub), staying quiet with my thoughts on this new day. Thank you, Wes, for being by my side.”
The love these two share is an inspiration to everyone. All the best for a happy 2019 for the both of them!
GENERAL HOSPITAL's Emma and Robin Reunite!(1/3/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) Although neither of them are regular cast members anymore, Kimberly McCullough (Robin) and Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma) both return to GENERAL HOSPITAL for occasional visits… but not always together! However, the on-screen mother and daughter were reunited on New Year’s Day when Silzer attended a gathering at McCullough’s home! “The best of the New Years,” McCullough tweeted, adding on Instagram: “My heart is so big this year.” Silzer responded to the tweet with: “Best day ever! Love you tons!” followed by a bunch of heart emojis.
McCullough first joined the cast of GH back in 1985, and viewers watched the little girl grow up on screen into a teenager and finally a woman with a little girl of her own. Silzer made her initial appearance as Robin’s daughter, Emma, back in 2011, and just like her on-screen mom, grew up on television episode after episode. Although both left the soap — along with Jason Thompson’s Patrick — when the family moved to California in January of 2016, the actresses have both continued to return for visits every so often. The last time McCullough and Silzer were both on GH at the same time was in May of 2018 when they were in town for the annual Nurses Ball.
Although McCullough didn’t reveal any details of the event that brought her and Silzer back together for the day, she did share another photo that showed Silzer playing Loteria with some other kids. Loteria is a game of chance similar to bingo, and you can see the game cards on the table where they’re marking off the matches in the hopes of winning.
It’s wonderful to know that McCullough and Silzer have remained close in real-life, and we can’t wait to see them together on GH again someday. Hey, that Nurses Ball is coming up again in the spring!
Kelsey Wang Reveals Daisy's True Motives on GENERAL HOSPITAL(12/31/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Of all the new characters introduced to GENERAL HOSPITAL recently, the mysterious Daisy is the one that has fans buzzing. Already suspicious of the young woman who shared a copy of the book Every Day Is a New Dawn with Kristina, the revelation that Daisy works at Turning Woods care facility has the theories flying fast and furious! “I read a lot of fan responses on Twitter, and there are tons of rumors,” Daisy’s portrayer, Kelsey Wang, confided to Soaps In Depth. “Am I Kristina’s new love interest? Oscar's new love interest? Am I in a cult? It’s just so much fun to keep people guessing!”
One thing the actress knows for sure about her daytime alter ego is that she’s not part of a coven. GH has done some pretty far-out plotlines over the years, but this isn’t one of them. “I don’t think Daisy has special powers,” Wang smiled. “I’m not playing a witch.” And despite her healing touch with Oscar’s headaches, Daisy isn’t some kind of miracle worker, either. “I don’t think Daisy’s healing Oscar’s brain tumor,” she added. “People get stress migraines all the time, and breathing and just calming down the body can really help. I think Daisy’s doing that, with a little bit of Reiki.”
However, while many viewers are convinced that Daisy and her friends are a suspicious group, Wang insisted that her character’s motivations are pure. “Daisy’s found her purpose in helping others and volunteering,” she explained, “and she kind of sees herself — or her past self — in Kristina, who is lost. She truly believes she can help Kristina find her way. She wants to hang out with this girl and just get to know her… and if she can help her, that would be even better. And in Oscar, again, Daisy saw someone who needed help and helped him. She and her friends all have the same mission and spirits, so they’re living together.”
But what about the fact that Daisy was spotted working at Turning Woods and seems to be somehow connected to the obituary that Sam received in the mail? Wang isn’t going to spoil the upcoming twists and turns, but promised “viewers will definitely be surprised” by what’s coming up next!
Ricky Martin and husband Jwan Yosef welcome a baby girl(12/31/18) Ricky Martin and his husband Jwan Yosef have a lot to celebrate going into the new year.
“We are beyond happy to announce that we have become parents to a beautiful and healthy baby girl, Lucia Martin-Yosef,” Martin wrote on Instagram Monday alongside a photo of the couple holding their daughter’s hands. “It has been a special time for us and we cant wait to see where this stellar baby will take us. Both her beautiful brothers and me and [Jwan] have fallen in love with Lucia”
Martin also announced his news in Spanish with roughly the same message, but added the family is “grateful to be able to start this 2019 with the best gift we could receive, the gift of life.”
The 47-year-old singer is already a parent to 10-year-old twins Valentino and Matteo.
Martin revealed in January 2018 that he and Yosef, a 34-year-old artist, were married. The couple was first linked in April 2016, and announced their engagement later that year.
Congratulations to the proud papas.
Laura Wright Mourns the Death of Her Father(12/31/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Please join us in sending love to GENERAL HOSPITAL star Laura Wright (Carly), who is mourning the death of her father, Rector Sisk. She shared the heartbreaking news on Instagram with a series of photos of her dad with her mother, Betty, who passed away just two months earlier in October. “Together is a beautiful place to be,” Wright said of her parents’ passing. “RIP, Dad. I love you.” Her father was 75.
Wright, who began her daytime career as Aly on LOVING and THE CITY before playing Cassie on GUIDING LIGHT and then joining the cast of GH, has always enjoyed a warm, loving family. She has two children, Lauren, and John, and a brother, Jeffrey Sisk. Now her parents, Rector and Betty, are reunited in heaven to watch over all of them. Our thoughts are with Wright and her entire family during this difficult time.
Another GH Star Engaged(12/31/18) Josh Swickard (Chase, GH) reported on Instagram that he proposed to girlfriend Lorynn York, who said yes. “I have always had a hard time posting about my private life,” he posted. “However I can’t keep this to myself, l just asked this beautiful girl to spend the rest of her life with me. @lorynnyork I love you so much and I can’t wait to grow old with you.” Check out the photos here https://www.instagram.com/p/Br_JAt1A6Ic/. Swickard’s co-stars Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan) and Elizabeth Hendrickson (Margaux) announced their engagements last week.
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Kirsten Storms Reveals How Her Daughter's Dancing Moved Her To Tears(12/28/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Harper Rose Barash is turning five soon, and the daughter of GENERAL HOSPITAL stars Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny) caused just a little bit of drama for her folks at her ballet class! “There’s no accurate way for me to describe how seriously this girl takes being a ballerina,” Storms explained to Soaps In Depth, noting how different she and her baby girl are. “I’m very T-shirt and jeans. My daughter just adores fashion. She picks out shoes that have sparkles and resemble a ballet slipper. She’s very girly.”
Maybe she gets that from dad, who was a little taken aback to find his ex-wife fighting back tears while picking Harper up from ballet class. But don’t worry — they were happy tears because Storms had gotten some very good news about her tiny dancer. “The teacher came to tell me Harper’s paying attention too well for her age,” the proud mom declared. “She’s pretty smart, so they’re moving her to the six-to-seven-year-old class!
“I was standing there, literally drying my eyes,” Storms recalled with a smile. “The teacher comes out and tells me my daughter’s advanced and I’m trying not to sob? Brandon walked over and was like, ‘What is wrong?’ So the pride I felt was apparent!”
Storms has shared some pictures of Harper in dance class on her Instagram, and we can’t wait to see some videos… maybe of one of her stage performances? We’ll keep an eye out and be sure to share them when it happens!
Season 4 Of THE BAY Drops Today(12/28/18) On Friday, December 28, season four of the Emmy-winning digital drama series THE BAY will be released. Expect five all–new installments, totaling over three hours worth of new content. The first half of the season will be available for 48 hours for free on the show’s official website at http://www.thebaytheseries.com, with an Amazon Prime Video release to follow. Check out this season 3 recap to get you up to speed, and get prepared to #BingeTheBay on Friday! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6D4KSjoLk9Q&feature=youtu.be.
Travel Guide to Port Charles By Lucy Coe(12/26/18) (Book Cover) (Promo Video) (Get your copy here!) Fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL who watch the soap religiously every day may think they know Port Charles inside and out, but a new book may have some surprises in store for them! The Travel Guide to Port Charles promises to tell you “when to go, where to live, who to love, and who to never, ever cross in America’s most dramatic city!”
Written by librarian-turned-real estate agent Lucy Coe — with additional material by some of the town’s other notable residents — the book chronicles the history of Port Charles and offers suggestions of places to go and the people you might see there with some gossipy tidbits along the way. There are sections devoted to the town’s heroes, tips on where to dine, a suggested scavenger hunt, reviews of the many Port Charles Balls, and quizzes so the reader can determine where they would fit in if they lived in this hustling, bustling town.
The Travel Guide to Port Charles (actually written by GH scribe Chris Van Etten) is available at bookstores now, and while the paperback lists for $15.99, you can get it for just $10.99 from Amazon.com. It may be too late to give as a gift for the holidays, but now’s the best time to get a little something for yourself, right?
Amazon Promo Copy:
Lucy Coe, the once mousy librarian who turned into a villainous liar, schemer, vixen and unlikely heroine takes us on a tour of Port Charles where, she says, you're as likely to encounter a den of not-so-secret agents as you are a gold-hearted, gun-toting "coffee importer." But Lucy isn't your only guide. Other storied characters from the show step in to take a leg of the tour.
In these pages, you'll find the lowdown on the history of their fair (if not always just) city, where to settle, what to eat, how to have fun, whom to befriend and whom to avoid. Please don't be put off by some of the more evocative tidbits you'll find within.
There are walking tours. Even though Lucy says the best way to see any city is in the back of a chauffeured limousine ? or better yet, by helicopter, but some have budgets. For economy-conscious travelers Lucy offers a slew of tours that'll cost you nothing but the indignity of being seen in sturdy footwear.
Stop along the way provides gossip, history and sordid details. There is section devoted to the town's heroes, tips on "Where to Gorge," "Where to Worship," a suggested scavenger hunt, reviews of the many Port Charles Balls, and, of course, quizzes the reader can take to determine where they would fit if they were lucky enough to be a Port Charles resident. (Get your copy here!)
Elizabeth Hendrickson Got Engaged to Rob Meder This Christmas!(12/26/18) (Photo) It was a very special Christmas for GENERAL HOSPITAL actress Elizabeth Hendrickson (Margaux), who became engaged to boyfriend Rob Meder over the holiday! “Officially my favorite Christmas ever!” she announced on Instagram with a pic of her holding up a glass of champagne to the camera, showing off her absolutely gorgeous ring. “I have a feeling it’s going to be a great year!”
Meder shared the same image on his own Instagram, being sure to point out that selfie cameras on cell phones reverse the image so everything is backwards. “That’s Lizzie’s left,” he noted of the ring finger, “making for an extra special Xmas.”
Hendrickson joined the cast of GH in May of 2018 as the town’s new district attorney, Margaux Dawson, but she was already well-known to soap fans from her roles as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Chloe and ALL MY CHILDRENS’ Maggie and Frankie. Her Instagram is full of sweet pics with her romantic beau, and last Thanksgiving she expressed her love to Meder with a sweet message. “Thank you for always keeping me in check while simultaneously letting me be me,” she shared. “I’d also like to thank you for listening to all of my new karaoke song choices on repeat in the mornings. You’re a great man and an amazing partner.”
Congratulations to the couple for a lifetime of happiness!
GH Actress Engaged!(12/24/18) On Instagram, Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan, GH) revealed she had gotten engaged to beau Kris Bowers. “I get to love you for a lifetime now,” she posted, along with a video of the big moment. “Wow. I love you @krisbowersmusic Opens a New Window. . Here’s to all that’s to come. You are a dream.” Congratulations to the happy couple and check out her reaction here.
Vernee Watson on Young Sheldon - 1/10/18(12/24/18) “A Tummy Ache and a Whale of a Metaphor” – When Sheldon has to spend a few days in the hospital, he turns into the world’s worst patient. Also, Missy gets a taste of what life would be like without her twin, on YOUNG SHELDON, Thursday, Jan. 10 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Vernee Watson (Nurse Robinson), Wayne Wilderson (Dr. Gilbert), Mauricio Lara (Ricky).
Elizabeth Hendrickson Opens up About Margaux and Sonny's Relationship on GENERAL HOSPITAL(12/23/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Since GENERAL HOSPITAL’s D.A. Dawson came to town with a Sonny-sized chip on her shoulder, she’s rubbed a lot of locals the wrong way. But portrayer Elizabeth Hendrickson is crazy about Margaux. “I love her so much,” she confided to Soaps In Depth with a grin. “I know she’s been hard as nails and a bit persistent, but she kind of has to be. If she backs down, look at who she’s up against! She’s been going at some of the strongest characters in Port Charles, and there’s a lot stacked up against her.”
In an interesting turn, however, it’s the don himself who’s shown fans — and Hendrickson — another side of her character by exposing Margaux’s mother’s part in her father’s Mob hit. “Not only did her mother have an affair,” marveled the actress, “but she had it with someone who’s on the wrong side of the law — which goes against everything Margaux grew up believing in. Learning the truth shook her to the core. It really blew up in her face.”
While Sonny’s play hasn’t gotten the D.A. to back down yet, he’s certainly made progress. “Margaux has been gunning for him and disgusted with him, and all of a sudden, he’s kind of getting through to her,” Hendrickson admitted. “Sonny’s tugging at her heartstrings in ways she wasn’t expecting — and doesn’t really want — to feel! This falls under that whole umbrella of her questioning everything she’s been doing and believing in. Margaux’s definitely at odds with herself now.”
With Margaux’s tough exterior cracking, she may become a character who’s easier to root for. “I realize I tend to play unliked characters,” conceded the soap-hopper. “It took a long time for people to come around and like THE YOUNG THE RESTLESS’ Chloe. And ALL MY CHILDREN’s Frankie was a little firecracker who stirred the pot. But we’re all unlikable to a certain extent, so Maurice Benard (Sonny) and I have had a lot of fun trying to find all those great, intimate moments to show the humanity in both of our characters.”
As Margaux reevaluates her life, fans are wondering how close she and Sonny will get. (She wouldn’t be the first law enforcer to fall for him, after all!) “I always say to Maurice, ‘Don’t get too close, because I don’t want to fall down an elevator shaft,’” Hendrickson cracked. “But if there was any supercouple I would ever interfere with, Sonny and Carly would be the one to get in the middle of, because I respect Maurice and Laura Wright so much. I’ll take any opportunity to work with them. I know the fans would come after me, but sometimes, you have to shake things up. So if that’s the path these two characters go, I would love it!”
Of course, the hard-nosed D.A. isn’t thinking about romance right now. She’s just trying to make sense of her lying mother and the mobster she came to Port Charles to take down. “I hope she turns and starts working with Sonny,” Hendrickson revealed, adding that she’s happy to see her character go anywhere on the canvas. “Anywhere but dead!”
Listen to 'Live On,' the Song From Kiki's Funeral on GENERAL HOSPITAL(12/23/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Listen) Fans were in tears during Kiki’s emotional funeral service on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but they were still able to appreciate Sonya Eddy’s Epiphany singing an absolutely beautiful song and wonder where it came from. “It’s an original written for that scene,” the actress revealed on Twitter. “Title is ‘Live On.’” And then GH musical director Paul S. Glass tweeted that it was composed by Eve Nelson and Matthew Naylor, adding: “Written specifically for that scene and the incredible Sonya Eddy.”
During the powerful musical performance, viewers watched as those in attendance at the memorial shared glances with each other or simply stared ahead as tears ran down their faces. Julian turned in his seat to connect with Alexis, and Liz gripped Franco’s hand to hold him close. In the back pew, Griffin was consumed by his grief, and in the front, Ava sat rigidly upright, desperately trying to hold herself together.
While the song isn’t available for download anywhere, GH did make it available on social media so fans can watch the emotional scene and Eddy’s incredible vocal performance whenever they like.
“Live On” by Eve Nelson and Matthew Naylor
In a memory that’s locked inside our hearts, you will always live on. Live on. Live on.
Like a melody that’s written in the stars, you will always live on. Live on.
In everyone you’ll live on.
Like the sun rising up every day, like the moon guiding my way
You made this world a brighter place and a life like that never fades.
Looking in the sky you have changed our lives.
In a memory that’s locked inside our hearts, you will always live on. Live on. Live on.
Like a melody that’s written in the stars, you will always live on. Live on.
In everyone you’ll live on.
You’ll live on. Live on. Live on.
Jacob Young Opens up About Returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL as Lucky(12/19/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Whenever GENERAL HOSPITAL mentions the character of Lucky Spencer, fans can’t help but wonder if he’ll be coming back to the canvas again. And one of the actors to play the role, Jacob Young, is available now that he’s off-contract at THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL where he played Rick. “It’s always been on my radar,” the actor told Soaps In Depth of a possible return to Port Charles. “Lucky was a really special time and of course, I won the Emmy for that role, so that’s always gonna stick out in my mind.”
Young joined the cast of GH as a recast Lucky in 2000, taking over for Jonathan Jackson. He played the role until 2003, taking home the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in 2002. Young went on to play JR Chandler on ALL MY CHILDREN before returning to B&B in 2011. However, in May of 2018, the actor announced that he was not renewing his contract with the CBS sudser to pursue other opportunities. “If B&B doesn’t have any stories for me to play and GH does, then I am more than willing to,” Young admitted before adding, “I don’t see myself going under contract.”
Having launched a talk show series on YouTube, a new album, and starred in a couple of TV movies, Young has definitely made the most of his available time and wants to continue to explore new paths. “It’s always a struggle,” he confided. “If there’s a storyline written on one of the shows, then I’m not going to be able to mostly likely be part of a film. So I don’t want to limit myself and I think that they understand that. But a lot of times they want you to sign a contract, so it’s a catch-22.”
However, a short stint would definitely be doable if it worked with his schedule. “Yes, absolutely,” Young concluded. “And I’m totally open to that. I think [GH executive producer] Frank Valentini is aware of that, too.”
Stay tuned to see if Young returns to either GH or B&B in the future.
Maurice Benard Previews His New Role as John Gotti(12/19/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Back in September, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard teased that he had an exciting new project he was working on that was later revealed to be a Lifetime movie currently titled Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter, in which he would be playing the infamous crime lord, John Gotti. The film is scheduled to premiere on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. ET, and Soaps In Depth managed to chat with Benard about his role from the movie’s Vancouver set while he was filming it. “It’s a great role and I’m having a great time playing a real-life character,” he enthused. “This was a really great opportunity.”
Thankfully, the filming of Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter coincided with GH’s summer break, so the Emmy-winner was able to schedule in this moonlighting with a little assistance from the soap’s executive producer, Frank Valentini. “Frank was great,” Benard confided. “The timing worked out with the hiatus, and Frank was able to shift some stuff around to make it work.” Of course, it was still quite the whirlwind, with the actor on a plane to Canada just 48 hours after being cast as the Teflon Don. “I didn’t have time to think about stressing out,” admitted Benard, who notoriously hates to fly.
Benard was joined on location with his wife, Paula, and when he wasn’t hard at work for director Catherine Cyran, the pair were able to take in the sights. “It’s beautiful up here,” he said of Vancouver. One one of his days off, they even rented a boat for what the actor called “a great, relaxing day.”
But there was still plenty of hard work to be done, especially since Benard was tasked with portraying a real-life person. Thankfully, he did have the advantage of meeting John Gotti’s daughter, Victoria, on set to get some insight. “She gave me some great tips about her father,” he revealed, adding that playing such a larger-than-life historical figure was “very difficult but at the same time exhilarating.”
As Benard said on Instagram, "Put it in your calendars" and be sure to watch in February.
O Little Town of Bethlehem - James Patrick Stuart(12/16/18) O Little Town of Bethlehem - James Patrick Stuart: Listen.
Dishing with Digest - 12/14/18 - Kathleen Gati(12/14/18) Kathleen Gati On GH Run: Download / listen.
GH’s Kathleen Gati looks back on her Port Charles run and Obrecht’s most dastardly deeds with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss this year’s Best and Worst issue.
Facebook Q&A: Maurice Benard & Laura Wright(12/14/18) Facebook Q&A: Maurice Benard & Laura Wright: Video.
Kirsten Storms Opens up About Co-Parenting Harper With Brandon Barash(12/14/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When GENERAL HOSPITAL stars Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny) announced they were divorcing in April of 2016, they also revealed they would continue to co-parent their daughter, Harper. And as their little girl approaches her fifth birthday, the exes have proven that such an arrangement isn’t just possible, it’s essential! “It’s what’s best for her,” Storms insisted to Soaps In Depth. “It’s important to us that Harper get the best possible experience growing up — and that means seeing her mom and dad in the same room with each other, frequently.”
As a child grows up, they absorb everything around them, which impacts their development. So Storms knew it would be important important to create the right environment for Harper. “She’s at an age where she’s very into the idea of family and playing houses,” the mom revealed. “And however she sees family, I know that includes Brandon and myself. She couldn’t be happier than when we’re all together.”
Of course, that’s not to say that co-parenting a child with your ex is as easy as these two make it appear. “We are divorced. Something went wrong, obviously, in our relationship for that to happen,” Storms noted. “But we work through it because we care about her enough. I’m serious when I say it’s just because we each love Harper more than anything else in the world that we can swallow our pride sometimes when something comes up.”
A lesson all parents can take to heart!
Bryan Craig's New Soap, GRAND HOTEL, Premieres in June!(12/13/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) As much as fans would love to see Bryan Craig back on GENERAL HOSPITAL as Morgan Corinthos, the in-demand actor is too buy with yet another new project — he’s playing Javi in the new primetime soap GRAND HOTEL! Produced by Eva Longoria (ex-Isabella, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), the adaptation of a Spanish-language telenovela centers around the drama in the lives of the family who own a Miami Beach hotel and the staff who run it.
ABC has finally revealed that the new sudser will premiere on Monday, June 17, but you can get a sneak peek of the glamour, scandal, and sex coming your way — as well as a look at Craig as Javi Mendoza — in this official teaser trailer!
Craig has been snapping behind the scenes pics since he started work shooting the pilot, from some painful waxing to get himself picture perfect for the new role to on-set snaps with director Ken Olin and writer/producer Brian Tanen. There’s even a shot of Craig with Demián Bichir, who plays his TV dad, Gonzalo Cardenas, and you can see just how spot-on the casting is!
After Morgan was killed off of GH back in October of 2016, Craig landed starring roles in the indie films Ride and American Fighter, as well as a recurring role as Adam Coogan on The CW military series VALOR. Still, the young star managed to make a return to Port Charles, even if just for one episode to appear in Ava’s nightmare. But if Craig’s career continues on this upward trajectory, for GH to bring Morgan back from the dead, they’re going to have to recast.
Ryan Paevey Is Teaching Himself to Play Guitar... and He's Already Pretty Amazing!(12/13/18) (Video) What’s sexier than a hot guy playing a guitar? Not a whole lot, which is why we would recommend making sure you’re sitting down when you watch this video in case you swoon! GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Ryan Paevey (ex-Nathan) has decided to learn how to play the guitar and he shared a sample of his new skills on Instagram. “Okay, so I’m a super newb, and I’m trying to play very quietly while I teach myself from scratch (so I don’t offend anybody’s ears),” he wrote. “But always wanted to learn and figured I’d give it a go.”
The actor set up his phone and captured a video of himself strumming away on his guitar, but admitted the song won’t be recognizable to many, and not just because he’s not that good at playing yet. “Because I totally don’t have enough hobbies already, I’m picking up a new one,” Paevey admitted in the video. “I’m like, five days deep, and I really suck, so take it easy on me. But the nerd in me has decided to learn videogame stuff, and extra credit if you have any clue what I’m attempting to play.” While the melody isn’t familiar, it’s certainly lovely, and the self-taught Paevey should be proud of himself for playing so well after just five days!
Paevey became an instant fan-favorite when he joined the cast of GH in 2013, and in 2018, he left to pursue other career opportunities which have included the recent movies Marrying Mr. Darcy and Hope at Christmas. He is also an avid hiker and loves the outdoors and riding his motorcycle. In addition to everything else he does, Paevey sells prints of his photography and handmade jewelry via his brand, Fortunate Wanderer. How long before he releases an album?
New Role For GH’s Carolyn Hennesy(12/13/18) Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH) has landed the plum voiceover role of Princess Leia (also known as General Leia Organa), played in the Star Wars movies by the late Carrie Fisher, in the animated series LEGO STAR WARS: ALL STARS and STAR WARS RESISTANCE.
GH Stars Pay Tribute To Beloved Colleague(12/7/18) Donna Messina, who was the head of GH’s hair and makeup department and beloved by cast and crew, passed away on December 6.
“Sometimes you meet someone in life you just connect with and then unfortunately life just takes that person away,” Maurice Benard (Sonny) wrote on Instagram, calling Messina “my best friend my sister”.
“I will never forget what you meant in my life.” Dominic Zamprogna (ex-Dante) tweeted, “Donna welcomed me and treated me like a long lost Italian family member from day 1. Always supportive always smiling. Heart. Broken. Rest easy beautiful Donna.”
Wrote Jon Lindstrom (Ryan/Kevin), “Donna Messina preceded my arrival to ‘GH’, and I got there in ’92! I loved her, as we all did, for her support and kindness, her no-bullshit attitude and honesty. I miss her already. R.I.P.”
Wally Kurth (Ned) added, “my heart breaks. I had not heard this until now. I was at the studio on Wednesday and as always, wanted to know how she was doing. Now this. She was a fan of the show and a fan of the entire cast and crew. We were HER fans! I will miss you Donna…”
GH’s Laura Wright In Lifetime Movie(12/7/18) Laura Wright (Carly, GH) will be starring in the Lifetime film STALKED BY MY PATIENT, which airs December 14 at 8 p.m. ET. Two of her co-stars in the film are familiar faces to Port Charles fans, Bree Williamson (ex-Claudette, GH) and Eddie Matos (ex-Ricky, PORT CHARLES). Wright posted the news on Instagram.
Dishing with Digest 12/7/18 - Rena Sofer(12/7/18) B&B's Rena Sofer Gets Personal (Listen / download)
B&B's Rena Sofer talks about playing B&B's Quinn, her early soap roots on LOVING and GH, her prime-time past, some changes in her personal life and much more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also examine how it plays out when actors reclaim their roles, and discuss soaps' most romantic moments.
WGA Awards TV Nominations(12/7/18) The WGA on Thursday unveiled its nominations for in TV, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing for 2018. Winners will be announced February 17 at the WGA Awards held in concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.
The guild will unveil its motion picture nominees January 7.
Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits; NBC
General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles; ABC
Video: #25DaysOfChristmas: #GH Donates 'Toys For Tots'(12/7/18) Video: #25DaysOfChristmas: #GH Donates 'Toys For Tots'
Laura Wright Reveals the Only Way Carly and Jason Could Be a Couple on GENERAL HOSPITAL(12/6/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Some GENERAL HOSPITAL fans think that Jason and Carly are a little bit too close for comfort... especially given the fact they were once lovers! One person who doesn’t agree? Carly’s portrayer, Laura Wright! “It’s the best friendship on the show,” she says. “He’s like her safety net. It wouldn’t be a healthy relationship to rely on someone that much romantically... but as a friendship, it’s incredible. He’s her best friend, and there’s a loyalty they share that is beyond anything else.”
And the open-minded enforcer is not a bad bestie to have — especially for someone like Carly, who tends to make trouble anywhere she doesn’t find it. “Jason sees people differently, and I think it’s because he needs people differently,” Wright explains. “A lot of times, our perception of other people is blocked by our own needs and expectations in life. We’re such flawed people, so the relationships we have are reflections of what we see in ourselves. Well, Jason is so selfless. It’s easy for him to see what others need, because he seems to need so little. He sees the bigger picture, and he sees that with Carly.”
As long as Maurice Benard’s Sonny is around, Wright doesn’t see her character’s feelings shifting. “The only way that would work is if Maurice ever decided to leave and, in the loss of Sonny, Carly and Jason found each other. The love is there with Jason, but they’re such great friends, and Carly and Sonny are so bonded as husband and wife at this moment. They just are.
“And it’s a beautiful truth that Sonny’s terrible, but he’s my terrible,” she adds. “To own that is beautiful, because everyone’s got their stuff. They may not be mobsters, but you know what I mean!”
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Jon Lindstrom Reveals the Method Behind Ryan's Madness on GENERAL HOSPITAL(12/5/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When Jon Lindstrom joined GENERAL HOSPITAL as Ryan Chamberlain in May of 1992, “I was supposed to play what I call a surgical-strike villain,” he confided to Soaps In Depth. “I was hired to come in, create a wedge between Mac and Felicia, and then be exposed as the psycho-killer stalker. I figured I’d work till the end of the summer, pay off some credit-card bills and be on my way.” Instead, “they just couldn’t get rid of me,” he chuckled. “It became evident we had some gold, so why get rid of it?
Of course, it was good twin Kevin who actually got to stick around. After taking down his brother, the psychiatrist became a beloved character, helped launch GH spin-off PORT CHARLES and then fell for Laura. “Genie Francis and I were both blindsided by that,” Lindstrom admitted. “She said, ‘I thought that whole thing of getting paired up was long behind me. Then they go surprise us with this!’ It was a big vote of confidence. Listen, if you’re going to hitch your wagon to anybody, Laura Spencer is a great one!”
After a quiet year in Port Charles, Lindstrom is thrilled to be once again sharing the screen with his leading lady... and with himself! “I forgot how much I enjoyed playing Ryan — and those Kevin/Ryan scenes,” he marveled. “After shooting the other day, Genie looks at me and says, ‘Are you going to miss Ryan when this is done?’ Yes, I am — which is strange. You’re talking about a serial killer… but he has become one of the great villains of daytime, hasn’t he?”
Lindstrom has a theory about why that is, too. “Ryan’s not some raving, drooling, two-dimensional villain,” he noted. “I have to give kudos to the writers for being careful to make sure his intelligence is intact. He knew, for example, if he was ever going to be able to take over his brother’s life, he had to become a psychiatrist, to some degree. So he’s prepared himself. That’s the kind of killer he is. Very smart and very prepared. I just love that.” At the same time, Lindstrom isn’t just playing the killer — he’s playing Ryan playing Kevin! “The only time Ryan is himself with his guard down is when he talks to Kevin,” the actor explained. “He’s starting to loosen up with Ava, but he still has to keep up a certain amount of facade. He has to be extremely careful.”
For all his maniacal plotting, Ryan is desperate for a partner — in love and crime. “Unlike Kevin, Ryan never had the kind of nurturing he needed when it was most important, so he craves that attention now,” Lindstrom suggested. “But what he would equate as love is that simpatico of revenge.” Which is why his gaze has shifted away from sweet Felicia to a blonde with a much darker dark side. “Oh, Ava’s just his type!” Lindstrom winked. “She has this credo of living that Ryan can get behind. She’s all the things he thought Felicia could have been, personified.
“And she’s love-starved,” he continued. “She needs some TLC. It’s just... in what form does that come? That’s where the danger of it all lies. Sooner or later, she’s going to see something in him that lets her know this guy is dangerous in a way she’s never seen before. It doesn’t matter how bad D.A. Hornsby was — Ryan Chamberlain’s a whole new low! The question is, how much alike are he and Ava, really... and how far is she willing to go?”
Rena Sofer Celebrates Her 50th Birthday With an Inspirational Message to Fans (and an Awesome Party!)(12/5/18) (Photo) On Dec. 2, Rena Sofer celebrated her 50th birthday and the star of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL (as Quinn) and alum of GENERAL HOSPITAL (as Lois) shared a very special message with her fans on Instagram. “Today I get to celebrate the fact that I have been occupying space on this beautiful planet for 50 years,” she mused. “As a child we think, ‘Wow, 50! That is so old!’ But I don’t feel old at all. I think what I feel most is wise and humbled.”
The baby photo of herself that Sofer posted also had a special meaning to her. “When I was born, the last thing my mother wanted was to be my mother,” she explained. “This picture I posted was in her album. I had a name, but to her I was ‘It.’ She finally walked out when I was just about to turn two years old. Growing up without a mother can lead to a very lonely and isolating existence. You have no one to guide you or help you navigate the rights and wrongs of society and relationship. At least that is how it affected me.”
Though the actress admitted to struggling to decipher right from wrong, she knew she wanted to live the best life she could, and be the best person she could be no matter how difficult it was. “The last three years have been a huge fall and greatly challenging,” Sofer confided. “Extremely fulfilling, full of new friends and adventures and causes to be consumed with. And with that it has also been lonely and devastating at times. But I stand here today, feet firmly on the ground and I say, ‘I forgive you your trespasses, Rena. I love you Rena. You always try your best and when you fail, you always get up.’
“I am excited for this next half of my life,” Sofer concluded. “I see this birthday as a rebirth. I can build on the life I have with the tools I have spent 50 years cultivating. Try to live a life without judgement of myself and others. Realize it isn’t always about me and forgive myself when I forget that. Take responsibility for my actions. Be kind and generous and be part of the human race, and that means anything with a heartbeat. Be a friend to those who need me and cherish the ones who see my heart for what it is and love me. Open my heart to new love and rekindled love. Love my animals and show them patience and care. And for my three daughters, never leave them. Never turn my back on them. Be the mother to them I never had. So happy birthday to me! May I never stop learning and growing and loving. Here’s to the next 50 years!”
Lifetime Unveils Premiere Dates For Winter Movie Slate(12/4/18) Lifetime has unveiled the premiere dates for their robust slate of winter movies. From music icons to deadly cheerleaders to the daughter of a notorious mob boss, the network isn’t holding back when it comes to the drama — some based on true stories, some not — for 2019.
Highlights of their slate include Love You to Death (January 26) starring Marcia Gay Harden, which is based on the true story of a mother and daughter who are nothing like they seem, their tumultuous relationship ending in a brutal murder. Also based on a true story is Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story (January 19) starring Christina Ricci. The movie is inspired by Nellie Bly’s undercover stay at the impenetrable Women’s Lunatic Asylum. For something a little lighter, there’s Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You (February 16) which follows the personal and professional journey of the titular Grease icon. Lifetime acquired the biopic for its U.S. premiere.
Other features on the slate include Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter (February 9) which is executive produced by the real-life Victoria Gotti. Lifetime will also bring back the cult classic Death of a Cheerleader (February 2). The remake will see the return of Kellie Martin, who starred in the 1994 original.
Lifetime has also acquired Best Friend’s Betrayal and My Mother’s Split Personalities for January. The network will feature five weeks of premieres every Saturday at 8 pm PT/ET, beginning January 19.
See the complete list and summaries of the features below.
Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story
The Lifetime feature is inspired by Nellie Bly’s undercover stay at the impenetrable Women’s Lunatic Asylum and stars Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress Christina Ricci (Monster), two-time Tony award-winner, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Judith Light (Transparent, The Assassination of Giannni Versace) as Matron Grady and Josh Bowman (Revenge).
On a mission to expose the deplorable conditions and mistreatment of patients at the notorious Women’s Lunatic Asylum, investigative reporter Nellie Bly (Ricci) feigns mental illness in order to be institutionalized to report from the inside. The movie delivers an intense and fictionalized account of actual events surrounding Nellie’s stay beginning after Nellie has undergone treatment, leaving her with no recollection of how she came to the asylum or her real identity. Nellie’s unwillingness to submit to authority results in unspeakable torture at the hands of the head nurse, Matron Grady (Light). When Nellie captures the attention of Dr. Josiah (Bowman) who tries to help her, Grady’s barbaric tactics only intensify, leading Nellie to questions if she actually does belong in the asylum after all.
A real-life hero, Nellie Bly’s expose was the first of its kind in America and inspired the global reformation of mental health care.
Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story is executive produced by Howard Braunstein along with Ricci of Grey Team Productions. Michael Tive, David Sigal, Peter Werner and Jonathan Baruch of StoryBy Entertainment also serve as executive producers with Karen Moncrieff as director (Petals on the Wind) with a screenplay by Helen Childress (Reality Bites).
Love You to Death
Inspired by a true story, Love You to Death is a shocking tale of a mother and daughter who are nothing like they seem, their tumultuous relationship ending in a brutal murder. Camile (Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden, Fifty Shades features, Code Black, Point Blank) and Esme (Emily Skeggs, Miseducation of Cameron Post, Mile 22) are well-known in their community – Esme as the sickly, child-like wheelchair-bound daughter, and Camile as the perfect caretaker and mother. They seem a perfect pair until Camile is found stabbed to death in her home, and Esme has vanished, believed to be kidnapped by the killer. But when Esme is found, a terrible secret emerges. Esme was not kidnapped. Instead she ran away with her boyfriend (Brennan Keel Cook) after working with him to murder Camile. More than that, Esme is perfectly healthy, mentally and physically, and has been a victim of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, forced to believe she was ill by her controlling, abusive mother.
Tate Donovan (The Man in The High Castle) plays Travis, Esme’s estranged father who tries to reconnect with his daughter, despite her mother’s objections.
Marcia Gay Harden is repped by ICM Partners and Framework Entertainment.
Love You to Death is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment Television. Executive producers are Jordan Davis and John Davis. Alex Kalymnios directs from a script written by Anthony Jaswinski.
Death of a Cheerleader
In a remake of the cult-classic, Death of a Cheerleader is inspired by Randall Sullivan’s Rolling Stone article of the same name about the real-life murder of a popular, affluent and beautiful Northern California high school cheerleader at the hand of a classmate. Bridget Moretti (Aubrey Peeples) is a shy outsider from a lower middle-class background who aspires to be beautiful, popular and perfect in everything. Believing that a friendship with rich and pretty Kelly Locke (Sarah Dugdale), leader of the school’s most prestigious clique, will get her all that she desires, Bridget tries to forge a friendship with her. When Kelly rejects Bridget’s attempts, it leaves her humiliated and feeling like a failure and ultimately fuels a jealous rage that will lead to murder. Death of a Cheerleader explores the events leading up to and after the shocking crime that took place in this upper-middle-class community.
Kellie Martin, who starred alongside Tori Spelling in the original, plays the FBI agent who cracks the case.
Death of a Cheerleader is produced by Just Singer Entertainment and Reunion Pacific Entertainment. Executive producers are Matthew O’Connor, Paddy Bickerton, Steve White and Sheri Singer. Paul Shapiro directs from a script written by Caitlin D. Fryers.
Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter
Executive produced by Victoria Gotti herself, the movie takes us deep into the world of what it was really like to grow up as the daughter of mob boss John Gotti, revealing the glamour, glitz and unique hardships of her world. Sharing never-before-revealed stories about her life, Victoria (played by Chelsea Frei) tells of a sensitive child growing up with a beloved father (Maurice Benard) she worried about constantly; the tragedy of her younger brother’s death; and her turbulent romance, forbidden by her father, with the man who later became her husband. Victoria had a front-row seat to a life the world became fascinated with, all while trying to reconcile the loving father she adored with a man the outside world was determined to bring down.
Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter is produced by Relevé Entertainment for Lifetime with Victoria Gotti, Jennifer Wachtell (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) and Holly Carter (Home is Where You Find It) executive producing. Catherine Cyran (The Prince & Me) directs from a script co-written by Victoria Gotti and David Schneiderman (Chasing Liberty). The film is based on Gotti’s book This Family of Mine: What It Was Like Growing Up Gotti. Victoria Gotti will appear on camera narrating her story.
Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You
Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You is the remarkable personal and professional journey of international superstar Olivia Newton-John, illustrated through her music. Covering her lasting power across more than five decades in one of the world’s toughest industries, the film delves into both Olivia’s public persona as well as the private woman behind-the-scenes, including her multiple battles with cancer and her intense fight to survive.
Australian singer, songwriter and actress Delta Goodrem (House Husbands, judge on The Voice, Australia) stars as Olivia Newton-John and re-records her classic hits for the film. Hugo Johnstone-Burt (San Andreas, The Wrong Girl) is Bruce Welch and Todd Lasance (The Flash, The Vampire Diaries) plays Lee Kramer. Richard Brancatisano (Chasing Life) is featured as Matt Lattanzi, Anthony Brandon Wong (The Matrix Revolutions) is Patrick McDermott, Morgan Griffin (San Andreas, The Sleepover Club) is young Olivia, and Georgia Flood (American Princess, Wentworth) is young Pat Carroll.
Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You is produced by Fremantle with the assistance of Screen Australia and Film Victoria for Channel Seven. Lifetime has acquired the film for the U.S. premiere.
JANUARY ACQUIRED MOVIES
Best Friend’s Betrayal
Best friends Katie (Mary Grill) and Jess (Vanessa Walsh) are inseparable and have always had each other’s backs. When Jess begins a new serious relationship with famous crime writer, Nick (Jaime M. Callica), Katie is unsure of this new seemingly perfect man. Katie wants to support her friend’s newfound happiness but is fiercely protective of her. But Katie’s obsession with Jess soon proves deadly and it is up to the recently vilified Nick to expose this supposed ‘best friend’ before it is too late. Best Friend’s Betrayal is produced by Reel One Entertainment.
My Mother’s Split Personalities
After her father dies of a heart attack, Julie Price (Kayla Wallace) has returned home after two years of living in estrangement from her mother Gail (Lindsay Hartley). But Gail is not herself these days, acting bizarrely and under the control of Warren (Jefferson Brown), a highly intelligent criminal, who has become Gail’s boyfriend and is plotting to get his hands on a vast amount of money left behind by her dead husband. As Julie investigates the cause of her mother’s strange behavior, she gets closer to the truth about Warren, and a deadly game of cat and mouse begins, in which the dark criminal operator will do anything to protect his payday. It’s up to Julie to save her mother from not only Warren but also from her own split personalities and get her the help she desperately needs. My Mother’s Split Personalities is produced by Reel One Entertainment
Is Maxie Falling for Peter on GENERAL HOSPITAL? — Kirsten Storms Speaks Out!(12/2/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Ever since Nathan’s death, Maxie has been leaning on Peter on GENERAL HOSPITAL, and now it’s beginning to seem as though there’s the potential for romance! Sure, when Maxie first learned that Peter was really Henrik Faison, it was a bit of a shock, but over time she’s softened and found herself leaning on him in times of crisis. But while she’s been adamant about keeping Peter squarely in the friend zone, could she just be denying her own feelings? “I think there’s something there,” Kirsten Storms admitted to Soaps In Depth of her character’s emotions. “I don’t know what’s in the future for them, but they’re making so much of how Peter feels about her. And I’ve spent a lot of the time Maxie’s not with Peter talking about him… so that has to mean something!”
While it might seem a little inappropriate that Maxie would find happiness with the brother of her late husband, that sibling connection might actually work in his favor. “Before Maxie knew they were related, she told Nina there was something about him that reminded her of Nathan,” Storms reminded. “I think she sees similarities in them… and I think that’s an appealing thing for her.”
Despite the trauma of Nathan's death being what brought them together, there's no denying that Maxie relied heavily on Peter in the aftermath which created an extremely deep connection between the two. But might she feel as though she's betraying Nathan's memory by becoming romantically involved with his brother?
Stay tuned to see how Maxie and Peter’s relationship develops.
Watch Jen Lilley in the Swinging New 'King of Hearts' Music Video!(12/2/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) (Video) Soap fans already know that Jen Lilley is a talented actress from her roles as Theresa Donovan on DAYS OF OUR LIVES and her stint as Maxie Jones on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but they might not be aware that she’s also an incredible singer! Her new single, “King of Hearts” has just been released, and you can watch the music video for it below. Then you can click here to listen to it or download it for yourself . “Let me know what you think,” she posted to Instagram. “I can’t stop dancing to it!”
The retro-tinged tune is a sassy ‘60s throwback with an inspirational message for today, and is the lead-off single to her upcoming album that is due out in February of 2019. Lilley also released a Christmas album, Tinsel Time, back in November of 2015.
Lilley is also heavily involved in charities, and 100% of the proceeds from the initial sales of “King of Hearts” went towards providing a young boy named John who lives in Africa with a life-saving heart surgery. “After that, i’m donating to Project Orphans to help support their monthly operations through March,” Lilly shared. In addition, she launched the “King of Hearts Challenge” to help raise more money for John, urging people to download her single and upload a video of themselves dancing to it before challenging three friends to do the same.
A great song and a great cause? What could be better? And if “King of Hearts” is just a taste of what Lilley’s full album will sound like, we can’t wait for February to hear the whole thing!
Wes Ramsey Previews His Thrilling New Movie(12/2/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Trailer) When Wes Ramsey first appeared on GENERAL HOSPITAL, viewers weren't sure if they can trus his character of Peter August, and they’re going to feel the same way about his character in his thrilling new movie, Last Seen in Idaho. And coincidentally, he’s playing a shady guy named Franco! “I’m excited for my character,” Ramesy told Soaps In Depth, “because before this movie I’ve never had a chance to play a character like Franco.”
The story surrounds a young woman named Summer (played by the film’s writer and producer, Hallie Shepherd) who awakens from a coma after a car accident and begins having visions of her own future murder. But without knowing exactly who she can trust, can Summer prevent her visions from coming true? “It has an incredible story about someone who witnesses something they shouldn’t have seen and how their life is forever changed because of it,” Ramsey previewed. “From that one moment, a chain of events unfolds and it’s interesting, because it deals with time and memory in a very unique way. I don’t want to give away too much, because it’s really well done the way she created the story.”
Ramsey’s character of Franco is Summer’s love interest, but also a seasoned criminal who will leave you wondering which side he’s really on. Last Seen in Idaho also stars a couple of other faces that will be familiar to soap fans. “We shot all over the state of Washington,” the actor reported. “And some other awesome guys who spent time in daytime were with me — Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel) from DAYS OF OUR LIVES and Casper Van Dien (Ty) was once on ONE LIFE TO LIVE.”
Last Seen in Idaho was released on DVD and on demand back in April, and premiered on Showtime Dec. 1. Ramsey is thrilled his GH fans will finally be able to see his work. “It’s been a long time coming,” he admitted. “When you make a movie, you never know if it’s going to see the light of day in six months or a year or two years. This is certainly the longest I’ve ever waited for one of my movies to come out, so I’m excited for it!”
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