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News, Cast Updates and Scoop(News section last updated September 19, 2018)
Hayley Erin Opens up About Her Split with Fiancé Logan Luedtke(9/19/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Things have been changing in a big way for GENERAL HOSPITAL actress Hayley Erin (Kiki) in recent months, not the least of which was her split with fiancé Logan Luedtke. “It’s a very transitional period,” she confessed to Soaps In Depth. “Logan and I were together for years, so it’s an interesting, brave new world I’m venturing out into — which is single adulthood! I’m figuring it out.”
Over on GH, Kiki is also single and ready to mingle, but since it’s a soap, she’s getting romantically involved with her mother’s ex-boyfriend, which is probably not going to turn out to be a good idea. Thankfully, in reality, Erin certainly won’t be finding herself in a similarly complicated romantic entanglement!
Plus, Erin also has her top-secret new role on the PRETTY LITTLE LIAR spinoff THE PERFECTIONISTS to tackle when it begins shooting this fall. And since the series tapes in Portland, the California resident will have to figure out a way to deal with her home, her cat, and her gig at GH. “There are a lot of big changes coming my way,” the actress allowed, “and I’m just trying to get my bearings and navigate them as best I can.
“I don’t claim to know what I’m doing!” Erin added. “I hit my mid-twenties this summer. These are very formative years. I’ve got a lot going on. It’s a little daunting… but it’s also pretty exciting!”
We’re sure the Daytime Emmy nominee will find success in every aspect of her life.
Maurice Benard Lands Plum Lifetime Gig(9/18/18) GH’s Maurice Benard (Sonny) will be putting his years of playing Port Charles’s don to good use: The Emmy-winning actor has been cast as famed mobster John Gotti in Lifetime’s THE VICTORIA GOTTI STORY. The actor posted the news on social media, noting, “Thank you lifetime and everyone involved 4 a Beautiful opportunity.”
Max Gail Opens up About His "Intense" Storyline on GENERAL HOSPITAL(9/18/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Since assuming the role of Sonny’s father on GENERAL HOSPITAL, Max Gail has touched viewers’ hearts — but at July’s fan club event for the ABC soap, it was his heart that was moved. “There’s just been a warm response all the way around,” Mike Corbin’s portrayer told Soaps In Depth with a smile. “There’s a lot of sincere feelings about the storyline and a real appreciation. It feels good!”
And while Mike’s battle with Alzheimer’s is heartbreaking, Gail adores the challenge. “It’s been a great experience — and in this medium, you get to unfold day by day,” raved the TV vet, perhaps best known for his role of Wojo on BARNEY MILLER. “When I look back at some of the primetime gigs I’ve had? Wow. This is nothing like doing two scenes as a guest star in an episodic about someone who has Alzheimer’s. The day-to-day storytelling opens you up to a kind of freedom and some better work. That’s the beauty of it.”
With his character’s mind jumping through time, Gail’s scenes tend to shift fast. “The turns are intense,” he conceded. “There are a bunch of beats that go back and forth, and I have to figure out where those happen. And then trying to find a line through it takes a lot of time and energy. But no matter how much time I’ve spent with it, when I get on set, I always try to let go. Even though I know my lines, I try to let go and see what comes back and not be like, ‘This is what I’m doing, no matter what you just did!’” When working with Maurice Benard (Sonny), in particular, he’s ready to go where the scene — and his on-screen son! — take him. “Mo has been so open and helpful,” Gail says. “We found right from the get-go we could be present with each other. It’s special.”
While Gail has found inspiration in friends who’ve faced Mike’s illness, he can also relate, to a degree. “My dad used to tell me the same joke every time we talked: ‘I’m spending a lot of time in the hereafter. I find myself standing in a room wondering what am I here after?’” he related. “Well, I find that happening now!”
The actor was also moved by a Gloria Steinem interview with Dr. Gayatri Devi, who wrote The Spectrum of Hope. “This brilliant doctor realized people can’t tell her what they had for lunch, but they could tell her about philosophy,” he explained. “She said we should see [Alzheimer’s] more like a spectrum disorder. There’s a value people have and carry with them. That’s Mike. He’s trying to reach his son while he can.”
At the heart of this Alzheimer’s tale is the family story Gail and Benard are playing. “This dad finally started to get his life together,” Gail says. “He’s finally grown up and found a way to be present... and then he’s gone! So we’ve had times of really connecting — cathartic father-and-son moments. Life is like that. It’s a bit like stone skipping. Certain moments or conversations are really touching.”
Gail’s GH run has already lasted twice as long as intended, and he’s ready for more. Of course, “Mo’s having a harder time, because Sonny has to deal with Mike, and he goes there,” Gail explained. “But Mike just gets to be Mike.”
Vanessa Marcil Opens Her Heart on the Anniversary of Her Father's Death(9/18/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Sept. 15, 2018, marked one year since GENERAL HOSPITAL actress Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda) lost her father, Peter Ortiz. And on the day, she shared some heartfelt words of love and remembrance alongside a photo of him hugging his grandson, her boy, Kassius. “Today is the one year anniversary of my father, Pete Ortiz’s, death,” she wrote. “He and my mom would have loved each other for 60 years now. They fell in love at 15.”
However, Marcil has always been up front about the fact that her relationship with her dad wasn’t always the best. “I am the youngest of four siblings,” she revealed. “My father and I didn’t speak for 20 years. He met my son, Kassius, for the first time at age 11. Here they are, hugging as if no time had passed.
“It took me 30 years of intense therapy and getting married for the first time in my adult life to a narcissistic, abusive, self-centered drug addict to use transference to finally completely work through my issues with my dad and forgive him,” she continued. “Most important work I’ve ever done. I’m grateful my son was able to hang out with his grandpa for five years before we lost my father.”
Marcil also explained that she didn’t consider herself a victim in that particular marriage. “It was a conscious choice to try and love and save someone who reminded me of my father,” she clarified. “I left that relationship, of course, and the next day after I kicked that idiot out of my house, I invited my father back into my life. My father came over to my house right away and the rest is history.
“I don’t ever shame myself for any relationships I’ve had,” Marcil concluded. “They are all for a reason if you keep your eyes open. Women are warriors. Rest easy, pop. We did this!”
Joe Scully on GENERAL HOSPITAL — Everything You Need to Know(9/14/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Sonny Corinthos has had quite the criminal past on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but one name from his history has been coming up quite often lately, and it’s leading newer viewers to wonder who is Joe Scully? The character appeared briefly on-screen from 1994-95, played by actor Robert Miano, but his connection with Sonny started many years earlier.
Sonny got his start in the mob by working for Joe, and when he confided to the kingpin how his mother, Adela Corinthos, had been abused by his stepfather, Deke Woods, Joe decided to “take care” of the problem. He ensured that Sonny would have an alibi and shot Deke dead himself.
Scully showed up in Port Charles at the opening of Luke Spencer and Sonny’s blues club where Mike Corbin, Sonny’s biological father, was also working. Damian Smith teamed up with Katherine Bell to get revenge on Lucy Coe, and asked Scully to sabotage her cosmetics company, Deception. Later, when Luke’s club was bombed, Sonny found out that Frank Smith’s lawyer, Phil Cusack, was trying to move in his turf. Sonny found a non-violent way to deal with the goons who bombed the club, but Cusack was found dead and Sonny learned that that Scully had ordered the hit on Cusack.
Lucy, working with Luke and Sonny, acted as bait to ensnare Damian and Scully. But this led to the mobster kidnapping Lucy and Luke and Sonny raced to her rescue (with an assist from Damian). Scully shot at Sonny, but hit Mike instead. Before Scully could get off another shot, Sonny shot his former mentor dead.
Many years later, it was revealed that Scully had a son, Joe Scully, Jr., who was just as dangerous as his father and was killed by Jason Morgan in 2012. And now it turns out that while working for Scully in Bensonhurst back in the day, Sonny buried a body for him. Unfortunately, Mike tried to protect his son by digging up that corpse and putting it somewhere else, but it turns out that the basement of Charlie’s Pub wasn’t really the best hiding place! After a gas explosion, the body has come to light, and it appears that it might belong to D.A. Margaux Dawson’s missing father!
Scully may be dead and buried, but his actions continue to have repercussions, so stay tuned to see what happens next!
ABC Names William Burton As Head Of Daytime, Sports & Syndicated Programming(9/12/18) William Burton has been named SVP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC Entertainment, effective immediately.
Burton, general manager and president of KGO, the ABC-owned TV station in the Bay Area, had been overseeing the business operations of ABC Daytime as SVP Daytime following the departure earlier this year of ABC Daytime head Rebecca Campbell, who was named President of Europe, Middle East & Africa for The Walt Disney Co.
Those duties have now been formalized in the new role, which includes expanded responsibilities. Burton, who will be reporting to Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment, will oversee the creation and production of all syndicated programming across ABC platforms. This includes a new daytime talk show with Tamron Hall that is currently in development for fall 2019. In addition, Burton will work on maximizing all sports content on ABC, collaborating with departments and divisions within Disney|ABC, ESPN, and Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer & International.
Burton has been shepherding business operations of ABC Daytime including drama General Hospital, which marked its 55th anniversary earlier this year, currently the only ABC Daytime program following the recent cancellation of The Chew to make room for another hour of Good Morning America. The creative aspects of GH are being handled by ABC head of current Vicki Dummer.
“Bill has a great track record within the ABC family. I’m excited to see him create new opportunities across divisions to further leverage our syndicated and sports content to deepen our engagement with viewers,” said Dungey.
Most recently, Burton served as president and general manager at KGO-TV in the Bay Area since 2011. He previously served as EVP, Digital Media, for the ABC Owned Television Stations Group, from 2006 to 2011.
Earlier in his career, he was VP, Programming, Advertising and Promotion, and director of Creative Services at ABC Owned KABC-TV in Los Angeles, from 1994 to 2006. Burton also served as director of Creative Services at then-Capital Cities/ABC’s WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, where he began as a promotion writer/producer.
Catching up With GENERAL HOSPITAL's Dominic Zamprogna(9/12/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) It wasn’t until GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Dominic Zamprogna had already left the set in May that some of his co-stars realized they’d missed the opportunity to say goodbye. The reason? That “was the last day before we had a two-week break,” the actor, who joined the cast in 2009 as Dante Falconeri, the son that Sonny Corinthos had never known he had, recalled to Soaps In Depth. “So it was a little anticlimactic because everyone was gone... and I think I was last up [to tape]. It wasn’t until the first week back [from hiatus] that everyone started texting me like, ‘Where are you?’ And ‘This sucks!’”
Luckily, Zamprogna had to distract him from missing his GH family an exciting new project: Amazon’s Canadian revenge thriller, TIN STAR. In fact, he’d been working on the Calgary, Alberta, set since March! “I’d booked it when we started negotiations to stay at GH, and [the powers that be] were good with it,” he revealed. “They let me go and do some stuff. And then GH ended and I still had a few episodes [of the other series] left to do.”
Having portrayed a bonafide member of the white-hat club for so long on GH, the actor welcomed the opportunity to try on for size a role like that of TIN STAR’s Estuardo. “I play a badass Guatemalan drug-cartel guy!” he confided. “My second scene on the show was a sex scene with [MAD MEN alum] Christina Hendricks. That was a really fun day.” In addition to becoming pretty proficient with a weapon working on the show, Zamprogna also had to make believable his other action-packed scenes. “I don’t get arrested, but I didn’t get away with it [either],” he teased. “It’s a pretty good role. I speak a lot of Spanish, and I go out in a freakin’ cool way!”
The Canadian native took his time returning Stateside with his family, arriving just prior to the GH Fan Club Weekend. But already, he’d jumped into yet another project. “I’m producing a movie with a buddy: a period piece about Charles Ponzi, the Italian immigrant who in the 1920s came up with an investment scam and then got deported,” revealed Zamprogna, adding that he’ll also star. “It’s fascinating history.”
Being able to create his own work was something that appealed to the ambitious performer. “As an actor, I’ve been lucky since leaving [GH] that I haven’t been waiting around for things. But who knows what the next year could bring?” he reflected. “And so while I’m waiting, I want to be shooting my own projects and possibly directing and acting in my own things.”
Having always wished that Dante would take over his mobster dad’s organization, Zamprogna is enjoying getting to explore darker stories in his post-Port Charles career. But that doesn’t mean he’s done with daytime (or Dante) for good! “I could come back and be the [police] commissioner... I’d do recurring,” he suggested. “That would be cool.”
Genie Francis Returns To Work At GH!(9/12/18) Genie Francis (Laura) has officially returned to work at GH — and she took to Twitter to share pics of the gift waiting for her from fans. “Look at the beautiful flowers and balloons that were in my dressing room when I returned to work at @GeneralHospital Opens a New Window. !” she wrote. “A special thank u to the #GenieIsGH Opens a New Window. fans!” Co-Head Writer Shelly Altman told Digest, “Laura comes home expecting a great welcome from her husband, but is in for some surprises. Laura is kind of facing a time clock as Ryan takes over Kevin’s life more and more thoroughly, and she will also be embarking on her own journey, trying to pick up some- where she left off when we last saw her.
GH Alum Is A New Mom(9/12/18) Daytime Emmy-winner Natalia Livingston (ex-Emily, GH et al) and her husband, Matt Aldag, welcomed their first child: “Today our lives were graced by the arrival of our beautiful little girl Colette Allegria Ginny-Martita Aldag,” the actress posted on social media on September 6. “Happy tears are flowing. Little feet are swaddling. Hearts are bursting!” Baby Colette arrived three days after her parents’ two-year wedding anniversary. Congratulations to the happy family! To check out the baby pictures, click here.
And, to read more about what Livingston has been up to since leaving soaps, including the gritty new documentary she is producing, check out an upcoming issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Maurice Benard Stars as John Gotti in a New Movie!(9/11/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) In case seeing Maurice Benard as Sonny Corinthos every day on GENERAL HOSPITAL isn’t enough for you, the actor will soon be portraying another mob boss — the infamous John Gotti! During the soap's recent break, the stars were freed up to enjoy some time off… or moonlight with other projects. And Benard was definitely up to something, shared a photo on his Instagram with the caption “coming soon."
A couple weeks later, the Daytime Emmy winner shared another Instagram pic that officially revealed he will be playing the head of the Gambino crime family in the upcoming film, The Victoria Gotti Story! “Thank you Lifetime and everyone involved for a beautiful opportunity,” he declared.
Benard, who just recently celebrated his 25th anniversary at GH, has always kept busy with side projects outside of Port Charles. He has appeared in an episode of CASTLE, and the films Joy, The Ghost and the Whale, A Lover Betrayed, Hold On, and Nightmare Cinema. He recently wrapped filming of the movie Equal Standard, co-starring Ice-T, which means Benard is available for another amazing role.
Of course, as the movie is still early in production, scant other details are known right now, but you can believe that we will be sure to let you know when you will be able to tune in to see Benard as another powerful mob boss when the Lifetime movie airs. And for more details on the role straight from the actor himself, don’t miss our exclusive interview with Benard in the ABC issue of Soaps In Depth magazine on sale Monday, Sept. 24!
The True Story Behind Oscar and Josslyn's Song, 'I Never Knew,' on GENERAL HOSPITAL(9/7/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) In the Sept. 5 episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL, Oscar showed Josslyn a video he’d created for their first anniversary featuring clips and photos of them together set to his “favorite song.” That song is “I Never Knew,” which some fans might recall as the duet that the young couple sang together at the 2018 Nurses Ball. But many might not be aware of the story behind the song and the surprising person who wrote it!
“I Never Knew” was written by Daytime Emmy-winning GH director Phideaux Xavier after filming one of the soap’s dramatic episodes earlier in the year. “The reason the song even came into existence,” he revealed, “is because we did an episode involving an earthquake and [Josslyn] had this monologue over Oscar’s bedside when he was unconscious where she talked about, you know, if she couldn’t wear her dress, she used to think that was a tragedy. And so I went home and I couldn’t sleep that night and I came up with this idea for this song for Eden to sing at the Nurses Ball about coming of age and realizing that life has more ramifications and meaning than we ever knew. And now we know.”
Be sure to stay tuned to find out how Oscar and Josslyn’s young love story continues (remember there’s also Cameron to spoil things, too)
Daytime Star Kelly Sullivan Previews Her Thrilling New Movie, 'Her Boyfriend's Secret'(9/7/18) (Trailer) Soap fans who are missing Kelly Sullivan as Kate/Connie on GENERAL HOSPITAL and Sage on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS can look forward to seeing the actress delivering another one of her standout performances in the new film, Her Boyfriend’s Secret, airing on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime. “I play Melissa, an interior designer who gets hired by a man to style his house,” Sullivan previews to Soaps In Depth. “John pursues her, and they become romantically involved. John’s ex-girlfriend, Carrie, shows up and tells Melissa he tried to kill her!
“At first, Melissa ignores it,” she continues, “assumes Carrie is making it up. She questions John about it and he denies it. But John’s behavior begins to raise flags, and Melissa and her best friend, Travis, discover he is hiding many secrets.”
As you can see in this trailer, John is living an entirely different life in an entirely different city! And he will kill to keep those secrets under wraps!
Mark Famigletti (AQUARIUS) co-stars as John, and the cast also includes Maiara Walsh (THE LAST SHIP) as Carrie, Jordan James Smith (My Daughter Vanished) as Travis, and Anne Leighton (GRIMM) as… John’s wife? This just gets more and more complicated!
Melissa is determined to get answers about who John really is and what he’s up to, but those answers could come at a very high price! “Melissa’s search for the truth puts her in a deadly situation,” Sullivan teases.
Tamara Braun Was Happy to Go Back to Work at a Hotel While Starring on GENERAL HOSPITAL(9/6/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com/) The reality of being a working actor has been in the news recently after a FOX News report on actor Geoffrey Owens that revealed the former THE COSBY SHOW actor was working at a Trader Joe’s grocery store. This led to many actors sharing their own stories explaining how a second job is necessary to pay the bills in between gigs, and how the media shouldn't shame actors for making ends meet. Now, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Tamara Braun (Kim) has revealed that she went back to work at her hotel job even after joining the cast of GH in 2001. “Being an actor, musician, writer, dancer, photographer or artist/creative of any kind is really hard,” she shared on Instagram. “Most have other types of jobs while pursuing their craft. Unless you come from family money it is practically impossible not to. I have had many jobs to pay the bills while pursuing my career.”
Braun rejoined GH in 2017 as Kim Nero, but back in 2001, her career took off when she replaced Sarah Joy Brown as Carly Corinthos. Of course, at the time, it was just another job, and not one she could guarantee would last. “When I landed my role on GH the first time around it was after many, many years of trying to book something that would stick, something where I could make a living as a working actor,” Braun confided. “People close to me were excited that I got a contract role and had a paid acting job for four years! But here is the thing; I knew that my contract stated that my employer had the right to terminate every few months, so in my mind I was employed as an actor only for that long.
“I was working at The Four Seasons hotel in LA when I booked it and asked to stay on the schedule ‘on call’ because I may need that job again,” she continued. “One day they called for a weekend shift. They were in need. I had been airing on the show daily for maybe five or six months at the time. I went in. I worked the shift and I was happy to do it and extremely grateful for all the years they helped me survive by employing me so I could pay the bills.”
Braun has enjoyed quite a career both in and out of daytime with roles on many different shows, both regular and guest-starring, but she reminds fans that actors only get paid when they’re working. “Some years it was quite difficult,” she admitted, “other years it was quite fruitful. That’s the thing with this business, it’s unpredictable. I think the statistic is that under ten percent of SAG/AFTRA members actually make a living as actors. That’s a very low number.
“Smart and responsible actors have other jobs as well,” Braun concluded. “Let’s have respect for people making an honest living in whatever capacity. No one job holds more value than the other. Stop shaming and let’s support each other. Work is work! There is honor in having a job.”
Ryan Carnes Opens up About the Babies That Changed His Life(9/6/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com/) In his current storyline on GENERAL HOSPITAL, Ryan Carnes (Lucas) is dealing with a lot of baby drama and it’s only going to get more emotional when the baby switch is revealed. But it was playing a dad in the upcoming movie The Perfect One that truly opened his heart and changed his life. “Meet Baby Delaney,” Carnes shared on Instagram with a photo of him and his precious litle co-star. “This sweet, sweet girl and her counterpart, Baby Hazel, who also plays my daughter are to of the sweetest souls I’ve ever had the pleasure of holding and locking eyes with.
“In fact, I’ve spent more time with these two little nuggets than I have with any other babies in my life,” he continued. “And I’m forever grateful. They have opened my heart in ways unimaginable. They have afforded me the opportunity to have patience, understanding, compassion, and a kind heart, the likes of which I’m not sure I’ve ever had with myself, let alone with anyone else. My time with them has been very special to me.”
The Perfect One is a thriller about what happens when a new mother gets more than she bargained for when she joins the neighborhood “mommy group” and Carnes revealed that despite the pressures of filming, he learned a valuable lesson from the girls. “During my time with them, something struck me,” he mused. “No matter how much they cried, no matter how upset they got, no matter how many times they didn’t do what we wanted or ‘needed’ them to do, we were constantly patient with them. We were consistently understanding. We didn’t get mad at them because they were behaving a certain way. We didn’t roll our eyes and judge them. We didn’t yell at them or storm out of the room on them. We didn’t say, ‘We don’t love you anymore.’ We loved them and let them figure it out and let them be until they were ready to come back to us or were done experiencing a certain emotional state.
“But unfortunately, as adults, it often seems so hard to do this with our families, our friends, and especially our lovers and partners,” Carnes added. “Imagine if we could remember to offer the people we love most the same amount of compassion and understanding that we offer babies. Imagine if we did that with strangers. For we all still experience from time to time the parts that are scared, angry, fearful, and just don’t feel understood and are just trying to figure out this crazy world. So what if we could love ourselves, our loved ones, and even strangers we pass on the street the way we love babies? What if we could look at everyone around us the same way babies look at us — with curiosity and unconditioned, untainted appreciation?”
Carnes appreciates his time with Delaney and Hazel and how they opened his eyes. And it’s also made him hopeful that one day he will be a father himself. “I’m grateful to have gotten to know these little beings and been afforded the opportunity to have patience with them that I maybe haven’t had with those I have loved,” he concluded. “And maybe someday I’ll have a daughter of my own.”
Actor Christopher Lawford, Dies of Heart Attack at 63(9/5/18) (dailymail.co.uk) Christopher Lawford, the nephew of John F Kennedy, has died. He was 63 years old.
Lawford was at a yoga studio on Tuesday night when he suffered a medical emergency, law enforcement sources told TMZ.
Sources said his death appears to be from 'natural causes'. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the exact cause of death.
Lawford leaves behind three children and his widow Mercedes Miller, a yoga teacher who the actor married in 2014.
Lawford was at a yoga studio on Tuesday night when he suffered a medical emergency. He is pictured here with JFK and cousin Maria Shriver in 1962
Lawford was the son of Patricia Kennedy and Peter Lawford, a Hollywood actor and member of the legendary Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra.
Patricia Kennedy was one of nine children in Joseph P Kennedy Sr's clan. She was the younger sister of JFK and a year older than Bobby Kennedy.
Kerry Kennedy, Bobby's daughter, tweeted photos of Lawford on Tuesday and said the family was mourning his loss.
Lawford, one of Patricia and Peter's four children, was born in Santa Monica in 1955 and moved to New York City with his mother after they divorced in 1966.
He would go on to attend boarding school in Concord, Massachusetts, where he was first introduced to drugs.
Lawford eventually became hooked on heroin and contracted Hepatitis C.
He was also arrested in 1980 for impersonating a doctor in order to get prescription medication in Aspen. He was given probation and the charges were dropped.
Lawford decided to go to rehab after his cousin, David Kennedy, died of a drug overdose in 1984.
That same year he married Jeannie Olsson, his first of three wives and with whom he had three children.
In 1988 Lawford, who also earned a law degree from Boston College and a master's certificate in clinical psychology from Harvard, decided he wanted to be an actor.
He went on to appear in a slew of shows include General Hospital and a three-year stint on All My Children.
Lawford also appeared in a number of films including Thirteen Days, Slipstream, and two of the Terminator movies with former cousin-in-law Arnold Schwarzenegger.
He also worked as a producer, acquiring George Lucas' hit film American Graffiti for Universal Studios in the 1970s and later became a correspondent on EXTRA.
Lawford was never shy about his past substance abuse issues.
He wrote two books, including Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption - which became a New York Times bestseller - and, more recently, When Your Partner Has An Addiction.
His cousin Maria Shriver praised the latter book, saying: 'This complex issue affects the lives of millions of people and their families every day.'
'Christopher and Beverly [Engel] should be applauded for approaching a delicate subject with true compassion.'
Lawford also released Moments of Clarity: Voices from the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery, which included essays from celebrities who have struggled with substance abuse.
Amber Tamblyn writing book of essays(9/5/18) Amber Tamblyn, the actress, feminist and #MeToo activist, is working on a book of essays.
Archetype announced Wednesday that it will publish Tamblyn’s “Era of Ignition” in March. Tamblyn will combine stories about her life with her political and cultural views in what Archetype is calling an “enlightening and inspiring call to arms.”
Tamblyn’s acting credits include the daytime soap opera “General Hospital” and such films as “127 Hours.” She’s a founder of Time’s Up, the Hollywood movement against sexual harassment.
Her previous books include the novel “Any Man” and the poetry collections “Bang Ditto” and “Free Stallion.”
John Stamos Signs With ICM Partners(9/5/18) ICM Partners’ house is a little fuller today: Actor-producer John Stamos and his St. Amos Productions have signed with the agency for representation.
Stamos recurs on and is the executive producer of Fuller House, Netflix’s comedy spinoff from the iconic sitcom Full House, on which he starred as Uncle Jesse for eight seasons.
Stamos also starred on Fox’s recent Grandfathered and was a series regular on Season 2 of Fox’s Scream Queens and on NBC’s ER from 2005-09. He played the title character on ABC’s Jake in Progress in 2005-06 and before that starred alongside Melissa George in ABC’s Thieves in 2001-02. He also has appeared in five Broadway shows, most recently the 2012 revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man.
Next up for Stamos as an actor is a guest role on Greg Berlanti’s series You, which premieres September 9 on Lifetime. His St. Amos Productions, whose head of development is Bret Slater, has projects set up at Universal Television and Freeform. Stamos continues to be repped by Danny Sussman at Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
General Hospital Vet Susan Brown Dead at 86, Remembered by Co-Stars(9/1/18) General Hospital alum Susan Brown, who played Scotty Baldwin’s stepmother, Dr. Gail Adamson Baldwin, died on Friday at the age of 86.
GH vet Kin Shriner, who plays Scotty, shared the news on Twitter, hailing Brown as “one of my best friends and costars…. R.I.P., Susan. I will miss all our laughs.”
Brown first joined GH in 1977, earning a Daytime Emmy nomination two years later. She exited GH in the mid-80s, but recurred now and again, especially when Scotty’s family helped launch the ABC Daytime spinoff Port Charles. Brown last appeared on GH in a 2004 episode honoring the late Anna Lee, who had Lila Quartermaine.
Brown’s previous TV credits included As the World Turns (as Adelaide Fitzgibbon), ABC’s mid-1960s sudser The Young Marrieds, Death Valley Days and Santa Barbara (as Dorothy Lane). Her most recent primetime role was a 1994 episode of Frasier.
“She was so very special, on set and in friendship,” GH vet Jackie Zeman shared on Twitter, offering Shriner her condolences. “I remember all the good times we shared on our lunch breaks and at at her amazing dinner parties at her beautiful home. RIP Susan + God Bless.”
Current GH boss Frank Valentini tweeted, “It’s a very sad day in Port Charles as the wonderful Susan Brown (“Gail Baldwin”) passed away today. My sincerest condolences to her family and to all who knew this amazing woman.”
Brown’s GH husband, Peter Hansen (who played Scotty’s father, Lee Baldwin), passed away in April 2017, at the age of 95.
Emme Rylan Recovering From Minor Surgery(8/31/18) (Photo) Two years ago, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Emme Rylan (Lulu) suffered a broken nose when her face collided with the head of her youngest son, Levi. And now the actress has to undergo another surgery to fix it. “I’m just one of those girls that posts pretty pictures with a soft filter,” Rylan joked on Instagram as she posted a selfie with her bandaged face following the procedure.
While she didn’t reveal exactly what the surgery entailed, it looks as though it went well and Rylan is on the road to a quick recovery. And luckily, GH is currently taking a break from filming, so it shouldn’t impact her appearances as Lulu on-screen much, if at all. Although we can certainly think of better ways to spend your vacation time than undergoing surgery!
Coincidentally, Rylan injured herself during one of GH’s summer breaks when the accident occurred two years ago. “My son was running to jump on a cushion I was on,” she explained at the time. “I sat up just as he jumped and his head broke my nose! Taken down by a four year old!” Rylan is going to have to start being more careful when playing with her kids, as back in the spring of this year, she fractured her foot!
Thankfully, Ryan is already looking much better, just a day after her surgery, with the bruising lessened and just a couple small bandages on the bridge of her nose as seen in another selfie where she was showing off the lovely braid she put in her hair. “Strong meds plus YouTube tutorials equals I’m basically a hairdresser now,” she teased. “Seriously, though, this is the most exciting hairstyle I’ve done by myself.”
All our best for a speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing Lulu back in action again soon!
Jonathan Jackson offers his Emmy Award to Mount Athos Monastery(8/31/18) (greekcitytimes.com) (Photo) (Video) Popular Hollywood star Jonathan Jackson, visited Holy Mount Athos together with his 8-year-old-son on Tuesday, to offer one of his Emmy Awards, reports vimaorthodoxias.gr.
During his five day visit, Jackson spent most of his time at the Vatopedi Monastery in the Monks Republic Mount Athos to honour the Dormition of the Virgin Mary but also visited the Xenophontos and Simonopetra Monasteries.
Jackson, who attended all services with his son, is overwhelmed by the life of Athonite monks. He has characterized Archimandrite Ephraim, Abbot of Vatopedi Monastery, as “a man filled with the love of Christ”. Jackson has been in close contact with the Vatopedi Monastery ever since he was baptized Greek Orthodox in 2012. In an interview given to Greek journalist, Jackson stated that he has read much about the Holy Mountain and dreamt of visiting Mount Athos and seeing the holy place where people for more than 1000 years are praying for mankind.
As a pilgrimage to Mount Athos, Jackson offered his Emmy Award he received in 2012 to Metropolitan Bishop Atlantas Alexios and received the blessing by Abbot Efraim. “This symbolic gesture deeply touched the holy father,” stated vimaorthodoxias.gr.
In the same year and during his acceptance speech for his Emmy Award, he thanked the Holy Trinity as well as the monks of Mount Athos.
Jackson later explained in an interview, “These people (are) dedicating their lives to prayer, and not just praying for themselves, but truly praying for all of us. And then the thought kind of crossed my mind: with all the destruction, chaos and insanity that goes on in this world, if their prayers weren’t happening, what would this world be like? I felt personally like I just wanted to thank them because I really believe that their prayers mean a lot.”
Skai.gr reported that Jackson is planning a film about Elder Joseph the Hesychast, (1897-1959) a monk of Mount Athos acclaimed to be the spiritual father of Elders Ephrem of Philotheou, Joseph of Vatopedi, Charalampus of Dionysiou and others, who are directly credited for revitalising six of the twenty monasteries on Mount Athos. The film location is to take place on Mount Athos and on the island of Paros where the Elder was born.
Jackson’s well-known character was ‘Lucky Spencer’ on the ABC Daytime soap opera General Hospital, a role that has won him five Emmy Awards.
GH Alum Producing Documentary(8/28/18) Natalia Livingston (ex-Emily, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and producing partner Cheryl Buchanan are just a few of the creative forces behind the upcoming docudrama, In Their Shoes. The film follows the lives of several men whose lives intersect in a prison re-entry and addiction recovery creative-writing program, and examines how the power of words can change lives. Says Livingston, “It’s truly been a labor of love. The men and their families who are featured in this documentary, and their stories of challenge and triumph, are truly inspirational and moving. We can’t wait to share them with the public.” For more information, including how to contribute to the project, and to see the film’s trailer, check out the following link: www.indiegogo.com/projects/in-their-shoes-documentary-family-community#/. And, for more on Livingston and her life behind the camera since leaving L.A., check out an upcoming issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Ashley Jones Opens up About a Possible Return to GENERAL HOSPTIAL(8/28/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) In a recent blog post, Ashley Jones discussed her recent return to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL as Bridget Forrester, but also addressed the fans who want to see her back as Parker on GENERAL HOSPITAL. “With Lexi [Ainsworth, Kristina] back on, and much talk of Parker on the show recently, there are question about ‘Pristina,’” she admitted. “I did get to talk with Frank Valentini, executive producer of GH, recently at an Emmy event.
“He wasn’t able to confirm any future thoughts about Kristina or Parker,” Jones continued, “but what’s great about the soap genre is this: Things change all the time with the stroke of a pen from the writers. People can even ‘die’ and come back to life.”
With Kristina back home and lamenting her troubled relationship with her girlfriend, many Pristina fans want Jones back on the canvas so the couple can work out their problems together. However, the actress is realistic about her future in Port Charles, knowing that while there may be potential storyline for a character, there are real-world factors that have to be taken into consideration.
“Do I think it makes sense to [have] Kristina and Parker on screen together figuring out whatever issues they may or may not have?” she mused. “Sure, of course. I believe there’s story left to tell. But from a production standpoint, there’s a whole puzzle of characters to place every week in storylines that keep Port Charles alive and dramatic and fun to watch. This may sound like a politically correct response, but having been on the other side of the camera from time to time, I understand.”
Jones is right that you can never predict what’s going to happen next on a soap opera, so you’ll just have to stay tuned to see if Parker ever resurfaces in Kristina’s life. (The perfect time for that would probably be after they split up and Kristina is just finding happiness with someone else!)
Wes Ramsey Says Peter 'Still Cares Very Deeply' for Maxie on GENERAL HOSPITAL(8/27/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Since Peter August first appeared on GENERAL HOSPITAL, he’s stirred up quite a bit of trouble, but could the guy be on the road to redemption at long last? Seeing as how his actions were responsible for bringing Cesar Faison back to Port Charles and led to the death of the beloved Nathan West, the one person that could be hardest to win over may be his widow, Maxie. “There’s a lot of sadness and a lot of regret,” Wes Ramsey told Soaps In Depth of his alter ego’s relationship with Maxie. “Peter obviously still cares very deeply for her. The tragedy that brought them together and the intensity of the emotion in the aftermath of Nathan’s death was such a strong bonding experience. I don’t think Peter had any idea that was going to happen — nor did Maxie.”
One thing that truly helped open Peter’s eyes and change his ways was his experience being kidnapped and tormented by a vengeful Leisl Obrecht. “Obrecht was as cruel as she possibly could be,” Ramsey admitted. “The pain, the infection, the starvation, the sweat, the smell… they tortured him! But that allowed me to step away from Peter August, the suit-wearing Aurora CEO and puppeteer who was getting away with everything and out-smarting everybody. It was certainly humbling to find the complete other side of the spectrum and show Peter’s vulnerability when he was facing his own mortality and his own remorse!”
But just because he’s seen the error of his ways doesn’t mean that Peter will be able to redeem himself in the eyes of the people of Port Charles who he has hurt so deeply. “As far as redemption, Peter’s certainly paid a price for his actions,” the actor mused. “It was a crafty strategy and the brilliance of our writing team, in terms of trying to find some hope for redemption for someone who’s seemed so hopeless and so beyond redeeming.”
Can Peter forge a new life in Port Charles and perhaps even win back Maxie’s friendship… and more? “He’s a master communicator and manipulator,” Ramsey teased. “So he’ll figure something out!”
Maurice Benard Teases His Exciting New Role!(8/27/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) In case seeing Maurice Benard as Sonny Corinthos every day on GENERAL HOSPITAL isn’t enough for you, it looks as though fans will soon be able to see the actor tackling yet another powerful role in a new movie! The soap is taking another break, which frees up the stars to enjoy some time off… or moonlight with other projects. And based off the photo Benard shared on his Instagram with the caption “coming soon,” he’s definitely up to something!
Judging from the pic, it looks like another tough guy role for the Daytime Emmy winner, but whatever it is, our lips are sealed… at least for the time being! (You know what they say about loose lips — wouldn’t want to wind up wearing cement shoes at the bottom of the river!)
Benard, who just recently celebrated his 25th anniversary at GH, has always kept busy with side projects outside of Port Charles. He has appeared in an episode of CASTLE, and the films Joy, The Ghost and the Whale, A Lover Betrayed, Hold On, and Nightmare Cinema. He recently wrapped filming of the movie Equal Standard, co-starring Ice-T, which means Benard is available for another amazing role.
Naturally, we will bring you more details on this exciting new part as soon as they become officially available, so make sure you stay tuned!
What Happened to Stefan Cassadine on GENERAL HOSPITAL(8/27/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) The Cassadine family has long menaced the people of Port Charles and a recent scene had some fans wondering if Stefan Cassadine is coming back to GENERAL HOSPITAL! Well, that would be slightly difficult seeing as how the guy is dead, but then again, this is a soap opera, and people never seem to stay dead for very long. But if you’re a newer viewer who doesn’t understand why some might be excited to see the Cassadine prince again, we’ve got you covered! The role was played by Stephen Nichols from his dramatic introduction in July of 1996 until his tragic end in October of 2003.
Stefan Cassadine was introduced along with his teenage nephew, Nikolas Cassadine, who was the secret son of Laura Spencer and Stavros Cassadine. After Laura escaped Stavros’ captivity, Stefan raised Nikolas and brought him to Port Charles so his bone marrow could save his sister, Lulu Spencer. Stefan was in love with Laura, but she insisted her heart belonged to Luke Spencer. He bailed General Hospital out of financial troubles he had instigated in order to justify his staying in town. Laura discovered that her mother, Lesley, was still alive, and had been held captive by Stefan for years. After a confrontation with Luke, Stefan accidentally shot Katherine Bell.
He married Luke’s sister, Bobbie, but they split when he realized she was just using him to help her brother take him down. Stefan fell in love with Katherine, but at their engagement party, she fell into a trap set by Alexis and Luke and fell to her presumed death. Feeling guilty, Alexis defended her brother in court and it was revealed that Nikolas was actually Stefan’s son. The whole trial was moot anyway, as Katherine wasn’t really dead!
Stefan managed to woo Laura for a time, but then it came out that his mother, Helena Cassadine, had been holding Lucky Spencer prisoner for years after he presumably died in a fire. Laura didn’t believe Stefan’s claims he knew nothing about the scheme, and they split. He then learned that Helena was plotting to kill him and faked his own death so he could use Chloe Morgan’s psychic visions to figure out his mother’s next move and stop her. However, he began to fall for Chloe and when she needed medical help, he gave up on his scheme. Helena brought Stavros back from the dead and he murdered Chloe, though it was Stefan who once again went on trial for a murder he didn’t commit.
After trying in vain to leave the Cassadine legacy behind, Stefan returned to Port Charles to find the family in disarray and in danger of losing its fortune. He pushed Nikolas to marry Lydia, the daughter of a Greek shipping magnate, but he was in love with Emily. So Stefan paid a hit man to try and kill Emily, but the guy accidentally took out Summer, instead. Luke abducted Stefan and gathered up everyone he’d hurt to stage a mock trial to expose all of his numerous crimes. Stefan broke down and blamed Helena for all the misery.
Luke also tried to burn down Wyndemere Castle and a badly burned Stefan landed in the hospital. After being released, he kidnapped Lydia and knocked out Lucky when he tried to rescue her. Luke and Stefan got into a fight with a knife that ended with Stefan being stabbed and tumbling over the same cliff where Summer had fallen to her death. Could he still be alive and out for revenge? In Port Charles, death is often just a state of mind, so you never know! Stay tuned to find out what happens next.
Creative Arts Emmy Awards Sets First Group Of Presenters: Neil Patrick Harris, Jane Lynch, RuPaul Charles, More(8/27/18) Neil Patrick Harris, Jane Lynch, Carol Burnett and RuPaul Charles are among the first group of presenters for the upcoming Creative Arts Emmy Awards announced Monday by the Television Academy and Executive Producer Bob Bain.
The annual ceremony, which will be held over two consecutive nights, September 8 and 9, honors outstanding artistic and technical achievement in a variety of categories of television program genres. The first group of presenters represent a diverse television landscape from some of television’s top comedies, dramas, variety and reality programs.
Slated to present on the first night Saturday September 8 are Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul), Neil Patrick Harris (A Series of Unfortunate Events), Jane Lynch (Hollywood Game Night, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Molly Shannon (Will & Grace), Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale), Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley), and the cast of Fuller House (Andrea Barber, Candace Cameron Bure, Lori Loughlin, Bob Saget, and John Stamos).
Set to present on the second night, Sunday, September 9 are Judd Apatow (Director/Executive Producer of The Zen Diaries Of Garry Shandling), Carol Burnett (The Carol Burnett Show 50th Anniversary Special), RuPaul Charles (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Derek Hough (World of Dance), Nick Kroll (Big Mouth), and the cast of Queer Eye (Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness).
The 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles beginning at 5 PM PT on Saturday evening and at 4 PM PT on Sunday evening. FXX will broadcast the awards on Saturday, September 15, at 8 PM ET/PT.
GH’s Kelly Monaco Recovering From Surgery(8/24/18) Kelly Monaco (Sam, GH) is recovering from hip surgery. She revealed on Instagram Opens a New Window. , “After over a decade of suffering from chronic, excruciating pain from a torn labrum in my hip, I finally took the first steps in bettering my health and myself. Looking forward to MANY positive changes coming soon! Thank you @heathmonster Opens a New Window. for holding my hand and drying my tears pre and post surgery … then stocking my home to keep me comfy while healing. Thank you@Valentinifrank Opens a New Window. @generalhospitalabc Opens a New Window. for the beautiful “get well” flowers. … and thanks to that guy at work who always has my back, for being a cheer up florist and an awesome handyman!!! #staytuned Opens a New Window. #GH Opens a New Window. #smallbutmighty Opens a New Window."
Leslie Charleson Opens up About Her Recovery and Return to GENERAL HOSPITAL(8/24/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Back in April, Leslie Charleson had to take a medical leave of absence from playing Monica Quartermaine on GENERAL HOSPITAL after being sidelined by her pooch, Riley Rose. “I love my dog, but I didn’t that night,” she quipped to Soaps In Depth. “I have a brick patio and I opened the door to let her out, and she caught me. I sat down hard… and I knew I wasn’t going anywhere. The most amazing thing was that I had my purse with me and my phone fell out of it! I crawled to it and was able to call 911.”
After having surgery to repair her fractured hip, the avid equestrian was told to take it easy, but that just wasn’t in her nature. “I didn’t rest,” she chuckled. “I got rid of all of the [walking aids], went to physical therapy and then went to my horse. I’ve been riding for a couple months. Don’t tell my doctor!”
The entire ordeal has been taxing but also quite touching. “People were so gracious and wonderful, from [GH executive producer] Frank Valentini to the fans,” Charleson raved. “I’m overwhelmed with gratitude and love.
As for her temporary recast, Charlson was honored by the choice. “I’m so grateful for Patty McCormack for filling in,” the GH legend confessed. “It’s a tough job to do. It’s terrible [being a recast]! I’ve been there. No one likes you — it doesn’t matter what you do. But I got somebody who won an Oscar. Wow! I’m impressed. I couldn’t have been more thrilled with that… Well, actually I wish I could have been there.”
While in good spirits, Charleson revealed she’s got more work to do. “I didn’t know that the surgery would shorten my leg,” grumbled the actress, who’s now wearing a lift in one shoe. “My balance is off, so I’m seeing a doctor at the end of August to repair that. Because this is unacceptable. I had a doctor tell me, ‘We have patients your age, and they’re just lucky to be alive.’ No, no, no! I have to ride, and I have things to do!”
Robert Palmer Watkins Stars in New Comedy Pilot!(8/24/18) (Photo) Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Robert Palmer Watkins on landing a brand new role! Fans who miss seeing him as Dillon Quartermaine in Port Charles will be able to see him as Eddie in a new comedy titled GREEN VALLEY. “New Pilot!” he announced. “Stoked to start filming this! Amazing team.” Of course, it’s only a pilot for now, but you never know what the future will bring!
The actor shared the news when he tweeted out a photograph of himself and his co-stars on a bulletin board for the planning of the series. While it looks like a few roles have yet to be officially cast, Watkins’ costars signed up include Randy Wayne (THE LYING GAME) and Donna D’errico (BAYWATCH). Unfortunately, this early into production, additional details are scarce, including what the show will actually be about.
Watkins earned a lot of fans during his two years on GH as Dillon, and they have followed his career as it has continued after he left the soap. He starred as Cupid in the TV pilot CUPID’S MATCH, and appeared in the films Surviving Theater 9 and Last Three Days.
The actor’s former GH castmates were quick to offer their congratulations, including Matt Cohen (Griffin), Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix), and Vinessa Antoine (Jordan), who has just recently left GH herself to star in her own new series, DIGGSTOWN.
Hopefully GREEN VALLEY gets picked up and we can watch Watkins in a new series. He’s too talented a performer to not be on our screens on a regular basis!
Rick Springfield on The Goldbergs(8/24/18) Singer/actor Rick Springfield (Supernatural, General Hospital) will guest-star in a Season 6 episode of The Goldbergs as the owner of a karaoke bar and Erica’s new boss, EW.com reports.
Lexi Ainsworth Reveals Kristina's First True Love on GENERAL HOSPITAL(8/23/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) With Lexi Ainsworth back on GENERAL HOSPITAL as Kristina Davis, it was the perfect time for the actress to take to Twitter and live tweet along with an episode of the soap to answer fans’ burning questions! And while she couldn’t spill all the upcoming storyline secrets, she did leave “Pristina” fans with hope for a Parker and Kristina reunion one day. “Never say never!” Ainsworth declared.
Although she also surprised some fans by revealing who Kristina’s first true love is — and it’s not Parker! “I would say Ethan would be her first, then Parker,” Ainsworth mused. “Because he was there for her at a difficult time in her life when Keifer was abusing her. Parker did help Kristina in a different way to help her discover more about who she is.”
Coincidentally, those are also the two storylines the actress names as the standouts of her time in Port Charles. “My two favorites would be the teen abuse storyline when I was a little peanut,” Ainsworth said, “and the LGBTQIA because it is something that a large number of people can relate to that has only been recently represented on TV.”
GH fans love seeing the Davis girls all together, and so does Ainsworth. “I love working with my fam,” she smiled. “I think it’s great to have strong female characters on TV.” Plus, it doesn’t hurt that on-screen mom Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) is a blast to work with! “She knows how to make people laugh!” she revealed. “She is the best TV Mom I could ask for!”
Ainsworth also promised that Kristina and Jason would soon have some scenes together, and she was excited to work with Steve Burton again. “I realized we hadn’t worked together since I was 18,” she confided. “Missed his energy on set.”
But when asked about Kristina’s upcoming storyline, Ainsworth played coy. “Something the fans haven’t seen Kristina do that I am personally excited about,” she teased. “Don’t get too carried away with ideas, but it’s been fun.” But the actress loves that Kristina’s future still lies ahead and anything is possible. “There are so many paths she can take,” she smiled, “and I can’t wait to figure which one it will be.”
GH Star Welcomes Son(8/23/18) Chris Van Etten, who plays Chet Driscoll on GH, is a first-time father! The actor and his wife, Samantha, welcomed son Milo Taylor Van Etten on August 21. “We did a thing! #babymilo Opens a New Window. ,” he tweeted.
4 GENERAL HOSPITAL Reruns at the End of August(8/22/18) It’s normal for soaps to air an encore episode on a holiday, but news that GENERAL HOSPITAL is airing three additional reruns before Labor Day threw many fans into a panic! However, ABC network executive Nathan Varni has assured everyone there is nothing at all to be concerned about. The additional reruns scheduled to air from Aug. 29 through Aug. 31 are simply a result of the soap not being preempted enough earlier this year!
“You shouldn’t be worried,” Varni tweeted. “It’s been planned for months. Last year we didn’t have to take additional encores because Trump interrupted the show so much. This year, with less interruptions, we needed to take some extra days off based on the number of new episodes we produce for you.”
So fans can take heart that they will be spending the same number of days in Port Charles that they do every year, they’re just having one big break instead of spacing them out over the months. In addition to the encore episode scheduled to air on Monday, Sept. 3, there will be three additional encores airing from Wednesday to Friday the week before. And if you’re wondering which episodes you’ll be able to re-watch, they’re from this January featuring the climax of the Faison storyline that resulted in Nathan’s tragic death. Here’s how they break down:
Wednesday, Aug. 29: Lucas announces to his family he and Brad are adopting a baby, Finn and Alexis bond, Lulu and Obrecht are caught in Faison’s death trap, and Faison shot Nathan when he attempted to rescue Maxie from the villain’s clutches.
Thursday, Aug. 30: Dante and Sonny arrived at Spoon Island as Lulu and Obrecht managed to escape the poison gas, everyone wanted answers from Faison, and Nathan underwent surgery for his life-threatening injuries.
Friday, Aug. 31: Sam and Drew returned from their honeymoon to chaos, Jason got answers out of Faison, and Maxie was briefly reunited with Nathan as he regained consciousness only to pass away before her eyes.
Monday, Sept. 3: The special episode featuring Nathan’s emotional funeral where everyone said one last goodbye to the fallen hero and Maxie said farewell to her husband one last time.
And for those fans wondering why GH doesn’t delve farther back into their archives and rerun some vintage classics from the ‘70s and ‘80s, Varni revealed there was unfortunately a very practical financial reason for that. “Music rights and talent costs,” he explained. “We’re trying to find a way, but as of today, it’s cost prohibitive. WE will be the first to announce should we strike a deal!”
GH will return with brand new episodes beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 4, so don’t worry — you won’t miss a moment of the drama in Port Charles.
Tristan Rogers Wraps At GH(8/22/18) Tristan Rogers has finished up his GH return as Scorpio, the actor reported on Twitter. “Shot my last show last Monday,” he wrote. “Only Frank [Valentini, executive producer] knows the future.” Next up for Rogers? Reprising his role on THE BAY. “I start the new season of The Bay next Saturday,” he tweeted. “This time Lex is back to being a cop. Stay tuned.”
GENERAL HOSPITAL Star Kimberly McCullough Directed Her Episode of FULLER HOUSE!(8/21/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) Although some daytime viewers miss seeing Kimberly McCullough as Robin Scorptio Drake on GENERAL HOSPITAL, the actress has transitioned into quite a talented director who is often too busy working behind the camera to step in front of it! And now she’s just helmed an episode of FULLER HOUSE for Netflix! “About to shoot FULLER HOUSE on this stage,” she shared on Instagram, adding the hashtag for “no big deal.”
And after wrapping the taping, McCullough posed for a picture with the cast on set and declared: “Sometimes it all comes together.” And they all look super-happy about the job they did, although we'll have to wait a bit to see the results for ourselves!
In addition to using her “#ladydirector” hashtag, McCullough also gave a shoutout to one of the other women on her team. “This is Kelly,” she wrote. “Associate director on FULLER HOUSE. There’s nothing more empowering than women supporting women. #allonthesameteam Love this gal.”
McCullough got her big break in showbiz playing Robin on GH back in 1985, and has continued to play the character on and off over the years. But recently, McCullough has turned to directing, helming episodes of TV series like K.C. UNDERCOVER, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, ONE DAY AT A TIME, and ALL ABOUT THE WASHINGTONS.
Unfortunately, the fourth season of FULLER HOUSE does not yet have a premiere date as they are still producing the episodes, but as soon as the information is released, we’ll be sure to let you know. And because it’s on Netflix, the entire season’s worth of episodes will be released on the same day, so you can get right to McCullough’s!
GH’s Kin Shriner Guest Hosts New Game App(8/21/18) GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Kin Shriner (Scott) @kinshriner Opens a New Window. reunites with former PORT CHARLES co-star Michael Dietz (ex –Joe et al) to guest-host the latter’s popular new phone game, FAST FACTS, this Wednesday, 8/22, at 3:15 EST/1:15 PST, just after the east coast airing of Wednesday’s GH episode. Dietz, who is currently the CCO of Ripkord.tv, says, “There are so many ways to utilize this new platform, and I am so happy that we can do this with my dear friend, Kin. I think it will be great fun for our regular gamers, and especially for soap fans who want to check it out!” To get in on the action, download the free app at http://www.ripkord.tv for a chance at $300! And to read more about Dietz’s new venture, check out next week’s issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Dishing With Digest - 8/17/18 - Jon Lindstrom(8/18/18) (Listen / download) GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Jon Lindstrom chats with Soap Opera Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about the resurrection of Ryan, his uptick in screen time, working with Genie Francis and more! Plus we discuss memorable dual roles in soap history.
Kristen Alderson to Join Marvelous Wonderettes Off-Broadway(8/17/18) (playbill.com) The General Hospital actor will star as Cindy Lou in the show, which celebrates its two-year anniversary this month.
As The Marvelous Wonderettes prepares to celebrate its two-year anniversary Off-Broadway, the show will welcome Emmy winner Kristen Alderson in the role of Cindy Lou April 18. The revival of the 1950's-set high school musical comedy will celebrate two years at New York’s Theatre Row April 28.
“I am beyond excited to be joining the extremely talented cast of The Marvelous Wonderettes,” commented Alderson in a statement. “I’ve always had a huge passion for theatre and I’m so grateful that I get to be on stage again!”
Alderson is known for her 15-year portrayal of Starr Manning on the ABC's One Life to Live. She also originated the role of Kiki Jerome on General Hospital, and played Molly in the first Broadway revival of Annie.
Alderson joins current cast members Meg Lanzarone, Michelle Dowdy, Brie Cassil, and Amy Hilner Larsen.
The Marvelous Wonderettes, produced by Tom and Michael D’Angora, officially opened April 28, 2016. Created, written and originally directed by Roger Bean, the show is a musical trip down memory lane to the 1958 Springfield High School prom. There, we meet The Wonderettes, four girls whose hopes and dreams are recounted through 20 chart-topping hits of the era.
Tickets can be purchased at The Theatre Row box office, located at 410 West 42nd Street, Manhattan, or through Telecharge.com.
Jay Mohr and Nikki Cox are Finally Divorced After Two Tries and Two Years(8/17/18) After multiple divorce filings, a failed reconciliation and claims of drug abuse ... Jay Mohr and Nikki Cox are officially done being husband and wife.
According to new legal docs ... their divorce became final Tuesday, but the terms of their settlement will remain under wraps. This means we don't know the custody situation of their 7-year-old son ... same for child or spousal support.
We broke the story ... Jay filed for divorce from Nikki in July 2016, claiming she had a serious drug problem and seeking full custody of their kid. However, he told us the 2 were "Very in love. Very happy and that's really all there is" ... and called it off 6 days later.
It didn't last, though -- Mohr filed for divorce from Cox for the second time in December 2016, and once again claimed Nikki had a drug problem that made her an unfit mother ... so he wanted sole physical custody of their son.
But, like we said ... it's unclear if he got his wish.
Kirsten Storms Is Cleaning Out Her Closet — and Selling Everything to You!(8/16/18) If you’re a big Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL), you’ve probably admired her sense of style. Well, now you can get the same looks as the daytime star… because she’s actually selling them to you! Storms took to Instagram to let her fans know that she’s now on Poshmark.com, a website where people from all over sell clothes and accessories. “Currently working on posting more items,” she shared in her Poshmark bio. “But please check out my shares! I’m a girl who likes a good deal (why I love Posh) — my shares are items I think are unique and most are under $50.”
Storms is cleaning out her closets, and fans can grab items worn by the fashionista herself. While a couple pairs of jeans and a pair of overalls have already been sold, she still has some stylish shoes available, including a pair of black snakeskin print spike heels from Ted Baker. And if those are a little out of your range at $120, perhaps $35 for a pair of Sanita black leather clogs is more your speed?
There are a couple of dresses from Free People and Ralph Lauren that were listed at the time this article was written, but Storms is continuing to add more items as she overhauls her closet. Of course, since these are clothes from her own closet, you’ll need to be the same size as the petit fashionista if you’re hoping to wear any of them. Thankfully, Storms lists all sizes and information on all the items she’s selling so you can make an informed purchase.
You can check out Storms’ Poshmark page to see what she’s got on offer, and keep checking back as she adds more and more items. Who knows what treasures you might find!
Vanessa Marcil Opens up About the Special Bond She Shares With Maurice Benard(8/16/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) It’s no secret that GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Brenda was tight with Sonny, but few know that in real life, her portrayer, Vanessa Marcil, is like a member of her former screen husband’s extended family. “I’m very close friends with Maurice’s wife, Paula,” he actress confided to Soaps In Depth, adding that she always wanted to be respectful, especially during the hottest parts of Sonny and Brenda’s romance. “It is a weird thing to have your husband be in love with somebody on set, even though it’s just acting. But the one thing I’ll say about Maurice and Paula is they know they could call me at 3 a.m. and ask me to hide a dead body for them, and I would be at their house with a ski mask on, no questions asked. We’re that kind of close.”
The added bonus of being the keeper of someone’s secrets is that you know them pretty well. So we asked Marcil if there was something about Benard that, despite all that’s been written about him, might still surprise fans. “I don’t think people really know how funny he is — ferociously, intelligently funny — because his character’s certainly not supposed to be a super hilarious guy,” Marcil laughed. “And even with how vulnerable he gets in his work, I still don’t think people truly know how much of a softie he is in real life.”
On GH, Brenda found herself torn between two men with two very different personalities and a viewership that wasn’t shy about expressing their opinions about with whom they thought she should be. “You’re lucky if you play one love story in your career that really resonates with fans, and I got to play two” — with Sonny and Jax, Marcil said humbly. “[But] for me, they really weren’t in competition with each other because Sonny was the man who saved Brenda’s life — she really would die for him — and Jax was this beautiful, Disney-movie, fun, laughter, light kind of love. I think they’re both equally important in her life.”
The fact that fans still reach out to Marcil on a daily basis to connect, remember Brenda’s storylines, and encourage her to return and pick up where the character and Sonny left off, is something that the actress said means “everything” to her. “I’ve been at home doing laundry, cleaning the floors, or sitting in line picking up my son from school, and I’ll open my Instagram or Twitter, and the [outpouring of] love is just crazy,” she shared. “It’s unfathomable that they would think about me or be as attached to a character that I played about six years total when [others] on GH have been playing their characters for 25 or more years. It’s an honor.”
Kassius, the theater-loving high schooler that Marcil gave birth to just months before bringing Brenda back to the show in 2002, has played witness to her career. “He always says, ‘If I turn out like you, Mom, I’ll be the luckiest guy in the world’ which is the cutest thing ever for your son to say,” she related. “And I always tell him, ‘If I found out I was gonna die tomorrow, I would have literally lived every single dream and beyond that I ever had as a kid because of all of these experiences that I’ve had.’ I can’t believe that I got paid for any of this. It’s really hard work, but [as actors], we love it so much that we’d all also do it for free... It’s like oxygen.”
Billy Miller Returns to SUITS — Watch the Dramatic Preview!(8/14/18) (Video) If you can’t get enough of Billy Miller as Drew Cain on GENERAL HOSPITAL, be sure to tune in to SUITS on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 9 p.m. ET to watch him reprising his role of Marcus Specter on the USA primetime series. And it looks like he’ll certainly be bringing the drama when he calls on older brother Harvey (series star Gabriel Macht) to defend him.
“What Mom did is nothing like this,” Marcus says in the preview for the episode. But Harvey shoots back: “You asked your kids to lie for you. How is that different?” And Marcus looks awfully guilty as he finds himself under attack by his brother.
Miller’s character was first introduced in the fourth season finale of SUITS and then made subsequent appearances in episodes in the fifth and sixth season. Now, in the middle of the eighth season, he’s back for more. “Billy Miller and I had a good time working together,” Macht told Collider following his first appearance on the show. “He was excellent.”
While appearing on GH, Miller has also made appearances on Showtime’s RAY DONOVAN, and has filmed some episodes of the upcoming series ARE YOU SLEEPING with Octavia Spencer and Elizabeth Perkins.
Check out this tease for Miller’s new episode of SUITS and be sure to tune in Wednesday night to check it out! (Or watch it on the USA website when it’s uploaded the following day if you forget to set your DVR or miss it.)
Greg Berlanti and Ricky Martin to be honored by LA LGBT Center(8/14/18) Ricky Martin is about to add another trophy to his mantel.
Variety can exclusively report that the singer-actor will be honored at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s upcoming Gala Vanguard Awards.
Martin, who is up for an Emmy this year for his work as Gianni Versace’s partner Antonio D’Amico in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” isn’t the only one being recognized by the Center. Fellow honorees will include television impresario Greg Berlanti and his soccer-star-turned-producer husband Robbie Rogers as well as philanthropist Ariadne Getty.
“Our honorees fully embody strength, compassion, and resilience. They set the stage for what will be an amazing and inspiring evening,” the Center’s CEO Lorri L. Jean said in a statement. “At a time when threats to the well-being of the LGBT community happen almost daily, this event will be a celebration of our collective humanity and commitment to building a world where LGBT people thrive.”
This year’s gala, co-chaired by former HBO boss Michael Lombardo and longtime Center supporter Kathy Cloves, takes place on Sept. 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Principal sponsors include Audi of America and Wells Fargo.
Previous Vanguard Award honorees include Elton John, Miley Cyrus, Jane Fonda, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita, Wanda Sykes and George and Brad Takei.
Maurice Benard Reflects on His 25th Anniversary at GENERAL HOSPITAL(8/13/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) As he was nearing his 25th anniversary as GENERAL HOSPITAL’s dimpled don, Sonny Corinthos, the soap’s legendary leading man, Maurice Benard, caught himself reflecting back through the years. “I was telling people, ‘I’ve done it all, 20 times over,’” he told Soaps In Depth with a laugh. “‘There’s nothing left to play.’” But boy, was he wrong! The Emmy winner has spent the past six months in the thick of things with one of the soap’s most riveting stories. “I guess there is more to do,” he conceded with a big smile.
While the GH vet has enjoyed probably dozens of his co-stars, it’s hard to imagine being any more impressed by an acting partner than he is with Max Gail (Mike) in their touching father/son story. Benard admitted that the drama of the plot weighs on him at times. Thankfully, GH now has regular hiatuses during which he gets to hang with his family, recharge his batteries and remember how lucky he is to dig into a character like Sonny. “Since the beginning, they’ve been really good at not ever writing him out of character, doing stupid stuff,” he marvels. “They put Sonny in a box that’s pretty cool. Now, a lot of people may not like that box — because he’s a mobster and he’s too violent — but they’ve been true to this character for the most part. For 25 years, that’s pretty good!”
While Sonny has largely gone unchanged over the last 25 years, daytime has changed a lot. “The main difference, of course, is that scenes are a lot shorter,” Benard noted. “Before, we would have seven-page scenes, and you would have a beginning, middle and end. It was hard sometimes, but it was cool to have that. There also used to be a lot more violence and Mob story. But, I’ve been lucky to have had so many great storylines in the 25 years. This current story is right up there” with the best.
Thinking of past storylines, Benard remembered the Robin/Stone AIDS plot, Sonny’s struggle with bipolar and Morgan’s subsequent battle with the same mental illness (and eventual death) “as all being very powerful – and I think important — as well.” Benard also gave a nod to Lily’s Port Charles demise as a favorite story.
The truth is, the actor has loved getting into it with just about everyone in Port Charles — from TV sons Chad Duell (Michael), Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan), and Dominic Zamprogna (ex-Dante) to veteran co-stars Laura Wright (Carly), Steve Burton (Jason), and Kin Shriner (Scotty) to current scene partners Gail, Maura West (Ava), Matt Cohen (Griffin), and the rest of his on-screen gang. “Yes, it feels like it’s been 25 years,” he admitted. But “I’m happy with everything I’m doing.”
In closing, we gave Benard a Herculean task — asking him to describe the 25 years since first he stepped onto the GH stage in one word. And without missing a beat, and perhaps looking just a bit proud, he said simply, “family.” “Because at the end of the day,” he concluded with a smile, “GH is my family.”
Celebrate Benard’s 25 anniversary with our special edition coffee table book chronicling his history in Port Charles. Click here for more details and to find out how to get a copy for yourself.
Briana Nicole Henry Is "So Excited" to Join the Cast of GENERAL HOSPITAL as the New Jordan!(8/13/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Port Charles has found its new police commissioner! Briana Nicole Henry will be the new Jordan Ashford on GENERAL HOSPITAL. “Thanks, GH! So excited to join your family!” she shared on Instagram. With Vinessa Antoine having filmed her final scenes with the soap so that she can star in a new primetime series, GH has recast the role with Henry as there is still so much more storyline to tell with this character!
This is actually not Henry’s first foray into daytime. Back in December of 2013, she was hired for one episode of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS that turned into a short-term recurring role that lasted until May of 2014. She played Esmerelda, a model who offered Summer drugs and then hooked up with Devon on Valentine’s Day. (It didn’t work out, obviously!) Henry can also be seen in the film Bright as well as primetime series like UNDATEABLE, JANE THE VIRGIN, SHAMELESS, and INSECURE.
If Antoine filmed her last episode in mid August and Henry took over immediately, you can expect to see her taking over the role of Jordan somewhere in September. And with Jordan and Curtis’ wedding being planned — and Stella’s continuing meddling to split them up — there will be plenty of drama for the GH newcomer to sink her teeth into. (Not to mention trying to keep the rampant crime in Port Charles under control at the same time!)
General Hospital Celebrates 25 Years of Maurice Benard as Sonny — Watch(8/13/18) (Video) Twenty-five years ago, Friday the 13th was an extremely lucky day for Maurice Benard as he commenced what would be an iconic run on ABC’s General Hospital.
To mark the major milestone, ABC is airing a nostalgic promo, exclusively brought to you first by TVLine.
Benard’s daytime-TV debut came with a three-year run on ABC’s All My Children, as Nico Kelly. A few years later, on Aug. 13, 1993, GH viewers were introduced to Sonny Corinthos, a nightclub owner and racketeer into whose orbit an impressionable young Karen Wexler stumbled (watch one of his first scenes below).
Months later, Sonny would help a plucky Brenda Barrett clean up a mess on the docks (watch scene at bottom). From there on, as Sonny rose up in the criminal ranks and was weaved into storylines involving Luke Spencer, a quartet of Carlys, Jason Morgan né Quartermaine and several Brenda lookalikes, he and Benard’s performance became synonymous with ABC’s No. 1 sudser.
To date, Benard has amassed seven Daytime Emmy nominations, grabbing gold for the first time in 2003 (the same year that onetime leading lady Vanessa Marcil won her first Emmy). He also has collected four Soap Opera Digest Awards and four ALMA Award nominations.
Watch the promo above (set to “I’ll Be There” by Jess Glynne).
Everything You Need to Know About Kevin's Evil Twin, Ryan Chamberlain, on GENERAL HOSPITAL(8/13/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Kevin’s recent behavior has caused some viewers to suspect he's actually his twin brother, Ryan Chamberlain, on GENERAL HOSPITAL! This wouldn’t be the first time that someone in Port Charles had their unusual actions explained by having been swapped with a look-alike. Remember when it turned out that Anna’s strange behavior was because she had been replaced with her twin sister, Alex? The only problem with this theory is that Ryan is dead. Of course, we now know that is not true!
Ryan first appeared in June of 1992, played by actor Jon Lindstrom, who did double duty when GH introduced Ryan’s twin, Kevin Collins, the following year. Ryan was introduced as a pediatrician at General Hospital, but it was soon revealed that he had been hiding his mentally unstable behavior for quite a while. Felicia Jones knew him in Texas where he was calling himself “Todd Wilson” and had witnessed him murder his wife, Gloria!
When Felicia returned to Port Charles, she had amnesia and didn’t remember Ryan. But he remembered her, and quickly became obsessed with the beautiful blonde, trapping her in a cabin! He was arrested for attempted murder, and Kevin, a psychiatrist, came to town intent on rehabilitating his brother. Unfortunately, Ryan was faking his progress and used his twin to escape the mental hospital and impersonate him!
Ryan crashed Felicia and Mac’s wedding with a bomb, but Kevin managed to persuade the hospital staff of his true identity and raced to the church to stop his twin. After Ryan was apprehended once more, Kevin washed his hands of his brother. But Ryan escaped again with the help of his counselor, Connie, who he murdered. Impersonating Kevin, Ryan kidnapped Felicia’s daughter, Georgie!
Kevin helped Mac and Felicia track his psychotic twin down at a funhouse and rescue Georgie, though the killer let himself die in the building’s violent explosion rather than be locked away in the hospital again. Over the years, Ryan continued to haunt Kevin, who felt guilty for failing to save his brother, but those were just memories. However, Kevin's recent behavior led fans to suspect he was really Ryan, and while it appears that it's Ryan who was Carly's mysterious neighbor at Ferncliff, many are convinced there's been another swap, and it's Ryan who's been keeping Kevin prisoner!
GH Finds It's Jordan Recast(8/10/18) General Hospital has tapped Briana Nicole Henry (The Young and the Restless‘ ex-Esmeralda) to take over the role of Jordan Ashford, who was previously played by Vinessa Antoine, Soap Opera Digest reports.
Dishing with Digest - Episode 20(8/10/18) (Listen / download) BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL’s Don Diamont chats with Soap Opera Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about the appeal of his alter ego Bill Spencer, the “Still” dynamic, his relationship with Darin Brooks (Wyatt) and Scott Clifton (Liam) and much more. We also look back on 25 years of GH’s Sonny, and his portrayer, Maurice Benard.
William Lipton Is the New Cameron on GENERAL HOSPITAL(8/10/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) Elizabeth would be forgiven for not recognizing her son, because he just had a growth spurt, and now he also is getting a whole new look! William Lipton is taking over as the new Cameron on GENERAL HOSPITAL. “So thrilled!” he exclaimed on Instagram.
He will be replacing Cade McWatt, who made his debut in the July 3 episode of GH and only appeared in a couple of episodes. Previously, the role of Cameron had been played by Michael Leone, but the character was aged this year to bring him in the same age range as Josslyn Jacks and Oscar Nero.
Although Lipton only has a couple of shorts and the yet-to-be-released film The Adventures of Thomasina Sawyer on his IMDb page, his Instagram is full of clips of him singing while playing his guitar, so the young man is clearly talented.
Summer is typically when soaps put their younger characters front and center for storylines, so it would make sense for GH to beef up its teen scene. When they were both played by younger actors, Josslyn had a crush on Cameron and worked with Spencer to split him and Emma up. And now it looks as though Cameron still has feelings for his childhood sweetheart. Maybe now he can use his guitar to woo Joss away from Oscar?
With kids being aged into teens, some GH fans are naturally concerned that Brooklyn Rae Silzer and Nicolas Bechtel, who have been playing Emma and Spencer for years, might also be struck with a case of SORAS. However, there is no indication at this time that GH plans to recast either of those popular actors.
Who Kidnapped Anna on GENERAL HOSPITAL? — Meet Owen Saxon(8/9/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When Owen Saxon was cast on GENERAL HOSPITAL, some fans assumed the hunky actor was going to be the Dante recast (and some websites even reported the news as such!), but the truth is, he’s definitely on the other side of the law! Fans clearly didn’t recognize him from his blink-and-you’ll-miss-him appearance in the June 25 episode of GH where he was the gun toting limo driver who drove Anna off to her fate (which was decidedly not to the airport to go visit Robin!). But then he returned for another appearance on Aug. 3 as the thug who slipped into the elevator with Finn and abducted him! “Keep an eye out for a familiar face on this month’s episodes of GH,” Saxon shared on Instagram. “Special shoutout to my amazing agent, Britney Stone at LoveStone Agency.”
Saxon indicates that he’ll be appearing in more episodes throughout August, which means he’ll play a role in Finn’s big summer storyline that Michael Easton teased was coming up. And while he’s obviously the muscle and not the brains behind the operation, Saxon could prove to be a major obstacle to Finn and Robert rescuing Anna and bringing her home safe and sound.
According to his IMDb biography, Saxon originally intended to become a literary agent, but couldn’t resist the draw of acting. He has appeared in films like Toxic Shark and A Christmas Cruise, as well as television series like LETHAL WEAPON and SHOOTER. Unfortunately, as a bad guy, his run on GH likely won’t be very long, but he’ll be an imposing presence while he’s there!
Michael Easton Admits Finn "May Never Get Over" Hayden on GENERAL HOSPITAL(8/8/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Finn may be romantically involved with Anna now on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but there’s one woman who is still in his heart and always will be — Hayden Barnes. Michael Easton says that despite moving on with Anna, his alter ego is constantly reminded of the woman he loved and the baby that he believes she lost last September. “Every day I’ve been on camera, I have thought about the baby at some point,” the actor revealed to Soaps In Depth. “Anytime Finn is staring off or distracted as someone walks up on him, that’s what he’s thinking about.”
Finn and Hayden’s roller coaster romance wasn’t just a hit with GH fans, it was also popular with the actors involved. “That was an incredible storyline, emotionally,” Easton confided. “Finn was so self-involved, and all of a sudden, somebody pulled him out of that. He was going to get married and have a child. He got caught up in a wave… and to have it come crashing down so quickly, he’s devastated. It’s something he may never get over.”
Believing that Hayden dumped him and lost their baby, Finn has tried to put that part of his life in the past. But he has no idea that Hayden has lied to him and his child is actually out there with her somewhere in the world. And that’s a revelation that would change everything. “If he learned his baby was out there, he’d move heaven and earth to find him or her,” Easton promised.
And if Hayden came strolling back into Port Charles with that baby in her arms? “If done right, those are always grand reveals!” the actor mused. “Knocking down wedding doors when someone comes back to town is a classic — and certainly, as good an actress as Rebecca Budig (ex-Hayden) is, it would bring a lot of emotional weight. That makes sense to me… but I don’t know what’s coming!”
Chloe Lanier Teases Nelle "Isn't Done Yet" on GENERAL HOSPITAL(8/8/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) As Nelle Benson’s time on GENERAL HOSPITAL came to an end, Chloe Lanier live-tweeted along with her final episode of the soap to answer questions from fans one last time. Although she did tease that this might not be the last Port Charles sees of the vicious schemer! “I love this character,” she declared. “She isn’t done yet. Nelle isn’t dead. She isn’t done.”
When she first began playing Nelle, Lanier admitted “I knew she was troubled, but not to this extent.” But she does insist that Nelle’s feelings for Michael were genuine… to a point. “She spent months fighting to get back with him,” the actress explained. “She loved him until he showed his true colors. That stung.”
Lanier also confessed that the most difficult storyline she had to do on GH was her exit. “It was incredibly emotionally and physically demanding, but I loved it,” she said. The actress also added that the easiest scenes she had to do on the soap were last summer. “When Michael and Nelle just hooked up constantly!” she laughed.
Although she’s had trouble in the past with some fans unable to separate reality and fiction, blasting Lanier for Nelle’s actions, the actress shared a heartfelt message to her genuine supporters as she departed. “I love and appreciate them deeply,” she expressed. “It’s been an honor playing this character and I have loved hearing from you all. Thank you for the support! I wouldn't be where I am without you all. I hope you all come with me on my next journey.”
We’ll be sure to let you know where Lanier’s journey takes her next so you can be sure to watch the Emmy winner tackle another exciting role. And of course, since Lanier has said she would only return to GH and only to play Nelle again, we'll let you know if that happens, too!
Soap Alumni Unite For New Project(8/8/18) A sudsy new half-hour drama that wraps its three-day shoot today in Manhattan features a bevy of soap alumni: Morgan Fairchild (ex-Anjelica, DAYS, et al), Robert Newman (ex-Josh, GUIDING LIGHT), Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse, ALL MY CHILDREN), Kristen Alderson (ex-Starr, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Ilene Kristen (ex-Roxy, OLTL, et al), Scott Evans (ex-Fish, OLTL), Diana DeGarmo (ex-Angelina, Y&R) and David A. Gregory (ex-Ford, OLTL) star alongside entertainment blogger Perez Hilton in the ensemble drama MÉLANGE, which Variety reports “will center on the fight over the ownership of an historic New York City gay bar, Mélange, after its proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.” Newman plays the late bar owner, Syd, and Fairchild plays his widow, Vivian.
Chandra Wilson Pays Brief Doctor Call On ABC’s ‘General Hospital’(8/6/18) Chandra Wilson is switching hospitals for an afternoon: The Grey’s Anatomy star and soap opera fan is paying a guest visit to General Hospital.
Wilson is shooting GH appearance today, according to TV Insider, and will play a marriage and family therapist named Dr. Linda Massey. The character will offer counseling to Aunt Stella (Vernee Watson), Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) and Curtis (Donnell Turner).
The ABC daytime show shoots on the same lot as the network’s Grey’s Anatomy. No airdate was announced for the guest appearance but keep an eye on Port Charles over the new few weeks.
Wilson has checked into GH before: In 2014 she did a one-off as “Tina Estrada,” a patient of Jon Lindstrom’s Dr. Kevin Collins.
The official General Hospital Twitter account re-tweeted the TV Insider article to its followers.
Susan Lucci on Joining Hallmark & If Erica Kane Will Ever Stop by 'General Hospital'(8/6/18) Susan Lucci on Joining Hallmark & If Erica Kane Will Ever Stop by 'General Hospital': read the interview here.
Chloe Lanier Reveals Why She Left GH(8/3/18) In the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, Chloe Lanier (Nelle) speaks exclusively with the magazine about her decision to exit GH after a two-year, Daytime Emmy-winning run as Nelle. “It has always been my intention to leave after two years, at the end of my contract,” she explains. “I’m young and I feel like I want to challenge myself in other ways and play other characters and possibly produce my own material.” In the interview, she details why she gave the show early notice about her plan to leave, offers her take on Nelle’s evolution and shares memories of the close relationships she’s developed with her castmates, noting, “There’s a camaraderie among all the actors that I’ve loved. It will be weird not walking the halls and seeing everybody.”
Hayley Erin Warns "The Truth Just Can't Come Out" About Kiki and Griffin on GENERAL HOSPITAL(8/3/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Dr. Bensch is already planning to use the photo he snapped of Kiki and Griffin’s embrace to destroy her harassment case against him on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but even he isn’t aware of what really went down between the pair. “The photo’s innocent, but it opens the door,” Hayley Erin confided of her character’s dilemma to Soaps In Depth. “Bensch can’t prove anything, but he’s a predator and a master manipulator, so he’s going to take what he has and run with it.”
But the truth — that Kiki and Griffin spent a drunken night in bed together the night of the 2018 Nurses Ball — would prove even more explosive if it was revealed. Especially since there does actually seem to be something genuine between the two. “Kiki and Griffin truly, deeply care for each other and might even be together,” Erin mused, “if Ava weren’t in the equation.”
Yes, the fact that Griffin is currently dating Kiki’s mother is kind of a monkey wrench in the works. Or is Kiki the monkey wrench in Ava and Griffin’s relationship? “The truth just can't come out,” Erin insisted. “It would be bad!”
But even as she continues to keep the truth from Ava to protect her, Kiki finds herself wracked with guilt… and the fact that it’s a reversal of the same situation when Ava stole Kiki’s boyfriend, Morgan, isn’t lost on her, either! “This whole time, Kiki’s been the sanctimonious one, asking ‘How could you do that to me?’” Erin admitted. “She’s thrown it in Ava’s face over and over. Now she’s lost that power.”
Secrets never stay buried for long in Port Charles, so it’s only a matter of time before Ava learns the shocking truth about Kiki and Griffin. So brace yourself for the fireworks, because while there’s nothing like a woman scorned, there’s really nothing like Ava scorned!
FYI: The Glasses Kim Wore on GENERAL HOSPITAL Are Tamara Braun's Real-Life Specs!(8/3/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL might be interested to know that the glasses that Kim Nero were sporting in recent episodes are actually those of actress Tamara Braun herself! The revelation came following the Aug. 2 episode where many fans made negative comments about the eyewear online, with one fan tweeting at the actress to ask what was up with the “hideous” glasses, calling them “gross” and suggesting she get rid of them.
The tweet has since been deleted, but Braun’s response remains where she defends herself and her eyewear. “My glasses are awesome, not gross,” she declared. “They are my personal ones and I had a problem with my eye and couldn’t wear my contacts. Sorry it bothered you so.”
GH fans weren’t the only ones to jump to the actress' defense against those complaining about her glasses — co-star Laura Wright tweeted: “I loved them… and you!” And eyeglass retailer Warby Parker chimed in to declare: “We love Winston on you!”
Braun informed her curious fans that her glasses are the “Winston” style from Warby Parker, adding: “Love my nerd specs! Look cute and help me see. Oh, and Warby Parker donates a pair of glasses to a person in need with every purchase made.”
The anonymity of the Internet can embolden people to post things that they wouldn’t normally say to someone’s face, but in response to rude comments from some viewers, Braun took the high road. In fact, she urged her fans to do the same. “Okay, I appreciate the support my loving fans,” she tweeted, “but let’s remember that she doesn’t deserve to be called names. Again, I truly appreciate your support. #bekind #belove #grateful”
Dishing with Digest - Episode 19(8/3/18) (Listen / download) GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Chloe Lanier chats with Soap Opera Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about her imminent exit from the show, the highlights of her Port Charles run and more! Plus we discuss the returns of GH’s Genie Francis and DAYS’s Matthew Ashford and memorable baby-swap storylines.
Josh Swickard Reveals What It's Like Working With Maurice Benard on GENERAL HOSPITAL(8/3/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Ask any actor who has appeared on a daytime soap and they’ll tell you the same thing — the pace is relentless! And Josh Swickard learned just that when he joined GENERAL HOSPITAL as Detective Harrison Chase. “It’s like drinking from a firehose,” he admitted to Soaps In Depth. “You’re trying to ingest so much information in such a short time. There are days when we’ve been on set for a long time, and when I finally get in my car, I go, ‘What just happened?’”
Thankfully, Swickard found himself warmly welcomed by the other actors on GH who helped him settle in nicely. “I’ve shared scenes with almost everybody now,” he confided, “and they’ve all helped me in any way they could. And the veterans are masters! i’m blown away by their talents.”
Of course, in his second GH episode, Swickard found himself sharing a scene with one of those vets and was more than a little anxious! “Forty pages with Maurice Benard, arresting Sonny’s father and getting in Sonny’s face about what he can and can’t do,” he recalled. “That was a lot! And I was so nervous! There was one point I jumped Maurice’s line — I said mine before he was done saying his. Now, you don’t want to do that to anyone. But to do it on my second day with the godfather of GH? He looked at me and I had to check my pants. He is just so intimidating!”
Thankfully, that feeling didn’t last long and Benard has become a true friend on set. “Once I got to know Maurice, he was the guy I turned to most with questions and concerns,” Swickard revealed. “We also have a lot of common hobbies. So we talk about those. He’s great!”
Rebecca Herbst Shares the Secret to Maintaining Her Sanity as a Working Mom(8/3/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) It can be hard for working moms to juggle a career and taking care of their family, but GENERAL HOSPITAL star Rebecca Herbst (Liz) knows that the secret to maintaining her sanity is leaving work at the office… or in this case, the GH studio! “My worlds don’t really cross that often,” she confided to Soaps In Depth. “I come do my job, and then I leave it here and go home and put on a completely different hat.”
And that particular hat would be mom to her three children with husband Michael Saucedo (ex-Juan): Ethan, 16, Ella, 14, and Emerson, 6. And while Liz may not have to deal with her kids on a regular basis on GH, Herbst’s are always waiting for her when she gets home! “Generally, it’s not my kids that make me go crazy — it’s the mess that can accumulate in a half a second,” she joked.
Thankfully, the actress has created systems to help try to keep her house in order. “Each of the kids has a designated step on the staircase and all of their stuff gets piled onto their step,” Herbst revealed. “As they go up and down, they empty the stairway. That’s one way I’ve tried to keep things somewhat clutter-free, so I’m not the only one cleaning up and taking stuff to their rooms.”
And when even that doesn’t help? “The other secret to not losing my noodle is, sometimes I just crawl in my bed and turn on the TV,” Herbst confided. “I tell the kids, “I’m taking a day off!’” Sounds like a plan to us!
Video: Gina Tognoni and Jason Thompson Facebook Live(8/3/18) Gina Tognoni and Jason Thompson Facebook Live: Video.
General Hospital welcomes back Donna Mills(8/1/18) (ew.com) Madeline Reeves is returning to Port Charles.
EW has learned exclusively that Donna Mills is coming back to General Hospital in August. She’ll briefly reprise her role as Madeline, the sister of (super villain) Dr. Liesl Obrecht and the mother of Nina. She’s also the legal mother of her late nephew, Det. Nathan West.
Mills’ last appearance on the ABC sudser was in September of 2015, when her character was sent to prison for the murder of Silas Clay. The character of Madeline, as played by Mills, first surfaced on March 14, 2014.
GH has been the bearer of good news lately. On Wednesday, it was revealed that Genie Francis would reprise her beloved role as Laura come September. Francis, who will return as a series regular, told TV Insider, “I’m looking forward to coming home and I am really excited about this new invigorating storyline they have for Laura. I look forward to the next chapter of this prolific and historic character.”
Parry Shen Opens up About GENERAL HOSPITAL's Controversial Baby Switch Storyline(8/1/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) During the GENERAL HOSPITAL episode where Brad was so grief-stricken over the death of his adopted son that he agreed to swap babies with Nelle’s, actor Perry Shen took to Twitter to live tweet along with the soap and answer questions from the fans. Although some viewers were appalled at Brad’s actions, the actor argued that he was just trying to protect his husband, Lucas, from the grief of losing their child because he loves him so much. “He’s tortured throughout this whole ordeal,” Shen explained. “He’s not exactly twirling his mustache — if he had one. He’s been thrown into extraordinary circumstances.”
While Brad has done some sneaky things over the years, Shen appreciate that his alter ego is not a true villain (despite what some viewers might insist!). “I like that he’s not squeaky clean but a human being that makes mistakes like us all,” he mused. “Those that tweet ‘he’s bad’ obviously have not been watching very closely or fast-forwarding through my scenes since 2013 He’s a very good guy that is always in the wrong place and wrong time.”
Although some GH viewers already think Brad is evil, Shen hopes that this storyline doesn’t cause those who still like his character to change camps! “This will challenge it,” he confides. “But if fans are real fans, they will want to see these characters and their journey. I just always try to make everything work as best I can and grounded as much as I can. And hopefully fans appreciate that.”
Of course, once the truth about Wiley’s identity is revealed and Lucas realizes that he’s raising his nephew Michael’s son, that’s not going to be good for his marriage to Brad. “This will definitely change things,” Shen allowed. “How can it not?” And while this means that things will likely end very badly for Brad, as an actor, there’s nothing he can do except perform the scripts he’s given, whatever that means for his future on GH. “Gotta go with the flow,” he declared. “No point in worrying about things I can’t control. As it is with life.”
Still, having such powerful scenes to play is what an actor lives for, no matter how heartbreaking the story may be. “I know lots of folks are upset with the Wiley situation,” Shen concluded. “How fortunate we are to have a viewership that is so engaged in the story, to care so much about these characters’ lives. Speaking only for myself, it’s way more interesting and challenging for me as an actor to have some drama going on. No one becomes an actor just to make entrances and exits all day long. Nor do we tune in to just see that, even though we might say we do. We want something to happen. So being able to run with the ball, no matter how painful the scenario, is exciting.”
Stay tuned to see how the emotional storyline unfolds.
Daytime Emmys: NATAS To Launch Inquiry Following Daytime Dramas’ Call For Changes & Boycott Threat(7/31/18) The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has responded to the threat by all four daytime dramas to boycott the Daytime Emmy Awards unless changes are made in a joint letter they sent to the organization’s leadership yesterday.
“Today I received correspondence raising concerns about some elements of the 2018 Daytime Emmy Awards and concerns over its administration,” Terry O’Reilly Chairman, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, said in a statement. “We have great confidence in the integrity of our Emmy awards system, and believe it effectively honors the best work being done in Daytime Television today. That having been said, we always take concerns about our systems seriously…and out of an abundance of caution I have instructed that outside counsel be retained to evaluate these concerns and conduct an independent look at them.”
O’Reilly’s statement was in response to Deadline’s report Monday that all four daytime dramas, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days Of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless, vowed not to participate in the Daytime Emmy Awards unless changes are made to the voting and accounting practices and the way the competition is held.
In a show of unity, the four dramas made their concerns known in the letter, addressed to O’Reilly and NATAS’ interim president and CEO Adam Sharp. It was in response to the recent gaffe in which Patrika Darbo’s 2018 Daytime Emmy for her guest-starring role on Amazon’s soap opera The Bay was rescinded after NATAS found submission errors in her category and others. Last month, Darbos called out the group for its actions and called for an outside audit “to restore integrity and confidence in the awards.”
Here are a few of the concerns reps for the four shows listed in the letter:
• Voting should be limited to members of NATAS or the Television Academy.
• All members should be eligible to vote for outstanding show. The current process in which NATAS selects who votes is unacceptable.
• NATAS must stop instructing the accounting firm to disqualify certain ballots because of NATAS perception of block voting or other issues that NATAS arbitrarily deems a reason to disqualify.
• NATAS must have an arm’s length relationship with the accountants.
• Despite (NATAS senior management’s) assurance, it was clear during the April 2018 ceremony that the winners were known by many in advance. This is unacceptable.
• NATAS must hire a team, separate from the competition executive(s), to produce and executive produce the actual awards show.
General Hospital: Genie Francis to Return After Contract Controversy(7/31/18) Genie Francis just can’t stay away from Port Charles: The actress plans to return to General Hospital as Laura this fall.
According to TV Insider, Francis — who last appeared on the ABC soap’s Jan. 22 installment — will begin filming sometime in September, though it has not yet been announced when her new episodes will begin airing.
“I’m really excited for Genie to be rejoining the cast, and we have an amazing story for her,” said executive producer Frank Valentini.
Added Francis: “I’m looking forward to coming home, and I am really excited about this new invigorating storyline they have for Laura. I look forward to the next chapter of this prolific and historic character.”
The actress first joined General Hospital in 1976, left in 1984 and returned several times over the years, winning a Daytime Emmy for her portrayal of Laura in 2007. She came back once more in 2015, a return that was tied to Anthony Geary’s final arc as Luke Spencer on the show.
Last January, though, ABC chose not to renew Francis’ series-regular contract on the soap, bumping her to recurring status, a controversial move that sparked an outcry from GH fans. At the time, Francis’ agent said conditions would have to be “ideal” for Francis to return to the series. Laura’s arc left off with the character traveling to Europe to care for her grandson, who had broken both of his legs.
Tamara Braun Was "So Happy" to See GENERAL HOSPITAL Son Dylan Cash All Grown Up!(7/31/18) (Photo) Michael and Carly were reunited at the 2018 GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend, although not the actors currently playing the characters on the soap — we’re talking old-school Michael and Carly! Dylan Cash, who played Michael as a child, reconnected with former on-screen mom Tamara Braun her fan event! “I’m so glad to be here at the GHFCW,” Cash tweeted. “I’ve run into a bunch of old friends.” Then he shared a photo from Braun’s fan gathering and declared, “I am so glad I got to see my mom again! It’s always a pleasure seeing you, Tamara. Love you!”
Braun, who returned to GH to play the newly-created role of Kim Nero in 2017, portrayed Carly from 2001-05, making her the first mom Cash ever worked with when he debuted on the soap. “I was so happy to see ‘my son’ all grown up last night at my fan club event,” Braun shared on Instagram. “What an absolute treat and joy. My heart was so full with memories of playing this one’s mom. Dylan was just eight years old when we met and he grabbed my heart from the first hello.”
Cash played Carly and A.J.’s son starting in 2002 and was put on contract with GH in 2005. However, in 2008, Michael was hit in the head by a stray bullet and went into a coma, and when he woke up he was a teenager played by Drew Garrett. Michael went through a lot during his childhood, including three separate actresses playing his mom! While Cash was just a little too late to work with Carly’s first portrayer, Sarah Joy Brown, he did get to share the screen with recasts Braun, Jennifer Bransford, and Laura Wright!
Cash shared the stage with Braun at Ted King’s Fan Event at the GH Fan Club Weekend in 2007! (Photo Credit: Jill Johnson/jpistudios.com)
Looking at this picture of Cash and Braun together now, it’s like looking into a parallel universe where Michael and Carly still look like this. At any rate, it’s still fun to see that they’re still able to get together even ten years after working together in Port Charles!
Daytime Emmys Revolt: All 4 Daytime Dramas Threaten To Boycott Awards Unless Major Changes Are Made(7/30/18) The Daytime Emmy Awards are in danger of losing one of their biggest attractions, the daytime dramas, whose acting nominees bring star power to the ceremony. In an unprecedented show of unity, I have learned that all four daytime soaps, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless, have come together to demand changes in the voting and accounting practices for the awards.
The joint letter, sent today to National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences interim president and CEO Adam Sharp, is in response to the recent gaffe, in which Patrika Darbo’s Daytime Emmy for her guest-starring role on Amazon’s soap opera The Bay was rescinded after NATAS found submission errors in her and other categories. At the time, Darbos called out the group for its actions and called for an outside audit “to restore integrity and confidence in” the awards.
“We are disheartened by the recent events involving NATAS and the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards competition and the decisions made by NATAS regarding the Digital categories of Supporting Actor and Guest Star.reps for all four soaps,” reps for the four series wrote in in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by Deadline. “We feel the time is appropriate to bring to your attention our serious concerns about the Daytime Emmy Awards competition.” The four shows went on to say they “are united in their decision not to participate in the Daytime Emmy Awards moving forward until these important issues are resolved.”
Such a boycott would be a huge hit to the Daytime Emmy Awards, which has lost a lot of its luster of one-time premiere TV event.
The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless said that they “want a competition free of bias, perceived collusion, and personal agendas.” They went on to list their concerns:
2. Accountancy Firm:
3. Winners Known in Advance:
4. Competition vs. Awards Show:
The letter was signed by Greg Meng, Co-Executive Producer, Days of Our Lives; John Fisher, Supervising Producer, The Young and the Restless; Steven Kent, SEVP Programming, Sony Pictures Television; which produces Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless; Frank Valentini, Executive Producer, General Hospital; Eva Basler, VP Communications, Bell-Phillip TV Prods., The Bold and the Beautiful. Kent and Basler also are Governors of the TV Academy.
NATAS had said after the Daytime Emmys were handed out in April that it discovered “some entrants’ submissions in two categories may have been in violation of the published guidelines for the competition,” which state that prior-season appearances are disqualifying.
But in her open letter last month, Darbo said that NATAS knew about the submission errors “two days prior to the ceremony and made a conscious decision not to deal with it until after the ceremony was over.” She said the organization’s “arbitrary and after-the-fact ruling feels inequitable and wrong.”
Darbo, The Days of Our Lives and Bold and the Beautiful veteran, a co-governor of the Performers Peer Group at the TV Academy, which oversees the Primetime Emmys, called for an outside audit of this year’s Daytime Emmys’ submission and voting process.
“The inequity in this year’s Daytime Emmys based on ageism, gender inequality, and perceived favoritism is, in my opinion, a big blow to the Emmy brand,” she wrote. “The TV Academy, who administers the Primetime Emmy Awards, is very clear that Emmys are awarded to those who achieve excellence in television. I’m beginning to wonder what NATAS feels the Emmys stand for.”
Deadline has reached out to NATAS for comment.
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Chicago Fire Casts Annie Ilonzeh as Brett's New Partner in Season 7(7/29/18) Chicago Fire has filled Gabby Dawson’s vacant seat in the ambulance.
Annie Ilonzeh (Arrow, Charlie’s Angels) will recur during Season 7 of the NBC drama as paramedic Emily Foster, our sister site Variety reports.
Emily is new to the Chicago Fire Department, and while she has a chip on her shoulder from previous bumps in the road, her easygoing and confident attitude allows her to take everything in stride. (Sounds like she and fellow medic/partner Sylvie Brett should get along like gangbusters.)
Ilonzeh’s character fills the space left by the departure of original series star Monica Raymund, who announced in May that she was leaving the show after playing paramedic Gabby Dawson for six seasons. Ilonzeh’s other TV credits include Person of Interest, Empire, Switched at Birth and General Hospital.
Additionally, Variety reports that Steven Boyer (Trial & Error) will recur as former firefighter-turned-CFD Assistant Deputy Commissioner Jerry Gorsch, who has his sights set on a cushier job at headquarters.
Chicago Fire Season 7 premieres Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 9/8c, sandwiched between Med and P.D. as part of NBC’s new #OneChicago block.
Dishing with Digest - Episode 18(7/27/18) (Listen / Download) DAYS OF OUR LIVES’s Greg Vaughan (Eric) chats with Soap Opera Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about his Supporting Actor Emmy win, new romance with Angie Harmon, GH memories and so much more! Plus, we discuss the pros and cons of killing off characters and scripting dramatic exits.
Hayley Erin Hopes Her #MeToo GENERAL HOSPITAL Storyline Will Help People "Find Their Voice"(7/27/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Soap operas have a long history of reflecting important real-life issues in their fictional storytelling, and GENERAL HOSPITAL is doing just that with its tale of sexual harassment in the workplace as Kiki exposed Dr. Bensch’s reprehensible behavior at the hospital. “I was excited to be entrusted with such an important message,” Hayley Erin admitted on Twitter of the soap’s leap into the #MeToo movement, “only nervous to see how it played out for the character. Poor Kiki can’t catch a break.”
These kinds of storylines often have real-world repercussions as people are inspired by them to change their own lives. “If we can help just one person find their voice,” the actress declared, “that’s enough for me.” And sure enough, her social media was flooded by grateful fans sharing their stories and thanking Erin and GH for telling this particular story. In fact, when one fan asked if Kiki may have overreacted to Dr. Bensch just a little bit, Erin quickly replied: “Not even a little bit.” and a flurry of fans backed her up vociferously.
The scene where Alexis invited Kim, Ava, and Olivia to share their own stories to inspire Kiki not to give up on her fight to bring Dr. Bensch to justice touched viewers across the country, and Erin herself counts herself lucky to be in such esteemed company. “It’s a pleasure working with such strong female actors,” she expressed. “I think they deserve every ounce of recognition they get and then a thousand times more.”
Erin also expressed her gratitude to the viewers of GH who keep the show going even after 55 years on the air. “Thank you for all being so dedicated,” she said. “We only get to do what we love because of you.”
Lexi Ainsworth Is "So Excited" to Return to GENERAL HOSPITAL!(7/27/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Kristina is coming home! Lexi Ainsworth has just announced her return to GENERAL HOSPITAL! “I’m so excited I can finally tell people that I am back!” she tweeted after the news broke. Kristina hasn’t been seen since October of 2017 when she left town with her girlfriend, Parker. Unfortunately for “Pristina” fans, there has been no news that Ashley Jones is also on her way back to Port Charles.
Ainsworth made her debut as Alexis’ daughter in 2009, earning a Daytime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress in 2011. When she left GH in November of 2011, the role of Kristina was recast with Lindsey Morgan for a year, and the character was written off the canvas in 2012. But in 2015, Ainsworth returned again to reprise the role and won the Daytime Emmy Award in 2017.
Kristina’s romance with her former college professor, Parker, proved controversial with some fans strongly supporting the pairing while others found a student/teacher relationship inappropriate. After Parker lost her job, she decided to leave Port Charles and move to Oregon, and Kristina chose to go with her, despite Alexis’ objections. At the time, ABC executive Nathan Varni promised fans that it shouldn’t be the last they’d see of the characters. “We had hoped to continue the story longer but one of the actresses booked another big show,” he tweeted. “Pausing for now but hope to continue later.”
Jones appeared in movies that aired on UP! and Lifetime, and both she and Ainsworth had recurring roles on TNT’s MAJOR CRIMES, even appearing in two of the same episodes! Look for Ainsworth to bring Kristina back to Port Charles later this summer and stay tuned for news on Jones’ possible return as Parker.
John Stamos Taps Bret Slater As President Of Production For St. Amos(7/26/18) John Stamos’ St. Amos Productions is expanding its footprint, with the naming of Bret Slater as President of Production. In his new role, Slater will be charged with expanding the company’s portfolio from scripted series into all verticals of film and television.
“I am a huge fan of the shows Bret has produced,” said Stamos. “His sensibilities are perfectly matched for the tone of projects I want to make. Bret’s got the knowledge and experience to evolve St. Amos Productions.”
Slater is a veteran producer having spent nearly the past decade working with Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson on series Ballers, Shooter and How to Make it in America.
“It’s really exciting to have an opportunity to work with an industry vet like Stamos,” said Slater. “He has seamlessly navigated television, film and streaming services and we’re looking forward to growing the company and forming partnerships that build on John’s successes as a producer.”
Stamos is an executive producer of Netflix’s Emmy-nominated Fuller House and will appear in Greg Berlanti’s new fall series You, which just received an early Season 2 renewal, on Lifetime. Stamos is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and WME.
Lexi Ainsworth Returns to GH!(7/26/18) Soap Opera Digest exclusively confirmed that Daytime Emmy winner Lexi Ainsworth, whose Kristina left the canvas last year, is returning to the show. Look for Kristina to make her Port Charles comeback later this summer.
Tristan Rogers Returns to GENERAL HOSPITAL!(7/25/18) Longtime fans are excited because Tristan Rogers is returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL as Robert Scorpio for another visit! The beloved character should appear sometime towards the end of August, given that the actor started taping episodes as of July 24! “On the set,” he tweeted. “Things look good.” Of course, since Rogers also has roles on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS (as Colin) and THE BAY (as Lex), fans weren’t initially sure which set he was referring to. But he quickly confirmed he was back on GH!
The last time viewers saw Robert was back in April when he surprised Anna and Jason at their hotel in Switzerland. With Anna supposedly off visiting Robin, it seems more likely she met with foul play, so perhaps Robert will be instrumental in bringing her back to Port Charles safe and sound?
During the daytime star's last stint, GHexecutive producer Frank Valentini shared a backstage snap of Rogers with Maurice Benard (Sonny) captioned: "Two legends in one building! Lucky us!"
Rogers made his debut on GH in December of 1980, and Robert became a very popular character and enjoyed romances with Jackie, Holly, and Anna. He was killed off in 1992, but no body was found so while he returned as Robert’s “spirit” for a brief run in 1995, when he returned again in 2006, Scorpio was very much alive. Rogers also brought his alter ego to the primetime GH spin-off GENERAL HOSPITAL: NIGHT SHIFT. He made additional returns in 2012 and 2013, with a longer stint from 2015-16.
As to how long Scorpio will be sticking around this time, no one is saying. But hopefully he can stick around even after his business — whatever it may be — is completed. The character is much missed by fans!
Vernee Watson Safe At GH(7/25/18) Though an unverified Twitter account claiming to belong to Vernee Watson, GH’s Stella, posted that the actress has been let go from the show, a rep for ABC assures that “there is absolutely no truth” to news of her ouster. The Daytime Emmy winner joined GH in 2017.
Michael Easton Opens up About Working With Finola Hughes on GENERAL HOSPITAL(7/25/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When GENERAL HOSPITAL tossed Finn and Anna together, fans were taken by surprise when their unlikely partnership blossomed into an actual romance. But actor Michael Easton was thrilled and quickly adjusted to the pairing. “For years, when people asked me who I wanted to work with, my stock answer was always Finola Hughes’ Anna,” he confided to Soaps In Depth. “I don’t think the writers were listening to me. I think it was sort of arbitrary. With some pairings, they throw it out there to see how it works. And on some level, this worked. It’s certainly an eclectic pairing, but Finn makes Anna laugh a bit, and he’s charmed by her.”
Sure, there still are some GH fans out there who insist that Anna belongs with Robert or Finn belongs with Hayden, but others have come to enjoy the unlikely new couple as much as the actors involved. And Easton is having the time of his life now that his dream of sharing scenes with Hughes has finally become a reality!
“Finola is as advertised,” he raved. She makes everything she does better — just by her presence and what she does. She’s incredibly committed. I don’t think I’ve worked with anyone on the show that’s as committed to making everything the best it can be as she is. She’s almost like a perfectionist. She comes in in the morning completely prepared and yet she’s still in the moment. I love her spontaneity and her creativity as an actor. It’s been good fun.”
Brooklyn Rae Silzer Is Finally Out of Her Cast and Ready to Enjoy Summer!(7/25/18) (Photo) Great news for GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma)! After fracturing her wrist last month, she’s finally out of her cast! “Woohoo!” she posted to Instagram. “Thank you so much to my awesome orthopedic doctor Kaiser Permanente! My wrist is all healed and free from a cast!” In her hashtags, she also expressed her excitement that she’ll finally be able to go swimming this summer.
While she was happy to be out of her cast, the actress admitted it also felt a little unusual after so long. “It was so weird and my arm felt so heavy and strange!” she confided. And although it appears she still has to wear a brace for a little while, at least it’s not a heavy cast anymore!
Still, even a fractured wrist didn’t stop the pint-sized performer from hitting the stage for her dance recital over the weekend shortly after she injured herself! “Not the accessory we were looking for,” her mother posted, “but it is pink with glitter! So happy she can still dance with it!”
Silzer fractured her wrist playing goalie for her team at soccer camp. But on the plus side, she loved the pink cast with glitter, and her dance recital went really well even after she had to make a few adjustments to her jazz and lyrical routines! “The timing was terrible,” her mom shared, “but glad she could still dance since you know how hard they work all season.”
Her mom reported that Silzer had resorted to using chopsticks to scratch the itches under the pink plaster, but should hopefully only be stuck in it for four weeks. And thankfully, that turned out to be true!
Silzer became a fan favorite with GH viewers when she took over the role of Emma Scorpio Drake back in 2011. In fact, she recently celebrated the seventh anniversary of being cast on the show! And just like her on-screen mom, Kimberly McCullough (Robin), the soap has avoided recasting and allowed Emma to grow up naturally on the show. While Emma left with her parents when they got married and moved to California in 2016, Silzer has continued to make occasional appearances on GH over the subsequent years, usually for the Nurses Ball and sometimes just to help grandma Anna with a little spying!
Donnell Turner Assures GENERAL HOSPITAL Fans He's Not on Life Support!(7/23/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Some GENERAL HOSPITAL fans were given a bit of a shock when a tweet surfaced praying for actor Donnell Turner (Curtis) because he was reportedly on life support! The fan tweeted a screenshot of a headline and text claiming that the actor is on a life support machine, and offered his prayers that he recover soon. Thankfully, the GH star quickly put a stop to that horrible rumor before it could spread any further and announced: “More BS news from BS accounts. I’m not on life support, I’m just fine at home watchin’ Netflix, chillin’.”
Numerous fans quickly tweeted back at the actor to express their relief that he was healthy and happy, and also their disbelief that anyone could spread such a terrible rumor about someone. And although a couple urged fans to block and report the Twitter user that originally shared the story, he also responded to apologize. “I’m sorry about that life support post that I posted,” he admitted. “I thought it was true because it was on social media and websites. I’m happy that you aren’t on it, though.”
This just goes to show that you can’t believe everything you read on the Internet, and should be careful about which sources you go to for information. There are a lot of disreputable sites out there posting idle speculation about storylines as official spoilers, and now apparently making up stories about actors dying just to get clicks.
Thankfully, this was all just a fake story, and Turner is doing just fine and ready to go back to work at GH where Curtis is still doing some investigating with Sam and preparing for his upcoming wedding to Jordan. Port Charles needs the guy!
3rd Rock's Elmarie Wendel Dead at 89(7/23/18) Elmarie Wendel, best known to TV audiences for her role as 3rd Rock From the Sun landlady Mrs. Dubcek, has died at the age of 89, TMZ reports.
Wendel worked consistently as a character actress before landing 3rd Rock in 1996. Earlier credits include guest spots on Knight Rider, The Jeffersons, The Facts of Life, Murphy Brown, Seinfeld, Major Dad, Santa Barbara, Empty Nest, Weird Science and Murder, She Wrote.
After 3rd Rock ended in 2001, Wendel guest-starred on four episodes of NYPD Blue, then landed a recurring role as the flirtatious Gina on George Lopez. She later appeared in select episodes of General Hospital and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, and reunited with 3rd Rock co-stars Kristen Johnston and Wayne Knight on an episode of the TV Land sitcom The Exes.
Midnight, Texas Adds Nestor Carbonell, Jaime Ray Newman and Josh Kelly(7/22/18) The sleepy town of Midnight, Texas is about to get a little more crowded.
Nestor Carbonell (Lost), Jaime Ray Newman (The Magicians) and Josh Kelly (UnREAL) are joining NBC’s supernatural drama. The announcement was made Saturday during the show’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con.
Viewers will recall that Season 1 ended with developers invading Midnight, which Manfred & Co. worried would bring too many new people to town. Recurring guest stars Carbonell and Newman will play Kai and Patience Lucero, respectively, who own the haunted hamlet’s new hotel.
Carbonell’s Kai is a holistic energy healer of considerable skill — or is he a con artist, as some of the Midnighters suspect? — and Newman’s Patience is his savvy wife. They open Crystal Desert, lodging that doubles as a New Age healing center. Oh, and Patience is rather drawn to Manfred.
Kelly will recur as Walker Chisum, who is openly gay, hunts demons and has an “intense connection” (per the official character description) with Joe. “Driven by revenge and an undeniably intense attraction to one another,” the description continues, “Walker will get Joe into more trouble than either expect.”
In addition to Lost, Carbonell has appeared in Bates Motel, Ringer and Suddenly Susan, among other series. Newman’s TV resumé includes Grimm, Veronica Mars, Bates Motel and Drop Dead Diva. In addition to playing UnREAL cameraman Jeremy, Kelly will be familiar to viewers of One Life to Live and Army Wives.
Midnight, Texas returns for Season 2 on Friday, Oct. 26, at 9/8c.
P.I. Who Allegedly Bugged Richard Simmons Charged with Crime(7/21/18) The private investigator who allegedly planted a tracking device on Richard Simmons' car has been charged with a crime ... TMZ has learned.
Scott Brian Matthews was charged with 2 counts of the crime of unlawfully using a tracking device.
Prosecutors say Matthews planted the device on the car Richard bought for his housekeeper, Teresa Reveles. They say he planted it so he could shadow Simmons and see if he was going to doctors or hospitals.
Simmons sued Matthews last month, claiming he was hired by the National Enquirer to keep tabs on him. The Enquirer had published a story claiming Simmons was undergoing a sex change. Simmons sued the Enquirer but the case was dismissed.
Moon Bloodgood and GH's Billy Miller Join Apple's Are You Sleeping Thriller(7/20/18) Falling Skies alum Moon Bloodgood has booked a series regular role on Are You Sleeping, a thriller series for Apple’s yet-to-be-named, coming-some-day streaming service. Meanwhile, three-time Daytime Emmy winner Billy Miller (General Hospital, The Young and the Restless) is set to recur.
Based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber, Are You Sleeping — which counts Reese Witherspoon among its EPs — centers on Octavia Spencer’s Poppy Parnell, a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast. Lizzy Caplan plays Josie and Lanie, twin sisters whose father was the murder victim.
Bloodgood will fill the series regular role of Poppy’s best friend, Cath, while Miller will recur as Lanie’s husband Alex.
Additionally, Brett Cullen (Narcos) will recur as the father of convicted murder Warren Cave.
Yvette Nicole Brown Would "Love" to Play Felix's Cousin on GENERAL HOSPITAL(7/20/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Felix hasn’t had a whole lot to do these days on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but portrayer Marc Anthony Samuel thinks he knows just how to change that when he played casting agent and suggested Yvette Nicole Brown play his cousin on the soap!
Brown sparked the idea when she tweeted about her appearance on the second season premiere of THE GONG SHOW, joking that she was completing her “week and a half tour of every ABC game show.” Samuel responded to that by suggesting: “I want you to repeat your daytime tour and play a family member of mine on GH. Felix needs a visit from his cousin!”
Brown quickly declared: “I’d love that!” Following that back and forth, Samuel looped in GH executive producer Frank Valentini in the Twitter thread. “My friend Yvette Nicole Brown is a dynamic human being, fantastic actress, and would be an awesome relative to visit Felix at work,” he suggested. “Just putting it out there, Frank!”
Best known for playing Shirley on the NBC sitcom COMMUNITY, Brown has also appeared in series like MOM, THE MAYOR, and THE ODD COUPLE. She’s also done a ton of voice work for cartoons like DC Super Hero Girls, Elena of Avalor, and Lego Star Wars. Among all the film and television work she’s done, the one thing missing from her resume is a soap opera. So why not GH?
While this is all just wishful thinking on the part of Samuel, perhaps Valentini will be inspired by Brown’s enthusiasm and offer her a guest spot? Hey, it’s a soap — you never know what might happen!
Brianna Brown Welcomes Son(7/20/18) Brianna Brown (Claudia, DYNASTY; ex-Lisa, GH) and husband Richie Keen are the proud new parents of a son, Charlie Zane, who was born on July 18, in Los Angeles. The baby boy weighed in at 7 lbs., 11 oz. “We are overjoyed to welcome Charlie into our family and are grateful to everyone who helped guide us through our birth experience,” the couple told People. “We are looking forward to all the adventures we will have in the next chapter of our lives.” The duo wed in May 2017.
‘The Oath’: Dilshad Vadsaria, Erik King Among Seven Recurring Cast In Season 2(7/20/18) Dilshad Vadsaria (Revenge, Second Chance), Sebastian Zurita (Todo Mal, Si Yo Fuera Tu), Erik King (Dexter, Oz), J. Anthony Pena (Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G, Lucifer), Richard Burgi (Desperate Housewives, General Hospital) Rich Paul (Cut Throat City, The Long Shadow) and Carlos Sanz (Stronger) are set for recurring roles on the second season of The Oath, Sony Crackle’s gritty drama from executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.
They join the previously announced cast for season two, which includes new series regular Christina Milian, and Leona Lewis and Zulay Henao who will recur, along with returning cast Ryan Kwanten – who’s also a producer – Cory Hardrict, Katrina Law and J.J. Soria.
Created by Joe Halpin, The Oath explores a world of gangs made up of those sworn to protect and defend and sheds light on corrupt and secret societies that are nearly impossible to join. Only a select few make the cut — but once inside, members will do what they must to protect each other from enemies on the outside and from within their own ranks. Season 2 finds the Ravens trying to free themselves from their debt to the cartel. The season will examine themes of family and redemption, giving the characters a chance to reclaim their lives as their own, pushing them to find a new path and attempting to conquer their inner demons – all while trying to protect their own lives in the process.
Vadsaria plays Anaya Gil, who runs the U.S. faction of the Indo-Canadian Organized Crime. With her lieutenant Rajiv, her crime ring specializes in the theft and sale of luxury cars. Anaya runs her business professionally, is loyal to her friends, and expects the same from her partners. She cares about her business and her people, willing to do whatever it takes to keep them safe. She’s repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment and Innovative Artists.
Zurita is Ricardo Velasquez, the only son of Ignacio, who was raised in the shadow of his father. Ruthless to an extreme, and quick to anger. Ricardo has a contentious relationship with the rest of his family, in part because of the favoritism his father shows to Carmen, his sister. Envious, and eager to prove his worth, his thirst for power will lead him to decisions that he may come to regret. Zurita is repped by CAA and John Carrabino Management.
King is Pastor Greg, Amber’s father, and a self-reformed man who plans on helping those in the neighborhood still in the life. Growing up in a family of gangbangers, he followed the tradition. But after losing his brother to gang violence, he decided to use his street knowledge to help the community instead. As a Pastor, Cole approaches him to organize events for the Ravens. Good PR to keep the public opinion on the gang’s side, and keep them out of another RICO case. As the violence escalates he’ll try his hardest to maintain the peace, and mentor Cole on the importance of helping the community. King is repped by Gersh and The Burstein Company.
Pena plays Carl Ortiz, a current cop gang member and owner of the bar the Ravens frequent. Pena returns this season and becomes a major player in the gangs’ effort to break free from the Cartels grip and go legitimate. Pena is repped by Mogan Entertainment.
Burgi plays Nathan Andrews, a stone cold DEA agent. Calculating, Andrews is well aware of the corruption that a job like his can breed, and to a degree, he’s sympathetic to those who fall to it. He’s made it his mission in life to take down all the cartels no matter the consequences. Burgi is repped by Leslie Allan-Rice Management and Innovative Artists.
Paul is Eli Briggs, the leader of a ruthless cop gang named the Horsemen. Eli’s character plays an integral part in creating havoc for the Ravens as they struggle to survive in the cop gang world.
Paul is repped by Nick Terry at Zero Gravity Management.
Carlos Sanz is Ignacio Velasquez, a leader of the Costa Oeste Cartel. Father of Jorge and Carmen, and a ruthless leader, he built his empire from the ground up. He has an old school mentality when it comes to loyalty and rules with an iron fist. A legend in Colombia for helping his people and is considered a benefactor to his community. Equally feared and loved, he is about to learn the true meeting of loyalty. Sanz is represented by Lighthouse Entertainment and Amsel, Eisenstadt , Frazier & Hinojosa Talent Agency (AEFH).
The Oath is executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and his G-Unit Film & Television Inc., Dennis Kim, Todd Hoffman, Anne Clements, and Joe Halpin who is also creator, writer and showrunner. Kwanten and Frances Lausell return as producers along with co-executive producer Jeff T. Thomas.
Elizabeth Hendrickson Teases Margaux's Past Will Soon Be Revealed on GENERAL HOSPITAL!(7/19/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Port Charles’ new district attorney, Margaux Dawson, made a splashy debut on GENERAL HOSPITAL when she faced off against Diane in court and sent Carly to Ferncliff, but since portrayer Elizabeth Hendrickson will be sticking around, the soap’s fans had plenty of questions for the actress about this newcomer! “She’s still new on the canvas and every day I’m learning more about her,” she admitted on Twitter of her alter ego. “I hope you will all see more about who she really is at her core in the next few weeks.” And when one viewer wondered if Margaux might have a previously unrknown connection to someone in town, the daytime star played coy. “As of now, Margaux is new to town,” she teased. “But you never know, there my be some connection that has not been revealed yet!”
While playing a lawyer for the first time is “challenging and so fun,” Hendrickson does get to enjoy working with a familiar face on GH — Billy Miller (Drew), who she previously worked with on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS where they played Billy and Chloe! “I always loved working with Billy,” Hendrickson exclaimed. “Feels like old times, but also feels brand new, since our characters are so different from our previous roles.” And since she also confided that she and Miller have taped “a lot” of scenes together, she even jokingly tried to come up with a couple nickname for Drew and Margaux. “So we would be… Dregaux?” she laughed. “This is a hard one!”
And although Hendrickson is looking forward to working with some new scene partners on GH, she’s also crossing her fingers that she’ll get to interact with some more of her former castmates. “I really hope I get to work with Finola Hughes (Anna) again,” she admitted. “Also hoping to work with Tamara Braun (Kim)!” But although Margaux and Anna have yet to share the screen together, the former ALL MY CHILDREN co-stars have already reconnected backstage! “She actually came running onto the set to give me a huge hug while I was working on my first day,” Hendrickson revealed. “It was such a warm, wonderful welcome.”
As for whether romance is in the cards for Margaux, or if she’s going to be all business and continue trying to take down Sonny, fans will just have to stay tuned. “I hope we get to see a little bit about her past soon,” Hendrickson mused, “which will help reveal who she is under that poor suit.”
Chloe Lanier Shares an Absolutely Gorgeous Makeup-Free Selfie(7/19/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) Every viewer of GENERAL HOSPITAL will agree that the scheming Nelle Benson is ugly on the inside, but it’s equally indisputable that portrayer Chloe Lanier is absolutely beautiful (inside and out!). The actress proved this with a recent selfie she took where she was wearing no makeup and looking just gorgeous. She was also showing off her brighter blond locks after having a cut and color from celebrity hair specialist Joseph Michael!
Lanier has made quite an impression on GH viewers throughout her two years on the soap, and no matter how nasty Nelle got in Port Charles, she always looked good doing it! And attending events from movie premieres to Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies, the actress has also shown off some spectacular looks, no matter how she did her makeup or hair.
Amber Tamblyn Added to the Cast of FX's Y Pilot as POTUS' Daughter(7/19/18) Amber Tamblyn has joined the cast of FX’s Y, the network announced on Wednesday. In the sci-fi/drama pilot, she’ll play Mariette Callows, the daughter of the president of the U.S. who is expected to follow his conservative footsteps into the political arena.
Mind you, D.C. will look a lot different if Y is ordered to series. Based on the Last Man DC comics by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, the proposed show is set in a post-apocalyptic world in which every male mammal is history — except for one (I’m guessing extremely popular) guy.
Already cast in the pilot were Diane Lane as a first-term junior senator, Dunkirk’s Barry Keoghan as (possibly) the last man standing, Imogen Poots (Roadies) as his EMT sister, Lashana Lynch (Still Star-Crossed) as a Secret Service agent, Juliana Canfield (Succession) as a knife-maker with a soft spot for Keoghan, and Marin Ireland (Sneaky Pete) as the president’s right-hand woman. Michael Green (American Gods) and Aïda Mashaka Croal (Luke Cage) are on board as showrunners, with Oscar nominee Green also writing the pilot.
Tamblyn’s previous small-screen credits include a stint as the brilliant Masters on House and the title role on Joan of Arcadia.
GENERAL HOSPITAL's TK Weaver Wins Young Artist Award(7/17/18) Congratulations to TK Weaver, who has won the Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Recurring Young Actor in a TV Series for his work as Danny Morgan on GENERAL HOSPITAL! “We won!” he declared on Twitter. “We won for GH! Huge win for daytime television kids and daytime TV as a whole. Thank you all for your love, positivity and support.”
On July 14, the day of the awards ceremony, the young actor admitted he wasn’t expecting to take home a trophy. “Honestly don’t expect to win over these roles on what I assume are primetime shows,” Weaver tweeted, “but I’d love to see a daytime television star take the award. Daytime television rocks and I’d like to see it get more recognition.”
Weaver was also nominated for his performance in a Subaru Impreza commercial, but it was his impressive performances as Danny on GH that earned him the big prize. “Such a positive experience,” he shared on Instagram. “We had no idea what we were doing. So many young stars with their publicists and VIP status. Me and my dad were lost. We didn’t even know how to vote. The win for my work on GH with Steve Burton (Jason), Kelly Monaco (Sam) and Billy Miller (Drew) was a complete shock and such an honor for a daytime recurring actor. Of course, I have the amazing actors mentioned above to help guide me on set.”
General Hospital Recasting Jordan(7/16/18) Vinessa Antoine is leaving General Hospital as she prepares to star in the Canadian drama Diggstown. Her GH character Jordan Ashford will be recast, Soap Opera Digest reports.
therealvinessaantoine on insta: There are so many people that God put into place who are directly and indirectly responsible for my time at @generalhospitalabc You know who you are. I thank you. I came into this world as an artist. My job is to create and inspire. I hope that I did that a little in playing #JordanAshford. I believe that I have taken her as far as I can. To clarify, as negotiations for #Diggstown were underway, although I am open to stay and play in Port Charles, I was told by my reps that @GeneralHospital felt that my character would be off the canvas for too long for me to continue playing her. With that, we decided to mutually part ways. It’s time to make room for more women of color in prominent roles on television. I’m grateful to assist in that by starting this new chapter in my journey. I hope you’ll all come along. I feel blessed. Be well. xo
Laura Wright Proves Age Is Nothing But a Number With Inspirational Message to Fans(7/16/18) Daytime star Laura Wright was in the middle of enjoying her summer vacation from playing Carly on GENERAL HOSPITAL but she took time out to celebrate getting older and issue a challenge to her fans! “To all my female friends of ‘age,'” she posted to Instagram. “Most of us are going through the next stage of our lives. We are at that age where we see the wrinkles, grey hair, extra pounds. Menopause has already shown up or just waiting around the corner. We see the pretty 25-year-olds and sigh. But we were 25, too, just like they will one day be our age.
“What they bring to the table with their youth and zest for life, we bring with our wisdom, experience, and good hearts,” she continued. “For all we’ve been through earning each grey hair… raising kids, bills and ills, and whatever else life throws at us, we are survivors. We are warriors. We are women. Like a classic car or fine wine. While our exterior may not be what it once was, it is traded for our spirit, our courage, and our strength to enter this chapter of our lives with grace and pride for all we’ve been through and accomplished. Never feel bad about getting older. It is a privilege denied to many.”
She then challenged her female fans to copy and paste her status with their own picture and age, proudly adding that she herself is turning 48 in September. And proving that age is nothing but a number, Wright has found a new lease on life happily finding love with GH castmate Wes Ramsey (Peter) after her divorce and continuing to raise her two beautiful children, Lauren and John. And don’t forget starring as Carly Corinthos on GH where she continues to earn critical acclaim and Daytime Emmy nominations (taking home the gold in 2011)! Wright is not only aging gracefully, but gorgeously. Such an inspiriation!
Derk and Drew Cheetwood's Mother Is in the Hospital(7/16/18) Please join us in sending love and prayers to GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Derk Cheetwood (Max) and his brother, Drew Cheetwood (Milo), whose parents were involved in a serious car accident on July 10. The following day, Derk shared a photo of himself holding his mother’s hand in the hospital to share the story with fans. “Hello everyone, I hope that you’re all well,” he wrote. “I’m posting on behalf of our family. My parents were involved in a serious car accident yesterday. My dad is doing well, thankfully, however my mom sustained some very serious injuries. She is currently being treated in ICU in the Toledo Trauma Unit and receiving incredible care might we say.
“Our entire family has been with her almost every minute of her ordeal, from accident to ICU,” he added. “Although she has many serious injuries, we are praying for a complete recovery. I’m happy to report that she is currently resting well. God is great, and we thank him for allowing her to fight!”
We’d like to join all of the fans in sending best wishes to Mrs. Cheetwood for a speedy recovery.
General Hospital actress will make Canadian TV history(7/15/18) (thestar.com) When General Hospital’s Vinessa Antoine called her parents to tell them that she had been cast in a history-making role in CBC’s upcoming legal drama Diggstown, they thought it was for a very different reason.
“My boyfriend (fellow General Hospital star Anthony Montgomery) was on the line first. So they thought he was going to propose,” says Antoine. “Then I told them I was cast in a new CBC show.”
At that point, like any good immigrant parents (Antoine’s were originally from Trinidad before settling in Toronto), they were happy their daughter had a steady job. But this was not just any show. Antoine will make history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, according to the public broadcaster.
“I’m just very excited to be chosen to do this,” says the Toronto-born actress, announcing the appointment to the Star in an exclusive interview. “I think it’s something that’s been long overdue. But everything is changing right now and it’s definitely time.”
In Diggstown, scheduled to air in the key CBC fall and winter season, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
“We were looking for someone who could be credible as a lawyer. She’s also a very positive person; she leads from a place of optimism, not from a place of cynicism,” says showrunner and creator Floyd Kane. “And we needed someone who could communicate the physicality of Marcie because, among other things, she’s a big surfer. Vanessa embodied all of that.”
Kane said he auditioned about 50 actresses for the coveted role.
“We saw so much talent. It was a tough decision and we saw so many incredible Canadian actresses. This will be the first time that a Black Canadian actress will be No. 1 on the call sheet. I think it’s a big deal. Although at the end of the day, yes, we’re just making TV. But from a pop culture perspective, I feel this is important.”
Canada is catching up to the United States: Kerry Washington made history in the Shonda Rhimes-created drama Scandal in 2012 as the first Black American to lead a prime-time network drama in four decades.
However, it wasn’t the first to feature a Black female star. That distinction belongs to Teresa Graves in Get Christie Love! which aired for one season in 1974.
Black Canadian actresses have starred in shows such as the Vision TV limited series Soul with Keshia Chante (also produced by Kane) and Global’s half-hour comedy Da Kink in My Hair, but prime-time network drama remains the gold standard.
“When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system,” says Antoine. “And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of colour, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”
The series will also look at an under-represented segment of Canada, the historic Black communities of Nova Scotia, which at one point represented 37 per cent of the total Black population.
“This is huge for me. I always knew about the Black communities out east, but this is something I really didn’t learn about in school and I should have,” says Antoine. “My experience was growing up in a Caribbean household and I thought that the majority of Blacks came from the West Indies. But there is a huge community with a rich history in Nova Scotia that is finally going to be spotlighted and I think it’s time for their stories to be told.”
There is some fallout though: General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.
Her character, former DEA agent Jordan Ashford, was supposed to get married to fiancé Curtis on the show, which was also a historic first, a Black couple getting married on the long-running soap. That may no longer be the case.
“We were in the planning stages of the wedding and ABC hasn’t announced what will happen. But it’s a soap opera and something traumatic always happens at a wedding. But it would have been a first for a Black couple to be married on General Hospital, but we’re not sure where the storyline is going,” says Antoine.
Antoine is busy prepping for a different kind of history. On the phone from Los Angeles, where she lives and shoots General Hospital, she mentioned that she’s taking surfing lessons. In fact, she was drying off a wetsuit after venturing out in the water earlier that day.
As for her parents? Well they got over any disappointment of not hearing about an engagement.
“I had to explain to them what it all meant,” says Antoine. “And then they were screaming on the phone. It was awesome.”
Brytni Sarpy Announces She's Back on GENERAL HOSPITAL This Summer!(7/13/18) It’s been a while since we’ve seen Valerie, but Brytni Sarpy has announced that she is returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL this summer! Instagram recently added a feature where users can allow people to ask them questions, and when one fan asked if she would be coming back to Port Charles anytime soon, she replied: "Yes... Val will be back periodically. I start shooting in a few weeks." And if Sarpy starts filming towards the end of July, you can look for Valerie to be on screen sometime around late August. Of course, what storyline she might be involved in is still being kept under wraps, but hopefully it's something juicy!
The actress debuted as Valerie Spencer back in March of 2015, introduced as the daughter of Pat Spencer, making her Luke’s niece and Lulu’s cousin. But after moving to Port Charles and pursuing Lulu’s husband, Dante, she drifted onto the back burner. Despite joining the police force and attempting to date Curtis, Valerie was only seen occasionally, and was dropped from contract to recurring status with GH back in January of 2017.
After appearing as Kristina’s wingman to help win back Parker’s attention in August of 2017, Valerie’s then made another brief appearance in October when she attended Bobbie’s anniversary party at the Metro Court with her family. Her most recent appearance was back in February of 2018 when she attended the funeral of fellow PCPD officer Nathan West.
Valerie wasn’t initially a very popular character with many viewers because she immediately came between the popular supercouple of Dante and Lulu, but over time, Sarpy earned herself a legion of devoted fans who have already expressed their happiness that she will be back on GH again soon. In the meantime, Sarpy has been keeping busy, with a recent appearance in the horror film Truth or Dare which premiered on the SyFy Channel last October.
Since Valerie is still clearly living in Port Charles and a member of the PCPD, it's about time that we're seeing the long-lost Spencer family member again.
2018 Primetime Emmy Nominations(7/12/18) (Former soap stars in bold)
LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus)
LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Donald Glover)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Alec Baldwin)
GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: SNL host Dave Chappelle)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2017 winner: Laura Dern)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2017 winner: Alexander Skarsgård)
Chloe Lanier Reportedly Leaving GENERAL HOSPITAL(7/12/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) With her evil schemes falling part around her, it looks like Nelle will finally get what's coming to her! Although the soap declined to comment on her exit, word is that Chloe Lanier is leaving GENERAL HOSPITAL, where she has played the scheming Nelle Benson since August of 2016. Castmate Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix) even commented on one of her Instagram posts to say: "I’m bummed we never got to work together! Hopefully out in the world one day. Good luck!"
In 2015, Lanier appeared on GH as a Young Patricia Spencer for two episodes as part of the soap’s 52nd anniversary, and when the role of Nelle was conceived, she was cast as the mysterious young woman who turned out to be Carly’s adopted sister. She was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in both 2017 and 2018, taking home the gold the second time around.
The character of Nelle proved polarizing, with many fans disliking how she caused trouble for Carly and Sonny. In fact, it reached a point where Lanier had to speak out against the online bullying she was receiving from fans who blamed her for her character's actions! When the young woman rekindled her relationship with Michael and became pregnant, it almost seemed as though she might be redeemable, but then she went all out gaslighting Carly and getting her locked up in Ferncliff to get her out of Michael’s life! Of course, with a character this unpredictable, there’s no telling exactly how Nelle could be ushered off the canvas.
Outside of daytime, Lanier has appeared in primetime series like ARMY WIVES, NCIS, and KINGDOM. And with her Emmy Award-winning talent, we have no doubt that the actress will continue to wow her fans with more incredible performances in the future. And we will obviously keep you up to date on where and when you can see her on screen again. But for now, keep tuning in to see what happens to Nelle, because if she has really wrapped up taping in July, she should air into August!
Demi Moore's Credit Card Allegedly Stolen, Hit with $169k in Charges(7/12/18) Demi Moore is the victim in a major credit card fraud case -- way over $100k worth -- according to federal prosecutors.
According to the criminal complaint, obtained by TMZ, 35-year-old David Matthew Read reported Demi's AmEx card lost or stolen in March, and when the new one was delivered through FedEx ... he somehow managed to pick it up.
The feds say he went on a spending spree, hitting a handful of Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue stores in the L.A. area. Not exactly low-profile, kinda like his final tab. He allegedly ran up $169k over several weeks!
Read was spotted on surveillance cameras -- at the FedEx and also inside the retail stores -- according to the feds, who say he confessed to the caper when they nabbed him in April.
We're told Read's still sitting in L.A. County Jail. We've reached out to Demi's reps for comment ... so far, no word back.
Rebecca Budig Says She'd Love to Return to GENERAL HOSPITAL(7/11/18) Thanks to some inventive writing, Rebecca Budig got to cram a whole lot of storyline into her nearly 200 episodes of GENERAL HOSPITAL. “Hayden was first described to me as a con woman,” she admitted to Soaps In Depth. “They didn’t really give me much else.” But by the time the character was written off, she’d changed so much that viewers’ hearts were broken along with Finn’s. “It was very flattering for them to have actually grown to like Hayden, because a lot of people didn’t in the beginning,” Budig reflected. “So their response to me leaving was so heartwarming.”
While the actress acknowledged that she’d love to see Hayden bring her baby back to town — “Who wouldn’t want to play all that juicy stuff?!?” — having the downtime to spend with her own little one, Charlotte Jo, has been nice. “She’s strong-willed and yet shy, really funny, artistic, creative and pretty articulate for 3 and a half,” Budig relates. “She’s just fun to be with.”
She and husband Michael Benson often travel with their girl to visit relatives in Kentucky and Minnesota, but Budig says she’s happiest when working on her craft. “I’m taking an acting class with Michael E. Knight (Tad, ALL MY CHILDREN),” she revealed. “He’s brilliant!” Besides honing her skills, having a former castmate from the years when she played AMC’s Greenlee in class is “like seeing a family member,” she said. “It’s been really nice to watch his work.”
The actress also got a chance to stretch when she lent her voice to the recently released audiobook of pal Matt Boren’s first novel, Folded Notes From High School. “I grew up at a time when we folded notes,” she explained, “so the concept really spoke to me, and the book was a fun read.”
Set in the early ’90s, the hilarious correspondence relates the experience of a senior who falls for a freshman due to his memorable audition for the school musical. “I play Tricia. She’s part of the school gossip train,” Budig related. “It was totally different than acting in a show. It was a lot more freeing.”
Might she again get a chance to make people laugh in her new pilot? “All I can say about it is that it’s a comedy,” Budig teased. “Who knows what else I’ll do?”
Ted King To Attend GH Fan Club Event(7/11/18) Ted King (ex-Alcazar, GH et al) will make the scene at the GH fan club event during the weekend of July 27. “I am going to go back and do the GH fan event for the first time ever,” he says. “They invited me and it’s the 55th anniversary, so I’m going to go for the day and see what that’s all about. I’m always looking forward to the questions from the fans and to see what they’re interested in. Are they interested in the past or present? Obviously, I’ve evolved a lot since I was on GH.” In addition to the independent film, Milkshake Girls, the actor can also be seen in the upcoming HBO movie, MY DINNER WITH HERVÉ. “I have a small role in it,” he says. “It stars Peter Dinklage as Hervé Villechaize. It’s a really wild story and it’s true. The guy that directed the film [Sasha Gervasi] is actually one of the characters in the film. He’s the reporter, played by Jamie Dornan, who comes to Los Angeles to interview a bunch of people and one of them is Hervé. He wrote the original news piece and now turned it into a film. It has a phenomenal cast.” King has also been busy raising daughters Ava and Vivienne with wife, Maya, and recently reconnected with some familiar PC faces at a party. “I saw Lisa LoCicero [Olivia], who I’ve known forever because she played my sister [Jocelyn] on THE CITY [where he played Danny]. I saw Mark Teschner [casting director] there, and some behind the scenes people I know, too.”
A First Look at GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard in His Exciting New Movie Role(7/11/18) (Video, Photos) New York and New Jersey get ready — GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) is heading your way! But this time around he’s not just in town for a couple of his rare personal appearances at fan events… he’s also filming a new movie! “The reason I’m going out is I got a movie that I’m going to be doing that week with Ice-T called Equal Standard,” the actor revealed in a Twitter video message. “Can’t wait to see you guys, I truly can’t.” Then he pointed at the scene from GH on the TV screen in the background of his shot and grinned. “Look what I’m watching. Oh boy… Max and Sonny. Yes!”
Then on July 9, the Emmy-winning actor shared a shot of himself in costume side by side with the movie poster where he is featured prominently alongside the film’s other stars. “Always great to play different characters,” he confided. “In New York playing a police captain. Very cool and interesting script.”
Equal Standard tells the powerful story of an off-duty New York City police detective who gets caught in an inner city brawl between undercover cops convinced he is a local street thug. The melee ends in a tragic death followed by an uproar within gangs and cops in neighboring communities and across the city. It is written by Taheim Bryan and directed by Brendan Kyle Cochrane. In addition to Ice-T and Benard, the movie also stars Robert Clohessy, and ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum Tobias Truvillion (Vincent).
East Coast appearances were once extremely rare for Benard due to his crippling fear of flying. But having worked through that, the GH star can now make the occasional trip East to meet and greet his fans. He’ll be appearing at Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ on the afternoon of Saturday, July 14, for a personal appearance, and then later that evening, fans can join the daytime star for an intimate gathering at a restaurant in Astoria, NY. For more information regarding these fan events and to get tickets for yourself, please visit CoastalEntertainment.com.
As Benard is only just now filming Equal Standard, a release date is going to be quite some ways off, but as more information about the movie and how you can see it is announced, we’ll be sure to let you know!
Kirsten Storms Said the Sweetest Things About Her Boyfriend(7/11/18) Daytime star Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has found love again with boyfriend Elias Paul Reidy, and she couldn’t be happier. In fact, she even gushed about her beau on Instagram! “I’m a big girl and can take care of myself,” she declared, “but this guy has my back like no other. He has since we met 12 years ago. Our first relationship lasted four years. Eight years later, the universe decided it was time to put us back together. I don’t think I’ll ever lose this feeling of gratefulness for him. I dig it.”
Of course, every couple has its problems, and Storms jokingly referred to one of them by adding the hashtag “#nowijustneedhimtoputthetoiletseatdown” to her post! Hey, if that’s your biggest complaint, you’re doing just fine!
After splitting up with musician Reidy eight years ago, GH fans know that Storms later married her co-star, Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny), and they had a daughter, Harper, who they continue to co-parent beautifully. And Barash himself has also introduced his new girlfriend, Morgan Mitchell, so everyone is perfectly happy now.
Jacob Young Is "Pretty Sure" He Broke His Ankle!(7/11/18) Please join us in sending best wishes for a speedy recovery to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL star Jacob Young (Rick), who injured himself shortly after returning home from filming a movie! “Dang!” he shared on Instagram. “Just arrived at home and started doing some work outside, rolled my ankle and pretty sure it’s broken.” But he also assured fans that he’s being well taken care of by his better half. “Christen Young has got it under control!” he promised. He also joked: “I’m sure I’ll milk it for all it’s worth.”
It looks pretty painfully swollen, and fans flooded his comments with messages urging him to be careful and make sure to go to the doctor. Young responded that X-rays are definitely on the agenda for the following day. Hopefully he had returned home because he was all finished filming his upcoming movie, They Call Him Angel, where he’s playing the mysterious Mr. Jones.
Young has been a part of the daytime community since 1997 when he first joined the cast of B&B. He has also played Lucky on GENERAL HOSPITAL and JR on ALL MY CHILDREN. He dropped to recurring status with B&B back in April in order to pursue outside projects like this film and his new music. With all of his other opportunities, hopefully this injury won’t keep him out of commission for too long! “All I wanted to do was be at home and sit back and put my feet up,” Young admitted. “Not like this!”
Hopefully, the doctor will have some good news and it won’t be too bad. Get well soon!
Eden McCoy Wants Josslyn to Be a Schemer Just Like Carly on GENERAL HOSPITAL(7/10/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Josslyn may be a sweet kid with a good heart on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but Carly’s daughter is also a total teenager! She’s also... well, Carly’s daughter! “She is not a goody two-shoes all the time,” portrayer Eden McCoy admitted to Soaps In Depth. “She can be bitchy. She’s a little bit of both, which is probably the most realistic thing about her.” As a high school kid herself, McCoy is always impressed with her character’s self-awareness — even when she makes a mistake like being Team Nelle! “Joss is so excited to be an aunt that she’s willing to give Nelle the benefit of the doubt,” says McCoy, adding that while her character may be wrong this time, “she always has a reason to back up her opinions. A lot of teenagers are like, ‘Just no!’ Joss always has an argument.
“I think that’s the big difference between us. Even when it’s over stupid stuff, I won’t always have an argument for why I want what I want,” she continued. “Then again, I don’t have writers to tell me what I should say. That’s probably why Joss is able to speak her mind so well — because it’s been written for her!”
Also penned for the GH ingenue is a popular love story with beau Oscar. “I’ve read stuff about us being the up-and-coming new couple,” McCoy said. “It’s an honor to be given that opportunity, and I just love having chemistry with another person my age. Before Garren Stitt (Oscar) came on, I had years of scenes with family — which was great. Those actors are all unbelievable! But I’m glad Joss got the opportunity to have a relationship with someone her age. “Josslyn is really young and experiencing feelings for the first time — and I am, too, in real life,” the 15-year-old added. “It’s fun to play, because I have firsthand experience.”
Naturally, McCoy’s real-life boyfriend, Brian Dennis, doesn’t love watching her moon over Oscar as Joss. But “he’s very supportive, always,” insisted the actress. “He is in no way, shape or form in the business. He thinks it’s crazy. Because he’s not used to this world, it’s fun for him to learn about stuff like the Daytime Emmys, and I’m happy to share it with him.”
In addition to finding love, Joss has faced some hard truths over the last few years, and many viewers have been impressed with the relationship that she shares with mom Carly. “Even when things get tense, they’re always coming from a good place,” McCoy says of their relationship. “They always want the best for each other, no matter what.”
While they’ve hit a rough patch of late, there’s no denying that Joss is becoming more like her driven mother by the day. “Because after a year of every scene with [Laura Wright, who plays Carly], you automatically sync up without even realizing it,” McCoy cracks. “I love Laura. She’s insanely talented.”
With her character already a bit of a mini-Carly, McCoy’s itching to get her hands dirty and stir up some trouble in Port Charles. Make that a lot of trouble! “I want to get totally dark,” she con des. “The writers are amazing, so I’ll play anything they write... but it would be very fun to have some rebellion and be a bit crazy!”
The notion that Joss could become a schemer like her mom isn’t unthinkable... and once she realizes how seriously Nelle has played her and her family, she just might find the inspiration she needs to lash out in a big way. And don’t think McCoy doesn’t know it! “I cannot wait,” she says, “to see what she does when she finds out the truth!”
Billy Dee Williams Set To Return To ‘Star Wars’ As Lando Calrissian – Report(7/10/18) It looks like the smooth space-age swag of Lando Calrissian is returning to help the Rebellion (or maybe the First Order?) in Star Wars: Episode IX. Billy Dee Williams, who originated the role in Empire Strikes Back, is set to don the cape as Lando in the forthcoming installment of the Disney/Lucasfilm franchise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Williams will be returning to Star Wars as Lando who was recently portrayed by Donald Glover in the Star Wars standalone prequel Solo. With many actors from the original Star Wars franchise reprising their role in the new movies, there have been rumors and speculations on fan sites about Williams’ return. No details have been given about how Lando will be involved in the ninth installment of the intergalactic saga.
Williams is the latest actor to join the J.J. Abrams-directed Episode IX. Last week, Keri Russell, a frequent Abrams collaborator also joined the cast in an undisclosed role. They will join Star Wars regulars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver. The movie is set to open Dec. 20, 2019.
DAYS's Greg Vaughan Reveals Romance With Angie Harmon(7/8/18) Greg Vaughan (Eric, DAYS) and Angie Harmon quietly revealed in separate posts on Instagram that they’re a duo. In what Harmon hashtagged a #moderndaybradybunch, the couple posed with his sons Jathan, Landan and Cavan, and her daughters Emery, Avery and Finley. “Love ONE Love for ALL,” is how Vaughan captioned his, adding #vaughanharmonbunch. Harmon, best known for her leading role in RIZZOLI & ISLES, as well as her run on LAW & ORDER, accompanied Vaughan to the Daytime Emmys in April, where he picked up his first-ever trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actor, and recently visited him at the DAYS set. Check out the adorable pic here.
Did You Recognize ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Patrick Gibbons as Wyatt on GENERAL HOSPITAL?(7/6/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Eagle-eyed viewers of GENERAL HOSPITAL who were also fans of ONE LIFE TO LIVE may have thought that the Raging Raccoon scout who discovered the shack where Peter was being held prisoner by Obrecht looked kind of familiar. Well, that’s because the character of young Wyatt Hoover is played by Patrick Gibbons, Jr., who used to play Sam Manning on OLTL!
Gibbons took over the role of Sam back in December of 2010 and played the character right up through the end of the ABC soap,even appearing in the short-lived online reboot. Sam’s parentage was a bit complicated, though. He was the son of Victor Lord, Jr. and Margaret Cochran, but was adopted by Blair and Todd Manning. Unfortunately, while Wyatt has only interacted with Peter on GH, there's still a chance that Gibbons might share some scenes with Roger Howarth (Franco), who played his adopted dad on OLTL!
Since taking over as executive producer of GH, Frank Valentini has tapped quite a few of the talented actors he worked with when he was running OLTL back in the day, including Hillary B. Smith (Nora), Ilene Kristen (Delia), Bree Williamson (Claudette), and James DePaiva (Dr. Bensch). Sometimes they reprise their OLTL roles, and other times play entirely new characters, like Gibbons is as Wyatt.
By the way, the name Wyatt could be a sly reference to the character of Wyatt Halliwell from the CW series CHARMED, a role played by none other than Wes Ramsey (Peter)! Hopefully Wyatt can work his magic and help Peter get free of Obrecht’s trap — the poor guy has been tied up forever!
Dishing with Digest - Episode 15(7/6/18) (Listen / download) GH fave Dominic Zamprogna talks about his exit from the role of Dante
Soap Opera Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky chat with GH fave Dominic Zamprogna about his exit from the role of Dante, his favorite memories of his 9-year run, and what fans’ support has meant to him. Plus, we dish Kate Mansi’s upcoming return to the role of DAYS’s Abigail and the fierce competition for daytime roles.
Here's What Happened When Colonel Sanders Went on General Hospital(7/6/18) Two weeks ago, KFC's official Twitter account — which is written in the voice of its mascot Colonel Sanders, a fictionalized version of the fast food chain's founder — began tweeting a lot about the soap opera General Hospital.
Apparently it's KFC canon that Colonel Sanders is a GH fan and the fake Colonel Sanders dreamed of appearing on the venerable soap when he was a kid (in reality, the show premiered when the real Colonel Harland Sanders was in his 70s). The tweets were building to the reveal that George Hamilton's version of Colonel Sanders would be making an appearance in Port Charles on July 6, which is National Fried Chicken Day (if you don't know, now you know).
Well, that day is today, and the Colonel's sponsored cameo was as weird and awkward and goofy as you'd expect.
It started with Maxie Jones (Kirsten Storms) and Lulu Falconeri (Emme Rylan) hanging out and splitting a bucket of that her friend the Colonel was really good at texting. "He's so witty it's almost exhausting," she said. (KFC paid handsomely for that phony praise, I'm sure.)
"Wait, are we talking about the Colonel?" Lulu asked.
"Colonel Harland Sanders?" Maxie replied. "He's a friend!" And he was on his way over. Maxie opened the door and standing there, in all his golden glory, was Colonel Sanders. (Whenever I see George Hamilton, I think about how Robert Duvall refused to be in The Godfather, Part III and Hamilton replaced him as consigliere, which makes me think about how much better a movie about a schism between Micheal Corleone and Tom Hagen would be than whatever Part III actually was and I get mad, and even though it's not George Hamilton's fault the movie didn't meet its potential, I can't help how I feel when I see his orange visage.)
"Maxie, my dear," he drawled. "It's wonderful to see you again." The music cue was very sincere, signaling that this was an emotional reunion
Maxie introduced her to Lulu as if he was a real person. He beamed at her like a kindly old gentleman. I couldn't tell how much of a joke it was supposed to be. The show played it straight.
Maxie gave him a glass of iced tea as they sat down to chat.
"Your chicken is so..." Maxie said, searching for the word.
"Crispy?" he asked with a grin. (He's the Extra Crispy Colonel, as the commercials that aired during the episode made clear. He's very tan, you see. He's been out in the sun so he's as crispy as KFC's extra crispy chicken.)
"And easy!" she answered. Life gets so crazy, it's nice to just get some easy, tasty food sometimes, you know? Maxie told the Colonel that Lulu is a journalist.
"Journalism is a noble profession," he said.
"Not everyone thinks so," Lulu answered. This seems like a reference to President Trump. KFC mascot Colonel Sanders defended the free press on General Hospital. Extraordinary.
Lulu had to know the story of how Maxie and the Colonel met, but they made her swear to keep it off the record. Here's what happened: The Syndicate tried to hack into KFC's mainframe to steal his famous secret recipe and Maxie's ex-fiancé Spinelli helped him. We also learned that the Colonel was once cursed by a warlock and now has the ability to see into people's souls. Lulu's is pure.
Then he revealed the real reason why he was there: the Syndicate wasn't done looking for the secret recipe yet, and he needed a safe hiding place for it. So Maxie hid it the hard copy inside a hollowed-out book on her bookcase. Seems very secure!
He signed off a line that I will steal for my own life: "Stay crispy and stay humble." He was supposed to be like the Most Interesting Man in the World from the Dos Equis commercials, whose catchphrase was "stay thirsty, my friends."
The whole sponsored content shenanigan was the closest General Hospital has gotten to performance art since James Franco was a recurring cast member. It was genuinely weird and silly. It committed to being completely nonsensical. It really went for it.
I wonder if the hidden secret recipe will come back as a plot point. Chekov's Secret Recipe, you know?
General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC.
Cassandra James Explains Why Her Character of Terry on GENERAL HOSPITAL Is So Important(7/5/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Daytime soaps have a long history of using the medium to tackle important real-life topics and GENERAL HOSPITAL has done just that again by introducing its first transgender character with the casting of Cassandra James as Elizabeth’s old friend, Dr. Terry Randolph! “Thank you everyone for all the love and support,” the actress tweeted following the Friday cliffhanger that marked her first appearance. “I’m so excited to go on this GH journey with all of you!”
James also added the hashtag “#TransVisibility” and later tweeted further about how important it is for transgender actors to have the opportunity to play trans characters in film and television. “I’ve never spoken about this before,” she posted, “but since it’s back in the news, I’ll say this: While I feel cis actors have a certain social responsibility in this amazing time of #TransVisibility in the industry, my real issue is with the decision makers behind the scenes. It’s the directors, casting agents, writers, and producers who have to do better when it comes to allowing cis actors to play trans roles. We are talented, we are here, and we are ready to tell our own stories.
“But as a trans actress, I can tell you positive change is happening,” she concluded. I’m so thankful to [GH executive producer] Frank Valentini and everyone at GH who were committed to having a trans woman portray Terry.” (The term “cis” refers to “cisgender,” meaning a person whose gender identity matches the sex that they were assigned at birth. An example of this would be the cisgender actor Jared Leto playing the transgender character of Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club.)
Terry was introduced to GH as an old friend of Liz’s, and the boy with whom she had her first kiss. Franco admitted he was a little nervous to meet one of his fiancée’s old flames, but kind of relieved to find out she was no longer competition for him. Terry opened up to them, explaining how difficult it was to understand what she was going through when she was younger and how relieved she was to finally become the person she was always meant to be. Although she admitted to being rejected by a lot of people in her life, including her family, Terry was happy when Liz assured her she still loved her. In fact, she insisted that Terry come to her and Franco’s upcoming wedding.
Since Terry is a doctor who revealed she has a consult at GH, there’s every possibility we could be seeing more of James in the future. And there's always Liz and Franco's wedding!
Amber Tamblyn: David Cross changed after racism, sexism allegations(7/3/18) Time’s Up activist Amber Tamblyn insists that her husband, David Cross, changed after she educated him on racism and sexism.
In October 2017, comedian Charlyne Yi accused Cross, 54, of using racist epithets against her when they first met, questioning if she spoke English and speaking to her in “ching chongs.” At the time, Cross denied any recollection of the incident, but now his wife admits he was in the wrong.
“Basically he was rightfully accused of doing something racist to the comedian, Charlyne Yi,” Tamblyn, 35, told Sam Sanders on NPR’s “It’s Been a Minute” in an interview released Tuesday. “You know, I think the jokes that work for white guys and their white guy comedian friends don’t work, always, for women of color.”
The “Joan of Arcadia” star claims she had a series of “difficult conversations” with Cross about the #MeToo movement and his role within it, both in the context of Yi’s allegations, as well as of the disastrous “Arrested Development” press tour in which he defended Jeffrey Tambor, who was accused of berating Jessica Walter on set, and talked over a crying Walter in an interview.
He later apologized to Walter.
Despite previously requesting not to be held accountable for Cross’ alleged bad behavior, Tamblyn acknowledged criticism she received from other women in regards to Cross’ controversies and attempted to help correct him.
“Believe me, his eyes are open to that now, if they weren’t before. And this is what it took to have that change,” Tamblyn said. “Some men don’t change. The thing I can say about David, that I love so much about him, is that he changes.”
“Part of his introspection and his sensitivity is that he’s aware of that,” she added. “And I think, same thing goes for the … talking over Jessica Walter’s incident that happened recently. The ‘Arrested Development’ press tour. I think it was a similar experience where … it’s just a continual sense of getting them to open their eyes and getting them to see either how they’re helping or they’re not helping. I helped him to see.”
GH Casting News(7/3/18) GH has put out a casting call for a contract role set to start shooting in August. The character, called Jessica in the breakdown, is described as “African American. Early – late 30’s. Beautiful & dynamic. She is strong, smart & Savvy and plays both sides of the law.”
Hamilton, As Extra Crispy Colonel, To Guest On 'General Hospital'(7/3/18) So you thought that it just wasn’t possible to further up the camp quotient in KFC’s campaign starring George Hamilton as the Extra Crispy Colonel (ECC)?
This time, the campaign has new legs (sorry) via ABC’s “General Hospital.”
For National Fried Chicken Day this Friday, July 6 (2 pm EST), Hamilton, as the ECC, will make an appearance on America’s longest-running soap opera, now in its 55th season.
Hamilton, who’s apparently a superfan of the show, has been tweeting up a storm about the upcoming guest shot on KFC’s Twitter account, including this post
“Hurray or dreaming! This National Fried Chicken Day, I will get to live the dream I’ve always dreamed and appear in the soap opera that captured my heart as a boy, @GeneralHospital”…
Judging from his string of posts about the down and dirty on every character and plot on the show, that’s probably not just hyperbole.
General Hospital Celebrates 'JaSam' Romance With Couple's Greatest Hits(7/3/18) (Video) If this summer isn’t hot enough already for you, know that ABC — in a network first — is showcasing a favorite General Hospital couple, with a rousing round-up of Jason Morgan and Sam McCall’s “greatest hits.”
Today through Sept. 30, fans of “JaSam” (played by two-time Daytime Emmy winner Steve Burton and two-time nominee Kelly Monaco) are invited to cue up and or all of 15 landmark episodes from the couple’s roller coaster ride of a relationship, revisiting their first meeting, their first kiss, “tequila and dominoes” and, yes, that rooftop proposal.
All 15 episodes are currently available at ABC.com/JasonAndSam (with no sign-in required) and via the ABC app.
Press play above to get a first look at a promo for the JaSam celebration, and get a taste of what other episodes are on tap.
Leslie Charleson Returning To GH!(7/1/18) Leslie Charleson, who has been absent from the role of GH’s Monica while she recuperated from an injury, is slated to return to the show later this month. “My first day back to work at GH is July 23rd!” she revealed on Twitter. Charleson joined GH in 1977; in her absence, Party McCormack has filled in as Dr. Quartermaine.
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