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Is Josslyn Ready to Love Again on GH? — Eden McCoy Speaks Out(2/25/20) (soapsindepth.com) Oblivious to poor Cameron pining away for her in the friend zone, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Josslyn made a move on Dev. Could Oscar’s grief-stricken girlfriend at last be ready to roll the dice and risk her heart? And if so, with whom? After months of mourning Oscar, Josslyn finally put herself out there and planted a kiss on Dev — only to be turned down. “He’s new and exciting and from an exotic foreign country, so he’s intriguing for Joss,” portrayer Eden McCoy contended to Soaps In Depth. “He also doesn’t come from wealth yet seems very worldly to her, and I think she’s drawn to how ‘street-smart’ he is. Dev could be really good for Josslyn, given that he obviously cares about her, he’s overcome adversity in his life, and he’s a survivor.”
But while McCoy suspects Dev and Joss could work as a couple, we still don’t know much about the Turkish pickpocket that Sonny’s taken into the family. “Carly, Sonny, and Jax would say ‘Definitely not!’ to this pairing,” chuckled the actress. “I think they would have doubts about what kind of an influence Dev would be on Joss.” And Dev just might agree with the grown-ups, as the orphan claimed to refuse Josslyn’s kiss out of respect for all that her parents have done for him.
Whatever his reasoning, the slight caused a mortified Joss to recede even further into her journal — and continue to completely miss Cameron’s smitten glances! “Cam is home for Joss,” said McCoy. “He’s the one who has always been there, she knows everything about him, and she feels safe with him. They are there to pick each other up from the messes that their families create. I don’t think that will ever change. They’ll always be best friends.”
But as we all know, that’s not at all how Cam has begun to see his beautiful childhood pal — and he may even have a chance with her, if he can work on his timing! “Joss was just beginning to feel more than friendship for Cam when she found out Oscar was terminally ill,” reminded McCoy, referring to the period when they were fake-dating. “So feelings were interrupted before she could even figure them out. I think Cam can definitely get out of the friend zone once something wakes Josslyn up to her own feelings about him.”
Joss may not be having any fun with this triangle, but McCoy sure is. “I really like it!” enthuses the high-schooler. “It’s a really interesting dynamic, and everybody has a different relationship.”
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 2/24/20 - You Win Some, You Lose Some(2/25/20) (Listen / download) In this week's edition of The Soaps In Depth Podcast, Richard and Charlie play You Win Some, You Lose Some while discussing DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ shocking cast changes, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s latest hookup, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s “two-timing” and a happy ending on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS that… really wasn’t all that happy.
Kirsten Storms Stands up Against Bullying(2/25/20) Soap stars often used their celebrity to aid worthy causes, and GENERAL HOSPITAL actress Kirsten Storms (Maxie) is taking advantage of her platform to speak out against bullying. “The Lion Brand Yarn ‘Hat Not Hate’ campaign, that brings awareness to bullying, makes me so proud to be a Lion Brand customer,” she declared. “As soon as I’m done with my current knitting project for our knit-along (I’ve been out the last few days with the flu — bear with me) I plan to knit a few blue beanies and send them into the ‘Hat Not Hate’ headquarters.”
Lion Brand Yarn has paired with STOMP Out Bullying to raise awareness of the issue by urging knitters and crocheters to use one of their free patterns to create hats with blue yarn and share their work online with the hashtag #HatNotHate, donate their hats to schools, or wear it during October, which is Anti-Bullying month. “They give the hats out at schools across the country to remind kids about the importance of being kind to one another,” Storms said, “and just because someone is different from them, that doesn’t mean they’re deserving of negative words or feelings. We are all different from each other. That’s what makes us special. It’s what makes us human.”
And as someone who has been on the receiving end of negative and hurtful comments on social media, Storms knows exactly what these kids are going through. “I’ve mentioned on my page before that kindness and positivity towards others is so important,” she insisted. “You truly never know what another individual’s life is like, what their hidden struggles are — or what your words could do to them. Be a light in someone’s day. I’d rather be remembered for spreading love than hate. Love lasts longer.”
You can visit the Lion Brand Yarn website’s “Hat Not Hate” page for more details about the cause.
Sydney Mikayla Reveals What It’s Like Working With Maura West on GH(2/22/20) (soapsindepth.com) As Sydney Mikayla (Trina) celebrates her first anniversary with GENERAL HOSPITAL this month, she says she’s been having a blast in Port Charles. “It’s all still so new and exciting for me,” she gushed to Soaps In Depth. “I’m learning a lot from the other teen actors and from the veterans on the show, too. Some of my favorite scenes have been with Maura West (Ava). She is a soap opera icon! It’s an honor to share the screen with her.”
And like Trina, Mikayla’s taking notes from the pro she gets to work with — and thankfully, West sets a better example than Ava. “She’s so nice and makes me feel very comfortable when we do our scenes together,” said the young actress. “So I’m looking forward to seeing how Trina and Ava’s friendship will blossom.”
Andrea Bogart, Michael Nouri & Lawrence Pressman on Hawaii Five-0 3/13/20(2/21/20) “He puhe‘e miki” – While Five-0 investigates a scheme to rob tourists, Tani helps Girard Hirsh (Willie Garson) prove the innocence of his elderly uncle when he’s suspected of murder. Also, Tani and Junior work on the nuances of being in a new relationship, on HAWAII FIVE-0 Friday, March 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
(“He puhe‘e miki” is Hawaiian for “A Gripping Cuttlefish”)
GUEST CAST nicludes: Michael Nouri (Oscar Hirsch), Lawrence Pressman (Stanley), Patty McCormack (Tabitha), Andrea Bogart (Cynthia).
GH’s Sofia Mattsson Reveals How She Perfected Her American Accent(2/17/20) (soapsindepth.com) Gorgeous GENERAL HOSPITAL star Sofia Mattsson (Sasha) has her big sister to thank for luring her to America and a life of high drama. “She came for a job as an actress,” Sasha’s portrayer said of Helena — who fans may recognize from her run as AMERICAN HORROR STORY’s Agnetha or as the lead alongside her sister in Lifetime’s My Husband’s Secret Wife. “I visited her a lot, saw her filming, and I thought it looked like so much fun and so amazing. Then I got a visa, came here and started modeling and acting.”
Before landing in Port Charles, however, Mattsson had to master speaking English without an accent. “I grew up in Sweden for most of my life,” she explained. “So I definitely had to work on it — a lot. I started off only playing Swedish and Russian trolls!” Now that Mattsson’s been in the United States for seven years, she’s got her American accent down pat. The secret to her success? “Speaking English and not hanging out with Swedish friends,” she laughed. “Just listening and practicing!”
Dishing with Digest - 2/14/20 - Lisa LoCicero(2/14/20) (Listen / download) From her first role on LOVING to her current stint as GH's Olivia, Lisa LoCicero looks back on her daytime career with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the cast shake-ups at DAYS and the major stories soaps have planned for the week ahead.
Corbin Bernsen Recurs on Tommy 3/5/20(2/14/20) “To Take a Hostage” – When a concert promoter who is accused of defrauding his customers and vendors takes hostages in a restaurant, Tommy sends Cooper and Diaz to manage the situation until she can arrive. Also, Tommy must navigate the politics of the L.A. City Council when two members refuse to sign on to her new budget proposal, on TOMMY, Thursday, March 5 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Tonye Patano (Mrs. Gates), Corbin Bernsen (Milt Leakey), Luke Jones (Henry), Katrina Lenk (Kiley).
Patrick Fabian recurs on Carol's Second Act 3/5/20(2/14/20) “Plus Ones” – When the interns tease Carol that her relationship with Dr. Lewis might be moving too fast, Carol tries to sabotage his chance at winning a romantic getaway for them. Also, Dr. Jacobs, Lexie and Caleb help a patient with a serious case of… a curling iron stuck in her hair before her wedding day, on CAROL’S SECOND ACT, Thursday, March 5 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING: Patrick Fabian (Dr. Lewis), Adam Rose (Jake).
Daytime Emmys Find a New TV Home, as NATAS Launches Its Own Streaming App(2/13/20) (variety.com) The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has found a new, permanent telecast home for the Daytime Emmys: Its own site. NATAS is launching a streaming service that will serve as the place to watch the Daytime Emmys and its other awards shows.
The new over-the-top platform is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2020, several months before the Daytime Emmys take place. The service, which doesn’t yet have a name (but will likely include “Emmy” in its title), will be unveiled in time for the Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards in April, and the Sports Emmys in May, both of which are administered by NATAS.
But the real utility of the new streamer will come on June 12, 13 and 14, when the 47th Daytime Emmy Awards are held at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, Calif.
The Daytime Emmys used to be a broadcast mainstay, rotating between ABC, NBC and CBS in its heyday. But NBC dropped out after 2004, and ABC after 2008. The CW aired it in 2009, and then CBS aired it in 2010 and 2011. After that, HLN picked it up for two years, and Pop TV ran it in 2015 — the last time it was on linear TV. Since then, the Daytime Emmys has run on a mix of YouTube, Facebook, Periscope and something called KNEKT.
Now, with the new over-the-top app, NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp said viewers would have a clear idea where to watch the Daytime Emmys and its other awards shows.
“We were making it available on PCs and mobile in a clunky way,” Sharp said. “But with the Emmys OTT app available on any platform, if you want to watch on your phone you can watch on your phone. You want to watch on your TV, you can watch on your TV. And really be accessible to the audience. Wherever they are consuming the shows, we’re on it.”
Sharp said NATAS is currently building out the OTT app in order to be available on web, mobile, and major settop platforms including Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Fire stick and Android TV.
Besides daytime, sports and tech/engineering, other Emmy awards shows that NATAS administers include News & Documentary, as well as regional awards in most of the country (except Los Angeles). The L.A.-based Television Academy, which handles the Primetime Emmy Awards, is not involved in this new OTT service, but has been briefed on it.
Sharp said the new service will also include past awards ceremonies, as well as clips from the NATAS archives. “Certainly on our social channels since the beginning of the year you’ve started seeing a couple of hints of that, some of these great moments being pulled from the Emmy archives like Ellen DeGeneres’ first win in daytime,” he said. “Or Rosie O’Donnell and Elmo bantering about wanting to rename it the ‘Daytime Elmos.’ Mr. Rogers doling out life lessons from the stage as he accepts his lifetime achievement award.”
NATAS is also producing original shorts, including its first entry, “Behind the Emmy.” “For this series of shorts we are combining backstage interviews, onstage acceptance speeches and some of the actual submitted content to really tell the story of the excellent creativity and production work that goes into winning that most coveted honor of excellence in television,” Sharp said.
The first installment, which posted today on NATAS’ social outlets, looks at PBS’ “Wildland,” a “POV” production that won a News & Doc Emmy last year. “The filmmakers literally learned to become fire jumpers in order to make this film,” he said. “Where they would jump into the burning region with the firefighters, actually help fight the fire, hold the hose, and then put the hose down, pick up the Red camera and start shooting some of it.”
The NATAS app will be free and, at least initially, not contain commercials. “It is going to be there as a resource,” Sharp said. “Long term, I think we certainly see opportunities for ad support and/or sponsor support. That is not in the plan for launch day. I think our focus right now is really on building the content and building the audience. Then we’ll look at the monetization path down the road. There are certainly opportunities for it, and it’s something where in the engineering we are baking in. Monetization is not the focus, at least for 2020.”
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 1/10/20 - What's The Rush?(2/11/20) (Listen / download) Just like that, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Lola and Kyle called it quits. Like every other aspect of the couple’s relationship, the end felt more than a little rushed... prompting Richard and Charlie to take a look this week at the pacing of several current storylines. From THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s dithering Spencer brothers to DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Gina and Stevano and GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Mob war, they look at what’s working and what’s not… and why!
Kathleen Gati Celebrates Turning Two Days on GH Into Seven Years!(2/9/20) (soapsindepth.com) When Kathleen Gati was cast on GENERAL HOSPITAL, Dr. Obrecht was only supposed to be a two-day gig. “I did my job — played the Swiss-German head of the psychiatric hospital where Robin was — and I went home,” she recalled to Soaps In Depth. “Then a few months later, they asked, ‘You want to come back?’ Then they gave me a daughter, then they gave me a son and then they gave me a hospital to run! It was fantastic.”
Obrecht has since lost Nathan and that prestigious job. She’s also been betrayed and abandoned by Britt… but nothing seems to stop villainous Mutter from landing on her feet! “My seven-year anniversary was this summer, ” Gati grinned. “And that means a lot. I’m grateful to everyone at GH and to fans for all the love and support. What’s fun is some viewers ask why I’m so evil, and others say, ‘I love it when you’re dark!’ So when I get a script, I’m excited about whatever I get to do.”
The CW's Walker, Texas Ranger Reboot Adds The 100's Lindsey Morgan to Partner Up With Jared Padalecki(2/5/20) The CW’s new Walker, Texas Ranger won’t be a lone Ranger, it turns out.
The 100 star Lindsey Morgan has joined the cast of Walker, the upcoming reboot starring Supernatural‘s Jared Padalecki, our sister site Variety is reporting. Morgan will play Walker’s new partner, one of the first women in the history of the Texas Rangers.
Padalecki — coming off a 15-season run as demon hunter Sam Winchester on Supernatural, which wraps up later this year — will star as Cordell Walker, “a widower and father of two with his own moral code who returns home to Austin after being undercover for two years, only to discover there’s harder work to be done at home.” He takes over the title role from Chuck Norris, who starred in the original Walker, Texas Ranger for eight seasons on CBS. The CW handed Walker a series order last month.
Morgan is best known for playing mechanic Raven Reyes on The 100, which ends its own CW run later this year after seven seasons. Her other TV credits include General Hospital, The Night Shift, Franklin & Bash, Happy Endings and How I Met Your Mother.
Tamara Braun Joins Dark Indie Comedy(2/5/20) Tamara Braun (Daytime Emmy-winning actress for Days of our Lives), Denise Boutte (Meet the Browns), and Robert Craighead (Future Man) star in Kombucha Cure, an indie dark comedy written and directed by first-time feature helmer Cecilia Choi. Newcomer Ali Zahiri (The Bachelorette), Yorke G. Fryer (Extinct), Angie Kim (The L Word: Generation Q), Jasper Cole (Anyone Home), Jayson Bernard (Halloweed), Lance Paul (A Walk With Grace), Frederick Koehler (The Circle, Death Race), and Jennifer Bassey (Anacostia) also co-star. The plot follows Mara Cohen (Braun), a Medical Director for a large corporate insurance company who excels as the gatekeeper for doctors who order, what she sees as unnecessary and expensive tests, scans, and medications. Wrestling with the fact that she was previously fired for a mistake that had fatal consequences, she volunteers to go to a small rural town where cancer patients are living longer and at the same time costing the insurance company unusually high payouts for care. There, she discovers the mystery and shenanigans of how this poor town survived and thrived in the complex health care system. Paul and Yorke G. Fryer of Ginger Knight Films are producing the piece, along with Jayson Bernard and Roberto Rosario, Jr. of J&R Productions. Jonathan Chia and Tarun Raj serve as executive producers. Kombucha Cure is currently shooting in Los Angeles through February.
Cyrus Renault on GENERAL HOSPITAL — Everything You Need to Know(2/4/20) (soapsindepth.com) (Photo) As soon as the name Cyrus came up on GENERAL HOSPITAL, fans were as desperate as Jason and Sonny to know more about this new villainous threat in Port Charles! Well, the role of Cyrus Renault will be played by actor Jeff Kober, who has quite an extensive resume in film and television including roles on FALCON CREST, CHINA BEACH, SONS OF ANARCHY, and NCIS: LOS ANGELES. He was meant to debut at the end of January, but preemptions pushed his first air date back a bit.
Cyrus Renault is a Pentonville inmate who is challenging Sonny Corinthos‘ authority in Port Charles. When Sonny found himself attacked by gunmen in Brooklyn at the same time that his wife, Carly, came under fire at the Corinthos Coffee warehouse and Michael Corinthos was shot at on the docks, he knew that someone was out to take him down. After spending some time interrogating one of the gunmen, Sonny left it up to Jason Morgan, who found himself involved in yet another gunfight which left the shooter bleeding to death so Jason was able to get him to name his boss: Cyrus!
What is Cyrus’ connection to Sonny and what other vengeful plans does the guy have in store? You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out.
Joseph C. Phillips guests on Criminal Minds 2/12/20(2/4/20) “Family Tree” – Prentiss and J.J. are faced with important decisions to make about their futures as the BAU travels to Beaumont, Texas to investigate a series of murdered businessmen, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Feb. 12 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST: Michael Mosley (Everett Lynch), Joseph C. Phillips, (Deputy Director James Barbour), TJ Power (Unsub).
Constance Towers Returns to GENERAL HOSPITAL as Helena Cassadine!(2/3/20) (soapsindepth.com) They say evil never dies, and that’s especially true when it comes to soap villains, especially the Cassadines. Helena Cassadine is returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL to wreak even more havoc in Port Charles! Highlight Hollywood is reporting that Constance Towers will be reprising her role just in time for February Sweeps! Originally scheduled to begin airing on Wednesday, Feb. 5, with the recent preemptions due to ABC News coverage, her air dates will be pushed back by a week or so.
Helena’s appearance seems to be another brief one, just a couple episodes, so it’s likely that this will be flashbacks as her last appearance in August of 2019 where the Cassadine factored into Drew and Shiloh’s past in Afghanistan. Could Peter’s connection with Helena finally be about to be exposed? You’ll have to tune in to find out!
The character of Helena Cassadine was first introduced back in the fall of 1981 and was played by GH fan Elizabeth Taylor in a special guest appearance. When she returned to Port Charles in 1997 full-time, the role was taken over by Towers. She made frequent appearances over the years, but her nefarious schemes seemed to come to an end in 2016 when she passed away. Still, Helena has reached out from “beyond the grave” in various nightmares and also in flashbacks when it was revealed that she was the one who planned to have Jake Webber release the Chimera Virus during the 2017 Nurses Ball!
Since this is only a flashback, it would seem that Helena is still six feet under, but in soaps, you never really know! Stay tuned to see how the storyline unfolds.
Marc Anthony Samuel Is Back at GENERAL HOSPITAL(2/3/20) (soapsindepth.com) Paging Nurse DuBois! Nurse DuBois to the nurses station! Marc Anthony Samuel teased his return to GENERAL HOSPITAL as Felix DuBois with an Instagram selfie taken in front of the soap’s logo at the studio! “Up and at ’em,” the actor wrote. “Where’s my coffee?” In the comments, Parry Shen (Brad) joked, “Where you at? Oh.”
Samuel debuted as the nurse back in December of 2012 and has played Felix on a recurring basis since then. He got mixed up in BFF Sabrina’s drama as well as a short-lived love triangle with Brad and Lucas. He was last seen in July of 2019 attending Liz and Franco’s wedding reception.
It’s a little too early for GH to be taping its annual Nurses Ball, where Felix often performs with his fellow hospital workers, so perhaps Felix will be part of Lucas and Brad’s story once more? With Lucas still in a coma and Brad worrying that his baby swap with Nelle is going to be exposed, there’s plenty of juicy drama for Felix to find himself in the middle of!
Annie Wersching guest on The Rookie 2/23/20(2/3/20) “Day of Death” – Officer Nolan and the entire team are in a desperate search to rescue Officer Chen after her abduction and must attempt to get Rosalind to help them in their search. Meanwhile, after Officer Lopez discovers Wesley unconscious from a dangerous cocktail of alcohol and pills, she is forced to keep him close by on the midseason return of “The Rookie,” airing SUNDAY, FEB. 23 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.
“The Rookie” stars Nathan Fillion as John Nolan, Mekia Cox as Nyla Harper, Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez, Richard T. Jones as Sergeant Wade Grey, Titus Makin Jr. as Jackson West, Melissa O’Neil as Lucy Chen and Eric Winter as Tim Bradford.
Guest starring in this episode is Shawn Ashmore as Wesley Evers, Harold Perrineau as Detective Nick Armstrong, Ali Larter as Dr. Grace Sawyer, Annie Wersching as Rosalind Dyer, Julian Acosta as Sgt. Antonio Hernandez, Michael Cassidy as Caleb Wright and Natalia Del Riego as Nora Valdez.
“Day of Death” was written by Brynn Malone and Fredrick Kotto, and directed by David McWhirter.
GH’s Briana Nicole Henry Admits She’s Still Getting Used to Being a Soap Star(2/2/20) (soapsindepth.com) As she celebrated her first anniversary with GENERAL HOSPITAL, Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan) is still surprised when she gets recognized in the real world. “It’s crazy. I’m still getting used to the fact that I’m on TV a couple times a week,” she admitted to Soaps In Depth. “I forget people even know who I am most days.”
That makes for some very funny moments — like her recent fan encounter at the airport. “Something was happening at security and this woman in line says, ‘I love the show,’” Henry recounted. “And I thought she was talking about the drama that was happening at security. So I was like ‘Oh I know, I love me some entertainment!’ Her husband was like ‘No, no, no, she loves GH. She loves your character.’ Ohhh! It was so sweet. She looked so excited. And I’m still at the place where it’s like, ‘Am I that exciting to meet?’ I’m glad somebody cares.”
Patrick Fabian Recurs on Carol's Second Act 2/20/20(1/30/20) “Carol’s Crush” – After Carol’s patient’s transplant surgery is deemed a success, the interns tease her mercilessly about her obvious crush on the surgeon, Dr. Lewis (Patrick Fabian), on CAROL’S SECOND ACT, Thursday, Feb. 20 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
ABC TO RESUME AIRING ORIGINAL UNAIRED EPISODES OF ‘GENERAL HOSPITAL’(1/29/20) Episodes Can be Viewed Each Day on ABC.com and the Following Day on Hulu and VOD.
Beginning today, WEDNESDAY, JAN. 29, ABC will resume airing original unaired episodes of “General Hospital” on broadcast television in their West Coast territories and those areas not impacted by recent ABC News’ live coverage of the Senate impeachment trial. Full episodes of “General Hospital” will be made available for viewers each day on ABC.com and the ABC app, beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST, and the following day on demand and on Hulu. These viewing opportunities for “General Hospital” allow fans to enjoy their favorite daytime drama. This cadence will continue with subsequent episodes added as necessary or as coverage continues.
Don’t Miss Finola Hughes’ Episode of GOOD TROUBLE(1/28/20) (soapsindepth.com) She became a card-carrying member of the Directors Guild of America back in December, but now you can watch GENERAL HOSPITAL star Finola Hughes make her television directorial debut with the episode of GOOD TROUBLE airing on Wednesday, Jan. 29! “This week, people!” the multi-talented performer tweeted. “I’m gonna live tweet for NY feed!” The episode, titled “Daylight” will air at 10 p.m. ET, which is when Hughes will be interacting with fans on Twitter as the show unspools. So make sure you’re following her at @finolahughes so you can join in!
In this dramatic new episode, Callie and Jamie’s relationship is tested by a case, Mariana’s position at Spekulate is threatened, Malika has a new opportunity that could be jeopardized by her legal issues, and Davia faces the unintended consequences of her behavior. Check out this sneak peek at a scene from Hughes’ episode she tweeted! (Video)
And now that her work behind the television cameras has made her a member of the Directors Guild of America, Hughes attended the DGA Awards on Jan. 26 alongside another GH actress-turned-director, Kimberly McCullough! The two played mother and daughter in Port Charles, but now both women are successful directors as well! (Sadly, McCullough has announced her retirement from acting, although GH fans are hopeful she might still put in the occasional cameo on the soap.)
So be sure to tune in to watch the first episode of broadcast television Hughes has directed when GOOD TROUBLE airs on Wednesday evening, and look forward to many more!
Kin Shriner Reveals How He Keeps His GH Castmates On Their Toes(1/28/20) (soapsindepth.com) On set at GENERAL HOSPITAL, Kin Shriner (Scotty) doesn’t show his fellow actors what he’s thinking about a scene… until it’s go time! “I like to pull back in rehearsal and save stuff [for tape], because I like to shoot scenes in one take,” the daytime vet explained to Soaps In Depth. “If it’s a two-person scene and you’re sitting at Kelly’s, let’s roll and see if we can get it in one try. That way, you can throw the actors curveballs. It’s fun to keep it loose and just do it.”
Of course, you need the right scene partner for that! “A guy like Roger Howarth (Franco) is able to handle it and so is Maura West (Ava),” Shriner raved. “Other actors will be like, ‘I don’t know what to say. He didn’t give me the cue!’ Then you’re in trouble. But I love working with those two! I don’t think they ever know what I’m going to say, so I keep them on their toes — and they keep me on mine!”
Jophielle Love Sang the Cutest Song for TV Mom Rebecca Budig(1/28/20) (Video) Fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL fell in love with the adorable Jophielle Love when she was introduced as Finn and Hayden’s daughter, Violet. And while mother and daughter are currently separated on screen due to storyline machinations, in real life, Love not only spends time with her TV mom, she even recorded a very special song for her during a recent visit! “This is my first original song, ‘Walking in the Dark’ that I just made up on the spot to sing to my GH mom Rebecca Budig (Hayden). What do you think?” Love shared on social media. “I’m gonna get my friend Douglas Ladnier to help me polish it off a bit and teach me some ukulele chords and it will be… The Best!”
In the video, Budig gets her phone ready to record and promises Love that she’ll show it to her own real-life daughter, Charlotte. There’s a slight delay at the beginning of the performance as the little girl is wearing rollerblades and starts to take them off before Budig just lifts her up and plops her down on the chair so she can be handed her ukulele and start the show. As Love strums along she sings lyrics about “walking in the dark” and “having a friend with me” and the whole thing is just too cute for words!
Budig’s character left her daughter with Finn as she disappeared from Port Charles fearing her life was in danger and not wanting to put Violet in harm’s way. Hopefully, now that it’s safe, GH will bring Hayden back and if we’re all lucky, Violet can sing her mommy a song like this! Fingers crossed!
Corbin Bernsen recurs on Tommy 2/13/20(1/27/20) “There Are No Strangers Here” – Tommy works to keep her officers in line when one of their own turns up dead, and some want to take extreme measures to find the perpetrator. Also, Mayor Buddy Gray and Deputy Mayor Doug Dudik are concerned about what damaging information Arturo Lopez (Arturo Del Puerto), a recently arrested acquaintance of Buddy’s, may have on him, on TOMMY, Thursday. Feb. 13 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST includes: Corbin Bernsen (Milt Leakey), Tonye Patano (Mrs. Gates), Alexander Hodge (Eric Decker).
Joseph C. Phillips guests on Criminal Minds 2/25/20(1/27/20) “Rusty” – When the BAU team travels to Denver to investigate several murders, Prentiss is forced to evaluate her relationship with Special Agent Andrew Mendoza (Stephen Bishop), on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Feb. 5 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Stephen Bishop (Andrew Mendoza), Graham Sibley (George Kyle Peters), Joseph C. Phillips (Deputy Director James Barbour).
Patrick Fabian recurs on Carol's Second Act 2/13/20(1/27/20) “Top of the List” – When Carol’s patient finally makes the liver donation list, she is upset by the lack of emotion from his transplant surgeon, Dr. Lewis (Patrick Fabian). Also, Lexie, Daniel and Caleb try to decipher why Dr. Jacobs has a tattoo of a duck, on CAROL’S SECOND ACT, Thursday, Feb. 13 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Julie Berman Guests on 'The Unicorn' 2/13/20(1/24/20) “Everyone’s a Winner” – When Wade has a bad date with Natalie’s friend’s mother, Natalie ends up paying the price. Also, Forrest finds unusual ways to fill his time during his unemployment, and Ben has a conflict with his daughter Sahai’s (Princess K. Mapp) basketball coach, on THE UNICORN, Thursday, Feb. 13 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST: Paula Newsome (Coach Vanessa), Cleo Frasier (Addie), Julie Berman (Heather), Princess K. Mapp (Sahai)
Brooklyn Rae Silzer Returns to GENERAL HOSPITAL!(1/24/20) (soapsindepth.com) A fan favorite is coming back to Port Charles! Brooklyn Rae Silzer is returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL again as Emma Scorpio-Drake in time for February Sweeps! “Dreams come true!” the young actress tweeted along with a photo of her outside the soap’s studio. “Thank you so much, GH [executive producer] Frank Valentini for having me back. Beyond grateful to be back with my GH family.” There has been no word as to how long this stint will be or what brings Emma back to the canvas, so you’ll just have to stay tuned. And although her appearance was originally reported to be early in February, the ongoing preemptions due to news coverage will push that date back so we’ll let you know as soon as there’s something official announced.
The last time viewers saw Emma was back in 2018 when she visited Anna for Christmas. Before that, in the spring of 2018, she appeared to help her grandmother search for information about Henrik Faison at his childhood school in Switzerland. Emma has also returned to Port Charles in the past for the annual GH Nurses Ball as well as for holiday celebrations.
Emma was born to Robin and Patrick in 2008, and Silzer first joined the cast in 2011 to play the pint-sized dynamo right up until she left town with her happily married parents in January of 2016. And while the actress continues to pop into GH for appearances from time to time, she has also been keeping very busy with other projects, including movies like Christmas in Homestead and The Storyteller, which also co-starred GH’s Constance Towers (ex-Helena) and Kristina Wagner (Felicia)!
GH’s Matt Cohen Returns to SUPERNATURAL… to Direct!(1/24/20) (soapsindepth.com) After leaving GENERAL HOSPITAL, Matt Cohen (ex-Griffin) has been keeping busy, and his latest project has put him back behind the camera as the director of an upcoming episode of SUPERNATURAL! Jim Michaels, one of the show’s executive producers, shared the credits to the fifteenth episode of the fifteenth season that lists Cohen as the director.
Cohen, who among his multiple credits on television appeared as Young John Winchester in multiple episodes of the long-running CW series, revealed his reaction to his new gig in a brief video posted on his Instagram a week earlier. Though it wasn’t clear at the time exactly what he was reacting to. “You wanna know how I feel?” he asks the camera before letting out a loud whoop and panning over to reveal he’s standing outside the SUPERNATURAL stages. “That’s how I feel.”
In addition to his acting, Cohen has branched out to explore directing, helming episodes of COWGIRL UP in 2013 and producing the short film Mama Bear in 2019. His episode of SUPERNATURAL, titled “Gimme Shelter,” is currently scheduled to air on Monday, April 13, but should that change, we’ll be sure to let you know.
Kelly Thiebaud guests on 'Station 19' 2/6/20(1/22/20) “Eulogy” – While Pruitt grieves a monumental loss, Andy refuses to do the same and, instead, throws herself into work. Meanwhile, the crew responds to a widespread carbon monoxide leak, and Sullivan makes a controversial choice for captain, on an all-new episode of “Station 19,” airing THURSDAY, FEB. 6 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.
“Station 19” stars Jaina Lee Ortiz as Andy Herrera, Jason George as Ben Warren, Boris Kodjoe as Captain Robert Sullivan, Grey Damon as Jack Gibson, Barrett Doss as Victoria Hughes, Jay Hayden as Travis Montgomery, Okieriete Onaodowan as Dean Miller, Danielle Savre as Maya Bishop and Miguel Sandoval as Captain Pruitt Herrera.
Guest starring is Alberto Frezza as Ryan Tanner, Pat Healy as Chief Dixon, Rigo Sanchez as Rigo Vasquez, Greg Germann as Tom Koracick, Alex Landi as Nico Kim, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Kelly Thiebaud as Eva, Chelsea Kurtz as Shauna, Jeff Davis as Martin and Emily Chang as Penelope.
“Eulogy” was written by Anupam Nigam and directed by Eric Laneuville.
Soaps in Depth - 1/20/20 - Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes(1/20/20) (Listen / download) In a matter of weeks, a good soap can stumble into a bad patch, and a soap that’s been struggling can suddenly become must-see TV. This week, Charlie and Richard look at all four daytime soaps and discuss where they are on the cycle. Which soap has made a miraculous turn-around? Which is treading water? And which do the hosts actually disagree on? Find out on this week's episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast!
Catching up With GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Cari Shayne(1/20/20) (soapsindepth.com) Actress and mother Cari Shayne (ex-Karen, GENERAL HOSPITAL) said that it was her son’s autism diagnosis more than a decade ago that prompted her to leave Hollywood to her husband, Zeus Mendoza (Joe, PORT CHARLES), and instead explore a career with a more reliable schedule: that of an obstetrics nurse. With both of their children now doing well, the actress has returned to her first love via a new role that was tailor-made for her!
Shayne and her better half both spent time in Port Charles but not simultaneously. Now they’ve built a life together with their kids, Gaelan and Olivia.Courtesy of Cari Shayne
In the new season of Amazon’s THE BAY THE SERIES, “I play Memorial Hospital’s Dr. Genevieve Cates. The name is a tribute to GH’s Karen, who became Dr. Cates after marrying Jagger,” Shayne said. “Genevieve delivers some medical news to the Garretts that stirs up controversy.”
Shayne had not shared scenes with the soap’s star, Mary Beth Evans (Kayla, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), when she played GH’s Katherine but enjoyed finally crossing paths with her. “Upon meeting me on set for the first time, she was like, ‘Wait, do I know you?’” Shayne laughed. “We hit it off like long-lost best friends!”
However, things may not remain genial on screen because, as the actress previewed, “Dr. Cates appears to be a good gal, but there’s some mystery about where things might go… I’ll continue into the subsequent season.”
“It’s astonishing to me that the Karen/Jagger/Brenda [triangle] is still very much alive on YouTube,” the GH alum shared. “Antonio [Sabato Jr.] and I still stay in touch.”Sekander
Joining the soap was like being “home again” for the star, who admitted that she hadn’t realized how much she’d really missed acting. “It felt just like a cozy sweater,” she confided. Instead of just scratching an itch, doing THE BAY opened the floodgates for Shayne, who said that she’s now “auditioning and fully immersed again in the industry.”
Amongst her new production company’s projects is “a YouTube show for my daughter about allergy-friendly foods for kids.” She’s also working as a baby nurse on sets, most recently for Roma Downey’s new series, THE BAXTERS.
The GH alum remembers well Karen “struggling so hard to find herself” but is forever grateful to the soap. “It laid the groundwork for me as an actor because it was the first thing that I had ever done, and it shaped my work ethic at a very young age. That still sticks with me to this day.”
Rebecca Herbst Admits She Loved Reconnecting With GENERAL HOSPITAL Fans(1/19/20) (soapsindepth.com) At last summer’s GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) had a blast catching up with viewers. “I’d done 17 of them consecutively, but then I think I missed the past five years,” the actress said to Soaps In Depth. “This year, I felt I wanted to reconnect with the fans. I hadn’t seen them in quite some time, because I don’t do a whole lot of social media. I’m not on Instagram, and I’m only on Twitter every now and then. So I felt like I just wanted to reach out and hear what they have to say.”
And after it was over, the GH vet was glad she’d gone with her gut. “It was wonderful,” Herbst raved of the weekend’s Main Event. “Everybody was really sweet. Really kind and generous with their time and stories. There was no negativity. I enjoyed just being able to be there, be a part of the cast and talk to people who love the show. I’m really thankful.”
Ryan Paevey Stars in ‘Matching Hearts’(1/19/20) (soapsindepth.com) Ever since leaving GENERAL HOSPITAL, Ryan Paevey (ex-Nathan) has been making one movie after another and now he’s got another one slated for release in time for Valentine’s Day! Matching Hearts will premiere on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel as part of the network’s annual “Love Ever After” programming event.
In the movie, Paevey stars opposite THE ORIGINALS star Taylor Cole who plays Julia Palmer, the matchmaker who wants to sign his character, Daniel, up for her service. Since the hunk is known as “Mr. Stay Single,” she thinks landing him as a client would give her the power to take over at the firm. But naturally, things get complicated as Julia begins to develop feelings for Daniel and has to push them down because they’re already in a professional relationship. But what happens on Valentine’s Day could change everything!
Paevey was already doing these romantic flicks during his time at GH, and after leaving daytime has continued his string of hits with films like Marrying Mr. Darcy, Hope at Christmas, From Friend to Fiancé, A Summer Romance, and Christmas at the Plaza. So make sure you mark your calendars for Feb. 8 so you can see his latest performance!
Donna Mills reflects on ‘Knots Landing’ 40 years later, sexual harassment in Hollywood(1/18/20) This Saturday night, the power trio of “Knots Landing” — Michele Lee, Joan Van Ark and Donna Mills — will be appearing at the Hollywood Museum to celebrate the show’s 40th anniversary and unveil a new lobby tribute with costumes worn by the series’ stars.
Mills, 79, can hardly believe it’s been four decades since she graced the small screen as vixenish villainess Abby Cunningham, telling Page Six that it feels it “was maybe ten years ago!”
The blond beauty — who got her start in soaps and then became a fixture on ’70s shows, with appearances on “Six Million Dollar Man,” “The Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island” and “CHiPs” — became an instant star when she snagged the role of scheming Abby Cunningham in the “Dallas” spinoff.
The Chicago native says that before she was cast on the nighttime soap, she suffered through many instances of sexual harassment.
“Everything from a casting session in New York where you would walk in and you hadn’t seen the script and you open the script and it’s the bed scene,” she explained. “And you’re like, ‘Whoa, wait a minute.’ There were lots of those things.”
Mills says it was never stated out loud in the industry that if you slept with someone, you got the role — but it was implied.
“You tried to get out the door before they got you,” she says. “And in those days you didn’t tell anybody, you just didn’t. You just got out of whatever situation you got out of, because I was never going to sleep with anybody for any role.
“I always believed you never got a role by sleeping with somebody. That was a falsehood. They would say that and then it would never happen. So I just figured that was not the way to go. But back then you just chalked it up to experience and you moved on.”
Mills, who says she heard about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged behavior years ago and steered clear of him, remembers fleeing late legendary cartoonist Al Capp’s office when she says he tried to sleep with her.
“I was one of the girls that went up there thinking it was a casting session and then it wasn’t,” the “Play Misty For Me” star says. “I remember running out of that apartment, running down the street sobbing, mad at myself because I had gone there. He was famous for it, I didn’t know that at the time. I found out afterwards.”
(Goldie Hawn and Grace Kelly both made the same claims against the “Lil’ Abner” creator).
The never-married star (“I was too independent) admits that aging is more difficult for a woman whose looks were celebrated.
“There are certain things that happen to your skin that you just can’t help,” she confesses. “I stay thin, I stay fit, all the things but there are just certain things you can’t overcome and yeah sometimes it’s like, ‘Ah, s–t.’
“Because I look at clips from ‘Knots’ or old pictures or whatever and I didn’t think of it at the time but [now] I go, ‘Wow, I really was pretty good-looking,’ and I didn’t think that at the time. There was always something wrong that I didn’t like. Now I look back and I go, ‘Damn! I really looked good.’ I wished I still looked it. But it goes. It’s hard to accept but you have to.”
GH’s Chad Duell Books Prime-Time Role(1/17/20) Daytime Emmy winner Chad Duell will guest star on The CW series ARROW on Tuesday, January 21. “I had an awesome time; it was a great experience,” Duell tells Digest. Though he can’t reveal anything about that role he’ll be playing, Duell previews that it’s nothing like his Port Charles alter ego. “I loved being part of show,” he sums up.
Lisa LoCicero Wants Dominic Zamprogna to Return to GENERAL HOSPITAL(1/16/20) (soapsindepth.com) Fans aren’t the only ones who would love to see Dominic Zamprogna return to GENERAL HOSPITAL as Dante — his TV mother, Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) wants her boy back in her life, too! The actors had a cute exchange on Twitter after a fan shared a photo of them together with Tamara Braun (ex-Kim) and Garren Stitt (Oscar). “Moms and their sons!” LoCicero responded. “Love it!”
Zamprogna, who joined GH in 2009 and left in 2018, returned in March of 2019 for a brief stint before Dante was written out with PTSD from his undercover work that forced him to go into hiding from his loved ones. So he couldn’t resist tweeting back at his TV mom to joke: “Not that you’ve even remotely tried to find me.”
Locicero, who has been playing Olivia Falconeri since 2008, replied back to Zamprogna that Liv definitely misses her boy. “If I had a dollar for the number of times I’ve turned slowly to the camera, dropped a tear and begged someone not to ‘give up on my boy…'” she posted, “I’d buy you some pie at Kelly’s, because it was only like, five times.” In response, Zamprogna teased: “So five camera looks with tears worth of love and effort?”
She quickly responded with a suggestion that their twitter followers loved. “Come back in a coma, honey!” LoCicero declared. “I’m sure you’ll get your 100th weepy monologue outta me? I miss you!”
However Dante returns to Port Charles, fans would definitely love to see him back, especially if Zamprogna was willing to reprise the role again. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen, but with all the twists and turns in daytime, anything is possible!
Can Harmony Be Redeemed on GH? — Inga Cadranel Speaks Out(1/14/20) (soapsindepth.com) Harmony did a lot of shady things as Shiloh’s righthand woman on GENERAL HOSPITAL. (C’mon — it doesn’t get much darker than essentially pimping out your own daughter to a cult leader… and then getting jealous of the attention he paid her!) But now that Willow’s mother is out of prison, she’s hoping for a second chance.
“At first, I thought there was no way this relationship could be repaired because there was so much resentment and anger,” Willow’s portrayer, Katelyn MacMullen, contended to Soaps In Depth. “But working with Inga Cadranel (Harmony) and seeing where the writers have taken it, I think it’s definitely possible. I also think that Willow understands that a lot of women were blinded by Shiloh. It’s easy to forgive when you’ve been there yourself!”
But Willow’s forgiving nature doesn’t change who her mother is — and just because Harmony finally realized her guru was a sexual predator and con man doesn’t mean she’s handled her own issues. “What I keep wondering with Harmony is, what made her go there in the first place?” Cadranel said. “At the beginning of Harmony’s journey, she was such a vacant, lost person. Once she had her eyes opened, I got the best response from viewers. They started rooting for her. But I don’t know what part of her is missing so much that she searched for this type of person to latch onto. I worry about that.”
While Willow remains on the fence about her mother, Cadranel has her fingers crossed for redemption. “I hope Harmony reconciles with Willow and finds her place in the Port Charles community,” she said. “I don’t know what that would mean yet. I don’t know what they’re cooking up there… but there’s definitely something.”
Lord of the Rings: Amazon Series Adds Counterpart's Nazanin Boniadi, Others(1/14/20) Amazon Prime kicked off its Television Critics Association press tour day by unveiling a slew of cast members for its upcoming Lord of the Rings series.
New additions to the eight-episode production include Owain Arthur (Casualty) and Nazanin Boniadi (Counterpart), who join Robert Aramayo (Game of Thrones‘ Young Ned), Tom Budge (The Wrong Girl), Morfydd Clark (His Dark Materials), Ismael Cruz Córdova (Berlin Station, Ray Donovan) and Markella Kavenagh (Picnic at Hanging Rock).
Other announced cast include Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones‘ Benjen Stark), Megan Richards (Wanderlust), Dylan Smith (I Am the Night, Into the Badlands), Charlie Vickers (Medici), Daniel Weyman (Silent Witness), Sophia Nomvete, Tyroe Muhafidin and Ema Horvath.
No character details were shared, ha.
With J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay serving as showrunners, the small-screen adaptation will “explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring.” Production will begin in February.
“After undertaking an extensive global search, we are delighted finally to reveal the first group of brilliant performers who will take part in Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series,” Said McKay and Payne said in a statement. “These exceptionally talented women and men are more than just our actors: they are the newest members of an ever-expanding creative family that is now working tirelessly to bring Middle-earth to life anew for fans and audiences worldwide.”
'Highlander' Star Stan Kirsch Dead at 51 After Suicide(1/14/20) Stan Kirsch (ex-Carl, General Hospital) -- better known as Richie Ryan on the original "Highlander" TV series -- was found dead in his L.A. home.
Law enforcement sources confirm Stan's wife, Kristyn Green, found the actor hanging Saturday afternoon in their bathroom. Paramedics responded, but we're told he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Stan had tons of acting credits, appearing on shows like "JAG," "General Hospital" and "Friends" ... in addition to his 6 seasons on "Highlander" in the mid-90s. However, he was also a renowned acting coach in Los Angeles.
A tribute to Stan on the show's official Facebook page said, "Without Stan Kirsch, Highlander: The Series would have been far less. He brought a sense of humor, kindness and youthful enthusiasm to the character of Richie Ryan for six seasons."
Stan's episode on "Friends" was a memorable cameo as a guy dating Monica ... with a twist that probably wouldn't play as well, or as funny, these days.
Stan later found success as Lieutenant Ferrari on "JAG" ... appearing for 5 seasons.
He attended Duke University as a political science major but he had already dipped his toe in the acting world by then. He was 4 years old when he landed his first gig ... in a Campbell's Soup commercial.
Stan's wife posted about his death, saying ... "I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support. I haven't been able to respond to all the texts, calls, emails -- but have read or listened to every single one of them. I feel surrounded by love and am forever grateful to each and every one of you."
Stan was 51.
Kelly Thiebaud on Station 19 1/30/20(1/14/20) “Indoor Fireworks” – The new Seattle fire chief is introduced to Station 19 and leaves the crew skeptical after his visit. Later, the firefighters are called to a department store fire caused by exploding fireworks, which triggers painful memories from Ben’s past and inspires him to pursue a new endeavor. Maya advocates for herself and her career, while Jack becomes more intertwined with an acquaintance; and Andy and Ryan have a heart-to-heart on an all-new episode of “Station 19,” airing THURSDAY, JAN. 30 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.
“Station 19” stars Jaina Lee Ortiz as Andy Herrera, Jason George as Ben Warren, Boris Kodjoe as Captain Robert Sullivan, Grey Damon as Jack Gibson, Barrett Doss as Victoria Hughes, Jay Hayden as Travis Montgomery, Okieriete Onaodowan as Dean Miller, Danielle Savre as Maya Bishop and Miguel Sandoval as Captain Pruitt Herrera.
Guest starring is Pat Healy as Lieutenant Albert Dixon, Rigo Sanchez as Rigo Vasquez, KJ Powell as Young Ben, David Anthony Hinton as Danny, Dee Rogers as Michael, Tara Robinson as Ruby, Lincoln Bonilla as Milo, Kelly Thiebaud as Eva and Dylan Rourke as EMT Todd.
“Indoor Fireworks” was written by Kiley Donovan and directed by Paris Barclay.
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 1/13/20 - Questions, We've Got Questions(1/13/20) (Listen / download) This week, Richard and Charlie find themselves with a few questions about recent events on the four daytime dramas. For example… why is THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Victoria, one of the wealthiest women in Genoa City, doing her own laundry? And how does THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s Forrester Creations plan to keep Zoe from filing a company-breaking lawsuit if they ever decide to fire her? Why did DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Kristen so quickly give up her latest game? And how, exactly, did GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Nikolas marry Ava, given that legally, he’s both dead and wed… to Hayden! All this and more as we look at things that make us go… Hmmmm.
Corbin Bernsen guests on Tommy 2/6/20(1/10/20) “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities” – Multiple Emmy Award-winner Edie Falco stars as a former high-ranking NYPD officer who becomes the first female chief of police for Los Angeles, on the series premiere of TOMMY, Thursday, Feb. 6 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Michael Chernus, Adelaide Clemens, Thomas Sadoski, Russell G. Jones, Olivia Lucy Phillip, Joseph Lyle Taylor and Vladimir Caamaño also star.
A true-blue New Yorker, Abigail “Tommy” Thomas uses her unflinching honesty and hardball tactics to keep social, political and national security issues from hindering effective law enforcement in the Southland. Tommy steps into her new job surrounded by her predecessor’s staff, including Chief of Staff Donn Cooper, a savvy cop with good instincts and the ability to be discreet; Blake Sullivan, the polished and confident press secretary who is eager to earn Tommy’s trust; and Ken Rosey , an idealistic speechwriter and former attorney. Tommy also hires Abner Diaz, a fellow street-smart New York transplant, as part of her personal security team. The person responsible for hiring Tommy is Mayor Buddy Gray, a charismatic politician whose goals and ambitions don’t always align with Tommy’s. Buddy relies on the political instincts of his deputy mayor, Doug Dudik, a slick operative with questionable morals who is wary of Tommy’s growing influence. Now that Tommy is in L.A., she has a second chance at a relationship with her adult daughter, Kate Jones, who still faults her mother for choosing career over family many years ago. Possessing a New Yorker’s gift for being tough and sarcastic while remaining likable, Tommy has the conviction needed to succeed as the first woman to lead the LAPD in its fight to keep citizens safe and crime at bay in the City of Angels.
GUEST CAST includes: Corbin Bernsen (Milt Leakey), Alexander Hodge (Eric Decker).
‘What We Do In The Shadows’ Season 2: Mark Hamill To Guest Star – TCA(1/10/20) What We Do in Shadows creator Jemaine Clement spilled the beans at TCA this afternoon that Star Wars actor Mark Hamill will guest-star in season 2. He was mum as to who exactly Hamill will play.
Season 2 of the FX series based on the 2014 Clement-Taika Waititi vampire comedy film, premieres this spring.
Clement also mentioned today that Waititi won’t be back in season 2 to direct any episodes. The Jojo Rabbit and Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker helmed three episodes in season one.
“We tried to stay away from some things in the movie, but FX wanted. Otherwise, we try to stay away,” said Clement on the movie’s impact on the TV series. The FX show follows the nightly lives of three vampires, who’ve lived together for over 100 years, on Staten Island, NY.
Hamill recently starred in Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker which is on its way to clearing $1 billion at the global box office this weekend.
Melissa And Scott Reeves’s New Role: Grandparents!(1/9/20) Melissa Reeves (Jennifer, DAYS) and husband Scott Reeves (ex-Steven, GH et al) announced on social media that they will become first-time grandparents when daughter, Emily, welcomes a baby in July with husband Nate Smith. “@scottreevesforreal and I are so darn excited!!!!” Melissa posted on Instagram. “Getting our papa G and Sweet Mama hearts ready for our first grandbaby.” Melissa and Scott wed in March 1990; Emily was born in June 1992. Congratulations to the family!
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Kathleen Gati Says She's So Proud of TV Son Ryan Paevey(1/5/20) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Though Kathleen Gati (Obrecht) misses working with Ryan Paevey (ex-Nathan) on GENERAL HOSPITAL, she and husband Michael Browers never miss her TV son’s Hallmark Channel movies. “We’re so proud of him,” she grinned to Soaps In Depth. “We’re like his second parents. When we see his movies are coming on, we’re like, ‘Oh, let’s record that!’ He’s a good leading man, and the audience loves him. And yes, he’s good-looking, but he also has a good heart. The goodness comes through his heart. We’ve been buddies for a long time. When I worked on ARROW in Vancouver, he was there doing a Hallmark movie and we got together and had a great dinner and drinks. I really love that guy!”
GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jimmy Deshler Is Going to Be a Dad!(1/3/20) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Pic1, Pic2) It's been over five years since Jimmy Deshler was on GENERAL HOSPITAL as Rave Kovich, Jr., and in that time he has fallen in love and is now going to be a first-time dad as he and girlfriend Kianna Griffin are expecting a baby! The actor broke the news back in September 2019, when he shared a sonogram image on Instagram and said, "I can't wait to meet you."
Deshler first went public with his and Griffin's relationship back in March of 2019, and by Thanksgiving, posted a photo where she was showing off her baby bump and he casually revealed that they were having a baby girl. "Very thankful for these two ladies in my life," he shared. "Can't wait to meet our little one and spend every holiday together."
When Griffin's birthday rolled around in October, Deshler shared some beautiful words of love. "Happy day late birthday, Kianna," he wrote. "I hope yesterday was everything you wanted and was a special day. You're an amazing person and you're going to be an amazing momma to our little girl. I love you." Griffin replied: "I love you, baby. Thank you so much for everything yesterday. You made my day."
Dishing with Digest - 1/3/20 - Scott Clifton(1/3/20) (Listen / download) B&B’s Scott Clifton (Liam) recalls his early soap days as GH’s Dillon, his stint as ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Schuyler, weighs in on Liam’s notorious waffling and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also examine the state of triangle tales in daytime.
GENERAL HOSPITAL Actor Martin West Dead at 82(1/2/20) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Veteran actor and filmmaker Martin West died on Dec. 31 at the age of 82. Daytime fans will remember him as Phil Brewer on GENERAL HOSPITAL. He was the last one to play the character who originally appeared in the soap's 1963 premiere and was in the role the longest of the many recasts, his stint lasting from 1967-75.
During West's run, Phil was presumed dead in a plane crash and returned as "Harold Williamson." Feeling he wasn't good enough for true love Jessie, Phil tried to find comfort with Diana Maynard, which led to quite a bit of back-and-forth as he bounced between the two women and children were born out of wedlock. Phil was killed off and Jessie was charged with his murder, though it was revealed that Augusta McLeod had actually killed him.
Following his time on GH, West moved over to play Don Hughes on CBS sudser AS THE WORLD TURNS in the late '70s. His television career also included roles on shows like PERRY MASON, GUNSMOKE, DALLAS, MATLOCK, and L.A. LAW. On the big screen, West could be seen in films like the cult classic Lord Love a Duck, John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13, Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot, and Mac and Me.
Moving to Westport, CT, in 1993, West became a member of the Theater Artists Workshop of Westport, acting and directing numerous productions and produced the documentaries A Gathering of Glory and Years in the Making about the history of arts in Westport and the artists who created it. From 1998, he was the life partner of Ann Chernow and is survived by three children, Jason Weixelbaum, Allie West, and Gabriel West along with his stepson, Paul Mend, and his sister, Gail Britt.
Our thoughts are with West's friends and family during this difficult time.
Finola Hughes Joins the Directors Guild of America(12/31/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL star Finola Hughes (Anna) who is now a proud card-carrying member of the Directors Guild of America! "This happened," the actress-turned-director shared on Instagram along with a snapshot of her membership card. "I cannot tell you how proud I am to be a new member! I have many people to thank for making this happen. Please look out for my TV directorial debut on GOOD TROUBLE in February! (Will post the date when I know)."
Becoming a DGA member is not easy. First, you must prove yourself by directing independent projects, then your application has to be approved, and you need to be endorsed by three DGA members before you can be accepted. In 2016, Hughes took some time off from GH to helm the pilot for a potential TV series titled CYPRESS BAYOU. In 2013, she also directed the independent feature The Bet and her IMDb credits list the indie movie Byrd and the Bees — featuring former castmate and good friend Ian Buchanan (ex-Duke) — as in production.
GOOD TROUBLE is the spinoff of THE FOSTERS currently airing on Freeform, and we will keep you updated on when Hughes' episode is scheduled to air so you can be sure to tune in. Fellow actress-turned-director Kimberly McCullough, who played Hughes' TV daughter, Robin Scorpio, was also excited by the news. "YAS!" she posted to Instagram. "Congrats. There's something about that card that makes you feel like you've arrived. Welcome to the club!"
Hughes To Direct GOOD TROUBLE(12/31/19) Finola Hughes (Anna, GH) announced on Twitter that she will be directing an episode of GOOD TROUBLE, which airs on Freeform. “I am so proud to say that I am a new member of @thedirectorsguildofamerica & will be making my TV directorial debut on @goodtrouble @freeformin February (date to follow) Many people to thank for this #goodtrouble #joannajohnson #bradleybredewig #frankvalentini,” the actress posted.
Season 5 Of THE BAY Available Now(12/31/19) All new episodes of THE BAY are available now at www.thebaytheseries.com, free for a limited time, with Amazon Prime to follow. To end the year with a bang, an additional two new bonus episodes will stream tomorrow, New Year’s Eve, on the official THE BAY website! The actions picks up where season 4 left off: Pete Garrett (Kristos Andrews) and Commissioner Lex Martin (Tristan Rogers) were inching closer to finding a missing Sara Garrett (Mary Beth Evans), who was being held hostage by her blackmailing husband, Steve Jensen (Matthew Ashford). Meanwhile, Lianna Ramos (Jade Harlow) was accused of intentionally shooting her fiancée and sought guidance from her abuelo Nardo (special guest star A Martinez) and psychiatrist Dr. Angela Foster (special guest star Vivica A. Fox}. After help from his father John “Blackwell” (Ronn Moss), Evan Blackwell (Brandon Beemer) and Tamara Garrett (Celeste Fianna) returned home from Europe amid the ongoing chaos, Daniel Garrett (Eric Nelsen) continued his search for love.
Hayley Erin on Modern Family 1/15/20(12/30/19) Legacy” – Phil pays a visit to his dad to make sure he is ok after hearing some concerning news about him. Meanwhile, Jay gives Claire and Mitch a bunch of their old childhood memorabilia that triggers them to reevaluate a long-held story about their first family vacation on an all-new episode of “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15 (9:00-9:31 p.m. EST), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.
“Modern Family” stars Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy, Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily Tucker-Pritchett, Jeremy Maguire as Joe Pritchett and Reid Ewing as Dylan Marshall.
Guest starring is Fred Willard as Frank Dunphy, Marsha Kramer as Margaret, Paula Marshall as Beverly and Hayley Erin as Brenda Feldman.
“Legacy” was written by Jack Burditt and Christopher Lloyd and directed by Jason Kemp.
Soaps In Depth - 12/30/19 - Best & Worst Of 2019(12/30/19) (Listen / download) As the one-year anniversary of the podcast rapidly approaches, Richard and Charlie look back on the past 12 months to discuss the soapy highs and lows. Which show made the biggest move? Which storyline payoff was a homerun? Which much-maligned character should have been given a bigger break? And which storyline did just about eveyone love? Find out on this week’s episode!
Nancy Lee Grahn Announces She's Getting Married(12/29/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) Looks like congratulations are in order for GENERAL HOSPITAL star Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), who surprised fans by revealing that she's planning to get married to her boyfriend! The actress tweeted a photo of her planting a big kiss on him that she captioned: "With my soon-to-be husband in his hometown, Eugene, Oregon, right in the spot where he got his first kiss."
Grahn keeps her personal life rather private on social media and only refers to her boyfriend — now fiancé — as "my love." But she has shared a handful of photos of him and he has accompanied her on family vacations to Santa Ynez in August of 2019 as well as to France in July of 2018. "This guy is kinda dreamy and has good taste," she shared on Instagram. "That necklace I wear every day on GH was his Valentine's gift." Grahn's real-life love is also a very talented jazz musician who plays guitar.
Please join us in wishing the couple all the best for a lifetime of happiness together.
Michael Easton Opens up About Working With Roger Howarth on GH(12/29/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) ONE LIFE TO LIVE transplants Michael Easton (McBain) and Roger Howarth (Todd) enjoy doing GENERAL HOSPITAL fan events together, but their Port Charles alter egos — Finn and Franco, respectively — rarely cross paths. “Somehow, whenever Roger and I start walking toward each other in a scene, someone comes in and breaks us apart,” Easton cracked. “And after you’ve seen us together at an event, you know why they keep us apart on the show — they can’t let the lunatics run the asylum!”
All joking aside, Easton’s not entirely sure of the reason why he’s shared so few scenes with his fellow former Llanview resident, admitting, “I always thought it was somewhat odd that Finn and Franco never double-dated since they were dating sisters [at one point, Hayden and Elizabeth]. That could have been good fun.”
Are GH's Molly and T.J. Marrying Too Young? — Haley Pullos Speaks Out!(12/27/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Aside from a brief blip early on in their relationship, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Molly and T.J. have only had eyes for each other since they started dating in secret as high schoolers almost eight years ago. Now, the aspiring doctor wants to pop the question… but should these young adults sow some wild oats before settling down? “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with marrying your first love and spending the rest of your life with the person that you have already spent a lot of your life with,” Molly’s portrayer, Haley Pullos, insisted to Soaps In Depth. “It just takes a lot of commitment — which they clearly seem to have to each other.”
When T.J. initially asked for his mother’s engagement ring, Jordan balked because she felt the kids needed to experience life beyond Port Charles. While T.J.’s mother has since joined Alexis in support of the young couple tying the knot, should that change, Pullos wouldn’t mind facing off with the commissioner over the young man they both love. “I’d love to see how Molly would handle that, because she is such a fan of Jordan’s!” the actress explained. “So it would be fun to take her on… and still do it respectfully. Because that’s how Molly would do it.”
Yet while the actress can theorize all she wants about what is to come, if T.J. asks Molly to be his wife, Pullos can only hope that her alter ego sees things the same way that she does. “I believe in Molly and T.J.,” she said enthusiastically, “and in their love and their loyalty to one another.”
DAYS’s Greg Vaughan (Eric) To Marry Angie Harmon(12/27/19) Greg Vaughan (Eric) made sure he would have a Christmas he’d never forget: The actor got down on one knee and proposed to girlfriend Angie Harmon, who said yes. “Well…that was FUN!!!” he wrote on Instagram, along with a set of photos posted by his fiancée, who captioned them, “Marry, Marry Christmas!!” The couple’s children were present for the big moment: his sons, Jathan, Cavan and Landan, and her daughters, Emery, Avery and Finley. Congratulations to the happy family! Check out the proposal photos here.
Jacklyn Zeman Welcomes Her Beautiful Granddaughter, Kennedy(12/24/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) Sometimes life really does imitate art! On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Bobbie recently became a grandmother when daughter Carly gave birth to a baby girl, Donna, and in real life, Jacklyn Zeman just welcomed her own grandbaby when daughter Cassidy delivered her daughter on Dec. 20! "Cassidy and Cutter's beautiful little girl was born on Friday 10 days early!" the proud grandma reported on Instagram. "Kennedy Elise MacLeod. Welcome to the world. We love you. You are the greatest gift. Truly a Christmas blessing. We have so much to celebrate. Wishing everyone love, joy, and many blessings."
That little smile on the newborn Kennedy's face is just adorable and fans and friends congratulated Zeman on social media. "OMG, that sweet face!" shared Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS). "Congrats, Glamma!" Zeman's TV daughter, Laura Wright (Carly), gushed: "Ohhh, I love this!" And former TV daughter Tamara Braun (ex-Carly; ex-Kim) declared: "Ahh! Congratulations, grandma! I'm so happy for you! Please give Cassidy my love and you always have mine! Mazel Tov!" Y&R's Kate Linder (Esther) and GH's Parry Shen (Brad) and Theo and Erik Olson (Wiley) were also among the well-wishers.
A beautiful and healthy baby truly is the best gift. Please join us in wishing Zeman and her entire family all the best and we can't wait to see more photos of this little cutie!
Kelly Thiebaud Took the Most Awesome Holiday Photo With Her Dog, Whiskey(12/23/19) (Photo) Family photos are a holiday staple and GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Kelly Thiebaud (ex-Britt) took one this year with her adorable dog, Whiskey, that absolutely takes the cake! The two have been inseparable since he joined her family back in October of 2014, and Whiskey very sweetly agreed to pose for a very special holiday photo with his mom wearing matching sweaters at Tom's One Hour Photo. The backdrop, the soft focus… perfection!
GH fans know Thiebaud is a natural on camera from her run as the devious Britt Westbourne from 2012-15 (with a handful of brief return appearances in subsequent years), and it looks like she's teaching her cute little fur baby some of her tricks because he takes quite a super-cute photo!
GH Alum Celebrates Baby’s Homecoming(12/23/19) Jaime Ray Newman (ex-Kristina, GH) and her husband, Guy Nattiv, welcomed their second daughter, Mila Nico Newman Nattiv, on October 3 via surrogate. The baby was born 15 weeks early at 1 lb., 9 oz., and has finally been released from Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas. Newman posted on Instagram, “Today marks the first miracle of Hanukkah…. The dream team of doctors and nurses led by the brilliant Dr. Caren Lipsky saved Mila’s life and made sure she is out of danger while she grows stronger and healthier. Mila came home today, ending this stressful, exhausting journey and making us happy parents once again. Welcome home baby girl. We cannot wait to watch you flourish and thrive. We would like to deeply thank all our family, friends and especially the Sunrise Children’s Hospital Staff. You were our strength and hope.” Mila’s older sister, Alma, turned 1 in September.
Romance Between Josslyn and Dev on GENERAL HOSPITAL? — Ashton Arbab Speaks Out(12/22/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) After Dev’s Turkish adventure with Sonny, Robert and Dante, Ashton Arbab never imagined his character would check back into GENERAL HOSPITAL — let alone immigrate to Port Charles! “I was expected to just be a little street rat in Turkey,” he laughed to Soaps In Depth. “Then, all of a sudden, I got the call that they wanted me to come to Port Charles and be in Sonny’s little family with Josslyn. I was thrilled!”
While the teen loves bonding with mentor Maurice Benard (Sonny), he also enjoys getting emotional with Joss’ portrayer. “I’ve known Eden McCoy since I was 4, and we’ve been best of friends our whole lives,” revealed Arbab, who insisted they can “handle it” if a romance forms between their characters. “We recently worked on a film together playing boyfriend and girlfriend. It’s called Lit and it’s coming out soon,” he revealed. “We have the best times together, on and off set. It’s totally natural. We’re very close. She’s just the best!”
Marcus Coloma Opens up About Taking Over as Nikolas on GENERAL HOSPITAL(12/22/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Shhh… Much like GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Nikolas, Marcus Coloma spent his first days in Port Charles in hiding. “A lot of the cast didn’t know who I was, so I was kind of sneaking around the dressing rooms and hair and makeup” departments, he told Soaps In Depth. “People glanced at me but didn’t really know who I was. Then, slowly, as the weeks rolled out, there were rumors about who I was and what I was doing there. It was pretty funny, because it was definitely life mirroring art.”
With Nikolas’ return from the dead shrouded in secrecy, “I literally was not able to talk about this to anyone,” revealed the actor. “My mom found out when the mask came off — and she was a fan of Luke and Laura! I knew she would flip her lid. She’ll watch anything I’m in, obviously, but it’s exciting to be in something she’s actually been a fan of!”
With 20 years of credits to his name, Coloma has done his fair share of primetime shows. And while he admits he “foolishly passed” on a few daytime opportunities in 2004, a recent trip abroad changed his perspective. “I was in Australia, and they were playing a soap opera — and I had no idea they were so far-reaching,” he marveled. “And then this Uber driver told me about how this actor came and she got to drive him. She wasn’t talking about Brad Pitt — her highlight was meeting a soap-opera actor! It’s pretty cool to see that effect across the world. And sure enough, I came back and, two days later, got an E-mail saying they were interested in me for the role.”
"Obviously, Genie Francis (Laura) is a legend," Coloma said. "It's pretty exciting to be working alongside an icon like that."
At that point, however, he had no idea that the role was Nikolas. “He was described as a charming, dark character — which I got excited about,” Coloma admitted. “A lot of the things I’ve done in the past have been the nice guys. But this year, I was really focusing on these dark, emotional characters. I was reading One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and watching The Shining. It all kind of led up to the strange moment of being on the set and getting to explore all of these ideas I’ve been toying with!”
Once Coloma learned who he was playing, of course, the pressure was on. “This is such an iconic character,” said the recast (who follows Tyler Christopher, Stephen Martines and Nick Stabile in the role). “I had mixed feelings. It’s really hard to fill somebody else’s shoes… but what an exciting, rich, complex character. His backstory and history, with the family line? It’s very interesting.”
Coloma’s first step in preparing to take over as Nikolas was to research the Cassadines — and he went all the way back to the beginning. “I’ve watched hours and hours of GH, and I really love Mikkos Cassadine,” he grinned. “I enjoyed his power and the idea of this family orchestrating what’s going on in the world. Mikkos created this legacy that, to this day, has such an impact on the world. And then, obviously, Luke and Laura and my dad, Stavros. That whole storyline was complicated. There have been so many phenomenal actors on the show, and what I love is watching them put themselves believably in these situations that are so hard to deal with.”
"Seeing what Maura West can do with the material in the storyline, I was like, 'Wow,'" Coloma raved of Ava's portrayer. "She's so dynamic and has so many different colors to her performances."
Since the first day he walked onto the set, Coloma hasn’t stopped watching and learning. “I’m just blown away by how professional and good the writers, producers, directors, and everybody involved is,” he raved. “And the actors on the show are so compelling.”
But there’s one aspect of his latest gig that the Port Charles newcomer especially appreciates. “The thing I really dig about the show is how passionate people are about it,” he said. “Executive producer Frank Valentini is the same way, and that enthusiasm is contagious. Coming to GH was so the right decision, and I’m so lucky to be working with these people.”
Coby McLaughlin on Hawaii Five-0 1/10/20(12/20/19) “Loa‘a pono ka ‘iole i ka punana” – Grover and Five-0 investigate a murder at a private golf course involving a man who was frozen to death in the locker room’s cryo-chamber. Also, McGarrett tags along with Danny when he tracks down the father of a boy who has been bullying Charlie, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Jan. 10 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
(“Loa‘a pono ka ‘iole i ka punana” is Hawaiian for “The rat was caught right in the nest.”)
GUEST CAST includes: Kila Logan (Pakele), Coby McLaughlin (Luke)
New Soap Digital Series Set To Debut(12/19/19) STUDIO CITY, a new digital series created by daytime vet Sean Kanan (ex-Deacon, B&B et al), makes its debut on December 20 on Amazon Prime. The series features other daytime notables including Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH), Sarah Brown (ex-Carly, GH et al), Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, DAYS et al), Tristan Rogers (Robert, GH) and Scott Turner Schofield (ex-Nick, B&B). “STUDIO CITY a love letter to soaps,” says Kanan in a statement. The actor stars as Sam Stevens, a soap opera actor trying to navigate his own tumultuous personal life. “Each episode gives fans a double dose of storyline by weaving in clips from the fictional soap-within-the-show … Soap operas have been an integral part of my life and I wanted to create a project that reflected my deep affection for the enormous talent behind their continued success and longevity,” Kanan states.
Tamara Braun Opens up About Her GENERAL HOSPITAL Exit(12/19/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) After being released from her contract with GENERAL HOSPITAL, Tamara Braun spoke candidly with Soaps In Depth about the departure of her character, Dr. Kim Nero. “I was told weeks before that I had big story coming up,” she shared. “So it was a bit of a surprise to me.”
Last summer, Kim had planned to depart with boyfriend Julian after responding to son Oscar’s death by drugging his dad, Drew, in the hope of conceiving another child. But in a surprising twist, she instead stuck around and became involved with Franco after he was given Drew’s lost memories — including those of their long-ago romance! “Oscar’s gone, her relationship with Charlie is gone because of how she dealt with it, and then Franco chose to go back to Liz,” Braun reminded viewers. “Kim doesn’t have much left in Port Charles, so she’s gone off to start a new life.”
Before her exit, Braun enjoyed working with Michael E. Knight (Martin) in her final story. When they were on ALL MY CHILDREN at the same time — him as Tad, her as Reese — “I didn’t really get to work with him, so I got excited when I saw him in the halls of GH,” she confided. But “I already knew by then I was leaving, so I didn’t think he’d end up being the attorney that Kim hired. “I just adore Michael!” she added.
However, when it comes to choosing scenes for her next Daytime Emmy reel, Braun is likely to pull from Kim’s prior storyline, the emotional one which also happened to be a personal favorite of hers. While pleased with her own performance in it, she is quick to share credit for the impact that was made by the depiction of a mother’s love and loss. “The writers did an absolutely beautiful job with Oscar’s death,” she recalled. “It was a very difficult story to tell and one that, unfortunately, so many parents go through. I think they did it with love, care, and heart. It was quite a gift!”
Prior to leaving, Braun had accepted an invitation from former castmate-turned-director Ronnie Marmo (ex-Ronnie) to star as the therapist in his theater group’s production of Death With Dignity… Comes In A Milkshake. “That was quite a heavy load because it’s a very wordy play. There was a lot of dialogue to be learned while also still having [scripts to memorize] over at GH,” the actress said. Nevertheless, knowing that there would be five weeks of performances ahead made it “good timing.” Her last day on set was “Very quick. I was up first, and then I went straight to an audition and then to rehearsal!”
Braun hopes to do more projects like her recent play. "I love being involved with a group of people who are kind, professional, and good at what they do," she explained.
Currently, the actress is enjoying the holiday season and looking forward to whatever may come next. “Soaps have been a big part of my acting life, so of course I’d be open to [repeating the experience],” she acknowledged. “When [DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ co-executive producer] Albert Alarr told me that my character, Ava, was dying, I was like, ‘Really? You’re killing her?’ And he responded, ‘C’mon. No one’s ever [truly] dead in soaps.’ So maybe she’s not!”
GENERAL HOSPITAL Spoilers: A Christmas Carol(12/18/19) (Video Teaser) These GENERAL HOSPITAL spoilers promise a holiday to remember as the soap casts Michael Easton (Finn) as Ebenezer Scrooge in its own take on the classic A Christmas Carol! The very special episode will air on Monday, Dec. 23, to kick off the holiday week in grand style. "You will love this!" Kathleen Gati (Obrecht) promised fans on Twitter. It was so much fun to film and Michael Easton is brilliant as Scrooge!"
Gati joins Maura West (Ava) and Eden McCoy (Josslyn) as the ghosts of Christmas present, future, and past, respectively. Roger Howarth (Franco) will be playing the Bob Cratchit role, which naturally means that Rebecca Herbst (Liz), William Lipton (Cameron), and Hudson West (Jake) will be playing the rest of his family. "So excited for this," McCoy tweeted excitedly. "You will love it, Michael is brilliant as Scrooge! Do not miss it or I will come haunt you!"
You're not going to want to miss this special one-of-a-kind holiday episode as GH pulls out all the stops for an unforgettable hour. Check out this tease for the very special show above.
Réal Andrews Undergoes Cancer Surgery(12/18/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Please join us in sending love and healing thoughts to daytime alum Réal Andrews, who is undergoing cancer surgery at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. "Ready for the big day," he declared confidently on Instagram. "It's go time." The actor is best known to soap fans for playing Marcus Taggert on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but he has also played Agent Trumbull on ALL MY CHILDREN, Walker Daniels on AS THE WORLD TURNS, and Hal Michaels on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Andrews is clearly keeping his spirits high as he entered the hospital wearing a Santa Claus sweatsuit and hat!
Andrews had turned his life around this year, entering alcoholics anonymous, being diagnosed and treated for bipolar disorder, and getting back in shape. The day before his surgery, the actor posted a selfie from the challenging Pico Stairs admitting it would be "our last workout for a while… 24 hours, 49 minutes 'til it is on. Let's go."
Just one week earlier, Andrews was at the doctor's for routine tests to get ready for the procedure and reported he was in "the best shape ever. Test results don't lie. I am ready for the fight."
We will continue to keep you updated on Andrews' condition as soon as he posts more updates about his recovery, so keep checking back.
Anthony Montgomery Previews His Exciting New Role on THE FAMILY BUSINESS(12/17/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Congratulations are in order for Anthony Montgomery, who has just landed another juicy role! The actor, who is currently in the midst of another run as Andre Maddox on GENERAL HOSPITAL, has revealed that he will be appearing in the second season of the BET drama THE FAMILY BUSINESS. "The next adventure begins!" he shared on Instagram along with a photo of himself alongside Sean Ringgold (Shawn, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), who stars as Junior Duncan on the series. "Excited to join my Tri Destined family for season two of FAMILY BUSINESS.
"I'll be recurring as Elijah," Montgomery continued, "second in command of the Muslim Brotherhood. Here with one of the nicest guys in Hollywood, Sean Ringgold. Get ready, y'all! We're coming!"
Based on the book series by Carl Weber, THE FAMILY BUSINESS is a crime drama starring Ernie Hudson as the head of the Duncan family, who run an exotic car dealership in New York by day, and by night, live a dangerous secret life. The show is currently in the middle of its first season, so there are no details yet as to when the second season will premiere so GH fans can see Montgomery back on screen again.
The actor has been keeping pretty busy lately, with his holiday movie, Carole's Christmas, recently premiering on OWN, and his episode of MAGNUM P.I. aired on Dec. 13. Plus, Montgomery has been back on GH as well since Andre was called in to help try and restore Franco's memories back to normal. Can't wait to see what he does next!
Cynthia Watros Opens up About Her Return to Daytime(12/15/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Actress Cynthia Watros may have been a bit nervous when she tapped in as GENERAL HOSPITAL's new Nina in early 2019… but mostly, she was just buzzing with excitement. “I feel like a 20-year-old back in soaps,” grinned the actress, who won the 1998 Outstanding Lead Actress Emmy for taking GUIDING LIGHT’s Annie over the edge. “I remember my first days! I was with Kim Zimmer (Reva) in the rehearsal room. She’d been on the show for a long time, and I was new and I was yelling my lines. She was like, ‘Excuse me, can someone tell this actress not to act so early in the morning!’”
When Watros talked to Soaps In Depth a few days before taping her first scenes as Nina, she knew she’d have to keep herself in check at GH, for fear of regressing to that green, soap opera novice. “I feel like I’m going to be that again,” she chuckled at the time, “so I’ve got to tone it down!”
Dishing with Digest - 12/13/19 - Wally Kurth(12/13/19) (Listen / download) Wally Kurth talks about airing as both DAYS’s Justin and GH’s Ned, the ALL MY CHILDREN role he didn’t get, his early years on daytime and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also look at the Best and Worst on soaps in 2019.
Haley Pullos Opens up About Growing up on GENERAL HOSPITAL(12/13/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When a tween Haley Pullos was first cast as GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Molly, “I felt like I was stepping into a whole new universe,” she recalled to Soaps In Depth. “It was really interesting — especially being such a little tiny girl on that set and in the dressing rooms downstairs. That’s a huge place! It was like this magical, mysterious land that I was being welcomed into.”
However, it didn’t take long for her to get comfortable as one of the Davis girls. “Because I felt so welcomed and so loved,” she said. “It was a really great literal family to grow up within. I’ve been so lucky to work with so many talented people and grow up being influenced by all of them. It’s wonderful. GH has absolutely shaped me as a person and as an actor.”
While Molly was surviving coming of age as a member of one of Port Charles’ most complicated families, Pullos was learning her own lessons about life. “I mostly went to school at GH, and I literally bought my first training bra here,” she shared with a laugh. “I’ve had a completely different experience growing up than a lot of people do. It’s been interesting… but not in a bad way, by any means. This is just my world. I don’t know anything else.”
And by the time she had her diploma in hand, there was no turning back from acting. “I was like, ‘Now it’s time to fully focus on my career — let’s do it!’” recounted Pullos, who found herself more than prepared for the task. “On any project, you have to be so responsible with your lines and all that, but at GH, we move so quickly. So I’m constantly on it. I know my stuff, I know what I’m doing, and I don’t waste anybody’s time. Because wasting time is literally wasting money on a set.”
That drive is where Pullos and her overachieving character collide, now that they’ve grown up. “She and I are both very career-focused women,” said the actress, who appears in Netflix’s THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE OF ASHLEY GARCIA and had not one but two auditions the very day she spoke with Soaps In Depth. “Light some candles and cross your fingers for me that there’s a lot more to report soon!”
While the actress and her character both have their eyes fixed on their futures, however, Pullos is no Molly. “I’m a lot goofier and more relaxed,” she contended. “But the big difference between us is the things that we’re passionate about and focused on. Our careers and just the things that we want out of life are very different.”
Pullos is not suggesting she has an issue with Miss Molly. “I love her tenacity, her outspokenness, and her true desire to just help others,” she raved. “She’s so empathetic, loving and caring. I also love that Molly is a Cassadine. That’s so cool! And I think that’s where she gets a lot of her bravado and moxie.”
"I worked with Tequan Richmond for so many years and just love him," Pullos said of T.J.'s former portrayer. "That's my baby! So it was an adjustment working with somebody different and having to be intimate. But Tajh Bellow is such a sweet man and he's great to work with. So it hasn't been uncomfortable at all."
Of course, the romantic do-gooder can come off a bit self-righteous at times — as Alexis, Kristina and Sam can all attest! “But honestly, is Molly ever really wrong?” Pullos challenged… before confessing that that’s actually just what she’d like to see for her character. “It’s time for something to go wrong in Molly’s life. Let her make some bad decisions or just do one stupid thing that has repercussions. She’s so perfect, she needs to mess up!”
Marcus Coloma Explains Nikolas' Turn to the Dark Side on GENERAL HOSPITAL(12/11/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) For years, GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers watched as Nikolas struggled with both the darker and lighter sides of his personality. Now that the Cassadine prince has risen from the dead, which disposition will reign? During his final days in Port Charles back in 2016, Nikolas had certainly embraced his darker Cassadine roots as he faked his death and tried to frame wife Hayden for his murder. But just a few weeks later, on that Greek island, Laura’s son proved that there was still good inside him when he signed over his inheritance to wicked Uncle Valentin in order to spare the lives of his loved ones.
“There’s such a Shakespearean feel to GH, which I love,” Nikolas’ new portrayer, Marcus Coloma, raved to Soaps In Depth. “Hamlet’s fatal flaw was he didn’t act, and I think Nikolas’ fatal flaw was similar. He struggled with his conscience, and as a result, here was this very evil, corrupt man [in Valentin] who was basically threatening his entire world.”
During the years that Nikolas has been gone, Coloma suggests, the character has had plenty of time to examine his past actions… and to figure out whom he can and can’t trust. “I’ve known people who come from very wealthy families or from the celebrity world,” explained the actor, “and it’s a very interesting thing to not know who actually cares about you and who is using you. Nikolas battled with that and died because of maybe being too trusting.”
That kind of betrayal can certainly affect a person’s demeanor. Not to mention the toll that lost time with son Spencer has taken on Nikolas. “It’s brutal to be away from your kid,” Coloma said. “I’ve had a taste of what it’s like to not see your kid for a second — let alone for the amount of time that Nikolas has been ‘dead’!” With all that Nikolas has been through, he’s just not the same guy he once was. “He’s really changed significantly,” Coloma confirmed.
But just how dark is the prince now? “That’s such a good question, and that will absolutely be revealed,” the actor teased. “I will tell you that Nikolas is definitely focused on payback… and as an actor, I’m looking for conflict!”
Soaps in Depth Podcast - 12/9/19 - Sweeps Hits & Misses(12/9/19) (Listen / download) Now that November Sweeps has come to an end, Charlie and Richard look at what worked and what didn’t on the four soaps. From The Bold & The Beautiful’s Thomas tumbling into a vat of acid to Days Of Our Lives doing a time-jump, they’ll hit all the highs and lows. Did General Hospital get our hearts beating or flatline? And what seemed to be the big trend on The Young & The Restless? All this plus a special shout-out to someone whom our hosts has long held in high regard.
Carolyn Hennesy Reveals Why She Loved Defending Willow on GH(12/8/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Port Charles legal eagle Diane makes a good living defending mobsters and murderers on GENERAL HOSPITAL. But Carolyn Hennesy was thrilled when her character represented Willow in the family court case against Shiloh! “I’ve always loved pulling a tumor out of a mayonnaise jar,” the actress cracked to Soaps In Depth, referring to the time Diane secured Franco’s exoneration by bringing his removed tumor to court. “But Willow was a whole different bag of mess. It was great, because I wasn’t defending a crazy. I was against a crazy! It was nice to be on the side of right, again.”
Sure, Willow landed herself in contempt and was locked up for days because she refused to reveal anything about Shiloh’s son, but Hennesy maintained that the teacher was a better client than Sonny or Jason tend to be. “She really needed my guidance and, unlike almost everyone else I’ve ever defended, she listened to me,” chuckled the actress.”Or she tried to as best she could!”
Matt Cohen Checks Back In To GH!(12/6/19) Matt Cohen, who vacated the role of Griffin Munro earlier this year, has returned for a visit. He told Digest upon his departure that he expected to find himself in Port Charles again. “We’ll just have Griffin take a break and then I’ll be back,” he said. “I can say that with some certainty.”
Goop Podcast: Gwyneth Paltrow chats with Demi Moore(12/6/19) (Listen / download) “I felt empty and alone,” says Demi Moore, “but oddly not lonely.” The actor and author of the new memoir Inside Out joins GP to talk about what happened after the things she had been hiding from “came spilling out.” Moore describes the process of becoming vulnerable and learning to identify the misperceptions we hold against ourselves and others. One of the biggest traps, says Moore, is needing to place blame. This can keep us from accountability, from forgiveness, from moving on. There is so much meaning to be found in our lives when we back away from binary thinking and allow ourselves to feel compassion for how complex we all are.
‘The Bay’s Kristos Andrews, Vivica A. Fox & Michael Copon Set For ‘yA’ Spinoff In The Works By Lany Entertainment(12/6/19) yA (working title), a spinoff of Amazon’s multiple Emmy-winning digital daytime drama series The Bay, which is in development from original series creator Gregori J. Martin, former General Hospital showrunner Wendy Riche and producer LANY Entertainment, is rounding out its cast.
Co-written by Martin and Riche, the coming of age young adult series will follow teens Frankie Sanders and Regan Sanders (played by twins, Bianca D’Ambrosio and Chiara D’Ambrosio) as they relocate to sunny California and a sometimes cruel new social environment of Bay City High. Crossing over from The Bay season 1 are series star Kristos Andrews as Pete Garrett, Vivica A. Fox (Empire, Independence Day) as Dr. Angela Foster, and Michael Copon (One Tree Hill, Power Rangers) as Officer Colton Kurosaki.
The series regular cast of the spinoff also will include Dante Aleksander, who plays Xander Castro, with newcomers Damoni Burkhardt, Logan Garretson, Brady Gentry, Tyler C. Lofton, and Bella Martinez. Several social media influencers will recur throughout the season, including Tessa Brooks as resident mean girl Evelyn, and Indiana Massara as troubled teen Lindsay.
Cast also includes Melrose Place alum Jamie Luner, Ian Buchanan (Twin Peaks), Galadriel Stineman (Until Dawn), Mark Famiglietti (Terminator 3), Eltony Williams (Tyler Perry’s If Loving You is Wrong), Jacob Young (Bold & the Beautiful), Fiona Hutchison (One Life to Live) and Alla Korot (Grimm), and as previously reported, Wanda De Jesus (Sons of Anarchy) and Devious Maids’ Gilles Marini.
Other season 1 recurring/guest stars include Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th) as the school security guard Pooch, Emmy winner Brad Maule (General Hospital) as Mr. Ford, Eileen Fogerty (Better Call Saul) as Principal Wu, as previously reported Mike C. Manning (Teen Wolf) as Mr. McKinnon, and Lane Davies (Santa Barbara) as Police Captain Johnson. Twins Chloe Frizzi and Sophia Frizzi (Young Judith, The Walking Dead) will appear in a flashback sequence as young Frankie and Regan. Additional cast members for this season to be announced.
Andrews also directs yA with creator and showrunner Martin. The Bay’s Wendy Riche, who co-wrote the 10-episode first season of yA with creator Martin, serves as executive producer along with Martin and Andrews. Riche also executive produced General Hospital and MTV’s Laguna Beach.
The series, which is currently being shopped, is in production with a release date scheduled for winter 2020.
WGA TV Nominations(12/6/19) Winners will be honored at the 2020 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City.
Days of Our Lives, Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Ron Carlivati, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Dave Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Betsy Snyder, Katie Schock; NBC Universal
General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten Associate Head Writers: Anna T. Cascio, Dan O’Connor Writers: Barbara Bloom, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles; ABC
The Young and the Restless, Writers: Amanda L. Beall, Jeff Beldner, Sara Bibel, Matt Clifford, Annie Compton, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Mellinda Hensley, Anne Schoettle, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS
Ring in the Holiday With Your Favorite Stars And The Salvation Army(12/5/19) If you’re in Los Angeles on Friday, December 6, get into the holiday spirit with a festive and fun family evening when The Original Farmers Market welcomes The Salvation Army to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Starting at 6:00 p.m., the evening will feature cheerful entertainment with some of daytime’s finest, including Obba Babatundé (Julius, B&B), Kyle Lowder (ex-Rex, DAYS et al) and Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa, DAYS). The complete series schedule is available at https://www.farmersmarketla.com/.
Maurice Benard Previews His New Movie, 'Hold On'(12/5/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Video) Some lucky fans already had the chance to see GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) in his new movie, but now Hold On is premiering in theaters on Friday, Dec. 6, so everyone else can enjoy it, too! The film centers around an aspiring singer named Sidney Rhodes who gets mixed up with the rebellious son of a music manager, played by Bernard. “I play a music executive,” the actor told Soaps In Depth of his role in the drama. “I’m kind of a bad guy.” Hold On also stars Luis Guzman, Flavor Flav, John Savage, and Tarek Tohme, who also wrote and directed the movie.
Benard is also a huge fan of Micayla De Ette, who is making her acting debut as Sidney. “The star of the movie, when you hear her sing, you’re going to get goosebumps,” he promised. “She sings like an angel, and It’s kind of her story.” Get a taste of her impressive vocals in the brief teaser below!
Following the very first screening of Hold On, Benard knew that he was part of a very special project. “I was so moved by this movie,” he confessed. “I didn’t want to break down and cry because I was at a theater full of people, so I kept looking up, looking over there, looking down.”
Working on the film also granted the GH star the chance to be the fan for a change when he got the opportunity to work opposite an actor he’s long admired. “I had one scene with John Savage,” Benard revealed. “He did a movie called Deer Hunter. I was like, ‘Wow, it’s John Savage!’”
So be sure to check the theaters in your area to find out when you can watch Benard on the big screen and we'll keep you up to date as soon as information about when Hold On hits on demand, streaming, or DVD, too!
GH Stars Perform Holiday Concert On Facebook Live(12/4/19) General Hospital's Acoustic Holiday Spectacular: Video
GH Stars To Perform Holiday Concert On Facebook Live(12/4/19) On December 4 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, various GH actors will go Live on Facebook to perform a selection of holiday favorites in the show’s first acoustic concert. To join in the fun, go to www.facebook.com/generalhospital.
Parry Shen Previews His New Movie, 'Automation'(12/4/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Trailer) A lot of GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers don't particularly care for Brad Cooper, but they're big fans of actor Parry Shen, who plays the scheming character. Well, now they can get a look at Shen in a whole new light when they watch him play Alan in the new sci-fi thriller, Automation! "It's a movie about this robot that is doing too good of a job," the actor previewed to Soaps In Depth. "So the workers sort of revolt against the robot and the robot gets a little crazy and it becomes a horror movie. I play the guy who created the robot. I'm basically trying to replace it with a better robot and the robot doesn't like that. It's kind of my fault, I think, what happens to everybody!"
Sounds like Shen may have been typecast a little bit as a troublemaker! His character in Automation creates a robot to do factory work, but it was originally built for military service, and while "Auto" is perfectly happy to replace humans in the factory, he gets a little taken aback when he finds he may be replaced with newer, upgraded robots. And naturally, mayhem ensues! Check out a preview for this dark comedy here and you'll even get a glimpse of Shen's movie character meeting a fate many GH fans would like to see happen to Brad!
Automation is out now on Blu-ray and VOD. It is available from various digital download services including iTunes, Vudu, Google, and more. Click here for a full list of services to find one that works for you https://epic-pictures.com/film/automation#where_to_watch
GH's Rebecca Budig and Michael Easton Share Heartfelt Goodbyes(12/3/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) It feels like Hayden only just returned to Port Charles and now Rebecca Budig is leaving GENERAL HOSPITAL again. "It's hard to say goodbye once," the actress admitted on Instagram with a photo of herself and Michael Easton (Finn). "And twice is that much harder. Then add the beautiful, sweet, magical Jophielle Love (Violet) and it's heartbreaking.
"I want to thank all those GH fans that show up every day and are passionate about this show and our characters," she added. "I will miss my friend… for those like him are hard to come by. But I know our paths will cross again. Or at least, one can hope!"
Easton shared the same sentiment on his Facebook page. "I hate goodbyes," he confided. "I know you do, too. Maybe we're lucky to even have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. In that sense, I guess I shouldn't be sad because it's over but happy because it even happened. But that's really hard to do when you're missing your friend. Of course, this isn't just a 'goodbye' but a 'thank you.' Thank you for being so damn good at what you do. For lighting up a stage. Finding truth in the words. For making me better at what I do.
"Then again, maybe there are no 'goodbyes' for us," Easton continued. "I imagine wherever you are, wherever you go, a part of you will remain with me. And maybe this is not forever. Maybe it's not the end. So I'll think about the beautiful days… Until we meet again."
Love, who plays Hayden and Finn's daughter, also believes that her on-screen mom will return one day. "I know you'll be back!" she commented on Budig's Instagram post. "It doesn't make sense without you. I'll be waiting for our big hug and kisses!"
Budig first joined the cast of GH in 2015 for a few months before her character was put into a coma. But she soon came out of it and caused no end of drama before skipping town in 2017. In 2019, Hayden was back to drop the bombshell that Finn was a daddy and get mixed up in the drama of the Cassadine will with Jax and Nikolas. With her being part of big front-burner storylines, Hayden's sudden departure came as a bit of a shock to many fans. But with so much story left to tell with the character, they're also hopeful Budig will reprise her role once again.
Stay tuned to see if Hayden comes back again.
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 12/2/19 - Thanks For That(12/2/19) (Listen / download) The best thing about Thanksgiving, other than leftovers, is taking a moment to be grateful. So now that Turkey Day has come and gone, Richard and Charlie are moving into the appreciative phase. What are they grateful for, where the soaps are concerned, this year? For Charlie, it’s that two of his all-time favorite actresses are working together on the same show. For Richard, it’s a couple of relative newbies. And for both of them, it’s… well, let’s just say things get super cheesy toward the end. Get ready, because the post-Thanksgiving show is a cornucopia of treats!
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