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News, Cast Updates and Scoop(News section last updated September 14, 2019)
GH's Julie Berman 'Sings' to Her Son, Asher — See the Adorable Video!(9/14/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Video) Playing Lulu on GENERAL HOSPITAL let Julie Berman show off her dramatic acting chops, but the actress — and mom — demonstrated her comedic talents with a new Instagram video of herself "singing" Adele's hit single "Hello" for her seven-month-old son, Asher Dean. "Don't interrupt my solo," she joked, adding, "I will raise him to believe I have the voice of Adele."
To be fair, Asher does seem more interested in the camera than his mommy's "singing" but his gurgling definitely did interrupt one of those runs! On Twitter, former castmate Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) responded: "Congrats and hilarious." And Jason Thompson (ex-Patrick, now Billy, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) tweeted: "Hold on now… is that your baby? More importantly, your voice is amazing."
Sean Blakemore on the Big Screen in 'Ad Astra'!(9/14/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Video) Quite a few GENERAL HOSPITAL fans were upset when Shawn went to jail for a crime he didn't even commit because it meant that popular actor Sean Blakemore was leaving the soap. Thankfully, since leaving GH, he's worked very steadily, and his newest role will see him sharing the big screen with Brad Pitt in the new sci-fi movie Ad Astra!
Blakemore plays Willy Levant in the film, and 20th Century Fox has released a preview clip of Ad Astra that prominently features his character warning Pitt's Roy McBride that the moon is like the Wild West and they have to watch out for pirates.
Although GH fans would love to see Shawn out of prison and Blakemore back on the canvas, the actor has found success in film and primetime. He's had roles on series like DEVIOUS MAIDS, AMERICAN CRIME, THE QUAD, and GREENLEAF and can be seen in movies like Spinning Man, One Crazy Christmas, and of course — Ad Astra.
Blakemore's GH family are just as thrilled as his fans to see his career taking off. "I love watching your face in that trailer," tweeted Maurice Benard (Sonny) after the clip from Ad Astra was released. Touched, Blakemore replied: "Thank you very much, my friend. I appreciate you saying so!"
Check out the clip and then get ready to see Blakemore on the big screen when Ad Astra opens on Friday, Sept. 20.
Tamron Hall To Guest On GH(9/13/19) On Friday, September 13, Tamron Hall will make a cameo appeaarnce on GH in scenes with Ingo Rademacher (Jax). A sneak peek was offered in this week’s on-air GH promo, which you can check out here [https://twitter.com/GeneralHospital/status/1171447245838811145. Hall’s new talk show, THE TAMRON HALL SHOW, debuted this week.
Parry Shen Reveals What It's Like Working With Twins Erik and Theo Olson on GH(9/13/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) The late W.C. Fields advised his fellow actors, “Never work with children or animals. They are scene-stealing and completely unpredictable.” Parry Shen (Brad, GENERAL HOSPITAL) might agree with the latter, but he told Soaps In Depth that Erik and Theo Olson, the year-old twins who share the role of Wiley Cooper- Jones, are a joy! “They’re very friendly and clap on cue!” he revealed. “One time, my line was, ‘My kid needs his nap.’ And all of a sudden, he napped right on cue! I was like, ‘What the heck?’”
Since the performer often has to wing it when working with the little ones, he said it helps to be able to draw from real-life experience. When lugging a baby carrier around, “the muscle memory kicks in,” the father of two laughed. “Whereas Ryan [Carnes, Lucas] isn’t a parent, so he’s a little more awkward with it. [Executive producer] Frank Valentini will sometimes say, ‘Hey, Parry, show Ryan how to hold that thing!’”
Ryan Paevey Stars in 'Christmas at the Plaza'(9/13/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Video) Fans of Ryan Paevey were upset when he left the role of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Nathan, but thankfully, the actor has been working consistently since then so he's rarely gone from TV screens for very long! Paevey's newest project is Christmas at the Plaza, scheduled to air on Friday, Nov. 29, on the Hallmark Channel.
Hallmark hasn't released any further information about the plot, but his co-star is AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. star Elizabeth Henstridge, and the IMDb says they'll be playing the characters of Nick and Jessica, who we would hazard a guess will find romance at the Plaza Hotel during Christmas time! Christmas at the Plaza is written and directed by Ron Oliver, who has helmed many other Hallmark productions, including holiday-themed ones.
Paevey shared some photos from New York City including one of the grand entrance to the Plaza Hotel, so it would seem that they did film on location for a bit. But the backstage video he shared of some bellhops walking in time with the music was tagged as being in Canada, so the bulk of the shooting must be occurring up North.
Perhaps Paevey is playing a lowly bellhop who finds romance with a beautiful guest played by Henstridge and they must navigate the "upstairs/downstairs" aspects of the relationship? We'll find out soon enough, so stay tuned as we continue to keep you updated as more details about Christmas at the Plaza are released.
Demi Moore suffered miscarriage while married to Ashton Kutcher(9/13/19) Demi Moore suffered a miscarriage during her marriage to ex-husband Ashton Kutcher.
The G.I. Jane star opens up about her heartbreaking loss in her new memoir, Inside Out, and an extract from the book has been published in The New York Times.
In it, the actress reveals she was pregnant with a baby girl she planned to name Chaplin Ray, but she lost the baby during her second trimester – and blamed her alcohol intake on the tragedy.
“Part of my life was clearly unravelling,” the 56-year-old star told the newspaper, revealing things started spiralling out of control after the miscarriage and she began abusing prescription drugs and booze.
She and her husband tried to conceive again but she was too far gone to be a good mum and they divorced in 2013, amid her increasing health and addiction problems.
“I had no career. No relationship,” she recalled.
Demi regained her health and sobriety by attending rehab for trauma, co-dependency and substance abuse, and she now admits that recalling her dark days for her upcoming memoir was a big help.
In Inside Out, which will be released on September 26, Moore also claims she was raped at 15 and once suffered a seizure after smoking synthetic cannabis and inhaling nitrous oxide at a party. She also reveals she experienced autoimmune and digestive problems following her split with Kutcher, adding, “Something was going on, including my organs slowly shutting down.”
Rebecca Herbst Previews Liz's Uncertain Future on GENERAL HOSPITAL(9/12/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) At the GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend, everyone was congratulating Rebecca Herbst on Elizabeth’s marriage to Franco — and she understood their joy. The jailhouse nuptials and reception on the Haunted Star were “a lot of fun!” she said to Soaps In Depth. “Elizabeth hasn’t done that in a long time. To have that happy wedding and reception? And there’s always got to be something that happens at a reception in Port Charles! But having Obrecht be pushed overboard wasn’t a big deal to Elizabeth. Of course, she doesn’t want anybody hurt… but nobody died. So it was quite successful!”
Unfortunately, the honeymoon was less so. After spending the last few years playing the arc of Franco’s redemption and tapping into grounded family stories about gender issues, molestation and absentee fathers, his and Liz’s story got a bit… crazy!
While Elizabeth and her boys managed to avoid Shiloh for much of his reign of terror, everything changed once the con man snatched Cameron. Onetime villain Franco threw himself into Dr. Cabot’s hands to save his stepson… and awakened as Drew Cain. With the family now thrust into what Herbst calls “fantasy land,” she cheered, “I’m all in!” After all, Port Charles romances usually hit a snag when life looks too good. But this time, Herbst noted, “It’s blowing up in a different way. Now, Elizabeth’s going to be fighting for a man who no longer exists but sits in front of her. It’s going to be a struggle.”
Franco’s last words were a promise to come back to his family, but now Drew is in control of his body. “So it’s all up to Elizabeth,” Herbst contended. “She’s not going to stop fighting to get Franco back. I know Elizabeth is going to love him no matter what… but at some point, if Franco isn’t there, she can’t make another man fall in love with her just because they had history.”
What would Elizabeth do if that turned out to be the case? Many a fan is hoping that she might revert to the schemer that she was when she first hit Port Charles. And this situation “is pushing her towards taking action — but in a legal way,” Herbst hastened to note. “There’s nothing illegal about it, because she has rights as Franco’s wife.”
The problem is that Franco/Drew shares something far more meaningful than paperwork with Elizabeth’s girlfriend, Kim! “For the first time since her Drew Cain has been gone, someone is having the same memories as Kim,” Herbst noted with a sigh. “I think that’s going to get Kim. So it will be interesting to see where this goes!”
Indeed it will. With Elizabeth’s happy ending now up for grabs, it’s anyone’s guess how insane this sci-fi love story will get — and that sounds great to Herbst, who’s ready for the drama. “I embrace it,” she said with a grin. “I totally look forward to it.”
Maurice Benard Shares an Important Message for Suicide Prevention Month(9/11/19) (Video) September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and as an outspoken advocate for mental health, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard had a few things to say to the people who may need to hear them. "It is Suicide Prevention Month," he announced in a special Instagram video. "I'm very passionate about this subject, for many reasons. I've been talking a lot about it, especially lately, and I know how unbearable the pain can be.
"If you know someone or you are someone who is suffering or having thoughts of not being here anymore, I beg you — please call someone, talk to someone, get help," he continued. "You may think your life doesn't matter, but I'm telling you a hundred percent — a hundred and fifty percent — it does."
Benard has been open about his struggles living with bipolar and has written an autobiography detailing his mental health journey. Earlier this year, the Daytime Emmy winner also spoke out against bullying. In the past, he promised to never stop speaking about mental health, and he has not.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Eden McCoy Reveals What William Lipton Is Really Like(9/11/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Angsty teenagers can be tough to handle, and GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Cameron is no exception. But as it turns out, portrayer William Lipton is the opposite of his moody character! “Cameron’s got that cocky exterior, but inside, he’s a sweet kid who wants the best for everyone,” co-star Eden McCoy (Josslyn) noted to Soaps In Depth. “William totally does too, but he’s so not cocky. He’s the complete opposite of Cameron when the cameras stop rolling. He’s like a freaking Disney character! It’s ridiculous how happy he is all the time. He’s so grateful to be at GH and is such a light.”
Another reason McCoy’s always happy to share scenes with her pal? “He’s very serious about acting,” she says. “And super talented!”
Listen to the New Song From GENERAL HOSPITAL's Ashton Arbab!(9/11/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Dev on GENERAL HOSPITAL is still a bit of a mystery, and fans are also getting to know his portrayer, daytime newcomer Ashton Arbab. Because some viewers might not be aware that in addition to acting, he's also a musician and his new single, "I Fall in Like Too Easily," just dropped! "Can't wait for y'all to hear it!" he enthused on Instagram with a little snippet of a music video.
In this slow jam with a reggae feel, he sings about how he meets these women he has to walk away from because he falls in like too easily. Arbab's charming vocals bring out the humor in the lyrics, and it'll help keep that summer mood going for a little while longer. You can listen to "I Fall in Like Too Easily" on your favorite music streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music or you can buy the single on Amazon or iTunes. Or while you're here, just listen to the song here!
GH Releases New Episode Collection(9/11/19) Now through December 1, GH is treating fans to a 16-episode collection showcasing Sonny’s paternal side. Titled “The General Hospital Collection: All Sonny’s Children”, the series highlights such pivotal storylines as Sonny learning the truth about Dante, Michael’s devastating confession, Morgan’s heartbreaking struggles with mental health, and Sonny’s unconditional love and support of daughter Kristina. Viewers can stream the episodes without a sign-in at www.abc.com/sonnyschildren and on the ABC app.
Ted Summers Dies: Emmy Award-Winning Editor Was 82(9/10/19) Ted Summers, a television editor whose credits included Barney Miller, General Hospital and the broadcast of Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare, for which he won an Emmy Award, has died. He was 82.
Summers passed away today of a heart attack in Santa Clarita, California, his family said.
The Texas native was born in El Paso and raised in Mesilla, New Mexico. He began his Hollywood career in the 1960s as an actor, with his longtime friend, F. Murray Abraham.
Summers then moved behind the camera at ABC Television, working on live stage shows, including American Bandstand. He segued into videotape editing when the format took hold, and didn’t look back.
He enjoyed a successful career working on ABC productions, including Barney Miller, Battle of the Network Stars and Soap. He would later go to work on ABC’s Wild World of Sports for the 1976, 1980 and 1984 Olympics, for which he won three more Emmys.
Summers is survived by his wife, Fran, his children, Michelle, Tad, Tom and Amber, and six grandsons.
Corbin Bernsen on Fresh Off The Boat 9/27/19(9/10/19) “Help Unwanted?” – After Brandi Chastain scores the World Cup-winning goal against China and rips off her jersey to celebrate, Evan gets his first case of “the tingles,” and now Louis and Eddie must team up to give him the talk. Meanwhile, Jessica and Honey are learning what it means to be best friends, and we learn a whole lot more about Marvin’s family, on the season premiere of “Fresh Off the Boat,” FRIDAY, SEPT. 27 (8:30–9:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.
Inspired by a true story, “Fresh Off the Boat” stars Randall Park as Louis Huang, Constance Wu as Jessica Huang, Hudson Yang as Eddie Huang, Forrest Wheeler as Emery Huang, Ian Chen as Evan Huang, Lucille Soong as Grandma Huang, Chelsey Crisp as Honey and Ray Wise as Marvin.
Guest starring is Brandi Chastain as Candy, Trevor Larcom as Trent and Corbin Bernsen as Mervin.
“Help Unwanted?” was written by Cindy Fang and directed by Kourtney Kang.
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 9/9/19 - Breaking Up Is Hard To Do(9/9/19) (Listen / download) When you love a soap couple, the last thing you want is to see their relationship hit the skids. But given that that’s the nature of the beast, it will almost inevitably happen. This week, hosts Richard Simms and Charlie Mason look at the best — and worst — ways to cause trouble in a soap relationship. Plus, they introduce a new recurring segment in which they critically ask, "Whatcha doin’, [Insert Soap Name Here]." All this and more on the latest episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast!
Talk Show Appearance(9/7/19) Tamron Hall - Syndicated
AIRING Sep 12, 2019
Behind the scenes of Tamron's guest appearance on "General Hospital."
Bold and the Beautiful's Ashley Jones Says Husband Beat Her, Files for Divorce and Restraining Order(9/7/19) (people.com) The Bold and the Beautiful star Ashley Jones has filed for divorce from husband Joel Henricks, PEOPLE confirms.
Jones, 43, filed on Friday, just a week after she was granted a restraining order against Henricks.
According to the court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Jones says she and her son Hayden Joel, whom she shares with Henricks, fled their home on Aug. 17 as she was “afraid for my safety and the safety of our son.”
Jones alleges that since she left, Henricks has continued to “stalk and harass” her.
In the order, Jones alleges that Henricks has physically abused her and that it has gone on for many years, starting before they were even married.
Jones and Henricks wed in 2015.
“He calls me a whore and accused me of infidelity regularly, and been incredibly jealous of long-ago boyfriends with whom I have no contact,” Jones alleges in the restraining order filings.
The actress shared horrifying details of one incident, alleging that in 2016 Henricks “was drunk” and “twisted my hand and threw me to the ground.”
“Joel was trying to get my cell phone from me because I was recording him being belligerent and threatening me and beginning to get physical. I dropped the phone and Joel let me go. I left with Hayden, but Joel convinced me that he would not drink anymore, so eventually I went back,” she explains in the restraining order filings.
She also recalled another time in 2017 when Henricks allegedly “caused a spiral fracture in my hand. I had to have surgery.”
Jones alleges that Henricks has a “history of substance abuse, and continues to drink, use marijuana.”
In 2018, Jones claims in the court documents that Henricks began to “excessively” abuse alcohol and allegedly showed up “inebriated” to pick up his older son Huck, now 7, from his first marriage. The incident forced his ex-wife to request a DVRO, according to the documents.
Jones claims the drinking got so out of hand that Henricks would even drive with an “open container in his drink holder even while leaving work.”
She claims Henricks later became suicidal after “drinking copious amounts of vodka and mixing drugs.”
In July 2018, Jones says she found “Joel with a belt around his neck attempting suicide. He said he did not want to live. He had continued to drink heavily and to abuse prescription medication.”
Jones then went on to describe in detail what led up to her escape last month and what happened after she left.
On the night of Aug. 16, Jones alleges that Henricks came home in a rage, accusing her of having sex with someone in the bathroom of their home — which she denies.
Ashley Jones and Joel Henricks with their son Hayden Joel
“I was very confused as I was in the bathroom alone and had not been with anyone else. I have never been unfaithful to Joel,” Jones says in the court documents.
He told her he had a recording of it, which he played for the children.
The next morning is when Jones left.
On Aug. 18, Jones claims she found a tracking device on her car. Although she removed the device, Jones alleges that Henricks has continued to stalk her and track her every move.
Henricks has been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Jones.
Jones’ filing comes just a few months after she and Henricks celebrated Hayden and Huck’s birthdays with a joint Cars-themed party in June. Henricks did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
If you suspect domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to thehotline.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “home” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
Parry Shen Reveals How He Found True Love With His Wife, Kim(9/5/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Back when Parry Shen (Brad, GENERAL HOSPITAL) met future wife Kim at a boarding school in Ojai, CA, he had a feeling she was the one… but it took him a few years to convince her. “She was the dorm parent of the girls’ dorm, and I was the dorm parent of the boys’ dorm,” he set up. “I became the best friend, but she’d always tell her other friends, ‘Why can’t I meet a guy as nice as Parry?’ Um, hello?”
Four years into their relationship, Shen finally made his move. “I wrote a note to her professing my feelings,” he recounted. “I kind of tossed it to her and said, ‘Read this when you have a chance… but not right now in front of me!’ She read it and was shocked, but once she knew how I felt, it just made sense. We basically were each other’s sanity on campus. So I got out of the friend zone!”
Two decades later, Shen and his bestie are the parents of two amazing young ladies and an adorable pup. As busy and entertained as Avery, 14, Kori, 11 and little Roxi keep them, however, the sweethearts always find time for each other. “It’s very, very easy to fall into catering to the kids’ lives,” Shen admitted. “We do a lot of running around, but for the most part, we’ve tried to have the kids’ lives revolve around our lives just as ours revolve around theirs. “We find moments, like our poker nights with friends, so our life is never on hold for them — which I don’t think it should be,” he adds, “because then you’d be regretful!”
As the Shens have built a life together, the actor has also built his career and his fan base. But he remains his wife’s biggest fan. “She’s a third-grade teacher, just like Willow, and she has a way of disarming other people very easily,” he raved. “I can’t do that. It’s not my skill set at all! She’s everyone’s favorite gal pal, and for the most part, I’m very introverted. If it wasn’t for her, I probably wouldn’t interact with anybody that wasn’t work-related. So she’s my better half, definitely!”
How Will Spina Bifida Affect Sonny and Carly's Baby on GENERAL HOSPITAL? — An Expert Speaks Out(9/4/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Caring for a newborn isn’t easy. Caring for a newborn with a serious medical condition like spina bifida will be exponentially more complicated for GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Carly and Sonny. What kind of challenges will the Corinthoses be facing in just a few short months when their newest addition arrives? Soaps In Depth turned to an expert in the field to find out!
As Dr. Brad Dicianno — Associate Medical Director and Chair, Professional Advisory Council of the Spina Bifida Association — explained it, “Spina bifida literally means split spine. If the spinal cord doesn’t fully form a tube when the embryo is developing, the spine will not be completely closed. Where that defect is determines what impairments the baby might have.”
Of the three subtypes of spina bifida, Baby Corinthos was diagnosed with the middle level, meningocele. In these patients, while protective membranes will push through an opening in the vertebrae, the spinal cord itself is not included so nerve damage is less likely. “Meningocele is less severe than the most common type,” noted Dicianno. “There would be less potential for weakness in the legs, which could affect the baby’s development and ability to walk. Most of these children will ultimately walk later. There is also less chance for loss of sensation to the skin or problems with bladder and bowel function. The lesion’s location can affect how extensive the problems would be.”
While meningocele means that Carly is not a candidate for in-utero surgery, having the operation performed within the first few hours after the baby’s birth is crucial. “There are some babies literally born with a hole in their back,” explained Dicianno. “Some of their nervous system will be herniated out through that hole. It’s really important that this lesion be closed.”
Dicianno said that one of the first questions asked by parents like Carly and Sonny is, will their child walk? “Even if a child has difficulty walking, it doesn’t mean they can’t be independent,” he shared. “We can use braces or assistive devices. They learn to manage their bowels and bladder. With the right care, patients can do quite well.”
Coming from a family of means will certainly work in Baby Corinthos’ favor. “The medical care is extremely expensive, and even the best insurance doesn’t cover everything,” admitted the doctor. “The amount of home-care services or therapy you receive might be capped. Having a lot of financial resources means that you would potentially be able to provide those services” on one’s own.
There’s no doubt that Carly and Sonny have challenges ahead like they’ve never faced before. And the mom-to-be’s portrayer, Laura Wright, is up for it. “I like to tell any kind of storyline that goes there in a real way or causes drama,” she said. “If there’s struggle and it shines light on something at the same time, that’s even better!”
Dicianno, too, is grateful that the soap is drawing attention to this disabling birth defect with this storyline. “Thank you,” he concluded. “It’s a condition that is not well-understood by people in general and by the medical community. Highlighting the condition itself and the issues that the baby and the family will face will be interesting and is really something that people can benefit from learning about.”
For additional info, please visit www.spinabifidaassociation.org or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bryan Craig Still Hopeful for GRAND HOTEL's Renewal(9/4/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) With the season finale of GRAND HOTEL airing on Monday, Sept. 9, one of the primetime soap's stars, Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan, GENERAL HOSPITAL), is hoping that it isn't the series finale. "Well, a big cheers to our season finale next Monday," the actor shared on Instagram. "I'm very sure you all will be extremely pleased with this last episode, and if you're not caught up, now is your chance. You can catch the rest of the season at either Hulu or Amazon Prime Video. I wish I had more news about a season two, but the future for now is unknown.
"But!" he quickly added. "I do know you all play a massive role in what happens, so hashtag #GrandHotelSeason2 [on social media] and thank you all for the continued support and love."
GRAND HOTEL premiered on ABC back in June, and at the beginning of August, Deadline was reporting that with the show's soft ratings, ABC President of Entertainment Karey Burke was going to hold off until the end of the season before deciding yea or nay on a renewal. "We're going to wait until the end of its run," she said. "It's a show we like a lot. It's a show that I wish the ratings were a bit stronger but we'll make that decision after its run."
At the time, Craig declared that his new show's fate "is in the hands of the fans." He has been very vocal about promoting GRAND HOTEL on social media, previewing new episodes on his Instagram and tweeting about it constantly. We'll keep you up to date on renewal news as it happens, so stay tuned.
‘Royalties’: Tony Revolori, Georgia King & John Stamos To Recur On Quibi’s Musical Comedy(9/4/19) Tony Revolori (Spider-Man: Far From Home), Georgia King (Vice Principals) and John Stamos (Fuller House) have signed to recur opposite EP/co-writer Darren Criss and Kether Donohue in Quibi’s Royalties.
Production is underway in Los Angeles on Royalties, a satirical take on the oft-untold story of songwriters behind the world’s biggest hits. It follows the ascent of a ragtag songwriting duo – Sara (Donohue) and Pierce (Criss) – as they navigate the strange and hilarious challenges of creating a truly great song, week after week.
Each episode will feature real-life entertainment personalities portraying fictitious (and ridiculous) music stars, along with original songs penned by Criss.
No details were provided about the roles for Revolori, King or Stamos.
Criss is co-writing and executive-producing the series with longtime collaborators Nick and Matt Lang, fellow co-founders of YouTube’s Team Starkid. Berman, Hend Baghdady, Joe Earley and Ricky Rollins also executive produce.
Revolori played Flash Thompson in Spider-Man: Far from Home and starred as Zero the Lobby Boy in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. His credits also include The Long Dumb Road, Table 19 and Low Riders.
King starred in The New Normal and Vice Principals and the Amazon pilot Making Friends. Her TV credits also include Sugartown and Felix and Murdo.
Two-time Emmy nominee Stamos recently reprised her Full House character Uncle Jessie in Netflix’s sequel series Fuller House. His other recent credits include You, Scream Queens, Grandfathered and Necessary Roughness.
Soaps in Depth Podcast - 9/2/19 - Fall Preview(9/2/19) (Listen / download) The temperatures may be dropping and leaves are falling from the trees, but summer’s end does have one benefit: It’s time for the Soaps In Depth Podcast’s Fall Preview episode! Join Charlie and Richard as they share an exclusive peek at what will happen, as well as their own thoughts on what should, on all the daytime soaps!
Tristan Rogers Previews Robert Scorpio's Future on GENERAL HOSPITAL(8/30/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Since leaving GENERAL HOSPITAL as a central player in 1992, Tristan Rogers has checked in and out of Port Charles… but his current run as Robert feels like coming home. “It’s been terrific,” grinned the legacy player, who’s been back in action since December. “One of the things I really appreciate is that I get a chance to sort of Scorpio-ize stuff and play Robert for who he is. The show’s not trying to make him into something he’s not.”
Granted, it was a surprise to learn that Robert had been to law school. “I don’t think anybody saw that coming,” chuckled Rogers, whose character apparently passed the bar the same day he was accepted into the WSB. “When I explained it to Genie Francis (Laura), she said, ‘Are you kidding me?’ But they justified it quite well. There’s a degree of plausibility there.”
And this new gig as Port Charles D.A. works for his character, who was police commissioner back in the ‘80s and now, once again, has an excuse to stick his nose in everyone’s business. “I had no indication Robert was going to become a significant presence on the show again, but now, we see him with everybody,” Rogers marveled. “Every day I shoot, it’s with a whole lot of people I’ve never worked with before. It harkens back to the old Robert, when I was a part of everybody else’s storyline — not completely, but I would flit into it, make a comment and then flit out. What we’ve done here is kind of like a reestablishment of Robert in Port Charles.”
The same can be said of temporary commissioner Mac. As Robert himself put it, “The Scorpio brothers ride again!” — and they’re doing so alongside their pal, Mayor Laura. “We’ve got about a hundred years of history between us,” Rogers said. “And that history is significant!”
Robert also has a history with Sonny. But while they’ve always been linked by Luke and Robin, they’ve never exactly been tight… until now. “During the 2006 virus storyline, Robert basically told Sonny, ‘Stay out of my face,’” Rogers reminded. But when the guys saved Dante together, they forged a new bond… only to land on opposite sides of the law! While this particular D.A. won’t likely gun for the Mob boss, that doesn’t mean he’ll let Sonny get away with murder. “Robert still believes in the bad guys being put away,” Rogers insisted. “Of course, he has his own idea of what is and isn’t right.”
Robert has also forged a fresh connection with his ex, Anna. “Before this, they were always bickering,” Rogers noted. “You don’t see that as much now.” Robert and Anna do still call each other out, but always with a degree of loving respect. GH even played with their past during that engagement-ring fiasco with Finn — which left some fans wondering if Robert was really over Anna. “That’s one of those question marks that is going to stay a question,” hedged Rogers.
Now that Finn’s ex, Hayden, has returned, the actor isn’t sure what’s in the cards… but he has heard rumors of romance on the horizon. “Robert’s already said he and Holly are not together anymore,” he reminded. “They had to clear the field for him — and not necessarily for Anna!”
With Robert positioned to get into all kinds of drama, the actor has “no clue” what’s coming for him in Port Charles or even how long this run will last. But he has high hopes. “I would err on the side of, ‘Yeah, Robert’s sticking around,’ because I’m floating in and out of stuff. He’s there for the foreseeable future!”
GH's Cynthia Preston Reveals Her Exciting New Movie Role(8/30/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) Faith Roscoe met a violent end on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but portrayer Cynthia Preston is still going strong! The actress has shared some photos from backstage at her new Hallmark movie, Crossword Mysteries: Abracadaver, where she will be appearing alongside ALL MY CHILDREN alum Lacey Chabert (Bianca) and actor Brennan Elliott. The cast also includes ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Barbara Niven (Liz). "What a pleasure to work with Barbara again," Preston said, "and Lacey for the first time." (Preston and Niven had previously appeared together in 2008's Dead at 17.
Preston will be playing Julia Marquez in the upcoming mystery, although there are no details available regarding the plot yet as it has only just gone into production. Abracadaver will be the third in the Crossword Mysteries movie series; the first, A Puzzle to Die For, premieres Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. In it, Chabert plays Tess, a crossword puzzle editor who teams up with Elliott's police detective, Logan, to solve murders.
Since leaving daytime, Preston has worked steadily appearing in primetime series like JACK RYAN and HANNIBAL as well as films like Carrie, The Secret Sex Life of a Single Mom, and Stalked by a Reality Star. Once they finish filming Abracadaver and Hallmark announces a release date, we'll be sure to let you know so you can tune in to watch!
John Stamos on Lori Loughlin’s case: ‘Punishment is not equal to the crime’(8/29/19) John Stamos is, apparently, still Lori Loughlin‘s hand to hold onto.
The “Full House” star, 56, who has thus far largely refrained from weighing in on Loughlin’s legal troubles, has given the closest thing to a definitive statement on the matter to GQ in a new interview published Wednesday.
“Whatever happened, I’m pretty sure that the punishment is not equal to the crime, if there was a crime,” he said.
Loughlin, along with husband Mossimo Giannulli, is accused of paying mastermind William “Rick” Singer $500,000 to get their two daughters into USC by falsifying extracurricular activities. They have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering and both face up to 40 years behind bars if convicted.
“I can’t figure it out,” Stamos added. “It doesn’t make sense. I talked to her the morning everything hit. I just can’t process it still.”
Stamos’ inability to figure “it” out extends to whether or not the corruption case will even proceed further than it has: “I want to wait until the trial happens, if it does, or whatever the result is, and then talk about it.”
The couple appeared in court on Tuesday.
GH's Eden McCoy and Ashton Arbab Star in the New Movie, 'Lit' — Get a First Look!(8/27/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Get ready to see a couple of GENERAL HOSPITAL's young actors in a whole new way! Eden McCoy (Josslyn) and Ashton Arbab (Dev) are starring in the new movie Lit! "Yes!" McCoy enthused on Twitter. "A very different film project coming your way soon. Check out the trailer here. Can't wait to share more."
Written by Melissa Burnett and directed by Brock Burnett, Lit also stars Alexis Jayde Bernett and Mitchell Kummen. The psychological thriller centers around four kids who wake up in a warehouse when an afternoon excursion goes terribly wrong. As the plot twists and turns, friendships are tested and secrets are revealed! (WARNING: The trailer contains adult language.): Video.
Looks like McCoy and Arbab's characters get themselves into some very hot water in this new movie! Because it was only just announced, there isn't much more information available but rest assured we will keep you up to date as more details are released. Especially a premiere date and where you will be able to watch it!
GH's Briana Nicole Henry Shares Her Guilty Pleasure(8/25/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Get ready, because GENERAL HOSPITAL's Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan) has a confession: “This is kind of my guilty pleasure… do I even want to reveal it?” teased the actress. “I have a weak spot for reality TV. When I watch great HBO or Showtime shows, half the time I’m looking at it from a very actor point of view. I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, the writing is so phenomenal!’ Or, ‘Oh wow, did you see the vulnerability she just dropped into!’ But with reality TV, I don’t have to think about anything and I just get to watch people be absolutely ridiculous.”
Henry’s favorite folks to watch are those on Bravo’s THE REAL HOUSEWIVES franchise — and occasionally fiancé Kris Bowers even joins her viewing party. “I’ll try to talk to him about it, ‘Can you believe she just said that to him? That’s kind of disrespectful!’” Henry said. “And sometimes I can actually get him to respond to me in a serious way. It’s rare… but sometimes!”
Hayley Erin Has a Special Message for Her GENERAL HOSPITAL Fans(8/25/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Fans were excited to learn that Haley Erin was returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL, even if just for a brief visit. And after her episode aired on Aug. 23 when Kiki had a powerfully emotional conversation with her mother, Ava, the actress took to social media to give some love right back to the viewers! "Thanks for the love, GH fam!" she expressed on Instagram, quickly adding: "P.S.: Maura West (Ava), I love you with my whole heart."
It's clear from that photo of West interrupting Erin's selfie with a big smooch on her TV daughter's cheek that the feeling is very much mutual between the two Daytime Emmy winners. Unfortunately, while Ava still hasn't achieved any peace, perhaps one day she'll be able to redeem herself and Kiki can return for another ghostly visit to forgiver her mother and ease her guilty conscience.
We'll keep you up to date on Erin's future projects (or future returns to Port Charles!).
Kirsten Storms Injured Her Hand(8/25/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Ouch! Please join us in wishing GENERAL HOSPITAL star Kirsten Storms (Maxie) a speedy recovery after she injured her left hand in a summer playtime accident. "Always a good idea to make sure there are no sprinkler heads underneath the Slip 'N' Slide before takeoff," she joked as she posted a selfie in the mirror showing off her left wrist encased safely in a brace. "No big deal — no broken bones, just a very swollen and partially black hand."
Unfortunately, although her hand and wrist aren't broken, they're still causing quite a bit of pain, which is impacting one of Storms' favorite hobbies, and the knit-along she's been doing with fans via Instagram. "Emme Rylan (Lulu) has already seen me try to knit like this," she admitted. "It wasn't cute and was excruciatingly slow (okay, okay, and also painful). To all the #SummerKnitAlongWithEmAndK people — I'm down, but not out! You haven't seen the last of my Downtown Cardigan.
"Side note: I wish I had a picture of the orthopedic doctor's face after he told me not to be using my left hand and I very seriously asked him if that also meant no knitting," she added. "It was Instagram-worthy."
There's no indication yet whether GH will write around Storms' injury or write it into Maxie's storyline in some way. Hopefully, it will heal quickly enough that it won't make any difference. Veteran actress Leslie Charleson recently appeared as Monica in an episode wearing a brace after she underwent surgery for a fractured hand, so it shouldn't have too much of an impact. We're still waiting to see if Carly breaks her foot like portrayer Laura Wright did in real life! Get well soon!
Trent Dawson Joins THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL(8/25/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Soap fans know Trent Dawson can be hilariously funny and dramatic all at the same time from his popular run as Henry Coleman on AS THE WORLD TURNS and his brief stint as Huxley Lynch on GENERAL HOSPITAL. But now everyone else will know, too, as the actor is making a guest appearance on the Amazon series THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL! "My office for today," Dawson teased with a shot of a director's chair stamped with the show's logo on set in Brooklyn, NY.
The period comedy/drama, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, centers around Miriam "Midge" Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), a NYC housewife in 1958 who discovers that she has a talent for stand-up comedy. The supporting cast includes Alex Borstein, Tony Shalhoub, and Kevin Pollack. It premiered in 2017, and the third season will be premiering on Amazon Prime on Friday, Dec. 6.
Dawson is appearing in the seventh episode of season three in the role of Scott, but hasn't revealed any further information about his character or how he'll be involved in the plot of the show. The actor only teased that he'd be in scenes with Midge via a selfie taken on the set with the series' star. "Making memories with Midge in a dark and grainy studio," he joked. "Whew — long day. Gotta get my sea legs back."
Dawson got his big break back in 1998 when he joined the cast of ATWT, where he remained until the soap's cancelation in 2010. He then went on to make appearances in primetime shows like THE GOOD WIFE, HOMELAND, NCIS, and CASTLE before his stint on GH in 2016 and 2017. More recently, Dawson kept busy turning his play, The F, into a short film and appearing on stage in A Man for All Seasons in 2018.
But now you can see Dawson back on TV again when THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL drops its third season on Amazon Prime at the beginning of December. Let's just hope we don't have to wait so long to see him again in the future!
Dishing with Digest - 8/23/19 - John J. York(8/23/18) John J. York (Mac) Reflects On GH Run (Listen / download).
John J. York looks back on 28 years of playing GH’s Mac with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about he latest cast changes and how viewers respond to character resurgences.
Maurice Benard Opens up About His Second Career(8/23/198) (abc.soapsindepth.com) On the heels of his 25th anniversary in Port Charles, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Maurice Benard landed his second Daytime Emmy for playing Sonny — and that’s not all he’s celebrating. In the first half of 2019, the actor and mental-health advocate hit the big screen in the horror flick Nightmare Cinema, wowed Lifetime audiences as John Gotti and brought fans goats, giggles, inspiration and behind-the-scenes GH fun via social media. And now he’s got a book deal to boot!
The truth is, since his 2015 cameo in the movie Joy, Benard has seemed unstoppable. “For whatever reason, I’ve been able to almost have a second career at my age,” he marveled to Soaps In Depth. “It’s what I always wanted. It just never happened. But one thing’s led to another and then another — and [GH executive producer] Frank Valentini allowing me to do these projects is a big deal! So I’m just enjoying the ride.”
Benard is proud of the work he’s done both in and out of Port Charles of late, but that doesn’t mean switching gears when he leaves Sonny behind is easy. “The roles I’ve done in the last couple of years have all been intimidating,” he confided. “It was very difficult going from GH to the Nightmare Cinema set, for example, because it’s two very different characters. All my characters in the movies are different from Sonny, but I was playing a priest! And I was working with a guy I think is great — Mickey Rourke. Oh, man!” For Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter, the daytime MVP fl ew to Canada on short notice and dove right in. “It was tough but exhilarating,” he recalled. “And when I was making Hold On, I just had major anxiety.”
No matter the hurdles, Benard never let his co-stars see him sweat. “What I do as an actor is I prepare very well, and when I go into the scene, I just tell the truth,” he revealed. “When they see my eyes, they see the honesty. No matter how hard some of these jobs have been, that’s what gets me through: the preparation and knowing I’m going to tell the truth.”
These days, Benard is also pouring that honesty into his memoir due out next April, Nothing General About It: How Love (And Lithium) Saved Me On And Off GH. “Recently, [my wife] Paula asked me if I wanted her to read me some of the chapters,” Benard said. “And when she was reading it, I was moved. I got chills, man! I was so happy. I think it’s going to be great.”
As indicated by the mention of the drug lithium in the title, Benard doesn’t shy away from his personal battles with bipolar disorder, anxiety and depression. “There’s a lot about what I went through,” he promised. “A big part of my life has been speaking about bipolar, and I will not stop, because I know from letters I get and from people I speak to on the street and on Twitter that it helps them. Even if I didn’t want to keep going, I would have to just because of that. It’s too important. I was 21 when I started dealing with this, and now I’m 56. I haven’t had a breakdown in a long time. I’m still dealing with the depression and anxiety, and that’s very difficult, but I’m much better. I got a hold of it… at least for now.”
In the midst of all this professional success, Benard has had a lot to celebrate at home, too. His daughters are graduating from college and getting married and engaged, son Joshua made his acting debut as a young Sonny on GH last year, Paula has officially become a talent agent, and his parents have moved down to Los Angeles. “It’s a good time,” he said. “I’m in a better place than I’ve ever been.”
The actor teases that he’s also got something else in the works — something big! But for the record, he still knows where his second home is. “GH is a family,” he grinned. “It’s the best job in the world, and I love my friends there dearly. I can’t even imagine leaving. But eventually that day will come… and you’re going to have to carry me out! You think the Emmy speech was bad? I won’t be able to talk. I’ll just be down in my dressing room, crying like a baby.”
TK Weaver Teases His New Nickelodeon Role(8/22/19) (Photo) Fans were upset when the role of Danny on GENERAL HOSPITAL was recast, but former portrayer TK Weaver has been enjoying his summer playing basketball and football, and is currently taping a role for Nickelodeon! "Will let you know when my episode will air," he shared on Instagram. In the hashtags, he indicated it was his first audition in a while and he'd taken a break, but now he's back in the game.
"My part is small, but I've been having an absolute blast on set," Weaver reported in a follow-up post. "Meeting new friends. Playing basketball." And hey, who wouldn't have fun at a studio that includes games like basketball and air hockey?
Weaver made his GH debut in May of 2016 and during his time as Danny was nominated for two Young Artist Awards and won a Young Entertainer Award for his daytime work. The character of Sam and Jason's son was recast in May of 2019 when Porter Fasullo took over the role.
We'll be sure to update you just as soon as Weaver reveals what the project is he's working on and when you can watch it.
General Hospital Casts All My Children Vet Michael E. Knight in Mystery Role(8/21/19) Now this is more than a tad interesting: All My Children vet Michael E. Knight has been cast on ABC’s sole surviving sudser, General Hospital.
SoapOperaDigest.com first reported the news.
No details on Knight’s GH role are being made available; TVLine hears, though, that he will begin taping scenes when the soap returns from its mid-summer production hiatus.
A seven-time Daytime Emmy nominee — and three-time winner — during his AMC run, Knight first played Tad “the Cad” Martin in 1982, and save for the occasional break stuck with the soap through both its ABC and online revival finales. (He also played Ted Orsini on AMC, but… we don’t really talk about that.)
In addition to his time as AMC‘s Tad, Knight’s previous TV credits include The Young and the Restless (where in 2015-16 he played Dr. Simon Neville) plus episodes of NCIS, Drop Dead Diva and Hot in Cleveland (as himself).
Back from the dead! Hayley Erin is returning to General Hospital(8/21/19) (ew.com) Kiki, is that really you?
EW has learned exclusively that Hayley Erin — whose character Kiki Jerome was killed off on General Hospital earlier this year — is returning for a not-so-supernatural visit this week.
Kiki comes back to spend some much-needed time with her mom Ava Jerome (Maura West), who hates how her daughter was angry with her before she died. Will this visit from Kiki finally bring Ava piece?
Erin is now co-starring as Taylor Hotchkiss on The Perfectionists, Freeform’s spinoff of Pretty Little Liars. In May, she told ABC Soaps that “I take it as a compliment they didn’t want to bring in another Kiki. It worked for the story, and I got to move on to this new chapter.” She started on GH in 2015.
General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC.
‘Corporate Animals’ Trailer: Demi Moore & Ed Helms Say “Bon Appetit” In Sundance Horror Comedy(8/21/19) (Video) Screen Media has released a pair of trailers (red or green band, depending on your mood) for Corporate Animals, the horror comedy starring Demi Moore and Ed Helms that bowed in the Midnight section of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It hits theaters and on-demand September 20.
Moore plays Lucy, the delusional (OK, terrible) CEO of a struggling startup aimed at millennials. In her infinite wisdom, she leads her staff, including her long-suffering assistants Jess (Jessica Williams) and Freddie (Karan Soni), on a team-building retreat in the caves of New Mexico, led by an overeager guide (Ed Helms). When disaster strikes and the food runs out, mandatory office bonding becomes a lot more … appetizing.
Calum Worthy, Nasim Pedrad, Dan Bakkedahl, Martha Kelly, Isiah Whitlock Jr and Jennifer Kim co-star in the film, directed by Patrick Brice from Sam Bain’s screenplay. Helms and Mike Falbo of Pacific Electric Picture Co. produced with Jess Wu Calder and Keith Calder of Snoot Entertainment.
Kirsten Storms Can't Believe Daughter Harper Is Starting Kindergarten Already!(8/21/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Kids grow up fast, and GENERAL HOSPITAL star Kirsten Storms can't believe how big her baby girl is getting! Little Harper Barash, her daughter with ex-husband and former GH castmate Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny; now Stefan, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) isn't so little anymore and is entering elementary school. "First day of kindergarten is tomorrow, but this little Bug had a great time at the 'Welcome to School' party this morning," Storms shared on Instagram with an absolutely adorable photo of her little girl sitting in the playground.
"I can't believe she's starting elementary school," the proud mom marveled. "It feels like yesterday when she was learning to say 'I luh you' to us. Now she is such a poised, insightful, imaginative five year old who asks the most incredible questions and wants to understand and know everything. The world is yours, little Bug. Soak it up."
Storms also added a note that she had nothing to do with the super-sweet little outfit Harper had on for the party. "Brandon is 100% responsible for her cute little corduroy jumper and puffy sleeved top," she revealed. "I couldn't be prouder."
Longtime fans of GH will also remember Harper as a young Georgie Spinelli, a role she played for a few months in 2015 as a toddler that allowed mommy to bring her to work with her. And now all of a sudden she's in kindergarten! Time sure flies, so enjoy every moment.
Leslie Charleson Recovering From Hand Surgery(8/21/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Please join us in wishing Leslie Charleson (Monica, GENERAL HOSPITAL) a very speedy recovery! The actress was back in the hospital again on July 27 undergoing surgery. "Oops, I did it again!" she teased on her Facebook page. "Just a little hand sugery for a fracture that I got rescuing my tortoise off a hillside."
Fans might recall this isn't the first time that Charleson was injured due to her pets. Back in April of 2018, she fractured her hip after her dog, Riley Rose, knocked her over while rushing out of the house! That time, Monica was already written into episodes that Charleson was unable to perform in, so GH was forced to temporarily recast the role with Patty McCormack.
Thankfully, this time, that may not be necessary as the very next day, Charleson was all smiles at the GH Fan Club Weekend! "Had fun at Wally's Legendary Bingo!" she said of Wally Kurth's (Ned) fan event. "Best of all was seeing old friends Lesli Kay (ex-Lois) and Adrianne Leon (ex-Brook Lynn)." In the photo she snapped with her two former castmates, you can see Charleson's bandaged hand, so clearly this particular surgery isn't having as much impact on her daily life as the last one!
Hopefully, Charleson will mend quickly and be back on our screens as Monica injury-free very soon.
Réal Andrews Books an 'Amazing' New Role!(8/21/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Réal Andrews (ex-Taggert) on booking his first role in his "Hollywood comeback!" "Audition number one booked!" he announced on Instagram. "Boom! The comeback is happening. We are one for one, booked our first audition, a really cool feature." Unfortunately, details of exactly what his role is are not yet available. "We're not allowed to share the title," the actor admitted, "with the power of social media these days. But I can tell you this, it's a really, really amazing part."
Andrews also began getting back in shape a couple months ago, dropping the pounds and putting back on the muscle, so it's a full-on transformation for the daytime vet, who has also appeared on AS THE WORLD TURNS as Walker Daniels, ALL MY CHILDREN as Agent Trumbull, and DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Hal Michaels. Of course, GH fans remember him fondly as Detective Marcus Taggart, the role he played from 1998-2003. "So grateful to my amazing agent, Paula Benard at Embrace Real Artists, and my buddy, Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH), for his support and coaching," the actor added. "A special shout out to all of you for support and prayers. Next, on to the next audition."
And sure enough, the following day, the dedicated performer shared a photo of his new script pages from VisionFire Films perched on his workout equipment so he could study his lines while at the gym! "Working on my next two auditions," he revealed.
Naturally, we'll keep you updated as Andrews releases any further details about his upcoming projects, so you can be sure to watch him back in action! And for more on your favorite GH stars — past and present — keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.
Cassandra James Lands a Role on Vinessa Antoine's Series, DIGGSTOWN(8/19/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL who are watching Vinessa Antoine (ex-Jordan) on DIGGSTOWN will see a familiar face from Port Charles guest-starring on the Canadian legal drama in season two. "Surprise!" Cassandra James (Terry) announced on Twitter. "Shooting DIGGSTOWN with my GH sister Vinessa Antoine."
This was in response to Antoine's own tweet breaking the news with a selfie she snapped on the show's set in Canada. "Just a couple of gals making history," the GH alum declared. "First black person to lead a dramatic show in Canada and first trans woman on a soap together. Wow! Welcome, sister. So proud to have you here."
Antoine left GH in September of 2018 to take the role of attorney Marcie Diggs in the CBC series, which is currently shooting its second season. A few months earlier, in June, James first appeared in Port Charles as Liz's old college friend, Dr. Terry Randolph. And now the two have been reunited on DIGGSTOWN!
There are no details yet as to who James will be playing in her episode, or when that will air in Canada. There has still been no information on when American fans of Antoine's will be able to watch DIGGSTOWN in the United States, but we will keep you up to date as soon as anything is announced.
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 8/19/19 - When Bad Stories Go Good(8/19/19) (Listen / download) We’re used to talking about where good stories went wrong. But every now and then, the opposite happens, too. On this week’s episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast, hosts Richard Simms and Charlie Mason discuss several recent stories in which exactly that happened. How did General Hospital turn a ridiculous sci-fi story into a romance-filled roller-coaster ride? How did Bold & Beautiful turn the baby-swap story around? All this and more on the latest episode.
Wes Ramsey Reveals the Secret of Peter and Maxie's Chemistry(8/19/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Peter and Maxie have come a long way, and the former’s portrayer, Wes Ramsey, is thrilled to be in the ring with Kirsten Storms as a scene partner on GENERAL HOSPITAL. “My hat’s off to Kirsten, because she’s an incredible actress,” he raved to Soaps In Depth. “The work she pulls off day in and day out, week in and week out, I’m really in awe of her. I feel fortunate to work with her. She and I both are able to rely on each other and on the writing — because for us, it starts and ends with the writing. We have to take what they give us and use ourselves to make it into what we believe it could be.”
While Maxie and Peter had trouble making it to their first date, Ramsey never shared any of his character’s doubt. “Immediately, when we realized we were going to work together and that the stakes were going to be so high, we knew it was going to give us a chance to really go for it,” he recalled. “And we did. It’s been a blast!”
Steve Burton Opens up About Playing Stone Cold(8/16/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Jason is the king of the cold shoulder on GENERAL HOSPITAL — as Shiloh learned when they crossed at the boxing gym before Sam’s con ended! “I did not say a single word,” Stone Cold’s portrayer, Steve Burton, reminded Soaps In Depth. “It was amazing. And I wanted to do what America wants me to do: take him out! Coby Ryan McLaughlin and I are having a lot of fun. Shiloh’s just so creepy and sleazy. Fans want him to die, so he’s doing great work!”
Burton added that he was thrilled when he finally got to let Jason off his leash. “We’ve gotten some action and fights — all the good stuff,” he grinned. “And the less I act, the better for everyone!” But McLaughlin begs to differ: “Steve’s like a quiet road map,” he marveled. “There are times where there are these little, subtle energy shifts. He’s always engaged.”
FB Live Q&A: Chad Duell, Katelyn MacMullen, Sofia Mattsson, and Josh Swickard(8/16/19) Q&A: Chad Duell, Katelyn MacMullen, Sofia Mattsson, and Josh Swickard: Video.
GENERAL HOSPITAL Scenic Artist Fernando Pardo Has Passed Away(8/14/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) The GENERAL HOSPITAL cast and crew are mourning the loss of one of their own as scenic artist Fernando Pardo has passed away. The soap ended the Aug. 14 episode with a dedication to the long-running crew member.
A scenic artist leads and oversees the painting of all the scenery on a television, movie, or stage set, so as you can see, Pardo was an integral part of the GH crew. Port Charles wouldn't look the same without his many contributions over the years.
Our thoughts are with Pardo's family and friends during this difficult time.
Tristan Rogers Reveals Robert's Plans as the New D.A.(8/14/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) With GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Scorpio brothers running Port Charles again, locals are in good hands. “Robert and Mac are an excellent team,” grinned Tristan Rogers, who plays the new district attorney. “They’re on opposite sides of the coin, so to speak. Mac represents the police department, and Robert represents the justice system. There’s a few things now that Robert can’t do, so he just tells his brother to go ahead and do it!”
While playing D.A. is new to Robert, the international crime fighter has a long history with the PCPD. He even served as commissioner on and off during the ’80s and early ’90s. All these years later, Rogers maintained, “I don’t think he’s changed a whole lot. He still believes in law and order. What happens, is that the law kind of bends a little bit when he gets hold of it. It’s about his idea of the law!”
As longtime GH fans know, this hero often has had no qualms with seeing bad guys put six feet under when it’s called for — something that Mob boss Sonny understands all too well! But while the don with a heart of gold is grateful to have Robert’s help in dealing with Dante’s deprogramming, the D.A. was quick to put him on notice about their relationship and how it’s changed. “That scene where he told Sonny, ‘Look, there’s got to be some boundaries here about what we can and cannot talk about now that I am D.A.,’ he was laying down the rules,” Rogers noted. “There’s certain things Sonny can’t do. That doesn’t mean to say that I can’t do them… but he can’t do them. Sonny was pissed off about it, but he had to accept it.” At least for now…
General Hospital First Look: Helena Cassadine Returns to Drop a Bombshell(8/13/19) (Photo) ABC’s General Hospital is about to detail how, exactly, grand dame Helena Cassadine figures into a current storyline — and TVLine has your exclusive first look at the big reveal.
In the daytime drama’s Monday, Aug. 19 episode, Constance Towers once again reprises her role as the forever-meddling Cassadine matriarch, who died in November 2016 but last was seen during the 2017 Nurses Ball (via a hallucination that haunted Jake).
What brings Helena “back from the dead” (and yet not) this time around? Well….
The first look photo above is from a flashback to Shiloh (played by Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and Drew Cain’s time in Afghanistan. Who is having this flashback, though, and with whom are they sharing the bombshells contained within? (And might what Helena has to say in the flashback tie into the upcoming departure of Billy Miller, who reportedly taped his final scenes as Drew in late July?)
You’ll get at least some of those answers on Monday. But this much is certain — the flashback will affirm that Helena is never all that far from the evil that goes on in Port Charles.
Kelly Monaco Is 'Heartbroken' About Billy Miller's GENERAL HOSPITAL Exit(8/13/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL were upset when the news broke that Billy Miller (Drew) is leaving the soap, and they're not the only ones. His longtime co-star, Kelly Monaco (Sam), has finally spoken out about his exit. "I feel like I have to address this situation," she tweeted. "Billy Miller's untimely departure from GH. Honestly, I cannot come up with the words to describe how I feel about this decision… a decision that may not be what our audience thinks to be true. I'm heartbroken… more to come."
Miller first joined the cast of GH back in 2014 as a recast of the Jason Morgan character, and found himself thrust into a love triangle between Monaco's Sam and Rebecca Herbst's Liz. However, when Steve Burton returned to the soap and reclaimed his role of Jason, it was revealed that Miller's character was actually his previously-unknown twin brother, Drew Cain. Miller and Monaco continued to work together as Drew and Sam forged a relationship, but when she eventually returned to Jason, the characters went their separate ways.
GH does not comment on actor contracts, and has not confirmed when Miller will last air as Drew, although since he reportedly taped his last scenes at the end of July, his exit should occur sometime towards the end of August, given the soap's filming schedule. Perhaps when that day comes, Monaco will offer up the "more to come" that she promised in her initial tweet. Naturally, we'll keep you up to date as the story continues to develop.
The Inside Scoop On GH’s Franco/Drew Twist(8/13/19) Thanks to Dr. Cabot and Shiloh, the contents of the flash drive loaded with Drew’s memory map have found a new home inside Franco’s brain, and he has emerged from the procedure a changed man. According to newly retired Co-Head Writer Shelly Altman, the writers chose Franco to be the flash drive recipient because “he was the perfect person … It gives us so much story thereafter for so many different characters.” Portrayer Roger Howarth gives the plot a thumbs-up, noting, “It presents a really good obstacle for the Franco/Elizabeth relationship and I think obstacles are really important and in the end, really rewarding.” “I’m excited!” Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) says. “I think it’s really great [story] for Elizabeth to have this man she loves not be there and just be a shell.” For much more on the story, including what Howarth says he did for the first time in his soap career as he began playing Franco-as-Drew, check out the next issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale Friday.
OLTL's Patrick Gibbons Jr. Teases His Return to GENERAL HOSPITAL(8/13/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) A familiar face from ONE LIFE TO LIVE is returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL for another appearance! Young actor Patrick Gibbons, Jr. tweeted a couple photos of himself to announce: "Just got back from hockey camp and California. GH and OLTL fans, Wyatt is coming back. Look out for Wyatt soon on GH with a little surprise."
GH fans will recall Gibbons' appearances as Raging Racoon scout Wyatt Hoover back in June, 2018. The boy found himself caught up in Obrecht's kidnapping scheme when he stumbled upon Peter tied up in the cabin and was instrumental in getting the poor guy some help. OLTL fans will remember him as young Sam Manning from 2010-13, though he obviously looked a little different back then! Gibbons' GH stint reunited him with his former OLTL castmates Roger Howarth (Franco) and Michael Easton (Finn), who played Todd Manning and John McBain on the much-missed sudser.
Unfortunately, Gibbons didn't reveal exactly when Wyatt would be back on GH or in exactly what capacity, but we'll keep you up to date as more information is announced. Stay tuned!
Watch GH's Dominic Zamprogna in 'To the Moon and Back'(8/13/19) Fans were thrilled when Dominic Zamprogna returned to GENERAL HOSPITAL to reprise his role of Dante Falconeri in March of 2019, but less so when his stint turned out to be extremely brief. But they can take heart that they'll be able to see the Daytime Emmy-nominated actor in a new short film titled To the Moon and Back. It is written and directed by Nate Hapke, who is also a member of the GH directing team. "To work with talent like this is a dream come true as a writer/director," he tweeted back in February when they were filming.
In To the Moon and Back, Zamprogna plays Robert Westfield, a man who, in the moments before he has to eulogize his mother, finds solace in his wife and daughter. The cast also includes Danielle Rayne and Julie Romano. The film's IMDb page lists Sunday, Sept. 1 as a release date, but that's likely just a placeholder. As soon as solid details regarding a release and how to watch it, we'll be sure to let you know. Until then, you can check out this emotional trailer: Video.
Ryan Paevey Opens up About His Final Heartbreaking Episodes of GENERAL HOSPITAL(8/13/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) It‘s not being the good guy on a canvas where the heroes just happen to be mobsters! As Ryan Paevey (ex-Nathan, GENERAL HOSPITAL) put it, “You kind of get the short end of the stick when you’re a cop on a soap, because all of the bad guys are super popular characters… I mean, was Nathan West going to take Sonny down? Hell, no!”
Nevertheless, the detective provided balance, both on the show and for Maxie, whose own history was also chock full of questionable behavior. “Everybody likes to see young love — there’s a lot of hope and sweetness,” Paevey maintained. “Everything that Nathan did, he did with Maxie in mind. He knew all of her favorite foods, favorite drinks, favorite shoes, favorite designers… ”
Sadly, the couple would soon go from their wedding… to the groom’s funeral. “I recall everything about my final scenes: coming out of the elevator, being shot by Faison — who recognized the uniform but not [me as his son] — and being operated on by Griffin, who’d had an affair with my first wife [Claudette], so it would look kind of bad if he let me die,” Paevey reflected. “And the last scene that I shot was with Kirsten [Storms] when I tell Maxie that I love her and both of us are crying, and when I go to sleep, my heart monitor codes.”
Just as viewers sobbed buckets of tears, so too did Nathan’s loved ones. “I had to lie there while everybody gave these earth-shattering performances over me,” Paevey recalled of the challenging scene, “and then do my very best not to react as any human being would!” Does that mean that the actor did shed a few tears as well? You bet! “Oh, I was crying. For sure!” he admitted. “They cut around it, so I don’t think you see it in there, but there wasn’t a dry eye in the house for like a week. Everybody was a train wreck!”
The funeral scenes that followed were so memorable that they wound up being on the Daytime Emmy reel submitted by GH for Outstanding Drama Series the next year. For the actor, who’s since gone on to make several movies for Hallmark, it still feels like it happened just yesterday. Despite having “no regrets” about exiting the soap, he remains sad about one thing on behalf of his former character: “I would have liked to have seen Nathan meet his son.”
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 8/12/19 - Get These Characters A Story… Pronto!(8/12/19) (Listen / download) Long before news broke that GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Billy Miller would be exiting the role of Drew, the character failed to have any major story. This week, Soaps In Depth editors Richard and Charlie ask why some characters — including THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s Bill and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Traci — wind up backburnered, no matter how popular. Plus, Charlie introduces a new segment called "I Don't Get You,” and the hosts answer some viewer mail.
GH's Katelyn MacMullen Reveals the Odd Thing She Has in Common With Josh Swickard(8/11/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) On-screen GENERAL HOSPITAL lovers Katelyn MacMullen (Willow) and Josh Swickard (Chase) have something rather interesting in common. “He has three sisters and I have three brothers,” MacMullen revealed to Soaps In Depth. “When we first met, we were like ‘What?’ Because we’re similar, but different. It’s kind of funny.”
Swickard added that thanks to his sisters, he’s a “mushy” romantic who reveals he was “obsessed” with all the chick flicks that came out in the ‘90s and early 2000s. And while he’s not afraid to embrace his feminine side, it turns out that MacMullen is a lot tougher than she looks! “It was me, my three brothers and then most of my cousins are boys too, so I was always hanging out with boys,” she admitted. “So I’ve always been a huge tomboy. Huge!”
Kimberly McCullough Shares Two New Directing Projects!(8/11/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) She may not play Robin much anymore on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but Kimberly McCullough's career is still in high gear as the actress-turned-director continues to line up one big project after another! She just shared the terrific news that she would be directing another episode of THE BOLD TYPE for Freeform. McCullough previously helmed "Final Push," the ninth episode of the third season that aired back in June of 2019. She shared an Instagram photo of her script from the table read, but there's no indication of which episode of season four she will be directing or when it would air.
THE BOLD TYPE is a dramedy airing on Freeform that centers around the staff of Scarlet Magazine, and is based on the life of Joanna Coles, former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan. It stars Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, and Meghann Fahy, and the cast also includes daytime alum Sam Page (Trey, ALL MY CHILDREN). McCullough also shared a photo of some props from the episode she was directing, but we can't include it on a family website!
In addition, McCullough revealed the "secret project" that she had been teasing back when she announced she was directing an episode of IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA. She was scouting locations at Salt Lake High School East in Utah, and that's because she's working on an episode of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES, which is scheduled to premiere on Nov. 12 on Disney Plus. "Love these smiling faces," she said of a cast photo. "And you will, too."
We'll be sure to let you know when air dates are announced for McCullough's episodes of both THE BOLD TYPE and HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES, so stay tuned!
Daytime Emmys to Combine Younger Actress and Actor Awards Into One Gender Neutral-Category in 2020(8/9/19) The Daytime Emmys in 2020 will combine the Outstanding Younger Actress and Outstanding Younger Actor awards into one gender-neutral category, our sister site Variety reports.
The National Academy of Television Arts (NATAS) is also expected to announce that coinciding with that change, the new category will include performers from both broadcast dramas and digital series.
The Daytime Emmys already keep things gender-neutral with its Outstanding Special Guest Performer category.
The young performer categories first debuted at the 1985 Daytime Emmys, at which time they were named the Outstanding Ingenue and Outstanding Young Man awards; Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren, The Young and the Restless) and Brian Bloom (Dusty, As the World Turns) were the inaugural winners. The gender-specific categories were later renamed Outstanding Juvenile Female and Outstanding Juvenile Male, before eventually adopting the Younger Actress and Younger Actor titles.
In 2012, the criteria for the two categories was tweaked, requiring that the nominated performer be aged 25 or younger.
This year’s winners in the separate categories were Hayley Erin (Kiki, General Hospital) and Kyler Pettis (Theo, Days of Our Lives).
The Television Critics Association Awards, held every August, are among the TV-industry accolades that similarly have gender-neutral categories (e.g. Individual Achievement in Comedy).
New Gig For Cohen(8/9/19) Matt Cohen (ex-Griffen, GH) co-hosted Entertainment Tonight last night (August 8) after having done one reporting segment for them a few weeks ago.
Parry Shen Celebrates His 200th Episode on GENERAL HOSPITAL(8/9/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) Congratulations to Parry Shen, who is celebrating a big landmark in his career playing Brad Cooper at GENERAL HOSPITAL! "Hit a personal milestone today and filmed my 200th episode!" he announced on Instagram. "Originally planned for four episodes, it's been a fantastic journey with storylines I'd never fathom being a part of! Thanks for comin' along for the ride!"
Shen made his debut as the scheming lab tech back in May of 2013, and has gotten mixed up in all kinds of drama since then. In addition to his regular availability to tamper with lab tests, be they DNA, pregnancy, or whatever, Brad has also gotten mixed up in a love triangle with Felix and Lucas and his friendship with Britt became an instant fan-favorite. It looked like Brad had turned over a new leaf when he fell in love with and married Lucas, but in his grief over the death of their newly-adopted baby, he made an ill-advised baby swap with Nelle that is threatening to blow his entire life out of the water.
We love the way Shen "enhanced" his Instagram photos with the glasses and props, and we probably aren't the only ones hoping that he does indeed make that 300 episode milestone just to see him recreate that final image in the gallery! Stay tuned to see Shen continue to play the character fans love to hate.
Rena Sofer Couldn't Be Prouder of Daughter Avalon(8/9/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) While THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL’s Quinn may be masterful in any argument, portrayer Rena Sofer says her daughter, Avalon, 13, is, too! The middle school student and her two teammates recently took first place in a debate competition involving 118 other teams in Southern California. “It was a three-girl vs. a three-boy team, and they destroyed them,” Sofer gleefully reported to Soaps In Depth. “Nothing against the boys, but the girls killed it and I couldn’t be more proud. It was amazing.”
Debate isn’t the only field in which Sofer’s daughter excels. “She’s this incredible over-achiever, whether it be getting black belts or playing on the tennis team or being an honors student. I had nothing to do with it — it’s just who she is, and she amazes me every single day.”
Jacklyn Zeman Thinks Bobbie Deserves to Find Love on GENERAL HOSPITAL(8/7/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) After all these years, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Jacklyn Zeman is still in love with her character — who started out as a fun-loving troublemaker! “When Bobbie first came on, she was written as a taker,” the actress reflected to Soaps In Depth. “She had an agenda. Remember her pretending to be pregnant to get Laura to drive off the cliff so she could have Scotty to herself?!?”
It’s those past incidents — along with the fact that Bobbie actually bought Lucas on the black market! — that allow son-in-law Brad to believe she might understand how he got caught up in the babyswapping mess. But Zeman’s not so sure that’s the case. “This character’s come a long way,” she contended. “People have told me over the years that when they think of Bobbie, they think of the heart. She’s a very loving person who’s extremely connected. She’s become a giver — a person that wants to contribute more than she wants to receive. That’s the part of the character I relate to, and it’s why I could continue to play her for 42 years now!”
Not only is Bobbie a beloved GH nurse today, but she’s a matriarch who talks straight to her kids — and, as we’ve seen with Carly, has taught them to do the same! “I love that Bobbie is the initiator of that — particularly since she had no training or role models,” Zeman said. “Her parents weren’t there. She had such a dysfunctional upbringing.”
One might argue that with a past like hers, the former prostitute had every excuse to stay a scheming taker… but that was never Bobbie’s nature.“She’s always been a pick-herself-up-by-the- bootstraps kind of gal,” Zeman explained. “And that’s an important message for people to look at: You have to take life from where you are, not where you were! The writers have a tremendous amount of power when they come up with these stories, because we all see ourselves in them. We find patience, instructions on how to behave and ideas on how to live, grow and be better. I love that I get to play that!”
While we didn’t see much of Bobbie last year, she’s had a busy summer. On the heels of her type 2 diabetes diagnosis, Scotty compared her to a comfy old shoe. And while neither of those things felt like a win for Bobbie, Zeman is thrilled. “Diabetes is out there, and it’s rampant,” she said. “When I heard, I went online and read all about it so I would actually understand what it meant — because Bobbie’s a nurse! I like when we do things correctly, because TV sets are all over hospitals, so we have a big audience in the healthcare profession. You’ve got to get it right. Plus, it’s important to get the word out so people can recognize the symptoms.”
The icing on the cake for Zeman was Scotty’s proposal. “I love Bobbie’s diagnosis coming at the same time that Scott’s going through his midlife crisis,” she chuckled. “Suddenly, it was, ‘Will you marry me?’ ‘I don’t want some pity proposal!’”
Bobbie may not want Scotty’s pity, but she does want romance. “I get so many comments from women who are over 40, have been married… and now they’re back to dating,” Zeman said. “Love never ends, and they want to see that potential. There’s an opportunity there for our writers — and I would love to play that! Get Bobbie on a dating app. I could tell you some stories from my real life, because I’m single. Oh, my gosh! The writers could go crazy with this.”
While dating would be fun, Zeman’s not counting out Scotty for Bobbie. “They have always had that attraction and sexual spark,” she maintained. “I think they could make it work.”
GH Alums Team Up For New Project(8/6/19) Natalia Livingston (ex-Emily) and RIck Hearst (ex-Ric) co-star in the upcoming faith-based sports drama Full Count, which is slated for a U.S. theatrical and VOD release on October 25, 2019. Livingston plays Katherine Young, a homemaker dealing with a family tragedy; Hearst plays Deputy Jones, a recent transfer from a “big city” precinct.
Ingo Rademacher Promises Sonny and Jax "Still Hate Each Other" on GENERAL HOSPITAL(8/6/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) With Josslyn still grieving the death of Oscar, both her father and stepfather have stepped up to support her on GENERAL HOSPITAL. “Daddy’s home, and he’s a safe place for Josslyn,” the brokenhearted teen’s portrayer, Eden McCoy, maintained to Soaps In Depth. “She needs Jax, but Sonny is Uncle Sonny. He’s not blood, but he’s the closest thing to it. It’s a completely different dynamic between Sonny and Joss. They both love Carly, and Sonny’s always there for her.” For Jax, the fact that his daughter sees the Mob boss that way clearly poses a problem. “He can’t like that she’s gotten closer to Sonny,” said McCoy with a chuckle.
Ingo Rademacher (Jax) agrees that Sonny and Josslyn’s bond really sticks in his character’s craw. “It must be like nails on a chalkboard for him,” the actor sighed. “When Jax was away, it was explained that he talked to his daughter on the phone all the time, she came to visit him in Australia… we’ve established all those things. Now, Jax and Sonny are forced to get along, because his wife and I share a daughter whom he has helped raise. When I heard that Jax was buying Crimson, I was kind of surprised. That’s almost too small-scale for Jax. He’s a corporate raider who takes businesses apart and sells pieces. But he’s been thinking about the future and working at Crimson is really about being closer to his daughter.”
Sure, Jax and Sonny have called a truce for the time being. But it’s hard for any longtime viewer to imagine any peace treaty between the alpha males working long-term considering the explosive history between them. “This relationship has evolved over 20 years,” Rademacher pointed out. “Sonny and Jax used to just hate each other. They still hate each other! So anything Jax can do — like that dig about buying Kate’s old house next door — is fun. ‘I think I’m going to buy it. Won’t it be great? I can come over every day and you can pour me a drink like you are right now.’”
So while Carly’s current and former husbands have been holding back on that hatred thus far, the gloves may very well come off once they’ve both deemed Joss healed from losing Oscar. And we suspect Jax won’t be particularly happy if his impressionable daughter just so happens to move on with Dev, Sonny’s mysterious “cousin” living down the hall!
Stay tuned to see what happens next.
RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE Star Manila Luzon Appears on GENERAL HOSPITAL(8/6/19) Port Charles is welcoming a very memorable guest star when Manila Luzon appears on GENERAL HOSPITAL! "The Floating Rib has a new queen!" the soap shared on Instagram. "Manila Luzon stopped by Port Charles today and we couldn't wait to tell you. Stay tuned…" Of course, GH isn't sharing any further details about the appearance, but if the drag queen was on set on Aug. 5, you can expect to see her episode air sometime at the beginning of September, given their advanced shooting schedule.
Manila Luzon, whose real name is Karl Westerberg, is best known as the runner up of season three of RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE and also returned for the first and fourth seasons of RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS. The popular fan favorite has performed all over the world and in February of 2019, released her first studio album, Rules!.
At this time, additional information on Manila's appearance on GH, but from that photo of her perched on the bar with bingo cards and dots behind her, it would seem that The Floating Rib is having a drag queen bingo night! Stay tuned for more details as they are released.
Don't Miss GH's Ryan Paevey on HOME & FAMILY(8/6/19) Fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Ryan Paevey (ex-Nathan) are looking forward to seeing the handsome and talented actor in another movie when A Summer Romance premieres on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 9 p.m. ET, but they can enjoy even more screen time with the hunk when he stops by HOME & FAMILY on Friday, Aug. 9, to promote the flick! Paevey will be sitting down as a guest on the Hallmark Channel chat show with hosts Cameron Mathison (Ryan, ALL MY CHILDREN) and Debbie Matenopoulos to offer up a preview of his romantic new movie… and who knows what else he might reveal while he's on the couch?
Paevey won over a legion of fans during his five-year run as the good-hearted detective Nathan West on GH, and they have followed him as his career has blossomed. The actor has made quite a name for himself now in various Hallmark Channel movies including Unleashing Mr. Darcy, Marrying Mr. Darcy, Harvest Love, and Hope at Christmas.
So be sure to tune in to HOME & FAMILY on Friday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m. ET to get a sneak preview of Paevey's new movie, then set your DVR for A Summer Romance, premiering on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 9 p.m. ET!
Barry Coe Dies: ‘Peyton Place’ & Mr. Goodwrench Actor Was 84(8/6/19) Barry Coe (ex-Joe, General Hospital), who starred in the 1957 film Peyton Place, was considered as a possible series regular on Bonanza and became familiar to a new generation of TV viewers as the Mr. Goodwrench character in commercials that ran in the 1970s and ’80s, died July 16 in Palm Desert, CA. He was 84.
Coe’s death from the bone marrow disease myelodysplastic syndrome was announced by his family.
A resident of Sun Valley, ID, in later life, Coe began his Hollywood career with small, uncredited roles in such mid-1950s fare as How to Be Very, Very Popular, D-Day The Sixth of June and TV’s Cheyenne, moving on to credited roles in the 1956 Elvis Presley hit Love Me Tender and TV’s The 20th Century-Fox Hour.
His breakthrough came in 1957’s Peyton Place, in the role of Rodney Harrington. Although the character would be played by Ryan O’Neal in the subsequent TV adaptation, Coe was an increasingly popular young actor, co-starring in Raoul Walsh’s 1959 A Private’s Affair with Sal Mineo and Barbara Eden, and with Clark Gable, Carroll Baker and Lee J. Cobb in that year’s But Not for Me.
In 1960, he shared a Golden Globe Award for most promising male newcomer with Troy Donahue, George Hamilton and James Shigeta. He was a series regular on ABC’s short-lived 1961 journalism drama Follow the Sun, and the following year appeared in an episode of Bonanza. According to the website Bonanza: Scenery of the Ponderosa, Coe was being considered as a replacement for series regular Pernell Roberts, but the idea was nixed by series co-star Michael Landon, who, according to the site, “was jealous of Coe and also considered him to be competition.”
Later credits throughout the 1970s included a role on Bracken’s World, and appearances on Mission: Impossible, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Arthur Hailey’s The Moneychangers and, in his final credited appearance, 1978’s Jaws 2.
From the late 1970s to early 1980s he appeared as the Mr. Goodwrench character in TV commercials for General Motors.
Coe is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jorunn Kristiansen Coe; three children and their spouses; and 10 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in his name to Habitat for Humanity.
We Asked Laura Wright to Pick Her Favorite GH Leading Man(8/5/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Although not the first actress to play the role of Carly Benson Corinthos on GENERAL HOSPITAL, Laura Wright has been playing the beleaguered heroine since 2005, and has shared the screen with plenty of handsome and talented leading men over the years. Of course, when asked to play favorites, she struggled a bit! "Gosh, I can't pick just one!" Wright exclaimed to Soaps In Depth. "I love the Jax and Carly dynamic… and I love working with Ingo Rademacher. And I loved working with Roger Howarth as Todd!"
Whether Howarth is playing his current role of Franco Baldwin or his ONE LIFE TO LIVE transplant, Todd Manning, sharing scenes with the actor is always something special. "Todd and Carly were a great pairing for who they were at the time," she recalled, and anyone will tell you, Roger's got some great one-liners when you're rehearsing."
Of course, countless GH fans can't imagine Carly with anyone but her one, true love, Sonny, played by the incredible Maurice Benard. "And then I never got to play the love story with Maurice until this last go-'round," Wright admitted. "We'd have sex in the back of a limo or be fighting exes, but what I love so much about Sonny and Carly is that it's as real as we can make it… in a soap opera Mob story. We really play the deep love and know that, at the end of the day, with all the people we've been connected to, it's always Sonny and Carly. That's amazing.
"And I'm really close with Maurice," she continued. "He's a dear friend. We work extremely well together, and we're very much invested in this. What's great about Maurice is that if they throw a monkey wrench into the relationship or try to bring an ex-lover back, we love playing the stories. We don't get caught up in our own egos or say, 'Our characters wouldn't do this.' We figure out how we can make the show and our characters benefit by the storyline. We work hard at telling the couple's story together."
Stay tuned to see what the future holds for Carly.
‘Grand Hotel’: ABC Will Make Renewal Decision After Summer Run Although Karey Burke “Wished” Ratings Were Stronger – TCA(8/5/19) Grand Hotel fans will have to wait until the soapy drama’s summer run is over before discovering whether there will be a second season.
ABC’s President of Entertainment Karey Burke revealed that the network hadn’t made a renewal decision on the Eva Longoria-exec produced show.
Burke did, however, point to the show’s soft ratings, which may not be a great sign for its future.
“We’re going to wait until the end of its run. It’s a show we like a lot. It’s a show that I wish the ratings were a bit stronger but we’ll make that decision after its run,” she said.
Written by Brian Tanen based on a Spanish format, Grand Hotel is a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel, centering on the family who owns the business, the staff who run it and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior.
The Demian Bichir and Roselyn Sanchez-fronted series is a contemporary adaptation of a “period piece” format from Spain with an Upstairs/Downstairs tone. Katey Sagal is among the celebrity guests who show up to visit the family-owned hotel.
Katelyn MacMullen Reveals Her Biggest Passion(8/5/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Although GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Katelyn MacMullen (Willow) was born in Los Angeles, her family moved around. So when the actress returned to Hollywood to follow her passion a few years back, she suffered a bit of a culture shock. Luckily, she had just the show to get her through it. “I’m obsessed with HART OF DIXIE,” she confided to Soaps In Depth. “I’m from a small town, so being in a big city, just getting to sit in my room and watch that show made me feel like I was back home again. It was really nice.”
Now, she can only hope she’s providing that kind of comfort to GH viewers. “The magic of a TV show is that it can be such soul food for people,” she explained. “I love acting. It’s my biggest passion. To be able to do it all the time is such a blessing. And if I can be part of something that allows someone to sit back, relax and lose themselves, that alone is great.”
Wes Ramsey Opens up About His Sexy New Movie, 'Perception'(8/2/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Trailer) Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL actor Wes Ramsey (Peter), whose new film, Perception, is being released on iTunes and all VOD platforms on Tuesday, August 6! "It's the performance I've waited my whole life to give," he confided to Soaps In Depth. "A character I always believed was in me. And once it was out… I'm really proud of it." Shot in Ramsey's hometown of Louisville, KY, the thriller was filmed shortly before the actor joined the cast of GH.
Directed by Ilana Rein and co-written by Rein and Brian Smith, Perception centers around Ramsey’s character of Daniel, a struggling real estate developer who must evict Nina (Meera Rohit Kumbhani), a small-time psychic struggling to provide for her young son. But when she offers him a free reading and senses the spirit of his dead wife, Daniel becomes obsessed with reconnecting with his lost love. Both he and Nina must decide how far they’ll go to get what they want, and the spirit might also have plans of her own in this supernatural thriller!
In addition to playing Peter August on GH, Ramsey has also been moonlighting in some independent feature films like Two Pictures and Last Seen in Idaho. While Perception premiered back at the DTLA Film Festival back in October of 2018, the actor is excited everyone will finally get to see the movie. "I'm happy it found distribution and that it's going to be able to be seen," he enthused. "When you make a movie, you don't know if it's going to take one year to come out or six months or two years. You just hope that it doesn't get blown off or put on a shelf and that it finds a home.
"The fact that right after I completed the movie was when I began the process of auditioning and screen-testing and ending up on contract at GH," Ramsey added, "it's nice to now, two years later, be able to use my Port Charles family and community to help me support the release of this film that I'm really proud of. And everyone's excited about it." Check out this steamy trailer!
Dishing with Digest - 8/2/19 - Michelle Stafford(8/2/19) Michelle Stafford Opens Up About Her Y&R Return (Listen / download).
Michelle Stafford talks about the road that led her back to playing Y&R's Phyllis, her favorite GH memories and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss Billy Miller's exit from GH as Drew, and debate whether or not big roles should be recast.
Kelly Monaco Reveals Why She Chose to Work at GENERAL HOSPITAL(8/2/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When PORT CHARLES was canceled in 2003, Kelly Monaco (who played Livvie on the GENERAL HOSPITAL spin-off before creating the role of Sam) barely had a chance to react to the news. “I got the call that the show was being cancelled and I think I cried for like five seconds,” she revealed at a fan event. “It was pretty messed up. I fortunately had a call moments later with an option to pretty much take my pick!”
Despite learning that several soaps were interested in working with her, Monaco knew exactly where she wanted to be. “I thought GH was the best show on daytime, so I called Brian Frons, who was head of ABC Daytime at the time,” she shared. “I don’t think [then-headwriters Charles Pratt Jr. and Robert Guza Jr.] really liked that too much… but lo and behold, Sam was created! So I’m very grateful!”
Jen Lilley Welcomes a Beautiful Baby Girl(8/2/19) (Video) Congratulations to Jen Lilley on the birth of her beautiful baby girl Julie Evangeline! The actress, who DAYS OF OUR LIVES fans know as Theresa and GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers remember as Maxie, welcomed the bundle of joy into the world with her husband, Jason Wayne, on July 30, 2019, at 7:10 a.m.. Little Julie weighed in at six pounds, eight ounces, and measured 19 inches. "She's here!" Lilley exclaimed on Instagram when she announced the happy news.
The parents had already settled on the name Julie back when they first went public with the pregnancy announcement back in March. They already have two sons who they took in as foster children, and have already finalized the adoption of the older boy. They are still working on the adoption process for his younger brother.
Lilley shared a short video that shows her entering the hospital and going through labor with her loving husband at her side, followed by the actual birth and then mother and father's first moments of skin-to-skin contact with their newborn baby girl.
Jeffrey Vincent Parise Lands a New Role in THE MAGICIANS(8/2/19) Fans of actor Jeffrey Vincent Parise who miss seeing him as Carlos on GENERAL HOSPITAL can look forward to seeing him ply his talents in yet another new role, this time appearing in an episode of the SyFy series THE MAGICIANS! "Stay tuned," he teased with a snapshot of his shooting script looking out over Vancouver, where they are filming the show.
According to the script cover, he'll be appearing in the fifth episode of the fifth season titled "Apocalypse? Now?!" written by series story editor Mike Moore and directed by Shannon Kohli, who has helmed a few other episodes before. Unfortunately, the fifth season of THE MAGICIANS is not scheduled to premiere until 2020, but as soon as there's an official release date and more information for Parise's episode — like which character he'll be playing — we'll be sure to let you know!
GH Co-Head Writer Retires(7/31/19) GH’s Emmy-winning scribe Shelly Altman has announced her retirement; her last day is August 2, reports tvinsider.com Opens a New Window. . Dan O’Connor, a current breakdown writer for the soap, will join Co-Head Writer Chris Van Etten on the top team. Of the new duo, Executive Producer Frank Valentini told the site, “These two understand the canvas and the characters. They also bring creativity, passion and commitment to the show’s history and its future.” Valentini also commented on Altman, noting, “Shelly, thank you for years of complex, emotional, intriguing story that ranged from suspense to heartbreak to laugh out loud funny, and everything in-between. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.”
'Little Fires Everywhere’: Jaime Ray Newman To Recur In Hulu Series(7/31/19) Jaime Ray Newman (ex-Kristina Cassadine, General Hospital) is set for a recurring role opposite Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Rosemarie DeWitt and Joshua Jackson in Little Fires Everywhere, Hulu’s upcoming limited series based on Celeste Ng’s bestselling book.
Developed and written by Casual‘s Liz Tigelaar, the series hails from Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, Washington’s Simpson Street and ABC Signature Studios. Little Fires Everywhere follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. The story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
Newman will play Elizabeth, a gynecologist who works for Planned Parenthood, was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and attended East Shaker High School with Elena (Witherspoon) and Linda (Dewitt). But unlike Elena and Linda, Elizabeth chose not to have children, and her differing views on motherhood and what it means to be a woman causes strife between the former friends.
The cast also includes Jade Pettyjohn (Lexie Richardson), Jordan Elsass (Trip Richardson), Gavin Lewis (Moody Richardson) and Lexi Underwood (Pearl Warren).
Witherspoon and Washington will star in the series, with Tigelaar serving as executive producer and showrunner. Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter will executive produce for Hello Sunshine, along with Washington and Pilar Savone for Simpson Street, and Lynn Shelton.
Newman can most recently be seen opposite Jon Bernthal in Marvel’s The Punisher for Netflix. Previously, Newman was a series regular on ABC’s Wicked City and also starred in True Fiction for Bravo. She also had a major recurring arc on the fourth season of A&E’s Bates Motel and recently on NBC’s Midnight, Texas. Newman received an Academy Award this year for her short film, Skin, which she produced alongside director Guy Nattiv. She can next be seen in the upcoming Lech Majewski film, Valley of Gods, opposite Josh Hartnett. She’s repped by ICM Partners and managed by The Burstein Company.
Billy Miller Wraps GH Run(7/30/19) Billy Miller (Drew, GH) has addressed his exit from the soap he first joined in 2014. The three-time Emmy winner, who came to GH with great fanfare after a successful six-year run on Y&R, penned a heartfelt good-bye letter to fans that was included in a tweet posted by his longtime manager, Marnie Sparer (https://twitter.com/TalktoMarn/status/1155655638417985537), who wrote, “Officially. Billy. Miller.” The letter reads: “Hello friends, With a slight air of sadness, it is time to ponder what ‘goodbye’ means. However, instead of dwelling on what is gone and sure to be missed, there is another way. Maybe our goodbye is really a remembrance of love felt, an appreciation for lives shared, and the lifelong reminisces that come from embraces given and received. Maybe our goodbye is an earnest hope for the brightest path forward for us all. Maybe our goodbye is honoring growth and lessons learned. Now, instead of sadness, I am filled with gratitude for all your support, encouragement, and every emotion shared. I cherish the journey we have taken together. Thank you for allowing me into your homes and lives. With every ounce of my being, I thank you for being you. I would be remiss in this crazy, unpredictable world we all love so much if I did not hold out the possibility that maybe our GOODBYE is really….. TILL NEXT TIME. All My Love.” The popular star reportedly filmed his last day on Friday, July 26.
Leslie Charleson Recovering From Hand Surgery(7/30/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Please join us in wishing Leslie Charleson (Monica, GENERAL HOSPITAL) a very speedy recovery! The actress was back in the hospital again on July 27 undergoing surgery. "Oops, I did it again!" she teased on her Facebook page. "Just a little hand sugery for a fracture that I got rescuing my tortoise off a hillside."
Fans might recall this isn't the first time that Charleson was injured due to her pets. Back in April of 2018, she fractured her hip after her dog, Riley Rose, knocked her over while rushing out of the house! That time, Monica was already written into episodes that Charleson was unable to perform in, so GH was forced to temporarily recast the role with Patty McCormack.
Thankfully, this time, that may not be necessary as the very next day, Charleson was all smiles at the GH Fan Club Weekend! "Had fun at Wally's Legendary Bingo!" she said of Wally Kurth's (Ned) fan event. "Best of all was seeing old friends Lesli Kay (ex-Lois) and Adrianne Leon (ex-Brook Lynn)." In the photo she snapped with her two former castmates, you can see Charleson's bandaged hand, so clearly this particular surgery isn't having as much impact on her daily life as the last one!
Hopefully, Charleson will mend quickly and be back on our screens as Monica injury-free very soon.
Soaps InDepth Podcast - 7/29/19 - Tough Love(7/29/19) (Listen / download) On this week’s episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast, hosts Charlie and Richard dish out a little bit of tough love to their soaps. What changes would they like to see made to GENERAL HOSPITAL, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and DAYS OF OUR LIVES? Tune in to find out… then let them know what changes you’d like to see made.
Laura Wright Says She Always Knew Kelly Ripa Would Be a Star(7/28/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Since taking over as co-host of what’s now LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN in 2001, Kelly Ripa (Hayley, ALL MY CHILDREN) has gone from daytime starlet to morning talk show icon — and the transition was no surprise to GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Laura Wright (Carly). “Kelly’s a friend of mine from when I was [Ally] on LOVING and she was on AMC” in New York during the 1990s. “We were inseparable for the longest time.”
When Kathie Lee Gifford announced that she was leaving what was then LIVE! WITH REGIS & KATHIE LEE, Wright thought her pal would be perfect as Regis Philbin’s new co-host. “I just knew this was Kelly’s job. I had no idea she was even in the running. I was talking with a friend and said Kelly should have the part. There was no one else that quick and funny on the spot.” So when Ripa called to share the big news, Wright could have easily told mutual friends that she’d predicted the casting news. “It’s just so her!”
Hogestyn & Stewart Married(7/28/19) Ben Hogestyn (ex-Lucas, GH) tied the knot with Danica Stewart (ex-Jessica, PASSIONS; ex-Maxie, GH) yesterday. Ben’s father, Drake Hogestyn (John, DAYS) posted a wedding shot on Twitter, enthusing, “Woohoo Ben!! Congratulations Son…and WELCOME TO THE FAMILY Danica! We love you!” In the beachside pic, Drake’s daughters Alexandra, Whitney and Rachael, are standing under the canopy with the bride and groom, performing the ceremony. Drake later posted a short video from the reception, adding, “Cheers to the first page of an amazing new chapter in your life kids! Let the party begin…” Congratulations to the happy couple!
Dishing with Digest - 7/26/19 - Brandon Barash(7/26/19) (Listen / download) Brandon Barash (Stefan) Talks About DAYS, GH And Fatherhood.
DAYS's Brandon Barash (Stefan) chats about his Salem present, his Port Charles past, raising daughter Harper and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about casting popular vets in new roles.
Jen Ray Joins the Cast of GENERAL HOSPITAL as Chelsea(7/24/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Ava didn't have much luck with Sibley Gamble but there's a new psychic in town who might just have better skills! Chelsea Lambas debuts on GENERAL HOSPITAL in the Friday, July 26 episode, and she could have some important information for the residents of Port Charles. "What does Chelsea see in Franco's future?" mused ABC exec Nathan Varni when he teased the character's introduction on Twitter.
Chelsea's portrayer, Jen Ray, will look very familiar to fans of THE MIDDLE, as she played neighbor Nancy Donahue for the entire run of the ABC sitcom. Or you might recognize her from one of her other primetime TV guest appearances on series like GILMORE GIRLS, BIG LOVE, TRUE BLOOD, or THE NEW NORMAL. GH will be Ray's daytime debut.
Will Chelsea be able to help Ava make peace with Kiki, and what spiritual insights might she have for other characters on the soap? You'll have to stay tuned to find out.
Eden McCoy Reveals the Emotional Toll Her GH Storyline Took on Her(7/23/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Last year, all Eden McCoy (Josslyn) wanted was to get into some heavy, heartbreaking storylines on GENERAL HOSPITAL. “It’s funny, because you always want what you don’t have,” the teenager chuckled to Soaps In Depth. “I wanted to dive into something dramatic. Then when I had to cry for the first time, I remember I was so taken back by it — and I had no idea what was coming!”
The effects of the emotional story stuck with McCoy even when she wasn’t on set. “One week, I had to go to work right after school every day and knew Joss was going to be in a dark emotional place, so I just stayed in the dark place. That kind of sucked!” she sighed. “Now I’m like, ‘Why can’t I have one scene that doesn’t leave me depressed for a week?’” While the storyline was emotionally taxing, McCoy has not a single regret where it is concerned. “I’m very grateful,” she admitted. “I love bringing something to the screen that people can chew on.”
Mark Lawson Returns to GENERAL HOSPITAL as Dustin(7/23/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Some ABC Daytime fans recognized Dustin Phillips, Lulu's date in the July 9 episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL, because they remember actor Mark Lawson from ONE LIFE TO LIVE, where he played Brody from 2008 to 2012. It seemed unusual that the soap would hire such a charming and talented actor for a simple one-off role, and now the suspicions have been prove right as TV Insider broke the news that Lawson will be back on GH starting with the episode airing on Tuesday, July 23! "It was really hard not to talk about it," he admitted to the site, "but I hope the surprise was worth it!"
The day following his first appearance in Port Charles, the actor took to social media to thank everyone who responded so positively to his return to daytime. "Good morning!" he said. "I just wanted to send out a little post of gratitude to everyone who tuned in, or has since watched GH yesterday, and posted comments and just spread the word that I got to be on yesterday. It was so much fun. I've had my eye on GH for a while, and was really glad that I got to do that. I just want to say everybody there is a consummate pro. It's a wonderful set to work on. It's fast, but it's fun, and it felt like a homecoming. So thank you very much, and all the love to everybody at GH."
With Lulu reeling from Dante serving her with divorce papers, it's unlikely she'll be interested in another date with Dustin so soon, but at least he'll be available to offer a shoulder to lean on during this difficult time. And who knows what the future might hold for them? There are no details as to just how long Lawson's stint as Dustin will be, so stay tuned to see how the story unfolds.
GH Alum Matt Cohen To Direct SUPERNATURAL(7/23/19) Matt Cohen (ex-Griffin), who has appeared on SUPERNATURAL as a young John Winchester, will go behind the camera to direct an episode on the show’s final season, TV Line reports. Cohen completed his directorial debut, the short film Mama Bear, earlier this year.
Carly Schroeder Opens up About Joining the Army(7/20/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) It was when she was 6 years old, and living in Indiana, when Kin Shriner (Scotty, GENERAL HOSPITAL) handpicked Carly Schroeder to play his and Lucy’s daughter, Serena, on the spin-off PORT CHARLES in 1997. Over the course of the next seven years, she acknowledged to Soaps In Depth, “I grew up being told what to do, being taught what it means to be a professional and how to interact with people.”
The support that she got on that set not only led her to a successful acting career, including last year’s Ouija House and Deadly Shores, but it also led her to have the courage to make a big decision: She’s joined the Army!
With a criminal-justice degree in her pocket, and having spent the last year training with Army Special Forces and police SWAT team members for an upcoming action role, Schroeder saw a new path for her future. In addition to her brother being a Marine, she said, “My father served the country as an Army Green Beret, and you know, I couldn’t let the boys have all the fun!”
To that end, she explored different branches of the military before an Army recruiter asked her to convince him that she would be an asset. Having come from a strong family that she said “functions as a team,” Schroeder appreciated the challenge. “I answered that I was raised on loyalty and am willing to put the mission first”, she shared. “I care about people and think that it’s the highest honor to defend and protect others.”
In May, Schroeder left for South Carolina, where she spent two and a half months in boot camp before entering Officer Candidate School in Georgia. To prepare herself, she took classes and did workouts at her local recruiting station, as well as circuit training, running, and hiking on her own. She also tried to gain weight! “Hollywood body type versus Army body type are very different”, she laughs. “But I am enjoying eating more, I have to say!”
If given her druthers, Schroeder would like to learn either military counterintelligence or military police work. “Also pretty high up on my [interest] list is armor and explosive ordinance disposal, which my mom’s not too excited about”, she admitted. “That’s like the bomb squad.”
While she doesn’t care where she’s eventually deployed, Schroeder’s goal is to be able to make a difference. “When I was in college, I started learning about human trafficking; I’d been unaware of how big of an issue it is domestically”, she explained. “So I would like to learn things in the military that can help me once I’m out to not only spread the message about it but also be on the team that can help fight and better assist those victims.”
Having also spent a lot of time with homeless veterans on Los Angeles’ Skid Row and hearing about the alarming suicide rates, Schroeder became determined to help. “Being an actress, I kind of get swept under the rug when I start speaking out about it”, she said. “But once I’m part of the [military] family, I can better advocate for my fellow veterans.”
Schroeder admitted that some have questioned her decision to enlist at this point in her life, but she argues that people shouldn’t put a cap on evolving and growing. “We all should stop feeling like we’re just being held in confined boxes… I think that if you want to change occupations at 28, go for it!” she maintained. “It’s not like I’m retired from Hollywood. I’m taking a [five-year] break, just like I did when I went to college.”
Chrissie Fit Books ‘Awkwafina’(7/20/19) Chrissie Fit (Pitch Perfect franchise) has booked a recurring role in Comedy Central’s Awkwafina opposite the Crazy Rich Asians star, from Rory Scovel and Gary Sanchez Productions. Written by Awkwafina, Karey Dornetto (SMILF) and Teresa Hsiao (Family Guy) and directed by Lucia Aniello (Broad City), Awkwafina stars as Nora, a twenty-something living in Queens, striving for a larger than life existence while living with her father and grandmother. Fit will play Melanie, an old high school friend of Nora’s (Awkwafina) who after a lot of early success has fallen on some hard times. The two friends reconnect after Nora runs into Melanie braiding hair on the Atlantic City boardwalk. Fit is best known for her roles in the Pitch Perfect and Teen Beach franchises. Fit also can be seen in guest roles on I’m Sorry and Charmed. Fit is repped by Haven Entertainment and Abrams Artists Agency.
Dishing with Digest - 7/19/19 - Rebecca Budig(7/19/19) GH's Rebecca Budig (Hayden) Traces Her Career Path (Listen / download).
Rebecca Budig talks about coming back to GH as Hayden, her previous soap roles on GUIDING LIGHT and ALL MY CHILDREN, answers burning Qs from soap pals and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about how favorite characters coming back to a show affects the canvas as a whole.
Is Nikolas Returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL? — Tyler Christopher Speaks Out(7/18/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) There have been so many mentions of Nikolas Cassadine on GENERAL HOSPITAL that some viewers are wondering if the soap is hinting at the return of the fan-fave character. The character was originated by actor Tyler Christopher in 1996, and many are hoping that now that he's no longer playing Stefan on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, he's free to return to Port Charles. "You all are very sweet to be so loyal as you always are," Christopher tweeted in response to the fan response. "I know they are talking about Nikolas as of late. I've always said I would never close that door from my side. I just want to thank you all for always rooting for me and the character. I grew up with him as many of you have."
In fact, just a couple days earlier, on June 15, the actor retweeted a GH fan account that shared some screenshots from Nikolas' very first appearance back in 1996!
Nikolas has been around for many years, but has not always been played by Christopher. In 1999, Colton Scott took over for four years. Christopher returned in 2003 and stayed with GH until his exit in 2016 when Nik faked his own death. And for the character's final appearances as Nikolas was shot by Valentin and fell over a balcony to his presumed death, the role was played by actor Nick Stabile.
With Nikolas' name on everyone's lips, and Ava unable to get her psychic friend to contact his spirit, it would seem that reports of his death were greatly exaggerated. But if Nikolas actually does return to Port Charles, will Christopher be playing him or might it be someone else? You'll have to stay tuned to find out
Nancy Lee Grahn Mourns the Death of Her Mother, Barbara(7/18/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Please join us in sending love to Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GENERAL HOSPITAL) who is mourning the death of her mother, Barbara, who passed away on July 17 at the age of 90. "'They tell me I get a golden rocket ticket. I'm ready, but I can't take you with me.' — my mom," the actress shared on twitter. "And off she went. I won the jackpot of moms. I can assure you, she is not resting in peace but thriving in utter well-deserved bliss. I am thrilled and beyond grateful for her."
A week earlier, Grahn expressed her gratitude for her mother's hospice caretaker and was overwhelmed by the news that fans had launched a GoFundMe for Smile Train, Inc. as a show of support for the family. "This touches me in an indescribable way right now," she said. "Many thanks."
When the fundraiser hit its goal, Grahn responded: "Thrilled. Mom was born in 1929 with a cleft palate. Many surgeries and heartbreak from stares, exclusion and bullying, and yet mom never shared that pain. Instead, she became a successful publisher at SDRS and the first woman there to wear pants. She, through her example, taught us to be fierce." That GoFundMe is still open at the link above if you would like to donate in her memory.
In Barbara's final days, she maintained that fighting spirit. "Mom, for the last three weeks, is negotiating her flight to the next station," Grahn tweeted four days before her passing. "Watching her struggle this morning and Mom caught my inner thoughts wishing for her to be free of it. She opened her eyes, looked at me, and said, 'Easy for you to say. You wouldn't want to go, either.' #hospicehumor"
Kimberly McCullough Directing IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA(7/18/19) Even as GENERAL HOSPITAL fans miss seeing Robin Scorpio Drake, her portrayer, Kimberly McCullough, continues to develop her career behind the camera, this time directing an episode of the FXX comedy series IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA! "What goes around comes around," she shared on Instagram as she posed with the cast. She also posed with John Tanzer, the director of photography, who she clearly admires. "And this guy," she declared. "Tanzer, you're the freakin' best!"
Although McCullough hasn't announced when her episode of SUNNY would be airing, she did snap a backstage pic of the clapperboard that indicates she's directing the third episode of the 14th season. And that new season is scheduled to premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 25, so her episode should air on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Naturally, we'll keep you up to date as more details become available.
Fans of the GH alum can find her name on numerous primetime TV episodes, including shows like THE BOLD TYPE, THE COOL KIDS, ONE DAY AT A TIME, THE CONNERS, and FULLER HOUSE. McCullough also shared a couple more photos of Salt Lake High School East in Utah where she appears to be scouting out a location for yet another project. She's using her "#setlife" hashtag and this time including "#secretproject." So we'll also update you on whatever that might be whenever the actress-turned-director sees fit to reveal it!
Ryan Paevey Co-Hosts Hallmark's 2019 Summer Nights Preview Special(7/18/19) Fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL heartthrob Ryan Paevey (ex-Nathan) can get an extra dose of the hunk as he co-hosts the 2019 Summer Nights Preview Special on Hallmark Channel! He will offer up a sneak peek of his new movie, A Summer Romance, alongside his film's co-star, Erik Krakow (WHEN CALLS THE HEART) in the half-hour special airing on Saturday, July 20, at 10 p.m. ET.
The duo will also introduce looks at the other five films in the upcoming summer season that also include some other faces that will be familiar to soap fans. Premiering on Saturday, July 27, Rome in Love stars THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS alum Peter Porte (ex-Ricky). On Saturday, Aug. 10, A Taste of Summer co-stars AS THE WORLD TURNS' Roselyn Sanchez (Pilar) and real-life husband Eric Winter (ex-Rex, DAYS OF OUR LIVES). And My One & Only, premiering on Saturday, Aug. 31, stars Sam Page (Trey, ALL MY CHILDREN).
In addition to the movie previews, Paevey and Krakow will join HOME AND FAMILY's Larissa Wohl and some adorable little puppies that are up for adoption. And who doesn't love puppies? (Although the sight of Paevey combined with cute puppies could cause hearts to burst!) Be sure to check out the preview special on Saturday, July 20, and then tune in to watch the premiere of Paevey's new movie, A Summer Romance, on Saturday, August 17, at 9 p.m. ET.
Richard Burgi on Grand Hotel 7/29/19(7/16/19) “Where the Sun Don’t Shine” – Santiago continues to be aggravated with the neighboring hotel and decides to take matters into his own hands. Meanwhile, Danny becomes jealous of Alicia’s new relationship, and Carolina reveals to Yoli that she has information on their father, on a new episode of “Grand Hotel,” airing MONDAY, JULY 29 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.
“Grand Hotel” stars Demián Bichir as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sánchez as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes as Danny, Shalim Ortiz as Mateo, Anne Winters as Ingrid, Chris Warren as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina and Justina Adorno as Yoli.
Guest stars include Richard Burgi as Michael Flynn and Freddie Stroma as Oliver.
“Where the Sun Don’t Shine” was written by Sara Saedi and directed by David Grossman.
Soaps InDepth Podcast - 7/15/19 - The Shame Game(7/15/19) (Listen / download) On this week’s all-new show, Richard finds himself having to defend the honor of GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Liz, while Charlie addresses some pretty big, unanswered questions regarding Chelsea’s return to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. Be there as accusations are made, fingers are pointed, laughs are had and preview is given on this week’s episode of the Soaps in Depth podcast!
Jonathan Jackson Announces a New Album(7/14/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Get ready for some new music from a GENERAL HOSPITAL star! Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky) has a brand new album coming out later this year! "I'm really excited to share with you all of the music that we have been quietly making over the last couple of years," he announced on Instagram. "Our new Jonathan Jackson + Enation album, Ultraviolet Empire, is coming out this fall!"
Enation is an "alternative post-punk three-piece" band made up of Jackson on vocals, guitar, and piano with his brother Richard Lee Jackson on drums, percussion, and backing vocals along with Jonathan Thatcher on bass and bass synth. The group has released numerous albums since they formed in 2003, their most recent, Anthems for the Apocalypse, in 2017. In 2018, they toured the U.K., supporting Echo & The Bunnymen. "There are some moments that stay with you," Jackson mused. "Performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London is one of them."
Jackson can't wait for fans to hear their new music because he feels it's something really special. "Our new album, Ultraviolet Empire, is a throwback record," he explained. "It's a record we played together live in the studio. Most of the songs are one take — just letting the band play. It was amazing playing with our co-producer Colin Linden and capturing something so raw and visceral."
With the new record due out in the fall, we'll be sure to update you as Jackson releases more information about it, including a release date. We can't wait to hear it!
Can Lucas and Brad's Marriage Be Saved? — Ryan Carnes and Parry Shen Speak Out(7/14/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Since bringing Wiley home last summer, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Brad hasn’t stopped lying to Lucas about their baby — who is, of course, actually Michael and Nelle’s son, Jonah. Brad has also been juggling “birth mom” Willow and colluding with Julian for months… and now, Shiloh believes that he has a son out there!
After all Brad’s done to cover up this baby swap, Jonah’s true identity may end up being his saving grace now that Shiloh’s involved. But whether the truth comes out or the cult leader gets his hands on “his” baby, “This has the potential to get really ugly,” sighed Ryan Carnes (Lucas), who’s not sure the new dads’ marriage can survive Brad’s latest machinations. “How patient can Lucas really be with Brad? This has been going on for a while! Brad’s made a lot of mistakes and been given a lot of passes — but this is a fairly big mistake, no?”
That said, Carnes can’t help rooting for the couple and even sees a way out for Brad. “The argument could be made that Bobbie kind of did the same thing with Lucas,” he reminded us, adding that Brad also believes his lie will protect the baby from the dangers of the Corinthos family’s Mob life. “Adults make mistakes, and if this is better for everyone, then what’s so bad about it?”
To be fair, Brad also wasn’t looking for trouble when Nelle handed him her baby that fateful night. “This situation wasn’t premeditated,” Parry Shen said in defense of his character. But he also conceded that that may not matter anymore. “There’s just no way continuing on with this lie is going to make anything better.”
However this shakes out, grinned Carnes, “I’m looking forward to seeing the house of cards come down!”
B&B Rena Sofer Admits She Doesn't Usually Get Recognized By Fans(7/14/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Actress Rena Sofer (Quinn, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) has the sort of gorgeous face that truly stands out in a crowd, especially given her various stints in daytime and primetime. “I get recognized for a lot of different things,” she said to Soaps In Depth. “For some people, it’s 24 and FRIENDS, other people remember me [playing Rocky on] LOVING.”
Since joining B&B, a show with a huge international fan base, one might think Sofer is more likely to be mobbed when she travels abroad, but that’s not necessarily the case. “It’s never really a problem,” she admitted. “I don’t typically wear makeup when I travel, and I’m not one of those people who’s like, ‘Do you know who I am?’” Of course, when the actress is traveling to promote the soap she now calls home, it’s a whole different story. “When I went to Australia and Amsterdam, I did a lot of press for the show,” she said, “but otherwise, I’m really just all about being with my family.”
A Baby for Jordan and Curtis on GENERAL HOSPITAL? — Briana Nicole Henry Speaks Out(7/12/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Thanks to GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Curtis, as well as his and Jordan’s loved ones, the police commissioner finally got the kidney that she needed to survive. And now that she appears to be on the mend… perhaps it’s time to revisit the newlyweds’ baby situation! Back when Jordan started dialysis in March, Curtis was excited to learn that she could still get pregnant — which left both her and her portrayer gobsmacked. “I was so shocked by it,” Briana Nicole Henry recalled to Soaps In Depth. “As Briana, it was like, ‘Oh my gosh, you guys haven’t had this discussion yet?’ Curtis and Jordan are older. They’re adults. So I was taken aback!”
It seems that, in all the time the couple spent unpacking their baggage to be together, they never broached the topic of having children. “Maybe because Jordan has a son already, she never even thought it was something Curtis would want,” Henry theorized.
Whatever the case, this feels like the perfect time to find out if Jordan’s up for another round of parenting — something Henry wouldn’t mind seeing play out. “If they want to put a baby in Jordan and Curtis’ life, I’m all for it,” she grinned. “I adore babies. And it’ll probably help my baby fever in real life!”
Plus, after the way Jordan handled her recent health scare, Henry wouldn’t mind seeing the sidelined commissioner refocus her energy. “Jordan’s at a point in her life where all these people had to help take care of her, and that was difficult for her,” she explained. “She’s just not used to having to depend on others. I love Jordan’s strength and her commitment to what she loves to do, but I really hope this wakes her up. She has such a beautiful family around her. I’d love to see a bit more involvement with that.”
GENERAL HOSPITAL's Coby Ryan McLaughlin's Explains How Shiloh Could Be Redeemed(7/11/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) As if we’d think anything else, Coby Ryan McLaughlin wants to get one thing straight from the start of this interview. “I swear to God, I’m not a creep,” the actor, who’s so sublimely scary as GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Shiloh, insisted to Soaps In Depth. “There’s just something that’s always attracted me to these characters who are flawed but trying to do the best they can. And with these sociopaths, there’s always a lot going on. If you’re not directly in their orbit and you can just be with them, they’re fascinating! The duality in a character like Shiloh attracts me, because there’s so much to grasp onto, and there’s always room for redemption.”
That’s right — McLaughlin doesn’t believe that the cult leader is a lost cause! “I hope you do hate Shiloh,” he clarified. “This guy’s a [jerk]. He’s everything we don’t want to be and operates from a dark place. But I think we can all find redemption, and he wants to be better. He tries to live by the Dawn Of Day ethos. He puts his beliefs right in front of him, hoping he’ll catch up.”
Unfortunately, Shiloh keeps falling short — very short! “Because his insecurities get in the way,” McLaughlin sighed. “His vindictiveness and pain run so deep, he’s got a huge need for validation, and he’s so egomaniacal. That’s going to be his downfall.” And Sam played her part in creating this monster. “Shiloh has no foundation,” McLaughlin reminded us. “He was a trust fund kid with zero parental guidance, so he could do whatever he wanted. When Sam took his father for a ride and he lost his means, he actually had to go out into the real world — and he wasn’t equipped for it. So he went to all the dark places!”
While his feelings for Sam are confused at best, it’s Drew who inspires Shiloh’s better intentions. “He’s the light to Shiloh’s darkness,” McLaughlin maintained. “Shiloh respects Drew and is his most honest when he’s with him. However, there was mention of the whole memory situation and the flash drive! And even though he has an immense amount of love for Drew, when it all hits the fan, Shiloh’s still going to want to come out on top.”
In spite of Shiloh’s malicious side, McLaughlin has spent most of his six months in Port Charles smiling. “It’s not this guy’s ability to impose physically that makes him dangerous,” he said. “He’s so charming, he can get into your brain and make you do what he wants.”
Unfortunately, Willow and Sam didn’t get the memo on that — which has allowed the actor to finally drop the facade and show viewers his character’s mean streak. “It’s fun to let this guy off of his leash a bit,” McLaughlin stated. “There is so much anger that he’s spent so much time trying to wrangle and control, so when I get to Hulk out, it’s cool!”
Port Charles breathed a collective sigh of relief when Shiloh was finally arrested… only to have Harmony take the rap for him. “Whenever you think he’s down, someone else pops up who can help him,” McLaughlin explained. “It’s like a moving chess board. He’s always thinking 10 steps ahead. And he can see the big picture, so he knows little things like getting the crap beat out of him by Jason and Sonny threatening him are all short-term. He is the master!” Which is why it’s a real problem that he believes he has a son out there! “He’ll go to the ends of the earth to get his child,” McLaughlin warned.
With just about everyone in town eyeing Shiloh, many fans are convinced he will be taken out — maybe even by a straight shooter like Willow, Michael or Lucas. But McLaughlin insisted he’s “not particularly” worried. “I do wonder what they’re going to do with him. But I’m so focused on making what I have delicious that I don’t really think about it. I’m just having a blast. Everybody’s so much fun to work with. And it’s really cool to be a part of something so historical. This gig is fantastic!”
When not embracing his inner creep in Port Charles, McLaughlin is working on a new album. “I’m in a band called The Cowboy Killers,” he shared. “It’s all three-part harmonies — kind of like Fleetwood Mac meets The Eagles. We’re working with this [producer] named Matt Linesch, who just finished up the latest Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros record, and we’re playing all over town [in Los Angeles]. It’s bitchin’! Hit me on my Instagram, and you’ll see all the posts. Check it out!”
Mark Lawson Opens up About His GENERAL HOSPITAL Appearance(7/11/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Some ABC Daytime fans recognized Dustin Phillips, Lulu's date in the July 9 episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL, because they remember actor Mark Lawson from ONE LIFE TO LIVE, where he played Brody from 2008 to 2012. It seems he was a big hit, as many fans left upbeat and positive comments on his performance on social media. In response to the affectionate outpouring from GH viewers, Lawson let everyone know how much he appreciates the support with a personal video message.
(Video) "Good morning!" he said. "I just wanted to send out a little post of gratitude to everyone who tuned in, or has since watched GH yesterday, and posted comments and just spread the word that I got to be on yesterday. It was so much fun. I've had my eye on GH for a while, and was really glad that I got to do that. I just want to say everybody there is a consummate pro. It's a wonderful set to work on. It's fast, but it's fun, and it felt like a homecoming. So thank you very much, and all the love to everybody at GH."
While it initially appears that Lawson's GH appearance was just a guest shot, a lot of fans are hoping that the handsome actor will be back again to perhaps go on another date with Lulu... or any of the other beautiful bachelorettes in Port Charles! Naturally, we'll be sure to keep you up to date as any news regarding further appearances on the soap, so stay tuned.
Michelle Stafford Mourns the Passing of Her Beloved Dog, Beauregard(7/11/19) Please join us in sending love to Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; ex-Nina, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and her entire family as they mourn the death of their beloved dog, Beauregard. The actress shared some cute pics of the animal on Instagram as she warned her fans there was an "obnoxiously long post" incoming.
"Today we said goodbye to this good boy," she expressed. "I knew this day was coming soon. I was thinking of not telling my kids and just doing it alone. Not giving them a chance to say goodbye. After all, they ceased to give him the attention they once had and I thought it was a better idea to tell them when they noticed he wasn't around. 'Oh, he passed on. But he's in a better place now.' That's what we say, right? 'He's in a better place.'
"Truth be told, I didn't want my kids to be sad. Or feel pain," Stafford continued. "I wanted to make it easy for them. That's my job as a parent. I suppose. Then I realized that my daughter would use that against me in years to come… right? 'You just killed Beauregard without letting me say goodbye,' she would probably say as a sassy 15 year old. Since I am not interested in giving my daughter ammunition against me… I decided to tell her what was going to happen to Beau. I'm joking, but I did think it would ultimately be wrong to not let my kids say goodbye to him, pain or no pain."
So Stafford braced herself and delivered the heartbreaking news to nine-year-old Natalia and three-year-old Jameson. "Pain and loss are funny things," she mused. "None of us wanna feel it but it truly is inevitable. We seem to be living in a world these days of feeling wronged to feel pain or loss or sadness. Or we pop a pill to 'fix' it. Pain is a part of life. Honestly, how can we measure joy correctly if we haven't felt sadness?
"So my daughter was quite upset," Stafford added. "We said goodbye and told Beau he was the best boy in the world and we thanked him for protecting us. We wished him well on his next adventure. I told Natalia it was important to tell him what a good boy he was. She did. J, too. I listened as Natalia cried (keeping my composure), after all he had been my dog for 15 years. But our kids pick up our emotions and copy us. I just wanted to be there for her. I let her do whatever she wanted so we had a little funeral in the backyard."
In the end, Stafford feels that she did the right thing for everyone involved. "As we got ready for bed tonight, she said, 'I'm glad for Beau, that he's out of pain.'" the actress shared. "I don't know if she would have come to that if I had chose not to tell her. Life is up and down and we gotta be willing to feel it to really live it. We gotta let our kids feel it, too. Thank you, Beauregard, for teaching me a valuable lesson. You truly are the best boy in the world."
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Who Is Lulu's Date on GENERAL HOSPITAL? — That's OLTL Actor Mark Lawson!(7/9/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) If you thought Lulu's date on GENERAL HOSPITAL looked familiar that's because the actor has a history with ABC Daytime! In the July 9 episode, the character of Dustin Phillips was played by actor Mark Lawson, who soap fans will remember from his role as Brody Lovett on ONE LIFE TO LIVE.
Lawson played Brody on OLTL from 2008 until 2012. The presumed dead Navy SEAL arrived in Llanview and tried to reconnect with his old flame, Gigi Morasco, but suffered serious PTSD and during his treatment fell for Jessica Buchanan. Much drama with her and her sister, Natalie, ensued over the years and he became an officer for the Llanview Police Department. During the ABC series finale of the soap, Brody made peace with Jessica and took another job in the Navy, leaving town.
At one time, Brody thought he might be the father of both Jessica and Natalie's babies! (Photo Credit: George DeSota/jpistudios.com)
After leaving daytime, made appearances in television series like PITCH and films like Dear Diary I Died, Ex-Wife Killer, and Killer Reputation. He's also a personal trainer and strength coach, and has also recently dabbled in screenwriting. While it may initially appear that his GH role of Dustin is simply be a one-off as Lulu continues her investigation into the burglaries plaguing Port Charles, perhaps there's more to the character? Casting a talented and handsome actor like Lawson for a guest appearance would be quite a waste! And with Dante out of the picture, Lulu could certainly use a new love interest... Stay tuned to find out.
Josh Swickard Married Lorynn York(7/9/19) (Photos) Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL star Josh Swickard (Chase), who married Lorynn York over the weekend! The couple tied the knot over the long Fourth of July weekend, and shared some of their beautiful wedding photos on social media.
The couple announced their engagement back at the end of 2018, sharing a photo from their ski trip to Colorado where he'd popped the question in December just days after Christmas. He also told Soaps In Depth that it was love at first sight when they met. "I never believed people when they said, 'When you know, you know,'" he admitted. "And then I met Lorynn — and when you know, you know!"
Swickard's Instagram post was full of comments from his GH castmates wishing the happy couple well, everyone from Chad Duell (Michael) to the Scarola twins who play Avery! "Excellent!" cheered James Patrick Stuart (Valentin). "Contratulations, you two!" And Swickard's on-screen love interest, Katelyn MacMullen (Willow) added: "Congrats, you two!" With a heart and clapping hands emoji.
All the best to the newlyweds for a lifetime of happiness together.
Soaps InDepth Podcast - 7/8/19 - Summer Preview & Predictions(7/8/19) (Listen / download) If there’s one thing Soaps In Depth editors Richard and Charlie love more than previewing what’s to come on your favorite soaps (which they’ll do this week), it’s predicting what they hope will happen (which they’re also going to do). Get a glimpse of what’s to come, whether on the air or in their imaginations, and then weigh in with your own predictions, all this week!
Lexi Ainsworth Reveals Why She Went Back to School(7/8/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) The writing bug has bitten a GENERAL HOSPITAL actress! Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina) has gotten into screenwriting, and she’s taking her new passion seriously. “I just finished my first writing class at UCLA and I’m going to take a pilot-writing class in June,” she shared with Soaps In Depth. “I want to create this pilot — that’s the real reason I started. I’m learning about structure and all that, but I wrote my first spec script in class. So I’m going to start creating my own content. I’m going down the road!”
Learning about screenwriting has given Ainsworth new appreciation for the scribes on her show. “GH is such a difficult show to write, because there are so many characters and they all have to tie into each other somehow,” she marveled. “I’ve never attempted to write a soap script…but that might be something I try later. Right now, I’m just getting the basics and figuring out what my style and voice are.”
Can Lulu Ever Forgive Dante? — The GENERAL HOSPITAL Writers Speak Out(7/7/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Dante walked away from Lulu, she swore she’d wait for him. But as the months drag on, will she find it difficult to continue standing by her man… especially when he shows no signs of returning anytime soon? Over the years, the couple have faced many challenges, from one baby-related problem after another to his infidelity with her cousin. Despite encountering numerous bumps in the road, they always managed to find their way back together. So what is it about this crisis that feels different?
Perhaps it’s the fact that this time, they aren’t actually living in the same city. His decision to walk away from not only her but Port Charles and the life they’d built there creates a huge chasm between them. “It’s very hard for Lulu,” GH co-headwriter Shelly Altman admitted to Soaps In Depth. “It’s almost as if his recent return and abrupt departure have made things worse for her.”
How could having her husband home, no matter how briefly, have made things worse? “She had a momentary glimpse into what they had and could have again,” elaborated Altman, “and then it was cruelly ripped from her.”
What Lulu doesn’t know could quite literally hurt — or even kill — her or other people they love. Because as viewers saw, Dante was having terrifying visions about a mission not yet accomplished which seemed to involve him killing his beloved wife! What really happened to Dante while he was in Turkey remains a mystery, but we saw that he was haunted by the events that had unfolded, not to mention the thought of what might come to pass if he remained in Port Charles!
Lulu, however, knows nothing of the demons which drove her husband to leave their family. Nor does she have any idea where he went, let alone when — or even if — he will return! “Not knowing what their status is has been hard on Lulu,” said co-headwriter Chris Van Etten. “The fact is, he left her with the admonition that she should forget him! She’s having difficulty dealing with that.”
For the moment, Lulu is doing her best to carry on. “She had her moment of fury,” said Altman, “but recognizing the reality that her husband is dealing with something bigger than the two of them is helping her to try and remain steadfast.”
That said, Lulu is left with more questions than answers, and children who she is having to raise on her own. Although she has been doing her best to live her life without focusing on the big, empty space where her husband should be, how much longer will she be able to go without answers? “That is the big question,” admitted Altman, acknowledging that sooner or later, Lulu’s patience will be pushed to the breaking point. “This is the biggest test their love has faced!”
Maurice Benard Opens up About Writing His Autobiography(7/5/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com)
Daytime star Maurice Benard has signed a publishing deal for his autobiography — which promises to be much more than just a Hollywood tell-all about his quarter-century run as Sonny Corinthos on GENERAL HOSPITAL. On the heels of winning his second Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor, Benard announced that the memoir he’s been working on has found a publisher. “I just signed a book deal with Harper Collins, and it will be out next April,” he revealed on THE TALK in May. “It’s about my life. I’m bipolar, and I’m an advocate for mental illness, so there’s going to be a lot of that stuff in there.”
Industry insiders confirm that Benard’s autobiography will go well beyond his experiences as a soap star on GH and ALL MY CHILDREN (where he played Nico). Rather than a juicy tell-all, readers can expect an in-depth, honest account of his personal, lifelong struggle with mental illness — which hasn’t always been pretty.
“I’m really excited,” Benard told Soaps In Depth. “The book is pretty much done — and it’s pretty intense, as you would imagine. It’s about my life, and you guys are going to be tripping, because there’s a lot of stuff in it that’s dark, funny, cool, sexy. I can’t wait.”
The GH star counts Stone’s AIDS storyline, Morgan’s passing, and the ongoing Alzheimer’s tale as highlights of his run in Port Charles. But nothing Benard has played on screen can compare to being able to speak for, to, and with members of the mental-health community as both himself and Sonny, who is also bipolar.
“The letters I get, people coming up to me, the tweets, anything like that — I just love hearing about it, and I’m often so touched,” Benard shared when we spoke about his 25th anniversary earlier this year. “It’s important. It makes me feel like what I’m doing is worth it.”
Laugh-In's Arte Johnson Dead at 90(7/4/19) Arte Johnson (Finian O’Toole, General Hospital) , an Emmy Award-winning comedian best known for his work on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, died Wednesday at the age of 90, our sister publication Variety reports, citing heart failure as his official cause of death.
Born Jan. 20, 1929 in Benton Harbor, Mich., Johnson appeared in a number of TV shows and movies before landing a spot on Laugh-In, the NBC sketch comedy series (1968–1971) that made him a household name. Among his more popular characters was Wolfgang, a German soldier who didn’t seem to realize that World War II had ended. Wolfgang came equipped with an iconic catchphrase (“Verrrry interesting…”) that permeated pop culture for decades.
Johnson’s work on Laugh-In earned him an Emmy Award in 1969, as well as two additional nominations in 1970 and 1971.
Given his penchant for amusing voices, it should come as no surprise that many of Johnson’s post-Laugh-In roles were animated characters. In the years following the show’s conclusion, he lent his voices to a number of popular cartoons, including Pac-Man, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, DuckTales, The Flinstone Kids, The Smurfs and Animaniacs. Johnson’s final acting credit is the voice of Virman Vundabar in a 2005 episode of Cartoon Network’s Justice League Unlimited, which aired one year before he formally retired.
The Truth Behind Sonny and Carly's Baby's Spina Bifida Diagnosis on GH(7/2/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Sonny and Carly were stunned on GENERAL HOSPITAL when they learned that their unborn child had been diagnosed with spina bifida, but what does that mean for their baby's future? Soaps have always done these kinds of storylines to help bring awareness to real-world issues, and this is just the latest in a long line of similar GH storylines. In reality, the rare condition can range from mild to severe, and there are also various treatment options, so who knows what the future may hold?
Spina bifida is a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord don't form properly during fetal development. A portion of the neural tube fails to develop or close properly, which causes defects in the spinal cord and bones of the spine. Although doctors are not sure what causes spina bifida, it appears to result as a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Anything from a family history of neural tube defects or a folate deficiency could cause it.
Depending on the severity of the spina bifida, the child could experience minimal symptoms or physical disabilities at one end, or orthopedic problems, hydrocephalus, or difficulty breathing and swallowing at the other extreme. They may also require mobility devices such as canes or wheelchairs to get around, and can also develop learning difficulties.
Treatment will require surgery, either before or after birth, in order to repair the baby's spinal cord. As the child grows, further care and observation is required to manage any complications that may result. Many children with spina bifida grow up to live full, productive lives. For even more information about spina bifida, you can visit mayoclinic.org.
So far, Carly and Sonny have only been told of their child's diagnosis and the fact that she will have to deliver via cesarean. As the storyline develops, the expectant parents will learn more details and will face some difficult decisions. But that's what makes for great daytime drama. Say tuned to see what happens next.
Who Is Zahra Amir on GENERAL HOSPITAL? — Meet Maysoon Zayid(7/2/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) That's Maysoon Zayid playing Zahra Amir, Shiloh's lawyer on GENERAL HOSPITAL. She describes herself on her own website as a "comedian, actress, disability advocate, and tap dancer." The Palestinian performer turned to stand-up comedy when she found it difficult to land roles because of her cerebral palsy, but once told the New York Times that "her lifelong dream was to appear on GH." Well, now that dream has finally come true! And better still, the actress revealed the week after her first episode: "It's official! I'm recurring!" So as Shiloh's case continues, look for Zayid to make even more appearances.
Zahra Amir made her debut in the June 21 episode when Diane Miller ran into her at the courthouse. Zahra is representing Shiloh in his custody battle over the child he believes to be his son, Wiley. In a town known for talented take-no-prisoners attorneys like Diane, Alexis Davis, and Scotty Baldwin, Zahra will certainly have her work cut out for her! (Especially since Shiloh is a nasty character and a cult leader to boot!)
Zayid is best known for her work as a stand-up comic, and her TED talk went viral. She also had a role in the 2008 Adam Sandler film You Don't Mess With the Zohan. She also developed a pilot for a sitcom called CAN-CAN, a semi-autobiographical look at her life. There has been no indication how long her run on GH will last, but given that people in Port Charles are always in need of a good attorney, Zahra could be kept pretty busy. Especially if she's willing to take on clients like Shiloh, who lawyers like Diane and Alexis wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole!
Stay tuned to watch Zayid's dream of being in Port Charles come true.
Rick Springfield Moves D.R. Festival to Mexico ... As Death Count Grows(7/2/19) Rick Springfield is not taking any chances -- he's calling off his music festival in the Dominican Republic as the number of American tourists getting sick and dying in the country continues to grow.
The "Jessie's Girl" singer just made the announcement, saying ... "In an abundance of caution and for the peace of mind and well-being of my fans, band and crew, the ‘Rick Springfield & Friends’ event in Punta Cana is being rescheduled to take place at Hard Rock Hotel Cancun in 2020."
Rick says the new dates will be determined asap, but attempts to reschedule in 2019 were unsuccessful.
The musician has held these "Rick Springfield & Friends" fests for close to a decade, which started as concert cruises before moving them to land and resorts. This was going to be the first in the D.R.
Along with Springfield, the festival lineup was set to include Patty Smyth, host Mark Goodman, actor Doug Davidson and musical guest Guns & Mullets.
Springfield adds that the decision to postpone was not easy, but the "safety and well-being of our amazing fans, band and crew will always be the most important consideration in any situation."
As we've reported ... at least 10 Americans have died while either visiting Dominican Rep. resorts or shortly after returning to the U.S. -- many from heart attacks, and some from respiratory complications.
Soaps InDepth Podcast - 7/1/19 - The Worst Kept Secret in Daytime(7/1/19) (Listen / download) By now, half the canvas knows the truth about Hope’s baby on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL... and Thomas has committed some absolutely atrocious acts in order to keep it under wraps. Has Thomas gone too far... or can he be redeemed? Richard and Charlie discuss why the time is now to give Hope back her baby, and some of the most notorious characters in daytime to ever be redeemed. (We're looking at you, DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Ben and GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Franco!) All this, plus listener mail and calls!
Josh Swickard Says His Family Members Are Big GH Fans... Well, Most of Them!(6/30/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When Josh Swickard was cast as Chase on GENERAL HOSPITAL, he had a vague knowledge of the legendary soap. “Everyone under the sun knows what GH is,” the actor maintained to Soaps In Depth. “And I knew about Luke and Laura and the general concept, but the show was new to me. So when I booked it, I really did my homework.” As he’s gotten the lay of the land and settled into Port Charles, his parents and grandparents have become big fans… but his four sisters have proven to be more difficult to impress. “I actually think my grandparents already watched GH, and they’re super excited,” Swickard said. “I’ll get notes from them on what I did and what I need to do better. But my sisters don’t watch. I’ll try to send them clips. ‘Guys, look what I’m doing!’ And they’re like, ‘Okay, Josh.’”
Y&R Star Weds(6/30/19) Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R) and longtime love Rob Meder are married! The duo eloped to St. Bart’s and wed in front of close friends including celeb designer Jeremiah Brent.
Cassandra James Opens up About the Importance of Trans Visibility(6/28/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Video) June is Pride Month, and while GENERAL HOSPITAL was included in the video that ABC created featuring the LGBTQ characters in its programming, the soap has produced its own special video with trans actress Cassandra James, who portrays Dr. Terry Randolph. In it, she speaks about how important representation is in the LGBTQ community and how proud she is to be playing this role on a television series that is reaching such a wide audience.
"Pride, as an Asian American transgender woman means to me an opportunity to be visible," she declared. "And I'm so honored and grateful to GH and ABC as a network for allowing me to be visible and to continue to contribute to the narrative of my beautiful transgender community. It's not lost on me the importance of the work that I'm doing. The importance of Terry, the character that I play, who is an out trans woman who is a doctor who has love and support from her friends in Port Charles.
"I think it's fair to say that these types of portrayals are still quite rare. But their resonance is great," James continued. "I want the transgender community to feel well represented and well loved by this amazing industry that I'm a part of. The work that GH and ABC has and continues to be committed to, certainly makes me proud."
You can watch James deliver her heartfelt words herself in the video below. And stay tuned to watch her continue to raise awareness and bring visibility to the transgender community through her work on GH.
Celebrating Our Pride: Ryan Carnes(6/28/19) Celebrating Our Pride: Ryan Carnes: Video.
GH's Chloe Lanier Reveals New Project(6/28/19) “I can’t, for lack of a better word, reveal too much,” winks Chloe Lanier (Nelle, GH) about the short film The Reveal, which she co-wrote and will both co-direct and star in alongside her longtime love, Kevan McClellan. “The story centers around a young couple who attend their friends’ ultra-progressive gender reveal party, and issues within their own relationship and their relationships with their friends come to light in a very comedic and dark manner.” Joining them in the cast are Y&R’s Brytni Sarpy (Elena), GH’s Josh Swickard (Chase), and Swickard’s fiancée, Lorynn York. “Josh and Lorynn play our friends who are the hippie couple, very New Age, very earthy, and Brytni is going to be playing my best friend,” Lanier reports. “We definitely wrote the roles with them in mind. In fact, initially, when we wrote the scripts, the characters even had their names!” The actress is currently crowd-sourcing to raise money for the project. “We are shooting in early August because we are trying to make the deadline for [the independent film festivals] Sundance and South by Southwest,” she explains. “We are really counting on everybody to share, tweet, contribute where they can. I know money is tight for a lot of people and I’ve been there and completely understand. If you can’t contribute financially, we’re asking everyone to share the link with their friends to help us get the word out.” For more information, go to www.igg.me/at/thereveal.
NATAS Exec Revamp Includes Changes For Daytime Emmys(6/28/19) The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is realigning some of its executive structure, the organization said Thursday, moves designed to consolidate oversight of planning and producing its shows including the Daytime Emmy Awards.
The moves include David Michaels exiting as SVP of Daytime Emmy Awards & Events and executive producer of the Daytime Emmys, a post he has held for nearly five years, and come after NATAS launched a probe last summer when the four network daytime dramas in a rare show of unity threatened to boycott the Daytime Emmys unless structural changes were made.
Steve Ulrich, the former NBC Sports exec who since 2010 has overseen administration of the Sports Emmy Awards, will now move to the newly created role of SVP Production & Events. He will oversee overseeing the planning and production of the Daytime, Sports, News & Documentary, and Technology & Engineering Emmy ceremonies, along with the the National Student Production Awards announcement and other NATAS programs and events.
In addition, Lisa Armstrong, who joined NATAS in February, will become Director, Production & Events.
Among the soaps’ demands last year during the boycott threat was for NATAS to “hire a team, separate from the competition executive(s), to produce and executive produce the actual awards show” after questions arose about voting and accounting practices and the way the competition is held.
The organization said the new structure will create greater independence and differentiation between the production of the Emmy ceremonies and the top-level administration of the competitions.
“This realignment allows our leadership team to think more strategically across all our programs as we work to serve this growing audience,” Adam Sharp, who took over as president and CEO in November, said today. “Further, it builds on efforts initiated last year to strengthen confidence in the Emmy Awards process by responding to concerns raised regarding common oversight of awards administration and production.”
Sharp also noted audience growth for NATAS events like the Daytime and Sports Emmys, both of which have seen boosts in social media viewership. The Daytime Emmys streamed live in May on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and emmyonline.tv.
Katelyn MacMullen Reveals What it Was Like to Join the Cast of GENERAL HOSPITAL(6/28/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When Katelyn MacMullen learned she'd landed the role of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Willow, she literally fell to the floor in joy — and shock! " I had zero expectations, because I'd never done a screen test before," the young actress admitted to Soaps In Depth. "I was super thankful I even got the opportunity to be part of the process. You just never see this kind of stuff coming. Last year, I was filming a sorority slasher [called The Row]… so to think that I'd be a teacher on an ABC show was totally unexpected and awesome!"
Once tapped to play Willow, MacMullen started getting to know Port Charles' locals and the drama they get into… and accidentally turned into a GH fan! So when she learned her character wasn't just a teacher but also Wiley's birth mom, she was floored yet again. “I thought it was crazy,” she recalled. “As some- one watching the show, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh!’ And then I’m like, ‘Oh wait, right... I work here!’”
This being her first TV role, the actress was given a slow start on GH, along with incredible support from the cast and crew. “[Executive producer] Frank Valentini has been really patient and awesome,” she raved. “And all the directors and the other actors are very aware I’m pretty new, so they help me. Literally everyone here has given me a piece of advice that I have taken and used.” And MacMullen is even taking notes! "I actually have a notepad, and I write down everything people say to me," she shares. “Working with people who are so committed, so down-to-earth and so helpful is exciting. It’s like a hardcore acting school.”
And she couldn’t be more grateful to her leading men, Josh Swickard (Chase) and Chad Duell (Michael). “They’re both just great, goofy, humble, talented guys who don’t take themselves too seriously,” she said. “As an actor, they say you have to be able to laugh at yourself in order to put yourself in positions you’d never be in and do them justice.”
Time after time, MacMullen has risen to the challenges of her new role. For instance, “being in a room with Nina, Valentin and Lulu was definitely like me against the world in a sense,” she chuckled. “After our first scene together, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin) said, ‘I’m so proud of you for going up against three really big personalities.’ But it was really fun. I just had to keep that authority or they wouldn’t have taken the bullying seriously. Willow’s actually a bit stronger than I am, which is cool. I’m a very emotional person, so sometimes I have to dial it back a bit. I’m the first person to just cry, but I don’t want Willow to be too overly emotional. She has a strong survival instinct, and she’s been through a lot. I look up to her, in a sense.”
And with Willow at the center of the current custody battle, she’s anxious for Brad and Nelle’s baby swap — and the death of the real Wiley! — to come to light. “I have no idea how that's going to play out, but it’s going to be completely transformational,” MacMullen theorized. “And it’s not going to be pretty! I’m just excited to take this journey together and see where this goes.”
GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend 2019 — Get the Details!(6/28/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) You won't want to miss the 2019 GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend, held this year from Thursday, July 25, through Monday, July 29, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Glendale, CA. The long weekend will include both large group events and more intimate gatherings with individual actors so there's something for everyone.
Thursday kicks things off with an afternoon with Kin Shriner (Scotty) followed by the GHFC Kick Off Welcome Reception in the evening. Then on Friday, you can breakfast with Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie) and Brad Maule (ex-Tony), or have Morning Mimosas with Lisa LoCicero (Olivia). After separate events with Donnell Turner (Curtis) and Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) in the evening, there's the popular karaoke event at night!
Saturday is the Main Cast Event featuring all the GH stars at the weekend, followed by events for Steve Burton (Jason) and Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) as well as Michael Easton (Finn) and Roger Howarth (Franco). Closing out Saturday night is a special One Night Only Private Event hosted by Easton and Howarth.
Sunday gets started with the classic "Breakfast With Mutter" with Kathleen Gati (Obrecht) as well as the opportunity to spend the morning with Laura Wright (Carly) and Wes Ramsey (Peter). In the afternoon, Emme Rylan (Lulu) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie) host their annual BFF event, followed by a gathering with Tamara Braun (Kim), bingo with Wally Kurth (Ned), and a private dinner with William deVry (Julian).
Closing out the epic Fan Club Weekend on Monday morning is an event with Parry Shen (Brad) and Ryan Carnes (Lucas), followed by High Tea with Marc Samuel (Felix).
For more information about the GH Fan Club, the weekend, as well as more information on the events and to purchase tickets, please visit the official GH Fan Club website.
FB Live Video Q&A:(6/24/19) FB Live Q&A: General Hospital’s William Lipton, Eden McCoy & Sydney Mikayla: Video.
Kin Shriner Explains Why Scotty Is Using a Scooter on GENERAL HOSPITAL(6/24/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Viewers were surprised to see Scotty using a knee scooter in the June 25 episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL and immediately wondered what happened to Kin Shriner! Well, followers of his Twitter account will already have seen him sharing a handful of pictures of himself using the scooter in real life and when a fan asked if he injured himself, he responded: "Yes, Christine. It was a boating accident."
Eagle-eyed readers might have even spotted the brace Shriner was wearing in the photos he and his fellow GH vets shared when they enjoyed a reunion lunch with Stuart Damon (ex-Alan), but there was definitely no missing the brace and scooter when Scotty appeared on screen. "Had four-hour foot surgery two weeks prior," Shriner updated after the episode aired. "But the show must go on at GH!"
Shriner hasn't revealed just how long the recovery process will be, but he is still currently using the scooter in real life, so since GH tapes about a month ahead, you can expect to see Scotty using it as well for any appearances he might make in the next month or so. Please join us in wishing Shriner a very speedy recovery, and for more on your favorite GH stars, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.
Susan Bernard Dies: ‘Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!’ Actress, Publisher Of Iconic Hollywood Photo Archive Was 71(6/24/19) Susan Bernard, a 1960s cult movie actress who would go on to oversee her father’s iconic archive of Marilyn Monroe photographs and see the son she had with actor Jason Miller, Joshua John Miller, become a successful TV producer in his own right, died unexpectedly at her home in L.A.’s Hancock Park Friday.
She was 71. According to family spokesperson Siri Garber, Bernard died suddenly of an apparent heart attack.
Best remembered for her role in Russ Meyer’s 1965 cult epic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, Bernard had a rangy Hollywood career than spanned such 1960s-70s pop culture touchstones as General Hospital, The Beverly Hillbillies, Room 222, The Witchmaker, The Smith Family with Henry Fonda and the 1969 pulp lesbian classic That Tender Touch (since preserved by Outfest’s Legacy Project).
Once voted one of the 100 most beautiful women of the century by Playboy magazine, Bernard was the daughter of Bruno Bernard, whose Hollywood photographs, particularly of Marilyn Monroe, have become instantly recognizable. Published under his “Bernard of Hollywood” moniker, the photos have been preserved, exhibited and licensed under Susan Bernard’s oversight. She was the founder and president of Bernard of Hollywood Publishing, and is the author of seven books, all translated into dozens of languages, including the best selling Marilyn: Intimate Exposures and Taschen’s Bernard of Hollywood’s Ultimate Pin Up Book.
Susan Bernard built Bernard of Hollywood into an international brand incorporating Bruno Bernard’s original work across multiple platforms. In 2011, she entered a partnership with Authentic Brands Group, who had acquired the estates of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Mohammed Ali, and others.
In 2013, Bernard was invited by the National Portrait Gallery Museum in London to give a staged reading of Marilyn: Intimate Exposures to a standing-room-only crowd.
According to the spokesperson, Bernard had plans to return to television as an executive producer for an upcoming FX series. Details were not available.
Bernard’s son with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and actor Jason Miller (That Championship Season, The Exorcist), author and actor Joshua John Miller, is the co-creator, with his partner M.A. Fortin, of the USA series Queen of the South. They survive her as does her sister Celeste Bendel.
Soaps InDepth Podcast - 6/24/19 - The Stories Soaps Should Be Telling(6/24/19) The Stories Soaps Should Be Telling (Listen / download).
This week, Charlie and Richard discuss the hot-button topics which soaps of the past turned into major storylines… and why today’s daytime dramas seem afraid to tackle them. From Erica Kane’s abortion on All My Children to Christine’s sexual assault on The Young & The Restless, social issues have given soaps some of their most powerful moments. We look at how today’s most buzzed about topics could be woven into your favorite shows.
John Stamos Talks Potential ‘Fuller House’ Prequel, “Difficult” Lori Loughlin Situation(6/24/19) Perhaps there will be more Fuller House after the fifth and final season wraps? Producer John Stamos, who starred as Uncle Jesse on Full House and reprises the role in the show’s spin-off Fuller House, provided some hope to fans in an interview with ET, saying he’s looking at a possible series prequel. “I’m interested in what happened before Full House,” Stamos told ET’s Nancy O’Dell, in reply to whether a follow-up series could be in the works. The Full House spinoff was renewed for a fifth and final season early this year.
“There’s a lot of energy still with that show,” Stamos said, “And there’s too much happiness that show has brought to a lot of people, so it’s not going to go down easy, I’m not going to let it,” he added. Stamos confirmed Season 5 will consist of 18 episodes, split nine and nine.
Stamos also spoke about Lori Loughlin, a situation he described as “difficult.”
“I haven’t been on the show yet and it hasn’t come up, so I’m going to talk to some people about it this week and see what’s going on,” he said. “I’m just going to wait a little longer before I talk about it. It’s a difficult situation for everyone involved. I don’t mean just on our side.”
Loughlin, the actor known around the world as Aunt Becky, did not return for the fifth season of Fuller House following her indictment in the elite college admissions fraud scheme. Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli are accused of paying “bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC,” according to the 200-page indictment. They have both pleaded not guilty.
Jon Lindstrom Would Love to Play Ryan Again on GH!(6/24/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Talk about enjoying one's job! GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jon Lindstrom had a blast resurrecting Kevin’s evil twin, Ryan, and he wasn’t the only one enjoying the mayhem. “The biggest surprise was not just the popularity — which has surprised me! — but how well people remembered him,” the actor marveled. “I got tweets, Facebook messages and all sorts of things on social media sent to me saying, ‘I remember when [Ryan’s reign of terror] was first going on, and I’m so happy to see it again. It’s even better this time. I’m having such a good time watching you.’ That really caught me off guard, because it was 25 years ago. That tells me that the core audience of GH is still watching!”
Of course, Lindstrom would love to see Kevin’s evil twin return again sometime. “Rarely,” he said with a grin, “do you get to play a part that’s so colorful and so full of delicious twists and turns.”
Talk Show Appearance(6/23/19) LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, syndicated
Fr 6/28: Mark Hamill
Rena Sofer Opens up About Reuniting With Her Ex-Husband(6/21/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Following her 2017 divorce from television director Sanford Bookstaver, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s Rena Sofer (Quinn) has found love again… with her ex-husband! You read that right. After ending their 14-year marriage, they are officially back together and newly engaged to be remarried, a fact that the actress acknowledges sounds like a storyline ripped straight out of Ridge and Brooke’s playbook. “Except there is no Bill,” she laughingly clarified to Soaps In Depth. “There was never another person, so it was never that issue. We just needed to figure it out.”
Sofer and Bookstaver had remained friends and co-parents (to daughter Avalon, 13) following their split, but latent sparks were reignited last fall.“He flew in from New York to be at my [December] birthday party for three hours, and then he flew back,” she recalled. “That was a big deal for me, because it kind of answered the question of, ‘Who’s going to have my back for the rest of my life?’ Here’s a guy who [was no longer obligated to] have my back anymore, and he still did!”
Though they had each attempted to move on following their divorce, that task proved easier said than done. “I tried to date, but I ended up just dating dogs more than anything,” joked the pup-loving actress. “I mean literal dogs, although I did date some ‘dogs,’ too!”
Having both come to the conclusion that the most important thing to each of them was still one another, the couple picked up pretty much where they’d left off. “We have not taken it slowly, even though we’ve tried to. That’s what happens when you’ve already been together for 18 years,” she said. “You’re like, ‘I know you! What are we waiting for?’ So we’re back together. He’s not my husband, but it feels too weird to call him my boyfriend, so I still call him my ex-husband, because I think it’s hilarious.”
Getting back to basics and figuring out who (and what) she loves over the past few years has led Sofer to discover something else that brings her great joy: woodworking! “When I got divorced and wasn’t working a lot over the past year and a half, I decided that I needed something for myself,” she explained. “I’ve always been the sort of handy person who can spend hours roaming through Home Depot, and I really liked the idea of working with wood. I just needed to find someone who could teach me.”
The actress signed up for classes at a local workshop, where she continues to drop in frequently to make beautiful artisanal cutting boards and wooden utensils. “It makes me happy to be creative,” she confided. “You’re making it the way people have made these things forever, and that’s interesting and meaningful to me.”
Sofer also found meaning in her life by hosting some houseguests … of the four-legged variety! Already the loving owner of pooches Iggy, Alpha and Mega, Sofer agreed to foster a pregnant dog late last year that was found on the streets. “I thought it would be the coolest thing ever, to watch a dog give birth and play with the puppies and take care of them until they could be given away,” she said.
Though her daughter joked that Sofer would adopt all of the puppies herself, the actress managed to limit herself to keeping just one, whom she named Marceline. The rest of the pups (including the mother) were given happy homes with Sofer’s friends and family members. Though having a house filled with energetic puppies required effort and patience, Sofer is grateful she was able to help. “The world can seem so cruel and unfixable to me,” she said. “It makes me feel powerless sometimes, but I realized all I can do is try to help a small corner of the world — my corner — and hope that light can expand a little bit.” Comic-strip creator Charles M. Schulz may have coined the phrase “Happiness is a warm puppy,” but Sofer’s living proof that it’s actually quite true!
Talk Show Appearance(6/21/19) The Talk – CBS
Monday, June 24
Cast members from CBS’ THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS including Melissa Claire Egan, Mark Grossman and Michelle Stafford (n)
Demi Moore Joins Brave New World Cast as Alden Ehrenreich's Mother(6/21/19) USA Network’s Brave New World keeps getting bigger: Demi Moore has joined the cast of the upcoming adaptation of the classic Aldous Huxley sci-fi novel in a recurring role, TVLine has learned.
Brave New World, first published in 1932, is set in a futuristic utopian society “that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family, and history itself,” per the official synopsis. Moore will play Linda, the “brash, hard-living” mother of John the Savage (played by Solo star Alden Ehrenreich), a subversive outsider who threatens to disrupt the stability of this perfect society.
The new adaptation, originally developed by Syfy, scored a straight-to-series order from USA back in February. David Wiener (Homecoming) will serve as showrunner.
Best known for her starring roles in movies like Ghost, A Few Good Men and Indecent Proposal, Moore joined the cast of Fox’s Empire at the end of Season 3 as Lucious’ nurse Claudia, appearing in a total of seven episodes.
Moore joins a growing supporting cast on Brave New World: Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) and Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones) co-star as New London citizens Lenina Crowne and Bernard Marx. Plus, earlier this week, Kylie Bunbury (Pitch), Joseph Morgan (The Originals) and Hannah John-Kamen (Killjoys) signed on as series regulars.
Vinessa Antoine and Anthony Montgomery Are Back Together(6/20/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Just like in a soap opera, the real life relationship of GENERAL HOSPITAL alums Vinessa Antoine (ex-Jordan) and Anthony Montgomery (ex-Andre) has taken another turn! The pair first went public with the news that they were dating back in February of 2018, and then in June, she announced that she was single again. But less than a couple weeks later, she revealed that they're back on again! "When they say that relationships are 'work' I believe what they mean is we have to be willing to 'work' on ourselves," Antoine explained. "We have to be willing to take a look at our past and present experiences in this life and see what needs cleaning up. We're doing the work. And it's worth it.
"Anthony and I keep our relationship pretty private for the most part and so sharing 'us' with y'all has been an interesting journey," the actress continued. "I just want to express how important it is to let go of past hurts, old ways, and bad relationships. For me, as a single mom with trust issues and insecurities, the work will always continue. It ain't easy you guys, but nobody said it would be easy. Just that it would be worth it. This is grown folks business. I love this man. And so the journey continues."
Since leaving GH, Antoine has been starring in the Canadian drama series DIGGSTOWN, which is just about to go into production on its second season. Montgomery has been appearing as Garner in the OWN primetime series GREENLEAF as well as the film #Truth.
Dev on GENERAL HOSPITAL — Everything You Need to Know(6/20/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Dev first appeared on GENERAL HOSPITAL for a handful of episodes back in March of 2019 during Sonny’s search for Dante. The character was played by young actor Ashton Arbab in his daytime debut. Although he was introduced in Turkey, he reappeared in the June 18 episode when he was caught breaking into Dante and Lulu's home in Port Charles! (And despite the confusion among some GH fans because of their similar appearances, Arbab is not Maurice Benard's son, Joshua, who played a younger version of his father's character, Sonny, in a special episode back in November of 2018.)
Dev was first seen as a teenage pickpocket in Ankara, Turkey, who tried to steal from Sonny Corinthos. (Clearly, the kid didn’t know who he was dealing with!) But when Dev begged him not to turn him in to the authorities, Sonny took pity on him and even bought the boy a meal. He showed Dev a photo of Dante and explained about his search for his son. Dev was scared, but agreed to help the American. After leading Sonny to the compound where Raj had Dante, Dev picked the pockets of the guards so they would chase him and Sonny could slip inside.
As Sonny plotted his escape with Dante inside, Dev met with Robert Scorpio in an alley and updated him on what Sonny was up to. The teen disappeared while Robert was on the phone, and returned to the compound where he was captured by one of the guards. When Raj ordered Dev eliminated, Sonny started a firefight and the WSB arrived to clean up the mess.
Months later, Josslyn was startled to enter Lulu and Dante's home to retrieve their son's baseball glove and interrupt a burglar who turned out to be Dev! What has brought him all the way to Port Charles? Stay tuned to see what happens next and for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.
Eden McCoy Joins William deVry and More GH Stars to Support the Sandy Rollman Foundation(6/20/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Some of your favorite GENERAL HOSPITAL stars are coming together for a very good cause. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and actors William deVry (Julian), Tamara Braun (Kim), Donnell Turner (Curtis), Eden McCoy (Josslyn), and Wes Ramsey (Peter) will be headlining two events on Saturday, Sept. 14, in Philadelphia, PA, to benefit the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation.
"Our GH fanbase is made up of the most loving, passionate, and dedicated people," McCoy declared. "I can't wait to meet the ones coming out to support funding for this foundation. We're going to have a great time!" Of course, the young actress is well aware of the serious cause behind that fun. "In my family we have a strong history of breast cancer," she added, "and as soon as I'm old enough I'll be getting regular screening mammograms. My mom gets one every six months, and cancer is something we talk about as a family and worry about just like everyone else. Cancer treats everyone the same — it affects all women equally and doesn't care if we are rich or poor, famous or not. As a woman, I am at risk."
The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization created in memory of Sandy Rollman, who passed away in 2000. Their goal is supporting and advocating cancer warriors and achieving "a world without ovarian cancer." Rollman Foundation Ambassador deVry inspired McCoy to get involved in the event to support the cause. "He's a great activist, and he's super supportive in raising ovarian cancer awareness," she said. "It's inspiring to watch his commitment."
The actors will be headlining a special GH Fantasy event starting at 11 a.m. ET at the Helium Club on Saturday, Sept. 14, that will include a Q&A session, autographs, and photo opportunities. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. Following that will be a special private dinner with the stars at 6:30 p.m. ET, but only 40 tickets will be made available so if you're interested, click here to get your tickets before they sell out!
James Patrick Stuart Opens up About Making His First Album(6/20/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) As the son of a British folk-rocker, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s James Patrick Stuart has always loved making music. Now, Valentin’s portrayer is releasing his debut album to honor his father, Chad Stuart — known for being half of the hitmaking ’60s duo Chad & Jeremy. When not scheming as Valentin, Stuart has been busy writing, recording and producing The Apple Tree. “It’s taken over everything,” the actor admitted to Soaps In Depth. “It’s like an animal that got poked and woken up. The fun part was writing and playing the songs. Then the rest is all post-production. You’ve got to sweeten this, take the noise out of that, and, ‘How about if we put a sitar in there?’ I’ve been caught in the moment, deep in mixing and very outside of my comfort zone. There’s been a lot of sleepless nights!”
Stuart’s definitely not complaining, however, because this has been a labor of love. “This is a tribute, gift and salute to my father,” he explained. “He always wanted me to release an album… and I always thought I’d get around to it.” Once GH teamed Stuart up with cellist/violinist Christine Wu for the Nurses Ball, it all started to come together. They collaborated on a version of Nat King Cole’s “That’s All,” and, said Stuart, “Once my father got wind of that, I realized, ‘Oh no, here we go!’ I knew in that moment that time was not unlimited and that one day, it’ll be too late. So if not now, when? As soon as I realized that, all the musicians I knew in the world said, ‘It’s about freaking time. How can we help?’”
Stuart admitted making The Apple Tree "all started with me wanting to record a couple of my father's songs." (Photo Credit: Courtesy of James Patrick Stuart)
So late last year, Stuart dug into Chad & Jeremy’s music. “My father had a few hits in the ’60s, but he also had some songs I’ve always loved that didn’t make it to the top of the charts,” he said. “So I recorded my interpretations of them, and all of a sudden, we had three Chad & Jeremy songs, ‘That’s All’ and two of my own originals… and then we had eight songs! Well, here’s the record.” And Stuart does it all on his new album. “I sing, I do the bass and drums, I produce, I’ve written, and I play some of the piano and some of the guitar."
Stuart also called on some of his professional pals — including French horn and sitar players, Wu, and his father’s former partner, Jeremy Clyde. “I told him I was making an album called The Apple Tree, and he said he’d be happy to come climb a branch. It was amazing, because I have a voice very similar to my father. We did this great a cappella version of their final hit ‘You Are She,’ and we both got choked up. It was a nice moment.”
Stuart gets a thrill out of pressing play and hearing his own music, but seeing a new side of his father has been an unexpected highlight of this adventure. “It was like time-traveling and embracing him as a young man,” he marveled. “What I’ve loved was getting into his songs and breaking them apart. I would listen to guitar parts and learn them and realize how incredible he was. I took him for granted growing up. It didn’t matter that he was famous — he was just my dad. But I learned his brilliance.”
The song “Rest In Peace” left Stuart particularly awed. “My father was able to play it all in one take, just by pressing record and playing one guitar,” he explained. “I had to do it in three different tracks!”
Stuart has finally fed another of his passions, but that doesn’t detract one iota from his love of acting. “This is just another branch on the tree,” he maintained. “There are moments where certain branches get more sun and produce more fruit,” he suggested. “Now, the joy will be flying up to Sun Valley and putting this album in my father’s lap and telling him how much I love him.”
After that? “I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself,” admitted the Renaissance man. “I think I’ll have to reintroduce myself to my wife and my children!”
Tamara Braun Reveals What She and William deVry Have in Common(6/16/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Falling in love on daytime TV is all about finding the chemistry, so Tamara Braun is thrilled that GENERAL HOSPITAL tapped Julian as Kim’s first Port Charles suitor. His portrayer, William deVry, is “very thoughtful, he’s very caring, and we have a great time,” she told Soaps In Depth. “We laugh together. And I think we have a real mutual respect for one another — which is really, really great to work with, you know? And we’re both open to whatever we’re willing to try.”
Braun and deVry share a passion for running lines and working their scenes ahead of taping… as well as a passion for rescuing little guys who’ve been abandoned. “The doggies!” cheered the failed foster mom, who ended up adopting rescues Pearl and Little instead of giving them up. As for deVry, Braun is impressed with his ongoing animal-rights activism. “People who have big hearts for animals occupy a large space in my heart.” Well, now we know why Julian and Kim always seem to be having so much fun together!
James Patrick Stuart Confesses His Own Struggles With Mental Health to Help End the Stigma(6/16/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) As part of the 320 Changes Direction initiative, GENERAL HOSPITAL star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin) taped a short Instagram video to help end the stigma surrounding mental health by opening up about his own struggles. “I’m not an expert on mental health,” he admitted, “but I’m also not a stranger to sadness and isolation and… bouts of depression. I’m willing to confess to you that we are more willing to talk about physical fitness than we are our mental fitness.
“And when I get into that place, I check in with myself,” the actor continued. “Have I been eating poorly? Am I not sleeping at all? Have I had too much screen time? And you know, I’ll check in with a friend. And if I have to, I’ll go talk to somebody. Those are the things that I’ll do. And I also remember more than anything that feelings are not facts and they tend to change.
(Video) The idea for 320 came from Talinda Bennington, who had lost her husband, Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilots lead singer, Chester Bennington, to depression and substance abuse. She wanted to help change the culture of mental health so people are no longer afraid to talk about their issues and seek help.
Stuart began his video by mentioned that his wife, Jocelyn, had challenged him to join the movement, and he ended by declaring that he’d love to hear what GH co-star Maurice Benard (Sonny) has to say on the subject. As someone who has been very public about his own personal struggles with bipolar disorder, Benard knows this subject very well.
If you are concerned about yourself or someone you love, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the suicide prevention line at 1-800-273-8255.
Nathan Dean Parsons Stars in the New Movie "I Still Believe"(6/12/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Video) Since leaving GENERAL HOSPITAL, Nathan Dean Parsons (ex-Ethan) has seen his career on the rise. Parsons has been a cast member in TRUE BLOOD, THE ORIGINALS and ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO, and now has joined the cast of the upcoming Jeremy Camp biopic, I Still Believe. Fellow cast members include fellow GH alum Nicolas Bechtel (ex-Spencer), Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump, Apollo 13), singer and actress Shania Twain (A Dog’s Journey) and KJ Apa (RIVERDALE). Camp is a successful faith-based musician, who has over 32 number one hits on the Christian charts. The movie centers around Camp’s adult life, his musical career and marriage to fellow musician Melissa Henning. Bechtel has been tweeting his excitement over the role, and recently shared a photo of him and fellow cast-mate Apa in a van somewhere on location.
Parsons will be playing Jean-Luc La Joie, the lead singer of The Kry, one of Christian rock’s biggest bands and a close friend of Camp and his wife. Apa has been cast in the title role and Britt Robertson (GIRL BOSS, FOR THE PEOPLE) portrays Melissa, his wife. Sinise and Twain play Camp’s parents, and rounding out the cast is Melissa Roxburgh (MANIFEST) as Melissa’s sister, Heather, and Tanya Christiansen (INSATIABLE) as Melissa and Heather’s mother. The movie has already begun filming, and Camp just released one of the completed scenes as a teaser for his fans.
I Still Believe is currently in production and recently shot scenes on location in Florida and Alabama. The movie is directed by the Erwin Brothers, John and Andrew, who have previously directed the faith-based films I Can Only Imagine and Woodlawn. The movie, which will be released by Lionsgate, is slated for release nationwide on March 20, 2020.
Maurice Benard Takes a Pie in the Face to Rase Awareness for ALS(6/12/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Video) Remember the ALS ice bucket challenge? Well, there’s a new version of that going around social media to raise awareness for the disease, and it involves getting a pie in the face! GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) shared a video of himself participating in the challenge to do his part. “You’re probably wondering why I’m in the shower,” the shirtless actor began. “It’s because Kelly Clark challeneged me to the ALS challenge which means throwing this pie in my face… that I’m looking at right now. It’s for my friend who passed away, Dwight Clark. Great man, great football player…”
Benard then hesitates as he prepares to smack himself in the face with a pie, and you can hear his wife, Paula, behind the camera giggle and say, “Now or never, baby!” He then declares: “For the awareness of ALS and for everybody who has this really terrible disease.” Benard then smushes the pie into his face a little gently, and it looks like it was a delicious lemon meringue.
Dwight Clark was a championship football player who spent nine season with the San Francisco 49ers, winning two Super Bowls. He then moved off the field, acting as the general manager for the 49ers and later the Cleveland Browns. In March of 2017, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and he passed away in June of 2018, survived by his wife, Kelly.
As with all of these social media challenges, when you do it, you have to challenge other people to do the same thing, and Benard selected his GH castmates, particularly singing out Steve Burton (Jason) and Ingo Rademacher (Jax). But only time will tell if any of them rise to the challenge and pie themselves as well!
Tamara Braun Responds to Online Haters(6/12/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Social media is a great way for fans to stay in touch with their favorite stars, but sometimes there are “fans” who use it to spread negativity and make rude comments. GENERAL HOSPITAL star Tamara Braun (Kim) was on the receiving end of such an attack on Twitter, and handed the situation with grace and class. The offending tweets are not viewable because the user — a Drew and Sam fan — has their posts protected so they are only visible to confirmed followers, but Braun’s responses give a pretty clear picture of the story.
“Hi there,” the actress replied. “I have a question for you. Why do you follow me on social media if you find me so irritating and want to write unkind things about me?” After the “fan” responded, Braun added, “Yes I did. ‘[barf emoji] and spastic squirrel’ are what you wrote. I think you have forgotten that I’m a person with feelings who plays Kim. You don’t have to like what I do but maybe think about the person at the end of the tweet before being mean. Just a suggestion.” She also added the hashtag “#BeKind.”
Clearly, this particular “fan” didn’t feel like apologizing. “Okay, sweetheart,” Braun tweeted later, “I see you’re not someone who can accept responsibility for your actions. It’s hard. My intention was to give you the benefit of the doubt and ask. Maybe you didn’t get it? You don’t. Think it’s best to end this. Have a good one. #BeKind”
Fans rallied to Braun’s defense online, as did some of her GH castmates. “Good for you for calling them out,” posted Laura Wright (Carly). “It’s crazy how people will tweet something so nasty. People need to stop.”
After blocking that particular “fan,” Braun shared a message to all her followers, one which she pinned to the top of her Twitter page so everyone would see it because it’s good advice. “Hey kind ones,” she wrote. “Thank you for your words. Thanks for the love and support. I appreciate you.” Let’s remember that we don’t have to be unkind back because someone else was. Ask honest questions, try to share something of value, and if there is no acceptance, then let it go.”
Back in August of 2018, Braun fired back at a fan who made fun of the glasses that she wore in an episode of GH as Dr. Nero, revealing that those particular specs were her own real-life pair and she loves them. Hopefully, one day all soap fans will learn how to behave properly on social media, but until then, these kind of reminders will continue to be necessary.
For more about Braun, don't miss her exclusive feature interview in the ABC issue of Soaps In Depth magazine on sale Monday, July 1!
General Hospital casts Alien actress Veronica Cartwright in secret role(6/12/19) (ew.com) Veteran actress Veronica Cartwright, best known for her work in Alien, The Witches of Eastwick, and L.A. Law, is about to stir up some trouble in Port Charles.
EW has learned exclusively that she’ll join the cast of General Hospital for a special, five-episode arc. Sadly, that’s all the ABC sudser is saying for now; the writers want to make her arrival a surprise. This picture, however, could offer a hint: Cartwright appears opposite Maura West, who plays Ava Jerome.
Cartwright’s first episode will air sometime in early July.
Cartwright was last seen as a fortune teller in Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. She’s worked nonstop in TV and film since her early breakout role in the movie The Children’s Hour in 1961. Her big movie credits include Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Right Stuff, The Witches of Eastwick, and of course playing the marvelously freaked-out Lambert in Alien.
General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC.
Cynthia Watros' First Air Date as GH's New Nina Revealed!(6/10/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Big casting news! Cynthia Watros is the new Nina on GENERAL HOSPITAL! With Michelle Stafford exiting the soap, fans wondered if the character would be written out or recast, and the soap finally announced that daytime alum Watros will be taking over the role. “It’s a bittersweet day,” tweeted GH executive producer Frank Valentini when the news broke online. “I love Michelle Stafford and wish her all the best. I’m also really excited about Cynthia Watros joining the GH family and continuing Nina’s legacy.” Entertainment Tonight later revealed that Watros would make her debut in the episode airing on Monday, June 17.
Soap fans will remember Watros as Annie Dutton on CBS sudser GUIDING LIGHT, a role she played from 1997-98, earning a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in the process. She also briefly took over the role of Vicky on ANOTHER WORLD in 1998. Then Watros moved on to primetime, starring in the sitcoms TITUS and THE DREW CAREY SHOW as well as dramas LOST and HOUSE. In 2013, she returned to daytime to play Kelly Andrews on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS.
Nina first appeared on GH in May of 2014 with Stafford making a surprise appearance as Silas’ ex. And while she started out as an obsessed psycho, she eventually matured into a strong, independent businesswoman who loved adopted daughter Charlotte as her own. Watros took her GL character of Annie in the opposite direction, growing more psycho as time went on, so we know she can handle both sides of Nina’s personality.
Stay tuned to see how Nina’s storyline will continue with Watros in the role.
DAYS Alum Officially Adopts Son(6/10/19) Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa, DAYS) revealed on Twitter that she and husband, Jason, have officially adopted their foster son. “I spent 984 days in foster care but today I am adopted,” reads a plaque in her hand. “It’s official!!!!! #adoption #fostercare #thisisus,” she posted. To see the adorable video, click here.
Soaps InDepth Podcast - 6/10/19 - Grading The Soaps(6/10/19) (Listen / download) This week, Richard and Charlie look at what worked — and what didn’t — during the all-important May Sweeps period. Which shows had the best stories? Which stories seemed to miss the mark? And which shows came out of May ready to heat up the summer months? Find out on this week’s episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast!
Hendrickson Wraps At GH(6/7/9) Looks like Port Charles will soon need a new district attorney. Elizabeth Hendrickson, who has played Margaux since 2018, wrote on Instagram, “It was an incredible year on @generalhospitalabc playing Margaux. Thanks to all my new friends, It was truly one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. On to the next!”
Talk Show Appearance(6/7/9) THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN, CBS
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Roselyn Sánchez, Denyse Tontz & Bryan Craig in Grand Hotel 6/17/19 produced by Eva Longoria(6/4/19) “Pilot” – Eva Longoria executive produces this bold, provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach. Charismatic Santiago Mendoza owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi, and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success. The hotel’s loyal staff round out a contemporary fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior on the premiere episode of “Grand Hotel,” airing MONDAY, JUNE 17 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
“Grand Hotel” stars Demián Bichir as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sánchez as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes as Danny, Shalim Ortiz as Mateo, Anne Winters as Ingrid, Chris Warren as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina and Justina Adorno as Yoli.
Brian Tanen is the writer and executive producer. Eva Longoria and Ben Spector (UnbeliEVAble) are executive producers, in addition to Bob Daily. Bill D’Elia is a director and an executive producer. Ramón Campos and Teresa Fernández-Valdés are executive producers of the series, as well as executive producers of the original Spanish version. The series is produced by ABC Studios. ABC Studios is a part of Disney Television Studios, a collection of studios comprised of 20th Century Fox Television, ABC Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios.
“Pilot” was written by Brian Tanen and directed by Ken Olin.
James Patrick Stuart Reveals How Valentin Could Escape His Web of Lies on GH(6/4/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) It’s hard to imagine how GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Valentin will worm his way out of the massive lie he’s concocted about Sasha being Nina’s daughter. “The moment I read it, I thought, ‘Oy, that’s awful!’” portrayer James Patrick Stuart confessed to Soaps In Depth with a laugh. “I don’t see how anybody can be redeemed from this... but it’s good drama!”
And for the record, the actor actually does see a way out for his character. “My feeling is, he can always throw Curtis under the bus,” Stuart winked. “Curtis is the guy who did the dirty work. And I just can’t understand how Valentin has always been okay with Nina being dear friends with such a beautiful man!” he added with a laugh. “I am sure Valentin is just waiting for his moment to hurt Curtis as badly as he can, so yes, Curtis should be his escape hatch.”
Joking aside, as this lie about Sasha has percolated, Charlotte’s school trouble has shown Nina to be a misguided mean girl herself — and that may be Valentin’s true saving grace. “Say what you will, but Valentin does know a certain decorum and line that shouldn’t be crossed, because then you lose control of the situation,” Stuart contended. “And he’s watched Nina step over that line a couple of times.
“She’s definitely been brought down to a level of crazy,” he continued. “I don’t know if it matches Valentin’s level of insidious insensitivity, but they’re not so far apart anymore. They’re both nuts. Perhaps this [relationship] is sick and twisted... and yet it works for them? And even if he delivers someone who isn’t legitimately her daughter, their love somehow can transcend that.”
At least Valentin’s hoping that that will be the case! But for the time being, it’s anybody’s guess how this web of lies will play out!
Chloe Lanier Opens up About Returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL(6/4/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Reports have Nelle returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL for another visit, and while a rep for the soap wouldn’t confirm anything specific, they’ve told Soaps In Depth in the past that bringing the character back to the canvas is “always a possibility.” And actress Chloe Lanier admitted to us she’s always up for another appearance! “I live 10 minutes away from the studio and I’m always happy to come back,” she revealed. “It’s just a matter of scheduling or what they need for story purposes.”
During this time when Nelle has been locked away in Ferncliff, Lanier informed us that she’s remained in touch with GH executive producer Frank Valentini, but confessed she doesn’t know any details of the storyline twists to come in the Wiley/Jonah baby swap. “I am completely in the dark, but I like that Nelle still has this power over so many people and they have no idea as she’s behind bars,” she grinned. “That is really, really cool!”
As the storyline has gone on, fans have grown frustrated that Michael still doesn’t know that his son is alive and that Lucas is unaware that Brad swapped the baby boy they’d adopted with Nelle’s child after theirs passed away suddenly in his crib. Which also means that Willow has no idea that Wiley isn’t the son she gave up for adoption and that her baby is actually dead. But as the tale grows more and more complex and dramatic, Lanier is happy to be observing it all from the other side of the screen. “It’s been a whole other experience,” she confided of her new life post-GH. “I’m glad I left when I did, because I think my identity, subconsciously, became so wrapped up in working on the show that I forgot who I was a bit.
“I’ve been auditioning like crazy,” Lanier continued, “my boyfriend and I are writing together, and I’ve done a lot of self-care over the past few months — which has been phenomenal for my psyche.” Unfortunately, we’re not sure Nelle has been getting that kind of treatment in Ferncliff, so when she makes another appearance, who knows what she’ll be like?
GH Introduces A New Danny(6/4/19) Porter Fasullo has taken over the role of Sam and Jason’s son from T.K. Weaver, who played the part from 2016-19. After Fasullo’s first episode aired on May 31, Weaver responded to the switch on Twitter. “I was recast,” he began. “I found out a couple weeks ago but I was asked not to tell anyone. Broke my heart. I love you all so much. I love my GH family and all of you who make my day everyday!!!! You guys are the best!” He added, “I want to give a shoutout to my amazing @GeneralHospital Opens a New Window. family. I loved being Danny Morgan for 3 years. I learned so much. I wish I could have grown up more on the show but it didn’t happen unfortunately. Good luck to the new Danny!! I hope you all love him too! Truly.” He also acknowledged his Port Charles parents, writing, “I want to thank @kellymonaco1 Opens a New Window. for being the most beautiful & classiest set mom a kid could ever ask for. Also the amazing #billymiller Opens a New Window. who isn’t on social media but who called me with great advice & offered to come to my house and give me a big bear hug if ever I need one. Huge thank you to @1SteveBurton Opens a New Window. who called me to make sure I was okay & that I wasn’t feeling like the recast was my fault. He has continued to touch base to make sure I’m okay. He is such a good person with great advice. I learned so much from him. I was so lucky to meet him. “ Monaco replied, “TK. You were a DREAM to work with. You are such a talented young man. I know you have a bright future ahead of you. I can’t wait to see your career blossom. I’ll make sure #billymiller Opens a New Window. sees this post… I know he cares about you as much as I do. You will be greatly missed at #gh Opens a New Window. .” “You’re a rockstar with a bright future!” tweeted Burton. “I know you accomplish anything YOU put your mind to. Luv you @tkweaveractor Opens a New Window. I’ll see you soon!”
Soaps InDepth Podcast - 6/3/19 - Mixed Messages(6/3/19) (Listen / download) On this week's episode of the Soaps in Depth Podcast, co-hosts Charlie and Richard take a look at the sometimes twisted morality put forth by modern soaps. On THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, Steffy is a woman capable of running a major fashion house… yet those around her act as if she can’t raise two children without a man's help. (This despite having a lot of money and a nanny!) And despite Hope’s very obvious instability, none of her loved ones are rushing her into therapy! Meanwhile, some GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers refuse to forgive Franco's past sins (despite his "the tumor made me do it" excuse), but embrace a mob boss and his favorite hitman as heroes. It's a laugh-filled look at the things that make us go hmmmm, plus a peek at the week ahead
Jen Lilley Prepares for an Emotional Custody Battle(6/2/19) Our hearts go out to DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa) as she and her family are facing a custody battle over her young foster son. Lilley, who is pregnant with her first child and began her journey as a foster parent back in 2016, successfully adopted her first foster son in 2018. When her son’s biological mother fell pregnant at the same time as Lilley’s first pregnancy, Lilley and her husband Jason discussed the possibility of fostering again. “We went on a bittersweet discussion of how we’d just have ‘twins,’” Lilly said at the time.
Unfortunately, Lilley suffered a miscarriage, but when the call came asking if she and her family would foster her son’s younger brother they said yes, and took in the baby boy. The family had been working towards legally welcoming his brother into the family when trouble appeared on the horizon. “I cried tears of love the moment I met this little one," Lilley gushed on Instagram. Having my son’s younger brother in our house has been one of the most beautiful blessings of my life,” she wrote. "Seeing the boys interact, growing as a family, and celebrating all of this little one’s milestones to date, is more than I could ever ask for or imagine.
“We had an update in his case today,” Lilley continued, “A random great aunt he’s met once for less than an hour, and only after he was already 12 months old and deeply bonded with us, and more importantly, his biological brother, is fighting for custody. I’m not going to lie y’all, foster care is hard. It’s emotional, it’s unpredictable, but my goodness, it’s still worth it. I am so grateful to know he has extended family who is also concerned about him, but I cannot fathom what it would do to both of these boys if they were separated. A sibling relationship is one of the strongest bonds on earth. And these two tots are inseparable.”
The entire ordeal has been an emotional one and it has only just begun. ”Driving to the meeting today, trying not to cry (totally cried twice), I had a lot of time to pray," she confessed. "Here’s what I know; no matter how much I love this little boy, and I want the very best for him and will do my best every day he’s in my care to assure that he is loved, nurtured, and thriving, God loves him more, and created him for a life full of hope and goodness (Jeremiah 29:11). God goes before him, watches over him, and while I think Jason, my dad, and my father-in-law are just about the greatest dads on earth, I have peace knowing that God is the best dad there ever was, is, or will be. And He’s also my Heavenly Father. My concerns are not lost on Him, and He can take care of this little one, my son, my heart and Jason’s, and our entire family and friends who’ve fallen head over heels for this munchkin."
Lilley went on to state, "Please pray God’s will for this little one. We’re thrilled that as of now, he’s staying with us and his big brother, who love him beyond words," and then she ended her message,"But PSA, If you’re like so many people I talk to who say they would foster, but just can’t because they’d get too attached, can I lovingly say that that makes you the perfect foster parent! These kids desperately need your love and attachment more than you need your heart protected. Trust me. It’s worth it.”
The DAYS star is a strong foster care and adoption advocate and while celebrating her son’s birthday earlier this year, she opened up about what her kids mean to her. "But family is so much more than blood to me," she declared. "The children we foster are our children while they are in our house, and they’re in our hearts forever...”
TK Weaver Says Goodbye to GENERAL HOSPITAL(6/2/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Jason and Sam’s son is about to get a new look as TK Weaver has announced that there is going to be a new Danny Morgan on GENERAL HOSPITAL. “I was recast,” he tweeted with emojis of a crying face and a broken heart. “I found out a couple weeks ago, but I was asked not to tell anyone. Broke my heart. I love you all so much. I love my GH family and all of you who make my day every day! You guys are the best!”
Danny was born on screen in June of 2012 and was played by twins Gage and Gavin at birth, and later by twins Jaxon and Jakob Kring as toddlers for a couple years. Caden and Corben Rothweiler took over in 2014, followed by Braiden and Dylan Kazowski. Weaver was the first solo actor to portray the character and he made his debut in May of 2016. During that time, he has received two Young Artist Award nominations as well as a Young Entertainer Award for his work on the soap.
“I want to give a shoutout to my amazing GH family,” Weaver declared as the well wishes from disappointed fans flooded in on social media. “I loved being Danny Morgan for three years. I learned so much. I wish I could’ve grown up more on the show but it didn’t happen, unfortunately. I want to thank Kelly Monaco (Sam) for being the most beautiful and classiest set mom a kid could ever ask for. Also, the amazing Billy Miller (Drew), who isn’t on social media, but who called me with great advice and offered to come to my house and give me a big bear hug if I ever need one. Huge thank you to Steve Burton (Jason), who called me to make sure I was okay and that I wasn’t feeling like the recast was my fault. He has continued to touch base to make sure I’m okay. He is such a good person with great advice. I learned so much from him. I was so lucky to meet him. Good luck to the new Danny! I hope you all love him, too! Truly.”
At this time, GH has not yet announced who has taken over the role of Jason and Sam’s son, but we will obviously keep you updated as more information about him is released, so stay tuned.
GH / Y&R Alum Ties The Knot In Las Vegas(6/2/19) Kelly Sullivan (ex-Kate/Connie, GH/ex-Sage, Y&R) revealed on Instagram that she married longtime beau Eric Schneider in Las Vegas on May 27 . Real-life bestie Vanessa Ray (ex-Teri, AS THE WORLD TURNS) and hubby Landon Beard were on hand to witness the nups, with Ray posting, “On Monday our best friends in life witnessed our best friends in life commit their lives to each other. Eric and Kelly are our soul mates. Our invisible best friends. You are our late night calls. The keeper of the bail money. They have fed us, housed us, dabbed away sad tears, and made us laugh until we have good tears. You guys are like if the church giggles and a beautiful sunrise had a baby. Cheers to a life time of doing life.?? #donsbirthdaywedding Opens a New Window. .” Congratulations to the happy couple!
Dishing with Digest - 5/31/19 - Jacklyn Zeman(6/1/19) Jacklyn Zeman Shares Her GH Memories (Listen / download).
Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie, GH) recalls her road to GH, her soap start on ONE LIFE TO LIVE, her special relationship with Tony Geary (ex-Luke) and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we discuss the changes ahead at Y&R and the state of soap weddings in 2019.
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