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News & Cast Updates(News section last updated September 11, 2018)
Luke Perry's Criminal Encore(9/11/18) Riverdale dad Luke Perry will reprise his role as Criminal Minds cult leader Benjamin Cyrus in the CBS crime drama’s Season 14 premiere.
Perry, whose Season 4 UnSub has been dead for a while now, is but one of multiple “surprise” guests on tap for the series’ 300th episode, EW.com reports.
Criminal Minds‘ 15-episode season kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 10/9c.
Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo Developing CBS Cop Drama MIA(8/28/18) Christmas just came early for fans of NCIS‘ “Tiva.”
Series alumni Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo are reuniting to develop the drama series MIA at CBS.
The project centers on a newly minted homicide detective who is assigned to a by-the-book partner in Miami, but she struggles to keep her personal entanglements with her final undercover assignment from jeopardizing her future.
Though Weatherly and de Pablo will not be starring in the potential series, they are attached to executive-produce alongside Shepard Boucher (Riverdale), who will also write the script.
Weatherly and de Pablo ended their respective NCIS runs as Tony DiNozzo and Ziva David in 2016 and 2013. Since exiting the series, Weatherly has gone on to play the title character in CBS’ Bull, which enters its third season on Monday, Sept. 24; de Pablo has appeared in the religiously-tinged drama The Dovekeepers and the 2016 TV movie Prototype.
Soap Alumni Unite For New Project(8/8/18) A sudsy new half-hour drama that wraps its three-day shoot today in Manhattan features a bevy of soap alumni: Morgan Fairchild (ex-Anjelica, DAYS, et al), Robert Newman (ex-Josh, GUIDING LIGHT), Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse, ALL MY CHILDREN), Kristen Alderson (ex-Starr, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Ilene Kristen (ex-Roxy, OLTL, et al), Scott Evans (ex-Fish, OLTL), Diana DeGarmo (ex-Angelina, Y&R) and David A. Gregory (ex-Ford, OLTL) star alongside entertainment blogger Perez Hilton in the ensemble drama MÉLANGE, which Variety reports “will center on the fight over the ownership of an historic New York City gay bar, Mélange, after its proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.” Newman plays the late bar owner, Syd, and Fairchild plays his widow, Vivian.
‘Good Trouble’: ‘The Fosters’ Stars Teri Polo and Sherri Saum To Reprise Roles On Spinoff Series(7/21/18) Callie and Mariana will reunite with their moms on Good Trouble. The Fosters stars Teri Polo and Sherri Saum are set to appear on the upcoming spinoff series Good Trouble, toplined by Maia Mitchell and Cierra Ramirez. I hear Polo and Saum are booked for two episodes in the first half of Good Trouble‘s first season.
Good Trouble follows Callie (Mitchell) and Mariana (Ramirez) as they embark on the next phase of their young adult lives in Los Angeles.
Polo and Saum are the first Fosters cast members confirmed to guests star on Good Trouble, which had been designed to maintain ties with the mothership show. “We plan to have all characters from the original series make guest appearances,” Freeform EVP Karey Burke told Deadline at the time of the spinoff’s announcement in January.
Good Trouble‘s producers had hinted that we likely will see Jude and Brandon from the original series the most as they also will live in Los Angeles.
The Fosters centered on the Foster clan: lesbian couple Stef (Polo) and Lena (Saum), who have built a close-knit, loving family with Brandon (David Lambert), Stef’s biological son from a previous marriage; their adopted twins, Mariana (Ramirez) and Jesus (Noah Centineo); and adopted siblings Jude (Hayden Byerly) and his half-sister, Callie (Mitchell).
Good Trouble hails from The Fosters’ three writing executive producers — Joanna Johnson, Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg — who exec produce alongside Gregory Gugliotta, Christine Sacani, Mitchell, Ramirez, Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina. The series is produced by Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions in association with Freeform. Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) is director and executive producer of the first episode.
Production has begun in Los Angeles for premiere in 2019.
Laura Wright Proves Age Is Nothing But a Number With Inspirational Message to Fans(7/16/18) Daytime star Laura Wright was in the middle of enjoying her summer vacation from playing Carly on GENERAL HOSPITAL but she took time out to celebrate getting older and issue a challenge to her fans! “To all my female friends of ‘age,'” she posted to Instagram. “Most of us are going through the next stage of our lives. We are at that age where we see the wrinkles, grey hair, extra pounds. Menopause has already shown up or just waiting around the corner. We see the pretty 25-year-olds and sigh. But we were 25, too, just like they will one day be our age.
“What they bring to the table with their youth and zest for life, we bring with our wisdom, experience, and good hearts,” she continued. “For all we’ve been through earning each grey hair… raising kids, bills and ills, and whatever else life throws at us, we are survivors. We are warriors. We are women. Like a classic car or fine wine. While our exterior may not be what it once was, it is traded for our spirit, our courage, and our strength to enter this chapter of our lives with grace and pride for all we’ve been through and accomplished. Never feel bad about getting older. It is a privilege denied to many.”
She then challenged her female fans to copy and paste her status with their own picture and age, proudly adding that she herself is turning 48 in September. And proving that age is nothing but a number, Wright has found a new lease on life happily finding love with GH castmate Wes Ramsey (Peter) after her divorce and continuing to raise her two beautiful children, Lauren and John. And don’t forget starring as Carly Corinthos on GH where she continues to earn critical acclaim and Daytime Emmy nominations (taking home the gold in 2011)! Wright is not only aging gracefully, but gorgeously. Such an inspiriation!
Black Monday: '80s Wall Street Satire Starring Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall Snags 10-Episode Showtime Series Order(6/15/18) Showtime’s Wall Street-set comedy Black Monday is indexing high: The bullish cabler has handed a 10-episode order to the ’80s-set satire, which stars Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Andrew Rannells (Girls) and Regina Hall (Girls Trip).
The project — which was previously titled Ball Street — promises to answer the decades-old question: What caused the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street on October 19, 1987? Per the logline, “It’s the story of how a group of outsiders took on the blue-blood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world’s largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine, Don Henley’s birthday party and the glass ceiling.”
Happy Endings creator David Caspe and frequent collaborator Jordan Cahan (Marry Me) serve as EPs and showrunners. Preacher duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are also EPs.
The cast also includes Paul Scheer (The League), Yassir Lester (Making History), Michael James Scott (Aladdin on Broadway) and Eugene Cordero (Kong: Skull Island),. Happy Endings‘ Casey Wilson and Wet Hot American Summer‘s Ken Marino will recur.
“Black Monday is a scathing comic commentary on the excess of the ’80s,” Showtime president David Nevins said. “Don, Andrew and Regina lead a hilarious cast that takes on blue-blooded Wall Street as the Bad News Bears of Wall Street trading firms.”
Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Adds Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, More(6/7/18) Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has added to its cast of characters wandering about in Los Angeles at the time Charles Manson’s Sharon Tate murders.
The Sony pic has brought aboard Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, Clifton Collins Jr, Keith Jefferson and Nicholas Hammond in supporting roles for a lineup that already includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Burt Reynolds, Timothy Olyphant, Michael Madsen and Tim Roth.
As befits a Tarantino pic, the casting intrigues: Lewis will play the iconic actor Steve McQueen; Fanning is set as Squeaky Fromme, the Manson disciple who later tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford; Hammond will play director Sam Wanamaker; and Hirsch is Jay Sebring, the Hollywood hairstylist who was one of four victims in the Tate murders on Cielo Drive.
Perry is set to play Scotty Lancer, Collins is Ernesto The Mexican Vaquero, and Keith Jefferson is Land Pirate Keith. It’s the third Tarantino film for Jefferson, who also appeared in The Hateful Eight and Django Unchained.
The Tarantino pic has been referred to as a Pulp Fiction-like tapestry of stories set in L.A. in the summer of 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor: Tate (Robbie).
David Heyman, Tarantino and Shannon McIntosh are producing, and the studio has set it for an August 9, 2019 release worldwide.
‘The Fosters’ Teri Polo, Dylan Walsh To Star In Indie Film ‘Foreign Exchange’(4/29/18) Teri Polo, who just wrapped Freeform’s The Fosters series after five seasons, and Niptuck alum Dylan Walsh are set to star in the indie drama Foreign Exchange, directed by Svetlana Cvetko.
Polo and Walsh will play Olivia and Peter, grieving parents who lost their daughter in a car accident. They welcome a foreign exchange student into their home but have trouble not treating her as the replacement for the daughter they lost.
Chris Sivertson penned the screenplay, which Kaila York, Nigel Thomas, and Rick Benattar are producing.
In addition to The Fosters, Polo is known for her role in the Meet the Parents trilogy. Walsh starred in CBS’ Unforgettable and can currently be seen in Life Sentence on the CW.
Both actors are repped by Gersh and manager Bob McGowan.
Susan Walters on NCIS 5/15/18(4/24/18) “Fallout” – While Gibbs attends the memorial service for a friend who was lost at sea, he discovers that the deceased, Navy Captain Phillip Brooks (Don Lake), has been hiding in a fallout shelter after his boat was attacked and he swam to shore, on NCIS, Tuesday, May 15 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Susan Walters guest stars as Marcy Brooks, the Commander’s wife.
GENERAL HOSPITAL's Laura Wright and Wes Ramsey Have a Blast in THE KITCHEN(4/12/18) Fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL already know that Laura Wright and Wes Ramsey are great actors from their work as Carly Corinthos and Peter August on the daytime soap, but now they’ll find out if they’re actually any good in the kitchen! The real-life couple are scheduled to appear on THE KITCHEN on the Food Network on Saturday, April 14 at 11 a.m. ET! “So fun!” Wright declared on Instagram, urging fans to tune in to see them.
Ramsey added: “Our first cooking show! LOL! So fun!” In the episode, titled “Let’s Do Lunch,” hosts Sunny Anderson, Katie Lee, Jeff Mauro, and Geoffrey Zakarian will be sharing some delicious new ideas for lunch. Wright and Ramsey will be acting as special sous chefs as Anderson makes a Lemon Teriyaki Chicken and Rice Bowl. (And if you miss that airing, it will be rebroadcast on Sunday, April 15, at 1 p.m. ET and Monday, April 16 at 12 p.m. ET!)
A sous chef is someone who is second in command in the kitchen, ranking just below the executive chef. Which is basically just a fancy way of saying that Wright and Ramsey will be acting as assistants to Anderson as she cooks up her dish. So make sure you tune in to see how they do!
Laura Wright: "I Never Imagined I'd Be Living With My Boyfriend," Wes Ramsey(3/15/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) A year ago, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Laura Wright (Carly) wasn’t even thinking about romance, but everything changed when she was reintroduced to fellow actor Wes Ramsey (Peter) at a Daytime Emmy party in April of 2017! “This time last year, I certainly never imagined I’d be living with my boyfriend,” she confided to Soaps In Depth. “I couldn’t even imagine what having a boyfriend would look like!”
After going through a divorce a few years ago, Wright admitted she was “in a dark place” and fought to find happiness, and now she’s discovered new love with Ramsey, who she used to work with on GUIDING LIGHT where she played Cassie and he was Sam. In fact, the two lovebirds are now sharing a place together in West Hollywood!
“I’m not 25,” Wright laughed. “I didn’t need to sleep on it. And we know how lucky we are to have this, so there’s a lot of gratitude. There’s a lot of respect… and a lot of self-love. I don’t need him to complete me. So our time together is just about enjoying the moment and not trying to fix each other.”
The GH star also shares a house with her kids, John (17) and Lauren (19), in Santa Ynez, but loves spending quality time with her new beau. “We love to hike and we love the ocean, sunsets, and going to the movies,” she revealed. “And right now, we’re reading The Fountainhead — he reads to me every morning. Yeah, he’s that guy!”
With all the stress and drama of real life, including work, bills, and everything else, it’s important to find and appreciate those special moments together. “We still have hurdles, walls, and things life throws at us,” Wright declared. “When I have 10 other things I think I need to do, I make the decision — ‘I’m going to sit here and listen to you read me this story.’ To slow down, be in the moment, and be together is a choice Wes and I make every day.”
Drugs, depression and cheating! Inside Rebecca Gayheart’s toxic divorce drama(3/1/18) Multiple troubling issues sent the train-wreck union of Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart flying off the rails, RadarOnline.com has learned.
“Their marriage has been a disaster for more than a decade,” revealed a source close to the troubled couple.
An insider added: “The relationship has faced its challenges, including Eric’s wandering eye over the years.”
Both Gayheart, 46, and Dane, 45, have admitted to substance abuse problems. Each has spent time in rehab.
The two wed in 2004, three years after Gayheart pleaded no contest to vehicular homicide charges after she struck and killed a nine-year-old boy.
In 2009, the couple was embroiled in a sex scandal when a leaked video showed a woozy Dane — then at the height of his fame as Dr. McSteamy on Grey’s Anatomy — in a hot tub session with Gayheart and a former teen beauty queen.
Two years later, Dane sought treatment for addiction to prescription painkillers.
Last year, the actor checked himself into rehab under a gloomy cloud of “clinical depression,” and took a break from shooting TV’s The Last Ship.
Gayheart cited “irreconcilable differences” in divorce papers filed on Feb. 16.
The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star is seeking spousal support and joint custody of the couple’s daughters, Billie, 8, and Georgia, 6.
GH Stars On WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE(2/23/18) GH’s Donnell Turner (Curtis) and Laura Wright (Carly) will appear on WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE on Wednesday, February 28. Both are playing for worthy causes, Turner for Autism Speaks and Wright for One Simple Wish, an organization with the mission of spreading love, hope and joy to children affected by foster care, abuse and neglect. Check local listings!
Talk Show Appearance(2/18/18) THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW, syndicated
Mo 2/19: Teri Polo, Sherri Saum
Rebecca Gayheart Files for Divorce from Eric Dane(2/16/18) Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart are getting divorced after 14 years of marriage ... TMZ has learned.
Rebecca, who starred in "Beverly Hills, 90210" filed legal docs Friday afternoon. Rebecca is asking for spousal support, as well as joint legal and physical custody. The couple has 2 daughters, ages 6 and 7.
Rebecca has been through a lot over the years. Back in 2001, she was driving and allegedly talking on her cellphone when she struck and killed a 9-year-old. She pled no contest to vehicular manslaughter and was sentenced to 3 years probation.
Eric, who starred in "Grey's Anatomy," and Rebecca were caught up in a scandal back in 2009 when Gawker released a sex tape of them having a threesome in a bathtub with another woman.
Seal Under Investigation for Sexual Battery(1/17/18) Seal is under criminal investigation for sexual battery, just one week after he publicly encouraged sexual abuse victims to come forward ... but the singer denies any wrongdoing.
Actress Tracey Birdsall (ex-Amy Sanders, Loving) tells us she and Seal were neighbors in Los Angeles in the fall of 2016. She says the two developed a close friendship -- and only that -- until an incident at Seal's home. Tracey says she was in Seal's kitchen to retrieve a salad spinner she'd lent him when all of a sudden, he lunged at her.
Tracey tells us Seal forced himself on her, attempting to kiss her. She says she shouted, "What are you doing?!" and the singer replied, "I'm kissing you!"
Birdsall claims Seal then began to belittle her for what she was wearing (a tank top and shorts) -- insinuating she was asking for it -- and he began to grope her breasts. She says she demanded he stop.
Tracey tells us Seal then invited her to sit on the couch next to him ... she says she was in shock and complied. Birdsall claims Seal once again began to make fun of what she was wearing and groped her again. Tracey says she left shortly after that and did not have contact with Seal again.
Birdsall says it wasn't until she saw Seal's comments about Oprah and Harvey Weinstein -- where he encouraged women to share their own stories of sexual misconduct -- that she decided to report it to the cops.
A source with the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. confirms a report was taken Saturday for sexual battery ... the incident is under investigation.
A rep for Seal tells us, "Seal vehemently denies the recent allegations made against him by a former neighbor for alleged misconduct more than a year ago. He intends to vigorously defend himself against these false allegations."
Laura Wright Is "Obsessed" With a New Fitness Challenge!(1/16/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Viewers of GENERAL HOSPITAL are used to seeing Laura Wright looking amazing when she’s on screen as Carly Corinthos, and the actress has not been shy about sharing her fitness journey, and has now embarked upon the 80 Day Obsession challenge, urging her fans to join her! “Hell yeah!” she posted to her Instagram. “January 15, #TeamLaura is getting Obsessed!” She also added hashtags to remind that “you can have everything you want in life” and “it’s up to you.” Fans can reach out to the actress for coaching and advice by E-mailing her at email@example.com.
At the start of the 80-day challenge, Wright celebrated by sharing a very cheerful selfie. “Day one of 80 down!” she posted. “Clearly, I’m really happy about it! Food on point — meal prepping and answering your E-mails!”
The day before beginning the challenge, Wright opened up on Instagram about how you can’t let age get in the way of achieving your goals. “I have so many people asking me can they make huge changes,” Wright shared. “They say, ‘But I’m 42-44,’ ‘I’m over 50.’ Well, I’m 47, and Team Laura starts an 80-day nutrition and workout challenge tomorrow, so you know what I say. Hell yeah! You can have whatever you want.”
While the 80 days have already begun, we’re sure Wright wouldn’t mind adding a few more people to Team Laura. She’s been happily advocating the Beachbody programs for a while now, and just by looking at her, it’s clear that amazing results are achievable!
The Fosters Cancelled — But There’s a (Very Promising) Twist(1/3/18) The fate of the Fosters family has been revealed: Freeform has cancelled the long-running drama after five seasons — but the clan’s journey is far from over!
The show will wrap up Season 5B with a two-hour finale, which also will mark its 100th episode, before a three-episode summer event that will introduce a spinoff series centered around Maia Mitchell’s Callie and Cierra Ramirez’s Mariana.
The untitled offshoot, which has been given a 13-episode order, is set several years in the future as Callie and Mariana begin their lives as young adults in Los Angeles. Callie will continue to be involved in social work, while Mariana will be immersed in the tech world. In addition, another member of the mothership series’ young ensemble may join the pair in LA, our sister site Deadline reports. Plus, the plan is “to have all characters from the original series make guest appearances,” Freeform’s EVP of programming and development Karey Burke told the site.
The new series will be shepherded by Fosters executive producers Bradley Bredeweg, Peter Paige and Joanna Johnson.
“Now that the kids are growing up, it’s time to take them out into the world, to see them make their way into adulthood, continuing their search for identity and love, and the pursuit of their dreams and purpose in this ever-changing world,” the trio said in a statement.
The Fosters Season 5B premieres Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 8/7c on Freeform.
ANOTHER WORLD Alum Heading To Sundance Film Festival(12/13/17) Mark Pinter (ex-Grant, ANOTHER WORLD et al), narrated the documentary short, The Driver Is Red, which is making its way through the festival circuit and has been selected for the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. “I’m proud to have narrated The Driver is Red as the voice of the real-life character of Zvi Aharoni, an Israeli Mossad agent instrumental in the capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in 1960,” says Pinter. “The Driver Is Red, a powerful animated documentary short by filmmaker Randall Christopher, is an official Sundance Film Festival Selection and will have four screenings January 19-25 as part of the festival’s Animation Spotlight.” Check out the trailer and the webpage.
Laura Wright Reveals How She Met Boyfriend Wes Ramsey!(12/6/17) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Carly’s relationship with Sonny on GENERAL HOSPITAL may be a little volatile, but her portrayer, actress Laura Wright, has found a fabulous new love with boyfriend Wes Ramsey! The two were co-stars back on GUIDING LIGHT in the early 2000’s, but hadn’t seen each other for years until the 2017 Daytime Emmys brought them back together!
“We knew each other back in the day,” Wright confided to Soaps In Depth, but we hadn’t seen each other or talked until we ran into each other at an Emmy party on April 26. I was joking around with Donnell Turner (Curtis) about the line at the bar and Wesley turned around. I was like, ‘Oh my God! What’s up?’ And that was it.”
Wright has been single for a few years after separating from her husband, John, with whom she has two children, Lauren and John. But the time was right and fate stepped in to bring her a brand new love! The actress loves sharing photos of her life on her Instagram, and made her new relationship with Ramsey public with a beautiful post just a month later, in May.
“There were times I was out with him and people would ask for a picture of me, and then they’d see him and react,” Wright explained. “One person was like, ‘That’s not your husband!’ I’m not married. So I thought, ‘I’m just going to end this.’ Plus, I’m big on social media. I’m an open book, so it was just a matter of time.”
Since that first introductory post, Wright has shared plenty of romantic photos of herself with her new beau on Instagram, and you can see some highlights in this super sweet video!
Wright and Ramsey were co-stars back in the day on GL, and now they’re castmates once again on GH with his recent addition to the soap’s cast as Peter August. Whether the two will share many scenes together in Port Charles remains to be seen, but stay tuned to find out!
FB Live Q&A: Laura Wright & Steve Burton(11/9/17) FB Live Q&A: Laura Wright & Steve Burton: Video.
Michael Weatherly and Anne Heche recall soap opera days(10/17/17) (torontosun.com) While Michael Weatherly began his career on The Cosby Show as Theo Huxtable’s roommate, the New York City native broke out on daytime soap operas Loving and spinoff The City as Cooper Alden from 1992-1996.
Now headlining top-rated primetime series Bull, Weatherly remembers those frothy days fondly. Recalling his days as a soap playboy to Postmedia Network, the 49-year-old hunk says: “Kelly Ripa and I were compadre – she was on All My Children at the time playing Hayley Vaughan. I look back at that time as very instructive in terms of how TV was made and how the entertainment/PR world worked as a whole. It was a valuable learning experience.”
Not a lot has changed since the bespectacled blonde heartthrob became a mainstream success after his breakout turns on Dark Angel and NCIS. “Fame and success won’t mean anything if you’re not inside of the experience,” Weatherly notes. “Try to have fun with the people you are working with. In that respect, nothing’s really changed since Loving – except I just have better scripts now! If you’re just trying to make money or be a famous person, you’re going to be deeply unfilled.”
Heche concurs to Postmedia Network. “I loved my time on Another World." What did she learn? “Show up on time. Know your lines. Take risks. And trust yourself.”
In fact, the lesson paid off: she scored a Daytime Emmy Award as Outstanding Younger Actress in 1991 playing twins Vicky and Marley Love on the popular soap.
But the 48-year-old stunner couldn’t make it to the award show ceremony because she had departed the soap world to pursue the bright lights of Hollywood and was on set filming O Pioneers! opposite Jessica Lange.
So where does she keep the golden hardware?
“My agent has my Emmy in her office,” she says with a laugh. “I couldn’t believe I won an Emmy and had such an impact on the industry. I didn’t have a lot of self-worth back then. If I won an Emmy now, it would be different. But now since my partner, James Tupper’s show Big Little Lies won an Emmy for [Outstanding Limited Drama Series], my kids want my Emmy at home. Or I'll have to win another one!”
Heche’s career trajectory would have been further along had education not interfered. The Ohio native was initially cast on As the World Turns but her mother wanted her to finish high school first. After she graduated, she landed AW. "And then I was still told I couldn't go,” she recounts. “My mother was very religious and I think she thought soaps were a sinner’s world. But I got on the phone and said, 'Send me the ticket. I’m getting on the plane.' I was like, 'Bye!'”
And the rest is history.
Talk Show Appearance(9/29/17) THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT - CBS
Tuesday, Oct. 3 - Michael Weatherly
Talk Show Appearance(9/15/17) LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, syndicated
Tu 9/26: Michael Weatherly
Laura Wright Is Crazy About New Boyfriend Wes Ramsey and We Love Them Together(8/25/17) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Pic) Back at the end of May, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Laura Wright (Carly) went public with her new romance to actor Wes Ramsey and her fans fell in love. Fans of the actress from her GUIDING LIGHT days might recognize her new beau, because he played Sam Spencer on the beloved CBS sudser during that time.
Wright has been sharing photos of their developing romance on her Instagram, documenting date nights, Fourth of July holidays, and more. And although she didn’t share it at the time, Wright eventually used #FlashbackFriday to share with her fans a look at their very first date, which she called the best ever!
During her family vacation to Italy this summer, the actress shared an older photo of her and Ramsey declaring “Loving Florence, missin’ this rock star” and at the end of the trip another captioned: “So ready to play with this handsome fella.” They’re clearly wildly happy together.
Laura Wright Shares the Surprisingly Affordable Secret to Her Gorgeous Curly Hair!(8/16/17) Daytime star Laura Wright (Carly) has gorgeous blonde, curly hair, but on GENERAL HOSPITAL, you’ll nearly always see her with a sleek, stylish ‘do. And the reason why is because of something the actress learned all the way back when she was playing Cassie on CBS sudser GUIDING LIGHT. “Back then, I had it in my contract that no one could tell me how to do my hair,” she confided to Soaps In Depth. “I know it’s a stupid thing, but they kept blowing out my hair, so I had to put it in my contract.”
However, when John Conboy came aboard as the new executive producer, he was shocked to learn that she’d been given that kind of power and pointed out to Wright that while her luxurious mane certainly looked amazing, it was distracting from her performance! “He said, ‘I love your hair like that,’” she recalled, “‘But it’s all I’m looking at. It’s so big and so beautiful it’s like a hair commercial — I’m not paying attention to anything you’re saying. No one is.’ And he was so right!”
So while the GH hair stylists will blow out her hair, in her day-to-day life, Wright embraces her natural curls and leaves her hair wild and free. Of course, that’s not to say she doesn’t need to use product, and the actress shared her secret on Instagram for her fans who also have curly hair. Surprisingly, it’s not a high-end expensive salon product, either — It’s Garnier Fructis Curl Sculpt Conditioning Cream Gel!
“So many of you have asked me what product I use when my hair is curly,” she posted to Instagram. “Well, here it is. You can find this in any drugstore. How much you use depends on your hair and how you want it to look. I apply and then twist the curls the way I want them to go. I let it dry then I mess it up and make it big and fun! We can own our curls!”
And fans were delighted by the recommendation, reporting back that they’d given the conditioning gel a try and the results were fantastic! “I’ve tried everything,” commented one, “but this definitely has my curls looking good! Thank you for sharing!”
No matter how Wright does her hair, she looks gorgeous. Whether it’s curly, straight, long, short, up or down, she never looks bad.
Cranston Bosses Around Family Guy(7/25/17) Family Guy‘s Peter Griffin might be in for a meth of trouble.
TV’s erstwhile Walter White, aka Bryan Cranston, will voice Peter’s new boss at the Pawtucket Brewery during Season 16, it was announced at the San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend. Claws‘ Niecy Nash will also lend her voice to the episode, as the wife and business partner of Cranston’s character.
The previous brewery manager, Angela, was voiced by the late Carrie Fisher and will appear briefly in the upcoming season. (Fisher recorded lines for at least one more episode before her death on December 27.)
Cranston has previously guest-starred in two episodes of the Seth MacFarlane series as Hal in 2006 and Dr. Jewish in 2008.
Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) and Amanda Seyfried (Big Love) will also lend their voices in the upcoming season, which premieres Sunday, Oct. 1 at 9/8c on Fox.
Laura Wright Opens up About Her Divorce and New Romance!(6/22/17) (abc.soapsindepth.com) There’s no getting around it — GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Laura Wright went through the ringer when she and her husband, John, decided to separate after 20 years of marriage.
Two years after their separation, the friendly exes made the split official in the spring of 2016 and Wright was ready to face whatever life throws at her. “It's been such a journey of the marriage ending and having to walk as a single woman again,” marveled the actress, opening up about her experience to Soaps In Depth. “I'm so excited to share and talk about things, because my biggest thing is I want to be a resource to other people.
“We're all going to have painful things happen in life,” Wright continued. “It’s about whether or not you sit in the suffering. There are so many ways to work through that. Even a conversation can help — because the ones I had with people helped me! Every little bit helps.”
Wright and her husband were married on October 7, 1995, and had two beautiful children together: Lauren (18) and John (16). The proud mom recently celebrated Lauren’s graduation from Santa Ynez Valley High School.
Immediately following the divorce, Wright insisted that she was enjoying having some “me time” as a single lady. “I have a big picture of what I want from life now,” she declared, “and I’m still discovering things I like. I don’t want to be distracted by instant gratification or an old pattern of needing attention.”
But nearly a year later, on May 29, Wright posted a photo on her Instagram introducing her fans to the new man in her life, former GUIDING LIGHT castmate Wes Ramsey (Sam) using hashtags like “#lifeisbeautiful” and “#newbeginnings.”
Wright confided that her divorce was amicable, and she and John still co-parent their teenage children. “He’s still my best friend,” she revealed. “He’s an amazing father. We’re great parents and we do it together.”
The actress seems to have found a way to have it all — love, family, and a career — and she couldn’t be happier. “All of this came from me climbing back up from my marriage ending,” Wright concluded. “It was sad and difficult to go, ‘Now What, Laura?’ But it turns out “Now what’ is freaking awesome! I’m learning so much about who I am!”
Daytime Emmys Agnes Nixon Tribute (Extended Version)(6/16/17) (Video) The iconic creator of All My Children and One Life to Live, Agnes Nixon, is honored in this tribute to her career, her legacy, and the soap operas she made famous by many of the actors who played beloved characters within them including: Erika Slezak, Thorsten Kaye, Michael E. Knight, Peter Bergman, Kim Delaney, Eden Riegel, Robert S. Woods, Darnell Williams, Cameron Mathison, Brynn Thayer and Andrea Evans.
Produced by Michael Fairman, with deep respect, appreciation, and love for Agnes, the cast of AMC and OLTL, and the fans, The Michael Channel brings you this one-of-a-kind special retrospective.
The shorter version of this retrospective appeared on the 44th Annual Daytime Emmys Ceremonies this past April.
Inside the life of 'All My Children' creator Agnes Nixon(3/22/17) (abcnews.go.com) For over four decades, murder, deceit, kidnappings and all kinds of hysteria ensued. It was small-town America portrayed in a sensational way against the backdrop of a more innocent time.
It was pre-social media, before skyrocketing divorce rates, and before bad behavior was celebrated or rewarded.
All across America, people were glued to their television sets, living vicariously through someone else’s naughty or scandalous lives on the soap operas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." The muscle and brains behind these shows? A devout Catholic, wife and mother of four: creator Agnes Nixon.
Nixon completed her memoir, "My Life to Live," in September 2016 but it is just being released today. In her heartfelt book, she opened up about her Irish roots and the lessons she learned about working outside the home from the women in her family. Those lessons would help Nixon forge ahead during a time in television when men ruled the airwaves.
Nixon also revealed where many of her characters and plots came from; one in particular came out of the heartbreak of losing her first love in World War II.
Two days after writing the final words in her book, Nixon died peacefully in her sleep. She was 93.
“Agnes lived beyond the boundaries of the norm,” Judith Light, who won two Daytime Emmys for her role on "One Life to Live," told ABC News. “She was one of the relatively few of that era who was leading the way and changing the dynamic in the world for women. When I was in her presence she exuded self-confidence and was the personification of grace and gentility with an unmistakable power surging beneath.”
Before Nixon created "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," she worked as a writer at the soap opera "Guiding Light." According to her memoir, Nixon wrote a storyline in the early-1960s surrounding early detection of uterine cancer with a Pap test after she lost a friend to cancer.
"Guiding Light" executives were outraged, but Nixon stood her ground. She was eventually granted permission to write the storyline, but was forbidden from using the words cancer, uterus or hysterectomy in her scripts. Nixon’s story, one the first involving cancer on television, resonated with millions of women, who, after watching the show, scheduled Pap tests.
“Agnes changed the world for woman although I don’t think she set out to do that,” Light said. “She simply owned herself and knew she was good? She just happened to be a woman in a time when woman were generally not expected to create big things. I will always be grateful to Agnes Nixon for creating this place that changed not only my career, but also my life.”
In 1968, Nixon created her own soap opera, "One Life to Live," and after a year, ABC executives asked Nixon to develop another soap opera. Little did they know, sitting in the bottom drawer of Nixon’s desk was an outline for a show she had already written, she wrote in her memoir.
ABC quickly gave the show the green light, and "All My Children," which became one of the most popular soaps of all time, was born.
As the January 1970 "All My Children" premiere date approached, panic set in for Nixon, she wrote in her memoir. She still did not have an actress to play the determined, teenage bad girl, Erica Kane.
Casting directors went across the country looking for an actress, but were having no success until they met Susan Lucci, then 23. Immediately, a videotape of Lucci’s audition was sent to Nixon’s home. Nixon admitted in her memoir she had failed at conjuring up an image of who Erica Kane was, until she saw Lucci.
“She made such an impression on me because that was the first time I saw a woman with designer clothes on,” Lucci, now 70, told ABC News. “She embodied a successful woman in business in New York. You could clearly see she was the woman in charge, and an artist at the same time.”
After Lucci stepped into the role of Erica Kane, Nixon told a number of important stories through the character. One of those came in 1973, shortly after the Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade, affirming a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion, when Erica had television's first legal abortion. Audiences were divided, but Nixon didn't mind the criticism.
"There was no preaching," Lucci said of Nixon's stories. "She was too busy to preach. She told stories and told everybody's point of view. She was inclusive."
In addition to abortion, Erica also helped tell stories about rape and addiction. And, when Nixon wanted to tell the story of a lesbian "coming out," she wrote that she knew it had to be Erica's daughter, Bianca.
Nixon was praised for the honest portrayal of how a parent deals with their child's sexuality. The storyline eventually resulted in America’s first lesbian kiss on daytime TV.
Nixon said her storytelling philosophy was "make 'em laugh, make 'em cry, make 'em wait," something she credited to the days of vaudeville. While telling socially relevant stories on "All My Children," Nixon also infused glamour, adventure and a lot of romance.
One of the most popular love stories in the history of “All My Children” was the one of Angie Baxter and Jesse Hubbard, played by Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams.
Angie and Jesse were African-American teenagers from opposite sides of the tracks who fell in love. The audience rooted for them and could not get enough of their love story. It was another benchmark for Nixon. Angie and Jesse were daytime's first African-American “supercouple.”
The love between Angie and Jesse remained part of the "All My Children” fabric for decades. Through their story, the actor who played Jesse, Darnell Williams, formed a close bond with Nixon. From the time they met, Williams says he remembers Nixon’s being very helpful, supportive and warm.
"She was a perfect blend of corporate, arts and humanity," Williams said. "What I'll miss the most about Agnes is that warm, beautifully embracing Irish smile of hers. It was always like family."
In 1995, after thousands of episodes and countless cliffhangers, new characters captured the attention of daytime viewers: those associated with the O.J. Simpson trial. From January through October, the twists and turns of a real-life murder mystery, involving one of the most celebrated athletes of all time, kept viewers on the edge of their seats and eclipsed the popularity of the scripted soap opera.
In the first three months of 1995, at least a million fewer households tuned in to the soap operas from the previous year. Additionally, new talk shows were debuting at warp speed and an increasingly number of cable channels gave people more options for programming. Soap operas never recovered in the ratings.
Finally, after more than four decades, on April 14, 2011, ABC canceled "All My Children" and "One Life to Live."
Nixon wrote in her memoir that to distract herself from the painful news, she looked at the Lifetime Achievement Emmy statuette given to her in 1992. The base was inscribed: “Agnes Nixon introduced social relevance to Daytime, and at the same time changed traditional storytelling.”
Nixon suffered a stroke a year after the cancellations. While her body failed, Nixon’s son, Bob, a documentary film maker, says her mind was as sharp as ever.
“The shows may have been canceled, but all of those lives and characters were running through her head constantly,” he told ABC News. “Ag was determined to make the most of her time on Earth. She thought she had God-given gifts and worked tirelessly to benefit others. She always said life was like a brief candle.”
Lucci added: “She was an original. What I’m going to miss the most is being able to talk to her.”
It’s hard to believe so much scandal, impropriety and mischief came from a woman who attended mass regularly, lived a conservative life and was married only once for 45 years until her husband’s death in 1996. If Nixon thought life was simply a brief candle, her flame was one of the most illuminating of all.
Agnes Nixon’s memoir, "My Life to Live," is available now.
The Fosters, Shadowhunters, Stitchers Return Dates Set at Freeform(3/7/17) Freeform is looking ahead to summer, announcing the warm-weather return dates for three returning series (and one new one).
The cabler on Monday revealed that The Fosters‘ fifth season will bow on Tuesday, July 11 at 8/7c, leading into the series premiere of the magazine-set drama The Bold Type.
Additionally, Shadowhunters midseason premiere is set for Monday, June 5 at 8/7c, leading into the Season 3 launch of Stitchers at 9 pm.
The Bold Type, inspired by the life of Hearst exec Joanna Coles, offers a glimpse into the “outrageous lives and loves” of those responsible for the global women’s magazine Scarlet. The series stars Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy, Sam Page, Matt Ward and Melora Hardin.
Agnes Nixon’s upcoming memoir describes creation of Erica Kane(3/4/17) My Life to Live: How I Became the Queen of Soaps When Men Ruled the Airwaves: Hardcover, Kindle.
Agnes Nixon, the late creator of classic soaps “One Life To Live” and “All My Children,” describes creating the character Erica Kane and says Susan Lucci was born to play the role in an upcoming posthumous book.
She wrote in “My Life to Live: How I Became the Queen of Soaps When Men Ruled the Airwaves” that “Susan Lucci was Erica Kane. It wasn’t just her beauty; it was her ability to transmit to the screen the essence of the character.”
Carol Burnett writes in the foreword, “I became an ‘All My Children’ fan when Erica Kane was on her first marriage ... I was as sad and mad as everyone else when ‘AMC’ was canceled. It could’ve gone on for 42 more years!” The book, published by Crown Archetype, is out March 21.
From the Emmy-winning creator and writer of All My Children and One Life to Live, a memoir of her trailblazing rise to the top of the television industry, including behind-the-scenes stories from some of the most beloved soaps of all time
Before there was Erica Kane, Adam Chandler, or Victoria Lord, there was Agnes Nixon, a young girl who dreamed up stories for paper dolls. Those tales she imagined--ones filled with ambitions, rivalries, and romances--would soon parallel her own path to success. In a memoir filled with as much drama as the soaps she penned, Nixon shares her journey from Nashville to New York City, as she overcomes the loss of her fiancé in World War II, a father intent on crushing her writing dreams, and the jealousy of her male colleagues on her way to becoming one of the most successful names in television.
While fans will delight in Nixon’s own incredible life, they will also love her behind-the-scenes insight into her most popular shows. Inside, she shares the inspiration for Erica Kane and how she cast Susan Lucci in the role; an excerpt from the never-before-seen All My Children story bible; entertaining anecdotes about her shows’ beloved casts and special guests, including Carol Burnett, Kelly Ripa, Oprah Winfrey, and Warren Buffett; and more.
But My Life to Live is also a portrait of a pioneer. Driven to use her ratings power for good, Nixon fought and broke network taboos by wrestling with controversial social issues ranging from women’s health, interracial relationships, and the Vietnam War to drug addiction, LGBT rights, and AIDS. By infusing her characters with sensitivity, humor, and humanity, she enabled millions to examine an opposite point of view. And long before Shonda Rhimes launched a golden age of female showrunners, Agnes Nixon positioned ABC to become the media giant it is today. She is a true television legend, and her candid and inspiring glimpse behind the curtain of the television industry will charm soap fans and story lovers alike.
“I owe my career to Agnes Nixon, who was not only a brilliant creator and writer, but also my friend. My Life to Live is full of wonderful, evocative stories from her life and career that even I hadn’t heard. And in typical Agnes fashion, her storytelling is full of humanity, social relevance and delicious humor! I know that her legions of fans will treasure it as much as I do.” —Susan Lucci
"Aggie Nixon is the only person I've ever known whom I didn't say awful things about. And much to my dismay, her memoir did nothing to change that. Unforgivable." —Larry David
“[Agnes’s] career wasn’t easy to come by…. We know she won, but the story of her ups and downs make this book a true page-turner.” —Carol Burnett, from the foreword
Amelia Heinle and Thad Luckinbill to Divorce After 10 Years of Marriage(3/2/17) (toofab.com) "Young and the Restless" star Amelia Heinle and Thad Luckinbill are divorcing after 10 years of marriage, TooFab has learned.
According to court documents obtained by TooFab, Luckinbill filed for the split in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, citing "irreconcilable differences."
Heinle, who plays central role of Victoria Newman on the top-rated CBS soap, began dating Luckinbill when he was playing JT Hellstrom on the show from 1999-2010. The couple wed in March 2007.
In an ironic twist of life imitating art, Heinle and Luckinbill's characters on the show became a couple, had a child and then split. Their characters' son Reed Hellstrom (played by newcomer Tristan Lake Leabu) just returned to the "Y&R" canvas as a teenager, leading to speculation by fans that Luckinbill's JT might also return to the series.
Heinle and Luckinbill share two children -- Thaddeus, age 10, and Georgia, age 8.
Luckinbill is seeking joint custody of the children and is asking the court to "reserve for future determination the issue of spousal support," according to the filing.
She was previously married to "NCIS" star Michael Weatherly, whom she also shares a son named August. Weatherly and Heinle met while they were both starring as Coop and Steffy on ABC's now-defunct soap "Loving."
The actress just won her second Emmy this past year for her role as Victoria on "Y&R," which she's played since 2005. Luckinbill is most recently listed as an executive producer of the award-winning "La La Land," which almost won Best Picture during the Oscar fail heard around the world.
Amelia Heinle and Thad Luckinbill Expand Their Family — See the Adorable Pic!(2/18/17) (Pic) Congratulations to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Amelia Heinle (Victoria) and her husband, Thad Luckinbill (ex-J.T.), who welcomed a new addition to their family — a beautiful little puppy dog!
“The newest member of the Luckinbill family!” Heinle tweeted. “We need a name!”
Fans online responded with plenty of suggestions, like “Red,” “Lucky,” “Rusty,” or “Charlie” for the little pooch. And Heinle’s Y&R castmate Melissa Ordway (Abby) simply tweeted, “Sooooo cute!!!”
Heinle and Luckinbill have two children together, son Thad Jr., 9, and daughter Georgia, 7, and the actress has also shared plenty of pictures of their dog, Walter, on Instagram.
The little guy is just adorable, and we can’t wait to find out which name they pick — and to see more cute puppy pics in the future!
Update: He has been named Rufus.
Soap Opera Writer Courtney Simon to Be Honored by Writers Guild East(1/18/17) (variety.com) The Writers Guild of America East has selected soap opera writer Courtney Simon as the recipient for its Richard B. Jablow Award for service to the guild.
Simon will be honored at the 69th annual Writers Guild Awards at New York’s Edison Ballroom on Feb. 19. The Jablow award was established in 1978 to recognize service and created in honor of Jablow, who helped found the WGA East, authored its constitution, and served as its first counsel.
Simon has been a WGA East member since 1980. She has written for 12 different daytime dramas, including “As the World Turns,” “Santa Barbara,” “Guiding Light,” and “All My Children.” She has won seven Daytime Emmy Awards and seven Writers Guild Awards.
Simon has served on the WGA East Council since 2007 and has been active in lobbying efforts to promote a diversity-based tax credit in the state of New York. She co-chairs the WGAE Diversity Coalition, is a member of the Awards Committee, and has been chair of the Daytime Committee.
“Not only is Courtney Simon a gifted writer who has mastered the intricacies of daytime drama, she has been a dedicated member of the Writers Guild of America East council and a hardworking contributor to a number of union committees, most recently as co-chair of our Diversity Coalition,” said WGA East president Michael Winship. “No one is more deserving of our Jablow Award, presented to someone who has so thoroughly devoted herself to the Writers Guild of America East.”
The 2017 Writers Guild Awards ceremony in New York will be hosted by Lewis Black.
The Fosters Renewed for Season 5(1/10/17) The Fosters will be back for Season 5, which will include the drama’s landmark 100th episode.
Freeform on Tuesday announced that the family series has been renewed for a fifth season, along with Bachelor franchise spinoff Happily Ever After?, which will return for Season 2.
The Fosters returns for Season 4B on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 8/7c, where it will lead into the final season of Switched at Birth. Meanwhile, Happily Ever After? — now titled The Twins: Happily Ever After? — will turn its focus to Bachelor Season 20 standouts Emily and Haley Ferguson and will be back on Monday, March 20, at 9 pm.
In addition to the aforementioned renewals, Freeform has announced that both Young & Hungry and Baby Daddy will return with new episodes on a new night, beginning Monday, March 13.
The cabler has also picked up to series The Bold Type (formerly known as Issues), a new one-hour drama from Parenthood producer Sarah Watson, The series, based on the life of Hearst Magazines’ chief content officer, Joanna Coles, stars Katie Stevens (Faking It), Aisha Dee (Chasing Life) and Melora Hardin (Transparent). It is slated for a summer 2017 debut.
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