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News & Cast Updates(News section last updated September 1, 2018)
General Hospital Vet Susan Brown Dead at 86, Remembered by Co-Stars(9/1/18) General Hospital alum Susan Brown, who played Scotty Baldwin’s stepmother, Dr. Gail Adamson Baldwin, died on Friday at the age of 86.
GH vet Kin Shriner, who plays Scotty, shared the news on Twitter, hailing Brown as “one of my best friends and costars…. R.I.P., Susan. I will miss all our laughs.”
Brown first joined GH in 1977, earning a Daytime Emmy nomination two years later. She exited GH in the mid-80s, but recurred now and again, especially when Scotty’s family helped launch the ABC Daytime spinoff Port Charles. Brown last appeared on GH in a 2004 episode honoring the late Anna Lee, who had Lila Quartermaine.
Brown’s previous TV credits included As the World Turns (as Adelaide Fitzgibbon), ABC’s mid-1960s sudser The Young Marrieds, Death Valley Days and Santa Barbara (as Dorothy Lane). Her most recent primetime role was a 1994 episode of Frasier.
“She was so very special, on set and in friendship,” GH vet Jackie Zeman shared on Twitter, offering Shriner her condolences. “I remember all the good times we shared on our lunch breaks and at at her amazing dinner parties at her beautiful home. RIP Susan + God Bless.”
Current GH boss Frank Valentini tweeted, “It’s a very sad day in Port Charles as the wonderful Susan Brown (“Gail Baldwin”) passed away today. My sincerest condolences to her family and to all who knew this amazing woman.”
Brown’s GH husband, Peter Hansen (who played Scotty’s father, Lee Baldwin), passed away in April 2017, at the age of 95.
GH’s Kelly Monaco Recovering From Surgery(8/24/18) Kelly Monaco (Sam, GH) is recovering from hip surgery. She revealed on Instagram Opens a New Window. , “After over a decade of suffering from chronic, excruciating pain from a torn labrum in my hip, I finally took the first steps in bettering my health and myself. Looking forward to MANY positive changes coming soon! Thank you @heathmonster Opens a New Window. for holding my hand and drying my tears pre and post surgery … then stocking my home to keep me comfy while healing. Thank you@Valentinifrank Opens a New Window. @generalhospitalabc Opens a New Window. for the beautiful “get well” flowers. … and thanks to that guy at work who always has my back, for being a cheer up florist and an awesome handyman!!! #staytuned Opens a New Window. #GH Opens a New Window. #smallbutmighty Opens a New Window."
GH’s Kin Shriner Guest Hosts New Game App(8/21/18) GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Kin Shriner (Scott) @kinshriner Opens a New Window. reunites with former PORT CHARLES co-star Michael Dietz (ex –Joe et al) to guest-host the latter’s popular new phone game, FAST FACTS, this Wednesday, 8/22, at 3:15 EST/1:15 PST, just after the east coast airing of Wednesday’s GH episode. Dietz, who is currently the CCO of Ripkord.tv, says, “There are so many ways to utilize this new platform, and I am so happy that we can do this with my dear friend, Kin. I think it will be great fun for our regular gamers, and especially for soap fans who want to check it out!” To get in on the action, download the free app at http://www.ripkord.tv for a chance at $300! And to read more about Dietz’s new venture, check out next week’s issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Dishing With Digest - 8/17/18 - Jon Lindstrom(8/18/18) (Listen / download) GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Jon Lindstrom chats with Soap Opera Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about the resurrection of Ryan, his uptick in screen time, working with Genie Francis and more! Plus we discuss memorable dual roles in soap history.
FB Q&A: Steve Burton & Kelly Monaco(7/30/18) Facebook Q&A: Steve Burton & Kelly Monaco: Video.
Soap Alum Michael Dietz Got Games(7/29/18) Michael Dietz (ex-Mark, B&B; ex-Joe, PORT CHARLES et al) is now the host and CCO (Chief Creative Officer) of a series of games shows on the new app from www.ripkord.tv Opens a New Window. , which can be played several times a day via cell phone. “It’s appointment viewing on your phone,” explains Dietz. “Ripkord is a mobile live-gaming television network. We have several games going on now, with more to come — and not only do I get to come up with creative content and produce the shows, I get to host, too! And, the best part? There’s a cash prize for each and every game. It’s free money! The app is free, and the soap fans, especially, have been very supportive. We’ve got a great gaming community out there, and it just keeps growing and growing! Download the app and see for yourself!”
Dishing with Digest - Episode 14(6/30/18) (Listen / download) B&B star Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) about his four daytime roles, real-life fatherhood and more on the latest edition of Dishing With Digest.
PC Alum To QUEEN SUGAR(6/15/18) Jay Pickett (ex-Frank, PORT CHARLES et al) posted on social media that he’ll be appearing on an upcoming episode of OWN’s sudsy drama QUEEN SUGAR. “Back from New Orleans where I had the opportunity to work with the talented Kofe Siriboe [Ralph Angel] on the TV show #QUEENSUGAR. Great guy with an awesome dog!” #Oprahwinfreynetwork#OWNTV
B&B’s Brown Advances In Congressional Race(6/7/18) Kimberlin Brown (Sheila, B&B) will advance to the next step of her congressional run, according to The Desert Sun. Based on preliminary returns, U.S. House member Raul Ruiz and challenging Republican Kimberlin Brown Pelzer are poised to advance to November’s midterm elections, where they will go head to head in the race to represent California’s 36th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ruiz garnered nearly 55 percent of the vote, as of 9 a.m. Wednesday, with all precincts reporting. Brown Pelzer got nearly 23 percent, coming in far above other Republicans, who each earned between 4 percent and 8 percent of the vote.
Jon Lindstrom Books Horror Thriller ‘The Great Illusion’(5/23/18) Selma Blair and Graham Greene are attached to star in the horror thriller, The Great Illusion, along with Glenn Morshower (Transformers, Bloodline), Tokala Black Elk (Wind River), Jon Lindstrom (True Detective), Kenzie Dalton (FX’s Feud), and newcomer Oscar Cardenas. Cardenas co-wrote the film with daughter Maria Gabriela Cardenas, who will direct the pic as her feature debut.
The plot follows a tortured FBI agent suffering from an irrational fear of darkness, as he investigates a mysterious former prostitute in order to catch a vicious serial killer.
Amy Williams (Mothers and Daughters) is producing the project, which also co-stars Trisha Rae Stahl (Fox’s Glee), Rebekah Kennedy (Netflix’s To the Bone), Jaime Gallagher (Know Your Enemy), Bella Shaw, Rob Evors (Project X), as well as Monte Markham (We Are Still Here) and Beverly Todd (The Bucket List). Filming is slated to begin next month in Los Angeles.
Blair can currently be seen in Netflix’s Lost in Space and will recur in Paramount Network’s Heathers series, based on the 1988 cult classic film, which will debut this summer. Greene, an Oscar nominee for his role in Dances with Wolves, was recently seen in Wind River and Molly’s Game.
Blair is repped by Gersh and Wishlab while Greene is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency.
Dishing With Digest - Episode 8 - Lynn Herring(5/18/18) (Download / Listen) Kyle Lowder’s return to DAYS and look at other actors who have returned to a show in a different role plus GH’s Lynn Herring (Lucy).
Ion Overman Guest on Seal Team 5/16/18(4/27/18) “The Cost of Doing Business” – After Jason lies about the severity of his concussion to get cleared for combat, he and the SEAL Team plan a final mission to avenge Echo Team’s deaths once and for all before they return home from deployment, on the first season finale of SEAL TEAM, Wednesday, May 16 (9:01-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Daniel Bess (Gordon), Ion Overman (Dr. Finley).
GH Stars Are Counting Down To Killy Live(2/13/18) (Video) Kelly Monaco (Sam) and Billy Miller (Drew) have released a fun new video in advance of their “Killy Live” event on February 24 in New York City. Check it out below and for all the scoop on the event, check out the website here.
Jon Lindstrom on S.W.A.T. 1/11/18(12/21/17) “Seizure” – As the SWAT team goes inside a prison riot to rescue civilian hostages, Hondo suspects the inmates have an ulterior motive behind the uprising. Also, when Deacon’s wife, Annie (Bre Blair), stops by headquarters to celebrate Deacon’s 10th anniversary with the SWAT division, her visit takes an unexpected turn, on S.W.A.T., Thursday, Jan. 11 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Bre Blair (Annie Kay), Aaron Braxton (Katrell), Jon Lindstrom (Ashe).
Ion Overman Recurs on Wisdom Of The Crowd - 1/14/18(12/21/17) “The Tipping Point” – Cavanaugh investigates the murder of a top Sophe user who filled his basement with conspiracy theory evidence. Also, Alex attends the release hearing for Carlos Ochoa (Ramses Jimenez), the man convicted of killing Mia, on the season finale of WISDOM OF THE CROWD, Sunday, Jan. 14 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING GUEST CAST: Malachi Weir (Mike Leigh), Ion Overman (Lt. Elena Ruiz), Ramses Jimenez (Carlos Ochoa).
More Details On GH Faves’ “Killy Live” Event(12/15/17) GH’s Billy Miller (Drew) and Kelly Monaco (Sam) are heading to New York this winter for their first joint fan event, “Killy Live,” produced by Once-In-A-Lifetime Events, which specializes in what co-founder Patrick Bradley calls “deep dive fan events”. Enthuses Bradley, “It’s a special treat for the fans to have Soap Opera Digest on board as official partner, with GH editor Mara Levinsky as our fan Q&A moderator. We are seeing the stars align to make for an unforgettable event day on February 24th. For Kelly and Billy, it’s all about creating memorable experiences for their amazing, passionate fans.” For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Ion Overman Recurs on Wisdon Of The Crowd 1/7/18(12/13/17) “Root Directory” – Carlos Ochoa (Ramses Jimenez), the man convicted of killing Mia, awakens from his coma and provides Tanner and Cavanaugh with new details on their unknown suspect, including where to find a photo of him, on WISDOM OF THE CROWD, Sunday, Jan. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Ion Overman (Lt. Elena Ruiz), Ramses Jimenez (Carlos Ochoa).
GH’s Billy Miller And Kelly Monaco: Live From New York(12/6/17) GH’s Billy Miller (Drew) and Kelly Monaco (Sam) are heading to New York for their first joint fan appearance, “Killy Live”, to be held on February 24 in New York City. The actors are partnering with Once In A Lifetime Events and Soap Opera Digest to provide what Monaco calls “a special experience for our fans, something unique and different from other events.” Miller says, “We also want it to be fun [and] focused on the fans and our connection with them.” For more information and to purchase tickets, head to killylive.com/.
Kelly Monaco Opens up About Suffering From Panic Attacks and Anxiety(12/1/17) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Actors will often draw from their own experiences to create their performances, but GENERAL HOSPITAL star Kelly Monaco had to tap into some parts of herself that she would rather keep under wraps when she portrayed Sam’s breakdown as she experienced hallucinations and tried to kill Sonny! “I suffer from panic attacks and anxiety, and have for many years,” she revealed.
Monaco confessed that she struggles with the condition “almost daily” so it wasn’t hard for her to access those emotions to create her powerful performances on the soap. But the experience was difficult, to say the least! “Having to go back to the place where my last debilitating anxiety attack was [for GH] was traumatic,” she admitted. “It takes a bit to get over because you work yourself up so much.”
Thankfully, Sam pulled through that awful period in her life and was cured of the disease that was ravaging her brain and caused her to act so erratically. And Monaco is more than ready to play the stronger side of Sam that has made the character a Port Charles fan favorite. “Sam’s been broken down in the past,” she mused. “This might be a layer to help build her back up [to] the sassy Sam we all used to know and love — [the one] who had a voice!”
Of course, with two men in her life claiming to be her husband, Jason Morgan, Sam’s life doesn’t look like it’s going to be getting easier anytime soon. But hopefully having gone through hell and come out the other side stronger gives Sam the power to face whatever life (i.e. the GH writers and producers) throw at her!
Ion Overman Recurs on Wisdom Of The Crowd 12/10/17(12/1/17) “Live Stream” – The team utilizes Sophe to track a killer who is targeting online celebrities and broadcasting their final moments on a live streaming platform. Also, within 24 hours, Sara will know if she is legally allowed to work with Tanner and Sophe or forever banned from the platform, on WISDOM OF THE CROWD, Sunday, Dec. 10 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Malachi Weir (Mike Leigh), Ion Overman (Elena Ruiz).
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