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News & Cast Updates(News section last updated August 23, 2019)
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.
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.
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!”
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.”
Dishing with Digest - 4/19/19 - Kin Shriner(4/19/19) GH’s Kin Shriner Traces His Soap Roots (Listen / download).
Kin Shriner looks back on 40-plus years as GH’s Scott Baldwin, his roles on other soaps, his daytime pals, favorite memories and so much more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also debate the pros and cons of ripped-from-the-headlines stories.
Rebecca Staab Previews Her Inspirational New Movie, 'Breakthrough'(4/16/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Soap fans remember Rebecca Staab for her role as Elizabeth Barrington on GENERAL HOSPITAL spinoff PORT CHARLES, but since leaving daytime, she has appeared in numerous primetime television series and movies, and can now be seen on the big screen in Breakthrough. The movie, based on an incredible true story, premieres on Wednesday, April 17, in theaters across America. “It’s so good,” the actress exclaimed to Soaps In Depth. “The script made it very real. And the actors performances make it very real. And anybody watching it, you very quickly get lost. In a good way. All of a sudden you’re in the story. It’s not like you’re watching a movie. They draw you in and keep you there and you really go along on the ride. It’s really very effective.”
Breakthrough tells the true story of John Smith, a 14-year-old boy who falls through the ice and is dead for an hour before returning to life after his mother prays over him in the hospital. And although the doctors are not optimistic for any kind of recovery at all, his loved ones refuse to give up on him. “The mother, Joyce Smith, who is played by Chrissy Metz, is like, ‘No, you don’t know my son. He’s a fighter and I have faith that God is going to restore him to full health,’” Staab previewed. “And the movie kind of takes off from there.”
The daytime alum portrays Cindy Reiger, the mother of one of the other boys who fell through the ice with John. “The boys had been at my house on the lake,” Staab related. “So basically, it was on my watch that the boys fell through the ice. And then living with the guilt that not only did it happen on my watch but my son’s fine. And it’s also the stress and strain on the relationship of the two mothers because my character just couldn’t handle the guilt.”
Because the film is based on real life events, Staab tried reaching out to the real Cindy Reiger. “Getting ahold of people is really easy on social media… unless that person isn’t on social media,” she admitted with a chuckle. “I just tried really hard to get ahold of Cindy and by the time she contacted me back we had long since finished shooting.” Thankfully, Staab had been able to get in touch with Joyce Smith to discuss the reality of what they were portraying for the movie. “We talked on the phone for over two hours,” she revealed. “So I spoke to her and I got her whole perspective on the situation as well as the character that I was playing.”
Although the story of Breakthrough is very heavy and emotional, Staab confided that it was a wonderful film to shoot. “It was just the greatest set to work on,” she declared. “Because it was just so fluid. It felt so real. Everybody really knew the story and we also knew about the honor of communicating this very rare miracle.” Staab was also thrilled to be able to work with Metz, being a big fan of the actress. “I just so admire her work,” she marveled. “I loved watching her in this because she’s just so good. And to have the opportunity to work with her and to have scenes with her, I’m just so honored to be part of this timeless story that I think will really touch so many people.”
George R.R. Martin's Soapy New Adventure(4/2/19) Andrew Miller, real-life husband of Eden Riegel (ex-Bianca, ALL MY CHILDREN, et al), is the showrunner of Hulu’s upcoming WILD CARDS series, based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R.R. Martin. In a big reveal that just so happens to fall on April Fool’s Day, Riegel, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (ex-Leo, DAYS) appear in leaked footage from the set of the new shows, which can be viewed on Martin’s official site at http://georgerrmartin.com/notablog. Tweeted Riegel, “I think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”
Carly Schroeder Joined the Army!(3/11/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Soap stars will often move on to acting careers in primetime television or film, but others sometimes leave show biz altogether to pursue another line of work. But GENERAL HOSPITAL and PORT CHARLES alum Carly Schroeder (ex-Serena) is taking a break from Hollywood to join the Army! “For 22 years, I’ve played dress up for a living,” she shared on Instagram. “As an actress, I’ve been kidnapped, gone blind, nearly eaten by lions, and murdered on more than one occasion. I tormented Lizzie McGuire’s little brother on the Disney Channel, was a dolphin trainer, the first female soccer player on an all-boys team, and Harrison Ford once rescued me during an intense home invasion.
“That’s exciting and all, but in January I decided to raise my right hand and swear into the United States Army,” Schroeder continued. “With a college degree from Cal Lutheran in Criminal Justice, an ASVAB score of 92, and qualifying PFT’s, I was accepted in to Army Officer Candidate School.”
She also admitted that there are three major reasons why she made this life decision. “College opened my eyes to global injustices,” Schroeder revealed. “But on a more tangible micro level, there is human trafficking occurring within the United States. I’ve written papers, spread awareness, and as an Army Officer, I intend to learn skills I can later apply when I’m on a team helping these victims.
“Serving my country will give my voice more validity,” she added. “I can better serve and advocate for veterans once I am a part of their community. The military is family and family always has each others’ back.”
Plus, there’s also the whole aspect of keeping it in the family! “My brother is a Marine and my Papa was a Green Beret,” Schroeder concluded. “There is no way I am going to let the boys have all the fun.”
Please join us in wishing Schroeder all the best on her new journey in life.
Jon Lindstrom Reveals How He Fell in Love With Wife Cady McClain(3/4/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) The real-life love story between GENERAL HOSPITAL star Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) and ALL MY CHILDREN’s Cady McClain (Dixie) didn’t start simply because their AS THE WORLD TURNS characters, Craig and Rosanna, were paired together on the CBS sudser back in 2002. “It didn’t hurt that we were playing characters that were falling in love,” he conceded to Soaps In Depth with a smile. “But that’s not necessarily how it happened.”
What happened was actually as New York as can be: The castmates fell for each other during their daily commutes from work! “ATWT shot on a stage way out in the middle of Brooklyn, and Cady and I both lived in Manhattan,” he explained. “We would finish our scenes and be done around the same time, so we often ended up taking the hour-long train ride back to Manhattan together and got to know each other that way. We got to be very very good friends before anything else transpired.” In other words, it wasn’t love at first sight — or first love scene! “Not at all,” Lindstrom said. “I just realized I’d met this really amazing person... who was hugely intelligent and creative.”
One of the biggest thrills for Lindstrom in falling for McClain and marrying her in 2014 has been seeing her blossom as a director, producer, writer, artist and activist. The Daytime Emmy winner has earned film-festival awards across the country for projects like her short, Butterflies, and her documentary, Seeing Is Believing: Women Direct. “People have asked me if I ever expected Cady to do something like this, Lindstrom confided. “Yeah, of course! That’s who she is. If she needs to learn it, she will master it and get it done. That’s my wife. It’s pretty cool!”
And Lindstrom, an award-winning filmmaker in his own right, is still keen to work with his leading lady anytime. In fact, after McClain directed him in the series, SWITCH, last summer, she pulled out one of his old scripts. “She said, ‘I think this is going to be timely,’” recounted Lindstrom. “And when Cady says something’s going to be timely, I listen! It’s like real estate. If she says a building is a good investment, I listen. She has incredibly good instincts for things like that. So we pulled that script out, and I’m getting some very good feedback on it. It turns out she’s right! It is very timely. I expect to direct it... I just don’t know when.”
PORT CHARLES Alum Carly Schroeder Joins The Army(2/15/19) Carly Schroeder (ex-Serena, PORT CHARLES) announced on Instagram that she has traded in her life in Hollywood to serve her country in the armed forces. “For 22 years, I’ve played dress up for a living,” Schroder posted. “As an actress I’ve been kidnapped, gone blind, nearly eaten by lions and murdered on more than one occasion. I tormented Lizzie McGuire’s little brother on the Disney Channel, was a dolphin trainer, the first female soccer player on an all-boys team, and Harrison Ford once rescued me during an intense home invasion. That’s exciting and all, but in January I decided to raise my right hand and swear into the United States Army. With a college degree from @callutheran in Criminal Justice, an ASVAB score of 92, and qualifying PFTs…. I was accepted into Army #OCS Opens a New Window. (Officer Candidate School).”
The actress was last seen in Port Charles on GH in July of 2017 when Serena returned home to visit with parents Scotty (Kin Shriner) and Lucy (Lynn Herring) after the passing of her grandpa, Lee, played by the late Peter Hansen.
To read more about the reasons behind Schroder’s big decision, click here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bt04x08gNba/
Travel Guide to Port Charles By Lucy Coe(12/26/18) (Book Cover) (Promo Video) (Get your copy here!) Fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL who watch the soap religiously every day may think they know Port Charles inside and out, but a new book may have some surprises in store for them! The Travel Guide to Port Charles promises to tell you “when to go, where to live, who to love, and who to never, ever cross in America’s most dramatic city!”
Written by librarian-turned-real estate agent Lucy Coe — with additional material by some of the town’s other notable residents — the book chronicles the history of Port Charles and offers suggestions of places to go and the people you might see there with some gossipy tidbits along the way. There are sections devoted to the town’s heroes, tips on where to dine, a suggested scavenger hunt, reviews of the many Port Charles Balls, and quizzes so the reader can determine where they would fit in if they lived in this hustling, bustling town.
The Travel Guide to Port Charles (actually written by GH scribe Chris Van Etten) is available at bookstores now, and while the paperback lists for $15.99, you can get it for just $10.99 from Amazon.com. It may be too late to give as a gift for the holidays, but now’s the best time to get a little something for yourself, right?
Amazon Promo Copy:
Lucy Coe, the once mousy librarian who turned into a villainous liar, schemer, vixen and unlikely heroine takes us on a tour of Port Charles where, she says, you're as likely to encounter a den of not-so-secret agents as you are a gold-hearted, gun-toting "coffee importer." But Lucy isn't your only guide. Other storied characters from the show step in to take a leg of the tour.
In these pages, you'll find the lowdown on the history of their fair (if not always just) city, where to settle, what to eat, how to have fun, whom to befriend and whom to avoid. Please don't be put off by some of the more evocative tidbits you'll find within.
There are walking tours. Even though Lucy says the best way to see any city is in the back of a chauffeured limousine ? or better yet, by helicopter, but some have budgets. For economy-conscious travelers Lucy offers a slew of tours that'll cost you nothing but the indignity of being seen in sturdy footwear.
Stop along the way provides gossip, history and sordid details. There is section devoted to the town's heroes, tips on "Where to Gorge," "Where to Worship," a suggested scavenger hunt, reviews of the many Port Charles Balls, and, of course, quizzes the reader can take to determine where they would fit if they were lucky enough to be a Port Charles resident. (Get your copy here!)
Jon Lindstrom & Tim Lounibos Join ‘Bosch’(11/21/18) Jon Lindstrom (S.W.A.T.) and Tim Lounibos (The West Wing) have booked recurring roles on the upcoming fifth season of Amazon’s drama series Bosch. Based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling novels, Bosch stars Titus Welliver as homicide Detective Harry Bosch, Lindstrom will play Lance Cronyn, a lawyer who goes toe-to-toe with Bosch (Welliver). Lounibos is Ed Sung an investigator armed with patrol cop instincts and level-headed humor during a season-long investigation. Lindstrom’s other television credits include S.W.A.T., NCIS and Blue Bloods and he also stars in the upcoming film The Great Illusion, with Selma Blair and Graham Greene. He’s repped by Gilbertson Entertainment and BRS/Gage. Lounibos’ recent credits include guest roles on A.P. Bio, Criminal Minds and Doubt. He previously recurred on Beverly Hills 90210,The Practice, JAG and The West Wing. Lounibos is repped by Rooster Films.
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