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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.
Constance Zimmer, Joe Manganiello & Mike Colter Star In Scripted Crime Podcast ‘The Angel Of Vine’(11/14/18) UnREAL’s Constance Zimmer, Luke Cage’s Mike Colter and True Blood’s Joe Manganiello are starring in The Angel of Vine, a ten-part scripted true crime podcast.
The trio are narrating the series, which is a fictional account of an unsolved murder mystery told in the style of a modern true crime podcast. It was created by actor Oliver Vaquer, who starred in Jane The Virgin and Andi Mack, and former WME and UTA in-house voice director Ryan Martz.
It is the latest high-profile scripted podcast and comes after the TV launch of Julia Roberts-fronted Homecoming, which was based on a Gimlet Media podcast.
The Angel of Vine follows a journalist who uncovers the audio tapes of a 1950’s private eye, who cracked the greatest unsolved murder mystery Hollywood has ever known. The series explores the investigation in 30-minute segments voiced by actors and a supporting cast of voice-over professionals.
Misha Collins (Supernatural), Cree Summer (Voltron: Legendary Defender), Alfred Molina (Feud), Khary Payton (The Walking Dead), Alan Tudyk (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Camilla Luddington (Grey’s Anatomy), star alongside Matthew Mercer (Critical Role), Steve Blum (Cowboy Bebop) and Nolan North (Uncharted)
The show has launched on all podcast platforms with new episodes every Wednesday. It is produced by Martz’s Vox Populi. Diageo’s Johnnie Walker Blue Label is a branded advertiser and will be featured within the storyline.
“At its core, The Angel of Vine is a story that’s entertaining for anyone and at the same time feels familiar to an avid podcast listener,” said Vaquer. “We treated the recording of Angel of Vine like live theater so that the actors could work off of each other. We would place entire scenes in front of them, let them play and watch it come to life, which shows in the final product.”
“This production created an opportunity to combine the nostalgia of classic radio dramas with the modern vehicle of podcasting,” added Martz. “We partnered with actors, companies and brands that embodied that same collision of a classic aesthetic with a modern audience to make sure that Angel of Vine provided an authentic experience to listeners.”
Jon Lindstrom Lands a Prime Role on Amazon's BOSCH!(11/1/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) In his career, Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has been on plenty of television, but now he’s playing a role he’s very excited about. He’ll be playing the recurring role of Lance Cronyn in multiple ep0isodes of the fifth season of BOSCH! “I get to play a great character on one of my favorite shows!” the actor announced on Instagram.
Lindstrom had been teasing fans on social media for a couple weeks that he’d landed a new role but had kept details close to the vest until he could finally share the news. Amazon renewed BOSCH for a fifth season even before the fourth premiered, but there is still no premiere date for the series’ fifth season beyond just 2019.
BOSCH stars Titus Welliver as Los Angeles Police detective Harry Bosch, and is based on characters and storylines taken from novels by author Michael Connelly. In the books, Lindstrom’s character of Lance Cronyn is a former district attorney who has moved into private practice. He’s also not entirely on the right side of the law, and willing to do whatever it takes to get the verdict he’s after. Whether or not the TV series will follow the same storyline as the books, you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out!
We’ll let you know when the fifth season of BOSCH is going to premiere so you can check out Lindstrom in his newest role.
GENERAL HOSPITAL Stars Remember the Late Susan Brown(10/25/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Susan Brown hasn’t been seen in Port Charles since 2004, but in the wake of her August 31 passing, it’s clear that the beauty who brought Gail Baldwin to life is still cherished by her GENERAL HOSPITAL family. In fact, Kin Shriner (Scott), Leslie Charleson (Monica) and Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie) can still recall their first experiences with the late actress. “In 1977, Gail came to Greenwich Village to get young Scotty, because she wanted to reunite him with Lee,” Shriner told Soaps In Depth. So Susan was the first person I worked with on GH, and it was certainly the best way to come onto a soap. She kind of shepherded me right through the whole thing.”
Brown had joined GH earlier that year — armed with 20 years of TV experience — and along with the late Peter Hansen’s Lee, the Baldwins would become an important Port Charles family in the ’80s. Gail was also Monica’s foster mom, which meant Brown got to welcome Charleson to the fold when she assumed her role from Patsy Rahn… during a strike… on the morning Elvis died! “It was a nightmare of a day, Charleson recalled. “Nobody really liked me, and it was not a comfortable situation, but Susan was kind and gracious — as she always was! — and she got me through it. “I just adored her,” she continues. “And those scenes we had when Monica slept with Gail’s husband were some of the most fun I’ve ever had actingwise. Working with someone who challenges you only makes you better — and that’s what she did.”
While Zeman remembers being awed by Brown’s legendary beauty, it was the voice that got her. “She had a very calming, low, embracing voice that made you feel good,” she reflected. “She was one of those people who just made you feel warm and fuzzy.” It turns out, much of Gail’s sensibility came from Brown. “Susan brought her class and style right to the show,” Shriner shared. “She played a psychiatrist, and she certainly knew how to talk to people and was very good with them. She was understanding and loved laughing. She’d come out of New York and soaps and commercials, so she had this great, wry humor.”
But Brown’s laughs were never at any one else’s expense. “You couldn’t get any dirt out of her,” Charleson said. “She was fiercely loyal. She was generous. She always had a smile and a nice thing to say. She had impeccable taste. And everything she wore never wrinkled. I mean that!” Chimed in Zeman: “You can’t always count on people who are such free spirits to give you the right line or cue, but they’re a lot of fun on set, so they get away with it. But Susan always hit her mark, always knew her line, always looked beautiful. She was sheer perfection.”
During GH’s heyday, Brown’s dressing room was a hub of activity. “Susan always had the door open,” Shriner recalled. “There were a lot of laughs! And I looked forward to any time I had scenes with her and Peter. I knew we were going to have a hell of a lunch. Susan and Peter loved to eat!” While Gail was written off in ’85, Brown recurred in the ’90s and even brought her character to the spin-off PORT CHARLES before appearing on GH one last time in 2004. But whether she was on the show or not, her GH family lunches continued. “On Sundays, there were usually four or five of us going to lunch, and Susan was always dolled up — even when we picked her up to go to DuPar’s,” Shriner chuckled before noting that most of their favorite eateries, including that diner, have since closed.
“Everything in L.A. eventually disappears and now, Susan’s disappeared,” he concluded wistfully. “She and Peter are up there in soap heaven, doing some Lee/Gail scenes without me... but she’ll be locked in my memory for the rest of my life.”
Molly Shannon, Glynn Turman, Debbi Morgan Join Marlon Wayans’ Netflix Comedy ‘Sextuplets’(10/23/18) Molly Shannon (Private Life, SNL), Glynn Turman (Queen Sugar, How To Get Away With Murder), Michael Ian Black (Insatiable, Wet Hot American Summer) and Debbi Morgan (Power, The Defenders) are set for supporting roles as production on the Netflix original film Sextuplets is currently underway. Starring Marlon Wayans and Bresha Webb, the comedy will get a global release on the streaming platform next year.
Michael Tiddes (A Haunted House) is at the helm, directing from a script by Mike Glock, Rick Alvarez, and Wayans. The plot centers on Alan (Wayans), a man embarking on a personal journey to meet his birth mother before the arrival of his first child. When Alan meets his brother, Russell, he discovers that he was born a sextuplet and decides to seek out his four other siblings (all played by Wayans).
Wayans and Alvarez are producing the pic, which is shooting in Atlanta, with Nathan Reimann.
Shannon is repped by Framework Entertainment and UTA; Turman by Marni Rosenzweig at The Rosenzweig Group and SMS Talent; Black by UTA and Schachter Entertainment; Morgan by PH Entertainment Group.
Video: Thorsten Kaye and Ingo Rademacher(10/3/18) Thorsten Kaye and Ingo Rademacher Facebook Live: Video.
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).
Ion Overman Recurs on Wisdom Of The Crowd 11/26/17(11/14/17) “Proof of Concept” – Tanner is offered new evidence in Mia’s case if Sophe can prove someone is innocent of murder. Also, Tanner and Sara begin depositions with AllSourcer for the rights to Sara’s work and Sophe’s code, on WISDOM OF THE CROWD, Sunday, Nov. 26 (8:30-9:30 PM, ET/8:00-9:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING GUEST CAST: Ion Overman (Lt. Elena Ruiz)
Ion Overman Recurs on Wisdom of The Crowd 11/12/17(11/4/17) “Trade Secrets” – After Sophe users uncover recent security footage of a domestic terrorist missing for 20 years, they daringly track his every move, even as federal agents threaten to shut the platform down. Also, Tanner’s former company files an injunction against Sara forbidding her to work with Sophe or communicate with the staff, on WISDOM OF THE CROWD, Sunday, Nov. 12 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Malachi Weir (Mike Leigh), Ion Overman (Elena Ruiz).
Kelly Monaco Returns to DANCING WITH THE STARS!(10/31/17) Sam has a lot to deal with on GENERAL HOSPITAL, what with now having two Jason Morgans to deal with, but actress Kelly Monaco has found the time to do a little moonlighting back at DANCING WITH THE STARS! She will be returning to the ABC reality competition series for the third time, this time joining one of the season 25 couples for “Trio Night” on Monday, Nov. 6! “So excited to share the dance floor with my bestie Cheryl Burke and the legendary Terrell Owens next week on DWTS,” Monaco tweeted.
The first time Monaco competed on DANCING WITH THE STARS, it was the show’s very first season, and although she got off to a rocky start, she and professional partner Alec Mazo ultimately took home the mirrorball trophy as the winners! The actress returned again in 2012 for the 15th season, which was a special All-Stars competition, but unfortunately, she and Valentin Chmerkovskiy only placed third. Although this did lead to Chmerkovskiy making a guest appearance on GH in 2012 as a boxer in Sonny's gym.
Monaco may not be competing for a prize, but she’s definitely going to have to pull out all the stops to help NFL star Terrell Owens stay in the competition! In addition to the season one champion, some other winning alums will be returning to the show for the special episode. Season 24 winner Rashad Jennings will be dancing with Drew Scott and Emma Slater, season 17’s Corbin Bleu joins Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold, season 23’s Laurie Hernandez dances with Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy, season 19’s Alfonso Ribero hits the floor with Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson, and season 6 champion Kristi Yamaguchi returns to perform alongside Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas.
So make sure to set your DVR’s for ABC at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 6, to see Monaco back on the dance floor again!
Ion Overman Recurs on Wisdom of The Crowd 10/29/17(10/17/17) “Clear History” – Tanner’s previous company claims Sophe was created using their copyrighted codes and legally threatens to shut down the organization. Also, Cavanaugh works with Tanner to solve the murder of a retired detective after his boss removes him from the case due to a personal connection with the family, on WISDOM OF THE CROWD, Sunday, Oct. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Malachi Weir (Mike Leigh), Ion Overman (Elena Ruiz), Abigail Cowen (Mia Tanner).
Ion Overman Recurs on Wisdom of The Crowd 11/5/17(10/17/17) “Trojan Horse” – Cavanaugh needs Sophe’s help to locate the source of a deadly online challenge that’s targeting vulnerable teenagers. Also, Alex’s connection to Tanner’s former company may be a personal and political issue, on WISDOM OF THE CROWD, Sunday, Nov. 5 (8:30-9:30 PM, ET/8:00-9:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Malachi Weir (Mike Leigh), Ion Overman (Elena Ruiz), Abigail Cowen (Mia Tanner).
Billy Miller and Kelly Monaco answer your questions(10/12/17) Billy Miller and Kelly Monaco answer your questions: Video.
A TV soap opera actress-turned-avocado grower is running for congress in Coachella Valley(10/11/17) (desertsun.com) Kimberlin Brown Pelzer, a soap opera actress-turned-avocado grower, announced on Tuesday her candidacy for Coachella Valley’s congressional seat, becoming one of potentially two Republicans looking to parlay their TV presence into a political career.
Best known for playing the villainous Sheila Carter on “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Brown Pelzer also owns an interior design company and, with her husband, Gary, a sports fishing and marina rental business in San Diego, among others.
"The reason I'm running for office is because for the first time in our country we’re not leaving behind something better for the next generation," she said.
Brown Pelzer recently moved to Palm Springs, but told The Desert Sun that she's been attending charity events in the desert for more than two decades and that her financial services company has been operating ATMs here for seven years.
She closed out the second day of the Republican National Convention in 2016, scoring early points with local GOP organizers for her backing of Donald Trump and her complaints about taxes and small business regulations. She also criticized "suspect trade deals" that create foreign competition at home and can leave American workers unemployed.
The immediate reaction from Republican activists was positive.
“I know this is the person who’s going to win,” Joy Miedecke, chair of the East Valley Republican Women Federated, said on Tuesday. (Video)
The 36th Congressional district, which extends from Hemet to Blythe and includes all of the Coachella Valley, leans Democrat. For months, Republicans have been searching for a viable candidate — someone with name-recognition who can quickly raise money and sway independents in a region that voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in the last presidential contest.
Brown Pelzer said she's "the kind of person who will work with both parties" and doesn't see her prime-time support for Trump in the last election as an obstacle. "The fact that President Trump did not spend a lot of time in California was a business decision," she said. "You put your money where it brings you the most return."
Incumbent Raul Ruiz, a former emergency room physician and the son of farmworkers, easily won re-election in November 2016 and so he’s currently sitting on a war chest worth $1.6 million.
Republican Dan Ball, a former television news anchor, has also been in talks with consultants about a possible congressional run, but has yet to say for certain whether he, too, is going to challenge Ruiz. He said he planned to make an announcement next week.
The election is 13 months away.
Jon Lindstrom on NCIS: Los Angeles 10/29(10/9/17) “Mountebank” – Sam goes undercover as a day trader after a prominent investment banker with ties to a Russian oligarch is murdered. Also, one of Callen’s aliases is the victim of credit card theft, and Mosley is concerned it signals something bigger, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, Oct. 29 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Tembi Locke (Leigha Winters), Costas Mandylor (Abram Sokolov), Jon Lindstrom (Phillip Nelson).
Ion Overman Recurs On Wisdon Of The Crowd 10/22/17(10/6/17) “User Bias” – The San Francisco P.D. comes to Tanner to get Sophe’s help on a politically charged murder case following a rally in the city, on WISDOM OF THE CROWD, Sunday, Oct. 22 (8:30-9:30 PM, ET/8:00-9:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Malachi Weir (Mike Leigh), Ion Overman (Elena Ruiz), Abigail Cowen (Mia Tanner)
Ion Overman Recurs on Wisdom Of The Crowd - 10/15/17(10/4/17) “Machine Learning” – After the team puts publicly available crime data into Sophe, the platform exposes a serial killer plaguing Silicon Valley and the Bay Area by connecting previously unrelated murders, on WISDOM OF THE CROWD, Sunday, Oct. 15 (8:30-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Malachi Weir (Mike Leigh), Ion Overman (Elena Ruiz), Abigail Cowen (Mia Tanner), Ramses Jimenez (Carlos Ochoa).
Anne Jeffreys Dies: ‘General Hospital’, ‘Topper’ Actress Was 94(9/29/17) Anne Jeffreys, an actress whose career spanned the Nelson Eddy and Janette MacDonald era through a decades-long run into the 2000s as General Hospital‘s snobbiest socialite, has died. She was 94.
“God bless the beautiful + talented Anne Jeffreys,” tweeted General Hospital actress Jacklyn Zeman. “We will always remember you with love + appreciation.”
Jeffreys’ death was first reported last night by George Pennacchio of Los Angeles’ KABC. Additional details were not immediately available.
In addition to General Hospital, Jeffreys is probably best known to TV audiences for her co-starring role, with husband Robert Sterling, in Topper, CBS’ 1953-55 ghostly romantic comedy. She appeared in numerous Republic Studios and R.K.O pictures in the 1940s, including Flying Tigers with John Wayne, Step Lively with Frank Sinatra. She played Tess Trueheart in 1945’s Dick Tracy.
The actress also had a prolific stage and musical career, singing Tosca at the Brooklyln Opera House, My Romance on Broadway, and Kiss Me Kate in Los Angeles and New York, all in the ’40s. It was during her New York run of Kate that she met and married fellow Broadway actor Sterling (Jeffreys’ first, brief marriage had been annulled). The couple were married until Sterling’s death in 2006. They had three sons.
“My life has been a full, happy and active one,” Jeffreys once said, as quoted on her official website, “and I hope I’ll always be as busy as a blind dog in a meat shop. I thrive on activity.”
Other TV credits included Bonanza, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Falcon Crest, L.A. Law, Baywatch, Battlestar Galactica, Port Charles and, in her final appearance, HBO’s Getting On. She first played her General Hospital character, the rich and snooty Amanda Barrington, in 1984, and continued in prominent storylines through the 1990s. Her final appearance on the show was in 2004, and in 2013 the character’s off-screen death was revealed.
Ion Overman Recurs, Napiera Groves Guests on Wisdon Of The Crowd 10/8/17(9/29/17) “In The Wild” – A user of Sophe, the cutting-edge crowdsourcing platform, uploads new footage of Jeffrey Tanner’s daughter, Mia, being strong-armed by an unknown man five months prior to her murder. Also, Tanner enlists Sophe to help with Cavanaugh’s case of a missing teenager, on WISDOM OF THE CROWD, Sunday, Oct. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
CHEAT TWEET: Sophe does double duty decoding new footage of Mia & helping w/ missing teenager case #WisdomoftheCrowd #CBS 10/8 8pm http://bit.ly/2yJSSOM
RECURRING CAST includes: Malachi Weir (Mike Leigh), Ion Overman (Elena Ruiz)
GUEST CAST includes: Jai Rodriguez (David Silva), Napiera Groves (Camille Reddick)
Jon Lindstrom Shares a Backstage Peek at His New Primetime Role(9/10/17) (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) It’s been a while since GENERAL HOSPITAL fans have seen Jon Lindstrom on screen as Kevin, but while he’ll be back very soon (and with Genie Francis’ Laura, too!), they can also look forward to seeing the daytime vet in an upcoming episode of NCIS: LOS ANGELES! Lindstrom shared a photo of his place at the table read for the fourth episode of season nine of the CBS series entitled “Mountebank” where he will be playing the character of Phillip Nelson. The new season will be premiering on Sunday, Oct. 1, but there is no air date scheduled yet for episode four.
LIndstrom also shared a pic from inside his trailer on the show’s set taking a selfie in the mirror while eating some eggs and toast. “Your own trailer and they bring you breakfast,” he wrote. “I love this biz.” He also shared some behind the scenes video of him filming the episode from behind the wheel of a car while a camera perches just outside the window as he drives down the road. “You ever feel like somebody’s watching you?” he teased. (You’ll note that he’s not actually driving the car, so don’t worry!)
NCIS: LA stars LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell but so far, Lindstrom has only shared a selfie with fellow guest star Costas Mandylor. “Costas thinking he can be taller than me,” he joked. “Awesome guy, amazing actor.” Back in 2013, Mandylor played the character of Tomas Mendez in a couple episodes of parent series NCIS, but at this time it’s unclear if he’s reprising that role or playing an entirely new one.
You can look forward to Lindstrom returning to Port Charles very soon, and as soon as we have more details on when his episode of NCIS: LA is slated to air, we’ll be sure to let you know so you can tune in!
Ion Overman Recurs on Wisdon Of The Crowd 10/1(8/31/17) “Pilot” – Visionary tech innovator Jeffrey Tanner creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing platform to solve his daughter’s murder, and revolutionize crime solving in the process, on the series premiere of the new drama WISDOM OF THE CROWD, Sunday, Oct. 1 (8:30-9:30 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Jeremy Piven, Richard T. Jones, Natalia Tena, Monica Potter, Blake Lee and Jake Matthews star.
Inspired by the notion that a million minds are better than one, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jeffrey Tanner develops “Sophe,” an online platform for publicly shared information he’s certain will find his daughter’s killer. To assist him, Tanner recruits Det. Tommy Cavanaugh, the original cop who investigated the murder but was unceremoniously forced off the case. Working with them is Sara Morton, a brilliant engineer whose relationship with Tanner goes beyond professional; Josh Novak, a talented, nerdy-cool head programmer; and Tariq Bakari, a tech genius and expert hacker with issues adhering to the rules. Concerned with Tanner’s obsession is his successful ex-wife, Congresswoman Alex Hale, with whom he shares an unbreakable bond over their shared grief. As Tanner taps into the “wisdom of the crowd,” his unexpected success fuels his determination to solve even more cases than just the one that’s personal to him.
RECURRING CAST: Malachi Weir (Mike Leigh), Ion Overman (Elena Ruiz), Abigail Cowen (Mia Tanner), Ramses Jimenez (Carlos Ochoa).
Stream LADIES OF THE LAKE — For Free!(8/2/17) LADIES OF THE LAKE’s executive producers, Michael Caruso and Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady, DAYS; ex-Rick, B&B), announced today that their four-part adaptation of Ken Corday’s novel, Ladies of the Lake, will be made available for complimentary streaming to all Amazon customers during the month of August. “LADIES OF THE LAKE has exceeded all expectations on Amazon,” said Lowder in a statement. “The numbers have been through the roof and we have trended multiple times over the course of several months on the platform. We were always hopeful the show would do well, but this has been beyond our wildest dreams, which is why we wanted to do something to make the show available to even more people.” Caruso added, “We wanted to give something back to the soap fans for their incredible support. Beginning August 1st for the entire month of August, anyone with an Amazon account can watch LADIES OF THE LAKE for free. You do not need to be a Prime member to watch the show.” LADIES OF THE LAKE tells the story of four women living in the exclusive gated community of Avalon in Southern California and the lengths they go to to escape their abusive marriages. The series boasts an all-star cast of daytime stars including Martha Madison (Belle, DAYS), Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily, GH; Janice, THE BAY), Patrika Darbo (Shirley, B&B), Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS), Lowder, Ian Buchanan (James, B&B), Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS; Ned, GH) and more. You can find more information at amazon.com or follow the official Twitter account @LOTLSERIES1
GENERAL HOSPITAL's Lee Baldwin — A Tribute(7/11/17) (abc.soapsindepth.com) To honor the late Peter Hansen, GENERAL HOSPITAL is planning a special tribute to his character, Lee Baldwin, for the episode airing Friday, July 14. The character first appeared when the soap debuted in 1963, and was played by Ross Elliott. Hansen assumed the role in 1965 and played it until 2004 on both GH and its sister soap PORT CHARLES.
A recovering alcoholic, Lee was an attorney who worked as an addiction counselor at General Hospital where he romanced nurse Jessie Brewer. When she discovered she was pregnant with Phil’s baby after he’d left Port Charles, Lee offered to marry her so her child could have a father. Phil learned the truth and returned, but Jessie didn’t want to leave Lee, fearing he’d start drinking again. However, Jessie went into labor before her divorce could be finalized, and Lee let Jessie have her family with Phil. Sadly, their baby died soon after it was born.
Lee soon became smitten with nurse Meg Bentley, who was a widow with a young son, Scotty, and teenage stepdaughter, Brooke. When Meg’s fiancé left her for her stepdaughter, Lee was there to comfort her and romance bloomed. They eventually married and Lee legally adopted Scotty. Their marriage hit a rough patch when Meg suspected Lee of having an affair with her friend, Iris, but they reconciled after Lee donated his kidney to save Scotty’s life.
Sadly, the return of her stepdaughter, Brooke, sent Meg on the path to a nervous breakdown and Lee was forced to hospitalize his wife. She was eventually released but continued to be jealous of Lee’s friendships with other women and ultimately died of a stroke during an argument with him.
Lee next married Caroline Chandler and moved to New York with her and her son so he could receive medical treatment. But he returned to Port Charles a few years later after she died in an accident. He found comfort with Dr. Gail Adamson, who urged Scotty to get in touch with his father who missed him desperately. So Lee was there to help Scotty avoid following in his father's footsteps when he began drinking after being dumped by Laura.
Finding himself caught up in the Scotty/Laura/Luke triangle, Lee naturally supported his son and even went so far as to burn the divorce papers so Laura couldn’t leave Scott to marry Luke. But he eventually confessed and made up with Laura, attending her and Luke’s wedding and mourning when she was later presumed dead.
Lee ran for mayor in 1983, and against Luke Spencer, of all people! Running his father’s campaign, Scotty tried to ruin Luke’s reputation, but when Lee found out, he fired his son. Luke won the election, but when Laura returned, he quit, leaving Lee with the job. After resigning in 1985, Lee left town with Gail in 1986.
The Baldwins returned to Port Charles in 1992 and were there when Scotty married Dominique. They were also surprised to learn they were grandparents because Scotty had a daughter, Karen. After Scotty left town for a time, Lee and Gail were thrilled when he came home with his daughter, Serena. Lee also defended Dr. Julie Devlin, who was the General Homicide serial killer, and helped get her the psychiatric help she needed.
In 1999, Lee gave his loved ones a fright when he suffered a pulmonary embolism. Scott felt tortured when he learned that the villainous DV Bordisso was his biological father, but Lee reminded him that no matter what biology said, they were father and son. Lee and Gail mourned Karen’s death when she was hit by a car, and later paid their respects at Lila Quartermaine’s funeral, which was the last time they were seen on screen.
Hansen’s passing will be reflected on-screen with the death of Lee Baldwin, and the special episode airing July 14 will also see Carly Schroeder returning to reprise her role of Serena. It will be a show no longtime GH fan will want to miss!
Carly Scheoeder Reprising Serena On GH(7/10/17) Carly Schroeder will return to Port Charles this week as Serena, Scott and Lucy’s daughter, who she played on the GH spin-off PORT CHARLES from 1997-2003, in conjunction with the show’s tribute to Scott’s father, Lee. (Lee’s portrayer, Peter Hansen, passed away earlier this year.) “I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful return,” Schroeder tells Digest. “Kin [Shriner, Scott] and I still have the same mannerisms! He is like my second father.” Lynn Herring (Lucy) says, “It was just amazing to have Carly back with us. It’s something Kin and I had wanted for a long time and I know the fans did, too. I’m excited for them to see it!”
Novels Read By Soap Stars(5/31/17) Shadowed Souls: The Dresden Files, Book 14.5
audiobook read by many actors including Jon Lindstrom (Kevin, GH)
Brian Presley Joins The Great Race(5/12/17) Treat Williams, Henry Thomas, Bruce Davison, James Russo, Brad Leland, Brea Bea and Brian Presley just finished The Great Race, which marks Presley’s feature directorial debut. The film is based on a true story of the teams’ heroic mushers in Alaska in 1925 who run through a blizzard against time to save the snowed-in people of Nome during a diphtheria outbreak. Presley, who was a producer and star of the 2011 Kurt Russell-Taraji P. Henson film Touchback, also scripted The Great Race and produced it under the banner of his newly formed shingle Rebel Road Entertainment. Mark David and Will Wallace also produced. In the incident known as the Great Race of Mercy, Nome’s lone physician feared that there was an epidemic when the local children came down with diphtheria. The city’s local hospital was out of the antitoxin, and the nearest serum was 700 miles away, so 20 mushers led by Leonhard Seppala (Presley) braved the treacherous weather to save the children. The famous dog Balto (and his musher Gunnar Kaasen) were part of that mission. Presley is repped by Jay Cohen.
First Look! LADIES OF THE LAKE(4/7/17) A promotional teaser for the new digital series, LADIES OF THE LAKE, based on the novel by DAYS’s executive producer Ken Corday, has been released. The show, which stars a host of soap faves, including DAYS’s Arianne Zucker (Nicole), Martha Madison (Belle), Marie Wilson (ex-Summer), Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady), and GH’s Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily), will air on Amazon Prime beginning May 15. Check out the video here: www.ladiesofthelakeseries.com/, and follow them on Twitter @LOTLSERIES1.
GENERAL HOSPITAL's Lucy Coe — Relive Her Crazy Life Story!(3/28/17) (abc.soapsindepth.com) The character of Lucy Coe has been a fan favorite ever since the first appeared on GENERAL HOSPITAL back in 1986!. Portrayer Lynn Herring was only hired for a short-term gig, but the character became so popular she stuck around and was even used to help launch the GH spinoff PORT CHARLES in 1997!
Lucy was originally a mousy librarian who was involved with Kevin O’Connor and his alibi in a murder case. Breaking out of her shell, she later had an affair with Bobbie’s husband Jake, married Tony Jones, and then tied the knot with Alan Quartermaine wearing a scandalous red dress at their wedding ceremony!
While married to Alan, Lucy had an affair with Scotty, and became pregnant. After miscarrying his child, she ended up with Scotty, but later left town. When she returned, Lucy found that Scotty had fallen in love with Dominique, who had fatal brain cancer. Having turned over a new leaf, Lucy agreed to be their surrogate and gave birth to Serena in a cabin during a blizzard.
After Scotty was forced to flee town by the mob, Lucy fell in with Damian Smith and returned to her scheming ways, betting him he couldn’t seduce Bobbie away from Tony. But during this time, Lucy met Kevin, who helped her return to the kinder, gentler woman Dominique had believed in.
Things then took a stranger turn for a while as Lucy and Kevin discovered that his daughter, Livvie, was being seduced by a vampire named Caleb. After vanquishing the evil bloodsucker, Kevin threw a surprise wedding and Lucy finally married her "Doc." With their lives now full of magic and mystery, the appearance of another creature of the night, Stephen Clay, led Lucy to discover she was actually a vampire slayer!
Lucy was also instrumental in creating the annual Nurses Ball for General Hospital to raise funds for AIDS research, although after a while, they stopped holding the event. But in 2012, nurses Sabrina and Felix tracked down Lucy to help revive the ball. Lucy’s return to Port Charles had a bit of a hiccup when she thought John McBain was the vampire Caleb and Sam McCall was Livvie. It was later revealed that musician Stephen Clay was insane, and believed himself to be a vampire named Caleb.
With Kevin spending so much time out of town with patients, Lucy distracted herself by trying to relaunch Deception Cosmetics with Laura, but it never got off the ground. While helping Scott run for District Attorney, they grew closer and slept together. Although Lucy wanted to remain married to Kevin, she couldn’t deny her feelings for Scott and her marriage came to an end. Sadly, Lucy was shocked to discover Scott was also sleeping with Bobbie and devastated when the cad chose to be with the redhead instead!
More recently, Lucy found herself wrapped up in Morgan’s death after catching Ava dumping the young man’s medication in the trash. And while Lucy isn’t above playing dirty every now and then, she will eventually do the right thing. That, you can be sure of!
LADIES OF THE LAKE Gets Release Date(3/28/17) LADIES OF THE LAKE, the new digital series based on the novel by DAYS’s Executive Producer Ken Corday of the same name, will be available on Amazon Video exclusively on May 15. In addition to Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady, DAYS et al), who also serves as executive producer, Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS), John-Paul Lavoisier (ex-Philip, DAYS), Martha Madison (Belle, DAYS), Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS/Ned, GH), Marie Wilson (ex-Summer, DAYS), Gordon Thomson (ex-Adam, DYNASTY et al), John Callahan (ex-Edmund, AMC et al), Patrika Darbo (Shirley, B&B/Nancy, DAYS), Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily, GH), Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, OLTL) and Jillian Clare (ex-Abby, DAYS) will appear in the new sudser from WINTERTHORNE creator Michael Caruso, who is also an executive producer. Follow the show on Twitter @LOTLSERIES1.
Y&R Alum Passes Away At 52(2/15/17) Jay Bontatibus (ex-Tony, Y&R et al) passed away on February 12 in Los Angeles surrounded by his family after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was supported by his family and many friends throughout his courageous battle. Bontatibus is best known for his portrayal of Tony on Y&R from 1998-2000, and had recurring roles on GH and PORT CHARLES (ex-Andy, 2002-03) and DAYS (ex-Rob, 2008). Bontatibus is also the ex-husband of Marnie Saitta, current casting director of DAYS. The family would like express their gratitude to the fans for the love and support they have shown for Jay during this time.
Lynn Herring Reveals Her Family's Beautiful Holiday Tradition!(12/24/16) Lynn Herring (Lucy, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has a unique family tradition involving special Christmas tree decorations that began when she was a little girl, and that she continues for her own children to this day!
“My mom started it because we are air force brats, myself and my two sisters,” the actress tells Soaps In Depth. “We lived in 23 places growing up, so every place we lived, she would get an ornament.
“For Puerto Rico, we got cool straw hat ornaments,” Herring continues. “From Nebraska, we had scarecrow ornaments. She would get ones that represented where we lived and write our name on it. For the year I was born, I have one for my dad from Enid, Oklahoma. She started the tradition of giving something important for everywhere we lived.”
It is also a tradition that she has kept alive for her own family that includes husband Wayne Northrop (ex-Roman, DAYS OF OUR LIVES and their two sons, Hank, 25, and Grady, 23.
“So with the boys, Wayne and I did the same thing. Everybody gets an ornament for something they took up that year,” Herring reveals. “So they’d better start something if they don’t want to have a dud ornament!
“Last year, I drove the Red Cross truck, so I have a little Red Cross truck from last year,” she confides. “Wayne is kind of stuck with cowboys and cows. It’s pretty western.”
However, while this is a beautiful tradition that celebrates the various accomplishments of the entire family over time, there is just one little problem: “The tree has to be so big to fit all these ornaments on it that you can’t even see the fireplace sometimes,” Herring laughs. “We’ve gotten a bit out of control!”
John J York Shares Beautiful Moment From Daughter Schyler's Wedding(11/9/16) (Pic1, Pic2) John J. York (Mac, GENERAL HOSPITAL) shared an absolutely lovely photo of him walking his daughter Schyler down the aisle at her wedding!
“Pics are in!” the actor tweeted. “One proud dad!”
When Schyler tied the knot with husband Michael Smith on Aug. 6, York shared a picture of the newlyweds, but this is the first time he's shared one of father and daughter.
All the best to the happy couple — Schyler was a gorgeous bride! And we can’t get over how utterly overjoyed York is in that photo as he looks into her beaming face! Beautiful!
Soaps Alums Boost THE BAY Cast(10/27/16) The digital drama series, THE BAY, has been busy casting for season 3, which will premiere in spring 2017. Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla, Y&R) will guest star as Iris Hopkins, a hard-nose judge presiding in Sara’s (Mary Beth Evans) murder trial. Amelia Marshall ( ex-Gilly, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Liz, PASSIONS et al) will play Yolanda, who has past ties to Sara and Pete. Ilene Kristen (ex-Roxy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE et al) will return as Sara’s aunt. THE LYING GAME alum Randy Wayne will portray Matthew Johnson, a nurse. Brian Gaskill (ex-Bobby, ALL MY CHILDREN et al) is out as Bay City’s terrorizing rapist’s Chase. Season 2 of the series will be release on Amazon Prime at the end of November.
Trailer for "FIRST STRIKE BUTCHER KNIFE"(10/26/16) See the trailer for "FIRST STRIKE BUTCHER KNIFE" starring Sherri Saum, Kamar Del Los Reyes and Trevor St John. Written and directed by Michael Easton: Video.
Jon Lindstrom Reads Dark Matter by Blake Crouch(9/30/16) (Get the audiobook here) Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, read by Jon Lindstrom.
Narrated by Jon Lindstrom (Kevin, GH) Excellent characterization and well-crafted tension do much to redeem the outlandish plot of this SF thriller from Crouch (the Wayward Pines trilogy). Jason Dessen, a quantum physicist, once had a brilliant research career ahead of him. But after a girlfriend’s unexpected pregnancy and the birth of a son, this future was derailed. Now Jason is a professor at a small Chicago college, content with his warm and loving family life until he’s abducted into a world in which his quantum many-worlds theory has become a fully realized technology for inter-dimensional transfer. In this world, Jason didn’t marry his girlfriend and never had a son. Jason is determined to get back to his family and his own world, but nefarious powers in the alternate reality conspire to stop him from revealing the criminal lengths they have gone to create the world-hopping technology. Crouch makes little attempt to justify the underlying science fiction MacGuffin, but a rousing and heartfelt ending will leave readers cheering. Agent: David Hale Smith, Inkwell Management.
Kelly Monaco Reflects On 13 Years As GH’s Sam(9/30/16) In the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, Kelly Monaco (who hits the 13-year mark as GH’s Sam on October 1), discusses transitioning leading men from Steve Burton (ex-Jason; Dylan, Y&R) to Billy Miller (Jason), Sam’s hard-won independence, the dynamic among the Davis girls and her continuing passion for her character. “I really care about what I do and I put a lot of myself into my work,” she shares. “If I were lazy, I could be playing the same thing, but I consciously want to keep being creative and getting better at my job.” For more with Monaco, be sure to check out the new issue.
Another D-list day at the Republican National ConventionAnother former soap star, Kimberlin Brown, brought up the rear Tuesday at the Republican National Convention, her late-night limelight delayed by a long delegate count in the Donald Trump nominating process.
Brown, a California avocado farmer and mom of two, played the villainous Sheila Carter on both "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful" from 1990 until 2006. Antonio Sabato Jr., another "Bold" alum, spoke on the convention's opening day Monday.
Cameras panned to empty seats as Brown spoke, though plenty of delegates remained. She angrily noted some vitriol she had received on social media for agreeing to speak for Trump, but had some vitriol of her own for Hillary Clinton, whom she accused of not doing enough to help businesswomen.
Of the avocado-growing business, a steely-eyed Brown said, "I've seen firsthand our domestic market flooded with imports that harmed local farmers and even drove some out of business."
She added, "We need someone who knows how to build things, who knows how to create jobs and who knows how to negotiate."
Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White called Trump a loyal friend who always took a keen interest in White's career.
"I've been in the fight business my whole life. I know fighters. Ladies and gentleman, Donald Trump is a fighter and I know he will fight for this country," White said.
According to the Republicans, Trump hosted the once-controversial mixed martial arts competitions at his Trump Taj Mahal when other venues refused.
Oh, and also on the night's program: A low-ranked professional golfer, Natalie Gulbis. She was a Season 2 contestant on "The Celebrity Apprentice" whom Trump fired eight episodes in. Apparently she's OK with that. She called Trump "generous" and "inspiring."
Gulbis, who once had her own reality show on the Golf Channel, borrowed a line from Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg in praising Trump as the guy who urged her to be fearless and to "lean in" when faced with age (she's 33) and gender challenges as a businesswoman.
Kimberlin Brown: What We Know About the RNC’s Guest Actress(variety.com) Soap opera actress Kimberlin Brown will take center stage at the Republican National Convention Tuesday night, appearing as the guest speaker for the night’s primetime slot. She will even be introduced by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s onetime opponent Ben Carson.
But, who is Brown? Variety explains:
Brown played Sheila Carter first on “The Young and The Restless” and then on “The Bold and The Beautiful.” Carter was a “devious” character who “terrorized” the fictional Genoa City and was eventually killed off by her arch nemesis in the 1990s.
She then appeared on “Port Charles” and “One Life to Live,” followed by a short-term role on “All My Children.”
She currently hosts “Dramatic Designs” on The Design Network, where she walks viewers through her many projects, from conception to the final product.
Brown is a “small business owner,” according to a GOP convention statement.
Brown was born in Hayward, California.
She has been married to Gary Pelzer since May 1991. They have two children, Alexes Marie and Nicholas.
She has an avocado farm.
From the look of her Instagram post, she seems to be pretty excited about tonight’s speech.
Lynn Herring Celebrates 30 Years on GENERAL HOSPITAL!When Lynn Herring realized her “short” stint as GENERAL HOSPITAL’s dowdy librarian Lucy was turning into something bigger, she dropped out of Loyola’s Masters in Psychology program and threw herself into life in Port Charles.
Thirty years, a makeover and many tears and laughs later, Lucy’s still one of our favorite daytime divas! In the latest ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, Herring looks back at Lucy’s run and admits, “When I see all these pictures, I remember the feelings I had about the person I worked with, but I don’t have instant recall on every storyline. With 52 weeks a year and decades of story, you forget!”
We jog her memory — and yours — with a walk down Memory Lane in the new ABC issue of Soap In Depth, on sale now!
Jon Lindstrom Was Paid Pennies for an Acting Job(Pic) Jon Lindstrom (Kevin, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is a talented actor who has appeared in daytime, primetime and the silver screen. But he suffers from the same problem as all performers — skimpy residual checks!
“Not the smallest I’ve seen,” Lindstrom wrote on Instagram, “but it’s the smallest I’ve gotten. Beats that one for $6.66 back in the day.”
While that check may look like a complete waste of time, paper, ink, and postage, it does allow Lindstrom to put his two cents in on any subject!
Rebecca Staab Joins Alison Sweeney In New Hallmark ProjectRebecca Staab (ex-Elizabeth, PORT CHARLES, et al) will play Alison Sweeney’s (ex-Sami, DAYS) mother in a new movie for the Hallmark Channel, BLUEBERRIES. “Crack the champagne! I just booked a @hallmarkchannel movie, “Blueberries,” with @Ali_Sweeney!!! Details to come. Cheers, everyone!!! :)” tweeted Staab. Sweeney tweeted in response, “we must join in this bubbly toast! @MelSalNY (our writer) & I are SO thrilled to have you!!” Melissa Salmons, who penned the script, is a former writer for DAYS.
Jon Lindstrom Stars in New Horror Film, 'Val-En-Tina'!Jon Lindstrom (Kevin, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is starring in a terrifying new short horror film called Val-En-Tina!
The actor, who CBS fans remember as Craig on AS THE WORLD TURNS, co-stars with Marisol Sacramento in this chilling story of a controversial politician whose racist views get him in hot water with not only his Mexican-American mistress but a supernatural entity! Val-En-Tina is written by Jaquita Ta’le and Carlton Byrd and directed by Araeia Robinson.
“One of my favorite projects/characters ever,” Lindstrom tweeted. “Enjoy!”
You can watch Val-En-Tina right here… if you think your nerves can handle it!
Michael Easton's Film 'Ultraviolent' Wins AwardCongratulations to Michael Easton (Finn, GENERAL HOSPITAL), whose short film, Ultraviolent, won the El Rey Special Jury Prize for Narrative Film at the 2016 Barcelona Film Festival!
“Congratulations to the cast and crew,” Easton posted to Facebook.
Written and directly by Easton, Ultraviolent stars his former ONE LIFE TO LIVE co-star Trevor St. John (Victor) as Donald Cammell, who ends a lifelong obsession with art, insanity, and death by mirroring the shockingly violent ending of his best-known film.
The film has also won the Grand Prize Award in the Canada International Film Festival, and Best of Show in the Best Shorts Competition. Check out the powerful trailer here!
Marisa Ramirez Welcomes Daughter Violet Rae(Photo) Marisa Ramirez is a mom!
The actress, 38, welcomed her first child, a daughter, on Sunday, May 29, she announced Monday on Twitter.
“She’s here!! Little Miss Violet Rae born on Sunday May29th!! She’s so happy and healthy and we are so in love!!!” the Blue Bloods star tweeted, along with a photo of her sleeping newborn.
A rep for Ramirez, who has played NYPD Detective Maria Baez on the hit show since its third season in 2013, confirmed her pregnancy news exclusively to PEOPLE in January.
“It gives me such a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing that my Blue Bloods family is there to help me transition into this new chapter of my life,” Ramirez said at the time, adding that costar Donnie Wahlberg “did a little happy” dance when her learned of her exciting news.
And while Ramirez didn’t find out she was having a girl at first, she couldn’t hold off for too long. By the time of her floral-heavy April baby shower in New York City — with guests including costars Bridget Moynahan and Abigail Hawk — the cat was already out of the bag.
“This was a complete surprise,” Ramirez told PEOPLE earlier this year about her pregnancy. “Some mornings I wake up and forget I’m pregnant! It just seems like it was meant to be — a happy surprise.”
Martha Byrne Reunites With AS THE WORLD TURNS Castmates(Pic1, Pic2) Martha Byrne (Lily) reunited with some old AS THE WORLD TURNS castmates during her trip to Los Angeles!
“Fun in LA!” she wrote with a photo of herself with friends Paul Leyden (Simon), Maura West (Carly; now Ava, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and Kin Shriner (Keith; Scotty, GH).
Byrne has kept mum about exactly why she's traveled to Hollywood, but ATWT fans were delighted to see she’s also taking the time to catch up with old friends! Even though Shriner played a villain on the much-missed CBS soap, you can almost imagine that Lily was hanging out with Carly and Simon in Oakdale!
Kin Shriner Shares Classic Photo With Former Castmate, John Stamos!(Pic) Fans missing Blackie at this year’s GENERAL HOSPITAL Nurses Ball can at least enjoy an amazing flashback photo that Kin Shriner (Scotty) posted with the musician’s portrayer!
“John Stamos and I on Sunday motorcycle ride!” Shriner wrote. “Circa 1990. Now I ride Vespa!”
This photo would’ve been taken at the height of Stamos’ fame on the classic FULL HOUSE, and it’s so fun to see the two buddies hanging out and having a great time!
John J. York Stars in New Movie, 'The Last Heist'(Trailer) It’s been a while since Mac worked for the Port Charles Police Department on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but portrayer John J. York is back in action in the upcoming thriller The Last Heist, hitting theaters, VOD and iTunes on Friday, June 17!
The film stars Henry Rollins as a man who is visiting his safety deposit box when the bank is taken over by armed robbers. But the situation turns even deadlier when it is revealed that Rollins’ character is a killer who starts taking people out one by one! York plays Sinclair, who from the trailer, seems to be in charge of the assault team trying to bring the dangerous criminals to justice.
“Great time making this movie!” York tweeted. “Can’t wait to see it!”
The film also features Mykel Shannon Jenkins, who played Detective Charlie Baker on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL — although his character in this film is on the other side of the law!
John J. York Shares Adorable Baby Picture(Photo) Apparently, GENERAL HOSPITAL star John J. York (Mac) was going through some old photo albums over the weekend, and decided to share an old baby picture of himself with fans on Twitter!
“As I look at this photo,” he wrote, “doesn’t my head look a lot bigger than my body? What’s up with that?”
We think he was an adorable little tyke, and is a handsome man today!
Lynn Herring Shares Cute Video Thanking Fans for Bringing Her Back to GENERAL HOSPITAL(Video) Back in January, Lynn Herring said that if the offer was right, then she would “jump right out of [her] saddle and come running” back to play Lucy on GENERAL HOSPITAL. And now she’s doing exactly that!
In a new video posted to Facebook, Herring rides into frame on one of her horses at her ranch, and literally jumps out of her saddle! “I’m going to be at the studio next week,” she says, “and I am very, very excited!
“Starting with the Nurses Ball,” she continues, “I get to be back with all the people I love to work with so much. And I really want to thank all of you, because you helped to make it happen.
The Nurses Ball kicks off on Tuesday, May 24, so mark your calendars!
LYNN HERRING BACK TO GHLynn Herring is returning to GH in time for this year's Nurses' Ball, Soap Opera Digest can confirm. According to Daytime Confidential, she will be joined by another important figure in the history of the Nurses' Ball, Kimberly McCullough (Robin).
LADIES OF THE LAKE CAST UNVEILEDLADIES OF THE LAKE, the new digital series based on the novel by DAYS’s Executive Producer Ken Corday of the same name, has announced its cast. In addition to Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady, DAYS et al), Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS), John-Paul Lavoisier (Philip, DAYS), Martha Madison (Belle, DAYS), Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS/Ned, GH), Marie Wilson (Summer, DAYS), Gordon Thomson (ex-Adam, DYNASTY et al), John Callahan (ex-Edmund, AMC et al), Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, DAYS), Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily, GH), Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, OLTL) and Jillian Clare (ex-Abby, DAYS) will appear in the new sudser from WINTERTHORNE creator Michael Caruso. Follow the show on Twitter @LOTLSERIES1.
Michael Easton and Roger Howarth are Going on Tour — See Their Hilarious Video(Video) Michael Easton is hitting the road with his GENERAL HOSPITAL co-star, Roger Howarth (Franco)!
The actors, who also worked together on ONE LIFE TO LIVE as John and Todd, prove they’ve still got great chemistry in this video Easton shot and posted to his Facebook page to promote a series of personal appearances they’ll be doing beginning at the end of April.
Check out their hilariously deadpan banter in this video, and visit CoastalEntertainment.com for more information on the upcoming events so you can see them do this in person!
John J. York and Réal Andrews Join Katherine Kelly Lang in a New Movie(Pic1, Pic2) Some very familiar faces are teaming up for a new indie film!
GENERAL HOSPITAL’s John J. York (Mac) shared a photo on Twitter with “old friend," Réal Andrews (ex-Taggert, GH), and “new friend,” Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), on the set of Dear Diary, I Died.
While plot details aren’t yet available, Lang revealed her character name by tweeting that she is “enjoying this adventure as Michelle Wilson.”
Andrews shared his own selfie with York from the set, excited to be acting with his former GH co-star again. He also tweeted, “It’s great to be working with such a great cast.”
As more information about Dear Diary, I Died emerges, we’ll be sure to let you know.
REAL ANDREWS POSTS ABOUT NEW DAYS ROLEDaytime vet Real Andrews (ex-Taggert, GH et al) has tweeted about his new DAYS role. In a photo with his dog, Diamond, Andrews shared, “Diamond just read my new Days of our lives script. You won’t believe it Best writing ever #dool #days #days50.” Andrews first announced in November that he was joining the soap. The show has not released details about the character he plays or a first air date.
MICHAEL EASTON ON HIS GH RETURNMichael Easton, last seen as GH's Silas, delivered a message to his fans on Facebook on the occasion of his imminent return to the show. "It was your kindness and support that made this happen," he wrote. "I am humbled by your faith. With gratitude and love, now and always, Michael."
MICHAEL EASTON RETURNS TO GH!After being killed off last year as Silas, Michael Easton is returning to the GH fold. Executive Producer Frank Valentini made the announcement to kick off "Fan February", posting a video of the duo at the supermarket in which Easton accepts Valentini's offer to come back after the EP assures him that he's got something good in store. "See ya in a couple weeks!" Easton tells Valentini. Check out the video here: https://vimeo.com/153950988.
SOAP ALUM PRODUCING GAME SHOWMichael Dietz (ex-Mark, B&B; ex-Joe, PC, et al), now on the other side of the camera as an executive producer, spoke with Digest about his new gig, THE LINE, coming to GSN later this year — And if you’re in Nashville area next week, you can participate! “Anyone who has tried to be on a game show knows how difficult it is to sign up for a show, fly yourself to California and get picked by casting directors, but we’re bringing THE LINE to the people,” Dietz shares. “This is the first time ever that anybody can either come the day of — or register on the web site — and be part of our show. We’re giving away up to $150,000 over four days. We’re shooting from Saturday, July 19 to Tuesday, July 22 at The Court Of 3 Stars in the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville, TN. We do recommend that people register on the web site to get a secured place in THE LINE, but anybody who shows up has an equal chance of getting into our vault to answer questions and play games to win. There will also be cash and prizes given away while you are actually in THE LINE, as well. Nashville’s a great town and we couldn’t be more excited to shoot next week. We know a lot of people will be showing up, so get your place in THE LINE by registering on the link now.” For more information and to register for THE LINE, go to www.GSNTV.COM/THELINE.
Michael Dietz Inks First-Look Deal With High NoonHigh Noon Entertainment is making a push into the game and competition arena, signing a first-look partnership with Celebrity Apprentice and Big Brother producer Michael Dietz (ex-Joe, Port Charles/ex-Mark, The Bold & The Beautiful/ex-Jake, Passions/ex-Alan-Michael, Guiding Light) and his Lucky Butterfly Prods. Under the deal, Dietz will focus on creating new, unscripted game and competition formats to be co-produced with High Noon in the U.S. Dietz and his Lucky Butterfly team will relocate to High Noon’s Sherman Oaks office, and work closely with Patrick Jager, SVP Development and Production, and Scott Feeley, SVP Current Programming. This marks the first co–production deal for ITV Studios’ High Noon. Dietz most recently helped the company develop the game format The Line for GSN. His other producing credits include Stars Earn Stripes, Killer Karaoke, Scream If You Know The Answer, and Minute To Win It.
Ellsworth Has Something To Sing About!Next month, Kiko Ellsworth (ex-Stan, GENERAL HOSPITAL, Jamal, PORT CHARLES) is releasing The Great Awakening, his very first music CD, on iTunes. We knew that Ellsworth is an actor and self-defense instructor, but we didn't know that he could sing. As it turns out, neither did he! Stranger yet, he discovered it while doing yoga! "In that class, you really work on breathing, meditation, and chanting... with all those things happening, my voice changed and started coming correctly from my diaphragm instead of my throat," he explains. "We chanted some songs, and it was such an amazing, healing experience."
Having previously learned to rap for his role in the movie I Am, Ellsworth felt compelled to write and record something inspirational. "I'm rapping, singing, chanting... it's all mixed together in a very hip, edgy, but also spiritual way," he previews. What the performer wants fans to know is that he's using the CD to raise funds for Safe Passage and Operation Skid Row, charities that raise awareness for domestic violence and homelessness, respectively. For more about the music project, (which will be launched via a hot party on Saturday, January 26) or to donate to the cause, check out Ellsworth's intriguing video.
Jay Picket's film "Soda Springs" is now available on DVD(Soda Springs Movie Trailer) You now can find Boise-raised actor and screenwriter’s film “Soda Springs” on DVD and for download at Amazon.com, Walmart and Hastings and iTunes.com.
Pickett, who is the brother of rodeo superstar Dee Pickett grew up in Caldwell. He moved to L.A. in the 1990s and made his name on the soap opera “Port Charles,” a spin-off of “General Hospital.”
Jay returned to his home state in 2010 to make his first feature film with some longtime friends. “Soda Springs” won the People’s Choice Award at the first Sun Valley Film Festival in March. Pickett wrote at starred in the film, playing Eden Jackson, an ex-con trying to put his life back together in his hometown through music. It also features performances by several Idaho actors and musicians.
Pickett co-wrote the script with director Michael Feifer and filmed it in Idaho, including Caldwell where he grew up. Boise’s Steve Fulton produced the original soundtrack with performances by Fulton, Bill Coffey and Catherine Marsden, Micky & The Motorcars and others. “Soda Springs” also stars Tom Skerritt, Patty McCormack and Victoria Pratt.
Pickett is lining up another project with the same creative team to film in Idaho in the future.
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