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    (News section last updated November 18, 2018)

    First Lady of the United States Drama Produced By Michael Weatherly & Eric Christian Olsen In Works At CBS

    (11/18/18) Bull star Michael Weatherly and NCIS: Los Angeles co-star Eric Christian Olsen have teamed up to produce First Lady, a provocative drama, which has been put in development at CBS.

    Written/executive produced by Jessica Grasl (Designated Survivor), First Lady centers around the beloved First Lady of the United States, who, determined to reclaim her life, does the unthinkable – she divorces her husband while he’s still in office and uses her prominence to become an advocate for truth and justice by revitalizing her career as an investigative journalist.

    Weatherly executive produces via his Solar Drive Productions, with the company’s Head of Development Tiffany Grant as co-executive producer. Olsen and Kate Schumaecker executive produce via Olsen’s Cloud Nine Productions. CBS TV Studios, where Weatherly and Olsen are under deals, is the studio.

    Friends Weatherly and Olsen used to be cast mates in the NCIS CBS/CBS Studios franchise as Weatherly co-starred on the mothership series for many years. Weatherly also guest starred alongside Olsen in an episode of NCIS: Los Angeles as part of a crossover. The duo’s bromance was on full display when they appeared on CBS’ The Talk together to promote the crossover. (you can watch the clip below)

    This development season, Weatherly also re-teamed with fellow NCIS alum Cote de Pablo to produce MIA, a detective drama, which also is in development at CBS.

    First Lady is Olsen’s third project as a producer bought by CBS this season. He also has medical drama Nurses, based on the Finnish series, and multi-camera comedy Life Lessons, based on a Canadian digital series.

    Grasl’s credits include co-executive producer on Season 2 of Designated Survivor, supervising producer on Shades of Blue, producer on Proof and co-producer on White Collar.

    CBS already has a DC drama about a female top government official with Madam Secretary.

    Laura Wright Mourns the Loss of Her Mother

    (10/25/18) Please join us in sending love to GENERAL HOSPITAL star Laura Wright (Carly), who is mourning the death of her mother, Betty. She broke the sad news on Instagram with a photo of her hand holding her mother’s in the hospital. “This beautiful hand right here has given so much love,” she shared. “Held many tiny fingers… cooked countless meals… washed loads of clothes… held five grandchildren… I’ll miss you my beautiful Momma. You get to rest now. I love you.”

    Back in July, Wright shared a lovely photo of her mother who suffered from breathing problems. “I have to post this beautiful picture of my mom just taken,” the proud daughter declared. “My mom has emphysema and struggles every day to breathe — to walk through the house. Just to walk outside to the car is extremely difficult for her and some days it’s emotionally very difficult… and frustrating to say the least for my mom. But when the days are good, and this day looks like a good day, we need to celebrate and share! You look beautiful, Mom! I love you!”

    Betty was an absolutely lovely woman and our thoughts are with her friends and family during this difficult time.

    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.

    Paul Anthony Stewart on FBI 10/30/18

    (10/23/18) “Family Man” – After a senator’s daughter is kidnapped and held for ransom, the FBI is called in to assist with finding the little girl before their time limit expires. However, in order to do so, they must dig into the senator’s past for clues to who did this to his family, on FBI, Tuesday, Oct. 30 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Ashley Williams guest stars as Alexis Moran, the senator’s wife and child’s mother.

    GUEST CAST includes: James Chen (Ian Lim), Ashley Williams (Alexis Moran), Paul Anthony Stewart (Chris Jensen).

    Laura Wright Promises Fans: "I'm Not Pregnant"

    (10/2/18) ( When GENERAL HOSPITAL fans believed that Laura Wright (Carly) is pregnant, the actress very quickly set them straight! On Set. 27, the actress randomly tweeted: “On a different note, why am I craving french toast? I never eat french toast!” This led to fans on social media immediately assuming this was some kind of pregnancy craving and the actress was expecting a baby with her boyfriend, Wes Ramsey (Peter)!

    But by the following day, Wright had gotten wind of the rumors, and quickly shut them down. “Hey guys, I’m not pregnant,” she announced. “I was just craving french toast. That’s all.” And she added a hashtag to say “#stillam.”

    Wright married her husband, John, back in October of 1995, and the couple had two children together, Lauren, 19, and John, 17. But in April of 2016, she publicly announced that she and John had been separated for over a year and were officially divorcing. Just over a year later, Wright then went public with her new romance with Ramsey, whom she had originally met many years ago when they were both castmembers on the CBS sudser GUIDING LIGHT.

    While Ramsey is now a part of Wright’s family, spending New Year’s with the extended clan and going along with Wright and her kids on vacation to Turks and Caicos, the pair are NOT starting a family of their own together. She just really wants french toast.

    And unfortunately, by the end of the weekend, Wright still reported: “Still no french toast.” What does it take to get this woman some french toast?!

    Talk Show Appearance

    (9/29/18) Rachael Ray - syndicated

    Oct 01, 2018: Michael Weatherly

    The CW Developing Suburban Drama ‘Ruthless’ From Michael Weatherly

    (9/28/18) The CW has put in development drama Ruthless from Bull star Michael Weatherly and his Solar Drive Productions and CBS Television Studios.

    Written by George Olson, Ruthless centers on an ex-CIA operative, desperate for a normal life after a decade spent as a government killing machine, and a slightly unhinged teenage girl craving an escape from the mundane, who are forced into an unlikely alliance. Together, they begin to expose the dark secrets of their idyllic suburb as the former assassin helps her gleeful protégé survive tenth grade without a body count.

    Olson executive produces with Weatherly. CBS Television Studios, where Weatherly and his Solar Drive are under an overall deal, is the studio.

    Weatherly currently stars in the title role in the CBS/TV Studios’ Bull, which just launched its third season. Before that he co-starred as Tony DiNozzo on the first 13 seasons of veteran CBS/CBS TV Studios drama NCIS.

    This development season, via his Solar Drive Productions, Weatherly also has detective drama MIA set at CBS, which he executive producers alongside fellow NCIS alum Cote de Pablo.

    At the CW, Weatherly previously developed a much buzzed-about dystopian Little Women reboot via his CBS TV Studios deal.

    Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo Developing CBS Cop Drama MIA

    (8/28/18) Christmas just came early for fans of NCIS‘ “Tiva.”

    Series alumni Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo are reuniting to develop the drama series MIA at CBS.

    The project centers on a newly minted homicide detective who is assigned to a by-the-book partner in Miami, but she struggles to keep her personal entanglements with her final undercover assignment from jeopardizing her future.

    Though Weatherly and de Pablo will not be starring in the potential series, they are attached to executive-produce alongside Shepard Boucher (Riverdale), who will also write the script.

    Weatherly and de Pablo ended their respective NCIS runs as Tony DiNozzo and Ziva David in 2016 and 2013. Since exiting the series, Weatherly has gone on to play the title character in CBS’ Bull, which enters its third season on Monday, Sept. 24; de Pablo has appeared in the religiously-tinged drama The Dovekeepers and the 2016 TV movie Prototype.

    Laura Wright Proves Age Is Nothing But a Number With Inspirational Message to Fans

    (7/16/18) Daytime star Laura Wright was in the middle of enjoying her summer vacation from playing Carly on GENERAL HOSPITAL but she took time out to celebrate getting older and issue a challenge to her fans! “To all my female friends of ‘age,'” she posted to Instagram. “Most of us are going through the next stage of our lives. We are at that age where we see the wrinkles, grey hair, extra pounds. Menopause has already shown up or just waiting around the corner. We see the pretty 25-year-olds and sigh. But we were 25, too, just like they will one day be our age.

    “What they bring to the table with their youth and zest for life, we bring with our wisdom, experience, and good hearts,” she continued. “For all we’ve been through earning each grey hair… raising kids, bills and ills, and whatever else life throws at us, we are survivors. We are warriors. We are women. Like a classic car or fine wine. While our exterior may not be what it once was, it is traded for our spirit, our courage, and our strength to enter this chapter of our lives with grace and pride for all we’ve been through and accomplished. Never feel bad about getting older. It is a privilege denied to many.”

    She then challenged her female fans to copy and paste her status with their own picture and age, proudly adding that she herself is turning 48 in September. And proving that age is nothing but a number, Wright has found a new lease on life happily finding love with GH castmate Wes Ramsey (Peter) after her divorce and continuing to raise her two beautiful children, Lauren and John. And don’t forget starring as Carly Corinthos on GH where she continues to earn critical acclaim and Daytime Emmy nominations (taking home the gold in 2011)! Wright is not only aging gracefully, but gorgeously. Such an inspiriation!

    GENERAL HOSPITAL's Laura Wright and Wes Ramsey Have a Blast in THE KITCHEN

    (4/12/18) Fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL already know that Laura Wright and Wes Ramsey are great actors from their work as Carly Corinthos and Peter August on the daytime soap, but now they’ll find out if they’re actually any good in the kitchen! The real-life couple are scheduled to appear on THE KITCHEN on the Food Network on Saturday, April 14 at 11 a.m. ET! “So fun!” Wright declared on Instagram, urging fans to tune in to see them.

    Ramsey added: “Our first cooking show! LOL! So fun!” In the episode, titled “Let’s Do Lunch,” hosts Sunny Anderson, Katie Lee, Jeff Mauro, and Geoffrey Zakarian will be sharing some delicious new ideas for lunch. Wright and Ramsey will be acting as special sous chefs as Anderson makes a Lemon Teriyaki Chicken and Rice Bowl. (And if you miss that airing, it will be rebroadcast on Sunday, April 15, at 1 p.m. ET and Monday, April 16 at 12 p.m. ET!)

    A sous chef is someone who is second in command in the kitchen, ranking just below the executive chef. Which is basically just a fancy way of saying that Wright and Ramsey will be acting as assistants to Anderson as she cooks up her dish. So make sure you tune in to see how they do!

    Laura Wright: "I Never Imagined I'd Be Living With My Boyfriend," Wes Ramsey

    (3/15/18) ( A year ago, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Laura Wright (Carly) wasn’t even thinking about romance, but everything changed when she was reintroduced to fellow actor Wes Ramsey (Peter) at a Daytime Emmy party in April of 2017! “This time last year, I certainly never imagined I’d be living with my boyfriend,” she confided to Soaps In Depth. “I couldn’t even imagine what having a boyfriend would look like!”

    After going through a divorce a few years ago, Wright admitted she was “in a dark place” and fought to find happiness, and now she’s discovered new love with Ramsey, who she used to work with on GUIDING LIGHT where she played Cassie and he was Sam. In fact, the two lovebirds are now sharing a place together in West Hollywood!

    “I’m not 25,” Wright laughed. “I didn’t need to sleep on it. And we know how lucky we are to have this, so there’s a lot of gratitude. There’s a lot of respect… and a lot of self-love. I don’t need him to complete me. So our time together is just about enjoying the moment and not trying to fix each other.”

    The GH star also shares a house with her kids, John (17) and Lauren (19), in Santa Ynez, but loves spending quality time with her new beau. “We love to hike and we love the ocean, sunsets, and going to the movies,” she revealed. “And right now, we’re reading The Fountainhead — he reads to me every morning. Yeah, he’s that guy!”

    With all the stress and drama of real life, including work, bills, and everything else, it’s important to find and appreciate those special moments together. “We still have hurdles, walls, and things life throws at us,” Wright declared. “When I have 10 other things I think I need to do, I make the decision — ‘I’m going to sit here and listen to you read me this story.’ To slow down, be in the moment, and be together is a choice Wes and I make every day.”


    (2/23/18) GH’s Donnell Turner (Curtis) and Laura Wright (Carly) will appear on WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE on Wednesday, February 28. Both are playing for worthy causes, Turner for Autism Speaks and Wright for One Simple Wish, an organization with the mission of spreading love, hope and joy to children affected by foster care, abuse and neglect. Check local listings!

    Laura Wright Is "Obsessed" With a New Fitness Challenge!

    (1/16/18) ( Viewers of GENERAL HOSPITAL are used to seeing Laura Wright looking amazing when she’s on screen as Carly Corinthos, and the actress has not been shy about sharing her fitness journey, and has now embarked upon the 80 Day Obsession challenge, urging her fans to join her! “Hell yeah!” she posted to her Instagram. “January 15, #TeamLaura is getting Obsessed!” She also added hashtags to remind that “you can have everything you want in life” and “it’s up to you.” Fans can reach out to the actress for coaching and advice by E-mailing her at

    At the start of the 80-day challenge, Wright celebrated by sharing a very cheerful selfie. “Day one of 80 down!” she posted. “Clearly, I’m really happy about it! Food on point — meal prepping and answering your E-mails!”

    The day before beginning the challenge, Wright opened up on Instagram about how you can’t let age get in the way of achieving your goals. “I have so many people asking me can they make huge changes,” Wright shared. “They say, ‘But I’m 42-44,’ ‘I’m over 50.’ Well, I’m 47, and Team Laura starts an 80-day nutrition and workout challenge tomorrow, so you know what I say. Hell yeah! You can have whatever you want.”

    While the 80 days have already begun, we’re sure Wright wouldn’t mind adding a few more people to Team Laura. She’s been happily advocating the Beachbody programs for a while now, and just by looking at her, it’s clear that amazing results are achievable!

    Laura Wright Reveals How She Met Boyfriend Wes Ramsey!

    (12/6/17) ( Carly’s relationship with Sonny on GENERAL HOSPITAL may be a little volatile, but her portrayer, actress Laura Wright, has found a fabulous new love with boyfriend Wes Ramsey! The two were co-stars back on GUIDING LIGHT in the early 2000’s, but hadn’t seen each other for years until the 2017 Daytime Emmys brought them back together!

    “We knew each other back in the day,” Wright confided to Soaps In Depth, but we hadn’t seen each other or talked until we ran into each other at an Emmy party on April 26. I was joking around with Donnell Turner (Curtis) about the line at the bar and Wesley turned around. I was like, ‘Oh my God! What’s up?’ And that was it.”

    Wright has been single for a few years after separating from her husband, John, with whom she has two children, Lauren and John. But the time was right and fate stepped in to bring her a brand new love! The actress loves sharing photos of her life on her Instagram, and made her new relationship with Ramsey public with a beautiful post just a month later, in May.

    “There were times I was out with him and people would ask for a picture of me, and then they’d see him and react,” Wright explained. “One person was like, ‘That’s not your husband!’ I’m not married. So I thought, ‘I’m just going to end this.’ Plus, I’m big on social media. I’m an open book, so it was just a matter of time.”

    Since that first introductory post, Wright has shared plenty of romantic photos of herself with her new beau on Instagram, and you can see some highlights in this super sweet video!

    Wright and Ramsey were co-stars back in the day on GL, and now they’re castmates once again on GH with his recent addition to the soap’s cast as Peter August. Whether the two will share many scenes together in Port Charles remains to be seen, but stay tuned to find out!

    FB Live Q&A: Laura Wright & Steve Burton

    (11/9/17) FB Live Q&A: Laura Wright & Steve Burton: Video.

    Michael Weatherly and Anne Heche recall soap opera days

    (10/17/17) ( While Michael Weatherly began his career on The Cosby Show as Theo Huxtable’s roommate, the New York City native broke out on daytime soap operas Loving and spinoff The City as Cooper Alden from 1992-1996.

    Now headlining top-rated primetime series Bull, Weatherly remembers those frothy days fondly. Recalling his days as a soap playboy to Postmedia Network, the 49-year-old hunk says: “Kelly Ripa and I were compadre – she was on All My Children at the time playing Hayley Vaughan. I look back at that time as very instructive in terms of how TV was made and how the entertainment/PR world worked as a whole. It was a valuable learning experience.”

    Not a lot has changed since the bespectacled blonde heartthrob became a mainstream success after his breakout turns on Dark Angel and NCIS. “Fame and success won’t mean anything if you’re not inside of the experience,” Weatherly notes. “Try to have fun with the people you are working with. In that respect, nothing’s really changed since Loving – except I just have better scripts now! If you’re just trying to make money or be a famous person, you’re going to be deeply unfilled.”

    Heche concurs to Postmedia Network. “I loved my time on Another World." What did she learn? “Show up on time. Know your lines. Take risks. And trust yourself.”

    In fact, the lesson paid off: she scored a Daytime Emmy Award as Outstanding Younger Actress in 1991 playing twins Vicky and Marley Love on the popular soap.

    But the 48-year-old stunner couldn’t make it to the award show ceremony because she had departed the soap world to pursue the bright lights of Hollywood and was on set filming O Pioneers! opposite Jessica Lange.

    So where does she keep the golden hardware?

    “My agent has my Emmy in her office,” she says with a laugh. “I couldn’t believe I won an Emmy and had such an impact on the industry. I didn’t have a lot of self-worth back then. If I won an Emmy now, it would be different. But now since my partner, James Tupper’s show Big Little Lies won an Emmy for [Outstanding Limited Drama Series], my kids want my Emmy at home. Or I'll have to win another one!”

    Heche’s career trajectory would have been further along had education not interfered. The Ohio native was initially cast on As the World Turns but her mother wanted her to finish high school first. After she graduated, she landed AW. "And then I was still told I couldn't go,” she recounts. “My mother was very religious and I think she thought soaps were a sinner’s world. But I got on the phone and said, 'Send me the ticket. I’m getting on the plane.' I was like, 'Bye!'”

    And the rest is history.

    Talk Show Appearance


    Tuesday, Oct. 3 - Michael Weatherly

    Talk Show Appearance

    (9/15/17) LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, syndicated

    Tu 9/26: Michael Weatherly

    Laura Wright Is Crazy About New Boyfriend Wes Ramsey and We Love Them Together

    (8/25/17) ( (Pic) Back at the end of May, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Laura Wright (Carly) went public with her new romance to actor Wes Ramsey and her fans fell in love. Fans of the actress from her GUIDING LIGHT days might recognize her new beau, because he played Sam Spencer on the beloved CBS sudser during that time.

    Wright has been sharing photos of their developing romance on her Instagram, documenting date nights, Fourth of July holidays, and more. And although she didn’t share it at the time, Wright eventually used #FlashbackFriday to share with her fans a look at their very first date, which she called the best ever!

    During her family vacation to Italy this summer, the actress shared an older photo of her and Ramsey declaring “Loving Florence, missin’ this rock star” and at the end of the trip another captioned: “So ready to play with this handsome fella.” They’re clearly wildly happy together.

    Laura Wright Shares the Surprisingly Affordable Secret to Her Gorgeous Curly Hair!

    (8/16/17) Daytime star Laura Wright (Carly) has gorgeous blonde, curly hair, but on GENERAL HOSPITAL, you’ll nearly always see her with a sleek, stylish ‘do. And the reason why is because of something the actress learned all the way back when she was playing Cassie on CBS sudser GUIDING LIGHT. “Back then, I had it in my contract that no one could tell me how to do my hair,” she confided to Soaps In Depth. “I know it’s a stupid thing, but they kept blowing out my hair, so I had to put it in my contract.”

    However, when John Conboy came aboard as the new executive producer, he was shocked to learn that she’d been given that kind of power and pointed out to Wright that while her luxurious mane certainly looked amazing, it was distracting from her performance! “He said, ‘I love your hair like that,’” she recalled, “‘But it’s all I’m looking at. It’s so big and so beautiful it’s like a hair commercial — I’m not paying attention to anything you’re saying. No one is.’ And he was so right!”

    So while the GH hair stylists will blow out her hair, in her day-to-day life, Wright embraces her natural curls and leaves her hair wild and free. Of course, that’s not to say she doesn’t need to use product, and the actress shared her secret on Instagram for her fans who also have curly hair. Surprisingly, it’s not a high-end expensive salon product, either — It’s Garnier Fructis Curl Sculpt Conditioning Cream Gel!

    “So many of you have asked me what product I use when my hair is curly,” she posted to Instagram. “Well, here it is. You can find this in any drugstore. How much you use depends on your hair and how you want it to look. I apply and then twist the curls the way I want them to go. I let it dry then I mess it up and make it big and fun! We can own our curls!”

    And fans were delighted by the recommendation, reporting back that they’d given the conditioning gel a try and the results were fantastic! “I’ve tried everything,” commented one, “but this definitely has my curls looking good! Thank you for sharing!”

    No matter how Wright does her hair, she looks gorgeous. Whether it’s curly, straight, long, short, up or down, she never looks bad.

    Laura Wright Opens up About Her Divorce and New Romance!

    (6/22/17) ( There’s no getting around it — GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Laura Wright went through the ringer when she and her husband, John, decided to separate after 20 years of marriage.

    Two years after their separation, the friendly exes made the split official in the spring of 2016 and Wright was ready to face whatever life throws at her. “It's been such a journey of the marriage ending and having to walk as a single woman again,” marveled the actress, opening up about her experience to Soaps In Depth. “I'm so excited to share and talk about things, because my biggest thing is I want to be a resource to other people.

    “We're all going to have painful things happen in life,” Wright continued. “It’s about whether or not you sit in the suffering. There are so many ways to work through that. Even a conversation can help — because the ones I had with people helped me! Every little bit helps.”

    Wright and her husband were married on October 7, 1995, and had two beautiful children together: Lauren (18) and John (16). The proud mom recently celebrated Lauren’s graduation from Santa Ynez Valley High School.

    Immediately following the divorce, Wright insisted that she was enjoying having some “me time” as a single lady. “I have a big picture of what I want from life now,” she declared, “and I’m still discovering things I like. I don’t want to be distracted by instant gratification or an old pattern of needing attention.”

    But nearly a year later, on May 29, Wright posted a photo on her Instagram introducing her fans to the new man in her life, former GUIDING LIGHT castmate Wes Ramsey (Sam) using hashtags like “#lifeisbeautiful” and “#newbeginnings.”

    Wright confided that her divorce was amicable, and she and John still co-parent their teenage children. “He’s still my best friend,” she revealed. “He’s an amazing father. We’re great parents and we do it together.”

    The actress seems to have found a way to have it all — love, family, and a career — and she couldn’t be happier. “All of this came from me climbing back up from my marriage ending,” Wright concluded. “It was sad and difficult to go, ‘Now What, Laura?’ But it turns out “Now what’ is freaking awesome! I’m learning so much about who I am!”

    Daytime Emmys Agnes Nixon Tribute (Extended Version)

    (6/16/17) (Video) The iconic creator of All My Children and One Life to Live, Agnes Nixon, is honored in this tribute to her career, her legacy, and the soap operas she made famous by many of the actors who played beloved characters within them including: Erika Slezak, Thorsten Kaye, Michael E. Knight, Peter Bergman, Kim Delaney, Eden Riegel, Robert S. Woods, Darnell Williams, Cameron Mathison, Brynn Thayer and Andrea Evans.

    Produced by Michael Fairman, with deep respect, appreciation, and love for Agnes, the cast of AMC and OLTL, and the fans, The Michael Channel brings you this one-of-a-kind special retrospective.

    The shorter version of this retrospective appeared on the 44th Annual Daytime Emmys Ceremonies this past April.

    Morgan Fairchild To DAYS!

    (5/12/17) Soap vet Morgan Fairchild (ex-Sydney, THE CITY et al) has been tapped to play Anjelica Deveraux on DAYS and will begin airing this summer. “I was thrilled to get to work with great folks like Deidre Hall [Marlena] and Judi Evans [Adrienne] on an iconic show like DAYS OF OUR LIVES,” she tells Digest exclusively. “What a joy and what fun to come into work each day! We had a great time, I now have 2 new best friends and I hope the audience loves our storyline!” The character, previously played by Jane Elliot (ex-Tracy, GH) and Judith Chapman (Gloria, Y&R), as well as Shelley Taylor Morgan (ex-Lorena, GH), was last seen in Salem in 1991. Anjelica shares a son, Alexander, with Justin, and was Jack’s stepmother.

    Inside the life of 'All My Children' creator Agnes Nixon

    (3/22/17) ( For over four decades, murder, deceit, kidnappings and all kinds of hysteria ensued. It was small-town America portrayed in a sensational way against the backdrop of a more innocent time.

    It was pre-social media, before skyrocketing divorce rates, and before bad behavior was celebrated or rewarded.

    All across America, people were glued to their television sets, living vicariously through someone else’s naughty or scandalous lives on the soap operas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." The muscle and brains behind these shows? A devout Catholic, wife and mother of four: creator Agnes Nixon.

    Nixon completed her memoir, "My Life to Live," in September 2016 but it is just being released today. In her heartfelt book, she opened up about her Irish roots and the lessons she learned about working outside the home from the women in her family. Those lessons would help Nixon forge ahead during a time in television when men ruled the airwaves.

    Nixon also revealed where many of her characters and plots came from; one in particular came out of the heartbreak of losing her first love in World War II.

    Two days after writing the final words in her book, Nixon died peacefully in her sleep. She was 93.

    “Agnes lived beyond the boundaries of the norm,” Judith Light, who won two Daytime Emmys for her role on "One Life to Live," told ABC News. “She was one of the relatively few of that era who was leading the way and changing the dynamic in the world for women. When I was in her presence she exuded self-confidence and was the personification of grace and gentility with an unmistakable power surging beneath.”

    Before Nixon created "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," she worked as a writer at the soap opera "Guiding Light." According to her memoir, Nixon wrote a storyline in the early-1960s surrounding early detection of uterine cancer with a Pap test after she lost a friend to cancer.

    "Guiding Light" executives were outraged, but Nixon stood her ground. She was eventually granted permission to write the storyline, but was forbidden from using the words cancer, uterus or hysterectomy in her scripts. Nixon’s story, one the first involving cancer on television, resonated with millions of women, who, after watching the show, scheduled Pap tests.

    “Agnes changed the world for woman although I don’t think she set out to do that,” Light said. “She simply owned herself and knew she was good? She just happened to be a woman in a time when woman were generally not expected to create big things. I will always be grateful to Agnes Nixon for creating this place that changed not only my career, but also my life.”

    In 1968, Nixon created her own soap opera, "One Life to Live," and after a year, ABC executives asked Nixon to develop another soap opera. Little did they know, sitting in the bottom drawer of Nixon’s desk was an outline for a show she had already written, she wrote in her memoir.

    ABC quickly gave the show the green light, and "All My Children," which became one of the most popular soaps of all time, was born.

    As the January 1970 "All My Children" premiere date approached, panic set in for Nixon, she wrote in her memoir. She still did not have an actress to play the determined, teenage bad girl, Erica Kane.

    Casting directors went across the country looking for an actress, but were having no success until they met Susan Lucci, then 23. Immediately, a videotape of Lucci’s audition was sent to Nixon’s home. Nixon admitted in her memoir she had failed at conjuring up an image of who Erica Kane was, until she saw Lucci.

    “She made such an impression on me because that was the first time I saw a woman with designer clothes on,” Lucci, now 70, told ABC News. “She embodied a successful woman in business in New York. You could clearly see she was the woman in charge, and an artist at the same time.”

    After Lucci stepped into the role of Erica Kane, Nixon told a number of important stories through the character. One of those came in 1973, shortly after the Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade, affirming a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion, when Erica had television's first legal abortion. Audiences were divided, but Nixon didn't mind the criticism.

    "There was no preaching," Lucci said of Nixon's stories. "She was too busy to preach. She told stories and told everybody's point of view. She was inclusive."

    In addition to abortion, Erica also helped tell stories about rape and addiction. And, when Nixon wanted to tell the story of a lesbian "coming out," she wrote that she knew it had to be Erica's daughter, Bianca.

    Nixon was praised for the honest portrayal of how a parent deals with their child's sexuality. The storyline eventually resulted in America’s first lesbian kiss on daytime TV.

    Nixon said her storytelling philosophy was "make 'em laugh, make 'em cry, make 'em wait," something she credited to the days of vaudeville. While telling socially relevant stories on "All My Children," Nixon also infused glamour, adventure and a lot of romance.

    One of the most popular love stories in the history of “All My Children” was the one of Angie Baxter and Jesse Hubbard, played by Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams.

    Angie and Jesse were African-American teenagers from opposite sides of the tracks who fell in love. The audience rooted for them and could not get enough of their love story. It was another benchmark for Nixon. Angie and Jesse were daytime's first African-American “supercouple.”

    The love between Angie and Jesse remained part of the "All My Children” fabric for decades. Through their story, the actor who played Jesse, Darnell Williams, formed a close bond with Nixon. From the time they met, Williams says he remembers Nixon’s being very helpful, supportive and warm.

    "She was a perfect blend of corporate, arts and humanity," Williams said. "What I'll miss the most about Agnes is that warm, beautifully embracing Irish smile of hers. It was always like family."

    In 1995, after thousands of episodes and countless cliffhangers, new characters captured the attention of daytime viewers: those associated with the O.J. Simpson trial. From January through October, the twists and turns of a real-life murder mystery, involving one of the most celebrated athletes of all time, kept viewers on the edge of their seats and eclipsed the popularity of the scripted soap opera.

    In the first three months of 1995, at least a million fewer households tuned in to the soap operas from the previous year. Additionally, new talk shows were debuting at warp speed and an increasingly number of cable channels gave people more options for programming. Soap operas never recovered in the ratings.

    Finally, after more than four decades, on April 14, 2011, ABC canceled "All My Children" and "One Life to Live."

    Nixon wrote in her memoir that to distract herself from the painful news, she looked at the Lifetime Achievement Emmy statuette given to her in 1992. The base was inscribed: “Agnes Nixon introduced social relevance to Daytime, and at the same time changed traditional storytelling.”

    Nixon suffered a stroke a year after the cancellations. While her body failed, Nixon’s son, Bob, a documentary film maker, says her mind was as sharp as ever.

    “The shows may have been canceled, but all of those lives and characters were running through her head constantly,” he told ABC News. “Ag was determined to make the most of her time on Earth. She thought she had God-given gifts and worked tirelessly to benefit others. She always said life was like a brief candle.”

    Lucci added: “She was an original. What I’m going to miss the most is being able to talk to her.”

    It’s hard to believe so much scandal, impropriety and mischief came from a woman who attended mass regularly, lived a conservative life and was married only once for 45 years until her husband’s death in 1996. If Nixon thought life was simply a brief candle, her flame was one of the most illuminating of all.

    Agnes Nixon’s memoir, "My Life to Live," is available now.

    Agnes Nixon’s upcoming memoir describes creation of Erica Kane

    (3/4/17) My Life to Live: How I Became the Queen of Soaps When Men Ruled the Airwaves: Hardcover, Kindle.

    Agnes Nixon, the late creator of classic soaps “One Life To Live” and “All My Children,” describes creating the character Erica Kane and says Susan Lucci was born to play the role in an upcoming posthumous book.

    She wrote in “My Life to Live: How I Became the Queen of Soaps When Men Ruled the Airwaves” that “Susan Lucci was Erica Kane. It wasn’t just her beauty; it was her ability to transmit to the screen the essence of the character.”

    Carol Burnett writes in the foreword, “I became an ‘All My Children’ fan when Erica Kane was on her first marriage ... I was as sad and mad as everyone else when ‘AMC’ was canceled. It could’ve gone on for 42 more years!” The book, published by Crown Archetype, is out March 21.

    My Life to Live: How I Became the Queen of Soaps When Men Ruled the Airwaves: Hardcover, Kindle.

    From the Emmy-winning creator and writer of All My Children and One Life to Live, a memoir of her trailblazing rise to the top of the television industry, including behind-the-scenes stories from some of the most beloved soaps of all time

    Before there was Erica Kane, Adam Chandler, or Victoria Lord, there was Agnes Nixon, a young girl who dreamed up stories for paper dolls. Those tales she imagined--ones filled with ambitions, rivalries, and romances--would soon parallel her own path to success. In a memoir filled with as much drama as the soaps she penned, Nixon shares her journey from Nashville to New York City, as she overcomes the loss of her fiancé in World War II, a father intent on crushing her writing dreams, and the jealousy of her male colleagues on her way to becoming one of the most successful names in television.

    While fans will delight in Nixon’s own incredible life, they will also love her behind-the-scenes insight into her most popular shows. Inside, she shares the inspiration for Erica Kane and how she cast Susan Lucci in the role; an excerpt from the never-before-seen All My Children story bible; entertaining anecdotes about her shows’ beloved casts and special guests, including Carol Burnett, Kelly Ripa, Oprah Winfrey, and Warren Buffett; and more.

    But My Life to Live is also a portrait of a pioneer. Driven to use her ratings power for good, Nixon fought and broke network taboos by wrestling with controversial social issues ranging from women’s health, interracial relationships, and the Vietnam War to drug addiction, LGBT rights, and AIDS. By infusing her characters with sensitivity, humor, and humanity, she enabled millions to examine an opposite point of view. And long before Shonda Rhimes launched a golden age of female showrunners, Agnes Nixon positioned ABC to become the media giant it is today. She is a true television legend, and her candid and inspiring glimpse behind the curtain of the television industry will charm soap fans and story lovers alike.

    “I owe my career to Agnes Nixon, who was not only a brilliant creator and writer, but also my friend. My Life to Live is full of wonderful, evocative stories from her life and career that even I hadn’t heard. And in typical Agnes fashion, her storytelling is full of humanity, social relevance and delicious humor! I know that her legions of fans will treasure it as much as I do.” —Susan Lucci

    "Aggie Nixon is the only person I've ever known whom I didn't say awful things about. And much to my dismay, her memoir did nothing to change that. Unforgivable." —Larry David

    “[Agnes’s] career wasn’t easy to come by…. We know she won, but the story of her ups and downs make this book a true page-turner.” —Carol Burnett, from the foreword

    My Life to Live: How I Became the Queen of Soaps When Men Ruled the Airwaves: Hardcover, Kindle.

    Amelia Heinle and Thad Luckinbill to Divorce After 10 Years of Marriage

    (3/2/17) ( "Young and the Restless" star Amelia Heinle and Thad Luckinbill are divorcing after 10 years of marriage, TooFab has learned.

    According to court documents obtained by TooFab, Luckinbill filed for the split in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, citing "irreconcilable differences."

    Heinle, who plays central role of Victoria Newman on the top-rated CBS soap, began dating Luckinbill when he was playing JT Hellstrom on the show from 1999-2010. The couple wed in March 2007.

    In an ironic twist of life imitating art, Heinle and Luckinbill's characters on the show became a couple, had a child and then split. Their characters' son Reed Hellstrom (played by newcomer Tristan Lake Leabu) just returned to the "Y&R" canvas as a teenager, leading to speculation by fans that Luckinbill's JT might also return to the series.

    Heinle and Luckinbill share two children -- Thaddeus, age 10, and Georgia, age 8.

    Luckinbill is seeking joint custody of the children and is asking the court to "reserve for future determination the issue of spousal support," according to the filing.

    She was previously married to "NCIS" star Michael Weatherly, whom she also shares a son named August. Weatherly and Heinle met while they were both starring as Coop and Steffy on ABC's now-defunct soap "Loving."

    The actress just won her second Emmy this past year for her role as Victoria on "Y&R," which she's played since 2005. Luckinbill is most recently listed as an executive producer of the award-winning "La La Land," which almost won Best Picture during the Oscar fail heard around the world.

    Amelia Heinle and Thad Luckinbill Expand Their Family — See the Adorable Pic!

    (2/18/17) (Pic) Congratulations to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Amelia Heinle (Victoria) and her husband, Thad Luckinbill (ex-J.T.), who welcomed a new addition to their family — a beautiful little puppy dog!

    “The newest member of the Luckinbill family!” Heinle tweeted. “We need a name!”

    Fans online responded with plenty of suggestions, like “Red,” “Lucky,” “Rusty,” or “Charlie” for the little pooch. And Heinle’s Y&R castmate Melissa Ordway (Abby) simply tweeted, “Sooooo cute!!!”

    Heinle and Luckinbill have two children together, son Thad Jr., 9, and daughter Georgia, 7, and the actress has also shared plenty of pictures of their dog, Walter, on Instagram.

    The little guy is just adorable, and we can’t wait to find out which name they pick — and to see more cute puppy pics in the future!

    Update: He has been named Rufus.

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    1. The View is produced in the former Ryan's Hope/Loving/The City studio at ABC and they use parts of The City's loft for their set and All My Children is still there next door.

    2. The actors who played Cooper and Steffi were married in real life. Cooper (Michael Weatherly) and Steffi (Amelia Heinle) have been divorced a number of years now, and have one son named August. Michael was later engaged to Jessica Alba, of Dark Angel fame, but that dissolved.

    3. Most cancelled shows end all plots, but at the end of The City, it was shown that serial killer Molly Malone/Sandra Carlson killed Sydney Chase, and would probably kill again. I also have a question for you. Do you have any tapes of The City or Loving, or do you know of anybody that does?

    4. In 1995, Loving made history as it morphed into The City. To facilitate the change, the show had character Gwynneth Alden murder several members of her family. Frightened Corinth residents hightailed it to SoHo, NY to begin the City on November 13, 1995.

    5. Daytime talk show The View used Sydney Chase's loft set from The City until its fifth season

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