Warning: This page may contain spoilers.
Meet the new Spencer Cassadine!
Jeanne Cooper of the Young and the Restless, has passed
Her son, Corbin Bernsen (ex-Carly's father on GH), wrote on his Facebook page:
"My mother passed away this morning just a short time ago, peaceful with my sister by her side, in her sleep. I was going to visit this afternoon, thought I had time. Reminder to self - time is a precious thing. I too am at peace however. I said my goodbyes several times over during the last few weeks. I'll go one last time now for a gentle kiss a final farewell for this lifetime. She has been a blaze her entire life, that beacon, that boxer I spoke of earlier. She went the full twelve rounds and by unanimous decision... won!
And while her light finally gave into the wind that gives flight to all our journeys, there will always be a glimmer left behind by what she stood for. I will speak about that more in coming days, months I suppose. I will certainly dedicate what remains of my life to continue her purpose of honesty, equality, humility, empathy and love. So many of you have said your prayers for her and right now, today, I can say the best way to honor her is to inhabit your lives with those things she stood for. I would ask that closer friends respectfully give us some time to find our family's path in this transition, and please limit calls, emails and the rest for a couple of days."
"As always, your outpouring of love here on this page, is not only welcomed to continue but truly appreciated and comforting. I asked my sister what time she passed exactly, and she told me (not to important for public record) but I was working out and just happened to pick out a song for my final moments on the treadmill - "Everlasting Light" by the Black Keys. Oh what a wonder it all is... what a magnificence!"
Cooper was 84 years of age. Rest in peace, grand lady. 5/8/13
ABC has issued a statement in response to the lawsuit Prospect Park filed last week seeking damages from the network, which it claims has undermined its efforts to successfully relaunch AMC and OLTL. “ABC remains very supportive of the on line launch of both ONE LIFE TO LIVE and ALL MY CHILDREN. With respect to Prospect Park’s lawsuit, we believe the claims are baseless and we will defend them vigorously in court and not the press.”
In an Apparent Temper Tantrum to the Extreme, Prospect Park Sues ABC For $25M Over ‘All My Children’ & ‘One Life To Live’ Licensing Agreement.
TOLN/PP filed a breach of contract lawsuit against ABC, (read it HERE) which licensed the shows two years ago to Prospect Park, the company of Jeff Kwatinetz and former Walt Disney studios president Rich Frank. In the complaint, which was filed with the LA Superior Court, Prospect Park claims that ABC has been breaking the licensing agreement and sabotaging Prospect Park’s efforts to continue AMC and OLTL online. Requesting a jury trial, the suit seeks damages of at least $25 million from Disney-owned ABC. ABC had no comment.
Deadine Hollywood broke the story.
Watch all new episodes of, "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" beginning April 29th on Hulu Plus, iTunes and FREE on Hulu.com.
Canadians can view them on FX Canada.
See the latest preview trailers below.
Cast members, head writer and executive producer of General Hospital attended The Paley Center for Media presentation of
General Hospital: Celebrating 50 years and Looking Forward' on April 12, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.
Ron Carlivati shared at the end of the panel, “There is a new person coming to town that is connected to one of these people up here, and he or she will really shake things up!”
OLTL and AMC Spoilers!
As many of you know, All My Children and One Life to Live are both premiering with all new episodes on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes on Monday, April 29th. Here are some spoilers to whet your appetite!
ALL MY CHILDREN
4/29 A Pine Valley resident vows vengeance.
Jesse plans a surprise. As a fast car takes a son home.
Pete spots something that will change everything.
4/30 A Pine Valley legend returns.
Who learns something has gone terribly wrong?
Dixie sits vigil.
5/1 An ex-con learns who helped him.
Jesse gets big news.
Cara fears the truth will come out.
5/2 AJ helps Miranda out of a tight situation.
After a year and half, we finally learn the answer to an age-old question: Which character dies today?
ONE LIFE TO LIVE
4/29 One Life to Live is back! Find out what fan favorites Viki, Dorian, Todd, Blair, Tea, Bo, Nora, and all the OLTL residents have been up to since we last took a visit to Llanview. What surprises are in store in the blockbuster first episode?
4/30 How will the Llanview residents cope after the surprising turn of events at Shelter’s premiere?
Viki and Dorian’s historic feud begins a new chapter.
Two longstanding characters are shell shocked yet again by something surprising.
5/1 Todd tries to understand Dani, who he hasn’t seen in a year.
Dorian takes action to protect herself.
Nora tries to convince Matthew to take responsibility for his actions.
5/2 Who pulls a fast one on Dorian?
Tea explains exactly what happened with her baby.
Todd tries to make amends.
5/3 In One Life to Live’s first ever behind-the-scenes show, interact with your favorite OLTL stars as they discuss this week’s hot topics and take a closer look at the big events in Llanview from the past four days.
General Hospital is seeking a young, beautiful African American actress of 16 or 17 to play a major recurring role. She is described as "a real spitfire. Does some bad things, but underneath there is a big heart." The casting call indicates that the role could become contract.
Due to Lack of Time, These Two Scenes
Were Deleted From the April 5th Nurses Ball Episode
PARADE Celebrates 50 Years of 'General Hospital' — Anthony Geary (Luke)
PARADE Celebrates 50 Years of 'General Hospital' — Anthony Geary (Luke)
PARADE Celebrates 50 Years of 'General Hospital' — Genie Francis (Laura)
The New York Stock Exchange honored GH's 50th Anniversary by inviting the head writer, executive producer and cast members to ring in the opening bell, on Monday, April 1st.
A Brutally Honest, yet Amusing Interview with Tony Geary, Jane Elliot and Kin Shriner
TV Guide Magazine: It's such a joy to have the old guard back together on GH these days. Jane, I saw you on Access Hollywood asking a great question: "Why did these people ever go away?"
Elliot: I'll tell you why! It's a writing issue. Writers dry up. They can't think of a place to go with the older characters. It's easier for them to do an old story with a new character than do a new story with an old character.
Geary: And let us not forget that writers get residuals for every new character they create as long as that character is on the air.
Elliot: It's my belief that The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful are the highest-rated shows because they use the same people decade after decade. That's what this audience wants to see — their old characters in new situations. And that's what our current executive producer and head writer, Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati, are delivering.
Geary: Usually, new producers and writers want to put their stamp on a show. They don't want to continue what's working. They want to reinvent the wheel. It's an ego thing. And once they've gotten rid of characters that were well known and deeply loved, they think they can create that same magic with new characters. Frank and Ron did the exact opposite and it saved our ass. Things were pretty rough there for a while, but they got better as soon as [ABC Daytime chief] Brian Frons left. He hated the soap medium. He hated it from the beginning. He wanted reality TV.
Shriner: It's weird how it all changed overnight. Everybody was firing everybody. Brian fired [head writer] Bob Guza. Then [exec producer] Jill Phelps got fired. Then ABC fired Brian. "You're fired!" "No, you're fired!" It was crazy. But, then, out of the ashes came Frank and Ron.
Geary: The timing was so right.
This is just a very tiny excerpt of this not-to-be-missed interview. For the full article go to TVGuide.
Kirsten Storms on Access Hollywood, talks about GH's 50th, Julie Berman's departure, and more. -->
The Rumors Are True:
Lindsay Morgan OUT
"It is with a heavy heart I have to announce that my time at Port Charles has come to an end. I’m not sure where Kristina is headed next but it was a beyond amazing opportunity to portray her…be part of the Davis Girls…have the Corinthos’ passion and temper run though my veins and to witness history being made on this momentous show! I learned so much and am so grateful for the friendships I’ve made and experiences I’ve had. GH will always have a special place in my heart and I cannot thank y’all enough for tuning in loyally to watch me live my dream. But more importantly,
THANK Y’ALL for your endless love, letters, support, encouragement, kind words, even the little hello’s or a sweet smiley face…that love kept me going when I had difficulty navigating through Kristina’s and my own journey this past year. Whenever I felt lost, I never truly felt alone and for that, I am eternally gratefully. Thank you for your generosity. Thank you for your love. Thank you. Now keep watching GH!! The Nurses’ Ball is mere days away!!
All my love and see you on the next adventure."
--Lindsay Morgan, Facebook
Word is that the character of Kristina will exit when she decides to leave town.
Finola Hughes and Ian Buchanan
Five years will have elapsed in All My Children’s Pine Valley since J.R. Chandler fired a gun into a crowded party room. Over on One Life To Live, however, time has passed in real-time, likely because some of its characters have recently been living in Port Charles.
Above are the new official logos, and below, is the first official promo.
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson performing their first dance, Contemporary, on the season premiere of Dancing with The Stars
General Hospital is casting a new role for a male, 18-21, Caucasian. Very sexy, dynamic, charismatic. More info as it becomes available.
The Doctor is IN!
Chris Robinson (Dr. Rick Webber) has been added to the list of General Hospital vets returning for the soap's 50th anniversary. He first will air on April 1st.
Rick Webber was a sought after male back in the 70's and 80's on GH, one quarter of the ongoing and often darkly hilarious Rick/Monica/Alan/Lesley quad. Viewers will recall when we last saw him it was for a brief return in 2002. The writers turned him into a villain and killed him off, both angering and breaking the hearts of fans.
Robinson shared in TV Guide, "I could never have predicted I'd be rejoining the group but I guess anything is possible on a soap, even when you've been dead 10 years!" says Robinson, who was working in Arizona (where he now lives) on the western film "The Forsaken" when ABC paged him to return. "I looked pretty scruffy when I showed up at GH. I had long hair and a flavor saver on my chin because of the movie, so they tried to clean me up. They wanted me to look as much like Rick as possible, so they bring out this old photo they found in the files. It was me 35 years ago before I was cast on GH! I said, 'You want me to look like that?'"
But the makeover worked like a charm, according to Genie Francis. "I arrived at work and spotted this man across the soundstage and I'm thinking, 'Who is that? Who is that?' and I suddenly realize it's Chris! He looks absolutely fantastic, and it was so great to have him back."
Robinson isn't returning just to help celebrate the 50th. GH head writer Ron Carlivati also felt the need for damage control. "I grew up loving Rick and Monica — to me, as a young fan, they were what GH was all about — and I really wanted to find a way to bring Rick back despite his death. I also couldn't imagine Rick would do some of the horrible things he did in his last appearance. That wasn't the Rick Webber I remembered!"
"We did figure out a very surprising and appropriate way to incorporate him into the anniversary. There will be a nice, emotional payoff for the audience."
AMC & OLTL Debut Date Announced!
Prospect Park’s The Online Network (TOLN) announced today the highly-anticipated online debuts of the beloved long-running serial dramas All My Children and One Life to Live for Monday, April 29. With the date confirmed, millions of the shows’ fans and new viewers alike can plan to watch broadcast-quality versions of two of the most beloved franchises in history with easy access and for free.
“We thank the fans whose tenaciousness to see these shows return made this historical moment possible. We are determined to repay their support by delivering new and creatively groundbreaking episodes that both the fans, as well as legions of new viewers, will love. These viewers will absolutely embrace the flexibility HULU and iTunes provide to watch their shows anywhere, anytime,” said Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank, Prospect Park’s Partners. “The response and camaraderie of our cast and crew has been inspiring as we have all banded together to succeed in our mission; unencumbered by the creative constraints of traditional broadcast television, to deliver storylines, style and characters that are stronger, with more dimension than ever. Now with our launch date set in stone, we are ready to lead this historic return. To the fans we proclaim, your support counts now more than ever.”
Emmy Award winner Agnes Nixon, creative consultant for both programs and a soap opera pioneer, added: “I am so pleased that our dream of bringing these two series back to life is coming to fruition. I am grateful to Prospect Park for their unwavering commitment to this project and to the amazingly talented casts of All My Children and One Life to Live – their devotion to these franchises has made this moment possible. And to the fans – well, we wouldn’t be here without you.”
Brand new, 30-minute episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live will be available to stream online weekdays in HD (when available) via the free Hulu (www.hulu.com) service and to the millions of Hulu Plus subscribers watching on connected TVs, mobile phones, tables and PCs.
In addition, the iTunes Store will offer both series via iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV and Mac and PC, making these venerable dramas available in a new format that suits the viewing habits of the digital generation. Production began on All My Children February 25, and shooting will begin on One Life to Live March 18th. Both series are filmed in Stamford, Conn.
Breathing new life into the storied franchises, Prospect Park and TOLN will blend updated themes and fresh faces with the fan-favorite, Emmy-winning actors and writers who made these series must-watch viewing for legions of loyal fans.
Hulu is easy to use. Viewers can go to Hulu on a PC and click on a video to watch right away. Videos are available for unlimited streaming, for free (users only need a Flash-enabled computer and an Internet connection to enjoy). Viewers can watch their favorite One Life to Live and All My Children episodes and clips over and over again for free. Hulu Plus is another option, an upgrade with an ad-siupported subscription service that offers exclusive streaming access to full current and past seasons of shows to connected devices for $7.99 monthly. Hulu is available on devices including smart TVs, gaming consoles, mobile phones and tablets and more.”
Meet the New Lulu
As mentioned in this Rumorville item last week, the role of Lulu Spencer Falconeri has been cast. Assuming the role is Emme (aka Marcy) Rylan.
Rylan is well known to fans of The Young and The Restless for her recurring role as Abby Newman.
It appears that Rylan has chosen to now go by the name Emme Rylan and has dropped the “Marcy” from her name.
ET 's sneak peek video of the steamy photo shoot with the cast members of the rebirthed One Life to Live and All My Children.
Julie Marie Berman: OUT
In SID, Berman (Lulu Spencer Falconeri) explains, "I never imagined myself working on a soap for seven and a half years. Its a dream come true for me. That being said, I always have a desire to always grow and challenge myself in other mediums. And there are enough reasons now that my gut is telling me that this is the right time to finally let go of GH.
I gave my notice in July to leave when my contract was up in November last year. Executive Producer Frank Valentini talked to me and my team, and I agreed to hold out until March 1st. I hoped it would give them an opportunity to decide how they want to finish up my time there.
I can't say I'm happy about my send-off as there really isn't one when you're potentially being recast. But it was my decision to leave the show. That's where my control over things end, and I understand that."
Maurice Bernard has been working on a new film, "The Ghost and The Whale", and has
a new trailer out.
“The Ghost and the Whale” tells the story of Joseph Hawthorne, a man who went off to sea with the love of his life and came back to town (Bodega Bay) alone. Accused of murder, Joseph was found not guilty after a long and grueling trial that was nationally covered. Now, Joseph questions his own innocence, because at the time of the death of his wife, he was suffering a bi-polar episode. One year later, acclaimed journalist Ed Hale has been called to Bodega to cover Joseph’s mysterious story. What he encounters is a hornet’s nest of uncontrollable consequences.
You can learn more about the film, view a trailer and find how you can help HERE.
ET's series, The Soup had some fun at Pickle Lila's expense.
Finola Hughes Interview on The Set of General Hospital
John Stamos dishes on what it would take for him to return to General Hospital.
Genie Francis, Anthony Geary, Jack Wagner, Kristina Wagner, Finola Hughes, Kimberly McCullough, Maurice Benard, and Nancy Lee Grahn, are amongst the stars who drop by The View to celebrate the daytime milestone. Also joining the ladies of The View will be GH star Kelly Monaco and her Dancing with the Stars partner, Valentin Chmerkovskiy. The duo will preview their upcoming reunion on GH.
Below is a sneak peek of Genie's appearance:
Kelly Monaco and executive producer Frank Valentini chat about Genie Francis reprising her role as Laura Spencer on "General Hospital." How will her return shake things up on the show?
Jack Wagner Dishes on Access Hollywood Live
General Hospital is looking for a 25 to 30-year-old African American or mixed race male, who will be an intern. He is described as handsome, dynamic and charming with a kind heart. The role is contract.
Tristan Rogers' Appearance on "Marie"
So far, Prospect Park's Online Network as reached deals with with the following actors for OLTL:
Erika Slezak (Viki)
Robin Strasser (Dorian)
Tuc Watkins (David)
Robert S. Woods (Bo)
Kassie DePaiva (Blair)
Jerry verDorn (Clint)
Florencia Lozano (Téa)
Melissa Archer (Natalie)
Hillary B. Smith (Nora)
Kelly Missal (Danielle)
Josh Kelly (Cutter)
Andrew Trischitta (Jack)
Recurring cast members:
Sean Ringgold (Shaun)
Shenaz Treasury (Rama)
Nick Choksi (Vimal)
It looks like PP's Online Network has story plans for John McBain (Michael Easton), and are planning to build a set for Todd's office (Roger Howarth). No word on on any plans for Starr's character (Kristen Alderson). Nothing new to report so far on whether the three actors have agreed to reprise their roles on OLTL. For more on their contract status and the situation with GH, see Rumorville.
For AMC, the cast will include:
Darnell Williams (Jesse)
Debbi Morgan (Angie)
Vincent Irizarry (David)
Lindsay Hartley (Cara)
Jordi Vilasuso (Griffin)
Jill Larson (Opal)
Thorsten Kaye (Zach)
Prospect Park is promising that more deals are expected to close in the coming weeks.
Chad Duell (Michael Corinthos) and Taylor Nowack have ended their brief marriage.
Says Duell in SID, “It was just too soon. I think we weren’t ready. It is the best thing for both of us!”
There marriage was annulled at the end of last year.
According to SOD, GH is seeking a female in her mid-to-late 20s to start shooting in March. She is described as "Caucasian. Blonde. Beautiful, passionate, complex." The role is contract. More info as it becomes available.
Head Writers: OLTL and AMC
Susie Bedsow Horgan announced on her Facebook page: “Well peeps, I have quite an announcement to make. I will be co-headwriting One Life to Live with my writing partner of many years, Thom Racina as a new web series. It’s a golden opportunity for me to help resuscitate and reinvent the show that is dearest to my heart as well as being on the frontier of the new form of television. Agnes Nixon, who’s on board said this was like the days when the shows went from radio to television. And that’s exactly what it feels like. History in the making. The timing for me is perfect as I’ve done all the work on my book that I can, now it’s in the editors hands and then the agents and so while I await its fate, I get to be back in LLanview for awhile. Truly a dream come true. What a way to start 2013. Wish us luck!”
Bedsow Horgan was head writer of As the World Turns from 1984-1986, and part of the One Life to Live writing team as Associate Head Writer, and in 1994 she won a Daytime Emmy. Susie was named the executive producer of OLTL in the mid-90′s.
Racina has written for: Search For Tomorrow, General Hospital, Santa Barbara, Another World, Generations, and Days of our Lives.
As for All My Children, it is rumored that former Days of Our Lives head writer Marlene McPherson will be taking on the Head Writer job.
GH has a casting call out for a young raven-haired woman (or possibly older teen) by the name of "Julie".
In the audition script she is accusing her friend "Will" of attacking her grandfather. The young man she is accusing has a history of drug abuse and a short temper. She admits she may have been with him to rebel against her family, but she also thought she saw something special in him. "Will' thinks her family turned her against him, denies the attack, saying she is the first person who has ever believed in him.
Jon Lindstrom is Back
SID reports that Lindstrom arrives as Kevin Collins just in time for February Sweeps!
Ron Carlivati, “The last we knew, it was implied at Lila’s memorial that Lucy had reconciled with Kevin, and that they were together. And we did see a picture of him on her desk at CoeCoe Cosmetics. So the big question is, where is he and why hasn’t she mentioned him? Lucy gets herself into a pretty major jam during February sweeps and, when that happens, she receives a surprise visitor. That is Kevin. When he arrives, you’ll find out why you haven’t seen him yet, why she hasn’t mentioned him and what is the status of their relationship.”
No word on the length of his stint.
Genie Francis Returns
Francis just closed a deal to reprise her role as Laura Spencer for the drama’s 50th anniversary this year. She’ll report to the sudser’s Studio City, Calif., set sometime later this month for a Feb. 11 debut, which is actually 50 days before the series’ April 1 anniversary.
It’s unclear how long Francis, a.k.a. Laura, will stick around Port Charles this time.
Speculation about Francis returning to GH fired up as soon as she left Y&R in November, where she played Genevieve Atkinson since May of 2011. “Everywhere I was being asked!” Turns out executive producer Frank Valentini was definitely interested in staging a comeback for Francis, who worked on GH from 1976 to 2008, but they made the decision to wait for the right time.
“I don’t know what the story is, I have no idea, but Frank is very persuasive, energetic, infectious and has a sense of fun, a positive-ness that makes you want to work for the guy. He assured me there was going to be nice stuff to play. I am choosing to believe him!”
Francis had only one caveat — that there be an explanation for why she was gone from Port Charles for so long. In the GH world, Laura has three kids: Lulu and Lucky with Luke Spencer, and Nikolas with Stavros Cassadine. “It’s not for me to tell them how to run their show. But my biggest concern was that there had to be a good reason for me to stay away from my family.”
Kwatinetz of Prospect Park
The New York Times had a chance to speak with Prospect Park head, Jeff Kwatinetz, who is behind the revival of ABC's two canceled soaps.
“I know it’s been a long journey, but the timing is actually fortuitous as TV viewing is evolving rapidly in our direction. The adoption of online TV in the last year has begun to move exponentially as viewers start to realize the immense advantages digital distribution affords. But all of that is unmatched compared to the relentless fan support. Since they didn’t give up, either did we.”
GH Made Contact with Jack Wagner
In an interview with the Huffington Post yesterday, Jack stated, “That 50th anniversary I think is coming up, right? But I have nothing to say about it. They have called, but there’s nothing in ink or anything like that. I know it would be pretty special to work with Kristina, my ex-wife again so we’ll see what happens. I know it’s around the corner here and if I go back, it would only be for a very short story arc. But I might do it just to honor that show and what it’s meant to my career and the fans and to Kristina’s career.”
Prospect Park Makes It Official
We are pleased to confirm that Prospect Park is reviving the beloved soap operas, All My Children and One Life To Live as the anchor programs on The Online Network (TOLN).
Today we are also pleased to confirm that Prospect Park has: 1) signed guild agreements with both SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) and the DGA (Directors Guild of America); 2) entered into a consulting agreement with Agnes Nixon the creator of All My Children and One Life to Live guaranteeing her active involvement; 3) hired Foz McDermott (coordinating producer Heroes) as TOLN’s head of production, Jennifer Pepperman (Director, One Life to Live) as Executive Producer on One Life to Live, and Ginger Smith (Producer, All My Children) as Executive Producer on All My Children; and 4) arranged the necessary financing to begin production in February on both All My Children and One Life To Live.
We thank the loyal audience and new generation of fans of both shows who have demonstrated that passion and exciting story lines are not just reserved for traditional television. Their enduring support encouraged us to move forward each and every day. We look forward to sharing more details including our launch air date and additional specifics in the coming weeks.
Agnes Nixon Says its the Real Deal for AMC and OLTL
From her Facebook page:
We did it!! Here is the statement I am about to release to the press. I am so pleased to share it with YOU first. This could never have happened without your unwavering support.
With deepest gratitude,
We of the One Life to Live and All My Children families are thrilled to bring our beloved viewers new, ongoing stories from Llanview and Pine Valley. I’m overjoyed that so many actors you love have voiced their desire to bring their characters back to life.
I’m especially grateful to Prospect Park for deploying the power of you, our fans, to enable this exciting transition to dramatic production for the Internet. It's a historic moment, comparable to how life was changed when television took over from radio. We hope this wonderful opportunity will be embraced by all as our creative teams gear up to bring our beloved serials back to our daily lives.
Agnes Nixon January 4, 2013
For more information regarding the reboot of both shows, see the recent entries in our Rumorville section.
Nielson - Twitter Ratings!
Nielsen and Twitter have announced a new collaboration.
Beginning in Fall 2013, Nielsen will release a "Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings" system, designed to complement and expand on its current ratings system. The new numbers will reflect "the total audience for social TV activity."
Scott Reeves (Steve Webber) announced that he was let go from GH on Wednesday, December 12th. He will last air in February.
Reeves, "Love you all! Looking forward to seeing what God has next!!"
GH has two new casting calls out for a "Dash" and a "Hank". The role of "Hank" appears to be for a 14-17 year old male, and it seems to involve Todd's publishing business and/or something involving Shawn. (Rumor is that the role of Hank is for Jack, Todd's son with Blair but that remains to be seen. Hank is also the name of one of the characters in Molly's book. There has also been some speculation that this could be a Morgan recast.)
ABC is developing a real-life version of “General Hospital” — with actual doctors and nurses filmed at an LA hospital — as a daytime show for next year.
The show quietly began taping recently at the famed UCLA Medical Center, a spokesman for ABC confirmed. The show is in its “earliest, pilot stages,” said the official and is intended “either for syndication or maybe cable.” The show, according to sources, will follow the private as well as working lives of white coats at the hospital.
ABC has been experimenting a lot with daytime TV in the past few years — trying to see if new kinds of shows can replace the age-old menu of talk, soaps and game shows.
It has succeeded with “The Chew,” a multi-host show built around food and starring chef Mario Batali, which debuted last year and has been a surprisingly steady performer.
Another experiment, “The Revolution,” never found any chemistry with “Project Runway” mentor Tim Gunn and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” host Ty Pennington, and was quickly dropped.
The idea of shaping the reality format for daytime TV has been kicked around by TV producers for a while now — though it’s rarely been tried. NBC re-cut existing episodes of the “Real Housewives” franchise for an afternoon soap two years ago — but couldn’t make it work.
More importantly, if ABC were to syndicate the as-yet-untitled hospital show, it would have to make room somewhere in its daytime schedule.
The only syndicated show it currently airs is Katie Couric’s new talk show — which ABC also owns.
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Sabrina Gets a Friend!
Marc Anthony Samuel Joins The cast of General Hospital in a new contract role. The character is Felix, a nursing student friend of Sabrina (Teresa Castillo). Look for Samuel to first air on the Tuesday, December 4th episode.
Felix will play an integral role in helping return the annual Nurse’s Ball charity event to General Hospital. (The character is gay.)
Lynn Herring: A Homecoming
"When they said it was about the Nurse's Ball--which is my favorite thing in the world--I thought it was really too good to be true! The first two scripts I got, I heard Lucy's voice as soon as I read them. [Associate head writer] Elizabeth Korte is still there and she is an awesome voice of the past. But because Ron Carlivati [head writer] is such a big, big fan, he must really communicate with his script writers, because they have Lucy's voice down! I'm so impressed with them."
On her first day back she, "couldn't stop smiling the whole day!"
As for how long she will be around, "I think I will be in and out at least until March, and I get to work with everybody!"
Excerpted from SID
Anders Hove on His Return
It was quite a surprise that they called at all and very sweet. My God, it's been 22 years since my first time at the show! It's scary how fast time goes. Yet you walk back onto the set after all this time and all the same crew people are there and they're standing in the same places. It's wonderful! And crazy!
I'm in touch with Tony Geary [Luke] and I talk to Kin Shriner [Scotty] maybe once a month. He keeps me up on what's going on. Two or three months ago, he told me there were rumors on the set that I might be coming back, but I didn't really believe it. There are always rumors.
I had maybe three or four weeks' notice but getting a visa and work permit wasn't easy at all. ABC helped me find a U.S. lawyer, stationed in London of all places, who helped me out. I was pretty lucky. So I came to Los Angeles and shot for two days and flew out again. It felt so nice and secure on the set, like coming home. But the schedule is so much harder! We used to shoot one episode in a day. I did seven in two days! Kassie DePaiva [Blair] told me she once did four shows in one day. It's incredible what the actors and crew can do now. It's a whole different game nowadays but I love it a lot.
I don't know [if I'll be back] (Note from yours truly here at GHH...he will!) . At least this time around Faison won't be dead — though that's never stopped him before! They'll probably send him to jail but maybe there will be more down the line. If [exec producer] Frank Valentini needs me again, I'm there. I will never let that show down. I'm so excited working with Finola Hughes and love that Faison is so obsessed with Anna. He's genuinely in love with her but has unusual ways to show it. His ability to love so deeply is the only redeeming thing about him. It's a lot of fun to do a character like that. It gives you the liberty to behave horribly. I hadn't seen Finola for many years but we clicked again immediately. She's wonderful to work with and pretty damn demanding. But in a wonderful way. She is determined to squeeze absolutely everything out of a scene.
[Ian Buchanan] was leaving the show when I first arrived, [way back when] but I knew the legend. It feels like I've always known him. He's a true gentleman.
[About playing Duke behind the mask] Ian and I aren't even the same height. He's a few inches taller than I am. That Faison is really brilliant! You must believe, otherwise you go nowhere. The first time I was around, we had some plot about a diamond (Yours truly again...it was a crystal) that was in four pieces and if all the pieces were brought together Faison would have control of all the energy in the world. [Laughs] We also had a space alien named Casey! But we believed wholeheartedly in it. An actor must. There's no way around it. Otherwise it all falls apart.
The fact that Faison is still alive proves anything is possible. You might think the soap audience would not accept this kind of thing but they do. And they do it with a lot of passion. You only find that kind of audience in America. I've never met it anywhere else. One minute they're angry, then happy, then frustrated. But they're always very faithful.
Excerpted from TV Guide
Below is their performance on Dancing With the Stars from Monday, Oct. 15th, the hardest category of the night. What made it even more impressive was the fact that Kelly had a broken toe and was suffering from a fever! They placed 3rd on the leaderboard. If you haven't been watching, tune in to DTWS and vote for Kelly in her future performances!
Grahn sat down with Paolo on the set of GH for a fun interview. She discusses the changes at GH and a bit of politics.
Look Who's Coming Back!
Actor Sean Kanan is heading back to GH and will hit the air Oct. 29... but what role is he playing?
His former character, A.J. Quartermiane, was murdered back in 2005 when the part was played by Billy Warlock. Is it possible the tortured, trouble-making A.J. is coming back from the dead? Is the popular Kanan taking on a brand-new role? Or is he a surprise recast for A.J.'s brother Jason, the role being vacated by Steve Burton? (Burton is scheduled to exit Oct. 22).
ABC is keeping the details strictly under wraps — in fact, the network hopes Kanan's role will stay a secret until he actually appears on air. Kanan last appeared on GH in 1997.
See TVGuide for more.
John Ingle Has Passed
Beloved General Hospital actor, John Ingle, who last appeared on GH on Sept. 11th, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 16th, from cancer. He was 84. Ingle played Edward Quartermaine on GH for over 450 episodes.
His last taping was on August 24th.
Frank Valentini, Executive Producer tweeted, "With great sadness, I share the news of John Ingle's passing. We love him and will miss him. John will always be a part of the GH family."
The Ingles family posted the following on Facebook:
"Father, Husband, Grandan, Great Grandan, Brother, Uncle, Friend, Teacher, Inspirer, Mentor: May You Soar with the Angels. You will forever hold a special place in the deepest corners of our hearts. You were joy, light and love. Goodness at its very best. For the rest of our days, we will all do our best to continue to make you proud. Rest in peace and continue to spread your generous spirit in the heavens above."
Shortly before he passed, his family posted this:
I wanted to let you know that Dad was able to return to the set on August 24th, for what will undoubtedly be his last performance on the show. His scene was small and he had very few words.... but his presence on the set was monumental. Beginning with a standing ovation by the entire cast and crew as we entered the set, to the line of people waiting to hug and wish him well, it was a day that he (and we) will remember forever.
Several months ago, Dad had said that " if he only had one more day on the set of General Hospital, he would feel like he had won".... On that Friday, with the help of one of his caregivers (Anthony), a wheelchair van and 2 of his daughters, (myself and Chrissy), that goal was realized. Entering the set of GH was emotional for Dad and it was obvious why he has loved being there all these years. Chrissy and I joked and said it was the ONLY "Hospital" we have enjoyed visiting since January! Ha!
The filming did not take that long and Dad did a good job. The cast and crew were patient and worked with Dad to get a scene that was meaningful. Standing there watching the monitor, we were struck by the reality that it was not Edward Quartermaine who was on the set....it was Dad surrounded by people who love and care about him. It was truly a wonderful afternoon. None of us know what tomorrow holds, but today we will hang onto the memory of August 24th and the love and support that was shown for our Dad...
...Last but not least,"Thank You" again to all of our family and friends for your love, prayers and support over these past few months. We truly CAN feel it:-)As our Dad moves closer and closer to joining our Mom, I thought I would share a bit of much needed "happiness" for the Ingle clan.
Emily Wilson has been cast in the recurring role of lab tech, Ellie Trout.
She first aired on Friday, Sept. 14th.
Among her other credits, she is a Lindsey Lohan impersonator!
Michael Easton answers 7 Questions
Brooklyn Silzer (Emma Grace Scorpio-Drake) will be moonlighting this fall by appearing on CSI: NY as the daughter of characters Danny (Carmine Giovinazzo) and Lindsay
(Anna Belknap). Not to worry, Silzer is not leaving GH and will remain in her role.
A Few Quotes from Maurice Benard
"Frank [Valentini] is on the set 24/7. I've never seen that with any producer I've worked with. Ron [Carlivati] has a lot of sensitivity in his writing. He's made Sonny very well balanced, as opposed to just being labeled a gangster or a mafia guy; he's just a man now with a lot of colors."
"I prefer Sonny as a balanced character. I think the audience prefers it too. The fans are why I've been able to do this for so long. Whether it's during the bad times, hard times with the writing or low points with the character – the fans as loyal as one can be. The fans are the best, they've been loyal from day one and I'll never stop saying that."
"That character [Kate Howard] – whoever is playing her to be honest, but especially with Kelly Sullivan, brings out a certain side of me, a lighter side. The way [Ron] is writing it now where I'm just supporting her 100 percent, [it's] never been [a] consistent [thing] in the past. Then it [was] always for a moment I'm that way, then I'm back to being another way. This way it's been going on for four or five months now of him being the supportive boyfriend who loves her and will do anything for her. It's refreshing...I played a scene yesterday where because he forgave Kate, he's more forgiving as a person now, so my choices are different. I had scenes with Joe Jr. and I could have played it very just "wanting to kill him" but I kind of have to think how that wouldn't be good for my relationship with Kate. So I think Sonny is growing now as a person, and it's something I think was long overdue."
"It was a turning point when they had [Kelly Sullivan] play Connie. And I have to be honest – I was on the fence [in the beginning] thinking this was going to be horribly wrong or incredibly right. And because of her acting ability, and I'm not going to give myself a lot of credit here, but because of her acting ability, to be able to play a [completely] different person, I think she shut a lot of people up. And she's just amazing."
"I don't know at all [if Kate and Sonny will have a long or short engagement]. I've been asking for the last week, but no one tells me anything. I don't even know when it is that we get married, if we get married at all. "
"I love working with Richard [Steinmetz, who plays Joe Scully, Jr]. He just seems like the guy. Plus he's eight feet tall, so when he comes at me -- like yesterday we did a scenes where he stood up and stood in front of me and I was like "Oh noooooooo" [Laughs]. I went wow this dude is huge. There's history there, I love it. He's fantastic."
"I would like Sonny to get out of the mob if it's written to win, not to lose. If it's not written well then it's not going to work. I'd love to see Sonny live life without power. That's a good character thing to play. Acting wise it'd be fun. They [used] to always tell me, "No we can't have Sonny have no power, fans wouldn't like it." Sometimes you can do something different and the fans will like it."
I can tell you right now in the last couple days I've been doing things for the network and they're putting so much behind General Hospital. In two years, I've never seen a network so behind a show. That only tells me that we're going to keep going for years to come. Don't get me wrong, I didn't feel that way six months ago. Six months ago we were all kind of like "OK what's going on here?" But now it's a whole new ballgame.
"Yes [morale on the set has improved]. Initially the fear makes people better. It can go both ways, it makes you better or makes you collapse. It's made us unite, made us better, and everyone is kind of relaxing in a sense but still wanting to be great. Everyone is having a great time."
[Maurice is going to be working on a film called, The Ghost and the Whale.]
"It's a script that's very intense, kind of a thriller, suspense, someone romantic story. It's about a guy who's a fisherman whose wife died and you try to figure out how his wife died or how she was killed. Through the whole movie, it's very much a mind -- a word that I can't say because it's bad [Laughs]. You have to figure out more and more, and as the movie goes on you realize what happened. As you get to the end it's phenomenal. I start shooting in January so we'll see when it comes out. My wife is producing it. She's very diligent; she will not stop until it gets done [Laughs]. The way I explained it is not even close to how good it is. If my wife told you about it, you'd go pay to see it tomorrow."
Excerpted from an interview with: TVSourceMagazine
Kristen Storms Returns!
Expect to see Storms on air in the role of Maxie by the end of August.
According to Jen Lilley, Maxie, "is not in the next couple weeks of storyline taping wise.", meaning there will be a gap between the two actresses.
Jame Franco is The Wizard!
Disney's, Oz The Great and Powerful, won't be in theaters until March 8th of 2013 but here is a sneak peek!
When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting.
Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.
For more, check out movie's website.
You can watch the trailer just below.
KABC7 anchor George Pennaccio visited the set and interviewed a few stars and executive producer Frank Valentini about what's to come.
"No one will perish. Some people will come awfully close and there will be some wonderful surprises coming back -- some true fan favorites from a long time ago and from not so long ago. Between now and our 50th anniversary, which is April 1, I think everyone will be captivated and engaged in every episode because that's how hard we're working and how hard we're trying to please and excite, and most importantly, surprise the fans."
Watch below (you may have to click "replay" a few times to get to the interview):
An Insider's Take
SID attached their own cam to photographer Jim Warren's camera as he covered the arrivals and press room at this year's ceremony to get a fun, insider's take at the awards Take a gander at the behind-the-scenes look from the photographer's podium as some of daytime's biggest stars stop and pose for pictures: GENERAL HOSPITAL's Anthony Geary (Luke) and Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky), ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Erika Slezak (Viki), ALL MY CHILDREN's Cameron Mathison (Ryan), Susan Lucci (Erica), etc., below!
Vaughan Has a New Daytime Gig!
According to SID, Greg Vaughan (ex-Lucky), seen right, has been cast on NBC's Days of Our Lives soap -- but it's unclear whether or not he'll be playing Sami's twin brother, Eric, as rumored. Apparently, he will begin taping in August and he'll be entering the canvas as a holy man. Has Eric made a career change since moving to Colorado following a near-fatal accident? Or has Vaughan been cast in an altogether different role? l
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JJ's Prime Time Show has been Picked Up!
ABC has announced that Nashville will be a part of their prime time line-up this fall. Congratulations Jonathan! The show will
will debut in Revenge’s current slot of Wednesday nights at 10PM EST/PST. Revenge is moving to Sunday nights.
Jonathan Jackson has been cast in ABC’s musically-driven drama Nashville written by Callie Khouri and directed by RJ Cutler. The ABC Studios-produced pilot is centered around the Nashville music scene and its rising and fading stars, including Avery (Jackson), a sexy bad boy musician and aspiring songwriter.
Did you know...Jane played opposite Elvis Presley in his final film, "Change of Habit"!
When Jane Speaks, Others Listen
In a recent interview with TVGuide, Jane Elliot talks about playing Tracy Quartermaine. "Somebody has to wear the black hat and give the audience someone to shake their fist at. I am so happy I don't have to come to work and cry. Kelly Monaco [Sam] cries five days a week. How exhausting. I love playing smart and tough and having funny lines. Do I like Tracy as a person? Noooo. But I do love the job."
Tony Geary (Luke Spencer) speaks of Elliot with admiration. "She keeps me on my game. She will bust your balls if you show up less than 100% ready, and I like that. There's no one I'd rather work with, no one I'd rather take a note from. When she takes me aside, I listen."
Meet the NEW Kristina Davis!
Lindsey Morgan makes her debut the week of May 21st, when Sonny and Alexis’ daughter returns to Port Charles. She is not in the best of moods, having learned that there was much more to her admission to Yale than she originally thought. Source: TVline
Frank Valentini, in an interview in SID, explains that he is at GH to bring up ratings and bring down costs.
A few excerpts:
"Our ratings are already getting better, but can you imagine if we had a good lead in?", no doubt referring to "The Rev*lutions" dismal ratings, which are half that of both OLTL's a year ago at this time, and that of GH at present.
SID noted that conspiracy theorists say that Valentini is at GH to "make it go out with a bang." Valentini says, "First of all, we don't know, so they don't know. That's all bull right there. If we knew, do you think I would have moved my life from New York to L.A. if we were just going to wrap up the show? That's a waste if time."
Regarding the issue of GH's previous stunt-casting, he says, "I just never believed" in it.
I don't think that's something people really care about. People care about story...The audience is much more vested when it's more believable....I love that people are happy about the returns, but they just make sense to me! And yes, there will be other favorites and other returns, even though they're stars in their own right, they're all there to support the existing cast and the existing story that is presently being told..."
"There are going to be a lot more surprises. I can guarantee there's going to be a a surprise almost every other week. To appreciate these surprises, jump on the train now. Its going to keep rolling. I would say, if you're looking for a great hour of television, we're right here."
SOAPnet Sticking Around...For Now
SOAPnet, which re-airs GH, Y&R and DAYS, as well as daytime and prime-time shows, isn't fading to black so soon. A network spokesperson says, "We've always viewed the launch of Disney Junior as a transition, not a flip of a switch, and as such SOAPnet will remain available for an undetermined period of time as additional carriage deals for Disney Junior are finalized with distributors."
Tristan Rogers on What it was like to be Back in Port Charles
and the Changes at GH
"It's always fun to come back. This time, it's a bit different, because of the gravity of the situation surrounding daytime and the fact that there's something of a shadow over "General Hospital," right now. It ups the ante. It puts the pressure on you. You want to do the best possible job you can to perhaps influence a rise in the ratings.", says Rogers.
Working with with Finola Hughes (Anna), Emma Samms (Holly) and the old crew is, "a very solid comfort zone. I totally get and understand everything about that show. The only difference was, this time, we've got Frank (Valentini, executive producer) and Ron (Carlivati, head-writer) running the show. I never got to meet Ron, but it was wonderful to work with [Frank], a guy who's a real hands-on operator, who is on the floor watching the scenes."
"The vibe is a very positive one, which it hasn't been in a long time. Having people running the show that know what they're doing is a great energy booster. It remains to be seen whether this translates to the public. I'm not going to sugarcoat the pill: The "General Hospital" audience has been baited and switched so many times over the last ten years. Now, they've got a confidence problem. Yes, this is going to be a whole lot better, but we need the public to give us a chance. These guys have only had this show for a month and it takes at least that to make any change stick."
How can fans help? With a positive spin! "The most important piece of social media out there is probably Twitter. I don't know why it's become such a mainstream thing, but it has and is something that the companies follow. They look at the twitter comments... Little posts count for a lot. If someone twittering brings back five other viewers, and those five viewers speak to five other people, etc., etc., then you start to get a positive effect." Source: msn entertainment
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