On the Thursday, April 4 edition of “Katie,” Katie Couric takes you behind the scenes of ABC’s “General Hospital” as she prepares for her “GH” debut!
While the talk show host conducts sit down interviews with a number of your favorite stars from the soap on her set, including Genie Francis (Laura Spencer) and Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer), it’s the behind the scenes videos from her time at “GH’s” Prospect Studios in Los Angeles, CA where the real dish lies. In fact, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis) even provides viewers with a humorous “size me up” that even Couric can’t stop herself from laughing over…until the ladies duke it out over Colin Firth!
On the Thursday, April 4 edition of “Dr. Phil,” former “All My Children” star J.R. Martinez (Brot Monroe) opens up about the day that changed his life forever – the day the Iraq war hero-turned actor and “Dancing with the Stars” champion suffered smoke inhalation and severe burns to 34 percent of his body after a roadside bomb hit the front tire of his Humvee in the city of Karbala.
In addition to discussion on Iraq, look for Martinez’s message for Jasmine, a victim shot in the leg in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater tragedy last summer.
On Saturday, April 6, ABC News’ “20/20″ takes a behind the scenes look at ABC’s “General Hospital” as the soap celebrates 50 years on television.
Hosted by Katie Couric, “The Real Soap Dish” gives you a glimpse at the making of an iconic soap and interviews with such stars as Rick Springfield (Noah Drake), Jack Wagner (Frisco Jones), Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer), Genie Francis (Laura Spencer), Sean Kanan (AJ Quartermaine), Ian Buchanan (Duke Lavery), Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake), Sean Blakemore (Shawn Butler), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia Falconeri), Kelly Monaco (Sam McCall), Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos Jacks), Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber), and many more.
After seven years of exclusive airing rights to CBS’ “The Young and the Restless,” departing SOAPnet is losing the anchor to its same day airings of daytime soaps at night. CBS’ recent 50% acquisition of TVGN (TV Guide Network) has resulted in the cable network snagging the exclusive basic cable home rights to daytime’s #1 daytime drama series, CBS announced today.
While tickets have already sold out quickly, fans of ABC’s “General Hospital” won’t have to miss out on their favorite actors as they take a chair with Will Keck, Senior Editor & Columnist, TV Guide Magazine, during an interactive panel conversation that will be streamed live at PaleyCenter.org on Friday, April 12 at 7:00 PM PT at The Paley Center for Media John H. Mitchell Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA.
Soap Opera Network has learned exclusively that “One Life to Live’s” Kassie DePaiva (Blair Manning) took to song yesterday during scenes filmed on the Stamford, CT set of the drama series as cast members were left in awe of the power in her voice. DePaiva sang her hit single, “No Regrets,” from her 2004 CD of the same name.
In the emotional scene, Blair takes to song in her new nightclub, Shelter, after things hit a snag for the new establishment. Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) insists Blair entertain the crowd until things can be returned to normal. “No Regrets” features lyrics that are a subtle hint to Todd that Blair’s not over him.
As noted yesterday for “All My Children,” Hulu and TOLN have also released a billboard for “One Life to Live.” With the tag, “Who Says You’ve Only Got One Life to Live?” fans out of the loop will surely be in for a surprise when they see their favorite characters from Llanview have returned.
As previously reported, departing “General Hospital” star Brandon Barash (Johhny Zacchara) will appear in the Monday, April 15 episode of FOX’s “Bones,” entitled “The Party in the Pants.” Now you can get your first look as Barash’s character appears scared for his life…or is he?
In the episode, Barash portrays a good-looking yet aging exotic dancer named Storm (how appropriate), who previously helped the episode’s victim get into stripping. In addition to a little skin from the sexy stud, the episode also features a guest appearance from Joanna Cassidy (“Body of Proof,” “Six Feet Under”), who’s revealed as Booth’s (David Boreanaz) mom.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of ABC’s “General Hospital,” Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake) and Finola Hughes (Anna Devanne) worked together and just missed taking home $500,000 for their charity, The Art of Elysium (http://www.theartofelysium.org), a non-profit organization that works closely with actors, artists and musicians, encouraging them to volunteer their time and talent to children battling serious medical conditions, on Disney/ABC Domestic Television’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” After appearing on the Monday, April 1 and Tuesday, April 2 episodes, the duo walked away with the guaranteed bank of $250,000.
The promotion began with the Hulu teaser trailer, continued with the iTunes teaser and now today, as noted by “All My Children” star Denyse Tontz (Miranda Montgomery), we can now add actual billboards to the promotion of “AMC” on Hulu! The actress shared an image of a billboard advertisement for the soap which says, “You Took My Children I Want Them Back!” The reference of course relates the return of “All My Children,” which premieres Monday, April 29 on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes. Per Tontze, she spotted the billboard on the corner of Laurel Canyon and Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles, CA.