It's been an eventful "General Hospital" Fan Club Weekend thus far and so far we've learned that Laura Wright (Carly Jacks) has renewed her contract with the ABC Daytime soap as the actress tells Soap Opera Network, "I just recently signed a four year contract." The actress joined the "GH" cast in November 2005.
Earlier this year, ABC's "General Hospital" released "Love In Maine," which was a corporate tie-in with Disney/ABC Television Group’s Hyperpion Books and the debut novel by the fictional "GH" character Molly Lansing-Davis (Haley Pullos). Unfortunately, upon release Connie Falconeri had all the credit until TJ (Tequan Richmond), Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) and Shawn (Sean Blakemore) helped Molly set the record straight on the soap. Five months since the release of "Maine," Hyperion Books has announced it plans to release the sequel to the novel as an eBook.
"Witches of East End," which was inspired by Melissa de la Cruz's best-selling novel, has a launch date! Lifetime announced today that the new witching hour of drama is coming to a TV screen near you beginning Sunday, October 6 at 10:00 PM ET/PT. The series stars Julia Ormond (Temple Grandin, Mad Men), Mädchen Amick ("Mad Men," "Damages"), Jenna Dewan Tatum ("American Horror Story") and Rachel Boston ("In Plain Sight") as a family of witches living in the secluded seaside town of East Haven. The new series also stars Eric Winter ("The Mentalist," "Days of our Lives"), Daniel DiTomasso (CSI), Jason George ("Grey’s Anatomy," "Sunset Beach") and Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominee Virginia Madsen ("Sideways," "Anna Nicole").
In an interview published in the newest issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale now, "The Young and the Restless'" Michelle Stafford reveals the real reason behind her decision to exit the top rated daytime drama series after 15 years portraying the role of Phyllis Summers, whether the powers that be (TPTB) ever tried to change her mind and her thoughts on the soap possibly recasting the character.
"What happens when two attractive young people – an unemployed business analyst and a budding comic-book artist – unknowingly rent the same apartment, the only one that each can afford? They reluctantly decide to move in together, and that’s when the sparks fly as opposite worlds collide, in 'Room 8,' the new online series debuting Thursday, August 8 on Room8TheSeries.com," is the opening statement from a press release promoting the evolution of a show within a show turning into an actual show.
While the soaps are all up year-to-year in total viewers and key sales demos, CBS' "The Talk" is also showing signs of solid growth. Last week (week of July 15-19, 2013), the daytime talk show, hosted by Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen and Sheryl Underwood, recorded its largest weekly audience ever as the program averaged 2.62 million viewers.
"Husbands: The Series," which made history as the first online series to be hosted by The Paley Center for Media in 2012, will make history again next month when it debuts its third season on CW Seed, the new digital and social media platform from The CW Television Network. The comedy series, co-created by Jane Espenson (“Once Upon a Time“) and writer/actor Brad Bell (“Pop-Up Video“), stars Bell, using his persona “Cheeks,” and Sean Hemeon (Brady Kelly) as two men, dating for only six weeks, who wake up in Vegas to find themselves married all thanks to marriage equality. The series also stars Alessandra Torresani (Haley).
Shortly after it was announced that Kelly Sullivan would be departing ABC's "General Hospital," as a result of the soap opting to write her characters (Kate Howard/Connie Falconeri) off the canvas, the actress stated on her Facebook page, "I am not returning to 'GH' after August. This is not a contract issue, I have been written off the show.” It was unclear at the time whether August meant airdate or tape date. Things have since become clear as the actress has revealed on her Twitter page that she will be taping her last episode of the daytime drama series today, which means her last airdate will be sometime in August.
Although it had been rumored, Deadline Hollywood has confirmed that Mackenzie Mauzy (ex-Phoebe Forrester, "The Bold and the Beautiful"; ex-Lizzie Spaulding, "Guiding Light") has joined the cast of Disney's "Into the Woods" playing Rapunzel opposite Billy Magnussen (ex-Casey Hughes, "As The World Turns"), who will play her prince, in the studios Rob Marshall directed film. "Woods" is an adaptation of the 1987 Broadway musical and will be produced by Marc Platt.