On Wednesday, October 23, “General Hospital’s” Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake) will be giving ABC’s “The View” a male perspective on the day’s hot topics as the daytime star is scheduled to co-host the chatfest alongside Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy and Whoopi Goldberg. The Canadian born actor will also be chatting it up with the stars of ABC’s “The Middle” as the cast celebrates the show’s 100th episode airing that night.
On Thursday, November 28 from 7:00 PM ET/PT through 1:00 AM ET/PT, SOAPnet will present a six hour “General Hospital” Nurses Ball marathon comprising all six episodes dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the ABC Daytime drama series, which aired earlier this year on both ABC and SOAPnet. The episodes include the return of Ingo Rademacher as Jasper “Jax” Jacks, Vanessa Marcil as Brenda Barrett, Richard Simmons as a caricature of himself, Rick Springfield‘s Noah Drake singing “Jessie’s Girl,” Magic Milo (Drew Cheetwood) and the gang, which includes “Dancing with the Stars’” Maksim Chmerkovskiy, doing a strip tease. Sabrina Santago (Teresa Castillo) and Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) closed out the ball as they sang “You’re Not Alone” to Emma Scorpio-Drake (Brooklyn Rae Silzer) as Port Charles’ finest gathered around the stage.
According to Soap Opera Digest, NBC’s “Days of our Lives” is welcoming back veteran actor Drake Hogestyn (John Black) to its canvas after nearly a 7-month absence. Hogestyn last appeared on screen in mid-July based on scenes filmed in mid-March.
In its August 12 issue, “DAYS” executive producer, Ken Corday, was quoted as saying of Hogestyn’s alter-ego, “I consider him one of the iconic characters in Salem and someone who can come and go because John Black is a superspy, know all-do all. It is very possible that by the end of the year or the turn of the year, you will see him again.”
Based on its current filming schedule, fans should expect Hogestyn to appear again on screen sometime in early 2014.
On Thursday, October 17, several LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) organizations and individuals celebrated Spirit Day, which asks people to take a stand against bullying and show support for LGBT youth by wearing the color purple. NBC’s “Days of our Lives” took a stand and showed its support as cast members donned purple shirts, jackets and even ties.
Those taking part included James Reynolds, Kate Mansi, Casey Moss, Lauren Koslow, Eric Martsolf, Chrishell Stause, Deidre Hall, Meredith Scott Lynn, Galen Gering, Greg Vaughan, Arianne Zucker, Kristian Alfonoso, Camila Banus, Freddie Smith and “DAYS” newcomer, Guy Wilson.
For more on Spirit Day and on how you can take a stand to support LGBT youth, visit glaad.org.
In the first 10 weeks of the first quarter, “The Young and the Restless” along with “Big Brother After Dark,” have delivered triple-digit gains in Total Viewers and Women 25-54, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings.
“The two fan-obsessed shows book ending our primetime lineup – ‘Big Brother: After Dark’ and ‘Y&R’ – have helped TVGN become the fastest-growing entertainment network in the country,” said Brad Schwartz, President of Entertainment and Media, TVGN.
“I am extremely passionate about the pit bull breed, and involved in events and action to raise awareness – awareness that these wonderful animals can be loving pets and furry family members. In an effort to rehab the image of the pit bull breed, I volunteer with Angel City Pit Bulls - www.angelcitypits.org - and we have a big fundraising event this weekend,” says “The Young and the Restless’” Hartley Sawyer (Kyle Abbott), who will be attending the “Strut Your Mutt” event on Sunday, September 15 at 9:00 AM in Woodley Park (Address: Woodley Park, located at 6350 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91436).
The 50th Anniversary season of ABC’s “General Hospital” is on pace of bringing the soap its largest overall audience in five years, the network noted today based on Nielsen Media Research Data. In addition, for the week of September 2, the daytime drama series hit 2-year highs in Women 18-49 (734,000/1.1 rating) and Women 25-54 (967,000/1.6 rating), 10-month high in Women 18-34 (274,000/0.8 rating) and 5-month high in Total Viewers (2.75 million) as “baby fever” continued to power much of the shows overall storyline. In fact, Thursday’s telecast (September 5), featuring the imminent birth of Britt’s baby, stood as the series’ most-watched telecast in nearly over 2 years in Women 18-49 (845,000) and Women 25-54 (1.06 million) and in 8 months in Women 18-34 (342,000) – since 8/15/11 and 1/18/13, respectively.
Margot Wain has been promoted from Director, Daytime Programs to Vice President, Daytime Programs, CBS Entertainment, it was announced today by Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, Daytime, CBS Entertainment, to whom she reports.
Wain will continue as the current executive on the networks “The Young and the Restless,” “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Price is Right,” where she will work directly with writers and producers on all day-to-day creative and strategic elements. She began her CBS career at WBBM-TV Chicago as a researcher in news, moving up to writer/producer for a magazine show and then news writer. She later moved to Los Angeles to begin working in the networks Program Practices department. She would eventually take on the positions of Manager, Associate Director and most recently Director of CBS Daytime programming.
On Saturday, September 14, “The Young and the Restless’” Max Ehrich (Fen Baldwin), Melissa Ordway (Abby Newman) and Hunter King (Summer Newman) will be on hand as part of the Los Angeles portion of the 5th annual “Get Your Licks on Route 66” adoption tour, which was founded by FIDO Friendly magazine publisher, Susan Sims. The trio will appear at the East Valley Animal shelter in Van Nuys from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM alongside Ashley Bell, the official “Licks” tour spokesperson, actress and animal lover.
According to People Magazine, New Zealand-born actor/director/producer Stephen Kay, who portrayed Reginald Jennings on ABC’s “General Hospital” for more than a decade, is engaged to “Covert Affairs” star Piper Perabo. Kay is a co-executive producer on the hit USA Network series, which returns with new episodes on Thursday, October 17 after a four-week hiatus.
“They’re very happy,” a People sources says of the couple.