Jared Kaplan, Contributing Editor

Newcomer Lupita Nyong'o was unknown to American audiences before her scene-stealing role as slave Patsey in Best Picture Oscar winner "12 Years A Slave." Now, after winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar (the first African actress to do so) and giving an incredibly moving speech, Nyong'o is on her way to becoming a household name. But did you know that before being cast in "12 Years A Slave," Nyong'o played the lead role on a ground-breaking Kenyan soap opera?

This one's just as bizarre as it is tragic: according to an article today by the LA Times, a New York parolee is accused of murdering an 82-year-old man after developing a friendship with him over their shared love of "General Hospital."

This morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," the cast for Season 18 of celebrity dancing show "Dancing with the Stars" was announced. Among them is former "General Hospital: Night Shift" star Billy Dee Williams (ex-Toussiant DuBois), perhaps most famous for his role as Lando Calrissian in the original "Star Wars" trilogy.

Earlier today the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, announced the Drama Performer Pre-Nominations for this year's Daytime Emmy Awards.

Earlier tonight, Watros confirmed our suspicions by tweeting to her fans that she will indeed be leaving the CBS soap. But CBS wasted no time in recasting the role - an hour later Senior Vice President of CBS Daytime Angelica McDaniel announced that former "All My Children" veteran Cady McClain (ex-Dixie Martin) will be replacing her!

According to Deadline.com, Jordan is currently in talks to join the cast of Marvel's "Fantastic Four" as Johnny Storm AKA The Human Torch. Also in talks for the principal characters are Kate Mara ("House of Cards"), Jamie Bell ("Billy Elliot"), and Jordan's "That Awkward Moment" co-star Miles Teller.

Paige Turco (ex-Dinah Marler, "Guiding Light;" ex-Melanie Cortlandt Rampal, "All My Children") has been cast in "NCIS: New Orleans," the planned spinoff of "NCIS," reports Deadline.com.

Previously we reported that upcoming web series "Beacon Hill" would utilize a viewer subscription-based service, in lieu of generating revenue through advertisements. Now we have more information on how the subscription service will work for viewers wishing to watch the soap when it debuts in three weeks.

Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva" is set to premiere its sixth and final season this March and a slew of former daytime stars have signed on to send the critically acclaimed drama series off in style.

You may remember John Wesley Shipp from his role on "One Life to Live" as the abusive father of the Ford brothers. Or you might know him from his memorable role as football coach Mitch on "Dawson's Creek." Before both of those roles though, John Wesley Shipp was THE FLASH! It's been known for a while now that the CW network intends on remaking the series, but today comes word that Shipp will be playing a mystery role in the series!
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