Soap Opera Network has learned exclusively that veteran soap stars Ronn Moss, Sean Kanan, Judi Evans and Patrika Darbo have joined the cast of LANY Entertainment’s “The Bay: The Series,” which premieres Chapter 12 on Thursday, May 1 with episodes running a bit longer in length than they had in prior chapters (episodes will now run between 17-20 minutes, typical for a weekly 1/2 hour series excluding commercials).
Moss, who departed CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” in September 2012 after portraying the widely popular role of Ridge Forrester for more than 25 years, joins “The Bay” as former Bay City District Attorney, John Blackwell. Evans (Adrienne Johnson Kiriakis, “DAYS”) will portray Katherine Blackwell, John’s wife. While at first it would appear that John and Katherine are in town to reconnect with their son, Damian Blackwell (Erik Fellows), the power couple are in actuality seeking vengeance against the Garrett family, who they share a hidden past.
It’s been quite a few months since we last saw Denyse Tontz as the adorable Miranda Montgomery on Prospect Park’s “All My Children,” but it looks like she has been keeping busy! While soap fans know her as Erica Kane’s granddaughter, Tontz is also a talented singer and songwriter. Her music was featured in multiple “AMC” scenes last year as well as on CBS’ “The Mentalist.” She has released a new music video and it’s an inspiring ode to finding the motivation to rise above negativity.
In “Use It,” Tontz tells mean girls, ex-boyfriends, and haters to bring it because she’s going to use their negativity to help propel her forward. “I’m going to say your name in my acceptance speech. Gonna tell the cameras what you mean to me,” she says. And she may do just that: let’s not forget that Tontz is among the pre-nominees for the Outstanding Younger Actress Award at the Daytime Emmys this year!
She is also now being managed by former Nirvana and Led Zeppelin manager Danny Goldberg, so we should expect to hear a lot more music from Tontz in the future!
As previously reported, “Days of our Lives” actress Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans) will be co-starring in the new Hallmark Channel original movie “Lucky in Love,” premiering tonight at 9:00 PM, ET/8:00 PM, CT. The TV movie stars Jessica Szohr (“Gossip Girl,” “The Internship”) as Mira Simon, a young professional whose April Fool’s Day pranks actually come true and change the course of her life. Hall portray’s Erin Billings, Mira’s boss and the CEO of Your Page, a one stop shop social media network that encompasses all social media needs (think an all-in-one Twitter/Facebook website) for its users. Also featured is Benjamin Hollingsworth (“The Tomorrow People”) as Mira’s friend Jonah.
From being confused with “All My Children’s” Susan Lucci (ex-Erica Kane) to herself jokingly confusing co-star Dermot Mulroney with Dylan McDermott, former “As The World Turns” actress Martha Byrne (ex-Lily Snyder) took part in a Funny or Die spoof interview intended to promote her upcoming appearance on NBC’s “Crisis,” which tells the shocking fictional story of an ambushed Washington D.C. school bus carrying some of the nation’s most important people’s children. Byrne will play the recurring role of Marie Wirth, a mother of one of the kidnapped children, beginning with the Sunday, April 6 episode.
Yesterday the Lifetime Network announced a premiere date and cast for the sequel to its successful adaptation of V.C. Andrews’ iconic (and controversial!) book “The Flowers in the Attic.” The sequel, titled “Petals on the Wind,” is based on the second novel in the series and will continue the story of the Dollanganger children a decade after they escaped the attic where they were locked away by their mother and grandmother.
Heather Graham (“Boogie Nights”) and Ellen Burstyn (“Requiem for a Dream”) will reprise their roles as the Dollanganger mother and grandmother, respectively, and former “As the World Turns” star Dylan Bruce (ex-Chris Hughes) will return as Corrine’s second husband Bart.
Sonny Corinthos may have his hands full on “General Hospital” lately, but his portrayer, Maurice Benard, managed to find the time to film a movie last year! It’s called “The Ghost and The Whale” and it features Benard as a bipolar man who is shrouded in mystery surrounding the death of his wife at sea. When an acclaimed journalist comes to town, they must together try to uncover the truth of what happened, while trying to survive the wrath of the wife’s diabolical brother.
Yesterday the first trailer for the film was released and there’s enough drama and action in this sneak peek to make Sonny himself proud!
Former “Guiding Light” and “All My Children” alum Paige Turco (ex-Dinah Marler, “GL”; ex-Lanie Cortlandt Rampal, “AMC”) may have not one, but two big hits on her hands!
In addition to recently being cast on the upcoming “NCIS” spin-off, Turco also stars on the post-apocalyptic drama “The 100″, which just debuted on the CW last night. And according to the network, it was a huge success! ‘The 100′ drew 2.7 million viewers, making it not only the CW’s most-watched season premiere of the season, but also their most watched mid-season premiere in four years!
Former “One Life to Live” and “Who’s the Boss?” star Judith Light has played the love interest of some pretty famous actors before, but it looks like she’s about to share the screen with her biggest co-star yet. Light has just signed on to play Henry Winkler’s wife in the ABC comedy pilot “The Winklers,” based on Winkler’s real-life relationship with his son-in-law.
According to Deadline.com, Light will play Tita Winkler, the “fabulous, fierce momma bear of the [Winkler] family.” Henry Winkler will, of course, be starring as himself and former “The Wire” actor Domenick Lombardozzi will play his son-in-law. Josh Sussman (“Glee”) will also star as Henry and Tita’s son Jonah.
Cancel your evening plans and grab some popcorn, because ‘Soap Life,’ a documentary chronicling the rise and fall of the American soap opera, was released today!
Available on a variety of platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Xbox, Playstation and Vudu, the film explores the histories of soaps like “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “Guiding Light,” attempting to find out why — despite millions of fans and loyal viewers — so many iconic shows have disappeared from the American television landscape.
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?
According to MTV News, Nyong’o once starred in an MTV/UNICEF-produced soap called “Shuga.” On the show Nyong’o played Ayira, a “very modern woman who must navigate the waters of dating, love, and sex in Africa and the responsibilities that come with it.” The show was considered revolutionary in Kenya because it was one of the first times a show featured a woman dealing with sex in a responsible way during the AIDS crisis in Africa.
Curious about what a Kenyan soap opera might look like? Below is the first episode of “Shuga,” featuring Lupita Nyong’o.