Soap Opera Network has learned that “General Hospital” and “General Hospital: Night Shift” alum, Minae Noji, has landed a top secret role in the new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” film set for release in 2014. Starring Megan Fox as April O’Neil, Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Jeremy Howard as Donatello and Pete Ploszek as Leonardo, rumor has it that Noji will be portraying the role of Karai, a character first introduced in the 1992 comic book series, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
According to sources, Noji was on the New York City set of “Turtles” filming for three months alongside the main cast and her role required a stunt double, which puts some weight into her portraying a character such as Karai, who is of Japanese descent (as is Noji) and one of the leading members of the Foot Clan, a ninjutsu clan best known to be controlled by The Shredder (William Fichtner). Recent iterations of the character find her related in some form to The Shredder.
After portraying Phyllis Summers on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” for fifteen years, soap fans around the world thought they were saying goodbye to Michelle Stafford on the Friday, August 2 episode, when she vacated the role. Thankfully, that isn’t the case. As stated in an interview with both Soap Opera Digest and TV Guide Magazine, Stafford left the number one rated daytime drama series for several reasons, some of which she’ll never reveal, but one of which was to launch her new web series, “The Stafford Project.”
She’s back! Actress Devin Mills returns with a second season of “Dating in the Middle Ages,” a series that follows a woman named Samantha (Mills) who is searching for her modern day Cary Grant. In the new season, which debuted on Tuesday, July 30, the online series brings “Days of our Lives” stars Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans) and Matthew Ashford (ex-Jack Deveraux) on a ride for the “Ages.”
He’s certainly been making a name for himself on CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” now that it’s been revealed that his character, Wyatt Fuller, is the secret son of Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) and the half brother of rival Liam Spencer (Scott Clifton), but in the online series “Bloomers,” which tells the story of seven 20-something friends growing up in the city of Los Angeles who aren’t ready to bloom into their 30s, Darin Brooks finds himself dealing with a different kind of family drama.
“Tainted Dreams” is truly turning out to be the dream of a soap opera as the new series has added “One Life to Live’s” Nathan Purdee to its cast. The actor joins the previously signed Alicia Minshew (“All My Children”), Terri Ivens (“AMC”), Grant Aleksander (“Guiding Light”), Kelley Menighan Hensley (“As the World Turns“), Walt Willey (“AMC”), Natalia Livingston (“GH“), Marnie Schulenburg (“ATWT”), Michael Lowry (“AMC,” “One Life to Live“), Austin Peck (“ATWT,” “Days of our Lives“, “OLTL”), Colleen Zenk (“ATWT”), Larkin Malloy (“The Edge of Knight,” “AMC”) Dina Manzo (“Dina’s Party” and “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”), Anthony Wilkinson (“My Big Gay Italian Wedding” and the new “My Big Gay Italian Funeral”), Lisa Marie Varon (“IMPACT WRESTLING”) and “Mr. PEC-Tacular” Jessie Godderz (“IMPACT WRESTLING” and “Big Brother”), Bobbie Eakes (“AMC,” “The Bold and the Beautiful“), Ilene Kristen (“OLTL,” “Ryan’s Hope”), James DePaiva ( “OLTL”) and Tonja Walker (“OLTL”).
On the heels of ABC Family giving “Twisted” a back-order pick-up with all new episodes scheduled to premiere in January 2014, comes word that former “All My Children” and “General Hospital” head writer, Charles Pratt, Jr., has been named executive producer and a writer of those upcoming episodes of the hit series. Pratt created and wrote for the recently canceled”The Lying Game.”
Two weeks since canceling “The Lying Game,” and a week after canceling “Bunheads,” ABC Family has announced it has ordered a third season of “Switched at Birth” and has given both “Twisted” and “The Fosters” back-order pick-ups. The new episodes will all premiere alongside “Pretty Little Liars” in January 2014, it was announced today by Michael Riley, President, ABC Family.
CBS has renewed “Under the Dome,” the summers most watched series in viewers and key sales demos, for a second season. Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, “Dome” follows a small town suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The citizens must now deal with ways to survive amid post-apocalyptic conditions, while seeking to find answers to what the dome is and why they’re all stuck in it and when they might get out (not likely anytime soon with the renewal).
CBS has released a breakdown of how its top shows left off with their season finales in May and what viewers can expect when their new seasons premiere in the fall. “It may only be July, but it’s never too early to get caught up on where CBS series left off last May. And there’s no time like the present for a sneak peek at some surprises and guest stars coming in the fall,” reads the network press release.
“Tainted Dreams,” the new web series from the creative mind of “All My Children” supervising producer Sonia Blangiardo, which looks to provide a rare, realistic view behind the scenes of producing a daily scripted drama (show within a show – “Painted Dreams”), has added Bobbie Eakes (“All My Children,” “The Bold and the Beautiful”) to its cast. Eakes joins the recently signed Ilene Kristen (“One Life to Live,” “Ryan’s Hope”), James DePaiva ( “OLTL”) and Tonja Walker (“OLTL”) to round out an all star cast of soap stars.