"All My Children" alum and frequent "Good Morning America" and "Entertainment Tonight" correspondent, Cameron Mathison, has signed on to star alongside Alison Sweeney ("Days of our Lives," "The Biggest Loser") in a new Hallmark Movies & Mysteries series of movies beginning with "Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder" (working title), which will premiere on the network in the spring.
Currently in production on its second season, Hallmark Channel announced last night during its Winter TCA Press Tour event that "General Hospital's" Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco Jones) and Kristina Wagner (Felicia Jones) will join the cast as regulars in its original series "When Calls the Heart," set in a 19th century mining town and starring Lori Loughlin ("Full House," "Summerland"), Erin Krakow and Daniel Lissing.
The series premiere of FOX's "Empire" on Wednesday night attracted 9.9 million viewers and a 3.8/10 in Adults 18-49, reports TVbytheNumbers, based on rush nationals ordered by the network. "Empire" now ties ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" for the highest rated series premiere of the season in the key sales demo.
There won't be a second season for MTV's "Happyland," which followed a group of teenagers working at a popular Disneyesque theme park as they prepare to segue into adulthood. The network has quietly canceled the half-hour series after a poorly rated first season, which began in September.
Now that "Days of our Lives" is no longer part of her daily grind, Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami Brady) is taking the lead in a new Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie franchise. Sweeney has been cast as Hannah Swensen in "Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder," which is based on the New York Times best selling series of books by Joanne Fluke, reports Deadline.
Tuesday, January 6 marked the third season premiere of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network's "The Haves and the Have Nots," created by Tyler Perry and starring "One Life to Live" alum Tika Sumpter (ex-Layla Williams) as seductress Candace Young, who has immersed herself into the complicated dynamic between the rich and powerful Cryer and Harrington families. A record 3.22 million viewers tuned in to all the antics going down.
The second half of the fourth season of ABC's "Once Upon a Time" will include "General Hospital" alum Sebastian Roché (ex-Jerry Jacks), who has been cast as King Stefan, Aurora's (Sarah Bolger) father who has a complicated past with Maleficent (Kristin Bauer Van Straten), reports Entertainment Weekly.
Bellum Entertainment and Raycom Media announced today that it has picked up two seasons of "Fix It & Finish It," hosted by "General Hospital" and "Dancing with the Stars" alum Antonio Sabato, Jr., and sister series "Flip My Food," hosted by Chef Jeff Henderson. The pickup for seasons 2 and 3 for both includes 150 episodes per season and expands the reach of each series beyond the existing Raycom Media stations.
After Rayna (Connie Britton) chose Deacon (Charles Esten) on the winter finale of ABC's "Nashville," the series returns with all new episodes beginning Wednesday, February 4 with the question, "Can their love survive the year?"
"The Royals" marks E!'s first entry in the original scripted drama series game when it premieres Sunday, March 15, and as the network highlights the annual Christmas address by Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley), who says, "I'm supposed to tell you what a wonderful year it's been. I'm supposed to smile and stick to the script. But the truth is, as a family, as a monarchy, we're hanging on by a thread," we can't help but prepare to witness the next great soapy drama!