According to a report by Daytime Confidential, ABC’s “General Hospital” will be temporarily losing the characters of Starr Manning, Todd Manning and John McBain as Prospect Park has exercised its right to utilize the characters for its online reboot from the agreement the production company signed with the Disney/ABC Domestic Television Group, part of the Walt Disney Company, back in July 2011.
UPDATE Saturday, 1/12/13 1:00 PM ET: Vilasuso posted the following message to his followers on Twitter, “Can’t wait to start AMC reboot! Looking forward to getting Castillos back in action. Thx WGA for joining. Thx for all your love and support!”
PREVIOUS Friday, 1/11/13 6:38 PM ET: Jordi Vilasuso, who tweeted, “Wishing everyone a happy and safe NYE! BTW, Is someone paging Dr.Griffin Castillo? #AMC @prospectpk,” back on Monday, December 31, 2012, has just announced via SoapCentral Live that he has in fact signed on to return to the drama series when it moves to the web later this year. The actor portrayed Girffin Castillo on the soap from November 2010 until the program concluded its ABC run in September 2011. He re-teams with on screen sister Lindsay Hartley, who was the first actor to have been confirmed as returning when the show resumes production for episodes set to air via Prospect Park’s TOLN (The Online Network) website.
With Vilasuso and Hartley signed on, the “AMC” count has been rounded up to five cast members returning. Also returning are Vincent Irizarry, Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams.
As he did back in 2011 when news of Prospect Park’s plan to move “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” to the web first hit, actor Jerry verDorn has announced that he will be returning to Llanview once more as Clint Buchanan. The actor made the announcement yesterday evening on his Facebook page:
On today’s edition of “The Talk,” former “General Hospital” star Steve Burton (ex-Jason Morgan) confirmed, what Soap Opera Network had been hearing for the past several months, that he is joining CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.” The actor begins filming tomorrow, January 8. He first airs on Tuesday, January 29. He will portray the contract role of Dylan McAvoy, a rugged ex-soldier with a secret upon arriving in Genoa City.
While discussing his joining, Burton stated he decided to return to daytime television because of Jill Farren Phelps, who executive produced “GH” from 2000 through 2011. Phelps currently EP’s “Y&R.”
Debbi Morgan, who on Saturday, January 5 announced she was returning to “All My Children” when it moves to the web later this year via Prospect Park, may have let the cat of the bag for one of her co-stars after responding to numerous tweets from excited fans. In response to Tweeter
@irishbangers, Morgan said, “It’s just terrific news, isn’t it?! Darnell is definitely on board, and I think Mike as well, but not quite sure yet…” For those wondering, Morgan is referring to Darnell Williams, who portrayed onscreen love interest Jesse Hubbard and Michael E. Knight, who portrayed Hubbard family friend Tad Martin on the soap.
CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” has cast former “Guiding Light” stars Karla Mosley and Lawrence Saint-Victor in the contract roles of Maya Avant and Carter Walton, respectively. Their casting was announced by “B&B” executive producer and head writer Bradley P. Bell.
Although on “GL” the two portrayed a married couple, it is understood that their characters will be of no relation to one another on the soap.
Scott Reeves, who has portrayed Dr. Steven Lars Webber on “General Hospital” since 2009, has announced via his Twitter account that the ABC series has released him from his contract and that he will last air on the soap sometime in February.
“Hey guys, u know how much u mean 2 me and I wanted u 2 hear it from me. I was let go from GH today and my last day should b in Feb sometime,” said Reeves in a Twitter posting shortly after 9:00 PM PST on Wednesday, December 12.
According to a tweet by Robert Adamson, who portrays Noah Newman on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless,” daytime newcomer Jhoanna Flores has joined the cast in an as yet to be determined role. “
@ jhoannamarissa welcome to #YR.. I’ll keep it under wraps for now who she’s playing. But she’s doing a great job!” read Adamson’s tweet.
It is widely expected, that Flores will be portraying Adriana Stone, Noah’s ex-girlfriend.
Flores’ acting credits include stints on ABC Family’s “Greek,” CBS’ “Criminal Minds” and the 1990′s ABC sitcom “Two of a Kind.” Flores appeared in the 2007 film “Her Best Move” with Daytime Emmy Award winner Drew Tyler Bell (ex-Thomas Forrester, “The Bold and the Beautiful”).
Deadline is reporting that former “Days of our Lives” star Matt Cedeno (ex-Brandon Walker) has landed a recurring role on Lifetime’s “Devious Maids,” which stars Susan Lucci (“All My Children”), Ana Ortiz (“Ugly Betty”), Roselyn Sanchez (“Without a Trace”), Grant Show (“Melrose Place”) and Brianna Brown (“General Hospital”). Cedeno is said to be featured in the tweaked pilot, which was originally conceived as a possible series for ABC during last seasons development cycle, and will likely be upped to series regular if the show is picked up by Lifetime for a second season. Cedeno will play the role of Alejandro Reyes, “a successful recording artist. Back home after three long months on tour, Alejandro wants to lounge by the pool – while behind his back, Odessa and the new maid Carmen are maneuvering themselves for Total War.”
As previously reported, Susan Flannery is leaving CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” after 25 years portraying the role of Stephanie Forrester on the world’s most watched daytime drama series. With today’s airing factored in, more than 6,450 episodes of the soap will have aired since she debuted on the series (she started airing on the show’s second episode on March 24, 1987).
In celebration of Flannery, Executive Producer and Head Writer, Bradley P. Bell will be tweeting live during today’s east coast broadcast (1:30 PM ET) via the show’s official twitter handle @BandB_CBS.
In addition, fans are being asked to tweet live with the hashtag #TeamStephanie as a way to support the character.