Anyone who’s been watching “General Hospital” as of late knows that the iconic sudser is seriously on fire — and from what we can tell, the flames don’t look as if they’ll die down any time soon! In fact, when Soap Opera Network caught up with executive producer Frank Valentini at this month’s Television Critics Association event at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California, he revealed that fans haven’t seen anything yet! Read on for the scoop on what’s to come in the weeks ahead, how interaction with the network heads has helped with the soap’s recent success and what to expect for the long haul when it comes to everything Port Charles!
Hot on the heels of her starring role in “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas,” “The Haves and the Have Nots” and “One Life to Live” actress Tika Sumpter along with actors Kevin Hart and Ice Cube is set to take the weekend box office with their new film “Ride Along.”
With an estimated $48.1 million four-day holiday weekend haul, the Universal Pictures movie about a fast-talking security guard named Ben (Hart), who joins his cop soon-to-be brother-in-law James (Cube) on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela (Sumpter), James’ sister, is set to shatter January box office records, reports Deadline Hollywood.
Fans of “General Hospital’s” Kimberly McCullough (Robin Scorpio) have no doubt been thrilled to see the actress front and center on the canvas as of late, but the sad cat has officially been let out of the bag: She’ll soon be departing Port Charles! But just how will Anna’s (Finola Hughes) daughter be exiting the canvas? Soap Opera Network spoke with the actress to find out!
All it took was a simple tweet that said, “Can’t wait for the games today..btw I’m having another kid..have a great day. God bless,” and soap fans everywhere learned that “The Young and the Restless’” Steve Burton (Dylan McAvoy) and wife Sheree Gustin were expecting their third child.
While the sex of the baby is unknown at this time to the expectant parents, Burton shared that their newest bundle of joy is due in mid July and that it came as a surprise to them both when they got the news. The two are the proud parents of daughter Makena Grace, 10, and son Jack Marshall, 7. Burton noted he is “so ready,” when asked by a fan if he was ready for fatherhood again.
During the in memoriam segment of the “20th Screen Actors Guild Awards,” which aired live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, January 18, the actor’s union remembered those we lost in the past year. In addition to such greats as James Gandolfini and Peter O’Toole, “The Young and the Restless’” Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor), Bonnie Franklin (Sister Celeste) and Paul Walker (ex-Brandon Collins) were remembered. Franklin died on Friday, March 1, 2013 from complications of pancreatic cancer, Cooper died on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 after battling a long illness, while Walker died on Saturday, November 30, 2013 following an explosive car accident.
Friday, January 17 marked the final tape date for “Days of our Lives’” Camila Banus (Gabi Hernandez), who joined the soap in October 2010. The actress announced plans to depart the soap in an August 2013 interview with Soap Opera Uncensored.
“Tomorrow is my last day shooting as my beloved character Gabi! Thought this photo was dramatic enough. Everyone wish me luck on my last day of taping as Gabi on Days of our Lives,’” wrote the actress the day before she filmed her final scenes in a message published on her Instagram page.
While character and storyline details aren’t available at this time, actor Chris McKenna tweeted earlier this evening, “It appears I’ll be making a bit of a return to soaps. At least for a few episodes.” He tagged CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” in the tweet to his followers.
Last appearing in daytime in 1993, when his three year stint as Joey Buchanan on ABC’s “One Life to Live” concluded, McKenna has appeared in episodes of numerous primetime shows including “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” and more recently TV Land’s “The Exes.” McKenna had a recurring role on The CW’s “90210″ from 2011-2013. In 2014, he can be seen in the features “Off the Grid” and “Blind Pass.”
A rep for the drama series was unavailable for comment at press time.
Next week on NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” Gabi (Camila Banus) and Will (Guy Wilson) get ready to christen their child with their whole family all in attendance to celebrate, but a surprise guest may have other plans in store.
“Oh, my god!” says a shocked Gabi as Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Kate (Lauren Koslow) look on with their own surprised faces, but who could make all three begin to clam up? Viewers can only begin to speculate if it has anything to do with a certain “dead” man!
According to Entertainment Weekly, Donna Mills, famous for her portrayal of Abby Ewing on CBS’ “Knots Landing,” is joining the cast of ABC’s “General Hospital” in a BIG new role.
Per the website, Mills was the only choice for her mysterious character “particularly because the writers are major fans of her old primetime soap.”
While full character details (name, storyline, etc.) are unavailable at this time, the site says that viewers can expect to see Mills first air sometime in late February.
In an exclusive interview with TV Guide‘s Michael Logan, “The Young and the Restless’” David Tom reveals that he had to audition for the role of Billy Abbott when the series was looking to recast the character when contract talks between current portrayer Billy Miller and Sony Pictures Television proved to be unsuccessful. This was despite the fact that Tom garnered two Daytime Emmy Award nominations in the category of Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series in 2000 and 2001 (he won in 2000) for his portrayal of the character.
While Tom doesn’t air until Monday, February 3, the actor also talked with the publication about Billy finally learning Adam (Michael Muhney) was behind the wheel of the car that killed Billy’s daughter Delia and what it means for the future of the character now that he’s back in the role. In addition, Tom discusses whether viewers should give Billy a free pass after he had grief sex with Kelly (Cynthia Watros) and where things are headed between Billy and Victoria (Amelia Heinle).