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Thaao Penghlis (ex-Tony DiMera, "Days of our Lives") is set to reprise his role as Victor Cassadine on ABC's "General Hospital" in the new year, confirms a show representative to Soap Opera Network. The actor last played the role more than 30 years ago, when the character met his supposed death, but with the actor returning does that mean that the brother of Anthony and Mikkos Cassadine is in fact alive? You'll just have to tune in to find out during the all important February sweeps ratings period!
The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today its official selections for its annual AFI Awards, which honors the 10 outstanding films and 10 outstanding television programs that it deemed "culturally and artistically representative of the year's most significant achievements in the art of the moving image." In the TV category, AFI is celebrating "The Americans," "Breaking Bad," "Game of Thrones," "The Good Wife," "House of Cards," "Mad Men," "Masters of Sex," "Orange is the New Black," "Scandal," and "Veep." In film, AFI chose "12 Years a Slave, " "American Hustle," "Captain Phillips," Fruitvale Station," "Gravity," "Her," Inside Llewyn Davis," "Nebraska," "Saving Mr. Banks," and "The Wolf of Wall Street."
In an newly released interview with Soap Opera Digest columnist and Tainted Dreams blogger, Carolyn Hinsey, "The Bold and the Beautiful's" Thorsten Kaye opens up about his role as Ridge Forrester on the CBS Daytime soap, but it's his comments on Prospect Parks' version of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" that has all eyes open.
On Friday, December 13, Ridge Forrester returns to CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" as played by daytime soap veteran, Thorsten Kaye. The actor takes over the role from Ronn Moss, who departed the series in 2012. In a promo released by the network, Ridge drives up the Forrester driveway and gets ready to embark on a new journey, but where does he fit in? You'll just have to tune in to find out!
Back in June, "Days of our Lives'" Casey Deidrick (ex-Chad DiMera) and Chandler Massey (Will Horton), along with their And I Still Rise bandmates Stephen Haynes, Mike Gross and Josh Bonaparte, launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a music video for their song, "Sixty Five Roses," in support of those living with Cystic Fibrosis. Last week the group released the music video on YouTube with a digital copy of the song made available for purchase on the iTunes store. The band received nearly $31,000 in funding for their online campaign, which exceeded their goal of $20,000. The video was directed by Robby Starbuck.
In case you missed its world premiere last night, Lifetime is re-airing "Christmas In The City" today at 5:00 PM ET/PT and again on Saturday, December 14 at 6:00 PM ET/PT. The film stars Ashley Williams, Ashanti, Shanola Hampton, former "As The World Turns" actor Jon Prescott (ex-Mike Kasnoff), Michael Durrell, Kylie Price, David Ralphe, Josh Crotty, Beverly Leech.

Saturday, December 7, 2013 5:07 PM EDT
While reporting on the nominees for the 2014 Writers Guild of America Awards (See: WGA Nominations: ‘Days of our Lives’, ‘General Hospital’ and ‘The Young and the Restless’), a couple of names appeared to have been omitted, specifically "Days of our Lives" co-head writer, Gary Tomlin, and former "The Young and the Restless" head writer, Josh Griffith. A couple of you inquired with us about that, and I in fact initially questioned it myself, at least until I was quickly reminded that both Tomlin and Griffith went "fi-core" during the 2007-2008 writers strike.
One week ago today actor Paul Walker (ex-Brandon Collins, "The Young and the Restless") died in a fiery car accident that also took the life of his friend Roger Rodas, CEO of Always Evolving, who was driving the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT at the time when it crashed into a tree and exploded. According to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, Walker died from “the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries,” while Rodas died as a result of “multiple traumatic injuries.” In memory of Walker, producers behind "The Fast and the Furious" film franchise, which he was best known for, published a tribute video (seen below) of the actor on its official YouTube page. The video has currently amassed 16.7 million views worldwide.
As previously reported, Tristan Rogers will soon be departing ABC's "General Hospital" after his most recent stint as Robert Scorpio comes to an end. With his pending return to CBS' "The Young and the Restless" in the new year, Rogers recently announced on Twitter his final film date at "GH" and his first film date back at "Y&R."
As previously reported, ABC's "Home for the Holidays" special event will be hitting "General Hospital." Soap Opera Network has learned that Christopher Allen, a real life United States military veteran who served four years in the U.S. Air Force, will be appearing on the Thursday, December 26 episode as military veteran CPO Hicks.
With an estimated value of $5,500, a lucky individual and their partner could win a dinner date with "General Hospital's" William deVry (Julian Jerome) and former "Port Charles" and "The Young and the Restless" actress, Rebecca Staab. Now through Thursday, December 12, the married couple is auctioning off a meal that includes Sea Save founder, Georgienne Bradley, which will take place at the elegant Geoffrey’s Malibu, "a unique place, rich in its own history, it embodies the natural beauty from which it sprang, while offering an invitation to everyone who cares to celebrate life." The highest bidder will be provided with insight into the entertainment industry, according the description on the CharityBuzz website as listed by the two soapers.
According to The New York Post, "One Life to Live's" Erika Slezak (ex-Victoria Buchanan) has put her two-bedroom, two-bathroom co-op on the market for $1.82 million. Located in the eight-story, 60-unit brick-and-terracotta Musician's Building in the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City, the property includes built-in bookcases in a large living room, an eat-in kitchen with wine refrigerator and all-in-one washer/dryer, and a wood-burning fireplace.
As previously reported, "The Bold and the Beautiful's" Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester) will be hosting a new adventure series on E!, which premieres tonight at 10:00 PM ET/PT on the cable network. The series will take viewers on the ultimate adventure as Wood travels around the world in such exotic locations as Sardinia, Ibiza, Hvar and Marbella, meeting several individuals in a world without limits. Activities Wood takes part include rock climbing, yachting, camel riding, jet skiing, NASCAR like racing, and much more.