As previously reported, Prospect Park’s “All My Children,” and now “One Life to Live,” have been embroiled in a heated debate with I.A.T.S.E. (International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees)/Local 52, the union representing stage workers for the soaps, which alleges that Prospect Park has violated the labor agreement with the union. As a result, Prospect Park today announced that both soaps will halt production effective tomorrow, June 6.
“As a result of a dispute with the I.A.T.S.E., The OnLine Network is beginning a long-planned hiatus for both ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life To Live’ tomorrow instead of June 17,” the company said in a statement. “The hiatus is scheduled to end on August 12 pending resolution of this labor issue. Right now we have 40 episodes of each show ready to post through September, and if we can resolve this issue by August, we can get back into the studio on time so audiences will enjoy uninterrupted postings of their favorite shows.
As we previously reported, Camryn Grimes is returning to “The Young and the Restless” this summer, and fans are abuzz with speculation about her upcoming appearance. Will she be returning yet again as a ghost? Could she be headed back to the canvas as a completely new character? And just how long will the beloved actress be sticking around in Genoa City? We caught up with Sharon Case, who plays Cassie’s mother, Sharon Collins, to get a sneak peek at what’s ahead!
“The Young and the Restless’” Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Newman) hasn’t even left Genoa City yet, but there are already fans crossing their fingers in anticipation of a future return. But is it possible? Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President of CBS Daytime, thinks so! “She is an icon,” the exec tells Soap Opera Network of Stafford, who began playing George and Lydia Summers’ daughter back in 1994. “She’s an amazingly talented woman… and she brings so much as Phyllis to the show. But we have to respect her decision, and [leaving] was her choice.”
Stereotypes about soap operas have been flying around since their 1952 television debut, but never once has it been uttered that watching passionate and steamy daytime sudsers can actually reduce fertility rates — until now!
Robert Scott Wilson has taken “All My Children” by storm as Opal Cortlandt’s (Jill Larson) son, Pete Cortlandt. So much so, that he’s fast becoming a Pine Valley tycoon even his own father, Palmer, wouldn’t have messed with!
“He’s such a businessman; he loves a challenge, and he loves to… just have that winning attitude,” says Wilson of his alter ego’s go-get-em attitude — a frame of mind that is definitely already starting to get the junior mogul into a lot of trouble. For instance, not only is he chasing after Celia (Jordan Lane Price), a girl who comes with heaps of typical soap baggage, he’s also already struck a deal with the devil — David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry) — a mere few weeks after viewers saw him cruise into town! The latter of which the actor says has created quite a buzz from fans. “They take it so personal,” he says with amusement, adding that it’s been an insanely fun storyline to play. “It’s just crazy to know all of the storylines that took place and how snaky [David] is about everything, and riding that fine line makes it really fun to play, because we’re both trying to get something from each other — but at the same time, we both have our ulterior motives.”
It is with great sadness to report that Paul Skipper, a long-time photographer at JPI Studios, died on Tuesday, June 4 (previously incorrectly reported by us as Monday, June 3). While it is unknown at this time what caused Skipper’s death, tweets have gone out from several past and present “Days of our Lives” cast/crew members, which is the show Skipper primarily shot for, including one from Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) that read: “Paul Skipper- RIP. No one shot more terrific pictures for our genre.” His tweet was responded to by Crystal Chappell (ex-Carly Manning), who said “so very true. Loved his dear heart.”
As previously reported, “Drop Dead Diva” returns for an all-new season beginning Sunday, June 23 at 9:00 PM ET/PT on Lifetime. In the just released promo, we couldn’t help noticing former “All My Children” star Natalie Hall (ex-Colby Chandler)!
Cancelled months after leaving viewers hanging with a major cliffhanger, “Drop Dead Diva” received a reprieve from Lifetime earlier this year which has resulted in a fifth season set to debut on Sunday, June 23. Today, Lifetime has revealed the first promo of the new season, which helps shed a little light on life after Owen (Lex Medlin) caught his bride, Jane (Brooke Elliott), kissing Grayson (Jackson Hurst) moments before they were to be wed.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, former “General Hospital” star Marisa Ramirez (ex-Gia Campbell; ex-Carmen Mesta, “The Young and the Restless”) has been upped to series regular on CBS’ “Blue Bloods” beginning with the primetime shows fourth season premiering in the fall. Ramirez, who joined the show as a recurring guest-star starting with the Friday, March 8 episode entitled “Protest Too Much,” portrays Detective Maria Baez, the former and now full-time partner of Donnie Wahlberg‘s Detective Danny Raegan. The actress is replacing Jennifer Esposito, who portrayed Wahlberg’s onscreen partner, Jackie Curatola, on the drama series until November of last year.
Fans of “The Young and the Restless’” Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor) were kept in the loop about the actress’ illness and eventual passing by her son, Corbin Bernsen (“Psych”), and now the actor is set to speak out yet again on his mother’s tragic May 8 death.
To commemorate Cooper’s passing, Bernsen will be appearing on the Wednesday, June 5 episode of “Marie,” the Marie Osmond-hosted Hallmark Channel talk show, and two heart-wrenching clips from the episode have been released.