On Thursday, May 29, “General Hospital’s” Teresa Castillo (Sabrina Santiago) delivered her first child – a girl – with husband Shane Aaron. The actress tweeted yesterday, “My husband and I are happy to announce the arrival of our baby girl, Victoria Milani. She was born on May 29th. We are in LOVE.”
In an interview with People Magazine, it was revealed that the baby was born late in the night (10:32 PM) on May 29 and weighed in at 7 lbs., 2 oz. and measured 20 inches long.
“We are completely overjoyed to finally have our little girl in our arms,” she told the mag. ““It was completely surreal. I couldn’t believe that this was the little person living in my belly for nine months,” she adds. “She was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen.”
In the final segment of the Friday, May 30 episode of ABC’s “General Hospital,” the real Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) asked the question, “Who are you?” to the person who has been impersonating him for the past several months. To amp up the drama, fans were treated to a chilling scene in which somber music played in the background as Fluke (aka: Fake Luke) responded and said, “Who am I? That’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it? Who do I look like? You? Lucas Lorenzo Spencer? But you want to know who is behind the face. You want to know who’s pulling the strings, doing the dance. You want to know whose big, buzzing brain is behind this genius plan. Let me tell you in the simplest possible terms. Wouldn’t you like to know?” Fluke then winked at Luke.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is set to formally announce a list of individuals scheduled to attend as presenters for the 41st Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy® Awards later today, Soap Opera Network has learned. The list includes several of daytime’s biggest and brightest stars, past and present, and a number of behind the scenes talents from “All My Children,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital,” “One Life to Live” and “The Young and the Restless,” among other forms of daytime programming.
While neither soap has been officially canceled by Prospect Park/The OnLine Network, “AMC” actors Denyse Tontz (ex-Miranda Montgomery) and Eric Nelsen (ex-AJ Chandler) have signed on as presenters, along with “OLTL’s” Tuc Watkins (ex-David Vickers Buchanan). Leslie Miller, who co-hosted “MORE AMC” and “MORE OLTL” for TOLN in 2013, will also attend as a presenter. Kassie DePaiva, who portrayed Blair Cramer on “OLTL,” both on the ABC and TOLN versions, is set to present as a member of the “DAYS” cast as it was announced earlier this year that she had signed on to portray the contract role of Eve Donovan (previously portrayed by Emmy Award winner Charlotte Ross). She will be joined by Freddie Smith (Sonny Kiriakis) and Guy Wilson (Will Horton).
In an interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” which aired this weekend in its entirety and was conducted by her former “All My Children” co-star Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan Lavery), actress Cady McClain (Kelly Andrews, “The Young and the Restless”; ex-Dixie Martin, “AMC”) talks about her new book, “Murdering My Youth: A Memoir,” where she reveals that her parents used her for financial gain, how her years of sexual abuse at the hands of her father nearly led her down an emotional breaking point after filming love scenes at “AMC,” and how her marriage to “General Hospital’s” Jon Lindstrom (Kevin Collins) has helped her grow.
“It was a story that lived inside of me and really tortured me for many years,” said McClain, when asked about the stories that led to her writing her new book. “There were people that came into my life as a child, my parents, and a few people from show business who took away my innocence very young.”
Talking about love scenes, and how much a toll it had on her emotionally afterward, McClain says, “Doing love scenes was absolute torture for me because I was sexually abused as a little girl. I had to do a rape scene once… I mean I almost lost my mind. I remember doing some scenes with Billy Clyde (Matthew Cowles), where he was going to rape me and he had something around my neck. I did the scenes. I did my job and then I went down to my dressing room and just went into the fetal position for awhile because it was just rattling such old bones in me. I didn’t have ownership of my sexuallity really. It had been marked in a way by my father when he was drunk, and sexually abused me. It’s taken a long of time and a lot of work to reclaim all those parts of myself.”
On Sunday, May 25, Lee Chamberlin, an actress and playwright, died at the age of 76 after a battle with cancer.
Born February 14, 1938, soap fans will recall Chamberlin for her portrayal of Pat Baxter on ABC’s “All My Children.” The character was Dr. Angela Hubbard’s (Debbi Morgan) mother and appeared on the daytime soap from 1982 to 1991. The character also appeared on an episode of “Loving.”
With Robert Scott Wilson now appearing weekdays as Ben Rogers on NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” CBS’ “The Price is Right” has announced plans to replace the actor/model for another round of “The Price is Right: Male Model Search.”
While no specific details have been announced such as when the contest will begin, the game show is expected to conduct casting call in Los Angeles, as it had done the first time around, where male model hopefuls will be interviewed and judged by the show’s female models and show producers on qualities such as their verbal skills, posing and ability to properly showcase a product. Contestants who are selected to move on will then participate in a series of challenges designed to reveal who has the best on-camera presence and modeling skills. The judges will eliminate contestants after each challenge, but at certain points, one of the two contestants who finish in the bottom of a challenge may have the chance to win their way back into the competition.
On “General Hospital,” Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) desperately wants to find out if Ava (Maura West) is really pregnant before he shoots her following last week’s revelation that she, not AJ, was responsible for the death of his former lover, Connie Falconeri. In a newly released video preview highlighting scenes airing during the week of June 2, Sonny and Ava go to General Hospital to visit her OB-GYN, Britt Westbourne (Kelly Thiebaud), who informs them that they’ll be able to find out with absolute certainty whether she’s actually pregnant.
Meanwhile, look for Nikolas’ reaction to the recent Ric news as drugs to take a pivotal role in Port Charles and Maxie receives some much needed support during her custody hearing. Meanwhile, Sam receives an unexpected visitor and Morgan contemplates forgiveness.
TVtibi, a new TV everywhere internet based network currently in beta test, announced today that they have given a series order to “Surviving Sam,” a dramedy starring former “All My Children” actress Alicia Minshew (ex-Kendall Hart) and comedian Rob Magnotti.
Created by Toni Marcolini and Maria Plinio, the show follows Minshew in the role of Samantha “Sam” Gallo, a newly divorced woman forced by an unamused Family Court judge to live under the same roof as her OCD ex-husband, Ben (Magnotti), to raise their two children. Meanwhile, Ben is trying to survive the storm in this cutting edge look into a relationship in ruins tied together by family obligations and residual feelings. Gerry Plinio will play Christina, one of the two daughters.
While keeping relatively silent since being let go from CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” in early December, actor Michael Muhney (ex-Adam Newman) was reportedly spotted on the CBS Television Studios based set of the daytime drama series recently, reports Soap Opera Digest in its June 9 issue.
Thursday, June 12 will mark the final appearance of Camila Banus on NBC’s “Days of our Lives” as Gabi Hernandez shares an emotional goodbye with her brother Rafe (Galen Gering), Will Horton (Guy Wilson) and Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith), among others, as she prepares for the next phase in her life. Before she goes, however, it was revealed in today’s episode that the character played a pivotal role in the death of former lover Nick Fallon (Blake Berris).