Deborah Blackwell, the former general manager of Disney/ABC Cable Network Group’s SOAPnet from 2001-2007, has died at the age of 63, reports Deadline Hollywood. She died yesterday, January 31, after a seven-year battle with Pick’s disease, a rare neurodegenerative disorder. Blackwell was surrounded by family in Virginia at the time of her passing.
As previously reported, soap stars Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan Lavery, “All My Children”) and Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco Jones, “General Hospital;” ex-Dominick Marone, “The Bold and the Beautiful”) are set to star in the Hallmark Movie Channel Original movie, “My Gal Sunday,” which premieres tonight at 9:00 PM ET on the cable network.
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This week, your favorite soap actors past and present weigh in on the Golden Globes results and reveal their favorite Best Picture Oscar nominees!
Christmas is coming a little bit early for fans of Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan Lavery, “All My Children”) this year. The actor is gracing the small screen alongside Jennie Garth (“Beverly Hills, 90210”) in an ABC Family “25 Days of Christmas” film titled “Holidaze.”
The feel-good flick follows Melody (Garth), a high-powered workaholic who plans on spending the holidays jet-setting with friends — until her boss sends her to her sleepy hometown with the task of convincing the townspeople to allow the building of a new discount store! Everyone — including her old friends and high school sweetheart, Carter (Mathison) — are opposed to the idea, which starts a recipe for trouble. Desperate to get out of town and back to her normal life, Melody takes a spill and wakes up in an alternate universe where she never left town and is married to Carter!
A bizarre story is making national news headlines: Michaele Salahi, notoriously known as the woman who crashed a White House party, and Journey musician Neal Schon are planning a “dream wedding” that will be broadcast on pay-per-view. And the soap opera twist comes in the form of “All My Children’s” Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan Lavery) acting as host!
Mathison will join Debbie Matenopoulos and Karyn Bryant on Sunday, December 15 to host the special event, which Schon says he’s thrilled to be able to share with fans. “We were approached by a few networks wanting to tape, edit, and then broadcast the wedding as the beginning of a reality series focusing on our lives together,” he explains. “Ultimately, we thought, ‘Hey, why give up creative control when we can do the whole thing live and share the wedding and the music directly with our fans, who have been so incredible.”
As we previously reported, Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco Jones, “General Hospital;” ex-Dominick Marone, “The Bold and the Beautiful”) and “Good Morning America’s” Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan Lavery, “All My Children”) have teamed up for a Hallmark Channel project, and the network has released new details. “My Gal Sunday,” which was once rumored to be a pilot for a possible primetime series, has now been confirmed as a Hallmark Movie Channel Original World Premiere movie!
The romantic drama (based of the book of short stories of the same name by author Mary Higgins Clark) follows a husband and wife duo (Mathison and “Clueless” star Rachel Blanchard) whose private eye backgrounds and political ties place them smack dab in the middle of intrigue and scandal.
Casting for Hallmark’s upcoming backdoor pilot, “My Gal Sunday” has been in full swing, and three of the series’ major players have finally been confirmed: Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan Lavery, “All My Children”), Jack Wagner (Frisco Jones, “General Hospital;” ex-Dominick Marone, “The Bold and the Beautiful”) and Rachel Blanchard (“Clueless;” “7th Heaven”).
If you’re over the moon about the fact that Eden Riegel has reprised her role as “All My Children’s” Bianca Montgomery on TOLN’s version of the iconic soap, someone has you beat: The actress herself! “I’m so excited to be back playing Bianca again; it’s so surreal,” she exclaims. “I feel like I’m living in a dream.”
He wooed the ladies on “General Hospital,” and now Ingo Rademacher is set to woo America as a contestant on the 16th season of “Dancing With The Stars.” Paired with dancer Kym Johnson, Rademacher will be competing against a very diverse cast, including country star Wynonna Judd, “American Idol” alum Kellie Pickler, actress Zendayz Coleman, comedian Andy Dick, Olympic skater Dorothy Hamill, comedian D.L. Hughley, football player Jacoby Jones, boxer Victor Ortiz, Olympic gymnast Alexandra Raisman, and reality star Lisa Vanderpump.
On today’s edition of “The View,” Susan Lucci revealed that the return of her alter ego, Erica Kane, to the online relaunch of “All My Children” is currently not in the cards. Fans of the popular soap opera and the legendary character should not despair though. The petite diva enthusiastically added, “I want with all my heart to return.” Lucci further elaborated to the women of “The View” that all the parties involved are “working so hard to make that [return] happen.”