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The Casting Society of America (CSA) hosted the 30th Annual Artios Awards last night in ceremonies taking place simultaneously in New York and Los Angeles. "General Hospital's" Mark Teschner took home the casting award for Daytime Drama Series. He beat out "Days of our Lives" casting director Marnie Saitta, and associate Bob Lambert, and "The Young and the Restless" casting director Judy Blye Wilson, and associate Greg Salmon.
ABC will be celebrating the fans of "General Hospital" next month with the return of Fan February, reports ABC Soaps In Depth. The fan campaign, which began in 2003 as a way for fans to take part in the development process of their favorite soap, a chance to visit the set or interact in some way with cast members, was last utilized in 2007.
Starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood, Warner Bros. Pictures is celebrating its "American Sniper" this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as the film is currently setting several January box office records. Estimates have the film, which includes appearances by "General Hospital's" Billy Miller (Jason Morgan) and "Nashville's" Eric Close, taking in $89.5 million over the three-day weekend and $105.3 million over the four-day holiday weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.
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As part of Amazon's unique pilot to series programming method for its Amazon Instant Video streaming service, "General Hospital" alum Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan Lovett; "True Blood," "The Originals") can now be seen in the pilot, "Point of Honor," which follows a Virginia family, led by their West Point bred son, John Rhodes (Parsons), who at the start of the Civil War makes the controversial decision to defend the South while freeing all of their slaves. Luke Benward (“Ravenswood”) portrays Garland, the charming black sheep of the family.
The 10th anniversary edition of "Dancing with the Stars" will launch on Monday, March 16 at 8:00 PM, ET/PT, ABC recently announced. The competition series, which began in the summer of 2005 with "General Hospital's" Kelly Monaco taking home the coveted mirror-ball, will be without long-time dancers Derek Hough and Cheryl Burke, however.
Nutrisystem, Inc. announced last week that Genie Francis ("General Hospital," "The Young and the Restless") is its new brand ambassador. The iconic former soap star is said to have lost 30 pounds while on the weight loss program, which she started after losing her sister in 2013 and following her oldest child, son Jameson Ivor Frakes, heading off to college.

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on Saturday, January 17, 2015 @ 3:30 PM
While it's not yet clear whether the recent ratification of the National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting (Network Television Code) is the culprit, as negotiations had been ongoing between actor's union SAG-AFTRA and ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX, among other producers, for some time, industry insiders are whispering that the broadcast networks have asked their daytime dramas to find ways in cutting some of the fat in their casts.

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on Friday, January 16, 2015 @ 11:49 PM
Ratings Report for the Week of January 5-9, 2015
In her first starring role on television since the end of ABC's "Desperate Housewives," NBC announced today that it has given a 13 episode series order to "Telenovela," a comedy that follows all the crazy antics from behind the scenes of a popular Spanish telenovela which will star Eva Longoria as Ana Maria, the diva-ish star of Latin America's most beloved telenovela, who strives to stay on top in a world where the drama on-camera is nothing compared to the drama off-camera. The actress will also serve as an executive producer on the Universal Television and Unbelievable Entertainment produced comedy.

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on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 @ 12:58 AM
Ratings Report for the Week of December 29, 2014 - January 2, 2015
While official cause of death has yet to be determined, Sharon Alkus, the wife of Beau Kazer, who portrayed Brock Reynolds on CBS' "The Young and the Restless" off and on since originating the role in 1974, told The Hollywood Reporter that her husband is believed to have died in his sleep on December 30, 2014, and that he had been battling health issues for two years.
After joining the cast of ABC's "General Hospital" in the contract role of Starr Manning in 2012, which she originated in 1998 on "One Life to Live" when she was just 6 years old, Daytime Emmy Award winner Kristen Alderson (Kiki Jerome) has decided to leave the daytime drama series.
One month after announcing that 93% of its board approved the National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting (Network Television Code), SAG-AFTRA announced today that its members have overwhelmingly ratified the new contract with 96.5% of the members voting in favor.

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