Some of daytime’s most popular stars are taking a break from their dramatic, twist-and-turn-filled storylines and grabbing the mic for an all-night fan-filled crooning session!
On Friday, April 11, fans can join Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer, “General Hospital”), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Carey, “All My Children;” Macy Alexander, “The Bold & The Beautiful”), Ronn Moss (Ridge Forrester, “B&B”), Eden Riegel (Bianca Montgomery, “AMC;” Heather Stevens, “Y&R”), Kristen Alderson (Kiki Jerome, “GH;” Starr Manning, “One Life to Live”) and Vincent Irizarry (Dr. David Hayward, “AMC;” David Chow, “Y&R”) for a one-night only concert event called Soap Stars Sing!
The official Drama Performer Pre-Nominations for this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards were announced earlier today, and fans of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” may have noticed something peculiar: Both online versions of the shows were much less represented than their network counterparts.
Despite the National Academy of Televisions Arts & Sciences declaring last October that the web sudsers were eligible to compete against “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “The Young and the Restless,” “Days of our Lives” and “General Hospital,” only four actors are on the list: Oustanding Younger Actress pre-nominees Kelley Missal (Danielle Manning, “OLTL”) and Denyse Tontz (Miranda Montgomery, “AMC”) and Outstanding Younger Actor pre-nominees Corbin Bleu (Jeffrey King, “OLTL”) and Eric Nelson (AJ Chandler, “AMC”).
Fans of “One Life to Live’s” Tika Sumpter (Layla Williamson) were thrilled when she was cast as Candace Young on OWN’s “The Haves and the Have Nots,” but the actress recently revealed on “The Tyler Perry Show” that she almost didn’t accept the role — until Oprah Winfrey herself got on the phone! But how did the conversation go down?
When writer/director/producer Tyler Perry was casting for the series, which explores the complicated relationship between the wealthy Cryer family and their hired help, he immediately had Sumpter in mind. He’d worked with the “OLTL” and “Gossip Girl” actress on his film, “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas,” and asked her if she’s join “The Haves and Have Nots.” Surprisingly, Sumpter didn’t greet the invitation with an immediate yes, and it took two calls from Oprah to convince her to take the role. To find out how that went down, watch the fun clip after the jump!
Former “One Life to Live” actor Roger Hill, who played Alex Lowndes, has died.
According to reports, the 65-year-old actor passed away on Thursday, February 20 in New York City. Having spent most of his career in theater, the Bronx native is also known for his role as gang lord Cyrus in the film “Warriors,” and Chingachgook in the TV mini-series “The Leatherstocking Tales.” Soap opera fans, however, most remember him as Llanview’s Alex, which he played in the early 80s.
Hill is survived by his only son, film editor Chris W. Hill.
The drama surrounding former soap actress Crystal Hunt’s (Stacy Morasco, “One Life to Live;” Lizzie Spaulding, “Guiding Light”) felony assault charge continues to build!
As we previously reported, the Florida native has been officially charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly using a glass to attack a woman at a West Hollywood bar back in December. And now, according to KTLA 5, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has revealed that Hunt has plead not guilty to the charge. If convicted, however, the actress could face up to four to five years in jail.
At press time, Hunt’s next court appearance was scheduled for Monday, February 24 — so stay tuned for further details!
As we previously reported, former “One Life to Live” actor Josh Kelly (Cutter Wentworth) had landed a starring role in Lifetime’s pilot, “Un-Real,” which has now officially been picked up by the network!
Deadline reports that Lifetime has ordered 10 episodes of the series, which was inspired by the award-winning short “Sequin Raze” and centers around a fictional competitive dating program in which the relationships of the contestants are manipulated to spur major drama and outrageous footage. Kelly plays the role of Jeremy, whose ex-girlfriend (Shiri Appleby) is responsible for the relationship meddling.
Prospect Park and ABC battled it out in court this morning over the $100+ million lawsuit the former launched against the latter over the soaps “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” And it looks like Prospect Park has won the first round!
According to Deadline Hollywood, ABC was denied its motion to strike the part of Prospect Park’s amended complaint in which the production company asked to have the license agreement for both online shows extended and licensing payments to ABC halted while the breach of contract suit moves forward.
As we previously reported, soap actress Crystal Hunt (Stacy Morasco, “One Life to Live;” Lizzie Spaulding, “Guiding Light”) was arrested back in December for allegedly smashing a glass into another woman’s face. And she’s now officially been charged with the crime, meaning she could face up to four years in prison!
As we previously reported, former “General Hospital” actress Emily Wilson (ex-Ellie Trout) booked a guest stint on the ABC drama “Castle,” and her episode airs tonight!
Previously scheduled for a Monday, January 27 debut but pushed back until tonight, Monday, February 3, the episode will feature Wilson as Grace Jacobs, a young woman that grew up reading Modern Fashion with the dream of working for the ‘zine’s editor, Matilda King (Frances Fisher, Deborah “Red” Saxon, “The Edge of Night;” ex-Gladys Pierce, “Days of our Lives”). When Matilda is found murdered, Castle (Nathan Fillion, ex-Joey Buchanan, “One Life to Live”) and Beckett (Stana Katic) head into the glamorous world of fashion in search of the killer.
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.