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AMC Legend Passes Away


The daytime world has lost one of its true legends. David Canary (Adam/Stuart, ALL MY CHILDREN) passed away of natural causes at the age of 77 on November 16 at The Greens at Cannondale in Wilton, Connecticut.

Canary had a career that spanned stage and screen, but daytime audiences remember him best as Pine Valley twins Adam and Stuart Chandler, roles he played for over a quarter of a century. Over those years, the actor earned 16 Daytime Emmy nominations and took home five for Outstanding Actor.

A private funeral service is being held for immediate family, but a memorial tribute is planned for a date yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the David Canary Memorial Fund at the Alzheimer's Association. You can find that link by clicking here.

Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time.

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Gaskill Is CASTLE Bound!


In "Cool Boys," the Monday, November 9, episode of ABC's CASTLE, Brian Gaskill has traded in the wings he was awarded as angel Rafe on PORT CHARLES for a very different kind of role. He's appearing as a dangerous man who heads up a heist crew. "He has a big scene with both Nathan Fillion [Joey, ONE LIFE TO LIVE] and Adam Baldwin [THE LAST SHIP], who is returning as Detective Ethan Slaughter [from season four], that you do not want to miss," previews showrunner Terence Paul Winter.

For Gaskill, reuniting with Fillion, whom he'd met while they were both soap stars, was an intriguing prospect. "I'd done stuff back with him in the 90s for ABC Daytime," Gaskill reveals. "He was Joey [on ONE LIFE TO LIVE] when I was Bobby [on ALL MY CHILDREN]."

However, Winter says their interaction on CASTLE might leave an even bigger impression. "I think it's something that people will be YouTubing and watching over and over and over again," he suggests. "I don't want to risk spoiling it by saying more, but it's wonderful!"

During the week leading up to shooting, Gaskill enjoyed spending time on set. "You know, when you're on the air eight seasons, you're not just successful, you're probably good people," he surmises of the CASTLE crew. "Not only were the costume people great, but also, they immediately sent me down to production where they were shooting and brought me to set to meet with the hair and makeup people. I don't think I've ever been on the primetime show where they took that kind of time with a guest star. It was great."

Tune in to catch him at 10:00 p.m. EST. For more about the episode, don't miss the CASTLE Primetime Preview feature in next week's ABC issue of Soaps In Depth.

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Soap Vets Team Up For Gritty Film


Former soap stars and longtime friends Robert Fontaine, Jr. (Rafe, SANTA BARBARA; Frankie, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Ray, AS THE WORLD TURNS) and Michael Brainard (Ted, SANTA BARBARA, Joey, ALL MY CHILDREN) have joined forces for the daunting new film, Mi America. "It's reminiscent of an early 1970s police film like Serpico," Brainard suggests. "It's very hard hitting."

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On tonight's episode of BEST TIME EVER, host Neil Patrick Harris will be calling upon soap legend Susan Lucci (Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN) to lend her voice to surprise a member of the studio audience!

What, exactly will Lucci be asked to do on the musical/comedy variety series? We have no idea! You'll have to tune in to NBC tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET to find out what shenanigans ensue!

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ABC Babies!


Congratulations are in order for a couple of ABC soap stars who recently expanded their families!

First, Beth Ann Bonner (Talia, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and wife Maria Fuenmayor welcomed twins Ruby Colette and Simon Lucas into the world on September 22. The actress posted "We are so happy!" along with a montage of baby photos on Twitter.

Then, on October 3, Aiden Turner (Aidan, ALL MY CHILDREN) and girlfriend Jessica Miller announced the birth of their son, Tristan. "He puts a big smile on my face," the actor wrote to accompany a photo of the infant on Twitter. Turner also has a daughter, Ciella, with ex-wife Megan Marshall.

Best wishes to both happy families!

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AMC Star Shares Troubled History


On Saturday, October 3, at 10:00 p.m. ET on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, ALL MY CHILDREN star Debbi Morgan (Angie) will be one of the guests on OPRAH: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The actress will discuss the domestic violence in her family that she has written about in her memoir, The Monkey On My Back.

Below, watch a preview clip of Morgan discussing how the women in her family have always been drawn to abusive men, starting when she was just a little girl. Then, tune in Saturday evening for the full interview.

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AMC Star Moves To Y&R!


Multiple Emmy winner Michael E. Knight is joining THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS! TV Insider is reporting that the actor, best known to daytime audiences as Tad Martin on ALL MY CHILDREN, will be moving to Genoa City this fall for the recurring role of Dr. Simon Neville. Knight is scheduled to begin shooting this week and will first air on Thursday, October 15. However, details surrounding his character are shrouded in mystery, though he appears to have a secret agenda. But then, who on Y&R doesn't?

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Details On Irizarry's New Role!


NBC has confirmed that Vincent Irizarry is, in fact, headed to DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Our friends at TV Line got the scoop that the soap hopper will be creating a new character, Deimos, who has strong ties to the Kiriakis clan.

The actor himself took to Facebook to share his exciting news with his fans. "Finally!" he posted. "I'm able to share with all of you what I've been excitedly holding in for over a month now, that I've joined all the incredibly talented people in Salem over at DAYS! I honestly couldn't be happier to be working with such wonderfully gifted people, all of whom who have been so warm and welcoming. I'm equally thrilled to be playing a character I've already loved playing these past weeks, with scripts that have been so wonderful, I'm excited each time I open a new one to find out what the writers have in store for me next, and alongside actors I have so much respect for. What a true, absolute pleasure it's all been!

"Thank you so much, all of you, for your tireless support of me and my work throughout all these years together," he continued. "I'm truly, truly touched by the overwhelming expressions of kind thoughts and well wishes by so many of you throughout all the social media outlets. As it has been throughout so many times in my life working on shows such as this, because of you all, my cup truly runneth over... Can't wait to see you all in Salem!"

Iriziarry's previous soap roles include David Hayward on ALL MY CHILDREN, twins Nick and Lujack on GUIDING LIGHT, David Chow on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and Dr. Scott Clark on SANTA BARBARA. The actor's DAYS episodes will begin airing in mid-January. The actor's episodes will begin airing in mid-January.

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Two Soap Vets Head To Salem!


Soap-hoppers Jordi Vilasuso (Griffin, ALL MY CHILDREN; Tony, GUIDING LIGHT) and Vincent Irizarry (David, AMC; Nick/Lujack, GL; ex-David Chow, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) have both been cast on DAYS OF OUR LIVES! According to sources, Vilasuso will play a character connected to an existing Salem family, while headwriter Dena Higley revealed in a Facebook post that Irizarry will be playing the younger brother of an existing character -- who shows up in town seeking revenge!

Who do you think these Emmy winners will be playing? Share your theories with us below!

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Visit SOUTH BEACH Today!


The sexy new digital drama SOUTH BEACH is now available for streaming on Hulu, featuring THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL star Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy), and daytime vets Jordi Vilasuso (Griffin, ALL MY CHILDREN; Tony, GUIDING LIGHT) and Marc Menard (Boyd, AMC). The six-episode series is set in the trendy Miami neighborhood — where some secrets refuse to stay buried in the sand.

Wood plays nightclub owner Samantha Lear, Vilasuso is drug lord Isaac Santero and Menard is Vincent York. "It's about two record labels, one of which owns a nightclub. And they're competing for the top acts in Miami," explains Vilasuso. "In the midst of all this, there's a murder — which may or may not be a serial killer who disappeared 20 years ago. My character comes from the other side of the tracks. He's very Machiavellian and he's profiled you before you've met him."

For more with our Keeping Track interview with Vilasuso, pick up the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth on sale now. To watch SOUTH BEACH, head over to — and then come back to let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Susan Lucci Is A Legend!


Soap legend Susan Lucci (Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN) is now being honored as a Disney Legend! The Disney Legend Awards is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the D23 Expo provides fans the opportunity to be part of the prestigious event. Lucci is being feted alongside fellow honorees like Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, Disney animator Andreas Deja and others.

"The Disney Legend Award is our highest honor, and we are incredibly proud to recognize these eight talented individuals who have contributed so much to the world of entertainment and the Disney legacy," said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. "Their vision and dedication to their work have brought joy to audiences around the globe and earned them a place in Disney history."

Each honoree receives a bronze Disney Legends sculpture that signifies the imagination, creativity and magic they have brought to the company. They will also participate in a handprint ceremony at the end of the event and their bronzed prints will be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at the company's Burbank headquarters. The D23 Expo 2015 will be held on Friday, August 14. For more information on the expo and how you can purchase tickets for the Disney Legend ceremony, visit!

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AMC's Chabert Gets A Family For Christmas!


Feel like a little Christmas in July? Well, Hallmark Channel is airing the original movie Family For Christmas starring Lacey Chabert (Bianca, ALL MY CHILDREN).

In the film, Chabert plays Hannah Dunbar, an investigative journalist who wonders what could have been if she had stayed with Ben, the love of her life 10 years earlier. When Santa Claus hears her "what ifs" as a Christmas wish, he grants it, transporting Hannah to a reality where she and Ben have two daughters! As she navigates the drama and comedy that comes with overnight motherhood, Hannah discovers what true happiness is.

Family For Christmas premieres on Saturday, July 11, at 9:00 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel. But you can watch a trailer by clicking here right now!

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AMC Alum Joins DAYS!


Sal Stowers -- who played Angie and Jesse's daughter, Cassandra, on The OnLine Network reboot of ALL MY CHILDREN -- has joined the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES in a contract role.

"So beyond excited and honored to announce that I have joined the Emmy-winning cast of Days Of Our Lives!" the actress, who won the ninth cycle of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, shared on social media. "My episodes will start airing this September."

Who do you think Stowers will be paired with in Salem? Share your theories in the comments below!

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Anne Meara Passes Away


Anne Meara passed away on Saturday, May 23, at the age of 85. Although best known for her work on television in shows such as ARCHIE BUNKER'S PLACE and THE KING OF QUEENS (as well as being Ben Stiller's mom), daytime fans will remember her from her recurring role as Peggy Moody on ALL MY CHILDREN in the 90s (that's her attending Edmund and Maria's wedding in the photo above). Our sympathies go out to all her friend and family at this time.

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Meet AMC's Skye

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Carrie Genzel (Skye, ALL MY CHILDREN) is making an appearance at I.E. Comics on Saturday, May 2, from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. The store is located at 4672 West Florida Ave. in Hemet, CA, and is completely free, so if you're in the area, stop by to meet the actress and get a photo or an autograph! Plus, Saturday, May 2, is Free Comic Book Day, so you can take home some free comics at the same time!

And don't miss her interview in the new issue of ABC Soaps In Depth, on sale now!

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All Hail These Queens!


Move over, housewives, there are some new ladies on the block... and they are here to show you how to bring the drama! In one of the smartest programming moves we've seen in ages, Pop (formerly the TV Guide Network) will air the pilot of their sudsy new reality show, QUEENS OF DRAMA, at 10 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 26th, directly after this year's live telecast of the Daytime Emmy Awards.

So is QUEENS worth sticking around for? Only if you want to see some of your favorite former daytimers butting heads as they attempt to create a whole new soap. Do parts feel wildly scripted? Without doubt. But where else are you going to see Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda, GENERAL HOSPITAL) give an epic eyeroll to Donna Mills (ex-Madeline, GH; Abby, KNOTS LANDING) before declaring she feels "completely insulted" and walking out of a meeting?

And that's before DYNASTY's Joan Collins (Alexis) has even made her first appearance.

In short, this is the reality show soap fans have been waiting for. Following Sunday's premiere, QUEENS — which also stars Crystal Hunt (Stacy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; Lizzie, GUIDING LIGHT), Lindsay Hartley (Cara, ALL MY CHILDREN), Hunter Tylo (ex-Taylor, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and Chrystee Pharris (Simone, PASSIONS — will air Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET beginning on April 29th.

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Lowry Stops The Ride


Michael Lowry is slipping back into the kind of doctor duds he wore as Jake on ALL MY CHILDREN for his brief role in The Longest Ride. "It was quite the déjà vu experience," he tells In Depth. Based on the best-selling novel from Nicholas Sparks, the romantic drama is about a former champion bull-rider (Scott Eastwood, Fury) whose attempt to re-ignite his career hits a serious snag in the form of some ominous news. "I worked with Eastwood and the female lead, Britt Robertson (UNDER THE DOME)," Lowry reveals. "I basically delivered the 'heed-my-words-or-else' good doctor advice." The movie, which also features Alan Alda, is now in theaters.

For more from the actor, including details about his intriguing role on the new Sony PlayStation drama, POWERS, check out his Soaps In Depth Old Friends feature in the issue that goes on sale Monday, May 18.

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AMC Alum Is Beyoncé's Stepdad!


Daytime viewers might recall Richard Lawson from his stint on ALL MY CHILDREN as Lucas Barnes, the ex of Tonya Pinkins' Livia. But now the actor has a new role: Stepfather to Beyoncé and Solange Knowles! On Sunday, April 12, Lawson wed the music superstars' mother, Tina Knowles. Congratulations to the happy couple!

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AMC's McCartney Is YOUNG & HUNGRY!


ALL MY CHILDREN alum Jesse McCartney (J.R.) is making another guest appearance on the ABC Family series YOUNG & HUNGRY in tonight's episode, airing at 8:00 p.m. ET. In the episode titled "Young & Too Late," Gabi is freaking out about why Josh called off the wedding, and wonders if she should be with him or McCartney's character, Cooper. But it's another character entirely who makes a shocking discovery! Tune in for all the laughs tonight!

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Genzel's New Film Has Bite!


We've seen ALL MY CHILDREN's Carrie Genzel (Skye) play lawyers, federal agents, love interests, mothers and femme fatales, but in the new horror flick, Dead Rising: Watchtower, fans will see her in a scenario much closer to her own personality: She's hilarious! "It's based on a really successful series of videogames about a zombie apocalypse," the actress relates. "I play Susan Collier, the newscaster whom you'll see a lot in the movie, and Rob Riggle [MODERN FAMILY, THE DAILY SHOW, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE] plays Frank West, the hero of the first videogame and one of my reporters."

While the fright fest continues in the outside world from which there are dire reports and updates about the flesh-eaters ("I have an exchange with Jesse Metcalf's [DALLAS, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES] character, who's feeding me stories live from the quarantine zone," she reveals), in the newsroom, a totally different reality exists. "At the beginning of the film, when Frank comes in, she really thinks this is gonna be the interview that truly propels her career," Genzel previews. "But as they interact, he's a know-it-all, he's sarcastic, he's hitting on her... there's some really funny, candid moments where she just starts breaking down on camera."

Look for Genzel to begin reporting on all of the crazy zombie drama when the film begins streaming exclusively on Crackle beginning Friday, March 27, but you can watch a teaser trailer for it by clicking here. For information about the actress' other exciting projects, check out her upcoming Keeping Track feature in ABC Soaps In Depth on sale Monday, April 27.

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Throwback Thursday Time!


Today we go back to a 2001 cover shoot, when Finola Hughes (Anna, GENERAL HOSPITAL) was living in ALL MY CHILDREN's Pine Valley as Alexandra Devane Marick... or was she GH's presumed-dead Anna after all? As it turns out, the ladies were twin sisters, who'd be separated at birth!

Share your favorite memory of Hughes' double duty on AMC with us in the comments below!

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Mathison Builds Excitement!


ALL MY CHILDREN fans remember Cameron Mathison as Ryan Lavery, the guy whose hero complex frequently led him to try to fix situations. Now, the actor/GOOD MORNING AMERICA correspondent is fixing things again as the host of two new home improvement shows: GAME OF HOMES and CAMERON'S HOUSE RULES, both of which debuted on Tuesday, March 17, from Canada's W Network (and hopefully to US viewers later).

"On GAME OF HOMES, we took four rundown houses, lifted them off their foundations, and transported them to downtown Vancouver, where we assigned a two-person team to renovate each one," Mathison relates. "As the host, I present [assignments] like the living room challenge where I say you've got this much time, this much money, and this is what you have to incorporate." However, there's also a reality show element in that the contestants will also be seen living in the houses during the work. "The ultimate prize," Mathison reveals, "is that they winning team gets their house and a piece of land for us to move it to."

For Mathison, who studied structural engineering in college and who flips houses as a personal hobby, hosting the show wasn't enough; he wanted to get his hands dirty too! So the W Network is also launching an online, companion program called CAMERON'S HOUSE RULES that you can watch at this link, where Mathison will be given a challenge of his own to complete at his Spanish style home in Southern California. "We ended up turning my detached garage into a media room/game room for the family — it's amazing!" Mathison reveals of the five-day project. "People that watch GAME OF HOMES may not know my connection to the design-build world, but they'll get to see me, the host, with my wife and kids and actually doing the work at my house."

For more about what Mathison's been up to, including details on his upcoming series of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries films opposite DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami), check out his Keeping Track feature in the issue of ABC Soaps In Depth that goes on sale Monday, April 27.

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Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is returning to soaps — sort of. The fan favorite is joining forces with a bevy of beauties from the soap world in the new original reality series QUEENS OF DRAMA, set to debut on Pop (formerly The TV Guide Network) on Sunday, April 26 at 10:00 p.m. EST before setting into its regular time slot on Wednesday, April 29 at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Joining Marcil in the 10-episode series are Donna Mills (ex-Madeline, GH; Abby, KNOTS LANDING), Hunter Tylo (ex-Taylor, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; Robin, ALL MY CHILDREN), Crystal Hunt (Stacy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Lindsay Hartley (ex-Cara, AMC; Theresa, PASSIONS) and Chrystee Pharris (Simone, PASSIONS).

The women band together on the show in order to take control of their careers and produce and star in a new serialized drama so there's a "show" within the show. How much "drama" will be found in QUEENS OF DRAMA? "Everyone addresses their opinions in different ways," Marcil tells Soaps In Depth. "All of us have a different style in how we agree, how we disagree. We have big personalities in one way or another. In that sense, there's a lot of conflict that there is when you put any kind of project together."

Catch a sneak preview of QUEENS OF DRAMA in the following clip and watch for a dramatic appearance at the end by none other than Joan Collins (Alexis, DYNASTY; Alexandra, GL)!

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AMC Alum In The HOUSE!


The third season of the hot Netflix original series HOUSE OF CARDS released today, featuring a daytime alum as one of its newest castmembers: Christina Bennett Lind (Bianca, ALL MY CHILDREN)!

"Finally," the actress tweeted this morning, along with a photo of her name in the opening credits. "[I] haven't kept a secret this long since ever."

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Josh Duhamel Has Lots To TALK About!


ALL MY CHILDREN alum Josh Duhamel (Leo) will visit THE TALK tomorrow, airing at 2 p.m. EST on CBS! The actor will be joined by his BATTLE CREEK co-star Dean Winters to chat with the hostesses about their upcoming CBS drama, set to debut this Sunday, March 1, at 10 p.m. EST. For a preview of BATTLE CREEK, visit

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Interview: Keith Hamilton Cobb's Performance Of A Lifetime!


For the past two years, Keith Hamilton Cobb (ex-Damon, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Noah, ALL MY CHILDREN) has been fine-tuning a one-man play, American Moor, which he wrote and stars in. After performing the piece in smaller theaters and workshops, the actor will soon be taking his show back to where he began his career: the New York stage! "That's a big deal," he shares with Soaps In Depth. "It will be the show's Manhattan debut. That's exciting to me, to be doing some of my own work on a stage in the big city where I started to do this theater stuff!"

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Mathison Returns to TVLAND!

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Earlier this year, ALL MY CHILDREN's Cameron Mathison (Ryan) got the laughs as Joy's boyfriend on TV Land's HOT IN CLEVELAND. But when he returns to the network for a guest appearance in the Wednesday, December 3 episode of THE EXES, he won't be making friends. Rather, he's there to make a deal! "I'm definitely the straight guy [in this comedy]," Mathison acknowledges of his role as Haskell's lousy, long-lost brother. "He comes back seemingly to get close again, but ultimately needing a kidney!"

The former soap star says that working with the talented cast of comics, including SEINFELD icon Wayne Knight as Haskell, was the best part of the experience. "It was a whole week! We rehearsed for four days and then shot [live] it in a day," he relates. "It was so fun to watch these incredibly funny guys go through their own processes, and it was a very cool schedule. I loved it." Might Mathison turn up on the show again? "Yeah, anytime you're playing family of the regular cast there's always a possibility," he says. "Working for TV Land has been pretty good!"

The episode airs at 10:30 on Wednesday, December 3, on TV Land, but you can watch a sneak peek right here!

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Spend Christmas With The Bay!


Throughout December, the award-winning Web drama THE BAY will return with two more exciting chapters of story which will be told weekly over the course of eight 20-minute episodes. The chapters will feature another tragic death, as well as address last summer's cliffhangers. Will Lianna (Jade Harlow, ex-Sheryl, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) find out about Janice's (Lilly Melgar, ex-Lily, GENERAL HOSPTIAL) scintillating affair with young Peter? Will Lex (Tristan Rogers, Colin, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) reveal the identity of the person that he thinks Peter's socialite mom, Sara (Mary Beth Evans, Kayla, DAYS) killed? And how might the return of Liza (ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Ilene Kristen, Roxy) affect his recent efforts to revive his relationship with Sara?

To help play out all of these storylines and more, a host of new faces will be joining the cast. "Alicia Leigh Willis (ex-Courtney, GH) and Eric Nelsen (A.J., ALL MY CHILDREN) will play Sara's niece and nephew, Avery and Daniel, respectively," series creator Gregori J. Martin reveals. "Lindsay Hartley (Cara, AMC; ex-Arianna, DAYS) is coming in as a woman from Marly's (Martha Madison, ex-Belle, DAYS) past, Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS) will appear in flashback as a younger Lee Nelson, and Judith McConnell (Sophia, SANTA BARBARA) will bring to life a role that fans have been anticipating for years!"

However, the news that has the Internet buzzing is that soap opera veteran A Martinez (best known as SB's Cruz) reunited with former castmates Lane Davies (Mackenzie; Mason, SB) and Nicolas Coster (Jack; Lionel, SB) on set when he taped his December 16 appearance on the show. "I'm playing Janice's father, Nardo. I'm trying to get information out of Lane's [police detective] character, whom the family thinks is not being forthcoming," Martinez offers. "And I got to be the voice of reason with Janice, as is a father's wont to do." Tune in to catch the first two new episodes, which will be released back to back, on Thursday, December 4, at 3 p.m. EST.

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AMC's Jill Larson Gets Taken!


If you're a soap fan who's also fond of horror films, then Jill Larson (Opal, ALL MY CHILDREN) has got the movie for you! The actress stars in The Taking Of Deborah Logan, a thriller in which she plays the title role, a woman who's diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Alas, poor Deborah's situation gets even more complicated after she starts to experience strange things that aren't consistent with the debilitating illness!

"I'd never even seen a horror film before," Larson tells Soaps In Depth. Initially, the fan favorite actress was hesitant about taking on a character who has Alzheimer's because her late mother suffered from the illness. "I'm very glad that I ended up doing it. It was a great experience and the people I worked with are fantastic in it."

As you can see from the DVD art, Larson undergoes quite the transformation in this film! "There were four stages of makeup," she says. "They had prosthetics attached to my face. My skin was badly beaten up by the end! I spent many hours in the makeup chair."

The film is both a horror flick and an examination about the devastation of Alzheimer's. "The filmmaker made this film because his grandmother had Alzheimer's and he loved her dearly," Larson says. "There's a lot of love invested in this character and I brought my own experiences to my portrayal."

The Taking Of Deborah Logan, which also stars Anne Ramsay (A League Of Their Own), is available on DVD and VOD (Video On Demand) starting Tuesday, November 4. It's also available for streaming on Netflix. To order on, click here, and to watch a trailer, click here!

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AMC Stars Reunite!


There's going to be an ALL MY CHILDREN reunion on the set of THE MEREDITH VIEIRA SHOW! According to Soap Opera Network, the Tuesday, December 2, episode of the syndicated talk show will feature Susan Lucci (Erica) being surprised by former AMC castmate Walt Willey (Jackson) as part of a "Soap Opera Showdown" segment. Click here to visit the show's Web site to find out where you can watch it in your area!

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Stars Strike Out Child Abuse


Jen Lilley (Theresa, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is hosting a star-studded bowling tournament to benefit Childhelp, America's largest and longest-running nonprofit dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. The event will be held on Sunday, October 19, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at PINZ Bowling in Studio City, CA.

Amongst the celebrity guests are daytime stars like Chrishell Stause (Jordan, DAYS; Amanda, ALL MY CHILDREN), Kelly Sullivan (Sage, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; ex-Connie, GH), Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, DAYS), Ian Buchanan (Duke, GH), Finola Hughes (Anna, GH), Billy Flynn (Chad, DAYS), Judi Evans (Adrienne, DAYS), Casey Moss (JJ, DAYS), Kassie DePaiva (Eve, DAYS; Blair, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Kristian Alfonso (Hope, DAYS), Robert Scott Wilson (Ben, DAYS; Pete, ALL MY CHILDREN), Camila Banus (ex-Gabi, DAYS), True O'Brien (Paige, DAYS) and Lauren Koslow (Kate, DAYS). "Jen is so nice -- she extended the invitation out to all the cast of DAYS and other people," Banus relates. "I'm so excited to be a part of it, to help spread awareness, to be able to be part of a great cause, and also have fun!"

For more details about the event, order tickets or simply contribute to the cause, click here.

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Chabert Explores The Single Life


In real life, Lacey Chabert, who began her career playing a young Bianca on ALL MY CHILDREN, is a happy newlywed. However, in her upcoming film, Christian Mingle, she'll play a career woman taking on the challenge of finding an honest relationship. "It's about a girl who's unlucky in love and decides to go online and try [dating Web site] Christian Mingle, even though she's not a Christian," Chabert reveals. "I've never done it personally, but I think it's a great way for people to meet. We do everything else on-line, why wouldn't we want to meet someone?"

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Hobnob With The Stars!


Spend an intimate eventing with your favorite daytime and Broadway stars at the annual Jane Elissa Extravaganza For Leukemia And Cancer Research! The event will be held at the Time Square Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on Monday, November 17.

Numerous soap stars are slated to attend, including honorary chairperson Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie, GENERAL HOSPITAL), Gina Tognoni (Phyllis, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), Alicia Minshew (Kendall, ALL MY CHILDREN), Sean McDermott (Hart, GUIDING LIGHT), Sonia Satra (Lucy, GL), Kevin Spirtas (ex-Craig, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and David Andrew Macdonald (Edmund, GL).

There will be special performances, auctions, a raffle and goodie bags. Tickets range in price from $125 to $500. For more information and ticket purchase, call Jane Elissa at 917-732-1085 or Lauri Landry at 646-732-9397.

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Budig's Baby News!


Congratulations are in order for soap alum Rebecca Budig (Greenlee, ALL MY CHILDREN; Michelle, GUIDING LIGHT), who just welcomed a baby girl into the world! The actress' husband, Michael Benson, revealed the news on Twitter, posting: "Welcome to the world, Charlotte Jo Benson. Mom and daughter are doing great!" And with that tweet came an Instagram photo of Budig and her first child proving him right that you can see by clicking here! All the best to the happy family!

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GH And AMC Alums Hit The DANCE Floor!


The new celebrity contestants of DANCING WITH THE STARS were announced this morning, and there are two ABC Daytime alums competing for the Mirrorball trophy this season!

Antonio Sabáto Jr., best known to soap fans as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jagger, will be performing with professional partner Cheryl Burke. She helped her partners Drew Lachey and Emmitt Smith come in first place in two consecutive seasons, so will she do the same for Sabáto?

ALL MY CHILDREN alum Jonathan Bennett (JR) is also one of the 13 celebrities hitting the dance floor, and he's partnered with professional hoofer Allison Holker. This is the first season of DWTS for Holker, but she's been an All-Star on FOX's SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE for years.

Sabáto and Bennett will be joined by fellow contestants Tommy Chong, Randy Couture, Betsey Johnson, Lolo Jones, Bethany Mota, Janel Parrish, Alfonso Ribeiro, Sadie Robertson, Tavis Smiley, Lea Thompson and Michael Waltrip. Watch and see how they do when the 19th season of DANCING WITH THE STARS premieres on Monday, September 15, at 8:00 p.m. EST. (And be sure to tune in on the following Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. EST to see who goes home!)

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Mum's The Word For Penny


On ALL MY CHILDREN, Sydney Penny's Julia had her fair share of trouble and angst as a young woman. Perhaps that experience will help the actress relate to her new role as Leona, the mother of tormented teen Mona Vanderwaal on ABC Family's PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. But how much does Leona really know about Mona's disturbing activities? "Leona is aware to the degree that mothers are aware of things," Penny chuckles. "I think that she sees her daughter in the way that parents see their children: in the very best light and in a protective way."

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Give ALL MY CHILDREN alum Jamie Luner (Liza) a good piece of drama to work with, and she'll deliver! In the premiere episode of HEARTBREAKERS, Investigation Discovery's (ID) new re-enactment series (airing Wednesday, August 13, at 10 p.m. EST), she'll bring to life a real-life crime so outrageous it could have come from a soap opera! And fortunately for her, co-stars Jack Wager (ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Nick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and Rob Estes (both of whom she worked with on MELROSE PLACE) were also more than up to the task.

"It's about a woman [Teresa Stone] who was living in small, very faith-based town and unhappy in her marriage," Luner says of her character. "She got a lot of joy from listening to her pastor [David "Brother" Love, played by Wagner], and they sparked an interest in each other."

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AMC's Wittrock Gets FREAK-y!


While creator Ryan Murphy is remaining tight-lipped about the characters and story details surrounding the upcoming AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW, he did recently tweet that a daytime alum would be joining the cast of the FX series.

"Thrilled to announce the very talented Finn Wittrock has joined the cast of FREAK SHOW!" he posted on-line.

ALL MY CHILDREN fans will remember Wittrock from his stint as Tad's son, Damon. The actor has also made a name for himself on stage with a critically-acclaimed turn in Death Of A Salesman on Broadway. Wittrock has worked with producer Murphy before, in the recent HBO adaptation of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart.

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2014 Daytime Emmy Award Winners!


THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS was the big winner at last night's Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony, but the on-line reboot of ONE LIFE TO LIVE pulled off a victory for Outstanding Directing! And VENICE THE SERIES, from OLTL alums Crystal Chappell (Maggie) and Hillary B. Smith (OLTL) won the first-ever Emmy for New Approaches - Drama! Make the jump for a full list of winners, including the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which were handed out on Friday, June 20!

Did your favorites take home the gold? Sound off in the comments!

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Daytime Emmy Awards Preview!


Fans have lots of questions now that it's been announced that the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are going to be broadcast not on a network or cable outlet, but rather streamed via the Internet at beginning at 5:00 p.m. PST on Sunday, June 22. Soaps In Depth spoke to David Michaels, Senior Executive Director, Daytime Emmy Awards for The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences, about what viewers can expect on the big day!

Soaps In Depth: Will the format be different? Will the show have a time limit?
David Michaels: As I understand it, the plan is for the show to go straight through — there will be no commercial breaks. We're treating it like a live show. It'll run for two hours.

In Depth: There tend to be fewer rules on the Internet about what people can do. Might we see more of a party atmosphere for this show?
Michaels: I'm not sure. It's the same setting room and people, the same party. I don't know if people will feel that they can take advantage of the "no-holds-barred" rules of the Internet or not.

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Daytime Emmys To Stream On-line


Although the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will not be broadcast on a television network, that doesn't mean that you won't be able to watch live and cheer on your favorite stars as the trophies are handed out. This year, the ceremony will be streamed live over the Internet, reports Deadline Hollywood!

You will be able to watch the show direct from the Beverly Hilton Hotel at beginning at 5:00 p.m. PST on Sunday, June 22. Don't miss it!

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AMC's Chabert Takes On Real-Life Tale


Lacey Chabert — the actress who, as a 10-year-old, got her television start playing Erica Kane's daughter, Bianca, on ALL MY CHILDREN — takes on the challenging role of a grieving single mother in Hallmark Movie Channel's new feature, The Color Of Rain.

Based on the true events described in Michael and Gina Spehn's best-selling book of the same name, the touching film is about a man and a woman who find new love — and a whole host of other challenges — upon connecting following the tragic deaths of their respective spouses. Chabert was excited by the opportunity to play Gina (opposite MOTIVE's Warren Christie as Michael) in the film. "It came with a great responsibility because I wanted to make them proud of what we were doing," she says of the inspirational story. "I thought it would be something that people could relate to and hopefully also learn from. I was really honored to be a part of it."

Chabert, who happened to be preparing for her own wedding during filming, couldn't help but take a few lessons from the relationship of the couple that the movie is based on. "In getting to know them, I think I've learned that it's important to find the levity in life and situations," the actress concludes. "I was inspired by how they truly live their faith, and the hope and peace that that brings to their life."

Tune in to catch the world premiere of The Color Of Rain on Saturday, May 31, at 9 p.m. EST on Hallmark Movie Channel.

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