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Genzel's New Film Has Bite!

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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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Mathison Builds Excitement!

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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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OLTL's Zimmer Is Still Wicked!

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Los Angeles area fans of Kim Zimmer (Echo, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) have until this Sunday, March 15, to see the actress in the musical Wicked, playing at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood! The four-time Emmy winner plays Madame Morrible in the popular, long-running musical that looks at life in the Land of Oz prior to Dorothy's arrival.

"Each performance is naturally fresh," Zimmer tells Soaps In Depth, "because we have other actors come in and take over when someone has a day off. Things happen all the time that keeps each show different." And what happens if she ever temporarily forgets a line? "I'll ad lib until something sounds familiar," she chuckles. "The kids in the show will look me and say, 'How did you do that?' There are only two spots I'm notorious about forgetting, but I've gotten to the point where I get through them."

Dorothy's journey to Oz was a surreal fantasy, part dream/part nightmare — and believe her, Zimmer can relate! "I had the actor's ultimate nightmare — being lost in the bowels of the theater and not being able to find my costume," Zimmer recounts of what happened one night when the show was playing in San Diego. "My dressing room was quite a walk from where I made my entrance." The actress, who was already fitted with a microphone, kept yelling out "Coming! I'm coming!" as she made her way to the stage while simultaneously getting (mostly) dressed. "I made it on stage, but my dress was wide open in the back. Another character was trying to help zip me up!"

The good news, Zimmer adds, is that ever since she went through that mini-ordeal, "I haven't had that nightmare since!"

For tickets to Wicked click here!

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

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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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OLTL's Williamson Lights A FIRE!

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Things are about to get even hotter on NBC's CHICAGO FIRE thanks to ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Bree Williamson (Jessica), who will begin a two-episode guest arc Tuesday, February 10, at 10:00 p.m. EST. Look for her to play Beth, a potential new love interest for Lieutenant Matt Casey (played by Jesse Spencer).

Much like OLTL's Jessica, Beth is said to be a beautiful, easygoing woman who's got some hidden baggage that could cause trouble for the hunky firefighter. "Everybody there — the cast and the crew — was so much fun. I loved it. What a great place to work!" enthuses the actress, who shot her scenes just weeks ago. "And I loved being in Chicago because BethAnn Bonner (Talia, OLTL) lives there, so I got to go and see her."

Next, Williamson will star opposite Jason Dohring (VERONICA MARS, RINGER) and Corbin Bernsen (ex-Durant, GENERAL HOSPITAL) in the Hallmark Channel Original, Portrait Of Love when it airs on Saturday, March 14, at 9:00 p.m. EST. For details about the romantic drama and everything else that's happening for the talented actress, check out her Keeping Track feature in the Soaps In Depth issue on sale Monday, March 2!

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GH's Valdez Goes Pro!

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On USA's GRACELAND, Erik Valdez (ex-Trey, GENERAL HOSPITAL) plays the son of a cartel member whose volatile behavior sends people racing for their lives. This weekend, Valdez is hitting the fast track himself in the International Motor Sports Association's Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at the Daytona International Speedway.

Valdez, who was pursuing a love of racing long before taking up a career in acting, will be making his pro debut at this weekend's test race, The Roar Before The 24, when he co-drives the No. 88 Rebel Rock Racing Porsche Cayman with his partner, Grammy Award-winning producer, Jim Jonsin. "I've raced everything from shifter karts to Formula Fords to sports cars, which is what I'm getting back into now," Valdez reveals. "[But] I've never set foot in the race version of the Cayman, so it'll be fun to drive some test laps this week."

Just mention "Daytona" to any racing enthusiast, and they light up like Christmas — Valdez is no exception. It's not a bad place to be making your pro debut! "I've never driven Daytona, either," he confesses, adding that he's thrilled to be going head-to-head with some of racing's greats there. "So yeah, I'm getting thrown to the wolves so to speak, but willingly so. Extremely willingly!"

Tune in on Friday, January 23, to catch Valdez's participation in the big event: the exciting, Rolex 24 race, and then follow him on Twitter (@erikvaldez) for news about the rest of his season. For more about the actor's other projects, check out Valdez's Keeping Track feature in an upcoming ABC Soaps In Depth.

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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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AMC's Jill Larson Gets Taken!

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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 Amazon.com, click here, and to watch a trailer, click here!

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Gaskill's Bloody Fun Film!

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Soap opera veteran Brian Gaskill is no stranger to the world of vampires. As angel Rafe on PORT CHARLES, he battled a whole host of them! Now, he's stepping back into that realm in The Bloody Indulgent, a sexy vampire musical that's being released for rent this week on VIMEO and cityoffilm.tv before going to wider release.

"I play a quirky club owner/MC at a B-rated strip club," Gaskill reveals of the role that will pit him against former Backstreet Boys member Kevin Richardson as a randy (and not-so-sober!) vampire. "I'm surrounded by vampires and zombies." Not only does the actor play a pivotal role in the story, but he also gets to sing! "I'm a huge fan of not only musicals, but also cult musicals such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show," Gaskill explains of his interest in the project. "So it was a dream come true for me to be part of such a wild film — it definitely falls into the realm of the cult classics."

The colorful film, which also features Diva Zappa and Danièle Watts (Django Unchained), is described as "a grungy morality tale that reveals the humanity of monsters and the inhumanity of mankind."

"Kevin Richardson was awesome to work with and Ken Roht, the director and writer, is a bit of an underground theater genius, so it was an amazing experience all around," Gaskill enthuses. "I am so excited that it's finally able to be seen, and it's perfect timing — just in time for Halloween!"

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OLTL's Underwood Strikes GOLD!

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ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Brittany Underwood (Langston) breaks out the big hair and the spandex for an upcoming guest spot on ABC's THE GOLDBERGS. And Soaps In Depth has the scoop on the actress' time warp back to the '80s!

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Chabert Explores The Single Life

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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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Is Victor Really Dead?

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We saw Obrecht shoot Victor dead at nearly point-blank range. We saw him fall to the floor, only to later regain consciousness long enough to discuss their relationship and -- lest we forget -- detonate the explosives that destroyed Crichton-Clark. What we didn't see was a body, and you know what that means!

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Will Antonio Sabato Jr. "DANCE" His Way Back On To GH?

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Antonio Sabáto Jr. (ex-Jagger, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has taken on two highly demanding jobs — he's the host and active participant of the makeover show FIX IT & FINISH IT and he's learning to dance as a member of the celebrity cast of the new season of DANCING WITH THE STARS. Soaps In Depth couldn't resist asking the fan favorite hunk if, schedules permitting, he'd make time on his dance card (pun intended) for a return visit to Port Charles?

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GH's Christopher Explores His Heritage

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Shouting Secrets, a film starring GENERAL HOSPITAL's Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) as a former football player who finds himself trapped in his Native American community while his estranged brother (The Twilight Saga's Chaske Spencer) finds success outside, is debuting Friday, September 5, at The Autry National Center in Los Angeles.

The screening will also mark the picture's official DVD and VOD release. The slice-of-life drama is centered on the failing health of the brothers' mother, which forces them to reconnect. "Tyler's character resented his brother for writing a supposedly fictional book about them," explains director Korinna Sehringer. "He also deals with some marriage troubles because he's having an affair with a minor."

For a soap star like Christopher, playing that kind of intense family drama in the film festival winner came easily. "[My character] struggles with [the affair] and the legal implications it comes with, as well as the embarrassment and shame to his wife and to his child," the actor offers. "He's trying to find ways to forgive himself and to get the relationship back with his wife he once had."

The film also features Christopher's former GH castmate, Ted King (ex-Alcazar). "Ted plays Dr. Matthews [the physician treating the brothers' mother]," Sehringer reveals. "He's in love with Caitlyn (Tonantzin Carmelo), the Native American doctor at the hospital." Visit the film's official site for more information or to order your copy.

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Mum's The Word For Penny

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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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OLTL's Kelly Returns To War!

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In the new Universal Studios Home Entertainment release, Jarhead 2: Field Of Fire, Josh Kelly (Cutter, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) stars in a role he was made for. The son of a Naval officer and himself a former Army Ranger who served three tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq prior to becoming an actor, Kelly plays the team leader for a group of supply Marines that get put into a challenging combat situation.

"The movie is about Marines banding together, relying on their training, and discovering purpose behind war," he says of the sequel to the popular 2005 film based on Anthony Swofford's similarly titled book about his pre-Desert Storm experiences in the Persian Gulf. "This one takes place in Afghanistan in modern time. It has a lot to do with the Taliban and restricting women's rights... it's pretty topical."

Although it's been a decade since Kelly was a man in uniform himself, he says that his own experience doing combat operations proved useful. "It was interesting — I found my brain reverting back into team leader mode. I was becoming a lot more tactical as we were pretending to be tactical," he reveals of playing Corporal Chris Merrimette in the action-adventure film. "I pretty much became the tech advisor [on set] and made sure that everyone maintained tactical awareness."

Still being "in theater" is tough on everyone, even those who initially thought that they wanted to be in the thick of it. "Merrimette is a middle American, good guy who's got a pregnant wife at home. He's questioning whether or not he should be in the war and whether or not he's going to stay," Kelly previews. " So he is, I guess, kind of what I would've been like had I not wanted to become an actor and stayed in the military."

Look for the ensemble film, which also stars Stephen Lang (SALEM), Cole Hauser (ROGUE) and Esai Morales (CRIMINAL MINDS), to release direct to Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD on Tuesday, August 19, and watch a trailer by clicking here.

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Deshler Opens Up About Shocking GH Exit!

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Rafe's death may have been a bit of a shock for GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers, but it turns out that it was also a surprise for portrayer Jimmy Deshler, who learned of his character's tragic fate only a few days before they taped the episode! "I guess it was just confidential and they didn't want any of the story getting out," he tells Soaps In Depth, "so I found out the Monday of the week it was happening. I guess it was a surprise to all of us."

Though his time with the soap was brief, the young actor is grateful for the experience. "It's good to have something on your resumé like GH and I did a year and a half of it," he says. "I learned a lot from it. I've been on a set as a guest star, but I've never been a regular part of a show. It was a very good experience."

Deshler admits that he's next considering attending college, possibly at the University Of Southern California, but also auditioning with a focus on hitting the big screen. "I've done guest stars and little roles in films," he muses. "I've kind of set it as my goal to get a feature film and have that be my next project that I work on."

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AMC's Luner Is A HEARTBREAKER

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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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EXCLUSIVE: GH Star Swaps His Wife!

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Tonight's episode of CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP features a soap-star switcheroo, with GENERAL HOSPITAL's Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) swapping spouses with THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's ex-Ridge, Ronn Moss. For a preview of the drama, we went straight to Christopher himself to see how the week went!

"I had a blast," the actor reports to Soaps In Depth. "I just tried to be as zany and funny as I possibly could. I poked fun at myself the whole time and never took any part of it seriously. That was my approach to it, so I hope that comes across."

Although before this experience with the reality series, Christopher didn't know fellow soap star Moss well, he had five full days to really get to know his wife, Devin DeVasquez, who tried to loosen up some of his more rigid habits about fitness and diet. "Nothing goes in my mouth before I think about what it's going to do to me," he admits. "I tried to get the point across to her that it's more than about looks and my job — it's about living a longer life and having more energy and being around for [my son] Greysun.

"She tried to get me to 'live' a little bit," he adds. "It's not like I'm so rigid about it that I'm a 'no fun' person!"

And while his wife, Brienne, was living with Moss, Christopher learned to appreciate his spouse even more. "Sometimes you love each other but you can't stand to live with the other person because you have different habits," he says with a laugh. "We're not cut from the same cloth. We're two completely different people and we were raised different ways. Thankfully, for us, it works!"

Watch Christopher and Moss' episode of CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP airing Tuesday, July 22, at 10:00 p.m. EST on ABC or on ABC.com beginning the following day!

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DAYS' Sweeney Heads To GH!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Alison Sweeney (Sami) is heading to GENERAL HOSPITAL... to direct! Stepping behind the camera is nothing new for the fan favorite, who has directed many episodes of the NBC soap since 2011. "I'm really excited," Sweeney tells Soaps In Depth exclusively. "I've been 'shadowing' some of the directors there."

And while the episode she's slated to direct won't feature former DAYS co-star Kirsten Storms (ex-Belle; now GH's Maxie), the actress is excited to work with some new faces. "I get to direct Michelle Stafford (Nina), which I'm really looking forward to," she enthuses. "I'm really excited to work with like Roger Howarth (Franco). I've just admired him from afar so I'm looking forward to working with him."

Sweeney is also exploring producing, acting as executive producer as well as star of the upcoming Hallmark Channel movie Radio Hype. "It's about a woman who is getting into being a female talk radio DJ," she previews.

Although ABC hasn't announced an airdate for Sweeney's GH episode yet, we'll be sure to keep you in the loop. Same with her Hallmark Channel movie as co-stars and an airdate are revealed!

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GH's "Historical" Guest Star!

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If you want a quick glimpse at GENERAL HOSPITAL history, keep your eyes peeled today when Sam and Patrick meet up with a mechanic who has some vital info for the duo. Duncan Hursley, the grandson of GH creators, Frank and Doris Hursley, will be playing the role!

"With the 50th anniversary, I felt a lot of pride in, 'Wow. My [grandparents] created this iconic soap opera,'" Hursley says. "So I reached out to [executive producer] Frank Valentini. He had me come to the studio and said I needed to come back again and he'd get me on the show. I'm a product specialist for Mazda and because of my automotive background, they wanted me to play this mechanic. I had a blast!"

Hursley grew up watching GH, although, at the time, he had no idea of his family connection. "Before I had a consciousness of who my grandfather was, I would come home from kindergarten early and my mom's mom would fix me tea and a sandwich and I'd sit on the floor in the den in front of the TV. My grandmother got very concerned that my mother was going to be so upset because she was discovering that I was starting to follow all of the connections on the soap opera. She was watching GH."

Fast forward to 1990, when he was given a small role with less than five lines of dialogue in a scene with Decker and Dawn. "I didn't realize until I got to the set that they were taping the 7,000th episode," Hursley remembers. "They had a big cake, and the whole cast and crew was assembled. The producer at the time was Joe Hardy. He called me up to do a toast and cut the cake with Emily McLaughlin (ex-Jessie) and John Beradino (ex-Steve). It was so surreal."

Returning to GH after all these years touches Hursley deeply. "When I was at the studio that day," he says wistfully, "I saw my father and grandfather doing a jig."

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Daytime Emmy Awards Preview!

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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 www.daytimeemmys.net 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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AMC's Chabert Takes On Real-Life Tale

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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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GH's Anton Wins DANCING!

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Kelly Monaco (Sam) isn't the only person who's appeared on GENERAL HOSPITAL to win the coveted mirror ball trophy on DANCING WITH THE STARS! Dance pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who played Anton, the Metro Court handyman who not-so-coincidentally danced with Sam at last year's Nurses Ball, won season 18 of the reality dance competition series with celeb partner Meryl Davis, an Olympic ice-skater.

"I'm not as beside myself as I thought I'd be because I'm incapable of accepting gifts or awards," Chmerkovskiy told reporters last night after his victory. "Meryl's a fellow Capricorn — she knows what I'm saying. This [victory] is special because of the people who dedicated their time for us. This is about the people who voted and called and stayed up overnight and voted [for us]."

Favored to win this year, Chmerkovskiy tried not to feel too confident that he'd be announced as the victor. "I was talking to my dad about it before the show," he says. "I said, 'If I have nothing else to give, then the outcome is irrelevant.' In my mind, there was nothing more I could have done."

Fortunately, what Chmerkovskiy had was more than enough to win! Alas, his DWTS schedule this year prevented him from having enough time to reprise his role as Anton for the 2014 Nurses Ball. "It was an awesome experience," he tells Soaps In Depth of performing on GH.

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Emmy Nominees React!

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How did GENERAL HOSPITAL's Daytime Emmy nominees find out that they'd made the final cut? What episode did they submit? Read on to find out!

Jason Thompson (Patrick): "I had a hockey game [the night before]; I got home at 12:30 [a.m.]; I was restless once I got home and I stayed up and did some work. I went to bed at 2:30. I woke up to a bunch of text messages from friends, family and colleagues. It was very nice. It was definitely a nice way to wake up.

"I submitted the episode where Patrick tells Sabrina that he's going to go back to Robin, and then he goes back to his home and tells Robin he's home. It told its own story within the episode. It represents me and the show well. It's always interesting trying to go through those episodes and find the one to send in... I was very comfortable with the one I chose."

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Bradford Anderson (ex-Spinelli): "I was still in bed when I got the news. I set my phone to airplane mode when we go to sleep; have a 2 ½ year old daughter who likes to wake up (early) and a Yorkshire terrier that loves to run around. When I took my phone off airplane mode it was lit up.

"I submitted the day Ellie told Spinelli that he was the father of the baby outside the nursery. It's not every day that you get a circumstance like that. One show does not a year make. Some years you don't get those heightened scenarios. You take the best work that you can think of. I think the Emmy shows that win have to be a combination of a good actor doing good work with heightened material; what sets this day apart from every other day? That was the most dramatic moment I had."

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B&B Star Checks In To GH!

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Daytime vet Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) confirms to Soaps In Depth that he'll be appearing on at least one upcoming episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL (like, maybe today)! He's keeping mum on exactly who he'll be playing and what he'll be doing in Port Charles, but the actor/musician (Moss is a member of the band Player) will be airing during the Nurses Ball so there's speculation that he'll be not just acting on the show, but singing, too!

How'd it all come about? "[GH's headwriter] Ron Carlivati came up with the concept," Moss reveals to In Depth. "He ran it by Frank [Valentini, executive producer]. Everybody loved it!"

The former CBS Daytime star admits that an offer from a rival network surprised him, but adds, "It shows me how savvy the guys are who are running [GH]. I think it's going to be a good payoff for them."

Moss and his new pals at ABC agreed to keep the casting coup under wraps for as long as possible. "We all chose collectively to keep it a secret," he says. "That was kind of the point of it."

It's a bit serendipitous that Moss has landed back at ABC. The actor started out his acting career there in a talent development program prior to landing on B&B. "It was myself, Robin Wright (Kelly, SANTA BARBARA), Arsenio Hall, Emmanuel Lewis (WEBSTER), Emma Samms (ex-Holly, GH), and Gordon Thomson (Mason, SB). We all started out together and then went our separate ways."

Moss didn't feel like a stranger in Port Charles. While he says Michelle Stafford (Nina, GH; ex-Phyllis, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) hadn't started there yet when he shot his scenes, he did see on set many of his former B&B co-stars. "I saw Ian Buchanan (Duke; ex-James, B&B), William deVry (Julian; ex-Storm, B&B), Rick Hearst (Ric; ex-Whip, B&B) and other people I've known for years like Anthony Geary (Luke) and Finola Hughes (Anna)."

Although GH is only a brief appearance, Moss wants his fans to know that he loves being a part of the soap opera world and has no ill will towards the genre. "To blatantly say 'I would never go back to daytime' would be a slap," he declares. "I never said that. But people will read into things what they want to."

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Interview: Nathan Parsons Leads THE ORIGINALS Pack

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To say that the past few months have been busy ones for beloved GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan) is an understatement. After all, the in-demand actor was recently cast in two red-hot primetime dramas, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES spin-off, THE ORIGINALS, and TRUE BLOOD! On The CW series (which wraps its first season on Tuesday, May 6), he plays Jackson, the leader of the Crescent werewolf pack -- but the versatile thespian will be playing a different kind of beast when he takes over as hunky vampire James when the HBO hit returns on Sunday, June 22, for its final season.

"I got THE ORIGINALS first and actually shot an episode back in December," he tells Soaps In Depth. "I was home on vacation in Texas and thought I was going to stay there and fly out to Atlanta whenever I needed to."

But the universe had other plans for the rising star! "Then I was getting phone calls to fly out to L.A., and suddenly I had the job on TRUE BLOOD," he recalls with a laugh. "I had to fly back to Texas, get my car, get my dog, drive to L.A., start work on TRUE BLOOD, fly to Atlanta for THE ORIGINALS. It's been that way ever since! Both taped simultaneously, so I was flying back and forth."

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Who Is Annie Logan?

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GENERAL HOSPITAL gave a fun shout-out on its 51st anniversary episode — which aired on Tuesday, April 1 — to a fan-favorite character when Bobbie tearfully informed Scotty that Noah had dumped her for an old flame — Annie Logan. Just who is the third in Noah and Bobbie's off-screen triangle?

Annie, played by Susan Pratt, is Audrey Hardy's niece, an R.N. who made the Port Charles scene in 1978 and quickly became a fixture at the 7th floor nurses station. It was Annie who deduced that orphan Jeremy Hewitt (who she later adopted) was the carrier of the Lassa fever outbreak, which temporarily quarantined the hospital. During her five-year stay, she was paired with hunks Jeff, Joe, and Noah, but despite these romances, Annie left town with her much-discussed virginity still intact!

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"I got a call from a girlfriend who told me, 'Susie, you were mentioned on the show today,'" Pratt tells Soaps In Depth. "I watched it on-line and thought it was great! It was exciting to hear 'Annie Logan' talked about on GH after all these years. It was funny to hear Scotty say, 'the virgin?' It was like an inside joke. I think it is just great that GH gives shout-outs to their fans like this. It was an honor to have Annie be referred to, especially on the 51st anniversary show."

Is Pratt, now a realtor in New York, open to reprising Annie if the show were to extend an invitation? "Absolutely," she says. "I still get out on auditions and I'm thinking about taking a trip to L.A. I have some wonderful friends out there including Carmen Thomas (Hillary, ALL MY CHILDREN) and Jamie Lee Curtis. You never know!"

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Springfield Drops In!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Rick Springfield (ex-Noah) will soon turn up on Lifetime's DROP DEAD DIVA playing — you guessed it! — a bad boy rocker with some big-time problems. In the episode, titled "First Date," front man Liam Summers has legal drama stemming from his habit of trashing hotel rooms and comes to the firm for help. Might Jane and new hire Belinda prevent his irresponsible behavior from putting the band's next big tour at risk? "There's all sorts of reasons why Liam thinks he's getting kicked out of the band," Springfield previews. "You'll find out later on why that actually is."

"Brooke Elliott (Jane) is a doll," Springfield says of working with the series' star. "She did some really funny takes." But for the performer, in addition to getting some "meaty scenes," the best part of doing the appearance was getting to work with fellow guest star Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, who plays the band's manager. When part of the shoot was postponed due to snow, the two had to make fast travel plans. "We both had to go to Nashville, and all the flights were canceled, so he gave me a ride back on his tour bus," the Grammy winner reveals, grinning. "We wrote a song — musicians don't like to waste time! I'm gonna see him next month... I want to write more with him."

Tune in to catch Springfield's episode on Sunday, March 30, at 9 p.m. EST. For more on what the multi-talented man is up to — including details on his soon-to-be released novel — catch his upcoming Keeping Track feature in Soaps In Depth.

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GH's Wagner CALLS THE HEART

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There's new romance brewing on Hallmark Channel's period drama WHEN CALLS THE HEART: Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has joined the cast as Mountie Forensic Investigator Bill Avery, and he's bringing the heat! First introduced in last week's episode, Avery arrived on horseback to find out the truth about the deadly explosion in Coal Valley that killed many of the locals, including the husband and son of Abigail Stanton (played by EDGE OF NIGHT's Lori Loughlin, Jody). Might Wagner's character help the shaky widow find her footing? Behind the scenes, it was the other way around. "Lori's an old friend, and a terrific actress," Wagner confides of his scene partner and pal on the Vancouver set. "I play golf with her husband and we've run in the same circles for years."

In "Prelude To A Kiss," the season finale airing Saturday, March 29, at 9:00 p.m. EST, Wagner's character will be back to further pursue Abigail while at the same time, delving deeper into the dangerous mystery. "My character gets beat up while he's at the crime scene by some masked men," Wagner reveals. "So it unfolds to be a real good versus evil situation."

With the fate of the town, as well as Abigail's family name, on the line, the evidence that Avery has collected becomes all-important. Who will triumph? Abigail pins her hope on the visiting Circuit Judge Jedidiah Black (James Brolin), but will she be able to continue living in the small town — let alone find love again — in the aftermath? "They leave the show with cliffhangers," Wagner says of the possibility of his return. "So hopefully Hallmark will pick it up for a second season!"

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AMC Star Gets Gone!

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While awaiting the birth of his first child this year, Jeff Branson (Jonathan, ALL MY CHILDREN) has been keeping himself plenty busy! This weekend, he'll turn up on Lifetime in the thriller, Zoe Gone. "It's about Jennifer, a 16-year-old girl who has a baby (Zoe) with the support of her boyfriend, but the pressure is too much for him and he runs away," Branson offers. "Her mother is a divorcée who's got a boyfriend, which is where I come in. He's the guy who wanted the woman, but not necessarily the child, but took on the role of helping to raise her anyway. But when his gal becomes a grandmother, that wasn't in his plan. There are some moments of him not understanding and lashing out a bit."

The teenager's struggle to acclimate to motherhood and the drama that entails is further complicated by an unexpected twist: Baby Zoe goes missing! "That kicks in the young lady's maternal instincts," Branson relates. "Then the storyline becomes about finding the baby and [Jennifer] proving to herself the mother that she can be."

While Branson is reluctant to give away much more, he did want to praise the film's young star, Sammi Hanratty. "She knew exactly what she wanted to do with the role, and she ran with it right from the beginning!" he enthuses. "I think [the problem of] high school girls having babies and not knowing what to do or not having the support that they thought they would is a relevant topic. The soap fans will relate to it."

Zoe Gone premieres on Saturday, March 29, at 8 p.m. EST on Lifetime. Then you can keep an eye out for Branson's upcoming guest appearances on TNT's PERCEPTION and CBS' NCIS.

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Bruno Goes Bad!

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Chris Bruno, who played gay teacher Michael Delaney on ALL MY CHILDREN and the grown-up, arrogant version of Dennis Carrington Wheeler on ANOTHER WORLD, is returning to television this weekend in the world premiere of Lifetime's Sorority Surrogate. In the soapy tale, a broke college co-ed (THE L.A. COMPLEX's Cassie Steele) agrees to carry a couple's baby for money. But when the parents-to-be are in a fatal accent prior to the birth, a battle for the unborn child ensues between the surviving family members, including the would-be grandparents: A congresswoman (Mimi Kuzyk) and her dangerous second husband (Bruno).

"It was super fun torturing Cassie since she's pretty tough and has a good sense of humor about it," Bruno recalls, adding, "[And it's] really fun playing a bad guy because you have to apply psychology to justify actions, and I was a psych major in college."

Bruno's character will to stop at nothing to get what he wants, including getting physical. "I got to do a number of stunts," Bruno reveals, grinning. "Matthew Bennett (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) and I had fun fighting each other and hanging out after work."

Will the pregnant sorority girl be ale to protect herself and the child that she's carrying? Tune in to the premiere of Sorority Surrogate on Saturday, March 22, at 8:00 p.m. EST on Lifetime to find out!

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Larson Talks Y&R And First Kiss!

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Jill Larson (Opal, ALL MY CHILDREN) is returning to soaps for a two-day stint on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS beginning Monday, April 14. The actress will play Connie, a stage manager who'll try to keep things running smoothly during Chelsea's fashion show. The gig reunites her with Pine Valley pals Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R; Annie, AMC) and Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R; Frankie, AMC).

"Connie's in the middle of all the action," Larson tells Soaps In Depth. "It's a real fun role and when it came along, I said, 'Oh, yeah!' I'm in touch with [Y&R headwriter] Jean Passanante via E-mail, so maybe that's what triggered the idea."

Larson's getting buzz not only for her upcoming Y&R gig, but also for her appearance in the short film First Kiss, which was directed by Tatia Pilieva. Larson was one of 20 artists cast in the indie project, which captures a series of first kisses among strangers.

"I met a man who was working for the clothing company [providing outfits for the film]," Larson recalls. "We got to talking, and I kept looking around wondering who did they call in for me to kiss? Then, I realized it was him! It was very sweet."

First Kiss has gone viral on the Web. Why? Larson believes it's because the film touches on the universal themes, fears and joys that are related to locking lips. "Sometimes when you kiss someone for the first time, you think, 'Do I like this person?' 'Should I get out now?' 'Are we going upstairs?''Do I like him?' 'Does he like me?' 'What are our children going to look like?'" she muses. "The film resonates with people because of its tenderness. It expresses things that we all feel, but don't have the courage to say anymore."

Watch First Kiss by clicking here!

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Soap Star Dance-Off!

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Can't wait till the next season of DANCING WITH THE STARS? Then check out this episode of SOAPBOX where hosts Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and Martha Madison (ex-Belle, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) share the results of a dance-off they had to see which actress is the better hoofer!

"Lilly and I started to talk about dancing on our show, and, after I said, 'Oh, I've danced all my life...' Lilly challenged me," explains Madison. "But the second part of my sentence was going to be 'but I haven't danced in over a decade!' Before I could say that the challenge came up!"

"I've never danced before," says Melgar. "The closest thing I've ever gotten to this is cheerleading. I've dreamt of [dancing] my whole life, but have never had the opportunity or made the time — until now."

The two actresses shared a video of their dance-off on a recent episode of SOAPBOX, which featured guests Matthew Ashford (ex-Jack, DAYS; ex-Tom, GH) and Soaps In Depth's own Michael Maloney. To check out the episode — and see who won the dance competition — click here!

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AMC Star Pens Emotional Memoir

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Cady McClain (Dixie, ALL MY CHILDREN; Rosanna, AS THE WORLD TURNS) is self-publishing her memoir, titled Murdering My Youth. And the actress is having a contest in which fans can vote on what the final cover will be! Click here to pick your favorite!

"The book is a series of my memories about growing up in an alcoholic environment," McClain shares with Soaps In Depth. "It is also a raw, brutally honest look at what being in 'show business' can entail for a young girl and the extremely close relationship I had with my mother."

The two-time Emmy winner says that she's been told that the book should come with a warning. "There's a lot of violence in it," she allows.

What led McClain to join the list of soap stars who've chronicled their life stories? "I was inspired by a woman who asked me to be the keynote speaker at her writers' conference in Kansas City called Write The Dream," she says. "She had followed my blogs throughout the years and offered to help me self-publish this book. Her encouragement was a huge part of me letting this story out into the world. I hope it inspires others to tell their story or at least to not feel so alone with their experiences."

McClain will be signing copies of Murdering My Youth at the Write The Dream Conference in Kansas City, MO, on Friday, March 7. Click this link for more information. And as the keynote speaker, she will be encouraging her audience to find their voice via a method she calls "dreaming your way to a great, personal story. It's basically like taking a person's psyche and putting it in the structure of a fairy tale or myth."

McClain say that she loves to teach and interact with other creative minds. Curious what else has been going on in her head? Then check out Flip Fantasia, her trippy short film about four young urban men coping with the tragic after-effects of a wild night out in New York City, when it screens as at the Macon Film Festival. Catch it at the Cox Capital Theatre in Macon, GA, on Friday, February 28 a 4:14 p.m. or you can watch it on YouTube by clicking this link!

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Hall Gets STAR-CROSSED!

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ALL MY CHILDREN's Natalie Hall (Colby) is headed back to high school in The CW's new drama, STAR-CROSSED, and she's okay with it. After all, she's playing that vivacious, popular girl that everyone wanted to be — with one unique exception: She's sharing the hallways with aliens! "It's raw, edgy and dark." Hall previews. "It's a little bit District 9 and a little bit ROSWELL... it's really exciting to be a part of."

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New Series For AMC Star?

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Cameron Mathison has had his fingers in a lot of pies since exiting his role as Ryan on ALL MY CHILDREN. Most notably, he's appeared in a slew of made-for-TV movies. However, his next one, Hallmark Movie Channel's My Gal Sunday (premiering Saturday, January 25, at 9 p.m. EST) could just become a series! Based on the popular Mary Higgins Clark book of short stories, the two-hour back door pilot features the former soap star as a wealthy former U.S. Vice President who, together with his attorney-turned-detective wife, Sunday (Rachel Blanchard), attempts to solve crimes related to her cases. "Their relationship is very playful and light," Mathison previews. "It's a little bit MOONLIGHTING and a little bit HART TO HART."

The difference, however, is that Mathison's character is not the only man who loves Sunday. "Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Nick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) plays the beauty's helpful dad. "He's a very cool government security agent, which is why Sunday has all the training that she has," Mathison offers. "It was my first time working with Jack as an actor. It was super easy, and we got along well."

Should fans turn out in high numbers to see My Gal Sunday, Mathison says he's game to continue with it. "It's a very different kind of character for me," he enthuses. "It's a very light, nice, and family-friendly film — I had a lot of fun."

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Soap Stars Move To BEACON HILL

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A slew of familiar faces are starring in the new Web series BEACON HILL, including Sarah Brown (ex-Claudia, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Agnes, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) Alicia Minshew (Kendall, ALL MY CHILDREN), and Crystal Chappell (Dani, B&B; Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT) The serial, filmed on location in Boston, was co-created by Jessica Hill and her wife Linda, who is the chief executive officer of Bella Books, a publisher of lesbian fiction.

"BEACON HILL is a political drama set in Boston," Jessica tells Soaps In Depth. "Alicia and Sarah are our two leads, and they play the daughters of two political families in Boston. One's Republican and the other is Democrat. Alicia's character, Sara, and Sarah's character, Katherine, were together [romantically] and they broke up. Our story starts six years later when Sara's grandfather, played by Ron Raines [Carl, OLTL; Alan, GL], has a stroke. Sara, who's living in New York, comes back to Boston and you see dynamics between her family and Katherine start to develop."

The rest of the cast — which reads like a Who's Who of daytime — includes Scott Bryce (Craig, ATWT), Ricky Paull Goldin (Jesse, B&B; Gus, GL), Louise Sorel (ex-Vivian, DAYS), Tina Sloan (Lillian, GL), John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex, OLTL), Jessica Morris (Jen, OLTL), and Melissa Archer (Natalie, OLTL). Also in the cast is newcomer Rebecca Mozo.

BEACON HILL is produced by Bella Productions, the sister company of Bella Books, in association with Chappell's production company, Open Book Productions. Goldin and Emmy-winning actress Hillary B. Smith (Nora, OLTL; Margo, ATWT) serve as producers on the show.

Chappell, who has helmed Web series VENICE and THE GROVE, plays Claire, Sara's mother. How did that work, since there's less than a decade between the two actresses? "I age myself," Chappell confides. "I went without makeup and I wear my hair severely — it's in a twist and high up on top. It's a fun character to play. Claire's husband is gone. My feeling is he couldn't tolerate her family.

"BEACON HILL is a very different show," Chappell adds. "It's a political drama with intrigue and romance revolving around two political families. Jessica and Linda are terrific people and writers. I love working with them!"

BEACON HILL begins streaming on Wednesday, March 5. For more info, check out www.beaconhilltheseries.com

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EXCLUSIVE: Soap Vet Weds Oscar Nominee!

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Anna Stuart (Mary, ALL MY CHILDREN; Donna, ANOTHER WORLD) shares with Soaps In Depth exclusively that she and her longtime beau, Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning actor James Cromwell (Babe, BETRAYAL, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM), wed on New Year's Day at the home of Stuart's AW pal Charles Keating (Carl).

"Since our romance officially began at Charles' home two years ago on New Year's Eve, we decided to get married there," Stuart says with a smile. "Mary, Charles' wife, was 'scheming' all the while. She wanted James in a nice relationship, and she knew I was available."

Stuart and Cromwell met back in the '80s through Keating and stayed in touch, casually, over the years. "Charles was having a birthday party two years ago at Sardi's [restaurant in New York] and I was invited," the actress shares. "James and I spent the party chatting and catching up. We went out and had lunch, and it all kind of shifted from friendship to where we are today. It's pretty cool. This is a relationship I've wanted all my life."

Did the eloquent Keating say a few words at the ceremony? "Of course, he did," Stuart responds with a chuckle. "Charles has so much wonderful stuff in his brain."

Later this week, the couple is set to leave for Africa on a trip that was already planned but will now serve as a honeymoon, too! "After we get back we'll do parties [for family and friends] on either coast," Stuart adds. "We didn't want a big 'do' for the [ceremony]. We wanted to do this just for us."

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Bennett's December To Remember!

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On ALL MY CHILDREN, Jonathan Bennett played JR Chandler during the long-running character's teens. Now grown up, the seasoned actor is set to make you swoon in a slew of new movies.

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Lozano's New Thriller!

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Catch ONE LIFE TO LIFE's Florencia Lozano (Téa) like you've never seen her before in the new thriller, 7E. Released to VOD and DVD today, the picture is about a New York man (Brendan Sexton III) who looks after his cousin (Natasha Lyonne) following the death of her roommate. But when strangers start inquiring about her well-being, the situation leading up to the roommate's demise becomes suspect. It's a story so chock full of mystery that Lozano was placed on a gag order about how her character, Sadie, plays into it. "I was told to not talk too much about the movie," she confides. "They want it all to remain a surprise."

However, if the trailer is any indication, Lozano will deliver the kind of intense performance that she became known for as Téa, but with a completely different look. "You know, the soap was definitely the glamour side of things, which is a lot of fun," she laughs. "but it is also fun to let that stuff go and play people who aren't glamorous. I love playing wild roles." What part of the truth do the characters learn is real and what part is perceived? You'll have to see the film to find out. For more about what the actress has been up to, check out her Keeping Track feature in an upcoming issue of Soaps In Depth.

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Will OLTL's Corbin Bleu Win DANCING WITH THE STARS?

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Stars from GENERAL HOSPITAL (Kelly Monaco, Sam) and ALL MY CHILDREN (J.R. Martinez, Brot) have won the coveted mirror ball trophy on DANCING WITH THE STARS — is it ONE LIFE TO LIVE's turn tonight? It could happen given that Corbin Bleu (Jeffrey, OTL) and his pro partner Karina Smirnoff performed a spectacular freestyle routine on Monday's show that not only earned a perfect score of 30, but also got a standing ovation from stern judge Len Goodman.

"Any number of things could have gone wrong," Bleu told Soaps In Depth after the show about the intricate Michael Jackson-inspired freestyle routine. "The fact that I could have seriously injured my partner was very scary! Then, we went into the lean, which took tremendous strength to get out of. It was one thing after another. We made it through each one. When it was over, I looked at Karina and said, 'We did it!'"

And Bleu even has a connection to the late King Of Pop! "Yes, I did meet Michael," says Bleu, who's so enthralled by the superstar singer that he still speaks of him in the present tense! "It was probably the highlight of my life. He's such a presence. He's extremely tall and has big ol' hands. He came to the High School Musical Concert in Vegas. When I went and did my bit in the concert, [director] Kenny Ortega, who directed all [Michael's] tours, told me that Michael leaned over to him and said, 'Who's that?' Kenny said, 'That's Corbin Bleu.' Michael said, 'He's good!' I still get goose bumps thinking about that."

Has the actor allowed himself to imagine what it might be like to win the mirror ball trophy? "I'm trying not to even think about that," he says. "We got a perfect score on our freestyle, but I'm already focusing on the fusion dance we're doing [in the next episode]. Then, I'm focused on Thanksgiving and eating — and sleeping! And chill with my family!"

Couples were allowed to select routines for their competitors for the finale tonight. Rather than choose a dance combination that his fellow finalist Jack Osbourne might not be good at, Bleu actually chose one (paso doble/salsa) believing his opponent would do well. Now, that is sportsmanship!

"I love Jack," Bleu says. "I love his improvement throughout this entire time. When he finished his freestyle, I was standing up cheering saying he should get '10's.' He's an incredible person, and so is Cheryl [Burke, his dance pro partner]."

What's up next for the actor? "Right now, I'm working on this anti-bullying film The Day I Died," he says. "I want to get more into producing. Even if I don't win, I'm going to be celebrating because I made it into the top three! This has been an incredible experience!"

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