Christie Clark (ex-Carrie, DAYS) and her husband, Thomas Barnes, have welcomed their third daughter, Charlotte Joy. Tweeted the proud mom, “Baby Charlotte. ” Charlie” Joy was born on Aug 6 th 2013! 8 Pds 4 oz! Everyone is thrilled to bits over here!!!!” Charlie joins older sisters Hannah, 5, and Emma, 2.
Eileen Davidson, who made a triumphant return as Kristen DiMera in 2012 after a 14-year absence, wrapped up her DAYS stint on July 16. Because DAYS tapes so far in advance, she will air through the remainder of the year. “The Kristen story wrap-up is just fantastic; she was just glorious,” raves Executive Producer Ken Corday. “The official word there is that Eileen Davidson is leaving the show to take some time out with her family. Will she come back? We’ll see. But she’s not going to another show. I am thankful for all she’s brought to us. It was the first shot in the arm we needed. A big shot in the arm.” For more from Corday, pick up the next issue of Digest, on sale Friday.
Expect a visit to GH early in August from Emma Samms as Holly. After the actress popped in at the show’s fan club festivities, Executive Producer Frank Valentini tweeted a pic of himself on set with Samms, acknowledging that “the cat is out of the bag.”
DAYS OF OUR LIVES’s on-screen sibs, Alison Sweeney (Sami) and Greg Vaughan (Eric), star in the romantic comedy, SECOND CHANCES, debuting on the Hallmark Channel Saturday, July 27, at 9 p.m. ET/PT and 8 p.m. CT. “It’s a fun movie, especially because of Ali,” enthuses Vaughan. “She really shines. I think DAYS fans will enjoy seeing us playing different roles. We filmed the movie before I started taping DAYS last year.” Sweeney plays a single mom working at a 911 call center and Vaughan is a divorced firefighter.
Patsy Pease (ex-Kimberly), who was last seen in Salem in 2010, is returning to the show for a visit. “Well, that was a long ‘nap!’ Hello Everybody! I’m back with GOOD news! I start shooting July,17th.18th and 19th,” she announced on Facebook. “Thrilled to be back on ‘Days’ and I am so excited about working with the lovely and VERY talented Jen Lilley! Stay tuned !” It was revealed this week that Lilley’s character Theresa is the daughter of Kim and Shane.
The 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were held Sunday night in Beverly Hills, hosted by Sam Champion (Good Morning America) and HLN personalities Robin Meade and A.J. Hammer.
CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful boasted the biggest haul, translating its 15 nominations into nine total Emmys, including for Writing, lead actress Heather Tom and five Creative Arts trophies collected on Saturday.
Sister sudser The Young and the Restless — which went into this year’s awards with the most nominations, 23 — wound up with seven wins, including for Lead Actor/first-time gold-grabber Doug Davidson.
Days of Our Lives was named best drama. One Life to Live earned one Emmy, tying General Hospital for Multiple Camera Editing on Saturday night.
On the “interesting” side, GH‘s former Lulu, Julie Marie Berman, nonetheless won for Supporting Actress, while Kristen Alderson earned her first Emmy, in the Younger Actress race, for playing Starr — a character that has since been yanked away from her by the One Life to Live reboot/legal flapdoodle.
Among the telecast’s highlights, and there were so few: Corbin Bernsen dropping the S-word and an F-bomb while imagining what his late mother, Y&R legend Jeanne Cooper, must be thinking about this year’s ceremony (namely, her being a part of the In Memoriam tribute); and Carrie Fisher dropping acid… jokes before getting to hand an Emmy to her onetime Star Wars boss, George Lucas (accepting for The Clone Wars).
Here now are the winners in the categories announced on Sunday:
LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Doug Davidson (Paul, Y&R)
The Price Is Right (CBS)
GAME SHOW HOST
Ben Bailey, Cash Cab
TALK SHOW | INFORMATIVE
The Dr. Oz Show
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA (TIE)
Scott Clifton (Liam, B&B)
Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R)
DRAMA WRITING TEAM
The Bold and the Beautiful
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Game show host Monty Hall
Producer Bob Stewart
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Julie Marie Berman (ex-Lulu, GH)
CULINARY PROGRAM (TIE)
Best Thing I Ever Made (Food Network)
Trisha’s Southern Kitchen (Food Network)
Lidia Bastianich (Lidia’s Italy)
LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Heather Tom (Katie, B&B)
TALK SHOW | ENTERTAINMENT
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
DRAMA DIRECTING TEAM
The Bold and the Beautiful
SPECIAL CLASS | ANIMATED PROGRAM
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
YOUNGER ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Chandler Massey (Will, Days)
CBS Sunday Morning
YOUNGER ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Kristen Alderson (as Starr, GH)
“Good Afternoon,” Good Morning America
TALK SHOW HOST
Ricki Lake (The Ricki Lake Show)
OUTSTANDING DAYTIME DRAMA
Days of Our Lives
Also, here are select non-soap opera winners in the aforementioned Creative Arts categories, which were handed out on Saturday evening (Deadline has a full list):
CHILDREN’S ANIMATED PROGRAM
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (Nickelodeon)
PERFORMER IN AN ANIMATED PROGRAM
David Tennant (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
WRITING IN ANIMATION
R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour The Series (HUB Network)
PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN’S SERIES
Sesame Street (PBS)
PERFORMER IN A CHILDREN’S SERIES
Kevin Clash (Elmo, Sesame Street)
WRITING IN A CHILDREN’S SERIES
Sesame Street (PBS)
The DiMeras! The Hortons! The Bradys! They’re all returning to your screens thanks to multi-platform video entertainment network Cackle, who has announced they will be screening Days Of Our Lives starting Monday June 17.
Soap fans were left devastated when the Nine Network pulled the plug on DOOL earlier this year, however, Cackle will be taking over the much-loved soap by screening the episodes online for free.
Cackle will generously offer viewers ten episodes in the first week, followed by seven new episodes every Monday. Viewers can watch the iconic soap online for free through Cackle, as well on Cackle’s mobile app, connected TVs and game consoles.
“We are very happy to be offering Days Of Our Lives fans an opportunity to keep up with the show in Australia,” said Phil Lynch, senior vice president, digital networks & games for Sony Pictures Television.
Sean Carrigan has been cast in the role of Stitch on Y&R. He will first air on Friday, June 28 an old Army buddy of Dylan’s (Steve Burton). The role is recurring.
Look who’s already getting a mother! Just last week we brought you the news that CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful had hired Emmy winner Darin Brooks (Days of Our Lives) for the new role of heartthrob Wyatt Fuller. Now TV Guide Magazine can exclusively report that another Emmy winner, former General Hospital star Rena Sofer, has been signed to play Wyatt’s mother, Quinn Fuller.
Not a lot of deets yet, except that Mama is as mysterious as Sonny Boy and both have secrets that will rock the soap. Sofer first gained suds fame on Another World and Loving, then went on to win her Emmy as Lois Cerullo on GH. She’s had recurring roles on 24, Covert Affairs, NCIS, Two and a Half Men and Heroes. The actress starts work at B&B May 22 and will hit the air July 12.
A fan favorite is leaving Genoa City behind.
Michelle Stafford is leaving the long-running CBS soap The Young and the Restless after 16 years, a source close to the show exclusively tells E! News.
Stafford’s exit follows the recent passing of beloved Young and the Restless star Jeanne Cooper, whom the show will pay tribute to with a special on Tuesday, May 28.
Nominated 10 times for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Leading Actress in a Drama Series category, Stafford took home the award in 2004. She also won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1997.
Stafford played fan favorite Phyllis Summers on The Young and the Restless. After joining the show in 1994, she left in 1997 before returning in 2000. (Her role was taken over by Sandra Nelson.)
Daytime-TV grand dame Jeanne Cooper, who played The Young and the Restless‘ Katherine, passed away on Wednesday morning after being hospitalized, off and on since April, for an undisclosed illness.
Cooper’s elder son, actor Corbin Bernsen, shared the sad news on Twitter, saying, “She was in peace and without fear. You all have been incredible in your love. In her name, share it today with others.”
Bernsen just last week updated his mother’s fans via Facebook, upon her latest return to the hospital: “I said goodbye to her [Friday], and even then not fully meaning it or expecting that would be the last time I saw her. But now it will have to do, as we enter this weekend letting her final voyage begin…. I don’t want her in pain. I don’t want her in fear or agony…. So I’m giving her this weekend — take the holiday, Mom, make it yours, let it take you where it will. My final words to her last night were, ‘I’ll see you again.’ And I will, either here or there.”
Best known for her nearly 40-year run on CBS’ Y&R, which launched in 1973, Cooper’s career began in the 1950s with a role in the Western The Redhead from Wyoming. She then launched into a long string of roles on TV anthology series — including ABC’s Crossroads, NBC’s Tales of Wells Fargo and CBS’ Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theater — and dramas such as The Adventures of Kit Carson, Cheyenne, Wagon Train and multiple appearances on Perry Mason, The Big Valley and Ironside.
On Y&R, Cooper played high society doyenne Katherine Chancellor (as well as, now and again, her lookalike Marge Cotrooke). The actress famously invited the daytime drama to weave in storylines mirroring her own life, including a mid-1980s facelift (the show used footage from Cooper’s actual procedure) and a recurring bout with alcoholism. The character of Kay also crossed over to sister sudser The Bold and the Beautiful for two episodes in 2005.
Over her career, Cooper amassed 10 Daytime Emmy nominations, winning once in 2008 after earning a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. She also netted two Primetime Emmy nods, including for her turn as son Corbin’s L.A. Law mother.
Cooper took a brief medical leave from Y&R in October 2011, at which time her part was temporarily recast with Michael Learned (The Waltons).
The actress is survived by her three children, Corbin, Colin and Caren.
Like any good soap opera, the upcoming online relaunch of All My Children and One Live to Live has encountered an unforeseen twist.
Prospect Park, the production company behind the daytime staples’ imminent revival, has filed a $25 million breach of contract lawsuit against ABC.
In the suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Prospect Park alleges that ABC has broken the licensing agreement it entered into two years ago.
This development comes a few weeks before the reconfigured former ABC soaps’ April 29 debut on iTunes and Hulu. It likely stems from problems between the production company and the Alphabet Net regarding some OLTL characters (which belong to Prospect Park) that had taken up residence on General Hospital (which still airs on ABC) but have since been yanked.
“Prospect Park has been and continues to be committed to creating and delivering exceptional episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live. We have overcome each and every obstacle in an effort to make this dream become a reality. Over and over again our effort to bring these shows to audiences has faced challenges, and yet we along with the actors, the writers, producers and the directors as well as our fans have confronted and then overcome these challenges, and we have every confidence that we will prevail again. We look forward to our April 29 launch now more than ever,” said Prospect Park partners Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank, in a statement.
Sonny and Carly’s son is returning in the form of daytime newbie Bryan Craig, who began taping on April 15. The role is contract. “Great first day at my new job, love it and everyone involved,” he tweeted.
FX Canada will air AMC and OLTL on television when the series return on April 29, making it the only network in North America to do so. “All My Children and One Life to Live are a unique addition to FX Canada’s slate of provocative and critically-acclaimed dramas,” said Scott Moore, President of Broadcast, Rogers Media, in a statement. “As the only television channel in North America broadcasting these new series, FX Canada continues its commitment to deliver exclusive, premium content to its viewers.” ALL MY CHILDREN will air at noon ET/2 p.m. PT, followed by ONE LIFE TO LIVE at 12:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT.
Y&R’s longest running castmember Jeanne Cooper, who has played Katherine Chancellor since 1973, was recently admitted to the hospital for an infection. At first, her condition had been regarded as very serious and her son Corbin Bernsen (ex-Todd, Y&R) posted on Twitter, “Need some prayers for my mom tonight. Not doing great. I don’t believe it is the end of her journey, but still a very uphill battle.” However, the Emmy-winning actress’s status has since improved. “Jeanne Cooper is still in ICU and is stable yet sedated,” tweeted Daniel Goddard (Cane), who has been closely monitoring her progress. Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren) visited Cooper on Friday night and tells Digest, “Jeanne is the mom to us all on Y and R and my first stop in the morning is her dressing room. Our hearts and prayers are with her family and I am looking forward to Jeanne bossing everyone around as soon as possible!”
Three of One Life to Live‘s finest are once again General Hospital-bound — albeit as completely different characters.
As first rumored back in March, suds vets Roger Howarth, Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson — each of whom brought their OLTL alter egos to GH following the former’s swan song — are slated to return to ABC’s sole surviving soap on May 10. The catch: The trio will no longer be portraying Llanview’s Todd Manning, John McBain and Starr Manning, respectively.
“Exciting storylines full of mystery and intrigue are planned to usher in the return of these actors that will lead to the answer of one of the most asked questions in Port Charles,” an ABC spokesperson said Thursday in a statement.
Prospect Park, the production company behind the upcoming online versions of OLTL and All My Children, initially proposed sharing the three characters with ABC and General Hospital, as they were said to be “essential” to the revival’s “production efforts, and a large reason [the company] licensed the program.” An agreement, however, was never successfully reached. Howarth, for his part, is set to reprise his role as Todd for several weeks at the start of OLTL‘s relaunch, which begins April 29 on both iTunes and Hulu.
Ashley Jones is on the verge of making a bold return.
After finishing a seven-years-plus run as Bridget Forrester on the CBS daytime drama “The Bold and the Beautiful” early in 2012, the actress goes back to the serial this week to begin taping a new stint as the character. Last seen ending her relationship with the married father of her son, Bridget will reappear on the scene in just the way Jones wants.
“I’m only going in for three or four episodes as of right now,” she tells Zap2it, “but there’s some fun stuff with Bridget’s mom (Brooke, played by founding ‘B&B’ cast member Katherine Kelly Lang). I specifically didn’t want to go back for a wedding or a funeral. I feel like this is too cool a character to come back and just sit in the background. That’s not that fun.”
Should “B&B” want her to stay longer, Jones says she’s willing to listen: “I feel like so many things have changed in my journey and career. I know a lot of people have a plan for what’s going to happen, and the reality is that things change every year. And the business has completely changed since I started.
“Someone can do three episodes of ‘The Bold and the Beautiful,’ then turn around and book a primetime show. That’s happening all the time. I did tons of other stuff while I was on [the soap], so I’m so grateful to the show, and they’ve been so good to me. This is a fun character the audience really responds to, so I’m open to whatever they might have in mind for her.”
Jones also is known from Season 2 of HBO’s “True Blood,” on which she played Daphne Landry, and several movies she’s made for Lifetime. As was the case with “Dead at 17″ and “Secrets From Her Past,” she’s both a star and producer of a new one: “A Sister’s Revenge,” casting her as a targeted new mother and premiering Saturday, April 27.
Whatever her re-entry into the soap world holds for her, Jones says she’s encouraged — as someone who also appeared earlier on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless,” and who makes television on both sides of the camera now — to see many peers coming back in the Online Network revivals of the former ABC shows “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” starting Monday, April 29.
“I think that’s the way everything will go, eventually,” she reasons. “When I have my producer’s hat on, I feel that if I could have a Web series, it would be a very smart move in setting up projects for the future. I’m interested to see what it does for the actors, but I don’t think it will hurt them at all. Who knows? It might even end up being a bigger audience.”
Seriously, we’re approaching weather machine levels of daytime-TV twists here — and off screen, no less.
With One Life to Live set to relaunch on April 29 with new episodes on Hulu/iTunes, Michael Easton, Roger Howarth and Kristen Alderson — each of whom relocated their Llanview alter egos to General Hospital‘s Port Charles after One Life‘s broadcast TV swan song — will in fact return to and stay with ABC’s lone surviving soap, but as different characters “that in no way resemble the current ones,” TV Guide Magazine reports.
Prospect Park, the producer of the new OLTL and All My Children episodes and thus the licensee of both shows’ rosters of characters, “has been extremely difficult to deal with on this issue,” a source tells TV Guide Magazine, “so GH basically said, ‘Screw it! We’ll create all-new characters!’ It’s the only way GH can get past the problem and get on with business.”
Shortly after its second bid at rebooting AMC and OLTL gained traction, Prospect Park said in a statement that characters such as Easton’s John McBain and Alderson’s Starr “are obviously essential to our production efforts, and a large reason we licensed the program. We also understand that legions of General Hospital fans have grown to love these actors and characters … So even though we are paying ABC millions of dollars to license the shows, we have been and continue to be willing to equally share the characters with General Hospital and ABC.”
GH and OLTL fans, what do you think of this seemingly official wrinkle? And is anyone fretting over the phrase “that in no way resemble the current ones”? Will Howarth dress in drag to play a Haunted Star chanteuse? Will Alderson return as a plastic-surgeried Nicholas “Domino” Van Buren?
Hot on the heels of Emme Rylan‘s departure from Y&R to join GH as Lulu comes the news from Daytime Confidential that Melissa Ordway (ex-Chloe, HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS) will take over as Abby, starting April 22. The actress will join other HH alums Robert Adamson (ex-Phil; Noah) and Hunter King (ex-Adriana; Summer) in Genoa City. A Y&R spokesperson confirms that Rylan’s last air date will be April 10.