Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Carolyn Hennesy Shares Holiday Plans & Memories, Will Perform with Nelson Aspen in January Show in L.A.

Hi, Serial Scoop! You guys gave me such kind coverage after the October premiere of my new cabaret offering, "A Showbiz Scrapbook" at NYC's beautiful GreenRoom 42, I wanted to alert you to its upcoming engagement at Hollywood's crazy-popular theatrical venue, Rockwell Table & Stage. As an entertainment reporter, I spend a lot of time in LA during Awards season, so I was keen to schedule this performance for Thursday, January 30...right in between my coverage of the Grammys and the Oscars.

As many of you may already know, given my own long history in daytime TV, I often welcome stars of the genre to join me onstage for special interactive performances. These have included talented folks like Anita Gillette, Shelly Burch, Ilene Kristen and Monica Horan. For January, I'm excited to tell you it will be one of my very favorite soap opera scene stealers: the lovely Emmy and Indie Series Award winning Carolyn Hennesy....known to millions of General Hospital fans as lawyer Diane Miller. I first noticed Carolyn guest starring on an episode of Reba and was smitten. She's one of the main reasons GH is on my DVR! I've gotten to learn so much about her life away from Port Charles: she's a New York Times best-selling author, passionate advocate for animals, and a trapeze artist. Now THAT is a multi-hyphenate!

From my own years in Soap Land (working at Search for Tomorrow, Another World and One Life to Live), Christmas was always a favorite time of year. It started weeks in advance for us, since we were shooting ahead...and the studio holiday parties of the 1980s were the stuff of legend! My mentor, Mary Stuart (Search for Tomorrow's Jo and Guiding Light's Meta), celebrated the season like no one I'd ever met before or since, and her influence remains forever inside me at this festive time of the year.

So in honor of the Yuletide, here's a little Q&A I had with Carolyn for you to enjoy.

What have you got planned for this holiday season?
Heading to Zurich before Christmas to see Sabrina Kern (co-star, St. Agatha) in the Swiss national musical. Then home to hibernate over the holiday with family and friends.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

'Days of our Lives': Last Blast Reunion Sneak Peek

Episode 3 of Days of our Lives: The Digital Series' "Last Blast Reunion" will stream this Thursday. Check out a sneak peek video below.

Monday, December 9, 2019

'La Doña' Premieres January 13 on Telemundo

The new season of La Doña premieres Monday, January 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Telemundo. Shot in Mexico and Brazil, this season marks the return of superstar Aracely Arámbula in her iconic role of Altagracia Sandoval, joined by a star-studded cast including Carlos Ponce, David Zepeda, Maricela González, Kika Edgar and Danna Paola.

The electrifying and action-packed drama picks up two years after the first season finale when everyone thought La Doña was dead, but she was far from it. Now, Altagracia Sandoval is back stronger than ever, focused on taking back what belongs to her and seeking revenge against those who wronged her and her loved ones. Many tragic events will impact Altagracia upon her return, but nothing will stop her from seeking her own justice.

The stellar cast is completed by José María Galeano, Eric del Castillo, Patricia Reyes Spíndola, Alejandra Barros, Paola Fernández, José Sefami, Andrea Martí, Fernanda Borches, Leo Deluglio, Diego Soldano, Simone Victoria, Claudio Roca, Mayra Sierra, Alexa Martin, Alberto Casanova, Agustín Arguello, Leandro Lima, Bernardo Flores, Rafael Ernesto, Diego Escalona, Aquiles Cervantes, Christian Ramos, Juan P. De Santiago and Paola Albo, among others.

La Doña is an original Telemundo production, written by Jose Vicente Spataro, directed by Carlos Villegas, Felipe Aguilar and Javier del Solar, with Mariu Fernandez and Mariana Iskandarani as executive producers.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Daytime Emmy Awards Divided into Three-Night Event

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced today that the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be divided into three awards shows on Friday, June 12, 2020, Saturday, June 13th, 2020 and Sunday, June 14th, 2020.

"We are thrilled to add a third night of celebrating the diversity and talents of our Daytime community," says NATAS President/CEO, Adam Sharp. Adding, "We have seen how the Television Academy's expansion of the Primetime Creative Arts ceremonies has made room for more honorees to have their well-earned moment in the sun, and we hope to replicate their success."

All events/shows will take place in Pasadena, California. Categories to be presented at each program to be determined and announced at a future date.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Today in Soap Opera History (October 23)

"The best prophet of the future is the past."
― Lord Byron

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1978: On Another World, Rachel Cory (Victoria Wyndham) cut off Jamie's (Tim Holcomb) allowance after finding out he had married Blaine Ewing (Laura Malone).

1981: On General Hospital, the residents of Port Charles wanted Luke (Anthony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis) to have a big wedding.