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ABC Stars Meet The Press – TCA Cocktail Reception Photo Gallery!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

On Sunday, the stars of ABC participated in the All-Star Cocktail Reception immediately following the conclusion of a busy and long day as members of the TCA (Television Critics Association) attended panels on all the new shows for the fall season that the network is rolling out and has high hopes for!

But while many new shows were unveiled,  several of your favorites from daytime’s General Hospital including Finola Hughes, Brandon Barash, Kirsten Storms and Jason Thompson, and nighttime soap favorites from Revenge, including Emily Van Camp, Barry Sloane, Nick Wechsler, Josh Bowman, Madeleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann and Christa B. Allen were out in full force in support of their series!

In addition, Nashville’s Sam Palladio and Scandal’s Kerry Washington all posed on the red carpet arrivals line before entering the cocktail reception to meet the press and hang out with their peers and network executives.

Take a look at our photo gallery of the ABC stars after the jump with our captions, and let us know, who was your favorite from the photo gallery? And tell us what show are you looking forward to most in the fall season on ABC? Revenge, Nashville or Scandal?  And, we assume you will continue to support and watch General Hospital throughout the fall too!

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Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

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Love my GH!

Triple ditto!!!!!!

Kirsten, Brandon and Jason… and Finola… of course! Love GH!!! Can’t wait for your video interviews!!! Love Revenge too… Nolan is my fave!!!

Most of the ladies & gents looked lovely, but why can’t some of the younger actors from GH dress a little nicer when they go out for these press junkets? Kirsten S. is adorable, but why couldn’t she have worn a dress? Jason T. looked sloppy in his jeans. At least Brandon B. wore a jacket with his sloppy jeans.
I’m sure it’s just me, but I appreciate it when the stars take a little time to look their best when they make appearances.
Go Finola! She looked gorgeous!

I will continue to watch GH! And support GH all threw the fall,winter, and so on !

Scandal is the best night soap opera right now. The storylines are fast and soapy. Scandal has some of the best directing bec it enhances how storylines unfold and the directing is polished. Scandal’s flaws though are casting for huck and atty general and fitz. They should recast huck and atty general bec they’re horrid actors who deliver their lines w/ such bad acting. While fitz is not attractive at all. Only good thing from that is it makes kerry even look more pretty when she’s w/ him. Giggles. Scandal’s should have cast fitz w/ a handsome actor bec it’s a night soap opera. At least actor who portrays harrisen is handsome and not light skinned. And it’s great that olivia’s love triangle is w/ a handsome and really dark skinned senator. Kerry’s red carpet dress was great. Scandal’s getting its own capsule collection bec the show is known for its style like how racist drama mad men had a 60s capsule collection w/ banana republic. And yet more traditional soap opera revenge has no capsule collection. Yet another failure for revenge. No capsule collection. They get rid of their only racial minority cast member ashley madekwe/ They kill off their recurring Asian american char takeda yet he should be better than white char when using samurai weapon. Lower season2 ratings. And now the entire cast are white chars. Scandal really should encourage more tv shows for racially diverse night soaps where the leads are people of color. It’s successful bec of kerry washington and actresses that portray verna thornton and vp sally langston and the racially diverse cast w/c could benefit from even more racial diversity and fast storylines and expensive looking directing.

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WGA and AMPTP Reach Tentative Deal to End Writers Strike

Looks like we are close, very close, to the writing teams at your favorite soap operas returning to their jobs with news on Sunday that finally the WGA and AMPTP have reached a tentative deal. What remains is the fine print, and having the WGA vote to ratify their contracts.

This is welcome news to the television, streaming and motion picture industry that after five months of a strike has put the 2023-2024 TV season in deep water.

In a statement, the Writers Guild shared, “We have reached a tentative agreement on a new 2023 MBA (Minimum Basic Agreement), which is to say an agreement in principle on all deal points, subject to drafting final contract language. We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional — with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.”

As the deal goes through its final stages, the writers are still technically on strike, but picketing outside studios and shows has now been suspended.

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Among the writers’ demands that they fought for are: higher residuals from streaming shows, minimum staff sizes to prevent the use of “mini rooms” and protections from the use of AI.  The hope within the entertainment industry is that the new deal for the WGA will move along a new contract for SAG-AFTRA (actors) with the AMPTP.  As of Monday, SAG-AFTRA is still on strike.

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As for your favorite soap operas, during the strikes, the shows were written by non-union writers or “fi-core” writers who gave up their union benefits in order to continue working.

The next steps in process will see the WGA negotiating committee vote on “whether to recommend the agreement and send it on to the WGAW Board and WGAE Council for approval,” tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.  Another vote by the board and council could lift the strike “restraining order”and allow scribes to “return to work during the ratification vote”.

So, are you happy to know that the writing teams from your favorite soaps are about to return to work and helm the scripts and the vision of the shows? Comment below.

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General Hospital Alum Richard Simmons ‘Not Interested’ In Biopic with Pauly Shore Portraying Him

Former General Hospital guest star and fitness guru, the reclusive Richard Simmons, has come forward and addressed actor and comedian, Pauly Shore’s wish to play the 70’s and 80’s pop culture icon in a biopic about his life.

Shore previously took to social media and on X shared a side-by-side of him and Simmons. Accompanying the post, Pauly expressed: I’ve noticed the reactions to me playing #RichardSimmons in a biopic. I heard he’s living in Big Bear. We’ve been playing phone tag (yes, he has a phone). I’m trying to make it happen, you guys. In the meantime, hit up all the big producers. I’ll see you at @TheAcademy 2025!”

However, TMZ’s sources are reporting on Saturday that Simmons is not in favor of Shore playing him in a film or anyone else, or any biopic on his life.

The outlet shared that Richard’s reaction was that he was aware of the effort behind a biopic, mostly spear-headed by Pauly. but that he just doesn’t want to be involved. Simmons also added that he likes Pauly a lot, but he’s not biting, despite the public’s urging on social media about the idea of a movie on his life.

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Born Milton Teagle “Richard” Simmons, he became part of the public conscious back in the 70’s and 80’s with exercise studios and the ability to help his clients lose weight; many of them were celebrities. Simmons himself, admitted to at one time to being overweight, and getting into fitness helped him maintain a healthy living style and he wanted to help others.

Later, he began a four-year recurring run on General Hospital playing himself from 1979-1983.  Simmons returned to the show in 2013 for the Nurses’ Ball to taunt Lucy (Lynn Herring). He also was host of the Emmy-award winning, The Richard Simmons Show, which focused on personal health, fitness, exercise, and healthy cooking.  Over the last several years, Simmons has withdrawn from public life.

What would you think of a Richard Simmons biopic and if it included some moments in front of the camera and behind the scenes of what went down when he appeared on GH? Do you think it will ever happen given Simmons current position on the matter? Let us know in the comment section.

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General Hospital’s John J. York Reveals Potential Transplant Donor: “I Believe They Found a Match”

Promising news for General Hospital’s John J. York (Mac Scorpio). The actor who went public with his health battle shared Friday on Good Morning America that a life-saving blood stem cell transplant donor may have been located.

An emotional York told GMA, “I believe they found a match, perfect match, which will make me cry.  So we’re going to start our testing and do all that kind of stuff coming up here in about a week, and then I believe the transplant will happen, fingers crossed, in November.”

Through his association with the Be The Match organization, York located the now potential donor to help in his fight against myelodysplastic syndrome and multiple smoldering myeloma, two blood and bone marrow disorders. “

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York went on to explain the difficulties he faced in trying to find a match: “Many of my family members were tested and most of them were 6 out of 12; apparently there’s markers that have to be reached. So they were on standby.”

When asked just what the GH fan favorite would want to say if given the opportunity to speak to the donor that appears to be a match, in tears, John expressed: “Thank you for saving my life. For letting me spend more time with my wife and my daughter and my son-in-law and my grandchildren and seeing this beautiful blue sky.”

John has played Mac Scorpio for 32 years and until recently had kept his battle with these two blood cancers private, but came forward to clarify why he is taking time away from GH, and how he is been trying to find a life-saving donor match.

Watch York’s segment from GMA below.

Now, share your thoughts and well-wishes as John awaits the test results from his potential donor, to hopefully undergo this life-saving transplant in November via the comment section.

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