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AMC stars to perform at Soap Fan Mystery Theatre in LA!

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Soap fans and soap actors love a good mystery, so the creative minds of Soap Fan Mystery Theatre have put together a night of readings of rarely seen Agatha Christie mysteries.  The theatre kicks off it’s new series of staged readings featuring Hollywood favorites, the most popular stars of Daytime television,  at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills located at 135 South Doheny Drive at Wilshire Blvd. First up is Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest, starring Stefanie Powers and a trio of stars from ABC’s All My Children (AMC).  Performances are Saturday, February 20 (8:00 pm) and Sunday, February 21 (2:00 pm and 7:00 pm).   Powers, will be joined on stage by Vincent Irizarry (AMC’s Dr. David Hayward),  Jacob Young (AMC’s JR Chandler), and Adam Mayfield (AMC’s Scott Chandler). 

After 40 years of taping in New York City, All My Children has recently moved production to Los Angeles.  This is the first time the stars of All My Children will appear together on stage in Southern California.  The role of the police inspector will be read by Robert Newman, who starred as Joshua Lewis for 28 years on  Guiding Light.  Additional mystery guest stars from the world of Daytime TV will also be added.  In “Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest” Michael Starkwedder (Vincent Irizarry) – the unexpected guest – accidentally drives his car into a ditch on a foggy night and wanders into a nearby house to use the phone.  There he discovers Laura Warwick (Stefanie Powers) standing over her dead husband’s body holding a smoking gun…  Together they hatch an alibi, but did she do it?  With a houseful of suspects to choose from, Agatha Christie keeps the audience guessing “whodunit” right up until the shocking climax.

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The second reading in the series, Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web, will be performed Saturday March 13 (8:00 pm) and Sunday March 14 (2:00 pm and 7:00 pm) featuring Ricky Paull Goldin (AMC’s Jake Martin), as the Police Inspector investigating murder and mayhem at a country estate with Agatha Christie’s colorful suspects played by Jacob Young, Adam Mayfield and additional fan favorite guest stars to be announced.

Reserved seating is $49.50. A limited number of $150 VIP tickets will be sold for each performance which include premium seating, a post show meet and greet, and a photo opportunity with the stars.  2-show subscriptions and group discounts are also available.  Free Parking is provided for all performances!  Tickets may be purchased online at www.tix.com or by phone at 1.800.595.4849. For more information go to www.soapfanmysterytheatre.com

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Brooklyn Rae Silzer Making A Return To General Hospital

As General Hospital continues to surprise its viewers with some notables from the show’s history, look for another fan favorite, Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma) to make her way back to Port Charles for an appearance coming up next month.

Excited to finally be able to announce she will reappear on GH, Silzer tweeted: “Dreams come true! Thank you so much @GeneralHospital @valentinifrank for having me back!”

Emma Scorpio Drake’s return is scheduled for Thursday, February 6th, but due to coverage of the President Donald Trump impeachment trial and current episodes being pushed back, this date may change.

The last time viewers saw Emma was back in 2018, when she came to town to visit her grandmother, Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) for Christmas.

Would you like to see Emma stick around Port Charles? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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Hallmark Channel Chief Bill Abbott Exits In Aftermath Of Same-Sex Ad Controversy

Looks like there is still fallout from the Hallmark Channel pulling several ads from wedding planner, Zola that centered on a same-sex lesbian couple kissing at their wedding.

Now, Bill Abbott, who has been Crown Media Family Networks president and CEO for the last 11 years, is exiting the company.  The announcement was made today by Mike Perry, president and CEO of Hallmark Cards Inc.

No successor has been named. “I have tremendous confidence in the Crown Media management team and, with this team in place, I will begin a search for Bill’s replacement,” Perry said. “I want to thank Bill for his many years of success and contributions to Crown Media and wish him continued success.”

Prior to the firestorm against the cable outlet for pulling the Zola ads, (after conservative group One Million Moms petitioned to have the ads removed) and the network complied, the company was doing well.

Abbott presided over a period of growth and visibility for Hallmark including: Christmas programming and regular opportunities for seasoned A-list stars that in return attracted viewers and ratings. Bill Abbott’s exit is the latest result of Hallmark’s efforts to quickly turn the page on the bad PR.

Deadline reported that according to people familiar with the internal discussions, many people at the network expressed their preference for restoring the ad quickly, while Abbott went against their wishes and kept it off the air.

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So, what do you think of Abbott stepping-down and Hallmark parting ways with him? Do you enjoy Hallmark Channel programming or find its fare and formula not diverse and inclusive enough? Comment below.

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Judith Light To Receive Prestigious Honor At GLAAD Media Awards In New York

Another wonderful acknowledgement is coming its way to two-time Daytime Emmy and Tony winning actress, Judith Light (Ex-Karen, OLTL).

News on Wednesday has that Light will be honored at the upcoming 31st annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City with the Excellence in Media Award in a ceremony hosted by Lilly Singh. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, March 19th.

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According to Deadline, who broke the news, the Excellence in Media Award is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people. Light joins previous honorees Ava DuVernay, Robert De Niro, Patti LaBelle, Debra Messing, Tyra Banks, Julianne Moore, Glenn Close, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, among others, who have received this prestigious award from the organization.

“Judith Light stood up for and with LGBTQ people when others in media and entertainment refused to speak up, and she has never left our side,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement “When the GLAAD Media Awards first started and was a small event with little visibility, she was one of the few entertainers who would join us in calling for LGBTQ representation, so it is only fitting to now honor her advocacy on what has become the largest LGBTQ stage in the world. From standing alongside LGBTQ people during the AIDS crisis, to fighting for marriage equality, to now uplifting transgender people and issues, Judith advocates with a unique passion and an unending dedication that uplifts.”

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Light was honored with the 2019 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award for her extensive philanthropy work, especially in fighting to end AIDS and championing LGBTQ and human rights.

Share your congratulations to Judith via the comment section on this honor from GLAAD.

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