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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.

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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Judith Light To Star and Executive Produce New Limited Series Along with Noah Wyle, ‘Shadows in the Vineyard’

Two-time Daytime Emmy and Tony winner, Judith Light (Ex-Karen, One Life to Live) has a major project on the way in which she will not only star, but executive produce.  Light will serve as one of the EP’s along with Noah Wyle (Ex-ER) and the two will be part of the cast of Shadows in the Vineyard, which, according to Deadline will be a limited TV series, with a potential spinoff.

Shadows in the Vineyard is based on journalist Maximillian Potter’s bestselling book Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison The World’s Greatest Wine.  Production is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2021 in Europe.

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Written by John Newman (Get Shorty, Proud Mary), Peter Cambor and Potter, Shadows in the Vineyard is set against the backdrop of the gorgeous, rolling countryside of the Côte-d’Or in Burgundy, France. The series is based on the true story of the outlandish 2010 plot-by-poison extortion scheme, a sinister criminal conspiracy that targeted the most sought-after and expensive wine in the world – the legendary Romanée-Conti.

The Landmark Studio Group will market the series, and one of its executives, David Ozer, who will also serve as another EP on the series shared: “Shadows in the Vineyard is rife with rich characters and a compelling narrative that will take viewers on a twisted tale of both a shocking who-done-it mystery and a journey of self-discovery that will resonate with a global audience,  With Maximillian, John, Peter and Sam leading the charge of capturing the heart of the story for the screen, along with the star talents of Judith and Noah and a beautiful location to create the ambience, we have no doubt that this series, which has spinoff potential, will be a hit.”

So, what do you think of Judith’s next project? Comment below.

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GH’s Lisa LoCicero On Olivia and Ned’s Kiss During COVID-19: “For Those Asking, That Kiss Was Filmed Before We Broke …”

General Hospital had its triumphant return on Monday with all-new episodes, it’s first since the coronavirus pandemic shut production down.

Since its airing, many viewers took to social media questioning the kiss in the episode between the characters of Ned (Wally Kurth) and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero), when protocols had been put in to place by the ABC daytime drama series, and that it going to have to come up with more creative ways to illustrate intimate moments during the editing of upcoming episodes.

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Throughout the day, several soap pundits including Carolyn Hinsey let viewers know that some of the scenes in this week’s GH episodes were actually filmed months ago before the production break including the kissing moment.

On Tuesday, long-running series cast member, Lisa LoCicero took to Twitter to clarify that as well to the fans, tweeting” Happy to be back with new shows! To those asking, the kiss was filmed before we broke..”

What was nice was that it seems with Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) back on the canvas, ans trouble brewing in the marriage of Ned and Olivia, that LoCicero may have some meaty material coming her way.

So, glad to hear from Lisa about the kiss in the episode? Do you hope she will be featured more in story coming up? Comment below.

 

 

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Courtney Hope Exits The Bold and the Beautiful Shares: “This Chapter of Sally Has Sadly Come to an End”

Since The Bold and the Beautiful returned to CBS Daytime with all-new episodes, it has provided viewers scenes that included of the finest work of Courtney Hope’s (Sally) career on the soap,  and now its time again for her character to depart the canvas one more time,

In story, Sally’s lies caught up with her in her obsession to nab Wyatt (Darin Brooks) as her man at the expense of his current lady love, Flo (Katrina Bowden).  And in key scenes on today’s B&B, Wyatt tells Sally it’s best for to stay away from him and Flo and to, perhaps, leave town.

Courtney took to her Instagram account to share her thoughts on the news of her exit, saying: “An abrupt ending to a monumental journey. The last three years have been amazing, and though I do not know what the future holds this chapter of Sally has sadly come to an end.  I love my @boldandbeautifulcbs cast and crew and will miss everyone dearly, but await the day we may all play again. Some things are out of our control, and I thank the fans for your support through it all!  Until then, I revel in new beginnings and everything the future has in store. 🙌🏼✨Love you all,  Sally spectra out 👩🏼‍🦰 ✌🏽”

So, what have you thought of Courtney’s recent performances?  Do you think B&B wrote the character into a corner they could not get out of? Would you like to see her return again one day? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.   But first, watch Wyatt say goodbye to Sally.

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