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AW and Y&R Alum Alicia Coppola Joins Sofia Pernas In CBS Action Drama ‘Blood & Treasure’ As Series Regular

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Casting news on Wednesday has that Alicia Coppola is returning to CBS primetime in a new action-drama series slated for summer of 2019.

The former Another World favorite, where she played Lorna, and more recently on Y&R as Meredith, Victor Newman’s (Eric Braeden) prison doctor, has been made series regular, and joins the cast which also stars former Y&R star, Sofia Pernas (Ex-Marisa) in the series, Blood & Treasure.

Coppola is set to play Dr. Ana Castilla, a world-renowned adventurer and archeologist.

According to DeadlineBlood & Treasure centers on a brilliant antiquities expert, Danny, and a cunning art thief, Lexi (Pernas), who team up to catch a ruthless terrorist who funds his attacks through stolen treasure. As they crisscross the globe hunting their target, they unexpectedly find themselves in the center of a 2,000-year-old battle for the cradle of civilization.

This will mark Alicia’s return to CBS primetime in a series regular role following her success on Jericho.  The actress was more recently seen on Shameless.

So, will you be checking out Alicia in her new role next summer? Comment below.

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I love Alicia and will tune in to the new series. She has always been a strong actress ever since I started watching her on Another World.

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Yes, I will give it a try if I can remember when the time comes ….next summer.
Have always liked her in her roles. Both AW and Y&R.

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TODAY: Mom and Son Duo, GL’s Kim Zimmer & ‘Animal Kingdom’s’ Jake Weary Live In Virtual Conversation

The Zimmer/Weary family is one talented bunch.  As daytime fans know, multi-Daytime Emmy winner is best known and beloved for her role as Reva Shayne on Guiding Light.

Kim’s husband, A.C. Weary is an actor and a director as well, and their son, Jake Weary has been making quite a name for himself in primetime television roles and his burgeoning music career.

Now today in a very special conversation, mother and son join Alan Locher for a livestream conversation in his Locher Room on You Tube.

The interview and discussion happens today, Friday April 10th begining 5PMEST/2PMPST.

In addition, Jake’s latest music video for his song, “Mist of the Pine” is  debuting today and fans will get an inside look into that, and more about his role on Animal Kingdom where he stars as Deran Cody plus more of his upcoming projects.

So will you be checking out the conversation livestream with Kim and Jake today? Let us know via the comment section below.

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‘Edge of Night’ Mainstay Forrest Compton Dies Following Complications From COVID-19

Sad news to report this Monday.  The longtime star of CBS’ and then ABC’s The Edge of Night, Forrest Compton. has passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Forrest died on Sunday at the age of 94.

His death was reported and confirmed by Compton’s friends and an article in the Shelter Island Reporter.

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As Edge of Night and longtime daytime fans know, Forrest played Monticello’s district attorney, Mike Karr.  He played this key role from 1971 until the show’s cancellation in 1984.  The show was originally titled “The Edge of Night” and eventually just became “Edge of Night”.   The soap which was steeped in murder mysteries ran on CBS from 1956–1975 and on ABC from 1975–1984,   In addition, Forrest along with his on-screen wife, Ann Flood (Nancy Karr) were one of the most popular duos in daytime.

Not only did Compton appear on EON, but he also had soap roles on As the World Turns, One Life to Live and All My Children.   In primetime, Forrest was best known for his role on Gomer Pyle: USMC opposite  Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton as Lieutenant Colonel Edward Gray.

In a heartwarming story where fan meets actor and helps him out (according to the Shelter Island Reporter) Compton was only slated to appear in two episodes a week for the next 13 weeks on The Edge of Night, when he needed an apartment in New York City near the studio, so when he heard about a one-bedroom on East 72nd he went to see Al, the super.  Forrest later learned that Al was such a devotee of  The Edge of Night that he locked his office door every day at 2 p.m. to watch uninterrupted. When Forrest mentioned that he had just been hired to play Mike Karr, the super said, “You’re getting that apartment.”’

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Sharon Gabet who starred as Raven on Edge of Night, posted on Facebook, a tribute and remembrance of her former co-star: “Woody, as he was affectionately known to all of us on The Edge of Night, was a master professional, hilarious, smart, kind and gentle. I spoke with him a couple years ago on his birthday and he was active and happy in his retirement. Rest in peace, Woody, and give hugs and kisses to Larkin, Lois, Dennis, Nick, Joel, Irving and all the other EDGE alumni up there.  THE story about Woody. He was on EON when they were LIVE. It was brutal, but Woody was one of the best “straight face” men in the business. So he is doing a scene with Nancy his wife (the glorious Ann Flood – another “straight face” master). He walks in the kitchen and sits down and his line was supposed to be “Gee, it’s hard to get up in the morning.” as Nancy gave him his coffee. Instead, Mike Karr says on national TV, “Gee it’s hard to get IT up in the morning, Nancy.” There was pandemonium among the crew during the commercial break as you can imagine.”

Now below, watch the opening title sequence fro the The Edge of Night over the years, many of which feature Forrest as Mike Karr at the very opening or at the end as one of the series most well-known and beloved characters.

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Then, share your condolences and remembrances on the passing of Forrest Compton in the comment section.

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EMPIRE’s Final Season Cut Short Due To COVID-19; Series Finale Now Set For April 21

Will we now ever know just how the lives of Empire’s Lucious  (Terrence Howard) and Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) and their dysfunctional family will resolve now that the series has had to scrap two of their planned episodes in their final season?  The sixth and final season was scheduled to run for a total of 20 episodes.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the production shutdown left them with only 18 episodes tht could be completed.

That means, as first announced during last night’s episode of Empire via voice-over: “Get ready for the shocking final three episodes of ‘Empire,’”  that reveal let viewers of Empire know there was change in plans.”  Now, the shortened season and series finale end on FOX on April 21st.

Reports also note that episode 19 was partially shot and that footage of that unfinished episode will be cut into the finale.

As to what happens with the character of Jamal Lyon played by Jussie Smollett, who everyone knows ran into significant trouble with the law; on last reports executives said he would not be back for the final episodes of the series, although there has still have been mentions of the character throughout season 6.

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Come April 21st, there still may be more Empire in our future, if  FOX executives decide to greenlight a potential spinoff headlined Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon; that first came to light earlier this year in January as being in heavy discussions.

So, what do you think of how Empire will wrap-up after 6 seasons? Do you feel short-changed, or glad they are trying to work in everything they shot to deliver some kind of series finale for fans of the primetime soap? Comment below.

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