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Award-Winning Playwright and Y&R Alum, Terrence McNally Dies Due To Complications From Coronavirus

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Very sad news to report this afternoon, as the Coronavirus has claimed another victim.  This time, it was the amazingly talented playwright, Terrence McNally who passed away at the age of 81.  McNally was also a lung cancer survivor who suffered from chronic COPD.  Terrence died at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida on Tuesday.

Some of his best-known plays included: Master Class, Ragtime, The Ritz, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Full Monty, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Rink and And Things That Go Bump in the Nigh, Anastasia and Mothers and Sons.  In addition to his contributions to the long-running PBS series, American Playhouse. 

McNally received numerous awards including: Tony Awards, plus a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement, The Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award and he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.  A documentary about the playwright, Every Act of Life, premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival (and subsequently aired on PBS’ American Masters).

In addition, the playwrights first acting gig was that of a year-long role on The Young and the Restless that of the abusive dentist husband of April Stevens, Dr. Robert Lynch.  McNally played the role from 1993-1994.   Throughout his career, Terrence also took on roles on TV series including: The Greatest American HeroCHiPs, and The Rousters

Terrence’s longtime partner was Tom Kirdahy, a Broadway producer and a former civil rights attorney for not-for-profit AIDS organizations. The couple had a civil union ceremony in Vermont on December 20, 2003, and later married in Washington, D.C. on April 6, 2010. They renewed their vows on June 26, 2015 in New York after the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

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I so sorry to hear this sad news. May he rest in peace.

Jimh
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more tragic news-he does look familiar-sad…i feel bad for all especially that family with 7 stricken and four of them have died..the elderly matriarch, her two sons and daughter…and those foolish young on the beach in Florida acting like they are immune..now a 25 year old in serious condition, and many young in New York the majority having the virus…who would want to risk getting that ill and possibly spreading it to their family…and that stupid actress Vanessa Hudgens from High School Musical…talking like a drug addict and acting like ‘who cares’…i have nothing to do with her and will… Read more »

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Terrence McNally will be missed! I do not care what Roseanne Barr thinks or has to say on any subject. I do not consider any of her opinions to be of any importance.

Celia
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That was not the point Jimh was making.
The point is that Vanessa made this deadly disease a triviality, while insignificant words or situations are blown out of proportion where one would lose his/her job—-huge difference. One’s hate or sarcasm should not be displayed as some insufferable and insensitive comments are made by the oh-so-radical-ignoranrt media and “elites”, who use a tragedy as a platform for their selfish agenda.
May Terrence find solace in heaven!!
Be safe, everyone. God bless!!

Jimh
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Well said…

Celia
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I’m with you, Jimmy—-you’re a good guy—-
Stay well and safe, with your family. We will beat this together.❤️

Jimh
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Same to you and your family…i have some medical problems(pain/discomfort) and was scheduled for an ultra sound but due to pandemic i have to cancel as our hospital doesnt want to be overwhelmed which is understandable…me and my oldest sister are at high risk…meanwhile i regret getting angry at those kids who TP’d my home one Halloween several years ago…i dont mind if they return…any brand is fine-lol

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I know, Jimmy—-the medically challenged are at risk—-young or old. It’s tough—I thank the Lord all four of my grandparents only have minor aging issues—nothing compromising.
We also worry about anyone in the medical field who risks his/her life to administer care to the afflicted. It’s my biggest fear.
Again, stay well and safe.❤️

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Kelly Monaco Back To Work As Lindsay Hartley Thanks GH For Her Time Playing Sam

General Hospital fans have been watching soap veteran, Lindsay Hartley fill-in for Kelly Monaco in the role of Sam on recent episodes of the ABC daytime drama series.

Now comes word via GH’s Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) via a Facebook live with Steve Burton (Jason) that Monaco is back filming new episodes. Burton added: “She’s good, she’s healthy and she’s back!”

Meanwhile, Hartley took to social media on Thursday and shared her gratitude for the chance to step in to the role for Sam for a bit, expressing: “Thank you General Hospital for the fortunate experience to play Sam, and especially during this moment in time. It was a fun ride.”

So, glad to know Kelly is back taping new episodes?  Let’s give a round of applause to Lindsay Hartley for a job well-done in Kelly’s absence. Comment below.

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B&B’s Tanner Novlan Talks On How His Family Dog Is Named “Thorne” & The New Soap Term “Intimacy Double”

The Bold and the Beautiful’s new doctor in town, Dr Finnegan, is played by Tanner Novlan, and he has already sent hearts-a-flutter following his debut to viewers of the CBS Daytime drama, but also for his on-screen love interest Steffy Forrester (played by Jacqueline MacInnes Wood).

On Thursday, Novlan appeared on the KTLA Morning News in Los Angeles with veteran entertainment reporter, Sam Rubin.   During their interview, Tanner revealed how his mom is a huge fans of B&B back in Canada  …. and how the family dog was even named after one of the Forrester men, “Thorne” Forrester.

As well, Novlan revealed he was cast in the role of Finn right before the pandemic hit and the television industry production shut down in Hollywood … and that he kept it a secret from his mom for a bit that he got the part for fear she might tweet about it!

Rubin asked about the safety protocols in place at the soap, and with B&B being the first TV show back in production during COVID-19 how the term “Intimacy Double” is being used on set.

Watch Tanner talk B&B, COVID-19 protocols and more with KTLA below.

Then let us know if you are enjoying his performance as Finn thus far in the comment section.

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DAYS Ron Carlivati Thanks Olivia Rose Keegan Ahead Of Isabel Durant’s Debut As Claire

Today on DAYS, Isabel Durant makes her on-screen debut as Claire Brady and fans are intrigued to see what she brings to the role, previously played by this year’s Daytime Emmy winner for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series, Olivia Rose Keegan.

Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati took to Twitter to wish Olivia well and thank her for her dynamic portrayal of Claire, sharing,  “Huge thank you to @oliviakeegann. who brought Claire Brady to life and made us care about her even when she was at her most dastardly. Wishing Olivia all the best as she writes her next chapter…”

Then, Carlivati officially welcomed Isabel to the role expressing: “But as one chapter ends, another begins. Please help me welcome Isabel Durant to Salem as she steps into the role of Claire.”

Make sure to check out Durant’s debut today and then let us know your thoughts on Olivia’s exit and Isabel taking over the role via the comment section below.

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