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B&B's Brad Bell speaks on Ashley Jones going on recurring! Kristolyn Lloyd on contract!

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In today’s TV Guide Canada, Suds Report, B&B’s EP Brad Bell clarified yesterday’s news that Ashley Jones (Bridget, B&B) is going on recurring status beginning in December, while Kristolyn Lloyd (Dayzee) who has been prominent in Stephanie’s cancer storyline and the homeless component, will be upped to contract status in December.

Bell told Suds that the decision was mutual for Ashley being put on recurring, because of Jones burgeoning primetime TV career and his large cast.  Bell explained, “Ashley’s not leaving the show. We have a huge cast and it’s hard to meet guarantees. We offered Ashley something but we settled on a verbal contract. We’ve done this before with Ashley and other cast members and it always works out nicely.” We know Ms. Jones is relishing her primetime gigs as well as her daytime one.  You got love a soap star who appears in True Blood and other episodics! 

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As for Dayzee, fans of the series really have gotten to see her, and the plight of the homeless in L.A in  special episodes this week.   Dayzee told Suds, “Most of the people you saw yesterday and today are my friends.”   Seems, Dayzee does missionary work in Skid Row.  And speaking of Skid Row, did you get a chance to catch today’s special episode?  If so, let us know your thoughts.

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I saw part of the episode and am glad to see that people helping others.We don’t live on this planet earth alone and we can’t close our eyes to the homeless.The USA is our “home’ and that’s where charity has to begin!

Toscanti
Toscanti

Was one of the BEST episodes on television ever. Brought tears to my eyes and certainly raised my own awareness. Kudos to Brad Bell, Susan Flannery and the entire team. I do believe B&B just won their 3rd straight emmy for oustanding daytime drama.

Michael Jenkins
Michael Jenkins

I am not thrilled with Ashley going on recurring, but I am glad she has other gigs.

GWEN QUARTERMAN
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BEST EPISODE EVER DAYZEE IS A KEEPER

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Greg Rikaart Gives Coronavirus Health Update; He Is On The Mend

The Young and the Restless, and returning guest star on today’s episode of Days of our Lives, Greg Rikaart (Kevin, Y&R and Leo, DAYS) has posted a new update in his battle with the coronavirus. The good news is Greg is on the mend!

In his message, Rikaart shared: “I’m doing fantastic, easily like 95 percent better than I was the last time I made one of these messages. The only thing is, I still have a little bit of a lingering cough and I guess I have to work on rebuilding my strength and my energy a bit.  But feeling really good, stronger, and better every day, and wanted to let you all know, first and foremost.

And secondly, I wanted to thank you all for the incredibly kind and generous messages of support you sent my way which really lifted my spirits at a time when they needed to be lifted, ‘cause there was a scary couple of days there.”

Michael Fairman TV sends our thoughts and to ‘get well soon’ to Greg and for soap fans make sure to catch him on today’s April Fools episode of DAYS, where there are plenty of “Leo-isms” to go around!

Share your well-wishes to Greg via the comment section below.

 

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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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Happy 57th Anniversary Today to General Hospital

ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital turns 57 today, and remains the current longest-running soap opera on the air.  GH debuted back on April 1, 1963.

The show was created by the husband-and-wife team of Frank and Doris Hursley.  Originally, the soap was not given a name of a particular town in which the drama of the hospital was set in.  However, that all changed in the 1970’s when GH was set in Port Charles.

GH expanded from a 30-minute show to a 45-minute show on July 26, 1976 and eventually went to a full-hour where it has remained back on January 16, 1978.

Throughout its decades on the air, GH was the impetus for two spin-offs; Port Charles, (which aired from 1997-2003) and primetime’s GH: Night Shift (2007-2008),

The show went through many ups and downs over its history, but things changed dramatically for the better, when by the end of the 1970’s and facing cancellation, ABC brought in executive producer, Gloria Monty to steer the ship.  Monty created supercouple Luke and Laura played by Tony Geary and Genie Francis, and opened the show up with exciting location shoots, and from then on GH has remained a firm mainstay in the daytime line-up.

Today, Frank Valentini is the series executive producer, and the soap is co-written by the head writing team of Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten.

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As 80%, as of now, in the US are reported to be homebound due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the latest ratings for the week of March 23, 2020, GH drew 2.57 million viewers,- its strongest week since March 19, 2018.  So, more eyeballs are tuning-in to the drama in Port Charles.

Share your congratulations and well-wishes to the cast, crew, and creatives at General Hospital for 57 years of drama, romance and intrigue via the comment section below.

But first, vote in our poll for your favorite storyline or moment of all-time on GH.  If your favorite is not one of the choices listed in the poll, let us know in the comment section which is your favorite, or if you voted for one of the selections, let us know why, too! 

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