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Brandon Barash To Play Michael Mancini/Thomas Calabro In The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story On Lifetime!

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General Hospital alum Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara) has been making quite a name for himself in primetime television of late, and the popular actor can  now add another intriguing credit to his name.

The cast of Lifetime’s upcoming TV motion picture, The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story has been released, and Barash will play bad guy Michael Mancini originally played by Melrose Place series star, Thomas Calabro!

Other members of the cast include (role/original cast member, then actor in TV movie): Amanda Woodward/Heather Locklear:  Ciara Hanna, Allison Parker/CourtneyThorne-Smith: Rebecca Dalton, Billy Campbell/Andrew Shue: Frank Bailey, Jake Hanson/Grant Show: Ryan Bruce, Jane Mancini/Josie Bissett:  Chloe McClay, Jo Reynolds/Daphne Zuniga: Ali Cobrin, Kimberly Shaw/Marcia Cross: Teagan Vincze, Matt Fielding/Doug Savant: Joseph Coleman, Michael Mancini/Thomas Calabro: Brandon Barash, Rhonda Blair/Vanessa A. Williams: Karissa Tynes, Sydney Andrews/Laura Leighton: Chelsea Hobbs, Aaron Spelling:  Dan Castellaneta, Darren Star: Adam Korso.

The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story on will bow on Lifetime on October 10th!
What do you think about Brandon taking on Michael Mancini played by Thomas Calabro? Share your thoughts below!

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MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

As a huge Melrose Place fan I can’t wait for this movie. I think Brandon Barash is excellent casting. Great news!

Carolina
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Carolina

Agree. Fantastic casting.

Has anybody seen Calabro today? He looks 19!!! He could play himself from 20 years ago since he hasn’t aged one bit.

jonboy
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jonboy

Yeah, I can see him in the role. I just can’t imagine how good this project could possibly be.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I’m not usually one for “behind the scenes” unauthorized storytelling, but I just have such great memories of watching MP with my oldest daughter, my sisters and friends. The ’90’s were really great for me and I just have such fond memories of that period of my life. Hope the storytelling is done in a captivating way.

Loretta Corrine
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Loretta Corrine

He will be great. He’s a very good actor and he is a perfect match. You will be awesome can’t wait to watch it. .

Harry
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Harry

I don’t get it

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Lol harry me either what is the point

SZima
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SZima

What don’t you get?

Ces
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Ces

me neither. lol

Melissa
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Melissa

Thrilled with this news. Michael Mancini was one of my faves on that show, and Thomas Calabro was a hottie. Excellent casting for both acting and hotness factor with Brandon!

tskyent
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tskyent

Perfect! He’ll do great!

mark
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mark

I loved Melrose but it wasnt that great and why in the world would they make a movie about it?

Charday
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Charday

I miss that hot man on GH, but look forward to the movie.

Jane
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Jane

All wrong, just bad casting. He doesn’t have that look the actor did, there has to be an unknown/somebody else somewhere. This makes wonder about the rest of the casting.

richard
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richard

What is the point of these movies?? Who cares about “behind the scenes” dirt from a 90s show?? I don’t get it…….

Nicole Anderson
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Nicole Anderson

Brandon is an amazing actor and an amazing person, he’ll be great in this. He is a genuinely nice guy, great to his fans, he talks with them on social media all the time, and knows their names/where they live, etc.

SZima
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SZima

I’m guessing the movie will be about all the “behind the scenes” stuff?
Could be more interesting than the actual show was, LOL, although I was a big MP fan back in the day.

Timmm
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Timmm

Good luck Johnny boy! I think this will be so bad it might just be funny! I was hoping Brandon would come back to GH to make a run at Sonny’s territory. THEN, after Johnny gets his hands on it, Anthony’s twin shows up and fights Johnny for the family business. Bruce Weitz was one of the all time greats on GH. Just to hear him say LU LU again would be worth it!

Aden
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Aden

Lol. I love these cheezy Unauthorized movies. They always have a little semblance of truth to them, based on what is common knowledge, but for the most part they are just fluff. Popcorn fare to relive our beloved old shows.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

This one ripped this one’s clothes off in the trailer..she/he was an addict and showed up intoxicated on the set..shhh..girl on girl/man on man..with these four..umm..i’ll stick to TMZ for shock story..and since it’s 2015 even they would keep it kicking like …oh really?..meh…This movie should have been the opener to season 2 Queens of Drama..another show about nothing in general..but hey..let’s hope you’re entertained…lol

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GH’s Ingo Rademacher Shares Insight With His Son On Parenting & Anger On Maurice Benard’s “State of Mind”

Maurice Benard has brought his State of Mind  to You Tube, and his guest for this week is none other than Sonny Corinthos’ longtime nemesis Jasper Jacks, Ingo Rademacher.

Rademacher decided to appear on State of Mind along with his son, Peanut, to talk about the incidents of parenting and anger when raising his children, and the effects discipline can have on the kids.

There are some very emotional moments within the segment, as Peanut opens up about his feelings when his dad was upset with him and how he dealt with  it

Ingo also shares how over the past few years his relationship with his son has approved, while Maurice offers key moments from his past with his father and his own son.

Per Maurice on the concept behind the show and his ongoing website: “State of Mind to me means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be.”

Watch Ingo, Maurice and Peanut below and then let us know what you thought about this heartfelt conversation via the comment section below.

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Gregory Harrison Is The New Gregory Chase On General Hospital

General Hospital just got hotter as it beef’s up its storyline featuring Kim Delaney as Jackie Templeton.  Now comes word that TV veteran, Gregory Harrison has come to the ABC daytime drama series as the recast Gregory Chase.

The character of Gregory Chase was previously played by DAYS James Read, who plays the treacherous Clyde Weston now and then on the NBC soap.

With Harrison taking on the role of Finn (Michael Easton) and Chase’s (Josh Swickard) father, that makes things a little juicier in the romantic department.

According to EW.com who broke the casting news, Harrison begins taping today Wednesday at the ABC studios for General Hospital and fans can look forward to his debut on-screen in a few weeks.

As to the storyline: “Fireworks could be on the horizon for Harrison’s character.”

TV fans remember Gregory from the hit series Trapper John M.D., then later on Falcon Crest, Judging Amy, One Tree Hill and more.  He also has frequently appeared in Lifetime and Hallmark Channel movies most recently.

So, what do you think about the Gregory Chase recast with Gregory Harrison? Intrigued? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mike’s Funeral Brings The Alzheimer’s Storyline Full Circle to Its Heart-Tugging Conclusion

When a soap opera allows a full episode to stay in the story they are telling, it can often make for a riveting hour of television.  This was the case and then some on Thursday’s emotional ending to General Hospital’s Alzheimer’s storyline; when the character of Mike Corbin (Max Gail) was given a proper send-off – a funeral – and being eulogized by those who loved and cared for him.

When GH is at its best through the years has been when it tackles social issues of our time, and this story will stand among the iconic soap’s best.  The backdrop of the story was that of father and son, grappling with and coming to terms with the past, finding love, forgiveness and redemption against this most horrific of diseases that has afflicted so many.

In the episode, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Carly (Laura Wright) go to church and prepare themselves for the emotional day as mourners come through and share their grief and condolensces and love for Mike.  Those included: Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth – back for this one), Stella (Vernee Watson), Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) and a touching moment between Diane (Carolyn Hennesy) and Carly where the legal eagle says to Carly that if she ever needs to drink and vent let her know.

 

As the funeral begins, one by one Mike’s family and friends say beautiful words of what he meant to them,. Michael reflects about how his grandfather loved to party and how he’d like them all to raise a glass for him. . Olivia, speaks on behalf of Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), and how close Mike and Dante were.  Ava (Maura West) talks about the love and kindness and joy he brought to little Avery.

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When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) got up to speak, things became even more heartbreaking when she flashes back to a scene where she was having a terrible time and Mike was there for – always a great listener- but he tells he eventually, he will not remember her.

GH did a outstanding job of selecting scenes throughout the eulogies that punctuated who Mike was … and how he tied in to all of the characters lives.  Jason (Steve Burton) shared how he knew it wasn’t easy for Mike to come back and try to make amends with Sonny, but that no matter what, Mike kept trying to get through to Sonny to make things right between them.

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Stella’s moment was also heartbreaking recalling the man who became her friend.  Carly, who was the glue that held Sonny and the family together during Mike’s illness, shared her doubt if the family could handle Mike, and what was to come, but how Sonny helped his father find inner-peace..

When Sonny gets up to talk he reveals he had a lot of anger towards his father, and how the illness made him truly see the man his dad was inside.  Sonny tells his dad he is proud of him and how grateful he was that he came back into his life.   Next, Josslyn (Eden McCoy) sings as the mourners reflect back on Mike in a touching series of juxtaposed clips against the characters in the moment at the funeral.

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After the service had concluded Sonny and Carly talk how Morgan and Mike are together now, but Sonny asks for some time alone in the church. It is then Mike appears and tells his son it’s time he forgave himself, since Sonny forgave Mike.  He tells Sonny that he has made him very proud.  As he gets up to leave he kisses Sonny on the forehead and goes towards the light and to heaven.  Just after that, Dante appears at the front of the church, shocking Sonny in a beautiful analogy that now this father and son must deal with what’s ahead in their relationship, just as Sonny and Mike had done.

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This episode featured beautiful work by Maurice Benard, and Max Gail and everyone in the supporting cast who had their moments.  It was an ensemble piece but led by Benard and Gail, who should both be receiving Emmys in 2021 for their work..

What did you think of Mike’s funeral episode? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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