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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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DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Releases His New Album ‘Clean Slate’

On Thursday, the highly-anticipated nine song set from General Hospital’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) dropped  on Apple Music

The album entitled “Clean Slate” features the tracks: “Look Out Below”,  “My Funny Friend”, “Can U Feel Me?”, “World of Good”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “I Burn For You”, “Always Love You”, “Another Time”, and “My One and Only Love”.

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Fans of General Hospital, always love when James performs at the Nurses Ball’ but now here, Stuart delivers several original songs with his unique vocal style that make it unmistakable JPS.

Check out a preview of the album below.

Now, let us know if you will be adding “Clean Slate” to your playlists and more via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Austin Reveals His True Identity

Leave it to many GH fans who guessed right as to just who Roger Howarth’s new character of Austin will turn out to be!  On Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, we learned the last name of the character who is related to the Quartermaine’s.

For weeks, Austin has seemed to be fixated on Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and the Q’s and now with this cliffhanger of a reveal we know why.

At a key family business meeting at the Q’s, Scott (Kin Shriner) who now seems in cahoots with Austin for a piece of the Quartermaine pie, brings Austin to the gathering.

 

When Austin arrives, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) looks none-to-pleased!  She clearly knows the guy.  When Michael struts up to Austin asking who he is and what is he doing here … Austin introduced himself as Austin Gaitlin-Holt.  Michael and everyone else look a bit perplexed as we fade to black.

However, GH history buffs know that Jimmy Lee Holt was the son of Edward Quartermaine and his mistress Beatrice LeSuer.  Jimmy Lee did some pretty reprehensible things while he was in Port Charles.  When he left he married Charity Gaitlin.  Upon the death of Edward Q. back in 2012, Jimmy Lee was left out of his inheritance.  Therein must lie some of the story…. and now Roger Howarth fans eagerly await to see how this new doctor in town and Quartermaine turns out to be.  Will he be a bad boy, or a misunderstood good guy?  We shall see.

So, what did you think of Austin being revealed to be Austin Gaitlin-Holt? Share your thoughts in the comment section, and also cast your vote in our poll on Roger’s new character below.

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