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Colleen Zenk's touching facebook note to fans on status of DWTS!

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Bravo to Colleen Zenk (Ex-Barbara) of As the World Turns for her fantastic adventure and attempt to get chosen for the new season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.  With a monumental grass roots facebook campaign, Zenk got to the attention of the producers and casting director of DWTS. (And hey, might we add, Zenk can dance like nobody’s business)  Unfortunately for fans and for Zenk, her journey to the ballroom dance competition stops here, for now.

Early this morning, Zenk posted on facebook a special note to everyone who supported her efforts. And now for Zenk,  she can turn her attention to garnering a final slot in the Daytime Emmys, as she just received a Pre-Nom for Outstanding Lead Actress!

Zenk stated, “Well here we are at the countdown for DWTS…I have been blown away and overwhelmed by all of the loyal support and love you have shown me in this extremely crazy quest! People from every area of my life have shown up on the pages of FaceBook to join with Team Colleen! I am grateful to all of you. Given their schedule for an announcement, it has become apparent that the Producers of DWTS have made casting decisions for Season 12 that don’t include me….What I have been told is that I “got on their radar” too late in the game. Some of the contestants in previous seasons took several years to book….and many others who have been wanting to dance have waited years to get on the show…and of course, there will be always be some contestants that leave you scratching your head! But, I have danced and performed my whole life and nothing can stop me now. As some of you might know, I have my one-woman show opening on April 8 at Bob Egan’s New Hope. I am so excited about this! I have been working on songs and material since last summer and and this is my “out-of-town” tryout! More tour dates to follow!

So, though I am sad that Season 12 appears not have worked out, I am happy to be free to work on my own show. More important, I am home for my youngest daughter’s last semester of High School…..which was my biggest fear about Season 12…SO….that is where we are now….What you should know, is that every comment or “Like” on-line be it on FB or elsewhere, every Tweet on Twitter, every blog being Blogged is being followed by the producer peeps on DWTS…(Those Team Colleen girls know their stuff)…they are watching all of your tremendous input and support….Have you seen all the DWTS articles that say I am a front-runner??…AWESOME….Thank you, thank you, thank you for this amazing ride you have taken me on. I love you all for it….On to the EMMY’s!!!!!!!!……I am SO EXCITED with my Emmy Pre-Nomination!!!……I was so proud of my work this past year of ATWT!!…..and hopefully this is just the beginning of the EMMY Season for me!! ……all of us at ATWT worked so hard under such difficult times in our “World”, I am thrilled for everyone of us who is on that ballot!!!!!!!!!!!…………Go Oakdale!!!!! In the meantime, before the Nominations are revealed, I hope you will come see me perform “LIVE” in person!!!!…..and when you do, make sure to tell me that you were a part of this FaceBook wild adventure!!!  Love, Colleen xoxo”

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Sorry to hear that she didn’t get the DWTS gig. I love Colleen and I wish they would cast her as Mary Smythe (Greenlee’s mom) on AMC. I know that Anna Stuart played the character before but Colleen would be much more of a powerhorse.

Colleen is one of the classiest, sweetest, amazingly talented human beings on this earth. She deserves more than Emmys or a spot on DWTS. She is an inspiration to not only all performers, but to all people. Continued success and happiness to you Ms. Zenk. Break a leg lady!

I wish all the success in the world to the very, very talented Colleen Zenk. Not only is she a great performer, but she is also a wonderful human being.
Long life to you, dear Colleen !

I’ll join Team Colleen next year because she deserves to shine among the greatest stars !

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Jon Lindstrom and Cady McClain Announce They Have Ended Their Marriage

After much speculation, General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin) and Cady McClain (ex-Jennifer, DAYS, ex-Rosanna, ATWT, ex-Dixie, AMC et al) have officially confirmed and announced they have gone their separate ways and have ended their marriage.

For months on social media, it was clear that the two were seemingly apart, not appearing pictured in any of each others posts.

Now, on a mutually shared Instagram post, Jon and Cady made an official statement on the status of their relationship, beginning with “Cady and Jon here. We are taking this opportunity to make a short statement about our relationship status. It may be obvious to some based on our posts that we’ve taken some time apart. After serious consideration we have decided that our goals have been taking us in different directions and to end our marriage.”

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As to the future, Jon and Cady explained, “We remain friends and wish each other every happiness. As people who work in the public eye, it can be difficult to have a private life. Regardless, we ask for your kind consideration in this matter.”

Jon and Cady met when they both appeared on As the World Turns, he as Craig Montgomery, and she as Rosanna Cabot. After four years together, the couple decided to get married in 2014.

Share your well-wishes for Jon and Cady’s separate futures as they ask for privacy on this matter in the months ahead via the comment section below.

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2024 Golden Globes: Justin Hartley and Amanda Seyfried Among First Round of Presenters

The 2024 awards season truly gets underway this Sunday night ,January 7th on CBS with the presentation of the 81st annual Golden Globe Awards honoring the best in motion picture and television as deemed by the voters of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

The ceremony will be broadcast live and will air beginning at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST, from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The ceremony will also be available on the CBS app and will stream on Paramount+. (Note, however, only Paramount+ subscribers who have Showtime can stream the event live; others can watch the show the next day.)

The first round of presenters was revealed on Wednesday and two soap opera alums are on the list including Justin Hartley (ex-This Is Us, The Young and the Restless, Revenge, Passions) and Amanda Seyfried (ex-Lucy, As the World Turns and ex-Joni Stafford, All My Children).

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Joining Justin and Amanda as presenters are: Angela Bassett, Will Ferrell, Michelle Yeoh,George Lopez, Julia Garner, Justin Hartley, Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams.  Previously, Jo Koy was named host for the telecast.

The Golden Globes are back on CBS for the first time since 1982. In addition, Dick Clark Productions is back after years away as the longtime Globes producers.

To review the nominees click here.

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Richard Roundtree, ‘Generations’, ‘ATWT” and ‘Shaft’ Star, Dead at 81

Motion picture and television leading man, Richard Roundtree, has passed away at the age of 81. The actor, best known for his role in the iconic film Shaft, and its sequels, died from complications from pancreatic cancer on October 24th in his home in Los Angeles.

In a statement, Roundtree’s manager, Patrick McMinn shared, “Richard’s work and career served as a turning point for African American leading men in film. The impact he had on the industry cannot be overstated.”

During his extensive credits and career, Roundtree made two stops to two daytime soap operas. In 1990 till 1991, Roundtree played Dr. Daniel Ruebens on the defunct NBC soap opera Generations. He later appeared on As the World Turns from 2002-2003, taking on the role of Oliver Travers, the father to T. Marshall Travers played by Lamman Rucker.

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Roundtree’s leading lady on Generations, Jonelle Allen took to her Facebook upon learning the news of the death of her former castmate and friend, expressing: “My Leading Man on Generations. I Am Very Sad. My Condolences To Your Family. Dearest Richard Roundtree.”

In a subsequent post, Allen shared a photo of their Generations’ characters, Daniel and Doreen about to lip-lock. Jonelle stated, “In the scene with him I kept thinking: ‘Shaft is about to kiss ME!!!’ Thank You.”

On Generations, Roundtree’s character of Daniel Reubens was a brilliant doctor, who was accused of killing someone by causing an explosion at a lab in 1974. He and his daughter, Maya, then went “underground” for the next 15 years. Maya was played by Viveca A. Fox.

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Fox, honored her former on-screen soap father with an Instagram post upon learning of his death. Vivica wrote: “GM Dawlings! My heart is sad this morning as late last night I learned that LEGEND Actor @officialrichardroundtree had passed. I had the blessing of working with Richard on alot of 1st in my acting career! He played my Dad on the soap opera #Generation‘s TV show #90210BeverlyHills Mr Roundtree thank u for your AMAZING GIFTS! U will truly be missed as u were the 1st African American Action Star #SHAFT I’ll never forget the time u stood for ME when a director was being a jerk to me! I’ll miss your smile, jokes, laughs & hugs! REST EASY KING! U DID WELL. #Classic #LEGEND #LeadingMan #Actor #SuperStar #Respect #RestInPeace”

Richard was also known for his roles in Roots and the Brad Pitt thriller Se7en. On television, Roundtree appeared on: Murder, She Wrote, A Different World, Beauty and the Beast, 21 Jump Street, MacGyver, Beverly Hill 90210, L.A. Law, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Alias, Desperate Housewives, Heroes, Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago Fire, and Private Practice and many more.

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