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Comic Genius, B&B Guest Star & Daytime Emmy Winner, Fred Willard Dead At 86

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Sad news to report this Saturday.  Fred Willard, the comedic actor who was so adept at improv and playing clueless characters has died at the age of 86.

Willard passed away Friday night of natural causes, according to his agent.  The comic’s daughter, Hope said of his passing, that Willard died, “Very peacefully … He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end. We loved him so very much! We will miss him forever.”

From his work on Fernwood 2 Night, (the Normal Lear talk-show spin-off of the soap Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) Everybody Loves Raymond. Modern Family, and as a member of the acting ensemble in all the great Christopher Guest mockumentaries, including “Best in Show”, “Waiting for Guffman” and “Spinal Tap”, Willard left behind a huge body of work.

Having appeared in numerous TV series and film’s over his colorful career, he also landed a recurring guest-star role on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful as John McCook’s (Eric Forrester) on-screen brother, John Forrester.

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Willard first appeared in 2014 and last appeared on the series at the end of June 2015, and we learned that John was the father of Ivy Forrester (Ashleigh Brewer). John took a liking to Pam (Alley Mills) and set up a dog show for her to pick a new dog, but Pam couldn’t choose one, in a nod to “Best in Show”.

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In 2015, Willard won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series having tied with GH’s Donna Mills (Ex-Madeline) and Y&R’s Ray Wise (Ex-Ian).

In a tweet on the news of Willard’s passing, John McCook shared: “Fred Willard was a brother to Eric Forrester on B&B.. I should have been so blessed. RIP.”

Share your remembrances and thoughts on the passing of Fred Willard via the comment section; but first watch our interview with Fred, immediately after he won his Daytime Emmy below.

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I still watch Raymond…now all three sets of in-laws on that show are deceased…just lost Jerry Stiller who played the in-law on Raymond spinoff King Of Queens…also seen Fred on Mary Hartman and many other shows…

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I thought he was especially funny on the old Rosanne show. Also too many others to count. A very special man. R.I.P

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As the World Turns Alum Marnie Schulenburg Passes Away at 37

Heartbreaking news to report.  As the World Turns alum, Marnie Schulenburg, has died at the young age of 37-years-old.

Schulenburg had been battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer since 2020.

Soap fans remember her portrayals as Alison Stewart on As the World Turns from 2007-2010 and  as Jo Sullivan on Prospect Park’s reboot of One Life to Live in 2013.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Marnie passed away a few days shy of her 38th birthday.

The Flux Theatre Ensemble, in which Marnie participated and performed in shared their sorrow on Facebook noting: “We’re mourning the loss of Marnie Schulenburg, a beloved member of Flux’s family and an extraordinary actor who performed in and helped develop so many Flux shows, including MARIAN, HEARTS LIKE FISTS, PRETTY THEFT, and ANGEL EATERS. We love you so much, and we will miss you always.”

Marnie is survived by husband Zack Robidas and daughter, Coda, who is just two-years-old.

We will continue to update this story as remembrances are posted in Marnie’s honor.

Share you condolences to Marnie’s family and your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Fox Announces Primetime Soap ‘Monarch’ On Fall Schedule

You remember the tawk of the multi-generational musical drama about America’s first family of country music that was supposed to air in January?  Well, eventually due to Covid-19, the plans for its debut got scrapped from a two-night premiere set for Sunday, January 30 as a midseason replacement and kicked back to the fall.

Now, Fox has confirmed that Monarch is indeed on their fall schedule during its annual Upfront presentation on Monday.

The soapy series stars Oscar winner, Susan Sarandon as the Queen of Country Music Dottie Cantrall Roman, and her husband Albie Roman played by country singer, Trace Adkins.

In story, Dottie and Albie have created a country music dynasty. But even though the Roman name is synonymous with authenticity, the very foundation of their success is a lie. And when their reign as country royalty is put in jeopardy, heir to the crown Nicky Roman played by Anna Friel, will stop at nothing to protect her family’s legacy, while ensuring her own quest for stardom.

No word yet from Fox on what night of the week Monarch will land on the full fall schedule.  Stay tuned.

So, glad that Monarch will finally makes it debut? Does it interest you … or sound like another Nashville mixed with Dallas retread? Comment below.

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General Hospital Tapes 15,000th Episode; Featuring Genie Francis with Almost Every Single Cast Member Appearing in It

On Thursday, ABC’s General Hospital reached yet another milestone in its illustrious history. The daytime drama taped its 15,000 episode.

During the tape day, the cast, crew and creatives posed for a photo on set to mark the occasion with cake.

GH’s 15,000 episode will air next month on June 17th.

ABC 7’s entertainment guru, George Pennacchio was on set with a first-hand report, interviewing the likes of Genie Francis (Laura), Maurice Benard (Sonny) and the show’s executive producer, Frank Valentini.

From the sounds of it, the 15K episode will center around the character of Laura, and according to Valentini, “It will be happy, it will be sad, it will be dark, it will be scary, it will be fun, it will be thrilling and it will be exciting, but most importantly it will have almost every single cast member in it.”

Check out the segment and on set report from Pennacchio below.

Now, let us know if you are excited to see the 15K episode of GH via the comment below and congratulate the long-running soap for another historic milestone.

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