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Confirmed: Gina Tognoni back as Kelly Cramer and One Life to Live!

Gina-head33.jpgIt’s official, Gina Tognoni is going back to One Life to Live and reprising the role she made famous, that of Kelly Cramer.  In a new TV Guide Magazine exclusive with Michael Logan, Gina admits she looked at west coast soaps “B&B” and “Y&R” but ultimately it made more sense for her life to stay on the east coast and to reunite with her favorite head writer, Ron Carlivati!  Here are some excerpts from the feature:

So what went haywire at Y&R and B&B? Didn’t [B&B exec producer] Brad Bell want to team you with Jack Wagner?
Yes, which I would have loved. It was a wonderful experience meeting with Brad, but it came down to asking myself the difficult question: east coast or west coast? I just got married last May. We live in New Jersey. We’re still on the honeymoon! All that came into play when I made the decision, and it really wasn’t easy. The same goes for Y&R, though we never got as far as talking about a character. It just wasn’t in the cards. I will say this: Everybody in the soap industry has so much passion these days and they’re intent is to stay alive, and that’s exciting to see. Everybody is on their game and trying to make their shows the best they can be. That’s the optimistic view, obviously. The other side of that is that this is a very changing and challenging time. Having just lost GL, it’s all so emotional. I care about these shows. I care about what I do.

So what’s in store for Kelly when she hits Llanview? When she was last seen, and the role was played by Heather Tom, Kelly and Kevin went off to London. [Dan Gauthier, who plays Kevin, will return to OLTL this fall].
I believe she is still connected to Kevin. We’ll see where that relationship is at when we see Kelly. I think they have some ideas about that, but it’s too soon to know. It’s all still in the works, but I trust them. I don’t need to know much more. I know the standard elements of the character—her family connections, her relationships in the town—so I get the basic deal. [Longtime staff writer turned head writer] Ron Carlivati has always been a champion of Kelly. He always understood her.

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Alicia Leigh Willis On Her Heavenly Return To GH: “What a Wonderful Experience Reminiscing With My Favorite Cast & Crew.”

Yesterday’s episode of General Hospital brought with it the surprise return of Alicia Leigh Willis shortly reprising her role of Courtney Matthews, as she escorts Mike (Max Gail) to heaven.

Willis was last seen on GH in 2015 as a spirit and created the role back in 2001.

The actress took to social media and shared:”A little clip of my surprise return on @generalhospitalabc What a wonderful experience reminiscing with my favorite cast & crew.”

Viewers know that as Mike succumbed to Alzheimer’s, he wanted the dignity of not dying in front of his son, Sonny (Maurice Benard), and to shield Sonny from witnessing his death.

But in the story, Mike did not pass on alone; as his daughter showed up to take him with her to the afterlife.

Check out Courtney’s post below.

What did you think of the moment having Courtney be there for Mike at the end of his life? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Y&R Alum Mckenna Grace to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ For Season Four

She played Faith Newman on The Young and the Restless from 2013-2015 and since that time her career has skyrocketed.

Now comes word that Mckenna Grace has joined the cast of The Handsmaid Tale for its fourth season that is now in production and underway in Toronto, Canada.

According to Deadline, Grace will recur as Mrs. Keyes, a sharply intelligent, teen-aged wife of a much older Commander who rules her farm and household with confidence. She has a rebellious, subversive streak, and is calm and pious on the outside with turmoil, even insanity, on the inside.

The Handmaid Tale is Hulu’s Emmy Award-winning drama and is nominated for 10 Emmys this year and took home its first gold of the ten last night at the Creative Arts Emmys.

As for Mckenna’s other credits … she will be appearing in the upcoming film Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Grace recently starred with Viola Davis in the Amazon feature Troop Zero and in New Line’s Annabelle Comes Home. The actress also was in the film I, Tonya, Lifetime’s The Bad Seed,  and Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House and s he has had recurring roles on TV’s Designated Survivor, Young Sheldon and Fuller House.

So what do you think of Mckenna joining the cast of The Handsmaid’s Tale?

 

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‘Empire’s’ Diamond White Lands Contract Role on The Bold and the Beautiful

Look for The Bold and the Beautiful to add to their cast with news on Thursday that Diamond White (previously see on Empire as Lala) will take on the role of Zoe’s (Kiara Barnes)sister, Paris Buckingham on the CBS daytime drama.

Paris and Zoe are the daughters of crime-ridden Dr. Reese Buckingham (Wayne Brady) who was sent to the slammer for his baby-switch plot involving baby Beth and his gambling debts.

White will begin taping her new role tomorrow on Friday, and will first are on the November 2nd episode of B&B.  Deadline first reported the news.

Besides her role on Empire, Diamond has had a recurring role on Netflix’s Dear White People, as well as a guest art on ABC’s Fresh off the Boat, and more,

Looks like the Buckingham sisters might have their eyes set on Carter (Lawrence Saint-Victor) , the incoming Zende (Delon de Metz) and who knows who else on the canvas!

So, what do you think about a new Buckingham in the mix on B&B? Comment below.

 

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