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Desperate Housewives' Kathryn Joosten Dies At Age 72 After Long Battle with Lung Cancer!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Very sad news to report tonight, as news spread across the entertainment world.   Kathryn Joosten who played Mrs. McCluskey on Desperate Housewives died today in Los Angeles at age 72 after her long battle with lung cancer surrounded by her family at the time of her death.  Joosten “was surrounded by love and humor ’til the end,” her family said in a statement. “We are laughing through our tears.”

Joosten won two Emmy awards in 2005 and 2008 for her portrayal of Karen McCluskey.  Desperate Housewives ended its eight-year run last month with a series finale in which Joosten’s character passed away.  Karen’s battle with cancer was a storyline in the show.

Prior to her Housewives success, Joosten was best known for playing Mrs. Landingham, secretary to Martin Sheen’s President Bartlet, on The West Wing.  She also had roles on such shows as Scrubs, My Name Is Earl, Joan of Arcadia, and Dharma & Greg.

Recently, soap fans saw Kathryn in a special guest appearance for the The Bold and the Beautiful’s 6,000th episode as Stephanie (Susan Flannery) formed a support group to help her deal with her cancer diagnosis.  Stephanie had real-life cancer survivors in her home to hear their stories.  Joosten played herself.  Kathryn also appeared on General Hospital during her career.

Desperate Housewives executive producer Marc Cherry released a statement today about the death of Kathryn Joosten,  “The character of Mrs. McCluskey was created for a single episode.  We then cast Kathryn Joosten and she infused the part with so much feisty wit and curmudgeonly bravado, we knew we had to move her onto Wisteria Lane for the run of the series. I will forever miss her, as a co-worker and as a friend.”

On-Air On-Soaps sends our thoughts and prayers to Joosten’s family and friends.

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David Larsson
David Larsson

Rest in Peace.

Grace
Grace

I thought she was superb and so courageous & gracious in the finale. It had to be difficult to play out those scenes knowing it was just a matter of time before it was really going to be happening. RIP – Kathryn

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

She was one of the ones we will forever remember, she left her mark, tje best any of us can wish to do.

ethel
ethel

my thoughts & prayers are with her family…………..♥

Kristen
Kristen

May Kathryn’s family & friends be comforted in knowing the impact she had on so many.
I was always thrilled to watch her in any role! Bravo Kathryn for a life well lived! You will be missed.

barbara t
barbara t

She was a sweetheart, RIP Mrs Mclusky & Kathryn Joosten. I loved when she stuck her nose in everyone’s business.

SZima
SZima

I fell in love with her on The West Wing…she was so good on that show. And she brought her magic to Desperate Housewives…and I’m sure to every other role she played. She will be missed!

RLeternal
RLeternal

Such a wondeful lady. Loved her character of Mrs. KM on DH very much. RIP! Kathryn. You will be remembered by your fans world-wide for a very, very long time.

Derrick
Derrick

RIP

Christine
Christine

I feared when I heard her cancer came back that it would not be good. I am very saddened to hear she lost the battle with her lung cancer.

I watched several seasons of Desperate Housewives, but stopped a few years ago so I did not know that they killed off her character too. I agree with Grace, that had to be hard playing out those scenes. So sad.

Susan M.
Susan M.

Never watched Desperate Housewives……………My friend watched it… Wasn’t interested enough to watch………………

barbara t
barbara t

I watched it till this last season, because I was boycotting abc/disney, It was good but sometimes it was dumb, However Mrs.Mcklusy was a riot, she won a emmy for her role, I always said that’s because she was the only one on that show that was the REAL actress, Ok bree and the one with all the kids, and Vanessa Williams could act to but the rest, Questionable.

Christy
Christy

oh, she sure will be missed! She was such a hoot to watch, and did a fine job at serious acting as well. She’s out of pain, but I bet she has everyonein in stiches up “there”!

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‘Dallas’ star Ken Kercheval Dead At Age 83

Sad news to report for fans of the iconic primetime soap, Dallas.  Ken Kercheval, who played the thorn in J.R. Ewing’s (Larry Hagman) side, Cliff Barnes, has passed away.   The actor was 83 and died at his home in Indiana on Sunday.   The cause of death is under wraps.  He had been previously open about being a lung cancer survivor after years of smoking.

Kercheval was on Dallas for its entire run on CBS from 1978 to 1991, and returned to the TNT reboot from 2012 to 2014 to reprise his signature role.

On Dallas, Cliff Barnes was always the perennial loser when he went toe to toe with ruthless J.R, but in the final season, Cliff beats J.R at his own game and takes over Ewing Oil.  Cliff was also hopelessly in love with Sue Ellen Ewing (Linda Gray) and was the brother to Pam Barnes, played by Victoria Principal.

As for Ken’s first big acting breaks, that came on daytime soap operas when early in his career he appeared on Search for Tomorrow and How to Survive a Marriage.

Later, he appeared on episodic dramas such as Starsky & Hutch, and Crossing Jordan.  His final role was in a movie, 2019’s Surviving in L.A. said to be a comedy/drama in which he plays the business manager of a former teen sitcom star who trashed her life through drug abuse and is fresh out of rehab.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ken Kercheval in the comment section below.   But first, watch him as Cliff Barnes in this scene from TNT’s Dallas when he sees J.R. for the first time in years!

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Ingo Rademacher Returns As GH’s Jax Beginning In May

Things will get more interesting in the lives of Josslyn (Eden McCoy), Carly (Laura Wright), Sonny (Maurice Benard) and many others on the GH canvas with the arrival back in Port Charles of Jasper Jacks.  That’s because as previously announced, Ingo Rademacher is headed back to the ABC daytime drama series to reprise his signature role.

Circle May 7th for when you will see Jax back in action.  According to EW.com. “He’s back to see his daughter Josslyn and ex-wife Carly”   Jax will also share scenes with Steve Burton (Jason) and of course Maurice Benard (Sonny).

Looks like Jax may be back to help out Josslyn in her time of need as her boyfriend Oscar’s (Garren Stitt) final days seem to be drawing near, or does something else also bring his attention back to Port Charles?

It’s been a bit since Ingo played Jax on GH having last appeared on the soap in April of 2017.  Ingo eventually landed the role as the recast Thorne Forrester on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful, a part he played till December of 2018.

Back in March, the actor originally from down under shared on his Instagram account: “Won’t be long now.  Just had my fitting. All new look for Jax. Start shooting next week. No air date yet. Stay tuned. Can’t wait!”

So, excited for some Jax on GH? What do you think will bring him back? What do you think will keep him in town? Comment below.

 

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Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood Back As Hosts Of The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Announced today on the CBS Daytime program,  The Talk, Extra host Mario Lopez, and The Talk’s very own Sheryl Underwood will once again be the hosts for the upcoming 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards to take place on Sunday, May 5th, 2019 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Burbank, California.

“I am thrilled to have one of the most entertaining combinations in daytime television hosting our grand gala at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium,” said David Michaels, SVP, Daytime, (NATAS). “With their combined wit and charm, plus America’s favorite Arbiter, Judge Judy, receiving this year’s lifetime achievement award as well as the best of Daytime nominated in all genres and a stellar list of presenters yet to be announced, it promises to be a memorable night for the daytime community.”

“The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is happy to announce that two of daytime television’s brightest stars, Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood, will lead the magnificent celebration planned for this year’s 46th Daytime Emmy Awards,” said Adam Sharp, President, NATAS.

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In addition, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, announced that David Osmond will host the Creative Arts Celebration on Friday, May 3rd, and that Daytime Emmy-winner Carolyn Hennessy (GH, True Blood and Revenge) will be returning as host of the Daytime Emmy Awards LIVE STREAM from the Red Carpet and Backstage Post Show interviews with the winners on May 5th.  Fans can tune in and ask their own questions via Twitter at twitter.com/DaytimeEmmys and Facebook at www.facebook.com/DaytimeEmmyAwards or follow on Twitter/Instagram @DaytimeEmmys

In addition, as to where to watch the The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on May 5th, NATAS is can be watched LIVE via the following outlets:

On The Web: emmyonline.tv

On Facebook: facebook.com/TheEmmys  and facebook.com/DaytimeEmmyAwards

On Twitter: @TheEmmys and @DaytimeEmmys

On YouTube: youtube.com/TheEmmys, as well as on the KNEKT TV network (www.KNEKT.tv) on Apple TV, Roku, iOS and Android.

So, what do you think of Mario and Sheryl getting the hosting duties once again for this year’s Emmy ceremony? Comment below.

 

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