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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.”

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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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One Life to Live Alum Tuc Watkins Joins Cast Of Showtime’s ‘Black Monday’

Intriguing casting news involving the former David Vickers of Llanview.  Tuc Watkins (Ex-OLTL and Desperate Housewives) is set for a season-long guest-star arc on the second season of Showtime’s 1980’s Wall Street comedy Black Monday, which stars and is executive produced by Don Cheadle.

In it, Watkins will take on the role of Congressman Harris, who said to be “a Republican and leader of the Moral Majority.”

According to Deadline who broke the casting news, “Black Monday takes viewers back to October 19, 1987 dubbed Black Monday.   t’s the fictional story of how a group of outsiders took on the blueblood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world’s largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine, and the glass ceiling.”

Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall and Paul Scheer also star in the series.

This marks the return of Watkins to the premium cable network where he last played the role of Malcolm Laffley on Beggars and Choosers.  In addition, Tuc has been working on the upcoming Netflix film adaptation of Boys in the Band from Ryan Murphy.  Tuc appeared in the that show on Broadway.

The 10-episode upcoming season of Black Monday will bow next year.

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Mishael Morgan Returns To The Young and the Restless And Shares: “I Hope To Create Something New But Just As Special As That Girl You All Loved To Hate”

Big news was shared today as Daytime Emmy nominee, Mishael Morgan is back on CBS’ The Young and the Restless!

Morgan, who played the role of Hilary Curtis from 2013-2018 ,and then was killed-off the show is now back in Genoa City in a new role.  As fans of Y&R know, Mishael along with Bryton James (Devon) became part of the very popular duo known as “Hevon”.

Back in April of this year, Mishael reappeared on Y&R as a special guest in several episodes where she played Hilary’s ghost.  Since, Hilary was killed, Devon has begun a relationship with Elena (Brytni Sarpy).

In a post today via social media, Y&R announced the return of Morgan to the daytime drama series in a brand new role. (See below)

On her Instagram account, Morgan shared: “That’s right… I’m back!! This has been the hardest secret to keep! I am so happy & honoured to return to #YR. The time off was such a welcomed blessing, as I learned to juggle life, family & career, but I am so happy to be home! I want to take a second and thank all you diehard fans out there, who supported me so fiercely. This opportunity only came about because of YOU. I am so excited to be back home, doing what I love, with all of you cheering me on. I look forward to this new adventure and I hope to create something new but just as special as that girl you all loved to hate. Cheers to this new chapter, with old friends. Now let’s do the damn thing!

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Check out the announcement of Mishael being back on Y&R.  Then, let us know if you are excited that she has returned to the series, but this time in a new role via the comment section below.

 

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GH Head Writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor Reveal More Details On Michael E. Knight’s New Soap Role

When daytime favorite Michael E. Knight debuts on General Hospital on September 30th, he will not be coming to Port Charles as his former All My Children alter-ego Tad Martin; but instead will be playing a different character.

EW.com has first look photo of Knight in his new role and spoke directly to General Hospital co-head writers, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor for the scoop on the ever-popular Knight’s return to ABC.  On GH. Michael will indeed play a new role.

According to the scribes: “There are a number of people in Port Charles who are in trouble and his character will have an impact on how their stories are solved or further complicated.”

Both Van Etten and O’Connor shared: “As we were writing his character, we found out that oh, we have even more use for him! It’s helpful to know who the actors are in this situation. We have lots of ideas on how we can expand his character and cross-pollinate his character.”

As to how long Knight will be sticking around Port Charles, that was not offered-up, but what was is that Michael’s new character will mix it up with Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) with whom Knight worked with on All My Children when James played Will Cortlandt.

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Because ABC now has the rights back in their possession to use the characters from One Life to Live and All My Children, Van Etten expressed: “We have conversations when we have these actors come back about whether it’s more useful or not to resurrect their characters. “=We’ll continue to have these as the opportunity arises.”

So, what do you think Michael E. Knight’s role will be based on these tidbits from the GH scribe? Share your theories via the comment section below.

 

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