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Doris Roberts Dead At 90

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The incomparable Doris Roberts has passed away at age 90.  The actress died peacefully in her sleep of natural causes on Sunday.  She is survived by her son, Michael Cannata, daughter-in-law, Jane and three grandchildren.

Roberts was best known for her role as Ray Romano’s mother in Everybody Loves Raymond, and her resume was astounding.   She won four Emmys for her role on Everybody Loves Raymond, and won her fifth for a guest star appearance on St. Elsewhere.  

Doris also appeared on TV series such as: Remington Steele, Cagney & Lacey, The Middle, Melissa & Joey, Grey’s Anatomy, All in the Family, Rhoda, Barney Miller and Alice.  Her primetime soap roles credits included: Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Soapand Desperate Housewives and countless motion pictures and broadway stage credits.

Two actors very familiar to daytime audiences were two of Doris’ closest friends: Thaao Penghlis (Andre DiMera) of Days of our Lives and Jack Betts (Ex-Ivan Kiping), formerly of One Life to Live.   Both men’s facebook pages on Monday night were filled with condolences from fans and followers on the loss of their beloved friend.

Patricia Heaton posted the most touching tribute to her former co-star:  “Truly the end of an era. My wonderful TV mother-in-law and ELR nemesis Doris Roberts was a consummate professional from whom I learned so much.  She was funny and tough and loved life, living it to the fullest. Nothing gave her greater joy that her three wonderful grandchildren, of whom she was so proud. It truly was a privilege Doris. I love you and miss you.”

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Doris was the longtime chair of the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation.

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Mateo
Mateo

Doris Roberts was a presence throughout my entire life. From her appearances on Angie, then Soap, Desperate Housewives and Everybody Loves Raymond, I have never been without her. RIP beautiful, wonderful and funny Doris Roberts. Godspeed!!!

Shay
Shay

And don’t forget Miss Roberts’s wonderful role as “Mildred Krebs” on “Remington Steele,” Mateo! That’s where I was first made aware of both her dramatic and comedic talents……what a great, classy show with a cast to match that one was!

su0000
su0000

Doris Roberts/Marie Romano .. You were much loved and precious.
You gave me years of enjoyment and laughter, a great gift to all..
Your life was an awesome journey.. Walk on !

CeeCee
CeeCee

Awwww, su…how thoughtful and poetic. Love your praise of this ‘joyous’ human being.
Rest in peace, Doris.

mollie
mollie

Doris Roberts was an experienced, traveled sophisticated woman with a wonderful career. I enjoyed watching her “work” (which seemed effortless because she was such an adept professional ). I also enjoyed watching her on “talk shows” in which she revealed her real personality and wisdom. So happy she had 90! years to celebrate her life.

tskyent
tskyent

Wow, How Wonderful was she! What a graceful passing Rest in Peace

Ces
Ces

I have enjoyed watching her for years and saddened to hear she passed away but I am happy she passed away peacefully in her sleep. Thank you for entertaining us for so many years! Rest in peace.

Joe
Joe

I’m shocked! This news came on my phone at the very moment she was on my tv as I’m watching Raymond. Love her! Such a funny and talented lady, will always be missed.

Fran
Fran

Very sorry to hear about the passing of Doris Roberts. Loved watching her on Everybody Loves Raymond!!!!!!!! & on many other tv shows. My condloances to her family, May she RIP.

davlestev1
davlestev1

R.I.P. DORISROBERTS..LOVE MARIEBARONNE

Walter
Walter

I loved her on Remington Steele and on Step By Step. My favorite scene on SBS was a Thanksgiving episode: Her character instructs Al (Christine Lakin) to put her hand in the turkey’s butt. Al is grossed out by it, so DR delivers the line “It’s no picnic for the bird, either.” ❤️

jaybird369
jaybird369

As an actress and comedienne, Doris Roberts was A CLASS ACT all the way!!!!! Rest In Peace, Miss Roberts. You will be missed. Amen.

Ricardo
Ricardo

I loved Doris Roberts so much, she was a wonderful actress. Very classy, sassy lady. Rip my dear lady.

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

Wow, I had absolutely no idea she was 90. She must have found the fountain of youth!!! Our televisions are never going to be the same! Prayers to her family through this loss. It seems to me that “She did it her way”.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

She was wonderful-enjoyed her in everything she done…

Mo
Mo

RIP

She was a great actress.

Patricio
Patricio

Classic character actress ! They don’t make them like her anymore! You ll be missed Ms. Roberts! God Speed!

mark
mark

I loved her on Angie a short lived sitcom from the late 70s. I’ve you tubed the opening credits and now I can’t get that song outta my head LOL! RIP Miss Roberts you were so funny!

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‘Desperate Housewives’ Livestream Reunion On Tap

Look who is reconnecting and reuniting for a special online reunion this coming Sunday? Several of the women from Wisteria Lane from the popular ABC primetime soap, Desperate Housewives that ran from 2004-2012.

Taking part in this latest reunion during the Coronavirus pandemic will be: Eva Longoria (Ex-Gabriella), Marcia Cross (Ex-Bree), Brenda Strong (Ex-Mary Alice), Vanessa Williams (Ex-Renee) and Dana Delaney (Ex-Katherine) on Sunday April 12th beginning at 8PMET.

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The actresses are coming together as part of the livestream episodes at Stars in the House, the series hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley to raise donations for The Actors Fund COVID-19 efforts.

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You can watch the Desperate Housewives livestream either at the Stars in the House website or via YouTube. 

So, will you be checking out the latest reunion one of your all-time favorite soaps be it primetime or daytime? Comment below.

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Today is the day! After months of fans eagerly awaiting the nationwide release of two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital) moving and insightful memoir, it’s finally available in book stores and online everywhere.

According to the publisher HarperCollins: The memoir Nothing General About It, looks back to Maurice’s youth in a small town and his tenuous relationship with his father. He describes how his bipolar disorder began to surface in childhood, how he struggled to understand the jolting mood swings he experienced, and how a doctor finally saved his life. For years Maurice was relentless in his goal to be a successful actor. But even after he “made it,” he still grappled with terrifying lows, breakdowns, and setbacks, all while trying desperately to maintain his relationship with his wife, who endured his violent, unpredictable episodes. Maurice holds nothing back as he bravely talks about what it was like to be medicated and institutionalized, and of how he learned to manage his manic episodes while on the set of GH. 

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Nothing General About It is also an incredible love story about an enduring marriage that demonstrates what those vows—for better, for worse, in sickness and in health—truly mean. Maurice also pays tribute to the community that has been there for him through thick and thin, and ruminates on the importance of both inherited and created family.  A shocking, riveting, and utterly candid memoir of love, adversity, and ultimately hope, Nothing General About It offers insights and advice for everyone trying to cope with mental illness, and is a motivational story that offers lessons in perseverance—of the importance of believing in and fighting for yourself through the darkest times.  Nothing General About It includes a 16-page insert featuring approximately 50 photographs.”

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Benard posted on his Instagram on Tuesday the following message to all: “I’m so proud to have done something I would’ve never imagined I could do. The kid who barely graduated from high school, less likely to succeed. I want to thank everybody in the book, My mom and dad my brother General Hospital,Sue black all my friends and of course my wife Paula. To the great team Harper Collins for believing in me and working incredibly hard. There still working incredibly hard during these times. What a ride!!!”

So will you be checking out Nothing General About It and showing your love and support for Maurice? Comment below.

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Popstar! TV! Serves Up A Twist For Daytime Emmy Digital Drama Series Competition With ‘Evil Touch’ & ‘Death Squad’

This year the 47th annual Daytime Emmys competition features a crowded and mostly dramatic field of contenders in the burgeoning Outstanding Digital Drama Series category.  Over the years, this category has featured digital series that feature notable stars past or present from your favorite daytime dramas over the years from The Bay to After Forever.

Now comes two offerings and contenders from Associated Television International that are certainly not the usual suspects one would come to expect when voting for the different series in the running … for they have a significant horror-genre, superhero, or even one might say CW-type series bent to them. Both series have made it through into the Daytime Emmy blue ribbon round of voting.

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Both Evil Touch and Death Squad are the series that are competing in the Outstanding Digital Drama Series and Outstanding Directing Team for a Digital Drama Series categories.  The shows both are seen exclusively on Popstar! TV – the only independent digital network producing original dramas.

But wait! When delving into the cast of Evil Touch we found some familiar faces to daytime!  Featured in it are: Daniel Covin (Ex-Hunter – Prospect Park’s All My Children reboot), Alicia Leigh Willis (Ex- Courtney, General Hospital, and Erik Fellows (Ex- Days and currently Damian in The Bay ).

Evil Touch is a horror -genre fish-out-of-water story with a demonic possession angle. It begins with a group of students from a small American college on a religious studies tour with their professor when they become stranded in the middle of nowhere. Seeking help in the village, they soon discover that there is something very strange and menacing about this place and its inhabitants. Before they know it, they find themselves captives and they learn that the villagers aren’t the only threat.

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As for Death Squad that is in-line with some of the recent popular zombie series  ( i.e. Walking Dead) that have become so popular these days.  In it, members of a team of private contractors, all former soldiers who served together in Iraq are hired by a shadowy businessman to go into a former Soviet bio-weapons lab that has been re-purposed for advanced research and development. The team has few details when they enter the facility and begin searching for the lead scientist. Viewers quickly learn that something went very wrong in the lab, and as it turns out, it’s biggest threat is that most of the lab workers have been turned into the living dead.

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Clearly, these two shows are vastly different from the love stories, familial dramas and relationship-driven types of fare that often compete in the digital drama categories at the Daytime Emmys.  Since they both have made into the blue-ribbon round; is it further proof that daytime and digital television is getting on-board with the horror genre, too?

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Now below, check out episode 3 of Evil Touch and Death Squad and then let us know via the comment section below what you thought of them.

 

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