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Erika Slezak to Appear in Hallmark Holiday Movie, ‘Next Stop Christmas’

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It is always great when we get a chance to see six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki, One Life to Live), do what we love to see her do best …  act.

Now comes word via Erika herself via her newsletter that she is filming a Hallmark Christmas movie.

Erika will be shooting scenes in Connecticut where she lives for the production of Next Stop Christmas.

She shared on her website, “It’s not a big part, but a nice one and we’ll be be shooting in Essex, CT”

We will keep you posted on when the movie will be hitting the cable network and more on Erika’s part when it becomes available.

So, excited to see Erika when this Hallmark movie makes its debut? Comment below.

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Always good to see her acting. But even better would be some sort of OLTL V3.

I know some feel this is dead issue… but TV land can surprising… my fingers will remain crossed.

Trapper
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Trapper

Mine too, Brian!!

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Llanviewer717

I’m right there with you Brian. I would absolutely love to see OLTL back on the air.

brian
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brian

Just finished this movie… honestly I thought she would have more that a 90 second appearance.

They should have made her role much larger.

Robyn
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Will be so happy to see her work again. As a rule I don’t watch Hallmark movies, but I will definitely make an exception for this one!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

LMN; I think it’s the Lifetime Movie Network, always has soap actors in their movies; probably a built-in audience for them. Always notice when I’m channel surfing…

Trapper
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Trapper

I don’t make a habit of watching Hallmark, but for Erika Slezak, I’m there.

Cheryl
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Cheryl

Hallmark Christmas movies are the best. No other network can compare to Hallmark

Rodd
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Rodd

As long as Hallmark keeps using our soap stars I’ll continue watching. The last one with Jen Lilley, Rayn Paevey and Linda Dano in it was a joy to watch. I so enjoyed watching Ms. Slezak on OLTL, so I’m sure I’ll be thrilled to see her in this movie, too!

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Sheri Peterson

Looking forward to the movie!

Kay
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Kay

A sweet woman I always wanted her to be a long lost sister of Katherine on Y&R they so need a soul for that soap and look at what she could have done but so it goes

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Great news. Watching Erika Slezak is always a wonderful treat. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss her and our beloved One Life to Live. I’m not big on Hallmark movies but I’ll certainly tune into for this one. Please keep us posted on the air date.

Susanne Pellicano
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Susanne Pellicano

Looking forward to seeing Erica on a Hallmark movie and especially a Christmas story. Loved her as Vicki on OLTL.

Casey Snyder
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Casey Snyder

I’m so excited to see this new Christmas movie on hallmark channel

Penny McCoy
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Penny McCoy

Love Erika. Still so beautiful!

GARY WARMEE
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GARY WARMEE

I saw the movie wondering what year it was from? Its brand new in 2021!
A Christmas Hallmark movie is just the thing to capure the warmth and charm, the special sparkly magic of Erica Slezak. If you love Erica from the debths of your soul as I do(!) this reunion is all you could wish for to set your hear aglow. Merry Christmas Erica Slezak!

Satan
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Satan

Ugh… I was hoping this movie would be a little more like “Back To The Future” (with Lea Thompson & Christopher Lloyd both involved, no less) and less of the typical Hallmark Helliday sappiness.

Sadly, I was wrong. Time travel elements aside, it’s the same formula as every other movie they air the last three months of the year, every year.

Thank Hell it was the only such movie I suffered through this Helliday season.

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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Sean Kanan’s ‘Studio City’ Scores 13 Indie Series Award Nominations

Nominations were revealed on Wednesday for the upcoming 13th annual Indie Series Awards.  Sean Kanan’s streaming series, Studio City received 13 nominations in various categories.

Studio City’s nominations are fo: Best Drama Series, Sean Kanan, Michel Kanan, and Timothy Woodward, Jr., producers; Best Director in a Drama Series, Timothy Woodward, Jr.; Best Writing in a Drama Series, Michele Kanan, Sean Kanan and Timothy Woodward, Jr., writers; Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Sean Kanan; Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Carolyn Hennesy; Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Tristan Rogers and Justin Torkildsen; Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Natalie Burn and Juliet Vega; Guest Performer in a Drama Series, Lilly Melgar; Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, Outstanding Cinematography in a Drama Series, Pablo Diaz, and Outstanding Editing in a Drama Series, Fady Jeanbart.

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In a statement on Studio City’s 13 nods, Sean Kanan shared: “I am overwhelmed and thankful that our show, which I refer to as the little-engine that could series, has received such support from the Indie Series Awards. Our second season was a collaborative effort of creativity, love of our content, and hard work. We look forward to creating more entertaining series in the future.”

Studio City tells the dramatic and comedic story of Sam Stevens (played by Kanan), a long-time soap opera actor starring in the number two most-watched daytime drama, “Hearts on Fire” as he struggles to keep his top spot on the show, break out of soaps into feature films, and deal with his own complicated life which includes a few dark secrets concerning his past, including an aging step-father, the twisted truth of his paternity, and a daughter that he never knew existed.  Season two consists of six episodes and is available on Amazon Prime.

For the complete list of this year’s Indie Series Award nominations, check them out here.  The Indie Series Awards ceremony will be on Wednesday, April 12th in Burbank, California at The Colony Theatre in Burbank.

What do you think of the nominees from Studio City for the ISA Awards? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Launches Podcast on SiriusXM

Former All My Children stars Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo) can add launching a podcast to their extensive resume through their production company, Milojo Productions, and Sirius XM.

According to Deadline, Ripa will host Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa, where she will have in-depth conversations with celebrity guests. Depending on the subject matter, a specialist or expert could also join the episode to provide insight.

In a statement on her new hosting gig and show, Ripa expressed: “After 23 years of interviewing celebrities, authors, musicians and experts on live TV, the big takeaway is that the most compelling and unfiltered conversations happen off camera. I have dreamed of a platform where I can have these honest talks without all the fuss and filter of a camera. Now SiriusXM has made my dream a reality with a podcast featuring friends, both old and new, discussing a variety of topics we all face in life, while getting deep with some experts’ views and advice along the way. Not another podcast, this is off camera!”

New episodes of Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa will be available every week on Stitcher, the SXM App, and all major podcast listening platforms beginning in March.

Kelly will be quite busy co-hosting the syndicated talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan, in addition to Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa.

So, will you check out Kelly’s new podcast? Hope she has some All My Children alum on as guests? Comment below.

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