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Former One Life to Live Star Mark Lawson Appears In Audi's Super Bowl Ad Featuring David Bowie's 'Starman'!

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If you were catching all the ads during Sunday’s Super Bowl 50, top advertisers and creatives go to great lengths and millions of dollars to deliver memorable  spots. Many Americans seem to say that they watch the Super Bowl, not for the game, but for the commercials each year.

While many Super Bowl commercials are being talked about on Monday morning at office watercoolers everywhere, soap fans took a moment and paused when a very familiar face popped up in the Audi commercial, which also touchingly used the late David Bowie’s 1972 “Ziggy Stardust” hit, “Starman” as its musical-theme backdrop.

Playing the part of the young astrounaut was former One Life to Live favorite Mark Lawson (Ex-Brody Lovett – 2008-2012).  In the ad, the song and spot tells the story of a retired astronaut who rediscovers his passion for life — and powerful machines — when his son lets him drive the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus.

Venables Bell & Partners created the ad, directed by MJZ’s Craig Gillespie. It ran in the first quarter of Sunday’s game. Audi released a :60 as well as an extended :90 version which you can watch below last Wednesday as preview prior to it’s unveiling nationally on the big game.

Watch Mark Lawson in the Audi/Starman Super Bowl ad after the jump! Then weigh-in …. what did you think of the commercial and seeing Mark?  Did you love the casting?  What did you think overall of this year’s bundle of Super Bowl commercials … thumbs up, or thumbs down?  Comment below!

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

I always thought Mark Lawson physically resembled Billy Miller and thought he shouldv’e been tested for the role of Billy Abbot when David Tom left…if Billy Miller ever left GH i would like to see ML be the first replacement choice but i hope Billy Miller stays…when SK left GH as AJ i think Mark Lawson could have been an ok AJ recast as well instead of killing the character off!

Rose
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Rose

I loved this ad…First, I have always followed the space program…wanted to be the first girl on the moon starting at 6yrs. Then there was Bowie, one of my all time favorites. But MF you added a bonus…I wondered who the attractive younger astronaut was. He really did resemble the astronauts older self, or vice-versa. Since I didn’t watch the Super Bowl except to check in occasionally for the score (was watching Downton Abbey part of the time), I will bing watch the commercials. Form what I did see so far Audi #1 and Budweiser with Helen Mirren #2. The… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

Mark also eerily resembles Keir Dullea in A Space Odyssey.

Melissa
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Melissa

So good to see him again! He looks great! How I miss my OLTL actors!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I miss them too Melissa. I always said OLTL has the strongest cast I’ve ever seen.

Jenny Brooks
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Jenny Brooks

I loved this ad and I didn’t even realize it was the guy from OLTL in it until now. I thought it was great casting just because those two guys looked so much alike! I also thought it was the best use of a song in a TV ad since Eminem’s song from the 2011 Chrysler ad! Well done!

Rose
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Rose

I had forgotten, but you’re so right about the Chrysler/Eminem ad.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I saw the ad sometime last week and immediately recognized Mark Lawson. I loved him as Brody on One Life to Live. Initially, I thought it was a promo for a new series or film. I’m just glad to see Mark is still working.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Love, love, love him. An underrated actor. He projects a sincerity that is impossible to fake. Would love to see him back on a soap.

blake
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blake

I always liked Mark, he is gorgeous, beautiful eyes, great body. Loved his biceps! He and Natalie were a HOT couple, when they showed them in bed I wish they had a sex tape lol.

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

It seemed too much like copying the movie, THE MARTIAN – and don’t tell me they didn’t know about it because the movie was made and distributed before this commercial was made.

Rose
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Rose

Loved The Martian. If you think it influenced this ad…probably. But if you want to see the movie that has influenced all of the current “realistic” space movies watch A Space Odyssey, 2001. 🙂

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

Ugh, Rose! I saw 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY a long time ago. I will take my space movies with Matt Damon, haha!

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

In defense of the commercial, I will say that at least Audi looked like their money was well spent unlike the stupid and classless commercials that are utterly forgettable.

I have a friend that is in one of the new H&R Block commercials (she is one of the dollar bill girls) and THAT commercial looks like it could have been a Super Bowl commercial.

I also miss the Monster commercials – they were funny and creative.

Rose
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Rose

I like anything with Matt Damon, especially the Bourne movies. He never seems to disappoint.

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GH’s Carolyn Hennesy Addresses Why She Was Not a Part of Nancy Lee Grahn’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ 25th Anniversary Episode

For the past several weeks, savvy General Hospital fans were wondering why on earth was Alexis’ best friend, Diane Miller (Carolyn Hennesy), was not a part of Nancy Lee Grahn’s (Alexis) 25th anniversary episode of the ABC daytime drama series, which centered around Alexis saying goodbye to those near and dear before she goes to Pentonville to serve a prison sentence.

After all, Diane and Alexis have been through so much together, that it seemed like a glaring omission. Was Hennesy not asked back for the episode?  The answer came in the form of Hennesy herself via in a response to a fan’s tweet on her being MIA from the episode.

As it turns out, the ever-busy Hennesy was shooting a film in Atlanta and was not available at the time of the tape date of Grahn’s special episode.

 

Carolyn tweeted: “Not their fault, my dear. I was off filming on Atlanta!!! Cuz you know Diane wouldn’t have missed it!”  That came in response to this: “Watched the big @NancyLeeGrahn ep of #GH and I’m perplexed that there was no Diane! @carolynhennesy One of the most fun TV female friendships and she wasn’t there to send her off? Come on you guys @GeneralHospital”

Mystery solved! Carolyn would have gladly been at the GH set that day in a heartbeat, if she could have.

So, happy to know that GH did not forget about Diane for the Alexis-Centric episode, but had to work around it? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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REPORT: Days of our Lives Renewal Update: Sony and NBC In Talks, Insiders Optimistic While Show Pauses Production

Every year around this time, Days of our Lives renewal has been its own cliffhanger.  With the show taping episodes so far in advance and wrapping their current season, the series paused production and went dark on April 16th, according to TV Line.

Now comes the waiting game and according to a report from Deadline on Wednesday, NBC and Sony are continuing to be in talks to bring the series back for its 57th season. While no one from any camp is officially commenting on the negotiations, their sources are reporting that things do look optimistic, as of now.

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The report indicates that in anticipation of a renewal, the producers have been making if-come deals with key cast members in the past few weeks and the writing team is said to be hard at work on potential scripts for the new season.

In the past, DAYS’ renewal had taken several months to pan out, because of how the show’s distributor Sony Pictures Television has to adjust its business model to continue the show without going in the red.

Even though over the years DAYS had declined in the linear ratings, there appears to be a commitment by the studio and NBC to find ways to keep it on the air.

So, are you hopeful that DAYS will survive yet another negotiation for renewal? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Kiara Barnes Lands Role On ‘Fantasy Island’ Reboot and Will Exit The Bold and the Beautiful

In casting news today, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Kiara Barnes will be leaving the CBS soap opera for her series regular role in the upcoming reboot of Fantasy Island that will debut this summer on Fox.

According to Deadline, Barnes has landed the role of Ruby Okoro, a young woman with an old soul. She arrives on Fantasy Island with a terminal illness, but Roarke and the island give her a new lease on life.

The Fantasy Island reimagining from the original ABC series, delves into the “what if” questions that keep us awake at night. Each episode will tell emotional, provocative stories about people who walk in with a desire but end up reborn to themselves through the magical realism of Fantasy Island.

According to a show spokesperson as to Barnes’ exit on B&B, she will continue as Zoe in her current story arc until the first week of July.

In a statement, B&B’s executive producer and head writer shared: “It’s been a pleasure having Kiara in the role of Zoe Buckingham on The Bold and the Beautiful. I wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

Kiara debuted as Zoe Buckingham back in 2018.  No word yet if the character will be recast, or somehow exit the canvas.

The actress tweeted on the news: ” Soooo…the cat is officially out of the bag! I’m so excited to be joining the cast for FANTASY ISLAND on FOX!!! I’m so grateful for everyone who made this possible. Dreams really do come true. Continue to believe, and you will receive.  Cheers to a new adventure!”

So, what do you think of Kiara’s new role on the Fantasy Island reboot? Comment below.

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