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FRIDAY: Catch Wally Kurth In Film ‘More Beautiful For Having Been Broken’ With Director’s Cut & TV Version In Wide Release

Now is your chance to see Wally Kurth in another role other than his soap-famous ones of Ned on General Hospital or Justin on Days of our Lives.

On Friday May 8th, the film in which he appears, More Beautiful For Having Been Broken  will be seen in two different forms in two different kinds of platforms.

The TV Version of the film will be available in the US and Canada on cable and TVOD/ EST platforms such as Comcast, Cox, Spectrum, Charter, DirecTV, Dish, Verizon, Amazon Instant, iTunes, GooglePlay, FandangoNow, Vudu, Hoopla, and more. The Director’s Cut, rated PG-14, will be available on Vimeo worldwide, on iTunes and GooglePlay in over 50 countries and territories, and digitally on all major US, Canadian cable and global TVOD platforms.

In More Beautiful For Having Been Broken, Kurth plays a cowboy bar band lead singer.  He performs two songs that occur and help represent a pivotal moment in the movie when characters are discovering their true feelings for one another and a key storypoint is revealed.

The story of the film centers about three broken women whose lives intersect at a lakeside community and who are forever changed through their shared love of an incredibly special young boy with special needs. A broken FBI agent, suspended from her job and struggling with the loss of her mother, travels to the small mountain town she used to visit as a child. She is befriended by a special needs boy who possesses the extraordinary gift of healing others through his unbroken spirit and unique outlook on life. Though she is hurting, she begins to see through his eyes as the puzzle pieces fall into place.

The film is the breakout debut for 11-year-old Cale Ferrin who was diagnosed with Fanconi Anemia, a rare genetic disease that can lead to bone marrow failure and cancer and is often marked by congenital defects and short stature.  It stars Australian actress, Zoë Ventoura (Home and Away, Packed to the Rafters) and Kayla Radomski of  So You Think You Can Dance fame.  Other notables in the film include: TV and film star Bruce Davison, remembered for his role in Longtime Companion, and Harley Jane Kozak (Ex-Santa Barbara).

In it’s initial showings on the independent film circuit, More Beautiful For Having Been Broken  acked up several awards at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival (LAIFF) including: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Zoë Ventoura), Best Actor (Cale Ferrin), Best Editing, and Best Original Score.  The film is from acclaimed-director, Nicole Conn.

As part of the release on Friday, and due to COVID-19, members of the cast will participate in a interactive live stream event on the CYA.live platform.  Nicole Conn and cast members including Cale Ferrin, Zoё Ventoura via Australia, Kayla Radomski, Harley Jane Kozak, and Gaby Christian will be a part of it,  For more information on this event and to reserve tickets, please visit:  cya.live/event/1148.

So, want to see Wally in this film? You have several ways to check him out in it come this Friday! You can watch the trailer for it below, then share your thoughts in the comment sectino.

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Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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‘NBC News Daily’ Hits Rock Bottom In Ratings Premiere Week

While networks have seen a collective erosion over the years of the soap opera viewing audience, they are still the most loyal and fierce of any entertainment genre.

With NBC’s decision to take Days of our Lives off of the network after nearly 57 years, and replace it with another daytime news program, they would surely have a rocky road ahead of them to capture viewers in that time slot; especially now that DAYS was moved exclusively to NBCUniversal’s streaming platform, Peacock.

Nothing was more proof positive of that, than the first week ratings and performance of NBC News Daily.

The news show which premiered on Monday, September 12th came in last for the ratings period of all daytime shows for the week.

According to SON: NBC News Daily averaged 935,000 viewers, was last among Total Viewers and last in the key demo ratings: Women 18-49 (tie) and Women 25-54.

In comparison to DAYS last week on NBC, and a year ago, NBC News Daily was down -744,000 and -762,000 viewers, respectively.

NBC News Daily features the latest national and international news, plus consumer, health, and personal finance segments and is hosted by Kate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Morgan Redford and Vicky Nguyen.

So, will ‘NBC News Daily’ find itself facing the same fate as ABC’s defunct ‘Revolution’, which replaced One Life to Live, and lasted only six months, or will the news program somehow turn a ratings corner? Does NBC really care one way or the other? Share your thoughts below.

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Alison Sweeney Signs New Multi-Picture Overall Deal with Hallmark

Days of our Lives favorite, Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady) has signed a multi-picture overall  deal with the Hallmark Media.

According to Deadline, as part of Sweeney’s new deal she will star and executive produce A Magical Christmas Village with also stars Luke McFarlane and Marlo Thomas.  The movie will premiere later this year during the Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas.

In story, Sweeney plays Summer, an architect living in a small town where she’s raising her young daughter Chloe. When her mother Vivian (Thomas) finds herself in need of a place to live, her orderly life becomes a little less so after inviting Vivian to move in with them during this transition. Upon arrival, Vivian sets up an heirloom, miniature Christmas village resembling their town, and tells Chloe it grants Christmas wishes. As Chloe begins setting up the figurines, real-life events seem to mimic the scenes she creates, including Summer’s chance meeting with Ryan (Macfarlane), a newcomer to their community.

In a statement on inking the pact with Hallmark Media, Sweeney shared: “I am thrilled to continue to work with Hallmark as they continue to support my work as an actress and as a producer. I’m very proud of our Christmas movie and excited for the future projects to come!”

Lisa Hamilton Daly, Executive Vice President, Programming, Hallmark Media, added:  “Alison Sweeney has been an incredible creative partner for us over the years – both on screen as well as behind the camera as a producer. She’s long been a fan favorite and we can’t wait to continue our work together as we bring new stories to life.”

Sweeney has been making story arc visits to Days of our Lives in recent years.  No word if she will be making a return to the series now that its permanently on Peacock.

So, will you be checking out Alison’s new movie when it comes out in time for holiday season? Comment below.

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