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GH's Kelly Monaco Begins Her Journey on DWTS All-Stars Tonight! EP Tweaks Some Rules!

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Tonight is the night for soap fans to back their gal, General Hospital’s Kelly Monaco (Sam) as she begins her battle to win her second Mirror Ball Trophy in the hotly contested Dancing with the Stars: All- Stars edition that starts at 8PMEST/7CST on ABC!

And while Kelly is prepping tonight’s routine with her new partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, DWTS executive producer, Conrad Green came forward and in an exclusive with TV Guide, revealing why he partnered the celebs with certain dancers, and the rule changes for this edition of DWTS that could possibly influence the outcome.  Or, does it?

Green, said of the Kelly and Val pairing,  especially since Kelly was the shows first season champ:  “It wasn’t even high-def when Kelly did it! (Laughs)  Kelly and Val are getting on real well and I think they’re both very determined to make it far, especially Kelly.  She’s gonna have to work that hard to keep up with the level of competition. That’s part of the challenge she’s embraced. But no matter what happens on this season, you always have your place in the Dancing pantheon.”

There are also some tweaks to the rule for the All-Star edition of the ballroom dance competition:  Celebrities will be creative directors of a dance for a week, for which they’ll come up with the theme and wardrobe, pick the music and all but choreograph their routine. Gone is the Dance Duel, which was introduced last season to prevent a Sabrina Bryan-like shocking elimination (though Green allows that it may return in a normal season) and in is a temporary scoring system emphasizing technique. “We’re thinking about having Len Goodman, give a couple of extra points to the celebrity who did the best technical dance of the night,” Green says. “It’s an extra boost; it’s not a punishment for everyone else. We’ll tweak scoring here and there to make sure there’s a bit more discipline and content in there, given that these people have done the show before.”

Now after the jump, watch a video interview with Kelly from KABC in Los Angeles on tackling Dancing and GH at the same time, and then let us know if you think Kelly stands a good chance at placing near the top of the leaderboard as she begins the competition tonight!

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Christine
Christine

I won’t watch because I hate ABC except for GH. I will go online and give her my support.

Kimberly
Kimberly

Christine you can call your votes in also without watching the phone number is released it’s 800-868-3411 and if you have AT&T you can text VOTE to 3411 🙂

Kimberly
Kimberly

#GH fans WAYS TO VOTE FOR KELLY! 1)Call 1800-868-3411 2) AT&T Text “VOTE” to 3411 3)ONLINE #TeamVALLY #DWTS

BarbJ
BarbJ

The show is Dancing With the ‘Stars’! Who in the world is Sabrina Bryan and what was so shocking?? Never mind…. Don’t really care……. I’m still boycotting all ABC except GH.

Jan
Jan

I hate theses reality shows, they are just easier to produce and thats prettty sad considering the talented people out there should be seen instead.
So yes I’m against DWTS.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

I love Kelly Monaco. I watched her the first time around and YES, I voted for her. She was one of the BEST dancer’s last night as well. She seemed like she slimmed down a bit, probably from all the rehearsing, which has so much more ahead, She doesn’t need to lose weight, however. Therefore she should drink some GAIN WEIGHT SHACKS so to not lose that NICE figure she has.

MOVING FORWARD: I have watched Katie Couric’s talk show, unintentional. Now in fairness to Katie, she is a likeable personality type (that’s just the truth). On the other hand, I don’t feel that in this economy (all of which also had baring on the cancellations of our beloved AMC and OLTL) that Katie should be/ NOR is her show WORTH the money she is being paid.

( ” When I think of the millions of dollars she is being paid to sit for an hour and “make nice” while interviewing, etc., am just sick. There is nothing to substantiate what she does is worth that kind of money. ” )

After-all, isn’t ABC-dumb network on a budget? She should not be paid that kind of money to do that show. I mean, what is she producing, Oprah? I do understand that she is……Katie Couric and she has been around ALONG time, and therefore has her reputation/ego to consider, but my God….. she isn’t doing something/ or bringing anything to the table that HASN’T BEEN done before, AND what happened to the ABC networks budget? Nonetheless, if her show succeeds, its because Katie is….. a likeable personality type.

Grace
Grace

PLEASE people, even if you are NOT waychign other ABC shows and don’t watch DWTS…. as it states above youcan still vote for Kelly every week – her phone # is the same throughout the competition! 1-800-868-3411 !!! Voting is open during the 2 hour show and for one hour after the show finished airing!

BTW…. her and Val were EXCELLENT last night!!! #teamvally all the way!

JimmyMackey
JimmyMackey

Oh yeah, they have half points this time, which makes the competition closer, but in the end, what difference does that make if America is voting? The first half is just a popularity contest really, until it gets down to the really good dancers after the people who can’t dance are eliminated. My DISH coworker thinks the show is fixed, but I’m not so sure. I’m just glad that I can watch it in less time now that I watch commercial free with Auto Hop on my PrimeTime Anytime recordings. That way I have time to watch another show and get more entertainment into my evening.

renee
renee

Who was the artist of the song Kelly and VAL performed their last dance of the night 10/1/2012?

renee
renee

Name of artist that Kelly and VAL did their last dance to tonight 10/1/2012

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Natasha Henstridge To Play Opposite GH’s Departing Vinessa Antoine in DIGGSTOWN

More casting news from the upcoming Canadian legal drama series, Diggstown which will star General Hospital’s Vinessa Antoine (Jordan) in the central role of Marcie Diggs.

As fans know, Antoine will be exiting GH in the role of Jordan as she begins filming the CBC series.

However, Antoine is getting a co-star on her new show, in none other than Natasha Henstridge.  The actress has previously appeared in CW’s Beauty and the Beast and Secret Circle.

 

According to Deadline, in Diggstown, Natasha will play Colleen MacDonald, a single, no-nonsense, openly gay director of legal aid now headquartered in Halifax after being blacklisted by the legal community in Toronto. She hopes to one day work her way back home.

As for the premise of the new series, Diggstown is set in the gritty arena of legal aid.  It centers on Marcie Diggs (Antoine), a star lawyer who reconsiders her priorities after her beloved aunt commits suicide following a malicious prosecution. Landing at a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Marcie is driven by one thing – to never again allow innocent lives to be destroyed by the justice system.  The team of lawyers that Marcie works with are a curious band of do-gooders, cynics and scrappers – messy souls struggling to keep personal disappointment and demons out of their practice as they work directly in the community to find justice for their diverse clients, exploring issues of racism, poverty and gender bias.”

Antoine is the first black actress to be cast as a dramatic series lead on iconic Canadian Broadcasting Company, CBC.

So, what do you think of the premise of Diggstown?  Sounds intriguing to us! Comment below.

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GH’s Kathleen Gati and Michelle Stafford Deliver The Power Performance of The Week!

A grieving mother and sister found themselves stuck in a revenge plot gone haywire, that provided the backdrop in which two accomplished actresses; Kathleen Gati (Liesl) and Michelle Stafford (Nina) were able to shine on episodes of General Hospital.

Although Peter’s kidnapping went on far too long, and fans on social media have their own viewpoints as to what they think of Mr. August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey), the final week of taking Peter hostage to torment him as payback for his part in Nathan’s death; gave Gati and Stafford scenes from the comedic, to the emotional, to the cray-cray, and more..

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On Thursday’s episode, Nina is trying to talk down Liesl from torching the place, but Liesl is becoming more unhinged and more grief-stricken.  She says to Nina, “I lost my son.  I gave Nathan up to protect him.  I spent my life not even daring to gaze in his direction for fear that Cesar would take him.  I never wanted my son to be like him, and now my beautiful boy is buried in the ground, while the other son is still breathing!  So, I must finish this my way, Nina  …  with or without you!”

Pleading, an emotional Nina responds: “Aunt Liesl, you are not the only one who lost time with Nathan.  I did, too.  I missed him growing up.  I missed his childhood, and seeing the incredible man he turned into.  I feel his absence and I feel the loss every second of every day.  I hate Faison, and I will for the rest of my life, and I hate Anna (Finola Hughes) just like you did, but that does not justify what I have done… being an accomplice in this crazy revenge.  None of that is going to bring my brother back.”   Nina goes on to say:  “I knew J would not want his mother grieving alone. This isn’t grief anymore … this is madness.”

Obrecht with rage and sadness in her eyes says, “The brightest souls like my Nathan are extinguished.”  And from there, as viewers know by now, Liesl sets the fire, which sets the stage for Nina’s rescue, and the Friday cliffhanger of Finn (Michael Easton) having to decide whether to go in the burning building and get Peter out, or not.

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Later on the pier, a stoic, but grief-stricken Liesl is arrested.  She spitefully tells Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan (Vinessa Antoine), “Tell Anna something for me: ‘Now we are even!”‘

Earlier in the week, we saw how Kathleen Gati navigated the comedic yet dramatic moments as she had to knock Franco (Roger Howarth) out, while she was trying to get back to Spoon Island, as he realized Obrecht was the guilty party who took Peter.

Gati has made Obrecht, this one-of-a-kind character, come to life, no matter what the circumstances the writers put her in.  And as for Michelle Stafford, when Nina spoke of her brother and the loss she continues to feel, it was one of the most on-the-money moments for anyone who has lost a sibling that they looked to.

So, even through some of the absurdity of the circumstances, and as they were portraying two women trying to figure their way out of the mess they created,  Gati and Stafford never faltered as they committed to the material, and delivered this week’s Power Performance of the Week.

Share your thoughts on the performances of Kathleen and Michelle and what stood out to you via the comment section below.

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GH’s Billy Miller Lands Role In Apple’s Upcoming Thriller Series, ARE YOU SLEEPING

Exciting casting news for mutli-Daytime Emmy winner, Billy Miller (Drew, General Hospital).  Miller has been cast in the upcoming drama series thriller, Are you Sleeping to be on Apple’s streaming platform.

Are you Sleeping stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer along with Lizzy Caplan, and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) with another Oscar winner, Reese Witherspoon serving as one of the series executive producers with the project through her production company, Hello Sunshine.

According to Deadline: Are You Sleeping, is based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber,and provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.

Code Black’s Moon Bloodgood is also set as a series regular. Brett Cullen (Devious Maids) and Hunter Doohan, will recur along with Miller.

In story, Octavia Spencer stars as Poppy Parnell, a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades-old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast. Caplan plays twin sisters Josie and Lanie, whose father’s murder decades ago is examined on the podcast. Paul plays convicted murderer Warren Cave, whose guilt or innocence has remained a question in many people’s minds for the past 20 years.

Miller will play the role of Lanie’s husband, Alex Dunn.

Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood and Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) also co-star in the series.

So, looks like Billy will be a part of a star-studded cast! Excited to see him in this role? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Next week on Y&R, Hilary is fighting for her life, but the prognosis is not good. Friends and loved ones come to the hospital and ask for forgiveness and to tell her to fight. But how can she? Watch the latest promo from CBS Daytime below. Leave A Comment

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