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Jeff Branson To Appear in Lifetime's ZOE GONE This Saturday!

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Missing Daytime Emmy winner Jeff Branson from his roles as Ronan Malloy on The Young and the Restless or Shayne Lewis on Guiding Light?

Well, tomorrow night, Branson is co-starring in a new Lifetime movie entitled Zoe Gone which airs at 8PMEST on Lifetime!

According to CBS Soaps In Depth, who spoke with the talented Branson,”It ‘s about Jennifer, a 16-year-old girl who has a baby (Zoe) with the support of her boyfriend, but the pressure is too much for him and he runs away. Her mother is a divorcée who’s got a boyfriend, which is where I come in.  He’s the guy who wanted the woman, but not necessarily the child, but took on the role of helping to raise her anyway. But when his gal becomes a grandmother, that wasn’t in his plan. There are some moments of him not understanding and lashing out a bit.”

Later Baby Zoe goes missing! “That kicks in the young lady’s maternal instincts,” Branson relates. “Then the storyline becomes about finding the baby and Jennifer proving to herself the mother that she can be.”

There is more on the horizon for Branson with upcoming roles in Perception and NCIS, but the question remains, will Y&R ever bring back Jeff to Genoa City?  He might make a good on-screen romantic partner for Cady McClain’s upcoming recast of Kelly!  Thoughts?  Comment below!

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Mama
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Whew! That was a close one. For a moment there I was scared I was going to read that Ronan was coming back to Genoa City to help Jack grieve over Ol’ Red.

And the tremendous love between she and Jack. Yawn.

Kim Huck
Kim Huck

Love and miss Ronan

Kim Huck
Kim Huck

Ronan would be great if they let Amber or Drucilla come back. All three need to come back

Ella Brown
Ella Brown

Id love for Ronan to come back and have a relationship with New Kelly or Hilary. I never like him with that Phyllis. He was a great . Thanks for the article and news on the show he will be in. I think Chloe was excellent with Chance or Ronan also. To bad she is leaving she is a sweet and sad for her she lost Dee Dee.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Love the actor but his character on Y&R was badly handled– so unless they can define the character better, give him a solid story with some legs Ronan is better off canvas than on. I could see them bringing him back for a short stint as a means to usher Chloe off the show. She could run off with him, leaving Kevin and all her sad memories behind. But I highly doubt either a long or short stint is in the cards. I think Ronan and his family, Nina and Chance are a thing of the past, or until new management and writers come in.

As for Kelly, I think they already said she will be paired with Jack — don’t know if they ever planning on recasting Phyllis but right now it looks like Kelly is evolving into leading lady status, filling the void of the strong, but flawed woman that Phyllis once had.

Monica Junge
Monica Junge

Mary, I agree w/everything you wrote regarding Nina and her sons. Also I think Cady could have replaced Phyllis but replacing Kelly tells me she’s taking that status Phyllis had. Cady is such a winning actress.

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‘Beacon Hill’ Prepping Its Long-Awaited Season Two Featuring Soap Notables

A few years back, Beacon Hill was one of the most talked about web series for its soapy cast and bringing same-sex romance, political scandal and familial drama to the table.  And now, it appears after a four year wait\ the creators and the cast are ready to go back into production for its second season.

In order to do that, the producers are driving a crowdfunding campaign via IndieGoGo to raise funds to make their planned production a reality.

Guiding Light and Venice favorite, Crystal Chappell is once again returning in role of “Claire”, along with these daytime fan favorites: Alicia Minshew, Melissa Archer, Ron Raines, John-Paul Lavoisier, Ricky Paull Goldin, Scott Bryce, Tina Sloan, Louise Sorel and the new additions to the cast: Nadia Bjorlin, Jacob Young, Hillary B. Smith, and Marem Hassler who takes over the key role of “Katherine” from Sarah Brown.

The series promises longer episodes than season one, and it will finally deliver to fans the reveal of that cliffhanger: “Who is at the damn door?”

As of Sunday night, there are 43 days left to donate to the fund to help make Beacon Hill second two come to life so they can shoot the series in New England.

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Check out this video below from Chappell and company that was released over the weekend.

So, would you like to see season 2 of Beacon Hill? Comment below.

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Guiding Light & ATWT Alum, Tom Pelphrey Is New Series Regular In Upcoming Season of Netflix’s ‘Ozark’

Well, soap fans knew when they saw the character of Jonathan Randall debut in Springfield on Guiding Light that the young man who portrayed him was going to go far in his career, and that has been what’s been happening since he left daytime for Tom Pelphrey.

Pelphrey, who won two Daytime Emmys for his role on GL and later did a run as Mick on As the World Turns, has gone on to star as Ward Meachum on both seasons of Marvel’s Iron Fist on Netflix, appeared on Cinemax’s Banshee and more recently did a guest spot on NBC;’s drama Blindspot to name just a few of his projects.

Now comes word via Deadline that Pelphrey is joining the third season of Netflix’s drama Ozark as a series regular.  The series stars Laura Linney and Jason Bateman and details the life of a family as the navigate within a dangerous drug cartel.

Pelphrey has been cast Linney’s younger brother named Ben Davis, and in story, he arrives for an unannounced and inopportune visit. He quickly reminds Wendy (Linney) who she used to be and who she is running from.

Upon the announcement of his casting, Tom took to his Twitter account and said, “Dream job!”

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So, will you be checking out Ozark to see Tom in his new role?  Did you love him as Jonathan (Reva’s son) on Guiding Light? Comment below.  But first watch Tom’s winning moments and acceptance speeches at the 2006 and 2008 Daytime  Emmys.

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Cynthia Watros Replaces Michelle Stafford As GH’s Nina Reeves

Another big name is headed to the cast of General Hospital on the heels of the upcoming departure of Michelle Stafford.  Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros had been cast as the the new Nina Reeves.  Fans of Guiding Light remember her star turn as Annie Dutton, and she was last see on on daytime in the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless (2013-2014).

As previously reported, Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford is headed back to her old stomping grounds of The Young and the Restless to play her signature soap role of Phyllis Summer.  She will replace her own recast, Daytime Emmy winner, Gina Tognoni.  Both actresses are said to be finishing taping their current runs on their respective shows in May. Watros will begin her GH run in Port Charles in June,

GH’s EP Frank Valentini tweeted on today’s casting news: “It’s a bittersweet day. I love @TheRealStafford and wish her all the best. I’m also really excited about @watroswatros joining the #GH family and continuing Nina’s legacy.”

PEOPLE.com broke the casting change.  Stafford has been with GH since 2014.  As for Watros, she opted to leave her role on Y&R to join the cast of MTV’s Finding Carter.  She is also known for her run on the hit ABC drama, Lost and other notable primetime series and films.

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Michelle Stafford’s on-screen GH love interest, James Patrick Stuart, tweeted on the news: “Cynthia Watros … Big fan.”

So, what do you think of the casting of Cynthia Watros as the new Nina Reeves? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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