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Jessica Collins Set to Star In Dolly Parton Netflix Anthology Series, ‘Heartstrings’

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Looks like soap fans will get to see Jessica Collins (Ex-Avery, Y&R, and Ex-Dinah, Loving) in the upcoming, snd highly-anticipated Netflix anthology based on the songs of Dolly Parton.

Collins will be featured along with Oscar winner, and former All My Children star, Melissa Leo (Ex-Linda Warner) to have major roles in the upcoming series called Heartstrings.  In addition, look for Collins and Leo to be joined by Ray McKinnons, Camryn Manheim,Timothy Busfield, and Patricia Wettig in the top-notch cast.

The series, which will feature new and classic music from Dolly Parton, takes its inspiration from the stories behind the music legend’s catalogue of songs. Heartstrings will start airing later this year.

According to Deadline: Each episode will begin with an introduction by Parton talking/singing to the camera (as herself) about the meaning behind each song. Parton will also star/guest star in some stories. Each episode is a stand-alone story and will have a different cast.

Collins to her Instagram when the casting news was finally revealed stating: “FINALLY I can share this with all of you! Beyond grateful and so PROUD of this project. Thank you beautiful Dolly and my whole Heartstrings Family. I’ve been floating ever since you welcomed me into your kind and talented world.”

What do you think about Jessica landing in the exciting Dolly Parton anthology series? Let us know via the comment section below.

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Was hoping her like Austin would come back to y n r since they were josh creations back in his last run. Summers become such a bitch he would ve brought some grounding for her.
Jessica is such a strong actress and Genoa city could use a true heroine right now. I liked her and Nick and the nick character could also use some straigthening out.
Fingers crossed Josh can grab her part time?! Her deperature was great acting but i heard she left on bad terms because of the alleged rape story with Joe that they rewrote las min. Josh could make it right..
Speaking of Josh creations a rehabed Carmine, Marco Dapper would be exciting and hot to bring back for a Lauren, Michael , Fenn story?. Him and Fenn were friendly back when and Lauren wasnt too happy…

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GOOD for HER – just FUN NEWS .

I was not that heavily vested in her character… from the time she started baking cupcakes to falling in LOVE w/Dillon. oh well… show over. she was so good @the start with her legalese . talk about cupcaking sweet syrupy RUN OVER.

so kudos to you Jessica… long live and persevere

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Jussie Smollett Scenes Cut From ‘Empire’ In Lieu Of Attack Investigation

As of Tuesday, the production of Fox’s hit series, Empire has slashed Jussie Smollett’s upcoming scenes following reports that the suspicion is now on him for allegedly staging the “hate” attack he reported to the Chicago PD back on January 29th.

According to production sources viaTMZ: Jussie was supposed to have nine scenes and a big musical performance in the second-to-last episode of Season 5,  Now, five scenes and the musical number have been axed.  Smollett’s character is also no longer the focus of his remaining four scenes, which will now feature an ensemble of characters.

The actor/singer who portrays Jamal Lyon will be working Friday and possibly Thursday but won’t be rehearsing.

The Empire writers are said to have been scrambling over the last 24 hours to revise this season’s scripts.

All of this despite despite strongly expressed renewed support by Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney on February 17th.  The goal now is said to be to reduce Smollett’s role both in dramatic stints and musical performances.

Empire returns for the remainder of its fifth season on March 13.

Smollett claims he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack near his Chicago apartment, but things took a turn when he may have paid two friends to help stage the assault.

This case is said to be going before a Grand Jury as early as today.

What are your thoughts on the latest developments in the Smollett case and Empire reducing his appearances for the remainder of the season? Comment below.

 

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TODAY: Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott Visits ‘The Talk’ As Her 40th Anniversary Week As Nikki Newman Kicks-Off

On today’s broadcast of the CBS afternoon series, The Talk, the ladies welcome Y&R icon, Melody Thomas Scott, who this week celebrates her incredible 40th anniversary with the show as Nikki Newman.

During her segment, Melody chats on Wednesday’s upcoming standalone episode where Nikki is in jail reflecting on her life.  Wednesday is also the exact date of Thomas Scott’s 40th anniversary with the CBS Daytime drama series.

During the segment Melody fills the ladies in on the “All About Nikki” episode, as she relates:  “I was so thrilled that they did this. It’s truly, really the life of Nikki in the entirety of the episode. It’s all about Nikki. And she’s in jail. She’s writing a letter to her grandchildren so that she can explain who she really is, how she got to where she is.  I have to narrate it, I’ve got a voice-over, a long voice-over. And then, as I’m thinking about all these different times in my life, I can’t believe I’m referring to me as her, her life, then we see the flashbacks. And for the longtime viewers, even current viewers, it is such a trip down memory lane. I mean, you are on that train and you’re not getting off…all of the clips have not been seen since they were first aired.”

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In addition, Melody addresses the passing of her longtime co-star and friend, Kristoff St. John relating:  “I adored him. We all adored him. There was something very unique and magical about him. He would just draw you into his wonderful world. And all of his bear hugs, I can’t believe I’ll never get a bear hug. Going to any kind of event, any party, the first thing I said when I got there was ‘Where’s Kristoff?’ I want to find Kristoff, I want to be with him, I want to be in his air space. Because that’s the kind of guy he was, and I think that came through on camera. I think everybody sensed that, I mean everybody adored him.”

So, will you be checking out Melody on today’s episode of The Talk (2PMEST and 1PM PST) today? Comment below.

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General Hospital Writing Team Wins WGA Award In Daytime Drama Category

In duel ceremonies currently underway in both Los Angeles and New York, the Writers Guild of America is handing out the 71st annual WGA Awards for excellence in writing in the fields of motion picture and television at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. and at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

Already given out and announced was the winner in the Daytime Drama category and the winning writing team was ABCs General Hospital which bested the only other nominees in the category, Days of our Lives.

The team consisting of head writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles, took home the prestigious honor.

This win for GH marks the fifth win in a row for the ABC series, which make its a record-breaker for the Daytime Drama category at the WGA Awards.

For a complete list of winners click here.

Congratulations to the team from Port Charles and General Hospital on their WGA Award win.  So, what do you think of GH besting DAYS?  Glad the ABC daytime drama won? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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