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John Wesley Shipp Cast In Mystery Role in CW's Upcoming Pilot Version Of THE FLASH!

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Now here’s a great twist on a twist! John Wesley Shipp, beloved to daytime soap fans for his roles on Guiding Light, As the World Turns and One Life to Live has been cast in the upcoming version of the CW’s television pilot remake of The Flash!  The thing of it is …  Shipp played ‘The Flash’ in the early 90’s version of the CBS series whose alter ego is Barry Allen.  So just who is he going to play this time?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Shipp will guest star in the pilot playing a mysterious character.  Details for his character are being kept close to the vest. If the proposed Arrow spinoff receives a series order, his role would expand to recurring status.”

Actor Grant Gustin plays the title role in the CW pilot version of the super-hero drama where he is a Central City assistant police forensic investigator who visits Starling City to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past. Through a freak accident, he is given the power of super speed that transforms him into the fastest man alive.

So, who do you think Shipp will play in the pilot?   Let us know your thoughts!

 

 

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janet
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janet

I have no idea but I was a big fan of his on Guiding Light and he was great on As the World turns, .so I will watch. I always liked the actor.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Love JWS! Looking forward to this show. I’ll be watching.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

John Wesley Shipp is just plain HOT. And he is a fine actor, too. Always glad to read he is involved in a new and exciting project.

Ghlover
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Ghlover

Omg is he…the guy that beat up woman on Loving?? Carter jones????? Maybe also on All my children? If so he can play on hell of a baddie!

Joshua
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Joshua

I had no interest in it in 1990 when I was a teen and certainly have no interest in it now.

Surprised he hasn’t been asked to join the cast of “General Hospital” since there are so few characters in Port Charles.

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Justin
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Justin

He is the reason I started watching As The World Turns and watched until the day if went of the air. I still miss it. Douglas Marland created an interesting character and it was incredible television. My guess is he will be the father of the Flash or a new character…Flash Dancer. Kinda like Flash Gordon but with leggings.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

The storyline Marland wrote for him on ATWT–the Douglas Cummings mystery and murder storyline–would probably get my vote as the single best-written mystery storyline the soaps ever did. Not surprisingly, it came right at the end of the period when the writers drove the genre; the incessant meddling by executives started with the 1987 (or maybe it was 1988) writers strike, and after that I’m sure it became much more difficult to craft mystery storylines that didn’t have gigantic plotholes in them (or any kind of coherent storyline, for that matter). It helped immensely that the actors were fabulous: Shipp,… Read more »

Mitchell1660
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Mitchell1660

LOVED him in “The Flash” in the 90s. Will definitely be watching the new series if it gets picked up…

MattsPlace
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MattsPlace

He will always be Kelly (GL) to me, but I loved him in Dawson’s Creek, too. The Douglas Cummings SL was superb. on ATWT. Congrats to JWS!

Kevin
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Kevin

The original Flash was Jay Garrick… perhaps they’ll have him play that role & be Barry Allen’s mentor. That would be a nice twist. BTW, I’m a soap fan & a comic geek in case you hadn’t figured that out, LOL.

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Great news! Fans who have missed Michael Park (ex-Jack, As the World Turns) on the small screen will get a chance to see him once again in the new psychological drama series, Saint X.

The series will stream on Hulu and in it the two-time Daytime Emmy-winning actor will play the part of Bill Thomas, in the eight-episode series adapted from Alexis Schaitkin’s novel.

In story, Bill and his wife Mia Thomas (Betsy Brandt) are upper middle class parents of two, enjoying a family vacation in a Caribbean resort until one of their daughters goes missing.

According to Deadline, the series is told via multiple timelines and perspectives, explores and upends the girl-gone-missing genre as it explains how a young woman’s mysterious death during an idyllic Caribbean vacation creates a traumatic ripple effect that eventually pulls her surviving sister into a dangerous pursuit of the truth.

No further details have been been made available as to when the show will premiere on the streamer, but stay tuned for more updates.

So, excited to see Michael in Saint X? Comment below.

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Moore, who won a Daytime Emmy for her work on the beloved CBS soap back in 1988, will play Mary Villiers, Countess of Buckingham, in Mary & George.

Villers in 17th Century England moulded her  son, George, to seduce King James I and become his all-powerful lover. Through outrageous scheming, the pair rose from humble beginnings to become one of the richest, most titled, and influential mother and sons England had ever seen.

According to Deadline, the series is due to begin filming in early 2023 and is slated for an 8-episode run.

Mary & George will mark only the second time, Moore has starred in a TV drama, after her appearance in the 2021 Apple mini-series Lisey’s Story.

Julianne won her Oscar for Lead Actress back in 2014 for Still Alice, where she played a woman battling Alzheimer’s disease.

Intrigued to see Julianne in Mary & George? Comment below.

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Circle Friday Night, October 21st beginning at 6PM EST.  That’s when you can join a virtual event featuring former As The World Turns star, Colleen Zenk (ex-Barbara) who will join Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner, Michael R. Jackson (A Strange Loop), for a very special discussion and more of his upcoming new musical to bow in 2023, White Girl in Danger.

The Zoom event is brought to you by The Hermitage Artist Retreat in partnership with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe.

In As the Musical Turns: A Soap Inspiration, Michael will chat on how his new musical satire, White Girl in Danger was inspired by the soap opera genre that Zenk was front and center on for more than 30 years on the beloved CBS daytime drama.

Look for, White Girl in Danger to have its Off-Broadway production at Second Stage Theatre and The Vineyard Theater in the early part of the new year.

To register for As the Musical Turns: A Soap Inspiration’s virtual program click here.

Now, you can get inside scoop on this brilliant musical concept, and soon to be must-see theatre piece, that any soap fan will love!

So, looking forward to seeing Colleen and Michael virtually on October 21 and finding out more about ‘White Girl in Danger’ and its soapy inspirations? Comment below.

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