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Judith Light To Receive Isabelle Stevenson Award At 2019 Tony Awards

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Two-time Tony Award winner (and two-time Daytime Emmy winner) Judith Light will be this year’s recipient of the Tonys’ honorary Isabelle Stevenson Award on June 9th when it is presented to her at the the 73rd Annual Tony Awards in New York City at Radio City Music Hall. The telecast will air on CBS.  The Tony Awards Administration Committee made the announcement on Friday,

The Isabelle Stevenson Award is presented annually to a member of the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations. Light will receive the award for her advocacy to end HIV/AIDS and for her support for LGBTQ+ and human rights.

In a statement, Light said of receiving one of the highest honors in the theatre: “To be so generously acknowledged by The American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League and the Tony Awards, and to be included with these outstanding individuals who have received this honor before me, has been one of the most extraordinary gifts I have ever received in my life. The HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ communities are inspirations and demonstrations of how to be and live in the world; courageous, honorable, and uplifting. They inspire me and it is my privilege to be of service to them. I am humbled by this recognition from my theatre family, whom I so respect, honor, and love.”

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Judith won Tony awards for her work in the plays Other Desert Cities and The Assembled Parties in 2012 and 2013.  Light became the first actress in decades to win back-to-back Tonys.  Light did the same thing during her soap opera career when she won back-to-back Daytime Emmys for her role as Karen Wolek on One Life to Live.  She has also been nominated for four pritmetime Emmys for her performances and roles in; Ugly Betty, Transparent and American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

Since the early days of the AIDS pandemic, Judith Light has been champion for  the LGTBQ+ community; speaking out and aligning herself with numerous organizations, including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, GLAAD, NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, Project Angel Food, and Elton John AIDS Foundation, among many others.  In 1993, Light spoke at the LGBT March in Washington. In 1995, Light rode her bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the California AIDS Ride to support HIV/AIDS Programs for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. In 1996, she joined Elizabeth Taylor, who served as grand marshal, at the National Mall in Washington DC for the display of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. In 1998, GLAAD recognized Light with the Vision Award for her dedication to fight HIV/AIDS alongside the LGBTQ+ community. Light traveled to South Africa for the AIDS walk to raise awareness for on the ground care in South Africa and research in the United States.

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What do you think of Judith being named the recipient of the Isabelle Stevenson Award for her humanitarian efforts?  Share your thoughts and congrats to Judith via the comment section below.

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Congratulations to Judith Light on this very well deserved award.

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Very proud of this deserving actress!,,

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Amanda Setton Cast As GH’s New Brook Lynn Ashton

Former One Life to Live alum, Amanda Setton (Ex-Kimberly) is about to make her debut on General Hospital in the role of Ned (Wally Kurth)and Lois’ (formerly B&B’s Rena Sofer) daughter, Brook Lynn Ashton!

The news of the recast came via TV Line, and Setton is set to make her on-screen debut next Monday on the November 18th episode of the ABC soap.

In story, it looks like Ned and his current wife, Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) welcome Brook Lynn back to Port Charles. The role haas previously been played by Brooke Radding and Adrianne Leon.

In addition to her work as the former Mrs. Clint Buchanan in Llanview, (Kimberly started as a Las Vegas stripper who came to Llanview to help her best friend, Stacy Moraso played by Crystal Hunt) Setton has had numerous primetime roles including: Hawaii Five-0, The Crazy Ones, The Mindy Project, and Gossip Girl.

News of the return of Brook Lynn to GH comes on the heels of the return of Nikolas Cassadine now played by actor, Marcus Coloma.

What do you think of the return of Brook Lynn means for the characters of Port Charles? Who might be her romantic interest? Share your thoughts via the comment section below

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Networks To Preempt Daytime Programming For Donald Trump Impeachment Hearing Coverage

Just as your favorite soaps are kicking into high gear for November sweeps next week, comes the news that due to the House public impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump, daytime programming will endure several pre-mptions starting with the first two on Wednesday November 13th and Friday, November 15th.

CBS was the first network to announce their plans for their extensive coverage, and according to the Washington Post all other networks have followed suit.  By this move by the networks it gives the hearing some extra weight and exposure to the American voters and viewing audience.

So far, leading network coverage for CBS will be reportedly anchored by Norah O’Donnell and for ABC George Stephanopoulos.

On Wednesday, the hearings begin at 10am EST, the second is scheduled for Friday beginning at 11am EST.

William Taylor, the U.S. diplomat in the Ukraine, is scheduled to testify Wednesday and on Friday Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, is scheduled to testify.

The networks are expecting big numbers for covering the hearings, as they have in the past for impeachment proceedings and hearings.

No word yet how the soaps plan for you to see the episodes that don’t air at their regularly scheduled times, or if it shifts your soap viewing schedule by several days.

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So, what are your thoughts on what the Impeachment hearings could mean for daytime dramas in in the weeks ahead? Comment below.

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Y&R and GH Alum, William Wintersole Dies At 88

For more than 20 years on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, actor William Wintersole played the role of Katherine Chancellor’s (the late Jeanne Cooper) faithful attorney and confidant, Mitchell Sherman.  But tonight, soap fans are learning of Wintersole’s passing on Tuesday the age of 88 due to complications from cancer.

William’s daughter revealed to Deadline that he died at his home in Los Angeles.  Y&R was not the only network soap Wintersole appeared.

General Hospital fans may remember him as WSB Chief Ted Ballantine from 1980-1986 in the heyday of the ABC daytime drama series. Ballantine was the boss of Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) at one time.

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Throughout his career, Wintersole also appeared on primetime series such as:  I Dream of Jeannie, Kojak, Little House on the Prairie, Quincy, Bonanza, Star Trek and The Fugitive to name just a few.

Wintersole is survived by his life partner, Marlene Silverstein, and daughters Tiffany Harmon and Katherine Ramsey and three granddaughters.

Share your thoughts on the passing of William Wintersole and your remembrances of his performances as Y&R’s Mitchell, or GH’s Ted, via the comment section below.

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