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Kathryn Joosten on bringing the reality of lung cancer to special eps of B&B!

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As we had reported before the holidays, Desperate Housewives two -time Emmy winner Kathryn Joosten (Karen McClusky) will appear in the very special 6,000 episode of The Bold and the Beautiful to air on February 7th.  In it, Joosten, a real life lung cancer survivor will be part of the lung cancer group that Stephanie Forrester  (Susan Flannery) is looking to cultivate.  Joosten fills TV Guide in on her appearance, a little sneak peek at how Nick Marone (Jack Wagner) figures into the special episode equation, and the stigma today attached to lung cancer.  Here are a few excerpts:

Joosten on B&B’s commitment to continue telling the lung cancer story: “There’s a real stigma attached to all this. Lung cancer today is thought of like AIDS was in the ’80s — it’s considered the disease you gave yourself. Basically the public is saying, “You did it to yourself. You’re not gonna live. So what do you want us to do about it?” People only got serious about AIDS when it shifted to the heterosexual population. But B&B is really getting the truth out there — they’re actually listening to what cancer patients have to say — and that’s thrilling. And this is a very successful soap around the world so the potential here is huge.”

Joosten on how  B&B’s Nick figures into the special cancer episode: “Nick has a spot on his lung — he thinks it’s scar tissue and I tell him he’s in denial. When I had cancer the second time, my doctor saw something on my lung and said it was probably a scar but checked it anyway, and it’s a good thing. I tell Nick he needs to get himself tested. He’s in total denial, you know? That’s why this is all so phenomenal — we got to have real, plain-talking open conversations. Off-camera, too! I was talking to one of the cancer patients who’s going to be on the show. She was diagnosed with stage IV but wasn’t taking antidepressants. She said, “I’m going to just tough it through.” I said, “Why on earth would you do that?”

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Cameron Mathison and Alison Sweeney Team Up Again for Hallmark’s Hannah Swensen Mystery

Are Cameron Mathsion and Alison Sweeney the two busiest stars on the planet? Now comes word that the two actors are off filming the next Hannah Swensen Mystery for Hallmark Channel this week in Vancouver.

Previously, Mathison and Sweeney appeared together in the Murder, She Baked movies.  Now, they will reprise their roles of Mike Kingston and Hannah Svensen in the movie that will appear this summer on Hallmark’s Movie and Mysteries.  Former One Life to Live star, Barbara Niven (Ex-Liz) also reprises her role of Hannah’s mother, Delores Swensen.

In the new mystery, Hannah (Sweeney) and Mike Kingston (Mathison) enjoy finally being engaged while still managing their busy careers. However, a murder at Hannah’s gym may complicate their wedding plans as Hannah’s need for sleuthing again impact’s Mike’s investigation.

The Hannah Swenson Mysteries are produced by Alison Sweeney, Craig Baumgarten and Lighthouse Pictures.

In addition, Alison is currently front and center in story on Days of our Lives as Sami, and Cameron is set to make his Port Charles debut over the summer on General Hospital.

Sweeney shared in a statement, “I’m so excited to revisit Hannah Swensen and to again work with Cameron and Barbara on these fun stories that combine romance with intrigue,  The fans have been so vocal in their love of these characters and it’s exciting to be bringing them back to life and to return to Hannah’s bakery where it all began.”

So, will you be checking out Cameron and Alison in the new Hannah Swensen Mystery? Comment below.

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THE BACHELORETTE: Katie Thurston Meets the Men in New Promo for Summer Season

It’s hard to believe its’ time for a new season of The Bachelorette, given all the torrid headlines of the franchise with last season, and the drama at The Bachelor.

But now comes the latest promo for Katie Thurston’s attempt at love as she meets the men vying for the final rose in the all-new reality competition debuting this summer on Monday, June 7th. (8 pm. ET/PT)

Twenty-nine men start off the season, and upon first look we wonder who you think might be in the running and who is already going to be shown the front door and stuffed inside a limo, only to be left in tears.

Katie was known for her brash, sassy, self in last season’s The Bachelor, which landed her in the lead role for the summer series.

Check out ABC’s “Meet Katie Thurston’s Men’ promo below.

Then let us know, if you will be watching this season’s new Bachelorette, where often there is more soapy drama off the screen and behind-the-scenes, then in front of the cameras, via the comment section,

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‘This Is Us’ Star Justin Hartley and Y&R Alum Sofia Pernas are Married

After they stepped out together at Sunday night’s 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards, speculation was rampant that former Y&R stars, Justin Hartley and Sofia Pernas, were actually married as they both we wearing wedding rings on their wedding fingers.

Well, that has turned out to be true! According to a source, who confirmed to PEOPLE.com, the duo are happily in love and were ‘recently’ married.

Sofia played Marisa Sierras on The Young and the Restless from 2014-2015, while Hartley played Adam Newman from 2014-2016, before joining NBC’s This Is Us as Kevin Pearson.

Both Hartley and Pernas relationship apparently began last year, when they went public with it on New Year’s Eve.

Hartley had been previously married to Selling Sunset and DAYS, Y&R and AMC star, Chrishell Stause, and before that to former Passions star, Lindsay Korman, with whom he shares a daughter.

Send your well-wishes and congrats to Justin and Sofia via the comment section below.

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