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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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DAYS Freddie Smith and Alyssa Tabit Officially Engaged!

He popped the question and she said, “Yes!”

This weekend, Days of our Lives star Freddie Smith (Sonny Kiriakis) proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Alyssa Tabit and Instagram had the pictures to prove it!

Sharing a beautiful photo on both of their social media accounts taken in Malibu, the duo share a kiss, are dressed in white, and Alyssa is showing off that ring!  Tabit expressed: “Best. Day. EVER!!!! 💍Freddie Smith, Love you until the end of time! ♥️♥️♥️ #engaged”

Freddie simply stated: 💍Love you Alyssa Tabit”

Recently, Freddie told Soap Opera Digest that by the end of summer the two were going to get engaged.

The lovebirds also co-host their own podcast called The Freddie and Alyssa Show which is available via iTunes and YouTube.

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Jason Canela Reveals: “I’m Proud And Honored To Officially Be A Full-Time Member Of The Young and the Restless Family”

Former telenovela star, Jason Canela (Arturo) is staying put in Genoa City.  Canela, who is of Cuban descent, was originally brought on to The Young and the Restless as a building contractor, who winds up being the boy toy of none other than Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott).

Later, his story switched and Arturo has now been romancing and paired with Nikki’s stepdaughter, Abby Newman (Melissa Ordway).

Now as Arturo becomes more entrenched in the Newman clan, Canela posted on his Instagram account that the CBS soap has signed him on as a contract player.

Jason expressed: “I’ve always believed that there are two types of artists. There are working ones and blessed ones. Thankfully I’ve had an incredible support system to always motivate me and help me push forward no matter how tough things got while I was working to become a better version of me so that one day I could be blessed. To every artist out there who feels discouraged because they have not booked that role or gotten that verse picked up in a track just remember that our line of work is not the easiest but if you truly love it then you know that if you continue to PUT IN THE WORK one day you will be blessed. Thank you to Mal Young, Sony, CBS & The Young and the Restless for believing in me and making me feel at home in Genoa city and blessing me with the opportunity to bring life to Arturo Rosales. I’m proud and honored to officially be a full time member of the The Young and the Restless family.” #Blessed #EnjoyEveryMoment

Glad to hear there is more Arturo in Genoa City and Jason is on contract at the top-rated daytime drama series? Comment below.

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GH’s Billy Miller Lands Role In Apple’s Upcoming Thriller Series, ARE YOU SLEEPING

Exciting casting news for mutli-Daytime Emmy winner, Billy Miller (Drew, General Hospital).  Miller has been cast in the upcoming drama series thriller, Are you Sleeping to be on Apple’s streaming platform.

Are you Sleeping stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer along with Lizzy Caplan, and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) with another Oscar winner, Reese Witherspoon serving as one of the series executive producers with the project through her production company, Hello Sunshine.

According to Deadline: Are You Sleeping, is based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber,and provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.

Code Black’s Moon Bloodgood is also set as a series regular. Brett Cullen (Devious Maids) and Hunter Doohan, will recur along with Miller.

In story, Octavia Spencer stars as Poppy Parnell, a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades-old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast. Caplan plays twin sisters Josie and Lanie, whose father’s murder decades ago is examined on the podcast. Paul plays convicted murderer Warren Cave, whose guilt or innocence has remained a question in many people’s minds for the past 20 years.

Miller will play the role of Lanie’s husband, Alex Dunn.

Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood and Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) also co-star in the series.

So, looks like Billy will be a part of a star-studded cast! Excited to see him in this role? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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