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Kelly Ripa speaks on her return to AMC and the soaps!

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Kelly Ripa

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Kelly Ripa speaks with TV Guide Magazine about her return next week to All My Children to the role that made her soap-famous, Hayley Vaughan Santos!  Ripa’s, Hayley returns to Pine Valley as talk show host extraordinaire who is doing a documentary on everyone’s favorite US town!  Here are a few excerpts on Kelly’s return with hubby, Mark Consuelos (Mateo)  in tow for the two day special!  Don’t miss it.  Monday and Tuesday January 4th and 5th!

Ripa on coming back to the rigors of daytime: “Trust me, there was no time for complaints. The writers wanted to add some controversy so they have Hayley getting into an argument with Erica Kane. Erica thinks that maybe Hayley is disapproving of her relationship with Ryan, and that she’s going to get all scandalous and gossipy and tabloidy with her documentary. When we were running through the scene, Susan Lucci and I are looking at each other, like, where the hell is this coming from? Neither of us could remember our characters ever having a fight with each other. I was afraid to say anything but, thank God, Susan stops everything on the set—because she’s Susan Lucci and she can do that sort of thing—and she says “This is so combative. I don’t remember these two women ever having a problem. This seems totally out of nowhere.” And the producers are like, “C’mon, c’mon, ladies, just say the lines, please! We got boxes to pack!” [Laughs]

Ripa if she misses getting to show her serious acting chops on a daily basis:
“Naw. I like comedy. Serious to me is very hard, very painful, and it takes a lot of energy to get me there. Comedy is a dream. It’s where I like to live. It’s where I feel comfortable. But I love watching the serious stuff! When I returned to AMC, I still got that old thrill watching David Canary [Adam], who makes every scene so incredible. I got to see Jill Larson [Opal] in action again. She was always one of my favorite actresses and still is because she’s just so effortlessly great. Going back really re-awakened me to what I’ve always known and said a thousand times—nobody works harder than soap people. And that’s why it’s so damn sad that soaps are having a bad time. But I do believe it’s cyclical. Soaps have survived every sort of turn and change in the industry. They’ve always been around. I mean, there are cave etchings of All My Children! Hopefully, the remaining soaps will be able to ride the wave. The entertainment biz is not for the weak. You have to tough it out.

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GH’s Carolyn Hennesy Addresses Why She Was Not a Part of Nancy Lee Grahn’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ 25th Anniversary Episode

For the past several weeks, savvy General Hospital fans were wondering why on earth was Alexis’ best friend, Diane Miller (Carolyn Hennesy), was not a part of Nancy Lee Grahn’s (Alexis) 25th anniversary episode of the ABC daytime drama series, which centered around Alexis saying goodbye to those near and dear before she goes to Pentonville to serve a prison sentence.

After all, Diane and Alexis have been through so much together, that it seemed like a glaring omission. Was Hennesy not asked back for the episode?  The answer came in the form of Hennesy herself via in a response to a fan’s tweet on her being MIA from the episode.

As it turns out, the ever-busy Hennesy was shooting a film in Atlanta and was not available at the time of the tape date of Grahn’s special episode.

 

Carolyn tweeted: “Not their fault, my dear. I was off filming on Atlanta!!! Cuz you know Diane wouldn’t have missed it!”  That came in response to this: “Watched the big @NancyLeeGrahn ep of #GH and I’m perplexed that there was no Diane! @carolynhennesy One of the most fun TV female friendships and she wasn’t there to send her off? Come on you guys @GeneralHospital”

Mystery solved! Carolyn would have gladly been at the GH set that day in a heartbeat, if she could have.

So, happy to know that GH did not forget about Diane for the Alexis-Centric episode, but had to work around it? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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REPORT: Days of our Lives Renewal Update: Sony and NBC In Talks, Insiders Optimistic While Show Pauses Production

Every year around this time, Days of our Lives renewal has been its own cliffhanger.  With the show taping episodes so far in advance and wrapping their current season, the series paused production and went dark on April 16th, according to TV Line.

Now comes the waiting game and according to a report from Deadline on Wednesday, NBC and Sony are continuing to be in talks to bring the series back for its 57th season. While no one from any camp is officially commenting on the negotiations, their sources are reporting that things do look optimistic, as of now.

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The report indicates that in anticipation of a renewal, the producers have been making if-come deals with key cast members in the past few weeks and the writing team is said to be hard at work on potential scripts for the new season.

In the past, DAYS’ renewal had taken several months to pan out, because of how the show’s distributor Sony Pictures Television has to adjust its business model to continue the show without going in the red.

Even though over the years DAYS had declined in the linear ratings, there appears to be a commitment by the studio and NBC to find ways to keep it on the air.

So, are you hopeful that DAYS will survive yet another negotiation for renewal? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Kiara Barnes Lands Role On ‘Fantasy Island’ Reboot and Will Exit The Bold and the Beautiful

In casting news today, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Kiara Barnes will be leaving the CBS soap opera for her series regular role in the upcoming reboot of Fantasy Island that will debut this summer on Fox.

According to Deadline, Barnes has landed the role of Ruby Okoro, a young woman with an old soul. She arrives on Fantasy Island with a terminal illness, but Roarke and the island give her a new lease on life.

The Fantasy Island reimagining from the original ABC series, delves into the “what if” questions that keep us awake at night. Each episode will tell emotional, provocative stories about people who walk in with a desire but end up reborn to themselves through the magical realism of Fantasy Island.

According to a show spokesperson as to Barnes’ exit on B&B, she will continue as Zoe in her current story arc until the first week of July.

In a statement, B&B’s executive producer and head writer shared: “It’s been a pleasure having Kiara in the role of Zoe Buckingham on The Bold and the Beautiful. I wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

Kiara debuted as Zoe Buckingham back in 2018.  No word yet if the character will be recast, or somehow exit the canvas.

The actress tweeted on the news: ” Soooo…the cat is officially out of the bag! I’m so excited to be joining the cast for FANTASY ISLAND on FOX!!! I’m so grateful for everyone who made this possible. Dreams really do come true. Continue to believe, and you will receive.  Cheers to a new adventure!”

So, what do you think of Kiara’s new role on the Fantasy Island reboot? Comment below.

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