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Knots Landing Stars Donna Mills and Joan Van Ark On Oprah: Where Are They Now?

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OWN’s series Oprah: Where Are They Now? tracks down the “Oprah” show guests who made you laugh.  .. and made you cry with a glimpse inside the lives of the biggest newsmakers and most memorable celebrities of all time.

In an all-new episode airing this Sunday June 15th at 9:00PM ET/PT, it’s a Knots Landing reunion when the former cul-de-sac battling blondes of Donna Mills and Joan Van Ark appear together for a candid chat, plus segments with former soap heartthrob and Antonio Sabato, Jr., and another with Candy Spelling, the family matriarch famous for her 38-year marriage to legendary producer Aaron Spelling, and who recently made headlines for her public feuds with daughter Tori are a part of the broadcast.

On Oprah: Where Are They Now?, Joan Van Ark and Donna Mills (who plays Madeleine on General Hospital), reunite to reveal the truth about their enduring off-camera friendship with an inside look at how they live their lives today and in this clip after the jump they discuss their views on plastic surgery!

Will you be checking out Donna and Joan this weekend? Do you miss them as Abby and Val on KL?  Let us know!

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jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Knots Landing, Dallas, and Peyton Place were my top 3 primetime serials…i hate to sound harsh but some aging stars need to stay away from botox because in most cases the results are not very flattering…

su0000
su0000

It’s the lips.. they get too much in lips..
When their top lip does not move it is plumped..

ALL senior soaps stars have work, even some of the men..

I once worked for a plastic surgeon and I can spot work done from 10 paces lol ..

smoochie
smoochie

I still work in the field. IMO Joan’s case it’s not just lips.)she has had several extremely bad rhinoplasties, eye work, (the “starry eyed” look eyes and lifts are the most obvious) botox, juvederm, besides face lift. Donna has had some work done, but not as much ; she probably does botox, juvederm, had some eye work, perhaps brow lift and neck work but certainly not going overboard.
Women and men in general, young or old not necessarily celebrities either who are addicted to facial work don’t see themselves as we do – People’s individual features go away and their faces turn into a one size fits all rubbery looking mask.- Eventually eyes and lips all look the same. It’s so rampant that you might say it is a production line prototype for people to see what they will ultimately look like after having too much plastic surgery. You made a statement that all senior soap stars have work done. You should preface that as it’s just your opinion, because you don’t know that for a fact.

Cindy
Cindy

Why on earth do these beautiful women keep carving themselves up like this? And no, for all the haters, I am not being mean. I find it incredibly sad. And if I’d made such a mess of my face as Joan I sure would not be putting it in front of a camera again, no matter how much $$ someone waved in my face. Pathetic and sad to see this.

Shay
Shay

This is so true, jimh….I really don’t care what people do to themselves, it is their personal business, except when their face is plastered on an HD, bigscreen TV it does give the viewer a right to comment. Some celebs have had very successful tweaks that provide a more youthful appearance and that is fine….Donna Mills, for example…you can tell she has done some subtle work, but when the camera is close-up, she still looks like herself, albeit a bit older than her KL days….which is fine…she is lovely and vibrant, and I have immensely enjoyed her stint at GH. However, when someone completely overdoes the plastic surgery and injections to the extent that they look like they belong in a freak show, then it is almost impossible to enjoy their work….it affects the quality of the program and the acting…..like one current cast member of GH who shall remain nameless. I really wish they would just get her off my screen.

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

Joan Van Ark looks horrible in this clip. What in the world has happened to her face?

su0000
su0000

Her face did well, it is the lips..
the lips make one change appearance more than other work..
It takes a very good rare surgeon to do lips to look near natural..

Melissa
Melissa

I do so miss Donna Mills and Jone Van Ark. They are such good actresses. I hope that there can somehow be a reunion of Knots Landing.

Donna
Donna

Someone needs to produce a brand new Knots Landing with our favorites and some great new talent just like Dallas did. That’s a formula that works well.

Melissa
Melissa

Donna, I agree.

Patrick
Patrick

at the very least…

release the rest of Knots Landing…. i’d buy it

I understand they stopped after season 3

geez! in this day and age… to find quality material…. to watch

it’d be a Knots feast

janet
janet

Knots Landing was my only nighttime soap. Loved it. I will watch. I agree with jmh(leave it to beaver).I have never seen any of the beautiful actors who went this way, that are still beautiful. They actually look weird. What is so bad about getting old? there is only one alternative. Death. Sure we would all love to stay looking 25, but what they end up looking like is a lot different.

Paul in LA
Paul in LA

To Barbara in Atlanta and others who feel the need to publicly post comments criticizing appearance … does it occur that these are real live people with real feelings and who likely read what is written about them online? It is so unnecessary and unkind. Sure, they are public personalities and we may not feel that they look the way we think they should today, but is that any reason to only post some negative comment about someone’s appearance? Imagine how YOU would feel if you posted YOUR photo and all of us commented on what WE think of the way you look. You might think twice before posting “mean girl” comments next time. Just sayin …

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I know…i feel bad for commenting about stars appearances myself…but i have…imo…a good reason for it…ive often been critcized for my appearances since early childhood…everyting from my clothes, looks ect.,…schoolmates were so horrible that a few said i wouldve been better off if i wasnt born…even a teacher had made harsh remarks…in recent years i tried to cover up a medical problem and my own relatives make jokes about it…this all started decades ago and it continues to this day even publically…so YES, i have the experience to know what it feels like…thats why i said i wish aging stars should stay away from botox because most results arent flattering and i know the harsh things people will say because iv experienced the same harshness for over 50 years!!!

Paul in LA
Paul in LA

I’m sorry you have experienced this. Hopefully your bad experience helps you, more than anyone, understand why commenting on other people’s appearance is neither kind nor helpful. All it does is hurt their feelings.

k/kay
k/kay

I absolutely loved Knots Landing the baby storyline on Valene’s twins should have won Joan Van Ark an emmy. The comment that JVA said about it being the norm is right Welcome to Hollywood and what is so funny is some of your best actors and actresses are just regular looking Joes. Can you say Jack Nicholson & Kathy Bates.

Shay
Shay

@jimh….In general, kids are brats, especially when grouped up in school. It’s universal, and they delight in bullying anyone who doesn’t fit the norm, whether good or bad in nature. I happened to be blessed with a stylish, glam mother who loved to dress me in the latest and most beautiful fashions from the time I was born, and this didn’t go down well with my classmates. They did everything in their power to torture me, and depending upon the year in question, some of the teachers were not much better…many thought their job description included being a social arbiter-they wanted nothing more than “cookie cutter kids” to make their work easier. Fortunately, those early life experiences made me stronger and more determined….I never let it bother me, probably because of wonderful parenting, but I’m just trying to say that being different and an individual is not always easy, but it makes life much more interesting and satisfying. As a matter of fact, the very things that made me a target in my early years made me extremely popular later on in college, yet because of those formative lessons, I was able to handle that end of the stick just as ably. What matters most is what you think of yourself because in the end you are the one who has to live with that person!!!!!!

Charday
Charday

Paul, you make a very good and appropriate point in your post.

MelissaMelissa
MelissaMelissa

Well put Paul…

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Norman Bates mother had work done on her and she didn’t look good either. I was expecting Vera Miles to walk in and scream!

mfarrs70
mfarrs70

Donna Mills was fabulous as psycho socialite Madeline Reeves aka Magda Westbourne on ‘General Hospital’ earlier this year. Hope they can get her to come back again!

Johnny
Johnny

Donna should REALLY give Joan her plastic surgeon’s number!!

Iakovos
Iakovos

Loved KNOTS LANDING. Not sure I love measures taken here to look young. No shame in aging as we were intended. There is vitality and vibrancy from within. How about we embrace that as a culture?

Charles B
Charles B

I remember Donna’s performance in Play Misty for Me with Clint Eastwood. How time flies! Loved watching these two ladies on Knots. Maybe they can visit TNT’s version of Dallas.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Im hoping DM returns to GH for more guest appearances, especially in scenes with Dr.O…strange how so many villians get away with their crimes but not Madelyn…i still want flashbacks showing Silas and Nina before Ninas coma!!!

Donna
Donna

Seriously, they need to create a new Knots Landing. Call it, Knots Landing the Next Generation (or something like that). Have some of our KL favorites and bring on some great new talent just like they did on Dallas. I know I would be tuning in.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nina Has a Feeling She Has ‘A Daughter Out There’

The latest promo for this week’s episodes of General Hospital has been released and from the looks of it – and a key episode set to air on Wednesday April 8th – the mystery surrounding if Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) biological daughter is alive, and if so who is it, looks to be kicking into high gear.

There is that necklace that Nina is looking at in the promo, Nelle (Chloe Lanier) who seemingly now is being given an opportunity to work with Nina thus getting closer to her who notices the necklace, and then there is Willow (Katelyn MacMullen), who many have thought could actually be Nina’s daughter given their original tense relationship.

And coming up on Wednesday, look for a special episode where the show looks at Carly’s (Laura Wright) past with her adoptive parents Frank and Virginia Benson before she came to Port Charles in 1996.

Look for Eden McCoy (Josslyn) to play a young Carly, Cynthia Watros to play Virginia, James Patrick Stuart to play Valentin, and Willa Rose to play a young Nelle.  What will we learn from that episode?

Now below watch the latest teaser from GH, and let us know if you think Nina will finally figure out who her real bio-daughter is via the comment section below.

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Happy 57th Anniversary Today to General Hospital

ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital turns 57 today, and remains the current longest-running soap opera on the air.  GH debuted back on April 1, 1963.

The show was created by the husband-and-wife team of Frank and Doris Hursley.  Originally, the soap was not given a name of a particular town in which the drama of the hospital was set in.  However, that all changed in the 1970’s when GH was set in Port Charles.

GH expanded from a 30-minute show to a 45-minute show on July 26, 1976 and eventually went to a full-hour where it has remained back on January 16, 1978.

Throughout its decades on the air, GH was the impetus for two spin-offs; Port Charles, (which aired from 1997-2003) and primetime’s GH: Night Shift (2007-2008),

The show went through many ups and downs over its history, but things changed dramatically for the better, when by the end of the 1970’s and facing cancellation, ABC brought in executive producer, Gloria Monty to steer the ship.  Monty created supercouple Luke and Laura played by Tony Geary and Genie Francis, and opened the show up with exciting location shoots, and from then on GH has remained a firm mainstay in the daytime line-up.

Today, Frank Valentini is the series executive producer, and the soap is co-written by the head writing team of Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten.

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Share your congratulations and well-wishes to the cast, crew, and creatives at General Hospital for 57 years of drama, romance and intrigue via the comment section below.

But first, vote in our poll for your favorite storyline or moment of all-time on GH.  If your favorite is not one of the choices listed in the poll, let us know in the comment section which is your favorite, or if you voted for one of the selections, let us know why, too! 

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General Hospital to Air Encore Episodes On ‘Flashback Fridays’ To Help Stretch Out Originals During COVID-19 Shutdown

With the coronavirus changing our lives every today, and a return to production in the air for so many TV series, General Hospital will now air four new episodes a week to stretch out the remaining episodes they have banked before the COVID-10 pandemic forced soap opera production to come to a full work stoppage.

Now, starting this Friday, om the April 6th, the ABC daytime drama series w will air repeat episodes every Friday through May 22.

These encore presentations will be called “Flashback Fridays,” and each episode will feature an introduction from a  General Hospital cast member.

To kick things off, this Friday, the series will air a repeat of last year’s 56th-anniversary episode, with an  intro by Laura Wright. GH fans will recall that episode centered around the reading of the late Gail Baldwin’s will.

According to The Wrap:  :At the time of the production break, the ABC soap had enough episodes pre-taped to carry originals into May.”

Tomorrow on April 1st, will also mark GH’s 57th anniversary.

So what do you think of the plan to stretch out original episodes bu adding in one encore a week; until GH can get back to producing more episodes? Comment below?

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Knots Landing favorites: Joan Van Ark (Valene), Michele Lee (Karen) and Donna Mills (Abby)  chat with Michael Fairman in honor of Knots Landing’s 40th anniversary. Leave A Comment

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