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LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! With Laura Wright, Jason Thompson, Michael Easton, Maurice Benard, Stacy Haiduk & Kim Zimmer

If you missed Thursday night’s season premiere of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman it was a broadcast full of surprises, fun, and intriguing intel as some of the biggest names in the soap opera genre helped kick-off the series 2018 run of episodes.

Joining Michael in-studio as guest co-host was General Hospital’s Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos).  The show began with a guest call-in to surprise Laura, which was revealed to be daytime drama icon, and four-time Daytime Emmy winner, Kim Zimmer (Ex-Reva) of Guiding Light.  Laura and Kim worked together on the beloved CBS soap where they played sisters.  Kim expressed how much she enjoys checking out General Hospital and the actors performances she has loved watching which included: Max Gail (Mike), and the recently exited Nelle (Chloe Lanier), among others.  Michael, Laura, and Kim bantered on the actresses time on GL and more.

Next, GH’s Michael Easton (Finn) joined the show where he discussed the release of his upcoming 20th anniversary edition of his book 18 Straight Whiskeys, working on GH opposite Finola Hughes (Anna) and Jessica Tuck (Cassandra).  During his segment, Michael Fairman asked Easton to play a game show segment he prepared for him, which was called, “Michael, Who Said That?” In it, Michael Easton had to guess which one of his many soap characters was he portraying in the scene in the audio clip, and it made for one of the highlights of the night.

Calling in from New York City was Stacy Haiduk, who is about to make her debut this week on the August 21st of Days of our Lives as Susan Banks, replacing Eileen Davidson in the role.  Susan is back on the canvas just as John and Marlena’s wedding is about to begin.  The question is: Will more of Davidson’s roles be played by Haiduk during her upcoming rum on the show?  We chatted with Stacy about working on DAYS, and taking over the one-of-a-kind role of Susan made soap-famous by Emmy winner, Davidson.

Then, The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott) was our special guest in the studio.  Jason talked about Billy’s latest stumble back into his gambling addiction, Phyllis’ fling with Nick, and if Billy will be able to resist the seduction attempts by Phyllis’ daughter, Summer on upcoming episodes.  Jason fielded several questions from fans who called-in to chat with him during his segment.  As well, throughout the broadcast, several listeners were able to get through the busy phone lines to pose a question to our guests.

Michael surprised the listeners with none other than Maurice Benard (Sonny) of General Hospital as the last guest on the show.  Maurice was celebrating his 25th anniversary as Sonny on the ABC daytime drama series.  With Maurice, some of the funniest moments of the night occurred when Jason and Laura recounted what happened the first time they met him.  Maurice also expressed that this past week, he taped some of his most favorite scenes of all-time, and Laura said they have been very emotional.  As announced, look for a special Sonny-centric episode in September in honor of Benard’s 25 years as Port Charles’ top mobster.

Finally, one lucky caller won a pair of tickets to the GH Fantasy Event in Atlanta, Georgia, during our game show trivia segment, when he had the correct answers (with an assist from Jason Thompson) to the questions.

Now, click on the play button at the top left of the player at the top of this post, and hear the replay of the Soap Nation Live! Season Premiere with Laura Wright, Kim Zimmer, Michael Easton, Stacy Haiduk, Jason Thompson, and Maurice Benard.

If you want to hear past episodes of the show, click here.

Let us know in the comment section below what was your favorite part of the season premiere.

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I hope the Sonny-centric episode shows A LOT of flashbacks from the early 90’s with Brenda, Stone, “Clink-Boom,” etc. When General Hospital was “must-see” and watchable, IMO.

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Me too would love watching the flashbacks

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Loved the season premiere. Thanks. Michael Easton was so genuine. Loved Kim Zimmer. I used to watch Guiding Light in High School (before the show’s budget cuts). Loved Jason Thompson. I knew all of the answers to the “Sonny” questions! It was fun listening.

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Yes, so great to hear Kim Zimmer “Reva” again!

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So glad you had Kim Zimmer on! Especially to talk about Guiding Light. They were perfect as sisters Reva and Cassie.

Happy you had Stacy Haiduk on also. Stacy is really killing it as Susan Banks! She fit in as Susan and with the cast from the get go! She has the look, speech and mannerism of Eileen’s Susan, it’s remarkable. She’s brought much more life to Days, along with Ron C.’s great writing and storytelling.

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Briana Lane Wraps Her Run As Brook Lynn On General Hospital

Monday’s episode of General Hospital brought with it the last episode of Briana Lane in the role of Brook Lynn Quartermaine. Lane took over the role while Amanda Setton was on maternity leave.

In story, Brook Lynn tells her father, Ned she needs some distance and is leaving town, so she is heading to Bensonhurst.  She tells Valentin, she is leaving Port Charles and he wishes her luck,  But hold the phone! After Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) exits Brook Lynn pulls out a pregnancy test!  Is she preggers with Valentin’s bi0-child?  Guess the story will play out when Amanda Setton returns.

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Lane took to her Twitter account to thank the fans and GH for being part of the show even if it was short-lived, expressing: Last day on #GH Effortlessly talented captain of the ship @valentinifrank ,goddess  @lisalocicerogh, guiding light @wallykurth … still had tears in my eyes from Wally + I’s last scene as father + daughter. TY to everyone for all the sweet responses, goodbyes + wishes tonight!!”

Prior to that, Lane shared an additional message on her departure: “Playing the role of Brook Lynn Quartermaine on @GeneralHospital has been an absolute joy + honor. Feel lucky to have been surrounded by such a gifted cast, kind crew + passionate producers these past 4 months + it’s an experience that I will always hold close to my heart.  And HUGE thank you to all the fans who have been so welcoming to the new kid! Your support has meant the world. Passing the baton back to beautiful + mega talented Amanda Setton. Looking forward to watching what will definitely be a new and exciting chapter for BLQ!”

So, check out Briana’s tweeted below, then let us know if you will miss her in the role of Brook Lynn, and if you think the character will be pregnant when they bring Brook Lynn back when Amanda Setton returns via the comment section.

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Tyler Christopher Shares “After a Near Death Experience … I’m Ready to Start Over Again and Get Back to Work”

Daytime Emmy winner, Tyler Christopher, took to his Instagram account to let his fans. former colleagues, and friends know that he is headed back to California to continue his acting career and get back to what he loves to do most – turn in those amazing performance that soap audiences have come to know during his runs as Nikolas Cassadine on General Hospital and Stefan O DiMera on Days of our Lives.

In his post Christopher explained:Coming back to California. Miss you friends. After a near death experience in December, doesn’t matter. I’m ready to start over again and get back to work. Can’t wait to see you all!”

Tyler had moved to Indiana, and as had been reported he had struggles with his battles for sobriety, and ultimately his wife Brienne Pedrigo filed for divorce.

 

Now, turning the page and creating a new chapter in his life, Tyler is looking forward to being back in Hollywood, and his friends and co-stars are definitely rooting him on including: Greg Vaughan (Ex-Lucky, GH Ex-Eric, DAYS) who shared, “Let’s GO” while GH’s Maura West (Ava) sent him a comment full of hearts, and the former Steven Lars of GH, Scott Reeves, expressed, “Amen bro! Happy for you.”

Check out Tyler’s post below.  Then let us know, where you would like to see Tyler next … on a soap, film, daytime, primetime? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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Legendary ‘Jeopardy!’ Host, Alex Trebek Dies After Battle With Pancreatic Cancer

Heartbreaking news for everyone today as the beloved multi-Daytime Emmy winning host of Jeopardy!, Alex Trebek, has died at the age of 80 following a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer.

Trebek passed away Sunday morning surrounded by loved ones and died at his home, according to a spokesperson

The game show has announced that Alex hosted episodes will air through December 25th and that his last day tape day in the studio was October 29th.  Trebek became host of the show with its revival back in 1984.

 

Alex went public about his condition in March 2019, and consistently updated fans on his health via social media, on episodes of Jeopardy!, and through  frequent interviews.  While he was under contract until 2022, the iconic host continued to tape episodes as he said it helped him cope with his illness, along with the interactions with the players on the show and his enduring fans.

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Having won the Daytime Emmy seven times as Outstanding Game Show Host as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, those were only some of the big moments in his career, for Trebek also is in the Guinness Book of World Records for hosting more than 8,200 Jeopardy!, the most ever for a single game show.

Mike Richards, the current executive producer of the game show said in a statement: “This is an enormous loss for the Jeopardy! staff, crew and all of Alex’s millions of fans. He was a legend of the industry that we were all lucky to watch night after night for 37 years. Working beside him for the past year and a half as he heroically continued to host Jeopardy! was an incredible honor. His belief in the importance of the show and his willingness to push himself to perform at the highest level was the most inspiring demonstration of courage I have ever seen. His constant desire to learn, his kindness, and his professionalism will be with all of us forever.”

Meanwhile, heartfelt condolences and grief are being shared all over social media today on Trebek’s passing from celebrities such as: Ellen DeGeneres, Viola Davis, Ryan Reynolds, John Legend and more, and most of all, from former contestants and beloved fans of the series.

Share your thoughts and condolences on the loss of Alex Trebek via the comment section below.  But first, watch this moment from the November 6th episode of Jeopardy! that illustrates the impact Alex had on people’s lives.

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