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Mark Consuelos Exits ‘Riverdale’

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Last night, All My Children alum, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo Santos) made what appears to be his final appearance for now on CW’s soapy drama, Riverdale.

Consuelos departed Riverdale as a series regular on the season 5 finale, after coming on to the show in its second season in the role of villain, Hiram Lodge.

Riverdale executive producer and showrunner, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, shared with Deadline a statement on Consuelos contribution and run on the series: “From the moment Mark joined us, he was up for literally anything, a hundred percent committed to making Archie’s life a living hell. And what’s funny is, Mark couldn’t be more different from Hiram. A classy pro and the sweetest guy, always looking out for everyone. We wish Mark the best and hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Hiram Lodge.

Consuelos offered up these sentiments in a statement on his Riverdale exit: “First and foremost, I would like to thank Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa for this incredible opportunity. Never before has playing a character that was so bad, felt so good. Huge thanks to the Riverdale fandom, to the brilliant crew and amazing cast, whom I consider dear friends and family.”

So, will you miss seeing Mark on Riverdale? Elsewhere, still no word on the “Pine Valley” reboot in which Mark and wife, Kelly Ripa, are two of the executive producers of that many All My Children fans were hoping would come to fruition. Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Hiram isn’t really necessary for Riverdale to go on. The character was basically stuck in a repeat loop of cartoon villainy anyway.

The one thing Riverdale needs to do is… LOSE the damn musical episodes!! They’re not good… and the one last week was especially awful.

Satan, glad to read your commentary here. We are totally in agreement. I have tried to stick with the show since its promising beginnings. But it quickly devolved into one ludicrous plot after another, detouring swiftly away from any semblance of the Archie comics. I tune in very sporadically now.

So glad you brought up the musical episodes. Who is writing this show anyway? A frustrated Broadway star wannabe? Betty has become so vicious and unlikable. Sadly, they are allowing the very public split between Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart to permeate the writing and direction. And they continue to prop up KJ Apa’s Archie by having the character constantly saving lives and the town (usually shirtless), even though the Jughead character is more nuanced and sympathetic, and Sprouse is the best (and most popular) actor of the bunch.

I think they just got “lost” this season. “OK, let’s graduate all the kids from high school, and then jump forward in time about 7 years….” and then WHAT, exactly??

Why was the time jump a good idea?? Who knows, maybe Luke Perry gave them some advice (before his sudden death) about having a show based on high school kids who are actually LONG past high school age… a subject Luke would have known a little something about. I think some of his 90210 cast mates were pushing 40 by the time that show ended!

The whole “Betty vs this year’s serial killer” thing has become as tedious as Veronica’s battles with daddy. At least the latter appears to be over. Though Betty & Jughead… seems like they’re going another direction for now. Had no idea the actors were together off screen, let alone that they split up (don’t follow celebrity gossip much down here in Hell) but that might explain the change in writing there. Not sure why they also split up Veronica & Archie, after finally getting rid of the obstacle of Veronica’s so-called “marriage”. And then they put her with Reggie, for Hell’s sake?? Hell, even in the old Archie comic books, that pairing never worked!

And Cheryl’s maple syrup religious cult…. don’t even get a Devil started on that lunacy! I guess if her cult goes all “Jim Jones” and drinks Kool Aid with maple syrup in it, the worst that can happen is that they all pass out from diabetic comas??

Satan, just a quick reply here to say I agree with your further analysis. Some (most?) of these writing decisions don’t make much sense, believable plotlines or not. Also, with regard to the cult drinking “Kool Aid with maple syrup” leading to “diabetic comas,” I think that is also what happens to the viewers while watching one of theses musical episodes, although vomiting may help…

My sense is that he is leaving a sinking ship.


GH should hire him to play an evil Cassidine. He would be perfect!

Please bring back all my children!!!! We miss it so much!!!

I predict he’ll take over Ryan Seaquest spot on LIVE….Ryan is on work overload & needs to drop something. Just sayin.

I hope so Donna, since I’ve been on “Seacrest Overload” since the start of AMERICAN IDOL. Just don’t get the appeal.

Ryan is young, he can handle the load! He knew what he was up against when he started doing LIVE. He was not there this week because they were taping American Idol

I will miss seeing Mark. I hope he gets another TV role.

The Pine Valley reboot has about as much chance as the proverbial “snowball in hell.” Most potential new shows never make it out of the development stage, and scarce fewer make it to the pilot stage. Don’t get your hopes up.

Personally, I was hoping he would concentrate on bringing PINE VALLEY to fruition. It sounded so definite last Christmas, as if it were happening very soon. It’s been almost a year since the initial announcement was made. The actors involved have all said “oh yes, it’s a real deal, it’s happening!” but I have seen or heard little since. If they don’t get the ball rolling soon, the viewers and the actors will be too old to care – ABC really needed to be more proactive after their long battle to regain character rights (from Prospect Park) – I don’t mind waiting but it’s getting kind of ridiculous. If the project really isn’t moving forward, can’t they just state that?

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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Give Their ‘Talk Show Host’ Daytime Emmy Acceptance Speeches on ‘Live’

During last Friday’s 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, All My Children alums, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, were named as the Outstanding Daytime Series Talk Show hosts for Live with Kelly and Mark.

Those who watched the Emmy broadcast on CBS or streaming on Paramount+ knew that the couple was a no-show when their names were called. On Monday’s episode of ‘Live’, Kelly and Mark addressed their absence and each delivered acceptance speeches.

Consuelos also pointed out that this is his wife’s sixth Daytime Emmy talk show host victory, making her just one shy of tying Oprah Winfrey in the category who has 7.  Throughout her Emmy wins, Ripa has shared the honor with her different co-hosts, but this makes the first Emmy win for Consuelos as co-host.


Kelly and Mark revealed on Emmy night they were actually in London visiting their daughter, Lola and had made the travel plans long ago before this year’s Emmys came around.

When it was time for her to make her speech to the audience and the cameras at home, Kelly shared: “I just want to say, first and foremost, thank you, Mark, for being an incredible, incredible partner. You make it look easy and it is not easy and the ease at which you do this job inspires me and all of us every single day. ” Ripa also went on to thank the producers, EP Michael Gelman, everyone at the show behind the scenes, and the loyal audience at home for watching every single day.

Mark expressed: I would have said, my dad always told me to marry somebody who’s better than you and try to work with people who are way better than you as well. So, I’ve done both those things. So ,thank you. Thank you for holding me up. I appreciate it.”

Watch Kelly and Mark celebrate their Daytime Emmy victory on ‘Live’ below.

Now let us know, happy that Kelly and Mark took home the gold, for their first Emmy season together as co-hosts? Comment below.

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Chrishell Stause, Sam Asghari and Gabby Windey Among Reality Star Cast for ‘Traitors’ Season 3

The upcoming third season cast of Peacock’s Traitors, hosted by Alan Cummings, has been revealed and it includes a plethora of reality stars, including former All My Children, Days of our Lives, and The Young and the Restless star, Chrishell Stause.

Most recently, Stause has been a mainstay of the hit reality-real estate series, Selling Sunset. In addition, Chrishell is also heading down under come July to tape a guest star run on long-running soap Neighbours.

The synopsis for Traitors reads: Alan Cummings “plays host to 21 larger-than-life personalities who come together to compete in a series of missions with the objective of earning a cash prize of up to $250,000. The catch? Hidden amongst the Faithful contestants are the Traitors, whose goal is to eliminate the Faithful and claim the prize for themselves. Under the cover of darkness, the Traitors ‘murder’ contestants one by one, but if the Faithful can banish all the Traitors before the end of the game, they’ll split the incredible prize.”

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The new season will be set in a remote castle in the Scottish Highlands. The cast includes: Britney Spears’ ex-husband Sam Asghari (who also appeared in The Bay), Vanderpump Rules star Tom Sandoval, Bob the Drag Queen from RuPaul’s Drag Race; Dorinda Medley, Robyn Dixon, Dolores Catania and Chanel Ayan from the “Real Housewives” franchise, Ciara Miller from Summer House; Zac Efron’s brother Dylan; former ‘Bachelorette’ Gabby Windey, as well as Wells Adams from “Bachelor Nation.” In addition look for Britney Haynes and Danielle Reyes from Big Brother; plus Survivor stars: Carolyn Wiger, Jeremy Collins, Rob Mariano and Tony Vlachos.

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Traitors is produced by Studio Lambert with Stephen Lambert, Mike Cotton, Sam Rees-Jones, Rosie Franks, Jack Burgess and Tim Harcourt serving as executive producers. No word yet on the release date for season 3.

Check out the cast reveal for season 3 below. Then let us know what you think about the names in the show and if you will be checking out Chrishell and company when it finally streams on Peacock via the comment section.


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Chrishell Stause to Guest Star on Amazon Freevee’s ‘Neighbours’ in New Soap Role

Look. who’s returning to the soaps but this time down under? Chrishell Stause, who before the reality-series Selling Sunset found notoriety on daytime dramas, is set to play a new guest role on the iconic Australian soap, Neighbours.

Stause will play a new character, Yasmine Shields, who is said to be,”a glamorous and successful businesswoman in pursuit of an exciting new opportunity.” Chrishell will make her way to Australia and start filming in July.

Neighbours releases new episodes Monday-Thursday, at 7 a.m. BST, on Amazon Freevee in the UK and the U.S.  Stause is joining the show at the right time as it just received its first Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama Series at the upcoming 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

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In a statement, the former All My Children, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless star, expressed, “I am honored and excited to join such a beloved and iconic show.  Coming from the world of soaps in the U.S., it’s back to my first love in the entertainment industry. They pitched me an idea for a character, and I was immediately excited to figure out a way to make it happen. Ramsay Street here I come!”

Neighbours Executive Producer Jason Herbison said on the casting news, “We are thrilled to welcome Chrishell to the cast of Neighbours. We created a character especially for her and we can’t wait for her to bring the storyline alive. Expect intrigue and surprises – and many implications for the residents of Ramsay Street.”

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As fans know, Stause married her partner, Australian musician G Flip back in 2022, so now she has additional roots on the continent.

Previously on the soaps, Chrishell played the role of Amanda Dillon on All My Children (2005-2011), Bethany Bryant on The Young and Restless (2016) and Jordan Ridgeway on Days of our Lives (2013-2015; and make returns in: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023).

Since leaving the American daytime soaps, Chrishell has received an MTV TV & Movie Award ‘Best Reality Star’ and a People’s Choice nomination for ‘Favorite Reality Star’ for her appearance in Selling Sunset. In 2023 she was recognized by Variety as one of the ‘40 Most Powerful Women in Reality TV’ and by Us Weekly as one of the ‘Top 10 Reality Stars of the Year.’

In February 2022, she released her debut memoir, Under Construction: Because Living My Best Life Took a Little Work. Chrishell is committed to philanthropic endeavors and is a vocal advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights.

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The continuation of the long-running series, Neighbours, is about the lives, loves, and challenges of the residents on Ramsay Street in Erinsborough, Australia, a fictional suburb of Melbourne—picked up two years after the finale in 2022, which was watched by millions of adoring fans.

As well as on Amazon Freevee in the U.S and UK as mentioned above, Neighbours streams on Prime Video in Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Australia’s Network 10 will retain first-run rights in Australia for the new chapter of the series. Previous seasons of Neighbours, as well as over 100 iconic episodes, are currently available to stream on Amazon Freevee.

So, what do you think about Chrishell Stause returning to the soaps with a role on Neighbours? Comment below.

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