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Michele Lee, Donna Mills & Joan Van Ark Talk Their ‘Sister’ Act and How They’re ‘Knot’ Done Yet

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Who doesn’t love to see a Knots Landing (1979-1993) reunion,  especially when the three major leading ladies from the iconic primetime soap are seen together and step out in public!

Last night, the threesome of Michele Lee (Ex-Karen), Donna Mills (Ex-Abby) and Joan Van Ark (Ex-Valene) appeared in Hollywood at the the Hollywood Bowl The Jose Iturbi Foundation dinner, which promotes classical music to mainstream audiences, and awards grants to musicians, held before its concert.

It was there that these women chatted about their enduring friendship, and of course, missing that infamous cul-de-sac!  In a feature for ABC News via AP, with the fan favorites from ‘Knots’, Van Ark commented: “The truth is that we are, in fact, sisters. And when we’re together, it’s goofy and fun. When we have our three-way conversations, which might be just the three of us, we are truly joined soul-to-soul, heart-to-heart.”   The trio revealed that they always get together for dinner.

Coming up in December is what would be the 40th anniversary of the debut of Knots Landing. When asked if there might be another reunion show, Van Ark remarked that she would hope that Valene, Abby, and Karen would have had some ‘work done’, commenting: “They’ll all have facelifts, I hope.”

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And if that wasn’t funny enough, Joan chimed in that there is a back-up plan if there is no reunion: “It’s a show that were going to call  ‘We’re ‘Knot’ Done Yet.’ And we’re not. We’re not.”

With female empowerment being a huge topic of our time, Donna Mills expressed how ‘badass” the ‘Knots’ gals were for their time: “We were so strong, our characters were so strong, that it was like, ‘Don’t mess with them.'”

So, would you like to see a ‘Knots’ 40th reunion special? Comment below.

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Phil
Phil

Hell yeah to a reunion but NO reboot!

Sandy
Sandy

Yes I would love to have a reunion of all three famous actresses. What about the guys?

Renee Clevenger
Renee Clevenger

YES

su000
su000

I know one !!!!!

The one in the middle is Nina’s mother.

(the others, not a clue..

but- I know one HEH !

davlestev1
davlestev1

The one on the right is the first Gloria Fisher Y&R. Michael and Kevins mom.

Lynne Stone
Lynne Stone

YES!!! PLEASE BRING THEM BACK!!

Rodd
Rodd

A well-done reunion would be terrific!

Kevin C
Kevin C

Knots was my favorite of all the nighttime soaps back in the day…Would love to have like a TV movie but like Phil said, NO reboot…BTW, I want Nicollette Sheridan with them…

Phil
Phil

Knots was my favorite too, followed closely by Melrose Place lol!

Kevin C
Kevin C

I also liked Melrose Place…You have good taste Phil, lol.

clb
clb

WOW! The Knots trio of Michele Lee, Donna Mills, and Joan Van Ark are still hot as ever. Watched the show with my mom in the 80s and would love to see a reunion show only. It is time to catch up with one of CBS’s best nighttime dramas along with Dallas and Falcon Crest. Bring them back. Miss Donna on General Hospital! Miss the late Julie Harris.

Mary
Mary

Yes

Jimh
Jimh

They should do a stage act together spoofing their characters, Hollywood ect…it could be a hoot..call it Nuts Landing-lol

Channing Capwell
Channing Capwell

Please come back

Troy Garcia
Troy Garcia

I would love to see a Knots Landing reunions I love Miss Donna Mills Abby Ewing and the rest of the cast please bring it back I will definitely watch this one

Jeff
Jeff

Yes. Yes. And more yes!

Mary Kopp
Mary Kopp

Absolutely love to see it back. I would love to see the ‘old’ shows …they repeat everything else, why not Knots, Original DALLAS and Falcon Crest. I remember watching all three and loving them!

Boop
Boop

Dallas and Knots didn’t do well when they tried to show them years later as repeats.

Donna L Defiore
Donna L Defiore

Yes! Knots landing is my favorite TV show of all time. I would love to see the girls from the cul-de-sac again.

mike
mike

best written prime time soap ever

Adam
Adam

My all time favorite show! I would love a reunion!!!

Gary Richard Collins II
Gary Richard Collins II

Yes, all we need now are Kevin Dobson & Ted Shackelford.

Sherry Grimes
Sherry Grimes

I would love to see a “Knots” 40th reunion special. I was an avid fan of “Knots Landing” for the entire 14-year run, not allowing anyone to disturb me at 10:00 on Thursday nights. It was the best of all the popular night-time soaps that were on at the time. The show made you care about the characters and anxiously anticipate what was going to happen next in the cul-de-sac. I still miss the show and wish that all 14 seasons would come out on DVD. I have the first two seasons (that’s all there are), but things only got better after that. It isn’t fair to the show’s many fans to leave us hanging out here ready to lay down our money to relive those memorable episodes. So glad to know that these ladies are still such good friends and are making nostalgic public appearances. Please come to Indiana!

Rita Loney
Rita Loney

Yes I would watch a reunion of Knots Landing. I loved that show and those girls!

Rosie
Rosie

Absolutely, I would love to see a reunion.

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‘Desperate Housewives’ Livestream Reunion On Tap

Look who is reconnecting and reuniting for a special online reunion this coming Sunday? Several of the women from Wisteria Lane from the popular ABC primetime soap, Desperate Housewives that ran from 2004-2012.

Taking part in this latest reunion during the Coronavirus pandemic will be: Eva Longoria (Ex-Gabriella), Marcia Cross (Ex-Bree), Brenda Strong (Ex-Mary Alice), Vanessa Williams (Ex-Renee) and Dana Delaney (Ex-Katherine) on Sunday April 12th beginning at 8PMET.

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The actresses are coming together as part of the livestream episodes at Stars in the House, the series hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley to raise donations for The Actors Fund COVID-19 efforts.

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You can watch the Desperate Housewives livestream either at the Stars in the House website or via YouTube. 

So, will you be checking out the latest reunion one of your all-time favorite soaps be it primetime or daytime? Comment below.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Memoir ‘Nothing General About It’ Goes Nationwide Today

Today is the day! After months of fans eagerly awaiting the nationwide release of two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital) moving and insightful memoir, it’s finally available in book stores and online everywhere.

According to the publisher HarperCollins: The memoir Nothing General About It, looks back to Maurice’s youth in a small town and his tenuous relationship with his father. He describes how his bipolar disorder began to surface in childhood, how he struggled to understand the jolting mood swings he experienced, and how a doctor finally saved his life. For years Maurice was relentless in his goal to be a successful actor. But even after he “made it,” he still grappled with terrifying lows, breakdowns, and setbacks, all while trying desperately to maintain his relationship with his wife, who endured his violent, unpredictable episodes. Maurice holds nothing back as he bravely talks about what it was like to be medicated and institutionalized, and of how he learned to manage his manic episodes while on the set of GH. 

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Nothing General About It is also an incredible love story about an enduring marriage that demonstrates what those vows—for better, for worse, in sickness and in health—truly mean. Maurice also pays tribute to the community that has been there for him through thick and thin, and ruminates on the importance of both inherited and created family.  A shocking, riveting, and utterly candid memoir of love, adversity, and ultimately hope, Nothing General About It offers insights and advice for everyone trying to cope with mental illness, and is a motivational story that offers lessons in perseverance—of the importance of believing in and fighting for yourself through the darkest times.  Nothing General About It includes a 16-page insert featuring approximately 50 photographs.”

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Benard posted on his Instagram on Tuesday the following message to all: “I’m so proud to have done something I would’ve never imagined I could do. The kid who barely graduated from high school, less likely to succeed. I want to thank everybody in the book, My mom and dad my brother General Hospital,Sue black all my friends and of course my wife Paula. To the great team Harper Collins for believing in me and working incredibly hard. There still working incredibly hard during these times. What a ride!!!”

So will you be checking out Nothing General About It and showing your love and support for Maurice? Comment below.

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Popstar! TV Serves Up A Twist For Daytime Emmy Digital Drama Series Competition With ‘Evil Touch’ & ‘Death Squad’

This year the 47th annual Daytime Emmys competition features a crowded and mostly dramatic field of contenders in the burgeoning Outstanding Digital Drama Series category.  Over the years, this category has featured digital series that feature notable stars past or present from your favorite daytime dramas over the years from The Bay to After Forever.

Now comes two offerings and contenders from Associated Television International that are certainly not the usual suspects one would come to expect when voting for the different series in the running … for they have a significant horror-genre, superhero, or even one might say CW-type series bent to them. Both series have made it through into the Daytime Emmy blue ribbon round of voting.

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Both Evil Touch and Death Squad are the series that are competing in the Outstanding Digital Drama Series and Outstanding Directing Team for a Digital Drama Series categories.  The shows both are seen exclusively on Popstar! TV – the only independent digital network producing original dramas.

But wait! When delving into the cast of Evil Touch we found some familiar faces to daytime!  Featured in it are: Daniel Covin (Ex-Hunter – Prospect Park’s All My Children reboot), Alicia Leigh Willis (Ex- Courtney, General Hospital, and Erik Fellows (Ex- Days and currently Damian in The Bay ).

Evil Touch is a horror -genre fish-out-of-water story with a demonic possession angle. It begins with a group of students from a small American college on a religious studies tour with their professor when they become stranded in the middle of nowhere. Seeking help in the village, they soon discover that there is something very strange and menacing about this place and its inhabitants. Before they know it, they find themselves captives and they learn that the villagers aren’t the only threat.

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As for Death Squad that is in-line with some of the recent popular zombie series  ( i.e. Walking Dead) that have become so popular these days.  In it, members of a team of private contractors, all former soldiers who served together in Iraq are hired by a shadowy businessman to go into a former Soviet bio-weapons lab that has been re-purposed for advanced research and development. The team has few details when they enter the facility and begin searching for the lead scientist. Viewers quickly learn that something went very wrong in the lab, and as it turns out, it’s biggest threat is that most of the lab workers have been turned into the living dead.

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Clearly, these two shows are vastly different from the love stories, familial dramas and relationship-driven types of fare that often compete in the digital drama categories at the Daytime Emmys.  Since they both have made into the blue-ribbon round; is it further proof that daytime and digital television is getting on-board with the horror genre, too?

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So, will there be a spot for some seat-jumping, horror-filled, adventure type of series when the nominations are revealed for the 47th annual Daytime Emmys?  (As fans know, the Daytime Emmys originally scheduled for June have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  NATAS has said that is currently exploring options for this year as how to and when they might present the awards.  As for when the nominations will be announced, we will bring you the updated information once it has become available as judging is currently underway.)

Now below, check out episode 3 of Evil Touch and Death Squad and then let us know via the comment section below what you thought of them.

 

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