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Nathaniel Marston's Mom Shares Memories Of Her Son As Memorial Service Is Held In His Honor

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To read the exclusive story at PEOPLE.com today on the life and struggles of the late Nathaniel Marston makes his passing all the more heartbreaking.  Last Saturday, his former colleagues, friends, family, and mourners gathered together for his memorial service in New York City.  The report on the service noted that those who gave eulogies all remembered how the soap star would envelop everyone he met in his arms.  His longtime co-star, Kathy Brier (Ex-Marcie, OLTL) sang “”Hallelujah,” Nathaniel’s favorite song, as the clergy led a processional of candles.

Nathaniel was most known for his performance as Al Holden and Michael McBain on One Life to Live and as Eddie Silva on As the World Turns.  He died on November 11th after traumatic injuries suffered in a tragic car crash in Nevada.  And as those few weeks went by, Nate’s mother, Elizabeth Jackson updated OLTL and ATWT fans, friends, and colleagues of Nathaniel’s gut-wrenching day-to-day physical status.

At the time of his passing, it is now revealed that Nathaniel was looking for a fresh start in show business after kicking his drug habit that his mother says she believed started in 2003, when he fell from a roof, smashing his heel and breaking his back.  It was at that point he began taking prescription medications.

Jackson noted: “I think the hardest thing for Nathaniel was that he didn’t know how much he was loved. I think because he was an empath that he felt other people’s pain, and that caused him pain … I think he felt people’s spiritual pain, and I think that’s where his demons came from.”   She went on to detail that in 2012, Marston moved to Gerlach, Nevada, after getting clean and found a new life in the rural community where Jackson also lives.

The most ironic and sad part of Jackson’s account said about Martson’s plans for the future: “He was on track, and he was ready to roll. He was ready to go back to pilot season. He said, ‘Mom, I’m gonna buy you a ranch and we’re going to raise the most beautiful cattle that you’ve seen in your life. I finally found something that I love to do beside acting.’ ”

She added: “And he said, ‘and we’re going to get some foster kids and we’re gonna mentor them, and we’re gonna pay it forward because Father God has been so good to us.  I finally get it.”

What do you think about the memories shared by Elizabeth, and this continuing poignant ending of the life of Nathaniel Marston? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Llanviewer717
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What a lovely article and tribute to the amazing Nathaniel. He was very much loved by so many people. Thank you to Elizabeth Johnson for sharing her beautiful son with all of us. May he rest in peace.

Darren
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Darren

Amen well said, RIP Nate.

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Sending light and love to his family and friends. R.I.P. Nathaniel. Thanks for the memories. You are missed.

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i still can not believe this beautiful soul is no longer with us – he seemed like such a gentle giant………..RIP nathaniel

blake
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blake

Oh man what his mother said is not only beautiful but totally true. It does sound like he was sensitive picking up other people’s issues spiritually and that can really cause demons. I totally understand that. It can make you feel like a bad guy or low self esteem and you have to learn how to block most of that.

And I’m glad he was very close with God, that is great.

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Melissa

So tragic, I remember the spark he had with Kathy Brier. I loved the fact that OLTL paired a classic looking leading man-type with a plus-sized beautiful woman. Their real-life affection for each other shone through their characters. It goes to show you the enduring affect actors in soaps can have on the show’s viewers. Even though I had not seen Nathaniel on screen in years, I was still so sad to hear of his passing. RIP Nathaniel.

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Lori Loughlin To Make Holiday Movie For Great American Family

Lori Loughlin (Ex-EON and Full House) will be making a holiday movie for Great American Family. Look for production to start later this year.

The announcement of the upcoming Christas pic follows on the heels of Loughlin’s Fall Into Winter which dropped on January 28th on GAF.

The movie marked Lori’s first romantic comedy screen appearance since serving time in 2020 for her part in the college admissions scandal. She returned to acting after her prison time, and after being let go by the Hallmark Channel in When Hope Calls which was a spinoff of When Calls the Heart.

Bill Abbott, President and CEO of Great American Media had previously shared: “Lori is a genre-defining star that I have had the honor to call a close friend and collaborator for more than 15 years. We have a shared vision for creating meaningful and memorable movies that resonate with our passionate fans, and I look forward to welcoming her back to Great American Family to anchor our 2023 winter programming slate.”

So what do you think of a Lori Loughlin/Great American Family holiday film on the way for later in 2023? Comment below.

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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Sean Kanan’s ‘Studio City’ Scores 13 Indie Series Award Nominations

Nominations were revealed on Wednesday for the upcoming 13th annual Indie Series Awards.  Sean Kanan’s streaming series, Studio City received 13 nominations in various categories.

Studio City’s nominations are fo: Best Drama Series, Sean Kanan, Michel Kanan, and Timothy Woodward, Jr., producers; Best Director in a Drama Series, Timothy Woodward, Jr.; Best Writing in a Drama Series, Michele Kanan, Sean Kanan and Timothy Woodward, Jr., writers; Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Sean Kanan; Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Carolyn Hennesy; Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Tristan Rogers and Justin Torkildsen; Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Natalie Burn and Juliet Vega; Guest Performer in a Drama Series, Lilly Melgar; Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, Outstanding Cinematography in a Drama Series, Pablo Diaz, and Outstanding Editing in a Drama Series, Fady Jeanbart.

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In a statement on Studio City’s 13 nods, Sean Kanan shared: “I am overwhelmed and thankful that our show, which I refer to as the little-engine that could series, has received such support from the Indie Series Awards. Our second season was a collaborative effort of creativity, love of our content, and hard work. We look forward to creating more entertaining series in the future.”

Studio City tells the dramatic and comedic story of Sam Stevens (played by Kanan), a long-time soap opera actor starring in the number two most-watched daytime drama, “Hearts on Fire” as he struggles to keep his top spot on the show, break out of soaps into feature films, and deal with his own complicated life which includes a few dark secrets concerning his past, including an aging step-father, the twisted truth of his paternity, and a daughter that he never knew existed.  Season two consists of six episodes and is available on Amazon Prime.

For the complete list of this year’s Indie Series Award nominations, check them out here.  The Indie Series Awards ceremony will be on Wednesday, April 12th in Burbank, California at The Colony Theatre in Burbank.

What do you think of the nominees from Studio City for the ISA Awards? Let us know in the comment section below.

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