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OLTL, AMC and GL Favorites At 10th Annual Stars and Strikes – Photo Gallery!

Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

This past Sunday on October 13th, One Life to Live’s Jerry verDorn (Clint), and Guiding Light and Venice favorite Liz Keifer (Ex-Blake) once again hosted their annual Daytime Stars and Strikes event for the tenth time!  The staple event benefitting the American Cancer Society was held again at the Bowlmor Lanes in Times Square New York City!

And boy, did it bring out the stars from the east coast from the missing in action One Life to Live, All My Children, and the beloved Guiding Light and more …  all for a good cause.

Many friends of verDorn’s, cast members past and present, participated in the bowling event and took to the lanes including: OLTL’s  Robert S. Woods, Kelly Missal, Ron Raines, Barbara Garrick, Ryan Cooper, Patrick J. Gibbons, Tom Degnan, Terri Conn and Austin Peck,  Lenny Platt, Ilene Kristen, Gina Tognoni, Thom Christopher, Timothy J. Stickney, Sean Ringgold, Austin Williams and Tonja Walker. Plus,  AMC’s  Daniel Covin,  Guiding Light’s Grant Aleksander, Michael O’Leary, Elvera Roussell, Denice Pence, Robert Newman, Orlagh Cassidy, Michelle Ray Smith, and former GL writer Jill Lorie Hurst.  In addition, former Y&R star David Tom, Tainted Dreams, AMC and former OLTL star, Michael Lowry, and many more showed up to lend their support!  For info on the event and the charity, go to the Stars and Strikes website here!

Now after the jump, check out the photo gallery with our special captions of some of the images featuring many of your favorites at the 10th Annual Stars and Strikes event!  So good to see so many wonderful faces from Llanview and Springfield!  So, who are you missing the most from your television or computer screens after reviewing the pics? Let us know!

To view the gallery you can either view as a slideshow, or to go to the next group of images hit the NEXT GROUP icon to the right of the + sign

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Photo Credit : Sue Coflin/Max Photos

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I LOVE these pics! Thanks for sharing these, MF!

louisa
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Miss all these people!

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Great photos. It’s terrific to see everyone. Thanks so much for sharing.

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thank you for these awesome pics!

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I was there! It was great!! In the pic of Daniel Covin and Ryan Cooper, if you look at Daniel’s left hand he has on a black bracelet, i gave that to him!!

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I love seeing the Guiding Light cast. They look so great and look like they are doing very well.

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Awesome EVENT!!! Anyone in the NYC Metro area who loves OLTL or GL, you really missed out. Been there 3 of the last 4 years. So much fun. Where else can you meet 25+ Soap stars for such a low admission….and going to a great cause. Met Robert S Woods, Tonja Walker and Austin Peck for the first time. I guess the person I miss seeing on a Soap the most I a tie….Gina Tognoni and Terri Conn. They are both so sincere and so cool (in their own ways). Need to send a special thanks as well to Robin… Read more »

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PS: Should have linked ATWT with Conn, Peck and Degnan there, bigger turnout than AMC

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NBC Celebrates Carol Burnett’s 90th Birthday with Retrospective Special Featuring Susan Lucci and More Celebrity Guests

The beloved Carol Burnett will get the star-studded affair treatment for her 90th birthday when NBC airs Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love.

The two-hour special career retrospective will air Wednesday, April 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and will stream the next day on Peacock. The special is set to be filmed at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles.

The evening will include musical performances from Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Jane Lynch, Katy Perry, Kristin Chenoweth and more.

Special guests include: Aileen Quinn, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Bob Mackie, Cher, Ellen DeGeneres, Julie Andrews, Kristen Wiig, Laura Dern, Lily Tomlin, Marisa Tomei, Sofia Vergara, Steve Carell, Tracee Ellis Ross, Vicki Lawrence, and many more.

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One very special guest for soap fans will be that of Susan Lucci (ex-Erica Kane, All My Children).  As everyone knows, Carol Burnett was a huge fan of All My Children and Lucci, and eventually got a part written just for her when she appeared not once, but three times throughout the daytime drama’s run on ABC as Verla Grubbs.  The character turned out to the daughter of Langley Wallingford (the late Louis Edmonds).  Burnett appeared in Pine Valley in 1983, 1995, and 2005.

In a statement on the big soiree’, Burnett shared: “I’m so excited NBC decided to throw me a birthday party and invited all of my closest friends. I can’t wait to look back at so many wonderful moments throughout my career, I feel so lucky to share this night with everyone.”

“This special is going to be the best party ever,” said Mark Bracco, executive producer and president of Silent House Productions. “It will be an evening of music, comedy and dozens of big stars paying tribute to the one and only Carol Burnett.  We look forward to everyone at home celebrating right along with us.”

Viewers will see some of the funniest and most memorable moments of Burnett’s legendary career including moment from the acclaimed sketch comedy series The Carol Burnett Show.

So, looking forward to the special honoring Carol Burnett’s legendary career? Hope they bring up her role as Verla on AMC? For now, check out this scene featuring Carol, Ruth Warrick (Phoebe) and Louis Edmonds from All My Children, and let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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TONIGHT: AMC Alum Jonathan Bennett in Hallmark’s First LGBTQ+ Led Rom-Com ‘The Holiday Sitter’

In Hallmark’s first holiday movie offering featuring a same-sex love story at its epicenter, Jonathan Bennett (ex-JR Chandler, All My Children) not only stars, but is the project’s executive producer.  And, on Sunday night, when The Holiday Sitter premieres at 8 p.m. EST, it’s a big deal.

After much outcry for Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas programming block to be more inclusive, the channel is now poised to be on the right side of history.

The set-up of this ‘meet-cute’ rom-com goes something like this: Sam (Bennett) who is a workaholic has to ditch his Hawaiian holiday plans when he is asked to watch his sister’s children (his niece and nephew).  However, when Sam becomes overwhelmed, he gets a helping hand from his sister’s neighbor, Jason played by George Krissa. And within a blink of an eye, Sam and Jason find they are both unattached and attracted to each other, and Christmas becomes a lot brighter for the two of them.

As for Bennett, he previously appeared in Hallmark’s 2020 film, The Christmas House which was the channel’s first holiday movie to include a same-sex storyline. He later returned to that role in last year’s sequel The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls.

Bennett told USA Today on tonight’s milestone Hallmark holiday tale: “What’s so special about The Holiday Sitter is that it’s the first time we’ll see two men meet-cute and fall in love at Christmas. We tell a story that’s really important, so people that are watching it feel seen when they watch it. But just like Christmas is for everybody, The Holiday Sitter is for everybody… It just happens to have two men as the lead.”

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Hallmark Media’s Executive Vice-President, Lisa Hamilton told Deadline: “We felt that it was time for a story with a gay couple. We are really trying to make it so that everybody sees themselves when they tune in. We are trying to stay true to the Hallmark brand values, one of which is inclusiveness. It’s a true of Hallmark cards, which has a card for every kind of occasion. In the past, there was a focus on one particular kind of love story, and I think everybody thought, ‘wow, we’re not telling the whole story here.’”

The timing of The Holiday Sitter comes after Candace Cameron Bure received much backlash for her sentiments when she told the Wall Street Journal that the Great American Family network in which she stars in several of their holiday films, will “keep traditional marriage at the core” and never do stories/movies featuring same-sex couples.

Check out a preview for The Holiday Sitter below.

Now let us know, what do you think of the Hallmark Channel finally featuring a gay love story for one of its holiday films? Will you be checking out the landmark movie? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Rebecca Budig in Cast of CBS Holiday Movie ‘Fit For Christmas’

Daytime favorite Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee, AMC, and ex-Hayden, GH) will be seen in the upcoming CBS holiday movie, Fit For Christmas.

The movie also stars The Talk’s Amanda Kloots and she also serves as one of the executive producers and also co-wrote the project.  Budig joins Kloots along with When Calls the Heart favorite, Paul Greene in the holiday charmer.

In story, Fit For Christmas tells “the tale of Audrey, an enthusiastic Christmas-obsessed fitness instructor at a beloved, financially beleaguered community center in quaint Mistletoe, Mont., who begins a holiday romance with a charming, mysterious businessman, complicating his plans to turn the center into a more financially profitable resort property.”

Fit for Christmas is slated to premiere on Sunday, December 4th (8:30 ET/8 PT).

So, will you be watching Rebecca, Amanda and Paul in the holiday film? Do you somehow wish GH could bring back Budig as Hayden? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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