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OLTL's Kelley Missal To Co-Star In Cartoon Network's CONTEST! Film Is Part of Anti-Bullying Initiative!

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One Life to Live’s Kelley Missal (Dani Manning) had been cast along with several rising young TV and film stars in the Cartoon Network’s world television premiere of Contest, a new, feature-length live-action movie drama, on Sunday, October 6th at 6 p.m. (ET/PT),  in recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month (October) and its ongoing commitment to bullying prevention through Stop Bullying: Speak Up!

Contest explores themes of trust, forgiveness, loyalty and redemption presented in a story about a bully who learns to appreciate and understand others not like himself, and a victim who accepts that true friendship can result from unlikely circumstances.

The television premiere event will be followed immediately with a live online Q&A at StopBullyingSpeakUp.com with author and family expert Rosalind Wiseman (Masterminds & Wingmen, Queen Bees & Wannabes) to discuss issues presented within the film, and recommendations on how kids, parents and educators can most effectively address bullying in their own schools & neighborhoods.

Contest is our latest effort to help inspire more open discussion between kids, parents and educators about the issue of bullying,” said Stuart Snyder, president and COO of Cartoon Network. “Along with our other on-going efforts and partnerships, this movie is a new, entertaining approach for us to continue spreading the message that bullying can be addressed effectively when someone has the courage to speak up.”

The feature is set in a small town high school where in-story:  athletes are revered and the swim team rules. Within this arena, Matt (Kenton Duty) is a major bully. Tommy (Daniel Flaherty) is his favorite victim. School administrators warn Matt that if he and his friends don’t stop bullying, he will be expelled, destroying his chances for a swimming scholarship. In an effort to salvage his scholarship opportunity, Matt pretends to become Tommy’s friend by joining him in a television cooking contest for teens. Somewhere along the way, though, Matt suddenly begins to wonder if he’s just acting the part or if he is really enjoying Tommy’s company and becoming his friend. As the contest unfolds and stakes grow higher, old emotions resurface, loyalties are challenged and the line between friend and foe is blurred.

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Will you be checking out Kelley Missal in Contest and help support the Anti-bullying messaging?  Let us know!

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Asian american actors should be cast on this anti bullying project. Studies have reported that Asian american students are the most bullied among all groups of students and that Asian american women have the highest suicide rates. But of course bullied chars always have to be white and white chars who are gay when it comes to hollywood projects. And hollywood actors only speak abt anti gay bullying and gay suicides bec that gets them press. While Asian american bullying is always ignored by hollywood bec Asian american actors are seldom cast as lead chars and supporting chars. While numerous hollywood projects openly bash Asian americans.

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With all these OLTL stars announcing new projects…. my hopes of a new and improved season 2 for OLTL are fading…..

Chris
Chris

This is only a tv movie that Kelley Missal is cast in, and PP told the OLTL actors that they were free to get other acting work until they could get additional funding for the shows after the OLTL cast wrapped up production on their first season.

brian
brian

Just wondering.. where is your info coming from ?

Chris
Chris

I got that info from Soap Opera Digest magazine last month!

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General Hospital Releases Extended Promo “We Have To Lean Into Hope”

As the ABC daytime drama series, General Hospital, continues to be preempted by the impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump, and episodes are not being made available on any other platform at this time, two videos were posted in last 24 hours to the official General Hospital social media accounts.

To tide you over (while you are clamoring for all-new episodes of GH) the soap released an extended promo featuring the folks in Port Charles filled with lots of joy, hope, and love.  It’s main message, “We have to lean into hope” – as the series tells us to “sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.”

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Take a look at some of the reunions, hugs, and special moments featuring the Q’s, Corinthos, Cassadine and other clans in the promo below.

In addition, Finola Hughes (Anna) and Michael Easton (Finn) along with Jophielle Love (Violet) were featured in another video, where the key messaging to fans is that they are currently taping all-new episodes of GH, and that viewers should keep tuned ans posted to GH’s social channels for updates on when new episodes of GH will return.

As of late, GH has been on the upswing in the ratings, too.  So, it’s always frustrating for everyone when weeks of preemptions hit the daytime viewers  experience to enjoy the on-going stories of the soaps.

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Let us know … your favorite moment in the GH promo … your hope for the return of all-new episodes soon, and what you hope happens next for the characters you love in Port Charles, via the comment section.

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‘Ambitions’ Canceled By OWN After One Season

After an excellent first season of drama and backstabbing, the soapy nighttime Ambitions has been canceled by OWN.

The cable outlet offered up this statement from OWN President, Tina Perry: “We’re thankful to Will Packer, Jamey Giddens and the entire cast and crew of Ambitions for their creativity and hard work on the show. Every week they delivered great drama, intrigue and a lot of fun storytelling.  We look forward to continue working with Will Packer and his talented team of collaborators in the future.”

The series which starred Robin Givens as Stephanie Lancaster Carlisle was hailed as a multigenerational family saga centered around classic soap character, Stephanie, who finds herself going head to head with some of the most powerful and deceitful players in the city of Atlanta and we learn she can play deceitful like nobody’s business … too!

Ambitions was produced by Will Packer Media in association with Lionsgate and Lionsgate-owned distributor Debmar-Mercury. Packer was executive producer. Arkadie was executive producer/showrunner. Writer Jamey Giddens and Will Packer Media’s Sheila Ducksworth also served as executive producers.

Givens took to Instagram and shared her disappointment on the cancellation. “mood 🙁 found out last week #Ambitions wouldn’t be returning for a second season ….”

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Meanwhile, creator Jamey Giddens shared on his Instagram:  “So this happened… #Ambitions was such a joy to create. I am forever grateful to @willpowerpacker and @LionsgateTV for the incredible opportunity to tell a fun, decadent story showing that tales about black and brown people don’t have to be steeped in pathos & tragedy.”

Share your thoughts on OWN’s decision to cancel Ambitions after only one season, when so many were enjoying it via the comment section below.

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‘This Is Us’ Star Chrissy Metz To Perform Best Song Nominee On The Oscars

Kate Pearson is appearing on The Academy Awards, well, not exactly.  However, her portrayer, This Is Us ‘ Chrissy Metz is!

News today has that Metz is one of the performers who will sing one of them Best Song nominees at the upcoming Oscar ceremony on February 9th.  In fact, Chrissy will be performing the Diane Warren written tune from the movie Breakthrough entitled: “I’m Standing With You”.

Metz appeared in the film as a devoted, Christian mother whose son miraculously recovers from a serious accident that left him near death.

The This Is Us star joins the likes of Elton John, Randy Newman, Adina Menzel and Cynthia Erivo who will be performing the other nominated songs in the category.

What do you think of Chrissy getting the nod to perform the song from the film in which she appeared?

Watch Chrissy’s performance Sunday, February 9th on ABC during the Academy Awards

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