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Renee Elise Goldsberry Cast In Title Role Opposite Oprah Winfrey In HBO Films "The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks"

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One Life to Live fans were in the know on this one.  We all loved the performances of Renee Elise Goldsberry as Evangeline Williamson.  Her stories and romances with several of the men of Llanview; John McBain (Michael Easton), Cristian Vega (David Fumero) and Todd Manning (then Trevor St. John) were part of a magical time of the now defunct ABC daytime drama.

Since then Renee has certainly been making a name for herself winning the Tony Award in June for her performance in the Broadway smash Hamilton, and then being cast in Netflix upcoming sci-fi drama, Altered Carbon.  But casting news today has brought even greater exposure to Goldsberry.

Deadline reports that Renee has been cast in the title role of HBO films upcoming The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  She will star opposite Oprah Winfrey who is also one of the executive producers on the project.

About the film: Goldsberry will play Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line.  Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks (Winfrey), the film chronicles her search to learn about the mother she never knew and to understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever. It’s a story of medical arrogance and triumph, race, poverty and deep friendship between the unlikeliest of people.

What do you think about Renee’s latest role opposite Oprah? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Lou Piikes

REG is one lucky lady in regards to her acting career.

Liz
Liz

You’re right, Michael, OLTL were in the know about Renee. I’m thrilled for her and so proud of our ‘Vange!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

So am I. She seems like a really hard-working pro.

fginaspy
fginaspy

The book ” The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” is a winner. I will look forward to seeing this film long after it has aired and maybe show up on Amazon as I do not have Cable or HBO. Congratulations to Renee.

Trophy Lady
Trophy Lady

LOVE LOVE LOVE Renee! She’s such a talent, and such a class act!

I truly miss OLTL, Evangeline Williamson, John McBain, Todd (Trevor St. John) Manning, and all that could’ve been with them! I think they could’ve been a PHENOMENAL love triangle, but sadly, it was a story that was never told.

Nevertheless, there will always be some GREAT JoVan memories!!!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I loved John and Vange together and always thought they belonged together. Nothing against Natalie. I could imagine all kinds of story line possibilities featuring attorney Vange and detective John. Another Bo and Nora. Plus their love scenes sizzled!!!!!! But, it was not to be. I also loved Trevor St. John’s Todd with Florencia Lozano’s Tea. The growth they portrayed in that relationship was wonderful.

How I miss our beloved One Life to Live!!!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations to Renee for landing what sounds like an interesting role.

Tom
Tom

What a beautiful, passionate, talented actress. We remember her well from OLTL.

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Jussie Smollett Scenes Cut From ‘Empire’ In Light Of Attack Investigation

As of Tuesday, the production of Fox’s hit series, Empire has slashed Jussie Smollett’s upcoming scenes following reports that the suspicion is now on him for allegedly staging the “hate” attack he reported to the Chicago PD back on January 29th.

According to production sources viaTMZ: Jussie was supposed to have nine scenes and a big musical performance in the second-to-last episode of Season 5,  Now, five scenes and the musical number have been axed.  Smollett’s character is also no longer the focus of his remaining four scenes, which will now feature an ensemble of characters.

The actor/singer who portrays Jamal Lyon will be working Friday and possibly Thursday but won’t be rehearsing.

The Empire writers are said to have been scrambling over the last 24 hours to revise this season’s scripts.

All of this despite despite strongly expressed renewed support by Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney on February 17th.  The goal now is said to be to reduce Smollett’s role both in dramatic stints and musical performances.

Empire returns for the remainder of its fifth season on March 13.

Smollett claims he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack near his Chicago apartment, but things took a turn when he may have paid two friends to help stage the assault.

This case is said to be going before a Grand Jury as early as today.

What are your thoughts on the latest developments in the Smollett case and Empire reducing his appearances for the remainder of the season? Comment below.

 

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TODAY: Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott Visits ‘The Talk’ As Her 40th Anniversary Week As Nikki Newman Kicks-Off

On today’s broadcast of the CBS afternoon series, The Talk, the ladies welcome Y&R icon, Melody Thomas Scott, who this week celebrates her incredible 40th anniversary with the show as Nikki Newman.

During her segment, Melody chats on Wednesday’s upcoming standalone episode where Nikki is in jail reflecting on her life.  Wednesday is also the exact date of Thomas Scott’s 40th anniversary with the CBS Daytime drama series.

During the segment Melody fills the ladies in on the “All About Nikki” episode, as she relates:  “I was so thrilled that they did this. It’s truly, really the life of Nikki in the entirety of the episode. It’s all about Nikki. And she’s in jail. She’s writing a letter to her grandchildren so that she can explain who she really is, how she got to where she is.  I have to narrate it, I’ve got a voice-over, a long voice-over. And then, as I’m thinking about all these different times in my life, I can’t believe I’m referring to me as her, her life, then we see the flashbacks. And for the longtime viewers, even current viewers, it is such a trip down memory lane. I mean, you are on that train and you’re not getting off…all of the clips have not been seen since they were first aired.”

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In addition, Melody addresses the passing of her longtime co-star and friend, Kristoff St. John relating:  “I adored him. We all adored him. There was something very unique and magical about him. He would just draw you into his wonderful world. And all of his bear hugs, I can’t believe I’ll never get a bear hug. Going to any kind of event, any party, the first thing I said when I got there was ‘Where’s Kristoff?’ I want to find Kristoff, I want to be with him, I want to be in his air space. Because that’s the kind of guy he was, and I think that came through on camera. I think everybody sensed that, I mean everybody adored him.”

So, will you be checking out Melody on today’s episode of The Talk (2PMEST and 1PM PST) today? Comment below.

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General Hospital Writing Team Wins WGA Award In Daytime Drama Category

In duel ceremonies currently underway in both Los Angeles and New York, the Writers Guild of America is handing out the 71st annual WGA Awards for excellence in writing in the fields of motion picture and television at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. and at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

Already given out and announced was the winner in the Daytime Drama category and the winning writing team was ABCs General Hospital which bested the only other nominees in the category, Days of our Lives.

The team consisting of head writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles, took home the prestigious honor.

This win for GH marks the fifth win in a row for the ABC series, which make its a record-breaker for the Daytime Drama category at the WGA Awards.

For a complete list of winners click here.

Congratulations to the team from Port Charles and General Hospital on their WGA Award win.  So, what do you think of GH besting DAYS?  Glad the ABC daytime drama won? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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