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Ron Raines Added To The All-Star Soap Cast of Crystal Chappell's BEACON HILL!

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Former Guiding Light favorite Ron Raines (Ex-Alan Spaulding), who just debuted on One Life to Live as the nefarious Carl Peterson, has also joined another stellar cast!

Today, Crystal Chappell’s upcoming new web series Beacon Hill announced that Raines has been added to the cast to play the key role of Senator William Preston!

According to the character description on the Beacon Hill series website, “Senator William Preston  is a longtime Democratic Senator for Massachusetts who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. The Senator believes that blackmail is something you do before breakfast.”  Crystal Chappell will play Ron Raines daughter in Beacon Hill in the role of Claire Preston, thus reuniting these two former GL favorites! 

So, what do you think of the casting of Ron Raines as Senator Preston?  Are you excited to see him join the cast with the likes of Ricky Paull Goldin, John-Paul Lavoisier, Melissa Archer, Louise Sorel, and Sarah Brown too? Comment below!

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Deb
Deb

So excited to see Ron Raines join the cast… it’s shaping up to be an amazing group. Love that Ron and Ricky Paull will reunite to work together on Beacon Hill. Add all the other talent and it will be one heck of a show.

janice
janice

what is the website where I can view this show? is it something I will have to pay for?

Tori
Tori

They have not started production yet. from what I read on the official site (just google Beacon Hill web series or go to Crystal’s facebook or twitter page for link) the web series will not air until early 2014. I would love it if I am wrong because I want to see this so right now!!!

Janice
Janice

thanks Tori! I’ll check it out. Did you watch the pilot for Crystal’s series “The Grove”? I loved it but never saw any new episodes 🙁 Robert Woods (Bo) from OLTL was in it.

Sandy
Sandy

Ron Raines is a good solid character who will bring strength and entertainment in his new role of a not-so-good senator. Yes I am looking forward to the new series with Sarah Brown and Melissa Archer also. When is the debut?

heidi
heidi

This is looking to be really good!!! Love the cast so far!!! Based on the current cast and especially Ron… a great casting of Sara… would be Julie Marie Berman! She looks like she could be Ron’s daughter and JP’s sister and even Crystal’s sister! Will be looking forward to seeing the rest of the casting! It’s a beautiful and talented cast with a great look!

Rodd
Rodd

That’s some lineup! How do you get to watch this show?

Tori
Tori

I thought she is Ron’s character daughter in law? maybe I read the website character descriptions wrong. Crystal is amazing with these projects. I am amazed that networks and cable tv is not banging down her door trying to get there hands on these projects. I look forward to watch Ron in this new venture, I admire his work on One Life To Live.

Blake
Blake

That is great!

terri
terri

I will be watching because my favorite Melissa Archer will be on it and all the other wonderful actors are like icing on the cake. Just let me know when it starts and how to watch it.

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Former Y&R, Santa Barbara, Capitol, and Guiding Light Executive Producer John Conboy Dead

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Reports surfaced on Friday that legendary soap opera executive producer, John Conboy had passed away.

Judith Chapman (Gloria, Y&R) posted the news of Conboy’s death on her facebook page along with these sentiments: “It is with a heavy heart and a grateful smile that I called him my friend,, “BIG” JOHN CONBOY, the ORIGINAL Producer on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, left us today The Big Guy, with the BIG LAUGH, Man about Town, and One HELLUVA PRODUCER… Whether you loved him, or not ..YOU have to agree He was ONE OF A KIND! God Bless you, John. Give Jeanne a Hug from all of us.”

CBS Daytime also tweeted: “We join Judith and the CBS Daytime community in mourning the loss of John Conboy. John was a longtime Executive Producer on #YR, created Capitol and later was EP of Guiding Light. He will remain in our hearts forever.”

Conboy was the original executive producer of The Young and the Restless and remained with the show from its inception in 1973 through to 1982.  Prior to that, he served as the EP on CBS’ Love is a Many Splendored Thing from 1970-1973.  After Y&R, John next launched CBS’ new soap Capitol and stayed as the EP up through its cancellation in 1987.

John made a comeback in 1991 with the one and only Santa Barbara, where he served as the top executive of the series for a time, with the last soap he helmed being Guiding Light from 2002-2004.

Throughout his daytime career, Conboy picked up four Daytime Emmys – three for the soaps, and one for an afternoon special. (more…)

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Crystal Hunt, Donna Mills, Antonio Sabato Jr & Michael Swan Star In New Faith-Based Soap Opera, HILTON HEAD ISLAND!

Some longtime soap opera notables are featured in a new 22 episode faith-based soap entitle, Hilton Head Island.

The series debuts this Friday, November 10th with the first eight installments, and is from the Christian entertainment company, PureFlix.com.

The soap opera is available by subscription, but the service offers a one-month free trial.  In story, Hilton Head Island, revolves around the lives of the fictional Trisk family, who own the a television network.

Hilton Head Island features: Antonio Sabato Jr. (ex-Jagger, General Hospital), Donna Mills (ex-Abby, Knots Landing), Michael Swan (ex-Duncan, As the World Turns), and Crystal Hunt (ex-Lizzie, GL). PureFlix.com specializes in “family-oriented” content and shows. The plan is for Hilton Head Island to be rolled out in two subsequent seven-episode blocks in the coming weeks.

Watch the first official trailer for the soap after the jump.  Then let us know your thoughts in the comment section below! (more…)

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OLTL Alum Tuc Watkins Joins GL Alum Matt Bomer And An All-Star Cast In Broadway Revival Of Boys In The Band!

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In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking play, Boys in the Band, a limited engagement of the theatrical production is scheduled next year from April 30–August 12, 2018 a the Booth Theatre on Broadway.

The cast will feature none other than former One Life to Live star, Tuc Watkins (Ex-David) and former Guiding Light star, Matt Bomer (Ex-Ben) along with Andrew Rannells, Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, and more.  The play will be directed this time out by two-time Tony winner, Joe Mantello.

The Boys in the Band centers around a group of gay men who gather in a New York City apartment for a friend’s birthday party. As the evening continues, the cracks beneath their friendships begin to show, exposing the self-inflicted heartache that threatens their solidarity. (more…)

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