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Susan Lucci Previews New Season Of Deadly Affairs! Investigation Discovery Enlists Daytime Stars For 'Real-Life Soaps" Programming Block!

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Investigation Discovery continues to channel their inner-soap by utilizing some very familiar names in the soap genre, chief among them, of course, is Susan Lucci who returns as host of another season of Deadly Affairs which kicks-off this Saturday August 16th at 10PM ET on the cable channel.

La Lucci appeared yesterday on a segment of The Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb promoting Deadly Affairs new season and the “character” she plays in the host wraps and vignettes.  Susan also discussed the fate of her Devious Maids character Genevieve!  Later in the segment, the gals played “Spin the Bottle” with Susan which incorporated some of her Erica Kane and soap opera history!

As part of their the marketing blitz this week, Investigation Discovery also put out a press release announcing that “After a successful debut last year, Investigation Discovery bringing back its ID Daytime programming block featuring what the network calls “real-life soaps.” Beginning Monday, August 25 from 1-4 p.m. daily, soap stars from past and present host encores of ID’s most scandalous series, such as Wives with Knives, My Dirty Little Secret, Scorned: Love Kills and Evil Twins. Beloved pairs are reunited on screen each week to provide insight into these cautionary tales, including: General Hospital’s Lynn Herring and Kin Shriner; Days of our Lives’ Mary Beth Evans and Wally Kurth; bad boys Lamon Archey from The Young and the Restless and Darnell Williams from All My Children; and telenovela actress Katie Barberi, Dona Barbara.

The daytime stunt airs in conjunction with ID’s evening primetime return of a new season of Deadly Affairs with Susan Lucci, featuring all-new stories of deadly dalliances on Saturday, August 16 at 10 p.m. ET on Investigation Discovery.

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“Soap fans are a voracious audience, hungry for emotionally riveting content and devoted to the characters they’ve grown to love – or, hate,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, Destination America, American Heroes Channel and Discovery Fit & Health. “As the #5 network for women in daytime*, soap opera fans know that they can always find their ‘stories’ on Investigation Discovery – the real life tales of passion – and, on occasion, perhaps, a little poison.”

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Each week will have its own theme and star hosts to introduce the true-life programming, channeling their scandalous soap personalities. The schedule is as follows:
* Sinful Secrets August 25-29: Hosted by Lynn Herring (Lucy Coe, General Hospital) and Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin, General Hospital)
* Lessons in Lust September 2-5: Hosted by Katie Barberi (Cecilia Vergel, Dona Barbara; Ursula Van Pelt, Every Witch Way)
* Poisonous Love September 8-12: Hosted by Mary Beth Evans (Kayla Brady, Days of our Lives) and Wally Kurth (Ned Ashton, General Hospital; Justin Kiriakis, Days of our Lives)
* Evil Enemies September 15-19: Hosted by Lamon Archey (Mason Wilder, The Young and the Restless) and Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard, All My Children)

Now below watch Susan Lucci on TODAY, and then share your thoughts on her segment, Deadly Affairs, and ID’s upcoming “Real-Life Soaps” programming block?  Will you be tuning-in?  Like the concept?

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Soap Vet and All My Children Alum John Callahan Dead At 66

Absolutely heartbreaking news this Saturday afternoon.  John Callahan, best known to soap fans for his role as Edmund Grey on All My Children has passed away after suffering a massive stroke.  The stroke happened on Friday, March 27th when paramedics responded to a call at his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 66-years-old.

According to reports, Callahan was rushed to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, where he was put on life support.  John’s daughter Kaya, and his former wife, and AMC co-star Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) rushed to the hospital to be by his side from Los Angeles.  John died Saturday morning.

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In a statement, Eva La Rue shared: “We are extremely saddened and distraught over the loss of John. He was my great friend, co-parent and amazing father to Kaya. The absence of his bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. Words cannot express the shock and devastation we are feeling at this time. The Yankees just lost one of their greatest fans.” 

John played Edmund on All My Children from 1992-2005.  He also appeared throughout his soap career on: Santa Barbara, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bay and primetime’s Falcon Crest and Desperate Housewives; in addition to many more television appearances.

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Michael Fairman TV will continue to follow this breaking story as remembrances are shared by John’s former co-stars throughout the day and night.

Below is LaRue’s touching tribute to John  via Instagram:

 

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May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya. That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! “Johnny Numbers”, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to “Yesterday”)… Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest Fan. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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Please share your condolences with Kaya and Eva and the Callahan family below, and let us know your thoughts on this heartbreaking loss on the death of John Callahan via the comment section.

 

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Former All My Children Stars, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Donate 1 Million Dollars To Coronavirus Relief Efforts

We knew them when, and over the years, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos have become households names since their humble beginnings as Hayley and Mateo Santos on ABC’s All My Children.

Now the co-host of Live with Kelly and Ryan along with her real-life hubby, and Riverdale star are swinging into action to help those in need affected by COVID-19.

According to PEOPLE: “The couple have donated $1 million to aid in relief efforts amid the ongoing pandemic.”

Kelly and Mark’s contribution will be allocated in part to the New York Governor’s Office for the purchase of urgently needed ventilators and additionally towards WIN, an organization running 11 women’s shelters across New York City.

New York has been one of the U.S. states hardest hit by Coronavirus, which as of Thursday had reported 4,152 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 29 deaths.

Many celebrities and pro athletes are jumping into action, making donations and helping others including” Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, Ciara and Russell Wilson, JJ Watt, Kristen Bell and this weekend Rosie O’Donnell with her live-stream talk show for the Actors Fund.

What do you think of the good will shown by Kelly and Mark? Comment below.

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Hallmark Channel Halts Production Of ‘Home & Family’ and New Movie Production During COVID-19 Pandemic

Over the weekend, there were more announced changes to production schedules in Hollywood due to taking precautionary measures for those spreading of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Crown Media Family Networks released a statement regarding its suspension of any new original movies (which usually feature many current former or current soap stars,) as well as its popular daytime lifestyle series Home & Family, hosted by All My Children’s Cameron Mathison and Debbie Matenopoulos.  That series is filmed in Los Angeles

The official statement from the network read: “Our top priority is the health and safety of all cast, crew, and guests who are part of our productions. As new information becomes available regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have decided to suspend production on our daytime lifestyle series, “Home & Family,” which films daily at Universal Studios, CA. The earliest a new episode could be taped is March 30, though no decision has been made about when production will resume. We plan to air encore episodes at this time, and we will continue to monitor the situation with the CDC and state officials to determine the best time to return and produce new episodes of Home & Family. Crown Media is also temporarily suspending production on its original movies, which are shot in various locations in the U.S. and around the world, and we will continue to monitor the global situation with assistance from health officials. The production pauses are a proactive measure to safeguard all involved.”

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So, what do you think of the halt for Home & Family and more, due to the COVAD-19 pandemic? Comment below.

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