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Twilight's Ashley Greene & Without A Trace's Anthony LaPaglia cast in new primetime soap pilot, Americana!

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ABC continues its new trend of beefing up its primetime lineup for the fall season with new soaps!  The previously announced Americana pilot now has some stars attached to its cast.   The female lead of the series will be played by Twilight co-star Ashley Greene who will work opposite former Without a Trace star, Anthony LaPaglia!

According to Deadline.com: “Americana is a soap about a famous fashion industry clan. It centers on iconic fashion designer Robert Soulter (Anthony LaPaglia), the patriarch of a sprawling family who just welcomed a new member, Alice Clarke (Greene), a young designer whose shocking arrival turns the family and the legendary label inside out.

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Playing a character named Alice won’t be new for Greene, best known for her role as Alice Cullen in the blockbuster Twilight franchise. Americana reunites the actress with ABC where she recurred on Pan Am this season.”

So has ABC taken part of its play book here from afternoon fashion house sudser, The Bold and the Beautiful? Stay tuned!

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Heather
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Heather

These things that ABC calls “soaps” are not by any means soap operas or telenovelas. They’re just ABC’s version of what are known on other networks as “dramas”.

I find it hilarious that ABC has to refer to dramas as “soaps” coincidentally after they axed All My Children and One Life to Live.

barbara t
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barbara t

your right ,they dont want anyone believing that abc/disney are soap killers so there making themselves look good by calling them soaps.they want us to tune in ,there are other dramas on other networks I will watch them before I ever watch what abc is selling.brothers and sisters was a great prime time drama ,why did they give that show the ax? they do get rid of shows quickly.I remember reading that the creaters of lost wanted one more year and abc/disney said no,boston legal had the ratings ,they killed that ,and I loved v, the season ending was good… Read more »

Andrea D
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Andrea D

I don’t care who they put on them, I am not watching!

cathy trinque
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cathy trinque

ABC just wants us soapers to forget our daily soaps. No way, ABC!!! I won’t watch anything on your network except GH. So forget it your ratings are falling day and night!!!!!
Anne Sweeney should have been a teacher!

Nancy M
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Nancy M

It wouldn’t matter what they put on the air, they SUCK. (ABC)

Nancy Wizner
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Nancy Wizner

This all sounds very interesting and I love Ashley Greene. However, I’m still not a fan of ABC. They are not very honest people and to me that is NOT good business. So I’m sorry ABC, I won’t be watching even if Frons is gone. Other stations have excellent shows too.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I remain wary of ABC, too. I never really forgave the web for how they treated ONCE AND AGAIN a decade ago. All nets seem so trigger happy about their products. Whatever!

AMERICANA sounds promising. It is ironic primetime serialized drama gets love here when daytime warhorses, so beloved, are disregarded.

Let’s hope AMERICANA’s creators avoid B&B’s formula, otherwise we’d have a cast of eight in the same family gingerly repeating the same stale storylines and commiting near-incest over and over. Ugh!

barbara t
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barbara t

once and again,refresh my memory.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Hey babara t,

ONCE AND AGAIN starred Sela Ward (emmy winner) and Billy Campbell as divorced people who find love. The series over two full and abbreviated third seasons (1999-2002 ?) followed the trajectory of the relationship and how it affected their exes, children, families… who often had their own strong storylines. It was from the creators of THIRTYSOMETHING. The first two seasons are on DVD sets. The third season has yet to be released. IMHO, despite the pedigree and quality of the program, ABC did not nurture it to its fullest ability. It was a winner.

barbara t
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barbara t

didnt reply to you ,look for my post ,again,thanks.

barbara t
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barbara t

I knew it ,I love sela ward ,anything that she is in,thats what I thought you were talking about,you confused me when you said the web,thanks.

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Holly’s Alive as Emma Samms Makes a Return to General Hospital

Friday’s cliffhanger ending of General Hospital revealed that Holly is indeed alive and being held captive, but by whom?  Who ever is behind this has her locked away and being watched on a surveillance system.

Viewers saw a hand of someone that is behind the kidnapping, and that Emma Samms made a return to GH in her signature role of Holly Sutton.

Samms, debuted on GH back in 1982, and has come and gone, and come back again to the ABC daytime drama series.  She last appeared back on it in 2015.

Nighttime soap fans remember her fondly as Fallon on ABC’s Dynasty and its spin-off, The Colbys.

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Once the secret was out on her appearance at the end of Friday’s episode,  Samms shared on Twitter: “She’s alive…!”

So what do you think of the twist? That Holly is alive and that Samms was on-screen? Who do you think has Holly? Share your theories below.

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Michael Easton and Rebecca Budig’s Short Film “About a Girl” Receives ‘Outstanding Achievement’ Honor

While you loved them together on-screen on General Hospital as Hayden and Finn, off-screen. Rebecca Budig and Michael Easton came together for a stirring collaboration that just won them accolades at this year’s Best Shorts competition.

Best Shorts is an avant-garde worldwide competition that strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators the positive exposure they deserve. It discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality shorts and new media.  This film festival receives thousands of submissions from around the world.

About a Girl is directed by Easton while Budig wrote and starred in the short film. lt was honored with the Outstanding Achievement award, which is one of the top two most prestigious given out in the competition.

The story features Budig as a woman struggling with post-partum depression.  The festival said in a review of About A Girl:Deft direction, beautiful craft, achingly authentic performance by Budig.”

Rebecca shared on Twitter after receiving the accolade: “I am so humbled and honored to be included and awarded by @bestshortsand thank everyone involved.”

Two of Easton’s former OLTL co-stars, who have appeared his other short films, Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd later Victor Lord Jr.) and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri) also appear in About a Girl.

Congratulations to Michael and Rebecca on their winning short  film! Share your kudos via the comment below.

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Alicia Leigh Willis On Her Heavenly Return To GH: “What a Wonderful Experience Reminiscing With My Favorite Cast & Crew.”

Yesterday’s episode of General Hospital brought with it the surprise return of Alicia Leigh Willis shortly reprising her role of Courtney Matthews, as she escorts Mike (Max Gail) to heaven.

Willis was last seen on GH in 2015 as a spirit and created the role back in 2001.

The actress took to social media and shared:”A little clip of my surprise return on @generalhospitalabc What a wonderful experience reminiscing with my favorite cast & crew.”

Viewers know that as Mike succumbed to Alzheimer’s, he wanted the dignity of not dying in front of his son, Sonny (Maurice Benard), and to shield Sonny from witnessing his death.

But in the story, Mike did not pass on alone; as his daughter showed up to take him with her to the afterlife.

Check out Courtney’s post below.

What did you think of the moment having Courtney be there for Mike at the end of his life? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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