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Van Hansis Set To Premiere In New Web Series EastSiders Coming December 14th!

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We are really excited about this one, soapers!  So many fans worldwide have been clamoring to see Van Hansis (Ex-Luke, As the World Turns) on their computer or television screens in a continuing role, and now it looks their dreams have come true!  Van, along with Kit Williamson will star in the new web series EastSiders premiering on December 14th.

Here is the series premise:  EastSiders explores the aftermath of infidelity on a gay couple in Silverlake.  When Cal (Kit Williamson) finds out Thom (Van Hansis) has been cheating on him with Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon), their relationship is turned upside down. Will the lies tear them apart or are they just stubborn enough to stay together forever?

Drunken outbursts and double standards abound in this dark comedy about the sad and funny messes we make out of our lives.   Cal’s best friend Kathy (Constance Wu) is always there for him with a bottle of whiskey in her purse, but she has her own problems with her nice guy boyfriend Ian (John Halbach), even if they’re all in her head.  Stephen Guarino guest stars as a party promoter throwing one last bash before the apocalypse.

Kit Williamson, co-star and EastSiders series creator said about the new series, “I wanted to create gay characters with the same complexity and flaws straight characters are allotted. The way gay couples are depicted is often frustrating to me. There’s a huge spectrum of lifestyles and experiences within the gay community and I wanted to explore a kind of relationship that isn’t often represented. We are so profoundly grateful to have assembled a cast of this caliber, because this kind of story really hinges on the acting.”

You can follow EastSiders on their facebook page here, or log on to their show website here for more info!  Are you excited to see Van in his new role, and the premise of the series?  Let us know!

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This series sounds amazing!! Van is an amazing actor and miss him terribly as Luke Snyder on As the World Turns, so I will definitely be tuning into this webseries!

Nynke
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Nynke

Obviously… I would love to see some LuRe interaction. So it would be great if they could get Eric Sheffer Stevens to participate in some way. But eager to watch the show anyway!

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susan Cee

YEH!!!

Rodd
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Rodd

Looking forward to seeing it!

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While I love VH as an incredible actor, I don’t think anyone else paired with VH can create the magic that the VH-ESS pair created as Luke and Reid on ATWT. LuRe was unfortunately a short-lived romance, but that is the best gay screen couple I have seen. Having said that, I wish VH the best of luck in his new webseries and career; a talented actor like him deserves success and well-paying steady employment.

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Horrid! Constance Wu’s character of course has to be paired w/ a white guy! Could they not have paired her w/ an Asian american actor? Of course not bec it’s a romantic storyline on a soap opera and Asian american males must be asexualized by hollywood racists. the gay triangle has to be 3 white guys. what do you expect from “progressive and liberal” hollywood w/c loves “diversity”? being white has to be preserved as the “norm” and the “ideal” while the presence of racial minorities must be suppressed by these hollywood racists. It’s bec being a white lgbt is… Read more »

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Karen

I can’t wait to see Van acting again & this looks amazing. Only 14 more days until the 1st episode airs.

marie
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marie

Good luck to Van with Eastsiders. I enjoyed his work with Jake on ATWT and his guest appearances, especially on Psyche and Nikita. I continue to root for Van and Jake and it’s nice to see them both working. With Van as the “star” I expect this web series to do very well.

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Michael Park Joins the Cast of HBO’s ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’

Two-time Daytime Emmy winner and former star of As the World Turns Michael Park (Ex-Jack Snyder), has been added to the cast of HBO’s upcoming time travel drama, The Time Traveler’s Wife.

According to Deadline, the series is adapted by former Dr. Who head writer and Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat, The Time Traveler’s Wife tells the intricate love story of Clare (Leslie) and Henry (James), and a marriage with a problem… time travel.

In it, Park will play the role of “Philip Abshire” – Clare’s father, who is said to be a high-powered Chicago lawyer, he is brisk and orderly, and expects all his children to fall into line.

The series also will star former General Hospital and Oscar winner, Jaimie Ray Newman (Ex-Kristina).  She won an Academy Award for her Live-Action Short, Skin.

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ATWT and OLTL Alum Mary Linda Rapelye Passes Away at 76

She got her soap start as Faith Kipling, the wife of the evil Dr. Ivan Kipling on One Life to Live (1979-1980) and later came to Oakdale and As the World Turns as lawyer, Maggie Crawford (1980-1985), and now comes sad news that actress Mary Linda Rapelye has died from a battle with cancer.

Mary Linda actually passed away last month on April 5th, and according to The Booth Bay Register she was surrounded by her her brother Gardiner Rapelye Jr. and dear friends Julianna and Will Anderson by her side.  She was 76 years old at the time of her death.

Mary Linda started a long career of acting when she was only 5.  After her part in an outdoor production at The Starlight Theater in her home town, Kansas City, Missouri, she climbed off the stage and sat in her father’s lap. This was to be the beginning of her work spanning nearly eight decades on stage, screen and television. She is best known for her roles in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, and of course, OLTL and ATWT.  She also made a memorable appearance in the role of Irina Galliulin in the Star Trek: The Original Series third season episode “The Way to Eden”.

A Memorial and Celebration of Life is being planned this July for MaryLinda in Booth Bay.

Below is a tribute video featuring clips and moments from Rapelye’s career.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Mary Linda in the comment section.

 

 

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‘The Doctors’ Panel Participants Announced for ‘Soap Con Live’ Event

The upcoming Soap Con Live virtual event has announced that former The Doctors stars: Nancy Stafford (Felicia/Adrienne Hunt), Anna Stuart (Toni Ferra-Powers), Frank Telfer (Luke Dancy) and Marie Thomas-Foster (Lauri James-Iverson) will be on the panel representing the series on May 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT.

“Classic television has been a great comfort during this challenging year,” said Joel Wertman, president of Retro TV and It’s Real Good TV parent company, Get After It Media, Inc. “Our team is honored that Retro TV has been a place audiences have turned to. We’re excited to be a part of Soap Con Live and are grateful to these stars from “The Doctors” for being a part of the event.”

Panels for other daytime soaps As the World Turns, One Life to Live and General Hospital will continue throughout the day during this free, inaugural virtual event.

The free live event will be simulcast on The Locher Room YouTube Channel, the It’s Real Good TV app, and SoapOperaDigest.com.

There will be a Q&A during the livestream events giving fans opportunities to interact with their favorite daytime stars.

Go to Soap Con Live.com for more information on the main event and virtual meet and greets and more.

So, what do you think about The Doctors panel participants? Comment below.

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