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Y&R's Michelle Stafford Becomes Social Media Ambassador for The ACM Awards This Weekend!

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In another great show of synergy, CBS  is utilizing the talents of The Young and the Restless, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) as the very special Social Media Ambassador during Sunday night’s upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM) special on CBS and throughout the weekend!  This is a perfect extra gig for Michelle, as we know she loves Country music, plus she gets to head to Las Vegas where the award ceremony is being held!

Look for Michelle, during the weekend and throughout the live broadcast of the awards show, as viewers will get to see her interviewing performers and nominees; go backstage; watch rehearsals and hit the red carpet, all at the CBS website.

What you need to do to be part of the action,  is follow Michelle on Twitter to get all the real-time tweets and special coverage. Go to @TheRealStafford.  The ACM awards air this Sunday April 7 at 8 pm EST on CBS.

Stafford’s appearance is part of  #CBSTweetWeek whick kicks-off today Thursday, April 4 though Wednesday, April 10, with CBS Television Network’s biggest stars and creative talent signing on to chat live with fans. This #CBSTweetWeek, fans will have direct access to talent from their favorite primetime shows plus, for the first time, stars from CBS’s top-rated daytime lineup will also participate. In addition, CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network analysts will be tweeting live during the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Final Four and Championship game, and Academy of Country Music Awards social media ambassador Michelle Stafford from Y&R will provide live updates from the special in Las Vegas.

#CBSTweetWeek will be hosted in the CBS Connect Lounge on CBS.com where fans can attend a virtual lounge and chat live with CBS stars, producers and creative talent. Many stars will be tweeting during the East Coast broadcasts of their respective programs and taking fan questions, posting photos and videos, sharing insights on the making of the episodes, offering commentary, and more.  In the lounge, fans will also be able to follow conversation streams related to their favorite CBS shows and chat live with other fans.

To participate, fans can visit the CBS Connect Lounge on CBS.com, which is also optimized for access via mobile devices, and log in with their Twitter accounts to pose questions to CBS stars and talent during the scheduled times detailed below. Fans can also join the conversation on Twitter by following the show-specific hashtags listed below, #CBSTweetWeek, or by tweeting the talent’s Twitter handle when submitting questions directly from Twitter.

Now below check out a little video from Michelle promoting her being named Social Media Ambassador for the ACM’s! Will you be following updates from Michelle Stafford this weekend? Let us know!

 

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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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Guiding Light Alum Melina Kanakaredes ‘Greek Candy’ Series to Debut on Amazon Streamer ‘IMDb TV’

We all knew her when she played Eleni Andros on the beloved Guiding Light, and two Daytime Emmy nominations later, actress Melina Kanakaredes left the soap for Hollywood, where she has appeared in numerous TV series and motion pictures ever since.

Now, Melina who currently stars on Fox’s hit medical drama, The Resident is set to launch her very own project in which she not only stars, but co-wrote and is one of the executive producers.

According to Deadline, look for Kanakaredes new series ‘Greek Candy’ to hit the new Amazon streaming service, IMDb TV as part of its inaugural launch.

In story, Melina Kanakaredes and her family’s 100-year-old chocolate factory in Akron, Ohio is the inspiration for Greek Candy. The single-camera comedy, from Sony Pictures Television, tells the story of mom, dad, their three teenage daughters, four very Greek immigrant grandparents, and one very non-Greek “adopted” son and what it means to live the American dream in 2021.

So, looking forward to checking out Melina’s new comedy series? Have you loved her work ever since Guiding Light? Comment below.

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