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Kelly Sullivan Leaving General Hospital!

the news spread quickly that General Hospital’s Kelly Sullivan, who delivered remarkable performances throughout the Kate/Connie multiple personality storyline, is out at the ABC soap. Multiple sources confirm to Soap Opera Digest that Kelly, who took over the role of GH's Kate Howard in 2011, will be exiting as Kate's integrated persona, Connie.

This week's GH promo featured Connie and Olivia and their potential love triangle with Sonny.

Sullivan took to her official facebook page this afternoon to clarify the reason for her exit, and as she notes, it has nothing to do with contract talks, but that the powers-that-be simply chose to write her character out of the show.

Thank you all so much for your support and loyalty. You are my life long family and I cannot express how much I appreciate each of you. You have really made my experience here on GH a wonderful adventure.

I wanted to fill you all in on the details and try to answer some of your questions.

I am not returning to GH after August.

This is not a contract issue, I have been written off the show.

I do not have any information on potential Daytime opportunities.

Lastly, I have no ill feelings towards any of the staff or crew connected to the show or the network. I will miss everyone dearly.

Love, Kelly

Maurice Benard (Sonny) reacted on Twitter to the news: "This is all I'm gonna say. When an actress with that kind of ability and talent leaves the show, it hurts."

GH has had an influx of new characters and stories in recent weeks which, on a daytime soap opera, tends to mend existing characters are on the way out.

Katherine Kelly Lang likes THE MENTALIST and THE VOICE!

"I like THE MENTALIST; it is such a regular network TV show formula, but I still love it because I love him (star Simon Baker). That’s the one I seem to catch the most, then I really enjoy watching THE VOICE. I love the judges. And that’s pretty much what I watch ... besides THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL."

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Part of DOMA, Dismisses Prop. 8 Case (Soap Stars React)!

The gay rights movement saw a significant victory at the Supreme Court on Wednesday. In a 5-4 ruling in United States v. Windsor, the court struck down a provision of the 17-year-old Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that denies federal benefits -- like Social Security benefits or the ability to file joint tax returns -- to same-sex couples legally married.

"DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority. Kennedy was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

Gay married couples will now receive federal benefits.

At the same time, the court ruled 5-4 that the defendants in the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, which considered the constitutionality of California's same-sex marriage ban (called Proposition 8), have no standing in court. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion, joined by Justices Antonin Scalia, Ginsburg, Breyer and Kagan. Gay couples in California will now be able to get married.

Soap opera stars immediately took to Twitter to post their reaction (so far all in support of the decisions):

Greg Rikaart ‏(@gregrikaart):
Not getting married anytime soon, but celebrating #equality tonight nonetheless.

ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Robin Strasser (‏@robinstrasser)
It's a GREAT DAY in the United States of America. EQUALITY is non-debatable. Some may be fearful of change. With trust that too will change.

ALL MY CHILDREN's Cady McClain (‏@realcadymcclain):
Wow. Congrats to all LGBT couples!!! A great day.

DAYS OF OUR LVIES' Eileen Davidson (‏@eileen_davidson):
@NOH8Campaign so thrilled today. Lets celebrate equal rights for all!

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL's Karla Mosley (‏@karlamosley):
DOMA is gone!!!!!! I'm in tears thinking about all the people who have been working TIRELESSLY to make this happen. You are saints all of u.

Kristian Alfonso (‏@KJAlfonso):
; )))) pic.twitter.com/k0zJtdJXie

ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Tuc Watkins ‏(@tucwatkins):
It's a good day to be an American!

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL's Heather Tom (@BBheathertom):
It's a historic day- justice and sanity rule!

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS' Christian Le Blanc (@CJLeBlanc):

Former DAYS OF OUR LIVES actress Molly Burnett (‏@mollydollyy):
DOMA is DEAD!!!! Get married bitchessssss ;) #TwoStepsForward #MarriageEquality

REVENGE's Gabriel Mann ‏(@Gabriel_Mann):

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS' Greg Rikaart ‏(@gregrikaart):

Former ONE LIFE TO LIVE actress JudithLight ‏(@JudithLight):
Equality reigns in the land 2day! My heart is full of joy 4 my LGBT brothers & sisters Deepest gratitude 2 all who made this day possible!

Former AS THE WORLD TURNS (and Y&R) actress Jennifer landon ‏(@jrlandon):
#DOMAisDEAD !!! Thank you to the mighty #EdithWindsor

GLEE's Harry Shum Jr ‏(@iharryshum):
In all seriousness, congrats America. You win today. How this was even an issue still blows my mind. #LoveIsLove

DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Blake Berris ‏(@BlakeBerris):
Bye #DOMA. it was fun while it lasted. oh wait. no it wasn't. #NOH8 #EQUALITY #gaymarriage

Former 90210 (and DAYS) actor Trevor Donovan ‏(@TrevDon):
Welcome to the 21st Century America! ...sorry it took so long

GENERAL HOSPITAL's Laura Wright (‏@lldubs):
Love is Love!!!!! #hellyeahcali

ALL MY CHILDREN's Alicia Minshew (‏@alicia_minshew):
Yay California!!! No more Prop 8!!! Free love for all!!!

DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Eric Martsolf (‏@ericmartsolf):
“@TIME: Supreme Court clears way for gay marriage in California | http://ti.me/14xf48R” Awesome.

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL's Scott Clifton ‏(@CliftonsNotes):
It's a good day for a moral victory! #DOMA #Prop8 #equalityforall

Former ONE LIFE TO LIVE actor Terrell Tilford ‏(@TerrellTilford):
Same Love... #MarriageEquality for ALL!!! http://vimeo.com/53277837 #Vimeo @Macklemore & @RyanLewis Let YOUR Voice Be Heard!!!

Take Heart, Steffy Fans: She'll Be Back!!

Fans of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Steffy Forrester have been disheartened ever since the brunette departed L.A. for Paris, but viewers needn't count her out. In fact, she'll be airing on Thursday, July 11 and Friday, July 12!

"Wouldn't you like to know?" teases Scott Clifton (Liam), when asked where his storyline with Steffy was heading now that her portrayer, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, is technically off-contract with the show. "Let me be clear — she's not gone," he clarifies. "She'll be around. If you talk to her, she'll tell you she has no intention of, like, never showing up again. She's going to be coming back."

In the meantime, the actor says fans should sit back and enjoy what transpires in Steffy's absence. "It's going to change [things] in a very significant way," he explains. "In terms of what we're shooting now, the dynamic has already begun to change in a really cool way that I'm excited for you guys to see."

ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Erika Slezak dishes on her Philly roots, says Viki will stay busy!

Slezak had a rebellious streak during her time at the now-defunct Sacred Heart at Eden Hall in the Northeast.

"My best friends used to convince the teachers that we needed to go to the library in Torresdale to study," Slezak told me. "We would spend 20 minutes there and then we would go to the Mayfair Diner. We would eat hamburgers because the school's food would leave something to be desired."

So what's in store for Viki Lord? "[Viewers] can certainly expect the same drama that has surrounded her life since day one," Slezak said. "I have only read a few shows in the future, but I can see where it's going. She's going to be a busy lady."

Former PASSIONS co-stars Natalie Zea and Travis Schuldt engaged!

Talk about passion!

Actress Natalie Zea and her longtime boyfriend Travis Schuldt are engaged.

After 10 years together, the couple – who met when they costarred on the soap opera Passions – are making it official after a proposal in Kauai, Hawaii.

"He wanted to make sure he gave the car a thorough test drive before he bought it," Zea, 38, tells PEOPLE.

Aside from his role on Passions, Schuldt, 38, also starred on Scrubs, while Zea, who played Winona on Justified, currently stars as Claire Matthews on The Following.

Meet And Greet The Cast Of B&B!

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL will be holding a special Cast Meet And Greet at the Farmer's Market in Los Angeles, CA, on Friday, August 23, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm! Actors from the soap will be in front of the historic Clock Tower on the corner of 3rd and Fairfax, and there will be giveaways and raffles!

Lines for admittance will open at 7:00 am, and the event is completely free and open to the public!

For updated information about the event, keep an eye on the B&B Web site, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

Eric Winter Joins Lifetime's WITCHES OF EAST END!

Lifetime’s Witches of East End has cast its spell on Eric Winter.

The Mentalist and Brothers & Sisters alum is joining the new drama in the series regular role of Dash, the JFK Jr.-esque fiancé of Jenna Dewan-Tatum‘s reluctant witch, TVLine has learned exclusively.

He replaces Gossip Girl‘s Patrick Heusinger, who departed the project earlier this month for creative reasons.

Lifetime handed Witches a 10-episode order back in January. The series centers on Joanna Beauchamp (Julia Ormond) and her two adult daughters Freya (Dewan-Tatum) and Ingrid (American Dreams’ Rachel Boston), both of whom unknowingly are their family’s next generation of witches.

The cast also includes Mädchen Amick as Joanna’s sister Wendy.

Maggie Friedman, who helmed ABC’s similarly-themed Eastwick, will serve as showrunner.

The 60 Greatest Soap Opera Moments of All Time!

Sordid secrets, evil twins, mind-blowing returns from the dead and love in the afternoon so lushly romantic it makes our knees buckle. We're talking, of course, about daytime soaps, which have been bubbling over with escapist thrills since 1946. Here, like sands through the hourglass, are the grandest, wildest, most shocking moments of our soap-viewing lives — the ones that made us all tune in tomorrow.

1. Luke and Laura's Wedding, General Hospital (1981)
A record 30 million people — many who skipped class or called in sick to work — watched as raucous rebel Lucas Lorenzo Spencer (Anthony Geary) married his earth angel, Laura Baldwin (Genie Francis). It's been 31 years and those two still make us swoon.

2. BJ's heart, General Hospital (1994)
After a devastating school-van accident, the heart of little BJ Jones was transplanted into her dying cousin, Maxie. Tragedy met ­catharsis when BJ's dad, Tony (Brad Maule), laid his head on his niece's chest and quietly listened to his daughter's heart, once again pulsing with life.

3. Marlena's possession, Days of Our Lives (1995)
Satan raised holy hell in the sleepy town of Salem, desecrating the local Catholic church and fighting for the body and soul of trusted shrink Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall). In one cheesetastic scene, Marlena levitated. So did the ratings.

4. Bert's diagnosis, Guiding Light (1962)
In daytime's first social-issue storyline, Springfield mom Bert Bauer (Charita Bauer) contracted uterine cancer but found out in time, thanks to an early pap smear. Public response was huge and positive, proving soaps don't just entertain, they also educate — and maybe even save lives.

5. Karen's testimony, One Life to Live (1979)
In a scorching courtroom meltdown, Llanview hausfrau Karen Wolek (Judith Light) was forced to reveal her secret life as a prostitute. Her blindsided hubby, ­Larry (Michael Storm), immediately demanded a ­divorce. The upside: Light won an Emmy.

6. Katherine's facelift, The Young and the Restless (1984)
When daytime's most daring diva, Jeanne Cooper, had a cosmetic overhaul in real life, so did her rich-bitch character, Katherine Chancellor. In a pioneering preview of reality TV, graphic footage of Cooper's actual surgery aired on Y&R.

7. Erica's abortion, All My Children (1973)
Fashion model Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) found herself with child but chose to end the pregnancy — without telling her husband — in TV's first post-Roe v. Wade abortion. In the dumbest writer decision ever, the fetus was "unaborted" in 2005. Don't get us started.

8. Jeff's death in a car crash, As the World Turns (1962)
Young marrieds Penny and Jeff (soaps' first superstars, Rosemary Prinz and Mark Rydell) were all set for happiness when legendary scribe Irna Phillips abruptly ended Jeff's life. CBS's switchboards blew up, and we called it the "automobile accident that shook the nation."

9. Viki's out-of-body experience, One Life to Live (1987)
Ushering in the new, anything-goes era in soaps, Llanview's premier citizen (Erika Slezak) "died" during brain surgery and wound up in heaven. Fortunately, it was a round-trip. In a kooky follow-up plot, Viki visited the lost underground world of Eterna!

10. Reva's dip in the fountain, Guiding Light (1985)
When hot-to-trot Reva (the ferocious Kim Zimmer) was accused of infidelity by her ­bitter stepson Josh (Robert Newman), she didn't deny it. Instead, she stripped down to her undies in the country club fountain and baptized herself "the slut of Springfield."

The Other 50:

11. Lisa hits Oakdale, ATWT (1960)

12. Roger rapes Holly, GL (1979)

13. Carla is black! OLTL (1969)

14. Tracy withholds Edward's heart meds, GH (1980)

15. Bianca comes out to Erica, AMC (2000)

16. The Salem Strangler "kills" Marlena, Days (1982)

17. Robin is diagnosed with HIV, GH (1995)

18. Nola's movie fantasies, GL (1981)

19. Margo euthanizes Casey, ATWT (1990)

20. Marlena is a serial killer, Days (2004)

21. The Kristen-Susan craziness, Days (1997)

22. David Kimble's killer forehead, Y&R (1991)

23. Lucy Coe is a secret ho! GH (1986)

24. Maureen dies, GL (1993)

25. Maeve sings "Danny Boy," Ryan's Hope (1989)

26. Mona's funeral, AMC (1994)

27. Marty is gang-raped, OLTL (1993)

28. Barnabas Collins is a ­vampire! Dark Shadows (1967)

29. Caleb Morley is a vampire! Port Charles (2001)

30. Felicia's intervention, Another World (1992)

31. Andrea's trial, Search for Tomorrow (1968)

32. Rachel kills Janice, AW (1981)

33. Doug elopes with Addie, Days (1972)

34. Cliff and Nina's wedding, AMC (1980)

35. Stephanie succumbs to cancer, The Bold and the Beautiful (2012)

36. Sloane faces the firing squad, Capitol (1987)

37. Jenny dies by Jet Ski, AMC (1984)

38. Ridge is not a Forrester, B&B (2001)

39. Nancy and Mike break up, The Edge of Night (1976)

40. Adam is murdered, EON (1977)

41. Cindy loses her battle with AIDS, AMC (1989)

42. Tina's wedding screwup, OLTL (1988)

43. Caroline's death, B&B (1990)

44. Bo and Hope go on the run, Days (1984)

45. Timmy the doll becomes a real boy, Passions (2002)

46. Reva is cloned, GL (1998)

47. Tad the Cad beds Marian, AMC (1983)

48. Mary is murdered by the Mob, RH (1979)

49. The AIDS quilt visits Llanview, OLTL (1992)

50. Doug stalks Kim, ATWT (1986)

51. J.R. fires gun during Pine Valley party, AMC (2011)

52. Janet pushes Natalie down a well, AMC (1991)

53. Ryan and Vicky reunite in Heaven, AW (1997)

54. Joan Crawford fills in as Joan Kane, The Secret Storm (1968)

55. Vincent gets pregnant by his own father, Passions (2007)

56. Luke and Noah kiss, ATWT (2007)

57. Bob trysts with Susan, ATWT (1990)

58. Mary is killed by the big C, Santa Barbara (1986)

59. Luke rapes Laura, GH (1979)

60. Jo has soaps' first pregnancy, SFT (1956)

Michael E. Knight Guest Stars on Drop Dead Diva!

Our long national nightmare is over — Michael E. Knight is back on TV! The three-time Emmy winner, best known for his multi-decade run as Tad Martin on All My Children, has landed a juicy guest gig on the July 14 episode of Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva (airing Sundays, 9/8c). He'll play Charles Van Horn, a lawsuit-happy curmudgeon who is representing himself in a court case involving his dog's unplanned pregnancy. TV Guide had a chat with Knight to score some scoop on his role and, of course, to get his thoughts on the AMC Internet reboot. Will he ever return to Pine Valley?

TV Guide: This guest shot sounds like a hoot! Are you moving into Clint Eastwood-Grand Torino territory?
Knight: Yeah! My character is totally one of those, "Hey, you kids, get off my lawn!" kind of guys. He's the ultimate a--hole neighbor who is suing for $250,000 because somebody's Rottweiler impregnated his Maltese. He's a lawyer in a loveless marriage, a real s.o.b. whose only thrill in life is suing people. I got to cross-examine a witness for the first time in my career, which was the coolest. [Laughs] I've always wanted to do that! I had a ball because it's all played for comedy. Now that I know I've got an a--hole lawyer in me, I want to see if there's a corrupt politician in there, too.

TV Guide: Are you a Drop Dead Diva fan?
Knight: I love the show! And what a terrific group of people! The whole time I was grinning from ear to ear. I first had a meeting with [executive producer-creator] Josh Berman who was just fantastic. If all my meetings were that nice, I would die of sheer happiness. And it went on from there — the cast and crew were awesome and working in Peachtree, Georgia, was a trip. That show is such a beautifully oiled machine. They actually had an incredible craft service table which was a shock after my last few years in soaps where, if you were lucky, they'd throw a stale donut at you. [Laughs] After you work in a bubble for 30 years, you forget what else is out there! It all seemed to be very blessed, a God-given gift. I'm so proud to be a little part of Drop Dead Diva history.

TV Guide: Speaking of history, we gotta talk All My Children. Have you been watching?
Knight: Yes, and I'm just thrilled for those guys. I'm so happy it's now being run by Ginger Smith and that Agnes Nixon is back where she belongs. I wish them all the best. I've not seen a lot, but what I've seen I have loved. Debbi Morgan [Angie] and Darnell Williams [Jesse] are as amazing as ever. I love seeing Thorsten Kaye [Zach]. I really like the new Pete [Robert Scott Wilson]. I'm just so happy to see the show back in the hands of people who want to see it work, people who really care about it. I'm also very happy for the fans, who have been so patient and so damn loyal. I'm praying the show finds its niche, not just for everyone who works on it and loves it, but for the TV industry in general. Let's face it, internet programming is the future and that's where a lot of our favorite shows will wind up. But the person I'm happiest for is Aggie. This is her child, her legacy. AMC has so much of her heart in it and she's still fighting to make sure it has a place in this world. She so deserves success with this. No one in this business has affected my life as much as Agnes Nixon. I owe her everything. And God bless Prospect Park for having the balls to make this happen. This is pioneering stuff and they're figuring everything out as they go along. So I hope everyone will be patient. Give it time!

TV Guide: Would you entertain the idea of going back for a visit?
Knight: Oh sure, not only would I entertain it, I feel it's my responsibility to go back at some point, at least for a little bit, to explain what happened to Tad.

TV Guide: You've left Cady McClain [Dixie] high and dry!
Knight: Now she knows how I felt. [Laughs] She died twice and was gone for ages. Now she knows what I had to deal with! I love Cady.

TV Guide: Wasn't it revealed that Tad's gone undercover?
Knight: Deep under cover! [Laughs] In my mind, he's working as a short-order cook for a Mexican drug cartel.

TV Guide: So you're really up for a visit? You're not just yanking our chains?
Knight: For sure I will be back. You know, the reason I didn't want to continue with AMC when Prospect Park took over was that I had done the show for 20 years straight and one move cross-country in two years was enough for me. I was tired! Plus I felt I had done everything there was to do on the show. I came back from the dead. I was twins. I had amnesia. I did everything but give birth and marry Erica! But I'm definitely up for a visit so, yeah, Tad will make his presence known in Pine Valley. Maybe not really soon but someday. And I mean that.

All My Children and One Life to Live Returning To TV!

The Online Network just scored a coup for its daytime soaps: OWN will air the first 40 episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live for a special 10-week run. Half-hour episodes of each show will air Monday through Thursday on the Oprah Winfrey cabler beginning Monday, July 15. AMC will air at 1 p.m. ET/PT and OLTL at 3 p.m. ET/PT.

“These shows have proven to be very popular with a significant, loyal fan base, not to mention Oprah herself is a big fan,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN, in a statement. “Many of our viewers across numerous platforms have expressed their passion for the soaps so we are especially excited to air this limited engagement on OWN.”

“We are really excited to bring OWN viewers and our audience at large an opportunity to catch up on All My Children and One Life to Live on traditional television,” said Jeff Kwatinetz, CEO Prospect Park Networks in a statement. “We look forward to our millions of fans enjoying the first 40 episodes of the shows.”

The news comes less than a week after TOLN was able to resolve a labor dispute that caused the shows to go on hiatus earlier than planned. Both shows will resume production on Aug. 12.

General Hospital's head writer was grumpy about this announcment:

Maura West is making waves 
on ABC’s ‘General Hospital’!

Maura West should come with a warning sticker: Dangerous when sexy. The Springfield native is shaking up General Hospital as the mysterious Ava Jerome, an art dealer who may have ties to organized crime. When producers contacted West’s agent about the part, there was a hitch: The role was only scheduled to run five episodes.

“To be honest, I wasn’t completely thrilled about it,” said West, a two-time Emmy winner best known for her 14-year stint on CBS’ “As the World Turns” as well as a year on The Young and the Restless. “What’s going to happen to her? Is she going to be killed off?”

Her agent urged her to meet with GH executive producer Frank Valentini. “I was kind of hypnotized by him, and in a good way,” she said, then laughing. “All I got was an assurance that this was a really good part, and he said, ‘Trust me.’” West decided to take a chance.

Something obviously clicked, because by the time she showed up for her first day of taping, she’d already been given a contract upgrading her to cast regular. And viewers are sitting up and taking notes.

Ava is the mother to Kiki, a lost Quartermaine heir. Ava has spent the last two decades hiding Kiki from her psycho artist father Franco, but is now letting Kiki get to know her biological family — with her own eyes on the family fortune.

“There’s a ton of mystery to Ava,” the Boston University alum said. “She’s full of strength and has undertones of vulnerability.”

But with that surname, could she be a member of the notorious Jerome family that terrorized Port Charles during the ’80s? “I am certainly playing her and making an early assumption that she is. This woman isn’t all poise and ladylike. There’s grit under there.”

West has been gratified by the fan support on the daytime TV message boards and Twitter. “I try not to read too much — you can be burned by that stuff — but it just put a big smile on my face,” she said.

General Hospital tapes about three weeks ahead of air dates, she said, and she would not reveal what is next for Ava. “I can’t say. They would kill me,” she joked. “They would send the Jeromes ­after me. But I can tell you this: It’s going to be a fun ride.”

Andrew Trischitta talks about bullying!

The experience of playing a bully taught him a lot about what goes on inside the minds of bullies and those they harass, Trischitta says. He urges those who are being bullied as well as those who feel the need to bully others to reach out to a trusted adult for help.

“A lot of the times, the bully is the one who is going through problems too. Maybe he has an abusive parent, or his parents aren’t there for him, or the bully may be very self-conscious about himself,” he says.

Trischitta spoke at a school district in Massachusetts recently to bring awareness to bullying, cyberbullying and the consequences of both.

“I think everyone has been bullied at some point in their life,” he says. “Whether it is really small things or more severe cases, it is important to remember that there is always a way through, and there is always going to be an end.”

Young and the Restless Star Joins ABC Family's Twisted!

A star from The Young and the Restless is heading to a mysterious world.

Stacy Haiduk, best known as Mary Jane Benson/Patty Williams, has booked a recurring role in ABC Family's murder mystery Twisted, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. She will appear in episodes 10 and 11.

Twisted revolves around Danny Desai (Victorious' Avan Jogia), a teen with a troubled past who reconnects with his two female best friends from childhood. He becomes the prime suspect when a fellow student, Regina, is found dead in her home following a party.

Haiduk will play Marilyn Rossi, a tough but attractive investigator at a private security firm, who is hired by the mayor to help with the investigation of Regina's murder. Her character is all business and has more than a few secrets.

She is repped by Bauman, Redanty & Shaul and Brad Warshaw. Haiduk is also known for SeaQuest 2032 and as Lana Lang in The Adventures of Superboy, and has appeared in All My Children, the original Melrose Place and Heroes.

Jesse Lee Soffer Joins NBC’s ‘Chicago PD’ As Regular, Gets Arc On ‘Chicago Fire’!

Jesse Lee Soffer has closed a deal as a new series regular on NBC‘s midseason drama series Chicago PD. On the Chicago Fire spinoff, Soffer will play a young police detective who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks.

I’ve learned that Soffer’s character will be introduced this fall on the mothership series Chicago Fire in a couple of episodes before segueing to Chicago PD. NBC employed a similar strategy with the other characters from the spinoff who made their debut on Chicago Fire.

Soffer, repped by Silver Lining Entertainment and Innovative Artists, will be able to do both shows as Chicago Fire is a midseason series and goes into production later than Chicago Fire.

I hear Soffer got the attention of NBC executives with his starring role in the network’s drama pilot Hatfield’s & McCoys this past season. Earlier in the season, he was was a regular on Fox’s Mob Doctor.

Gersh Signs Melissa Claire Egan!

The Young And The Restless co-star Melissa Claire Egan has signed with Gersh. Egan has received four Daytime Emmy nominations for her stints on All My Children and Y&R.

Her primetime credits include Bones and Men At Work. She is managed by Bob McGowan at McGowan Management.

Casey Deidrick Leaving DAYS OF OUR LIVES!

Casey Deidrick is leaving DAYS OF OUR LIVES and the roll of Chad DiMera. The actor tweeted the news on Thursday: "Taped my final episode today on #DOOL. One more day of filming tomorrow. What an amazing experience, thank you all!"

Deidrick will last air on DAYS in late October. He guest-starred in GLEE and REVOLUTION earlier this year.

Days of our Lives Chrishell Stause: Her “Mystery” Character and More!

Everyone is waiting to see the debut of Chrishell Stause in her new soap role on Days of our Lives come Mid-August. While Chrishell is still sworn to secrecy to not reveal much of her new Salem alter-ego, it is difficult not to, especially since the beautiful actress had been taping for a few months now at the NBC soap!

On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman caught up with Chrishell at the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Creative Arts Awards a few weekends ago for this video interview, where we ask the former All My Children star about what she can tell us about her new role on DAYS!

Stause relates: “I can give you a little bit. So here is what I am allowed to say … she works in a hospital. She has a big secret. I work a lot with Galen Gering (Rafe) and Lauren Koslow (Kate), who I love. I can say she is very opposite of Amanda on All My Children. So I am playing something completely different!”

At the Creative Arts Emmys, The Young and the Restless current casting director, Judy Blye Wilson won for Casting Direction, Chrishell took a moment in our interview to honor her, and relieve her casting process of getting her first soap role on AMC through Judy, who was at that time casting the ABC soap. And, that Judy was also responsible for Chrishell’s BFF, Y&R’s Melissa Claire Egan landing her soap roles as well!

Stause recalled, “Do I remember? Of course I remember. I am from Kentucky! So is Judy Blye Wilson, and so we bonded on that. You have to remember, this is the first time I had gone through the audition process, but I had gone through a lot of rejection before that. So, I was thinking, ‘free trip to New York’, whatever. But Judy was so lovely, and made me feel special the whole time. She told me later she always had her eye on me.”

In addition Chrishell shares her thoughts on the revival of All My Children, working with former co-star, Ricky Paull Golden (Ex-Jake, AMC, now Jesse, B&B) and more!

The Week In The Year 2012!

After Hope had explained to Liam what prevented her from getting to the wedding on time, she told Liam that the note he had found had to have been from her father. Hope left Liam alone to get ready for the wedding. Steffy had been hiding in the bathroom, and she overheard the conversation. She realized that Hope would never have left Liam. Steffy and Liam shared a passionate kiss and said goodbye. Liam and Hope finally married on a bluff overlooking the water. The villagers cheered. Brooke and Ridge spoke about how much they loved Hope, and they both welcomed Liam into the family. Bill publicly apologized to Hope for all that he had done. Later in Los Angeles, Bill and Katie met with the doctor and shared some emotional time at the doctor's office where they discovered that Katie was pregnant with a boy. Bill said that he owed his life to Katie. Katie discovered that Karen and Danielle were a couple, and Karen promised to tell Bill about it. Caroline encouraged Thomas to move out of his mother's home. At Forrester, Steffy admitted to Taylor that she and and Liam had almost gotten back together. Steffy explained the confusion about the note that Deacon had left, but she added that Liam had pledged his love to Steffy. If they had left the hotel before Hope had arrived, Liam and Steffy would have been married. Taylor asked if anything more had happened between Liam and Steffy, and Steffy looked thoughtful.

Will almost learned E.J.'s secret. E.J. met with Stefano's attorney and ordered him to keep silent about his true paternity and Stefano's new will. Sonny supported Will as he faced the town residents after the local papers revealed that he was gay. Sami and Lucas spent the day together as a couple. Nicole and Daniel made love in his office. Will informed Sami and Lucas that he intended to work for E.J. again. Sami confronted E.J. on the matter even though Lucas advised her against it. Rafe asked Nicole how she had switched the DNA tests, but she gave him a vague answer. Rafe asked Carrie to go to the police station to discuss the case, but it was an excuse to be close to her for one last time. Nicole searched E.J.'s apartment and found evidence that might implicate him in Stefano's murder. Later, Nicole and E.J. spent some time together reminiscing about her last pregnancy, but it didn't stop her from turning over the box of bullets she had found in his apartment to the police. Chad told Gabi that he couldn't live without Melanie in his life. Andrew informed Melanie that he had his own reasons for keeping her hostage, and it had nothing to do with money. Abigail noticed Gabi's attachment to Chad since Melanie was out of the picture. Kate realized that Ian was drugging Brady. Madison was furious that Brady's drug test was positive, and Brady, shocked and confused, swore to her that he was clean. Brady suspected Ian was framing him, and then left in a rage to confront him. Ian admitted to Brady that he had set Brady up, but taunted Brady with the fact that he would never be able to prove it. Kayla handed Abe a video that Lexie had recorded for him before she died. Abe, family, and friends viewed Lexie's last words as he struggled to prepare for her memorial service. Lexie's family and friends gathered to pay a final tribute to her and shared many fond memories of her time with each of them. Sami comforted E.J. as he mourned Lexie and Stefano's deaths.

Maxie became concerned when she found a bottle of pills in the pocket of Patrick's robe, unaware that Patrick had been taking the pills frequently throughout the day. Ewen's date with Elizabeth didn't go as expected, because Jason had been visiting Elizabeth when Ewen arrived. Ewen asked Patrick about Elizabeth's connection to Jason. Patrick warned Ewen to be careful, because Jason had a way of drawing women in. Steve worried that Elizabeth was setting herself up to be hurt again by Jason. Jason and John ended up on the same flight to New Orleans. Elizabeth and Sam traded heated words at the Floating Rib. Sam joined forces with Spinelli to investigate Heather. Sam managed to get a job as Todd's assistant at the Port Charles Sun by telling Todd that she wanted a fresh start. Heather warned Todd that Sam was using the job to spy on Todd and Heather. Starr rented an apartment with Trey. Michael and Kristina were not pleased, because they suspected that Trey's determination to make Starr mad was Trey's way of flirting. Starr assured Michael that she did not like Trey and had no interest in being a part of Trey's reality show. Spinelli warned Olivia that Heather had figured out that Olivia had hired him to dig up dirt on Heather. Heather kidnapped Luke, and then stashed him at the cabin in the woods. Tracy told Anna that Luke had killed Anthony and that Luke's minions had gotten rid of the body. Kate decided to confess to the police that she had shot out Anthony's tires. Sonny objected, but Kate insisted that it was the right thing to do, because she didn't want anyone else to be falsely accused. The judge dismissed the charges against Kate after Starr spoke on Kate's behalf.

At the gala, Chloe reported that Carmine had attempted to kidnap her. Soon after, everyone learned that Carmine had taken Abby instead. Victor flew in Ronan Malloy to get Abby back. Carmine was shocked to learn that Abby had replaced Chloe in the trunk and was diverting attention from the failed gala by claiming to be kidnapped. Carmine was a wanted man. Chelsea accepted Adam's proposal. Michael found Daisy's scarf -- with Daniel's blood on it -- at the place where he was supposed to meet her. Ricky was pleased that nobody was reporting Daisy's disappearance, then he used Daisy's credit card and phone to make it look like Daniel was covering his tracks after doing away with his wife. Daniel was arrested when the evidence piled up, including Daisy's email to Kevin, warning that if she were harmed, Daniel had done it. Daniel insisted he was innocent, but even Kevin doubted his friend. Eden investigated Ricky's connection to Daisy. In Ricky's hotel room, she found Daisy's wallet and phone. Ricky caught Eden in a lie, saw the phone and wallet, and announced that he'd have to kill Eden. When Eden failed to meet Kevin in the park, Kevin asked Paul to see if she was with Ricky. Paul used a passkey to get into Ricky's room and found Eden's knapsack. Just as Ricky was about to murder Eden, Paul burst in to stop him. Carmine begged Abby to tell the truth about the abduction before it went too far. Devon made peace with Harmony. Tucker was supportive of Ashley during Abby's disappearance. Seeing how badly Ashley wanted her back, Abby called her mom. Ricky refused to let Eden go and blamed Paul for his becoming a killer. Paul was shattered to hear that Ricky had killed Rachel and Daisy. As Ricky was about to slit Eden's throat, Paul shot the gun, and Ricky was hit point-blank, falling backwards out the window.


Monday ("Decision")
Sami is anxious to hear the outcome from the grand jury; Abigail has doubts about keeping Sami's secret; JJ gives Daniel a warning.

Tuesday ("Sami's Fate")
Sonny's friend wonders if he is making the right choice by staying with Will; Nick and Gabi reach a decision about their marriage.

Wednesday ("Jennifer Makes Choices")
Jennifer advises Daniel that they need time apart; JJ meets a girl who peaks his curiosity; Justin and EJ are concerned that Stefano is onto them.

Thursday ("Mother and Son Fight")
Jennifer loses it when she catches JJ with an older woman; Gabi shares her feelings to Abigail about her living situations.

Abigail encounters an awkward situation when she sees Cameron and Chad; Adrienne gets close to discovering something crucial.

Monday ("The Threat")
Franco informs Carly that he knows the identity of the second shooter; Shawn and Alexis discuss their problems.

Tuesday ("The Apology")
Connie is shocked to learn that Olivia is moving in with Sonny; Laura takes Tracy aside to talk to her privately; Lucy wants Milo to work for her.

Wednesday ("Moving In")
Olivia worries that Connie may be envious of her new living arrangements; Kiki can't get Michael out of her fantasies.

Thursday, N/A

Friday ("Shawn's Descision")
Shawn makes a decision about his job; Max backs Milo's choice; Nik and Spencer find a woman looking to be rescued.

Monday ("Secret")
A secret is disclosed that ruins Brooke's birthday celebration; Caroline puts her next plan into motion.

Tuesday ("Brooke's Actions")
Rick and Hope differ on Brooke's recent choices; Bill won't take all the blame for his actions.

Wednesday ("Bump in the Relationship")
Taylor and Eric hit a snag in their blissful relationship; Katie goes on a rampage.

Thursday ("Reaching Out")
Liam is taken aback by Steffy's explanation; Wyatt gets to know the Forrester Creations staff.

Friday ("Consequenses")
Liam learns that someone else is interested in Hope; Rick tells Maya that he is unimpressed with her latest job.

• Hunter Tylo departs from this week as Taylor, a part she has played, with a three-year hiatus, since 1990. Tylo, who was unable to negotiate a satisfactory contract with the series, makes her final appearance on Wednesday, July 3.

Lane bond during the holidays.

Neil and Leslie find a surprise about Rose.

Lauren desires for a special night with Michael.

Billy fights to regain Victoria.

Nikki and Victor return to GC after their honeymoon.

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