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ABC Soaps In Depth

ABC Soaps In Depth January 14, 2019

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2 min.
danger for lulu!

The In Depth Story: Ever since deciding to become a journalist, Lulu has been on the fast track to success in her chosen career. But she may soon wish that she was covering school functions or writing movie reviews, given that her continuing investigation into the murders just might put her in the line of fire! As much as Lulu misses her currently-absent hubby, it was Dante’s decision to leave town that helped spur her on in her new career. “The fact that he puts his life on the line in some ways gave her permission to pursue her own goals in a bigger way,” explains co-headwriter Shelly Altman. But with a serial killer on the loose — and Dante’s wife poking the beast by trying to dig up information on the…

1 min.
soap to honor susan brown

Much like GH did when Peter Hansen (Lee) passed away in 2017, the soap has a special episode in the works to honor the late Susan Brown (Gail), who died on August 31. “A tribute show to Susan shot, in the can, airing soon,”TV son Kin Shriner (Scotty) shared via Twitter last month — which means that the special episode could air any day now. After Brown joined GH in 1977, Gail became a central character and even crossed over to spin-off PORT CHARLES. The actress and interior designer was last seen on GH in 2004 — when she and Hansen brought their characters to town for Lila’s funeral — and was a beloved cast member. “She was absolutely amazing,” Leslie Charleson (Monica) raves. “So very talented, in every aspect. She…

2 min.
who will willow choose?

The In Depth Story: Between her students, their parents and her own grief over the baby she gave up for adoption, Ms. Tait has her hands full — which is why finding a sweet guy like Chase was the last thing on her mind. “They came as a surprise to one another,” Willow’s portrayer, Katelyn MacMullen, maintains. “But Chase and Willow have potential, for sure, because for the most part, they’re honest with each other and have great chemistry.” The thing is, while Chase is fun and flirty, Willow also has chemistry with Michael… who happens to be her confidant! “Maybe it’s because they are sharing the same grief and opened up to each other about that when they couldn’t do that with anybody else,” Mac-Mullen considers. “Michael became the person…

1 min.
cast mourns beloved makeup artist

The GH family lost a treasured member of the behind-the-scenes crew when longtime makeup artist Donna Messina passed away on December 7. Messina, who was the head of the soap’s makeup and hair department, had been a part of the GH staff for 35 years, winning multiple Daytime Emmy Awards for her work. “Donna joined the GH family on August 26, 1982. Anyone who’s been to set knows the hair and makeup department is synonymous with Donna,” said executive producer Frank Valentini. “To say her presence will be missed is an understatement. She was an incredibly warm, witty and all-around great gal. Our thoughts go out to her loved ones — we are all grieving this loss.” To Maurice Benard (Sonny), Messina was like a sister. “Sometimes you meet someone in life…

1 min.
break time!

The In Depth Story: In early December, Adain Bradley (Xander) posted a video to Instagram in which he reported that he had completed his final day of B&B taping for the year and would be taking a few weeks off to shoot his first movie! The young heartthrob has been cast in the indie Butter , a drama about a lonely, obese teenager who pledges to eat himself to death — live on the Internet. Looking back, “it has been a crazy year for me, summed up the British actor, who joined the show in May. “I just want to tell everybody thank you, and there’s more coming next year, but I’m going to go shoot this movie real quick.” Butter began filming on December 10, but given that B&B started its…

1 min.
soaps’ studios sold!

CBS Corporation has sold the iconic 25-acre CBS Television City property where B&B and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS are taped. So what does that mean for the future of the daytime dramas? As part of the acquisition deal, Y&R and B&B — as well as THE PRICE IS RIGHT and THE LATE, LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN — will continue to be produced at the Television City campus in Los Angeles for at least the next five years. There’s no word yet as to what the next step will be for the shows after that period ends, but considering that a majority of the network’s programs are produced (and the main offices are housed) at the CBS Studios Center in Studio City, it’s possible that the shows will eventually be…