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News Round-up: Garrett, Pullo, Pelphrey, Roberts, FNL

GH's Drew Garrett (Michael) has proud grandfather
Niles Cooney, 79, grows oranges on 25 acres four miles west of the Florida Turnpike on Ten Mile Creek in Fort Pierce. He’s owned the grove since 1981, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that his grandsons Drew Garrett, 19, and Brett Nelson, 21, started coming up from Jupiter to help him around the farm.

“Drew drove tractors and picked fruit,” he said of the teenage heartthrob who recently was cast as mob scion Michael Quartermaine Corinthos on GENERAL HOSPITAL. “Now he is on the cover of Soap Opera Weekly.

“He’s a local boy made good,” said Cooney, whose daughter Karole was front-of-house manager at the Kravis Center. “I’ve been hanging out with him all his life. He used to come down with me to the farmer’s market in Coral Gables. There are a lot of widows there who can’t carry the fruit. Those bags are heavy. Drew would carry it out to their cars. Everybody loved him; he is a super-polite kid. And he looks like an angel.”

Alexis Pullo joins cast of GH
Molly Lansing will be showing up in early July played by Alexis Pullos. In a tweet from Monday, Nancy Lee Grahn stated: "God I love my tv daughters! I could eat them up."

Dress like a pregnant soap star
InStyleBelly, an online maternity consignment boutique for mothers-to-be that offers a range of bump-friendly clothes. They just partnered with DAYS OF OUR LIVES so you can get some as-seen-on-TV garb as well. You can find items worn by some of the show's most recognized characters, including Sami Brady. Proceeds from the DAYS maternity clothing will be given to Autism Speaks, an advocacy organization that sponsors autism research and awareness.

INTERVIEW: Former DAYS star Lisa Rinna
"I just feel like anyone who gets moving will get that release of endorphins, which are natural Prozac. But, still, getting started exercising is the hardest thing. You have to ask yourself, 'Would I rather be fat, or would I rather feel good and fit into my jeans?'"

More Baseball on Soaps: Jacoby Ellsbury to DAYS
Jacoby Ellsbury will have "some kinda walk-on cameo thing" on the June 18 episode of DAYS OF OUR LIVES

Tom Pelphrey moves from GUIDING LIGHT to stage production 'My Italy Story'
Pelphrey will play Thomas DaGato, who's intent on helping his cousin Louie in "My Italy Story," Joseph Gallo's one-person play that begins an 11-day run Wednesday at the Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken.

"I was the son she kind of forgot she had," Pelphrey says of his role on GL. "That's the reason I had sex with my cousin -- to get back at Mom."

Amanda Setton: From GOSSIP GIRL to OLTL
Amanda Setton will debut in July on ONE LIFE TO LIVE as Summer.

Eric Roberts joins cast of CRASH
On the second season of the Lionsgate TV-produced drama, former ANOTHER WORLD actor Roberts is joined by five other new cast members: Dana Ashbrook, Linda Park, Jake McLaughlin, Tess Harper and Julie Warner.

Online Exclusive! TV's 101st Top Episode
101 FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS "PILOT" 10/3/06 - From its sun-baked opening shots of the flat Texas landscape, NBC's Friday Night Lights pilot offered viewers an unobstructed view of Dillon, Texas, a town where football is pretty darn close to God. Despite the youthful beauty (male and female) on display, Friday Night Lights was no trashy teen soap. We believed in these people. To achieve that honesty, writer/director Peter Berg encouraged his cast to ad lib dialogue, says star Kyle Chandler, "but only after knowing the material 100% and your characters 125%." By the end of the episode, when the superstar quarterback Jason Street (Scott Porter) is severely injured on the field, Dillon, Texas is stamped onto our hearts. "It's not a show about football," says Chandler. "It's a show about people and human interaction and yes, a football coach and his team, but that is just a fertile ground for storytelling."

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