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NEWS ROUNDUP: Stockard Channing Joins THE GOOD WIFE. Plus, Kate Mulgrew, Tina Sloan, Shonda Rhimes, Jessica Capshaw, AnnaLynne McCord

Four more reasons to cheer for soaps
The success of REVENGE is one big reason that Roger Newcomb and his team at WeLoveSoaps.net are declaring the rest of 2012 as "The Year of the Soap."

GUIDING LIGHT alum Tina Sloan in Wichita
Tina Sloan, left, introduces herself to Nancy Koeppel, center, and Karen Nelson, before speaking at an author's talk at Watermark Books.

Kate Mulgrew joins the new Netflix drama ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
The show centers on Piper (Taylor Schilling), an engaged Brooklynite whose decade-old relationship with a drug-runner (Laura Prepon) in college results in her arrest and multi-year detention in a federal penitentiary. Mulgrew will play Red, a Russian prisoner who runs the kitchen and serves as a mother figurehead for the women.

Stockard Channing joins THE GOOD WIFE
Channing has been cast in the CBS drama as the mother of Julianna Margulies’ character. Channing will appear in at least one episode during the upcoming fourth season. Alicia’s mother is described as mercurial and influenced by her 1960s counterculture youth.

GREY'S ANATOMY showrunner Shonda Rhimes justfies killer season premiere
“I had many options for ways Mark could leave the show,” the show’s creator wrote on her WhoSay page. “But any option that didn’t include him dying required him to a) grieve for Lexie indefinitely and b) willingly walk away from his daughter. We fought about this incessantly in the Writers Room. I didn’t want Mark to die but, as the writers rightfully argued back, Mark couldn’t abandon Sofia and he certainly couldn’t abandon Callie once Arizona’s leg was amputated.”

Jessica Capshaw on Arizona's Loss and Blaming Callie: 'She's Steamin' Mad'
In the season premiere Arizona survived the plane crash but her injured leg had been amputated.

90210's AnnaLynne McCord Opens Up About Sexual Assault
After hosting an auction to raise money on the Somaly Mam Foundation's behalf, McCord spoke to Us Weekly about her revelatory speech.

"I had a very similar experience to what these girls go through 20 times a night," she said of the victimized young women and girls the foundation aims to help. "It happened to me once by somebody that I knew, and it is a very interesting thing to feel that you do not have the voice to say 'no.' It wasn't an attack or anything like that -- I just had no voice. I did not know how to say, 'I don't want this. Please do not do this to me.'"

McCord explained that "it was a situation where I found myself in my own home being hospitable, and that hospitality was taken advantage of at an extreme level. I did not have a voice, and now I do, and I'm practicing using my voice for others. Finally I can say I was taken advantage of -- not from my own shame that I did something to deserve that -- and now I can have a clear conscience."

Tori Spelling Released From Hospital After Emergency Surgery
"Hi everyone - I wanted to let you know that I am home from the hospital, on the road to recovery, and overjoyed to be back with my family," the former Beverly Hills, 90210 star wrote on her blog Thursday. "I am so thankful for all of your love and support these past couple of weeks. It has meant so much to me. I will be back to blogging tomorrow, so stay tuned!"

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