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NEWS ROUNDUP: Y&R's Jerry Douglas Writes JFK Book; DAYS On Jan. 1; Michael Cashman Honored

Y&R's Jerry Douglas writes JFK book
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS star Jerry Douglas was so inspired by charismatic politician John F. Kennedy’s visit to Brandeis University in the 1950s, he wrote a play about the president — and it just had a first stage reading in Los Angeles.

“His visit changed my life,” said the Chelsea homey. “I will never forget the excitement we felt in the room. The future president was one of us.”

Along with co-author Robert Perry, Douglas penned “JFK & Jackie,” a play that examines the relationship of the late president and first lady. In it, a restless JFK appears during a visit from heaven.

NHL lockout means DAYS OF OUR LIVES on New Year's Day
New York Daily News reporter Pat Leonard writes: "NBC intended to air the NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day at 1 p.m. Instead, New Yorkers will see the soap opera DAYS OF OUR LIVES. That title could describe the NHL lockout — bad acting, predictable plot lines, fans still tune in the next week — but even worse, it is a sobering reminder that hockey has lost its signature event for 2013."

GENERAL HOSPITAL New Year's Resolutions
Maurice Benard (Sonny): "He wants to work on his rage. He's starting to realize that the rage is not power anymore."

Julie Marie Berman (Lulu): "Make some important decisions before she's even faced with the question, like, what to name the unborn children they have the moment after they have sex. 'Cause it's not desperate at all. And it doubles as a HUGE turn-on. Wait... she already does that?"

REPORT: Prospect Park Contacts WGA
According to multiple sources, Prospect Park has entered preliminary talks with the Writers Guild of America (WGA) concerning their planned continuations of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

EASTENDERS star Chucky Venn tells fans a "big surprise" is in store for his character, Ray Dixon
Warning: spoiler alert!

Speaking to Inside Soap, Venn said: "I've been told by the bosses that there's something interesting around the corner for Ray, and to watch this space for a big surprise coming his way.

"We know that Ray's a pretty likeable fella, but there is a darker side to him as well. You have to remember that this guy used to be in the Army, so maybe we'll explore the consequences of that experience.

"There's lots coming up - I just can't divulge it all!"

2013 begins for Ray with a break-up, as he decides to end his relationship with Kim Fox (Tameka Empson) after he kissed her sister Denise (Diane Parish).

Venn said: "Ray reaches a point where he needs to come up for a breath of air, as there's only so much of Kim's heightened personality he can bear.

"Did Ray go for the wrong sister? Who knows? He probably has more in common with Denise than he ever had with Kim."

The Queen honors Michael Cashman MEP with award for fighting for LGBT equality
Cashman, the Labour MEP for the West Midlands has been named a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by the Queen in recognition for his tireless fight for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) equality.

Cashaman co-founded the gay lobbying organization Stonewall while staring in EASTENDERS, where he played the role of Colin Russell, the first openly gay man in a British soap opera. He was elected an MEP in 1999.

Dougspoitation: 10 Best TV Shows of 2012
MAD MEN, DOWNTON ABBEY, REVENGE and DAYS OF OUR LIVES made the list.

New lesbian plot on UK soap CORONATION STREET
Sophie Webster and her physiotherapist Jenna will kiss in an upcoming episode of the long-running British soap.

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