NEWS: Tika Sumpter, Kelly Ripa, Lorenzo Lamas, Michael Ironside, Macdonald Carey, Martha Madison

Tika Sumpter as Michelle Robinson and Parker Sawyers as
Barack Obama in Southside With You.
The Haves and Have Nots star Tika Sumpter is Michelle Obama in Southside With You dramedy
Known for her role as Layla Williams on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live, Sumpter is portraying lawyer Michelle Robinson opposite Parker Sawyers as Barack Obama, then a young law firm associate. The romantic dramedy film was inspired by the future first couple’s first date

General Hospital's Jake is back—and dead babies kill soap ratings
"Dead-baby stories win Emmys. Julia Barr won twice—once for the actual story [of Brooke dealing with Laura's death], and a second time for when Brooke accidentally fell in love with her daughter’s killer. In her defense, he’d changed his name and had plastic surgery. But dead babies do not help ratings."

Are late-night talk shows doomed to go the way of soaps?
Writes Robert Rorke in the New York Post: In 2015, only four soaps remain: Days of our Lives on NBC, General Hospital on ABC, and The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful on CBS. Of the quartet, Y&R has the biggest audience, with 4.8 million viewers, while Days and GH perform on a par with Kimmel, and B&B does as well as Fallon. Yet almost no one will tell you that soap operas are the wave of the future — as the media did when Fallon took over from Leno in February 2014.

All My Children alum Kelly Ripa jokes about Justin Bieber's sexy Instagram tribute: "I do believe this is a cry for help"
On Wednesday's episode of Live!, Michael Strahan immediately brought up Bieber’s gushing post to his co-host, in which he shared a photo of Ripa in a bikini and said that she “makes me feel some type of way,” along with the hashtag “#bigcrush.”

“I believe in Justin, I love you,” Ripa responded. “You know I’ve taken my daughter (Lola) to 400 Justin Bieber concerts.”

“I do believe this a cry for help,” she added, getting laughs and cheers from the audience.

Former Falcon Crest star Lorenzo Lamas shooting indie film Prayer Never Fails in Florida
Lamas says, "Nobody would get a shot if it weren't for the independent filmmaker. So, I'm always obliged and happy if my schedule allows to come aboard and participate in well-written scripts."

The Flash casts Michael Ironside as Captain Cold's father
CW's The Flash has cast veteran actor Michael Ironside as Lewis Snart. He is the estranged, abusive father of villains Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and Lisa Snart/Golden Glider (Peyton List).

See the homes of famous Sioux Cityans, including Days of our Lives legend Macdonald Carey
Many of the homes of famous Sioux Cityans still stand and, if you plan ahead, you can arrange a tour to see some of them. The trolley ride includes a drive past the homes of many of Sioux City's luminaries.

3711 Jones St.: If you were a fan of the daytime soap Days of our Lives, this is were Macdonald Carey, who played Dr. Tom Horton until his death in 1994, grew up.

Martha Madison stars in Winterthorne, premiering August 27th
"The family [and its business] is run by its women, and they've reached a crossroads," explains creator Michael Caruso (DeVanity), who also plays Madison's husband, Victor, in the show. "Martha's complicated character, Miranda, is taking over, and we'll see over the course of four episodes where she started from and some of the good and not-so-good choices she's made in order to control her family."

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