James Westmoreland Dead at 80

James Westmoreland
Actor James Westmoreland died on September 14 in Palm Desert, California. He was 80.

Westmoreland, who also went by the stage name Rad Fulton, appeared in The Monroes (as as Ruel Jaxon in 1966-67), General Hospital (as Teddy Holmes in 1972), and The Young and the Restless (as Decker in 1982).

Born on November 25, 1935, in Dearborn, Michigan, Westmoreland went to New York City after graduating high school. After doing modeling work there, he moved to Hollywood to pursue an acting career.

During the 1950s, agent Henry Willson, represented Westmoreland, gave him the name Rad Fulton. Westmoreland appeared in films and television shows including Marjorie Morningstar, No Time for Sergeants, High School Confidential, and The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.

Westmoreland wrote about working on General Hospital in a story posted on his website.

"When I arrived on stage 3 the whole cast was there and Jim [Young] introduced me to all," he wrote. "I made sure Jim Young was watching me when I dropped my script into the wastebasket. I was put into a hospital bed because I was brought to the hospital ward because I had Serum Hepatitis that my character, Teddy Holmes, had picked up in Vietnam for shooting up with dirty needles. My scene was shot live with three cameras rolling to catch all angles. I was in a delirious state of mind during the whole scene, and the twenty pages of dialog I had studied the whole previous evening paid off to the producer’s delight. From that day on I never carried a script with me because I always made sure I was prepared for that day of shooting. General Hospital was fun for me and the cast were all professionals and easy to get along with. Unfortunately after working on at least one hundred and forty shows I came down with a serious illness and I had to leave the show and the most wonderful part I had ever had came to an end."

The character turned out to be a great con artist and Westmoreland played him in about 150 episodes until his real life health issues arose. Future Ryan's Hope star John Gabriel later played the role.

ABC Wants You to Catch the 'General Hospital' Fever in New Promos

"Catch the fever, the GH fever," says ABC's new promos for General Hospital. Using iconic song, "Fever," ABC shows off its female and males casts in new fall promos. Watch them below.

'This Is Us' Preview: Kevin Faces Aftermath of Quitting His Job

Justin Hartley as Kevin, Chrissy Metz as Kate. Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC
Last Tuesday, This Is Us became the most-watched scripted program on NBC in the 10 p.m. ET/PT time slot in more than six years. The story continues with a new episode tonight.

In "The Big Three," Kate (Chrissy Metz) is furiously working hard to shed her unwanted pounds as she continues to struggle with impatience and discouragement. She receives support from her new boyfriend, Toby (Chris Sullivan), as he helps her let loose and enjoy herself. Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) begins to question the motives of Randall's (Sterling K. Brown) biological father, William (Ron Cephas Jones), and takes action in getting answers on his activities. Randall has a lot more on his mind with the new life-changing addition of having his biological father in his life. Marriage and raising three 8-year-old children is beginning to take its toll on Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) as they start to feel distant from one another. Kevin (Justin Hartley) faces the aftermath of quitting his job as he deals with his agent, Lanie (Katey Sagal), and has to figure out how to move forward.

Watch a sneak peek below, as well as an in-depth look at Justin Hartley's Kevin.

Today in Soap Opera History (September 27)

1965: Four new daytime soap operas premiered: Morning 
Star and Paradise Bay on NBC, along with The Nurses and
Never Too Young on ABC.
"More and more, I tend to read history. I often find it more up to date than the daily newspapers."
― Joe Murray

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1962: Primetime serial The Nurses premiered on CBS. The was titled was changed to The Doctors and The Nurses a year later.

1965: Two new Ted Corday daytime soap operas, Morning Star and Paradise Bay, premiered on NBC. Both shows lasted less than a year, with the final episodes airing on July 1, 1966.

Pop TV 'The Young and the Restless' and 'The Bold and the Beautiful' Ratings (September 19-23 2016)

The Nielsen ratings are in for Pop TV for the week of September 19-23, 2016. Same-day repeats of CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless averaged 493,000 viewers (based on three days of data). Below is a day-by-day breakdown of Y&R ratings.

DateTotal ViewersAdults 18-49 RatingRank Among Cable Programs
Monday, September 19524,0000.08124th
Tuesday, September 20448,0000.06146th
Wednesday, September 21--Not in Top 150
Thursday, September 22507,0000.06146th
Friday, September 23--Not in Top 150

The Bold and the Beautiful came in 140th on Tuesday evening, with a 0.06 adults 18-49 rating and 375,000 viewers. B&B did not appear in the Top 150 during the rest of the week.

'General Hospital' Star Kimberly McCullough Releases Teaser for 'Heyday'

"If this doesn't work out, we're both f*cked!"
Longtime General Hospital actress Kimberly McCullough, has turned her attention to directing and producing in recent years, in between appearances on the iconic ABC soap opera. Over the summer, she released a Sundance pitch video for her series Heyday, which takes place in the 1980s on the set of a popular soap opera.

In the pitch, McCullough (Robin on GH) recounts General Hospital's rise to fame in the ‘80s and how as a child, she was brought in to play the daughter of international super-spies Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) and Robert Scorpio Tristan Rogers). There’s tons of classic clips from the soap as well as interviews with Jay Leno, Regis Philbin, and Oprah Winfrey.

Growing up on camera and having to hide her family’s Mexican heritage because an agent once told her as a child that she looked “too ethnic” inspired McCullough to write Hey Day, a fictionalized look at a daytime soap in the '80s.

Watch the new Heyday teaser below, which features Hughes dropping a F-bomb.