Friday, November 21, 2008

News Brief

Lindstrom says ATWT like "joining an old fraternity of professionals"
Lots of big names are coming back to daytime, starting with former GENERAL HOSPITAL star Jon Lindstrom, who joins AS THE WORLD TURNS Dec 3.

"Coming to AS THE WORLD TURNS was like joining an old fraternity of professionals," says Lindstrom, best remembered as Dr. Kevin Collins on "GH" and sister show "Port Charles." (He also played Kevin's psycho twin on GH.) "And the fact that they're all so nice and good-looking doesn't hurt."

"I've agreed to a long-term contract," he tells Soap Opera Digest. "These are unsure times for a lot of shows, but it's certainly my intention to be around for a while."

Roscoe museum displays one-of-a-kind JFK artifacts
In commemoration of the 45th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Wayne Lensing, owner of Historic Auto Attractions, will debut newly procured artifacts that will be added Saturday to the museum’s permanent collection. Rockford resident Cathy Adams, a retired kindergarten teacher, is fascinated by the one-of-a-kind items related to Kennedy’s assassination.

“The 22nd of November will never be the same for those (of us) who lived through our president’s assassination,” Adams said. “I’ll never forget that. I was sitting at home feeding my baby, watching AS THE WORLD TURNS when life exploded. I called my mother and told her to turn her TV on immediately. Our whole weekend, we were obsessed with the coverage. It was just unbelievable.”

Cynthia Watros-Gilliland sells her Hancock Park home for $5.2 million
Cynthia Watros-Gilliland, who won an Emmy for her role as Annie on GUIDING LIGHT, has sold her 1923 Hancock Park home in L.A. for $5.2 million. The property has about 8,000 square feet, which includes a detached 2,300-square-foot two-story guesthouse. The 5,700-square-foot main house has five bedrooms and five bathrooms. There are fireplaces in both the formal dining room and living room. The home, completely updated and remodeled, has hardwood floors, a gourmet kitchen, custom stone work and wrought iron throughout.

DAYS Aniston hot on Google Trends
After Star reported that John Aniston had dinner with his daughter, Jennifer, and her boyfriend, John Mayer, searches for the DAYS OF OUR LIVES star on Google went through the roof.

Disney's Hollywood Studios says "Goodbye" to Super Soap Weekend

More recaps and photos from this past weekend's event in Orlando.

"The fans who gathered at DHS this past weekend seemed to feel just as Kassie did. Which is why you'd periodically hear chants of 'Save Super Soap!' break out. Not to mention small pockets of people booing whenever that Super Soap replacement event, Rock the Soap, was mentioned."

Trekkers familiar with face of Jonathan Frakes
Jonathan Frakes, the man who will always be synonymous with the Riker Star Trek character, is beaming down this weekend to the Boston Super Megafest with the Sheraton Framingham standing in as Farpoint Station.

Trying to make it as an actor, Frakes moved to New York City and landed a role as Vietnam vet Tom Carroll on the soap opera, THE DOCTORS. In late 1978, Frakes moved to Los Angeles and made numerous television guest appearances on big primetime shows.

Whether there was something in the air or in the mint juleps, four couples from the set of North and South married, including himself and Genie Francis (Laura of GENERAL HOSPITAL fame). The couple just shared their 20th wedding anniversary. As for the secret of a happy marriage, Frakes said, “Patience. Compromise. And your wife is always right.”

Van Der Beek back in North Carolina
Five years after his star-making turn as the center of DAWSON'S CREEK came to an end, Van Der Beek is back on one of Wilmington's sound stages -- working with some of his former crew colleagues -- for a guest appearance on the CW's teen drama ONE TREE HILL. The episode airs Monday night.

"This is just a real nice homecoming for me," Van Der Beek (ex-Stephen, AS THE WORLD TURNS) said.

UGLY BETTY's Suarezes rule
On last night's episode, "Hilda gives the best damn speech to Justin about his being perfect and never, ever compromising who he is. I admit it: I got a bit verklempt, and having a sinus headache only made me a tiny bit more susceptible to the emotion. The Suarezes rule yet again."

2008 Awards nominees announced
Who was nommed for Best Hunk, Hunkiest Soap, Most Shamefully Clothed and more? Check out this year's nominations.

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