Wednesday, August 24, 2011

NEWS ROUNDUP: Tamara Tunie To DAYS, Gays in Daytime, Drake Hogestyn's Eyebrow Raise, DAYS on ET Canada

Former ATWT star Tamara Tunie joining DAYS for a short arc in November
Tunie will be playing Salem’s tough-as-nails judge Weston who will make a decision that impacts John Black’s life in "a major, major way."

Gays in Daytime Soaps DAYS adds a dash of gay as AMC gals bid adieu!
DAYS Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng said the decision to move forward with the integration of a gay character to the Salem canvas took careful execution. “This has been discussed for a long time with a lot of thought. And yes, there were concerns, but it’s like, ‘Wow. Who are we? What are we thinking? It is time!’

"We didn’t want to do some gay love story, or just go off on some extreme ripped-from-the-headlines political story, just to be telling a ‘gay story.’ We are looking at a long-term, longtime beloved characters type of situation for Sonny. It is about a character who is now on the show, and who by the way, is gay!”

As for AMC's Minx, Sarah Glendening (Marissa) has her view on how the duo should go off the air. “If Bianca and Marissa end up together then I think, ‘How can Marissa be unhappy with that?’ It’s perfect. Their kids, Miranda and AJ, were born on the same day and they already have a sibling relationship going on anyway. It would be great to turn this into a new kind of ‘family.’ I think in the end, Bianca should be surrounded by everyone she loves. She deserves it!”

Drake Hogestyn on his famous eyebrow raise
"The magazines wanted some fresh shots for the shots, new press photos. Before I took the picture I'm tapping the right side just above my eyebrow because I'm trying to numb the nerve there. They said it's a genetic thing. I don't try to do it. I'm not even aware of it."

ET Canada's Rick Campanelli visited the set of the long-running daytime soap opera Days Of Our Lives as the show plans to start the new season by rebooting the series.

Kelly Ripa to appear on JERSEYLICIOUS
New Jersey native Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley, ALL MY CHILDREN) is returning to her roots! The LIVE! WITH REGIS & KELLY host will be appearing on the Sunday, August 28, episode of JERSEYLICIOUS, The Style Network's top hit series.

Last airdate set for ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Barret Helms
Helms' final air date as Baz has been set for Tuesday, September 20 -- exactly three months after he made his OLTL debut.

Rebeka Montoya joins the GENERAL HOSPITAL cast
Montoya will be playing the recurring role of Delores Padilla. Although the initial casting notice indicated that it would be a contract role, a show rep says that the rookie cop is now a recurring role.

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