Thursday, September 13, 2012

NEWS ROUNDUP: At Home With Pete Rich. Plus, Stella Sisters, Freddie Smith, Drake Hogestyn, Sally Struthers

Pete Rich and Matt Brenneis / Photo by Cloe Poisson
WHERE ARE THEY NOW: At Home In Litchfield Hills With Soap Writer Pete Rich
Remember when Reva Shayne of GUIDING LIGHT stripped in the downtown fountain and announced, "I baptize myself the slut of Springfield, scarlet woman, common tramp?" Or when Tad Martin on ALL MY CHILDREN proclaimed to his wacky mother Opal, "I am swimming in one scary gene pool?" Or when GL's H.B. Lewis stoically told son Josh, "Love the lord, love the life he's given you and the rest will take care of itself?" Pete Rich. Pete Rich. Pete Rich.

Rich is no longer writing for soap operas and is now working with partner and editor Matt Brenneis on two new TV projects. "I did not want to see mess or depressing or chaos," says Rich, who is also now doing commissioned decorating work as well. "I need the opposite of the insanity that I was writing."

NASHVILLE First Look: Meet the Stella Sisters
ABC's upcoming first-year drama has enlisted sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella to recur as Maddie and Daphne Jaymes, the musically gifted daughters to Britton's fading country star Rayna Jaymes.

Drake Hogestyn previews Kristen's return on DAYS OF OUR LIVES
"It's a very interesting storyline," Hogestyn says. "She comes back, and John's accepting her at face value. She says she's changed, but there are some indicators that's she's back for something more. So right now, it's been very interesting. We're happy to have [Eileen Davidson back] because Dee and I are now in a very strong storyline, and that's good. The audience is really going to be onboard with it."

The future is bright for DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Molly Burnett
"I actually just shot an episode for the sitcom ZACH STONE IS GONNA BE FAMOUS with Bo Burnham for MTV which was amazing! And I just started filming for a movie for Hallmark called This Magic Moment with Vincent Spano, Travis Schuldt, Charles Shaughnessy and Aliana Huffman which I'm so excited about since it's my first movie!"

Freddie Smith on what's ahead for Sonny on DAYS OF OUR LIVES
"Sonny will be showing some skin very soon!"

Sally Struthers arrested for drunk driving in Maine
Struthers (ex-Jennifer, GENERAL HOSPITAL) was released shortly after she was taken into custody after posting $160 bail.

WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE will feature GENERAL HOSPITAL stars while host Meredith Vieira visits GH
MILLIONAIRE will celebrate ABC's GENERAL HOSPITAL by hosting cast members who will play the game for charity. In return, Meredith Vieira will have a cameo on GH, leading up to the show's 50th anniversary on ABC in April 2013.

Michael Nouri to guest star on BODY OF PROOF
In the fourth installment of the coming run (premiering at midseason), Nouri will play Daniel Russo, a crime boss whose son is killed under suspicious circumstances. Webster has been cast as a boxing coach who is questioned in the murder, while Wise will play Russo’s attorney.

Paramount's Brad Grey Bulldozes Frank Sinatra's Holmby Hills House
At 8,631 square feet, the red brick house was considered by some to be too small for the size of the property and the tony neighborhood, where residents include Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman, philanthropist Suzanne Saperstein and television producer Bradley Bell, son of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS creator William Bell.

SCANDAL CREST premieres Friday, September 21 at 9 p.m. PT
A new improvised soap opera from ACME Comedy.

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