Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NEWS: EASTENDERS Cast Photo, Cady McClain, Crystal Chappell, David Gregory, Ron Raines

The class of 2014! EastEnders cast photo features cast members old and new - including Hetti Bywater as Lucy Beale ahead of her character's death
The photo, which was taken outside the iconic Queen Vic pub on the show's Elstree set, was taken ahead of the soap's 30th anniversary.

Standing: (L-R) Johnny Carter (Sam Strike), Mick Carter (Danny Dyer), Linda Carter (Kellie Bright), Lady Di (Hotlips), Lee Carter (Danny-Boy Hatchard), Les Coker (Roger Sloman), Pam Coker (Lin Blakley), Nancy Carter (Maddy Hill), Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo), Shirley Carter (Linda Henry), Fiona 'Tosh' Mackintosh (Rebecca Scroggs), Tina Carter (Luisa Bradshaw White), Masood Ahmed (Nitin Ganatra), Cindy Williams (Mimi Keene), Shabnam Masood (Rakhee Thakrarr), Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater) , Charlie Cotton (Declan Bennet), Jane Beale (Laurie Brett), Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt), Peter Beale (Ben Hardy), Denise Fox (Diane Parish), Jake Stone (Jamie Lomas), 'Fatboy' Arthur Chubb (Ricky Norwood), Dexter Hartman (Khali Best), Max Branning (Jake Wood), Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa), Aleks Shirovs (Kristian Kiehling), Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy), Carol Jackson (Lindsey Coulson, Rebecca Fowler (Jasmine Armfield), Terry Spraggan Jnr (George Sargeant), Terry Spraggan (Terry Alderton), Jay Mitchell (Jamie Borthwick), Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty), Liam Butcher (James Forde), Nikki Spraggan (Rachel Wilde), Alfie Moon (Shane Richie), Sharon Rickman (Letitia Dean), Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden)

Seated/Crouching: (L-R) Stan Carter (Timonthy West), Tramp, Donna Yates (Lisa Hammond), Morgan Butcher (Devon Higgs), Dennis Rickman (Harry Hickles), Tiffany Butcher (Maisie Smith), Rosie Spraggan (Jerzey Swingler), Dot Branning (June Brown), Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker), Cora Cross (Ann Mitchelle), Roxy Mitchell (Rita Simons), Amy Mitchell (Abigail-Louise Knowles), Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick), William Mitchell (Toby Walpole), Mo Harris (Laila Morse), Kat Moon (Jessie Wallace), Lola Pearce (Danielle Harold), Tommy Moon (Ralfie White), Lexi Mitchell (Dotti-Beau Contterill)

Cady McClain on taking over the role of Kelly on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
"There's much more pressure being an instant replacement. Boom! Usually when this happens on a soap there's a break of a few months or at least weeks. And Cynthia was mind-bogglingly good and really made her mark with some award-worthy work. So I'm like, 'Oh, s—t!' But I'm bringing my A game and hoping the fans will accept me."

Crystal Chappell to speak at Lavender Graduation
The fifth annual Lavender Graduation Ceremony will be hosted by EWU in the Showalter Auditorium on May 1, sponsored by Eastern’s Pride Center. The ceremony recognizes graduating LGBTQIA students from Spokane-area community colleges, universities and high schools. This year’s keynote speaker is Emmy-awarding winning actress, author and producer Crystal Chappell.

ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum David Gregory coming to the Hartford Stage in "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"
David Gregory, who starred as Robert Ford in ONE LIFE TO LIVE, will be playing the role of Spike.

Valerie Harper: Cancer-free headline erroneous
"I'm absolutely cancer-free!" Emmy-winner Valerie Harper tells Closer Weekly.

But Harper later Wednesday issued a statement, via Hallmark Channel, about that quote.

"In response to a recent erroneous quote concerning my health, I am not 'absolutely cancer-free.' I wish I were," Harper said. "Right now what I am is cautiously optimistic about my present condition, and I have hope for the future."

Easter Bunny To Join Stars At The Los Angeles Mission On Good Friday
The Easter Bunny is among the celebrities expected to attend the event, joining other stars such as Jen Lilley (DAYS OF OUR LIVES), Vincent Ward (THE WALKING DEAD), Allison McAtee (THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS), E. J. Bonilla (GUIDING LIGHT) and many more.

Drama League Awards Nominations Will Be Announced by Judith Light and Christopher Sieber
Two-time Tony Award winner Judith Light and Tony Award nominee Christopher Sieber will announce the 2014 Drama League Awards nominations April 23 at 11 AM at Sardi's.

Broadway pros Ron Raines and Donald Pippin to conduct master class April 24 at TJC
Tony-nominated baritone Ron Raines and Broadway conductor Donald Pippin will offer their professional expertise during a musical theater master class at Tyler Junior College.

The master class will be held 2:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in Jean Browne Theatre on the TJC main campus. The event is co-sponsored by the Women’s Symphony League of Tyler.

Participants will include TJC performing arts students, including drama students and members of performance group, Harmony & Understanding.

EMMERDALE's Jeff Hordley: 'We're lucky to get Danny Miller back'
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Miller has agreed to reprise his role as Aaron Livesy and will be back on screen in the summer.


  1. EastEnders spoiler in the headline...grrr....

    1. While there's a spoiler in the DailyMail headline repeated here, honestly, EE seems to want everyone to know this. This "Death of Lucy" storyline has been getting headlines in the media for weeks now. Who kills Lucy? is even being played at the betting agencies now .. lol! .. It's just like HOLLYOAKS, which this week released a major promo for their upcoming murder storyline, even creating a twitter hashtag for it. It's like, if one follows any kind of press for the show at all, then you know about it ... and they want you to know about ... and they want you to start talking about it. - jmho

    2. I don't think it's a spoiler at this point. The Mirror, Digital Spy and Daily Mail are full of headlines like this these days.
      And yes, the story isn't really the death of Lucy Beale but the whodunit that follows and the story for the Beale family that Dominic Treadwell-Collins previewed in his latest interviews.

  2. Happy 30th EE !! .. And Lady Di's real name is Hotlips! .. How funny!

  3. It's great to see the Brit-Soaps among the soap news on WLS. I wish you guys would post more about them. They tell stories in such a unique way and are very different from the American Daytime soaps. EastEnders is my favorite soap to watch at the moment.

    1. Hollyoaks has been my guilty pleasure for years, but I have to admit, right now EastEnders is like that soap "I run home to watch." ..I think The Carters have infused some much needed energy in the show, yet have not overtaken it. Their introduction has been handled so well. .. And when it comes to differences, I had to laugh the other day when thinking, would an American Daytime soap ever add a mortician (the Les Coker character) to its regular cast? .. lol!