NEWS: Shelly Altman, Jean Passanante, Jess Walton, Kristolyn Lloyd, Kate Linder

New General Hospital head writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante exited for what's ahead
In the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, Altman and Passanante discuss a wide range of topics including Genie Francis's (Laura) status, their plan to bring more romance to Port Charles, the role of the hospital and the mob on the canvas, revitalizing the Quartermaines, the timing of the Jason reveal, the possibility of recasting Robin, and much more.

“There is nothing more passionate than a General Hospital fan," Passanante says. "We hope that they will invest their commitment in the show and give us a chance, because I think they will be rewarded."

Adds Altman, "We are excited to be here; we are writers and fans."

Jess Walton
Jess Walton happy to be back at The Young and the Restless "for good"
“I’m ready to be back,” declares the actress, who returned on Thursday's episode as Jill. “I feel re-energized and it’s so nice to be with my Y&R family again. I really missed them."

The Oregon-based actress reveals she requested the time away from the show. “I asked to take break,” she says. “Where I live, the winters are so long and the summers are very short, so I just wanted time off to relax and really enjoy my beautiful home. It was wonderful.” Look for her to stick around. "As far as I’m concerned, Jill is back for good and ready to deal with whatever comes!” assures Walton.

Downton Abbey “superfan” Queen Elizabeth II likes to pick out the show’s mistakes
Brian Hoey, author of "At Home With The Queen," tells People: “She loves to pick out the mistakes. They do tend to get it right. However, the Queen did notice on one episode that there was a young so-called British officer wearing medals which had not been awarded when he was supposed to be alive. He was fighting in the First World War and the medals on his chest did not come in until the Second World War."

The Bold and the Beautiful alum Kristolyn Lloyd cast in Broadway's "Invisible Thread"
The cast is now set for the New York premiere of "Invisible Thread." The new musical will star its co-creator Griffin Matthews, off-Broadway alums Nicolette Robinson and Kristolyn Lloyd as Eden (reprising her role from the Massachusetts run) and Grace, respectively, and more. The show, written by Matthews and Matt Gould and directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus, will begin on October 31 at Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theatre. Opening night is set for December 2.

Stars to shine for pet gala, including Y&R's Kate Linder
Over 250 people are expected to attend the gala, “Canine Casablanca: A Rescue Affair,” with a 1940s theme. 12 Hollywood celebrities will be in attendance, including Jerry “The Beaver” Mathers, Robert Hays of the Airplane movies, Agoura Hills resident Jenilee Harrison of Dallas and Three’s Company, Kate Linder of The Young and The Restless and Newbury Park resident and actor Casey Sander.

New Daily Show host Trevor Noah once appeared on South African soap Isidingo
Before being an international star, Noah had a cameo role in the South African soap opera Insidingo in 2002, when he was just 18.

Empire Drops New Songs Featuring Jussie Smollett, Pitbull Ahead of Season 2 Premiere
The first song, “No Doubt About It,” features Jussie Smollett, known to fans of the show as Jamal Lyon, and Pitbull, who will also guest star on season two. The song was co-written by Pitbull and Ne-Yo.

The other song features Smollett and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, who plays the youngest Lyon son Hakeem. It is called “Ain’t About the Money,” and has been featured in the trailers for season two.

Listen to both songs below:

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