Soaps.com has the latest career news for a few former actors of Daytime cancelled soaps, "As The World Turns," "Guiding Light," "Loving," "Passions" and "Edge Of Night." There are Hallmark movie roles, how to learn hypnosis, an on stage performance, an actor turned producer and more in this month's after-Daytime column.
Vanessa Ray to Blue Bloods:
Vanessa Ray ("As The World Turns'" ex-Teri Ciccone) has landed a role on CBS' "Blue Bloods" as a rookie cop named Eddie Janko. Season four returns at 10:00 PM on Friday September 27. Ray also played the role of Cece Drake on ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars" from 2012 to 2013.
Tamara Tunie in The Red Road:
Tamara Tunie (ex-Jessica Griffin, "ATWT") has been cast in the Sundance Channel's new original scripted series "The Red Road." The one-hour, six episode hard-hitting drama follows a local cop who works to keep his family together and to police two clashing communities. After a cover-up involving his wife the cop forges an alliance with a dangerous member of a Native American tribe. Production began in Atlanta, Georgia on Monday August 19.
Martha Byrne in Preying For Mercy:
Martha Byrne, who played "ATWT's" Lily Snyder from 1985 to 2008 as well as "GH's" Andrea Floyd in 2009, took to Twitter to announce that she is currently shooting in Los Angeles for the new Bill Duke directed film "Preying For Mercy."
Start shooting the film Preying for Mercy in LA next week. Looking forward to working with director Bill Duke.... http://t.co/rsYlzMVmGJ— Martha Byrne (@MarthaByrne10) August 15, 2013
Dylan Bruce cast on Arrow and Flowers In The Attic.
Dylan Bruce, ("As The World Turns'" ex-Chris Hughes), will appear in a guest starring role as Adam Donner in the upcoming season of the CW's "Arrow," as well as opposite Heather Graham ("The Hangover" films) as her onscreen husband Bart Winslow in the upcoming Lifetime movie "Flowers In The Attic." Based on the book by V.C. Andrews, the story surrounds two brothers and two sisters, who endure abuse as a result of a longtime buried family secret. Of the role, Bruce tweeted:
Dylan Bruce interviewed by Lindsay Lohan.
Straight out of rehab, on August 5 Lindsay Lohan ("The Canyons," "Another World's" ex-Alli Fowler) was a guest host for Chelsea Handler on her show "Chelsea Lately" and interviewed Bruce, who talked about his new series "Orphan Black" and stated, "It's not your grandma's syfy show." Watch the video for the full interview.
E.J. Bonilla in Bad Management:
The upcoming ABC comedy, starring David Spade ("Grown Ups 2") and Alan Thicke ("The Bold And The Beautiful," "Growing Pains"), will include a former "Guiding Light" actor. Look for E.J. Bonilla (ex-Rafe Rivera) in "Bad Management," a series focusing on an arrogant female boss who goes head to head with the owner's son (Spade) who joins the staff at a luxury department store and plans to target a younger crowd with sex and hot trends.
Brian Gaskill's The Speech:
Brian Gaskill (ex-"GL's" Dylan Lewis) created a new short film titled "The Speech," described as an erotic romantic comedy drama surrounding a union of hearts outside of a wedding. It will include an original song written by the former soap actor, who's asking fans to support his new project. Visit The Speech to hear a special message from Gaskill and to help today! In other news, Gaskill also produced, directed, edited and did all of the camera work in Georgette Jones' (daughter of country singers George Jones and Tammy Wynette) video "You And Me And Time."
Of his campaign Gaskill stated, "Now you certainly don't owe me anything... we have now raised 3052...and I am more than thankful, but we have 12 days left in the fundraising and in order for this to be done right, we need more funds..."
Paul Anthony Stewart, who played "Guiding Light's" Danny Santos from 1998 to 2009, is appearing on stage in "Harbor." Performances run through Sunday September 8 at the 59E59 Theaters at 59 East 59th Street in New York City, New York and follows what happens when a fifteen year old and her mother drop in unannounced on her uncle and his new husband. It's safe to say that all hell breaks loose! Visit 59E59 Theaters to reserve your seats today. The actor also appeared this year as Peter Westlake on CBS' "Blue Bloods."
Laura Bell Bundy in Dear Dumb Diary:
On Friday September 6 at 8:00 PM Laura Bell Bundy, who played "Guiding Light's" Marah Shayne Lewis from 1999 to 2011, will appear in the Hallmark Channel movie "Dear Dumb Diary" as Aunt Carol. Based off of Scholastic's Jim Benton series, the story follows a creative middle-schooler who learns that sometimes it's what's on the inside that matters the most. Bundy can also be recognized from her CW "Hart Of Dixie" role as Shelby.
Patricia Kalember in Straight From The Heart:
Patricia Kalember, who played "Loving's" Merrill Vochek from 1983 to 1984, will appeared in the Hallmark Channel made for television movie "Straight From The Heart" on Thursday August 29. The film, originally released in 2003, follows a New York photographer, who finds love in the Wild West. Look for Kalember as Laurie Woods, as well as Teri Polo ("The Fosters") as Jordan Donovan, Andrew McCarthy ("White Collar") as Tyler Ross and Greg Evigan ("The Glades") as Edward Morgan. Please check your local listings.
Catherine Hickland's Trance Workshop:
Have you ever wanted to learn hypnosis? Well, now's your chance, and better yet with a former soap star as your teacher! Catherine Hickland ("OLTL's" ex-Lindsay Rappaport, "Loving/The City's" ex-Tess Wilder), along with Hypnotist Don Spencer, will be spending two days, September 30 and October 1, in Las Vegas, Nevada to "teach you how you take charge of your mind, transform your business, sales, career, personal life and build rapport with others." Only 40 people will be able to sign up so act fast and visit Trance Training for more details. The actress also appeared in such Daytime roles as Dr. Courtney Marshall on "Texas," Brooke Logan on "The Bold And The Beautiful," and as Julie Clegg on "Capital."
Charles Divins in Four Of Hearts:
If you hit the film festival scenes this past summer you may have seen a screening of the indie film "Four Of Hearts." Former "Passions'" star Charles Divins, who played Chad Harris from 2002 to 2007, appeared as Jordan in the story that follows a married couple's attempt to rekindle their relationship, through a one-night stand with another couple, which results with unexpected attractions, jealousy and regrets. Watch the official trailer below.
Michael Dietz: Soap star to producer:
Michael Dietz is well-known in the Daytime world, having had roles on "Passions" (Jake, 2007), "The Bold And The Beautiful" (Dr. Mark Maclaine, 2002 to 2005), "Port Charles" and "General Hospital" (Dr. Joseph Parnell, 1997 to 1999) and "Guiding Light" (Alan-Michael Spaulding, 1996 to 1997). However, since leaving acting behind Dietz has been a producer on such shows as "Big Brother," "One Man Army," "Stars Earn Stripes" and most recently on 2013's "Killer Karaoke" and "Celebrity Apprentice."
Lori Loughlin in Garage Sales Mystery:
Lori Loughlin, who played Jody Travis on "The Edge Of Night" for three years back in the 1980s, will be turning up in a new Hallmark Channel movie. In "Garage Sales Mystery," which is based off of Suzi Weinert's book Garage Sale Stalker, Loughlin will play Jennifer Shannon, a woman who scours garage sales for a diamond in the rough and ends up helping to solve a string of neighborhood burglaries. The movie airs Saturday September 14 at 9:00 PM. Aside from her longtime role as Becky Katsopolis on "Full House," the actress most recently appeared as Debbie Wilson on "90210" from 2008 to 2012.
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