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A dark, corruptive force.

Soaps.com has uncovered a movie release, pilot news, a big guest appearance on a hit FOX drama and a soap opera alum passing as we flash back to former daytime actors.

Jack Coleman, Ryan McPartlin and Natalie Hall to appear in Marc Cherry’s ABC pilot, starring Reba McEntire.
Jack Coleman is well-known in primetime for roles on “Heroes” (Noah Bennet), “Castle” (Senator William Bracken), “Ultimate Spider-Man” (Dr. Strange), “The Office” (State Senator Rob Lipton), “The Vampire Diaries” (Bill Forbes) and many, many others. What some may not know is the actor landed one of his first jobs in daytime, playing Jake Kositchek aka ‘The Salem Strangler’ on “Days of our Lives” in 1981 – prior to taking primetime soap watchers by storm as “Dynasty’s” Steven Carrington. Next up, Coleman will play Deke Adair in Marc Cherry’s upcoming ABC pilot, an untitled southern drama starring Reba McEntire. Deke is the ex-husband of McEntire’s Ruby Adair. The show will surround Oxblood, Kentucky Sheriff Ruby Adair and a young FBI Agent of Middle Eastern descent, who set out to solve a horrible crime in a southern gothic community filled with strange residents who harbor secrets of their own. “All My Children” alum Natalie Hall (Colby Chandler, 2009 to 2011) will also appear as Jennifer, as will “Passions’” Ryan McPartlin (Hank Bennett) as Mayor Valentine French. Stay tuned for further details. Watch a scene from 1982 when Coleman’s “Days” character The Salem Strangler planned to kill Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall).

Soap alum Richard Hatch passes away at 71.
“All My Children” and “Santa Barbara” alum Richard Hatch (Philip Brent, 1971; Stephen Slade, 1990) passed away at 1:30 PM on Tuesday February 7 in Santa Clarita, California from Stage IV pancreatic cancer. He was 71. The actor, best known for playing Captain Apollo/Tom Zarek on “Battlestar Galactica” also played Dean Caldwell on “Dynasty” and Silicon Assassin in “The Silicon Assassin Project.” Soaps.com sends Hatch’s son Paul, his family and friends our condolences.

Related: Soap alum Jay Bontatibus passes away at 52

Amber Tamblyn and Erik Valdez’s Paint it Black gets release date.
Former “General Hospital” actors Amber Tamblyn (Emily Bowen Quartermaine, 1996 to 1998) and Erik Valdez (Trey Mitchell, 2012 to 2013) will be heading to the big screen in their film “Paint it Black,” as first reported by Deadline. Though it has made its way through various film festivals, the film has been picked up with global rights by Imagination Worldwide, a Los Angeles based international motion picture sales and distribution company. Tamblyn directed the film, as well as contributed to the writing and producing aspects, with Valdez in the role of Officer Valducci. The story is based on Janet Fitch’s 2007 novel and follows a woman named Josie, who loses a man close to her, Michael, and his pianist mother, Meredith, who blames Josie for her son’s suffering. Coming from two different walks of life, Josie and Meredith’s ‘dark and twisted relationship’ is based on distrust and blind need. Keep an eye out for the film’s anticipated April theatrical release. For fun, let’s take a look back to 1995 when a very young Emily first met Lucky Spencer (then played by Jonathan Jackson) on “General Hospital,” as well as scenes from 2013 when Valdez’s character, Trey, was taken off of life support.

Eva Longoria lands multi-episode arc on Empire.
“The Young and the Restless” and “Desperate Housewives” alum Eva Longoria (Isabella Braña; Gabrielle Solis) will be heading to FOX’s hit musical drama “Empire.” FOX announced that the actress will play Charlotte Frost in a multi-episode arc when season three returns from winter break. Longoria’s character comes off as alluring but disguises a dark and corruptive force within. As director of the state gaming commission, Charlotte is the deciding factor in regards to Lucious’ (Terrence Howard) quest to expand Empire to Las Vegas and has the power to make or break his dreams. Be sure to tune in for the season return premiere on Wednesday March 22 at 9:00 PM. For those who haven’t heard, there will be more “Empire” to come since the network renewed the series for season four which will include eighteen new episodes. Last year, Soaps.com shared photos of Eva Longoria and Jose Antonio Baston’s May wedding. The actress will also be directing an upcoming episode of ABC's "Blackish."

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