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New projects abound.

This week Soaps.com has new television and film roles for former actors of “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless,” as well as a motivational speaking event, a tropical business, an interview with a soap vet on his new web series role and more!

Patrick Duffy joins Sean Patrick Flanery in Trafficked.
“The Bold and the Beautiful” and “Dallas” alum Patrick Duffy (ex-Stephen Logan, 2006 to 2011; ex-Bobby Ewing) has been cast in the Will Wallace project “Trafficked,” along with former “The Young and the Restless” actor Sean Patrick Flanery (ex-Sam Gibson, 2011). The story is inspired by real young women who were trafficked and placed together in a Texas brothel, where they had no choice but to attempt an escape. Filming took place in Malibu, California with Duffy as Christian and Flanery as Simon. Elisabeth Röhm (“One Life to Live’s” ex-Dorothy Hayes), Anne Archer (“Privileged,” “Falcon Crest”), Kelly Washington (“Jurassic World”), Ashley Judd (“Missing”), Jessica Obilom (“Dead Air”) and Efren Ramirez (“Eastbound & Down”) also star.

Trevor Donovan in talks to star in The Man Who Wasn’t.
“Days of our Lives” alum Trevor Donovan (ex-Jeremy Horton, 2007) has been chosen as the lead for the made for television series “The Man Who Wasn’t,” based off of book two in Thomas Caplan’s Ty Hunter novels. Garth Ancier, who plans to produce the series, is in talks with the author on its development. The series surrounds a covert operative turned movie star named Ty Hunter, who is recruited by the President of the United States. Recently, Trevor Donovan played Kit on Texas Rising and Noah Weaver in the television movie “Love Finds you in Charm.”

Parker Young heads to the CW as new love interest on Arrow.
Parker Young landed his first acting role as a deliveryman on “Days of our Lives” in 2008. If you don’t recall him from the January 2 episode you may recognize the actor from recent recurring roles on “Things you Shouldn’t say Past Midnight” (ex-Leo), “Suburgatory” (ex-Ryan Shay) and “Enlisted” (ex-Pvt. Randy Hill). Young will appear next in season four of “Arrow” as one of Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) consultants named Alex Davis. Fans of the hit CW series can also expect his character to mix and mingle with Thea Queen (Willa Holland). Tune in for the series return on Wednesday October 7 at 8:00 PM and watch the video below as the actor jokes about preparing for his new role.

Eric Winter lands Secrets and Lies role. Eric Winter is known to “Days of our Lives” fans as former Salem resident Rex Brady, a role he played from 2002 to 2006. He recently starred in Lifetime’s canceled series “Witches of East End” as Dash Gardiner and has currently landed a role on ABC’s mystery series “Secrets and Lies.” Winter will play Neal Oliver when season two returns in 2016. Over the years, the actor has had roles on “The Mentalist,” “GCB” and “Rizzoli & Isles,” to name a small few.

Ingo Rademacher’s Mahiku Activewear.
Fans have been missing “General Hospital’s” Jax Jacks, who was last seen in April 2013 when he showed up wanting Carly (Laura Wright) to sign divorce papers so he could marry Brenda (Vanessa Marcil). However, after Carly informed him of Brenda’s desire to get back together with Sonny (Maurice Benard), Jax left Brenda and Port Charles behind. These days Ingo Rademacher, along with his wife Ehiku, run Mahiku Activewear, “a premium activewear and lifestyle brand committed to style, comfort and quality.” The couple founded the company in 2012 in Oahu, Hawaii. Of the business, the former soap actor shared:

Hard work this owning a business stuff ?1200 more pants arrived today. High Waist yoga leggings are in. @mahikuactivewear

A photo posted by Ingo Rademacher (@ingorademacher) on

Ted King cast in The Waiting. Ted King has made his way around daytime over the years with roles on such soaps as “Another World” (ex-Ron Nettles, 1993), “Loving” (ex-Danny Roberts, 1995), “The City” (ex-Danny Roberts, 1995 to 1996), “One Life to Live” (ex-Tomas Delgado, 2011 to 2012) and had his longest run on “General Hospital” as Lorenzo Alcazar from 2002 to 2007. He recently starred as Al Hickok in the Amazon series “Alpha House” and will be seen next in the film “The Waiting.” Featuring James Caan (“Back in the Game,” “The Godfather”), the film follows a couple of high school filmmakers who try to make a neighbor believe a local house is haunted. Look for King as Sean’s (Keir Gilchrist) father. Keep an eye out for its upcoming release date, as production wrapped up in May.

Nia Peeples files for divorce.
Nia Peeples, who currently plays Pam Fields on “Pretty Little Liars,” has filed for divorce. People is reporting the actress filed paperwork citing irreconcilable differences on Tuesday August 11 at the Los Angeles County Courthouse from her husband Sam George, a pro surfer and filmmaker. The couple married in August 2007. Peeples played Karen Taylor on “The Young and the Restless” from 2007 to 2009, as well as her 1980s roles as Mallory on “Days of our Lives,” Carla Escobar on “General Hospital” and will always be remembered for playing Nicole Chapman on “Fame.”

Watch Victoria Rowell and Tatyana Ali on Netflix in November Rules.
Former “The Young and the Restless” actresses Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla Winters, 1990 to 2007) and Tatyana Ali (ex-Roxanne, 2007 to 2013) are currently playing together in the Netflix romantic comedy “November Rules.” The premise of the movie follows a sports shoe entrepreneur named Steve (Mo McRae) who prevents getting serious about one girl by always breaking up with them on November 1. However, it isn’t until he executes his rule with a girl named Leah (Ali) that he realizes she just might have been his dream girl. Look for Rowell as Steve’s mom.

Steve Ford co-emcee at the Voices for Victory Gala.
Who could forget Paul Williams’ (Doug Davidson) sidekick Andy Richards, played by Steve Ford on “The Young and the Restless” from 1986 to 2003? The actor turned motivational speaker will join Jearlyn Steele this year as an emcee at the Voices for Victory Gala to share personal stories of overcoming adversity on Thursday September 17. Some of his own include how his family handled his mother’s alcoholism and breast cancer and how he himself dealt with his drug and alcohol addiction. Proceeds from the event will go to Emma Norton Services, which provides housing and support to women and families struggling with mental illness and chemical dependency. A reception will be held at 5:00 PM with the program beginning at 6:30 PM at the Mendakota Country Club at 2075 Mendakota Drive in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. Please visit Emma Norton Services for more details or call 1-651-251-2632. Fun fact: Steve Ford is the son of the late former President Gerald Ford and the late Betty Ford.

Gordon Thomson stars as Maxmillian in Winterthorne.
Interview! The online daytime drama Winterthorne, starring various soap opera stars for current and past soaps premiered on Thursday August 27. One former soap actor is playing Maxmillian Winterthorne, the husband to Linda Gray’s (“The Bold and the Beautiful’s” ex-Priscilla Kelly, “Dallas”) Joanna Winterthorne. The series follows the Winterthorne family and their candy empire, where secrets loom in every bite.

“I play Max Winterthorne, who is not the patriarch – the world of ‘Winterthorne’ is unquestionably a matriarchy – but the foundation and guiding light, if you will pardon the expression, of the family,” Thomson shared with Soaps.com. “Max is the most rounded character I have played in any soap since Mason in ‘Santa Barbara,’ and as such, I enjoyed the role a lot. It was also a treat to work with such really wonderful actors as Martha Madison and Cathleen Gati. Max is a man of principle and decency, a man of honor, something I believe is sorely lacking in too many of us today. I also believe that he is an inspiration to his family – I sure hope so. He also has a sense of humor!”

Of his role co-star and series creator Michael Caruso stated, “The part of Maxmillian was written specifically for Gordon. There was never anyone else even considered for the role. Gordon is the kind of actor a writer/producer wants to hire over and over again. His commitment to every character he portrays is inspiring and he always brings a unique twist to everything he does.”

“I have been away from cameras for too long, and I am as grateful as I can ever be to Michael Caruso, who not only plays Victor, but who also wrote and produced ‘Winterthorne.’ Michael paid me the compliment of creating Max with me in mind!” Thomson added. “The renewal of my career has been launched thanks to him, and I hope that this is the first of many roles to come. I am the lucky man who loves what he does for a living, and I intend to do just that for a very long time.”

The actor’s daytime credits include roles on “Ryan’s Hope” (ex-Aristotle Benedict White, 1981), “Santa Barbara” (ex-Mason Capwell, 1990 to 1993), “The Young and the Restless” (ex-Patrick Baker, 1997), “Sunset Beach” (ex-AJ Deschanel, 1998 to 1999), “Passions” (ex-FBI Special Agent Hal Freeman, 2000) and “Days of our Lives” (ex-Walter, 2009). Watch Winterthorne today!

More scoops! “All My Children” and “General Hospital” alums (ex-Leo, ex-Franco) Josh Duhamel and James Franco will star in Stephen King’s 11/22/63. Also, we have other movie and primetime roles for former soap stars, fans can view photos of an actress’ new house and more.

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– Amy Mistretta