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Soaps.com is back with updates involving soap alums from “All My Children,” “As the World Turns,” “Guiding Light,” “One Life to Live” and “Search for Tomorrow.” We have a series renewal, film and primetime roles, a sexy cover shoot, two engagements and more!

McKinley Freeman on Hallmark’s Home & Family.
McKinley Freeman will be making an appearance on Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family” on Friday January 15. The actor’s recent credits include “Hit the Floor,” “Message From a Mistress,” “Switched at Birth” and “In-Between.” He also had roles in daytime on “All My Children” (during the soap’s search for Sexiest Man in America, 2004), “General Hospital” (Roy Williams, 2009) and “Days of our Lives” (Evan Sayers, 2008 to 2011). Tune in at 10:00 AM to hear what Freeman’s been up to these days.

Melissa Leo’s Wayward Pines is renewed.
Melissa Leo (“All My Children’s” Linda Warner, 1984 to 1988) plays Nurse Pam on the hit FOX series “Wayward Pines.” The network announced that their freshman psychological thriller will return for another season this summer. Based on Blake Crouch’s best-selling book series, season two will consist of ten episodes and will pick up when a newcomer to Wayward Pines lands in the middle of a battle over how the residents plan to preserve the endangered human race. Matt Dillon and Carla Gugino also star as Ethan Burke and Kate Hewson.

“‘Wayward Pines’ was a huge hit for us this past summer. We were absolutely blown away by the mysterious and surprising world that Night and his team created, and the twisting-and-turning storytelling that drew viewers in from day one,” said David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Season Two is going to take the suspense, the vision of the future and the haunting character drama to whole new levels, and we can’t wait for our fans to continue that ride next year.”

Jake Silbermann as Lamen in Let Me Make You A Martyr.
“As the World Turns'” fans will remember Jake Silbermann as Noah Mayer (2007 to 2010), one half of the popular Nuke couple (Luke Snyder, played by Van Hansis). The actor will appear in the 2016 film “Let Me Make You A Martyr” as Lamen, starring Niko Nicotera (“Sons of Anarchy”) and singer Marilyn Mason. The revenge film surrounds two adopted siblings who fall in love and seek vengeance – and ultimately death – on their abusive father. Stay tuned for its release date. After leaving daytime, Silbermann had guest roles on “The Good Wife” as Jared Buck and “Person of Interest” as Phil Cain. He also appeared as Porter on “Guiding Light” in 2007.

Laura Bell Bundy engaged to Thom Hinkle.
Laura Bell Bundy (“Guiding Light’s” Marah Shayne Lewis, 2000 to 2001) and longtime boyfriend Thom Hinkle got engaged over the holidays. The actress shared her beautiful ring with fans, along with a little story of how she fell in love with Hinkle. Soaps.com wishes the couple many years of happiness! Over the years Bundy has had roles on such popular hits as “How I Met Your Mother” (Becky, 2010 to 2014), “Anger Management” (Dr. Jordan Denby, 2013 to 2014) and “Hart of Dixie” (Shelby Sinclair, 2012 to 2015). She’s also had success as a singer and on Broadway.

Four years ago I met this amazing man @thomhinkle. Initially, it was his biting wit, charm & beating me at Dance Dance revolution at Jerry’s Deli that swept me off my feet, but it’s his thoughtfulness, massively generous heart & the fact he switched from Scotch to KY Bourbon that has kept me falling in love with him more everyday. That’s not some romantic exaggeration for the sake of posting this either. It’s the truth. The Bourbon thing really won me over… But in all seriousness.. The way we’ve come out of differences & challenges as better more fully realized versions of ourselves has only deepened our love & connection… And allows me to believe we have what it takes to grow young together. It allows me to believe in love in general. THAT’s when you know if love is true. He is my rock. My Partner. My Best Friend. My roomie. My champion. My greatest most fun challenge. My make-out Partner. He’s the reason to my rhyme & he’s attempting to make me an honest woman. I said ‘YES!’ #engaged #happynewyear #2016

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Matt Bomer’s Men’s Fitness cover shoot.
Matt Bomer (“Guiding Light’s” Ben Reade, 2002 to 2003; “All My Children’s” Ian Kipling, 2000) did a cover shoot for the January/February issue of Men’s Fitness magazine. Watch this behind the scenes video where the actor discusses his personal style and his favorite thing about working with Lady Gaga as Donovan on “American Horror Story,” which airs Wednesdays at 10:00 PM.

Ryan Phillippe engaged to Paulina Slagter.
“One Life to Live” alum Ryan Phillippe, who played the first gay teen in US daytime (Billy Douglas, 1992 to 1993), is off the market! People has confirmed the actor proposed to his longtime girlfriend Paulina Slagter over the holidays. Phillippe was previously married to Reese Witherspoon (“Hot Pursuit”), who he shares two children with, and recently played the role of Ben Crawford on “Secrets & Lies.” Soaps.com wishes the couple our best!

Jason-Shane Scott guest-stars on Famous in Love.
Former “One Life to Live” actor Jason-Shane Scott (Will Rappaport, 1998 to 2007) will take part in the new Freeform (formerly ABC Family) pilot “Famous in Love” as Brody, executively produced by Pretty Little Liars’ Marlene King. Based on the novel by Rebecca Serle, the story will follow a college student named Paige (Bella Thorne) who is cast as the lead in a big Hollywood film, which takes her on a journey through stardom and the mystery surrounding a missing popstar. Stay tuned for the show’s possible premiere date. Scott recently appeared as Mitchell in the Hallmark Channel film “Christmas Land” and opposite his “One Life to Live” on-screen sibling Jessica Morris (Jennifer Rappaport) in Lifetime’s “The Wrong Roommate,” both of which may still be available on-demand or via encores in your area.

Wayne Rogers passes away at 82.
Wayne Rogers, best known as being an original star of “M*A*S*H” (Captain John McIntyre, 1972 to 1975), died as a result of complications from pneumonia in Los Angeles on Thursday December 31 at the age of 82. The actor played Slim Davis on “Search for Tomorrow” in 1959 and also appeared as Stretch Morgan on “Gunsmoke,” Dr. Charley Michaels on “House Calls” and Charlie Garrett on “Murder She Wrote” to name a small few. Soaps.com sends Rogers’ family and friends our condolences.

We also checked in with former actors of current soaps and reported Ashley Tesoro’s baby news, Lyndsy Fonseca’s new role and more.

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