Where are they now? Susan Walters to The Flash, Chris McKenna to Grimm
Returning to the CW in a new, exciting role.
Soaps.com has film news, as well as numerous exciting primetime roles involving former actors of current soaps!
Chris McKenna heads back to primetime in Grimm.
Chris McKenna, whose most recent daytime credit was playing Dr. Hayden on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” is heading to NBC’s “Grimm” for season six – the show’s final season. His character, Lt. Grossante, is a formidable, driven, military-type cop – set to appear in one episode with a chance to turn up again. Look for McKenna when the dark fantasy returns on Friday January 6, 2017 at 8:00 PM. The actor is also known for playing Detective Mark Harding on “Y&R” and Joey Buchanan on “One Life to Live.”
— Chris McKenna (@ChrisLMcKenna) August 4, 2016
Rachel Melvin to play an engineering prodigy on Sleepy Hollow.
“Days of our Lives” alum Rachel Melvin (Chelsea Brady, 2005 to 2009) was last seen playing Lizzie Raynes on “Awkward” and has taped scenes for the upcoming films The Rake and Manson Girls. Fans will also get to see the actress turn up in season four of FOX’s supernatural drama “Sleepy Hollow.” Melvin will recur as a self-taught engineering prodigy named Alex Norwood, who specializes in artifacts and machines. Stay tuned for the show’s return date sometime midseason in 2017.
Jaime Ray Newman’s emotional Major Crimes role.
Jaime Ray Newman played the role of Kristina Cassadine on “General Hospital” from 2002 to 2003 before heading to the primetime scene on shows such as “Veronica Mars,” “Lincoln Heights,” “Drop Dead Diva” and most recently “Bates Motel.” TVLine has learned that the actress will recur on TNT’s “Major Crimes” as Wildred Darnell, who struggles with the fact that the boy she raised grew up to be a murdering White Supremacist. In the end, her character will be forced to make a very emotional, hard decision. Newman first appears in episode eleven of season five on Monday September 5. Tune in at 10:00 PM.
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Susan Walters lands CW role on The Flash.
Susan Walters is best known to daytime fans as “The Young and the Restless’” Diane Jenkins (2001 to 2010) and also played Lorna Forbes on “Loving” in 1983. Since leaving daytime she had a major recurring role on the CW’s The Vampire Diaries as Carol Lockwood and continues to play Natalie Martin on MTV’s “Teen Wolf.” The actress will soon head back to the CW network in the potential recurring role of Dr. Carla Tannhauser, Caitlin Snow’s (Danielle Panabaker’s) mother. EW has learned that Walters’ character is a well-known biomedical engineer who heads up a huge research company. When mother and daughter come face to face, it’ll be a rocky road for this estranged duo. Season three of the series returns on Tuesday October 4 at 8:00 PM. Fun fact! Walters has been married to daytime alum Linden Ashby (“Days’” Paul Hollinsworth, “Y&R’s” Cameron Kirsten, “Loving’s” Curtis Alden) since 1986.
— Susan Walters (@swaltersashby) August 26, 2016
Philip Moon in Shanghai Shanghai TV.
Phillip Moon left daytime as Jack Abbott’s (Peter Bergman) son Keemo Volien on “The Young and the Restless” in 1996 and has recently turned up on “True Detective” and “Hawaii Five-0.” Next for the actor will be the thriller “Shanghai Shanghai TV.” Playing the role of Sinmay Zao, the story follows an American ex-patriate gangster who lands right in the middle of Shanghai, China’s 1926 International drug smuggling mob scene during the Communist Revolution. The film is set to be released in 2017.
Jessica Heap in The Wonderful Wendalls.
Jessica Heap debuted in daytime in 2011 as Eden Baldwin on “The Young and the Restless” and will be seen in the 2017 series “The Wonderful Wendalls.” Starring alongside Bryan James (“Youthful Daze”), the project surrounds three estranged siblings who reunite over their mother’s death and fight the demons and sins that consume their dysfunctional family. Look for Heap as Jessica Wendall when the series premieres Monday May 8, 2017.
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