soap alum news feb 12

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New exciting film and primetime roles for former soap stars and another sad passing.

Actors might leave daytime, but they’re never far from our screens. Soaps.com has compiled the latest places to find some of your favorite former soap opera actors from All My Children, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, One Life to Live and The Young and the Restless.

Soap alum Carmen Argenziano dead at 75

Soaps.com is sad to report that soap alum Carmen Argenziano passed away on Sunday February 10. The actor appeared on Young and the Restless as D.A. Dennis Ellroy on and off from 2008 to 2009. He also played a hitman on Days of our Lives in 2001 and was best known for the series Stargate SG-1 and the film The Godfather Part II. We send condolences to his wife Lisa A. Angelocci and three children.

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings

Melissa Leo (ex-Linda Warner, AMC) has joined the Netflix anthology series based on the songs of Dolly Parton. The country music legend will kick off every episode with a backstory on the song being featured. She will also appear in some episodes. In addition to Leo, Y&R alum Jessica Collins (Avery), Ray McKinnon (Sons of Anarchy), Timothy Busfield (Thirtysomething) and Patricia Wettig (Thirtysomething) have been cast. The series will star different actors every episode and is set to premiere sometime in 2019. Some of the songs to be highlighted include Jolene, These Old Bones and If I Had Wings.

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F.E.A.R.

Actor Jason Tobias (Bloodlines, Star Wars: Generations) posted stills on Instagram of his latest film F.E.A.R., featuring Marci Miller (ex-Abigail Deveraux, Days). Tobias, who dayplayed on Days in 2016 and 2017, also wrote and co-directed the movie about a family dealing with a “terrifying pathogen” released upon their mountain town, and “a band of marauders, hellbent on revenge.” No release date has been given yet, but Soaps.com will keep you posted as we get more details.

Holiday for Heroes

Former Y&R and AMC star Melissa Claire Egan (ex-Chelsea Lawson and ex-Annie Novak respectively) has landed a new role. She’ll star in Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ Holiday for Heroes. In it, Egan plays a woman who exchanges letters with a soldier, played by Marc Blucas (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Underground), for a year before finally meeting him. Though she’s shooting the movie now, it won’t air until November.

Jupiter’s Legacy

Josh Duhamel (ex-Leo du Pres, AMC) has been tapped to star in the Netflix series Jupiter’s Legacy, based on the comic book series of the same name. The story centers on superheroes who received their powers in the 1930s, but in present day must watch their children try to live up to their achievements. Duhamel plays Sheldon Sampson, a.k.a. The Utopian. He is the leader of the accomplished older superheroes, who doesn’t understand the changing world or his family. The series also stars Leslie Bibb (American Housewife) and Matt Lanter (Timeless).

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Reprisal

She recently wrapped up the series finale of Timeless with the above’s Lanter, who is co-starring with another of her former onscreen partners Duhamel, but now, Abigail Spencer (ex-Becca Tyree, AMC) has been tapped for the upcoming Hulu series Reprisal. The show is “a hyper-kinetic revenge tale following a relentless femme fatale [Spencer] who, after being left for dead, leads a vengeful campaign against a bombastic gang of gearheads.” Production will begin later this year and will premiere in 2019. Reprisal will also star Mena Massoud (Aladdin) and Rhys Wakefield (Home and Away, True Detective).

Roswell: New Mexico

Soaps.com already reported that GH’s ex-Ethan Lovett, Nathan Parsons, is starring on Roswell: New Mexico. The reboot premiered on January 15 with longtime soap fans also recognizing fellow soap alum Trevor St. John (ex-Todd Manning/Victor Lord, OLTL) among the cast. Parsons plays a deputy sheriff in the town of Roswell, where he’s lived for years while hiding the fact that he is an alien. Meanwhile, St. John’s Master Sergeant Jesse Manes works for the government tracking aliens, potentially putting Parsons’ character and his family in danger. The series airs on the CW Tuesdays at 9:00 PM.