Judi Evans, Kyle Lowder, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos soap opera alum news
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TV shows, talk shows and a devastating loss. 

Soaps.com has more news on soap opera alums appearing outside of daytime. Actors from All My Children, Bold and Beautiful, Days of our Lives and Guiding Light are starring in new TV series, joining established shows and reminiscing about their soap opera days. Unfortunately, there is also sad news to report as Days of our Lives’ Judi Evans mourns the death of her son.

Kyle Lowder in Down the K-Hole

Days of our Lives alum, Kyle Lowder (Rex Brady, Brady Black; Bold and Beautiful, Rick Forrester), stars in the TV pilot Down the K-Hole. The comedy is about an unhappy businessman named Rich Crawford (Rob E. Angelino, Baywatch; palace guard, General Hospital) living in Manhattan Beach, California who turns to unconventional therapy on his path to enlightenment and in dealing with his loveless marriage. Lowder plays Rich’s friend who turns him to the “dark side.” Lowder also recently posted a photo of himself with Eric Dane (Euphoria) on set shooting the drama The Ravine in New Orleans. The film stars Peter Facinelli (S.W.A.T.), Bryan Mann (Wu Assassins) and Teri Polo (Good Trouble; Kristin Larsen, Loving).

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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos reminisce about AMC

Mark Consuelos (Mateo Santos, All My Children) joined his wife Kelly Ripa (Haley Santos, All My Children) on December 16 to co-host an episode of her talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan. During an opening segment, they reminisced about their time on the ABC soap opera and their grueling commute from New Jersey to the set, joking they’re not sure how they ever stayed married. As they recalled their early years working on All My Children, Consuelos laughed over how ancient they thought the older cast was, noting the couple is that age now. Ripa joked, “We talked to them like they were the crypt keeper!” Consuelos currently stars as Hiram Lodge on Riverdale.

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Frank Grillo cast on Billions

Deadline reports Frank Grillo (Captain America; Hart Jessup, Guiding Light) has joined the fifth season of the Showtime series Billions. The former soap opera star will play modern artist Nico Tanner in the series about the battles between a U.S. Attorney and a hedge fund manager in New York City. The drama stars Paul Giamatti (John Adams), Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Maggie Siff (Sons of Anarchy) and will return in 2020.

Judi Evans’ son Austin passes away

Actor Dustin Ardine posted news on Facebook about Judi Evans’ (Adrienne Johnson Kiriakis/Bonnie Lockhart, Days of our Lives) son Austin Michael Luciano’s death, December 13, 2019 in Hacienda Heights, California. Ardine worked with Evans and her son in the film I Am Not For Sale: The Fight to End Human Trafficking. He said, “It was such a pleasure to be onset with both of them everyday. Had loads of fun with Austin on set and kept in touch both him and Judi after filming wrapped.” Evans’ longtime publicist and friend Howie Simon also stated on Facebook, “I know Judi really appreciates all the prayers, love and support their way and from her friends, colleagues and fans from all over the country. Austin was truly loved and he left his mark on this earth.” On December 23 Judi Evans posted a note on Twitter, “I just want to take a moment to thank everyone for the tremendous outpouring of love and support and prayers….Michael and I have been very touched and uplifted. Much love to all…” Austin was 23-years-old and had just graduated from the University of Arizona. Austin appeared on Days of our Lives in 2005 as a child at the hospital and on Another World, where Evans played Paulina Cory McKinnon Carlino, as Dante Carlino from 1997 – 1999. Soaps.com sends Judi Evans and her family our deepest condolences.

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