Robin Wright, Claire Coffee, Mckenna Grace, Ian Ziering Soap Opera Alums News

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Soaps.com has more exciting soap opera alum news. Former daytime actors from General Hospital, Guiding Light, Santa Barbara and The Young and the Restless are appearing in a new TV series, hosting a reality show, returning for the sequel to a blockbuster film and starring in an Amazon Prime movie.

Ian Ziering hosts Food Network Challenge

Following the heightened reality reboot of BH90201, Ian Ziering (Steve Sanders; Cameron Stewart, Guiding Light) is hosting another revived series. The Food Network Challenge, which premiered its latest season on December 23, tasks bakers with creating pop culture themed works of edible art. The first episode featured A Christmas Story inspired cakes, while the second episode will challenge contestants to create inventive winter sports cakes. Ensuing battles will involve pop culture classics Back to the Future, Pokémon, Monopoly and The Wizard of Oz. The winners receive $10,000. Food Network Challenge premiered in 2005 as a special and evolved into a series running until 2011. It currently airs on the Food Network Mondays at 10:00 PM ET/PT.

Claire Coffee in Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector

Former General Hospital star Claire Coffee (Nadine Crowell) stars in the pilot for Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector. The series is based on The Bone Collector book, which was turned into the 1999 movie starring Denzel Washington (Fences) and Angelina Jolie (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil). It centers on NYPD forensic genius Lincoln Rhyme (Russell Hornsby, The Affair) who became paralyzed while investigating a serial killer dubbed The Bone Collector, who then disappeared. When the killer re-emerges, Rhyme enlists a young officer and gifted profiler named Amelia Sachs (Arielle Kebbel, Grand Hotel) to help him track the Bone Collector down. The new series also stars Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos), Roslyn Ruff (Godfather of Harlem) and Ramses Jimenez (Vida). It premieres January 10 at 8:00 PM ET on NBC.

Mckenna Grace in Troop Zero

Set in 1977, Troop Zero is about a young girl named Christmas Flint, played by Mckenna Grace (Faith Newman, The Young and the Restless), who dreams of going to outer space. She enlists a team of fellow misfits to form a new chapter of the elite Birdie Scouts (who barred her when she initially tried to join solo) so she can enter a competition where the winner gets to be on a recording sent to space. Troop Zero also stars Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder), Allison Janney (Mom), Jim Gaffigan (Bob’s Burgers), and Mike Epps (Survivor’s Remorse). The film, directed by Bert & Bertie (Kidding) and written by Lucy Alibar (Beasts of the Southern Wild), premieres January 17, 2020 on Amazon Prime.

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Robin Wright returns for Wonder Woman 1984

Robin Wright will reprise her role in the follow up to 2017’s Wonder Woman as the superheroine’s aunt Antiope. In the sequel, Diana Prince, a.k.a. Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot, Furious 7), faces new foes Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal, The Mandalorian) and Cheetah (Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids) in the decadent 80s. Her thought to be dead love from 1918, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine, I Am the Night), returns as well looking not a day older. Directed once again by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman 1984 premieres June 5, 2020.

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