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News for the week of 03-Sep-2012

by Carol Banks Weber

Hello SoapZone visitors, I apologize for the miscommunication regarding how long Carol would be on vacation. Lack of scoops and news last week was entirely my (Jeff's) fault, not Carol's. Please don't blame her for not providing you with free scoops and news last week, blame me! — Jeff Jungblut, Publisher, SoapZone.com

By now, news of Steve Burton’s (Jason) leaving GH has made the soap community rounds. It’s actually been a rumor for seven years—about as long as the actor has been talking about making a permanent move from California to Tennessee. He fell in love with an area there, off Nashville, when he filmed The Last Castle on location. The country environment, the strong family roots, the Southern hospitality, and the similarity to his Ohio Norman Rockwell painting appealed too much to just shrug off. So he’d always kept his eye on the perfect opportunity to go. In an August 28th interview with TV Guide’s Michael Logan, Burton spoke about waiting for the right moment to make his move. “The timing was never right and then the economy crashed and I couldn't sell my house in California... My contract was coming up at GH so we put the house up for sale again and it went in, like, eight weeks. That opened the door for me to leave GH. Right now my last tape date is September 25 but I told them I'm happy to stay for another couple of weeks if it helps wrap things up. So it looks like I will be on air through October, maybe into November.” Logan got Burton to open up about a rumored telenovela project with James Franco (ex-Franco) and former executive producer Jill Farren Phelps. Phelps did Hollywood Heights, a Nickelodeon telenovela, which included a Franco cameo recently. Now it’s Franco’s turn. While Burton isn’t supposed to bring it up in public quite yet, he did say this: “So the three of us collaborated on an idea and came up with a really good one. Jill will EP it, I'll produce and star in it and so will James. We'll be able to get a lot of great cameos and guest stars because of James' connections. It'll be a fun show to do.”

Executive producer Frank Valentini revealed that the Duke Lavery who died many years ago was a fraud. The real Duke surfaced last week at the Swiss asylum, minutes after Anna went off with Luke. Bringing Ian Buchanan on right after he left DOOL – a shocker to cast mates from the NBC soap too – as Ian McAllister was totally head writer Ron Carlivati’s get. –TV Guide, Michael Logan interview, August 27, 2012

Maurice Benard (Sonny) doesn’t get to do many outside projects. He’s busy as GH’s lead for one. But the outside entertainment world doesn’t even give this soap star a second look when casting. That is about to change. The producers of Duke And The Medium—James and Anthony Gaudioso—along with Benard’s wife Paula, have brought a new film for Maurice to star in. In The Ghost And The Whale, Benard plays a widower who has to grapple with his wife’s mysterious passing at sea, as well as the cops favoring him as the culprit. The film begins production in January. “We all know it's tough, especially when you've been on a soap for as long as I have. In terms of trying to break out, nobody really cares about soaps. Within the soap world, it's the greatest job in the world. But for me, it will be tough unless somebody gives me that break. I believe that this film is that break. [ABC Soaps in Depth, August 31, 2012]”

Florencia Lozano (Téa, OLTL) returns to GH, starting September 7, but it won’t be a happy ending for her.

Teresa Castillo (90210, How I Met Your Mother) shows up September 14 as a medical student named Sabrina who may or may not catch Spinelli’s eye before moving on to another guy. Sabrina is a contract role.

Lynn Herring (ex-Lucy) could see herself back on GH. But she told Soap Opera Digest her return could prove “tricky” amidst the OLTL cross-overs, what GH is going through to prove itself worth keeping, and the veteran imperative. “It's tricky, because I know I would love to be back on the show, but in the same breath, I can see the struggles we have in this climate right now with trying to entice the audience back, and bringing in a lot of the One Life to Live people, and bringing back some of the old people who still have kids there.”

Gossip for the week of 03-Sep-2012

by Carol Banks Weber

Despite everyone acting coy, look for Steve Burton (Jason) to do less resting and retiring, and more acting, especially when he crosses over to Y&R, where his friend, executive producer Jill Farren Phelps, resides.

Judging by RavenBeauty’s August 24th update, some disenchanted cast members may move on over to another soap, “with a very familiar face at the helm. Not everyone is joyous with what has happened to their characters, and it shows. Look for a few baseball-like tradeoffs coming soon (you win some...you lose some as they say).”

RavenBeauty brought up a certain “librarian” returning in her August 24th update. Actually, she brought this up six months ago. Now, she’s also reporting that “a major villain who I have personally adored for years would be behind all of what you are seeing now and that's all coming together my friends. You know what they say in Port Charles, One villain is never enough.”

Raven also reported that Heather knows even more than she’s let on so far. Sounds like more returns from the dead and some hocus pocus to keep viewers on their toes. “You won't see this one coming. You will be looking through door (A) when it's door (B) you should be focusing on. Heather hasn't revealed everything just yet. Another has an even darker secret that will affect many lives leading to one major exit. This exit will not be pleasant for certain fan bases out there, but you need only turn the channel and all will not be lost.” She mentioned the returns of a “much beloved Quartermaine” and what sounds like Laura, too. Plus, the frontman of this disastrous water poisoning episode has a boss or bosses, “someone far more insidious and dangerous,” and an “old face becomes new again, and a wedding may be on the horizon for one very surprising couple.”

Antonio Sabato Jr. tweeted to head writer Ron Carlivati last week Wednesday that he was willing to make a return for the fans, even if he doesn’t get paid a dime for it: “@carlivatiron Do it 4 the fans bring JAGGER back & will lets take it where it should be Give me 2 weeks I'll even do it 4 FREE #fansfirst”

RavenBeauty mentioned a female character will lose out in love soon. This is supported by what SoapTown USA-Dirty Laundry’s Trixie posted in her private Steamroom August 31st. Trixie named Elizabeth as the one “left in the cold. Will she find in the arms of another man?... a new cop” ready to slam the book on Jason for Franco’s murder? Something Trixie wrote in “Who really took the photo of McBam kissing?” makes me connect the dots to Raven’s update about an “old face becomes new.” Maybe that’s not really Heather but another character, or maybe her boss/co-conspirator/relation (OLTL’s Allison Perkins?) snapped the photo? Allison is linked again to Heather, and more importantly, OLTL’s Victor and Robin. Trixie also pointed to Faison as the “mastermind” of all this, not Duke, there’s a good reason Robin wants to stay put as a captive, and there’s also a very good reason related to the Dead Man’s Hand for Sam and John McBain sharing an intense bond. Shawn maybe did work for Jerry in the past, as well. The on-location shoot will involve Alexis going along with Jerry, “but the people of PC think she was kidnapped,” as Sonny, Jax, and Shawn try to save her. She might end up trying to save Shawn by blowing Jerry to kingdom come. Plus: “Kate starts to remember more of her conversation as Connie with Johnny... What if Trey has another secret?”

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