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News for the week of 31-Mar-2014

by Carol Banks Weber

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Like it matters… ABC News President Ben Sherwood replaces Anne Sweeney as the new Disney/ABC Television Group executive. In doing so, he’ll also get the perks of the co-chairman-Disney Media Works position. Sherwood reportedly wanted a Good Morning America spin-off to replace GH several years ago when it looked like all the soaps would be canceled en masse.

Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) conducts a Twitter Q&A with fans April 1 — no fooling — 6:30 p.m. PT. Check with him on what # to use. Give him my potential Emmy regards.

Can Maurice Benard (Sonny) separate himself from his role as a long-suffering mobster on a soap opera? Judge for yourself in this film trailer — released on March 27, 2014 — for The Ghost And The Whale, where he most definitely does not play to type. Benard does play a man suffering from bi-polar disorder, but he’s played as a victim by his late wife’s family who target him as her murderer. British legend Jonathan Pryce appears practically as the voice of God.

Thaao Penghlis (Victor Cassadine) returns to GH starting March 31 to contribute to an ongoing story arc.

Appearing on a recurring basis in an American soap isn’t a bad way to indirectly promote a film proposal. For Zachary Garred (Levi), it’s a delightful bonus. He just landed the role of new Maxie sidekick, Levi, appearing April 3 — a role he got during February-March pilot season in L.A. He told Maitland Mercury’s Emma Swain (in a March 26th-posted interview), “My only previous soap was Home and Away and the work people put into these shows in incredible.” The GH role isn’t bad publicity for the man committed to a personal movie project about Maitland, Australia boxer Les Darcy. Garred and Tom Arthur went full force in promoting this movie idea to important people in a campaign begun last year. They got a few inquiries from L.A. producers and investors, too. “Last year I got Les in the door over here in L.A. and now, with this latest success, it continues to propel my career and draws much more attention to Les too,” Garred explained.

Sarah Joy Brown and Tamara Braun — actresses who once played Carly prior to Laura Wright — will appear in cameos for the 51st anniversary special, April 1.

Gossip for the week of 31-Mar-2014

by Carol Banks Weber

According to that bastion of truth, justice and the tabloid way, The Star staff reported March 26 on John Mayer’s allegedly kinky sexual proclivities — and his hankering to do them all with Kelly Monaco (Sam), who may or may not have been responsible for luring the song-and-guitar man away from main squeeze and autotuned-to-death singer Katy Perry, twice. Read on: “The 36-year-old and General Hospital actress met at a Los Angeles club a few years back and hit it off. ‘They hooked up immediately,’ a source tells Star. ‘She was open to the things that John’s into, like sexy toys, tying each other up and threesomes. He couldn’t get enough.’ Although they never got into a full-fledged relationship, the pair kept in touch, even after John first got together with Katy in 2012. ‘Kelly was still on his mind,’ the insider reveals. ‘He would text her and try and get her to meet him either at his place in L.A. or a hotel out in the Valley.’ Katy caught on and dumped John, but they reconciled last June. The 29-year-old was betrayed once again, though, when she realized he was still in contact with Kelly. ‘Katy found texts on his phone,’ the source explains. ‘She was devastated and realized he’s a sex fiend who isn’t capable of telling the truth.’”

Just a wild guess here but is Dr. Obrecht a) related to Madeline as sisters? and b) about to replace Elizabeth with another face-off lookalike? If not, will Elizabeth try to save baby Ben and get shot dead in the bargain, leaving room for Victor Cassadine to whisk her away, resuscitate and reunite her with her previously assumed dead baby with Jason? Whew. Just laying it out there.

Robin Scorpio Drake replaced by a new actress? Believe it. ABC Daytime/GH doesn’t give a damn about legacy characters or the veterans who brought them to life. Why should they when they can get a walking mannequin on the cheap and — if rumors born YEARS AGO are to be believed — GH isn’t long for this world anyway.

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