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INTERVIEW: Antonio Sabato, Jr. on Fix It & Finish It, Dancing With The Stars and General Hospital

Antonio Sabato, Jr. is known for his work on soaps like General Hospital, Melrose Place and The Bold and the Beautiful. The heartthrob will soon be back on television daily—making a difference in people’s...

EXCLUSIVE: Ron Carlivati Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Details on Michelle Stafford Joining General Hospital!


General Hospital just pulled off the casting coup of the decade. Ex-The Young and the Restless leading lady Michelle Stafford has joined the ABC sudser as Nina, presumed dead wife of Dr. Silas Clay (Michael Easton), daughter of Madeline Reeves (Donna Mills), niece of Dr. Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati), sister/cousin of Detective Nathan West (Ryan Paevey) and sworn enemy of Ava Jerome (Maura West).

We caught up with head writer Ron Carlivati to find out how he and showrunner Frank Valentini managed to pull this off. The scribe reveals how it was Valentini's idea to sneak the soap superstar in to tape the top secret scene that aired today.

Just how much of a game-changer is The Staff's arrival for the 51-year-old daytime drama? A cryptic Carlivati spills the tea in this Daytime Confidential exclusive.


Daytime Confidential: The moment pictures of Michelle Stafford partying it up with executive producer Frank Valentini at last year's General Hospital Daytime Emmy party hit the web, people began buzzing about her possibly joining GH. Did you guys know you wanted her way back then?


Ron Carlivati:  No. I mean, when you hear that an actress of Michelle's caliber and popularity might potentially be available, of course you can't help but think, "What if?"  But I was there when those pictures were taken, and all you're seeing is a bunch of people having fun at an industry party. Although I must admit that my memory of that evening is a little fuzzy. I vaguely remember a tequila shot or two... 

EXCLUSIVE: Terri Ivens on Planned YA Book Series and Reuniting With All My Children’s Alicia Minshew in Tainted Dreams

 


Simone Torres may be so dead not even Dr. David Hayward can bring her back to life on All My Children, but her former portrayer's career is alive and well. During Daytime Emmy weekend, I caught up with the striking Terri Ivens, who revealed exclusively to me she's signed on with Sonia Blangiardo's red-hot, soap-within-a-soap, Tainted Dreams.

Ivens dished reuniting with fellow AMC alum Alicia Minshew on the upcoming web series and also talked about her planned YA book series. As if starring in a web soap and becoming a budding novelista aren't enough to keep the fit star busy, she's also launching her own radio show, producing and starring in movies. I felt exhausted just listening to her talk about all her projects! Thank the Soap Gods, for Monster Energy drink — which she's currently being sponsored by!


Daytime Confidential: I hear you’ve been cast in a new soap opera project? That’s going to make a lot of All My Children fans excited!

Terri Ivens: I know! This is very exciting. They’ve [the fans] been asking me for quite a while if I would jump on the bandwagon and do a web series, and of course they were all crossing their fingers that Simone would be resurrected from the dead. [Laughs] But it’s better than that. I was invited to partake in the fun of Tainted Dreams.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Young and Restless Grad Davetta Sherwood Dishes Gig on Fuse’s The Hustle


In 2006, she took over one of the most popular, young adult roles in the history of CBS Daytime's No. 1 soap — and more than made it her own. In 2013, however, The Young and the Restless alum Davetta Sherwood (ex-Lily Winters) is going hard on cable.

The talented actress is starring as feisty stylist Cecile on Fuse's first-ever scripted drama, The Hustle. I recently caught up with an all-grown-up Sherwood, who dished about her new gig in creator Prentice Penny's (Happy Endings) dramedy.


Daytime Confidential: Congratulations on being cast as Cecile in Fuse's premiere, scripted drama, The Hustle. What can you tell us about your character?

Davetta Sherwood: I play Kutta’s [one of the rappers from the group] baby mom. She’s a mother and a stylist. And despite not being with Kutta, she is still trying to have her career as well as keep a cordial relationship with her child’s father. She kind of helped him get on and she still cares about him. But now she is dating someone and trying to live her life.
 

EXCLUSIVE: Winsor Harmon Talks ‘Cathedral Canyon’ and Teases More Action For Bold and Beautiful’s Thorne


Winsor Harmon may not be getting as much airtime as he once did on CBS Daytime's The Bold and the Beautiful, but the ever popular actor hasn't been lounging about during his free time. He's been working on a passion project with a very powerful subject matter — the exploitation of children by polygamist cults.

I recently caught up with Harmon, whose film Cathedral Canyon, recently debuted at the esteemed Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival. The actor, who co-produced and co-directed the film about a real estate developer who stumbles upon an illicit religious group, went into detail about why being a father made him want to tackle a project like this.

Harmon also shared what it was like having his soap opera dad, John McCook star in his film. Was it fun for international TV's Thorne Forrester to play boss man to his "Pop" for a change? Speaking of those woman-sharing fashionistos, Harmon sounds off on why Eric Forrester and his sons love to share women and offers up scoop on more storyline for Thorne.


Daytime Confidential: Congratulations on your film Cathedral Canyon being selected for the Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival! What made you want to tackle such powerful subject matter as underage brides being exploited by polygamist cults?

Winsor Harmon: Thank you. First, it's based on true events and it's political! What actor doesn't wanna tackle that topic?   You know, love is one of the great things two people can share and every person should have that opportunity on their terms. These kids don't have a choice! These cults are robbing them of their childhood, and they run the young boys off from their families so that there's no competition for the elders of their so-called church. We're talking about rape, pure and simple, and it is happening right under our noses and no one is doing a damn thing about it! I'm a father of three amazing kids; I couldn't fathom some church taking them away from me! These offenders are hiding behind the cloth.