There must have been something in the water in Oakdale, Illinois. The fictional burg from CBS Daytime's defunct sudser As The World Turns proved quite the training ground for future film starlets like Julianne Moore, Meg Ryan and Parker Posey.
Now a new generation of ATWT grads are taking Hollywood by storm, including Vampire Diaries hunk Zach Roerig and one of pilot season's most in demand actors for the past few cycles, Jesse Lee Soffer.
A month doesn't go by without an item about Soffer being written up on Deadline or The Hollywood Reporter's website. With impressive acting chops and a chiseled, slightly-freckled, alabaster body to go along for the ride, Soffer has booked steady work since vacating the role of Will Munson on the CBS Daytime soap.
Most recently, he's been getting ink and/or HTML code due to his turn as murder victim Travis Alexander in Lifetime's upcoming Jodi Arias biopic, Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret. In the flick, premiering Saturday at 8 EST, Soffer stars opposite LOST's Tania Raymonde.
Law & Order: SVU star and former Pine Valley resident Kelli Giddish (ex-Di Henry, All My Children) and SVU co-star Danny Pino were among the NBC stars who turned out to promote their shows at the Peacock Network’s 2013 Upfront Presentation on May 13. Blair Underwood (ex-Bobby Blue, One Life to Live) and former daytime talk show host Nate Berkus also have new shows, Ironside and American Dream Builders respectively, premiering on NBC during the 2013-2014 season. Check out more photos of your favorite returning and new NBC stars from NBC’s 2013 Upfront Presentation after the jump!
Freshman NBC series Chicago Fire, helmed by Dick Wolf, may be getting a spinoff according to Deadline. So far, there are no major details for the proposed series, except it will be a procedural if given the green light and center on the Chicago Police Department.
Wolf is no stranger to procedurals and spinoffs. The executive producer is the mastermind behind Law & Order, which created two huge crime dramas under the same umbrella, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
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