Eva La Rue Among the Former ABC Soap Opera Stars to Be Featured in Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Benefit

Eva La Rue is joining the Children for a special fundraising event…

The 54-year-old part-Puerto Rican actress will join some of her former All My Children cast members, as well as stars of ABC’s other classic daytime dramas One Life to Live and General Hospital for a Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit.

Eva La Rue

La Rue and her fellow soap opera stars will reunite next month to present a streaming concert of their past musical performances.

ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway will gather musical performances by soap stars including La Rue, Susan Lucci and Anthony Geary during the seven annual benefit concerts staged in New York from 2005-11. The daytime actors will revisit the performances in new interviews as part of the special.

The special will stream free of charge on February 11.

The lineup of performers includes Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Vincent Irizarry, La Rue, Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause and Walt Willey (from All My Children); Kristen Alderson, BethAnn Fuenmayor, Kathy Brier, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Catherine Hickland, Mark Lawson, Hillary B. Smith, Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood (One Life To Live); and Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash and Anthony Geary (General Hospital).

“There are no fans like ABC Daytime fans,” said Lucci in a statement. “Their love and support continue to astonish us. We can’t wait to share these special performances with them and help raise money for so many in need during this difficult time.”

The concerts were staged at New York City’s Town Hall, and included production numbers, Broadway show tunes, ballads and comedy skits. The concert series began in 2005 as a one-night-only benefit to mark the 35th anniversary of All My Children, but fan support prompted ABC to stage the annual event for another six years. Over its seven-year run, ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares raised $1.85 million.

Tom Viola, Broadway Cares Executive Director, said, “We are so thankful to the stars from ABC Daytime for joining us again as we relive moments from this delightful tradition, while helping to provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals and emergency support to those struggling during this ongoing pandemic.”

This free streamed event can be viewed beginning February 11, 8:00 pm ET, here, as well as on Broadway Cares’ YouTube channel, across ABC Owned Television Stations’ 32 connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku and each of the eight station’s websites around the country, including abc7ny.com in New York; and on Good Morning America’s Facebook page.

While the stream is free, donations will be accepted for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, with all proceeds to provide people affected by HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 and other critical illnesses with healthy meals, lifesaving medication, emergency financial assistance, housing, counseling and more. The donations also support and champion organizations focused on social justice and anti-racism.

Mark Consuelos Developing “Pine Valley,” the Primetime Version of ABC’s Beloved Soap Opera “All My Children”

Mark Consuelos is returning to his soap opera roots…

ABC is in early development on Pine Valley, a primetime version of the network’s beloved daytime drama All My Children, with the 49-year-old half-Mexican actor and his wife Kelly Ripa executive producing alongside Andrew Stearn and filmmaker Robert Nixon, son of the late AMC creator Agnes Nixon.

Mark Consuelos

In the All My Children followup, written/executive produced by Leo Richardson, a young journalist with a secret agenda comes to expose the dark and murderous history of a town named Pine Valley only to become entangled in a feud between the Kane and Santos families. The series explores all the secrets that come with the Kane and Santos family names.

Kane was one of AMC’s founding families, with Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) becoming one of television’s most popular characters. Ripa and Consuelos, who played Hayley & Mateo Santos on the original series, executive produce via their Milojo Productions alongside the company’s Albert Bianchini. Stearn executive produces through his Andrew Stearn Productions. The company is based at ABC Signature, which is the studio on the project.

Mark Consuelos & Kelly Ripa, All My Children

Pine Valley will feature a new generation of characters and some old favorites. There are currently no deals in place with original cast members, but the plan is to invite a number of them to make an appearance, with Ripa and Consuelos also possible making a cameo.

Created by Agnes Nixon, All My Children aired for 41 years on ABC from January 5, 1970 to September 23, 2011, originally in a half-hour format before expanding to hourlong episodes in 1977. The series was set in Pine Valley, Pennsylvania, a fictional suburb of Philadelphia, which is modeled on the actual Philadelphia suburb of Rosemont.

Pine Valley plans to continue the original series’ legacy of tackling difficult issues and being inclusive. AMC was the first series to comprehensively address the Vietnam War and to have a character undergo a legal abortion. The soap also featured a transgender storyline a decade and a half ago.

As it will be in primetime, Pine Valley will have a heightened tone and will wink to the daytime soap genre similar to how the CW’s Jane the Virgin paid homage to telenovelas.

Consuelos to Star in Katie Holmes’ Directorial Debut “All We Had”

Mark Consuelos is Vic-torious…

The 44-year-old half-Mexican actor has joined the cast of All We Had, the directorial debut of Katie Holmes.

Mark Consuelos

Consuelos, best known for his role as Mateo Santos on All My Children, will portray “Vic.”

Stefania Owen, Luke Wilson, Richard Kind and Judy Greer also star in the film about a young mother and her teenage daughter who relocate to a small midwestern town during the height of the worldwide economic crisis in hopes of making a better life.

Josh Boone and Jill Killington wrote the script, based on the novel by Annie Weatherwax.

Consuelos currently stars in Amazon’s political comedy series Alpha House.

His other credits include Guys with Kids, The New Normal, American Horror Story: Asylum and Ugly Betty.

La Rue to Star on Netflix’s “Fuller House”

It’s Ful(er) House for Eva La Rue

The 48-year-old part-Puerto Rican actress will portray Danny Tanner’s new wife on Fuller House.

Eva La Rue

La Rue, best known for her roles as Dr. Maria Santos on All My Children and Detective Natalia Boa Vista on CSI: Miami, took to Twitter to announce that she’ll portray Danny’s wife Teri on the Netflix revival of the iconic television series Full House.

“Playing Danny Tanner’s new wife Teri :-),” she wrote.

Teri has been described as a 40-year-old African-American woman who is “attractive, vivacious … and youthful.” She also has “quite an appetite for Danny and isn’t afraid to shower him with affection,” hinting at a possible PDA between Bob Saget‘s character and his young wife.

Rodriguez to Appear on the Fourth Season of NBC’s “Grimm”

Elizabeth Rodriguez’s acting prospects look grimm

The 33-year-old Latina actress and Tony Award nominee has landed a recurring role on NBC’s supernatural crime drama Grimm, co-created by Angel co-creator David Greenwalt.

Elizabeth Rodriguez

Rodriguez will portray Special Agent Chavez, an FBI agent with a hidden agenda and a secret identity.

Rodriguez, who starred on All My Children, can currently be seen as Aleida Diaz on Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black.

Her other credits include television appearance on Power, Cold Case, FlashForward, Law & Order, The Shield and ER.

Grimm was renewed for a fourth season in March.

DaCosta to Star in Lifetime’s “Whitney Houston” Biopic

It’s one moment in time Yaya DaCosta will most likely never forget…

The 31-year-old part-Brazilian American actress has landed the lead role in Lifetime‘s Whitney Houston biopic, according to TVLine.

Yaya DaCosta

The made-for-television film, currently titled Whitney Houston, will focus on the late singer’s relationship with her ex-husband Bobby Brown from the time they met through the dissolution of their tumultuous marriage.

DaCosta, the runner-up in Cycle 3 of America’s Next Top Model, has appeared on television in Ugly Betty, All My Childrenand House, as well as on film inThe Kids Are All Right, Tron: Legacyand  Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

Whitney Houson is set to premiere in 2015, three years after the Grammy-winning singer was found dead in her hotel bathtub at age 48 due to an accidental drowning.

Angela Bassett, who starred opposite Houston in 1995’s Waiting to Exhale, will direct the film.

de la Garza to Star in ABC’s Drama Pilot “Forever”

Alana de la Garza has landed a forever role…

The 37-year-old Half-Mexican American actress has landed the female lead role opposite Ioan Gruffudd in ABC’s drama pilot Forever.

Alana de la Garza

Written by Matthew Miller and directed by Brad Anderson, the project centers on Dr. Henry Morgan (Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner.

What no one knows is that he studies the dead for a reason — he’s immortal.

His investigative work with recently widowed detective Jo Martinez (portrayed by de la Garza), a recovering alcoholic, and relationship with best friend Abe (Judd Hirsch) will peel back the layers of Henry’s colorful and long life.

de la Garza, best known for her role as ADA Connie Rubirosa on the television series Law & Order, most recently co-starred on NBC’s short-lived series Do No Harm. Her other credits include All My Children, JAG, Charmed, Two and a Half Men, Las Vegas and CSI: Miami.

Paladin Pictures to Release Garces’ Thriller “The Maid’s Room”

Paula Garcés’ latest film is maid to order…

Paladin Pictures has acquired the rights to The Maid’s Room, a psychological thriller starring the 39-year-old Colombian actress.

Paula Garces

Directed by Michael Walker, the film stars Garcés as a maid caring for a spoiled family who gains some extra leverage when the son of her employers comes home with a bloodied car after a hit and run accident.

Paladin Picture will release the film theatrically and through digital platforms this spring.

The Maid’s Room, filmed in The Hamptons, was screened at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

Garcés most recently appeared as the ill-fated Flora on Lifetime’s Devious Maids. She also portrays Lea Marquez on All My Children.

Garcés is best known for her appearances in Clockstoppers and The Harold and Kumar franchise.

 

Matos Lands Recurring Role on the CW’s “Hart of Dixie”

Eddie Matos won’t just be whistlin’ Dixie…

The 41-year-old Puerto Rican actor has joined the third season of the CW’s Hart of Dixie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Eddie Matos

Matos, an All My Children and General Hospital alum, will appear in a recurring role with potential romantic implications.

Matos will play Enrique, the “gorgeous” Latino driver for Grandma Bettie Breeland (Maree Cheatham), who is saving money to attend poetry school. Described as passionate, charming and incredibly romantic, Enrique attempts to win the heart of one of the Bluebell ladies.

Matos’ other television credits include guest spots on Psych, Awake, Ghost Whisperer and House.

Hart of Dixie returns on January 13 on the CW.

LaRue to Guest-Star on CBS’ “Criminal Minds”

Eva LaRue is about to get downright criminal

The 46-year-old part-Puerto Rican actress will guest-star on CBS’ long-running police procedural Criminal Minds.

Eva LaRue

LaRue, who most recently portrayed lab rat-turned-investigator Natalia Boa Vista on CSI: Miami for seven seasons, will portray Agent Mays, according to TVLine.

LaRue tweeted the news to her followers this week, when she also posted a photo of her with series stars Shemar Moore and A.J. Cook. On her Instagram account; she noted she’d had a “great day” on set.

LaRue is best known for portraying Maria Santos on ABC’s All My Children.

Her other television credits include Soul Food and Third Watch.

Criminal Minds‘ ninth season premieres on September 25 at 9:00 pm.