On-again, off-again Alison Sweeney is returning to soapie Days Of Our Lives (1965-current) after a twoand-a-half year absence in the US. She posted to social network platform Instagram: “Going, going, back, back to… Salem! So excited! Thanks for the love!” South Africa’s three years behind the US and we’ll be seeing Sami leave in the next few months, swapping Salem for the hills of Hollywood for three years.
General Zod has been added to sci-fi show Supergirl’s (2015current) list of villains for the upcoming third season. The series has cast Mark Gibbon in the role – he played Mr Raines in the Superman prequel series Smallville (2001-2010).
Caitlyn Jenner’s been left high and dry when it comes to love from her Kardashian stepkids. Caitlyn, who was Bruce Jenner on Keeping Up With The Kardashians (2007-current) until transitioning into a woman in 2016, said in an interview that her daughters Kendall and Kylie still call and visit, “But the others have become more distant” since he underwent gender reassignment surgery.
Erin Moran, Joanie Cunningham in the iconic Happy Days (1974-1984) and multiple characters in comedy series The Love Boat (1980-1985), passed away late in April aged 56 from unknown causes. She was last seen onscreen in 2009 as Kelly DeMartin on soapie Bold & Beautiful (1987- current).
Matthew Perry has swapped acting for writing after his comedy The Odd Couple (2015-2017) was axed. He wrote stage play The End Of Longing in 10 days and the former drug and alcohol addict says that it’s semi-biographical: “I’m drawn to characters who try improve themselves, so I’m in there.” A decade after his passing in 2008, Heath Ledger’s true “last work” is being turned into a documentary called I Am Heath Ledger. While filming his role as The Joker in 2008 movie The Dark Knight, Heath used a camcorder to create and document art around him and that will form part of a doccie that while chronicle his acting roots in Australia through to becoming a big name in Hollywood. Singer-actress Selena Gomez snapped a group selfie with her former Disney’s Wizards Of Waverly Place (2007-2012) co-stars at David Henrie’s wedding. He played Justin on the Disney show that made Selena famous and fellow castmember Jake T Austin (Max) tweeted “a special day with some amazing people”.
FOX Broadcasting Company are splashing huge cash to make sure that David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson return as Fox Mulder and Dana Sculley for the newly renewed season 11 of sci-fi series The X- Files (1996- current). “It’s nothing without them and creator Chris Carter,” says FOX president David Madden. “We’re just waiting to finalise schedules.”
Portia de Rossi has left political drama series The Fixer (2012-current) in the most dramatic way: her character Elizabeth North is beaten to death in season 6. The actress, who’s married to talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres, says that show boss Shonda Rhimes supported her decision and it’s giving her more time for her new venture: art.
Days Of Our Lives’ Alison Sweeney.
Selena Gomez (front) with her former co-stars from Wizards Of Waverly Place.
The late Heath Ledger.