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General Hospital Actor Jay Pickett DIES on Film Set

Actor Jay Pickett, best known for his work on such daytime soap operas as General Hospital and Port Charles, died last week in Idaho while acting in a western he co-wrote, Treasure Valley. He was 60 years old. At the time of this writing, Pickett’s cause of death has not been released, but the film’s director Travis Mills believes that the longtime actor suffered a heart attack while sitting on a horse.“Jay Pickett, our leading man, writer, producer, and creator of this movie passed away suddenly while we were on location preparing to film a scene. There is no official explanation for the cause of his death but it appears to have been a heart attack,” Mills wrote in an emotional Facebook post. “Everyone present tried as hard as they could to keep him alive. Our hearts are broken and we grieve for his family who are so devastated by this shocking tragedy.”Mills went on to say that Pickett was “an incredible man” who was “kind, sweet, and generous” to all those who collaborated with him. “It is difficult to find the words right now to say more,” he added. “His closest friends have said that he was very happy making Treasure Valley and my hope is that he truly was. He was doing what he loved: acting, riding horses, making movies. And he was magnificent.”Pickett’s co-star, Jim Heffel, provided more insight into his death with a Facebook post of his own. Jay died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho. The way of a true cowboy. Jay wrote the story and starred in it. He was also co-producer with myself and Vernon Walker. He will be truly missed. Ride like the wind partner,” he wrote.Jay Pickett appeared on such 80s classics like China Beach, Mr. Belvedere, Jake and the Fatman, and Matlock before transitioning into daytime soaps. Later in his career, Picket made several guest spots on such shows as Dexter, The Mentalist, NCIS: Los Angeles, Rosewood, and Queen Sugar. He is survived by his wife and three children.
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    Days of Our Lives: NBC & Sony Enter Talks For Season 57 Renewal

    Days Of Our Lives: NBC & Sony enter talks for Season 57 renewalNBC and Sony Pictures Television have officially entered negotiations for the potential 57th season renewal of their long-running daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives. TVLine also went on to confirm that production on Days of Our Lives had been put on hold after they recently completed filming for its current Season 56’s final episodes. Like previous renewal negotiations during the past couple of years, it might take months before both parties will come to conclusion about the show’s fate. Meanwhile, loyal viewers won’t feel the show’s on-air hiatus for several months because episodes were taped so far in advanceAccording to Deadline, fans of the iconic TV series should not be worried as sources have been positive about the outcome of the negotiations, especially when the writing team has already started working on scripts for Season 57 and producers have reportedly been making if-come deals with key cast members over the past few weeks.RELATED: Meghan Trainor To Lead NBC Series, Inks Creative Deal With NBCUniversalDays of Our Lives is set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem. The core families are Bradys, Hortons and DiMeras, and the multi-layered storylines involve elements of romance, adventure, mystery, comedy and drama.The series currently stars long-running cast members who have been with the show since the 70s, 80s, and 90s, including Suzanne Rogers, James Reynolds, Stephen Nichols, Lauren Koslow, Drake Hogestyn, Deidre Hall, Mary Beth Evans, Bryan Dattilo, Matthew Ashford, Josh Taylor and Arianne Zucker.Season 56 marked the departures of Kristian Alfonso, Greg Vaughan and Victoria Konefal, while also seeing the return of Alison Sweeney.MORE: Sony & Netflix Ink First-Pay Streaming Licensing DealCreated by Ted Corday and Betty Corday, Days of Our Lives has been running on-air for 56 seasons since 1965. It is currently executive produced by Ken Corday and Albert Alarr with Randy Dugan as the producer. The show has garnered more than 50 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team.

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