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Martha Byrne joins NBC’s ‘Crisis’

Nanci Hughes
NY Soap Opera Examiner
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This press release just came to me with great news about the beautiful, talented Ms. Martha Byrne.

Two-Time Emmy Winning Actress Martha Byrne Joins Cast of New NBC Crime Thriller, Crisis

Los Angeles: Two-time Emmy winning actress Martha Byrne, best known for her work on the popular former long-running daytime drama, As the World Turns, will be returning to television as she joins the cast of the new NBC crime thriller, Crisis, set to air March 16th in the Sunday at 10pm time slot. Martha is scheduled to appear beginning April 6th.

Crisis is a powerful crime thriller set in Washington DC, which centers around a school bus carrying some the the nation’s most important people’s children that is ambushed on a secluded rural road, igniting a national crisis. Just how far the parents will go to rescue their kids plays out in this edge-of-your-seat drama. Crisis stars Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), Dermot Mulroney (August: Osage County), Lance Gross (House of Payne), Rachel Taylor (666 Park Avenue) and others. The series was created by executive producer and writer Rand Ravich, Phillip Noyce also serves as executive producer. It is a production of 20th Century Fox Television.

Martha joins the cast of Crisis as Marie Wirth, the mother of one of the kidnap victims. Martha states,” To be a part of a show from it’s inception is extremely exciting. I was very fortunate to work with Lance Gross and Rachel Taylor who were fantastic. Crisis is filled with intrigue and suspense but watching what the parents of these children go through is heart wrenching and painful which makes for good drama. It’s a great role.”

Martha Byrne has a long career in entertainment, which began at age 10 when she appeared in Annie on Broadway. Martha grew up on television starring on the soap opera As The World Turns playing the roles of Lily Walsh Synder and her twin sister Rose winning two Emmys in the process. Martha also Executive Produced the movie Bye Bye Sally with Malin Ackerman, has a self-titled CD, and has made over 30 film and television appearances. She also produced, wrote and starred in the award-winning Internet drama Gotham, which is now available on Vimeo. She recently starred in an independent film by Bill Duke, entitled Preying for Mercy. In her home state of New Jersey, she is co-owner of a talent training and management academy for aspiring young actors and actresses, called Full Circle Talent Group.

Martha is very proud of her position on the Professional Advisory Board for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital which supports children with cancer and other childhood illnesses. Recently Martha became the spokesperson for CASA for Children in Bergen County NJ, which advocates for children in foster care. She will be appearing at their annual fundraiser in NJ on April 8, 2013. Tickets are available at

The very best of luck to Martha who has always given us her best. ‘Crisis’ is lucky to get her.

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Rockers for St Jude ‘ If I had The Time I Could Save The World’

I just received this from a friend who is a part of this great concept. Rockers for St. Jude. As you all know St Jude was started by comedian, actor Danny Thomas(Make Room for Daddy) and carried on by his wonderful daughter actress Marlo Thomas who you may remember as “That Girl”.

St. Jude researches cures for children’s cancer and also houses the family of children suffering from these terrible diseases.

This is a truly amazing charity and is supported by actress Martha Byrne(As the World Turns). Please go to cdbaby and itunes and buy the song, it only costs $1.29. 50 cents of your purchase goes directly to St Jude’s

“Hi Nanci,
Spreading the word about this great initiative. Here’s a feel good holiday story around two things that almost everyone feels good about, rock n roll and saving children’s lives!
“Rock n Hope” for the holidays.

Here is the official release:

Historic Song Recorded by Over Fifty Classic Rock n Roll Artists: Download to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital(Los Angeles, CA) December 16, 2013 – In one of the most memorable collaborations since “We are the World,” the Rockers For St. Jude, a gathering of celebrated musicians from the history of rock n roll, joined talents during The Rock n Roll Autograph Show in Los Angeles to record “If I Had the Time (I Could Change the World).” Available now on digital download sites, fifty cents from each download of the song will benefit the work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® in finding cures for pediatric catastrophic diseases. The Rockers for St. Jude challenge rock n roll fans around the world to spread “rock n hope” by downloading and sharing the song this holiday season.

The benefit song is written and produced by legendary lead guitarist and songwriter, Dick Wagner (“The Maestro of Rock,” Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Lou Reed, KISS). Wagner tells us,“There is more love in the human heart than can ever be given away. This song is about giving a small part of that endless supply in your heart.”Among the more than 50 Rockers performing are Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad) on lead vocals; Chicago founder Danny Seraphineon drums; bass superstar Lee Sklar (James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet, Dolly Parton, Jackson Brown); Fred Mandel on piano (Alice Cooper, Queen, Supertramp, Elton John); guitarists Elliot Easton (The Cars) and Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson); and legendary Trini Lopez on lead vocals. The Rockers for St. Jude combined have sold hundreds of millions of records globally across the span of their careers. (See full list of Rockers at bottom of release.)”When I wrote this song to benefit St. Jude children, I thought about what a song can mean in the context of our inner lives, the part that is willing to give, to help others in a time of need. “If I Had the Time (I Could Change the World)” embraces the notion that we can do something positive to help change lives,” Producer Dick Wagner says. “The children are the purpose of this song. By downloading this song, we can all make a difference – one download at a time.”
“If I Had the Time (I Could Change the World)” is available for download worldwide. Buy it on iTunes,,, and on digital download sites around the world. The perfect holiday gift from the heart!For more info, high resolution images and logos, and to download song, please visit:
View the YouTube Video:
CONTACT, Interviews and Info:
Susan Michelson, Desert Dreams Productions, 602.920.8115,
Kristin Hettermann, Grace Delivers Communications, 808.205.4767,
###Donating their time to record the song for St. Jude are celebrity musicians: Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad), Lee Sklar (James Taylor) Danny Seraphine (Chicago), Trini Lopez (Lemon Tree), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), Merilee Rush (Angel of the Morning), Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson), Jean Beauvoir (The Plasmatics), Laurie Beebe Lewis (The New Mamas and the Papas), Jim Dandy (Black Oak Arkansas), The Angels (My Boyfriend’s Back), Dick and Dee Dee (Mountain High), Chris Sanders (Knight Fury), Fred Mandel (Elton John), Ray Colcord (Lou Reed), Nadir D’Priest (London), David Shankle (Manowar), Neil Turbin (Deathriders), Chris Holmes (Wasp), Billy Hinsche (Beach Boys), Black Oak Arkansas, Raymond Calhoun (Gap Band), Micki Free (Shalamar), the Artimus Pyle Band, Tim Bogert (Beck, Bogert and Appice), Prescott Niles (The Knack), Richie Onori (The Sweet), Donna Loren (Beach Blanket Bingo), John Claude Gummoe (Rhythm of the Rain), Michael Angelo Batio (#1 Guitar World Magazine Best Shredder), Sal Valentino (Beau Brummels), Tony Valentino (The Standells), Ross the Boss Friedman (Manowar), Chris Holmes (WASP), and more. Acoustic guitar solos performed by producer Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Aerosmith, KISS, Peter Gabriel). Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood CA donated the recording studio time, and engineer Warren Huart (Aerosmith) has donated his engineering and mixing talents. The music video and documentary was filmed and directed by an award-winning team, led by cinematographer/DP Enzo Giobbe, joined by Jeremy Lanni of Noble Savage Productionsand film editor, Karl Rausch (Louder than Love.)
Photo Credit Rockers for St. Jude, Captions Below
The Rockers for St. Jude record “If I Had the Time (I Could Change the World)” at Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood CA. Photo Michael Easley
Producer/Songwriter Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Lou Reed, KISS). Photo Sue Wood
Dick Wagner conducts the Children of Rock Choir™ Photo Michael Easley
Dick Wagner, Elliot Easton. Photo Randall Michelson

Contact information: Kristin Hettermann, Hawaii Sea Spirits LLC – MNews

Paul Walker autopsy after fatal crash expected soon

Paul Walker who portrayed Brandon Collins in the early 90′s on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless was killed Saturday afternoon in what appears to be a a single-car accident and explosion in Santa Clarita . An autopsy was performed and the results should be out today. Investigators hope to learn how fast the 2005 red Porsche Carrera GT was traveling and what caused it to go out of control

The accident happened on a strip of road where speed racing has been popular. Though
police, have reported speed in a curve may have been a factor in the accident that killed Walker and driver Roger Rodas, there is no evidence of racing in the accident.

Walker, 40, and Rodas, 38, a pro race car driver, had thrown a fundraiser benefiting victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines. The event was held by Reach Out Worldwide, a charity Walker founded in 2010 to aid victims of natural disasters.

Walker who is famous for his roles in The Fast and Furious movies was reported to be a passenger in the car. His agent commented “Paul was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives.” Witnesses on the scene said the car was Paul’s … but also said he was in the passenger seat.

“Hours,” a drama about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, is due to be released Dec. 13.

“Fast 7” is in production about 60% filmed, Walker was due back on set , yesterday, Monday morning. Walker’s role will be written out respectfully according to sources.

Walker is survived by his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow.

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