Drake Hogestyn (John, "Days of our Lives") has put his Malibu home on the market for $4.99 million. With his four children, Rachael, Ben, Whitney and Alexandra, all grown, the actor and his wife, Victoria, have decided to downsize. The two-story Tuscan-style house, which was built in 2002, sits on an acre of land and features a swimming pool, deck, fruit trees and an herb garden, while the interior boasts three fireplaces, five bedrooms and 7 1/2 baths. Hogestyn bought the property in 2003 for $2.9 million.
This marks the second "Days of our Lives" actor selling his home in the past year. Peter Reckell (ex-Bo) and his wife, Kelly Moneymaker, sold their custom-built Brentwood home for $3.35 million in February. The couple and their daughter, Loden, have been traveling ever since.
Production company Prospect Park has reportedly run into a spot of trouble regarding its online soaps, "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." It seems a union dispute has caused a planned hiatus for both shows to start the first week of June instead of June 17. The hiatus for both shows is slated to end Aug. 12, at which time production will resume if the labor issues are solved. Since the shows each currently air two days a week down from the original four days, there are enough episodes already taped to take them through September with no interruption in the postings.
Prospect Park has stated, "We are committed to these shows, and to the nearly 300 jobs they produce, thus we are exploring every legal and logistical option to maintain our production schedule."
In other news, both "AMC" and "OLTL" have new co-head writers. Lisa Connor and Chip Hayes take the reins on "AMC" -- both have a long history with the show. They replace Marlene McPherson and Elizabeth Snyder.
Taking over on "OLTL" are Jessica Klein and Marin Gazzaniga. Jason Seidel also joins the writing staff. Previously, Thom Racina and Susan Bedsow Horgan were co-head writers of the show.
Joining the cast of "OLTL" is Ron Raines, who will play Carl Peterson, a benefactor of Jeffrey (Corbin Bleu). Raines, who will debut Aug. 20, is well-remembered for his role of Alan Spaulding on "Guiding Light." Also coming to the show is former "As the World Turns" star Paolo Seganti (Damian Grimaldi), who will debut June 27 as Arturo Bandini, described as a member of a wealthy family involved in the art world.
Fans of Susan Lucci probably will not be happy to learn that there are no plans for the actress to resurrect the ever-popular Erica Kane on the "AMC" reboot. Lucci is busy working on the second season of her Investigation Discovery series, "Deadly Affairs." When "AMC" production began, Lucci was working on the series "Devious Maids."