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Soap Love Notes: Two of Daytime’s Finest Get Killed Off in Primetime (The Vampire Diaries and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena) 

Bryton James — Devon Hamilton, The Young and the Restless

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Bryton currently plays Devon on CBS’ The Young and the Restless. However, up until recently, he was also appearing on one of my favorite shows: the CW’s The Vampire Diaries. He played Luka, a warlock who had a lot in common with the resident witch, Bonnie. Mystic Falls wasn’t such a friendly place for a warlock. In “The House Guest,” Luka was killed while trying to resurrect one of the original vampires (Elijah).  Damon offed him actually. Bryton popping up on The Vampire Diaries was a good move for him. I never thought Luka was going to last in Mystic Falls but I thought he would have lasted a little longer. The show had a budding triangle in Luka-Bonnie-Jeremy, but ultimately, I guess they decided not to go there. What the character’s death did do was drive some really great story including Matt finding out Caroline’s a vampire. I really enjoyed Bryton’s presence on the CW’s biggest hit.Marisa Ramirez — ex-Gia Campbell, General Hospital 

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Marisa once starred on Y&R, but she’s best known to daytime audiences as Gia Campbell from ABC’s General Hospital. Gia was awesomely spunky, quite bitchy and had a great romance with Nikolas Cassadine (then played by Coltin Scott who’s now known as Stephen Martines). Her post-GH career has been busy. She starred in two short-lived series Miracles and Mental and guest-starred in a lot of shows including Castle, CSI: NY and Rizzoli & Isles. Most recently she was Melitta on the Spartacus: Blood and Sand prequel called Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Married to Oenomaus but pining for his best friend Gannicus (after their nonconsensual coupling earlier in the season), Melitta suffers an untimely demise. In the penultimate episode of this prequel she is accidentally poisoned to death. Melitta goes to her grave loved and mourned by both men.

Marisa is in the pilot for Lifetime’s Against the Wall that should air later this year.

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