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Alison Sweeney Wants to Help You Stay on Track with Weight-Loss GoalsAs the host of The Biggest Loser, Alison Sweeney has heard her share of weight-loss advice.
But she also knows how hard it can be to remember any of it before the end of January, just weeks after setting those health and fitness resolutions.
To keep you on track, here are three tips from the actress/author/host/mom to help you move past the hurdles that may be preventing you from reaching your new goals.
Tip 1: Take Small Steps
"You have to focus on it being a lifestyle change – it's not just about weight loss," Sweeney tells PEOPLE. And don't think you have to make huge fixes, either. "Start with trading out that fancy coffee drink for a glass of water," she suggests. "Or rinse off some blueberries and put them in your fridge so they're ready when you need a snack or want to make a smoothie."
Tip 2: Write Down – and Mix Up – What You Eat
"A food diary makes you be honest with yourself about what you are eating," says Sweeney.
Not that you should have the same baked chicken breast and steamed spinach every day.
"You don't want to get tired of what you're eating," she says. "I always like trying new things and putting twists on the things we make at home all the time. Right now, I'm loving this Thai shrimp coconut curry soup I found on Pinterest."
Tip 3: Don't Make Resolutions
"In my experience, 'resolutions' are doomed to fail," says Sweeney. "Instead, I make positive affirmations and focus on how I can take better care of myself. It's much more important to smell the roses along the way." The Biggest Loser Season 16 finale airs Thursday, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. E.T.
Jonah Carver on 'Days of Our Lives': 'Memba Him?!Thyme Lewis is best known for playing the dreamy Jonah Carver for three seasons in the early '90s on the long-running NBC daytime drama "Days of Our Lives." Guess what he looks like now! See the before and after pics here.
Scott Joins TBS Deserted Island Comedy Pilot 'Wrecked'TBS pilot Wrecked, a single-camera comedy from up-and-coming writers Justin Shipley & Jordan Shipley and producer Jesse Hara, has set its ensemble cast. Described as Lost meets It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Wrecked follows a group of extremely diverse survivors of a plane crash on a remote island who must adjust to life in a dangerous new world that poses unique threats — mostly brought upon themselves. No longer plugged in, the group must navigate this new society and learn to live without the comforts of 2015 like social media, Wi-Fi, indoor plumbing and Chipotle.
Zach Cregger will play the lead role of Owen, a flight attendant who only took this job out of college to travel and avoid starting his life. Ginger Gonzaga (Ted) will play Emma, who’s on her way to Thailand with her friend, Florence, after having decided to drop out of medical school. Jessica Lowe plays Florence, intellectually pretentious and a feminist in theory, she spouts complex, forward-thinking social ideas on which she’s too lazy or scared to act. Asif Ali, plays Pack, a sports agent who’s tied to his iPhone like it’s an umbilical cord. Ally Maki, plays Jess, who is traveling to Thailand with her handsome douchebag boyfriend Todd, with whom she struggles to get along. Will Greenberg plays Jess’ boyfriend Todd. Brooke Dillman is Karen, a vice president of Google competitor Bing, who’s a passenger on the plane. James Scott is Liam, seemingly the most handsome man in the world (even after a plane crash), Liam’s done 10 years with British Special Forces before that and now campaigns for human rights for child war refugees. George Basil is Chet, a drunk guy who’s passed out on the plane and doesn’t even realize when it crashes. Rhys Darby plays Steve, a cheerful, good-natured guy who’s traveling on the plane with his enormous dog Brimlow. Filming on the pilot has started in Puerto Rico.
Cregger is with WME and Principato Young; Ali is with David Shapira & Associates, Aligned Entertainment and Chad Christopher; Scott (Days of Our Lives) is with Haven Entertainment; Maki is with Abrams Artists and Sweeney Entertainment.
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CSI Casts Real Housewives Star Lisa Rinna - and You'll Never Guess Who She'll PlayLooks like Lisa Rinna gets to play another drama queen in primetime.
The 51-year-old actress and star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills – who played the shrewy Taylor McBride on Melrose Place – will show up in a guest-starring role on CSI, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.
Rinna will play Cindy, an immature and irresponsible parent whose two daughters go missing.
Her episode is expected to air in February.
Rinna has made a terrific career out of playing high-strung vixens on the small screen. Before Melrose Place, she famously played Billie Reed on Days of Our Lives.
This season, she's been a regular cast member of Real Housewives and manages to get along with everybody (unlike, say, the wine-hurling Brandi Glanville).
Blast Off!It's not often that you can see three of your favorite daytime stars in one film, so if you missed the theatrical release of 23 Blast [http://23blast.com] last fall, now's your chance to make up for it! The inspirational picture, which stars DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Mark Hapka (ex-Nathan) and features ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Kim Zimmer (Echo) and Crystal Hunt (Stacy), will become available on DVD at Walmart beginning Tuesday, January 20.
"It's the true story of Travis Freeman, a high school football player from Kentucky who was at the height of his game when he was struck by bacterial meningitis and lost his sight," Hapka offers of his starring role. "He had to readjust to life afterwards and went through a bout of depression, but eventually his coach convinced him to come back to the team."
Look for Hunt to play the cheerleader who breaks Travis' heart, and for Zimmer to bring the heat as his emotional mom in this film produced by former OLTL director Gary Donatelli. For Hapka, who rose to the challenge of playing blind, the best part of the film was getting to do some of the football training he recalls from his own youth. "It was really nice to put the gear back on," he confirms, "and get back out there!"
Greg Plitt, Reality Star And Fitness Instructor, Dead At 37 In Train AccidentGreg Plitt, who had starred in two Bravo reality series and worked as a model, carpenter and fitness instructor, died Saturday afternoon after being struck by a Metrolink train in Burbank. He was 37.
Plitt appeared in Bravo’s Work Out between 2006 and 2008, and was in another just-premiered reality show for the network, Friends to Lovers, with his long-time friend, the fitness star Melanie Marden.
According to police, Plitt and several friends were apparently shooting video at the train station by Burbank airport when he was struck by a passing Metrolink commuter train.
George Gregory Plitt Jr. was born in Baltimore, and was a graduate of West Point Military Academy. Plitt was perhaps best known in Los Angeles as a fitness instructor. He had a number of acting roles, most notably in the 2013 boxing film Grudge Match, The Good Shepherd and Terminator Salvation. He also appeared as himself on the reality show Designed to Sell, and in three episodes of Days of Our Lives.
He recorded commercials for MTV, Under Armour and Gold’s Gym, and worked as a model for Calvin Klein, Thierry Mugler and Under Armour among other brands and media outlets.
The History and Influence of Soap Operas(Listen) Earlier today, Julianne Moore got an Oscar nomination for "Still Alice." She is by far the betting favorite to win the best actress award. But you may remember her better as Franny Hughes Crawford on "As The World Turns." And four or five years before Ellen said "I'm gay," Bill Douglas came out as a gay teenager on One Life to Live. That character was played by Ryan Philippe. In fact, Leo DiCaprio, Maria Tomei, Tommy Lee Jones, Parker Posey, Kevin Bacon, Meg Ryan, they all worked on soaps before they moved on.
Now there are only four soap operas left – drawn out, dramatic stories that used to be sponsored by soap manufacturers, and now are struggling to maintain relevance to house wives who have a lot more options in the middle of the day. We'll talk about this slice of Americana with those in the industry, and a professor who co-directs “Project Daytime.”
Barbara Irwin - Professor of Communication Studies at Canisius College, co-director of Project Daytime
Genie Francis Reveals 30-Lb. Weight Loss(Photo) Genie Francis has felt the pressure to be thin since she was a teenager starring on General Hospital.
"I started working when I was 14 years old," Francis tells PEOPLE. "The first thing they did after I had been there for three or four months is put Laura on a diet," she says, referring to her character Laura Spencer, one half of soap opera supercouple Luke and Laura. "I totally freaked and it was very hard on me."
Francis spent the next 30-plus years going from one crash diet to the next. Until now.
The 52-year-old teamed up with Nutrisystem after gaining weight due to menopause and the stress of her two kids leaving the nest. In seven months, she has shed 30 lbs.
"I wanted something different this time," says Francis, who plans to lose an additional 20 lbs. on the program. "A lot of the diets I've been on have been extreme and taught me how to starve myself. But this has taught me how to feed myself."
Now the actress never feels deprived. A typical day on Nutrisystem could be pancakes and eggs for breakfast, a half cup of yogurt as a snack and pizza with a big salad for lunch. Dinner might be a chicken breast with one cup of broccoli and half a cup of brown rice, followed by an ice cream sandwich for dessert.
But Francis did not slim down due to diet alone; the actress hit the gym five times a week. She still spends an hour, three days a week weight lifting with a personal trainer and two days doing cardio, like the elliptical machine and fast walking.
"The first five weeks I dragged myself to that gym, I didn't want to do it," she admits. "But then something flips and you want to go."
"The weight loss and toning up is almost secondary to me now because I need it just to feel good."
Make that great. Because with her weight-loss success has come a newfound confidence.
"More important than anything, I feel positive," she says. "I am able to look at the future with some sort of hope and excitement now. And really there was none of that when I was overweight."
H. Wesley Kenney Dies; TV Producer & Director Of Soaps, 'All In The Family'(deadline.com) H. Wesley “Wes” Kenney, a producer-director who won seven Daytime Emmys and directed two dozen episodes of All In The Family, died Tuesday of cardiac arrest at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, family friend Jodie Mann told Deadline. He was 89.
Kenney was a producer on hundreds of episodes of soap operas Days Of Our Lives, The Young And The Restless, The Doctors and General Hospital. During a 35-year career starting at the DuMont Television Network, he directed for such series as My Favorite Martian, Big John Little John, Flo and the pilot for All In The Family spinoff The Jeffersons, which aired an episode of Norman Lear’s landmark series starring Carroll O’Connor.
“I was an average guy, who with great luck was able to be successful,” he said in a 2008 interview with the Archive of American Television. “I think that’s as much as I can say. I love people. I love actors. I love doing the dramatic shows. So that’s how I’d like to be remembered, working with terrific people, great talented people.”
He was born Harry Wesley Kenney Jr on January 3, 1926, in Dayton, Ohio. After a stint in the Navy, he joined the DuMont Network, directing as many as a dozen live broadcasts a day. He helmed numerous episodes of the early ’50s series Rocky King, Detective, starring Roscoe Karns, and was at the control board for Mike Wallace’s 1950s interview programs Night Beat and The Mike Wallace Interview. Decades later, he taught at UCLA.
Kenney is survived by his wife, actress Heather North Kenney; sons Wesley and Kevin; daughters Nina and Kara; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
VETERAN SOAP PRODUCER PASSES AWAYOn Twitter, Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Doug and Julie, DAYS) expressed their condolences over the passing of Wes Kenney, DAYS’s executive producer from 1968-79 and Y&R’s co-executive producer from 1982-87.
"Just heard the sad news that Days Producer/Director Wes Kenney went to his rest yesterday,” Seaforth Hayes posted on their @DaysHayes account. "Wes was SO important to DOOL and our lives! My relationship to Wes Kenney goes back to the mid-50s when he was in NYC directing a TV series called MY TRUE STORY. We did one together! Wes Kenney was an Emmy Award winner who directed hundreds of Days episodes in the 60s and 70s. He directed Doug's first appearance. Wes Kenney was not only talented, he was an energetic, creative, loving man. He was one of the 16 people at our wedding; to us he's an icon! Wes Kenney produced the first Doug/Julie wedding (in 1976); Al Rabin was the Director. Wes asked us to use our own wedding vows. Wes Kenney produced the wonderful DOOL Variety Show; Al Rabin directed, Ann Marcus was the Head Writer, Jack Bunch staged the numbers."
He is survived by his wife, Heather North; the duo met on DAYS when she played Sandy Horton.
Lisa Rinna Recycles 10-Year-Old Dress (and Looks Exactly the Same in It)(Photo) She may be 51, but Lisa Rinna can still slip into the same gowns she was wearing 10 years ago. The reality star proved just that, pulling a vintage dress from her closet for HBO’s Golden Globes afterparty.
Rinna dusted off a black-and-nude lace Alaïa design with a sheer hemline for the soiree, the same look she wore to the 12th Annual Race to Erase MS back in 2005 (left). And the plastic surgery advocate looks almost exactly the same, especially that signature haircut. Actually, we think she wore the dress better in 2015 (ditching the bracelet and leopard shoes, plus, pulling up the neckline were the right moves).
Arrow to Bring Back Felicity's MomMom’s (again) the word on The CW’s Arrow, now that Charlotte Ross has booked an encore as Donna Smoak.
TVLine has learned exclusively that the NYPD Blue alumna will reprise her role as Felicity’s flashy mother in this season’s 18th episode.
Ross received a warm reception from viewers with her first appearance on the hit action-drama, which aired in early November and revolved around a dark piece of Felicity’s past coming back to haunt her.
Arrow resumes Season 3 on Wednesday, Jan. 21, with Episode 10, which is titled “Left Behind.”
John Aniston of 'Days of Our Lives' sells Bell Canyon house(Photos: latimes.com) Inside, a two-story entry, topped by a beamed ceiling, contains a floating-style staircase. Among living spaces in the 4,466 square feet are a formal dining room with a coffered ceiling, an entertainment room with arched windows and a family room with a wet bar and fireplace.
The master suite includes a sitting room with fireplace and a built-in entertainment center for a total of five bedrooms and five bathrooms. French doors open to a wrap-around balcony.
The grounds include waterfalls, a grotto-style swimming pool and a stone deck.
Aniston, 81, started on the daytime soap opera in the mid-1980s. He is the father of actress Jennifer Aniston.
Katherine Stark of Coldwell Banker was the listing agent. Lisa Gutman of Keller Williams represented the buyer.
SAG-AFTRA Members Ratify Netcode Deal(hollywoodreporter.com) SAG-AFTRA members have approved an agreement previously reached with broadcast television networks and producers for a renewal of the Network Television Code (Netcode) pact.
The contract, which was approved with 96.5 percent of members voting in favor, covers syndicated dramatic programs, daytime serials (soap operas), promotional announcements, variety, quiz, game, reality, talk, news, sports and other non-dramatic programs.
The deal was reached Nov. 14 and approved by the board Dec. 8.
"I congratulate our members on ratifying this excellent agreement. Our members will benefit from increased wages and overtime rates, expanded residuals and stronger protections,” said SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard.
Key terms of the deal include:
* Wage increases for most program categories of 2.5 percent in the first year and 3 percent in each of years two and three. For soap opera performers, increases are 2, 2.5 and 2.5 percent, respectively, and for network news, the increases are 2 percent in each of the three years.
* A reduction in streaming windows and increases in the streaming residuals rate consistent with the industry pattern.
* Language that helps facilitate the merging of the SAG and AFTRA benefit plans.
* Expanded ability for stunt coordinators to work under the Netcode.
* An increase to background rehearsal rates in year two, from $11 per hour to $15 per hour, and an increase for principal rehearsal rates in year two, from $25 per hour to $28 per hour.
* Increases in the overtime rate from $37.50 per hour to $42 per hour, and $16.50 per hour to $22.50 per hour, respectively.
* An increase in the stand-in rate for non-dramatic programming, from $24 per hour to $25 per hour in year one, and from $25 per hour to $26 per hour in year three.
* For the first time, a premium payment for solo/duo singers for multitracking and sweetening.
* Agreement that a bulletin will be issued to producers of content under the agreement to help ensure adequate warm-up space for dancers.
Hallmark Launching 'Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder' Movie Franchise Starring Alison SweeneyHallmark Channel is looking to repeat the success of its Good Witch films with another original movie franchise, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. Alison Sweeney has been tapped to star in the franchise for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, with the first movie set to premiere this spring. Based on the New York Times bestselling series of books by Joanne Fluke, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder centers on Hannah Swensen (Sweeney), shop owner of the Cookie Jar where much of the town’s gossip percolates along with the strong coffee. When a mysterious murder occurs, Hannah turns into a culinary detective and finds herself trying to solve the crime while getting caught in an unexpected romantic mystery of her own.
The casting comes on the heels of Sweeney’s starring role in one of Hallmark’s highest-rated original movies ever, Second Chances. She’s also set to star in and executive produce previously announced Radio Hype, which is currently in development for at the channel.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder marks Sweeney’s first major acting gig following her October exit from Days Of Our Lives after almost 22 years as Sami Brady. Sweeney would continue her 13-season run as host of The Biggest Loser if the veteran NBC reality series is renewed.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder is produced by Brad Krevoy Television and Stephanie Germain Prods. Brad Krevoy, Stephanie Germain and Eric Jarboe are the executive producers.
Jen Lilley & Eric Martsolf sing Baby It's Cold Outside on Home & FamilyJen Lilley & Eric Martsolf sing Baby It's Cold Outside on Home & Family: Video.
'Days of Our Lives' actor pleads guilty to vehicular assaultSoap opera actor Freddie Smith has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the car crash that seriously injured his girlfriend in northeast Ohio.
The 26-year-old “Days of Our Lives” actor from Los Angeles lost control of a vehicle Oct. 7 in Ashtabula County. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony vehicular assault and misdemeanor driving under the influence.
The Star-Beacon in Ashtabula reports Smith told a judge he fell asleep because he’d been drinking. His blood-alcohol level was .093, above Ohio’s legal limit of .08.
Actress Alyssa Tabit, 27, of North Hollywood, Calif., was seriously hurt but is recovering. They had returned to Smith’s hometown for a wedding.
Smith’s attorney said Wednesday that Smith acknowledged in court that he’d made a terrible mistake.
His sentencing is scheduled Feb. 18.
Writers Guild TV NominationsThe WGA has unveiled its nominations in TV, new media, news, radio, and promotional writing for its 2015 Writers Guild Awards, to be unveiled February 14 simultaneously in LA and NY.
Days of Our Lives, Written by Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Janet Iacobuzio, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons, Christopher Whitesell; NBC
General Hospital, Written by Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Elizabeth Page, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten; ABC
FARAH FATH ENGAGED(Photo: Ring) Farah Fath (ex-Gigi, OLTL; ex-Mimi, DAYS) is headed down the real-life altar after becoming engaged to Phil Galfond, her boyfriend of two years. Galfond, a professional poker player who is the CEO of RunItOnce.com, surprised the actress at the kitchen table of their Vancouver home with a 12-page handwritten love letter and the same bottle of wine that they had on their first date. He then presented her with a 3-carat, pear shaped ring set in rose gold that Galfond’s jeweler, Stephen Ben-Oliel of Canadian Noble House Diamonds Ltd., hand-picked in Belgium.
“Well, I’ve had three manicures in one week,” an excited Fath tells Digest. "The ring is beyond my wildest dreams and I’m so incredibly honored to become Mrs. Phil Galfond.”
They plan to wed next year in the Las Vegas home that they have designed together. Congratulations to the happy couple!
CD Single Cover Art(Photo) Brad Everett Young @BradEYoung: Here's your FIRST LOOK at the CD single cover art I shot & designed for @Jen_Lilley & @EricMartsolf's New Christmas single 'Baby It's Cold Outside!' Set to be released this week just in time for the holiday season to begin the @NBCDays dynamic duo recorded the single w/ #FrankSinatra's legendary drummer #GreggField & #ChuckBerghofer & Produced by #RobChristie! Check out Jen's & Eric's twitter accounts this week for the official release! / Photographed By @Bradley206 #BradEverettYoung / #JenLilley #EricMartsolf #DaysOfOurLives #DOOL #Salem #Holiday #Christmas #BabyItsColdOutside #Sony / Photo taken w/ the @SONY #A3000
Eileen Davidson's 'Days Of Our Lives' Return!(accesshollywood.com) (Photo) Soap actress Eileen Davidson is the new girl on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” and now she is returning to Salem!
Access Hollywood has learned that Eileen is heading back to “Days of Our Lives” to reprise the role of legendary daytime villainess Kristen DiMera – and Access has your exclusive look at her first day back on the set!
Earlier this year on the NBC soap, fans last saw Kristen kidnapping her former fiance’s pregnant girlfriend, followed by a cryptic conversation that left fans with many unanswered questions.
In June, Eileen won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress for her portrayal as Kristen, having previously been nominated for her work in the role in 1998.
Eileen and fellow “Days Of Our Lives” alum Lisa Rinna (who played Billie Reed) are the new ladies on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” which premieres for a new season Tuesday at 9 on Bravo.
As for her “Real Housewives” tagline, Eileen says “I’m not a bitch, but I’ve played one on TV.”
It looks like we will be seeing more of that next year!
DAYS ALUM HEADLINES NEW WEB SOAP(Photo) Martha Madison (ex-Belle, DAYS) will star in the new web soap, WINTERTHORNE, set to begin production in spring of 2015. The series, the latest from DEVANITY Creator Michael Caruso, tells the story of Miranda Winterthorne, who is described as seductive, loving and ruthless, and her determination to control her family’s multi-million dollar candy business.
"Women are complicated!” noted Madison in a press release. "We have complex thoughts and emotions. We can be smart, loving, angry and powerful all at the same time for a hundred different valid reasons! Michael understands this and knows how to write for that kind of woman. I can't wait to play her.”
The series will also feature Gordon Thomson (ex-Mason, SANTA BARBARA et al) and will be directed by TAINTED DREAMS creator Sonia Blangiardo.
The 2015 Daytime Emmys Are In April!Mark your calendars: The ceremony for the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards has been scheduled for Sunday, April 26! The deadline for performer pre-nomination clips to be submitted will be Friday, November 28, and the final nominations will be announced on Tuesday, March 26.
There have been some new categories added, one of which is Guest Performer in a Drama Series, which should include high-profile-but-short-term actors like GENERAL HOSPITAL's Donna Mills (Madeline) and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Ray Wise (Ian).
At this time there have been no details released regarding how the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast, but it will likely be via the Internet as they were this year. (Although hopefully with a better pre-show!)
150 ICONS: Sioux City's Macdonald Carey enjoyed long acting career in Hollywood(siouxcityjournal.com) SIOUX CITY | “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.”
Millions know Sioux City native Macdonald Carey for just those words, the introduction to the long-running soap, “Days of Our Lives.”
But Carey was more than just patriarch Tom Horton on the NBC drama.
Long before he became one of the first big names to try daytime television, he had an illustrious career in films.
Born in Sioux City in 1913, Carey first caught the performing bug at Central High School where he sang in the school choir and appeared in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. He parlayed that interest into a degree in drama at University of Iowa.
Like so many stars during World War II, Carey juggled acting and military service. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943 but also managed to make some of his biggest films – Alfred Hitchcock’s “Shadow of a Doubt” among them – during the same time.
Carey then launched a career in television. Juggling both films and television, he played “Dr. Christian” on a syndicated television series and Herb Maris in “Lock-Up.” During television’s golden age in the 1950s, he was a regular on such anthologies as “Zane Grey Theater.”
And then? Daytime television came calling. Carey signed on in 1965 as Dr. Tom Horton in “Days of Our Lives” and played the role until his death in 1994. He won the first two Daytime Emmys ever given for an actor in a soap opera. As a tribute to his contributions to the show, producers continue to use his voice to introduce each episode of the series.
Carey’s autobiography, “The Days of My Life,” was released in 1991.
Carey died March 21, 1994, less than a week after his 81st birthday. He is buried in Culver City, Calif., and remembered with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
CHRISHELL STAUSE OFF DAYSChrishell Stause, who first aired as DAYS’s Jordan Ridgeway in August, 2013, is leaving the show. "Sadly I have wrapped up my time over at @nbcdays. It's been an amazing journey & the best is yet to come for Jordan. I taped scenes in Nov I'm really proud of and I will air into March. I've made great friends and memories in my time there. I would like to thank NBC/Corday for the opportunity. I love my daytime family & am looking forward to what the future has in store :)” she tweeted in announcing the news. With the show’s production schedule, look for her air well into 2015. The popular actress previously played AMC’s Amanda.
NEW PROJECT FOR DAYS’S CORDAYCorday Productions is partnering with the digital TruLOVE Network (which is owned by BroadLit, Inc.), to develop original television properties based on TruLOVE's extensive library of romance stories.
“Our new projects with TruLOVE are sure to capture the hearts and fantasies of our viewers and we are thrilled to be in business with such trailblazing women as TruLove Network/BroadLit partners Cynthia Cleveland, Nancy Cushing-Jones, and Barbara Weller, and we look forward to unveiling more details soon, in true dramatic fashion,” said Ken Corday, CEO of Corday Productions/DAYS’s executive producer, in a statement. The first co-produced project is slated to be announced at the end of 2014.
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THAAO PENGHLIS RELEASES BOOKToday marks the release of Thaao Penghlis's (Victor, GH; ex-Tony/Andre, DAYS) book, Places: The Journey of My Days, My Lives. "It’s really about how I got here, who crossed my path, what were the signposts, who were my mentors, and the diversity and knowledge that I gained in my 20s that I still apply now at this stage of my life," he tells Digest. "It’s also about the travel journeys I have taken, the environment, the history, the people, the language, the food — all those things." DAYS also gets its own chapter."The good thing is, I never left with a bitter taste. There is no blame game because there was more great than there wasn’t in that experience," he says. To get your copy — paper or ebook — go to amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com.
'Days of Our Lives' Producer Launches Digital Soaps Venture(variety.com) (Logo) Corday Productions, which produces NBC’s ”Days of Our Lives,” is teaming up with digital-media firm All Screens Media to launch Net Soaps/Net Novelas — a venture aiming to create and distribute original “interactive” soap operas online that let fans, thesps and advertisers participate in the shows’ development.
The venture will focus on multilingual soaps for the U.S., Latin America and Brazil. Net Soaps/Net Novelas also is making a branded-content pitch to advertisers to integrate their products or services directly in the new digital series.
“This new venture is about taking the passion consumers have for soaps and novelas into a new era,” said Ken Corday, CEO of Corday Productions, who has been exec producer of “Days of Our Lives” since 1985. “This will be original content that the fans will play a role in green lighting and casting, delivered in a form that can build devoted communities of fans in the digital space.”
Launch of Net Soaps/Net Novelas comes after another online-soaps project has gone belly-up: Prospect Park Networks, which last year launched new versions of ABC soaps “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” online before becoming embroiled in a legal dispute with the Alphabet net, last month filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The principals behind Net Soaps/Net Novelas say their approach is very different. “Prospect Park was taking existing shows and platform-shifting them,” said All Screens Media founder Peter Heumiller, a former VP of content acquisition for Comcast Cable. “We are creating content in a forward-thinking way that gives us a unique platform to connect with people in multiple ways.”
The sponsorship model is key for Net Soaps/Net Novelas, which has launched its website at netsoapstv.com. Advertisers can get involved to the point of making casting decisions for the shows, according to Heumiller. “It’s really coming full circle – soap operas were originally sponsored by the detergent companies,” he said.
Net Soaps/Net Novelas plans to launch the digital soaps in the third quarter of 2014 quarter, via its own websites and distribution partners. Net Soaps is the English-language version targeted at American auds, while Net Novelas will encompass in-language programming for LatAm and Brazil.
Corday Productions’ executive in charge of production Greg Meng will lead development of online portals that will engage consumers and actors in the creation of the content, via online casting and acting auditions, voting on show concepts and ongoing narrative turns. Actors will be able to upload video reels to Net Soaps/Net Novelas as part of the development process.
“We do have a lot of access to amazing talent, not only daytime but primetime,” Meng said. “We are looking at creating these shows as hyperlocal location-based shows, appealing to local sponsors that have national appeal as well.” For example, a show set in Las Vegas might attract a casino sponsor, he said.
The JV has seed funding from the partners, which are in discussions with potential sponsors and distribution partners, Heumiller said. In addition to original shoes, the venture will look to acquire programming.
The Net Soap/Net Novelas team includes independent producer Rose Ganguzza, who has worked with Brazil’s TV Globo on international distribution and also served as president of Revlon/Latin America. Ganguzza will work with her sister, Patricia Ganguzza, whose AIM Productions provides product placement and sponsorship for corporate clients, on international promotional, talent, sponsorship and distribution deals for Net Soaps/Net Novelas.
Also on board is soap-opera actress Crystal Chappell, who’s had prominent roles on “Days of our Lives,” “The Guiding Light,” “All My Children” and “Santa Barbara.” Chappell created and stars in subscription-based online soap, “Venice,” a short-form series now in its fourth season. She will work with Net Soaps / Net Novelas to vet concepts, produce and direct original shows and mentor new talent.
Corday Productions’ “Days of Our Lives” has been a staple of daytime TV since 1965. The company has produced more than 12,000 episodes of the series with distribution in markets worldwide. In January, NBC announced the renewal of the sudser through September 2016.
“The audience for soaps on TV has dropped, but it’s holding,” Meng said. The new venture, reaching digitally savvy soaps fans, “is an organic fit for us as daytime producers for more than 40 years… This takes us several steps ahead as far as watching when you want, where you want and how you interact with the show.”
History of Advertising No 89: Irna Phillips' soap operas(mediaweek.co.uk) If Irna Phillips can’t be called the mother of the soap opera, she was without doubt its midwife who could see daytime drama’s potential for advertisers – and delivered massively on her vision.
She was in the right place at the right time. It was 1930 and US radio networks and advertisers – particularly household-product manufacturers – were beginning to see the opportunities in marketing to housewives at a time when their husbands were working and their children at school.
Phillips, then 29, was an unemployed schoolteacher and part-time radio actress when she was asked by WGN in Chicago to write and act in radio’s first serial drama, Painted Dreams.
It was the story of a mother and her unmarried daughter and, although it began without sponsorship, Phillips included an engagement and a wedding in the plot to maximise product tie-ins.
Painted Dreams marked the start of what proved to be a prodigious output. Over the next 43 years, she created or co-created 18 radio and TV serials, four of which were still on air when she died in 1973.
One was The Guiding Light, centred on a minister and his church community in a Chicago suburb. Another was As The World Turns, featuring the residents of the fictional town of Oakdale, Illinois.
Phillips, who introduced soap-opera conventions such as linking scenes with music and cliffhanger endings, was excited about transferring daytime drama to TV.
In a 1948 letter to a Procter & Gamble senior executive, she envisioned sponsors’ products not only endorsed by her characters but used by them. However, she feared that women who had enjoyed radio drama while doing the housework would not be able to do so while watching TV.
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Phillips dictated her stories to secretaries for up to eight hours a day, producing an estimated two million words a year and earning more than $250,000 a year during the 40s.As The World Turns, the last daytime serial to be associated with P&G, was axed in 2010 after 54 years.
Ma Perkins, one of the most successful US soap operas ever, ran from 1933 to 1960 promoting P&G’s Oxydol. It was created by Anne Hummert and her ad executive husband, Frank.
NBC RENEWS ACCLAIMED DAYTIME DRAMA 'DAYS OF OUR LIVES' THROUGH 2015-16 SEASONNBC has extended its long-running daytime drama "Days of our Lives" for an additional two years, taking the show through September 2016. ‘Days’ will celebrate its 50th year on television in November 2015, continuing its tradition of passion, intrigue and adventure and cementing its place in television history.
The extension was announced today by Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment.
“‘Days of our Lives’ continues to be a fan favorite for the daytime audience and we are thrilled to keep it going through its 50th season,” said Salke. “‘Days’ has shown year-to-year increases in key female demographics and remains both relevant and fresh creatively due to the hard work of the producers, writers, cast and crew who have worked tirelessly to make ‘Days’ the ratings success it is today.
“Having won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama, “Days of our Lives” continues to deliver on its legacy of quality storytelling,” said Steve Kent, Senior EVP, Programming, Sony Pictures Television. “We appreciate NBC’s continued support and are excited to celebrate the show’s 50thanniversary with our generations of dedicated fans.”
“We are thrilled to continue being a part of the NBC family and to have the support of our incredible network and studio executives who work tirelessly to allow us to continue telling our stories and share the ‘Days’ legacy with our devoted family of fans," said Ken Corday, executive producer "Days of our Lives."
“Days of our Lives” currently is delivering its best season in women 18-49 viewers in three years and biggest season in total viewers in four years. Executive producer Ken Corday follows in the tradition of his parents, Betty and Ted Corday, who co-created "Days of our Lives" and helmed the series for many years. “Days” (Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m. ET) first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour 10 years later.
In its 48-plus years, “Days of our Lives” has garnered 232 Daytime Emmy nominations and 36 wins, including a recent Emmy win for Outstanding Daytime Drama. The show's success derives from its consistent commitment to excellence in writing and storytelling -- supported by a diverse ensemble of performers -- and an uncanny knack for anticipating viewer interests. "Days” is set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem. The core families are the Bradys, the Hortons and the DiMeras. The multi-layered storylines involve elements of romance, adventure, mystery, comedy and drama.
“Days of our Lives” is produced by Corday Productions Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. Corday is executive producer with co-executive producers Greg Meng and Lisa De Cazotte. Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell are the head writers.
DAYS Stars Create Rap VideoMeredith Scott Lynn (Anne) and Jen Lilley (Theresa) have created a rap video riffing on the show, stars and behind the scenes crew. The video includes appearances from Alison Sweeney (Sami) and several other Salemites, along with clips from the show. “Jen Lilley [Theresa] is hilarious, on and off camera,” enthuses Lynn. “She’s a very funny, funny person. We connected with our humor in the hair and makeup room. So we created something together. It’s a surprise for the fans, the crew, the show, and all of the people who love DAYS. When you watch it you’ll get a whole other layer of the Anne and Theresa experience!” Watch the clip here: Video.
DAYS Star Launches WebsiteDAYS’s Shawn Christian's (Daniel) new website launches today. “My web site is shawnchristianofficial.com,” he states. “People stole my name and I can’t get it back, so shawnchristianofficial.com is now my official website. You can find clips and pictures. There is also news on everything I’m doing, from Arrowhead Adventure Camps [Arianne Zucker’s new organization] to the web series, ADDICTS ANONYMOUS. Anything I’ve done from AS THE WORLD TURNS [where he played Mike] to DAYS is also on the site. It’s a whirlwind of information.
Book: Days of our Lives Better LivingDays of our Lives Better Living: Cast Secrets for a Healthier, Balanced Life. Order your copy right here.
The Star Attraction by Alison SweeneyThe Star Attraction by Alison Sweeney (Author): Paperback, Kindle Edition.
Days is on PinterestThe Official DOOL Pinterest account is up and running at pinterest.com/nbcdool
Tell-All Tome About Y&R And B&B!Soaps In Depth editor Michael Maloney, along with Lee Phillip Bell, has written an authorized biography of Bell's late husband, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL creator William J. Bell. The Young and Restless Life Of William J. Bell is set to hit bookstores on June 1 and is available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.
The book details the Chicago native's pre-soap opera life as an advertising executive in the era just before MAD MEN to his unparalleled career as television's most prolific writer. Bell not only is the mastermind behind the two surviving CBS soaps, but he also wrote for suders GUIDING LIGHT, AS THE WORLD TURNS (for nine years), and ANOTHER WORLD, which he co-created along with his mentor, soap opera legend Irna Phillips. In 1966, Bell left Phillips and took over as headwriter of DAYS OF OUR LIVES, saving the show from cancelation.
The Young And Restless Life Of William J. Bell offers insights into Bill's creative process -- how he felt about recasting, publicity, spoilers, sweeps, stunt casting and, of course, storytelling! The tome contains backstage dish and never-before-seen photos from the Bell family's personal albums. Lee's successful career as a broadcast journalist in the days of live television in Chicago is also covered, and the book contains information from the "bibles" for AW, Y&R and B&B that any soap fan will want to read!
Over 65 people -- including family members, actors, writers, producers, network executives and other notables from the soap opera world -- were interviewed for this book that every soap fan will want to have! So pre-order your copy today!
Daytime Soap Opera Stars Release Epic Historical NovelDecadent Publishing is excited to announce the release of TRUMPET, by Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes, stars of daytime television’s Days of Our Lives. Their debut novel, full of fascinating facts researched on site, is a historical romp through the theatrical world of the Regency Era. The adventures of heroine Elizabeth Trumpet, from innocence to experience, include famous characters of the time. Trumpet’s conflicts with love and fame in history’s most elegant yet brutal age mirror women’s struggles in our own turbulent times.
Hayes and Hayes enthusiastically spent their lives acting; this wealth of wit and experience colors every page. Their enticing fiction moves from 1803 London to Egypt, the blossoming America and beyond with heartfelt emotion and adventurous fun - just like the romantic scenes Bill and Susan love to play.
Decadent Publishing co-owner Heather Bennett states, “Bill and Susan’s television fans will be ecstatic with Trumpet’s colorful cast of characters and the actors’ famous sense of humor that shines through in the story. Historical fiction aficionados will find the depth of research and rich characterization impressive.”
Trumpet is now available in ebook format at Decadent Publishing, Bono Books and Amazon. The print version will be released in May.
Arianne Zucker and LifeCHANGEArianne Zucker (Nicole Days Of Our Lives) has worked with a number of different charities over the years, including as an ambassador for Habitat for Humanity of the San Fernando Valley and on a number of trips with the USO. She has also worked with the St. Bernard Project in New Orleans. Now, she has started LifeCHANGE, a project dedicated to making a difference by creating opportunity.
LifeCHANGE the show will take six young adults, ranging in age from 18-25, on a journey that will seek to change their lives, as well as the lives of those around them, through volunteering. "Why we picked that age is because I know for me, personally, I was a little lost," Arianne shared. "I didn't have a lot of direction myself at that age. I didn't go straight to college. I went off and modeled because luckily I was born 5'9" but not because that's what I wanted to be when I grew up. I know that to me that was a very important time."
Arianne continued, telling us that she believes those years are "a very vital time in your life. We picked that time so that young adults could see what is out there, whether it be difficult situations or whether it be opportunities for them to maybe become a philanthropist. Maybe all of a sudden they meet someone and they decide they want to be a mathematician! Who knows? Somebody that will affect them to become something more. That's how my brother and I envisioned this."
Arianne began working on this project with her older brother in 2007; they brought in former Days castmate Jason Cook because he has done a couple of documentaries. And she sees this most definitely being in the style of a documentary, not the reality television that most of us have become so accustomed to. LifeCHANGE will be "done in such a way where it's heartfelt without having to manipulate a situation. We have enough issues of our own and to capture that on television, that's enough. We don't need to manipulate anything. We want to educate and just be able to relate. I know even for my character, people will relate to her when she goes through certain things, through the miscarriage especially, or being torn in relationships or being with men who you don't really want to be with, just because."
People relate to the character of Nicole and she can affect them through her many trials and tribulations, but through LifeCHANGE, Arianne hopes to affect people in a much more positive manner. "You do affect people, more than you know," she avers. "You affect people when you're standing in line at the grocery store... But no matter what, I'm taking six kids a year. And I'm going to make a difference in their lives. And I'm not only making a difference in their lives; it really almost changes you more as a person. And everybody benefits, from the trip and from the journey. You reach the destination but the journey just begins. It's so beautiful."
What if you're not one of the lucky six chosen for this first round? How can your life be changed? "What we've done, too, what we've made available on our LifeCHANGE website and our blog area are organizations that we have worked with, will be working with, will be continuing to work with, because not one thing is near and dear to everyone's heart," Arianne told us. "I feel like if you're not one of the six people who we've chosen to go on this trip, that doesn't mean that you can't change your life on your own. Or be motivated to do it yourself. Or find a group of friends that say, hey, you know what? Our friend so-and-so is going through a tough time right now. Let's make a difference. Those are the things that we want to inspire."
"Let's start this whole butterfly effect," Arianne continued. "Because the more positive we are – and I'm kind of corny spiritual in that way – but the more positive we are, the more positive energy we'll put into the air. Think about it. When your boss comes in angry or your teacher comes in angry, who's the next one to get it? It goes down, down, down. Then your mom comes home mad because she was yelled at at work. Now the kids are affected. If you don't believe in that, or if that's not proof enough in the pudding right there, I don't know what is. What if that boss gave you a bonus today? And it rippled down to your employees. Now your mom comes home in the best mood and you got a cake for dinner!"
And who doesn't want cake for dinner?!
To learn more about how you can get your own cake and make a positive difference in people's lives, please visit www.lifechangetheshow.com.
Set to begin in Summer 2012, LifeCHANGE will offer its six participants the opportunity to travel, build new relationships and experience the warmth that results from helping others in need, while overcoming challenges, tests and obstacles on their path to self-discovery. Participants will be carefully selected upon review of their two-minute online video submission and questionnaire explaining why they would like to take this chance. Episodes will be made available to the general public on the LifeCHANGE website.
A Stirring from SalemOrder the Book: A Stirring from Salem Here!
Days of our Lives 45 Years: A Celebration In PhotosIn Book Stores Now: Days of our Lives 45 Years: A Celebration In Photos
Deidre Hall’s Kitchen CloseupDeidre Hall’s Kitchen Closeup: Order here!
Days BookSourcebooks released Ken Corday’s The Days of our Lives: The True Story of One Family’s Dream and the Untold History of Days of our Lives
Band TogetherHave you been missing your Kurth and Taylor fix? Well, Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS) reports that the band is back together again. "We have a new album out called 'Greatest Hits? 1993-2010' and we put on like 17 of Kurth and Taylor's greatest songs," he explains. "We actually polled our 50 ardent fans [laughs]. They voted on their favorites from the last four or five albums, and we threw them on there and we wrote two new ones that are really fun. We made the video of a song called, 'Let's Get The Band Back Together,' and the long form has a little scene where we actually talk about the singing actors on daytime. If you can believe it, after all these years and all our appearances, we've never done a music video of our own. If there was one band that was meant to be a video band, it probably would have been us." You can check out the videos, purchase the album or get a free download at these links:
Long Form Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG6EE-1xjsQ
Short Form Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS4SvebN-KY
To buy the album on Amazon: www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002VSRZKW/almosthuman
Free download of "Let's Get The Band Back Together Again": www.uaradio.net/Kurth_and_Taylor (just click on our "Songs" tab and hit "Free Download")
Or, finally, their MySpace page: www.myspace.com/kurthandtaylorband
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Alison Sweeney BioClick here for the book: All the Days of My Life So Far by Alison Sweeney (Sami)
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