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Soap stars discuss daytime gigs(app.com) To the outside viewer, a soap opera is an hour-long drama filled with drama, passion and unpredictable storylines.
But working on a soap opera has its challenges — such as reading dozens of pages of dialogue a day.
"I always likened it to, sort of, the myth of Sisyphus," says Emmy winner Vincent Irizarry. "That's how it is in daytime — pushing that boulder up the hill and then it rolls back down, doing it again every day, every day. But obviously, it's an honor, as an actor, if there's a joy involved in the process."
Irizarry, 54, is known to soap fans as Dr. David Hayward on "All My Children," Dr. Scott Clark on "Santa Barbara," Lujack on "Guiding Light" and David Chow on "Young and the Restless."
Irizarry is also one of 11 soap star favorites partaking in Soap Fantasy Reunion Oct. 25 and 26 at Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club in Point Pleasant Beach, FairBridge Hotel & Conference Center in East Hanover, and Sutton Place in Long Beach, New York, to meet some of their biggest fans.
In addition to Irizarry, current and former soap stars scheduled to appear include Cameron Mathison, Tamara Braun, Vanessa Marcil, Bradford Anderson, Kelly Sullivan, Darnell Williams, Natalia Livingston, Scott Reeves, Alicia Minshew, and Gina Tognoni.
Though she never watched "General Hospital" before, Sullivan, who also founded the health and wellness blog Thatta Gurl, was thrilled to land a soap gig.
Sullivan, known to soap fans as the kooky Connie/Kate on "General Hospital", is heading over to "The Young and the Restless" as Sage. She begins airing on the CBS show this week.
"It's a really great job on a soap," Sullivan says. "On 'General Hospital,' you'd be shooting a feature film every day. You get a script at any given time. The most pages I had in one day, where I actually started laughing, I got something like 60 pages. It's like this adrenaline rush — I get nervous before every scene."
Between his four-year run on "General Hospital" as Dr. Steven Webber and touring with his band Port Chuck — comprising three other former "General Hospital" actors — Reeves, 48, considers himself blessed.
"I had such a great time at 'General Hospital,' " says Reeves. "They welcomed me in with open arms, like a family right from the get go. If the timing was right and it presented itself, I would definitely consider heading back."
As an actor, Reeves said he's learned to work toward selflessness.
"That industry can be a very self-involved industry, and one of the most important things as an actor is to give of yourself," Reeves says. "That sort of trickles down to everyone who is your audience, your band. It's so important to find what that industry breathes. It kind of breathes, to a degree, self-involvement and isolation."
Now Reeves, whose uncle is country artist Jack Reeves, is dipping more into songwriting and performing in Nashville and is busy at work on an EP. Also, Port Chuck is planning a seven- to nine-day tour for next spring.
"General Hospital" put Marcil, 45, on the map, she says, and loves to play Brenda Barrett as much as others love watching her — or love to hate her. Aside from her soap opera character, Marcil also starred on "Beverly Hills 90210" as Gina Kincaid, and on "Las Vegas" as Sam Marquez.
"The character ... I loved playing a girl who was that bad," Marcil says of Gina Kincaid.
Marcil has had her plate full since leaving the ABC soap. She and her sister are launching skin care line SaiVie Organics, slated to be available online next year.
And she's thrilled to be part of an upcoming CBS docu-series. The show involves Marcil and a group of former daytime actresses working to produce their own prime time drama series.
"It'll be my first crack at trying something behind the scenes," says Marcil, "instead of just showing up on the set and having all that stuff written for me. I think it will be really interesting for the world to see what it takes to put a show together."
It was Irizarry's two-year role as Lujack on "Guiding Light" that led him to his other credentials. He portrayed the lovable yet devious Dr. David Hayward on "All My Children" until the show's demise in 2011.
When "All My Children" was picked up in an online format by production company Prospect Park, Irizarry put David Hayward's scrubs on again, eager to revive the show fans were devastated to have lost
"We were all very proud of what were able to accomplish, and we all felt that the quality of the show was better than it was on ABC," says Irizarry, who is currently writing a screenplay and can be seen in the short film "Clarissa's Gift" later this year. "Visually, it looked beautiful."
The show remained online for one season before it ceased production in September 2013.
"It was very disappointing. It's very sad that it ended the way that it did," says Irizarry, adding he's unsure if he would return to the show if it revived yet again. "Personally, I would choose to focus more on all the positive things that were done."
The future of the industry
Four soaps are left on the air: "General Hospital," "Days of Our Lives," "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful."
Will more daytime dramas get the ax — and what does the future hold for the soap opera industry?
"There's a chance that maybe they're going to regain some of its strength, and that's due to viewership and people who really get behind the last four shows that are on the air and supporting them," Reeves says. "What saddens me is that things have really become more so about the bottom line, really, and not about quality entertainment for people who have supported this genre for so long.
"I think the four shows that are left have done such a great job of trying to navigate this crazy, crazy climate in our industry. Hopefully, our fingers crossed, we'll be watching these characters and these stories that the people they've grown up with and come to love stay around for quite some time."
Irizarry found it interesting that when soaps began disappearing from television screens, people deemed the genre over. But no, it's re-imagining itself, he says.
"It's a beloved form of storytelling, I can see it continue on for many, many years to come," Irizarry says.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Soap Fantasy Reunion
WHEN: Oct. 25 and 26; four separate events
11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25: Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, 520 Arnold Ave., Point Pleasant Beach; tickets are $130 and include VIP and sit-down lunch
7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 25: Sutton Place, 124 W. Park Ave., Long Beach; tickets are $283 and include three-course sit-down dinner, autographs and photo opportunities
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (platinum), 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. (show) Oct. 26: FairBridge Hotel & Conference Center, 130 Route 10, East Hanover, tickets are $206 for platinum, which includes meet and greet, $88 for show only
3 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26: FairBridge Hotel Conference Center, 130 Route 10, East Hanover; All Star Music Jam, tickets are $105
FOR MORE INFO: 732-899-3900 or www.soapfantasyevents.com.
Alison Sweeney InterviewShe's Outta There! Alison Sweeney Says Goodbye to Days of Our Lives. Read the TV Guide interview here.
DAYS’S SWEENEY SAYS GOOD-BYE(Cover) October 29 marks Sami’s last day in Salem, and in the new Digest, on sale Friday, Alison Sweeney talks all about the end of an era of playing her alter ego. She also dishes on what been up to since leaving the show, what she misses (and doesn’t miss) about DAYS, what she thinks of Sami’s exit story and more. Plus, her many co-stars through the years, including Deidre Hall (Marlena), Kristian Alfonso (Hope) and Patrick Muldoon (ex-Austin), share their farewell wishes for the popular star. Be sure to pick up the new issue of Digest, on sale Friday.
Port Charles' Marie Wilson Joins Days as a Woman From [Spoiler]'s Past(tvline.com) It looks like a certain Days of Our Lives hunk will be the recipient of a big ol’ trick this Halloween.
Port Charles and As the World Turns alumna Marie Wilson has boarded the NBC sudser in the role of Bree, an old acquaintance of Hope’s who also turns out to be someone from Aiden’s dark past.
The mysterious storyline kicks off Friday, Oct. 31, when Wilson makes her Days debut.
In addition to her runs as PC‘s Karen and ATWT‘s Meg, Wilson’s credits include the web series The Bay, an episode of Criminal Minds and Hulu’s My Synthesized Life.
JAMES SCOTT IN NEW MUSIC VIDEOJames Scott, who just wrapped his stint as DAYS’s EJ, will appear in a music video with Roxanna for her second single, “Here With Me”, a prequel to their previous collaboration in "Unforgotten."
“She is a girl with a gifted voice and an incredible amount of determination and tenacity,” Scott praises. "The first music video we did was very successful both in this country and in Iran, which is where she’s from. She’s had a lot of demand from television and music people in various parts around the world for a new video, one that’s slightly less racy than the last one, so she contacted me and asked if we could do a project together and I said, ‘I’d be happy to!’ “
For more information about Roxanna, please visit: http://roxannamusic.com/
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.
DAYTIME FAVES JOIN WEB SOAPRick Hearst (most recently GH's Ric), Chrishell Stause (Jordan, DAYS), Bryan Craig (Morgan, GH) and Trevor St. John (ex-Victor, OLTL) have joined the cast of the teen-centric web soap YOUTHFUL DAZE, which just began its third season. Hearst will debut in early 2015 in what the show describes as a "heavily recurring, mysterious role".
In January, Stause will first be seen as Zoey, "a spunky and vivacious woman who will come to town with a huge secret." Craig and St. John will both make their bows next month. The series is online at www.YouthfulDaze.com and co-stars Jen Lilley (DAYS's Theresa) and Brittany Underwood (ex-Langston, OLTL).
Meet the stars: Famed soap actors head to Jersey venues(app.com) The straightforward, no-nonsense attitude of the people. A home away from home. The culture. And who can forget the huge fan base?
They're all parts of New Jersey that keep soap opera stars coming back for more.
"I feel such a connection with East Coast people, especially people from Jersey and areas like that, because I just feel they're so much more 'what you see is what you get,' " says Vanessa Marcil, known to daytime fans as the feisty Brenda Barrett on "General Hospital."
"I'd rather just have someone tell me exactly how you feel."
Eleven soap star favorites — of "General Hospital," "All My Children," "One Life to Live" and more — will unite Oct. 25 and 26 at Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club in Point Pleasant Beach, FairBridge Hotel & Conference Center in East Hanover, and Sutton Place in Long Beach, New York, to meet some of their biggest fans.
It's all part of Soap Fantasy Reunion, an event organized by Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club and Coastal Entertainment Productions.
In addition to Marcil, current and former soap stars scheduled to appear include Cameron Mathison, Tamara Braun, Bradford Anderson, Kelly Sullivan, Darnell Williams, Natalia Livingston, Scott Reeves, Alicia Minshew, Vincent Irizarry and Gina Tognoni.
"I love New York and I love New Jersey," says Reeves, who portrayed Steve Webber on "General Hospital" and Ryan McNeil on "The Young and the Restless." "It feels kind of like a home away from home."
When "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" went off the air in 2011, Dino Ibelli, owner of Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, knew fans would be devastated.
"A lot of fan base started scattering," Ibelli explains. "(I thought) 'Let's try to bring back the favorites.' We decided to give it a shot."
Ibelli went through his roster of soap opera guests — nine of the 11 stars participating in Soap Fantasy Reunion have been to Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club before.
"It brings me joy to see the people who would never meet these people," Ibelli says. "They get to see them off the TV and see that they're real people."
The soap favorites discuss their excitement to meet their loyal fans.
"New Jersey is probably my favorite place to be," says Sullivan, who lived in Hoboken. "There is such a big fan base in New York and New Jersey, and to be able to just hang out and spend some time, and be around all that support and love, I think it's very important to be a part of that."
Their take on Jersey
Reality shows such as "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," and "Jersey Shore" have zeroed in on the state, and arguably shown a distorted view on the area.
"I have firsthand knowledge of the Jersey Shore," says Irizarry, who lived in Montclair for 12 years. "I can imagine if it has distorted the great majority of the people's in the country — a lot of them are not familiar with (the Shore). So, they're being given something, a false impression of what it really is."
Irizarry is known to soap fans as Dr. David Hayward on "All My Children," Dr. Scott Clark on "Santa Barbara," Lujack on "Guiding Light" and David Chow on "Young and the Restless."
"Montclair, I think, is one of the nicest places in New Jersey," says Irizarry, who currently lives in Calabasas, California. "It had wonderful restaurants, culture and a museum and a light opera house. I was like, 'Wow, this place is fantastic.' I really fell in love with the state."
Irizarry has memories of visiting family in Jackson to taking trips to Long Beach Island.
"I've watched the growth there over the years," Irizarry says. "I know that there were areas that were really depressed — and it's been great over the years to see some of them coming back."
But what has always baffled Irizarry about the Garden State?
"In all those years, there was never a direct express train from New York City to Atlantic City," says Irizarry, who attended the opening of the now-closed Revel Casino Hotel in 2012.
Irizarry, 54, was even in the area the night of superstorm Sandy to perform at B.B. King's in New York City. He spent the next two days in Montclair with family, and recalls his failed attempts to find an open gas station.
For Reeves, 48, the Jersey Shore is a beloved place to be. His wife, Melissa Reeves, who stars on "Days of Our Lives" as Jen Horton, grew up in Eatontown.
"We love going down to Point Pleasant — we go down there often and walk around the boardwalk in the summertime," says Reeves, who lives in Nashville. "We love going around and walking around Red Bank."
Marcil, who enjoys Jenkinson's Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, calls herself a fanatical fan of "Jersey Shore" and "Snooki and JWoww."
"Everybody has done all of those things, but most people just hide it or don't admit it or not talk about it," says Marcil of the cast's partying ways. "I think it's really admirable to (watch people) who have enough guts to let the world see every part of them."
Over the last decade, Sullivan, 36, says reality television was "the big thing," but people are hooking onto fictional dramas such as "House of Cards" and "Scandal." Reality television is not art, says Sullivan, who portrayed the kooky Connie/Kate on "General Hospital" and recently joined "The Young and the Restless" as Sage.
"They force these situations to have a beginning, middle and an end because they're finding out that you can't sit there and watch ... someone brush their teeth or fight with their sister or have a hot mess breakdown," says Sullivan, a native of Seattle, Washington.
Marcil, 45, last appeared on "General Hospital" in 2013 for the show's 50th anniversary.
"I always said, 'This is the place that put me on the map, the people that allowed me to live out my dreams,'" Marcil says. "So basically, I'll help 'GH' hide a dead body at 3 a.m. with no explanations needed."
Even as someone addicted to "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," Marcil says reality shows are not replacing soaps.
"First of all, everything is a soap opera," Marcil says. " 'Breaking Bad' was a soap opera. Soap opera means that the story is ongoing, that's it. I think there's room for everybody, and I think the daytime shows have proven that.
"I think the (daytime soaps) have been nothing but successful because what other show can you tell me has been on the air for 50 years? Even if all ended tomorrow, I don't see it as a genre dying. I see it as one of the biggest successes that we've ever seen in our lives."
SOAP FANTASY REUNION
Featuring soap stars Tamara Braun, Vanessa Marcil, Bradford Anderson, Darnell Williams, Natalia Livingston, Alicia Minshew, Kelly Sullivan, Vincent Irizarry, Scott Reeves, Gina Tognoni and Cameron Matthison
WHEN: Oct. 25 and 26; four separate events
WHERE:11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25: Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, 520 Arnold Ave., Point Pleasant Beach; tickets are $130 and include VIP and sit-down lunch
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 25: Sutton Place, 124 W. Park Ave., Long Beach; tickets are $283 and include three-course sit-down dinner, autographs and photo opportunities
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (platinum), 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. (show) Oct. 26: FairBridge Hotel & Conference Center, 130 Route 10, East Hanover, tickets are $206 for platinum which includes meet and greet, $88 for show only
3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26: FairBridge Hotel Conference Center, 130 Route 10, East Hanover; All Star Music Jam, tickets are $105
FOR MORE INFO: 732-899-3900 or www.eventbrite.com.
Y&R: Nick's Ex Returns!(Photo) THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS will bring back a familiar face in November when Julianne Morris returns to Genoa City as Amy Wilson. (Soap fans might also remember the actress as DAYS OF OUR LIVES' "Swamp Girl" Greta.) In the late '90s, Amy was a friend of Sharon's who dated Nick and then went a little bit crazy after Matt raped her and she shot him. What brings Amy back to town, and how will she affect Nick and Sharon's lives now?
PETER RECKELL - "I CALLED THE SHOW"On Twitter, Peter Reckell (ex-Bo, DAYS) revealed that he had a recent discussion with the show about Bo possibly making a visit. "Weeks ago you filled me in on what was happening with Hope's storyline," he wrote. "I called the show to see if it was time for Bo to make an appearance.... With the connection Bo and Hope have always shared, I thought he could give her the OK to move on with her life, in a dream or something.... But the writers have written far ahead, and my suggestions are a bit too late. Which makes sense, so nothing came of that conversation." Addressing comments he received from fans, he said, "You say Bo's actions are out of character. That's a writer's way of foreshadowing something ,in character ,happening down the road." Finally, regarding a tweet he made about there potentially being "some progress", he clarified, "Sorry if I got your hopes up re Days.When I said there's movement, its for something else. That Old saying about doors opening." and closing;)."
PETER RECKELL CLARIFIES DAYS EXITPeter Reckell, who last aired on DAYS in October, 2012 after nearly 30 years of playing Bo, took to Twitter to clear up rumors about his reasons for going: "4 those of u who r concerned or have been led astray by rumors,let me clarify things. My reasons for leaving r the same as David Letterman’s … He left his show of many years to spend time with his family. If you spent an hour with my daughter [Loden] you'd see why I would rather be with her… Our time with our children is so very short ,I want to spend as much time as I can with my family. I missed a lot, and I had to change that."
Soap star's girlfriend recovering from crash(starbeacon.com) “Days of Our Lives” star Freddie Smith’s girlfriend, Alyssa Tabit, is recovering after a serious car crash early Tuesday in Kingsville Township.
Tabit’s condition was improved on Friday. She was listed in critically stable condition in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown after undergoing surgery earlier this week, according to hospital officials.
Smith, 26, was treated and released Tuesday from UH Conneaut Medical Center.
According to Smith’s online fan page, Tabit’s family has gone to the Youngstown hospital to be with her. When she is well enough to leave the hospital, she will be going home with her family to finish her recovery, according to the fan page.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol suspects speed and alcohol were factors in the crash. Smith could face criminal charges, if it is discovered he was drinking and driving over the legal limit, Lt. Jared Sutton of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.
Sutton said it could take a month before the blood alcohol test results are in. The accident is still under investigation, he said.
Smith, who lives in Los Angeles, was driving on Route 84 when he lost control of the Mazda 6 on a curve in the road, just east of Dibble Road, according to the OHP report.
Smith’s car crossed the center line at about 12:40 a.m. Tuesday, traveled to the left side of the road and hit a culvert, causing the car to flip end over end. Tabit was temporarily trapped inside. She was flown by medical helicopter to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.
Smith is a 2006 graduate of Edgewood High School who went to California to pursue an acting career. After several roles in TV shows and commercials, he got the job on the popular soap opera “Days of Our Lives” in the summer of 2011.
Smith and Tabit were in Ashtabula visiting Smith’s family.
Tabit, 27, of North Hollywood, Calif., is known for her television roles on “Addicts Anonymous” (2013), “The Client List” (2012), “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant” (2008) and “Swept Away TV” (2000).
Actress, Macon native Natalia Livingston ready for the role of her life(macon.com) She still gets recognized. People stop her on the sidewalk or at the market. They are convinced they know her face. Or the sound of her voice.
“You look familiar,” they say.
Many times, Natalia Livingston does not immediately tell them that she is who they think she is.
Actress. Soap opera star. Winner of a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2005. Cover girl for Good Housekeeping magazine. Pride of Macon, Georgia.
It was what she dreamed about as a little girl -- a star on her dressing room door.
Still, she has never let celebrity define her. And she does not assume they remember her from the soaps.
“I don’t always know where they saw me,” she said. “Maybe it was at church or something.”
Most of the time, though, they recall her character, Emily Quartermaine, from ABC’s “General Hospital,” the longest-running soap opera in current production. She appeared in 1,069 episodes. She was on 51 episodes of NBC’s “Days of Our Lives.”
She was recognized last week, while having lunch at Steel restaurant in midtown Atlanta. Steel is accustomed to having celebrities. The night before, former Atlanta Hawks basketball player Dikembe Mutombo -- kind of hard to miss at 7-foot-2 -- dined there.
The waitress gave Natalia (pronounced Nah-tahl-yah) a sideways glance and whispered in a friend’s ear. Wasn’t she on the “General Hospital” soap? The waitress left with a photograph, an autograph and a big smile.
Natalia has remarkable staying power for someone whose character was killed off seven years ago. She was strangled, and the murder remains a mystery.
She laughs about it. It happens all the time on the soaps. Death isn’t always the final curtain call. The show keep bringing her back as a ghost. Her most recent haunt was in February.
At 38, she is looking ahead to other challenges and opportunities. She is behind the stage, not on it. She is making things happen.
She remembers hearing veteran actress Jessica Lange once make the claim she “didn’t want to be on display any more.”
“I was in that world, the one where you are the product, and it’s all about you,” Natalia said. “It was a beautiful time in my life, but there are so many other beautiful things I want to experience. I want to do something outside of myself that helps others.”
After leaving California, she traveled to Europe for three months for what she called her “eat, pray, love” experience. She studied photography in Florence, Italy, then lived in New York.
She made eight trips to Nikolaevsk, Alaska, as a producer for National Geographic Channel. Her documentary on Russian fisherman and boat builders was called “Red Alaska.”
She moved to Atlanta in May and opened her new business, Actor Boutique (www.actorboutique.com), six weeks ago. She offers classes in acting, auditioning, producing, image development, resume building and private coaching.
“I feel like I’ve found a new purpose,” she said. “It’s basically everything I wish I had when I was starting out and even 10 or 15 years into the business.”
She is poised in the right place at the right time. Last week, she and others met with Jim Jacoby of Jacoby Development and Georgia Production Partnership entertainment professionals. Jacoby is building a $1 billion dollar television and movie studio in Atlanta. It will be largest outside of Los Angeles, with the prospects of bringing 10,000 jobs to the state.
She is as close to home as she has been in a long time. Her parents, James and Martha Livingston, live in the north Macon home where Natalia and her younger brother, Jimmy, grew up. Her friends and family still call her “Naty.”
Her father is a longtime family physician in Byron. Her mother is a native of Mexico. Their worlds came together when he attended medical school in Guadalajara, Mexico, and Martha Echabarria was his Spanish teacher at the local university.
Martha failed him three times. He has always said it was because she enjoyed having him in her class. She has always said it was because he was lousy in Spanish.
Natalia attended her high school reunion this past summer for Mount de Sales Academy, where she was homecoming queen her senior year in 1994.
It was a chance to reflect on how much has happened in those 20 years and how she now has “turned the page to a new chapter in my life.”
She was once a tiny dancer on stage for Macon’s annual “The Nutcracker,” where she “had almost every role but Clara.” She performed in several musicals at Macon Little Theatre.
After graduating from Emory University with a degree in sociology, she came back to Macon and spent a year in social work at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, now Medical Center, Navicent Health.
“It was a wonderful experience, but it was something I knew I could do later in life,” she said. “I was 23 years old. If I wanted to make my dream come true, I would need to do it now.”
She loaded that dream into her Jeep Cherokee and moved to California. Her mom rode with her and stayed a few weeks to help her get settled. She applied for a job in the garden department at a Home Depot.
Natalia had incredible faith that one day her script would come in.
She landscaped the yard of a man who became her manager. Because she was fluent in Spanish, she was hired for a national McDonald’s commercial that aired in Hispanic communities.
While home for Christmas in Macon, she got a call about an audition tape for “General Hospital.” She was offered a part following a screen test.
Her family always found it amusing that, with her medical background, she would end up on that hospital soap opera.
There is a serious note, too.
A month before she received her casting call for “General Hospital” in 2003, she was watching Oprah on television. A guest was talking about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.
Natalia later found a lump in her breast. Fortunately, it was benign. After that scary experience, she became involved with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in California. She participated in walks and benefits to raise money and awareness for the foundation.
She spent three days filming scenes for episodes of “General Hospital” with members of a breast cancer support group. Instead of using actors, the show’s producers had actual cancer survivors fill the roles.
In 2010, Martha Livingston was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. She went through radiation and chemotherapy. She lost her hair. She had a mastectomy.
Natalia is happy to report her mother is now cancer-free and has been in remission for the past two years.
She prays that her mom “brings hope to women out there who are fighting breast cancer She is a true example of courage and hope.”
Natalia also is very proud of her father’s medical research. For the past 14 years, James Livingston has been working on a cure for cancer. With the help of The National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, he received a patent this year.
Natalia had hoped to take Martha to the Susan G. Komen Central Georgia Race for the Cure on Saturday at North Peach Park in Byron.
But her mom said she’s not feeling quite up to it this time. Maybe next year. It is a walk they will make together.
JAMES SCOTT DISHES DAYS EXIT(Cover) In the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale now, James Scott (EJ) breaks his silence about his exit from DAYS, what his last days were like, how he feels about his loyal fan following, whether or not he'd do another soap and so much more. "I pretty much knew when I resigned my contract, in May of 2013, that it would be the last year that I would be on the show," he says. "I have no doubts about the decision." Be sure to pick up your copy today!
Days of Our Lives Star Freddie Smith and His Girlfriend Injured After Serious Car Crash(eonline.com) Days of Our Lives star Freddie Smith and his girlfriend, Alyssa Tabit, were seriously injured Tuesday morning after their car lost control, The Wrap reports.
According to the police report, the couple was driving in Kingsville Township, Ohio when authorities say Smith failed to safely negotiate a left curve and lost control. The vehicle crossed the centerline and struck a culvert.
As a result, the car was overturned where Tabit, the passenger, was temporarily trapped inside. Police believe speed and alcohol may have played a factor in the crash.
Former Days co-star Molly Burnett was able to speak with Smith after the crash and gave fans an update.
"He and Alyssa are OKAY. They were in a serious car accident last night, but were able to receive medical help IMMEDIATELY," she wrote on Facebook. "Freddie was released from the hospital, and Alyssa will be in surgery for a few more hours." Burnett later announced Alyssa was out of surgery, which "went really well."
Burnett also told followers that both of their families were heading to the hospitals and they were "in the best hands."
Smith plays Sonny Kiriakis on the popular NBC daytime soap opera. Co-star Guy Wilson also shared his support for his friend online.
@FreddieSmith and @AlyssaTabit were involved in a very serious car accident," he wrote on Twitter. "Please, everyone, send prayers and love."
UPDATE ON DAYS STAR’S ACCIDENTOn Twitter (Oct 7), DAYS’s Guy Wilson (Will) shared a message from Molly Burnett (Melanie), updating the conditions of co-star Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Alyssa Tabit. “Just got off the phone with Freddie,” she wrote. "He and Alyssa are OKAY. They were in a serious car accident last night, but were able to receive medical help IMMEDIATELY. Freddie was released from the hospital, and Alyssa will be in surgery for a few more hours. She was cognitive pre-surgery, an all of her tests were perfect. Both Freddie and Alyssa’s families are heading there now, and they are in the best hands. I will keep you guys updated.” To see the post, go here: https://twitter.com/THEguywilson/status/519585437598244864
Soap opera star crashes car in Kingsville Township(starbeacon.com) Soap opera star, Freddie Smith of Los Angeles, lost control of his car on Route 84 in Kingsville Township early this morning, seriously injuring his passenger, Alyssa Tabit of North Hollywood, Calif., according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Smith was taken to Conneaut Medical Center for treatment. Tabit was flown by medical helicopter to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown, where she is listed in critical condition, OHP said.
Speed and alchohol are suspected to be factors in the crash, OHP said.
Hobnob With The Stars!Spend an intimate eventing with your favorite daytime and Broadway stars at the annual Jane Elissa Extravaganza For Lukemia And Cancer Research! The event will be held at the Time Square Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on Monday, November 17.
Numerous soap stars are slated to attend, including honorary chairperson Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie, GENERAL HOSPITAL), Gina Tognoni (Phyllis, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), Alicia Minshew (Kendall, ALL MY CHILDREN), Sean McDermott (Hart, GUIDING LIGHT), Sonia Satra (Lucy, GL), Kevin Spirtas (ex-Craig, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and David Andrew Macdonald (Edmund, GL).
There will be special performances, auctions, a raffle and goodie bags. Tickets range in price from $125 to $500. For more information and ticket purchase, call Jane Elissa at 917-732-1085 or Lauri Landry at 646-732-9397.
Stars Strike Out Child AbuseJen Lilley (Theresa, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is hosting a star-studded bowling tournament to benefit Childhelp, America's largest and longest-running nonprofit dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. The event will be held on Sunday, October 19, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at PINZ Bowling in Studio City, CA.
Amongst the celebrity guests are daytime stars like Chrishell Stause (Jordan, DAYS), Kelly Sullivan (Sage, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; ex-Connie, GH), Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, DAYS), Ian Buchanan (Duke, GH), Finola Hughes (Anna, GH), Billy Flynn (Chad, DAYS), Judi Evans (Adrienne, DAYS), Casey Moss (JJ, DAYS), Kassie DePaiva (Eve, DAYS; Blair, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Kristian Alfonso (Hope, DAYS), Robert Scott Wilson (Ben, DAYS; Pete, ALL MY CHILDREN), Camila Banus (ex-Gabi, DAYS), True O'Brien (Paige, DAYS) and Lauren Koslow (Kate, DAYS).
For more details about the event, order tickets or simply contribute to the cause, click here.
JOIN DAYS STARS IN NAPADAYS OF OUR LIVES’s Arianne Zucker (Nicole) and Shawn Christian (Daniel) are hosting a wine-tasting event at the Padis Vineyard in Napa, CA on Saturday, October 18, from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The fundraiser will benefit ARROW-HEART Adventure Camps, the youth leadership program created by Zucker and brother, Todd.
"I'm looking forward to our wine tasting event,” enthuses Zucker. "To best serve our campers, the funds raised will help us reach our goal to build a ropes course on our newly donated property in Midvale, Idaho. We are reaching out to the Napa community to open an ARROW-HEART Adventure Camps in the Bay Area. I want to thank everyone so far who has made this event possible and to all who will be attending the event along with your continued support.”
Tickets can be purchased at www.arrow-heart.org.
B&B MEETS THE REAL HOUSEWIVES IN AMSTERDAM(Photo) The cast of B&B ran into the cast of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS in Amsterdam, as both shows are taping episodes in the Netherlands. Of course, new HOUSEWIVES cast member Eileen Davidson (Kristen, DAYS; Ashley, Y&R, second from r.) has both shows in common, as she took Y&R's Ashley over to B&B in 2007. Also pictured, from l.: Lisa Rinna (ex-Billie, DAYS), Lisa Vanderpump, B&B Executive Producer/Head Writer Bradley Bell and Heather Tom (Katie, B&B).
Billy Flynn Google + HangoutDays Of Our Lives: Billy Flynn (Chad) Google + Hangout: Video.
'DAY OF DAYS' FAN EVENT ON SATURDAY, NOV. 8In celebration of the show’s 49th anniversary, the stars of NBC’s longest-running daytime drama “Days of our Lives” will meet fans at the “Day of Days” fan event on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Universal CityWalk in Hollywood. This complimentary event for loyal “Days of our Lives” viewers will offer fans the chance to meet and greet with Salem’s favorite faces. The day’s events will include autograph signings, a cast Q&A session, photo booth fun for fans and much more.
“Days of our Lives” cast currently scheduled to attend include Kristian Alfonso, John Aniston, Shawn Christian, Daniel Cosgrove, Bryan Dattilo, Kassie DePaiva, Billy Flynn, Galen Gering, Deidre Hall, Bill and Susan Hayes, Drake Hogestyn, Lauren Koslow, Jen Lilley, Kate Mansi, Eric Martsolf, Joe Mascolo, Peggy McCay, Casey Moss, True O’Brien, James Read, Missy Reeves, James Reynolds, Suzanne Rogers, Meredith Scott Lynn, Robert Scott Wilson, Freddie Smith, Guy Wilson, Arianne Zucker and more.
SCHEDULE OF THE DAY:
“Day of Days” Welcome and cast introductions
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
“Meet & Greet” with the cast of “Days of our Lives”
“Meet & Greet” with the cast of “Days of our Lives”
“Days of our Lives” Q & A
Event finale including a special sneak preview of an upcoming “Days of our Lives” episode
For more information on this exciting event, fans can log on to www.nbc.com/days.
For more information on CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood go to http://www.citywalkhollywood.com/.
ANOTHER NEW ROLE AT DAYSDAYS is seeking a gorgeous, rugged 35-40-year-old Hispanic or Greek man to play the contract role of Ares. Ares is described as formidable, mysterious, charming and confident. The role is tentatively scheduled to begin taping in October.
Curtis Stone and Lindsay Price Welcome Son Emerson SpencerCurtis Stone‘s new sous chef is here!
The Top Chef Masters host and his wife, actress Lindsay Price, welcomed their second child on Tuesday, Sept. 16, his rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.
Son Emerson Spencer Stone arrived in Los Angeles, weighing in at 7 lbs., 11 oz..
“Both Lindsay and Emerson are doing well,” the rep tells PEOPLE. “Curtis is officially the happiest man in the world!”
Stone, 38, announced that he and Price, 37, were expecting a sibling for 2½-year-old son Hudson during a May appearance on The Queen Latifah Show.
“My beautiful wife is pregnant again with my second baby!” he told the cheering crowd.
JOIN THE STARS TO STRIKE OUT CHILD ABUSEDAYS's Jen Lilley (Theresa), Chrishell Stause (Jordan), Y&R's Kelly Sullivan (Sage), and a host of other faves will be at Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City, CA on October 19 to raise awareness about child abuse — and you can join the celebrity bowling tournament.
"I thought this would be a fun way to raise awareness about child abuse going on in the United States without getting into the gruesome details," explains Lilley. "You don't have to be a good bowler to participate. Just come as you are with an open heart! I personally plan on bowling granny-style. 100 percent of the ticket costs will go to Childhelp and helping American children. Every celebrity is donating his or her own time; no one is getting paid. Everyone is volunteering their time because we care about our kids and this amazing organization!"
For more information, and to get tickets, go here. Also, follow the actress on Twitter @Jen_Lilley.
Alison Sweeney InterviewAlison Sweeney's Stay-Slim Secrets for Reaching Fitness Goals. Read the interview here.
MTV Series 'Eye Candy' Casts 3 RegularsCasey Deidrick (Days Of Our Lives), John Garet Stoker and Kiersey Clemon (Austin & Ally) are set to co-star opposite Victoria Justice in MTV’s thriller drama series Eye Candy, from top genre feature producer Jason Blum. The project was picked up to series in February with a 10-episode order. It was to undergo changes, including extensive recasting, with only Justice and Harvey Guillen staying on from the pilot cast.
Written by Emmy Grinwis, Eye Candy stars Justice as tech genius Lindy who begins to suspect that one of her online suitors might be a deadly cyber stalker. When her friends at the cyber-police uncover a potential serial killer in Manhattan, she works with the hackers to solve the murders while unleashing her own style of justice.
Deidrick, repped by UTA, Leverage Management and David Krintzman, plays male lead Tommy, a dry-witted NY native who descends from a long line of cops and works as a detective in the NYPD Cyber Unit. He is skeptical of Lindy’s tactics and motivations, but he ultimately decides to work with her. The role was played by Nico Tortella in the original pilot.
Clemon, repped by Progressive and Mach 1 Management, will play a new character, Sophia, Lindy’s hip, gorgeous, sophisticated, and vibrant best friend and roommate. Stoker, repped by CESD and Berwick & Kovacik Management, also will play a new character, Connor, Sophia’s other best friend – a young blogger on a Gawker-esque website who will post about our serial killer.
DAYS CASTING ANOTHER NEW ROLEHot on the heels of the Maya release yesterday, DAYS is now seeking an actor to play Mateo, a 25-35-year-old Hispanic or part/Hispanic male who is described as charismatic and irresistible to women. Spanish speaking is preferred but not mandatory for the recurring role that could become contract
DAYS CASTING NEW ROLEDAYS is actively seeking to cast the contract role of Maya, who is described as a 25-30 year old, gorgeous, African-American female. Maya is a confident, dedicated professional with a sensitive side. Taping is tentatively scheduled for late November/early December, which means she would likely first air mid-year in 2015.
Ramsey Is The New Sheriff In Town!(cbs.soapsindepth.com) Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 13, at 8:00 p.m. EST, because you won't want to miss the world premiere of Lifetime's Deliverance Creek, the ambitious, first-ever television project produced by romance novelist Nicholas Sparks. In the Civil War-era drama, Wes Ramsey (Sam, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Owen, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) stars as a small-town lawman that finds himself secretly involved with strong-willed, Missouri rancher (Lauren Ambrose) for whom the line between right and wrong is often blurred.
"It's about the story of her survival on the ranch [with her children]," Ramsey explains. "She hasn't heard from her husband in years, not a letter, and she thinks she's dead... We find each other at a time in our lives when we are both looking for something."
It's A Civil War Soap!
This is no lightweight drama; The movie, which serves as a back-door pilot for a potential television series, is part Western shoot-'em-up (even Ambrose is handy with a shotgun!), part Gone With The Wind, and part LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE. The drama is intense!
"It's the story of what happens when we're tested," Ramsey offers. "As you can imagine during the time of the Civil War, desperate times called for desperate measures." Look for the stuff of soap operas: romance, love triangles, revenge, tragedy and even murder. However, it's a group of outlaws that brings the real drama, and that means trouble for Ramsey as the sheriff who loves their hot-headed sister.
He's Got The Look
"As we made our way through the shoot down in Austin, TX, I realized, 'This is really happening!'" Ramsey recalls of the experience. "And to be able to wear that badge, carry a gun and ride a horse... if there were ever an obvious item [for an actor] to check off the old bucket list, this was it!"
In addition to working with the Emmy-nominated Ambrose, for whom Ramsey gained a heaping dose of respect, the actor was thrilled to see Sparks on set. "It was really great to bond with him and to realize how passionate he is about this project and how personal it is for him," the actor confides. "Rather than him just attaching his name to the project, he was very specific with handpicking this material [which was written by Melissa Carter] and with the process of how it all came to fruition."
Video: Billy Flynn - Chad, Days Of Our Lives'No Lonely For The Wicked!' You can only keep trouble tied down for so long! On Sept 12th Billy Flynn brings Chad DiMera back to flip Salem upside down! Catch Days of Lives weekdays on NBC: Video.
Billy Flynn Interview'Days of our Lives' Newcomer Billy Flynn on the New Chad DiMera: He's 'Going to Piss Off a Lot of People'. Read The Wrap's interview with Billy Flynn here.:
MORE STARS STAND UP TO CANCER THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5This Friday, September 5 (8:00 – 9:00 p.m., ET/PT), Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), will stage its fourth biennial fundraising event. Robert Downey Jr., Melissa McCarthy, Steve Carell, Sofia Vergara, Ben Falcone, Kevin Bacon, Anna Kendrick, Tony Goldwyn, Dave Grohl, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Gad, Giada De Laurentiis, Jaime King, Mira Sorvino, Joe Manganiello, Jordana Brewster, Alison Sweeney, Amanda de Cadenet, Charlie Wilson, and Diem Brown, will be part of the star-studded appeal to help build public support for SU2C’s groundbreaking translational research that can provide patients with new therapies to save lives now. They join previously announced participants including Gwyneth Paltrow, Katie Couric, Reese Witherspoon, Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Kiefer Sutherland, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Mark Harmon, Rob Lowe, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tony Hale, Dane Cook, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Marg Helgenberger, Matt Passmore, Rob Riggle, Italia Ricci, Ethan Zohn and Bree Turner. Special musical performances include: The Who, Jennifer Hudson, Lupe Fiasco & Common, Ariana Grande, and Dave Matthews Band.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Joel Gallen of Tenth Planet Productions will co-executive produce the September 5th broadcast, live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, along with ABC Family, American Forces Network, AXS TV, Bravo, Cooking Channel, Discovery Fit & Health, E!, Encore, Encore Espanol, EPIX, ESPNEWS, FOX Sports 2, FXM, HBO, HBO Latino, ION Television, LMN, Logo TV, MLB Network, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, Palladia, Pivot, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, Starz, TNT and VH1 are donating one hour of simultaneous commercial-free primetime for the nationally televised fundraising special on Friday. In addition, the show will stream live on both Hulu and Yahoo.
Instead of the traditional phone bank staffed by celebrities, the September 5th telecast will feature a “digital lounge” on the set, hosted by Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric. Stars in the digital lounge will reach out to viewers via phone, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms through an exciting new campaign called "We're Calling You" that SU2C’s supporters can sign up for at werecallingyou.org.
In the on-stage digital lounge, Katie Couric will tap into the Facebook Mentions Box, which allows supporters to share their connection to cancer and receive real-time responses from celebrities. Other celebrities in the digital lounge will participate in Facebook Q&As, using their own pages to respond live to fan questions. Facebook and Instagram will also have a presence on the star-studded red carpet on September 5th with a photo experience that will capture the stars as they make their way into the Dolby Theatre, sharing those images and videos with fans. All of this, and much more, can be followed on Stand Up To Cancer’s social media feeds (facebook.com/su2c | Instagram: @SU2C | Twitter: @SU2C).
In addition to Facebook, an array of digital and social media platforms and influencers— ranging from Shazam, reddit, Nerdist, Tumblr, Yahoo, Hulu, AOL, and The Huffington Post— are helping support SU2C this year.
For the first time, there will be a Canada-inclusive co-broadcast of the 2014 telecast, which will air simultaneously on all four major English-language Canadian networks: CBC, City, CTV and Global, along with Canadian services AMI, CHCH, CHEK, Fight Network, Gusto TV, Hollywood Suite and TLN. All funds received from the Canadian general public during the broadcast will be directed towards the creation of collaborative research teams, as well as education and awareness programs conducted in Canada.
The first three SU2C telecasts took place on September 5, 2008, September 10, 2010 and September 7, 2012, and were made available to more than 190 countries. To date, more than $261 million has been pledged to support SU2C’s innovative cancer research programs. Since 2008, SU2C has funded 12 “Dream Teams” of researchers and two translational research teams, as well as 26 young innovative scientists who’s high-risk, potentially high-reward projects are aimed at ending cancer’s reign as a leading cause of death worldwide.
SU2C was founded on the belief that collaboration would play an integral role in advancing cancer research. To date, Stand Up To Cancer has brought together more than 750 of the best and the brightest research scientists from 112 institutions in six countries to work together in order to save lives now. SU2C-funded researchers have planned, launched or completed more than 140 clinical trials.
Port Charles Hits Boston!East Coast GENERAL HOSPITAL fans, a bunch of fan favorite actors are coming "Back To Beantown!" The weekend kicks off on Friday, September 5, with Kathleen Gati (Obrecht) hosting "Dinner With Mutter" from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
On Saturday, September 6, you can spend the morning with Rick Hearst (Ric) from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Then, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., you'll be able to get up-close and personal with Sonya Eddy (Epiphany), and close out the evening with Bradford Anderson (ex-Spinelli) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.!
It'll be worth getting up early on Sunday, September 7, because Wally Kurth (Ned) is promising to serenade his fans with some new songs at his event from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. And closing out the weekend is Greg Vaughan (ex-Lucky), hosting his own event from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
All the events will be held at the Courtyard Marriott Cambridge in Cambridge, MA, just minutes from downtown Boston. Tickets for each event are $85. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.YourNumberOneFan.com. You can E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or fax (949) 552-3365 if you have any questions about the events.
Baby Daddy Casts Days' Matt Cedeno as [Spoiler]'s Sleazy New Man(tvline.com) Former Days of Our Lives star Matt Cedeno is bringing his Salem swag to the fourth season of ABC Family’s Baby Daddy — but which lucky lady will catch his eye?
Don’t worry, it’s not Riley; she’s already at capacity with Ben and Danny. Cedeno will guest-star on the sitcom’s Oct. 22 Halloween episode as Javier, a love interest for Bonnie, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Of course, Miz Wheeler might not be as “lucky” as you’d assume. In addition to his smoldering good looks, Javier also comes equipped with a wedding ring.
Cedeno recently recurred on Lifetime’s Devious Maids as the late, great Alejandro Rubio. He played Brandon Walker on Days from 1999 to 2006.
Sweeney To Direct At DaysAlison Sweeney, who wrapped up her 21-year run as DAYS's Sami on May 23, is back at the show — as a director. Sweeney, who recently toiled behind the scenes at GH, shared this photo on Twitter, with the cap: "Aww! It's like going home. So happy 2 b back in Salem - directing! Love visiting my peeps. @laurenkoslow @DeidreHall." In the August 25 issue, Sweeney exclusively told Digest that she was working out a date to return to DAYS in this capacity.
One Life to Live's Melissa Archer Joins Days of Our Lives - Details(tvline.com) One Life to Live favorite Melissa Archer is making her next stop Salem, USA, with a shiny new gig on NBC’s Days of Our Lives — and TVLine has exclusive details on her role.
Rumblings about Archer’s move to Days first surfaced in a Daytime Confidential blind item; not long after, Soap Opera Digest confirmed the casting, then another OLTL alum-turned-Days star, Kassie DePaiva, tweeted a photo of the on-set reunion ‘tween “Blair” and “Natalie”:
(Photo) @KassieDePaiva: Welcome to SALEM! #Days #Oltl GOOD TIMES COMING!
But nothing else has been revealed about Archer’s role. Until now. TVLine can report that the red-headed head-turner will be playing a character named Serena, and that she (of course!) has ties to someone in Salem….
We can also share that Archer will make her Days debut on Friday, Dec. 5.
In addition to her 12-year run on ABC’s OLTL and its short-lived online revival (#Jolie4Ever), Archer’s credits include the Crystal Chappell-produced web series Beacon Hill.
Is that enough to go on, Days fans/OLTL loyalists? Any early speculation about “Serena”?
MELISSA ARCHER JOINS DAYSSoap Opera Digest can confirm that OLTL fave Melissa Archer (ex-Natalie) has joined DAYS in a new role and is already filming. A show rep reveals that she will air later this fall. The gig reconnects her with Llanview pal Kassie DePaiva (ex-Blair), who now plays Eve. At the Daytime Emmys in June, her new co-stars raved about the casting to Digest.
Eileen Davidson Pulls a Daytime Double on Young and the Restless, Days of Our Lives(tvguide.com) When you have this much talent, you just have to spread it around. This fall, Emmy-winning soap sensation Eileen Davidson will find herself in the enviable and unprecedented position of playing juicy, front-burner roles on both NBC's Days of Our Lives and CBS's The Young and the Restless. Why such generosity of spirit on the part of rival networks? It's all about survival — and we don't mean Davidson's.
"This kind of acting opportunity would never have happened back when the daytime-drama world was really healthy," says Davidson. "Now times have changed. Soaps are trying to stay relevant. They want to stay on the air. They're willing to set aside that old competitiveness to help each other out." Besides, audiences can't possibly be confused, Davidson says. "My characters are 180 degrees apart — from the way they look to the level of their sanity."
And how. The actress recently returned to Days for a four-month run as Kristen DiMera, a psycho sexpot who is facing criminal charges for drugging and raping a Roman Catholic priest — every scandalous moment of it caught on video. (How will she redeem herself? By saving the life of one of Salem's most beloved citizens!) Davidson's double duty officially begins September 3, when she returns to Y&R with a two-year deal to play good-hearted Ashley Abbott, a brilliant cosmetics chemist with the absolute worst luck in men.
If that's not enough Davidson for you, this mother of three — married to former actor/tennis pro Vince Van Patten — has also signed on to the next season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for a reported $750,000, the highest salary ever paid to a new hausfrau in the Bravo franchise. "I don't know what you are talking about," says a not very convincing Davidson when asked about the reality-show gig. "I'm not paying much attention to anything that's been written." Maybe not, but sources say a Bravo crew has already followed Davidson to work at Y&R, with her costars asked to sign confidentiality agreements to keep it all hush-hush.
"Eileen is a phenomenal talent, and no one wants to lose her," says Y&R executive producer Jill Farren Phelps. "We fought hard to bring her back on contract because she is a huge part of our history." Adds Peter Bergman, who plays Ashley's brother, Jack. "It's just not the Abbott family without her. Who could blame Days for loving Eileen — she has a showcase there that's off the f---ing charts — but we really need her over here."
Word is Ashley will return to Genoa City having developed an erotic wonder fragrance that'll drive the world mad and, for a piece of the action, she wants to share CEO duties at Jabot Cosmetics with Jack. The soap will also toy with a romantic quadrangle involving Ashley; her daughter, Abby; hunky Stitch; and pregnant Victoria.
But let's get real here. Davidson originated her role on Y&R in 1982, moved to Days in 1993, and has been back and forth a few times, not always with the best results. She consistently scores awesome material on Days — at one point, she was playing five wildly different roles, one male — while Y&R has often failed to write well for her. In fact, she was twice dropped by the CBS show, most recently in 2012. Why take the chance it'll happen again?
"It's always a crapshoot, and I'm OK with that," says Davidson, whose new agreement with Y&R stipulates that she can still appear on Days on a limited basis. "There's a big burnout factor with Kristen, who is always full-throttle. How many times can she be horribly vile and get away with it?" Ashley, on the other hand, is "more rooted, more real, someone I can play on a daily basis. Y&R said they have a great story for me. I assume it's the truth."
If not, no big deal. "I've had really good times in this business and really slow times, and it all works out," she says. "I've had a fantastic career, but I came to a big, wonderful realization a long time ago: None of this defines me."
DAYS CASTING NEW ROLEDAYS is searching for a 35-38-year-old actress to play the part of Meredith, who is described as stunning and fragile with a troubled soul. The show is seeking an experienced actress for this multiple-show principal role. This isn't the first time in recent history the show has had a character with this name: in 2009, Rachel Kimsey (ex-Mac, Y&R) played Meredith, the revenge-seeking sister of Rafe's late fiancée Emily, who kidnapped him and held him hostage.
'DAYS OF OUR LIVES' TIES FOR #1 IN THE WOMEN 18-34 RACE FOR THE WEEK OF AUG. 11-15‘Days’ Equals its Top Women 18-34 Rating in 14 Weeks
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – August 21, 2014 – “Days of our Lives” has tied for #1 among network daytime series in the demographic of women 18-34 for the week of Aug. 11-15, matching a 14-week high among those younger women according to “live plus same day” viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research.
For the week of Aug. 11-15, "Days of our Lives" (0.8 rating, 6 share among women 18-49, 0.5 rating among women 18-34) tied for #5 among network daytime series in the women 18-49 demographic and tied for #1 in the women 18-34 race. “Days” earned its highest women 18-34 rating since the week of July 7-11 (0.5) and equaled its highest since the week of May 5-9 (0.6).
For the week versus the same week last year, "Days of our Lives" was up +1% among women 18-49 viewers (537,000 vs. 531,000), up +9% in the women 25-54 race (700,000 vs. 644,000) and up +8% in total viewers (2.5 million vs. 2.3 million).
Season to date, "Days of our Lives" is tied for #6 in the women 18-49 category and tied for #7 in the women 18-34 demo. Season to date, "Days of our Lives" is up +7% in the women 18-49 race (694,000 vs. 650,000), up +6% in the women 25-54 demo (861,000 vs. 807,000) and up +6% in total viewers (2.9 million vs. 2.7 million).
Ratings reflect “live plus same day” data from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date figures are averages of “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”
'DAYS OF OUR LIVES' FANS TO MEET THEIR SERIES STARS AT FASHION SHOW MALL IN LAS VEGAS ON SATURDAY, SEPT. 6Arianne Zucker, Chrishell Stause, Galen Gering, Guy Wilson, Kassie DePaiva, Kate Mansi, Robert Scott Wilson and Shawn Christian Scheduled to Mingle With Fans at Special Event
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — August 18, 2014 — Stars of NBC’s longest running daytime drama “Days of our Lives” will meet fans at Fashion Show mall in Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 6.
The daylong event for loyal “Days of our Lives” viewers will offer fans the chance to meet and greet eight of their favorite Salem stars during autograph signings and a Q&A session.
“Days of our Lives” stars scheduled to attend include Arianne Zucker, Chrishell Stause, Galen Gering, Guy Wilson, Kassie DePaiva, Kate Mansi, Robert Scott Wilson and Shawn Christian.
Below is a tentative schedule for the day:
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
“Meet & Greet” located in the Great Hall (near Nordstrom) with Shawn Christian, Kassie DePaiva, Kate Mansi and Guy Wilson.
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
“Meet & Greet” located in the Great Hall (near Nordstrom) with Arianne Zucker, Chrishell Stause, Galen Gering and Robert Scott Wilson.
4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
Q&A with the cast located in the Great Hall (near Nordstrom).
ALISON SWEENEY'S GH EPISODES BEGIN TODAYToday marks Alison Sweeney's (Sami, DAYS) directorial debut at GH, and Digest has the inside scoop from the actress.
“There were so many people who came up to me, who I’ve known from daytime for so many years, who were thrilled to have me there,” she enthuses in the new issue, on sale now. “The first person I saw that morning was Kirsten [Storms, Maxie; ex-Belle, DAYS], and she practically dropped everything she was doing to give me this big hug and say, ‘Congratulations.’ I didn’t get to direct her in my episodes, but she was like, ‘You have to come back so you can direct me!’ She was excited for me, as were Lynn Herring [Lucy], Michelle [Stafford, Nina], Finola [Hughes, Anna] and Nancy Lee Grahn [Alexis]. It was amazing. In some ways, even though we’re on different shows, daytime is such a family and it was such a wonderful, welcoming environment.”
The actress reveals that she has been invited back by Executive Producer Frank Valentini to do another show. "I’m very excited to come back again. It’s a very different schedule coming in once every two months to direct. It’s fun for me and exactly what I want, the opportunity to do something different, something great, on a way less committed time schedule.” But her first soap home is still very present in her mind and heart. “I’m hoping to direct at DAYS again soon,” she adds. For more, pick up the new issue of Digest, on sale now. And don't miss today's episode of GH, as well as Monday's, to catch Sweeney's work behind the camera.
GH: Sweeney Directed Episode Airs Friday@Ali_Sweeney: So excited - the episode of @GeneralHospital I directed airs tomorrow, Friday 15th!! #TuneIn
INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY'S SOAP BLOC RETURNSInvestigation Discovery celebrates the return of its ID Daytime programming bloc on August 25, with daytime faves as hosts. Lynn Herring and Kin Shriner (GH's Lucy and Scott) will host "Sinful Secrets" the week of August 25; Mary Beth Evans (Kayla, DAYS) and Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS; Ned, GH) introduce "Poisonous Love" the week of September 8, and beginning September 15, Lamon Archey (Mason, Y&R) and Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse, AMC) will be in the spotlight for "Evil Enemies" week.
Daniel Cosgrove InterviewDays of Our Lives Dish: Daniel Cosgrove Sings TV Fanatic Tune, Talks Future of Haiden. Watch the video here: tvfanatic.com
DAYS ANNOUNCES NEW CHAD(Photo) Daytime newcomer Billy Flynn has been cast as the new Chad DiMera, confirms a spokesperson for DAYS. He will make his Salem debut on September 12. “We are excited to have Billy Flynn joining our Days family this Fall," says co-executive producer Greg Meng. "Chad’s return will change the dynamic of Salem society in ways that fans won’t want to miss!” The role was previously played by Casey Jon Deidrick from 2009-13.
Soap Opera Star Rivals Lisa Rinna & Eileen Davidson - Bringing The Drama To 'RHOBH'(radaronline.com) Soap star rivals Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson are already bringing the 90210 as they have begun filming for the upcoming season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Rinna and Davidson have known each other for years because of their work on Days of Our Lives.
“There is absolutely no love lost between Lisa and Eileen. Eileen can be very cold and aloof towards other women, and Lisa doesn’t like that at all. Lisa is very outgoing and says whatever is on her mind,” a source exclusively told RadarOnline.com. “The ladies have already had some heated exchanges during the onset of filming.”
“The ladies have already had some heated exchanges during the onset of filming.”
Rinna takes issue with Davidson’s decision to leave the popular soap opera, claiming to wanting to spend more time with her family, but ultimately deciding to join the cast of a reality show doesn’t make sense to the actress.
“Eileen said she quit DOOL to spend more time with family, but then invites reality cameras into her house? There is a lot going on with Eileen’s personal life, and just doesn’t seem like the best decision to join a reality show,” the insider added.
“This will be one of the best season’s for RHOBH, ever.”
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NADIA BJORLIN ENGAGEDDAYS alum Nadia Bjorlin is engaged to new beau Grant Turnbull, reports about.com. Turnbull popped the question in Ireland. For the full story, go here.
Bob Barker -- 'Bold & The Beautiful' Star Gets 'Happy Gilmore' Treatment(Video) Renowned ass-kicker Bob Barker is at it again ... throttling a "Bold and the Beautiful" actor the same way he did Adam Sandler in the iconic "Happy Gilmore" scene.
Sources close to the show tell TMZ ... Bob was on the soap set Tuesday filming a frame-by-frame reenactment of the fight that made him a cult comedy legend.
Bob's been on 'Bold' a couple times now playing himself for an animal awareness story line.
He moves ridiculously well for 90 ... throwing his famous left jabs and the devastating right cross -- but he does admit to our camera guy there's one move he needs a stunt double for now.
And he's still got it with the ladies -- the Barker charm is on display at the end of this clip. Don't forget to spay and neuter ... your pets.
Who Is Asia Monet Ray's Manager? Billy Hufsey Used To Be a Star TooLet’s play a little guessing game. What do the NBC show Fame, the soap opera Days of our Lives, and Lifetime’s new docuseries Raising Asia have in common? If you said nothing, you’d be incorrect. If you said they’re all TV shows, you’d be correct, but that’s not what I’m looking for. Tired of guessing? The answer is they all feature involvement from a man named Billy Hufsey.
You’re probably wondering at this point who Billy Hufsey is and how exactly he’s involved in all of those things. To start, he’s Raising Asia star Asia Monet Ray’s manager. Asia’s parents have enlisted the help of someone who has experienced all facets of show business firsthand, and boy did they get what they’re paying for. You may not recognize him, but Hufsey took the TV shows, movies, and music industry of the ’80s by storm.
Now some of us who weren’t born yet, admittedly including myself, may not know about his talents, but Hufsey was once a huge teen heart throb. A lot has changed since then, but let’s take a look at some of the credentials that make Hufsey a perfect mentor for Asia.
HE WAS A SOAP OPERA STAR
Video) Hufsey played the tough guy Emilio Ramirez on Days of our Lives from 1988-1991. According to Ramirez’s character bio on Soap Central, he was originally a gang member, stole drugs, was accused of murder, and attempted a murder. Everybody loves a bad boy. How about that hair? I think that’s the real star here.
HE CAN SING AND DANCE
Video) FAME! Hufsey’s legacy is going to live forever, and he owes a lot of that to his appearances on NBC’s Fame. Check out his pipes and those dance moves from this vintage footage, which as a bonus, also features a young Janet Jackson.
HE HAD HIS COMEBACK FILMED ON VH1
Billy was once a huge star, but even the brightest burn out. That’s why he joined the cast of Confessions of a Teen Idol, in hopes of revitalizing his career. He released a song called “Better Man,” which was accompanied by a few other tracks on his album, Confessions. Since the show, he has dedicated his life to helping young aspiring artists achieve their dreams as he once did.
Video) From one star to another, Billy is the perfect person to help Asia’s career soar to new heights.
Arrow Casts NYPD Blue Alum as Felicity's MomGet ready to meet Mama Smoak!
NYPD Blue alum Charlotte Ross has been tapped to play the mother of Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) on Arrow, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Ross, whose credits also include Nashville, Days of Our Lives and Glee, is slated to appear in at least one episode in early November. Details on Felicity's mother ? including her name and whether she'll appear in flashback or present day ? are being kept heavily guarded.
As TVGuide.com previously teased, Arrow is planning a series of Felicity-centric flashbacks that the producers call "the secret origin of Felicity Smoak." "We are absolutely going to get to know her," executive producer Marc Guggenheim recently said. "We know that she went to MIT, we know that her mom was a cocktail waitress in Vegas and we're going to meet that mom. And we also know that her dad is not in the picture."
It was revealed at Comic-Con to much fanfare after two seasons of speculation that the Felicity-centric episode would be titled "Oracle."
Arrow returns for its third season on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 8/7c on The CW.
DAYS CASTING ANOTHER ROLEDAYS is seeking a 32-40 year old, gorgeous male to play the role of Clint, who is described as edgy and rugged. On Tuesday, the show put out a notice for another gorgeous male of any ethnicity in his mid-to-late 30s, with a strong voice and presence, for a new, mysterious character called "Ted".
CSI Recruits Mark Valley to Team With (and Romance?) FinlayHere’s a case for the CSIs: Can a new private investigator — played by Mark Valley (ex-Jack, Days) — get the drop on Finlay’s heart?
Valley (Fringe, Body of Proof) will join the CBS prodcedural as a former detective/current P.I. who teams with Elizabeth Shue’s character when his partner goes missing, EW.com reports.
Though the two don’t get along swimmingly from the start, they do feel a strong attraction.
Valley’s other credits include Human Target, Crisis and Harry’s Law.
CSI returns Sunday, Sept. 28, at 10/9c.
DAYS CASTING ANOTHER NEW ROLEDAYS is seeking a gorgeous male of any ethnicity in his mid-to-late 30s, with a strong voice and presence, for a new recurring role. The new character, called "Ted" in the breakdown, is described as a "mysterious man who has been betrayed by a loved one and has his sights set on revenge."
Alison Sweeney Quit Soap Stardom To Put Family First(people.com) No one can question Alison Sweeney's work ethic.
For the past two decades, the actress, who plays fan favorite Sami Brady on NBC's Days of Our Lives, was up at 5 a.m., often clocking 12-hour days five days a week on the show's Burbank set.
And that was just her day job.
Sweeney is also the host of NBC's The Biggest Loser and the author of two novels about show business.
"I've always been willing to work hard," says Sweeney, 37, who is enjoying some rare peace at the home she shares in the Hollywood Hills with her husband, Dave Sanov, and their two kids.
"I love what I do, and I'm passionate about it," the actress reflects as she curls up on the couch to enjoy a glass of red wine.
"I'd want my epitaph to be 'Ali Sweeney: She worked hard.'"
But there comes a time when the grind gets to be too much.
In January Sweeney announced her retirement from Days in order to spend more time with her two children, Ben, 9, and Megan, 5.
On May 23 she shot her final scenes. Since then she's been enjoying a new life as an almost-stay-at-home mom.
Video: Eileen Davidson Returns to Days of Our LivesHide your husbands and your sons! Emmy winner Eileen Davidson is heading back to NBC's Days of Our Lives as maniacal mantrap Kristen DiMera and, as you can see in this exclusive preview clip, she's already roped in Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian) — literally. When last seen, Kristen had caused a major scandal in Salem when she was caught (on video!) drugging and raping Catholic priest Eric Brady (Greg Vaughan).
Davidson hits the air Monday, July 28, but will soon be doing double duty because she's also returning to CBS's The Young and the Restless as heroine Ashley Abbott. Or is she doing triple duty? A new, unconfirmed report from People.com hints that the actress is joining the cast of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills!
DAYS’S MOSS IN CONCERTDAYS’s Casey Moss (JJ) will perform with his band, Eyes of One, tonight, Thursday, July 24, at Whiskey A Go Go on the famed Sunset Strip. Moss’s band is the opening act at Fozzy’s CD release party. The event begins at 7:45 pm. Tickets are $20. For more information visit whiskyagogo.com.
DAYS CASTING TWO ROLESTwo casting calls have gone out for new roles on DAYS. The first is for the contract role of Bob, who is described as a 50-60 year old computer geek who is somewhat attractive. The second is for a gorgeous Japanese woman between the ages of 40 and 50 to play Tori Norita. She is the proud mother of a 25-year old son and lives in Japan, but longs to be in the States with her son to support his career. The role is recurring.
Alison Sweeney: Life After Days 'Feels Crazy'(people.com) Ever since she was 16, Alison Sweeney often logged 12 hour days, five days a week on the set of Days of Our Lives.
But the former soap star, 37, who sat down at her Hollywood Hills home to discuss her decision to leave the NBC show for this week's PEOPLE, says she's happy to be free, if not a little antsy.
"It feels crazy," says the almost-stay-at-home mom of her new lighter schedule. After filming her last scenes on May 23, "I'm like, 'I think I'll go work out.' It's whatever I want to do right now."
She still keeps busy with hosting The Biggest Loser a few months out of the year, and penning novels (her latest, Scared Scriptless, hit shelves in June).
But Sweeney's relishing the time she now has to spend with husband Dave Sanov and their two kids, son Ben, 9, and daughter Megan, 5.
Before, "Ben would wake up really early just so he could have breakfast with me before I went to work, and that sat with me. I'd like to be there for them and not feel like I have nine other things going on."
And the little ones couldn't be happier. "They were jumping up and down," Sanov says of when his kids heard the news. "They don't watch Days but knowing the character of 'Mom' will actually be taking them to school in the mornings is super cool."
For more on Alison Sweeney's career move, including highlights from her decades playing the conniving Sami Brady, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
Lisa Rinna Joining Real Housewives of Beverly HillsThe Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is welcoming a new member into its ranks.
Lisa Rinna has signed on for the Bravo show's fifth season, Us Weekly reports. Rinna, 51, is a longtime friend of cast members Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump, a source tells Us. Richards, her sister Kim, and Vanderpump are all scheduled to return for Season 5. (Season 4 cast members Joyce Giraud andCarlton Gebbia have been let go, and it's unclear whether Brandi Glanville and Yolanda Foster will be back.)
Rinna got her start playing Billie Reed on Days of Our Lives. She's gone on to host several entertainment shows, and has also appeared on Dancing with the Starsand Celebrity Apprentice.
Do you think Rinna will be a good addition to the Real Housewives?
Eileen Davidson Is Joining RHOBH, Says Source(people.com) One way to add more drama to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Throw in a couple of former soap opera stars.
Just a week after PEOPLE learned that Days of Our Lives alum Lisa Rinna will appear in the Bravo series, a source says that Eileen Davidson is now set to join her soap opera star pal next season on the reality show.
The new additions will take the place of former housewives Carlton Gebbia and Joyce Giraud.
While Davidson, 55, and Rinna, 51, might be newbies when it comes to the Housewives franchise, this won't be the first time they've appeared together on television.
Davidson first got her start on the daytime soap Days of Our Lives in 1993 when she starred as the villainous Kristen DiMera alongside Lisa Rinna, who played Billie Reed from 1992 to 1995. Both actresses later returned to reprise their roles on the NBC series.
Bravo has yet to officially confirm whether Davidson is joining the cast.
Kevin Spirtas InterviewDays of Our Lives Star Kevin Spirtas on Tabloid Magazines and the Rise of Mr. Confidential. Read the Theater Mania interview here.
DAYS ALUM'S NEW MAN(Photo) Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe) made her red carpet debut with new beau, Grant Turnbull, last night at Evander Holyfield's ESPYs Party. The actress previously dated soap alum Brandon Beemer (ex-Owen, B&B; ex-Shawn, DAYS).
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.
Deidre Hall visits THRS(Video) Daytime TV legend Deidre Hall, who is best known for her starring role on “Days of Our Lives” as Dr. Marlena Evans, joined The Hampton Roads Show in studio Monday.
She talked about her role on the popular daytime soap opera over the past 35 years. Hall also shared some details about her book “Days of our Lives: Better Living,” and a local Hampton Roads book signing event. Her books are also available at deidrehall.com.
Deidre Hall Book Signing
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Lisa Rinna Is Joining The Real Housewives of Beverly HillsBeverly Hills, meet your new Housewife!
Lisa Rinna is set to join the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, multiple sources confirm to E! News. Set to premiere in the fall, Lisa Vanderpump, Brandi Glanville, Kyle Richards, Kim Richards and Yolanda Foster have all signed on to return for a fifth season.
The former Melrose Place star will fill one of the voids left by the exits of Joyce Giraud and Carlton Gebbia, who were fired after just one season on the Bravo reality hit.
Funny enough, Rinna, who is married to former L.A. Law star Harry Hamlin, ardently shot down rumors that she would ever join the franchise in May 2013.
"Basically that was never gonna happen," the former Celebrity Apprentice star told E! News. She later tweeted, "For the record, no. I am not going to be a housewife. Keep calm and carry on."
Looks like she had a change of heart!
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills recently reunited the old cast, with original Housewives Camille Grammer, Adrienne Maloof and Taylor Armstrong all spotted filming with the series' current stars. And former frenemies Adrienne and Brandi were even spotted hugging!
"At the end of the day, neither one of them wanted to keep fighting," a source told E! News.
Ashley Benson -- Pervy Security Guard Must Stay Clear of 'Pretty Little Liars' Star"Pretty Little Liars" star Ashley Benson just got a measure of security from a judge ... who ordered a creepy security guard on what he called a sexual mission from God to stay clear of her.
49-year-old James Gorton Jr. -- who worked as a guard on the lot where PLL is filmed -- must stay 100 yards clear of her for 3 years.
We broke the story ... Gorton claimed he had sexual feelings for Benson and believed she was silently communicating with him ... saying God ordained him to be with her.
Gorton won't get closer to PLL than a TV set ... he's been fired from his security post.
PRIME-TIME GIGS FOR DAYS EMMY WINNEREric Martsolf, who just took home the Outstanding Supporting Actor Emmy as DAYS's Brady, has been cast in two prime-time series. The actor is currently playing Ben, the voice of the computer program in Halle Berry's CBS series EXTANT, which premiered last night, and will appear on TNT's RIZZOLI & ISLES on Tuesday, July 15.
Talk Show AppearanceTHE TALK - July 16 - CBS
Actress, author and television host Alison Sweeney
DAYS' Sweeney To Direct GHDAYS OF OUR LIVES star Alison Sweeney (Sami) is heading to GENERAL HOSPITAL... to direct! Stepping behind the camera is nothing new for the fan favorite, who has directed many episodes of the NBC soap since 2011. "I'm really excited," Sweeney tells Soaps In Depth exclusively. "I've been 'shadowing' some of the directors there."
And while the episode she's slated to direct won't feature former DAYS co-star Kirsten Storms (ex-Belle; now GH's Maxie), the actress is excited to work with some new faces. "I get to direct Michelle Stafford (Nina), which I'm really looking forward to," she enthuses. "I'm really excited to work with like Roger Howarth (Franco). I've just admired him from afar so I'm looking forward to working with him."
Sweeney is also exploring producing, acting as executive producer as well as star of the upcoming Hallmark Channel movie Radio Hype. "It's about a woman who is getting into being a female talk radio DJ," she previews.
Although ABC hasn't announced an airdate for Sweeney's GH episode yet, we'll be sure to keep you in the loop. Same with her Hallmark Channel movie as co-stars and an airdate are revealed!
Soap Stars Talk About Fun Fan MomentsSoap Stars Talk About Fun Fan Moments: Video.
NEW PROJECT FOR DAYS STARShawn Christian (Daniel, DAYS) has cast Eric Roberts (ex-Vance, Y&R) in his latest project, SPANNERS. Christian, who stars as Dr. Adam Parr, an 8000-year-old immortal, shares, “Eric plays Adam’s brother, who leaves clues on a videotape right before he’s murdered. He’s also an immortal. So Peter has to solve the mystery of his immortal brother’s death.” Christian is also executive producer of SPANNERS. To view a trailer, visit http://www.spannersthemovie.com/.
Video: The Moment Days of Our Lives Fans Are Dying to See(Video) Sami Brady is no fool. The Days of Our Lives supervixen (played by Alison Sweeney) knows that her man, EJ DiMera (James Scott), had an affair with young Abigail Deveraux (Kate Mansi). In fact, Sami has known about their torrid trysts for quite a while and has been playing the secret lovers like a Stradivarius violin. Now, with EJ behind bars, it's time for him to really get busted — and nobody can do that quite like our Samantha Jean. This much-awaited moment will air on the NBC soap July 9 and 10. But TV Guide Magazine has an exclusive preview now!
Ashley Benson Is the New Face of H&M(Photo1, Photo2) If David Beckham for H&M didn’t do it for you yesterday, maybe the latest news from the massive retailer will do the trick. They’ve signed on Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson to front their ad campaign for H&M Divided, a collection aimed at younger, trendy consumers that launches in stores and online today. Shot in L.A. by photographer Mariano Vivanco, the ads show Benson with tousled locks and smoky eyes, posing in a variety of cute looks from statement tees to striped crop top outfits — and of course, lots of cute accessories (like a PLL star would have anything else).
“I love to dress down and be comfortable, but I also love a good chance to get dressed up!” Benson said in the statement, which also noted that the collection is “in line with Ashley’s own personal style … laid back with a feminine twist.” Want to shop her closet? We’re told she was partial to the cross-body lips bag, above, and the high waisted skirts.
MELINDA CLARKE JOINS DALLASMelinda Clarke (ex-Faith, DAYS; ex-Julie, THE O.C.), is set to join DALLAS when its third season resumes on August 18. She'll play Tracey McKay, who was Bobby's girlfriend from the original series (then played by Beth Toussaint, ex-Hope, Y&R). Tracey is the daughter of Ewing enemy Carter McKay, whose grandson, Hunter, became a player on the TNT drama this season.
Revenge of the Soap Opera: Ratings Up 15 PercentAfter a depressing run that saw many dramas get axed, soaps are seeing a resurgence in this year's Daytime Emmys race.
This story first appeared in the June 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
When Peter Bergman began his career as a soap opera star more than 30 years ago, it seemed the public's -- and The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' -- appetites for daytime dramas were insatiable. He earned the first of his 19 Emmy nominations for playing Dr. Cliff Warner on All My Children and in 1989 moved on to play Jack Abbott on CBS' stalwart contender The Young & the Restless, which then was (as it is now) the top-rated U.S. soap opera. Then, around the mid-'90s, daytime dramas slowly were pushed into the Daytime Emmy shadows as talk shows, game shows, reality and other programming grabbed the spotlight.
Three years ago -- in the wake of the cancellation of two long-running soaps -- something unexpected happened. Interest in soaps, and their ratings, began to rise again -- up nearly 15 percent in the past year.
The rebound has been reflected in this year's race of the 41st Daytime Emmy Awards, where soaps once again have the most nominations: Y&R has 26, followed by The Bold and the Beautiful (both on CBS) with 18 and ABC's General Hospital with 16.
After ABC canceled All My Children and One Life to Live in 2011, there were only four soaps left on broadcast TV, compared with 19 at the height of their popularity in 1970. Then things turned around. "Yes, we've reduced the number of soaps, but there are still enough people who think, 'That's my kind of entertainment; let's see what's left,' " says Bergman of the shift.
Soap viewership started to take a dive around 20 years ago largely because millions of women joined the work force and no longer were at home watching TV. The rising popularity of the DVR has countered that trend, making it possible for all those fans to watch. Also, it has been easier for them to engage with one another through social media, where they can discuss the genre's ever-edgier storylines, such as gay-bullying on NBC's Days of Our Lives and a character deciding whether to get an abortion on CBS' The Bold and the Beautiful.
Jill Phelps, executive producer of Y&R who has the distinction of having held that title on six soaps over the past three decades, says the shows have been made over for a cooler audience. "The stories have more edge, there are quicker editing cuts and newer music," says Phelps. "The pace, tone and sophistication have changed. We have smarter viewers, and I think that's true of all the soaps. It's an overall hipper viewing audience."
Melissa Egan, who plays Chelsea Lawson on Y&R and is nominated for a Daytime Emmy for the fifth time in six years, says she hears from fans who have remained loyal but also finds that a new generation is tuning in. And the writing has gotten so much better, says Egan, who joined Y&R in 2011 after spending five years on All My Children. "It's a shame that soaps get a bad rap [critically]. Many of the actors are amazing. It's like doing a new play every day."
No one knows better than Bergman. On the day he spoke with THR, he had 30 pages of dialogue to memorize and another 30 the next day. There are no teleprompters or cue cards, and most scenes on Y&R shoot in one take.
"He has an unbelievable energy and theatricality that makes him delicious to watch," says Phelps. Bergman is humbled but also quick to defend his peers and fellow soap contenders: "To me, good acting is simply good acting."
The Best Soap Opera Moments of 2013(variety.com) There may be only four broadcast soaps left but the folks at “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of Our Lives,” “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless” served up plenty of sudsy, sensational moments in 2013 — many of which will earn gold statues June 22 at the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards.
“Bold’s” most combustible moment last year was Katie ripping into her husband, Bill, and her sister, Brooke, over the affair they had while she battled post-partum depression.
“We submitted that for Outstanding Drama Series,” says Bradley Bell, nominated as “Bold’s” executive producer and head writer. “The storyline’s a timeless classic, and there were so many great performances.”
“Bill and Katie had been married for four years, which in daytime is an eternity,” notes Heather Tom, a five-time Emmy winner and a nominee this year for lead actress. “People are really invested in them so when it unraveled it was heartbreaking.”
Among “Days’” highlights was Kristen and Brady’s wedding, which came to an abrupt halt after the groom’s mother played footage of the bride’s sexy romp with Eric — the priest officiating at the ceremony!
“That was the culmination of a long story arc,” says nominee Greg Meng, “Days’” co-executive producer. “Eileen Davidson (a lead actress nominee for her perf as Kristen) gave a brilliant performance. We also had Will and Sonny’s romance, and some dark comedy moments with Kate, Sami and Gabi disposing of Nick’s ‘body.’”
Fans of “Restless” ran through several boxes of tissues during the storyline in which young Delia was unintentionally struck dead by Adam’s car after her father left her unsupervised for just a few fatal moments. “It was a very difficult story to tell,” says nominee Jill Farren Phelps, “Restless’” executive producer. “The primary source of the story was to tell the journey of two fathers — and all that happens with them and the people who were affected by this.”
Another standout for “Restless” was the tribute to the late Jeanne Cooper, who played matriarch Katherine Chancellor on the show for 40 years.
“That episode was a love letter to Jeanne,” says Angelica McDaniel, senior vice president, CBS Daytime. “We had 25 cast members on set to share their emotions. Jeanne’s last moment had her going up the stairs as (her rival) Jill asked if she could help. It was written for Katherine to say no. Jeanne added a ‘good night.’ And that was the last time we saw Katherine.”
The tribute program earned a Special Class nomination.
However, not all the memorable moments of soaps from last year are up for accolades. While eight “GH” actors were nominated, the show itself was surprisingly shut out in series, writing and directing categories.
The most polite word that could be used about the glaring snubs is “ironic” since “GH’s” dream team, executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati, delivered one memorable moment after another last year. The pair resurrected the Nurses Ball (which featured Rick Springfield performing “Jessie’s Girl”), staged a deadly confrontation between Luke and Laura and evil Helena Cassadine, revisited the classic Lesley/Monica feud, and brought back veteran Rachel Ames as Audrey to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary episode.
Finola Hughes, strangely absent from the lead actress category, briefly played a dual role in which she brought to life both Anna and evil Dr. Obrecht, masquerading as Anna. “Finola gave just enough so that you knew something was off,” Carlivati says. “She was brilliant.”
“One of the real highlights (from 2013) is that our ratings are so strong,” says Valentini. “ ‘GH’ is vital and alive. That’s our most important accomplishment.”
DAYS STAR HOSPITALIZEDDeidre Hall (Marlena, DAYS) announced on her Facebook page that Peggy McCay (Caroline) has been hospitalized after an accident on set. "Darling Peggy McCay took a fall on set Monday and was hospitalized," she reported. "I'm happy to say, she is recovering and in good spirits. Please send thoughts her way."
Ashley Benson Restraining Order -- Security Guard Claims God ORDERED Him To Pursue PLL StarAn ex-security guard wanted a sexual relationship with Ashley Benson because that's just the way God wanted it ... according to court docs Benson filed to keep the guy away from her.
The "Pretty Little Liars" star got a temporary restraining order Wednesday against James Gorton Jr. -- a married, 49-year-old who was recently fired from his job as a guard on the Warner Bros. lot where PLL is filmed.
Gorton has told people he has a relationship with Benson ... that he has sexual feelings for her ... and that God instructed him to pursue her romantically ... according to court docs obtained by TMZ.
According to studio security officials ... Gorton told them he felt a special connection with Benson after she happened to glance at him one day, and believed she and others were silently communicating messages to him.
Gorton has since been fired, but Benson says she fears he may still try to track her down at her home.
Gorton is now required to stay at least 100 yards away.
EILEEN DAVIDSON SIGNS CONTRACT WITH Y&RAlthough Eileen Davidson has been jumping between Y&R and DAYS to play two very popular characters (Ashley and Kristen, respectively), the actress has decided to stay put on the soap where she got her start by signing a contract with Y&R. “They has been reaching out for quite a while and wondering what I wanted, so the deal we made suits my life very well,” she reports. "I’m really happy. I’ve put in a lot of years in this medium, which I don’t take for granted, so I’m very grateful." Davidson will start airing in early September, while her 12-week story arc on DAYS is playing out.
DAYS STAR'S BABY JOYBryan R. Dattilo (Lucas, DAYS) and wife, Elizabeth, have welcomed a baby girl, the actor shared on Twitter. "So its official. We have a new member of the fam...Delila Dattilo. Little baby girl. Thanks for all the good wishes," he wrote. Dattilo has a son, Gabriel, 14, from a previous marriage. Congratulations!
Alison Sweeney Talks 'Days Of Our Lives' Exit; Will Sami Return?(accesshollywood.com) (Video) Alison Sweeney is saying goodbye to “Days of our Lives” this week.
The actress has played Sami Brady on the soap opera for almost 22 years. Why did she choose to leave the show now?
“It just felt right,” Ali – who also hosts NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” – told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Monday’s Access Hollywood Live. “I talked to my husband about it. I did ‘Biggest Loser’ and ‘Days’ [simultaneously] for seven years. It’s been a long time and a lot of no sleep!
“I think I just finally decided that I was ready to take a leap of faith with wanting to do other things, try new sides to my career, spend more time with my kids,” she added.
The actress, whose new novel “Scared Scriptless” is available now, said she’s not nervous about leaving “Days,” but knows it will be emotionally tough.
“I’m not scared… but I know that I will miss Sami,” she said. “And I will miss my friends and the family that I have at the ‘Days’ set… They’re my family and I’ve been doing it for almost 22 years.”
Alison said Sami’s exit is written in a way that leaves it open for her to come back in the future. Would she ever return to “Days” to play Sami?
“Yes, the door is open. There’s potential,” she said. “And I hope I come back — I would love to.”
Inside Alison Sweeney's Surprise Days of Our Lives Retirement Party(people.com) Crying on cue isn't hard for a soap opera star. But for Alison Sweeney, who celebrated her last day on set of Days of Our Lives last week, not crying was the issue.
After nearly 22 years playing fan favorite Sami Brady, Sweeney officially retired from the show last week, but not before one last scene.
"All of a sudden I'm walking out on stage and there's this huge crowd of people," Sweeney, 37, tells PEOPLE of the surprise send-off members of the cast and crew put together for her. "I realized they were gathering for me. It was so amazing and so touching and special."
And it was emotional. After seeing some cast members she'd worked with back when she started the show as a teenager, "It was hard to keep it together," says Sweeney. "My kids [Benjamin, 9, and Megan, 5] were there, so I feel like that helped me avoid the ugly cry. But I totally had tears streaming down my face."
Among the things she had to lug home from her dressing room: "Fans sent me goodbye gifts. I got a beautiful bracelet with an infinity symbol saying they'll be my fans forever," she says. "They went out of their way." Still keeping busy with hosting The Biggest Loser, Sweeney admits she has a lot more time on her hands.
"I still woke up at 6 o'clock in the morning the next day, like, 'Oh my God I'm late!' "
Meanwhile, her new novel Scared Scriptless, out Tuesday, has a title that hits close to home.
"It's funny because I am now scriptless. It is scary not having a huge stack of scripts to read," Sweeney says. "It's a brand new world for me."
Alison Sweeney InterviewDays of Our Lives' Alison Sweeney is Scared Scriptless. Read the TV Guide interview here.
'Mad Men's' Harry Hamlin, wife Lisa Rinna threesome: Christina Hendricks is a no, Heather Locklear is a yesHarry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna, who have been together for 21 years and married for 17, stopped by the "Watch What Happens Live" clubhouse Wednesday (May 28) and got quite saucy with host Andy Cohen.
First they were joking about having a three-way with Cohen because they've never done that in their marriage. Then later, Cohen asks Hamlin and Rinna about hypothetical threesomes with various co-stars.
"Mad Men" co-stars Jon Hamm and Christina Hendricks get veto'd -- Hamlin says Rinna turns to jelly around Jon Hamm, so he's out because that would be too much. Hendricks gets a no because Hamlin says he doesn't think about her that way.
Heather Locklear gets a big thumbs-up for a threesome, though. Lisa says she's into her former "Melrose Place" co-star and Hamlin says he would like to watch that. Woo woo.
Hilariously, Maggie Smith, who co-starred with Hamlin in "Clash of the Titans," also gets a thumbs up, but moreso because Harry and Lisa both love Maggie Smith -- but not so much in the want-to-have-sex kind of way.
Lisa also says the secret to their long-lasting marriage is that she "gives [Harry] good blow-jobs." Lisa!
DAY OF DAYS EVENT RETURNSSave the date: DAYS OF OUR LIVES will hold its annual Day of DAYS event on Saturday, November 8, the show's 49th anniversary. The star-studded day will take place at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles, CA. Most of the cast will attend and it is a great opportunity to meet and greet your favorite DAYS stars!
ALISON SWEENEY WRAPS AT DAYS(Photo) May 23 marked Alison Sweeney's (Sami, DAYS) last day taping in Salem. Cast and crew members past and present — including Wayne Northrop (ex-Roman), Christie Clark (ex-Carrie) and Patrick Muldoon (ex-Austin) — surprised her during an on-set gathering to bid her farewell. "My last day was such an emotional day," Sweeney tells Digest. "It was so difficult and sad, but also really wonderful and special. That gathering and Ken [Corday, executive producer] talking and seeing everyone there meant so much to me, in particular that people who came so far, like Wayne, and Christie flying all the way down form Northern California, and Patrick picking her up at the airport. I was trying to wrap my head around my feelings to say something off the cuff, and I realized that there were so many personal moments in my life that they were all there to share with me, and I think that’s what I’ll treasure the most, the personal relationship that I have with the people at DAYS." With the show's taping schedule so far in advance, look for the actress to last air in the fall.
Ashley Benson wants to do a Woody Allen film(Photo) Ashley Benson aspires to be one of Woody Allen‘s leading ladies.
The “Pretty Little Liars” actress, 24, and her co-stars — Troian Bellisario, Lucy Hale and Shay Mitchell — tell the June issue of GQ what they’d like to do aside from the ABC Family series.
“I’d want to do a Woody Allen film, in all honesty,” said Benson, who earned strong reviews as Brit in last year’s future cult classic, “Spring Breakers.”
But not all of the cast’s ambitions are limited to acting; Hale would like to see how successful she can be in another brand of entertainment.
“I want to go on tour!” the ascendant country music star says.
The fifth season of “Pretty Little Liars” premieres on June 10 on ABC Family.
DAYS ALUM SCREENS NEW FILM(Photo) Jason Cook (ex-Shawn, DAYS; ex-Matt, GH, here with girlfriend Terry Song) debuted his new, feature-length mockumentary film, State of Bacon last night at the Fleur Cinema & Café in Des Moines, IA. "We are releasing the film in a theater in Des Moines as a test market for the theaters that have expressed interest in the film," explains Cook, who wrote and directed the film, which chronicles the actions of an oddball cast of characters leading up to the annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. "Mostly dine-in theaters are our target, and luckily they are most interested for the mutually agreeable idea that this film goes best with bacon and a beverage. Yes, we feel it is only right to serve bacon with the film. So we are going to see if the public is with us, and then make the plan to roll it out into other markets at the end of summer." To secure tickets for May 16-22 showtimes, go to www.fleurcinema.com. For updates or to view the trailer, please “like” State of Bacon via Facebook, subscribe to the email list on the web at www.stateofbacon.com, or follow @Stateofbacon on Twitter.
DAYS Alum in Benefit Concert“I’ve been involved with S.T.A.G.E. before,” relays Kevin Spirtas. “Director David Galligan, who has been a great pal, told me whenever I was in L.A. he would find a place for me in the show.” Spirtas, who also has a home in New York, smiles, “It worked out that the timing, the subject matter and me coming out to L.A. this year was a good fit.” Other stars performing in the gala benefit, on behalf of AIDS Project Los Angeles, include Dale Kristien (ex-Janet, DAYS), Betty Buckley, Helen Reddy and Richard Chamberlain. For ticket information, visit www.stagela.com.
'The Young And The Restless', 'Days Of Our Lives' Renewed In CanadaSony Pictures Television and Shaw Media have inked a deal to extend the Canadian run of veteran daytime dramas The Young And The Restless and Days Of Our Lives on Shaw-owned Global Television through the 2015-16 TV season. Now in its 41st year on air, The Young And The Restless has amassed 123 Daytime Emmy Awards and leads this year nominees with 26. It is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company in association with Sony Pictures Television. Days of our Lives, in its 49th year, has garnered 36 Daytime Emmy Awards and has 14 nominations this year. it is produced by Corday Productions Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television.
Lindsay Price Pregnant, Expecting Second Child With Husband Curtis Stone(Photo) Curtis Stone has put another bun in the oven.
Lindsay Price (ex-Michael, The Bold & The Beautiful/ex-An Li, All My Children/ex-Mary, Days Of Our Lives) is pregnant with the couple's second child together, E! News confirmed Wednesday.
The 37-year-old actress is already sporting a visible baby bump, which we couldn't help but notice and squeal over earlier today when she was spotted fueling up her car in Studio City, Calif.
She and Stone tied the knot last June in a romantic ceremony in Spain. Their new addition will be joining 2-year-old big brother Hudson in the family fold.
James Scott quits Days Of Our Lives... month after hallucinogenic life changing experience in Peru(dailymail.co.uk) James Scott has quit U.S. daytime soap opera Days Of Our Lives, a month after experiencing a hallucinogenic awakening in Peru.
The 37-year-old British heartthrob has played the occasionally dastardly EJ DiMera on the NBC show since 2006.
It is not known if his decision to quit the show is related to his six day trip to the jungles of Peru back in April where he revealed he smoked the hallucinogenic drug Ayahuasca - a legal drug in the South American country - with a shaman.
'It was the single most positive experience of my life,' Scott told MichaelFairmansoaps.com in an candid interview last month.
'I sat in a tent, in a hut, in the jungle, on the amazons with three shaman blowing tobacco smoke into my crown, realigning my chakras and my energy, while I hallucinated for four to six hours.
'It’s very spiritual and very interesting,' he added. 'This is a medicine that the people of South America have been using for years to have a relationship with a higher consciousness.
'It sounds wacky when you say it, but it was truly the most important thing I have ever done. I came back a very different person.'
Scott cited the need to take 'personal time' as a reason to leave the show.
In a statement, he said: 'I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to NBC, Sony and Corday, particularly Ken Corday, for the amazing 8 year run on Days of our Lives and for graciously supporting me in my decision in leaving the show to take personal time.
'To the unbelievably loving fans, I can’t begin to express my gratitude for your love and support over the years. I will miss you immensely.'
He also tweeted his thanks to fans on Saturday: 'Thank you for your kind words and support! It's been an amazing journey and I am so grateful for all the love from you all!'
Before relocating to Los Angeles, where he landed a role in soap All My Children, Scott worked as a model in London and studied acting at LAMDA.
JAMES SCOTT DONE AT DAYSAfter eight years in Salem, James Scott wraps up his run as EJ DiMera today, May 2, though with the show's production schedule, he will air well into the fall. "We are saddened but supportive of James Scott's decision to leave the show after eight years to take some personal time and pursue new projects," said NBC/Corday Productions in a statement to Digest. "His contribution to the show has been tremendous and we wish him the best always." In his own statement, Scott said, "I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to NBC, Sony and Corday, particularly Ken Corday, for the amazing 8 year run on Days of our Lives and for graciously supporting me in my decision in leaving the show to take personal time. To the unbelievably loving fans, I can’t begin to express my gratitude for your love and support over the years. I will miss you immensely."
Greg Vaughan and Touriya Haoud SeparateGreg Vaughan and his wife are splitting after nine years together, the soap opera actor announced on his Instagram.
Vaughan, 40, and Dutch model Touriya Haoud, 36, wed in 2006. They have three sons together, Jathan James, 6½, Cavan Thomas, 4, and Landan Reid, 2.
"As we open our hearts full of love & sadness, 9 years together and 3 beautiful children, we have decided to amicably separate," Vaughan wrote Monday, adding a photo of the couple cuddling.
"With dear love for each other and our family, as parents first and foremost, we kindly ask our space and privacy be respected at this difficult time."
Vaughan gained fame as Lucky Spencer on General Hospital. He also appeared in The Young and the Restless and has played Eric Brady on Days of Our Lives since 2012.
Daytime Soaps Enjoy a New Surge in Popularity(variety.com) The soap bubble that was supposed to burst is still very much intact.
A couple of years after “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” brought to five the number of daytime dramas axed by the networks over a five-year stretch, the genre is flourishing.
Ratings are up at the four remaining soaps — “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” on CBS, “General Hospital” on ABC and “Days of Our Lives” on NBC — and, in this DVR era, any kind of gain is cause for celebration.
One reason for the increases could be the simple fact that there are fewer shows to compete for the pool of fans. Today’s soaps live alongside game and talkshows such as CBS’ “Let’s Make a Deal” and ABC’s “The Chew,” and a bigger variety of programming for viewers to choose from seems to be helping all the networks.
But if it were simply the same viewers moving from one show to another, the gains would be only among the core, older soap opera fan base — and that’s not the case. It’s clear that some new blood is being pumped into the genre.
“General Hospital,” for example, has grown from last year by 9% in total viewership (to 3.32 million) but it’s also up by 19% in women 25-54 and by 11% among those 12-34, according to Nielsen. As a result, its median age of 55.5 for the current season is down from 56.1 a year ago.
“Days of Our Lives” is up 10% (to about 3 million viewers), but its biggest gains are among females 12-34; its median age of 57.8 is nearly one full year lower than last year.
It’s this expansion of the audience that most encourages Michael Maloney, a contributing editor for Soaps in Depth magazine and the author of “The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell.”
“The grandmother used to pass it down to the mother and so on, so one of the reasons (that soaps) took a hit is because mom is out there working,” Maloney says. “But that seems to be coming back, and audiences are responding to a multiple-generation canvas of characters. Any soap that has just young people isn’t going to make it.”
Maloney thinks the recent shuttering of some soaps created a surplus of good actors out of work. And this has resulted in some all-star rosters.
Indeed, turn on a soap you remember watching years ago, and there’s a good chance you will see a lot of familiar faces.
“Soap is the only genre with that kind of throughline, and the shows are taking good advantage of that,” Maloney says.
The CBS soaps skew older, but they’re also the most popular overall. “Young and the Restless” averages 5.3 million viewers daily and “The Bold and the Beautiful” bags nearly 4 million.
Maloney credits Angelica McDaniel, head of Daytime at CBS, who is active in social media and “a great cheerleader for the genre.”
He also notes that Vicki Dummer, an exec VP of series and specials at ABC Media Group, has been supportive of the strong vision of “GH” exec producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati. And Sony Pictures Television, NBC and Corday Productions have kept “Days” vital even though it is on a daytime island at the Peacock.
“What the soaps seem to have is terrific support from the network,” Maloney says. “The right people are running them, and each of the remaining shows are doing a great version of their show for their core audience.”
Maloney thinks it’s unlikely we’ll see a new daytime soap anytime soon, but he doesn’t rule it out entirely.
“There are Web soaps out there like ‘The Bay,’ and with ‘Beacon Hill,’ Crystal Chappell has a handle on a Web series that can make a profit,” he says. “People in broadcast are definitely keeping an eye on the Web.”
'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.
New BookDays of our Lives Better Living: Cast Secrets for a Healthier, Balanced Life. Order your copy right here.
The Star Attraction by Alison Sweeney (Author)The 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!
Catch The Shaughnessy BuzzThe future is here, and we can't wait to tell you about it! From the creative minds of brothers Charles Shaughnessy (ex-Shane, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and David Shaughnessy (a director on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) comes COFFEY BUZZ, a weekly lifestyle video-zine that purports to change the way people shop online using Hyperspot technology. "We're making a show with Lissa Coffey -- she's a lifestyle coach and relationship/fashion/beauty/health guru that's going to be interactive and clickable!" Shane's portrayer relates.
Clicking on anything of interest in the video will add information about it to a cart -- it's so much fun! "I think that the soap universe will absolutely 'get' this," he says. "We will be doing a segment behind the scenes at a soap, [which] will be a great opportunity for that."
The premiere episode, launched just in time for Mother's Day, can be found at www.coffeybuzz.com. For more about the new technology, as well as details about Charles' June reprisal of his role as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, check out his "Catching Up With..." feature in the June 6 issue of Soaps In Depth.
Days of our Lives 45 Years: A Celebration In PhotosIn Book Stores Now: Days of our Lives 45 Years: A Celebration In Photos
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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
Kristian Alfonso JewelryYou can buy Kristian Alfonso's jewelry at www.hopefaithmiracles.com
Alison Sweeney BioClick here for the book: All the Days of My Life So Far by Alison Sweeney (Sami)
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