Friday, August 22, 2008

Days Supercouple Kinda Reunited on GL

Michael Sabatino, who previously portrayed Lawrence Alamain on Days of Our Lives, reprises the role of Vince Russo on Guiding Light on Aug. 27, and then again beginning on Sept. 22. Russo is hired by Olivia — Crystal Chappell, who previously played Lawrence's Days wife (Carly) and who also happens to be his real life wife — to help Rafe.

Michael has previously been on Knots Landing, The Bold and the Beautiful, All My Children and Passions.

Where Are They Now? Allyson Rice

I often read and hear about soap fans wondering whatever happened to Allyson Rice, the talented actress who was most noted for portraying Connor Jamison Walsh on As the World Turns back in the '90s. Well, I have tracked her down.

She is the founder of The Total Human™, a company which offers life-changing programs, retreats, and weekend workshops that will help to expand your personal power and presence in the world. Whether the program centers on health and healing, enhancing creativity and intuition, yoga and meditation, vision questing, ancient women's teachings, or reconnecting with the healing power of nature, the goal is always to create the dynamic manifestation of your greatest untapped potential. The programs are holistic, mind-body-spirit in approach, with a focus on direct personal experience as the path to transformation.

I have been in contact with her and will be interviewing her for the Daytime Dial syndicated column over the weekend, however I wanted to post a link to her site for anyone who might be interested.

Aside from the interesting workshops and retreats, she also makes handmade jewelry that she sells on the site.

Check it out, and keep and eye on this space for more details after the interview.

ATWT and GL Cast Appearances

Cast members from As The World Turns and Guiding Light will participate in the Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids Flea Market on Sunday, September 21 at Shubert Alley in New York City. Actors from ATWT scheduled to attend include Ewa da Cruz (Vienna Hyatt), Trent Dawson (Henry Coleman), Van Hansis (Luke Snyder), Marnie Schulenburg (Alison Stewart) and Jake Silbermann (Noah Mayer). Actors from GL scheduled to attend include John Driscoll (Coop Bradshaw), Marj Dusay (Alexandra Spaulding), Nicole Forester (Cassie Lewis), Robert Newman (Josh Lewis) and Marcy Rylan (Lizzie Spaulding).

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Days: Such a Tease!

* Daniel (Shawn Christian, pictured) tells Chelsea the truth about his relationship with Kate.

* Lucas tells Sami he’s taking Allie and leaving.

* Nick finds Melanie, and they have an instant connection.

* John asks Marlena to come home with him when she’s released from the hospital.

* Max tells Tiffany that he has a girlfriend, but she kisses him anyways.

Thursday – Steve thinks it’s time to investigate Trent Robbins.

Friday – Stefano tells Tony that he’s coming home.

Days Gets a New Co-Executive Producer


Corday Productions is pleased to announce that Gary Tomlin has joined Days of Our Lives as Co-Executive Producer.

"I have decided that it's in the best interest of the show's future to make this change in order to improve Days both visually and emotionally,” said Ken Corday, Executive Producer. “We at Days are grateful to Ed Scott for all of his contributions and amazing energy over the past year. Gary Tomlin brings a long successful history of being an actor's producer and a writer's producer to our cast and crew and I know the viewers will see the immediate results of this change for the better."

“I’m very happy to be back at Days where I began behind the scenes in the early ’80s,” said Gary Tomlin, new Co-Executive Producer. “It’s wonderful to be given the opportunity to work with Ken Corday.”

Tomlin’s career on daytime serials began in 1973 when he was cast on NBC’s Search for Tomorrow as Bruce Carson. He joined the Corday family for the first time as Co-Head Writer for Days in 1980-1981 and has since served as Head Writer for “Another World” and “One Life to Live.” In 1997 Tomlin rose to Executive Producer of NBC’s Sunset Beach then on to One Life to Live in 2001 where the series received its first ever Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Series for the 2002 season.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Labor Day on CBS

The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, As the World Turns and Guiding Light will be pre-empted on Monday, September 1 and Friday, September 5 for CBS coverage of the U.S. Tennis Open.

Labor Day on NBC

Days of Our Lives will be pre-empted Monday, Sept. 1, because of the Labor Day holiday.

Labor Day on ABC

The following encore episodes are scheduled for broadcast on the full network on Labor Day, September 1, 2008:

ALL MY CHILDREN #9881 (original air date 5/27/08)--All hell breaks loose on Angie and Jesse’s wedding day. Jesse rescues Angie from the helicopter after Rob kidnaps her but Tad is shot. Julia refuses surgery knowing she is going to die. Dixie visits Julia and thanks her for taking care of Kate. Kendall tells Ryan that she had sex with Aidan and that Greenlee found out at the wedding. Zach visits Greenlee and finds her throwing Aidan’s belongings out of the apartment. Greenlee pulls Zach into a kiss.

ONE LIFE TO LIVE #10232 (original air date 7/22/08)--This is the second of the 40th Anniversary episodes and features Viki’s emotional reunion with Ben in heaven. Ghost Mel and David ask Dorian to save Viki and she does after David’s promise to divorce Addie. Clint has a phone call from Cord and Cristian fights to get to Sarah and save her from the falls.

GENERAL HOSPITAL #11592 (original air date 7/708)--In this episode Lulu witnesses Logan attacking Maxie. Logan tries to make Lulu understand, but in defense, she winds up stabbing him. Jax and Kate are caught in a compromising position when she accidentally drops her engagement ring and has to “lean over him” to retrieve it. Carly vents to Jason that she plans to destroy Kate and get her to leave town. He calls her out on sleeping w/Sonny but she explains that away. Claudia and Anthony have a heated discussion in which a bit of her past is revealed.

"Classic" 90210

In anticipation of 90210 returning to television, SOAPnet will air a 24-hour marathon of the original drama, Beverly Hills, 90210 on Labor Day, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 starting at midnight and going through the entire day. The BFFs of BH marathon will feature 24 pivotal episodes of the hit TV series, during the High School Years. It's all Beverly Hills, all the time.

Episodes include:

12AM – Episode #1991-Pilot A - “Pilot-Part 1/The Class of Beverly Hills” – Twins Brenda and Brandon Walsh move to Beverly Hills where they start school at West Beverly and go to their first party. (Season 1)

1AM – Episode #1991-Pilot B - “Pilot-Part 2/The Class of Beverly Hills” – Brenda’s romance with an older man causes problems at home and at school. (Season 1)

2AM – Episode #1991-006 – “Perfect Mom” - As they prepare for the mother-daughter fashion show, Brenda's jealous of Kelly's glamorous mom, unaware of all the issues she's hiding. (Season 1)

3AM – Episode #1991-009 – “Isn’t It Romantic?” - Brenda and Dylan's first date is met with disapproval by her father. (Season 1)

4AM – Episode #1991-012 – “Slumber Party” - Secrets are exposed and emotions run high during Brenda's girls only slumber party. (Season 1)

5AM – Episode #1991-021 –“Spring Dance” - At the big spring dance, Kelly brings Brandon and is crowned Queen; Brenda leaves with Dylan and sleeps with him for the first time; Steve takes Donna, but it doesn’t go well. (Season 1)

6AM – Episode #1992-022 – “Beach Blanket Brandon” – Brenda’s so freaked out about her pregnancy scare, she breaks up with Dylan. (Season 2)

7AM – Episode #1992-034 – “Halloween” - Donna and Brenda support Kelly when she's the victim of unwanted advances at a Halloween party. (Season 2)

8AM – Episode #1992-047 – “Things To Do on a Rainy Day” – Donna goes to see her pop idols Color Me Badd, but finds out her mother is cheating in the process. (Season 2)

9AM – Episode #1992-048 – “Mexican Stand-off” - Brenda and Dylan sneak off to Baja, but then can't get back into the country; Kelly gets close with Jake, much to Steve's chagrin. (Season 2)

10AM – Episode #1992-049 – “Wedding Bell Blues” - The Walshes are furious when they realize Brenda lied and ran off to Mexico with Dylan, especially Jim who forbids her from seeing him. Kelly's pleasantly surprised when Jake shows up at Jackie and Mel's wedding. (Season 2)

11AM – Episode #1993-052 – “Too Little Too Late / Paris 75001” - Brenda and Donna have trouble adjusting to the Parisian culture. Kelly and Dylan bond in Brenda’s absence. (Season 3)

12PM – Episode #1993-054 – “Shooting Star / American in Paris” - Even after David catches them kissing, Dylan and Kelly end up spending a romantic night on the beach together; Meanwhile, in Paris, Brenda pretends she's French when she meets a handsome American student (Dean Cain). (Season 3)

1PM – Episode #1993-061 – “Destiny Rides Again” - David pressures Donna about her choice to remain abstinent; Brenda is shocked to run into Rick in L.A.; Brenda and Dylan break up when they disagree about the SATs and Dylan admits to a summer fling, but doesn't reveal with who; Dylan immediately asks Kelly out. (Season 3)

2PM – Episode #1993-062 - “Rebel With a Cause” - Kelly and Brenda get into a fight when Brenda (on a date with Rick) runs into Kelly out on a date with Dylan. (Season 3)

3PM – Episode #1993-068 – “Back In the Highlife Again” - Dylan tells Kelly that he chooses her over Brenda, and they kiss in the pool. They then break the news to Brenda and she takes it badly. (Season 3)

4PM – Episode #1993-076 – “A Night To Remember” – When Donna gets drunk at a prom party, her friends try unsuccessfully to hide it from Mrs. Teasley. (Season 3)

5PM – Episode #1993-077 –“Something In The Air” – As Donna faces the school board, her friends organize a march to protest her not being allowed to graduate with them. (Season 3)

6PM – Episode #1993-078A – “Commencement – Part 1” - As they prepare to graduate, the gang reminisces and participates in the year end rituals at school. (Season 3)

7PM – Episode #1993-078B – “Commencement – Part 2” – The gang graduates from West Beverly and leaves their mark on the Hollywood sign. (Season 3)

8PM – Episode #1994-081 – “The Little Fish” – The gang starts to adjust to college life – except for Brenda and Dylan, who have both given up on school for now and spend some quality time together. (Season 4)

9PM – Episode #1994-106 – “Acting Out” – Kelly and Brenda compete for the same role in a play. (Season 4)

10PM – Episode #1994-109A - “Mr. Walsh Goes To Washington – Part 1” – Kelly admits her feelings for Brandon to Andrea; Brenda gets an offer to study acting in London (Season 4)

11PM – Episode #1994-109B - “Mr. Walsh Goes To Washington – Part 2” - Kelly surprises Brandon in Washington; Donna catches David cheating; Brenda shares a special goodbye with Dylan before heading to London. (Season 4)

GL: Such a Tease!

• Rafe returns to Springfield.

• Lizzie tells Alan his condition is serious.

• Josh (Robert Newman, pictured) is hopeful when Reva and Jeffrey’s wedding gets postponed.

• Olivia’s health takes a turn for the worse.

• Frank reprimands Daisy.

ATWT: Such a Tease!

• Meg prepares to give Paul (Roger Howarth, pictured) important news.

• Janet rails at Brad and Katie for their behavior.

• Margo extends an olive branch to Emily.

• Lucinda shows interest in a new man.

• Chris meets Dani.

B&B: Such a Tease!

* Marcus (Texas Battle, pictured) becomes suspicious and asks for help.

* Donna is put in a difficult position.

* Felicia and Thorne are reluctant to jump on Ridge's bandwagon.

* Bridget makes a startling discovery.

* Stephanie points the finger a suspect.

Y&R: Such a Tease!

* Michael’s long awaited reunion with his father leaves him angry, hurt and disappointed.

* Amber gets revenge on Daniel after he sleeps with Colleen.

* After finding a lead on where Victor may be, Nikki and Paul risk their lives to find him.

* Ana is horrified to find out the truth about her mother, while Tyra fears she will lose her forever.

* Nick and Phyllis turn the tables on Jack and Sharon (Sharon Case, pictured). Will this be the end of Restless Style?

AMC Seeks Iraq War Vet for Role

AP — An open casting call for All My Children is far from business as usual: The soap opera is seeking an Iraq war veteran to play an injured veteran.

The ABC daytime show has created a romantic story line to combine entertainment and a window into the challenges faced after combat, said executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers.

AMC has launched a broad search to fill the role, inviting veterans to contact the show's New York casting director. The series also is working with a veterans' support group, USA Cares, as well as the military.

"It will make it such a heightened experience for the audience and for us ... to cast a real-life soldier, a veteran, and bring him into our created drama," Carruthers said.

The veteran-turned-actor will play the character of Brot, a key figure in a plot that's already under way and involves a visitor to fictional Pine Valley, Army Lt. Taylor Thompson (Beth Ehlers).

Taylor, who was stationed in Iraq and is on medical leave, has come to town to deliver medals to fellow soldier Dr. Frankie Hubbard (Cornelius Smith Jr.). But it's Brot, the soldier and lover she believes died in combat, who's on her mind.

Brot, however, survived. Unwilling to involve Taylor in his suffering, he's allowed her to think he's dead.

Their story will begin unfolding when the right veteran is found for the part, Carruthers said. The casting call isn't limited to those who were wounded in the war, an ABC spokesman said.

But the role will shaped around a veteran's experience, possibly including a war-caused disability, Carruthers said.

"It's a very delicate subject to begin with. There's so much about the individual person that's going to help us create the character, and whatever they bring and whatever their challenge is will be fit into the story," she said.

The show has woven potentially controversial events and themes into drama before, from the Vietnam War to, in recent years, a plot involving a lesbian mother who was forced to give up her daughter.

Also figuring in the wartime story is Jake Martin (Ricky Paull Goldin), an anti-war physician who provides differing social and political points of view.

Viewers accept tough issues in TV shows when they are dealt with on a personal rather than a political basis, Carruthers said.

"The audience embraces it because they relate to the people involved, who they care about," she said, allowing viewers to "surpass personal biases."

USA Cares, a nonprofit group that provides financial and other support to wounded soldiers and their families, is helping the show's writers assess the accuracy of medical and military details, said spokesman John Revell.

"They're great at drama but there are many nuances that can be left out without getting the reality from the troops themselves," Revell said.

The show also has sought help from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Carruthers said.

All My Children casting director: Judy Blye Wilson, 320 W. 66th St., New York, NY 10023.