Daytime Confidential Interviews
She's the driving force behind the best ratings season CBS Daytime has seen in over half a decade. On today's 750th episode of Daytime Confidential, Luke Kerr and Jamey Giddens welcome Angelica McDaniel.
What is a day in the life of the head of CBS Daytime like? How does the Veep feel about the recent creative turnaround at The Young and the Restless? McDaniel tackles those questions and more.
She also reveals how The Bold and the Beautiful's Brad Bell inspired her vision for turning around Y&R, and her thoughts on lineup synergy.
What about all those social media scandals? How does the Boss Lady wrangle all of those outrageous personalities, from The Talk's Sharon Osbourne to Y&R's Eric Braeden? Download this jam-packed podcast episode to find out!
All this and much more on today’s Daytime Confidential podcast! READ MORE
The hardest-working soap star on the web is at it again! In a partnership with lesbian-themed book publisher, Bella Books, Crystal Chappell is set to debut her latest web soap, Beacon Hill.
We caught up with Chappell to get all the dish on her latest venture. She also reveals which of her many daytime soap screen partners she misses smooching...
Daytime Confidential: Where did the idea for Beacon Hill come from?
Crystal Chappell: The idea for Beacon Hill came from the ladies at Bella Books. After years in the book distribution business, they decided to break into web series. They contacted Open Book in January of 2013. We loved the script! Formed a partnership and now here we are.
DC: What can you tell us about Claire Preston? What drives her?
CC: Claire is the daughter of a powerful Senator played by Ron Raines. She's lived her life in the public eye, and, of course, her father has very suffocating expectations of her. She lives in her own world drowning her pain in booze, but she also has a secret....a secret that if any one knew, would blow up the political world in Beacon Hill. READ MORE
Henry Czerny is well-versed in the art of Revenge. As patriarch of the dysfunctional Grayson clan on the hit ABC sudser, the formally-trained Canadian actor gives just as good as he gets, when Conrad faces off against malevolent wife Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) and/or diabolical daughter-in-law Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp).
I recently caught up with Czerny at TCA. He shared how the Graysons will continue to contend with Emily, now that she's under their roof. He also offers insight into Conrad's goals for his children and reveals which self-help guru he hopes his character eventually takes after.
Daytime Confidential: It seems like the Graysons have Emily where they want her. Now that she is in their house and has lied for them that Lydia shot her, how else are they going to torture her?
Henry Czerny: By living. The Graysons are going to torture Emily by somehow continuing on with their lives as despicable and dysfunctional as they are. That’s what’s going to continue. Emily’s going to get out of some stuff and get into some stuff, as one does when one goes for revenge. At the very beginning, Mike Kelley put on his description for the series for the first episode a Confucios saying, "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves." In our pursuit of something we believe should happen, we have to get dirty in a way that the other people against us got dirty. READ MORE
Any long time viewer of General Hospital can't help but smile, whenever the always beautiful Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) has scenes with Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) or Ian Buchanan (Duke Lavery). To that end, never in a million years did Hughes think she would be playing Anna for all these years.
"It's amazing, isn't it?" said Hughes when I ran into her at the Television Critics Association Press Tour last month. "I had no idea. It's truly a great role. I'm always excited about what the writers come up with." READ MORE
It's the week Scrubs fans have been waiting for. Kimberly McCullough returns to TV screens as General Hospital's Dr. Robin Scorpio-Drake! McCullough's leading man Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake) couldn’t be happier.
“I had a great time working with Kimberly for the past six, seven years," said Thompson when I caught up with him last month at the Television Critics Press Tour.
The powers that be really wanted Robin back on screen, Thompson conveyed.
“We really wanted to make it happen. She had some time off and they wanted her back,” Thompson explained. “There are a lot of fans that love us together; which is a testament to the writing and the show as a whole. Kimberly and I brought an energy together and it really worked. It really starts with good story. And we’ve had some great storylines together. People really want to watch. They relate to the characters, who have been through a lot.” READ MORE
INTERVIEW: Days of Our Lives' Kate Mansi on "Giving Up" Birthday For Charity:Water and Abigail Losing Her V-CardBy Jamey Giddens on September 25, 2013
How many salacious stories have we read online, or in the tabloids about some young, hot-mess starlet having a debaucherous birthday party, solely for the purpose of exposing her unmentionables to ready camera lens and/or hooking up with the latest rapper, boy band member or troubled Hollyweird matinee idol? It's a good thing Days of Our Lives' Kate Mansi isn't your typical Hollywood starlet.
The popular actress chose to celebrate her big day by bringing awareness to a cause she believes in — getting clean water to countries lacking the critical resource. I caught up with Mansi to find out more about the organization she's involved with, charity: water. We also dished her alter ego Abigail Deveraux finally losing her V-card on DAYS.
Is Mansi sad to see leading men Casey Deidrick (Chad) and Nathan Owens (Cameron) leaving the serial? How does she feel about working with Casey Moss—who plays Abigail's bad seed brother JJ—and veteran actress Melissa Reeves, as their long-suffering mother Jennifer Horton? Keep reading to find out!
Daytime Confidential: Happy birthday! It's cool that you used your big day to bring awareness to a charity you're passionate about. How did you become involved with raising awareness about issues concerning water?
Kate Mansi: I found out about the water crisis on World Water Day this March. Upon more research I learned that charity:water was one of the leading nonprofits bringing clean water to underdeveloped countries for the first time. They also pioneered a nonprofit model that allows donors a unique experience of getting media, GPS coordinates and photos with information on where their donations are being used. I saw that people were "giving up their birthdays" to raise money for water projects and I felt called to join. Additionally, the most powerful element of charity:water that encouraged me to start a birthday campaign of my own was learning about how they tailor each water project to the chosen community, to allow for a system that can sustain itself long after it is implemented. Ultimately, I realized that there are simple solutions to get water, our most basic and essential resource, to the 800 million people in the world suffering without it. charity:water determines carefully which locations are most in need, which system—of nine possible systems such as hand dug wells and rainwater catchments etc.—will be the most efficient and effective solution that the community can sustain.
Because I received such outstanding support and feedback from friends and fans during my birthday campaign, charity:water has offered to continue my campaign until Dec. 31 so we can reach our goal of $20,000! Therefore, what started as a month-long campaign is now going to be a three-month champion fundraiser to raise $20,000 for Orissa, India in order to give the communities latrines to aid the water crisis there. People can find out how to get involved in the next events and how to win more fun prizes and packages from DAYS via my twitter @Katemansi. READ MORE