Daytime Confidential Interviews
INTERVIEW: OLTL's Jerry verDorn on BE, Clint Being Off House Arrest and If Guiding Light Could One Day ReturnBy Jamey Giddens on April 29, 2013
Soap veteran Jerry verDorn has experienced quite the roller coaster ride career-wise. Just a few years after he exited popular CBS sudser Guiding Light, the long-running daytime drama was cancelled. TV's former Ross Marler found a new suds hub on ABC Daytime's One Life to Live, re-creating the role of newspaperman-turned-tyrant Clint Buchanan. No sooner than verDorn had made the role of Clint his own, Disney made the boneheaded decision to cancel OLTL.
Never fear. Production company Prospect Park licensed the rights to OLTL and sister soap All My Children, with plans to continue both online. When Prospect Park's first stab at transitioning daytime soaps to the internet fell apart, verDorn was just as crestfallen as the two soaps' legions of fans. Flash forward to one star-studded night in late April 2013, where verDorn walked an NYU red carpet for the premieres of the new OLTL and AMC, with other members of the beloved, Agnes Nixon serials' cast and crew.
I managed to pick the talented thespian's brain for a few minutes before the screening. Will the online version of OLTL tell big business stories, inspired by primetime soap Dallas, like its predecesor did in the 80's? Could the returns of OLTL and AMC lead to more soap reboots? Keep reading for verDorn's thoughts on both subjects and more.
Daytime Confidential: The Buchanans on One Life to Live were initially kind of patterned after the Ewings from Dallas, which is now back on the air. Will we see any big, corporate battles at Buchanan Enterprises on the new show?
Jerry verDorn: I think eventually you will. We haven't shot it yet, but that's very much in the cards. One good thing, though, Clint is finally out from under house arrest. I can go to a different set! [Laughs] READ MORE
INTERVIEW: General Hospital’s Finola Hughes on Celebrating #GH50 and Her Directorial Debut With 'The Bet'By Regan Cellura on April 22, 2013
Finola Hughes is one busy lady. As top cop Anna Devane on General Hospital, she's kicking tail and taking names. Away from Port Charles, the actress has been immersed in her directorial debut for The Bet.
I asked Hughes about her passion project, when I caught up with her at the Paley Center event celebrating GH's 50th anniversary. We also talked about her on-screen reunions with Anders Hove (Faison) and Ian Buchanan (Duke) and the directorial advice on-screen daughter Kimberly McCullough (Robin) gave her.
DC: I got to hear your interview on The Jolt with Larry Flick.
FH: Oh good; he’s hilarious.
DC: Your son was hysterical! Calling out your hairstyle from back in the day, I was cracking up.
FH: Totally, he is just, yeah, I know. [Laughs]
DC: It must have been great having your son with you during all the 50th Anniversary press events?
FH: It really was great and I think he really enjoyed it. He got to ring the bell at the stock exchange, that’s amazing, once in a lifetime. READ MORE
INTERVIEW: Kimberly McCullough Talks #GH50, ABC Directing Program and Her Desire to Return as Dr. Robin Scorpio-DrakeBy Regan Cellura on April 20, 2013
As a huge part of General Hospital history, Kimberly McCullough (Dr. Robin Scorpio-Drake) was on hand to celebrate the show’s past and help look into its future at the recent Paley Center event. I was lucky enough to steal time with the very fun McCullough, who told me about the ABC Directing program, a GH alum she recently spent time with and of course I asked her about her adorable on-screen daughter Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma).
The General Hospital fan in McCullough is up-to-date on all the happenings in Port Charles , while the director in her had a tip for the Nurse’s Ball. McCulloiugh also dished about the possibility of a Robin return.
Daytime Confidential: Just a little bit on your directing. I know you’re out there doing that, how’s it going?
Kimberly McCullough: It’s going really well. I just did my first episode of Shake it Up called "Halloween it Up".
DC: My nieces are going to be ecstatic when I tell them!
KM: Oh I was ecstatic! It was so fun and Zendaya is doing so great on Dancing with the Stars right now. So I did that and right now I’m an ABC Director Fellow, so I'm in the program and shadowing different shows.I'm actually going to shadow on Homeland in two weeks which I'm very excited about. READ MORE
INTERVIEW: General Hospital's Tyler Christopher on The Buckeyes, Cartini, The Lying Game and Reclaiming Liz From AJBy Regan Cellura on April 19, 2013
The Prince was present and what a gentleman he was! Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine) took a royal pause and spoke with me at the Paley Center’s "General Hospital: Celebrating 50 Years and Looking Forward" event.
Christopher and I chatted about our beloved Buckeyes, his ABC Family series The Lying Game, General Hospital's resurgence and what's next for Nikolas, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and AJ (Sean Kanan)
Daytime Confidential: We have one thing in common that I have to mention, we're both huge Ohio State fans.
Tyler Christopher: Oh man, that game was a bummer. That was a huge bummer, that day was not a good day for me. READ MORE
The celebration of General Hospital’s first 50, glorious years gave me the opportunity to have a little chat with scene stealer Kirsten Storms (Maxie). At the recent Paley Center event, Storms and I chatted about her exiting pal Julie Marie Berman (ex-Lulu), returning friend Kristen Alderson (formerly Starr; soon-to-be a new character) and Maxie’s two dads, Frisco (Jack Wagner) and Mac (John J. York).
Storms also reveals if she’s filmed with Emme Rylan, who recently started airing as Lulu, and shared some sage words Jane Elliot (Tracy) shared when Berman departed the role.
Daytime Confidential: I know you’re really good friends with Julie Marie Berman. Those final scenes the two of you had together were simply amazing.
Kirsten Storms: It was so horrible.
DC: Now we have a new Lulu. Have you filmed with Emme Rylan yet?
KS: I have, yes, a lot over the last few days especially and she’s a great girl. I know she came from a couple of soaps, so I had mad respect for her when she started. Jane Elliot said it perfectly when I was talking to her about Julie leaving, it’s not that I miss her as Lulu; it’s just painful that she won’t be there for me at work. My work life is around hanging out with her for the most part, getting into trouble, doing those sorts of things with Julie. READ MORE
INTERVIEW: One Life to Live's Josh Kelly on Reprising Cutter, Trusting Prospect Park, JWoww and Movie DealsBy Jillian Bowe on April 16, 2013
Don't mistake Josh Kelly for just another pretty face — though that face is awfully pretty! This talented actor has game, which is why he experienced no hesitation in signing on board for Prospect Park's second attempt to reboot One Life to Live.
Starting April 29 on Hulu, Hulu Plus, iTunes and FX Canada, Kelly will once again be on our screens as fictional Llanview, PA.'s resident bad boy Cutter Wentworth. I caught up with the actor at a recent OLTL set visit.
Kelly served up the Long Island iced tea on Cutter's involvement with Nikki, a bartender at the new Llanview hot spot Shelter. Did I mention she's played by none other than Jersey Shore's JWoww? He also offered up the skinny cocktail on how a movie project he's attached to led to his initial involvement with Prospect Park.
Daytime Confidential: How excited are you to be back at One Life to Live?
Josh Kelly: Really excited.
DC: Were you apprehensive signing back on for the show, given what happened the last time it attempted to resume production?
JK: No. I trust Prospect Park. I really like the company. I'm really glad to be working for this company. DC: is the pace the same with online as it is with broadcast TV?
JK: The pace is about the same. I think its a little easier, actually, because its a half-hour show. It's really less that you have to do. I think it will be more palatable for the audience to have a half-hour show, as opposed to an hour everyday.
DC: What was the ultimate deciding factor that convinced you to step back into the role of Cutter?
JK: I missed the show. I missed the people on the show. I didn't like any of the the pilots I read for this year and I really like being part of the [OLTL] cast; especially in the way that it's been working. They're really encouraging creativity from us. I think it's an opportunity to do smoothing new and cool.