Happy Birthday Austin Peck! (Brad, ATWT; ex-Austin, Days) He turns 37 today!
Wishful Casting: A Ted King and Tamara reunion on Days of Our Lives? Beemer steaming up Bold and the Beautiful?By Jamey Giddens on March 24, 2008
What soap fan doesn't sit at home and play fantasy exec/writer? Lord knows I do, it's what gets me through plots about unaborted children, jerky camera movement and the lack of diamonds or cleavage in Genoa City. Tonight I feel like playing fantasy casting director and letting you know just exactly who, in my humble opinion, should play which roles on what soaps.
Ted King to Days as Lawrence Alamain
With all the talk about the notorious Alamain clan of Days of Our Lives coming up both on the show and here at Daytime Confidential, a thought popped into my mind about how awesome it would be for former GH baddie Ted King (ex-Alcazar) to reunite with his former leading lady Tamara Braun (ex-Carly, GH/Ava, Days) in Salem!
King would be perfect as dastardly Alamain patriarch Lawrence. I loved Michael Sabatino, who originated the role, but he's been away from the soap for so many years and as the returns in recent years of Christie Clark, Austin Peck, Billy Warlock and many others have proven, having fan faves reprise their roles doesn't always lead to rating success for Days.
King and Braun were a hit with GH fans as Lorenzo and Carly. Those fans could decide to tune in to Days to see them reunited and raising hell. And while we're at it, why not throw in Ignacio Serrichio (ex-Diego, GH) as a recast for Lawrence's son Nicholas? READ MORE
As the World Turns: Colleen Zenk Pinter Answers Fan Questions in "Ask the Actor", Up Next Austin PeckBy Luke Kerr on February 26, 2008
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Daytime Confidential podcast regular Tina told me that all these rumors started last fall when a spoiler leaked out that a "leading man" would be leaving One Life to Live in April. As she put it, online fans then on a variety of boards went through a process of elimination to try and identify who it was that might be leaving and came up with Trevor St. John or Michael Easton. Both of who are considered leading men by most people's standards.
Her and my discussion of Trevor St. John's denial led to the question. What defines a "lead" actor or "lead" actress? Is it air time? Is it their screentime guarantee? Is it how the category an actor or actress submits themselves in come Emmy nomination time?
As fans its often easy for us to consider one of our favorite actors or actresses to be a "lead" even though they may not really be. So with this in mind and to ensure that I don't inadvertently start any other One Life to Live rumors lets take a look at General Hospital to try and figure this out.
(If you watch an CBS or NBC soap think of the following in the context of your favorite show)
Before I start, this is for discussion purposes only. This is not about me picking on anyone or bashing anyone or promoting anyone.
I think it is safe to say that most General Hospital fans can agree (whether they like the characters or not) that Anthony Geary, Maurice Bernard, and Steve Burton are "lead" actors. But are they the only lead actors? If one looks at it and tries to put all personal biases aside, are there other lead actors on General Hospital?
For example: Would you consider Tyler Christopher to be a "lead" actor? An argument could definitely be made. He's carried most of the non mob related "leading man" type storylines on the show for several years now. Would this or does this make him a leading man?
Another Example: What about Greg Vaughn? He's had the drug addiction storyline and he's been apart of the giant Jason/Liz/Lucky/Sam quadrangle? If you try to set your personal biases either pro or con about him aside based on what you've seen of him on screen and what he's been apart of do you consider him to be a "lead" or a "supporting" actor?
Final Example: What about Ric Hearst? Hearst is an Emmy winning actor who gets quite a bit of airtime. He has been paired with Nancy Lee Grahn, Rebecca Herbst, Kelly Monaco, and Robin Christopher. In many respects his character has been the counter balance to Sonny on the "scale" that is General Hospital. Does this make him a lead actor?
So taking these three talented actors into account. If you try to set your personal biases aside do you think that any or all of these three actors are or should be considered "lead" actors?
Then we come to the "lead" actress of General Hospital. Without question, based soley on character heritage and screentime Laura Wright as Carly is a "lead" actress. On this I think we can all agree. After her things get a bit more complicated.
For Example: Nancy Lee Grahn is an amazingly talented actress who has been nominated for a Lead Actress Emmy on several occasions. A few years back was a part of or was the star of a variety of "front burner" storylines and has a fair amount of air time. Both of which could qualify her as a "lead" actress. However, more recently she's had hardly any air time? All personal biases aside is Nancy Lee Grahn a "lead" actress?
Another example: If one considered screen time to be the sole factor in "lead" actress status Julie Marie Berman would be considered a "lead" actress. However, she is the main actress of the teen storylines. Does this, or would this disqualify her from being a "lead" actress? By Emmy standards she would be nominated in the Younger Actress category. She doesn't or didn't qualify for Supporting Actress. Is Julie Marie Berman a "lead" actress?
Final Example: Kelly Monaco and Kimberly McCullough. Both have had lots of air time. Both are in popular pairings. Both actress' characters have played foil to the one "lead" actress character Carly over the years. Would either of these two, or should either of these two be considered "leads"?
So taking these four talented actresses into account. If you try to set your personal biases aside do you think that any or all of these three actors are or should be considered "lead" actors?
I guess what I am asking is if once we look past the obvious leads such as Susan Lucci, Eric Braden, Maurice Bernard, Anthony Geary, Erika Slezak, Alicia Minshew, Thorsten Kaye, etc, etc, etc, who do you consider to be "lead" actors and actresses and by what standard do you measure them to consider them as such?
For example: Is James Scott a "lead" actor? Is Allison Sweeney a "lead" actress? Do Austin Peck and Terri Colombino qualify as "leads"?
I would love to hear your thoughts.
Top 10 Most Improved
1. Austin Peck, As the World Turns
2. Farah Fath, One Life to Live
3. Kirsten Storms, General Hospital
4. Caitlin Van Zandt, Guiding Light
5. Melissa Archer, One Life to Live
6. Greg Vaughn, General Hospital
7. Shelley Hennig, Days of Our Lives
8. Rachel Melvin, Days of Our Lives
9. Ewa de Cruz, As the World Turns
10. Eddie Alderson, One Life to Live
Austin Peck, ATWT (Brad Snyder) – could anyone else have topped this list? Who knew the beautiful Mr. Peck had acting chops? He’s given Brad not only his bite, but layers of insecurity and vulnerability never seen from character or actor before. Bravo.
Farah Fath, OLTL (Gigi Morasco) – Farah shines as the plucky single mother helping to hide Marcie on the run. She’s sassy, smart and soulful. Who knew? Yes, I know Luke- you.
Kirsten Storms, GH (Maxie Jones) - Ok, what did Days do to these actors to hide their ability? Third alumni in a row- and what a change a show and the writing makes. From average hssy to sharp tongued vixen, we've loved Kirsten performances over and over.
Caitlin Van Zandt, GL (Ashlee Wolfe) – Precariously close to becoming a caricature, Ashlee was shrill and annoying until GL’s writers saw Caitlin’s talents and let her give the audience a real treat. A REAL girl with REAL problems. We love her.
Melissa Archer, OLTL (Natalie Buchanan) – Thank you soap gods for Ron Carlivati! He’s given us sassy yet vulnerable Natalie back!
Greg Vaughn, GH (Lucky Spencer) – The gorgeous Mr. Vaughn plays angry and sexy very well. Thank goodness we’re getting to see it.
Shelley Hennig, Days (Stephanie Johnson) – Shame on Days for having the talented Ms. Henning play the airhead Stephanie too long. It took a secret rape for her talent to shine.
Rachel Melvin, Days (Chelsea Brady) – Who knew a year ago that Chelsea would be as liked as much as she used to be hated? Melvin gave Chelsea layers of guilt, remorse and sincerity we hadn’t seen before.
Ewa de Cruz, ATWT (Vienna Hyatt) - much like GL's Ashlee, Vienna could have easily been a cliche. The gorgeous and talented Ms. Cruz showed what she was made of in her comedic and sometimes wistful turn as the heiress in love for the first time.
Eddie Alderson, OLTL (Matthew Buchanan) - Eddie is perfect reflection of what Bo and Nora's kid should be. Inquisitive, sarcastic yet sweet.
The results of the 2007 Soaphunks.net Awards have been announced! The winners for each category are:
Best Hunk: James Scott (Days Of Our Lives)
Hunkiest Soap: Days Of Our Lives
Best Hunk Over 40: Don Diamont (Young and the Restless)
Most Missed Soap Hunk: Eric Winter (ex-Rex, Days Of Our Lives)
Hunkiest Newcomer: Jake Silbermann (As The World Turns)
Most Shamefully Clothed: James Scott (Days Of Our Lives)
Best Chest: Adrian Bellani (Passions)
Best Pecs: Brandon Beemer (Days Of Our Lives)
Best Abs: Brandon Beemer (Days Of Our Lives)
Best Butt: Marcus Patrick (ex-Jett, Days Of Our Lives)
Best Arms: Austin Peck (As The World Turns)
Best Hair: Van Hansis (As The World Turns)
Best Smile: Van Hansis (As The World Turns)
Best Voice: James Scott (Days Of Our Lives)
Best Eyes: Brandon Beemer (Days Of Our Lives)
Best Face: Greg Vaughan (General Hospital)
To see the results in full (including winning margins and runners up), visit the soaphunks site: Thanks to soaphunks.net creator Danny, for an amazing competition!