Wishful Casting: Singing Soap Stars Who Would (Country) Rock a TV Adaptation of John Schlimm's Novel 'Twang'By Jamey Giddens on August 26, 2011
For the past few weeks I've been raving about country music publicist-turned-novelist John Schlimm's soapy, fiction debut Twang. The novel about a scandalous, secret tell-all being penned about honky tonk duo The Field Sisters and Nashville royalty Thad Evans and Hope Tanner (threatening to reveal their most shocking secrets to their fans), reads like the pilot for a soap that could be called Desperate Nashville Wives. This got me to thinking, wouldn't it be great if some of our daytime soap faves—many of whom happen to know a thing or three about singing a little "twang"—be perfect for a TV adaption of Schlimm's book?
Be sure to bring a windbreaker and plenty of Kleenex with you if you're planning to attend the star-studded "A Tribute to Pine Valley: A Celebration of the Final Network Broadcast of All My Children" this Sept. 23. I'm sure there won't be a dry eye at the Sidetracks Bar (3349 N. Halsted St.) in Chicago.
Pine Valley denizens past and present, Chrishell Stause (Amanda),Terri Ivens (ex-Simone), Jeffrey Carlson (ex-Zarf), Brian Gaskill (ex-Bobby), and Matt Borlenghi (ex-Brian), are all scheduled to be in attendance for the event, which will benefit Season of Concern.
Attendees will be able to try their hand at AMC Trivia and find out what's next for their favorite soap stars. The event starts at 10:30am/11:30C, but you'll wanna get there as early as you can, because the place could fill up fast! Doors open at 11 am. "A Tribute to Pine Valley: A Celebration of the Final Network Broadcast of All My Children" will be hosted by Windy City Live's Val Warner. Tickets will go on sale soon!
TV Guide Magazine: How do you feel about this triangle? From the get-go it seemed like Jack would end up the odd-man out.
Willey: Well, it ain't over yet! And, actually, now that Krystal [Bobbie Eakes] is involved, it's really more like a big, sloppy, sharply pointed quadrangle. If you look at any of the polls, the fans really want to see Jack and Erica together but the writers don't seem to come up with a story for them as a couple. They're Moonlighting, they're Nick and Nora, as clever and funny as can be, but it's always the Sturm und Drang that carries us away.
I tell you what, I love me some Divas of Daytime. No, not simply because two-thirds of them hail from below the Mason Dixon like I do (though that helps!). Check out the SOAPnet remix of "It's Raining Men" performed by the trio—comprised of One Life to Live's Kassie DePaiva (Blair), Kathy Brier (ex-Marcie) and All My Children's Bobbie Eakes (Krystal)—below! READ MORE
Some of ABC Daytime's best and brightest came out on Oct. 7 to perform in The World Goes Round, a Broadway muscial revue to support the LA Gay and Lesbian Center. Soaps.com caught up with several of the talented performers, including Brandon Barash (Johnny, General Hospital), who sang a song about Sara Lee baked goods, in addition to helping up the hunk factor during a bit performed by All My Children's Bobbie Eakes (Krystal).
After a month of working all day on the set and then rehearsing a few hours every night for "The World Goes Round," Barash, who hadn't done a musical in 13 years, admitted it was exhausting. "It's been a scramble, but it's all come together in the last week or two and we're excited with our product."
As for his alter ego, Johnny Zacchara, he had no idea what was to come for the mobster, but he's ready for anything. When asked what he'd like to see for Johnny, Brandon replied, "Something, 'cause he's been kind of stagnant lately. Something other than him griping about this sister because I think that ship has sailed."