Soap Opera Digest Online is reporting that Laura Koffman (ex-Cassie Carpenter, One Life to Live) has been cast as Rebecca, the woman Jesse (Darnell Williams) was getting busy with while he was presumed dead for all those years, and the mother of his daughter Natalia.
This bit of casting news has me scratching my head, since Koffman is largely associated with the role of Dorian Carrington, er Lord's daughter Cassie on OLTL. You would think ABC would want her back on that show with the Cramers vs. the Buchanans going full steam ahead. Rebecca will hit Pine Valley on Oct. 28. Soon after Robin Strasser will cross over to buy up shares of the hospital and force Angie (Debbie Morgan) out, clad in some rocking shoulder pads. Okay, I made that last part up!
If you haven't watched a single Emmy Moments clip that we've posted than this is the one you'll want to check out. 1985's 12th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards features a who's who of stars in the opening seconds and the 80's hairstyles in the first 1.04 minutes are worth the watch, trust me.
Be sure to keep a look out for Kim Zimmer, Peter Reckell, Melody Thomas, Susan Lucci and Jack Wagner. For someone who was only six at the time and is watching this for the first time it's quite a blast from the past.
The 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards has just added Trya Banks, Jimmy Kimmel, Susan Lucci, Barbara Walters and Montel Williams to its list of presenters.
ETOnline is reporting that "Kimmel has been asked to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Regis Philbin, who is being recognized for his 40 years in television on shows such as Live with Regis and Kelly, Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Million Dollar Password."
Here are the presenters from your favorite soaps.
All My Children: Darnell Williams, Debbi Morgan and Cornelius Smith
As the World Turns: Jake Silbermann and Van Hansis
Bold and Beautiful: Jack Wagner and Heather Tom
Days of Our Lives: Alison Sweeney, Arianne Zucker and Nadia Bjorlin
General Hospital: Anthony Geary, Sarah Brown, Laura Wright, Kirsten Storms, Jason Cook and Bradford Anderson
Guiding Light: Daniel Cosgrove and Marcy Rylan
One Life to Live: Susan Haskell, Michael Easton, Kassie DePavia, Farah Fath and John-Paul Lavoisier
Young and Restless: Melody Thomas Scott, Doug Davidson and Don Diamont.
As we reported previously, daytime's equivalent of Ryan Seacrest, All My Children's Cameron Mathison and The View's Sherri Shepherd will be hosting this year's award show.
Now that's what I call a soap opera wedding! I have watched Jesse and Angie's wedding episodes from All My Children three times now and am thankfully amazed to see that daytime still knows how to mix love, music, intrigue, drama and breathtaking set design in order to enthrall and capitvate those of us fans who have remained loyal through the longest awkward phase in the genre's history.
I really wish Debbie Morgan (Angie) could bottle the essence of whatever it is that makes her the most natural actor on daytime. She can go from angry-to-romantic-to terrified without missing so much as a beat or chewing so much as a piece of furniture.
Darnell Williams (Jesse) is equally brilliant. As Jesse he gave us goofy, nervous groom, lovestruck suitor and determined, good-old-fashioned soap superhero all in a matter of two episodes. I haven't gasped at a Friday cliffhanger in YEARS, but when Jesse lept from that roof I literally got up off my couch as if living vicariously through his actions. And I don't know about anyone else, but after hearing 'Stop This World" I will be running, not walking to get Ne-Yo's new CD Year of the Gentleman when it drops this August.
The subplot revolving around Dixie's ghost (Cady McClain) gave the episode a whimsical and ethereal touch. As a person who strongly believes that God places angels here on Earth to protect us, I found Dixie's efforts to keep her loved ones safe heartbreaking and poignant. I LOVED how Dixie managed to hold the door to keep Colby and Kathy out of harm's way.
Unfortunately, not even Dixie's powers could protect Kathy's surrogate mom Julia or Tad from harm's way. Of course we all know Tad will be okay, but sweet nurse Julia (Sydney Penny) won't be so lucky and although I hate that, I understand it. One of my biggest problems with so many soap supervillains is that they never really do any damage that is permanent or lasting. To solidify David Rasche's Rob Gardner as the best new soap villian in years they pretty much had to let him rack up a body count that included at least one core character. Thank God and Agnes Nixon it wasn't Opal! And speaking of Opal, the poor girl, there she was thinking she was sneaking into the closet for a little post-wedding nookie and the only penetration she felt was when that sicko's needle pricked her skin!
This brings us to the other major plot twist that happened during these episodes, Greenlee's discovery that once again she's been betrayed by her BFF Kendall (Alicia Minshew). I know a lot of long term AMC fans adore Jack, but I think he's beyond oafish.
Couldn't Jack have, I don't know, taken the time to ask Greenlee WHY she was crying before blabbing about Kendall's grief tryst with Aidan? Ugh! Where did this guy get his law degree, from the back of an old Sears and Roebuck catalog? I bet my boy Dimitri wouldn't have been that stupid!
Who in high hell was in charge of fixing Greenlee's hair for these episodes? Rebecca Budig is one of the most beautiful women on soaps and has gorgeous, rich, chocolate hair, so whoever decided to halfway pull it up in that lopsided ponytail needs to have their beauty school license revoked!
Greenlee's hair looked almost as bad as that dress Nu-Colby was wearing, which resembled a cross between something Molly Ringwald refused to wear for Sixteen Candles II and someone's 1987 Quinceanera dress. Oh well, even a few hair and fashion faux pas couldn't spoil these otherwise excellent episodes. Good job AMC.
It looks like General Hospital's Jason, Sam and Liz aren't the only ABC characters worthy of a little CGI magic. According to TV Guide's Michael Logan, the climax of Jesse and Angie's wedding cliff, er, copterhanger will boast special effects from Stargate Digital, the same LA-based CGI firm that created the ferry boat disaster episode on Grey's Anatomy, as well as special effects for NBC's Heroes.
As previously reported, heroine Dr. Angie Hubbard (Debbie Morgan) will be kidnapped by her BFF Tad Martin's nefarious bio-uncle Robert Gardner via helicopter.The CGI effects will come in handy during scenes where Jesse (Darnell Williams) hangs onto the helicopter in a fight scene with David Rache's Robert, while Angie flies the chopper. Oh...you didn't know the good doc could pilot a helicopter? Like Chaka said, she's Every Woman. Also look for Tad (Michael E. Knight) to require emergency surgery at some point during the drama and for the reformed tomcat to finally see the spirit of his beloved Dixie (Cady McClain) Set your DVR reminders for May 21 when it all goes down on All My Children.
Soap Opera Weekly is officially confirming-via-this week's cover story- that Beth Ehlers has indeed jumped ship from Guiding Light and will be joining her former GL onscreen boo Ricky Paull Goldin (ex- Gus, now Jake) in a love triangle with Jake's brother Tad (Michael E. Knight) at All My Children.
As the soap magazine went to press, sources indicated Ehlers would re-create the role of Liza Colby Chandler, Adam's ex-wife and the mother of the recently SORAS'ed Colby, just in time for Liza to face off with high school rivals Jesse and Angie (Darnell Williams and Debbie Morgan) and the soon-to-be returning object of Liza's girlhood affections Greg Nelson (Laurence Lau).
Since the magazine went to bed however, rumors have since rebounded that it will be Hayley Vaughan Santos that Ehlers will be playing. Daytime Confidential sources shared the soap allegedly tried to get Marcy Walker back as Liza, but Walker declined the offer to continue work with her church. Then there are rumors afoot that original Hayley, Kelly Ripa wasn't too pleased about the prospect of her signature soap role being recast.
Personally I think Ehlers would be mismatched as Liza, but would make a near perfect Nu-Hay-Lo. I love, love, LOVE K. Rip to DEATH, but she'll be back in Pine Valley about the same time Meg Ryan or Julianne Moore pays a visit to Oakdale. Ehlers' GL co-star Crystal Chappell-with a blonde dye job-would be a much better fit as snarky-yet-heartfelt Liza. This is worse than trying to figure out who is ahead between Hillary and Barack! Will Ehlers resurrect Uncle Porkchop's favorite niece or Jesse and Jenny's worst nightmare? Thanks Gush 900 for the SOW head's up!