This Week in Daytime,
I teared up at As the World Turns’ tribute to Nancy Hughes (Helen Wagner). The episode contained so many wonderful flashbacks. I was in the midst of patting myself on the back for not letting it get to me when they began Nancy’s Thanksgiving prayer and I knew I was a goner. Of course, that touching scene was immediately followed by Katie’s (Terri Colombino) flashbacks of Nancy. I know each ATWT fan has their own fond memories, but there are three reasons I fell in love with ATWT and Oakdale. 1) I discovered ATWT because it was where my beloved Another World characters ended up. 2) I couldn’t get enough of Jack (Michael Park) and Carly’s (Maura West) on again/off again relationship 3). Katie and Simon’s (Paul Leyden) romance–nurtured by Nancy–hooked me. Share your favorite Nancy Hughes moments in the comments. We miss you Helen Wagner.
Former Guiding Light star Jessica Leccia and One Life to Live’s Gina Tognoni turned out for Ricky Paull Goldin’s Seeing vs. Believing viewing party at Stanton Public in NYC. The TLC special aired on May 2, but if you missed it, you can find out more at its official website. See more photos from the viewing party after the jump.
I just finished watching the season finale of Venice, the groundbreaking, web soap opera from Guiding Light and Days of Our Lives' superstar Crystal Chappell, talented writer Kim Turrisi and sharp director Hope Royaltey, and all I can say is I hope a fly doesn't get a chance to head down my throat before I can pick my jaw up from the floor! If you are one of those people who opted not to subscribe to the web series, let me just say the season one cliffhanger featuring GL alum Jordan Clarke as Col. John Brogno— the homophobic father of Chappell's principle character Gina— alone was well worth the 10 bucks I paid, if only to make sure I know the backstory for what is sure to be a much stronger second season. But for now, let's talk about the season that was.
Move over Blair (Kassie DePaiva). Step off Tea (Florencia Delgado). Kelly Cramer is back and it looks like she's going to be mixing it up with Llanview's dirtiest bad boy, Todd Manning (Trevor St. John)! Daytime Confidential caught up with the real Kelly Cramer, aka Gina Tognoni, who recently reprised her star-making role on One Life to Live, following a lengthy stint as Guiding Light's Dinah Marler.
In between munching on the tasty grub at OLTL's recent Moving Down the Block Party, Tognoni offered DC a sneak peek at Kelly and Todd's upcoming interaction. Could it turn romantic? If not, which other red hot Llanview lust inspirers would Tognoni like to mix it up with? (Dorian) Lord knows there are so many to choice from! And what about her ex-husband Kevin (Dan Gauthier), who's also coming back to town? Will the eldest Buchanan offspring be sticking around to work things out with the woman who bore his son a child? Tognoni also shares her excitement over doing a second season of Crystal Chappell's hit web soap Venice.
Daytime Confidential: What brings Kelly back to Llanview this time around?
Gina Tognoni: Family brings her back to town. I don't want to give it away, but there's a little drama that goes down back in Llanview and there's a bomb that goes off, not literally, a bomb is dropped in her family and days turn into weeks and then she decides to stay in Llanview. READ MORE