Don’t dare call Tika Sumpter’s red-hot role in Tyler Perry'sThe Haves and the Have Nots a bad depiction of black women! Sumpter chatted with TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan about criticism of her role as femme fatale Candace Young in OWN's breakout hit.
TV Guide Magazine: There's been criticism that your character presents a negative image of African-American women. Is that fair? Or is this a breakthrough of sorts? It seems African-American actresses rarely get to play the badass.
Sumpter: It's true! I think most people write from what they see in their own world, which is maybe why we so often see an African-American woman as the best friend, or the one you bring in when you need some sass. It's like we're put in a box. When I was on One Life to Live I always wanted to delve into my character, Layla, to find out why she was the black sheep of the family. I so wanted to have some edge. I have no idea why there was a reluctance to do that or why we so rarely see it. I guess you'd have to ask the writers. READ MORE
Will he, or won't he? That's the $64,000 question fans have regarding Michael E. Knight signing back on with All My Children. TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan spoke with the three-time Daytime Emmy winner, who will guest star in an upcoming episode of Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva. Of course, amid Diva talk, Logan asked about Tad the Cad! Check out an excerpt:
TV Guide Magazine: Speaking of history, we gotta talk All My Children. Have you been watching?
Knight: Yes, and I'm just thrilled for those guys. I'm so happy it's now being run by Ginger Smith and that Agnes Nixon is back where she belongs. I wish them all the best. I've not seen a lot, but what I've seen I have loved. Debbi Morgan [Angie] and Darnell Williams [Jesse] are as amazing as ever. I love seeing Thorsten Kaye [Zach]. I really like the new Pete [Robert Scott Wilson]. I'm just so happy to see the show back in the hands of people who want to see it work, people who really care about it. I'm also very happy for the fans, who have been so patient and so damn loyal. I'm praying the show finds its niche, not just for everyone who works on it and loves it, but for the TV industry in general. Let's face it, internet programming is the future and that's where a lot of our favorite shows will wind up. But the person I'm happiest for is Aggie. This is her child, her legacy. AMC has so much of her heart in it and she's still fighting to make sure it has a place in this world. She so deserves success with this. No one in this business has affected my life as much as Agnes Nixon. I owe her everything. And God bless Prospect Park for having the balls to make this happen. This is pioneering stuff and they're figuring everything out as they go along. So I hope everyone will be patient. Give it time! READ MORE
TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan is reporting The Talk will host a post Daytime Emmy show on June 17. The show will feature winners from the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, including talk shows and soap operas from rival networks.
The 40th Annual Daytime Emmy awards airs June 16 at 8 pm EST on HLN.
Haves and Have Nots' John Schneider: "This is a Show About People Who Think They Have Life by The Balls"By Jillian Bowe on May 28, 2013
Bo Duke has left the building! Dukes of Hazzard alum John Schneider’s latest role, in Tyler Perry’s highly-anticipated soap opera, The Haves and the Have Nots, will definitely make viewers of the 80’s series do a double take.
I'm usually cast as the guy who lives on a dirt road — the one who'll be there to sandbag your house when you need help. That ain't Cryer. READ MORE
The soap world is still reeling from the May 8 passing of actress Jeanne Cooper. Fans of the beloved grand dame have been wondering what will happen to her iconic character, Katherine "Kay" Chancellor on The Young and the Restless. TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan spoke with Y&R’s executive producer Jill Farren Phelps, who gave the inside scoop on how the soap will deal with both the passings of Cooper and Kay.
TV Guide Magazine: Tell us about the plans to honor her on air, and what you plan to do about her character.
Phelps: We're going to have the actors closest to Jeanne — probably 25 in all — sit in the Chancellor mansion set and tell stories and reminisce about her life, as themselves. We'll serve tea and let everyone talk and cry and laughs and share and we'll find the best photos and clips we can get our hands on and edit it all together into a beautiful celebration episode. This is all for Jeanne. And then later we will deal with the death of Kay Chancellor. We've already written the show into July, so it will take some time before we can address her departure on air. In the meantime, there will be references in the script that Katherine and her husband Murphy are off somewhere on a trip. READ MORE
Eden Riegel on 2009 Exit From All My Children: "It Was Not The Story I Was Told They Were Going To Tell"By Jillian Bowe on May 10, 2013
All My Children star Eden Riegel is finally setting the record straight regarding her short return to the series back in 2009. Fans may recall, former AMC head writer Chuck Pratt attempted to blame Riegel's schedule for the storyline bombing in an interview with TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan. Four years later, Riegel explains to SheWired.com why she really left:
You left AMC for a while. Did it have to do at all with the turn that Bianca's storyline had taken?
It was not the story that I was told we were going to tell. Obviously, marriage equality is still a big issue -- unfortunately. It was during the Prop 8 time and it was the first time I felt the tide was turning and we could actually get some marriage equality. It was a really exciting time and I was debating whether or not to come back to the show and then they pitched me this beautiful story about Bianca being in love and getting married, a real same sex couple on daytime. It kind of felt like the coming out story all over again, or the next generation of coming out story. I was immediately on board, and the fact that this beautiful actress Tamara Braun was playing… READ MORE