Some of our favorite webisoapers have unveiled a steamy, new trailer for their upcoming season. Gregory Turner and Brian Hewson's Empire will debut its fourth season this July 17. Look for the campy, raunchy sudser—featuring Guiding Light alums Tina Sloan and Orlagh Cassidy, As The World Turns' Ellen Dolan, Lauren B. Martin and Yvonne Perry and Days of Our Lives' Molly Burnett and Mark Hapka—to embark on a 12-episode whodunnit during its upcoming summer run.
Veteran soap director Fritz Brekeller (All My Children, One Life to Live, The City, ATWT, GL, Another World) helmed Season 4's Hamptons-set shoot for Empire. Daytime-to-web pioneer Martha Byrne (As The World Turns, General Hospital, Gotham, Anacostia) is serving as a producer, alongside Dolan.
If you're going to be in the NYC area, Empire will be hosting a premiere screening for cast and crew at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on Saturday, July 14. For ticket info click here. Check out the Season 4 trailer for Empire after the jump!
Famed soap star Rosemary Prinz—who shot to fame as Penny Hughes on As The World Turns from 1956-68, then helped launch Agnes Nixon's All My Children as Amy Tyler in 1970—is appearing on stage with fellow soap alum Robert Newman (ex-Josh, Guiding Light), in She’s of a Certain Age. A preview of the play was held May 12 at The Beckette Theatre in New York City.
Written by Susan Charlotte and directed by Anthony Marsellis and Christopher Hart, She’s of a Certain Age also stars Drena De Niro and Lois Markle. Tina Sloan showed up in the audience preview night, to support her former costar. She’s of a Certain Age runs until June 10. See more photos after the jump! READ MORE
Hit Webisoap Empire Adds Former All My Children, One Life to Live Director For Hamptons-Set Murder Mystery in Season 4!By Jillian Bowe on February 13, 2012
Empire creators, Brian Hewson and Greg Turner (seen above with guest star Molly Burnett), are gonna have a little help from a very noteworthy friend, when it comes to directing episodes of their popular webisoap this season. Former All My Children and One Life To Live director Fritz Brekeller has signed on!
“I am thrilled to lend my 20 of experience to the terrific Empire team, and work with its wonderful cast, as well as having the chance to collaborate with creator/writers Greg Turner and Brian Hewson,” Brekeller says. “Their passion and daring have created an exciting and fresh series, and together we will be raising the bar for the upcoming fourth season and will continue to do so for many seasons to come."
Kids, the crazy cats over at Empire still need your help with their fundraising! The indie soap's IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds to produce a fourth season is over in 36 hours. IndieGoGo is a site designed for people to donate to creative projects and get rewards in return. If you make HUGE donations to the show, you will receive a producer's credit for Season 4. READ MORE
Boys and girls, the Empire gang needs your help! The indie webisoap is currently holding an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds to produce a fourth season. IndieGoGo is a site designed for people to donate to creative projects and get rewards in return. Those of you who make uber-big donations to the show will receive a producer's credit for Season 4
"We are at a point where it is go hard or go home, and we fully intend to go hard," says Empire co-creator Greg Turner. "Brian Hewson (co-creator of Empire) and I have written a really fun season, we just gave the actors their first peak at the scripts and they have so far been delighted which is encouraging. We have amassed this incredible group of talent and we really have a fantastic time working together. The fourth season will definitely be epic. Now we just need the money!"
When Tina Sloan hasn’t been busy starring in the web soap Empire or performing in her one-woman show Changing Shoes, she’s been acting in the Indie movie Happy New Year. In the film, she portrays the mother of injured Marine, Sgt. Cole Lewis (Michael Cuomo), Grace. According to CBS Soaps in Depth, the role has a personal connection.
"My own son had been in Iraq, so all the fears I'd had for [him] I was able to use in this," Sloan confides. "I'd never done work like this in my life because Cole loses his leg, and he's probably going to lose the other leg..."
Watch a trailer for Happy New Year after the jump!