As the World Turns
The broadcast networks rolled out their new fall schedules and debuted the trailers they hope will get viewers excited about their upcoming new shows. Once again, a large number of current and former daytime stars appeared on the red carpet. Supernatural’s Jensen Ackels (ex-Eric Brady, Days of Our Lives) and Jared Padalecki (pictured above) appeared at The CW’s upfront presentation, along with a number of familiar faces to daytime viewers.
Another World alum Anne Heche (ex-Vicky, Another World) is returning to primetime this fall in the new NBC series Save Me, but she isn’t the only one. Former Passions star Justin Harltey, who starred in The CW’s Smallville, is returning to the netlet in the new medical drama Emily Owen, M.D.. Check out more photos of current and former daytime stars, as well as primetime soap stars, after the jump!
Ex-As The World Turns star Trent Dawson was one of the many stars who turned out Wednesday night for Love Out Loud VII, sponsored by POZ Magazine and We Love Soaps. At the event, which raised money for AIDS Walk New York, WLS's Damon Jacobs got the former Henry Coleman to share what he's been up to since saying goodbye to Oakdale, including dish on the scenes Dawson shared with Emma Thompson in Men In Black III. Watch the video interview 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
EXCLUSIVE: Fiona Hutchison on The Bay, Soaps on The Web and One Life to Live's Gabrielle vs. Guiding Light's Jenna!By Jamey Giddens on May 03, 2012
Glamorous, talented actress Fiona Hutchison would easily be able to find work with the CIA, should she ever decide to give up the entertainment business. This woman can keep a secret! That didn't stop me from trying my darndest to find out what her top secret character would be pulling this season on popular webisoap The Bay.
While I didn't get very far in that endeavor (You'll just have to tune in for Hutchinson's "Mystery Woman" starting today on The Bay!), I managed to get the striking and regal Hutchison to wax poetic about her unforgettable daytime characters, One Life to Live's Gabrielle Medina and Guiding Light's Jenna Bradshaw, as well as what she feels has to happen for soaps to successfully transition to the web. She also clued me in on plans to reunite with one of her beloved leading men, Justin Deas, on the stage this summer.
Then I asked Hutchison to make Sophie's Choice. If she had to pick between Gabrielle and Jenna, which was her favorite character and why? Keep reading for her eloquent answer, citing the works of the Bard to drive home her point, as only Fiona Hutchison could.
Daytime Confidential: Okay, so Gregori [Martin, series creator] has already told me your role this season on The Bay is top secret. Can't you give me just a teensy bit of a teaser of what this "Mystery Woman" will be up to in Bay City?
Fiona Hutchison: A lot of mystery.
DC: You starred in three long-running daytime soap operas, One Life to Live as Gabrielle Medina, Guiding Light as Jenna Bradshaw and briefly in 2000 as Celia on As The World Turns. What has been the biggest difference from those experiences to working on a web soap opera like The Bay?
FH: A lot mystery. Just kidding. Working on a web series felt no different than being on set with an indie film crew; and when you have the opportunity to work with good people the time just flies.
DC: Both of your beloved daytime characters were vixens-turned-romantic heroines who were killed off, causing fan outrage. Should we be worried if we see your new character eye-balling one of Sara Garrett's (Mary Beth Evans) suitors on The Bay?
FH: First of all, I adore Mary Beth Evans. Her brilliance is often hidden with the subtle manner in which she "toys" within the emotional realm of a character's vulnerability. I believe that it could be far more fun if our characters were to become collaborators in various tawdry schemes. But in "real" life I would definitely make several attempts at stealing her delectable homemade pies... but how would she ever know? You're not going to tell her, are you?
(No. 10) EJ DiMera, Days of Our Lives
Who would have ever guessed someone conceived by an Elvis-impersonating Stefano (Joe Mascolo)—inseminating sperm into his adopted daughter’s toothy doppelganger—would one day grow up to be so snooty and entitled? Don’t get us wrong, we love some EJ DiMera (James Scott) on Days of Our Lives, but he can be a bit of brat!
From coercion to kidnapping, EJ has done it all to prove himself to his beloved, bazillionaire “Father”. Now that EJ’s DiMera lineage is in question, we wonder if he will keep that upper lip quite so stiff? As long as another part of his anatomy stays stiff anytime he’s in the presence of one Samantha Brady (Alison Sweeney), we’ll still be watching this poor little (not so) rich (anymore) boy tale play out. READ MORE