As the World Turns
Former Proctor and Gamble soap divas Colleen Zenk (ex-Barbara, ATWT) and Crystal Chappell (ex-Olivia, GL; Danielle, B&B) are beginning new ventures in the web series world. Zenk stars as Agnes Snead in Thurston, a western featuring the frontier struggles of the American West. Created by Kathryn O'Sullivan, Thurston is currently in the midst of its second season
The Inn is the brainchild of Steve Silverman, (Pretty: The Series). The series follows Jane's (Chappell) arrival in a new town, where things might not be as they seem. Local diner owner Lola (soap legend Denise Alexander) advises Jane to speak with a man at The Inn, but fails to mention the dwelling's eerie vibe. The Inn premiered Feb. 4.
Chappell is a busy a woman on the web. She also produced and stars in The Grove, a pilot she's shopping for television. With the help of writer Paul Barber (21 Jump Street), The Grove centers on drama between two families, The Moynihans and The Kincaids.
The Grove boasts an all-star soap cast, including: Bob Woods (Bo, OLTL), Jessica Leccia (ex- Natalia, GL), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R), Mark Hapka (ex-Nathan, DAYS), Peter Reckell (ex-Bo, DAYS), Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, B&B), Judi Evans (Adrienne, DAYS), Bobbie Eakes (ex-Krystal, AMC), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe, DAYS), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R), Beth Maitland (Traci, Y&R), and Jordan Clarke (ex-Billy, GL).
Check out Thurston, The Inn and the pilot episode of The Grove after the jump!
Reviews are beginning to come in from the Sundance Film Festival for Amanda Seyfried’s (ex-Lucy, As the World Turns) new film Lovelace. The film is based on the life of porn star Linda Lovelace and the iconic film Deep Throat.
The Lovelace cast includes: Peter Sarsgaard, James Franco (ex-Franco, General Hospital), Sharon Stone, Hank Azaria, Adam Debi Mazar and Eric Roberts (ex-Vance Abrams, The Young and the Restless). The Hollywood Reporter called it surprisingly good.
Given all the ways a project like this could have gone wrong, the result is surprisingly good on several fronts, beginning with a shrewd structure that fosters an intelligent dual perspective on the public and private aspects of the Deep Throat phenomenon.
Indiewire caught up with Seyfried after the Sundance premiere to talk about the film. In the interview she reveals she views Mean Girls as her best work.
Do you ever think back to your breakout turn in “Mean Girls,” and go, “Wow, I can’t believe how far I’ve come?”
Oh yeah, always! It’s been such a slow move for me. And I’m really lucky because I got to experience each thing as it came, as opposed to being bombarded with all this attention. It’s always been slow. People say, “Oh, breakout star overnight,” to these actors of my generation. It must be hard to get all that attention and know what’s real at the end of the day. And luckily a lot of them do and they’re real people… I can call them my peers and I’m super proud.
Also, I’ve just worked a long time. I’ve gotten a lot of cool opportunities here and there and I’ve made some good choices with the help of my amazing team. I was with them since I was 16. It all feels right; it feels good. I still look back at “Mean Girls” as my best work.
Watch a preview from Lovelace after the jump!
The wait is over, Lucy (Lynn Herring) and Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) fans! ABC Soaps In Depth is reporting Lindstrom is bringing Lucy's love doctor back to General Hospital! Headwriter Ron Carlivati said:
The last we knew, it was implied at Lila's memorial that Lucy had reconciled with Kevin, and that they were together. And we did see a picture of him on her desk at CoeCoe Cosmetics. So the big question is, where is he and why hasn't she mentioned him? Lucy gets herself into a pretty major jam during February sweeps and, when that happens, she receives a surprise visitor. That is Kevin. When he arrives, you'll find out why you haven't seen him yet, why she hasn't mentioned him and what is the status of their relationship.
Photo credit: ABC
The woman who started it all for daytime dramas, the late Irna Phillips, was recently remembered in a moving piece by Lynn Liccardo for Harvard Magazine. In the article, Liccardo details how the creator of Guiding Light, As The World Turns, Another World and countless other soaps, exorcised her real-life demons—brought on by a fruitless affair, and the loss of her child— via her soap operas.
Her need for Oakdale began in the mid 1920s when Phillips, who never had a date in high school or college, met an English doctor, “not handsome,” but “with charm and intelligence,” and decided he was the man she would marry. Things didn’t work out as she hoped. She became pregnant but the doctor abandoned her, and she then lost not only the baby but any chance for another. The resulting sterility led her to decide “to never become involved with an unmarried man,” thus sparing herself “the pain and embarrassment of telling a man I couldn’t have children.” That vow played out through characters like ATWT’s jilted Edith Hughes, who later fell in love with her brother’s unhappily married law partner. Phillips presented the story through characters neither all black nor all white, forcing viewers, writes La Guardia, “to grieve over the heartbreak of the human condition rather than hang on to a fixed value judgment.” READ MORE
Join us in celebrating the 5th Annual Daytime Confidential Hot 100. Throughout 2012, Daytime Confidential has been tracking which daytime professionals our readers have been most interested in, whether positive or negative. Each month we published the Daytime Confidential Top 20 based on your clicks of those individuals. Now we’ve compiled the entire year into the Daytime Confidential Hot 100.
In 2012, 38 made their Daytime Confidential Hot 100 debut or returned to the ranking after falling off the list in 2011. The Bold and the Beautiful’s Susan Flannery made the biggest jump in 2012, zooming up 76 spots. However, without All My Children on the air Thorsten Kaye experienced the biggest drop, plummeting 80 spots. Only two out of the 100 people on the Daytime Confidential Hot 100 maintained the exact same ranking in 2012 that they held in 2011.
Unlike Daytime Confidential’s year end Best and Worst lists, the Daytime Confidential Hot 100 is not chosen or ranked by Daytime Confidential’s editors. It is based solely on user clicks. The name of each current and former soap star that appears on the Daytime Confidential Hot 100 is credited to the show on which they last appeared. READ MORE