Well placed sources are saying Beth Ehlers (Taylor) won't still be a cast member at All My Children once the soap jumps coasts this Winter.
"Beth is out, but JR Martinez is staying," says one mole. "The show is going ahead with the Brot/Natalia pairing, so JR and Shannon [Kane] are both expected to be relocated." READ MORE
Many a daytime diva cries foul when she learns her soap is planning to give her a long-lost, adult daughter, not Kate Linder. The spirited actress, spokesperson and Hollywood mover and shaker says she was over the moon when she learned The Young and the Restless—where she has played Kay Chancellor's quirky maid/best friend Esther Valentine since 1982—was going to make Elizabeth Hendrickson's feisty fashionista character Chloe turn out to be Esther's daughter Kate. Suddenly, Esther and Linder went from the back burner to being front and center, contending with a second and third generation of Valentine women, all deliciously intertwined with the boss lady's family, thanks to Little Katie's marriages and/or dalliances with practically every Chancellor or faux-Chancellor male!
Esther's life hasn't been all about her daughter, or her precious new granddaughter Delia in 2009, however. Our favorite housekeeper also found time for a sweet romance of her very own earlier this year with con man Roger (David Leisure), that quickly turned sour, resulting in Kay and Esther finding themselves in mortal danger, once again kidnapped by Roger's partner-in-crime, the dastardly Clint Radison (James Michael Gregary), providing Linder and her costar Jeanne Cooper, their best material in years.READ MORE
SoCal will be even hotter than usual this Saturday night, Sept. 19, not to mention funnier! That's because soap hunk-turned-film comedian Jonathan Bennett will be hosting ACME Saturday Night at 8 pm PT, at the ACME Comedy Theater (135 N. La Brea in Los Angeles).
Bennett, whose first big break came when All My Children tapped him to play a young adult Adam Chandler Jr., went on to make teen girls everywhere swoon opposite fellow soap alum Lindsay Lohan (ex-Ali, Another World) in the monster hit romantic comedy Mean Girls. However, it's raunchy roles like the titular Van Wilder, whom the actor played in the Direct-to-DVD prequel Van Wilder: Freshman Year—currently being shown in heavy rotation on Comedy Central—that Bennett admits he has much more fun playing. I caught up with Bennett as he was getting ready for his sketch comedy debut.
Daytime Confidential: So you're hosting ACME Saturday Night, how did that come about?
Jonathan Bennett: Well, Van Wilder: Freshman Year has been airing a lot on cable, so I think that's where the idea for me to host ACME came from.
DC: Sweet, now this is the third Van Wilder film, will there be another, and if so, will you be in it?
JB: That's the plan, to do another prequel. READ MORE
Thursdays are an imaginary bitch, well, at least tonight they are! The bad boy of webisodic TV, Andrew Miller and his lovely leading lady Catherine, er Eden Riegel, are back tonight for a Very Special Episode of Imaginary Bitches at 9 pm ET! This six-minute installment of IB will be immediately followed by a chat with Eden, Catherine and Heather.
Filmed at the recent Creative Arts Daytime Emmy Awards, this episode of IBfeatures all our faves, Catherine, Heather and Eden, along with Elizabeth Hendrickson, Connie Fletcher Staton, Brooke Nevin and Glee's Jessalyn Gilsig.The episode will also boast the viral television debut of the Batman and Robin of soap opera blogging, We Love Soaps' Roger Newcomb and Damon Jacobs, who play nasty, vicious, tabloid journalists in the episode. Talk about typecasting! I caught up with Eden, Andrew and the We Love Soaps boys to get a sneak peek at tonight's show. READ MORE
Eden Riegel (ex-Bianca) is a happy camper this morning. The Emmy-winning beauty talked to Daytime Confidential about the news of All My Children relocating to the West Coast, where Riegel currently resides with hubby, Emmy-nominated Imaginary Bitches creator Andrew Miller.
"Of course selfishly I am thrilled that my AMC family may be moving here," says Riegel. "I miss Alicia [Minshew], Cam [Mathison], and Susan [Lucci] so much, and New York is way too far away. And I hope that the Production team, crew, and hair, makeup and wardrobe departments will be making the move as well. After so many years of incredible work, they are as much a part of the family as anyone."
Wouldn't it be positively groovy if AMC could lure West Coast-based AMC alums like Riegel, Tamara Braun (ex-Reese), Alexa Havins (ex-Babe), Justin Bruening (ex-Jamie), Rebecca Budig (Greenlee) and Robin Christopher (ex-Skye) back to the canvas now that the show will be filming in their neck of the woods? READ MORE
For a little over a year and a half, character actor Phillip Jeanmarie terrorized the denizens of the fictional cove of Harmony on the now defunct NBC (and later DirecTV) supernatural sudser Passions. Jeanmarie brought to life the role of Vincent Clarkson, a tabloid reporter who soon found himself in a down low affair with one of the soap's most popular—and previously hetero—heartthrobs, Chad Harris (Charles Divins). The storyline broke new ground as Passions proved to be the first soap opera to show two men in bed together, only Vincent wasn't all man. He/she was a hermaphrodite, who occasionally went by the name Valerie (One Life to Live’s Daphnee Duplaix) and a serial killer and a rapist... and the seemingly omnipotent, omnipresent force known as "The Blackmailer", whose reign of terror dominated the last few years of the series' storylines.
Today, Jeanmarie is sad the soap he once called home and likens to "being paid to go to acting school" is no longer on the air, but he’s channeling his experiences into his new role as Adam, a struggling actor trying to make it from gig to gig inWorkshop The Series, a new web comedy created by Nate Golon and Kimberly Legg, who also star. I caught up with Jeanmarie to talk about his new show, premiering August 10, and of course to reminisce about the wackiness that was Passions.
Daytime Confidential: How did your role in Workshop The Series come about?
Phillip Jeanmarie: It's funny how it all came together. I actually met Nate at a workshop. We were outside talking and I told him I was on Passions. It turned out he had been on the show too, so we started talking and he brought up a list of the different things they had me do on the show. [Laughs] So we kept talking about an actor's journey, what we sometimes do for work, and he came up with the idea of doing a show about it from a comedic perspective. Hopefully people will like it! READ MORE