Celeb-focused cabler E! is jumping into the serialized drama game, by developing a splashy, modern day retelling of the saga of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. Anne of Hollywood, based on the novel by Carol Wolper, transplants the soap opera of the Tudors from the 1500's to modern day Hollyweird, "the flashiest, most treacherous court of all." READ MORE
Another daytime soap alum has booked a gig in a high profile pilot. Former Days of Our Lives' hottie Darin Brooks (ex-Max) will appear in the pilot episode of John Wells Productions' adaptation of the U.K. hit Bad Girls for NBC, according to sources.
Nominations for the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards were announced this week and several soaps made the cut. In daytime, both Days of Our Lives and All My Children received nods for their LGBT storytelling.
This past season DAYS began the soap's first gay storyline featuring Freddie Smith as comfortably out college student Sonny Kiriakis and Chandler Massey as his tortured, closeted pal Will Horton. The final year of All My Children saw the soap's iconic lesbian character Bianca Montgomery (Christina Bennett Lind) fall in love for what was likely the last time, with previously hetero friend Marissa Tasker (Sarah Glendening). READ MORE
Showtime’s fantastic dramedy Shameless returns on January 8 for its second season, and we can’t wait to see how Fiona Gallagher juggles her crazy family this time around. However, before Emmy Rossum landed the role of Fiona, her first SAG gig was on As the World Turns as Abigail Williams. Included in a profile of SAG lead actress contenders by The Hollywood Reporter, Rossum remembers her ATWT audition:
My First SAG Job: On As the World Turns. I played Holden and Molly's daughter Abigail. I desperately wanted the part. I was 11 and had been studying X and Y chromosomes, dominant genes and recessive genes. I watched the show the day before my audition and realized the two actors who played the parents both had blue eyes. I had just learned in school that two blue-eyed parents can't have a brown-eyed child. So I went into the audition and said if they wanted me, I would go get contact lenses to have blue eyes. They cast me and said, "Make sure she brings her contacts."
Welcome to this week’s Daytime Confidential British Invasion. We have a lot of news to cover so sit back and relax because the Brit's are back and they want you to watch! READ MORE