TIME: Soap Opera Veteran Peter Bergman on the Future of Daytime Dramas
“You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in daytime television who isn’t cheering them on,” says Bergman, of the new Web-based ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE. “I hope it is a massive success and I’m one person who’s going to buy Hulu Plus and check it out.”
“Like all of television—daytime, nighttime, news, morning programming—the ratings have been in freefall for a very long time,” Bergman acknowledges. “I think some young suit walked in and said, ‘How about if we change the whole paradigm, what if we put on a show that had half the viewers that ALL MY CHILDREN had but only cost one-third what All My Children did, wouldn’t we come out ahead?’ And no one in the room said, ‘What are you talking about!?’ Networks aren’t idiots but I just think too many bean-counters got in there.”
Cady McClain in PARADE: 'ALL MY CHILDREN Stories Are Moving Much Faster'
"It’s been a wild and wooly week in Pine Valley. Not only did some fun new faces show up, but jaw-dropping events and Emmy award-worthy performances kept both cast and crew on the edge of our seats! But lets get real: as actors we are only as good as the words we speak, so this weeks blog is a peek behind why the writing on ALL MY CHILDREN deserves a big round of applause."
New York Times: Old Soaps Reborn Online
Neil Genzlinger harshly reviews AMC & OLTL: "The acting ranges from mediocre to outright bad, especially on ALL MY CHILDREN. Any scene involving a couple over the age of 50 has the treacly gloss of a Viagra commercial. Any young characters are played by actors far too old for the roles. Any parent with a teenager is clueless about how to communicate with him or her. And the writers do not always seem up to the task of giving the actors signature moments. Fan boards were full of complaints when, on ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Victor apparently came back from the dead, and the other characters seemed only vaguely surprised."
Variety: NewFronts Recap - Stars Come Out for Internet Video
Soap stars on hand at Hulu’s pitch session included actors from ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE. Sudsers, reborn in new productions by Prospect Park after ABC canceled them in 2011, debuted on Hulu last week. “We are not just daytime TV. We are anytime TV,” OLTL’s Erika Slezak said.
One Night Only Performance Of "Mack & Mabel" To Benefit Musical Theatre West
The production has an award-winning creative team, headed by Emmy Award-winning director Larry Carpenter and Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-winning musical director John McDaniel.
Ashtabula native Freddie Smith from DAYS OF OUR LIVES nominated for Daytime Emmy
“We film a lot; an episode every day,” Smith said during a phone interview from his California home Monday morning. “It keeps me busy. It’s a lot of fun. I like it. It’s great.”
Smith also is working on a new project called ADDICTS ANONYMOUS, a comedy showing the lighter side of addiction, he said.
Y&R alum Donnelly Rhodes: Down-to-earth Vancouver actor sets off for another universe in BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
"I consider myself a journeyman actor," Rhodes said simply from his Vancouver home, days before he was to receive the Union of B.C. Performers' Sam Payne Award for Lifetime Achievement.
"I've never liked to categorize actors as movie stars, TV actors and stage actors. Actors don't particularly like that, speaking as an actor myself."
Rhodes played the debonair Phillip Chancellor Sr. on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS for several seasons in the mid-1970s before, feeling a little young and restless himself, he moved on to other roles.
Chapman University president on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
Chapman University President Jim Doti appeared Monday on the CBS-TV soap.
The president has a speaking role – four lines. He plays Mr. Chapman, the CFO of the Forrester's family fashion house, Forrester Creations. Doti was invited by show producer and Chapman alumnus Casey Kasprzyk, who started at CBS with an internship through Chapman.
CORONATION STREET star Liz Dawn suffers heart attack
The 73-year-old, who has already been diagnosed with incurable lung disease, was taken to hospital on Monday after complaining of chest pains at her apartment in Whitefield, Greater Manchester. She is known to soap fans as CORRIE's Vera Duckworth, a role she took on in 1974.