Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: 8 JEWISH SOAP CHARACHTERS FOR 8 NIGHTS OF HANUKKAH

Yesterday was the first night of Hanukkah—an admittedly minor Jewish festival blown all out of proportion due to its proximity to the major American holiday of Christmas.

Jews make up only 2.2 percent of the U.S. population, so it’s no surprise that they very rarely show up on that most Middle American of art forms, the daytime soap opera.

Nevertheless, in honor of the eight nights of Hanukkah, we now present: The 8 most prominent Jewish characters in soaps (and count our blessings that there aren’t 10 nights, because we’d have had a hard time filling out the list), including representatives from GH, DOOL, Y&R, GL, RH and more at: http://community.ew.com/2014/12/16/jewish-characters-in-soap-operas/

Happy Hanukkah, and make sure you leave a comment!

Monday, December 15, 2014

YOUR ONLINE VIRTUAL DREIDEL & MENORAH ARE HERE!

Don't have a little dreidel? (Or any clay, for that matter?)

Don't worry, my 5th grader has you covered!

Behold, the virtual dreidel!

Prevents cheating AND it won't roll off the table, under the couch and get lost forever!

Try it for yourselves!

 
    


And if you need help lighting your candles, rest assured, he's got a virtual version of that, too!

 
   

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: SOAP SUPERHEROES & VILLAINS

On The Young and the Restless, Adam Newman has a new face (which happens a lot). It is, however, one familiar to TV viewers. Actor Justin Hartley played Fox on the defunct soap opera Passions, as well as Oliver Queen, aka The Green Arrow, on Smallville. He was also Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman, on the unsold pilot of the same name. Aquaman became the first unsuccessful pilot ever released for viewing on iTunes (where it instantly shot up to No. 1 in the rankings).

But Hartley isn’t the only actor to ever make the switch from soap-opera hunk to superhero—and back again. Check out our three favorite good guys—and our three favorite bad guys— from GH, ATWT, OLTL, AW, GL, SB and more, who share a past in both soap operas and comic books at Entertainment Weekly, here.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

PETER PAN & THE SOAP OPERA CONNECTION


Tonight on NBC it's Peter Pan - live!

You know the story (NeverNeverLand, Lost Boys, Captain Hook, clock swallowing alligator), but do you know the soap-opera connection?

Guiding Light! Dallas!

Find out where they intersect and more in my BlogHer piece, 10 Secrets You Didn't Know About Peter Pan!

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: SOAPS & INTERRACIAL ROMANCE

Last week on The Bold and the Beautiful, Rick broke off his relationship with Maya to try to repair his marriage to Caroline. And while fans debate which woman is the better match for the Forrester heir—Caroline, who kissed his bother, or Maya, who jumped into bed with a married man at first opportunity (not to mention the more pressing question of whether Rick is good enough for either of them)—one topic has yet to come up. Rick is white, Maya is black. Nobody cares.

It wasn’t always this simple in soap-opera land.

In 1962, the short-lived PGP soap opera A Brighter Day made history by hiring the first African-American series regular, actor Rex Ingram. The show was canceled that September due to low ratings.

In 1966, Guiding Light hired daytime’s first African-American contract players, Billy Dee Williams and Cecily Tyson. The roles were later recast with James Earl Jones and Ruby Dee. Jones also appeared that same year on As the World Turns.

But the African-American characters were kept peripheral to the main action, and there certainly was not even a hint of interracial romance. That took several decades to develop. Check out Entertainment Weekly's five most memorable soap-opera interracial loves stories (and three honorable mentions) from GH, Y&R, DOOL, OLTL, ATWT, Santa Barbara and more that brought soap operas to where they are today at this link!

Monday, December 01, 2014

RAISING BIRACIAL KIDS

I know what you're thinking: Why can I only incessantly read about what Alina is thinking? Why can't I also hear her talking at me incessantly?

Behold! My interview with Arise America on the subject of raising biracial kids, below:


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: SOAPSGIVING

Soap-opera fans are not exactly a shy and retiring bunch. When something pisses them off, they complain, promptly and loudly.

Unfortunately, all of the ear-splitting bitching and moaning tends to drown out the positive. So, in the spirit of the season, we take a look at five things soap opera fans have to be thankful for this year at Entertainment Weekly.

Happy Soapsgiving!