Friday, November 30, 2007


Not that I wish to brag, but I once played an extra on the NBC soap opera called "Another World" -- shockingly, after 35 years on the air, the show was canceled shortly thereafter -- and yet, that hardly prepared me for the task at hand because, on "Another World," I played the part of a man.

Find out what he's talking about (and why), here.

Two time Emmy nominated actress Colleen Zenk Pinter, best known for her long running role as Barbara Ryan on CBS's As the World Turns, has teamed up with the Oral Cancer Foundation to share the story of her battle against oral cancer, and raise public awareness of a disease which kills more Americans each year than more commonly known cancers.

Complete story, here.

This is a very serious issue and a very important cause. But my favorite part of the press release is: .... her long time association with As the World Turns, in which she has appeared in over 250 episodes...

250 episodes? This year, maybe...

Colleen has been with the show since 1978. Her episode count is, roughly speaking, probably closer to 5,000+.

Thursday, November 29, 2007


Casey Hughes is finally getting out of prison and coming home to Oakdale in the form of actor Billy Magnussen.

A graduate of the North Carolina School for the Arts, Billy made his Broadway debut in The Roundabout Theatre Company's production of The Ritz, alongside Rosie Perez.

Though Tom and Margo are happy to have their son back, and Gwen and Will are thrilled to see their old friend, Casey finds fitting into Oakdale society as an ex-con, a bit of a challenge.

Grandmother Lisa offers salvation in the form of a job. But can this new Casey be trusted?

Find out weekdays on As The World Turns!


We've pondered the various lengths of Jennifer Landon's (Gwen; ATWT) hair, now let's consider Kim Zimmer's (Reva; GL).

Long? Short? Back? Front?

Your thoughts?

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


"The theatre where you perform live is itself a spiritual experience," agrees Mart Hulswit, an actor for more than 30 years (including 12 on TV's Guiding Light) who is now executive director of the Episcopal Actors' Guild of America. "If you're performing before 2,000 people eight times a week in a fine play, you can feel the spiritualism."

More, here.


Chris Heuisler (Cole) says goodbye to Oakdale on Tuesday, December 4 leaving a devastated and pregnant Sofie in his wake.

Two days later, Sara Chase appears as Judy, an even more pregnant woman who must deliver in an elevator with help from Meg (Marie Wilson) and Craig (Scott Bryce).

Hmm... could Craig be getting practice in odd-place deliveries of a baby that isn't his own...

Tune in to As The World Turns and find out!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


David Andrew McDonald of Weehawkin, has played Edmund Winslow on The Guiding Light television soap opera for a long time. He is now appearing in The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey production of 'A Christmas Carol in Madison. '

Details, here.


At ATF, Power will showcase a variety of big-budget TV movies and mini-series, such as Robinson Crusoe, a prime-time series commissioned by NBC and based on the classic Daniel Defoe novel, along with other big-budget offerings such as The Summit, a mini-series centered around the pharmaceuticals business. Also available to Asian buyers are Lethal Obsession and Voices from the slate of female-centered Power Thrillers, as well as two long-running CBS soaps, Guiding Light and As the World Turns.

More, here.

Monday, November 26, 2007


The musical legacy of a famed South Florida humorist may live on in the U.S. soldiers serving overseas. Wil and Kin Shriner say when they went to clean out a warehouse their father kept near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport they found about 400 vintage harmonicas. The harmonicas, made in Hohner Co. in Germany 1949, are the blues harp or Marine Band model. They told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that they considered donating the instruments to schools or to youth groups, but now want to send them to soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Complete story, here.

The Nanny's connection to soaps is well known. Not only was Charles Shaugnessy a daytime vet (ex-Shane, DOOL; ex-Alistar; GH) and Nicholle Tom the sister of Heather Tom (ex-Victoria, Y&R; ex-Kelly, OLTL; Katie; B&B), but star and creator Fran Drescher was such a fan that she cast Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R), Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, Y&R), Stephen Nichols (Patch, DOOL), Lauren Koslow (Kate, DOOL), Maree Cheatham (Stephanie, SFT), Lesley Anne Down (Jackie, B&B), Lane Davies (ex-Mason, SB; ex-Cameron, GH), Christopher Rich (Sandy, AW), Ian Buchanon (ex-Duke, GH; ex-James, B&B, ex-Greg, AMC), Brian Bloom (ex-Dusty, ATWT), Sean Kanan (ex-AJ, GH; ex-Deacon, B&B) and Joan Collins (ex-Alexandra, GL), among others in various roles throughout the series' six seasons.

Less well known, however, is that co-star Daniel Davis, who played the oh-so-English butler, Niles, not only hailed from a Southern US state (Arkansas), but also appeared on a daytime drama about one - Texas!

In addition to guest shots on primetime shows as diverse as Cheers, The A Team and Highway to Heaven, Davis spent 1980-1982 as Texas' Eliot Carrington, heroic Vietnam vet and dupe (to be fair, who wasn't?) of Iris Cory. She'd let him believe and almost singlehandedly raise their son, Dennis, only to later reveal that the boy was actually Alex Wheeler's biological child.

To watch Eliot deal with Iris' betrayal, tune in to the AOL/PGP Classic Soap Channel's broadcast of Texas! (It will make a nice birthday gift for the actor, who turns 62, today!)

Thursday, November 22, 2007


As The World Turns and Guiding Light are preempted this Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

But while others are glued to the football games on TV, you can still get your fix of P&G soaps via the web!

Check out Another World, Edge of Night, Search for Tomorrow and Texas on the AOL/PGP Classic Soaps Channel!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Cooper festivities: 2004. Rick (Michael O'Leary) and Mel were on their way to splitting up, Blake (Elizabeth Keifer) and Ross (Jerry ver Dorn) were still together, and Marina (Mandy Bruno) was dating a reformed mobster (Paul Anthony Stewart) instead of a reformed jewel thief.

Ah, memories....


Oakdale 2004: Aaron (Agim Kaba) recovers from a boxing-induced brain injury with Alison (then-Jessica Dunphy), Nancy (Helen Wagner), Lily (Martha Byrne), Emma (Kathleen Widdoes) and a tiny Luke (Christopher Tavani) and Faith (Cassidy Hinkle) by his side.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


My how they grow... Check out Parker, JJ, Sage, Natalie and Faith Snyder a mere two years ago....


Happy (almost) birthday, Sarah Randall!

Monday, November 19, 2007


ATWT's Jennifer Landon (Gwen) joined the show in 2005 and, in less than three short years (and two Daytime Emmys), has managed to sport a variety of different looks.

Check out our pictures above and let us know which one is your favorite!

In the Big Apple, he intended to pursue a career as an attorney, but the acting he did to pay for a law education eventually became his trade. He later wrote for several soap operas, including "Another World" and "Guiding Light," a soap he also starred on.

Read more here.

Meanwhile, what I want to know is, was Dr. Grant a relative of the other Grants -- David, Gilly, Vivian and Dr. Charles, who arrived in Springfield in the 1990s. Long-lost cousins, perhaps?

Friday, November 16, 2007


Mandy Bruno (Marina) , Marcy Rylan (Lizzie) and Gina Tognoni (Dinah) will be among the guests visiting Hanna Storm and Dave Price on The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS .

(Check local listings for showtimes).

Thursday, November 15, 2007


Ron Raines (looking a lot less scary than he does above) will appear in a performance of Broadway by Request at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, California, on Friday, November 23 at 8:00pm, Saturday, November 24 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm and Sunday, November 25, at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.

For more information and tickets please visit .


Brian Delate appears as Maj. McLane and has some words for Noah (Jake Silbermann) on Tuesday, November 20. That same day, Daniel Hugh Kelly returns as Col. Mayer and has an intense confrontation with his son and his son's boyfriend, Luke (Van Hansis).

Make sure you tune into As The World Turns next week to watch!

If this is your error message: C00D1197: Cannot play the file
Windows Media Player cannot play the file.

You might encounter this error message for one of the following reasons:
  • Your computer is not connected to the local area network (LAN) or to the Internet. Connect to the network or Internet, and then try again.
  • The path to the file is not valid. If you typed a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) in the Open URL dialog box, verify that the file name is spelled correctly and that the path to the file is correct, and then try again. If you clicked a link on a Web page, the link might not be valid.
  • The server is not available (for example, the server is busy or not online). Try again later.
  • Some network protocols in the Player are not enabled. Enable all network protocols, and then try again.
  • The proxy server settings for the Player are not configured properly. Verify that your proxy settings are correct, and then try again.
To enable all network protocols
1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Networktab.
2. In the Streaming protocols area, select all the protocol check boxes.

To verify your proxy server settings
1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Networktab.
2. Verify your settings in the Streaming proxy settings area. Support on Windows Media Player

Q: Where do I find information about how to get actual support on WMP?
A: I do not track this area and cannot presume to speak upon it. The options I know about are the Microsoft support site, the Do It Yourself options, and then actual player support options. But my investigation here should be deemed amateur at best. You may find other/better support options - these are simply the ones I know about offhand.

One important thing to note is that product support helps let the product teams know what needs to be fixed - they have more say than someone like me does. So while alerting me to your problem seems productive, it's actually quite not. If you really care about the issue, take it to product support.

Q: I don't want to go through support for some reason.
A: Your other options are:
1. The actual Microsoft support site. Search for more information on your issue.
2. The "Contact MS" page.
3. Deja's UseNet archives (now known as Google Groups), where you can look for previous answers to your questions. This is hugely useful - don't underestimate or overlook this vital Internet resource.
4. Official WMP9 and WMP10 FAQ
5. WMP information (FAQ, troubleshooting, etc)
6. Win98 WMP FAQ
7. The WMPSDK on-line.
8. All official Windows Media FAQs.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Ensemble Studio Theatre proudly announces the World Premiere of
On The Way to Timbuktu, a new play written by and starring Petronia Paley, directed by Talvin Wilks. Performances begin December 6 as a limited engagement through December 21 only. Ensemble Studio Theatre is located at 549 West 52nd Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues).

"Dr. Selene Slater-Bernaud, also known as Slim, teaches a class scrutinizing Shakespeare's sonnets titled The Poetics of Race…The Politics of Beauty. After years in a caring interracial marriage, she finds herself in love with a female student. Grappling with personal demons that threaten to destroy her, Slim's past and present collide as she confronts the poetry and politics of her heart," explain press notes.

More, here.


What were the highlights of appearing in a daytime soap?

I was happy with the fact that I didn’t have to work in a restaurant any more and that I got to act every day.

Read Julianne's entire interview, here.


Cast members from As The World Turns and Guiding Light will participate in the first ever Daytime Fights Pancreatic Cancer event on Thursday, December 6 from 7:00-10:00 PM at Blondies, located at 212 W. 79th Street in New York City.

Cost is $25.00 at the door and all proceeds will go to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Organizing the event is As The Worlds Turns director Sonia Blangiardo.

Talent scheduled to attend include Martha Byrne (Lily), Jennifer Landon (Gwen), Grayson McCouch (Dusty) and Guiding Light’s Rob Bogue (Mallet), Frank Dicopoulos (Frank), Beth Ehlers (Harley), Ricky Paull Goldin (Gus) and Gina Tognoni (Dinah).

Please visit for more information.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Wikipedia was created to give everyone a chance to spread the word about their passions.

Check out these fan generated entries on Another World, Edge of Night, Search for Tomorrow and Texas, then view actual episodes on the AOL/PGP Classic Soaps Channel!

And if you feel so motivated, add some info of your own!

(Jesse) Harris' name has been in the media lately more than usual because of his involvement in the 2006 film "The Hottest State," which was written and directed by Ethan Hawke (who also played a role in the film). Harris not only wrote the songs for the film, he played a bit role, as a singer-songwriter, and composed the score.

You might think Harris had to submit 50 resumes or knock on a thousand doors to get such a gig, but you'd be wrong.

He just had to pick up his telephone.

"Ethan Hawke approached me about it — he needed songs for the lead female character in the film," Harris said. "She's a songwriter so he needed original songs. He called me up and that was the first order of business regarding the film. But he also said 'There's a small part you could play and your character would be performing too, and also I need score music and I need a soundtrack.'"

The end result was that Harris' songs were sung in the film by an impressive array of artists, including Cat Power, Bright Eyes, Feist and Willie Nelson.

Harris said that acting in the movie, which was released on DVD this year, was "a bit nerve racking" because it "was an indie film, so they didn't have much time. They'd set up the shot and we'd go. Two takes and they'd move on."

The singer-songwriter grew up knowing about acting. If you need a bit of trivia to tell at parties, make note of the fact that his mother is actress Marie Masters, who has played the long-running role of Dr. Susan Stewart on the soap opera "As the World Turns."

It's music that's Harris' priority, though.

Read entire article, here.

Monday, November 12, 2007


ATWT fans know Michael Park as loyal, stalwart, upstanding, still-shocked-every- time-Carly-lies-to-him, family man Jack.

But check out this pic of the other Michael Park, star of Broadway's Smokey Joe's Cafe.

Jack could learn a thing or two from this guy....


A photographic peek back at the many looks of Guiding Light's Harley Cooper (Beth Ehlers), with a special, Irna Phillips bonus from GL's 70th Anniversary episode.

Friday, November 09, 2007


From 1979 until the show went off the air in 1984, Dennis Parker played Police Chief Derek Mallory on The Edge of Night.

Also in 1979, Parker recorded the disco song, Like An Eagle. Watch him performing in the music video, here.

But, fair warning: it was 1979. With all the costume, hair and production choices that implies.

And to see Dennis at his day(time) job, check out The Edge of Night on the AOL/PGP Classic Soap Channel!


One thief + two cops = a pair of stolen hearts.

You do the math.

Only on Guiding Light.

Thursday, November 08, 2007


On the latest AOL/PGP Classic Soaps Channel episode of Another World, Rachel is horrified to learn that her son, Jamie, has married Cecile, a woman Rachel believes is only after Jamie's money and position (in other words, a girl exactly like the one Jamie's dad married lo these many years ago; after she'd divorced the man she'd initially cuckolded into believing he was Jamie's father and broken up dear old dad's marriage to the love of his life. Ehem).

AW's first Cecile was played by Susan Keith, who'd previously portrayed Samantha on OLTL (teen Sam eventually married the much, much older Asa, though Keith wasn't playing her by then). After AW, Keith spent 10 years playing Loving's Shana, a woman with a tendency to fall for unavailable men. A married cop with post-traumatic stress issues. A Catholic priest....

Luckily for Keith's personal life, the married cop was first played by James Kiberd. The actors wed in 1986 and, in 1989, Kiberd began playing Trevor on AMC.

Since leaving Pine Valley in 2000, Kiberd briefly filled in as Hal on As The World Turns. He has also focused on his career as an artist and as a Unicef Ambassador.

Susan Keith is a bit harder to track down. She seems to have retired from acting. In 1998, a Susan Keith-Kiberd wrote into wondering about the capitol gains tax on her IRA.

If this is indeed the former Another World star, we can presume she is hard at work managing the family finances, so that Susan Keith never ends up like Cecile -- her inheritance gone and desperately searching for another meal ticket.


Gina Tognoni (Dinah) will appear as a contestant on the celebrity edition of Wheel of Fortune, airing on Friday, November 16.

Check local listings for show time.

Even being the mom of quintuplets doesn't stop one fan from watching her favorite shows:

Naps are taken from 1-3 p.m., leaving mom with two hours to clean up the kitchen, eat her lunch and relax — ever so briefly.

“I watch my soaps,” she said.

There are two she doesn’t like to miss — “The Bold & the Beautiful” and “As the World Turns.” Even that is timed.

Read her entire Herculean schedule, here.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007


Ryan Serhant, the latest Inturn winner, debuts on As The World Turns today in the role of Evan Walsh IV.

So who, you may well ask, was Evan Walsh III (or the Second and First, for that matter)?

James Evan Walsh III arrived in Oakdale in 1990. He was the grandson of James Walsh, Lucinda's late husband. Evan and his sister, Conner, believed that it was Lucinda's take-over of Walsh Enterprises that led their father, James II, to commit suicide. (For those keeping score, Lucinda's first husband, Martin Guest, Lily's adoptive father, also committed suicide. Obviously putting up with Lucinda can push even the heartiest of men over the edge).

Evan briefly dated Rosanna Cabot during her I-may-be-a-stinking-rich-heiress-but-I-prefer-mucking-
out-stinking-stalls-on-the-Snyder-farm phase (thank goodness she eventually got over that). Rosanna dumped Evan for Mike, and Evan retaliated by getting the mechanic in trouble with his parole officer.

Evan's next love interest was Barbara Ryan (proving, once again, that she and Rosanna must have something in common, for men like Evan, Craig, James and, to an extent, Paul, to be drawn to both of them; for those wanting to take the comparison further, Evan also had a one night stand with Emily). Barbara convinced Evan to give up the straight-laced life of a businessman and search for his true passion in life. Evan responded by signing up for the merchant marines and setting sail out of Oakdale in 1995.

Presuming he met a girl in the very next port, Evan Walsh IV should be 11 years old right about now. However, to be fair, we don't know for a fact that this isn't a son he father before arriving in Oakdale -- and just neglected to mention.

In any case, Evan the son comes to town as a hot-shot research scientist, top of his graduate school class and the youngest one in it, to boot. He's a friend of Chris Hughes, looking to use Bob's doctor son as Evan's entree to doing some cutting edge biotechnology wonk-work at Memorial Hospital.

How will the Hughes' family react to the 22nd century crashing in on them in the form of Evan Walsh IV? Tune into ATWT every day and find out!

Several fans have written to mention the crisis that is Guiding Light's Coop and Ashlee's lack of cute, combined nickname.

A few have been bandied about, but nothing has stuck yet. So, for your consideration, here are some ideas. Vote below on which is your favorite:

Or, my personal favorite, though it does take a bit of thinking about: A-lee-Oop.

Let us know what you think!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007


With Lily (Martha Byrne) and Holden's (Jon Hensley) marriage once again on the rocks, and the mother of four seemingly drifting back to her first love, Dusty (Grayson McCouch), now is a fun time to remember that not only was Holden not Lily's first lover, but he also wasn't her first husband, either.

That honor belongs to Derek Mason, as played by Thomas Gibson (above), formerly of Dhama & Greg, now starring in Criminal Minds.

Derek wed Lily while plotting with his father to kill the blushing new bride for her money. Of course, as happened to everyone in Oakdale during those days, Derek fell in love with Lily and tried to get dear old Dad to call off the scheme. Dad didn't, and Derek died in an explosion meant for Lily, trying to protect her.

Lily survived, but was badly burned enough to leave town for a while seeking plastic surgery. She returned a few months later with a new face. And several inches taller. It was that Lily (actress Heather Rattray) who actually wed Holden. For the first time.