(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Daytime veteran actor Sean Kanan began his daytime career in 1993 as AJ Quartermaine on “General Hospital;” a role the handsome 44-year old actor played until 1997. After a short stint on NBC’s “Sunset Beach,” in 2000 the actor landed on the most popular American daytime drama in the world which is CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful.” His bad boy character, Deacon Sharpe, memorably began an affair with and impregnated “B&B’s” top siren Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang) while married to her daughter Bridget (then played by 3-time Daytime Emmy winner Jennifer Finnigan). His “B&B” stint ended in 2005, but Kanan has continued in the role on America’s number one daytime drama CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” since 2009. In Genoa City, Deacon’s carried on affairs with some of the most prominent women including queen bee Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott). Soap Opera Network recently caught up with the actor for an interview pertaining to his lifestyle book “The Modern Gentleman: Cooking and Entertaining with Sean Kanan,” which was released on September 13. Kanan also discussed his career and his thoughts on the current state of daytime television.
Can you summarize the main theme and lessons of “The Modern Gentleman: Cooking and Entertaining with Sean Kanan”?
“The Modern Gentleman: Cooking and Entertaining with Sean Kanan” is a hybrid combining the best parts of a “how to” cook book and a self help/pop psychology guide for men to become better men. I teach you how to use food as a metaphor to connect with other people. I also decipher what it means to be a gentleman in today’s confusing landscape of mixed social signals. Many woman lament that they always fall for the bad boys. I will show you how to exude the “best” qualities of a bad boy all the while remaining a true modern gentleman. The book also offers woman a front row seat in the theater of the male psyche. This ain’t your mama’s cookbook.
What inspired you to write “The Modern Gentleman”?
I love to entertain and cook for my friends. For years everyone has told me that I should open a restaurant. Writing a book seemed like a better way to reach and affect more people. At the end of the day my most basic desire is to affect a positive change in as many people as possible. My other inspiration for the book centered around the frustration I see among men who have been largely depicted by Hollywood and Madison Avenue as a group of bumbling, overgrown and inept children. Obviously this is not reality. Men have simply never had a mentor, someone to teach them all of the things that women wish they knew. I am also very involved with the Anti Defamation League (ADL). I speak out frequently about bullying and cyberbullying. As a young boy I was bullied. Later I played iconic bully, Mike Barnes, Karate’s bad boy in the Karate Kid III. I was searching for a nexus between my work with the ADL and the information in my book. My girlfriend, Michele, pointed out that young boys taught to be gentleman do not generally grow up to become bullies. On the contrary, they evolve into well adjusted and tolerant men who view all women as someone’s daughter or sister. Consequently they treat them with respect.
On the subject of your daytime career, you’ve starred on “General Hospital” as AJ Quartermaine, and on “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” as Deacon Sharpe. Can you give us some of your fondest memories from each show both as an actor and for each character?
My early days on “GH” were bitter sweet. I was involved in some very socially poignant story lines as well as a great many emotionally challenging scenes. I was honored to have this opportunity professionally. I was also dealing with some very serious inner-personal challenges that made my tenure in Port Charles very, very difficult at times. Ultimately albeit years later those days served to make me the man I am today. My early days playing Deacon Sharpe were really magical. They were so fulfilling on many different levels. I had finally found “The Part”. This is the role every actor prays for that will draw the attention of the outside world and speak to his or her soul. Deacon Sharpe was in those days my, “The Part”. I was extremely connected to my fellow actors, producers and the fantastic crew which supported me so well. I miss those days but I gotta say I am also loving these days.
With all the cancellations and potential online resurrections, what are your thoughts and feelings on the current state of daytime? What are your hopes for the future of daytime?
It all boils down to ratings and production costs. If a show sustains the ratings that allow the network to sell commercial time for a profit then that show has a good shot of remaining on the air. I am fortunate to be a part of the number one rated, daytime drama. My heart goes out to all of my fellow actors and the crew and production members who have lost their jobs. There is a very human face on these cancellations. Concurrently I really dislike when I hear people say “I hate that character. They should fire so and so.” That so and so has a family to feed and children to raise. Careless and insensitive comments like this result in human beings losing their livelihood. Words become actions. I talk about this in my book. Remaining accountable for the things we say is the mark of a mature adult and the hallmark of a modern gentleman.
You competed in the third season of the Italian version of “Dancing with the Stars.” Describe the experience. Are you ready for the American version?
My participation in “Ballando con le Stelle” was a life-changing experience. I lived in a foreign country under the best circumstances. I learned to dance with the best dancers in the world and, oh, by the way, I was living in Rome!! I drew a lot of inspiration from my book from my days in Italy. I would love the opportunity to dust of my dance shoes and join the American show.
Kanan is currently doing book signings for “The Modern Gentleman: Cooking and Entertaining with Sean Kanan.” Follow the actor at his official site to find out the latest locations, dates and times for these signings. You can purchase this thoughtful advice and recipe book at book stores such as Barnes & Nobles and online at Amazon.com.
A special thank you goes out to both Kanan, of course, for taking some to share his thoughts with our SON family – and to Turk Entertainment for setting up this interview between the actor and SON.
Update (10:00 PM EST): The actor has just added three more dates for book signings for ”The Modern Gentleman: Cooking and Entertaining with Sean Kanan.” The book that just sold out at Amazon.com (it has been re-ordered) will be available at the signings and cooking demonstrations this coming weekend. Sean’s book is also coming to Bed, Bath & Beyond locations soon. The locations, dates and times for the upcoming appearances are as follows…
Saturday, October 16th, New Castle, PA
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Chuck Tanner’s Restaurant
2305 Wilmington Rd.
New Castle, PA
Sunday, October 16th, Pittsburgh, PA
Giant Eagle Store
South Hills Market District
Village Square Mall
7000 Oxford Drive, Bethel Park
Cooking Demonstration and Book Signing
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, October 11, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Rex catches Echo and Roxy scheming together. Echo hides the gun in the foyer before retreating to the living room. Unnoticed, Shane finds the gun and flashes back to the night of the murder. In the living room, Rex gets Echo and Roxy to admit that they think he killed Victor.
At the cemetery, Blair admits to Jack that she doesn’t believe the story he told the police. Blair pleads with Jack to consider that his false testimony will deny Victor justice and haunt Jack for the rest of his life. After she leaves, Shane approaches Jack with the gun in hand.
Téa and Todd, holed up in Viki’s cabin, begin to toss around the idea that Rex could be the person who killed Victor. Todd worries that if revenge is what motivated Rex, then Jack is still in danger. Téa calls Bo and strong-arms him into questioning Rex.
Meanwhile, at Capricorn, Aubrey discovers that Rex’s gun was never dropped off to the police. Aubrey chastises Cutter and vows that they are done for good. Cutter storms out. At EOD, Aubrey finds Bo and tells him she has information about Victor’s murder…Kim assures her friend that everything will be fine now that Rex has signed over his company. At EOD, Cutter arrives with a plan of his own.
On the Next One Life to Live…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, October 11, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
We realize Franco is watching Jason and Sam’s every move and planning his next move. Meanwhile, Carly tries to convince Shawn to take her and Josslyn with him to Hawaii.
Patrick is horrified when he thinks he sees Lisa – was it really her? Meanwhile, Anthony rekindles a friendship.
Sonny stops Michael from getting more involved. But when Kate stumbles upon the panic room, the three of them have to work together to keep the cops from discovering the drugs. Sonny is in Kate’s arms.
On the Next General Hospital…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” casting odds and ends for the month of October and beyond.
Tonja Walker shares more details into her upcoming return to “One Life” as Alex Olanov, tweeting “so far I’m told I have a story, but I’ve only shot four episodes. Hope its only the beginning!” She also says that she “was happy with the way they [the writers] wrote Alex this time,” but that she can’t discuss her scenes with Farah Fath (Gigi/Stacy) and Josh Kelly (Cutter). Walker also tweets that her scenes will air in November and promises to post her airdates soon.
As we previously reported, Paul Hickert will appear on “OLTL” on Monday, October 17 as “Kentucky Cop #2.” Yesterday, the Murray (KY) Ledger & Times posted an interview with Hickert, who played football for Murray State University from 1984-87 on their website. The Clearwater, Florida native, who now calls New York City home, spoke about his upcoming guest spot on the soap, notes that he will have several lines on “OLTL” as a cop, although he couldn’t say much about why his scene takes place in Kentucky, only that one of the show’s major characters finds their way there. Hickert also has a small role as an FBI agent the movie “Tower Heist,” debuting in theaters on November 4th. The film, directed by Brett Ratner, stars Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, and Matthew Broderick. Click here to read a related interview with Hickert from the Murray State Athletics Official website.
According to various sources, including the actress’ Facebook page, Teresa Patel will be joining the cast of “OLTL” in mid-October in an unnamed role. At this time it appears to be a minor role, however, that has yet to be confirmed.
Miss hearing Trevor St. John‘s (ex-Victor, Jr.) voice? If so, then you may be in luck. On Monday, October 17, John asks Téa (Florencia Lozano) if she wants to hear the voicemail Victor left Shaun just before he was shot. Also, in the same episode, Todd (Roger Howarth) has another vision of his late mother Irene (Barbara Rhoades).
Sara Oliver booked an Under 5 role on “OLTL” earlier this month.
“One Life to Live” recently released a new casting call, this time for the role of “Jill.”
Farah Fath (Gigi/Stacy) tweets that she will be taping scenes every day this week on “OLTL.”
Here comes the judge. Look for the dayplayer roles of a judge and assistant district attorney to appear in scenes in late October.
ABC Soaps in Depth clears up a little confusion among “One Life” fans, tweeting that “For those asking, although it didn’t sound like him, that WAS Michael Easton doing the voice of baby Liam last week!”
Looks like there is about to be another catfight on the show. Last Thursday on her Facebook page, Shenaz Treasury (Rama) posted this picture of herself in make-up while on set with a scar on her cheek.
Sean Ringgold (Shaun) posted this picture of himself on September 30 with his onscreen girlfriend Kearran Giovanni (Vivian), showing their characters all dressed up while taping scenes for “OLTL.”
Get ready for some big Starr and Todd scenes soon. Kristen Alderson (Starr) tweeted on October 6 that she had “Filmed some classic Starr/Todd scenes today! You guys are gonna love it. Roger and I had so much fun filming. =)”
On October 1, Austin Peck (Rick) tweeted “I’m having so much fun with Mr. Rick Powers. He maybe a sociopath…but like in the best possible way.”
Shenell Edmonds tweeted that she returned to “OLTL” on October 3 after being on vacation.
And Julia Davis, the show’s make-up artist made several tweets last week on her Twitter page about cast and crew having several long days filming on set.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Monday, October 10, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Téa enters on Blair and Todd about to kiss. Téa tells Blair that Tomas pled guilty and that Starr didn’t get bailed out. Todd wonders if he should turn himself in. Téa gets emotional, remembers being with Victor last time she was at the cabin. Her telling Todd about how possessive Victor was with his kids brings up the Jack/Gigi situation. Suddenly she realizes there was someone else who wanted to kill Victor as much as Todd did.
Starr presses Jack to admit he was lying about Todd’s guilt. Blair comes in and apologizes to Tomas for sending him after Todd. Tomas evades, tells Blair to concentrate on helping Starr. Blair urges Tomas to change his guilty plea and leaves. Jack goes to Victor’s grave and Delphina sees him, noting that he’s got a guilty conscience about something. Blair arrives.
Kim tells her friend that she has to shake down Roxy and Echo to get Clint’s money back. Echo tells Roxy not to worry because the police think Todd murdered Victor. Kim walks in on them. She tells them she’s turning in the gun, they’re out of time. Rex goes to the cemetery to talk to Gigi about what the “Don’t give up” note means. Delphina shows up and Rex asks her to talk to Gigi to explain the note. Rex pleads with Delphina to send him back in time to before Gigi died so he can keep her from dying. In Kentucky, Kim talks to her friend in the hospital and there is a shocking revelation.
On the Next One Life to Live…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, October 10, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Jason and Sam enjoy their honeymoon, romantically joking about activities and Hawaiian shirts. But they are in trouble not only from Franco, but also from a frantic Carly with the best and worst intentions.
Steve and Olivia get romantic… and injured.
Lucky has an important conversation with Luke. And he hopes Luke will leave Lulu alone, too. But Luke packs a surprise.
Sonny awakens and grabs his gun – pointing it at Kate. They have a heart-to-heart, as Dante overhears. Abby tries to dissuade Michael from searching out the panic room and the drugs, to no avail. Michael is discovered in the panic room.
On the Next General Hospital…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ABC’s flagship station will likely leave some New York soap fans upset Monday when the affiliate pre-empts “The Chew” and “One Life to Live” for continuous coverage of the 67th Annual Columbus Day parade, relegating both shows to the early hours of Tuesday morning.
According to WABC-TV President and General Manager Dave Davis, “Channel 7 is proud to partner with the Columbus Citizens Foundation for the largest celebration of Italian American heritage and culture in the world. Viewers choose to watch Channel 7 because they know how well we serve their communities. The Columbus Day Parade is a natural fit for us.”
The press release goes on to state that “Channel 7′s broadcast will reach more than 7.4 million television households in 29 counties covering New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. In addition, the parade will be viewed live by millions of people along Fifth Avenue and on the Italian television network, RAI International.”
WABC-TV’s coverage of the parade will last from noon until 3:00 pm ET on Monday, October 10, meaning fans of “General Hospital” will be still be able to watch their soap in its regular time slot. The station will also be streamed online on their website, and be offered via Video on Demand upon the conclusion of the festivities.
As a result of the schedule change, Monday’s episode of “The Chew” will be broadcast on Channel 7 Tuesday morning at 2:36 am ET, according to TV listings. Fans of “One Life to Live” living in
New York City unable to watch Monday’s episode on either SOAPnet or ABC.com, will have to wait until 3:36 am ET to watch a slightly shortened broadcast of the episode just ahead of WABC-TV’s “Eyewitness News This Morning,” beginning at 4:30 am ET.
Click here to read the press release in its entirety.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Teasers for the Week of October 10, 2011.
GENERAL HOSPITAL: TEASERS
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Teasers for the Week of October 10, 2011.
ONE LIFE TO LIVE: TEASERS
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – - A look at what’s happening on “The Bold and the Beautiful” during the week of October 10, 2011.
THIS WEEK ON: THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
Steffy and Liam start a marriage ceremony on top of the mountain. Will Hope be to late? After hearing Stephanie’s good test results, Eric wants to get intimate with her. Stephanie reacts badly to what he wants. Brooke is forced to choose sides.