(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Six years of “Passions” prepared “Days of our Lives” star Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) well when it came to expecting the unexpected, so when the NBC daytime drama series decided to make some drastic changes recently with new head writers and new producers, it was only natural that the “Passion” side kept all things positive. In his Soap Opera Network: On the Red Carpet interview, the actor shares what it has been like to work with former “Passions” writers Marlene McPherson and Darrell Thomasnow at the helm at “DAYS” and what fans can expect from the long-running drama series.While rumors abound that numerous stars from “DAYS” past will be returning to Salem when the show resets itself this September executives at the drama series have been keeping mum on announcing who will be returning, but that hasn’t stopped actors from giving us a little hint. “We’re bringing back some of the yester-years and some of the old characters that have been beloved for decades. I can’t believe I can say that, but yeah decades. I’m excited, I’m excited,” said Martsolf. As for what he’s wearing, watch the hilarous video and see him describing his “black suit,” which turns out to be from Hugo Boss, the most worn line of clothing for men on the Emmy red carpet.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It was Thursday, May 19 when word broke that Dena Higley was out as head writer of “Days of our Lives” and former “Passions” Associate Head Writers, Darrell Ray Thomas and Marlene McPherson were in. Since the announcement, a lot has been speculated, talked about and dissected by anxious fans waiting to get some ounce of news on what they can expect to see when “Days of our Lives” relaunches itself this September. On Thursday, July 28, Soap Opera Network visited the Burbank set that houses “DAYS” in studios 2 and 4 and talked with the shows new head writers outside of the now defunct Salem Place set about what fans can expect when their material debuts on Monday, September 26. The duo also give us a scoop on what the Friday, September 23 show that precedes their official debut is all about.
Side Note: Please pardon the wind, it wasn’t something we could control. Also, yes we are aware that Marlene’s name was misspelled in the intro part of the video. We’re working on trying to correct this ASAP. Thanks for understanding!
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On Thursday, June 23, “Days of our Lives” fans finally got their first glimpse of actor Freddie Smith and his character Sonny Kiriakis, despite the NBC drama series keeping mum on the actors casting for more than two months. On Sunday, June 19, on the red carpet at the “38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards,” Smith opened up about what it was like keeping such a big secret, portraying the shows first gay character and whether or not his character will be hooking up with Will Horton (Chandler Massey) as rumored.
“Sometimes I’ll go into ‘Days of our Lives’ and work three hours, where like ’90210′ you work 15 hours. So it’s two different sides of the spectrum, but they’re both great though,” said Smith about the differences of working on a daily serial compared to working on a weekly primetime hour-long series. But what about the rumors of who Sonny will be hooking up with (Will being the most talked about)? “There’s been so many rumors and I don’t know. I’ve been filming for two months…I have no idea yet. I’m like waiting to see.”
For more from Smith, watch his Soap Opera Network: On the Red Carpet interview below.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Casey Deidrick portrays Chad DiMera on the popular NBC daytime drama series “Days of our Lives” and he’s grateful to be in the company of some fine actors. Soap Opera Network spoke with Deidrick on the red carpet at the “38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” on Sunday, June 19 and the actor shared some interesting information about the parties being held during Emmy weekend, the upcoming gay storyline hitting “DAYS” and the rumors surrounding co-star Chandler Massey, whose character, Will Horton, is said to play a major role in it.
“They don’t tell us actors much,” said Deidrick when asked about the gay storyline hitting the show. “I do know there is something in the works. I’m not sure if it is Chandler Massey or another character, but I’m really looking forward to it and I think it’s going to be a great storyline.”
For more from Deidrick, tune into our Soap Opera Network: On the Red Carpet interview below.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On “All My Children” for less than two years, Brittany Allen (ex-Marissa Tasker) managed to win her first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series after receiving her first nomination earlier this year. The actress spoke with Soap Opera Network: Backstage at the Daytime Emmy Awards about her time on “AMC,” being forced to move to Los Angeles when the show moved production from New York and where her future lies.
“I’ve been working my whole life in this industry and I put a lot of work and love into the show and it just…it feels really, really nice to be recognized for it,” said Allen on her Emmy win. As for what she’s been up to since leaving “AMC” in late 2010, Allen stated “I found myself living in LA, where I had always dreamed of living and completely available and prepared to audition for a variety of shows and movies. It’s had its ups and its down and its definitely been a transition, but for the most part it was a blessing when it came into my life and it was a blessing to have the opportunity to move onto something new as well.”
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — For twenty years Laura Wright has entertained daytime viewers with such popular characters as Ally Rescott Bowman on “Loving” and “The City,” and Cassie Layne Winslow on “Guiding Light,” but it was her 2005 debut on “General Hospital” as the ferocious Carly Jacks that has garnered her the attention she rightfully deserved. At the “38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” on Sunday, June 19, Wright received her first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, which also marked the first time she had ever been nominated for an Emmy. So what was going through her head that night? The actress spoke to Soap Opera Network right after her win and shared some interesting information.
Speaking about the piece she put together as her Emmy reel, Wright said “I love working with Steve Burton, that was my first day working with Chad [Duell]. We worked really hard and this feels really good.” But for more on what she had to say and where she’s spending her vacation now that “General Hospital” is dark (not currently in production), watch our Soap Opera Network: Backstage at the Daytime Emmy Awards interview below.
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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It’s hard to believe that Scott Clifton had never won a Daytime Emmy Award for his portrayal of humorous and interesting characters on “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live,” which is not to say he hadn’t tried. For three consecutive years (2004-2006), Clifton was nominated for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Dillion Quartermaine on “GH” and he was nominated for the fourth time in the same category in 2010 for his role as Schuyler Joplin on “OLTL,” but in 2011 the actor finally took home Emmy gold for his work as Liam Cooper on “The Bold and the Beautiful” during CBS’ telecast of the “38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” on Sunday, June 19. Interestingly enough, this was the actors final chance to be nominated in this category as he turned 26-years-old on October 31, 2010.
Note: Emmy rules stipulate that in order to be eligible for the Younger Actor/Actress categories, an actor must be 25-years-old and younger, which thankfully gave Clifton enough material to use for his Emmy reel submission.
For his Soap Opera Network: Backstage at the Daytime Emmy Awards interview, Clifton had fun with our mini-quiz, showed his well mannered side when he called me “sir” numerous times, although I am only just a few months older than him, and shared his appreciation for those that have stood by him through out his career and what it means to now be eligible in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category.
To view the interview, click on the play button below.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "Days of our Lives" stars Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso portray Bo and Hope Brady, arguably one of the most popular pairings ever seen on television or in movies. Recently, it was announced that the NBC daytime drama series would be going through creative changes both in front of and behind the camera with the ouster of head writer Dena Higley and co-executive producer Gary Tomlin along with several actors including Crystal Chappell (Carly Manning), Louise Sorel (Vivian Alamain), Bren Foster (Quinn Hudson), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe Lane), Tamara Braun (Taylor Walker), and Francisco San Martin (Dario Hernandez). Now with former "Passions" scribes Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas in as co-head writers, what can fans expect for their favorite duo?
"Let's just say the Bo and Hope the fans are used to…they're back! And recognizable again. We're so excited because we really missed playing those characters," said Alfonso in an interview with Soap Opera Network, while on the red carpet of the "38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards." Reckell echoed Alfonso's comments with "the two of us have been through a lot of regime changes…producers and head writers, and I think this is the first time where we feel like home."
For more on what the stars have to say about the new "DAYS," check out our Soap Opera Network: On the Red Carpet interview below.
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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Talk of being fired from CBS' "The Young and the Restless" and rumors of her making more money than Eric Braeden has created quite the controversy for Melody Thomas Scott, so the actress spoke with Soap Opera Network to set the record straight!
Backstage during the "38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards," Scott, wearing a Tadashi Shoji dress and jewelry by Mark Lash, dished on her new book, shared her congrats to husband Ed Scott and his team at "The Bold and the Beautiful" on their big wins for the third consecutive year, and how "Y&R" has shown her disrespect after portraying the role of Nikki Newman for 32 years.
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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Austin Peck and Terri Conn recently joined the cast of "One Life to Live." Conn in the winter and Peck in today's episode. Before getting hired on at the ABC soap, the two veteran soap stars starred on CBS' "As The World Turns" as on screen husband and wife Brad Snyder (Peck) and Katie Peretti-Snyder (Conn). In an interview with Soap Opera Network conducted at the after party for ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS earlier this month, the two talk about the differences of working on "World Turns" to that of "One Life" and delve into their new characters' backgrounds.
While "As The World Turns" ended its run in September 2010, actress Terri Conn quickly nabbed the role of Aubrey Wentworth, the conniving wife of Joey Buchanan (Tom Degnan), who is the new bad girl in Llanview. Meanwhile, not much was known at the time of Austin Peck's new character, Rick, other than his storyline was a mystery. Before we get into their stories on "One Life to Live," we thought we would start things off with the question of what sets their new soap apart from their old one. "Same zoo, different animal," Peck said getting straight to the point. Conn elaborated on that by saying, "It's nice because most of it is so familiar. We have all kind of known each other from just this little world of ours. It is familiar in that way, but there are little differences. It's just getting to know a new group of people and the different ways that we work. They ['OLTL' and 'ATWT'] are both fast. I would definitely say there are different vibes, but it's been pretty similar and everyone's so cool and very appreciative to be where they are. It's just a nice work environment."
While they played husband and wife on "As The World Turns" and have oodles of chemistry on and off screen, does the two now working again on the same show mean that fans will get the chance of seeing their characters in scenes together? "Not yet," said Conn. "Not right now, I mean I don't know if there is any plans for it," Peck said. "Maybe in the future, because you don't know what is gonna happen, but right now I'm involved with a new character, Deanna, played by Nafeesa Williams. I'm excited, It is definitely very different from anything anybody has seen me do," Peck said of his character Rick. While at the time no one knew the specifics behind his characters dealings in Llanview, when it was announced in January that the actor would be joining "One Life to Live," it was recently revealed on today's episode that Rick was a porn producer, but that was not the role many had pegged him to play. "People think you're going to be a gay character," Conn told Peck. "Really? That would be cool," he replied. Of course, we can can now cross that off the list. "Yeah, cross that off the list," said Conn. "Well, you never know," she continued. "You never know," Peck echoed.
On the topic of Aubrey and her dealings with the Buchanan clan, Conn enthusiastically shared that "Aubrey has gotten herself into a bit of a pickle, because I think she really likes Llanview and she really is in love with Joey and that wasn't her intention." Of course, being a soap, a bad girl always has to have a trick or two up her sleeve, not to mention a boy or two on the side. So what about Aubrey's dealings with Cutter (Josh Kelly), who is now having an affair with Dorian (Robin Strasser)? "He's gonna make his rounds," said Conn. But does that mean Cutter is becoming the town whore? "Yeah, basically," the actress laughed.
Check back soon for an interview with Tom Degnan and Josh Kelly, who talk about the Joey switch and friendship.
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