(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Best known for her portrayal of Carly Corinthos and later Claudia Zacchara on ABC’s “General Hospital,” Sarah Brown is returning to daytime for another go after being dropped to recurring status earlier this year by CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful,” where she portrayed Agnes ‘Aggie’ Jones. The three-time Emmy Award winning actress has signed with NBC’s “Days of our Lives” to play the contract role of Madison James beginning Tuesday, October 4.
Brown’s new character is described as a ” a powerful and seductive CEO who looks to take on, one way or another, Sami [Brady, Alison Sweeney], Kate [Roberts, Lauren Koslow], Brady [Black, Eric Martsolf], and Victor [Kiriakis, John Aniston].” In a statement, Brown shared that she’s “excited to join such a talented cast as well as to play such a strong yet feminine character that will inspire our female viewer.”
For his part co-executive producer Greg Meng stated “”We are thrilled to have Sarah join our family at ‘Days.’ We needed a strong actress who can mold this character and go toe-to-toe with other strong actresses such as Alison Sweeney and Lauren Koslow. Madison defines a new femininity, displaying confidence, savvy, and elegance.”
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THREE-TIME EMMY AWARD WINNING ACTRESS SARAH BROWN JOINS CAST MEMBERS ALISON SWEENEY & DEIDRE HALL ON “DAYS OF OUR LIVES”
Actress Joins the Newly Revitalized Show in a Provocative & Powerful New Role
Sarah Brown, perhaps best known to fans for her creation of the iconic, tortured troublemaker Carly on “General Hospital,” has joined the cast of “Days of our Lives,” NBC’s longest-running scripted television series. Brown is considered one of daytime television’s best working actresses, having won a jaw-dropping three Emmy Awards for ” General Hospital,” and delighting fans on “As the World Turns” and “The Bold & the Beautiful.” She joins “Days of our Lives” as it begins revolutionary changes to focus on heroic love, intrigue, core family values, and the triumphant return of daytime royalty Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn as Marlena Evans and John Black.
Brown will play “Madison James,” a powerful and seductive CEO who looks to take on, in way or another, Sami, Kate, Brady, and Victor. “‘Days of our Lives’ is one of television’s historic gems,” Brown says. “I’m excited to join such a talented cast as well as to play such a strong yet feminine character that will inspire our female viewer.” Brown joins former cast members Matthew Ashford, Christie Clark, and Patrick Muldoon, who are returning to the show, in celebrating its 46th season on the air. Greg Meng, Co-Executive Producer, commented, “We are thrilled to have Sarah join our family at ‘Days.’ We needed a strong actress who can mold this character and go toe-to-toe with other strong actresses such as Alison Sweeney and Lauren Koslow. Madison defines a new femininity, displaying confidence, savvy, and elegance.”
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – Alison Sweeney has been on “Days of our Lives” for nearly twenty years, debuting as Sami Brady in 1993 when she was only 16 years old. Beautiful and an instant hit with fans, the actress felt insecure by her surroundings. “I’ve been on Days since I was 16, and being surrounded by such thin, gorgeous actresses made me so insecure and self-conscious,” said Sweeney referring to her weight issues at the the time in an interview with SELF Magazine in their August issue on stands now.
It was her then boyfriend, now husband, David Sanov who helped her make strives with her continuing struggles. “Dave, my husband, whom I was dating then, finally said, ‘Why do you complain? You’re beautiful already, but if you want to do something about it, do it. You pursue your career, but you don’t attack your weight.’ It was loving but an eye-opener. That was when I turned things around.” That thinking helped Sweeney find a new perspective. Instead of attacking her weight issues she approached it from different angle. “As soon as I made it about being healthy and shifted my focus away from the scale, the weight started to come off,” says Sweeney, who still doesn’t use a scale. “I keep track of my body by how my jeans fit—and how I feel.”
After landing the gig as host of NBC’s primetime reality weight loss program “The Biggest Loser” in 2007, Sweeney took advantage of having one of the shows star trainers and fitness coaches, Jillian Michaels, on hand for weight assistance. “On my first day of Loser, I ended up in the lunch line in front of Jillian and was like, ‘I have to pick stuff before she does?’ At that moment I realized how uneducated I was. I asked her for advice, and she rocked my world. I wasn’t eating the right kinds of calories. I didn’t know about healthy carbs such as brown rice and lentils. Now I eat small meals throughout the day: oatmeal with cinnamon to start, fruit and yogurt as a snack, and vegetables or salad with chicken or tuna, and a healthy carb, like a yam, for lunch. I avoid carbs at dinner and usually have a salad—I love lettuce. I’m a rabbit!”
Learning how to eat was not the only thing Sweeney would take advantage of from working with Jillian. “Once in a while, Jillian will train me on The Biggest Loser Ranch. One night, in the middle of my workout, the assistant director came to get me for a shot. Jillian said to him: ‘No. She has to finish 20 pull-ups; she’s only done 12. She needs this for her self-confidence.’ I did it, and she was totally right. It gives you such confidence to do something you don’t think you can do.”
Sweeney has come a long way since her early years on “Days of our Lives,” which along with “Loser” have helped transform her life and health. “It isn’t about a diet, it’s a life style change. So at the end of a diet you are not saying hey, I lost 20 pounds now I can go back to my old routine. Instead, you can be proud because your living a healthy lifestyle and that is something you can really take pride in.
Alison’s story is a true inspiration and one that many people who have been in the same position could look to, in helping to influence their a change in their own life. For more on Alison’s incredible lifestyle change you can pick up the August issue of SELF magazine in which she appears on the cover, or you can also read more from the issue on the SELF.com website.
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On Saturday, August 13, 2011, James Scott (EJ DiMera, “Days of our Lives”) will be throwing out the first pitch at 7:05 PM for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, a minor league baseball team, then signing autographs from 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM, at 111 Eastwood Mall Blvd., Niles, Ohio 44446.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Because we were working overtime trying to get the re-designed website up while also transferring servers, we didn’t get a chance to report on this. For those who may have missed out on it all, E! is debuting a new reality series that actually covers the behind the scenes lives of some of your favorite soap stars for a change and not those “Real Housewives” we’ve gotten bored with from network sibling Bravo.
“Dirty Soap,” debuting on Sunday, September 25 at 10:00 PM on E! stars Kelly Monaco (“General Hospital”), Nadia Bjorlin (“Days of Our Lives”), Kirsten Storms (“General Hospital”), Farah Fath (“One Life To Live”), John-Paul Lavoisier (referred to as “JP” in the reality series; “One Life To Live”), and Galen Gering (“Days of Our Lives”).
The series is being executive produced by former “All My Children” supercouple and real-life husband and wife duo Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley Vaughan Santos; co-host “Live with Regis and Kelly”) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo Santos).
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E! LATHERS UP WITH NEW FALL DOCU-SERIES “DIRTY SOAP” TAKING VIEWERS INSIDE THE REAL LIVES OF TODAY’S HOTTEST SOAP STARS
Executive Produced By Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos, Amber Mazzola and Albert Bianchini, the Eight-Episode, Hour-Long Series Debuts September 25 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT on E!
LOS ANGELES – July 28, 2011 – They’ve been killers, ghosts, homeless, prostitutes, prisoners and even murder victims – but it’s off the set of their famous soaps where the real drama begins. Featuring a drop-dead gorgeous ‘who’s who’ of daytime television – Kelly Monaco (General Hospital), Nadia Bjorlin (Days of Our Lives), Kirsten Storms (General Hospital), Farah Fath (One Life To Live), JP Lavoisier (One Life To Live), and Galen Gering (Days of Our Lives) – “Dirty Soap” is a titillating look at these stunning thespians as they navigate high-profile careers during pivotal moments in the industry and deal with their own real-life drama, which often rivals that of their daytime counterparts. Executive produced by Amber Mazzola of Machete Productions and Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and Albert Bianchini of Milojo Productions, the eight-episode, hour-long series, “Dirty Soap,” premieres September 25 at 10:00 PM ET/PT only on E!
The “soap bubble” is a small and intimate world and this cast of characters has played extremely significant roles in each others lives for years. They’ve been co-stars, best friends, worst enemies, boyfriends, girlfriends, and everything in between. Working together on set and spending time with each other in their down-time, they have formed substantial bonds and created a pseudo “soap family.” In the series we see them all begin a new chapter in their lives – some have left the soap world, some are doing film, some are focusing on family, and others are simply trying to determine what would be the best next move. Romantic relationships are tested when one person’s career rockets forward and the others is stuck at “go.” Jealousies arise as actors attempt to jump from one soap to another, and arch rivals must find a way to coexist in this sudsy microcosm without ripping each other to shreds. The softer side of these heartthrobs is also exposed as they interact with their families – one beauty meets her biological father for the very first time and another tearfully sends her brother off to the United States Army flight school. All the while their goals are clear – to grow their careers and to keep their hearts and heads above water in Tinseltown – where it’s so very easy to drown.
“The soap industry is at a defining moment and the time is ripe for a series that goes inside this iconic world and explores the unique bond that these actors share,” said Lisa Berger, President, Entertainment Programming, E! “No one knows the inner-workings of the soap community better than Kelly and Mark, and it is exciting for us to work with them, in addition to some of the reigning kings and queens of soap featured in the series.”
“We’re very excited to be behind this show for E!, and having met on the soaps we know all too well how much work and dedication it takes,” adds Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos.
Meet the Cast:
Kelly Monaco, a dazzling brunette beauty, is most famous for her starring role on the daytime drama “General Hospital” and being the first champion on “Dancing With The Stars.” In the mid-90’s, Kelly landed a recurring role on “Baywatch” and after numerous roles in film she eventually was cast as ‘Sam’ on “GH.” Kelly recently ended an eighteen year relationship with her high-school sweetheart and is cautiously getting ready to jump back into the dating pool in LA…but is she really ready to let go of her troubled past? One of Kelly’s best friends is Kirsten, who she met when Kirsten joined “General Hospital.”
Kirsten Storms has been acting since she was a young girl. A star on the Disney Channel, appearing in the hit movie franchise “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century,” the bubbly blonde has been on set most of her life. Things really took off for Kirsten when in 1999 she landed the role of ‘Belle’ on “Days of Our Lives.” Kirsten is currently enjoying a successful run on “General Hospital.” Happy in her career, she is trying to figure out what happened between her and her former best friend and co-star Farah Fath – the duo hasn’t spoken in over three years. Will they be able to repair their old friendship? Kirsten is also working through some family issues; she has been on the outs with her immediate family for quite some time and just as she begins to make amends, her brother must leave to go to the United States Army flight school.
Farah Fath is a southern gal from Lexington, Kentucky, who was crowned “Miss Kentucky Preteen” in 1995. In 1999, Farah went to LA for her first audition and in less than a month she landed the role of ‘Mimi Lockhart’ (whose character was best friends with Storms’ ‘Belle’) on “Days of our Lives.” After 8 years on “Days” Farah moved to NYC and joined the cast of “One Life To Live.” Now, she is now bi-coastal and back in LA for a few months, looking for her next gig and preparing to live with her actor boyfriend, JP. Though she loves him, Farah needs some answers from JP – is this relationship serious or not? Once back in the sunshine state, the blonde beauty must face her “frienemy” Kirsten Storms, but luckily she has the help of her friend and former colleague, Nadia Bjorlin.
Nadia Bjorlin is a woman of many talents. Besides being breathtakingly beautiful, she is an accomplished opera singer with many accolades under her belt. Nadia didn’t have to wait long for her big break in acting when, just weeks after she secured an agent, she auditioned for the role of mysterious young opera singer ‘Chloe’ on “Days of Our Lives.” She nailed the audition, landed the role and moved out to Los Angeles. She has played ‘Chloe’ on and off since 1999 and has also had guest starring roles on “Two and a Half Men,” “CSI,” and many more. Now, Nadia is leaving “Days” to begin her career in film. Nadia has been living with her boyfriend, Brandon, for the past few years. They are both actors in transition mode – the big question is: what will happen if one of their careers takes off, and the other goes nowhere?
Galen Gering is currently a major character on “Days of Our Lives” playing Alison Sweeney’s love interest. He was raised by hippie parents in sunny southern California and in his late teens he moved to NYC and enjoyed a successful modeling career. Galen landed a role on “Passions” in 1999 and has been melting women’s hearts ever since. The soap star has been married for the past 11 years to his actress wife, Jenna, and the couple has two sons.
JP Lavoisier grew up in small town Pennsylvania and studied at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His rugged good looks helped land him a role on “One Life To Live” in 2002 and he has been a soap stud ever since. For the last four years he has been dating Farah Fath, though he seems to have no plans to “put a ring on it” any time soon. In fact, he left his last girlfriend because she wanted more than he was able to give. What is going to happen with Farah when she clearly has marriage on the brain?
“Dirty Soap” premieres on September 25th at 10:00 PM, ET/PT on E!.
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After 10 years, Los Angeles’ critically acclaimed 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company is going bicoastal and coming to New York City! With over 60 productions and festivals to date in Los Angeles, including the ONLY production of the ”13 by Shanley” Festival, Artistic Director Ronnie Marmo (GENERAL HOSPITAL, WEST OF BROOKLYN) feels it is time to return to his New York City roots and officially open a chapter of the 68 Cent Crew on the East Coast.
We produce published works, as well as original work written by Company members and writers around the world. We are looking for dedicated, open minded and talented individuals interested not only in acting but in writing, producing, directing, stage managing and set design. The 68 Cent Crew nurtures artists in all aspects of theatre. We believe that being a member of 68 is more than just being a member of a theatre company; we take pride in the fact that we provide a safe community where creativity and talent flourish. Members are surrounded by a family of individuals who are devoted, passionate and ready to work.
The 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company is a dues paying company. Dues are $75.00 per month. Membership includes our Monday night Gym. In Gym, we workshop scenes, improv, cold read, write, develop and direct material brought in by members. We exercise to keep our skills sharp for much less than the cost of a class. Company members get first right to audition for company shows. Once you are accepted into the 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company, you are a member of both Los Angeles and New York. This gives you exclusive access to use your creative passion on both coasts whether it be in a production or attend Monday night gym! All Theatre 68 members will now be bi-coastal.
For more company info check out www.theatre68.com
Auditions will be held on August 25th at the New York location. If you or someone you know wants to audition, please email a headshot / resume and note for an audition slot to [email protected] Please note that audition slots are limited, and this is NOT an open call.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — NBC’s “Days of our Lives” has released what fans have been clamoring for since the May announcement of new head writers and June’s reveal of behind the scenes changes: your first look at the “New DAYS” that begins on Monday, September 26 with the debut of Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas‘ material and Greg Meng and Noel Maxam producing.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – Greg Meng along with Noel Maxam were named Co-Executive Producers of NBC’s “Days of our Lives” on Tuesday, June 14, when the series released the first set of changes hitting the soap after the hiring of new head writers Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas. While the writing duo shared with Soap Opera Network what fans could expect from the soap when their material hits the airwaves starting Monday, September 26, Meng took the time to tell viewers why they should continue tuning in before that day comes.
“There are surprises even coming up very soon on the show, so don’t wait until September 26, which is the big revitalized relaunch of the show, but there are surprises between now and then,” said Meng, who also discussed those “mini-plots” you’ve been seeing on your screens since Monday, August 1 (Please Note: This interview took place on Thursday, July 28) and what exactly caused the show to make such drastic changes just a few short months ago both on and off screen.
For more from our interview with Greg Meng, tune into the clip below.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Monday, August 8, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Bianca wonders how Tad is going to react to Dixie being alive. Cara tells Krystal and Opal about Janet’s claim that Dixie is alive. Opal doesn’t believe it and Krystal says she is happy for Cara and Tad. Tad continues talking to Dixie unaware that she’s close by. The realization of who he is sets in and Dixie calls out to him.
Ryan asks about the Orpheus Project and David explains. Ryan admits he put a GPS tracking chip into David’s cell. Greenlee realizes she isn’t dreaming and Zach is alive. Kendall tells Bianca about the Orpheus project and Griffin’s involvement.
Jake won’t leave Amanda alone with Janet.
On the Next All My Children…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, August 8, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Robin’s regime as Chief of Staff continues to wreak havoc for Patrick, Matt and Steve. Later, Patrick and Robin get romantic but are interrupted when Patrick is called back to the hospital for an emergency.
Elizabeth wakes up from the car accident and discovers Siobhan unconscious. She finds Jason unresponsive in the other car and Carly injured. Meanwhile Sam starts to get excited about her wedding date! Sam gets a call from Monica.
Shawn and Jax, with Josslyn in his arms, face off, but Shawn suffers a PTSD attack.
Jackal, P.I., takes interest in Lulu, to Maxie’s chagrin.
On the Next General Hospital…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – Matthew Ashford returns to NBC’s “Days of our Lives” this September when his character, Jack Deveraux, finds himself back in Salem facing many changes and new challenges. Soap Opera Network spoke with Ashford at the “DAYS” studio about his return to the soap, his work on the web based series “The Bay” and the most pirated movie of 2008!
With details of Ashford’s return still being kept under wraps as the drama gears up for a relaunch on Monday, September 26 with new head writers Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas, Ashford wasn’t able to share much about Jacks’s return to Salem, but he did say that Jack “has been through some loss.” The actor also noted what’s to come for onscreen partner Melissa Reeves and her character Jennifer, who along with Ashford portray the popular couple Jack and Jennifer on the soap. “Jennifer has had some significant changes in her life. She’s had to make adjustments in her feelings and now Jack has to deal with that.” he said. Referring to Jack and Jennifer’s daughter Abigail (Kate Mansi), Ashford shared that “Abigail has grown and become quite the young lady.”
For more on what Ashford had to say about his return and how much daytime has changed since we last saw him check out our exclusive interview below.