Former “As the World Turns” star Dylan Bruce (ex-Chris Hughes) has a little something to sing about: His series, the BBC America conspiracy clone thriller “Orphan Black,” debuts its season two premiere episode this weekend!
The series — not to be confused with Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” — follows an outcast orphan named Sarah (Tatiana Maslany), whose life dramatically changes upon discovering she’s a clone. Bruce is reprising his role as Paul, an ex-Army officer caught in the crosshairs of the clone world. Stars Jordan Gavaris and Maria Doyle Kennedy will also return.
“The Young and the Restless” viewers were hit with a one-two punch regarding the role of Kelly Andrews: Former portrayer Cynthia Watros was officially announced as stepping out of the role in order to take part in MTV’s new series “Finding Carter,” while Emmy winner Cady McClain (Dixie, “All My Children;” Roseanna, “As the World Turns”) was announced to be stepping into the role of the grieving mother. But how did the exciting swap come about? Read on to find out from the actress, who makes her Genoa City debut this Wednesday, April 16!
From being confused with “All My Children’s” Susan Lucci (ex-Erica Kane) to herself jokingly confusing co-star Dermot Mulroney with Dylan McDermott, former “As The World Turns” actress Martha Byrne (ex-Lily Snyder) took part in a Funny or Die spoof interview intended to promote her upcoming appearance on NBC’s “Crisis,” which tells the shocking fictional story of an ambushed Washington D.C. school bus carrying some of the nation’s most important people’s children. Byrne will play the recurring role of Marie Wirth, a mother of one of the kidnapped children, beginning with the Sunday, April 6 episode.
Former “As the World Turns” star Martha Byrne (ex-Lily Snyder; ex-Andrea Floyd, “General Hospital”) is making her debut on NBC’s drama series, “Crisis,” on Sunday, April 6, and it looks like she may be doing it with a literal bang! A teaser trailer featuring the actress wearing a suicide vest has already racked up over a million YouTube views, with the number growing every day. Soap Opera Network caught up with Byrne to get the scoop on her emotional “Crisis” arc, how it might be a game changer for her career, what she thinks of soap fans and more!
“It’s very intense,” the actress raves of NBC’s thrilling new series, which centers around the shocking ambush of a Washington D.C. school bus carrying some of the nation’s most important people’s children. “I’m using that word a lot, but it truly is. It makes your heart race, it really does. We were watching one of the episodes over lunch in Chicago, and you couldn’t take your eyes off the screen, it was so good. You really have to pay attention to the details of what’s happening and the clues in the show, which I really like. Any show that makes me think, especially in that genre, I’m hooked.”
“All My Children’s” Amanda Seyfried (ex-Joni Stafford) was just 15 years old when she joined the soap world as “As the World Turns’” Lucinda Montgomery, and the actress has definitely done a lot of growing up since leaving daytime and making it big in Hollywood! The “Mean Girls,” “Les Miserables” and “Lovelace” star is featured in the April 2014 edition of W magazine, where she makes it very clear that she’s not a little girl anymore!
Last night marked the 66th annual Directors Guild of America Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, but none of today’s daytime drama directors received a nomination. Why? Because the “Daytime Serials” category was integrated into the “Dramatic Series” category following a June 22, 2013 DGA National Board meeting that voted on rule changes, which forces daytime and primetime dramas to compete against internet distributed dramas such as “House of Cards,” which essentially leaves daytime itself shut out from ever receiving a nomination as the dynamics of daytime is no where near the likes of 2013 nominees “Breaking Bad” (AMC), “Game of Thrones” (HBO), “Homeland” (Showtime), or even the aforementioned “House of Cards” (Netflix). “Bad” won the award for those wondering.
It seems like just yesterday that the world was ready to nail the lid on the coffin of daytime soap operas. Ratings were low across the board, and a slew of sudsers — “Guiding Light,” “As the World Turns,” “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” — were cancelled, leaving only “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital,” “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” on the air. But to the surprise of critics and many soap fans, 2013 saw a drastic turnaround: All four remaining soap operas saw a significant increase in ratings, and “The Young and the Restless” once again made a list of the top 10 most-searched television programs of the year, among popular series like “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead.” So why the complete 180 in daytime soap popularity?
Soap Opera Network recently attended an event at The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, where soap opera insiders like John McCook (Eric Forrester, “B&B”), Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer, “GH”), Marnie Saaita (casting director for “DAYS”) and Michael Maloney (author of “The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell: Creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful”) discussed the recent resurgence and more. Read on to find out what these soap opera experts had to say about the genre’s past, present and future!
As we previously reported, season two of “Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots” starring former “One Life to Live” actress Tika Sumpter (ex-Layla Williamson) premieres tonight — and it looks like it’s going to be hot, hot, hot!
According to a teaser trailer, it looks like the complicated lives of the rich and powerful Cryer family and their hired help in Savannah, Georgia are going to be just as juicy and entertaining as ever!
Be sure to tune into OWN tonight at 9PM ET/CT to catch the primetime sudser, which also stars John Schneider, Renee Lawless, Crystal Fox, Eva Tamargo (ex-Pilar Lopez-Fitzgerald, “Passions”), Angela Robinson, Peter Parros (ex-Ben Harris, “As The World Turns”; ex-Ben Price, “One Life to Live”), Gavin Houston (ex-Remy Boudreau, “Guiding Light”; ex-Sly Thomas, “General Hospital”), Aaron O’Connell, Tyler Lepley and Jaclyn Betham.
Just in time for all new episodes to premiere on The CW later this month, TVGN (TV Guide Network) announced today plans to run marathons of the broadcast network’s hit dramas “The Tomorrow People,” “The Originals” and “Reign.” Each series is scheduled to air back-to-back episodes on TVGN in all-day marathons beginning with their first episode.
“There is no better way to catch-up on great television than to binge every episode from the beginning of a series,” said Brad Schwartz, President of Entertainment and Media, TVGN. “If you haven’t seen these three shows that everyone is talking about, make a dent in your couch, turn the lights down, and catch up to the awesomeness that is ‘The Tomorrow People,’ ‘The Originals’ and ‘Reign.’”
The wait is finally over for the launch of Sonia Blangiardo‘s “Tainted Dreams: The Series,” which features Alicia Minshew (“All My Children”), Terri Ivens (“AMC”), Grant Aleksander (“Guiding Light”), Kelley Menighan Hensley (“As the World Turns“), Walt Willey (“AMC”), Natalia Livingston (“GH“), Marnie Schulenburg (“ATWT”), Michael Lowry (“AMC,” “One Life to Live“), Nathan Purdee (“OLTL”), Austin Peck (“ATWT,” “Days of our Lives“, “OLTL”), Colleen Zenk (“ATWT”), Larkin Malloy (“The Edge of Knight,” “AMC”) Dina Manzo (“Dina’s Party” and “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”), Anthony Wilkinson (“My Big Gay Italian Wedding” and the new “My Big Gay Italian Funeral”), Lisa Marie Varon (“IMPACT WRESTLING”) and “Mr. PEC-Tacular” Jessie Godderz (“IMPACT WRESTLING” and “Big Brother”), Bobbie Eakes (“AMC,” “The Bold and the Beautiful“), Ilene Kristen (“OLTL,” “Ryan’s Hope”), James DePaiva ( “OLTL”) and Tonja Walker (“OLTL”), along with a host of newcomers, as viewers are treated to a behind the scenes look at the daytime soap, “Painted Dreams.”