With soap operas having been on the air since “Guiding Light’s” television debut in 1952, one would think the world would know by now that soap operas aren’t the cheesy programs they’re often made out to be. But for some reason, the four remaining soaps on air — “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “The Young and the Restless,” “Days of our Lives,” and “General Hospital” — continue to be stereotyped, as do the slew of former soaps that used to exist and the actors who have or currently are appearing on them.
Soap Opera Network recently attended an event at The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and in addition to discussing daytime’s recent resurgence (read that SON article here), experts like Robert Ulrich (casting director of “Glee,” “American Horror Story,” “The Mentalist” and more) and Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer, “GH”) discussed why soap operas have such strong associations with cheesiness and how these stereotypes affect the actors. Read on to see what they had to say!
Ratings Report for the Week of February 3-7, 2014
NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings. Thank you.
Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
1. Y&R 5,482,000 (-244,000/+718,000)
2. B&B 4,139,000 (-29,000/+551,000)
3. GH 2,967,000 (-131,000/+149,000)
4. DAYS 2,887,000 (+6,000/+315,000)
1. Y&R 3.9/12 (-.1/+.4)
2. B&B 2.9/9 (same/+.3)
3. GH 2.3/7 (same/+.2)
4. DAYS 2.1/6 (same/+.2)
For those of you “General Hospital” fans who can’t get enough of the love-him-or-hate-him Brad, there’s a little treat for you online: The actor’s DVD, “Unidentified” was released!
As we previously reported, the actor produced, co-wrote and starred in the sci-fi comedy that follows four friends who go on the run after getting into trouble with a Las Vegas loan shark… but end up finding even bigger trouble of the more earthly, unexplainable kind!
“General Hospital’s” Port Charles is about to get a little chilly, as the ghost of Emily Quartermaine is on her way back again!
A rep for “GH” confirms that Natalia Livingston will be reprising the role of Alan (Stuart Damon) and Monica’s (Leslie Charlson) adopted daughter, albeit in the specter form. Further details including the length of her return and airdates have yet to be released.
Livingston last appeared on the show in the same ghostly capacity back in 2013 to help Tracy (Jane Elliot) and Monica set aside their differences.
Yesterday’s “General Hospital” episode sparked some fan excitement regarding Steve Burton, who used to play Jason Morgan on the sudser but now portrays Dylan McAvoy on “The Young and the Restless.” After the infamous Victor Cassadine (Thaao Penghlis) teased that Jason is very much alive and well (if only in a cryogenic state) and then showed a picture of Burton onscreen, viewers began wondering if the actor is leaving his Genoa City home and returning to Port Charles! But is it true?
James Franco has been appearing just about everywhere these days, but is another stint as “General Hospital’s” Franco in the works? According to a new report by Showbiz 411, the sudser’s headwriter, Ron Carlivati, is trying to make it happen!
The website reports that Carlivati wishes to bring Franco back not as the crazy art dealer who basically terrorized the town (and later was redeemed via a brain tumor excuse when Roger Howarth stepped into the role), but as himself — confronting the fictitious Franco!
We reached out to a “GH” publicist for more details regarding this storyline/actor twist, but at press time, the rep had no comment.
As we previously reported, former “All My Children” actress Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) appeared on OWN’s “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”last week to discuss her initial shock regarding “AMC’s” cancellation, her fears of never working again and some fun details regarding her new role on Lifetime’s “Devious Maids.” And now, the network has released a video clip of the daytime icon’s spot on the show!
Hot on the heels of “All My Children’s” Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) appearing on “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” comes an appearance by former “General Hospital” actor/musician Rick Springfield (ex-Noah Drake)!
The “Jessie’s Girl” singer will be appearing on the Friday, February 7 episode of the show, where he’s set to give an “eye-opening interview” that touches on the subject of suicide. Other guests scheduled to appear include The Village People, “The Real Housewives of New York City’s” Jill Zaren, and former Vogue editor André Leon Talley.
As we previously reported, former “General Hospital” actress Emily Wilson (ex-Ellie Trout) booked a guest stint on the ABC drama “Castle,” and her episode airs tonight!
Previously scheduled for a Monday, January 27 debut but pushed back until tonight, Monday, February 3, the episode will feature Wilson as Grace Jacobs, a young woman that grew up reading Modern Fashion with the dream of working for the ‘zine’s editor, Matilda King (Frances Fisher, Deborah “Red” Saxon, “The Edge of Night;” ex-Gladys Pierce, “Days of our Lives”). When Matilda is found murdered, Castle (Nathan Fillion, ex-Joey Buchanan, “One Life to Live”) and Beckett (Stana Katic) head into the glamorous world of fashion in search of the killer.
Former “General Hospital” star Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan Lovett) is straddling sides in the great vampire/werewolf debate: In addition to recently being cast in the role of “True Blood’s” vampire James, the actor will be debuting on The CW’s “The Originals” tomorrow, Tuesday, February 4 — as a werewolf!