Multiple Emmy-nominee Thorsten Kaye won the hearts of soap opera audiences with his strong portrayal of “All My Children’s” Zach Slater, “One Life to Live’s” Patrick Thornhart and “Port Charles’” Ian Thornhart, but can the actor strike gold again as Ronn Moss’ replacement in the role of “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Ridge Forrester? It won’t be the first time an actor has walked into the shoes of a major character whose previous portrayer is very much loved in the role, but then again, these aren’t just any old shoes to fill! Soap Opera Network caught up with Ridge’s onscreen dad, John McCook (Eric Forrester), who’s not only been working with Kaye as Ridge since day one, but who’s also quite familiar with the father/son dynamic the two characters have established over the years. Read on to get his take on the bold recasting choice, how he views Kaye’s approach to the role and what’s in store for Eric and Ridge in the weeks ahead!
Set to the tune “Too Darn Hot (RAC Mix)” by Ella Fitzgerald, OWN has released a new teaser trailer for season 2 of “Tyler Parry’s The Haves and the Have Nots,” starring former “One Life to Live” actress Tika Sumpter (ex-Layla Williamson). Set to premiere Tuesday, January 7, 2014, the addictive primetime soap opera brings viewers back to Savannah, Georgia and the complicated dynamics between the rich and powerful Cryer family and the friends and enemies they surround themselves by. The series 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 when you thought you’d seen soap star Crystal Hunt in the most outlandish situations ever (in her roles as stripper Stacy Morasco on “One Life to Live” and bratty diva Lizzie Spaulding on “Guiding Light”), she goes and pulls a real-life stunt that outshines any of her previous onscreen shenanigans: She reportedly smashed glass in a woman’s face during a soap-topping bar brawl!
TVGN is proving why it’s now the “the new way to watch soaps.” With the network already picking up encore airing rights to “The Young and the Restless” this past summer, and “The Bold and the Beautiful” earlier this month, the network plans to provide soap fans with even more “soap” for their viewing pleasure courtesy of the new documentary, “Who Shot the Daytime Soap?” Airing Monday, December 16 at 8:00 PM ET/PT, preceded by airings of “B&B” at 6:30 PM ET/PT and “Y&R” at 7:00 PM ET/PT, the documentary tackles the history of daytime soap operas as told by those who were there during the good times, the bad times and the new times.
“The past five years have seen a collapse of epic proportion within the soap opera industry. What was once a formidable lineup of no less than 14 network soap operas in the 1980′s has collapsed to just four – ‘General Hospital’ on ABC, ‘Days of our Lives’ on NBC and ‘The Young and the Restless’ and ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ on CBS and now TVGN,” is the opening statement from the documentary that features interviews with several daytime legends, veteran stars, and a host of talents from behind the scenes that have helped make the soap opera genre the longest running form of television entertainment.
Now playing in a theater near you, “Tyler Perry‘s A Madea Christmas” follows Perry’s titular character, Mabel “Madea” Simmons, as she accompanies her niece, Eileen (Anna Maria Horsford), to pay a surprise visit to Eileen’s daughter, Lacey, who has mysteriously informed her she’s not coming home for the holidays. In reality, Lacey followed Connor (Eric Lively), the man she loves and secretly married, from the big city to a small Alabama town as he fights to save his family farm from bankruptcy.
Portraying Lacey is Tika Sumpter (Candace Young, “The Haves and the Have Nots”; ex-Layla Williamson, “One Life to Live”), who says of her character, “She’s from the city so she knows how to hustle a bit. She’s a kind-hearted, good person – she wants good for all – but in her trying to do good sometimes she says the wrong things and spreads a few small lies that plant the seeds of disaster.”
Out of all the talent behind “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” the one voice missing after news that neither series would be moving forward with new episodes was that of Daytime Emmy Award winning actress Erika Slezak (ex-Victoria Lord, “OLTL”). On her official website, Slezak has broken her silence via her 2013 Holiday Letter for fans. In it, Slezak says, “I loved being back at ‘OLTL’; I loved being back with all my friends on the show and we had a wonderful time although it was short lived. Still, I am very grateful for that brief opportunity to have played Viki once more.”
In a newly released interview with Soap Opera Digest columnist and “Tainted Dreams” blogger, Carolyn Hinsey, “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Thorsten Kaye opens up about his role as Ridge Forrester on the CBS Daytime soap, but it’s his comments on Prospect Parks’ version of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” that has all eyes open.
According to The New York Post, “One Life to Live’s” Erika Slezak (ex-Victoria Buchanan) has put her two-bedroom, two-bathroom co-op on the market for $1.82 million. Located in the eight-story, 60-unit brick-and-terracotta Musician’s Building in the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City, the property includes built-in bookcases in a large living room, an eat-in kitchen with wine refrigerator and all-in-one washer/dryer, and a wood-burning fireplace.
Wendy Sarasohn and Jamie Joseph of the Corcoran Group are handling the listing, which you can learn more about by clicking here.
On tonight’s episode of USA Network’s “White Collar,” starring Matt Bomer (ex-Ben Reade, “Guiding Light”), former “One Life to Live” star Tobias Truvillion (ex-Vincent Jones) will guest-star. “I play an ex-military type. He’s like a blackops. Him and his partner are on the black market looking for this particular intel chip,” shared Truvillion to Soap Opera Network of his appearance in the episode entitled “Quantico Closure,” which finds Neal (Bomer) delving further into the mystery of the Codex. Meanwhile, Peter (Tim DeKay) takes on a classified espionage case with a fellow FBI agent: his ex-girlfriend.
“White Collar” airs Thursdays at 9:00 PM ET/PT on USA Network.
It’s a baby kind of day today: Not only are “The Young and the Restless’” Robert Adamson (Noah Newman) and “The Bold and the Beautiful’s’” Linsey Godfrey expecting their first child together (which you can read more about here), “One Life to Live” alums Kamar de los Reyes (ex-Antonio Vega) and Sherri Saum (ex-Keri Reynolds; Lena, “The Fosters”) are reportedly expecting twins!
“[The pair] are so thrilled to welcome the little ones into the world in early summer,” says Saum’s rep in a statement shared with US Weekly.
“We are so excited,” Saum adds via Twitter, where she also posted a sonogram picture. “No plans to bring this into the show, they already have so many amazing stories to tell — we’ll work it out somehow!”
Congratulations Saum and de los Reyes!