U.S. drama Days Of Our Lives will make TV history this week (beg31Mar14) by becoming the first daytime soap to feature a wedding between two gay men. The character of Will Horton, played by Guy Wilson, will marry on screen partner Sonny Kiriakis, portrayed by Freddie Smith, in a storyline which will take place over the course of three consecutive episodes later this week.
It is not the first same-sex wedding to be part of a U.S. soap - lesbians Bianca Montgomery and Reese Williams, played by Eden Riegel and Tamara Braun respectively, exchanged vows on All My Children in 2009.
Actress Eden Riegel has given birth to her second child. The All My Children soap star welcomed Henry Isaac Miller on Friday (20Dec13) in California.
Announcing the happy news on Twitter.com, she writes, "We did it! ...Henry Isaac Miller born today...!"
Riegel welcomed her first son, Jack Oscar, with husband Andrew Miller in 2011.
The couple married in 2007.
We all have guilty pleasures. For some of us, it’s HGTV’s do-it-yourself home improvement shows. For others, it’s marathoning sitcoms like Arrested Development or Modern Family on online sites like Netflix from the comfort of our beds. And still for others, it’s the romantic entanglements found in old soap operas that keep us replaying them time after time. Well, earlier this year, Prospect Park’s The Online Network revealed that they would be rebooting two of our most loved soaps: All My Children and One Life to Live. And Wednesday, the network announced all of the cast members participating in both shows.
For All My Children, the following stars have been announced as members of the cast: Sal Stowers as Cassandra Foster, Eric Nelson as AJ Chandler, Denyse Tontz as Miranda Montgomery, Jordan Lane Price as Celia Fitzgerald, Ryan Bittle as JR Chandler, Eden Riegel as Bianca Montgomery, Cady McClain as Dixie Cooney, Ray MacDonnell as Dr. Joe Martin, David Canary as Adam Chandler, Heather Roop as Jane McIntyre, and Francesca James as Evelyn Johnson. Previously announced members include Darnell Williams as Jesse Hubbard, Debbi Morgan as Dr. Angela Hubbard, Vincent Irizarry as Dr. David Hayward, Lindsay Hartley as Cara Martin, Jordi Vilasuso as Griffin Castillo, Jill Larson as Opal Cortlandt, and Thorsten Kaye as Zach Slater.
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And this is who you can expect to see on One Life to Live: Robert Gorrie as Matthew Buchanan and Laura Harrier as Destiny Evans. These stars join the previously announced members (Erika Slezak as Victoria Lord Buchanan, Robin Strasser as Dorian Lord, Tuc Watkins as David Vickers, Robert S. Woods as Bo Buchanan, Kassie DePaiva as Blair Cramer, Jerry verDorn as Clint Buchanan, Florencia Lozano as Tea Delgado, Melissa Archer as Natalie Buchanan Banks, Hillary B. Smith as Nora Buchanan, Kelley Missal as Danielle Manning, Josh Kelly as Cutter Wentworth, and Andrew Trischitta as Jack Manning). Recurring actors include: Sean Ringgold as Shaun Evans, Shenaz Treasury as Rama Patel, and Nick Choksi as Vimal Patel.
New 30-minute episodes of both series will be launching each day of the week on Hulu.com, where content generally can be viewed for free. The episodes will also be available on iTunes.
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Ellen DeGeneres was crowned queen of daytime TV on May 20--picking up two Daytime Emmy Awards for her chat show The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
DeGeneres attended the New York ceremony at Manhattan's Radio City Music
Hall, with new girlfriend, Arrested Development actress Portia de Rossi.
DeGeneres picked up Outstanding Talk Show and Outstanding Talk Show Host.
Soap opera The Young and the Restless was honored in three categories--Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Christian Jules LeBlanc, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Greg Rikaart and Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for David Lago.
General Hospital also picked up three gongs, including Outstanding Drama
Series Directing Team, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for
Natalia Livingston and Outstanding Drama Series.
The West Wing star Stockard Channing was named Outstanding Performer in a
Children/Youth/Family Special for Jack, adding her Daytime Emmy to prime-time
Emmys and theatre accolades.
Former Happy Days actor Henry Winkler was honored with Outstanding Performer
in an Animated Program in Clifford's Puppy Days, but was unable to pick up his
trophy in person.
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The full list of winners are:
Outstanding Drama Series: General Hospital
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Erika Slezak, One Life To Live
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Christian Jules LeBlanc, The Young and the Restless
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Natalia Livingston, General Hospital
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Greg Rikaart, The Young and
Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series: Eden Riegel, All My Children
Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series: David Lago, The Young and the
Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team: General Hospital
Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team: As The World Turns
Outstanding Talk Show: The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Outstanding Talk Show Host: Ellen DeGeneres, The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Outstanding Game/Audience: Jeopardy!
Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series: Kevin Clash, Sesame Street
Outstanding Performer in a Children/Youth/Family Special: Stockard Channing, Jack
Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program: Henry Winkler, Clifford's Puppy Days
Outstanding Game Show Host: Meredith Vieira, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
Outstanding Service Show Host: Bobby Flay for Boys Meet Grill and Michael Chiarello for Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello
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Top Story: Daytime Television Shows First Lesbian Liplock
Welcome to the 21st century, soap operas! When ABC's All My Children airs a special episode April 22, viewers will get to see the very first kiss ever shared by two gay women characters on daytime television, Reuters reports. The story line--and the inevitable smooch--revolves around gay teen character Bianca Montgomery (Eden Riegel), who came out as a lesbian in 2000, and her new friend Lena (Olga Sosnovska). "The theme of All My Children from the beginning is the belief that, as God's children, we are all bound to each other by our common humanity despite our many personal differences; that it is our failure to understand and respect those differences that causes most of life's pain and suffering," said the show's creator, Agnes Nixon, in a statement. All My Children has been known for tackling controversial issues during its 33 years on the air including AIDS, abortion, drug abuse, racial bias and teenage alcoholism.
Monroe Baubles Stolen From Gallery
A ring and bangle that belonged to Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe were stolen from a British art gallery in London Tuesday, Reuters reports. The jewelry is estimated to be worth $63,000. A man was arrested nearby shortly afterwards and is being questioned.
Dangerfield Doing Better After Brain Surgery
Doctors took Rodney Dangerfield off his respirator Monday, indicating the comedian is doing much better after undergoing surgery to improve blood flow to his brain. Dangerfield's publicist Kevin Saski told Reuters, "His spirits are great. He is lucid and communicative...and grinning from ear to ear." Dangerfield also asked doctors to dial up The Jerry Springer Show-- his favorite TV fare--as soon as he was off the respirator, Sasaki said.
Death Row Mogul Denies Knowing Rapper
Responding to a wrongful death lawsuit recently filed against him, hip hop mogul Marion "Suge" Knight said neither he, nor anyone from his company, has ever met the aspiring rapper Antron Singleton, aka Big Lurch, who is accused of torturing and then killing his roommate in April 2002, Reuters reports. The suit, filed by the victim's mother Carolyn Stinson, claims Knight's Death Row Records (now known as Tha Row), two individual employees and a second company, Stress Free, provided Singleton with drugs and encouraged him to act in an "extreme violent manner" to seem more like a gangsta rap artist. According to Reuters, Stinson's lawyer, Winston McKesson, admitted that the lawsuit might have been based on a mistaken assumption that Singleton had ties to Knight's label. "If there is no connection, we will drop them [from the lawsuit] immediately," Winston said.
Actor Union Merger Put to a Vote
The two largest actors unions--the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists--have agreed to send out ballots to their rank-and-file members so they may vote on approving a merger between the two unions, The Associated Press reports. Ballots will be mailed to members in early June.
AFI's Top 100 Heroes and Villains
Arnold Schwarzenegger, known for playing the bad cyborg in The Terminator as well as the good one in Terminator 2, will host an American Film Institute TV special counting down the top 100 screen heroes and villains of all time. The show will air June 3 on CBS.
Jolie's Altruistic Endeavors Continue
Angelina Jolie just keeps on giving. The Oscar-winning actress has agreed to donate more than $1.3 million over five years to protect the untouched wilds of northwestern Cambodia, AP reports. The forest is believed to be home to some of the last remaining wild tigers and elephants in Cambodia.
Role Call: Director Pollack Gets Interpreter
Oscar-winning director Sydney Pollack, who last directed the 1999 film Random Hearts, has set his sights on his new project, The Interpreter. Variety reports the thriller is about a U.N. interpreter, who claims to have overheard a plot to kill an African dictator, and the secret service agent assigned to investigate her claim.