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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A Twilight Star Gets Beastly: A Twilight star, on The CW? Well, my stars! Edi Gathegi (Twilight; X-Men: First Class) has been cast in a recurring role on Beauty and the Beast. He will be playing Kyle, an agent for a super duper secret organization. [EW]
New USA Show Gets Bevy of Notable Guest Stars: The USA Network’s as-yet-untitled, hour-long pilot from Numb3rs creators Nicolas Falacci and Cheryl Heuton have nabbed a veritable smorgasbord of television talent to play several guest-starring characters on the upcoming series. Actors include Franklin & Bash's Kumail Nanjiani, All My Children's Jordi Vilasuso, Episodes' John Pankow, and former True Blood-ian/current Cult-ist, Aisha Hinds. [TVLine]
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The View finally gets its Emmy.
As the awards were handed out at the 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Friday, ABC's The View, which has been nominated for five straight seasons, walked away with its first Emmy for best talk show, sharing the prize with The Wayne Brady Show. Wayne Brady, who hosted the ceremony presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, also took home the award for best talk show host.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The View co-host and executive producer Barbara Walters seemed surprised that her show finally broke through. "I didn't write anything," she told the audience. "We never win."
In accepting his award, Brady said, "We are the little show that could."
Other winners included CBS' As the World Turns for best daytime drama, Susan Flannery of CBS' The Bold and the Beautiful for best drama actress--her fourth Emmy--and Maurice Benard of ABC's General Hospital for best drama actor, his first award. Jeopardy! won for best game show, while PBS' Reading Rain bow won for best children's series. Executive producer and host Levar Burton urged the audience to keep funding PBS so his show could remain on the air.
NATAS gave 90-year-old Art Linkletter a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in daytime television, including 19 years (on radio and TV) as host of NBC's People Are Funny and 25 years on CBS' House Party. But Linkletter perhaps is best known for his book Kids Say the Darndest Things.
According to The Reporter, accepting his award, the still-active Linkletter displayed his trademark humor, relating to the audience what an elderly woman recently told him was the best thing about being 100 years old: "There's so little peer pressure."
The award show also honored the late Fred Rogers, host of long-running children's series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood with the Muppet cast of PBS' Sesame Street singing a tribute to him.
Outstanding Drama Series
As the World Turns (CBS)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Susan Flannery, The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Maurice Benard, General Hospital (ABC)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Vanessa Marcil, General Hospital (ABC)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Benjamin Hendrickson, As the World Turns (CBS)
Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series
Jennifer Finnigan, The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series
Jordi Vilasuso, Guiding Light (CBS)
Outstanding Talk Show*
The View (ABC)
The Wayne Brady Show (Syndicated)
Outstanding Talk Show Host
Wayne Brady, The Wayne Brady Show (Syndicated)
Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series
Shia Labeouf, Even Stevens (Disney Channel)
Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special
Ben Foster, Bang Bang You're Dead (Showtime)
Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show
Outstanding Game Show Host
Alex Trebek, Jeopardy! (Syndicated)
Outstanding Children's Series
Reading Rainbow (PBS)