Miles Copeland, the man behind R.E.M and The Police, is hoping to score gold again with a new concert concept featuring some of America's most beloved daytime soap stars. The svengali is the brains behind Soap Stars Sing, which will bring the talents of actors like General Hospital’s Anthony Geary and Kristen Alderson and Vincent Irizarry from All My Children and Young & the Restless to the stage for a one-of-a-kind gig in Thousand Oaks, California next month (Apr14).
All My Children and The Bold & The Beautiful star Bobbie Eakes, who is also part of the show, tells WENN, "Soap actors give back more to their fans than just about any other category of actors. They know how much of a connection their audience feels with them and they show their appreciation by doing appearances and concerts whenever possible.
"However, not all appearances and concerts are equal, and we feel the need to pick and choose events based on quality, ensuring it’s worth the price of a ticket for people who want to see us. When the legendary Miles Copeland called, I knew immediately that this show would be top notch, and I would be surrounded by pros who would give 100 per cent to making the experience unforgettable and special. I can't wait to work with the best of the best at this show!"
If the Soap Stars Sing concert at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is a success, there will be more concerts planned.
The 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards took place on Sunday, and the winners ranged from Days of Our Lives to Dr. Oz to Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The Daytime Emmys recognize network and syndicated programming. There were classy moments, like when game show icons Monty Hall and producer Bob Stewart were given Lifetime Achievement Awards. There were also some surprises, like when the ladies of The Talk were given the wrong envelope and when Carrie Fisher talked about dropping acid when presenting George Lucas with a golden statue.
Here are the winners:
OUTSTANDING DAYTIME DRAMADays of Our Lives, NBC
OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW HOST Ricki Lake, syndicated
OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES Kristen Alderson, General Hospital, ABC
OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES Chandler Massey, Days of Our Lives, NBC
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES Doug Davidson, The Young and the Restless, CBS
OUTSTANDING GAME SHOW The Price Is Right, CBS
OUTSTANDING GAME SHOW HOST Ben Bailey, Cash Cab, Discovery
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SONG “Good Afternoon,” theme song for Good Afternoon America, ABC
OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW / INFORMATIVE The Dr. Oz Show, syndicated
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES (Tie) Scott Clifton, The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS Billy Miller, The Young and the Restless, CBS
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES WRITING TEAM The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES Julie Marie Berman, General Hospital, ABC
OUTSTANDING CULINARY PROGRAM (Tie) Best Thing I Ever Made, Food Network Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, Food Network
OUTSTANDING CULINARY HOST Lidia Bastianich, Lidia’s Italy, PBS
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES Heather Tom, The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS
OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW / ENTERTAINMENT Ellen DeGeneres, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, syndicated
OUTSTANDING DRAMA DIRECTING TEAM The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS
OUTSTANDING SPECIAL CLASS ANIMATED PROGRAM Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Cartoon Network
OUTSTANDING MORNING PROGRAM CBS Sunday Morning, CBS
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When General Hospital first scooped up the orphaned stars and characters of One Lift to Live — canceled in 2011 after more than 40 years on air, and set to revive as an Internet exclusive series later this year — it seemed to be hoping to hold fast to the long-running soap opera's fandom. Michael Easton, Roger Howarth, and Kristen Alderson first set foot on the GH set as their old OLTL characters John McBain, Todd Manning, and Starr Manning (respectively) in 2012, promising a new venue for displaced fans of displaced One Life fanatics. But while General Hospital is keeping this trio on its cast list, viewers might find it particularly perplexing when they return in the future as entirely different characters.
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TV Guide reports that Easton, Howart, and Alderson will indeed be revisiting their old General Hospital stomping grounds, but in all new roles. According to TV guide, the shift is a result of OLTL's revival and its new production company Prospect Park's reins on the McBain and Manning characters. "Prospect Park has been extremely difficult to deal with on this issue so GH basically said, 'Screw it! We'll create all new characters!'" a source tells TV Guide. "It's the only way GH can get past the problem and get on with business."
So, soap opera fans, as long as you're more of the good-with-faces type than the good-with-names type, this shouldn't be at all a problem.
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