Fri, 30 January 2009
On today's episode of the Daytime Confidential podcast Luke and Jamey have a conversation with Rao, A Wharton Business School graduate who gave up his high-powered career in Manhattan, to follow his true passion for being a writer and director. Rao offers a refreshingly unjaded perspective about everything from the use of veterans in daytime to the politics behind gay storytelling.
Rao shares the process he and his writing team embarked upon in giving larger-than-life superhero Robert Scorpio an all-too-real Achilles Heel in the form of cancer. He reveals how supportive ABC Daytime/SOAPnet head honcho Brian Frons was in allowing him the freedom to tell his stories and talks about the other projects his Sri Rao and Company are working on, including a teen drama series inspired by his boyhood love for My So Called Life called What Goes On and the Bollywood thriller New York. Rao also answers the question fans of Night Shift are dying to know: Would he ever consider bringing his passion and prowess over to daytime?
Thu, 29 January 2009
On today's Daytime Confidential Performer of the Week episode find out who which actors and actresses Luke, Mike, Jamey and Jillian choose as their Performer of the Week.
Listen as they discuss their honorable and dishonorable mentions. Find out who Jamey believes needs to needs be taught how to act by Susan Flannery and Katherine Kelly Lang.
Fri, 23 January 2009
You'll want to tune in to hear Van Etten, Levithan and Ozanich talk about how the Likely Story book series came into being. Learn how OLTL ultimately facilitated Van Etten and Ozanich becoming writing partners when the soap hired Ozanich an intern. Find out how at a Gotham party one night, Levithan, author of such teen classics as Boy Meets Boy and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (with Rachel Cohn) and editor of the smash hit The Babysitters' Club novel series for Scholastic, became intrigued by the idea of helping the pair bring Mallory's story to life.
You'll learn what it's like to write a book series with not one, or two authors, but three. Van Etten and Ozanich, while swearing none of the characters are based on anyone they've met in their soapy pursuits (Talk about a likely story!), reveal how their day jobs did in fact help color Mallory's world. Is Mallory speaking for every disgruntled soap opera fan with the impassioned rant she posts on her blog? What about when she actually lands her dream job? As Mallory quickly finds out writing a daily soap opera, while dealing with temperamental divas, a reluctant hottie leading man and network interference, isn't as easy as she once believed, are we getting a glimpse of what it's really like for the harried men and women who bring us our favorite soaps five-days-a-week? What about Van Etten, do he and other real life soap scribes ever log on to blogs like DC or message boards to read what we're saying about their work? If so how does it effect the writing process?
Ozanich, also an acclaimed playwright (The Lightening Field) shares how he's dealt with some of the sticky situations Mallory finds herself facing in the Likely Story books, such as having to let down friends who thought they were a shoe-in for a role in one of his dramatic works. Onzanich also runs hilarious, SNL-worthy interference for his pal Van Etten, when Jamey and Luke try to pry a few juicy spoilers about ABC Daytime's hottest soap out of the Emmy-winning breakdown writer.
Levithan, an admitted novice to the wonderful and wacky world of daytime soap operas, talks about how he brought to the table the basic tenets of characterization and story to help make even Mallory's more larger-than-life adventures ring true. The editor for Scholastic's PUSH imprint shares how the coming of age tale, despite its soapy flavor, is quite universal. Levithan also tells us how he feels about the success of the big screen adaptation of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and gives other writers a bit of advice on how to make their books readily adaptable for film. Speaking of adapting literary works for the screen, could a Likely Story television series or film project be in the works? Tune in to find out. Then go to Amazon.com to purchase the Must Read Likely Story and All That Glitters. You can also pre-order Red Carpet Riot.
Thu, 22 January 2009
"What did she do beside talk to herself?" Jamey asks in a huff.
"Thank you Jamey for sucking just enough for me to squeeze through!" Eden blasts back.
Andrew shares how many takes it took for his pal Greg Rikaart (Kevin, The Young and the Restless) to get the memorable m asturbation scene for his SOS-nominated IB guest stint down pat. Is Greg a method actor?
Eden is thrilled when two of her leading ladies, Elizabeth Hendrickson (ex-Frankie/Maggie, AMC; Chloe; Y&R; Liz, IB) and Tamara Braun, aka Jamey's pick for the best Carly Corinthos EVER!! (Oh yeah, and she now plays Reese on AMC) are both presented SOS awards, but which one thrills Eden more? Should Andrew be worried? More important, should BAM fans spearhead a Rianca Kiss Ban?
Later in the episode, Eden speaks poignantly about All My Children and One Life to Live creator Agnes Nixon when she accepts the Irna Phillips Spirit Award For Outstanding Contribution To The Serial Art Form on behalf of the television legend. She also relays fond memories of the late Eileen Herlie, whose Myrtle Fairgate served as a surrogate grandmother to Binks and the rest of Pine Valley—except for Luke's beloved Greenlee (Rebecca Budig).
Nelson himself speaks on behalf of the late Beverlee McKinsey (Iris, Another World/Texas; Alexandra, Guiding Light) whom TVG Canada awarded one of two Douglas Marland Memorial Awards. The other accolade went to the late James E. Reilly (legendary head writer of Days of Our Lives and creator of Passions). Canada's biggest cheerleader (Yeah, yeah, yeah we get it, their syrup is better than ours and they produced Jennifer Finigan, big whoop! We lay claim to Britney Spears bitches... real and imagined!) asks Jamey to talk about the prolific writer's impact on the genre. This episode is a Must-Hear for soap fans young and old.
Wed, 21 January 2009
On today's CBS and Days of Our Lives episode of Daytime Confidential Luke, Mike, Jamey and Melodie discuss the latest in As the World Turns, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, Guiding Light and The Young and the Restless news and topics including...
A new day has dawned for Luke and Noah on As the World Turns after they finally had sex. Was it what the DC gang expected and was it worth the wait?
Things are shaping up to be really interesting on The Bold and the Beautiful as someone at Forrester is giving out secrets to Nick and Jackie. Is it possible that B&B is making a comeback?
Marlena and John's days in Salem are drawing to a close, but it's sad to know we'll be watching Marlena push John's wheelchair into the sunset instead of them riding off into the sunset, happily ever after. Will their departure have Jamey voting with his remote or will his love for the show and the dedicated actors who remain be enough to keep him tuning back in?
Talk of Guiding Light's cancellation is picking up steam, but can an Olivia and Natalia pairing play a part in saving the show?
The DC gang reacts to The Young and the Restless Daytime Emmy prenominations snub of Eric Braeden and Melody Thomas Scott. Luke makes a surprising admission.
Conde Nast is reporting that CBS is dramatically slash the licensing fees it pays out for the Bell and P&G soaps. What impact will this have? With Guiding Light already on a bare bones budget and production model what else can it do if it loses even more money?
Tue, 20 January 2009
On Today's ABC episode of Daytime Confidential Luke, Tina, Regan and Belinda discuss all the latest in All My Children, General Hospital and One Life to Live news including...
Amanda's "who's the daddy" storyline on All My Children. Is it Jake, JR or David Hayward? TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco had a not so blind, blind item and we couldn't help but discuss it. Josh holds the Kane's hostage at the Casino and is shot. Laura Allen joins Grey's Anatomy as McRambo's former love interest.
General Hospital enters the Internet age, streaming episodes at ABC.com. Vanessa Marcil joins Without a Trace for a limited run, but could it end up being longer? Spinelli's arrest puts Jason Morgan between a mobster and a geek, who does he choose? General Hospital kicks off its latest stunt and we weigh in on the first montage.
A Daytime Confidential listener asked us about our thoughts on Marty and Wes. David and Dorian reunited and Dorian proved she can sink to any level. TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco reported the One Life to Live Daytime Emmy Prenominations and Trevor St. John was snubbed. Should he have received a nomination?
Mon, 19 January 2009
On today's Performer of the Week episode Luke, Mike, Jamey, Tina, Belinda, Regan and Melodie name the actors and actresses who they believe did an outstanding job during the last week and find out who they give their honorable and dishonorable mentions.
Thu, 15 January 2009
On today’s show Luke and Regan visit with Rogers about his amazing year and what it was like to portray Robert Scorpio, whose battle with cancer forced him and the fans to accept the reality that he was no longer the indestructible super-agent we’d grown accustomed to seeing on our screens. Rogers shares how seeing his former penthouse recreated on Night Shift was spooky and how it brought back so many memories for him and Finola Hughes. We ask Rogers about what it was like to work with Sri Rao and his popular writing team at Night Shift and get his thoughts on what role Rao may yet play in daytime.
The wedding of Patrick and Robin would not have been complete without Robert Scorpio to walk his daughter down the aisle so we talk to Rogers about how important it was for him to be a part of the momentous occasion, what his favorite moments from the wedding were and how sentimental the wedding was for Finola, Kimberly McCullough and himself.
Roger’s online series Tristan Rogers Unscripted gave fans behind-the-scenes glimpse into Night Shift that fans rarely see in daytime and he shares what it was like to get everyone to appear on the series. The economic crisis facing the country is having an impact on daytime and Rogers discusses can and needs to be done to help save the genre.
Rogers gives an update on the auctions at TristanRogers.com in support of the charity Project Cuddle and tells us how much money his fans raised for the worthy cause.
Wed, 14 January 2009
On today's CBS and Days of Our Lives episode of Daytime Confidential Luke, Mike, Jamey and Jillian discuss all the latest in As the World Turns, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, Guiding Light and The Young and the Restless news including...
Rick vs. Stephanie on The Bold and the Beautiful. The Rick/Steffy/Marcus triangle. Pamkinis and Ashley.
The Cane vs. Billy rivalry. Nikki's reaction to Katherine and her believing that Katherine is really Marge.
Lucinda finds out about Brian being gay and how her grandson Luke tried to kiss her husband. Dusty vs. Craig is back and oh so 2006. Carly's quest to get financing for Metro and Jack's reaction.
Kane Manera is out at Guiding Light. Reva vs. Dinah is great but shouldn't the show be playing up Reva vs. Vanessa? Coop and Beth's relationship. The great irony that in order to survive GL is bringing back veterans.
Arianne Zucker deserves and Emmy nomination. We're scared to even say it but could Days of Our Lives be getting better?
Tue, 13 January 2009
On today's ABC episode of Daytime Confidential Luke, Belinda, Jamey and Regan discuss the latest All My Children, General Hospital and One Life to Live news.
Maxie and Spinelli have sex and the afterglow was quickly destroyed by Maxie ripping Spinelli a new one. SOAPnet has rolled out a bunch of new promos including one about worst pickup lines.
Scott Clifton debuted on One Life to Live and the gang gives their first impressions. Todd plunges off the hotel but has he hit rock bottom?
Josh Duhmel and Fergi get married. Josh Madden is getting killed off and his heart goes to Kendall.
All this and much more on today's show.