Archive for August 2011

Some Important Reminders, Salemites

August 31, 2011

So far, this week’s episodes indicate that a few Salemites are in desperate need of some reminders.

Justin: It might be helpful to notify your clients when you’ve scheduled visitations for them and the children of whom they’re trying to regain custody, rather than just commanding them to come to random public places and springing these visits on them. They might, y’know, have plans or not be able to make it or show up in less-than-perfect shape or something. I mean, we know that everyone in Salem just wanders around in circles dressed up all day, but the characters aren’t supposed to acknowledge it.

Also, a bar is probably not the best place for a Skype date between a woman and the baby she wants back.

Roman and Rafe: Sami is going to be fine. She literally received the lethal injection and woke up. I think she’ll pull through this biopsy!

Roman and Rafe: Oh wait, Lexie told you she’s fine?! WATCH OUT!

T: IT IS NOT THAT FUCKING SERIOUS. Calm down, buddy! Not only are you now a homophobe, but you’re an ageist, too? I expect you to be kicking puppies next week, and by November sweeps, we’ll be finding out that you’ve always admired your great-grandpa Adolf.

Readers: I am not a misogynist, because when I call Taylor a dumb whore…

…I’m just being factual! I’m not even going to complain about how revealing that she once worked as a prostitute and was close with Quinn makes a(n even bigger) mess of her incessant need for EJ to “change” and “be a better person.” I just love how they’re trashing her to hell and back before she goes away.

My Viewing Habits Keep Getting Worse

August 30, 2011

Earlier in the summer, E! announced plans to launch a reality show centering on daytime soap actors. The series, Dirty Soap, premieres on September 25th and will run for 8 hour-long episodes. I’ve been alternately getting very excited and then totally forgetting about this thing, but they just released some promo pictures that officially have me onboard.

The cast, by the way, consists of Kirsten Storms (Maxie, General Hospital; ex-Belle, Days); Galen Gering (Rafe, Days) and, implausibly, his wife Jenna; Kelly Monaco (Sam, General Hospital; winner of Dancing with the Stars Season 1; aficionado of gynecological exams, going by her pose above); John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex, One Life to Live); Farah Fath (Gigi, One Life to Live; ex-Mimi, Days — someone really needs to hire her to play a Fifi soon); Brandon Beemer (Owen, The Bold & the Beautiful; ex-Shawn, Days); and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe, Days).

I’m sure the actors are also thrilled to be taking part in a photo shoot that doesn’t look like it was thrown together for $1.99. Just to keep them in their element, though, they also took this photo:

Somewhere in the universe, a Mandy Moore debut album is missing its artwork.

But I’m not gonna lie, you guys: I am going to watch the hell out of this. I secretly dream of it becoming a Kardashians-level hit and all these people deciding to tune into the soaps and making them the new Teen Mom or Jersey Shore (in terms of ratings and hype, not idiocy, though it’s not like they’re far from it, anyway). Just let me dream, okay?

Behind the cut: a trailer that confirms that this is either going to be delightfully trashtastic or the most awkward thing ever.

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In Salem: Sarah Joy Brown

August 28, 2011

This is the third in a series of exclusive posts featuring on-set interviews with Days stars and photographs of the newest sets in Salem! In Part 1, I spoke with Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn about their return to the show. In Part 2, we had a first look at the brand-new Horton Town Square. 

Most of the hoopla about the big Days “relaunch” coming September 26th has centered around returns — both in terms of beloved characters and actors rejoining the show and of the new writers’ vision for more romantic storytelling. But the Horton Town Square isn’t going to be the only new thing coming to Salem this fall. On October 4th, daytime veteran Sarah Joy Brown (General Hospital, As the World Turns, The Bold & the Beautiful) debuts as brand-new character Madison James.

When I sat down with Brown on the Days set, she had plenty to say about her vision for Madison, her excitement about being in Salem, and the soap genre as a whole. More behind the cut…

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What Happened in Salem: Week of August 22nd

August 28, 2011

This week’s What Happened in Salem recap is now up at MyHourglass! A quick taste:

Taylor took approximately twelve breaks during her first day on the job so that she could run to Quinn, whom she apparently knows from another city in the past, and tell him that the police are closing in on the guy who’s beating up prostitutes, and thus he runs the risk of being exposed as a pimp. Or something. For someone who “can’t be seen with Quinn,” she sure has a lot of meetings with him at the bar where she keeps running into everyone she knows. I guess the more private places, like the pier or right outside the Brady Pub, were taken.

Head on over to check out the rest!

Out on the Town Interview with Deidre Hall

August 25, 2011

My interview with Deidre Hall has been published in this month’s issue of Out on the Town. You can read the whole thing on the front page of the magazine’s website. Thanks to Mike and OOTT for this opportunity!

This Made the Whole Story Worth It

August 24, 2011

I don’t think that mentioning how I was LITERALLY FALLING OFF THE COUCH and CRYING FROM LAUGHING SO HARD can convey how hilarious Carly’s detox sequence was.

I mean, kudos to Crystal Chappell for going balls-to-the-wall with this. She’s had nothing to do but mutter and gobble pills for months, and she goes and gets fired for her trouble, so she might as well try to wring a Daytime Emmy out of this mess. In a story that could have been titled “How to Go From Zero to Sixty in One (Incredibly Stupid) Scene,” her performance was perfectly fitting, but come on. What is this woman detoxing from? A three-decade heroin binge? It’s either that, or Satan is back in Salem.

I can’t even begin to discuss how much more hilarious that “Detox Cam” and the quick cutting made it. I’ll just suggest that, if you haven’t seen it, or if you have and you need a reason to HOWL with laughter, watch the Friday, August 19 episode on Hulu.

A Victim in More Ways Than One

August 22, 2011

Someone might want to tell Sami to change her shirt.

There is some guy running around Salem beating up hookers, after all.