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ATWT's Eileen Fulton divulges the true nature of the infamous Granny Clause for Lisa!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

NPR’s Lara Pellegrinelli has posted a piece from her interview with As the World Turns all-time leading diva, (and we mean that lovingly, and in a good way) Eileen Fulton, on playing Lisa for all she is worth for 50 years, and the sad ending of the series, yesterday.

For years one of the long-running rememberances from ATWT was Eileen insisting their was a no Granny clause put into her contract, thus Lisa could not never be a grandma!  Here is what she had to say to NPR’s Pellegrinelli about the infamous n0-one-makes-me-a -grandma-ever situation.

Fulton recounted: “In the 1970s they grew up my son really quick. He was going to be married to Carol. I was in a hot story line with Dr. Shea. And I realized that if my son got married, I would be a grandmother. I remembered seeing Barbara Berjer, who played Claire Cassen. They grew up her daughter and granddaughter and a lot of people. Here she is looking so beautiful and suddenly they realized, my God, she’s going to be a great grandmother on our show. We have to kill her. So they hit her with a truck. I thought: Wait a minute. That is not going to happen to me.

As luck would have it, I have an angel who said, “Don’t sign your contract just yet.” And I called up [creator and writer] Irna Phillips and said, “So if Tom and Carol have a baby, that makes me a grandmother. “ She said, “Yes, dear. That’s the way soaps are. It’s like life.” And I said, “Well, I have a contract here and I haven’t signed it. And I’m not going to sign it until you put in a grandma clause saying that Tom and Carol will not—.” So as time went on, poor Carol was sterile and we called her sterile Carol. Then Tom married Natalie and she couldn’t have any babies either because she had some kind of disease. So she died.

Later on, in the 80s, Lisa was certainly old enough to be a grandmother, though she’s having all of these wild affairs. When Tom and Margo were going to have a baby, Greg Marks who was playing Tom wanted to leave and go back to California. So they had them lose the baby in a gunfight. It was awful. And people still remembered I had a grandma clause. I got hate mail from everywhere saying you son of a — and bleep, bleep, we’re going to kill you. Not just one letter—letters from everywhere.”

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FRIDAY: ATWT’s Larry Bryggman and AMC’s Dorothy Lyman Guest Star On ‘The Blacklist’

Two of the most revered performances ever in the world of daytime drama will be seen tomorrow night on an all-new episode of NBC’s drama series, The Blacklist. (10/9c).

In “The Pawnbrokers”, Daytime Emmy winners, Larry Bryggman (Ex-John Dixon, As the World Turns) and Dorothy Lyman (Ex-Opal Gardner, All My Children) will be seen as a criminal duo!

Bryggman and Lyman play a couple that fronts cash to criminals on the black market. In story, series star, James Spader’s Red acclimates himself to his new digs in federal prison, where he is challenged by an old rival.  Samar (Mozhan Marnò) goes undercover to stop a black market organization that fronts cash to criminals. (Enter Larry and Dorothy!)  And, Liz (Megan Boone) and Jennifer (guest star Fiona Dourif) continue their investigation into Red’s past.

Check out the promo for tomorrow night’s episode below.   Then let us know if you will be checking out Larry and Dorothy and if all of this brings back memories of their amazing performances in Oakdale and in Pine Valley in the comment section below.

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TAINTED DREAMS Season 2 To Bow December 21st!

Tainted Dreams is back with a second season offering from Daytime Emmy-winning director and series creator, Sonia Blangiardo!

Beginning December 21st, the next chapter of Blangiardo’s the soap behind a soap, will be available for streaming on Amazon and Amazon Prime. (season one is also currently available on Amazon)

This series, which was nominated for five 2017 Daytime Emmys, follows the behind-the-scenes drama of a fictitious soap opera titled Painted Dreams.  Many soap opera notables have roles in the online series including: Alicia Minshew, Michael Lowry , Austin Peck. Terri Ivens,  Walt Willey, Kelley Menighan, Grant Aleksander, Bobbie Eakes, Natalia Livingston, Marnie Schulenburg, Nathan Purdee, Colleen Zenk, James DePaiva, Tonja Walker, Ilene Kristen, and the late Larkin Malloy . In addition, Jessie Godderz of Impact Wrestling and Big Brother fame, and Dina Manzo of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, also appear.

In a statement, Sonia Blangiardo said that she is “excited to take everyone along these characters’ journeys in Season 2, as they evolve and deal with ever increasing professional and personal turmoil.”

Fore more on Tainted Dreams visit their official website here.  (more…)

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Crystal Hunt, Donna Mills, Antonio Sabato Jr & Michael Swan Star In New Faith-Based Soap Opera, HILTON HEAD ISLAND!

Some longtime soap opera notables are featured in a new 22 episode faith-based soap entitle, Hilton Head Island.

The series debuts this Friday, November 10th with the first eight installments, and is from the Christian entertainment company, PureFlix.com.

The soap opera is available by subscription, but the service offers a one-month free trial.  In story, Hilton Head Island, revolves around the lives of the fictional Trisk family, who own the a television network.

Hilton Head Island features: Antonio Sabato Jr. (ex-Jagger, General Hospital), Donna Mills (ex-Abby, Knots Landing), Michael Swan (ex-Duncan, As the World Turns), and Crystal Hunt (ex-Lizzie, GL). PureFlix.com specializes in “family-oriented” content and shows. The plan is for Hilton Head Island to be rolled out in two subsequent seven-episode blocks in the coming weeks.

Watch the first official trailer for the soap after the jump.  Then let us know your thoughts in the comment section below! (more…)

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