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"Castle's" Nathan Fillion on what the recast of OLTL's Joey Buchanan needs to possess!

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Last night On-Air On-Soaps was at the season three premiere of the ABC primetime series, Castle and caught up with its star Nathan Fillion to ask him what attributes the next actor that embodies the role of Joey Buchanan on One Life to Live needs to have, now that the soap has put out a “casting call” to find the next actor to play the key part.  Fillion played Joey from 1994-1997 and then made a brief return  in 2007.   Nathan offered insight into the role, the dwindling soap genre, and his love for his former castmates that he holds close to his heart to this day.

Fillion on what attributes the next actor to play Joey Buchanan needs to have:  “I just read that they were recasting.  You know,  so much has happened since I played Joey.  I think he even became a priest, I know, at one point.  I will say this, both for the character and for the actor playing the role; you have to be willing to learn.  That is the attitude I went into One Life to Live with and it served me very well. There is more than enough experience and amazing wonderful people on that television program. For a first job that was the most incredible experience I could ask for, that prepared me…. and I cannot even tell you…. and every day I use what I learned on that show.   Those people were so kind to me there; Erika Slezak (Viki) Robin Strasser (Dorian), Bob Woods (Bo), Jimmy (Max) and Kassie DePaiva (Blair), Phil Carey (Asa) and Clint Ritchie (Clint)… God rest their souls. I learned so much for those people and I am going to cry right now thinking about it.

Fillion on the amazing treat for fans of OLTL and his castmates when he returned for a few episodes in 2007  to reprise the role of Joey, after his stardom!  “Is it so amazing? I owe them so much and I know that all to well. I have never worked so hard and so much. In three years of working on a soap opera, I have probably logged more on-screen time than the rest of my career, except perhaps my last three years on Castle. That is a lot of on-air time. You have to be technically proficient, and you have to be able to act with distraction on soaps. There is a weakness in the soap genre, and that is not every show can be gold.  It’s an hour long a day and you can’t work it, work it, and work it, till it’s amazing.  You just don’t have the time for that.  There are not the man hours or the manpower.  There is a weakness in that sometimes you got to work together to take the best of what you have, and make into the best that you can possibly do,  And, sometimes it’s a matter of resources, We were in New York City in a small building saying, “OK. This set is the woods and it’s 15 by 25 feet… but this is the woods, buddy.” And that is all you got, and you gotta make it wok, and you gotta make it real and you have to let people indulge in the story, and in invest in the story.  You can’t just throw your arms up. I learned that and I learned that so incredibly well.”

Fillion’s thoughts on the dwindling soap opera genre.  “I certainly say that it is sad.  I certainly don’t want to be an end of era, and even just for young actor’s like me coming up, and what an intense and incredible experience it was, but just for the audience sakes, as well.  Obviously there are people out there who still enjoy them.   I remember when I got One Life to Live and then the O.J. Simpson trial started, and every network covered it every day and broke that chain of investment for the audience, and the ratings never recovered from that and it slowly, slowly  dwindled.  Do they need to be reinvented?  I don’t know.   I hope it’s not a dying breed, and I hope it does not go out.  Maybe the networks should pool their resources and make what few soap operas are left stronger, and rather than let them slowly die, infuse them with energy and money and invest… so that other people can invest.  And if it was not for One Life to Live, I would not be standing here at the premiere of season three of Castle, that is for sure.”

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Doe
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I liked your interview with Nathan, Michael. It’s too bad that he can’t make a guest shot on OLTL. I do enjoy him on Castle. He has come a long way. If fans haven’t seen Nathan on his prime time show they should. He is very charming and funny as a writer of crime story’s and then helps police solve crimes. I’m glad you caught up with him, Michael……

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Castellum

Nathan – I was watching OLTL during the days you were on the show. I have one word for you – “gracious.” So many people turn their noses down at daytime television, but it is obviously a true learning experience for young actors. That you give credit to the “roots” for your career start certainly says something about you. I admire you tremendously and can’t wait for Season 3 of Castle. Thank you so much to you, Stana and the rest of the cast for your hard work. You bring a lot of fun to this crazy world.

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Sue

Wow! What a love letter to the soaps. He has nice memories and doesn’t shy away from it.

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‘Supernatural’ Stars Emotional At Their Last Comic-Con Panel; Matt Cohen Set To Direct Episode In Final Season

All good things must come to an end, and although the final season of CW’s Supernatural has yet to air, series stars; Jensen Ackles (Ex-Eric, Days, and Dean Winchester, Supernatural), Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester), Misha Collins (Castiel) and Alexander Calvert (Jack) were overcome with emotion at Sunday’s San Diego Comic-Con Panel as the series is set to wind down after 15 seasons.

Throughout their panel, plenty of nostalgia, tears, and humorous moment ensued. The panel did not focus on spoilers for season 15, but showcased the iconic series for all its glory over its past 14 seasons.

Before the panel came to its conclusion, the cast could no longer contain their emotions and Padalecki even had tissues ready. “We were all backstage promising each other that we weren’t going to cry. And we all knew that we were lying to each other,” Misha Collins and Jared shared.

Ackles thanked the legions of fans in attendance and worldwide: “Thanks for showing up. Without you, we wouldn’t be here. It’s an amazing thing to see. We love you guys very much.”

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In addition to the tears, it was revealed that recurring Supernatural favorite and former General Hospital star, Matt Cohen (Ex-Griffin Munro) will be directing one of the episodes of the series during its final season.  Cohen had previously played a young John Winchester on the sci-fi series.  Jensen Ackles is also set to direct this season, as well.

Supernatural will have its season 15 premiere e on October 10th on the CW.

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‘Beacon Hill’ Prepping Its Long-Awaited Season Two Featuring Soap Notables

A few years back, Beacon Hill was one of the most talked about web series for its soapy cast and bringing same-sex romance, political scandal and familial drama to the table.  And now, it appears after a four year wait\ the creators and the cast are ready to go back into production for its second season.

In order to do that, the producers are driving a crowdfunding campaign via IndieGoGo to raise funds to make their planned production a reality.

Guiding Light and Venice favorite, Crystal Chappell is once again returning in role of “Claire”, along with these daytime fan favorites: Alicia Minshew, Melissa Archer, Ron Raines, John-Paul Lavoisier, Ricky Paull Goldin, Scott Bryce, Tina Sloan, Louise Sorel and the new additions to the cast: Nadia Bjorlin, Jacob Young, Hillary B. Smith, and Marem Hassler who takes over the key role of “Katherine” from Sarah Brown.

The series promises longer episodes than season one, and it will finally deliver to fans the reveal of that cliffhanger: “Who is at the damn door?”

As of Sunday night, there are 43 days left to donate to the fund to help make Beacon Hill second two come to life so they can shoot the series in New England.

Check out this video below from Chappell and company that was released over the weekend.

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Shannen Doherty To Appear On ‘Riverdale’ For Season Four Tribute Episode To Luke Perry

More big news on the TV from San Diego Comic-Con on Sunday.  CW’s Riverdale is planning on tribute episode to Luke Perry who passed away earlier this year in March following a massive stroke at the age of 52.  Perry played Archie’s father, Fred Andrews.

Now the series will kick-off its upcoming fourth season with a tribute episode to Perry, which will feature none other than Perry’s dear friend and BH90210 star Shannen Doherty in what will be an ’emotional role’.  The announcement came at SDCC from Riverdale executive producer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

The tribute episode is said to reflect Perry’s enduring legacy and the indelible imprint his character Fred Andrews had on the series. No details were revealed as to just what part Doherty is playing.

Aguirre-Sacasa said on the relationship between Doherty and Perry: “They were such good friends, and when we were putting together this tribute episode, we wanted to make it as special as possible, and so we asked Shannen to do a pivotal, super-emotional role. She read the script and immediately said ‘yes.’”

Doherty took to social media following the announcement and made this statement:  “I am deeply honored to pay tribute to Luke on Riverdale. The care in which this show takes in honoring his memory is beautiful. He is missed. Today. Tomorrow. Forever.”

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As previously announced, Doherty will also star in the reboot of BH90210 along with original stars: Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling, which will air on Fox.  That series also has plans to honor Perry.

So, what do you think of Shannen coming to Riverdale for the emotional season premiere? Comment below.

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