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

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Jason Canela Announces He Is Exiting The Young and the Restless

While currently involved on-screen in romantic trouble between Abby (Melissa Ordway) and Mia (Noemi Gonzalez),  Jason Canela (Arturo) took to social media Monday morning to share the news that he is departing the CNS Daytime drama series.

In his post, Canela says: “I feel blessed to have been a part of something so special! I appreciate each and every single person that makes up part of the family! Our makeup team, our crew, our security! Without them there is nothing  The team behind the camera is what makes it all worth it.”

This came on top of his Jason’s post which expressed: “When I signed my 1 year contract with Y&R I was excited because for the first time in 3 years living in this city I was able to call a studio like ‘Television City’ home.  Add to that the incredible people I’ve had the pleasure of working with to create genuine relationships with … like Peter Bergman,Melissa Ordway, Jordi Vilasuso, Sasha Calle and Noemi Gonzalez  just to name a few. (Sorry guys, but Peter is my favorite).  I feel blessed to have been part of something so special like The Young and the Restless family.  It’s time to turn the page and see what beautiful stories I am blessed enough to be part of next.  I want to send all my love and positive vibes to the Y&R fans who have been so welcoming since day 1! Appreciate the love and no worries, The Rosales family will still be cooking up some drama in Genoa City, so keeping looking out for them, and showing them all the love they deserve.”

No airdate at this time has been given for Canela’s last appearance on Y&R.

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Judith Light Joins Bette Midler In Ryan Murphy’s Upcoming Netflix Series, ‘The Politician’

Over the weekend, Ryan Murphy dropped an exciting casting bombshell to those attending Saturday night’s PaleyFest panel in Los Angeles on his FX series, Pose.  Murphy disclosed to the audience, that he has a “diva update”.   With that, Murphy announced that 2-time Tony and Daytime Emmy winner, Judith Light (ex-Karen, One Life to Live) and the legendary Bette Midler have signed on and joined his stellar cast for his new Netflix series, The Politician.

Their roles are still undisclosed, but they will join Tony Award winner, Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen)  who plays the leading role,, and other Murphy favorites  Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Lange.   The show will premiere on September 27th,

Light has previously worked with Murphy on last year’s American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, in which she received a Primetime Emmy nomination.

The Politician stars Platt as Payton Hobart, a wealthy student vying for Student Body President at elite private school Saint Sebastian High School.  The loglines for the series read: “To get elected Student Body President, secure a spot at Harvard, and stay on his singular path to success, Payton will have to outsmart his ruthless classmates without sacrificing his own morality and carefully crafted image. Full of dark comedy and sly satire, Ryan Murphy’s The Politician offers a rare glimpse into just what it takes to make a politician.”

Midler tweeted when it was revealed she was part of the series: “ gave the “Diva Update” last night…Yes, Judith Light and I have joined the fantastic cast of “The Politician” premiering on Netflix Sept 27. Great writing, great fun and great insight! See you on TV!!”

So, what do you think of Judith along with Bette being added to the cast of Murphy’s The Politician? Comment below.

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LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! With Michael Fairman Daytime Emmy Nominations Special 2019

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If you missed Wednesday night’s broadcast of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman‘s sixth annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations special, you can listen to the replay of the episode right here!

To kick-off the 46th Daytime Emmy Award season, Soap Nation Live! welcomed several of the just announced nominees (the nominations were revealed earlier in the day on CBS’ The Talk) in the major daytime drama performer categories to get their reactions, and thoughts on going for gold at the upcoming May 5th ceremony.  In this two-hour plus lively and entertaining podcast that was originally live-streamed, you can hear the excitement and joy from the actors and their support of one another and their work in the daytime community as they celebrate their nomination.

Joining Michael in-studio was his very special co-host, Days of our Lives, Arianne Zucker (Nicole), as well as NATAS’ SR VP Daytime Emmy Awards, David Michaels.  In addition, former DAYS star, Shawn Christian (Ex-Daniel) was in-studio with the trio, and often popped on to the mic and bantered with some of his longtime pals who received Emmy accolades.

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During the broadcast Michael, Arianne, and David chatted with many of our favorite soap stars who shared publicly for the first time what scenes they submitted that earned them a nomination from their peers, and more.

Emmy-nominated guests included: Outstanding Lead Actress nominees: Maura West (Ava, GH), Laura Wright (Carly, GH) and Marci Miller (Ex-Abigail, DAYS), Outstanding Lead Actor nominees: Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R). Billy Flynn (Ex-Chad, DAYS), and Tyler Christopher (Ex-Stefan, DAYS), Outstanding Supporting Actor nominees: Max Gail (Mike, GH), Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS), Greg Rikaart (Leo, DAYS), and Bryton James (Devon, Y&R), Outstanding Supporting Actress nominees: Beth Maitland (Traci, Y&R) and Martha Madison (Belle, DAYS), and Outstanding Younger Actress nominees: Chloe Lanier (Ex-Nelle, GH).

During the live broadcast, listeners were able to ask questions of our guests, or co-hosts.  At the end of the episode, one lucky caller won our “Game Show Daytime Emmy Trivia” and received 2 VIP tickers to the upcoming GH Fantasy Event, “Teals Got Talent” in Philadelphia on May 4th to benefit The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation featuring GH stars: Michael Easton, John J. York, Lynn Herring, Kathleen Gati and former GH favorite, Rebecca Budig.  In addition, the lucky caller won 2 tickets to the fan seats at the upcoming 46th annual Daytime Emmy ceremonies in Pasadena, California on May 5th.

And …  if you are interested in attending this year’s 46th annual Daytime Emmys in the fan seats, here is where you can also purchase your tickets.

Now below, settle in and press play and listen to our replay of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman’s Daytime Emmy Nominations Special 2019.   Then let us know, what was your favorite part of the broadcast via the comment section below.

Listen to “Soap Nation Live Daytime Emmy Nominations Special 2019” on Spreaker.

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