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Chose Your Top Ten Judith Light Roles!

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Daytime Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress extraordinaire, Judith Light, who is about to open next week on September 6th in her one-woman show off-Broadway, All The Ways To Say I Love You is featured in one of the newest top ten lists on the popular site Culturalist.com.  For those who don’t know, the site let’s you, the users, choose and create your own top 10 lists.

The Judith Light selection comes via Broadway.com, who loves the actress as much as we all do!  Light is also nominated for a primetime Emmy for her role in Transparent whose upcoming new season is set to bow on September 23rd on Amazon Prime.

From Wit to Ugly Betty, to Dallas to One Life to Live, to Who’s The Boss, The Ryan White Story, Men Don’t Tell, to Wife, Mother, Murderer, her many theatres roles and more,  now you can rank your favorite Light roles! Here’s how:

STEP 1—SELECT: Go to the page of Judith’s roles. Highlight your 10 favorites.  STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button. Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.

For us, our number one is still and will always be Karen Wolek of One Life to Live, but there are also so many phenomenal performances.  Let us know your top ten in the comment section below!

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Angela Bower—-reruns.

I agree Celia. Tony Danza and Judith Light were an unbeatable combination. And Katherine Helmond along for the ride was priceless!!!

Believe it or not, soapqueen, I wasn’t even born when WHO’S THE BOSS first aired, LOL. But, I have watched every episode (reruns & Utube) . I love the show and watch it when it’s on.
Yes, Mona was something else….reminds me so much of my Gran….she’s that type.

Like you celia, i have been a fan of Judith Light and Tony danza and have watched them on Youtube and reruns on tv and have enjoyed it very much.Their chemistry is just so great and I love them both very much.They have brought so much laughter and happinees to my life which was lost for around 12 years of my life.I’m glad they are back on Tv

Hi, Deborah,
Thank you for replying. And, I am glad you are in a better place now. We all have our crosses to bear. Some heavier than others. But , God, or whatever force we perceive as God, pulls us through without fail. All we need to do is find inner peace, and a supportive ‘home’ base….family and friends, and, also, in my case, the Monseigneur of my Church.
We are better humans for that. Stay well, Deborah.

Karen Wolek
Angela- Who’s The Boss
Dallas Role
Law and Order;SVU DA and Judge

That’s so easy her OLTL moment on the stand that is what soap operas were made of no one comes close to that Emmy moment! Kudos! Everybody have a safe Labor Day weekend off to Houston!

She blew me away with that moment on the stand. The Karen/Marco/Katrina storyline ws awesome and Judith Light really brought it home.

So agree–an iconic moment!

Judith Light is an iconic, amazing actress. Her work on OLTL as Karen Wolek is the “gold standard” of soap acting. The courtroom scenes, during which she admits that she is a prostitute, were nothing short of remarkable. A complete left turn to comedy in “Who’s the Boss” proved to be a refreshing change of pace and gave Ms. Light an even wider audience. I also enjoyed her on my favorite nighttime show, “Law & Order: SVU.” I miss her on that one…

Maybe someone can enlighten me on her more recent work, with which I am not as familiar. Ms. Light is such an amazing actress. I’m sure she gives her all in all roles she tackles.

James…Brother…I have been such a big fan of Judith Light and her PHENOMENAL ACTING ever since her OLTL days. I especially enjoyed Judith’s role as that acid-tongued, blunt and hoot-and-a-half (lol) Judith Ryland on that Dallas reboot. Y-e-p.

Later, Brother.

Thanks for sharing, Brother. Sorry I missed the Dallas reboot. I’ll have to check it out!

Nearly a week after this thread was posted, I am a bit disappointed in the lack of enthusiasm for this thread. However, I realize that Judith Light’s work on OLTL predates the overwhelming majority of today’s soap fans. No doubt, many fans were not even born when Light was so mesmerizing on OLTL.

Light started a trend for OLTL: winning the Daytime Emmy for Best Actress (1980, 1981), to be followed by Robin Strasser (1982), Erika Slezak (1984, 1986, 1992, 1995, 1996, 2005), Hillary B. Smith (1994), and Susan Haskell (2009).

Fans may quibble about a winner’s worthiness of winning (or being nominated for) an Emmy, but I can testify that Judith Light definitely deserved hers!! 🙂

L & O and W T B – missed her on OLTL

KAREN WOLAK!!!!!

Who’s the Boss, NuDALLAS, Law & Order, and then OLTL . . . <3

1. Karen Wolek – ONE LIFE TO LIVE (To this day, I still miss Karen Wolek. Ms. Light gave an amazing performance as this unforgettable character.)
2. Mary Hilley/Robbi/Teri – WIFE, MOTHER, MURDERER
3. Angela Bower – WHO’S THE BOSS?
4. Claire Meade – UGLY BETTY
5. Judith Ryland – DALLAS

I’m choosing/naming just one…The 1993 Made For TV Movie “Men Don’t Tell” in which Judith played a wife who physically abused her husband.

Loved her role on Dallas, the character could have easily been a cartoon in the hands of a lesser actress, she made the show a must watch for me.

Karen Wolek. OLTL
Judith Ryland nuDallas (when she snorted the cocaine, I nearly fell off my couch!!

Her role on the new (now defunct) Dallas!

General Hospital

General Hospital’s Steve Burton Reveals the Emotional Scene He Almost Could Not Get Through

On a recent episode of General Hospital, Jason received a message from his mother, Monica Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson) via a note. The effect it had on Jason’s portrayer, Steve Burton turned out to be quite visceral.

As GH fans know, although Jason’s bio-mom was Susan Moore, he was raised and adopted by Monica. Speaking on his Daily Drama podcast with his co-host and GH co-star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Steve shared some insight on the difficulties he had getting through that scene.

Burton shared that in the key moment, “Brooklyn (played by Amanda Setton) came in and that’s where she gave me (Jason) the letter from Monica. That was a very hard scene for me to do. That was a tough one. That was the one time I was almost going to call ‘cut!’  It read ‘Jason, I believe in you.’ I was literally going to walk off the set.”

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To clarify and in the story, Monica was saying “I believe in you” and that she knows Jason didn’t shoot Dante (Dominic Zamprogna). Steve added, “It was tough, man. Emotionally, it was a tough scene. It was overwhelming in the moment.”

Steve went on to detail to Anderson, “She (Brook Lynn) pushed it to me and I read it and she was walking out and I had to stop her, but I was so emotional I couldn’t even get it out.  And at that point, I’m like, ‘Do I just keep going … or do I just walk off the set right now?’ But, I knew just to stay, because it’s so hard to get back there, once you shut it down. I knew, the next take wasn’t going to be the same.”

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It’s clear that Leslie Charleson is so missed on-screen as Monica by all of her castmates, and that Jason and Monica had a very special mother/son relationship throughout the decades on GH.

What did you think of the moment when Jason got a note from Monica that said, “I believe in you?” Were you touched as well? Let us know in the comment section. You can check out the latest episode of Steve and Bradford’s podcast below.

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Days Of Our Lives

Days of our Lives wins WGA Award for Daytime Drama Series

Sunday night, April 14th in concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City, the Writers Guild of America is handing out their 76th annual WGA Awards in the fields of motion picture, television, news media, and radio/audio.

In the Daytime Drama category, Peacock’s Days of our Lives was the winner, taking home its fourth WGA Award in this category in a row.

The DAYS winning writing team consisted of Head Writer Ron Carlivati Creative Consultant Ryan Quan and Writers Sonja Alar, Jazmen Darnell Brown, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Cheryl Davis, Kirk Doering, Christopher Dunn, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Henry Newman, Dave Ryan, and Katherine D. Schock.

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The team from Days of our Lives bested the only other team in the category from General Hospital, which consisted of former GH head writers: Dan O’Connor, Chris Van Etten Writers Ashley Cook, Emily Culliton, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, Stacey Pulwer, Dave Rupel, Lisa Seidman, and Scott Sickles.

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As previously reported, a show spokesperson for Days of our Lives shared that the episodes submitted for the competition were #14663, #14678 & #14679, and mostly centered around the death, and the funeral of Victor Kiriakis played by the late John Aniston.

This week, DAYS head scribe, Ron Carlivati, confirmed that, and told Michael Fairman TV on the decision of the scripts the team submitted: “I like to have some humor, but it was also the funeral, and then there was Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) giving birth, and then Vivian’s (Louise Sorel) crashing the reading of the will.”

You can follow along with the live updated list of all the winners from tonight’s WGA ceremonies here.

Michael Fairman TV will have more on DAYS WGA Award win as it becomes available.

So, what do you think of Days of our Lives winning the WGA Award writing award for a Daytime Drama series for the fourth year in a row? Comment below.

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Breaking News

‘The Talk’ Renewed For 15th and Final Season to End in December; Does Its Cancellation Make Room for ‘The Gates’?

Things just got very interesting over at CBS daytime with the announcement today that The Talk is going to end its run on the network after its 15th season, and that season looks to be shortened as the series will come to its conclusion in December of 2024.

In a joint statement, Amy Reisenbach, President, CBS Entertainment and David Stapf, President, CBS Studio, shared, “The Talk broke new ground when it launched 14 years ago by returning daytime talk to CBS with a refreshing and award-winning format. Throughout the years, it has been a key program on CBS’ top rated daytime line-up as it brought timely, important and entertaining topics and discussions into living rooms around the globe.”

Reisenback and Stapf added, “It goes without saying that hosting and producing a year-round talk show is no easy task, and we express our sincere gratitude to our amazing hosts Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell and Sheryl Underwood, our Executive Producer/Showrunner Rob Crabbe and the hardworking producing team and crew.

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Giving props to those who co-hosted or worked on the show through the years including: Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen Moonves, Carrie Ann Inaba Leah Ramimi, Marissa Janet Winokur, Holly Robinson Peete, Eve, Aisha Tyler, and Sharon Osbourne, the joint statement added, “We also want to acknowledge our former show hosts and colleagues who contributed throughout the seasons. We truly appreciate the skill, creativity, and dedication everyone involved brought to the show every day.  And of course, we thank the numerous guests who appeared, and the millions of viewers who tuned in daily. For the final season, we plan to celebrate the show and give it the proper sendoff it deserves when it concludes in December 2024.”

While no firm decision or announcement has been given at this time, it seems most likely that The Talk’s time slot could be given to the new soap opera in development The Gates from CBS Studio Ventures and from longtime soap opera writer. Michele Val Jean.  As previously reported, The Gates features the lives of a wealthy Black family who reside in a posh, gated community.

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The Talk was originally the brainchild of Sara Gilbert, who had developed the show when it launched back 2010 and it replaced the beloved As the World Turns which went off the air after 54 years when CBS canceled it.

So, what do you think of The Talk being canceled? Will this make room for The Gates to begin to air in its spot beginning in 2025? Share your reactions to the news via the comment section.

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