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Christine Baranksi Breaks Silence On Passing Of Husband & AMC Favorite Matthew Cowles!

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Last May, On-Air On-Soaps reported to you the very sad news of the passing of one of soaps greatest villains and character actors, Matthew Cowles at age 69.  The talented actor played Billy Clyde Tuggle on All My Children both on the ABC version, and later returned last year to reprise the role on the Prospect Park online reboot of the series.

Cowles longtime wife, The Good Wife’s Christine Baranski had yet to make any public statement on his death until now.  Christine is co-starring in the expected Christmas blockbuster Into The Woods where she plays Cinderella’s stepmother in the film adaption of the Stephen Sondheim musical.

At the movie premiere this week, Baranski told Variety:  “It’s been a tough year.  I lost extraordinary people in my life, but I have a beautiful grandson, my wonderful ‘Good Wife’ colleagues and the beautiful people associated with the film here tonight.”

Glad to finally hear from Christine and her thoughts on the late Matthew Cowles? Will you check out Into The Woods?  Comment below!

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Great actor! Great character!! Greatly missed!!!

My thoughts and prayers go out to Christine Baranski and her family on this tough loss. She is a brilliant actress and singer that I have enjoyed ever seeing her on Cybill.

i agree this is where i first met christine, and she was hilarious on cybill, and have enjoyed her in so many other things as well

My condolences to her. Loved to hate him as Billy Clyde 🙂 he was amazing in that role.

I didn’t read any “thoughts” here on her husband. Did I miss something???

Thank you, nor did I. She spoke in general terms.
Maybe it’s too tender and it’s too personal for her to speak of. I have to respect that about her. I remember reading years ago that she said her husband Malcolm was one of the best and most underrated actors of our time. I agreed then, and I agree now.
I always loved her–and Malcolm Cowley as Billy Clyde Tuggell was pure genius. My favorite soap opera villain of all time.

I was thinking the same thing. She didn’t even mention him at all.

If this was “breaking her silence,” she STILL must not have anything to say.

I think what she must be feeling is too much to put into words. Of course she has a lot to say but would rather talk about publicly. Good for her.

Harry…my post was in reference to Michael’s question:” Glad to finally hear from Christine and her thoughts on the late Matthew Cowles?” and his statement in his heading about her “breaking her silence. That’s what Cindy and SZima are referring to as well. But yes, you’re probably right…she didn’t share thoughts and she didn’t really break her silence on his passing because perhaps she’d rather keep them private.

Classy lady, I commend her integrity of expression.

I loved his character very much. And enjoy The Good Wife also. Very sorry for the loss. Can’t wait to see Christine in her new movie.

I feel so sorry for her. But she said as close to nothing as possible.

aahh well, guess she sees it as none of our business / her private feelings ..

sorry for her great loss ..

Seems to be very generic.

I love Christine, she is very classy. They seem to be a very private family which is certainly OK.

I agree, they clearly had a long, happy and successful marriage, everyone handles grief differently, and in my personal experience in dealing with grief, many people don’t respect the individual’s grieving process very much and many times add to it by being unkind and putting expectations on what is a personal and private experience. Christine acknowledged it, and no one should expect more.

I loved him as Billy Clyde, he always mad me laugh and mad at the same time, lol. I had no idea he was married to Christine! She is another actor I have always loved and so versatile. What a wonderful life they must have had together. Good he has her work to keep her busy, but my thoughts are with her and may Matthew RIP. I know he is looking after her still!

correction **made me” no mad me (sorry bout that)

I miss Mathew Cowels. too. I can still see in the 1980’s with that hat with the big feather in it. He was priceless!!!

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Kelly Ripa Shares on Husband Mark Consuelos: “My Funny Valentine…Celebrating 29 Years of Love With This Guy”

Ah, we remember them when, right? Hard to believe that 29 years have passed since Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos tied the knot when they were mere young adults on All My Children on May 1st, 1996 and portraying Hayley and Mateo, respectively.

But, look at them now! Kelly and Mark are happily married with three children and co-hosting the top-rated syndicated morning talk show!

On Valentine’s Day, Mark took to his Instagram and Kelly took to hers, posting pics and snaps of their love for one another. Consuelos shared: “My forever Valentine…You make smile♥️♥️” to which Ripa replied “Ten Hearts.”

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Kelly posted a plethora of great shots of the duo through the years, captioning it all with “My funny Valentine…Celebrating 29 years of ♥️ with this guy 😍”

The photo album included: Kelly and Mark in matching blue and white outfits standing in front of a red sign that spells out the word “love.” In addition, Ripa chose some moments from their red-carpet appearances and some of their favorite vacations.

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Meanwhile, the Live with Kelly and Mark social media account featured a shot of the couple wearing matching t-shirts that said, “Find someone that loves you as much as Mark loves Mark 😂 Happy Valentine’s Day!”

So, what do you think? Are Kelly and Mark the best example of a Valentine’s Day couple we know and love? Share your thoughts in the comment section and Happy Valentine’s Day from Michael Fairman TV!


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Grammy Winner Jody Watley Recalls Dancing On ‘Soul Train’ with All My Children’s Darnell Williams: “Like Every Other Soap Fan I Loved His Legendary Character ‘Jesse'”

Look who’s paying an homage to one of the all time daytime greats, Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse, All My Children), none other than recording artist and Grammy-winner, Jody Watley.

While in promotion of her new single, Everlasting, Watley has been sharing photos and memories of moments from her career that are everlasting.

Taking to her Instagram, Watley shared a photo of herself with a young Darnell Williams, where we learned not only is she a huge fan of the iconic Jesse from Pine Valley, but she danced with Darnell when they both appeared on Soul Train! Darnell was regular on the show from 1974-1975.  Watley began her professional career on Soul Train, then became part of the musical group, Shalamar, before beginning her own solo career which has now spanned decades.

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Watley expressed on Willi: “EVERLASTING Indeed! 😁😁✨ “Always believe in you..” #flashbackfriday #70s 😘 this photo was shared with me from a ST fan page on FB .. I’d never seen it before 😯😍 – two teens with big dreams — Darnell Williams such a nice guy and so handsome we danced together a few times – a snapshot – … later like every other soap fan I loved his legendary character “Jesse” back in the golden era of daytime TV “All My Children” ❤️❤️❤️❤️ terrific actor— and I was in awe like “I knew him on ST” 😁 – before coming into my own trajectory as an artist.”

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Two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Darnell Williams appeared on All My Children during several stints from 1991 to 1998, then again from 2008-2011, before reprising the role in 2013 in Prospect Park’s reboot of the series.

Watley’s biggest hits include Real Love, Looking for a New Love, Everything, Some Kind of Lover and more.

So, what do you think of the Darnell and Jody connection, and her remembrances of his time as Jesse on AMC? share your thoughts in the comment section, and also check out the radio edit version of Jody’s new single below.


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‘Live with Kelly and Mark’ Scores Most-Watched Week of Syndicated Talk Shows in 2 Years; Delivers Strongest Week in Nearly 3 Years

In another case of soap alums doing great things, come news that former All My Children stars and real-life marrieds Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo) are having a great ride together as on-screen co-hosts of the syndicated morning series, Live with Kelly and Mark.

New numbers were just released by ABC that share that during the week of January 15-19 2024: Live with Kelly and Mark hit series highs in Households (1.81 rating) and Total Viewers (2.673 million). Interestingly enough, former GH star, Rick Springfield (ex-Noah Drake) appeared on the show that week performing with friend and musician, Richard Marx.)

But there is more good news: Live with Kelly and Mark delivered the franchise’s strongest week in nearly 3 years in both Households and Total Viewers, as well as double-digit week-to-week increases in key demos over the last three weeks.

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With 2.673 million Total Viewers, ‘Live’ delivered the most-watched week of any syndicated talk show in 2 years ( since Dr. Phil second week of January in 2022).

In even more solid gains for this ratings report: the talker stood as the week’s top  daytime talk show in Households (1.81 rating) and Total Viewers (2.673 million). ‘Live’ also ranked as the No. 1 entertainment talk show of the week across all key Nielsen measures, topping all daytime and late-night entertainment talk shows.

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Overall the Live with Kelly and Mark is up 4%  from the the previous year averaging roughly 2.4M viewers across all of its episodes. ‘Live’ also stands as the season’s No. 1 entertainment talk show across all key Nielsen measures.

Consuleos arrived officially on the season on April 17th 2022 taking over for the departing Ryan Seacrest to co-host the show with Ripa. While many voiced concerns that the on-screen and off-screen coupling might make for lower ratings if they were not entertaining, just the opposite has happened, the series seems in a very healthy place; given the constant downturn in linear ratings and viewership in daytime TV.

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