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Former Guiding Light Star Bonnie Dennison Tapped For Lead Role In Pilot From 30 ROCK Team!

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Remember Bonnie Dennison who played Daisy on Guiding Light?   Well, the young actress has just nabbed a primo role from the creative team behind the Emmy-Award winning comedy 30 ROCK, which includes Tina Fey!

According to Deadline.com, “Bonnie has landed a lead role in Fox’s multi-camera comedy pilot created/executive produced by 30 Rock co-executive producer Matt Hubbard and exec producer by 30 Rock creator/co-showrunner Tina Fey and co-showrunner Robert Carlock.

The pilot which is an untitled comedy is set at a women’s college that begins accepting men for the first time in its history. Dennison will play Thena (originally named Callie), a pretty but uptight sophomore, a hard-core feminist and leader of the sizable population of Cabot College that does not want men on campus. However, her militance masks a vulnerable and romantic side that pops up in unexpected ways.”

What do you think of Bonnie Dennison landing this role?  Shocked?  Delighted? What do you think of the shows premise? Would you be checking it out if it makes it to series?   Let us know!

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Phil
Phil

I am willing to give it a try. Dennison wasn’t given the credit she deserved on GL. Of course, I am not sure anyone would have been well received after the ever so popular and talented Brittany Snow! Dennison brought a little more depth to the role IMO. I also enjoyed her very much on Third Watch! They should try to get Beth Ehlers to recurr as her mother!

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stefano bad boy

I loved her on guiding light, she is a terrific actress. I wish her luck on the show.

Perla
Perla

Good for her.

Mark
Mark

I miss guiding light so much, not with her, but in its heyday.

Rob
Rob

I never liked the character she played on GL, but she is definitely a talented actress

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Justin Deas, Beth Ehlers & Company Set For Guiding Light Cooper Family Reunion

In one of the most exciting and highly-anticipated chats of the COVID-19 stay-at-home television reunions, this one will rank way up there!

Announced on Friday, by Alan Locher for his The Locher Room You Tube channel, a Guiding Light Cooper family reunion is on its way to longtime fans of the beloved CBS soap opera.

Circle Wednesday June 3rd at a special time 5 p. m. EST/2 p. m PST for “Cocktails with the Coopers”.

Joining Alan will be multi-Daytime Emmy winner, Justin Deas (Buzz), fan favorite Beth Ehlers (Harley) along with Frank Dicopoulos (Frank), John Driscoll (Coop) and Fiona Hutchison (Jenna).  

To log in to the Cooper family reunion event with some of the finest actors ever to grace the town of Springfield click here.

So excited to see Justin, Beth and the Cooper clan all together again? Comment below.

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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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Matt Bomer In Upcoming ‘White Collar’ Virtual Reunion; Jerry verDorn in Just Announced Guiding Light Reunion

More online virtual conversations are on the way with beloved former soap stars.  First up, motion picture and TV star, Matt Bomer (Ex-Ben, GL) and the cast of White Collar, who will reunite on an all-new installment of Stars In The House, airing live on Thursday, May 7th starting at 8 p. m. EST.   You can watch it here.

The cast of White Collar will appear together in support of The Trevor Project.   Fans who have missed this crew of special agents and con artists will be able to interact with the cast in real time, ask questions, and donate to The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people, for the chance to have their names read on air.

The Stars in the House series from hosts Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley has brought together casts from beloved comedies and dramas over the COVID-19 pandemic originally in support of The Actors Fund.

In addition, more news today from The Locher Room.  There is yet another Guiding Light virtual reunion on the way. This time featuring: Jerry verDorn (Ex-Ross), Denise Pence (Ex-Katie), Elvera Roussel (Ex-Hope), and Michael Tylo (Ex-Quint).

Circle next week on Tuesday May 12th beginning at 3 p.m. EST to watch the livestream featuring these past favorites from Springfield here.

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So, interested in the Bomer or verDorn featured online chats? Comment below.

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