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GL and ATWT Alum Tom Pelphrey Cast In Netflix’s MARVEL’s IRON FIST!

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From the moment daytime fans saw Tom Pelphrey on their screens as Jonathan Randall’s, Reva’s (Kim Zimmer) son on Guiding Light, they knew he had that “it” factor.  After winning two Daytime Emmys for his performance, and then moving over to As the World Turns to take on the role of Mick, Pelphrey left daytime to appear in motion pictures and primetime television and his sucesses have been mounting.   He recently starred in Cinemax’s Banshee.

Now comes word via Variety, perhaps of one of Pelphrey’s most exciting roles of all.   The talented actor has been cast in the highly-anticipated new Netflix series, Marvel’s Iron Fist.   Tom will be a series regular in the superhero series, where he will play the role of Ward Meachum.  Cast along with Pelphrey as his new on-screen sister is 90210’s Jessica Stroup who will play Joy Meachum.   David Wenham will play their father, Harold.

Pelphrey addresses his casting news on his Twitter page adding:  “So excited to be joining this team. Thanks for all of the support as always!!”

In story, Joy and Ward have spent their lives building Rand Enterprises to its current standing in the world, only to have all their work put in jeopardy when Danny returns to claim his birthright. They are childhood acquaintances of Danny Rand’s who now play an important role in Rand Enterprises.

Marvel’s Iron Fist follows Jones’ Danny Rand as he returns to New York City after being missing for years. He fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.  Finn Jones of Games of Thrones will play the title role in the series.

Will you be checking out Jonathan in Marvel’s Iron Fist?  Did you love him as GL’s Jonathan?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I miss GL…i miss many of my soaps!!!

JUDY K
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JUDY K

I DO TOO…I REALLY MISS G.L. AND ATWT AND SOME OF THE GREATEST SOAP STARS WE USED TO LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING EVERY DAY…

Ricardo
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Ricardo

Me too Jim, I miss Reva the slut of Springfield. Lol.

Ricardo
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Ricardo

Also loved Blake, Reva, Joshua, Lillian and other people on the Guiding Light. Man I miss that soap so much.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

The first soap I got to miss was Texas which was a spinoff from Another World. That show had me glued to my screen every day and i got to meet some of the actors when they came to do guest appearances in my hometown of Plattsburgh, NY. Other soaps have joined the ranking like ATWT and it’s never a good feeling when we lose one of our families.

Scoma60
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Scoma60

Tom has received stellar reviews since joining Cinemax’s Banshee. It’s been a real star making role. I’m sure it helped get him noticed for this new role. So happy for him.

Mister Media
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Mister Media

Tom Pelphrey is one of my top 5 favorite actors in the entire history of daytime drama and one of the finest actors in any genre. I make it a practice to check him out in any role I can.

Mark Y
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Mark Y

Who are the other four?

Mister Media
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Mister Media

Thanks for asking. They are: Michael Zaslow (Roger Thorpe, GL), Larry Bryggman (John Dixon, ATWT), Roger Howarth (Franco, GH, Todd OLTL et al), and Justin Deas (Buzz Cooper, GL et al). Pelphrey always reminded me of Zaslow in his ability to portray villainous actions while showing tremendous vulnerability. In fact, all 5 of these actors can claim that skill.

Mark Y
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Mark Y

An excellent list. I was a GL and ATWT fan as well. What about the ladies?

Mister Media
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Mister Media

Robin Strasser (Dorian, OLTL), Elizabeth Hubbard (Lucinda, ATWT), Beverly McKinsey (Alexandra, GL), Wendy Moniz (Dinah, GL) and Sarah Brown (Carly, GH). How about you, Mark? Any favorites?

Mark Y
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Mark Y

Another good list and I’d include them all. How about Victoria Wyndham AW, Ilene Kristen RH, Lisa Brown GL & ATWT, Mary Kay Adams GL & ATWT – could never look away when they were on screen.

Mister Media
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Mister Media

Great choices. Soaps can feature some of the best acting in ANY genre. It’s interesting that when many of the soaps were produced in NYC they attracted many Broadway actors. Regardless of the sometimes poor or outlandish writing on soaps, the best actors commit to the material and make it rich and entertaining.

mark
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mark

He was sooooo good on guiding light. I miss gl so much!!!!!!!!!!!

Mandy
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Mandy

He is so hot, rugged and masculine. I loved watching Tom on Guiding Light. He is a terrific actor and sexy too. Tom and Kim Zimmer really loved working together, great chemistry together. I hope Kim Zimmer comes back to Daytime.

Soaphound
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Thanks for saying it, Mandy. There are lots of pretty faces and fit bodies on daytime but not many with old-fashioned charisma and sex appeal, plus ferocious talent to go with it. Tom Pelphrey has it. For me, Roger Howarth and Billy Miller also have it. But it seems to be a rare combination and when you see it, you KNOW IT!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Good for him didn’t know he was on Banshee I don’t watch anymore.. But I loved the way he sarcastically called Reva MA-MEEE..HEEHEE

Frank
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Frank

I will be watching, big fan of Tom and is a terrific actor.

Cheryl
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Cheryl

Good Luck!! You are a fantastic actor!! I loved you on GL & ATWT. I wish I had Netflix so I could watch your new adventure. Hope to see you on the big screen cos I will be there to watch & cheer you on!!

Adam
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Adam

This dude is sexy as hell lmao. Tom is a wonderful actor

blake
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blake

Well deserved, Tom is such an amazing actor. He killed it on Guiding Light and deserved those Emmy awards. I’m glad to see his talents recognized past daytime, glad to see him going far!

Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)
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Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)

He’s got the goods. Glad to see things working out for the actor.

clb
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clb

Tom brought new life to GL in its closing years. Great actor and soul. Deserved both emmys.

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As the World Turns Alum Marnie Schulenburg Passes Away at 37

Heartbreaking news to report.  As the World Turns alum, Marnie Schulenburg, has died at the young age of 37-years-old.

Schulenburg had been battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer since 2020.

Soap fans remember her portrayals as Alison Stewart on As the World Turns from 2007-2010 and  as Jo Sullivan on Prospect Park’s reboot of One Life to Live in 2013.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Marnie passed away a few days shy of her 38th birthday.

The Flux Theatre Ensemble, in which Marnie participated and performed in shared their sorrow on Facebook noting: “We’re mourning the loss of Marnie Schulenburg, a beloved member of Flux’s family and an extraordinary actor who performed in and helped develop so many Flux shows, including MARIAN, HEARTS LIKE FISTS, PRETTY THEFT, and ANGEL EATERS. We love you so much, and we will miss you always.”

Marnie is survived by husband Zack Robidas and daughter, Coda, who is just two-years-old.

We will continue to update this story as remembrances are posted in Marnie’s honor.

Share you condolences to Marnie’s family and your thoughts in the comment section below.

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ATWT Alum Alexandra Chando Cast in NBC Pilot Based on Dutch Show ‘Adam & Eva’

In casting news, Alexandra Chando (Ex-Maddie, As the World Turns) had been tapped to play one of the leading roles in the upcoming untiled NBC pilot based on the Dutch series, Adam & Eva.

Chando will be joined by Younger star, Ben Rappaport as the epicenter of the proposed series.

The log lines share that the project is both funny and heartfelt and will chronicle the epic love and lives of two complete strangers, Adam (Rappaport) and Eva (Chando), whose multiple run-ins begin to defy coincidence, leading both to believe in fate.

According to Deadline, Alexandra’s role of Eva is said to be an aspiring artist and force of nature whose relationship and views on fate are put to the test when she meets Adam.

Alexandra commented on social media:Immensely excited and grateful to be apart of this incredible show.”

As the World Turns fans will remember Chando received a Daytime Emmy nomination for her performances back in 2007 and she was previously seen in The Lying Game and Sneaky Pete.

So, intrigued on the proposed series featuring Chando? Comment below.

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Julianne Moore Pays Tribute to ATWT’s Kathryn Hays: “I Am in Indebted to Her and So Saddened by Her Loss”

The soap world has been in mourning since last Friday with the news of the passing of As the World Turns icon, Kathryn Hays (Kim Hughes).  The beloved actress passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 87.

Now, Hays former on-screen stepdaughter and niece, Oscar winner, Julianne Moore (Ex-Frannie/Sabrina Hughes) took to Instagram over the weekend to share her heartfelt remembrance and grief of working with Hays early in her acting career on ATWT.

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Moore shared: “The beautiful and gracious Kathryn Hays has passed away. I worked with Kathryn on As the World Turns at the beginning of my career and she treated me with such kindness and generosity, and demonstrated in her every action how to be professional on a set. I am indebted to her and so saddened by her loss. My thoughts are with her family – she spoke to me so often of her daughter. I hope they know what a profound influence Kathryn had on me, and so many others. RIP Kathryn ❤️❤️❤️ ”

Julianne had played twins Frannie and Sabrina from 1985-1988 and then returned to the CBS soap opera one final time in 2010 before ATWT made its final farewell.

What do you think of the kind words Moore shared on her thoughts on the passing of Kathryn Hays? Do you remember Julianne in scenes with Kathryn on ATWT, if so, what were some of your favorites? Comment below.

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