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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.

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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)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I miss GL…i miss many of my soaps!!!

JUDY K
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
Ricardo

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

Ricardo
Ricardo

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

James R. Poissant
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
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
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
Mark Y

Who are the other four?

Mister Media
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
Mark Y

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

Mister Media
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
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
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
mark

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

Mandy
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
Soaphound

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
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
Frank

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

Cheryl
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
Adam

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

blake
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)
Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)

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

clb
clb

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

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Final Season of ‘EastSiders’ Starring Kit Williamson and Van Hansis Gets Premiere Date on Netflix

The fourth and final season of the much heralded LGBTQ series, EastSiders now has a premiere date of December 1st on Netflix, and fans of the show will see how things will play out for the Silver Lake duo of Cal  and Thom, who have gone through quite a lot in their relationship over the last three seasons.

EastSiders stars series creator, Kit Williamson (Cal) along with As the World Turns favorite, Van Hansis (Thom).  The last six-episodes that comprise season four will tackle questions such as… what does commitment really look like in a long-term relationship? And what unique challenges does a “gay marriage” present?

In story, Cal and Thom are back home in Los Angeles following season three’s cross-country road trip.  The guys are still trying to figure out if they are just best friends with benefits, or more, or less, than that.

Elsewhere, Douglas (Willam Belli) and Quincy (Stephen Guarino) are engaged to be married, but with very different ideas about what a gay wedding should be. Hillary (Brianna Brown) and Ian (John Halbach) are cohabiting peacefully; and Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon) and Derrick (Leith M. Burke) have taken a huge step in their relationship by fostering a child.

Deadline broke the news of the premiere date and the many special guest stars from primetime and more to look forward to this season.

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Will you be watching the final season of EastSiders? If you follow the series, how do you hope the relationship between Cal and Thom resolves itself? Do they stay together, or move on from each other once and for all? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Emmy Winner and Noted Soap Opera Head Writer; Hogan Sheffer Passes Away At 61

Over the last several hours, reports have broke that one of daytime’s most notable scribes has died.  Hogan Sheffer, who was head writer at As the World Turns, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless has passed away at the age of 61.

Soap Hub, first reported the news via multiple sources, however, many writers who worked with Hogan during his tenure on the soaps have taken to social media to share their condolences and their grief and remembrances.

Sheffer’s appearance on the soap scene was unexpected, especially in a genre where it is often rare for new blood to take the reins at the head writer position.  Proctor & Gamble had decided to bring in Hogan after his work as the Director of Screenplay Development for DreamWorks, not because of his writing credits for a previous network soap.  He was given trial deal as a breakdown writer for the CBS soap and 10-weeks in became the beloved town of Oakdale’s new head writer.

Hogan and his then writing team were able to turn the classic, As the World Turns around.  The show went up in the ratings and during his time with the series ‘World Turn’s’ won two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series, and he and the writing team picked up four Emmy victories all through 2000-2004.

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Next, Sheffer landed in Salem as head writer of Days of our Lives along with Meg Kelly from 2006 through to the beginning of 2008.   He would later join The Young and the Restless and team up with then head writers: Maria Arena Bell and Scott Hamner, and eventually stay with the show till 2012.  During Sheffer’s time in Genoa City, Y&R also won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in 2011.

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On Sunday, former WWE and daytime writer Tom Casiello, who was extremely close with Sheffer…  and who shared how Hogan gave him his start at writing in daytime, took to his Facebook page to pay tribute to a man who had such an impact on his life and many others.  It is worth the read here. 

Y&R writer, Sara Bibel tweeted: “Hogan Sheffer was a gamechanger for ATWT and daytime. Everyone I know who worked with him adored him. RIP”

And, iconic ATWT star, Martha Byrne (Ex-Lily) tweeted on Sheffer’s passing: “To say he was one of a kind would be a tremendous understatement. Our years at ATWT with Hogan at the helm were a rebirth for our beautiful show. Loved his writers, actors,crew. Blessed to have him on the first floor in Brooklyn ready to listen. Talented. Funny. Generous. RIP”

Colleen Zenk (Ex-Barbara, ATWT) also took to Twitter upon learning of the passing of Sheffer sharing: “I loved him, loved him, loved him… he was so good to me. Thank you for everything, Hogan. You were so loved. Especially, by me… Rest in peace…”

Michael Fairman TV will continue to bring you updates as the soap world mourns the loss of a creative force in our genre.  Share your condolences and thoughts on the death of Hogan Sheffer via the comment section below.

 

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FRIDAY: ATWT’s Larry Bryggman and AMC’s Dorothy Lyman Guest Star On ‘The Blacklist’

Two of the most revered performances ever in the world of daytime drama will be seen tomorrow night on an all-new episode of NBC’s drama series, The Blacklist. (10/9c).

In “The Pawnbrokers”, Daytime Emmy winners, Larry Bryggman (Ex-John Dixon, As the World Turns) and Dorothy Lyman (Ex-Opal Gardner, All My Children) will be seen as a criminal duo!

Bryggman and Lyman play a couple that fronts cash to criminals on the black market. In story, series star, James Spader’s Red acclimates himself to his new digs in federal prison, where he is challenged by an old rival.  Samar (Mozhan Marnò) goes undercover to stop a black market organization that fronts cash to criminals. (Enter Larry and Dorothy!)  And, Liz (Megan Boone) and Jennifer (guest star Fiona Dourif) continue their investigation into Red’s past.

Check out the promo for tomorrow night’s episode below.   Then let us know if you will be checking out Larry and Dorothy and if all of this brings back memories of their amazing performances in Oakdale and in Pine Valley in the comment section below.

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