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Guiding Light Favorite Grant Aleksander Joins The Cast of Tainted Dreams!

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Guiding Light‘s Grant Aleksander, who played the complicated Phillip Spaulding on and off for 25 years, will play another deeply conflicted, complex character, “Adam Clark,” in  the upcoming series, Tainted Dreams.

According to Sonia Blangiardo, creator of New York Brand Productions first dramedy, Tainted Dreams, “In a bit of art imitating life, Grant has been focusing behind the scenes honing his directing skills, and we are thrilled he has agreed to step back in front of the camera to play the executive producer of Tainted Dreams fictionalized soap ‘Painted Dreams.'”

On taking on the role of “Adam Clark” in Tainted Dreams, Grant Aleksander chuckled, “With more than 30 years in daytime both in front of and behind the camera, I have experienced many executive producers, and now it will be fun to actually play one.”

Tainted Dreams is the brainchild of two-time Emmy-winning producer/director Sonia Blangiardo who is currently serving as Supervising Producer of Prospect Park’s reboot of Agnes Nixon’s iconic soap All My Children. Blangiardo believes, “Sometimes what happens behind the scenes is juicier, funnier and more dramatic than anything on the screen. Tainted Dreams provides a rare look, warts and all, at the realistic interaction of the executives, cast and crew involved in producing a daily scripted drama.”

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While Grant Aleksander is best known as The Guiding Light’s “Phillip Spaulding,” he also directed episodes of As the World Turns, and in the mid-1990’s he created the memorable role of “Alec McIntyre” on All My Children. Aleksander played the bartender at “Mickey’s Bar” in the 1986 movie Tough Guys, starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas. In 2006, he appeared in two motion pictures, The Big Bad Swim and the American Civil War film Fields of Freedom. Aleksander was also featured on a variety of episodic television series and made-for-TV movies.

Tainted Dreams boasts a unique combination of high profile soap stars, reality stars, sports figures, singers and theater actors. To date, casting announcements for Tainted Dreams include Dina Manzo (Dina’s Party and Real Housewives of New Jersey), Alicia Minshew (All My Children), Kelley Menighan Hensley (As the World Turns), Walt Willey ( All My Children), Marnie Schulenburg (As the World Turns), Michael Lowry (All My Children), Austin Peck (Days of our Lives), Colleen Zenk (As the World Turns), Anthony Wilkinson (My Big Gay Italian Wedding and the new My Big Gay Italian Funeral), Lisa Marie Varon (IMPACT WRESTLING) and Mr. PEC-Tacular Jessie Godderz (IMPACT WRESTLING and Big Brother). Tainted Dreams begins filming in late July.

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Are you happy to see Grant return to a new role in front of the camera? Are you looking forward to Tainted Dreams?  Let us know!

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k/kay
k/kay

One of the best actors there ever was in Daytime why he did not have an emmy escapes me.

Blake
Blake

No kidding!!!

Joshua
Joshua

Aleksander is an enormously talented man … where will this be broadcast?

Phil
Phil

I wanted him to come to GH or DAYs, but oh well! Where does this air?

jimh
jimh

He might have made an interesting Bo Brady….

Phil
Phil

I cannot see him as Bo Brady! He may have been a good Mike Horton recast or something…though he might be old…IDK…maybe he could have been a good spoiler for Justin and Adrienne?

jimh
jimh

Yeah…your right…Mike would have been a good role for him…Bo wouldve been a miscast now that i rethink it over…

Mark Y
Mark Y

This is great news. Grant is terrific and so are many of his cast mates. One question > when does Tainted Dreams debut?

mary
mary

I was already looking forward to Tainted Dreams. Seeing Grant again is just one more plus for this GL fan.

Banou
Banou

G.A is a great actor, I am glad he is coming back to Soap. Looking forward to Tainted Dream.

Jovin
Jovin

I still say Grant would be great as Ridge on Bold and Beautiful. Same chiseled features, but Grant can act!

k/kay
k/kay

Jovin do not wish anyone to get tangled up with Brad Bell! They made a big deal about Ricky Goldin coming on he lasted what 3 episodes. The slew of good actors that have gotten a raw deal from that man goes on forever.

Elle
Elle

I too so wished to see Grant in the role vacated by Ron Moss too! I could just about hear the sizzle on screen with the Bold and Beautiful ladies, and the interaction between the characters Eric, Rick, Thomas, Thorne and Grant/Ridge would have been stellar. Alas, I will check out Tainted instead!

Stosh
Stosh

Wow, great addition to the cast! This makes me even more excited to watch Tainted Dreams.

Chris
Chris

I am quite excited about seeing Grant again! Great addition to an already talented cast. Can’t wait to see TD now!

gail
gail

Wow! This is exciting news. I’m looking forward to seeing Grant on screen again. Tainted Dreams has an amazing cast so far. Can’t wait for it! 🙂

Blake
Blake

Great news! Grant is too talented and good looking NOT to be working! Loved him as Phillip Spaulding on Guiding Light!

Kathleen
Kathleen

Me too!

lorenzo hot top boy
lorenzo hot top boy

grant would be good as a ridge recast on the bold and the beautiful. he is a really good actor and hot too. lol

Kathleen
Kathleen

I miss him as Phillip Spaulding..in fact i miss the guiding light a lot. I watched it since it just about aired (maybe a few years after) and right until it ended… I wish it would come back..that would be awesome! I miss Kim Zimmer,Reva, Josh all of them.. Became like family…..

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Mark Derwin, Melissa Hayden and More to Reunite for Upcoming Guiding Light Virtual Reunion

Some beloved faces from Springfield return when they gather virtually for one of the next Guiding Light reunion chats via Alan Locher.

Look for fan favorites: Mark Derwin (Ex-A.C. Mallett), Melissa Hayden (Ex-Bridget Reardon), Morgan Englund (Dylan Lewis),, Kimberley Simms (Mindy Lewis) and Jocelyn Seagrave Fundoukos (Julie Camaletti) on Wednesday, June 10th beginning at 3PM EST/12 PM PST on The Locher Room You Tube channel.

Guiding Light fans will remember the love story of Mallet and Harley, Dylan and Julie, as well as Bridge’ts Relationship with Dylan and of course, the spoiled rich girl Mindy Lewis.

Get your questions ready and join the virtual chat.  To view on June 10th click here,

So, what were some of your favorite memories from GL featuring this fab five? Comment below.

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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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