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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.”

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.

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

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

Blake
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Blake

No kidding!!!

Joshua
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Joshua

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

Phil
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Phil

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

jimh
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jimh

He might have made an interesting Bo Brady….

Phil
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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
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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
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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
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mary

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

Banou
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Banou

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

Jovin
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Jovin

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

k/kay
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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
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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
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Stosh

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

Chris
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Chris

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

gail
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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
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Blake

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

Kathleen
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Kathleen

Me too!

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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
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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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GL Alums Tom Pelphrey & Murray Bartlett Receive 74th Annual Primetime Emmy Award Nominations; ‘This Is Us’ Snubbed

Tuesday morning, former One Life to Live star, Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) along with JB Smooth (Curb Your Enthusiasm) kicked-off the announcements of the 74th Annual Primetime Emmy Award Nominations via livestream, sharing the reveal in some of the major show and acting categories.

When the dust settled, two former daytime stars from Guiding Light scored nominations. Tom Pelphrey (Ex-Mick, ATWT and Jonathan, GL) landed in the Guest Performer in a Drama Series for his work in Ozark.  Meanwhile, Murray Bartlett (Ex-Cyrus, GL) received a nod for Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for The White Lotus.

In addition, Amanda Seyfried (Ex-Lucy, AMC and Joni, AMC) was nominated for Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her performance in The Dropout, as well as Alexandra Daddario (Ex-Laurie, AMC) for her work in The White Lotus in the Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie category.

HBO’s drama, Succession led all show nominations with 25, followed by Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso and HBO’s The White Lotus which scored 20 each.

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In a shocking snub, in its sixth and final, and most-acclaimed season, NBC’s This Is Us failed to land any nominations for its acting ensemble or for Drama Series.  So many of us, in particular, were rooting for Mandy Moore to appear on the list in the Lead Actress Drama Series category.

However, also scoring a nomination was Netflix, Selling Sunset which features former soap star, Chrishell Stause (Ex-AMC, DAYS, Y&R).  The show landed in the Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program category.

The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on NBC on Monday, September 12th (8 pm ET/5 pm PT) as well as streaming live on Peacock.

Meanwhile, the 2022 Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be held over two consecutive nights, September 3rd and 4th, with an edited-down version of the presentation to air Saturday, September 10th on FXX.

To view the entire list of nominations click here.

So, what do you think about Tom and Murray being recognized for their performances? The snub of This Is Us? Comment below.

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Soap Alums Frank Grillo and Dee Wallace to Star in New Peacock Streaming Series

From director and executive producer Jason Woliner, best know for his work on Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, comes a new untitled streaming series for Peacock which is said to be groundbreaking, in that, it mixes fact and fiction to tell a bizarre and incredible tale.

Casting announcements have begun and two faces very familiar to soap fans are in the ensemble.  First, former Guiding Light star, Frank Grillo (Ex-Hart Jessup) who most recently appeared in Kingdom, and Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, and second, former General Hospital star, Dee Wallace (Ex-Patricia Spencer), best known for her role in the film, E.T.

In addition to Grillo and Wallace, look for Rosanna Arquette and Dennis Haysbert to also appear in the series.

The “Untitled Jason Woliner Project” will be executive producerd by: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Loreli Alanis  Megan Ellison. Michael Sagol, and Bert Hamelinck.

Looking forward to seeing Frank and Dee in this one-of-a-kind project on Peacock? Did you love them as GL’s Hart and GH’s Patricia? Comment below.

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Breaking News

Guiding Light’s Lee Lawson Dead At 83

UPDATED: More loss for the Guiding Light family.  Now comes word on Monday that Lee Lawson, who played Bea Reardon on the CBS daytime drama series from 1981-1990, passed away Sunday night in Los Angeles at 83-years-old. Lawson passed away at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles after a decades-long fight with cancer with her children by her side.

What makes this all the more heartbreaking is that Guiding Light and soap fans just recently mourned the loss of one of Lee’s on-screen daughter’s Lisa Brown (Ex-Nola Reardon) who died back in November of last year.

According to Lee’s dear friend, Marian-Hailey Moss via Facebook, she shared: “My down-to-earth, sassy smart and beautiful friend LEE LAWSON is telling it like it is in a better place. A fine actress and a super generous friend. I’ll meetcha there LEE!!”

 

Michael Fairman TV spoke to Marian-Hailey Moss and confirmed Lee’s passing.

In addition to her time in Springfield, Lawson also appeared in for a time in 1979 on One Life to Live in the role of Wanda Wolek and started her soap acting career on Love of Life in 1965 in the part of Barbara Sterling.

Lawson also appeared on numerous primetime television shows from Kojak to Maude and many others.  After a long career in entertainment, Lee achieved a lifelong ambition by gaining a doctorate in clinical psychology, and enjoyed a fulfilling successful second career in Los Angeles as psychologist and crisis counselor.  She was especially proud of the work she did for many years at the Los Angeles Times before moving into private practice.

Lee’s daughter, Leslie Bova, took to Facebook on May 24th and shared: “My Mother died. May 22, 2022. Thank you for having Chris, Me & Gaby so that we could have Gianna, Wilder & Sterling. We love you. You fought Cancer & COVID-19 like a champ. Rest, you brilliant, woman ❤️. Thank you, mom. R.I.P.”

She is survived by her children: playwright Christopher Stetson Boal, Gabriella, and Leslie; her sister, artist Susan Gray Arlow; and her grandchildren Wilder, Sterling and Gianna.

Below check out some scenes between Bea and Nola from Guiding Light.

Share your remembrances of Lee Lawson as Bea Reardon and your condolences in the comment section below.

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