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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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As daytime and digital drama fans know, both women have won Daytime Emmys, and both are in Venice the Series, Beacon Hill and more.

Chappell was at the forefront of the web series and digital drama boom, while later both Smith and Chappell produced and directed these series and more.

Circle next week on Wednesday, September 23rd for the virtual conversation.  You can watch the livestream here. 

It all begins at 3 p,m. EST/Noon PST.  So have your questions ready for these gals!

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The film from Ryan Murphy released the official trailer today.  Check it out below.

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Sad news to report.  Marcus Smythe, who portrayed Dane Taylor on Search For Tomorrow, Peter Love on Another World, and Gordon Middleton on Guiding Light died at the age of 70 over three-year-long battle with brain cancer last week on August 20th, according to the Crescenta Valley Weekly.

Daytime fans remember Smythe in his heartthrob roles on the soaps in the 70’s and 80’s.  He also appeared on Port Charles in a short stint in the role of Dean Eldridge. Marcus died at his home with his family by his side in La Crescenta, California.

In addition throughout his career in film, TV and the theatre he worked with the likes of: Henry Fonda, Myrna Loy and Jessica Tandy.  Smythe was the recipient of Drama Logue and LA Weekly Drama Awards during his stage career in Los Angeles.

Marcus is survived by his wife, Suzanne Goddard, two sons, Harrison and Duncan, and brother Casey.

A memorial remembrance will be deferred to either electronic access or post-pandemic in-person service.  In lieu of flower tributes, the family respectfully encourages contributions to a favorite charity or Democrat in the upcoming election.  Snythe’s loved ones share they wish to reinforce to everyone that the pandemic is real and asks everyone to please wear a mask.    

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