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‘Inside the Actors Studio’ and Daytime Soap Scribe, James Lipton Dead at 93

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Best known as the host of Inside the Actors Studio, James Lipton, passed away on March 2nd from bladder cancer.  Lipton was 93.

But in addition for making his mark from 1994 to 2018 interviewing so many famous actors and celebrities, Lipton has quite the daytime soap background in his illustrious career.

He started acting on Guiding Light, playing Dr .Dick Grant, but then soon worked his way up to becoming the head writer of the series in 1952.

Throughout the next two decades, Lipton served as head writer for Another WorldThe Best of Everything (which he helped create) and Return to Peyton Place. He also wrote for The Edge of Night.  Later from 1972 and 1974, Lipton not only worked as the head writer forThe Doctors but also on Return to Peyton Place.  His last soap writing gig was on Capitol in the mid-80’s

In 2016, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmys and a Critics’ Choice Award for best reality show host.

Lipton passed away early Monday at his home in Manhattan as his wife, Kedakai Mercedes Lipton related to The Hollywood Reporter.

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I am so sad about this. I LOVED RETURN TO PEYTON PLACE and watched every episode. I would give any thing to see it all over again. Wonderful series (3 April 1972-4 January 1974) that was not given a fair go.

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Now THIS a true loss to lovers of movies and the arts of acting and directing. So many glorious hours of exploring the lives and experiences of the movie industry’s best. Of course, half the fun was watching Mr. Lipton’s delight in his own exhaustive preparation process.. those index cards! And the honest, heartfelt reactions from the subjects themselves indicated their trust in Lipton’s sincerity and fan-like zeal. My favorites were Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, Ellen Burstyn, Clint Eastwood…. so many more. Naturally, the show in its present state is a joke! Celebrities “interviewing” other “greats”… Read more »

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Oh, I was such a big fan of this wonderful man. I was so in love with him on the GL so many years ago, as Dr. Dick Grant and miss Inside the Actor’s Studio as he was the master interviewer, like someone else we all know. He could pull things out, like no one else.I have often wondered what had happened to him.
R.I.P my dear Mr.Lipton.

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James Lipton…a life well lived. The Actor’s Studio was always one of my favourites…such an intelligent, entertaining “class.” He was such a good, understated, interviewer who got the best from those actors he interviewed. Since there is not much of quality on tv anymore, wish they would do reruns of Actor’s Studio.

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Soap Veteran Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps Virtual Interview on Tap

In a very special conversation, don’t miss one of soaps longtime executive producer ‘s Jill Farren Phelps appearance on an upcoming livestream on The Locher Room.

Jill joins host and former ATWT and GL publicist, Alan Locher on Wednesday, June 23rd at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST.

As soap fans know Jill has helmed Another World, General Hospital, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, Santa Barbara and The Young and the Restless.

She has also been nominated for 15 Daytime Emmy Awards and took home 11 Emmys for her work.

While Phelps has been a polarizing figure on the soaps, look for the good, and the bad decisions under her tenures at the soaps to be discussed and more.

Here is the link to watch it live 

So, what would you want to ask Jill? What was her best decisions and worst decisions as EP of the soaps? Let us know via the comment section below.

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Guiding Light Alum Melina Kanakaredes ‘Greek Candy’ Series to Debut on Amazon Streamer ‘IMDb TV’

We all knew her when she played Eleni Andros on the beloved Guiding Light, and two Daytime Emmy nominations later, actress Melina Kanakaredes left the soap for Hollywood, where she has appeared in numerous TV series and motion pictures ever since.

Now, Melina who currently stars on Fox’s hit medical drama, The Resident is set to launch her very own project in which she not only stars, but co-wrote and is one of the executive producers.

According to Deadline, look for Kanakaredes new series ‘Greek Candy’ to hit the new Amazon streaming service, IMDb TV as part of its inaugural launch.

In story, Melina Kanakaredes and her family’s 100-year-old chocolate factory in Akron, Ohio is the inspiration for Greek Candy. The single-camera comedy, from Sony Pictures Television, tells the story of mom, dad, their three teenage daughters, four very Greek immigrant grandparents, and one very non-Greek “adopted” son and what it means to live the American dream in 2021.

So, looking forward to checking out Melina’s new comedy series? Have you loved her work ever since Guiding Light? Comment below.

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Guiding Light’s Michael O’Leary Will Recur on ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime”

Good news today from former Guiding Light star, Michael O’Leary (Ex-Rick Bauer).  He informed his fans via social media that he is continuing on in his role of Father Hogan on the NBC crime series, Law & Order: Organized Crime.

The series airs Thursday’s at 10pm EST/9 pm CST and stars Christopher Meloni reprising his ‘Law & Order’ role of Det. Eliot Stabler, and Dylan McDermott.

O’Leary tweeted: “Law & Order Organized Crime-exciting news! My character ‘Father Hogan’-now recurring! Thrilled to work with Chris Meloni again!”

So, will you be looking forward to seeing Michael more on the NBC crime drama series? Comment below.

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