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It’s As the World Turns and EastSiders Favorite Van Hansis Birthday Today!

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Happy Birthday to former As the world Turns and star of Logo TV’s EastSiders, Van Hansis!  The popular star is celebrating his 32nd birthday today, according to a post at TheBacklot.com, (formerly After Elton)!

In fact, the website has a 32 image photo gallery of Van’s career with steamy GIFS of his days as one half of soap super couple, Luke and Noah (Jake Silberman), and much more!

The post says while they eagerly await season two of EasrSiders “Van celebrates his 32nd birthday today, so here is a collection of pics and gifs from over the years, that celebrate his many, many, many different looks.”

Do  you still miss Van as Luke Snyder on As the World Turns? Are you looking forward to a second season of EastSiders? Would you like Van to appear on another soap opera?  And, what is your birthday wish for Van? Comment below!

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Marie

Soap and ex-soap actors have birthdays everyday yet you don’t post things like this for them. Why the special treatment for Van? If you wanted to honor someone from ATWT you could have done so for Billy Magnussen, for instance, when he had his birthday in April. He is an alum from the show who ACTUALLY has a thriving career right now. What does Mr. Hansis have going right now? Oh that’s right, nothing!

Michael S.
Michael S.

The site is called “Michael Fairman, On Air On Soaps”. That means Michael has the creative license to post what he wants. When you get your own blog site then you can feel free to post what is important to you Marie.

Marie
Marie

Clearly it’s a site biased towards Van, that’s for sure. Maybe one day he’ll actually do something to give Michael something worthy to post on this site. I feel sorry for the hard working soap and ex-soap actors doing great things but get passed over because they aren’t Mr. Fairman’s favorites. So much for fair and equal treatment here.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Maybe on Days Of Our Lives…i know he is a bit older and looks nothing like the exiting actor but id like to have seen him as Chad Dimera…he couldve taken the character in a different direction…maybe be more Dimera…a bit of a schemer perhaps…i dont know…it might have worked but i feel Chad is going to be killed off, and Abby will marry him b4 he dies then discovers she is pregnant and Stephano will be determined to raise his grandchild…

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Very happy birthday to Van! I miss him truly so much as Luke on ATWT. When I was coming out, I had Luke in my life to kind of relate to on some level. I do wish EastSiders a second season, and possibly a spot on another soap opera. Maybe DAYS? I just need more Van in my life right now.

RLeternal
RLeternal

Luke and Reid were my favorite gay couple on TV, and still are. I also liked Luke and Noah; but as you can see from my screen-name R and L are my eternal favorites. It’s a thorough shame that the ass-hat EP and HW of ATWT gave all the 3 gay characters a horrible ending. I don’t think there will ever be a better gay love story on soaps than L and R. I love Van as an actor. I wish him all the very best life has to offer. To someone who said in an earlier post that Van has got nothing going on; please be more supportive. The Economy and Market are bad, especially for TV actors. Let’s hope and wish that this talented actor will get permanent and well-paying employment. He has brought joy and cheer in our lives and has enthralled us by his good performances. It is fitting that he has our support and has a good career. Will always love you as a person and an actor, Van.

FIEL
FIEL

My wish for my IDOL van hansis are to nominate again to emmy ang won,to stay humble,life goes just go with the flow..im sorry for late greetings for your birthday but im searching many times in google just to greet you.happy birhtday vansis your achievement is make me happy..hopefully you can read this message.again belated happy birthday..godbless

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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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TAINTED DREAMS Season 2 To Bow December 21st!

Tainted Dreams is back with a second season offering from Daytime Emmy-winning director and series creator, Sonia Blangiardo!

Beginning December 21st, the next chapter of Blangiardo’s the soap behind a soap, will be available for streaming on Amazon and Amazon Prime. (season one is also currently available on Amazon)

This series, which was nominated for five 2017 Daytime Emmys, follows the behind-the-scenes drama of a fictitious soap opera titled Painted Dreams.  Many soap opera notables have roles in the online series including: Alicia Minshew, Michael Lowry , Austin Peck. Terri Ivens,  Walt Willey, Kelley Menighan, Grant Aleksander, Bobbie Eakes, Natalia Livingston, Marnie Schulenburg, Nathan Purdee, Colleen Zenk, James DePaiva, Tonja Walker, Ilene Kristen, and the late Larkin Malloy . In addition, Jessie Godderz of Impact Wrestling and Big Brother fame, and Dina Manzo of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, also appear.

In a statement, Sonia Blangiardo said that she is “excited to take everyone along these characters’ journeys in Season 2, as they evolve and deal with ever increasing professional and personal turmoil.”

Fore more on Tainted Dreams visit their official website here.  (more…)

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