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Justin Hartley On His THIS IS US Success: "I Didn’t Know I Was Known As The ‘Daytime Guy’. But This Show Has Certainly Changed The Trajectory Of Things."

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With only two more emotional episodes left of season one of the hit NBC series, This Is Us, Justin Hartley (Kevin Pearson) has certainly become a household name – with interviews and appearances on many top-notch entertainment outlets and talk shows.  Justin has shown just what soap opera fans have known for decades, that this guy is not only mighty-fine looking, but he can act, too!

Y&R fans were disappointed when Hartley departed the number-one soap where he played Adam Newman to the hilt to play one of the leading roles in the Dan Fogelman drama, but were thrilled for his primetime success. The fact that he can still be seen each week on their TV screens is fantastic for his longtime and new fans.

Hartley recently told ET: “I didn’t know I was known as the ‘daytime guy. But this show certainly has changed the trajectory of things.” In fact,  he related that recently a fan approached him who knew of his work on the now defunct Passions as Fox Crane and asked, “So, what happened after that? Did you quit?”  Far from it!  Hartley kept busy appearing on many primetime dramas, and going back to daytime, before nabbing the role on This Is Us.

As to just how good the scripts are each week on This Is Us, Justin could not be more happy and motivated: “There’s also something very daunting about reading a script and being like, ‘Oh my God, I hope I’m good enough to make this work,’ which is where I’m at right now.”

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His role and that of the other leading male characters on This Is Us, played by Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia, has given Justin a new view on fatherhood ( he is the dad to 12-year-old daughter Isabella) and masculinity: “It’s reinforced a lot of things I thought before. One of the things I constantly do is try to show my daughter what that is, what that means, what a man does. I try to show her that by example. I want her to find somebody that obviously measures up — she’s wonderful — and that deserves her. And there obviously isn’t anyone that does, but we’ll get close, hopefully.” Justin added, “There’s a time and a place where (being) a father is important, or a brother, or a relationship with a buddy,” he says of what it is to be a man as it is portrayed on This Is Us.

On Monday, Hartley was over the moon, and rightfully so, after the Hollywood new-source that is an institution, Variety featured him and the cast of This Is Us on the cover. Justin tweeted: “Thanks @Variety for the time and the space of your much coveted cover. Honored! I’m gonna get a copy, or 10, or 10 hundred.”

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So, are you looking forward to the final episodes of the season on This Is Us? What do you think of Justin’s success?  What do you think will happen to Kevin Pearson come the season finale next week? Comment below!

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GramS
GramS

I have followed JH throughout his career with the exception of Passions. When he came to Y&R I was thrilled but I knew it was but another pause before going either back to prime time or on to the big screen. This ensemble cast of TIU is fantastic. Each actor has made their character come to life. I am looking forward to tonight’s episode and the season finale next week. I am ecstatic the show will be on a second season.

Ray
Ray

There has not been a primetime show since “Empire” that has had the buzz this show has received. I love reading and sharing stories on how the characters makes people feel certain ways about life…and death.

I am picky in choosing which shows I am going to invest time in watching week after week. I read the positive reviews the show was receiving before its premiere. Since then, I have never felt disappointed. It has been years since an ensemble of actors click on every level. Sterling, Mandy, Milo, Chrissy and Justin are simply amazing.

I watched “The Talk” yesterday and loved how humble Justin seemed with all of the praise. I am sure he has as many insecurities as anyone else, but it appears he doesn’t understand the appreciation fans have for Adam Newman and now, Kevin.

Keep up in good work!

Mo
Mo

I don’t watch the show. Justin is very talented and deserves his success. Still miss him on Y&R.

Kevin C
Kevin C

Not caught up on This is Us but I LOVE the show and I am so happy for Justin.

Ravello
Ravello

I did not watch any of his daytime programs but I love him on this show. He is such a competent actor, his work is so natural. The ensemble casting seems perfect. Sorry to hear only two more episodes. They should rerun the entire season so newbies can catch up.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Didn’t see him when he was the “daytime guy,” but he is really good on my favorite show–“This Is Us.”

Omar
Omar

Cool show..It is a feel good show with lots of emotions..Well written and the acting is top notched!! I always knew that Justin had the “it” factor and would succeed in other avenues..He was a scene stealer over @ ABC Mistress and did a solid job over at Y&R when the show was not very good! I see him making strides in becoming a big star in films!!

JMER
JMER

I used to be a Daytime viewer, more Classic 80s GH than any of Justin’s shows, and tried out This is Us early on. It’s widely known as weekly free therapy on Twitter and is one of my favorite shows along with Queen Sugar and Emerald City so let’s just say that I’ll need to find alternate forms of therapy to replace it once the last 2 eps are over with. It sort of reminds me of Eight is Enough and definitely has a 70s-80s dramedy vibe with an extra dose of tears. Not to say that it’s a downer at all. I feel like an improved, happier self after those tears are all dried with a warm fuzzy feeling inside.I grew up in a time when there was more fluidity between DT, PT and movies for actors so Justin being a “daytime guy” doesn’t mean a lot to me. The role seems to fit him well, and I love every single story and character on that show. I’m curious to see how his play is doing since he ran out on the opening of it to take care of his bro (LOL) and to see where they are taking his rocky love life. He’s the only relationship hopper on the show and it’d be kinda nice to see him tied down and having a steady relationship.

Mika
Mika

Hilarious! After Revenge, Mistresses and his stint as Green Arrow on Smallville, I always thought he lowered himself taking Y&R since he was a prime time guy.

xmascarol
xmascarol

I love Justin Hartley and This Is Us is such a wonderful show,I loved Justin in his cute little hat last night wish that is all he had on lol Hey what can I say the guy is hot.I am glad to see that his new show is doing so good,IT is a feel good show and I wish well I could give him a hug,maybe more lol Justin is number one in my book…Justin you are the best

diane
diane

I didn’t know about him until he started on Y&R. I checked out This is Us because he was on it and I’m so glad I did. It is one of my favorite shows and I only have two.

TAS
TAS

I was ticked off when he started playing “Adam” on Y&R because “Adam” is one of my all time fav’s on the show, makes it exciting and I KNEW Justin would NOT stick around as Primetime is his goal and rightfully so he nails his role on “This is Us” it’s a great show! Still no Adam though and YR is becoming a snooze fest! Did not even have a February sweeps! Starting to think Sussman coming back was a huge mistake

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The company behind the upcoming nationally syndicated series, Debmar-Mercury, says the new show will bow on September 21 and has been cleared in more than 90% of markets in the United States.

According to Deadline: “Cannon’s production company, Ncredible Entertainment, and Debmar-Mercury will co-produce the talker featuring his take on the latest in trending pop culture stories and celebrity interviews.”

Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus, co-presidents of Debmar-Mercury, said,  “Our great station partners are hungry for a rising, versatile and dynamic talent like Nick. His light-hearted style quickly wins over viewers and gives them a much-needed escape from the world.  We’ve been asked why we skipped doing test shows and explained there was no need. It’s obvious to anyone who watched Nick guest host for Wendy Williams last year how much he loves daytime talk and, based on the reaction of fans, how much they love him.”

Cannon added: “It’s been thrilling going through this process, and to see the widespread support that the show has received and the milestones we’ve achieved is mind blowing, We’re gearing up to deliver a must-see show and I’m looking forward to coming to you on your TV this fall.”

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Sad news to report this Monday.  The longtime star of CBS’ and then ABC’s The Edge of Night, Forrest Compton. has passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Forrest died on Sunday at the age of 94.

His death was reported and confirmed by Compton’s friends and an article in the Shelter Island Reporter.

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As Edge of Night and longtime daytime fans know, Forrest played Monticello’s district attorney, Mike Karr.  He played this key role from 1971 until the show’s cancellation in 1984.  The show was originally titled “The Edge of Night” and eventually just became “Edge of Night”.   The soap which was steeped in murder mysteries ran on CBS from 1956–1975 and on ABC from 1975–1984,   In addition, Forrest along with his on-screen wife, Ann Flood (Nancy Karr) were one of the most popular duos in daytime.

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In a heartwarming story where fan meets actor and helps him out (according to the Shelter Island Reporter) Compton was only slated to appear in two episodes a week for the next 13 weeks on The Edge of Night, when he needed an apartment in New York City near the studio, so when he heard about a one-bedroom on East 72nd he went to see Al, the super.  Forrest later learned that Al was such a devotee of  The Edge of Night that he locked his office door every day at 2 p.m. to watch uninterrupted. When Forrest mentioned that he had just been hired to play Mike Karr, the super said, “You’re getting that apartment.”’

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The timing of the posting of the interview as in-line with the date GL was officially canceled back on April 1, 2009.  The series began its historic run on TV from radio back on June 30, 1952, and ultimately aired its final episode on September 18, 2009.

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From 1980 to 2009, Robert was one of the mainstays and key leading men of Springfield, and of course, the Josh and Reva (Kim Zimmer) love story is one of the most popular ever in the annals of daytime drama.

Right off at the top of the interview; Hemert noted that what she was asked most by fans of Newman’s and GL’s, when and if there will ever be a Guiding Light on-screen reunion.

Newman responded to the question: “I get that a lot.  That question is unfortunately in the hands of Procter and Gamble more than anything else … and they made it very clear over the years that they’re just not going to release the characters and copyrights to the show.”

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Watch the full interview with the talented Mr. Newman below.

Then let us know, since P&G has made it very clear for the last several years they are out of the soap business completely, do you think its time they just sell the rights so viewers can see some sort of reboot down the line, especially for a show as beloved as Guiding Light? Comment below.

 

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