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Matt Bomer's Terrific Performance on Last Night's GLEE! Is there anything this guy can't do?

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If you caught last night episode of the hit Fox series Glee, Matt Bomer guest starred as Cooper Anderson, Blaine’s older self-absorbed brother.  Bomer, who we all know has the handsome Ben Reade from Guiding Light, then on to his starring role on USA’s White Collar, and Broadway and television and motion picture productions in between, really showed his versatility on last night’s Glee.

From Cooper’s hilarious and arrogant masterclass in acting , where he says acting is all about pointing at the other actor and ignoring everything they say, Bomer played Cooper as a two-bit actor whose greatest claim to fame is his FreeCreditRating.com commercials.  However, viewers learned throughout the episode how Bomer’s Cooper has messed with younger brother,  Blaine’s (Darren Criss) confidence throughout his life.

Sadly however, this episode did score as well in the ratings!  According to EW.com, “Even thought it drew 6.7 million viewers, 2.7 adults 18-49, the musical drama fell to a season low in the adult demo, dropping 10 percent from its last original back in February. Fox points out that overall TV viewership was down 9 percent in the hour compared to when Glee last aired, before Daylight Savings Time kicked in.”

As for Bomer with his singing, acting and dancing prowess, we ask, is there anything that Matt can’t do well?  He is great at everything, and yes, he looks good while doing it.   In case you missed the climatic musical scene, we have it for you after the jump, where Darren Criss and Bomer perform their rendition of Goyte’s hit song, Somebody That I Used To Know, and we have to say, we think it was just as good or even better than the original!  Heart-tugging and beautifully performed.

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Cathy

Thanks for the link here. Awesome! I will watch from my DVR but couldn’t wait.

Mary
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I honestly disagree with this whole piece. While Matt Boomer is incredibly hansom and nice to look at and has a damn good voice, the episode itself to me was a flop. It has once again become the Blaine Anderson show, with over half the show being dedicated to how hard Blaine had it with his brother and blah blah blah, when in the “cliff hanger” ending prior to this episode Quinn was in a horrible car crash, and yet we get a few scenes here or there about her, no hospital scene, no reactions from the wedding goers when they get the call, it was tasteless, Quinn deserved more than what she got, as well as did Dianna.The writers for Glee lack continuity and it’s making it hard to want to keep watching this show. While I fell in love with the songs Artie and Quinn sang, because Kevin and Dianna were just amazing, I felt they were overshadowed by the 3 songs that Blaine ( Darren) sang, again taking away from what this come back episode should have been about. Don’t get me wrong Darren is a great singer, but quite honestly I’m tired of hearing his voice and seeing his face constantly on my tv screen during Glee. Also have you actually listened to Gotye & Kimbra sing Somebody That I Used To Know, because if you had, you definitely would not be saying that Darren and Matt’s version was better than the original. I’m sorry but Darren’s voice is not made for that song. End of Story. Matt did amazing on it, and I wouldn’t have minded him singing the song with someone else, though it wouldn’t have be relevant. And on the facts of relevance, you realize you had brothers singing a break up song… That in itself is questionable where the writers are concerned. Personally this episode was a flop, and I don’t think the lack of ratings was due to daylight savings time or whatever they’re trying to write it off as. I think it’s more so that people are getting fed up with the show because it’s not what it used to be. I myself was ready to turn off my tv when the episode first began because it was a huge disappointment within the first 5 minutes but I stuck through it to see if maybe, just maybe they would redeem themselves, and sadly they didn’t. I don’t know how so many people writing pieces about last nights show can be so gung ho about an episode focusing on Blaine, when in all honesty Quinn deserved the spotlight in that episode, and it seems people are forgetting that.

David
David

I was going to post something very silimlar to this. It is another case of GLEE finding a guest star they want to cram in and then doing so whether it makes sense or has any meaning whatsoever. I actually was so disappointed in GLEE last night I only flipped back and forth–step one in weaning myself off altogether. I realized I was more like”GLEE comes back tonight” SIGH, knowing how much the show annoys me, than “GLEE comes back tonight! Yay!” How I would have been back in season one.

Rodd
Rodd

All I can say is, “D*@*n!” I haven’t watched the episode yet, but this clip was fantastic. I think it’s the best I’ve heard all season….And I remember Matt so well from GL, especially his last storyline. He rocked it and I’m so glad to see him spreading his wings and being so successful. You asked if there’s anything he can’t do? Maybe, fail?

As for the ratings this week, I don’t think it’s that big a deal. Everyone I know is uber-busy these past two weeks. I say, bring Matt back. Yeah!

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Mark Derwin, Melissa Hayden and More to Reunite for Upcoming Guiding Light Virtual Reunion

Some beloved faces from Springfield return when they gather virtually for one of the next Guiding Light reunion chats via Alan Locher.

Look for fan favorites: Mark Derwin (Ex-A.C. Mallett), Melissa Hayden (Ex-Bridget Reardon), Morgan Englund (Dylan Lewis),, Kimberley Simms (Mindy Lewis) and Jocelyn Seagrave Fundoukos (Julie Camaletti) on Wednesday, June 10th beginning at 3PM EST/12 PM PST on The Locher Room You Tube channel.

Guiding Light fans will remember the love story of Mallet and Harley, Dylan and Julie, as well as Bridge’ts Relationship with Dylan and of course, the spoiled rich girl Mindy Lewis.

Get your questions ready and join the virtual chat.  To view on June 10th click here,

So, what were some of your favorite memories from GL featuring this fab five? Comment below.

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Justin Deas, Beth Ehlers & Company Set For Guiding Light Cooper Family Reunion

In one of the most exciting and highly-anticipated chats of the COVID-19 stay-at-home television reunions, this one will rank way up there!

Announced on Friday, by Alan Locher for his The Locher Room You Tube channel, a Guiding Light Cooper family reunion is on its way to longtime fans of the beloved CBS soap opera.

Circle Wednesday June 3rd at a special time 5 p. m. EST/2 p. m PST for “Cocktails with the Coopers”.

Joining Alan will be multi-Daytime Emmy winner, Justin Deas (Buzz), fan favorite Beth Ehlers (Harley) along with Frank Dicopoulos (Frank), John Driscoll (Coop) and Fiona Hutchison (Jenna).  

To log in to the Cooper family reunion event with some of the finest actors ever to grace the town of Springfield click here.

So excited to see Justin, Beth and the Cooper clan all together again? Comment below.

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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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