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Max Ehrich Chats On Playing An Accused "Rapist" On Upcoming Law & Order: SVU, Under The Dome's Hunter & The Return of Y&R's Fen!

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The Young and the Restless Max Ehrich (Fen) will be seen like you have never seen before in his upcoming role that airs next week on NBC’s hit drama series: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit! (Wednesday night, October 22nd at 9PMET/PT) In the episode, Max plays a college student who is accused of sexually assaulting a female student in a scenario that mirrors many of the real life stories you read or hear about in the news on a regular basis … the ugly side of what can happen on college campuses.

On-Air On-Soaps had the opportunity to chat with Max to get the low down on his upcoming character in the gritty and emotional episode!  Plus, the young star shares his thoughts on his other primetime television role and success as Hunter on the recently concluded first season of CBS’ Under the Dome, which was also just renewed!

Finally, the Daytime Emmy nominated performer reveals what it has been like taping scenes again as Fen Baldwin on the number one soap opera, and what Fen’s relationship with his parents, Lauren and Michael are at this juncture, and what he would like to happen for the loveless young member of the Baldwin clan.  Here’s what Max shared below!

So, this is a turn for you … playing a “rapist” on Law & Order: SVU.  What is the story set-up? It seems to be a ripped-from-the-headlines important topic!

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MAX:  The name of the episode is entitled: “Pornstar’s Requiem” and I play the character of Daniel Pryor. This is his first time raping someone. Daniel is in college right now and he is in the experimental face of sexually activity.  He watches this porn, and he sees there is a girl on it that is from his class.  He invites her to a party and he thinks she is just like she is in the video, and he takes advantage.  The whole controversy of the episode is my character is defending himself by saying she did the same things in the video that she did in real life.  So, how was he supposed to know the difference?  So, it’s a bit of a tricky situation. The thing about it was… even though the day we were filming the rape scene, there was part of me that thought we wouldn’t have to go very far with it.  It is such a topic that needs to be presented, and it feels like this episode is a tool to get the word out there … about the common occurrence of it.

When did you actually film Law & Order: SVU?  How was the experience? Did you get to work with series star Mariska Hargitay?

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MAX:  I filmed it three weeks ago, and it was quite the experience.  I did have a few courtroom scenes with Mariska Hargitay.  She was very warm and kind to everyone, and there was no ego to her.  She loves what she does.  The show has been on for 16 seasons.  You just never know what you are going to run into with a show that has been running a long time.  No one was phoning it in.  The girl I had the rape scenes with, Hannah Marks, I have known for years.  That made the whole experience a bit more comfortable.  Being on the stand, one of the actresses said, “This is your reel.  These scenes are what you are going to put on your next reel.” It is quite extensive, because each courtroom scene takes about six hours.  You have to film the people, the jury, the witnesses, and then you film the person on the stand, then you film the judge!  There are so many key characters that need their coverage.  It’s definitely not like filming a soap opera.

Under the Dome is a hit for CBS and it has been renewed! How was that experience for you playing savvy tech nerd wiz, Hunter?  Where were things left in the first season finale?  Will you be returning for season two?

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MAX:  Under the Dome was an awesome experience. At the end of the season, we find an underground tunnel and we don’t know where it is leading to. The wall starts to break down and we hit a dead end, and the wall starts crumbling.  You see a character, who we thought died, and got sucked into the earth! She then says something along the lines of “We’re going home!”  No one knows what she is talking about, or how she is alive.  There are a lot of questions that will hopefully be answered in the next season.  The show has been renewed, and I would love to go back. I have not heard anything yet.

You play opposite series lead, Mike Vogel on Under the Dome!  How has it been working with him? The two of you have such an interesting dynamic!

MAX:  It was great working with Mike, and we had a crazy introduction.  We met, and then they said, “OK, Mike you are going lift Max up and throw him into the wall!” (Laughs) He is great to work of off.  There is sort of a Batman & Robin team going on with them in the first few episodes … he is like the tough guy … and I was like the nerdy sidekick! (Laughs)

You are a very in demand guy right now! You also are set to appear in a new series on Nickelodeon?

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MAX:  Yes!  It’s called “100 Things to Do Before High School” and it comes out in January.  I play the older brother of an 8th grader who is finding out that high school is not as fun as it seems.  So she decides to do 100 adventures before she goes to high school, and her older brother, tells her these horror stories about how horrible it is studying for the SAT and homework, and all that stuff.  It’s a single camera comedy and heartfelt, and a special show.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it’s a cool show.  I guess I am funny in it, because people were laughing! (Laughs)  I was a bit confused when I got cast in the part, because I never really thought of myself as funny. So I was wondering … why I got this role. (Laughs)

And as for your soap home on The Young and the Restless, you recently started back filming some new episodes as Fen!  Where is the character at emotionally at this point?  Do you see him being there to support Michael (Christian LeBlanc) and Lauren (Tracey E. Bregman) in times of trouble?

MAX:  I filmed the first two episodes of Fen coming back about a month and half ago, and then I filmed again last week, and then I go back in a few weeks.  So it’s been a bit a bit spread out. He makes quick visits home, and I will be on-screen for Thanksgiving and such. As far as in story, I think he is growing up in all regards. I think there is a sense of maturity to him and it seeps into his relationship with both Lauren and Michael. He is taking responsibility for his actions in a big way. College has been really good for him.  I think he will be there for his family now, if anything were to go wrong.  I think he is the kind of kid that would stay home until everything is OK.  What I have realized on Y&R is when things are going good, it’s not as interesting to play. You want a little drama going on, so it will be nice to do that.

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Will Fen finally have a romantic relationship of his own?

MAX:  I have no idea!  He was in love with Summer (Hunter King), or it least he was.  I think there could be a lot of conflict there in that relationship. But, I don’t think Fen is a homewrecker.  I think a romantic relationship would be great, and it would spice things up for him.

Now below, watch a preview for next week’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit featuring Max in the key role of Daniel Pryor!  How do you think the episode will play out?  Will Daniel be found guilty of the crime of rape? Or is the accuser really innocent?

The let us know: if you have been enjoying Max on Under the Dome? If you are hoping there is a romantic interest for Fen Baldwin in the near future on Y&R? And if you plan on checking out Law & Order: SVU next week?

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I’d like to see him more on Y&R.

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I agree. Very talented.

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Me too. I think the character has lots of potential and I like Max’s portrayal.

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I did enjoy Max on Under the Dome a lot for the first few episodes he was on. I think he was the perfect fit to play Hunter. But the show was such a mess towards the end of the season it made it difficult to enjoy any part of it. And the show is now heading into its 3rd season, not 2nd – the 1st season aired last summer. I’m glad Max is getting all these roles to play because he is very talented, though I would really like to see him more on Y&R, especially if Michael is… Read more »

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It seems like Max would like to be working more as Fen, so why isn’t Y&R using this talented actor more? Lauren and Michael need their son around if Michael is sick, and he could liven up the boring Summer and Austin pairing while getting his own little romance. Why isn’t JFP using him more?

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Could not agree more. Spot on!

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I could take him or leave him when he was first on Y&R. He went on “Under the Dome” and he blew my socks off! He has matured into a fine young actor. I hope he stays around on Y&R for a little longer. It looks as if Michael may need him.

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I will be watching him on Law & Order as I usually watch it anyway. I also saw him on Under the Dome. Looking forward to seeing more of him on Y & R. I think he’s a talented, young actor.

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I think Michael needs his family around.

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TONIGHT: 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards on CBS

Who will take home the gold at Sunday night’s 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards?  Well, from the looks of it .two heavy favorites going into it are Ted Lasso in the comedy categories, and The Crown in the dramatic categories, but as we have seen on previous Emmys there may be upsets afoot.

Other leading contenders through the night will include the series: The Mandalorian, WandaVision, The Handmaid’s Tale, Saturday Night Live, Lovecraft CountryThe Queen’s Gambit and Mare of Easttown.

Cedric the Entertainer will host the three-hour special on CBS beginning at 8 pm EST emanating from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.  Pandemic and all there will be a return to an opening number.

 

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The broadcast’s executive producer, Ian Stewart, confirmed an opening number, when he previously told Deadline, the number “is going to be a lot of people participating, singing, rapping.  It’s hopefully going to be a very impactful start, a ton of fun.”

The Primetime Emmys will have nominees in attendance, with a more limited amount virtually, and those who have tickets can stay in the venue through the whole show, unlike the Grammys or Oscars were those nominated were ushered in and out.  Look for the Emmys to take place outside the theatre under a tent.

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One Life to Live alum Renée  Elise Goldsberry (Ex-Evangeline) will be competing in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her role in Hamilton.  Another OLTL alum, Jonathan Groff (Ex-Henry), is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for his role in Hamilton, as well.

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In the Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, Sterling K. Brown tries to win another Emmy for his role as Randall Pearson on This Is Us.   To view all the nominees, head on over to the TV Academy’s website.

This past June, CBS also aired the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in a pre-packaged show for broadcast due to Covid-19 restrictions.

So, who are you rooting for to win the gold at the 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards? Comment below.

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Soap Vet Exec Prod and Director, Chris Goutman, Virtual Interview On Tap

The former executive producer of Another World and As the World Turns, Chris Goutman, will appear on a very special episode of The Locher Room next Friday, September 24th.

To celebrate the virtual interview show’s 200th episode, the Emmy Award-winning producer and director will join Alan Locher beginning at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m PST.   You can watch it live here.

Having started his career in the soaps an actor appearing on The Doctors, Search for Tomorrow, The Edge of Night and Texas, Goutman moved on to becoming a director and eventually an executive producer.  Chris has directed episodes of nine different daytime dramas.

Goutman currently serves as the Artistic Director, Associate Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

So, will you be tuning-in to see what Chris has to say about his time on AW and ATWT and more? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Remembers Carly Just as She Is Marrying Jason

After nine months of being “Mike”, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) had a major breakthrough as his memory is all coming back to him now (as the Celine Dion song says), and in the process the Tan-O has burned to the ground, signaling the the probable end to the Nixon Falls arc of the story.

As the story picked-up on Thursday, Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) plot to keep Sonny for herself and away from Carly majorly backfired on her.  Not only does Phyllis (Joyce Guy) now know that Nina lied about “Mike’s” identify the entire time, but Peter August (Wes Ramsey) is running wild and free heading back to Port Charles to claim his baby and Maxie (Kirsten Storms), after setting fire to the building.

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Since “Mike” ran in to save Nina and got hit by a beam in the process, he is alone in the burning Tan-O enveloped by flames, but that triggers the beginning of his memory coming back.

Meanwhile, back in Port Charles, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly (Laura Wright) are at their wedding, with the five family mob bosses present with a plot of their own and everyone wondering if Jarly will say “I do'”.    The two light a candle together for those loved ones no longer with them … ah, Sonny!

Back the burning Tan-O, Sonny is visited by the vision of the real Mike (Max Gail) who tells him it’s time for him to go home now.  A conflicted Sonny tells Mike he is very happy in Nixon Falls with Nina, but Mike tells him he needs to know his past in order to move forward.  When Sonny has flashes of his violent past it frightens him, and he says whatever family he has is better off without him in their lives.

Jax (Ingo Rademacher) tries to text Maxie while still in Nixon Falls with Nina to watch out for Peter, but she is attending and managing Carly and Sonny’s wedding, so she doesn’t pick up the phone!

Inside the Tan-O, Sonny sees a vision of woman, who when she turns and faces him is Carly. While Sonny is lying on the floor and is engulfed in flames and trapped, Mike tells Sonny he can die as “Mike” or live on as the man he truly is, Sonny.  It is then Sonny calls out “Carly!”

So, what did you think of the episode? Do you think Carly and Jason will get married? Will Sonny tells Nina he remembers? What will Nina’s next move be? Are you glad Sonny seems to have his memory back? The episode featured another strong performance by Maurice Benard.  Share your thoughts below.

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