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Morgan Fairchild And Soap Notables Filming New LGBTQ Series ‘Mélange’

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Over the next several days in New York, some very familiar faces to daytime soap fans are busy filming episodes of a new series entitled Melange, which stars Morgan Fairchild (most recently ex-Angelica, DAYS).

The series is set against the backdrop of a historic New York City gay bar named “Melange”, and the fight for ownership over it, when it’s proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.  Melange will explore themes of sexuality, immigration, addiction, power, and inclusion.

Guiding Light’s Robert Newman, All My Children’s Darnell Williams, One Life to Live’s Scott Evans ,  Kristen Alderson, Ilene Kristen, and David A. Gregory are some of the daytime faves tapped for roles in the series, which is said to be a half-hour drama.

In story, Newman, plays Syd Winchester, the deceased owner of ‘Mélange’. Scott Evans stars as Ryann Parker, a young man who fights to keep Mélange away from Syd’s wife, Vivian played by

Melange was created and being executive produce by Tom D’Angora, with former OLTL director and Emmy Award-winner, Gary Donatelli, and Tony Award winning producer, Tim Kashani.

According to Variety, at this time no network is currently attached to the project.

So, what do you think of the show concept of Mélange?  Intrigued by the cast?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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ChandlerFan

Sounds commendable. The themes of this new show seem significantly more meaningful than typical daytime fare.

Gotta say, though, it was pretty hilarious the way in which her character, Angelica, was bumped off in Days of Our Lives.

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I’d love to see Darnell Williams, Scott Evans, Kristen Alderson, Ilene Kristen and David A. Gregory again. The story sounds interesting. I hope the show will air on some non subscription venue. Unfortunately In today’s world, I realize that’s unlikely. Please keep us informed of the progress.

Rodd
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Rodd

Some great names attached to it. Will be interested to see the results. Hope it gets picked up somewhere I can see it without a subscription.

Nancy
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Nancy

Netflix needs to jump on this one!!!!

Jimh
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Jimh

Wanted Robert Newman on GH as Jeff Webber…

Jovin
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Jovin

Good casting idea!!! Or as Jimmy Lee Holt!!

Shay
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Shay

Definitely Jimmy Lee Holt! Great casting suggestion, Jovin!

boes
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boes

David Gregory being on the show is enough of a reason to stay away, unless Chandelier is making an appearance.

Jovin
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Jovin

Lmfao!!! Ouch harsh!! We cannot blame him! He was a talented actor, but he was thrust front and centre, bare torso and all, by Frank and Ron who were salivating all over the control booth. He was an ill defined character (rapist and creep) who could not carry an hour long show based on his abs. It was unfair of them to do that to him. Some of the lines they had him spouting while lounging in only a bath towel would make the most seasoned actor cringe!! Im not saying he was thespian of the year, but I have… Read more »

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rebecca1

So I just googled this show out of curiosity because I love the “soapy cast” that was listed here and was intrigued to see the name Omar Sharif Jr. Some might remember Omar Sharif from many movies including the wonderful, “Funny Girl” (which was banned in many Arab nations because Omar appeared with Barbra Streisand, who is Jewish. Omar is said to have fallen in love with her in reality while filming.) Anyway, interesting to note in this world of divided religions/factions, etc. that Sharif was a Melkite Catholic, related to the Greek Orthodox Church, converted to Islam to marry… Read more »

Carol
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Carol

I always like Morgan was not to happy when she was killed off on Days.She can play any kind of role .I have seen her in a horror movie she is great at what she does.

Charday
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Charday

My favorite Morgan Fairchild role–when she played agent Dottie in “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.”

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

My favorite role was as Jennifer on Search For Tomorrow wayyyyyyyy back in the day and Knot’s Landing. Didn’t care for her stint on Days, except her comical death, poor Lucas.

Carol
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Carol

I always like Morgan it is a shame that Days had to get rid of her character.I actually like her.

Missy
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Missy

Always great to see these soap actors again.

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All My Children Alum Cornelius Smith Jr. Joins the Cast of Apple TV+ Limited Series, ‘Five Days At Memorial’

Daytime fans remember him fondly as the son of Jesse (Darnell Williams) and Angie Hubbard (Debbi Morgan), Frankie, on All My Children.  And now, actor Cornelius Smith Jr., is set to join a major limited series based on the acclaimed nonfiction book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheri Fink, about the the first five days following Hurricane Katrina made landfall entitled Five Days at Memorial.

Written by John Ridley and Carlton Cruse, Smith will play a doctor, (something he is very familiar with playing since Frankie Hubbard was a doctor in Pine Valley!) named Dr. Bryant King, an internist and one of the few doctors of color at the hospital, who finds himself very much in the middle of the crisis.  He will headline the show alongside Vera Farmiga and Adepero Oduye.

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The series will stream on Apple TV+, and no word yet as to when it will have its debut following its filming.

 

Since his time on All My Children, Smith has appeared on ABC’s Scandal, and had recurring roles on God Friended MeSelf Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker and Manhunt.

Deadline broke the casting news.

So, looking forward to seeing Cornelius back on our screens? Do you remember his work as Dr. Frankie Hubbard on All My Children? Comment below.

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Tribute to Agnes Nixon Set Featuring: Susan Lucci, Erika Slezak, Debbi Morgan, Darnell Williams & Peter Bergman

Next week, circle Wednesday March 31st at 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST for a very special celebration of the life and times of the legendary Agnes Nixon.

As soap fans know, Nixon was the creator of All My Children, Loving, One Life to Live, and as well wrote for several other soaps, and to honor her The Locher Room will be bringing you a special episode, hosted by former soap publicist, Alan Locher, featuring actors who were pivotal to those shows.

Look for Susan Lucci (Ex- Erica Kane, AMC), Erika Slezak (EX-Victoria Lord, OLTL), Peter Bergman (Ex-Cliff, AMC, now Jack, Y&R), Debbi Morgan (Ex Angie, AMC and Darnell Williams (Ex-Jesse, AMC) to all take part, along with Agnes’ son, Bob Nixon, plus it has been noted that viewers will also hear from the iconic Carol Burnett (Ex-Verla Grubbs, AMC) who was one of All My Children’s biggest fans.

You can watch the livestream here.

Throughout her storied career Agnes won five Writers’ Guild of America Awards, five Daytime Emmy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2010 and was inducted into Soap Opera Weekly’s Soap Opera Hall of Fame among other notable achievements.

So, will you be checking out this special tribute to the one and only Agnes Nixon? Comment below.

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‘Home & Family’ Canceled; Upcoming 9th Season to Be Its Last

In a turn of events, following the recent announcement that a retooled Home & Family was returning to production and will be back on the air three days a week beginning in April, comes word on Tuesday that the series has been canceled.

The upcoming ninth season will now be its last.  The Hallmark Channel morning show features former All My Children star, Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) along with Debbie Matenopolos as co-hosts.

In a statement, a Hallmark Channel spokesperson shared:  “The 9th and current season of Home & Family will be the series’ last. For nearly a decade, the show has anchored our daytime lineup, featuring countless hours of cooking, lifestyle, DIY, health, entertaining, and decorating segments,” the spokesperson said. “We want to thank the heart and soul of the show, our incredibly talented cast and crew – led by co-hosts Debbie Matenopoulos and Cameron Mathison – for their creativity, hard work, and dedication. Our audience can look forward to more of the topical segments they know and love when the show returns on Monday, April 5, with a new one-hour, three-day-a-week format.

The final episode will air in the late summer on Wednesday, August 4th.

So, sad that the lifestyle show, Home & Family will conclude after this season? Comment below.

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