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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
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.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

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
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
Nancy

Netflix needs to jump on this one!!!!

Jimh
Jimh

Wanted Robert Newman on GH as Jeff Webber…

Jovin
Jovin

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

Shay
Shay

Definitely Jimmy Lee Holt! Great casting suggestion, Jovin!

boes
boes

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

Jovin
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 seen bim in other shows and he is a pretty good actor. It is apparent he works at his craft.

rebecca1
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 an Islamic woman, …and now his grandson has come out as gay and half-Jewish (his mother is Jewish) and he, too, will be appearing in this show.

Interesting lineup of actors. As far as I understand it doesn’t have a network or cable station announced yet.

Carol
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
Charday

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

Violet Lemm
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
Carol

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

Missy
Missy

Always great to see these soap actors again.

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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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David Canary’s Daughter Raises Question If Repeated Head Traumas From His Football Past Contributed To AMC Star’s Condition Before His Death

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative brain disease that is now widely known to be the outcome of repeated head traumas, concussions and more for many NFL athletes, Pro Wrestlers, hockey players and more   It has caused mental illness, severe behavioral changes and more in younger athletes to even old-timers, many who suffer unaware what is happening to them. Some athletes who have committed suicide have been later to have been diagnosed with CTE when their brains were donated to research.

Kate Canary, the daughter of All My Children’s beloved and late, David Canary (Adam/Stuart Chandler), is a contributing writer to the New York Daily News, and she wrote a heartfelt, and thought-provoking article, on just what happened to this icon, who died in 2015 at the age of 77  with his formal diagnosis being Alzheimer’s disease.

However, David’s earlier football past as a high school and college football player could very well been the reason why he suffered so many years before, and as Kate related here in these excerpts: “But this diagnosis came after years of suffering with Dad’s cognitive decline, and arguably decades of signs. Without exposing the most excruciating details of a disease that could extinguish the most vibrant of men, I can confess that his case was anything but typical.  We lost him in fits and starts, over and over, for roughly seven years leading up to his final breath. Begrudgingly, we learned to lie to him — ‘entering his world,’ as my brother Chris so delicately deemed it — to skirt the contradictory truths that would trigger his outbursts, which left physical scars on objects, on himself, and on others. We knew many families who had faced Alzheimer’s, yet we were the only ones uttering the comparison ‘Jekyll and Hyde.  Those closest to Dad witnessed firsthand the erratic, delusional and at times explosive episodes that characterized his particular case, which we tried attributing to an overactive imagination in a broken brain. But as more information emerges about CTE and the nature of its symptoms — the violent mood swings, the lapses in judgment, the hours-long hallucinations, the paranoid delusions — we are left with more questions than answers, more regret than relief.”

Kate goes on to state the facts that David Canary suffered at least four major concussions as a lineman in his high school and college football playing days between the ages of 16 and 22, (she also relates that those are the ones he remembered).  She also notes the multi-Daytime Emmy winning star has experienced cognitive difficulties decades before his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and that there was no genetic lineage that the family knew of that would you would often find with Alzheimer’s patients.  She also noted that David’s volatility was unusual for a patient suffering from this disease, which leads us all back to CTE.

In the end a loving daughter asks the questions, “Did football kill my father?”  Kate was on the verge of looking into a way to donate David’s brain to science, but sadly he passed away eight weeks later in November of 2015.

The upshot is that when mothers and fathers allow their kids to play football or other-related sports at an early age were concussions are a possibly or involved, think again, you could be changing the course of their lives forever.

So, what did you think of what Kate shared about David Canary’s mental health and condition?  It would seem CTE could have been the root cause of what befell this giant of a man in the daytime soap world. Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Kim Delaney To Reprise Her Role As Diane Russell In ‘NYPD Blue’ Revival

Everyone loved All My Children’s Jenny Gardner played by then soap opera newcomer, Kim Delaney.  And after Kim left the world of soaps, she went on to a career on primetime television most notably on NYPD Blue as Diane Russell.

Well, in news this week, Delaney has signed on to reprise the character in the revival of the series in development over at ABC.  This is the role that Kin won a Primetime Emmy for her work back in 1997 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

According to TV Line, what we do know about the pilot; it will center on the son of Detective Sipowicz, who is working in the 15th squad and trying to earn his detective shield while investigating the murder of his father. However Emmy winner, Dennis Franz, who played the Sipowicz, will not be joining on to the reboot.

The pilot will be helmed by notable executive producers: Matt Olmstead (Chicago Fire), Nick Wootton (Scorpion), and Jesse Bochco (Murder in the First), who is the son of the late NYPD Blue co-creator, Steven Bochco.

Jesse Bochco, will direct the pilot, which is being considered for a potential fall season 2019 launch or possible next year midseason. NYPD Blue aired originally for a 12-year-run from 1993 to 2005 on ABC.

On her instagram account, Delaney wrote: “Diane Russell is back! So excited! Let’s go!”

What do you think about a ‘NYPD’ revival?  Glad to know Kim is reprising her role as Diane? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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