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TONIGHT: Michael Fairman names the Best & Worst of Soaps 2010 Live on BlazinRy Radio – 9PMEST/6PMPST

Don’t miss On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman on a very special edition of BlazinRy Radio on the BlogTalkRadio network, when he reveals his picks for The Best and Worst in Soaps in 2010.  Be a part of this Year-in-Review  episode, as he and BlazinRy host, Ryan Holmes, ring out the old and ring in the New Year in soaps, and discuss the whirlwind year in daytime dramas and web soaps.  What and who will be his picks? Find out live tonight, Tuesday December 28th at 9PM EST/6PMPST for this hour long episode.

Ryan and Michael will also be taking listener call-ins throughout the show, so you can voice your opinions on the Best and the Worst of the Year, too.   Recent soap-related guests to BlazinRy Radio have included former As the World Turns stars, Van Hansis, Jake Silbermann, Eric Sheffer-Stevens, and most recently Colleen Zenk.  The listen call in line is 1-917-388-4131, and to go directly to hear the live show click here

And then that same evening, Tuesday December 28th, look for On-Air On-Soaps very special presentation of the Best and Worst of Soaps in 2010 as we countdown the moments we loved to love and the moments we didn’t love so much!

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I hope you mention Van Hansis wonderful acting skills this past year.Eric Sheffer Stevens too , but Van deserves an emmy.I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say and hope i can get to talk to you!

I totally agree that VAN HANSIS deserves all the recognition for his amazing work in ATWT.

Hansis would have a difficult time winning bec Jonathan Jackson has pretty much been declared the Supporting Actor winner. While Conroy could win the Younger Actor trophy w/ the right reel.

I don’t think so. Van Hansis is way better than this Jonathan Jackson. Van Hansis conveys emotions with so much more beauty than this guy! And Hansis’ acting is the best!

If you had seen Van Hansis acting skills this last year you might change your mind.He went through every emotion this past year, happy, sad. bewildered, angry , and at the end utterly devastated.Not to mention his beautiful smile and gorgeous face.When he smiles his eyes smile too.on his own he’s the best , but the love story with Eric Sheffer Stevens gave him more than enough material for 10 reels.He really deserves an emmy…i have never missed an actor like I’m missing him now!!!!

Jackson ranked higher than Hansis in their best moments of 2010 according to the On Air On Soaps team so they obviously think Jackson has the better reel. The Daytime audience has pretty much been proclaiming Jackson’s reel as the superior, winning reel for Supporting Actor. To each his own, but I think Jackson’s far better than Hansis and that Jackson will win since people like his acting. He’s reclaiming his throne in Daytime. He grew up in the medium and if they nominated him for not doing much when he returned, they would nominate him now for a reel people have been talking abt immediately after it aired. I would say Jackson will get nominated, but Hansis might not get nominated since ATWT has been axed and no P&G soaps are there to push for him. The CBS soaps will push for each other, instead of the P&G soaps, since they’re Bell soaps while the ABC soaps will push for each other.

If it’s the way it works, that’s totally unfair, because Van Hansis has been nominated three times for the Emmy Awards and should have won. During 2010, Hansis did the best work in daytime TV according to a lot of soaps magazines that told that Van Hansis did such an amazing work and had wonderful reels when Luke mourned the death of his boyfriend and when Luke confronted the doc back in May. Van Hansis deserves to win an Emmy in 2011 for his fabulous acting. He deserves it since 2006!

ATWT and its actors has been getting screwed for a long time by CBS and P&’s a shame when they had some of the best actors on daytime.I respect your opinions but to me Van Hansis is superior to all the others.!

Jonathan Jackson potentially winning is not “unfair” to Van Hansis bec Hansis has been nominated a number of times. That’s ridiculous. It’s only a freaking award, so Hansis’s followers are overreacting. The soap press and soap audience are pretty much proclaiming that JJ could win either in Supporting or as Lead. According to many, JJ’s reel is that great that it could win in any category. How is ATWT “getting screwed” by CBS and P&G when Maura, Park and Pinson won recently? If Crystal Chappell could not win for the heavily hyped acting for Otalia, then I doubt Hansis win over Jackson.

bottomchef , we’re not overreacting, we just feel strongly that Van deserves to win.ATWT was not treated with the respect it deserved by P&G because they wanted out.Evidentally you are not a Van Hansis fan.but that’s ok because he has so many that love him and appreciate his work!

Here are who I think were the best and worst.

Best younger actor goes to Zack Conroy. Conroy in particular did some very subtle, laid back acting w/c isn’t common in Daytime. If he was on Y&R, he would be engulfed by the graduates of the Christian Leblanc School of Scene Chewing. Conroy is a good actor, so it’s terrible that he’s supporting awful actors like Clifton and Frantz, since Scamber is once again, sadly driving storylines. Oliver should be driving storylines since Conroy is attractive and the better actor.

Best younger actress goes to Kim Matula. She’s no Jennifer Finnigan, but she owns JMW and Frantz. Matula and Conroy should be nominated by the B&B cast.

Best slapfest goes to Stephanie’s double slap. “That was for Bridget! That was for Hope!” Hilarious, campy, melodramatic, fun, soapy moment. And Brooke looked like she hit her head after the second slap. LOL. Flannery’s best acting is when Steph is a strong, antagonistic bitch.

Best reveal goes to The Party Boink. Oliver realizing it was Brooke and not Hope was typical B&B. However, the follow thru was awful since Brooke thought Oliver was Ridge and B&B did not write a Ridge/Brooke/Oliver/Hope quad.

Best recast goes to Maura West as Diane. Subtle acting from Maura is a good contrast to all the histrionic acting on Y&R from Bergman, Stafford, etc.

Worst moments are more in number than best.

Worst death goes to Franco on GH. That trainwreck of course landed on The Soup.

Worst paternity storyline goes to Liam/Bill Junior. The bickering was so cringeworthy. It was meant to be comedic, but the acting was so awful from Diamont and Clifton. They should have scrapped this idea, and let Bill Junior have an unmentioned kid arrive in LA since Bill Junior was also a never mentioned Spencer. Instead it was months of this crap. 20 something Liam cowering from senior citizen Stephanie was hilariously bad.

Worst Leading Actors goes to Don Diamont on B&B. Diamont can only do smug and more smug. Everytime he delivers his dialogue, it’s like soap acting at its worst. Bill cheering for the stunt of Thomas, Bill revealing his niece Bridget has a child w/ Howen, Bill arguing w/ Liam, etc were really crappy.

Weirdest, Incestuous Moment goes to Steffy, Thomas, Thorne and Marcus cheering on Ridge to disrobe. What the hell were the writers thinking? Why would the children, brother and nephew of anyone do that? Steffy complimenting her father’s body was creepy. Runner up goes to Aggie touching her brother Oliver too much in front of her bf, Nick!

Dumbest Moment goes to Statue Howen vs. Statue Rick for Jackie. I’m all for campy, frothy fun, but that was soooooooooo stupid. Lowder, LAD and Beemer were terrible. They get Worst Supporting Actors and Worst Supporting Actress for that crap.

Worst in racial diversity goes to B&B. They finally put a black actress on contract after Lark Voorhies, who portrayed Jasmine before Thomas was even born. But they have her portray a homeless person. Lloyd is also untalented. It’s the same w/ Latina actresses. Whenever B&B needs a maid or an immigration storyline, it’s w/ a Latina character/actress. Claudia was I think related to the maid of the Forresters, and she was deported by Macy to a country where she’d be killed. Gabi was also related to the Forrester maid, and she married Thomas so she wouldn’t be deported. Terrible.

Worst in lgbtq representation goes to B&B. Since 1987 B&B has centered on LA fashionistas, yet not a single thespian on contract has portrayed a gay or lesbian fashion designer ever. LOL. The show is bursting at the seams w/ on contract and recurring thespians who portray useless chars that say some lines once a month since they have no storylines or stupid “storylines”. But it still can’t manage to cast gay and lesbian characters.

Worst younger actress goes to JMW. Her acting regressed once Thomas was taking Brooke’s side.

Adam Gregory, David Gregory and Clifton get worst younger actors. Clifton’s acting is so distracting and hyper as Liam. While B&B’s Gregory and OLTL’s Gregory are your typical soap hunks w/ no acting talent. It’s kind of difficult to take Thomas as a serious romantic threat when Gregory’s voice is like it’s going thru puberty. Gregory can’t act so they should not have paired him w/ KKL, the lead actress of B&B. A handsome, but terrible actor is once again in a frontburner storyline.

Worst return goes to Adrienne Frantz/Amber. For months, Amber was languishing in the background, being thrown to Rick and then to Nick. It felt like the writers were trying to give Amber any storyline that would stick merely for the sake of giving Amber something to do. When JMW temporarily left B&B, Amber was thrown to the younger set, w/c was a terrible step back for the show. B&B should have not brought Amber back, especially since it’s so cast heavy. It was even worse that they put her w/ the younger set. They should have temporarily recast Steffy instead. I don’t think JMW is so important that they can’t let a diff actress portray Steffy. They could have hired any unknown actress or former Daytime actress. Heck they could have hired Mackenzine Mauzy, who portrayed Steffy’s “identical” twin Phoebe. Mauzy greatly improved when she returned to B&B and she imbued a lot of sadness in Phoebe. A Steffy recast would have been better than Amber driving the younger set’s storylines again. And Frantz should never attempt an accent. Ever.

Worst non contract/recurring go to Andrea Evans and Lesli Kay. They are talented daytime vets. Evans was trashy fun as Tawney and was the only palatable aspect abt Amber. Kay could be the next Susan Flannery if B&B actually wrote for her/Felicia. So why the heck are they not on contract in frontburner storylines? While countless actors, who are atrocious, are on contract. Diamont, Tom, Clifton, Gregory, Lowder, Gareis, Frantz, LAD, Beemer, Battle, Hearst, Wagner are either awful “thespians” or have no storylines or have dumb storylines. SJB has talent, but she can’t elevate the crappy writing for Aggie. Mills can do the comedic psycho, but Pam’s so watered down and underutilized. B&B really should make room for Evans and Kay, as they would improve the show.

Zack Conroy is a treasure for sure, while the character of Amber makes me want to dump my TV in the garbage.I like Don Diamont, he’s so devious he’s fun to watch.But and this is a big BUT, if you were a watcher of ATWT an award should go to my beloved Van Hansis.He was so good this past year….when he cries you cry and when he smiles you can’t help but smile.I could have watched his story and his story with Eric Sheffer Stevens 24/7. He truly deserves an award….to me he has it all…looks , great acting skills , and this year he proved he can do it all !

best actress dool nadia bjorlin and gh kimberly mccullough
best actor dool shawn christian and gh jason thompson
best storyline dool danloe and danloe baby gh scrubs storyline and sonny and brenda reunion
worst storyline sharon and adam y&rand nick and diane y&r horrible y&r pairing

Best actor DOOL James Scott, Y&R Christian Leblanc,
Best actress DOOL Ari Zucker , B&B Susan Flannery
Worst actor B&B Brandon Beemer, DOOL Galen Gering
Worst pairing DOOL Sami& Rafe B&B Aggie& Nick ,,,Owen&Jackie

Worst storylines is DOOL Johnnys cancer storyline horrible & DOOL Right now the writers have forgotten that you’ll see something that will ruin all the past storylines. Its not the actors job to correct but I’m happy they done it well (actors)

Best actress:Nadia Bjorlin(Lara on venice/Chloe on days)]
Best story:Lara’s alcoholism on Venice

That’s pretty much what interest me,Because Danloe’s sl wasn’t about Danloe.They were just there to give a sl to Carly/Melanie/Steohanei and Nathan…

Best actress : Jessica Leccia – Venice. She is sensational!

Van Hansis is certainly the Best Actor of 2010.

Totally true: Van Hansis for the WIN!

Jake Silbermann’s right up there with the best of the rest.

haha, are you kidding us? this guy is so bad!

Van Hansis is the best supporting actor. In fact, Hansis should be in the lead actor category but he is still too young, so in the supporting category, Hansis is the best!

you’re right…Van should be lead actor….if it wasn’t for him (and Eric) iI would have dumped my TV in the garbage.He is so deserving.And so nice! I’m missing him on ATWT…but watch some clips on you tube…some are so good and if you’re a crier like me you’ll cry tears of sadness and tears of happiness!i wish him only the very best! Happy 2011 Van …i know all good things will come to you!

I was looking at the list of Soaps on your page….& so sad to see how few there are.
It boggles my mind….& to think that they once ‘commanded’ Daytime TV. I am a long time
GH fan….& its so unsettling to see how low their ratings have become…especially with the BIG talent they have.

I called in to Blazinryradio and could not get through.there was something wrong with the phone line so you couldn’t get in to call much less to listen. .I turned on my computer and there’s something wrong with the sound so I couldn’t hear much but I did hear you mention Eric Sheffer Stevens and his great portrayal of Dr. Reid Oliver.I think you mentioned something about him being best supporting actor.Am i correct?His character was played beautifully, but Van as Luke was memorable with patience and love helping to make this snarky neurosurgeon into a real person.i couldn’t hear anything else after that so michael will you please post all your picks on this site for those of us that couldn’t hear what you said.I do hope your worst storyline will be Reid being killed by a train and Luke losing the love of his life and being alone.i love Eric and i love Van.Two remarkable actors ….two remarkable men!

Van Hansis played each emotion Luke went through with such beauty! If he wasn’t picked, I am very disappointed and I really don’t understand what Hansis did for him not being supported. I’m sorry but Ess acting was very one dimensional. VH worked his scenes with so much beauty and with realism.

Van deserves an award….he’s a joy to watch.I wish we could see him somewhere.i have never loved a character more in all my years of watching this soap.And as himself he’s so kind and nice…I hope he’ll get cast in a show soon!

My pick for best of the year are:

Best Show: OLTL — Tea’s death, Stacy drowning, Bo and Nora Wedding, Echo’s return, Clint’s transformation to Evil Asa Jr,the multiple unknown paternity questions around Jess and Nat, Marty’s meltdown, and finally a satisfactory resolution to Rex’s parentage.
Actor: OLTL Jerry Ver Dorn , DOOL James Scott
Actress: Susan Flannery B+B, OLTL Florencia Lozano, LAura Wright GH, Robin Strasser OLTL
Supporting Actor: Jonathan Jackson GH, Van Hansis ATWT, Eric Sheffer Stevens ATWT
Supporting Actress: GH Kimberly McCullogh. Younger Actress: Kristen Alderson and Kelly Missal OLTL. Kristen has never been nominated and has been leading story for ten plus years.
Younger Actor: Eddie Alderson OLTL, Chad Duell GH,

CG and JP (formerly on ATWT) should be rated the worst ever team in soap history. They compeltely deserve that dishonor after they destroyed one of the most beautiful love stories (LURE) to ever grace the soap screen, with the horrendous ending.

It really was the worst ending…wasn’t it?I’m still not over it after all these months.But Van Hansis really acted up a storm when Reid was dying and then died.ATWT should have ended happilly for everyone because it was going away forever and we wouldn’t be able to see how Luke managed to survive without the love of his life. Why did they choose this horrible ending ….i don’t think we’ll ever really know.Thanks for nothing, CG, JP, CBS, P&G and all TPTB! But Van does deserve an emmy….he should get one finally!!!!!

I’m all for Lexi and Haley from GH. They are wondeful young actresses. In fact, just this evening I saw Haley on a new episode of ‘House’. She was wonderful talking and listening to House talk about his girlfriend and giving him some advice on how to be nice to her. It was very charming! Haley really delivered. So, I would vote for her an any contest, and Lexi too.

right now, Nadia Bjorlin as Chloe is the most fascinating to watch on DAYS. The desperation of a woman and the combination of post pardum depression and the unraveling her marriage to Daniel. Her performance have been magnificent to say the least.

other great performers on DAYS are Kristian Alfonso, James Scott, Arianne Zucker, Suzanne Rogers, and Chandler.

Y&R is by far the most disappointing soap on the air. I have quit watching after 25 years.


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Josh Duhamel to Star in Netflix Romance Drama ‘Ransom Canyon’

Former All My Children star and Daytime Emmy-winning actor, Josh Duhamel (ex-Leo duPres) will star in a new romantic series for Netflix. The streamer is expanding its romance brand with the upcoming drama, Ransom Canyon.

In story, Ransom Canyon “charts the intersecting lives of three ranching families, all set against the rugged expanse of Texas Hill Country.” It is said to be a romance-fueled family drama and contemporary Western rolled intoone.

Duhamel will take on the role of Staten Kirkland, said to be,”The owner and sole occupant of the sprawling Double K Ranch.” Staten is, “steadfast and stoic, and leads the charge to resist outside forces threatening his way of life and the land that he loves.”

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Minka Kelly stars opposite Duhamel in the role of Quinn. According to the loglines, the character, “has often found herself in the shadow of others, but after a stint in New York pursuing her career as a concert pianist, she has returned to Ransom Canyon to carve out a new path for herself.”

The series has received a 1o-episode order. Ransom Canyon follows the success in this genre of show for Netflix s such as Virgin River and Sweet Magnolias. The show is created by executive producer April Blair, whoseTV credits include: Jane by Design; All AmericanHart of Dixie and the Gossip Girl reboot.

As for Josh, he has recently appeared in motion pictures in the Transformers franchise, as well as features such as Shotgun Wedding. and on TV, he appeared in the NBC miniseries, The Thing About Pam with Renee Zelleweger. Minka is best-known for her roles in Friday Night Lights and Euphoria.

So, intrigued by this new romance western drama starring Josh Duhamel and Minka Kelly? Comment below.

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Billy Miller Memorial Scholarship Endowment Created at His Alma Mater to Help Others ‘Realize Their Dreams’

Two months since three-time Daytime Emmy-winning actor, Billy Miller passed away, the beloved All My Children (ex-Richie), General Hospital (ex-Jason/Drew) and The Young and the Restless (ex-Billy) star, will now have a permanent scholarship endowment in his honor at the University of Texas at Austin which was Miller’s alma mater.

Through the scholarship, it will be able to help radio/television and film undergraduate students with financial need. Billy’s family and friends have established this permanent scholarship in his memory, naming it the William Jon Miller II “Billy Miller” Memorial Scholarship. They hope the endowment will be a legacy to his life and love of acting.

Before becoming soap-famous, Billy graduated from the the university’s department of Radio-Television-Film (RTF) at the Moody College of Communication. On its official website, they shared the news of this special memorial scholarship and how Miller died at the age of 43 after surrendering his life to bipolar depression, which he struggled with his whole life.

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Megan Hubbell, Billy’s sister, expressed, “We want something positive to be held in his name in perpetuity through the University he loved. He would be honored to know that even in death, he can help someone else realize their dreams.”

She added how she hoped her immensely talented brother will be remembered: “I hope BJ (as Billy was known by to his friends and family) is remembered for the kind-hearted, silly, funny, goofy, generous, beautiful soul that he was His megawatt smile, deep belly laugh and gorgeous mug were gifts on screen, but his true self was a bright light that will be carried with us forever.”

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According to Miller’s family, Billy had his picks of schools and UT was his first choice. When he first came to the university, Billy started in the zoology program before switching to radio-television-film, where he felt he belonged. Miller was one of just 20 students at the time accepted into the department’s prestigious production-sequence program.

“BJ was extremely proud to be a Texas Longhorn and always remembered his time there fondly,” Hubbell said. “The time he spent at UT allowed him the space to explore who he wanted to be and what he wanted to accomplish.”

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In honoring her brother’s work and strength to persevere in the often heartbreaking world of entertainment, Megan related: “I always admired the guts it took to go after a dream in Hollywood that so many people tried to discourage. He heard, ‘You’ll never make it’ more times than I care to count, but he used those comments as fuel and said, ‘Watch me.’”

Miller’s roles went far beyond those on daytime soap operas, as throughout his career he played major parts in primetime’s Suits, Ray Donovan and Castle to name but a few.

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In his death, Billy’s family is encouraging people to take stock of their own mental health. “BJ would want anyone struggling with intrusive thoughts to seek professional help,” Hubbell said. “Do not suffer in silence or try to muscle through on your own. Mental health is vitally important and shouldn’t be spoken about in silos behind closed doors but rather in open forums with open arms. Shame has no place in the discussion to seek help.”

To donate to the William John Miller II “Billy Miller” Memorial Scholarship click here.

Share your thoughts on Billy’s family and friends, along with his alma mater, setting up this memorial scholarship endowment to help other talented young people in financial need get a shot at realizing their dreams via the comment section below.

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‘Live with Kelly and Mark’ Scores Touchdown in Ratings with Taylor Swift-Inspired ‘Halloween: The Eras Show’ Delivering Largest Audience In Over A Year

More great numbers for Live with Kelly and Mark. The talk shows Live’s Halloween: The Eras Show scored an impressive 2.9M total viewers on October 31, making it the most-watched Halloween episode in four years, according to the Nielsen ratings.

The episode also delivered some of the highest ratings in seven months for the morning show, particularly among women 18-49 and 25-54. Live’s Halloween: The Eras Show also pulled in a 1.92 household rating, as well as a 0.47 among women in the key 18 to 49 demo and a 0.69 among women 25 to 54. Those are up over the last two years of Halloween episodes and since Consuelos first started in the co-host chair back in April.

According to Deadline, Live’s Halloween: The Eras Show, also pulled in the largest audience numbers for a single episode in more than a year and half.

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As is tradition with “Live’s Halloween” episodes, they are always filled with costume and pop culture moments and special guest surprises. Ripa and Consuelos were right in step with the biggest social media love story at the moment; that of Swift and her burgeoning romance with Kansas City Chiefs Tight End, Travis Kelce.

During Halloween week which started on Monday, October 30, Live was up up 11% versus the week prior in total viewers, and averaged 2.6 million viewers throughout the week.  Year-over-year, the talk show was up that week by 15% in terms of total viewers.  It looks like the former All My Children’s alum on-screen chemistry is just as palpable as it off-screen; as the two marrieds are making quite a successful run together on morning television.

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So, what do you think of the impressive numbers for the Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos on ‘Live’? Did you enjoy their recent Halloween episode? Share your comments below.

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