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On-Air On-Soaps Podcast Episode # 8

Soap expert Michael Fairman, General Hospital and Cougar Town’s Carolyn Hennesy, and their special guest co-hosts, Galen Gering of Days of our Lives and Michelle Stafford of The Young and the Restless are back for a very special holiday edition of the On-Air On-Soaps Podcast. What do these four have in common? Maybe nothing or maybe everything! Find out when these four co-host the final episode of 2010!

You will hear: soap celebrity exclusive podcast interviews, behind-the-scenes scoops, discussion of soaps hottest topics, the power performance of the week, and more of what matters to you the soapers most – as we go 360 degrees inside, outside, and around the wide world of soaps!

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On-Air On-Soaps Podcast Episode #8

Welcome to the new holiday edition of the On-Air On-Soap Podcast, hosted by Michael Fairman with his co-hosts; Carolyn Hennesy, Galen Gering, and Michelle Stafford.  This month the foursome welcome special guests: General Hospital’s Maurice Benard, Days of our Lives and Venice star, Nadia Bjorlin, The Bay and former OLTL star, Joe Lando, and Being Erica’s Dillon Casey, for some entertaining and revealing interviews. Plus, our hosts discuss, soap’s hottest topics and news, battle it out in our soap trivia game show segment, name the power performance of the week, and much more. It’s all in a jam-packed hour-plus of fun on our super-sized holiday episode!


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On-Air On-Soaps Podcast Episode #8 features the following segments:

  • Maurice Benard Interview – Our special podcast soap star call-in guest, daytime favorite Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) of General Hospital chats about the latest in Sonny’s romance with Brenda played by Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo, Sonny’s women, his Daytime Emmy winning moment, and his on-screen alter-egos best moments of 2010. Plus, Maurice gives us some details on his upcoming east coast personal appearance swing which launches in January of the New Year! Starts @ 13:20
  • News & Views – James Franco’s just announced return as Franco on General Hospital around Oscar time, B&B gets ready to tell the next arc in their lung cancer story by bringing on to the show real-life cancer survivors for their 6,000 episode, and DAYS, Y&R, and B&B getting renewal pick-ups from the network are discussed and highlighted. Starts @ 29:05
  • Nadia Bjorlin Interview –Our next podcast soap star call-in guest, Days of our Lives and Venice’s, Nadia Bjorlin chats on who is the better kisser of her on-screen romantic love interests, Shawn Christian or Jessica Leccia? Plus, we get a preview of the next beat in the Danloe story on DAYS, where we learn, disaster could be right around the corner. And, Nadia reveals what it is like playing the drunken Lara whose is at the epicenter of the end of season two of Venice! Starts @ 41:14
  • Power Performance of the Week- General Hospital’s Daniel Benzali as Theo Hoffman/The Balkan tops our list and you will hear and know why! Starts @ 52:11
  • Tracy Young Interview – Our next call-in guest, Tracy Young of Gilbert, Arizona won the first On-Air On-Soaps Podcast contest a few months back. As her prize, Tracy got to be our very special guest on the holiday episode. Tracy is a huge fan of GH stars, Jonathan Jackson and Carolyn Hennesy. And, she offers up what changes she would like to see to the Port Charles canvas in 2011! Starts @ 57:01
  • Soap Thought of the Day – Carolyn offers up her holiday Soap Thought of the Day titled: Ten Things That Viewers Want to See Santa Bring Down the Chimney and Put Under Their Soap Christmas Trees Starts @ 1:05:21
  • Joe Lando Interview – Our next podcast soap star call-in guest, Joe Lando discusses his new role of Lee Nelson on the hit web soap, The Bay, his time as Jake Harrison on OLTL with Jessica Tuck, and his new upcoming Hallmark Channel movie which reunites him with his former co-star, Jane Seymour of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman titled Perfectly Prudence. Starts @1:07:19
  • Stump the Soapers –Being Erica and Skins, Dillon Casey, calls in from Toronto to try and trip up Carolyn, Michael, Galen, and Michelle with trivia questions in our podcast game show. Will our guest co-hosts from Genoa City or Salem win the battle of the soapers? Find out. Starts @ 1:17:32

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If you have a question on the soaps that you want answered for the upcoming taping of the January episode, call our On-Air On-Soaps Podcast caller line at 1-213-973-SOAP.

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So great hearing everyone. I hope your all having a wonderful Christmas and are going to have a wonderful New Year.
The wedding was awesome. Loved the SAFE wedding

I love NB.She’s gorgeous talenetd,funny a real sweatheart

Thanks for a fabulous holiday podcast! Very fun! Loved the MB interview and Carolyn’s soap thought of the day! Agree with the power performance… Benzali is doing a great job as the Balkan and Theo! Merry Christmas everybody and Happy New Year! Can’t wait for the next podcast!


loved the interview can’t wait to see the Danloe scene but in the end Danloe will prevail and they’re relationship will become stronger, thx Michael for doing this and Happy holiday everyone!

I wish some better and more informative questions were asked in the Nadia interview. I feel like it was really rushed along and too short. I wish Michael Fairman had asked Nadia what it was like working with Jessica Leccia(as actresses)? And asked Nadia how the chemistry and vibe is different between actors when playing a same sex romance. And asked Nadia her opinions on the Ani and Lara romance on Venice? And also should have asked Nadia about her big scenes at the end of this season of Venice while asking what’s in store for Lara in season 3. All of these questions should have been asked or touched upon. It would have made a much more entertaining and informative interview.

Love NB and SC… Love Danloe!! They have the most amazing raw chemistry on Days… Danloe and Baby PARKER are the cutest family… DANLOE are the end game!

Joe’s too gorgeous to be ignored!

Michael, just loving your interviews. Especially enjoyed Galen Gering my very favorite actor with Michelle and Caroline. It was positively awesome. It was a nice break
to kick back and listen to these wonderful talented people sharing time with all
of us. Thank you again for bringing the best of the best to us on pod cast.

Fun Podcast, Michael. It was jam packed with stars and to top it all off, Maurice Bernard. Are you kidding me? Loved it all. Michelle Stafford was a nice surprise. She had lots to talk about. Galen Gering is one of the most hansome men on TV. Carolyn is always fun, and I love her comic remarks.She is great on GH. And, it’s always fun to play the guessing game created byDillon Casey. I try to guess, but while I’m racking my brain for clues, you guys solve it. Also, Joe Lando was nice to hear from and all the projects he is working on. I hope we can se him because he is one handsome actor and I’ll also remember the scene at the window with Jessica Tuck on OLTL, just as you do, Michael. Keep up all the good shows that you do and your interviews, for your fans…

Carolyn Hennesy was my favorite part. Her wit is so great and she brings so much to the podcast. Can’t wait for the next one! Great job Michael!

NB,love her and her acting.such an talented and amazing aday

great podcast….great way to end the year……Canada is listening
thank you and Merry Christmas

i hope that danloe stays together no matter what but will their love survive even with the truth for when the truth about parker comes out what would daniel do if he knew itwas chloe that phillip cheated with i like chloe better with daniel eaither way

i love phillip he does not deserve this he has been down this same path before everytime he really loves someone he gets a slap in his face and a slap to his heart he could never do anything right or positive in his life

i like rafe he’s hot but he’s so boring too borning for sami rafe is more like sami’s father roman rafe has alot of heart but no excitment like ej rafe has alot of heart of gold he’s nothing like bo brady either bo is so reckless rafe is not at all i prefer ej for sami their’ alot of fire and dangerous type of passion and that really turns me on totally

only the first 14 minutes of the podcast will play/download. please fix this so we can hear the rest!:)

thanks for the reply. I do have a fast connection but for some reason only 14 minutes will download. I´ll try downloading it on itunes instead of saving the file. I Iove the podcast, you chose great guests and it´s a very enjoyable listen. thanks again:)

RE: MAURICE BENARD’S INTERVIEW… i felt carolyn hennesy was a bit of a show-off, always coming back to her character and complimenting herself in scenes with maurice, rather than interviewing him on HIS character and what he wanted to say about sonny. also, what right does ms. hennesy have to criticize vanessa (not brenda, vanessa) and call her “angst-ridden” and “able to split into a million pieces”? whatever her thoughts, that’s not cool to say about a co-star who never, ever talks badly about the people she works with. truth is, the best scenes maurice ever had were with vanessa marcil. i agree their chemistry had been off the first few months of her return, but from maurice himself said, that seems to be his fault. he said he tried to downplay his attraction to brenda because he was just with someone else. for vanessa to come in after 13 years of not having romantic scenes with maurice, then have him downplay it, and with co-stars like carolyn criticizing you publicaly — i feel for vanessa! all actors are a bit crazy, and vanessa is no different. maurice is freaking bipolar AND his acting is passionate but not imperfect. he has looked bored out of his mind on GH for years. the first time i’ve seen sonny with some spark back to his acting is now that vanessa is back. both actors should give her a LOT more credit. vanessa is contantly praising maurice and how much she learns from him. but the character of sonny only because popular when he was paired with vanessa’s brenda. maurice in a way owes his career to vanessa. BOTH are great actors who shine around each other. michael, what say you????

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Days of our Lives Longtime Lovebirds, Arianne Zucker and Shawn Christian, Set Wedding Date

In the words of Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel, DAYS) himself, “Just remember ya’ll….there is great value in long courtships,” it appears that he and his longtime love. Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS), have finally picked their wedding date, and the destination for their nuptials.

Back in August of 2023, the couple shared that they plan to tie the knot in 2024, and with their latest IG post it looks like the wedding day is becoming closer and closer.

As Days of our Lives fans know, Zucker is suing the soap opera’s producers and production entity, and her last episode should air on July 29th, since the show tapes so far in advance. One can assume, her character, Nicole Walker may get a happy ending and get her baby back before exiting Salem? However, that’s yet to be seen.

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In the meantime, the couple who live in Nevada, continue to make plans for their big day. In their newest update, Zucker shared, “We discovered a wedding DESTINATION and DATE DATE! So grateful to everyone who has helped us make this exploration an eye-opening awe-inspiring adventure!”

While Christian chimed in, “I already hear many of you saying ‘finally Shawn!’ Just remember ya’ll….there is great value in long courtships.” #justsaying #loveispatient #loveiscrazy”

Shawn’s journey as Daniel Jonas on DAYS lasted from 2008 to 2017, while Zucker has portrayed Nicole Walker since 1998. The couple have been engaged since 2021.

The duo made no clear mention of the exact wedding date or location in their post, only that they have got things locked in and all systems are a-go!

So, happy to hear that Ari and Shawn are finally about to become husband and wife? Comment below.


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NATAS Reveals 2024 Gold and Silver Circle Honorees Recognizing Admired Individuals and Their Enduring Contributions to Daytime Television

Ahead of the upcoming 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 7th, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced on Thursday, the recipients of the 2024 Gold and Silver Circle honors.

Those chosen as honorees were chosen for this recognition, as NATAS explained, “As admired individuals who have made enduring contributions to daytime television. Inductees are exceptional professionals who have performed distinguished service within the television industry, setting standards for achievement, mentoring, leadership and professional accolades for 50 or 25 years, respectively. They represent the best and brightest in the industry.”

Some daytime favorites in front of the camera and behind the scenes made this year’s honor roll.

The 2024 Gold Circle Inductees are:

Jerome Dobson, Writer: Guiding Light, As the World Turns, General Hospital, Santa Barbara 

A Martinez, Actor: Santa Barbara, General Hospital, Days of our Lives and The Bay.

Suzanne Rogers, Actress: Days of Our Lives

The 2024 Silver Circle Inductees are:

Patricia Denney, Former Hair and Makeup Department Head: The Young and The Restless

Kathleen Finch, Chairman and CEO, US Networks, Warner Brothers Discovery

Linda Grand, Set Master Props: The Bold & The Beautiful

Janet Spellman-Drucker, Co-Executive Producer: Days of Our Lives

Mark Teschner, Casting Director: General Hospital

Rolonda Watts, Talk Show Host, Actress & Voiceover Talent: Sherri, Curious George, Divorce Court

What do you think of the selections for this year’s Gold and Silver Circle Honorees? Comment below.

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TODAY: Days of our Lives Icon Deidre Hall Guest Stars on ‘Hacks’

As we previously reported, Days of our Lives star Deidre Hall (Marlena) is playing a version of herself on the hit Max comedy series, Hacks. The episode dropped today on May 23rd and is already available for streaming.

In it, Deidre plays Jimmy’s mother (Paul W. Downs). For those in the know, Downs is not only one of co-creators and stars of Hacks, but as it turns out is a fan of Days of our Lives.

Speaking on her guest star appearance, Hall told TV Insider, “I was told by Paul and Lucia Aniello (co-creator) that Paul’s mom was a longtime fan of DAYS and of Marlena, and then she introduced him to the show when he was a toddler.“

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Deidre added, “So when they were looking for a person to play Paul’s mother, they said, ‘Wait a minute, are we crazy? Why don’t we see if we can get Deidre.’”

As to her guest star turn, Hall previewed,“The script was written that the part is ‘legendary Deidre Hall,’ so I didn’t have to reach too far for what she looks like, what she sounds like, how she moved.”

In story, Deidre got the opportunity to work with Back to the Future’s Christopher Lloyd, whom she shared, “Working with Christopher Lloyd was probably the most daunting thing that’s happened to me for a while.” Hall added, “He was just the loveliest.”


According to Hall, her Days of our Lives co-stars will be tuning-in at some point today or this evening to catch her appearance, which she is very excited about.

Hacks stars Jean Smart as everyone’s favorite comedian Deborah Vance. In season 3, the critically acclaimed and Emmy-wining comedy series explores the dark mentorship between a legendary stand-up comedian and young, entitled comedy writer.

Will you be checking out Deidre Hall, playing soap legend “Deidre Hall” on Hacks? Let us know in the comment section below.

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