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Power Performance of the Week: OLTL's Melissa Archer & Michael Easton!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Now hold on a minute.  Before anyone says One Life to Live’s Bree Williamson (Jessica) and Mark Lawson (Brody) were equally as good and deserved this acknowledgment as much as Melissa Archer and Michael Easton, this was an extremely hard one to choose.  But On-Air On-Soaps believes that Williamson and Lawson’s even more powerful moments are coming next week, so stay tuned.  So therefore, and in the end, we have decided to give this week’s Power Performance of the Week to Melissa Archer and Michael Easton, who as Natalie and John had the showdown of all couple showdowns, and right before Valentine’s Day, too!

“Heartbreaking” is the word we would use describe the performances of Archer and Easton, as after Natalie and John’s and Brody and Jessica’ s double wedding is busted up, thanks to Vimal and Clint, the couple retreat to air their dirty laundry in a private room in the church.  John wants answers, and a trapped Natalie has no where to go with it, but to spill the beans.  That indeed, she slept with Brody.  With tears streaming down her face, and anguishing that the truth she never wanted her fiancee to hear finally out, McBain, ever the detective, knew that there was more to this story – thanks Marty!

Then, John welling up with tears screams at Natalie,” Say it! Just Say it!” And with that Natalie lets out, “You’re not the father of my baby, Brody is!”  It was those next moments of devastation, played to the hilt and with such deep pain and such subtlety, by Michael Easton that made many watching at home grab for their hankies!  And as for Archer, the saddest and most riveting moment of her performance came when Natalie realizing her life with John is now torn to pieces, begs him to listen and says, “I love you  I wanted to give you this.  John, he is your son.”   John, whose belief in Natalie is shattered snaps back, “I don’t have a son, Natalie.”

The writing team of OLTL did an admirable job of juxtaposing Natalie and John’s pain and Brody and Jessica’s angst as these two couples lives are completely shattered by betrayal, lies, and DNA tests!  Archer was perfection as a woman trying to hold on to her man, even trying to believe that if she continued to tell the lies she had been keeping, perhaps she could be happy and fool everyone!  But as we know in soaps, you can’t fool everyone all of the time…most of the time perhaps, until they get a clue, and John did this time!

We can’t wait till Monday when Jessica and Natalie have a showdown, Tess comes out,  Brody and Ford to go at it, and to see what will happen to the the friendship bond between John and Brody.

Watch the Power Performance of the Week below!

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ma fan#2
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ma fan#2

thanks for this its true they are the power performers of the week!!!

Kim
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Kim

I agree, both were spectacular in their scenes, especially Michael.

Sarah White Sees
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Sarah White Sees

Melissa Archer and Michael Easton are both such subtle, natural actors. They can show so much emotion, without any dialog. With the dialog in those scenes though, they knocked it out of the park. You knew what was coming and you could feel the pain; but you couldn’t look away. Wonderful scenes and wonderful actors!!

Doe
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Doe

Michael, I’m glad you posted that scene from OLTL. I missed that episode. This really is powerful stuff and Michael and Melissa were outstanding. I really felt for them and their agony. It was very upsettng. Now we have to go all over it again with Jessica and Brody. I hope I have the stomach for it! I say well done to all the actors.

iluvssw
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iluvssw

Michael and Melissa were hands down the right choice this week. Thank you for how beautifully written this article is and for posting the perfect video to go with it. 😀

Kutzoo
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Kutzoo

I agree they were the perfect choice, Melissa Archer and Michael Easton bought the house down! I could barely concentrate during other’s scenes because I was so eager to get back to there’s. They were riveting. Nat (MA) had me in tears as she was trying to explain herself, especially that moment when she told John her baby was Brody’s. WOW! It was the broken way in which she said that, that started the flood and John (ME) when he stroked her face and said he had no son? Boy that was heartbreaking. Michael and Melissa did what they do… Read more »

Dawn
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Dawn

You are so right. Michael Easton and Melissa Archer were phenomenal this week. Melissa has been shining in this whole storyline and in my opinion should be the front runner for an emmy nomination this year. It was fantastic to see Michael get his chance to shine. He really let us see all of John’s emotions as his life as he knew it collapsed around it. Thank you for acknowledging these two phenomenal performances.

Christian
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Christian

Incredible performances by both of them. I could feel their pain and was riveted to the TV. This is where their chemistry lies. They are so real together and their connection cannot be denied. ME showed so much depth in his portrayal. I thrilled he was given these moment to shine!

mike
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mike

I didn’t know Michael Easton had a performance like that in him. Give the guy the Emmy now.

Jen
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Jen

Thank you for giving these two the power performance for the week. I have never seen those two better than they were on Thursday. Melissa Archer has been shining in this story, and she absolutely broke my heart as she desperately tried to hang onto that lie. She knew when she spoke it out loud that it would be real. Michael Easton floored me. The way he yelled at her to “Say it”, and then his reaction after hearing the words. He was broken and I felt his pain. I agree with the person who said that it felt like… Read more »

Chris
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Chris

I have followed this couple since 2004 – and I am in total agreement with you. Although both are good actors, I had never seen this caliber of performance from either one of them. Their true acting ability came shining through with this material. Being a big fan, it hurt me to the core to watch it , but the writers did an excellent job telling this story. SO EMOTIONAL I hope to see these two characters back together soon…maybe May Sweeps?? Thanks for the article!

Dani Austin
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Dani Austin

It was nice to finally see Michael Easton play some emotional stuff instead of the same old, brooding, cliched performance we normally get from him. John McBain was actually interesting to me for once. Out of the four actors in this storyline, Michael’s performance was the only one that resonated with me emotionally. Kudos to Michael Easton.

Gordo
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Gordo

Easton was great. I guess Archer was too, I hate the way she cries but I guess thats just me. Williamson was sooo good this week and last.

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

The break-up scenes with the couples were so intense, they were heartbreaking to watch!

Adrienne Adler
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Adrienne Adler

I still feel Michael Easton’s best acting was with Renee Elise Goldsberry.
Now that was the real deal. The were so believable.

Latoya Newell
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Latoya Newell

They made you believe they were a real couple! That why people love John and Evangeline to this day. It’s kinda sad that the only real emotion that gets shown between John and Natalie is when they are yelling or argueing. When John was with Van he didn’t have to do that their relationship felt like a real one.

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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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As The World Turns

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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