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Revenge's Henry Czerny on Conrad Grayson, Madeline Stowe, Daytime Soaps and a Shocker!

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On-Air On-Soaps caught up with some of the dazzling stars of Revenge, and the executive behind the scenes, to get some inside scoops of what is to come, how they like working with each other, why the series has become such a runaway hit, their thoughts on daytime soaps, and of course, some dishy and fun tidbits!  These steamy stars truly know how to show us … The art of revenge!

Today, our chitchat with Henry Czerny who plays Conrad Grayson, whose rocky marriage to Victoria will certainly be even more tested in upcoming episodes!  Henry payed homage to the daytime soaps, talked about his amazing co-star Madeleine Stowe (Victoria) and gave us an insight into the character he plays.

Why do you think people are responding to Revenge?

HENRY: I think people respond to Revenge for a myriad of reasons, and it’s hard to contemplate that there is just one.  First of all, I think the writing has style and substance with its style, and I think those two elements together always make it intriguing.  I think the execution of the scripts is terrific.  I am not talking about the acting, but the technical side of things.  We have well-built sets and the costumes are very well taken care of.  It matters a great deal.  Also, the daytime soaps have been phased out, so there is a huge audience there who want that genre to be back and in full force. 

How is it working with Madeleine Stowe?

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HENRY: The scenes with Madeleine Stowe are incredibly rewarding to do because of the way they are written and what we expect to be explored and shared within those scenes.  They are very challenging and very rewarding at the same time.

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What is the hardest part of playing Conrad?

HENRY: The hardest part for me is to talk to the people who are Conrad.  And, if we go one way or another with Conrad, then we lose the people that we are talking to, if we want to talk to those people.  Especially, if we want to talk to the Conrad’s out there and go, “What is going on with you?  How are you processing this stuff?”  If he is too much one way or the other, than you lose that interest in the character, cause then people can simply say, “That is not me.”  It’s to put people in his skin, which is very difficult to do in this genre and the most challenging.

Do you and Madeleine laugh when they yell, “cut”, especially when the two of you play the very unhappy couple, The Graysons?

HENRY: Sometimes we will laugh after a scene, as any couple might do the next day after they just had a huge fight.  They might look at each other and go, “What the hell were we at each other’s throats about yesterday?”  But Madeleine and Henry are never at each other;s throats.  But drumming that up before we shoot a scene, I notice there will be a different energy with Madeleine that I have with the other characters of course, because there is so much at stake for Conrad and Victoria.  And that has to be present in any of the scenes we shoot.

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What do you think Madeleine would say about you?

HENRY:  She would say, “He’s very silly.”

You had mentioned the daytime soap audience losing their daily dramas in the afternoon.  Do you think the cancellation of some of them has helped Revenge become the success it is?

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HENRY: First of all, my wife loves soaps.  She has been going through withdrawal losing so many of them, and of course, she loves to watch Revenge.  I think she is a part of a large audience who is missing a large part of that genre.  And needless to say, Revenge is that genre with a twist and with some deeper resonating themes.  It’s a darker soap.

Can you preview anything coming up?

HENRY:  I can only tell you, it gets more and more intriguing, and more and more impossible to not watch and to figure out.  But you know what?  If you looked back at your life ten years ago and imagined what you saw coming and what actually came, you would be shocked.  That is what Revenge is about.  It’s shocking what shows up in a day!

An all-new episode of Revenge airs Wednesday, April 18th (10PMEST) on ABC called “Doubt”  Here is the lowdown: Daniel’s imprisonment sends Victoria to depths that no one thought possible, as the surprise return of a past love (James Purefoy as Dominik Wright) provides a destructive but welcome distraction from her family’s struggles. Meanwhile, Jack’s search for Amanda grows more desperate as he comes under suspicion for murder, on “Revenge.”


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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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British Soap ‘Coronation Street’ Set To Resume Production Next Week Following COVID-19 Shutdown

Will American soaps soon follow the Brits, and be able to start up your favorite soap towns again? While production entities await for guidelines from the state of California and the city of Los Angeles, across the bond, ITV’s Coronation Street has set next Tuesday, June 9th to begin filming new episodes of the popular drama.

Coronation Street had been on  10-week mandatory shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping our globe.  The return to start up the show keeps the soap on-air throughout July and then ongoing.  There will be three episodes filmed each week at their studios in Manchester.

Along with ITV’s Emmerdale, and  other programs, Coronation Street is returning to production under the UK’s guidelines and  safety protocols for COVID-19.

According to Deadline that will include: crew members designated to a specific studio or exterior lot  …  social distancing will be observed … cast and crew will have daily temperature checks, while older and more vulnerable members of the team won’t be part of the new episodes during the initial period of filming.

In a statement, John Whiston, ITV’s managing director of continuing drama, said: “Getting to this point has taken a huge amount of work and goodwill from a huge number of people, not least our cast and crew. With the peak past, all indications are that the time is right for a return to filming.  And with the extensive protocols we have put in place, we have made our workplace as safe as possible. I’m sure our audience will appreciate having the show they love continue on air. For many who have written in it is a vital escape from all the fears and stresses this virus brings in its wake.”

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So, do you the news on “Corrie” spells a brighter outlook for the American daytime dramas to begin production shortly in some capacity? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Mark Derwin, Melissa Hayden and More to Reunite for Upcoming Guiding Light Virtual Reunion

Some beloved faces from Springfield return when they gather virtually for one of the next Guiding Light reunion chats via Alan Locher.

Look for fan favorites: Mark Derwin (Ex-A.C. Mallett), Melissa Hayden (Ex-Bridget Reardon), Morgan Englund (Dylan Lewis),, Kimberley Simms (Mindy Lewis) and Jocelyn Seagrave Fundoukos (Julie Camaletti) on Wednesday, June 10th beginning at 3PM EST/12 PM PST on The Locher Room You Tube channel.

Guiding Light fans will remember the love story of Mallet and Harley, Dylan and Julie, as well as Bridge’ts Relationship with Dylan and of course, the spoiled rich girl Mindy Lewis.

Get your questions ready and join the virtual chat.  To view on June 10th click here,

So, what were some of your favorite memories from GL featuring this fab five? Comment below.

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