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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.

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.

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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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Sean Kanan’s ‘Studio City’ Scores 13 Indie Series Award Nominations

Nominations were revealed on Wednesday for the upcoming 13th annual Indie Series Awards.  Sean Kanan’s streaming series, Studio City received 13 nominations in various categories.

Studio City’s nominations are fo: Best Drama Series, Sean Kanan, Michel Kanan, and Timothy Woodward, Jr., producers; Best Director in a Drama Series, Timothy Woodward, Jr.; Best Writing in a Drama Series, Michele Kanan, Sean Kanan and Timothy Woodward, Jr., writers; Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Sean Kanan; Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Carolyn Hennesy; Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Tristan Rogers and Justin Torkildsen; Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Natalie Burn and Juliet Vega; Guest Performer in a Drama Series, Lilly Melgar; Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, Outstanding Cinematography in a Drama Series, Pablo Diaz, and Outstanding Editing in a Drama Series, Fady Jeanbart.

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In a statement on Studio City’s 13 nods, Sean Kanan shared: “I am overwhelmed and thankful that our show, which I refer to as the little-engine that could series, has received such support from the Indie Series Awards. Our second season was a collaborative effort of creativity, love of our content, and hard work. We look forward to creating more entertaining series in the future.”

Studio City tells the dramatic and comedic story of Sam Stevens (played by Kanan), a long-time soap opera actor starring in the number two most-watched daytime drama, “Hearts on Fire” as he struggles to keep his top spot on the show, break out of soaps into feature films, and deal with his own complicated life which includes a few dark secrets concerning his past, including an aging step-father, the twisted truth of his paternity, and a daughter that he never knew existed.  Season two consists of six episodes and is available on Amazon Prime.

For the complete list of this year’s Indie Series Award nominations, check them out here.  The Indie Series Awards ceremony will be on Wednesday, April 12th in Burbank, California at The Colony Theatre in Burbank.

What do you think of the nominees from Studio City for the ISA Awards? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Launches Podcast on SiriusXM

Former All My Children stars Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo) can add launching a podcast to their extensive resume through their production company, Milojo Productions, and Sirius XM.

According to Deadline, Ripa will host Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa, where she will have in-depth conversations with celebrity guests. Depending on the subject matter, a specialist or expert could also join the episode to provide insight.

In a statement on her new hosting gig and show, Ripa expressed: “After 23 years of interviewing celebrities, authors, musicians and experts on live TV, the big takeaway is that the most compelling and unfiltered conversations happen off camera. I have dreamed of a platform where I can have these honest talks without all the fuss and filter of a camera. Now SiriusXM has made my dream a reality with a podcast featuring friends, both old and new, discussing a variety of topics we all face in life, while getting deep with some experts’ views and advice along the way. Not another podcast, this is off camera!”

New episodes of Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa will be available every week on Stitcher, the SXM App, and all major podcast listening platforms beginning in March.

Kelly will be quite busy co-hosting the syndicated talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan, in addition to Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa.

So, will you check out Kelly’s new podcast? Hope she has some All My Children alum on as guests? Comment below.

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