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Sarah Brown, Crystal Chappell, Lilly Melgar, Colleen Zenk, Jen Lilley Score 6th Annual Indie Series Award Nominations!

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The nominations were revealed yesterday for the 6th Annual Indie Series Award, which according to the award show creator, Roger Newcomb had  a record number of entrants with60 series competing in the categories.

The ISA’s honor the best on the web creatively in front of the camera and behind the scenes.  This year the ceremonies will be hosted by Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf (Brady) of Days of our Lives on April 1st a the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, California beginning at 8PMPST.

Some of your daytime favorites received nominations in key categories, including in the hotly contested Best Lead Actress – Drama and they are:  Sarah Brown Beacon Hill,  Jen Lilley Youthful Daze, Lilly Melgar The Bay, and Colleen Zenk  Thurston. These ladies are joined in the category by Kate Conway Out With Dad, and Ashli Dowling We Are Angels.

In addition, Crystal Chappell received a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress Drama for her role in Beacon Hill.   And more names familiar to audiences were announced in the Guest Star in a Drama and Comedy categories with Tuc Watkins receiving a nomination for Where The Bears Are, as did Carolyn Hennesy for Acting Dead, Patrika Darbo for The Bay, Martha Byrne for Anacostia, and Andrea Evans for DeVanity, to name just a few.

Who would you like to see win the ISA for the Best Actress in a Drama?  Let us know! And to see the complete nominations click here!

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While I’d like to congratulate all who received a nom, I’m a bit surprised by the glaring omissions. I really enjoy Thurston and glad to see them recognized, but to see the likes of The Bay not included in best series leaves me scratching my head and wondering about the method behind the nominations. It’s great to have so many entries, but to be taken seriously and considered a reputable recognition ceremony, they’ll need to start concentrating more on the overall quality of the shows instead of coming off like a popularity contest.

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Love beacon Hill and so happy to see Sarah Brown and Crystal Chappell nominated!!! Terrific actresses, excellent web series would love to see them win!

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ATWT Alum and ‘The Addams Family’ Favorite, Lisa Loring Dead at 64

Lisa Loring, who portrayed the recurring role of Cricket Montgomery Ross on As the World Turns from 1980-1983, and was best-known for her childhood acting role as Wednesday in the classic comedy The Addams Family from 1964-1966, has died at the age of 64.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the actress passed away January 28th from complications from a stroke, as result of high blood pressure.

Loring died aProvidence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California.  Lisa’s daughter, Vanessa Foumberg, shared in a statement: “She went peacefully with both her daughters (Vanessa and Marianne) holding her hand.”

In story on As the World Turns, Cricket had a sometimes competitive friendship with Betsy Stewart (then played by Meg Ryan) and had man troubles throughout her time in Oakdale. Cricket’s extended family consisted of Craig, Margo, and Katie, who all remained on the canvas after her exit.

Lisa also appeared throughout her career in series such as: Dr. Kildare, Barnaby Jones and Fantasy Island. 

She is survived by daughters Marianne and Vanessa, in addition to her grandchildren, Emiliana and Charles.

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As the World Turns Alum Rita Walter Dead at 71

We’re still losing so many beloved soap opera actors as 2022 comes to a close. Now comes word that former As the World Turns alum, Rita Walter (nee McLaughlin) passed away at the age of 71.  Walter had been diagnosed with Multifocal Glioblastoma, an extremely aggressive form of terminal brain cancer.

Rita had an 11-year-run as Oakdale’s Carol Deming Hughes Stallings Andropoulos Frazier.

The former actress-turned-optician, died on Christmas.  Rita’s brother, David McLaughlin revealed the news on the 26th which also happened to be the anniversary of Walter’s exit from the defunct CBS soap opera in 1981.

In his posting on Facebook, McLaughlin shared: “My sweet, loving sister Rita was called to Jesus today on Christmas day, his birthday. She was a well known actress as well as dedicated server of the Lord Jesus. May you rest in peace Sis, I love you forever. You’ve taken my heart with you.”

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Before playing good girl, Carol Deming, who always found herself in distress as only a good heroine could do, Rita started her career as Patty Duke’s double on The Patty Duke Show, before getting her first foray into soaps with a role on The Secret Storm as Wendy Phillips.

We clearly remember when on ATWT, Carol was married to Jay Stallings, but Jay was having an affair behind her back. Carol also had failed relationships and marriages to Tom Hughes and Steve Andropolous.  Eventually, Carol left Oakdale after falling in love and marrying Reverend Norman Frazier.  In a case of life imitating art, Rita married Reverend Normal Walter in 1976.

Walter is survived by her three children, Brian, Jill, and Amy, and her husband, Reverend Norman.

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ATWT Alum Michael Park Joins The Cast of Hulu Drama ‘Saint X’

Great news! Fans who have missed Michael Park (ex-Jack, As the World Turns) on the small screen will get a chance to see him once again in the new psychological drama series, Saint X.

The series will stream on Hulu and in it the two-time Daytime Emmy-winning actor will play the part of Bill Thomas, in the eight-episode series adapted from Alexis Schaitkin’s novel.

In story, Bill and his wife Mia Thomas (Betsy Brandt) are upper middle class parents of two, enjoying a family vacation in a Caribbean resort until one of their daughters goes missing.

According to Deadline, the series is told via multiple timelines and perspectives, explores and upends the girl-gone-missing genre as it explains how a young woman’s mysterious death during an idyllic Caribbean vacation creates a traumatic ripple effect that eventually pulls her surviving sister into a dangerous pursuit of the truth.

No further details have been been made available as to when the show will premiere on the streamer, but stay tuned for more updates.

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