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Soap Stars Next Act – NY Times on ATWT stars, Hansis looks West!

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In a fantastic piece from the New York Times out today, the feature takes a look at several of your beloved favortie’s from As the World Turns and  where they are now that the 54-year-old soap drew it’s last breath this past September.  Profiled here are: Jake Silbermann on his new film project, Stuffer, Michael Park on his current theatrical productions, and cast members going from making considerable higher dollar amounts on the soap to less for theatre, Terri Colombino who moved to One Life to Live and was one of the only soapers to stay in New York from the show with a new daytime gig.

Then, the piece takes a look at new group of transplanted Oakdalians in L.A. from Maura West, Jon and Kelly Menighan Hensley, Daniel Cosgrove, who now will appear on All My Children, and Van Hansis.  They all either moved to Sunny Southern California or are looking for work in Hollywood.   According to the NY Times, Hansis stated, “I just kind of felt like if you want to get work, go where the work is,”  He hired a West Coast agent to focus on prime-time auditions. “That being said, if a soap contract were offered to me, I might have a completely different story. It’s a great job.”

And what of Eileen Fulton, Trent Dawson, and Colleen Zenk? Well, this talented trio are profiled as well, as they continue with theatre and cabaret and look for their next big projects.

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Van Hansis has to be seen on TV and on the gif screen!

I am missing Van Hansis. I want to watch his amazing acting as soon as possible. This article should have focused on Van more.

missing both Jake and Van.

Jake Silberman was amazing and amazingly underutilized by the writers and directors of World Turns. Here’s to success for Jake in the future. Wish he’d come to THE BAY.

i really don’t like silbermann’s acting. He’s too stiff. This article only talks about silbermann’s physic and doesn’t seem to care about his acting because there is nothing to say about it.

on the other hand, I totally miss hansis’ acting: he is the best actor.

and please michael, don’t use this photo anymore: i hate how silbermann stands and hides half of hansis’ body. that’s an horrible photo!

i hope grayson mccouch and julie pinson end up on the same soap again they have future supercouple written all over them in every scene as dusty and janet on atwt

I can’t wait to see what Van does. I hope he gets a prime time role or a great part in a movie. I can’t wait for Occupant to come out & also Eric Sheffer Stevens new movie Lefty Loosey, Righty Tighty. the trailers for both of these are great. for Van’s movie for ESS’s new movie

I agree.I’m really missing them so much.Both trailers are great!i hope they both do well!

Great New York Times article. Jake Silbermann is going to go far in this industry.

Love that the first paragraphs and so much of the rest of this article focused on Jake Silbermann. Congratulations to him for winning an award for his first short film! He’s a wonderful actor and a truly class act. Nice to see good things happening for him. I wish him and everyone from the show well, but I’m sorry to see that ESS fans still feel the need to tear Jake down. Doubt he’d appreciate such hostility on his behalf.


I was lucky enough to go the private fan screening of STUFFER this weekend and Jake was fantastic. The movie was amazing, and left us wanting so much more. It definitely showed to me how the show misused and underused Jake. His meaty role was flawless and the lot of us were incredibly creeped and amazed by his performance.

I am also looking forward to Occupant and LLRT.

Because I, unlike the Jake haters, love all three. 🙂

Not all LuRe fans are like that, most like Jake but preferred Luke with Reid.You know in any group there are those who are mean and say things without thinking I’m a LuRe fan and would never be so childish as to criticize Jake ..

Also meant to say I’m sure it was an oversight on your part that you neglected to post the correct link to the article which begins with Jake Silbermann and his film. You know, since you’ve always been so supportive of him…

And great photos of Jake in the slide show! The reporter knows what he’s talking about. Handsome man indeed.

@young: Is there anything some people won’t criticize Jake S for? Do you honestly think that he directed that photo shoot, or forced Van to stand behind him? Seriously, some people need to get over the ridiculous grudge they have against him. Jake was an actor doing his job, just like ESS, and he’s not the reason Reid was killed. I wasn’t a Reid fan, not even close, but I don’t have anything against ESS; why would I? And I don’t get my jollies by trashing him all over the internet. It’s truly sad that even now some people just can’t let go of their bitterness and anger. I don’t know why I’m even bothering; I doubt this or any of my comments supporting Jake will even get published since bashing him has pretty much been encouraged and enabled here.

I was a LURE fan, but I would never criticize Jake or blame him for Reids’ death.He is a nice man and while i preferred the chemistry of Luke and Reid , I wish him well too.Most Lure fans don’t have anything against Jake .We’re just so devastated with the disgusting ending of this wonderful soap.There was anger on both sides while all I feel is sadness and my last memories of “my” soap are such unhappy ones!

I hope Van Hansis gets great acting jobs.Watching him on the screen is wonderful.His face is gorgeous and he always could say so much with his eyes.He has so many different looks , so many hairstyles.I miss him and love him .He deserves the best.I hope he comes back to NYC too and has some fan meets.I live in N.J. and I keep hoping to meet this sweetheart one day.Actually I wish all my beloved ATWT actors well.And Eric S. Stevens deserves a great acting job too.If i don’t see Van and Eric on the screen soon i think i’m going to stay in this down in the dumps feeling! …Michael, where can we write to these actors …if anyone would know it should be you!Any help would be appreciated!

I agree with young. This photo is horrible. and the interviewer of the NY times article was so not doing his job by talking more about jake’s looks than about his work. What kind of interviewer tell in their papers this kind of things? That’s totally obvious that the interviewer didn’t know that Jake isn’t that popular actor he thinks he is. That’s a bullshit article. I’m not a jake hater, I’m more of indifferent towards him (no actor skills in his work, I think), but I laught when I read it.

I miss hansis’ lovely face everyday or well…once a week or so….I hope he makes it anywhere he’d like but if he went to another soap I’d no doubt watch.

Silbermann’s acting on the show was great, because due to his upbringing, the character of Noah often struggled in showing emotion, and JS played that beautifully. I know subtle doesn’t get the accolades in the soap world that the showier roles (such as those played brilliantly by VH and ESS) does, but such a role is easily the most difficult to play. JS did an incredible job, but perhaps some need to see him in other roles to appreciate the restraint he utilized as Noah.

If STUFFER has a screening near you, see it. You’ll walk away saying, “I didn’t know he had all THAT.” And with that screenplay, it turns out the kid can write, too. There’s a very bright future ahead for him.

I believe the same is true for Hansis and Sheffer Stevens. Each of them is a truly gifted artist, and smart casting directors will snap them up for projects quickly. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for them.

I would love to see a screening if i’m able.Jake seems to be a nice guy and very talented.i wish all of these wonderful actors well.I’m such a Van Hansis fan and i adore Eric too.I want to see them in anything at all.I live in N.J. and hope they’ll have some fan events in nyc so I can go.Van moved to California , but I hope he comes back.i really feel a giant void without being able to see these guys every day!(I do watch the clips on You Tube every day to keep my sanity!)I now know most scenes word for word, especially the ones with “Reid and Luke!!!’


I truly miss Jon and Kelly Menighan Hensley, wil we ever see them again? What have they been doing since leaving ATWT?

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Susan Lucci Reveals She Was Contacted to Gauge Interest in Becoming ‘The Golden Bachelorette’

All My Children icon and Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement honoree, Susan Lucci (ex-Erica Kane), apparently was being considered for the lead in the first-ever season of The Golden Bachelorette.

Making this all the more intriguing is Lucci admitted she really enjoyed The Golden Bachelor’s season and has become a fan and thus a part of ‘Bachelor Nation.’

Although former ‘Golden Bachelor’ contestant Joan Vassos was the ultimate pick by ABC and the producers of The Golden Bachelorette, Lucci told PEOPLE that the show reached out to her people.

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Susan shared, “I believe that they contacted my publicist and it wasn’t for me.” She added, “I watched The Golden Bachelor, and I really enjoyed watching The Golden Bachelor. This is a new addiction for me.”

And a few years back. her assistant got Lucci hooked on The Bachelor, as she expressed on the dating series, “I was immediately engaged. I cared. I wanted to know more about these people.”

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The outlet shared that they did reach out to ABC and Warner Bros. about potential interest in Susan. However, they did not respond. A source then told the publication that Lucci was not offered a role.

For Susan, finding a second chance at love is an interesting proposition; given that she had the most incredible and enduring 53-year marriage to her late husband and manager, Helmet Huber, who passed away at 84-years-old back in March of 2022.

So, what do you think of Susan being contacted to see if she was interested in becoming ABC’s ‘Golden Bachelorette’ for the senior dating-reality series? Comment below.

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51st Daytime Emmys: Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa Receive Talk Show Host Nominations

On Thursday, nominations were announced in the Outstanding Talk Show category for the upcoming 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards. 

Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo, All My Children) coming off his first-year as co-host of ‘Live” with real-life wife, Kelly Ripa scored his first Talk Show Host nomination along with Ripa who has been nominated previous times.

Joining Mark and Kelly in the race are: Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Alyssa Farah Griffin, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin, Ana Navarro, The View
Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell, Sheryl Underwood, The Talk and
Tamron Hall, Tamron Hall.

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As previously reported, The Talk is coming to its end when its upcoming 15th and final season ends in December of 2024.

The 51st annual Daytime Emmys are slated to be broadcast and stream live on CBS and Paramount+ on Friday night, June 7th

Look for the full list of nominations to drop on Friday morning at 12 noon ET/9 am PT.

So, are you rooting for Kelly and Mark to win their first Talk Show host award together? Comment below.

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Mark Consuelos Celebrates One-Year Anniversary as Co-Host of ‘Live’ Alongside Kelly Ripa

Today, April 17th marks a full-year since Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo, All My Children) took over the co-hosting duties of ‘Live” alongside his wife, and longtime co-host, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley, All My Children).

Consuelos replaced Ryan Seacrest who are six seasons decided to be back on the west coast full-time. For Consuelos, now having the opportunity to work off of Ripa as co-hosts has been something of adjustment for him, but viewers have been eating it up.

Live with Kelly and Mark has remained the No. 1 entertainment talk show on television over the past year, growing 3% in average total viewers to 2.23M per episode.  It is also the most-watched daytime talk show in the last year in key demos of women 18-49 and women 25-54. All of this, since the real-life marrieds teamed-up.

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Speaking with Deadline, Kelly Ripa shared why the two are gelling on-screen, “I do think that there is something very possibly relatable about our relationship. We have disagreements like a normal couple, and we’re not afraid to let them unfold on the air and in front of America, and I think people find a lot of themselves in that.”

Mark weighed in how he has progressed as a host, and what he could improve at, sharing, “I’d like to get better at my interviewing skills. I’d like to get better at reading a teleprompter…I think I’m getting better at throwing to commercial. The other day in the middle of the show as we go to commercial, my sign off was ‘See you guys around.’ I mean, the show wasn’t over. The most obvious thing to say would be, ‘We’ll be back right after this.’ But I just said, ‘See you around.’ So we went to commercial and one of the producers (goes) ‘What was that?’ I don’t know… So for the next few sign offs, as a joke, I’d say ‘See you around.’ We got a kick out of it.”

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Meanwhile, Kelly has given huge props to Mark, “I find Mark utterly compelling, really interesting, super funny, and he’s bold in a way like nobody else. He says what’s on his mind. If he’s thinking it, he says it.  I’ve done this a long time and oftentimes people will adjust their natural personalities to pander to what they think the audience wants to hear, and Mark will tell people what he thinks, and he doesn’t care if it’s not a popular opinion. It gives him an edginess that I think is really missing in the landscape today. Everybody’s so afraid to say anything, and Mark is unafraid to say exactly what he’s thinking.”

In a statement, Debra O’Connell, President News Group and Networks, Disney Entertainment shared, We could not be more thrilled with how Mark has seamlessly joined the show family as permanent co-host. His undeniable charisma and his and Kelly’s natural chemistry are evident as they deliver the laughs and smiles to our viewers each morning. We are incredibly proud of how Live has continued to evolve and that the audience is responding so enthusiastically.”

So, do you think Mark Consuelos is the best co-host his wife Kelly Ripa has ever had on ‘Live’? How would you say he is doing as co-host after one full year on the job? Comment below.

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