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Tainted Dreams Releases Its First Three Episodes With Soap Star Cast!

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Sonia Blangiardo’s highly awaited series, Tainted Dreams had its first look debut today courtesy of Michael Logan at TV Guide Magazine!

The first three episodes of the web series which is a story of a soap set within-a-soap will premiere in early 2014, and features an all-star soap cast of formers stars from All My Children, As the World Turns, General Hospital, Guiding Light and One Life to Live!

At the epicenter is Alicia Minshew who plays Angelica Caruso, the woman steering the ship of the soap opera, Painted Dreams!  There is some steamy action right off the bat with the characters played by Michael Lowry as Jordan, Natalia Livingston as Liza Park, Terri Ivens as Kassandra Bentley, Walt Willey as Gregory Ashford, Austin Peck as Max Hillstone, and Grant Aleksander as Adam Clark.

We loved seeing former Edge of Night and AMC favorite, Larkin Malloy in his new role on the series as Harry Steinman, and Bobbie Eakes as network executive Courtney Parish, and Kelley Hensley as  Veronica!   Anthony Wilkinson is along for the ride in a key role of Anthony DiGiacomo, who has an endearing friendship with Minshew’s Angelica, even though they work together.

There looks to be plenty of drama to come by the looks of the end of the third episode! Now watch Tainted Dreams after the jump! Let us know what you thought of it?  What character or actor did you enjoy seeing the most?

 

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Glenn Beck
Glenn Beck

It looks interesting and its nice to see so many veteran performers in the series. It would have been nice if the three parts had been one full episode, but aside from that, think the show can have lots of twists and turns.

Rich
Rich

Three episodes,three home runs! The soap “purists” will complain about the language and sex,but it’s obviously not meant for them. I’m already liking it more than i do “Venice”,which i love. Great to see so many familiar faces again. Will definitely watch more.

leslie
leslie

Too raw

Harvey Allen
Harvey Allen

Loved it!!! more more more, please!

Kate
Kate

Only watched the first episode. Not my kind of soap. Way too much bed hopping.

Kate
Kate

Update……watched the next two . Still don’t like the first one. The next two were good. Loved seeing Bobbie Eakes , Walt Wiley and Alicia Minshew. I will watch and hope it stays interesting.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Agree. I like steamy sex scenes as much as anyone, but only when they belong in the context of the story. The sex scenes in the first episode were totally gratuitous. But, good luck to them on the project.

Stephanie
Stephanie

Their release timing was perfect because I was able to watch all three during my lunch hour. They were all wonderful, but Kelley was phenomenal – as per usual.

denisefan
denisefan

Tainted Dreams is not ready for broadcast. Each episode has a voice-over narrative that is preachy and badly attempts to make the scattered scenes coherent. The first three episodes are 6 min, 4.5 min, and 9.5 min in length respectively — a time that, if combined, doesn’t reach the broadcast length of one episode of the Bold and the Beautiful.

While I love the cast, the plot is vague and not compelling. Looks like more emphasis was placed on casting than the story. That a fictitious soap opera studio is the setting of this supposed serial demonstrates how ill-prepared the “creative team” is for offering a unique on-line serial.

Mark Y
Mark Y

I don’t know what you were watching but I watched TD. The first three episodes very clearly established many characters, identified relationships and set up several stories. I don’t think anyone expects on line programming to be as long as on air programming.

denisefan
denisefan

Hi Mark,

The “episodes” did not establish characters. It introduced some in a very cliche way. They offer no compelling reason to watch other than the opportunity to see former soap actors. Strong characters and compelling storytelling make a serial successful — not a voice-over show with clips that offer as much posing than acting.

Perhaps Tainted Dreams would have a better chance of success if the cast wrote the scripts.

su0000
su0000

Ohhh WOW!

Walt Willey ! Walt Willey ! Walt Willey !

LOVE THAT MAN! so great to him, once again.. 🙂

I really like the real life reality we can see on the internet..
Making love is not porn..
It is a huge part of human-beings! .. not a hidden sin..
Network TV is too censored for the 21st century..
Thanks to the powers for internet programming, and for all the Netflix originals, too!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

This looks awesome. Love ’em all, but I’ve loved Larkin Malloy since EON. Can’t wait for the series. Best of luck to all involved.

Becky
Becky

That was goooood! I especially liked seeing all the old AMC actors. Anyone know where you can usually see these? How many they made? How often they will come out?

Candice Wilson
Candice Wilson

This show is full of drama already just how I like it. I love the cast, but Angelica played by Alicia Minshew is my favorite character. Can’t wait until 2014 to watch more of this show!!

Mark Y
Mark Y

Love it. So many stories going on and so great to see all these actors again. When is Colleen Zenk appearing?

su0000
su0000

I just view the Tainted Dreams – The Series, Facebook, I like!!

I am going to be a fan!!

(some people are not ready for the uncensored internet programming, but! for us who are ready and enjoying the reality of internet programming, we are in for an awesome 2014 and on into the future!)

lll
lll

interesting concept. The drama behind a soap opera. It goes to show that the drama behind the scenes is just as juicy as the soap opera. The third one is my favorite since it ties the first two clips together. My favorite scene was when this woman (don’t know her real name) slaps Walt and Natalia’s characters in the face after the scene was over. Hilarious.

Mark Y
Mark Y

That was Kelly Menighan Hensley who played Emily Stewart on ATWT for years. She’s terrific!

Rich
Rich

I actually enjoyed it better than the AMC and OLTL reboots. I like the concept of life in the making of a soap..

Daniel
Daniel

I enjoyed “Tainted Dreams” — Alicia is a natural. I hope the male characters will get to be more than one dimensional.

Patrick
Patrick

epi. #1.

Austin Peck is HOT! talk about growed up and coming in to your own groove! LOL… he surprised me… and, acting with the big dogs…..

Yes, there were times when on DAYS it was like… newbie, ingenue, get your bearings…
on ATWT… he manned up… and was impressive critics ratings galore… so.. he found his niche

writing is all circumspect…

Walt Wiley… Same thing! HOT! HOT! HOT!

we are talking SEXY! when did this happen? not once did I ever really like him with LA Lucci…

facial hair, masculine yourself out! this is big stuff…

and Austin and Walt have it

LOL – NICE!

Patrick
Patrick

Michael Lowry is through the roof beefcake… and could always ACT

ML is 45
Kristian Alfonso is 50

could Michael Lowry be the new Bo? let’s get him to DAYS of OUR Lives

Troy Parkins
Troy Parkins

It was cute and fun to watch, not terribly compelling but hey we all have to give it a chance – wonderful to see some familiar AMC faces.

Kiki Smith
Kiki Smith

Fabulous Cast, but bad writing and seems very amateur.

VW
VW

i love the cast, the writing seems a little lame for a soap. but i think with a little adjustments, this could be a hit 🙂

jen
jen

love it ,cant wait for more hopefully they do more im a true fan of all the actors

Sandy
Sandy

Has this series already already begone? Where exactly on the internet can I find it?

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

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The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

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The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

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Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

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It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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