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The Ricky Paull Goldin Interview – All My Children

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All My Children’s Ricky Paull Goldin, has seen much change in the daytime landscape in the past several weeks. First, his current soap “AMC” is heading west, and that move as reported, sent shockwaves throughout the industry as recently as this week, where the ABC soap has cut more of its current cast. (Including, as had been reported, Goldin’s long time pal, Beth Ehlers).  Second, Guiding Light, Goldin’s previous soap was sent to soap heaven a week and half ago, a very sad day for the popular soap star.

A few weeks back, On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Ricky Paull at the Daytime Emmys here in Los Angeles for a “quickie” interview.  And while we h

ave delayed posting it till now, its relevance and Ricky’s take on the latest happenings in Pine Valley and the soap world is always insightful.  As for Goldin himself, he is one of my all-time favorite interviewees! And yes, we do discuss if he will be joining the cast of “AMC” when it heads to Los Angeles.

Here’s…. Ricky!

Listen to the audio:

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MICHAEL:

At the Daytime Emmys you were part of the fashion show segment with your on-screen acting partner, Chrishell Stause (Amanda, “AMC”).  She wore a bikini and showed off quite the body, and you wore a classic tux.  How was that up there? Was it odd doing the moves?

RICKY PAULL:

I don’t know what I got myself into.  There was no escape hatch because I made Chrishell Stause work out all month to look like that. (He laughs)

MICHAEL:

And what is your idea of working out?  I believe you and Beth Ehlers (Taylor) told me this on the red carpet at the 2008 Daytime Emmys, but I wanted to check if it is still the same?
(Laughs)

chrishellbkini_martinidanc21.jpgRICKY PAULL:

My idea of working out is going to the gym; hit the steams, have some espresso (as it gets your heart rate up) and there you have it.  That is the European work out.

MICHAEL:

So, All My Children is heading west in a few months.  What can you tell me about your moving with it and continuing with the show as Jake?

RICKY PAULL:

I can say that I love this show, and we have a few logistics to work out, and I hope they make it possible for me to stay.

ricky_and_beth.jpgMICHAEL:

When you heard the news that “AMC” was heading west, what was the reaction from you and your cast mates?

RICKY PAULL:

We were shocked!  I was more shocked for everyone else’s feelings around me.  I am used to change.  All of us in this business have a bit of the gypsy in us.
I mean honestly, what show can you get nowadays, in this life, and stay on one show anyway?  And by the way, if I were to quit the show I would have had to get on a plane to LA to get another job.  So really, c’mon!  I feel as long as you are shooting in New York you are getting away with something.  You are pulling
a fast one, because you get to be in Manhattan, one of the best and most expensive cities in the world, and doing a show. There are a lot of new shows coming to town.  Ugly Betty moved there last year, and I believe there happens to be ten shows that shoot in New York now.  It just happens that All My Children is not going to be one of them now.

MICHAEL:

Your storyline with Chrishell Stause, as Jake and Amanda, has really had some legs to it.  I kept thinking they would not keep this couple going.  And many in soap land thought they would re-team you with Beth Ehlers (Taylor) who along with you, were part of the super-couple, Gus and Harley on Guiding Light. What are your thoughts on how this turned out?

RICKY PAULL:

You know, I have to hand it to “AMC”; they did not just do that.  They toyed with it in the beginning and you never knew what could happen, but eventually, Beth has been great with Michael Knight (Tad) and Chrishell and I have something that is great, and she is terrific. As Liza Minnelli would say, “She is terrific, really terrific.” We do have chemistry, and she is one of my best friends now.  I lucked out and we will see what happens.  She is not going to stay on the show, not because of this move, but because her contract is up in January.  Now I don’t know if she will really leave, but if she does, I will really miss her.  It’s hard to have that lightning strike, but we have something really cooking.  It’s been great, and when you are thrust into the forefront you know you are lucky, and you know you have been blessed!

gl_gus1.jpgMICHAEL:

Ricky tweeted the following on September 18th the airdate of the last episode of Guiding Light; Good night GL. I will miss you. Today was a very strange day. Guiding light is gone.
I am proud to have been part of TV history & such a wonderfully talented cast.  I just watched the last episode of GUIDING LIGHT as I’m running
out the door to ALL MY KIDS.  I had to sit down and take a deep breath.”
How was it for you seeing the cast of Guiding Light and watching them have to say goodbye at the Daytime Emmys?  You were a treasured member of that cast for years!

RICKY PAULL:

It’s terribly sad seeing the whole cast on stage saying goodbye.  I just want my friends to work on one hand, and I am spiritual about it on the other.  Everything has a beginning, a middle and end, and when you have a symphony and there is no crescendo…. and if you are having sex and you don’t have a huge finish…. you have to have a beginning middle and an end.  It’s a stupid way to say it, but you know what I mean.

ricky_with_baby.jpgMICHAEL:

Gus Aituro was such a beloved character on Guiding Light, and you were Emmy- nominated for your performance as him.  Of all the soap characters you have played, is Gus closest to your heart?

RICKY PAULL:

Gus is one of my favorite characters of all time and I miss him a lot, and Jake Martin is definitely different.

MICHAEL:

Is “AMC’s” Jake Martin a little more like you in this soap?

RICKY PAULL:

ricky_and_chrishell_emmys.jpgI think so.  I got some things I pull out when you go as fast as we do to make things work. When you are shooting 80 pages a day, and you are shooting 30 pages yourself with your co-stars, of course it can be very challenging.  But, I am always up for the challenge. I think it’s that I have been growing up.  This may sound a bit funny, but I was a late bloomer with my own personality, and I have been doing this a really long time.  So, it’s really about my comfort in my own skin type of thing.  Maybe I am dreaming, but maybe part of that role is in me now, that you see on camera.  I don’t really know.  But I do feel a big difference.

MICHAEL:

Who were you rooting for to win the Outstanding Lead Actor?  Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R) is a good friend of yours and Thorsten Kaye is your celebrated cast mate?

RICKY PAULL:

Here were my thoughts: Christian is my boy and he will probably take it again.  I would like to see Thorsten get a salute.  He really is a good actor and I really did not know this till I came over here, because I really don’t get to watch these other shows.  Thorsten is really good and Shakespearean trained, and a beautiful guy.  He is really deep and no nonsense. I would love to see him get some respect, but he does get some respect with the nomination, but Christian is hard to beat.  He is a wonderful and present actor… and I think it will go to Christian!

MICHAEL:

And in the end the award did go to Christian LeBlanc!  And I agreed he should have won.  So Ricky you have excellent taste in actors and excellent taste in espresso!

For more on All My Children’s move west and the Beth Ehlers situation with the series, check out On-Air On-Soaps coming soon!

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FRIDAY: ATWT’s Larry Bryggman and AMC’s Dorothy Lyman Guest Star On ‘The Blacklist’

Two of the most revered performances ever in the world of daytime drama will be seen tomorrow night on an all-new episode of NBC’s drama series, The Blacklist. (10/9c).

In “The Pawnbrokers”, Daytime Emmy winners, Larry Bryggman (Ex-John Dixon, As the World Turns) and Dorothy Lyman (Ex-Opal Gardner, All My Children) will be seen as a criminal duo!

Bryggman and Lyman play a couple that fronts cash to criminals on the black market. In story, series star, James Spader’s Red acclimates himself to his new digs in federal prison, where he is challenged by an old rival.  Samar (Mozhan Marnò) goes undercover to stop a black market organization that fronts cash to criminals. (Enter Larry and Dorothy!)  And, Liz (Megan Boone) and Jennifer (guest star Fiona Dourif) continue their investigation into Red’s past.

Check out the promo for tomorrow night’s episode below.   Then let us know if you will be checking out Larry and Dorothy and if all of this brings back memories of their amazing performances in Oakdale and in Pine Valley in the comment section below.

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David Canary’s Daughter Raises Question If Repeated Head Traumas From His Football Past Contributed To AMC Star’s Condition Before His Death

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative brain disease that is now widely known to be the outcome of repeated head traumas, concussions and more for many NFL athletes, Pro Wrestlers, hockey players and more   It has caused mental illness, severe behavioral changes and more in younger athletes to even old-timers, many who suffer unaware what is happening to them. Some athletes who have committed suicide have been later to have been diagnosed with CTE when their brains were donated to research.

Kate Canary, the daughter of All My Children’s beloved and late, David Canary (Adam/Stuart Chandler), is a contributing writer to the New York Daily News, and she wrote a heartfelt, and thought-provoking article, on just what happened to this icon, who died in 2015 at the age of 77  with his formal diagnosis being Alzheimer’s disease.

However, David’s earlier football past as a high school and college football player could very well been the reason why he suffered so many years before, and as Kate related here in these excerpts: “But this diagnosis came after years of suffering with Dad’s cognitive decline, and arguably decades of signs. Without exposing the most excruciating details of a disease that could extinguish the most vibrant of men, I can confess that his case was anything but typical.  We lost him in fits and starts, over and over, for roughly seven years leading up to his final breath. Begrudgingly, we learned to lie to him — ‘entering his world,’ as my brother Chris so delicately deemed it — to skirt the contradictory truths that would trigger his outbursts, which left physical scars on objects, on himself, and on others. We knew many families who had faced Alzheimer’s, yet we were the only ones uttering the comparison ‘Jekyll and Hyde.  Those closest to Dad witnessed firsthand the erratic, delusional and at times explosive episodes that characterized his particular case, which we tried attributing to an overactive imagination in a broken brain. But as more information emerges about CTE and the nature of its symptoms — the violent mood swings, the lapses in judgment, the hours-long hallucinations, the paranoid delusions — we are left with more questions than answers, more regret than relief.”

Kate goes on to state the facts that David Canary suffered at least four major concussions as a lineman in his high school and college football playing days between the ages of 16 and 22, (she also relates that those are the ones he remembered).  She also notes the multi-Daytime Emmy winning star has experienced cognitive difficulties decades before his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and that there was no genetic lineage that the family knew of that would you would often find with Alzheimer’s patients.  She also noted that David’s volatility was unusual for a patient suffering from this disease, which leads us all back to CTE.

In the end a loving daughter asks the questions, “Did football kill my father?”  Kate was on the verge of looking into a way to donate David’s brain to science, but sadly he passed away eight weeks later in November of 2015.

The upshot is that when mothers and fathers allow their kids to play football or other-related sports at an early age were concussions are a possibly or involved, think again, you could be changing the course of their lives forever.

So, what did you think of what Kate shared about David Canary’s mental health and condition?  It would seem CTE could have been the root cause of what befell this giant of a man in the daytime soap world. Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Everyone loved All My Children’s Jenny Gardner played by then soap opera newcomer, Kim Delaney.  And after Kim left the world of soaps, she went on to a career on primetime television most notably on NYPD Blue as Diane Russell.

Well, in news this week, Delaney has signed on to reprise the character in the revival of the series in development over at ABC.  This is the role that Kin won a Primetime Emmy for her work back in 1997 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

According to TV Line, what we do know about the pilot; it will center on the son of Detective Sipowicz, who is working in the 15th squad and trying to earn his detective shield while investigating the murder of his father. However Emmy winner, Dennis Franz, who played the Sipowicz, will not be joining on to the reboot.

The pilot will be helmed by notable executive producers: Matt Olmstead (Chicago Fire), Nick Wootton (Scorpion), and Jesse Bochco (Murder in the First), who is the son of the late NYPD Blue co-creator, Steven Bochco.

Jesse Bochco, will direct the pilot, which is being considered for a potential fall season 2019 launch or possible next year midseason. NYPD Blue aired originally for a 12-year-run from 1993 to 2005 on ABC.

On her instagram account, Delaney wrote: “Diane Russell is back! So excited! Let’s go!”

What do you think about a ‘NYPD’ revival?  Glad to know Kim is reprising her role as Diane? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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