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This Week’s BEACON HILL: Sarah Brown and Alicia Minshew Deliver Bravura Performances!

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This past Wednesday, Beacon Hill released their 8th installment in an episode entitled, “Regret” which featured a knockout script which resonates to anyone who has ever been in a relationship only to have someone walk out on the other and have their heart and their trust broken.  And then, how do you deal with that when you see them again after many years?  Old feelings are dredged up: the hurt, anger, the regret, the love, it’s all there and underneath the surface.

With a fantastic script from Beacon Hill creators Linda and Jessica Hill along with Skip Shea, the latest episode finally brought Sarah Brown and Alicia Minshew together in a room as Katherine and Sara to have that long awaited conversation that was six years in the making in the back-story of Beacon Hill.

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Sarah Brown is one of the finest actresses, period. When she is on screen she commands your attention and her choices are interesting and raw, and she captivates you.   And in “Regret” she truly delivered … the pain, the anger, the trying to make sense of it all at how this woman she loved walked out on her …. and now questioning …. what does she want?  Brown was phenomenal with playing all the complex emotions that were so relatable to anyone who has been in a similar situation or has even gone through a tad of the heartbreak of someone walking out on your relationship without saying even goodbye!

Alicia Minshew showed strength, vulnerability, and depth as well.  It was so nice to see her get a chance to show her chops in major scenes of substance once again, something she did time after time as Kendall Hart Slater on All My Children.  But Katherine is no Kendall.  And while Sara was the one who walked out on Katherine all those years ago, Minshew showed her hurt and regret for the pain she caused her former lady love, but still has that major issue with the thought of her grandfather (Ron Raines) manipulating Katherine for political gain and more!

The question becomes, how will these two former women-in-love, who clearly still have feelings for each other make it back to one another?  Or, will they?  If you have not got tuned into Beacon Hill yet, get on board now as there are only four episodes left of season one by subscribing via logging on to their website here!

If you saw this week’s Beacon Hill, what did you think of Sarah and Alicia’s performances and the script?  Let us know!

 

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SMR
SMR

They were both AMAZING! Wish episodes were longer!

I love gh
I love gh

Well, I was not a subscriber, but I am now! Great show.

Perla
Perla

This episode was great, such awesome actresses.

Darly
Darly

its disappointing that the opening/closing credits of the show are longer than the episode itself

eleanor rigby
eleanor rigby

pqrty pooper.

Dani A.
Dani A.

Thanks for the recognition for this episode Michael. Sarah was amazing the last episode. I felt every emotion she conveyed. And Alicia was fantastic as well, I felt sympathy for her even though she was the one who left. Their chemistry is fanastic. Really, really enjoying this series.

Tray
Tray

They were friggin phenomenal. Sarah and Alicia hit every emotion perfectly. These two ladies together are making Beacon Hill one of the great soaps…

Heather H
Heather H

I liked the episode and like the show in general. I have to say that I found it a little disingenuous for a grown women to keep whining about her grandfathers control over her ex. Once-believable, Twice – if you have to. But over and over again?

eleanor rigby
eleanor rigby

It’s a soap opera.

Sofia
Sofia

i love it.

SG
SG

I love it. The script is great, the acting superb, and the production is slick and professional. Each new project Crystal Chappell takes on (with the team she assembles) just keeps getting better. Keep up the great work, everyone!

eleanor rigby
eleanor rigby

Well said. Crystal is extraordinary. I’m so glad I started watching her Otalia storyline on GL, which led to Venice, then The Grove, and now Beacon Hill. Way to go, Crystal. Much gratitude from this fan!

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Justin Hartley, Judith Light, Finn Wittrock Score 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Award Nominations

This morning, nominations were announced in the fields of motion picture and television for the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards given out by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association.  The kudofest will be held on January 13th on the CW airing at 7PMET/PT.

Leading the pack in the TV field was the final season of The Americans and limited series Escape at Dannemora and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story with five nominations.

This Is Us as with the Golden Globes did not come up with a Drama Series nod, however at the Critics’ Choice Awards two if its stars:  Milo Ventimiglia and Justin Hartley were nominated.

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For Hartley, the former Y&R star received an nod in the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category,  While Ventimigilia, who plays Justin’s on-screen dad, is vying the Lead Actor Drama category.

Judith Light, the former two-time Daytime Emmy winner from One Life to Live, received a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television category for her performance in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

While yet, another former daytime, Finn Wittrock (Ex-All My Children) in the Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For Television category also for “Versace”.

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To view the complete list in all motion picture and TV categories click here.

Now, let us know if you are happy to hear that Justin, Judith, and Finn received nominations for their work? Comment below!

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Former Executive Producer & Director of All My Children, Jorn Winther Dead Following Two-Vehicle Collision

Very sad news to report.  Renowned director, Jorn Winther, who served as executive producer and director at All My Children has died at the age of 88.

Winther was actually killed on November 9th when in an automobile accident in front of Palm Desert High School outside Palm Springs.

According to the Desert Sun, “Jorn was killed in a two-vehicle collision at Cook Street and Santa Fe Trail in Palm Desert. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said a vehicle was moving south on Cook Street when its driver suddenly entered the northbound lanes and collided with an oncoming vehicle,  Winther was pronounced dead shortly after noon Friday, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s office. His wife of 31 years, Claire Winther, confirmed that her husband drove the vehicle that entered oncoming traffic. Why he did so remains a mystery.”

The famous director was best known for for the landmark David Frost-Richard Nixon interviews in 1977,  The Sonny & Cher Hour, and was also known for producing rock performances for TV including: California Jam II, featuring performances by Aerosmith, Foreigner, Heart, Santana and more.

In the world of soaps, Jorn had been the EP and director for ABC”s All My Children for five and half years, and had been with the series from 1981 to 2005.  He also directed on: One Life to Live, Generations, Santa Barbara and Rituals.

Born in Denmark, Winther studied speech and drama at the University of Copenhagen and continued his education at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen, where his mother had danced as a prima ballerina. He also studied at the Stratford Shakespearean Theater in Ontario, Canada, and at Stanford.

Most recently, Winther directed and produced the independent film Do It or Die!, about the 1979 kidnapping of socialite Elaine Chaddick. It screened at the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Winther’s daughter, Lisa has been a stage manager on the soaps most recently working at The Bold and the Beautiful.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Jorn Winther as we offer our thoughts, condolences, and prayers to his family, via the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa To Guest Star On CW’s Riverdale

Here’s a fun bit of casting news!  Live with Kelly and Ryan and former All My Children star, Kelly Ripa  (Ex-Hayley) is joining her real-life husband, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC) on the hit CW soapy drama Riverdale.

Consuelos already plays the the role of Hiram Lodge, and now Ripa will plays his mistress, Mrs. Mulwray.

Kelly shared the inspired-casting choice on Instagram relating: “It’s a family affair …23 years of auditioning for a role i was born to play. Coming soon to the CW;s Riverdale.”’

The CW released a statement on the casting of Ripa, adding: “Kelly Ripa will guest star on Riverdale as Mrs. Mulwray. Confident and tough, she is Hiram Lodge’s alleged mistress. She’s a beautiful, icy, femme fatale who gets caught up in a conspiracy that’s much bigger than she initially realized.”

Film buffs take note!  Ripa’s character name is borrowed from Faye Dunaway’s Oscar-nominated role in Chinatown (1974), Evelyn Mulwray.   Those who saw Chinatown know that Evelyn was a femme fatale as well caught up in a conspiracy!

And there is more “All in the Consuleos Family” casting.  The couple’s son Michael is portraying the teen-aged version of Hiram on tonight’s all-new episode.

Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT

So, will you be checking out Kelly on Riverdale? Comment below.

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