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Tom Pelphrey Talks His Soap Start On Guiding Light; and Playing Laura Linney’s Brother in ‘Ozark’

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Anyone who watched two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Tom Pelphrey as Jonathan Randall on Guiding Light knew he was headed for the big time.   Before leaving soapland, he also came to Oakdale and As the World Turns to take on the role of Mick.

Years later, Pelphrey is still acting up a storm and can currently be seen on the new season of Netflix’s Ozark.  In it, Pelphrey plays Laura Linney’s bipolar brother, Ben Davis.

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In an interview with Collide, Pelphrey shared about his Guiding Light experience: “When I got out of college, I got a job on Guiding Light, a soap that was filming in New York at the time. I was on that show for two and a half years, and it was a great first job, and I learned a lot. Working in front of a camera for the first time, learning those things, and obviously getting paid, which didn’t hurt, was a great experience. I had a good role, we won some Emmys when I was there, and it was kind of like a miniature taste of a lot of different things. So I learned a lot, and then I left the show and have been working my way up, as you do as an actor, ever since then.”

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As to the big moments at the end of the season and key scenes opposite Laura Linney, Tom revealed “t was just heaven. We shot the final four episodes as one block, so you’ll notice we had the same director for the last four episodes, a man named Alik Sakharov, who’s a beautiful director and a beautiful human being. So filming those scenes where it was just me and Laura sitting in the car at two in the morning, and you kind of have to pinch yourself, sitting in that van with some of the most beautiful writing, and getting to play a scene with Laura. Every take felt different, and I felt so free and so alive. I also happen to really love and adore her as a human being, and I remember literally saying to her out loud, “I could do this forever.” It was one of those moments where you kind of pinch yourself because it really doesn’t get much better than that.”

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Kay

He is so fantastic on this show he is such a great actor ! We binge watched it in two days best season of this show !

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I know nothing about Guiding Light
but–Netflix- ‘Ozark’
is a never miss an episode!
‘Ozark’ is #1 and a series that a soap
could never dream of being..
it is an edge of the seat suspense!
top of my favorite list at Netflix…
just mentioning..

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he is crazy good on ozark, i never saw him on GL because duh I’ve only watch GH my whole life, but I remember I use to hear how good he was and I know he won a couple of Emmy for his work. I remember hearing that GH wanted him years ago when they were looking to cast Dante the first time but who knows what happened I can only imagine the powerhouse performances he would of had opposite Maurice Benard, Julie Bergman (original Lulu), Sarah brown ( Claudia) and Laura Wright who probably did work with him before… Read more »

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Tom is a great actor that was a bright spot on the Guiding Light canvas. He and Kim Zimmer were an Emmy winning duo and there was no doubt about his future. Still missing the Light! I haven’t seen Ozark yet but may now.

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He’s great in the role of Ben!!!

Judy
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Judy

I was a Guiding Light fan for many years, actually grew up with it. There were a great deal of wonderful actors, and Tom Pelphrey was one of them. I just knew when I saw him that he would be famous some day. I was so surprised and happy to see “Jonathan” on Ozark, a terrific Netflix series. Looking forward to his continued performance!

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‘The Talk’ Renewed for its 12th Season

After its controversial 11th season and following the departure of original cast member, Sharon Osbourne, there had been chatter that maybe the The Talk would come to an end.

However, news today from CBS has that it has renewed its top daytime talker, and the series will live to see another day for its upcoming 12th season this fall.

Having debuted in October 2010, the show now features Carrie Ann Inaba (who also serves as the show’s moderator), Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, and Elaine Welteroth as it primary co-hosts.

As with previous amalgamations of the co-hosts, the women discuss the latest headlines, current events, and human-interest stories of the day.

The series put out this tweet on their pick-up sharing: “JUST ANNOUNCED! #TheTalk has been officially renewed for another year on @CBSreturning for a 12th season in 2021-2022! More fun, more topics, more talk!”

So, glad The Talk is continuing on, or did you think it was time for it to go? Comment below.

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‘Ryan’s Hope’ Star and Soap Vet, John Gabriel Has Passed Away at 90

Heartbreaking news Monday morning and to start the week. Beloved Ryan’s Hope soap veteran, John Gabriel (Ex-Dr. Seneca Beaulac) has died.

His daughter, actress Andrea Gabriel (Lost) shared the news of his passing via her Instagram account.

In her statement, Andrea shared: “It is with an unspeakably heavy heart that I share the news of my father’s passing.  John Gabriel was my hero, my role model, and my champion, but above all, my daddy… I will love you forever.”

Gabriel’s run on Ryan’s Hope was in two parts.  He started with the ABC daytime drama series in 1975 and stayed till 1985.  He then returned from 1988 to 1989.  Seneca’s love story with Jillian Coleridge (the late Nancy Addison Altman) was often front and center on the series.

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As soap fans know, John was married to another former soap star, Sandy Gabriel (Ex-Edna Thornton, All My Children and  Ex-Christine Venet Ryan’s Hope), and is also survived by his other daughter Melissa and their two grandsons.

Throughout his daytime soap career, Gabriel received one Daytime Emmy nomination back in 1980.  He also appeared in roles on General Hospital, Loving, The Bold and the Beautiful, Generations and Days of our Lives.

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In primetime he was known for his roles on Gilligan’s Island, Mary Tyler Moore Show.  John was also an accomplished singer performing on many variety and talk show through the years.

In 1995, Gabriel produced the late Charles Grodin’s talk show Charles Grodin for CNBC.

No official cause of death for Gabriel was revealed, and no memorial plans as of this moment.

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Sheryl Underwood to Host the 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

The Talk’s Sheryl Underwood will become a five-time host of the Daytime Emmy Awards, although this time going solo, as CBS and NATAS have announced today that she will handle the duties for the upcoming 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

The CBS broadcast will airs on Friday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ET on the network as well as streaming live on Paramount Plus.

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According to Variety, “Underwood will emcee the show from Los Angeles, where a stage has been set up for the show, but the pre-taped broadcast will also include presenters and honorees from their own show studios and homes to accept their awards. Although many of the key daytime drama, game and talk show awards will be presented on the telecast, additional winners will be announced simultaneously on Twitter, via the @DaytimeEmmys handle.”

The Daytime Emmys are presented to programs broadcast between 2 a.m. and 6 p.m.  The show includes content that originally premiered in calendar-year 2020, and is judged by a pool of peer professionals from across the television industry.

So, what do you think of Underwood being named the solo host of this year’s Emmy broadcast? Comment below.

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