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TONIGHT: ATWT Favorite Michael Park In NBC's PETER PAN LIVE!

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The butterflies! The final rehearsals! We, and so many other fans of two-time Daytime Emmy winner and Broadway star, Michael Park (Ex-Jack As the World Turns) are excited to see him again on network television when Michael appears tonight on NBC’s Peter Pan Live!

The live musical performance stars: Allison Williams (Girls) as Peter Pan, and Taylor Louderman as Wendy. The cast also includes the one and only Christopher Walken as Captain Hook, and Minnie Driver as the adult Wendy/narrator!

Peter Pan Live!, which is NBC’s second attempt at a live performance after premiering The Sound of Music with Carrie Underwood last December, airs tonight from 8PM-11PM ET/PT.  Don’t miss your chance to see Michael Park sing and perform in this very special live performance!  Excited to check it out? Let us know!

 

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jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I watched Mary Martin as Peter Pan…has a male ever played the part in any of these musicals or stage shows…i know males played Peter in movie versions but i never seen one in these musical tv versions or on stage…there are male actors who can sing…just curious!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

forgot: it is nice to see MPs on tv again…i miss ATWTs but was mad how they underused a legend like Eileen Fulton in those final years…she shouldve been more like that late Jeanne Coopers Katherine…thats how she shouldve been written in those final years and worked with Maura Wests Carly who could been like Katherines Jill…

Paul
Paul

That would have been good. Eilleen Fulton wanted a real storyline in those final years of ATWT and to not just appear a couple times a year. I attended her cabaret show in NYC during the last fan club weekend. She is a legend and her show was excellent.

Kathryn Hays was on a bit more, but I would have preferred a major storyline, as well as more appearances for Marie Masters. I also read that Helen Wagner wanted to be on more. I loved seeing these elegant ladies.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

TPTB on As the World Turns never seemed to accept, in the last 10 to 15 years the show was on, that their most powerful assets were the older actors and actresses. With very few exceptions, they never succeeded in casting young actors/actresses who could carry the kinds of storylines that might actually sustain some viewer interest. They had the good sense to give Maura West and Michael Park heavy storylines, and they did use Colleen Zenk quite a bit (though not terribly effectively, in my opinion), but if they were smart, they would have found better ways to use Fulton, Hays, Hubbard, Wagner, Masters, and Hastings (as well as Ellen Dolan and Scott Holmes) while cultivating a group of younger actors who could actually handle substantive storylines. And maybe Larry Bryggman would have stuck around if he’d felt he was being given more to do. (Of course, the perfectly dreadful writing toward the end didn’t help, but the veterans might have been able to make more out of it.)

Mo
Mo

They need the character of Peter to look like a boy. That’s why men don’t play the role and boys probably won’t have the vocal range and they would be minors, which have other complications.

Mo
Mo

The other reason for having a woman play the role is that if you were to get a boy, unlike Pan, the boy will grow up and if the show is on tour or Broadway, etc., Pan would have to be replaced a la Annie. So multiple reasons to have a woman play the role.

That said, I think many of the Lost Boys were far too old and muscular to be Lost Boys. I was surprised they didn’t have actual boys playing the roles, especially since it was just a one night performance.

Mo
Mo

I’ll be watching! I saw Sandy Duncan as Peter at the Kennedy Center ages ago.

Judy
Judy

I will definitely be watching. I love live theater and especially musicals so once again to have a “Broadway” type production brought live into my home and free is fantastic. As a major, major fan of Michael Park and not having had the chance yet to see him live on stage, I am ecstatic. His part in Sound of Music was too small last year but we should see much more of him singing and dancing, what he loves to do!

Sean
Sean

I love Michael Park, he is a wonderful actor. I want Michael to come back in daytime. Cast him as the new Bo Brady on Days Of Our Lives.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

You know, that’s actually a very good idea, Sean. I would not have immediately thought of MP as a recast for Bo, but he’s one of the few actors who might actually be able to make it work. He’s physically similar to Peter Reckell (though I think he’s a bit younger than PR), and he certainly both is a good enough actor and has a strong enough screen “presence” to work opposite someone like Kristian Alfonso. If Reckell really is adamant about not coming back, and Robert Kelker Kelly isn’t interested (or there are backstage reasons for not having him back), then I think MP would be an excellent choice.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

I was right. Reckell is 59 (and looking damn good for nearly 60, the last time I saw him), KA is 51, and Michael Park is 46. (RKK is 50.)

Adam
Adam

I love Michael Park, a terrific actor and cute too lol

Kathleen Schutt
Kathleen Schutt

Cananadaigua Loves our Michael Park! We’re all watching tonight!!!

MARIE
MARIE

Thought that was Michael Park..he was so good a lot of talent!

Carol Fraser
Carol Fraser

Loved seeing Michael Park tonight on Peter Pan. No amount of make-up can conceal his eyes. Hope to see you in the next live
presentation…3 in a row. Great job, Michael.
BTW, I’m furious that his name wasn’t in the credits!

A 30 year fan of ATWT.

joan
joan

his name was in the credits at the beginning. thats how i knew he was in it.

Kathy Rickards
Kathy Rickards

I watched Peter Pan Live tonight on NBC and enjoyed it! I thought Allyson Williams was great. She has a beautiful voice and a lot of confidence and did the flying scenes superbly. She was so natural. I hope NBC continues the practice of a Live Classic Musical every year around the holidays. It is so refreshing to see an honest, refreshing show on TV without sex, drugs, and rock and roll! Good for NBC and good for the talented actors.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree with you but it should be without sex, drugs, swear words and gorey violence…i love rock and roll…lol…i wish theyd do a musical Christmas Story next year!!!

Mo
Mo

He was basically in the background. I thought the production was a bit slow, but that’s the story. Christopher Walken was not a good Hook. Taped the last hour because I was falling asleep and had to get up early today.

Kathy Rickards
Kathy Rickards

I agree with jihm’s reply about a show without swear words and gorey violence. I love rock and roll, too. My favorite song is “I love that old time Rock and Roll…That kind of music just soothes my soul….” and on. Peter Pan Live was refreshing. Something you could watch from beginning to end. No need to walk away from any of the scenes. I look forward to next year’s show.

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Emmy Winner and Noted Soap Opera Head Writer; Hogan Sheffer Passes Away At 61

Over the last several hours, reports have broke that one of daytime’s most notable scribes has died.  Hogan Sheffer, who was head writer at As the World Turns, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless has passed away at the age of 61.

Soap Hub, first reported the news via multiple sources, however, many writers who worked with Hogan during his tenure on the soaps have taken to social media to share their condolences and their grief and remembrances.

Sheffer’s appearance on the soap scene was unexpected, especially in a genre where it is often rare for new blood to take the reins at the head writer position.  Proctor & Gamble had decided to bring in Hogan after his work as the Director of Screenplay Development for DreamWorks, not because of his writing credits for a previous network soap.  He was given trial deal as a breakdown writer for the CBS soap and 10-weeks in became the beloved town of Oakdale’s new head writer.

Hogan and his then writing team were able to turn the classic, As the World Turns around.  The show went up in the ratings and during his time with the series ‘World Turn’s’ won two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series, and he and the writing team picked up four Emmy victories all through 2000-2004.

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Next, Sheffer landed in Salem as head writer of Days of our Lives along with Meg Kelly from 2006 through to the beginning of 2008.   He would later join The Young and the Restless and team up with then head writers: Maria Arena Bell and Scott Hamner, and eventually stay with the show till 2012.  During Sheffer’s time in Genoa City, Y&R also won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in 2011.

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On Sunday, former WWE and daytime writer Tom Casiello, who was extremely close with Sheffer…  and who shared how Hogan gave him his start at writing in daytime, took to his Facebook page to pay tribute to a man who had such an impact on his life and many others.  It is worth the read here. 

Y&R writer, Sara Bibel tweeted: “Hogan Sheffer was a gamechanger for ATWT and daytime. Everyone I know who worked with him adored him. RIP”

And, iconic ATWT star, Martha Byrne (Ex-Lily) tweeted on Sheffer’s passing: “To say he was one of a kind would be a tremendous understatement. Our years at ATWT with Hogan at the helm were a rebirth for our beautiful show. Loved his writers, actors,crew. Blessed to have him on the first floor in Brooklyn ready to listen. Talented. Funny. Generous. RIP”

Colleen Zenk (Ex-Barbara, ATWT) also took to Twitter upon learning of the passing of Sheffer sharing: “I loved him, loved him, loved him… he was so good to me. Thank you for everything, Hogan. You were so loved. Especially, by me… Rest in peace…”

Michael Fairman TV will continue to bring you updates as the soap world mourns the loss of a creative force in our genre.  Share your condolences and thoughts on the death of Hogan Sheffer via the comment section below.

 

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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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TAINTED DREAMS Season 2 To Bow December 21st!

Tainted Dreams is back with a second season offering from Daytime Emmy-winning director and series creator, Sonia Blangiardo!

Beginning December 21st, the next chapter of Blangiardo’s the soap behind a soap, will be available for streaming on Amazon and Amazon Prime. (season one is also currently available on Amazon)

This series, which was nominated for five 2017 Daytime Emmys, follows the behind-the-scenes drama of a fictitious soap opera titled Painted Dreams.  Many soap opera notables have roles in the online series including: Alicia Minshew, Michael Lowry , Austin Peck. Terri Ivens,  Walt Willey, Kelley Menighan, Grant Aleksander, Bobbie Eakes, Natalia Livingston, Marnie Schulenburg, Nathan Purdee, Colleen Zenk, James DePaiva, Tonja Walker, Ilene Kristen, and the late Larkin Malloy . In addition, Jessie Godderz of Impact Wrestling and Big Brother fame, and Dina Manzo of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, also appear.

In a statement, Sonia Blangiardo said that she is “excited to take everyone along these characters’ journeys in Season 2, as they evolve and deal with ever increasing professional and personal turmoil.”

Fore more on Tainted Dreams visit their official website here.  (more…)

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