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Tuc Watkins lands series regular contract on "Desperate Housewives"!

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One Life to Live’s Tuc Watkins (David) is joining next season of Desperate Housewives as a series regular.   The actor, who has been playing one half of Wisteria Lane’s gay couple – Bob and Lee, on a recurring basis, will head to Los Angeles in mid-July as a full-time cast member.  According to AccessHollywood.com, “Before that happens though, Tuc will finish up a run in White’s Lies, his off-Broadway play. ”

Here are a few excerpts from Tuc on his gig on DH, and keeping in shape for White Lies!

Tuc stated on his gig on DH: “They made me a series regular on ‘Desperate Housewives’ next year, so that’s great and the timing works out perfectly. I’m doing the play for eight weeks and then when Desperate Housewives stars up again in mid-July, I go back to do that on a hopefully more [regular basis].”

Tuc on keeping in shape for showing off  his physique in White Lies:“Well, I have an unsexy answer for you and the unsexy answer is, I’ve been blessed with a great metabolism.  I eat ice cream and ravioli and all that stuff and that’s not to say that I don’t exercise, but I don’t really think about, ‘Oh, I have to take my shirt off next week so I can’t eat that pint of Haagen Das.’ I’m sure one day it will catch up with me, but so far, I’ve just been lucky.”

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C.L.B
C.L.B

How is Tuc Watkins going to juggle two acting jobs doing both OLTL and DH?!? Is it true that he only has a short-term contract with OLTL?

bottomchef
bottomchef

Could Wisteria Lane get any WHITER? The failed launching of the Applewhites really screwed Alfre Woodward and the sexy as hell Mehcad Brooks. Every year on DH it’s 1 new white character after the next: Katherine, her daughter, her doctor hubby, the psycho ex, Dave, the stripper, the white gay guys, the Bolens, the Fairview strangler, the gold digging Russian, the psycho ex of Angie, etc. Thank goodness for Vanessa Williams spicing up the show and giving it diversity. Watkins as a regular is a wrong move on DH’s part. It reeks of copying the success of Modern Family’s Cameron and Mitchell, should Watkins and Rahm be both regulars. However, they already ended that coupling in a satisfying way. They could not adopt or find a surrogate so they broke up. Rahm’s character was a stereotypically shallow gay guy as can be, while all Watkins’s character did was react to whatever bitchy quip his partner was saying. Bad move for a primetime soap on its last leg. DH is about the women. They rule the show.

Jennifer
Jennifer

Congrats to Mr. Watkins. He is a wonderful comedian and I hope his career continues to shine.

I would ask those in charge at OLTL to, however, cease with the David “hit-and-runs.” Save for the occasional crisis or wedding, David should not be given a story nor a love interest since each will be compromised with this actor’s constant get up and go. It is unfair to the viewers to ask us to invest in a love story when it will not last and the other character in the story (usually Dorian) is given the short end of the stick and forced to be the bad guy to David’s schtick.

Invest in a character that will live and breathe on the canvas, not one who only dips his toes in the water when the actor is free of his more pressing commitments. I would love to see the show offer the same commitment to long-term characters like Dorian. How about we give her a real love interest like A Martinez and Ray.

Torrey
Torrey

I agree with you. Although, I like the character of David, I grow really tired of the revolving door status that his character seems to come along with. This is why I wasn’t happy with David being the one to run Kimberly out of town. David comes and goes as often as a breeze in spring…..They should recast the role of Kimberly and give Clint the exciting story that we were all starting to warm up to. He good for a nice laugh and all, but when are we going to see a serious side of David? If they are going to have him be on the show, I want to see some growth from David.

cher62
cher62

I am very tired of David’s comings and goings and the affect it has on other characters and to storytelling. I would be interested in Dorian having a REAL romance instead of being entangled with a character played by an actor who will not be on the show. It is VERY UNFAIR to fans of Dorian. The actress deserves better in story and her fans deserve an actor who is committed to remaining on the canvas and involved in continuing story. Many fans loved A Martinez as Ray Montez. I wish TPTB would bring this Emmy award winning actor back to OLTL.

Doe
Doe

I’m glad Tuc will be on Desparate Housewives much more now. He is really good on that show and giving him more to do for a longer period is just great. But, I’m hoping that doesn’t mean he won’t be on less on OLTL. He plays a wonderful character of David Vickers and is a highlight when he appears…Be seeing you Tuc….

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Robert Newman Shares Why There Has Not Been a Return to Springfield & ‘Guiding Light’ On-Screen Reunion

Robert Newman, best known to daytime soap fans as Josh Lewis on Guiding Light, sat down earlier this week for a wide-ranging interview on his career with Lauren Van Hemert via her You Tube Channel.

The timing of the posting of the interview as in-line with the date GL was officially canceled back on April 1, 2009.  The series began its historic run on TV from radio back on June 30, 1952, and ultimately aired its final episode on September 18, 2009.

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From 1980 to 2009, Robert was one of the mainstays and key leading men of Springfield, and of course, the Josh and Reva (Kim Zimmer) love story is one of the most popular ever in the annals of daytime drama.

Right off at the top of the interview; Hemert noted that what she was asked most by fans of Newman’s and GL’s, when and if there will ever be a Guiding Light on-screen reunion.

Newman responded to the question: “I get that a lot.  That question is unfortunately in the hands of Procter and Gamble more than anything else … and they made it very clear over the years that they’re just not going to release the characters and copyrights to the show.”

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Robert also added, “In terms of what you are talking about where there might be some sort of production, where there’s an actual reunion, and we see where Josh and Reva are today and that kind of thing (on their probably 15th marriage) … unless Procter and Gamble is somehow willing to shake loose the rights to the show, I don’t see it happening.”

Watch the full interview with the talented Mr. Newman below.

Then let us know, since P&G has made it very clear for the last several years they are out of the soap business completely, do you think its time they just sell the rights so viewers can see some sort of reboot down the line, especially for a show as beloved as Guiding Light? Comment below.

 

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TODAY: John Callahan ‘iHub Radio’ Tribute With AMC Stars: Julia Barr, Walt Willey, Bobbie Eakes and More Guests

Saturday morning at 10amPST/1PMEST on Palm Springs iHub Radio, there will be a special hour tribute to the late soap veteran John Callahan who passed away last week at 66.

Callahan hosted his own show on the station, and to honor him the stations owner John McMullen, along with several of Callahan’s former All My Children co-stars including: Bobbie Eakes (Ex-Krystal), Walt Willey (Ex-Jack) , and Julia Barr (Ex-Brooke)  will also be part of the live broadcast special event, along with LIVE magazine TV host Melissa Neiderman, and other longtime friends and colleagues of Callahan’s.

As some know, John Callahan was a longtime resident of the Coachella Valley. From 2018 on he continued to be a part of the station with his weekly show all the way up until his death.

John’s soap resume was impressive, not only from his time as All My Children;s Edmund Grey, but also as General Hospital’s Leo Russell, Santa Barbara’s Craig Hunt, and Days of our Lives, Dr. Baker, plus his primetime roles including on Falcon Crest.

Following iHub Radio’s special broadcast, the tribute program will be available as an on-demand show via the iHubRadio.com home page.

So, let us know if you will be listening or caught the special broadcast honoring John today in the comment section below.

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Ellen DeGeneres and Wendy Williams Daytime Talk Shows Returning With New Episodes & ‘At Home’ Content

Starting this Monday, April 6th, both the Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Wendy Williams Show will resume airing new episodes with original’ ‘at home’ content with the hosts thus resuming production remotely of the popular daytime talk shows during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Ellen and Wendy will now both host from their respective homes.

According to the Hollywood Reporter: “New material from Williams will be included in episodes that taped before production stopped on March 12.”

Williams also let her viewers know on the change: “I may not be in my purple chair, and it may not look the same but I’m very excited to get back to my Wendy Watchers.  There’s so much uncertainty in all of our worlds right now and we need each other.”

Guests for Ellen next week will include: Jennifer Lopez, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, David Spade, and New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany.  In addition, look for the series resident dancer and DJ, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, and executive producer Andy Lassner to be a part of the new content and episodes.

Ellen said of her new ‘at home’ hosting gig with her show:  “Since going into quarantine two weeks ago, I’ve been doing my show at home every day. But only for Portia. Starting Monday, you’ll be able to see it, too, and I can’t wait.”

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In the wake of the COVID-1 pandemic, Ellen and Wendy will join other daytime talkers who are doing their show from home including: The Talk, Live with Kelly and Ryan and The Tamron Hal Show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, and the also just announced return of Rachael Ray; where Rachael will broadcast two new shows (April 6 and 10) from her kitchen in upstate New York.

So, what do you think of the efforts the talk shows are going through to continue to air new content and episodes during the coronavirus pandemic? Comment below.

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