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Van Hansis & Kit Williamson New EastSiders Episode Tackles More Infidelity & Abortion!

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In a riveting episode six of LogoTV.com’s hit series, EastSiders, the action was more intense, complex, and heartbreaking all at the same time.  That is thanks due in large part the creative vision of series creator and writer, Kit Williamson for his look at the complexities of human life including: the the lies we tell to protect those we love, and what we do to save ourselves, no matter what the cost.  What Williamson does so well, is make every single character on the canvas pretty much people to care about and root for, no matter what choices they have may have made in their lives.

On episode six, it is Cal (Williamson) who is again cheating on Thom (Van Hansis), while Thom is trying very hard to rectify what we did months ago by first cheating with Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon).  Cal realizes this time, he has cheated with a guy with a ring on his finger! And Thom may be on to the fact that Cal slept with Jeremy, too! Meanwhile Kathy (Constance Wu) has an abortion, in some tough scenes and never told her boyfriend Ian (John Halback) about the whole situation.

There is much to love in this series, but the performance by Constance Wu, John Halback, Van Hansis and Kit Williamson were an emotional treat in episode six, that leaves the viewers wanting more.

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Watch this week’s episode of EastSiders after the jump! Then let us know your thoughts on the episode! New episodes of EastSiders debut every week at 3PM on Tuesday’s exclusively on LogoTv.com!

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Paul
Paul

I think this series is riveting. I watched episodes 3 – 6 yesterday. Much better than 1 and 2. They seemed brighter and less depressing. The characters are infroduced so well. The viewer really gets to know them. Cal’s manager and the chap in the convertible were also interesting characters and well-played. The music selections also work well.

Van Hansis’s role is not like Luke, so the viewer shouldn’t expect a Luke, Noah, Reid story. Van’s acting is stellar. My only wish is that his hair would be a bit shorter. (Here we are talking about his hair again just like the As The World Tunrs days!)

EDDIE EMMONS
EDDIE EMMONS

Riveting?A bunch of characters screwing each other behind one anothers backs?Hardly.

Marie
Marie

I’m disappointed with all the infidelity in the series. Sends a bad message and plays into the negative perceptions of gay men as a whole.

EDDIE EMMONS
EDDIE EMMONS

It’s ironic that the female cast membrs(Wu & Lords) are giving the stronger performances.Van is seemingly sleepwalking through his performances.And let’s not forget the Femme Fatale,Kit Williamson.

Sarah White Sees
Sarah White Sees

I wanted to like this series, simply because Van Hansis is in it. It just seems to be a mess though. I thought Episode 6 had way too much going on. In Episode 1, I thought Cal really loved Thom. Now it’s so obvious he doesn’t love him at all. I keep hoping the series will get better, simply because Van deserves better!!

EDDIE EMMONS
EDDIE EMMONS

Since when is there ever a serious (objective) dialogue about Van or his career.Everything is always Liza Minnelli “terrific”.Truth be told,though the “Actor of his generation” has more than proven himself worthy,there are plenty of clinkers along the road to glory.”Occupant” isn’t a particularly good film,nor is Van’s performance in it.”Eastsiders” seems to find Van Hansis “reacting” more than acting.No technique whatsoever.It’s a complete failure with no hint of the usual Hansis magic.

Sarah White Sees
Sarah White Sees

So true. I know the magic is there; I just haven’t seen it in this series.

Val
Val

I am loving this but the dreadful continuity in it totally distracts me from the plot!! Kit please see that future episodes don’t have this! One minute Cal has a bag, next he doesn’t. Glass empty next it’s half full. One Cal’s sleeve is up, next it’s down. Hair messed up next its flat as! Aaaaaahhhhh sort it out please!!!!!

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Final Season of ‘EastSiders’ Starring Kit Williamson and Van Hansis Gets Premiere Date on Netflix

The fourth and final season of the much heralded LGBTQ series, EastSiders now has a premiere date of December 1st on Netflix, and fans of the show will see how things will play out for the Silver Lake duo of Cal  and Thom, who have gone through quite a lot in their relationship over the last three seasons.

EastSiders stars series creator, Kit Williamson (Cal) along with As the World Turns favorite, Van Hansis (Thom).  The last six-episodes that comprise season four will tackle questions such as… what does commitment really look like in a long-term relationship? And what unique challenges does a “gay marriage” present?

In story, Cal and Thom are back home in Los Angeles following season three’s cross-country road trip.  The guys are still trying to figure out if they are just best friends with benefits, or more, or less, than that.

Elsewhere, Douglas (Willam Belli) and Quincy (Stephen Guarino) are engaged to be married, but with very different ideas about what a gay wedding should be. Hillary (Brianna Brown) and Ian (John Halbach) are cohabiting peacefully; and Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon) and Derrick (Leith M. Burke) have taken a huge step in their relationship by fostering a child.

Deadline broke the news of the premiere date and the many special guest stars from primetime and more to look forward to this season.

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Will you be watching the final season of EastSiders? If you follow the series, how do you hope the relationship between Cal and Thom resolves itself? Do they stay together, or move on from each other once and for all? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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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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