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Van Hansis on Dr. Reid & end of ATWT!

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The fantastic Van Hansis spoke with at the recent ATWT Fan Club Luncheon about many things that soapers want to know, namely; how is working with Eric Sheffer Stevens, and his thoughts on the Luke/Reid pairing.  Van also addresses his feelings on the end of World Turns, and  Luke’s story, as it comes to its conclusion in the fall.  Here are some excerpts, but make sure to read the entire interview, especially about serial killer, Nancy Hughes!

Hansis on the success of the character of Reid: “I think that’s a testament to Eric and also I think he’s a very unique character. There aren’t [many] soap characters who can come on and basically insult everybody in town and still have a lot of the audience on their side. It’s very rare. But the character is a lot of fun. I think lots of people, even if they hate him, it’s like a love-to-hate kind of thing.  I don’t think I’m surprised at how interested people are in the story because I think … the stakes are a lot higher in this story than a lot of the other stories. Like for instance with Mason [Jarvis, played by Forbes March], there was no real threat to them. The threat came out of Luke’s actions. And in this story there is a threat, so I think of course the fans are a lot more up in arms about it.”

Hansis on his thoughts at ATWT comes to its conclusion: You know, it’s sad. We were told almost four or five months ago, so I’ve definitely made peace with it. I’m always going to look back really, really fondly on my time here and it’s been more than I could have imagined. Sometimes I’m still, to this day, shocked that I’ve been here for these last four years and it’s truly been a blessing and I’m so, so happy to have been a part of it. That being said, now that we know it’s over, I’m excited about what comes next.

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“Fantastic VAN HANSIS”, indeed… Thank you!

Best storyline ATWT offered ever.

VAN HANSIS is the best actor ever! Luke’s chemistry with Reid is intense! Van is a powerful actor! WOW

I am so into the Luke and Reid storyline I cannot imagine that ATWT will ever end. And these two beautiful people must be together or there’s no justice in afternoon fantasyland. My congratulations to two superb actors!


You wrote this in May so maybe by the end of the show you will have reconsidered.Luke and Noah were children while Luke and Reid were men who took the best from each other and fell in love.Their chemistry was like no other.I love Luke and Reid together and no actors could have done it justice like Van and Eric.Fabulous …..and I miss them!

I Think That Reid And Luke Will End Up Together Because Noah Hurt Luke By Being With Someone Else.

Luke is conflicted for now, but it is clear that he wants to be with Reid, but what I don’t like is Reid always being so insulting and mean towards Luke, badly judging every Luke’s action. I want Luke to be happy with Reid, not always sad and depressed that Reid is treating him like crap, like Noah used to do. Luke deserves a man who loves him with tenderness and kindness.

I totally agreed, the last two episode, Reid really mean to Luke, I hope he don’t continue to do that, Luke deserve someone who care and love him 100%

i dont know why they are going to do this atwt when i herd about the news i started to cry i got so sad but i hope they get together before they end it

i want luke to choose reid over noah because noah hurt luke and noah was marryed to a gril i want to see luke with reid forever because luke and reid is a real deal i want luke and reid together and stay together luke and reid are meant to be

Luke and Reid definitely should be together in the end. I hope it ends with their wedding. Maybe a triple wedding Luke/Reid, Katie/Chris, Barbera/Henry. Would that be great.

By now we all know that Reid has died and luke is grieving.What a sickening ending for two great characters who changed each other for the better.Everyone is getting a happily ever after except Luke and Reid.So sad…we got to love them together and now ATWT ends on a sad note.This really made me cry at the unfairness of it all!

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2024 Golden Globes: Justin Hartley and Amanda Seyfried Among First Round of Presenters

The 2024 awards season truly gets underway this Sunday night ,January 7th on CBS with the presentation of the 81st annual Golden Globe Awards honoring the best in motion picture and television as deemed by the voters of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

The ceremony will be broadcast live and will air beginning at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST, from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The ceremony will also be available on the CBS app and will stream on Paramount+. (Note, however, only Paramount+ subscribers who have Showtime can stream the event live; others can watch the show the next day.)

The first round of presenters was revealed on Wednesday and two soap opera alums are on the list including Justin Hartley (ex-This Is Us, The Young and the Restless, Revenge, Passions) and Amanda Seyfried (ex-Lucy, As the World Turns and ex-Joni Stafford, All My Children).

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Joining Justin and Amanda as presenters are: Angela Bassett, Will Ferrell, Michelle Yeoh,George Lopez, Julia Garner, Justin Hartley, Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams.  Previously, Jo Koy was named host for the telecast.

The Golden Globes are back on CBS for the first time since 1982. In addition, Dick Clark Productions is back after years away as the longtime Globes producers.

To review the nominees click here.

So, looking forward to the Golden Globes and seeing Justin and Amanda? Comment below.

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Richard Roundtree, ‘Generations’, ‘ATWT” and ‘Shaft’ Star, Dead at 81

Motion picture and television leading man, Richard Roundtree, has passed away at the age of 81. The actor, best known for his role in the iconic film Shaft, and its sequels, died from complications from pancreatic cancer on October 24th in his home in Los Angeles.

In a statement, Roundtree’s manager, Patrick McMinn shared, “Richard’s work and career served as a turning point for African American leading men in film. The impact he had on the industry cannot be overstated.”

During his extensive credits and career, Roundtree made two stops to two daytime soap operas. In 1990 till 1991, Roundtree played Dr. Daniel Ruebens on the defunct NBC soap opera Generations. He later appeared on As the World Turns from 2002-2003, taking on the role of Oliver Travers, the father to T. Marshall Travers played by Lamman Rucker.

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Roundtree’s leading lady on Generations, Jonelle Allen took to her Facebook upon learning the news of the death of her former castmate and friend, expressing: “My Leading Man on Generations. I Am Very Sad. My Condolences To Your Family. Dearest Richard Roundtree.”

In a subsequent post, Allen shared a photo of their Generations’ characters, Daniel and Doreen about to lip-lock. Jonelle stated, “In the scene with him I kept thinking: ‘Shaft is about to kiss ME!!!’ Thank You.”

On Generations, Roundtree’s character of Daniel Reubens was a brilliant doctor, who was accused of killing someone by causing an explosion at a lab in 1974. He and his daughter, Maya, then went “underground” for the next 15 years. Maya was played by Viveca A. Fox.

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Fox, honored her former on-screen soap father with an Instagram post upon learning of his death. Vivica wrote: “GM Dawlings! My heart is sad this morning as late last night I learned that LEGEND Actor @officialrichardroundtree had passed. I had the blessing of working with Richard on alot of 1st in my acting career! He played my Dad on the soap opera #Generation‘s TV show #90210BeverlyHills Mr Roundtree thank u for your AMAZING GIFTS! U will truly be missed as u were the 1st African American Action Star #SHAFT I’ll never forget the time u stood for ME when a director was being a jerk to me! I’ll miss your smile, jokes, laughs & hugs! REST EASY KING! U DID WELL. #Classic #LEGEND #LeadingMan #Actor #SuperStar #Respect #RestInPeace”

Richard was also known for his roles in Roots and the Brad Pitt thriller Se7en. On television, Roundtree appeared on: Murder, She Wrote, A Different World, Beauty and the Beast, 21 Jump Street, MacGyver, Beverly Hill 90210, L.A. Law, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Alias, Desperate Housewives, Heroes, Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago Fire, and Private Practice and many more.

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Soap Alum John Wesley Shipp Shares Health Update

John Wesley Shipp, best known to daytime fans for his roles on As the World Turns, Guiding Light, One Life to Live et al, and primetime fans for his role in The Flash, shared a heartfelt health update via his Instagram.

While Shipp did not go into specifics, he did say he underwent surgery earlier in September for an urgent medical issue.

In his post, accompanying by his photo, John expressed: “Hello out there! Friends and contacts have written recently, like, “where are you? are you ok?” Well, here’s the deal: I had surgery early this month for a health issue that had to be dealt with immediately. All went well, but I’ve had to postpone a theatre production and personal appearances as the recoup will take some weeks. I do read and appreciate what you share with me, that you entrust me with your thoughts and feelings. You are ever on my mind and in my heart, and I look forward to getting active and out there again as soon as possible. Until then, remember to play nice, be kind, and stay engaged! Our futures depend on it.”

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John’s soap resume is quite impressive having portrayed: Dr. Kelly Nelson/Victor Laszlo on Guiding Light, Doug Cummings on As the World Turns, Martin Ellis on Santa Barbara, Carter Jones on All My Children and Eddie Ford on One Life to Live. Shipp won two Daytime Emmys along the way.

More recently, John has appeared in primetime’s, Arrow, The Flash, Stargirl and countless other TV appearances.

Share your well-wishes for a speedy recovering to John via the comment section below.

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