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Van Hansis Set To Premiere In New Web Series EastSiders Coming December 14th!

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We are really excited about this one, soapers!  So many fans worldwide have been clamoring to see Van Hansis (Ex-Luke, As the World Turns) on their computer or television screens in a continuing role, and now it looks their dreams have come true!  Van, along with Kit Williamson will star in the new web series EastSiders premiering on December 14th.

Here is the series premise:  EastSiders explores the aftermath of infidelity on a gay couple in Silverlake.  When Cal (Kit Williamson) finds out Thom (Van Hansis) has been cheating on him with Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon), their relationship is turned upside down. Will the lies tear them apart or are they just stubborn enough to stay together forever?

Drunken outbursts and double standards abound in this dark comedy about the sad and funny messes we make out of our lives.   Cal’s best friend Kathy (Constance Wu) is always there for him with a bottle of whiskey in her purse, but she has her own problems with her nice guy boyfriend Ian (John Halbach), even if they’re all in her head.  Stephen Guarino guest stars as a party promoter throwing one last bash before the apocalypse.

Kit Williamson, co-star and EastSiders series creator said about the new series, “I wanted to create gay characters with the same complexity and flaws straight characters are allotted. The way gay couples are depicted is often frustrating to me. There’s a huge spectrum of lifestyles and experiences within the gay community and I wanted to explore a kind of relationship that isn’t often represented. We are so profoundly grateful to have assembled a cast of this caliber, because this kind of story really hinges on the acting.”

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You can follow EastSiders on their facebook page here, or log on to their show website here for more info!  Are you excited to see Van in his new role, and the premise of the series?  Let us know!

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This series sounds amazing!! Van is an amazing actor and miss him terribly as Luke Snyder on As the World Turns, so I will definitely be tuning into this webseries!

Nynke
Nynke

Obviously… I would love to see some LuRe interaction. So it would be great if they could get Eric Sheffer Stevens to participate in some way. But eager to watch the show anyway!

susan Cee
susan Cee

YEH!!!

Rodd
Rodd

Looking forward to seeing it!

RLeternal
RLeternal

While I love VH as an incredible actor, I don’t think anyone else paired with VH can create the magic that the VH-ESS pair created as Luke and Reid on ATWT. LuRe was unfortunately a short-lived romance, but that is the best gay screen couple I have seen. Having said that, I wish VH the best of luck in his new webseries and career; a talented actor like him deserves success and well-paying steady employment.

bc
bc

Horrid! Constance Wu’s character of course has to be paired w/ a white guy! Could they not have paired her w/ an Asian american actor? Of course not bec it’s a romantic storyline on a soap opera and Asian american males must be asexualized by hollywood racists. the gay triangle has to be 3 white guys. what do you expect from “progressive and liberal” hollywood w/c loves “diversity”? being white has to be preserved as the “norm” and the “ideal” while the presence of racial minorities must be suppressed by these hollywood racists. It’s bec being a white lgbt is the “right kind of minority” for hollywood. Look at how hollywood rallied around special snowflake tr knight during that homophobic incident on grey’s anatomy. All these entertainment personalities and the mainstream manhattan media complex had to make tr knight a priority and denounce the homophobia he experienced. Yet where was hollywood and the mainstream manhattan media complex when Asian american actor rex who is openly gay spoke abt the discrimination he experience from entourage? It was even worse for rex compared to tr bec rex experienced homophobia for being openly gay and he was subjected to racism bec he’s Asian american. Yet hollywood and the mainstream manhattan media complex didn’t report breathlessly on this bec hollywood and the media are openly racist towards Asian americans. tr’s the right kinda minority bec he’s a white gay guy. hollywood and the mainstream media only want that kind of “diversity” and thus white gay actors and white gay characters are given the priority. While Asian american actors and Asian american characters can be openly discriminated against by hollywood and the mainstream media.

Karen
Karen

I can’t wait to see Van acting again & this looks amazing. Only 14 more days until the 1st episode airs.

marie
marie

Good luck to Van with Eastsiders. I enjoyed his work with Jake on ATWT and his guest appearances, especially on Psyche and Nikita. I continue to root for Van and Jake and it’s nice to see them both working. With Van as the “star” I expect this web series to do very well.

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ATWT and ‘Vampire Diaries’ Alum, Zach Roerig Arrested For DUI

Another actor has been arrested for a DUI, and this one happened over Memorial Day Weekend.

News out of TMZ is that former As the World Turns actor, Zach Roerig (Ex-Casey), who went to appear in CW’s Vampire Diaries was taken in by the cops.

According to the report: “Zach was busted Sunday around 2:30 AM in Montpelier, Ohio. Police tell us, officers noticed Zach’s pickup truck did not have a front license plate, so they pulled him over.”

Apparently when the officer went up to the driver’s side window they noticed that Zach’s slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and say he, “reeked of booze”.

Roerig was arrested for  for a misdemeanor and was held overnight in a holding cell.  He was later released.

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Zach’s arraignment is set as of now for June 4th.

ATWT fans will remember Zach as part of the younger set in Oakdale comprised of: multi-Daytime Emmy winner Jennifer Landon (Ex-Gwen), Jesse Sofer (Ex-Will) and Alexandra Chando (Ex-Maddie), all who went on to primetime fame during their careers.

So, what do you think about the latest past or present soap star receiving a DUI? Remember Zach on ATWT? Comment below.

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Michael Swan and Margaret Reed Set For ATWT Reunion

More As the World Turns former cast members come forth during the COVID-19 pandemic to participate in Alan Locher;’s weekly ‘Locher Room’ virtual chats.

Newly announced on Thursday are former on-screen lovebirds, Michael Swan (Ex-Duncan) and Margaret Reed (Ex-Shannon).

Look for the twosome to appear on the upcoming Thursday June 4th edition of the reunion series, at 2 p.m. ET/11 a. m. PT.

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Remember Duncan and Shannon’s ATWT love story? Looking forward to seeing Michael and Margaret? Comment below.

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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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