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Y&R's Jason Thompson Video Interview: After The "Philly" Affair Is Exposed, Will Billy Get The Woman He Loves?

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This week on The Young and the Restless, Jack (Peter Bergman) has already learned from his sister, Ashley (Eileen Davidson) that his brother, Billy (Jason Thompson) is in love with Phyllis (Gina Tognoni)! What he is about to find out though is that his wife and Billy have been carrying on an affair off and on behind his back for months!

This drama puts daytime powerhouse performer, Jason Thompson front and center in dramatic scenes with perennial Emmy winner, Peter Bergman. What will happen when the brothers have some major confrontations?  When the secret is completely exposed? On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Jason at last week’s Y&R 11,000th episode celebration on set at CBS Television City, where we got a preview of the fireworks to come as Billy fights for the woman he loves even if it means destroying his brother’s happiness.

Thompson said of the big reveal: “It hits us all hard in a way, but it hits Jack the hardest.  He goes after Billy quite a bit in a couple of scenes. Obviously, Jack and Phyllis they have their run at it.  Peter and Gina are just fantastic.  I sit in my dressing room sometimes and just watch their scenes, and it’s inspiring to then go back out and do my stuff.  It’s nice to have that cat and mouse artistic life, in a way.”

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As to if there are some more Abbott brother showdowns over Billy’s affair with Phyllis, Jason teased the domino effect: “Obviously, Jill (Jess Walton) found out and then Ashley found out, and then Jack has scenes where he comes in and confronts Billy, and Billy somewhat owns up to it, and it all falls apart from there … which is all the reason you build it up … to tear it down.”

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Jason, who left his Emmy-nominated role of Dr. Patrick Drake on General Hospital, has been front and center in story on the CBS Daytime drama series since coming over to the series.  He elaborated on what it has been like for him becoming part of the Genoa City family: “It’s been an amazing seven or eight months.  I have been so grateful for the support that I have been given by the cast and everyone behind the scenes: the writers, producers and Mal Young (EP, Y&R).  I am just grateful to be a part of a legacy like this, and to be part of a cast as accomplished as this one, and to be part of a show that is celebrating 11,000 shows.”

Watch Jason’s video interview below!  Then let us know, what do you hope happens to Billy once Jack knows the full truth about his duplicity and the affair with Phyllis?  Are you rooting for Billy and Phyllis to find their way to each other for good? What have you thoughts of Jason’s run so far on Y&R and becoming a key cast member of this legacy soap opera? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I find Philly Cheesy-lol

Mo
Mo

I don’t like Billy and Phyllis together. Sometimes I think Phyllis wouldn’t be doing this if Michelle Stafford were still playing her.

Laurene
Laurene

And Villy would have never happened with Heather and David Tom. That’s why there are recasts.

SS
SS

Peter – recast.
Jess – recast.
Amelia – recast.
Gina – recast.
Jason – recast.

Considering the entire storyline involves recasts, I wouldn’t be too worried about one character here since you know, who knows how the original portrayers of these characters would have played it out? Or even if some of these characters would have the connection they do as we all know Heather and David Tom are brother/sister in real life and both played Billy and Victoria.

Timmm
Timmm

I thought the same thing, Michelle wouldnt have been in this story.

Celia
Celia

No, she would not, Mo. You are so on the mark. TPTB would have never allowed that because of Michelle’s fiery character as Phyllis. Gina’s Phyllis is tame in comparison. Yet, Both Jason T and David T, do not fit the role as adults. David was the perfect Billy, as a kid…now? ……
I could envision Michelle with Billy M, but not with Jason T.
Laurene has a great point…..Amelia and David?….nah, I don’t see that either.
It is so hard to find THAT unique actor who covers all the bases ( as my husband would say). Y&R lucked out in recasting both Billy and Adam with Billy M and Justin H.
Does lightening strike more than once?
As far as Jack. He makes me sick; ‘crying’ tears of hurt. He should know better. My husband’s grandfather has a million of Italian sayings….’ The wolf changes its coat, but not its habit’. In other words…Billy IS in the habit of bedding his brother’s wife, namely SHARON…now, Phyllis. So, becoming a father. Losing a child. Life’s sufferings have done nothing to change this screw-up.
TPTB had tried steering Billy in the right direction, at last!!!! But, it all went down the drain, for some reason. Blame the writing.
So, to me this is a matter of coveting ANYTHING that belongs to Jack, his brother. Billy is the typically insecure, destructive spoiled, rich brat….sooooo stigmatized. Not always true in reality.
But, that’s the crux of the matter. A wife is not a possession. Both Jack and Billy need to keep that in mind.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Celia, as we’ve said before, this whole story is reprehensible. I didn’t like the recasting of Billy with Jason Thompson as I simply don’t think he shades the character with enough variations of good and bad; it’s all simply snark and sarcasm. And I’ve never once believed a ” look of love” from him. Gina T is a wonderful actress but one person can’t melt the block of ice that Billy has become. Between the writing and playing, one of my favorite characters, Billy Abbott, is ruined for me. And you’re quite right that this goes to a deeper level of brotherly hate/envy/jealousy on Billy’s end toward Jack. To me, that’s the saddest part of all.

Laurene
Laurene

Team Philly all the way.

Nikki
Nikki

I’m with you we have to keep on moving we can’t just stay in the past.

whateverwillbewillbe
whateverwillbewillbe

I’m sure there will be negativity surrounding the pairing of Philly in the comments but I have greatly enjoyed watching their build and the destruction of Phack. It’s soapy goodness that involves several characters and both main families as everyone will feel the ripple of the affair. Not to mention, the great performances that are coming from Peter, Gina and Jason.

Scoma60
Scoma60

I adore JT as Billy. He came to YR & hit the ground running! He has seamlessly meshed with all the characters,
Philly is my favorite story/pairing. JT & Gina have combustible chemistry .I’m glad the truth’s finally out because everyone will now have to deal & eventually move on.
Philly need to finally seize their happiness & their future together.
GH’s loss is most definitely YR’s gain.

Tucker
Tucker

Jason Thompson is all wrong for the Billy Abbott character – he has not impressed me since he began the role – all he does is seethe and grimace – that’s not acting. There is no chemistry between he and Gina Tognoni (Phyllis).

I hope the new head writer dismisses this pathetic story!!

Soaphound
Soaphound

THANK YOU, Tucker! I sometimes feel that only a few of us see this actor’s weaknesses in this role. They should have written him as a new character if they wanted him that badly, because he just ISN’T any Billy Abbott I know. He sure doesn’t have Billy Miller’s range and effortless charm and sex appeal or even Burgess Jenkins’ odd sense of comic timing. He’s like the monolith in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. He just stands there acting important.

Lynda Westlake
Lynda Westlake

LOVE Billy & Phyllis together. Hope after all the fall-out with Jack that they both come back together. Team #Philly

Mister Media
Mister Media

I followed Jason Thompson from GH to Y&R as I was curious to see what he would do in the character of Billy. I think he’s done an incredible job and really shown what he is capable of doing. His switch from GH to Y&R really underscored for me what some of GH’s shortcomings are. He was wasted on GH. His leading man potential was not exploited. He, like every other GH character, appeared only sporadically in story lines that meandered and sputtered out. These days I am actually more invested in Y&R than in GH because there is more there to invest in story-wise. GH is still my soap and they have the best cast in daytime, but they will continue to lose actors if they don’t get it together and start writing stories that are deeper and more compelling. Meanwhile I have added Y&R to my daily viewing thanks to Jason and the other great actors there and also to the show’s storytelling.

Timmm
Timmm

Jason took a swing at GH when he said his new gig at Y&R, he is working harder than ever before. True. On GH, if you are not Carly, Sonny or a OLTL Frank favorite, you bet back burner-ed!

Raiann
Raiann

Funny I barely see Sonny or Carly on GH. Maybe once or twice a week. An then usually supporting another SL.

Kimmie
Kimmie

Phyllis and Billy are soooooo Hot!! That’s what draws me to this show!! I’m ready for Philly to be together for real!! Out in the open as a loving couple in GC!!

Lucky
Lucky

Jason Thompson is rocking it as Billy. He has really made the role his own. I’m looking forward to seeing all the Philly affair fallout, I know JT and the other actors involved will knock it out of the park.

Meg Reddekopp
Meg Reddekopp

Although I don’t like Billy with Phyllis , FOR HURTING JACK BUT Jack deserves better anyway I do prefer Gina’s PHYLLIS,And , I finally like Billy for the first time since he was a teen,JASON THOMPSON IS WONDERFUL. I CAN SEE PHYLLIS CHEATING WITH BILLY IF IT WAS B M ,NOT DAVID OR BURGESS ,

Celia
Celia

Nailed it, Tucker!! You are so right, as far as I am concerned…I, too, see no sexual , psychological or emotional chemistry between him and Phyllis.
I have not felt any stirring from this Billy with any of his ‘girlfriends’.
But, as you can see, many disagree with us. We say ‘tomahhhhto’; others say ‘tomato’. LOL.

Celia
Celia

Hi, Meg,
Jack deserves everything he gets. His past misdeeds are catching up to him.
Jack did some despicable things to a lot of people. It’s a soap, LOL. As someone said, this is exactly what is to be expected. Later, Meg.

Meg Reddekopp
Meg Reddekopp

Jack has more paid for what he did in his past ,he isn’t a sociopath like victor, he is a decent human being ,I hope Sally writes him someone better than PHYLLIS..

Celia
Celia

Hi, again, Meg,
I was not comparing Jack to Victor. Victor is in a league of his own.
My point was that, albeit TPTB are transforming Jack’s disposition, his sins are catching up to him. Karma. He ruined Patty’s life, and do many more lives. But, I will grant Jack did not act out of intentional evil as Victor.
With Victor, it is a compulsion to inflict pain to suit his purposes. However, he is paying as we speak….there’s more to come. He just doesn’t seem to be affected by it. Or, at least, the writers are very selective with what they want us to see; or delve into Victor’s core.

Lew S.
Lew S.

Billy & Phyllis? Aw, heck no!!!

Tani Sterling
Tani Sterling

Haven’t even watched the programs. Will say Jason is more delightful in person than playing Billy. Then, again, Billy isn’t any Prince Charming. I haven’t quite adjusted to him. Physically he is so different from the previous two.

For now, I would let this trio each go their own direction. Give us all a time to recover.

Please reconstitute Jack. Make him the strong business person he supposedly is. I don’t know who Phyllis and Billy are; neither appear to have adapted a continuity with the previous players. That’s OK. Change is good. The needed reconstruction hasn’t taken place.

Now I will go watch!

Lucia
Lucia

I think it’s so hard for an actor to step into a “classic character” if you will, and I think Jason Thompson and Gina Tognoni do a beautiful job with poorly written material.

Should those two characters be together? Meh. I dunno…I just know that when I watch Jack and Phyllis kiss, I feel gross. The chemistry just isn’t there.

Patricia
Patricia

I would liked to see Jack and Phyllis work their way back to each other. Phyllis was raped by Marco and has never dealt with it. She and Jack, both, pretended it never happened. The fact that Jack and Marco were identical in looks must have made it difficult to be close to Jack. Billy is just a vulture who wants everything that Jack has. Victor never pays for his crimes !!!!! Enough of this !!!!

2Much
2Much

I absolutely loathe NewBilly and Phyllis. They are simply gross together and JT is all kinds of wrong to play Billy. The affair was seedy and tawdry and doesn’t deserve support. The fact that Billy has been taunting Jack all along while he’s sleeping with Jack’s wife(!) is odious and so is Billy. This seedy affair also isn’t rootable because both of them have been acting like this is Jack’s fault that he didn’t “get” Phyllis. No, sorry but this story should be about Jack and Phack – NOT Billy and Phyllis! This is abominable writing and Pratt should have been fired last year. Major vet Jack has been sidelined in his own story just so the newest show pet can have the spotlight with a leading lady. I’m disgusted and will not watch this garbage. Death to Philly!! #TeamJack

Helene
Helene

What did Jack do during a year when he knew Billy’s daughter’s killer was alive?

jaybird369
jaybird369

S-o…Jack is ‘hit the hardest’ by Billy and Phyllis’s affair??? Oh, Wah Wah Wah, Cry Me A River and Boo Hoo Hoo!!!!! As far as I’m concerned, Jack WAS ALWAYS, STILL IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE a lying, cheating and two-faced CAD!!!!! Sorry…but Jack gets NO SYMPATHY from me!!!!! NONE!!!!!

padange
padange

Philly is my favorite daytime couple right now, and “the affair” is (or should I say “was”?) my favorite storyline of 5 years. I liked the depth and subtlety of the buildup, love the incredible chemistry between Gina Tognoni and Jason Thompson. It’s always a treat to watch their scenes. Of course, I want this great on-screen couple “to survive” the turmoil.
However, I’m getting more and more confused by some of the writing choices in this storyline. Namely, the change in motives. What I’ve been watching for months was a clear love affair. Now they’re rewriting it into something I don’t know anymore what, and it looks like scriptwriters are as confused as I am. I understand the need to up the stakes before the reveal – I think that’s why they (suddenly) did this “Phyllis wants to save her marriage so much” two hours after suggesting to live a double life. All the explanations what happened doesn’t make much sense because that’s not what I’ve been seing on-screen for months. It’s quite irritating. There’s one more attempt to explain the affair on Friday’s (Canada)/Monday’s (US) show that explains nothing.
I wonder what happened to the person who was writing this story in Spring. It was a very carefully and with a deep insight written story.

Geena
Geena

Really love this storyline and JT has done so well in this role. Very happy to see him enjoying himself so much in this leading role. With Adam gone, it really just leaves him and Nick as the hot leading men.

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Knots Landing’s Joan Van Ark, Michele Lee & Donna Mills Share Backstage Memories, Watch Back Classic Scenes & Remember the Cul-De-Sac On Its 40th Anniversary

The primetime soap that lasted longer than them all was not Dallas, Dynasty or Falcon Crest, but Knots Landing! The series about the lives of the people of the cul-de-sac at Seaview Circle in Southern California ran on CBS from December 27th, 1979 till May 13, 1993.

Throughout Knots’ run, the show centered on the lives of female characters; most notably Joan Van Ark as Valene Ewing, Michele Lee as Karen Fairgate MacKenzie and Donna Mills as Abby Cunningham Ewing (yes, there were several other married names too!).

What made Knots Landing so special was its more ‘grounded in reality’ storylines (than over-the-top on the other primetime soaps), while also delivering the soapy goodness and those riveting cliffhangers and those gut-wrenching performances that had millions of fans tuning in every week on Thursday nights.

Who can ever forger the 3-year story arc of Val having her twins taken from her at birth, or Sid’s death that left Karen a grieving widow, or the moment we saw Abby’s other side as mother lioness with her children, trying to deal with her daughter Olivia’s drug problem.  These were only some of the unforgettable moments and portrayals by these three women.

To commemorate Knots Landing’s 40th anniversary. Michael Fairman sat down with Joan, Michele and Donna at Donna Mills’ home for this very special deep-dive conversation for his You Tube channel, The Michael Fairman Channel. 

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During their conversation the ladies share: what they thought of it each other the first time they met … if there was any competition between them, their thoughts on the leading men on the show that included: Ted Shackelford, Don Murray, Kevin Dobson, William Devane and more.   In addition, they dish on the wealth of talent that came through the show including: Alec Baldwin, Julie Harris, Howard Duff, Halle Berry and so many more.  Plus, if there were a reboot of Knots’ just where would Val, Karen and Abby be now!

In some of the most heartfelt and touching moments contained within the interview. Michael had chosen several clips from ‘Knots’ to play back to the women to get their reactions and thoughts to those fan favorite moments.   A must-see for all die-hard and longtime  “Knots” fans.

We won’t spoil anymore, but suffice to say, we hope you check out the full interview below featuring Joan, Michele, and Donna.

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Sean Kanan, Tristan Rogers & Timothy Woodward Jr. Talk On The Making Of New Digital Drama ‘Studio City’ & Respect For Soaps

Just as we closed out 2019, the world of digital dramas saw the debut of a riveting new show, Studio City.  The series initial season can be binged watched in its entirety on Amazon Prime, which follows the life of Hollywood actor Sam Stevens and the cast of “Hearts on Fire“, America’s number two daytime drama, as they navigate the chaotic world of soap operas and their own messy personal lives.

Studio City was co-created, executive produced, and stars longtime daytime favorite, Sean Kanan (Ex-AJ, General Hospital, Ex-Deacon, B&B).  In it, Kanan plays Sam, who plays a doctor on the soap-within-the show, and whose life off the set provides the back-drop for much of the drama and heart and soul of the series.

Kanan has surrounded himself with quite the acting company which includes: Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH), Sarah Brown (Ex-Carly and Claudia, GH, Julia, ATWT, Madison, DAYS and Agnes, B&B), Patrika Darbo (Ex-Nancy, DAYS and Ex-Shirley, B&B), Scott Turner Schofield (Ex-Nick, B&B) and the one and only, Tristan Rogers (Robert, GH, Colin, Y&R).   In addition, feature film director, Timothy Woodward Jr. (who turns out to be a soap fan and appreciates the genre), is the man behind the camera directing the story and the cast through the ups, downs, laughs and tears of the story in Studio City,

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kanan, Tristan Rogers, and Woodward to find out: how Studio City all came together, what their hopes are for it in the future, and about the tears (those who have watched the series have shed in episode 6) and pivotal moments portrayed by Sean, Tristan, and Patrika Darbo that have helped create a buzz for the show.  Check out what these gents had to share below.

Photo: Studio City

Sean, in the stellar cast are many daytime notables including: Carolyn Hennesy, Sarah Brown, Patrika Darbo and Tristan. Did you reach out to them individually… and tell them what you had cooking with Studio City?

SEAN:  (Laughs) Did I reach out to them?  I had to beg them.  When you do a project like this, nobody is getting rich yet.  This really was a favor and a labor of love.  Patrika and I have really worked on more projects together than I can count.  Carolyn was on my radio show.  There was nobody else I wanted for their parts then Carolyn, Patrika, and Sarah. The idea of Tristan came a little bit later because I had written the character, but the character was actually very different.  He was actually a homeless guy.  He was a guy who had been a doctor and had been strung out on Vicodin, and had had a mishap in the operating room, and lost his license and then became homeless, but he was sort of this homeless sage poet who was giving Sam these bits of wisdom.  Ultimately, through meetings and compromises, it evolved into what it is now, and then, once that happened, I was like, “There’s no reason Tristan can’t play that,” and everyone signed on after a lot of coaxing, but they all did it for me.  I’m so grateful for that because it wouldn’t be what it is without those wonderful people in the series.

TRISTAN:  What happened was he said, “Will you do this part?”  I said, “Yeah.”  Sight unseen.  I figured Sean is an actor with relatively good taste (laughs) so he’s not going to give me a piece of s**t to do.  (Laughs)   Then, he sends me over some copy, and the copy is really good.   So, we set the week up, and that week turned out to be three weeks from hell for me because of my schedule!  I was doing General Hospital.  Then, I had Young and the Restless come in on top of that.  Then, I was doing The Bay, and somewhere in all of this I was doing Studio City.  So, I’m trying to figure out how I am going to do all of this.  In the meantime, Studio City said, “No, we’ve got to do it at a particular time because of the location.  We can’t get it at any other time, but these times…”  I said, “Okay,” and I’m thinking to myself, “God, how the hell am I going to make this work,” because I wanted to do everything, and I didn’t want to have to cancel anything.  I wanted to do it all because all of the projects were so good.  The Young and the Restless project was just an absolute joy to do working with Jess Walton (Jill).  We got Y&R all done in one day   So, I liked that.  After I finished that, was the day I started Studio City, and we were shooting  in a high rise where Sean and his wife Michele were living at the time.  They shot in a vacant apartment next door.  Right away, I was totally impressed with what was going on.  The level of production was really high.  I got the dialogue as I walked on set, and I had to sit down quietly because it was about a page and a half monologue, and I had to think, “Okay, what am I going to do with this guy?  How am I going to play him?”  Timothy Woodward is just fantastic.  He came along, we had a chat together, and he sort of said, “What are you going to do?” and I told him how I was going to play it, and he said, “Okay, go.”  We got it all in one take.  Bang.  I love that.

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SEAN:  There was a lot to do obviously, but we shot Studio City over five days.  We literally shot this at almost a soap opera pace.   I don’t think too many other actors; except for daytime actors could have pulled this off.  So, we were really blessed to have a bunch of pros.

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TIMOTHY: Every one of them were extremely talented in their roles.  Patrika blew my socks off.  Tristan did what he did, I mean, he’s amazing.  Sarah was great.  Carolyn Hennesy was great   I do a lot of feature stuff, and you know, we are shooting only 4 or 5 pages a day.  Sometimes 6.  So, it’s not often that I am handing someone a 7-page scene and saying, “Hey, go,” especially the day before, and they’re nailing it every single time and being able to deliver every single time, and hitting their marks, which makes the editing process so good.  They’re able to do it, especially when you keep the writing grounded on the side of it that’s about behind the show, but it still has dramatic moments.  You’re giving the actors a lot to chew on, but they all performed the material so well.

Tristan, in story, you play Sean and Sarah Brown’s step-father. There is a major scene in episode 6 between Patrika and Sean where Sam learns about his biological father, and then there is a scene with you and Sean in the aftermath of that.

TRISTAN:  Yes, they are my adopted kids.   Sam is going through a low part in his life, and my character has to kind of sit him down and go, “Listen, kid.  You’re a good guy.  Don’t ever be told that you’re not a good guy.  You’re my son, and I love you, and there’s not a day that goes past that I don’t love you.”  When you’re on the set at the time, it was an extremely emotional scene.  Very, very emotional, and the fact that we got it right the first time, made the intensity better.  If I had had to go back and do that again, it would have been slightly different. That’s the way I work.”

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Had you worked with Sarah Brown before; given you both have worked on General Hospital in your careers?

TRISTAN:  Never.  That was a great thing.  I had two scenes with her, and I loved them both, and I thought she was terrific,  What Sean and Timothy have done is  put together a really interesting bunch of people to totally dig and are part of the daytime scene, who are totally familiar with it, and know what it is all about, and make it different.  The only other show I can compare this to is GH: Night Shift.   We were never allowed to develop it, but that was where we were at.  I think we are making the same kind of broad steps here that we were doing back then.  Hopefully, we are given more of a chance to develop the concept of it. 

What can you say about working with Timothy? He obviously loves the soaps too!

TRISTAN:  He’s a good guy.  I mean, they couldn’t have gotten a better person to do the directing and put that side of it together.  He was the perfect choice: having an understanding of the background of daytime and basically liking it for what it is.  He was ideal!

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Timothy, you were a fan of The Bold and the Beautiful, correct? How did you come into Sean’s orbit?

TIMOTHY:  Yes … when Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) was with dad, Eric (John McCook), or something right before that. (Laughs)  That’s how long ago that was.  I started telling Sean all that stuff, and he sent this cookbook to my mom, and then, he called me.  We stayed in contact and started talking about a few things, and then he contacted me about being in the book he was doing, Success Factor X, and he wanted me to be in the book, so I said okay.  So, we just stayed in contact, and then, I called him about another project. Later, Sean said he had an idea for a show and he’s been working on it for a while, and said, “Here’s the idea.  What do you think?”  I said, “I think it’s something that I could be interested in,” (because I’d always watched soaps back in the day, and it’s something that my mom is a huge fan of) and you know, I could get down with doing it.”  So, we kind of met, shook hands, and said, “Let’s make it happen.”

Did you tell your mom you were working with Sean Kanan?

TIMOTHY:  I did!  She loved it.  Sean actually sent her a video to her phone wishing her a merry Christmas last year.

SEAN:  This guy is a feature-film director. Tim was like, “I think that would be a really interesting challenge.  I’d like to do a digital series,” and then it comes to pass that this sort of tough-guy film director from North Carolina, is a total closet soap freak! (Laughs)

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Timothy, in Studio City, when Patrika Darbo has this very emotional monologue about what happened to her and about Sam’s father.  Sean also delivered a powerful performance in the scenes, just through his reactions to her heartbreaking story. I just thought the way he played it was so moving.  You obviously did a great job directing that scene.

TIMOTHY: I said, “Sean, I’m seeing behind the camera.  I’m telling you man, you’re telling so much with your eyes.  You don’t have to say anything.  Don’t tell her it’s okay during the scene,” because his initial reaction was, “It’s my mom.  I want to tell her it’s alright.”  I was like, “No.  Don’t.  I don’t want you to do anything.  You need to absorb this; you need to be in that moment of where you just don’t even know what to say.   You feel for her, but you also have this self-inflicted pain yourself, and you just need to listen.  Just listen to her.  Zone out of everything else and listen to her.”  That’s what he did, and he did it really well.

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SEAN:  I remember that Patrika was incredibly generous because once we got her take; she was willing to go through all of that pain again so that my reactions would be as informed as it was.  Honestly I would like to tell you that it was me reaching into my big bag of actor tricks, but all I had to do was shut up and listen.  How can you not be moved by hearing that?  So, I just sort of shut up, didn’t have to hit my mark because I was sitting, and listened, and she did all of the driving on that, and she was just terrific and Timothy captured it beautifully.

Sean, when you envisioned the part of Sam for yourself; were you pleased about how it came across on screen?

SEAN:  Listen, the character is very close to who I am.  This guy is sort of a heightened version of me, but I am very much playing myself in this.  I’m playing myself in some situations that I have never had to deal with.  I was like, “If this is going to succeed or fail, it’s going to happen with me being my most authentic self, and it’s not someone else’s idea of who I am.  I’m going to show you who I am in this.”

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Trans actor, Scott Turner Schofield also appears in Studio City.  In part of his story, you are tackling a timely social issue of the plight of African-American trans individuals who are being murdered.  How did you come to the decision to include this arc in the series?

SEAN:  I felt it was important that we told a story that was LGBTQ and trans-centric.  I wanted Scott to be a character on the show that everybody knew was trans.  I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, but maybe the character Scott plays is going to have a conflict with production and say, “Listen, I’ve got to be a trans character on the show because I need to sort of be a beacon to all of those people out there.  I’m living that life off-camera. ”  When you see him in his group and everything, and I think he is going to kind of stand up for himself, and that’s going to probably alter his story.  I thought it was important to be like, “My character knows he’s trans.  He’s my buddy who happens to be trans,” you know what I mean…. rather than it being this huge big thing.”

Was the goal to get Studio City released right at the end of 2019 to quality for Daytime Emmy consideration in the Digital Drama categories? 

TIMOTHY:  It was definitely something we think could get more eyeballs on the show, more attention to it if you will, in order to get it to the next level.  So, I think that’s important. Do this and get it even bigger … make more episodes and make them longer.  Sean keeps saying this series, is a love letter to soaps, and that’s what he told me he wanted to do.  You know what Sean is talking about.  There is somewhat of a disrespect level in our industry of, “Well, he’s on a soap,” and these people are so talented.  I mean, some of these daytime soaps have better ratings than a lot of the primetime shows.  You just read mainstream media or something about soaps, and you may think, “What?  There’s nobody watching it,” and then, you start looking at ratings and two and a half million viewers during an episode?  This is every day.  That’s a fan base.  There are dedicated people watching it.

SEAN:  It always bothers me when I see that; treating soaps like that because we work really hard, and there’s a lot of talented people involved with it.  It doesn’t always need to always be that whenever you see soap operas represented in “main series” projects, that they’re kind of the butt of a joke.  I was like, “That’s not going to happen because that’s not what they’re about.”

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Sean, you make things happen for yourself doing various projects whether it be: stand-up comedy, acting, books, etc and are one of the hardest working guys I know. Why do you think you have continually come back around, and in front of the daytime soap community all of these years?

SEAN:  I envy guys who have been on daytime consistently for 10, 15, 20 years, and there are times that I wish I were there and doing that, but I don’t necessarily know that if I were that guy that I would have had the wherewithal to write the books I have written.  I think I may have gotten comfortable, and you know, God bless.  I am in no way disparaging that because there is a lot to be said for that longevity on a series. I feel like on daytime I have always been kind of a hired guy.  I get brought in, I get let go, I get brought in, I get let go.  I never sort of maintained a sense of terra firma.  I always felt that it was probably going to be temporary, and I’d better figure out what else I’m going to do, which has given me opportunities that I have created to do projects that I am really passionate about like this one.

For more on Studio City, visit their website here.

Have you checked out Studio City on Amazon Prime yet?  If so, what do you think of it and the performances? Excited to see Sean and Tristan in different roles? Comment below.

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‘The Bachelor’ Peter Weber Opens Up About Hannah Brown, Hannah Ann & Being Emotional In Front Of The Camera

While viewers watched how the emotional conversation that they “had to have” came to its conclusion (or did it, even?) on Monday’s episode of The Bachelor between Peter Weber and the women he fell for in her season of The Bachelorette, Hannah Brown, several other new “storylines”kicked off” such as”champagne-gate” between contestants Kelsey and Hannah Ann, and then the social media ‘Bachelor Natio’n frenzy over a shot included in the episode featuring a bottle of maple syrup popping up out of nowhere (later explained to be a supply that contestant Mykenna was going to use when having some alone time with Peter, presumably).

But while it looks for now that Peter is going to try to move past his lingering feelings for Hannah B. and be all-in to find love with one of the women in the running on his season of “The Bachelor”, Michael Fairman TV along with several members of the media spoke with Weber at the ABC Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on some subjects we wall wanted to know his answers to.  Check them out below.

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When asked if he watched back the premiere episode and what went down with his chat with Hannah Brown, Peter told us: “The Hannah stuff wasn’t easy for me to watch.  It wasn’t easy as a viewer.  You go on hiatus, like a lull, and then you relive it as it airs back.  So, that wasn’t easy, but you’ll see what that all means. I think you kind of see that there were true, genuine feelings that were still there in that episode, and it left me really confused.”

As to if he was prepared to be seen as so open and vulnerable in the process of finding love while having cameras on him all the time, Weber expressed: Yeah, that was one thing I took from Hannah.  I remember the beginning of her season, that first night, that first speech, it was all about being vulnerable, raw, and open with us, and I made that a big theme of mine, and I wanted to set that theme early on with the women.  You’re going to see me be that the entire time.”

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Knowing the intensity and spotlight it puts on him, Weber says he was all-in for being The Bachelor this season: “I was so excited.  What an amazing opportunity, and I knew it worked.  So, why would I say no.”

There is obviously a major stunning moment that the series is pushing that happens in the finale that appears to potentially change the course of Peter’s quest for love, or confuses it. Weber would only tease that:  “I tell everyone that is was the most beautiful experience (being on  “The Bachelor”) but the hardest of my entire life.  That last week, was the hardest week of my entire life.  It literally doesn’t stop until the last second … just a lot of unexpected stuff that I couldn’t predict, but I took it, and I feel like I’m stronger coming out at the end, but it was hard.  If I told you, then I’d give it away! I didn’t expect what happened to happen.”

Weber also weighed-in on if he feels his love life coming out of the series is set, sharing: “You guys will definitely enjoy this journey and feel it.  I can’t comment on that right now.”

Pilot Peter revealed that he has also apparently gone back to work at Delta: “I went back to work like a week after I finished filming (The Bachelor). I never actually took a leave.  It’s really nice being a pilot because the schedule is really flexible.  So, I just ended up dropping my trips and having friends pick up trips.  So, I’m really lucky that it all worked out.”

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Over the course of filming, Peter was involved in a freak accident that will be shown that leaves him with a scar on his forehead: “I think it’s badass.  (Laughs) Listen, it was a freak accident, and it is what it is.  I wasn’t going to let it keep me down or bum me out too much.  I was in the middle of this whole journey, and you know, it’ll fade.  I didn’t lose my eye, so that’s like the biggest thing.”

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Many are comparing Peter’s like of two women named Hannah! Both from the south and both had competed in beauty pageants, Hannah Brown and this season’s Hannah Ann, to which Weber played up the irony: ” I know!  Lots of Hannahs!   A lot of girls from Alabama.  That was a big theme, too.  I feel like I don’t have type now, but maybe I do.”

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So, what did you think of the conclusion of the chat between Hannah Brown and Peter on last night’s episode of The Bachelor? Do you think Hannah Ann is a frontrunner for that final rose of Peter’s “champagne-gate” and all?  What do you think will happen come the ending of the season as teased by Weber and what you have seen thus far in the first couple of episodes of the new season of the reality-competition series? Comment below.

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