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Y&R's Judith Chapman on Gloria's lack of airtime & her new stage play!

Photo Credits: JPI Studios

Photo Credits: JPI Studios

The Young and the Restless, Judith Chapman, who chews the scenery as Gloria Fisher Bardwell make the most of everything she is given to perform on the set of the number one CBS sudser.   However, over the last year after being front and center for years prior, many have seen her character languish on the backburner.  But for Chapman, she says things are on the upswing in a new interview out in Nelson Branco’s Soapgeist column on TV Guide Canada’s website.  The actress also reveals she is also working on a new stage play all about the famed Hollywood actress Vivien Leigh, you know the one from Gone with the Wind!    Here are a few excerpts!

Chapman on Gloria’s lack of airtime: “For a while, I was carrying the show, but you know the cycle of soap opera. It’s like a roller-coaster — sometimes you’re up, and then you go down and someone else’s roller-coaster peaks. With GloWorm, I think it’s time to see more of her because it harkens back to Gloria’s main motivation, which is to show all the higher-ups in this town that she really is something. I love that everyone is coming to her club; and thank you Maria for showing that gorgeous set all the time. I think Gloria wants even more respect because she still considers herself a part of the Abbott clan, even though they bash her. I hope she’s on the upswing. One of Gloria’s goals is to be on the cover of Restless Style with her sons. Everyone would hate that; especially Jill — and everyone else who hates Gloria!”

Chapman on her upcoming new one w0man show on Vivien Leigh:  “I was looking for another project to do with Christian LeBlanc and Michelle Stafford but it was hard to get everyone coordinated so I said, “Darn it; I’m doing another one-woman show.” And this thing, Vivien, written by Rick Foster, absolutely presented itself. When I read it, I just got the shivers and said, “this one is mine.” It’s the same way I felt when I auditioned for Gloria. It was intended to be just two fundraising performances for my theatre company Rogue Machine Theatre here in L.A. — which is considered to be one of the Top 10 L.A. theatres and we’re only in Season 4 — but now they’ve offered me a limited run for six performances in May. It a bare stage with Vivien coming on and going through her triumphs and madness. It’s only one act, an hour and 20 minutes. I don’t mean to sound arrogant but I think I’m going to be quite brilliant in it.”

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Love Judith Chapman! Love her character Gloria on Y&R. Great Actress and Beautiful Woman with a great beaming Soul that touches everyone. Also, thank you for sharing this fine photo of her from John Paschal (JPI Studios) one of my fav. photog’s as well. Best, Ken Rambo –

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Judith Chapman is a very diverse and talented actress. I have followed her in daytime for many years and have watched her in a lot of primetime episodic work. I hope Gloria returns to the front burner soon on Y & R.

General Hospital

GH’s James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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All My Children

All My Children Alums to Appear in E!’s New Series, ‘Reunion Road Trip’

All My Children is having a bit of a renaissance of late. First with the previously announced primetime series in development, Pine Valley, and now a new series on E! Entertainment Television.

Coming up on the June 10th episode, which kicks-off the new show, Reunion Road Trip, several of your favorites from AMC are part of the first episode.

Look for Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenlee), Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria), Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan), and Jacob Young (Ex-JR) along with Alicia Minshew (Ex- Debbi Morgan (Ex-Angie), Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), and Darnell Williams (Ex-Jesse), to appear.

According to EW.com, who broke the news, viewers can look for Budig, LaRue, Mathison, Young, to come together at an exclusive Hollywood mansion to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary where they get some surprise visitors in the form of Minshew, Morgan, Ripa, and Williams.

Reunion Road Trip airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT with other episodes to feature the former casts of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, A Different World and Scrubs.

So, looking forward to seeing the Pine Valley crew on Reunion Road Trip? Comment below.

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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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