DC #535: Top 5 Soap Stars Turned Primetime Stars

On today’s Top 5 episode of Daytime Confidential Luke, Jamey, Jillian, Regan and Melodie count down their Top 5 Soap Stars Turned Primetime Stars.

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9 Responses

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    Hey fellas, great show. I thought too many of you had the same answers and needed a little more diversity for some memorable characters who’ve gone on to great success in prime time.

    Marg Helgenberger and Dana Delany were on soaps before being so great together and winning emmys on China Beach and moving on to CSI and Desperate Housewives. Kate Mulgrew was very memorable on Ryan’s Hope before moving to Star Trek Voyager. Steven Weber moved from As the World Turns to several years on Wings and a recent stint on Brothers & Sisters. Faith Ford went from Another World to many years in prime time on Murphy Brown and Hope & Faith. Julian McMahon just exploded on Nip/Tuck. Jane Krakowski has been a dynamo on Ally McBeal and 30 Rock.

    Just some alternatives not mentioned. I wonder who on soaps today we’ll be talking about their future success on prime time and movies?

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    Luke, with all your 1980’s show references (Tom Selleck, Magnum PI, David Hasselhoff, Knight Rider/Baywatch) I’m shocked you didn’t mention Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver, Stargate). Don’t know what he’s doing right now, but Liz sure could use her father, Jeff on GH!

    I remember Marcia Cross post daytime and pre-Melrose on an old episode of Cheers playing Rebecca’s more successful sister who Sam falls for.   Her character made it big as an actress in horror films, who was known for her ability to scream.

    You mentioned AMC alums Kelly Ripa, Josh Duhamel and Sarah Michelle Gellar, but what about Eva La Rue?

    How about Kelsey Grammar? He was on Another World before he got Cheers. I cheated and looked this up on IMDB, but I knew he’d been on a soap.

    Also you mentioned Shemar Moore on Criminal Minds, but many don’t remember Thomas Gibson as a recast Sam Fowler on Another World after RKK left.  He was also on ATWT and GL according to IMDB.

    And what about Melina Kanakaredes, ex-Eleni on GL? She heads up CSI: NY now, but I LOVED her on Providence.

    Fun episode!

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    Regan, Kate Mulgrew’s Mary Ryan was such a tough act to follow that they had to kill her off after a few recasts were rejected by the audience. My mother loved her so I sort of followed her post soap career and I would have to say she seems to resent her soap past and  maybe that’s why you were not aware she had been on a soap.

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    Luke Kerr

    @ elbugten You know, MacGyver is one of the 70s/80s shows I haven’t watched and I really need to because I have a feeling I’d really like it.

    I’ve watched all the Stargate franchises and while Anderson is in them and I like his character, he was never the "must watch" reason that kept me tuning back in. 

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    Luke, MacGyver was AWESOME!  He had a mullet, he was directed by The Fonz (Henry Winkler directed) and he could save the world with a paper clip, a gum wrapper and a can of compressed air.  What’s not to love?!  Plus, they had one of the most cheesetastic villains ever in Murdoc, as played by Michael des Barres. He was the Stefano DiMera of the show, always being "killed" in explosions but returning for another go-around. Terri Hatcher was in several episodes, too. Definitely check it out, when you get the chance.

    Admittedly, I didn’t watch MacGyver when it first came out, either. I grew up in a VERY small town in the Adirondack mountains of Upstate NY and there was no cable (still isn’t, but most people have Dish or DirectV now). We got 3 channels and 2 of them were NBC affiliates from different cities!  The other was CBS, so unless it was winter and the leaves were off the trees when we could get a fuzzy picture, I never got to watch any ABC shows. This was in the 1970’s and ’80’s, so no Three’s’ Company, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Charlie’s Angels, Love Boat, Dynasty…. I’ve seen them all in reruns now, though.

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