Binge on First Three Episodes of Tainted Dreams (VIDEO)


Tainted Dream—the soap-within-a-soap featuring Alicia Minshew (ex-Kendall, All My Children), Grant Aleksander (ex-Phillip Spaulding, Guiding Light) and Kelley Menighan Hensley (ex-Emily Stewart, As the World Turns)—has released the first three episodes for fans to binge on. Watch them after the jump!


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    ryder

    WOW! Just got through all 3 episodes. I haven’t laughed this hard in years. And I thought General Hospital was bad. It’s like Breaking Bad next to this SH*T.

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    EricasBlackSon

    We all miss the glory days of soaps. However, daytime fans have GOT to stop playing The Emperor’s New Clothes with these sub-par web series. DeVanity, The Bay, and Tainted Dreams are horrible shows. The dull but trying hard dialogue, the public access channel camera angles, the over acting, and the echo chamber sound quality are all just dreadful.

    No, everything need not be Masterpiece Theater. But our addiction to barely passable entertainment makes us look like a bunch of Tyler Perry fans at a NASCAR race.

    So, stop it. Just stop it. That is not the smell of lavender on the bottom of your shoe. I get no joy in seeing my old soap stars like this.

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    heatherwebber10010

    [quote=EricasBlackSon]We all miss the glory days of soaps. However, daytime fans have GOT to stop playing The Emperor’s New Clothes with these sub-par web series. DeVanity, The Bay, and Tainted Dreams are horrible shows. The dull but trying hard dialogue, the public access channel camera angles, the over acting, and the echo chamber sound quality are all just dreadful.[/quote]

    Thank you! These shows are just awful and look like an NYU film student project at best.

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    SoapArmageddon

    I am glad that some of my favorite soap actors have found a creative outlet, and I understand the budget constraints; but I just cannot get into any of the web series for all the reasons EBS stated.

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    J Bernard Jones

    I have to co-sign with EBS here. Kelley Menighan (OMG!) and Bobbie Eakes came to PLAY, but the rest is, to put it kindly, too labored in so many areas and not labored enough in others. Even on shoestring budgets, in this day and age iPhone camera videos look better.

    I’m in it for the performers, but these shows need to play less like fevered, campy fan fiction and more like genuine soap operas.

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    EricasBlackSon

    An “A” for effort is wonderful encouragement for children trying their best. But these are professionals with experience. There are plenty of well produced YouTube shows with good lighting, good sound, good acting, and no corporate sponsorship.

    As consumers, we don’t have to do better before making a critique anymore than we would have to cook better than the chef at a restaurant before knowing if we liked our steak or not. This isn’t a charity. We want to be entertained. Besides, we gave Prospect Park a ton of good will and look where that got us.

    For me, the days of giving these people a pat on the back because their hearts are in the right place are over. I’m too invested in soap operas for that. They need to play hard or go home.

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    missmuffett41

    “A” is for tying to do the impossible without corporate sponsors or having a network to pay for production costs. That is why I let them slide with low production values with an excellent cast of characters.

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    tmac

    It took me two episodes to recognize Larkin Malloy. But I have to agree with the others…these web series tend to fall flat for me. The dialogue is stilted and the storylines tend to go nowhere. But then not much can happen in a 4 minute episode (take out the opening and closing credits and that’s about what you get).

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    Patchworks

    I weigh the web series on a sliding scale. If they are “amateurs”, i.e., actors I have not seen before on a soap, I give them great benefit of the doubt. For that reason, I enjoy DeVanity and Anacostia. Low budget, bad acting, but fun! On the other hand, if the web series uses soap professionals, my expectations are raised. I expect the plot to make sense and the acting to be above-par.

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    J Bernard Jones

    missmuffet41 wrote

    ^^^^^ I doubt any of you can do better on a bare bones, almost non- existant budget without a corporate sponsor.I give them props for making an effort.

    Actually I can do better and I have done better without a corporate sponsor and a non-existent budget. For example, the credits for Tainted Dreams look like they were done in a 1997 version of Windows Movie Maker, mimicking Sex & the City’s now horribly dated end credits.

    The following are the faux-opening credits I did for a 2013 version of The Edge of Night as if the show had existed today. I used clips from 23 movies, color corrected and balanced in iMovie; a new “The Edge of Night” title card built in Motion & Final Cut Pro X; sound remixed using the Cortner and Barranco original music from 1982 as the “new” opening theme, enhanced in Logic Pro X. Modern, sleek, stylish. The whole thing is broadcast ready. I did it in under 3 hours, for no money or sponsorship:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tv1BZbKBPU

    Also, here is an EPK (electronic press kit) I did for Suplatude Records, a start-up with no funds, promoting their new neo-disco group, Company Freak:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXcTvCcO_EI

    Just for kicks, I did an original “fan” opening from scratch for As the World Turns as far back as 2009:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7m5isq5q04

    Now I’m not assuming my takes fit your palette. My overall skills are a bit better than these examples for the commercial work I do and there are hundreds of much more brilliant, talented people out here than I am who are doing amazing things on LESS than shoestring budgets. The point is that even with no money, great work can be done in the production & post-production phase of these shows. As others have said, I’m glad some of my favorites have found a creative outlet (go Larkin Malloy!), but from a production standpoint, the 1st 3 episodes are kinda lame.

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    EricasBlackSon

    Holy Damn, I just realized that was Travis Montgomery!

    Anyway, J Bernard, those are beautiful examples of your work. Your Edge of Night sample makes me want to have a binge viewing on YouTube. And, I really like the modern Another World opening.

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    Ms 45

    Terrible. Simply terrible for all the reasons EBS so eloquently stated. Most insufferable to me is the bad Sex and The City style voice over narration. Angry as I still am, this show is giving me warm and fuzzy memories of the level of professionalism exhibited by the AMC and OLTL reboots. TD is strictly amateur hour.

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