Daytime Confidential Interviews

Sarah Brown on Beacon Hill: "Sort of Like Going Back to College When I Studied Political Science"

Before taking part in General Hospital's recent "Carlypalooza", soap mega star Sarah Brown signed on for quite the political party, by accepting a starring role in Crystal Chappell's Beacon Hill.  In the ambitious online serial, Brown plays hot shot State Representative Katherine Wesley, who shares a steamy past with reporter Sara Preston (All My Children's Alicia Minshew).

Does Brown notice any difference in acting on a web soap, as opposed to a daytime sudser? "No, I wouldn't say there are any differences. The acting process is not different for a web series."

Brown admits there was quite the learning curve involved with becoming versed in Beacon Hill's world of political intrigue. READ MORE

INTERVIEW: Ron Raines Dishes Beacon Hill, Guiding Light, OLTL and Broadway




Guiding Light and One Life to Live veteran Ron Raines is once again bursting soap bubbles, this time on Crystal Chappell's political soap Beacon Hill. I caught up with Raines to find out about his new gig as sinister Senator William Preston. Is his new character even more ruthless than GL's Alan Spaulding?

Raines also shared his thoughts on the end of Prospect Park's version of OLTL , his work on Broadway and what it would take to get him on one of the four remaining daytime sudsers.

Daytime Confidential: What's it like working with your former Guiding Light castmates, Crystal Chappell, Ricky Paull Goldin, and Tina Sloan, again?

Ron Raines: Great.  First of all, they are all colleagues of mine from Guiding Light that I truly adore and have worked with all of them. I have had heavy storylines with each of them. Beacon Hill is just starting now, and I am hoping to repeat some of the chemistry that we had on Guiding Light. READ MORE

DC #750: Celebrating 750 Episodes With Head of CBS Daytime Angelica McDaniel

She's the driving force behind the best ratings season CBS Daytime has seen in over half a decade. On today's 750th episode of Daytime Confidential, Luke Kerr and Jamey Giddens welcome Angelica McDaniel.

What is a day in the life of the head of CBS Daytime like? How does the Veep feel about the recent creative turnaround at The Young and the Restless? McDaniel tackles those questions and more.

She also reveals how The Bold and the Beautiful's Brad Bell inspired her vision for turning around Y&R, and her thoughts on lineup synergy.

What about all those social media scandals? How does the Boss Lady wrangle all of those outrageous personalities, from The Talk's Sharon Osbourne to Y&R's Eric Braeden? Download this jam-packed podcast episode to find out!

All this and much more on today’s Daytime Confidential podcast! READ MORE

INTERVIEW: Crystal Chappell Dishes Beacon Hill, The Bold and The Beautiful and More!




The hardest-working soap star on the web is at it again! In a partnership with lesbian-themed book publisher, Bella Books, Crystal Chappell is set to debut her latest web soap, Beacon Hill.

We caught up with Chappell to get all the dish on her latest venture. She also reveals which of her many daytime soap screen partners she misses smooching...

Daytime Confidential: Where did the idea for Beacon Hill come from?

Crystal Chappell: The idea for Beacon Hill came from the ladies at Bella Books. After years in the book distribution business, they decided to break into web series. They contacted Open Book in January of 2013.  We loved the script!  Formed a partnership and now here we are.

DC: What can you tell us about Claire Preston? What drives her?

CC: Claire is the daughter of a powerful Senator played by Ron Raines. She's lived her life in the public eye, and, of course, her father has very suffocating expectations of her. She lives in her own world drowning her pain in booze, but she also has a secret....a secret that if any one knew, would blow up the political world in Beacon Hill. READ MORE

INTERVIEW: Revenge Star Henry Czerny on Patriarch's Endgame — "Conrad Ends Up as Eckhart Tolle"


Henry Czerny is well-versed in the art of Revenge. As patriarch of the dysfunctional Grayson clan on the hit ABC sudser, the formally-trained Canadian actor gives just as good as he gets, when Conrad faces off against malevolent wife Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) and/or diabolical daughter-in-law Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp). 

I recently caught up with Czerny at TCA. He shared how the Graysons will continue to contend with Emily, now that she's under their roof. He also offers insight into Conrad's goals for his children and reveals which self-help guru he hopes his character eventually takes after.

Daytime Confidential: It seems like the Graysons have Emily where they want her. Now that she is in their house and has lied for them that Lydia shot her, how else are they going to torture her?

Henry Czerny: By living. The Graysons are going to torture Emily by somehow continuing on with their lives as despicable and dysfunctional as they are. That’s what’s going to continue. Emily’s going to get out of some stuff and get into some stuff, as one does when one goes for revenge. At the very beginning, Mike Kelley put on his description for the series for the first episode a Confucios saying, "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves." In our pursuit of something we believe should happen, we have to get dirty in a way that the other people against us got dirty. READ MORE

INTERVIEW: General Hospital's Finola Hughes on Mob Wars, Leading Men and Robin's Return




Any long time viewer of General Hospital can't help but smile, whenever the always beautiful Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) has scenes with Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) or Ian Buchanan (Duke Lavery). To that end, never in a million years did Hughes think she would be playing Anna for all these years.

"It's amazing, isn't it?" said Hughes when I ran into her at the Television Critics Association Press Tour last month. "I had no idea. It's truly a great role. I'm always excited about what the writers come up with." READ MORE