Daytime Confidential Interviews

DC #713: EXCLUSIVE — Michele Val Jean Reflects on #GH50 and Career in Soaps

She made television history when she was named the first black person to serve as head writer of a daytime drama. On today's episode of the Daytime Confidential podcast, Michele Val Jean joins Jamey Giddens, Luke Kerr and Jillian Bowe as that soap opera, ABC Daytime's General Hospital, celebrates its 50th anniversary on April 1. 

The veteran scribe, who also wrote for Generations, Santa Barbara, Port Charles and currently pens scripts for The Bold and the Beautiful, dishes about her historic career and so much more on today’s Daytime Confidential podcast!


EXCLUSIVE: Cameron Mathison Dishes Hot in Cleveland, Belle's and All My Children

Cameron Mathison's work schedule might even make Ryan Seacrest ask how he does it all. The in demand actor and TV personality has more projects going than a New York City urban planner!

Tonight the All My Children alum guests on TV Land's smash hit sitcom Hot In Cleveland; then in February he will appear on the premiere episode of TV One's new laffer Belle's. Currently, he's in Toronto shooting a rom-com with Jennie Garth and has another flick coming out soon for GMC! Is it any wonder he and Prospect Park experienced scheduling difficulties when it came to booking him on their continuation of All My Children?

Don't be too bummed, Ryan Lavery fans. I recently caught up with Mathison for Daytime Confidential  and The Good Morning America correspondent is still hopeful he'll turn up in Pine Valley at some point.

Daytime Confidential: What can you tell us about your character?

Cameron Mathison: First of all, he’s written very funny. Right from the beginning, he cracked me up. He’s the best friend to Valerie’s [Bertinelli] boyfriend’s character. He’s a little bit cocky; he’s a little bit excited about getting named Cleveland’s most eligible bachelor. He’s got a little bit of a quirky thing about him. He’s a word shortener. He kind of does one of those cheesy words like, delicious is now “delish”, and expeditious is now “expidish”; he’s one of those guys. He’s also got an interesting characteristic, he’s only got one testicle! So his nickname is “One Ball Bill” and it becomes a bit of an issue with the girls and the guys. He doesn’t want anyone to know, but they’re talking about it behind his back. It’s kind of funny. READ MORE

EXCLUSIVE: Gloria Loring Talks New Memoir, Sons Brennan and Robin Thicke, "Friends and Lovers" and Possible DAYS Return


In the entertainment world no performer is more heralded than the elusive triple threat. Former Days of Our Lives actress, singer/songwriter and author Gloria Loring definitely fits the bill. I recently caught up with Loring to discuss her new memoir, Coincidence is God's Way of Remaining Anonymous.

In the moving tome, Loring reveals how a mysterious card left in her dressing room at DAYS prophesied her meeting the man who would help her raise over $1 million for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She also shares how a promise to her diabetic son Brennan Thicke started her on the path of using her platform to help the families of other kids diagnosed with the disease.

The "Friends and Lovers" songbird also reveals what it was like to work with the late Carl Anderson on the hit 80's song, which served as the love theme for  characters Shane Donovan and Kimberly Brady on DAYS. Did she and Anderson know then the kind of magic they were capturing in their epic duet?

Speaking of duets, Loring and ex-husband Alan Thicke penned two of the most popular sitcom theme songs of all time for Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life. Why does Loring believe today's sitcoms are foregoing theme music?

We also dish about her other son, R&B god Robin Thicke.  What does his mama think of his meteoric rise to the top of the Billboard charts? After you find out by reading below, you'll want to check out Turn The Page, the companion CD to Loring's incredible book.

Daytime Confidential: You previously co-wrote three diabetes-themed books, Kids, Food and Diabetes, Parenting a Child with Diabetes, and Living with Type 2 Diabetes: Moving Past the Fear, based on your experiences raising son Brennan, who has Type 1 Diabetes. What made you decide to go the self-help route with your latest book, Coincidence is God's Way of Remaining Anonymous?

Gloria Loring: My book is a memoir with a message, tracing my life's learning through coincidence and offering support for what I have learned from areas of science and spiritual understanding. I wrote it because the urge to share what happened to me would not go away.

DC: You took Brennan's diagnosis, something that could have been a reason to ask "Why me?", and allowed it to inspire you to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. How in the face of dealing with this heartbreaking diagnosis for your little boy, were you even able to see clearly enough to try and help others?

GL: Other parents helped me when Brennan was diagnosed. It was only natural for me to extend that generosity to others. Plus, once I was cast on DAYS, I got so many letters from families dealing with diabetes that writing a book was the only way to answer them all! READ MORE

PC #60: EXCLUSIVE: Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives Author Josie Brown Talks Upcoming Primetime Soap Adaptation

She's a writer who has everyone talking, and Hollywood making deals! On today's Pop Confidential podcast Jamey Giddens goes one-on-one with Josie Brown, whose steamy novel Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives is being adapted by mega producer Jerry Bruckheimer for NBC.

Find out what Brown makes of Bruckheimer, known for producing action-charged procedurals and big budget blockbusters, transforming her novel, about oh-so-desperate housewives in a posh gated community, into a primetime thriller/soap. She also reveals which of her other fiction tomes has Hollywood salivating.

Brown, who has also written non-fiction extensively, goes on to share the differences and similarities between writing truth versus fiction. This chat is a must listen for all aspiring writers!

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EXCLUSIVE: Days of Our Lives' Freddie Smith Dishes Bullying, Scandal Crest and Sonny "Showing Some Skin" in Salem

Days of Our Lives hunk Freddie Smith has been making a lot of headlines lately. His character Sonny Kiriakis recently endured a gay bashing and now is posed for a star-crossed romance with Will Horton played by Chandler Massey. As if all of that isn't enough to keep Smith busy, he spends his free time speaking out about bullying and has joined the cast of ACME's upcoming improv soap Scandal Crest.

I caught up with Smith to talk Scandal Crest (He'll be playing Romeo Jones, secret lover to Ophelia Sterling played by Molly Burnett!), exercising an actor's muscles and to find out when we're going to see Sonny get some in Salem!

Daytime Confidential: You're a busy man, Mr. Smith! Your character Sonny Kiriakis is beginning a love story with Will Horton (Chandler Massey) on NBC's Days of Our Lives;  you're speaking out against bullying and now you're doing ACME's new improvised soap opera Scandal Crest. You must have one of those amazing smartphones like the one Samuel L. Jackson hawks in those commercials, that cooks your meals, schedules your appointments, etc.?

Freddie Smith: Yeah, I have been very busy lately which is always good for me. Luckily, my schedule allows me to do all of  these amazing things at once.

DC: What exactly is an improvised soap? I'm kinda having a hard time picturing baby switches, demon possessions and DNA test result swaps without benefit of a 70-page script!

This is the first time I have ever heard of an improv soap as well. That is one of the reasons I hopped on board so quickly. I feel there are no limitations having a improv soap, so I'm excited to be working on the project with such an amazing cast. Seeing as there is no script, who knows how crazy the storylines will become? They could be even more exciting than baby switching!

EXCLUSIVE: Exiting DAYS Starlet Molly Burnett Talks Booking Gigs For MTV, Hallmark and Starring in Improvised Soap 'Scandal Crest'

Take heart, soap lovers already mourning the loss of Molly Burnett from the suds. The soon-to-be exiting Days of Our Lives actress has already found a new soapy gig. She'll be co-starring in ACME Comedy's upcoming improvised, online soap opera Scandal Crest.

I caught up with Burnett to get all the deets on Scandal Crest, which will reunite her with former DAYS co-stars Freddie Smith and Eric Martsolf. I also found out what else the talented young actress has been up to since leaving DAYS, including booking a guest star spot on MTV's upcoming Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous and a new Hallmark movie!

Daytime Confidential: You're on your way to becoming for webisoaps what Jamie Lee Curtis was for horror flicks — the go-to girl! First you did Empire, then Venice, now you're doing Scandal Crest for ACME. What do you like about doing these kinds of projects?

Molly Burnett: Acting is my first love. I just like to work. I am very privileged to have been given the opportunity to participate in these great projects. There is a lot of freedom with web series, and the people that are running them, along with the casts, are such a pleasure to work with.

DC: After starring on Days of Our Lives for four seasons, you're an old pro at mastering tons of dialogue and blocking, but Scandal Crest will be an improvised soap opera. How on earth will that work, and are you nervous?

MB: Improv is such a temperamental thing. It's really easy to take something too far and lose the humor. Am I nervous? Sure, but it is reassuring knowing the talent I'll be surrounded by. READ MORE