EXCLUSIVE: Brian Gaskill Keeps It Real About Soaps and Giving Back to Children

Daytime vet Brian Gaskill recently held an event for a good cause.  This past May, he was named the director of Garden State Players’ (a non-profit theater company in New Jersey) inaugural summer theater camp.  Celebrating his new spoken word poetry album, Make It Real, Gaskill held an intimate reading at Keyport’s luxe Trinty Resturant, a staple of the quaint Bayshore town.  Proceeds from this night of poetry went to help fund the company’s production of  Footloose.  The musical’s profits will then go towards benefitting a local children’s hospital.  
I chatted with the Models, Inc., All My Children, Port Charles, Guiding Light, As The World Turns and The Bold and the Beautiful alum before he took the stage to perform the material in front of an audience for the first time. Gaskill shared the details of his new gig, as well as what he thinks about the current state of television, and the fan efforts to resurrect daytime soaps.
Daytime Confidential:  How did you become involved with Garden State Players?
Brian GaskillLauren [Raad], who runs it, is somebody I went to high school with.  She was actually a freshman when I was a senior at the performing arts school at Red Bank. I had started posting stuff on Facebook of these pamphlets that I made up in trying to pursue teaching.  ‘Cause I’ve done it at Red Bank Regional, and other places; I’ve had other workshops at places. When she saw this thing in this organized fashion, and I started to put it up there, she said, “Hey why don’t you come back home to New Jersey and teach for the summer?  We want to start a school for the theater company,” and I was just excited about it.  I wasn’t sure I was going to come at first, but then I decided that [I could] continue [to] do what I’m doing, and could pursue my career, but also broaden my life.  In the sense that when I’m waiting for other jobs, I don’t want to be a waiter, who’s you know, it’s okay to do that, but I’m 42 and I have other things to offer the world, and I love working with kids. I just always wanted to make it [teaching] a part of my life.  Even when I just did it—showing up and helping places, being there for kids, especially for high school—it is something that I’ve always been drawn to.  So, it’s just being part of an artistic community, and starting with her company at the ground floor and helping build it up to do more.  Right now they’re doing Footloose, but then in the future to do more original productions, and make it a real theater company, and help be a part of it. 
DC:  You grew up around here, right?
BG:  I did.  I grew up in Neptune and Ocean Grove, and I was bussed to Red Bank.  READ MORE

PC #51: TV Supersized

On today’s Pop Confidential podcast Jamey Giddens, Luke Kerr, Jillian Bowe and Melodie Aikels dive into TV’s latest buzz worthy headlines and storylines.

Did Glee’s Whitney Houston tribute live up to the PC Gang’s expectations? Who do they think will die in Grey’s Anatomy’s season finale? Luke and Jillian have a theory about who is behind the battle between the President and Olivia Pope on Scandal. Can Once Upon a Time maintain its premise or will it run out of story? Melodie is in love with The Secret Circle’s twists and turns.

Luke is enjoying Uma Thurman’s guest stint on Smash, but Jamey hates it. However, there is one thing on NBC’s Broadway-based drama that unites them. Tune into find out what.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta ends its season with a blockbuster reunion, as The Real Housewives of New Jersey returns for more drama on Bravo.  The Kardashians land a three-year agreement to stay with E!. VH1’s Basketball Wives battles a boycott.

The LA Complex bombs on The CW.

All this and much more on today’s Pop Confidential podcast!


Tatyana Ali and Emmerson Brooks Win Daytime NAACP Image Awards

The Young and the Restless’ Tatyana Ali and All My Children’s Emerson Brooks took home Outstanding Actress and Outstanding Actor awards at the 2012 NAACP Image Awards on February 17. It was also a big night for The Help, which won Outstanding Motion Picture and earned awards for Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer in Outstanding Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actress respectively. 

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Tyler Perry’s House of Paynewon in the drama and comedy categories. Oprah’s Lifeclass beat out the competition for Outstanding Talk Series. For the full list of 2012 NAACP Image Award winners visit Zap2it. See more photos from the award show after the jump!


DC #657: Looking Back at Soaps and Pop Culture in 2011 on The Morning Jolt With Larry Flick

On today’s Daytime Confidential podcast Luke Kerr and Jillian Bowe join Larry Flick and Keith Price on The Morning Jolt With Larry Flick to look back at the best and worst of soaps and pop culture in 2011.

Listen as they discuss All My Children, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, One Life to Live and The Young and the Restless.  They then dish about the celebrity scandals, TV series, movies and much that made their mark in 2011.


Follow Larry Flick and Keith Price on Twitter and visit The Morning Jolt's blog for its daily playlist.


Marital Rumors Have Katy Perry Identifying With Erica Kane on Twitter

Pop princess Katy Perry referenced recently cancelled ABC Daytime soap opera All My Children and its iconic lead vixen Erica Kane when she took to Twitter to deny recent rumors about her marriage to funnyman Russell Brand.

First I'm pregnant & then I'm divorced. What am I All My Children?! #ericakane #pshhh #ifihadadollarforeverytime ... READ MORE

Y&R Stars Shine at 2011 MOCA Gala: "An Artist's Life Manifesto"

Daytime, primetime, film and pop stars mingled at the 2011 MOCA Gala: "An Artist's Life Manifesto" in Los Angeles on November 12 at the MOCA Grand Avenue. The Young and the Restless’ Greg Rikaart and American Idol runner up-turned Genoa City resident Diana DeGarmo walked the black carpet, along with such celebrities as Gwen Stefani, Kirsten Dunst, Rachel Zoe, Dita Von Teese and fellow Y&R stars. See more photos after the jump! READ MORE