Billy Magnussen

The Phantom Menace

I've been really busy the last few days and have had to play catch up with As the World Turns, but now that the DVR has practically melted down I'm still enjoying what I'm seeing overall...


Darth Vader/Darth Sidous (James Stenbeck) continued to woo weak-willed, emotionally confused and immature Anakin Skywalker (Paul Ryan) to the dark side by twisting psychological daggers in Anakin's/Paul's back. As I've said before, this isn't a new development, but rather a direct nod to ATWT's history of James' attempts to turn Paul to "the dark side." READ MORE

As The World Turns: Bravo!

I think every soap viewer has scenes from their favorite shows that are so memorable they are etched in their minds for one reason or another. For me All My Children's champaigne bath, Marlena's hovering in the air as part of the demon possesion storyline on Days of Our Lives, and Laura's return from and slipping into catatonia, Nikolas and Elizabeth's mourning over Emily's body at Wyndamere or Alan's collapsing outside Metro Court on General Hospital are just a couple of the scenes that immediately come to mind when I think of memorable moments. 

Now As the World Turns has delivered its own such scenes. Margo catching Emily naked in the kitchen and pulling the gun on her and Casey coming to her defense is without question some of the most memorable scenes I've watched since I first tuned in after Another World's cancellation. Having it finally revealed to Tom that Emily was a hooker by Margo and the look of dissapointment and anger on his face was great. The motherly pain and desperation when Casey called her bluff and left after she told him if he did he couldn't come back, knowing she may have went to far with such a threat.

And then there was Susan's reaction when Emily told her about being in a relationship with Casey which may very well be the quote of last week, " You and Casey Hughes? Have you completely lost your mind? It wasn't enough  robbing the cradle with Chris Hughes, with Casey it's like robbing the womb!"

So much history. So well acted.  So well done. Bravo!

Are you enjoying Emily and Casey vs. the Hughes family?

As the World Turns: Casey and Emily's Romance

When Billy Magnussen first arrived on As the World Turns as Casey Hughes I have to admit I was a bit skeptical. Without Alexandra Chando's Maddie Coleman as Casey's love interest what exactly would they do with the character? It didn't help when it looked as if they were intent on pairing him with Ameera. Then, as if the clouds in the heavens parted and storyline brilliance shown down on Oakdale like warm sun after a cold rain, the writers moved Casey into Emily's orbit and there has been no turning back since.

Pairing Emily with Casey, the brother of her son's father, has been dramatic and comedic gold. On our recent Performer of the Week episode I chose Kathryn Hays (Kim Hughes, Casey's grandmother) and Marie Masters (Susan Stewart, Emily's mother) because of their renewed battle over their families. Their long standing rivalry combined with their childrens trials and tribulations has brought new life to both families.

It may just be my opinion but to me Billy Magnussen's Casey and Kelley Menighan Hensley Emily have awesome chemistry that blends a bit of the forbidden with the fun of young love. It's hilarious to see them running around town doing it on top of desks, under desks, behind locked and unlocked doors or as in the second picture, Casey swatting Emily on the ass as they walk into the court room. All this while hiding it from their family and upping the anticipation of the revelation. Add to this the external family pressures and it makes for some great soap.

Here is to an unexpectedly pleasant surprise of a coupling.

Do you like Emily and Casey as a couple?

ADONIS 2008 @ (Round 2)

Welcome to the second week of semifinals in the Adonis 2008 Competition at!!

Before we begin quick reminder: The results chat is tonight LIVE FROM VEGAS!! at 10pmEST/7pmPST where we find out who made it through to the finals from the guys in week 1. Make sure to come check it out. And I'll be back tomorrow night to announce the results here for everybody who missed it.

Now onto week 2..sure to be interesting with the rival days men to see who comes out on top. This is a well rounded week though with men from all 3 networks. So while fans of Lucas and EJ battle each other lets not forget the other hotties in the running. Who knows, maybe one of them will sneak in during the chaos or due to it. Remember you can't give all votes to one guy as now you have to rank them from 1 to 8, so think strategically. 

Again we are going to post a mock poll here to see what the Daytime Confidential fans are thinking in regards to how they'll vote. But make sure after you vote here to go vote in the real poll at !! 

As previous competitions has shown no one is ever safe so make sure you get there and support your favorite guy. The following week the results will return to their normal date and time which is Wednesdays at 10pmEST/7pmPST!!

So now onto the vote!! The list of hotties in this weeks running will be listed from top to bottom according to the banner above. Enjoy!! And remember to have fun!

As the World Turns: Emily & Casey, One Step Closer to Romance?

I just want to take a moment to give As the World Turns kudos for pairing Emily and Casey. I have to admit I wasn't sure at first but the more time these two characters spend together the more I'm enjoying them.
Often cross generational romances (ok, Casey and Emily aren't quite to that point...yet) wig me out for one reason or another with a couple of exceptions. Dorian and David on One Life to Live and Victor and Nicole on Days of Our Lives are/were a two cross generational couples I enjoy(ed) but couples like As the World Turns' Dusty and Lucy (Lusty) and even Days of Our Lives' Daniel and Chelsea (who I'll admit have great chemistry) both wig me out for some reason.

This is why I surprised myself when I realized that I'm enjoying Emily and Casey. Maybe it is because, as Jamey pointed out on our last CBS & Days of Our Lives Daytime Confidential episode, it is "classic soap" or that their pairing pulls on so much of the shows history but I'm enjoying this budding couple.

Note to As the World Turns sine I'm watching it live while blogging: Having Chris Hughes tell us how great of chemistry he has with Alison won't convince us they do. Take a page from how you're writing Emily and Casey and let the chemistry come naturally. Don't force us to believe it.

Are you enjoying Emily and Casey?

As the World Turns: Jump! er Stop In the Name of Love!

As promised earlier I found a clip from today's As the World Turns where it appears kissless couple Luke (Van Hansis) and Noah (Jake Silbermann) are jumping for all their worth "in the name of love."

Side Note: I'm really warming up to Billy Magnussen's Casey Hughes. It took a while but he's starting to really gel as the character even if he is in an inane quadrangle.