Brianne Moncrief

Soap Stars Debut in Gotham The Series #5

New York City, along with several soap notables, made it into a longer, more dialogue-packed episode of Gotham The Series. The fifth installment broadened Catherine and Richard's world and introduced Anna Stuart, Kin Shriner, Matt McKinney, Brianne Moncrief and Paolo Seganti. Catch the full episode after the jump. READ MORE

Natalie Hall Cast As New Colby On All My Children

It didn't take All My Children long to recast the role of Colby Chandler, last played by Brianne Moncrief. Soap Opera Digest is reporting the role will now be played by Natalie Hall. The actress, who has appeared on The Good Wife and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, will start filming in mid-October. No word on her first air date.

Brianne Moncrief OUT at All My Children?

Every time a hair model is fired, a blogger gets his wings. The All My Children casting bloodbath continues. Brianne Moncrief, who portrays youngest Chandler heiress Colby, has been given her walking papers, according to setside sources.

"The All My Children actors are pretty pissed off at [Brian] Frons. All that talk about everyone on contract being offered a relocation deal was total b.s.," says a source. "They are using this move as a way to clean house!"

Ain't that a caution? Now just who are the gang from the Pine Valley Podcast gonna make fun of now? Oh wait, Denise Vasi is still employed. Here's hoping Fronsie has the horse sense to snag Guiding Light cutie Marcy Rylan as Colby. Rylan was BORN to play Kelly Ripa's baby sister! 

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The Problem with Liza Colby

By now, it should be a shock to no one that the near unanimous consensus among most of us who watch All My Children here at Daytime Confidential, the casting of Jamie Luner as Liza Colby Chandler has been a huge bust as of this writing. We know that opinion could change in the future with a knockout performance by Luner, an engaging storyline for the character, or a relationship of any kind that could revitalize Liza and make us see her with new eyes. Unfortunately, none of those three things have happened yet.

The collective criticism of this "new" Liza has centered mostly around the (mis)casting of Ms. Luner, an actress who has her fair share of fans from her days on Melrose Place, Savannah and other shows. On AMC, however, Ms. Luner is delivering the kind of performance that might described as, if I may be permitted to coin a phrase, pseudo-catatonic. Sure, some of the dialogue sounds a little like what Liza might say, but not after three tablespoons of Nyquil.

As a result, at first I was convinced that the problem with Liza was mostly the fault of the actress. That opinion changed with a couple of scenes that aired on Monday's episode that revealed the fundamental reason this character isn't working is because of head writer Chuck Pratt's fundamental misunderstanding about the nature of Liza. READ MORE

Pine Cones in Pine Valley

Regular Daytime Confidential readers and aficionados may have noticed that this lovely website has added daily recaps of most of the soaps on the air, in addition to Perkie's longtime (and often hilarious) observations about General Hospital. Conspicuously absent from the recaps — at least as of this writing — has been what might be considered the quintessential forerunner of the modern soap opera, All My Children.

Not too long ago, our fearless leader, Luke, asked if I would be able to write a daily recap of the show since I've been watching it; I regrettably informed him that because of a currently unpredictable schedule (hence, why there are long lags between my posts these days) I would be unable to do so. Instead, I suggested that I would divert my recent attentions from Guiding Light to AMC a bit more closely and blog about life in Pine Valley more regularly. Since then I've mightily tried to get a grip on the show, but unfortunately watching All My Children is not unlike walking on pine cones barefoot: it's not the worst feeling in the world, but it is still pretty painful. READ MORE

Three's Company

Branson, Martinez, Lindstrom

Despite gloom and doom about the state of daytime in almost all of its aspects, fans have been treated to some good soap opera lately. The Young and the Restless is the Must See Soap right now. One Life to Live has regained it's glory and Guiding Light is steadily improving. Some of daytime's best actors are giving some of the performances of their lives. With that in mind, there are three performers new to their respective shows deserving of special mention who I think are doing a bang up job.

JR MARTINEZ (Brot Monroe, All My Children)

Introduced amid a publicity blitz, JR Martinez came aboard AMC with a fascinating, real life backstory: an Iraq War veteran seriously injured and disfigured by explosives, eventually becoming a noted inspirational speaker for and on behalf of veterans coping with their life altering injuries. His addition to AMC's canvas was purposeful and deliberate. The show wanted a real life injured vet to play Brot, former love of newcomer Taylor (Beth Ehlers).

AMC has received much justly deserved praise for casting Martinez, but make no mistake, this was as much a bit of stunt casting as it was groundbreaking decision. READ MORE