Grayson McCouch

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

Are You Buying What Craig is Selling?

As the World Turns' Craig Montgomery (Jon Lindstrom) breezed back into Oakdale with lots of stories of being a changed man for his sister Margo (Ellen Dolan). Sure, he coerced his other sister Katie (Terri Columbino) into lying to get him off the hook for attempted murder, but he tried like hell to convince Dusty (Grayson McCouch) he is not the same Craig that fled Oakdale many months ago. This version of Craig seems different, after several attempts at recasting, but is he really different? Do you buy that Craig is trying to make amends with Dusty for the sake of Johnny and Jennifer?

InFANity: Behind the Scenes at As the World Turns

TV Guide Network's InFANity was on the set of As the World Turns for a look behind the scenes and to interview the cast. It's obvious that they've used old and new material, because they used a couple of interviews with Martha Byrne. Some of the other stars that were interviewed are Van Hansis, Jake Silbermann, Colleen Zenk Pinter, Marie Wilson, Billy Magnussen and Michael Park. Parts 2, 3 and 4 after the jump. READ MORE

ATWT Weekly Promo

This week's promo for As the World Turns.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Merriam Webster defines melodrama as

a work (as a movie or play) characterized by extravagant theatricality and by the predominance of plot and physical action over characterization.

With that in mind, I have to say I thought today's episode of As the World Turns was rock 'em sock 'em old school melodramatics, which is not a bad thing every once in a while! The events of today's episode weren't so much about advancing characterization as it was an opportunity for several plots to move forward, a few actors to shine, and history to replay itself. Although events on all fronts transpired at warp speed (as usual), they were still intriguing and a few managed to surprise!