Laurence Lau

Investigation Discovery Goes After Lapsed Soap Fans With "Days of Our Knives" Daytime Block!


Over a dozen of your favorite soap stars are set to reunite on cable. No, SOAPnet didn't all of the sudden remember its name. Investigation Discovery is launching a new block of programming aimed at lapsed soap opera lovers!  Smartly christened "Days of Our Knives", the cabler's new daytime block will feature scandalous offerings hosted by soapers Susan Lucci, Kim Zimmer, Robert Newman, Drake Hogestyn and more!

"After the cancellation of All My Children and One Life to Live we saw an opening in the marketplace for some of our most popular series," says ID president and general manager Henry Schleiff. "Our tagline at ID is 'Your Guilty Pleasure' and that's a perfect fit for soap viewers, too. Our show titles even sound like they come from soaps — Happily Never After, Dates From Hell, Deadly Women, Wicked Attraction, Who the Bleep Did I Marry?"

Okay, this Schleiff fellow seems like my kinda TV exec! ID will be using their new soap-themed block to promote the upcoming series Deadly Affairs, hosted by La Lucci herself. The series premieres Sept. 8 at 10/9c. Check out ID's full lineup of upcoming programming hosted by soap stars after the jump!


ATWT Preview: Brian is Back

Laurence Lau returns for one day to As the World Turns. On Thursday's episode Brian shocks Lily (Noelle Beck) and Noah (Jake Silbermann) who are not thrilled to see him.

The Great American Soap Opera

Every soap opera has one element in common: conflict.

Conflict, internal or external, is the engine that drives all great dramas, all great rivalries, all great love stories, indeed all great passions from affairs of the heart to affairs of state. The great dramatic conflict that has threaded the entire fabric of the history of the United States has been the relationship between this great country and it's citizens of African descent.

This is not to belittle the struggles and triumphs of any other groups who have felt the sting of discrimination or oppression throughout the course of American history. Obviously, people of various ethnic and religious backgrounds have their own tales to tell. Women have unique testimonies to share. Japanese Americans were unfairly and unjustly treated by the American government during World War II, having since been granted reparations. No one can dispute with any shred of credibility the shameful horrors visited upon Native Americans, casino revenues notwithstanding.

If you think this is the part where I go into a lengthy explanation of how and why African Americans are unique as an aggrieved class, think again. Intellects far superior to mine and history itself makes a far more compelling argument than I can. Besides, Daytime Confidential is not the appropriate forum for such a discussion to take place either. As an African American man on the cusp of middle age who has loved soaps for the bulk of my life however, I feel there are a few salient considerations to be made of the importance between soaps and the inauguration of the first African American president in this nation's history. In order to look forward, I must first look back. READ MORE

Come Out Wherever You Are

Lucinda, Brian, Luke, & Noah

Not unlike other stories on daytime, there has been a great deal if handwringing, head-scratching, second guessing and outright criticism about the story of Luke's step-grandfather puttin' the moves on him while married to grandmother Lucinda on As the World Turns. I believe the words "icky" and "eww" were used by both fans and serious critics alike. In all honesty, the good folks at ATWT didn't make things any easier with their own "new" production model of producing more episodic like daily shows on what appears to be a 3-2 schedule (front burner stories air 3+ days a week, B stories air 2 days a week, and everything else gets in where it can fit in).

The result of this production model is that front burner stories don't flow well, supporting stories stagger drunkenly along, and lots of characters get the short shrift, the bum's rush and, more often than not, the premature heave-ho. Adding additional complication is the often lamented fact that ATWT has also adopted a Road Runner/Speedy Gonzales approach to narrative and all stories suffer as a result of being rushed at a breakneck pace.

Nonetheless, I'm going to do something for head writer Jean Passanante that is as rare as Simon Cowell not getting a woody over a pretty but marginally talented American Idol contestant in a bikini: I'm going give Ms. Passanante a little bit of praise. READ MORE

ATWT Preview: Lucinda Wants To Know The Truth

On tomorrow's episode of As the World Turns Lucinda (Elizabeth Hubbard) wants to know what's going on between her husband Brian (Laurence Lau) and her grandson Luke (Van Hansis).