Mick Hazen

2009 Young Artist Awards Nominations

The 2009 Young Artist Awards have been announced and several young soap actors have been nominated.

Eddie Alderson (Matthew, One Life to Live), Mick Hazen (Parker, As the World Turns), Terrell Ransom Jr. (Theo, Days of Our Lives) and Austin Williams (Shane, One Life to Live) have been nominated in the category  "Best Performance in a TV Series, Recurring Young Actor".

Kristen Alderson (Starr, One Life to Live), Erin Sanders (Eden, The Young and the Restless) and Brittany Underwood (Langston, One Life to Live) have been nominated in the same category for actresses.

One Life to Live (Eddie Alderson, Kristen Alderson, Camila Banus, Carmen Lo Porto, Austin Williams) is also nominated in the category "Outstanding Young Performers in a TV Series". READ MORE

Grading The ATWT Valentine's Episode

Yesterday As the World Turns featured a special Valentine's episode that put a spin on some old fairy tale and gave its actors a chance to do something a little bit different.
I think my favorite fairy tales were the Pinocchio and the Cinderfella segments. I didn't even recognize Ellen Dolan in the Cinderfella tale. Maura West, Michael Park, Mick Hazen, Jon Lindstrom, Don Hastings and Colleen Zenk Pinter all had great parts. I must admit I even enjoyed Grayson McCouch's Scarecrow too. It was so out of the "I'm a tough guy" role I'm accustomed to seeing him in I couldn't help but smile at it. Then we have the "vortex of suck," Paul and Meg. Apparently, not even the re-imagining of fairy tales can save these two.  Oh and where were Van Hansis and Jake Silbermann as Luke and Noah? Not for nothing, but one or both of them could have been Cinderfella's fairy godfather[s] and it would have been hilarious.

What grade would you give the Valentines episode?

ATWT Preview: Gepetto Has the Hots For the Blue Fairy

Check out this preview scene from the Valentine special of As the World Turns with Michael Park as Gepetto, Maura West as the Blue Fairy and Mick Hazen as Pinocchio.

ATWT's Valentine Special: The Wizard of Oakdale

As the World Turns is once again doing a special Valentine's Day episode. Last year was about different couples asking themselves the question: What if things happened differently. Would we still be together? This year it doesn't look like romance will play a big part in the episode. Parker (Mick Hazen) and Liberty (Meredith Hagner) will read fairy tales to little Johnny. The stories are enacted by the people close to the boy. Meg, Paul, Dusty, Craig, Bob and Barbara will be part of The Wizard of Oz. Jack, Carly, Parker, Liberty and Craig again will be playing Oakdale's version of Pinocchio.

Will ATWT make up for last year's non-kiss for Nuke?

Debate Questions

Now that it increasingly looks like the direction of our country, which is in the midst of the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, is going to be decided by Joe the Plumber, there are other debate topics that could consume us until Election Day and beyond.

FREE TRADE: Last post, I expressed a desire that Jack get off the Carly/Janet merry-go-round once and for all. The fact that he was literally trying to get with Carly in several episodes, only to turn to Janet within those same episodes, nearly drove me crazy. So imagine my delight when in a series of very well-written scenes Janet discovered at least part of the nature of Jack's oscillation. To put it bluntly, Jack was on the verge of boinking Carly while Janet was downstairs in their house. Janet confronted Jack and said those words I always long to hear a female soap character say: "I don't want you to want me so that you don't want her!" and "I don't want to be your consolation prize. I deserve better than that, don't you think?" Brava! READ MORE

Consuelos, Mark Consuelos

Consuelos, Mark Consuelos. Seeing Mr Ripa looking all dapper in a tux can't you just imagine him as James Bond?  Imagine it. Mark as James Bond and his wife Kelly Ripa as a "Bond girl?" If they didn't want to do an actual action movie maybe they could do a James Bond spoof since both are so great at comedy?

Which sort of leads me to a fun topic for discussion.

If you could cast a current or former daytime star as the lead in a major movie, who would you cast? What about As the World Turns' Mick Hazen (Parker) as Harry Potter, One Life to Live's Kristen Alderson (Starr) as Hermione Granger and former General Hospital star Dylan Cash (Michael) as Ron Weasley? Now I just have to figure out who I'd cast as Voldemort and Dumbledore.