Thom Bierdz

The Summer Soaps Went Gay: Which Same Sex Story Has You Psyched?

Ah the power of a recession! With daytime in an increasingly perilous state by the minute, several soap operas seem to finally be willing to pull out all the stops to attract new viewers and/or mainstream buzz by going gay, puritanical watchdog groups and skittish sponsors be damned.

As 72-year-old elder statessoap Guiding Light enters its last few months on the air, all anyone can talk about is the romance between Olivia Spencer (Crystal Chappell) and Natalia Rivera (Jessica Leccia) aka Otalia (sorry Josh and Reva). Will a baby come between them? How will the rest of Springfield react to their love? Will they be allowed to be truly intimate—or at least as intimate as any couple of teenage cousins on a P&G soap— before the soap wraps in September? These questions have message boards jumping. 

GL's sister soap As The World Turns has been inspiring cult love— and a good dose of fury over kiss bans and offscreen sex scenes— for the last few years with Nuke (Van Hansis and Jake Silbermann). With Noah's psycho, homophobe dad Col. Mayer coming to Oakdale again this summer, will Nuke fans tune in for ATWT's umpteenth six-week battle between gay and evil?

The Young and the Restless, the soap everyone said would never go gay again, after an attempted lesbian storyline featuring grande dame Kay Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) in the 70's met with plenty-o-pitch fork wielding, is about to be knee (and other body parts?) deep in a twisted, same sex storyline that finds the devilish (and perfectly straight) Adam Newman (soon-to-be Michael Muhney) seducing sweet, homosexual attorney Rafe (Yani Gellman) to keep Rafe from turning him in for gaslighting Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson).

Side Note: Isn't it sadly ironic that The Bold and the Beautiful, a soap opera revolving aroung the Los Angles fashion scene and set minutes from West Hollywood is the only CBS soap not telling any gay storylines?
Then there's One Life to Live. The soap that previously told the groundbreaking tale of confused gay teen Billy Douglas, launching the career of some kid named Ryan Phillippe, yet was also responsible for the Daniel Colson story stinker, is embarking on a romantic comedy arc featuring, a secret  past between seemingly-straight Llanview police officer Fish (Scott Evans) and his nefarious collegiate frat brother Kyle (Brett Claywell).

With so many soaps getting their gay on this summer, Daytime Confidential wants to know, which storyline are you most excited to see play out? 

Line of the Week:"Lily is a Good Judge of Character"

Did I hear things right today on Y&R when gumshoe Paul (Doug Davidson) said  to Nina (Tricia Cast) that Lily was a good judge of character, and with a straight face no less? I think I just felt Dru rolling over in her watery grave.
With Genoa City being a gossipy town, hasn't Paul heard of Lily's (Christel Khalil) track record with men?  Kevin (Greg Rikaart) gave her an STD, Daniel (Michael Graziadei) decided to take up porn viewing as a hobby, Billy (Billy Miller) hustled her about baby Delia's paternity, and now comes the news that Cane (Daniel Goddard) isn't the Chancellor heir and Phillip III (Thom Bierdz) is still alive. READ MORE

Campy Young and Restless Flashback: Nina vs. Cricket, Jill vs. Kay

It's old home summer on The Young and the Restless, thanks the renewal of the classic Kay (Jeanne Cooper) vs. Jill (then the cheesetastic Brenda Dickson, now mercifully Jess Walton) feud, the returns of Nina (Tricia Cast) and Phillip (Thom Bierdz) to the canvas and the possibility of Cricket Blair (Lauralee Bell) making an appearance at some point. In honor of the occasion I decided to dig up this old school clip from the beginning stages of the Nina/Phillip/Cricket triangle. Nina and Cricket were the ultimate frenemies—the beautiful Jabot teen model who had the local rock star Danny Romalotti (Michael Damien) and the Chancellor heir fighting for her hand versus the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Nina and Cricket's junior rivalry never quite reached the peaks of campy histrionics that Kay vs Jill did, but it was still good soap. I can't wait to see how Kay, Jill, Nina and Cricket react to the fact that Phillip didn't die all those years ago! Mvid courtesy of ItsMandyKimper. READ MORE

Could Lauralee Bell Reunite With Thom Bierdz on The Young and the Restless?

In an interview, with Michael Fairman, Lauralee Bell talks about Maria Arena Bell's decision to bring Thom Bierdz back to The Young and the Restless and teases the possibility of her reuniting with former co-star onscreen.

MICHAEL: Are you happy the show brought him back, with a potential for him to be part of a gay storyline?

LAURALEE: I am so glad Maria Arena Bell (co-executive producer and head writer, “Y&R”) is bringing him back, and hopefully, it should be a storyline where everyone learns from it. I wish Thom could get married to a man on the show. It would be so great. We need that.

MICHAEL: Are you considering returning to “Y&R”? Now, seems like the perfect time!

LAURALEE: Of course it’s possible, when you bring back Thom Bierdz and Tricia Cast (Nina)…

Would you like to see a Thom Bierdz, Tricia Cast and Lauralee Bell reunion?

Can You Hear Me Now? Cane Calls Phillip on The Young and the Restless

They mysterious connection between Cane (Daniel Goddard) and Phillip Chancellor III (Thom Bierdz) continues to unfold as Nina investigates Cane's past. On today's show Cane became obviously uncomfortable when Nina questioned him and later placed an urgent call to Phillip. More pictures from today's episode of The Young and the Restless after the jump. READ MORE

Will Aspects of Thom Bierdz's Real Life Play Into His Reel Life on Y&R?

Genoa City returnee Thom Bierdz recently chatted with After Elton's Anthony D. Langford who asked the actor a few pointed questions about his return as The Young and the Restless's Phillip Chancellor III.

AE: What's it like getting back those acting chops after all this time?

TB: Well, here's the thing, man. I don't really want to act. I just want to be, and that's why I haven't really pursued acting. What I'm really excited about is I don't think this role coming up is going to require a lot of acting. I think it's going to play on my real emotions across the board. There are some significant emotions that I haven't dealt with, and this show hasn't dealt with.


AE: I read in an interview where you said you would only be interested in coming back to the show if they used real elements of your life, like your art and your sexuality. Do you know if the show is going to go in that direction?

TB: I'm not allowed to answer that question and the truth is I'm not certain. I've not seen any scripts that are definite."