The Men and Women of All My Children Speak!


We Love Soaps TV has a batch of new interviews up with the men and women of All My Children. Hosted by Stephen Seidel, who starred in Roger Newcomb's sudsy flick Manhattanites, the interviews feature such Pine Valley dwellers as Bobbie Eakes, Julia Barr, Denise Vasi, Shannon Kane, Natalie Hall, Brittany Allen, Jamie Luner. Vincent Irizarry, Jacob Young, Cornelius Smith Jr., Walt Willey and Adam Mayfield. See the revealing chats after the jump!

Debbi Morgan, Eva Marcille Among NAACP Image Award Nominees


The NAACP Image Awards announced their 41st annual nominees today. All My Children's Debbi Morgan, One Life to Live's Terrel Tilford and The Young and the Restless' Eva Marcille were among the daytime nominees. CBS picked up six acting nominations while ABC landed four. See the full list of daytime acting nominations below.


Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series

Bryton JamesThe Young and The Restless
Cassius WillisThe Young and The Restless
Cornelius Smith, Jr. – All My Children
Terrell TilfordOne Life To Live
Texas Battle The Bold and the Beautiful

More Random Thoughts About Five Soaps



My absence from Daytime Confidential lately has not been due to the usual business of family and work taking up a lot of my time, but rather a certain lack energy to post about practically any of the daytime serials that clog up my DVR from day to day. This is neither a positive nor a negative thing because there are frequent periods throughout the year when shows kind of coast along and do their their thing, usually between sweeps.

At these times, there is little for the viewer — if that viewer is me — to get all worked up about this plot twist, that character's action, some couple or another or even a whole show's direction. Normally, this state of affairs hits one or two shows at a time. Every once in a while like the last couple of weeks, the stars align and all the serials get caught in the same momentum of drift. All that is required of us is to watch and see where it all goes.

In that spirit, my brain plays a little game of soap opera hopscotch, taking in odds and ends big and small. There is no great elaboration on anything here, just a quick rundown of things I like and not like so much. Your mileage may vary...

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.

Rating The Young Uns: Why Soaps Could Use More Actors Like Blake Berris And Less Hair Models



Okay you knew it was coming. Now that the Idiots In Charge of The-Soap-Opera-Formerly-Known-as-Days-of-Our-Lives have let the phenomenal Blake Berris go, I decided to start out doing a Wishful Casting about where Berris should end up, but it turned into more of an analysis of which soaps are managing to set things up for their next generation the right way, and which ones are getting it wrong, dead wrong.

Much of the daytime industry is experiencing a serious drought in terms of talented, young stars who can actually, you know, act. Save for The Young and the Restless, One Life to Live and General Hospital, the under 30 set at most soaps is pretty much comprised of rejects from the Pamela Anderson School of Acting and Pantomime.  I'll start with the soaps in most need of help and work my way up.