Ex-AMC Star Daniel Kennedy Talks Petey

Tucson Citizen.com recently caught up with actor Daniel Kennedy (ex-Petey, All My Children), who snce being written off the sudser has been keeping busy working on a graduate degree in Media for the Performing Arts at City University of New York. Kennedy has also been interning as an assistant to the Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and is preparing him for his goal to participate in the New York City Marathon, that is when the Juliard-trained, Arizona native isn't auditioning. Check out what Kennedy had to say about his experience portraying the youngest Cortlandt after the jump:

Soap Stars Help Stuff Stockings With Care

New York soap, primetime and Broadway stars turned out for the Stockings with Care celebrity bartending event at the Stitch Bar & Lounge on November 11. The event, which helps raise money to buy holiday gifts for children whose families cannot afford to celebrate their holiday, brought together stars from All My Children, As the World Turns, One Life to Live and former Guiding Light stars.

See photos of Adam Mayfield, Austin Peck, BethAnn Bonner, Brandon Buddy, Bree Williamson, Brett Claywell, Brian Kerwin, Brittany Allen, Daniel Kennedy, Daphnee Duplaix, David Fumero, Grant Bowler, Jason Tam, Jesse L. Martin, Mandy Bruno, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Mark Lawson, Melissa Claire Egan, Melissa Fumero, Meredith Hagner, Michael Urie, Murray Bartlett, Robert Bogue, Stephanie Gatschet, Terrell Tilford, Terri Colombino, Trent Dawson, Vanessa Williams and more after the jump.

Daniel Kennedy Moonlights as Real Estate Agent

It's hard out there for soap actors. Show ratings are down, contracts are being slashed, big names are being let go and primetime roles are more and more competitive to land, as networks premiere fewer pilots in the fall.

Earlier this year TV Guide Canada reported that Another World, Guiding Light and Days of Our Lives star Judi Evans is selling cemetery plots. Now Backstage.com has an article about how actors are being forced to adapt to the times and reveals that All My Children star Daniel Kennedy got his real estate license and is a full-time Manhattan real estate agent. When asked why he got into real estate Kennedy responded "Because Guiding Light was canceled and I have to think ahead."

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.

The Wind Done Gone

JR, Angie, Babe, Krystal

In the history of disaster cinema, no two movies illustrate the great divide between campy greatness and head scratching exclamations of "What was the %#^#*%* point?" than Irwin Allen's 1972 The Poseidon Adventure and Wolfgang Petersen's 2006 remake, Poseidon.

For all of The Poseidon Adventure's over the top excess, the original chronicle of the desperate escape efforts of trapped survivors aboard the fictional capsized ocean liner was filled with heart, unpredictability in the fates of who would live or die and we were invested in characters that we grew to care about or despise within a short period of time.

As much as we laugh at Shelley Winters' Olympic swim through the ship, there still is hardly a dry eye in the house when she succumbs to the stress of the effort and dies. On the other hand, the remake was enjoyable on its own merits but burned through its story so fast that it was nearly impossible to care about the fates of its survivors. When Freddy Rodriquez's waiter suddenly plummets to his death, who cares? If all of them died at the end of Petersen's version, it would have been a pleasant surprise.

This brings us to ABC's much hyped 2008 remake of the tornado storyline which ripped through Pine Valley in 1994, heralding the "official" arrival as Charles Pratt as All My Children's new head writer. Fitting somewhere between the technological successes and dramatic failures of the two tales of the Poseidon, so far this tornado is swerving between a lot of hot air and a gust of breaking wind.

Colby Chandler an alcoholic?

As we are all aware, Colby Chandler and her buddies are involved some how in the death of Richie Novak. It appears to this viewer, he was already dead thanks to Richie's loving sister, Annie Lavery. Hopefully, this debacle of a story will all end soon once the awesome Chief Jesse Hubbard makes the arrest! 

But back to Colby, the product of Adam Chandler and Liza Colby, an alcoholic? Big brother JR pointed out to her that she might just have a problem with the bottle. Colby of course denies it as JR ran down the list of those in the family who have this issue. Unfortunately, we saw her hitting the vodka bottle before noon! 

I personally will find it a big disappointment if she does turn into an alcoholic. I am hoping that this was one time thing and that Colby can turn into a schemer like her mother, Liza and grandmother, Marian.

Can't you just see it now? Colby uses Pete ala Liza style, to get him to 'forget' that he saw blood on her car. Yes we all know that Adam is blackmailing Pete but I like my version better. Liza always took matters into her own hands and sure she sometimes had help from her mommy but I would really like to see Colby take a page from her mother's book.