Webisoaps Compete For Daytime Emmys!


Let's hear it for our beloved web sudsers! When we thought the daytime soap opera was about to go the way of the dodo bird, a slew of webisoaps began to pop up, generally created by a band of bootstrapping entrepreneurs, with lots of love for the art form.

This year, NATAS recognized several of the webisoaps we cover. Venice, Tainted Dreams and DeVanity will compete in the Outstanding New Approaches – Drama Series category; alongside The Power Inside.

EXCLUSIVE: Carolyn Hinsey Dishes Her Tainted Dreams Acting Debut! (VIDEO)


For eons, the phrase, "it's only my opinion", has had the power to cause a struggling soap starlet to shake beneath her extensions and falsies. Now it's Carolyn Hinsey's turn to be a dreaded newbie!

I caught up with the Soap Opera Digest columnist as she preps for her acting debut on the highly-anticipated soap-within-a-soap Tainted Dreams. Is Hinsey ready for her closeup?


Daytime Confidential: You've served as the go-to soap expert on numerous countdown specials, celebrity magazine shows and on SOAPnet's talk shows. Is it different to play a scripted version of yourself?

Carolyn Hinsey: Yes, because I had to remember lines written by someone else, although I did tweak them to sound more like me. It's much easier being a soap expert: I just have to spin the soap rolodex in my brain and try not to swear. 
 


 

Soap Diva Bobbie Eakes Joins Tainted Dreams!


Add soap alum Bobbie Eakes to the growing cast of Tainted Dreams. The daytime drama thespian will star in the soap-within-a-soap as Courtney Parish, the wife of Eddie Parrish (James DePaiva) and the Vice-President of Daytime programming. According to showrunner and creator of Tainted Dreams, Sonia Blangiardo, Parris is described as a, 
strong, powerful and well-respected until one split-second decision changes everything.

Former All My Children Star Larkin Malloy Joins Tainted Dreams


Another soap fan favorite is making a comeback. All My Children and The Edge of Night alum Larkin Malloy has been added to the expanding cast of the upcoming web soap, Tainted Dreams.

Malloy will play Henry Steinman, a director on the fictional drama Painted DreamsTainted Dreams’ executive producer Sonia Blangiardo stated: 

 

Henry Steinman’ is the most politically incorrect director in the history of Daytime…truly the ‘Archie Bunker’ of the soap genre. Whatever crosses ‘Henry’s’ mind comes out of his mouth…in the most inappropriate way possible,” and Blangiardo grins, “Before you ask, yes, Larkin and I may have known a real-life director who might allegedly fit this description.” 

Natalia Livingston Joins Tainted Dreams


Former General Hospital and Days of Our Lives actress Natalia Livingston has joined the upcoming web dramedy, Tainted Dreams. Livingston is set to play Liza Park, who is described by creator Sonia Blangiardo as:

a woman in transition, making all the wrong choices in her personal life until she finally learns to listen to her heart and then finds strength she never knew she had.

Guiding Light’s Grant Aleksander Joins Tainted Dreams


 
Guiding Light fan favorite Grant Aleksander is heading back to soaps. Aleksander has landed a role on the upcoming web dramedy Tainted Dreams, as Adam Clark, the executive producer of the fictional series, Painted Dreams. Sonia Blangiardo, the mastermind behind Tainted Dreams and supervising producer of the online version of All My Children said in a released statement,

In a bit of art imitating life, Grant has been focusing behind the scenes honing his directing skills, and we are thrilled he has agreed to step back in front of the camera to play the executive producer of Tainted Dreams fictionalized soap 'Painted Dreams'.