For the past few weeks I've been raving about country music publicist-turned-novelist John Schlimm's soapy, fiction debut Twang. The novel about a scandalous, secret tell-all being penned about honky tonk duo The Field Sisters and Nashville royalty Thad Evans and Hope Tanner (threatening to reveal their most shocking secrets to their fans), reads like the pilot for a soap that could be called Desperate Nashville Wives. This got me to thinking, wouldn't it be great if some of our daytime soap faves—many of whom happen to know a thing or three about singing a little "twang"—be perfect for a TV adaption of Schlimm's book?
All My Children star Bobbie Eakes would be a hoot as the scheming, saccharine-sweet, red-headed, Salome Field, one half of The Field Sisters duo. The Georgia native is no stranger to Southern-fried dramedy, having appeared in Del Shores' brilliant soap-com Sordid Lives a few years back on Logo. Eakes is also quite the songbird, as a charter member of The Divas of Daytime trio alongside fellow soapers Kassie DePaiva (Blair, One Life to Live) and Kathy Brier (Marcie, OLTL).
Speaking of those other Divas, Brier would be pitch perfect as Salome's moody, Harley-driving kid sister and duet partner Willa Field. After years of playing sweet Marcie, I think Brier's legions of fans from soaps, singing and Broadway would get a kick out of seeing her play against type as a gun-toting, country-rock goddess, who, on occasion, chases her sister across stages, threatening to bash in her tiara-clad head with a guitar.
The final Diva of Daytime, Kentucky gal DePaiva, could fill the role of Salome's anal publicist and former pageant queen Nat Oldham, who is forever trying to get her talent scout husband to find her a hotter act to rep than the fading Salome Field (not that Salome realizes she is no longer Nashville's reigning Queen of Twang!). Maybe like those rowdy Border Babes?
DePaiva's hunky OLTL costar Josh Kelly would be great as Salome's son Ashley Field, a gorgeous blonde, B-list actor out in Hollywood, desperate to screw his way onto the A-List. If only his mama would stop stealing his spotlight, not to mention his headlines.
Soap alum-turned-country music sensation Laura Bell Bundy (ex-Marah, Guiding Light) could slip into glamorous country-pop crossover starlet Hope Tanner's evening gowns with no problem, while General Hospital's Scott Reeves, who was also part of the popular duo Blue Country, could don the boots of Hope's driven husband Thad Evans, who would rather be out on the road or producing the next smash hit CD, than living a life of faux domestic contentment at home in Nashville with Hope.
Last but not least, I would absolutely love to see that hysterical hot mess Tuc Watkins (One Life to Live, Desperate Housewives) as Nashville gossip columnist Billie Blotter, who is skulking around town, digging up dirt on all the stars under the guise of penning a "tribute" book about country's greatest stars, when all along he's really writing a scathing tabloid tome.
Who would you guys cast in a TV version of Twang or one of your favorite novels? Haven't read Twang yet? Download a copy here.