Eavesdrop on our phone call about Jason and Sam's 'General Hospital' wedding
With the long awaited "General Hospital" JaSam wedding finally upon us the week of Sept. 19, MSN TV visited Port Charles for the big event and also got on the horn with Steve Burton (Jason) and Kelly Monaco (Sam) to talk details. That phone call was videotaped (see below), giving fans a peek at how these two daytime stars get along, along with some fun wedding tease and a promise from Burton: Jason's shirt is coming off during the honeymoon!
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Before that phone call with Monaco and Burton, MSN TV was invited to spend the wedding day with Burton, who is enjoying his break from the mob world -- for now.
"It's always good to get to do something else, and this story with Sam and the wedding needed to be told, at some point," Burton reflected. "We had to take time away from the mob stuff to get Jason and Sam's life set on the right path -- hopefully! There are still impending threats -- Franco is always going to be around and stuff with Johnny, Sonny and Anthony Zaccara -- but it was good to get a break to see where we're going.
"I'm excited to see where Garin will take Jason and Sam by interweaving all the mob business we do," he continued. "I always have a great time working with Maurice [Benard, Sonny], and we don't get to work together much, anymore. If it was a good story, it would be great to get back to working with him a lot."
Is there room for a baby in that story? "Are we going to have a kid?" Burton hedged."Jason and Sam are going to lean that way. They'll go down that road of 'Can we? Should we really try it?' But I don't know if it's going to happen..."
As for the big wedding day -- or should we say week! -- Burton is confident fans will approve. "There's surprisingly not a lot of drama, which is great for Jason and Sam fans," Burton previewed. "They get married, and then they can go on a honeymoon and be a normal couple for just a week. (laughs)"
We can confirm that the newlyweds will say "I do" and ride Jason's bike into the sunset after the reception, but we are almost as confident these two will never be a normal couple -- especially not with Franco (James Franco) on the scene.
The psycho artist didn't get his invitation to the wedding, and he's crushed. He'll be hovering over Port Charles starting Tuesday, Sept. 20, and those fortune cookie wedding favor's we received last week portend trouble. The question is: When will he strike?
Jason and Sam's wedding is set for Sept. 23, according to Maxie, but the wedding actually gets going at the start of the week. Miss Sept. 22, JaSam fans, and you will be very sorry!
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ABC closes the book on the iconic soap next Friday, after a visit with 'The View'
Stay tuned for more on the "All My Children" finale days, and in the meantime, here are the details on "The View":
“THE VIEW” SALUTES 41 YEARS OF ABC’S “ALL MY CHILDREN,” SEPT. 23
Daytime Emmy® Award-Winner Susan Lucci to Co-Host
Exclusive Pine Valley Reunions:
Laurence Lau and Kim Delaney (Greg and Jenny)
Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan (Jesse & Angie)
The hosts of “The View” will commemorate and honor “All My Children” with a special one-hour theme show, Friday, Sept. 23 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon), hours before the final broadcast on ABC. “The View” will celebrate 41 years of love, passion, drama and intrigue of the generations of families from fictional Pine Valley. Daytime Emmy award-winner Susan Lucci (Erica) will serve as the show’s featured guest co-host. Legendary creator/writer Agnes Nixon and “All My Children” executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers are scheduled to appear.
An exclusive Pine Valley reunion of two of the most memorable super couples of the 1980s, Greg Nelson and Jenny Gardner (Laurence Lau and Kim Delaney) who’ll reunite with their on-screen best friends Jesse Hubbard & Angie Baxter Hubbard portrayed by Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan. Lau and Delaney have not appeared together since January, 1995 when they were interviewed by Carol Burnett for the “All My Children 25th Anniversary” special.
Confirmed appearances from beloved All My Children cast members Cameron Mathison (Ryan); Rebecca Budig (Greenlee), Vincent Irizarry (David), Thorsten Kaye (Zach) and Alicia Minshew (Kendall).
Exclusive never-before seen footage of the final ABC taping; exclusive never-before-seen interviews with a number of the “special” guest stars and returning cast members; an exclusive “sneak peek” clip of the final ABC broadcast episode of “All My Children” and the final cast photo and the on-set cake cutting ceremony with the “All My Children” cast & crew are to be featured.
A special videotaped montage will feature some of the show’s most memorable moments throughout the years, both in front of and behind the cameras.
The entire studio audience will be filled with loyal daytime fans and devoted fans of “All My Children” whose continued passion and commitment has made “All My Children” an iconic staple of daytime television.
'Heart of Archness Part I' brings the show back strong, and that's no ruse.
Oh, Sterling Malory Archer, how I have missed you. Apparently, I'm the only one, since he's gone missing since the unfortunate murder of his precious fiancée on their wedding day, and his fellow spies don't seem too bothered about it. So Malory calls in an ex-ISIS employee with the delightful name of Rip Riley and the square jaw and graying temples to go along with it. He instantly tracks Archer down to the tropical island where he is assuaging his grief as only Archer can: with lots of booze and meaningless sex with honeymooning ladies.
From there, Archer and Rip (aka "Sky Captain of Yesteryear") survive a plane crash and a shark attack, only to get kidnapped by pirates (Archer: "I didn't know pirates were…still a real thing."). Once they kill the captain, our hero is declared the new pirate king. Meanwhile, Ray and Lana are winging down to the island to "rescue" them, but that won't be happening anytime soon.
Adam Reed managed to transition smoothly and efficiently from the semi-tragedy of Katya's death to the silliness and mayhem that are the bread and butter of this series. Archer is still the perfect combination of super-spy and super-jerk. Add in an excellent callback to how loud guns can be when they fire right by your ear, two wonderful guest voice actors – Patrick Warburton as Rip and David Cross "slave pirate" Noah – and it's like we've never been apart. Hooray.
- "Oh please, we all…think he would dare to do that."
- "So what happened was somebody ordered room service but the regular room service guy, uh, he died so I came in here and then I fell on the bed. Wait, you're not her husband!"
- "The 1930s called…"
- "Don't you have some humans to resource?"
- Autopilot is a bit of a difficult concept to understand.
- No Carvel? Outrage!
- "Don't just sit there sweating like a gigantic cheese. Do something!"
- "I thought it was just a myth, like a big, beautiful, no-limit unicorn."
- "I'll shoot you with a flare and then I'll use a D ration bar and two survival crackers to make s'mores over the crackling fire that used to be your chest cavity."
- To review: pirates have sails, cannonballs, and beards. Also, planks.
- "Not now, Jerkins!"
- Remember, the "go" word changes all the time.
- Only two special episodes left? Sigh.
Sarah Michelle Gellar first look; Plus Alicia Minshew contract news
With the exciting first look of Sarah Michelle Gellar's big return to "All My Children" comes news that cast member Alicia Minshew won't be bringing their shared role to the internet. It seems there may be no Kendall after life on ABC, and their mom Susan Lucci isn't likely to bring Erica Kane over to the net either.
First, the fun news: Sarah Michelle Gellar First Look!
"Ringer" star SMG returns to her roots next week when she shows up in one of Dr. Maria Santos' (Eva LaRue) beds at Pine Valley Hospital on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Word is the psych patient thinks she's Erica's daughter and sees vamps, according to Soap Opera Digest. Hmmmm....
The episode is part a finale week that includes appearances from alums David Canary, Julia Barr, Ray MacDonnell, Lee Meriwether, Justin Bruening and Alexa Havins.
Now, for the not so good new: Minshew is Out
When MSN TV talked to Alicia Minshew and Thorsten Kaye a few weeks back, no one was talking life after next week's "All My Children" ABC series finale. Now, Minshew has spoken out: She hasn't been offered a new contract to bring Kendall to the internet yet, but won't she be making the move, anyway -- at least not full time --and neither will Lucci.
“I know they are starting to approach people now,” Minshew told The Hollywood Reporter. “If they were to ask me to do it [and] if I could work it out where I could maybe be recurring, I could pop in every now and then, I could work with these people that I love and still be a part of this. I would be open to that.”
While she's up for a visit or two, the free agent has her eye on shaking up her career. "I'd love to do a sitcom," she said. “I don’t really get a chance to do stuff like that when I'm on a soap, because it's a daytime drama, so everything is very dramatic. I'm really open to whatever the universe is going to lay my way, whatever it is… but I'm leaning towards doing something funny in life, because I enjoy that and because I know I can do it. I’m craving something that's completely the opposite of what I've been doing."
As for her onscreen mom Susan Lucci, as MSN TV reported when we posted our interview with Lucci and Walt Willey last week, Erica Kane's future on the internet is not looking good. “As far as I heard, Susan said no," Minshew told THR.
Minshew also spoke to Lucci's now infamous new epilogue to her memoir, "All My Life," which verbally spanks ABC execs like Brian Frons for ruining her iconic soap. She was surprised by Lucci's fury, but she told TheRealJethro that she gets it.
"You know what? Good for her," she said. "I mean, for God's sakes the woman has been on that show for so long. It has been her life. And she should feel free to say however she feels."
While Lucci seems to be fuming, however, Minshew is rolling with the punches. “If talk shows and reality TV is cheaper to produce and you have to do it to save money, then you've got to do it," she said. "It is kind of changing with the times."
"All My Children" airs weekdays on ABC through Sept. 23. It may reappear on the net in 2012.
Another L.J. Smith series hits a small screen near you tonight
Tensions escalate within the club, and the new sheriff takes a stand
Keep it local, keep it focused, and keep it within the family. These are all good edicts for "Sons of Anarchy" to follow going forward, as this thoroughly absorbing episode builds on the groundwork laid in the premiere. Some subplots are still a bit shaky, but overall things are shaping up like gangbusters.
Speaking of "gangbusters", how impressive was Sheriff Roosevelt and his ax of destruction? Unlike Agent Stahl, this lawman has no personal (and insane) vendetta against SAMCRO, nor does he have any family or community ties to Charming like deputy chief Hale. No, he is a law enforcement officer, period. He can be determined to stop them from committing criminal acts in the town, while still being utterly contemptuous of Mayor Hale and his unethical behavior. There is no predicting how this character will develop, and which way his loyalties will ultimately fall. But for now, he is a righteous and formidable obstacle to all of the biker gang activity.
Activity that now includes acting as drug mules for the cartel, upping the stakes considerably. The best part about this development is the way it helps form precarious new alliances - Jax and Clay agreeing to a united front, each for their own self-interested reasons – and opens up unexpected conflicts, most notably with Bobby positioning himself firmly in opposition to the plan, in the interests of the club itself. And the cocaine running makes Jax's pledge to Tara to make tons of money under the radar even more of a ridiculous pipe dream. It also makes it harder for viewers to continue suspending their disbelief that the smart and capable Tara would go along with this "one last big score" idea, which seemed weak from the beginning.
Of course, it's possible that Tara's and Jax's estrangement from the club will come in the form of a confrontation with Gemma over the secrets of her past. Back in season one, it seemed fairly certain that Gemma and Clay had killed Jax's father, in order to consolidate their own power. But things seem murkier on that front, with the possibility of Wayne's involvement thrown into the mix as well. Do I wish they would stop hinting around and come out with the truth? Sometimes. But then we wouldn't get Gemma feverishly racing around trying to cover up a cover-up, which is still somewhat perversely enjoyable. Anyway, secrets never stay secret for long in Charming.
- Interesting contrast between the (relatively) mature and honest relationship of Jax and Tara and the not-so-aboveboard marriage of Opie and Lyla. Also, does Opie let one day go by without talking about getting Lyla "knocked up"? Calm down dude, she's not some breeding cow.
- “It is through being wounded that power grows and can, in the end, become tremendous” Of course, Linc Potter quotes Nietzsche. I love this guy.
- Hard to believe it has taken Danny Trejo three years to get onto this show. He didn't even flinch at those gunshots from the Russians.
- "Little late to be good cop, ain't it?" Ouch.
The talk show stud strips down for a spray tan, but keeps 'personal life' under wraps
With "Anderson" premiere week in full swing, host Anderson Cooper has already gone shirtless for a swim with Michael Phelps and stripped down for a tanning sesh with Snooki, but that's not what some folks want him to reveal. Now that he's part of the more intimate daytime scene, many are hoping -- even demanding -- that Cooper finally comes out about whether or not he's gay.
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Since Cooper announced he was coming to daytime, the press has been trying to get him to come out about his sexual preference, or at least reveal that he plans to come out on his show. After all, as Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O'Donnell and Nate Berkus can attest, daytime is a pretty gay-friendly environment.
Of course, Cooper may not be gay. Many have come to assume he is, based on murmurings, gossip and stories on independent news sites. Cooper also garnered a mention in "Out Magazine's Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America issue in 2007 and, more recently, CNN host Rachel Maddow came under fire when it sounded like she was telling Cooper to come out in an interview with The Guardian.
With all this chatter, the newsman has continued to sidestep the question of his sexual orientation. "You know, I understand why people might be interested, but I just don’t talk about my personal life," Cooper told New York magazine back in 2005. "The whole thing about being a reporter is that you're supposed to be an observer and to be able to adapt with any group you’re in, and I don’t want to do anything that threatens that."
Daytime, however, is all about sharing yourself and getting personal, so when Cooper was promoting "Anderson" at the TCA press tour this summer, there were several vague and yet painfully obvious questions from the press about whether he would share his "personal life," and this past Monday, Washington's ABC 7 tried again, to no avail.
The practice of outing members of the LBGT community is generally frowned upon, so most folks are choosing their words, so carefully they're giving Cooper an out (pardon the pun). Others, however, are being more direct.
"When it comes to the prospect of watching 'Anderson' day after day, it leads to a personal question he has declined to answer many times about his sexual orientation," wrote Washington Post critic Hank Stuever. "Cooper…decided long ago to keep his private life private, a lesson learned from watching his famous mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, endure press scrutiny. Also, he doesn’t want it to get in the way of journalistic objectivity. Fair enough, but that's not what viewers want in an afternoon talk show host. This job is after all about spilling it -- whether it's the guest or the host."
With "Anderson" getting less than stellar premiere ratings, a big announcement would certainly turn heads. Then again, all this "Is he or isn't he?" drama is already drumming up free publicity for him and the show.
What do you think of this new round of interest in Anderson Cooper's sexual orientation? Leave a comment and weigh in.
"Anderson" airs weekdays in syndication. Check local listings.
Get ready for 'dramatic confrontations, emotional breakthroughs and real solutions'
On the heels of winning TV Choice Award for Best Daytime Series last night, the UK's number one daytime talk show, “The Jeremy Kyle Show," is coming to America on Monday. If you enjoy a healthy dose of confrontation and controversy in your daytime lineup, straight-talking and irascibleJeremy Kyle could be the ticket.
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Since “The Jeremy Kyle Show" launched in the UK in 2005, host Jeremy Kyle has played controversial mediator to a host of working class guests who want to resolve issues, conflicts and turmoil involving their families, relationships, sex, drugs and alcohol. Now, he's bringing his brand of truth to America.
While the CW series "Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers" launches on the same day, with the similar goal of helping people, “The Jeremy Kyle Show" has a very different approach.
With a strong commitment to "family values" and "the truth," the short-tempered host is known for going off on guest he deems untrustworthy, irresponsible and/or wasting his time. Viewers can expect the occasional heartwarming episode on the exported one-hour daytime talk show, but Kyle's regular arsenal includes a lie detector, DNA testing and a security team ready to break up physical scuffles.
In other words, the format will be familiar to fans of "The Jerry Springer Show," "Geraldo" and "The Morton Downey, Jr. Show" and much like those shows, the UK export has seen its share of lawsuits, criticism and parody.
Yes, we'll be seeing clips from this one on "The Soup." Don't take MSN TV's word for it, however. Just check out this promo for the new series, launching in syndication Monday."The Jeremy Kyle Show" will air in syndication starting Monday, Sept. 19. Check local listings.