Monthly Archives: January 2012

‘One Life To Live’s Kristen Alderson signs 3 year contract with GH.

One Life To Live’s, Kristen Alderson(‘Starr’) has been tweeting that she just signed a 3-year contract with General Hospital. She tweeted: “Just signed my General Hospital contract! 3 years!”  And: “Here we go… You guys ready!? YAY.”

She reports to the GH set today, and says she & her brother Eddie (‘Matthew’/OLTL) are enjoying living in California. She tweeted she and Eddie “couldn’t be more in love with L.A.”

Best of Luck to one of the favorites from OLTL.

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Soap actor’s appearances update.Just in time for the cold weather here is a way to keep warm by seeing some of your favorite soap actor’s appearing not only in the tri-state area, but some other states as well for my readers who are not from New York. A

Just in time for the cold weather here is a way to keep warm by seeing some of your favorite soap actor’s appearing not only in the tri-state area, but some other states as well for my readers who are not from New York.

A wonderful group of GH, DOOL and AMC stars will be entertaining us so here is the info. Enjoy!

Saturday, Febuary 18, 2012                   Dominic Zamprogna & Chad Duell (GH)
Brokerage Entertainment Club
2797 Merrick Road
Bellmore, NY
(516) 781-5233
http://tickets.brokeragecomedy.com/show.cfm?id=119583
Showtime: 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $84 includes tax and credit card fees

Sunday, February 19, 2012                     Dominic Zamprogna & Chad Duell (GH)
Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club
520 Arnold Avenue
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
(732) 899-3900
Showtime: 10:00  a.m.
Tickets: $75 + tax

Friday, February 24, 2012                        Jonathan Jackson (GH) & Enation
Treehouse Comedy Production @
Marisa’s
6540 Main Street
Trumbull, CT
(203) 268-5857
Showtime: 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $75.00 includes concert, meet/greet & autographs

Saturday, February 25, 2012                  Jonathan Jackson (GH) & Enation
Governor’s Comedy Club
90 Division Avenue
Levittown, NY
(516) 731-3358
Showtime: 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $84 includes concert, meet/greet & autographs

Sunday, February 26, 2012                     Jonathan Jackson (GH) & Enation
Uncle Vinnies
520 Arnold Avenue
Point Pleasant, NJ
(732) 899-3900
Showtime: 1:30 p.m. 
Tickets: $75 + tax includes concert, meet/greet & autographs

Saturday, March 3, 2012                         Port Chuck (GH)
The Canyon Club
Agoura Hills, CA
http://tickets.canyonclub.net/default.asp?SearchText=PORT+CHUCK&Go=Go
Showtime: 9 p.m. 
Tickets: $250 Platinum, $99 VIP, $49.50, $25.00

Saturday, March 24, 2012                       Laura Wright (GH)
Wine tasting for Standing Sun Wines
Hilarities
Pickwick & Frolic Restaurant
2035 East 4th Street
Cleveland, OH 
(216) 241-7425
Showtime: 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $50 includes autographs, meet/greet, wine tasting, photo ops

Saturday, March 31, 2012                       Scott & Melissa Reeves (GH & Days)
Brokerage Entertainment Club
2797 Merrick Road
Bellmore, NY 
(516) 781-5233
http://tickets.brokeragecomedy.com/show.cfm?id=118642
Showtime: 2:00 p.m. includes photo ops, autographs, Q & A
Tickets: $62

Sunday, April 1, 2012                               Scott & Melissa Reeves (GH & Days)
Uncle Vinnies
520 Arnold Avenue
Point Pleasant, NJ
(732) 899-3900
Showtime: 10:00 a.m.
Tickets: $55 + tax photo ops,  autographs, Q & A

Saturday, April 14, 2012                          Alicia Minshew & Jordi Vilasuso (AMC)
Brokerage Entertainment Club
2797 Merrick Road
Bellmore, NY 
http://tickets.brokeragecomedy.com/show.cfm?id=130490
(516) 781-5233
Showtime: 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $62.00 photo ops,  autographs, Q & A

Sunday, April 15, 2012                             Alicia Minshew & Jordi Vilasuso (AMC)
Uncle Vinnies
520 Arnold Avenue
Point Pleasant, NJ
(732) 899-3900
www.unclevinniescomedyclub.com
Showtime: 11:30 a.m.
Tickets: $60 + tax photo ops,  autographs, Q & A

Saturday, April 28, 2012                          Port Chuck (GH)
Governor’s Comedy Club
90 Division Avenue
Levittown, NY
(516)731-3358
http://tickets.govs.com/show.cfm?id=120077
11:30 a.m.. Platinum, 2:00 p.m. concert, 4:00 p.m. VIP photo op
Tickets: $280 Platinum, $140 VIP, $67 general admission

Sunday, April 29, 2012                             Port Chuck (GH)
Magooby’s Joke House
9603 Deerco Road
Timonium, MD 21093
(410) 252-2727
12:00 p.m. Platinum, 3:00 p.m. concert, 5 p.m. VIP photo op
Tickets: $250 Platinum, $125 VIP, $55 general admission

Monday, Tuesday, April 30-1, 2012     Port Chuck (GH)
Uncle Vinnie’s 
520 Arnold Avenue
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
(732) 899-3900
6:00 p.m.appetizers, 7:00 p.m concert
Tickets: $166 includes food and tax

Wednesday, May 2, 2012                        Port Chuck (GH)
BB Kings
237  W. 42nd Street
New York, NY
(212) 997-4144
http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=1134
Showtime: 4:00 p.m. Platinum, 6:00 p.m. door open, 8:00 p.m. Concert, VIP photo op following concert
Tickets: $250 Platinum, $125 VIP, $75 General admission, $40 Standing Room
Tickets on sale 11/18/11

Thursday, May 3, 2012                            Port Chuck (GH)
The Rapids Theater
1711 Main Street
Niagra Falls, NY 
(800) 512- SHOW
www.frontgatetickets.com
www.rapidstheatre.com/home.php
Showtime: 5:00 p.m. Platinum, 8:00 p.m. concert, 10:00 p.m. VIP photo op
Tickets: $250 Platinum, $125 VIP, $50 and $40 general admission
Tickets on Sale 11/15/11

Friday, May 4, 2011                                   Port Chuck (GH)
Water Street Music Hall
204 North Water Street
Rochester, NY 
(800) 512-SHOW
www.frontgatetickets.com
www.waterstreetmusic.com

Showtime: 5:00 p.m. Platinum, 8:00 p.m. concert, 10:00 p.m. VIP photo op
Tickets: $250 Platinum, $125 VIP, $40 general admission
Tickets on Sale 11/15/11

Saturday, May 5, 2012                             Port Chuck (GH)
The Wilbur Theatre
246 Tremont Street
Boston, MA
(800) 745-3000
http://www.thewilburtheatre.com/shows
Showtime: 1:00 p.m. Platinum, 3 p.m. concert, 5:00 p.m. VIP  photo op
Tickets: $250 Platinum, $150 VIp, 
$60 General Admission
Tickets on sale 12/2/11

Sunday, May 6, 2012                                Port Chuck (GH)
Treehouse Comedy Productions
Connecticut
(203) 268-5857
www.treehousecomedy.com
Showtime: 10:00 a.m. Platinum, 12:00 p.m. Concert, 2:00 p.m. VIP photo op
Tickets: $250 Platinum, $165 VIP, $75 General Admission

Saturday, June 23, 2012                         Laura Wright (GH)
Brokerage Entertainment Club        
2797 Merrick Road
Bellmore, NY 
(516) 781-5233
http://tickets.brokeragecomedy.com/show.cfm?id=130799
Showtime: 2 p.m.
Tickets: $73 includes wine tasting, autographs, question and answer

Sunday, June 24, 2012                            Laura Wright (GH)
Uncle Vinnie’s 
520 Arnold Avenue
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
(732) 899-3900
www.unclevinniescomedyclub.com
1:00 p.m.wine tasting, autographs, question and answer, Tickets: $65 +ta

‘Days Of Our Lives’ shows us real ‘Reality TV’.

Reality TV is the new cattle call for network stations. Cheap and less quality equals more money in the television world but the soaps have  been decimated by this way of thinking. Enter ‘Days Of Our Lives’ offering the most compelling reality I have seen on Daytime TV.

Real life vets and Marlena and Jack, who in the storyline was captured in Afghanistan where he was covering a story. He was held for a year and in that year was beaten tortured and watched his friend die at the hands of these monsters who held them captive. That is acting and it was played beautifully by  Matthew Ashford……These scenes with Leslie Nicole Smith, one of the war veterans and the other men and women veterans who laid their souls bare was for me breathtaking. Literally, I lost my breath listening to these brave people tell a small part of their stories. We live is a world of make believe for the most part when we watch our soaps, but then a wonderfully brave writer takes on the task of interweaving the real with the fantasy and makes a beautifully written piece that brings home real life in a way that makes us aware, makes us stop and think. This was done by the writing staff  at DOOL.

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Marlena brings Jack to a session she has with vets who are having a hard time being home. Leslie, Paco, Mike, Rob and Pat.” “I lost my leg, but I can still walk. I lost most of my vision, but I can still see a little bit. So many of the people over there — they lost their lives, their towns, their families…communities just decimated. And worst of all, they lost their hope.. their sense of freedom. I could see it in their eyes,” Leslie told them. Pat explained that her young son, Colton, was the person who had given her a reason to keep going. Mike who at first said he did not trust jounalists then decides  “that most of the journalists probably had good intentions, but added “they usually didn’t know what they were talking about”. Marlena told them Jack had actually been in Afghanistan. Leslie asked Jack to share his story with the rest of the group, and then asked Mike to give Jack a chance. Mike told them  that Paco had earned a Purple Heart. He added that a roadside bomb had killed Paco’s best friend. “Most nights, I wake up in a sweat. I can still hear the gunfire; I see the faces of the guys in my unit, and my wife…she keeps wanting me to talk about it, but how am I supposed to talk about those things? Then we’d just both have to live with it,” Paco explained.
“I think it helped Eric’s mom to know that I was holding him when he died, so that I could tell her his last words were, ‘Tell my mom I love her.’ Eric, man, he was…he was my big brother. Guy could really make me laugh. I haven’t laughed since that day. Sometimes…I don’t think I ever will again,” Paco said.

Paco asked what had happened to Jack in the cave. Jack had a rough time trying to compose his thoughts. “Time was weird. I knew it was important if I could just…remember what.. what day it was. If I knew…the day. I kept a calendar. I scratched it on a rock. It was hidden , they couldn’t see it. I just thought…if I could just remember the date, the day, I wouldn’t go crazy. I know that’s stupid. It’s just so stupid,” Jack sighed.

“They, they beat us. They tortured us. But I kept saying…’I will go home…I will! I will go home! I will make it home!’ And, and then one day…they came, and they, they killed one of the prisoners. They, they took my,  a friend, and I could hear him screaming. I didn’t wanna know that there were people who could do that to another human being; I didn’t want to be in a world where there were people who could be like that. And now…that world, and those people, are more real to me…than any of this. It’s like, it’s like I said, I feel like I’m still back in that cave,” Jack cried.

Jack added that he had never realized how difficult it would be to return to his old life. “I managed to scare the hell out of my wife…my ex-wife, he corrected and I kept freaking out. I kept freaking out. It wasn’t the people back there, and it wasn’t, it wasn’t everything that happened back there. It wasn’t the fact that the world had moved on without me, and all the people I knew had moved on without me. It’s because I couldn’t. I couldn’t, because I have a huge part of myself..that’s back there…halfway around the world…in a cave,” Jack said.

Jack sighed, and he added that he just wanted to be whole again. Marlena smiled sympathetically and then informed the group that they were out of time. “You know, during the session, I was reminded of what a World War II vet said to me once. He said, “For those who were there…no explanation necessary. For those who weren’t…no explanation possible.” Marlena told them and said goodbye to everyone.

As the vets rose to leave each hugged Jack letting him know he was one of them, a survivior of some of the most hideous times in human existence. Marlena told Jack he  had made a lot of progress. Jack hugged Marlena, tearfully thanking her for making him a part of the therapy session.

This was played so beautifully by Mr. Ashford. He made you feel he was a part of this distinquished group of brave men and women.

Thank you to all who had a part in this memorable piece of “Reality TV”. This is what soaps do best, making us feel what is happening out in the world we too often overlook. They explain and inform and give us a taste of life we so often miss. I for one have a better understanding of what our brave men and women are going through and my heart breaks for them and their families. God Bless You All and thanks for your service to our country.

Maybe the politicians should be made to watch this real moment in time. Maybe it would make them more sympathetic and treat our returning men and women with more dignity and shower them with praise and thanks and more importantly take care of them and their families. And pay them for their service. Maybe even treat them like the “Superstars” they really are!

Revolution? This show will have only ‘one short life to live’.

TV Media Insights reports that the insipid replacement series for the renowned ‘One Life to Live’ lost 25 percent of ‘The Chew’s’ lead-in audience  in it’s first week, Tuesday and Wednesday, and is down 35 percent from where cancelled number 2 soap ‘One Life to Live’ was in the same timeslot a year ago.

The bean counters at ABC who have been dying to kill the longest running daytime genre, soaps, for years, will surely profess that since ‘The Revolution’ is cheaper to produce than a 42 year old quality scripted drama, things aren’t all that grim.

Belying what they claim, they spent an obscene amount of money trying to lure viewers to watch this mess of a show. Unfortunately, they refused to put this money into one of the best run and written soap opera’s in the history of soaps.

It makes on wonder who is making these decisions and who will be the next to go after Brian Frons was shown the door?

‘Guiding Light’ DVD’s are now available from ‘Soap Classic’s’.

Good news for all of the ‘Guiding Light’ fans who have missed their beloved soap. Soap Classics that wonderful company has released a DVD with twenty Classic episodes.

It features 20 of the program’s most memorable episodes, digitally remastered and without commercials. It has episodes featuring some of the greatest characters in the series, including Kim Zimmer, Robert Newman, Grant Aleksander, Lisa Brown, Beverlee McKinsey, Michael Zaslow and Joan Collins.  

After losing so many soaps ‘Soap Classics’ has taken on the role of  ‘Soap Saviors’ and should be supported. If we show them we want these DVD’s they will supply us with more and this is an answer to a soap lovers prayer.  

To buy these or to see clips of each episode and order this great set of 20 Classic Episodes from “Guiding Light” go to :  http://www.soapclassics.com

Friday the 13th is upon us with the end of ‘One Life to Live’.

With the sad day upon us Friday the 13th is an appropriate time to say goodbye to ‘One Life To Live’ the 43 year old soap that has brought us numerous important, informative, impassioned storylines that changed the lives of the  many lucky viewers who watched through all of these years.

On Friday ‘The View’ will have the one and only Erika Slezak as co host and many of the wonderful actors who have filled the lives of viewers with such happiness will also be there.

The news that Kassie DePaiva, Michael Easton, Kristen Alderson and Roger Howarth will be moving to Port Charles and start airing in February is very welcome to all OLTL fans. Though it willl not make up for the darkness the loss of the residents of Llanview  will bring to many, it is a small ray of light.

More posts on the last days of ‘One Life To Live’.

Since I cannot be with you all through this very sad week I will continue to send you stories from other columnists who are able to keep you informed over this sorrowful end to one of the greatest soap opera’s ever to air.
My husband Bill is still in danger and we are at his bedside constantly giving him all of the love and support we can. Thanks to all of you who are keeping him in your thoughts.

Please pay particular attention to the first because it involves you and how you can help.

http://tv.yahoo.com/news/stars-soapers-working-together-home-one-life-live-22…

 

http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/newsandevents/releases/Pages/soapoperasandcartoons.aspx

http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/nyc_soap_bubble_bursts_77jXTowUItYBOhVbhCN41M/3

http://www.tvguide.com/News/Erika-Slezak-OLTL-1041253.aspx