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News for the week of 04-Feb-2013

by Carol Banks Weber

Kristoff St. John (Neil) won best lead actor in daytime at the 44th annual NAACP Image Awards February 1. Okay, makes sense. He’s on Y&R all the time, driving story. But Tatyani Ali (Roxanne; Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air) also won, for doing nothing other than showing up infrequently to be arm candy for Devon. Even the actress admitted in the past that she’s there only for the parties. Ali beat out actual lead actresses like Julia Pace Mitchell (ex-Sofia) and Shenell Edmonds (ex-Destiny, OLTL). It’s not her first NAACP Image win either. Do judges even watch these soaps?

Popular Y&R actress Marcy Rylan refreshes her role as Victor and Ashley’s socialite daughter Abby, returning February 11. The actress believes her character has been undergoing a soulful make-over while living in New York City with Ashley. Abby will try to connect back up with Carmine, but he may have something else to say to her. Once Rylan hit the restart button, the jitters set in after all that time away. But once she met with the new costume designer and put on some Abby frocks, Rylan found her footing again. She digs the fact that there are new, fresh faces there too to keep the atmosphere alive and pumping. While Rylan’s on Twitter, so is her alter-ego, Y&R’s the Naked Heiress, giving insight into ongoing soap stories and fellow characters.

Judith Chapman (Gloria) gives a compassionate performance as one of the greatest actresses in the 20th century, Vivien Leigh (Gone With The Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire). Chapman performs the role in a one-woman show called Vivien in OR’s Bandon Playhouse’s Sprague Theater, February 16, 7 p.m., and February 17, 2 p.m. Info: (541) 551-1066.

Gossip for the week of 04-Feb-2013

by Carol Banks Weber

The bullying story started out kind of weak, more as Summer’s lame revenge plot against her mother’s lover, Ronan. But it’s fast turning into an Oscar-worthy movie within a soap, thanks to the performances of the always believable, powerful veterans Tracey Bregman (Lauren), my favorite daytime actress, Christian LeBlanc (Michael), and three amazing young acting discoveries. Daniel Polo (Jamie), Max Ehrich (Fen), and Hunter Haley King (Summer) are compelling as young, edgy but authentic teens caught in a dangerous triangle. Polo — who commands attention as a modern-day James Dean — deserves an Emmy for his performances alone. Ehrich, a classically trained actor, can veer from brute steel to cracked voltage in a heartbeat, breathing new life into the anti-hero. And King adds a depth to her vulnerable, thinking-woman’s heroine.

Congressman Marcus Wheeler might be Tyler and Leslie’s father, the one who sexually molested Valerie. Valerie is Leslie’s name by birth. But she changed it to escape her past. Was this why? And was this the terrible thing Tyler witnessed in closed spaces?

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