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Eden Reigel talks about her new life on “The Young and the Restless” and about leaving AMC’s Bianca behind

Eden Riegel by you.Just about every news outlet wanted to chat with Eden Reigel at yesterday’s Daytime Emmy Awards so by the time she got to Greg In Hollywood, I was afraid she might be too exhausted to be very coherent!

But this is one professional actress and a very gracious woman.

Eden, of course, is beloved for her Emmy winning role as Bianca Montgomery on All My Children. The character is the daughter of Erica Kane and a lesbian who participated in daytime’s first same-sex wedding last year.

But these days, Eden is playing attorney Heather Stevens on The Young and the Restless.

I talked to her about all of it but before we began, music legend Chubby Checker – at the Emmys to participate in a tribute to Dick Clark - asked if I wouldn’t mind snapping a photo of him with Eden (see below). She was delighted to do it and he was thrilled.

Then we got down to business:

On her new soap gig: “It’s going good. It’s been a challenge because it’s new terrain and a very new character, very different from what I did before. But I love the challenge and I certainly have a great group of people to work with. They are just spectacular.”

On Bianca being recently recast on All My Children: Christina Bennett Lind is doing an dsuch an amazing job on the show. I’ve been so thrilled and so impressed with what she’s done in such a short time. It’s a role that I care about a great deal and she is perfect for it. She is going to do great things.”

On the legacy of Bianca: “It was very important to me when Bianca came out. A lot of people who are very close to me are gay and also marriage equality is a very important issue. I wanted to play the character in an effective and responsible way. I didn’t always agree with everything that the show did but appreciated that Bianca always had a part that people could really relate to and that even if she was the only gay person in their lives that they knew that maybe that would make the difference and help open up their hearts.”

On the Emmys: “It’s fun to be here and not be nominated. You can just relax and have fun. We’re here to have a good time.”

Eden Riegel and Chubby Checker at Emmys by you.

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The red carpet at the 2010 Daytime Emmys was crawling with Morning Men alums!

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Tuc Watkins and Brandon Beemer by you.

Shawn Christian by you.

Michael Muhney by you.

Jon Hensley by you.

Was that arrivals to the 2010 Daytime Emmys going on at the Las Vegas Hilton last night or was it a convention of Greg In Hollywood Morning Men?

So many of my favorite guys were in one place!

Among them: Austin Peck (pictured with me) who played Brad Snyder on As the World Turns; Tuc Watkins of One Life to Life and Desperate Housewives and Brandon Beemer of Bold and the Beautiful who happily poses together when I interviewed them back-to-back; Shawn Christian of Days of Our Lives who could not have been nicer; Michael Muhney of The Young and the Restless who I was able to coax over between his interacting with fans; and Jon Hensley who plays Holden Snyder (Luke’s dad) on As the World Turns.

I will feature interviews with most of these guys in the days to come and many of them were very candid so stay turned!

Coming up today: Interviews with Susan Lucci, Tuc Watkins and Eden Reigel! Plus more red carpet photos!

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Morning Man Austin Peck! Morning Man Tuc Watkins! Morning Man Brandon Beemer! Morning Man Shawn Christian! Morning Man Michael Muhney! Morning Man Jon Hensley!

Backstage at the 2010 Daytime Emmys!

Greg Hernandez at 2010 Daytime Emmys by you.

I’ll have red carpet coverage galore from the 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards later today and lots and lots of bits of news that I picked up from here and there.

Chatted up just about everyone I really wanted to including Susan Lucci, Bonnie Hunt, Tuc Watkins, Michael Muhney, Jon Hensley, Eden Reigel, Brandon Beemer, Mark Hapka, Shawn Christian, Carolyn Hennesey, Doug Davidson, Drew Tyler Bell, Zach Conroy and Austin Peck, among many others.

But first let’s tell you who won what and share some of the backstage dish and the photos I snapped.

While there is debate about the quality of the telecast itself (Dick Clark tribute too long, As the World Turns Tribute too short etc), I must say that it was a dream backstage where everyone was in a good mood, the food they served us was delish, and the WiFi was nice and speedy!

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Billy Miller at Emmys by you.

The group shot is the very happy cast of Bold and the Beautiful which won Outstanding Drama for the second straight year.

Executive Producer Bradley Bell, who also won a writing Emmy for the first time, joked backstage that he felt like Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers with the back-to-back wins.

Could there be a three-peat?

One of the more dramatic storylines for the show featured the red-hot Betty White. Prior to the Saturday Night Live campaign and all the rest, White had a recurring on the series over the years as Ann Douglas, mother of Stephanie (Susan Flannery) and Pam (Alley Mills) on the show.

The storyline had Ann returning to Los Angeles to reunite with her estranged daughters before dying.

Agnes Nixon, creator of All My Children and One Life to Live, was in a chatty mood backstage after receiving a well-deserved lifetime achievement award presented to her by Susan Lucci who had said onstage “I would not even be here today if Agnes Nixon had not created Erica Kane.”

Miss Nixon said backstage that she is particularly proud of the social issues tackled on the show over the years such as Erica Kane’s daughter Bianca being a lesbian and having the first same-sex wedding on daytime.

Billy Miller, supporting actor winner for The Young and the Restless (pictured below), seemed pretty calm and collected backstage in contrast to the emotion showed by actor and actress winners Michael Park and Maura West whose show, As the World Turns, has been canceled and filmed its final scenes last week.

“Knowing for 6 months that we weren’t going to have a job made it hard 2 go to work every day with a smile but we did it,” Park told us as he held his first Emmy after 13 years in the role of Jack Snyder.

He got choked up when he said he might give Emmy to his grandmother who’s been watching ATWT for 53 years.

Miss West brought her daughter backstage to meet the press just as she had brought her onstage when she accepted her second Emmy for her performance as Carly Snyder.

She told us she is busy packing up her home in Connecticut and will be moving to Los Angeles.

Here is a list of winners:

Outstanding Drama Series: The Bold and the Beautiful
Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Maura West, As the World Turns
Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Michael Park, As the World Turns
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Julie Pinson, As the World Turns
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Billy Miller, The Young and the Restless
Game Show: Cash Cab
Informative Talk Show: The Doctors
Younger Actor in a Drama Series: Drew Tyler Bell, The Bold and the Beautiful
Younger Actress in a Drama Series: Julie Berman, General Hospital
Drama Series Directing Team: General Hospital
Drama Series Writing Team: The Bold and the Beautiful
Talk Show Host: Mehmet Oz, The Dr. Oz Show
Game Show Host: Ben Bailey, Cash Cab

Stay tuned for more coverage of the 2010 Emmy Awards!
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Meryl Monday: Miss Streep and Shirley MacLaine are a formidable team in “Postcards from the Edge”

http://smackamack.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/aaaaaaashirleymeryl.jpgSome people might think it’s strange but true fans of Postcards from the Edge understand completely: me and one of my best friends can do every single line uttered by Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep in this 1990 film.

The writing is so great (Carrie Fisher wrote the screenplay based on the novel loosely based on her life) that we just have a blast with the lines, inserting them into our conversations whenever it seems fitting and never failing to crack ourselves up.

This scene comes early in the film and is brilliantly executed as Streep and MacLaine talk over each other in a meeting with a business manager played by Gary Morton.

Both play actresses with Meryl’s character just out of rehab and forced to live with her self-absorbed mother in order to make a film.

Some of my favorite lines come from Shirley: “I remember when I was 15 years old, Mr. [Louis B.] Mayer called me in for a meeting and he was sitting on the toilet. He conducted the entire meeting on the toilet. You can be sure he wouldn’t have done that to John Garfield.”

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Greg In Hollywood talks to Lorna Luft about “Grease 2″ and taking her kids to see their grandma Judy Garland’s greatest film

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http://media.port-network.com/picture/instance_2/22130_2.jpgGreat to see Lorna Luft last week at the opening of In the Heights at the Pantages Theater.

It’s a venue that holds special significance for the daughter of Judy Garland and Sid Luft: It was at the Pantages that the premiere of A Star is Born was held back in 1954 when Lorna was just two years old.

The film earned her mother an Academy Award nomination for best actress and was produced by her father. It is considered Miss Garland’s greatest performance in a career that included so many great ones in such movies as The Wizard of Oz and Meet Me In St. Louis.

I had last seen Lorna back in April when A Star is Born opened the TCM Film Festival at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. She was there with her two children who had never seen the movie before.

“It was so emotional, it was uplifting, it was heartbreaking and everything that I thought it would be,” Lorna said. “The ride I took that night with my children, it was extraordinary. They had never seen it because I didn’t want them to see some cut up version, I wanted them to see their grandmother’s and grandfather’s movie put back together as well as it could be. It was amazing.”

I wondered if she was aware that Grease 2, the 1982 musical that starred Maxwell Caufield and a then-unknown Michelle Pfeiffer has been selected as the musical sing-along film for next month’s Outfest Film Festival.

Lorna played one of the Pink Ladies named Paulette Rebchuck and was a part of such numbers as Who’s That Guy?, Girl for All Seasons and We’ll Be Together.

She was not aware of the Outfest event but smiled wide upon finding out about it: “I had a great time and I made great friends on that film and I loved, loved making it. I always giggle and laugh at myself. It’s a very cute movie.”

She also was unaware that some very early recordings of her mother singing have been packaged for release. But Lorna said  “it’s interesting to hear this amazing, amazing talent that young. I think she kind of set the bar, she broke the mold.”

That is for sure!

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Monday Morning Man: James Scott!

http://blog.soapoperafan.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/james-scott.jpgSo many great looking guys at yesterday’s Daytime Emmy Awards and one of them was best actor nominee James Scott.

In the world of soaps, actors are often not the first to play a specific role but James has originated both of his parts: he was Ethan Cambias on All My Children before joining Days of Our Lives as EJ Wells in May 2006.

James, who is 31, began his career working in the music industry, and later started acting in community theatre. Shortly after this, he made the move to London where he studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

He later began to modeling and during a modeling trip to Los Angeles, he went to an acting class and was so inspired that he decided to save money and make the move to Los Angeles for good. Two years later, he was cast on All My Children.

Sounds like he made a good decision!

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Absent Ellen DeGeneres takes to Twitter to congratulate her staff on outstanding talk show Emmy win

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20080621/tv-daytime-emmys/images/1cdadbcc-4ece-4148-a36c-fb276b2b292f.jpgNo, this is not a photo of Ellen DeGeneres at this year’s Daytime Emmys.

Had to dig one up from year’s past because Ellen did not attend the show held for the first time in Las Vegas!

But that did not prevent her show from taking home the Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show (Ellen had taken herself out of the host category after several consecutive wins).

Ellen did publicly convey her happiness via Twitter: Congrats to my incredible staff on their Emmy win. You guys deserve it. Don’t leave Vegas without hitting the poker table for me!

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See Adam Lambert [as the Mad Hatter] onstage!

I’m backstage at the Daytime Emmys right now but there’s a lull in the action and I just spotted these new pics of Adam Lambert taken at his concert last night at the Borgata Event Center in Atlantic City.  http://www.adam-pictures.com/.

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Daytime Emmys are in Las Vegas tonight! Greg In Hollywood is on the red carpet and backstage!

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Ae9WURKuCro/ShCTmxuuypI/AAAAAAAAD1o/9F-he8OQTZA/s400/LasVegasSign.jpgI’m on a roll here in Vegas!

My nephew lives out here with his wife and stepson and showed me all around the revitalized downtown area which is a lot less daunting than the strip.

By evening’s end, I had won $8.41 and paid for the cab ride home.

But now it’s time to get down to business and prepare to head over to the Las Vegas Hilton for the 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards!

http://sharetv.org/images/the_bold_and_the_beautiful-show.jpgI will have full coverage posted later tonight or early Monday but in the meantime, will be tweeting like a mad man from the red carpet and backstage beginning at about 4 p.m. PT.

If you are not yet following me on Twitter, please do! Here is a LINK to my page.

Here is a full list of the major nominees so you can make some predictions or at least follow along!

Outstanding Drama Series
All My Children (ABC)
The Bold and The Beautiful (CBS)
General Hospital (ABC)
The Young and the Restless

http://static.tvfanatic.com/images/gallery/mr-peter-bergman.jpgOutstanding Lead Actor
Peter Bergman (pictured) as Jack Abbott on The Young and the Restless
Doug Davidson as Paul Williams on The Young and the Restless
Jon Lindstrom as Craig Montgomery on As The World Turns
Michael Park as Jack Snyder on As The World Turns
James Scott as E.J. DiMera on Days of Our Lives

Outstanding Lead Actress
Sarah Brown as Claudia Zacchara on General Hospital
Crystal Chappell as Olivia Spencer on Guiding Light
Bobbie Eakes as Krystal Carey on All My Children
Michelle Stafford as Phyllis Newman on The Young and the Restless
Maura West as Carly Tenney on As The World Turns

Outstanding Talk Show: Entertainment
The Ellen Degeneres Show
Rachel Ray
Live with Regis and Kelly

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Bonnie Hunt on The Bonnie Hunt Show
Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa on Live with Regis and Kelly
Rachel Ray on Rachel Ray
Dr. Mehmet Oz on The Dr. Oz Show
Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, and Barbara Walters on The View

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The Doctors

The Dr. Oz Show

Dr. Phil

Outstanding Supporting Actor
Billy Miller as Billy Abbott on The Young and the Restless
Bradford Anderson as Damian Spinelli on General Hospital
Jonathan Jackson as Lucky Spencer on General Hospital
Ricky Paull Goldin as Jake Martin on All My Children
Brian Kerwin as Charlie Banks on One Life to Live

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.tvsquad.com/media/2008/03/gh_dianemiller_abcpromo.jpgOutstanding Supporting Actress
Beth Chamberlin as Beth Raines Spaulding on Guiding Light
Julie Pinson as Janet Snyder on As The World Turns
Carolyn Hennesy (pictured, above) as Diane Miller on General Hospital
Arianne Zucker as Nicole Walker on Days of our Lives
Bree Williamson as Jessica Brennan on One Life to Live

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Drew Tyler Bell as Thomas Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful
Drew Garrett as Michael Corinthos III on General Hospital
Dylan Patton as Will Horton on Days of our Lives
Scott Clifton (pictured, left) as Schuyler Joplin on One Life to Live
Zack Conroy as James Spaulding on Guiding Light

Outstanding Younger Actress
Christel Khalil as Lily Winters on The Young and the Restless
Marnie Schulenburg as Alison Stewart on As The World Turns
Molly Burnett as Melanie Layton on Days of our Lives
Shelley Hennig as Stephanie Johnson on Days of our Lives
Julie Berman as Lulu Spencer on General Hospital

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Video: Tim Urban talks about the “Idol” tour

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Tim Urban was my favorite contestant on American Idol this year and despite heavy criticism from judges, he stuck to his guns, smiled a lot and ended up finishing seventh.

I’m not sure who is interviewing Tim here but the chat seems to be taking place during a break in rehearsals for the American Idol nationwide tour which will feature the top 10 including winner Lee DeWyze and runner up Crystal Bowersox.

Tim will be performing Better Days which he sang on his final week on Idol.

“I think it fits me pretty well, it’s a big song and perfect for a stadium,” he said.

Tim wouldn’t say what his second song will be but promised that it will have a surprising twist.

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Ellen DeGeneres talks to USA Today about tonight’s “Ellen’s Somewhat Special Special”

Ellen DeGeneres is giving the Daytime Emmys some competition tonight with her Ellen’s Somewhat Special Special airing on TBS tonight (9 ET/PT).

Ellen, who removed herself from outstanding host competition but whose show is nominated once again, hosts a variety hour she taped last week in Las Vegas.

Acts range from Grammy-winning country trio Lady Antebellum to a comedian, a magician and acrobats, including one known as The Flag Man. Japan’s Kabuki Expert, in its first U.S. appearance, will perform its Matrix Ping Pong act, made popular in a YouTube video.

Ellen also does some stand-up and a Q&A with the audience.

“I grew up watching Carol Burnett and the Smothers Brothers and Sonny and Cher and Donny and Marie. I just like that format. I like seeing different things,” Ellen told USA Today. “We try to find people who have not performed in the States before, or if you’ve seen them, it’s not in this kind of situation. … It’s all about paying it forward and sharing it. I like being able to give somebody a break and share my experience and help them along.”

But Ellen is too busy with her daytime show and American Idol to become the new Ed Sullivan on a regular basis: “If there’s a life after my talk show, if I want to move into a different thing, I would love to do that. But I think I’m going to be busy for a while. By the time I’d be available to host, I think I’d be having a walker. Or at least a cane.”

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Showtune Sunday: “A Little Night Music” stars Elaine Stritch and Bernadette Peters do “Broadway Baby”

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The stage is barely big enough for Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch alone and now these two Broadway legends will be appearing together on The Great White Way.

They begin performances of A Little Night Music at the Walter Kerr Theatre on July 13.  Catherine Zeta-Jones just won the Tony Award for the show and Angela Lansbury was nominated. I cannot think of two better replacements. What a pairing!


A look back at some classic Daytime Emmy moments with Susan Lucci, Rosie O’Donnell and Joan Rivers

http://static.squidoo.com/resize/squidoo_images/-1/draft_lens2403820module13741659photo_1233517818susan_lucci_in_peope.jpgThe 37th Annual Daytime Emmys are tonight!

There are sure to be some memorable moments from the show airing on CBS (9:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) – especially with a star-studded tribute to Dick Clark on tap.

Among the presenters tonight will be All My Children star Susan Lucci. The year was 1999 and Susan scored her first Emmy win in 19 nominations for her performance as Erica Kane.

It was a wildly popular win and as Susan got to the stage, she said: “I truly thought this would never happen.”

Her long drought really helped put the Daytime Emmys on the map and, sadly, Susan has only been nominated once or twice since then.

Let’s relive Susan’s great winning moment as well as some other memorable Emmy wins.


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Sunday Morning Man: Billy Miller!

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http://www.myworldofsoaps.com/sandbox/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/210px-BillyMiller.jpgBilly Miller of The Young and the Restless is one of the five actors nominated for outstanding supporting actor at tonight’s Daytime Emmy Awards.

He’s played Billy Abbott on the soap since 2008, a role he landed after two years on All My Children as Richie Novak.

The 30-year-old star initially planned for a career as a writer-director-producer but got bitten by the acting bug while a student at the University of Texas in Austin when he had to step in and star in his senior thesis project after an actor backed out.

Billy told Soap Opera Digest that he might be attending tonight’s Emmys in Las Vegas on his own: “I was trying to figure out if my parents wanted to go but they might have a viewing party at their house in Texas.”

Of the Emmys being in Vegas, Billy said: “I think there is more of an outside chance that if someone is looking for me during the ceremony, I might be asleep next to Jeanne Cooper at a blackjack table. But I’m hoping to avoid that situation.”

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Eva Longoria, Scott Bakula, Wayne Brady and other stars attend opening night of “In the Heights”

http://shkbuzz.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/in-the-heights-7991071.jpgThe excitement was palpable outside the Pantages Theater in Hollywood on Wednesday night for the official opening of the Tony Award winning musical In the Heights.

This show is sizzling hot and is playing for four more weeks (until July 25) so don’t miss your chance to enjoy something so energetic and diverse and fresh – really unlike any musical from Broadway before.

Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda recreates his role from the original production. He is the creator and composer-lyricist of the show which tells the story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood.

Lin-Manuel didn’t make the buzzing red carpet scene before the show but his co-star, Sean Taylor-Corbett, did and we got the chance to chat.

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Sean (pictured, left) plays Sonny in this production which is part of a national tour. He was  understudy on Broadway and went on many times but now has made the role his own.

“It’s changed my life because I got to create the role from the beginning whereas Robin de Jesus created the role on Broadway where I was his understudy,” Sean said. “So when we started rehearsing for [the tour], I got to recreate the role from scratch with my own take on it. You have to let the role and the characters change your life. Sonny’s a part of me now.”

The red carpet was filled with stars with Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria being the last to arrive shortly before curtain time. Of course she caused a frenzy among photographers and the only shot I got of this gorgeous creature was out of focus.

Trust me, she was ravishing.

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Also ravishing was Wilmer Valderrama of That 70s Show fame who ran over to greet Eva when she arrived and also warmly embraced Wayne Brady who arrived at the tail end of the red carpet portion of the evening.

Others I saw arrive were Shirley Jones and hubby Marty Ingles, the sensational JoAnne Worley, who appeared in Wicked at The Pantages a few years back, soap actress Kate Linder, Weeds star Damian Bichir, the classy and ageless Ruta Lee, Dallas star Charlene Tilton, singer Melissa Manchester, Melora Hardin from The Office, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy alum Jai Rodriguez, who celebrated his birthday earlier this week with a group of friends including Wayne Brady. Jai just finished taping a pilot for CW and is also awaiting the DVD release of his recent feature film Oy Vey! My Son is Gay also starring John Lloyd Young and Lanie Kazan.

P1030232Rico Rodriguez of ABC’s Modern Family and his sister Rami Rodriguez who was so good as Kevin James’ daughter in Paul Blart: Mall Cop, the great star of stage and screen Ben Vereen was there as was Oscar nominee Edward James Olmos, actor Robert Morse who currently appears in Mad Men, legendary comic Jack Carter, Steven Lunsford of Private Practice, and the great Olympian Greg Louganis (pictured, left) who was with his old friend Dawnn Lewis of A Different World and Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper fame.
Also saw Lorna Luft who had seen In the Heights on Broadway and loved it. “I just love the fact that it’s something new and innovative and something really striking with a message,” she told me.
Lorna and I had such a good chat that I’m going to share it with you in a separate post tomorrow!
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Marissa Jaret Winokur, who won the Tony Award for Hairspray and was such a sensation on Dancing With the Stars a few seasons back, looked terrific with a new blond do but seemed a bit uptight.

She told me why:”This is the first time I’ve left [my 2-year-old son] at home with someone other than my nanny.  I’m actually hoping I can make it through the whole show. It’s my husband’s twin sister so I’m kind of having a nervous breakdown about it to be honest.”

Hopefully, the sister-in-law came through with flying colors on the babysitting front!

I wondered if Marissa has plans to return to Broadway any time soon: “It would be hard to go back to New York with a child but I would do it. Patti LuPone once told me, ‘Wrap your baby up like a potato and bring him wherever you go!”

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It was exciting to see Barry Williams in person for the first time. If I ever meet Mike Lookinland, I will have met all six members of The Brady Bunch! Barry played the oldest son, Greg, on the original series plus the variety show and two other shirt-lived incarnations.

Barry has continued to work in showbiz non-stop and gave me a run-down of what he has been up to lately:  “I just finished doing two feature films then I’m doing a pilot in New York then I’m hosting a Caribbean Cruise for Celebrity Cruises next week. He said things are “never better.”

As cool as it is to meet a Brady, I was even more excited to meet Scott Bakula of Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise and now Men of a Certain Age.

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I saw Scott perform in Guys and Dolls at Hollywood Bowl last summer and wondered if he preferred television over the stage or vice versa.

“I’m always hoping that I will be doing theater,” he said. “It’s been my good fortune to be able to work in a lot of different mediums. It’s a lot of fun.”

My pal Wilson Cruz and friend Justin Adamson made the red carpet on their way in and Wilson and I raved about seeing Donna Summer at Hollywood Bowl last week.

The multi-talented Wilson had done one of the early workshops of Into the Heights and next stars in the terrific movie People I’ve Slept With which premieres on Logo in October. It’s one of the best showcases for Wilson yet!

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General Hospital and Cougar Town star Carolyn Hennessy took in the show and looked dazzling, as always.

She is in Las Vegas this weekend for the Daytime Emmy Awards where she is nominated for outstanding supporting actress. I’m rooting for her!

Carolyn tells me she is wearing a gown to the Emmys by Lloyd Klein and is so enamored by the designer’s work “that I may never wear anyone else.  My heavens, what he has designed.”

And finally, had a word with director and choreographer Kenny Ortega who will directing the feature film adaptation of In the Heights.

“Hopefully early next year we’ll be getting into production,” he said adding that he only person who has been cast already is Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Kenny is such a fan of the show: “It’s wonderful the way it combines salsa and hip hop and Broadway and pop. It’s just genius. They really have concocted something quite brilliant here. I’m thrilled and honored to be associated with it and to be helming it as a film project.”

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Happy 40th Birthday to Sean Hayes!

http://www.advocate.com/uploadedImages/ADVOCATE/NEWS/2009/200910/2009-10-26/SEAN_HAYESX390.jpgI love this out and proud Sean Hayes who turns 40 today.

He seemed a bit grumpy in his interview with The Advocate where he finally publicly acknowledged that he is gay. But the truth is, since he did that, I’ve never been a bigger fan.

Showing that Will & Grace was just the start, Sean has been flying high as the star of the Broadway musical Promises, Promises opposite Kristin Chenoweth and was an absolute smash as host of the 2010 Tony Awards a few weeks ago.

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“Sex and the City” Saturday: A tribute to Miranda and Steve, the show’s most believable couple

http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/dynamic/imgs/080516/season2/satc-s02-ep20_l.jpgCarrie and Big get a lot more attention but my favorite couple on Sex and the City is, hands down, Steve and Miranda.

They have had their ups and downs from Steve losing a ball to Miranda getting pregnant while they were broken up to his infidelity, but they have weathered them.

I love the contrast between the easy-going Steve and the high-powered Miranda. They balance each other out so well and Cynthia Nixon and David Eigenberg are such terrific acting partners.

My favorite line ever comes in the second clip when Miranda finally admits that she loves Steve even though he has a girlfriend and seems happy. But he makes clear where she stands: “Miranda, you’re the one.”


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Saturday Morning Man: Grayson McCouch!

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In celebration of tomorrow night’s Daytime Emmys, I’m featuring one of daytime’s sexiest stars.

When you consider how much his character of Dusty Donovan on As the World Turns has been through over the years – I know he’s died at least once – it’s amazing the man still looks so damned beautiful!

While his Emmy-nominated role of Dusty has brought him the most attention, Grayson has been a busy actor for decades.

He got his start on television as Dr. Morgan Winthrop on Another World in 1992.
He then starred on Legacy and as Dr. Mitchell Grace on All Souls, a short TV series and appeared on such series as Beverly Hills 90210 and The Cosby Mysteries.

His film credits include the movie-of-the-week Sins of the Mind, the blockbuster hit Armageddon, Airtight and Momentum.
The 41-year-old actor spent four seasons with the Williamstown Theater Festival where he performed in Arturo UI, The Visit, Threepenny Opera, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Inherit the Wind and The Moon Stone. While in London, he also performed in Electra at the Almeida Theater and Women Beware Women at the Royal Court.

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Counting down to the Daytime Emmys!

http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlLA/original/emmy208.gifI’m leaving tomorrow morning for a weekend in Las Vegas where the Daytime Emmy Awards are being held on Sunday.

I’ve come to love covering this event because daytime stars are a wonderful bunch, so appreciative of their fans and usually very accessible to the media – and that goes for everyone from Susan Lucci on down (sorry, she is still the queen!).

The telecast, hosted by Regis Philbin, will broadcast live from the Las Vegas Hilton, Sunday, June 27, 2010 (9:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Ryan Seacrest will introduce the “American Bandstand” and Dick Clark tribute, with Donny Osmond, Chubby Checker, Tony Orlando and The Jersey Boys added to the line-up of stars who will salute the iconic show and legendary television personality.

Presenters this year include Wayne Brady (“Let’s Make a Deal”), Jeff Foxworthy (“Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”), Vanessa Marcil (“General Hospital”), Alex Trebek (“Jeopardy”) Rachael Ray (“The Rachael Ray Show”), Zack Conroy (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) and Jonathan Jackson (“General Hospital”), along with Dr. Travis Stork, Dr. Drew Ordon, Dr. Jim Sears and Dr. Lisa Masterson from the Daytime Emmy-nominated show, “The Doctors.”

Additional presenters include Rebecca Budig (“All My Children”), Sharon Case (“The Young and the Restless”), Michael Easton (“One Life to Live”), Jon Hensley (“As The World Turns”), Kelley Menighan Hensley (“As The World Turns”), Susan Lucci (“All My Children”), Chris Massey (“Zoey 101″), Kyle Massey (“Cory in the House”), Cameron Mathison (“All My Children”), Kimberly Matula (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), Laura McKenzie (“Laura McKenzie’s Traveler”), Kelly Monaco (“General Hospital”), Joshua Morrow (“The Young and the Restless”), Ronn Moss (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), Peter Reckell (“Days of our Lives”), Trevor St. John (“One Life to Live”), Louise Sorel (“Days of our Lives”), Montel Williams (“The Montel Williams Show”) and Las Vegas acts, Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil, the showgirls of Jubilee.

I will be covering the red carpet on Sunday then will be live tweeting from the backstage media area where the winners go from the stage.

If you are not already following me on Twitter, please do!!!

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A Tommy Haas pix fix!

There are plenty of really hot male pros playing at Wimbledon right now but among the missing in action is the beautiful Tommy Haas.

Tommy has been off the tour with injury since February and he is sure missed by his fans. He’s been plagued by injury through much of his career but that didn’t stop him from making the Wimbledon semifinals a few years back and from rising as high as number two in the world.

Tommy, a German star who recently became an American citizen, is currently ranked 34th in the world. I’m not sure when he’ll rejoin the tour so thought it would be fun to share some photos from his Facebook page taken by fans who know a good thing when they see it!

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