Inside the Bubble Soapdom.com is a community of soap opera fans, actors, writers, producers and trendsetters who come together to share millions of photos, blogs, videos and the latest news on their favorite daytime, primetime, internet and cable soap operas and pop culture http://www.soapdom.com/Inside-the-Bubble/ Wed, 24 May 2017 09:11:11 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb James Scott, EJ Dimera of Days of our Lives coming to Chicago http://www.soapdom.com/Inside-the-Bubble/james-scott-ej-dimera-of-days-of-our-lives-coming-to-chicago.html http://www.soapdom.com/Inside-the-Bubble/james-scott-ej-dimera-of-days-of-our-lives-coming-to-chicago.html James Scott (ex EJ, Days of our Lives)James Scott, ex EJ Dimera of Days of our Lives, will be coming to Chicago, and you can get up close and personal.

That's right! James Scott will be in Chicago on July 8-9 and you will be able to talk with him, take pictures with him, and find out anything you may want to know.

Spend the entire Day with EJ. He may even give away some Dimera secrets.

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mwilows@comcast.net (Mark Edward Wilows) Inside the Bubble Fri, 05 May 2017 15:18:51 +0000
Chicago TV host to honor mom in a cancer survivors celebration walk http://www.soapdom.com/Inside-the-Bubble/chicago-tv-host-honor-mom-in-a-cancer-survivors-celebration-walk.html http://www.soapdom.com/Inside-the-Bubble/chicago-tv-host-honor-mom-in-a-cancer-survivors-celebration-walk.html Ryan Chiaverini and his MomRyan Chiaverini, Chicago talk show host of Windy City Live (ABC 7 1PM) will be participating in the 24th annual Cancer Survivors' Celebration Walk & 5 K in Chicago on Sunday June 4th. (Grant Park) and it will be very personal, as he honors his mother, who lost her battle.

"I lost my mom to cancer several months ago, and this is something I want to do," Chiaverini said. "My mom battled cancer twice. She was doing well and now she was taken from us. I want to honor her memory."

Chiaverini will be forming a team called "Team Edna."

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mwilows@comcast.net (Mark Edward Wilows) Inside the Bubble Tue, 02 May 2017 23:01:58 +0000
Do you want to star in TV commercials? http://www.soapdom.com/Inside-the-Bubble/do-you-want-to-star-in-tv-commercials.html http://www.soapdom.com/Inside-the-Bubble/do-you-want-to-star-in-tv-commercials.html Joanna and Don UnderwoodDo you ever sit and watch those TV commercials and say to yourself 'I can do that, or I can sell that'? Well, the answer is you probably can, but how and where do you begin?

Television commercials are big business. You have celebrity endorsements, and then you have the regular person. Remember...Tom Cruise can not sell everything! And many sponsors look for the so-called "Average Joe" to make their product believable to the public.

"It could be you. You can be the next star of TV commercial," according to Don Underwood, talent agent in Hinsdale, Il., a suburb of Chicago. Don is the proprietor along with his wife, Joanna, of Babes'n Beaus, a full-line talent agency. His days are long and are spent trying to find the right face and talent that a client is looking for to sell or advertise their product.

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mwilows@comcast.net (Mark Edward Wilows) Inside the Bubble Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:48:56 +0000
General Hospital gets visit from Chicago TV Hosts, Ryan Chiaverini and Val Warner http://www.soapdom.com/Inside-the-Bubble/general-hospital-gets-visit-from-chicago-tv-hosts-ryan-chiaverini-and-val-warner.html http://www.soapdom.com/Inside-the-Bubble/general-hospital-gets-visit-from-chicago-tv-hosts-ryan-chiaverini-and-val-warner.html Windy City Live's Ryan Chiaverini and Val Warner on their way to General HospitalDid you ever think of what it would be like to visit the set of General Hospital, or better yet have a role on the show?

Well, for Chicago television hosts, Ryan Chiaverini and Val Warner of ABC7's Windy City Live, this was no dream, but a reality. Both got to visit Port Charles recently and be a part of the action and become soap opera stars for the day. (The episode aired on November 9, 2016).

"I have to say, this was a lot of fun. Our job is in the studio and in front of cameras everyday, but seeing the General Hospital set was neat, "Chiaverini said. "I have to admit, as a kid I saw the show.  It was really great to be able to see the iconic nurses station in person.  It also was something to see the outside of the building resembling a hospital."

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lmsmith@soapdom.com (Mark Edward Wilows) Inside the Bubble Thu, 24 Nov 2016 02:02:53 +0000
A day in the life of Windy City Live, a locally produced Chicago talk show http://www.soapdom.com/Inside-the-Bubble/a-day-in-the-life-of-windy-city-live-a-locally-produced-chicagos-talk-show.html http://www.soapdom.com/Inside-the-Bubble/a-day-in-the-life-of-windy-city-live-a-locally-produced-chicagos-talk-show.html Windy City Live hosts Ryan Chiaverini and Val WarnerThe making of a successful local talk show has many ingredients, and Chicago‘s Windy City Live, which airs locally at 1 PM on ABC 7, measures up to every one. Recently, I had the chance to go backstage and spent the day on the set of the show to find out why the show is successful and the reason that people keep tuning in.

Entering its sixth season, the set expresses “Chicago” with various landmark pictures drawn on the walls. A big huge oval desk anchors the main set and when the cameras are ready to roll, the TV and studio audience is greeted by two charming and vibrant hosts, Ryan Chiaverini and Val Warner.

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mwilows@comcast.net (Mark Edward Wilows) Inside the Bubble Sat, 22 Oct 2016 05:12:13 +0000
Behind the scenes of a local Afternoon show -- Chicago's Windy City Live http://www.soapdom.com/Inside-the-Bubble/behind-the-scenes-of-a-local-morning-show-chicago-live.html http://www.soapdom.com/Inside-the-Bubble/behind-the-scenes-of-a-local-morning-show-chicago-live.html Soapdom's Mark Edward Wilows spent the whole day at Chicago's Windy City Live earlier this week. 

He's got tons to share about the inner workings of a live television program.  

Stay tuned to Soapdom.com for his full write up.

Coming soon!

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lmsmith@soapdom.com (Linda Marshall-Smith) Inside the Bubble Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:57:19 +0000
Days of our Lives Meredith Scott Lynn bringing back the art of writing http://www.soapdom.com/Inside-the-Bubble/days-of-our-lives-meredith-scott-lynn-bringing-back-the-art-of-writing.html http://www.soapdom.com/Inside-the-Bubble/days-of-our-lives-meredith-scott-lynn-bringing-back-the-art-of-writing.html Written by Days of our Lives' Deidre Hall (Marlena)Looking for the perfect gift? Or something that you want to give someone, like a child or grandchild? Well... Write Brain Books has just the gift idea for you.  And, it will be everlasting!

Meredith Scott Lynn, (Ann, Days of our Lives) brainstormed a wonderful idea. A book! But not your ordinary book -- one that is special and crested by you. You are the author.

According to the actress turned entrepreneur...

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mwilows@comcast.net (Mark Edward Wilows) Inside the Bubble Fri, 18 Dec 2015 00:09:06 +0000
Days of our Lives’ Jen Lilley ~ a Christmas CD and a movie, too! Ho! Ho! Ho! http://www.soapdom.com/Inside-the-Bubble/days-of-our-lives-jen-lilley-a-christmas-cd-and-a-movie-too-ho-ho-ho.html http://www.soapdom.com/Inside-the-Bubble/days-of-our-lives-jen-lilley-a-christmas-cd-and-a-movie-too-ho-ho-ho.html Jen Lilley sharing the joy of the holiday season with Tinsel TownJen Lilley, (Theresa, Days of our Lives) dreamt about doing a Christmas album since she was a child, and this year, her dream becomes reality with her new CD, Tinsel Town! Not only is the CD available now, Christmas 2015 is guaranteed to be doubly rosy and bright for her, because she will also light up the screen in the Lifetime holiday film, The Spirit of Christmas.

"I'm all over," she said with a laugh. "In addition to playing Theresa, I have been busy. I have many goals and that is to accomplish a lot in this business. I also have about 15 careers in mind that I want to fulfill someday. I'm busy and want to be in everything," she said. But Days of our Lives fans fear not. "My first love is playing Theresa with all my heart," Lilley shared.

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lmsmith@soapdom.com (Mark Edward Wilows with additional reporting by Linda Marshall-Smith) Inside the Bubble Thu, 26 Nov 2015 02:02:34 +0000
50 Years of Days of our Lives ~ 50 Years of an iconic theme… http://www.soapdom.com/Inside-the-Bubble/50-years-of-day-of-our-lives-50-years-of-an-iconic-theme.html http://www.soapdom.com/Inside-the-Bubble/50-years-of-day-of-our-lives-50-years-of-an-iconic-theme.html Bobby HartWhen Bobby Hart and his songwriting partner, Tommy Boyce, were commissioned to write the theme song for a brand new soap opera over 50 years ago, they had no idea whatsoever that it would still be running on air, five days a week, twice a day for 50 years.

"I am blessed," Hart revealed to Soapdom, being grateful for its longevity and Days' Executive Producer, Ken Corday, keeping the Boyce & Hart theme song airing all these years.

You may not recognize the name of the songwriting team of Boyce & Hart, but odds are, if you or your parents were around in the mid to late 1960s, you are more than familiar with their music.

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lmsmith@soapdom.com (Linda Marshall-Smith) Inside the Bubble Fri, 02 Oct 2015 04:24:20 +0000
Soapers ~ a movement, a philosophy, a new book http://www.soapdom.com/Inside-the-Bubble/soapers-a-movement-a-philosophy-a-new-book.html http://www.soapdom.com/Inside-the-Bubble/soapers-a-movement-a-philosophy-a-new-book.html Soapers cover artWhen ABC announced the cancellation of long time fan favorite soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live in the spring of 2011, all havoc broke loose. Passionate fans took to the internet, boycotted ABC's advertisers, called for the firing of then ABC Daytime head, Brian Frons (who spearheaded the cancellations), picketed the studio, did anything and everything they possibly could to let the network know just how unhappy they were with the network's decision to dump their continuing stories for the more cost efficient lifestyle and talk shows that were to replace the soaps.

One such loyal fan, Flo DiBona, has chronicled the events of this tumultuous time in her new book, Soapers.

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lmsmith@soapdom.com (Linda Marshall-Smith) Inside the Bubble Fri, 02 Oct 2015 04:08:48 +0000