By Michael Karol Posted: Sep 21, 2010
If you're a fan of police procedurals and gorgeous scenery, handsome men and beautiful women — and come on, who isn't? — prepare to make time for the reboot of HAWAII FIVE-0. The new series has decorated ex-Naval officer Steve McGarrett (in the hunky form of Aussie Alex O'Loughlin) returning to Oahu to catch the low-life smuggler (actually, his brother; it's a long story) who killed McGarrett's father. In no time flat, McGarrett's asked to head a new task force by Governor Pat Jameson (Jean Smart, excellent as always, but underused; note to showrunners: when you've got gold, mine it!)…with the proviso, of course, that McGarrett can use whatever time he makes to find dad's killer.
By Michael Karol Posted: Aug 17, 2010
I hate to say this about my favorite soap, but it's been hurtin' since Adam and Brooke left town. For the first five months of the year, as Lorraine Broderick supervised the show's scripts in between head writers, ALL MY CHILDREN rocked. The show did everything it was supposed to do: brought back Jack and Brooke; celebrated the soap's 40th anniversary in an interesting and moving way, bringing back Hayley, Mateo, Maria and others in the process; offered a touching memorial to the late James Mitchell (and his character, Palmer) which also opened the door to a new generation of Cortlandt/Chandler feuding; and on and on. For a long-time viewer (since 1982), it was heaven.
By Michael Karol Posted: May 24, 2010
No doubt some LOST fans — and all atheist fans — are crying in their Dharma juice about the unanswered questions from Sunday's finale. But no matter what you think of the plot or story holes — and I absolutely adored it until the final 10 minutes or so — its creators always had one thing in mind as the backbone of the show, as LOST co-creator Damon Lindelof has said: "The show is, at its heart and soul, a character study. We were fascinated as storytellers by what makes people the way they are." In that sense, the series finale was exactly what any LOSTie craved: emotional reunions and returns for most of the major characters, including those who had died in the previous six seasons.
By Michael Karol Posted: May 13, 2010
I'm glad ALL MY CHILDREN has recast Bianca; she's a legacy character on the show and a historic character in daytime.
By Michael Karol Posted: May 7, 2010
Who is Zack Weinstein? The simple answer is, he's a guest star on the May 11 episode of GLEE, "Laryngitis." The more complicated answer is, he's a talented young actor, who hasn't let a paralyzing spinal cord injury stop him from pursuing his dream.
By Michael Karol Posted: Apr 28, 2010
ALL MY CHILDREN just came off its best week in years, the week of April 19 to 23.
By Michael Karol Posted: Apr 15, 2010
I had the rare and wonderful opportunity to speak to Gillian Spencer, the actress best known for playing ALL MY CHILDREN's Daisy Cortlandt. She returns to the show on April 20 to remember her erstwhile TV husband Palmer (the late James Mitchell) in a special memorial episode (see Soap Opera Weekly's April 27 issue, on sale now, for the scoop). But Spencer had a lot more to say that we couldn't fit into the magazine, including her thoughts on the survival of the soap industry and what she's been doing other than acting and winning a Daytime Emmy for writing the soaps.
By Michael Karol Posted: Mar 30, 2010
I recently spoke with Walt Willey (Jack, ALL MY CHILDREN) about the formerly sorry state of his character (who was MIA in Europe) and why it was so frustrating to him as an actor. He also weighed in on what makes Jack and Erica so great.
By Michael Karol Posted: Feb 19, 2010
David Canary, who has played Adam Chandler on ALL MY CHILDREN since 1983, has announced his retirement. Canary's riveting portrayal of one of the most ruthless businessmen on television — and one of the most married — has left an indelible impression on the daytime landscape. Canary also played Adam's gentle, loving identical twin Stuart (starting in 1984).
By Michael Karol Posted: Feb 11, 2010
What can we say about Jack's swift return to Pine Valley? That it was way too long in coming, of course. But now that he's home, ALL MY CHILDREN smartly made his first move to see Erica — and find out why his ex was dallying with her daughter’s ex, Ryan. Both Jack and Erica were in fine form, and demonstrated that they, as a couple, even long-separated and obviously with issues, still have more chemistry than Erica and anyone else on the show.