Imaginary Bitches


As reported by Ms. Riegel herself on Twitter, the Emmy-award winning actress now appearing on The Young and the Restless (Acting DA Heather Stevens), is with child. According to the tweets, she’s approximately 3 months along and enjoying all the perks of pregnancy, including crashing fatigue and projectile vomiting. (to be fair, I’m not sure about the projectile part, but she did share with us she has been “barfing” a lot)

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Wanted to share the great news: I’m pregnant!!! Baby Miller’s due in early May. No word on what he/she’s got going on down south just yet! 21 hours ago

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I’m feeling great, just getting my energy back. But if you were wondering where I’ve been, chances are I was probably napping or barfing! 21 hours ago

Looking back now, a few Y&R viewers have noted that Eden appeared to be glowing in many of her scenes recently. I don’t think it was from the lighting, either.

And I think we all can agree that Eden will, in all likelihood, be a wonderful, nurturing mother (as anyone who has met Eden’s mother can attest, she was raised right and will impart the wisdom of her mother to her child).

Having met Andrew’s parents… well, I wonder how he turned out as he did. I’m guessing he either fell on his head repeatedly, ate an entire bottle of orange-flavored children’s aspirin as a tot or spiked an incredibly high fever that no one noticed during a developmental phase. Eden has her hands full with that one…

In all seriousness, we here at Lather, Rinse, Repeat (meaning me, since I’m the only one here) want to congratulate Eden and Andrew and know that their child will enjoy a life of love and laughter and that he or she will never know a lack of talent or imagination.
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Congratulations to Andrew for winning the Best Writing Award at the 4th Annual Independent Television Festival in Los Angeles, CA, for his inspired work on the Award Winning web series. The Festival ran from the 31st of July through the 6th of August.

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Via Jamey Giddens at Daytime Confidential:

Imaginary Bitches creator Andrew Miller is over the moon this morning. Eden Riegel’s  real life hubby took home the Best Writing Award at the 4th Annual Independent Television Festival.

“This award is so amazing. And I’m especially honored given the incredible amount of talent at this year’s ITV Festival,” says Miller. “Hopefully the recognition will finally shut Catherine up and prove that she and Heather DID NOT improvise every good line in the script like she keeps saying.”

Catherine was not amused by Andrew’s statement, surprisingly enough. She raced to Twitter and tweeted her anger later yesterday morning:

Daytime Confidential has sunk to a new low in journalism inyegrity. Expect a lawsuit.

Poor Catherine… She still hasn’t realized that you can’t fight the truth…

P.S. The misspelling of “integrity” is all on Catherine… Which surely strengthens her case…

On Monday, June 6th, Andrew Miller, Eden Riegel, Catherine and Heather were in New York City for the 13th Annual Webby Awards presentation. They walked the red carpet, shot a vlog whereby C&H harass Eden while on the red carpet, and then kept fans informed with constant tweets about the happenings (Eden was apparently nervous, drinking and felt up by Sarah Silverman, Catherine was her usual snarky self and Heather was trolling).

(vlogs have sadly been removed from YouTube and the IB website…)

From all indications, it was a party of the highest order. Except, of course, when Eden fretted she might puke at the podium while attempting to give her 5-word speech she may or may not be able to remember (Um, Eden, it was 5 WORDS! You’re an Emmy winner, five words shouldn’t shake you that badly), when she was in the bathroom and missed seeing Martha Stewart and when she began to channel Catherine in feeling a little bitchy over Cameron Diaz’s pants…

Now, I will admit that not only am I writing this blog because I love Imaginary Bitches, Andrew Miller and Eden Riegel, but in a contest held by the Brain-trust at IB, my 5-word speech was chosen by fans to be delivered by Eden when accepting her Webby…

Kudos to the Webby Awards for their innovative approach to awards banquets and instead of letting winners ramble on until the orchestra plays them off with a weird rendition of Shaft or something… (I’m looking at you Nighttime Emmy’s and the Oscars).

The bigger kudos go to the IB gang for allowing fans to offer, then vote on, Eden’s acceptance speech. The level of accessibility to fans shown by Andrew Miller, Eden Riegel and all those involved with the show is amazing. Plus, to hear an Emmy winner deliver your line to a crowd that includes the likes of Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Fallon, Martha Stewart, Molly Sims, Seth Meyers, Lisa Kudrow and The Muppet Show’s Beaker is incredible…

So congratulations of the highest order to Andrew Miller, Eden Riegel, Imaginary Bitches and the cast and crew of the show, for receiving an award given to honor the best of Internet content. Here is proof that this show is a phenomenal success and will only get better.

And thank you for being so in touch with your fans.

The nominees for the Daytime Emmy’s were announced on May 14th and true soap fans must be shaking their heads in wonder. Or are speechless… Or dumbfounded… Or all of the above…

Somehow, beyond all the laws of nature, All My Children leads the way with 19 nominations. Let me repeat, ALL MY CHILDREN GOT 19 NOMINATIONS!!!! One year removed from one (one, singular, individual, solitary, ONE) nomination (David Canary as Adam Chandler – currently being forced out by TIIC), they managed to rake in 19 nominations!!!

WTF?!?! NINETEEN NOMINATIONS?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Are you serious?!?! You cannot be serious!! That’s… that’s mind-boggling!! The show that was made fun of, turned into a punch-line, became an utter laughingstock to a huge cross-section of viewers, got 19 nominations?!?!? I’d like to know what compromising photos Charles Pratt has of the judging committee to sway the vote like this.

Now, granted there were acting noms that were much deserved. Thorsten Kaye (again), Debbie Morgan (YAY!), Melissa Claire Egan (first time), Alicia Minshew (finally!) all transcended the material they were given to earn their nominations. Angie’s return and her discovering Jesse alive after 20 years was fantastic work. And Alicia, finally recognized after many deserving years, snagged her first ever nomination. Melissa Egan’s CrazyAnnie was worth the price of admission (except, of course, the day she leapt off Ryan’s penthouse balcony and landed without a scratch several floors below, but… that was the writing, not the acting).

However, I seriously take exception to All My Children and The Bold and the Beautiful receiving nominations as Best Daytime Drama. AMC, if nothing else, deserves an award for Best Example of How to Destroy a Once Incredibly Popular Soap with Nothing More Than Amazingly Bad Writing. (I bet that wouldn’t fit on the trophy, but, you never know, it has a pretty big base). The Bold and the Beautiful is good soap, but no where near on par with The Young and the Restless or even One Life to Live’s level this year.

All My Children, once one of the strongest shows on daytime, has been reduced to mindless hackery. Charles Pratt has taken the show to the very depths of ghoulishness with his unbelievably high body count in a relatively short time-span:  Zach shooting Josh in the head in order to harvest his heart, Annie clubbing brother Richie like a baby seal to save her marriage (oops), Babe getting impaled during a tornado, Greenlee flying off a cliff on a motorcycle, Di Henry being shot and killed by CrazyAnnie during her plot to save her marriage (again, oops). (have I missed anyone? They came fast and furious at one point)  There was the waste of veteran/returning characters (and big names with big-time talent) to pimp new characters that utterly failed (*coughRebecca-Jesse’s-long-lost-wife-when-everyone-thought-he-was-dead-and-her-daughter-and-the-one-hooker-we-couldn’t-care-less-about-Randicough*), the force-feeding of the re-pairing of Ryan and Greenlee, which effectively ended Rebecca Budig’s return, which, oh, yeah, was botched by ABC/AMC. Toss in some cool effects, some plots with holes the size of the one in the ozone layer, plot-driven, soulless storytelling, and that was All My Children in 2008.

And yet, somehow, THEY GOT A WRITING NOMINATION!!!!!!! Charles Pratt got an Emmy nomination for the ridiculously HORRIBLE writing he cranked out in 2008. REALLY? REALLY?!?!?!

The man who actually blamed an Emmy Award winning actress for HIS inadequacies was nominated for Best Writing. This is the man who so completely decimated what should have been the most intriguing storyline on television, daytime or nighttime, was nominated for a writing award… Again, was it the headshot to Josh? Annie’s leap of faith and tire-ironing? Ryan and Greenlee rutting like pigs at every turn? I am utterly mystified how this drivel is worthy even of consideration, let alone an actual nomination.

If anything, Esensten and Brown deserve the nomination without Pratt’s name being tacked on to cheapen it. They did the work that resonated last year with Angie and Jesse’s return, among other things. They had started turning the show around when Brian Frons inexplicably fired them and brought on his buddy, Charles Pratt. And the impact was felt immediately in declining quality. Attaching Pratt’s name to this makes the category irrelevant and a farce.

Like toddlers with no sense of actual value, it’s obvious the judges are swayed by a shiny trinket from a gumball machine. The fancy effects of CGI outweigh the quality of the writing, pacing and continuity.

And don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE Alicia Minshew, and she is incredibly deserving of her nomination, but there was an indescribably better heart transplant story on daytime last year, involving Crystal Chappell’s fantastic Olivia Spencer on Guiding Light. Like Minshew’s Kendall, Olivia also received the heart of a loved one. Yet Olivia’s story ripped out viewers hearts with her despondency upon learning of Gus Aitoro’s death and the fact that his heart beat now in her chest. How she woke asking for Gus, how Reva broke the news of his death and the gift of his heart from his widow Natalia Rivera. How she gave up her will to live, crying out that she didn’t want to live if Gus was dead. On a daily basis, you watched Crystal Chappell with a lump in your throat, unable to swallow it down with every scene that played out. In this instance, Guiding Light outshone AMC and Crystal Chappell again acted circles around the best daytime has to offer.

(Let me add that I seriously doubt Alicia Minshew’s Emmy submission material was the heart transplant storyline, since she was lying in a bed during that time, pretending to be in a coma. She was, however, an incredibly realistic coma patient)

There is one, possibly two, names on the list for Best Supporting Actress that should have been switched out with Crystal’s. She is undoubtedly one of the best actresses working in daytime television and her name absent from this list is really a travesty. She’ll get hers in 2009 for the work she’s done in recent months. If not, then there’s something seriously rotten in Denmark.

I’ll give AMC the technical award nominations, though. Well deserved, I’m sure.

Here’s hoping OLTL sweeps every category they’re nominated in with AMC…

Deserving Nominees include Susan Haskell, who transcended the repugnant rape-mance storyline on OLTL. She always does top-notch work. Daniel C0sgrove, as GL’s Bill Lewis, also delivers quality work on a daily basis and Jeanne Cooper, the Grande Dame of Daytime, still impresses and had a fantastically  meaty storyline last year.

I would replace Anthony Geary with Darnell Williams. Darnell’s turn as newly-back-from-the-dead Jesse Hubbard was tortured as he still fought to keep his family safe. Plus the respect to the history of the character by the writers made his portrayal even better.

Gina Tognoni, Kim Zimmer, Crystall Chappell, all names that could, and probably should, be on this list. I like Bree Williamson, I just don’t think her turn as crazy Tessica is Emmy-worthy, even with the work she did during Nash’s death.

I think Tamara Braun’s Ava from DOOL was a loony-tune… which means of the 5 nominees in the Best Supporting Actress Category, 3 characters were mentally unbalanced last year… Lack of originality much, Academy voters?

Congratulations, however, are in order for the brilliant minds behind Imaginary Bitches, which snagged a nomination in the New Approaches in Daytime Entertainment category opposite fellow You Tube series I Met The Walrus. TAC. TV, The New York Times Magazine Screen Tests and All My Children are also nominated. (Um, AMC? WTF?!?!) Of course, if they walk off with the trophy, it will be all Eden Riegel’s fault. (And watching Eden win an Emmy over AMC would be sweet vindication)

The Daytime Emmy’s will air on August 30, 2009 on the CW.

Best of luck to the many deserving nominees… Charles Pratt, on the other hand, can suck it.

imaginary-bitchesCongratulations to Eden Riegel, the 2009 People’s Voice Webby Award Winner for Best Individual Performance!

Speculation remains on what Eden’s 5-word acceptance speech will be, but a lot of fans have weighed in with their own suggestions.

Mine?

S*ck it, Pratt! I ROCK!

or

Me, two; Charles Pratt, zero.

or

I’m to blame for this…

or

Thank you, I blame me.*

or

You are All My Bitches.**

Whatever she goes with, I’m sure it will be profound and meaningful and 5 words long.

Congrats, Eden, on a well-deserved honor.

*courtesy of sillyme
**courtesy of baby_c

both members of the BAM Board

New Hi-Def heights, that is! Enjoy the brilliant premiere episode of the award winning webseries Imaginary Bitches in Hi-Def on Strike.TV.

And don’t forget to head over to the Webby Awards and Vote for Eden for her portrayal as… er… Eden in Imaginary Bitchimaginary-bitcheses!

And check out the updated Imaginary Bitches website for good, bitchy fun! (especially check out the Interact section where you can follow Eden on Twitter (and Catherine, too!) and watch some fan-made video clips).

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In an email sent to Friends of Bitches, of which I count myself a member, we were informed that IB has gotten backing from Strike.TV, a site that allows you to watch web videos from the site RIGHT ON YOUR TV!

(W)e’re thrilled to announce that we’re joining up with Strike.TV. Strike is an amazing source for the best web content available and starting in the next couple weeks, they’re going to be redistributing Season One in HD just about everywhere the internet goes.  And more importantly, they’re going to help us put the money together to get Season Two underway! We couldn’t be more excited to be working with them.

Also in the email was news that Eden Riegel has been nominated for a Webby Award! There was no word on Catherine and Heather; however, I have the distinct impression that if Eden got the nod and they were snubbed, there are some serious hurt feelings in the IB camp. I just hope it doesn’t cause another strike in the near future because when the girls walked off the set last year, all hell broke loose…

Congratulations, Eden, on this well-deserved nomination!

Get out the vote now!

Eden Riegel has received a “Best Performance” nomination in 13th annual Webby Awards!! It’s a huge honor in the most prestigious awards show in the whole world wide web. But she’s got some stiff competition. Rob Corddry from the WB’s Children’s Hospital and Isabella Rossillini from Sundance Channel’s Green Porno to name just a couple.

BUT YOU CAN PUSH EDEN OVER THE TOP by voting for her in the People’s Voice section. And it’s really simple.

1. go to http://pv.webbyawards.com/
2. register (it’ll take 2 seconds – just your email & a password)
3. click on the “Online Film and Video” section
4. find the “Best Performance” category
5. vote for Eden Riegel in Imaginary Bitches

I’ve voted. Have you?

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