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As announced last week, Eden Riegel, most famous for her Daytime Emmy-award winning turn as All My Children‘s Bianca Montgomery, the first major gay character on daytime television, has signed on to The Young and the Restless in the role of Heather Stevens. This is a huge departure for Riegel as Heather is an aggressive Assistant District Attorney with an attitude and who has had just a few bed-mates of the male persuasion…

One of the benefits of this move is that Riegel will be reunited with her longtime friend and former on-screen paramour Elizabeth Hendrickson, who plays headstrong, conniving, funny Chloe Mitchell. (both Heather and Chloe are the offspring of legacy characters in Genoa City, as well) If they have any interaction is yet to be seen, but that will be a lot of fun to see since the characters are not friends as Heather most recently hit the sheets with Billy Abbott, the father of Chloe’s child. The other will be watching Eden take on a character the total polar opposite of Bianca; arrogant, aggressive, seriously flawed and miles from the moral center Bianca was to Pine Valley.

I, for one, am excited to see Eden stretch her wings and play a new character. She will forever and always be Bianca Montgomery, but there comes a time when you have to take that next step and try something new. It will be jarring to see the visage of sweet, honest loving Bianca as a single-minded, envelope-pushing legal eagle, but it most certainly will be fun!

Thank you, Eden, for everything you gave to All My Children and its viewers. You went above and beyond in many instances, including taking the wrath of a viewership and then Writer/Producer (using the terms incredibly loosely) Charles Pratt when he blamed you for his own massive shortcomings. Sadly, you can’t please all of the people all of the time, most obviously the ones who have blinders on or absolutely no idea what the hell they’re talking about while believing they do.

And best of luck on Y&R. I know you’ll be fantastic.

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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…

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).

On the April 22nd episode of Guiding Light, Jessica Leccia’s Natalia took control and didn’t relinquish it for a moment. She faced down Crystal Chappell’s Olivia and told her, in no uncertain terms, that she knows the consequences of telling someone you love them. She knows what’s she done and she is more than willing to take on whatever comes. She shouted down Olivia’s attempts at “saving” Natalia from the shame, the ridicule, of what their love could mean to them.

The look on her face when Emma asked her if she would be attending her play at school, talking over Olivia to tell the Jelly Bean that she “Would love to” brooked no argument and Olivia knew better than to try. At the school she willingly confronted Olivia, calling her out for her actions and attitude, then stood up to the backlash she knew was coming. And there was real conviction in her voice and her expression when she told Olivia the hardest thing she had to do on the day of her wedding to Frank was telling you that I love you. Telling you how I really feel.”

Her expression was set and she snapped at Olivia on multiple occasions, unwilling to let Ms. Spencer bully her into accepting how she thought it should be. Nat was strong, she was forceful and, once she built up a good head of steam, she was very, very sure of herself. She even managed to tell Olivia off at one point, quite pointedly, I might add. She was not, as she so purposefully told Olivia, at all naïve

She called Olivia to task for selling her short. Angrily and defiantly so. I do find it ironic that Natalia called Olivia on this, since it was always Olivia telling her she was better than the station in life she’d settled for. It was wonderful to see Natalia standing up for herself, for what she was feeling and what she truly believed in, which, honestly, was their love.

She might have completely knocked down the walls Olivia had so carefully constructed after their mutual confessions of love last week if the show hadn’t ended and we hadn’t just absolutely known that Frank would somehow manage to interrupt… Impeccable timing that man has, they could use him over on All My Children whenever Ryan and Kendall get within range of each other…

It takes a very strong actor to be able to stand toe to toe with someone of Crystal Chappell’s caliber and not fade into the background beneath such a commanding presence and formidable performance. Jessica Leccia is just that type of actor. She not only holds her own, but makes herself an equal to the daytime powerhouse and today proved it. Natalia’s confession of love at the gazebo was a powerful moment. But when Natalia faced off with Olivia in Emma’s classroom and took control of the moment, took control of her emotions and the situation, she wasn’t the Natalia Rivera that Olivia mocked and insulted in the weeks following Gus’ death.

She was Olivia’s equal.

Everybody knows what a powerful, talented actor Crystal Chapell is. Now everyone will know that Jessica Leccia is just the same.

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Things I learned on GL today (although some of them occurred during the previews for tomorrow):

Billy needs medical attention for what appears to be a massive tapeworm
Frank is a horrible detective, unless it involves Nat then he’s got the tracking skills of a Lakota Warrior
Buzz needs to comb the hair, yet keep away from the hair gel
Roc really sucks at keeping people captive
Never turn your back on the guy holding the gun
Olivia will kill someone someday with those incredible eyes of hers
Bosnia looks curiously like rural New Jersey
Nurse Call/TV remotes in hospital rooms can double as walkie talkies
Tipping Bosnian bellmen really well doesn’t improve their English comprehension
Putting a gun at the bottom of the suitcase, between a couple of shirts, makes it invisible to airline security… And customs…
Bosnian children have very nice Midwestern accents
Never eat at Company if you see Buzz, Billy and a computer on the counter. Especially don’t eat at the counter…
Nice hotels in Bosnia are never very far from wide open rural spaces
Dinah IS Carmen SanDiego… and Carmen SanDiego is in Bosnia right now…

thanks again to YouTube member Yodaluver28 for the clip of Otalia from the April 22nd episode

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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?