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Talk Show Appearance

(9/23/16) HARRY, syndicated

Fr 9/30: Morgan Freeman

Talk Show Appearance


Th 9/29: Morgan Freeman, Judith Light

Talk Show Appearance

(9/23/16) LIVE WITH KELLY, syndicated

Th 9/29: Morgan Freeman

Tom Wiggin & Christina Bennett Lind on Persons of Interest

“A More Perfect Union” – The Machine sends Reese and Finch to a wedding to protect a pair of POIs before their nuptials. Also, Fusco becomes angry at being kept in the dark by the team and takes it upon himself to investigate a string of missing person reports, on PERSON OF INTEREST, Monday, May 23 (9:59-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Guest Cast Includes: Purva Bedi (Maggie), Christina Bennett Lind (Karen), Tom Wiggin (Kent).

Humbert Allen Astredo Dies: ‘Dark Shadows’ Actor Was 86

Humbert Allen Astredo, a stage actor who played opposite James Earl Jones, Frank Langella and Elizabeth Taylor but is best remembered by generations of scared kids as the evil, devil-bearded warlock of Dark Shadows, died February 19 at the age of 86. No cause of death was given in a paid death notice published today in the New York Times.

After performing for Joseph Papp’s free Shakespeare in the Park and in various Off-Broadway productions, Astredo joined Shadows in 1968 in his primary role Nicholas Blair, a demon-summoning warlock and foe of witch hunters. The role was at the center of a brief controversy in ’68 when real-life Christian groups protested a plotline in which Astredo’s character seemed to be gearing up for an encounter with Satan himself. The show’s writers — in what was either a real reaction or a publicity stunt — renamed the devil character Diablos and outfitted him in generic Grim Reaper garb.

Humbert served in the Korean War before studying acting at the Pasadena Playhouse, working in local L.A. theaters and establishing the classical theater company the Hollywood Center Theatre. He played Sergius in Shakespeare in the Park’s production of Shaw’s Arms And The Man. He also performed with James Earl Jones in Othello. After Shadows, he toured nationally with both Langella and Martin Landau in Dracula. On Broadway he performed in Gore Vidal’s An Evening With Richard Nixon, Lorraine Hansberry’s Les Blancs and the world tour of Little Foxes with Elizabeth Taylor.

Before retiring to Connecticut in the 1980s, he appeared on soaps Another World, The Edge Of Night, For Richer, For Poorer, Guiding Light, Love Of Life, Loving, One Life To Live, Somerset and Texas. He was predeceased by his daughter Jennifer.


Tom Wiggin (ex-Kirk, ATWT/ex-Lawrence, GL/ex-Gil, AW/ex-Joe, Texas) has written a book, The Client's Wife, the first in a series of mystery/romances starring Emma Charles, the 30-year-old grandaughter of Nick and Nora Charles (of The Thin Man movies). Emma is following in her grandparents' footsteps as a private eye in present day New York City. She has just secured her first client when she meets Dash Moran, a jazz pianist who just might be the man of her dreams. Emma joins forces with Dash and an unforgettable cast of characters to unravel a series of murders in this stylish romp that races from the Upper East Side of Manhattan to Harlem and to the glittering mansions of the Hamptons. The book can be purchased at Amazon or on Kindle or through the website, Check it out!

The Client's Wife: an Emma Charles Mystery

(Paperback, Kindle) by Tom Wiggin (ex-Kirk, ATWT/ex-Lawrence, GL/ex-Gil, AW/ex-Joe, Texas)

Emma Charles is the 30 year old granddaughter of Nick and Nora Charles, the high society sleuthing couple immortalized in “The Thin Man” movies of the 1930s. Emma's dream of following in her grandparents’ footsteps has started to come true: she has opened her own private investigation agency and secured her first case with a high profile client.

The second part of Emma’s dream is more elusive: enjoying the kind of romance that Nick and Nora made famous. Emma’s devotion to her grandparents’ Swing Era culture has made it impossible to find a contemporary man who can match her wit, taste and love of jazz music and gin martinis. But as Emma tackles her first case, which has unexpectedly implicated her client’s wife, she meets Dash Moran, a jazz pianist who has big dreams of his own and also harbors a deep appreciation for that bygone era.

In this stylish mystery/romance that races from the posh Upper East Side of Manhattan to funky Harlem and out to the glittering mansions of the Hamptons, Emma joins forces with Dash and an unforgettable cast of characters to solve a series of murders that threaten to make Emma and her client’s wife the final victims.

The History and Influence of Soap Operas

(Listen) Earlier today, Julianne Moore got an Oscar nomination for "Still Alice." She is by far the betting favorite to win the best actress award. But you may remember her better as Franny Hughes Crawford on "As The World Turns." And four or five years before Ellen said "I'm gay," Bill Douglas came out as a gay teenager on One Life to Live. That character was played by Ryan Philippe. In fact, Leo DiCaprio, Maria Tomei, Tommy Lee Jones, Parker Posey, Kevin Bacon, Meg Ryan, they all worked on soaps before they moved on.

Now there are only four soap operas left – drawn out, dramatic stories that used to be sponsored by soap manufacturers, and now are struggling to maintain relevance to house wives who have a lot more options in the middle of the day. We'll talk about this slice of Americana with those in the industry, and a professor who co-directs “Project Daytime.”


Barbara Irwin - Professor of Communication Studies at Canisius College, co-director of Project Daytime
Ken Barnett - Actor
Mara Levinsky - Senior Editor at Soap Opera Digest
Ron Carlivati - Head writer for General Hospital

Catherine Hickland Interview

Soap Vet Catherine Hickland Goes On An Excellent God Adventure. Read the TV Guide interview here.