For standing in front of that ABC Studio Center on West 67th Street (or 66th maybe) was none other than the man who brings Pine Valley Superstud Lawyer Jackson Montgomery to life every day on All My Children: Mr. Walt Willey. This is the man who can say, "Erica, I'm gonna have to sue you... for a million kisses" and make it sound kind of maybe like somebody's idea of poetry! And then a week later he can say "Brooke, I'm gonna have to sue you...for a million kisses" and make THAT kind of sound like somebody's idea of poetry!
I did not bother Mr. Willey, who stood tall, tanned, and imposing. He was so living his "feeling on top of it all on the Wednesday of Daytime Emmy Week" moment, smoking what whiffed to me like a menthol classic, that I wanted him to have his moment as I had mine. And I did.
Now onto the winners and losers of the week in pop culture:
MICK JAGGER: You'd think he'd be a loser for appearing in a pilot for a prospective ABC sitcom, but the WAY he's doing it is what makes him a winner. He is eternally cool and above the fray, and that's how he's being portrayed in the show. In the series -- which follows a group of amateur cons trying to rob Jagger's apartment -- he plays himself, will only appear in a handful of episodes, and will shoot his scenes on location. There will be no confusing this show with a three camera sitcom, or Jagger with Tony Danza.
NEIL YOUNG: Today he releases "Let's Impeach the President" online. In the post-9/11 age of protest-song-backlash, artists are discouraged from speaking out against the government, lynched themselves for speaking up instead of any provoking any kind of honest debate about what they're actually saying. So whether you agree with Young or not, at least he's got guts and something to say. Although you knew Jessica Simpson's "These Boots are Made for Walkin'" remake was a pro-Hillary battle cry, didn't you?
JAN MAXWELL: Alec Baldwin's onstage co-star quit the show this week because the actress says Baldwin made her life hell. She got out of a bad situation for her, doesn't have to deal with someone she hates, got the "sweet revenge" moment of telling the world how much she can't stand Alec Baldwin, and was paid out of her contract to boot.