Cast Blog: #WWHL

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LOVING LIZA...LOVING LUCCI

‘Tis the End of the Eighth Season

Ask, Believe, Receive A Kiss From Andy

Wish Upon a Giggy

Giving Thanks to WWHL

Weathering the Storm

Blue Cheese and Blunders

Pranks for the Memories

The Devil's Contraption

Jill Zarin Gets Fiesty on 'WWHL'

A Researcher's Dream!

To 300 More!

Watch What Happens Fire!

We're Back and Full of Surprises!

'Gossip Girl' Star Makes a Cameo on 'Watch What Happens Live'

The Weirder the Pair, The Better!

The Queen of Puns

Here Since the Beginning

The Housewife Wannabe

Bedazzled Legs, Anyone?

...And Nordstrom!

Why We Like Mike

When a Ginger Man Loves a Woman

The Locomotion!

The Body Roll

Take This Lollipop

Normal Office Conversation

From the Sky

Things I Need to Tell You

Happy Summer!

Andy's Career Advice

My Book!

How Did This Happen?

A Bravolebrity Bonanza

Viewer Mail: Andy Pleads the Fifth on Martha Stewart

Back from Vacation!

Pancakes!

Wednesday Morning

R.I.P.

Getting Myself in Gear

Viewer Mail: Andy's Most Difficult Guest

LOVING LIZA...LOVING LUCCI

Andy talks soaps and Erica Cane.

When you enter the world of soap stars and their fans, you are entering a universe unto itself.

My friend Liza Persky didn't grow up crazy, she was born that way. She was also born a soap fan. Her passion was DAYS. She and her twin sister Jamie started at a young age by unlocking the key to access to soap stars. They methodically befriended fan club presidents because they were the gatekeepers to stars. The girls learned that the key to fan club president's hearts was through stamps (they needed stamps to send out mailers!) so they stole them from their mother and soon were cleaning up Thao ("Tony DiMara") Penglis' bathroom!

The twins also became activists. They picketed NBC in Burbank after the Salem Strangler had killed Marlena. (It turned out to have been her twin - Marlena's not Liza - so the girls were able to sleep.) They were interviewed by "Entertainment Tonight" at a candlelight vigil at UCLA protesting the "fact" that Liz Chandler (Gloria Loring) had gone to jail. Loring showed up herself at the event, wearing all white. (She always wore all white.) They baked Loring's banana bread (from her cookbook) and brought it to Deidre Hall's annual Lunch Break (a fan club gathering). The bread was so bad that Deidre's fan club president forbid the twins from serving it to the other fans.

I have my own deep connection with soaps, specifically "All my Children" and Susan Lucci, but today is about Liza because Monday night Liza attended ABC Daytime Salute to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS at the New Amsterdam Theater on 42nd Street.

According to Liza: Susan Lucci changed clothes four times, Erica Slezak (the Meryl Streep of Daytime) got a standing ovation (just for being Erica Slezak!); the young turk soap stars all wear duster jackets and some played guitars and others banged on drums but all of them screwed up at least once in their performance and had to start over again; "One Life to Live" superstar Robin Strasser (who has an unbelievable website and records a personal phone message to her fans once a week) wore a Bob Mackie dress and boa and sprawled on top of a piano and appropriately sang "A Piano and a Diva"; the joke that never got old in a 3-hour evening was the soap stars reciting all their character's last names (i.e. Erica Kane Brent Cudahy Chandler Montgomery blah blah blah!); and Jackie Zeman (GH's eternally young "Bobbie Brock") wasn't there at all but Liza insists and encourages us all to take a look at her face... T

he fans loved it. In any theater in New York City, taking flash fotos is not only prohibited but it's considered vulgar - not so in soapland. It was a tsunami of flashbulbs for the entire performance - cameras, phones, and videos - all rules out the window, according to Persky. And they screamed - the character names - all night!

I should take this moment to point out that Adrienne Barbeau ("Maude") is currently appearing onstage in the village as Judy Garland. Just a side note.

At intermission the soap stars mingled with the fans - they are so approachable. They need their fans and they know it, Liza says. As she admired the blue jean jacket of a Susan Lucci Superfan, a very very large denim affair washed with a montage of scenes from AMC on the back and some light bedazzling, she got caught staring and the woman gave her the card of the artist who'd done the magic jacket. All the ladies in the bathroom were talking about how tiny the actresses are, Liza reports.

As Susan Lucci opened act 2 with "'Ol Black Magic" accompanied by four chorus boys, the woman behind Liza occasionally wistfully sighed, "Oh Erica..." The show was followed by an anything-but-silent auction. Anything with Lucci went for a lot. Walt Willey (AMC's "Jackson") knelt on one knee to La Looch and simulated a proposal onstage, presenting her (probably well lubricated at this point) finger with a diamond ring. Flashbulbs went wild - and even wilder when Lucci announced that the ring was for auction. Everything came with an autographed poster, Persky reports. The ring went for thousands - it was fake, but Lucci had touched it.

Cassie de Paiva from "One Life to Live" was auctioning off a real diamond soon after that she'd been wearing all night. Nobody was bidding. The room was cold, as it goes. Enter La Looch who came forward to give her blessing to the diamond, touching it and thereby making it more valuable. It worked like a charm. The room went wild - it sold for $10,000 and they auctioned another even though they didn't have one. Unfortunately nobody bid on a trip backstage with Walt Willey and even La Looch couldn't sway them.

The night ended with another standing ovation. As everyone filed out Susan Lucci's husband, Helmut Huber, was mobbed by fans in the audience.

Ask, Believe, Receive A Kiss From Andy

WWHL’s Research PA dishes on one seriously unique work week.

Hey guys! My name is Laura and I’m a Research Production Assistant here at WWHL. For the first 3 seasons on this unbeweavable show, I was the permanently glittered hands crafting the crazy fun props and prizes gifted to the guests. You name it, I’ve bedazzled it! (No but seriously: pacifier, pickle, ‘fro pick, condoms, whip, hookah, mannequin leg...the list goes on!) This past season, I closed down my crafting corner and now I have the pleasure of helping Megan, Christie, and Lindsey with research and interactive. Every night, I get to read all of your amazing questions for our guests and help make sure that Andy’s got a stellar selection on his cards. But who cares about me?! On to this crazy week of shows!

Sunday: Kim and Reza did NOT disappoint.  They served up some wig wearin’, stache sportin’, truth tellin’ realness.  Kim rocked “The Farrah” like only she can, not to be outdone by Reza’s gloriously quaffed upper lip.  I swear that man’s mustache is the 8th wonder of the world...

There’s something so refreshing about two guests truly unafraid to tell it like it is and it makes for great TV.  Reza musta had Santa on the brain ‘cause he couldn’t keep from dropping those Ho, Ho, Hos! And say what you will about Kim, but that lady just wants to be home with her hot hubby and you can’t hate a ho for that!  

Monday: Let’s be real for a second: I’m 23 and I’m not even gonna PRETEND to be ashamed that I used to drink up every drama filled minute of Laguna Beach and The Hills. So of course I was LIVING for Kristin Cavallari’s confession that it was a big pile of producer induced drama. Shocking? Eh, not really. Exhilarating for the teen in me? Abso-freaking-lutely. There’s no shame in my game, hunny!




Taylor Armstrong was on her absolute A-game and she totally wins for my favorite one liner of the week: “The only thing uglier than a drunk woman is a drunk woman’s 40-yr-old ass flying through the air!” And please let us not forget the arm wrestling. Oh my word, the arm wrestling.  

Epic.  

Tuesday: Truly, there are no words for the amazingness that was the luscious lipped Lisa Rinna and Jeff Lewis and therefore I simply gift you with this kisstacular clip:




You’re welcome. 

Wednesday: I really think that one of the things that is so unique about WWHL is our unexpected guest combos. You never know who will end up in those chairs!  So when I saw ‘Carmen Electra and Billy Ray Cyrus’ on the calendar, my achy breaky heart skipped an achy breaky beat.

When Carmen slinked into the studio I couldn’t believe how amazing she looked. Does that woman age?! She was KILLIN’ it all night long complete with sex appeal and sock bun. I admit I was bummed when Billy Ray plead the fifth on the Miley Ex-BF question. I mean really, who wasn’t hoping for a little juice on a JoBro?! But fear not! Carmen saved the day (and all the imaginary swimmers) by teaching Andy and Billy to patrol the beach, slow mo style!

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Thursday: Apparently agelessness is going around because Jane Fonda looks SPECTACULAR. She and Sandra paired up for the perfect storm of hilarity and the show ended with my favorite new holiday tradition: Secret Sandra! 

And may I just add that the legendary, Oscar winning, fitness flaunting Miss Fonda went home wearing a menorah hat? So yeah, my life is complete. 


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Love and Light ;)
Laura