Back in the days when soaps were pre-empted for coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial, daytime TV fans discovered that the truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Now, the Investigation Discovery channel is banking on that appetite for true crime-themed programming to continue. Recently, they brought in a host of veteran soap stars, amongst them Lynn Herring (ex-Lucy, GENERAL HOSPITAL/PORT CHARLES) to tape a series of promotional bumper segments. (A broadcasting “bumper” fills up the space between the end of a program and the start of a commercial break, or vice versa.)
“Jackie Zeman (ex-Bobbie, GH), Judi Evans (Adrienne, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), Kin Shriner (Scott, GH/PC), Matt Ashford (Jack, DAYS), and I were in one group playing wicked women and bad boys, and then we also got to see DAYS’ Kristian Alfonso (Hope) and Drake Hogestyn (John),” Herring tells Soaps In Depth. “It was so much fun because we had separate parts, but we were all on the set at the same time and in makeup and chatting away. It felt like we were all back on some soap opera somewhere!”
In actuality, it’s been five years since PORT CHARLES concluded and Herring hung up her exasperating-yet-sexy alter ego, and nearly three since she played trouble-maker Audrey on AS THE WORLD TURNS. “I’d forgotten how much I missed that energy of being on a set where everybody has one purpose to make a cool product,” confesses the actress who’s been off raising a family on her Northern California ranch. But with her sons now gone to college, might she be enticed back to daytime again? Check out her upcoming Keeping Track interview in the ABC issue of Soaps In Depth on sale Monday, July 23, to find out.
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