Jake Tapper gets soapy with 'All My Children'

Posted: August 07, 2013

 JAKE TAPPER, the host of CNN's "The Lead," may be Queen Village born and bred, but his next project takes him to Pine Valley, the fictitious setting of soap opera "All My Children."

Tapper really stretches his acting muscle in a cameo in an Aug. 12 episode playing - what else? - an annoying journalist named Spencer Phillips, a faux business reporter.

Alas, his plotline involves no evil twins. And he's never coma-ridden. Not even once.

"All My Children" was canceled in 2011, but the show was resurrected online and is available through the Online Network via Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes. Episodes created for the Web also recently started airing on Oprah's OWN, Monday through Thursday at 1 p.m.

"For months, we at 'The Lead' have been covering the different ways content is provided in the modern world - from interviewing ["Doonesbury" cartoonist] Garry Trudeau about his sitcom airing on Amazon.com to covering the rise of Netflix," Tapper told me via email. "We were interested when we heard that two soaps that ABC had canceled were finding new lives online - so I went up to Connecticut to report on that.

"My cameo came as a fun way to immerse myself in the soap experience. (I confess I had to be talked into it by my staff.)"

"All My Children" was created by soap godmother and Rosemont resident Agnes Nixon.

Catch Tapper at his weekly gig Monday through Friday at 4 p.m. on CNN.

* I hear some rumblings about future reality stars in our midst. One Philly lady may be headed to an already established VH1 property, while another maybe looking to shed some pounds in front of the cameras.

* At the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles, where our dear Ellen Gray has been reporting from, Anders Holm of Comedy Central's "Workaholics" announced that part-time Philly resident Marc Summers will guest star on an episode of the sophomoric, yet still funny, comedy about three hard-partying office drones ( Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine and Holm).

No word yet on if the "Double Dare" and "Unwrapped" veteran will play himself or how he will fit into the trio's wacky, oft drug-fueled shenanigans.

NBC10's new meteorologist

Tedd Florendo will join NBC10 as a meteorologist, starting his tenure at the station Sept. 9. Florendo will be a weekend weatherman, presumably filling the spot of the recently departed Michelle Grossman. "Tedd has great meteorology skills, paired with a positive energy and style that our viewers will appreciate," Anzio Williams, vice president of news for NBC10, said in a statement.

Florendo comes from the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas, where he served as meteorologist, reporter and anchor. Hailing originally from Seattle, Florendo will relocate to Philly with his wife, Jennifer, and their daughter.

OUT AND ABOUT

* The Phillies' general manager and entrenched member of America's favorite pastime, Ruben Amaro Jr., tried his hand at the world's most popular game and played honorary captain for the Union this weekend. But he wasn't the only sports figure cheering on Philly's soccer team. Eagles QB Matt Barkley and kicker Alex Henery also watched the match from a suite with some Eagles' suits.

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