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Insightful New Review of “Tainted Dreams” from TV Source Magazine

Tainted Dreams has everything one would want in an online soap or any soap for that matter. The sudsy webseries is full of sex, scandal, mystery, and intrigue. The brainchild of Emmy-winning producer/director Sonia Blangiardo is all about the sexy outlandish happenings behind the cameras of the fictional New York soap Painted Dreams.

Not only does it include some of the genre’s favorite actors but it provides its audience with a nice tongue in cheek peek at what it may or may not be like on the set of a soap opera.  The concept of a soap about a soap works because of the knowledgeable writing and acting. Blangiardo’s creation doesn’t over indulge in pretense. While there are several nods to the real soap industry, Blangiardo clearly understands that the soap fans are her target audience.

Read the rest of Jenn Bishop’s insightful review at TV Source Magazine

TV Guide Magazine: First Look: An All-Star Soap Cast Shines in Tainted Dreams

Kelley Hensey and Walt Willey

Kelley Hensley and Walt Willey

Exclusive first look at our first three episodes – now available at TV Guide Magazine.  Michael Logan writes…

“The wait is over! TV Guide Magazine has an exclusive look at the first three episodes of Tainted Dreams, the much-anticipated, soap-within-a-soap webseries from Emmy-winning producer/director Sonia Blangiardo (All My Children, One Life to Live) that boasts more stars than there are in the heavens.[…]”

[watch first episodes and read full article on TV Guide online]


MomsThoughts Weighs in: “What is ‘Tainted Dreams’ and Why Do I Care?”


Fantastic article all about Tainted Dreams from Anne Cahalane’s Moms Thoughts website: What is Tainted Dreams and Why Do I Care?  The article includes a slide-show with cast and story info. Anne Cahalane also hosts the popular The MomsThoughts™ Show on BlogTalk Radio.


“All My Children” Star Alicia Minshew and “Tainted Dreams” Creator Sonia Blangiardo Visit Dallas’ “Daybreak”


“All My Children” Star Alicia Minshew and “Tainted Dreams” Creator
Sonia Blangiardo Visit Dallas’ “Daybreak”

Ron Corning Slated to Interview the Pair about Resurgence of Soaps
for WFAA-TV Dallas/Fort Worth’s “Daybreak”

NEW YORK CITY, March 14, 2013 – Sonia Blangiardo, creator and executive producer of the new soapy, scripted drama “Tainted Dreams” and Alicia Minshew, best known for her role on “All My Children” as Kendall, eldest daughter of the iconic Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), will appear in a segment of the Dallas/Fort Worth ABC affiliate WFAA-TV popular morning show, “Daybreak” with host Ron Corning Friday, March 15 at 6 a.m. CDT. The duo will discuss “Tainted Dreams” and the resurgence of scripted programming.

According to Blangiardo, “At its core, ‘Tainted Dreams’ is a ‘soap within a soap’ and provides a realistic look at the lives of the cast and crew of a fictional NYC-based, daytime drama produced five days a week for many years.” Its main character is producer/director, Angelica, played by Minshew, who is busy navigating the craziness of producing a daily soap opera amid balancing the torrid drama of her own life. Blangiardo admits, “The character of Angelica is based on my own life and my 20 years working in NYC-based daytime dramas.”

Minshew, who plays Blangiardo’s  “Tainted Dreams” alter-ego Angelica, has built an impressive acting and modeling resume, appearing in numerous national commercials, voiceovers, print ads, live stage productions and television credits, including “Celebrity Death Match,” “Hit and Runway,” “The Caprice” and a starring role in “Game Day.” Since “All My Children” ended its run on ABC, Minshew has appeared in two independent films, recently finishing a starring role in “Desires of the Heart.” Minshew is slated to star in the pilot “Surviving Sam” with impressionist/comedian Rob Magnotti.

In addition to being the creator and executive producer of “Tainted Dreams,” Blangiardo is currently serving as supervising producer of Prospect Park’s online revival of “All My Children.” While “Tainted Dreams” is set during the last beleaguered decade of NYC-based daytime dramas, in contrast, Blangiardo expresses excitement for the “All My Children” re-birth with Prospect Park, “I am thrilled to be a part of transitioning ‘All My Children’ to a new frontier. Soaps are back, and I am pleased to be a part of their resurgence on several fronts,” enthuses Blangiardo.

With a comedic flair & lots of soapy twists, Blangiardo’s “Tainted Dreams” promises to blow the lid off the behind-the-scenes drama of producing a daily soap opera which Blangiardo, who has worked on “All My Children,” “As The World Turns,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital,” knows quite well. In addition to Alicia Minshew, “Tainted Dreams” boasts a unique combination of high profile soap stars, reality stars, sports figures, singers and theater actors. To date, casting announcements for “Tainted Dreams” include Dina Manzo (“Dina’s Party” and “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”), Kelley Menighan Hensley (“As The World Turns”), Walt Willey (“All My Children”), Marnie Schulenburg (“As The World Turns”), Michael Lowry (“All My Children”) Anthony Wilkinson (“My Big Gay Italian Wedding”) and Austin Peck (“Days of Our Lives”).

Two-time Emmy winning producer and director Blangiardo is the creative force and executive producer of NYC Brand Production’s first scripted drama, “Tainted Dreams” which begins filming in New York in late May. Blangiardo has served as a director for Los Angeles-based “General Hospital” throughout the past year during its creative and ratings renaissance.

Distribution details for “Tainted Dreams” are not yet finalized.

About NYC Brand Productions:  NYC Brand Productions is a New York-based full-service company dedicated to producing high quality, original television, Internet, video and live theatrical shows.

Contact:  Maree Blackston

Phone 864-593-8115 Fax 864-242-5679

Email:  mblackston@nycbrandproductions.com


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Dina Manzo Lands Acting Gig on Soap Opera-Inspired Series (EXCLUSIVE on Celebuzz)

The former cast member on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey and star of HGTV’s Dina’s Party announced yesterday in an exclusive on CELEBUZZ that she will have a role on a new series that portrays the behind-the-scenes on daily soap operas called Tainted Dreams.

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