About Tainted Dreams - the series
Tainted Dreams is a steamy, sexy new dramedy following the lives of the cast and crew of a fictional daily TV soap opera, Painted Dreams. It’s a story about the drama behind the drama. The cast of Tainted Dreams uniquely combines stars from Broadway, reality TV (BRAVO’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey and POP’s IMPACT Wrestling) with traditional soap opera fan favorites from All My Children, One Life to Live, As the World Turns, General Hospital, Guiding Light, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives and more.
Based on the true story of a nurturing, ambitious television producer of a long-running, daily soap who struggles to achieve emotional balance and fulfillment in her own life against a backdrop teeming with behind-the-scenes drama revolving around the egos and antics of actors, crew and network executives. Tainted Dreams is what happens behind the scenes when the director yells cut, and the cameras stop rolling.
Tainted Dreams is the Grey’s Anatomy which occurs in a soap studio instead of a hospital. It is a scripted ‘dramedy’ that is character driven, blending comedy and drama seamlessly. It follows the lives of the cast and crew, including the corporate network heads, of the fictional soap Painted Dreams, touching upon many social issues. It is a rare look at the interaction of all principals’ involvement in a realistic manner, while creating compelling dilemmas along the way.
Sonia Blangiardo, creator of Tainted Dreams and veteran soap opera producer and director, pays tribute to this iconic genre which has brought entertainment and enjoyment to many for over 80 years on radio, TV and now the Internet by naming the fictional soap opera Painted Dreams.
Painted Dreams was the first daytime radio soap opera program in the United States. It was broadcast from Chicago by radio station WGN. It was created by the legendary soap creator and writer Irna Phillips who created, among others, the Guiding Light on the radio and TV, As the World Turns and Another World. Phillips was a mentor to soap legends Agnes Nixon and Bill Bell. Painted Dreams premiered October 20, 1930 and last aired in July, 1943.
Tainted Dreams is differentiated by the blend of a popular, diverse cast, with award winning talent from All My Children, One Life to Live, Guiding Light, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of our Lives and As the World Turns and main stream stars from reality and theater and musical artists.
meet the characters
Angelica Caruso - Senior Producer of Painted Dreams Played By: Alicia Minshew
Angelica Caruso is the second-in-command Senior Producer for the soap Painted Dreams and has been in the business for 15 years. She lives for her career and knows the soap genre inside and out. Her personal life is like a soap opera, and her choices in men are always based on dreams and drama. Angelica is in her mid-30’s, never been married, and suddenly hearing the loud ticking of her biological clock makes her feel she has no control of her life. She is smart, sweet and very ambitious, but sadly still a bit naïve and too much of a people pleaser. She is the caretaker and is very well respected by all around her.
Jordan Bradford - Lead Actor on Painted Dreams
Played By: Michael Lowry
Jordan Bradford plays the role of Ryan Thomas on the soap Painted Dreams. Jordan has been a soap actor for many years. He is a good guy with much inner turmoil. His childhood was unbearable and major downfalls and circumstances transformed him into the man he is today. He has always been in relationships but never been in love...until he finds himself constantly drawn to his Senior Producer, Angelica. This pull doesn't help appease his very insecure and very outspoken, fame obsessed girlfriend, (not to mention his onscreen sister) Kassandra.
Adam Clark - Executive Producer of Painted Dreams
Played By: Grant Aleksander
Adam Clark, Executive Producer of the soap Painted Dreams, is a confident, obviously successful man and manages to hide his insecurities well. He knows how to play the game and has worked his way to the top by knowing how to push the right buttons while others carried the heavy load. As the season unfolds, we see his character evolve. With Adam it is very obvious what you see is not at all what you get. He also has learned not to wear his heart on his sleeve. He was always deathly afraid of commitment, so his drunken mistake with Peyton will have huge repercussions.
Courtney Parish - Vice President of Daytime Programming
Played By: Bobbie Eakes
Courtney Parish, the Vice President of Daytime Programming over shows such as the soap Painted Dreams, has a good life, filled with many obstacles, but nonetheless fulfilling. She has a soft spot for Angelica, pushing her to be the best she can be. Courtney climbed her way to the top by working hard and being good at her job. Adam rose to the top because he was a member of the ‘boys club’ and networked his way to success, yet she has a very interesting and honest connection with him. She is extremely dedicated to her career…maybe too much which just may end up costing her more than she ever can imagine.
Dylan Buckwald - Handyman on the set of Painted Dreams & son of Veronica Ashford's maid
Played by: Jessie Godderz
Dylan Buckwald is the newly hired studio handyman for Painted Dreams. Dylan is a bad boy who's constantly in trouble with the law, but thanks to the show's star, Veronica, he gets the job as a last chance to get his act together. Despite his troubled past, Dylan really is a sweetheart underneath it all...and it doesn't hurt that he looks like he stepped off the cover of a romance novel. This spells trouble when he crosses paths with the show's hot young star, Peyton, who recently married the show's executive producer, who happens to be both their boss...
Kassandra Bentley - Lead Actress on Painted Dreams
Played By: Terri Ivens
Kassandra Bentley plays Jordan’s character’s sister, Brittany Welcher,in Painted Dreams, but his girlfriend in “real life.” Kassandra is a very opinionated, ‘in-your-face,’ but oh-so-insecure thirty-something. Her insecurities are shielded with a charm that gets her what she wants. Since she is, madly in love with Jordan, she will do whatever it takes to hold on to him. She is not above manipulating him into staying with her, and that’s exactly what she does.
Liza Park - Lead Actress on Painted Dreams
Played By: Natalia Livingston
Liza, who plays “Ashley Black” on Painted Dreams, is quiet on the surface but still waters run deep. Her friendship with Angelica, the show's senior producer, is her one constant. She has daddy issues, not knowing the identity of her own father, and because of that she doesn't always make the right choices...enter Gregory, who is nothing more than a diversion for what her heart really wants. Adam was the one who got away because he couldn’t commit to her, but she will always carry a torch for him. A past mistake consumes her more and more as she becomes determined to rectify it at all costs.
Veronica Ashford - Lead actress on Painted Dreams
Played by: Kelley Menighan
Veronica Ashford is a soap diva who has played Catherine Vanderbilt on the soap Painted Dreams for many years. Veronica is self-entitled, spoiled but extremely talented and adored by her long standing fan base. She is a full-blown alcoholic, but will not acknowledge her disease, which is a major contributor to the demise of both her marriages. When she’s sober, she’s strong, compassionate, caring and a force to be reckoned with…but when she drinks she is a destructive, mean-spirited woman who becomes her own worst enemy and constantly risks losing all that she loves.
Max Hillstone - Lead actor on Painted Dreams
Played By: Austin Peck
Max Hillstone, who plays “Erik Robar” on the soap Painted Dreams, is another veteran soap actor who is cocky and shallow. He is the “bad boy” of the group, always on and consistently charming. He is constantly promoting himself and always finding photo-ops. He is a cheater, but to be fair to him, women are always throwing themselves at him. His relationship with Angelica has been casual for the last 10 months, but when he starts observing a connection between her and Jordan, his good friend for years, it leaves him unsettled and wanting to claim his territory.
Peyton Adams - Lead actress on Painted Dreams
Played By: Marnie Schulenburg
Peyton, who plays “Tiffany” on the soap Painted Dreams, is a young, ambitious, sexy, tough, yet insecure twenty-something actress who feels Painted Dreams is the perfect stepping stone to her perfectly planned life. She gets caught up in a drunken moment and thinks it represents a lifetime commitment. As time goes by she struggles with the realization that she and her new husband want different things and her unexpected feelings for Dylan.
Anthony DiGiacomo - Production Assistant at Painted Dreams
Played by: Anthony Wilkinson
Anthony is a Production Assistant at Painted Dreams who knows everything about everyone. He is endearing, eccentric and oneof-a-kind. His dedication to Angelica goes beyond friendship as he wants the best for her. He is looking for his perfect man so that he can finally have his happily ever after, but hits many roadblocks along the way. His self-centered sister and lonely mother convolutes his dream of trying to have a normal life which becomes more and more unobtainable.
Gregory Ashford - Lead actor on Painted Dreams
Played by: Walt Willey
Gregory Ashford, who plays “Jason Vanderbilt” on the soap Painted Dreams, is an easy-going, talented leading man, especially when it comes to his “larger than life” wife, Veronica. He learned a long time ago there was only room for one in the spotlight. He was torn up over the break-up of his first marriage to Courtney, especially since they share a 15-year old autistic daughter, but once Veronica sunk her claws into him, he was as helpless as a mouse in a cat’s path. Years of feeling emasculated and undervalued lead him down the wrong road again when he sees how incredible Liza, a younger, beautiful co-star, thinks he is.
Eddy Parish - Courtney Husband, NYC Police officer
Played by: James DePaiva
Eddy Parrish, who is the husband of Courtney, came into her life during a time when she was disillusioned with love and men. He was different from any other man she had ever known. He was honorable, honest and good, dedicating his life to putting away the bad guys. Courtney thought she had found love before with Gregory, but when Eddy entered her life, embracing both her and Morgan, her autistic daughter, she realized he truly was the love of her life.
Carolyn Hinsey - Renowned Soap Columnist
Played by: Carolyn Hinsey herself
Carolyn plays herself as the top reporter for Carolyn’s blog.com, the online source for soap news.
vivian park - Liza's estranged mother
Played by: Ilene kristen
Vivian is the "pharmaceutically high-strung," emotionally abusive, bitter, estranged mother of Painted Dreams star Liza Park.
Henry Steinman - Director of Painted Dreams
Played by: Larkin Malloy
Henry is a director who evokes hatred, love, respect, but mostly disrespect. Truly the “Archie Bunker” of daytime directors; he says everything that is on his mind in the most politically incorrect way possible.
Alessandra Digiacomo - Anthony’s older sister
Played by: Dina Manzo
Alessandra is Anthony’s sister. She is a super successful CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Anthony appeals to his big sister to help with his mother, but she basically tells him he's on his own
Ethan Washington - Network President of Daytime TV
Played by: Nathan Purdee
Ethan Washington is a powerful network executive feared by other executives, actors, and crew. He is overconfident, never in doubt, a real force to be reckoned with.
Carla Santiago - Dylan's Parole Officer
Played by: Lisa Marie Varon
Carla is a tough, no-nonsense parole officer who sees the good in Dylan and is proud of his journey to become a better man. She has his number but they have a warm relationship underneath it all.
Tina Scott - Courtney's Sister
Played by: Tonja Walker
Tina Scott is Courtney Parish’s domineering sister. She is a high‐powered attorney, and in her own way, very devoted to her sister and her autistic niece.
Sofia DiGiacomo - Anthony’s Mother
Played By: Colleen Zenk
Although she has three other daughters, you'd never know it with how much Sofia adores her only son Anthony. She raised Anthony on her own after his father walked out when Anthony was four years old. Her obsession with her son has molded her entire existence.
behind-the-scenes & Promos
A inside look at all things Tainted Dreams from preview, recaps, & fun BTS antics.
access hollywood's announcement for season 2 of tainted dreams
season 1 recap courtney & eddie
Take a look back at TD's Emmy-Nominated 1st Season and Courtney & Eddie's tragic love story.
Season 2 Promo Adam, Liza, & Peyton
A look at what's to come in Tainted Dreams Season 2 for executive producer, Adam Clark, and the two young 'Painted Dreams' actresses Liza Park & Peyton Adams-Clark
Season 1 recap - liza/adam/peyton
A look back at all the drama that unfolded between "Painted Dreams" executive producer Adam Clark and two of his lead actresses, Liza Park and Peyton Adams.
Season 2 Promo w/ Angelica, Jordan, Kassandra & Max
Exclusive Preview of Season 2's smokin' hot 4-some on Amazon's Emmy-Nominated series Tainted Dreams.
Season 1 Recap Angelica, Jordan, Max & Kassandra
A look back at the complex love "square" that is Angelica/Max/Jordan/Kassandra.
Season 2 Promo w/ Anthony & dylan
A sneak peek look at what's happening with Anthony and Dylan in Season 2 of Amazon's Tainted Dreams.
Season 1 Recap Dylan & Peyton
A look back at Season 1's storyline between Dylan and Peyton.
Season 2 sneak peek w/ veronica & Gregory
A sneak peek at the next chapter of the lives of Veronica, Greg, and Greg's former sister-in-law, Tina.
Season 1 Recap veronica, greg & liza
A look back at all the explosive drama in Season 1 between Veronica, Greg, & Liza.
Emmy Promo Psst...have you heard?!?
Tainted Dreams has been nominated for 5 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards.
Kelley Menighan 2017 Emmy promo
Kelley Menighan has been named a 2017 Emmy Nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Digital Daytime Series for her work on the Amazon series, TAINTED DREAMS
Michael Lowry 2017 Emmy promo
Michael Lowry has been named a 2017 Emmy Nominee for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Digital Daytime Series for his work on the Amazon series, TAINTED DREAMS
Natalia livingston 2017 Emmy promo
Natalia Livingston has been named a 2017 Emmy Nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Digital Daytime Series for her work on the Amazon series, TAINTED DREAMS
Anthony Wilkinson 2017 Emmy promo
Anthony Wilkinson has been named a 2017 Emmy Nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Digital Daytime Series for his work on Amazon series TAINTED DREAMS
where did tainted dreams come from?!?
Find out the truth about where the show's creator, Sonia Blangiardo, came up with the title for the multi-Emmy-nominated hit series, TAINTED DREAMS
Terri Ivens Gives an "Eye-Opening" Look into Her Tainted Dreams Character Kassandra
Terri Ivens talks about the "challenges" in playing her scandalous sex kitten Tainted Dreams character, Kassandra Bently, and her pure and innocent self.
Mr. Pec-Tacular Jessie Godderz Demands You "Like" & "Share"
Tainted Dreams as well as Big Brother & Impact Wrestling star Jessie Godderz aka Mr. Pec-Tacular is doing all he can to make sure you stay up-to-date on all things Tainted Dreams by following, liking, & sharing on all TD's social media pages.
austin peck dishes the dirt on Tainted Dream's "Max"
Austin Peck gives you a better understanding of his Tainted Dreams character, Max Hillstone.
all your favorite soap stars are right here on Tainted Dreams
The combined soap opera resume for the cast of Tainted Dreams is quite extensive & beyond impressive...but you don't have to take my word for it.
Real housewive's of new jersey's dina manzo gives a peek backstage of her new series Tainted dreams
RHONJ's Dina Manzo gives us a behind the scenes peek at her new Amazon series Tainted Dreams. Season 1 is airing on Amazon now! Go to Amazon.com or TaintedDreams.com to watch!
What's in alicia's bag!?!
Tainted Dreams star, Alicia Minshew, shares some "inside" info about what all goes into keeping her prepared for anything (and we do mean anything) that might happen behind-the-scenes while filming Tainted Dreams
walt willey has some things to say about his new show Tainted dreams
Walt Willey gives us a behind the scenes peek at his new series on Amazon, TAINTED DREAMS.
tainted dreams lands on access hollywood
The new series on Amazon, TAINTED DREAMS, gets the red carpet roll out from NBC Universal's Access Hollywood.
Jessie Godderz, aka Mister Pec-tacular, Gives a BTS LOok at Tainted Dreams
Jessie Godderz, formerly of Big Brother & Impact Wrestling gives us a backstage peek into a day in the life of Mr. Pec-Tacular himself on the set of his new series, Tainted Dreams. Streaming now exclusively on Amazon!
Alicia Minshew tells why she wanted to be a part of Tainted Dreams
Former All My Children star, ALICIA MINSHEW, give a heartfelt explanation as to what drew her to her new starring role, Angelica Caruso, on the Emmy-Nominated series, TAINTED DREAMS. Streaming NOW exclusively on AMAZON
BOBBIE EAKES TALKS ABOUT HER NEW SERIES Tainted Dreams
Bobbie Eakes, best known for her roles All My Children's, Krystal Carey and Bold and the Beautiful's Macy Alexander, gives an inside look at her new series, TAINTED DREAMS. Season 1 of Tainted Dreams is airing NOW exclusively on AMAZON!
CAROLYN HINSEY AND THE CAST OF Tainted Dreams
The cast reacts to acting opposite longtime soap columnist Carolyn Hinsey!
Tainted Dreams Season One Preview
Season 1 of TAINTED DREAMS is airing NOW exclusively on AMAZON
Tainted Dreams in the news
Check back here for all articles, interviews, social media, & all other happenings TAINTED DREAMS
SOAP OPERA DIGEST
TAINTED DREAMS, the Emmy-nominated digital series created and executive-produced by Sonia Blangiardo, returns to Amazon and Amazon Prime for a second season on December 21 (the first season is currently streaming on Amazon).
SUZEE BEHIND THE SCENES Event:
Tainted Dreams Comes to the Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival, Cast and More on Red Carpet include Austin Peck, Tonja Walker, & Erik Ransom
TAINTED DREAMS RECEIVES 5 DAYTIME EMMY NOMS
The nominees for the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 on The Talk on CBS.
Tainted Dreams was nominated for five awards, including Outstanding Digital Series, Kelley Menighan Hensley for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series, Michael Lowry for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Digital Daytime Drama Series, Natalia Livingston for Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series and Anthony Wilkinson for Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actor in a Digital Daytime Drama Series!
Get the full list below:
SOAP PARTY 411 WELCOMES TAINTED DREAMS OWN BOBBIE EAKES
SOAP OPERA NEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: AUSTIN PECK DISHES ON HIS TAINTED DREAMS ROLE, RETURNING TO DAYS OF OUR LIVES, WHAT'S COMING UP FOR HIS CHARACTER & SO MUCH MORE!
INTERVIEW: AMC's Walt Willey on Tainted Dreams, Susan Lucci, Jack's issues and more
michael fairman soaps.com:
Sonia Blangiardo, Alicia Minshew & Jessie Godderz Talk Tainted Dreams & The Soap And Wrestling Connection!
INTERVIEW: Alicia Minshew on bitches, Tainted Dreams’ Amazon deal, & bringing AMC’s Kendall to GH
INTERVIEW: Austin Peck on maniacal co-stars, Tainted Dreams' Amazon deal and his DAYS return
Dina Manzo To Make Her Acting Debut On Amazon's Web-Series Tainted Dreams — Watch Behind-The-Scenes Footage Here!
The Heroine's Journey:
The Heroine's Journey of Tainted Dreams creator & director, Sonia Blangiardo
Behind the Scenes of Amazon's Tainted Dreams With Big Brother Alum Jessie Godderz (Exclusive Video)
suzee behind the scenes:
Interview: Soap Star Natalia Livingston of General Hospital & Days Of Our Lives Now Starring as Liza Park in Tainted Dreams & Owner of Her Own Business - Learn What Inspires Her
shawna & La La On The Radio:
Shawna's Pecker: In this episode Shawna interviews actress Alicia Minshew, LaLa has your hollywood report, and Shawna gets a lesson on Woodpeckers.
soap opera digest:
Exclusive! TAINTED DREAMS Lands On Amazon Prime
A Big Step for Web Series Tainted Dreams and What It Shares With Wrestling
TAINTED DREAMS-A New Series Now Streaming on Amazon: Tells the Story Behind The Scenes of a Soap Opera
ROAD TO THE EMMYS
Greater Des Moines will play host to cast and crew members from Tainted Dreams, a new show on Amazon produced by Sonia Blangiardo, Executive Producer of Days of our Lives, with a red-carpet event on April 20. The show has been nominated for five Emmy's, which takes place April 28 in Hollywood.
Big Gay Italian Trilogy Creator Anthony J. Wilkinson Lands Daytime Emmy Nomination for Best Supporting Actor
A Day in the Life of a Soap Opera w/ Austin Peck & Tainted Dreams creator Sonia Blangiardo
JESSIE GODDERZ & HIS JOURNEY TO SUPERSTARDOM
DESPITE CHANGING MEDIA LANDSCAPE, SOAP OPERAS NOT GONE OR FORGOTTEN
THEATER IN THE NOW:
SPOTLIGHT ON...JESSIE GODDERZ
SOAP OPERA SPY:
Days Of Our Lives Exclusive Interview: Austin Peck Dishes On New Amazon Series Tainted Dreams – DOOL Cancellation Rumors – As The World Turns Drama
soap opera news:
DAYS & Veteran Director Sonia Blangiardo's Soap Within a Soap Tainted Dreams Now Streaming on Amazon!
SOAP OPERA NEWS:
Guiding Light Alum Grant Aleksander Dishes on His Time on GL & AMC, His Role on Tainted Dreams, the Rumor that He Joined Days Of Our Lives and More!
Sonia Blangiardo on Tainted Dreams, totally insane soap drama, and the future of AMC, OLTL, & DAYS
paula's soapbox live:
Paula chats with General Hospital Alum and Tainted Dreams star Natalia Livingston. Livingston won an Emmy for her role as Emily Quartermaine on General Hospital. She is also nominated for an Emmy for her role as Liza Park in Tainted Dreams.
soap opera digest:
Walt Willey Gives TAINTED DREAMS Peek
New Soap Opera Series TAINTED DREAMS to Premiere on Amazon Prime 12/26
Behind the Scenes of Real Housewives Alum Dina Manzo's Acting Debut in Tainted Dreams (Exclusive Video)
call me adam:
Call Answered: Sonia Blangiardo: Tainted Dreams on Amazon
we love soaps:
Tainted Dreams is Now Streaming on Amazon Video
suzee behind the scenes:
Exclusive Photos: See Tainted Dreams At the 2017 Emmy Awards
Pascack Valley-Daily Voice:
Westwood Actor, Austin Peck, Dishes On Drama At New Amazon Soap Opera
Wrestler Jessie Godderz Flexes Acting Muscle in Amazon's Tainted Dreams
shawna & la la On the radio:
The Crappy Snow Storm: In this episode of Shawna and LaLa on The Radio, the girls discuss a major snowstorm they had, Walt Willy joined the show, he played Jackson Montgomery on All My Children. The girls played are you smarter than a 5th grader and shawna tells you what she had to pick up at the local store before the snow storm.
New Soap Opera Series TAINTED DREAMS to Premiere on Amazon Prime 12/26
tv music network.com:
Tainted Dreams The Series heads to Amazon (Sneak Peek)