Two men in Daytime TV topped the charts last week, earning them Highlight Hollywood’s Gold Standard for Leading Men. Don Diamont, who portrays Bill Spencer on CBS’s hit “The Bold and the Beautiful” and Stephen Nichols, who portrays Tucker McCall on CBS’s number-one daytime drama for the past 26 years both gave absolutely incredible performances all week. Daytime TV is a tough gig. You have to be on top of your game, and these two men bring it on a daily basis. And we for the first time add a movie star to our Gold Standard, as usually we offer it only to TV stars/actors. However, Ben Affleck’s amazing performance in ARGO deserves attention as well.
Don Diamont really brings his A-game to “B&B.” Never is Don just doing a scene and being mediocre. He doesn’t have it in his DNA to be just good. He is sensational as billionaire Bill Spencer, who this week confided in his sister-in-law Brooke, that he is concerned about Katie’s well-being, and he also confessed that he’d done unethical and illegal things to end Liam’s relationship with Brooke’s youngest daughter Hope. Don and Kelly Lang have such incredible chemistry, the heat on the screen melted my ice in my mint julep. The handsome leading man can always perform at the top of the apex of talent, and last week, and one can only imagine what he’s capable of doing in the weeks ahead, as this emotional and very educational storyline, about postpartum depression plays itself out.
Stephen Nichols, a force of nature? Sure, he certainly proved it last week. Not since the role of Stefan Cassadine on ABC’s “General Hospital,” has Stephen been so immersed in a storyline. One moment Tucker is fighting for his survival and the survival of Tucker McCall Enterprises, the next, he’s heartbroken by the betrayal of Sharon Newman, and quickly like a cat with nine-lives, Tucker is again on his feet, and out of trouble with the SEC. The handsome leading man, Stephen Nichols just brings such a great richness to “Y&R.” Who knew a second billionaire mogul in Genoa City would be such a great idea? And with Nichols in the role, it’s not only a great idea, but thoroughly entertaining as well. I love to watch this smoldering handsome actor just shine in his role on “Y&R.” Lets keep seeing more of Stephen Nichols for years to come on the number-one rated soap.
Ben Affleck surprised everyone when he released ARGO, as the film’s director, we knew he’d be great, but we also enjoyed his performance over the weekend starring in the film as well. Affleck brings historical context to an era in the late 1970s, when we didn’t know the fate of our American Embassy workers in Tehran, Iran. But down to the shaggy hair and beard, Ben Affleck made the transition back in time so believable. This is Affleck’s true Oscar-worthy performance, and lets hope we see more of him on screen in the future.
“Y&R” and “B&B” air weekdays on CBS, and “ARGO” is in theaters around the nation.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett Photographs are Courtesy: Don Diamont/Gilles Toucas-Bell Phillip TV Productions, Stephen Nichols/John Paschal-JPI Studios West Hollywood and Ben Affleck by WBsFollow us on Twitter @HighlightHwd or @LightfootinHwdRead More...