|Created by||Sonia Blangiardo|
|Written by||Lindsay Harrison|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|Executive producer(s)||Sonia Blangiardo|
|Production company(s)||NYC Brand Productions|
|Original release||December 30, 2013 – present|
Tainted Dreams is a soap opera web series that premiered on YouTube on December 30, 2013. Created by Sonia Blangiardo, it is a "soap-within-a-soap" which follows the backstage drama of the fictional soap opera Painted Dreams.
- Alicia Minshew as Angelica Caruso
- Michael Lowry as Jordan Bradford
- Walt Willey as Gregory Ashford
- Kelley Menighan Hensley as Veronica Ashford
- Terri Ivens as Kassandra Bently
- Austin Peck as Max Hillstone
- Grant Aleksander as Adam Clark
- Natalia Livingston as Liza Park
- Ilene Kristen as Vivian Park
- Jessie Godderz as Dylan Buckwald
- Bobbie Eakes as Courtney Parish
- James DePaiva as Eddy Parish
- Marnie Schulenburg as Peyton Adams
- Anthony J. Wilkinson as Anthony DiGiacomo
- Dina Manzo as Alessandra DiGiacomo
- Colleen Zenk as Sofia DiGiacomo
- Nathan Purdee as Ethan Washington
- Larkin Malloy as Henry Steinman
- Tonja Walker as Tina Scott
- Lisa Marie Varon as Carla Santiago
- Carolyn Hinsey as Herself
Production and broadcast
Blangiardo created Tainted Dreams after the cancellation of the long running daytime soap opera One Life to Live, where she was a producer. She said in 2013, "I was struck by the loss of this unique art form that had been such an integral part of NYC for decades. I wanted to somehow capture my own two decades working behind the scenes of three different NYC-based soaps."
First cast were Minshew, Lowry, Willey, Hensley and Schulenburg. In January 2013, Manzo of Bravo's The Real Housewives of New Jersey was cast as Alessandra DiGiacomo, a role written with her in mind. Later cast additions in 2013 included Peck, Zenk, Aleksander, Livingston, Malloy, Eakes, and DePaiva, Kristen and Walker.
The first three episodes of Tainted Dreams were released on YouTube on December 30, 2013.
In 2014, Tainted Dreams was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding New Approaches - Drama Series, with Blangiardo as executive producer, Mark Costello, Rob Santeramo and Candy Straight as consulting producers, Robert Levinstein as coordinating producer and with Teresa Cicala as producer. Blangiardo has previously won an Daytime Emmy Award as a director for As the World Turns and another as a producer for One Life to Live. The series also received two 2014 Indie Series Award nominations: Best Ensemble (Drama) and Minshew for Best Lead Actress (Drama).
- Official website
- Tainted Dreams' channel on YouTube
- "NYC Brand Productions: Tainted Dreams".
- Tainted Dreams at the Internet Movie Database
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