News Round-up: Keifer, Willey, Priestley, Garth

INTERVIEW: GUIDING LIGHT's Liz Keifer (Blake)
Keifer was a guest on a special "Big Purple Dreams" podcast on Thursday discussing her time at GUIDING LIGHT, the twilight of the longest running show in broadcast history and what’s next for her.

Jennie Garth Admits To Separation Issues
BEVERLY HILLS, 90210’s Jennie Garth, who is mom to Luca, 12, Lola, 6, and Fiona, 2, admits to suffering separation anxiety when it comes to leaving her girls at school. This busy mom-of-three loves school holidays.

Jason Priestley Talks THE LAKE
THE LAKE, a new web series bowing on TheWB.com, is a drama/comedy about a group of young adults trying, without success, to escape their daily lives back home on the shores of Lake Eleanor.

“The summer time is when people get a chance to reinvent themselves. I think that was one of the things we were trying to look at here.” Priestley continued. “The cast we assembled all really brought a lot to the material.”

Walt Willey's Lime and Basil Tilapia
Walt Willey (Jackson, ALL MY CHILDREN) recommends one of his favorite dishes to ABC Chicago: Lime and Basil Tilapia.

Inside the Waterpod
Living on the Waterpod is the 3,000-square foot barge that’s been docked around New York harbor this summer. It is made of wood from water towers, art crates and a Parks Department pier; metal railings from the Broadway set of “Equus;” the foliage-print wallpaper that decorates the exterior of the four cabins from the backdrop of AS THE WORLD TURNS – much of this was donated by Materials for the Arts a very worthy and beloved non-profit in Queens.

The Latest in Soap Videos: Kish, Holden, MJ, Rebecca

Here are some of the latest soap opera videos to hit the web.

KISH: Oliver tried to tell Layla the truth about his relationship with Kyle in college on Thursday's ONE LIFE TO LIVE but his parents called and he decided he would have sex with Layla instead. Watch Part 2.

OVER THE CLIFF: Holden's truck went over a cliff and exploded on Thursday's AS THE WORLD TURNS. The question is - was he in it?

SOMEBODY'S BEEN SPYING ON US: Abby found Adam's hidden camera on Thursday's THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. Later, J.T. found a note in his pocket telling him to "Ask Victor Newman" if he wanted to find out about Mary Jane.

A LIE: Lucky told Nikolas that Rebecca had been scamming him from day one on Thursday's GENERAL HOSPITAL.


Daytime Nielsen Ratings Week of August 3-7, 2009

From Soap Opera Network:
Total Viewers (Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
1. Y&R 4,703,000 (-235,000/-350,000)
2. B&B 3,367,000 (-104,000/-214,000)
3. DAYS 2,531,000 (-273,000/+51,000)
4. OLTL 2,476,000 (-98,000/-44,000)
5. GH 2,442,000 (-158,000/-226,000)
6. AMC 2,410,000 (-14,000/-55,000)
7. ATWT 2,226,000 (-58,000/-401,000)
8. GL 1,995,000 (-8,000/-308,000)

Household Rating (Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
1. Y&R 3.4/11 (-.2/-.3) <-------- ties low rating (Last time: July 13-17, 2009)
2. B&B 2.4/8 (-.1/-.2)
3. AMC 1.9/6 (+.1/same)
3. GH 1.9/6 (same/-.2)
3. OLTL 1.9/6 (same/same)
6. DAYS 1.8/6 (-.1/-.1) <-------- ties low rating (Last time: July 20-24, 2009)
7. ATWT 1.6/5 (-.1/-.3) <-------- ties low rating (Last time: July 13-17, 2009)
8. GL 1.5/5 (same/-.1)

From ABC:
* Towering over key competitors by double-digit percentages, ABC ranked as Daytime's No. 1 network in target Women 18-49 (1.2 rating/786,000) for the 4th consecutive week,, overshadowing CBS (1.0 rating/676,000) and NBC (1.0 rating/649,000) by a solid 20%.

* This week stood as THE VIEW's most-watched week of Summer 09 in Total Viewers (3.68 million) and core Women, hitting a 5-month high in Women 18-49 (890,000 - since week of 3/30/09) and a near 3-month high in Women 18-34 (308,000 - since week of 5/18/09).

* In Women 18-49, all ABC shows placed among Daytime's Top 4: THE VIEW (No. 2 - 1.3 rating/890,000), GENERAL HOSPITAL (No. 3 - 1.2 rating/767,000), ONE LIFE TO LIVE (No. 4T - 1.1 rating/753,000) and ALL MY CHILDREN (No. 4T - 1.1 rating/735,000).

* In Women 18-34, ABC owned 3 of the Week's Top 5 Daytime programs with THE VIEW (No. 2T - 0.9 rating/308,000), ONE LIFE TO LIVE (No. 2T - 0.9 rating/297,000) and ALL MY CHILDREN (No. 2T - 0.9 rating/289,000).

Daytime Rank: Total Viewers
No. 1 CBS 3.30 million
No. 2 ABC 2.75 million
No. 3 NBC 2.53 million

Women 18-49 (Rtg/000s)
No. 1 ABC 1.2/786,000
No. 2 CBS 1.0/676,000
No. 2 NBC 1.0/649,000

18-49 by Program Rtg/000s
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS 1.6/1.09 million
THE VIEW 1.3/890,000
GENERAL HOSPITAL 1.2/767,000
ONE LIFE TO LIVE 1.1/753,000
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL 1.1/749,000
ALL MY CHILDREN 1.1/735,000

Source: NTI, Live + Same Day: Week of 8/3/09. All ranks based on rating unless otherwise noted.

News Round-up: Y&R, Torchin, Sabato, Sandy, Fairchild

Lock up the pets, Y&R is back
Dave Schlenker of Ocala.com writes: "To be sure, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS has been swinging from deadly dull to laughably ridiculous in recent months. Colleen’s struggles on the Newman board? Zzzzzzzzzz. Kevin’s talking asylum chipmunk? Painfully bad. 'Blind' Adam putting on a dress to play Sabrina the Ghost? The chipmunk was scarier. But the daytime drama has hit its stride lately thanks in large part to Mary Jane, the crazy cat lady obsessed with Jack."

INTERVIEW: B&B's Morgan Fairchild (Dottie)
"I have a pointy nose, and it makes everybody think you are a bitch. They don’t even give you a chance. I honestly thought I was going to play ingénues my whole life. Suddenly I get to New York and get on the soaps and it's instant bitchdom. I was talking to Don Diamont (Bill), and it’s more fun to play the bad guy because you are always the catalyst."

Melissa Rivers, Alan Thicke and Jim J Bullock also weigh in on their B&B guest stints.

Now That We're Done With Time-Shifting, Here's What The Primetime Emmys Really Need to do
TVWeek's Open Mike blogger Chuck Ross, coming off his high of yesterday, when he told Fox what they need to do on AMERICAN IDOL now that Paula's left, tackles the probems the Primetime Emmys face long-term and what they need to do to survive.

INTERVIEW: Mimi Torchin
Former founding editor-in-chief of Soap Opera Weekly and veteran soap journalist Mimi Torchin holds nothing back on the "Big Purple Podcast" while discussing the state of soaps as a genre, GUIDING LIGHT, Otalia and GLBT representation in soaps.

Marlena’s Summer In Review (Part 1)
Marlena De Lacroix takes a look at the summer on soaps: "Conditions on soaps have to get better when the summer is over! The Emmys, the end of GL, the big 20th anniversary of my old mag, Soap Opera Weekly, are coming up and I’m sure there will be lots of hype and hoopla."

INTERVIEW: Antonio Sabato, Jr.
On NIGHT SHIFT not returning: "I'm sorry they didn't bring it back. I thought it had a great ending. Behind the scenes, it was one of those situations you just loved going to work. Everyone felt that way, and it was an amazing cast."

WHERE ARE THEY NOW: ATWT's Gary Sandy (ex-Skip)
One of his early experiences performing for a live audience in the 1970s was when he was on the soap opera AS THE WORLD TURNS -- which broadcast live each day.

"There's no chance to get it wrong," Sandy, participating in his third mystery festival, said. "You just can't get anything wrong."

ANOTHER WORLD TODAY: Episode #15
Read the latest installment of the ANOTHER WORLD text revival.

CBS Daytime: Lesbian kissing bad, Incest good
"I don't want to hear about how Tyra and Devon turn out not to be be biologically related. For all intents and purposes, they are aunt and nephew. It's the only relationship they've known. Incest isn't just about the mingling of a shared bloodline, In fact, that's the least of the problems with it. It's about boundaries."

Adonis 2009: Burton, Lawson, Scott & Silbermann

The Adonis 2009 competition is down to four hunks - Steve Burton, Mark Lawson, James Scott and Jake Silbermann. Lawson survived last week's round of voting and Van Hansis was eliminated. Voting for this week will end next Wednesday.

You may vote ONCE PER DAY per e-mail & IP address. (A maximum of six votes using either the same e-mail address or IP address will be counted.) Each individual ballot will be weighted as 1,000 votes.

OUT ON THE TOWN: Heather Tom & Scott Porter


Anna Faris hosted a Malibu and Reef Check Party on Tuesday at the Malibu Reef Check Estate in Beverly Hills which was attended by THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL's Heather Tom (Katie) and former FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS star Scott Porter (ex-Jason).

CLASSIC CLIP: LOVE OF LIFE 1970

After learning her brother was murdered by Richard Rollins, Victoria Randolph tells fortune hunter Linc Morrison (John Gabriel) where to get off and says goodbye to her manipulative, toxic mother Amanda on this 1970 episode of LOVE OF LIFE. Later, visiting John's crypt, Victoria finds sister-in-law Tess (Toni Bull Bua), once accused of John's murder, and the two women say goodbye to the past. Note: The opening and closing credits used here are not the original credits used on the show.



RELATED:
- Soap Announcer Ken Roberts Has Passed

News Round-up: Smith, Morton, Boynton, Online Ads

BBC continuity announcer sacked for warning that EASTENDERS ‘is actually crap tonight’
A former BBC1 announcer is challenging the termination of his contract for what he claims were simply honest appraisals of forthcoming programs. "Reithian values dictate that the BBC should educate, inform, and entertain," said announcer Rob Durham, "I just couldn’t with a clear conscience announce that CASH IN THE ATTIC was going to blow anyone’s intellectual skirt up."

Prior to his dismissal Durham has faced several disciplinary actions, most recently for proposing that viewers "may find the Channel 4 documentary on Byzantine architecture more edifying than Seaside Rescue" and for suggesting that HOLBY CITY was "cockney rhyming slang".

CORRIE's Samia Smith (Maria) promises more 'twists'
"There's a lot more to come. There are so many twists and turns and I've just found out about some of them! They're full on with each other from hereon in. They're madly in love with each other, so when it does come crashing down, it's really going to hurt…"

Joe Morton to recur on BROTHERS & SISTERS
Joe Morton has joined ABC's drama series BROTHERS & SISTERS for a major recurring role. On the upcoming fourth season of "Brothers & Sisters," which will find Justin Walker (Dave Annable) in medical school, Morton will play his tough but nurturing anatomy professor. Morton (ex-James, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Abel, ANOTHER WORLD) is set to appear in 7-10 episodes.

Online Video Ad Market Grows
Video advertising is growing rapidly, but remains a relatively small share of overall Internet ad spending, per eMarketer. Furthermore, for online video to become a large market, with the scale to attract substantial dollars from major brand marketers, two types of convergence will need to take place: one for content and one for monetization.

Worth Watching: IMAGINARY BITCHES
From today's New York Observer: "IMAGINARY BITCHES is a hilarious, better than SEX AND THE CITY, YouTube sensation you probably don't know about. The Web series, which premiered last year, was just nominated for an Emmy in the "New Approaches" category. Soap star Eden Riegel of ALL MY CHILDREN stars as a single gal whose friends all get into their boyfriend bubbles, so she creates her own social world populated by imaginary friends who aren't so friendly. The show, created and produced by Ms. Riegel's husband, Andrew Miller, is currently being shopped as a movie. A second season or 15-minute online movie is also in consideration, according to TVGuide.com."

WHERE ARE THEY NOW: ATWT's Peter Boynton (ex-Tonio)
The resume of Peter Boynton is nothing if not varied: He has performed on Broadway (“She Loves Me”), television (AS THE WORLD TURNS) and the big screen (Hellraiser III). This weekend, he’ll add singing with the Vermont Philharmonic to his list of entertainment accomplishments. Boynton, who has helped shape the celebrated performing-arts program at Harwood Union High School, will join the Philharmonic for its annual Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 15) at the Hardwick Town House and 4 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 16) at the Moose Meadow Lodge in Duxbury. $5-$15. www.vermontphilharmonic.org.

Soap Blog Coalition: August 13, 2009

Here are the latest news and features from the Soap Blog Coalition.

Daytime fans you are in for a treat. Mimi Torchin, Mother of Soap Opera Journalism, returns to Daytime Confidential! This is a special interview you'll want to tune in for. (Daytime Confidential)

Robin and Patrick have some of the best dialogue on GENERAL HOSPITAL, see which of the latest most memorable made our list (Scrubs Hub)

It's a day that ends in -y, so, naturally, Sam McCall is being threatened, Spinelli is babbling and GENERAL HOSPITAL is inventing new levels of terrible. (Serial Drama)

Behind the scenes on a soap - how many tubes of lipstick does it take? Mary Montanari ponders the products from wardrobe to hair spray to makeup to set decor they must use on a soap opera. (Soap Opera Examiner)

In the latest installment of Damon L. Jacobs' lunch with Louise Sorel, the actress shares her experience working on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, burying Carly alive, and a day in the life as a box of french fries. (We Love Soaps)

Today's Soap World Birthdays

Alex Donnelley (ex-Diane, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 50
Hank Cheyne (ex-Ricardo, SUNSET BEACH; ex-Scott, ANOTHER WORLD) - 45

Ruggiero & Collins Promote DEGRASSI Movie


DEGRASSI stars Adamo Ruggiero (Marco) and Lauren Collins(Paige) stopped by Planet Hollywood in Times Square on Thursday to promote the new Degrassi Goes Hollywood movie which debuts on The-N on Friday at 8pm ET.

News Round-up: Fall Preview, DH, David Gregory, Duffy

PREVIEW: An Autumn to Remember
Nelson Branco at TV Guide Canada predicts this fall's hottest stars and makes "fearless predictions" on what will happen.

New DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES mystery teaser
This season’s mystery will kick off in the premiere when a pivotal female character gets strangled.

Daytime Emmy diva smackdown: Who'll win supporting actress?
The Gold Derby pundits like Julie Pinson and Bree Williamson.

Young Fairbanks actor lands role on ONE LIFE TO LIVE
David Gregory, a talented Fairbanks actor, singer and dancer, started a recurring role this week on ONE LIFE TO LIVE. He hasn't had a chance to see himself on the soap, however, because he is filming a movie right now on the East Coast directed by James L. Brooks. Gregory, 24, is one of the three sons of Wayne and Carol Gregory. All are doing well and Wayne is quick to say that Carol has made all the difference for their family.

The Gregorys are tuning into ONE LIFE TO LIVE this week, as David is expected to be on today, as well as Aug. 19, 20, 26, 27, Sept. 8 and 16.

"I haven't watched a soap in years but I guess I'm going to start now," Carol said.

THR: Patrick Duffy ought to be in pictures
Patrick Duffy is making his studio feature debut in You Again, a Disney comedy being directed by Andy Fickman. Jimmy Wolk also has come aboard. The actors join Kristen Bell, Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis and Odette Yustman, among others, in a story that centers on a woman (Bell) who finds out that her brother is planning to marry the girl (Yustman) who made her high school years a living hell. She tries to convince him that his fiancee is not the nice girl she pretends to be. Duffy will play a former high school crush of both Weaver and Curtis.

Primetime Emmys Abandon Time-Shift Plans
After a vociferous backlash from Hollywood writers, directors and actors, a proposed plan to time-shift eight award categories during the Emmy telecast has been abandoned, according to a statement from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Wednesday.

INTERVIEW: Lunch with Louise Sorel, Part Three

In this part of my lunch with Louise Sorel, the actress shares her experience working on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, burying Carly alive, and a day in the life as a box of french fries.

We Love Soaps: When Vivian began on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, for the first year she seemed pretty down-to-earth, well grounded in her motivation, and clear about what she wanted and didn’t want. And then came Dr. Wu and the herbs.
Louise Sorel: It got a little wacky.

We Love Soaps: And Vivian burying Carly alive during the summer of 1993 ended up being one of the most famous and beloved story lines in soap opera history. When you learned that Vivian was going to be responsible for trying to pull of one of the most grisly and cruel murders on daytime, how did you respond?
Louise Sorel: Well, I didn’t murder her! She did have some air. All I could think of was Stephen King. You know, I was constantly surprised. Particularly with James Reilly [head writer of DAYS from 1993-98], nothing was out of bounds. Anything went. Because Crystal [Chappell] committed to it, I just went in and did it. I tried to make it kind of Noel Coward-ish. I mean, I would dial her, I gave her a phone. I’d say, “Hello Darling, did I wake you from your nap?” It was just ridiculous. I thought, “What am I doing?” But then I thought, “Don’t think about it, just do it.” And I think that part of that is why it worked, because we committed to it. I mean, we thought it was funny, but at the same time when you’re doing it you have to do it.

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Louise Sorel: Then they wrote this thing on the script, “Vivian does a jig on [Carly’s] grave.” And maybe it was just me being belligerent, but I just said, “Vivian doesn’t do jigs.” So I went up to the office, and I sad, “Tom [Langan], I don’t do jigs.” “What would she do?” he responded. And at this point he was like, “Oh my God, here she comes” [laughs]. I said, “I have no idea.” He said, “Fine, what are we supposed to do?” I said, “I don’t know, I’ll work on it at lunch.” And I stayed on the stage at lunch time, while everyone was gone, and thought, “What would I do, what would sort of catch every body off balance?”

And I started remembering the character of Ophelia [from Shakespeare’s "Hamlet"], “She loves me, she loves me not.” And I started doing that with the flowers, I started walking around the grave, thinking of her [Carly], like kind of in a twisted way I really did love her. And then I said, “Okay, I think I’ve got it.” They said, “What are you going to do?” And I said, “I’m not really sure.” So they brought the cameras back, the director was Phil [Sogard]. I think I annoyed him, but he trusted me. He said, “Just pull the cameras back, we don’t know what she’s gonna do.” I thought, “I’d better do something.” So I walked around the grave, “She loves me, she loves me not...” and then I threw myself on top of her, and then rolled around and just laughed. I do not know where that came from. And I heard dead silence on the set, it was like a freeze. Even when they called “cut” it was very quiet. The crew came over and said, “Jesus Christ! That was very scary.” I guess it worked.

We Love Soaps: Why do you think fans look back at Vivian’s run on DAYS and love her and relate to her so much?
Louise Sorel: I’m not sure. I hadn’t watched soaps until then. Soaps in their original form were wonderful. They just told quiet stories about relationships, and that’s what I thought they were about. And then James Reilly, I think, was one of the first who came in and went to the moon. Maybe soap audiences hadn't seen those theatrics before.

We Love Soaps: So you weren’t ever consulted ahead of time as to where the story was headed?
Louise Sorel: No.

We Love Soaps: Was that ever hard for you as an actress not to know what was going to happen or where things were going?
Louise Sorel: Yes, and you know what? That’s when you say, “I’m the actress, I do what I’m told to do.” Not that I didn’t question. But when I was told I was going to be a box of french fries, I said, [pause], “Fine.” I mean, that has been a really funny long running joke. Ivan and I, he was a hamburger, I was a box of french fries. And we played the whole show like that! I mean, I thought I was a pretty damn good sport. And then they were afraid to tell me, the costume guy would say, “You don’t want to know what you’re doing, do you?” I said, “No, don’t tell me.” He said, “Okay here’s your costume.” I said, “WHAT? A box of french fries?”

Louise Sorel: One day, the producer Tom [Langan] came down, I was in the make-up room, and pulled up his chair really close and I thought, “Oh no, Oh God.” He said, “I just want to tell you something about the new story. It’s gonna be really interesting. However, there’s a little catch. You will be bald.” And I’m being made-up and I’m thinking, “I have enough problems. I’m going to be bald.” I said to him [enthusiastically], “Really?” I thought, “Whatever.” [Laughs] The next minute I was Elvis Presley. Then I was a bag lady. And then I was Carmen Miranda. And I thought, “You just do it.”

We Love Soaps: Did you enjoy that part? Did you like being able to be spontaneous and wacky?
Louise Sorel: I have to admit I did. The only issue I had, and this also drove them mad, was that I wanted to do it right. And it’s not their fault, there’s just no time. There’s so many people in so many scenes. And things would happen and they would say, “Now you’re French.” I said, “If I’m going to do a French accent then I have to do it right.” I need somebody to work with,a dialect person. And they got me a dialect coach [because] I wanted to do it right. It’s not that I was trying to get something out of them at all. It’s just hard on a soap to try to accommodate all that because of the time frame. They knew I just wanted it to be better. I wasn’t gaining anything, except, perhaps allowing me to go through a thought process to make it work. I’ve decided I’m going back now and I’m just to going to do it. I’m going to surprise them all. I’m just going to go back and say, “Oh sure, fine, no problem.”

We Love Soaps: Did it ever feel like just too much? Did you ever get a script and think it’s just too out there?
Louise Sorel: Not really. You know, you get into that crazy head of James Reilly. I got that first soap award [in 1994] and said...I thought it was funny, it just comes out of my mouth, I can’t help it, “I don’t know what they’re smoking up there, but keep smoking it.” [Laughs] I meant it. And he had a good sense of humor so I knew he would get it. Because it did look like someone was smoking something. And it worked, otherwise I wouldn’t have been up there.

We Love Soaps: So Jim Reilly left DAYS, and after a few years you were excused from the show [in 2000].
Louise Sorel: That’s a way of putting it.

We Love Soaps: Okay, you were fired.
Louise Sorel: I was fired.

We Love Soaps: What was it like to be fired after all those years?
Louise Sorel: Horrible.

We Love Soaps: Did you have any idea that was coming?
Louise Sorel: Well, what happened was, usually they ask you, they would call your agent in September to start negotiating for next February. And it was September, and I was thinking, “I’ve been on the show eight years, let’s find out what’s going on.” So my agent called two or three times. And I get all up in arms because I feel like we both deserve more respect than that.

Louise Sorel: And I went to Ken Corday and I just said, “My agent is not getting a call and I feel I deserve better consideration.” He may not have known my agent had called, I don’t know. He said, “Well we talked about it and, no, we’re not picking it up.” It was like “AGH” [makes a stabbing gesture to her heart]. But I know they didn’t want to say anything because I still had six months to go, and they’d rather an actor be happy. And he was paying me very well. He’s very generous. Things have changed because of the economy, but Ken was perhaps maybe the most generous producer that I know of. So I was being well paid, and, it could have come from a source that I don’t even want to think about. Whatever it was, it was too bad because I thought Vivian and Ivan were really the Laurel and Hardy, they were fun. So it was a shocker for me. I felt hurt. And I miss those people. The day that ends it’s like a deadening sound. Deadening.

We Love Soaps: How did you cope with a such a significant change in you life?
Louise Sorel: I went to Greece, France, which was good for my head because that’s always helped me keep balance. But it was really hard. You wake up and you’re going to ...no you’re not. Everybody has had this experience. It just gets in your blood, eight years. They’re your family, I had a lot of those people in my home. I’m a crew person, I loved the make-up and wardrobe [people].

We Love Soaps: Did you keep in touch with any of the actors after that?
Louise Sorel: Not really, [pause] I needed to separate. John Aniston [Victor] is a friend. Even though I haven’t seen him in a long time I’m sure as soon as I see him it will be like no time at all. But I was in New York a lot, and I pretty much just stayed away.

Stay tuned for Part Four where Ms. Sorel shares her experiences working on PORT CHARLES and ALL MY CHILDREN, writing her memoirs, and her celebrated return to daytime.

RELATED:
- Lunch with Louise Sorel, Part One
- Lunch with Louise Sorel, Part Two

Damon L. Jacobs is a Marriage Family Therapist practicing in New York City, and the author of "Absolutely Should-less: The Secret to Living the Stress-Free Life You Deserve." He blogs regularly at www.shouldless.com.

SPOTLIGHT: Death on Soaps Has Become Meaningless


"Back from the dead" story lines are a staple of soaps. They've been around since almost the beginning. But things have changed in recent years. There was a time that a return from the dead was shocking for the audience. Will any longtime AS THE WORLD TURNS fan ever forget the first time James Stenbeck turned up alive and said, "Hello, Barbara," to his former wife? Since then James has died numerous times and just this week returned from the dead yet again.

On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Stefano Dimera has died just as many times as James, probably more. Heck, half the town died a few years ago, including Alice, and they all turned up alive. John Black's funeral in late 2007 was a masterpiece but then he rejoined the living only a few months later.

The "Back from the dead" twist was supposed to be a rare, but exciting turn of events for soap audiences. Now it is used so frequently that it is completely meaningless. And almost as bad is when characters are presumed dead and the audience has to sit through a funeral for someone we know is coming back. SPOILER AHEAD. Holden Snyder will "die" yet again on AS THE WORLD TURNS soon and no doubt the audience will be forced to watch Lily and the Snyders grieve. Does anyone actually believe Holden is dead? If he hadn't "died" before, and James hadn't just returned from the dead, it might hold more weight. But it doesn't unfortunately. At least we'll get Judi Evans for a while as part of the latest non-death.

And why should any soap character really get that upset if their lover or child or friend dies? They should all know by now they'll be back with the same or a new face in a matter of weeks or months.

The only soap deaths with any weight recently have been DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Grace and Victor Newman's dog on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. Earlier this year GUIDING LIGHT had a very sad storyline when Coop unexpectedly died. Soap death can be meaningful and powerful but the person dying needs to stay dead so that the audience can feel something.

"Back from the dead" stories are no longer shocking, interesting or worth the audiences time so please stop them now!

The Latest in Soap Videos: P3, Kim, Zendall, Olivia

Here are some of the latest soap videos to hit the web.

20 YEARS TO THINK ABOUT IT: Phillip III filled Chance in on his past with Nina on Wednesday's THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.

HEART ATTACK: Kim collapsed while telling Alison off on Wednesday's AS THE WORLD TURNS.

ZENDALL: A Zach and Kendall musical montage closed Wednesday's ALL MY CHILDREN.

NOT THE MOST LOVABLE WOMEN ON THE PLANET: Olivia and Doris shared ice cream and commiserated over their lives on Wednesday's GUIDING LIGHT.




BONUS:
- THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS was honored at the Paley Center earlier this year. Watch Part 2.

Daytime Emmy Presenters Announced

PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 36TH ANNUAL DAYTIME ENTERTAINMENT EMMY AWARDS AIRING LIVE ON SUNDAY AUGUST 30 ON THE CW

Bradford Anderson, Tyra Banks, Patrick Duffy, Jennie Garth, Anthony Geary, Van Hansis, Bindi Irwin, Katherine Kelly Lang, Susan Lucci, Sandra Oh, Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray, Alex Trebek, Betty White, Montel Williams and Others Confirmed for the Telecast; Vanessa Williams to Host


Kristen Alderson (ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Daytime Emmy Nominee Bradford Anderson (GENERAL HOSPITAL), Daytime Emmy Nominee Tyra Banks, Brandon Buddy (ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Patrick Duffy (THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL), Daytime Emmy Nominee Melissa Claire Egan (ALL MY CHILDREN), Colin Eggelsfield (MELROSE PLACE), Jennie Garth (90210), Daytime Emmy Nominee Anthony Geary (GENERAL HOSPITAL), Daytime Emmy Nominee Van Hansis (AS THE WORLD TURNS), Elizabeth Hendrickson (THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS), Daytime Emmy Nominee Bindi Irwin, Jay Kenneth Johnson (DAYS OF OUR LIVES), Katherine Kelly Lang (THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL), Lori Loughlin (90210), Susan Lucci (ALL MY CHILDREN), Gilles Marini (BROTHERS & SISTERS), Kyle Massey, Christopher Massey, Cameron Mathison (ALL MY CHILDREN), Daytime Emmy Nominee Dr. Phil McGraw, Robin McGraw, Billy Miller (THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS), Ronn Moss (THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL), Robert Newman (GUIDING LIGHT), Sandra Oh (GREY'S ANATOMY), Daytime Emmy Nominee Rachael Ray, James Scott (DAYS OF OUR LIVES), Jake Silbermann (AS THE WORLD TURNS), Daytime Emmy Nominee Kirsten Storms (GENERAL HOSPITAL), Dr. Travis Stork, Daytime Emmy Nominee Alex Trebek, Betty White, Montel Williams and Kim Zimmer (GUIDING LIGHT) have been confirmed as presenters for the 36th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards, it was announced today by David McKenzie, executive producer of the telecast.

The ceremony will take place on Sunday, August 30 at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles and will broadcast live on the CW at (8:00-10:00 PM ET Live/PT tape delayed). Vanessa Williams will host.

The Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards recognize the outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. during the 2008 calendar year. The 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

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Update From Y&R's Thom Bierdz


Y&R's Thom Bierdz sent out an update to his mailing list on Tuesday including news of his recent cover story for "The Bottomline."

My return to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS playing Phillip Chancellor/Phillip Langley is going great. Tomorrow I will be on the air again.

Attached is a recent magazine cover with my mug, and a bunch of other recent press about my return is at www.ThomBierdz.com. My new paintings and Y&R clips can be found there as well.

How grateful I am to have so much support in my life and career. The Human Rights Campaign will honor me with their Visibility Award in Minneapolis on September 12. This morning I did a radio show for Massachusetts. Thursday I do a radio show for Palm Springs. The 27th I do a radio show for one million listeners in the Chicago/Boston region, and I will join the Y&R cast at the annual fan dinner in Sherman Oaks on the 28th.

"Forgiving Troy" was just picked up by a national distributor and today I will finish painting a couple abstract commissions.

I love my life!

For more, visit http://ThomBierdz.com.

Rebecca Herbst: Get an Emmy-Award Winning Look


LifeMinute.TV recently caught up with GENERAL HOSPITAL's Rebecca Herbst (Liz) to see how she is getting her glow on in preparation for the Daytime Emmys.

Rebecca says, "There’s so much to do for the Emmys and I really try to stick to a regular routine. Eating healthy, exercising, drinking plenty of water and I try to get enough sleep."

CLASSIC CLIP: Deidre Hall Honored 1986

DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Deidre Hall was honored for her "body of work" at the Soap Opera Digest Awards in 1986.

News Round-up: Emmy, Melvin, Evans, Brown, McClain

Daytime Emmy predix: B&B will win best drama for the first time ever
Pundits at Gold Derby are predicting a first best drama win for THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.

Cady McClain shares her thoughts on the AMC move to L.A.
1) There are people who have worked on the show in New York, crew members, production staff, and New York based actors who are all out of a job now. Less production in NYC is bad for NYC.
2) AMC will no longer have access to NY theater actors, who used to consider it a fun place to do a bit part, and their presence always lifted up the show.
3) AMC will no longer have access to the older characters that made up the base of the core families. It’s hard on older people to move to LA for a show that only uses them a few times a year, and even flying back and forth will be expensive and difficult.

It’s almost as if TPTB have been given carte blanche to do what they want. They seem to have thrown out “the book” that made the show what it was. Agnes Nixon- where are you??

Lifetime commits to Rachel Melvin's Sins miniseries
Lifetime Movie Network is taking a contemporary look at the seven deadly sins. The cable network is moving with production on Seven Deadly Sins, a four-hour miniseries based on Robin Wasserman's "Seven Deadly Sins" series of novels: "Lust," "Greed," "Envy," "Wrath," "Gluttony," "Sloth" and "Pride."

Soap alum Eric Close is set to star in the mini, written by Gary Tieche and to be directed by Jeff Renfroe. Dreama Walker (GOSSIP GILR), Rachel Melvin (DAYS OF OUR LIVES), Jared Keeso, Emma Lahana, Greyston Holt and Steven Grayhm co-star in the project. It is slated to begin production late this month for a 2010 premiere.

INTERVIEW: ATWT's Judi Evans (Maeve)
Evans was interviewed for You magazine in South Africa.
"If fans take the trouble to write about how much they hate you, you must be doing a good job. It’s the highest compliment an actor can get."

EASTENDERS star June Brown looking for love
Veteran EASTENDERS star June Brown has admitted that she is hoping to find a boyfriend. The 82-year-old actress, who plays Albert Square legend Dot Cotton, confirmed that she would like to date a middle-aged man but is not optimistic about her chances.

Brown told The Mirror: "I wouldn't mind a male companion. But I don't want an old male companion or a young one - and a middle-aged one wouldn't fancy me."

Zachary Ray Sherman joins 90210
"He's the nephew of the guy that Annie hit, and you get to see how he encompasses himself into the relationships of Beverly Hills," Tristan Wilds tells E!.

NBC Hits Facebook To Promote Fall Season
NBC is streaming the pilot episode of COMMUNITY on social networking site Facebook, commercial free through Friday, August 14. Surprisingly, NBC is not making the pilot available on its website or on Hulu, at least not yet. The network streamed most of its new fall shows on Hulu a week before they premiered on the broadcaster in 2008.

NAACP Theatre Awards Select Audra McDonald, Tichina Arnold, Ruben Hudson-Santiago & Sheldon Epps
The 19th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards is celebrating the organization’s 100th Year Anniversary and will be held on August 31, 2009 7 P.M. (PT) at the Director’s Guild of America (DGA) Theatre. The NAACP Beverly Hills/Hollywood branch announced the full slate of honorees including Audra McDonald (Naomi, PRIVATE PRACTICE) for Trailblazer Award, Tichina Arnold (ex-Zena, RH; ex-Sharla, AMC) for the Spirit Award, Ruben Santiago-Hudson (ex-Billy, AW) for Lifetime Achievement, and Sheldon Epps for the Community Service Award.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tichina Arnold joining the cast of Y&R to fill the void left by Drucilla has been a dream of mine for the past year.

OUT ON THE TOWN: Kate Linder & Vail Bloom


On Tuesday, Kate Linder (Esther, Y&R) attended the Early TV Memories First-Class Stamp Dedication held at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood. Classic TV stars like June Lockhart, Jayne Meadows and Barbara Hale were on hand to celebrate, as was a Lassie look-a-like.

Meanwhile, Vail Bloom (Heather, Y&R) attended the Zara Terez west coast launch benefiting The Elizabeth Glaser Foundation at the Sky Bar at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood.

The Latest in Soap Tweets: GL, Porn, AMC, Y&R

Here are some of the latest tweets from around the soap world including more reflections on GUIDING LIGHT's last tape day, Michelle Stafford's porn discussion and Christian LeBlanc's injury.

@tinasloan (GL's Tina Sloan) very hard to sleep - nice to come here Can't believe we shot our last scene and turned out the light forever. my last line in last scene was How lucky we are to have each other - all of us- rather fitting. the last line of the final episode is lovely too. We were shooting out of sequence today. that was the last line we filmed yesterdayt but it is not the last line of the last episode which was filmed a few days earlier.

@beth_chamberlin (GL's Beth Chamberlin) 1st: thank u all 4 the messages of support.It means the world 2 me on this day. 2nd: 4 those doing kb's: Hooray! I'm so psyched 4 u. We r 1

@michaelmuhney (Y&R's Michael Muhney) In Maria and Paul I trust...and with that, goodnight moon.

@CJLeBlanc (Y&R's Christian LeBlanc) :) http://yfrog.com/18zqsmj

@DanielGoddard (Y&R's Daniel Goddard) @CJLeBlanc oh man... it's your right hand! please tell me you flipped the image... I'm so sorry.

@TheStafford (Y&R's Michelle Stafford) I am having a very interesting discussion about porn with my tweeps!! I think it desensitizes you and makes you bad in bed!!

@sarahjoybrown (GH's Sarah Joy Brown) @TheStafford I'm cracking up now! Just got in and catching your chat with your fans. Leave it to The Staff to make it a water cooler topic!!

@VincentIrizarry (AMC's Vincent Irizarry) Been enjoyng the week w/ Avalon, Aria, Elias in SF/Northrn CA, clearng my head. Sausalito seems 2 double 4 Greece. http://mypict.me/keNj

@Chrishell7 (AMC's Chrishell Stause) Just missed my flight to LA by seconds. Any good airport book suggestions ; )

@vrayskull (ATWT's Vanessa Ray) Can't wait to hear the A.D. Say "Good Morning World Turners..."

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Today's Soap World Birthdays

Rebecca Gayheart (ex-Hannah, LOVING)- 38
Taylor Stanley (ex-Remy, ANOTHER WORLD) - 34
Nick Zurzolo (ex-Gabe, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 19

News Round-up: GREY'S Novela, Kanan, Wagner, Rinna

GREY'S ANATOMY is being remade into a Columbian telenovela
A telenovela version of GREY'S ANATOMY has started production in Bogota under the name A CORAZON ABIERTO (An Open Heart). Novela veterans Rafael Novoa, Carolina Gómez, Jorge Enrique Abello and Jorge Cao lead the cast. In a spectacular bit of irony, A CORAZON ABIERTO -- which is scheduled for an 80-episode run -- is being adapted from the original American scripts by Fernando Gaitán. He's the guy who wrote Colombia's YO SOY BETTY, LA FEA, the novela that was the basis for ABC's hit UGLY BETTY.

INTERVIEW: Y&R's Sean Kanan (Deacon)
"I tell ya, when I found out I would be reprising the role of Deacon, I was overwhelmed and really moved. I had a moment when I looked back at how hard those two years were and I remember sitting with a friend after the DUI. I said, 'It’s done and over. I don’t see myself getting back on daytime or anywhere anytime soon.' I was bereft with gloom and doom and depression. Now to play Deacon on the number one show is amazing. The first day I walked in the door at CBS, I was really, really moved, and full of gratitude because I know how hard it has been to get back there. There were a lot of people who worked really hard on my behalf, and a few people who believed in me and stuck with me when a lot of people wouldn’t. I feel a real sense of obligation and responsibility to Paul Rauch and to Brad Bell, too. I think on some level Brad Bell and Barbara Bloom (VP Daytime Programs, CBS) had a lot to do with getting me back on the show. On some level or another, Brad Bell did something very nice for me."

Paula Abdul wastes no time: UGLY BETTY could be next on her horizon
Abdul, who has a recurring turn on Lifetime's DROP DEAD DIVA, a gig that began before she quit-tweeted her judging gig on AMERICAN IDOL last week, now might have a role on UGLY BETTY next season, reports Entertainment Weekly.

ABC confirmed Monday that the network is in talks with Abdul, just days after ABC President of Entertainment Steve McPherson said publicly he'd love for her to appear on DANCING WITH THE STARS.

Daren Kagasoff & Jacqueline MacInnes Wood: Kissing Couple
Teen Choice Award winner Daren Kagasoff (Ricky, THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER) strolled hand-in-hand with girlfriend Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) as they window shopped on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon.

Peter Anthony Holder speaks about CJAD split
Former CJAD nighttime host Peter Anthony Holder said he has been a faithful fan of AS THE WORLD TURNS since he was 5 years old.

“I was watching the show when President Kennedy was shot,” he said. “I remember them interrupting the show to say shots had been fired in Dallas.”

Holder grew up to invite AS THE WORLD TURNS actress Helen Wagner to be a guest on his CJAD show. She is the only actress remaining on the show who was on the set the day Kennedy was shot.

“She told me the producers tried to keep the news under wraps because the show was airing live, but a security guard leaked it to the cast,” Holder said. “That’s what I miss most about the job. Calling up people who interest me and inviting them to be a guest on the show.”

Web Series: The Appeal of Doing it Live
In television, since daytime soap AS THE WORLD TURNS ceased daily live shows in 1967, special live episodes have been regarded as ratings boosters sometimes employed as a desperate measure during viewership slumps. This isn’t the case on the web, where viewer quantity is arguably not the most important metric. In fact, the live efforts of EXIT STAGE LEFT, THE MIDWEST TEEN SEX SHOW, and DORM LIFE all saw live viewership numbers a fraction of what typical episodes get. Such is the nature of appointment viewing in a TiVo world, I suppose. But for web producers for whom audience engagement and activation of evangelism is important (and that’s most of them), live can deliver.

INTERVIEW: Former DAYS and MELROSE star Lisa Rinna
"I feel I have a third great character in me after Billie Reed [DAYS OF OUR LIVES] and Taylor McBride [MELROSE PLACE], I’m trolling for one more. That is out there for me. I just have to keep moving and grooving."

BROTHERS & SISTERS star Sarah Jane Morris is pregnant
Morris and her husband are expecting early next year.

GUIDING LIGHT Extinguished During Last Day of Shooting

MyCentralJersey.com has posted a story about GUIDING LIGHT's last tape day.

The "guiding light" that gave the longest-running soap opera its name was quietly extinguished Tuesday at Peapack Reformed Church.

Cast members and crew of the GUIDING LIGHT were also on location at Dominick's Pizza and other sites in the borough to wrap up the last day of shooting for daytime television's longest-running soap opera.

"It's sad," said Susan Wisher of Frenchtown, wgi huddled with about two dozen other fans near Dominick's, where filming was under way around noon.

A little earlier, cast members, crew and a few local parishioners attended a brief service at the church to remember the show. The Rev. Kathryn Henry led the service.
Guiding Light star Robert Newman noted that as the fictional Joshua Lewis, he had preached from the other side of the pulpit in past episodes.

"It's just been great," Newman said of filming in the borough. "People have been very gracious. I never had anyone give me anything other than smiles and friendly waves."

Yvonna Wright, who portrays Mel Boudreau Bauer on the show, said being in the church was an emotional experience, adding that Tuesday's service offered some closure.

Read the full article here.

90210 Promo: Bigger, Better, Bolder, Wetter

A preview of the new 90210 season including new cast member Trevor Donovan.

FNL's Aimee Teegarden Talks Season 4; Gilford Extended

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS star Aimee Teegarden (Julie) talks about the upcoming season of the show in the video below. Meanwhile, Zach Gilford (Matt) has been extended from five to seven episodes of the 13-episode season.

The Latest in Soap Videos: Olivia, Zapato, Maggie, Mexico

Here are some of the latest soap videos to hit the web.

OLIVIA: The men of Springfield were hot for Olivia on Tuesday's GUIDING LIGHT. Eventually she started making out with Josh but stopped and asked him to just hold her.

ZAPATO: Victor was heartbroken on Tuesday's THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS as the family said goodbye to his dog.

I CAN'T TRUST YOU: Lucas went off on Maggie on Tuesday's DAYS OF OUR LIVES after finding out she knew about Chloe and Daniel.

GO NOW GO: Michael and Kristina tried to escape on Tuesday's GENERAL HOSPITAL. Meanwhile, a church fell in on Jerry and Jason.




BONUS:
- Y&R's Mary Jane confessed all to Father Todd on Tuesday.

GUIDING LIGHT Farewell

Karen Brown of CBS reports from the set of GUIDING LIGHT as the show prepares to say goodbye. The show taped its 15,762nd and final episode today.

GUIDING LIGHT Trending on Twitter On Last Tape Day

GUIDING LIGHT is taping for the final time today in Peapack and fans have come together to show their support on Twitter. "#GuidingLightForever" is currently one of the top trending topics on social networking service.

GUIDING LIGHT's Frank Dicopoulos (Frank) tweeted his thoughts earlier today on the show's last tape day.

It's here.....the final day of taping. We thought it was going to rain and prolong things an extra day. No rain, just heat. This is it.

If you post on Twitter, be sure to add "#GuidingLightForever" to your message today in honor of this legendary soap.

GUIDING LIGHT's 72 year year run on radio and television will end when the final episode airs on September 18.

INDIE SOAP BEAT Extra: VENICE Q&A

Producer Crystal Chappell and Producer/Writer Kim Turrisi answer fan questions about the upcoming web series VENICE.


The producers are also asking fans to design a logo for the show. Find out more here.

Jay Hammer Returning to GUIDING LIGHT

The P&G Classic Soaps Blog is reporting the return of Jay Hammer before GUIDING LIGHT ends its run on September 18.

In addition to Maureen Garret's return to GUIDING LIGHT as Holly on August 26, Holly's ex, Fletcher, will make his way back to Springfield, once again played by Jay Hammer, on Thursday, September 17.

INTERVIEW: Lunch With Louise Sorel, Part Two

In Part One of my lunch interview with Louise Sorel, the actress discusssed her early career, her relationship with Dame Judith Anderson, and the unfortunate (yet ambivalent) fate of Laken Lockridge's pet pigeon. In this part, Ms. Sorel shares receiving a letter from President Reagan, the end of Augusta Lockridge, and the beginning of Vivian Alamain.

We Love Soaps: SANTA BARBARA debuted in 1984, became critically acclaimed, and Augusta Lockridge had a certain fan in the White House.
Louise Sorel: Albeit demented. I mean, Alzheimer’s you know.

We Love Soaps: So you actually received a letter from President Reagan [in 1985] wishing Augusta to get well soon. Any idea how that came about?
Louise Sorel: I nearly fell on the floor. I thought my friends had done it. I have friends in Washington. I thought it was a joke. I called them and said, “Very funny.” They said, “What?” “You sent that letter, that was very hysterical.” My friend’s husband was Reagan’s photographer. I said “Come on you guys.” They said, “We didn’t do anything.” And they didn’t. So it’s a mystery.

We Love Soaps: Did you ever hear from him or anyone from the White House again?
Louise Sorel: No, but I went to NBC and I told them about it. I said, “You can have it, I don’t know what you want to do with it.” They said, “We don’t want to embarrass the White House.” But it did get out there.

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We Love Soaps: And then you left SANTA BARBARA and went to ONE LIFE TO LIVE. What was that like?
Louise Sorel: I can’t go into a lot of it. I was there a year. The character didn’t have any humor. And I can’t function without humor. I felt it just wasn’t right for me. So I went off to France and studied French. Then I thought, “Oh my God, what am I going to do, I have no work.” Then my mother called and said, “They want you back on SANTA BARBARA.” So I went back. And things changed a bit.

We Love Soaps: What had changed when you went back?
Louise Sorel: Again, the turnover in writers, producers, too many chefs. And then it had been sold to New World. Then New World got all involved which was a big mistake, except they sold it to Europe, and that was a huge thing. It was a bunch of guys running New World. They decided they should have their “bunnies” there [a lot of cute girls]. There were too many hands in the pot. Then there was a problem with the Dobsons. They left the show, to put it nicely, and I was heartbroken over that because I thought these are the people who created the show, they should be there. And then someone came to produce and direct the show who told me he was getting rid of the Lockridges, which was frankly a lie. Because they were in the midst of bringing my husband back, Nicky [Nicholas Costner who played Lionel Lockridge], and Jack [Wagner who played Warren Lockridge]. But he said he’s getting rid of the Lockridges. So you can imagine how I felt then.

Louise Sorel: Anyway, the character was suddenly turned into an alcoholic. And I was enraged. That part I don’t mind saying because it was very obvious. My only fun out of that was that every time they would say “Augusta is drinking,” I refused to drink. So they would say, “She’s becoming an alcoholic,” but nobody ever saw her drink. It was the only thing I could do to save my, you know. I thought it was terrible they made her an alcoholic and I told them so.

We Love Soaps: What did you see as problematic about that?
Louise Sorel: There’s no justification. It was to get rid of me. I’m a theater person, so I was brought up to really care about your work, to do it justice, and to really protect it. I spent my whole young life doing that. And you can’t always do that on soaps, everybody is rushed. But I do believe in protecting characters. I think that’s why, as crazy as she was, Vivian [Alamain on DAYS OF OUR LIVES] worked. Some of it I really questioned, but I would commit to everything they would ask me to do. And the audience bought it.

We Love Soaps: My understanding was that your reason for leaving SANTA BARBARA the last time had to do with a story line twist for Augusta where she would get involved with a certain character.
Louise Sorel: Yes, that was part of it. But that’s because I was up there [in the producer’s offices]. I did question it. It was a story where my sister Nancy [Grahn, who played Julia] had been raped by Tim Gibbs [playing the character of Dash Nichols]. She comes home, she falls in my arms, she’s sobbing. And now I’ve seen that I’m now going to go out and do the rapist as a romance. I could not believe this! I was supposed to be sitting on a boat, in my bathing suit, with my binoculars, eyeing him, finding him very seductive, and I just said, “There’s got to be a limit, this isn’t right.” I went up to see Bridget [Dobson], I still hadn’t learned that I’m just the actress and have to keep my mouth shut. So I said, “Br-Br-Brigdet? I don’t know how this wonderful character that I have could turn to the rapist of my sister. I don’t think a character could do this. “ “Well, we like it” [was her response], but we’ll think about it.” What happened was “Snip, snip, snip,” they took it out.

We Love Soaps: They cut the story?
Louise Sorel: I wouldn’t back down on that. But that wasn’t the end of my character, by the way. Another producer came in, the one who told me he was cutting out the family, which was not true.

We Love Soaps: One of the things that has been hard for me as a soap viewer over the past decade or so is to constantly see these decisions being made that we don’t agree with.
Louise Sorel: You just don’t know what’s going on. A lot of politicking. In my case, [pause] I know what the reason was. Let’s say it was not a professional reason. And I don’t respect that. If you really come to blows with somebody, and they’re doing awful things then that’s whatever. But this had nothing to do with the show.

We Love Soaps: And of course after you left, the show really started sliding in the ratings, and was canceled not long after.
Louise Sorel: I will never forget what an arrogant moment at the end of SANTA BARBARA [the last episode] when Paul [Rauch] threw the cigarette down and stomped on it. What the hell was that? How dare he. That’s the kind of stuff that is just so unprofessional. I mean, he is a very good producer. He’s not stupid.

We Love Soaps: So soon after you were hired on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
Louise Sorel: It was six months later. I thought, “Oh well, where do I go now?” And my friend who was producing on SANTA BARBARA and then on DAYS OF OUR LIVES called me and said, “There’s a role coming up,” and I said, “Oh NO!” Because it was right next door, on the same fucking stage practically. She said, “Well, it’s work.” So I went over to meet with them. And they were testing seven women. They said, “Would you test?” I said “No.” I was right next door. They could see what I was doing. And then they called.

Stay tuned for Part Three in which Ms. Sorel describes her experience on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, burying Carly alive, and life as a box of a french fries.

Damon L. Jacobs is a Marriage Family Therapist practicing in New York City, and the author of "Absolutely Should-less: The Secret to Living the Stress-Free Life You Deserve." He blogs regularly at www.shouldless.com.

INDIE SOAP BEAT: August 11, 2009


In this week's "Indie Soap Beat" segment, we take a look at the latest happenings from around the world of independent soap opera production.

EYE OF THE STORM
J.R. Benight's radio soap, EYE OF THE STORM, returned this weekend with an all-new episode, "Kismet." You can catch up on the latest happenings in Lafayette by listening to the audio-only show which takes the concept of old-time radio soap drama and brings it into the modern era.

VENICE - THE SERIES
VENICE is launching a new contest on the show's website, venicetheseries.com, today at 4pm ET. Be sure to check it out.

Kanan, Linder & Darbo at The House of Blues


Sean Kanan and Kate Linder from THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and former DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Patrika Darbo were among the celebrities on hand as country singer Laura Bryna performed last night at The House of Blues in Los Angeles. Bryna released her debut CD in January 2008.

News Round-up: Kurth, Melvin, Whittle, Fox

INTERVIEW: DAYS' Wally Kurth (Justin)
"It's different. I like the schedule, to be quite honest. I know it's kind of radical. We really cook, but I love the fact that Gary's on the floor when we tape and everybody has to step up and be prepared. It's just nice. Everyone's on the ball and we plow through it and I think it actually helps. It gives you an improv feel and that's good energy. I think it helps the performances."

INTERVIEW: Former DAYS star Rachel Melvin (ex-Chelsea)
On the difference between DAYS and her new show, HEROES: "Well, they’re similar in the sense that you’re not always dealing with real life situations that you can draw from your own experience. They’re different in the sense where the soap world is very rushed and hurried. It was nice to have the freedom to play with different choices through multiple takes, and have directors take the time to really explore the character with you without much pressure of 'getting it done on time.'"

Source Interlink's "good bankruptcy"
From Source's Jp magazine website: "Heard rumors in the news that our parent company Source Interlink Media went bankrupt and all the magazines, including Jp, will be killed off? We're alive, well, and kickin' and aren't going anywhere. It was one of those good bankruptcies."

HOLLYOAKS star unhappy over show's image
Ricky Whittle has claimed that the soap's cast and crew are underestimated by television critics. The 27-year-old actor, who plays Calvin Valentine, complained that the time and effort required to produce the show often goes unnoticed.

Speaking to Metro, Whittle said: "There's an idea that we're the party soap, the happy soap, the soap that has loads of fun, but people don't realise how hard we work. At the minute, especially with the late night stuff, we're doing 12-hour days, sometimes six or seven days a week."

Hardy joins HOLLYOAKS as senior publicist
Lime Pictures has appointed Rachel Hardy as senior publicist for the TV drama HOLLYOAKS. Prior to joining Lime, Hardy was based in London where she latterly worked for the international fragrance and cosmetic giant company Coty Inc.

Samantha Fox Heading For EASTENDERS?
Former page three girl Samantha Fox said today she would give in and appear on EASTENDERS after 26 years of being pursued by the show.

"I've been asked to go on EastEnders since I was 17," she told OK! managazine. "First I was asked to be Sharon's sister, then I was asked to be Peggy's daughter, then I was going to be Nick Cotton's gangster moll wife. I quite fancied that last one. I'll definitely do it one day when the time's right."

We Love Soaps Radio: Episode #7


On Episode #7 of "We Love Soaps Radio," Newcomb, Jacobs and Goldberg share their thoughts on the latest hot topics and news from around the soap world and talk with veteran actress Lynn Herring.

Episode #7 includes:
- In a fascinating interview with Lynn Herring, the actress offers insights into her role as Audrey on AS THE WORLD TURNS, and reflects on her time on GENERAL HOSPITAL and PORT CHARLES.

- The hosts discuss whether Lynn Herring would fit into the current landscape of GENERAL HOSPITAL.

- Hot topics from all the daytime soaps including:
    * ALL MY CHILDREN's move to L.A. and what it means for ABC Daytime
    * ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Kish kisses, "Grey Gardens" was talking up to the audience for once
    * AS THE WORLD TURNS' Henry is a Stenbeck
    * What should happen with Lauren Koslow's Kate on DAYS OF OUR LIVES
    * The camptastic THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
    * The final taping of GUIDING LIGHT
    * Nikki's big decision on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS



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PREVIEW: 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU

In order to help earn money for a shopping trip with Chastity, Bianca and her friend Dawn ask Cameron for help in setting up a new web reality show. It doesn’t take long before the girls realize that, to get more viewers, they have to spice things up a bit. Just how far will Bianca go to make her webcast more popular? Find out in an all-new episode of ABC Family’s original series 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, premiering tonight (8:00 – 8:30 PM ET/PT). The episode, entitled “You Can’t Always Get Want You Want,” was directed by Gil Junger and written by Jon Ross.

Meanwhile, when Kat feels the grading system in one of her classes is too lenient, she complains to the school administration about her teacher’s generosity with grades. Luckily (or not) for Kat, the school counselor has a personal vendetta against this particular teacher. But in the end, the whole experience leads to some self-realizations that Kat didn’t expect.

10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU is executive-produced by Carter Covington. Larry Miller reprises his role as Walter Stratford, the over-protective father to the Stratford sisters -- Kat, a feminist with a razor-sharp tongue, portrayed by Lindsey Shaw, and Bianca, a girl with a plan to climb the social ladder at her new school, portrayed by Meaghan Martin. Ethan Peck takes on the role of resident bad boy, Patrick Verona. Nicholas Braun portrays Cameron James, Padua High’s “nice guy,” and Dana Davis portrays head cheerleader Chastity Church.

Today's Soap World Birthdays

Drew Nelson (ex-Robbie, QUEER AS FOLK) - 30
Elisabeth Lund (ex-Lisa, UNDRESSED) - 28

News Round-up: McClain, Sloan, Chamberlin, Roussel

INTERVIEW: ATWT's Cady McClain (Rosanna)
"Everyone has taken cuts. EVERYONE. I think daytime dramas will be around as long as we want them to be. I think the audience needs to be very vocal now about their desire to keep a show on the air because networks, as far as I can tell, are listening. I also think the ratings are far better than a lot of people are giving them credit for.

"I think what is more important is the effort that is being made to keep the show on the air. There is a strong and loyal audience and they need to be seen and heard. These shows serve a vital community function, in that, at their best, they portray current social issues and the emotional sides to those issues."

B&B's Ronn Moss launches CBS.com blog
Moss introduced his new blog at CBS.com on Friday.

"Unacceptable Child Abuse" on ALL MY CHILDREN
"I recently had the misfortune to observe some very bad psychological child abuse that I was powerless to stop. Calling the police would have done no good because the abuse was on a television show, the July 23rd episode of ABC's ALL MY CHILDREN. Several adults were ganging up on a little girl, Emma Lavery, trying to get her to stop saying she had seen one of them, Kendall Slater, kill someone by mistake. Worse than that they were attempting to coerce her into saying that she had seen her mother, Annie, commit the murder instead. One would talk to the girl than leave so another could continue the ordeal. By the end of the ordeal the poor little girl was catatonic."

INTERVIEW: GL's Tina Sloan (Lillian)
"My best memory was OJ Simpson coming up to me, this was years before all his troubles, twenty-five years ago. It was a show of Andy Warhol paintings, and Andy was there and the space where the show was at belonged to my husband’s college roommate and I walked in and I was very scared and we were just dating and my husband - well boyfriend at the time - seemed so sophisticated to me so I walked in to this gallery, everything stopped because Andy Warhol saw me and said, ‘I just love your character.’ Well I was just beside myself; that was so exciting. My husband married me six months later. I remember OJ was at the gallery and there were pictures of OJ and I remember this vividly that Andy and OJ were talking and Andy stopped talking to him and came over to me the moment I walked in the room; it was incredible. That was a great moment."

INTERVIEW: GL's Beth Chamberlin (Beth)
"Tina Sloan (Lillian) basically taught me so many things on-screen and in life. She was instrumental in me marrying my husband. When Peter and I met he was in upstate New York and I was in California and we had been dating five months long distance and we met one time in the city and had dinner at Tina's place there. When I went to the bathroom she looked at Peter and said, 'You love her don't you?' And he said 'Yes,' and she replied, 'Ask her to marry you soon or you'll lose her.' Peter went back home, closed his practice and moved to L.A. and asked me to marry him and I said yes. That was over fifteen years ago."

INTERVIEW: Former GUIDING LIGHT star Elvera Roussel (ex-Hope)
Roussel was a guest on "BuzzWorthy Radio" on Monday.

Facebook Agrees to Acquire Sharing Service FriendFeed
Facebook on Monday announced that it has agreed to acquire FriendFeed, the innovative service for sharing online. As part of the agreement, all FriendFeed employees will join Facebook and FriendFeed’s four founders will hold senior roles on Facebook’s engineering and product teams.

“Facebook and FriendFeed share a common vision of giving people tools to share and connect with their friends,” said Bret Taylor, a FriendFeed co-founder and, previously, the group product manager who launched Google Maps. “We can’t wait to join the team and bring many of the innovations we’ve developed at FriendFeed to Facebook’s 250 million users around the world.”

ABC Soap Scoop

Natalia Livingston hosts this week's ABC Soap Scoop which includes the return of David Vickers on ONE LIFE TO LIVE, and Jerry shooting Jason on GENERAL HOSPITAL.

The Latest in Soap Videos: Faith, Cougar, Emma, Christian

Here are some of the latest soap videos to hit the web.

YOU CAN TELL ME ANYTHING AT ALL: Faith was ticked off on Monday's AS THE WORLD TURNS after seeing Lily passionately kissing Damian.

COUGAR ATTACK: Jackie survived being trapped with a real cougar on Monday's THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and the ageless Morgan Fairchild appeared as Dorothy with a proposal for Stephanie.

MOMMY BELIEVED ME: Emma continued to be the smartest person in Pine Valley on Monday's ALL MY CHILDREN.

VERBOTENE LIEBE: On Monday's episode, Christian was not enjoying his new job as a tree.


DAYS OF OUR LIVES Full Episodes on NBC.com

Fans of DAYS OF OUR LIVES will never again have to worry about missing an episode as NBC.com announced today that it will begin streaming full episodes of the long-running Emmy Award-winning program daily at www.nbc.com/Days_of_our_Lives.

The announcement was made by Vivi Zigler, President, NBC Universal Digital Entertainment. "NBC.com is pleased to add DAYS OF OUR LIVES to the great line-up of shows available for streaming. DAYS has such great fans - now they can watch every episode again on line!," said Zigler.


"DAYS OF OUR LIVES has had such a long, rich history with NBC and our fans. It's wonderful that this new platform will both offer our current fans a whole new way to watch episodes they may have missed and attract new, young viewers to the show," said Ken Corday, executive producer of DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

Fans will be able to view the past 10 episodes immediately. And, beginning Tuesday, August 11 (3:00 a.m. ET), the previous day's episode will be available. All episodes will be available for a duration of sixteen days.

While visiting the DAYS OF OUR LIVES site, fans can also read the "Days Insider Blog" for the latest news and interviews, watch daily sneak preview clips, interact with entertaining features like Ask the Hunk and the Quick Guide to Salem, play games, and engage with the lively community of dedicated fans.

RESULTS: We Love Soaps "Soap of the Week" Poll

Here are the results from the We Love Soaps "Soap of the Week" poll for the week of August 3-7, 2009. The top three soaps remained the same but Y&R and GL flipped spots. After watching this week's soaps, check back on Friday night when we do it all again.


Here is break down of the U.S. votes state-by-state.

TV Guide Canada: The Soapgeist


"The Soapgeist", a weekly column from TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco, is out with Suds Flashes from GH and Y&R.

The "Nelson Ratings" name the top soaps, storylines and moments to watch this week, as well as the top actors, actresses, duos and rivals.

Branco also takes a look back at the week in soaps and asks, "Are Victor and Nikki the best love story in soap history?"

More NYC Shows Moving to Connecticut

More and more shows are fleeing New York City and filming in Connecticut. The Associated Press took a look at some talk shows making the move in an article published today.

Some daytime drama is coming to Connecticut, as THE JERRY SPRINGER SHOW and other shows take advantage of the state's film tax credits.

Springer and THE STEVE WILKOS SHOW will begin taping episdoes this week in Stamford, which will also be home to Maury Povich's MAURY show starting Aug. 17.

NBC Universal says it's taking advantage of the film tax credits for its three shows. Connecticut has shelled out more than $110 million in tax credits under the program.

The Springer and Wilkos shows have moved from Chicago, while Povich has relocated from New York. The Springer show starts taping in Stamford on Monday and the Wilkos show begins production Wednesday.

NBC's DEAL OR NO DEAL game show began filming in Waterford last month.

ALL MY CHILDREN moving to Connecticut might have made much more sense if it allowed more of the cast and crew to maintain their jobs and not have to uproot their families with just a few months notice. I wonder if that option was even considered.

News Round-up: Young, Bierdz, Gorenc, SOS

Jacob Young had "no qualms" about starting eHomeNeeds.com
ALL MY CHILDREN's Jacob Young and co-founder Slavco Tuskaloski had no qualms about starting a new business tied to the depressed housing industry. Young said he’s banking on a home-repair boom to drive Internet traffic to sites like eHomeNeeds.com.

“Foreclosures have taken our country by storm, housing prices are low and people are snatching up those homes,” Young said. Foreclosures are often distressed and neglected properties, “and whoever buys them will need to fix them up quickly — and that will provide more work for contractors and other services providers.”

Manhattanites brings out the best of Hollywood
The night was afire with celebrities at the DVD release party for the acclaimed film, Manhattanites. Talented personalities from across the entertainment industry gathered at the popular West Hollywood club Area to celebrate the release of the film.

INTERVIEW: Y&R's Thom Bierdz (Phillip)
On whether he's hoping that Y&R will deal with the returning soldier side of the storyline with John Driscoll's Chance: "I would like that very much, and because John is such a good actor, I know we can really make this relationship a real significant, emotional one to watch. Phillip can be there for Chance when no one else will, and vice-versa. I have no idea what the storyline is coming up but I see possibilities."

Player is back in a big way
On Saturday, August 22, at 5 p.m. Peter Beckett, the band's singer will be appearing at The Silent Movie Theater located at 611 North Fairfax Avenue in L.A. with Dennis Lambert for Don’t Knock the Rock Festival. The event is for Dennis Lambert's documentary screening his son made about his father's history as a songwriter and producer of many great bands.

ATWT's Gorenc among 23 acts at Charity Talent Show
Allie Gorenc, 13, of Manalapan — who has played Sage on AS THE WORLD TURNS for the past few years - performed a duet of Miley Cyrus's ballad, "The Climb," with friend Janine Silano, 11, during a Charity Talent Show on Sunday. The event raised money for the American Diabetes Association and the Children's Miracle Network. The cause was personal for Gorence whose father is a diabetic.

Was society "conditioned" to accept sexual immorality?
"Characters such as Luke on GENERAL HOSPITAL, Ross on ALL MY CHILDREN, and John on AS THE WORLD TURNS, raped women and became heroes later on these TV soap operas."

Marsha Waterbury starring in "Menopause the Musical"
The Actress recently wrapped a four-month recurring role on DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Sister Theresa. On her new play: "We're all professional actresses who know how to play different roles. But it helps to have gone through menopause, or if you are going through it."

Save Our Soaps Interview
Dana L. Meyer and Kecia K. Picard recently spoke to Michael Fairman about the SOS/Save Our Soap! General Hospital Campaign.