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NEWS: Sherwood Schwartz Dead at 94, James Franco, A Rabbi On Soaps

Sherwood Schwartz dead at age 94
Schwartz created GILLIGAN'S ISLAND and THE BRADY BUNCH, which eventually turned into a primetime soap called THE BRADYS. Schwartz died of natural causes in his sleep, surrounded by his family.

James Franco on his new attitude about soaps in the latest Playboy
“Generally, people think actors start on soaps, and if they can, they move up the ladder. Early in my career I auditioned for soaps and didn’t get on them. Until going on GENERAL HOSPITAL, I was like, ‘Of course I’m not going to go on a soap, that lower form of entertainment.’ I don’t view it that way anymore; it’s all entertainment, just for different audiences.”

TV producer Samuel Denoff dies
Television writer-producer and composer Samuel Denoff died July 8 in Brentwood, Calif. He was 83 and suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

A BACHELORETTE review mentions DAYS' E.J.
"Ryan's fashion sense confirms that Donald Trump and the guy who plays E.J. on DAYS OF OUR LIVES remain the only men on TV who can pull off wearing a pink shirt."

A rabbi writes about the loss of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE
"Soap operas are modern morality plays in which kindness is always rewarded and lying is always exposed. With religion, the daytime soap asserts that redemption and healing are always possible. No sin is so grave that you cannot come back next season, do teshuvah, and turn from villain back to hero. My flip language reflects the genre, but the message of hope is serious and important." (EDITOR'S NOTE: There was no mention of the show's continuing on the web in this article)

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