Thursday, June 18, 2009

Soapside: Advocate's Guide to Daytime

In his latest "Soapside" bi-weekly column for, Michael Fairman covers the following stories and more:
- Crystal Chappell returns to DAYS, signals the end of Otalia
- ONE LIFE TO LIVE launches gay storyline with Chris Evans's gay brother Scott
- ALL MY CHILDREN goes cougar with Susan Lucci and Cameron Mathison

Chappell is saddened to be leaving the character of Olivia Spencer and GUIDING LIGHT. Fairman posted a preview of an interviw with the actress that will be out on on Friday.

I told our executive producer Ellen Wheeler, 'If she can get the show moved I will be there,' and the people at Procter and Gamble. I spoke to Jessica Leccia [Natalia] and we said, 'We would be willing to move, and we want to be Web stars. Is there any way we can move the show there?' I tried to think of everything I could, not just for the Otalia story line, but for the show. The day the news came out last Friday, I told my cast mates and they were unbelievably supportive and lovely. I think the thing that dawned on me at that moment was this was going to be the end of the character of Olivia.

Ron Carlivati also provided a sneak peak of the Oliver Fish storyline on ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

As the truth about their past begins to come to light, we will go on the journey with Fish as he struggles to come to terms with who he really is.

Read the full column here.

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