Thursday, October 29, 2009

News Round-up: Best, Thomason, Tognoni, Korean Wave

INTERVIEW: B&B writer Rex M. Best
"It's one whole episode (per week). Some weeks I could be assigned Tuesday, some weeks Thursday. You write all characters and all scenes. We're trying to stay so far ahead because around Christmas, we'll take two weeks off, and again around Easter, we'll probably try to take three or four weeks off. There's not a lot of time off. We'll be writing our Christmas episodes in October. So it's kind of funny putting your head in that space.

"When I first started out, the shows were much more character driven. It gave you a chance to like or dislike them. Now, I don't think audiences necessarily get that because the soaps are so busy moving plot, trying to get somebody clicking on the remote."

Soap Opera Diplomacy: North Korean Youth Look South for Entertainment
In recent years, bootlegged South Korean dramas have been flooding into its northern neighbor — part of a recent explosion across Asia in popularity of South Korean TV shows and music known as the "Korea Wave."

Marsha Thomason cast opposite James Franco on GH
GENERAL HOSPITAL has cast Marsha Thomason as the mystery woman who will be playing opposite film star James Franco when he arrives in Port
Charles next month. Thomason is widely recognized from her stint as Naomi on LOST and her 2003-05 run alongside Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda) on LAS VEGAS.

Jonathan Jackson's GENERAL HOSPITAL return: Everything you hoped for?
"Jackson’s reprisal might also make some start looking at whether his chemistry works for these now-adult characters who, let’s remember, are supposed to be parents of two children."

INTERVIEW: OLTL's Gina Tognoni (Kelly)
I really don't know exactly what she's going to be doing. They haven't told me yet, but I totally trust them. She comes back to Llanview and we don't know whether or not if she's with Kevin or where Joey is in the picture. Will they bring back another Joey? It's very exciting. I'm excited to see what they come up with. I think Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati run a great show over there."

Thoughts on abortion on TV and ATWT's Liberty
"ATWT ultimately side-stepped the issue with the miscarriage, but the mere fact that abortion was even an option (pregnant teenage girls only have babies on TV, they never even consider abortion) was ground-breaking."


  1. I don't see what was so groundbreaking about Liberty's pregnancy story on ATWT. Daisy on GL actually had an abortion 2 years ago, as did Lulu on GH.

    The Liberty storyline reminded me of the party of five storyline when Julia was pregnant. They chickened out and had her have a miscarriage, it wasn't groundbreaking then and it isn't groundbreaking now.

  2. I am not thrilled with JJ's return as Lucky. His acting is wonderful of course but he looks so young that it was jarring to see Lucky and Liz kissing. He looks Like a High schooler and she looks like a 30 year old. In the end Liz looked like she was having an affair with the teen down the road.

    I know in reality JJ is a married man with 2 kids But that doesn't change what I see on my screen.

    Sometimes you just can't go back.