Joanna Johnson: Daytime Used To Be The More Progressive Place

Joanna Johnson revisted her career and her role as a producer of the new CW series EMILY OWENS, M.D. in a new interview with AfterEllen out today. She hopes to return to THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL as Karen and "that they still would want me to do it when I have a little more time and I can." She also talks about how daytime television isn't as progressive as it used to be.

AE: Have you found since you were involved in bringing a lesbian character onto BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, did you find that it’s a different kind of approach you have to take when it’s daytime as opposed to primetime?
JJ: Well I guess there is a different approach when it’s CW and it’s a nighttime show and then when it’s THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, which is a daytime show. Daytime used to be the more progressive place where they would bring up controversial issues and you could sort of get away with things in daytime. The censors thought, oh the kids aren’t home during the day. Of course now with recording things, it’s changed. I’ve kind of found that in some ways daytime has gotten a little more conservative over the years, definitely than nighttime, some of the things…they’re not as provocative.

But I think THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL has been a certain kind of show that didn’t really tackle a lot of provocative issues, which is OK. It’s really a show for entertainment. They’ve done some really cool things and some great storylines, but they’ve never had a gay character before. I think it’s great that Brad Bell wanted to bring on a gay character. But I also will say that it’s a safe gay character in the sense of, I’m certainly not going to get involved in any romance. I know that my daughter now has two moms and that’s interesting but I'm sure he’s not going to have me suddenly falling in love with Brooke and have an affair. I don’t think we’re going to go there.
EMILY OWENS, M.D. premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

1 comment:

  1. Tivoing Emily Owens, watching debate instead. A B&B storyline does not sound very promising.