Tuesday, August 12, 2008 5:00 AM EST | By Errol Lewis
When we came up with the Bringing.Drama.Closer campaign on Soap Opera Network many years ago, we never thought that 2008 would bring some of the biggest controversies in the daytime world, nor did we think it would be happening off screen and behind-the-scenes.
So far we have had the “Days of our Lives” online scandal a few weeks back as reported by TV Guide Canada’s Nelson Branco and now we have reports that Carolyn Hinsey of Soap Opera Weekly and Soap Opera Digest fame has been fired by both magazines’ owner Source Interlink, Inc. due to supposed “budget cuts.” Jossip, the website that broke the news, has found a record number of responses to its article with over 1,000 replies and has subsequently published a few of the well thought out discussions in a second article posted a day later. Even our very own message board has discussed this topic through tooth and nail, albeit with much of the discussion centered on the scandals being “outed” at the Jossip site. The ruckus reminds me of the days of a website known as the DataLounge, where such topics as whose dating who, who slept with whom, who rose to the top with their legs in a twist and much more tenacious acts were the talk of the town with thousands of replies in near daily threads. The outlandish discussion, however, forced the website itself to shut down such threads and discussions due to the enormity that some posters would stoop to in order to make their “news” something to remember.
Hinsey’s firing will possibly go down as one of the biggest soap stories in recent memory, not because of the drama it seems to be causing, but because a woman who has been in this industry for decades and has had a stronghold on the daytime community as a whole, has been taken out by a publisher who holds the key to two important assets this industry has left – Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly. These two magazines are the longest running soap centered publications still in existence that cover the entire daytime industry. If it weren’t for these magazines, Soap Opera Network itself wouldn’t be where it is today. My hope is that this isn’t signaling the beginning of the end for either magazine despite their falling readership.
Guiding Light Fan Club Luncheon
The Guiding Light Fan Club luncheon, autograph and photo session will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2008 at the Marriott Marquis, located at 1535 Broadway (Between 45th & 46th St.) in New York City. The event will last from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 PM with doors opening at 10:30 AM. A $20.00 Non-Refundable Deposit Per Person will Reserve your Seat in the order it is received. Final Payment due No later than August 1, 2008. The price for current Fan Club Members is $120.00 Per Ticket and $130.00 for non-Fan Club members. Tickets Purchased after August 1, 2008, must be paid in Full by Money Order Only! Children Under 5 years of age are not permitted. If you wish to sit together Money must be Mailed in together – No exceptions! 10 People per table and additional people cannot be added to your party or table at a later date! Please make check or money order payable to:
GUIDING LIGHT FAN CLUB
(Canada – We only accept Postal Money Orders in US Funds)
(All other Countries – We only accept International Money Orders in US Funds)
GUIDING LIGHT FAN CLUB / Luncheon Tickets
P.O. Box 455
Lynbrook, NY 11563-0455
PLEASE INCLUDE A SELF ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE. VIDEO CAMERAS ARE NOT PERMITTED AT THE LUNCHEON!!!
There are a limited number of rooms available at the Marriott Marquis at a special rate for Fan Club Members. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, single or double for $359.00. For HOTEL reservations please call 800-843-4898 and mention Guiding Light Fan Club. Note: Normal rates are $459.00 per night for this weekend.
Until next time…this is myNote and I’m out!